HC Deb 24 March 1960 vol 620 cc58-9W
55. Mr. A. Lewis

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, taking October, 1951, as being equal to 100, he will give the monthly percentage rise or fall since that date in the purchasing value of the £ sterling, the cost of living, the cost of imports, the cost of exports, the terms of trade, National Health and National Insurance contributions and benefits, wages, prices and profits, retirement pensions, war disability pensions, and unemployment, giving, additionally, the rate and rise or fall in the Bank Rate.

Mr. Barber

The hon. Member has asked for a large number of figures which I regret it has not been possible to provide in the time available. I will, however, write to him giving the information as soon as possible.

59. Mr. W. Hamilton

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what sum today would be the equivalent in purchasing power of 20s. in 1946.

Mr. Barber

On the basis of the consumer price index, as adjusted by the index of retail prices, about 33s. 3d. would be the equivalent today of the purchasing power of 20s. in 1946.