Written Answers. - Food Price Increase.

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

192 Mr. Broughan asked the Minister for Enterprise and Employment his views on consumers' perceptions that bread, certain meats and other essential food prices have been dramatically increased in recent months by retails multiples (details supplied). [8812/96]

Whereas, arising from the discontinuance of official price control in 1986, my Department no longer monitors retail prices, the Central Statistics Office carries out detailed and extensive nationwide surveys of prices, on a quarterly basis, for the purposes of compiling the consumer Price Index. These surveys cover retail outlets of all sizes ranging from the very small to the large multiples.

The most recent CSO data relate to mid-February 1996 and they show that, in the preceding three months, food prices generally increased by 0.6 per cent. In the case of bread, the rise during that period was 0.2 per cent.

For meats the position was as follows:

Beef

-2.1 per cent

Mutton and Lamb

+4.8 per cent

Pork

+3.3 per cent

Bacon

+0.6 per cent

Poultry

+1.0 per cent

Cooked Meat

-0.1 per cent

Sausages

+1.4 per cent

Other Meat

-0.3 per cent