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State Retirement Pensions

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2009, Official Report, column 1309W, on state retirement pensions, how many (a) men and (b) women who reached state pension age between 6 April 2008 and 5 April 2009 have taken up the option of buying back one or more years of class 3 national insurance contributions under the measures contained in the Pensions Act 2008 to date; and how much has been paid back in contributions by such individuals to date. (290880)

The number of people who reached state pension age between 6 April 2008 and 5 April 2009 and have taken up the option of buying back one or more years of class 3 national insurance contributions under the measure introduced by the Pensions Act 2008 is (a) 21 men and (b) 204 women. National insurance contributions of £37,682.20 were paid by the men and £343,571.90 by the women.