November 30, 2005
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
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
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
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
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...
July 6, 2005
Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.
As Paul McCartney and John Lennon might have said, we are now reaching the end of the long and winding road of this second Finance Bill of the year.
The Financial Secretary to the Treas...
June 23, 2005
One might assume that Treasury Ministers and I would have approached this debate with a somewhat heavy heart, as there must surely be better ways of spending a sun-drenched Thursday afternoon than debating an uncontentious?or relatively uncontentious?Bill such as this. Our cheerful countenance owes ...
June 16, 2005
Some people here tonight may be aware that I was an undergraduate at another university but I am now going to say something deeply unfashionable about this important place of learning.
I believe that Cambridge University should unashamedly pursue excellence and elitism. It must main...
June 13, 2005
I beg to move amendment No. 26, in page 126, line 23. The amendments relate to definitional elements of small and medium-sized businesses. They deal with the proposed Government change to schedule 9 of the Finance Act 1996 which makes an exception if the debtor company is a small or medium-sized ent...
June 8, 2005
I shall not attempt to give any more than the briefest history of this wretched legislation, partly because of the time, but also, Mr. Taylor, because I do not wish to try your patience.
I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Mid-Worcestershire (Peter Luff) on introducing the debate. As he r...