MR. BRYNMOR JONES (Swansea District)
I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, in view of the fact that the British and American mining concessions in Korea are situated north of the 39th parallel of latitude, and consequently within the area which Russia desires should be considered the neutral zone, whether, so far as British interests are concerned, that suggestion receives the approval of His Majesty's Government; and whether any, and if so, what, steps have been taken, or will be taken, should necessity arise, to protect British interests in Korea, seeing that the United States have taken active measures for the protection of their interests in Korea.
§ THE UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Earl PERCY,) Kensington, S.
No suggestion for the creation of a neutral zone in Korea is before His Majesty's Government, and there is consequently no occasion for us to express any opinion on the subject. His Majesty's Minister at Seoul will afford to British interests and subject all necessary assistance and protection. I am not aware of the measures which the hon. Member refers to as having been taken by the United States.