§ Sir A. GRIFFITH-BOSCAWEN
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that in the Return issued in 1912 on the cost of living in certain towns in the United Kingdom the cost was not given in the case of Dudley, although it was given in the case of Wolverhampton, Walsall, Kidderminster, and other places in the neighbourhood, some of which are much smaller than Dudley; and whether he can supply any figures showing the cost of living at Dudley?
§ Mr. BURNS
The inquiry into the cost of living in 1912 was confined to the eighty-eight towns in the United Kingdom which were included in the Report of the inquiry made by the Board of Trade in 1905 (Cd. 3864). Dudley was not one of those towns, and I regret that I am unable to supply figures as to the cost of living in 1912. I have no reason, however, for thinking that it would differ materially from the cost of living in Wolverhampton, Walsall or Kidderminster.