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Category: Speeches

  • January 14, 2015

    House of Lords Reform

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): The hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire (Pete Wishart)—if he does not mind my calling him that, and if it is not too deferential for his standards—will realise all too well that, as a Conservative, my views on House of Lords matters are not particularly orthodox. […]
  • January 6, 2015

    Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill

    Mark made the following contribution to the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill. Mark Field: Unlike many of my colleagues I am more sympathetic to the Government’s position than others, although I respect the deep concerns felt across the House about broad issues of civil liberties. I have less concern about the temporary exclusion order being down […]
  • December 15, 2014

    Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill

    Mark made the following contributions to the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): Although I agree with the shadow Minister that that amendment does, in principle, have some merit and that it focuses the mind on the fact that we need consolidating legislation to deal with a whole range […]
  • December 9, 2014

    Counter Terrorism and Security Bill

    Mark made the following contributions to the Counter Terrorism and Security Bill.  Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): The hon. Lady referred to journalists, but how broadly would she or her colleagues define “journalists”? We are living in a world of bloggers and of a whole range of individuals who would consider themselves to be […]
  • October 21, 2014

    Recall Bill

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): Although I agree with my hon. Friend the Member for Broxbourne (Mr Walker) that there has been too much self-flagellation as part and parcel of the process that has led towards this Bill, we cannot dispute that a lot of the concerns that underline these measures are to do […]
  • September 9, 2014

    Superfast Broadband (Urban Areas)

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I am grateful for the opportunity formally to put on the record the frustrations of my constituents and many businesses about the roll-out of superfast broadband in my central London constituency. I know that the hon. Member for Hackney South and Shoreditch (Meg Hillier), whose constituency neighbours mine, has […]
  • September 9, 2014

    Cyprus

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Enfield, Southgate (Mr Burrowes) on introducing this debate. It is always important to debate Cypriot affairs. Those of us who represent London seats, particularly those in north London, will have large Greek and Turkish Cypriot populations; as one who […]
  • September 2, 2014

    Pension Schemes Bill

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster, Conservative) I paraphrase the Minister when I say that it is probably fair to say that like holy matrimony pensions reform is probably best entered into—or not entered into—advisedly, soberly and discreetly. For good reason the final year of a Parliament is often not the best time to embark on radical […]
  • July 15, 2014

    Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill

    Mark made the following contributions to the debate on Clause 3 — Grounds for issuing warrants and obtaining data, of emergency legislation being passed to allow the security services greater access to data. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster, Conservative) I am grateful. I will keep my contribution as short as possible, because other Members want […]
  • July 2, 2014

    Finance Bill – Accelerated Payments Regime

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster, Conservative) I am glad that I am looking more youthful and Conservative this afternoon, Mr Deputy Speaker. This is a very good Bill containing much that I agree with. The Minister has rightly pointed out that it does some important things, particularly on something close to my heart—the theatre industry in my […]