§ 47. Mr. Townsend
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when his Department is going to extend the range of wheelchairs, supplied as part of the mobility help provided for severely disabled people, to include an occupant-controlled powered outdoor model.
§ Mr. Alfred Morris
the Government's priority in the field of outdoor mobility is the phasing in of the mobility allowance, and there are no present plans for my Department to provide powered wheelchairs of this type. Most of these wheelchairs are available on hire purchase or rental terms which should bring them within reach of mobility allowance recipients, if they choose to use the allowance in this way.