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Category: Speeches

  • May 18, 2011

    Human trafficking

    Mr Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): It was only four short years ago that the United Kingdom reflected on the 200th anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act 1807. At the time, among all the self-congratulatory celebration, I suggested that our renewed focus should be on refreshing our resolve to tackle the modern equivalent of slavery—human trafficking. Human trafficking involves the recruitment, transfer and harbouring of men, and particularly women and children, so that they can be exploited for forced labour, sexual services or domestic servitude. It is the most unpleasant by-product of globalisation in the labour market and now scars each and every constituency...
  • May 12, 2011

    Education Performance

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster, Conservative) I congratulate my hon. Friend Elizabeth Truss on securing this extremely important debate. I shall try to make my comments even briefer than you have asked us to, Mr Rosindell. The debate has been very interesting and we have touched on a lot of issues to do with aspiration, but I just want to say a little about education for excellent pupils, a matter about which the Minister and I had a brief exchange on the Floor of the House only yesterday. .
  • May 5, 2011

    Social housing in London

    Mark made the following contributions to an Opposition Day debate on social housing led by fellow London MP, Jeremy Corbyn.Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I do not disagree with the hon. Gentleman, but does he also recognise—I see it particularly in my constituency and other inner-London areas—the importance of what has been done by many philanthropists, the most obvious of which is the Peabody Trust, whose house building and flat building programmes have stood the test of time? They remain some of the most exciting and sought-after social housing in many of our constituencies,...
  • May 3, 2011

    English for Speakers of Other Languages

    Mr Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I congratulate the hon. Member for Lewisham East (Heidi Alexander) on securing this important debate. She spoke in a heartfelt way, although some hyperbolic concerns have been expressed by some of her colleagues. I want to offer my input as a Government Member with an inner-London seat. I share the concerns that have been expressed about the unintended consequences at the margins of some of the proposals, and I will be ...
  • March 31, 2011

    Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill

    Mr Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): Mr Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): Unlike the hon. Member for Hayes and Harlington (John McDonnell) and, I suspect, every other Member in the House at the moment-I did not have the privilege of being on the Bill Committee. As he will appreciate, however, Parliament square stands in my constituency.
  • March 29, 2011

    West Lothian Question

    Mark made a number of interventions in the West Lothian Question debate before making a speech. Please find Mark's contributions to the debate detailed below.
  • March 24, 2011

    Budget Resolutions and the Economic Situation

    Mark was unable to speak in the Budget Debate due to the large number of speakers but was able to make a number of interventions each of which can be found in the following text.
  • March 24, 2011

    The Budget 2011

    Due to the large number of speakers Mark was not able to speak in the Budget Debate and was limited to making interventions. The following text is what Mark had planned to say had he been given the opportunity to respond to this year's Budget.
  • March 22, 2011

    Budget Responsibility and National Audit Bill

    Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): The course of events that the hon. Gentleman describes is surely a tribute to the independence of the advisory body-the OBR-during its first phase following last June's Budget, but does he not share my concern that if it were to have the increased powers, it would cease to be advisory and independent, which it should be, and in some way would become a challenge to Treasury policy? It is correct that it has relatively limited powers, but above all those powers should remain independent and advisory to the Treasury.
  • March 22, 2011

    Student Visas

    Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): In recent years I have been on the advisory board of the London School of Commerce.