Autism and ADHD Assessments Debate

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Department: Scotland Office

Autism and ADHD Assessments

Paul Bristow Excerpts
Monday 6th February 2023

(1 year, 3 months ago)

Westminster Hall
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Elliot Colburn Portrait Elliot Colburn
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I absolutely agree with the hon. Lady. Many people have said that to me, and I am sure that many other right hon. and hon. Members will say the same. This is a complete waste of opportunity and talent. Indeed, when I met with the TV host Melanie Sykes, that was one of the central things she said to me. This is a wasted opportunity and wasted talent, and we are wasting the lives of young people with these waiting lists.

Paul Bristow Portrait Paul Bristow (Peterborough) (Con)
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My hon. Friend is making an absolutely excellent speech. The delay in diagnosis for autism and other neurodiverse conditions is having an impact on young people and families but, more than that, it is having an impact on UK plc. We are denying our businesses and public services the talent of neurodiverse individuals, which is of course having an effect on UK plc. Does my hon. Friend agree?