Mr Greville Janner: asked the Attorney-General if he will raise the upper income limit for eligibility for legal aid.
Mr Greville Janner: Will the right hon. Gentleman accept that great anxiety and hardship are suffered by people who are just outside the present legal aid limits and who cannot afford to pay for the legal representation which they require? Will he therefore indicate the stages which will be introduced for further steps in this direction?
Mr Greville Janner: asked the Minister of Technology what consultations he had with the tobacco industry before approving increases of prices in all pipe tobaccos.
Mr Greville Janner: In view of the relative harmlessness of the smoking of pipe tobacco, as opposed to cigarettes, will the Minister take steps to procure a reduction in its price, rather than permit an increase?
Mr Greville Janner: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will now take steps to prevent further rises in the prices of foodstuffs produced in Great Britain.
Mr Greville Janner: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the hardship which is caused by the recent increase in food prices, especially for old people and for housewives, in great cities such as Leicester? Will he indicate when the Government propose to redeem their election pledge to hold down food prices?
Mr Greville Janner: asked the Attorney-General if he will take steps to increase the availability of legal advice to those who require it.
Mr Greville Janner: Meantime, will the right hon. and learned Gentleman consider making funds available to assist in the setting up of more neighbourhood law centres such as that which exists and works so well in Notting Hill?
Mr Greville Janner: asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will initiate studies into new methods for reducing traffic congestion in city centres.
Mr Greville Janner: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that in Leicester, with some 11,000 families on the housing list, an enormous scheme is planned for the roads in the centre of the city, with other schemes coming in from the outskirts? Would it not be better to place homes before roads in those circumstances?
Mr Greville Janner: asked the Minister of State for Defence what arrangements have now been made to pay members of the armed forces by cheque rather than in cash; and what plans he has for developing the system of payment by cheque now that the increased rates of pay lead to large holdings of cash having to be maintained for pay purposes.
Mr Greville Janner: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his reply. Will he make arrangements to enable all Service men to obtain their money without going through the out-dated routine of the pay parade?
Mr Greville Janner: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take further steps to provide useful employment for prisoners in Her Majesty's Prisons during their periods of detention.
Mr Greville Janner: I welcome the Minister's statement. Would he agree that it is detrimental to the rehabilitation of prisoners that they should be kept locked in their cells for the bulk of their waking hours? Would he bear in mind especially the shortage of working facilities in maximum security conditions, such as in Leicester?
Mr Greville Janner: It is a kindly custom of this House that a maiden speaker should pay tribute to his immediate predecessor as Member of Parliament for his constituency. I understand that this is the first time in the history of this side of the House that any maiden speaker has had the privilege of paying such a tribute to his own father. I do so with delight because, for over a quarter of a century, with my...
Mr Greville Janner: asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will promote legislation, along lines similar to those of the Redundancy Payments Act, 1968, to provide compensation for long-term employees who are dismissed from their jobs because of illness or accident.
Mr Greville Janner: Is the hon. Gentleman aware of the tremendous financial hardship suffered by people who lose their jobs because of illness or accident through no fault of their own and get no redundancy benefits? Will he explain why the Government will not give them rights equivalent to those who lose their jobs through redundancy?
Mr Greville Janner: asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will seek powers to give directions to local highway authorities concerning the repair and upkeep of pavements; and if he will exercise such powers.
Mr Greville Janner: Is the hon. Gentleman aware of the considerable number of accidents suffered by pedestrians, particularly by elderly people, which are caused by defective pavements? Will he take steps to encourage or enable local authorities to devote more resources to the repair of pavements?
Mr Greville Janner: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether she will seek powers to promote social service work by senior pupils.