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Education and Lifelong Learning Committee

The Education Committee took evidence from the Minister for Public Health and Sport on the the Scottish Government's progress on its autism strategy on 9 March, 2011.

Minister for Public Health and Sport, Shona Robison, told MSPs the Scottish Government was going to create four sub-groups to the Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Reference Group in a bid to improve services for those with autism.

Ms Robison explained one of the sub-groups would focus on adult provision, an area which had been identified as lacking in services for those with autism at earlier education committees.

The minister also announced that she has allocated £2.6m to be invested in 2011-12, to implement the recommendations to create better services for those with autism.

MSPs concluded their evidence sessions on broadcasting issues with evidence from the Minister for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop.

The committee also took evidence on subordinate legislation from Minister for Skills and Lifelong Learning Angela Constance and supported a legislative consent memorandum relating to the UK Education Bill.

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