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National Insurance

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer who will qualify to pay the reduced rate of national insurance; and whether they will qualify for the basic retirement pension. [110770]

Reduced rate contributions are paid by married women who, prior 11 May 1977, made an election to pay at the reduced rate, and whose election is still valid. Payment of married womens reduced rate contributions do not count towards basic state pension. However, these women will get a basic pension based on their husband's contributions when both have reached state pension age and made claims.