Oral Answers to Questions — Madame Chiang Kai-Shek (Visit to Great Britain)

– in the House of Commons on 17th March 1943.

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Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Maldon

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any further statement to make on the possibility of a visit to this country of Madame Chiang Kai-shek?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

I am not yet able to add anything to the statement on this subject made by my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary on 24th February.

Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Maldon

If it is correct, as rumoured, that Madame Chiang Kai-shek's health may prevent her from crossing the Atlantic, will the right hon. Gentleman convey to her the disappointment and sympathy which will be felt widely here, and will he consider whether it would be possible to invite one of her two brilliant sisters to visit us instead?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

I do not think that this arises immediately out of the Question.

Photo of Mr John Dugdale Mr John Dugdale , West Bromwich

Will the right hon. Gentleman make it clear that nobody would get a more spontaneous welcome than this lady if she did come?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

That has already been made abundantly clear.