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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of people in Cambridgeshire and the UK who hold NI numbers and have made NI contributions have made sufficient contributions to qualify for the basic pension.

Mr. Djanogly: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of people in (a) Cambridgeshire and (b) the United Kingdom who hold National Insurance numbers and have made National Insurance contributions have made the required level of contributions to qualify for the basic state pension during each of the last 10 tax years. [156500]

Mr. Mike O'Brien [holding answer 8 October 2007]: Information is only available for the United Kingdom as a whole and is in the following table.

Number of people in the UK who have paid, been treated as having paid or been credited with national insurance contributions and numbers who have gained a qualifying year as a result

Thousand

Tax year

Total with any contributions

Total with enough contributions to gain a qualifying year

1994-95

31,511

27,170

1995-96

31,800

27,853

1996-97

32,037

28,045

1997-98

32,015

28,519

1998-99

32,248

28,787

1999-2000

32,706

29,400

2000-01

32,998

29,916

2001-02

33,156

30,099

2002-03

33,336

30,240

2003-04

33,307

30,066

Notes:
1. Figures are shown to the nearest thousand
2. Some people may not have passed the first qualifying condition to receive a basic state pension in that they may not have paid at least one year of national insurance contributions.
3. Some people may not have passed the second qualifying condition in that they may not have accrued entitlement to at least 25 per cent. of the full basic state pension.
Source:
One per cent DWP Information Directorate datasets

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