HC Deb 24 June 1919 vol 117 c30
54. Mr. HOGGE

asked the Prime Minister whether the reductions in the cost of living amounting to 4s. per week in working-class budgets promised in. March for June has been realised; and, if not, what is the amount of the present-increase?


I have been asked to reply. The expectation held out by the Prime Minister has been fully realised. The actual reduction in the cost of living for the working-class family between 1st November, 1918, and 1st June, 1919, based on the estimate of expenditure on food made by Lord Sumner's Committee, amounts to approximately 4s. 9d. per week.


Has my hon. Friend consulted any working-class man?


Is the hon. Gentleman aware that, though this works out on paper, it does not work out in the home, as I can prove?