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National Insurance

Baroness Hollis of Heigham asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): Estimates for the number of potential gainers and costs are shown in the following tables. The restriction of 20 years of contributions takes into account years where home responsibilities protection is in place.

Table 1 (a) Allowing people reaching SPA between 2008-2010 to pay class 3 contributions for an additional nine years, and those reaching SPA after 2010 to pay class 3 contributions for an additional six years, provided that they already have at least 20 qualifying years (taking account of HRP), assuming 100 per cent take-up.

Net costs less revenue, £ million in 2007-08 price termsPeople taking up the option ('000s)
20102020203020402050Net Present ValueBy end 2010By 2020

UK

130

170

130

60

15

1,590

345

520

Overseas

60

190

165

100

30

2,440

75

190

All

190

360

295

160

40

4,035

425

710

Table 1 (b) Allowing people reaching SPA between 2008-2010 to pay class 3 contributions for an additional nine years, and those reaching SPA after 2010 to pay class 3 contributions for an additional six years, provided that they already have at least 20 qualifying years (taking account of HRP), assuming 15 per cent take-up.



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Net costs less revenue, £ million in 2007-08 price termsPeople taking up the option ('000s)
20102020203020402050Net Present ValueBy end 2010By 2020

UK

20

25

20

10

0

240

50

80

Overseas

10

30

25

15

5

365

10

30

All

30

55

45

25

5

605

65

105

Table 1 (c) Allowing people reaching SPA between 2008-2010 to pay class 3 contributions for an additional nine years, and those reaching SPA after 2010 to pay class 3 contributions for an additional six years, provided that they already have at least 20 qualifying years (taking account of HRP), assuming 10 per cent take-up.

Net costs less revenue, £ million in 2007-08 price termsPeople taking up the option ('000s)
20102020203020402050Net Present ValueBy end 2010By 2020

UK

15

15

15

5

0

160

35

50

Overseas

5

20

15

10

5

245

10

20

All

20

35

30

15

5

405

40

70

Northern Ireland Office: Dress Code

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: The department has no formalised dress code for staff during working hours. For a small number of posts (eg security guards, canteen staff) there is a requirement to wear a uniform.

Northern Ireland Office: Website

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: The cost of running the Northern Ireland Office website in 2007 was £8,633. Northern Ireland Information Service (NIIS), the communications directorate of the Northern Ireland Office, updates the website on a regular basis.

Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:



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Lord Rooker: Mr Sidoti was contracted to work 70 days for the Bill of Rights Forum. The amount that Mr Sidoti has been paid to date is the same amount as forecasted, which was given in my Written Answer of 3 March (WA157).

Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: I am advised that the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission did not fund any events in the Republic of Ireland in 2007.


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