Daily Information Bulletin - 1970s - 1974 - APR - ENG

 DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

MONDAY, APRIL 1, 1974

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STUDY ROOM FOR STUDENTS IN THE SHEK KIP MEI AREA. 1

IMPROVEMENT IN JAPAN’S GENERALISED PREFERENCE SCHEME

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WATER INTERRUPTION IN TS1M SHA TSUI AND ABERDEEN...... 3

GOVERNMENT EXERCISES NO CONTROL OVER SOFT DRINK PRICES 4

RAPID PROGRESS MADE IN THE COMPILATION OF A NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX...........................   5

CHING MING FESTIVAL — A STATUTORY HOLIDAY........ 8

‘ GOOD PROGRESS ON SECOND, LION ROCK TUNNEL... 9

SEVEN MORE FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION CLINICS ’ INTEGRATED INTO THE GOVERNMENT’S MATERNAL AND CHILD

HEALTH SERVICE................*.....- •......... 10

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TSIM SHA TSUI..  11

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DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

Issued by Government Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong. Tel: 5-233191

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EXPERIMENTAL STUDY ROOM PROJECT mom## •

THE WEST KOWLOON YOUTH GUIDANCE COUNCIL, ASSISTED BY THE . TAI HANG TUNS COMMUNITY CENTRE, HAS STARTED AN EXPERIMENTAL PROJECT TO PROVIDE A QUIET PLACE OF STUDY FOP. PRIMARY 3 AND 4 4 STUDENTS IN THE SHEK KIP MEI AREA OF KOWLOON.

TWICE WEEKLY ON MONDAYS AND FRIDAYS THE WAI K1U ENGLISH SCHOOL IN WAI CHI STREET IS OPENED FROM 7.00 - 9.00 P.M.'TO PROVIDE 100 STUDENTS LIVING NEARBY WITH A PLACE IN WHICH THEY CAN STUDY AND DO THEIR HOMEWORK WITHOUT BEING DISTURBED. ON HAND TO SUPERVISE THEM AND PROVIDE ANY HELP WITH THEIR STUDIES , ARE A GROUP OF VOLUNTEERS.

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ACCORDING TO HR. YUEN SHIU-SUN, CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL, * THE SCHEME IS BEING CARRIED OUT ON AN EXPERIMENTAL BASIS FOR

* FOUR MONTHS IN THE FIRST INSTANCE AND IF IT IS FOUND TO BE WORTHWHILE IT IS PLANNED TO EXPAND THE PROJECT TO PROVIDE MORE STUDY ROOMS IN TAI HANG TUNG. TAI HANG SAI AND SHEK KIP HEI.

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IMPROVEMENT IN JAPANESE GENERALISED PREFERENCE SCHEME WELCOMED ' K K K K fc X M n

A FURTHER REDUCTION IN THE LIST OF HONG KONG PRODUCTS

* EXCLUDED FROM RECEIVING PREFERENTIAL TARIFF TREATMENT UNDER JAPAN’S GENERALISED PREFERENCE SCHEME WAS WELCOMED TODAY BY THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT.

THE EXCLUSION LIST'ORIGINALLY CONTAINED 96 ITEMS BUT THE NUMBER WAS REDUCED TO 12 IN JUNE LAST YEAR. WITH EFFECT FROM APRIL 1 ANOTHER SIX. ITEMS WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE LIST.

THESE ARE STOCKINGS, WIGS, FANS, PRECIOUS AND SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES, WORKED IVORY AND CERTAIN TYPES OF FOOTWEAR.

EXPORTS TO JAPAN OF THESE ITEMS LAST YEAR ACCOUNTED FOR OVER 30 PER CENT OF OUR EXPORTS IN THE 12 CATEGORIES EXCLUDED FROM THE PREFERENCE SCHEME.

THE ITEMS WHICH REMAIN ON THE EXCLUSION LIST ARE TRAVEL GOODS, FOOTWEAR WITH LEATHER UPPERS, ARTIFICIAL'FLOWERS, GLASS BEADS, IMITATION PEARLS, JEWELLERY ARTICLES OF PRECIOUS METAL, IMITATION JEWELLERY AND TOYS.

+NATURALLY WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE REMOVAL OF THE REMAINING ITEMS ON THE EXCLUSION LIST, WHICH APPLIES ONLY. TO HONG KONG,+ COMMENTED HR. PETER TSAO, AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY.

+WE WILL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO ACHIEVE THIS, AND TO PUT HONG KONG ON AN EyUAL FOOTING WITH THE OTHER COUNTRIES WHICH ENJOY PREFERENCES IN THE JAPANESE MARKET.+

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WATER INTERRUPTION • «

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN TS1M SHA TSUI AND ABERDEEN WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR SEVERAL HOURS ON WEDNESDAY (APRIL 3D. -

THE STOPPAGE IN TS1M SrfA TSUI IS TO ENABLE A LEAKAGE TEST TO BE CARRIED OUT IN THE AREA. IT WILL LAST FOR FIVE HOURS, STARTING FROM 1 A.M.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS- BOUNDED BY NATHAN ROAD, PEKING ROAD, CANTON ROAD AND SALISBURY ROAD.

IN ABERDEEN, THE STOPPAGE WILL LAST FOR EIGHT HOURS, STARTING FROM 10 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY. IT WILL ENABLE WORK ON THE CONNECTION OF A FRESH WATER MAIN TO BE CARRIED OUT AT THE JUNCTION OF NAM LONG SHAN ROAD AND HEUNG YIP ROAD.

PREMISES AFFECTED ARE THOSE IN YIP FAT STREET, HEUNG YIP ROAD, AND THE WONG CHUK HANG POLICE TRAINING SCHOOL, WONG CHUK HANG LOW COST HOUSING ESTATES, ABERDEEN REHABILITATION CENTRE, NAM LONG SHAN HOSPITAL, HOLY SPIRIT SEMINARY, ST. MARY’S HOME OF ’ THE AGED, MARY COVE TRAINING CENTRE, TUNG UAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS HOME FOR THE AGED AND HAWKER CONTROL FORCE TRAINING SCHOOL.

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soft'DRINK PRICES

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.SEVERAL NEWSPAPERS HAVE GIVEN THE MISLEADING IMPRESSION THAT THE DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. DAVID JORDAN, HAS APPROVED AN INCREASE IN THE PRICE OF' SOFT DRINKS.

THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT, IN FACT, EXERCISE ANY CONTROL OVER SOFT DRINK PRICES, AND THE EXTENT OF ANY INCREASE WHICH OCCURS IS A MATTER FOR THE TRADE TO DECIDE.

THE GOVERNMENT ABOLISHED THE DUTY ON SOFT DRINKS ON APRIL 1 LAST YEAR AND AN UNDERTAKING WAS GIVEN AT THAT TIME BY THE BEVERAGE MANUFACTURERS' ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG THAT THEY WOULD I KEEP THEIR PRICES UNCHANGED AT LEAST UNTIL APRIL 1, 1974. THE ASSOCIATION ALSO GAVE AN ASSURANCE THAT EVEN AFTER.APRIL, 1974, t *

TH£Y WOULD NOT INCREASE THEIR PRICES FOR AT LEAST ANOTHER YEAR » UNLESS THEY ENCOUNTERED EXCEPTIONAL INCREASES IN COSTS.

BECAUSE THE ASSOCIATION HAS BEEN ABLE TO SATISFY THE.DIRECTOR

OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY THAT ITS COSTS HAVE INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY »

HE HAS AGREED THAT THE UNDERTAKING TO KEEP PRICES UNCHANGED SHOULD NO LONGER APPLY.

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REW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX IN THE OFFING

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RAPID PROGRESS HAS BEEN HADE IN THE COMPILATION OF A NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX -- THE BAROMETER OF HONG KONG’S COST OF LIVING.

THE REVISION OF THE CURRENT INDEX, WHICH IS BEING UNDERTAKEN BY THE ECONOMIC STATISTICS DIVISION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, IS AIMED AT INCREASING THE ACCURACY OF THE INDEX SO AS TO BETTER REFLECT CURRENT CONDITIONS.

A HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY WHICH IS DESIGNED TO COLLECT ■ up-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON HONG KONG’S AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD SPENDING PATTERN, BUYING HABITS AND OTHER RELATED MATTERS 30 PAVE THE WAY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX WAS FORMALLY LAUNCHED LAST JULY AND SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY JUNE THIS YEAR.

IT IS ENVISAGED THAT THE NEW INDEX .WILL BE INTRODUCED AROUND OCTOBER THIS YEAR.

EXPLAINING THE REASONS FOR THE MAJOR REVISION, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT WHILE THE' EXISTING CONSUMER PRICE INDEX WAS BY NO MEANS COMPLETELY OUT

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OF TOUCH WITH REALITY, THERE WAS A GROWING NEED TO UPDATE IT SO AS TO KEEP ABREAST WITH PRESENT-DAY CONDITIONS.

THE EXISTING CONSUMER PRICE INDEX, WHICH COMPRISES'THE GENERAL CONSUMER PRICE INDEX AND THE MODIFIED CONSUMER PRICE INDEX IS BASED ON A HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY CONDUCTED BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 1963 AND AUGUST 1964.

+SOME CHANGES IN THE POPULATION’S CONSUMPTION AND LIVING PATTERNS HAVE BEEN MADE DURING THE PAST'DECADE AND THESE CALL FOR A REVISION OF THE INDEX,+ THE SPOKESMAN NOTED. / BY WAY OF EXAMPLE, HE.OBSERVED THAT HOUSEHOLDS ARE NOW SPENDING LARGER PROPORTIONS OF THEIR TOTAL EXPENDITURE ON FOOD AND TRANSPORT, AND SMALLER PROPORTIONS ON SERVICES, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO.

NONETHELESS, THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT OVER THE PAST YEARS MINOR ADJUSTMENTS TO THE COVERAGE OF THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX HAD ■BEEN HADE FROM TIME TO TIME TO BRING IT MORE IN ACCORD WITH THE CHANGING SITUATION.

THE CURRENT HOUSEHOLD SURVEY, WHICH 13 IN AN ADVANCED STAGE, INVOLVES SOME-3^000 .HOUSEHOLDS WITHIN THE MONTHLY EXPENDITURE BRACKET OF $400 AND $3,000.

THE 1963/64 SURVEY COVERED HOUSEHOLDS IM THE $100-$2,000‘ .

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ANOTHER NOTABLE FEATURE OF ,TH£ CURRENT SURVEY IS THAT IT TAKES INTO ACCOUNT THE CHANGES IN THE GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION OF HOUSEHOLDS SINCE THE LAST SURVEY.

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+A LARGE NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS HAS BEEN SELECTED FROM THE POPULOUS AND FAST DEVELOPING AREA OF NEW KOWLOON. MOREOVER, TSUEN WAN, WHICH WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THE 196>/q4 SURVEY, HAS NOW BEEN EMBRACED UNDER THE CURRENT SURVEY,* SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

FOR EVERY MONTH SINCE LAST JULY SOME 260 RANDOMLY SELECTED HOUSEHOLDS,WERE ASKED TO MAINTAIN RECORDS OF THEIR EXPENDITURE ON GOODS AND SERVICES FOR ONE CALENDAR MOUTH. SO FAR, OVER 2,000 HOUSEHOLDS WITH HORE THAN 10,000 PEOPLE FROM VARIOUS PARTS OF HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON AND TSUEN WAN HAyE BEEN INVOLVED. THIS MONTHLY SAMPLING SURVEY WILL CONTINUE UNTIL JUNE THIS YEAR.

OH COMPLETION OF THE SURVEY, THE DATA THUS COLLATED WILL BE PROCESSED BY COMPUTER AND THE FINDINGS WILL BE CAREFULLY ANALYSED. THIS, ACCORDING TO THE SPOKESMAN IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ABOUT THREE MQNTHS TO COMPLETE AND THE NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX WILL THEREAFTER BE ESTABLISHED ON THE SURVEY RESULTS.

,+THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR JULY WILL TAKE ON A COMPLETELY • w »

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CHING HING FESTIVAL - A STATUTORY HOLIDAY » Jt X X Jt X Jt

THE COMMISSIONER OF LABOUR, MR. NEIL HENDERSON, TODAY REMINDED EMPLOYERS THAT THE CHING HING FESTIVAL, WHICH FALLS ON FRIDAY (APRIL $>, IS ONE OF THE SIX STATUTORY HOLIDAYS UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

ALL MANUAL EMPLOYEES, IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR MONTHLY EARNINGS, AND ALL NON-MANUAL EMPLOYEES WHOSE WAGE ARE NOT MORE THAN §2,000 A MONTH ARE ENTITLED TO THE HOLIDAY.

+THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE, IN FORCE ON APRIL 1, HAS EXTENDED THE SCOPE OF PROTECTION TO NON-MANUAL EMPLOYEES BY INCREASING THE MONTHLY WAGE CEILING FROM $1,500 TO $2,000. HORE EMPLOYEES ARE NOW ENTITLED TO STATUTORY HOLIDAYS, WHICH ARE IN ADDITION TO THE FOUR REST DAYS A MONTH PROVIDED UNDER THE SAME ORDINANCE,+ MR. HENDERSON SAID.

AN EMPLOYEE IS QUALIFIED FOR PAY ON A STATUTORY HOLIDAY IF .HE HAS BEEN EMPLOYED CONTINUOUSLY BY HIS EMPLOYER FOR THREE MONTHS OR MORE IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY. Ail EMPLOYEE WHO IS NOT SO QUALIFIED IS STILL ENTITLED TO THE HOLIDAY AND HIS EMPLOYER MAY VOLUNTARILY- AGREE TO PAY HIM.

+IF THE EMPLOYER AND EMPLOYEE AGREE,*ANY DAY WITHIN ?0 DAYS OF A STATUTORY HOLIDAY HAY BE TAKEN BY THE EMPLOYEE AS A SUBSTITUTED HOLIDAY,+ HE SAID.

ANY EMPLOYER OR EMPLOYEE WHO IS IN DOUBT ABOUT HIS RIGHTS OR OBLIGATIONS REGARDING STATUTORY HOLIDAYS OR HOLIDAY PAY MAY CONSULT OFFICERS OF THE NEAREST BRANCH'OFFICE OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE. THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS ARE : FOR KOWLOON EAST, .>^a5&3^-*GWLOON.WEST, -3-201652= KWUN TONG, 3-898520= TSUEN VAN,-12-422096= AND HONG KONG ISLAND, 5-282523 EXT. 60.

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GOOD PROGRESS ON SECOND LION ROCK TUNNEL

‘ CONSTRUCTION WORK ON THE SECOND LiON ROCK TUNNEL IS PROGRESSING SMOOTHLY. *

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SAID EXCAVATION WORK FOR THE TUNNEL WAS 60 PER CENT COMPLETE, AND LINING WORK HAD ALREADY STARTED.

THE DUAL-PURPOSE TUNNEL IS AN ENLARGED WATERWORKS TUNNEL REQUIRED FOR THE MULTI-MILLION-DOLLAR HIGH ISLAND WATER SCHEME TO CONVEY INCREASED WATER OUTPUT FROM SHA TIN TO THE URBAN AREAS.

IT WILL ALSO ACCOMMODATE THE INCREASING VOLUME OF TRAFFIC TRAVELLING BETWEEN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES. THIS IS EXPECTED TO FURTHER INCREASE WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF SHA TIN NEW TOWN AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF A HEW RACE COURSE.

THE SECOND LION ROCK TUNNEL IS A DUPLICATION OF THE EXISTING ONE - PROVIDING TWO LANES FOR TRAFFIC. ON COMPLETION, EACH OF 's THE TWO-LANE TUBES WILL CARRY TRAFFIC IN ONE DIRECTION, THE SAME SYSTEM AS IN THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL.

THE FIRST STAGE OF CONSTRUCTION WORK, NOW BEING CARRIED OUT, INVOLVES, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE DRIVING OF TUNNEL, CONCRETE LINING, PORTAL WORKS AND THE LAYING OF MAINS. IT IS EXPECTED TO BE COrtPuETED IN THE MIDDLE OF NEXT YEAR.*

TH$ SECOND STAGE OF THE PROJECT, INCLUDING THE CONSTRUCTION OF APPROACH ROAD,.VENTILATION, LIGHTING AMD ANCILLARY WORKS, IS BE IHQ PLANNED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:- COPIES UF.A PHOTOGRAPH-OF THE NEU AND PRESENT --------------- LION ROCK TUNNEL ARE BOXED FOR COLLECTION.

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MORE FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION CLINICS INTEGRATED

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THE THIRD PHASE OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT'S PLAN TO INTEGRATE THE CLINICS OF THE FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION INTO THE GOVERNMENT'S MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH SERVICE BEGAN TODAY WITH THE ABSORPTION OF ANOTHER SEVEN ASSOCIATION CLINICS.

THE SEVEN CLINICS COMPRISE TWO ON THg ISLAND — THE WESTERN HATERNA- ANO .CHILD HEALTH CENTRE IN THE'DAVID TRENCH REHABILITATION CENTRE, AND THE ANNE BLACK MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRE IN NORTH POINT= AND FIVE IN KOWLOON• — 'THE HUNG HOM>, CHEUNG SHA WAN, WaNG TAU HOM, AND THE SAN PO KONG ROBERT BLACK MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRES, AND THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL.

THE PHASED PROGRAMME OF INTEGRATION OF FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION CLINICS INTO THE DEPARTMENT'S MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH SERVICE BEGAN LAST OCTOBER, AND IS DUE FOR COMPLETION BY THE END OF THIS YEAR. SEVENTEEN CLINICS HAVE NOU BEEN INTEGRATED OUT OF A TOTAL OF 2d.

BUT THE ASSOCIATION WILL CONTINUE TO PLAY AN ACTIVE ROLE IN FAMILY PLANNING IN AREAS, SUCH AS HOUSING ESTATES ARD RURAL DISTRICTS, HOT DIRECTLY SERVED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

ELIGIBLE MOTHERS MAY MAKE USE OF THE DEPARTMENT'S FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES IN ALL THE 17 CLINICS NOW INTEGRATED AT A COST OF $1 A VISIT.

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SPECTAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TSIM SHA TSUI • * %

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN THE SECTION OF MIDDLE ROAD IN TSIM SHA TSUI BETWEEN THE MULTISTOREY CAR PARK AND NATHAN ROAD ON WEDNESDAY (APRIL 35 TO FACILITATE ROAD REPAIR WORKS IN THE AREA.

WITH EFFECT FROM 10 A.M. ON THAT DAY, THE TRAFFIC ROUTING IN THAT SECTION OF ROAD WILL BE CHANGED FROM TWO-WAY TO ONEWAY EaSTBOUND.

A SPOKESMAN FOP THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SA’ID THAT THE ARRANGEMENTS WOULD LAST FOR ABOUT SIX WEEKS.

