§ 40 and 41. Mr. Simmons
asked the Minister of Health (1) how many disabled persons have been supplied with motor cars since the responsibility for their supply was transferred to his Department;
§ (2) how many disabled persons, other than those with a double leg amputation, one above the knee, have been supplied with motor cars because of severe disabilities since the responsibility for their supply was transferred to his Department.
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
In total 91 cars have been issued, 76 of which were provided for pensioners who were not double amputation cases.
§ Mr. Simmons
Is the Minister satisfied that he has now sufficient cars to meet the real needs of these men? Have there been any cars ordered and supplied from the makers since the merger between the two Ministries, and are they still granted only to ex-Service amputees and patients?
§ Mr. Macleod
The qualifications have not altered since the previous arrangements or, indeed, since the previous Government were in office. The main point is that all applications which qualify have been met, although sometimes there is a delay of not more than a week or two before delivery.
§ Mr. Chetwynd
Can the right hon. Gentleman give the figures for ex-Service men and for National Health cases?