On becoming Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that the DTI would be disbanded to be replaced by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (“DBERR”). John Hutton is the new Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.

DBERR will be responsible for:

  • Creating conditions for business success, engaging with business and promoting competitiveness, productivity and enterprise across Government and within the EU.
  • Ensuring improved quality of life for employees.
  • Providing support for the new Business Council for Britain. The Council will be made up of senior business leaders from a range of sectors and will meet twice a year to provide clear, independent advice on priorities for reform to enable businesses to compete globally.

DBERR will also take joint responsibility with the Department for International Development for trade policy and with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for trade promotion. The Better Regulation Executive will move to DBERR to lead work in cross Government promotion for better regulation in business, public and voluntary sectors.