§ Tony Cunningham
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the policy is on setting a fixed age of retirement for teachers in adult education. 
§ Mr. Ivan Lewis
Adult education tutors are employed by the local authority, college or provider for whom they work. Their age of retirement is therefore a matter agreed between themselves and the employer. This means that the local authority, college or provider is able to retain tutors beyond the customary retirement age if there is a particular need or a shortage of expertise in a given area.
We have no plans to restrict this and fully support colleges and providers in being able to plan and manage flexibly to meet the needs of learners.