Hang on a sec, that's actually a proper answer(ish). Ah, ok, here we go...
So much wasted time, so many petty exchanges. Again, when first asked the name of the company that vetted Andy Coulson, answers that would have been just fine with me include "It's called X", "I don't know, but I'll find out and tell the House", or even "I am not at liberty to say". All meaningful, direct answers. But instead, we get the run around AGAIN. This time it's four questions from four different MPs (with two other related questions), and absolutely no progress made.
Apologies if this is an over-reaction, but I honestly despair. This is obviously not a one-off. It's routine, week in, week out, accepted behaviour in Parliament. And we wonder why the general public aren't interested, and are often actively turned off, by politics and politicians.
While you're cleaning up News International and the Met, how about cleaning up your own acts as well?
If you're asked a direct question, provide a direct answer. If you fail to do so, then the Speaker should instruct you to provide an answer. And if he fails to step in, then every subsequent question should be a repeat of the unanswered question (perhaps simplifying it each time - using fewer and shorter words, working towards a Jack and Jill standard yes-no question) until an answer is forthcoming.
Goodnight grown up, meaningful political debate, wherever you are
P.S. Final word? It has to go our Prime Minister, and his own assessment of his performance today...
As for answering questions, I do not think that I could have given clearer answers to all the questions that Members have asked in the House. I know that a lot of hon. Members came here this afternoon trying to find some conspiracy theory—but they have looked and they have not found one.