Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Tricycles on 18th March 1987.
Mr. Carter-Jones Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many (a) new and (b) good condition second-hand tricycles are available in his Department; what plans his Department has for their disposal; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Major There are no new invalid three-wheelers available in England. The last contract for the purchase of these vehicles was completed in April 1978.
On 1 March 1987 there were 1,023 invalid three-wheelers in good condition available for re-issue. The Department also has some 1,100 vehicles around the country which are kept in reserve for the use of three-wheeler drivers when those they have on permanent loan are off the road.
The future of these vehicles is a matter which we shall be considering over coming months.