§ Mr. Donner
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any reply has been received from the provisional government set up in Northern China to the protest of His Majesty's Government against the decree modifying the tariff schedule of the Chinese maritime customs in a sense favourable to Japanese imports into Northern China; and, if so, will he state the nature of this reply?
§ Mr. Eden
His Majesty's Government are not in relations with the Peking Provisional Government and the protest was made to the Japanese authorities in North China and by His Majesty's Ambassador2214W
who are insured against unemployment, are available only in respect of the beginning of July in each year. The following table gives for the cotton industry the estimated numbers insured in Great Britain at the beginning of July in each of the years 1926–1937, and the numbers of such persons recorded as unemployed at a date in December of each of those years.
at Tokyo to the Japanese Government. The reply is awaited.