The economic secretary is responsible, though more senior ministers share in decision making, for the answering of written and verbal parliamentary questions and for the devising of regulations, orders and legislation in various matters. These matters include banking and finance, including banks, insurance, personal savings, financial regulation, and foreign exchange reserves. He or she is also involved in taxation as it impacts on these areas, such as tax on savings and pensions, and Insurance Premium Tax. In addition, the economic secretary advises on economic policy and works with other treasury ministers on the Comprehensive Spending Review and finance bills.
Economic secretaries to the treasury, 1947–present