HC Deb 25 June 1908 vol 191 cc77-8
MR. THEODORE TAYLOR (Lancashire, Radcliffe)

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for India whether, having regard to the recent rescript of the Government of China ordering the entire cessation of the growth of poppy and the manufacture of opium therefrom throughout that Empire within two years, and in view of the declared policy of His Majesty's Government to proceed pari passu with China in restricting the opium traffic, the Secretary of State for India will give orders that the planting of poppy in India during the coming autumn shall be materially further restricted.


The Secretary of State is not aware that a rescript abolishing poppy cultivation and opium production throughout China within two years was recently issued.