Hong Kong (Generalised Preference Scheme)

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th March 1972.

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Photo of Mr Peter Blaker Mr Peter Blaker , Blackpool South 12:00 am, 27th March 1972

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about his latest consultations with the Japanese Government about the inclusion of Hong Kong as a beneficiary country in the Generalised Preference Scheme.

Photo of Mr Anthony Royle Mr Anthony Royle , Richmond (Surrey)

Discussions with the Japanese Government about the inclusion of Hong Kong in the Japanese Generalised Preference Scheme have taken place on various occasions during the past year, and my right hon. Friend has personally made clear to the Japanese Government his concern that Hong Kong should be included on a basis of equity with her close competitors.

Photo of Mr Peter Blaker Mr Peter Blaker , Blackpool South

Will my hon. Friend confirm, as previously indicated, that it is the intention of the Japanese to include Hong Kong from 1st April next? Also, is he satisfied that the Japanese will make the scope of the scheme sufficiently wide to make it worth while from Hong Kong's point of view?

Photo of Mr Anthony Royle Mr Anthony Royle , Richmond (Surrey)

The final shape of the Japanese offer to Hong Kong has, apparently, not yet been formulated, but the date for inclusion is expected to be around the beginning of April. We hope that the arrangements that Japan makes will mean that the scheme is really beneficial to Hong Kong.