Assessments for autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to be debated by MPs
1 February 2023
On Monday 6 February, MPs will debate petitions relating to assessments for autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
- Watch the debate (from 4.30pm, Monday 6 February)
- Read the debate transcript (available shortly after the conclusion of the debate).
- Read the survey summary
- Read a summary of the debate and related public engagement
- Follow the Committee on Twitter and join the discussion using #PetitionDebate
Elliot Colburn MP, a member of the Petitions Committee, has been asked by the Committee to open the debate. MPs from all parties can take part, and the Government will send a minister to respond.
Create an emergency fund for ASD (autism) & ADHD assessments
The petition, which has more than 20,000 signatures, states: “The Government should commission a review of how Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) assessments are managed by the NHS, including through Shared Care Agreements, and increase funding to reduce waiting times.”
In response to the petition, provided on 14 December 2021, the Government said: “We are investing £13 million this year to tackle long autism diagnosis waiting times and are supporting children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder throughout the diagnostic process.”
Review management of ADHD assessments and increase funding
The petition, which has more than 10,000 signatures, states that “The Government should commission a review of how Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) assessments are managed by the NHS, including through Shared Care Agreements, and increase funding to reduce waiting times.”
In response to the petition, provided on 21 April 2022, the Government said: “It is vital to have timely assessments for ADHD so people can get the right support. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence have clear guidelines on improving assessments and diagnosis.”
What are petitions debates?
Petitions debates are 'general' debates which allow MPs from all parties to discuss the important issues raised by one or more petitions and put their concerns to Government Ministers.
Petition debates don’t end with a vote to implement the request of a petition. This means MPs will not vote on the funding or assessments for ADHD and Autism.