§ The Economic Secretary to the Treasury (Mr. Derek Walker-Smith)
None. The Index of Retail Prices fell very slightly between April and September, 1956.
§ Mr. Lewis
While welcoming that statement, may I ask if the Minister can now give us an assurance that since September there has been no depreciation in the purchasing power of the £? Can he further give an assurance that within the next few months there will be no further depreciation as a result of the Suez intervention?
§ Mr. Walker-Smith
In the October figures there was, in fact, a rise of 0.6 of a point, which brings the figure back to the hon. Gentleman's starting point of April this year.