Invalid Cars

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th August 1966.

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Photo of Mr John Hynd Mr John Hynd , Sheffield, Attercliffe 12:00 am, 8th August 1966

asked the Minister of Health whether he will state the number of complaints concerning the functioning of the Morris 1000 invalid cars supplied to disabled persons; and what steps he is taking to ensure the provision of satisfactory vehicles.

Photo of Mr Charles Loughlin Mr Charles Loughlin , Gloucestershire West

Complaints about these cars are rare and my right hon. Friend is satisfied with their performance as invalid vehicles.

Photo of Mr John Hynd Mr John Hynd , Sheffield, Attercliffe

Does the Minister accept that if they are rare, the majority must have occurred in or around my constituency, as I have had repeated complaints, some of which I have drawn to his attention? Will he look carefully to make sure that a satisfactory service is given by these cars?

Photo of Mr Charles Loughlin Mr Charles Loughlin , Gloucestershire West

I am rather surprised. One particular case was raised with me by the hon. Gentleman, but I ought to make it clear that the Morris 1000 has proved a very reliable vehicle as far as we are concerned. I think that most of us who have bought cars could accept that occasionally there is a bad vehicle. No matter what happens we may come across what I call a "rogue elephant" car from the motor car industry. We are doing whatever we possibly can to see that the manufacturers attend to the problems on this particular vehicle.