HC Deb 16 June 1938 vol 337 cc412-3W
Mr. Morgan

asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to the fraternisation in Shanghai of British military officers and Japanese military officers; and whether, in view of the unfortunate impressions which may thereby be caused to the Chinese, he will suggest the avoidance of any such mutual entertainment?

Mr. Butler

I presume that the hon. Member is referring to the recent visit to Shanghai of the British Military Attaché at His Majesty's Embassy, Tokyo, one of whose normal functions, of course, is to serve as a channel of communication with the Japanese military authorities. British authorities in Shanghai must keep in touch with the Japanese authorities, if only in regard to the maintenance of our interests there, and on this and other grounds it is important that their relations should be kept on the best footing possible in the circumstances.

Lieut.-Commander Fletcher

asked the Prime Minister what is the present position concerning the attack made by Japanese soldiers upon Mr. H. W. Wilkinson?

Mr. Butler

I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the reply which I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Kensington South (Sir W. Davison) on 1st June, of which I am sending him a copy.