[Mr. Martin Caton in the Chair] — Children and Young People with Autism

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:30 am on 8th October 2008.

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Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Conservative, Buckingham 10:30 am, 8th October 2008

Does the hon. Lady agree that the cost of early identification and intervention is as nothing by comparison with the massively greater cost to the individual, the family and society in the event of its absence? In other words, let us abandon the short-termism beloved of Her Majesty's Treasury under successive Governments. It is a question of spending now in order, assuredly, to save later.