HC Deb 17 January 1967 vol 739 c16W
48. Sir W. Teeling

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many United Kingdom subjects are known to be living in mainland China; what contacts they have with the British Embassy in Peking; what protection it gives to them; how many British consuls exist in other parts of China to protect them; and how far members of the British Embassy in Peking are allowed to travel to the rest of China.

Mr. William Rodgers

The latest figure of British subjects, citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies registered in the People's Republic of China is 105. They are entitled to the full protection of the British Chargé d'Affaires with whom they are free to communicate.

There are no British Consular Officers in China, but members of the staff of the British Chargé d'Affaires in Peking and in Shanghai perform certain consular functions.

Members of the staff of the British Chargé d'Affaires in Peking, in common with the staffs of other foreign diplomatic missions, are restricted to a small area around Peking with certain extensions for recreational purposes. To travel elsewhere they have to apply for permission.