John Hayes has today been moved from his post as UK Energy Minister and replaced by fellow Conservative MP Michael Fallon.
Hayes is to become Prime Minister David Cameron’s senior Parliamentary advisor as well as minister without portfolio.
Fallon (pictured) is currently Minister for Business and Enterprise, a role he will keep and juggle alongside his energy duties. Quite what these duties will be remains to be seen: an announcement on the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) website states that the “exact portfolio of the energy minister is still to be confirmed”.
Fallon has previously been a minister for Education and Science and is a former director of several businesses, including health clubs, nursing homes and brokers.
Fallon comes with no such energy baggage and it is believed that he will bring a greater business focus to DECC.
Maria McCaffery, chief executive of trade group RenewableUK, said: “Renewables will play a major role in green growth and we are delighted that today’s announcement recognises that.”
She said Fallon’s dual role will ensure that the energy and business departments would “work even more closely together in order to deliver tens of thousands of low-carbon jobs”.
Davey said today: “I am delighted to welcome Michael Fallon to DECC. He brings with him a wealth of business experience and will make an excellent addition to the team.
“He will help to cement the links I’ve been making across government as energy is such a critical industry for the UK’s growth prospects, and the creation of green jobs.”
Of his time working with Hayes, Davey said: “John and I have worked well together as an effective team, and I’m especially grateful for his work on steering the Energy Bill through Parliament. I wish him well in his new post.”
Fallon said of his energy-business role: “Both departments share a strong focus on business and the economy and I am delighted to be given the opportunity to build on their cross-cutting work on this agenda.
“Energy policy has a key role to play in securing sustainable future growth in the economy, strengthening supply chains, keeping people’s bills down and tackling climate change”.