Brilliant - this could only be the Civil Service. Just about to go on lunch break so will share with colleagues.
See hansard extract below - not a joking matter!!!17 Mar 2008 : Column 8National Insurance2.57 pmLord Skelmersdale asked Her Majesty’s Government:How many national insurance numbers are currently in use.The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): My Lords, there are currently 76.8 million national insurance number accounts on the customer information system, of which 55.1 million are active.
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