HC Deb 20 March 1967 vol 743 cc1041-2
7. Mr. Marten

asked the Minister of Health if he will issue suitably adapted small cars to haemophiliacs; and if he will make a statement.

44. Mr. Scott

asked the Minister of Health whether he will extend the categories of disabled persons now eligible for a small car instead of an invalid tricycle to include severe haemophiliacs.

Mr. Snow

I would refer the hon. Members to my right hon. Friend's statement on 15th February. [Vol. 741, c. 523–31.]

Mr. Marten

Would not the Minister agree that haemophilia is in a class by itself from other disabilities, in that a bump which might easily occur in a tricycle, and not so easily in a four-wheeled car, can bring on internal haemorrhage? Since the number of haemophiliacs with tricycles is very small—I believe 61—may I ask the hon. Gentleman to look again at this limited and exceptional class of person?

Mr. Snow

Yes, Sir. I will certainly look at the matter. However, it is only fair that I should mention that my right hon. Friend received representations on this and other special categories of people prior to making his announcement on 15th February. I should also point out that, when my right hon. Friend has the necessary powers, and provided the finance is forthcoming in the National Health Service, he proposes to take a substantial step forward in the provision of vehicles.

Dr. Winstanley

If the Minister is unable to issue suitably adapted cars to haemophiliacs, will he consider making grants to these people so that they can make suitable adaptations to their own cars?

Mr. Snow

I should like to examine that suggestion. There are facilities for special grants to be made to certain categories, but I will look into the matter.