Miss Elaine Burton: Would the right hon. Gentleman see that as much publicity as possible is given to this reply? Is he aware that there is real feeling in the country that the men in Korea are not getting the amenities which they should have?
Miss Elaine Burton: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is an experiment in mutual aid being made by the Coventry engineering firms, with a view to exchanging any surplus materials or tools within the licensing Regulations? Would he not agree that this is the first time any group in the country has tried such an experiment; and, furthermore, that any such effort on the part of one of our greatest...
Miss Elaine Burton: asked the Minister of Food if he will now appoint a commission to inquire into the problem of distribution of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Miss Elaine Burton: This gets worse and worse as time goes on. Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that consumers, shopkeepers and producers are anxious for such an inquiry? Who is holding it up? Is it the wholesalers or is it the present Government?
Miss Elaine Burton: Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware—although he was not in the House at the time—that he is on a very bad wicket in his statement, because I did pursue his predecessor in this matter several times? Would he not agree that dealing with the question of distribution is one of the ways of bringing down the cost of living? Will he please look into the question of the distribution of...
Miss Elaine Burton: Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that this House has been told since 1946 that this was a matter requiring considerable time? Might I ask him where the expenditure would arise in appointing a commission to look into the matter and report to the House?
Miss Elaine Burton: asked the Minister of Defence if he will grant the concession of including letters in second-class air mail packets posted to His Majesty's Forces outside Europe.
Miss Elaine Burton: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that letters sent to people who are far away mean a great deal to them? In spite of international agreements, would the right hon. Gentleman, who I know wishes to help, have another look at this matter in view of the fact that it costs a great deal of money to send printed papers to our Forces outside Europe?
Miss Elaine Burton: May I ask the right hon. Gentleman—if I may include him among the males in whom I have an interest—if he would, during the Christmas Recess, look at this matter in general, because many people in this country are having to pay very large sums, quite legitimately I realise, on parcels sent to them by their soldier sons overseas. It is really a large matter, and if we send him details will...
Miss Elaine Burton: asked the Minister of National Insurance how many old age pensioners were in receipt of old age pensions at the last convenient date; and how many of this number were in receipt of joint pensions as man and wife.
Miss Elaine Burton: Can the right hon. Gentleman give any general idea as to how great a proportion of the total number is made up of married old age pensioners?
Miss Elaine Burton: asked the Minister of Food if he will accept the suggestion of the trade that representatives should discuss with him the problem of distribution of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Miss Elaine Burton: Would it be possible to get a definite answer from the Ministry? There is a great deal of dissatisfaction about this matter. May I ask the right hon. Gentleman if he would agree to discuss, and publish the results of that discussion, with the trade upon the distribution of fresh fruit and vegetables?
Miss Elaine Burton: Would the right hon. Gentleman consider appointing a Commission to inquire into this matter?
Miss Elaine Burton: In welcoming the statement that the Government are to continue the policy inaugurated by the late Government last year, may I ask the Minister if he is aware of the very real appreciation which will be felt not only by the men themselves but by their relatives and friends? Would he not also agree that the basic problem is the prohibitive cost of sending parcels by air to men in the Far East...
Miss Elaine Burton: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will extend the scheme by which old age pensioners obtain their tobacco at a cheaper rate, so that it includes similar concessions for fuel, at least during the winter months.
Miss Elaine Burton: Is not the hon. Gentleman aware that in the cold weather fuel means more to old age pensioners than anything else? Would he not consider some slight reduction in this matter? Is he aware that last week the Government refused to reduce the cost of licences for radio to old age pensioners on the ground that they cost very little? Are the Government prepared to do anything at all for them in...
Miss Elaine Burton: Does the hon. Gentleman realise how difficult it is for a back bencher to track down where this responsibility lies? Is he aware that this matter has gone through the Ministry of National Insurance to the Ministry of Fuel and Power and to the Chancellor of the Exchequer? May I ask to whom may we appeal for a reduction in the cost of coal for old age pensioners?
Miss Elaine Burton: asked the Minister of Supply if he will take powers to ensure that people whose names have been on a waiting list many years have priority in the delivery of new cars.
Miss Elaine Burton: In view of the widespread dissatisfaction throughout the country on this matter, may I ask if the right hon. Gentleman is aware of the racket, which is perfectly legal, by which car dealers take cars from customers at around two-years old, and therefore outside the covenant, and sell them at twice the listed price, and so are able to make that profit plus the profit of a new car, and that...