§ Mr. SMITHERS
asked the Minister of Labour what was the cost-of-living index figure, above 1914, under all headings and for food only, at the beginning of June, 1929, and at the last available date?
§ Mr. LAWSON
The following table gives the cost-of-living index figures (a) for all items included in the calculations, and (b) for food only, for the beginning of June, 1929, and for 30th November, 1929, the latest date for which figures are available. As comparisons between these two dates are affected by seasonal influences, figures are also given for 1st December, 1928.
— Average increase over July, 1914. 1st Dec., 1928. 1st June, 1929. 30th Nov., 1929. Per cent. Per cent. Per cent. All items included. 68 60 67 Food only 60 47 59