§ Ms. Harman
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many married women at present have opted to pay national insurance contributions at the reduced married women's rate.63W
§ Mr. Rossi
No figures are available for the number of married women and widows who retain the right to pay reduced rate contributions. But provisional figures show that in 1980ߝ81, the latest year for which this information is available, 2,752,700 married women and 173,200 widows actually paid contributions at the reduced rate.