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In the United Kingdom, there are several Secretaries to the Treasury, who are Treasury ministers nominally acting as secretaries to
HM Treasury Her Majesty's Treasury (HM Treasury), sometimes referred to as the Exchequer, or more informally the Treasury, is the department of the Government of the United Kingdom responsible for developing and executing the government's public finance ...
. The origins of the office are unclear, although it probably originated during Lord Burghley's tenure as
Lord Treasurer The post of Lord High Treasurer or Lord Treasurer was an English government position and has been a British government position since the Acts of Union of 1707. A holder of the post would be the third-highest-ranked Great Officer of State ...
in the 16th century. The number of secretaries was expanded to two by 1714 at the latest. The Treasury ministers together discharge all the former functions of the Lord Treasurer, which are nowadays nominally vested in the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury. Of the Commissioners, only the
Second Lord of the Treasury The Chancellor of the Exchequer, often abbreviated to the Chancellor, is a high ranking Minister of the Crown Minister of the Crown is a formal constitutional term used in Commonwealth realms to describe a minister of the reigning sovereign ...
, who is also the
Chancellor of the Exchequer The chancellor of the Exchequer, often abbreviated to the chancellor, is a senior minister of the Crown within the Government of the United Kingdom, and the chief executive officer of HM Treasury, Her Majesty's Treasury. As one of the four Grea ...
, is a Treasury minister (the others are the Prime Minister and the Government Whips). The Chancellor is the senior Treasury minister, followed by the
Chief Secretary to the Treasury The chief secretary to the Treasury (CST) is the third most senior ministerial office in HM Treasury Her Majesty's Treasury (HM Treasury), sometimes referred to as the Exchequer, or more informally the Treasury, is the department of the Gover ...
, who also attends Cabinet and has particular responsibilities for public expenditure. In order of seniority, the junior Treasury ministers are: the
Financial Secretary to the Treasury Financial Secretary to the Treasury is a mid-level ministerial post in the HM Treasury, British Treasury. It is the fifth most significant ministerial role within the Treasury after the First Lord of the Treasury, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, ...
; the Economic Secretary to the Treasury; the
Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury The Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury is a junior ministerial post in the British Treasury, ranked below the First Lord of the Treasury The First Lord of the Treasury is the head of the commission Commission or commissioning may refer to: ...
; and the
Commercial Secretary to the Treasury The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury is a United Kingdom Government The Government of the United Kingdom, domestically referred to as Her Majesty's Government, is the central government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Norther ...
(Office currently not in use). One of the present-day secretaries, the
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury The Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury is a senior ministerial position in the British Government The Government of the United Kingdom, domestically referred to as Her Majesty's Government, is the central government of the United Kingdo ...
, formerly known as the 'Patronage Secretary', is not a Treasury minister but the Government
Chief Whip The Chief Whip is a political leader whose task is to ensure the Whip (politics), whipping system that tries to ensure that members of the Political party, party attend and vote as the party leadership desires. United Kingdom In Politics of ...
in the
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House of Commons
. The office can be seen as a
sinecure A sinecure ( or ; from Latin ''sine'' 'without' and ''cura'' 'care') is an office, carrying a salary or otherwise generating income, that requires or involves little or no responsibility, labour, or active service. The term originated in the medi ...
, allowing the Chief Whip to draw a government salary, attend Cabinet, and use a Downing Street residence.


Current Secretaries to the Treasury

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Chief Secretary to the Treasury The chief secretary to the Treasury (CST) is the third most senior ministerial office in HM Treasury Her Majesty's Treasury (HM Treasury), sometimes referred to as the Exchequer, or more informally the Treasury, is the department of the Gover ...
The Rt Hon. Simon Clarke MP *
Financial Secretary to the Treasury Financial Secretary to the Treasury is a mid-level ministerial post in the HM Treasury, British Treasury. It is the fifth most significant ministerial role within the Treasury after the First Lord of the Treasury, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, ...
The Rt Hon.
Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer (born 17 May 1972) is a British politician and barrister serving as Financial Secretary to the Treasury since 2021. She previously served as Solicitor General for England and Wales and as Minister of State for Prisons. She has been t ...
MP * Economic Secretary to the Treasury (
City Minister The position of City Minister is a Government of the United Kingdom, United Kingdom Government minister in HM Treasury. The minister is responsible for the British financial services sector which is commonly known as 'City of London, the City'. The ...
) — John Glen MP *
Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury The Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury is a junior ministerial post in the British Treasury, ranked below the First Lord of the Treasury The First Lord of the Treasury is the head of the commission Commission or commissioning may refer to: ...
Helen Whately Helen Olivia Bicknell Whately (''née__NOTOC__ A birth name is the name of the person given upon their birth. The term may be applied to the surname In some cultures, a surname, family name, or last name is the portion of one's personal ...
MP *
Commercial Secretary to the Treasury The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury is a United Kingdom Government The Government of the United Kingdom, domestically referred to as Her Majesty's Government, is the central government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Norther ...
— ''Office not in use'' *
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury The Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury is a senior ministerial position in the British Government The Government of the United Kingdom, domestically referred to as Her Majesty's Government, is the central government of the United Kingdo ...
(
Chief Whip The Chief Whip is a political leader whose task is to ensure the Whip (politics), whipping system that tries to ensure that members of the Political party, party attend and vote as the party leadership desires. United Kingdom In Politics of ...
) — The Rt Hon. Mark Spencer MP Sir Tom Scholar , the
Permanent Secretary to the TreasuryThe UK Permanent Secretary to the Treasury is the most senior civil servant at HM Treasury. The post originated as that of Assistant Secretary to the Treasury in 1805; that office was given new duties and renamed in 1867 as a Permanent Secretaryship. ...
is the
Civil Service The civil service is a collective term for a sector of government composed mainly of career civil servants hired on professional merit rather than appointed or elected, whose institutional tenure typically survives transitions of political leader ...
head of the department.


Secretaries to the Treasury


1660–1830

*June 1660: Sir Philip Warwick *May 1667: Sir George Downing, Bt *October 1671: Sir Robert Howard *July 1673:
Charles BertieCharles Bertie may refer to: *Charles Bertie (senior) (c. 1640–1711), British diplomat *Charles Bertie (died 1730) (c. 1678–1730), his son, Member of Parliament for Stamford *Charles Bertie (1683–1727), Member of Parliament for New Woodstock * ...
*March 1679: Henry Guy *April 1689: William Jephson *June 1691: Henry Guy *March 1695: William Lowndes


1830–present

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Chief Secretary to the Treasury The chief secretary to the Treasury (CST) is the third most senior ministerial office in HM Treasury Her Majesty's Treasury (HM Treasury), sometimes referred to as the Exchequer, or more informally the Treasury, is the department of the Gover ...
(established 1961) *
Financial Secretary to the Treasury Financial Secretary to the Treasury is a mid-level ministerial post in the HM Treasury, British Treasury. It is the fifth most significant ministerial role within the Treasury after the First Lord of the Treasury, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, ...
(established 1830) * Economic Secretary to the Treasury (established 1947) *
Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury The Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury is a junior ministerial post in the British Treasury, ranked below the First Lord of the Treasury The First Lord of the Treasury is the head of the commission Commission or commissioning may refer to: ...
(established 1996)


See also

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References

*http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=16741 {{DEFAULTSORT:Secretary To The Treasury Finance ministers of the United Kingdom Ministerial offices in the United Kingdom