Ministerial role

Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury


The Exchequer Secretary is responsible for:

  • childcare policy
  • women and the economy
  • tax credits and child poverty, and assisting the Chief Secretary on welfare reform
  • charities, the voluntary sector and gift aid
  • environment and transport taxation, North Sea oil, gas and shipping
  • energy policy and climate change
  • excise duties, including excise fraud and law enforcement
  • gambling duties

Current role holder: Priti Patel

Priti Patel was appointed as Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury on 15 July 2014. She was the Member of Parliament for Witham.


Priti attended a comprehensive school in Watford before studying economics at Keele University and then completing her postgraduate studies at the University of Essex.

Political career

Priti was elected as the Member of Parliament for Witham in May 2010. In November 2013, the Prime Minister appointed Priti as the first ever UK Indian Diaspora Champion.

Career outside politics

Priti previously worked in the communications industry and prior to the General election in 2010, she was the Director of Corporate Communications at Weber Shandwick.

Personal life

Priti is married with a young son.

Previous holders of this role

  1. David Gauke

    • 2010 to 2014


  1. Making the administration of the tax system more efficient

    • 6 March 2013


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    • 16 February 2015
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    • 10 February 2015
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