§ Captain BAGLEY
asked the Minister of Labour whether he can give particulars of the percentage rise or fall in the general level of wages and the cost of living since November, 1918?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
As regards wages, I am afraid I have not sufficient information to enable mc to institute an exact comparison. And even if this were not so the far greater volume of unemployment to-day than in November, 1918, would, as regards actual earnings, make the comparison unreliable. As regards the cost of living index figure, it was about 120 per cent. above pre-War in November, 1918, and was, on 1st February, 88 per cent. above pre-War. The figure for let March will be published on Friday next.