HC Deb 30 September 1942 vol 383 c770
52. Mr. R. Morgan

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the Parliamentary deputation to Chungking, he will consider asking both Houses of Parliament to pass a resolution of sympathy, encouragement and good will to China to be sent there with the deputation?

The Prime Minister

The suggestion made in my hon. Friend's Question was carefully considered. It was felt, however, that as the Lord Chancellor and the Speaker had been asked to select the personnel of the delegation it would be appropriate if the delegation were supplied with a joint letter signed by the Lord Chancellor and the Speaker to General Chiang Kai-shek expressing the admiration and sympathy felt by the British Parliament and the British people both for the Chinese people and for General Chiang Kai-shek in particular as China's leader.

Mr. A. Edwards

Has the right hon. Gentleman considered the effect which a letter signed by the Lord Chancellor might have in that country?

The Prime Minister

I think we should not in any way depart from precedent in entrusting our representations in these matters to the highest authorities in both Houses of Parliament.

Mr. Stephen

Does not the right hon. Gentleman remember the record of the Lord Chancellor?

The Prime Minister

If I were to try to remember everyone's record, I should be fully employed.