De Jong cabinet

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De Jong cabinet
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52nd cabinet of the Netherlands
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The installation of the De Jong cabinet on 5 April 1967
Date formed 5 April 1967 (1967-04-05)
Date dissolved 6 June 1971 (1971-06-06)
People and organisations
Head of state Queen Juliana
Head of government Piet de Jong
Deputy head of government Johan Witteveen
Joop Bakker
No. of ministers 14
Ministers removed
(Death/resignation/dismissal)
1
Total no. of ministers 15
Member party Catholic People's Party (KVP)
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD)
Anti-Revolutionary Party (ARP)
Christian Historical Union (CHU)
Status in legislature Majority government
Opposition party Labour Party
Opposition leader Joop den Uyl
History
Election(s) Dutch general election, 1967
Outgoing election Dutch general election, 1971
Legislature term(s) 1967–71
Incoming formation 1967 Dutch cabinet formation
Outgoing formation 1971 Dutch cabinet formation
Predecessor Zijlstra cabinet
Successor First Biesheuvel cabinet
Azure, billetty Or a lion with a coronet Or armed and langued Gules holding in his dexter paw a sword Argent hilted Or and in the sinister paw seven arrows Argent pointed and bound together Or. [The seven arrows stand for the seven provinces of the Union of Utrecht.] The shield is crowned with the (Dutch) royal crown and supported by two lions Or armed and langued gules. They stand on a scroll Azure with the text (Or) "Je Maintiendrai" (French for "I will maintain".)
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The De Jong cabinet was the executive branch of the Dutch government from 5 April 1967 until 6 June 1971. The cabinet was formed by the political parties Catholic People's Party (KVP), People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), Anti-Revolutionary Party (ARP) and the Christian Historical Union (CHU) after the Dutch general election of 1967. The cabinet was a majority cabinet in the House of Representatives.

It was the first Cabinet of the Netherlands after World War II that completed a full term without any internal conflicts. The cabinet was confronted with a demand for democratic reforms in the society and it decided to democratise colleges and universities after the famous maagdenhuisbezetting. Plans were made to modernise politics by establishing an electoral system with districts or a chosen prime minister, but these plans were not implemented. Meanwhile, a pay pause due to the decision of employers and employees to raise wages was partly revoked after anti-government demonstrations and strikes. The minister of economic affairs, De Block, resigned, officially as a protest against the wage rise in the metal industry, but another reason was his slow reaction to the inflation and rising prices after the introduction of Value added tax. More unrest took shape in demonstrations against the war in Vietnam. Internationally, relations with Indonesia improved, resulting in a visit by president Suharto, which was, however, overshadowed by the occupation of the Indonesian embassy by Moluccans. The Soviet Union invasion in Czechoslovakia was seen as a reason to increase the defence budget.

The first meeting the De Jong cabinet on 7 April 1967.
The first meeting of the Council of Ministers on 7 April 1967.

Cabinet Members[edit]

