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National Insurance: Elderly

Volume 468: debated on Monday 26 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) women aged 60 and over and (b) men aged 65 and over will have accrued 30 years national insurance contributions before April 2010. (164651)

The latest information available indicates that at the end of the financial year 2003-04 there were around 60,000 women and around 10,000 men between state pension age and age 80 who had accrued exactly 30 qualifying years for basic state pension.


1. Figures refer to people who are estimated to be resident in the UK in 2003-04.

2. Entitlement to basic state pension depends on a number of factors including the number of qualifying years accrued, Home Responsibilities Protection and the spouse’s contribution record.

3. Detailed information is not available for people aged 80 and over due to archiving of records from the National Insurance Recording System.


Lifetime Labour Market Database 2, 2003-04