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  • University Students: Compensation for Lost Teaching and Rent (15 Apr 2021)
    Derek Thomas: Every MP will have heard from constituents that, compared with previous years, the quality and quantity of provision for students since March 2020 has not be maintained. That is certainly my experience. The Government have done a remarkable and world-leading job in supporting businesses, families and all sorts of people across the country through the pandemic. Surely they can find a way...
  • His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (12 Apr 2021)
    Derek Thomas: I share with my constituents in west Cornwall and on the Isles of Scilly a tremendous sense of respect for and pride in the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. It was deeply saddening to hear of the passing of Prince Philip, and I am grateful for the opportunity to pay tribute to a man who lived a life of service, and a life that touched many people around the world. Of all the tributes to which I...
  • Prime Minister: Engagements (24 Mar 2021)
    Derek Thomas: Given the past 12 months I, like many others, would not want the job of Prime Minister, even for all the tea in China. However, the job does give opportunities to directly improve the lives of people who are very, very sick. March is Brain Tumour Awareness Month and over 100,000 people have signed a Brain Tumour Research petition calling for the Government to match brain tumour research...
  • Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse (22 Mar 2021)
    Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce the cost of alcohol to the NHS.
  • Research and Development Funding — [Peter Dowd in the Chair] (17 Mar 2021)
    Derek Thomas: I congratulate the hon. Member for Cambridge (Daniel Zeichner) on securing this essential and timely debate. He rightly referred to the renewed awareness of how critical properly funded research and development is, and how it saves lives. There is a need to provide adequate public research funding for brain tumours. We have developed the covid vaccine through proper funding and a reduction...
  • Levelling Up (16 Mar 2021)
    Derek Thomas: I am pleased that the Isles of Scilly were included in the recent Budget for category 1 capacity funding for the levelling up fund. The transport link to Scilly is the most important issue for everyone on Scilly. They rely on it for everything—literally—that they need. Will the Minister confirm that finding a solution for a resilient and affordable transport system is the kind of...
  • International Women’s Day (11 Mar 2021)
    Derek Thomas: The UK is a signatory to the 17 sustainable development goals, which I wish we discussed much more in the House. Succeeding in delivering them will lead to women and girls having the greatest opportunity to live full, safe and rewarding lives. That is not because the 17 goals are targeted specifically towards the life chances and rights of women and girls, but because we know that, sadly,...
  • Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation - Income tax (charge) (8 Mar 2021)
    Derek Thomas: This is a welcome Budget statement and offers much for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. For example, I welcome the commitments to apprenticeships. I have personally employed three apprentices under a Conservative Government. Getting the right match between apprentices and jobs will mean a great and much needed route to skilled, well-paid jobs in construction of new homes, which we badly...
  • Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Alcoholic Drinks: Labelling (2 Mar 2021)
    Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take to apply the same labelling standards to alcohol products as currently apply to other food and drink products.
  • Written Answers — Home Office: Alcoholic Drinks: Minimum Prices (1 Mar 2021)
    Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment the Government has made of the effectiveness of the minimum unit pricing for sales of alcohol in Scotland in reducing alcohol consumption; and what plans the Government has to introduce a similar policy in England.
  • Education Return and Awarding Qualifications in 2021 (25 Feb 2021)
    Derek Thomas: I welcome the statement from the Secretary of State. However, I am concerned that we are asking children to wear face coverings in the classroom. Can I ask the Secretary of State to confirm that adequate consideration has been given to understanding the impact this will have on a teacher’s ability to interact and engage with his or her class, and what consideration has been given to the...
  • UK Shellfish Exports (8 Feb 2021)
    Derek Thomas: With your permission, Madam Deputy Speaker, I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family of the Cornish fisherman who died while fishing off the coast of the Isles of Scilly at the weekend and remember the fishermen onboard who witnessed this horror. The Government and the Secretary of State are right to do everything to unblock this. Shellfish is normally purified or processed...
  • Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing: Renewable Energy (29 Jan 2021)
    Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to make (a) heat pumps, (b) solar and (c) other domestic renewables compulsory for all new housing.
  • Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing: Carbon Emissions (27 Jan 2021)
    Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if they will mandate zero carbon heating options in the new Future Homes Standard building regulations and take steps to introduce such new regulations by December 2023.
  • Written Answers — Treasury: Renewable Energy: VAT (26 Jan 2021)
    Derek Thomas: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of removing VAT on domestic renewables and installations for a period of 10 years to (a) help grow the Green Economy and (b) stimulate the uptake of microgeneration in domestic properties.
  • Council Tax: Government’s Proposed Increase (25 Jan 2021)
    Derek Thomas: I was once a member of Penwith District Council, a council renowned for keeping council tax low and the quality of service delivery high. That came to an end with Labour’s local government reorganisation programme, forcing Cornwall Council on the good people of the Duchy. Since then, we have seen several years of council tax rises and several examples of wasteful spending, some of which was...
  • Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Jan 2021)
    Derek Thomas: The announcement by my right hon. Friend that the G7 summit is to take place in Carbis Bay in June presents a tremendous opportunity for my constituency and, of course, the Duchy of Cornwall. I thank the Prime Minister for this. Does he share my belief that the G7 summit offers the perfect opportunity to secure a global commitment to embrace and accelerate our ambitious low-carbon industrial...
  • Covid-19: Schools (18 Jan 2021)
    Derek Thomas: First, I recognise that the Speaker is very keen for us to take part in debates remotely where possible, and I fully respect that. However, given that teachers continue to deliver face-to-face education to essential workers’ children in testing circumstances, it seemed only right that I should come here and represent them in person. Please be assured, Madam Deputy Speaker, that I have seen...
  • National Trust: 125th Anniversary (15 Dec 2020)
    Derek Thomas: I thank Mr Speaker for allowing me to bring forward this debate on the National Trust in the year of its 125th anniversary, which is obviously coming to an end. The National Trust is a fantastic British institution and an important part of our offer to international tourists. In many ways, the National Trust sets the benchmark for the high standard of our heritage and natural environment....
  • National Trust: 125th Anniversary (15 Dec 2020)
    Derek Thomas: I welcome that intervention, and that is exactly my point—the National Trust is such an important institution, is so celebrated and important to the British way of life, our care and protection of the natural environment, that if we allow some of these things to continue, that good work could be lost—lost in translation, if not lost to the awareness of the public. Yes, this is a difficult...