Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Baroness Verma

Biography

Baroness Verma was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Energy & Climate Change in September 2012. She is a Conservative member of the House of Lords.

Education

Baroness Verma attended local schools and university in Leicester.

Political career

In 2006 she was raised to the peerage as Baroness Verma of Leicester in the County of Leicestershire. She was Opposition Whip from 2006 to 2010 and then Government Whip following the 2010 general election.

Prior to becoming Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for DECC, Baroness Verma was Spokesperson for Cabinet Office, International Development, Women and Equalities and Business Innovation and Skills.

Career outside politics

Baroness Verma started her first business at the age of 19 in high fashion, supplying high street multiples. In 2000 she changed her business to the service sector.

Personal life

Baroness Verma was born in Punjab, India, and moved to the UK with her parents when she was 1 year old. She lives in Leicester with her husband and has a daughter and a son.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State is responsible for the business of the Department of Energy & Climate Change in the House of Lords. Other responsibilities include:

  • departmental performance and delivery
  • efficiency
  • lean regulation
  • managing liabilities, including coal health and the Concessionary Fuel Scheme
  • transparency
  • managing the nuclear legacy
  • Geological Disposal Facility
  • civil nuclear security
  • smart meters
  • nuclear safety and regulation
  • nuclear non-proliferation

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  1. Speech to the Community Heat Conference

    • 10 March 2015
    • Speech
  2. Second Triennial Review of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM)

    • 27 January 2015
    • Statement to Parliament
  3. Powerful women

    • 12 December 2014
    • Speech
  4. Smart Metering Forum

    • 3 December 2014
    • Speech
  5. NDA Estate Supply Chain event

    • 27 November 2014
    • Speech
  6. DECC announces National Nuclear Laboratory Non-Executive appointees

    • 24 September 2014
    • Press release
  7. Speech to the Elmhurst Energy Conference

    • 19 September 2014
    • Speech
  8. Speech to Behave Conference

    • 3 September 2014
    • Speech
  9. Outcome of the strategic environmental assessment

    • 28 July 2014
    • Statement to Parliament
  10. Fuelling the pipeline of female talent in the UK’s energy sector

    • 12 June 2014
    • News story