Chief Secretary to the Treasury

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Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (HM Government).svg
Official portrait of Mr Simon Clarke MP.jpg
Incumbent
Simon Clarke

since 15 September 2021
Her Majesty's Treasury
Style The Right Honourable
Reports to Chancellor of the Exchequer and Prime Minister
AppointerThe Monarch
on advice of the Prime Minister
Term length At Her Majesty’s Pleasure
Formation8 October 1961
First holder Henry Brooke
Website www.hm-treasury.gov.uk

The chief secretary to the Treasury (CST) is the third most senior ministerial office in HM Treasury, after the first lord of the Treasury and the chancellor of the exchequer/second lord of the Treasury.

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The office was created in 1961, to share the burden of representing the Treasury with the chancellor of the Exchequer.[ citation needed ]

The minister is shadowed by the shadow chief secretary to the Treasury who sits on the Official Opposition frontbench.

History and responsibilities

Between 1961 and 2015, the holder of the office of Chief Secretary to the Treasury was of cabinet rank. This formally made the HM Treasury the only department to have more than one ministerial position of cabinet rank. [1] [2] Since 2015, however, the status of the office has been reduced to "also attending Cabinet".[ citation needed ]

The office holder is responsible for public expenditure, including spending reviews. [3]

List of chief secretaries to the Treasury

Chief Secretary to the Treasury
   Conservative         Labour         Liberal Democrat
PortraitNameTerm of officePartyMinistryChancellorRef.
Henry Brooke
MP for Hampstead
9 October
1961
13 July
1962
Conservative Macmillan
(I & II)
Selwyn Lloyd [4]
John Boyd-Carpenter
MP for Kingston-upon-Thames
13 July
1962
16 October
1964
Conservative Reginald Maudling [5]
Douglas-Home
No image.svg Jack Diamond
MP for Gloucester
20 October
1964
19 June
1970
Labour Wilson
(I & II)
James Callaghan [6]
Roy Jenkins
Maurice Macmillan
MP for Farnham
23 June
1970
7 April
1972
Conservative Heath Iain Macleod [7]
Anthony Barber
Patrick Jenkin
MP for Wanstead and Woodford
7 April
1972
8 January
1974
Conservative [8]
The Lord Boardman.jpg Tom Boardman
MP for Leicester South West
8 January
1974
4 March
1974
Conservative [9]
Joel Barnett
MP for Heywood and Royton
7 March
1974
4 May
1979
Labour Wilson
(III & IV)
Denis Healey [10]
Callaghan
John Biffen
MP for Oswestry
5 May
1979
5 January
1981
Conservative Thatcher I Geoffrey Howe [11]
Leon Brittan (1996) 02.jpg Leon Brittan
MP for Cleveland and Whitby
5 January
1981
11 June
1983
Conservative [12]
Peter Rees
MP for Dover
11 June
1983
2 September
1985
Conservative Thatcher II Nigel Lawson [13]
Official portrait of Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market crop 2.jpg John MacGregor
MP for South Norfolk
2 September
1985
13 June
1987
Conservative [14]
Prime Minister John Major (cropped).jpg John Major
MP for Huntingdon
13 June
1987
24 July
1989
Conservative Thatcher III [15]
Official portrait of Lord Lamont of Lerwick 2020 crop 2.jpg Norman Lamont
MP for Kingston-upon-Thames
24 July
1989
28 November
1990
Conservative John Major [16]
No image.svg David Mellor
MP for Putney
28 November
1990
10 April
1992
Conservative Major I Norman Lamont [17]
Michael Portillo by Regents College cropped.jpg Michael Portillo
MP for Enfield Southgate
10 April
1992
20 July
1994
Conservative Major II [18]
Kenneth Clarke
No image.svg Jonathan Aitken
MP for South Thanet
20 July
1994
5 July
1995
Conservative [19]
Official portrait of Lord Waldegrave of North Hill 2020 crop 2.jpg William Waldegrave
MP for Bristol West
5 July
1995
2 May
1997
Conservative [20]
AlistairDarlingABr cropped.jpg Alistair Darling
MP for Edinburgh Central
3 May
1997
27 July
1998
Labour Blair I Gordon Brown [21]
No image.svg Stephen Byers
MP for North Tyneside
27 July
1998
23 December
1998
Labour [22]
Alan Milburn.JPG Alan Milburn
MP for Darlington
23 December
1998
11 October
1999
Labour [23]
Andrew Smith MP 20050127.jpg Andrew Smith
MP for Oxford East
11 October
1999
29 May
2002
Labour [24]
Blair II
Official portrait of Lord Boateng, 2020.jpg Paul Boateng
MP for Brent South
29 May
2002
6 May
2005
Labour [25]
Official portrait of Lord Browne of Ladyton crop 2, 2019.jpg Des Browne
MP for Kilmarnock and Loudoun
6 May
2005
5 May
2006
Labour Blair III [26]
Official portrait of Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP crop 2.jpg Stephen Timms
MP for East Ham
5 May
2006
28 June
2007
Labour [27]
Andy Burnham2.jpg Andy Burnham
MP for Leigh
28 June
2007
24 January
2008
Labour Brown Alistair Darling [28]
Official portrait of Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP crop 2.jpg Yvette Cooper
MP for Pontefract and Castleford
24 January
2008
5 June
2009
Labour [29]
Official portrait of Liam Byrne crop 2.jpg Liam Byrne
MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill
5 June
2009
11 May
2010
Labour [30]
David Laws Minister.jpg David Laws
MP for Yeovil
12 May
2010
29 May
2010
Liberal Democrat Cameron–Clegg
( Con.L.D. )
George Osborne [31]
Danny alexander hi.jpg Danny Alexander
MP for Inverness, Nairn,
Badenoch and Strathspey
29 May
2010
8 May
2015
Liberal Democrat [32]
Official portrait of Greg Hands crop 2.jpg Greg Hands
MP for Chelsea and Fulham
11 May
2015
14 July
2016
Conservative Cameron II [33]
Official portrait of Mr David Gauke crop 2.jpg David Gauke
MP for South West Hertfordshire
14 July
2016
11 June
2017
Conservative May I Philip Hammond [34]
Official portrait of Elizabeth Truss crop 2.jpg Elizabeth Truss
MP for South West Norfolk
11 June
2017
24 July
2019
Conservative May II [35]
Official portrait of Rishi Sunak crop 2.jpg Rishi Sunak
MP for Richmond (Yorks)
24 July
2019
13 February
2020
Conservative Johnson I Sajid Javid [36]
Johnson II
Official portrait of Rt Hon Steve Barclay MP crop 2.jpg Stephen Barclay
MP for North East Cambridgeshire
13 February
2020
15 September
2021
Conservative Rishi Sunak [37]
Official portrait of Mr Simon Clarke MP crop 2.jpg Simon Clarke
MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
15 September
2021
Incumbent Conservative

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