HC Deb 17 December 2001 vol 377 c32W
Mr. Swire

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the total number of (1) employees with earnings above the national insurance contribution ceiling; [22241]

(2) earnings by employees in excess of the national insurance contributions ceiling. [22240]

Dawn Primarolo

[holding answer 17 December 2001]: It is estimated that total earnings over the Upper Earnings Limit of £500 per week for Class 1 Employee Contributions in 1999–2000 were £48.3 billion; and that the average weekly number of employees earning over £500 per week during 1999–2000 was 3.8 million.

These estimates were provided by the Government Actuary's Department and are the latest available figures.