§ SIR H. COTTON
I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been drawn to a Chinese proclamation issued by the Protector of Chinese in Penang on 8th February, 1907, and given by him to the opium farmers for distribution, the effect of which is to encourage opium smoking in the Colony; and whether, having regard to this unusual procedure and to the objection to a Chinese protector becoming a protector of Chinese vice, the Government will indicate to the Governor of the Straits Settlements their disapproval of the terms of this notice.
§ MR. CHURCHILL
I have seen in a newspaper what purports to be a translation of this notification. The Governor of the Straits Settlements will be asked for a report on the subject.