Mark Tami: I join others in praising the hon. Gentleman for securing this debate and for the report, which will be published later. I apologise for having to leave, but I am chairing the all-party stem cell group at three o’clock, so everything is coming together at the same time. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that in this area, as in stem cell research, great progress has been made over recent...
Mark Tami: My elder son developed a platelet rash, which is a common sign of the disease getting to a certain stage. There is a lot of public awareness about meningitis and what to look for, but that rash does not seem to feature in people’s minds, in terms of blood cancer. Does he agree that we probably need to do more to educate not only doctors but the general public on what to actually look...
Mark Tami: Although the property companies may not have done anything illegal, what they have done is morally wrong. They knew full well what those products were. They were making an extra buck on a financial product and they did not give a damn about what happened to the people they sold those properties to.
Mark Tami: I have also been made aware that when a number of people bought these properties, they were encouraged by the house builders to use a certain firm of lawyers that, shall we say, may not have fully pointed out some of the potential problems when purchasing a leasehold property.
Mark Tami: I praise my hon. Friend for all the work he has done. I very much welcome what the Government have announced, but a great number of people who already have leaseholds are affected, and it will obviously be very difficult for them to sell those properties. I know it is not easy, but we really need to get redress for those people as quickly as possible.
Mark Tami: I praise the hon. Gentleman for all the work he has done on this; I think we have moved a long way from where we started. He is absolutely right that this is a scam, and it has spread. It is not only about the ground rent issue but all the other onerous requirements. If people want to change the flooring, they have to apply and are charged a ridiculous fee. It has also spread to the...
Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on patients with (a) rare and (b) ultra-rare diseases of NICE and NHS England’s proposals for changes to the arrangements for evaluating and funding drugs and other health technologies appraised through NICE’s technology appraisal and highly specialised technologies...
Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many drugs for very rare diseases were declined funding by NHS England after assessment through the specialised commissioning prioritisation process in (a) 2015-16 and (b) 2016-17.
Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many drugs for very rare conditions NHS England plans to assess through its specialised commissioning prioritisation process in (a) 2017-18 and (b) 2018-19.
Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what responsibility NHS England has to fund the pneumococcal vaccination of patients who have undergone a stem-cell transplant under the pneumococcal immunisation service specification in the NHS public health functions agreement 2017-18.
Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to monitor the effectiveness NHS England's delivery of immunisation services for patients who have undergone a stem-cell transplant.
Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps Public Health England is taking to measure the uptake of Green Book recommended immunisations among adult patients in clinical risk groups.
Mark Tami: I thank my hon. Friend for all the hard work that he has put in. I am sure that he, like me, has come across many women who have based all their retirement plans—their partners may have already retired—on what they were told, and assumed, would be their retirement age. They all say to me, “It is just not fair.”
Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will introduce legislation to increase the maximum sentence for animal cruelty offences to five years imprisonment.
Mark Tami: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many inspections HM Revenue and Customs has carried out in the learning disability providers sector in the last two years; and on what basis those inspections were carried out.
Mark Tami: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance his Department has issued to HM Revenue and Customs inspectors on the rules relating to the national minimum wage on overnight sleep-in care in the learning disability sector.
Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much additional funding local authorities will require in order to pay overnight care at rates commensurate to the national minimum wage; and what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer to secure that additional funding.
Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice he received from the Care Quality Commission on the effect on the learning disability sector of changes to the interpretation of the national minimum wage on sleep-ins.
Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department changed its guidance on sleep-in shifts to state that a worker who was asleep could be deemed to be working up to and above national living wage; and when local authorities and care providers were informed of that change.
Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when guidance on the interpretation of national minimum wage rules relating to overnight sleep-in care including access to additional funding was issued to (a) local authority care commissioners, (b) HM Revenue and Customs and (c) care providers.