HC Deb 08 May 1940 vol 360 cc1198-9
1. Mr. Hannah

asked the Prime Minister how many missionary stations have been evacuated owing to the anti-British movement fostered by the Japanese in Hopei, Shantung, Shansi and Honan districts of North China, respectively; and whether, as many such stations have been evacuated and more than 10,000 hospital beds closed, he will represent to the Japanese Government that the continued encouragement of the anti-British movement will render impossible the improvement of relations with Japan?

The Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Butler)

According to the latest information at the disposal of my Noble Friend, 25 missionary stations have been evacuated in the four provinces named, including 10 hospitals. As a result of representations made to the Japanese Government by His Majesty's Government on the subject of anti-British agitation, it would appeal that some improvement has recently taken place.

Mr. Hannah

Do the Japanese Government want to improve relations with this country?

Mr. Robert Gibson

Are any alternative steps being taken with regard to hospital provision?

Mr. Butler

This matter has been taken in hand.

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