Powers were transferred to the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales on 1 July 1999 and to the Northern Ireland Assembly on 2 December 1999. Devolution is a result of the Scotland Act 1998, the Government of Wales Act 1998 and the Northern Ireland Act 1998. Each of the devolved administrations is different and has different powers.
The new Government of Wales Act 2006 came into effect in May 2007 and supersedes the previous legislation for that nation.
Devolution affects the work of BIS: both the devolution legislation and the non-statutory arrangements for working with the devolved administrations have an effect.
The closest equivalent in the Scottish Executive to BIS is Finance & Sustainable Growth.
In Wales the closest equivalent to BIS in the Welsh Assembly Government is Economy & Transport.
The closest equivalent in the Northern Ireland Executive to BIS is the Department for Enterprise, Trade and Investment.