HC Deb 09 December 1982 vol 33 c607W
Sir Paul Bryan

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the current level of Hong Kong Government spending on their public works programme; and whether he will make a statement on the Government of Hong Kong's undertaking to invest vigorously in the territory.

Mr. Rifkind

The Hong Kong Government's current commitment for non-recurrent expenditure on their public works programme—which excludes public housing and the Mass transit railway—is some HK$27,000 million. Non-recurrent expenditure for 1982–83 is expected to be about HK$8,900 million and recurent expenditure about HK$1,328 million. At least as much expenditure is expected in 1983–84. In his speech to the Legislative Council on 6 October 1982 the governor outlined an ambitious programme of further development and stressed the firm intention of the Hong Kong Government to invest vigorously in the future.