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE '

■ THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY (MONDAY5 AT SALES UNDER THE RICE CONTROL SCHEME AND AT THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AND THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEUNG SHA WAN, KOWLOON:

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE OF RICE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE($/CATTY) AVERAGE

CHINA RICE

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- OLD CROP GOOD 2.08

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.12

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- OLD CROP GOOD

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.06

PO NGAI GOOD 1.72

CHU CHO GOOD •M

JHAI RICE *

100% WHOLE GOOD 2.03

10-15% BROKENS GOOD 2.01

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD . 1.90

A1 SUPER (CLASS 15 GOOD 1.70

A1 SUPER (CLASS 2) GOOD 1.62

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD %

U.S. RICE GOOD 1.94

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.92

PAKISTAN RICE GOOD

TAIWAN RICE GOOD

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SUPPLIES AND * WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH

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BIG-EYES GOOD 2.69 0.60 1.90

S^UID LIMITED ■ 4.80 2.20 3.80

HAIR-TAILS ’ good . 1.70 0.80 1.30

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 2.80 1.20 1.80 '

CROAKERS NORMAL 1=80 0.60 1.50

CONGER-PIKE-EELS GOOD 2.10 1.40 1.60

, MELON COAT LIMITED. 2.70 1.60 2.00

0REAMS NORMAL 3.00 » 2.00 2.80

YELLOW BELLY-* GOOD 1.80 0.70 1.10 t

MACKErtEuS GOOD 4.00 2.50 3.00

RED GOAT FISH NORMAL 0.70 0.50 0.60

FORK-TAIL GOOD -.00 0.70 0.90

HORSE-HEAD GOOD 5.70 3.20 4.50

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QAROUPAS • NORMAL 7.20 5.00 6.00

YELLOW CROAKER ——

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SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

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AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY ' WHOLESALE PRICECS/CATTY) »

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flowering cabbage NORMAL 1*00 0.20 o.6o

WHITE CABBAGE GOOD • 0.50 0.15 0.35

CHINESE LETTUCE / NORMAL o.6o 0.20 0*40

WATER SPINACH

CHINESE KALE NORMAL 1*00 0.20 0.60

STRING BEARS ••

SPRING ONION NORMAL 0.80 0.20 0.50

SPINACH NORMAL 1.20 0.40, 0.80

’.WATER CRESS LEAF MUSTARD GOOD • .0*80 0.20 » • 0.50

CABBAGE NORMAL o.6o 0.20 0.40

CHINESE SPINACH SCARCE • 2.00 1.00 1.50

TUnATO LIMITED >1.60 o.6o 1.20

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

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AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY - GOOD

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK

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TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 1974

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POSTERS BEING ISSUED TO REMIND IMPORTERS AND

EXPORTERS OF THE NEED TO LODGE TRADE DECLARATIONS.... 1

HOLIDAY POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS............................ 2

LICENSING AND INOCULATION OF DOGS...................... 3

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KVUN TONG.............. 4

PRIVATE HOUSING SURVEY TO BE CONDUCTED DURING EASTER

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GOVERNOR TO VISIT A TSUEN WAN TEXTILE FACTORY TOMORROW............................................... 6

’EXTENTION OF ANTI-MEASLES CAMPAIGN PERIOD............. 8

MORE SCHOLARSHIPS TO BE AWARDED IN THE NEXT ACADEMIC

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SIR YUET-KEUNG KAN APPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF THE NEWLY ESTABLISHED CONSUMER COUNCIL.............•........... 11

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POSTERS TO PUBLICISE TRADE DECLARATIONS « K 3$ « K «

EYE-CATCHING POSTERS ARE BE IRQ ISSUED BY THE COMMERCE ARD INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT TO REMIND IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS OF THEIR OBLIGATIONS TO LODGE TRADE DECLARATIONS.

HONG KONQ'S TRADE STATISTICS ARE COMPILED FROM THESE DECLARATIONS, WHICH MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE DEPARTMENT WITHIN 14 DAYS OF IMPORTATION OR EXPORTATION. AD VALOREM CHARGES ARE

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PAYABLE ON a PRESCRIBED SCALE WHEN DECLARATIONS ARE SUBMITTED.

AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR GF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. PAUl WONG, SAID TODAY THAT, WHILE THE GREAT MAJORITY OF DECLARATIONS WERE LODGED ON TlhE, THERE WAS STILL A NEED TO GET THE MESSAGE ACROSS TO THOSE WHO FAILED TO DO SO.

+WE HAVE BEEN USING MONTHLY NEWSPAPER ADVERTISEMENTS FOR SOME TIME NOW, AND IT IS HOPED THAT BY DISTRIBUTING POSTERS AS WELL WE WILL DRAW WIDER ATTENTION TO THE REQUIREMENT FOR DECLARATIONS TO BE MADE.+

THE POSTERS ARE BEING ISSUED TO SHIPPING AND AIRLINE COMPANIES, CARGO FORWARDING AGENTS AND A NUMBER OF GOVERNi-iEET OFFICES.

MR. WONG POINTED OUT THAT FAILURE TO’ MAKE DECLARATIONS WITHIN THE SPECIFIED PERIOD WAS Ail OFFENCE UNDER THE ImPURT AriD EXPORT CAEGISTRATIOID REGULATIONS. PENALTY CHARGES ARE LAID DOUi; FOR FAILING TO COMPLY. 4

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THESE «ISE AFTER TWO MONTHS TO A MAXIMUM OF $50 PER DECLARATION .WHERE THE TOTAu VALUE OF ARTICLES SPECIFIED IS UNDER $20,000, AND TO $100 IF OVER THAT AMOUNT.

HR. WONG SAID THAT DECLARATIONS WERE NOT ONLY LIMITED TO COMMERCIAL SHIPMENTS. THEY ALSO APPLIED TO INDIVIDUALS IMPORTING OR EXPORTING CARS OR OTHER CARGO. UNLESS IT WAS PERSONAL BAGGAGE, WHICH IS EXEMPTED. DECLARATIONS WERE ALSO REQUIRED FOR POSTAL PACKETS IF THE CONTENTS WERE VALUED AT $4,000 OR MORE.

DECLARATIONS SHOULD BE LODGED AT THt COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT'S OFFICES AT 46, CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, OR 664 NATHAN ROAD, ROOM 610, 6TH FLOOR, MONG KOK. THE REQUIRED FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THESE OFFICES, AND ALSO FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, STAR FERRY CONCOURSE.

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THE PUSTriASTER GENERAL ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THERE WOULD BE

NO HAIL DELIVERY AND ALL POST OFFICES WOULD EE CLOSED ON FRIDAY

FOR THE CHING MiilG FESTIVAL.

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DOG OWNERS REMINDED TO HAVE THEIR PETS LICENSED .

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DOG OWNERS MUST HAVE THEIR PETS LICENSED ANNUALLY AND INOCULATED AGAINST RABIES AT LEAST ONCE EVERY THREE YEARS AT THE TIHE OF LICENSING.

h SPOKESMAN FOR THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT THIS CAN BE DONE AT ANY OF THE 20 GOVERNMENT KENNELS AND LICENSING AND INOCULATION CENTRES ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

HE SAID: +L1CENSING AND INOCULATION FACILITIES ARE ALSO PROVIDEO ON SPECIFIED DAYS AT A NUMBER OF PLACES SUCH AS KA1F0NG ASSOCIATIONS IN URBAN AREAS AND CERTAIN RURAL ORGANISATIONS IN THE HEW TERRITORIES FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF DOG OWNERS.+

HE POINTED OUT THAT DOGS OVER THE AGE OF THREE MONTHS ARE * REQUIRED BY LAW TO BE LICENSED ARD INOCULATED. ,

“ * WHILE INOCULATION IS PROVIDED FREE, THE ANNUAL LICENCE

FEES AT THE HOHENT ARE $10 FOR A DOG IN THE URBAN AREAS AND ON A LOCAL VESSEL AND $2. IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THESE FEES WILL, HOWEVER, BE INCREASED TO $15 AND $5 RESPECTIVELY AS FROM UULY 1 THIS YEAR, HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED DOG OWNERS THAT THEY ARE REQUIRED BY LAW TO REPORT TO THE POLICE IF THEIR DOGS BITE ANYONE.

+THIS IS TO ALLOW THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE DETECTION OF ANY FUTURE RABIES OUTBREAK, SO THAT IMMEDIATE PRECAUTIONS CAN BE TAKEN,+ HE SAID. +DOG OWNERS NEGLECTING TO COMPLY WITH ANY OF THESE THREE REQUIREMENTS MAY BE LIABLE ON CONVICTION TO A FI Hu. Or UP TO ip 1,000 AUD InPUISOHrtEnT FOR SIX MONTHS•

/DO ASSIST

TUESDAY, ZLvYOL 2, 197li

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TO ASSIST IN KEEPING DOWN THE HUhBER OF STRAY DOGS AND TO AVOID UNNECESSARY CRUELTY, THE AGRICULTURE AMD FISHERIES Dl z;.i»;»z.Ni ALSO PROVlDtS A SERVICE FOR THE HUhaKE DESTRUCTION AND DISPOSAL OF UNWANTED DOGS AKD CATS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID OWNERS COULD HAND IN ANY SUCH.UNWANTED Pe.iS ai. iris. VICTORIA ROAD GOVERNMENT KENNEL, THE SUNG WONG TCI ROAD GOVERririENT KENNEL OR THE THREE GOVERNMENT KENNELS IN THE h-U TERRITORIES.

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KUUil TONG H H it H st-JI

SPECIAL. TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS UliJL BE INTRODUCED i>< KJU.i TOnG Uh FRIDAY CAPP.IL J?) TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC CIRCULATION IN » Trtd AilEAa

STARTING FROM 10 A.H. ON THAT DAY, SAU YAH PATH WILL bE KUUTc.0 U.-.E-WAY FnON CHUN WAii ROAD TO KUNG LOi< ROAD. RIGHT TURNING MOVEMENTS FKOH NQAU TAU KOK ROAD TO JORDAN VALLEY NORTH rtJAD AnD FHUn CHUN UAH ROAD INTO HGAU TAU KOK ACAD UluL BE PHOrilbiTED.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGHS WILL ~ ERECTED TO GUIDE’ MOTORISTS.

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1974 PRIVATE HOUSING SURVEY if if it « it if

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IS GOING TO CONDUCT A SAMPLE PRIVATE HOUSING SURVEY DURING THE CONING EASTER HOLIDAYS BETWEEN APRIL 11 AND 19 IN ORDER TO ASSESS FUTURE HOUSING NEEDS IN CONNECTION WITH GOVERNMENT'S TEN-YEAR HOUSING PLAN.

A NUMBER OF LIVING QUARTERS HAVE BEEN SELECTED RANDOMLY FROn ALL PRIVATE LIVING QUARTERS IN HONG KONG FOR THE SURVEY. AN OFFICIAL letter, IN BOTH CHINESE AND ENGLISH, HAS BEEN SENT OUT TODAY TO INFORM THESE OCCUPANTS ABOUT THE SURVEY.

• DURING THE SURVEY PERIOD, THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL BE SENDING OUT A NUMBER OF ENUMERATORS TO VISIT THE SELECTED LIVING QUARTERS. EACH ENUMERATOR WILL CARRY AN OFFICIAL IDENTITY CARD FOR IDENTIFICATION PURPOSES.

4 QUESTIONS TO BE ASKED OF EACH HOUSEHOLD WILL INCLUDE HOUSEHOLD COMPOSITION, TENURE, RENT, INCOME, AND INTENTION TO APPLY FOR PUBLIC HOUSING- IN ADDITION,. A TAPE MEASUREMENT OF THE .EFFECTIVE FLOOR AREA OCCUPIED BY THE HOUSEHOLD WILL BE MADE; THIS INFORMATION WILL BE USED TO ASSESS THE AVERAGE AREA AVAILABLE PER PERSON IN PRIVATE HOUSING-

IT IS EARNESTLY HOPED THAT ALL HOUSEHOLDERS IN THE SELECTED LIVING QUARTERS WILL GIVE THEIR FULLEST CO-OPERATION IN ANSWERING THE QUESTIONS AND IN ALLOW ING TAPE MEASUREMENTS TO BE HADE DURING THE VISIT. ALl INFORMATION REGARDING INDIVIDUAL HOUSEHOLDS OR PERSONS WILL BE KEPT STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.

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GOVERNOR TO MAKE SHOP-FLOUR TOUR OF TEXTILE FACTORY

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL BE VISITING A TSUEN WAN TEXTILE FACTORY EMPLOYING ABOUT E,4OO WORKERS TOMORROW AFTERNOON (WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3) TO SEE MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS IN PROGRESS.

HE WILL BE GOING BY PREVENTIVE SERVICE LAUNCH TO THE » SOUTH SEA TEXTILE MANUFACTURING CO. LTD. FOR h SHOP-FLOOR TOUR OF ITS PREMISES AT 9~1/2 MILESTONE, CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

THE LAUNCH WILL TAKE SIR HURRAY CLUSE TO TSING Yi ISLAND SO THAT HE CAN SEE SITES FOR TWO MAJOR INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS — THE DOW CHEMICAL AND OUTBOARD MARINE CORPORATION MANUFACTURING PLANTS.

THE PREVENTIVE SERVICE WILL ALSO STAGE A +STRIKE AND SEARCH* DEMONSTRATION USING A’1b~FOOT INFLATABLE CRAFT WHICH IS BEING Tested for operational use in combatting drug smuggling ACTIVITIES. ;

SIR MURRAY WILL BE ARRIVING AT SOUTH SEA TEXTILE MANUFACTURING CO. AT 3.30 P.M. HE WILL BE MET BY MR. JACK C. TANG, CHAIRMAN AND MANAGING DIRECTOR, AND HR. Y.M. CHANG, DIRECTOR AND MILL rtAHAQEH•

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AFTER A BRIEFING SESSION, THE GOVERNOR WILL BE TAKEN ON A TOUR OF THE FACTORY, WHICH PRODUCES COTTON AND MAN-HADE FIBRE YARN AND CLOTH. ITS MAJOR MARKETS ARE BRITAIN, THE UNITED STATES, INDONESIA, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND.

SIR MURRAY WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY HR. JAMES MCGREGOR, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, AND HR. K.H. YEUNG, PRINCIPAL TRADE OFFICE^, INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BRANCH.

NOTE TO EDITORS: TWO PREVENTIVE SERVICE LAUNCHES WILL BE

AVAILABLE TO TRANSPORT A LIMITED PARTY OF PRESSMEN CNO MORE THAN W TO COVER THE GOVERNOR’S

VISIT. THE PICK-UP POINT IS QUEEN’S PIER AT 2 P.M. TOMORROW AFTERNOON CWEDNESDAY, APRIL 3>.

RESERVATIONS TO SECURE TRANSPORT SHOULD BE MADE BY TELEPHONING THE G.l.S. DUTY PRESS INQUIRY *

• OFFICER. THEY WILL BE ACCEPTED ON A +FIRST COME, I

FIRST SERVED+. BASIS. ALTERNATIVELY, NEWS REPRESENTATIVES CAN HAKE THEIR OWN WAY TO THE SOUTH SEA TEXTILE MANUFACTURING CO. LTD., 9-1/2 MILESTONE, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN, WHERE-THE GOVERNOR IS DUE TO ARRIVE BY LAUNCH AT 3.30 P.M.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 137«

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EXTENSION OF ANTI-MEASLES CAMPAiqN PERIOD it X « S » « . •

THS MEDICAL A<tD HEALTH DEPARTMENTS FIRST ANTI-MEASLES CAMPAIQd THIS YEAR, FROM FEBRUARY 18 TO MARCH 16, HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO COVER THE REMAINDER OF MARCH, APRIL AND HAY.

A SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY: *TH£ REASON IS THAT WHILE THE RESPONSE TO THE C/U’iPZiiqN HAS BEEN SATISFACTORY, IT IS ADVISABLE TG MAKE SURE THAT THE P JBL IC REMAIN AWARE OF THE NECESSITY TO CONTINUE WITH OUR PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES.*

HE EXPLAINED THAT WHILE DEATHS CAUSED BY MEASLES

TOTALLED 21 FOR THE WHOLE OF 197>, IN JANUARY THIS YEAR THERE WERE 11, IN FEBRUARY 10, AND EIGHT FOR THE FIRST HALF OF MARCH — OH 29 DEATHS IN A PERIOD OF TWO AND A HALF MONTHS.

of these Fatalities, sevem occurred oh the island, 1b * 1H KOWLOON, AMD FOUR IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, WITH 13 FATALITIES

AiiONQ CHILDREN UNDER ONE YEAR, 12 UNDER TWO, AND FOUR UNDER THREE.

SIXTEEN OF THE 17 DEATHS INVEST! GATED SO FAR THIS YEAR WERE AMONG CHILDREN WHO HAD NOT BEEN INOCULATED. THE INOCULATION HISTORY OF THE REMAINING ONE IS HOT AVAILABLE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE DEPARTMENT WAS +PLEASED+ WITH THE RESPONSE TO THE ANTI-MEASLES CAMPAIGN CARRIED OUT BETWEEN FEBRUARY 1d AND MARCH 16 THIS YEAR, WHEN 8,106 CHILDREN WERE INOCULATED. THIS WAS IN SHARP CONTRAST TO THE RESULTS OF THE .■iUNTH-LOHq CAMPAIGN LAST DECEMBER, WHEN ONLY 5,023 CHILDREN WERE InnUiHSZD.

/HE DESCRIBED

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HE DESCRIBED THE RESPONSE AS THE +BEST+ THE DEPARTMENT HAS HAD IN RECENT YEARS. IT WAS ENCOURAGING, BUT PAST EXPERIENCE--SHOWED THAT THE INCIDENCE OF MEASLES USUALLY REACHED PEAK PROPORTIONS DURING SPRING, SO A SIGNIFICANT DECLINE IN BOTH INCIDENCE AND DEATHS COULD NOT BE EXPECTED BEFORE JUNE.

HE URGED PARENTS OF SUSCEPTIBLE CHILDREN BETWEEN SIX’ MOUTHS AND FIVE YEARS TO BRING THEIR OFFSPRING FOR INOCULATION AT ANY OF THE DEPARTMENT’S MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRES THROUGHOUT HONG KUNG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW- TERRITORIES.

IN A SPECIAL APPEAL ADDRESSED TO THE SUPERVISORS OF SCHOOLS, AND OPERATORS OF KINDERGARTENS AND NURSERIES, HE REPEATED THE INVITATION TO MAKE FULL USE OF THE DEPARTMENT'S MOBILE HEALTH SERVICE, WHICH WOULD CALL ON REQUEST AT ANY INSTITUTION, WHETHER IN HOUSING ESTATES OR ELSEWHERE, TO INOCULATE CHILDREN IN GROUPS OF 20 OR HORE.

; THE REQUEST COULD. BE MADE BY A TELEPHONE CALL TO THE DEPARTMENT’S REGIONAL HEALTH OFFICES ~ HONQ.KONQ ISLAND 5^355^1^. KOWLOON >-010111 EXT. >47 I NEW TERRITORIES >-b6ba25. %

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DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED it X M M M M

THE GOVERNOR, AFTER TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE ADVICE OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, HAS DECIDED THAT THE DEATH SENTENCE PASSED Oil NOVEMBER 1, 1973 ON CHAN CHEONG-HING SHOULD BE COMMUTED TO A TERM OF 12 YEARS' IMPRISONMENT.

CHAN WAS- FOUND GUILTY OF .THE MURDER OF CHEUNG SHU I-FA.

TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 1974

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AWARD OF HORE SCHOLARSHIPS IN NEXT SCHOOL YEAR

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THREE HUNDRED AND TWELVE PUPILS WILL RECEIVE AWARDS UNDER THE EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS FUND DURING THE 1974/75 SCHOOL YEAR, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

THIS FOLLOWS APPROVAL OF 71 ADDITIONAL AWARDS BY THE EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS FUND COMMITTEE. THESE AWARDS WILL AMOUNT TO $23,320 A YEAR.

+THE ADDITIONAL AWARDS FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR HAVE BEEN MADE POSSIBLE BY AMENDMENTS TO THE EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS FUND ORDINANCE,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+AS A RESULT, THE COMMITTEE IS NOW EMPOWERED TO USE MORE FLEXIBILITY IN THE DISPOSAL OF EXCESS OF INCOME AND RESERVE FUNDS IN RESPECT OF THESE SCHOLARSHIPS.*

HE POINTED OUT THAT MORE DONATIONS TO THE FUND WOULD PROVIDE HORE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR PUPILS IN HONG KONG AND THAT NEW DONATIONS WERE ALWAYS WELCOME, t

- FOR THE INFORMATION OF ANYONE WISHING TO PROVIDE FUNDS

• FOR SCHOLARSHIPS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT DONATIONS WERE NORMALLY PLACED ON FIXED DEPOSIT LOCALLY AND THE INTEREST WAS USED EACH YEAR.

+TH1S MEANS THAT SCHOLARSHIPS IN THE NAME OF THE DONOR ARE AVAILABLE ANNUALLY DEPENDING UPON THE AMOUNT OF THE ORIGINAL DONATION,* HE SAID.

