HC Deb 02 March 1981 vol 1000 cc16-7W
Mr. Cartwright

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will update the figures provided in his reply of 30 November 1979, to the hon. Member for Birkenhead (Mr. Field), Official Report, c. 839, to take account of increased fuel prices.

Mr. Gray

The following table shows the annual percentage increase in various fuel prices in the domestic sector for 1979 and 1980. The figures are based upon those collected by the Department of Employment for the general index of retail prices.

Percentage increase in prices of domestic fuels
1979 1980
Coal 22.1 30.4
Gas 8.0 27.7
Electricity 19.2 29.8
Heating oil 53.2 17.8
* Periods are those used in the general index of retail prices from mid-January to mid-January in both cases.

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