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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 Government of the United Kingdom responsible for developing and executing the government's public finance ...
, after the
first lord of the Treasury The First Lord of the Treasury is the head of the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury, commission exercising the ancient office of Lord High Treasurer in the United Kingdom, and is by convention also the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, pri ...
, and 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 ...
and
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 ...
. However, the post of first lord of the Treasury is by convention always held by the prime minister and therefore is only nominally within the Treasury, so the chief secretary can be practically described as the second most senior Treasury minister. The office was created in 1961, to share the burden of representing the
Treasury A treasury is either *A government department related to finance and taxation, a Finance minister, finance ministry. *A place or location where treasure, such as currency or precious items are kept. These can be State ownership, state or roy ...
with 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 ...
. The minister is shadowed by the
shadow chief secretary to the TreasuryThe Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury is the most junior member of the Shadow Cabinet The shadow cabinet or shadow ministry is a feature of the Westminster system of government. It consists of a senior group of opposition spokespeople who, ...
who sits on the
Official Opposition frontbench The frontbench of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition in the Parliament of the United Kingdom consists of the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet (United Kingdom), Shadow Cabinet and other official shadow ministers of the political party currently serv ...
.


History and responsibilities

Between 1961 and 2015, the holder of the office of Chief Secretary to the Treasury was of full
cabinet rank The Cabinet of the United Kingdom is a group of the most senior ministers of the crown Minister of the Crown is a formal constitutional term used in Commonwealth realms to describe a minister of the reigning sovereign or viceroy A vi ...
. This formally made the HM Treasury the only
department Department may refer to: * Departmentalization, division of a larger organization into parts with specific responsibility Government and military *Department (country subdivision), a geographical and administrative division within a country, for e ...
to have more than one ministerial position of cabinet rank. Since 2015, however, the status of the office has been reduced to "also attending Cabinet". The office holder is responsible for public expenditure, including spending reviews.


List of chief secretaries to the Treasury


See also

*
Secretary to the Treasury In the United Kingdom, there are several Secretaries to the Treasury, who are Treasury ministers nominally acting as secretaries to HM Treasury. The origins of the office are unclear, although it probably originated during Lord Burghley's tenure a ...
*
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, ...
* Economic Secretary to the Treasury *
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: ...
*
Paymaster General Her Majesty's Paymaster General or HM Paymaster General is a ministerial position in the Cabinet Office of the United Kingdom. The incumbent Paymaster General is Michael Ellis (British politician), Michael Ellis MP. History The post was crea ...


References

{{Ministers at HM Treasury Ministerial offices in the United Kingdom Finance ministers of the United Kingdom 1961 establishments in the United Kingdom