Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Questions (198)

Danny Healy-Rae


198. Deputy Danny Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health if there is an increase year on year on the number of children that present with autism and related problems in each of the years 2010 to 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4672/18]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality of opportunity and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.