§ 52. Mr. E. Johnson
asked the Minister of Health if he will seek powers to provide a small car for married couples instead of two powered tricycles in cases 928 where both husband and wife are eligible for, or have already been provided with, such tricycles by his Department.
§ Mr. Johnson
Is it not the case that there must be very few married couples indeed who each have an individual powered tricycle? Would not the cost of replacing them by a small car be very small? Is it not quite absurd to see two people setting out on a journey together each on a separate tricycle when they might go in a small car with no greater loss to public funds?
§ Mr. Marshall
In view of the questions which have been put to my hon. Friend, could she say how much this proposal would cost?
§ 53. Mr. K. Robinson
asked the Minister of Health if he will take steps to arrange for the gradual replacement of power-propelled tricycles provided for National Health Service patients by two-seater cars as supplied to the war-disabled; and what would be the aggregate cost.
§ Mr. Robinson
Is the hon. Lady not aware that the Minister's predecessor expressed a wish that this extension of provision should be made at some time? Is she aware that the provision of the single-seater tricycles frequently leads to domestic difficulties, particularly in the case of seriously disabled mothers with children, whom they can never take out? Will she indicate whether this proposal has any priority in her Department?
§ Mr. S. Silverman
Could the hon. Lady explain a little further one of the previous answers she gave? I understood her to say at one point that the difficulty was that cars were reserved for war pensioners but at another point she seemed to be saying that it was better to have two tricycles than one car. Why, then, penalise the war pensioners?