HL Deb 18 May 1998 vol 589 c139WA
Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many members of the House of Commons and of the House of Lords, respectively, excluding those on leave of absence, are (a) aged between 60 and 65, and (b) over the age of 65; and whether it is their intention in a reconstituted legislature to introduce a retirement age for working members of both Houses. [HL1758]

The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Richard)

House of Commons

As from 8 May 1998 there are (a) 60 MPs aged 60–65, and (b) 34 MPs aged 65 and over.

House of Lords

The figures for the House of Lords were contained in my Answer to the noble Lord's Question on 27 April 1998 (col. WA 1).

The Government are currently examining a range of issues relating to reform of the House of Lords and will announce their proposals in due course. There are no plans to introduce legislation on a retiring age for Members of the House of Commons.