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National Insurance: Foreign Workers

Volume 475: debated on Friday 9 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many national insurance numbers were (a) allocated and (b) refused in respect of non-EU foreign workers in each quarter since 2004; and if he will break down these figures by (i) nationality and (ii) UK region. (166978)

Information is not collated on the number of applications for national insurance numbers refused to non-EU nationals.

The nationality breakdown of those non-EU nationals issued with national insurance numbers in 2005-06 and 2006-07 is published in the detailed tables of the “National Insurance Number Allocations to Overseas Nationals entering the UK” reports on the Department’s website at:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/niall/registration_tables.xls

and

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/niall/registration_tables2007.xls

The top 10 nationalities (excluding UK nationals) with the most adult national insurance number registrations for the four years 2003-04 to 2006-07 are published in Table three on page 16 of the report “National Insurance Number Allocations to Overseas Nationals entering the UK (previously Migrant Workers Statistics) 2007: Full Report” on the Department’s website at:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/niall/niall_report.pdf

A full nationality breakdown for 2004-05 and earlier years is not available. Figures for the number of national insurance numbers issued to adult non EU nationals in 2003-04 and 2004-05 were provided in [PQ 162349] on 13 March 2008, Official Report, columns 576-77W.

Data by Government Office Region are shown in the following table:

NINO registrations to adult non-EU nationals by Government Office Region

Year of registration

Government Office Region

2005-06

2006-07

Scotland

13,790

16,450

North East

5,940

6,430

North West

18,710

18,670

Yorkshire and the Humber

14,530

15,260

Wales

5,850

5,930

West Midlands

17,490

18,110

East Midlands

12,720

11,990

East of England

18,500

17,650

South East

33,190

33,270

London

129,070

125,800

South West

11,670

12,740

Northern Ireland

3,090

2,660

Overseas Residents

2,950

3,130

Total

287,500

288,090

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

2. Figures exclude cases where nationality is unknown.

3. In order to produce a consistent time series, nationality is classified as EU or non-EU according to the country’s status in May 2007.

4. Government Office Region counts are based on the most recently recorded address of the NINO recipient.

5. Columns may not sum to totals because of rounding.

6. Quarterly data are not available. Data relate to tax years 6 April to 5 April.

Source:

100 per cent extract from National Insurance Recording System at 14 May 2007

A regional breakdown for 2004-05 and earlier years is not available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions further to the Answer of 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 936W, on national insurance: foreign workers, how many and what proportion of all national insurance numbers issued were issued to (a) UK citizens, (b) non-EU nationals and (c) EU citizens in each year since 1987; what the percentage change in each category was in each period; and how many numbers were issued to people in each region of the UK in each category in each period. (177480)

The available information is provided in the following tables.

UK nationals and the juvenile registration process

The majority of UK nationals are registered with national insurance numbers (NINOs) as part of the juvenile registration process just prior to the age of 16. Some UK nationals apply for a NINO as adults and would go through the adult NINO allocation process. The data are not held in a format which allows us to extract a figure for UK nationals.

Figures for the juvenile registration process

Period

Juvenile registration volumes (thousand)

Percentage change

2003-04

753.6

2004-05

743.2

-1.4

2005-06

722.9

-2.7

2006-07

772.1

+6.8

Notes:

1. Reporting period for juvenile registration is 1 April to 31 March.

2. For the majority of juveniles the registration process takes place just prior to the 16th birthday. However, some juveniles may initially miss out on this process, but can be recorded as part of this process until the age of 19.

3. There may be a small number of young foreign nationals who obtain a national insurance number through the juvenile registration process. These will not appear in the foreign nationals total for adult national insurance number registrations. However, the majority of juvenile registrations are for UK nationals.

Source:

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs National Insurance Recording System (NIRS2) Management Information.

Adult national insurance number registrations to non-EU and EU citizens

The numbers in the following tables are sourced from figures already in the public domain. They are published via DWP’s National Statistics First Release “National Insurance Number Allocations to Overseas Nationals entering the UK 2006/07”.

