§ 107. Captain Gammans
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make a statement as to the policy which has been followed by the British Government with regard to Chinese internal affairs during recent years.
The policy of His Majesty's Government with regard to Chinese internal affairs has been and still is to treat them as matters for China herself to resolve. I would add, however, that it is the earnest desire of His Majesty's Government to see China a strong, united and prosperous nation.
§ Captain Gammans
Will the Minister give an assurance to the House and to the world that there has been no interference whatever by His Majesty's Government's representatives with Chinese internal affairs during the last six months?
§ Mr. W. Fletcher
Is it not a fact that, owing to the bilateral agreement made with China and other countries, the answer of the hon. Gentleman by no means covers the Question, and that an early statement of the Government's real policy in regard to China is needed?
I cannot accept the implication that this is not our real policy. I am of the opinion that the answer has met the Question which is on the Paper.