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

  • 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...
  • Petition - Home Education: Draft Guidance and the Consultation (9 Jul 2018)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...
  • Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Guidance about how to seek redress against media organisations (9 May 2018)
    Bill Wiggin: And from responsibility.
  • Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Guidance about how to seek redress against media organisations (9 May 2018)
    Bill Wiggin: May I say what a sad day this is? I pay tribute to the Government Chief Whip, who has worked exceptionally hard to try to protect the Government, which is particularly difficult, given that in 2013, 530 MPs voted for section 40 and only 13 voted against it. That vote was for the Courts and Crime Act 2013, which enshrined in law the low-cost access to justice that Lord Justice Leveson had...
  • Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Guidance about how to seek redress against media organisations (9 May 2018)
    Bill Wiggin: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that intervention. What he is saying is that businesses with a turnover of over £100 million should be protected, which I think is probably not quite right.
  • Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Guidance about how to seek redress against media organisations (9 May 2018)
    Bill Wiggin: I am most grateful to my right hon. Friend for giving way. First, IPSO is not a press regulator, because it does not comply with the requirements to be a regulator; it is merely a complaints handler. Secondly, he may have inadvertently misled the House, because it is not necessary to join Impress as he said earlier on. It is necessary for regulators to comply with the rules, which is...
  • Business of the House (16 Apr 2018)
    Bill Wiggin: Mr Speaker, you probably were not aware of my interest in the Second Reading of the Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill until now. We are now due to have it on Wednesday, but on Wednesday we should have been considering the Committee and remaining stages of that Bill. Can my right hon. Friend shed some light on when that might now take place?
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Policy Development (8 Mar 2018)
    Bill Wiggin: Park keeper or food producer— whatever the future for farming is going to be, does my hon. Friend agree that it must be possible to earn a living out of farming?
  • Uk Relations: Saudi Arabia: Blagging: Leveson Inquiry (7 Mar 2018)
    Bill Wiggin: Those who believe in a truly free press should not accept IPSO, and those who do not believe in a truly free press cannot accept it either. In the light of these criminal confessions, which only The Guardian and the BBC reported, does my right hon. Friend agree that implementing section 40 would be more in the spirit of building a country that works for everyone than the current system,...
  • Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)
    Bill Wiggin: I draw Members’ attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. I will start with a little anecdote about my local paper and IPSO. On 9 November, just four days after the Paradise papers story broke, the Hereford Times published the headline, “Tory MP dragged into offshore row”. It clearly implied a connection between me, a law firm I have never...
  • Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)
    Bill Wiggin: Either we regulate or we do not, but we cannot do bits. That is why it is important that the Bill passes into law as it is. I agree with the hon. Lady. The second accusation is that Earl Attlee’s amendments would damage the freedom of the press. The Press Recognition Panel is entirely independent of Government and the press. It is funded by the Government, but so are the courts, and no...
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