HC Deb 14 February 2000 vol 344 cc398-9W
Mr. Coaker

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what steps the Government are taking to tackle age discrimination in employment against men between the ages of 60 and 65 years. [109684]

Ms Hodge

On 14 June 1999 we published a Code of Practice on Age Diversity in Employment, developed with key partners such as the TUC, CBI and Age Concern. It covers all aspects of employment, for men and women of all ages, including men aged between 60 and 65. It has sections covering recruitment, selection, training, development, redundancy and retirement, and provides detailed guidance and case studies to help employers to tackle age discrimination in their organisations. This is being backed by a publicity campaign and practical help for employers wanting to adopt the principles set out in the Code. The effectiveness of the Code is being evaluated through a large scale research project which looks in detail at employer policies and practices in recruitment and employment and the impact this has on age diversity in their work force. The results of the evaluation will be published early in 2001.

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