§ Mr. Marten
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will give the rise in the cost of living in each EFTA and EEC country in the 12 months to November 1974 or later, if available.
§ Mr. John Fraser
The latest information available to me from international sources is given in the following table. In the United Kingdom the rise in the 123W General Index of Retail Prices in the 12 months to November 1974 was 18.3 per cent.
Percentage Change in Consumer Price Indices in the 12 months to October 1974 Country Percentage increase United Kingdom 17.1 Belgium 15.8 Denmark 16.8 France 14.9 Germany 7.1 Ireland 17.9 Italy 24.3 Luxembourg 10.8 Netherlands 10.7 Austria 10.0 Finland 18.4 *Iceland 41.4 †Norway 10.3 †Portugal 31.2 Sweden 12.1 Switzerland 9.8 Notes: * 12-month increase to August 1974. † 12-month increase to September 1974.
Source: OECD Main Economic Indicators December 1974.