THE Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee is to risk provoking the wrath of Beijing with a major investigation into relations between Britain and China up to and beyond 1997 involving investigations in Hongkong, Beijing and Taiwan. The influential committee, headed by former Tory Cabinet minister David Howell, plans to visit Hongkong, China and Taiwan in October and will probably publish its report at the end of the year. Its past investigations into Hongkong affairs included a visit to Beijing just before the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, which resulted in the plan to increase the number of British passports for Hongkong citizens, which pleased hardly anyone and provoked Beijing's wrath. Mr Howell was not available for comment yesterday, but a committee official said the programme of who would be questioned had not yet been drawn up. Much would depend on written evidence submitted to the MPs. The all-party committee is asking for submissions of not more than 5,000 words to be sent to the Clerk of the Foreign Affairs Committee. The scope of the investigation is ''relations between the United Kingdom and China in the period up to and beyond 1997''. The committee plans to interpret its terms of reference widely, according to a statement issued yesterday. It said it would ''welcome evidence setting UK relations with China in the context of recent developments in the Pacific Rim area''. Submissions should be made by July 7. The first witness will be the Foreign Office minister with special responsibility for Hongkong, Mr Alastair Goodlad, who is now in Hongkong.