HC Deb 18 July 1923 vol 166 cc2292-3
27. Captain BENN

asked the Minister of Labour whether he can make any statement as to the inquiry into the retail index figure?


I have nothing to add to my reply to questions by the hon. Members for Plaistow and Whitechapel on 4th July.

Captain BENN

In view of the importance of the inquiry will there be a discussion in this House?


I am not quite certain to what the inquiry refers. I should think the time may, and will, come when the basis of computation will be subject to reconsideration, but the hon. and gallant Gentleman will bear in mind that the representatives on the other side of the House have themselves expressed the view that it is undesirable at present to hold such an inquiry.

Lieut. - Colonel WATTS - MORGAN

Is the Minister aware that there is a strong desire that another computation should be adopted of, say, standard types of families of four, five, or six persons and compared with pre-War prices in respect of provisions?


The hon. and gallant Gentleman had better put that question down.