Derek Thomas – speeches and questions

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  • Contingencies Fund Bill (24 Mar 2020)
    Derek Thomas: I rise to speak on the Contingencies Fund, not least because the Isles of Scilly transport system—I have mentioned this once already today—is desperate for a contingencies fund. I will set out why, and then how, local departments and Government Departments might help with their own contingencies fund. The Isles of Scilly is 28 miles off Land’s End; 2,200 people live there and depend on...
  • Treasury: Covid-19: Support for Businesses (24 Mar 2020)
    Derek Thomas: I am grateful for the opportunity to raise an issue that seems unique to my constituency. The Isles of Scilly sit 28 miles off Land’s End, and all people and supplies travel via large and small private companies. Those businesses rely on the tourist trade in the summer, but that has completely collapsed, and every single one of those businesses is liable to collapse if the Government cannot...
  • Economic Update (17 Mar 2020)
    Derek Thomas: Life and the economy on the Isles of Scilly are particularly fragile. To give a quick example, a passenger boat operator who needs to provide a service for the whole of the islands but relies on tourism tells me that he has five weeks left in business. What can the Chancellor do to help businesses and the community on the Isles of Scilly?
  • Coronavirus (11 Mar 2020)
    Derek Thomas: I thank the Secretary of State and all his team for the way that they have handled this so far and for the statement this evening. I also thank him and others for the way in which they have continued to communicate in a clear and very accessible way. As the spread of the virus affects people’s lives in more and more ways, it is really critical that that continues to happen and that fake...
  • Written Answers — Department for Transport: Electric Vehicles: Charging Points (11 Mar 2020)
    Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the availability of charging points for electric vehicles.
  • Written Answers — Department for Transport: Electric Vehicles: Charging Points (11 Mar 2020)
    Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to raise awareness of the safe use of electric vehicle charging points.
  • Written Answers — Department for Transport: Electric Vehicles: Charging Points (11 Mar 2020)
    Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to increase access to charging points for electric vehicles in rural areas.
  • Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Diabetes: Podiatry (11 Mar 2020)
    Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much the NHS has spent on treating diabetic foot ulcers in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
  • Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Podiatry (11 Mar 2020)
    Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many multidisciplinary foot care teams there are in the NHS; and if he will make a statement.
  • Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Podiatry (11 Mar 2020)
    Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase access to podiatry services; and if he will make a statement.
  • Early Years Education: Equality of Attainment (10 Mar 2020)
    Derek Thomas: The hon. Gentleman is making a great case for providing opportunity for all. The early years national funding formula pays a setting only 100 miles from Cornwall £1.39 an hour more for each child than we receive in Cornwall. Does he agree that, unless we invest in young lives to have the best setting so that pre-schools or nurseries can survive, potentially we are failing this generation?
  • Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Podiatry: Migrant Workers (10 Mar 2020)
    Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to encourage podiatrists from overseas to work in the NHS; and if he will make a statement.
  • Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Podiatry: Training (10 Mar 2020)
    Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase the number of people training to become podiatrists; and if he will make a statement.
  • Health Inequalities (4 Mar 2020)
    Derek Thomas: I am glad to be able to speak in this debate. Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, which I represent, have a real issue with health inequalities, and I was glad recently to ask the Prime Minister to take a look at health inequalities in dental care. That has been touched on already this afternoon in relation to children. As I have said previously in this Chamber, 60% of adults in my constituency...
  • Health Inequalities (4 Mar 2020)
    Derek Thomas: I do agree with that. I did not want to get into party politics, but the Labour party gave the 2006 dental contract to dentists, and we have seen the decline in the availability of dental care in Cornwall from that point. I understand that it cannot be reviewed for another couple of years, but I believe there is work that can be done before then to respond to the challenge, and that is what I...
  • Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Sites of Special Scientific Interest (4 Mar 2020)
    Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of designating a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on local landowners; and what support he provides to landowners affected by lower property values as a result of the designation of an SSSI.
  • Housing and Planning — [Sir Charles Walker in the Chair] (3 Mar 2020)
    Derek Thomas: I commend my hon. Friend the Member for Harborough (Neil O'Brien) for securing this debate and for its importance, since no one in this Chamber or elsewhere would deny the need to ensure that we get the right kind of housing for the people who need it most. While we look at how we get access to affordable housing, I will talk a little bit about how I believe local authorities are as much...
  • Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Support for Small Businesses (3 Mar 2020)
    Derek Thomas: I thank the Minister for his commitment to small business. Small businesses in Cornwall, and especially on the Isles of Scilly, face an unprecedented challenge on 1 January as a result of the proposed immigration Bill. Will the Minister work with the Home Office to make sure that small businesses that do not have a workforce in the local area sitting around looking to and able to fill posts...
  • UK-US Trade Deal (2 Mar 2020)
    Derek Thomas: The Agriculture Bill and the Environment Bill are going through Parliament at the moment, and require our food producers to meet the very highest environmental and food standards. I welcome the Secretary of State’s commitment that no compromise will be made regarding environmental protections, and animal welfare and food standards, but what reassurance can she give to food producers in my...
  • Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: *No heading* (25 Feb 2020)
    Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of enabling personal independent payment claimants who are appealing a decision to retain the use of their Motability vehicle until the conclusion of a Tribunal hearing.