Treasurer of the Household

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The Treasurer of the Household is a member of the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom. The position is usually held by one of the government deputy Chief Whips in the House of Commons. The current holder of the office is Marcus Jones MP. [1]


The position had its origin in the office of Treasurer (or Keeper) of the Wardrobe and was ranked second after the Lord Steward. The office was often staffed by the promotion of the Comptroller of the Household. On occasion (e.g. 1488–1503) the office was vacant for a considerable period and its duties undertaken by the Cofferer of the Household. By the end of the 17th century the office of Treasurer was more or less a sinecure, [2] and in the 18th and 19th centuries it was usually occupied by peers who were members of the Government. [3] The Treasurer was automatically a member of the privy council.[ citation needed ][ when? ] They were a member of the Board of Green Cloth until that was abolished by reform of local government licensing in 2004 under section 195 of the Licensing Act 2003.

On state occasions, the Treasurer of the Household (in common with certain other senior officers of the Household) carries a white staff of office. [4]

Treasurers of the Household

15th century

16th century

17th century

18th century

19th century

20th century

PortraitNameTerm of officePartyPrime Minister
GG Duke of Devonshire.jpg Victor Cavendish 19001903 Conservative
( Lib.U )
Marquess of Salisbury
Arthur Balfour
James Hamilton 3rd Duke of Abercorn.png The Marquess of Hamilton 19031905
Lord Strachie.jpg Sir Edward Strachey, Bt 19051909 Liberal Party Henry Campbell-Bannerman
H. H. Asquith
1910 William Dudley Ward.jpg William Dudley Ward 19091912
Frederick Edward Guest old photo-crop.jpg Hon. Frederick Edward Guest 19121915
Lord Rankeillour.jpg James Hope 19151916 Conservative
( UUP )
David Lloyd George
James Craig, 1st Viscount Craigavon.jpg James Craig 28 December 191622 January 1918
vacancy22 January 1918June 1918
Lord Bayford.jpg Robert Sanders 19181919 Conservative
Viscount Monsell.jpg Bolton Eyres-Monsell 19191921
Lord Wraxall.jpg George Gibbs 19211924
Bonar Law
Stanley Baldwin
Tom-Griffiths-AS-Pont-y-pwl.jpg Thomas Griffiths 19241924 Labour Ramsay MacDonald
Lord Wraxall.jpg George Gibbs 19241928 Conservative Stanley Baldwin
Lord Windlesham.jpg George Hennessy 19281929
Sir Ben Smith.jpg Ben Smith 19291931 Labour Ramsay MacDonald
Lord Windlesham.jpg George Hennessy 1931 Conservative
Noimage.png Sir Frederick Charles Thomson, Bt 193121 April 1935 Conservative
( Scot.U )
Lord Marchwood.jpg Sir Frederick Penny, Bt 19351937 Conservative
Stanley Baldwin
Lambert Ward.jpg Sir Lambert Ward 1 June 19371937 Neville Chamberlain
Arthur Oswald James Hope.jpg Arthur Hope 15 October 19371939
Charles Waterhouse MP.jpg Charles Waterhouse 11 April 19391939
Hon. Robert Grimston 14 November 19391942
Winston Churchill
Albert James Edmonson.png Sir James Edmondson 19421945
Noimage.png George Mathers 19451946 Labour Clement Attlee
Noimage.png Arthur Pearson 19461951
Cedric Drewe.jpg Cedric Drewe 19511955 Conservative Winston Churchill
Tam Galbraith 19551957 Anthony Eden
Hendrie Oakshott.jpg Hendrie Oakshott 19571959 Harold Macmillan
Noimage.png Hon. Peter Legh 19591960
Noimage.png Edward Wakefield 19601962
Noimage.png Michael Hughes-Young 19621964
Alec Douglas-Home
Noimage.png Sydney Irving 19641966 Labour Harold Wilson
Noimage.png John Silkin 1966
Noimage.png Charles Grey 19661969
Noimage.png Charles Richard Morris 19691970
Humphrey Atkins 19701973 Conservative Ted Heath
Bernard Weatherill 19731974
Walter Harrison 19741979 Labour Harold Wilson
James Callaghan
Noimage.png John Stradling Thomas 19791983 Conservative Margaret Thatcher
Anthony Berry 1983
Official portrait of Lord Cope of Berkeley crop 3, 2019.jpg John Cope 19831987
Official portrait of Lord Hunt of Wirral crop 2.jpg David Hunt 19871989
Presidente Abugattas recibio a Parlamentario Britanico (cropped).jpg Tristan Garel-Jones 19891990
Official portrait of Lord Goodlad crop 2.jpg Alastair Goodlad 14 July 199015 April 1992
John Major
David Heathcoat-Amery.JPG David Heathcoat-Amory 19921993
Greg knight speaks at meeting.jpg Greg Knight 19931996
Noimage.png Andrew MacKay 19962 May 1997
Noimage.png George Mudie 2 May 19971998 Labour Tony Blair
Official portrait of Lord Bradley crop 2.jpg Keith Bradley 19982001

21st century

PortraitNameTerm of officePartyPrime Minister
Keith Hill MP (cropped).jpg Keith Hill 8 June 200113 June 2003 Labour Tony Blair
Bob Ainsworth cropped.jpg Bob Ainsworth 13 June 200328 June 2007 Labour
Official portrait of Rt Hon Nicholas Brown MP crop 2.jpg Nick Brown 28 June 20073 October 2008 Labour Gordon Brown
Official portrait of Lord McAvoy crop 2, 2019.jpg Tommy McAvoy 5 October 200811 May 2010 Labour
Official portrait of Lord Randall of Uxbridge.jpg Sir John Randall 11 May 20106 October 2013 Conservative David Cameron
Official portrait of Greg Hands crop 2.jpg Greg Hands 7 October 201311 May 2015 Conservative
Official portrait of Anne Milton crop 2.jpg Anne Milton 11 May 201512 June 2017 Conservative
Theresa May
Official portrait of Julian Smith crop 2.jpg Julian Smith 13 June 20172 November 2017 Conservative
Official portrait of Esther McVey crop 2.jpg Esther McVey 2 November 2017 9 January 2018 Conservative
Official portrait of Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP crop 2.jpg Christopher Pincher 9 January 2018 25 July 2019 Conservative
Official portrait of Amanda Milling MP crop 2.jpg Amanda Milling 28 July 201913 February 2020 Conservative Boris Johnson
Official portrait of Stuart Andrew MP crop 2.jpg Stuart Andrew 13 February 20208 February 2022 Conservative
Official portrait of Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP crop 2.jpg Christopher Pincher 8 February 202230 June 2022 Conservative
Official portrait of Kelly Tolhurst crop 2.jpg Kelly Tolhurst 1 July 20227 September 2022 Conservative
Official portrait of Craig Whittaker MP crop 2.jpg Craig Whittaker 8 September 202227 October 2022 Conservative Liz Truss
Official portrait of Marcus Jones crop 2, 2021.jpg Marcus Jones 27 October 2022Incumbent Conservative Rishi Sunak

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