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

  • Confidence in Her Majesty’s Government (18 Jul 2022)
    Bill Wiggin: I think I can be very confident in predicting that we shall never again hear a Prime Minister describe their phenomenal electoral victory as putting a blue ferret up the trouser leg of the Opposition. Since this Government entered office in 2019 on the back of the Prime Minister’s historic election victory, the world has been turned on its head. Let us not lose sight of what has been thrown...
  • Confidence in Her Majesty’s Government (18 Jul 2022)
    Bill Wiggin: I genuinely have no idea what the hon. Gentleman is talking about, probably not for the first time, so I am not going to speculate. I am sure he would agree that motorcycling remains one of the best ways to travel around the capital.
  • Confidence in Her Majesty’s Government (18 Jul 2022)
    Bill Wiggin: I will give way, but that will be it.
  • Confidence in Her Majesty’s Government (18 Jul 2022)
    Bill Wiggin: I agree that none of us is perfect—if we were, this would be a very dangerous game to be in, because there would be very quickly someone pointing out that we are not. It is helpful for our constituents to understand that it is absolutely right for the Opposition to be able to call a confidence vote in the Government at any time. If they made a mistake last week and therefore we are having...
  • Points of Order (13 Jul 2022)
    Bill Wiggin: rose—
  • Points of Order (13 Jul 2022)
    Bill Wiggin: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Would you be kind enough to pass on my thanks to Mr Speaker, who wisely and rightly curtailed the debate on special forces during Prime Minister’s Question Time? Those people are the bravest, most wonderful constituents I could ever hope to represent, and the attack on them and on Sir Mark Carleton-Smith by the BBC was without evidence, so...
  • Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster (12 Jul 2022)
    Bill Wiggin: Is it not the case that this project may never end, because as things go on breaking and evolving, we will be doing this forever. Therefore my right hon. Friend is right to take it in-house, and to keep the bills low, because my constituents want the potholes in their roads repaired and they want a hospital. They are very happy with this but they are not as bothered about this place as they...
  • Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Jun 2022)
    Bill Wiggin: Hereford Sixth Form College has over 600 students who rely on the trains to get them to their exams this week. What can my right hon. Friend do to ensure that these young people doing their GCSEs and A-levels are not punished by the train strikers?
  • Government Food Strategy (13 Jun 2022)
    Bill Wiggin: I will, if I may, draw my right hon. Friend’s attention to paragraph 2.4.2, which concerns public procurement leading by example. It says that “the public sector reports on progress towards an aspiration that 50% of its food expenditure is on food produced locally”. As a very small British farmer, I think I can speak for all of agriculture when I say that we want not 50% British, but...
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure (30 Mar 2022)
    Bill Wiggin: I must declare my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests and, more importantly, the fact that I am an electric car driver. I am delighted with the performance of the Hyundai Kona, although it is due for a battery recall, which I hope will happen very soon. I have driven it for a while, and it is fast—very fast—and a joy to drive. It is no wonder that at the end of...
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure (30 Mar 2022)
    Bill Wiggin: They also need to have sufficient speed of charge. For me, the 50 kW ones are the meaningful ones. I will come on to this later in my speech. When we look online, it is difficult to identify the ones that will get us home, as opposed to the ones that are in people’s drives for their overnight charging. Coupled with a decrease in VAT on fuel tax as we embrace the opportunities that electric...
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure (30 Mar 2022)
    Bill Wiggin: My hon. Friend is not only extremely generous to have given me a lift in his very smart Tesla, but absolutely right in everything he says. This message to the public that we can move away from fossil fuels and enjoy electric vehicles—they are great—comes to nothing if the security of the sites is not adequate. Despite the vast subsidies—almost £1 billion—given to install EV charging...
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure (30 Mar 2022)
    Bill Wiggin: To encourage people to adopt electric vehicles, we will need considerably more. However, equally important is the ability to find those two charging points, and at the moment not a single map—electronic or physical—can display every fast-charging station and whether it is in working order, the size of the charger available and a route to get to it. We should be able to do that. Zap-Map...
  • Prime Minister: Engagements (23 Feb 2022)
    Bill Wiggin: The River Wye, pollution, flooding, house building and the wider environment are all important to my right hon. Friend, so will he meet me to discuss the future of the Environment Agency?
  • Ukraine (21 Feb 2022)
    Bill Wiggin: I thank my right hon. Friend for the work that he and the Prime Minister have done. Having visited Georgia and seen for myself what Russian incursions look like, I ask the Secretary of State: if Ukraine is invaded, will Georgia be admitted to NATO?
  • Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill [Lords] (18 Jan 2022)
    Bill Wiggin: First, let me draw the House’s attention to my declaration in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests, because I farm. What a delight it was to listen to such a full tribute to my friend James Brokenshire. He was a lovely man and a good friend, and we miss him very much. He has a worthy successor in my hon. Friend the Member for Old Bexley and Sidcup (Mr French). What large shoes he...
  • Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill [Lords] (18 Jan 2022)
    Bill Wiggin: Yes. I am about to go into one, so I will happily give way.
  • Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill [Lords] (18 Jan 2022)
    Bill Wiggin: It is difficult for me to answer that, because I am a member of the ELMS pilot scheme, so I am deeply involved in the formation of ELMS. What I would say is that public money for public goods is the right way forward, with carbon captured in the soil and a corresponding payment made to farmers so that we can balance up the subsidy deficit that British farmers will face compared with their...
  • Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill [Lords] (18 Jan 2022)
    Bill Wiggin: As always, my hon. Friend is absolutely right. The real shame about this legislation is that here we are at Second Reading and every single colleague on both sides of the House has thought of better things for the Government to deal with, whether it is ELMS, as suggested by the hon. Member for Westmorland and Lonsdale (Tim Farron), or any of the other suggestions I have heard from Opposition...
  • Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill [Lords] (18 Jan 2022)
    Bill Wiggin: Given my hon. Friend’s expertise and professional experience, what examples does he have from his own life of such a committee being necessary? Why does he therefore want it based in DEFRA?