§ Sir W. de FRECE
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, whether, in view of the feeling in China that industrial enterprises should not be included within the scope of the Consortium's activities, and seeing that in 1918 the Foreign Office did not favour this policy and in view of the altered conditions in China, he will consider using his best efforts to modify the existing policy?
I am aware that the feeling described by the hon. Member exists among certain promoters of industrial enterprises in China, but His Majesty's Government could not con2444W
1921, whether he can state the percentages of the imports and exports of Japan for the latest available year, for China, the United States and her possessions, and for the British Empire, and also the percentage in these cases where imports and exports are added together?
§ Sir B. CHADWICK
Particulars for 1924, based on the Japanese trade returns for the 11 months, January to November, the latest period for which figures are available, are stated below. For convenience of comparison figures have been added which were given in answer to the question in this House on 30th June, 1921, to which my hon. and gallant Friend refers:
sider the modification of their present policy unless stronger arguments were submitted to them than have yet been produced, and then only in conjunction with the other Governments concerned.
§ Sir W. de FRECE
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, the position of British trade-mark owners in China; and whether these traders can rely upon adequate protection through diplomatic channels?
The Chinese Government have extended the time limit for the registration of trade marks under Article 4 of the Chinese Trademarks Law from 31st December, 1924, to 30th June next, and many Chinese, foreign, and British owners are registering their marks. His Majesty's Government will carefully watch the operation of the law, and will certainly continue in the future as in the past to do everything in their power to protect the rights of British trademark owners.