§ Mr. Madden
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the average delay in carrying out repairs by her Department's authorised repair service for electrically-driven indoor wheelchairs.
§ Mr. Alfred Morris
As both the extent of repairs needed and the volume of work on hand at individual approved repairers are so variable, it is not possible to give a meaningful reply. In most instances, a reserve vehicle will be offered for use while the repairs are being carried out.
I expect the question of unacceptable delays in carrying out repairs will be one of the subjects to be considered by a new liaison group which has recently been set up to look into possible improvements in the running of the invalid vehicle repair service.