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Debate on World Autism Awareness Week

On Thursday 28 April MPs

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Person elected by a particular constituency (area) to represent them in the House of Commons.

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Elected representative, MP

passed a motion on World Autism Awareness Week. This debate

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Formal discussion of a specific proposal (motion) in the House of Commons or House of Lords.

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was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee following a bid from Cheryl Gillan on 22 March.

This debate was opened by Cheryl Gillan MP, Conservative MP for Chesham and Amersham.

Watch the debate and read the transcript

Text of the motion

'That this House notes that World Autism Week was held from 2 to 8 April; believes that there is a lack of understanding of the needs of autistic people and their families; and calls on the Government

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Usually made up of the party that won the most seats in the general election, the government runs the country and is led by the Prime Minister.

to improve diagnosis waiting time and support a public awareness campaign so that people can make the changes that will help the UK become autism-friendly.'

Backbench Business Committee

The Backbench Business Committee meets weekly on Tuesdays to consider requests for debates from any backbench Members of Parliament on any subject.

The Committee then has to decide how to allocate the limited Parliamentary time it has at its disposal. The Committee's meetings are always conducted in public and can be watched on Parliament TV.