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Ministerial responsibilities announced at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Ministerial responsibilities announced at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Business Secretary Vince Cable has outlined the responsibilities of his new ministerial team at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Vince Cable: Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Overall responsibility for the department, strategy and all policies

Overall responsibility for BIS budget

Particular focus on business and banking issues

Lead Cabinet Minister for reducing regulatory burdens across Government

David Willetts: Minister of State for Universities and Science

Looking across all departmental business at strategic priorities

Higher education (including HEFCE and Student Loans Company)

Science and research (including Research Councils)

Life sciences


Also responsible for the Technology Strategy Board, Energy Technologies Institute, the National Measurement Office, the UK Accreditation Service, the British Standards Institution, and space policy

Michael Fallon: Minister of State for Business and Enterprise

Business sectors, including low carbon economy, low emission vehicles, electronics

Small business, enterprise and access to finance

Competitiveness and economic growth

Deregulation and better regulation

Regional and local economic development (including Grants for Business Investment)

Business support

Olympic legacy

Export licensing

Royal Mail

General oversight of Shareholder Executive and its portfolios

Commons spokesman on Trade and Investment

Lord Green: Minister of State for Trade and Investment (Joint with Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Development and implementation of cross-Government strategy for trade and inward investment

Responsibility for UK Trade & Investment, UK Export Finance (Export Credits Guarantee Department)

Spokesman for the Government on trade and investment issues in the House of Lords

Member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group

Coordination of European business

Multilateral trade policy

Single market and implementation

Jo Swinson: Parliamentary Under Secretary for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs

Post Office

Employment relations (including ACAS)

Consumer policy and consumer affairs

Competition policy

Corporate governance

Company law (including Companies House)

Social enterprise

Insolvency Service (including company investigations)

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Matthew Hancock: Parliamentary Under Secretary for Skills (Joint with Department for Education)

Further education

Adult skills

Skills Funding Agency

Skills strategy

Lifelong learning

Informal adult learning


UKCommission for Employment and Skills

Sector skills councils

Workplace training reforms

Qualifications reform programme

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Lord Marland: Parliamentary Under Secretary

Covers all BIS business in the Lords except Trade and Investment

Intellectual property (including the IPO)

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Support for Minister for Trade and Investment on trade promotion

Chair of Council of Business Ambassadors


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