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Mark Tami: Like the Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, the hon. Member for Spelthorne (Kwasi Kwarteng), the Secretary of State has no doubt seen the comment by Tom Enders, the chief executive officer of Airbus, that the Government’s handling of Brexit is a “disgrace”. More than 6,000 good-quality jobs in Alyn and Deeside are dependent on Airbus. What share of the blame does...
Mark Tami: What about now?
Mark Tami: What recent assessment he has made of the strength of the Welsh economy.
Mark Tami: The decision on Wylfa Newydd is a massive setback, not only for Anglesey but for the whole north Wales economy, and the project was a central plank of the north Wales growth deal. When it comes to major infrastructure projects, the Secretary of State has a record of unmitigated failure; he has a kind of reverse Midas touch. When will he start to speak up for Wales in Cabinet? If he is not...
Mark Tami: As with leaseholders, it should be relatively easy to sort out the problem. The issue is that people are already in these arrangements. We should ensure that they can do something about it, so that they do not feel that they are not covered or that no one cares about them.
Mark Tami: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Bishop Auckland (Helen Goodman) on securing this debate. I am old enough to remember when developers would build estates that were brought up to adoptable standards, a bond was put down and the council would adopt and take responsibility for generally doing what we all expect to be...
Mark Tami: My hon. Friend is right. The issue of how estates are left is a broader one: quite often, the moment the last house is sold, the developer does not want to know. As for the standard of work that is being carried out by the maintenance companies, I have heard from loads of people who say that they go out themselves and cut the grass in the communal areas, because those are left in such a...
Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Scottish Medicines Consortium’s announcement on 8 October 2018 of the introduction of a revised definition for an ultra-orphan medicine, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of adopting the same definition.
Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of the rare disease medicines that do not meet the Highly Specialised Technology Criteria have been approved for access by NICE.
Mark Tami: Does my hon. Friend accept that they were also led to believe by the leave campaign that this would be a very simple process?
Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer on 11 September to Question number 169109 on Social Care: Drugs, (a) when the 2019-20 planning process was completed and (b) what the level of funding is for the 2019-20 prioritisation process.
Mark Tami: I apologise for missing the opening few minutes. I just want to emphasise the important point about driving things forward. This is not a vanity project: we are doing this work because the building is not safe as it is at the moment.
Mark Tami: We were told at the time that those people had to leave because that work was essential and could not wait under any circumstances—it was quite an exercise to find somewhere else for those people—only to see it left empty, apart from some building materials that have been left there.
Mark Tami: My hon. Friend is absolutely right; I have served on the Finance Committee and the Administration Committee. We sometimes concentrate on small items that cost very little, and scrutinise them to the nth degree, yet no one is quite sure who actually signed off a massive project.
Mark Tami: I certainly agree. After many years of using the Palace, some organisations are questioning whether they will carry on, because of the inability to get people in. After restoration and renewal, we are talking about doubling the number of people who come here, but there is no point having ambitious targets if we cannot get people in safely and more quickly.
Mark Tami: Fiona Channon, who I have dealt with for many years about offices, is also leaving and going to the House of Lords, which will be a great loss to the Commons.
Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been convicted of offences relating to the misuse of fireworks in each of the last five years.
Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases are known to officials of his Department of people who have been injured due to the misuse of fireworks since 2015.
Mark Tami: Is it appropriate also to remember all those men and women who actually produced those aircraft? I am particularly thinking of the women at Broughton, who still hold the world record for building a Wellington bomber in 24 hours.
Mark Tami: That is a particular problem with children. Sometimes these things are dismissed as growing pains or bruising—just kids being kids.