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Disabled Drivers' Allowance

Volume 888: debated on Wednesday 19 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many gallons of standard grade petrol could be bought with the disabled driver's fuel allowance when it was first introduced; and how many gallons it will buy at present.

About 20 and 14 respectively. The present £10 allowance was intended specifically to relieve drivers of invalid vehicles from the effect of the increase in VAT introduced last November as an energy conservation measure; it is equal to the additional tax on about 120 gallons.