Orders of the Day — Hong Kong

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:03 am on 10th March 1988.

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Photo of Mr George Robertson Mr George Robertson , Hamilton 2:03 am, 10th March 1988

One piece of advice that could be unanimously offered to the future legislature in Hong Kong is that it must not have a Consolidated Fund Bill. I can think of no more perverse legacy to leave to the people of Hong Kong or to any other country than the prospect of debating matters of crucial importance to people in Hong Kong or elsewhere at 2 o'clock or 4 o'clock in the morning. The sooner we adopt civilised hours so that we can consider these matters at a more appropriate time of the day, the better it will be for all of us.