§ 42. Mr. Norman Bower
asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware that a number of executive officers in his Department are about to have their services terminated before reaching the age of 65; and what is his policy in this respect, having regard to the recommendation contained in the letter sent last year by the Minister of Labour to the T.U.C. and employers' organisations to the effect that elderly persons should be retained in employment wherever possible.
§ Mr. Hobson
Yes, Sir. Although officers may, if they wish, retire on reaching the normal retiring age of 60, the practice is to arrange an extension of service if health and efficiency remain unimpaired, but retention beyond 62 years of age is exceptional.