HC Deb 18 March 1970 vol 798 c367
3. Miss Harvie Anderson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will undertake a review of the arrangements for grants for converting privately-owned cars for the disabled so that persons without arms and who have passed the driving test may qualify for grant.

The Joint Under-Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. Bruce Millan)

My Department is reviewing the criteria for assessing eligibility for invalid transport in conjunction with the Department of Health and Social Security, and the needs of persons without arms are being considered among others.

Miss Harvie Anderson

I am almost overwhelmed by that Answer, which was a more encouraging Answer than I had expected. Will the Joint Under-Secretary bear in mind that, so far as is known, there are only three cases other than the case of my constituent, Mr. Kenneth Aitkenhead, in the country and that one of those, who lives south of the Border, has already been given a grant of £90 towards the conversion of his own vehicle?

Mr. Millan

I agree that there is only a small number of cases, although it is rather higher than the hon. Lady indicated. This category has to be considered in relation to a number of other deserving categories.