Minister for Portsmouth, Minister of State for Business and Enterprise and Minister of State for Energy

The Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP

Biography

Matthew Hancock MP was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change and Minister of State for Portsmouth on 15 July 2014. He is the Conservative MP for West Suffolk.

Education

Matthew John David Hancock was educated at Farndon County Primary School, West Cheshire College and The King’s School, Chester. He gained a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Exeter College, University of Oxford, and a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

Political career

After becoming an MP for West Suffolk, Matthew was elected to the Public Accounts Committee, which scrutinises and questions the way that government departments spend taxpayers’ money, and the Committee on Standards and Privileges that adjudicates on MPs’ conduct.

In September 2012 Matthew was asked to become Minister for Skills in the Department for Business and Department for Education. In September 2013 he was promoted to become Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise, adding responsibility for small business to his existing responsibilities for apprenticeships and technical education. He was appointed Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise in October 2013.

Personal life

Matthew’s first job was with his family computer software business. Later, he worked as an economist at the Bank of England and in 2005 moved to work for the then Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.

He stepped down from his role with George Osborne in February 2010 after being selected for the West Suffolk constituency in the 2010 general election.

One of Matthew’s passions is his support for horse racing, not least because the sport’s global headquarters are in Newmarket in West Suffolk. In July 2012 Matthew rode in a race at Newmarket, and despite odds of 25/1 he won the race, raising thousands for charity in the process.

In September 2011, he co-authored his first book ‘Masters of Nothing’ with Nadhim Zahawi MP. The book looks at the human behaviour that caused the crash and the changes we need to make to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.

Matthew is married to Martha, and has three young children. He is a keen cricketer and former secretary of the Lords and Commons Cricket Club. In 2005, Matthew set out on foot to play the northernmost game of cricket on record at the north pole. He didn’t make it to the pole, succumbing to frostbite on the Arctic Ocean, but he did succeed in playing the most northerly recorded game of cricket. He retains all of his fingers.

Minister for Portsmouth

The minister is responsible for coordinating work across Whitehall to support jobs and growth in the city and surrounding area.

Minister of State for Business and Enterprise

The minister is responsible for:

  • business sectors (excluding construction, rail, and retail) and advanced manufacturing, including low carbon economy, low emission vehicles, electronics
  • competiveness and economic growth, including economic opportunities and shocks
  • Business Bank and access to finance
  • Green Investment Bank
  • deregulation and better regulation
  • export licensing
  • Royal Mail
  • overseeing Shareholder Executive and its portfolios
  • House of Commons spokesman on trade and investment
  • enterprise
  • Small Business Enterprise and Employment Bill

Minister of State for Energy

The Minister of State for Energy supports the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) issues and policy related to energy. The portfolio is as follows:

  • Infrastucture Bill (DECC clauses)
  • Supports the Secretary of state on electricity market reform
  • security of supply
  • international energy
  • carbon capture and storage, gas and coal policy
  • nuclear policy
  • renewable energy deployment
  • grid policy including smart grids and network of recharging points
  • Oil and Gas exploration, licensing and revenues
  • offshore environment and decommissioning
  • regulation and competition in the energy sector (including nuclear)
  • waste and decommissioning policy for new nuclear
  • resilience and emergency preparedness
  • Energy Council
  • Coal Authority

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Skills

    • 2012 to 2013
  2. Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise

    • 2013 to 2014

Announcements

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  1. Hancock: Big firms should pay small suppliers in 30 days

    • 26 February 2015
    • Press release
  2. Government backs manufacturing with action plan and cash boost

    • 26 February 2015
    • Press release
  3. Future of manufacturing

    • 26 February 2015
    • Speech
  4. Government invests £25 million in game-changing green technologies

    • 25 February 2015
    • Press release
  5. Recycling up and costs down under new regime

    • 25 February 2015
    • Press release
  6. Britain leads the way as Ordnance Survey helps to drive economic growth and digital innovation through open data

    • 21 February 2015
    • Press release
  7. Government announces £4.36 million for support worker skills in the NHS

    • 13 February 2015
    • Press release
  8. Minister announces £6 million boost for Solent economy

    • 12 February 2015
    • Press release
  9. Business-friendly enforcement saves firms over £40 million

    • 10 February 2015
    • Press release
  10. New powers for business groups to tackle late payment

    • 3 February 2015
    • Press release