Second Board of Ministers of Ceylon

The Second Board of Ministers was the executive body opposite the State Council of Ceylon between 1936 and 1947. It was formed in March 1936 after the state council election and it ended in June 1947 with dissolution of the 2nd 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]

Second Board of Ministers

23rd Cabinet of British Ceylon
Date formedMarch 1936
Date dissolvedJune 1947
People and organisations
Head of stateEdward VIII
George VI
Head of governmentGuy Stanley Wodeman (1940–42)
Robert Drayton
Deputy head of governmentDon Baron Jayatilaka (1936–42)
D. S. Senanayake (1942–47)
Ministers removed5
Total no. of members15
Outgoing election1947
Legislature term2nd
PredecessorFirst Board of Ministers
SuccessorD. S. Senanayake cabinet


Minister Office Took office Left office
Guy Stanley Wodeman Chief Secretary 1940 1942
Robert Drayton Chief Secretary[4][5] 1942 1947
Robert Drayton Legal Secretary[4][6] 1940 1942
Barclay Nihill Legal Secretary[4] 1942 1946
H. J. Huxham Financial Secretary[7]
Oliver Goonetilleke Financial Secretary[8][9] 1945
S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike Minister of Local Administration 1936 1947
Claude Corea Minister of Labour, Industry & Commerce 1936 1947
W. A. de Silva Minister of Health 1936 1947
Don Baron Jayatilaka Minister of Home Affairs 1936 1942
C. W. W. Kannangara Minister of Education 1936 1947
John Kotelawala Minister of Communications & Works 1936 1947
Arunachalam Mahadeva Minister of Home Affairs 1942 1947
D. S. Senanayake Minister of Agriculture & Lands 1936 1946
Dudley Senanayake Minister of Agriculture & Lands 1946 1947


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