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National Insurance

Volume 475: debated on Friday 9 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of national insurance number registrations were held by (a) EU and (b) non-EU nationals in each year since 1987. (177388)

Information on the stock of NINOs held in a given year is not available. The available information on the flow of NINOs registered each year is in the following tables.

NINO registrations to adult EU nationals (excluding UK)

Year of registration

NINO registrations

As percentage of all registrations to adult foreign nationals

2002-03

98,610

28

2003-04

113,570

31

2004-05

200,460

46

2005-06

374,320

57

2006-07

424,910

60

NINO registrations to adult non-EU nationals

Year of registration

NINO registrations

As percentage of all registrations to adult foreign nationals

2002-03

249,800

72

2003-04

256,380

69

2004-05

238,670

54

2005-06

287,550

43

2006-07

288,090

40

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

2. NIRS does not hold complete data on NINO registrations by nationality prior to 2002 so information is only provided from 2002-03 onwards.

3. Years referred to are from 6 April to 5 April.

4. Figures exclude a small number of cases where nationality is unknown.

5. Data are not held in a format which allows us to extract a figure of NINO registration to adult UK nationals.

6. When presenting an EU time series, if a country moved into the EU during the time series, that country has been included in the EU for the whole of the time series, to facilitate comparisons over time.

7. The data we hold on national insurance number registrations for overseas nationals are only available annually.

8. The figures do not include any NINOs that may have been issued to young foreign nationals under the juvenile registration process.

Source:

100 per cent. extract from National Insurance Recording System (NIRS) at 31 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for a national insurance number have been refused in each of the past five years. (184801)

The available information is in the following table.

Refused national insurance number applications

Number of refusals

2003-04

19,243

2004-05

26,042

2005-06

17,246

2006-07

26,573

2007-08

28,077

Notes:

1. Each year runs 1 April to 31 March.

2. The table is derived from management information. The numbers include withdrawn applications.

3. Applications for national insurance numbers for employment purposes have automatically been subject to a proof of the right to work since July 2006; this reason for refusal therefore applies from 2006-07 onwards.

4. The figures are for adult UK nationals and adult foreign nationals.

Source:

Department for Work and Pensions management information

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many national insurance numbers were issued in each of the last five years. (185213)

The information is not available prior to 2003-04. The available information is in the following table.

NINO Registrations

2003-04

1,198,500

2004-05

1,290,500

2005-06

1,449,600

2006-07

1,539,000

Notes:

1. Source data are Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs National Insurance Recording System (NIRS 2) Management Information.

2. Reporting period is 1 April to 31 March.

3. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred.

4. Figures include all adult national insurance number registrations and all Juvenile Registrations on HMRC’s NIRS 2 system.