Autism

House of Lords written question – answered on 12th November 2010.

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Photo of Lord Touhig Lord Touhig Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures will be set out in the forthcoming statutory guidance on autism services Implementing Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives to ensure that adults with autism are able to access the services they need even when they do not have an accompanying learning disability or a co-occurring mental health problem.

To ask Her Majesty's Government what account they have taken of the cost savings that the National Audit Office found could be made by investing in autism teams, as they develop the forthcoming statutory guidance on autism services Implementing Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives.

To ask Her Majesty's Government, in light of recommendations in the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee report Supporting Adults with Autism into Adulthood, what measures will be set out in the forthcoming statutory guidance on autism services Implementing Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives to ensure that collection of local data on adults with autism is improved.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

In the preparation of draft guidance for consultation, account was taken of all available evidence, including the work and findings of the National Audit Office.

The national consultation on the statutory guidance closed on 22 October 2010. We are currently in the process of analysing the response, which will inform the further development of the statutory guidance. Ministers will then consider a revised draft and take final decisions on content. We would not wish nor would it be appropriate to anticipate this process.

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