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Mentally Handicapped Persons (Concessionary Fares)

Volume 972: debated on Tuesday 30 October 1979

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asked the Minister of Transport what guidance he has given to local authorities in relation to the granting of concessionary fares to mentally handicapped persons under the provisions of section 138 of the Transport Act 1968.

None. The Transport Act 1968 does not enable local authorities to give concessions to mentally handicapped people. Local social services authorities in England and Wales have powers to offer such concessions under section 29 of the National Assistance Act 1948 and advice to that effect has been issued by the Department of Health and Social Security.