HC Deb 30 March 1979 vol 965 c389W
Mr. Hugh Jenkins

asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection if he will compare the cost of living with the average wage in 1973 and 1979.

Mr. Maclennan

Between January 1973 and January 1979, the latest month for which comparable information is available, the general index of retail prices rose by 129.6 per cent, while the index of average earnings—older series—increased by 140.7 per cent, on a seasonally adjusted basis.

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