HC Deb 20 July 1977 vol 935 c1809

1.28 a.m.

Mr. Keith Speed (Ashford)

I beg leave to present a petition to the House containing 429 signatures of constituents and those living near my constituency on behalf of the Tenterden and District branch of the Kent Association for the Disabled. The petition calls upon the Secretary of State for Social Services to promote policies and propose such necessary legislation as will:

  1. "(a) immediately guarantee the right of continued independent mobility to current invalid tricycle drivers when the supply of tricycles is exhausted, in order to allay their great anxiety for the future;
  2. (b) restore immediately the option of a suitably adapted car or an invalid tricycle to new applicants for mobility assistance under the powers granted to the Secretary of State for the Social Services by section 33 of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968;
  3. (c) actively promote projects to design and produce specialised vehicles which will enable an increasing number of severely disabled people to enjoy independent mobility;".
It calls for the promotion of: a total policy on mobility which will ensure that a choice is available to severely disabled between a mobility allowance set at a level which will enable the purchase and maintenance of appliances that they need, the issue of a specialised vehicle or the issue of a suitably adapted car; which policy should be implemented with all possible urgency. It ends: And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray".

To lie upon the Table.

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