Open main menu

The Second Van Agt cabinet was the cabinet of the Netherlands from 11 September 1981 until 29 May 1982. The cabinet was formed by the political parties Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA), Labour Party (PvdA) and the Democrats 66 (D'66) after the election of 1981. The centre-left grand coalition cabinet was a majority government in the House of Representatives. It was the second of three cabinets of Dries van Agt, the Leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal as Prime Minister, with Joop den Uyl the Leader of the Labour Party and Jan Terlouw the Leader of the Democrats 66 serving as Deputy Prime Ministers.[1]

Second Van Agt cabinet
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
57th cabinet of the Netherlands
Kabinet-Van Agt II.jpg ZetelsVanAgtII.svg
The installation of the Second Van Agt cabinet on 11 September 1981
Date formed11 September 1981 (1981-09-11)
Date dissolved29 May 1982 (1982-05-29)
(Demissionary from 12 May 1982 (1982-05-12))
People and organisations
Head of stateQueen Beatrix
Head of governmentDries van Agt
Deputy head of governmentJoop den Uyl
Jan Terlouw
No. of ministers16
Member partyChristian Democratic Appeal
(CDA)
Labour Party
(PvdA)
Democrats 66
(D'66)
Status in legislatureGrand coalition (Centre-left)
Opposition partyPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Opposition leaderHans Wiegel
(1981–1982)
Ed Nijpels
(1982)
History
Election(s)1981 election
Outgoing election1982 election
Legislature term(s)1981–1982
Incoming formation1981 formation
Outgoing formation1982 formation
PredecessorFirst Van Agt cabinet
SuccessorThird Van Agt cabinet

FormationEdit

After the 1981 general election the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) of incumbent Prime Minister Dries van Agt was the winner of the election but lost 1 seat and had now a total of 48 seats. The Labour Party (PvdA) of Joop den Uyl lost 9 seats and had now 44 seats. The Democrats 66 (D'66) of Jan Terlouw was the biggest winner with 9 new seats and had now 17 seats. A long negotiation between the Christian Democratic Appeal, Labour Party and the Democrats 66 followed. The negotiations were troubled by the personal animosity between incumbent Prime Minister and Leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal Dries van Agt and former Prime Minister and Leader of the Labour Party Joop den Uyl. Van Agt who served as Deputy Prime Minister under Den Uyl his cabinet had a bad working relationship. In the end a coalition was formed.

TermEdit

Many incidents made a healthy coalition impossible. Prime Minister Dries van Agt (CDA) had lots of trouble with Deputy Prime Minister Joop den Uyl (PvdA). Den Uyl tried to create employment as Minister of Social Affairs but plans to reform the health insurance was met with a huge resistance from the left-wing. The cabinet fell because the Christian Democrats wanted a cut in government spending, while the Labour Party opposed it.

 
Incoming Minister of Defence Hans van Mierlo and departing Minister of Defence Pieter de Geus at the Ministry of Defence on 11 September 1981.
 
The first meeting the Second Van Agt cabinet at the Ministry of General Affairs on 11 September 1981.

Cabinet MembersEdit

Ministers Title/Ministry Term of office Party
  Dries van Agt
(born 1931)
Prime Minister General Affairs 19 December 1977 –
4 November 1982
[Retained]
Christian Democratic Appeal
  Joop den Uyl
(1919–1987)
Deputy Prime Minister /
Minister
Social Affairs and
Employment
11 September 1981 –
29 May 1982
[Res]
Labour Party
  Dr.
Jan Terlouw
(born 1931)
Deputy Prime Minister /
Minister
Economic Affairs 11 September 1981 –
4 November 1982
Democrats 66
  Ed van Thijn
(born 1934)
Minister Interior 11 September 1981 –
29 May 1982
[Res]
Labour Party
  Max van der Stoel
(1924–2011)
Minister Foreign Affairs 11 September 1981 –
29 May 1982
[Res]
Labour Party
  Fons van der Stee
(1928–1999)
Minister Finance 5 March 1980 –
4 November 1982
[Retained]
Christian Democratic Appeal
  Dr.
Job de Ruiter
(1930–2015)
Minister Justice 19 December 1977 –
4 November 1982
[Retained]
Christian Democratic Appeal
  Hans van Mierlo
(1931–2010)
Minister Defence 11 September 1981 –
4 November 1982
Democrats 66
  Til Gardeniers-Berendsen
(born 1925)
Minister Health and
Environment
11 September 1981 –
4 November 1982
Christian Democratic Appeal
  Dr.
Jos van Kemenade
(born 1937)
Minister Education and
Sciences
11 September 1981 –
29 May 1982
[Res]
Labour Party
  Henk Zeevalking
(1922–2005)
Minister Transport and
Water Management
11 September 1981 –
4 November 1982
Democrats 66
  Jan de Koning
(1926–1994)
Minister Agriculture and
Fisheries
11 September 1981 –
4 November 1982
Christian Democratic Appeal
  Marcel van Dam
(born 1938)
Minister Housing and
Spatial Planning
11 September 1981 –
29 May 1982
[Res]
Labour Party
  André van der Louw
(1933–2005)
Minister Culture, Recreation
and Social Work
11 September 1981 –
29 May 1982
[Res]
Labour Party
Ministers without portfolio Title/Portfolio/Ministry Term of office Party
  Joop den Uyl
(1919–1987)
Minister Netherlands Antilles Affairs

