The Prime Minister has told MPs he thought it was right to allow Maria Miller "the chance to get on with her job" following the controversy over her expenses claims.
Speaking during Prime Minister's Questions, David Cameron acknowledged that Ms Miller "did do something wrong" but stressed that she had apologised.
Maria Miller handed in her resignation today, saying the row over her expenses had become 'an enormous distraction'.
It is possible that the Chancellor had come to a different conclusion from the PM as to which way the Maria Miller crisis was going.
The son of a Pakistani immigrant, the newly-appointed Culture Secretary has been tipped by some as a future Conservative leader.