Wednesday 17 January 2018

Language lesson from the Speaker

Commons Speaker John Bercow said it was acceptable to use an expletive in Parliament if it was being used as part of a quote
Commons Speaker John Bercow said it was acceptable to use an expletive in Parliament if it was being used as part of a quote

The use of the word "crap" is not ordinarily parliamentary, Commons Speaker John Bercow ruled today, after repeated usage by Labour MPs quoting reported remarks by the Prime Minister.

Mr Bercow said that when used in the context of a quote, it could not be ruled out of order.

But after Labour MP Bill Esterson raised the issue at the weekly business statement, Mr Bercow said: "I should say to the House, I think you were quoting and in those circumstances it is perfectly orderly.

"But I would not want colleagues to feel that ordinarily the use of such a word is to be encouraged - it is not."

Sefton Central MP Mr Esterson had asked: "Before the last election, the Prime Minister promised to lead the greenest government ever. Now he is ordering his officials to get rid of the 'green crap'.

"Could we have a debate on what the Prime Minister means by 'green crap'?"

Responding, Commons Leader Andrew Lansley said: "We continue to be a Government that is achieving more in relation to energy efficiency and carbon reduction through policies of this Government than any of our predecessors."

Press Association

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