About 140 in the areas covered by Manchester and Liverpool artificial limb and appliance centres. Apart from three instances which pose special problems, no client is without a vehicle as a consequence. This is because stocks of replacement vehicles are held for issue in such cases.
Will my hon. Friend inform the House whether the service in the North-West is improving or deteriorating? Will he also tell the House how the North-West compares with other regions? Does he recognise that when vehicles are off the road considerable problems are caused to disabled people?
I shall be in touch with my hon. Friend about the detailed comparisons that he has requested. I stress that the problem is one of spare parts, not spare vehicles. Of the 140 disabled drivers whose vehicles are off the road, 137 have alternative vehicles. I shall keep in mind what my hon. Friend said.
Is my hon. Friend aware that a large number of voluntary organisations in the North-West are not happy about the figures that have been given? I know that he will look at this matter most carefully. Is he further aware that voluntary organisations in the North-West disagree with the Department about the figures issued for the North-West?
The figures that I have given are those officially available to me. I am prepared to contact my hon. Friend and to go through with him any differences that there may be regarding the statistics.