ANYONE WHO JS INTERESTED IN DONATING FUNDS FUR SCHOLARSHIPS TO BE INCLUDED UNDER THE EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS FUND nAY ENQUIRE IN WRITING OR BY TELEPHONING THE FUND'S SECRETARY, TEL. 5“793«77. HIS ADDRESS IS EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, BONAVENTURE HOUSE, 91 LEIGHTON ROAD, 2ND FLOOR, HONG KONG.

TUESDAY,’ APRIL 2, 1974

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CHAIRMAN OF CONSUMER COUNCIL APPOINTED

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SIR YUET-KEUNC KAN HAS BEEN APPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF T^E

NEWLY ESTABLISHED CONSUMER COUNCIL.

SIR YUET-KEUNq, THE SENIOR CHINESE UNOFFICIAL HEKBER

OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, HAS A WIDE RANGE OF EXPERIENCE IN

HOrtq KOHq AFFAIRS. HE IS PRESENTLY CHAIRMAN OF THE TRADE

DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL AND HAS CHAIRED OR SERVED C.'I HANY

ADVISORY BODIES AND PUBLIC ORGANISATIONS, COMMENTING ON THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE ESTAL'LISHME;. .

OF THE CONSUMER COUNCIL A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID: ♦FOLLOWING OR THE DEBATE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

AND THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY;3 SPEECH ON MARCH 27, TEE EXECUTIVE i

COUNCIL TODAY DISCUSSED WHAT ACT!- ! SHOULD EE TAKEN ON THE

PRICES, PARTICULARLY PRICES OF FOODSTUFFS. IT DECIDED

THAT EVERYTHING POSSIBLE SHOULD BE DONE T3 ENSURE THAT Th" SITUATION CREATED BY THE HIGH PRICES HAVING TO BE PAID FOR - < imported goods was not further exacerbat'd by subsequent UNREASONABLE CHARGES APPLIED WITHIN THE WHOLESALE OR H.. .IL 9

MARKETS of hong KOHG.+

+1T ALSO DECIDED THAT THE BEST WAY OF ACHIEVING THIS

WAS BY ACTION OF CONSUMERS THEMSELVES BUT WITH WHATEVER »

BACKING FROM. GOVERNMENT THEY NEEDED, AND TO THIS END TO ESTABLISH A CONSUMERS' COUNCIL COMPOSED OF NOH-OFFICIALS,+

HE ADDED. '

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+THE GOVERNMENT'S SUPPORT WOULD BE PROVIDED IN THE FORM OF FINANCE, SECRETARIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE HELP, AND THE SERVICES OF GOVERNMENT OFFICERS AND DEPARTMENTS AS REQUESTED,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

CAREFUL CONSIDERATION IS NOW BEING GIVEN TO THE MEMBERSHIP UF THE COUNCIL, WHICH WILL BE DRAWN ENTIRELY FROM THE - PUBLIC.

COMMENTING ON THE MEMBERSHIP SIR YUET-KEUNQ SAID:

+WE INTEND TO MAKE SURE THAT THE COUNCIL REPRESENTS A

WIDE CROSS SECTION OF THE COMMUNITY.+

+1T MUST INCLUDE PEOPLE WHO HAVE A PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE OF MARKET PRICES SUCH AS HOUSEWIVES,+ HE ADDED.

THE COUNCIL'S TERMS OF REFERENCE ARE AS FOLLOWS:

CA> TO COLLECT INFORMATION ON THE PRICES OF A SELECTED RANGE OF COMMODITIES, AND OR THE WORKINGS OF THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL MARKETS IN THEM; ’

CB> TO RECEIVE AND CONSIDER SUGGESTIONS AND COMPLAINTS, INCLUDING COMPLAINTS OF PROFITEERING; .

(C) ON THE BASIS OF ITS CONCLUSIONS ON CA) AND CBJ:~ CO TO PUBLISH THE FACTS- - ,

CIO TO ACT ON PUBLIC OPINIO'n TO DETER CLEAR-CUT

CASES OF PROFITEERING; AND

C11O TO ADVISE THE GOVERNMENT IF SCOPE FOR EFFECTIVE OFFICIAL ACTION IS DISCOVERED.

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE

K H K H K H

THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY (TUESDAY!) AT SALES UNDER THE RICE CONTROL SCHEME AND AT THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AND THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEUNG SHA WAN, KOWLOON:

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PR1CE($/CATTY!)

OF RICE OF SUPPLY ,AVERAGE

CHINA RICE

SEE HEW

- OLD CROP GOOD «•

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.12

SoC.JJEN

- OLD CROP GOOD

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.06

PO NQAI GOOD

CHU CHO GOOD • •

THAI RICE

’100% WHOLE •' GOOD 2.03

10-15% BROKENS GOOD 2.01 ■

Al SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.S0

A1 SUPER GOOD ' ' 1.70

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 2.03

U. S. RICE GOOD ■ 1.94

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD

PAKISTAN RICE GOOD

TAIWAN RICE GOOD • m •

/SUPPLIES AND .......

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,;UPPulEs AND UH.: .ESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH -------------------------------•------------------ CFilO CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH nARKET)

AVAUA31L1TY WHOLESALE PRICE C5/CATTY5

SPECIES OF SUPPLY HiqH LOW NODE

GULDEN THREAD qooD >.50 2.20 2.60

BIG-EYES qooo 2.50 .0.60 1.60

S^UID LIMITED 5.00 2.00 4.00

rialH-TAluS NORMAL 1.90 1.00 1.60

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 2.70 1.20 1.60

CnOAKERS quOD 2.10 0.70 1.50

CUhQEH-?1KE”EELS qeoD 1.90 1.30 1.50

rtELON COAT — —

bnEArtS NORMAL 4.80 2<ao 3.60

YEuLOW BELLY GOOD 2.20 0.70 1.40

MACKERELS • GOOD 4.00 3.00 3.50

RED GOAT FISH NORMAL K 2.00 0.50 1.20

FORK-TAIL NORMAL 1.20 0.70 1.00

HORSE—HEAD qCOD 5.bO 3.00 3.60

MEMJN seed LIM1 TED 2.90 2.30 2.70

PUi’lFRETS SCARCE 9.50 7.00 8.00

QAHOUPAS NORMAL 7.00 4.70 6.00

YELLOW CROAKER SCARCE 6.20 4.50 5.00

/SUPPLIES <iUJ) ...<•<■

TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 1 j /zj

SUPPLIES AdD WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

CV.4.0. CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKET)

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TYPE OF AVAILABILITY whole SALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

VEGETABLE. OF SUPPLY HIGH LOW MODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE L1 ii 1 TED 1.40 % 0.50 1.00

WHITE CABBAGE NORMAL 0.70 0.20 0.50

CHINESE LETTUCE NORMAL O.bO % 0.20 0.50

CHINESE KAlE NORMAL 1*20 U.40 O.dO

SPRING JHiOn normal o.uo O.JO 0.60

SPINACH Llii I TED 1.50 0.50 1.00

WATER CRESS NORMAL 1.00 0.20 0.60

LEAF hUSTaHD CABBAGE NORMAL 0.70 0.20 0.50

'• CHINESE SPINACH SCARCE 2.40 1.20 l.bo

TOMATO limited 1.60 0.60 1.20

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES Or SWINE

CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK

C5/PICUL-LIVE WEIGHT)

GOOD

.300 CAVERAGE)

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 1974

CONTENTS'

PAGE NO.

MORE THAN 23,700 PRIVATE DOMESTIC UNITS COMPLETED LAST YEAR............................................. 1

NEW SERIES OF QUARTERLY SURVEYS ON EMPLOYMENT IN MANUFACTURING UNDERTAKINGS............................ 5

FOUR LOTS OF CROWN LAND TO BE OFFERED FOR SALE THIS MONTH.  .............................................. 7

APPOINTMENT OF NEW RAILWAY GENERAL MANAGER ANNOUNCED 8

GOVERNOR SEES TEXTILES FACTORY AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT SITES ON TSING Y1......................... 9

SIR MURRAY’S MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCE ON THE DEATH OF PRESIDENT POMPIDOU................................... 10

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DAILY GUIDE to wholesale prices and supply of basic food COMMODITIES

Issued by Government Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong.Tel: 5-233191

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 1974

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PROPERTY REVIEW VACANCIES UP - SUPPLY OF NEW LETTINGS NOT ENCOURAGING M X if X if if

THE NUMBER OF DOMESTIC UNITS COMPLETED IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR DURING 1973 WAS 23.733. AN INCREASE OF SOME 3.150 OR 15 PER CENT OVER THE 1972 FIGURE. „

ALTHOUGH THE NUMBER OF COMPLETIONS WAS HIGHER THAN THAT FOR ANY OF THE PREVIOUS SIX YEARS IT FELL RATHER SHORT OF EXPECTATIONS.

THIS, TOGETHER WITH THE FACT THAT ESTIMATED COMPLETIONS FOR 1974 AT 19,600 UNITS ARE ALSO LESS THAN PREVIOUSLY ESTIMATED, IS NOT ENCOURAGING IN VIEW OF THE VERY LARGE AND UNSATISFIED DEMAND \ FOR HOUSING IN HONG KONG, AND DOES TEND TO INDICATE THAT SUPPLY IS TAKING A SLIGHT DOWNWARD TREND, THE COMMISSIONER OF RATING AND VALUATION, MR. R.A.FRY, SAYS IN HIS 1974 PROPERTY REVIEW.

IN DECEMBER 1973 THERE WERE 10,103 UNOCCUPIED DOMESTIC UNITS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, AN INCREASE OF SOME 3.000 OVER THE FIGURE A YEAR PREVIOUSLY. ALTHOUGH JUST OVER 4,100 C41 PER CENT OF TOTAL VACANCIES) OF THESE WERE IN BUILDINGS CERTIFIED FOR OCCUPATION IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS OF THE YEAR THERE WOULD SEEM TO’BE LITTLE DOUBT NOW OF THE INCREASING UPWARD TREND OF VACANCIES. THIS TREND HAS BEEN BROUGHT ABOUT, IN PART, BY THE VERY HIGH PURCHASE PRICES AND RENTS BEING ASKED FOR NEW PREMISES’ PRICES AND RENTS WHICH ARE, IN MANY CASES, NO LONGER TENABLE.

GENERALLY, DOMESTIC RENTALS CONTINUED TO MOVE UPWARDS DURING THE YEAR AND THE DEPARTMENT’S RENTAL INDEX ROSE BY JUST OVER 10 PER CENT.

/THESE FIGURES

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THESE FIGURES DO NOT, HOWEVER, PROVIDE THE FULL RENTAL PICTURE FOR MANY RENTS WERE SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF RENT INCREASE CONTROL LEGISLATION WHILST OTHERS WERE +FROZEN+ FOR THE LATTER HALF OF THE YEAR, MR. FRY.SAYS.

TODAY THE RENTALS OF VIRTUALLY ALL EXISTING TENANCIES IN . POST-WAR BUILT PREMISES (EXCEPT THOSE CERTIFIED FOR OCCUPATION

AFTER DECEMBER 14, 1973> ARE SUBJECT TO CONTROL AND TO PROVIDE AN INDICATOR OF MARKET RENTALS THE DEPARTMENT ANALYSED SOME 4,150 CASES OF KNOWN +NEW + LETTINGS IN 1973, THE RENTALS FOR WHICH WERE UNCONTROLLED IN THE FIRST INSTANCE.

THE FIGURES SHOWN IN THIS ANALYSIS INDICATE THAT MARKET LEVELS FOR NEW LETTINGS ARE ON AVERAGE SOME 50 PER CENT TO 60 PER CENT ABOVE THE RENTS PAID BY SITTING TENANTS. THERE WERE CLEAR INDICATIONS TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR OF A REDUCTION IN RENTS BEING ASKED FOR NEW PREMISES, BUT THIS WAS MORE APPARENT IN THE CASE OF MEDIUM AND LARGE FLATS.

SHOPS

ABOUT 1.37 MILLION SQUARE FEET OF SHOP SPACE WAS COMPLETED IN 1973, AN INCREASE OF 48 PER CENT OVER THAT PROVIDED IM 1972. ESTIMATED COMPLETIONS FOR 1974 AND 1975 ARE BOTH JUST OVER 1 MILLION SQUARE FEET EACH AND IT IS THOUGHT THAT THIS SHOULD ADEQUATELY SATISFY THE DEMAND FOR THIS TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION.

VACANT SHOP SPACE HAS INCREASED OVER 1973 FROM 0.79 MILLION SQUARE FEET TU 1.28 MILLION SQUARE FEET, OR SOME 63 PER CENT. HOWEVER, LITTLE OF THE SPACE NOW AVAILABLE, OR EXPECTED TO BECOME Available, is located in what may be termed prime trading areas.

THE DEPARTMENT »S

WEDNESDAY, APRIL J, 1974

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THE DEPARTMENT'S RENTAL INDEX FOR SHOPS ROSE BY SOME 21 PER CENT OVER THE YEAR GIVING AN AVERAGE RENTAL PER SQUARE FOOT PER MONTH OF $3.91. IN A SEPARATE ANALYSIS OF RENTS IN RESPECT OF RE-LETTINQS TO FRESH TENANTS THE AVERAGE RATE PER SQUARE FOOT WAS $7.60 WHICH INDICATES THAT SITTING TENANTS ARE GIVEN SOME CONSIDERATION BY THEIR LANDLORDS WHEN IT COMES TO THE RENEWAL OF TENANCIES. HOWEVER, HERE ALSO, THERE WERE CLEAR SIGNS THAT THE UPWARD TREND OF RENTS HAD BEEN CHECKED, AND SOME REDUCTIONS WERE BEING REPORTED, THE COMMISSIONER SAYS.

OFFICES

ONLY SONE 900,000' SQUARE FEET OF NEW OFFICE ACCOMMODATION IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED DURING 1974 COMPARED WITH 1.35 MILLION SQUARE FEET BUILT DURING 1973. HOWEVER, ESTIMATED COMPLETIONS FOR 1975 and 1976 GIVE A MUCH IMPROVED SUPPLY PICTURE AT 3.9 MILLION AND 3.3 MILLION SQUARE FEET RESPECTIVELY, ALTHOUGH MUCH OF THIS WILL BE AWAY FROM THE TRADITIONAL CENTRES OF OFFICE ACCOMMODATION.

WITH THE CONTINUING DEMAND FOR ACCOMMODATION OFFICE RENTALS INCREASED OVER THE YEAR BY SOME 5° PER CENT, WITH THE AVERAGE RENTAL PER SQUARE FOOT PER MONTH RISING TO $4.56. THIS, OF COURSE, IS AN AVERAGE FIGURE AND IT IS KNOWN THAT LETTINQS IN SOnE NEW BUILDINGS HAVE BEEN AT ABOUT TWICE THIS LEVEL.

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HOWEVER, WITH OVER SEVEN MILLION SQUARE FEET COMING UP IN 1975 AND 1976 WE SEEM TO BE MOVING TOWARDS A POSITION OF OVER-SUPPuY, WHICH MUST, IN DUE COURSE, AFFECT THE PRESENT TREND OF OFFICE RENTS, MR. FRY SAYS.

FLATTED FACTORIES

THE TOTAL OF 3.27 MILLION SQUARE FEET COMPLETED DURING 1973 WAS ALSO LESS THAN THAT EXPECTED BUT NEVERTHELESS THERE STILL, AT THE END OF THE YEAR, WAS SOME 2-1/4 MILLION SQUARE FEET OF SPACE VACANT.

THE AMOUNT TAKEN UP DURING THE YEAR AVERAGED SOME 350,000 SQUARE FEET PER MONTH WHICH IS ONLY A LITTLE OVER HALF THE AVERAGE FOR 1972 <640,000 SQUARE FEET).

DURING 1974 SOME 4.2 MILLION SQUARE FEET IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED AND THIS, TOGETHER WITH WHAT IS NOW VACANT SHOULD BE AMPLE TO MEET THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE DEMAND. A FURTHER FIVE MILLION OR SO SQUARE FEET IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN EACH OF THE YEARS 1975 AND 1976.

THE DEPARTMENT'S RENTAL INDEX FOR FACTORIES ADVANCED BY ONLY ABOUT SEVEN PER CENT OVER THAT FOR 1973. AND A SEPARATE ANALYSIS OF REPORTED NEW LETTINGS IN 1973 INDICATES THAT NEW RENTALS ARE ONLY MARGINALLY HIGHER THAN THOSE PAID BY SITTING TENANTS. SOME

DOWNTURN IN RENTS FOR. FACTORY SPACE ALSO pEEMS LIKELY, ACCORDING TO THE COMMISSIONER.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 1974.

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EMPLOYMENT SURVEY IN MANUFACTURING SECTOR * * X K M M

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT HAS BEGUN A NEW SERIES n

OF QUARTERLY SURVEYS DESIGNED TO RECORD MOVEMENTS iN EMPLOYMENT IN ALL ESTABLISHMENTS WITHIN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR OF THE ECONOMY.

THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR IS DEFINED BY THE UNITED NATIONS' INTERNATIONAL STANDARD INDUSTRIAL CLASSIFICATION OF ALL ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES.

THE FIRST SURVEY WAS CARRIED OUT IN DECEMBER 1973 AND SHOWED THAT 626,392 PERSONS WERE EMPLOYED IN 29,105 ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR.

THE LARGEST INDUSTRY SECTORS, IN TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT, WERE GARMENTS AND OTHER WEARING APPAREL, EXCEPT FOOTWEAR (161,179 WORKERS), TEXTILES AND TEXTILE MADE-UPS (107,223), PLASTIC PRODUCTS (70,560), ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES AND ELECTRONICS (70,345), METAL PRODUCTS (54,431) AND PRINTING AND PUBLISHING (19,265).

THE BULK OF THE MANUFACTURING WORKFORCE WAS CONCENTRATED IN THE uARGER ESTABLISHMENTS. A TOTAL OF 2,378 MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS EMPLOYED 402,555 PERSONS OR 64 PER CENT OF THE i 1

TOTAl. MANUFACTURING EMPLOYMENT IN HONG KONG.

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WEDNESDAY, APPEL 3, 197^

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THE GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION WAS AS FOLLOWS:-

93,524 PERSUNS UN HONG KONG ISLAND, 411,294 IN KOWLOON, AND 121,574 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THESE EMPLOYMENT FIGURES WILL DIFFER FROM THOSE ALREADY PUBLISHED AND BASED ON INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS REGISTERED Ort RECORDED WITH THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT. THIS IS BECAUSE SUCH UNDERTAKINGS, BY THEIR LEGAL DEFINITION UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE t

FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS ORDINANCE, ARE FOUND IN SECTORS OTHER THAN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR. WITHIN, THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR ITSELF, ONLY THOSE REGISTERED OR RECORDED -ALTHOUGH THE GREAT MAJORITY - ARE INCLUDED.

EACH SET OF FIGURES HAS ITS OWN USES AND BOTH WILL CONTINUE TO BE HADE PUBLIC, A CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT

SPOKESMAN SAID. ----------------------------------0 ------ * /7

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 1974

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LAND SALE

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FOUR LOTS OF CROWN LAND WITH A TOTAL AREA OF OVER 26,000 SQUARE FEET WILL BE PUT UP FOR AUCTION LATER THIS MONTH.

THE FIRST LOT, MEASURING SOME 20,510 SQUARE FEET, IS LOCATED IN BROADCAST DRIVE AND IS FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT. ' *

THE SECOND COVERS AN AREA OF 1,145 SQUARE FEET OFF

NO. 10 OBSERVATORY COURT AND IS INTENDED FOR N0N-1NDUSTR1AL USE.

THE THIRD LOT IS FOR INDUSTRIAL OR GODOWN OR OPEN STORAGE PURPOSES. IT IS LOCATED OFF WAI YIP STREET IN KWUN TONG AND MEASURES 2,100 SQUARE FEET.

THE REMAINING LOT, LOCATED ON HONG KONG ISLAND, HAS AN AREA OF 2,250 SQUARE FEET. IT IS SITUATED IN STANLEY MAIN STREET AND WILL BE RESTRICTED FOR NON-INDUSTRI AL PURPOSES.

