§ Mr. Whitaker
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what study he makes, in considering whether to make contributions to the defence of Middle East States, of the extent to which the expenditure of these moneys is controlled by a government democratically elected by universal suffrage.
§ Mr. Padley
Her Majesty's Government take into account all relevant factors, including in particular our treaty obligations and national interests and the need to maintain peace and stability in the area. It is not the practice of Her Majesty's Government to make contributions of money unless they are satisfied that the money will be spent on the purposes agreed.