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Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (7 Feb 2018)

Derek Thomas: NHS figures show that, in the south-west, the growth in NHS funding is 2.2% less than the national average. It is also true that the situation is more challenging in the south-west because of an ageing demographic and issues due to sparsity. Does my right hon. Friend agree that providers in the south-west, including NHS Kernow, deserve their fair share of NHS funding? Will she take action to...

Exiting the European Union: Farmers (1 Feb 2018)

Derek Thomas: The Minister referred to us leaving the common agricultural policy. Can he clarify when farmers will no longer be subject to it, and when our fishing industry will no longer be subject to the common fisheries policy? Will it be when we leave the EU next March, or is it more likely to be at the end of a transition period?

Backbench Business: Marriage in Government Policy — [Mr Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (30 Jan 2018)

Derek Thomas: I am grateful for the opportunity to raise this issue. I thank all hon. Members who have taken part, and I thank the Minister for his open and positive response. I look forward to further discussions in the near future. Question put and agreed to. Resolved, That this House has considered Marriage and Government policy.

Backbench Business: Marriage in Government Policy — [Mr Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (30 Jan 2018)

Derek Thomas: I beg to move, That this House has considered marriage and Government policy. I am pleased to have secured this debate and grateful for the opportunity to speak to this important subject. I am also pleased to see a good number of Members here; I hope that is a sign of support for the promotion of the importance of marriage in Government policy. I welcome the Minister and wish him well in his...

Backbench Business: Marriage in Government Policy — [Mr Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (30 Jan 2018)

Derek Thomas: I intend to demonstrate that the Government need to look clearly, across Government policy and Departments, at their role in promoting and protecting marriages and families. I will not be particularly interested in the issue that the hon. Lady mentioned in her intervention, but I am sure that there will be an opportunity to tackle that subject as we go on. The Minister said that the...

Backbench Business: Marriage in Government Policy — [Mr Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (30 Jan 2018)

Derek Thomas: I welcome that comment. It is encouraging to know that there is still a commitment by the public, including among young people, and a natural, in-built desire to have a long and lasting stable relationship. In recent years, the Government’s evidence on what causes poverty now and in the future has identified family instability as a root cause. Children in families that break apart are...

Backbench Business: Marriage in Government Policy — [Mr Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (30 Jan 2018)

Derek Thomas: I believe that measures to support marriage, whether through taxation or by supporting and encouraging people who are considering marrying or moving in together, would actually support all people who are living together in families like those my hon. Friend describes. I do not believe that promoting marriage or putting in place measures to support married couples would discriminate against...

Backbench Business: Marriage in Government Policy — [Mr Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (30 Jan 2018)

Derek Thomas: As I said, by the time they do their GCSEs, 93% of teenagers whose parents are still together have married parents, so I support what my right hon. Friend says. There are obvious reasons why the Government should want to address this important issue. We all want our children and young people to have the very best life chances, we want our communities and schools to thrive, and we want our...

Backbench Business: Marriage in Government Policy — [Mr Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (30 Jan 2018)

Derek Thomas: I would, of course, expect any Government—particularly a Conservative Government—to support individuals to have fulfilled lives, but no one enters a marriage expecting it to fall apart. The Government have a role in supporting people and giving them the best possible chance to make marriage work, for the various reasons I have outlined. I would welcome action from the Minister,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Legal Aid (23 Jan 2018)

Derek Thomas: What steps he is taking to ensure that legal aid is available to people who are entitled to that aid.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Legal Aid (23 Jan 2018)

Derek Thomas: I welcome that answer, but people in my constituency in west Cornwall find it hard to access the legal aid that they are entitled to. In fact, there is only one office there that holds a legal aid contract, and it deals only with family law. Will the Department assess how the changes in legal aid funding have affected rural people, and consider measures to address the shortage?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Derek Thomas: Thank you, Mr Speaker; I will keep my comments brief. I rise to oppose new clause 2 for the following reasons. By seeking full, comprehensive and sufficiently detailed agreements on several aspects of the future relationship between Britain and the EU, it ties the hand of Government. I am not sure that that is any way to negotiate future trading agreements. Furthermore, the new clause is...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Derek Thomas: I think I welcome that intervention. I hear what my right hon. Friend says, and it is true that, despite all the money and business support that Cornwall has received, it voted in favour of leaving the EU. What people in my constituency and across Cornwall want is us to get on with the job—to get the Bill through and then set out clearly how we intend to trade in the future. We are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (17 Jan 2018)

Derek Thomas: I thank the Prime Minister for her response to my hon. Friend the Member for North Cornwall (Scott Mann). NHS England and this Government are investing a further £130 million in radiotherapy treatment for rare and less common cancers, but will she confirm, and reassure my constituents, that there is no need for existing good radiotherapy services in the Sunrise centre to be moved in...

Junk Food Advertising and Childhood Obesity — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (16 Jan 2018)

Derek Thomas: My hon. Friend has made some excellent points. Will he give credit to the many schools across the country, including in west Cornwall, that do the daily mile? Every child does 15 minutes’ exercise or walks a mile every day. He is right to encourage schools, but it must be soul-destroying for teachers to go home and see TV advertising undoing their good work.

Prisoners: Parental Rights — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Derek Thomas: I commend the hon. Member for Swansea East (Carolyn Harris) for securing this important debate. I found her contribution and the other speeches interesting and profound, and I have learned a great deal. I could have left the role of prisons and what goes on there for other colleagues to debate. I represent St Ives and the Isles of Scilly, and there are no prisons nearby and crime is...

Prisoners: Parental Rights — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Derek Thomas: That is right, and I welcome my hon. Friend’s intervention because it helps to support the point I want to make in concluding. As I said earlier, everyone has a heartbeat and we need to do what we can to support prisoners, their families and the wider community. The gold standard would be to ensure that, whatever their sentence and wherever they were sent, they will receive equal...

Prison Reform and Safety: UK Fishing Industry (7 Dec 2017)

Derek Thomas: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Great Grimsby (Melanie Onn). I am delighted that we were able to secure this debate through my hon. Friend the Member for South East Cornwall (Mrs Murray). Fishing is perhaps the oldest industry in all the south-west and it is deeply ingrained in the culture and heritage of my west Cornwall and Isles of Scilly constituency. Fishing and its...

Prison Reform and Safety: UK Fishing Industry (7 Dec 2017)

Derek Thomas: My hon. Friend is absolutely right, and that has been quite successful, particularly in Newlyn. Newlyn bass is worth a premium in London simply because of clear and correct labelling. The word bycatch implies that it is unavoidable. The Commission is damaging fishermen’s integrity by implying that they are deliberately fishing their by-catch. At the same time, high domestic and...


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