HC Deb 06 April 1978 vol 947 c209W
Mr. John Moore

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if it is the policy of Her Majesty's Government to use the Navy forcibly to repatriate to China refugees escaping to Hong Kong.

Mr. Luard

No. The Hong Kong Marine Police are supported by the Royal Navy in a number of tasks, including the prevention of illegal immigration. But the decision on whether to repatriate illegal immigrants is taken by the Hong Kong Government.

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