HC Deb 07 November 1955 vol 545 c153W
Mr. G. Thomas

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance what estimate he has made of the increase in the cost of food since December, 1954, for the purposes of assessing the basic retirement pension.

Mr. Peake

As measured by the Interim Index of Retail Prices, the increase in food prices since December, 1954, is about 4½ per cent.