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Category: Speeches

  • 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.
  • November 8, 2011

    Grammar schools

    Mark made the following contributions to a debate on grammar schools.Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): Before my hon. Friend finishes his history lesson, which is timely—I congratulate him on obtaining this important debate—surely one problem in the post-war era and one reason for the hostility on one side of politics to the grammar school system was the failure of the plan to build up technical...
  • November 8, 2011

    Basement Development

    Mark made the following contributions to a debate on basement development that had been tabled by Westminster North MP, Karen Buck. Subterranean development has been a matter of great concern to Central London residents in recent years given the disruption that can follow and the damage that can occur to the local amenity.Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I agree with what the hon. Lady says. The Knightsbridge Association in my constituency, among others, has made it clear that it is not opposed in principle to the provision of basements beneath existing houses, but it is concerned about aspects of the design, construction and usage....
  • October 17, 2011

    Tower Hamlets (City Status)

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster, Conservative): I congratulate the hon. Member for Poplar and Limehouse (Jim Fitzpatrick) on introducing this important debate. As he pointed out, I, rather greedily, have two cities in my constituency just to the west of his own. They are also rich in history, and I suspect I could bore Members for some hours by going into the details of that history. It was a great pleasure to listen to the hon. Gentleman’s speech, in which he described, with understandable pride, the great achievements of Tower Hamlets. Although he spoke about its great history, he also had a firm eye on the future.