HC Deb 29 November 1922 vol 159 cc670-1
3. Commander BELLAIRS

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that P. Heath and Company have been kept out of a large sum of money due to them from the South Manchurian Railway Company for steel plates ordered through them by the railway company during the War; that the railway company repudiated this contract after the Armistice, and are endeavouring to evade payment by protracted legal proceedings which may go on for several years; and whether, having regard to the relations of this railway company with the Japanese Government, diplomatic representations may be made on the detrimental effect of this repudiation on Japanese credit?


I understand that Messrs. P. Heath and Company's claim is not directly against the South Manchurian Railway Company, but against another Japanese firm, Messrs. Nishikawa and Company; and that Messrs. Heath have instituted proceedings against this firm in the Japanese Courts. His Majesty's Ambassador at Tokyo has been for a long time past giving such attention and assistance as he properly can to Messrs. Heath and Company's case; and was again instructed recently to do his best to expedite proceedings.

Commander BELLAIRS

Will my hon. Friend make fresh inquiries, and he will find that the claim is against the South Manchurian Railway, and the broker is merely being put in as a decoy by the company?


That is exactly the point that is at issue in the Courts.

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