Gov. Sir David Wilson said Monday on his return from four days in London that he was confident Britain would grant 225,000 Hong Kong residents British citizenship before 1997, when the British colony reverts to communist China.

The nationality package, announced to halt a confidence crisis in the colony that has seen many middle-class professionals emigrating ahead of the 1997 transition, has caused an uproar among conservative members of Britain's Parliament.Despite pledges from British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher that Parliament would pass the package, rebel Tory backbenchers have vowed to quash the plan.