HC Deb 25 July 1960 vol 627 c94W
83. Mr. Driberg

asked the Minister of Health to what extent new ambulances are equipped internally in accordance with standards laid down by his Department; whether the practical experience of ambulance workers is taken into account in the provision and design of such equipment; and whether qualified industrial designers are employed for this purpose.

Miss Pitt

My information is that most local health authorities have equipped their ambulances in accordance with guidance given by the Ministry following the advice of a Working Party half of whose members had practical experience of ambulance work; and all authorities have the advice of their own ambulance staff to draw on. While I do not know the extent to which manufacturers employ qualified industrial designers, I understand that they maintain contact with ambulance authorities and carry out considerable research in the design of equipment.