Autism APPG

First Registered: 30/07/2015 • Last updated on: 06/10/2021

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To raise awareness of issues affecting autistic people, their families and carers; to raise parliamentary awareness of autism; to campaign for changes to government policy to benefit autistic people and improve diagnosis or support for autistic people.

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Recent Documents related to Autism

1. Quarterly autism statistics for NI (April - June 2021)
04/08/2021 - Department of Health (Northern Ireland)
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Found: Official Statistics Quarterly autism statistics for NI (April - June 2021) These

2. Quarterly autism statistics for NI (January - March 2021)
05/05/2021 - Department of Health (Northern Ireland)
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Found: Official Statistics Quarterly autism statistics for NI (January - March 2021)

3. Quarterly autism statistics for NI (Oct - Dec 2020)
03/02/2021 - Department of Health (Northern Ireland)
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Found: Official Statistics Quarterly autism statistics for NI (Oct - Dec 2020) These

4. Autism Statistics - Quarter 3 (October to December) 2020-21
11/03/2021 - NHS Digital
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Found: Autism Statistics - Quarter 3 (October to December) 2020-21 Waiting times for autism diagnostic

5. Autism Statistics - Quarter 1 (April to June) 2020-21
10/09/2020 - NHS Digital
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Found: Autism Statistics - Quarter 1 (April to June) 2020-21 Waiting times for autism diagnostic

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Autism

1. Mental Disorder: Autism and Learning Disabilities
05/11/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: Mental Health Act considered the definition of autism in the Act and recommended that the Government - Speech Link
2: because the Mental Health Act defines autism as a mental disorder. Autism is not a mental disorder. Last weekend - Speech Link
3: recently, including reviewing and replacing the autism strategy and doing case reviews of every individual - Speech Link

2. Health: Learning Disability and Autism Training
10/02/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: to mandate training on learning disability and autism for all health and social care staff in England - Speech Link
2: to empower people with learning disability and autism and to educate those who support them.Paula - Speech Link

3. Unemployment and Autism
02/07/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: the National Autistic Society and the local group Autism Take 5 for their help in preparing for this debate - Speech Link
2: understanding are the key to employment of people with autism, and that the option of free training—something - Speech Link
3: which currently sits at 47%. Therefore, those with autism spectrum conditions are disproportionally unemployed - Speech Link

4. Services for People with Autism
21/03/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: this House has considered services for people with autism.Every year, my right hon. Friend the Member - Speech Link

5. National Strategy for Autistic Children, Young People and Adults 2021 to 2026
21/07/2021 - Written Statements

1: the decade since the inception of the Autism Act in 2009. The Autism Act was enacted to tackle the multiple - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Autism
1. Autism
asked by: Luke Evans
29/12/2020
... what steps his Department is taking to support NHS leaders to bring down Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service waiting lists for autism diagnosis in (a) Leicestershire and (b) the UK.

2. Autism
asked by: Lord Bradley
02/02/2021
... when.

3. Autism
asked by: Cheryl Gillan
22/07/2020
... when the Government plans to publish its new Autism Strategy.

4. Autism
asked by: Cheryl Gillan
01/09/2020
... if he will make it his policy to have an independent review of the definition of autism as a mental disorder under the Mental Health Act 1983.

