HC Deb 17 June 1915 vol 72 cc808-9W

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will state the actual cost of bread, butter, jam, cheese, bacon, meat, oatmeal, tea, and sugar on the 1st June, and the price on the 1st March last?


The following are the average prices paid by the working classes for certain articles of food at 1st March, 1915, and 1st June, 1915:

(The figures relate to the average of retail prices in eighty of the principal towns of the United Kingdom.)
Article. Average Price per lb. (except bread—4 lbs.)
1 Mar., 1915. 1 June, 1915.
s. d. s. d.
Fresh 1 1 5
Salt 1 1
Cheese 10¼ 11½
Bacon† 1 0 1 1
Beef, British:
Ribs 11 1
Thin Flank
Beef, Chilled or Frozen:
Ribs 10¼
Thin Flank
Mutton, British:
Leg 11¼ 1
Breast 9
Mutton, Frozen:
Oatmeal, Scotch
Tea 1 1 10¾
Sugar (Granulated)
* The figures stated are the means of the prices of three popular kinds of jam.
† The kind of bacon enumerated on the form of enquiry is "streaky," but in places in which such bacon has only a small sale, the price of the popular local variety is substituted.