HC Deb 02 April 1968 vol 762 cc167-8
36. Mrs. Renée Short

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will issue a direction to all Government Departments, and nationalised industries, to investigate the present status and promotion prospects of men employed by them, especially of qualified engineers, over the age of 45 years.

Mr. Harold Lever

No, Sir.

Mrs. Short

Is my hon. Friend aware of the trend, particularly in private industry, to advertise for men to fill top management posts—men with good qualifications, a lifetime of experience in the industry, all achieved by the age of 30? Does he not think that we ought to look at this with regard to nationalised industries especially, to make sure that we use the experience and qualifications of older men to the best advantage?

Mr. Lever

I do not know of any good basis that justifies the investigation which my hon. Friend requires.