THE AUCTION WILL BE HELD AT 2:30 P.M. ON APRIL 26 IN THE CITY HALL LECTURE ROOM.

FUuL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES AND FROM THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES.

SALE ' PLANS OF THE LOTS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION AT THE TWO OFFICES. / .

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, .197^

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NEW RAILWAY GENERAL MANAGER APPOINTED

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AN EXPERIENCED RAILWAY ENGINEER, MR. REGINALD EDWARD GREGORY, HAS BEEN APPOINTED GENERAL MANAGER OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY. HE WILL SUCCEED MR. LAM PO-HON .WHO PROCEEDED ON PRE-RETIREMENT LEAVE ON FEBRUARY 1T AFTER SERVING AS GENERAL MANAGER OF THE RAILWAY FOR ABOUT 17 YEARS.

MR. GREGORY, AGED 44, WILL ARRIVE ON APRIL 1d ON SECONDMENT FROM THE BRITISH RAILWAYS BOARD TO ASSUME HIS NEW POST.

A CHARTERED ENGINEER AND A MEMBER OF THE INSTITUTION OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS, HR. GREGORY IS AN EXPERIENCED RAILWAY ENGINEER AND ADMINISTRATOR WHO HAS BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH RAILWAYS ALL HIS WORKING LIFE.

HIS OVERSEAS EXPERIENCE HAS INCLUDED PROVIDING FINANCIAL AND ENGINEERING ADVICE TO THE CEYLON GOVERNMENT RAILWAY ON THE COMPLETE DIESEL1SATION OF THE RAILWAY IN 1963 AND GIVING TRAFFIC COSTING ADVICE TO THE SANE RAILWAY IN 1967*

HE WAS RECENTLY SECONDED FROM THE BRITISH RAILWAYS BOARD AS PROJECT LEADER OF A TEAM PROVIDING INVESTMENT AND MANAGERIAL ADVICE TO THE GHANA RAILWAYS AND PORTS AUTHORITY.

HR. GREGORY IS MARRIED WITH TWO CHILDREN. HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN WILL JOIN HIM ABOUT SIX WEEKS AFTER HIS ARRIVAL IN HONG KONG*

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 1974

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR HURRAY MACLEHOSE, SAW MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS IN PROGRESS THIS AFTERNOON AT A TSUEN WAN TEXTILE FACTORY EMPLOYING ABOUT 2,400 WORKERS.

HE WAS VISITING THE SOUTH SEA TEXTILE MANUFACTURING CO. LTD. FOR A SHOP-FLOOR TOUR OF ITS PREMISES AT 9-1/2 MILESTONE, CASTEL PEAK ROAD. THE FIRM PRODUCES COTTON AND MANMADE FIBRE YARN AND CLOTH. ITS MAJOR MARKETS ARE BRITAIN, THE Uh I TED STATES-, INDONESIA, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND.

SIR MURRAY WAS MET AT THE FACTORY BY MR. JACK C. TANG, CHAIRMAN AND MANAGING DIRECTOR, AND MR. Y.M. CHANG, DIRECTOR AND niLu MANAGER. HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY MR. J.D. MCGREGOR, ACTING DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AMD INDUSTRY, AND HR. K.H.

YEUNG, PRINCIPAL TRADE OFFICER, INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BRANCH.

A PREVENTIVE SERVICE LAUNCH TOOK THE GOVERNOR CLOSE TO TS1NG Yl ISLAND SO THAT HE COULD SEE SITES FOR TWO MAJOR INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS -- THE DOW CHEMICAL AND OUTBOARD MARINE CORPORATION MANUFACTURING PLANTS.

HE ALSO WATCHED THE PREVENTIVE SERVICE STAGE A +STRIKE AND SEARCH+ ACTION TO DEMONSTRATE A 16-FOOT INFLATABLE CRAFT WHICH IS BEING TESTED FOR OPERATIONAL USE IN COMBATTING DRUG SMUGGLING ACTIVITIES. '

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL J, 1574

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MESSAGE OF SYMPATHY OVER PRESIDENT POMPIDOU’S DEATH

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY HACLEHOSE, HAS SENT A MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCE TO THE FRENCH CONSUL GENERAL IN HUNG KONG, MONSIEUR FRANCOIS GEOFFROY-DECHAUME, ON THE DEATH OF PRESIDENT POMPIDOU.

SIR MURRAY SAYS IN HIS MESSAGE: *1N DIFFERING ROLES HE HAS PLAYED A KEY PART IN THE AFFAIRS OF FRANCE AND OF EUROPE FOR MANY YEARS, AND HE WAS SURELY ONE OF THE GREAT PUBLIC SERVANTS « a *

OF THIS QUARTER CENTURY.

+i SEND.YOU AND YOUR FELLOW COUNTRYMEN MY SINCERE SYMPATHY

ON THIS SAD OCCASION.*

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 1974

CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE

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THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) AT SALES UNDER THE RICE CONTROL SCHEME AND AT THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AND THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEUNG SHA WAN, KOWLOONs

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE AVAILABILITY

OF RICE OF SUPPLY

WHOLESALE PRICE (&/CATTY) MODE

CHINA RICE

SEE MEW

- OLD CROP GOOD

- NEW CROP 9 9 2.12

S.C. JIEN

- OLD CROP ‘ 9 9 ——

- NEW CROP 9 9 • 2.06

PO NGAI 9 9 1.72

CHU CHO 9 9

THAI RICE z

100$ WHOLE 9 9 2.03

10-15$ BROKENS 9 9 2.01

Al SUPER EXTRA 9 9 1.90

Al SUPER 9 9 1.70

WHOLE GLUTINOUS 9 9 ■—

U.S. RICE 99 1.94

AUSTRALIAN RICE 9 9 ——

PAKISTAN RICE 9 9 ——

TAIWAN RICE 9 9

/SUPPLIES AND

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 1974

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH

CFMO CHEUNQ SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

SPECIES AVAILABILITY , OF SUPPLY \ / . W HOLESALE PRICE C $/CA TTY)

HiqH LOW MODE

SOLDEN THREAD qOOD 3.40 2.20 2.60

Biq-EYES GOOD 2.40 0.60 1.70

SQUID LIMITED 5.30 2.50 4.00

'HAIR-TAILS GOOD 1.90 1.00 1.60

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 2.90 1.50 2.00

CROAKERS qooD 2.00 0.70 1.50

CONQER-PIKE-EELS NORMAL 1.70 1.30 1.50

BREAMS NORMAL 3.60 3.00 3.50

YELLOW BELLY qooo 1.80 0.70 1.20

MACKERELS • qOOD » 4.50 3.20 4.00

RED COAT FISH qooD 2.00 0.50 1.20

FORK-TAIL NORMAL 1.80 0.90 1.20

HORSE-HEAD NORMAL X 5.80 3.50 4.20

MELON SEED LIMITED 2.40 1.60 2.00

POMFRETS LIMITED 10.00 7.00 8.00

qAROUPAS NORMAL . 7.00 5.00 6.00

yellow croaker NORMAL 6.50 6.00 6.20

/SUPPLIES AND ....

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3> 1374.

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

CV.rl.O. CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKET)

TYPE AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE CS/CATTY)

OF VEGETABLE OF SUPPLY high LOW MODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE LIMITED 1.40 0.50 1.00

WHITE CABBAGE NORMAL 0.60 0.20 0.40

CHINESE LETTUCE NORMAL 0.70 0.20 0.50

WATER SPINACH —— —. —— ——

CHINESE KALE NORMAL 1.20 0.40 0.60

STRING BEANS —-- ——

SPRING G.HON NORMAL o.bo 0.20 0.50

SPINACH LIMITED 1.5a 0.50 1.00

WATER CRESS NORMAL 1.00 • 0.20 0.60

leaf mustard cabbage NORMAL 0.60 0.20 0.40

CHINESE SPINACH SCARCE 2.20 1.20 1.60

TOMATO LIMITED 1.6o 0.60 1.20

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY GOOD

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORKER

C$/PICUu-LlVE WEIGHT) : - 305 CAVERAGE)

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 1974.

CONTENTS ' .

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TSIM SHA TSUI DRAFT OUTLINE ZONING,PLAN IS

TO BE REVISED ..................................    1

MR. JOHN CANNING EMPHASISES IMPORTANCE OF CAREERS EDUCATION.................................. 2

DETAILS OF CHANGES IN TELEVISION CHANNELS . ■ OUTLINED ......................................     4

PROVISIONAL APPOINTMENTS TO EXECUTIVE COUNCIL 7

HONG KONG AND UNITED'STATES EXCHANGE

♦ INFORMATION ON TRADE FACILITATION ................... 8

_ ADMINISTRATIVE SECRETARY OF CONSUMER COUNCIL APPOINTED....................................    ’ 9

SECRETARY FOR HOUSING INSPECTS MULTI-STOREY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS IN EASTERN DISTRICT ... 11

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DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY

OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

Issued by Government Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong. Tel: 5-233191

* THURSDAYf APRIL A9 1974

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TS1H SHA TSUI OUTLINE ZONINQ PLAN TO BE REVISED ft if ft ft ft 31

THE OUTLINE ZONINQ PLAN FOR TS1M SHA TSUI HAS BEEN REFERRED BACK TO THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD FOR REPLACEMENT BY A NEU PLAN,

THE MOVE WAS ORDERED BY THE GOVERNOR ON THE ADVICE OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND IS PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE FOR

GENERAL INFORMATION.

SINCE THE APPROVAL OF THE ORIGINAL PLAN IN LATE 1967, A NUMBER OF FACTORS, INCLUDING ROAD RE~AL1QNMENTS AMD ALTERATIONS IN THE REQUIREMENT FOR PUBLIC AMENITIES, HAVE NECESSITATED THE. RECONSIDERATION OF SOME OF THE PREVIOUS ZONING PROPOSALS.

THE BOARD WILL BE CONSIDERING PRELIMINARY PROPOSALS FOR A NEW DRAFT PLAN IN DUE COURSE. IT-WILL THEN BE PUBLISHED UNDER THE PROVISION OF THE TOWN PLANNING ORDINANCE AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHOSE INTERESTS ARE AFFECTED BY THE ZONING PROPOSALS * WILL BE ABLE TO SUBMIT OBJECTIONS#

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IMPORTANCE OF CAREERS EDUCATION UNDERLINED ft ft ft ft ft ft ',

THE IMPORTANCE AND VALUE OF CAREERS EDUCATION FOR THE FUTURE CITIZENS OF HONG KONG HAS STRESSED BY THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. JOHN CANNING, THIS HORNING WHEN HE ADDRESSED THE 8TH ANNUAL SEMINAR OF THE HONG KONG CAREERS MASTERS ASSOCIATION.

CAREERS EDUCATION MUST BE EXPLICIT IN ITS CONCERN FOR THE PREPARATION FOR ADULT LIFE, SAID HR. CANNING.

♦IT SHOULD AIM AT THE VERY IMPORTANT BUSINESS OF PREPARING PUPILS TO EARN A LIVING BUT IT SHOULD ALSO AIM AT PREPARING PUPILS TO LIVE AS FULL A LIFE AS THEIR CAPABILITIES ALLOW.+ I

HEADS OF SCHOOLS, HE ADDED, SHOULD REALISE THAT TIME SPENT ON CAREERS EDUCATION HAS NOT TIME HASTED.

♦RATHER THEY SHOULD SEEK EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO SPEND TIME ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT FIELD FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE GAPS THAT EXIST BETWEEN THE TERM EXAMINATIONS AND THE ACTUAL END OF TERM.

/THIS IS NOT TO SAY THAT THE POOR CAREERS MASTER HAS TO FLY ABOUT THE SCHOOL GIVING SHORT INJECTIONS OF CAREERS EDUCATION BETWEEN EXAMINATIONS AND REGULAR TIME-TABLING.

♦IT MEANS, I THINK, THAT TEACHERS GENERALLY SHOULD BE CONSCIOUS OF THIS VERY IMPORTANT COMPONENT OF SECONDARY EDUCATION. TEACHERS UHO ARE EXPERT IN THEIR SUBJECT ARE THE BEST PEOPLE TO EXPLAIN TO PUPILS THE CAREER POTENTIAL THAT EXISTS IN THEIR SUBJECT,♦ MR. CANNING SAID.

THESE TEACHERS SHOULD FEEL THAT THE TEACHING OF THEIR SUB.JECT +D0ES NOT HAVE ITS NATURAL El® OR DEATH FOR A PUPIL AFTER HE HAS TAKEN HIS LAST EXAMINATION IN THE SUBJECT,+ THE DIRECTOR SAID.

/HE POINTED

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HE POINTED OUT THAT CAREERS EDUCATION SHOULD BE A TOTAL SCHOOL EFFORT. THE CAREERS MASTER HAD A DEFINITE AND SPECIFIC ROLE IN CAREERS EDUCATION BUT FOR HIM TO FUNCTION SUCCESSFULLY THE SECONDARY SCHOOL SHOULD HAVE A CLEAR IDEA OF ITS ROLE.

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SEMINARS WERE THEREFORE USEFUL NOT ONLY FOR THE OPPORTUNITIES WHICH THEY GIVE FOR CAREER MASTERS TO MEET TOGETHER, SHARE EX-PERIENCES AND DISCUSS PROBLEMS BUT ALSO FOR THE EDUCATION THEY PROVIDE TO PARENTS, PUPILS AND SCHOOLS.

• / • • ON CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT, HR. CANNING SAID IT WAS ESSENTIAL

FOR GOOD SECONDARY EDUCATION THAT THE CURRICULUM SHOULD BE EXTENSIVE ENOUGH TO COVER THE RANGE OF KNOWLEDGE APPROPRIATE TO THE AGE OF THE PUPILS, IT SHOULD BE BALANCED SO THAT PARTICULAR SUBJECTS DO NOT DOMINATE AND THE INTER-RELATIONSHIP OF THE VARIOUS COMPONENTS SHOULD BE CLEARLY BROUGHT OUT.

' <1T IS IN THIS WAY THAT THE PUPILS’ KNOWLEDGE OF SOCIETY

AND THE WAY IT FUNCTIONS CAN BE BUILT UP. IF WE tAN DO THIS REALLY WELL UE HAVE DONE SOMETHING UE CAN BE PROUD OF,* HE SAID.

+1NDEED IT IS THE AIM OF DOING THIS THAT WE HAVE MADE A VERY SERIOUS START WITH CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT IN HONG KONG. THE RESULTS SO FAR ARE ENCOURAGING® BUT EVEN IF WE DO ALL THAT WE HOPE TO DO IN THIS LINE UE HAVE NOT DONE ENOUGH.+

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MR. CANNING SAID THAT GOOD SECONDARY EDUCATION IS A

PROCESS OF INITIATION INTO ALL ASPECTS OF LIVING. AND THE EDUCATIONAL PROCESS AT ANY LEVEL MUST HAVE AS ITS CENTRE AND ITS VERY HEART THE PUPIL HIMSELF= IT MUST FOLLOW THAT CAREERS 'EDUCATION WAS ONE OF THE ESSENTIAL COMPONENTS IN THE PROCESS.

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DURING APRIL, MAY AND JUNE, THE TELEVISION TRANSMISSION CHANNELS OF HKTVB'S OUTLYING TRANSMITTERS ARE BEING ALTERED TO ENABLE NEU SERVICES TO BECOME FULLY OPERATIONAL.

THE REASON FOR THESE INTENDED CHANGES IS TO PROVIDE TELEVISION VIEWERS WITH A CHOICE OF FIVE TELEVISION PROGRAMMES CTHREE IN CHINESE AND WO IN ENGLISH? BY THE MIDDLE OF NEXT YEAR AND WHICH CAN ALL BE RECEIVED CONVENIENTLY ON ONE TELEVISION RECEIVING AERIAL. THESE NEW CHANNEL ALLOCATIONS WILL ENABLE RTV’S MAIN ENGLISH SERVICE TRANSMISSION TO COMMENCE FROM TEMPLE HILL ON CHANNEL 27 WITH EFFECT FROM APRIL 22.

THE FIRST OF TVB’S CHANNEL CHANGES AFFECTING THE GOLDEN HILL, STANLEY AND CALDECOTT ROAD TRANSMITTERS IS SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE ON MONDAY CAPRIL 8) AND AN ANNOUNCEMENT CONCERNING THIS WAS HADE ON APRIL 1.

THE NEXT CHANGE WILL BE TO THE LAMMA ISLAND TRANSMITTER. THESE CHANNEL CHANGES ARE'OF INTEREST TO VIEWERS LIVING MAINLY IN REPULSE BAY, POKFULAM AND ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE PEAK.

THESE NEW CHANNELS WILL BE 49 FOR JADE AND 51 FOR PEARL. TO RECEIVE THESE, NEW CHANNELS TELEVISION RECEIVING AERIALS, IN THESE AREAS ONLY, WILL HAVE TO BE TURNED SO THAT THE CROSS BARS ARE VERTICAL TO THE GROUND AND NOT HORIZONTAL AS AT PRESENT. THE TUNING DIAL OH RECEIVING SETS SHOULD THEN BE TURNED TO THE NEW CHANNEL NUMBERS.

/VIEWERS MAY

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VIEWERS HAY HAVE TO INSTALL NEW AERIALS BUT THIS WILL DEPEND * UPON THE AGE AND DESIGN OF THEIR PRESENT INSTALLATION AND DEALERS SHOULD BE ASKED TO HAKE THE NECESSARY TESTS.

TEST TRANSMISSIONS ARE NOW TAKING PLACE ON THESE FREQUENCIES AND VIEWERS IN THESE DISTRICTS ARE ADVISED TO HAKE THESE ADJUSTMENTS NOW BEFORE THE FINAL CHANGEOVER TAKES PLACE ON APRIL 22. • •’ •

FROM THAT DATE, WHEN RTV’S MAIN ENGLISH TRANSMISSION OPENS UP, RTV’S OUTLYING TRANSMITTERS AT GOLDEN HILL, CLOUDY HILL AND CASTLE PEAK, WILL BEGIN TO OPERATE, CARRYING THE SERVICE BEYOND THE HAIN HARBOUR AREAS. PEOPLE LIVING IN TSUEN WAN, TSING LUNG TAU, TSING Yi AND KWAI CHUNG SHOULD THEN BE ABLE TO RECEIVE THE NEW ENGLISH PROGRAMME ON CHANNEL 45. THOSE LIVING IN TA KUU LING, SHEUNG SHUI, TAI PO AND TOLO HARBOUR AREAS SHOULD ALSJ) BE ABLE TO RECEIVE THE ENGLISH PROGRAMME ON CHANNEL 55. RESIDENTS IN NORTH LANTAU, BETWEEN CASTLE PEAK ARD TAI LAN CHUNG, LOK MA • CHAU, YUEN LONG AND SHEK KONG SHOULD EE ABLE TO RECEIVE THE RTV ENGLISH SERVICE ON CHANNEL 44.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TELEVISION AUTHORITY SAItf IF ANY\ OF THESE CHANGES AFFECT YOUR AREAS YOU WILL HAVE TO ADJUST YOUR RECEIVER TO THE NEW CHANNELS. TO CHANGE TO THE NEW CHANNELS, TURN YOUR TUNERS FROM ONE END OF THE DIAL TO THE OTHER TO LOCATE THE BEST RECEPTION. SOME TELEVISION SETS FITTED WITH PUSH-BUTTONS WILL HEED RE-SETTING.

+1F YOU ARE STILL NOT SATISFIED WITH THE RECEPTION, CALL YOUR DEALER HE SHOULD BE ABLE TO ASSIST BY ADJUSTING YOUR AERIAL OR YOU MAY NEED TO REPLACE IT,+ HE ADVISED.

