Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 19th December 2016.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has for the implementation of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund; and how that fund will be funded.

Photo of Jo Johnson Jo Johnson Minister of State (Department for Education) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Education)

An error has been identified in the written answer given on 16 December 2016.

The correct answer should have been:

Yes, employees are represented on the Department’s board. The Permanent Secretary is a standing member of the Departmental Board, and meets with the Departmental Trade Unions as staff representatives.

There are several other ways in which the views of employees of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy are currently already taken into account by the Departmental Board and its supporting committees.

The Board regularly discusses staff related matters, such as the Civil Service People Survey results which reflect the views of the Department’s employees, including views on the transition programme to create a new Department.

The Department’s governance structure includes a People and Operations Committee, chaired by the Directors General responsible for People, Corporate Services and the transition programme. This Committee has standing representation from the HR Director and staff diversity networks as full members. Recommendations from the Committee are routinely taken to the Department’s Executive Committee for endorsement and approval.

The composition of the Departmental Board is determined by Cabinet Office and HMT’s Corporate Governance in Central Government Departments: Code of Good practice (2011). Cabinet Office and HMT are currently in the process of refreshing this guidance to reflect current best practice.

The Board also has external Non-Executive Board Members (NEBMs) as standing members. NEBMs provide external challenge and scrutiny and offer wider stakeholder views to the Board.

A New Productivity Fund (NPIF) announced in the Autumn Statement will provide for £23 billion of spending between 2017-18 and 2021-22.

Through the NPIF the government will fund the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The fund will cover a broad range of technologies, to be decided by an evidence-based process. It will be delivered by Innovate UK and the Research Councils, and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) when it is established.

We will begin to identify different challenge areas between now and the Budget in 2017. More detail on funding breakdown and proposals will be set out in due course.

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Photo of Margot James Margot James Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Yes, employees are represented on the Department’s board. The Permanent Secretary is a standing member of the Departmental Board, and meets with the Departmental Trade Unions as staff representatives.

There are several other ways in which the views of employees of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy are currently already taken into account by the Departmental Board and its supporting committees.

The Board regularly discusses staff related matters, such as the Civil Service People Survey results which reflect the views of the Department’s employees, including views on the transition programme to create a new Department.

The Department’s governance structure includes a People and Operations Committee, chaired by the Directors General responsible for People, Corporate Services and the transition programme. This Committee has standing representation from the HR Director and staff diversity networks as full members. Recommendations from the Committee are routinely taken to the Department’s Executive Committee for endorsement and approval.

The composition of the Departmental Board is determined by Cabinet Office and HMT’s Corporate Governance in Central Government Departments: Code of Good practice (2011). Cabinet Office and HMT are currently in the process of refreshing this guidance to reflect current best practice.

The Board also has external Non-Executive Board Members (NEBMs) as standing members. NEBMs provide external challenge and scrutiny and offer wider stakeholder views to the Board.

A New Productivity Fund (NPIF) announced in the Autumn Statement will provide for £23 billion of spending between 2017-18 and 2021-22.

Through the NPIF the government will fund the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The fund will cover a broad range of technologies, to be decided by an evidence-based process. It will be delivered by Innovate UK and the Research Councils, and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) when it is established.

We will begin to identify different challenge areas between now and the Budget in 2017. More detail on funding breakdown and proposals will be set out in due course.

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