HC Deb 02 November 1937 vol 328 c724
63. Mr. Gallacher

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the fact that orders have now been given to British posts in the international settlement at Shanghai to fire at any Japanese aeroplanes endangering the safety of the men, whereas previously orders had been to open tire on Chinese troops who might seek to rush the posts in case of defeat but to give way to Japanese forces advancing in good order, he will state what is the significance of this change of policy?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

There has been no change of policy, and there is no discrimination between Japanese and Chinese where the safety of British troops is concerned. British troops will defend themselves whensoever attacked.

Mr. Gallacher

Will the right hon. Gentleman see to it that the semi-official crgan of the Foreign Office, the "Daily Telegraph," is better informed?