November 20, 2006
Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): One immutable rule of UK governance is that local government reorganisation and restructuring are always expensive?often very expensive. Few outside the House might realise that fully 2.5 per cent. of every VAT bill levied is what we might cal...
November 1, 2006
Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I congratulate my constituency neighbour, the hon. Member for Regent's Park and Kensington, North (Ms Buck), on initiating this debate. I stand here as another Westminster Member of Parliament, but not to praise or to bury Westminster city cou...
October 30, 2006
Four Parts of the Debate: Crossrail Bill (Carry Over) in the House of Commons
With the new session of Parliament due to start after the Queen's speech on 15 November this debate in the House of Commons considered two motions on the Crossrail Bill before the Bill would be suspended in this session a...
October 13, 2006
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to come and speak to you about the important issue of Britain's library service.
I know that all of you will agree with me when I say that governments occasionally make mistakes though it is funny how this truth always seems more evident to Oppos...
July 19, 2006
Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I am sorry to disturb the hon. Gentleman so early in his speech, but perhaps a point we should also make as London Members is that London railways are used by hundreds of thousands of constituents from outside the capital?for example, as far a...
July 3, 2006
Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): In answer to the hon. Member for North-West Leicestershire (David Taylor), the merger has already taken place. The Royal Parks constabulary is now part of the Metropolitan police; I am assuming that the Minister was aware of that fact.
As my ...
June 28, 2006
There is no disputing the fact that proceedings on the Bill have been a long haul. As the Minister pointed out, it received its First Reading in this House as long ago as 25 November 2004. What a difference 19 months makes! After one election, two Conservative party leaders and three Home Secretarie...
March 29, 2006
I guess it really is a little early in the year to be talking about pantomime characters. But arts and cultural services are understandably the Cinderella area of local government activity.
It is perhaps a temptation on the part of most parliamentary speakers at LGA conferences to focus exclusivel...
January 24, 2006
Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): It gives me little pleasure to introduce this Adjournment debate, because a dark cloud hangs over the very existence of one of this country's oldest and most respected hospitals, St. Bartholomew's, known affectionately and universally as Barts...
January 19, 2006
Mr. Mark Field: The hon. Gentleman will be glad that I am here to protect the honour of my right hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Mr. Cameron). The hon. Gentleman has rightly quoted the transcript, but my right hon. Friend continued his remarks to Mr. Naughtie on the "Today" programme by...