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

Announcements

by Baroness Verma

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  1. Office for Nuclear Regulation vesting event

    • 2 April 2014
    • Speech
  2. DECC’s celebration of International Women’s Day

    • 12 March 2014
    • Speech
  3. UKTI Civil Nuclear Export Showcase

    • 30 January 2014
    • Speech
  4. Speech on the economics of future energy supply options debate

    • 28 November 2013
    • Speech
  5. Speech to the Smart Metering Forum

    • 21 November 2013
    • Speech
  6. NDA Estate Supply Chain Event 2013

    • 18 November 2013
    • Speech
  7. Designation of DECC Secretary of State as competent authority for Ten-E

    • 18 November 2013
    • Statement to Parliament
  8. Plans confirmed to help independent renewable electricity generators access the electricity market

    • 5 November 2013
    • News story
  9. £5 million boost for energy storage innovation

    • 4 November 2013
    • Press release
  10. Smart Metering: maximising the technology

    • 15 October 2013
    • Speech

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