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.

United Kingdom
Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury
Royal Arms as used by Her Majesty's Government
Simon Clarke

since 27 July 2019
HM Treasury
AppointerElizabeth II
on the advice of the Prime Minister
Inaugural holderPhillip Oppenheim
Formation23 July 1996
WebsiteHM Treasury

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.[1] In May 2015, Conservative MP Damian Hinds assumed the office.[2] From 15 June 2017 to January 2018, Andrew Jones served as the Exchequer Secretary to HM Treasury.[3] On 9 January 2018, Robert Jenrick was appointed to the post.[4] With the accession of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister, Simon Clarke was appointed on 27 July 2019.


HM Treasury

Responsibility for procurement policy and the former Office of Government Commerce was transferred to the Cabinet Office in 2011.

List of Exchequer Secretaries

  Conservative       Labour
Portrait Name Term of office Party Prime Minister Chancellor Ref.
Phillip Oppenheim
MP for Amber Valley
23 July
2 May
Conservative Major Clarke [5]
Office not in use 1997–2007 N/A Blair Brown
Angela Eagle
MP for Wallasey
29 June
9 June
Labour Brown Darling [6]
Kitty Ussher
MP for Burnley
9 June
17 June
Labour [7]
Sarah McCarthy-Fry
MP for Portsmouth North
17 June
11 May
Labour [8]
David Gauke
MP for South West Hertfordshire
13 May
15 July
Conservative Cameron
Osborne [9]
Priti Patel
MP for Witham
15 July
11 May
Conservative [10]
Damian Hinds
MP for East Hampshire
12 May
13 July
Conservative Cameron
Office not in use 2016–2017 N/A May (I) Hammond
Andrew Jones
MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough
15 June
8 January
Conservative May (II) [12]
Robert Jenrick
MP for Newark
9 January
24 July
Conservative [13]
Simon Clarke
MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
27 July
Conservative Johnson Javid [14]


  1. "Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury: David Gauke MP". HM Treasury. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
  2. "Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury - GOV.UK". UK Government website. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  3. https://www.gov.uk/government/people/andrew-jones
  4. "Ministerial appointments: January 2018". Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street. 9 January 2018. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  5. "Hon Phillip Oppenheim". UK Parliament. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  6. "Ms Angela Eagle MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  7. "Kitty Ussher". UK Parliament. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  8. "Sarah McCarthy-Fry". UK Parliament. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  9. "Rt Hon David Gauke MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  10. "Rt Hon Priti Patel MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  11. "Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  12. "Andrew Jones MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  13. "Robert Jenrick MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  14. "Simon Clarke MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 27 July 2019.

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