Mr. M. MacDonald
The Legislature of Hong Kong has passed a new Women and Girls' Protection Ordinance which provides that the Secretary for Chinese Affairs may assume the guardianship of girls who have been transferred by their parents permanently, or for any consideration except marriage. He is empowered to make such orders as he thinks 35 desirable in the interests of these wards for their disposal or supervision. Registration is made compulsory in the case of girls under 21 who have been adopted into the custody of any person other than their own parents, and there is provision for inspection in the case of any of his wards or other girl whom he has reason to believe is in moral danger. The inspectorate staff is being increased for this purpose.
Mu-tsai is gradually, by the process which is well understood in this House, being brought to an end in the Colonies.
§ Lieut.-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore
Will my right hon. Friend see that the Hong Kong Government fully implement this decree which they have not done for some time?
Certainly, that is so. The new ordinance tightens up the administration, and it is the intention of the Government to work it properly.