HC Deb 07 November 1983 vol 48 c17
29. Mr. Adley

asked the Lord Privy Seal how many visits to Hong Kong, by Select Committees, were made in the last three years; and how many hon. Members participated.

The Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Commons (Mr. John Bitten)

In the last three years three visits have been paid to Hong Kong by Select Committees. The numbers of hon. Members participating in each was six, eight, and nine.

Mr. Adley

I thank my right hon. Friend for that reply. Were the itineraries arranged on the advice of the Hong Kong Government? As the main political leaders in Hong Kong are nominated rather than elected, does he agree that visitors seeking to assess local opinion in Hong Kong in accordance with the Government's proposals in the Queen's Speech would be advised to consult as widely as possible?

Mr. Biffen

On the latter point, the answer must be yes. On the former, I must confess that I do not know, but I shall certainly find out and let my hon. Friend know.

Mr. Robert Atkins

Can my right hon. Friend tell me, either now or later, by which airline the delegation flew?

Mr. Biffen

I certainly cannot tell my hon. Friend now.

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