Police: Autism

Home Office written question – answered on 12th February 2015.

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Photo of Lord Touhig Lord Touhig Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 5 February (HL4542), whether there is a deadline for completing work to establish whether a separate marker, specifically for autism, can be added to the Police National Computer.

Photo of Lord Touhig Lord Touhig Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 5 February (HL4542), whether the current police information technology systems are capable of accommodating an additional marker, specifically for autism, to be added to the Police National Computer.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

For the purposes of speed of implementation it is proposed to use an existing marker to encompass cases of autism rather than developing a specific marker, which would require further significant work and assessment. These proposals are expected to be considered by the Police National Computer Board within the next month.

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David Mery
Posted on 7 May 2015 1:39 pm (Report this annotation)

> These proposals are expected to be considered by the Police National Computer Board within the next month.

This is not correct, what Lord Bates meant to explain was that these proposals were expected to be considered by the *PNC Names Group*. Item 8d of Minutes 145, dated 05/03/2015 had a paper submission titled ‘Flag & Information Locate on PNC for Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

This is explained by the National Police Chiefs' Council (previously known as the ACPO) in https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/256984/response/64950...

> [T]here is no such PNC Board. [...] Assistant chief Constable Pryde is the NPCC lead for the PNC Portfolio. The Police, PNC Policy and Prioritisation Group (P4G) sit under the Portfolio. There are other working groups that feed into that group, namely PNC Names Group (PNG).

(Also to find out the NAS position on this, see http://gizmonaut.net/blog/uk/2015/02/police_marking_of_autis...)