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Hospital Car Service

Volume 888: debated on Thursday 13 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the rate of payment for mileage allowed to members of the voluntary hospital car service ; when this was last increased ; and if she will now consider raising the amount.

Hospital car service drivers in the Greater London area are entitled to mileage allowances at the rate of 7·2p per mile for cars of up to 1399 cc and 7·8p per mile for cars exceeding 1399 cc. Elsewhere, the rates are 6·6p and 7·1p per mile respectively. The last increase took effect from 20th December 1974. In addition, drivers who garage their cars in the former London County Council area and who complete 500 miles in a quarter receive a supplement at the rate of £12 per annum.My Department keeps the rates of allowance under constant review.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the total mileage driven by members of the voluntary hospital car service in the London area during 1972, 1973 and 1974.

The annual total mileages in the Greater London area were: 1972, 1,343,949 ; 1973, 1,586,287 ; 1974, 1,516,846.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many persons were members of the voluntary hospital car service in the Greater London area during 1972, 1973 and 1974.

The average numbers in each of the years in question were: 1972, 162 ; 1973, 184 ; 1974, 178