HC Deb 15 December 1960 vol 632 cc85-6W
Mr. McKay

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance what would have been the income to the National Insurance Fund in the year 1958–59 based on the wages, salaries, and forces pay of £12,949 million, and £1,893 million for the self-employed, if there had been a level rate contribution up to £9 income as in the 1960 Act and a 4 per cent. contribution by insured persons above £9 income with a 5½ per cent. contribution by employers, the self-employed paying 7 per cent. on their income; what would have been the approximate numbers paying the level rate in that year; and what would have been the Exchequer supplement if the proposal of the 1960 Act had then been in force.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I hope the hon. Gentlemen will forgive me if I do not use the Government machine for the purpose of attempting to make a series of elaborate calculations based on a series of highly improbable hypotheses.

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