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 Craig Whittaker 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

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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 2022Incumbent Conservative Liz Truss

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