Miss Elaine Burton: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what alternative naval contracts are to be offered by the Admiralty to the Coventry Gauge and Tool Company to counterbalance the transfer of existing contracts from Coventry elsewhere.
Miss Elaine Burton: While not wishing the unemployment figures to remain at the high level in Angus to which the Government have brought them, may I ask the hon. Gentleman to try to realise that we are raising this matter because of the wastage of skill which will be involved in Coventry? Is he aware that we are very disturbed that at Coventry Gauge and Tool Company skilled machine tool operators are having to...
Miss Elaine Burton: In view of the unsatisfactory nature of that reply, and as the Parliamentary Secretary does not understand the problem, I beg to give notice that I shall raise the matter on the Adjournment.
Miss Elaine Burton: asked the Minister of Supply if he will make a statement on the discussions held with the Minister of Labour concerning the giving of Government contracts to the Remploy factory. Coventry.
Miss Elaine Burton: While appreciating that the Minister is probably doing that, does he realise that locally we view this as a problem where we have a handful of men awaiting entry; and would it not be a good deal better for them and for the country to pay them for doing a job rather than have them sitting at home doing nothing?
Miss Elaine Burton: asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the privation suffered by disabled workers at the Remploy factory, Coventry, and elsewhere, because their invalid chairs accommodate only the driver, and that it would give much pleasure if a passenger could be included; and if he will consider doing so where possible.
Miss Elaine Burton: I heard those replies, but will the Ministry consider doing something about the matter where it is possible for another seat to be placed in these vehicles? Is the hon. Gentleman aware that, when I visited the Remploy factory at Coventry some seven weeks ago, I was shown a Coventry-built Tippen tricycle in which there seemed to be adequate room for two people? Will the hon. Gentleman look...
Miss Elaine Burton: asked the Minister of Health to what extent there has been a decline in Coventry recently in the uptake of welfare foods, particularly orange juice and cod liver oil; and if he will give the figures of the uptake of these two for the periods 1950 to 1954, and since 1955, in Coventry.
Miss Elaine Burton: Could the hon. Gentleman tell me whether there has been any decrease in Coventry and, if there has, whether it is lesser or bigger than that in any other industrial cities? In general, has such a decrease affected the health of young children? What does the Ministry propose to do about it?
Miss Elaine Burton: asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is now in a position to make a statement on the proposal made by the Consumer Advisory Council of the British Standards Institution that an independent national body representing every aspect of consumer interest should be established.
Miss Elaine Burton: As there is considerable interest in this matter in the House and outside, in trade generally and the consumer organisations, will the President answer one general question? Will he say what he means by a departmental committee? Is it a committee composed entirely of civil servants or with a civil servant at its head, or will it have power to co-opt?
Miss Elaine Burton: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, as old-age pensioners have received no direct financial benefit from his Budget, he will include in the draft Finance Bill provisions abolishing the charge on prescriptions.
Miss Elaine Burton: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that I have had letters from many old-age pensioners in Coventry, one of which says: Failing health is attendant upon old age and therefore prescriptions are a heavy toll upon our meagre budget. Surely 2d. off beer is no help for the sick and aged. Is the Chancellor further aware that old people on National Assistance find it very difficult to satisfy the...
Miss Elaine Burton: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, as old-age pensioners have received no direct financial benefit from his Budget, he will include in the draft Finance Bill provisions reducing for them the cost of a radio and television licence.
Miss Elaine Burton: Is the Chancellor of the Exchequer aware that it would cost £26 million in a full financial year to give the old-age pensioners another 2s. a week? Would it not be correct to state that he could do that, abolish prescription charges and reduce the cost of television and radio licences for the same amount as he conceded on beer, namely, £36 million?
Miss Elaine Burton: asked the Minister of Supply whether he is aware that the packaging facilities at the Remploy factory, Coventry, include damp and dust proof rooms to meet Ministry specifications, but that at the moment these are not being used; and, as it is in the interests of both Government and taxpayer that Remploy should be kept as near self-supporting as possible, if he will consider what orders can...
Miss Elaine Burton: Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that that does not get us anywhere? Are there no Government packaging contracts that can be sent there? Does not the Parliamentary Secretary agree that it is the height of financial stupidity to have these facilities in the factory at Coventry and not send work there so that they can be used? What is he going to do about it, as well as being aware of the...
Miss Elaine Burton: Will the hon. Gentleman answer this question? Is he aware that the average number of employees in Coventry for the past five years has been 71, that we have at the moment 59 there, and that there are eight men waiting to go in? What is he going to do about giving the factory work so that these eight men can be taken in?
Miss Elaine Burton: asked the Minister of Labour the number of persons under Section 2 of the Unemployed Disabled Register coming within the catchment area of, and awaiting admission to, the Remploy factory, Coventry.
Miss Elaine Burton: Will the Parliamentary Secretary comment on the fact that when I visited the Remploy factory last month the area liaison officer told me he could not possibly take on more people, because of the lack of work from the Government to the factory?