HC Deb 11 June 2002 vol 386 cc1227-8W
Dr. Fox

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much the NHS has spent on the provision of electrically-powered indoor/outdoor wheelchairs in each year since 1997; [27351]

(2) how many people have utilised NHS vouchers as part-payment for powered wheelchairs in each year since 1997; [27350]

(3) how many electrically powered indoor/outdoor wheelchairs have been made available in each year since 1997. [27348]

Jacqui Smith

Pursuant to her reply of 22 January 2002,Official Report, column 763W: I regret that my previous reply was incorrect. It should read:

Expenditure on electrically powered indoor/outdoor wheelchairs (EPIOCs) are as follows.

Expenditure on powered indoor/outdoor wheelchairs—England £000
1997–98 6,428
1998–99 8,099
1999–2000 6,892
2000–01 8,803

Figures are not collected centrally for numbers of vouchers issued separated into manual wheelchairs and EPIOCs.

The following table gives the only data available centrally. A number of these figures are incomplete (as annotated):

England 1997–98 1998–99 1999–2000 2000–01
Number of powered wheelchairs issued 4,464 4,033 3,388 3,2792
Number of vouchers issued for wheelchairs 5601 5,0102 6,305 6,2502
1Collection of data was not mandatory
2Incomplete figure (one return missing)