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Volume 13: debated on Thursday 26 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many men over the age of 60 years are in full-time employment; and what percentage of these are receiving long periods of sickness or industrial injury benefit.

It is estimated that in June 1979, the latest date for which information is available, 900,000 men aged 60 or over were in full-time employment in Great Britain. At that time, 183,000 men over age 60 had been claiming incapacity benefit—sickness, invalidity or industrial injury benefits—continuously for more than six months.