National Insurance

House of Lords written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many National Insurance numbers have been issued to foreign nationals in each of the last ten years.

Photo of Lord McKenzie of Luton Lord McKenzie of Luton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government), Department for Communities and Local Government, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government), Department for Work and Pensions, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government) (also in Department for Work and Pensions), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions) (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government)

The available information is in the table. Data are not available prior to 2002.

The number of national insurance number registrations to adult overseas nationals entering the UK, by financial year
Year Number of national insurance number registrations
Jan 02 to Mar 02 69,710
2002-03 346,230
2003-04 373,500
2004-05 435,350
2005-06 663,060
2006-07 705,840
2007-08 733,090
2008-09 686,110
2009-10 (Not complete) 117,750
Notes:1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.2. Some additional disclosure control has been applied. 3. 2009-10 financial year is up to Jun 2009.4. Registration date is derived from the date at which a national insurance number is maintained on the national insurance recording system. 5. Years are financial-based (1 Apr - 31 Mar).Source: 100% extract from national insurance recording system

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