HC Deb 07 March 1946 vol 420 cc112-3W
78. Mr. Oldfield

asked the Minister of Pensions the number of new type motor propelled tricycles supplied at State cost to legless war pensioners; the present monthly rate of production; the numbers of legless pensioners still on the waiting list for such tricycles; and the present time lag between authorisation of issue of tricycles and date of delivery.

Mr. Wilfred Paling

The preliminary work of perfecting the new motor propelled tricycles and putting them through all practical tests has been completed and contracts have been placed for quantity production. New machines should be available in small numbers by the beginning of April. Thereafter production should steadily improve. There are about 130 pensioners, including legless, on the waiting list, but for some of them specially built machines of another type are on order and should be delivered shortly. The time lag between authorisation and delivery of tricycles specially adapted to take motors varies considerably, but the period has been reduced during recent months by about one-half. When full production of the new machines is achieved, the period between authorisation and delivery should be a matter of only two or three weeks.

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