Maria Caulfield MP leads Parliamentary debate on Autism in Education

Following last week’s launch of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism’s report on Autism and Education Maria Caulfield MP has lead a Parliamentary debate on the issue.

Members from all sides of the House of Commons and from across the country took part in the debate and spoke of constituents who struggle to get diagnosis or support for their children, who they have met in their surgeries.

Beginning the debate Maria Caulfield said “Last week saw the launch in Parliament of the ‘Autism and education in England 2017’ report of an inquiry, which was co-chaired by myself and my hon. Friend the Member for Bexhill and Battle (Huw Merriman), that formed part of the work of the all-party parliamentary group on autism. The report came about due to our first-hand experience as new MPs of listening to many parents who visited our surgeries to tell us their stories of the difficulty of getting support for a child with autism.”

Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi MP said “I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Lewes (Maria Caulfield) on securing this debate and I congratulate her and my hon. Friend the Member for Bexhill and Battle (Huw Merriman) on the excellent work they have done in this report. The debate is timely, following the recent all-party group inquiry on autism and education, where she co-chaired the work. I welcome the report and its recommendations. As we have heard, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State attended its launch last week, and I am grateful for this opportunity to set out the Government’s position.”

Following the debate Maria Caulfield MP said “I felt it was important to highlight the report that I chaired along with Huw Merriman MP with a debate in the House of Commons Chamber. I am grateful to all of the Members who came along to share the experiences of their constituents, and also to the Minister for his considered response to the report.”

“I am hopeful that the Government will be able to implement our recommendations from the report as they will really be able to change the educational experience for children with autism.”

The debate can be watched here:

A transcript of the debate can be found at:


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