§ 77. Sir I. Fraser
asked the Minister of Pensions if he will increase the allowance for motorcars and initiate an allowance for motor chairs used by war pensioners to meet the cost of motoring as a result of the proposed increases of tax.
§ 78. Mr. Chetwynd
asked the Minister of Pensions whether he will grant an additional allowance to pensioners in receipt of motorcars or motor-propelled tricycles to compensate for the increased cost of petrol.
The present allowance of £52 10s. a year represents a substantial contribution by the Government towards the maintenance and running costs of motorcars supplied to war pensioners. I am not convinced that in the present circumstances an increase in the allowance is warranted nor would I be justified in initiating an allowance for war pensioners using motor chairs, which are maintained by the Ministry.