VETERAN trouble-shooter Jack Edwards is planning to visit London in March to take the plight of wives and widows of former Hong Kong servicemen to the heart of the British Government. Mr Edwards plans to use money from the sale of his book Banzai You Bastards, to take his message to the British Parliament. He said he is sick of ineffective lobbying in Hong Kong and thinks the people of Britain should be told of their Government's ''ridiculous'' decision. Mr Edwards, whose book details his incarceration by the Japanese during World War II while fighting for the Royal Corps of Signals, wants passports for the remaining 25 Hong Kong wives and widows. But British Home Secretary Michael Howard has refused to grant them citizenship, despite a provision in the British Nationality Act of 1990 which states passports can be granted for ''services in the interests of the Crown''. Former servicemen were granted passports in 1987 following a long and often bitter battle, but their wives have been told they must apply for citizenship in the normal way. Mr Edwards believes the British Government is being dogmatic and petty and that the Hong Kong administration is not doing enough to fight for the cause of the 25 elderly women. At last month's Remembrance Day service in Central, Mr Edwards and many of the wives and widows staged a protest supported by the majority of Legco members. ''I hoped our protest would have reached Britain but unfortunately it didn't. ''So I will go there myself and let the British people see how the Government is treating the wives and widows of people who fought for their country.'' He said he believed the British Government would be embarrassed if the public realised it was withholding 25 passports from ''little old ladies''. Mr Edwards made his comments after a weekend of services remembering those who died defending the territory from the Japanese in December 1941. This year, the annual services were held at Stanley Cemetery, the site of Shamshuipo prisoner of war camp, and Sai Wan War Cemetery. Mr Edwards said Governor Chris Patten, who had said he would do all he could for the wives and widows, was notably absent. ''He wasn't at the Remembrance service and he wasn't at any of these,'' he said. He wanted the Governor to do more to force the issue in London prior to his visit there. ''These ladies suffered while their husbands fought for Hong Kong. If that isn't services in the interests of the Crown, then what is? This is what the Governor should be telling London.'' Mr Patten was in London during the Remembrance Day service.