While no one wants victimisation, would it really serve the economic purpose of the country if men were retained for an indefinite period in employment after any useful function they could perform had disappeared?
No. At the moment we have no evidence that redundancies are being created for this reason. My right hon. Friend would be reluctant to take any action unnecessarily which could prevent the scheme beginning in an atmosphere of trust. I repeat what I said at the beginning—my right hon. Friend is watching the position and if any evidence were to come to light he would certainly look at it.