United Kingdom
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Incumbent
Laura Trott
since 13 November 2023
His Majesty's Treasury
StyleThe Right Honourable
Reports toChancellor of the Exchequer
Prime Minister
NominatorPrime Minister
AppointerThe Monarch
(on the advice of the Prime Minister)
Term lengthAt His Majesty's pleasure
Formation8 October 1961
First holderHenry Brooke
Salary£121,326 per annum (2022)[1]
(including £86,584 MP salary)[2]
WebsiteOfficial Website

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury is a ministerial office in the government of the United Kingdom and is the second most senior ministerial office in HM Treasury, after the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The office was created in 1961 to share the burden of representing HM Treasury with the chancellor.[citation needed]

The minister is shadowed by the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury who sits on the Official Opposition frontbench.

History and responsibilities

Between 1961 and 2015, the holder of the office of Chief Secretary to the Treasury was of full cabinet rank. This formally made HM Treasury the only department to have more than one ministerial position of cabinet rank.[3][4] Since 2015, however, the status of the office has been reduced to "also attending Cabinet".[citation needed]

The office holder is responsible for public expenditure, including spending reviews.[5]

List of chief secretaries to the Treasury

Chief Secretary to the Treasury
  Conservative       Labour       Liberal Democrat
Chief secretary Term of office Party Ministry Chancellor
Henry Brooke
MP for Hampstead[6]
9 October
1961
13 July
1962
Conservative Macmillan
(I & II)
Selwyn Lloyd
John Boyd-Carpenter[7]
MP for Kingston-upon-Thames
13 July
1962
16 October
1964
Conservative Reginald Maudling
Douglas-Home
Jack Diamond[8]
MP for Gloucester
20 October
1964
19 June
1970
Labour Wilson
(I & II)
James Callaghan
Roy Jenkins
Maurice Macmillan[9]
MP for Farnham
23 June
1970
7 April
1972
Conservative Heath Iain Macleod
Anthony Barber
Patrick Jenkin[10]
MP for Wanstead and Woodford
7 April
1972
8 January
1974
Conservative
Tom Boardman[11]
MP for Leicester South West
8 January
1974
4 March
1974
Conservative
Joel Barnett[12]
MP for Heywood and Royton
7 March
1974
4 May
1979
Labour Wilson
(III & IV)
Denis Healey
Callaghan
John Biffen[13]
MP for Oswestry
5 May
1979
5 January
1981
Conservative Thatcher I Geoffrey Howe
Leon Brittan[14]
MP for Cleveland and Whitby
5 January
1981
11 June
1983
Conservative
Peter Rees[15]
MP for Dover
11 June
1983
2 September
1985
Conservative Thatcher II Nigel Lawson
John MacGregor[16]
MP for South Norfolk
2 September
1985
13 June
1987
Conservative
John Major[17]
MP for Huntingdon
13 June
1987
24 July
1989
Conservative Thatcher III
Norman Lamont[18]
MP for Kingston-upon-Thames
24 July
1989
28 November
1990
Conservative John Major
David Mellor[19]
MP for Putney
28 November
1990
10 April
1992
Conservative Major I Norman Lamont
Michael Portillo[20]
MP for Enfield Southgate
10 April
1992
20 July
1994
Conservative Major II
Kenneth Clarke
Jonathan Aitken[21]
MP for South Thanet
20 July
1994
5 July
1995
Conservative
William Waldegrave[22]
MP for Bristol West
5 July
1995
2 May
1997
Conservative
Alistair Darling[23]
MP for Edinburgh Central
3 May
1997
27 July
1998
Labour Blair I Gordon Brown
Stephen Byers[24]
MP for North Tyneside
27 July
1998
23 December
1998
Labour
Alan Milburn[25]
MP for Darlington
23 December
1998
11 October
1999
Labour
Andrew Smith[26]
MP for Oxford East
11 October
1999
29 May
2002
Labour
Blair II
Paul Boateng[27]
MP for Brent South
29 May
2002
6 May
2005
Labour
Des Browne[28]
MP for Kilmarnock and Loudoun
6 May
2005
5 May
2006
Labour Blair III
Stephen Timms[29]
MP for East Ham
5 May
2006
28 June
2007
Labour
Andy Burnham[30]
MP for Leigh
28 June
2007
24 January
2008
Labour Brown Alistair Darling
Yvette Cooper[31]
MP for Pontefract and Castleford
24 January
2008
5 June
2009
Labour
Liam Byrne[32]
MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill
5 June
2009
11 May
2010
Labour
David Laws[33]
MP for Yeovil
12 May
2010
29 May
2010
Liberal Democrat Cameron–Clegg
(Con.L.D.)
George Osborne
Danny Alexander[34]
MP for Inverness, Nairn,
Badenoch and Strathspey
29 May
2010
8 May
2015
Liberal Democrat
Greg Hands[35]
MP for Chelsea and Fulham
11 May
2015
14 July
2016
Conservative Cameron II
David Gauke[36]
MP for South West Hertfordshire
14 July
2016
11 June
2017
Conservative May I Philip Hammond
Liz Truss[37]
MP for South West Norfolk
11 June
2017
24 July
2019
Conservative May II
Rishi Sunak[38]
MP for Richmond (Yorks)
24 July
2019
13 February
2020
Conservative Johnson I Sajid Javid
Johnson II
Steve Barclay[39]
MP for North East Cambridgeshire
13 February
2020
15 September
2021
Conservative Rishi Sunak
Simon Clarke[40]
MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
15 September
2021
6 September
2022
Conservative
Nadhim Zahawi
Chris Philp[41]
MP for Croydon South
6 September
2022
14 October
2022
Conservative Truss Kwasi Kwarteng
Edward Argar[42]
MP for Charnwood
14 October
2022
25 October
2022
Conservative Jeremy Hunt
John Glen[43]
MP for Salisbury
25 October
2022
13 November
2023
Conservative Sunak
Laura Trott
MP for Sevenoaks
13 November
2023
Incumbent Conservative

See also

References

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  13. ^ "Rt Hon John Biffen". UK Parliament. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  14. ^ "Lord Brittan of Spennithorne". UK Parliament. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
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  16. ^ "Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
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  20. ^ "Rt Hon Michael Portillo". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
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  30. ^ "Rt Hon Andy Burnham". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  31. ^ "Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  32. ^ "Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  33. ^ "Rt Hon David Laws". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  34. ^ "Rt Hon Danny Alexander". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  35. ^ "Rt Hon Greg Hands MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  36. ^ "Rt Hon David Gauke MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  37. ^ "Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  38. ^ "Rishi Sunak MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  39. ^ "Rt Hon Steve Barclay MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  40. ^ "The Rt Hon Simon Clarke MP". gov.uk. Retrieved 26 September 2022.
  41. ^ "Chris Philp MP". gov.uk. Retrieved 26 September 2022.
  42. ^ "UK treasury minister Philp to be replaced by Edward Argar". Reuters. 14 October 2022. Retrieved 14 October 2022.
  43. ^ "John Glen appointed Chief Secretary to UK Treasury - statement". Reuters. 25 October 2022. Retrieved 25 October 2022.>