Her Majesty's Paymaster General or HM Paymaster General is a ministerial position in the United Kingdom. When the post is held by a minister in HM Treasury it is typically given to the third highest-ranking minister, after the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Chief Secretary to the Treasury. The incumbent Paymaster General is Mel Stride, whose main title is Financial Secretary to the Treasury.
The post was created in 1836 by the merger of the positions of the offices of the Paymaster of the Forces, (1661–1836), the Treasurer of the Navy, (1546–1835), the Paymaster and Treasurer of Chelsea Hospital and the Treasurer of the Ordnance, (1670–1835). From 1848 to 1868, the post was held concurrently with that of Vice-President of the Board of Trade.
The Paymaster General was formerly in charge of the Office of HM Paymaster General  (OPG), which held accounts at the Bank of England on behalf of Government departments and selected other public bodies. Funds which were made available from the Consolidated Fund were then channelled into OPG accounts, from where they were used by the relevant body. OPG operated a full range of accounts and banking transaction services, including cheque and credit, BACS and CHAPS services for its customers via an electronic banking system. Integration of OPG accounts held with commercial banks was provided by the private company Xafinity Paymaster which is now part of the Equiniti group. However, in 2008, the government announced that the Office of the Paymaster General would be incorporated into a new body, the Government Banking Service, which also provides banking operations for HM Revenue & Customs and National Savings and Investments. Following the Bank of England's decision to withdraw from providing retail banking services, retail banking services for the GBS are provided exclusively by the Royal Bank of Scotland and Citibank, although the Bank of England still plays a role in managing the government's higher level accounts. The post is now therefore usually combined with another role.
|Name||Portrait||Term of office||Concurrent office(s)||Political party||Prime Minister|
|Dawn Primarolo||4 January 1999||June 2007||Labour||Tony Blair|
|Tessa Jowell||28 June 2007||May 2010||Minister for the Olympics
Minister for the Cabinet Office
(from 5 June 2009)
Minister for London
(until 3 October 2008; from 5 June 2009)
|Francis Maude||12 May 2010||May 2015||Minister for the Cabinet Office||Conservative||David Cameron
|Matthew Hancock||11 May 2015||14 July 2016||David Cameron
|Ben Gummer||14 July 2016||9 June 2017||Theresa May
|Mel Stride||13 June 2017||Incumbent||Financial Secretary to the Treasury||Theresa May