§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will introduce legislation to make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of age in employment.
§ Mr. Nicholls
The Government have no plans to introduce such legislation. The Government believe that older workers are a valuable resource. Age discrimination is unfair to individuals and not in an employer's own interest. We continue to put this message across to employers through various media, particularly in the context of publicity about demographic change. In addition, instructions to jobcentre staff have been strengthened to ensure that all upper age limits on vacancies notified by employers are challenged.
There are encouraging signs that employers are heeding this message. We shall continue our efforts to ensure that this progress continues.