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Invalid Vehicles

Volume 887: debated on Thursday 6 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she will undertake a study of the methods employed by the Dutch medical service of providing handicapped people with four-wheeled cars as a means of enabling them to obtain employment and rehabilitation into the community.

I am aware of the arrangements in Holland, but as the Government's policy is to introduce a cash mobility allowance for drivers and non-drivers alike, and not to extend the provision of cars, the cost and manpower required for a detailed further study would not be justified.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what plans she has to extend the choice of invalid carriages available to the disabled.

None at present. The standard range of petrol and electric invalid carriages provides easy access, a variety of seating positions and over 50 variations of control systems. Even where none of these meets a disabled person's needs, special modifications can sometimes be made. If my hon. Friend is aware of a case where he feels that more might be done to meet individual needs, and will send me details, I shall be pleased to have it looked into.