§ Mr. John Evans
asked the Secretary of State for Trade what was the number of diverted passengers to Liverpool airport from other British airports in each year since 1974.
§ Mr. Eyre
The only relevant data that are readily available are wholesale price indices published by the Federal Republic of Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. It is impossible to be sure that these indices are comparable without a detailed investigation of each. With that caution in mind the figures are as follows:
WHOLESALE PRICE INDICES FOR PASSENGER MOTOR CARS* PERCENTAGE CHANGE ON PREVIOUS YEAR Federal Republic of Germany† Italy*‡ United Kingdom§ 1975 +9½ N.A. +29½ 1976 +4¾ +27¼ +16¾ 1977 +3½ +17½ +24¼ 1978 +2¾ +14¼ +14¾ 1979 +3¾ +16¼ +11½ 1980: January to July≑ +4 +16¾ +11¾ * The index for Italy relates to motor vehicles (and not just passenger cars). † Source Index der Grosshandelsverkaufspreise. ‡ Source: Annuario Statistico Italiano and Bolletino Mensile Di Statistica. § The United Kingdom index relates to home producers home sales of passenger cars exclusive of VAT and car tax. ≑ Compared with the same months of 1979.