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Chief Secretary to the Treasury

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Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Greg Hands MP

sinceĀ 11 May 2015
HM Treasury
Style The Right Honourable
Appointer Elizabeth II
Inaugural holder Henry Brooke
Formation 8 October 1961
Website HM Treasury
This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
the United Kingdom

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury is the second most senior ministerial position in HM Treasury, after the Chancellor of the Exchequer. In recent years, the office holder has been given a junior position in the British Cabinet. It was created in 1961, to share the burden of representing the Treasury with the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

The position's responsibilities include negotiating with departments about budget allocations, public sector pay, and procurement policy.

Chief Secretaries to the Treasury

Colour key (for political parties):

Name Term of office Political party P.M. Ch.Exch.
Henry Brooke 9 October 1961 13 July 1962 Conservative Macmillan Lloyd
John Boyd-Carpenter 13 July 1962 16 October 1964 Conservative Maudling
John Diamond 20 October 1964 19 June 1970 Labour Wilson Callaghan
Maurice Macmillan 23 June 1970 7 April 1972 Conservative Heath Macleod
Patrick Jenkin 7 April 1972 8 January 1974 Conservative
Thomas Boardman 8 January 1974 4 March 1974 Conservative
Joel Barnett 7 March 1974 4 May 1979 Labour Wilson Healey
John Biffen 5 May 1979 5 January 1981 Conservative Thatcher Howe
Leon Brittan 5 January 1981 11 June 1983 Conservative
Peter Rees 11 June 1983 2 September 1985 Conservative Lawson
John MacGregor 2 September 1985 13 June 1987 Conservative
John Major 13 June 1987 24 July 1989 Conservative
Norman Lamont 24 July 1989 28 November 1990 Conservative Major
David Mellor 28 November 1990 10 April 1992 Conservative Major Lamont
Michael Portillo 10 April 1992 20 July 1994 Conservative
Jonathan Aitken 20 July 1994 5 July 1995 Conservative
William Waldegrave 5 July 1995 2 May 1997 Conservative
Alistair Darling 3 May 1997 27 July 1998 Labour Blair Brown
Stephen Byers 27 July 1998 23 December 1998 Labour
Alan Milburn 23 December 1998 11 October 1999 Labour
Andrew Smith 11 October 1999 29 May 2002 Labour
Paul Boateng 29 May 2002 6 May 2005 Labour
Des Browne 6 May 2005 5 May 2006 Labour
Stephen Timms 5 May 2006 27 June 2007 Labour
Andy Burnham 28 June 2007 24 January 2008 Labour Brown Darling
Yvette Cooper 24 January 2008 5 June 2009 Labour
Liam Byrne 5 June 2009 11 May 2010 Labour
David Laws 12 May 2010 29 May 2010 Liberal Democrat Cameron Osborne
Danny Alexander 29 May 2010 7 May 2015 Liberal Democrat
Greg Hands 11 May 2015 Incumbent Conservative

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