Another government department bites the dust

Together with the two-year-old Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, it’s been lumped into a new department called BIS – the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

In other words, Labour is throwing together enterprise and education. Confused? Yeah, so are we. Apparently, its role is to “build Britain’s capabilities to compete in the global economy”. If you want to read exactly how it plans on doing that, click here.

The new department will be headed by Lord Mandelson. Pat McFadden, a minister from Berr, and the current science minister, Lord Drayson, will be ministers of state.

Is this new “super department” yet another waste of money? Gordon Brown might have won a reprieve at yesterday’s parliamentary meeting (aka the "Brown Bailout") after admitting he “needs to improve” – but hasn’t he got enough on his plate without clouding the already-murky waters of government departments?

Let’s hear what you think.

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