Willem Joost "Wim" Deetman (born 3 April 1945) is a Dutch politician, former minister of education and mayor of The Hague. He is currently a member of the 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]


  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
Klaas de Jong
State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science
Succeeded by
Ad Hermes
Preceded by
Jos van Kemenade
Minister of Education, Culture and Science
Succeeded by
Gerrit Braks
Preceded by
Dick Dolman
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Piet Bukman
Preceded by
Ad Havermans
Mayor of The Hague
Succeeded by
Jozias van Aartsen