Remittance, Peking

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th July 1951.

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Photo of Mr John Vaughan-Morgan Mr John Vaughan-Morgan , Reigate 12:00 am, 24th July 1951

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer why his Department allowed the Central Union of Chinese Students in this country to remit £200 to Peking to a fund to buy weapons for the Chinese fighting in Korea.

Photo of Mr Hugh Gaitskell Mr Hugh Gaitskell , Leeds South

No application has been received from the Central Union of Chinese Students to remit £200 to Peking for this purpose.

Photo of Mr John Vaughan-Morgan Mr John Vaughan-Morgan , Reigate

While accepting with pleasure the fact that the statement reported in a Socialist newspaper was untrue, may I ask the right hon. Gentleman if he can say why the information department of the Treasury— which employs no fewer than 26 people including a Press officer—took no steps to deny it?

Photo of Mr Hugh Gaitskell Mr Hugh Gaitskell , Leeds South

I am not aware of the paper to which the hon. Member refers, but if he will give me particulars I will look into the matter.

Photo of Mr John Vaughan-Morgan Mr John Vaughan-Morgan , Reigate

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that I have sent him copies of the cutting? [HON. MEMBERS: "Which paper?"] "The People."