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    The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the Rt.Hon. Sir Alec Douglas-Home, will?

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    Arrival at Kai Tak

    Airport meeting with press


    Note to Editors: This following is the official programme of Sir Alec and Lady Douglas-Home's activities:-

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    Background: The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the Rt.Hon. Sir Alec Douglas-Home, will arrive in Hong Kong by air from Bangkok on February 13 for a three-day visit. He will be accompanied by Lady Douglas-Home.

    The Foreign Secretary is coming to Hong Kong following his attendance upon Her Majesty The Queen during her State Visit to Thailand. This will be the first opportunity he will have had of visiting the Colony since he assumed responsibility for its affairs.

    Sir Alec will be met on arrival at Kai Tak by His Excellency the Governor and Lady MacLehose, the Colonial Secretary, the Hon. Sir Hugh Norman-Walker, and other senior officials.

    The Foreign Secretary and Lady Douglas-Home will be the guests of the Governor and Lady MacLehose at Government House.

    Sir Alec's party will include Sir Stanley Tomlinson, Deputy Under Secretary of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mr. E.O. Laird, Head of the Hong Kong Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Mr. J.A.N. Graham, his Private Secretary.

    During his visit, the Foreign Secretary will see some of the Colony's resettlement and low cost housing estates and hold talks with Unofficial Members of the Executive and Legislative Councils.

    He will see developments in the new industrial areas of Kwai Chung and Tsuen Wan, during which he will visit a large textile factory complex to see for himself the modern methods used in local industry.

    He will fly over the Colony is a helicopter to seem some of Hong Kong's major development projects, including the High Island Water Scheme, Plover Covo Reservoir and the new industrial towns in the New Territories.

    The Foreign Secretary will be meeting press, radio and television representatives before he leaves, on February 15, for Seoul on a visit to the Republic of Korea at the invitation of the Korean Foreign Minister.

    Later he will go on to Tokyo for a visit to Japan at the invitation of Mr. Takeo Fukuda, the Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs.

    SYNOPSIS: The Foreign Secretary and lady Douglas-Home will arrive at Hong Kong International Airport by chartered flight Danair Services' Comet IV No. GAY WV. The party will be met by His Excellency the Governor, Lady MacLehose, the Aide-de-Camp, the Colonial Secretary, the Director of Civil Aviation and the Airport General Manager. The Consul General of Thailand and Mrs. Guna-Kasemwill be presented in the VIP Room.

    The Foreign Secretary will meet press, radio and television representatives for a few minutes int he VIP Press Conference Room and will make a brief statement about his visit before leaving for Government House. He is not expected to answer questions at this meeting but photographs will be permitted. Sir Alec will, however, hold a full press conference on Tuesday morning prior to his departure.

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