§ 33. Mr. Oldfield
asked the Minister of Pensions if he will state the arrangements for the loan or issue of wheel chairs or tricycles to men who have suffered amputations or severe disablement to both lower limbs, whilst they are on indefinite leave pending discharge and after discharge from the forces; the time taken to effect delivery of tricycles after discharge; and the arrangements for the provision of motor attachments in approved cases.
§ The Minister of Pensions (Sir Walter Womersley)
At each of the hospitals administered by my Department a supply of invalid chairs is maintained for issue on loan to patients who are in need of them when they are granted leave of absence from hospital or who are, following their discharge from the forces, awaiting the provision of a wheel chair or tricycle. Motor attachments in suitable cases are provided, on the recommendation of my medical officers by the British Red Cross Society. As regards the second part of the question I would refer my hon. Friend to my reply to the hon. and gallant Member for the City of Chester on the 9th March.