HC Deb 05 June 1940 vol 361 c831


12. Mr. Mander

asked the Minister of Transport whether he will consider the advisability of making an arrangement by which members of the salaried staff of railway companies who, in the ordinary course, would retire at the age of 60, shall continue or resume their service in the present emergency, with a view to making the fullest possible use of man-power?

The Minister of Transport (Sir John Reith)

The railways are already retaining or re-employing men who have passed the normal retiring age if their services are required and they are physically fit and efficient.

Mr. Mathers

Has the Minister taken into account the fact that these men are under contract in respect of their superannuation, and has he had consultation with the Railway Clerks' Association, which represents the great majority of them?

Sir J. Reith

I will look into that point, and if consultations have not taken place they will take place.