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Category: Speeches

  • February 6, 2012

    Financial Services Bill

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster, Conservative) To be frank, I still regard too much of this legislation as deficient, and I shall touch on some specific concerns, but it would be remiss not to give the Treasury significant credit for some of the work it has done. The extensive and broadly constructive pre-legislative consultation by the Joint Committee is a positive step. The outstanding and ongoing contribution
  • February 1, 2012

    Benefit Cap

    Mark made the following contributions to a debate on the benefit cap.Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I agree with where the Minister is coming from, but he should not doubt the sincerity of many London Members, particularly those of us who represent inner-London seats. We have deep concerns that some of our local residents will have to move. They will not be made homeless—I agree with him that we should not exaggerate—but they will have to move to other parts of London or the UK....
  • February 1, 2012

    UK Relations with the EU & the Coalition in 2012

    Mark made the following speech at a breakfast meeting on UK relations with the EU and the Coalition in 2012: Now one-twelfth of the ‘New’ Year is already behind us, but the Eurozone saga continues unabated. I have frequently observed that it is a victory for politics over economics, but it also reflects a victory for sheer human nature. Too often when we are confronted with painful choices, we as humans default into denial. Perhaps politicians across our continent are not such a bizarre breed or law unto themselves as we all thought!
  • January 25, 2012

    Holding the Intelligence and Security Services to Account over Implementing a Robust Cyber Strategy

    Mark made the following speech today at the 2012 Cyber Defence and Network Security Conference in his capacity as a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee:The growth of the internet is the defining technological change of this generation. Not only has it transformed the way we communicate, socialise, transact, consume,...
  • January 25, 2012

    UK-India Trade

    Mark made the following contributions to a debate tabled by Stephen Hammond MP on UK-India trade.Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster, Conservative) It is a pleasure to be here under your chairmanship, Mr Walker, and in a debate initiated by one of my close friends in Parliament, my hon. Friend Stephen Hammond. I will speak, if I may, very briefly. I have made two visits to India—in 2003 and in 2006. Between those years, there was a change in Government. What struck me was the confidence of the business and political classes in New Delhi and Bombay. I suspect that, six years ...
  • January 24, 2012

    Local Government Finance Bill

    Mark made the following contribution to the Local Government Finance Bill which makes provision for non-domestic rating; grants to local authorities; and council tax.Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I am sure Mr Jones will be glad to hear that I am not speaking just to protect the ratepayers and businesses in Westminster.This has been a worthwhile debate. I appreciate that the amendments were tabled for probing purposes, and I hope the Minister will elucidate precisely what the context of the word “disproportionate” is. I suspect I agree with my hon. Friend Mr Syms that the context will change over a number of ...
  • January 19, 2012

    Local Government Finance Bill

    Mark made the following contribution to the Local Government Finance Bill which makes provision for non-domestic rating; grants to local authorities; and council tax.Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): Does the right hon. Gentleman not recognise that the current system also has a whole lot of disincentives for local authorities built into it? Over years gone by, it has disincentivised many local authorities. It is perhaps all too...
  • January 17, 2012

    Assisted Dying

    Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I congratulate my hon. Friend Mr Burrowes on obtaining this very important debate. We have heard a lot about palliative care and the hospice movement and we recognise what a patchwork of provision there is in different parts of the country. I take on board the warnings from my hon. Friend Penny Mordaunt that that should not be used as an excuse to make assisted dying easier. I will concentrate my brief comments on assisted dying....
  • November 29, 2011

    The Road to Plan B? Some thoughts on the forthcoming Autumn Statement

    Mark made the following speech at a couple of City meetings this week:The coalition’s spending programme for the duration of this parliament was supposed to have been settled conclusively in last November’s pre-budget report. On that basis next week’s Autumn Statement was designed to be a routine affair. Instead the government is investing substantial political capital in the hope that this set-piece parliamentary event will promote UK economic growth beyond its recent anaemic levels. We are unlikely to hear the Chancellor admit.
  • November 15, 2011

    The Eurozone Crisis

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster, Conservative) I thank my hon. Friend Mr Baron—my very old parliamentary friend—for securing this debate. He talks with immense sense and, as a man who had a job outside politics before entering this place, immense experience. After 20 years in the financial markets, I suspect he has forgotten more about finance than many people who talk on these matters on all our behalves know.Conventional wisdom dictates that high noon for the euro is imminent.