Craigavon ministry

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politics and government of
Northern Ireland 1921–72

The Parliament of Northern Ireland was the home rule legislature created under the Government of Ireland Act 1920, which existed from 7 June 1921 to 30 March 1972, when it was suspended. It was subsequently abolished under the Northern Ireland Constitution Act 1973.

The first Government or Executive Committee of the Privy Council of Northern Ireland was led by the Prime Minister James Craig, who ruled between 7 June 1921 and 24 November 1940.


Office Member Term
Prime Minister James Craig 7 June 1921 – 24 November 1940
Minister of Finance for Northern Ireland Hugh Pollock from 7 June 1921
John Millar Andrews from 21 April 1937
Minister of Home Affairs for Northern Ireland Richard Dawson-Bates from 7 June 1921
Minister of Education for Northern Ireland Marquess of Londonderry from 7 June 1921
James Caulfeild, 8th Viscount Charlemont from 8 January 1926 – 13 October 1937
J. H. Robb from 1 December 1937
Minister of Agriculture for Northern Ireland Edward Archdale from 7 June 1921
Basil Brooke from 1 December 1937
Minister of Labour for Northern Ireland John Millar Andrews from 7 June 1921
D. G. Shillington from 21 April 1937
J. F. Gordon from 29 August 1938
Minister of Commerce for Northern Ireland Milne Barbour Created 16 June 1925