HC Deb 20 February 1933 vol 274 c1452

asked the Minister of Labour what has been the average percentage change in retail meat prices in Great Britain since November, 1932; and by what percentage, if any, the present average retail price of meat exceeds that obtaining in the month referred to?


As the reply includes a number of figures, I propose, with my hon. Friend's permission, to circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the reply:

Between 1st November, 1932, and 1st February, 1933, the average retail prices, in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, of eight representative cuts of meat, as indicated by the information collected for the purpose of the official statistics of changes in working class cost of living, showed the following percentages of increase:

Average Increase Per cent.
British Beef:
Ribs 0.7
Thin Flank 1.8
Chilled or Frozen Beef:
Ribs 3.3
Thin Flank 4.3
British Mutton:
Legs 3.0
Breast 4.6
Frozen Mutton:
Legs 3.1
Breast 5.6