HC Deb 24 May 1922 vol 154 cc1168-9

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs when the Committee appointed to consider the question of the education of Chinese on British lines, and presided over by Sir John Jordan, G. C. M. G., K.C.B., last met; and when the next meeting will be held?


The Committee held a preliminary meeting on 6th October, 1921. Further meetings were postponed owing to the absence of the Chairman, Sir John Jordan, first at the Washington Conference and afterwards at Geneva, and of Sir Charles Addis in China. Both have now returned, and it is proposed to hold the next meeting in the immediate future.


asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the date when China should pay the next instalment of the Boxer indemnity; how much the sum then payable will be; and whether, in view of the difficulties of promoting Anglo-Chinese education, particularly at the present time, he will consider earmarking at least a portion of that sum for the promotion of Chinese education on British lines?


On the entry of China into the War, indemnity payments were postponed for five years from 1st December, 1917: hut, in accordance with the 1901 Protocol, these payments are made as on 1st January each year, the actual payments being made in the form of monthly advances. The next monthly advance on account of the indemnity will therefore be due on 1st January next. The amount then payable will be £34,427 6s. 3d. For the last part of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for East Nottingham on 15th May last.