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Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance his Department has provided to local authorities to prevent dog attacks on cats.
Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department is proposing to do to reduce the number of dog attacks on cats.
Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department will be working with the Department for Education to develop a plan of action to introduce education in schools promoting responsible dog ownership and preventing dog attacks on cats and other animals.
Mark Tami: I apologise for missing the very start of my right hon. Friend’s contribution. I have been told by a number of representatives of shops and supermarkets that when shoplifting takes place and is reported to the police, quite often the police are not really interested, and it is down to the shop staff to try to recover the goods. If that message gets out, the problem of shoplifting will only grow.
Mark Tami: It is not just in the shop that people can be targeted. They can be targeted on their way home, particularly if some of the offenders live in the locality. They can be subject to that sort of attack all the time.
Mark Tami: Does the Minister not realise that young people actually have to try to kill themselves before they become a priority? Surely that is wrong. Early intervention is the key and we must not wait until young people reach that terrible stage before intervening.
Mark Tami: rose—
Mark Tami: Does my hon. Friend agree that with cancer, we cannot treat just the physical illness? We need to treat the mental side of dealing with it. That needs to be part and parcel of treatment and not just some sort of add-on that people seek afterwards.
Mark Tami: Will the hon. Gentleman give way, on that point?
Mark Tami: It is clear that a great deal of effort and money is going into dealing with overseas voters, while the large number of people in this country who could be registered much more easily are being totally ignored. Thousands of people have completed part of the forms but may not have included their national insurance numbers, for instance, but little effort has gone into ensuring that they get on...
Mark Tami: I have certainly found that NICE sometimes says that the pool of people is not big enough to evaluate, but the clue is in the title: these are rare diseases. NICE cannot carry on doing that, particularly in cases where it is clear that the drug has a really positive effect.
Mark Tami: I, too, welcome the report. It is a national scandal—that is clear. These people knew exactly what they were doing. These have been sold as financial products. People are making a lot of money out of this and they are preying on many first-time buyers who are keen to get into their homes. We have already heard about the lawyers who were recommended at a discount. People were hoodwinked....
Mark Tami: I want to put on record my thanks for all the work my hon. Friend has done on mesh. Does he agree that we must be careful that what might appear to be a relatively cheap quick fix can turn out to be a massive problem for a lot of patients?
Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government plans to bring wild animals within the scope of the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 once the Welfare of Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (England) Regulations 2012 expire in January 2020.
Mark Tami: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that we can concentrate on all the negatives, but we have to get across that people are surviving and, more than surviving, actually living well? We have to present that because, with some cancers, there is still the idea that if someone gets it, “Well, that’s it then”.
Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if there will be a full public consultation as part of Sir Mike Richards’ review of current cancer screening programmes and diagnostic capacity.
Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to consult patients as part of Sir Mike Richards’ review of cancer screening programmes and diagnostic capacity.
Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether Sir Mike Richards’ review of current cancer screening programmes and diagnostic capacity will consider the level of access to breast cancer screening for high risk groups.
Mark Tami: Does the hon. Gentleman recognise, as highlighted by CLIC Sargent, the financial cost? It might be the last thing that people think about when everything else is going on, but there is a huge financial cost. The costs associated with cancer treatment are estimated to be around £600 a month extra, and the travel costs are on average £180 per family. For some people that is a huge amount of money.
Mark Tami: The hon. Gentleman makes an important point. Does he agree that the Government need to speed up, and that they cannot apply the general criteria that they apply to everyone else? Those parents, those families, and those children need support straightaway, not after waiting for weeks—sometimes months.