Definition of Treasury bench in English:

Treasury bench


  • (in the UK) the front bench in the House of Commons occupied by the prime minister, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and other members of the government.

    • ‘If he does, tradition demands that he can claim a seat on the Treasury bench.’
    • ‘There were 45 members in the Treasury bench and 35 in the Opposition, the division in this case also being done on the basis of draw of lots.’
    • ‘But moving along, I say that the Budget shows why this party will continue to sit on the Treasury benches, and why this party is the natural party of government.’
    • ‘He will be walking right out of the Treasury benches.’
    • ‘Most of the workers in Queensland could remember what happened last time the coalition had control of the Treasury benches.’
    • ‘They shaped the history of this nation when they ran the Treasury benches for 10 years, and the selective dementia that is practised by them when they try to use this very important debate about our nationhood to divide and rule it, amazes me.’
    • ‘It is over, the Budget is a fizzer, and those members' days on the Treasury benches are numbered.’
    • ‘Even when the younger Pitt was granted supreme power in 1783 and reform was duly proposed from the Treasury bench with the prime minister's authority, there was nothing like a parliamentary majority for it.’
    • ‘When Mr Chamberlain entered the Chamber at noon and took his seat on the Treasury bench he was greeted with an enthusiastic cheering from all sides.’
    • ‘The tragedy of that ‘heads they lose, tails they lose’ scenario is that the country will be on hold for the next 3 years until National regains the Treasury benches and takes this country forward.’
    • ‘Until we get a political party sitting in the Treasury benches that takes a businesslike approach to roading, the Government will have to slug the motorists, or whoever it can.’
    • ‘The Labour Party knows full well that by the time it has long gone from the Treasury benches some other poor Government will have to pick up the cost of what will be hugely expensive legislation.’
    • ‘It is a pretty simple message, and it is one of the reasons Don Brash boldly went out and told the business community a few weeks ago that we would lower the rate of company taxation when we regained the Treasury benches in 2005.’
    • ‘Those members know that as soon as they get on the Treasury benches - although that will not happen for many, many years - they will flog off the lot.’
    • ‘Robert Walpole kept a box of little red Norfolk apples under the Treasury bench; Blair keeps a reserve of sincerity.’
    • ‘In the time since we took over the Treasury benches, we have completed six or seven treaty settlements, and we are in negotiations with about 25 other claimant groups.’
    • ‘If he could not sit in government on the Treasury bench, he could always make a living as an opposition scold.’
    • ‘This Budget has been an innocuous policy prescription for an ailing economy that is falling into decline through a visionless regime of warped priorities, a regime that will soon be leaving the Treasury benches.’
    • ‘He has a fully developed youth policy and he has been building strength in depth on the Treasury benches.’
    • ‘As I did last week, I want to concentrate on the would-be coalition partner of a National Government - if one ever gets on to the Treasury benches - because it deserves some scrutiny.’