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Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families who the members of the Autism Research Co-ordination Group are; and on what dates the group has met since its formation. (270111)

[holding answer 22 April 2009]: The following people are currently members of the Autism Research Co-ordination Group:

Dr. Gillian Baird (Guy’s Hospital/ Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health)

Amanda Batten (National Autistic Society)

Tom Berney (Royal College of Psychiatrists)

Maggie Bowen (Autism Cymru)

Gillian Boyd (Department of Education, Northern Ireland)

Professor Tony Charman (Institute of Education)

Ann Le Couteur (Newcastle University/ Royal College of Psychiatrists)

Sasha Daly (TreeHouse Trust)

Kate Evans (Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists)

Nigel Fulton (Department of Children, Schools and Families, Chair)

Nigel Gee (Department of Children, Schools and Families)

Hilary Gilfoy (Autism Speaks)

Eleanor Layfield (Social Care Institute for Excellence)

Jenny Longmore (Autism Speaks)

Gavin Malloch (Medical Research Council)

Helen Marwick (Strathclyde University)

Fiona McCaffery (Autism Northern Ireland)

John McDonald (Autism-in-Scotland)

Robin McKendrick (Schools Directorate, Scottish Government)

Richard Mills (Research Autism/National Autistic Society)

Mary Mulvey (Department of Health)

Professor Michael Rutter (Institute of Psychiatry)

David Tutton (Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills, Welsh Assembly Government)

Rachel Tyrell (Economic and Social Research Council)

John Williams (Wellcome Trust)

Two meetings were held when the Group was being established on 26 April and 30 September 2004, following publication of the report “Mapping autism research: Identifying UK priorities for the future” (Charman and Clare, March 2004). Subsequent meetings have been held on 10 March, 13 July and 28 October 2005, 8 March and 26 September 2006, 14 March 2007 and 8 December 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on what dates minutes of meetings of the Autism Research Co-ordination Group have been published. (270375)

The minutes of Autism Research Co-ordination Group meetings are not yet published, but we will be making them available on

from the 1 May 2009. The First Report of the Autism Research Coordination Group is available from the DCSF website