HC Deb 21 February 1995 vol 255 c115W
Mr. Frank Field

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many of those gaining national insurance credits in the 1992–93 year were previously in employment or approved self-employment; and what would he the cost to public funds to contribute the sums which employers would have paid in national insurance contributions; assuming earnings at(a) two thirds average earnings and (b) average earnings.

Mr. Arbuthnot

In 1992–93, some 7.2 million employed earners and 0.6 million self-employed earners were awarded an average of 35 credits. If the employed earners were receiving earnings of two thirds average earnings1 for each of the 35 weeks they were awarded a credit, their employers would have paid £871.152 in contributions at current rates; on average earnings1 employers would have paid £1,306.552.


1Calculations based on weekly male average earnings of £366 (New Earnings Survey April 1994).

2 Calculations assume that contributions were paid at the not contracted out rate of 10.2 per cent.