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Volume 715: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to involve interested parties outside of Government in the post-consultation phase of the adult autism strategy. [HL732]

The External Reference Group (ERG) was convened to provide external advice and guidance on the content of the department's National Adult Autism Strategy and its communication and implementation.

We are very grateful for the invaluable contribution that members of the ERG have made to the development of the autism strategy and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the delivery of that strategy.

Consultation with the ERG is a vital part of the development process. We will be looking for them to comment on the draft strategy, as well as discuss how the recommendations from the ERG report will be taken forward.

We will also be looking for their input into the communications plan for the launch and dissemination of the strategy, and the consultation on guidance for commissioners and providers, due in late 2010.