Bill Speaking in a Parliamentary Debate
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Bill in Parliament

Bill is one of the most active Members of Parliament in the House of Commons. He attends over three-quarters of votes in parliament and since being elected in 2001 has asked over 2,300 written questions and contributed to many Parliamentary debates. Bill’s most recent speeches and questions in Parliament are copied below. They can also be seen via the They Work For You website.

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Bill’s recent appearances

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Mobile Phones: Herefordshire (21 July 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the Answer of 7 July 2014, Official Report, column 15W, on mobile telephones: Herefordshire, whether officials of his Department commissioned or carried out drive testing to check the level of coverage in Fownhope.

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Mobile Phones: Hertfordshire (9 July 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the decision not to proceed with a mast at Fownhope, if he will include the lack of mobile network coverage in that area in any future discussion he has with network operators.

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Mobile Phones (7 July 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make it his policy that no mobile infrastructure projects will be undertaken without first fully investigating the notspot data for the relevant area.

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Mobile Phones: Hertfordshire (7 July 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2014, Official Report, column 125W, on mobile phones: Herefordshire, what tests Ofcom carried out and on what dates to establish whether there is mobile reception in Fownhope.

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Mobile Phones: Hertfordshire (7 July 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2014, Official Report, column 125W, on mobile phones: Herefordshire, for what reason it was decided to proceed with the planning process for Fownhope mast before checking Ofcom’s latest notspot data.

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Mobile Phones: Hertfordshire (7 July 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2014, Official Report, column 125W, on mobile phones: Herefordshire, if he will take steps to review the accuracy of the report by Ofcom that there is mobile reception in Fownhope.

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Mobile Phones: Hertfordshire (7 July 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2014, Official Report, column 124W, on mobile phones, whether any other proposed masts in Herefordshire will be withdrawn following changes in notspot data.

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Mobile Phones: Hertfordshire (7 July 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2014, Official Report, column 125W, on mobile phones: Herefordshire, what the strength is of the mobile reception that is provided in Fownhope.

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Mobile Phones: Hertfordshire (7 July 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2014, Official Report, column 125W, on mobile phones: Herefordshire, which mobile network operators provide reception in Fownhope.

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Mobile Phones: Hertfordshire (7 July 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2014, Official Report, column 125W, on mobile phones: Herefordshire, when the notspot data held by Ofcom was updated for 2014.

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Press (2 July 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2014, Official Report, column 125W, on the Press, when he expects a date for meeting victims of press abuse and their representatives to be finalised.

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Mobile Phones (24 June 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to ensure that all not spot data will be properly checked before masts are proposed and plans are made public.

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Mobile Phones (24 June 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether any masts proposed as part of the Mobile Infrastructure Project other than that at Fownhope have been withdrawn after a reassessment of notspot data.

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Mobile Phones (24 June 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the criteria are by which Arqiva assesses notspot data.

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Mobile Phones: Herefordshire (24 June 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he plans to take to ensure that the people have adequate mobile signal coverage in light of the decision not to proceed with a mast at Fownhope.

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Mobile Phones: Herefordshire (24 June 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made on the Mobile Infrastructure Project in Herefordshire.

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Mobile Phones: Herefordshire (24 June 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the Mobile Infrastructure Project in Herefordshire is on course to be delivered on schedule.

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Mobile Phones: Herefordshire (24 June 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the process was by which Arqiva arrived at its decision not to proceed with the proposed Fownhope mast.

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Mobile Phones: Herefordshire (24 June 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what information his Department holds on whether staff from Arqiva visited Fownhope to assess the adequacy of mobile telephone reception in that area.

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Press (24 June 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 10 June 2014, Official Report, columns 67-8W, on the press, whether he has set a date for meeting victims of press abuse and their representatives.

Deregulation Bill: New Clause 15 — Footpaths: provisions to stop up or divert due to privacy, safety or security (23 June 2014)

Bill Wiggin: I thank my right hon. Friend the Minister for his helpful and constructive comments; it is useful to know that the Government are looking at the risks. I also welcome the formation of a new working group. It does not come as a terribly big surprise that the Government are unwilling to accept new clause 15. However, on behalf of my hon. Friend the Member for Braintree (Mr Newmark), I thank…

Deregulation Bill: New Clause 15 — Footpaths: provisions to stop up or divert due to privacy, safety or security (23 June 2014)

Bill Wiggin: rose—

Deregulation Bill: New Clause 15 — Footpaths: provisions to stop up or divert due to privacy, safety or security (23 June 2014)

Bill Wiggin: Will the hon. Lady tell us her party’s proposals to ensure that the family of Roger Freeman know that no other family will suffer the pain and misery that they have been through?

