§ Mr. Braine
Is it correct that our High Commissioner in Lesotho has been instructed not to have any form of communication with the Government of that country? If so, is that not entirely without precedent, and is it not incredibly stupid if the object of our policy is to encourage that Government to return to normalcy? How can the suspension of aid to Lesotho be reconciled with the statement by the Parliamentary Secretary a short time ago that aid should not be turned on and off like a tap for political reasons?
§ Mrs. Hart
We are concerned here with a problem of recognition following a General Election in Lesotho. The first part of the Question, relating to the High Commissioner, is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary. But in general terms it is not a question of turning aid on and off like a tap. It is a question of recognition of a Government about which there is a great deal of confusion at the moment.