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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Welsh: Yr Adran Fusnes, Arloesi a Sgiliau
Department overview
Formed 5 June 2009
Jurisdiction United Kingdom
Headquarters 1, Victoria Street, London
Annual budget £16.5 billion (current) & £1.3 billion (capital) for 2011-12 [1]
Minister responsible Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
Department executive Martin Donnelly, Permanent Secretary
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UK Space Agency
UK Trade and Investment (with FCO)
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The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is 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).[2]


  • Ministers 1
  • Responsibilities 2
  • Devolution 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The BIS Ministers are as follows:[3]

Minister Rank Portfolio
The Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP Secretary of State
President of the Board of Trade
Overall responsibility, business and banking
The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP Minister of State Universities, science and cities
Matthew Hancock MP Minister of State Skills and Enterprise
Lord Livingston Minister of State Trade and investment
Jo Swinson MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Employment relations, consumer and postal affairs

Currently on maternity leave; covered by Jenny Willot MP

Lord Younger[4] Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Intellectual property
Key Conservative
Liberal Democrat

Matthew Hancock works jointly between BIS and the Department of Education. Lord Livingston works jointly between BIS and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The Permanent Secretary is Martin Donnelly, following the departure of Simon Fraser CMG, on 26 August 2010.


The department is responsible for UK Government policy in the following areas:[3]

Some policies apply to England alone due to devolution, while others are not devolved and therefore apply to other nations of the United Kingdom.


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.


Reserved matters:[5]

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

Northern Ireland

Reserved matters:[6]

Excepted matter:[7]

The department's main counterparts are:[8]


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


  1. ^ Budget 2011. London: HM Treasury. 2011. p. 48. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Prime Minister's Office: Changes to the machinery of Government
  3. ^ a b "Cabinet Office List of Government Departments and Ministers: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills". 2012-09-06. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  4. ^ "The Viscount Younger of Leckie appointed as Business Minister". BIS. Retrieved 2013-01-09. 
  5. ^ "Scotland Act 1998, Schedule 5, Part II". Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  6. ^ "Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 3". 1998-06-25. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  7. ^ "Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 2". 1998-06-25. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  8. ^ "Departments (Transfer and Assignment of Functions) Order (Northern Ireland) 1999". 2012-10-05. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Archived Website

Precursor departments:

  • Department for Business and Regulatory Reform (BERR) Archived Website
  • Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) Archived Website
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