Hon. Anthony Berry: I am grateful for an opportunity to raise the important subject of the sale of council houses. I had hoped at one stage that we might have a longer time for the debate, but the previous subject, naturally, had priority. I am grateful to Mr. Speaker and to you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for allowing me to raise this subject and to the Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Housing and...
Hon. Anthony Berry: I am making my own speech. The argument used by the Minister is irrelevant and cannot be substantiated. Provided that certain minimum conditions as to price are met and other restrictions concerned with the letting or selling of houses built before 1945 within five years of the original sale are also met, these sales can be carried out in accordance with the 1960 circular. These...
Hon. Anthony Berry: I was certainly stating party policy on houses. I would like to see the policy extended to flats in the not too distant future.
Hon. Anthony Berry: rose—
Hon. Anthony Berry: Would the hon. Gentleman allow me to put one question?
Hon. Anthony Berry: asked the Minister of Transport if she will extend the number of roads in the Metropolitan area which have synchronised traffic signals.
Hon. Anthony Berry: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that this is a very helpful way of tackling the problem of moving traffic in London? There are many streets, such as Gower Street and Cromwell Road, where this would be beneficial. May I ask him if he could arrange an urgent talk with Mr. Robert Vigars to get some ideas on how to get London moving?
Hon. Anthony Berry: asked the Minister of Transport when she expects to announce the construction of the rail link with Heathrow Airport.
Hon. Anthony Berry: Does the hon. Gentleman realise that, in three years from now, the big jumbo jets will be coming in from America and other parts of the world, creating a volume of traffic which will be far too heavy to be carried by road? We must have trains by then. Will he look at the matter as one of extreme urgency?
Hon. Anthony Berry: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science on what grounds he reached a decision on the further proposals for the reorganisation of secondary education in the London Borough of Enfield.
Hon. Anthony Berry: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, in spite of his earlier Answer, the parents were never consulted about this scheme? Does he think that the joining together of schools widely apart, and in one case even separated by a major trunk road, to form a comprehensive school, as opposed to a purpose-built comprehensive school, is in the best interests of the children, or is at this or any other...
Hon. Anthony Berry: On a point of order. I beg to give notice that I shall raise the matter on the Adjournment.
Hon. Anthony Berry: asked the Minister of Social Security whether in the case of retirement pensioners' benefits, she will enlarge the period in which late claims for benefits can be made.
Hon. Anthony Berry: Does the right hon. Lady realise that in the case of retired pensioners there is quite a difference from the sickness claims? Would she bear in mind that there are many people, despite all the publicity which she rightly gives to their entitlement to make claims, who do not realise this? Will she deal sympathetically with this problem?
Hon. Anthony Berry: I am grateful for the opportunity to raise at this time a very important subject affecting Enfield. This debate should never have taken place because the voters of London should have had a chance yesterday of delivering their verdict on the local authorities which have administered this region in recent years—and they would have turned them out. The fact that they have not had that...
Hon. Anthony Berry: asked the Postmaster-General why an increasingly large number of letters posted in the London postal district on Friday evenings before the last post and addressed to other parts of the district are not reaching their destinations until the following Monday morning.
Hon. Anthony Berry: Does the Minister not agree that it is very important that, in view of the reduction in the number of deliveries in the London area, letters should arrive on a Saturday morning for those who have business to attend to? Is he aware that a letter which his right hon. Friend sent to me recently suffered a similar fate?
Hon. Anthony Berry: asked the Minister of Transport how many men are employed at working faces on the construction of the Victoria Line; what proportion this represents of the original specialised labour force; and at what rate she estimates that this force will disperse during the coming months.
Hon. Anthony Berry: The Report of the London Transport Board for 1966 laid particular emphasis on the danger of disbanding these teams, in view of possible extensions to the line. Does not the right hon. Lady agree that an early decision is vital, both because of the consequences of dispersing these men and because of possible delay in completion of the line, which must inevitably add to the final cost of the scheme?
Hon. Anthony Berry: asked the Minister of Transport how many of the additional car spaces being provided during 1967 at London Transport station car parks will be in multi-storey car parks.