HC Deb 03 December 1908 vol 197 c1669

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the British representatives to the Opium Conference in Shanghai are already in possession of strong views on the subjects to be discussed, and have committed themselves to these views in public; and, if so, will he say what useful purpose can be served by a Conference in the East if there is no member open to conversion.


I am not aware how far any of the British representatives have expressed themselves publicly on the subjects to be discussed at the Opium Conference; but as British delegates they will be guided at the Conference by the instructions which they will receive from His Majesty's Government, due regard being had to the state of facts brought as a whole before the Conference.