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Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 October 1950

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asked the Minister of Labour what are the existing arrangements for ensuring that ex-officers of 50 years and over are offered employment suitable to their age, experience and qualifications.

I assume that the hon. Member has in mind ex-Regular members of His Majesty's Forces. In addition to the activities of the various voluntary organisations, the Ministry's appointments offices try to find suitable openings, and they take every opportunity to press the claims of ex-officers. A greater readiness on the part of employers to recognise the merits and qualities of the older ex-officer as a candidate for employment, and to notify suitable vacancies for which they will consider him, would, however, be of great help. It is to this end that the discussions over a wide range of employment to which I referred in my reply to the hon. Member for Macclesfield (Air Commodore Harvey) on 6th July last are continuing.