Watch: MPs make top BIS civil servant Martin Donnelly say "Boaty McBoatface"

Tory MP Richard Bacon gets a cheeky question in about the internet sensation... 


By Civil Service World

27 Apr 2016

Well this was a fairly unusual parliamentary moment...

Permanent secretaries have long been used to being badgered to "answer the question" by MPs on the Public Accounts Committee.

But Wednesday's PAC session – with the Department for Business' permanent secretary Martin Donnelly – contained a bit of gem.

Richard Bacon, the Tory MP and long-serving PAC member, rather cheekily forced Donnelly to comment on arguably the internet's greatest moment – the online poll which resulted in overwhelming public support for naming a polar research ship used by the Natural Environment Research Council "Boaty McBoatface".

Watch Bacon's bid to get Donnelly to say the name on the record unfolded (link opens in new window)...


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