HC Deb 08 November 1977 vol 938 cc54-5W
Mr. Ashley

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his estimate of the expenditure, excluding administrative costs, at November 1977 prices on the invalid vehicle service in, respectively, 1973–74 and 1977–78.

Mr. Alfred Morris,

pursuant to his reply[Official Report26th October 1977; Vol. 936, c.730],gave the following information:

I regret that the information, in the precise form requested, is not available without disproportionate cost. The following information may, however, be of help to my hon. Friend:

Excluding administrative costs, expenditure on the provision and maintenance of three-wheelers and cars and the payment of the private car allowance in the 1973–74 financial year, revalued at January 1977 prices, was approximately £12.5 million.

It is estimated that expenditure in the 1977–78 financial year on the same aspects of the vehicle service and on mobility allowance will be of the order of £27.8 million. Of this sum, about £11.8 million will be spent on the vehicle service.

Expenditure on mobility allowance will increase further in 1978–79.