HC Deb 20 March 1939 vol 345 cc891-2
11. Sir John Haslam

asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that during the whole of the British lease of Wei-hai-wei, from 1898 to 1930, the port and surrounding district was entirely free from the opium evil and continued so until the Japanese occupation, and that since the Japanese took over the port many opium dens have been opened; and whether he will draw the attention of the Japanese Government to the grave consequences of permitting opium dens to exist and increase in the Chinese territories in their occupation?

Mr. Butler

Yes, Sir, and the question is at present under consideration.

Sir J. Haslam

Is it not the case that this matter has been brought to the notice of the Japanese authorities? Has any reply been received?

Mr. Butler

Yes, Sir. We understand, as I have previously informed the House, that the Japanese authorities are giving the general matter consideration.