Results 1–20 of 209 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

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Advice: Education Funding (13 Nov 2018)

Derek Thomas: Everyone will be aware that it is Parliament Week. Schools up and down the country, in west Cornwall and on Scilly are doing an incredible amount of work to raise awareness about what we do here, our amazing democratic system and politics throughout the country. I commend my local schools on their work to raise awareness about such vital issues. I also commend the schools in my constituency,...

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Advice: Education Funding (13 Nov 2018)

Derek Thomas: I shall address that issue when I talk about the apprenticeship levy, but my hon. Friend is absolutely right. There are real pressures on skills in my rural area, so it is imperative that we work with schools to help teachers to understand the jobs and skills that are available and how we can keep people in the area, because it is extremely important in rural areas that we do not have what we...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (1 Nov 2018)

Derek Thomas: The Budget contains many good measures for families in my constituency. I am grateful to be able to take part in this important debate, and I have listened to much of what has been said. I will try not to add to what has already been said but instead identify issues that have not yet been covered. Families rightly want to feel secure in their homes, and I have three asks that I think could...

Hospice Funding and the NHS Pay Award — [Mr Philip Davies in the Chair] (31 Oct 2018)

Derek Thomas: I thank the hon. Member for Heywood and Middleton (Liz McInnes) for securing the debate. “Fantastic” is probably the wrong word to use, but this is an important opportunity for us to speak about the great work that hospices do, the part that they play in all our local communities and how they help people and their families at the most difficult times of their lives. It is an...

Hospice Funding and the NHS Pay Award — [Mr Philip Davies in the Chair] (31 Oct 2018)

Derek Thomas: The hon. Lady is absolutely right, and I have heard several stories where that has been the case. Separate to the debate, there is an obsession—I use that word because it might get the Minister’s attention, although it may be the wrong one—with getting people home at every possible opportunity. When I sit with those people, some of whom are desperately lonely, I ask whether...

Health and Social Care: Health and Social Care Hubs (23 Oct 2018)

Derek Thomas: Health and social care hubs provide a real opportunity to ensure that patients are cared for in the right place, and it is vital for that to be extended to those who need palliative care. Can the Minister confirm that the NHS 10-year plan will adequately address the need for equal and appropriate access to palliative care across the country?

Road Safety — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (16 Oct 2018)

Derek Thomas: Safety on our roads is obviously an important issue; it is also one that we have discussed here in Parliament before. The countryside is changing and has been for many years, and yet country roads are not changing, except perhaps for repairs of a few potholes and patchy resurfacing. I am talking in particular about roads in rural areas. I credit my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Small Business: Rates (16 Oct 2018)

Derek Thomas: The Secretary of State will know that I have been concerned about this issue for some time. I met a business on Saturday whose business rates, which are currently about £300 a month, will go up to over £1,000 a month next April. What can I take to that business to assure them that we are on its side?

Agriculture Bill (10 Oct 2018)

Derek Thomas: This Bill is about how we continue farming after Brexit and the CAP, and farmers in my constituency welcome it. The most beautiful constituency has been mentioned a few times, but I do not even need to pitch for it, because any MP who has been down to West Cornwall or even on Scilly has already decided that St Ives is the most beautiful constituency, so there is no need to persist. That is...

Health and Social Care: Mistakes in Healthcare (24 Jul 2018)

Derek Thomas: What steps his Department is taking to support families and patients affected by mistakes made in the healthcare system.

Health and Social Care: Mistakes in Healthcare (24 Jul 2018)

Derek Thomas: I thank the Minister for that response, but since I was elected three years ago I have come across several examples of families who have lost loved ones who went to hospital for repeat interventions from the health service, yet died from undiagnosed conditions, many of which could have been avoided. The problem is that those families have found getting answers and finding anyone to accept...

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Derek Thomas: The only things that actually matter today are the life chances of people who have been failed for decades by the benefit system. People who have been trapped out of the workplace do not care two hoots for the politics on display here today. In a previous life, I worked to support working-age people who had little or no opportunity of getting anywhere near the workplace and satisfying...

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Derek Thomas: My hon. Friend is right. I went into that work because in west Cornwall we have a significant number of people who could be described as vulnerable, some with severe learning disabilities, and who deserve the support and help that they are beginning to get today. Under the benefit system that universal credit replaces, potential employers were encouraged to offer placements and pay people a...

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Derek Thomas: I agree, and I know from my experience of working with some of those vulnerable people that they have untapped talents and skills. Employers want access to those skills, but all sorts of barriers have existed. They are beginning to be broken down now, enabling people to move away from the support my hon. Friend describes and giving them much more control over their lives. More must be done to...

Sustainable Fisheries (4 Jul 2018)

Derek Thomas: I welcome the statement, which will come as a relief to the sector in Newlyn and west Cornwall and is consistent with promises that have been made by the Secretary of State and the Fisheries Minister in Newlyn. After years of decline and the erosion of the fleet, skills and infrastructure as a result of the common fisheries policy, will the Secretary of State give careful consideration to how...

Council Tax and Second Homes (26 Jun 2018)

Derek Thomas: If every property’s rubbish was collected at the same time by the refuse collection company, that would reduce vehicle movements and congestion in our tourist areas, which are often not built for large vehicles at the best of times. In summary, I believe that asking for council tax to be paid on every property would provide a significant boost to funds which could be used to help...

Council Tax and Second Homes (26 Jun 2018)

Derek Thomas: I appreciate the opportunity to raise this important issue for my constituents, for the whole community in Cornwall and, I am sure, for many tourist areas around the country. I am a firm believer that taxes should be simple and fair and that they should benefit the local community, so my overriding priority in securing a debate on council tax is to ensure that it is as easy as possible for...

Council Tax and Second Homes (26 Jun 2018)

Derek Thomas: I will give way first to my colleague from St Austell and Newquay.

Council Tax and Second Homes (26 Jun 2018)

Derek Thomas: That is a completely fair point, and I will be addressing it later. I have had meetings with people in St Ives town, where this has been a particular issue and where bins have been removed because the council has deemed them to have been abused by holiday let owners. This has resulted in residents who are paying council tax having nowhere to put their rubbish.

Council Tax and Second Homes (26 Jun 2018)

Derek Thomas: I am quite impressed by that intervention. It was quite a thing to hear, and I am sure that it will go on public record and that people will refer to it in future. I have raised this issue with the Chancellor of the Exchequer since I was elected in 2015. I have raised it with three separate Secretaries to the Treasury, and I raised it once again just a couple of weeks ago in a debate in...


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