§ Mr. Richard Wainwright
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection if he will list in the Official Report the average retail price per pound of potatoes in each month in each of the last five years, expressed in current and in August 1976 sterling values.
§ Mr. Maclennan
Average wholesale prices for potatoes since September 1971 are as follows:
Gazette. It is not meaningful to compare retail potato prices with the value of sterling.
Over the five years September 1971 to September 1976, the latest month for which information is available, average retail prices for potatoes rose by 537 per cent.; over the same period the Retail Price Index (all items) rose by 98 per cent.