Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Consumer Price Index.

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asked the Taoiseach if he will outline the purchasing price of each of the items which are taken into account when the consumer price index is being compiled; and if he will give the figures at 16 June 1977 and at the latest available date.

With the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, I propose to circulate in the Official Report a statement giving, in so far as they are available, the national average prices for consumer price index items at mid-May 1977, the date nearest to 16 June 1977 for which the index is calculated, and mid-February 1981.

This information is available only for those items where identical varieties and quantities are priced in all areas and meaningful national average prices can be calculated. Percentage price changes are available for all index items. These have already been provided in my reply to Questions Nos. 374 and 376 on Tuesday, 31 March 1981 for the period in question.

Following is the statement:

National Average Prices at mid-May 1977 and mid-February 1981.

Consumer Price Index Items

Unit

mid-May 1977

mid-February 1981

Beef:

Round steak

lb.

112.7

175.7

Sirlion steak

,,

131.2

208.7

Sirloin roast

,,

111.6

180.8

Rib steak

,,

83.7

117.1

Brisket corned beef

,,

59.9

93.3

Mutton:

Leg (whole)

,,

87.4

147.0

Loin chops

,,

109.7

187.0

Cutlets (rib chops)

,,

93.8

157.0

Gigot chops

,,

92.5

154.5

Neck

,,

39.2

55.3

Liver

,,

73.8

109.9

Pork:

Leg (whole)

,,

83.6

110.5

Loin chops

,,

98.0

140.1

Shoulder (whole)

,,

73.0

91.5

Steak

,,

132.4

206.9

Bacon:

Best back rashers

,,

98.0

140.6

Streaky rashers

,,

72.2

77.5

Ham, uncooked

,,

83.7

109.6

Shoulder (whole)

,,

48.0

59.2

Ham, cooked

,,

138.3

209.8

Sausages, pork

,,

46.9

67.9

Black pudding

,,

37.0

56.0

Fish:

Whiting, fillets

,,

56.8

78.9

Cod cutlets

,,

69.0

97.5

Plaice, fillets

,,

82.1

123.7

Kippers

,,

51.0

89.6

Fresh Vegetables:

Potatoes*

3½ lbs.

30.2

26.9

Tomatoes*

lb.

46.6

64.7

Onions

,,

20.4

23.2

Carrots

,,

20.0

22.0

Cabbage (med. size)

head

16.7

21.1

Bread:

White, sliced

800 grams

22.4

43.2

White, unsliced

800 grams

20.8

42.3

Flour:

White, plain

2 kgs

42.7

68.4

White, self-raising

,,

44.0

69.0

Milk

pint

8.0

15.2

Cheese:

Processed

½lb.

33.0

48.2

Natural

lb.

72.0

106.3

Eggs Grade 4*

doz.

59.1

78.3

Butter (creamery)

lb.

52.9

65.4

Margarine

½lb.

16.6

19.0

Tea:

Best quality

¼lb.

18.6

29.3

Medium quality

,,

16.2

24.9

Sugar

1 kg

26.3

42.4

* Not seasonally adjusted.

Question No. 3 has been postponed.