HC Deb 29 October 1906 vol 163 cc688-9
MR. BARRIE (Londonderry, N.)

On behalf of the hon. Member for North Down I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India what steps the Government has taken to carry out the unanimous Resolution of the House of Commons in favour † See (4) Debates, cxxx., 235–6. of the abolition of the opium traffic between India and China.


The hon. Member is no doubt aware that the Chinese Government are understood to be contemplating the issue of regulations for restricting the cultivation, import, and consumption of opium. His Majesty's Government have not received any communication on the subject from the Chinese Government; but, as I have already stated, they are prepared, when specific proposals are put before them by that Government, to consider them in a sympathetic spirit, and His Majesty's Minister has been instructed to make a communication to this effect to the Chinese Government.