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National Insurance

Volume 403: debated on Tuesday 8 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations she has received from Scottish (a) employers and (b) employees on the increases in National Insurance contributions. [106724]

My right hon. Friend has regular discussions with business organisations and trades unions about a range of matters including economic policy and taxation matters. I concur with my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer's view that the additional revenue from the increase in National Insurance contributions is required to fund essential increases in investment in public services.