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Civil Service: National Retirement Age

Volume 688: debated on Wednesday 24 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why different decisions have been reached by government departments about the adoption of the national default retirement age; and how they explain these differences. [HL1293]

Responsibility for setting retirement ages for staff below the senior Civil Service is delegated to individual departments under the Civil Service (Management Functions) Act 1992. This delegation allows departments to adopt different retirement ages or a policy of not relying on the national default retirement age depending on their own business needs. Retirement age for members of the senior Civil Service is not delegated to departments to decide on and is 65.