Written Answer. - National Nutrition Survey.

Wednesday, 20 November 1957

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 164 No. 5

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Mr. Norton: Information on William Norton  Zoom on William Norton  asked the Taoiseach if he will indicate as far as possible, at [729] current national retail prices, the estimated cost per diet-head per week of each of the food items listed in Table 3, in each case, of Parts IV and V of the National Nutrition Survey in respect of (a) farming families, and (b) farm workers' families.

The Taoiseach: Information on Eamon de Valera  Zoom on Eamon de Valera  The following table shows the estimated values at the national average retail prices ruling in mid-August, 1957 (the latest date for which the information is available) of the quantities of food listed in Table 3 (page 18) of Part IV and Table 3 (page 16) of Part V of the National Nutrition Survey, 1946-48 in respect of (a) farming families and (b) farm workers' families. Comparable prices are not available from the Consumer Price [730] Index for all the items referred to in the nutrition survey, but the items for which estimates have been made account (at 1946-48 prices) for all but 1/9½d of the total expenditure of 17/- per diet-head per week m farming families and all but 8½d. of the total expenditure of 11/5 per diet-head per week in farm workers' families as estimated in Table 4A of Part IV and Table 4A of Part V of the survey.

It must be emphasised that the prices used are those for retail purchases in shops and that much of the dietary of both farming families and farm workers' families is not purchased retail but represents the direct consumption of agricultural produce without any sale process.

Estimated values at the national average retail prices ruling in mid-August, 1957, of the quantities of food listed in Table 3 of Part IV and Table 3 of Part V of the National Nutrition Survey, 1946-48.

Commodity (a) Farming Families (b)Farm Workers' Families Notes on items in the Consumer Price Index (C.P.I.) used to estimate values shown
Bought and Free Home Won Total Bought and Free Home Won Total
d. d. d. d. d. d.
Butter 17.50 15.33 32.83 21.38 0.81 22.19 Bought and free= Creamery butter; Home won=Farmers butter.
Margarine 0.99 0.99 1.98 1.98
Other fats 0.51 0.51 0.77 0.77 Lard.
Sugar 5.45 5.45 5.64 5.64 White granulated sugar.
Preserves 5.63 0.13 5.76 6.25 6.25 Strawberry jam; mixed fruit jam; and marmalade.
Syrup and treacle Not available.
Milk liquid, milk whole condensed and milk whole dried 1.09 37.47 38.56 17.38 4.89 22.27 Fresh milk only.
Skimmed milk and buttermilk and Skimmed condensed milk Not available.
Cheese 1.30 1.30 1.94 1.94
Eggs 1.83 27.42 29.25 5.94 9.14 15.08 1st grade, hen eggs.
Beef and veal 26.56 0.23 26.79 24.05 24.05 Five cuts of beef, weighted as in C.P.I.
Mutton and lamb 7.56 7.56 3.02 3.02 Five cuts of mutton weighted as in C.P.I.
Pork 1.03 0.26 1.29 0.26 0.26 Fresh pork, shoulder.
Corned beef, mutton or pork 1.31 1.31 2.63 2.63 Corned brisket beef.
Bacon 9.73 19.74 29.47 6.39 0.56 6.95 Five cuts weighted as in C.P.I.
Liver, sheep Not available.
Liver, other 0.19 0.19 0.37 0.37 Beef liver.
Other offals Not available.
Cooked and canned meat 2.19 2.19 3.28 3.28 Cooked ham.
Sausages, uncooked 4.60 4.60 6.48 6.48 Pork sausages.
Other meat products Not available.
White fish 0.94 0.16 1.10 0.79 0.79 Whiting and cod steak weighted as in C.P.I.
White fish processed Not available.
Fat fish, fresh 0.98 0.20 1.18 0.39 0.39 Herrings.
Fat fish, processed Not available.
Fish, canned 0.51 0.51 0.51 0.51 Salmon.
[731][732]Potatoes, unpeeled, peeled and chips 1.17 28.12 29.29 7.07 17.01 24.08 Unpeeled potatoes only
Carrots 0.10 0.70 0.80 0.15 0.40 0.55
Other roots Not available.
Green vegetables Not available.
Miscellaneous vegetables 0.83 0.94 1.77 1.48 0.53 2.01 Onions.
Legumes, fresh Not available.
Pulses,dried 0.38 0.38 0.28 0.28 Peas.
Pulses, canned Not available.
Tomatoes 0.97 0.97 0.65 0.65
Citrus fruits 0.41 0.41 0.41 0.41 Oranges.
Other fruits 0.46 1.53 1.99 0.71 0.20 0.91 Cooking apples.
Bottled and canned fruit 0.21 0.21 0.00 0.00 Pears.
Dried vine fruit 1.14 1.14 0.99 0.99 Sultanas.
Other dried fruit Not available.
Flour 21.57 0.08 21.65 15.02 15.02
Whole meal Not available.
Maize meal Not available.
Bread 15.62 0.42 16.04 20.08 0.04 20.12
Biscuits (incl. wafers, excl. oatmeal biscuits) 1.80 1.80 0.80 0.80
Cakes 1.30 1.30 0.56 0.56
Puddings Not available.
Oatmeal and oat products 3.22 0.83 4.05 2.07 2.07
Breakfast cereals Not available.
Cereals (rice and barley) 0.07 0.07 0.00 0.00 Rice only.
Cereals (flour base) 0.15 0.15 0.15 0.15 Semolina.
Other cereals Not available.
Cocoa and cocoa based drinks 0.60 0.60 0.60 0.60 Cocoa powder.
Patent drinks and foods Not available.
TOTAL of items for which estimated values are shown above 139.90 133.56 273.46 160.47 33.58 194.05


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