PRIME Minister John Major indicated last night that Britain would continue to press China over its threat to dilute the Bill of Rights and to dismantle the Legislative Council after the handover. 'Our disagreements with [Chinese Prime Minister] Li Peng have not been put in the cupboard,' he told a dinner at Government House. 'We didn't agree to disagree. We disagreed.' Mr Major, on the only full day of his visit to Hong Kong, stressed Britain's continuing interest in Hong Kong after 1997. He spoke of 'the determination of Britain to be with you in the future, as we have been in the past'. 'Looking to the future, you will not face it alone. The best of Hong Kong lies ahead, of that I am certain,' he added. In a bullish speech, Mr Major said his visit was by no means the end of the relationship between the United Kingdom and Hong Kong. Informed sources said he would repeat this message in today's speech to the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce and the British Chamber of Commerce, 'but with more substance'. He believed there was 'not a shadow of doubt' that Hong Kong would strengthen economically as the 'main bridge between Europe and Asia'. As such, the territory should be properly represented when issues were discussed between the two continents. 'Look at yourselves and what you have achieved,' he told an audience of business people, politicians and community leaders. 'There is no comparable measure of success around the world.' There were more hints last night that Mr Major will today announce that Britain is ready to offer visa-free entry to Special Administrative Region passport holders. Mr Major is due to address the Legislative and Executive councils today. Governor Chris Patten said: 'The Prime Minister is going to make an extremely important speech, the most important speech anyone has made on Hong Kong for a very long time. He's going to clarify and underline Britain's continuing interest and commitment.' Mr Patten said visa-free entry was the single most important decision left for the British Government concerning Hong Kong. 'Were we not to concede visa-free entry . . . it would be a big thumbs down on confidence in Hong Kong's future,' he said. Guests at last night's dinner included business tycoon Li Ka-shing and the Chief Secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang.