§ Captain Kerby
asked the Minister of Health why he has raised the annual allowance for war pensioners and others using cars supplied by the health departments by £15 a year, whereas the grant for eligible owner-drivers has been raised by £7 a year only; and if he will increase this latter sum to £15 forthwith.
§ Mr. K. Robinson
Those who use cars supplied by the Health Departments, do not have to pay vehicle excise duty and insurance premiums. Owner drivers are themselves responsible for these payments, except that some were excepted from payment of vehicle excise duty by section 11 of the Finance Act, 1964. The annual allowances reflect these differences.
The allowance to owner-drivers was increased by £22 abated by £15—the amount of the vehicle excise duty—in the case of those now exempted from payment of the duty.