HC Deb 27 July 1938 vol 338 cc3079-80
9. Sir John Haslam

asked the Prime Minister whether he has received any further information in connection with the importation into Macao of Iranian opium designed for the Japanese authorities for distribution and sale to the Chinese; and, if so, whether he will state its nature?

Mr. Butler

I have received no information with regard to the consignment in question other than Press reports of the speech made by the United States delegate at the session of the Opium Advisory Committee on 21st June.

Sir J. Haslam

Cannot the Government do something to suppress this abominable trade? It looks as though it is being done with a deliberate object by the Japanese?

Mr. Butler

In answer to a previous question I have said that His Majesty's Government have this matter in mind.

Mr. George Griffiths

Does not the hon. Member know that His Majesty's Government can do nothing with the Japanese Government?

19. Mr. Day

asked the Prime Minister particulars of the reply received by His Majesty's Government to the protest made to the Japanese relative to their occupation of British-owned works at Shanghai?

Mr. Butler

I am not yet in a position to make any statement in this matter.

Mr. Day

Do the Government recognise the right of the Japanese Government to take possession of British property in the International Settlement?

Mr. Butler

That is precisely the question under consideration, and that is why we have made representations.

Mr. Day

How many cases have there been of this nature?