HC Deb 06 December 1938 vol 342 cc1007-8W
Mr. Barnes

asked the Prime Minister whether he possesses a record of ascertained British losses in China caused by Japan's war of aggression on China?

Mr. Butler

My Noble Friend has no complete record, but the total figure for the claims on the Chinese and Japanese Governments actually presented up to date is approximately £230,000. I would take this opportunity of explaining that the figure which I gave in my reply to my hon. and gallant Friend, the Member for Chertsey (Commander Marsden) on 6th April last was based in large measure on estimates which, owing to the fall in the exchange, subsequently proved to have been excessive.

Sir R. Rankin

asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether his attention has been called to the fact that as a result of recent occurrences in the Far East some British manufacturers are considering the necessity of appointing Japanese firms to handle their business in China because they think that circumstances may make it impossible for British concerns to serve their interests effectively; and what steps he is taking to safeguard the interests of British trade in this particular matter?

Mr. R. S. Hudson

No, Sir, but I shall be happy to consider any specific instances to which my hon. Friend may draw my attention.

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