HC Deb 11 May 1950 vol 475 cc569-70
69. Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken in conjunction with other Departments to secure that a fair percentage of men over 50 years are engaged as and when vacancies in Government service occur.

The Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Mr. Douglas Jay)

There are no general age limits for candidates for temporary Government employment. Applicants over 50 with the necessary qualifications are freely submitted for vacancies and are engaged by Departments if they are considered suitable.

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

Is the hon. Gentleman satisfied that the Government are doing their best in this matter, particularly having regard to the reply given to a question on 4th April by the Minister of Labour, who said that he was having great difficulty in placing these people in employment?

Mr. Jay

The Government are endeavouring to set an example in this matter. If the hon. Member knows of any instances where they have failed to do so I shall be glad to look at them.

Mr. R. S. Hudson

Can the hon. Gentleman quote any cases where such men have been actually engaged, because I can provide him with plenty of cases in my constituency where they have not?

Mr. Jay

Certainly, with notice.

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