There has been growing speculation among the UK media this morning that the country’s department of energy and climate change is to be abolished, just eight years after its creation.
Media outlets are being drip fed information on a cabinet re-shuffle taking place following the appointment of Theresa May as Prime Minister and the new leader appears to have opted to restructure government departments as part of the new order.
Paul Goodman, editor of influential Tory blog ConservativeHome, tweeted: “Told DECC to be folded into BIS,” in reference to it being abolished and merged into the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Meanwhile acting energy minister Andrea Leadsom refused to confirm or deny the fate of the department, whose demise has been rumoured for months, since the Conservative government re-election.
Addressing DECC oral questions in Parliament, energy minister Andrea Leadsom said, “You’ll have to wait and see,” before later adding in response to a second question, “The assumption you have to have a department for something in order to meet (climate change) objectives is not one I agree with at all”.
DECC was created in October 2008 by then Prime Minister Gordon Brown to take over some of the functions related to energy of the then Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and those relating to climate change of Defra.
Rumours intensified after new Prime Minister Theresa May appointed former Energy Secretary Amber Rudd to Home Secretary, with no successor as of yet appointed to take her place.
Later on Thursday afternoon, senior Daily Telegraph journalist Christopher Hope tweeted, “Department of Business Innovation and Skills, Department for Energy and Climate Change and Department for Transport are set to be closed. They could be replaced with two new departments – one for Infrastructure and one for Industry, according to sources.”
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