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Contributions (Annual Statements)

Volume 486: debated on Monday 9 April 1951

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asked the Minister of National Insurance whether, in view of the urgent need for economy in administration, she will reconsider the existing arrangements under which a statement of account is sent yearly to every contributor; and how many statements it is estimated would be saved every year if they were only sent to those who appeared to be arrears.

Yes. I propose in future to send a statement only to contributors who have not got a full record of contributions for the year in question. This will enable my Department to give up printing and issuing approximately 16 million statements a year now sent as a matter of routine and to achieve a material economy in manpower. I hope that those contributors who do not get annual statements in future will recognise the importance of the saving and accept the new arrangements accordingly.