HC Deb 07 February 1955 vol 536 c1529
15. Mr. A. Henderson

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in order that our representative at the Security Council may be adequately informed, he will seek information from the United Nations Organisation as to the number of civilian refugees from the Chinese mainland who are living on Formosa.

Mr. Turton

The United Nations Organisation will not possess this information as Chinese nationals from the mainland who are now living on Formosa do not fall within the mandate of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. They are not refugees within the terms of the "Convention relating to the Status of Refugees" made in Geneva in 1951. There are, to the best of our information, about a million such nationals.

Mr. Henderson

Can the Joint Under-Secretary say what proportion this number bears to the total population of Formosa?

Mr. Turton

About 10 per cent.