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Alec Douglas-Home 1963

Douglas-Home enters Downing Street at the start of his brief premiership.
Douglas-Home enters Downing Street at the start of his brief premiership.
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Conservative Government
18 October 1963 - 16 October 1964

After Macmillan stood down, the 14th Earl of Home replaced him as Conservative Prime Minister. In order to take up the premiership, Sir Alec Douglas-Home had to renounce his peerage and win a by-election to rejoin the House of Commons. The brevity of his government meant he had little time to affect any change.

Cabinet members
Position Name Dates
Prime Minister Sir A. Douglas-Home 18 Oct 63 - 16 Oct 64
Lord President Viscount Hailsham 18 Oct 63 - 16 Oct 64
Lord Chancellor Lord Dilhorne 13 Oct 63 - 16 Oct 64
Lord Privy Seal S. Lloyd 20 Oct 63 - 16 Oct 64
Chancellor of the Exchequer R. Maudling 18 Oct 63 - 16 Oct 64
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs R. Butler 20 Oct 63 - 16 Oct 64
Secretary of State for Home Affairs H. Brooke 18 Oct 63 - 16 Oct 64
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries C. Soames 18 Oct 63 - 16 Oct 64
Secretary of State for the Colonies D. Sandys 18 Oct 63 - 16 Oct 64
Minister for Defence P. Thorneycroft 18 Oct 63 - 16 Oct 64 
Minister of Education Sir E. Boyle 18 Oct 63 - 1 Apr 64
  Q. Hogg 1 Apr 64 - 16 Oct 64 
Minister of State Sir E. Boyle 1 Apr 64 - 16 Oct 64
Minister of Health A. Barber 20 Oct 63 - 16 Oct 64
Minister for Housing and Local Government and Welsh Affairs Sir K. Joseph 18 Oct 63 - 16 Oct 64
Minister of Labour J. Godber 20 Oct 63 - 16 Oct 64
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Viscount Blakenham 20 Oct 63 - 16 Oct 64
Paymaster-General J. Boyd-Carpenter 18 Oct 63 - 18 Oct 64
Minister without Portfolio W. Deedes 18 Oct 63 - 16 Oct 64
  Lord Carrington 20 Oct 63 - 16 Oct 64 
Minister for Power F. Erroll 20 Oct 63 - 16 Oct 64
Minister for Science Viscount Hailsham 18 Oct 63 - 16 Oct 64
Secretary of State for Scotland M. Noble 18 Oct 63 - 16 Oct 64
President of the Board of Trade E. Heath 20 Oct 63 - 16 Oct 64
Minister for Transport E. Marples 18 Oct 63 - 16 Oct 64
Minister for Works G. Rippon 20 Oct 63 - 16 Oct 64