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Volume 32: debated on Friday 26 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what proportion of the insured working population was not contracted out of the State pension scheme at the last convenient available date.

Provisional statistics for 1979–80—the latest available—show that some 25·4 million people, inluding women paying contributions at the reduced rate, paid class 1 or class 2 contributions in the United Kingdom at some time during the year. Of these, 14 million or 55 per cent. were not contracted-out at any time during the year.