§ 49. Mr. W. Fletcher
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps he has taken to ensure the payment for British property in Canton for damage done in 1948
§ Mr. Ernest Davies
I regret to say that no results were achieved by the negotiations which, as stated in my predecessor's reply of 1st November, 1948, were then being pursued with the Chinese Government.
§ Mr. Fletcher
Has the hon. Gentleman made any attempt to get his hands on funds in this country which might be used as a set-off against this damage?
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that if the Government had used their initiative they would have got compensation before the Communists came into power in China?