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Autism (Wales) Bill

An Assembly Member Bill, introduced by Paul Davies AM. Paul Davies AM was successful in a legislative ballot on 28 March 2017, and given leave to proceed with his Bill (PDF, 93KB) by the Assembly on 14 June 2017.

 

The Business Committee has remitted the Bill to the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee.

 

About the Bill

The overall purpose of the Bill is to ensure the needs of children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Wales are met, and to protect and promote their rights.  The Bill delivers this purpose by seeking to:

  • Introduce a strategy for meeting the needs of children and adults in Wales with ASD conditions which will:
    • Promote best practice in diagnosing ASD, and assessing and planning for meeting care needs;
    • Ensure a clear and consistent pathway to diagnosis of ASD in local areas;
    • Ensure that local authorities and NHS bodies take necessary action so that children and adults with ASD receive the timely diagnosis and support they need across a range of services;
    • Strengthen support for families and carers and ensure their wishes, and those of people with ASD, are taken into account;
    • Promote research, innovation and improvement in ASD Services;
    • Establish practices to enable the collection of reliable and relevant data on the numbers and needs of children and adults with ASD, so that the Welsh Ministers, and local and NHS bodies can plan accordingly;
    • Ensure key staff working with people with ASD are provided with appropriate ASD training; and
    • Regularly review the strategy and guidance to ensure progress.
  • Require the Welsh Ministers to issue guidance to the relevant bodies on implementing the strategy.
  • Require the Welsh Ministers to collect suitable data to facilitate the implementation of the Bill.
  • Require the Welsh Ministers to undertake a campaign to raise awareness and understanding of ASD.

 

Further detail about the Bill can be found in its accompanying Explanatory Memorandum (PDF, 1MB).

 

Current Stage

Stage 1

 

The Bill is currently at Stage 1. An explanation of the various stages of Assembly Bills is available in the Guide to the Stages of Public Bills and Acts.

 

Record of Passage in the National Assembly for Wales

The following table sets out the dates for each stage of the Bill’s passage through the National Assembly for Wales.

 

Stage

Documents

Bill introduced: 13 July 2018

Autism (Wales) Bill, as introduced (PDF 93KB)

 

Explanatory Memorandum (PDF 1MB)

 

Presiding Officer’s Statement: 13 July 2018 (PDF 184KB)

 

Business Committee – Timetable for consideration of the Autism (Wales) Bill (PDF 55KB)

 

Plenary statement: Introduction of the Autism (Wales) Bill: 18 July 2018

 

Stage 1: Committee considerations of general principles

The Health and Social Care Committee will consider its approach to Stage 1 consideration on 19 July 2018.

 

Committee dates

The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee will consider the Bill on the following dates:

 

Date and Agenda

Purpose of meeting

Transcript

Senedd.TV

19 July 2018

Consideration of Approach to Stage 1 Scrutiny (Private)

(Private)

(Private)

TBC

TBC

TBC

TBC

TBC

TBC

TBC

TBC

 

 

 

The Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee will consider the Bill on the following dates:

Date and Agenda

Purpose of meeting

Transcript

Senedd.TV

TBC

TBC

 

 

TBC

TBC

 

 

 

Stage 1: Debate in Plenary on general principles

This Stage has not yet been reached.

Financial Resolution

In accordance with Standing Order 26.68 the Presiding Officer has indicated that a financial resolution is required for this Bill.  Further information about financial resolutions is available in section 3 of the Guide to the scrutiny stages for Public Bills.

Stage 2: Committee consideration of amendments

This Stage has not yet been reached.

Stage 3: Plenary consideration of amendments

This Stage has not yet been reached.

Stage 4: Passing of the Bill in Plenary

This Stage has not yet been reached.

Post-stage 4

This Stage has not yet been reached.

 

Contact information

Clerk: Claire Morris

Phone: 0300 200 6355

 

Postal address:

National Assembly for Wales

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff CF99 1NA

 

Email: SeneddHealth@Assembly.Wales

 

Reason considered: Assembly Business;

Type: For information

First published: 08/06/2017

Consultations

 

 

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