HC Deb 06 March 1940 vol 358 c400W
Miss Ward

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will give an assurance that no departmental age-bar will prevent use being made of the services of any man or woman whose qualifications may be of service to the nation's war effort?

Captain Crookshank

I do not know of any general departmental rule fixing an age limit for temporary appointments. My hon. Friend will, however, appreciate that for certain posts the interests of efficiency may require an age limit; and that, as between candidates of otherwise equal qualifications the younger may be chosen as being better able physically to endure the strain of present exacting conditions.