/A TABLE

THURSDAY, APRIL \ 197*

A TABLE OF THE NEW CHANNEL ALLOCATIONS, WHICH SHOULD BE OPERATING BY APRIL 22 IS GIVEN BELOW. EXISTING CHANNELS ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THIS TABLE AND REMAIN UNCHANGED AT PRESENT. FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS IN RESPECT OF THESE WILL BE MADE SEPARATELY AT A LATER DATE:-

TVB - NEW TELEVISION CHANNEL ALLOCATIONS

EFFECTIVE FROM MONDAY,'APRIL 8

YOUR AREA TRANS •HITTER LOCATION JADE PEARL

POKFULAM, REPULSE BAY, LAMHA 49 51

THE PEAK ' •

i TSUEN WAN, TSING LUNG TAU, GOLDEN HILL 33 39

-TS1NG Yi, KWAI CHUNG »

STANLEY ' . STANLEY X 34 38

WEST KOWLOON WATERFRONT CALDECOTT RD. 49 51

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THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 1974

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YOUR AREA

RTV - NEW TELEVISION CHANNEL ALLOCATIONS

EFFECTIVE FROM MONDAY, APRIL 22

TRANSMITTER LOCATION

ENGLISH

NORTH H.K. ISLAND, TEMPLE HILL ' 27

KOWLOON. .

TSUEN WAN, TSING LUNG TAU,« GOLDEN HILL 45

TSING Yl, KWAI CHUNG

TA KWU LINQ, SHEUNQ SHUI, CLOUDY HILL '55 TAI PO, TOLO HARBOUR

NORTH LANTAU, CASTLE PEAK •' CASTLE PEAK 44

TO TAI LAM CHUNQ, LOK HA

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CHAU, YUEN LONG, SHEK KONG

EXCO APPOINTMENTS

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THREE APPOINTMENTS TO THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS ARE ANNOUNCED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY.

THE HON. PETER WILLIAMS AND THE HON. JAMES ROBSON ARE PROVISIONALLY APPOINTED TEMPORARY UNOFFICIAL AND OFFICIAL MEMBERS RESPECTIVELY OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL UI TH EFFECT

FROM APRIL 1, 1974 IN THE ABSENCE OF THE HON. SIR ALBERT

RODRIGUES,AND DR. THE HON. GERALD CHOA.

THE HON. JAMES MCGREGOR. ACTING DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, 'IS PROVISIONALLY APPOINTED AN OFFICIAL MEMBER

OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL FROM APRIL 3, 1974.

THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 1974. • e • I *

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A TEAM OF TRADE FACILITATION EXPERTS FROM THE UNITED STATES, HEADED BY MR. ARTHUR BAYLIS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE OH INTERNATIONAL TRADE DOCUMENTATION CNC1TD) HELD A JOINT-MEETING TODAY (THURSDAY) WITH. THE HONG KONG TRADE FACILITATION COMMITTEE ON HATTERS OF MUTUAL INTEREST.

TOPICS DISCUSSED AT THE'MEETING INCLUDED AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING, COMMODITY CODING SYSTEMS At© INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION IN TRADE FACILITATION.

ALSO TAKING PART IN THE TALKS VERE KEY MEMBERS OF NC1TD, A.ND UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE FEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSION AND THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. MR. JAMES JICGREGOR, ACTING DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE At© INDUSTRY,’ALSO ATTENDED THE MEETING At© DELIVERED AN OPENING STATEMENT.

COMMENTING ON THE VISIT OF THE AMERICAN EXPERTS, HR. l.R. TOMLIN,.CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG TFC, SAID THAT CLOSE LIASION At© FULL CO-OPATION AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL HERE ESSENTIAL IN ENSURING

CONTINUED PROGRESS IN TRADE FACILITATION WORK.

HE ADDED THAT THE VISITORS HAD A WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE IN THEIR FIELD AI© HONG KONG HAD DERIVED GREAT BENEFIT SRCM

THE TALKS.

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MR. PATRICK WILLIAMSON, DISTRICT OFFICER OF YUEN LONG, HAS BEEN TEMPORARILY SECONDED TO SERVE AS ADMINISTRATIVE’ SECRETARY OF THE NEWLY ESTABLISHED CONSUMER COUNCIL.

IN HIS NEW POST, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, MR. WILLIAMSON WILL WORK CLOSELY WITH SIR YUET-KEUNQ KAN, CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL, TO GET THE COUNCIL OPERATING AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

HIS IMMEDIATE TASK WILL BE TO ESTABLISH AN OFFICE AND TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE STAFFING REQUIREMENTS OF THE COUNCIL.

IN ANNOUNCING MR. WILLIAMSON’S APPOINTMENT TODAY, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE MOVE WAS AN INTERIM MEASURE TO HELP THE COUNCIL GET OFF THE GROUND AS SPEEDILY AS POSSIBLE, PENDING

* ITS DEVELOPMENT INTO AN EFFECTIVE BODY COMPOSED SOLELY OF NON-OFFIC1AL'MEMBERS REPRESENTING A WIDE CROSS SECTION OF THE COMMUNITY.

THE SPOKESMAN REITERATED THE GOVERNMENT’S FULL BACKING TO THE COUNCIL, AND SAID SUPPORT WOULD BE PROVIDED IN THE FORM OF FINANCE, SECRETARIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE HELP. T^E SERVICES OF GOVERNMENT OFFICERS AND DEPARTMENTS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE TO THE COUNCIL IF NEEDED, HE SAID, ADDING THAT-MR. WILLIAMSON’S SECONDMENT WAS A FIRST STEP IN THIS REGARD.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT WITH HIS EXPERIENCE AND CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, PARTICULARLY AS A DISTRICT OFFICER IN THE EU TERRITORIES AND AS A CDO IN KOWLOON, MR. WILLIAMSON-IS VERY WELL SUITED FOR THE JOB.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 4r 19?A

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COMMENTING ON HIS APPOINTMENT, MR. WILLIAMSON SAID HE WAS

PLEASED TO BE SELECTED TO HELP SET UP THE COUNCIL.

+THE CONSUMER COUNCIL HAS AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY IN DEALING WITH THE CURRENT PROBLEM WHICH IS ON EVERYONE'S HIND.

♦I CERTAINLY WILL DO ALL I CAN TO HELP MAKE THE COUNCIL

A SUCCESS,’ AND WITH THE DETERMINATION WE ALL FEEL 1 AM SURE WE WILL SUCCEED.+ • *

MR. WILLIAMSON HAS SPENT ALL OF HIS.WORKING LIFE IN HONG KONG AND HAS SERVED AS ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER OF TAIPO, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, KHUN TONG, AND DEPUTY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, NEW TERRITORIES.

THE TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE CONSUMER COUNCIL ARE:

A. TO COLLECT INFORMATION ON THE PRICES OF A SELECTED RANGE OF COMMODITIES, AND ON THE WORKINGS OF THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL MARKETS IN THEM=

B. TO RECEIVE AND CONSIDER SUGGESTIONS AND COMPLAINTS, INCLUDING COMPLAINTS OF PROFITEERING"

C. ON THE BASIS OF ITS CONCLUSIONS ON A AND B:

1. TO PUBLISH THE FACTS

II. TO ACT ON PUBLIC OPINION TO DETER CLEAR-CUT CASES OF PROFITEERING3 AND • • I

III. TO ADVISE THE GOVERNMENT IF'SCOPE FOR EFFECTIVE OFFICIAL ACTION IS DISCOVERED.

.NOTE TO EDITORS: COPIES OF MR. WILLIAMSON'S PHOTOGRAPH ARE BOXED FOR COLLECTION.

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HOUSING SECRETARY VISITS EASTERN DISTRICT

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MR. IAN LIGHTBODY, SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON TOURED EASTERN DISTRICT TO SEE FOR HIMSELF THE MANAGEMENT PROCESSES OF MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS IN THE AREA.

ACCOMPANIED BY NR. T.H. BARNA, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (EASTERN), MR. LIGHTBODY F.IRST VISITED TriE SOUTHWARD MANSION ' AT NO. 3 LAU LI STREET, CAUSEWAY BAY. HE WAS BRIEFED BY THE ft

CHAIRMAN OF THE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE OF THE BUILDING, MR. CHENG KA-CHEUNG, ON THE VARIOUS MEASURES INITIATED BY THE COMMITTEE FOR IMPROVING THE MANAGEMENT OF THE BUILDING. THESE INCLUDED THE INSTALLATION OF DOOR BELLS FOR INDIVIDUAL FLAT UNITS AT THE MAIN ENTRANCE, RE-DEVISING OF THE LOCKING SYSTEM OF THE MAIN GATE AND IMPROVED NEIGHBOURLINESS.

MR. LIGHTBODY THEN PROCEEDED TO CONTINENTAL MANSION AT 230-304 KING’S ROAD, NORTH POINT, WHERE HE WAS BRIEFED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE'OWNERS' INCORPORATION OF THE BUILDING, ■ HR. AU CHUNG-PING, ON THE MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS ARISING FROM INDIVIDUAL OWNERSHIP OF FLATS IN A MULTI-STOREY BUILDING WITH 363 FLAT'S AND THE EFFECTS OF THE EFFORTS BY THE INCORPORATION ON MANAGEMENT IMPROVEMENT. ’

HE NEXT VISITED THE OCEANIC MANSION AT 1026-1048 KING'S ROAD, QUARRY BAY TO SEE THE PROBLEMS ARISING FROM LACK OF GOOD MANAGEMENT IN THIS 19-STOREY BUILDING WITH 550 UNITS. TENANTS' RESPONSE FOR THE FORMATION OF A MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE OR OWNERS' * •

INCORPORATION TO TAKE OVER THE BUILD ING.MANAGEMENT HAS SO FAR BEEN VERY LIMITED.

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BEFORE WINDING UP HIS TOUR, MR. LIGHTBODY C/jLLED AT A FACTORY BUILDING IN THE CHAI UAH FACTORY ESTATE, WHERE HE WAS SHOWN IMPROVEMENTS IN BUILDING MANAGEMENT'MADE AFTER THE FORMATION OF A MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE IN THE FACTORY BUILDING WHICH COMPRISES 6B FACTORY UNITS.

THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 1974

CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE

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THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY CTHURSDAY3 AT SALES UNDER THE RICE CONTROL SCHEME AND AT THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AND THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEUNG SHA WAN, KOWLOON:

SUPPLIES AND'WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE OF RICE CHINA RICE AVAILABILITY OF.SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICECS/CATTY5 AVERAGE

SEE MEW - OLD CROP - NEW CROP S.C.J1EN - OLD CROP - NEW CROP PO NGA1 CHU CHO GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD % 2.12 2.06

THAI RICE

100% WHOLE 10-15% BROKENS Al SUPER EXTRA A1 SUPER _WHOLE GLUTINOUS ■ GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD 2.03 2.01 . 1.90 1.70 2.03

U.S. RICE GOOD 1.94

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.92

PAKISTAN RICE GOOD / *"

TAIWAN RICE GOOD ' 1.60

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SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH

CFMO CHEUNq'SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKED ’

SPECIES AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE CS/CATTY3

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QOLDEN THREAD ROOD 3.00 2.20 2.50

BIQ-EYES x qooD 2.40 0.80 1.60

SQUID * ' LIMITED 4.20 2.50 3.50

HAIR-TAILS NORMAL 2.10 1.00 1.80

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 3.50 1.20 2.00

CROAKERS NORMAL 2.00 0.60 1.30

CONQER-PIKE-EELS qOOD 1.60 1.30 1.40

MELON COAT <— IM /

BREAMS NORMAL 5.80 3.20 4.00

YELLOW BELLY qooD 1.70 0.60 1.20

MACKERELS qooD 3.80 3.00 3.20

RED COAT FISH qooo . 0.70 0.40 0.60

FORK-TAIL NORMAL 1.20 0.80 1.00

HORSE-HEAD qooD 5.00 3.40 4.50

MELON SEED ! limited 2.60 2.00 2.20 .

POHFRETS NORMAL 8.50 7.50 8.00

QAROUPAS ’ NORMAL 7.00 4.50 6.00

YELLOW CROAKER qooo . • 5.00 3.50 4.50

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SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

CV.M.O. CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKET?

type of \ VEGETABLE ‘ . AVAILABILITY ) ' OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY? •

’ HIGH LOW MODE

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FLOWERING CABBAGE NORMAL •1.20 0.40 0.80

WHITE CABBAGE * GOOD i 0.50 0.15 0.30

CHINESE LETTUCE J. NORMAL o.6o • 0.20 0.40

HATER SPINACH i •

CHINESE KALE 1 NORMAL 1.20. 0*40 0.80

STRING BEANS —— —— ■ ■ —

SPRING ONION NORMAL 0.80 0.20 0.50 .

^SPINACH LIMITED 1.50 0.50 1.00

WATER CRESS NORMAL 0.90 0:20 0.60

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE GOOD 0.50 0.10 0.30

CHINESE SPINACH & • SCARCE 2.00 1.00 1.50

TOMATO LIMITED ‘1.60 0.50 1.20

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SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES O.c SHIME

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AVAILABILITY Lr ’ SUPPLY GOOD

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK V

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NEW TERRITORIES COUNTRYSIDE MAP

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RAMBLERS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ARE NOU ABLE TO PLAN AND SET FORTH ON THEIR WALKS ARMED WITH AN AID' DEVISED SPECIFICALLY TO MEET THEIR NEEDS - THE GOVERNMENT’S NEW +COUNTRYSIDE+ MAP Of* • THE NEU TERRITORIES/UEST.

THE MAP, PRODUCED BY THE CARTOQRZiPHERS OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, HAS JUST GONE ON SALE TO THE PUBLIC AT $3.00 A COPY.' IT IS THE SECOND MAP IN THE +COUNTRYSIDE+ SERIES, THE FIRST CSHEET 1) BEING OF HONG KONG ISLAND.

THE FIRST MAP, ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN 1971, HAS PROVED SO 1 .

POPULAR THAT TWO EDITIONS OF IT HAVE SOLD OUT RAPIDLY. A THIRD REVISED EDITION IS NOW BEING PRINTED AND SHOULD BE READY FOR ISSUE IN A FEW WEEKS’ TIME. . ,

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COMMENTING ON THE SUCCESS OF THE SERIES SO FAR, HONG KONG’S MAPMAKER-IN-CHIEF, MR. JOHN COOPER, WHO IS-HEAD OF THE SURVEY BRANCH OF P.W.D.’S CROHN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, SAID TODAY : *THE RESPONSE HAS BEEN A GREAT ENCOURAGEMENT TO US IN.PRODUCING THIS SERIES, AND UE ARE CONFIDENT THAT SHEET 2, THE NEU HAP, WILL BE AS MUCH APPRECIATED AS THE FIRST.*

THE NEW HAP, COLOURED.AND WITH LEGENDS IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE, HAS BEEN DRAWN TO A SCALE OF 1:50,000. IT SHOUS FOOTPATHS AND WALKING TRAILS IN-RED, U a TH A BROKEN LINE TO INDICATE PATHS WHICH HAY BE SEASONALLY OVERGROWN. '

/u!HE HAP...

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THE MAP IS A METRICATED ONE, BUT GIVES'A DISTANCE SCALE IN MILES AS WELL AS KILOMETRES. CONTOURS ARE AT INTERVALS OF 25 METRES. -AMONS THE FEATURES DENOTED BY APPROPRIATE ILLUSTRATIVE SIQNS ARE : PICNIC SPOTS= FORESTS AND WOODLANDS CWITH DIFFERENT SIGNS FOR CONIFEROUS AND DECIDUOUS TREES)= CAR PARKS= AND BUS SERVICES.

THE REVERSE SIDE OF THE SHEET SHOWS ENLARGED AND MORE DETAILED SECTIONS OF THREE AREAS WITH PARTICULAR ATTRACTIONS FOR COUNTRYSIDE WALKERS. THESE AREAS ARE : CAO TAI LAK CHUNG - TAI MO SHAN= CB> TAI PO KAU= AND CC> SHING MUN - SHA TIN.

THE REVERSE SIDE ALSO CONTAINS SOME GENERAL INFORMATION AND MAP NOTES. AMONG OTHER THINGS, THESE DRAW ATTENTION TO THE NEED FOR ALL COUNTRYSIDE WALKERS TO RESPECT THE COUNTRYSIDE CODE, AND THIS CODE IS SPELT OUT IN A MESSAGE ON THE INSIDE OF THE FLAP COVER ■i. OF THE HAP. .

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- MR. COOPER COMMENTED THAT THE INJUNCTIONS OF THE CODE - LIKE THE NEED TO AVOID FIRE DANGERS AND NOT TO LEAVE LITTER OR POLLUTE WATER SUPPLIES DESERVED GREAT EMPHASIS. +BUT I KNOW THAT THOSE ' PEOPLE,WHO GO TO THE TROUBLE OF BUYING OUR MAPS ARE THOUGHTFUL AND CONSIDERATE TYPES, AND I AM CONFIDENT THAT THEY WILL ALWAYS BE CONSCIOUS OF THE NEED TO. PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT.+

THE NEW MAP IS ON SALE AT THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE SALES COUNTER, 19TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, STAR FERRY, HONG KONG SIDE- AND THE C.L. AND '-'S.O. SALES SECTION, 1OTH FLOOR, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES CABOVE G.P.O. NATHAN R0AD3. IT IS ALSO AVAILABLE AT LEADING BOOK STORES.

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ALTHOUGH THE MAP IS TITLED.+NEU TERR1TORIES/WEST+, IT COVERS ALSO THE CENTRAL AREA OF THE MAINLAND NEU TERRITORIES. THE NEXT MAP IN THE +COUNTRYSIDE+ SERIES, SHEET 3, WILL BE OF LANTAU= IT SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

PRELIMINARY WORK HAS ALSO STARTED ON SHEET 4, THE NEW TERRITOR1ES/EAST, WHICH WILL TAKE IN THE SAI KUNG PENINSULA, IT SHOULD BE READY AT ABOUT THE TIME WHEN NEW ROADS IN THE PENINSULA BECOME ACCESSIBLE TO THE PUBLIC'.

MR. COOPER'ALSO REMINDED THE PUBLIC OF OTHER MAPS FOR GENERAL USE WHICH ARE. ON SALE, LIKE THE OFFICIAL GUIDE MAP TO HONG KONG AND THE 1:50,000 MAP FOR THE TERRITORY. THE LATTER IS AVAILABLE IN EITHER TWO OVERLAPPING SHEETS, WHICH CAN BE CUT AND JOINED TO FORM A WALL-MAP ABOUT 50” X 40”= OR' IN ONE DOUBLE-SIDES SHEET WHICH CAN BE CONVENIENTLY FOLDED AND USED BY MOTORISTS.

’ THERE IS, IN ADDITION, A WIDE VARIETY OF LARQER-SCALE I

TOPOGRAPHIC HAPS AND SURVEY PLANS WHICH CAN BE INSPECTED AND BOUGHT FROM EITHER OF THE TWO SALES SECTIONS OF THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE. ' .

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NOTE TO EDITORS: COPIES OF THE NEW COUNTRYSIDE HAP.ARE BOXED FOR COLLECTION.

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+TSAN KWAN TAI DA1+ FESTIVAL

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NOTE TO EDITORS: • • • • • '

RESIDENTS OF TS1NQ Yl ISLAND WILL CELEBRATE THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF THE LEGENDARY +TSAN KUAN TAI DAI+ THE GOD OF FAIRPLAY, WISDOM AND TRUTH - ON SUNDAY CAPR1L 7>.

THIS RELATIVELY LITTLE-KNOWN F ST1VAL IS CELEBRATED ONLY ON TS1NQ YI AND THOUSANDS OF WORSHIPPERS ARE EXPECTED ON THE ISLAND THIS SUNDAY. ...

THE CELEBRATIONS INCLUDE PROCESSIONS AND STAGE-SHOWS BY * POPULAR CANTONESE OPERA STARS. THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE FESTIVAL WILL BE THE DRAW FOR SOME 20 FLORAL SHRINES OR +FAR PAJJ.+

IT IS SAID THAT THESE SHRINES WILL BRING GOOD FORTUNE TO THE

OWNERS.

YOUR REPRESENTATIVES ARE CORDIALLY' INVITED TO ATTEND THE E

FESTIVAL WHICH BEGIN AT 11 A .11. ,

A STORY ABOUT THE FESTIVAL AND ITS ORIGIN WILL APPEAR IN TOMORROW’S DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN.

