Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Social Welfare Stamps.

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asked the Minister for Social Welfare the percentage paid by (a) employer and (b) employee for social welfare stamps; and if there is any information available as to the relative percentages in EEC countries.

The ordinary social insurance contribution in this country is a composite contribution covering all benefits. The employer's and employee's shares of the main categories of contribution are approximately 55 per cent and 45 per cent.

Under the general social insurance systems in the EEC countries separate contributions are collected at different rates in respect of individual benefits or grouped benefits. A calculation based on information published by the European Communities gives the following rough apportionment of social security contributions as between employer and employee:

Employer

Employee

Belgium

69 per cent

31 per cent

France

76 per cent

24 per cent

Germany

61 per cent

39 per cent

Italy

80 per cent

20 per cent

Luxembourg

64 per cent

36 per cent

Netherlands

54 per cent

46 per cent

Detailed information concerning the financing of social security in the EEC countries is contained in "Comparative Tables of the Social Security Systems in the member States of the European Communities". A copy of the French version of this publication is available in the Oireachtas Library, and I am arranging to have a copy of the English version, which has now become available, placed in the Library.

In view of the importance of this matter, would the Minister not consider giving a copy to each Deputy instead of placing one copy in the Library?

That might be possible.