§ Mr. Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support his Department provides(a) for autistic societies and (b) for research into autism: and if he will make a statement.489W
§ Mr. Freeman
The Department grant aided the National Autistic Society by £10,000 a year for 1985–86, 1986–87, and 1987–88, and in 1987 made an additional special grant of £5,500. Since May 1987 the Department has spent over £60,000 on a descriptive study of the current education, treatment and handling of autistic children and adults.