§ Mr. Meacher
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will publish in theOfficial Report for the latest available year (a) the number of whole-time equivalent staff engaged on national insurance contribution work within his Department, (b) the proportion of their time spent on each class of contribution and (c) the amount of contributions, by class, recovered as a result of their investigations.
§ Mrs. Gillian Shephard
The total number of posts currently allocated by the Department of Social Security to national insurance contribution work is 7,449. However, many of those staff do not spend their time solely on this work and the exact ratio could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Similarly, no information is held on the amount of time spent on each class of contribution.
The value of contributions collected by the Department for the year ending 1988–89 is as follows:
£ Class 1 1,559,099,000 Class 2 323,685,000 Class 3 25,034,000 Class 4 2,536,000