§ Ms. Richardson
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the latest figure for the number of women earning below the national insurance threshold.
§ Mr. Nicholls
The available information from the new earnings survey for April 1988 can only provide an indication of the maximum number of female employees whose gross weekly earnings, not affected by absence, were below the threshold. It is estimated that the number was less than 2 million at the time of the survey.