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Old Persons

Volume 939: debated on Friday 25 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will give his estimate of the number of (a) men and (b) women over normal retirement age, engaged in part-time and full-time employment, respectively.

Very approximate estimates can be made by applying the proportions of men and women working full-time and part-time who are over retirement age, as shown by the Family Expenditure Survey, to the appropriate figures from the June 1976 census of employment for Great Britain.The figures thus obtained were approximately 400,000 male employees in employment aged 65 and over and 550,000 females aged 60 and over and the proportion working part-time about 70 per cent. in both cases.