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Lord Touhig: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many teachers in England have received training on educating children and young people with autism.
Lord Touhig: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that all teachers are trained in understanding and educating children and young people with autism.
Lord Touhig: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Henley on 27 November (HL Deb, col 485), what precisely was revised in 1998 in respect of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998.
Lord Touhig: My Lords, there is evidence that schoolchildren with disability and autism are excluded by many of their peers throughout their school lives and teachers are often not equipped to be able to help and resolve problems. What are the Government doing to ensure that that experience does not continue when those young people enter higher education?
Lord Touhig: My Lords, my noble friend Lord Murphy of Torfaen has referred to our shared educational experience at St Francis School in the Welsh mining village of Abersychan, a village of less than 7,000 people that produced several Members of Parliament, some of whom ended up in the House of Lords. Among the Members of Parliament, there was a Secretary of State for Wales, a Secretary of State for...
Lord Touhig: To ask Her Majesty's Government what specific training measures are in place to enable work coaches to advise, assess, and support people with (1) learning disabilities, (2) autism, and (3) other forms of disability, to make a claim for Universal Credit.
Lord Touhig: To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they provide to local authorities for the provision of social care to Universal Credit claimants who have (1) a learning disability, (2) autism, and (3) other forms of disability.
Lord Touhig: To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the consultation on their Green Paper Work, Health and Disability: Improving Lives, published in October 2016, what timescale they have established for halving the disability employment gap.
Lord Touhig: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps are being taken to ensure that people with (1) learning disabilities, (2) autism, and (3) other forms of disability, can easily access the online application process for Universal Credit.
Lord Touhig: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether people with (1) learning disabilities, (2) autism, and (3) other forms of disability, will have the opportunity to make a claim for Universal Credit in person.
Lord Touhig: My Lords, I join other colleagues in thanking my noble friend Lord Watson for securing this debate. The issues we are considering tonight are not new. More than 20 years ago, I remember reading some research which showed that in the United States, 80% of people in work had been back in a classroom-learning situation since leaving education. The figure was 56% in Germany and Japan, and barely...
Lord Touhig: My Lords, I introduced a Bill to protect whistleblowers but it did not succeed. Later, my Conservative colleague and friend Richard Shepherd succeeded with the then Public Interest Disclosure Bill. It was a great step forward but no longer protects whistleblowers as it should. It should be revised. Why will the Government not do so?
Lord Touhig: My Lords, the Minister will remember the comments made last week by my noble friend Lord Low of Dalston and myself about the impact of universal credit on people with disabilities and autism. I am sure she will be familiar with it because I have also tabled some Questions. Can we live in hope that there will now be something positive to benefit people with disabilities and autism, because we...
Lord Touhig: My Lords, I too was stopped in the corridor by my noble friend Lady Hollis, who urged me to take part in this debate. I will not go into any detail about our conversation, but she could teach my noble friend Lord McAvoy—a former Deputy Chief Whip in the other House—a thing or two about effective persuasion. In July 2012, in a report, Disability and Universal Credit, the noble Baroness,...
Lord Touhig: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the social care needs of working-age disabled adults distinct from the care needs of people over the age of 65.
Lord Touhig: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 18 October (HL Deb, col 616), what steps they are taking to record hate crimes against people with learning difficulties and autism separately from crimes against people with other disabilities.
Lord Touhig: My Lords, police data on disability hate crime does not discriminate between offences against people with learning difficulties and autism and all other disabilities, yet research shows that more than 70% of people with learning disabilities and autism experience hate crime. Does the Minister agree that we need to record these offences differently if we are to combat them effectively?
Lord Touhig: My Lords, the Minister was right when he said that I had some responsibility for the 2006 Act. I introduced the Bill, but I can take no credit for its passing because, before it did so, the then Prime Minister rang me to award me the DCM—“Don’t Come Monday”—and I was no longer a Minister, so I never actually saw the Bill through. Nevertheless, I was responsible for introducing it. I...
Lord Touhig: My Lords, Amendment 7, if accepted, would afford the Government the opportunity to enhance the value of the Armed Forces covenant annual report. The Government deserve credit for the full implementation of the covenant and for ensuring that there is an annual report. The report shines a light on the way this country treats those who put their lives on the line to defend our freedom. It is...
Lord Touhig: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his reply. I do not have the copper-bottomed “will” that I sought, but in this case I have to say “near enough is good enough” and I will therefore withdraw my amendment. Amendment 7 withdrawn. Amendment 8 not moved.