HC Deb 30 January 1995 vol 253 c519W
Mr. Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how the national insurance number can be used for purposes unconnected with the tax and benefits system; what legislation would be necessary to legitimise any new purpose; what plans he has to make the number more widely available for such purposes; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Arbuthnot

I refer the hon. Member to the replies I gave him on Tuesday 29 November 1994,Official Report, column 627. The national insurance number can be used only for national insurance, tax and social security benefit-related purposes and we have no plans at present to introduce legislation to extend the use of the national insurance number.