Mr Greville Janner: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the deep sense of outrage felt among scientists in this country at the harassment and persecution of their colleagues in the Soviet Union? Will he consider some way of giving public voice to this concern through our representatives at the United Nations or UNESCO or one of the other specialised agencies?
Mr Greville Janner: asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications whether he will give a general direction to the Post Office to supply those employees who have given good service with written references when their employment terminates.
Mr Greville Janner: May we have a firm assurance that no departments in the Post Office follow the rule that written references should not be given? If the right hon. Gentleman is unable to give such an assurance, will he undertake to conduct an inquiry into this matter? If it turns out that there are departments in which this rule applies, bearing in mind the great difficulty which people face in these...
Mr Greville Janner: asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications whether he will now protest to the Soviet authorities and to the International Telecommunications Union concerning the cutting off of telephone communication from the United Kingdom to Vladimir Slepak and other Soviet Jewish scientists, in contravention of the International Telecommunication Convention.
Mr Greville Janner: Is the Minister aware that since I tabled this Question Mr. Slepak and his elder son have both been arrested and imprisoned, that their telephone remains cut off and that the Soviet authorities have said that if the prayer book—signed by 200 hon. Members, including the Minister—which was sent to the younger son had been sent by post it would have been confiscated, which it appears to have...
Mr Greville Janner: asked the Secretary of State for Employment what are the latest available figures for unemployment in the Leicester area and by what percentage these exceed the figures for June, 1970.
Mr Greville Janner: Is the Minister unaware that even if there has been a reduction—if there has, it is long overdue—in the level of unemployment in this area, the figure which he has given is shocking? Does he recognise that this level of unemployment is causing especial concern in an area which, until now, has enjoyed a low level of unemployment?
Mr Greville Janner: asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he will order an inquiry into the extent of misleading advertising for alleged slimming aids.
Mr Greville Janner: Is the Minister aware of the recent report prepared by Which? showing the scandalously misleading way in which some slimming aids and remedies are being advertised? Is it not correct that there are many people who are overweight and badly need medical attention, and does he not agree that misleading advertisements about slimming should not be allowed?
Mr Greville Janner: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will introduce legislation to require proprietors of self-service and supermarket stores to obtain the approval of the police before instituting prosecutions for shoplifting.
Mr Greville Janner: Is the hon. and learned Gentleman aware that I have received a telegram from the President of the National Union of Small Shopkeepers which shows that thousands of shopkeepers are extremely concerned at the right to prosecute being left in the hands of the shopkeeper? Does the hon. and learned Gentleman appreciate that the doctrine of "Let the courts decide" means that thousands of innocent...
Mr Greville Janner: Is it not correct to say that not one owner of one guard dog which caused injury to any of these 39 children was prosecuted? Is not the law at the moment utterly powerless to deal with the situation? In that case, whatever the views of the police should not the law be changed?
Mr Greville Janner: Were any taken to court?
Mr Greville Janner: Does the right hon. Gentleman recall that in the Queen's Speech the House was promised that legislation would be introduced in this Session to render void spurious guarantees and warranties, and when will time be given for that purpose?
Mr Greville Janner: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, by what percentage the price of butter has increased since June, 1970.
Mr Greville Janner: How much has home-produced butter risen in price of late? Does not the right hon. Gentleman appreciate that the increases in prices of that sort of basic food hit hardest those who can afford them least?
Mr Greville Janner: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will make representations to the Soviet Government regarding the recent harassment of Soviet Jewish scientists who have sought to join relatives in Israel in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Mr Greville Janner: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the Jewish prayer book sent via BEA to Leonid Slepak, the son of one of Moscow's most harassed Jewish scientists, has been impounded by the Soviet authorities and that, unless the hon. Member for Cannock (Mr. Cormack) has other information, it remains in the Moscow customs shed? As 200 hon. Members, including the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition...
Mr Greville Janner: asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications what reply he has sent to the petition from residents of Leicester asking for a reduction in the television licence fee for retirement pensioners.
Mr Greville Janner: Is the Minister aware that television is no longer a luxury for elderly people, many of whom depend upon it for their sole companionship? Does he not think it grossly unfair that an elderly person living off his inadequate old-age pension should pay the same licence fee as a well-off person who has several television sets, one of which is probably a colour set? Will the Minister give new...