HC Deb 26 June 1969 vol 785 cc295-6W
Mr. Speed

asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity if she will publish from information available to her from international sources a table showing the average annual increase in prices in Great Britain, France, West Germany, Italy, Holland, Belgium and the United States of America between 1951 and 1964, between 1964 and the latest convenient date, and over the last convenient 12 months.

Mr. Hattersley

As the answer consists of a table of figures, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT. I must emphasise that owing to differences in concept, scope, methodology and presentation it cannot be assumed that figures for different countries are comparable.

Following are the average annual percentage increases:

1951–1964 1964–1968 January, 1968– January, 1969
United Kingdom 3.4 4.0 6.2
France 4.3 3–1 5.4
Federal Republic of Germany 1.7 2.5 2.1
Italy 3.1 2.9 1.1
Netherlands 2.4 4.4 7.2
Belgium 1.5 3.4 2.7
U.S.A. 1.4 2.9 4.6

Forces, pay of university teachers in Great Britain, and the remuneration of solicitors. Reports on the first two of these have been published recently; a report on the remuneration of solicitors is expected in the autumn. At present, outside management consultants are being employed only in connection with the standing reference on the pay of the armed Forces.