§ Ms Atherton
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what special arrangements are in place for the payment of national insurance contributions for supermarket employees. 
§ Dawn Primarolo
No special arrangements are in place for the payment of national insurance contributions (NICs) for supermarket employees. Like all employees, their employer deducts NICs from earnings of £89 or more. These contributions are paid to the Inland Revenue and recorded on the individual's national insurance account, providing entitlement to state pension and other contributory benefits.