§ 32. Mr. G. Darling
asked the Minister of Labour whether he will publish the information on the incomes and expenditures of old-age pensioners, obtained from the 1953 inquiry into family budgets, in time for the Second Reading of the Pensions (Increase) Bill.
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
The main purpose of the 1953 household expenditure inquiry was to provide information for a new retail prices index. The Cost of Living Advisory Committee is at present preparing proposals and I hope to receive a report from them within the next few weeks. When the new index has been compiled it will be possible to turn to the work of preparing for publication later this year the detailed results of the expenditure inquiry.