HC Deb 21 November 1946 vol 430 c1017
57. Mr. Edelman

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that certain employers are refusing to engage men over 60 years of age in industry; and whether, in view of the labour shortage, he will encourage employers to engage as many such men as are willing and able to work.

Mr. Isaacs

I am aware that some employers show a disinclination to accept elderly workers. The local officers of my Department are taking every step to overcome this and are meeting with considerable success. The Government want employers to use the services of older workers to the maximum extent possible. As my hon. Friend may be aware, an appeal to this effect was made by the Prime Minister in his broadcast on the 3rd March last.

Mr. Edelman

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the reply he has given will give great satisfaction, particularly to some of the older men who did such good work during the war?