Deregulation Bill: New Clause 15 — Footpaths: provisions to stop up or divert due to privacy, safety or security (23 June 2014)

Bill Wiggin: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

Deregulation Bill: New Clause 15 — Footpaths: provisions to stop up or divert due to privacy, safety or security (23 June 2014)

Bill Wiggin: I draw the House’s attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. New clause 15 is all about safety. I want to see a fall in the number of deaths that take place every year as a result of rural accidents, as I am sure does every Member. I am passionate about the safety of those who use the countryside. My recent ten-minute rule Bill proposed greater detail…

Deregulation Bill: New Clause 15 — Footpaths: provisions to stop up or divert due to privacy, safety or security (23 June 2014)

Bill Wiggin: My hon. Friend is right, and I am sure he will seek to catch your eye, Madam Deputy Speaker, and share his expertise with the House. The key thing for Opposition Members to remember is that we are talking about not rights of way, but people killing themselves, or being seriously hurt or injured. That is what we are trying to avoid. We are trying to make sure that every person who walks or…

Deregulation Bill: New Clause 15 — Footpaths: provisions to stop up or divert due to privacy, safety or security (23 June 2014)

Bill Wiggin: There is a way in which a change can be made at minimal cost, but if there is a single objection, the balance of favour, as it were, goes against the owner of the property. Additionally, the process can cost a vast amount. What makes me sad is that this should be not a fight between the landowner and the person objecting—the walker or whoever it might be—but about safety. If…

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Press (10 June 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has to meet victims of press abuse and their representatives.

Written Answers — Education: Free Schools (14 May 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress he has made on making the process for school leaving local education authority control to become free schools easier.

Written Answers — Education: Free Schools (14 May 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assistance his Department provides for small independent schools making applications for free school status; and if he will take steps to increase such assistance.

Written Answers — Education: Free Schools: Hertfordshire (14 May 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools in North Herefordshire have unsuccessfully applied for free school status.

Written Answers — Health: Health Services: Herefordshire (14 May 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new members of (a) staff and (b) nursing staff have been taken on by the NHS in North Herefordshire in the last 12 months.

Written Answers — Health: NHS: Finance (14 May 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy that a proportion of any future underspend within the NHS is allocated to nurses’ pay.

Written Answers — Health: NHS: Pensions (14 May 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to increase the required contributions to NHS pensions before the introduction of the new pension scheme in 2015.

Written Answers — Education: Free Schools (13 May 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will discuss with (a) the Whitbourne Independent School and Hub and (b) other projects whose applications for free school status were turned down those applicants’ feedback on how the application process can be made easier for small independent schools.

Written Answers — Health: Community Nurses (13 May 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the pay of community staff nurses rises in line with inflation.

Written Answers — Health: Health Professions: Insurance (13 May 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on (a) the number of companies that provide indemnity insurance for nurses and midwives and (b) the policies that are available for this.

Written Answers — Education: Free Schools (12 May 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the average length of time between an application for free school status being made and a successful applicant school opening; and what plans he has to reduce the time taken.

Written Answers — Education: Free Schools (12 May 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many applications for free school status from applicants which already have premises have been refused; (2) how many applications for free school status for which the Church of England has agreed to provide school premises have been (a) approved and (b) rejected.

Written Answers — Education: Free Schools (12 May 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make it his policy to give free schools more flexibility on requirements relating to (a) the involvement of volunteers and (b) provision of flexi-school places.

Financial Services Authority and Connaught Income Fund (7 May 2014)

Bill Wiggin: I draw the House’s attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. My constituent, Mr Sudworth, who is a victim of this fraud, asked me a question; I wonder whether my hon. Friend knows the answer. Does the Financial Conduct Authority outsource some of its work to Capita?

