§ 15. Mr. Shersby
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the current rate of increase of food prices.
§ 17. Mr. Hannam
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the movement of food prices since May 1979.
§ Mrs. Fenner
Between May 1979 and May 1986, the food component of the retail prices index rose at an average annual rate of 6.6 per cent. and the rate is currently 3.1 per cent. This contrasts with an average rate of increase in food prices of 16.4 per cent. per annum during the period February 1974 to May 1979 when the previous Administration held office.