Thursday, 23 July 1970
Dáil Eireann Debate
Mr. Andrews: As a consequence it is not possible to give comparable national average retail prices for food items for February, 1957, but percentage changes for a number of food items can be derived by linking the two series. In the case of non-food items where the revision was more extensive percentage changes have been compiled only for broad groups.
Mr. L'Estrange: On a point of order, in answering Question No. 2 the Parliamentary Secretary went as far as 1957 only and did not give the figure for the latest available date. I rose immediately to query this and he has kept speaking since. He did not give the figure for the latest available date  because I took down each list of figures. He did not give it.
Mr. Andrews: I said that £1 in 1970 related to the last figure I have here in the reply. I said £1 would purchase the same as 12s in 1957. Is not that right? One pound in 1970 would purchase that in 1957. That is the point. Now, Sir, do I have to repeat the answer to Question No. 3?
Mr. Cluskey: On a point of order, could the Chair point out to the Parliamentary Secretary that he is attempting to treat the Opposition with the utmost contempt by his mumbling into his answer paper and that, if he persists in this, the Chair will have to take appropriate action.
Dr. FitzGerald: There is trouble in this House every day because people on the other side read either too quickly or too low. All the interruptions do not necessarily come from this side of the House. When we say we cannot hear the answer, they read on and then say they have answered the question. This is an improper procedure. If we cannot hear when we try hard to do so, we must be given the answer again.
Dr. FitzGerald: A Cheann Comhairle, points of order were raised and, before you had a chance to rule on whether they were points of order, the Parliamentary Secretary continued speaking in contempt of the Chair.
Mr. Andrews: I do not think that is the real problem. The problem is that when I am answering my questions the Opposition have a desperate habit of interrupting. That is the real truth of the matter. They will hear me if they listen to me.
|Brisket corned beef||,,||2||11.8|
|Cutlets (rib chops)||,,||5||11.8|
|Best back rashers||,,||7||3.2|
|Cabbage (medium size)||each||10.5|
|White, sliced||2 lb.||2||2.9|
|Commodity||Percentage increase (+) or decrease (-)|
|Dried and cured fish*||+||21.94|
|Sugar: white granulated||+||52.69|
|Alcoholic drink and tobacco||+||110.1|
|Clothing and footwear||+||38.0|
|Fuel and light||+||35.6|
|Durable household goods||+||44.4|
|Other goods and services||+||76.8|
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