Ministerial role

Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury

Organisations: HM Treasury
Current role holder: Helen Whately MP


The Exchequer Secretary (XST) is responsible for:

UK growth and productivity:

  • Plan for Growth
  • Regional devolution, City deals, planning (including Ox-Camb Arc)
  • Levelling Up
  • Non-FS regulation and competition
  • R&D and science policy
  • Skills
  • Migration
  • Digital, fibre and mobile

Promoting UK as a destination for FDI (non-FS)

Childcare policy, including tax free childcare

Energy infrastructure, energy, environment and climate policy:

  • The HMT review (net zero) into the costs of decarbonisation;
  • New nuclear
  • Roll out of green infrastructure

Energy and environment taxes, including plastics taxation and carbon taxes (excluding UK Emissions Trading Scheme; Climate Change Levy; Carbon Price Support)

Transport taxation including vehicle taxes and future strategy and air passenger duty

North Sea oil, gas and shipping

Small Business Policy

The following indirect taxes:

  • Excise duties (alcohol, tobacco and gambling), including excise fraud and law enforcement
  • Soft drink industry levy
  • Charities, the voluntary sector and gift aid

Infrastructure policy:

  • National Infrastructure Strategy
  • National Infrastructure Commission
  • Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA, joint with Cabinet Office)
  • Public- Private Partnerships (PPPs) and Private Finance Initiatives (PFI/PFI2)

Digital and tech

Corporate Governance

Supporting tax legislation in Parliament

Crown Estate and the Royal Household

Overseas Territories and Crown dependencies

Departmental minister for HM Treasury Group (including lead on setting up the Darlington Economic Campus)

Current role holder

Helen Whately MP

Helen Whately was appointed Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury on 16 September 2021.

She was previously Minister of State (Minister for Care) at the Department of Health and Social Care from 13 February 2020 to 16 September 2021 and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport from 10 September 2019 to 13 February 2020.

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Previous holders of this role

  1. Kemi Badenoch MP

    2020 to 2021

  2. The Rt Hon Simon Clarke MP

    2019 to 2020

  3. The Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP

    2018 to 2019

  4. Andrew Jones MP

    2017 to 2018

  5. The Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP

    2015 to 2016

  6. The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP

    2014 to 2015

  7. The Rt Hon David Gauke

    2010 to 2014