The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster administers the estates and rents of the Duchy of Lancaster, and is a member of the Cabinet. After the Prime Minister, he is the most senior minister in the Cabinet Office.
Driving delivery of Government’s priorities
Oversight of all Cabinet Office policy
Oversight of civil contingencies & resilience (inc. COBR)
National Security including Cyber Security
Oversight of Cabinet Office business planning
Oversight of Major Events
Propriety and Ethics
Oversight of Cabinet work on science, technology, and innovation
National Security & Investment
Current role holder
The Rt Hon Oliver Dowden CBE MP
Oliver Dowden CBE was appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 25 October 2022. He was appointed Secretary of State in the Cabinet Office on 9 February 2023. He was additionally appointed Deputy Prime Minister on 21 April 2023.
He was previously Minister without Portfolio, Cabinet Office between 15 September 2021 and June 2022, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport between 13 February 2020 and 15 September 2021, Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office from 24 July 2019 to 13 February 2020, and Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office from 9 January 2018 to 24 July 2019.
He was elected Conservative MP for Hertsmere in May 2015.