§ Mr. D. G. SOMERVILLE
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been called to the murder of a British subject at Peitaiho, in the north of China; whether he has made representations to the Chinese Government to ensure full investigation of the crime; and whether he is satisfied that the protection of British subjects, particularly in the north of China, is adequate?
Mr. A. HENDERSON
I have received a report from His Majesty's Consul-General at Tientsin of the murder of Mr. Scarlet, a British subject, by armed robbers at Peitaiho. The body was to be brought to Tientsin on the 4th instant and an inquest opened. I am confident that His Majesty's Minister will make 1789W any necessary representations without delay. Public safety is obviously and necessarily less assured in China than in more settled countries. I am satisfied, however, that every practicable measure has been taken to ensure the protection of British subjects.