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 policy and projects (except on digital and energy)
    • housing and planning
    • transport policy
    • Treasury interest in devolution to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • EU Budget and wider EU issues, including supporting the Chancellor on EU exit and deputising for the Chancellor at ECOFIN
  • childcare policy, including tax free childcare
  • tax credits
  • labour market policy

Current role holder: The Rt Hon David Gauke

David Gauke was appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury on 14 July 2016. He was elected the Conservative MP for Hertfordshire South West in May 2005.


Born in 1971 and educated at Northgate High School in Ipswich, David read law at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University. After a year working as a parliamentary researcher, he attended Chester College of Law before becoming a trainee solicitor.

Political career

David was a member of the Treasury Select Committee from February 2006 until he was appointed as a Shadow Minister for the Treasury in June 2007. As a Shadow Treasury Minister, he focused on tax policy, including matters such as tax simplification and corporation tax reform. He was appointed Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury in May 2010, and promoted to Financial Secretary to the Treasury in July 2014 where he served until July 2016.

Career outside politics

After qualifying as a solicitor in 1997, David worked for a leading City firm before entering Parliament in 2005.

Personal life

David lives in Chorleywood with his wife, Rachel, and their 3 sons.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Greg Hands

    • 2015 to 2016
  2. The Rt Hon Danny Alexander

    • 2010 to 2015
  3. The Rt Hon David Laws

    • 2010 to 2010


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