HC Deb 21 June 1950 vol 476 c1267
8. Mr. F. Maclean

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what form of recognition His Majesty's Government accords to Tibet.

Mr. Younger

His Majesty's Government's attitude to Tibet was fully explained in a memorandum addressed by the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Warwick and Leamington (Mr. Eden) to Dr. T. V. Soong on 5th August, 1943. The purport of this memorandum was that His Majesty's Government "have always been prepared to recognise Chinese suzerainty over Tibet, but only on the understanding that Tibet is regarded as autonomous." For the full text of this memorandum I would refer the hon. Member to a reply given on 14th December, 1949, of which I am sending him a copy.

Mr. Maclean

In view of the fact that Tibet's autonomy is now directly and openly threatened by the Chinese Communists, will the Government consider raising the matter at U.N.O.?

Mr. Younger

That is quite another question.