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Hong Kong

Volume 888: debated on Monday 10 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many incidents were recorded in which individuals were hit by gunshot discharged by the Hong Kong police in the course of their duties for each year from 1970 onwards; and how many of these individuals were subsequently charged with a criminal offence.

:Since 1970 there have been 217 cases of police opening fire, resulting in 24 deaths and 93 woundings. Information about each incident and the number of individuals subsequently charged is not immediately available, and I shall write to my hon. Friend when it is received from the Governor.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Hong Kong police officers were disciplined under the Police Force Ordinance or charged under the Arms and Ammunition Ordinance, the Offences Against the Person Ordinance or common law in connection with gunshot wounds sustained by individuals as the result of being shot by the police for each year from 1970 onwards.

:In 1970, none; 1971, none; 1972, one under Offences Against the Persons Ordinance, convicted, and one under common law, acquitted; 1973, one under common law, acquitted; 1974, none.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action has been taken by the Governor of Hong Kong to deal with the complaints sent to him by the Heung Yee Kuk on 22nd February 1974 relating to the treatment of Chinese residents of the New Territories and alleged violations of the Sino-British Treaty on the Leasing of the New Territories on 9th June 1898.

:A full reply to the Heung Yee Kuk petition of 22nd February 1974 was sent to the Kuk by the acting Colonial Secretary on 19th April 1974.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will give the total expenditure on immunisation campaigns for polio, cholera, typhoid fever and typhus in Hong Kong for each year for which figures are available from 1970 onwards.

:Campaigns against polio, diphtheria and measles have been carried out at a total annual staff cost of Hong Kong dollars 1·3 million. No breakdown of this figure is available. Expenditure on polio vaccine has been:

HK$
197030,000
197130,000
197240,000
197347,000
197467,000
There have been no immunisation campaigns against epidemic typhus and typhoid fever, or since 1971, against cholera. All three types of vaccine are readily available to the public as is poliomyelitis vaccine.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Hong Kong residents hold British passports which entitle them to entry into the United Kingdom; and how many do not.

:There is little I can add to the answer which I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for South Ayrshire (Mr. Sillars) on 8th November 1974—[Vol. 884, c. 256.] The total number of

Academic Years
1972–731973–741974–75 Estimated
ExpenditureHK$mHK$mHK$m
1. Recurrent14·647·766·6
2. Capital1·05·214·9
Total15·652·981·5
Enrolment(full-time equivalent)2,1732,6903,487

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish in the Official Report figures to show the money spent

Academic Years
1970–711971–721972–731973–741974–75 Estimated
ExpenditureHK$mHK$mHK$mHK$mHK$m
1. Recurrent33·138·145·754·364·2
2. Capital29·433·126·813·619·8
Total62·571·272·567·984·0
Enrolment2,3932,5532,7463,0663,350

Hong Kong British passports issued between 1st January 1965 and 31st December 1974 was 255,740.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement of the progress and prospects of the Hong Kong Polytechnic.

:Since the polytechnic was inaugurated on 1st August 1972 it has expanded rapidly. Approved programmes assume a student enrolment of 7,000 in 1978, eventually rising to 8,000. Evening students at present number about 13,000 and will rise to 20,000 within four years. The Hong Kong Government have accepted in principle capital commitments up to HK$151·4 million for new buildings.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish in the Official Report the money spent and the number of students enrolled year by year over the past five years at the Hong Kong Polytechnic.

:The Hong Kong Polytechnic was inaugurated on 1st August 1972. Figures for the money spent and the number of students enrolled since then are as follows:and the number of students enrolled year by year over the past five years at the Hong Kong Chinese University.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish in the Official Report figures to show the money spent

Academic Years
1970–711971–721972–731973–741974–75 Estimated
ExpenditureHK$mHK$mHK$mHK$mHK$m
1. Recurrent47·955·565·582·393·1
2. Capital6·918·715·35·22·0
Total54·874·280·887·595·1
Enrolment2,8322,9963,1973,2863,954
Note: The capital expenditure recorded above refers to Government projects only.