Derek in Parliament

Select Committees 

  • Health Select Committee, 2018 - Present 

  • Science and Technology Select Committee, 2015-17

The committees, to which MPs are elected by their peers at the start of the new parliament, exists to ensure that Government policy and decision-making is based on expertise advice and evidence. Derek is an active member of the Health Select Committee. The cross-party committee, which comprises 11 MPs under the chairmanship of Dr Sarah Wollaston, MP for Totnes, examines the policy, administration and expenditure of the Department of Health and its associated bodies. Although rarely used, the Committee has the power to insist upon the attendance of witnesses and the production of papers and other material.

All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs): 

All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal, cross-party groups formed by MPs and Members of the House of Lords who share a common interest in a particular policy area, region or country.

While they are not official parliamentary committees these groups can sometimes be influential because of their non-partisan, bicameral approach to an issue.

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To view Derek's activity in Parliament, including speeches and voting in parliament, please click here.


Fact and fiction in the smart meter roll-out

West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas has sponsored an event in Westminster at which MPs and civil servants were able to find out what is fact and what is fiction with regard to smart meters.