Civil Servants (Retirement Age)

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 15th October 2001.

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Photo of Graham Brady Graham Brady Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the compulsory retirement ages which apply to employees of her Department and of executive agencies and other public sector bodies for which it is responsible, broken down by grade or job title.

Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Culture, Media & Sport

The normal retirement age for all staff in my Department is 60. In the Royal Parks Agency (the Department's only Executive Agency), the normal retirement age is also 60, but staff may be allowed to stay beyond 60 where they have reserved rights to do so; or they have specialist skills or expertise and are not immediately replaceable; or it is in the short-term interest of the Agency.

The non-departmental public bodies sponsored by my Department have considerable discretion to determine the terms and conditions of their employees, and the Department does not hold details centrally. Their retirement arrangements, however, are analogous to those of the Department.

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