Passports and Visas.

Oral Answers to Questions — China. – in the House of Commons on 27th July 1927.

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Photo of Sir Harry Brittain Sir Harry Brittain , Acton

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his Department is in touch with any foreign Government at the moment with regard to the elimination of the visa; and, if so, with which Government or Governments?

Photo of Mr Austen Chamberlain Mr Austen Chamberlain , Birmingham West

The only Government with which His Majesty's Government are at present in negotiation is the German Government.

Photo of Sir Harry Brittain Sir Harry Brittain , Acton

Can my right hon. Friend say whether in the next few months he expects finality to that discussion?

Photo of Mr Austen Chamberlain Mr Austen Chamberlain , Birmingham West

I do not expect finality to any question.

Photo of Sir Harry Brittain Sir Harry Brittain , Acton

Is it too much to ask for finality in this matter, seeing that the other people concerned have agreed to carry out this arrangement?

Photo of Colonel Josiah Wedgwood Colonel Josiah Wedgwood , Newcastle-under-Lyme

Is it not a fact that the German Government and the American Government have come to terms over this visa question?

Photo of Mr Austen Chamberlain Mr Austen Chamberlain , Birmingham West

I have asked for notice as to what exact information is in my possession as to the doings of our own Government. I am even more entitled to ask for notice of questions as to what has passed between other Governments.