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

  • 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...
  • Policing and Crime Bill: Inquiry into complaints alleging corrupt relationships between police and newspaper organisations (10 Jan 2017)
    Bill Wiggin: But will it not be awkward for the Government if they completely ignore the Press Recognition Panel’s submission? After all, independently overseeing press regulation was what it was set up to do, and it is unequivocally calling for section 40 to be implemented.
  • Yemen (19 Dec 2016)
    Bill Wiggin: Will my right hon. Friend talk a little about our relationship with Saudi Arabia and how it keeps our streets safer here?
  • HMP Birmingham (19 Dec 2016)
    Bill Wiggin: My right hon. Friend mentioned the discussion she was having with mobile phone providers. Is she doing the same with drone manufacturers?
  • European Council 2016 (19 Dec 2016)
    Bill Wiggin: It is characteristically modest of the Prime Minister to mention only an extra £20 million of practical support. As it is the festive season, perhaps she could talk a little more about all the other things that we are funding in that region.
  • Investigatory Powers Bill (15 Nov 2016)
    Bill Wiggin: In all the years I have been here, I have never before found myself in agreement with the hon. Member for Hackney North and Stoke Newington (Ms Abbott) so I am deeply unhappy about this debate and the fact that I have been put in this position. I also feel very uncomfortable with some of the things my hon. and learned Friend the Solicitor General has said, because I know that in his heart...
  • Investigatory Powers Bill (15 Nov 2016)
    Bill Wiggin: The internet is not policed and that is as it should be, but my hon. Friend has to understand why people have stopped reading newspapers and take their news from the internet now. There is a choice, and the choice they can make is to favour the sources they believe in. That presents a different set of challenges to the individual than having a quality media. I absolutely believe in the...
  • Investigatory Powers Bill (15 Nov 2016)
    Bill Wiggin: We do.
  • Investigatory Powers Bill (15 Nov 2016)
    Bill Wiggin: I absolutely disagree with my right hon. and learned Friend. I have been sitting here listening to him carefully, but I cannot think of any other industry that does not offer any sort of guarantee. If people make faulty washing machines, they replace them, but if they publish stories about people, they have already made their money by the time they end up being sued, and that is why the...
  • Defence Estate: Exiting the EU and Workers’ Rights (7 Nov 2016)
    Bill Wiggin: I am listening carefully to the Secretary of State. It would appear that Opposition Members believe that everything that Europe does is marvellous for workers, but that is not right, is it? Will he comment on the Uber cases, in which the EU has singularly failed to protect self-employed people?
  • Press Matters (1 Nov 2016)
    Bill Wiggin: I really welcome the comments of my right hon. Friend about effective and robust regulation. It is crystal clear that IPSO does neither of those. Will she do all she can to ensure that low-cost arbitration is on the top of her list?
  • Committees: Justice Committee (31 Oct 2016)
    Bill Wiggin: I beg to move, That Chris Elmore and Dr Rupa Huq be discharged from the Justice Committee and Kate Green and Keith Vaz be added. This motion is the decision of the Committee of Selection. It respects the wish of the Labour party in electing those Members to this Committee.
  • National Health Service Staff (Reporting and Registration) (18 Oct 2016)
    Bill Wiggin: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a bill to make provision for the central reporting and registration of agency staff employed by National Health Service trusts, facilities and services; to make provision for the central reporting and recording of absence from work of permanent NHS employees; and for connected purposes. The NHS has a budget of £116.4 billion for 2015-16. It...