§ 75. Captain GARRO-JONES
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the British commander of the 821 Shanghai defence force has any military authority over the foreign military detachments; and whether he or any military officer or officers are empowered to treat with the Cantonese forces?
The British military commander at Shanghai has been instructed to co-operate with the commanders of the troops of foreign Powers landed for the defence of the international settlement. The answer to the second part of the question is in the negative.
§ Captain GARRO-JONES
Do the Government intend to empower the local commander to treat with the Cantonese forces if they establish contact?