HC Deb 21 October 1991 vol 196 c433W
Mr. Allen

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what items of expenditure are meant to be covered by income from national insurance contributions; and how much of current expenditure on those items is met in this way.

Mr. Jack

The full costs of the following items are currently met from the income from national insurance contributions:

  • Retirement pensions (categories A and B)
  • Widows' benefits
  • Sickness benefit
  • Invalidity benefit
  • Maternity allowance
  • Unemployment benefit
  • Guardian's allowance
  • Child's special allowance
  • Pensioners' lump sum payments
  • Rebates and incentives in respect of personal pensions
  • Incentives in respect of new occupational pension schemes
  • Redundancy payments
  • The appropriate allocation to the National Health Service
  • The relevant costs of administration

Full details are set out in the "National Insurance Fund Account 1989–90"—HOC 617—and the Government Actuary's report on the drafts of the Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 1991 and the Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating) Order 1991 (Cm 1366), copies of which have been placed in the Library.