HC Deb 29 April 1936 vol 311 c913W

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (1) whether by reason of recent legislation in China the foreign collectors of the branch salt revenue offices will be abolished; and what steps he has taken to ensure that payments due on the Anglo-French loan of 1908 and the British loans secured on the salt revenue are not thereby imperilled;

(2) How many British and other foreigners are affected by the new Chinese law abolishing the foreign staff of the branch offices of the salt revenue in China; and what compensation the Chinese Government are prepared to pay to the persons concerned for loss of office;

(3) whether he has received any report from His Majesty's Embassy in China on the new organic law of the directorate general of salt revenue?


His Majesty's Government have at present no information regarding recent legislation in China on this matter, His Majesty's Chargéd'Affaires at Peking has, however, been requested by telegraph to furnish a report on the subject.