Ministerial role

Chief Secretary to the Treasury


The Chief Secretary is responsible for:

  • public expenditure including
    • spending reviews and strategic planning
    • in-year spending control
    • public sector pay and pensions
    • Annually Managed Expenditure (AME) and welfare reform
    • efficiency and value for money in public service
    • procurement
    • capital investment
    • infrastructure deals
  • Treasury interest in devolution to Scotland, Wales and NI

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP

Greg Hands was appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury on 11 May 2015. He was previously the Deputy Chief Whip, Treasurer of HM Household from 2013 to 2015, and prior to that was Treasury Whip from 2011. He was elected the Conservative MP for Hammersmith and Fulham in 2005, and for Chelsea and Fulham in 2010 and 2015.


Greg attended Dr Challoner’s Grammar School in Amersham before going on to study modern history at Cambridge University.


Following a career in banking, he spent several years as a local councillor in London before entering Parliament in 2005. After the 2010 election, he became Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Personal life

Greg is married and has a son and a daughter.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Danny Alexander

    • 2010 to 2015
  2. The Rt Hon David Laws

    • 2010 to 2010


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  1. 'We'll pull out all the stops to keep the UK a world-leading maritime centre', says Chief Secretary

    • Speech
  2. Government starts sale of its investment in King’s Cross Central development

    • News story
  3. Public Sector Efficiency Challenge launched

    • News story
  4. Next step to capping public sector redundancy payments

    • News story
  5. Joint Exchequer Committee Communique 7 July 2015

    • Press release
  6. Chief Secretary on the 20th anniversary of the Alternative Investment Market (AIM)

    • Speech
  7. Government ends six figure exit payouts

    • News story
  8. Efficiency drive by government on PPPs nets £2.1 billion

    • News story
  9. Burnley Hospital allocated £15.6 million by government

    • News story
  10. £7.6 million for local transport in rural and isolated areas

    • News story