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Category: Speeches

  • 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.
  • March 21, 2011

    Members’ Salaries

    Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): It is universally accepted by anthropologists that one sign of higher animal intelligence is the ability to learn from experience. As the Leader of the House moved the motion, one was inclined to ask, "Have we in the House of Commons learned nothing from the calamity of the expenses scandal?"
  • February 15, 2011

    Master’s Degrees (Minimum Standards)

    Mr Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I must confess that the spirited call of the hon. Member for Nottingham East (Chris Leslie) is a reprise of a perennial squabble that I have had with my brother over the past two decades or so. Like the hon. Gentleman, my brother took a master's degree that involved two years of postgraduate study, while I qualified-if that is the right word-for my MA as a result of gaining a degree from Oxford university. My college, St Edmund Hall, has a history dating back to 1278. At that juncture, the requirement was to surpass 21 terms after matriculation before qualifying for a master's degree.
  • February 14, 2011

    Budget Responsibility and National Audit Bill

    Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): Listening in the House to Budgets and autumn statements over much of the past decade has been, at times, a somewhat surreal experience. Year after year the erstwhile Chancellor, the right hon. Member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (Mr Brown), rattled out cascading figures for growth and public deficit reduction. As the hon. Member for Wallasey (Ms Eagle) rightly pointed out, the growth figures proved, at least until the middle of the previous decade, to be uncannily accurate, even often defying so-called expert opinion. However, the deficit numbers were always hopelessly, devastatingly inaccurate...
  • December 21, 2010

    Local High Streets

    Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Kingswood (Chris Skidmore) on his excellent speech. I now know considerably more about Kingswood than I did about 45 minutes ago. He clearly has a great passion for the area he represents and has done a tremendous job. He made an interesting speech, which I hope other hon. Members will develop. I am sorry that the hon. Member for Harrow West (Mr Thomas) has just left his seat. I know he did not wish to say too much about Boris Johnson...