Penny Mordaunt 

The APPGA meets in public 4 or 5 times a year. You can join the Distribution List and be invited to APPGA meetings by emailing

2018 APPGA Annual General Meeting

On 18 October, the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the APPGA took place at Westminster. These meetings are different to the rest of the meetings held by the APPGA. They take place once a year and the primary purpose of them is to elect office bearers - you can find further information on who was elected in the minutes of the meeting – and to approve the Group’s income and expenditure statementHaving fulfilled both of these requirements, the APPGA is now reconstituted and we can look forward to another busy year of work for the Group.

The big piece of work that we hope the APPGA will carry out in the next year is a project to mark the 10-year anniversary of the introduction of the Autism Act, which our former Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Sarah Lambert, talked about at the meeting. We believe that this is a key opportunity to look at what has changed 10 years on, to restate the importance of the Act to make sure duties are being followed, but also to campaign for further changes. You can read more about this in the minutes. 

APPGA Meeting on Mental Health, July 10 

This public APPGA meeting was held to discuss mental health services for autistic people in England, including NHS England’s proposal in the Five Year Forward View on Mental Health, to develop a care pathway for autistic people. The meeting was chaired by Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP and included contributions from a range of speakers, including the Minister for Care, Caroline Dinenage MP and an NHS representative. If you would like to read a summary of the event, you can do so here.

At the end of the meeting, people who had remaining questions were asked to send them to the APPGA. We have collated these questions and will send them to the Minister. We will put a response here when it is received.

'Autism and Education in England –Parliamentary Launch' , 31 January, 2018

The APPGA launched its new report on education with the Secretary of State for Education in Parliament. Over 20,000 people also signed an open launched by the National Autistic Society and Ambitious about Autism calling for a new national autism and education strategy which was handed over to the Secretary of State at the end of the meeting.

'Apprenticeships – Joint meeting with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Learning Disability (APPGLD)' , 28 November, 2017

The APPGA teamed up with the APPGLD to explore the outcomes of a recent Government taskforce on apprentices, autism and learning disability. The meeting was addressed by the Minister for Apprentices, Anne Milton MP. This was part of the APPGA’s continuing campaign on autism and employment.

  • ‘APPGA Education Inquiry Session 3’, 18 July, 2017.
  • ‘AGM and APPGA Education Inquiry Session 2’, 11 July, 2017
  • ‘APPGA Education Inquiry Session 1’, 18 April, 2017

The APPGA ran an inquiry into education for children on the autism spectrum in England. The inquiry is chaired jointly by APPGA Members, Huw Merriman MP and Maria Caulfield MP. You can find more information about the inquiry here.

‘Disability Employment Gap’, Joint meeting with other All Party Groups, 31 January, 2017.

The APPGA teamed up with six other All Party Groups in order to have a public meeting on the Government’s ‘Work, health and disability: improving lives’ Green Paper. The meeting was addressed by the then Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, the Rt Hon Damian Green MP. You can find out more about information about the Green Paper on the Government's website.

‘APPGA Public Consultation Event’, 14 November 2016.

The APPGA’s Advisory Group regularly runs consultations to see what subjects Parliamentarians should prioritise. The outcomes of the consultation, including how it was conducted can be found here.

‘Autism Diagnosis Waiting Times’, 12 April 2016.

Following The National Autistic Society’s successful Diagnosis Crisis campaign, a public meeting with over 100 attendees was held with the then Minister for Care, Alistair Burt MP was held. Find out more about our successful Diagnosis Crisis campaign.