§ Commander BELLAIRS
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any representation has been made to Japan by His Majesty's Government concerning the forcible detention by the Japanese of 50 locomotives and 400 cars belonging to the Tientsin-Pukow Railway Company; and, in view of the paralysis of t7ade through lack of railway stock, whether it is the intention of the Government, to insist on the return of this stock?
§ Sir A. CHAMBERLAIN
His Majesty's Government have made no representations to Japan regarding the rolling stock of the Tientsin-Pukow Railway that is interned between Tsinan and the broken bridge over the Yellow River, since the material in question is the property of a Chinese State Railway, and British interests are only indirectly concerned. I feel sure that the Japanese authorities have no desire to hamper the international trade carried on over the railway, and that this rolling stock will be put into circulation again as soon as practical considerations make this possible.