Glossary items matching unparliamentary

“Unparliamentary Language”

Unparliamentary language is language that breaks the rules of politeness in the House of Commons Chamber. Part of the Speaker's role is to ensure that MPs do not use insulting or rude language and do not accuse each other of lying, being drunk or misrepresent each other's words. Words to which objection has been taken by the Speaker over the years include blackguard, coward, git, guttersnipe, hooligan, rat, swine, stoolpigeon and traitor. The Speaker will direct an MP who has used unparliamentary language to withdraw it. Refusal to withdraw a comment might lead to an MP being disciplined. MPs sometimes use considerable ingenuity to get around the rules; for example Winston Churchill famously used the phrase "terminological inexactitude" to mean "lie".


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Orders of the Day — Acquisition of Land Bill. (10 Apr 1919)

Mr Leslie Scott: ...of acquiring land for the great public purposes covered by the various Bills now before the House, new machinery is necessary. As such I welcome this Bill, as far as it goes. But if I may use an unparliamentary expression, this is a tinkering Bill, tinkering with a great subject. It is like sewing new cloth on to old cloth. The result will be it will tear all round the margin where it is...

Orders of the Day — Condition of Ireland.: Statement by MR. Macpherson. (14 May 1919)

Mr James Lowther: Certainly. It is not an unparliamentary expression.

Orders of the Day — Army Estimates, 1919–20.: Supplementary Vote on Account. (29 Jul 1919)

...in the last Zulu War making the remark that the next people to be demobilised, he hoped, would be the Members of the House of Commons, and he added, "As far as I am concerned, they have become a (unparliamentary word) nuisance." Whereas in the beginning of the Session it was possible to do something for one's constituents, now it appears to be perfectly hopeless. I will cite one case. Last...

Oral Answers to Questions — Russia.: Member Directed to Withdraw. (13 Nov 1919)

Mr James Lowther: I do not think there is anything unparliamentary in that expression. What I take exception to is the hon. Member's remark that the statement of the Irish Secretary was an impertient one. That I shall always take exception to.

Orders of the Day — Aliens Restriction Bill: Clause 9. — (Admission of Former Enemy Aliens.) (13 Nov 1919)

Sir Ernest Wild: ...-Speaker, I shall have your permission, as I do not think I shall be out of order in just saying one word. In connection with this Amendment, the word "insolent" has been used and queried as being unparliamentary? I should like to refer to the insulting things said in regard to the profession to which I happen to belong. It was said by the hon. and gallant Gentleman on the Front Bench...

Orders of the Day — Captain REV. T. J. O'DONNELL.: Motion for Adjournment. (4 Dec 1919)

Mr Joseph Devlin: ...for this man, and therefore he arrests him, throws him to anybody or nobody, lets him be flung into a cell, does not ask what happens to him, sees a flaming report in the evening paper and a less unparliamentary report in the morning paper as to what took place, and never troubles to read one or the other—and yet we have come triumphantly out of this War. The right hon. Gentleman to-day...

Orders of the Day — Civil Services and Revenue Departments and Navy Supplementary Estimates, 1919–1920.: Navy Supplementary Estimate, 1919–20. (17 Mar 1920)

Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy: ...this House. I do not mind hon. Members interrupting me—it is a great compliment in this House—but on this particular occasion I had one minute in which to speak, and was interrupted in a most unparliamentary way. Now the right hon. Baronet appeals to me to keep a bargain, but this sort of treatment strains my loyalty to that bargain considerably.

Orders of the Day — Ministry of Food. (6 May 1920)

Sir William Mitchell-Thomson: .... in the amount required during the year. A very proper and very ordinary Parliamentary arrangement. It is idle for the hon. and gallant Gentleman the Member for Leith (Captain Benn) to say it is unparliamentary to show that on the Vote. It is constantly done.

Orders of the Day — Government of Ireland Bill.: Clause 10. — (Powers of Irish Council.) (14 Jun 1920)

Captain William Benn: On a point of Order. Is it not a fact that such an expression is unparliamentary?

