First Board of Ministers of Ceylon

The First Board of Ministers was the executive body opposite the State Council of Ceylon between 1931 and 1936. It was formed in July 1931 after the state council election and it ended in December 1935 with dissolution of the first 1st State Council. The Board of Ministers consisted of ten members, three ex-officio British officials (Chief Secretary, Financial Secretary and Legal Secretary) and the chairmen of the State Council's seven executive committees.[1][2] The Chief Secretary was the chairman of the Board of Ministers whilst the Leader of the State Council was its vice-chairman.[3]

First Board of Ministers
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22nd Cabinet of Ceylon
Date formedJuly 1931
Date dissolvedDecember 1935
People and organisations
Head of stateGeorge V
Deputy head of governmentDon Baron Jayatilaka
Total no. of members10
Outgoing election1936
Legislature term(s)1st
PredecessorThomson executive council
SuccessorSecond Board of Ministers


Minister Office Took office Left office
Bernard Henry Bourdillon Chief Secretary 1931 1935
Edward St John Jackson Legal Secretary 1931 1935
Wilfrid Wentworth Woods Financial Secretary 1931 1935
Charles Batuwantudawe Minister of Local Administration 1931 1935
Don Baron Jayatilaka Minister of Home Affairs 1931 1935
C. W. W. Kannangara Minister of Education 1931 1935
Mohamed Macan Markar Minister of Communications & Works 1931 1935
T. B. Panabokke Minister of Health 1931 1936
D. S. Senanayake Minister of Agriculture & Lands 1931 1935
Peri Sundaram Minister of Labour, Industry & Commerce 1931 1935


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