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Food (Consumer Spending)

Volume 175: debated on Thursday 28 June 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he intends to commission research into the factors which influence consumer spending on food.

My Department monitors consumer (household) expenditure on food through the national food survey. The results are published in the reports of the National Food Survey Committee and analyses are made into the variation in expenditure by type and size and income of household, by age of housewife, housing tenure and by region. The coverage and scale of the survey is being expanded.