§ 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.