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Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Commonwealth Summit: London (21 Nov 2017)

Derek Thomas: What progress he has made on preparations for the Commonwealth summit in London in April 2018.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Commonwealth Summit: London (21 Nov 2017)

Derek Thomas: I thank the Foreign Secretary for that response. The summit provides a real opportunity for young people. Given that 40% of the world’s young people live in the Commonwealth, what more can the Department do to nurture aspiration and create opportunity in the interests of prosperity, democracy and peace across our Commonwealth partners?

Social Care: Supported Housing (25 Oct 2017)

Derek Thomas: I refer Members to my declaration regarding supported housing in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Waveney (Peter Aldous), who held a fantastic debate on this subject in Westminster Hall two weeks ago, and to other Members who have worked so hard to make sure that the concerns of the most vulnerable people in supported housing...

Social Care (25 Oct 2017)

Derek Thomas: I concur with pretty much everything said this afternoon. As an MP who recently fought a marginal seat, I fully felt the pain and discomfort over how we handled the proposals for social care. Since then, however, several constituents have come to me having lost family homes because they needed to pay for a family member in care. As we know, the money people have can dwindle down to...

Taxes on Small Businesses — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Derek Thomas: Unquestionably, since 2010 the Government have taken action to support small businesses and stimulate local economic growth. I am glad that the debate has provided an opportunity to remind the House of those measures. I am also glad that we have been able to discuss the introduction of positive employee support, such as the national living wage and auto-enrolment. We are united in our desire...

Taxes on Small Businesses — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Derek Thomas: I beg to move, That this House has considered the effect of taxes on small businesses. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Dorries. I am grateful for the opportunity to raise this issue, which affects small businesses in west Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, in the constituency of St Ives. Some 87% of business enterprises in my west Cornwall constituency are classed as...

Taxes on Small Businesses — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Derek Thomas: If the hon. Gentleman is happy to wait, I will be pleased to address that issue later. I will move on to business rates, which have been quite a contentious and well-documented issue in recent months. There is no doubt in my mind that if the Treasury were inventing a taxation system from scratch today, the current business rate system would not feature in its proposals. The Government should...

Surgical Mesh Implants — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Derek Thomas: I commend the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle (Emma Hardy) for securing this vital debate. I knew nothing about surgical mesh until I was elected in 2015. Since then, women who have written to me or sat opposite me in my surgery have introduced me to their experience: a world of untold suffering, misery, distress and anxiety, which could and should have been avoided. I can...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Unmet Social Care Needs (10 Oct 2017)

Derek Thomas: The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust was put into special measures last week, but delayed discharge caused by unmet social care needs contributes to the pressure in the trust. I welcome the £12 million that was awarded to the council this April to address that, but what more can the Minister do to help to relieve the pressure? Will he meet me and my Cornish colleagues to discuss the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Derek Thomas: I welcome the Second Reading of this Bill, and I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in this debate and to follow the hon. Member for Lewisham East (Heidi Alexander). My constituency voted decisively to leave the European Union, and I am determined that the process of leaving the EU gives the people of west Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly the certainty, continuity and control that this...

Letting Agent Fees (Tenants) — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (6 Sep 2017)

Derek Thomas: Thank you, Mr Owen. I am grateful for the opportunity to speak, and I commend my hon. Friend the Member for Thirsk and Malton (Kevin Hollinrake) on securing this important debate. I welcome the Government’s action. When I first became a Member of Parliament in 2015, I was amazed at the number of prospective tenants who came to see me about this issue. We surveyed all the letting...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (10 Jul 2017)

Derek Thomas: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (10 Jul 2017)

Derek Thomas: On that note, as the MP with RNAS Culdrose in my constituency, may I ask the Secretary of State for an update on airpower capability and training for the new Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier?

Safety of Riders and Horses on Rural Roads (4 Jul 2017)

Derek Thomas: I thank the Minister for his response. We know our communities are working together. That includes groups such as the Pass Wide and Slow campaign and the British Horse Society, but also cycling and motorcycling groups. They are bring forward sensible recommendations and ideas, and I look forward to seeing how the Government can increase their participation and do the right thing for...

Safety of Riders and Horses on Rural Roads (4 Jul 2017)

Derek Thomas: I beg to move, That this House has considered the safety of riders and horses on rural roads. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir David, and to open this important debate; a number of colleagues have been very active on this issue and would also like to have secured it. I will welcome interventions and speeches later. I congratulate the new Under-Secretary of State for...

Safety of Riders and Horses on Rural Roads (4 Jul 2017)

Derek Thomas: I thank my right hon. Friend for her intervention; she is absolutely right, and I was pleased to meet the BHS today to discuss its concerns. A lot of the work, including this debate, that we have been doing over the past couple of years with Debbie Smith, the British Horse Society and many others is about raising awareness of how we should use our roads and consider others’ safety, and...

Safety of Riders and Horses on Rural Roads (4 Jul 2017)

Derek Thomas: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. I live in west Cornwall, where most of the roads are very narrow and horses and riders enjoy their valuable and important pursuit. It is absolutely right that we raise awareness and help drivers to understand that horses are living beings—they have brains. Something that they see, but we in the car behind perhaps cannot, may well cause them...


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