§ Mr. Carter-Jones
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what representations he has received regarding unsatisfactory ambulances for injured people; what plans he has for producing improved ambulances; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Alison
Ambulances have been criticised because they use chassis designed primarily for commercial vehicles. Currently my Department, with the Greater London Council and the Scottish Home and Health Department, is sponsoring a research project into ambulance ride characteristics by the Motor Industry Research Association. It is hoped that this research will help to identify possible improvements in ambulance vehicles. Recently, my right hon. Friend issued guidance to ambulance authorities on the relative suitability of the chassis currently available and used by ambulance authorities, based on advice from the Ambulance Services Advisory Committee.