HC Deb 01 December 1938 vol 342 cc627-8W
Sir N. Grattan-Doyle

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether his attention has been called to the increasing number of ex-service men in the Civil Service who are approaching the age of retirement but will have no pensions on retirement; and whether, with a view to preventing hardship and distress, the rule requiring retirement at the age of 65 years can be relaxed in respect of this class?

Captain Wallace

The general position is that the Head of a Department may call upon an officer serving in his Department to retire at any time after reaching the age of 60; retirement is compulsory on reaching the age of 65. Experience has shown that it would not be in the interests of the Service to depart from this arrangement and I regret therefore that I am unable to agree to the modification suggested.