Consultation Hub

This site will help you find, share and participate in consultations run by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Consultations up to 14 July 2016 were run by the  Department for Business, Innovation and Skills or Department of Energy and Climate Change.

For more information on government consultations, or see a list of consultations across government, visit GOV.UK.

Open Consultations

  • Third-party intermediaries in the retail energy market: Call for Evidence

    We want to understand more about how third-party intermediaries (TPIs) currently operate in the retail energy market. In the Energy White Paper, the government committed to consult on regulating TPIs with a view to ensuring the regulatory framework adequately covers the wider market. This call... More

    Closes 6 December 2021

  • Designing a framework for transparency of carbon content in energy products: a call for evidence

    Achieving net zero emissions will require many of us to take actions to decarbonise our lifestyles and it is crucial that consumers are given transparent information on the carbon content of tariffs to help guide their energy choices. This call for evidence is our first step to better... More

    Closes 6 December 2021

  • SBC late payments survey

    The Office of the Small Business Commissioner has a remit across late payments and changing the culture of late payments in the UK. Small firms complain about late payments as one of their top concerns and cite them as the reason they are in debt. We’d like you to answer a few... More

    Closes 15 December 2021

  • Combined Heat and Power: pathway to decarbonisation - call for evidence

    The Government Is seeking to build on the information received from the call for evidence held in 2020 and capture views to inform policy development for a future pathway to decarbonisation by requesting feedback from all CHP stakeholders to shape the future approach. We are keen to hear... More

    Closes 20 December 2021

  • Towards Fusion Energy: The UK Government's proposals for a regulatory framework for fusion energy

    Fusion could be the ultimate clean power solution, representing a low carbon, safe, continuous and effectively unlimited source of energy. The UK is widely recognised as a world-leader in the most promising fusion technologies. This consultation seeks views on the future... More

    Closes 24 December 2021

Closed Consultations

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We asked

We invited views on how to improve the UK’s product safety framework. The government is committed to ensuring that only safe products can be placed on the market now and in the future. Effective product safety regulation is essential for public protection, ensuring fair competition, consumer confidence and supporting innovative and safe products to reach the market. Government also has the opportunity to regulate product safety in a way that supports our Net Zero ambitions. 

You said

We received 158 responses from interested parties. A summary of the responses is included in the government response document.

Based on what we heard from respondents, while the current framework has strengths, it is facing significant and growing challenges and needs ambitious significant reform to be more adaptable and capable of responding to accelerating change. Government recognises the need for a long-term approach and for there to be regulatory change, to fully address the challenges raised by respondents.

We did

In the coming months we intend to consult on an ambitious and multi-faceted reform programme, with priorities including helping businesses to understand their legal obligations by ensuring our future framework is as simple, consistent, and risk proportionate as possible. We will also consider how product safety processes and testing requirements could become more risk based, addressing the impact of the changes brought by e-Commerce to the product safety framework, including gaps in enforcement powers that have emerged with the rise of new technology and business models.

Ensuring that the future framework takes full advantage of the UK having left the EU, is adaptable and responsive to the challenges of the future will require legislative change. We value the expertise and insights that stakeholders have offered as part of this exercise to inform our review, and we will continue to work with them as we develop our evidence base, with a view to putting forward proposals for consultation in due course.

In addition to looking at longer term reform, the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) is taking immediate actions, in particular to address safety risks from products being sold online. This includes issuing a warning to UK consumers, highlighting the product safety risks when shopping online and leading a programme of work focusing on the safety and compliance of goods sold by third-party sellers on online marketplaces.

We asked

We invited views on removing the requirement for offshore oil and gas operators to make relevant documents available for public inspection at a specified address, where the effects of coronavirus related restrictions on movement meant that it is was not reasonably practicable for the public to access documents in this way. We proposed that the offshore oil and gas operators instead made the documents available on a publicly accessible website.

You said

We received 3 responses from interested parties. You queried that while websites which will host the documents may not be in the purview of the regulations, but will be delivering what amounts to a public service, if these websites would meet web accessibility standards required of public service websites.

We did

In addition to the offshore oil and gas operators making the documents available on their websites BEIS would consider making the documents available on our website which does meet web accessibility standards required of public service websites.

We asked

We sought views on the draft Co-ordination of Regulatory Enforcement Regulations 2017 which include measures to ensure that Primary Authority can operate from 1 October 2017 when the scheme is extended and simplified by provisions in the Enterprise Act 2016.  We also asked for views on replacing the ‘categories’ system for defining the scope of partnerships.

You said

We received 64 formal responses and also obtained feedback from around 240 stakeholders who attended engagement events held during the consultation period.  

Stakeholders were broadly supportive of the measures in the draft regulations. There was a wider range of views on the proposed new approach for determining the scope of partnerships.

We did

As a result of the consultation responses and wider stakeholder feedback we have amended the draft regulations. 

We have also produced draft revised Primary Authority Statutory Guidance. This reflects and clarifies the changes to Primary Authority introduced by the Enterprise Act 2016 and the new secondary legislation. It also describes how the new approach to defining partnerships will work in practice. 

The full Government response is published at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/unlocking-the-potential-of-primary-authority