I am a newspaper sub(-editor) and someone who has worked in journalism for 30 years. I am saddened that someone posting to this site appears not to understand this particular aspect of journalism.
Broadcast journalists face great challenges writing 90 words - about 30 seconds' airtime - that tell stories succinctly and accurately while simultaneously sounding "easy on the ear".
Those working "in words" face similar constraints.
The column is the basic building block of newspaper design. Column widths vary. "Question" probably didn't appear in the Coventry Telegraph headline because it was wider than the column. The choice of the word would have been determined by the format, rather than taste or literacy.
Looking at how many "decks" or lines were available to the headline writer is crucial, otherwise the cricitism is rendered invalid through ignorance. (Newspaper "decks" are rarely mirrored when the same stories appear on websites.)
My instinct suggests that this headline appeared either in three lines of approximately equal length, as:
to quiz MP
or in two, as:
Chamber offers bosses
chance to quiz MP
"Quiz" is a short word that goes into a headline, regardless of column width; so are "probe" and "bust".
Any one of few subs still working for newspapers and magazines will quickly show you just how difficult it can be to write succinct headlines against such constraints.
Composing short phrases that attract readers' eyes is rarely easy. It becomes more difficult when the key word in the story is too wide for the column. (Take an evening or weekly paper and look through court reports and count how many times "killer" is used in place of "murderer"; two characters may be crucial.)
Where sub-editors still work for regional and local papers, they could well have to do this 40 or 50 times in each seven-hour shift. Time has been rendered too much of a luxury to allow the finesse that many would like.
I offer the following exercises. Try them, please.
For the first, print a few news stories and try to write headlines for each that contain no more than five words, none of which can contain more than nine characters. Do they reflect the story? Accurately?
For the second, you have a single line, but no more than 30 characters - including spaces - altogether. (Journalists working for the BBC's own websites have to work to similar character constraints.)
If you don't like the way headlines are written, would you please try to persuade newspaper proprietors to ditch the "format-first" production systems that they have now introduced across the industry while simultaneously challenging the demands of "search engine optimisation"? Both are the bane of headline writers' lives.
Anyone who is in any doubt about this skill should go back to Essential English for Journalists, Editors and Writers by Harold Evans (Pimlico, London, 2000, ISBN 0-7126-6447-5), and read chapters 8 and 9. Chapter eight offers a comprehensive discourse about the purpose and art of succinct headline writing. Chapter nine provides an essential glossary. I commend them to you.