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Hong Kong (Trade Preferences)

Volume 890: debated on Monday 21 April 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he is taking in connection with the exclusion of Hong Kong by the United States from the first list of beneficiaries of its generalised scheme of preferences; and if he will make a statement.

Hong Kong has in fact been included in the list of countries and territories drawn up by the United States Administration for consideration as potential beneficiaries under the scheme, subject to the United States Government being satisfied on certain points. I am hopeful that the consultations which are currently taking place with the United States Administration will result in Hong Kong being admitted to the benefits of the United States generalised preference scheme.