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Hong Kong

Volume 950: debated on Wednesday 24 May 1978

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30.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the maximum penalty in Hong Kong for the employment of children.

41.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether United Kingdom exports to and investment in Hong Kong compare favourably with those of other developed countries; and if in his opinion they adequately reflect the British connection and Hong Kong's importance as a market and as a regional centre.

Britain is the third largest investor in manufacturing industry in and the sixth most important supplier to Hong Kong. This is in addition to our investments in service industries. Hong Kong is Britain's third most important market in South and East Asia, after Japan and India: in 1977 British exports, at £271 million, were over 33 per cent. higher than in 1976.Hong Kong is a market of great potential, especially in view of the plans to expand and diversify the colony's industrial base. The Government are co-operating closely with British industry to take full advantage of this.