HC Deb 23 February 1982 vol 18 cc749-55
Mr. Frank Haynes (Ashfield)

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker—

Mr. Speaker

Order. Unless it is tremendously urgent, would the hon. Gentleman mind waiting until later, when we normally take points of order? I have already had notice of one point of order which I will take after the ruling I wish to give and after the private notice question.


Mr. Haynes

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I seek your guidance, because I am completely baffled. Is there a list of words that should not be used in the House because they are considered unparliamentary? Not many days ago, Sir, you pulled me up during Question Time for using the word "hell". This afternoon the word "devil" was used. Bearing in mind the fact that the devil lives in hell, I seek your guidance, Mr. Speaker, on this issue so that I do not find myself out of order in future.

Mr. Speaker

Order. I am a greater authority on a place in a different direction. I objected, for example, to the use of "what the hell" in the middle of a speech. If we are to descend in parliamentary debates to that sort of expression, it will not be long before we go still lower. There must be some effort to maintain decent English. It is a very good language that caters for every mood. I hope that we shall all find it possible—I know that the hon. Gentleman will—to keep within the bounds of good taste within the House.

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