§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Minister for the Civil Service whether he will take 496W the necessary steps to enable all public servants, including Members of Parliament, to have voluntary retirement at the age of 60 years with 30 or more years' service without loss of pension rights.
§ Mr. Charles R. Morris
No. Retiring ages must be closely related to occupational circumstances. There are no plans to change the early retirement provisions for Members of Parliament introduced as recently as 2nd August 1978 by section 1 of the Parliamentary Pensions Act 1978, which followed the recommendation in Report No. 8 by the Top Salaries Review Body.