HC Deb 29 July 1941 vol 373 c1263W
Mr. Nunn

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that the British dispensary at Hankow has been obliged to close down its business owing to the refusal of the Japanese authorities to permit the shipment of essential supplies; and whether he will take up the matter with the Japanese Government and also with the International Red Cross Society?

Mr. Law

The Hankow dispensary ceased business last April owing to difficulties arising out of the closure of the Yangtse. Special efforts to help this British firm were made by His Majesty's Consuls-General at Hankow and Shanghai, and some shipments of medical supplies were permitted to Hankow for the dispensary. Owing, however, to great delays, and to the fact that no miscellaneous goods were allowed to be shipped, the turnover became insufficient to keep the firm in business.