Bill Wiggin: I beg to move.
Bill Wiggin: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on her excellent answer to the hon. Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant), but the vile brutality of the Spanish police really does disturb me. Any bold new strategic agreement on law enforcement and criminal justice cannot allow bullying of that nature, whether by member states or EU negotiators.
Bill Wiggin: I have been in the House since 2001 and have, I dare say, manufactured a fair amount of indignation about the legislation of previous Governments, but things are different today. I respect the Opposition’s arguments—they are absolutely right to raise them, and their concerns are valid and should be considered—but we are in the middle of a negotiation and my constituents...
Bill Wiggin: I rather hope that the Brexit Secretary will concentrate on negotiating our departure rather than on sitting in darkened rooms, or perhaps that is what he is doing—who knows? Returning to the main thrust of what is going on, we need a unified, sensible piece of legislation, and we must support the Government, get the legislation through and then sort out our differences. Support for the...
Bill Wiggin: No, I do not think so. Delegated legislation is always difficult. There are so many statutory instruments to get through, but that has been true ever since I have been here. We have had countless pieces of rubber-stamping. However, I have taken great comfort from the Front-Bench team saying that there is a sunset clause and that the spirit of the law will not be changed. I appeal to the...
Bill Wiggin: I will be very brief, Mr Gapes. I agree with everything I have heard from my hon. Friends on the Government Benches. More than 20,000 fruit pickers come into my constituency alone every year, and the people who employ them constantly make this plea: if there is a seasonal agricultural workers scheme, the people in it must stay working on the farms that work hard to apply for them to come....
Bill Wiggin: In 2008, I tried to amend the Animal Welfare Act to extend sentences for cruelty to animals from weeks to years. Will my right hon. Friend see what can be done to ensure that people who are wilfully cruel to animals are punished far more severely?
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what changes in departmental structure the Government has made to promote closer working between the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development.
Bill Wiggin: I will keep my comments brief so that my hon. Friend the Member for Aldridge-Brownhills (Wendy Morton) gets a chance to have her voice heard. I wanted to raise the issue of roads in Herefordshire at the very first opportunity. Herefordshire has the most roads per capita of any county in England, and those roads are deteriorating. The joke is that in England we drive on the left-hand side of...
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK embassies serve cider at functions.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has spent in North Herefordshire constituency since 2015.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent in North Herefordshire constituency since 2015.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much his Department has spent in North Herefordshire constituency since 2015.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department has spent in North Herefordshire constituency since 2015.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much her Department has spent in North Herefordshire constituency since 2015.
Bill Wiggin: If she will introduce an award in recognition of the contribution made by munitions workers in the first and second world wars.
Bill Wiggin: I thank my right hon. Friend for that answer. These ladies found that the chemicals in the shells turned their skin yellow, and they were nicknamed canary girls. I know my right hon. Friend is exceptionally busy at the moment, but could she find just a few moments in her diary to meet me and some of these canary girls to recognise their service?
Bill Wiggin: I am particularly interested in the private finance initiative element of the capital funding, because certainly, for all the years that I have been a Member of Parliament, the PFI burden on Hereford hospital has always held it back. Has the hon. Lady’s Committee had a chance to look at that?