The new Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (DBIS) was formed in June 2009 by the merger of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS). This report looks back on the last departmental report of the old Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and considers the progress made in moving forward the new Department. The Committee welcomes the creation of the new Department which brings under one roof the business and further and higher education sectors. The Committee believes this could deliver significant potential benefits. The report examines the merger process, the delivery agencies, public service agreements and departmental strategic objectives, and future departmental reports and resource accounts. The report also focuses on the Automotive Assistance Scheme, designed primarily to support investment in low carbon plant and research and development. It welcomes the lowering of the limit of the Scheme from Ap5 million to Ap1 million, in line with its recommendation made in July, but is deeply concerned that not a single loan or loan guarantee has been made under the programme. The Committee calls on the Government to expedite its negotiations, and prove to the Committee and the automotive industry that the Scheme can provide tangible benefits to companies in the sector.13 October 2009 Department for Business, Innovation aamp; Skills 13 October 2009 Department for Business, Innovation aamp; Skills ... sure that future Companies Act investigations are conducted in a timely fashion without compromising the essential independence of ... Mr Fraser: On your point about part time I think it is indeed the proposal that this person should probably be on a three or four-day week basis.
|Title||:||The Creation of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Departmental Annual Report 2008-09|
|Author||:||Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Business, Innovation and Skills Committee|
|Publisher||:||The Stationery Office - 2009|