Chief Secretary to the Treasury

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Chief Secretary to the Treasury
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Incumbent
Elizabeth Truss

since 11 June 2017
Her Majesty's Treasury
Style The Right Honourable
Reports to Chancellor of the Exchequer
Appointer The Monarch
on advice of the Prime Minister
Term length No fixed term
Formation 8 October 1961
First holder Henry Brooke
Website www.hm-treasury.gov.uk
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The Chief Secretary to the Treasury is the second most senior ministerial position in HM Treasury, after the Chancellor of the Exchequer. It was created in 1961, to share the burden of representing the Treasury with the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Between 1961 and 2015 the holder of the post of Chief Secretary to the Treasury was automatically a member of the Cabinet making the Treasury the only Department to have two ministers automatically serving in the Cabinet.[1][2] Since 2015, however, the status of the Chief Secretary to the Treasury has been reduced to an "also attending Cabinet" role.

The position's responsibilities include negotiating with departments about budget allocations, public sector pay, and procurement policy.

List of Chief Secretaries to the Treasury[edit]

Chief Secretary to the Treasury
  Conservative       Labour       Liberal Democrat
Portrait Name Term of office Party Ministry Chancellor Ref.
Henry Brooke
MP for Hampstead
9 October
1961
13 July
1962
Conservative Macmillan
(I & II)
Selwyn Lloyd [3]
John Boyd-Carpenter
MP for Kingston-upon-Thames
13 July
1962
16 October
1964
Conservative Reginald Maudling [4]
Douglas-Home
No image.svg Jack Diamond
MP for Gloucester
20 October
1964
19 June
1970
Labour Wilson
(I & II)
James Callaghan [5]
Roy Jenkins
Maurice Macmillan
MP for Farnham
23 June
1970
7 April
1972
Conservative Heath Iain Macleod [6]
Anthony Barber
Patrick Jenkin
MP for Wanstead and Woodford
7 April
1972
8 January
1974
Conservative [7]
The Lord Boardman.jpg Tom Boardman
MP for Leicester South West
8 January
1974
4 March
1974
Conservative [8]
Joel Barnett
MP for Heywood and Royton
7 March
1974
4 May
1979
Labour Wilson
(III & IV)
Denis Healey [9]
Callaghan
John Biffen
MP for Oswestry
5 May
1979
5 January
1981
Conservative Thatcher I Geoffrey Howe [10]
Lord Brittan 2011.jpg Leon Brittan
MP for Cleveland and Whitby
5 January
1981
11 June
1983
Conservative [11]
Peter Rees
MP for Dover
11 June
1983
2 September
1985
Conservative Thatcher II Nigel Lawson [12]
Official portrait of Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market crop 2.jpg John MacGregor
MP for South Norfolk
2 September
1985
13 June
1987
Conservative [13]
John Major 1996.jpg John Major
MP for Huntingdon
13 June
1987
24 July
1989
Conservative Thatcher III [14]
Official portrait of Lord Lamont of Lerwick crop 2.jpg Norman Lamont
MP for Kingston-upon-Thames
24 July
1989
28 November
1990
Conservative John Major [15]
No image.svg David Mellor
MP for Putney
28 November
1990
10 April
1992
Conservative Major I Norman Lamont [16]
Michael Portillo by Regents College cropped.jpg Michael Portillo
MP for Enfield Southgate
10 April
1992
20 July
1994
Conservative Major II [17]
Kenneth Clarke
No image.svg Jonathan Aitken
MP for South Thanet
20 July
1994
5 July
1995
Conservative [18]
William Waldegrave visiting University of Salford 1981 cropped.jpg William Waldegrave
MP for Bristol West
5 July
1995
2 May
1997
Conservative [19]
AlistairDarlingABr cropped.jpg Alistair Darling
MP for Edinburgh Central
3 May
1997
27 July
1998
Labour Blair
(I–III)
Gordon Brown [20]
No image.svg Stephen Byers
MP for North Tyneside
27 July
1998
23 December
1998
Labour [21]
Alan Milburn.JPG Alan Milburn
MP for Darlington
23 December
1998
11 October
1999
Labour [22]
Andrew Smith MP 20050127.jpg Andrew Smith
MP for Oxford East
11 October
1999
29 May
2002
Labour [23]
Paul-boateng.jpg Paul Boateng
MP for Brent South
29 May
2002
6 May
2005
Labour [24]
Official portrait of Lord Browne of Ladyton crop 2.jpg Des Browne
MP for Kilmarnock and Loudoun
6 May
2005
5 May
2006
Labour [25]
Official portrait of Stephen Timms crop 2.jpg Stephen Timms