Orders of the Day — Government of Ireland Bill.: Clause 17. — (Representation, of Ireland in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom.) (22 Jun 1920)

Mr Walter Elliot: I did not mean to intervene, and I have perhaps been betrayed into unparliamentary language and wideness of range. The issue was raised before me by another hon. Member that the argument against Dominion Home Rule was that you could not give a Home Rule to Ireland that you were not prepared to give to Scotland. Scotland does not want Home Rule to anything like the same extent that is...

Private Business.: LONDON ELECTRIC RAILWAY COMPANIES (FARES, ETC.) BILL [By Order]. (5 Jul 1920)

Sir Ernest Wild: ...Report of the Second Reading Debate it is perfectly clear that that was the proposition that the Committee should consider the allegation that there was some sort of watered capital, or, to use an unparliamentary expression, some sort of hanky panky, behind the whole thing. I do not believe those allegations. I think even if there was a certain element of reality in them that they are...

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry.: Motion for Adjournment. (19 Oct 1920)

Mr Stephen Walsh: ..., and what is done once can always be done, simply shows how little they really know of the essentials of the mining industry. I say, friends—(Interruption). I do not know that "friends" in an unparliamentary expression. It is because I am speaking in real terms of friendship that I use it. All over the country at this very moment the miners—responsible men—are making arrangements to...

Orders of the Day — Ireland.: "freeman's Journal" (Arrests). (7 Dec 1920)

Mr T.P. O'Connor: ..., from his lame, his apologetic, and, in some respects, his not quite Parliamentary speech of this evening, that he is the creature of forces more powerful than himself. I have used the word "unparliamentary." As you, Mr. Deputy-Speaker, were kind enough to confirm the statement I made, after some years' of experience in this House, that there never had been an example where a document was...

Orders of the Day — International Labour Conference (Conventions). (27 May 1921)

Mr William Ormsby-Gore: ...gallant Friend the Member for Woolwich (Captain Gee) that there is no doubt that unless the International Labour Office succeeds in delivering the goods you will have unconstitutional agitation, unparliamentary action, and trouble and other most unconstitutional methods adopted to secure a progressive advance in various countries. Surely the International Labour Office presents a unique...

Orders of the Day — Ways and Means [11TH May]: Safeguarding of Industries. (31 May 1921)

Colonel Josiah Wedgwood: ...my Parliamentary career. It is not that he is stating views with which we do not agree, but that I always thought that he was an absolute type of honest politician, and that to-night, if it is not unparliamentary for me to say so, I should think that his speech was deliberately dishonest.

Oral Answers to Questions — Greece.: MR. J. Jones, M.P. (Apology). (29 Nov 1922)

Mr John Jones: During the course of yesterday's proceedings I lost my temper. It is the only thing I have got to lose. During that time I used certain language which, I believe, is considered unparliamentary. It is dockers' language, and as I happen to represent a constituency in the East End of London largely inhabited by casual labourers, I thought I was using the language they would use to express...

Orders of the Day — Rent Restrictions (Notices of Increase) Bill. (8 May 1923)

Mr John Whitley: The hon. Member made use of an unparliamentary expression, and I must ask him to withdraw it.

Civil Services and Revenue Departments Estimates, 1923–24.: India Office. (5 Jul 1923)

Mr Shapurji Saklatvala: ...statistics of infantile mortality. We were told here a few days ago that if the infantile mortality goes up by 10 per thousand, then the responsibility is such that it can only be described in very unparliamentary language. Here are the infantile mortality figures for India—in the Northern Provinces, 216; Bengal, 185; Madras, 194; Punjab, 248; Bombay, 217; the Central Provinces, 227;...

Navy Estimates, 1923–24.: Admiralty Office. (19 Jul 1923)

Mr Frank Rose: ...the country. I think the private enterprisers, or the persons who call themselves private enterprisers, are having more than a finger, they are up to their elbows, in this—I do not want to use an unparliamentary expression. Four of my colleagues have used words in this House that have brought them under the condign displeasure of the Chair, but I am not at all sure whether, in the case...

Government Policy.: Armaments and League of Nations. (12 Feb 1924)

Captain Reginald Berkeley: .... That is the reason why there is want of confidence. I believe the Government have a great opportunity. The Prime Minister has come to his inheritance absolutely untainted—I hope it is not unparliamentary to use that word in the sense in which I use it, but perhaps 1 had better say the right hon. Gentleman is absolutely unaffected by the actions and words of his predecessors. He has...


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