HC Deb 22 July 1971 vol 821 c327W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT a detailed statement showing how the cost of living has moved since January 1970 and the effect these increases have had on pay on a monthly basis, to the nearest new penny ; and what would be needed to compensate workers earning £15, £17, £19, £21, £23 and £25 per week to replace the loss of purchasing value of these incomes and also the percentage rise for each of the stated months.

Mr. Bryan

The monthly figures of the General Index of Retail Prices are published in the Department of Employment Gazette. The percentage changes each month from January, 1970 to May, 1971 are circulated below.

The General Index of Retail Prices is based on the average household expenditure