HC Deb 08 December 1989 vol 163 cc427-8W
Mr. Beggs

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will monitor the demand for older people to return to the work force due to the decreasing numbers of young skilled workers and ensure that returning older workers are not exploited.

Mr. Nicholls

The changing patterns of older workers' participation in the labour market are monitored through the labour force survey.

The onus is on employers to offer terms and conditions which encourage older workers to remain in or return to the labour force. The Government have emphasised the impact on employers of the declining number of young people and will continue to stress to employers the importance of making the best use of the abilities and skills of all people in the labour force, particularly under-utilised groups such as older workers.

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