HC Deb 10 February 1927 vol 202 cc281-2

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he can make a statement on the present position in China; and if there is a boycott of textile goods of British manufacture in that country?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Mr. Godfrey Locker-Lampson)

The first part of my hon. Friend's question will be dealt with in the forthcoming Debate. As regards the second part of his question, while there is no general boycott of British textiles in China, trade is constantly hampered in the area under the control of the Nationalists, both by civil war conditions and by what is styled "The movement for the severance of economic relations with Great Britain," which results in sporadic and intermittent boycotts. The latest report from Shanghai shows a particularly marked absence of demand for British piece goods.