Hide and Collins are very definitely doing a Winston with their allegations about David Benson-Pope. Neither is willing to repeat them outside Parliament (despite truth being an absolute defence in a defamation suit), and Hide is now making mealy-mouthed excuses along the lines of being required by Parliament to accept Benson-Pope's word (only within the chamber, and only if you don't have evidence to the contrary that could support a claim of breach of privilege), and "I didn't put these as allegations I put these as question[s]".
Like the beer ad, says, "yeah, right".
What Hide seems to be missing is that two can play at this game. Anyone could stand up and ask him whether he (for example) has ever evaded taxes, vivisected cats, or sacrificed babies to Shub Niggurath. Not as allegations, you understand, but as questions. The fact that Hide would likely regard such "questions" as defamatory allegations in disguise shows that he is dealing in bad faith here.