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Category: Speeches

  • October 21, 2014

    Recall Bill

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): Although I agree with my hon. Friend the Member for Broxbourne (Mr Walker) that there has been too much self-flagellation as part and parcel of the process that has led towards this Bill, we cannot dispute that a lot of the concerns that underline these measures are to do […]
  • September 9, 2014

    Superfast Broadband (Urban Areas)

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I am grateful for the opportunity formally to put on the record the frustrations of my constituents and many businesses about the roll-out of superfast broadband in my central London constituency. I know that the hon. Member for Hackney South and Shoreditch (Meg Hillier), whose constituency neighbours mine, has […]
  • September 9, 2014

    Cyprus

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Enfield, Southgate (Mr Burrowes) on introducing this debate. It is always important to debate Cypriot affairs. Those of us who represent London seats, particularly those in north London, will have large Greek and Turkish Cypriot populations; as one who […]
  • September 2, 2014

    Pension Schemes Bill

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster, Conservative) I paraphrase the Minister when I say that it is probably fair to say that like holy matrimony pensions reform is probably best entered into—or not entered into—advisedly, soberly and discreetly. For good reason the final year of a Parliament is often not the best time to embark on radical […]
  • July 15, 2014

    Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill

    Mark made the following contributions to the debate on Clause 3 — Grounds for issuing warrants and obtaining data, of emergency legislation being passed to allow the security services greater access to data. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster, Conservative) I am grateful. I will keep my contribution as short as possible, because other Members want […]
  • July 2, 2014

    Finance Bill – Accelerated Payments Regime

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster, Conservative) I am glad that I am looking more youthful and Conservative this afternoon, Mr Deputy Speaker. This is a very good Bill containing much that I agree with. The Minister has rightly pointed out that it does some important things, particularly on something close to my heart—the theatre industry in my […]
  • June 23, 2014

    Deregulation Bill

    Mark wished to speak at Report Stage of the Deregulation Bill to express his concerns about plans to relax rules on short lets in London. Unfortunately he was not able to make the full speech he had drafted as time was taken up by clauses on Sunday trading and TV licences. However he was able […]
  • April 30, 2014

    Type 1 Diabetes (Young People)

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster, Conservative) From our joint experience on the Intelligence and Security Committee, I am well aware that Mr Howarth has a robustness at times, and perhaps he would have liked to be judge and jury in today’s debate. I congratulate him, above all, on bringing the subject to the House. I am […]
  • April 29, 2014

    Taxi and Private Hire Vehicles

    Pasted at the end of this article are Mark’s contributions to a debate on taxi licensing. He was not able to make the full speech he had prepared owing to time constraints but would have advised the following: In July 2011 the Law Commission began a review of the law relating to the regulation of […]
  • April 1, 2014

    Finance Bill

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster, Conservative) It is usually a pleasure to joust with Chris Leslie, but his comments were unremittingly negative. It is amazing that he contrived a speech lasting no fewer than 46 minutes about a Finance Bill that supposedly had so little in it. For almost the past four years, the British electorate have, […]