Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:19 pm on 29th March 2018.

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Photo of Anne-Marie Trevelyan Anne-Marie Trevelyan Conservative, Berwick-upon-Tweed 1:19 pm, 29th March 2018

Every time we have a debate on autism, we bring the issue forward, as Mr Sheerman pointed out.

As someone who has family experience of this—my wonderful 18-year-old son, who has been through the mill, has Asperger’s—constituents are starting to contact me and come and talk to me. They are stepping out into the light and saying, “How do I cope?” Having these debates is genuinely giving confidence to families, particularly mothers, to ask for help and ask how they might find support. As ever, I add my continued gratitude to my right hon. Friend Dame Cheryl Gillan for all the work she is doing.