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CAREERS SEMINAR FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS

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A TWO-DAY CAREERS SEMINAR FOR SOME $00 SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN WESTERN DISTRICT IS TO BE HELD AT KING'S COLLEGE ON APRIL 10 AND 11.

THE SEMINAR IS JOINTLY ORGANIZED BY THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE WESTERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

THE AIM IS TO PROVIDE THE STUDENTS, MANY OF WHOM ARE IN THEIR FINAL YEAR OF SCHOOLING, WITH A WIDE RANGE OF INFORMATION TO ENABLE THEM TO HAKE A WISE CHOICE OF CAREERS.

< MR. LAI CHAM-KAN, THE COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICER (WESTERN), WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

THE PROGRAMME OF THE SEMINAR INCLUDES TALKS ON BANKING, NURSING, SOCIAL WORK, TEACHERS TRAINING AND POST-SECONDARY TECHNICAL EDUCATION BY EXPERTS IN THE RESPECTIVE FIELDS. REPRESENTATIVES FROM HOTELS, AIRLINES AND TRAVEL AGENCIES WILL LEAD A PANEL DISCUSSION ON CAREERS CONNECTED WITH THE TOURIST INDUSTRY.

. OTHER TALKS INCLUDE +HOW TO APPLY FOR A JOB+, +1NDUSTR1AL CAREERS THROUGH APPRENTICE TRAINING* AND +GOVERNMENT JOBS FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL LEAVERS*.

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STUDENTS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN THE SEMINAR

SHOULD CONTACT HRS. KATHERINE SHEN OF THE WESTERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY X

CENTRE AT $-435141 FOR ENROLMENT. • *

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NOTE TO EDITORS : YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE SEMINAR. THE OPENING CEREMONY HILL START AT 9«2O A.M. ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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RATING ASSESSMENTS FOR 33 TS1M SHA TSUI PREMISES REDUCED................................»...............   1

TWENTY CROWN LAND LOTS IN THE N.2. TO BE AUCTIONED... 2

THE LEGEND OF TSAN KUAN TAI DAI.......................... 3

» FEBRUARY HEALTH REPORT OUT.............................   6

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS TO BE INTRODUCED IN KUUN TONG................................................      /

MORE FIRST-AID COURSES RECOGNISED BY THE LABOUR. •

DEPARTMENT..............................    .......... 8

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RATEABLE VALUES OF 33 TSIM SHA TSUI PREMISES REDUCED « s ft if a x . ' /

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A TOTAL OF 91 PROPOSALS FOR THE ALTERATION OF ENTRIES IN THE VALUATION LISTS FOR 1974-75 HAVE BEEN RECEIVED BY THE *

COMMISSIONER OF RATING AND VALUATION.

A NUMBER OF THESE PROPOSALS. WERE OBJECTIONS AGAINST THE PREMISES BEING RATED AND INCLUDED IN A' LIST, WHILE OTHERS. WERE PROPOSALS TO REDUCE ASSESSED RATEABLE VALUES, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

OF PARTICULAR INTEREST ARE 33 PROPOSALS IN RESPECT OF ‘ PREMISES IN A WELL-KNOWN TSIM SHA TSUI SHOPPING ARCADE.

BECAUSE OF REDUCED RENTS RECENTLY NEGOTIATED BY TENANTS THE DEPARTMENT HAS ACCEPTED THESE PROPOSALS AND AGREED REDUCED RATING ASSESSMENTS FOR THE ENSUING YEAR.

THE REMAINING PROPOSALS HAVE EITHER BEEN DEALT WITH OR ARE STILL BEING CONSIDERED. ALL VALID PROPOSALS SHOULD HAVE r

BEEN SUBMITTED BY MARCH 29•

THIS IS THE FIRST OCCASION ON WHICH RATEPAYERS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SEEK REDUCTIONS IN RATEABLE VALUES IN All EXISTING VALUATION LIST WITHOUT HAVING TO GO THROUGH THE SOMETIMES • EXPENSIVE AND TIME-CONSUMING PROCESS OF LODGING AN APPEAL IN THE DISTRICT COURT. THIS UZiS ONE OF THE NEU FEATURES OF RATING PRACTICE INTRODUCED BY THE RATING ORDINANCE 1,973.

THE Rl.GHT OF APPEAL TO THE DISTRICT COURT AGAINST THE DECISION OF THE COMMISSIONER FOLLOWING THE MAKING OF A PROPOSAL STILL REMAINS.

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NEV TERRITORIES CROWN LAND SALES

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TWENTY LOTS OF CROWN LAND. IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, INCLUDING MORE THAN 450,000 SQUARE FEET OF INDUSTRIAL LAND IN TUEN MUN, WILL BE PUT UP FOR SALE BETWEEN NOW AND. SEPTEMBER 3. X ;' .

THE LOTS ARE A PART OF A SIX-MONTH FORECAST OF PROVISIONAL RURAL LAND SALE ISSUED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES %

ADMINISTRATION, AND ALREADY 10 LOTS HAVE BEEN AUCTIONED SINCE FEBRUARY 1.

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TWO LOTS IN TUEN MUN HAVE BEEN EARMARKED FOR NONINDUSTRIAL PURPOSES. THEY HAVE .A TOTAL AREA OF 9,500 SQUARE FEET. ••

SIX LOTS FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT HAVE.ALSO BEEN SCHEDULED FOR AUCTION. THEY ARE; TWO 4,000-SQUARE-F00'f SITES ON PENQ CHAU= THREE LOTS AT ROUTE TWISK, WITH A TOTAL AREA EXCEEDING 210,000 SQUARE FEET® AND ONE LOT IN SHAM TSENG, WITH AN AREA OF 16,400 SQUARE FEET.

THE REMAINING SITES’ ARE ALSO RESERVED FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES: TOO IN YUEN LONG WITH A TOTAL AREA OF NEARLY 22,000 SQUARE FEET® TWO IM HUI WO, WITH A TOTAL AREA OF ABOUT 8,000 SQUARE FEET® AND ONE ON PENG CHAU, WITH AN AREA OF 700 SQUARE FEET.

CONDITIONS AND VENUES OF SALES OF THE ABOVE LOTS WILL BE ADVERTISED AT THE APPROPRIATE TIMES.

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THE LEGEND OF TSAN KWAN TAI DAI'

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OF THE MANY CHINESE FESTIVALS THAT ARE CELEBRATED EVERY. YEAR IN HONQ KQNQ, THERE IS ONE WHICH ATTRACTS RELATIVELY LITTLE ATTENTION.

IN FACT, NOT VERY HANY PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY THE YOUNGER GENERATION, HAVE HEARD OF THIS ANNUAL FESTIVAL WHICH TAKES PLACE ONLY ON THE ISLAND OF TS1NG Yl. '

THE FESTIVAL, SIMILAR TO THAT OF TIN HAU, IS TO COMMEMORATE THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF THE LEGENDARY CHARACTER +TSAN KWAN TAI DA1 + OR - IN THE BEST ENGLISH EQUIVALENT - THE GOD OF FAIRPLAY, WISDOM AND TRUTH.

LEGEND HAS IT THAT DURING THE SUNG DYNASTY, THE PROVINCE OF KWANG TUNG WAS PLAGUED BY PIRATES AND THE AUTHORITIES THERE WERE UNABLE TO SUPPRESS THE ACTIVITIES OF THOSE. WATER-BORNE THIEVES. . .

WHEN THE PLUNDERING AND KILLINGS WERE ABOUT TO GET OUT OF HAND, ALONG CAME A MAN KNOWN SIMPLY AS NG. .

HE APPROACHED THE EMPEROR LI T'SUNG WITH A PLAN TO RID THE PROVINCE OF PIRATES.

WHATEVER THE PLANS WERE, LEGEND NEVER REVEALED. BUT APPARENTLY THEY WORKED AND PEACE ONCE MORE RETURNED TO KWANG TUNG.

SO PLEASED WAS THE EMPEROR THAT HE APPOINTED NG AS PROVINCIAL COUNSELLOR “ A ROLE HE PLAYED EXCEEDINGLY WELL. PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE WERE SAID TO HAVE APPROACHED HIM WITH THEIR PROBLEMS BECAUSE OF HIS WISDOM AND IMPARTIALITY.

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WHEN HE DIED SOME YEARS LATER, THE PEOPLE OF THE PROVINCE

CONTINUED TO SEEK HELP AND GUIDANCE FROM HIS'SPIRIT. AND, .♦ . .1

ACCORDING TO LEGEND, HANY SUCH REQUESTS WERE GRANTED.

AS A RESULT THE PEOPLE PETITIONED THE EMPEROR TO

PRONOUNCE NG A DEITY.

THE EMPEROR DID SO, AND TO THIS DAY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN

CELEBRATING THE ANNIVERSARY OF NG’S1DEATH ON THE FIFTEENTH DAY

OF THE THIRD HOON.

AND IN HONG KONG WHY IS THE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATED ONLY ON

TSING Yl ISLAND?

WELL, ACCORDING TO A VILLAGER WHO WAS BORN ON TSING Yl, THE STORY GOES LIKE THIS:.

DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR WHEN THE JAPANESE INVADED HONG KONG, THE 2,000 INHABITANTS OF TSING Yl BEGAN TO THINK ABOUT ~ EVACUATING THE ISLAND.

NOT SURE-WHETHER THE MOVE WOULD BE A WISE DECISION, THE

ISLANDERS CALLED ON THE GUIDANCE OF *TSAN KUAN TAI DA1+ - THE , • 4 1

NAME WHICH NG HAS NOU COME TO BE.KNOWN.

THE ANSWER THE VILLAGERS RECEIVED WAS +N0 EVACUATION IS NECESSARY*. SO EVERYBODY REMAINED ON THE ISLAND.

DURING THE INVASION SEVERAL BOMBS FELL ON TSING Yl. BUT THERE WAS NO LOSS OF LIFE OR INJURY AND DAMAGE WAS MINIMAL. THE VILLAGERS* PRAYERS HAD BEEN ANSWERED. *

SINCE THEN RESIDENTS OF TSING Yl HAVE BEEN HOLDING ANNUAL CELEBRATIONS TO GIVE THANKS TO NQ‘S SPIRIT. • •

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THE CELEBRATIONS ARE ELABORATE AND COSTLY AND LAST FOR FIVE DAYS. BUT THE MAIN EVENTS ARE ON THE FOURTH DAY - THE FIFTEENTH DAY OF THE THIRD MOON WHICH THIS YEAR FALLS ON SUNDAY APRIL 7.

VISITORS TO TS1NQ Yl THIS SUNDAY WILL BE ABLE TO WATCH COLOURFUL PROCESSIONS, LION DANCES, AND AN HOUR-LONG STAGE SHOW BY LEADING CANTONESE OPERA STARS. BUT THE MAIN ATTRACTION, ESPECIALLY TO WORSHIPPERS, WILL BE THE DRAW FOR % THE 20 ODD PORTABLE FLORAL SHRINES 03 +FAR PAU+. '

EACH SHRINE, WHICH HOUSES THE DEITY, IS SUPPOSED TO BRING GOOD FORTUNE TO THE PERSON WHO GETS IT. HOWEVER, HE MUST RETURN IT THE NEXT YEAR FOR ANOTHER DRAW, IN WHICH HE CAN ALSO TAKE PART. AND IF HE IS LUCKY HE HAY GET ANOTHER SHRINE • • FOR A FURTHER 12 HONTHS*

TALK TO ANY VILLAGER OF TSiNQ YI AND HE WILL PROBABLY TELL YOU OTHER STORIES OF HOW +TSAN KWAN.TAI DAI+ HELPED HIM OR HIS FAMILY IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER*

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HEALTH REPORT FOR FEBRUARY •

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HEALTH RETURNS FOR FEBRUARY ISSUED TODAY BY THE MEDICAL

AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SHOW THAT 10 CHILDREN DIED FROM MEASLES, A SLIGHT DROP COMPARED WITH THE 11 DEATHS RECORDED IN JANUARY.

NOTIFICATIONS OF MEASLES DURING THE MONTH ROSE TO 384, COMPARED WITH 367 IN‘JANUARY, AND 191 IN DECEMBER LAST YEAR.

COMMENTING ON THESE FIGURES, A SPOKESMAN SAID THEY EMPHASISED THE NEED FOR PARENTS OF SUSCEPTIBLE CHILDREN BETWEEN SIX MONTHS AND FIVE YEARS TO HAVE THEM IMMUNISED.

+AS ALREADY ANNOUNCED, THE ANTI-MEASLES CAMPAIGN IS CONTINUING UNTIL THE END OF MAY, + HE STRESSED. +FREE VACCINE IS AVAILABLE AT ALL MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRES, NOT ONLY DURING THIS EXTENDED CAMPAIGN PERIOD, BUT ALSO THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.+

OF THE 135 OTHER DEATHS RECORDED DURING FEBRUARY, 132 WERE CAUSED BY TUBERCULOSIS, ONE BY AHOEBIASIS, ONE BY CHICKENPOX AND ONE BY TETANUS. ’\

THERE WERE 140 NOTIFICATIONS OF CHICKENPOX, A RISE FROM THE 97 CASES RECORDED IN JANUARY. NOTIFICATIONS OF BACILLARY DYSENTERY AI-SO INCREASED FROM 18 IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH TO 25 »

NO CASES OF DIPHTHERIA OR POLIOMYELITIS HERE RECORDED, AND THE INCIDENCE OF THE OTHER COMMUNICABLE DISEASES SHOWED NO APPRECIABLE VARIATION.

DURING THE MONTH, HONG KONG REMAINED FREE FROM CHOLERA AND OTHER QUARANTINABLE DISEASES.

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED NEXT WEEK IN A NUMBER OF STREETS IN KWUN TONG TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW IN THE AREA. » • '

THE CHANGES, WHICH WILL COME INTO EFFECT FROM 10 A.M. ON TUESDAY, ARE AS FOLLOWS ‘ '

K TSUN YIP STREET BETWEEN HUNG TO ROAD AND WAI YIP STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

« TSUN YIP STREET BETWEEN HUNG TO ROAD AND HOW MING STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

M THE SECTION OF WAI YIP STREET EAST OF*THE ENTRANCE TO KWUN TONG FERRY CONCOURSE, TOGETHER WITH THE SECTION OF KING YIP STREET BETWEEN WAI YIP STREET AND HUNG TO ROAD,.WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY TOWARDS HUNG TO ROAD.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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THE COMMISSIONER OF LABOUR, MR. NEIL HENDERSON,’HAS

APPROVED COURSES RUN BY THREE HORE HONG KONG ORGANISATIONS AS COURSES QUALIFYING SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES TO ACT AS FIRST-AID PERSONNEL IN INDUSTRY. '

THE NEWLY-RECOGNISED COURSES ARE RUM BY THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICE, THE CIVIL AID SERVICES AND THE BRITISH RED CROSS SOCIETY.

THIS MEANS THAT, INCLUDING THE ST. JOHN AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION, THERE ARE NOU FOUR ORGANISATIONS IN HONG KONG WHICH CAM RUN COURSES GIVING SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES FULL ’ RECOGNITION UNDER -THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS t .

CF1RST AID Hi REGISTRABLE WORKPLACES) REGULATIONS AND THE SA ’ .

CONSTRUCTION SITES CSAFETY) REGULATIONS. '

THE COMMISSIONER OF LABOUR HAS APPROVED A TOTAL OF SEVEN • • . . i'

COURSES RUM BY THE THREE'BODIES.

MR. HENDERSON SAID TODAY THE RECOGNITION OF THE COURSES WAS AIMED AT MAKING IT EASIER FOR EMPLOYERS TO GET MEMBERS OF THEIR STAFF QUALIFIED IN LINE WITH THE LAW, THUS HELPING TO SOLVE THE SHORTAGE OF FIRST-AID PERSONNEL IN INDUSTRY.

HE CALLED ON INDUSTRY TO TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF THE HEU . COURSES. ‘

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♦FIRST-AIDERS HAVE AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY ON THE SHOPFLOOR IN CASE OF EMERGENCY. FACTORY PROPRIETORS ARE REQUIRED BY LAUS TO PROVIDE A TRAINED FIRST-AIDER FOR EVERY . 100 EMPLOYEES.+

MR. HENDERSON SAID THE DEPARTMENT’S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY ’ 1

TRA1H1NQ CENTRE WAS STILL QETT1HQ A VERY C.OOD RESPONSE TO ITS * FIRST-AID COURSES BEINGS RUN IN CONJUNCTION U1TH TH3*ST. JOHN AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION.'

WE’VE SO FAR HAD 632 APPLICATIONS FROM 185 DIFFERENT FIRMS - BY FAR THE BEST RESPONSE EVER,+ IE SAID.

♦ORIGINALLY WE HAD PLANNED THREE COURSES1® THEN WE HAD TO ADD •ANOTHER SEVEN AND THEN A FURTHER TWO. HOU WE’RE PLANNING 11 MORE. I

♦HOWEVER i AM DISAPPOINTED THAT MORE BUILDING CONTRACTORS ARE NOT SHOWING INTEREST. THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY HAS, AFTER ALL, BY FAR THE WORST ACCIDENT RATE IN HONG KOHQ.

♦SO FAR ONLY 30 OUT OF THE 1,600 REGISTERED WITH Tl-E PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT HAVE SENT THEIR EMPLOYEES ALONG FOR FIRST-AID TRAINING. . . ' '

♦THIS IS PARTICULARLY BAD IN VIEU OF THE FACT THAT THE , CONSTRUCTION SITES CSAFETYJ REGULATIONS WILL BE COMING INTO FORCE OH MAY 1. ' . ' . '

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♦I MUST REMIND BUILDING; CONTRACTORS THAT IT IS THEIR STATUTORY OBLIGATION AS FROM HAY 1, TO PROVIDE A FIRST-AIDER ON A CONSTRUCTION SITE WHICH HAS KOT LESS THAN JO WORKMEN. AND FOR A CONSTRUCTION SITE WITH HORE THAN 100 WORKMEN, TUO / •

FIRST-AIDERS SHOULD BE PROVIDED.+

HR. HENDERSON URGED BUILDING CONTRACTORS TO TAKE PROMPT ACTION TO COMPLY WITH THE LAW. ENQUIRIES REGARDING THE TRAINING OF THEIR EMPLOYEES LN FIRST-AID CAN BE MADE BY ‘ A ,* .

SIMPLY TELEPHONING J-66^458, TO THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY • *WW * *

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CONSUMER COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP ANNOUNCED n k- n m « it

THZ GOVERNOR HAS APPOINTED 12 RESIDENTS, INCLUDING HOUSEWIVES, WORKERS AND MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES, TO SERVE ON THE NEWLY-ESTABLISHED CONSUMER COUNCIL.

SIR YUET-KEUNG KAN, SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, HAS ALREADY BEEN APPOINTED AS CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL, AND MR. PATRICK WILLIAMSON, DISTRICT OFFICER OF YUEN LONG, HAS BEEN SECONDED TO SERVE AS THE COUNCIL'S ADMINISTRATIVE SECRETARY OH A TEMPORARY BASIS.

THE NEWLY-APPOINTED MEMBERS ARE: . X

MRS. TENG LEUNG KIT-TSENG, A HOUSEWIFE, WHOSE HUSBAND

IS THE 'IL! AGS REPRESENTATIVE OF THE TA IPO OLD MARKET RURAL COi’.Hl i li.Eo

MRS. CHAN KUAN PO-SAi, CHAIRMAN OF THE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE OF U LAN TERRACE, SHEUNG WAN, AND HOUSEWIFE.

HR. WONG BING-HUEN OF NQAU TAU KOK WHO IS A CARETAKER OF A BUILDING IN SAN PO KONG.

MADAM CHEUNG PO-CHUN, A WIDOW LIVING IN TSIN SHUI MA TAU VILLAGE IN SHAU KEI UAH. SHE HAS APPOINTED TO SERVE ON THE RICE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON ZiPRIL 1.

MR. UU KWOK-CHEUNG, A FACTORY WORKER.