(within Interior)
11 September 1981 –
29 May 1982
[Res]
Labour Party
  Kees van Dijk
(1931–2008)
Minister Development Cooperation

(within Foreign Affairs)
11 September 1981 –
4 November 1982
Christian Democratic Appeal
State Secretaries Title/Portfolio/Ministry Term of office Party
  Saskia Stuiveling
(1945–2017)
State Secretary • Local Government Affairs
• Government Reform
• Urban Planning
• Public Housing

(within Interior)
11 September 1981 –
29 May 1982
[Res]
Labour Party
  Gerard van Leijenhorst
(1928–2001)
• Emergency Services
• Disaster Management
• Minority Affairs

(within Interior)
11 September 1981 –
4 November 1982
Christian Democratic Appeal
  Hans van den Broek
(born 1936)
State Secretary • European Affairs
• NATO Affairs
• Benelux Affairs
• International Aviation Policy

(within Foreign Affairs)
11 September 1981 –
4 November 1982
Christian Democratic Appeal
  Hans Kombrink
(born 1946)
State Secretary • Fiscal Affairs
• National Mint
• Gambling Policy
• State Lottery

(within Finance)
11 September 1981 –
29 May 1982
[Res]
Labour Party
  Dr.
Michiel Scheltema
(1939)
State Secretary • Integration
• Immigration
• Asylum Affairs
• Privacy Policy
• Administrative Law
• Family Law
• Youth Justice
• International Law
• Rehabilitation
• Prevention

(within Justice)
11 September 1981 –
4 November 1982
Democrats 66
  Piet van Zeil
(1927–2012)
State Secretary • Small Business Policy
• Retail Policy
• Competition Policy
• Regional Development
• Consumer Protection
• Tourism Affairs

(within Economic Affairs)
11 September 1981 –
22 June 1986
Christian Democratic Appeal
  Wim Dik
(born 1939)
• International Trade
• Export Promotion

(within Economic Affairs)
11 September 1981 –
4 November 1982
Democrats 66
  Bram Stemerdink
(born 1936)
State Secretary • Equipment Policy
• Military Justice

(within Defence)
11 September 1981 –
29 May 1982
[Res]
Labour Party
  Jan van Houwelingen
(1939–2013)
• Personnel Affairs
• Veteran Affairs

(within Defence)
14 September 1981 –
7 November 1989
Christian Democratic Appeal
  Ineke Lambers-Hacquebard
(1946–2014)
State Secretary • Environmental Policy

(within Health and
Environment
)
11 September 1981 –
4 November 1982
Democrats 66
  Ien Dales
(1931–1994)
State Secretary • Social Security
• Unemployment Affairs
• Elderly Policy
• Disability Affairs

(within Social Affairs and
Employment
)
11 September 1981 –
29 May 1982
[Res]
Labour Party
  Hedy d'Ancona
(born 1937)
• Occupational Safety
• Youth Policy
• Poverty Policy
• Adult Education
• Equality
• Emancipation

(within Social Affairs and
Employment
)
11 September 1981 –
29 May 1982
[Res]
Labour Party
  Ad Hermes
(1929–2002)
State Secretary • Primary Education
• Teacher Policy

(within Education and
Sciences
)
9 January 1978 –
4 November 1982
[Retained]
Christian Democratic Appeal
  Wim Deetman
(born 1945)
• Secondary Education

(within Education and
Sciences
)
11 September 1981 –
29 May 1982
[Appt]
Christian Democratic Appeal
  Jaap van der Doef
(born 1934)
State Secretary • Transport Infrastructure
• Aviation Infrastructure
• Water Infrastructure
• Public Transport
• Postal Service
• Weather Forecasting Service

(within Transport and
Water Management
)
11 September 1981 –
29 May 1982
[Res]
Labour Party
  Siepie de Jong
(born 1940)
State Secretary • Spatial Planning
• Government Real Estate

(within Housing and
Spatial Planning
)
11 September 1981 –
29 May 1982
[Res]
Labour Party
  Hans de Boer
(born 1937)
State Secretary • Social Services
• Nature Policy
• Media Affairs
• Culture Policy
• Arts Policy
• Recreation Affairs
• Sport

(within Culture, Recreation
and Social Work
)
11 September 1981 –
29 May 1982
[Appt]
Christian Democratic Appeal
Source: (in Dutch) Kabinet-Van Agt II Rijksoverheid
Retained Retained this position from the previous cabinet.
Res Resigned.
Appt Appointment: Wim Deetman appointed Minister of Education and Sciences; Hans de Boer appointed Minister of Culture, Recreation and Social Work.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kabinet in crisis" (in Dutch). Andere Tijden. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2018.

External linksEdit

Official