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National Insurance Numbers

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many national insurance numbers there were in each year since 1997; (75845)

(2) how many national insurance numbers were issued in each year since 1997.

The available information is in the following table.

Total approximate national insurance numbers in issue in each year between 1997 and 2006

Number (Million)

1997

66

1998

67

1999

68

2000

69

2001

70

2002

71

2003

72

2004

73

2005

74.5

In order to maintain the integrity of the system (and for benefit purposes) NINOs are not removed. For example, they are retained after a person dies or moves abroad. This is because individuals who move abroad may at some point have a call upon contributions paid whilst in the UK. In the case of deceased individuals, a partner may make a claim for a contributory benefit, which is dependant on the contribution record of the deceased individual. This means that the number of accounts held on the system accrues as NINOs are allocated each year to all UK children who reach 16 years and persons from abroad requiring a NINO are added.

Total national insurance numbers issued between 1997 and 2006

Number

1997

1,017,500

1998

1,026,885

1999

1,021,776

2000

995,351

2001

928,059

2002

1,082,035

2003

1,141,795

2004

1,250,622

2005

1,486,312

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the basis of which criteria locations were chosen for contact centres for interviews for new national insurance numbers. (95897)

Customers wishing to obtain a new national insurance number are required to attend an interview at a Jobcentre. The Jobcentres providing these services were selected on the basis of historical information on where the largest volumes of applications were made, taking into account the suitability of premises available.