§ Mr. Boswell
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what reply he has sent to the representations by the Association of University Teachers on the age-profile of teaching academics. 
§ Mr. Wicks
[holding answer 20 March 2000]: As independent bodies, higher education institutions appoint and retain the staff they need to run their academic programmes. It is for individual institutions to tailor their recruitment policies if they wish to alter the age balance of their staff or to plan for the forthcoming retirement of a particular age group.