§ 62. Mr. RENNIE SMITH
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he can say what are the numbers of ratepayers of Chinese, British and other nationalities in the International Settlement at Shanghai; and what proportion of the total municipal rates is paid by each of the above nationalities?
I would refer the hon. Member to the answer returned to the hon. Member for Aber-tillery (Mr. Barker) on 28th April last. The latest available detailed list of foreign ratepayers in the International Settlement, dated March, 1925, shows the following distribution among nationalities:
No statistics are available showing the proportion of municipal rates paid by each nationality.
British 1,157 Japanese 552 American 328 German 184 Russian 112 French 98 Portuguese 80 Italian 35 Danish 28 Dutch 26 Swiss 24 Austrian 22 Spanish 22 Belgian 10 Greek 9 Norwegian 9 Swedish 7 Polish 6 Czechoslovak 6 Brazilian 3 Turkish 2 Latvian 2 Unclassified 20 2,742
§ Sir H. CROFT
Is it not a fact that a large proportion of British subjects in Shanghai are black-coated workers, and would probably be ratepayers, and will the hon. Gentleman take that into consideration?
§ Mr. H. WILLIAMS
Could the hon. Gentleman tell us roughly what proportion of the total number of ratepayers are British?