MP for East Ham
5 May
2006
27 June
2007
Labour [26]
Andy Burnham2.jpg Andy Burnham
MP for Leigh
28 June
2007
24 January
2008
Labour Brown Alistair Darling [27]
Official portrait of Yvette Cooper crop 2.jpg Yvette Cooper
MP for Pontefract and Castleford
24 January
2008
5 June
2009
Labour [28]
Official portrait of Liam Byrne crop 2.jpg Liam Byrne
MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill
5 June
2009
11 May
2010
Labour [29]
David Laws Minister.jpg David Laws
MP for Yeovil
12 May
2010
29 May
2010
Liberal Democrat Cameron–Clegg
(Con.L.D.)
George Osborne [30]
Danny alexander hi.jpg Danny Alexander
MP for Inverness, Nairn,
Badenoch and Strathspey
29 May
2010
7 May
2015
Liberal Democrat [31]
Official portrait of Greg Hands crop 2.jpg Greg Hands
MP for Chelsea and Fulham
11 May
2015
14 July
2016
Conservative Cameron II [32]
Official portrait of Mr David Gauke crop 2.jpg David Gauke
MP for South West Hertfordshire
14 July
2016
11 June
2017
Conservative May I Philip Hammond [33]
Official portrait of Elizabeth Truss crop 2.jpg Elizabeth Truss
MP for South West Norfolk
11 June
2017
Incumbent Conservative May II [34]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ F N Forman; N D J Baldwin (2007), Mastering British Politics (5th ed.), Palgrave Macmillan 
  2. ^ W H Greenleaf (1983), The British Political Tradition: Volume III, Part One, Much Governed Nation, Routledge 
  3. ^ "Mr Henry Brooke". Hansard 1803–2005. UK Parliament. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  4. ^ "Mr John Boyd-Carpenter". Hansard 1803–2005. UK Parliament. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  5. ^ "Mr Jack Diamond". Hansard 1803–2005. UK Parliament. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  6. ^ "Rt Hon Viscount Macmillan of Ovenden". UK Parliament. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  7. ^ "Lord Jenkin of Roding". UK Parliament. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  8. ^ "Mr Thomas Boardman". Hansard 1803–2005. UK Parliament. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  9. ^ "Lord Barnett". UK Parliament. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  10. ^ "Rt Hon John Biffen". UK Parliament. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  11. ^ "Lord Brittan of Spennithorne". UK Parliament. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  12. ^ "Mr Peter Rees". Hansard 1803–2005. UK Parliament. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  13. ^ "Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  14. ^ "Rt Hon John Major". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  15. ^ "Lord Lamont of Lerwick". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  16. ^ "Rt Hon David Mellor". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  17. ^ "Rt Hon Michael Portillo". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  18. ^ "Jonathan Aitken". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  19. ^ "Lord Waldegrave of North Hill". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  20. ^ "Lord Darling of Roulanish". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  21. ^ "Mr Stephen Byers". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  22. ^ "Mr Alan Milburn". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  23. ^ "Rt Hon Andrew Smith". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  24. ^ "Lord Boateng". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  25. ^ "Lord Browne of Ladyton". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  26. ^ "Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  27. ^ "Rt Hon Andy Burnham". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  28. ^ "Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  29. ^ "Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  30. ^ "Rt Hon David Laws". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  31. ^ "Rt Hon Danny Alexander". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  32. ^ "Rt Hon Greg Hands MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  33. ^ "Rt Hon David Gauke MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  34. ^ "Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2017.