§ MR. ALDERMAN COTTON
asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, If, in the negotiations now being agreed to between China and England for the settlement of the Chefoo Convention, the blockade of Hong Kong and the general question of Lekim Taxes in China on all merchandise will be taken into consideration; and, in the event of the Treaty being entered into, if the Government, before its ratification, will place the particulars before the House?
§ LORD EDMOND FITZMAURICE
Sir, the present negotiations relate to the Lekim duty on opium; but it is probable that the points mentioned by the hon. Member will eventually come under consideration. It is not probable that a new Treaty will be necessary.