De Quay cabinet
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Cabinet formation was again difficult due to the growing friction between PvdA and KVP. Despite the fact that this was the first post-war cabinet with the right-wing VDD and without the socialist PvdA, it continued with the building up social security that was started after the war, made possible by the continually growing economy. The free Saturday was introduced (for civil servants, in 1961), as well as laws for education (mammoetwet), unemployment benefit (bijstandwet) and child benefit (kinderbijslagwet). Natural gas was discovered in Slochteren, which would later turn out to be one of the biggest gas reserves in the world and a major source of income for the Netherlands in the decades to come.
On 23 December 1960 the cabinet fell over extra public housing (woningwetwoningen), but De Gaay Fortman reconciled matters and the cabinet resumed on 2 January 1961.
Shortly after the installation of the new government, minister of defence Ven den Bergh resigned for personal reasons (family affairs with his United States wife and children). In 1962, the new minister of defence Visser also had to resign after protests against his dismissal of a critical civil servant. In 1961 minister Van Rooy of social affairs resigned after criticism of how he dealt with the new child benefit law. His post was taken over by former state secretary Veldkamp, whose now vacant former position in turn was taken over by Gijzels.
In 1963, a proposal to install commercial television was not accepted.
- (Dutch) Kabinet-De Quay, Rijksoverheid.nl
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