Feeds

Brown splits DTI, creates ministers for biz & boffinry

Royal Society: we'd like to see the word 'science' somewhere ...

Reducing security risks from open source software

One of Gordon Brown's first acts as Prime Minister has been the abolition of the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI).

In an announcement this afternoon, the new premier outlined significant changes to the UK's machinery of government. The former DTI's role in boosting and regulating the British economy now passes to the newly formed Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (DBERR).

Interestingly, ministers and mandarins at DBERR will be directed to "provide support" to Mr Brown's new "Business Council for Britain".

The council will be composed of "senior business leaders". These captains of industry will provide "independent advice".

The Council will meet twice a year, chaired by a noted biz heavyweight. "Secretaries of State will attend meetings at the invitation of the Council," apparently.

Blighty also gets a new Department for Innovation, Universities & Skills (DIUS), which will take on the old DTI's job of doling out the government research cash. The science budget "will remain ring-fenced".

The Royal Society, Britain's centuries-old premier science thinktank, had this to say regarding the plans:

“Science plays a key role in improving people’s lives and as a driver for the economy. It is to be hoped that this new department will allow greater recognition of, and support for, that role ... we would have preferred the word ‘science’ to have appeared in the new department’s title.”

John Denham will be the new minister-for-boffins at DIUS, and John Hutton will helm DBERR and go to the biz-kingpins' conclaves if he gets an invite.®

Seven Steps to Software Security

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
Chips are down at Broadcom: Thousands of workers laid off
Cellphone baseband device biz shuttered
Twitch rich as Google flicks $1bn hitch switch, claims snitch
Gameplay streaming biz and search king refuse to deny fresh gobble rumors
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.