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Family Expenditure

Volume 986: debated on Wednesday 18 June 1980

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish figures for 1950, 1960, 1970, 1978, and the latest available date, for a married man with two children earning average male manual earnings, showing the length of time, after taking into account family allowance or child benefit, income tax and national insurance contribution, necessary to pay for each of the following items : weekly rent of a three-bedroomed council dwelling, mortgage repayments on a newly-built three-bedroomed semidetached house, 3 lb. of beef sirloin, 21b. of fresh cod, 141bs of potatoes, a large loaf, ½ lb. of tea, 1 quart of fresh milk, 5 cwt. of coal, high quality, 5 gallons of petrol, 10 gallons of heating oil, 100 kws electricity, 100 therms of domestic gas, one monthly season ticket from Sur-biton to London, one monthly season ticket from South Kensington to Bank, postage on five letters, a call by telephone for 10 minutes off-peak London to Glasgow, 20 cigarettes, 1 pint of beer and 1 bottle of whisky.

Information on the weekly rent of a three-bedroomed council dwelling, mortgage repayments on a newly built three-bedroomed semidetached house, the price of five gallons of petrol, the price of a one monthly season ticket from Surbiton to London, a monthly season ticket from South Kensington to Bank, the cost of postage on five letters, the cost of a 10-minute

MINUTES TO BE WORKED TO EARN SUFFICIENT INCOME TO BUY ARTICLE
Items19501960197019781979
3 pounds of home killed first quality beef sirloin (without bone)137187178223225
2 pounds of fresh cod6453568378
14 pounds of potatoes3837312533
1 large loaf1011121211
½pound of tea3538222017
1 quart of fresh milk1815131111
5 hundredweights of high quality coal491506528593598
10 gallons of heating oil240169202255
100 kilowatts of electricity201123143136
100 therms of domestic gas2701458777
20 cigarettes47342524
1 pint of beer (bottled or canned)21191717