HC Deb 25 June 1951 vol 489 c1000
56. Mr. Llewellyn

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what information he has received concerning the treatment of British missionaries in China by the Chinese Government; what representations have been made by His Majesty's Government; and what replies have been received.

Mr. Younger

Missionaries in China of all nationalities are suffering considerable obstruction and difficulty, as indeed are all foreigners. One British missionary is detained by the Chinese authorities on undisclosed charges; representations have been made on his behalf to the Chinese Government by His Majesty's Chargé d'Affaires at Peking. No reply has been received.

Air Commodore Harvey

Does the Government's representative in Peking ever get a reply to anything? If not, why keep him there?

Mr. Younger

I think he sometimes gets a reply. We would not attempt to deny that his position and the treatment he receives are not satisfactory, but he does, in very difficult circumstances, perform useful duties which help the remaining British community there.