HC Deb 22 June 1971 vol 819 cc250-1W
48. Sir B. Rhys Williams

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what was the effect of the changes in the price of foods which took place in the 12 months up to 30th April, 1971, on the expenditure necessary for typical households consisting of two adults, two pensioners, two adults and one child and two adults and three children, respectively, to maintain their standard of living.

Mr. Bryan

Following are the approximate increase in weekly expenditure which would have been necessary between 21st April, 1970, and 20th April, 1971, to maintain the 1969 average pattern of household food consumption.

Type of household Increase in weekly expenditure on food
Two adults with weekly income of £20 and under £30 in 1969 55½p
Two-person pensioner household dependent mainly on national insurance retirement pensions (July, 1967 to June, 1970 pattern of consumption) 43½p
Two adults and one child with weekly income of £25 and under £30 in 1969 61p
Two adults and three or more children with weekly income of £25 and under £30 in 1969 80½p