Mr James Lowther: Certainly. It is not an unparliamentary expression.
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.
Captain William Benn: On a point of Order. Is it not a fact that such an expression is unparliamentary?
Mr John Whitley: I should have intervened had I thought the expression used by the right hon. Gentleman was unparliamentary. It was rather a matter of taste.
Mr John Whitley: I cannot permit that. It is merely another way of saying what is unparliamentary.
Mr John Whitley: The hon. Member made use of an unparliamentary expression, and I must ask him to withdraw it.
Sir Cyril Entwistle: I would appeal to hon. Members to give the hon. Member a hearing. It is not unparliamentary to accuse Ministers of desiring to stick to their offices. That is an accusation that is commonly made in this House.
Captain Reginald Terrell: I regret that I made use of any unparliamentary expression. Perhaps the word "lie" rather offends some people, and I apologise, but, after all—[HON. MEMBEES: "Withdraw!"]
Mr Ernest Thurtle: The hon. Member has used the word "obstruction." Has it not been ruled that the word "obstruction" is an unparliamentary expression?
Mr James Hope: That is a matter of merit, and not of order. It may be argued that it is an improper expression, but it is not unparliamentary.
Mr John Whitley: It is not an unparliamentary expression.
Mr William Thorne: Is it unparliamentary, Mr. Speaker?
Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy: That is a very unparliamentary expression.
Sir Frederick Penny: I am quite content to hear the other side, but the hon. Member used unparliamentary language. May I point out, further, that I did not make any accusation. I asked the Government if they knew whether such accusations were true or untrue.
Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy: In the way in which it was used I see nothing unparliamentary in it.
Mr. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: If I hear an expression which is unparliamentary, I will deal with it.
Mr John Whitley: The intervention of the hon. Member for Barrow (Mr. Bromley) was a perfectly orderly and Parliamentary intervention. That is allowed; but these interjections of another kind are unparliamentary, and cannot be allowed to continue.
Mr Ernest Thurtle: I ask your ruling, Sir, if the term "Pecksniffian cant" is unparliamentary?
Mr Robert Bourne: It has long been held by many occupants of the Chair that the word "lies" is unparliamentary, and must not be used. I must ask the hon. Member for Plaistow (Mr. Thorne) if he will withdraw the expression "lies."