§ Mr. Andrew Turner
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether(a) her Department and (b) agencies for which it is responsible (i) have a set retirement age which applies to all or most personnel and (ii) have a maximum age beyond which applications for employment will not be considered; and what the age is in each case. 
§ Ms Hewitt
The retirement age for all DTI staff in grades below the Senior Civil Service is 65. For staff in the Senior Civil Service the normal retirement age is 60.
We require applicants for employment to have sufficient time to complete the required probation period (generally 12 months) for their grade or specialism before they reach age 65.