Department of Trade and Industry (United Kingdom)

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) was a United Kingdom government department formed on 19 October 1970. It was replaced with the creation of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills on 28 June 2007.[1][2]

Department of Trade and Industry
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Department overview
Formed19 October 1970
Preceding agencies
Dissolved28 June 2007
Superseding agencies
JurisdictionUnited Kingdom
HeadquartersVictoria Street, London
Minister responsible
WebsiteThe DTI website at the National Archives


The department was first formed on 19 October 1970[3] with the merger of the Board of Trade and the Ministry of Technology, creating a new cabinet post of Secretary of State for Trade and Industry. The new department also took over the Department of Employment's former responsibilities for monopolies and mergers. In January 1974, the department's responsibilities for energy production were transferred to a newly created Department of Energy. On 5 March that year, following a Labour Party victory in the February 1974 general election, the department was split into the Department of Trade, the Department of Industry and the Department of Prices and Consumer Protection.[4]


In 1983 the departments of Trade and Industry were reunited. The Department of Energy was re-merged back into the DTI in 1992, but various media-related functions transferred to the Department for National Heritage. Until it was succeeded in June 2007 the DTI continued to set the energy policy of the United Kingdom.[5]

After the 2005 general election the DTI was renamed to the Department for Productivity, Energy and Industry,[6] but the name reverted to Department of Trade and Industry less than a week later,[7] after widespread derision, including some from the Confederation of British Industry.


The DTI had a wide range of responsibilities. There were ultimately nine main areas covered by the DTI:

  • Company Law
  • Trade
  • Business Growth
  • Innovation
  • Employment Law
  • Regional Economic Development
  • Energy
  • Science
  • Consumer Law.

Emergent technology

From 1999 to 2005 it led the national E-Commerce Awards with InterForum, a not for profit membership organisation that helped British businesses to trade electronically. This aimed to encourage Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises to develop their business through the use of E-Commerce technologies.

Corporate policing

It also had responsibility for investigating misconduct by company directors, in which role Private Eye repeatedly lampooned it as "the Department of Timidity and Inaction".

See also


  1. ^ "Department for business, enterprise and regulatory reform established" (Press release). Government News Network. 28 June 2007. Archived from the original on 14 December 2007. Retrieved 17 November 2016. The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (DBERR) will lead work to create the conditions for business success through competitive and flexible markets that create value for businesses, consumers and employees. It will work across Government and with the regions to raise levels of UK productivity, promoting the creation and growth of business.
  2. ^ "Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy - GOV.UK". Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Records created or inherited by the Department of Trade and Industry". National Archives. National Archives. Retrieved December 22, 2012.
  4. ^ "Page Not Found - The National Archives". Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  5. ^ BERR history page
  6. ^ Smale, Will (10 May 2005). "DTI falls to the rebranding sword". BBC News. Retrieved 17 November 2016. To mark the start of Labour's third term in power, the DTI is no more, replaced by the Department for Productivity, Energy and Industry, or DPEI for short.
  7. ^ "Jibes prompt DTI rebrand U-turn". BBC News. 13 May 2005. Retrieved 17 November 2016. New department head Alan Johnson persuaded Tony Blair to change the name back following derision from business leaders and unions.

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Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

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Make Your Mark, the UK's national campaign to give people the confidence, skills and ambition to be more enterprising.

Global Entrepreneurship Week, the world's first global celebration and promotion of the entrepreneurial spirit amongst young people.

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Medical Research Council [1]

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)[2]

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) [3]

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) [4]

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) [5]

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) [6]

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) [7]Other NDPBs sponsored by DIUS were:

Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) [8]

Student Loans Company (SLC) [9]

The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) [10]

The Design Council [11]In addition DIUS was the sponsor department for [NESTA] - the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts ([12])

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Accelerate the commercial exploitation of creativity and knowledge, through innovation and research, to create wealth, grow the economy, build successful businesses and improve quality of life.

Improve the skills of the population throughout their working lives to create a workforce capable of sustaining economic competitiveness, and enable individuals to thrive in the global economy.

Build social and community cohesion through improved social justice, civic participation and economic opportunity by raising aspirations and broadening participation, progression and achievement in learning and skills.

Pursue global excellence in research and knowledge, promote the benefits of science in society, and deliver science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills in line with employer demand.

Strengthen the capacity, quality and reputation of the Further and Higher Education systems and institutions to support national economic and social needs.

Encourage better use of science in Government, foster public service innovation, and support other Government objectives which depend on DIUS’ expertise and remit.A number of education functions of the former DfES (largely those focussed on the 14 - 19 age group) were taken over by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

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