§ Mr. Swayne
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what action he is taking to deal with delays in processing national insurance records in the Newcastle centre; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Dawn Primarolo
Inland Revenue National Insurance Contributions Office process information onto National Insurance accounts, and although it is recognised that there have been delays in finalising this work in the Newcastle centre, they are implementing a programme of recovery to clear the work items on hand caused by earlier difficulties.
Constant monitoring ensures delays are kept to a minimum.