asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the statement in the Press, based on actual prices, that the increase in the cost of living since 1914 is only 54 per cent., whilst the "Board of Trade Gazette" gives the increase as 128 per cent.; and whether, in view of the important bearing of the figures on economic questions, he will have an inquiry made as to the reason for the disparity?
I have been asked to reply. I am sending my hon. Friend a copy of a reply which I gave on 8th June to a question on the same subject by the hon. Member for St. Rollox.