Economic Secretary to the Treasury

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Economic Secretary to the Treasury
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Simon Kirby

since 17 July 2016
HM Treasury
Appointer Elizabeth II
Inaugural holder Douglas Jay
Formation December 1947
Website HM Treasury

The Economic Secretary to the Treasury is the fifth-most senior ministerial post in the UK Treasury, after the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the paymaster-general and the financial secretary. It is not a cabinet-level post. The office was originally created in December 1947; it was abolished on 22 December 1964 but re-established on 11 November 1981.

Since April 2014 the Economic Secretary to the Treasury has also concurrently held the portfolio of 'City Minister'.[1]


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.[2]

Economic secretaries to the treasury, 1947–present[edit]

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  1. ^ Andrea Leadsom MP appointed new City Minister for HMT, Tech UK, 10 April 2014, retrieved 4 August 2016 
  2. ^ Ministerial responsibilities HM Treasury