 

 

 

Upcoming Business – Commons: Main Chamber (6 June 2014)

Agricultural Accidents (Records) Bill – Second reading – Bill Wiggin. Legislation

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — Schools Funding (29 April 2014)

Bill Wiggin: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this important debate. Free schools is one area that is party political. I am sure that we all welcome the excellent progress made by the Government and that the funding formula for free schools has had a stronger impact on the lowest-funded areas than, perhaps, on the wealthier ones. Does he agree that the Government need to address that in F40 areas?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Agricultural Accidents (Records) (9 April 2014)

Bill Wiggin: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require the Health and Safety Executive to record certain details of agricultural accidents and to report those details annually; and for connected purposes. I remind the House of my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests, and of the fact that I breed Hereford cattle myself. In 2006, my constituent Ian Jackson, a…

Business of the House: Bovine TB (3 April 2014)

Bill Wiggin: I welcome the vaccination programme around infection hot spots, but the skin test is clearly failing as the number of carcases rejected post-slaughter more than doubled between 2012 and 2013 and is increasing again this year. My constituents, such as Simon Cotton, are having cattle which have passed the skin test condemned without compensation at slaughter. The Government are consulting on a…

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Meat: Ritual Slaughter (26 March 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has for a mandatory scheme for labelling meat to ensure that religious consumers know that slaughter was appropriately carried out.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Bovine Tuberculosis (25 March 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the costs to the farming industry arising from cattle condemned after slaughter because of lesions caused by bovine TB in each of the last five years.

Amendment of the Law (24 March 2014)

Bill Wiggin: I am sorry to be following the hon. Member for City of Durham (Roberta Blackman-Woods) because there are good things in the Budget. She should encourage her constituents to enjoy—responsibly, of course—cider and beer. Wednesday’s Budget was the latest in a series of announcements from which my constituents will directly benefit. I strongly welcome the Chancellor’s…

Amendment of the Law (24 March 2014)

Bill Wiggin: Quite right!

Written Answers — Health: Bovine Tuberculosis (24 March 2014)

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cattle have been condemned after slaughter because of lesions caused by bovine TB in each of the last five years.

Points of Order (17 March 2014)

Bill Wiggin: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I am sure that, should it have been my father you were speaking about, I would have been delighted with your very kind comments. On a completely unrelated matter, sadly, last Thursday, I raised a point of order about Members who shout “Aye” and then vote no, and vice versa. Mr Deputy Speaker was kind enough to repeat your judgment. Subsequently, at…

Royal Assent: Backbench Business — Badger Cull (13 March 2014)

Bill Wiggin: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. As DEFRA has not released its report, it would be demeaning to the House to have a Division on this issue. Is it your view that Mr Speaker’s ruling should be maintained—that is, that if a Member shouts, he should vote in the way that he shouts?

Royal Assent: Backbench Business — Badger Cull (13 March 2014)

Bill Wiggin: Unlike those of the previous speakers, my constituents have cattle. They also have experience of TB and are wrestling with the problem. I am sorry that the debate is taking place at all. I have a great deal of respect for the Backbench Business Committee, but it would have been considerably more helpful if it had waited to hold the debate until after the report had been published. If we have…

Royal Assent: Backbench Business — Badger Cull (13 March 2014)

Bill Wiggin: I am grateful to you for your judgment, Madam Deputy Speaker. Unlike the shadow Minister, I do not have access to the Secretary of State’s desk. Even if he has the report, I have not seen it and neither have my hon. Friends. Even if it is available today, we should have read it before we had the debate. Let me return to the core of the debate, which is science and whether the Government…

Royal Assent: Backbench Business — Badger Cull (13 March 2014)

Bill Wiggin: My hon. Friend is, as always, absolutely right.

Royal Assent: Backbench Business — Badger Cull (13 March 2014)

Bill Wiggin: I hope that the hon. Lady agrees that I have been generous in giving way to her, because she had quite a long time to have her say. I regret bitterly that in her speech she did not condemn the activities of people protesting that might have meant that the tests took longer. She should have done that, because whatever the report concludes about the trials, it is indisputable that what applies…

Royal Assent: Backbench Business — Badger Cull (13 March 2014)

Bill Wiggin: Yes, I will give way, although I must not give way much more.

