50. Lieut.-Colonel Sir FREDERICK HALL
asked the Prime Minister whether the pronouncement by the British Minister to China that there could he no question of intervention by Great Britain in the internal affairs of China was made on the instructions of the Government?
§ UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Mr. Godfrey Locker-Lampson)
I have been asked to reply. My right hon. Friend the 2284 Foreign Minister has on various occasions made it quite clear that the Government have no intention of interfering in the domestic concerns of China, and the statement made by Mr. Lampson is in accordance with that policy.
Sir F. HALL
Can the hon. Gentleman state whether adequate steps will be taken to protect the lives of people in China, and also for the maintenance of our general trade in that country?
§ Mr. LOCKER-LAMPSON
My right hon. Friend on various occasions has made it quite clear that we shall take all possible steps to safeguard the lives of British subjects in China—
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