Results 1–20 of 1915 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Mark Field

London Attacks (23 Mar 2017)

Mark Field: Although yesterday’s dreadful events took place within the boundaries of my constituency, I know that the Palace of Westminster is close to the hearts of not just the 650 of us but of many millions of our fellow countrymen and, indeed, people who live abroad. I thank the Prime Minister for speaking so very eloquently for the nation, both on the steps of Downing Street yesterday evening...

Commonwealth: Trade — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (22 Feb 2017)

Mark Field: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Commonwealth: Trade — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (22 Feb 2017)

Mark Field: Although I share my hon. Friend’s positive, buccaneering hope and optimism, it is also worth saying that this country has never given up on having a global role. Notwithstanding our 44-year membership of the European Union, we should not forget that in the Commonwealth and beyond, we have been and will remain a strong global player diplomatically and in terms of trade and all the...

Criminal Finances Bill: Failure to Prevent an Economic Criminal Offence (21 Feb 2017)

Mark Field: The specific problem is about legislating for the overseas territories rather than the Crown dependencies. I think it is understood across the board that this does not apply to the Crown dependencies. We all recognise that significant progress has been made in recent years, so will the hon. Lady pledge at this juncture not to press new clause 6 to a Division? Let us see further progress in...

Criminal Finances Bill: Failure to Prevent an Economic Criminal Offence (21 Feb 2017)

Mark Field: It is fair enough that I be allowed to defend myself. I was making the point that while I favoured full transparency towards law enforcement agencies and the tax authorities, I did not support there being a full, open and public register at this stage, because I supported the idea of banking privacy.

Criminal Finances Bill: Failure to Prevent an Economic Criminal Offence (21 Feb 2017)

Mark Field: I have spent the last 16 years as the Member for Cities of London and Westminster, and six of those years as an adviser to an international law firm with a substantial Isle of Man presence—Cains. Over the last two years, I have been the vice-chairman for international affairs for my party and have therefore had many dealings with and much knowledge of these sorts of issues. I fervently...

Criminal Finances Bill: Failure to Prevent an Economic Criminal Offence (21 Feb 2017)

Mark Field: My hon. Friend makes a strong and powerful case, but does he not recognise the distinction between privacy and secrecy? No one wants an entirely secret element, but most people who indulge in banking, whether in an overseas territory or anywhere else, expect a certain amount of privacy. There is no question but that we would expect law enforcement, the police and the tax authorities to have...

Criminal Finances Bill: Failure to Prevent an Economic Criminal Offence (21 Feb 2017)

Mark Field: In the US context, does my hon. Friend accept that there is often a political element there, despite the division of power? The prosecutor is often looking to make a name for himself by taking on a big bank—often, it has to be said, a big non-US bank. It is a particular concern—not just in the banking world but beyond—that overseas companies tend to be fair game as far as...

High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill: Power to Acquire Land Compulsorily (20 Feb 2017)

Mark Field: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for allowing me to say a few words. I had not intended to speak, partly because HS2 does not go through my constituency, but I have a lot of sympathy with right hon. and hon. Friends and Members whose constituencies are directly affected. As an MP in central London, I have had Crossrail going through my constituency in the past decade or so. I have made...

High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill: Power to Acquire Land Compulsorily (20 Feb 2017)

Mark Field: I appreciate that there would be a desire, particularly in central London, to prevent any local transport authority, whether the local authority or Transport for London, from frustrating the building of the railway, but will the Minister give an assurance that the Secretary of State’s powers will be used sparingly? In London we already have democratically elected authorities, through...

Serious Fraud Office — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (7 Feb 2017)

Mark Field: rose—

Serious Fraud Office — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (7 Feb 2017)

Mark Field: The Solicitor General made a statement on the instances of refusal by the Treasury. I was going to come on to that. Has there been a refusal on the degree of blockbuster funding? It might not have been about the overall amount, but has there been a sense of haggling between the SFO and the Treasury over the amounts that should be given for particular cases?

Serious Fraud Office — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (7 Feb 2017)

Mark Field: In congratulating the right hon. Member for East Ham (Stephen Timms) on securing this overdue debate on the workings of the Serious Fraud Office, I register my concern that the regular reliance of the SFO on special funding facilities from the Treasury lays it open to the charge that it lacks full and proper independence. As we know, we live in financially straitened times for those agencies...

Serious Fraud Office — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (7 Feb 2017)

Mark Field: My hon. Friend makes a fair point, although in the comparison he draws he also possibly makes a point about the expense of defence procurement. Those of us of a certain age cannot help but be transported back in time when we learn of the SFO’s requests for so-called blockbuster funding to pay for major investigations. Some Members will know that I am a keen pop music fan, and it is...

Serious Fraud Office — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (7 Feb 2017)

Mark Field: I very much take on board what my right hon. and learned Friend says, and I understand his concerns. He made a powerful point towards the end of his speech about the importance of there being public trust in the financial services sphere if it is to be the success we all hope it will be in the post-Brexit world. To effect the necessary sea change in attitude and create a body with the powers...

Serious Fraud Office — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (7 Feb 2017)

Mark Field: I understand the point about moving away from a criminal more to a civil standard of proof. This is a back-of-the-envelope-type suggestion. I am just putting a few broader proposals forward because, as has been referred to elsewhere, the power of deferred prosecution is very much a positive step in the right direction. As Members know, deferred prosecutions will enable proceedings in a...

Charter for Budget Responsibility (24 Jan 2017)

Mark Field: But surely the hon. Gentleman must recognise that the proof of the pudding will be in whether there is a sense of confidence drifting away from banks and corporates in relation to that shock. They recognise that Brexit is a major event, and we all recognise that its impact still lies some way ahead, but that impact means that it is quite legitimate not to be bound by rules that pertained 15...

Charter for Budget Responsibility (24 Jan 2017)

Mark Field: The right hon. Gentleman is right that we have borrowed a hell of a lot of money, probably too much, since 2010—£700 billion—but does that not give the lie to the idea that there has been grinding austerity? We have borrowed a huge amount of money and struck a balance in trying to maintain welfare. One of the most insidious forms of investment under the last Labour...

Charter for Budget Responsibility (24 Jan 2017)

Mark Field: rose—


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