§ Mr. George Gardiner
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection if he will list the cumulative increase in food prices since February 1974 in all member countries of the EEC, the United States of America, Canada and Japan, to the latest available common date.
§ Mr. Maclennan
The cumulative increases as requested are given below. As the overall figures conceal differing trends over time, the latest annual increases are also given. Comparisons of increases in food prices are complicated in that the inclusion of alcoholic drinks and tobacco varies between countries.