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.
|Formed||5 June 2009|
|Dissolved||14 July 2016|
|Headquarters||1, Victoria Street, London|
|Annual budget||£16.5 billion (current) and £1.3 billion (capital) for 2011-12 |
|Name||Portrait||Took office||Left office||Length of term||Political party||Prime Minister|
|The Lord Mandelson||5 June 2009||11 May 2010||11 months and 6 days||Labour||Gordon Brown|
|Vince Cable||12 May 2010||12 May 2015||5 years||Liberal Democrats||David Cameron|
|Sajid Javid||12 May 2015||14 July 2016||1 year, 2 months and 3 days||Conservative||David Cameron|
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:
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.
The department's main counterparts are:
Under the Welsh devolution settlement, specific policy areas are transferred to the Welsh Government rather than reserved to Westminster.