I am receiving a number of emails about the retirement age for prison warders.
I sought to make it clear on Question Time that there are two possible answers to the problem of later retirement for prison warders. The first is they may negotiate a general exemption from the later retirement age. The government does accept that some employment like that of soldiers and police are special and justifies a lower retirement age. The second is that within the wider public sector there might be more appropriate duties for 0lder prison warders who would find the modern prison warder role too demanding. As I made clear in the programme, I do believe strongly all these issues have to be negotiated with good will and commonsense on both sides.