HC Deb 21 November 1972 vol 846 c1078
15. Mr. O'Halloran

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the difference in the cost of living in the Greater London area compared with the rest of the country.

Mr. Godber

Separate indices are not available for particular parts of the country.

Mr. O'Halloran

Whatever the Minister says about the indices, everybody knows that it is much more expensive to live in London than outside it. Would he not consult the Prime Minister on the possibility of a London allowance for the old-age pensioners, to relieve their problems?

Mr. Godber

We are dealing here with food prices, and there is no indication that food prices generally are higher in London than elsewhere. As for old-age pensioners, this Government are doing and have done more for them than the previous Government ever did.