§ Mr. StevensonTo ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what was the surplus or deficit in the National Insurance Fund for each of the last five years; and what are the expected surpluses or deficits for each of the next five years; [94916]

1032W(2) what was the total amount of the National Insurance Fund for each of the last five financial years; and what is expected to be the total amount for each of the next five years. [94917]

§ Mr. FieldTo ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the current surplus in the National Insurance Fund; and if he will estimate what the surplus will be for each of the next five years. [96056]

§ Dawn Primarolo[holding answer 28 October 1999]: The available figures for Great Britain are provided in the table.

£ million Year ^{1}Surplus/Deficit^{2}Fund Balance1993–94 1,112 4,549 1994–95 2,279 6,828 1995–96 1,008 7,836 1996–97 -98 7,737 1997–98 1,871 9,608 1998–99 2,565 12,173 1999–2000 1,529 13,702 2000–01 1,630 15,330 2001–02 1,390 16,730 ^{1}Excess of receipts over repayments^{2}At the end of the year