§ Major HILLS
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can give the House any further information concerning the British officers carried off by Chinese pirates?
§ Mr. EDEN
An attack was made on 15th July on the creek where the bandits were supposed to be hiding; but they had already moved elsewhere. They were later reported to be in a district north of Panshan together with the three captives. The last letter received from the captives indicates that they were being kept on the move in conditions of discomfort and closely guarded. The next move to be made is, I understand, now under consideration by the responsible authorities.