§ Mr. Mackinlay
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason and on which basis the Commissioner of Police of Metropolis has varied the implied condition in the contracts of employment of the security custodians employed in the Houses of Parliament that granted them the option of continuing their employment until they reached the age of 65 years; if he will arrange to reconsider the decision to vary these employment contracts; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Maclean
I understand from the commissioner that the age of retirement for Metropolitan police civil staff, including security staff at the Palace of Westminster, is and always has been 60 years. Extensions of service beyond that age are at the commissioner's discretion and are based on management needs.