HC Deb 01 March 1910 vol 14 c724

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether an official reply had been received from His Majesty's Minister in Pekin in regard to the incident at Kucheng in the matter of opium suppression, referred to in his letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury, 15th December, 1909; and whether he could now hold out hopes that the proclamation of the Kucheng magistrates ordering the opium shops to be closed should be sustained and enforced?


A report has been received from His Majesty's Minister at Pekin from which it appears that the statements made in regard to the action of His Majesty's Consul at Foochow respecting the closing of opium shops in the district of Kucheng are in many respects inaccurate. After further consideration of the circumstances the Consul, with the concurrence of His Majesty's Minister, decided to take no further action in the matter, and it appears on recent inquiry that as far as can be ascertained all shops dealing in either foreign or native opium in Kucheng are now closed.