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Food And Drink (Expenditure)

Volume 439: debated on Wednesday 9 July 1947

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asked the Minister of Food the total cost and the average amount per family per week spent on food and alcoholic beverages in 1938 and 1946.

Household expenditure on food as given in Cmd. 7099 was £1,181 million in 1938 and £1,494 million in 1946. On the assumption that the average family consists of 3·5 persons. the average family expenditure was about 1£ 14s od. in 1938 and £2 3s. 9d. in 1946. These figures do not include expenditure or food consumed in catering establishments. The total expenditure on alcoholic beverages in 1938 was £285 million and in 1946 £680 million. As everyone need not, and indeed does not, consume alcohol any average would be rather meaningless.