Results 1–20 of 229 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

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Travel: Affordability (10 Jan 2019)

Derek Thomas: Ministers will be aware of how long it takes to get right down to Penzance in my constituency.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Travel: Affordability (10 Jan 2019)

Derek Thomas: Too long. They will also be aware that people very much depend on that form of transport. The truth is that average wages across my constituency are about a third of those in the rest of the country. Will the Minister give consideration to whether there can be some fairness for my constituents so that they pay less for travel, given their dependency on the network and the distances they travel?

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Jobs (Devon and Cornwall) (8 Jan 2019)

Derek Thomas: In my constituency, 85% of employees are employed in small businesses, which tell me they struggle to find the skilled workers they need. What can my hon. Friend’s Department do with the Treasury and the Department for Education to ensure that small colleges in particular have the funding they need to provide those skills?

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (19 Dec 2018)

Derek Thomas: It is right that we try to ensure that the voting system is as fair as possible. What work is the Minister doing to improve the current system, and does she agree that a close link between constituents and their representatives is important?

Ons Decisions: Student Loans (18 Dec 2018)

Derek Thomas: The ONS decision actually reminds us that the education of a large number of university students is funded by the taxpayer. That is welcome for those who come from deprived areas and may not earn the £25,000-plus that we would like. Will the Chief Secretary look at fairness across the system, so that people who do not go to university but want to study and train locally can get the skills...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Legal Advice Deserts (18 Dec 2018)

Derek Thomas: Across Cornwall, access to a legal aid lawyer for housing and families is particularly difficult. I have raised that matter before. What can the Minister do to create a greater incentive for lawyers to take up that work?

Rural Post Offices (13 Dec 2018)

Derek Thomas: I thank the Minister for listing those places—she was not far off. Does she accept that it was the work that we have been doing as a local community to put pressure on the Post Office, and to bring this issue to the Minister and other Ministers, that finally got the Post Office even to consider that mobile service, which at the moment is not in place? Some of those villages have not had...

Rural Post Offices (13 Dec 2018)

Derek Thomas: Heamoor, Guval, Carbis Bay,  Leedstown, Praa Sands, Newlyn, Crowntown, Lizard, Porthleven, St Keverne: these are communities that have either lost their post office branch in recent history or where the branch is at risk of closure. I stand here today to call on the Government to make clear that there is no post office closure programme. However, we must do more to secure the future of...

UK Fishing Industry — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (12 Dec 2018)

Derek Thomas: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for South East Cornwall (Mrs Murray) on securing this debate. I also congratulate hon. Members on the way in which we have worked together to give everyone an opportunity to speak. I will do what I can to stick to the time I have. It is good to be able to discuss this issue before next week’s Fisheries Council, and there are a few things about the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Sporting Infrastructure: Cornwall (11 Dec 2018)

Derek Thomas: If he will take steps to increase funding for sporting infrastructure in Cornwall.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Sporting Infrastructure: Cornwall (11 Dec 2018)

Derek Thomas: Dare I say, Mr Speaker, that your tie today is a fine one? The Minister will be aware that I have been working with stakeholders in Cornwall for 10 years now to deliver a stadium for Cornwall. A stadium is not only about sport, although we should celebrate Cornish sport, it is also about the health and wellbeing of children and adults right across the county of Cornwall. We have been working...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration: Economic Effect (5 Dec 2018)

Derek Thomas: I appreciate the opportunity, Mr Speaker. Wales has appreciated European funding, as has Cornwall. Can the Secretary of State assure Cornwall and Wales that they will continue to receive money to tackle deprivation?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (5 Dec 2018)

Derek Thomas: Next week will be the first opportunity for MPs to vote on the withdrawal agreement, and I was glad to have the opportunity to speak in the debate last night. Can my right hon. Friend assure the House and my constituents that, should the withdrawal agreement not secure the support of Parliament, Her Majesty’s Government will seek early dialogue with negotiators in Brussels to seek to...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: 1st Allotted Day (4 Dec 2018)

Derek Thomas: I appreciate the opportunity to speak at the beginning of this important five-day debate. My right hon. Friend the Member for Wantage (Mr Vaizey) said that Brexit is often what has been promised, if only we were doing it properly. I agree with that. Looking back, there are many regrets that we should all share. One is that we in this House have not worked together. We might have differences...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Funding (3 Dec 2018)

Derek Thomas: I represent the furthest south-west constituency in the country, and what I hear from people is that they just do not feel we are getting a fair share of the money available. So what can the Minister do to make sure that funds are available, and that they are evenly distributed across the country so that my constituents have the safety and security they need?

Fisheries Bill (21 Nov 2018)

Derek Thomas: I am glad to follow the hon. Member for Pontypridd (Owen Smith), because he referred to the restrictions of other oceans and other controlled waters, but I can tell him that actually, when a fisherman from Newlyn launches out to sea, they have 200 miles to go before they get into any sort of international waters. At the moment, as we have heard, they are allowed to access only 7% of the cod...

Fisheries Bill (21 Nov 2018)

Derek Thomas: There is great quality fish from Newlyn as well. Actually, that is an important point. The quality of fish caught around the Cornish coast is significant, and it is in demand from Europe. I therefore have no doubt that we will get to the point where Europe will continue to want and buy Cornish fish. My local fishermen welcome this Bill, broadly because its primary objective is to promote...

Road Safety and the Legal Framework — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (20 Nov 2018)

Derek Thomas: I thank the hon. Member for Brentford and Isleworth (Ruth Cadbury) and my hon. Friend the Member for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk (John Lamont) for bringing this important issue to the House’s attention. It is right that we adequately address the problem of accidents that lead to death and serious injury on our roads. I am grateful for the attention given to providing the safest...


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