HC Deb 10 November 1937 vol 328 cc1745-6
2. Mr. Mander

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, arising ow: of the recent firing by Japanese aeroplanes on three British Embassy cars, it is now the practice for the Japanese military authorities to be notified of the movements of British subjects by car in China?

Viscount Cranborne

As regards British subjects in general, there is no such practice. Arising out of the shooting of Sir H. Knatchbull-Hugessen, however, it was decided to notify to the Japanese authorities, where possible, the intention of His Majesty's officials in China to enter a danger zone. The absence, however, of such a notification would not of course absolve the Japanese Government from responsibility for any unlawful hurt or damage committed by their forces in China.

Mr. Mander

Would not the proper course be for the Japanese to cease bombing a country with whom they are not at war?

Commander Locker-Lampson

Has the Japanese Government made any payment by way of compensation to Sir Hughe?

4. Mr. Day

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will inform the House of the contents of the latest reports he has received from His Majesty's representatives in China as to the general situation at present in that country?

Viscount Cranborne

I would refer the hon. Member to recent statements on the situation in the Far East by my right hon. Friend in this House, to which I have at present nothing to add. If, however, the hon. Member desires information on any specific point, my right hon. Friend will do his best to provide it.

Mr. Day

Can the Under-Secretary say whether the nationalists and rebels are really united?

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