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National Insurance

Volume 698: debated on Monday 4 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What are the estimated numbers of people and estimated costs for (1) 2010; (2) 2020; (3) 2030; (4) 2040; and (5) 2050 for United Kingdom residents and for non-United Kingdom residents respectively of purchasing an additional six years and nine years respectively of additional national insurance contributions assuming 6 per cent and 15 per cent take-up rates if purchasing those additional years were available (a) only to those who already had 10 years national insurance contributions; (b) only to those who already had 15 years national insurance contributions; and (c) only to those who already had 20 years national insurance contributions. [HL1123]

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What was the median income distribution by deciles, and the number of men and women respectively, of both United Kingdom residents and non-United Kingdom residents respectively, buying additional class 3 voluntary national insurance contributions for the past three years for which figures are available; and [HL1362]

What is the median income distribution by deciles, and the number of men and women respectively, of both United Kingdom residents and non-United Kingdom residents respectively, assuming a six per cent and a 15 per cent take up, who might buy an additional nine years of class 3 voluntary national insurance contributions (above and beyond any existing entitlement) in 2009, 2010, 2015 and 2020. [HL1363]

The information is not available. The payment of class 3 national insurance contributions is voluntary. The rates are set annually and are not based on a person's income. There is, therefore, no business requirement to collect or record such information.