HC Deb 16 June 1952 vol 502 cc66-7W
92. Sir H. Williams

asked the Minister of National Insurance why the hon. Member for Croydon, East is described as 2A/49/16/15D for the purposes of National Insurance and as AYB1 / 160/1 for the purposes of national identity; and further, now that identity cards have been abolished, why two numbers are necessary for purposes of official identification.

Mr. Turton

My hon. Friend's National Insurance number is to enable him to be traced quickly in our records so that there shall be no delay in paying him any benefit to which he may become entitled.

The second number is now used for the purposes of the National Health Service and I would refer my hon. Friend to the statement made by the Lord Privy Seal on 21st February.