HC Deb 30 November 1938 vol 342 c427W
Commander Marsden

asked the Prime Minister what is the present position with regard to the freedom of transit for British merchant shipping on the inland waterways of China around Shanghai; and what has been the result of the protests of His Majesty's Government to the Japanese Government with regard to the discrimination that is being practised against British shipping?

Mr. Butler

His Majesty's Government cannot accept as valid the Japanese arguments for maintaining the closure of the River Yangtse to British shipping. Further representations have accordingly been made by His Majesty's Ambassador at Tokyo.