§ Mr. Higgins
Taking the purchasing power of the £ sterling to be 100 pence in 1958, its average value in 1971 is estimated to have been 62.8 pence, a fall of 37.2 per cent. This estimate is based on the change in the Consumer Price Index over the period.
For comparison with member countries and the European Economic Community, the only published indices refer to retail prices. Figures based on these price indices, and using the General Index of Retail Prices for the whole period in the case of the United Kingdom, are shown in the following table.
Percentage fall in the purchasing power of money 1958 to 1971 United Kingdom 39.5 European Economic Community Belgium 29.8 France 42.1 Germany 29.0 Italy 36.1 Luxembourg 26.5 Netherlands 40.8 Source: OECD Main Economic Indicators.