Chief Secretary for Administration

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Hong Kong
Special Administrative Region

Chief Secretary for Administration
香港特別行政區政務司司長
Hong Kong SAR Regional Emblem.svg
政務司司長張建宗15.jpg
Incumbent
The Hon Matthew Cheung

since 16 January 2017
Style The Honourable
Member of Government Secretariat
Executive Council
Reports to Legislative Council
Residence Victoria House, 15 Barker Road, The Peak
Appointer State Council of the People's Republic of China
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
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Politics and government
of Hong Kong
Foreign relations
Related topics Hong Kong SAR Regional Emblem.svg Hong Kong portal
Chief Secretary for Administration
Traditional Chinese 政務
Simplified Chinese 政务
Cantonese Yale Jingmouhsī Sījéung

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" (Chinese: 布政司; Cantonese Yale: Boujingsī), and before 1976, "Colonial Secretary" (Chinese: 輔政司; Cantonese Yale: Fuhjingsī).[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]

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.

Colonial Secretaries, 1843–1941[edit]

Portrait Name Term of office Governor Ref
1 George Alexander Malcolm.jpg George Alexander Malcolm
馬儒翰
26 June 1843 29 August 1843 Sir Henry Pottinger
(1843–1844)
2 Frederick Wright-Bruce.jpg Sir Frederick Wright-Bruce
卜魯斯
9 February 1843 1846 [3]
Sir John Francis Davis
(1843–1848)
3 Captain William Caine.jpg William Caine
3 September 1846 12 April 1854 [4]
Sir George Bonham
(1848–1854)
4 William Thomas MERCER.jpg William Thomas Mercer
孖沙
13 April 1854 14 May 1868 Sir John Bowring
(1854–1859)
[5]
Sir Hercules Robinson
(1859–1865)
Sir Richard MacDonnell
(1866–1872)
5 John Gardiner Austin.jpg John Gardiner Austin
柯士甸
7 May 1868 4 April 1878 [6]
Sir Arthur Kennedy
(1872–1877)
Sir John Pope Hennessy
(1877–1882)
6 No image.svg William Henry Marsh
馬師
3 January 1879 10 June 1887
Sir George Bowen
(1883–1885)
7 史釗域.jpg Frederick Stewart
史釗域
5 October 1887 6 October 1889 Sir William Des Voeux
(1887–1891)
8 No image.svg Francis Fleming
菲林明
17 January 1890 26 February 1892
Sir William Robinson
(1891–1898)
9 George Thomas Michael O'Brien.jpg G. T. M. O'Brien
柯布連
11 March 1892 30 April 1895
10 Tcitp d782 j h stewart lockhart commissioner at weihaiwei.jpg Sir Stewart Lockhart
駱克
26 March 1895 23 April 1902
Sir Henry Arthur Blake
(1898–1903)
11 Sir-Francis-Henry-May.png Sir Francis Henry May
梅含理
14 May 1902 30 April 1911 [7][8]
Sir Matthew Nathan
(1904–1907)
Sir Frederick Lugard
(1907–1912)
12 No image.svg Warren Delabere Barnes
班士
7 June 1911 28 October 1911 [9]
13 Sir Claud Severn.jpg Sir Claud Severn
施勳
22 February 1912 14 November 1925
Sir Francis Henry May
(1912–1918)
Sir Reginald Stubbs
(1919–1925)
14 Sir Thomas Southorn.jpg Sir Thomas Southorn
修頓
1 May 1925 23 March 1936 Sir Cecil Clementi
(1925–1930)
Sir William Peel
(1930–1935)
Sir Andrew Caldecott
(1935–1937)
15 Norman Lockhart Smith.jpg Norman Lockhart Smith
史美
26 November 1936 8 December 1941
Sir Geoffry Northcote
(1937–1941)
Mark Aitchison Young
(1941)
16 Frank Gimson.jpg Sir Franklin Gimson
詹遜
8 December 1941 25 December 1941

Colonial Secretaries, 1946–1976[edit]

