HC Deb 19 May 1927 vol 206 cc1359-60
45. Sir W. de FRECE

asked the Prime Minister whether improved local conditions will render possible a reduction in the strength of the British Defence Force at Shanghai; and whether, in the coming summer, for climatic and health reasons, sections of this force can be transferred to more healthy adjacent stations?

The SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Sir Laming Worthington-Evans)

I have been asked to reply. The situation in China is not yet sufficiently stable to enable a decision to be taken as to reduction in the strength of the Shanghai Defence Force. As regards the second part of the question, I can assure my hon. Friend that this matter has not been overlooked.