§ Mr. Dalyell
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his discussions about air routes with the Chinese Government.265W
§ Mr. Amery
My right hon. Friend told the Chinese that Her Majesty's Government would like to conclude an air services agreement, which would cover both services from Britain to Peking and local services between Hong Kong and Canton. The Chinese side confirmed their interest in improving air communications. The matter is now being pursued by officials.
We hope soon to be in a position to hand over a draft agreement to the Chinese as a basis for discussion.