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Ec (Social Insurance Contributions)

Volume 83: debated on Friday 19 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what information he has as to which other member states of the European Community operate the equivalent of the lower earnings limit for social insurance contributions; and which charge contributions on the first £ equivalent of earnings.

I refer my hon. Friend to the Department's publication, "Tables of Social Benefit Systems in the Member States of the European Communities, Portugal and Spain, (Position at 1 January 1984)", a copy of which is in the Library. That publication contains such information as is available on the financing of social insurance schemes in the member states of the Community, including the basis of employers' and employees' liability for contributions.