The parliamentary secretary to the Treasury is a senior ministerial position in the
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. However, the office is now attached to the Treasury in name only; the holder is typically also the chief whip of the House of Commons. The office can be seen as a
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, in order to allow the chief whip to draw a Government salary, attend Cabinet, and use a Downing Street residence. The incumbent as of July 2019 is Mark Spencer.


The position of
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was created in 1660. Until 1711, there was only one Secretary to the Treasury; however, in that year, a second position was created to help deal with the increasing workload. This new position was known as the Junior Secretary to the Treasury, and the existing post as the Senior Secretary to the Treasury. Initially, when the position of Senior Secretary to the Treasury became vacant (except as the result of an election causing a change of government), the Junior Secretary was usually automatically promoted to the senior role. Over time, however, the roles of the Senior and Junior Secretaries began to diverge, the Senior Secretary post being used as a
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post for the
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, with no formal responsibilities to the Treasury. The Junior Secretary post remained a substantive position working in the Treasury. As such, the Senior Secretary became known as the 'Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury' while the Junior Secretary became known as the '
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', and the 'automatic' promotion from Junior to Senior ceased. While the exact date on which this change occurred is disputed, it is agreed that the distinction was complete by 1830.

Parliamentary Secretaries to the Treasury, 1830–present

19th century

* Edward Ellice 1830-1832 * Charles Wood 1832-1834 * Sir George Clerk, Bt 1834–1835 * Hon. Edward Stanley 1835–1841 *
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1841 * Sir Thomas Fremantle, Bt 1841–1844 *
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1852 *William Goodenough Hayter 1853–1858 *William Jolliffe, 1st Baron Hylton, Sir William Jolliffe, Bt 1858–1859 *Henry Brand, 1st Viscount Hampden, Henry Brand 1859–1866 *Thomas Edward Taylor 1866–1868 *Gerard Noel (politician), Gerard Noel 1868 *George Glyn, 2nd Baron Wolverton, George Glyn 1868–1873 *Arthur Peel, 1st Viscount Peel, Arthur Wellesley Peel 1873–1874 *Sir William Hart Dyke, 7th Baronet, Sir William Hart Dyke, Bt 1874–1880 *Richard Grosvenor, 1st Baron Stalbridge, Lord Richard Grosvenor 1880–1885 *Aretas Akers-Douglas, 1st Viscount Chilston, Aretas Akers-Douglas 1885–1886 *Arnold Morley 1886 *Aretas Akers-Douglas 1886–1892 *Edward Marjoribanks, 2nd Baron Tweedmouth, Edward Marjoribanks 1892–1894 *Thomas Edward Ellis 1894–1895 *William Hood Walrond, 1st Baron Waleran, Sir William Walrond, Bt 1895–1902

20th century

*Alexander Fuller-Acland-Hood, 1st Baron St Audries, Sir Alexander Acland-Hood, Bt 1902–1905 *George Whiteley, 1st Baron Marchamley, George Whiteley 1905–1908 *Jack Pease, 1st Baron Gainford, Jack Pease 1908–1910 *Alexander William Charles Oliphant Murray, 1st Baron Murray of Elibank, Master of Elibank 1910–1912 *Percy Holden Illingworth 1912–1915 *John William Gulland 1915 *Edmund Fitzalan-Howard, 1st Viscount Fitzalan of Derwent, Lord Edmund Talbot 1915–1916 (Conservative, jointly) *John William Gulland 1915–1916 (Liberal, jointly) *Lord Edmund Talbot 1916–1921 (Conservative, jointly) *Neil James Archibald Primrose, Neil Primrose 1916–1917 (Liberal, jointly) *Frederick Edward Guest, Frederick Guest 1917–1921 (Liberal, jointly) *Leslie Orme Wilson 1921–1922 (Conservative, jointly) *Charles McCurdy 1921–1922 (Liberal, jointly) *Leslie Orme Wilson 1922–1923 *Bolton Eyres-Monsell, 1st Viscount Monsell, Bolton Eyres-Monsell 1923–1924 *Ben Spoor 1924 *Bolton Eyres-Monsell 1924–1929 *Tom Kennedy (Kirkcaldy MP), Tom Kennedy 1929–1931 *David Margesson, 1st Viscount Margesson, David Margesson 1931–1940 *Charles Edwards (MP for Bedwellty), Sir Charles Edwards 1940–1942 (Labour, jointly) *James Stuart, 1st Viscount Stuart of Findhorn, James Gray Stuart 1941–1945 (Conservative, jointly) *William Whiteley (politician), William Whiteley 1942–1951 (Labour, jointly until 1945) *Patrick Buchan-Hepburn, 1st Baron Hailes, Patrick Buchan-Hepburn 1951–1955 *Edward Heath 1955–1959 *Martin Redmayne, Baron Redmayne, Martin Redmayne 1959–1964 *Edward Short, Baron Glenamara, Ted Short 1964–1966 *John Silkin 1966–1969 *Bob Mellish, Baron Mellish, Bob Mellish 1969–1970 *Francis Pym, Baron Pym, Francis Pym 1970–1973 *Humphrey Atkins 1973–1974 *Bob Mellish 1974–1976 *Michael Cocks 1976–1979 *Michael Jopling, Baron Jopling, Michael Jopling 1979–1983 *John Wakeham, Baron Wakeham, John Wakeham 1983–1987 *David Waddington, Baron Waddington, David Waddington 1987–1989 *Tim Renton, Baron Renton of Mount Harry, Tim Renton 1989–1990 *Richard Ryder, Baron Ryder of Wensum, Richard Ryder 1990–1995 *Alastair Goodlad, Baron Goodlad, Alastair Goodlad 1995–1997 *Nick Brown 1997–1998 *Ann Taylor, Baroness Taylor of Bolton, Ann Taylor 1998–2001

21st century

*Hilary Armstrong 2001–2006 British cabinet reshuffle, 2006 *Jacqui Smith 2006 British cabinet reshuffle, 2006–2007 *Geoff Hoon 2007–2008 *Nick Brown 2008–2010 *Patrick McLoughlin 2010–2012 *Andrew Mitchell 2012 *Sir George Young, 6th Baronet, Sir George Young, Bt. CH 2012–2014 *Michael Gove 2014–2015 *Mark Harper 2015–2016 *Gavin Williamson 2016–2017 *Julian Smith (politician), Julian Smith 2017–2019 * Mark Spencer 2019–present


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