HC Deb 23 October 1967 vol 751 cc1331-2
22. Mr. Winnick

asked the Minister of Health if he will now make a further statement on progress made in providing vehicles for those handicapped people needing them.

Mr. Snow

Over 2,600 vehicles have been provided for disabled people since 1st January. This includes 700 motor cars and 104 of these are the result of the improvements my right hon. Friend announced in February.

Mr. Winnick

I appreciate the progress which has been made, but does not my hon. Friend accept that there is still much personal hardship among disabled people who require such vehicles but who even now cannot get them?

Mr. Snow

I agree, but in point of fact my right hon. Friend has said that he will be introducing legislation on this subject in the forthcoming session.

Mr. Raphael Tuck

Is anything being done about the difficulty that many of these people have of getting their chair into the boot of the car which is provided?

Mr. Snow

Research into the design of the vehicles and chairs is being carried on.

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