asked the Secretary of State for Employment what was the increase in the retail price index in both percentage and absolute terms during (a) the period 1974 to 1979 and (b) the period 1979 to 1985 at the most recent date.
The information is as follows:
Retail Prices Index
- January 1974–100·0
- January 1979–207·2
- May 1985–375·6
- January 1974—January 1979–107·2 per cent.
- January 1979—May 1985–81·3 per cent.