I wholeheartedly welcome the Down’s Syndrome Bill, which is currently making its way through the UK Parliament. This ground-breaking piece of legislation will place a duty on authorities providing health, care, education and housing to assess and plan to meet the needs of people with Down’s Syndrome. The Bill will also require the UK Government to provide guidance on how it can better accommodate people with Down’s Syndrome.
As you may know, the Down’s Syndrome Bill will not extend or apply to Scotland due to the devolved nature of health. That means it would be for SNP ministers to introduce corresponding Scottish legislation. It is disappointing that this has not already been forthcoming, though I am aware that the SNP has promised to introduce a Learning Disability, Autism and Neurodiversity Bill this Parliamentary year.
My Conservative colleagues and I will continue to follow the matter closely in the Scottish Parliament to ensure that the SNP deliver on their commitment to those with learning disabilities and autism.