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Index Of Retail Prices (Cigarettes)

Volume 656: debated on Monday 19 March 1962

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asked the Minister of Labour how many units in the Index of Retail Prices are allocated for expenditure upon cigarettes; and if he will drop cigarettes from the items making up the index in view of the findings of the report of the Royal College of Physicians entitled "Smoking and Health", a copy of which has been sent to him.

The weight for cigarettes is 70 out of 1,000. The purpose of the Index is to measure changes in the average level of prices of goods and services commonly purchased and it would be wrong to exclude any item widely purchased.