HC Deb 27 March 1956 vol 550 c171W
12. Mr. Ernest Davies

asked the President of the Board of Trade what has been the percentage rise in wholesale prices compared with the immediate prewar period.

Mr. Walker-Smith

No single measure of the changes in wholesale prices is now calculated; it is, however, estimated that for basic materials (other than fuel) used in non-food manufacturing industry, prices rose by approximately 440 per cent. between 1938 and February, 1956.