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Invalid Tricycle Repairers

Volume 958: debated on Tuesday 14 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will consider taking steps to provide compensation for those invalid tricycle repairers who, having invested to maintain a good service for the disabled drivers of Invacars, will be forced out of business by the decline of Invacars under the present policy.

No firm is guaranteed any specific level of business or remuneration. While they are appointed as officially approved repairers of our vehicles, whether and to what extent firms specialise in this type of work is entirely their decision. Thus compensation would be inappropriate.The Department always tries to keep firms in touch with developments and they were given early notification of our plans to phase out the three-wheeler. There are clear indications that reductions in repairs will occur gradually over a period of several years.