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Cost of Living

Part of Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 5:07 pm on 24th June 2008.

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Photo of John Hemming John Hemming Liberal Democrat, Birmingham, Yardley 5:07 pm, 24th June 2008

Does the hon. Gentleman share my concern about the Government's calculations? When the Government examine the cost of living in their statistics—the consumer prices index—they conclude that average families spend more on hotels and restaurants than on their homes in the cost of housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels. Families on lower incomes therefore face a much higher increase in their cost of living than the official statistics recognise.

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