The British Consulate-General will be inaugurated next January in a large-scale campaign to show Britain's commitment to the territory, according to a senior British diplomat. Likely consul-general Francis Cornish said the inauguration of the $300 million mission at Admiralty would coincide with an exhibition of British architecture in the region. Mr Cornish, who is now Senior British Trade Commissioner, declined to say who would officiate at the ceremony. But it is widely expected a member of the royal family will attend. The new mission will start functioning under a three-phase plan in November. Phase one starts on November 11 when those who need a visa to travel to Britain, such as holders of Certificates of Identity, will have to go to the new building at 1 Supreme Court Road. Applications received by the Immigration Department before that date will still be processed by the department. Phase two is scheduled to begin early next year when the mission will take up passport issuing for British citizens and other associated consular work. In about April, the mission will begin the bulk of its work - renewal of British National (Overseas) passports. Mr Cornish said the three-phase plan was formulated for the sake of administrative convenience. The new mission, which will combine the present trade office and the Joint Liaison Group office, will have about 130 staff by July next year. Mr Cornish said Britain had a substantial interest and responsibility in the territory after the handover. 'We have about three million British passport holders. We have joint guardianship with China of the Joint Declaration,' he said, adding that UK economic interest in the territory was increasing.