Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
United Kingdom
Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (HM Government).svg
Office not in use

since 13 July 2016
HM Treasury
Appointer Elizabeth II
on the advice of the Prime Minister
Inaugural holder Phillip Oppenheim
Formation 23 July 1996
Website HM Treasury

The Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury is a junior ministerial post in the British Treasury, ranked below the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the Paymaster General and the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, and alongside the Economic Secretary to the Treasury. It ranks at Parliamentary Secretary level and is not a Cabinet office. Unlike the other posts of Secretary in to the Treasury, it is only used occasionally, normally when the post of Paymaster General is allocated to a Minister outside the Treasury. It is currently not used.

The office was reinstated in June 2007, when Angela Eagle was appointed Exchequer Secretary after Tessa Jowell had been appointed Paymaster General and Olympic Minister within the Cabinet Office. The previous Exchequer Secretary was Phillip Oppenheim, who held the post from 23 July 1996 to 2 May 1997, when he lost his seat in the general election that brought Tony Blair to power. Angela Eagle was replaced by Kitty Ussher in the June 2009 reshuffle, with Jowell continuing in the Paymaster General role. Ussher resigned on 17 June 2009 and was immediately replaced by Sarah McCarthy-Fry. Following the 2010 general election, the post was taken by Conservative MP David Gauke.[1] In May 2015, Conservative MP Damian Hinds assumed the office.[2] Following Theresa May's first ministerial appointments in July 2016, the post is again not currently in use.


HM Treasury

Responsibility for procurement policy and the former Office of Government Commerce was transferred to the Cabinet Office in 2011.

Exchequer Secretaries to the Treasury[edit]

Colour key (for political parties):
  Conservative   Labour

Name Portrait Term of office Political party Prime Minister Chancellor
Phillip Oppenheim No image.svg 23 July 1996 2 May 1997 Conservative Major Clarke
Office not in use 1997–2007 Blair Brown
Angela Eagle Angela Eagle Ministerial portrait cropped.jpg 29 June 2007 9 June 2009 Labour Brown Darling
Kitty Ussher Kitty ussher at election count in burnley 2009.JPG 9 June 2009 17 June 2009 Labour
Sarah McCarthy-Fry No image.svg 17 June 2009 11 May 2010 Labour
David Gauke David gauke hi.jpg 13 May 2010 15 July 2014 Conservative Cameron
Priti Patel Priti Patel 2016.jpg 15 July 2014 11 May 2015 Conservative
Damian Hinds Damian Hinds MP.png 12 May 2015 13 July 2016 Conservative Cameron
Office not in use 2016–present May Hammond


  1. ^ "Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury: David Gauke MP". HM Treasury. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury - GOV.UK". UK Government website. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 

See also[edit]