§ Mr. Webb
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what has been the policy since 1989 on writing annually to those of his Department's staff who are paying reduced rates of National Insurance contributions, reminding them of the rules governing the payment of reduced rates, as recommended in the Inland Revenue guidance note on reduced rate National Insurance contributions for married women. 
§ Mr. Mandelson
At present, no special arrangements operate to notify those members of staff who have elected to pay married women's reduced rate National Insurance contributions to keep the Department informed of changes to their marital status. All staff are informed at induction and are periodically reminded by general office notices thereafter of the necessity to keep the Department informed of any change in their personal circumstances which may have a bearing on the accuracy of records kept about them, or in relation to their pay or other entitlements or conditions of their employment.