An MP was tonight rapped across the knuckles for using the 'f' word during a debate.
Labour's Tony Wright (Cannock Chase) was bemoaning the disintegration of modern society during a debate on the BBC and illustrated his argument with a vivid example.
He said: "I was told just a few days ago by someone no less than a bishop, and I apologise for putting it in this way but it's the only way I can do it, that the French now refer routinely to the English as 'les f***offs'".
Mr Wright's purple passage went unremarked on for several minutes until he finished his speech. But at that point, Deputy Speaker Sir Alan Haselhurst told MPs: "The fact that I missed one of the expressions used by the MP does not mean that there is open house for such words."
The next speaker in the debate, Tory Peter Bottomley (Worthing West), then prompted laughter with his opening comment: "I will try to avoid quoting a bishop". Always a wise move, in my book.