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Volume 712: debated on Monday 29 June 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 1 June (WA 7), whether, in view of the implications of the case of Henry Spiller for other children with autism, they will request from Essex County Council information on the procedures in place in the county for educationists making, confirming or overturning a diagnosis of autism. [HL4026]

This information has been requested from the special educational needs and children with additional needs division at Essex County Council. It states that educational psychologists employed by the county have discussions with medical colleagues about children who have been diagnosed or are suspected of being on the autistic spectrum but the county states that the diagnosis of autism is a matter for the medical profession.

The Secretary of State at the Department for Children, Schools and Families has received a complaint in relation to Essex County Council's failure to properly discharge its duties, which is being investigated.

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government why they have not proceeded with the commitment made by Ivan Lewis on 8 May 2008 to fund a research study led by Professor Gillian Baird on the transition to adult life by young people with autism. [HL4531]

This Government are fulfilling the commitment to undertake transition research for young people with autism.

The department will extend a current study about multi-agency transition services to provide a greater focus about what support multi-agency services provide for all young people with autism.

The department will make further details about this available later this year. Further information about the current study can be found at: