Rt Hon Jacob Rees Mogg Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Jacob Rees-Mogg was appointed Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 6 September 2022. He was previously Minister of State (Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government efficiency) in the Cabinet Office between 8 February 2022 and 6 September 2022. He was Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons from 24 July 2019 to 8 February 2022.

Jacob read history at Trinity College Oxford before working in finance, initially in Hong Kong and then in London. In 2007 he helped establish Somerset Capital Management, which specialises in investment management in global emerging markets.

In 2010 Jacob was elected the Conservative MP for North East Somerset. From 2010 to 2015 he was a member of the European Scrutiny Committee, the Procedure Committee and the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art. In 2014 he served on the House of Commons Governance Committee.

From 2015 to 2017 he served on the Treasury Committee, the European Scrutiny Committee for a second spell and the Joint Committee on the Palace of Westminster. From 2017 to 2019 he was a member of the Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy which brings together responsibilities for business, industrial strategy, science, innovation and energy. This includes:

  • developing and delivering a comprehensive industrial strategy and leading the government’s relationship with business
  • ensuring that the country has secure energy supplies that are reliable, affordable and clean
  • ensuring the UK remains at the leading edge of science, research and innovation
  • tackling climate change

 

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