Chief Secretary for Administration
Special Administrative Region
Chief Secretary for Administration
|Member of||Government Secretariat
|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|
|Politics and government
of Hong Kong
|Chief Secretary for Administration|
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.
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). 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
Colonial Secretaries (1843–1976)
- George Alexander Malcolm (1843)
- John Robert Morrison (acting secretary, 1843)
- Sir Frederick Bruce (1844–1846)
- William Caine (1846–1854)
- William Thomas Mercer (1854–1868)
- John Gardiner Austin (1868–1879)
- William Henry Marsh (1879–1887)
- Frederick Stewart (1887–1889)
- Francis Fleming (1890–1892)
- George Thomas Michael O'Brien (1892–1895)
- Sir James Haldane Stewart Lockhart (1895–1902)
- Sir Francis Henry May (1902–1911)
- Warren Delabere Barnes (1911)
- Sir Claud Severn (1912–1925)
- Sir Wilfrid Thomas Southorn (1925–1936)
- Norman Lockhart Smith (1936–1941)
- Sir Franklin Charles Gimson (1941)
- David Mercer MacDougall (1945–1949)
- John Fearns Nicoll (1949–1952)
- Sir Robert Brown Black (1952–1955)
- Edgeworth Beresford David (1955–1958)
- Claude Bramall Burgess (1958–1963)
- Edmund Brinsley Teesdale (1963–1965)
- Michael David Irving Gass (1965–1970)
- Sir Hugh Selby Norman-Walker (1969–1973)
- Sir Denys Tudor Emil Roberts (1973–1976)
From the 1870s to 1902 the Colonial Secretary was de facto Lieutenant Governor of Hong Kong. The role was once held by the Commander of British Forces in Hong Kong. After 1902 the title disappeared from use as the second highest post was transferred to the Colonial Secretary and late Chief Secretary.
Chief Secretaries (1976–1997)
- Sir Denys Tudor Emil Roberts (1976–1978)
- Sir Jack Cater (1978–1981)
- Sir Charles Philip Haddon-Cave (1981–1985)
- Sir David Akers-Jones (1985–1987)
- Sir David Robert Ford (1987–1993)
- Anson Chan Fong On-sang (1993–1997)
Chief Secretaries for Administration (Post-1997)
Politiical party: Nonpartisan
|Term of office||Political party||Chief Executive||Term||Ref|
|Took office||Left office||Duration|
|1||Anson Chan Fang On-sang
|1 July 1997||30 April 2001||3 years, 303 days||Nonpartisan||
|2||Donald Tsang Yam-kuen
|1 May 2001||25 May 2005[n 1]||4 years, 24 days||Nonpartisan|
|3||Rafael Hui Si-yan
|1 July 2005||30 June 2007||1 year, 364 days||Nonpartisan||
|4||Henry Tang Ying-yen
|1 July 2007||28 September 2011||4 years, 89 days||Nonpartisan||3|
|5||Stephen Lam Sui-lung
|29 September 2011||30 June 2012||275 days||Nonpartisan|
|6||Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor
|1 July 2012||Incumbent||4 years, 112 days||Nonpartisan||
- Resigned, Michael Suen served as acting chief between 25 May to 30 June 2005.
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.
- Hong Kong Government
- Government departments and agencies in Hong Kong
- Secretary for Justice
- Financial Secretary (Hong Kong)
- Secretary for Education and Manpower
- Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food
- Lieutenant Governor of Hong Kong - second in command from 1843 to 1870s
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