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Category: Speeches

  • June 15, 2016

    Westminster Hall debate on Affordable Housing in London

    Mark made the following interventions in a Westminster Hall debate on Affordable Housing in London on 14 June 2016: Ruth Cadbury (Brentford and Isleworth) (Lab) I beg to move, That this House has considered affordable housing in London. It is an honour to serve under your chairmanship, Sir David. First, I should draw attention to […]
  • April 27, 2016

    Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

    Mark made the following interventions in a debate about Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) As the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon) rightly pointed out, the size of the stake—up to £100—and the very short cycle make FOBTs a particularly aggressive form of gambling that encourages fast repeat visits. FOBTs now account for almost half […]
  • April 19, 2016

    Bank of England & Financial Services Bill (Lords)

    Mark made the following contributions to a debate on the Bank of England & Financial Services Bill. A new clause had been put forward relating to chief executive of the Financial Conduct Authority and his or her duty to appear before the Treasury Committee of the House of Commons. Harriett Baldwin I would like to start by emphasising that […]
  • April 19, 2016


    Mark asked the following of Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, in a debate on Libya: Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con) We have seen a very thoughtful exchange between the Foreign Secretary and his shadow. Although there are flickers of optimism, the atmosphere remains very sombre, not least because, as other Members have pointed […]
  • March 19, 2016

    After the fighting – the future of the Levant

    Mark attended the third Conservative & Reformists Summit in Antalya, Turkey, which brought together centre-right figures from the Muslim world to bolster moderate conservatism in North Africa and the Middle East and oppose religious extremism. He was asked to speak in a panel discussion about the future of the Levant once fighting in Syria has […]
  • March 16, 2016

    UNHCR: Admission pathways for Syrian refugees

    Mark made the following interventions in a debate on refugees from Syria: Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I am glad that the hon. Lady has given the UK Government some credit. Our aid contribution and our leadership should be admired to a great degree. The one thing she has not touched on—maybe […]
  • February 8, 2016

    Syria Crisis: UK Response

    Mark asked the following question of Development Secretary, Justine Greening, as she addressed MPs in the Chamber on our humanitarian response to the crisis in Syria: Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I wholeheartedly support what the Government are doing. A critical part of our strategy is to ensure that the two small nations nearby, […]
  • February 2, 2016

    Bank of England and Financial Services Bill [Lords]

    Mark Field: I will be neither as discursive nor as time-consuming as my right hon. Friend the Member for Chichester (Mr Tyrie), but he made some important points. Even before 2008, banking was one of the most highly regulated industries. Although I agree that ideally we need to move towards a much more competitive world […]
  • January 26, 2016

    Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]

    Mark Field: It is a pleasure to speak after the hon. Member for Ilford North (Wes Streeting). I do not agree with everything he had to say, but one thing I do have in common with him is a great love of London as a whole. I love walking through London, and it was only […]
  • January 25, 2016

    HMRC and Google

    Mark made the following intervention in the debates on Google’s tax affairs: Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): No one should underestimate the complex nature of trying to tax globally active corporations such as this. It is speculation to talk in terms of the numbers that have been bandied around. However, in view […]