HC Deb 11 June 1959 vol 606 cc1155-6
10. Mr. Brockway

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how far permits are now necessary for the transfer of funds from Mauritius to Formosa; and why he authorised the transfer of funds amounting to 20,000 Formosan dollars in September, 1952.

Mr. J. Amery

Specific permits from the Mauritius Exchange Control are necessary for the transfer of funds from residents of the sterling area to nonresidents, including non-residents who are in Formosa, for the same types of transaction as require such permits in the United Kingdom. The answer to the second part of the Question is that no such authority was given.

Mr. Brockway

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that this Question reflects a grave issue not only regarding Mauritius but in international relations? Is he aware that the report of the Seventh National Conference stated that Mr. Ah-Chuen, a nominated member of the Legislative Council, presented this sum for the military purposes of the National Government in Formosa? In view of the fact that we have recognised the People's Republic, does this mean that we can accept a contribution from a nominated member of the Legislative Council for military purposes against the Government which we have recognised?

Mr. Amery

I have heard such allegations but, so far as I know, they have not been supported. The hon. Member should be careful not to let himself be made a vehicle for Communist propaganda.

Mr. Brockway

In view of the implications contained in the answer of the hon. Gentleman, which are completely unjustified, I give notice that I shall endeavour to raise this matter on the Adjournment.

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