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HRS. KONG FUNG YUEN-YEE, A HOUSEWIFE WHOSE HUSBAND IS A BUS DRIVER.

HRS. LEE LO YUK-SIM, A HOUSEWIFE LIVING IN CHOI HUNG ESTATE. SHE IS ALSO CHAIRMAN OF THE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE OF HUNG NQOK HOUSE IN THE ESTATE.

MR. SHUM CHOI-SANG, MANAGING EDITOR OF UAH K1U YAT PO AND CHAIRMAN OF THE CAUSEWAY BAY KAIFONG WELFARE ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION.

11R. GEORGE HO, MANAGING DIP.ECTOR GF HOi'iq KONG COMMERCIAL BROADCASTING CO. LTD AND A MEMBER OF THE HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL.

MR. HENRY C.Y. HO, LECTURER IN ECONOMICS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG AND THE AUTHOR OF MANY BOOKS AND ARTICLES DEALING WITH THE ECONOMY OF HONG KQNG.

HR. HO SAi-CHU, DIRECTOR OF FOOK LEE AND CO. LTD. AND CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICES.

MR. LO KWEE-SEONG, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF HONG KONG SOYA BEAN PRODUCTS LTD. MR. LO HAS SERVED ON BOTH THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND HAS REPRESENTED HONG KONG AT A NUMBER OF MEETINGS OF COMMITTEES AND WORKING PARTIES OF E.C.A.F.E.

COMMENTING ON THE APPOINTMENTS, SIR YUET-KEUNG KAN SAID HE WAS GRATEFUL THAT THE MEMBERS HAD SO READILY ACCEPTED TO SERVE OR THE COUNCIL— • • / t

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♦COLLECTIVELY THEY MAKE UP A VERY STRONG TEAM UHOSE CONTRIBUTION WILL BE INVALUABLE IN MAKING THE COUNCIL AN EFFECTIVE BODY.

♦THEY HAVE PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE OF THE PROBLEMS CREATED BY RECENT PRICE INCREASES OF VARIOUS COMMODITIES. I AM SURE THAT THE CONSUMERS WILL FEEL THAT THEY ARE WELL REPRESENTED,* HE SAID.

SIR YUET-KEUNQ SAID THE COUNCIL WOULD BE GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS STRAIGHT AWAY AND WOULD HOLD ITS FIRST MEETING ON WEDNESDAY (APRIL 105.

THE COUNCIL'S TERMS' OF REFERENCE ARE:

, A. TO COLLECT INFORMATION ON THE PRICES OF A SELECTED RANGE OF COMMODITIES, AND ON THE WORKINGS OF THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL MARKETS IN THEM= e 9 9

B. TO RECEIVE AND CONSIDER SUGGESTIONS AND COMPLAINTS, INCLUDING COMPLAINTS OF PROFITEERING3 AND

C. ON THE BASIS OF ITS CONCLUSIONS ON (A> AND (B):-

1. TO PUBLISH THE FACTS=

2. TO ACT ON PUBLIC OPINION TO DETER CLEAR-CUT CASES OF PROFITEERING, AND

3. TO ADVISE THE GOVERNMENT IF SCOPE FOR EFFECTIVE OFFICIAL ACTION IS DISCOVERED.

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DON’T STAND AROUND WATCHING IF YOU SEE A FIRE: CALL THE FIRE BRIGADE IMMEDIATELY BY DIALLING 999» A FIRE SERVICES SPOKESMAN URGED TODAY.

. HE SAID MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AT THE SCENE OF A FIRE SOMETIMES ASSUMED ANOTHER PERSON HAD RAISED THE ALARM AND, AS A RESULT, DELAY OCCURRED IN THE ARRIVAL OF FIRE APPLIANCES AT THE SCENE.

♦THE FIRE SERVICES WOULD RATHER GET A DOZEN CALLS RELATED TO ONE FIRE THAN NONE AT ALL*, HE DECLARED. +L’E ALL HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO ACT IN THE EVENT OF A FIRE.+

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THERE WERE OCCASIONS WHEN THE FIRE

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SERVICES HAD BEEN CRITICISED FOR EOT GETTING TO A FIRE QUICKLY /

ENOUGH, BUT IT GENERALLY TURNED OUT THAT THERE HAD EITHER BEEN DELAY IN REPORTING THE FIRE, OR PEOPLE LIVING OR WORKING IN THE BUILDING HAD ONLY TELEPHONED THE FIRE SERVICES WHEN IT HAD GOT

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THE SPOKESMAN STATED: +THE SOONER UE ARE CALLED, THE SOONER WE CAN SET ABOUT ’GETTING THE BLAZE UNDER CONTROL. ANY DELAY IN

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CONTACTING US INCREASES THE THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY, ESPECIALLY IN HONG KONG WHICH IS SO CROWDED.+

HE SAID THE 399 SYSTElfuAS SOLELY FOR THE PUBLIC’S BENEFIT AND, PROPERLY USED, IT WAS THE MOST EFFECTIVE UAY OF GETTING HELP FROM THE FIRE OF AMBULANCE SERVICES OF THE POLICE.

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♦THE 999 EMERGENCY CALL SYSTEM IS NOU BEING MORE WIDELY USED,* HE NOTED, +BUT THERE ARE STILL TOO MANY INSTANCES OF IT NOT BEING OPERATED TO THE BEST EFFECT.+

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN THE MID-LEVELS WILL BE INTRODUCED NEXT WEEK.

FROM 10 A.H. ON WEDNESDAY, THE EXISTING TRAFFIC ROUTING OF CASTLE ROAD WILL BE REVERSED TO BECOME ONE-WAY FROM ROBINSON ROAD TO CAINE ROAD.

TRAFFIC IN SEYMOUR ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY FROM CAINE ROAD TO ROBINSON ROAD.

THE SECTION OF ELGIN STREET BETWEEN PEEL STREET AND CAINE ROAD WILL BE MADE ONE-WAY FROM PEEL STREET TO CAINE ROAD.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE SECTION OF SHELLEY STREET BETWEEN HOLLYWOOD ROAD AND STAUNTON STREET WILL ALSO EE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY FROM HOLLYWOOD ROAD TO STAUNTON STREET.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE

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HE IS ONE OF 15,200 PEOPLE WHO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE MANY FREE FACILITIES OFFERED AT THE 14 ADULT EDUCATION AND RECREATION CENTRES RUN BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

FOR THREE EVENINGS A WEEK HE IS HARD AT WORK IN THE CENTRE AT THE TONG MSI ROAD GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOL IN'KOWLOON TOGETHER UITH OTHERS STRIVING TO BETTER THEMSELVES.

AT ANOTHER CENTRE IN S HAU KEI WAN, THREE HEN WHOSE , I

AGES RANGE FROM 61 TO 73 ARE MEMBERS OF A CHINESE INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC CROUP. THEY ARE HR. HO LEUNG-KUAN, 73. AND HR. YUNG KAM-CHEUNG. 66, AND HR. CHAH KWOK-KEI, 61.

THE CENTRES ARE OPEN FOUR EVENINGS A WEEK FROM TUESDAY TO FRIDAY BETWEEN 7.30 R.M. AND 9.30 P.H. THERE ARE SIX CENTRES OH HONG KONG ISLAND, SIX IN KOWLOON AND TWO IN THE NEU TERRITORIES. ALL OF THEM ARE OPERATING IN GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOLS. ANYONE WHO IS 18 OR OVER IS WELCOME TO ENROL AS A MEMBER.

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A QUIET ROOM.

ALL THE ACTIVITIES ARE ORQANISED AND CONDUCTED BY QUALIFIED STAFF AND THE PROGRAMME IS PLANNED WITH THE NEEDS AND INTERESTS OF THE MEMBERS IN MIND. 0 CHINESE BOXINQ, PHOTOGRAPHY, TABLE TENNIS, CHINESE BILLIARDS ARD A VARIETY OF GROUP GAMES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE CENTRES WHILE MUSIC APPRECIATION, CHORAL SINGING, GYMNASTICS, FOLK DANCES, GENERAL KNOWLEDGE QUIZZES, EDUCATIONAL FILM SHOUS AND GROUP DISCUSSIONS ARE CONDUCTED ONCE OR TWICE A WEEK.

A SOCIAL EVENING ORGANISED BY THE MEMBERS THEMSELVES IS HELD ONCE A MONTH. VISITS OF AN EDUCATIONAL NATURE ARE ARRANGED PERIODICALLY.

A NUMBER OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS ALSO TAKE PART IN GIVING TALKS AND DEMONSTRATIONS FROM TIME TO TIME, ON A VARIETY OF TOPICS OF GENERAL INTERESTS TO ADULTS. THESE TOPICS AIM AT HELPING PEOPLE TO ACQUIRE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR PLACE IN THE COMMUNITY AND OF THE WORK OF DIFFERENT AGENCIES.

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MEMBERS LEARN TO RUM COMMITTEES , CONDUCT. MEETINGS, PLAN ACTIVITIES, ENJOY HEALTHY PASTIMES AMD, PERHAPS HOST IMPORTANT OF ALL,. TO ADOPT A POSITIVE ATTIDUD3 TO THE COMMUNITY TO WHICH THEY BELONG.

SOME OF THEM BECOME VOLUNTARY WORKERS WHO ASSIST THE ORGANISERS AND SUPERVISORS IN THE ROUTINE OPERATION AND THE ORGANISATION OF SPECIAL FUNCTIONS.

THE FIRST FOUR CENTRES WERE STARTED BETWEEN OCTOBER 1955 AND FEBRUARY 1957. AND ANOTHER FOUR FOLLOWED IN 1959.

NOW THERE ARE 14, EACH OF UHICH IS RUH>BY TL’O ORGANISERS AND SIX SUPERVISORS.

THE MOTTO OF THE ADULT EDUCATION AND RECREATION CENTRES IS +ALL MEMBERS OF ONE FAMILY.+ ANYONE WUHO IS 1.8 OR OVER ARD WHO WISHES TO BECOME A MEMBER OF A CENTRE MAY .DO SO BY TELEPHONING THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADULT EDUCATION SECTION OH TEL. 3-884111 EXT. 28D.

THE SECTION ALSO ADM'iNISTERS THE EVENING INSTITUTE AND THE EVENING SCHOOL OF HIGHER CHINES E STUDIES.

SOME ADULT EDUCATION COURSES DO ROT HAVE ANY.ENTRANCE EXAMINATION. TUITION FEES ARE CHEAP -- ONLY $20 A YEAR FOR GENERAL BACKGROUND AND PRACTICAL BACKGROUND EDUCATION COURSES AND $5 A YEAR FOR RURAL LITERACY CLASSES. THERE IS ALMOST HO TIME LIMIT FOR REGISTRATION TO BECOME A STUDENT.

ILLITERATE ADULTS ARE OFFERED A REMEDIAL PROGRAMME TO ENABLE THEM TO MASTER THE FUNDAMENTAL SKILLS OF READING, WRITING AND NUMERACY. NINE RURAL LITERACY CLASSES DESIGNED FOR SUDH EDUCATION ARE HELD IN SIX DIFFERENT CENTRES IN THE NEU TERRITORIES. ’

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IN THE BORDER TOWN OF SHA TAU KOK 17 WOMEN ARE ATTENDING A PRACTICAL CLASS WHERE THEY ARE TAUGHT SEWING AND KNITTING. SIMILAR CLASSES ARE AVAILABLE IN HANY PARTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES, KOWLOON AND HONG KONG.

THE BIGGEST ADULT EDUCATION CENTE IS AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL IN KOWLOON, WHERE MORE THAN 900 PUPILS OF NORMAL SCHOOL AGE STUDY SECONDARY SCHOOL COURSES LEADING TO THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION.

AT THE SAME CENTRE, THERE ARE 28 ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSES FOR ADULTS AND FIVE TEACHERS CLASSES.

‘ ANOTHER BIG CENTRE IS ON HONG KONG ISLAND. THIS CENTRE IS AT THE CLEMENTI MIDDLE SCHOOL WHERE ANOTHER 900 PUPILS OF NORMAL AGE ARE GIVEN SECONDARY EDUCATION. THREE MUSIC CLASSES FOR TEACHERS ARE ALSO HELD AT THIS CENTRE.

SEPARATELY, THREE ART CLASSES FOR TEACHERS ARE CONDUCTED AT THE CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE IN TANNER ROAD, NORTH POINT.

WOODWORK CLASSES ARE NORMALLY ATTENDED BY MEN. BUT

THERE ARE AT LEAST FOUR WOMEN TAKING WOODWORK LESSONS. TWO OF THEM GO TO THE CENTRE AT HOLLYWOOD ROAD WHILE THE THIRD ATTENDS A CLASS AT NORTH POINT AND THE FOURTH IN THE FARM ROAD CENTRE IN KOWLOON.

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MORE THAN 1,600 ADULTS GO TO VARIOUS CENTRE FOR A MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSE. THE SUBJECTS TAUGHT IN THIS FIVE-YEAR COURSE INCLUDE CHINESE, ENGLISH, MATHEMATICS, BOOKKEEPING, CHINESE HISTORY, WORLD HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, ECONOMIC AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS, AND BIOLOGY.

A THREE-YEAR COURSE IN GENERAL ARTS, LEADING TO A DIPLOMA ISSUED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, IS OFFERED BY THE EVENING SCHOOL OF HIGHER CHINESE STUDIES. HOST OF THE 330 STUDENTS ARE IN THE TEACHING PROFESSION.

EIGHT CLASSES ARE HELD AT THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION WHILE ANOTHER SIX ARE AT KING’S COLLEGE.

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THE SUBJECTS TAUGHT INCLUDE CHINESE LITERATURE, PHILOSOPHY, SOCIOLOGY, PHILOLOGY, CHINESE POETRY, CHINESE LYRICS AND LYRICAL DRAMA, ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND ENGLISH LITERATURE.

FULL DETAILS OF THE VARIOUS COURSES OFFERED CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADULT EDUCATION SECTION, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 6TH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD, .KOWLOON <TEL. 53-884111 EXT. 280).

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MORE THAN 22,000 PEOPLE ARE ATTENDING THE VARIOUS COURSES YHROUGHOUT HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEU TERRITORIES. A TOTAL OF 15,200 ARE REGISTERED MEMBERS OF THE ADULT EDUCATION AND RECREATION CENTRES.

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OIL SUPPLIES UNIT TO BECOME PERMANENT DIVISION UNDER

COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT........................ 1

COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICERS APPOINTED FOR CENTRAL AND KWUN TONG........."................................. 2

SIX GOVERNMENT CLINICS WILL REMAIN OPEN DURING THE EASTER HOLIDAYS.......................................   3

ABERDEEN RESIDENTS RAISE MORE THAN $1,600 FOR COMMUNITY CHEST........................................  4

HK-ETV TO JOIN EDUCATION AID EXHIBITION IN LONDON.... 5

REPAINTING PROGRAMME TO BRIGHTEN UP HOUSING ESTATES.. 6

INFORMATION MATERIAL ON ”BUS ONLY” LANES IN THE

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DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

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THE OIL SUPPLIES UNIT IS TO CONTINUE ON A PERMANENT BASIS

AS A NEW DIVISION OF THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT, IT

WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY.

MR. ROY PORTER, THE DIRECTOR OF OIL SUPPLIES, HAS RETURNED

TO THE DEPARTMENT TO ACT AS DEPUTY DJRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND

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MCQREGOR WHO IS NOW THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY.

MR. PORTER’S NEU RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE OVERSIGHT OF

OIL SUPPLIES, AND THERE WILL BE NO SLACKENING OFF IN THE FUEL CONSERVATION DRIVE.

+THERE IS STILL A WORLD SHORTAGE OF FUEL, AMD IT WOULD BE PREMATURE TO RELAX OUR EFFORTS TO ECONOMISE AT THIS STAGE,+ HE STRESSED.

MR. PORTER,POINTED OUT, HOWEVER, THAT GOVERNMENT PROCEDURES AND SYSTEMS FOR DEALING WITH THE OIL SUPPLY SITUATION WERE NOW WELL ESTABLISHED, AND THIS ENABLED SOME REORGANISATION TO TAKE PLACE.

•WHEN THE OIL SUPPLIES UNIT WAS CREATED IT WAS NOT KNOWN

HOW LONG IT WOULD NEED TO CONTINUE IN OPERATION,+ HE ADDED. +IT HAS NOW BEEN DECIDED THAT IT SHOULD FORM A NEW DIVISION OF THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT.+

HR. ALEC PURVS3 WILL ACT AS AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY TO HEAD THE OIL SUPPLIES DIVISION. HE HAS SERVED WITH THE OIL SUPPLIES UNIT SINCE IT WAS SET UP LAST, NOVEMBER. FOLLOWING THE CUTBACK IN OIL PRODUCTION. *

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TWO HORE COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICERS UERE APPOINTED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TODAY AS A FURTHER STEP IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ITS SCHEME TO HAVE ONE SUCH OFFICER IN EACH _ , OF THE DISTRICTS IN HQNG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

APPOINTED TODAY UERE MR. BERNARD MUI KAN-KIT, WHO WILL BE CYO CENTRAL AND MR. WONG KING-TONG, CYO KUUN TONQ.

INITIALLY THEY U1LL BE HOUSED IN TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION PENDING THE SETTING-UP OF PERMANENT OFFICES FOR THEM. MR. MUI WILL BE LOCATED AT ROOM 328, WESTERN MAGISTRACY BUILDING, HONG KONG AND MR. WONG ON THE 1ST FLOOR OF LAM TIN ESTATE * WELFARE BUILDING WEST, KOWLOON.

THEIR APPOINTMENT BRINGS TO ELEVEN THE NUMBER OF CYOS NOW IN OFFICE. THE OTHERS PREVIOUSLY APPOINTED UERE FOR EASTERN, WESTERN AND WANCHA1 DISTRICTS OF HONG KONG ISLAND, SHAMSHU1PO, I YAUMATEl, MONGKOK, KOWLOON CITY AND WONG TAI SIN IN KOWLOON AND TSUEN WAN IM THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE CYO SCHEME WAS STARTED LAST DECEMBER WITH THE INITIAL APPOINTMENT OF SIX OFFICERS, AND WAS THE RESULT OF AN EXPERIMENTAL PROJECT TO DEVELOP AND CO-ORDINATE, ON A DISTRICT BASIS, THE NUMEROUS COMMUNITY AND YOUTH ACTIVITIES OPERATED IN THE DISTRICT. A»0HG- THEIR MANY TASKS, THE CYOS ARE NOW ENCOURAGING YOUTH PROJECTS, ADVISING COMMUNITY GROUPS, AND PROVIDING TRAINING COURSES.

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NOTE TO EDITORS: COPIES OF MR. MUI’S AND MR.‘WONq'S PHOTO-

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THESE ARE THE VIOLET PEEL POLYCLINIC IN WAN CHAI, AND THE ROYAL HONq KONq JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC IN SHAU KEI WAN, ON HONq KONq ISLAND3 THE ROYAL HONq KONq JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC IN KWUN TONqj THE ROYAL HONq KONq JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC IN YAU MA TEI AND THE ROBERT BLACK HEALTH CENTRE IN SAN PO KONq® AND THE LADY TRENCH POLYCLINIC IN TSUEN .WAN IN THE NEU TERRITORIES.

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THE MONEY WAS COLLECTED BY 36 RESIDENTS OF THE CENTRE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE CHEST'S FUND RAISING CAMPAIGNS, WALK FOR A MILLION AND CIRCLE WALK.

THE CHEQUE WILL.BE HANDED TO A COMMUNITY CHEST REPRESENTATIVE ✓

BY TWO MEMBERS OF THE CENTRE - CHAN LAP-HUNQ, 16, AND WAN HEI-FOON, 17 - AT THE COMMUNITY CHEST OFFICE IN ROOM 7244 GLOUCESTER

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THE EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION SERVICE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN INVITED TO MAKE A SPECIAL DISPLAY AT INTER NAVEX 74, THE /

INTERNATIONAL AUDIO-VISUAL AIDS CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION, TO BE HELD FROM JULY 16 TO 19 AT OLYMPIA, LONDON.

