September 5, 2012
Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): Like John Mann, I deeply regret the failure by the International Olympic Committee to commemorate properly the 40th anniversary of the murder not only of 11 Israeli athletes and team members but of a West German policeman at the Munich Olympiad in 1972. As my hon. Friend […]
September 4, 2012
Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I assumed there would be a large crowd interested in every word on this subject, but, unfortunately, I often have this effect when speaking in the House: the Chamber empties. The census particularly affects one of the two cities I represent: the city of Westminster. Unfortunately, Ms Buck […]
July 16, 2012
Mark made the following contributions to a debate on the future of adult social care:Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): Does the Minister not recognise that any cap, be it at £35,000 or £60,000, as was initially proposed by Dilnot, is likely within a very short time to be wholly inadequate, given the funding constraints that we are under? The harsh reality is that people who wish to preserve an inheritance for their children—that is an understandable desire—must recognise, as must their children, that those children....
July 11, 2012
Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster, Conservative) I congratulate Mr Slaughter on getting this important debate, which affects all of us who are central and west London MPs. I am sure that he regrets the necessity of the debate. Our constituencies have a number of hospitals in common and, over some time, he and I have discussed health matters that affect them. New commissioning boards, run by local GPs, will come into play from next April...
July 9, 2012
Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I regret that I will not be in the same Lobby tomorrow night as my hon. Friend the Member for Altrincham and Sale West (Mr Brady), even though I agreed with much that he had to say today. I think that the primacy problem in this place has nothing whatever to do with the House of Lords or even the House of Commons. The real issue that lies at the heart of UK constitutional politics is the corrosive effect of the overweening primacy of the Executive. Anything, but anything that provides an effective counterweight to the oft unchallenged power of the Executive is, in my view, a good thing.
July 2, 2012
Mark spoke at Committee Stage of the Finance Bill to express his deep concerns about the practical application of the proposed changes to child benefits. Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I must confess that I support the principle behind the clause but share many of the concerns expressed by Cathy Jamieson about its practicality. However, I accept that there is an overriding need to reduce the vast fiscal deficit, and all of us who feel that way must look at the provisions, whether in the Budget or elsewhere, and....
April 23, 2012
Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster, Conservative): It is a pleasure to be part and parcel of such an interesting debate. I especially commend the speech of my hon. Friend Mr Tyrie. Chris Leslie also made a thoughtful contribution, which covered a range of issues. As he said, it is regrettable that much of the real scrutiny of the Bill will be carried out in the other place, partly because of the guillotine but also because of the way in which votes on amendments are driven through here. I do not think that that reflects at all well on the House of Commons, which should be a place for genuine scrutiny rather than one that railroads Bills through their stages.
April 19, 2012
Mark made the following contributions to a debate on the changes to Personal Allowances.Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster, Conservative): My hon. Friend is making a sensible and thoughtful speech and some important points. The Honourable Member for Leeds West prayed in aid changes made by Sir Winston Churchill 87 years ago. However, the numbers qualifying then for any sort of pension, let alone an age-related one, were minuscule compared with the numbers qualifying today and in decades to come.
April 16, 2012
Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster, Conservative) I want to make a brief contribution to this important debate. The phrase that comes to mind is “something will turn up”. It is one of the classic stratagems of last resort in politics and perhaps life in general. I suspect that the Treasury’s handling of the UK’s economy owes rather more than it might be willing to admit to the Mr Micawber principle. After all, time often alleviates and sometimes even eliminates what seem like intractably difficult problems. In stark contrast to the first Thatcher Government, who front-loaded much of the economic pain, the modern-day Treasury, while espousing a tough austerity message, has adopted a more pragmatic, steady-as-she-goes path.
March 19, 2012
Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I am one of 144 Members of Parliament in the Thames Water area directly affected by the issue of the Thames tunnel, and I hope that both the Minister and Gavin Shuker will forgive me if I restrict my comments to the area that is close to my heart. It is good to have consensus at times in politics and to be able to discuss issues in a measured way. One of the difficulties with the Thames tunnel is that there will be one hell of an outcry from many Thames Water customers in the years to come when they recognise the sheer cost implied by what is being put into place through this national policy statement for waste water, as it affects not only the London area, but the Thames Water area....