Director of Industry Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, the woman tipped to replace Mr Leung, said yesterday she would be proud to get the job. Mrs Ip, 46 next month, handled immigration issues in 1983 while with Security Branch and was in charge of promoting British National (Overseas) passports in 1993 as Deputy Director of Administration. But she refused to say if she would give up her British passport to serve after the handover if made Director of Immigration. 'All top officers face the problem. I have considered it and will say more if appointed,' she said. 'It would be a big challenge, but I'd be proud to be appointed.'