Adult national insurance number registrations to non-EU citizens

Period

Non EU registration volumes (thousand)

Percentage change

2002-03

249.8

2003-04

256.4

+2.6

2004-05

238.7

-6.9

2005-06

287.6

+20.5

2006-07

288.1

+0.2

Adult national insurance number registrations to EU citizens (excluding UK nationals)

Period

EU registration volumes (thousand)—excluding UK

Percentage change

2002-03

98.6

2003-04

113.6

+15.2

2004-05

200.5

+76.5

2005-06

374.3

+86.7

2006-07

424.9

+13.5

Adult national insurance number registrations by category and region

The available information by category and Government office region is shown in the following tables. This information is only available since 2005-06. Information on new national insurance numbers issued to UK nationals is not available at regional level.

NINO registrations to adult non-EU nationals

Year of registration

Government office region

2005-06

2006-07

Percentage change

Scotland

13,790

16,450

19.3

North East

5,940

6,430

8.2

North West

18,710

18,670

-0.2

Yorkshire and the Humber

14,530

15,260

5.0

Wales

5,850

5,930

1.4

West Midlands

17,490

18,110

3.5

East Midlands

12,720

11,990

-5.7

East of England

18,500

17,650

-4.6

South East

33,190

33,270

0.2

London

129,070

125,800

-2.5

South West

11,670

12,740

9.2

Northern Ireland

3,090

2,660

-13.9

Overseas residents

2,950

3,130

6.1

NINO registrations to adult EU nationals (excluding UK)

Year of registration

Government office region

2005-06

2006-07

Percentage change

Scotland

27,550

35,980

30.6

North East

5,150

6,810

32.2

North West

30,130

32,860

9.1

Yorkshire and the Humber

22,010

26,350

19.7

Wales

10,570

11,080

4.8

West Midlands

24,210

29,860

23.3

East Midlands

25,740

29,010

12.7

East of England

34,280

35,710

4.2

South East

46,680

46,830

0.3

London

106,310

118,120

11.1

South West

22,000

28,960

31.6

Northern Ireland

13,220

16,940

28.1

Overseas residents

6,480

6,440

-0.6

Notes:

1. Annual periods relate to 6 April to 5 April.

2. Figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Totals may not sum due to rounding method used.

3. In order to produce a consistent time series, nationality is classified as EU or non-EU according to the country’s status in 2006-07.

4. These figures do not include a small number of people (historically between 500 and 800 per year) who are recorded as foreign nationals but whose nationality is unknown.

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

6. Government office region counts are based on the most recently recorded address of the NINO recipient.

Source:

100 per cent. DWP extract from the National Insurance Recording System.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many new national insurance numbers were registered to foreign-born individuals in each year since 1997; and how many of these numbers have had no contributions credited against them. (192740)

[holding answer 10 March 2008]: The information is not available as details of a person’s place of birth are not held in the National Insurance Recording System.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many migrant workers have been given national insurance numbers in each of the last three years. (196550)

The number of new national insurance number registrations for adult foreign nationals by year of registration for 2004-05 to 2006-07 is published in table 2 on page 16 of the report “National Insurance Number Allocations to Overseas Nationals entering the UK (previously Migrant Workers Statistics) 2007: Full Report” on the Department's website at

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/niall/niall_report.pdf.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 13 March 2008, Official Report, column 576W, on National Insurance, what the nationality breakdown is of those non-EU nationals issued with national insurance numbers in each year since 2002-03; and how many national insurance numbers were issued to (a) EU nationals and (b) non-EU nationals in each year from 1997-98 to 2001-02. (197492)

[holding answer 31 March 2008]: The nationality breakdowns of those adult non-EU nationals issued with national insurance numbers in 2005-06 and 2006-07 are published in the detailed tables of the “National Insurance Number Allocations to Overseas Nationals entering the UK” reports on the Department's website at

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd 1/niall/registration_tables.xls

and

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/niall/registration_tables2007.xls.

The top 10 nationalities (excluding UK nationals) with the most adult national insurance number registrations for the four years 2003-04 to 2006-07 are published in Table 3 on page 16 of the report “National Insurance Number Allocations to Overseas Nationals entering the UK (previously Migrant Workers Statistics) 2007: Full Report” on the Department's website at

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/niall/niall_report.pdf.

A full nationality breakdown for 2004-05 and earlier years is not available.