§ Mr. E. Brown
For the 12 months ended 1st June, 1939, the official cost-of-living index figures averaged 55 per cent, above the level of July, 1914, compared with 57 per cent, for the 12 months ended 1st June, 1938.
§ Sir Herbert Williams
Will the Minister consider laying the Ministry of Labour Gazette as a Parliamentary Paper so that there will be no longer any necessity for hon. Members to ask these questions?
§ 24. Mr. T. Smith
asked the Minister of Labour what is the position with regard to the inquiry into the revision of the cost-of-living index figures?
§ Mr. Brown
I would refer the hon. Member to the Reply which I gave on 9th February to a question on this subject by 2436 the hon. Member for Jarrow (Miss Wilkinson). Substantial progress has since been made with the tabulation of the 50,000 budgets received but, having regard to the amount of work involved, the results of the inquiry will not be available for some time to come.
§ Mr. Smith
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the very definite statements in the Press during the week-end about the inquiry, and in view of the fact that the present cost-of-living index figures bear no relation to the increase in the cost-of-living in some localities, will he expedite the inquiry?