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Hong Kong

Volume 19: debated on Tuesday 2 March 1982

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asked the Lord Privy Seal if the Hong Kong Government will create a post of ombudsman; and if he will make a statement.

No. Existing channels for dealing with individual grievances or appeals against Government decisions are considered satisfactory.

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he is satisfied with the progress towards democratic reform in Hong Kong; and what plans the Hong Kong Government have to extend democratic representation.

Yes. Public representation is maintained through a network of councils, boards and committees. The implementation of the policies in the 1981 White Paper on district administration to extend local representation is progressing well. There are no plans to go beyond these policies.

asked the Lord Privy Seal if the Hong Kong Government have any plans to extend human rights and civil liberties in the colony.

Hong Kong legislation in these areas is kept under regular review.