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New ministerial team at DTI

Alistair Darling, the new trade and industry secretary has outlined the responsibilities of his new ministerial team.

Darling was previously transport secretary, but was moved to his new position as part of this week’s Labour party shake-up.

  • Alistair Darling: Secretary of state for trade and industry. He has overall responsibility for the department.

  • Margaret Hodge: Minister of state for industry and the regions. She has overall responsibility for business and enterprise group issues including enterprise, growth and business investment; strengthening regional economies; small business service; company law reform Bill; and Companies House.

  • Ian McCartney: Minister of state for trade, investment and foreign affairs (joint with foreign and common wealth office). Responsible for trade policy; UK trade and investment; export credit guarantee department; foreign affairs; competition; consumer affairs; corporate governance; corporate and insolvency activity; the insolvency service. McCartney will also attend Cabinet.

  • Malcolm Wicks: Minister of state for energy. Wicks will be in charge of energy issues, sustainability & the environment, security of energy supply, fuel poverty, nuclear security and export control; corporate social responsibility.

  • Jim Fitzpatrick: Parliamentary under secretary of state for employment relations and Minister for London. He is responsible for maximising potential in the workplace better regulation; ACAS (advisory, conciliation and arbitration service); shareholder executive oversight plus Royal Mail and Post Office.

  • Lord Sainsbury of Turville: Paliament under secretary of state for science and innovation. Lord Sainsbury will put a 10 year investment framework for science & innovation in place. He is also in charge of the Office of Science and Innovation (OSI), research councils, knowledge transfer & innovation, technology strategy, the patent office, national weights and measures laboratory (NWML), chemicals, bioscience (excluding GM), the DTI's interest in skills and the British National Space Centre (BNSC).
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