Page 7, 2nd January 1959

2nd January 1959
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People: Heel, Juliana, M. Reel
Locations: Cambridge, Oxford


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From our Netherlands correspondent

A CATHOLIC, ProfessesL. J.

M. Reel, of the Catholic People's Party, has been appointed Prime Minister by Queen Juliana of the Netherlands. He heads a caretaker Government which is to bridge the gap between now and the new elections for the second chamber of the Dutch parliament.

.1 he date of the elections is to be brought forward from 1960 to March this year.

The caretaker Government will consist of the new Prime Minister and those members of the former cabinet that have remained after the Socialists resigned last week. Six of the Ministers belong to the Catholic People's Party, and the other four to the two big Protestant parties, the Anti-Revolutionary Party and. the Christian Historical Union.

The Socialists resigned because the Socialist Fieance Minister wanted some special indirect taxes extended for another two years while the majority of the chamber wanted them extended for one year, after which a further year's extension would be considered.

Professor Reel's appointment has been warmly applauded by most Catholics as he is regarded as the most suitable person to heal the breach between the Catholic People's Party and the Socialists. A graduate of the Catholic University of Nijmegen, Professor Heel has served as Prime Minister once before, from 1946 to 1948, and was Minister of Home Affairs from 1951 to 1956.

Downside scholars

Five scholarships and one exhibition at Oxford colleges and three scholarships and five exhibitions at Cambridge have been won by Downside boys. Three of the Oxford scholarships are in classics, as are one of the scholarships and two exhibitions at Cambridge; other subjects include social studies (one), natural sciences (one), mathematics (one), modern languages (three), history (one), and music (one).

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