§ 27. Mr. G. Longden
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury how many permanent non-industrial civil servants there are over 60 years of age; and how many there were in 1952 immediately before Her Majesty's Government announced their revised policy on the Civil Service retiring age.
§ Mr. H. Brooke
On 1st January, 1955, there were 34,611 permanent non-industrial civil servants over 60 years of age. The number on 1st January, 1952, was 22,099.
§ Mr. Longden
Is my hon. Friend aware that his answer will give great satisfaction to those people who think that the Government should give a lead in this matter?
§ Mr. Brooke
I am grateful to my hon. Friend. I think that this is an excellent development in the Civil Service.