On 1 July 1997 Hong Kong ceased to be a British overseas territory1. Provision was made so that some of the people of Hong Kong could be registered before that date as British citizens while remaining resident in Hong Kong2. The Secretary of State3 was required to register as British citizens, before 30 June 1997, up to 50,000 persons of good character recommended to him for that purpose by the Governor of Hong Kong under a scheme referred to as the Citizenship Selection Scheme4. Those eligible for inclusion in the scheme were persons settled in Hong Kong who were
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