The Cost of Living Advisory Committee last met on 24th May. A technical committee, which is advising the main Committee on various technical questions, has met six times since then, the last meeting being held on 20th July. I would ask hon. Members to await the publication of the Interim Report by the Cost of Living Advisory Committee.
Is the Minister aware that food, clothing, fuel and light alone represent almost 80 per cent. of the cost of living of the old age pensioners' budget, whereas it represents only approximately 56 per cent. of the Cost of Living Index? Will the Minister bear in mind that any future cost of living index should not include, as it does at present, such items as perambulators, children's clothing, gramophone records, motor cycle licences, vacuum cleaners and petrol, because they do not truly reflect the cost of living of old age pensioners and other people in similar circumstances?