§ 72. Mr. BRIANT
asked the President of the Board of Trade what is the present cost of living compared with the cost at the date of the introduction of the Profiteering Bill?
§ Sir R. HORNE
I have been asked to reply to this question. On 1st August—the date next before the introduction of the Profiteering Bill for which prices re, turns were collected—the average increase in the cost of maintaining a pre-war standard of living was about 115 per cent. On 1st October the corresponding figure was 120 per cent., the rise being due mainly to seasonable increases in the cost of milk and eggs.