HC Deb 14 May 1981 vol 4 cc332-3W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will estimate the increase in the total cost of grants for maintenance and upkeep of private cars to those war disabled pensioners compelled to use them if a proportional element were to be included for the 20p a gallon increase in petrol tax; and whether he will increase the grants in such a way.

Mr. Rossi

Because the Department's records do not separately identify war pensioners eligible for help under the war pensioners' vehicle scheme who provide their own car through choice and those who do so because of the unsuitability of any of the models in the Department's range, it is not possible to reply to the first part of the hon. Member's question. As to the second part, I refer the hon. Member to my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Abingdon (Mr. Benyon) on 8 May.—[Vol. 4, c.166.]