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Autism Strategy Oral Question, 14/01/15 [S]

During Portfolio Question Time on 14 January 2015 Mark McDonald (SNP) asked the Scottish Government’s what recent discussions it has had with local authorities that have yet to submit a draft or completed autism strategy.

The Minister for Sport, Health, Improvement and Mental Health, Jamie Hepburn replied, the Scottish Government is funding a national co-ordination team, which is based at the University of Strathclyde, to bridge the Scottish autism strategy and its implementation at a local level. In the past few months, the team has made contact with all local authorities, and the nine that are yet to submit drafts are finalising them locally and submitting them to committees for sign-off. They have until 31 March 2015 to submit their action plans and strategies. The national co-ordination team will meet all local authority autism leads on 19 January to continue those discussions.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 14 January 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 14 January 2015