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Departmental Retirement

Volume 480: debated on Monday 6 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department has a mandatory retirement age; and how many employees were asked to retire on reaching 65 years of age in each year since 2000. (218207)

The Department for International Development (DFID) does not have a mandatory retirement age. It continues to observe the national default retirement age of 65.

With the implementation of the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations in October 2006, we introduced the Right to Request to Work Beyond Age 65 procedure. No requests have been denied under this procedure.

Since 2000, eight staff have retired at age 65 or above through personal choice.