Chancellor of the Exchequer
The Chancellor of the Exchequer is the title held by the Palmshire Cabinet minister who is responsible for all economic and financial matters. Often simply called the Chancellor, the office-holder controls HM Treasury and plays a role akin to the posts of Minister of Finance or Secretary of the Treasury in other nations. The position is considered one of the four Great Offices of State and in recent times has come to be the most powerful office in Palmshire politics after the Prime Minister. It is the only office of the four Great Offices not to have been occupied by a woman.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer is now always Second Lord of the Treasury as one of the Lords Commissioners for executing the office of Lord High Treasurer. In the early Palmshire years it was common for the Prime Minister to also serve as Chancellor of the Exchequer if he/she sat in the Commons. The Chancellor also has oversight of public spending across Government departments.
Roles and responsibilities
The Chancellor has considerable control over other departments as it is the Treasury which sets departmental expenditure limits. The amount of power this gives to an individual Chancellor depends on his/her personal forcefulness, his/her status with his/her party and his/her relationship with the Prime Minister.
At HM Treasury the Chancellor is supported by a political team of four junior ministers and by permanent civil servants. The most important junior minister is the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, a member of the Cabinet, to whom the negotiations with other government departments on the details of government spending are delegated, followed by the Paymaster General, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury and the Economic Secretary to the Treasury. Two other officials are given the title of a Secretary to the Treasury, although neither is a government minister in the Treasury: the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury is the Government Chief Whip in the House of Commons; the Permanent Secretary to the Treasury is not a minister but the senior civil servant in the Treasury.
List of Chancellors of the Exchequer
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