HC Deb 06 March 1940 vol 358 cc409-10W
Mr. R. Morgan

asked the Prime Minister whether his undertaking to press the Japanese Government to, get on with the work of establishing order in China indicates any change of the policy of His Majesty's Government towards the Sino-Japanese war and an approval of Japanese aggression?

Mr. Butler

No Sir. The undertaking in question referred to the suppression of gambling houses and similar establishments in the western area of Shanghai.

Mr. David Adams

asked the Prime Minister whether His Majesty's Government, in favouring pressure on Japan to re-establish order in China, took into consideration the fact that order in China was primarily disturbed by the Japanese; and whether such a recommendation on his part to Japan implies a departure from the attitude of the British Government hitherto on the war in China?

Mr. Butler

If the hon. Member will refer to the reply made to-day to the hon. Member for Stourbridge (Mr. R. Morgan) on the same subject, he will observe that the purport of the statement made on 28th February referred solely to the maintenance of law and order in the districts adjoining the International Settlement at Shanghai. There has been no change in the policy of His Majesty's Government, which remains as stated in the House on 24th and 31st January in answer to Questions put by the hon. Members for Forest of Dean (Mr. Price) and Stourbridge respectively.