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National Insurance Numbers

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

17. To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to allocate national insurance numbers to people who are discovered to have been trafficked into the UK. (197206)

Trafficked people who have been granted leave to enter or remain in the UK, and have access to work or benefits, will be eligible to apply for a national insurance number.

18. To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many migrant workers have been given national insurance numbers in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) England in the last three years. (197207)

Figures are available only for the last two years. In 2005-06, 8,400 national insurance numbers were issued to adult foreign nationals in Northamptonshire and 578,840 in England. In 2006-07, 8,170 numbers were issued in Northamptonshire and 614,780 in England.