HC Deb 29 July 1918 vol 109 cc68-9W

asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the time that will elapse before the Committee which was appointed in March of this year to inquire into the extent of the increase in the cost of living arising from circumstances connected with the War, and of the importance of forming some estimate in the meanwhile of the extent of such increase, and in view of the change that was made in the mode of stating the increased cost of living in the "Labour Gazette" in February of this year, he will, in order to enable a continuous com- parison to be made during the whole period of the War, furnish figures based upon the method adopted by the Board of Trade and the Ministry of Labour prior to February, 1918, as well as the figures based upon expenditure furnished by the Ministry of Food, which have been published in the "Labour Gazette" since February, 1918, giving the two sets of figures both with and without economies and substitutions, and also with regard to all items of expenditure as well as articles of food?


I am having a statement prepared which I will send to my hon. Friend in the course of a few days.