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

  • HGV Driver Shortages (13 Sep 2021)
    Bill Wiggin: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on the excellent removal of the need for young people, who have been hit so hard by the pandemic, to spend their money on a trailer test. That is really welcome in rural communities, and with that extra freedom comes extra responsibility. When can those young people expect that policy to be implemented—is it today?
  • Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (22 Jul 2021)
    Bill Wiggin: As I understand it, the DIVA test is being piloted at the moment. When can we expect it on farm, and if we must wait for approval, why has the Secretary of State cancelled culling licences before approval has been given?
  • Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Jul 2021)
    Bill Wiggin: Given the global pandemic, public criticism of my right hon. Friend’s extraordinary leadership should be dismissed. He put the lives of my constituents first, and has had to adapt to the lessons that covid-19 has taught us. Sadly, the same cannot be said of the handing of tuberculosis by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Will he meet me to discuss the current TB...
  • Security of Ministers’ Offices and Communications (28 Jun 2021)
    Bill Wiggin: I am grateful to Mr Speaker for granting the urgent question of my hon. Friend the Member for Wellingborough (Mr Bone). With one Department spreading documents behind a bus stop and another one publishing CCTV, I cannot say that I am terribly surprised if Ministers do not want to use their private offices. Does my hon. Friend, who is doing a very good job at the Dispatch Box, agree that we...
  • Loss of Secret Documents (28 Jun 2021)
    Bill Wiggin: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for granting this urgent question. Because of the nature of my constituents, I very rarely speak about defence matters, but I cannot begin to tell the House how angry I am that this civil servant or whoever it was who scattered these papers put the lives of 190 personnel at risk on HMS Defender. If you go to a military funeral, Mr Speaker, you will appreciate, as I am...
  • Environment Bill: New Clause 21 - Habitats Regulations: power to amend general duties (26 May 2021)
    Bill Wiggin: I ran out of time.
  • Environment Bill: New Clause 21 - Habitats Regulations: power to amend general duties (26 May 2021)
    Bill Wiggin: I tabled new clause 2 to address the proposed general licensing requirements for the release of game birds and the environmental benefits of shooting. A campaign group named Wild Justice is repeatedly challenging DEFRA. As a result, Natural England must make assessments of the potential damage to EU-protected sites before granting licences for the release of game species. The proposed...
  • Coronavirus (25 Mar 2021)
    Bill Wiggin: It has certainly been a challenging time for my constituents in North Herefordshire, but their fortitude and community spirit must be highly commended. It is a triumph that vaccines were produced and approved in record time, and this was the silver bullet I have been asking for in all my speeches to this House for so many months. We are all so proud that ours is one of the world’s most...
  • Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill (22 Feb 2021)
    Bill Wiggin: If people do object, it would be helpful if they let me know.
  • Covid-19: Road Map (22 Feb 2021)
    Bill Wiggin: As an animal welfare champion, I was delighted to hear the Prime Minister mention zoos, but in terms of being able to get out there and visit these places and go to pubs, he described certainty as more important than urgency, and mentioned his concern for the unprotected, unvaccinated element of the population, who could be holding the rest of us back. What more can we do to encourage people...
  • Environment Bill: New Clause 8 - Waste Hierarchy (26 Jan 2021)
    Bill Wiggin: I tabled new clause 3 to draw attention to the environmental challenge and penalties facing Herefordshire. First, let me be absolutely clear: nobody wants to see more pollution or phosphates in the river—nobody. However, due to the levels of phosphate in the Wye, we have an ill thought out and ineffective housebuilding moratorium, imposed on us by a Dutch court through EU law. Implemented...
  • Covid-19: Winter Plan (23 Nov 2020)
    Bill Wiggin: I thank Tom Keith-Roach of AstraZeneca for producing a vaccine that, when fairly compared, is actually 90% effective. Will my right hon. Friend revisit the restrictions that he is proposing today if the vaccine is approved in the coming days?
  • Agriculture Bill: Clause 4 - Multi-annual financial assistance plans (12 Oct 2020)
    Bill Wiggin: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Angus (Dave Doogan), just as I did after his maiden speech. May I say that he needs to allow a little more of his Scottish charm to seep into his speeches? I need to declare my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests, particularly as a breeder of Hereford cattle. Some 88% of Herefordshire is farmland, and 10,200 people work on...
  • Agriculture Bill: Clause 4 - Multi-annual financial assistance plans (12 Oct 2020)
    Bill Wiggin: I agree not only with my hon. Friend but with my hon. Friend the Member for The Cotswolds (Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown), who said he made an excellent speech—he did. Our two largest trading partners would be gone, threatening £22 billion-worth of exports of food, drink and feed—everything we are selling. The EU has already threatened to ban animal products, a trade worth £3 billion,...
  • Agriculture Bill: Clause 4 - Multi-annual financial assistance plans (12 Oct 2020)
    Bill Wiggin: Rightly or wrongly, it would become illegal, if we follow these rules, to bring anything from the EU that did not allow that into this country. My hon. Friend is right to raise that; it is wrong. Food labelling is the solution, and to have a grass-fed label that allows 49% of the feed to be grain is just not right. We need to be an outwardly global, free trade-friendly but sensible country....
  • Agriculture Bill: Clause 4 - Multi-annual financial assistance plans (12 Oct 2020)
    Bill Wiggin: I do not get any extra minutes for that intervention. I ask Members also to think about our stocking density for chickens, which is 39 kg per square metre, as opposed to 42kg in the EU. German hop growers use chemicals that would not be allowed in this country, and apparently the French will give a derogation for neonicotinoids so that their farmers can produce oilseed rape. That is...
  • Agriculture Bill: Clause 4 - Multi-annual financial assistance plans (12 Oct 2020)
    Bill Wiggin: What else has my right hon. Friend done about how he feels about this matter? Has he written to anyone about it?
  • Covid-19 Update (5 Oct 2020)
    Bill Wiggin: My right hon. Friend gave an excellent answer to our right hon. Friend the Member for Tunbridge Wells (Greg Clark). The JCVI report is indeed most helpful and reassuring because it prioritises the vulnerable, the elderly and, of course, our health workers. However, it last met on 1 September, and the report is dated 23 September. Can my right hon. Friend confirm that if there is more...
  • Covid-19 (28 Sep 2020)
    Bill Wiggin: Since covid-19 began, sadly in Herefordshire we have seen 128 deaths and 1,008 people have tested positive. However, looking to France as an example of where we could be in just a matter of weeks, there have been 14,412 new cases in the last 24 hours, compared to just 5,693 in the UK. In the past week, 4,102 people in France were admitted to hospital, 763 of whom needed intensive care; here,...
  • Covid-19 (28 Sep 2020)
    Bill Wiggin: My hon. Friend is right, but everybody who takes the vaccine reduces the risk proportionately for everybody else. It is all about the R number, as he knows. That is why the Government have been right to pre-book the vaccines: 100 million doses of the AstraZeneca and University of Oxford vaccine, 30 million doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine, which is the next one in evaluation stage...