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Governors, Politics and The Colonial OfficePublic Policy in Hong Kong, 1918-58$
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Gavin Ure

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083947

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083947.001.0001

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Britain's Influence over Hong Kong's Policy, 1929–41

Britain's Influence over Hong Kong's Policy, 1929–41

(p.45) 4 Britain's Influence over Hong Kong's Policy, 1929–41
Governors, Politics and The Colonial Office

Gavin Ure

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines how the Hong Kong government’s lack of policy formulation capacity over such a fundamental issue as currency resulted in it relying on expertise elsewhere in the form of the Chief Manager of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited and on experts in the British Treasury. It also considers how recovery of a small degree of autonomy was achieved when some capacity was eventually created to implement the British government’s desired policy over registration of mui tsai. The role of external influence was also visible in the part played by Hong Kong first Financial Secretary, Sidney Caine, in the formulation and promotion of a policy to introduce income tax.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, Governors, Colonial Office, UK, Policy-making, Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, Treasury, Mui tsai, Child servitude, Income tax, Sidney Caine

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