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Departmental Retirement

Volume 479: debated on Monday 29 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the mandatory retirement age in her Department is; and how many people were allowed to work beyond the mandatory retirement age in each of the last five years. (214126)

The following table shows the number of staff who have worked beyond the mandatory retirement age in each of the last five years.

In 2005-06 and 2006-07, the Home Office HQ included the following Departments; Communities Group, National Offender Management Service (NOMS) and Office for Criminal Justice Reform (OCJR). NOMS and OCJR left in May 2007 to join the new Ministry of Justice, and Communities Group transferred to the Department for Communities and Local Government in May 2006.

From 1 October 2006—in line with the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006—the retirement age for all staff became 65 (before that, it was 60). Staff still have the option to take their pension and retire from the age of 60 and can, exceptionally, work until the age of 70 subject to certain conditions.

Retirement age

60

65

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Home Office Headquarters (HO HQ)1

n/a

n/a

91

4

23

United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA)1

n/a

n/a

454

26

43

Identity and Passport Service (IPS)

1

0

1

2

6

Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)2

n/a

7

7

8

15

Total

1

7

553

40

87

1 Data for HO HQ and UKBA is not available for 2003-05 without incurring a disproportionate cost.

2 CRB is unable to provide 2003-04 data without incurring a disproportionate cost