§ 51. Mr. DAY
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any decision has been come to by the British Government with reference to the question of lodging a claim for the occupation of the British Consulate in Nanking by Nationalist troops; and whether this claim has been lodged with the Nationalist authorities?
No specific claim for reparation for the occupation of these premises has been lodged. His Majesty's Government regard this matter 362 as being covered by the statement in Mr. Eugene Chen's reply of the 14th of April, 1927, thatThe Nationalist Government are prepared to make good all damage done to the British Consulate at Nanking on the ground that, whether or not such damage was caused by Northern rebels and others, as stated in the preliminary statements issued by the Nationalist Government on the 31st of March last, the fact remains that a British Consulate on Chinese territory has been violated.
The hon. Member knows that negotiations are now proceeding with the Nanking Government on this subject.