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Volume 24: debated on Wednesday 26 May 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the average rate of increase in the cost of meals-on-wheels since May 1979.

Information on expenditure by local authorities is collected for financial years. In 1979–80 and 1980–81, there were increases in cash terms of 23 per cent. and 9 per cent. respectively over the previous year in the cost to local authorities of supplying meals-on-wheels.