Below is the text of Mr Major's presentation made to Chris Moncrieff on the plane from Hong Kong to London on 6th September 1991.
I have something very pleasant to do:
One of our veteran travellers with us has a birthday in a day or so. Those of you who braved the trip to the Great Wall will have noticed two sights of great magnificence: the first was the Great Wall and the second was the speed with which Chris Moncrieff was running down it at one stage with no absolute certainty that he would ever stop! I wondered whether he was going to do a sponsored run of the Great Wall for the Press Association and I wasn't entirely sure whether or not that was the case.
It is Chris's 60th birthday in just a day or so and I have here a small present for
him with the very best wishes of No. 10 and the Press Office and it is -
I would like, Chris, to offer you our congratulations on your birthday and present you with this small memento from No. 10. [Applause]
Thank you very much indeed! I am most grateful, touched and surprised, I would like
to say that when I was hurtling down the Gt. Wall of China, I was rescued by the
Prime Minister from a fate worse than death for which I am eternally grateful; I
was thereafter followed very closely by a Chinese detective who held my arm in a
Thank you very much indeed, one and all; I am very pleased! [Applause]