HC Deb 07 December 1939 vol 355 c853W
Mr. Gallacher

asked the Minister of Labour whether any age limit is being applied to persons applying for temporary employment in Government factories or establishments?

Mr. E. Brown

A question on this subject is addressed to-day to my right hon. Friend the Minister of Supply, who is the Minister principally concerned, and I would ask the hon. Member to await the answer to that question.

Mr. R. C. Morrison

asked the Minister of Supply whether he is aware that men over 60 years of age are refused forms of application for employment at Woolwich Arsenal and Enfield Small Arms Factory; and, in view of the fact that many men are physically fit at this age, will he give them an opportunity of having their applications considered?

Colonel Llewellin

There is no absolute age limit for workmen generally at these establishments and a number over the age of 60 have recently been engaged. In consultation with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour and National Service my right hon. Friend is considering whether limits which it has hitherto been the practice to apply to certain classes of labour can properly be modified.

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