§ SIR H. COTTON
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any despatch has been sent to the Government of China in reply to the proposals presented to the British Government on the 29th November last regarding the traffic of Indian opium to China; and, if so, whether Papers on the subject will now be laid upon the Table.
§ MR. CHURCHILL
The Answer to the first part of the Question is in the negative. The views of the Government of India are still under consideration, but His Majesty's Government hope to be in a position very shortly to reply respecting the proposals of the Chinese Government.
§ MR. THEODORE TAYLOR (Lancashire, Radcliffe)
asked if it were not the case that in Pekin Chinese opium shops had already been suppressed?
§ [No Answer was returned.]