Results 1–20 of 269 for speaker:Derek Thomas

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Tax: Small Businesses (17 Apr 2018)

Derek Thomas: A significant number of businesses in west Cornwall and the constituency of St Ives, which I represent, are facing extreme hardship because of business rate increases in 2017 and 2018. This is becoming a burden that is too great for them to bear. What immediate help can the Minister make available to these hard-working business owners?

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Chiropody (29 Mar 2018)

Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will provide education and advice on accessing podiatry services to patients considered at risk of falling.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Chiropody: Training (29 Mar 2018)

Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of removing bursaries on the number of students studying podiatry in 2018.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Dental Services: Rural Areas (28 Mar 2018)

Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to ensure rural areas have adequate access to dentists; and whether the Government provides incentives for dentists to work in areas where there is an acute shortage.

European Council (26 Mar 2018)

Derek Thomas: It is welcome that the implementation period will create confidence for British business—for all except perhaps the UK fishing industry. UK fishing must be given confidence and must be prepared. Do the Prime Minister and the Chancellor plan to build that confidence by investing in our fishing fleet, improving the infrastructure of our ports and ensuring that we have adequate...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Arthritis: Chiropody (21 Mar 2018)

Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he takes to ensure that every patient newly diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis is referred to podiatry services for early examination.

Leaving the Eu: Fisheries Management (20 Mar 2018)

Derek Thomas: I thank the Secretary of State for his statement, but he will remember his visit to Newlyn, where he heard of significant multimillion-pound plans to invest in the harbour to make it ready for this new dawn of fishing. I hate to prolong the point, but will he categorically confirm that who fishes in UK waters from 2021 will be our decision? Will he confirm that we will regain that control?...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Sustainable Development (20 Mar 2018)

Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress has been made on achieving the 17 sustainable development goals; and what steps her Department is taking to (a) support and (b) collaborate with the nations who have signed up to those goals.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Planning Permission (14 Mar 2018)

Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many planning applications have been "called-in" in each of the last five years for which data is available; and how many of those applications included development (a) on or (b) adjacent to an airfield.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Work Capability Assessment (12 Mar 2018)

Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if her Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of (a) changing its guidance to allow electronic recordings of employment support allowance and personal independence payment assessments and (b) providing medical assessors with approved equipment to record those assessments; and if she will make a statement.

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

Derek Thomas: March is Brain Tumour Awareness Month, a month dedicated to supporting people affected by brain tumours and to raising funds and awareness. Brain tumours remain the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40, a fact that has to change. There has been great progress over the past month, with the Government turning their attention to this underfunded disease, but so much more can be...

UK Fisheries Policy — [Mr Ian Paisley in the Chair] (27 Feb 2018)

Derek Thomas: There is growing concern among the members of the fishing community in west Cornwall, including the Cornish Fish Producers Organisation, about the terms of the UK Government’s proposed implementation period for Brexit and the potentially disastrous implications for the fishing industry. That is why I give particular credit to my hon. Friend the Member for North Cornwall (Scott Mann)...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Strokes: Medical Treatments (27 Feb 2018)

Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many of the 24 NHS neuroscience centres have been commissioned to perform mechanical thrombectomy from April 2018.

Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review (21 Feb 2018)

Derek Thomas: I pay tribute to constituents of mine who have had surgical mesh implants—their campaign has been quite extraordinary and I am humbled by their work. The truth is that there is little prospect of any improvement in their condition. I welcome the statement and I recognise the issue around the ban and why that might not be possible, but will the Secretary of State assure this House and my...

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...


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