§ Mr. Denham
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many employed earners paid national insurance contributions at the contracted-out standard rate; and how many people earned above that year's upper earnings limit for national insurance purposes, in the latest year for which figures are available.
§ Mr. Hague
About 9.6 million employed earners paid some national insurance contributions at the standard contracted-out rate in 1990–91.
In the same year, 1.8 million of all contributors who paid class 1 contributions had earnings at or above the annual earnings limit.
Source: DSS internal sample of 1 per cent. of national insurance contributors.