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TSC member calls for BIS to be abolished

Treasury select committee member David Ruffley is calling for the department of business, innovation and skills to be abolished.

Business secretary Vince Cable currently runs the department but Ruffley says it is unproductive and the money saved can be re-invested

BIS has a wide remit covering policy areas such as consumer issues, regulation, economic development and employment matters.

Ruffley believes further spending cuts should be made to fund major building projects as capital spending has been cut by 48 per cent since 2010.

He told BBC Radio 4: “Some of us think we should close down the department of culture, media and sport and BIS and close down non-productive parts of Government activity.

“If you take both departments you would save £3bn to £4bn for starters. By 2015, under the current austerity programme, we are only going back to spending rates in this country of 2008.

“We are only reducing expenditure by 3.5 per cent so there is room for more public expenditure cuts and without slackening austerity we would be able to get on with some capital expenditure projects.”

Ruffley’s calls come on the back of Mayor of London Boris Johnson calling on the Government to stop “pussyfooting around” and boost growth.


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There are 2 comments at the moment, we would love to hear your opinion too.

  1. If you add in MAS too the savings will be a hell of a lot more !!!

  2. The Dept. for BIS evolved from the Dept. of BERR which, as you may recall, produced the Statutory Code of Practice for Regulators back in 2007.

    Yet when I wrote to the Dept. of BIS asking it why no effort whatsoever appears to be made to hold any regulatory bodies, least of all the FSA, to the statutory requirements of the Code, my letter wasn’t even acknowledged.

    I wrote again to ask why and was told that my letter had been passed on to the Treasury.

    Having heard nothing from the Treasury, I wrote to them asking why and, after a bit of incompetent faffing about because nobody there seemed to have any idea how to respond, I received one of those now all too familiar non-responses that amounted to nothing whatsoever. And that was pretty well that.

    So just what, if any, useful purpose does the Dept. for BIS fulfil when it’s not even prepared to take any responsibility for the enforcement of its own Statutory Code of Practice For Regulators?

    Take a look at to see just how much time, money and effort the Dept. appears to expend on achieving……what? Anything of any real and practical value? What a chronic waste.

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