Retail Prices Index (Error)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:48 am on 18th December 1987.

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Photo of Robin Cook Robin Cook , Livingston 10:48 am, 18th December 1987

As the matter of the technical base of the mistake has arisen, will the Minister confirm that the affect of the error would have been precisely balanced out if the programme had been arranged to round up the first decimal point, rather than round it down? Might that not be a lesson for the Government in future, so that the advantage might be given to the claimant instead of being claimed by the Treasury?