§ Sir R. THOMAS
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many British subjects still remain in China outside the areas under the protection of the Shanghai Defence Force?
§ Sir A. CHAMBERLAIN
No exact statistics are available, and any estimate is liable to be misleading, as it would include persons at places well defended by His Majesty's ships or by the military forces of other Powers. As regards the number of British subjects in the interior of China, I would refer my hon. Friend to my reply to the supplementary question of my hon. Friend the Member for South-East Essex (Mr. Looker) on the 4th April last.