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 — Justice: Topical Questions (8 Oct 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities—with reference to Question 24.
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (8 Oct 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: During the last Prorogation of Parliament, I was looking forward to serving on a jury. When the Supreme Court decided that we should be here, I had to be released from that jury service by a distinguished judge in Hereford. It cannot be right that judges decide when we sit and who attends, but the Secretary of State’s Department has been pathetic in its written responses to me about how it...
  • Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: My right hon. and learned Friend has been characteristically generous in giving way. I welcome the establishment of a Domestic Abuse Commissioner. There is no doubt that the Bill is important and vital, and will sail through the House, but I am concerned that people will abuse our well-meaning intentions, and I do not want to see people being able to get different answers in different parts...
  • Iran (25 Sep 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: De-escalation is all very well, but it is not working and the regime shows all the symptoms of bullying. Does my right hon. Friend not agree that this is a case of si vis pacem, para bellum—if you want peace, prepare for war?
  • Hacker House (25 Sep 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: I congratulate my hon. Friend on his new position. I am sure he will also thank you, Mr Speaker, for choosing this UQ from the 44 that were submitted. Can my hon. Friend tell the House how long ago this took place and for how long we have had a Labour Mayor of London who could have investigated this before now?
  • Priorities for Government (25 Jul 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: Nowhere is enthusiasm and optimism more needed than in the agriculture sector, so may I welcome what the Prime Minister said in his statement about the future for food in this country?
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Access to Food (25 Jul 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: What discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on helping to ensure that everyone has access to (a) safe, (b) healthy and (c) affordable food.
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Access to Food (25 Jul 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for that answer, particularly because my newly appointed right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has not had a chance to speak to her Cabinet colleagues. The problem with safe food is that we need to be able to read on the label that it is safe. Natasha Ednan-Laperouse died because she ate food that was contaminated with sesame seeds, but the label did...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (25 Jul 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: I am grateful for the answer that my right hon. Friend gave earlier. Grass-fed must mean 100% grass-fed, so that people with food allergies, and particularly those with a sensitivity to meat, know what they are buying.
  • Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Cox Report (25 Jul 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: On that matter, if staff want to be treated as though this is a normal place to work, and therefore to be treated separately from the involvement of Members of Parliament, why not simply treat them as though they did work in any normal business and use the normal facilities of the law?
  • Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill (10 Jul 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: rose—
  • Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill (10 Jul 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: I am afraid I am. I urge the House also to consider the case of lost dogs, which are now returned to councils rather than to the police. The criminal justice legislation that would have changed sentencing in the way the hon. Member for Redcar (Anna Turley) just mentioned was never brought forward by that Labour Government, so I am afraid the buck stopped very much with the Labour Government...
  • Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill (10 Jul 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: I think that my hon. Friend is suggesting that he would like to see the number of convictions going up. Actually, I would like to see the number of convictions going down, because people who are committing acts of hideous cruelty are going to prison for a lot longer and are therefore less likely to do the same thing again and are less likely to involve an animal. We should judge this not by...
  • Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill (10 Jul 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: I took the Animal Welfare Bill through, and I disagree with the hon. Lady’s understanding. It is possible to commit acts of cruelty only when we as human beings have power over an animal. We must deliver the animal’s five freedoms, and it does not matter whether the animal is domesticated or wild. It is our power over the creature that determines an act of cruelty. I do not think that her...
  • Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill (10 Jul 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: I thought I was clear. In the case the hon. Lady just referred to, it was the dog that did the harm to the fox or the neighbour’s cat, not the human being. That is where the differentiation arises. Had he been torturing any of the animals, he would immediately have fallen foul of this Bill.
  • Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill (10 Jul 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: Thirteen years ago in 2006 when the Animal Welfare Act was going through its stages, I proposed an amendment that would do exactly what this Bill does, so may I thank the Minister for bringing it in but express regret that it has taken 13 years to do so?
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (25 Jun 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: Nobody can criticise our Government’s reaction to atrocities committed against the Muslim community, or indeed Muslims around the world; however, given that my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary seeks to lead this Christian country, has his Department not rather let him down in the way we have sought to protect Christians abroad?
  • Point of Order (19 Jun 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Since you took the Chair, you have been a stalwart defender of Back Benchers. You have also stood up to bad parliamentary behaviour like the use of the word “racism”. I am deeply upset that your chairmanship has been undermined dramatically because of the very calm and polite advice you gave to hon. Members—leaders of political parties—that was...
  • Non-Domestic Rating (Preparation for Digital Services) Bill (13 May 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: I am curious, based on the Minister’s research, about how often businesses ask for a revaluation.
  • Non-Domestic Rating (Preparation for Digital Services) Bill (13 May 2019)
    Bill Wiggin: However, I get continual complaints about business rates from the landlord at the Moody Cow pub, which is very near to my home.