No, Sir; in international practice the proper treatment of diplomatic and consular officials should be automatic. To ask for assurances on this point might imply that this was not the case.
Would the hon. Gentleman agree that the treatment accorded by the Chinese authorities to American consular and diplomatic representatives in China is far from re-assuring, and will he not wait until there is some indication that the Chinese are prepared to behave normally in this way before precipitating recognition?
I welcome the news that Mr. Ward and his staff have been released. If their detention had been continued it would have been a very grave matter. As far as our own people are concerned, their official status is not, of course, recognised, but as individuals they have been treated properly.