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Autism: Health Services

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assistance his Department plans to provide to local authorities and primary care trusts to develop (a) local autism teams and (b) local planning groups as part of implementation of the adult autism strategy; and if he will make a statement; (320003)

(2) when he will publish the delivery plan for the adult autism strategy; and if he will make a statement.

It will be for each local area to develop its own commissioning plan for services for adults with autism—building on the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.

The delivery plan, scheduled for publication by the end of March 2010, will set out in more detail the timescale for delivery in the first year, including examples of possible structures for such boards, drawing on best practice that already exists around the country.

Further delivery plans will be prepared for the second and third years of the strategy.