HC Deb 01 March 1995 vol 255 cc618-9W
Mrs. Wise

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the source or basis of the estimates given by him as to the number of employees earning below the national insurance lower earnings limit.

Mr. Oppenheim

The estimates were produced by firstly estimating the proportion of the "New Earnings Survey" sample with earnings below the April 1994 lower earnings limit of £57, then applying this proportion to the number of employees in employment, taking due account of the estimated number of employees, mostly part-timers, who were excluded from NES because they were not covered by a PAYE scheme.

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