§ Mr. Gwilym Roberts
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what are the latest available figures for annual increases in beer prices; what are the corresponding figures for the two preceding years; if he will take steps to limit these increases; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Wiggin
The annual changes in beer prices, as measured for inclusion in the General Index of Retail Prices, over the last three years are as follows:
September 1979 to September 1980 +22.7 per cent. September 1978 to September 1979 +16.9 per cent. September 1977 to September 1978 +6.7 per cent.
The actual level of prices varies from area to area and from bar to bar, as well as between types of outlet. Their level is a matter for the commercial judgment of the sellers.