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

  • Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Bill (21 Jan 2020)
    Bill Wiggin: It is a pleasure to follow the new hon. Member for Angus (Dave Doogan). Making a maiden speech is terrifying; following one, particularly one as good as that, equally daunting. I commend the hon. Gentleman for saying that he will do his very best; that should apply to us all. He of course thanked voters and his predecessor, Kirstene Hair, who was a lovely and wonderful Member of this House....
  • Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Bill (21 Jan 2020)
    Bill Wiggin: Madam Deputy Speaker, you have completely torpedoed my response because, of course, the only sector that is not subsidised is the pig and poultry sector. It is worth bearing in mind how long chickens live in those broiler houses: normally 29 days.
  • Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Bill (21 Jan 2020)
    Bill Wiggin: I absolutely agree. Another element to direct payments is that, by paying our farmers, to some extent we control what they are doing. I hope we will get away from that when we cease to be controlled by the common agricultural policy, but it does mean that, as taxpayers, we have a say in the beauty of our countryside. Of course, when one looks at the size of the tourist industry or, indeed,...
  • Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Bill (21 Jan 2020)
    Bill Wiggin: My hon. Friend makes a vital point, and it is why the Government have a seven-year tail to this policy. The Bill does not do as much as she and I would both like it to do in delivering certainty. That is a huge problem in my constituency. I have 10,500 people working on farms in my constituency, 88% of which is farmland. Some £23.2 million a year comes into my constituency in subsidy, and it...
  • Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Bill (21 Jan 2020)
    Bill Wiggin: Not only am I grateful to my hon. Friend for giving way, but I smile at him too. Does he not agree with me that the purpose of subsidy is to keep those farm businesses competitive with our international competitors? Therefore, if he is right—I hope his Committee, when it is reconstituted, will investigate this—and this money does not go to those businesses, that competitive edge will be...
  • Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Bill (21 Jan 2020)
    Bill Wiggin: My right hon. Friend must surely agree that the purpose of subsidy is to ensure that British agriculture can compete with agriculture in the European Union and, indeed, the rest of the world. Will she therefore ensure that her Department does the necessary research, so that when we move from direct payments for acreage to public money for public goods, the money does arrive on the farm? We...
  • Environment Bill (28 Oct 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: My constituents, who, like me, care about nature, are absolutely delighted with the Bill. I am thrilled to be able to support it, particularly for rural communities blighted by fly-tipping. However, will my right hon. Friend watch out for the water abstraction element? It seems uncharacteristically mean.
  • Business of the House (21 Oct 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: The hon. Gentleman may not have noticed, but the Bill has just arrived at the Speaker’s Chair, and it is not as chubby as he might have feared.
  • Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Stroud (Dr Drew), who, as always, made many excellent points. I support the Queen’s Speech, which I thought was absolutely tremendous, and congratulate my hon. Friends the Members for Truro and Falmouth (Sarah Newton) and for North East Derbyshire (Lee Rowley) on their excellent speeches. I draw the attention of the House to my entry in the...
  • Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: That is a very good reason to have a better test and to win the battle against the disease, and then we will not need to do so many tests because the cattle will be clean.
  • Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: The problem with vaccinating against bacteria is that it is much harder for the creature—whether it be human or animal—to fight a disease unless it is under pressure. That means that, if the disease is prevalent, a vaccine is much more successful than if the disease is not. Although I would welcome an effective vaccination, BCG in human beings is only 60% effective. But because we all do...
  • Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: I would love to agree with the hon. Gentleman. I am not sure that the buses will ever be completely satisfactory in my constituency. We have a fairly sparsely populated group of people and more roads per capita than any other county. That means that getting a bus when one wants it to where one wants to go is extremely difficult. However, it has got a lot better since I was first elected. In...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (8 Oct 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities—with reference to Question 24.
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (8 Oct 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: During the last Prorogation of Parliament, I was looking forward to serving on a jury. When the Supreme Court decided that we should be here, I had to be released from that jury service by a distinguished judge in Hereford. It cannot be right that judges decide when we sit and who attends, but the Secretary of State’s Department has been pathetic in its written responses to me about how it...
  • Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: My right hon. and learned Friend has been characteristically generous in giving way. I welcome the establishment of a Domestic Abuse Commissioner. There is no doubt that the Bill is important and vital, and will sail through the House, but I am concerned that people will abuse our well-meaning intentions, and I do not want to see people being able to get different answers in different parts...
  • Iran (25 Sep 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: De-escalation is all very well, but it is not working and the regime shows all the symptoms of bullying. Does my right hon. Friend not agree that this is a case of si vis pacem, para bellum—if you want peace, prepare for war?
  • Hacker House (25 Sep 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: I congratulate my hon. Friend on his new position. I am sure he will also thank you, Mr Speaker, for choosing this UQ from the 44 that were submitted. Can my hon. Friend tell the House how long ago this took place and for how long we have had a Labour Mayor of London who could have investigated this before now?
  • 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...