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Personal Income

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate the National Statistician has made of month by month increases in (a) wages, (b) consumer prices index and (c) retail price index for each month since January 2007 onwards compared with (i) the previous month and (ii) the same month a year earlier. (206686)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 22 May 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your parliamentary question asking what estimate has been made of month by month increases in a) wages, b) the consumer prices index (CPI) and c) the retail prices index (RPI) for each month since January 2007 onwards compared with i) the previous month and ii) the same month a year earlier. (206686)

The required information on wages can be found by using our Average Earnings Index. Tables 15 and 16 of the following link give comparisons with the same month a year earlier, while comparisons with the previous month are provided in the attached table

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/pdfdir/lmsuk0508.pdf

The required information on the CPI and RPI can be found in tables 3.2 and 3.3 (CPI) and 4.2 and 4.3 (RPI) of the following link.

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_economy/Focus_on_CPI_April_2008.pdf

Percentage

2007

January

0.3

February

1.1

March

-0.8

April

0.1

May

0.5

June

0.5

July

0.3

August

0.5

September

0.5

October

0

November

0.4

December

0.4

2008

January

0.5

February

0.9

March

0.1