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National Insurance Contributions

Volume 471: debated on Friday 1 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate how many (a) UK and (b) non-UK residents would be eligible to purchase an additional (i) six and (ii) nine years national insurance contributions assuming 6 per cent. and 15 per cent. take-up rates if purchasing those additional years were available only to those who already had (A) 10 years or more, (B) 15 years and (C) 20 years or more national insurance contributions in (1) 2010, (2) 2020, (3) 2030, (4) 2040 and (5) 2050; and if he will estimate the costs of such purchases in each case. (177833)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the review his Department conducted of the options to buy additional years of National Insurance contributions for people with broken work records; and if he will make a statement. (180133)

The Government considered all the available information and analysis of the data available to it in considering the options, including the views of stakeholders, when it decided to make no changes to the current class 3 national insurance contribution rules. The Government explained their reasons for the decision through their answer to Baroness Hollis on 17 December 2007, Official Report, House of Lords, column 467.