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BEIS has its hands full—is it about to drop the ball on R&D?

Readers of a certain vintage will remember the cabbage game that would conclude episodes of the BBC children’s show Crackerjack. Contestants would be handed a prize if they provided correct answers, but wrong answers resulted in being handed a cabbage. Three cabbages and you were out, while the winner got to keep all the prizes they had not dropped.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy similarly has its hands full right now. In this instance, it is a result of the term in the department’s name that Playbook seldom discusses: energy.

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