HC Deb 02 May 1927 vol 205 cc1262-3
35. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether it has yet been decided to send a reply to the Note of Mr. Chen, Foreign Minister of the Nationalist Government at Hankow, received in answer to the joint Note of the Powers regarding the events and incidents at the capture of. Nanking by the Nationalists; if so, what is the nature of the reply; whether replies are being sent by the other Powers interested, and, if so, by which Powers, and whether in identical terms with our own Note; and whether he has any statement to make on the situation which has arisen between His Majesty's Government and the Chinese Nationalist Government?

37. Colonel WEDGWOOD

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether a reply is being, or has been, sent to Mr. Chen's Note without the concurrence of the United States; and, if so, why?

40. Mr. LOOKER

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether His Majesty's Government proposes to take steps to secure reparation for the Nanking outrage on its own account, or in conjunction with such Powers only as are in agreement with it as to the course to be pursued in the event of it proving impossible to secure agreement as to the steps to be taken between all the five Powers concerned?

49. Captain FANSHAWE

asked the Prime Minister what steps His Majesty's Government proposes to take to exact reparations for the outrages on British subjects and property at Nanking?


Discussions among the Powers are still proceeding and I cannot yet make a final statement on the subject.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Is there any truth in the report that His Majesty's Government are taking independent action in this matter?


I can add nothing at present, but I will make a full statement to the House as soon as I can.


Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that any hesitation or prolonged delay in exacting reparations is not only likely to lead to further similar incidents but to be completely misunderstood in China?


That is a matter of argument. At present I can add nothing and I can make no further statement.

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