Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Wheelchairs on 10th April 1987.
Mr. Hannam Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people have (a) a powered and (b) a non-powered wheelchair on loan from the Department of Health and Social Security at the latest date for which figures are available.
Mr. Major At 31 March 1987, 461,806 non-powered wheelchairs and 19,994 powered wheelchairs, were on issue through the Department’s wheelchair service. These figures do not accord exactly with the number of people who have a wheelchair on loan because some patients have more than one chair. No central figures of actual patient numbers are available.