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Employment (Post-Retirement)

Volume 939: debated on Friday 18 November 1977

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service in view of the fact that among the various benefits claimable by the top paid civil servants are public honours, permanency of employment, and non-contributory pensions which were granted to these recipients on condition that on retirement they would refrain from going into private and public business, and since fully indexed pensions are now payable, he will take action to ensure that these people do not take employment on retirement, as was the case until a few years ago.

State who were retired prematurely on grounds of ( a) inefficiency, ( b) limited efficiency, ( c) redundancy and ( d) discipline.

The information requested by the hon. Member is set out in the table below:

No, my hon. Friend has been misinformed. Subject to appropriate safeguards, it has never been the practice to discourage civil servants generally from taking up business appointments on retirement.