§ Mr. Cuthbert
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps are being taken to protect British trade interests in Shanghai.
Repeated representations have been made to the Chinese authorities to secure the early repossession by their owners of British properties in Shanghai. Some progress has recently been made. The matter will continue to be pressed. As to the general question of the protection of British interests in Shanghai, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary to the hon. Member for Bury (Mr. W. Fletcher) on October 31st. This question is receiving, and will continue to receive, the urgent attention of His Majesty's Government.