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

  • European Council: Points of Order (23 Oct 2017)
    Bill Wiggin: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. Knowing as you do that Whips are not able to speak, I thought that it might be helpful to say that I suspect that there will be some very good news on this subject in the foreseeable future. However, I believe that the usual channels are stuck and that there are certain names that the Opposition parties need to return to the Government.
  • Committees (16 Oct 2017)
    Bill Wiggin: I beg to move.
  • Uk Plans for Leaving the EU (9 Oct 2017)
    Bill Wiggin: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on her excellent answer to the hon. Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant), but the vile brutality of the Spanish police really does disturb me. Any bold new strategic agreement on law enforcement and criminal justice cannot allow bullying of that nature, whether by member states or EU negotiators.
  • European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)
    Bill Wiggin: I have been in the House since 2001 and have, I dare say, manufactured a fair amount of indignation about the legislation of previous Governments, but things are different today. I respect the Opposition’s arguments—they are absolutely right to raise them, and their concerns are valid and should be considered—but we are in the middle of a negotiation and my constituents...
  • European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)
    Bill Wiggin: I rather hope that the Brexit Secretary will concentrate on negotiating our departure rather than on sitting in darkened rooms, or perhaps that is what he is doing—who knows? Returning to the main thrust of what is going on, we need a unified, sensible piece of legislation, and we must support the Government, get the legislation through and then sort out our differences. Support for the...
  • European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)
    Bill Wiggin: No, I do not think so. Delegated legislation is always difficult. There are so many statutory instruments to get through, but that has been true ever since I have been here. We have had countless pieces of rubber-stamping. However, I have taken great comfort from the Front-Bench team saying that there is a sunset clause and that the spirit of the law will not be changed. I appeal to the...
  • Prime Minister: Engagements (5 Jul 2017)
    Bill Wiggin: In 2008, I tried to amend the Animal Welfare Act to extend sentences for cruelty to animals from weeks to years. Will my right hon. Friend see what can be done to ensure that people who are wilfully cruel to animals are punished far more severely?
  • Housing and Social Security (22 Jun 2017)
    Bill Wiggin: I will keep my comments brief so that my hon. Friend the Member for Aldridge-Brownhills (Wendy Morton) gets a chance to have her voice heard. I wanted to raise the issue of roads in Herefordshire at the very first opportunity. Herefordshire has the most roads per capita of any county in England, and those roads are deteriorating. The joke is that in England we drive on the left-hand side of...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Munitions Workers (Award) (29 Mar 2017)
    Bill Wiggin: If she will introduce an award in recognition of the contribution made by munitions workers in the first and second world wars.
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Munitions Workers (Award) (29 Mar 2017)
    Bill Wiggin: I thank my right hon. Friend for that answer. These ladies found that the chemicals in the shells turned their skin yellow, and they were nicknamed canary girls. I know my right hon. Friend is exceptionally busy at the moment, but could she find just a few moments in her diary to meet me and some of these canary girls to recognise their service?
  • Future Flood Prevention: Health and Social Care (27 Feb 2017)
    Bill Wiggin: I am particularly interested in the private finance initiative element of the capital funding, because certainly, for all the years that I have been a Member of Parliament, the PFI burden on Hereford hospital has always held it back. Has the hon. Lady’s Committee had a chance to look at that?
  • Future Flood Prevention: Health and Social Care (27 Feb 2017)
    Bill Wiggin: It occurs to me that this is not a uniquely British problem; it is in fact a global one. I have been trying to find out where in the world social care is best delivered and whether we can learn anything from those countries.
  • Informal European Council (6 Feb 2017)
    Bill Wiggin: May I thank the Prime Minister on behalf of my constituents for raising the 2% defence spending issue, because it makes them safer? If the Greeks can do it, why can’t the rest?
  • Industrial Strategy Consultation (23 Jan 2017)
    Bill Wiggin: The New Model in Technology and Engineering, or Hereford University as it should properly be known, has received tremendous support from the Secretary of State’s Department, but will the £170 million that he has promised in this statement be too late for Herefordshire, as we only have until 28 January to apply for new funding?
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Farming Regulation (19 Jan 2017)
    Bill Wiggin: rose—
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Farming Regulation (19 Jan 2017)
    Bill Wiggin: Having heard what my right hon. Friend has said, and knowing what sort of Minister she is, I cannot really believe that her team were fully briefed properly when they saw the nitrate vulnerable zones regulation rolled out to new parts of England.
  • Leaving the Eu: the Rural Economy (17 Jan 2017)
    Bill Wiggin: It is very nice to follow the hon. Member for York Central (Rachael Maskell). I believe that she mentioned her “urban drip”, which I think was a very unfair way of referring to the Leader of the Opposition. I have a very small farm in North Herefordshire where I raise Hereford cattle, which, as the Secretary of State ought to know, are the finest and most popular beef breed in...
  • Policing and Crime Bill: Inquiry into complaints alleging corrupt relationships between police and newspaper organisations (10 Jan 2017)
    Bill Wiggin: I will not delay the House for long. I want to heap praise on the Secretary of State for not giving in to the pressure of the media moguls, and, although we are putting a consultation out, we are determined that no grass shall grow. I want her to be very clear that we truly appreciate what she has done. Colleagues who are unhappy about amendment 24 ought to pay more attention to the...
  • Policing and Crime Bill: Inquiry into complaints alleging corrupt relationships between police and newspaper organisations (10 Jan 2017)
    Bill Wiggin: I will be delighted to give way to my hon. Friend.
  • Policing and Crime Bill: Inquiry into complaints alleging corrupt relationships between police and newspaper organisations (10 Jan 2017)
    Bill Wiggin: It is still independent because it does not choose who and what is the regulator; it determines only that the regulator is independent. It is perfectly acceptable. I know my hon. Friend is very keen to defend the press, but this whole instrument does exactly that. My hon. Friend the Member for Aldershot (Sir Gerald Howarth) emphasised the point that the local press in particular would be...
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