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  • Debate on the Address: The Climate Emergency (17 Oct 2019)
    Derek Thomas: We have heard lots about what we have not achieved, but it is worth pointing out that in the last two weeks the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has sold at auction the ability to deliver a quarter of our energy from wind power by 2025, so that is good news. In Cornwall, and on Scilly in particular, we have the smart islands initiative. It is not new; it was in the...
  • Government Plan for Net Zero Emissions — [James Gray in the Chair] (8 Oct 2019)
    Derek Thomas: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Truro and Falmouth (Sarah Newton) for her excellent opening remarks, and for putting this subject back on the agenda. I also commend my constituents, hundreds of whom have spoken to me this year about their concerns in a way that has been constructive and productive, and that has helped me to understand my role as a local MP in bringing about change. We...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Reforming Probation (8 Oct 2019)
    Derek Thomas: Good probation can be the means to transform young people’s lives and help to rehabilitate them in communities. We do not have a prison in Cornwall, but we have many people who are involved in this process. What can the Minister do to help those organisations to get the funds they need to support those young lives, so that they can play a full part in life?
  • Social Care Funding — [Sir Charles Walker in the Chair] (1 Oct 2019)
    Derek Thomas: I started the year encouraged by the 10-year plan and now by this weekend’s infrastructure investment. They are both welcome. Certainly, in Cornwall and on the Isles of Scilly, there is an ambition and enthusiasm for how they can use such opportunities to put right the challenges that we have. We all recognise, as has already been said this afternoon, that everything hinges on how we...
  • Health Infrastructure Plan (30 Sep 2019)
    Derek Thomas: I welcome this fantastic announcement. Our fantastic NHS staff are expected to deliver modern NHS services in buildings that were designed for a completely different era. Therefore, when considering the proposals that will come forward from Cornwall, will he pay particular attention to those that involve modern technology, so that people do not have to travel to the centre to receive...
  • Brexit Readiness: Operation Yellowhammer (25 Sep 2019)
    Derek Thomas: In his statement, my right hon. Friend referred to the measures that were taken to ensure that fish caught today along the coast of Cornwall would be sold the following day in the EU. This welcome statement will reassure fishermen in Newlyn, but uncertainty, lack of investment, and concerns over ownership of the quota are already causing problems. Will the Secretary say something to reassure...
  • Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Heart Diseases: Medical Treatments (26 Jul 2019)
    Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2019 to Question 272771 on Heart Diseases: Health Services, if he will estimate the number of patients with structural heart diseases who have been unable to access transcatheter aortic valve implantation procedures by region in each year from 2015 to 2019; and if he will make an assessment of the...
  • Health and Social Care: NHS Facilities (23 Jul 2019)
    Derek Thomas: The Minister will be aware that our general district hospital was closed to new admissions in recent weeks, and the reason given was delayed transfers of care. Ever since I was elected, many others have joined me in looking at how we can provide a step-down, step-up facility—a community healthcare hub—with beds in the St Ives constituency. I wonder what funding is available to achieve...
  • Small and Village School Funding (17 Jul 2019)
    Derek Thomas: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak, Sir David, and I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Harborough (Neil O’Brien) on securing the debate. I have 56 schools in my constituency, and 40 of them certainly have fewer than 100 pupils—unfortunately, some as low as 30, or perhaps just over. That is a real challenge. The problem, as has been said by my hon. Friend the Member for...
  • NHS Workforce: England — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (17 Jul 2019)
    Derek Thomas: I congratulate the hon. Member for Wolverhampton South West (Eleanor Smith) on securing this debate on an issue that she and I have discussed—her office is near mine in Norman Shaw North—and both care deeply about. I am glad to see the Minister in his place. He knows my constituency well and understands the challenge of getting to it. In fact, he was the first MP ever to visit me in the...
  • NHS Workforce: England — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (17 Jul 2019)
    Derek Thomas: I am addressing the point the hon. Member for Wolverhampton South West made about the importance of working cross-party, as we will in this Chamber. I will come to the bursary later. Actually, I will come to that part of my speech now as the hon. Member for Lincoln (Karen Lee) has mentioned it. I was one of the MPs who signed a cross-party letter requesting a royal commission for the 70th...
  • NHS Workforce: England — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (17 Jul 2019)
    Derek Thomas: I said that in humour, which is why I talked about my own skill—or lack of. It is a curious thing, though, to hear people talking about the crisis in staffing when so many of them are in this place. On a more important note, we are in a tricky situation with the challenges around the apprenticeship levy. In Cornwall, we hope to train 200 nurses using the apprenticeship levy over the next...
  • NHS Workforce: England — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (17 Jul 2019)
    Derek Thomas: I will when I have finished this point. Whatever the solution, we must recognise the added pressure on existing staff.
  • NHS Workforce: England — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (17 Jul 2019)
    Derek Thomas: I appreciate that valuable intervention. I had a conversation with the former Secretary of State for Health about how, when the student loan was introduced, there might have been a way in which students had all their loan written off if they gave seven years’ service to the NHS. The advantage of that, to be honest, is that people who had done seven years after qualifying would probably...
  • Defence Spending — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (16 Jul 2019)
    Derek Thomas: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed (Anne-Marie Trevelyan) on securing the debate. As someone who represents RNAS Culdrose in my constituency, I cannot stress enough that base’s value to our local area, to our community and to the skills and opportunities afforded to our young people and those who work there. My hon. Friend was right to challenge us to...
  • Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Zero-carbon Economy (16 Jul 2019)
    Derek Thomas: Publicly owned buildings such as schools and hospitals can access interest-free loans in order to retrofit their buildings and put on solar panels and so forth. What consideration will be given to allow that kind of scheme to be available to small businesses?
  • Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill (Programme): Climate Change, the Environment and Global Development (10 Jul 2019)
    Derek Thomas: I have been visiting schools for a long time now, and everyone I have spoken to wants a plastic-free school, but the pupils tell me that many of the items that are supplied to the canteens—over which they have no control—are wrapped in single-use plastic. Those children are at their wits’ end, because they feel that they do not have the power to bring about change. What does the hon....
  • Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill (Programme): Climate Change, the Environment and Global Development (10 Jul 2019)
    Derek Thomas: I thank the hon. Lady for her enthusiasm and for the opportunity to intervene. She will be aware that the Committee on Climate Change has said that this is about upscaling and making sure that we have the skills we need right across the country. In places like Cornwall, which I represent, the skills are not there and low-paid jobs are the norm. Does she agree that this gives us the...
  • Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill (Programme): Climate Change, the Environment and Global Development (10 Jul 2019)
    Derek Thomas: My hon. Friend is right that we need to take people with us and ensure that this works for them. Does she agree that if we provide enough charging points for electric vehicles and support people to purchase them, we can help to clean up our environment and significantly reduce the cost of living, because electric vehicles are so much cheaper to run?
  • Written Answers — Home Office: Domestic Appliances: Fire Prevention (4 Jul 2019)
    Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to help reduce the number of electrical fires in the home.