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Departments: Retirement

Volume 457: debated on Friday 23 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many employees from his Department have been asked to retire upon reaching 65 years of age as a result of the Department's mandatory retirement policy in each year since 1997. (121743)

The following table gives the number of staff who retired at the age of 65, by year:

Number

1997

0

1998

4

1999

8

2000

7

2001

12

2002

6

2003

1

2004

14

2005

5

2006

6

In certain circumstances staff were able to continue to work beyond age 65 and a further 28 staff retired at an age above 65 during this period.

Before 2002, the Department's normal retirement age for most grades of staff was 60 and the majority of staff retired at that age. In 2002 all staff below the senior civil service had the option of working to the age of 65 and since 1 October 2006 all staff have had the right to request to work beyond 65.