Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury


Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury

The Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury is one of the most junior ministerial posts in the UK Treasury, after the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the Paymaster-General and the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, and alongside the Economic Secretary to the Treasury. It ranks at Parliamentary Secretary level and is not a Cabinet office. Unlike the other Secretaries to the Treasury, it is only used occasionally, normally when the post of Paymaster-General is allocated to a Minister outside the Treasury.

The office was reinstated in June 2007, when Angela Eagle was appointed Exchequer Secretary after Tessa Jowell had been appointed Paymaster-General and Olympic Minister within the Cabinet Office. The previous Exchequer Secretary was Phillip Oppenheim, who held the post from 23 July 1996 to 2 May 1997, when he lost his seat in the General Election that brought Tony Blair to power.

Responsibilities

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* Enterprise and productivity including small business taxation and support to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on economic reform
* Competition and better regulation
* Science, innovation and skills policy, including implementation of the 10-year science and innovation strategy and the R&D tax credit
* Regional economic policy
* Urban regeneration and social exclusion including housing, planning and planning gain supplement;
* Environmental issues including taxation of transport, international Climate Change issues including global carbon trading and EU ETS, and Energy Issues
* Taxation of oil
* Excise duties and gambling, including excise fraud and law enforcement
* Public-private partnerships including Private Finance Initiative, and Partnerships UK
* Ministerial responsibility for the Office for National Statistics, the Royal Mint and Departmental Minister for HM Treasury Group
* Working with the Chief Secretary to the Treasury with responsibility for the Office of Government Commerce and procurement policy
* Support to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury on public spending issues including long-term challenges in the run up to the Comprehensive Spending Review and selected Cabinet Committees
* Assist where necessary on European issues
* Working with the Financial Secretary to the Treasury on the Finance Bill

Exchequer Secretaries to the Treasury

* 23 July 1996 - 2 May 1997 Phillip Oppenheim
* 2 May 1997 - 28 June 2007 Post Vacant
* 29 June 2007 - Present Angela Eagle

ee also

*Secretary to the Treasury


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