HC Deb 18 May 1934 vol 289 cc2042-3W

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Opium Committee of the League of Nations has issued any report on the official opium monopoly established in the north-eastern provinces of China under Japanese military occupation, and, if so, of what nature; whether recommendations on the subject have been made by the Council of the League; if so, whether the British Government have taken any steps to comply with these recommendations; and whether the Government will take steps to fulfil their obligations under the Hague Opium Convention by forbidding the use of British ships to transport opium from Persia or any other country to Manchuria?


As regards the first part of the question, no such report has been issued. As regards the second part, the Council of the League of Nations, at their Session in January last, adopted a recommendation of the Opium Advisory Committee that the attention of the chief producing and manufacturing countries should be drawn to the necessity for supervising most strictly any application for the introduction of narcotics into "the territory of Manchuria and Jehol, also known as 'Manchukuo.'" His Majesty's Government have complied strictly with the recommendation and also with their obligations under the Hague Opium Convention.