§ 1. Mr. KING
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any undertaking or agreement, subsequent to the outbreak of the War, has been made between the British and Japanese Governments relative to the present or future occupation of Kiao-Chau; and, if so, whether the rature of such arrangement can be given?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Sir Edward Grey)
(who was received with general cheers on his return after illness): I must express my grateful thanks to the House for their very kind and sympathetic welcome.
In answer to the question, I must refer the hon. Member to the reply returned to the hon. Member for Hanley on 16th March. It was in the negative.
§ Sir E. GREY
The only outstanding question affecting British trade at Kiao-Chau is that of the levying of Customs duties, in regard to which representations have been received. This matter will be disposed of when the normal Customs administration is restored, which, I hope, will shortly take place.
§ Sir E. GREY
No, Sir; I will not say that there is no anxiety as to the future. There is always anxiety, of course, so far as the matter is not actually disposed of, and it cannot be disposed of until the normal Customs administration is restored.
§ 5. Mr. G. THORNE
asked the Secretary for Foreign Affairs if he has received any 977 information regarding the recrudescence at Kiao-Chau of the trade in and consumption of opium?