A private member’s bill to abolish the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has been withdrawn.
Put forward by Peter Bone, Conservative MP for Wellingborough, the bill wanted the department absorbed into BIS, effectively a trip back in time.
Writing an Alternative Queen’s Speech in the Huffington Post last year, Mr Bone described it as one of “40 true-blue bills” he was presenting to the Commons with fellow Tory MPs Christopher Chope, Philip Hollobone and David Nuttall.
He wrote: “The Department for Energy and Climate Change seems to serve no adequate purpose. All its functions could quite happily be absorbed into the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. By doing this you would save money for the taxpayer, and reduce the number of ministers in the government.”
The MP didn’t suggest it was a tactical move – given the minister in charge of DECC is Lib Dem MP Ed Davey (pictured).
Another bill put forward by the Conservative foursome – “perhaps my favourite”, wrote Mr Bone – was to rename the late August bank holiday ‘Margaret Thatcher Day’. This bill failed after more than 124,000 people signed an online petition against the move.