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Category: Speeches

  • March 24, 2015

    Property Taxes in London

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): The so-called mansion tax is a big issue and will continue to be so in London for the next 44 days, in the run-up to the general election. It is not enough for those of us who are against what is proposed simply to oppose it. We—mainly […]
  • March 11, 2015

    Russia and the Council of Europe

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): Thank you, Mrs Brooke, for calling me to speak. It is a great pleasure to play a part in this thoughtful debate. It has been particularly interesting to be part of a debate in which a diversity of views has been expressed. Often, our relationship with Russia […]
  • March 11, 2015

    Deregulation Bill

      Mark Field: Sensible, pragmatic regulations exempting the Greater London area from a short-lets free-for-all are, as we know, under acute threat. I appreciate that the Minister has to put his ministerial duties at the forefront today, but he will know that his mentor, the noble Lord Tope, was one of the leading lights in […]
  • March 5, 2015

    National Planning Policy Framework

    Mark’s contribution to a planning debate in which he raises concerns surrounding the proposed Vacant Building Credit and the impact on affordable housing in central London. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): May I first take the opportunity to thank you, Sir David, for allowing me to contribute briefly to the debate? I […]
  • February 11, 2015

    Tax Avoidance

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): It is understandable, especially this close to a general election, that political fervour over tax avoidance comes to a contentious pitch. Politicians on both sides of the House would do well to reflect on the fact that there was virtually universal consensus on the appropriate level of […]
  • February 9, 2015

    Tax Avoidance (HSBC)

    The brief contribution made by Mark to an Urgent Question in the Chamber – Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): It is profoundly depressing that there is yet another scandal on the front pages to do with one of our banks, given the importance of a functioning banking system to our whole economy. […]
  • January 26, 2015

    Infrastructure Bill

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): The development of an electronic communications code in part 7 has been closely followed in my constituency. because all too often the standard of infrastructure in the City of London and surrounding areas as regards mobile telephone coverage and broadband lags behind that which commercial tenants nowadays […]
  • January 20, 2015

    Football Broadcasting Rights

    Mark made the following contributions to the Football Broadcasting Rights debate in Westminster Hall.  Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): It is worth making the point also that of course a number of larger stadiums have been built, from Old Trafford to the Emirates. The capacity at many of the premiership clubs is […]
  • January 14, 2015

    House of Lords Reform

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): The hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire (Pete Wishart)—if he does not mind my calling him that, and if it is not too deferential for his standards—will realise all too well that, as a Conservative, my views on House of Lords matters are not particularly orthodox. […]
  • January 6, 2015

    Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill

    Mark made the following contribution to the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill. Mark Field: Unlike many of my colleagues I am more sympathetic to the Government’s position than others, although I respect the deep concerns felt across the House about broad issues of civil liberties. I have less concern about the temporary exclusion order being down […]