§ Mr. Foley
I agree that the king is still king, even if he is on extended leave of absence. I do not agree that the Prime Minister or the present Government of Lesotho fulfil all our normal criteria, which are that the new Government enjoy, with a reasonable prospect of permanence, the obedience of the mass of the population, and have effective control of much the greater part of the territory of the State concerned.
§ Mr. Braine
Bearing in mind that the Government were much criticised for turning off the tap of aid to Tanzania for political reasons, and have since reversed their policy, is it not unsatisfactory that our commitment to Lesotho 24 should be left in such uncertainty? When will a firm decision be made?
§ Mr. Foley
The hon. Gentleman refers to a commitment. What we are committed to is having further talks with Lesotho on the aid programme. We are not attempting to interfere in the country's internal affairs. My right hon. Friend the Minister of Overseas Development made the position quite clear in answering Questions on 19th February and 19th March.
§ Mr. Ronald Atkins
Does my hon. Friend agree that it is clear to all who have eyes to see that the present Government in Lesotho were not democratically elected, and that power has been seized by a Government who were turned out of office, and it is therefore not our intention to supply such a Government with British funds?