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Retirement Age

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2006, Official Report, column 1466W, on retirement age, what tests of (a) experience and (b) evidence he will be applying to check for a negative impact on (i) performance and (ii) workforce planning as a result of removing the default retirement age; and if he will make a statement. (113928)

We have not yet established the tests we will apply should we remove the default retirement age. There are very few staff due to retire at age 65 between now and 2011. We have calculated the numbers to be less than five in each year for 2007 and 2008. We propose to look again at the removal of the default retirement age, most probably in 2009, by which time we will have experience of requests under the “duty to consider” procedure from employees wishing to work beyond age 65 and taken account of the experience of other organisations with this issue.