Miss Elaine Burton: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the increased number of seals and marks of approval being attached to goods in the shops; what proportion are approved by his Department; and what check is kept on those not approved to safeguard the interest of consumers.
Miss Elaine Burton: Will the Parliamentary Secretary never make any advance on these matters? Is he aware that during the past twelve months we have had an absolute deluge of these marks on goods? Is he further aware that some of them are worth exactly nothing? What guarantee has the customer and what chance has she of finding out the true value?
Miss Elaine Burton: Then why does the Board of Trade not do something 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: I appreciate the right hon. Gentleman's courtesy in this matter, but if he is considering the appointment of a committee to look into this suggestion, will he feel able to draw the terms of reference in such a way that consideration can be given to the usefulness of broadcasting any such reports by a consumer body, both on television and sound radio?
Miss Elaine Burton: I am hoping that the Minister will be able to clear up two points for me before we give a Third Reading to the Bill. In Part I of the Bill, relating to "Loans for Purchase of Houses," it states: Where the Chief Registrar of Friendly Societies … is satisfied that a permanent building society fulfils such requirements as to its assets and liabilities, liquid funds, reserves, and other...
Miss Elaine Burton: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for that assurance. Can he make it clear whether he included in those terms of sex discrimination this aggravating nuisance of the male guarantor, which is what irritates the women?
Miss Elaine Burton: I thank the right hon. Gentleman very much.
Miss Elaine Burton: asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs whether he is aware that some corporations, empowered to advance money on mortgages under the Small Dwellings Acquisition Acts, 1899 to 1923, to assist the purchase of existing houses or the construction of new houses, demand that women applicants supply a guarantor; and if he will introduce amending legislation...
Miss Elaine Burton: While I was glad to hear the last part of that Answer, may I ask if the Minister is aware that I have with me the printed form for the scheme and general conditions of the County Borough of Hastings under these Acts, and that paragraph 9 says: The council will require to be satisfied that the applicant for the loan is capable of meeting his repayments, and where the applicant is a female, and...
Miss Elaine Burton: asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs if he has considered the evidence supplied to him by the hon. Member for Coventry, South, on 17th December last relating to the demand for male guarantors in the case of women applicants for mortgage loans t and if he will make a statement.
Miss Elaine Burton: The Minister will not mind if I prefer the Answers given to me on this matter. Is he aware that since those Answers and the statement by the Building Societies Association that no such discrimination is made, many people, including several of his own party, say that the association is not telling the truth? Will he look into the matter of further evidence?
Miss Elaine Burton: asked the Minister of Labour if he will make a statement upon the steps taken to encourage employers to provide training schemes for boys and girls, as distinct from normal apprenticeship arrangements.
Miss Elaine Burton: While thanking the Parliamentary Secretary for that satisfactory Answer, may I ask him whether he thinks more attention could be paid to our young people in dead-end jobs? Does he think it possible, either factory by factory or trade by trade, for both sides of industry to see what can be done so that these youngsters have a chance of progress?
Miss Elaine Burton: asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the anxiety in Coventry concerning the duration of unemployment, both male and female, and that the figures for the quarters ending June and September were 244 and 332 men, and 63 and 86 women, respectively, out of work for more than six months; and if he will give the corresponding figures for the quarter ending December last and such...
Miss Elaine Burton: Is the Minister aware how very disturbed we are about this position? Is he aware that if we go back over all the preceding four quarters, it will be seen that the number has increased each time? Does he envisage a comparable increase in the figures due this month, and has he any steps to propose for dealing with this hard core of unemployed?
Miss Elaine Burton: asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs whether he is now in a position to make a statement concerning his discussions with the Building Societies Association on the discrimination made between men and women applicants for mortgages.
Miss Elaine Burton: On a point of order. These two Questions are quite different and I submit, with the greatest respect —I am not being difficult—that you will see, Mr. Speaker, on reflection, that I must withhold my permission to these replies being answered together.
Miss Elaine Burton: You are the only hope of the back bencher in a matter like this, Mr. Speaker. The Answer will not be applicable to both Questions, because the second one raises an entirely different matter from the first. I have a supplementary question which I wish to put on the first Question. If the Questions are answered together, will you allow me to put a supplementary question on each aspect?
Miss Elaine Burton: I am really not an awkward person, so far as you are concerned, Mr. Speaker, but I do withhold this permission. The Questions are not related at all, so I ask you to allow on this occasion each Question to be answered separately.