GOVERNOR Chris Patten will come under fire and the British Government will stand accused of betraying Hong Kong in a debate at the Oxford Union, Britain's most prestigious university debating forum, in November. Senior members of parliament Timothy Renton and Roger Sims, the chairman and deputy of the Anglo-Hong Kong Parliamentary Group, are expected to take part and it is believed Hong Kong legislators, including Martin Lee Chu-ming and Christine Loh Kung-wai, are considering joining the debate. Former ambassador to Beijing, Sir Percy Cradock, a vehement critic of Mr Patten, had also been approached but is believed to have declined. Ms Loh said she would attend the debate but added it was too early to think about the points she would raise. Union president Matt Guy had first wanted the motion to be that: 'This House believes the British Government has betrayed Hong Kong.' But following approaches from others interested in the debate he may now change the wording to: 'This House believes that the present Governor is failing to act in the best interests of Hong Kong.' Whichever is finally selected, the audience of 600 or more is expected to include leading British figures with interests in Hong Kong. Mr Renton was Hong Kong Minister in the Foreign Office in the mid-1980s, as well as parliamentary private secretary to then Foreign Secretary Geoffrey Howe in 1983 and 1984, at the time of the signing of the Sino-British Joint Declaration. Mr Sims, who has long-standing interests in the territory, commented: 'I shall be endeavouring to argue that, given the international legal situation and the uneven state of relations between the United Kingdom and China in recent years, the UK Government has got the best possible deal for the people of Hong Kong.' The union has debated Hong Kong twice in recent years but this may well be the last time before the handover. Mr Guy is anxious to attract senior figures from Hong Kong who may back the motion, compared to most British politicians whom he believes would speak against it. He said he was calling the debate for next term because he felt Hong Kong issues were being largely ignored by the British public. He believed the British Government could do more for the people of the territory but did not agree with the motion itself, believing that Hong Kong had to be handed back to China.