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Category: Speeches

  • 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...
  • July 6, 2005

    The Finance Bill

    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

    Regulation Of Financial Services Bill

    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

    University Funding

    Mr. President, 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

    Finance Bill

    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

    Revisiting The Licensing Act

    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...
  • June 7, 2005

    The Olympic Bid

    I am happy to stand corrected, although the hon. Gentleman would be the first to admit that on 5 May his party managed to obtain 20 or 22 per cent. of the vote, which is a significant and equivalent minority. I am not suggesting that all Liberal Democrat voters are against the Olympic Games here in ...
  • May 23, 2005

    Response To The Queen’s Speech

    Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I hope that I will not detain the House for too long?I note with some approval that my right hon. Friend the Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Mr. Forth) and my hon. Friend the Member for Stone (Mr. Cash) are not present tonight. I thank t...
  • March 17, 2005

    The Budget 2005

    The spectre of an imminent general election ensures that this will not be a Budget for the economic purists?but which Budgets can be truly described as economic rather than simply political? To be honest, the combined economic horsepower of this place would perhaps be insufficient to warrant a one-d...