§ Mr. Chris Smith
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if, further to the reply by the Economic Secretary to the hon. Member for Islington, South and Finsbury on 16 June,Official Report, column 549, he will indicate what percentage proportion of (a) the Italian consumer price index, and (b) the United Kingdom retail prices index is represented in each case by the lists of housing costs contained in his reply.
§ Mr. Lilley
The information is as follows:
Weight given to housing costs in the United Kingdom RPI and Italian consumer price index. (All items = 100) United Kingdom Italy Owner occupier costs MIPs 6.0 0.0 Rental costs Rent 3.2 4.5 Other costs Rates 4.2 0.0 Water and other charges 0.7 0.4 Repair and maintenance charges 0.9 Dwelling insurance and ground rent 0.8 0.0 Do it yourself materials 1.7 0.0 Total housing costs 17.5 4.9