Older Persons (Employment)

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th May 1954.

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Photo of Sir Austen Albu Sir Austen Albu , Edmonton 12:00 am, 12th May 1954

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General the policy of his Department for the employment of older men and women.

Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey

In accordance with the policy of the Government, so far as Post Office Departmental grades are concerned the aim is to give older men and women opportunities of employment so far as is consistent with efficiency and with other commitments, such as the employment of ex-Service men. To quote an example, the upper recruitment age for postmen, telephonists and telegraphists is now 60 years. If the hon. Member has any individual case in mind and will let me have particulars, I will gladly make inquiry.

Photo of Sir Austen Albu Sir Austen Albu , Edmonton

How can the hon. Gentleman reconcile his statement of policy, and that of his hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour, with the case which I brought to his attention in the Post Office Savings Department of a man who appeared to me to be extremely efficient and capable and was discharged although he was certainly no older than those mentioned by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour in the speech which he made to the Rotary International?

Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey

Possibly there were other factors concerned in the case.