By Marcus Leach

After cutting his trade mission to Africa short Prime Minister David Cameron has finally addressed the House of Commons over issues relating to the phone-hacking scandal.

Mr Cameron said that in hindsight he would not have hired Andy Coulson, the former News of the World editor.

"Of course I regret, and I am extremely sorry, about the furore it has caused," Mr Cameron told MPs.

However, his apology did not wash with Labour leader Ed Miliband, who accused the Prime Minister of a 'catastrophic error of judgement'.

With Rupert and James Murdoch, as well as Rebekah Brooks all answering questions from the Culture Committee on Tuesday, Mr Cameron cut short his trip to Africa to address fellow MPs.

Mr Cameron went on to say that if Mr Coulson, who worked as the Prime Minister's media spokesperson, did in fact lie about phone-hacking at the News of the World newspaper then he should face criminal charges.

"If it turns out I have been lied to that would be a moment for a profound apology, and in that event I can tell you I will not fall short," he said.

"I would not have offered him the job and I expect that he wouldn't have taken it," he added in hindsight.

Mr Miliband said this was not good enough, unhappy with the 'wall of silence' he was met with when asking Mr Cameron's aides questions about Mr Coulson.

"The country has the right to expect that the prime minister would have made every effort to know the facts about Mr Coulson, to protect himself and his office," he said.

"This can't be put down to gross ignorance. It was a deliberate attempt to hide from the facts on Mr Coulson."

There was also a glut of questions fired at the Prime Minister regarding whether or not he had broken the ministerial code by discussing Rupert Murdoch's bid to take control of BSkyB with News International executives, including Rebekah Brooks.

"I never had any inappropriate conversations," said Mr Cameron, although that answer was met with cries of disgust.

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