asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the net cost of implementing the private car allowance in place of conversion grants, etc. what part of this cost was due to certain recipients obtaining more money: and what part was due to some people currently in receipt of a tricycle waiving this right and accepting the PCA instead.
Information in the form requested is not available. The cost of car conversion grants in 1971–72, the last year that they were payable, was £90,063; the cost of the private car allowances in 1972–73, the year of their introduction, was £930,408. In 1972–73 about 1,000 three-wheeler users gave up their vehicles in favour of the private car allowance.