Bill’s recent appearances in Parliament appear below. You can find out more about the debates in question by clicking on the titles:

  • Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure (30 Mar 2022)
    Bill Wiggin: I must declare my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests and, more importantly, the fact that I am an electric car driver. I am delighted with the performance of the Hyundai Kona, although it is due for a battery recall, which I hope will happen very soon. I have driven it for a while, and it is fast—very fast—and a joy to drive. It is no wonder that at the end of...
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure (30 Mar 2022)
    Bill Wiggin: They also need to have sufficient speed of charge. For me, the 50 kW ones are the meaningful ones. I will come on to this later in my speech. When we look online, it is difficult to identify the ones that will get us home, as opposed to the ones that are in people’s drives for their overnight charging. Coupled with a decrease in VAT on fuel tax as we embrace the opportunities that electric...
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure (30 Mar 2022)
    Bill Wiggin: My hon. Friend is not only extremely generous to have given me a lift in his very smart Tesla, but absolutely right in everything he says. This message to the public that we can move away from fossil fuels and enjoy electric vehicles—they are great—comes to nothing if the security of the sites is not adequate. Despite the vast subsidies—almost £1 billion—given to install EV charging...
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure (30 Mar 2022)
    Bill Wiggin: To encourage people to adopt electric vehicles, we will need considerably more. However, equally important is the ability to find those two charging points, and at the moment not a single map—electronic or physical—can display every fast-charging station and whether it is in working order, the size of the charger available and a route to get to it. We should be able to do that. Zap-Map...
  • Prime Minister: Engagements (23 Feb 2022)
    Bill Wiggin: The River Wye, pollution, flooding, house building and the wider environment are all important to my right hon. Friend, so will he meet me to discuss the future of the Environment Agency?
  • Ukraine (21 Feb 2022)
    Bill Wiggin: I thank my right hon. Friend for the work that he and the Prime Minister have done. Having visited Georgia and seen for myself what Russian incursions look like, I ask the Secretary of State: if Ukraine is invaded, will Georgia be admitted to NATO?
  • Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill [Lords] (18 Jan 2022)
    Bill Wiggin: First, let me draw the House’s attention to my declaration in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests, because I farm. What a delight it was to listen to such a full tribute to my friend James Brokenshire. He was a lovely man and a good friend, and we miss him very much. He has a worthy successor in my hon. Friend the Member for Old Bexley and Sidcup (Mr French). What large shoes he...
  • Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill [Lords] (18 Jan 2022)
    Bill Wiggin: Yes. I am about to go into one, so I will happily give way.
  • Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill [Lords] (18 Jan 2022)
    Bill Wiggin: It is difficult for me to answer that, because I am a member of the ELMS pilot scheme, so I am deeply involved in the formation of ELMS. What I would say is that public money for public goods is the right way forward, with carbon captured in the soil and a corresponding payment made to farmers so that we can balance up the subsidy deficit that British farmers will face compared with their...
  • Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill [Lords] (18 Jan 2022)
    Bill Wiggin: As always, my hon. Friend is absolutely right. The real shame about this legislation is that here we are at Second Reading and every single colleague on both sides of the House has thought of better things for the Government to deal with, whether it is ELMS, as suggested by the hon. Member for Westmorland and Lonsdale (Tim Farron), or any of the other suggestions I have heard from Opposition...
  • Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill [Lords] (18 Jan 2022)
    Bill Wiggin: Given my hon. Friend’s expertise and professional experience, what examples does he have from his own life of such a committee being necessary? Why does he therefore want it based in DEFRA?
  • Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill [Lords] (18 Jan 2022)
    Bill Wiggin: I quite agree with the hon. Lady. Why will she not then persuade those on her Front Bench to vote against this nonsense?
  • Covid-19 Update (5 Jan 2022)
    Bill Wiggin: My right hon. Friend has touched on the number of people in intensive care: 90% of those have not had their booster, and 60% have not had any vaccination at all. He will know that there are people out there with very good reasons not to be vaccinated, who get tarred with the same brush as people who have been reading nonsense on the internet. Can we have better stats, so that people can see...
  • Committee on Standards (3 Nov 2021)
    Bill Wiggin: Once again, we are seeing this become partisan. We are examining the cases of the individual, but for me the key thing that is not right is that even the Commissioner is in an impossible position. Therefore, we desperately need to reform a system that puts the staff in that place.
  • G20 and COP26 World Leaders Summit (3 Nov 2021)
    Bill Wiggin: Given the phenomenal success to end and reverse deforestation, I was tempted to tease my right hon. Friend about build back beavers. However, will he meet me to discuss what can be done, using institutions such as Kew Gardens, to reverse the spread of deserts through the better planting of trees?
  • Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (2 Nov 2021)
    Bill Wiggin: The subject of the River Wye has already been raised by my right hon. Friend the Member for Hereford and South Herefordshire (Jesse Norman). There is no advantage in my repeating all he said; suffice it to say that there is not a cigarette paper between us in our agreement on that vital subject. The Budget comes at the tail end of a once-in-a-century pandemic, the sharpest financial hit in...
  • Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill (25 Oct 2021)
    Bill Wiggin: Despite its being heralded as a ban on keeping monkeys, I actually welcome part 1 of the Bill relating to primates and the keeping of them. Governments should not be banning things; there should be licensing. I apologise to the hon. Member for Luton North (Sarah Owen); I did not mean to come across as patronising, but I like the idea that the Government have the flexibility through...
  • Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill (25 Oct 2021)
    Bill Wiggin: Of course I agree with my right hon. Friend; I will come to that in a moment. At the moment, a farmer has the right to shoot an out-of-control dog, but I have not yet met a farmer who wants to do that. Farmers love animals but sadly these sheep-worrying incidents occur far too often. Livestock are vulnerable and fairly defenceless. Dog walkers want extra access to the countryside; in return,...
  • Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill (25 Oct 2021)
    Bill Wiggin: I was about to talk about zoonotic diseases such as neosporosis, but I give way to my hon. Friend.
  • Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill (25 Oct 2021)
    Bill Wiggin: Keeping dogs on leads is particularly important with sheep. It is completely the opposite when there are cattle with calves in the field. The dog owner should let go of their lead and let the dog run away, because otherwise it is people who become the casualties. This is complicated, which is why the Countryside Code matters and why us rural MPs must take opportunities such as this to remind...