Results 981–1000 of 1600 for unparliamentary

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive's Programme (6 Sep 2005)

Robin Harper: ...a very blunt response to the lack of effective and co-ordinated strategies to help them. They have issued wrist bands that say on them—I hope that the Presiding Officer will forgive me if this is unparliamentary language, but I am reporting faithfully the views of our young people—"The system sucks". That is their opinion of the system as it is at present. That is young people's...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Conductive Education (19 Feb 2008)

Basil McCrea: ...small matter of £200,000 for a very worthy cause. If there are problems about how to deal with that, the Assembly, the Minister and her Department need to — and I am sure that the phrase is not unparliamentary — get the finger out and get things sorted. The Assembly is the sovereign body. I am telling the Minister — as politely as possible — that her response is not satisfactory...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Saville Inquiry (15 Jun 2010)

David Cameron: ...small, but my strong intention is to use the Historical Enquiries Team process to get to the bottom of the events of the past. That is the right way to go about things. I know that this is probably unparliamentary, but may I welcome the other Ian Paisley, who is in the Gallery and whom we remember so fondly sitting in this House? Let me just say this. Everyone has had to take big risks for...

Scottish Parliament: Presiding Officer’s Statement (30 Oct 2012)

Tricia Marwick: .... Finally, let me say a few words about the use of language and the conduct that I expect of all members in the chamber. Although context is critical, there are certain words that I consider to be unparliamentary by their very nature. I recognise that some members will seek to be creative, and we will therefore make our judgments according to the circumstances at the time. We will not seek...

Orders of the Day: British Board of Film Classification (Accountability to Parliament and Appeals) Bill (29 Feb 2008)

Margaret Hodge: ...was horrific to watch such pointless vandalism; if one wants to link action in a movie and action in real life, the scene could have done so. The film included—Members must excuse me if this is unparliamentary language—a scene of the most horrific Paki-bashing by a young group of National Front members. They knocked the living daylights out of a young Pakistani boy. Such a scene could...

Orders of the Day — Education (Schools) Bill: Abolition of Assisted Places Scheme in England and Wales (5 Jun 1997)

Mr Patrick Nicholls: that it was never intended that it should be. The explanation for the introduction of the legislation does not lie in class sizes or money, but in one particular word. I hope that it is not unparliamentary and I shall stand corrected if it is. That word is socialism. [HON. MEMBERS: "Oh!"] I am quite happy to withdraw the word if necessary, Mr. Martin. I gather from your silence,...

Refrigerators (9 Jul 2002)

Malcolm Bruce: ...a researcher in the office of a Liberal Democrat MEP who covers the environment and an official from DEFRA. When the researcher read out the regulation, the official said, "Oh, shit!", which may be unparliamentary, Mr. Deputy Speaker, but that is what she said.

Scottish Parliament: Primary Care (1 Mar 2001)

Pauline McNeill: ...and improving their conditions. That will assist in the recruitment of nurses. I am glad that Mary Scanlon has returned—she missed Janis Hughes's comment that the phrase "that lot over there" was unparliamentary language. I agree that we should improve the way in which we refer to one another in the chamber. I am being polite when I say that if there is one subject that people were angry...

Sex Discrimination (20 Jul 1983)

Mr Robert Maclennan: to incompetence, but it was not covered with appropriate humility. The hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood (Ms Short), whose remarks were ruled out of order on the grounds that they were unparliamentary, was clearly aware of the reality of the situation, the nature of which I believe the Minister had mistaken; he thought he was delivering an after-dinner speech, a task to which he is...

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day]: National Health Service (26 Oct 2011)

Rosie Cooper: ...twin he is sending into meetings on his behalf? Does he simply not listen? It would not be the first time. Or is the truth even worse, and should he be described in terms that Mr Speaker would call unparliamentary? The Secretary of State said earlier that he stood by his answers to the Committee. He has also claimed that he did not receive a letter from me, but I can confirm that he...

Coal Industry Dispute (4 Mar 1985)

Mr Peter Walker: .... I suggest that he refers to the quotation that was given some time ago by Mr. Scargill about that agreement. I cannot use it, because the terms in which he described it would be ruled to be unparliamentary. That prevented any agreement being arrived at last October. The cost of the dispute is a complicated matter and one which will have to be examined carefully. It is nothing compared...

Armed Forces Bill (11 Oct 2006)

Lord Thomas of Gresford: ...Blades, a very experienced solicitor-advocate in this field, for his recollection of a case in which a sergeant called the regimental sergeant-major's argument at a sergeants' mess a load of "unparliamentary language". I will not give your Lordships the precise terms. The sergeant was charged with conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline, and the tribunal found that the regimental...

Oral Answers to Questions — Preparation of Legislation (3 Nov 1975)

Mr Graham Page: ...was usually only a Minister and myself in the Chamber. I always thought it dull work, but one night someone leapt to his feet in the Public Gallery and shouted, "You bastard.". I apologise for the unparliamentary language. He jumped over the rail and a body came hurtling down on to the Floor of the House. I thought at the time that if I could raise that sort of emotion on a subject like...

Bills Presented: European Union (20 Jun 1996)

Ms Joyce Quin: ...(Mr. Cash). Perhaps he was so wounded by the comments made about him by the hon. Member for South Derbyshire (Mrs. Currie) in The Times today—I shall not quote them in case they are deemed unparliamentary—that he was rendered speechless and unable to attend. I shall leave to my hon. Friends the joy of discovering those quotes in today's newspapers.

Goods Vehicles (8 Jun 1988)

Tony Lloyd: I relished the moment of rare candour when we saw what might be described in unparliamentary terms as the real Peter Bottomley inside the Minister. I am rather intrigued by this concept of the separation of power and responsibility. There is the responsible man and the powerless Minister. As the Minister knows, I have some respect for his qualities. He speaks well about road safety but...

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...

International Financial Transactions (Tax) (10 Mar 2010)

Graham Allen: My hon. Friend-if I may call him that-raises several good points and one total lying falsehood. I have lots of other unparliamentary expressions about his account of Robin Hood. One thing that is not in dispute, however, is Nottingham castle, which still exists. There is also a sheriff of Nottingham and none but the most misguided could possibly doubt the fact that there lived in Sherwood...

Planning Bill (23 Oct 2008)

Baroness Hamwee: comment on this; I am being slightly self-indulgent in sounding off. But had regulations been thought through instead of an attitude of "How the hell can we get through this bloody Bill?"—unparliamentary language, maybe, but I think it expresses what quite a lot of people are feeling—we would have got to the end of this stage with much more consensus because our analysis of the...


Sir Ian Fraser: ...merely willingly but gladly and joyfully. I have the honour to know many costers, and have been present at their meetings when they deal with various business matters, and while their language is unparliamentary, their business acumen is extraordinarily sound. I am unwilling to believe that they joy-fuly pay a shilling to borough councils.

New Clause 10: Annual Business Plans (5 Apr 1984)

Mr Peter Snape: ...a bunch of frauds. I shall come round to him in a moment. Perhaps the right hon. Gentleman is concerned at being left out, in which case I shall certainly see to him. I am sure that if I had used unparliamentary language, Mr. Deputy Speaker, you would have called me to order. I believe that the Government were elected on a fraudulent prospectus. The Bill before us is fraudulent. The...

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