HC Deb 30 January 1956 vol 548 c63W
4. Mr. Osborne

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the value of British property and trading claims, respectively, that are outstanding against China; and what discussions will take place on these claims before the new trade agreement is reached with China.

Lord John Hope

Her Majesty's Government have in all appropriate cases notified the Chinese Government that they reserve the right to claim compensation in respect of losses caused to British interests by the action of the Chinese Government or their agencies. The British interests concerned, however, have not yet been invited to submit their claims and it is not therefore possible to state the exact value of such claims outstanding against the Chinese Government. No trade agreement with China is contemplated at present.