Ministers Title/Portfolio Term of office Party
Piet de Jong Piet de Jong
(1915–2016)
Prime Minister General Affairs 5 April 1967 –
6 July 1971
Catholic People's Party
Johan Witteveen Johan Witteveen
(born 1921)
Deputy Prime Minister /
Minister
Finance 5 April 1967 –
6 July 1971
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Joop Bakker Joop Bakker
(1921–2003)
Deputy Prime Minister /
Minister
Transport, Public Works and Water Management /
Suriname and Netherlands Antilles Affairs
5 April 1967 –
6 July 1971
Anti-Revolutionary Party
Henk Beernink Henk Beernink
(1910–1979)
Minister Interior 5 April 1967 –
6 July 1971
Christian Historical Union
Joseph Luns Joseph Luns
(1911–2002)
Minister Foreign Affairs 2 September 1952 –
6 July 1971
Catholic People's Party
Carel Polak Carel Polak
(1909–1981)
Minister Justice 5 April 1967 –
6 July 1971
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Leo de Block Leo de Block
(1904–1988)
Minister Economic Affairs 5 April 1967 –
7 January 1970
[Res]
Catholic People's Party
Piet de Jong Piet de Jong
(1915–2016)
7 January 1970 –
14 January 1970
[Ad interim]
Roelof Nelissen Roelof Nelissen
(born 1931)
7 January 1970 –
14 January 1970
Willem den Toom Willem den Toom
(1911–1998)
Minister Defence 5 April 1967 –
6 July 1971
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Bauke Roolvink Bauke Roolvink
(1912–1979)
Minister Social Affairs and Health 5 April 1967 –
6 July 1971
Anti-Revolutionary Party
Gerard Veringa Gerard Veringa
(1924–1999)
Minister Education and Science 5 April 1967 –
6 July 1971
Catholic People's Party
Pierre Lardinois Pierre Lardinois
(1924–1987)
Minister Agriculture and Fisheries 5 April 1967 –
6 July 1971
Catholic People's Party
Wim Schut Wim Schut
(1920–2006)
Minister Housing and Spatial Planning 5 April 1967 –
6 July 1971
Anti-Revolutionary Party
Marga Klompé Marga Klompé
(1912–1986)
Minister Culture, Recreation and Social work 22 November 1966 –
6 July 1971
Catholic People's Party
Minister without portfolio Title/Portfolio/Ministry Term of office Party
Berend Jan Udink Berend Jan Udink
(1926–2016)
Minister Development Cooperation
(within Foreign Affairs)
5 April 1967 –
6 July 1971
Christian Historical Union
Undersecretaries Title/Portfolio/Ministry Term of office Party
Chris van Veen Chris van Veen
(1922–2009)
Undersecretary Civil Service, Urban Policy
(within Interior)
5 April 1967 –
6 July 1971
Christian Historical Union
Hans de Koster Hans de Koster
(1914–1992)
Undersecretary European Affairs
(within Foreign Affairs)
5 April 1967 –
6 July 1971
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Ferd Grapperhaus Ferd Grapperhaus
(1927–2010)
Undersecretary Fiscal Affairs
(within Finance)
5 April 1967 –
6 July 1971
Catholic People's Party
Klaas Wiersma Klaas Wiersma
(1917–1993)
Undersecretary Immigration, Integration and Asylum Affairs,
Family Law
(within Justice)
5 April 1967 –
6 July 1971
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Louis van Son Louis van Son
(1922–1986)
Undersecretary Foreign Trade, Regional Development,
Retail, Tourism
(within Economic Affairs)
22 November 1966 –
6 July 1971
Catholic People's Party
Joop Haex Joop Haex
(1911–2002)
Undersecretary Royal Netherlands Army
(within Defence)
5 April 1967 –
6 July 1971
Christian Historical Union
Adri van Es Adri van Es
(1913–1994)
Undersecretary Royal Netherlands Navy
(within Defence)
24 July 1963 –
6 July 1971
Anti-Revolutionary Party
Bob Duynstee Bob Duynstee
(1920–2014)
Undersecretary Royal Netherlands Air Force
(within Defence)
5 April 1967 –
6 July 1971
Catholic People's Party
Roelof Kruisinga Roelof Kruisinga
(1922–2012)
Undersecretary Healthcare
(within Social Affairs and Health)
5 April 1967 –
6 July 1971
Christian Historical Union
Hans Grosheide Hans Grosheide
(born 1930)
Undersecretary Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Physical Education
(within Education and Science)
24 July 1963 –
6 July 1971
Anti-Revolutionary Party
Mike Keyzer Mike Keyzer
(1911–1983)
Undersecretary Aviation, Cargo Transport
(within Transport, Public Works and Water Management)
5 April 1967 –
6 July 1971
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Hein van de Poel Hein van de Poel
(1915–1993)
Undersecretary Youth Policy, Outdoor Recreation, Nature
(within Culture, Recreation and Social work)
5 April 1967 –
6 July 1971
Catholic People's Party
Source: (Dutch) Rijksoverheid.nl
Res Resigned.
Ad interim Piet de Jong served ad interim following the resignation of Leo de Block.

Living cabinet members[edit]

  • As of 2017, the following cabinet members are still alive:
  • Undersecretary

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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