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

  • Priorities for Government (25 Jul 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: Nowhere is enthusiasm and optimism more needed than in the agriculture sector, so may I welcome what the Prime Minister said in his statement about the future for food in this country?
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Access to Food (25 Jul 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: What discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on helping to ensure that everyone has access to (a) safe, (b) healthy and (c) affordable food.
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Access to Food (25 Jul 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for that answer, particularly because my newly appointed right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has not had a chance to speak to her Cabinet colleagues. The problem with safe food is that we need to be able to read on the label that it is safe. Natasha Ednan-Laperouse died because she ate food that was contaminated with sesame seeds, but the label did...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (25 Jul 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: I am grateful for the answer that my right hon. Friend gave earlier. Grass-fed must mean 100% grass-fed, so that people with food allergies, and particularly those with a sensitivity to meat, know what they are buying.
  • Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Cox Report (25 Jul 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: On that matter, if staff want to be treated as though this is a normal place to work, and therefore to be treated separately from the involvement of Members of Parliament, why not simply treat them as though they did work in any normal business and use the normal facilities of the law?
  • Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill (10 Jul 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: rose—
  • Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill (10 Jul 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: I am afraid I am. I urge the House also to consider the case of lost dogs, which are now returned to councils rather than to the police. The criminal justice legislation that would have changed sentencing in the way the hon. Member for Redcar (Anna Turley) just mentioned was never brought forward by that Labour Government, so I am afraid the buck stopped very much with the Labour Government...
  • Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill (10 Jul 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: I think that my hon. Friend is suggesting that he would like to see the number of convictions going up. Actually, I would like to see the number of convictions going down, because people who are committing acts of hideous cruelty are going to prison for a lot longer and are therefore less likely to do the same thing again and are less likely to involve an animal. We should judge this not by...
  • Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill (10 Jul 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: I took the Animal Welfare Bill through, and I disagree with the hon. Lady’s understanding. It is possible to commit acts of cruelty only when we as human beings have power over an animal. We must deliver the animal’s five freedoms, and it does not matter whether the animal is domesticated or wild. It is our power over the creature that determines an act of cruelty. I do not think that her...
  • Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill (10 Jul 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: I thought I was clear. In the case the hon. Lady just referred to, it was the dog that did the harm to the fox or the neighbour’s cat, not the human being. That is where the differentiation arises. Had he been torturing any of the animals, he would immediately have fallen foul of this Bill.
  • Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill (10 Jul 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: Thirteen years ago in 2006 when the Animal Welfare Act was going through its stages, I proposed an amendment that would do exactly what this Bill does, so may I thank the Minister for bringing it in but express regret that it has taken 13 years to do so?
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (25 Jun 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: Nobody can criticise our Government’s reaction to atrocities committed against the Muslim community, or indeed Muslims around the world; however, given that my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary seeks to lead this Christian country, has his Department not rather let him down in the way we have sought to protect Christians abroad?
  • Point of Order (19 Jun 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Since you took the Chair, you have been a stalwart defender of Back Benchers. You have also stood up to bad parliamentary behaviour like the use of the word “racism”. I am deeply upset that your chairmanship has been undermined dramatically because of the very calm and polite advice you gave to hon. Members—leaders of political parties—that was...
  • Non-Domestic Rating (Preparation for Digital Services) Bill (13 May 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: I am curious, based on the Minister’s research, about how often businesses ask for a revaluation.
  • Non-Domestic Rating (Preparation for Digital Services) Bill (13 May 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: However, I get continual complaints about business rates from the landlord at the Moody Cow pub, which is very near to my home.
  • TV Licences for over-75S: Select Committee Membership (8 May 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: I beg to move, That Mr Chris Leslie be discharged from the International Trade Committee and Gareth Thomas be added.
  • TV Licences for over-75S: Select Committee Membership (8 May 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: As the Chair of the Selection Committee, it is my responsibility to ensure that the Committee operates in accordance with the rules of the House. That is the case with motion 3, which I am moving in the usual way following its agreement by the Selection Committee. I do not have personal interests in moving it. It is a function of the fairness of the transparent and democratic system that...
  • Delegated Legislation: Business Rates (2 Apr 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: My hon. Friend has misled the House, although unwittingly. He is very popular; it is his natural humbleness and modesty that prevails upon us today. In Ledbury, which has one of the finest high streets in Christendom, there are only two shops that are part of the chains that can be seen on ordinary high streets, yet the shops in my constituency, like those everywhere else, are under...
  • Exiting the European Union (Consumer Protection) (2 Apr 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: As the Minister was speaking, I was mulling over the point made by SNP Members about the greater charges for having things delivered to Scotland. I can understand their point; it does seem a little unfair. But has the Department had a chance to do the maths? Is it not clear that my constituents, who are contributing to the Barnett formula, are actually paying more than the people who are...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (27 Mar 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: Under my right hon. Friend’s Government, 1 million more disabled people are in work, but I am sure she would like to do so much more. For example, can she get disabled access for Ledbury station so that disabled passengers can simply get off the train, saving them an extra 20-minute journey to Hereford and back? The Access for All programme is too slow, and disabled people need to go to and...