§ Mr. Colvin
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will report on the current state of Sino-British talks on the future of Hong Kong.
§ Mr. Rifkind
Following my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister's visit to China in September, meetings to discuss the future of Hong Kong have begun through diplomatic channels in Peking and are continuing. The agreed aim is the maintenance of the stability and prosperity of Hong Kong. However, for obvious reasons, the content of these meetings must remain confidential.