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Hong Kong

Volume 76: debated on Wednesday 3 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he is satisfied with the conduct of the recent elections in Hong Kong; and if he will make a statement.

In the recent elections held on 7 March for Hong Kong's local district boards, 213 seats were contested by nearly 500 candidates, and over 476,000 people voted. This represents an increase of almost 134,000 over the number who voted in the first elections in 1982. It is a very satisfactory result, and an encouraging indication of popular support in Hong Kong for the steps that are being taken to develop a more representative system of government there.