Gerard Veldkamp

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Gerard Veldkamp

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Gerard Veldkamp in 1964
Minister of Social Affairs and Health
In office
17 July 1961 – 5 April 1967
Prime Minister
Preceded byVictor Marijnen (Ad interim)
Succeeded byBauke Roolvink
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
2 July 1963 – 24 July 1963
In office
24 March 1959 – 19 May 1959
Parliamentary groupCatholic People's Party
State Secretary for Economic Affairs
In office
10 October 1952 – 17 July 1961
Prime Minister
Preceded byWim van der Grinten
Succeeded byFrans Gijzels
Personal details
Gerardus Mattheus Johannes Veldkamp

(1921-06-27)27 June 1921
Breda, Netherlands
Died15 October 1990(1990-10-15) (aged 69)
Paris, France
Political partyChristian Democratic Appeal
(from 1980)
Other political
Catholic People's Party
(until 1980)
Maria Clarijs
(m. 1948; his death 1990)
Children4 daughters and 1 son
Alma materTilburg University
(Bachelor of Economics,Master of Economics, Doctor of Philosophy)
OccupationPolitician · Civil servant · Economist · Financial analyst · Sociologist · Academic administrator · Researcher · Professor

Gerardus Mattheus Johannes "Gerard" Veldkamp (27 June 1921 – 15 September 1990) was a Dutch politician of the defunct Catholic People's Party (KVP) now merged into the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA).


Early life[edit]

Gerardus Mattheus Johannes Veldkamp was born on 27 June 1921 in Breda in the Province of North Brabant in a Roman Catholic family.


Veldkamp was a KVP Minister of Social Affairs and Health, who brought important legislation about social matters, such as the General Child, the Health Insurance Act, the Act on social minimum, and the Law on Disability and Unemployment Provision Act. He brought in this function the first Middle Class Notes.

In 1961 after an intervention of Prime-minister Marijnen, he succeeded the weak Van Rooy as minister, and directly guided the Law on Child support through the parliament. Veldkamp had good relations with the unions, but few friends in the cabinets to which he belonged. He was in favor of cooperation with the Labour Party. He was a very skilled legislator, but also a crass hustler in discussions and regularly the focus of government hassles.

After his ministry he was a Professor of Study of Social Security at the Leiden University.


Veldkamp has authored and co-authored several publications.[1] Books, a selection:

  • 1952. De sociale verzekering in de volkshuishouding. With D.B.J. Schouten. Amsterdam : Veen.


Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
NLD Order of Orange-Nassau - Knight Grand Cross BAR.png Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 27 April 1967


  1. ^ List of publications at National Library of the Netherlands.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Wim van der Grinten
State Secretary for
Economic Affairs

Succeeded by
Frans Gijzels
Preceded by
Victor Marijnen
Ad interim
Minister of Social
and Health

Succeeded by
Bauke Roolvink