§ Sir A. Baillie
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury how much in the £1 in national wages is represented by the £205,000,000 spent last year in subsidies in food.
§ Mr. Assheton
I am not sure what conclusion my hon. Friend wishes to draw from the information he seeks. As a846W matter of arithmetic, provisional estimates suggest that the figure of £205,000,000 represented about 1s. 1d. in the pound of the total of wages (including the pay and allowances of "other ranks" of the Forces) in 1943. If salaries (including the pay and allowances of officers of the Forces) are added to wages, the figure of £205,000,000 represented about 9d. in the pound of the total of salaries and wages in 1943.