Thursday, 11 March 2004

Questions (28)

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

27 Mr. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if she will identify the ten items, goods or services, which have recorded price increases, most in excess of inflation in the past two years and thereby negatively affecting competitiveness of the economy; if she has in mind proposals to deal with the issue; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8029/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Enterprise)

According to the Central Statistics Office, the ten categories of goods and services within the consumer price index which have recorded the greatest percentage change over the period January 2002 to January 2004, the latest period for which data is available, are the following:

Good/Service

% Change Jan 02-Jan 04

Water supply, refuse and misc. services

49.5

Hospital Services

32.5

Motor Cycle Insurance

30.2

Sea Transport

28.7

Health Insurance

28.0

Sports Admittance

26.8

Financial Services

26.7

Spirits (purchased in an off licence or supermarket)

25.9

Television Services

25.2

Second Level Education (private)

23.7

Overall CPI

6.7

The ten categories indicated in the table account for 4.25% of the total CPI basket of goods and services and contributed 1.2% to the overall change of 6.7% in the CPI over the period January 2002 to January 2004.