The Info List - Secretary To The Treasury

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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. The origins of the office are unclear, although it probably originated during Lord Burghley's tenure as Lord Treasurer
Lord Treasurer
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, who is also the Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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, 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; the Economic Secretary to the Treasury; the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury; and the Commercial Secretary to the Treasury (Office currently not in use). One of the present-day secretaries, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury, formerly known as the 'Patronage Secretary', is not a Treasury minister but the Government Chief Whip
Chief Whip
in the House of Commons. The office can be seen as a sinecure, allowing the Chief Whip to draw a government salary, attend Cabinet, and use a Downing Street residence.


1 Current Secretaries to the Treasury 2 Secretaries to the Treasury

2.1 1660–1830 2.2 1852–present

3 See also 4 References

Current Secretaries to the Treasury[edit]

Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
— The Rt Hon. Liz Truss MP Financial Secretary to the Treasury
Financial Secretary to the Treasury
(Paymaster General)— Mel Stride MP Economic Secretary to the Treasury
Economic Secretary to the Treasury
(City Minister) — John Glen MP Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury
Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury
Robert Jenrick
Robert Jenrick
MP Commercial Secretary to the Treasury
Commercial Secretary to the Treasury
— Office not in use Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
(Chief Whip) — The Rt Hon. Julian Smith MP

Tom Scholar, the Permanent Secretary to the Treasury is the Civil Service head of the department. Secretaries to the Treasury[edit] 1660–1830[edit]

June 1660: Sir Philip Warwick May 1667: Sir George Downing, Bt October 1671: Sir Robert Howard July 1673: Charles Bertie March 1679: Henry Guy April 1689: William Jephson June 1691: Henry Guy March 1695: William Lowndes

Year Senior Secretary Junior Secretary

11 June 1711 William Lowndes Thomas Harley

November 1714 John Taylor

12 October 1715 Horatio Walpole

April 1717 Charles Stanhope

April 1721 Horatio Walpole

January 1724 John Scrope

24 June 1730 Edward Walpole

1 June 1739 Stephen Fox

30 April 1741 Henry Legge

15 July 1742 Henry Furnese

30 November 1742 John Jeffreys

1 May 1746 James West

9 April 1752 James West Nicholas Hardinge

18 November 1756 Nicholas Hardinge Samuel Martin

5 July 1757 James West

9 April 1758 James West  

31 May 1758 Samuel Martin

29 May 1762 Samuel Martin Jeremiah Dyson

18 April 1763 Jeremiah Dyson Charles Jenkinson

24 August 1763 Charles Jenkinson Thomas Whateley

30 September 1765 William Mellish Charles Lowndes

18 August 1766 Sir Grey Cooper, Bt Thomas Bradshaw

16 October 1770 John Robinson

29 March 1782 Henry Strachey Edward Chamberlain[1]

6 April 1782 Richard Burke

15 July 1782 Thomas Orde George Rose

5 April 1783 Richard Burke Richard Brinsley Sheridan

27 December 1783 George Rose Thomas Steele

26 February 1791 Charles Long

24 March 1801 John Hiley Addington

9 April 1801 Nicholas Vansittart

8 July 1802 Nicholas Vansittart John Sargent

21 May 1804 William Huskisson William Sturges Bourne

10 February 1806 Nicholas Vansittart John King

2 September 1806 William Henry Fremantle

1 April 1807 Hon. Henry Wellesley William Huskisson

5 April 1809 Charles Arbuthnot

8 December 1809 Richard Wharton

7 January 1814 Stephen Rumbold Lushington

7 February 1823 Stephen Rumbold Lushington John Charles Herries

19 April 1827 Joseph Planta Thomas Frankland Lewis

28 January 1828 George Robert Dawson


Chief Secretary to the Treasury Financial Secretary to the Treasury Economic Secretary to the Treasury Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury

See also[edit]

Lord High Treasurer


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