HC Deb 17 May 1976 vol 911 cc427-8W
Mr. Onslow

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the current annual cost to public funds, including depreciation, of supplying a disabled person with one of his Department's invalid three-wheel vehicles.

Mr. Alfred Morris

Apart from the capital outlay on new vehicles for first applicants as well as for replacements, the Department reissues a substantial number of vehicles each year and meets the cost of repairs and maintenance including the reserve fleet, insurance, driving instruction and petrol tax allowance. Expressed as a unit cost per three-wheeler driver in England at 30th September 1975, expenditure during the 1975–76 financial year was £365. This excludes administration costs which are not separately recorded.

Mrs. Chalker

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what representations he has received about the withdrawal of eligibility for cars from disabled mothers and haemophiliacs.

Mr. Alfred Morris

I would refer the hon. Lady to my reply to the hon. Member for Exeter (Mr. Hannam) on 27th April.—[Vol. 910, c.74.]

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