§ Mr. Peter Walker
The increases were as follows:
The right hon. Gentleman will be delighted to know that over the past two years the increase has been only 14.3 per cent., and over the past year only 4.9 per cent.
Per cent. January 1968-January 1973 49 January 1973-January 1978 136 October 1977-October 1982 54
§ Mr. Walker
Unfortunately for the right hon. Gentleman, as he should recall, the then Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, my predecessor, announced a few months before the election that only 10 per cent. of the 100 per cent. rise in prices during the period of the Labour Government was due to the Common Market.
§ Mr. Latham
Following that massive own goal by the right hon. Member for Battersea, North (Mr. Jay), will my right hon. Friend remind the House that in 1974 and 1975 the Labour Government wasted hundreds of millions of pounds on completely unselective and useless food subsidies?