Mr Greville Janner: asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications whether he will make representations to the International Telecommunications Union concerning difficulties customarily caused to persons telephoning Jewish people in the United Soviet Socialist Republic outside Moscow from the United Kingdom.
Mr Greville Janner: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that considerable difficulties are incurred by those who try to telephone Jewish citizens of the Soviet Union in places such as Kiev, Kharkov, Minsk, Leningrad and other cities outside Moscow? If he is given specific evidence of breaches of the convention will he be good enough, as his predecessor did in other circumstances, to undertake to raise these with...
Mr Greville Janner: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will cause additional studies to be made into the causes and cure of agoraphobia; and whether he will provide appropriate finance.
Mr Greville Janner: I thank the Minister for that Answer. Is he aware that more than a quarter of a million people suffer from this sad and disabling disease and that more than 10,000 are totally disabled? Will he specifically undertake to devote resources to the diagnosis and cure of this particular unhappy and almost forgotten area of mental illness?
Mr Greville Janner: I join in congratulating the hon. Member for Honiton (Mr. Emery) on his ministerial appointment. I can only hope that my incursions into the field of his predecessor did not speed his departure, because I formed a warm personal regard for him. I am pleased to have this opportunity of bringing before the House the subject of the pernicious and growing practice known as double pricing. This is...
Mr Greville Janner: Hear, hear.
Mr Greville Janner: Hear, hear.
Mr Greville Janner: Is the Minister aware of the tremendous increase in supermarket shoplifting and of the enormous number of acquittals, showing that every honest shopper in a supermarket is in grave risk of unjustified prosecution for a moment of inattention or forgetfulness? Does he not therefore think it right to take some steps to protect the honest shopper in these circumstances.
Mr Greville Janner: asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications whether he will protest to the Universal Postal Union concerning the Soviet authorities' interference with or interception of mail and cables sent from Great Britain to Jewish people in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
Mr Greville Janner: Is the Minister aware of the shocking interference by the Soviet authorities with cables and letters directed by people in this country to Jewish citizens in the Soviet Union? Is he further aware that this applies to mail sent by hon. Members on both sides of the House and by the Parliamentary Committee for Soviet Jewry? Is he also aware that the first letter to reach the distinguished and...
Mr Greville Janner: I am grateful to have the opportunity to raise the question of the pathetically inadequate Supplementary Estimate for attendance allowances. This problem potentially affects probably hundreds of thousands of people in this country. The problem was brought most vividly to my attention a few months ago by the parents of an eight-year-old boy called Jimmy Martin, who was born with no legs and...
Mr Greville Janner: I am sorry that the hon. Gentleman has seen fit to look at the matter in that way. I shall be pleased to pay tribute to the Government if the uncoroborated rumour that I hear is true—that this regulation is to be interpreted so as to help those who are excluded at the moment. We should not forget the Act brought in by my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, Wythenshawe (Mr. Alfred...
Mr Greville Janner: We must change it.
Mr Greville Janner: Have not some 68 per cent. of all appeals succeeded? If so, does that not suggest that the original criteria applied by the Board are very stiffly applied, and that some steps could be taken by way of direction from the Department?
Mr Greville Janner: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. In view of the fact that Question No. 25, which concerns the child with no legs and only one arm whose parents were refused an attendance allowance, was not reached, and in view of the strong feeling on all sides of the House—
Mr Greville Janner: If it is not, may I respectfully give notice, Mr. Speaker, that I shall seek to raise the matter on the Adjournment?
Mr Greville Janner: rose——
Mr Greville Janner: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to extend the provisions of the Restriction of Offensive Weapons Acts 1959 and 1961 to swordsticks. There has been a flood of these hideous weapons coming into the Midlands of late, including Birmingham, Manchester and Leicester, and action is needed now. I have been informed today by a reporter on the "Nationwide" programme that an...
Mr Greville Janner: asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he will introduce legislation to ban the practice of double-pricing of bedding, in view of the fact that this practice misleads consumers and avoids the effects of the Trade Descriptions Act, 1968.
Mr Greville Janner: I am much obliged to the hon. Gentleman for that assurance. Will he give an assurance that if he receives information that this practice is widespread in the bedding or other industries he will institute an inquiry into a practice that is causing considerable concern in the trades concerned? Meanwhile, will he issue a warning to the public of the effects of this totally fictitious mark-down?