Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Welsh: Yr Adran Fusnes, Arloesi a Sgiliau
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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]
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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]


The BIS Ministers are as follows:[3]

Minister Rank Portfolio
The Rt Hon. Sajid Javid MP Secretary of State
President of the Board of Trade
Overall responsibility
The Rt Hon. Anna Soubry MP Minister of State Business and Enterprise
Jo Johnson MP Minister of State Universities and Science
Ed Vaizey MP Minister of State Culture and the digital economy
Baroness Anelay (interim)
Mark Price[4] (from April 2016)
Minister of State Trade and investment
Nick Boles MP Minister of State Skills and Equalities
George Freeman MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Life sciences
Baroness Neville-Rolfe Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Intellectual property

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 (PDF). London: HM Treasury. 2011. p. 48. Retrieved 30 December 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Prime Minister's Office: Changes to the machinery of Government Archived 8 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Department for Business, Innovation and Skills". Retrieved 2014-12-10.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Ministerial appointment: Mark Ian Price". Retrieved 10 February 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Scotland Act 1998, Schedule 5, Part II". Retrieved 2012-12-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 3". 1998-06-25. Retrieved 2012-12-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 2". 1998-06-25. Retrieved 2012-12-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Departments (Transfer and Assignment of Functions) Order (Northern Ireland) 1999". 2012-10-05. Retrieved 2012-12-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Precursor departments: