HC Deb 17 March 1955 vol 538 cc1438-9
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.

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