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

  • Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)
    Bill Wiggin: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Liverpool, West Derby (Stephen Twigg), and, of course, my hon. Friend the Member for Plymouth, Moor View (Johnny Mercer). Let me first commend the Prime Minister’s determination, fortitude and persistence in her negotiations with the European Union and in her repeated statements to the House. I, like many, want to conclude Brexit as swiftly...
  • Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)
    Bill Wiggin: I am very reassured to hear what the Chancellor has just said, because he said in his opening statement that he felt that Brexit itself might be at risk, which of course is very much at odds with what the Prime Minister has promised us. Will he go on reassuring people like me that the will of the people will be followed by this Government?
  • Offensive Weapons Bill: Report on the use of air weapons (28 Nov 2018)
    Bill Wiggin: I have been very upset to hear the nature of this debate, because the worst thing for any police officer must be to knock on someone’s front door to tell them that their loved one is a victim of crime. This is not a moment to play party politics at all. All guns are dangerous; all guns are for killing. These things are lethal; they require proper protections. My hon. Friend is absolutely...
  • Offensive Weapons Bill: Report on the use of air weapons (28 Nov 2018)
    Bill Wiggin: As my hon. Friend the Member for Bexhill and Battle (Huw Merriman) said, my hon. Friend has been extremely generous in giving way. Guns are meant to be fatal if they are used properly. That is why they have to be protected with super-legislation—the toughest in the world—to ensure that the constituents of my hon. Friend the Member for Bexhill and Battle are safe. Indeed, some of the...
  • Progress on EU Negotiations (22 Nov 2018)
    Bill Wiggin: I put aside my fear of the backstab agreement and come straight to the point. My right hon. Friend is right that we do not want another referendum; we want to see the benefits of the one we had. To that end, I thoroughly welcome what she said about negotiating deals during the implementation period. Can she assure us all that those deals will come to fruition, even if the implementation...
  • Electric Vehicles (Standardised Recharging) (20 Nov 2018)
    Bill Wiggin: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision about standardised requirements for electric vehicle charge points; and for connected purposes. I am delighted to see my neighbour, the Minister of State, Department for Transport, my hon. Friend the Member for Hereford and South Herefordshire (Jesse Norman), sitting in his place listening to this, because I bought an...
  • Agriculture Bill (10 Oct 2018)
    Bill Wiggin: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Cardiff North (Anna McMorrin). I draw the House’s attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. I am the chairman of the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association, which promotes grass-fed as an alternative to grain-fed in our meat supply chain. I also keep a small herd of grain-free Hereford cattle at my home in...
  • Agriculture Bill (10 Oct 2018)
    Bill Wiggin: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. I believe that the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire (Pete Wishart) inadvertently misled the House. He can look at the record and see that I definitely said that the SNP should be heard, and to say otherwise is obviously wrong. I hope that he will check that and put what he said right.
  • Agriculture Bill (10 Oct 2018)
    Bill Wiggin: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. It is very important that we hear from the SNP, because the Bill does pertain to Scotland. However, as the hon. Lady has just said, a large part of this area is devolved. Is it not then fair that the SNP abides, as we all have to, by the eight-minute limit, instead of taking twice that amount of time?
  • Police: Financial Sustainability (12 Sep 2018)
    Bill Wiggin: My right hon. Friend has already mentioned the 100 new police officers for West Mercia that John-Paul Campion, our excellent police and crime commissioner, is about to recruit. I would like to see these new officers fighting rural crime, so will my right hon. Friend look again at road traffic offences, especially speeding? Speed awareness courses help the safety of all of us on the roads, but...
  • Salisbury Update (5 Sep 2018)
    Bill Wiggin: I commend my right hon. Friend for the very cool way in which she has handled this bellicose threat. Particularly, does she agree that we should remind our constituents, and indeed the Russian people, that this state-sponsored GRU mission was a complete and abject failure, as the Skripals are still alive?
  • Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)
    Bill Wiggin: It is a real treat to be able to speak in the Chamber. As a Member who is not particularly frightened of his own voice, I have kept remarkably quiet during this term, largely owing to the hard work of the HS2 Select Committee. The hon. Member for East Lothian (Martin Whitfield), who is in his place, has also been putting his shoulder to the wheel to ensure that that railway line does one...
  • Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)
    Bill Wiggin: I quite agree, Madam Deputy Speaker. I was at that critical moment when I was about to discuss my affection for Wales. I chose to join that finest regiment in the British Army, the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, now more helpfully called the Royal Welsh, when I went to university in Bangor in north Wales. There you have it: a British person through and through—Irish, Scottish, Welsh and indeed...
  • Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)
    Bill Wiggin: Now that is more like a bit of parliamentary humour, but the hon. Gentleman knows exactly who I mean. In ancient Greek, there is the word “agape”, which means love. It is a different sort of love from that which we may feel for our husband or wife, or indeed for our brother and sister, or for our country, our constituency or some of our more obscure constituents. I argue that having...
  • Petition - Home Education: Draft Guidance and the Consultation (9 Jul 2018)
    Bill Wiggin: I am proud to present a petition from residents of North Herefordshire regarding home education. The petition states: The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to withdraw the draft guidance and the consultation, until it has put in place an accessible and workable complaints procedure and further has consulted with home educating parents, as it has with...
  • Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)
    Bill Wiggin: My hon. Friend is right about this. It is clear from listening to a few words from him and to the previous speaker that the Bill needs a lot of work in Committee. Properly evidenced crimes are clearly being missed by the Bill, yet we are taking out legal protection against a group of people who have never done anything wrong and never will, and who have weapons that are absolutely impractical...
  • Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)
    Bill Wiggin: I am sorry if I was too harsh.
  • Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)
    Bill Wiggin: I think my hon. Friend means mental health conditions, not medical conditions. Does he agree that, happily, because of our stringent licensing system, evil terrorists are not committing crimes using legally held guns?
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Jun 2018)
    Bill Wiggin: My right hon. Friend will be aware that I have raised the issue of more beds for Hereford County Hospital no fewer than 12 times over the years. Will she now confirm that the funding is in place to deliver those much-needed beds?
  • Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Guidance about how to seek redress against media organisations (9 May 2018)
    Bill Wiggin: No, it is not, because it is designed to ensure that victims get access to justice. My hon. Friend will find the local papers that may come under section 40 are owned by large companies. The exemption is designed for the charitable sector, which I will come to in just a moment. One myth is that The Guardian would not be covered. The Daily Mail claimed that The Guardian would be exempt from...
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