§ Mr. Donaldson
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when his Department introduced a normal retirement age of 60 years for senior and professional technology officers; whether his Department has completed its review of its age retirement policy; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Dr. Moonie
The normal retirement age for senior professional and technology officers, and a number of other grades, was changed from 65 to 60 in 1992 as one of the measures needed to manage the "Options for Change" reduction in the size of the Ministry of Defence's civilian work force which became possible following the end of the cold war.283W
The MOD has completed its further review of age retirement policy. The conclusions are being considered and we shall make an announcement about them as soon as we can.