Second Beel cabinet

The Second Beel cabinet was the executive branch of the Dutch Government from 22 December 1958 until 19 May 1959. The cabinet was formed by the christian-democratic Catholic People's Party (KVP), Anti-Revolutionary Party (ARP) and the Christian Historical Union (CHU) after the fall of the previous Third Drees cabinet. The caretaker cabinet was a centre-right coalition and had a slim majority in the House of Representatives with former Catholic Prime Minister Louis Beel returning as Prime Minister and dual served as Minister of Social Affairs and Health. Prominent Catholic politician Teun Struycken continued as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Property and Public Organisations from previous cabinet and dual served as Minister of Justice.

Second Beel cabinet
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47th Cabinet of the Netherlands
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First meeting of the cabinet in the Trêveszaal on 23 December 1958
Date formed22 December 1958 (1958-12-22)
Date dissolved19 May 1959 (1959-05-19)
148 days in office
(Demissionary from 12 March 1959 (1959-03-12))
People and organisations
MonarchQueen Juliana
Prime MinisterLouis Beel
Deputy Prime MinisterTeun Struycken
No. of ministers10
Member partyCatholic People's Party
(KVP)
Anti-Revolutionary Party
(ARP)
Christian Historical Union
(CHU)
Status in legislatureCentre-right
Majority government
(Caretaker)
Opposition partyLabour Party
Opposition leaderJaap Burger
History
Outgoing election1959 election
Legislature term(s)1956–1959
Incoming formation1958 formation
Outgoing formation1959 formation
PredecessorThird Drees cabinet
SuccessorDe Quay cabinet

The cabinet served during final years of the turbulent 1950s. Domestically its primary objective was to make preparations for a snap election in 1959. Following the election the cabinet continued in a demissionary capacity until it was replaced by the De Quay cabinet.[1]

FormationEdit

On 11 December 1958 the Third Drees cabinet fell after a crises between the Labour Party and the Catholic People's Party over the prolonging for a proposed tax increase from the initial two years to only one fiscal year. Following the fall of the cabinet the Labour Party left the coalition and the Catholic People's Party, Anti-Revolutionary Party and Christian Historical Union formed a rump cabinet. Former Prime Minister Louis Beel was appointed as Prime Minister on 22 December 1958.

Cabinet MembersEdit

Ministers Title/Ministry/Portfolio(s) Term of office Party
  Dr.
Louis Beel
(1902–1977)
Prime Minister General Affairs 22 December 1958 –
19 May 1959
Catholic
People's Party
Minister Social Affairs
and Health
  Teun Struycken
(1906–1977)
Deputy
Prime Minister
Interior, Property
and Public
Organisations
29 October 1956 –
19 May 1959
[Retained]
Catholic
People's Party
Minister
Minister Justice 22 December 1958 –
19 May 1959
  Joseph Luns
(1911–2002)
Minister Foreign Affairs 13 October 1956 –
6 July 1971
[Retained] [Continued]
Catholic
People's Party
  Dr.
Jelle Zijlstra
(1918–2001)
Minister Finance 22 December 1958 –
24 July 1963
[Continued]
Anti-Revolutionary
Party
Minister Economic Affairs 2 September 1952 –
19 May 1959
[Retained]
  Kees Staf
(1905–1973)
Minister War and Navy 15 March 1951 –
19 May 1959
[Retained]
Christian
Historical Union
Minister Agriculture,
Fisheries and
Food Supplies
22 December 1958 –
19 May 1959
  Jo Cals
(1914–1971)
Minister Education, Arts
and Sciences
2 September 1952 –
24 July 1963
[Retained] [Continued]
Catholic
People's Party
  Jan van Aartsen
(1909–1992)
Minister Transport and
Water Management
1 November 1958 –
19 May 1959
[Retained]
Anti-Revolutionary
Party
  Herman Witte
(1909–1973)
Minister Housing and
Construction
2 September 1952 –
19 May 1959
[Retained]
Catholic
People's Party
  Dr.
Marga Klompé
(1912–1986)
Minister Social Work 13 October 1956 –
24 July 1963
[Retained] [Continued]
Catholic
People's Party
  Gerard Helders
(1905–2013)
Minister Colonial Affairs 16 February 1957 –
19 May 1959
[Retained]
Christian
Historical Union
State Secretaries Title/Ministry/Portfolio(s) Term of office Party
  Norbert Schmelzer
(1921–2008)
State Secretary Interior, Property
and Public
Organisations
Public
Organisations
29 October 1956 –
19 May 1959
[Retained]
Catholic
People's Party
  Dr.
Gerard Veldkamp
(1921–1990)
State Secretary Economic Affairs Small and
Medium-sized
Businesses

• Consumer
Protection
Tourism
10 October 1952 –
17 July 1961
[Retained] [Continued]
Catholic
People's Party
  Vice admiral
Harry Moorman
(1899–1971)
State Secretary Navy Navy 1 May 1949 –
19 May 1959
[Retained]
Catholic
People's Party
  René Höppener
(1903–1983)
State Secretary Education, Arts
and Sciences
Youth Care
• Nature
Media
Culture
Art
• Recreation
Sport
12 November 1956 –
19 May 1959
[Retained]
Catholic
People's Party
Retained from the previous cabinet
Continued in the next cabinet

ReferencesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Coalities tussen sociaaldemocraten en confessionelen" (in Dutch). Historisch Nieuwsblad. 10 August 2006. Retrieved 24 April 2018.

External linksEdit

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