5. Autism
asked by: Marsha De Cordova
21/01/2021
... when in spring he plans to publish that strategy.

Latest Questions
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19 Current APPG Officers
Huw Merriman Portrait
Huw Merriman
Chair & Registered Contact
Conservative - Bexhill and Battle
Joined: 31st August 2016
Jonathan Reynolds Portrait
Jonathan Reynolds
Vice Chair
Labour (Co-op) - Stalybridge and Hyde
Joined: 30th July 2015
Lord Touhig Portrait
Lord Touhig
Vice Chair
Labour - Life peer
Joined: 30th July 2015
2 APPG Memberships
Armed Forces Covenant , France
Thangam Debbonaire Portrait
Thangam Debbonaire
Officer
Labour - Bristol West
Joined: 30th July 2015
3 APPG Memberships
Eritrea , Friends of Syria , Parkrun
None Portrait
Lord Warner
Officer
Joined: 21st April 2021
Lord Sterling of Plaistow Portrait
Lord Sterling of Plaistow
Officer
Conservative - Life peer
Joined: 21st November 2018
2 APPG Memberships
Disability , Health
James Cartlidge Portrait
James Cartlidge
Officer
Conservative - South Suffolk
Joined: 24th February 2020
Darren Henry Portrait
Darren Henry
Officer
Conservative - Broxtowe
Joined: 2nd June 2021
Lisa Cameron Portrait
Lisa Cameron
Officer
Scottish National Party - East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
Joined: 21st November 2018
Kieran Mullan Portrait
Kieran Mullan
Officer
Conservative - Crewe and Nantwich
Joined: 2nd June 2021
1 APPG Membership
'Left Behind' Neighbourhoods
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Huw Merriman MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 8712.

Email: huw.merriman.mp@parliament.uk

Public Enquiry Point:

David MacKenzie, The National Autistic Society, 391-393 City Road, London EC1V 1NG. Tel: 020 7923 5773

Email: david.mackenzie@nas.org.uk

Secretariat:

The National Autistic Society acts as the group's secretariat. http://www.autism.org.uk/

Group's Website:

https://www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/campaign/appga.aspx

Benefits in Kind
Date
14 Jan 2021
Source
National Autistic Society
Description
Secretariat   From : 14/01/2021 To : 13/01/2022
Value
£16,501
Date
14 Jan 2020
Source
National Autistic Society
Description
Secretariat   From : 14/01/2020 To : 13/01/2021
Value
£9,001
Date
11 Jul 2019
Source
National Autistic Society
Description
Secretariat   From : 11/07/2019 To : 10/07/2020
Value
£9,001
Date
11 Jul 2018
Source
National Autistic Society
Description
Secretariat   From : 11/07/2018 To : 10/07/2019
Value
£9,001
Date
11 Jul 2017
Source
National Autistic Society
Description
Secretariat   From : 11/07/2017 To : 10/07/2018
Value
£9,001
Date
1 Jan 2016
Source
National Autistic Society
Description
Secretariat   From : 01/01/2016 To : 31/12/2016
Value
£9,001
Date
1 Jan 2015
Source
National Autistic Society
Description
Secretariat   From : 01/01/2015 To : 31/12/2015
Value
£13,501

No direct financial benefits are on record for the Autism APPG

Former APPG Officers
Cheryl Gillan Portrait
Cheryl Gillan
Chair & Registered Contact
Conservative - Former Member for Chesham and Amersham
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 10th March 2021
No other APPG Memberships
Anne-Marie Trevelyan Portrait
Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Officer
Conservative - Berwick-upon-Tweed
Joined: 21st November 2018
Departed: 23rd October 2019
2 APPG Memberships
Armed Forces Covenant , Microplastics
Mike Wood Portrait
Mike Wood
Officer
Conservative - Dudley South
Joined: 21st November 2018
Departed: 23rd October 2019
Maria Caulfield Portrait
Maria Caulfield
Officer
Conservative - Lewes
Joined: 28th September 2017
Departed: 10th October 2018
No other APPG Memberships
Justin Madders Portrait
Justin Madders
Officer
Labour - Ellesmere Port and Neston
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 10th October 2018
Cheryl Gillan Portrait
Cheryl Gillan
Chair & Registered Contact
Conservative - Former Member for Chesham and Amersham
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 20th December 2017
No other APPG Memberships
Steve Brine Portrait
Steve Brine
Officer
Conservative - Winchester
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 2nd May 2017
Ronnie Cowan Portrait
Ronnie Cowan
Officer
Scottish National Party - Inverclyde
Joined: 31st August 2016
Departed: 2nd May 2017
Robert Flello Portrait
Robert Flello
Officer
Labour - Former Member for Stoke-on-Trent South
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 2nd May 2017
No other APPG Memberships
Charlotte Leslie Portrait
Charlotte Leslie
Officer
Conservative - Former Member for Bristol North West
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 2nd May 2017
No other APPG Memberships