§ 19. Sir Anthony Royle
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will follow the policy of previous Ministers of his Department visiting China by flying in a Royal Air Force VC10 for his forthcoming official arrival in Peking; and if he will also ensure that he visits Hong Kong during 112W the same Far East tour in order to underline Her Majesty's Government's determination to safeguard the inhabitants and interests of the Crown Colony.
§ Mr. Luard
My right hon. Friend will be flying to Peking by Royal Air Force VC10. Unfortunately his new responsibilities make it difficult for him to be absent from London for as long as had been planned, and he will not be able to visit Hong Kong on this occasion. But Her Majesty's Government have every confidence in the future development of Hong Kong and will continue to administer it in the best interests of those who live there.