Phil Hope fails to halt autism bill

Care services minister Phil Hope has failed to block legislation to strengthen local authorities’ duties towards people with autism.

The private member’s bill introduced by Tory MP Cheryl Gillan was voted through to its next stage in parliament by more than 100 MPs.

Hope was among MPs opposing the bill to introduce the requirements for local authorities. These would include collecting data on the number of people with autism and ensuring effective transition for young people from children’s to adults’ services.

During the second reading of the bill last Friday, Hope reiterated the government’s plans to introduce statutory guidance for both children’s and adults’ autism services and to undertake research.

The autism bill moves to the committee stage where it will be examined in detail.

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