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Personal Expenditure

Volume 932: debated on Tuesday 24 May 1977

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will compare personal spending in percentage terms on food with spending on rent or mortgage, rates, alcohol, gambling, electrical goods and cars, in the latest year for which the figures are available, and in 1960 and 1970.

The following table shows consumers' expenditure at current prices on each item as a percentage of total consumers' expenditure.

Rates and water charges2·52·93·0
Alcoholic drink5·77·38·2
Betting and gambling‡0·81·00·9
Radio, electrical and other durable goods2·52·32·4
Purchase of motor vehicles3·43·23·5
* Household expenditure, excluding expenditure on catering.
Gross rent—i.e., before deduction of rebates or allowances—including for owner occupiers, an imputed rent, based on the rateable value of the dwelling; consumers' expenditure excludes mortgage payments.
Stakes less winnings.