HC Deb 04 March 1942 vol 378 cc660-1W
Mr. Rostron Duckworth

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury how the present purchasing power of the £ compares with the average during the first six months of 1938?

Captain Crookshank

I regret that I can give no estimate because of the impossibility under war conditions of making reasonable comparisons; this is due to the obvious fact that the range of articles to-day is very much less than it was in 1938.