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Category: Speeches

  • June 8, 2005

    Revisiting The Licensing Act

    I shall not attempt to give any more than the briefest history of this wretched legislation, partly because of the time, but also, Mr. Taylor, because I do not wish to try your patience. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Mid-Worcestershire (Peter Luff) on introducing the debate. As he r...
  • June 7, 2005

    The Olympic Bid

    I am happy to stand corrected, although the hon. Gentleman would be the first to admit that on 5 May his party managed to obtain 20 or 22 per cent. of the vote, which is a significant and equivalent minority. I am not suggesting that all Liberal Democrat voters are against the Olympic Games here in ...
  • May 23, 2005

    Response To The Queen’s Speech

    Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I hope that I will not detain the House for too long?I note with some approval that my right hon. Friend the Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Mr. Forth) and my hon. Friend the Member for Stone (Mr. Cash) are not present tonight. I thank t...
  • March 17, 2005

    The Budget 2005

    The spectre of an imminent general election ensures that this will not be a Budget for the economic purists?but which Budgets can be truly described as economic rather than simply political? To be honest, the combined economic horsepower of this place would perhaps be insufficient to warrant a one-d...
  • February 10, 2005

    Hospital Services (paddington)

    Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I am grateful for this brief opportunity to add my comments in support of the remarks made by my constituency neighbour, the hon. Member for Regent's Park and Kensington, North (Ms Buck). As has been said, the Paddington health campus is a l...
  • January 27, 2005

    The Railways Bill

    Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I fear that it falls to Conservative Members to defend the interests of first-class rail passengers. Nevertheless, my hon. Friend the Member for Christchurch (Mr. Chope) made some serious points. If high-quality passenger accommodation is avai...
  • October 13, 2004

    Pensions And Welfare Reform

    Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): It is finally dawning on many of our fellow countrymen that pension provision is an important issue, but I fear that there is a risk that the political class will regard it as an electoral issue and an electoral problem alone. In my view, the ...
  • September 15, 2004

    City Of London School Speech

    Chairman, Ambassadors, Governors and Friends of the School, The one abiding thought I wish to leave in everyone's mind tonight is the crucial role this School must continue to play in preparing its pupils - not simply for an endless stream of public examinations - but for life outside in an uncerta...
  • June 23, 2004

    The Licensing Act

    Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): During the passage of the Licensing Bill in 2003 the Government were relying on a policy that might best be described as a victory for hope over experience: hope that everything will be all right on the night and the next morning, while ignori...
  • May 24, 2004

    Hyde Park

    Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I have called this debate because of my constituents' increasing concerns about the commercialisation of Hyde park. In recent years, Hyde park has been host not only to millions of resident Londoners, commuters and tourists relishing the tranq...