Dáil Éireann - Volume 321 - 03 June, 1980

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

6. Mr. Horgan asked the Taoiseach the amount by which the consumer price index figure has increased from mid-May 1977 to mid-May 1980.

Mr. Moore: The Consumer Price Index increased by 33.6 per cent between mid-May 1977 and mid-February 1980 which is the latest period for which the index is available. The mid-May 1980 index will be available later this month.

[1331] Mr. Horgan: Was I right in hearing the Minister of State say that the rate of inflation has been approximately one-third or 33½ per cent since the present Government assumed office?

Dr. FitzGerald: Up to February.

Mr. Moore: By 33.6 per cent between mid-May 1977 and mid-February 1980.

Mr. Horgan: When precisely will the mid-May figure be available?

Mr. Moore: It will be available very shortly, I think, later this month. Yes, the mid-May 1980 figure will be available later this month.

Mr. T. J. Fitzpatrick (Cavan-Monaghan): What is it?

Mr. Moore: It is not available yet.

Mr. T. J. Fitzpatrick (Cavan-Monaghan): Can the Minister tell us what it is?

Mr. O'Keeffe: What does the Minister expect it to be?

An Ceann Comhairle: Question No. 7 for written reply.