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Category: Speeches

  • November 17, 2015

    G20 and Paris Attacks

    Mark asked the following question of the Prime Minister in his statement on the G20 meeting in Antalya and the Paris attacks.  Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): Although I suspect that many, both in this House and beyond, will find it unpalatable that we are talking to President Putin at this time, […]
  • November 17, 2015

    Cities & Local Government Devolution Bill (Lords)

    Mark made the following contributions to a debate about extending the franchise to 16 and 17 year-olds.  Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I agree with the Government’s view—I do not think the voting age should be lowered at all—but will the Minister give at least some consideration to the idea that there is a […]
  • November 3, 2015

    Housing and Planning Bill

    Yesterday the Housing and Planning Bill had its Second Reading in the House of Commons. I had planned to speak but due to the level of interest among MPs in contributing to the debate, I was not able to get in. I paste below the speech I had intended to make and will now plan […]
  • October 26, 2015

    Finance Bill

    Mark made the following contributions to today’s debate on the Finance Bill: Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): While I support the robust way in which the Minister is protecting the public purse, he will also recognise, not least from the correspondence he must have received, that many colleagues and constituents feel that this fairness deal […]
  • September 9, 2015

    Affordable Housing in London

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Croydon South (Chris Philp). I did not wish to be unkind to him earlier; the point I was trying to make was that housing in London is a toxic, complicated issue. In many ways, it is one issue on […]
  • July 9, 2015

    Immigration

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Isle of Wight (Mr Turner) on securing this debate. As the Minister will be well aware, and as the right hon. Member for Leicester East (Keith Vaz) has pointed out, I have long campaigned for a more nuanced message […]
  • July 9, 2015

    Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): As the City’s MP, it would be remiss of me not to touch on the issue of the bank levy. When it was introduced in the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis, it was specifically designed to reflect the cost to the public purse of the implicit […]
  • June 25, 2015

    Reports into Investigatory Powers

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): It would be remiss of me not first to apologise to you, Mr Speaker, and to the Home Secretary for my absence for the earliest part of this debate; I had a long-standing constituency engagement—an occupational hazard of representing a central London seat. Actually, I am having […]
  • June 24, 2015

    Superfast Broadband

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Boston and Skegness (Matt Warman) on securing the debate. I suspect he will not speak to such a full Chamber for much of his first term in Parliament. The attendance today reflects the importance attached to this issue by […]
  • June 24, 2015

    Science and Research

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I congratulate the hon. Member for Sheffield Central (Paul Blomfield) on securing the debate; we have worked together on a number of university and immigration issues. He made slightly disparaging comments about some Government Members’ views on immigration, but I suspect that he was not including me […]