Changes to Government departments

Monday 20th February 2023
Government has now confirmed the creation of 4 new departments and their remits:

A new Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, has been tasked with securing our long-term energy supply, bringing down bills and halving inflation. The move recognises the significant impact rising prices have had on households across the country as a result of Putin’s illegal war in Ukraine, and the need to secure more energy from domestic nuclear and renewable sources as we seize the opportunities of net zero.

A dedicated Department for Science, Innovation and Technology will drive the innovation that will deliver improved public services, create new and better-paid jobs and grow the economy. Having a single department focussed on turning scientific and technical innovations into practical, appliable solutions to the challenges we face will help make sure the UK is the most innovative economy in the world.

A combined Department for Business and Trade will support growth by backing British businesses at home and abroad, promoting investment and championing free trade.

Finally, a re-focused Department for Culture, Media and Sport will recognise the importance of these industries to our economy and build on the UK’s position as a global leader in the creative arts.  NOTE:  This department will be responsible for the UKCA brief, but construction products will remain under DLUHC.  Construction products are those that use the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) to place products on the market.

 For the reshuffle, Number 10 have confirmed so far:

  • Grant Shapps as Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, previously he was Secretary of State at BEIS
  • Michelle Donelan as Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, previously she was Secretary of State for DCMS
  • Kemi Badenoch MP as Secretary of State for Business and Trade, previously she was Secretary of State for DIT. She remains as President of the Board of Trade, and Minister for Women and Equalities.
  • Lucy Frazer KC MP as Secretary of State for Culture, Media, and Sport, previously she was Minister for Housing and Planning at DLUHC.
  • Greg Hands MP as Minister without Portfolio in the Cabinet Office, previously he was a Minister at DIT.