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Volume 13: debated on Thursday 19 November 1981

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s asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the latest figure available for the annual rate of inflation; what was the corresponding figure for April 1979; and if he will make a statement.

The increase in the RPI for the 12 months to April 1979 was 10·1 per cent. The latest figures available are for the 12 months to October 1981 when the increase was 11·7 per cent.