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China (Vice-Consul, Mukden)

Volume 480: debated on Monday 13 November 1950

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make a statement about the deportation of the British Consul-General at Mukden by the Chinese Communist Government; and whether Mr. Steventon has now reached British territory.

According to information received from His Majesty's Chargé d'Affaires in Peking, His Majesty's Vice-Consul in Mukden was on 30th October ordered by the Chinese authorities to leave by 3rd November. The reason given him was that he had objected to the digging of rifle pits in the Consulate grounds. Mr. Steventon reached Tientsi on the 4th November.