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China (Canton-Hankow Railway)

Volume 244: debated on Friday 7 November 1930

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been called to the dismissal by the Nanking Government of Mr. Valpy, the engineer-in-chief of the Canton-Hankow Railway, and their refusal to hand over his back pay, amounting to 36,000 dollars; and what action he proposes to take, in view of the fact that this dismissal involves a breach of the Four Power Loan Agreement by eliminating the last element of British control and that the Boxer Indemnity has been earmarked for the completion of this railway?

I have received no information as to the dismissal of Mr. Valpy, and no representations have been made to me on the subject.