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Security Industry Authority

Volume 475: debated on Friday 9 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the written statement of 31 January 2008, Official Report, columns 29-30WS, on Security Industry Authority (entitlement to work in the UK), how many of those who have had licences revoked have also had national insurance numbers withdrawn. (189916)

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None of those who have had their licences revoked by the Security Industry Authority have had their national insurance numbers (NINOs) cancelled.

The current practice is for a NINO, once allocated, not to be cancelled except in specified circumstances. This is because a NINO, even if only used for a limited period, links an individual to their national insurance contribution record, not all of which may have been accrued whilst working illegally, and to any future legitimate right to contributory benefits.