Miss Elaine Burton: asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether he is aware of the difficulty many people have in seeing when traffic lights change at some cross-roads where there is no "Cross-now" signal for pedestrians; and if he will install more of these.
Miss Elaine Burton: Does the Parliamentary Secretary appreciate that that really is not good enough from the pedestrians' point of view? There are doubtless many examples, but is he not aware that, if one takes some of the roads running into Piccadilly Circus, or where Wigmore Street runs into Portman Square, it is quite impossible, on looking across, to see when the lights change, and accidents occur? Will he...
Miss Elaine Burton: I have given the Minister particulars of two. Will he look at those?
Miss Elaine Burton: asked the Minister of Education whether, in view of the serious and increasing difficulty school leavers are having in finding employment, he will convene an immediate meeting of Youth Service leaders to find out what suggestions they have for expanding the Youth Service to help in this problem.
Miss Elaine Burton: Is not the hon. Gentleman aware that we do not want to wait until that excellent Committee reports on this very urgent problem? Is he not aware that many of the young people who are unemployed belong to youth clubs? Will he not instil some urgency into his right hon. Friend to discuss this matter with youth club leaders?
Miss Elaine Burton: asked the President of the Board of Trade what representations he has received from the Joint Committee set up by the British Standards Institution and the Electrical Development Association to cover electrical appliances and accessories concerning the national approvals scheme for domestic electrical appliances; when work on this scheme commenced; and if he will indicate the progress made.
Miss Elaine Burton: Is the President of the Board of Trade aware that the word "slow" is an understatement even for the Board of Trade? Is he aware that on 2nd December last we learned that the scheme was in an advanced state of preparation in October, 1957? Is he also aware that on 19th June last, in answer to a Question from me, the right hon. Gentleman spoke about this national approvals board? Does he know...
Miss Elaine Burton: I wish the Minister every success in his efforts.
Miss Elaine Burton: asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will consider introducing legislation amending the Merchandise Marks Acts so that toothpaste manufacturers and others have to substantiate statements made on their behalf in advertisements in order that the public interest may be safeguarded.
Miss Elaine Burton: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, with the best will in the world, it is rather hard to believe that he wants to do anything in the matter? Is he aware that some two years ago when I raised this matter with him he was unable to bring a case because he thought that the evidence was not sufficient for his solicitors to work on? Now that we have put the matter the other way round and asked...
Miss Elaine Burton: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that I am not referring only to the brushing of teeth or to one claim but to the whole matter? Can he not stop avoiding the issue and see whether something can be done?
Miss Elaine Burton: asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs what representations he has received concerning the effect of Government loans on mortgage rates as a result of the meeting of the Council of the Building Societies' Association on I2th December last.
Miss Elaine Burton: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that he is in the same position as I am, for neither of us has had a reply? Would the right hon. Gentle man feel able to ask the Council's secretary whether he would have the courtesy to reply to me, if not to him, or does he feel that the Council is ashamed of the decision which it has taken?
Miss Elaine Burton: asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs whether, before making a loan to any building society, he will ascertain that mortgages granted by the society as a result of Government loan are conditioned by the credit-worthiness of the applicant and not by the sex.
Miss Elaine Burton: As it has taken some six weeks to catch the right hon. Gentleman, and as he will not surface again for at least another twelve, if I put down a Question on this important matter will he answer it on the date the Question appears even if it is not reached?
Miss Elaine Burton: I wish to raise a matter which I think is of particular substance to many people in this country, and I hope that if I can prove my case tonight I shall have the support of hon. Members on both sides and of the Minister, as I am quite sure I shall have the support of the public outside. On page 6 of the White Paper there is a sentence with which my entire speech is concerned. I am sure that...
Miss Elaine Burton: I do not know. These are the words of the society. If she is less than young, the society must bear in mind that she may retire, even from a well-paid job, earlier than a man. These conditions would seem to apply against the young and the not so young, as well as against he married and single. It escapes my comprehension what type of woman would be exempted from that rather inclusive...
Miss Elaine Burton: Because I should not have sufficient courage.
Miss Elaine Burton: First, I want to deal with a case from the city of Durham. It concerns a single woman who, acting on the advice of her solicitor, asked the Bradford Building Society for a mortgage of £1,000. Her statement reads as follows: Although I was teaching in a permanent post and receiving the maximum salary for a woman they insisted that I should have a man's signature to my agreement. From all the...
Miss Elaine Burton: I think that the Minister did not catch what I said at the beginning of my speech. I gave the dates in general. I am willing to bring the letters to him, when he can see all the dates.