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Members of Parliament: Retirement

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Leader of the House how many hon. Members who retired at the (a) 1983, (b) 1987, (c) 1992, (d) 1997, (e) 2001 and (f) 2005 general elections were aged 65 and over at the date of retirement; and how long each had served in the House on retirement. (255100)

In total 258 members aged 65 and over left the House at general elections from 1983 to 2005. The following table summarises the position.

General election

Members over 65 retiring

Length of service

Total

Stood down

Defeated

Under 9 years

9 to under 21 years

21 to under 33 years

Over 33 years

1983

34

31

3

1

8

12

13

1987

46

42

4

2

12

23

9

1992

45

42

3

1

7

29

8

1997

68

56

12

0

15

50

3

2001

33

30

3

3

11

11

8

2005

32

27

5

4

8

13

7