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Category: Speeches

  • January 7, 2013

    Corporate tax avoidance

    Mark made the following contribution to a debate on corporate tax avoidance: Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I congratulate the hon. Member for Redcar (Ian Swales) on initiating this very important debate, although I must confess that I did not agree with everything he said. I am rather concerned by the strongly anti-business approach […]
  • December 5, 2012

    Immigration (Romania and Bulgaria)

    Mark made the following contribution to a Westminster Hall debate on Romanian and Bulgarian immigration tabled by Kettering MP, Philip Hollobone. He is answered by Immigration Minister, Mark Harper.  Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster, Conservative) I thank my old friend, my hon. Friend Mr Hollobone, for allowing me to say a few words and for […]
  • December 5, 2012

    Gangs and Youth Violence (2011 Riots)

    Mark made the following contribution to a Westminster Hall debate tabled by Westminster North MP, Karen Buck, on gang and youth violence.  Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster, Conservative) I congratulate my constituency neighbour, Ms Buck on securing this important debate. Although I have some sympathy with her view that it is a shame that these issues are not […]
  • September 5, 2012

    Munich Olympic Massacre

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): Like John Mann, I deeply regret the failure by the International Olympic Committee to commemorate properly the 40th anniversary of the murder not only of 11 Israeli athletes and team members but of a West German policeman at the Munich Olympiad in 1972. As my hon. Friend […]
  • September 4, 2012

    Census (Local Government Funding)

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I assumed there would be a large crowd interested in every word on this subject, but, unfortunately, I often have this effect when speaking in the House: the Chamber empties. The census particularly affects one of the two cities I represent: the city of Westminster. Unfortunately, Ms Buck […]
  • July 16, 2012

    Adult Social Care

    Mark made the following contributions to a debate on the future of adult social care:Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): Does the Minister not recognise that any cap, be it at £35,000 or £60,000, as was initially proposed by Dilnot, is likely within a very short time to be wholly inadequate, given the funding constraints that we are under? The harsh reality is that people who wish to preserve an inheritance for their children—that is an understandable desire—must recognise, as must their children, that those children....
  • July 11, 2012

    Hospital Services (West London)

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster, Conservative) I congratulate Mr Slaughter on getting this important debate, which affects all of us who are central and west London MPs. I am sure that he regrets the necessity of the debate. Our constituencies have a number of hospitals in common and, over some time, he and I have discussed health matters that affect them. New commissioning boards, run by local GPs, will come into play from next April...
  • July 9, 2012

    House of Lords Reform Bill

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I regret that I will not be in the same Lobby tomorrow night as my hon. Friend the Member for Altrincham and Sale West (Mr Brady), even though I agreed with much that he had to say today. I think that the primacy problem in this place has nothing whatever to do with the House of Lords or even the House of Commons. The real issue that lies at the heart of UK constitutional politics is the corrosive effect of the overweening primacy of the Executive. Anything, but anything that provides an effective counterweight to the oft unchallenged power of the Executive is, in my view, a good thing.
  • July 2, 2012

    Finance Bill – High income child benefit charge

    Mark spoke at Committee Stage of the Finance Bill to express his deep concerns about the practical application of the proposed changes to child benefits. Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I must confess that I support the principle behind the clause but share many of the concerns expressed by Cathy Jamieson about its practicality. However, I accept that there is an overriding need to reduce the vast fiscal deficit, and all of us who feel that way must look at the provisions, whether in the Budget or elsewhere, and....
  • April 23, 2012

    Financial Services Bill

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster, Conservative): It is a pleasure to be part and parcel of such an interesting debate. I especially commend the speech of my hon. Friend Mr Tyrie. Chris Leslie also made a thoughtful contribution, which covered a range of issues. As he said, it is regrettable that much of the real scrutiny of the Bill will be carried out in the other place, partly because of the guillotine but also because of the way in which votes on amendments are driven through here. I do not think that that reflects at all well on the House of Commons, which should be a place for genuine scrutiny rather than one that railroads Bills through their stages.