§ CAPTAIN CRAIG (Down, E.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India what steps the Government have taken to give effect to the unanimous vote of the House of Commons on 30th May, 1906, that the Indo-Chinese opium trade is morally indefensible, and requesting His Majesty's Government to take such steps as may 512 be necessary for bringing it to a speedy close.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (Mr. MORLEY,) Montrose Burghs
On the 29th July last in reply to a Question in this House I explained the proposals which His Majesty's Government had communicated to the Chinese Government for carrying out, in cooperation with that Government, the policy of restriction. I am glad to say that the Chinese Government have accepted with expressions of gratitude our scheme for a progressive reduction of the export of opium from India. Papers on the subject will be laid by my right hon. friend the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in the course of a few days.