HC Deb 03 December 1946 vol 431 cc27-8W
Colonel Gomme-Duncan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland why a general maximum age of 45 years, and a provisional maximum age of 40 years have been fixed for the appointment of probation officers in Scotland.

Mr. Westwood

The present upper age limits for first appointment as full-time salaried probation officers, which have been found generally satisfactory in practice, have regard primarily to the difficulties likely to be experienced by new entrants above these ages in adapting themselves successfully to the arduous and exacting duties of the probation service.

related to the county and burgh police; in how many cases were inquiries held; in how many were appeals dismissed without an inquiry; and how many appeals were outstanding in each class as on 30th September, 1946.

Mr. Westwood

The following table shows the number of appeals in Scotland under the Police (Appeals) Acts, 1927 and 1943, up to the 30th September, 1946:

There would also be difficulty in admitting to superannuation schemes officers first appointed above these ages.