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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:52 pm on 30th March 2009.

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Photo of Mike Gapes Mike Gapes Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee 4:52 pm, 30th March 2009

I am pleased that the Opposition agree with the Foreign Affairs Committee, which expressed concern when the high commissions in Lesotho and Swaziland were closed. We said that there were problems because whereas the DFID budget has increased significantly—in fact, trebled—the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has had to deal with a budget that is at a standstill or is declining in real terms, and that has consequences.

May I, however, return the hon. Gentleman to the quotation that he read out earlier? I believe that he was quoting from a speech made by the Leader of the Opposition in September 2006. Is it not the case that Mr. Hague was not Leader of the Opposition at that time? [Hon. Members: "He was."] He was?

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