asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what developments have now taken place regarding the research on the swivel-walker which is being undertaken at Salford; and if she will make a full statement on the present position;(2) if she will indicate the production arrangements for the swivel-walker which has been developed at Salford; and if she will make a statement.
The development of swivel-walkers is part of a programme of research into appliances to help people with complex neuro-muscular disorders. The progress of this important project is discussed with the research team from time to time. Following the most recent meeting I am glad to inform my hon. Friend that it has been decided to continue financial support for a further three years from 1st October 1975. One design of swivel-walker has been in production for about two years; we are now preparing production drawings and specifications for a more advanced version of the aid.