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Food: Expenditure

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the average annual salary was spent on food at the most recent date for which figures are available. (196200)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Jil Matheson, dated 31 March 2008:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question asking what percentage of the average annual salary was spent on food at the most recent date for which figures are available. I am replying in her absence. (196200)

Figures on the percentage of the annual average salary spent on food are not available. However, information on household income and expenditure is available. In 2005/06 the average United Kingdom household spent 9 per cent of their disposable income on food and non-alcoholic drinks.

This estimate is based on data collected through the Expenditure and Food Survey, which is a sample survey covering approximately 7,000 households in the UK. Spending on food and non-alcoholic drinks excludes expenditure on take-away meals and snacks, and meals purchased in restaurants. Disposable income includes income from all sources including salaries, self-employment income, benefits, and pensions after the deduction of income tax, council tax and employees’ national insurance contributions.