asked the Minister of Labour if she will give the figures for the cost of living for 1913, 1919, and each subsequent year?
§ Miss BONDFIELD
The official cost-of-living index figures for the beginning of each month from 1919 onwards, showing the percentage increase at each date over the level of July, 1914, are published regularly in the "Ministry of Labour Gazette." I am sending the Noble Lady a copy of the current issue, in which the figures will be found on page 242. No680W comparable statistics have been compiled for 1913, but such information as is available indicates that the average level of cost of living in that year was not substantially different from that in July, 1914.