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Autism and ADHD Assessments — [Yvonne Fovargue in the Chair] (6 Feb 2023)

Elliot Colburn: I do not want to detain Members much longer, as we have had a long debate. I thank the Minister for being so honest and up front about the scale of the challenge. I know that is greatly appreciated. The scale of the challenge has also been felt throughout the huge range of contributions we heard. I am grateful to the hon. Member for Enfield, Southgate (Bambos Charalambous), my hon. Friend...

Autism and ADHD Assessments — [Yvonne Fovargue in the Chair] (6 Feb 2023)

Elliot Colburn: I beg to move, That this House has considered e-petitions 589667 and 597840, relating to assessments for autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Fovargue. Let me begin by reading out the prayer of the petitions. Petition 589677 reads: “The Government should create an emergency fund to deal with the massive waiting lists for...

Autism and ADHD Assessments — [Yvonne Fovargue in the Chair] (6 Feb 2023)

Elliot Colburn: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. I am glad that he used the word neurodiversity because I think that that will be a common theme of many of our speeches, along with an understanding of diversity in autism and ADHD diagnoses, which is very important.

Autism and ADHD Assessments — [Yvonne Fovargue in the Chair] (6 Feb 2023)

Elliot Colburn: The Chair of the Health and Social Care Committee is absolutely right and I commend the work that the Committee has done in this area. I look forward to reading its report. Later in my speech, I will cover the wider health effects that waiting times can have on parents and adults waiting for assessments, so I am grateful to him for making us aware of that. When I first agreed to open the...

Autism and ADHD Assessments — [Yvonne Fovargue in the Chair] (6 Feb 2023)

Elliot Colburn: I absolutely agree with the hon. Lady. Many people have said that to me, and I am sure that many other right hon. and hon. Members will say the same. This is a complete waste of opportunity and talent. Indeed, when I met with the TV host Melanie Sykes, that was one of the central things she said to me. This is a wasted opportunity and wasted talent, and we are wasting the lives of young...

Autism and ADHD Assessments — [Yvonne Fovargue in the Chair] (6 Feb 2023)

Elliot Colburn: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend. There are some shocking statistics about the sheer lack of neurodiverse people in the UK workforce. That is nothing to do with people receiving a diagnosis; it has everything to do with the fact that we are wasting that opportunity.

Autism and ADHD Assessments — [Yvonne Fovargue in the Chair] (6 Feb 2023)

Elliot Colburn: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his intervention, and he is absolutely right. The delay in diagnosis also means a delay in treatment. We have debated this topic many times; just last week in this Chamber, my right hon. Friend the Member for Tatton (Esther McVey) led a powerful debate on waiting times. I thank colleagues who have shared their stories individually. I want first to touch on...

Autism and ADHD Assessments — [Yvonne Fovargue in the Chair] (6 Feb 2023)

Elliot Colburn: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for her intervention; she has nicked a later part of my speech. I commend her for the amazing work she does chairing the Women and Equalities Committee, which has done amazing work looking at the impact on women and girls in the equalities space. She is absolutely right, of course. There is a lack of understanding about what ADHD actually is, how it...

Autism and ADHD Assessments — [Yvonne Fovargue in the Chair] (6 Feb 2023)

Elliot Colburn: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. I am sure that just about every Member present has received in their postbag requests for help from people who face delays in accessing EHCPs. That demonstrates the failure in the system, because when parents go through the complaints process, go to the ombudsman or go to a tribunal, the data is clear: between 90% and 100% of cases are found in the...

Autism and ADHD Assessments — [Yvonne Fovargue in the Chair] (6 Feb 2023)

Elliot Colburn: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Of course, that all comes back to the very important point that early intervention and diagnosis are key, because then there is the potential to prevent problems from escalating to crisis point. One of the respondents to the Petitions Committee survey echoed Jess’s story, saying: “My daughter has been waiting almost 4.5 years for an NHS ASD assessment....

Autism and ADHD Assessments — [Yvonne Fovargue in the Chair] (6 Feb 2023)

Elliot Colburn: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. He is absolutely right: more and better training is definitely needed. When diagnosing autism, there is often a big focus on the anxious behaviours that some people display. When a person does not display those behaviours—that template example of what an autistic person looks like—they are unlikely to get a diagnosis. I again thank the petition...

LGBT History Month (2 Feb 2023)

Elliot Colburn: I am sorry if I am about to nick what the Minister is about to say, but next week is National HIV Testing Week. Does he agree that the indicative results from the roll-out pilots, particularly in London, have been very positive, and will he commit the Government to consider rolling out opt-out HIV testing nationwide as soon as humanly possible?

LGBT History Month (2 Feb 2023)

Elliot Colburn: I am sorry if I am about to nick what the Minister is about to say, but next week is National HIV Testing Week. Does he agree that the indicative results from the roll-out pilots, particularly in London, have been very positive, and will he commit the Government to consider rolling out opt-out HIV testing nationwide as soon as humanly possible?

LGBT History Month (2 Feb 2023)

Elliot Colburn: I begin by congratulating my co-chair of the APPG on global LGBT rights, the hon. Member for Wallasey (Dame Angela Eagle), on her excellent opening speech. It is always a pleasure to work with her on the APPG, and I look forward to all the work we will continue to do together in this space. I also thank the Backbench Business Committee for making time for this debate, particularly during...

LGBT History Month (2 Feb 2023)

Elliot Colburn: I am always happy to be commentated on by the hon. Member—but I digress. Despite the absence of laws criminalising same-sex relations, many countries still impose restrictions on LGBT people in other ways. The legal position on homosexuality softened in the 19th century with the more progressive and modern move—some might say—from “punishable by death” to just life imprisonment. The...

LGBT History Month (2 Feb 2023)

Elliot Colburn: The hon. Member makes an excellent point, and I absolutely agree with him.

LGBT History Month (2 Feb 2023)

Elliot Colburn: I agree entirely, and I commend my right hon. Friend for all the work he has done in paving the way for many of us in this place. Let me now turn to some of the UK’s more recent history in this regard. As I said earlier, the decriminalisation of same-sex relationships in the UK finally occurred in 1967. By the turn of the century, LGBT people could serve in the armed forces and the age of...

LGBT History Month (2 Feb 2023)

Elliot Colburn: The hon. Gentleman is right. This was not a euphoric overnight decision in 1967 after which everything was OK; things took much longer. Of course, the circumstances were very different, but the hon. Gentleman has made an important point. I was talking about some of our more recent successes. The passage of the Equality Act 2010 protected LGBT+ people from discrimination, harassment and...

LGBT History Month (2 Feb 2023)

Elliot Colburn: I agree that that is a great disappointment. It also harks back to the point made by the hon. Member for Wallasey about not taking rights for granted, and the fact that the fight for LGBT+ rights does not always move in a linear, A to B direction. There is always a struggle. We have to remember that and always be conscious of it, and the hon. Gentleman has given one such example. India and...


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