Results 1–20 of 33 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Bambos Charalambous

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Rosindell. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for High Peak (Ruth George) on securing this important debate. The issue of properly funded, decent childcare has a huge impact on families in my constituency and across the country. It would be good to be able to welcome the Government’s actions on that and their commitment to 30...

Finance Bill: Business Investment Relief (11 Oct 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: One of the strange anomalies in our tax system over the years has been the framework constructed to enable non-doms to avoid paying tax in the United Kingdom. The outdated concept of tax exemption for non-doms, which I understand dates back to 1799, is not fit for purpose in the 21st century. It takes no account of the mobility of the rich and their ability to shift wealth across...

Uk Plans for Leaving the EU (9 Oct 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: In her statement, the Prime Minister referred to a post-Brexit United Kingdom as being an independent trading nation. Can she explain how that will apply to just-in-time manufacturing in the United Kingdom?

Autism Diagnosis — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (13 Sep 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: I very much welcome the Minister’s admission that things are not as they should be and that these are real issues affecting real people. The data are very much to be welcomed and we look forward to their publication in 2019. Transparency and consistency are absolutely vital in this service. I am also very interested in the findings of any inspections by the CQC and Ofsted. Commissioners...

Autism Diagnosis — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (13 Sep 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: I beg to move, That this House has considered a waiting time standard for autism diagnosis. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth. During the last general election campaign, I attended a hustings in Enfield, Southgate organised by the local branch of the National Autistic Society. Following that meeting, and after further discussions with constituents and others on...

Autism Diagnosis — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (13 Sep 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: My hon. Friend makes a valid point: consistency is required across the range.

Autism Diagnosis — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (13 Sep 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: The hon. Gentleman makes a very good point; I will be referring to the requirement of additional resources later. Autism usually first manifests itself in young children: four to five years old is the average age at which it is diagnosed, with girls being diagnosed later and less frequently than boys. Some people are not diagnosed until they are adults, after which they are then able to make...

Autism Diagnosis — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (13 Sep 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point about the need to support families and carers, and it sounds as though Aim Higher is doing a fantastic job in her constituency. I congratulate it on doing a much-needed job.

Autism Diagnosis — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (13 Sep 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: Support early on is very much needed, and I thank my hon. Friend for making that point. In the early years, when parents and carers are trying to make sense of the situation, it is essential that they get the support they need from other agencies and that that is provided for.

Autism Diagnosis — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (13 Sep 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. One of the areas I referred to previously was the need for the 2009 Act to be reviewed by the Secretary of State. Perhaps that is the way forward, but I await the Minister’s response.

Autism Diagnosis — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (13 Sep 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: I thank the right hon. Lady for that helpful intervention; we look forward to seeing how that progresses. The autism diagnostic assessment should start within three months of referral to the autistic team. That standard was set by independent experts, and for good reason. It is a fact that autistic people who are not diagnosed early enough are also highly likely to develop other...

Autism Diagnosis — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (13 Sep 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: The hon. Gentleman makes an excellent point. The NICE guidelines are drawn up by experts who are qualified in their field, and it is only with the collaboration of the experts that the guidelines are set. They are set by experts and should be strictly adhered to. The delay between referral and diagnosis not only causes more potential harm to children, but leads to untold stress and anxiety...

Autism Diagnosis — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (13 Sep 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: The right hon. Member for North Norfolk (Norman Lamb) makes a good point about the need for proper assessment of when the final diagnosis is actually made. It may not be at the first appointment; more than one appointment may be needed before the final diagnosis is established. It is absolutely vital that these diagnoses are made as soon as possible.

Autism Diagnosis — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (13 Sep 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: My hon. Friend makes the excellent point that the delay in diagnosing autism leads to further economic and social concerns that may have an adverse impact on society in general. That point was very well made. NICE also has a quality standard for adults with autism, which again recommends that people should have a diagnostic assessment within three months of referral. NICE’s rationale...

Autism Diagnosis — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (13 Sep 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. Sometimes the private assessment is not recognised by the local CCG, so referral does not take place as planned, leading to more stress on families and children. I have enormous sympathy with her constituent who has faced that situation. We all know that the early years of a child’s life are so vital for their long-term development. If a child...

Autism Diagnosis — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (13 Sep 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. Other additional conditions can develop, and suicidal tendencies are one of them. Other mental health conditions can similarly manifest themselves in young people in particular. I congratulate her on looking at that research.

Autism Diagnosis — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (13 Sep 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. Sometimes the behaviours for autism in women and girls are not picked up as much as they are in boys, because they do not always display the behaviours that would lead someone to detect autism. I wish her constituent well for the future. The lengthy delay in diagnosis can lead not only to the development of further secondary conditions to autism, but...

Princess Royal Hospital Telford: UK Nationals in the EU: Rights — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (12 Sep 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Streeter. In August, I visited Cyprus, where my parents were born. During my visit I had the pleasure of meeting the British high commissioner. I was surprised to learn from him that more than 40,000 UK citizens live in Cyprus, which, as hon. Members will be aware, is an EU member. Some of those 40,000 citizens are retired people who have...

Princess Royal Hospital Telford: UK Nationals in the EU: Rights — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (12 Sep 2017)

Bambos Charalambous: I am in total accord with my hon. Friend’s very good point. People who have been resident in the UK for many years have received deportation letters. One of my constituents received such a letter after being resident for more than 20 years. The argument that the Prime Minister and her team would be able to negotiate a better deal for UK citizens living in EU countries is fanciful at...


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