HC Deb 15 February 1956 vol 548 cc2357-8
29. Mr. Zilliacus

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps he has taken to secure the extradition from Formosa of Mr. Chow Tse-ming, wanted by the Hong Kong police for placing a time bomb in the Indian airliner that blew up last April, killing sixteen Chinese Government officials; and what he proposes to do to secure compliance by the Formosa authorities with this request.

Mr. Selwyn Lloyd

As soon as a warrant was issued in Hong Kong for the arrest of Chow Tse-ming the provincial authorities in Formosa were requested to return him for trial. After repeated reminders Her Majesty's Consul, Tam-sui, was informed that the competent authorities were unable to deal with the matter, since owing to the absence of an extradition treaty, the request was not based on legal grounds.

Mr. Zilliacus

Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman aware that Chiang Kai-shek and his regime depend for their survival in Formosa on American subsidies and arms? Will he ask the United States Government to secure the extradition by their protégé of this wanted murderer?

Mr. Lloyd

I think we have handled the matter in a better way.