HC Deb 21 October 2002 vol 391 c64W
Mr. Yeo

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the level of inflation in the public sector. [75230]

Ruth Kelly

I have been asked to reply

Inflation in the public sector—as defined by growth in the implied government consumption deflator—is currently close to its average over the past 5 years, and is significantly lower than its average from 1979 to mid-1997. Nevertheless the data need to be interpreted cautiously, because the non-marketed nature of public services and the difficulty of making appropriate adjustments for quality change complicate the measurement of prices and inflation in the public sector.