§ Mr. DUCKWORTH
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the provinces in China in which an extra non Treaty Customs Surtax is being demanded by any Chinese provincial authorities; and whether, in any such case, British importers have been advised to pay it and are paying it?550W
I would refer the hon. Member to the answer which my right hon. Friend gave him on the 10th of November. In paying the taxes under protest, British merchants are acting in accordance with the advice given by His Majesty's Consuls at the ports affected.