§ Mr. Meacher
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is the latest information on the number of people who pay national insurance contributions at the contracted-out rate in Great Britain; and of these how many earn above(a) £15,000, (b) £20,000, (c) £25,000, (d) £30,000 and (e) £40,000, respectively.
§ Mr. Jack
The information is not available in the precise form requested. However, during 1989–90, the latest year for which provisional information is available, those employed earners who paid national insurance contributions at the contracted-out standard rate and the numbers of those who earned above that year's upper earnings limit for national insurance purposes are in the table. 153W
Great Britain Millions Total With earnings above the UEL (£16,900) At the standard contracted out rate 8.3 1.1 A mixture of contracted out and not contracted out rates 1.6 0.1 Total with some contracted out contributions 9.8 1.2
Note: Figures do not sum due to rounding of component parts.