§ 128. Mr. Sparks
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer by how much consumers' expenditure on food and consumers' expenditure upon all items has increased between 1951 and the latest convenient date; how much is represented by an increase in the volume of consumption; and how much is due to increase in prices.
§ Mr. Erroll
Between 1951 and 1958 consumers' expenditure on food is estimated to have risen from £2,949 million to £4,672 million or by 58 per cent. Total consumers' expenditure over the same period is estimated to have risen from £10,047 million to £14,853 million or by 48 per cent. No precise analysis of these changes is available, but measured at average 1954 prices the increases in the volume of consumption were about 15½ per cent. for food and about 18½ per cent. for total expenditure. On this basis the increases attributable to price changes were about 37 per cent. and 25 per cent respectively.