Chief Secretary for Administration

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Hong Kong
Special Administrative Region

Chief Secretary for Administration
政務司司長
Hong Kong SAR Regional Emblem.svg
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Incumbent
Carrie Lam

since 1 July 2012
Style The Honourable
Member of Government Secretariat
Executive Council
Reports to Legislative Council
Residence Victoria House, 15 Barker Road, The Peak
Appointer Central People's Government
nomination by Chief Executive
Term length No longer than the Chief Executive's remaining term (No constitutional or statutory limits, but no CS would receive employment contract longer than the CE's remaining term since POAS was in place in 2002.)
Inaugural holder Anson Chan
Formation 1 July 1997
Website CSO

The Chief Secretary for Administration (Chinese: 政務司司長), commonly known as the Chief Secretary of Hong Kong, is the most senior principal official of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The Chief Secretary is the head of the Government Secretariat which oversees the administration of the Region to which all other ministers belong, and is accountable for his or her policies and actions to the Chief Executive and to the Legislative Council.

The Chief Secretary formulates and implements government policy, gives advice to the Chief Executive as a member of the Executive Council, and is responsible for managing the Government's relationship with the Legislative Council and drawing up the Government's legislative programme. The office also exercises certain statutory functions, such as the handling of appeals from designated public bodies.[1]

Prior to the transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong in 1997, the office was known simply as "Chief Secretary" (布政司), and before 1976, "Colonial Secretary" (輔政司).[2] Until the introduction of the Principal Officials Accountability System in 2002, the Chief Secretary was a civil service position, and in this capacity, the head of the public service. In 2005, Henry Tang became the first person who has not been a civil servant to be appointed to the office of the Chief Secretary.

List of Secretaries[edit]

Colonial Secretaries between 1843 and 1976[edit]

Chief Secretaries between 1976 and 1997[edit]

Chief Secretaries for Administration after 1997[edit]

No. Portrait Name Took Office Left Office Chief Executives Term
1 Anson Chan Anson Chan 1 July 1997 30 April 2001 Tung Chee-hwa 1
2 Donald Tsang Donald Tsang 1 May 2001 30 June 2002
1 July 2002 25 May 2005 2
- Michael Suen Michael Suen
Acting
25 May 2005 30 June 2005 Henry Tang
Acting
3 Rafael Hui 30 June 2005 30 June 2007 Donald Tsang
4 Henry Tang Henry Tang 1 July 2007 28 September 2011 3
5 Stephen Lam Stephen Lam 29 September 2011 30 June 2012
6 Carrie Lam Carrie Lam July 1, 2012 Incumbent CY Leung 4

Residence[edit]

Victoria House, 15 Barker Road, Hong Kong.

The Chief Secretary resides at an official residence at 15 Barker Road, The Peak, Hong Kong, which is also known as Victoria House and Victoria Flats

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ Chief Secretary's Office, Hong Kong Government
  2. ^ Roberts, Denys (Apr 18, 2006). Another Disaster: Hong Kong Sketches. The Radcliffe Press. ISBN 9781845111120. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 20315. p. 442. 9 February 1844. Retrieved 2009-06-27.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 20709. p. 834. 26 February 1847. Retrieved 2009-06-27.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 21635. p. 3909. 1 December 1854. Retrieved 2009-06-27.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: no. 23353. p. 772. 18 February 1868. Retrieved 2009-06-27.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27423. p. 2334. 8 April 1902.
  8. ^ Clementi, Cecil (1912). "General Observations". Hong Kong Annual Report (1911). p. 24. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Death of Mr. W.D.Barnes". The Straits Times (Singapore). October 30, 1911. p. 7. Retrieved October 3, 2014. 

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