Royal Assent: Backbench Business — Badger Cull (13 March 2014)

Bill Wiggin: I am delighted that the hon. Lady is so completely and utterly wrong. The joy of that is that the evidence is before us all. We have seen the disease spread by the policies of people like her. She does not have cattle, she has never done a pre-movement test and she does not know what she is talking about. Unfortunately, this is too serious a subject for her to pontificate on. If she was…

Royal Assent: Backbench Business — Badger Cull (13 March 2014)

Bill Wiggin: We would love to know. We would love to know what the Government think of the report, but we have not seen it yet. I have always preferred vaccination, and I believe that it should be targeted at healthy badger populations where the chance of a badger being infected is low but likely to increase due to their proximity to infected populations. This means vaccinating healthy badgers working…

Royal Assent: Backbench Business — Badger Cull (13 March 2014)

Bill Wiggin: No. Today’s debate is unworthy of a Division and I hope that the House will not divide until it has had time to read and digest the report.

Royal Assent: Backbench Business — Badger Cull (13 March 2014)

Bill Wiggin: No. If the EU is going to ban our exports if we vaccinate, it should do so on proper health grounds. It will not be able to achieve that. If the Opposition object to scientific pilot schemes, they must apply the same science to badgers and to cattle equally. For 14 miserable years they did not do that. If the Government want to beat this disease scientifically, they will have to analyse what…

Royal Assent: Backbench Business — Badger Cull (13 March 2014)

Bill Wiggin: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Business of the House: School Funding (13 March 2014)

Bill Wiggin: I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to the statement and hearing how my right hon. Friend is teasing Labour Members by not telling them their figures. Will he remember and reinforce the unfairness that we have had to put up with for so many years, and turn the knife by telling us how much Herefordshire is getting?

 

 

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Cattle Vaccination: TB (13 February 2014)

Bill Wiggin: What his policy is on vaccinating cattle against TB.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Cattle Vaccination: TB (13 February 2014)

Bill Wiggin: In 2017, I hope that the Secretary of State and I will be campaigning to leave the European Union. When we succeed, the excuse that it is the EU that is preventing us from vaccinating our cattle will no longer be valid. Will he ensure that his Department is ready to vaccinate cattle when we leave?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (13 February 2014)

Bill Wiggin: My hon. Friend the farming Minister will know that, though it may enrage Labour Members, it will be very popular with farmers when we amend legislation to allow more than two hounds to flush foxes to guns. When does he think that will happen?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Deregulation Bill (3 February 2014)

Bill Wiggin: I notice that my right hon. Friend has scampered past clause 13, which touches on the issue of rights of way, particularly the ones that go very close, or even through, people’s houses. [Interruption.] I just wanted to ask him if we can have confidence that not only are people who like rambling and walking through the countryside going to be able to continue to do so, but people who…

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Deregulation Bill (3 February 2014)

Bill Wiggin: I am very grateful for what my right hon. Friend says about that because it can take up to 12 years in my constituency just to get a tiny little movement on such rights of way.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Flooding (Somerset) (3 February 2014)

Bill Wiggin: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the lessons that are coming out of the horror in Somerset are equally applicable across the whole country? Will he ensure that the Environment Agency starts to do the things that he has been talking about so well?

[Hywel Williams in the Chair] — Education Funding for 18-year-olds (28 January 2014)

Bill Wiggin: Hereford sixth-form college is another outstanding performer. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the Government could—it would be much appreciated by everybody if they could—consider how much VAT such schools can reclaim?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Discretionary Housing Payments (13 January 2014)

Bill Wiggin: What assessment he has made of recent trends in the award of discretionary housing payments.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Discretionary Housing Payments (13 January 2014)

Bill Wiggin: Will the Secretary of State explain the particular circumstances for people who have been on housing benefit constantly since 1996 in relation to discretionary housing payments?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (13 January 2014)

Bill Wiggin: Will the Secretary of State say how many fewer children there are in workless families since 2010?

[Nadine Dorries in the Chair] — Disabled People (Access to Transport) (9 January 2014)

Bill Wiggin: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Minister on what he is saying. In north Herefordshire, we have disabled access in Leominster, but not yet in Ledbury. Will the Minister do all he possibly can to ensure that, next time that it is possible to sort the station out and change it so that it is accessible to disabled people, it is high enough on the list to get the funding?

Backbench Business — Rural Communities (9 January 2014)

Bill Wiggin: All the aspects that the Minister has mentioned so far will really help rural communities such as my constituency. On school transport, the Government have been generous in funding new places in rural schools, but the local authority has cut the transport budget allowing people to take advantage of those new places. Is there anything he can do to allow county councils to use that money to…

 

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