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National Insurance Numbers

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 22nd February 2005.

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Photo of David Davis David Davis Shadow Secretary of State (Home Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Workand Pensions

(1) how many national insurancenumbers have been issued to (a) non-British EU citizens and (b) non-EU citizens in each month since January 2004;

(2) how many national insurance numbers have beenissued to British citizens in each month since January 2004.

Photo of Mr Chris Pond Mr Chris Pond Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions

Annually, DWP receive from Inland Revenue's National Insurance Recording System a breakdown of overseas nationals entering the UKallocated a National Insurance Number. The latest information we have is up to and including May 2004 and is in the table.

National insurance numbers issued to non British EU and non EU citizens -- Number
January 2004 February 2004 March 2004 April 2004 May 2004
Non-British EU Citizens 8,000 7,600 11,700 6,400 8,000
Non-EU 24,900 24,400 39,100 21,300 20,400


1.Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred.

2.Allocations to Accession Country nationals are included as non-EU between January-April, then EU from May.

3.Not all National Insurance Numbers allocated by DWP are registered on NIRS2 e.g those allocated to pensioners.

4.Details from June 2004 to May 2005 are not yet available.


Supplied to DWP by Inland Revenue from the National Insurance Recording System (NIRS2)

Most citizens born in the United Kingdom receive their National Insurance Number (NINO) automatically at age 15-years and nine months through a link with the Inland Revenue Child Benefit system. Approximately 700,000 NINOs are allocated each year through this process.

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