§ Sir W. de FRECE
asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the importance of the matter to British trade, he will submit to the various Chambers of Commerce, especially those within industrial districts, the Report of Sir John Jordan's Committee on the education of Chinese students in this country?
§ Mr. R. McNEILL
The gist of the report was that nothing effective could be accomplished without the provision of considerable funds, and that the only sufficient funds which might become available appeared to be those of the Boxer Indemnity. The Committee further suggested that they should be allowed to suspend the consideration of the questions before them until His Majesty's Government had decided upon their attitude towards the resumption of indemnity payments. His Majesty's Government have since been in communication with the various other Governments concerned, and hope to be able to inform the Chinese Government of their decision very shortly. In the circumstances, I do not think that it would serve any useful purpose to submit the Report, which contains no detailed or technical suggestions as to plans for the education of Chinese, to the various Chambers of Commerce.