Economic Secretary to the Treasury
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Economic Secretary to the Treasury
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John Glen

since 9 January 2018
HM Treasury
AppointerElizabeth II
Inaugural holderDouglas Jay
FormationDecember 1947
WebsiteHM Treasury

The Economic Secretary to the Treasury is the sixth-most senior ministerial post in the UK Treasury, after 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. It is not a cabinet-level post.


The office was created in November 1947. In 1961, the Economic Secretary became junior to the new office of Chief Secretary to the Treasury, which held a seat in cabinet.

Following the establishment of the Department of Economic Affairs in 1964, the Economic Secretary, Anthony Crosland, transferred to become Minister of State in that department. The post of Economic Secretary to the Treasury was abolished on 22 December 1964. Although the Department of Economic Affairs closed in 1969, the Treasury post was not re-established until 11 November 1981.

Between April 2014 and June 2017, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury also concurrently held the portfolio of 'City Minister'.[1] After this time it was not clear who, if anyone, held the portfolio of City Minister.


The Economic Secretary is responsible, though more senior ministers share in decision-making, for the answering of written and verbal parliamentary questions and for the devising of regulations, orders and legislation in various matters. These matters include banking and finance, including banks, insurance, personal savings, financial regulation, and foreign exchange reserves. He or she is also involved in taxation as it impacts on these areas, such as tax on savings and pensions, and Insurance Premium Tax. In addition, the Economic Secretary advises on economic policy and works with other Treasury ministers on the Comprehensive Spending Review and finance bills.[2]

Economic Secretaries to the Treasury, 1947-present

Colour key (for political parties):
  Conservative   Labour

Name Portrait Term of office Political party Prime Minister Chancellor
Douglas Jay 3by2white.svg 13 November 1947 23 February 1950 Labour Attlee Cripps
John Edwards 3by2white.svg February 1950 1951 Labour Gaitskell
Office not in use 1951-1952 Churchill Butler
Reginald Maudling 1952 7 April 1955 Conservative
Sir Edward Boyle 3by2white.svg 1955 1956 Conservative Eden Macmillan
Derek Walker-Smith 3by2white.svg 1956 1957 Conservative
Nigel Birch 3by2white.svg 1957 1958 Conservative Macmillan Thorneycroft
Office not in use 1958 H-Amory
Frederick Erroll 1958 1959 Conservative
Anthony Barber 3by2white.svg 1959 1962 Conservative
Edward du Cann 3by2white.svg 1962 1963 Conservative Maudling
Maurice Macmillan 3by2white.svg 1963 1964 Conservative D-Home
Anthony Crosland Ford A9572 Anthony Crosland crop.jpg 19 October 1964 22 December 1964 Labour Wilson Callaghan
Office not in use 1964-1981
Heath Macleod
Wilson Healey
Thatcher Howe
Jock Bruce-Gardyne 3by2white.svg 11 November 1981 1983 Conservative
John Moore Mr John Moore M.P. addressing the Annual LSE Society Dinner, 5th June, 1985.jpg 13 June 1983 19 October 1983 Conservative Lawson
Ian Stewart 3by2white.svg 19 October 1983 11 June 1987 Conservative
Peter Lilley Peter Lilley.jpg 11 June 1987 24 July 1989 Conservative
Richard Ryder 3by2white.svg 24 July 1989 14 July 1990 Conservative
John Maples 3by2white.svg 1990 9 April 1992 Conservative
Major Lamont
Anthony Nelson 3by2white.svg 1992 1995 Conservative
Angela Knight Angela Knight 2015.jpg 5 July 1995 1 May 1997 Conservative
Helen Liddell Official portrait of Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke crop 2.jpg 3 May 1997 27 July 1998 Labour Blair Brown
Patricia Hewitt Patricia Hewitt.jpg 27 July 1998 17 May 1999 Labour
Melanie Johnson Melanie Johnson.JPG 17 May 1999 8 June 2001 Labour
Ruth Kelly RuthKellyMP.jpg 8 June 2001 15 May 2002 Labour
Office not in use 2002
John Healey Official portrait of John Healey crop 2.jpg 15 December 2002 6 May 2005 Labour
Ivan Lewis Official portrait of Mr Ivan Lewis crop 2.jpg May 2005 May 2006 Labour
Ed Balls Ed Balls 2.jpg 6 May 2006 28 June 2007 Labour
Kitty Ussher Kitty ussher at election count in burnley 2009.JPG 29 June 2007 5 October 2008 Labour Brown Darling
Ian Pearson Ianperason.jpg 5 October 2008 11 May 2010 Labour
Justine Greening Official portrait of Justine Greening crop 2.jpg 13 May 2010 14 October 2011 Conservative Cameron
Chloe Smith Official portrait of Chloe Smith crop 2.jpg 14 October 2011 4 September 2012 Conservative
Sajid Javid Official portrait of Sajid Javid MP.jpg 4 September 2012 7 October 2013 Conservative
Nicky Morgan Official portrait of Baroness Morgan of Cotes crop 2.jpg 7 October 2013 9 April 2014 Conservative
Andrea Leadsom Official portrait of Andrea Leadsom crop 2.jpg 9 April 2014 11 May 2015 Conservative
Harriett Baldwin Official portrait of Harriett Baldwin crop 2.jpg 11 May 2015 16 July 2016 Conservative Cameron
Simon Kirby Simon Kirby MP.jpg 17 July 2016 9 June 2017 Conservative May
Stephen Barclay Official portrait of Stephen Barclay crop 2.jpg 14 June 2017 9 January 2018 Conservative May
John Glen
Official portrait of John Glen MP crop 2.jpg
9 January 2018 Incumbent Conservative
Johnson Javid

See also


  1. ^ Andrea Leadsom MP appointed new City Minister for HMT, Tech UK, 10 April 2014, retrieved 2016
  2. ^ Ministerial responsibilities Archived 2007-07-02 at the Wayback Machine HM Treasury

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