asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) if the group which is studying the possibility of commuting the mobility allowance includes any member of his Department;(2) when he expects to receive the report from the Central Council for the Disabled on the feasibility of commuting the mobility allowance.
Discussions with the Central Council for the Disabled are not concerned with commutation as such, but with various possible ways by which mobility allowance beneficiaries might be helped to use their allowance to obtain transport appropriate to their needs. A number of my officials are involved in the discussions. I cannot yet say when conclusions are likely to be reached.
Figures for the gipsy population in each county are necessarily only an estimate based on information received form time to time from local authorities and gipsy organizations. The latest figures available show the following position: