HC Deb 28 May 1952 vol 501 c159W
61. Mr. Godber

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air why ex-officers re-employed by his Department as established and certificated civil servants have been specially excluded from the benefit of the increased retiring age of 65 years, recently brought in force for all Treasury grade civil servants: and what is the reason for treating these retired and ex-officers less generously than the majority of civil servants.

Mr. Ward

I take it that my hon. Friend is referring to the substitution officers employed by the Air Ministry. The great majority of these officers are employed in place of junior Royal Air Force officers and it has therefore been the rule for a number of years that they should retire at 60. All officers are, however, given the chance of further pensionable employment after 60 in a lower grade, in most cases without loss of income.