7. Mr. FOOT MITCHELL
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Government has received any recent advices as to the situation at Shanghai; and, if so, of what nature?
The reports received from Shanghai indicate that the general situation there is normal and that trade shows a tendency to improve. Anxiety has been manifested in some quarters lest attempts be made to renew last year's disturbances either on the 1st of May or on the 30th of May. But both foreign authorities and responsible Chinese in Shanghai are alive to this possibility, and will no doubt have taken all possible precautions with a view to the avoidance of any untoward incident. The 1st of May has passed, so far as I am aware, without any sort of disturbance, and I greatly hope in the interests of all concerned that there may be no cause for future apprehension.