HC Deb 12 April 1937 vol 322 cc591-2
10. Mr. Moreing

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, for the protection of British investors, he will represent to the Chinese Government that, in proceedings in the Chinese courts for the recovery of mortgage debts due to British subjects, the defendant mortgagors shall not be allowed the right of appeal to a higher court without first providing full security for the costs of the appeal?

Viscount Cranborne

I am informed that an international petition for presentation to the Chinese Government is being prepared by the Property Owners Association in Shanghai, and I assume that this point will be covered in the petition. No action can usefully be taken by His Majesty's Ambassador until the petition has been drawn up and presented.

11. Mr. Moreing

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has received from His Majesty's Ambassador in China the expected report on the recent case in which a British subject, as the result of successive proceedings in the Chinese courts, suffered a loss of 30,000 dollars on the capital sum of 75,000 dollars advanced on mortgage to a Chinese merchant?

Viscount Cranborne

No, Sir. But it should be in my hands within the next few days.

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