Derek Thomas – speeches and questions

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  • Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Jan 2021)
    Derek Thomas: The announcement by my right hon. Friend that the G7 summit is to take place in Carbis Bay in June presents a tremendous opportunity for my constituency and, of course, the Duchy of Cornwall. I thank the Prime Minister for this. Does he share my belief that the G7 summit offers the perfect opportunity to secure a global commitment to embrace and accelerate our ambitious low-carbon industrial...
  • Covid-19: Schools (18 Jan 2021)
    Derek Thomas: First, I recognise that the Speaker is very keen for us to take part in debates remotely where possible, and I fully respect that. However, given that teachers continue to deliver face-to-face education to essential workers’ children in testing circumstances, it seemed only right that I should come here and represent them in person. Please be assured, Madam Deputy Speaker, that I have seen...
  • Covid-19: Schools (18 Jan 2021)
    Derek Thomas: First, I recognise that the Speaker is very keen for us to take part in debates remotely where possible, and I fully respect that. However, given that teachers continue to deliver face-to-face education to essential workers’ children in testing circumstances, it seemed only right that I should come here and represent them in person. Please be assured, Madam Deputy Speaker, that I have seen...
  • National Trust: 125th Anniversary (15 Dec 2020)
    Derek Thomas: I thank Mr Speaker for allowing me to bring forward this debate on the National Trust in the year of its 125th anniversary, which is obviously coming to an end. The National Trust is a fantastic British institution and an important part of our offer to international tourists. In many ways, the National Trust sets the benchmark for the high standard of our heritage and natural environment....
  • National Trust: 125th Anniversary (15 Dec 2020)
    Derek Thomas: I welcome that intervention, and that is exactly my point—the National Trust is such an important institution, is so celebrated and important to the British way of life, our care and protection of the natural environment, that if we allow some of these things to continue, that good work could be lost—lost in translation, if not lost to the awareness of the public. Yes, this is a difficult...
  • National Trust: 125th Anniversary (15 Dec 2020)
    Derek Thomas: I want to make it clear that the work that the National Trust has done around west Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly—Cornwall in particular—is hugely important and valued. In April 2020 I set up, with a councillor from Cornwall Council, a tourism recovery group, and the National Trust took part as a representative of many different organisations, all charged with trying to find a safe way...
  • Planning for the Future — [Sir Charles Walker in the Chair] (15 Dec 2020)
    Derek Thomas: I was asking the Minister to consider a way to enable local authorities to ensure that local people have access to the homes once they are built. I will now look at other models that enable working families to get on the property ladder, not forgetting what I said earlier about the promise, security and opportunity of owning one’s own home. My hon. Friend the Member for North Cornwall...
  • Planning for the Future — [Sir Charles Walker in the Chair] (15 Dec 2020)
    Derek Thomas: I stand to carry on the conversation that we have just had with my hon. Friend the Member for North Cornwall (Scott Mann). I thank the hon. Member for Richmond Park (Sarah Olney) for securing this important debate and the Minister for all he does and for his willingness to engage with all those who are keen to be involved in this area. As we heard, the White Paper proposes a range of...
  • Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Utilities: Ownership (15 Dec 2020)
    Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of utility companies adopting a household ownership model similar to South West Water’s WaterShare+ scheme.
  • Childhood Cancers: Research — [David Mundell in the Chair] (7 Dec 2020)
    Derek Thomas: I commend the hon. Member for Gower (Tonia Antoniazzi) for opening this debate, and I also commend Fiona Govan for her incredible work to secure the signatures needed to trigger this debate. I know that Fiona would say that it is the least she could do following the loss of her grandson, but she, along with many other families suffering the same trauma, expect us to do something. The...
  • Public Health (1 Dec 2020)
    Derek Thomas: I am glad that I came to the Chamber in good time. I was one of those who voted against the national lockdown, because I am in a privileged position: I am a Cornwall MP and I represent the Isles of Scilly—and Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight are the only parts of England in tier 1. I will therefore be voting, if not enthusiastically, certainly in support of the...
  • Spending Review 2020 and OBR Forecast (25 Nov 2020)
    Derek Thomas: The Chancellor is quite right that people want to look back and see that their community is better off than before. To pick up on the point about the shared prosperity fund, Cornwall also received European funding and has been promised the shared prosperity fund, but it is often difficult in areas where the population is not so large to demonstrate value for money to the Treasury, and as a...
  • Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Drinking Water (10 Nov 2020)
    Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure all school pupils continue to have easy access to drinking water throughout the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Drinking Water (10 Nov 2020)
    Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken to ensure all pupils have good access to toilets and wash rooms throughout the school day during the covid-19 outbreak.
  • Lockdown: Economic Support (3 Nov 2020)
    Derek Thomas: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I hope it is worth waiting for. Can I thank the Chief Secretary for all that is being done to help my constituents in west Cornwall and on Scilly? One of the great successes of recent years is the job growth across Cornwall, and that is because small businesses have been set up by entrepreneurs—individuals who know they cannot get a big job in big business,...
  • Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Concessions (27 Oct 2020)
    Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to train operators operating limited timetables as a result of the covid-19 outbreak, whether the Government will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to permit railcards not previously permitted to be used at peak times to be used during peak times to assist employees with the costs of...
  • Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Diabetes: Coronavirus (26 Oct 2020)
    Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to ensure people with (a) diabetes and (b) at risk of serious consequences from covid-19 are being actively reviewed by suitably qualified healthcare professionals.
  • Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Diabetes: Coronavirus (23 Oct 2020)
    Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that integrated care systems and sustainability and transformation partnerships have up-to-date guidance on the increased risk to people with uncontrolled diabetes of covid-19; and what steps he is taking to ensure that regional NHS teams are monitoring their plans to (a) identify and (b)...
  • Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Diabetes: Mental Health Services (22 Oct 2020)
    Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of psychologists (a) specialising in diabetes and (b) providing clinics for people with diabetes.
  • Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Planning Permission (22 Oct 2020)
    Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals on (a) ensuring contractors are not able to start work on site without evidence of a planning approval notice and (b) seeking consent from all landowners affected by the application to be given before starting work.