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Autism: Northern Ireland

Volume 689: debated on Wednesday 21 February 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why it has not been possible to identify the person responsible for planning and directing the government programme to deal with the increasing incidence of autistic syndrome disorder (ASD) in Northern Ireland. [HL1755]

Policy in relation to autistic spectrum disorders is not the responsibility of one government department or one individual. Responsibility lies with the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) and the Department of Education (DE).

Within DHSSPS, Mr Leslie Frew is responsible for policies for health service provision for learning disability services including those for children with autism.

Within DE, Ms Dorothy Angus is responsible for policies for educational services for children with autism.