HC Deb 23 February 1927 vol 202 cc1734-5

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is now in a position to publish in this country the Report of the Consular Com- mittee which inquired into the disturbances which occurred in Shanghai during the month of May, 1925; whether any protest in connection with this incident has been received by the Foreign Office from the Chinese Government, of has any correspondence taken place between the Chinese authorities in Shanghai and His Majesty's Government, and, if so, will he lay copies of all correspondence which has take place between Chinese authorities and the British Government upon the Table of this House?


I presume that the hon. Member is referring to the Report of the Commission sent by the Diplomatic Body to Shanghai in June, 1925. This Report was published, together with summaries of the reports of the International Commission of Judges, in December of that year. The hon. Member will find it on page 938 of the China Year Book for 1926. Two notes of protest were addressed by the Chinese Government to the Diplomatic Body on the 1st June and the 4th June respectively, to which a reply was returned This correspondence has also been published, and will be found in the China Year Book, page 930. There has been no correspondence on this subject between His Majesty's Government and the Chinese Government, apart from that conducted jointly with other governments concerned through the Diplomatic Body. As these documents have been published and are available, it appears unnecessary to lay them.


Would it be convenient for the right hon. Gentleman to give the House any information regarding the bombardment of Shanghai?