asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is the estimated percentage of the expenditure of households on fuel, light and power; and how this compares with five years ago.
Information on average household expenditure on various items is published annually in the "Family Expenditure Survey" report by the Department of Employment. The latest report relates to 1978 and shows that the average domestic expenditure on fuel, light and power accounted for 5·9 per cent. of the total average household expenditure in the United Kingdom. The corresponding figure for 1973 was 5·5 per cent.