Oral Answers to Questions — China (Extra-Territorial Rights)

– in the House of Commons on 14th October 1942.

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Photo of Mr Ivor Thomas Mr Ivor Thomas , Keighley

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps will be taken to give effect to the decision of His Majesty's Government to relinquish extra-territorial rights in China?

Photo of Mr Richard Law Mr Richard Law , Kingston upon Hull South West

As the House is aware, simultaneous statements were issued by His Majesty's Government and by the United States Government on 9th October on this question. His Majesty's Government have informed the Chinese Government that they hope in the near future to open discussions with the Chinese Government and to present for their consideration a draft treaty for the immediate relinquishment of extra-territorial rights and privileges in China.

Photo of Mr Ivor Thomas Mr Ivor Thomas , Keighley

Is the hon. Gentleman aware of the very great satisfaction this step has given, both in this country and throughout the world?

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the contemplated renunciation of British rights in China includes also the transference of Hong Kong back to the Chinese nation?

Photo of Mr Richard Law Mr Richard Law , Kingston upon Hull South West

No, Sir. The proposed agreement with the Chinese Government relates only to the surrender of extra-territorial rights in Chinese territory.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

Seeing that the renouncement or relinquishing of extra-territorial rights in China has already created a great impression, would it not create a further great impression if we renounced our treaty position in Hong Kong?

Photo of Mr Richard Law Mr Richard Law , Kingston upon Hull South West

That is another problem, which has nothing to do with the declaration made in Washington and London the other day.

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

Are not the people in Hong Kong very loyal to the British Empire?