HC Deb 13 November 1973 vol 864 cc140-1W
Mr. Knox

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the percentage increase has been in consumers' expenditure since June 1970 to the latest available date in food, cars and motor cycles, colour television sets, gaming and betting, and alcoholic drink, respectively.

Mr. Nott

Following is the information, in terms of current prices, for the period from the second quarter of 1970 to the second quarter of 1973:

Per cent.
Food 30
Purchase of cars and motor cycles 69
Alcoholic drink 58

Only annual figures are available of expenditure on gaming and betting—which is estimated to have increased by 28 per cent. between 1970 and 1972. No separate information is available for expenditure on colour television sets.