To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services when a definitive reply can be expected to the representations made by the right hon. Member for Manchester, Wythenshawe concerning the decision to issue the Andrews McLaren occasional-use pushchair; if he will summarise the adverse comments from disabled people about the chair following its field trials; and if he will make a statement.
I have received a letter on this subject from the right hon. Member which I have passed to the chairman of the Disablement Services Authority. The right hon. Member will be aware that that authority has full responsibility for the supply of wheelchairs for disabled people within the National Health Service. I am confident that the chairman of the authority will reply fully to him shortly.