§ Mr. Dewar
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will estimate for 1993–94 or give the most recently available estimate of the number of(a) employees who pay national insurance contributions, (b) employees with earned income above the NIC ceiling, (c) employees with earnings less than the income tax threshold who pay NICs, (d) self-employed who pay class 4 NICs, (e) self-employed who pay class 2 NICs, (f) self-employed who pay class 3 NICs, (g) all self-employed people paying NICs, (h) self-employed who pay no NICs and (i) self-employed with profits above the upper profits limit for NICs.
§ Mr. Hague
The information requested is as follows:
- (a) 17.7 million;
- (b) 3.0 million;
- (c) 0.5 million;
- (d) 1.9 million;
- (e) 2.4 million;
- (f) Reliable estimates are not available;
- (g) In addition to those at (e) a number of self-employed earners pay Class 3 N1Cs to make-up their contribution record or Class 1 NICs from concurrent employment as an employed earner. Reliable estimates of the numbers involved are not available;
- (h) 0.45 million;
- (i) 0.43 million;
Note: Figures (a-e) have been rounded to nearest 0.1 million.