45. Mr. BECKETT
asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the existing 552 position in Shanghai, the Government propose to extend full diplomatic recognition to the Nationalist Government?
§ The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Baldwin)
His Majesty's Government are continuing to maintain contact with the Nationalist authorities at Hankow through a member of Sir Miles Lampson's diplomatic staff who has been detached for residence at Hankow for that purpose. As regards the future, His Majesty's Government must be guided by circumstances, and I cannot forecast what modification, if any, of their attitude may be rendered necessary by present or future developments.
Does not the right hon. Gentleman think that when the lives and property of so many of our people arc- concerned [interruption]—better opportunities of saving British lives can be made by extending full recognition to the Government in whose charge they are, than by sending more men to kill them?