Results 1–20 of 158 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Derek Thomas

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...

Dark Sky Status (Cornwall) (29 Nov 2017)

Derek Thomas: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for South East Cornwall (Mrs Murray) on securing this debate and on giving us the opportunity to talk about Cornwall. I extend the invitation much further than east Cornwall, right down to west Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, which are darker still in lots of ways. Cornwall is already one of the darkest areas in England. It is well documented that...

Dark Sky Status (Cornwall) (29 Nov 2017)

Derek Thomas: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention. If he is offering an opportunity to take some of those American tourists from Ireland to west Cornwall, I would be absolutely delighted. We live in an unspoiled dark area, so achieving the status would not necessarily require significant changes to light pollution levels today. The many people who are working hard to achieve the dark skies...

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.


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