The Rt. Hon. Sir John Major KG CH

Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 1990-1997

1983-1987 Parliament

Mr Major’s Written Parliamentary Answer on Self-Employed (National Insurance) – 5 March 1987

Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Self-Employed (National Insurance) on 5th March 1987.

Ms. Clare Short Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many individuals have paid self-employed national insurance contributions in each year since 1979.

Mr. Major The information is as follows:

Year | Persons paying Class 2 (self-employed) NI Contributions (in thousands)
1979-80 | 1,608
1980-81 | 1,661
1981-82 | 1,697
1982-83 | 1,766
1983-84 | 1,845


1. Final figures are not available for later years. The Government Actuary has estimated that currently about 2 million people in the United Kingdom are paying self-employed national insurance contributions.
2. Self-employed people with profits above the lower profits limit are liable to pay class 4 contributions in addition to class 2. Precise information on the numbers involved is not available but it is estimated that between 1.25 and 1.5 million people are currently liable to pay class 4 contributions.