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National Insurance

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 15 May 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many women pay reduced rate Class I National Insurance Contributions; what estimate he has made of their level of earnings; and what their percentage increase in national insurance contributions was in April. [113067]

An estimated 50,000 women will pay the reduced rate of Class 1 National Insurance Contributions in 2003–04 and their estimated average earnings is £290 per week. These estimates have been provided by the Government Actuary Department and are consistent with Budget 2003.The married women's reduced rate was increased by 1 percentage point in April this year.