HC Deb 21 November 1950 vol 481 cc185-6
33. Mr. E. Martin Smith

asked the Minister of Pensions if he will ensure that adequate supplies of spare parts are available for the repair of mechanically-propelled vehicles used by disabled persons.

The Minister of Pensions (Mr. Marquand)

Yes, Sir, so far as vehicles which I supply to war pensioners and Health Service patients are concerned. There should be no difficulty in obtaining spare parts for their repair.

Mr. E. Martin Smith

Will the right hon. Gentleman keep this well in mind, as I have cases where disabled men have had to wait several weeks, and in certain cases up to six months? As they are completely disabled it is a matter of the gravest importance.

Mr. Marquand

My information is that there has been a delay in regard to one type, but that has been put right. If the hon. Member has other information I hope he will supply me with it.

Mr. Profumo

Is the Minister aware that there is, in fact, great delay and that he has a case which I have called to his attention, and which I hope he is examining? A great deal of the delay is because many of the vehicles are so antiquated and out of date that repairs become very difficult. Will he not give his attention to increasing the provision of new vehicles?

Mr. Marquand

Yes, Sir. The output of new vehicles is increasing rapidly.