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Written Answers. - Contributing to social Insurance Fund.

Thursday, 16 June 1966

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 223 No. 5

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Mr. T.J. Fitzpatrick: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick (Cavan) asked the Minister for Social Welfare if he will give a breakdown of contributions [784] from employers and insured persons to the Social Insurance Fund, in each of the years ended 31st March, 1959 to 1965, inclusive, under the heading compulsory contributions in respect of (1) men, ordinary rates, (2) women, ordinary rates, (3) men, engaged mainly in agriculture, (4) women, engaged mainly in agriculture, (5) men, engaged mainly in domestic service, (6) women, engaged mainly in domestic service, (7) men, engaged mainly as outworkers, (8) women, engaged mainly as outworkers, (9) men, wholly or mainly engaged in share fishing, (10) women, wholly or mainly engaged in share fishing, (11) men, otherwise engaged in share fishing, (12) women, otherwise engaged in share fishing, (13) men, insured only for widows' and orphans' pensions and (14) women, insured only for widows' and orphans' pensions.

Minister for Social Welfare (Mr. Boland): Information on Kevin Boland Zoom on Kevin Boland A breakdown of contributions from employers and employees to the Social Insurance Fund cannot be given under all the headings in the Question because a particular rate of contribution may be common to more than one class of employment. Moreover, when contributions are revised the new rate for a certain class may be the same as the superseded rate for another class. The information requested, in so far as it can be compiled, is given in the following table:

Class Contributions from employers and insured persons to the Social Insurance Fund in the years ended 31st March.
1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965
Compulsory Contributions: £ £ £ £ £ £ £
(1) Men, ordinary rates 3,470,204 3,674,021 4,190,856 6,243,895 6,634,283 7,846,198 8,880,212
(2) Women ,,,, 1,389,814 1,444,657 1,726,900 2,724,424 2,993,211 3,613,854 4,211,230
(3) Men, engaged mainly in Agriculture 472,278 465,799 468,219 661,164 665,059 755,705* 890,876*
(4) Women, engaged mainly in Agriculture Figures not available†
(5) Men, engaged mainly in domestic service Insurable at ordinary rates of contribution and included at (1) above
(6) Women, engaged mainly in domestic service Figures not available‡ 287,799 351,964 384,604 424,763
(7) Men, engaged mainly as outworkers Figures not available†
(8) Women, engaged mainly as outworkers
[785][786](9) Men, wholly or mainly engaged in sharefishing Figures not available†
(10) Women wholly or mainly engaged in sharefishing
(11) Men, otherwise engaged in sharefishing Figures not available†
(12) Women, otherwise engaged in sharefishing
(13) Men, insured only for widows' and orphans' pensions 103,864 132,222 119,824 145,640 139,580 137,186 139,992
(14) Women, insured only for widows' and orphans' pensions 44,768 59,102 53,006 70,007 72,899 70,119 73,754

NOTES: * Includes some receipts from voluntary contributors.

† Common rate for women (agricultural), for persons engaged in share-fishing and for outworkers. Male out-worker weavers are insurable at ordinary contribution rates from January, 1959 and persons engaged wholly or mainly in sharefishing from January, 1965.

‡ Special rate for women in domestic service introduced from January, 1961.

32.

Mr. T.J. Fitzpatrick: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick (Cavan) asked the Minister for Social Welfare if he will give a breakdown of contributions from employers and insured persons to the Social Insurance Fund, in each of the years ended 31st March, 1959 to 1965, inclusive, under the heading voluntary contributions in respect of (1) men, insured for contributory old age, widows' and orphans' pensions, (2) women, insured for contributory old age, widows' and orphans' pensions, (3) men, insured for widows' and orphans' pensions and (4) women, insured for widows' and orphans' pensions.

Minister for Social Welfare (Mr. Boland): Information on Kevin Boland Zoom on Kevin Boland Employers are not involved in the payment of voluntary contributions by insured persons to the Social Insurance Fund.

The information cannot be given for all the years for which it is required because, during the greater part of the period covered, voluntary contribution rates were the same as the rates for certain classes of compulsory insurance. Figures for the years in which voluntary contributions can be identified are given in the following table. A breakdown of contributions as between men and women is not available. Men and women contribute at the same rates.

Voluntary insurance contributions to the Social Insurance Fund.

Year ended 31st March Insurance for contributory old age and widows' and orphans' pensions Insurance for widows' and orphans' pensions
£ £
1959 9,958
1960 5,461
1961 547*
1962 8,001
1963
1964 18,959
1965 27,943

* Voluntary insurance for contributory old age pension was introduced on 2nd January, 1961.


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