§ Mr. Wood
asked the Minister of Pensions to state the steps being taken to reduce the long time-lag in the delivery of motor-propelled tricycles; the present time now taken to effect delivery from date of order; the date on which the new all-weather protected models will be available; and the expected rate of deliveries.
§ Mr. Marquand
The steps being taken, in consultation with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Works, who is responsible for the supply of these machines, are to increase the number of contracting firms and, where possible, to expand the productive capacity of existing contractors. The time taken to complete an order varies according to the requirements of the disabled person; at present where there are no special features the period is eight to ten months. I am glad to be able to say that the first deliveries of the new all-weather machines will be made before the end of this month. Thereafter, deliveries can be expected in increasing numbers.