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 Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the Paymaster General and the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, and alongside the Economic Secretary to the Treasury. It ranks at Parliamentary Secretary level and is not a Cabinet office. Unlike the other posts of Secretary to the Treasury, it is only used occasionally, normally when the post of Paymaster General is allocated to a Minister outside the Treasury.
Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury
Royal Arms as used by Her Majesty's Government
on the advice of the Prime Minister
|Inaugural holder||Phillip Oppenheim|
|Formation||23 July 1996|
The office was reinstated in June 2007, when Angela Eagle was appointed Exchequer Secretary after Tessa Jowell had been appointed Paymaster General and Olympic Minister within the Cabinet Office. The previous Exchequer Secretary was Phillip Oppenheim, who held the post from 23 July 1996 to 2 May 1997, when he lost his seat in the general election that brought Tony Blair to power. Angela Eagle was replaced by Kitty Ussher in the June 2009 reshuffle, with Jowell continuing in the Paymaster General role. Ussher resigned on 17 June 2009 and was immediately replaced by Sarah McCarthy-Fry. Following the 2010 general election, the post was taken by Conservative MP David Gauke. In May 2015, Conservative MP Damian Hinds assumed the office. From 15 June 2017 to January 2018, Andrew Jones served as the Exchequer Secretary to HM Treasury. On 9 January 2018, Robert Jenrick was appointed to the post. With the accesson of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister, Simon Clarke was appointed on 27 July 2019.
- Enterprise and productivity including small business taxation and support to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on economic reform
- Competition and better regulation
- Science, innovation and skills policy, including implementation of the 10-year science and innovation strategy and the R&D tax credit
- Regional economic policy
- Urban regeneration and social exclusion including housing, planning and planning gain supplement;
- Environmental issues including taxation of transport, international Climate Change issues including global carbon trading and EU ETS, and Energy Issues
- Taxation of oil
- Excise duties and gambling, including excise fraud and law enforcement
- Public-private partnerships including Private Finance Initiative, and Partnerships UK
- Ministerial responsibility for the Office for National Statistics, the Royal Mint and Departmental Minister for HM Treasury Group
- Support to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury on public spending issues including long-term challenges in the run up to the Comprehensive Spending Review and selected Cabinet Committees
- Assist where necessary on European issues
- Working with the Financial Secretary to the Treasury on the Finance Bill
Responsibility for procurement policy and the former Office of Government Commerce was transferred to the Cabinet Office in 2011.
List of Exchequer SecretariesEdit
|Portrait||Name||Term of office||Party||Prime Minister||Chancellor||Ref.|
MP for Amber Valley
|Office not in use||1997–2007||N/A||Blair||Brown|
MP for Wallasey
MP for Burnley
MP for Portsmouth North
MP for South West Hertfordshire
MP for Witham
MP for East Hampshire
|Office not in use||2016–2017||N/A||May (I)||Hammond|
MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough
MP for Newark
MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
- "Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury: David Gauke MP". HM Treasury. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
- "Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury - GOV.UK". UK Government website. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
- "Ministerial appointments: January 2018". Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street. 9 January 2018. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
- "Hon Phillip Oppenheim". UK Parliament. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- "Ms Angela Eagle MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- "Kitty Ussher". UK Parliament. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- "Sarah McCarthy-Fry". UK Parliament. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- "Rt Hon David Gauke MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- "Rt Hon Priti Patel MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- "Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- "Andrew Jones MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- "Robert Jenrick MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- "Simon Clarke MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 27 July 2019.