Financial Secretary (Hong Kong)

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Hong Kong
Special Administrative Region

Financial Secretary
香港特別行政區財政司司長
Hong Kong SAR Regional Emblem.svg
Paul Chan Mo Po.jpg
Incumbent
The Hon Paul Chan

since 16 January 2016
Style The Honourable
Member of Government Secretariat
Executive Council
Reports to Legislative Council
Residence 45 Shouson Hill Road
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
Formation 1 July 1997
Website FSO
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Politics and government
of Hong Kong
Foreign relations
Related topics Hong Kong SAR Regional Emblem.svg Hong Kong portal

The Financial Secretary (Chinese: 財政司司長) is the title held by the Hong Kong government minister who is responsible for all economic and financial matters. The position is among the three most senior Principal Officials of the Government, second only to the Chief Secretary in the order of precedence (but not subordinate to the CS). Together with other secretaries, the Financial Secretary is accountable to the Legislative Council and the territory's Chief Executive (the Governor before the 1997 transfer of sovereignty) for his actions in supervising the formulation and implementation of financial and economic policies.

The position evolved out of the office of the Colonial Treasurer before 1940. The Financial Secretary is a member of the Executive Council, and gives advice to the Chief Executive in that capacity. He is also responsible for delivering the annual budget to the Legislative Council. To date, it is the only office among the three highest Principal Officials of the Government (Chief Secretary, Financial Secretary, and Secretary for Justice/Attorney General) not to have been occupied by a woman.

The incumbent Financial Secretary is Paul Chan Mo-po.

List of Secretaries[edit]

Secretaries and Treasurers to the Superintendent, 1842–1844[edit]

Colonial Treasurers, 1844–1937[edit]

Portrait Name Term of office Governor Ref
1 No image.svg Montgomery Martin 31 May 1844 8 July 1845 Sir John Francis Davis
(1843–1844)
2 William Thomas MERCER.jpg William Thomas Mercer
孖沙
1 January 1848[1] 31 March 1854
Sir George Bonham
(1844–1854)
3 No image.svg Robert Rienaecker 1854[1] 1856 Sir John Bowring
(1844–1859)
4 No image.svg Frederick Forth 15 May 1857[1] 23 February 1871
Sir Hercules Robinson
(1859–1865)
Sir Richard MacDonnell
(1865–1872)
5 Cecil Clementi Smith Vanity Fair 1892-01-23.jpg Sir Cecil Clementi Smith 13 November 1874 29 April 1878
Sir Arthur Kennedy
(1872–1877)
6 No image.svg Sir James Russell
羅素
26 February 1880 24 March 1883
Sir John Pope Hennessy
(1877–1882)
7 No image.svg Alfred Lister
理斯特
26 May 1883[2] 16 June 1890 Sir George Bowen
(1883–1885)
Sir William Des Voeux
(1887–1891)
8 No image.svg N. G. Mitchell-Innes
密徹爾-因斯
15 October 1891[2] 26 February 1895 Sir William Robinson
(1891–1898)
9 No image.svg Thomas Sercombe Smith
史密夫
3 May 1897 28 February 1898
10 Alexander MacDonald Thomson.jpg A. MacDonald Thomson
譚臣
8 February 1899 10 December 1918 Sir Henry Arthur Blake
(1898–1903)
Sir Matthew Nathan
(1903–1907)
Sir Frederick Lugard
(1907–1912)
Sir Francis Henry May
(1912–1918)
11 No image.svg Charles Messer
馬斯德
31 December 1918 2 April 1931 Sir Reginald Stubbs
(1919–1925)
Sir Cecil Clementi
(1925–1930)
Sir William Peel
(1930–1935)
12 No image.svg Edwin Taylor
戴萊
2 July 1931 10 March 1937
Sir Andrew Caldecott
(1935–1937)

Financial Secretaries, 1937–1941[edit]

Portrait Name Term of office Duration Governor Ref
1 Sir Sydney Caine, 1964.jpg Sir Sydney Caine
金錫儀
9 March 1938 16 November 1939 1 year, 252 days Sir Geoffry Northcote
(1937–1941)
2 No image.svg Henry Butters
畢打士
20 June 1940 25 December 1941 1 year, 188 days
Mark Aitchison Young
(1941)

Financial Secretaries, 1946–1997[edit]

Portrait Name Term of office Duration Governor Ref
3 No image.svg Sir Geoffrey Follows
霍勞士
1 May 1946 2 May 1951 5 years, 1 day Sir Mark Aitchison Young
(1946–1947)
Sir Alexander Grantham
(1947–1957)
4 No image.svg Arthur Grenfell Clarke
岐樂嘉
20 February 1952 29 March 1961 9 years, 37 days
Sir Robert Brown Black
(1958–1964)
5 No image.svg Sir John Cowperthwaite
郭伯偉
12 April 1961 23 June 1971 10 years, 72 days
Sir David Trench
(1964–1971)
6 No image.svg Sir Philip Haddon-Cave
夏鼎基
7 July 1971 27 May 1981 9 years, 324 days Sir Murray MacLehose
(1971–1982)
7 No image.svg Sir John Henry Bremridge
彭勵治
10 June 1981 28 May 1986 4 years, 352 days
Sir Edward Youde
(1982–1986)
8 No image.svg Sir Piers Jacobs
翟克誠
4 June 1986 17 July 1991 5 years, 43 days Sir David Wilson
(1987–1992)
9 No image.svg Sir Hamish Macleod
麥高樂
12 August 1991 1 September 1995 4 years, 20 days
Chris Patten
(1992–1997)
10 Donald Tsang WEF.jpg Sir Donald Tsang
曾蔭權
1 September 1995 30 June 1997 1 year, 302 days

Financial Secretaries, 1997–present[edit]

Political party:   Nonpartisan

Portrait Name Term of office Duration Chief Executive Term Ref
1 Donald Tsang WEF.jpg Sir Donald Tsang Yam-kuen
曾蔭權
1 July 1997 30 April 2001 3 years, 303 days Tung Chee-hwa
(1997–2005)
1
2 Antony Leung - Annual Meeting of the New Champions Dalian 2009.jpg Antony Leung Kam-chung
梁錦松
1 May 2001 16 July 2003 2 years, 76 days
2
3 Iqtangtang.jpg Henry Tang Ying-yen
唐英年
17 July 2003 30 June 2007 3 years, 348 days
Donald Tsang
(2005–2012)
2
4 John Tsang 2016 5.jpg John Tsang Chun-wah
曾俊華
1 July 2007 16 January 2017[n 1] 9 years, 199 days 3
Leung Chun-ying
(2012–present)
4
5 Paul Chan Mo Po.jpg Paul Chan Mo-po
陳茂波
16 January 2017 Incumbent 61 days
  1. ^ Resigned on 12 December 2016, with effect on 16 January 2017, KC Chan served as acting Financial Secretary from 13 December 2016 to 16 January 2017.

Residence[edit]

Residence of the Financial Secretary.

The Financial Secretary's residence is on 45 Shouson Hill Road in Deep Water Bay. It is listed as a grade 2 building. Described as a two-story neo-Georgian style residence built in 1935 and originally owned by Sir Shouson Chow as his own residence. The first Financial Secretary who moved into the building was Sir Charles Geoffrey Shield Follows.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Endacott, G. B. (2005) [1962]. A biographical sketch-book of early Hong Kong. Hong Kong University Press. ISBN 978-9622097421. 
  2. ^ a b sunzi.lib.hku.hk PDF

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