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Category: Speeches

  • June 28, 2006

    National Lotteries Bill

    There is no disputing the fact that proceedings on the Bill have been a long haul. As the Minister pointed out, it received its First Reading in this House as long ago as 25 November 2004. What a difference 19 months makes! After one election, two Conservative party leaders and three Home Secretarie...
  • March 29, 2006

    Local Government Association Speech

    I guess it really is a little early in the year to be talking about pantomime characters. But arts and cultural services are understandably the Cinderella area of local government activity. It is perhaps a temptation on the part of most parliamentary speakers at LGA conferences to focus exclusivel...
  • January 24, 2006

    St Bartholomew’s Hospital

    Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): It gives me little pleasure to introduce this Adjournment debate, because a dark cloud hangs over the very existence of one of this country's oldest and most respected hospitals, St. Bartholomew's, known affectionately and universally as Barts...
  • January 19, 2006

    National Lottery Bill

    Mr. Mark Field: The hon. Gentleman will be glad that I am here to protect the honour of my right hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Mr. Cameron). The hon. Gentleman has rightly quoted the transcript, but my right hon. Friend continued his remarks to Mr. Naughtie on the "Today" programme by...
  • December 6, 2005

    London Olympics Bill

    Mr. Field: Many of us who are sports lovers in London have faced the difficulty of the half-hearted and perhaps lukewarm support for the Olympic bid. I was delighted to see the scenes on 6 July, but I have expressed concerns over many years about the costs of the Olympic Games. I have always felt th...
  • November 30, 2005

    Olympics 2012

    Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I shall speak briefly, Mr. O'Hara. First, I congratulate the hon. Member for Hackney, South and Shoreditch (Meg Hillier) on having secured this important debate. I know that she has been trying to do so for some weeks and that one opportunity ...
  • October 30, 2005

    National Insurance Contributions Bill

    I reckon there are few subjects of debate more likely to empty this Chamber than National Insurance Contributions! In an age where consecutive Finance Acts create and then abolish new fangled tax instruments, NI contributions have proved remarkably resilient. We are now in the 58th year since their...
  • July 20, 2005

    Financial Services – Land Transactions

    I realise that any self-respecting Opposition spokesman would by convention claim on reaching Third Reading that at least some of his party's concerns remained unresolved. I suppose that that is the case, although Her Majesty's Opposition cannot really claim that this Bill is an improvement on the o...
  • July 19, 2005

    The Crossrail Debate

    I am sure that the whole debate has been a delight for every last train spotter. It seems that almost every railway siding from Essex to Worcestershire has been mentioned; in particular, we have had a tour d'horizon of Romford, courtesy of my hon. Friend the Member for Romford (Andrew Rosindell) who...
  • July 11, 2005

    The Events Of 7 July 2005

    Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I thank the Prime Minister for his statement. As the Member of Parliament for the constituency where the other two bombs, sadly, went off, I should also like entirely to endorse the sentiments of the right hon. Member for Holborn and St. Pancr...