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Category: Speeches

  • December 21, 2010

    2012 Olympics Legacy

    Mr Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I congratulate the right hon. Member for East Ham (Stephen Timms) on securing the debate. I am sure he is excited at the prospect of the Olympics being held in his backyard-a much-deprived part of east London that he has represented with great distinction over the past decade and a half. ....
  • December 2, 2010

    Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

    No one could accuse my hon. Friend Adam Afriyie of lacking bravery in introducing this debate. I suspect that not many votes can be found in bringing up IPSA once again, so it is to his credit. We all faced difficulties through IPSA's teething problems-even me, as a central London MP. I have no need for a second home, but obviously I have had an office to run, like all other Members.strong>
  • November 8, 2010

    Finance Bill: Provisional Entitlement to Relief

    Mr Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con):The video games industry is very important. Its spiritual home is, in part, in my constituency, in places such so Soho and Covent Garden- Stephen Pound (Ealing North) (Lab): Hardly spiritual. Mr Field: They are the spiritual home of so many things, as I am sure that the Opposition Whip would agree.
  • November 3, 2010

    Rebalancing the Economy

    Mr Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): Amid the feverish analysis of the size, scope and impact of the Government's chosen spending cuts, a fresh debate is emerging about a desirable blueprint for Britain's economic future. Such is the near-universal distaste reserved for financial services, that a determination no longer to rely on their economic contribution seems one of the few certainties in the debate. As a result, rebalancing is the new economic watchword. For sure, the financial crisis has painfully highlighted the UK's dependence on the City and our collective exposure to.
  • November 2, 2010

    Parliamentary Voting System & Constituencies Bill

    Mark had hoped to make a contribution to the Third Reading of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill but in the event was unable to speak. The Bill provides for the next General Election to be held under the Alternative Vote system, provided this change is endorsed in a referendum on 5 May 2011 and boundary changes have been made to reduce the size of the House of Commons to 600...
  • October 27, 2010

    Housing Investment

    Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): Many of us present are old hands at speaking in Westminster Hall on the continued complexities and persistent demands of providing affordable, decent and plentiful homes in the capital. I fear that I have joined the hon. Member for Islington North (Jeremy Corbyn) as one of the usual suspects in that regard, and perhaps in many other ways as well. The frequency of our presence in this Chamber testifies to the difficulty of striking the right balance when dealing with housing need in London. ...
  • October 20, 2010

    Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill

    Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I must confess that I totally accept the need to equalise electorates, which is why I have tabled amendments in a later group, which I suspect we will not get to, suggesting that we leave out of the Bill the gerrymandering-there is no other word to use-of three Scottish seats. That has occurred through a limit of 13,000 sq km being plucked out of the sky to allow Ross, Skye and Lochaber, and probably also Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, to be seen as exceptional. If we equalise constituencies it could be regrettable for such communities, but we want electorates of a similar size...
  • October 12, 2010

    Royal Commission (London)

    I support a great deal of the thrust of the argument that Mr Thomas has advanced today. He is right to say that London faces significant challenges, but I am not sure that a royal commission, as set out in the Bill, would be the right way to achieve our goals. Our capital city has faced a significant number of challenges over many years. Indeed, we could have had this same debate some 35 years ago in the mid-1970s. No one could deny that there has also been tremendous success, because London has always traditionally been an outward-looking city. ...
  • September 14, 2010

    Low income households

    Mr Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I congratulate my constituency neighbour, the hon. Member for Westminster North (Ms Buck), on obtaining this important debate. I hope hon. Members will forgive me if I discuss issues affecting central London specifically and some of the alleviation that will take place in our local authority area. The hon. Lady is absolutely right to identify the key problem of in-work poverty. We often think of low-income households as consisting of people who are simply out of work, but in-work poverty is an important issue.
  • September 8, 2010

    Football Clubs (Governance)

    Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster, Conservative) I congratulate the hon. Member for Liverpool, Walton (Steve Rotheram) on enticing a bigger attendance than even the antics of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. That is greatly to be congratulated. I suspect that I speak for virtually everyone here when I say that I share the sentiments in his final peroration about his passion for the game. I am also a keen and lifelong football fan, having followed the fortunes of Bury...