HC Deb 14 January 1997 vol 288 c224W
25. Sir Fergus Montgomery

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the impact of the withdrawal from Hong Kong on the role of the Royal Navy. [8995]

Mr. Soames

The UK's wider interest in security in the region will not diminish when the sovereignty of Hong Kong is transferred to China on 30 June. The Royal Navy will continue to deploy to the far east, as it has done traditionally. In addition to our continuing commitment to the five powers defence arrangements, we shall continue our programme of bilateral defence contracts with our friends in the region.