HC Deb 03 May 1968 vol 763 cc247-8W
Mr. Eldon Griffiths

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Chinese Government's proposal to prosecute the British firm, Vickers-Zimmer.

Mr. William Rodgers

We learned of the intention of the Chinese Government to prosecute Vickers-Zimmer from our Mission in Peking and from the company themselves, with whom we have kept in close touch. The summons gives no details of the charge to be made against were each of the subjects currently being studied by the Government's Social Survey referred to that body; and when the results of each study are likely to be published.

Mr. Harold Lever

Current studies and the dates when they were commissioned are set out below. Questions of likely publication dates are a matter for the Ministers of the Departments sponsoring the studies.

the company, except that it is one of fraud. The company stated on 24th April that since their contract specifies arbitration in Sweden they have declined to accept the jurisdiction of the Chinese court. The summons was returnable on 25th April but neither we nor the company have received any indication whether the trial actually took place.

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