Clause 1

Autism Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:15 pm on 13th May 2009.

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Duty to record and provide information on the number of children with autism

Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Cheryl Gillan Cheryl Gillan Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

In the course of negotiations, the Government and the Ministers involved, who are present, have given the reassurances that we need and, indeed, made some great steps forward. I do not intend to speak at length or at all on clauses 1 to 3, if that is any help to the Committee.

Photo of Roger Gale Roger Gale Conservative, North Thanet

That is clearly helpful to the Committee. If the hon. Lady wishes to make any all-embracing remarks in relation to clauses 1 to 3, I am perfectly happy to allow her to do so.

Photo of Cheryl Gillan Cheryl Gillan Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

I am grateful, Mr. Gale, but I do not want to delay the Committee. I am pleased to put on record that the Government have responded correctly. If the Bill gets to the next stage, we shall have further opportunities on Report and Third Reading.

Question put and negatived.

Clause 1 accordingly disagreed to.

Clauses 2 to 7 disagreed to.

Photo of Roger Gale Roger Gale Conservative, North Thanet

We need to leave clause 8 in the Bill.

Clause 8 ordered to stand part of the Bill.