Wim Deetman

Wim Deetman
Member of the Dutch Council of State
Assumed office
1 January 2008
Mayor of The Hague
In office
1 December 1996  1 January 2008
Preceded by Ad Havermans
Succeeded by Jozias van Aartsen
President of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands
In office
14 September 1989  1 December 1996
Preceded by Dick Dolman
Succeeded by Piet Bukman
Minister of Education, Culture and Science
In office
29 May 1982  14 September 1989
Prime Minister Dries van Agt (1982)
Ruud Lubbers (1982-1989
Preceded by Jos van Kemenade
Succeeded by Gerrit Braks
State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science
In office
11 September 1981  29 May 1982
Prime Minister Dries van Agt
Preceded by Klaas de Jong
Succeeded by Ad Hermes
Personal details
Born Willem Joost Deetman
(1945-04-03) 3 April 1945
The Hague, Netherlands
Political party CDA
Alma mater Vrije Universiteit
Occupation Politician
Religion Reformed Protestant

Willem Joost "Wim" Deetman (born 3 April 1945 in The Hague) is a Dutch politician and statesman, former minister of education and mayor of The Hague. He is currently a member of the Dutch Raad van State (Council of State)

Deetman studied political science at the Free University Amsterdam, where he graduated in 1972.[1]

He was staatssecretaris of Education and Science (1981–1982) and minister of Education and Science (1982–1989). He was also President of the House of Representatives (1989–1996), before becoming the mayor of The Hague in 1996. Deetman retired from this position in 2007 and was appointed a member of the Raad van State.

Deetman headed a commission of inquiry into the sexual abuse of minors in the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands.[2] Deetman has been criticised by the Dutch parliament for failing to include evidence of the castrations of at least ten minors[3] when children were 'punished' for reporting sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests.


  1. "CV Wim Deetman". Gemeente Den Haag. Retrieved 2007-01-09. (in Dutch)
  2. "English summary of the Deetman Commission report". Commissiedeetman.nl. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
  3. "Time for the truth about Catholic sex abuse in the Netherlands". Rnw.nl. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
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Political offices
Preceded by
Dick Dolman
President of the House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Piet Bukman

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