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4.—(1) In this Article—
“the Administration Act” means the Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992F1;
“the Department” means the Department of Health and Social Services;
“estimated benefit expenditure”, in relation to a financial year, means the amount estimated by the Department, before the beginning of that financial year, to be that of the aggregate of the amounts that may be expected to be paid out of the National Insurance Fund in that financial year—
(a)under paragraphs ( a), ( b), ( c) and ( d) of section 143(1) of the Administration Act, and
F3“the National Insurance Fund” means the Northern Ireland National Insurance Fund.
(2) During the tax year 1993-94 there shall be paid into the National Insurance Fund out of money appropriated by Measure such amounts as the Department may determine, not exceeding in aggregate 20 per cent. of estimated benefit expenditure for the financial year ending in that tax year.
(3) If, before the beginning of the tax year 1994-95 or any subsequent tax year,[F4 the Treasury by order provide]F4 that this paragraph is to have effect with respect to that tax year, there shall during that tax year be paid into the National Insurance Fund out of money appropriated by Measure such amounts as the[F4 Treasury]F4 may determine, not exceeding in aggregate the prescribed percentage of estimated benefit expenditure for the financial year ending in that tax year.
(4) In paragraph (3) “the prescribed percentage” means such percentage, not exceeding 17 per cent., as may be specified in the order under that paragraph.
(5) The[F4 Treasury]F4 may exercise the power to make a determination under paragraph (2) or an order or determination under paragraph (3) only if[F4 they think]F4 it expedient to do so with a view to adjusting the level at which the National Insurance Fund stands for the time being and having regard to estimated benefit expenditure for the financial year ending in the tax year to which the determination or order is to relate.
Paras.(6)(7) rep. by SI 1999/671
[F4(8) An order under paragraph (3) shall be made by statutory instrument; and a statutory instrument containing such an order shall not be made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before parliament and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.]
F4(9) In section 1 of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992F5 (outline of contributory system), at the end of subsection (1) there shall be added the words “and amounts payable under Article 4 of the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1993”.
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