Friday, March 6, 2009

Real life James Bonds should be allowed to keep spying after 65, say MPs

The Secret Intelligence Service, known as MI6 and home of the fictional James Bond, last year implemented the new civil service retirement age of 65.

However a cross-party committee of MPs said yesterday (thurs) that senior spies among its 3,382 staff should be exempt to allow the UK to benefit from their expertise stretching back to the Cold War.

In the Intelligence and Security Committee committee's annual report, the exact age that senior spies can work to was redacted for security reasons by MI6.

However the report showed that Sir John Scarlett, the chief of SIS, had told the MPs: "Our experience tells that we need to retain staff beyond [redacted]. We need their experience.


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