Miss Elaine Burton: I appreciate that it is beyond the powers of the present Government to deal with this, but will the right hon. Gentleman do something to ensure that ordinary people do get the priorities to which they are entitled?
Miss Elaine Burton: asked the Assistant Postmaster-General if he will reduce the cost of radio licences for all old age pensioners.
Miss Elaine Burton: That is the same answer as one of my hon. Friends received last week. Could not the Assistant Postmaster-General look at the matter again? It is a very small request; it is only asking for a reduction in part. Would he please look at the matter again?
Miss Elaine Burton: I am sure the Government would not wish to suggest that any reduction in the expenditure of old age pensioners would not be good at the present time.
Miss Elaine Burton: asked the Prime Minister if, as many members of the public would like to support financially the sending of a British team to the Olympic Games next year, His Majesty's Government will authorise the issue of special stamps for this purpose at, say, 6d. and 1s.; and if he will take steps and initiate discussions for such stamps to be on sale early in the new year at places most convenient for...
Miss Elaine Burton: May I, with respect, ask the Prime Minister whether we are comparing the same things? Is he aware that I have stamps here which were issued by the Governments of Greece, Belgium, France, America and Switzerland for this purpose, which carry a surtax; and I am asking whether this Government would agree to such a thing being initiated in this country. May I, furthermore, ask the Prime Minister,...
Miss Elaine Burton: asked the Minister of Defence if he has now reached a decision concerning the suggested Christmas concession of postage-free parcels, air mail, to His Majesty's Forces in the Far East; and if he will make a statement.
Miss Elaine Burton: asked the Minister of Supply if the 4,000 new cars about to be re-imported into this country are to be re-exported or to remain in the home market.
Miss Elaine Burton: Although we make cars in Coventry we have very large waiting lists for them, and I wonder if the right hon. Gentleman is aware that many on those lists have written to me asking if these cars could first of all be offered to people whose names have been down since 1946 or earlier? Would it be possible to look into that matter?
Miss Elaine Burton: By the word "urgent," does the right hon. Gentleman mean the people whose needs seem to be the most urgent, or those who have had their names down longest?
Miss Elaine Burton: asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what steps he is taking to secure a more equitable distribution of coke, particularly for those householders who are dependent upon this type of fuel.
Miss Elaine Burton: Is the Minister aware that in Coventry today we are building more houses per thousand of the population than is any other large town in the country? Is he aware that that gives us a special problem, because most of these houses are entirely dependent on coke for fuel supplies, and that I am not asking for a larger supply but for a fairer one for those who are in that position?
Miss Elaine Burton: asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he will make arrangements for all old age pensioners to have fuel supplies at a reduced price during the coming winter.
Miss Elaine Burton: On a point of information, I thought that this Question was not one for the Minister of Fuel and Power; but it was transferred to him. Am I to understand from the Minister's answer that such a proposition is not within the bounds of possibility administratively so far as he is concerned, or that he cannot do it?
Miss Elaine Burton: On a point of information, Mr. Speaker, may I ask for guidance whether this Question should not have been addressed to the Minister of National Insurance, as the Minister of Fuel and Power has no powers to deal with it?
Miss Elaine Burton: I understand that Mr. Speaker, but the Minister has just said that he could not answer the Question, and I am seeking your guidance as to whether it was not transferred inadvertently to the wrong Minister.
Miss Elaine Burton: May I ask the Leader of the House whether there is any chance of finding time to debate between now and the Christmas Recess the Motion on the Order Paper standing in my name and in the names of several of my hon. Friends?
Miss Elaine Burton: Waiting for an Adjournment Motion in this House is, I think, a most salutary experience, not only for the Member concerned as for the Minister replying, but for you, Mr. Speaker, or whoever is in the. Chair. The matter which I wish to raise tonight is one on which, I think, nobody will regret spending a little additional time, particularly as it concerns our Forces overseas. The problem that...
Miss Elaine Burton: I do not wish to interrupt the Under-Secretary, but I should like to make one point clear. I am not arguing about surface mail. I do not think that the comparison between rates for civilians and rates for the Forces is possible. I am complaining that it costs 16s. to the Far East and 4s. to Germany, and I say that the cost ought to be the same in both cases.
Miss Elaine Burton: I shall speak today on the subject of food and be as brief as possible as I know many other hon. Members wish to catch your eye, Mr. Deputy-Speaker. I should, however, like to make one point with reference to the speech of the hon. Member for Buckinghamshire, South (Mr. R. Bell). I am sure he did not make the comment in a provocative sense, but I do not think hon. Members opposite realise how...