HC Deb 25 May 1927 vol 206 c1980

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps he proposes to take to safeguard British interests and property at Hankow in the event of the disappearance of the existing Chinese authorities and of an interregnum occurring before any succeeding Chinese authorities are in control?


No, Sir; I cannot answer a question which covers so many hypothetical contingencies, and I venture to add, with the full assurance of my hon. Friend's approval, that even if I could, it would not be in the public interest that I should. I can only say that the instructions issued by His Majesty's Government to the British authorities in China are directed to securing the fullest possible protection for the lives of British subjects.


Is my right hon. Friend aware of the anxiety caused among the British firms possessing large and valuable interests in the Concession area at Hankow as to its security under existing conditions, and will he consent to receive a deputation on the subject?


Yes, I am aware that British nationals with interests in China must be suffering great anxiety at the present time. I am very busy, but if my hon. Friend asks me, I will receive a deputation on Monday next.