Hon. Anthony Berry: My chief feeling is of envy of my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow, Central (Mr. Grant) and the hon. Member for Sunderland, South (Mr. Bagier) and of the relief which they must be feeling at having got through their first speeches in the House. It is a great privilege to be making my maiden speech and to be making it on a subject of such importance. I believe that this should not be a...
Hon. Anthony Berry: asked the Minister of Aviation why there are no facilities for buying stamps in the departure lounge of London Airport.
Hon. Anthony Berry: Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that this is the first Question which I have asked in the House, and will he ask his right hon. Friends always to give such satisfactory Answers in future?
Hon. Anthony Berry: The hon. Gentleman says that the Clause will disappear. Would it not be right for him to disappear while the vote is taking place?
Hon. Anthony Berry: asked the Minister of Transport if he will make a statement on the experimental waiting and loading restrictions at road junctions in the London traffic area which began on 5th April.
Hon. Anthony Berry: Is the Minister aware that, so far, these experiments have proved extremely successful in Southgate, which is one of the areas where they are being tried out? Will he use his best offices, and consider making them permanent and extending them to other parts of London?
Hon. Anthony Berry: rose—
Hon. Anthony Berry: We are now approaching the end of the first 300 days of a Socialist Government. We heard a good deal about the first 100 days, and that was marked by the first Budget. During the second 100 days, we had the second Budget, and now, during the third 100, we have what amounts to a third Budget. Instead of a case of one, two, three, go, we have had one, two three, stop. Looking at the faces...
Hon. Anthony Berry: I do not accept the last part of what the hon. Member said. I accept his sincerity and I hope that he accepts mine. The Prime Minister has, up to a point, kept his word in what he said of pensions some time ago: We have on a number of occasions given a pledge that they will be reviewed. He is reviewing them, but it is time that something was done about it—
Hon. Anthony Berry: I will just finish this sentence. It is time that we had the result of that review. Not only is time going by, but also, because of increases in the cost of living, even the existing pensions are going down in value.
Hon. Anthony Berry: I will not accept that for one moment—
Hon. Anthony Berry: The hon. Member may think that it is true, but my position is that I will do everything I can to support anything which is done by the Government to improve the lot of these people. I do not want to follow the hon. Member for Wythenshawe into his discussion of the letter by Sir Roy Harrod. Any gaps in my education are due to the fact that, in October 1947, when Sir Roy was supposed to be...
Hon. Anthony Berry: asked the Minister of Transport why the new large signposts in London, S.W.1, indicating the routes to the main roads from London to the North and West, omit any reference to the motorways.
Hon. Anthony Berry: Would it not be helpful to motorists coming to London from both outside London and abroad if they could find their way to the motorways as is the case in foreign countries, particularly Italy?
Hon. Anthony Berry: asked the Postmaster-General why so many local calls in the London area recently have been affected by crackling on the line, thereby making conversation almost impossible; and what steps he is taking to put this right.
Hon. Anthony Berry: Is the Minister aware of the many cases there have been in the London area? I cannot specify particular ones, but is he aware that many people have to dial a second time because of this crackling and they incur tremendous cost? Will he look into this as a general matter affecting the whole area?
Hon. Anthony Berry: asked the Postmaster-General if he will amend the regulations governing the use of telephone credit cards to enable people who do not have their own telephones to make use of this service.
Hon. Anthony Berry: I appreciate the right hon. Gentleman's Answer, but could he look into this as a matter of urgency? Is not he aware that many categories of people deserve to be able to use these cards and particularly people who, through no fault of their own, are waiting for telephones in their homes?
Hon. Anthony Berry: With the aims which the hon. Member for Durham. North-West (Mr. Armstrong) expressed for our children in his concluding remarks I am in full agreement, but I did not follow him in the ways which he suggested for attaining those aims. Looking round the Chamber now and remembering that it is 14 months since we last debated this important subject, I cannot help noticing that there are several...
Hon. Anthony Berry: It proves that the teachers themselves think that the grammar schools are better. I am glad that the hon. Member for Woolwich, West interrupted me, even from a sitting position, because it gives me a chance to say a word to him. I remember that in the course of my maiden speech I referred to a mock election held in Southgate during the last General Election campaign, and during my remarks I...