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

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Armed Forces Covenant (25 Mar 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: What steps he is taking to encourage more commercial organisations to participate in the armed forces covenant.
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Armed Forces Covenant (25 Mar 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: Why should commercial organisations take this matter seriously when the Ministry of Defence has not yet managed to change its demand for British meat so that our armed forces can be fed the finest meat in the world?
  • Exiting the European Union (Agriculture): Foreign Affairs Committee (19 Mar 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: indicated assent.
  • Exiting the European Union (Agriculture): Foreign Affairs Committee (19 Mar 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: As I said very clearly, that would be true if those hon. Members were taken as a group. It is as a group of others that the representation is seen as.
  • Exiting the European Union (Agriculture): Foreign Affairs Committee (19 Mar 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: I beg to move, That Ian Austin and Mike Gapes be discharged from the Foreign Affairs Committee and Conor McGinn and Catherine West be added. I am moving this motion on behalf of the Selection Committee. As Chairman of that Committee, it is my responsibility to ensure that it operates in accordance with the rules of the House. That is the case with this motion. I am moving it in the usual way,...
  • International Trade Committee (18 Mar 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. The Selection Committee only makes recommendations to the House. Last week, we had objections to our recommendations. Normally, we would hope that the House would come to a decision. That has not happened. I am rather hoping that, sometime this week, time will be found for the House to make a decision because Members are affected by the make-up of...
  • Integrated Care Regulations: Exiting the European Union (Agriculture) (18 Mar 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: What I find most important is that the consumer has confidence, when they see what the label says, that that is actually what they are going to buy. That is not always true of pasture-fed produce, but it needs to be. The support that the organic sector has had from the legislation and the Government has been tremendous. I would like us to spread this much further and encourage more...
  • Integrated Care Regulations: Exiting the European Union (Agriculture) (18 Mar 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: My hon. Friend will, I hope, come to this later in his speech, but how will we ensure that the standards of our organic farmers in the UK are not undermined if we are not overly attentive of what is being shipped in at the borders?
  • Exiting the European Union (11 Mar 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: May I first thank my right hon. Friend and the Prime Minister for the enormous efforts they are going to on behalf of all our constituents? My constituents are particularly frightened of the backstop because it locks us into the European Union in a way they do not want and because it hamstrings negotiations on a trade deal, which is what we all really want. Can he tell me, therefore, if the...
  • Point of Order: Dog Meat (Consumption) (Offences) (19 Feb 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make it an offence to consume dog meat and to transport, possess or donate dog meat for the purpose of consumption; and for connected purposes. Tragically, around the world, 30 million dogs a year are eaten, and more than 10 million of them are killed in China alone. In the Republic of Korea, dog meat is the fourth most consumed meat...
  • Petition - Closure of ST George’S Cross Branch of the Bank of Scotland: Orkambi (4 Feb 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: Last week, one of my constituents, whose daughter suffers from cystic fibrosis, came to see me. He explained that every year that access to Orkambi or other such similar drugs is delayed takes 10 years off the life of his daughter. My constituent explained how the long hours in hospital and in treatment mean that cystic fibrosis defines his daughter’s life. However, clinical trials by...
  • Petition - Closure of ST George’S Cross Branch of the Bank of Scotland: Orkambi (4 Feb 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: I suggest that the hon. Gentleman hears the rest of the speech before he expects to draw any conclusions. Cystic fibrosis is a life-limiting genetic disorder. Patients with cystic fibrosis experience a build-up of thick mucus in their lungs. This can have a wide range of effects on their respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems. The disease is widespread in the UK. One person in 25...
  • Petition - Closure of ST George’S Cross Branch of the Bank of Scotland: Orkambi (4 Feb 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: I am sure that the hon. Gentleman’s constituents will be grateful to him for raising the issue in the House this evening. Every week, five babies are born with the disease, according to Great Ormond Street Hospital, and every week two young people die as a result of cystic fibrosis. The disease accounts for 9,500 hospital admissions and over 100,000 hospital bed days a year. There are two...
  • Petition - Closure of ST George’S Cross Branch of the Bank of Scotland: Orkambi (4 Feb 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: No, I do not agree. The purpose of this debate is to a show an alternative that allows NICE to spend taxpayers’ money on drugs for other conditions while still allowing cystic fibrosis sufferers to have access to this vital drug—and not just to Orkambi, but to the next generation of the same sort of drugs. Bear with me because we have not got to the good bit yet. In July 2016, NICE...
  • Petition - Closure of ST George’S Cross Branch of the Bank of Scotland: Orkambi (4 Feb 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: First, let me say how sorry I am to hear about the hon. Lady’s niece. We should take this very seriously. The figures that I have are even worse than the ones that she has laid out. The price remains inaccessibly high, and this is entirely due to the powerful patent laws that allow pharmaceutical companies to monopolise drug production. Vertex expects to retain monopoly intellectual...
  • Petition - Closure of ST George’S Cross Branch of the Bank of Scotland: Orkambi (4 Feb 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: I tragically allowed the hon. Gentleman’s intervention one sentence too early. I was about to say that Crown use licensing would make the drug available to cystic fibrosis sufferers at a reduced price on the NHS, so I absolutely agree. Those are just a few examples of how Crown use licensing can set the ball rolling on increasing public access to precision medicine. The UK Government have a...
  • Petition - Closure of ST George’S Cross Branch of the Bank of Scotland: Orkambi (4 Feb 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: I have. This drug would cost £104,000 if bought from Vertex and about £5,000 if it was made generically, so there is a huge saving.
  • Petition - Closure of ST George’S Cross Branch of the Bank of Scotland: Orkambi (4 Feb 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: I am not quite sure I follow. I would have been much more sympathetic to Vertex if it had not been doing share buybacks. If a company expects to make $13 billion of profit, it will have factored into its calculations a reasonable profit margin. I believe that Vertex has an unreasonable profit margin. I support the private sector, and I like the idea of that R&D going on to benefit the...
  • Petition - Closure of ST George’S Cross Branch of the Bank of Scotland: Orkambi (4 Feb 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: I absolutely agree, which is why I am suggesting that the Crown use licence ought to be used and taken seriously. I imagine that people working for Vertex are listening closely to this debate. They will have heard the hon. Lady’s point, and I think they need to move on from this attention to profit margin. As a Conservative, I understand the importance of managing the expectations of...