HC Deb 26 January 1998 vol 305 c116W
Mr. Webb

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what will be the effect on revenues from national insurance contributions in(a) 1998–99, (b) 1999–2000 and (c) 2000–01 of her decision to adjust the rebates for those who have contracted out of SERPS. [25545]

Mr. Denham

The proposed changes to the rebates for Contracted-out money Purchase (COMP) schemes are designed to protect the National Insurance Fund (NIF) from occupational schemes switching their method of contracting-out solely to take advantage of the higher overall rebate available to COMP schemes. This switching means that more is paid out in rebates from the NIF than was originally intended. The changes will reduce that loss.

The information on the effect of increasing the rebates for Appropriate Personal Pensions (APP) is in the table.

Tax year Cost to the NIF of increasing rebates to APP holders
1998–1999 Nil
1999–2000 Nil
2000–2001 £140 million


1. As age-related rebates for APP's are not paid until after the end of the tax year to which they relate, the changes being introduced in April 1999 will not begin to impact on the NIF until 2000–2001.

2. The figure for 2000–2001 has been rounded to the nearest £10 million.


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