Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the robustness of the vertically integrated community pharmacy network and the medicines distributions chain and the effect on patients of the failure of one part of that network.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment of corporate governance he has made of private businesses that supply medicines and pharmacy services to the NHS.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the level of profit by pharmaceutical manufacturers and wholesalers on the five most (a) used and (b) expensive drugs purchased by the NHS; and if he will make a statement.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect on competition and the availability of medicines across the community pharmacy network by the use of sole supplier agreements by branded manufacturers and wholesalers; and if he will make a statement.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect on competition and the availability of medicines across the community pharmacy network of the operation of vertically integrated wholesaler and pharmacy businesses; and if he will make a statement.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) officers and (b) other ranks from the (i) Royal Navy, (ii) Royal Marines, (iii) British Army and (iv) RAF are embedded with (A) United States military forces and (B) the US Department of Defense.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to Annex A to FOI2015/07054 dated 8 September 2015, if he will publish the on-going embedding arrangements for UK and US military personnel.
Kevan Jones: Since 2010, Durham County Council has had its expenditure cut by £224 million, although after hearing the Secretary of State speak today, we might think that local government is somehow in a strong position. My hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield South East (Mr Betts) was right: the root cause of this is the austerity during the last seven years. I will not let the Liberal Democrats...
Kevan Jones: The Secretary of State talks about core funding. I think the average for county councils—[Interruption.] Mine is Durham, by the way, for the Parliamentary Private Secretary who is looking it up. [Laughter.] The average is a 2.1% increase, but for Durham it is only 1.4%. The reason for that—[Interruption.] Durham County Council—the PPS has got the wrong one! [Laughter.] The...
Kevan Jones: Does my hon. Friend agree that his police and crime commissioner, like the PCC in Durham, has no choice in this?
Kevan Jones: Can we be clear what is being done with this settlement this afternoon? We are seeing a fundamental change in the way our police in this country are funded—moving funding from central Government to local taxpayers. My hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak (Steve McCabe) quite rightly said that what the Government have announced today is a cut in central Government funding....
Kevan Jones: Yes, but that is what is happening on the ground. We hear all this guff and rhetoric from the Government about how they are somehow protecting frontline policing, but it is frontline officers who we are losing, and it is frontline officers who my constituents want to see on the streets. We are told that local people will be quite happy to have their council tax increased. The proposal is for...
Kevan Jones: Doubled policing revenue—yes, he has, but not at central Government level. The Minister cannot get away from the fact that he is cutting the central Government grant and cutting numbers. I quite like him as an individual, but people are not stupid—they will see through this—and I look forward to him telling his local constituents and others that the Government are voting for...
Kevan Jones: I am very interested by that. Will the hon. Lady put out leaflets in her constituency to tell her constituents that tonight she has voted for her local council’s policing precept to go up?
Kevan Jones: Why?
Kevan Jones: rose—
Kevan Jones: The recommended level is 5%. The hon. Gentleman has already told us that his own authority has 10%, so what is he doing with his 5% buried away somewhere?
Kevan Jones: rose—
Kevan Jones: Is it not a fact that between 2010 and 2015, the police budget from central Government was reduced by 5% every single year? The Minister makes the point that this is all taxpayers’ money, but is it not the case that he is continuing to move the burden of taxation away from central Government and on to local ratepayers?
Kevan Jones: Yes, there will be.