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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) was a ministerial department of the United Kingdom Government created on 5 June 2009 by the merger of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) and the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR). It was disbanded on the creation of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 14 July 2016.[2]

Secretaries of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Name Portrait Took office Left office Length of term Political party Prime Minister
The Lord Mandelson
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5 June 2009 11 May 2010 11 months and 6 days Labour Gordon Brown
Vince Cable
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12 May 2010 8 May 2015 4 years, 11 months and 26 days Liberal Democrats David Cameron
(Coalition)
Sajid Javid
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11 May 2015 14 July 2016 1 year, 2 months and 3 days Conservative David Cameron
(II)

The Permanent Secretary was Sir Martin Donnelly.

Responsibilities

Some policies apply to England alone due to devolution, while others are not devolved and therefore apply to other nations of the United Kingdom. The department was responsible for UK Government policy in the following areas:[3]

Devolution

Economic policy is mostly devolved but several important policy areas are reserved to Westminster. Further and higher education policy is mostly devolved. Reserved and excepted matters are outlined below.

Scotland

Reserved matters:[4]

The Scottish Government Economy and Education Directorates handle devolved economic and further and higher education policy respectively.

Northern Ireland

Reserved matters:[5]

Excepted matter:[6]

The department's main counterparts are:[7]

Wales

Under the Welsh devolution settlement, specific policy areas are transferred to the Welsh Government rather than reserved to Westminster.

References

  1. ^ Budget 2011 (PDF). London: HM Treasury. 2011. p. 48. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 August 2011. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
  2. ^ Prime Minister's Office: Changes to the machinery of Government Archived 8 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Department for Business, Innovation and Skills". gov.uk. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Scotland Act 1998, Schedule 5, Part II". Opsi.gov.uk. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 3". Opsi.gov.uk. 25 June 1998. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  6. ^ "Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 2". Opsi.gov.uk. 25 June 1998. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  7. ^ "Departments (Transfer and Assignment of Functions) Order (Northern Ireland) 1999". Opsi.gov.uk. 5 October 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012.

External links

Precursor departments:

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