HC Deb 11 April 2003 vol 403 cc470-1W
Mr. Bercow

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost will be to public funds in 2003–04 of the rise in national insurance contributions on the salary bill of his Department. [107909]

Maria Eagle

It is estimated that the changes to employers' national insurance contributions announced in the April 2002 Budget will increase pay costs on average by 0.7 per cent. this year.