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. Chief Secretary to the Treasury's keynote speech at UK-Algeria Investment Forum

    • Speech
  2. Pay awards for National Crime Agency officers set out by government

    • News story
  3. EU membership a 'gateway to European markets', says Greg Hands

    • Speech
  4. Pay awards for senior public sector workers set out by government

    • News story
  5. Chief Secretary at the government non executive directors’ conference

    • Speech
  6. Cardiff Capital Region City Deal signed

    • Press release
  7. Pay awards for over a million public sector workers

    • News story
  8. Fintech week: Greg Hands' speech at the opening of the London Stock Exchange

    • Speech
  9. Greg Hands: 'Our plans for helping London go from strength to strength'

    • Speech
  10. New single departmental plans set out how government will deliver its priorities by 2020

    • Press release