Written Answers. - Wages and Salaries: Insurance Statistics.

56.

asked the Taoiseach if he will set out side by side for each year from 1955 to date (1) the total estimated wages and salaries, including farm wages and salaries, but excluding pensions, (2) the total premium income of commercial insurance companies in the employers' liability business in the State and (3) the estimated employers' contribution to the Social Insurance Fund; and if he will express (2) and (3) as a percentage of (1).

The information requested by the Deputy, in so far as it is available, is shown in the following table. It is not possible to exclude pensions from the total of wages, salaries and pensions. It should be observed in relating the total wages, salaries and pensions to the premium income in respect of employers' liability business and to the employers' contributions to the Social Insurance Fund, that not all concerns pay employers' liability insurance and that certain salaries and other earnings of employees are not subject to social insurance contributions.

Item

Unit

1955

1956

1957

1958

1959

1960

1. Wages, salaries and pensions (inc. employers' contributions to Social Insurance)

£mill.

231.9

242.2

241.4

249.1

259

276

2. Total premium income of commercial insurance companies in the employers' liability business in the State (a)

£thous.

1,771

2,144

1,990

2,008

1,880

n.a.

3. Employers' contributions to Social Insurance Fund (b)

£thous.

2,796

2,973

3,081

3,064

3,225

3,677(c)

(2) as a percentage of (1)

%

0.76

0.88

0.82

0.81

0.73

n.a.

(3) as a percentage of (1)

%

1.21

1.23

1.28

1.23

1.25

1.33

(a) Not including Lloyds syndicates.

(b) Year commencing April 1st.

(c) Provisional.

n.a.—not available.