Portrait Name Term of office Duration Governor Ref
17 No image.svg David Mercer MacDougall
麥道高
1 May 1946 11 May 1949 2 years, 344 days Sir Mark Aitchison Young
(1946–1947)
Sir Alexander Grantham
(1947–1957)
18 No image.svg John Fearns Nicoll
列誥
25 May 1949 23 January 1952 2 years, 243 days
19 No image.svg Sir Robert Brown Black
柏立基
20 February 1952 30 March 1955 3 years, 38 days
20 No image.svg Edgeworth Beresford David
戴維德
4 May 1955 25 January 1959 3 years, 266 days
Sir Robert Brown Black
(1958–1964)
21 No image.svg Claude Bramall Burgess
白嘉時
9 December 1959 27 February 1963 3 years, 80 days
22 No image.svg Edmund Brinsley Teesdale
戴斯德
18 March 1963 25 March 1965 2 years, 7 days
Sir David Trench
(1964–1971)
23 No image.svg Michael Gass
祈濟時
15 September 1965 22 January 1969 3 years, 129 days
24 No image.svg Sir Hugh Norman-Walker
羅樂民
9 April 1969 1 August 1973 14 years, 114 days
Sir Murray MacLehose
(1971–1982)
25 No image.svg Sir Denys Roberts
羅弼時
17 October 1973 7 July 1976 2 years, 264 days

Chief Secretaries, 1976–1997[edit]

Portrait Name Term of office Duration Governor Ref
1 No image.svg Sir Denys Roberts
羅弼時
6 October 1976 13 April 1978 1 year, 189 days Sir Murray MacLehose
(1971–1982)
2 No image.svg Sir Jack Cater
姬達
11 October 1978 11 November 1981 3 years, 31 days
3 No image.svg Sir Philip Haddon-Cave
夏鼎基
25 November 1981 7 June 1985 3 years, 194 days
Sir Edward Youde
(1982–1986)
4 No image.svg Sir David Akers-Jones
鍾逸傑
12 June 1985 10 December 1986 1 year, 181 days
5 No image.svg Sir David Robert Ford
霍德
9 October 1991 28 November 1993 2 years, 50 days Sir David Wilson
(1987–1992)
Chris Patten
(1992–1997)
6 Anson Chan.jpg Anson Chan
陳方安生
29 November 1993 30 June 1997 3 years, 213 days

Chief Secretaries for Administration, 1997–present[edit]

Political party:   Nonpartisan

Portrait Name Term of office Duration Chief Executive Term Ref
1 Anson Chan.jpg Anson Chan Fang On-sang
陳方安生
1 July 1997 30 April 2001 3 years, 303 days Tung Chee-hwa
(1997–2005)
1
2 Donald Tsang WEF.jpg Donald Tsang Yam-kuen
曾蔭權
1 May 2001 31 May 2005[n 1] 4 years, 30 days
2
3 Rafael Hui Si-yan.JPG Rafael Hui Si-yan
許仕仁
30 June 2005 30 June 2007 1 year, 364 days Donald Tsang
(2005–2012)
2
4 Iqtangtang.jpg Henry Tang Ying-yen
唐英年
1 July 2007 30 September 2011[n 2] 4 years, 90 days 3
5 Stephen Lam Sui-lung 2010.jpg Stephen Lam Sui-lung
林瑞麟
30 September 2011 30 June 2012 274 days
6 Carrie Lam 2017 1.jpg Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor
林鄭月娥
1 July 2012 16 January 2017[n 3] 4 years, 199 days Leung Chun-ying
(2012–present)
4
7 政務司司長張建宗15.jpg Matthew Cheung Kin-chung
張建宗
16 January 2017 Incumbent 156 days
  1. ^ Resigned on 25 May 2005, with effect from 1 June 2005, Michael Suen served as acting Chief Secretary between 25 May to 30 June 2005.
  2. ^ Resigned on 28 September 2011, with effect from 30 September 2011, Michael Suen served as acting Chief Secretary between 28 to 30 September 2011.
  3. ^ Resigned on 12 January 2017, with effect from 16 January 2017, Matthew Cheung has served as acting Chief Secretary from 13 to 16 January 2017.

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. ^ "No. 20315". The London Gazette. 9 February 1844. p. 442. 
  4. ^ "No. 20709". The London Gazette. 26 February 1847. p. 834. 
  5. ^ "No. 21635". The London Gazette. 1 December 1854. p. 3909. 
  6. ^ "No. 23353". The London Gazette. 18 February 1868. p. 772. 
  7. ^ "No. 27423". The London Gazette. 8 April 1902. p. 2334. 
  8. ^ Clementi, Cecil (1912). "General Observations" (PDF). 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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