HC Deb 15 October 1976 vol 917 cc251-2W
Mr. Carter-Jones

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services to what extent his Department is able to test and evaluate the efficiency of wheelchairs; if he is satisfied with the effectiveness of his Department in this field; and if he will make a staement.

Mr. Alfred Morris

At Blackpool my Department now has wheelchair testing facilities which are unique in the United Kingdom. Most normal user conditions can be simulated. Research and development work is supplemented by field user trials. These trials are facilitated by the direct link with clients which is a feature of wheelchair supply arrangements. My technological staff, particularly at the higher levels, has been very considerably strengthened in recent years and maintains close liaison with academic institutions concerned with wheelchair design as well as with manufacturers. There is considerable medical involvement, which is also on a greater scale than ever before.