Rishi Sunak has announced the creation of a dedicated Department for Science, Innovation and Technology.

The Prime Minister believes having a single department focussed on turning scientific and technical innovations into practical, applicable solutions will make the UK one of the most innovative economies in the world.

Michelle Donelan has been appointed Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, having previously been the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The newly created department brings together the relevant parts of the former Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the former Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Sunak said: “The Department for Science, Innovation and Technology will make sure the UK is the country where the next great scientific discoveries are made – and where the brightest minds and the most ambitious entrepreneurs will turn those ideas into companies, products, and services that can change the world.

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“These changes will also allow us to build a more prosperous future for our children and grandchildren. Because the countries that will lead the world in the decades to come will be those that have the vision and confidence to adapt and change – to do things differently and better. The new clarity and focus we are providing today will allow our country to rise to this challenge.”

On Tuesday Donelan tweeted: “It’s not every day you become the head of a brand new government department. TodayI met with my new leadership team to discuss our mission for the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology. Let’ make Britain the most innovative economy in the world.”

It was one of four new departments created by the PM.

A new Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, has been tasked with securing our long-term energy supply, bringing down bills and halving inflation.

A combined Department for Business and Trade will support growth by backing British businesses at home and abroad, promoting investment and championing free trade.

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Finally, a re-focused Department for Culture, Media and Sport will recognise the importance of these industries to our economy and build on the UK’s position as a global leader in the creative arts.