Dutch Prime Minister, Professor Jan de Quay, the Catholic party leader, and his Cabinet offered their resignation Dec 23 to Queen Juliana of the Netherlands but, at her request, agreed to continue in office as a caretaker Government for the time being.
GV PAN.. The Binnenhof (Parliament Square) The Hague.
CU Nameplate of Ministry 'Traffic and Waterways'.
GV INT.. ministers seated in cabinet room 2 shots.
CU's of Prime Minister de Quay, Minister of Justice, Dr. Beerman. Minister of Home Affairs, Dr. Toxopeus. Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Traffic and Waterways, Dr. Korthals. Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Dr. Marijnen. Minister of Housing and Building, Dr. Van Aartsen. Minister of Health and Social Affairs, Dr. Van Rooy. Dr. Van Aartsen and Minister of Education, Arts and Science, Dr. Cals. Minister of Social Welfare, Miss Klompe.
GV Ministers during conference.
CU De Quay rises, collects documents together
CU Prime Minister's bag.
SV PAN.. De Quay leaves building, walks to car
SV PAN TO GV.. De Quay's car leaves for Palace.
GV TWO SHOTS.. Soestdijk Palace, nr. Hilversum.
SV De Quay arrives at Palace.
SV Pressmen film from Palace railings.
TELEPHOTO SHOT.. De Quay enters Palace.
SV Roel.. Chief of Cabinet to Queen arrives by car.
LV PAN.. Roel up Palace steps.
SV PAN.. Kortenhorst, President of Second Chamber of Parliament arrives and enters Palace.
GV Soestdijk Palace.
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Background: Dutch Prime Minister, Professor Jan de Quay, the Catholic party leader, and his Cabinet offered their resignation Dec 23 to Queen Juliana of the Netherlands but, at her request, agreed to continue in office as a caretaker Government for the time being.
The Prime Minister and his colleagues in Holland's Coalition Government decided to offer their resignation after defeat in Parliament over their housing policy.
After a Cabinet meeting at the Hague, the Prime Minister and colleagues drive to Soestdijk Palace, near Hilversum, to submit their resignation to Queen Juliana. Later, the Queen, according to Dutch constitutional procedure called parliamentary leaders to the Palace to seek a way out of the crisis - over Socialist Opposition demands to build 5,000 houses more than the Government's proposal of 80,000 next year. Housing is an important political issue in Holland with the need for new houses rising following the return in recent years of thousands of Dutch people from Indonesia.