HC Deb 15 April 1937 vol 322 cc1192-3W
Major Procter

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been called to the circularisation to foreign import houses doing business in China of letters from import and export agents in Tientsin, pointing out that they can avoid the Chinese maritime customs by importing goods into China through the Chitung districts, via Dairen; and whether, in view of the loss to the Chinese revenue through the smuggling thus encouraged and the danger to British investors in loans guaranteed by this customs revenue, he proposes to take any steps to deal with this matter?

Viscount Cranborne

I have, as I stated in a reply to a question by my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Blackburn (Sir W. Smiles) on 15th March, seen a Press report to this effect. As regards the second part of the question, I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given yesterday to my hon. Friend the Member for Oldham (Mr. H. Kerr).

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