HC Deb 28 February 1940 vol 357 c2046
21. Mr. Loftus

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he will consider abolishing the maximum age limit of 45 included in the Admiralty appeal for fishermen to volunteer for mine-sweeping, naval patrol work, etc., in view of the fact that many fishermen above 45 years of age are thoroughly fit and anxious to volunteer?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty (Mr. Shakespeare)

Personnel in sea-going fishing vessels are accepted up to the age of 55 for any branch of the Royal Naval Patrol Service for the period of the war. When, however, a volunteer is particularly suitable, he may be accepted up to the age of 60.