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Category: Speeches

  • April 19, 2012

    Personal Allowances from 2013

    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

    Finance Bill

    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

    National Policy Statement (Waste Water)

    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....
  • March 19, 2012

    The Thames Tunnel

    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.
  • March 14, 2012

    Financial assistance for major works

    Mark made the following contributions to a debate on the construction of the Thames Tideway Tunnel, a new sewer project for London. Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I appreciate that the right hon. Gentleman’s debate is not entirely abstract, but on amendment 5 how would the Government be able to judge financial assistance on the basis of that debt to equity ratio? Presumably, assistance will come in different tranches, so any group company’s activity might at various times fall on either side of any category that the right hon. Gentleman has in mind, and any assistance might be for a specific project in different tranches. Does he not feel that his amendment...
  • March 12, 2012

    Backbench Business Committee

    Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): This has been a passionate debate and I agreed with much of what my hon. Friend Mr Bone and Natascha Engel had to say. Perhaps they gave their case a little less credit by resorting to elements of hyperbole—indeed, there were hints of hysteria coming from Pete Wishart —but I agree fundamentally with what they said. This Executive, like every other Executive and—this is even sadder to see—shadow Executive, have an unhealthy tendency to meddle in matters that are best left to
  • February 27, 2012

    Olympics and Paralympics (Funding)

    Mark made the following contributions to a debate about the funding of the Olympics. Mr Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): One of the concerns, if not of many Members of the House, then of many people outside it, is that very little attention seems to have been paid at the beginning to how much this would all cost. Various figures were bandied around at that juncture, and £2.5 billion was suggested as the cost of the overall package. I accept that it is good that we have the games and that there is unity across....
  • February 9, 2012

    Football

    Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster, Conservative) All too often, clubs in appalling financial difficulty grasp at the nearest straw like a drowning man. There may be only one individual who can save the club, but they may not pass the fit-and-proper-person test in a meaningful way. However, if the choice is that person or the club going bust, one understands why the former choice is made, albeit one that leads to other difficulties further down the line. ...
  • February 7, 2012

    Banking (Responsibility & Reform)

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster, Conservative) We all appreciate that this banking crisis has gone on considerably longer than we envisaged. In 2008, we probably all thought that we would have divested ourselves of our huge stake in RBS and Lloyds Banking Group by now. I therefore fully support the idea of a structure for bonuses that would come into play only when we have divested ourselves of our stake in those two banks. However, I get the impression...
  • February 7, 2012

    Intellectual Property

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster, Conservative) I congratulate Pete Wishart on securing this important debate. As Members will gather, these issues are close to his heart and, given his interests, perhaps his wallet. As for a parody of MP4, however, I fear that the world is not ready quite yet for a remake of “This is Spinal Tap”, but perhaps the hon. Gentleman has other ideas.