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1974 The new Department assumed responsibility for general industrial policy, both national and regional. It was particularly responsible for the sponsorship of individual manufacturing industries; technical services to industry; and industrial development and finance. The aerospace industries came within its responsibilities, as well as industrial research and development, including supervisions of the industrial research establishments of the former DTI. It also had departmental responsibility for the Post Office Corporation.
The former DTI’s 10 regional offices were attached to the new Department of Industry , though they also continued to deliver some regional services for the Department of Trade; Department of Energy and the Department of Prices and Consumer Protection.
The Secretary of State for Industry was also, for a short interim period, the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications.
1974 April 17th – the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications was dissolved and its functions split between the Department of Industry and the Home Office (broadcasting and radio spectrum management).