§ Mr. Hannam
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people have (a) a powered and (b) a non-powered wheelchair on loan from the Department of Health and Social Security at the latest date for which figures are available.
§ Mr. Major
At 31 March 1987, 461,806 non-powered wheelchairs and 19,994 powered wheelchairs, were on issue through the Department's wheelchair service. These figures do not accord exactly with the number of people who have a wheelchair on loan because some patients have more than one chair. No central figures of actual patient numbers are available.