Invalid Tricycles (Disabled Civilians)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Railways – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 31st July 1957.

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Photo of Mr Fenner Brockway Mr Fenner Brockway , Eton and Slough 12:00 am, 31st July 1957

I am sure that reply will have been heard with disappointment on all sides of the House. While welcoming the fact that disabled ex-Service men get free transport for their motorised tricycles, may I ask if the needs of polio victims and victims of injuries are not just as great? Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the cost of transport of these tricycles for a single journey is actually more than the cost of an ordinary passenger's ticket? Cannot the Minister at least enable this to be done once a year for a return journey for a holiday for these people?