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 Political party Prime Minister
The Lord Mandelson Peter Mandelson at Politics of Climate Change 3.jpg 5 June 2009 11 May 2010 Labour Gordon Brown
Vince Cable Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills.jpg 12 May 2010 8 May 2015 Liberal Democrats David Cameron
Sajid Javid Sajid Javid Secretary of State.jpg 11 May 2015 14 July 2016 Conservative David Cameron

Following the department's dissolution, it no longer has ministers responsible.[3]

The Permanent Secretary was Sir Martin Donnelly.


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]


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:[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]


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. 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. ^ a b "Department for Business, Innovation and Skills". www.gov.uk. Retrieved 2016-07-18. 
  4. ^ "Scotland Act 1998, Schedule 5, Part II". Opsi.gov.uk. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  5. ^ "Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 3". Opsi.gov.uk. 1998-06-25. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  6. ^ "Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 2". Opsi.gov.uk. 1998-06-25. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  7. ^ "Departments (Transfer and Assignment of Functions) Order (Northern Ireland) 1999". Opsi.gov.uk. 2012-10-05. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 

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