HC Deb 31 March 1914 vol 60 c1018

asked the President of the Board of Trade the percentage of the increased cost of living which has taken place since 1900 in the following countries: Italy, Germany, Austria, United States of America, Canada, and United Kingdom, respectively?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. Burns)

Certain information bearing on the subject will be found, together with the necessary cautions as to the comparability of the figures, on pages 60 to 62 of the "Cost of Living of the Working Classes." (Cd. 6955 of 1913.) Since the issue of that volume figures for Prussia and Bavaria have become available, with the result that the percentage increase in retail food prices for Germany should be raised from 30, as stated in the Report, to 37. Official figures for the United States for 1912 have also been published since the issue of the volume, showing that the increase in retail food prices between 1900 and 1912 was 50 per cent.