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National Insurance

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer at what point married women who paid reduced national insurance contributions and were out of the labour market for more than two years began to be treated as full rate contributors. [109148]

The test described, known as the two-year test, was introduced on 6 April 1978.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 27 March 2003, Official Report, column 333W, to the hon. Member for Southend, West (Mr. Amess) on National Insurance, if he will place the representations in the Library; and if he will publish a document summarising the attitude of business towards the increase in National Insurance contributions. [108543]

I have nothing further to add to my answer of 27 March. There are no plans to publish a document of the type requested.