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Category: Speeches

  • March 21, 2011

    Members’ Salaries

    Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): It is universally accepted by anthropologists that one sign of higher animal intelligence is the ability to learn from experience. As the Leader of the House moved the motion, one was inclined to ask, "Have we in the House of Commons learned nothing from the calamity of the expenses scandal?"
  • February 15, 2011

    Master’s Degrees (Minimum Standards)

    Mr Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I must confess that the spirited call of the hon. Member for Nottingham East (Chris Leslie) is a reprise of a perennial squabble that I have had with my brother over the past two decades or so. Like the hon. Gentleman, my brother took a master's degree that involved two years of postgraduate study, while I qualified-if that is the right word-for my MA as a result of gaining a degree from Oxford university. My college, St Edmund Hall, has a history dating back to 1278. At that juncture, the requirement was to surpass 21 terms after matriculation before qualifying for a master's degree.
  • February 14, 2011

    Budget Responsibility and National Audit Bill

    Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): Listening in the House to Budgets and autumn statements over much of the past decade has been, at times, a somewhat surreal experience. Year after year the erstwhile Chancellor, the right hon. Member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (Mr Brown), rattled out cascading figures for growth and public deficit reduction. As the hon. Member for Wallasey (Ms Eagle) rightly pointed out, the growth figures proved, at least until the middle of the previous decade, to be uncannily accurate, even often defying so-called expert opinion. However, the deficit numbers were always hopelessly, devastatingly inaccurate...
  • December 21, 2010

    Local High Streets

    Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Kingswood (Chris Skidmore) on his excellent speech. I now know considerably more about Kingswood than I did about 45 minutes ago. He clearly has a great passion for the area he represents and has done a tremendous job. He made an interesting speech, which I hope other hon. Members will develop. I am sorry that the hon. Member for Harrow West (Mr Thomas) has just left his seat. I know he did not wish to say too much about Boris Johnson...
  • December 21, 2010

    2012 Olympics Legacy

    Mr Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I congratulate the right hon. Member for East Ham (Stephen Timms) on securing the debate. I am sure he is excited at the prospect of the Olympics being held in his backyard-a much-deprived part of east London that he has represented with great distinction over the past decade and a half. ....
  • December 2, 2010

    Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

    No one could accuse my hon. Friend Adam Afriyie of lacking bravery in introducing this debate. I suspect that not many votes can be found in bringing up IPSA once again, so it is to his credit. We all faced difficulties through IPSA's teething problems-even me, as a central London MP. I have no need for a second home, but obviously I have had an office to run, like all other Members.strong>
  • November 8, 2010

    Finance Bill: Provisional Entitlement to Relief

    Mr Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con):The video games industry is very important. Its spiritual home is, in part, in my constituency, in places such so Soho and Covent Garden- Stephen Pound (Ealing North) (Lab): Hardly spiritual. Mr Field: They are the spiritual home of so many things, as I am sure that the Opposition Whip would agree.
  • November 3, 2010

    Rebalancing the Economy

    Mr Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): Amid the feverish analysis of the size, scope and impact of the Government's chosen spending cuts, a fresh debate is emerging about a desirable blueprint for Britain's economic future. Such is the near-universal distaste reserved for financial services, that a determination no longer to rely on their economic contribution seems one of the few certainties in the debate. As a result, rebalancing is the new economic watchword. For sure, the financial crisis has painfully highlighted the UK's dependence on the City and our collective exposure to.
  • November 2, 2010

    Parliamentary Voting System & Constituencies Bill

    Mark had hoped to make a contribution to the Third Reading of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill but in the event was unable to speak. The Bill provides for the next General Election to be held under the Alternative Vote system, provided this change is endorsed in a referendum on 5 May 2011 and boundary changes have been made to reduce the size of the House of Commons to 600...
  • October 27, 2010

    Housing Investment

    Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): Many of us present are old hands at speaking in Westminster Hall on the continued complexities and persistent demands of providing affordable, decent and plentiful homes in the capital. I fear that I have joined the hon. Member for Islington North (Jeremy Corbyn) as one of the usual suspects in that regard, and perhaps in many other ways as well. The frequency of our presence in this Chamber testifies to the difficulty of striking the right balance when dealing with housing need in London. ...