HC Deb 27 June 1957 vol 572 cc382-3
28. Mr. Rankin

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies when the Government of Hong Kong proposes to introduce an extension of the franchise.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

No proposal for an extension is being considered at present.

Mr. Rankin

Would not the right hon. Gentleman ask the Hong Kong Administration to think about this matter? Is he aware that the great mass of the pre-war population in Hong Kong has not the right to vote? Does he not think that it is very difficult to attack dictatorships in other parts of the world when we ourselves are maintaining a dictatorship, however benevolent, in Hong Kong?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Nobody in Hong Kong thinks for a moment that he is living under a dictatorship. Many hundreds of thousands have left a dictatorship to go to live in Hong Kong. There is no significant public demand for this change, and I suggest that if the hon. Member went to live there, even he himself would quickly absorb the prevailing atmosphere.

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