HC Deb 29 November 1973 vol 865 c580
Q2. Mr. Molloy

asked the Prime Minister if he will pay an official visit to the London borough of Ealing.

The Prime Minister

I have at present no plans to do so, Sir.

Mr. Molloy

When the Prime Minister makes plans to visit Ealing, will he arrange to tour the borough by bus and discuss with ordinary folk how they are making ends meet in face of increased food prices and mortgage rates? Will he explain to them what further sacrifices they should make to send their children to the public schools, as advocated by the Under-Secretary of State for Education and Science?

The Prime Minister

My hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State was defending freedom of choice for parents. We are sorry that right hon. and hon. Gentlemen on the Labour benches propose to deny them that freedom.

Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg

If my right hon. Friend goes to Ealing and travels by bus, he may find there, as in other parts of London, a restricted service. Will he give a welcome to the belated decision of the Transport and General Workers Union allowing women bus drivers to operate in London?

The Prime Minister

I will indeed.