§ Mr. Marlow
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made as to likely changes in the ratio of dependants to principal beneficiaries under the British nationality (Hong Kong) selection scheme. 
§ Mr. Kirkhope
With almost 97 per cent. of the principal registrations under the scheme now completed, we do not expect there to be any change in this ratio. Some spouses and dependants who were not included in the original application may apply for registration before the end-1996 deadline, but these are not likely to affect the figure significantly.