Minister’s post devolved following cabinet shake-up

The
Department for Trade and Industry has divided the responsibility of Alan
Johnson’s old role, following his promotion announced in last week’s cabinet
reshuffle.

Johnson
left his job as employment relations minister to take up a new role at the
Department for Education and Skills, and his former responsibilities have been
divided between other ministers.

The
role has now been split between two ministers: Jacqui Smith, who will be
responsible for industry and the regions, and Gerry Sutcliffe, who will deal
with employment relations and legislation.

Trade
and Industry secretary Patricia Hewitt has also announced several other changes
at the department following the prime minister’s reshuffle.

Ministerial
responsibilities at the DTI:

The
Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt,
Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and
Minister for Women and Equality:

·           Overall responsibility for the
department

Ministers
of State:

Stephen
Timms, Minister for Energy, E-Commerce and Postal Services:

·           Energy and Sustainable Development

·           E-Commerce

·           Communications and Information
Industries

·           Postal Services

·           Corporate Social Responsibility

Jacqui
Smith, Minister for Industry and the Regions and Deputy Minister for Women and
Equality:

·           Industry

·           Regions

·           Women and Equality

·           Corporate Governance (incl. company
law and investigations)

·           European Policy

Mike
O’Brien, (joint DTI/FCO Minister), Minister for Trade and Investment:

·           British Trade

·           International Trade Policy

·           ECGD South Asia, South East Asia,
Afghanistan, North America

·           Spokesman on Middle East in the House
of Commons

Parliamentary
Under Secretaries of State:

Nigel
Griffiths, Minister for Small Business and Enterprise:

·           Small Business Service

·           Social Enterprise

·           Export Control and Non-Proliferation

·           Construction Industry

·           Consumer Goods and Services

·           GM Foods

·           Support to Stephen Timms on Energy
and Sustainable Development

Lord
David Sainsbury, Minister for Science and Innovation:

·           Office of Science and Technology

·           Innovation Policy

·           DTI interest in education and skills

·           British National Space Centre

·           National Weights and Measures
Laboratory

·           Bioscience and Chemicals (except GM
foods)

·           Patent Office

Gerry
Sutcliffe, Minister for Employment Relations, Competition and Consumers:

·           Employment Relations (including
Employment Tribunal Service, ACAS, Low Pay Commission)

·           Competition Policy

·           Consumer Policy

·           Insolvency Service

·           Companies House

·           Support to Jacqui Smith on European
Policy

·           Support to Jacqui Smith on Corporate Governance
(including company law and investigations)

By Ross Wigham

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