INTER NAVEX, WHICH IS AN ANNUAL EVENT, HAS THE LARGEST / ■ . • • ATTENDANCE IN THE WORLD FOR ANY AUDIO-VISUAL CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION, AND FEATURES THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN AUDIO-VISUAL AIDS FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM AND OVERSEAS.

MR. COLVYN HAYE, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION AND HEAD OF THE ETV SERVICE, SAID TODAY: +WE ARE PREPARING THE EXHIBITS ANl5 HOPE TO SEND THEM TO LONDON BY THE END OF THIS MONTH. THE EXHIBITS INCLUDE COPIES OF ETV JOURNALS, PUPILS NOTES AND PRODUCTIONS. STILL PHOTOGRAPHS AND TRANSPARANCIES SHOWING THE FACILITIES AND SCOPE OF THE SERVICE WILL ALSO BE SENT AT THE SAME TIME.+

ETV-HONG KONG HAS ATTRACTED INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION SINCE THE LAUNCHING OF THE SERVICE FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN 1971.

DURING A RECENT STUDY VISIT, MR. ALEXANDER B. EDINGTON, DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION AND RESEARCH AT THE CENTRE FOR EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT OVERSEAS CCEDO), LONDON, DESCRIBED ETV-HK AS ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION SERVICES IN THE WORLD, WHICH IS UNIQUE IN ITS PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES, SCOPE AND COSTEFFECTIVENESS.

MR. EDINGTON WAS PREPARING A RESEARCH PAPER ON THE +USE OF

x NEW MEDIA FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES IN THE COMi:ONWEALTH+, WHICH WILL BE TABLED AT THE NEXT COMMONWEALTH MINISTERS OF EDUCATION CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN JAMAICA IN JUNE.

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■ MONDAY, APRIL fl. 1974. z •• - 6 -

BRIGHTER LOOK FOR ESTATES a a a a a a

THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT IS SPENDING MILLIONS OF DdLLARS A YEAR TO GIVE THE OLDER PUBLIC HOUSING BLOCKS A BRIGHTER LOOK.

LAST YEAR THE DEPARTMENT SPENT NEARLY $3 MILLION IN ITS REPAINTING PROGRAMME INVOLVING SLIGHTLY MORE THAN 100 BLOCKS / IN 11 GROUP +B+ ESTATES.

THE FACE LIFT FORMS PART OF THE CONTINUOUS PROGRAMME AIMED AT KEEPING THE ESTATES BRIGHT AND CLEAN. UNDER THIS PROGRAMME, ALL 510 BLOCKS IN THE 25 GROUP +B+ ESTATES WILL BE GIVEN A i . »

FRESH COAT OF PAINT.

A SIMILAR PROGRAMME IS ALSO BEING IMPLEMENTED FOR THE

GROUP +A+ ESTATES.

THE DEPARTMENT IS NOW INVITING TENDERS'FOR THE EXTERNAL REDECORATION OF THE UAH FU ESTATE CPHASES 11 AND 11D, VALLEY ROAD ESTATE AND WO LOK ESTATE.

THE WORK INCLUDES THE REPAINTING OR REDECORATION OF THE EXTERNAL WALLS, WINDOWS, DOORS, PUBLIC STAIRCASES, CORRIDORS AND REFUSE ROOMS.

TENDERS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BEFORE 12 NOON ON FRIDAY, APRIL 26.

UOLDAY, APRIL 8, 1974 % • 7 ■ •V .

SPECIAL INFORMATION KITS ON MID-LEVELS TRAFFIC SCHEME Jf X « « JI It

AN INFORMATION KIT AND A TELEPHONE ENQUIRY SERVICE HAVE BEEN ARRANGED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TO PUT THE GENERAL PUBLIC FULLY INTO THE PICTURE OF THE NEU BUS PRIORITY SCHEME BEING INTRODUCED IN THE MID-LEVELS.

WHEN THE SCHEME GOES INTO OPERATION NEXT TUESDAY (APRIL 16), A SPECIAL ONE-HAY LANE FOR BUSES ONLY WILL BE PROVIDED IN THE MID-LEVELS, WITH ALL OTHER VEHICULAR TRAFFIC TRAVELLING ON THE OTHER LANE IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION.

THE INFORMATION KITS TOGETHER WITH A SKETCH MAP ILLUSTRATING THE NEU ARRANGEMENTS ARE NOU AVAILABLE FROM THE RECEPTION DESK ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD. TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE BY DIALING 5*243111 EXT. 2242 OR 2247.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE TO ATTEND A PRESS CONFERENCE IN RELATION TO THE BUS PRIORITY SCHEME TOMORROW (TUESDAY). IT WILL BE HELD AT 3 P.M. IN THE 35 MM THEATRE ON THE 5TH FLOOR OF BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

MR. GORDON SAPSTEAD, THE HEAD OF THE HIGHWAYS . I

OFFICE, WILL BE CHAIRING THE CONFERENCE. ALSO PRESENT WILL BE TRAFFIC ENGINEERS, REPRESENTATIVES OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT AND OF THE CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY.

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L&1DAY, APRIL 8, 1974 j CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE

XXX 2 X X

THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY (MONDAY) AT SALES UNDER THE RICE CONTROL SCHEME AND AT THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AND THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEUNG SHA WAN, KOWLOON:

1 SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE OF RiCE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY

CHINA RICE

SEE HEU

- OLD CROP GOOD

- NEW CROP 1 GOOD

S.C.J1EN

- OLD CROP GOOD

- NEU CROP GOOD

PO NGAI GOOD

CHU CHO GOOD

THAI RICE

100% WHOLE GOOD

10-15% BROKERS ■ GOOD

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD

A1 SUPER GOOD

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD

U.S. RICE GOOD

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD

PAKISTAN RICE GOOD

TAIWAN RICE GOOD

WHOLESALE PRICECS/CATTY)

AVERAGE

2.0?

2.01

1.90

1.70

1.94 *

1.92

/supplies and ......

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SUPPLIES AND UHOLESALE PRICES CP MARINE FISH

CFiiO CHEUNQ SHA UAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

SPECIES AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY UHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

high • LOU MODE

SOLDEN THREAD GOOD 3.30. 2.40 2.80

BIQ-EYES GOOD 2.80 0.50 2.00

SQUID LIMITED 5oOO 2.50 4.00

HAIR-TAILS GOOD 1<80 0.80 1.40

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 3.50 1.40 2.40

CROAKERS NORMAL 2.40 0.70 1.50

CONQER-PIKE-EELS NORMAL 1.60 1.00 1.40

MELON COAT LIMITED 2.70 1.80 2.30

BREAMS 1 NORMAL 5.50 3.00 5.20

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 1.20 0.55 0.80

MACKERELS NORMAL 4.00 2.80 3.80

RED GOAT FISH GOOD 0.60 0.30 0.40

FORK-TAIL GOOD 1 .0.0 0.70 1 0.80

HORSE-HEAD NORMAL 5.70 2.80 4.50

MELON SEED LIMITED 2e5O 1.20 2.20

POMFRETS SCARCE 8.00 7.50 7.80

QAROUPAS NORMAL 6.00 5.00 5.50 1 ,

YELLOW CROAKER GOOD 3.40 2.20 3.40 -

/SUPPLIES AND .......

KO® AY, APRIL 8, 1974•

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SUPPLIES AND UHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

■aim111—— I—inimm—II— — ■» f —M

CV.M.O. CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKET?

TYPE OF AVAILABILITY WHOLESSALE PRICE C$/CATTY?

VEGETABLE OF SUPPLY HIGH LOW MODE

( 1

FLOWERING CABBAGE ; good 1.00 0.20 0.60

WHITE CABBAGE GOOD 0.30 0.10 0.20

CHINESE LETTUCE GOOD o.6o 0.20 0.40

WATER SPINACH . SCARCE 2.40 , 1.00 1.80

r CHINESE KALE GOOD 0.60 0.20 0.50

STRING BEANS —— ——

SPRING ONION NORMAL 1.00 0.20 0.60 •

SPINACH GOOD 0.80 0.20 0.50

WATER CRESS NORMAL A • 1.00 0.20 0.60

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.30

CHINESE SPINACH LIMITED 1.40 0.50 1.20

TOMATO NORMAL 1.40 0.50 1.00

SUPPLIES A® UHOLESALE PRICES # ' 1 OF SWINE ?

CALL SOURCES? X ' 9

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY 1 GOOD

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK • . •

C$/P1CUL-L1VE WEIGHT? • 9 305 CAVERAQE3 / .

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 1974 CONTENTS

PACE NO.

FORMAL OPENING OF LION ROCK INTERCHANGE ON THURSDAY...... 1

SURVEY ON DOMESTIC HOUSEHOLDS STARTS THIS WEEK............ 2

HONG KONG OFFICER DIED IN LONDON YESTERDAY MORNING....... 2

THIRTY-THREE STRUCTURES IN TAI PO DECLARED DANGEROUS.... 3

GRANTS FOR YOUTH PROJECTS AVAILABLE FROM SIR DAVID TRENCH FUND............................................... 4

FUEL SHORTAGE TO'BE DISCUSSED AT TOMORROW'S LEGCO MEETING.................................................   4

daily guide to wholesale prices and supply of basic food

COMMODITIES


Issued by Government Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong. Tel: 5-233191

TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 1974

1

OPENING OF LION ROCK INTERCHANGE

X X X * X X

THE HON ROCK INTERCHANGE, STANDING MIDWAY ALONG THE KOWLOON FOOTHILLS CORRIDOR ROAD ROUTE LINKING KWON TONG AND KWAI CHUNG WILL BE FORMALLY OPENED ON THURSDAY CAPRIL 11) BY MR. OSWALD CHtUNG, UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

nc- *T * C0ST 0F 0Vc,R $8 MILLION, THE INTERCHANGE IS ONE

OF THE FIRST OF THE 12 PROJECTS THAT FORM THIS ROUTE TO BE COMPLETED.

ROUTE 4, AS IT IS CALLED, FOLLOWS THE PRESENT LUNG CHEUNG ROAD - TAI PO ROAD - CHING CHEUNG ROAD ROUTE, AND EXTENDS THIS ROUND LAI CHI KOK BAY TO JOIN KWAI CHUNG ROAD AT THE WEST END OF THE 3RlDGc.

IN ADDITION TO ROAD WIDENING WORKS ALONG THE ROUTE TO FORM A TWO-LANE DUAL CARRIAGEWAY, INTERCHANGES WITH LINKED PEDESTRIAN FACILITIES ARE BEING BUILT AT EXISTING ROAD JUNCTIONS.

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ROUTE 4, ONE OF THE LARGEST OF THE MAJOR PROJECTS NOW BEING CARRIED OUT BY THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION IN 1975 AT AN ESTIMATED COST OF OVER $150 MILLION, AND WILL PROVIDE A THROUGH ROUTE FOR TRAFFIC TRAVELLING BETWEEN THE INDUSTRIAL CENTRE OF KWUN TONG AND THE CONTAINER TERMINAL AT KWAI CHUNG.

SECTIONS OF NEW ROAD ALREADY COMPLETED HAVE CONTRIBUTED r A MARKED IMPROVEMENT TO TRAFFIC FLOW IN THE AREA.

THE LION ROCK INTERCHANGE ITSELF CONSISTS OF A 90-FOOT CLEAR SPAN BRIDGE OVER LUNG CHEUNG ROAD TO CARRY TRAFFIC TO AND FROM THE LION ROCK TUNNEL, WITH SLIP ROADS CONNECTING WATERLOO ROAD WITH LUNG CHEUNG ROAD.

THE INTERCHANGE, WHICH WAS OPENED TO TRAFFIC IN STAGES OVER THE PAST TWO MONTHS, WAS DESIGNED BY MESSRS. MAUNSELL CONSULTANTS ASIA FOR THE PUBLIC'WORKS DEPARTMENT AND BUILT BY MESSRS. GAMMON CHK) LTD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY, WHICH BEGINS AT i P.M. TRANSPORT WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE CAR PARK OUTSIDE THE HAIN RECEPTION-ENTRANCE ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD. BUSES WILL LEAVE FOR THE LION ROCK INTERCHANGE AT 2.15 P.M. SHARP. FOR THOSE WANTING TO MAKE THEIR OWN WAY TO THE SITE, A MAP SHOWING WHERE TO GO IS BOXED.

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2

SURVEY ON PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION JTARTS ON THURSDAY X X it X Jt X

THE 1974 PRIVATE HOUSING SURVEY FOR ASSESSING FUTURE HOUSING NEEDS IN CONNECTION WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S TEN-YEAR HOUSING PLAN STARTS ON THURSDAY (APRIL 11).

THE SURVEY IS BEING CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS ' DEPARTMENT AND WILL CONTINUE UNTIL APRIL 19.

IT JILL COVER A NUMBER OF RANDOMLY SELECTED PRIVATE LIVING QUARTERS ON HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON, NEU KOWLOON, TSUEN WAN AND THE NEW TERRITORIES MARKET TOWNS.

HOUSEHOLDS SELECTED FOR THE SURVEY HAVE BEEN OFFICIALLY INFORMED BY LETTER AND ARE REQUESTED TO CO-OPERATE WITH THE ENUMERATORS MHO WILL BE CALLING ON THEM. EACH ENUMERATOR WILL CARRY AN OFFICIALLY STAMPED PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BEARER.

IN ORDER TO ASSESS THE AVERAGE DEGREE OF OCCUPANCY IN PRIVATE HOUSING, A TAPE MEASUREMENT OF THE EFFECTIVE FLOOR AREA OCCUPIED BY EACH SELECTED HOUSEHOLD WILL BE MADE, A CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

ENUMERATORS WILL ALSO ASK QUESTIONS ON HOUSEHOLD COMPOSITION, TENURE, RENT, INCOME, AND INTENTION TO APPLY FOR PUBLIC HOUSING.

ALL INFORMATION REGARDING INDIVIDUAL HOUSEHOLDS OR PERSONS WILL BE KEPT STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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HONG KONG OFFICER DIES IN LONDON

X X X X X X

MR. DAVID SELLERS, ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER (COMMERCIAL) OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICE IN LONDON, DIED YESTERDAY (MONDAY) AFTER A LONG ILLNESS. HE WAS 46.

MR. SELLERS SERVED THE MALAYAN CIVIL SERVICE FOR SIX YEARS BEFORE JOINING THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AS CADET OFFICER IN 1956. HE WAS POSTED TO THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AS LABOUR OFFICER. HE ACTED AS DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF LABOUR ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS DURING HIS THREE-YEAR SERVICE.

IN 1961, HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY AND BECAME ITS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR. THREE YEARS LATER, HE WAS PROMOTED TO ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER, STAFF GRADE C.

MR. SELLERS WAS APPOINTED ASSISTANT COLONIAL SECRETARY (GENERAu) IN 1967, IN WHICH CAPACITY HE SERVED FOR SIX MONTHS. HE WAS RECALLED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY TO BECOME ITS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (LONDON OFFICE) IN 1966. HE WAS PROMOTED TO ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER , STAFF GRADE B2 THS SAME YEAR.

IN 1969, HE WAS SECONDED TO THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICE IN LONDON AS ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER IN CHARGE OF THE COMMERCIAL SECTION.

MR. SELLERS IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE AND THREE CHILDREN.

/A PERSONAL

TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 197^

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A PERSONAL MESSAGE OF SYMPATHY HAS BEEN SENT FROM THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, TO HRS. SELLERS. SIMILAR MESSAGES HAVE ALSO BEEN SENT BY HIS COLLEAGUES AND BY THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE ASSOCIATION.

THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. JAMES MCGREGOR, HAS ALSO EXPRESSED HIS SORROW AND THAT Or HIS COLLEAGUES IN THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT, IN WHICH 12 YEARS OF MR. SELLERS' SERVICE WAS SPENT, AND IN WHICH HE HAD GAINED A HIGH REPUTATION FOR HIS WORK IN TRADE NEGOTIATIONS OH BEHALF OF HONG KONG.

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THIRTY-THREE BUILDINGS, ERECTED ABOUT 25 YEARS AGO AS TEMPORARY STRUCTURES ALONG PAK SHING STREET IN TAIPO, WERE TODAY DECLARED TO BE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION BY THE BUILDING AUTHORITY.

THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THIS MORNING THAT A DETAILED INSPECTION OF THESE BUILDINGS WAS MADE RECENTLY FOLLOWING A REPORT OF DEFECTS.

+ IT WAS FOUND THAT THE REINFORCED CONCRETE SUBSTRUCTURE HAD DETERIORATED TO SUCH AN EXTENT THAT THERE IS A RISK OF FAILURE LEADING TO A COLLAPSE,+ HE SAID.

+EXTENS1VE SPALLING OF THE CONCRETE TOGETHER WITH SEVERE CORROSION OF THE STEEL REINFORCEMENT WHICH IS EXPOSED TO SATURATION FROM THE RIVER IN WHICH THE SUBSTRUCTURE IS FOUNDED, LEADS TO THE CONCLUSION THAT REPAIRS WOULD BE SO EXTENSIVE AS •TO BE IMPRACTICAL AND UNREALISTIC.+

IN ADDITION, IN PORTIONS THE BUILDINGS HAVE SETTLED AND THE WALLS FRACTURED, HE SAID.

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS OF NOS. 1-33 PAK SHING STREET WERE POSTED TODAY. THE APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD IN KOWLOON DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 A.M. ON JUNE 11.

COMMENTING ON THE APPLICATION FUR CLOSURE ORDERS OF THE 33 STRUCTURES, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TAIPO DISTRICT OFFICE SAID TODAY THAT AN ALTERNATE SITE, SITUATED BEHIND THE PLOVER COVE ’ RE-HOUSING BLOCK, HAS BEEN OFFERED TO THESE 33 PERMIT HOLDERS.

A MEETING WILL BE ARRANGED SHORTLY BETWEEN THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND REPRESENTATlVES OF THE GROUP TO DISCUSS DETAILS OF THE HOVE.

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SIR DAVID TRENCH FUND INVITES APPLICATIONS

X X X X X X

THE SIR DAVID TRENCH FUND FOR RECREATION IS INVITING APPLICATIONS FOR GRANTS - PARTICULARLY IN CONNECTION WITH PROJECTS FUR THE YOUTH OF HONG KONG.

SET UP IN 1970, THE FUND IS DESIGNED TO ASSIST IN PROVIDING FACILITIES FOR A WIDE RANGE OF RECREATIONAL, SPORTS AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES.

PREFERENCE IS GIVEN TO PROJECTS WHICH WILL HELP TO ENCOURAGE THE PURPOSEFUL USE OF LEISURE BY YOUNG PEOPLE.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL CITY DISTRICT OFFICES AND NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT OFFICES, AS WELL AS AT THE OFFICES OF THE EDUCATION AND SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENTS.

COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO : THE SECRETARY, THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR SIR DAVID TRENCH FUND FOR RECREATION, C/0 GENERAL REGISTRY, ROOM NO. 645, COLONIAL SECRETARIAT, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, EAST WING, HONG KONG.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS JUNE 15, AND IT IS EXPECTED THAT ALLOCATIONS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN SEPTEMBER.

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LEGCO TO DISCUSS OIL SITUATION

X X X X X X

MEASURES TO DEAL WITH THE WORLD FUEL PROBLEM AS IT AFFECTS HONG KONG WILL BE DISCUSSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TOMORROW..

THE SUBJECT WILL BE RAISED BY THE HON. LEE QU0-WE1 AT THE END OF THE COUNCIL'S OFFICIAL BUSINESS. ALSO SPEAKING ON THE SUBJECT WILL BE THE HON. ANN TSE-KAI AND DR. THE HON. CHUNG SZE-YUEN.

UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL BE ASKING A TOTAL OF 15 QUESTIONS RELATING TO CORRUPTION, AIRPORT RUNWAY IMPROVEMENTS, CRIME AND HOUSING AMONG OTHERS.

THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, THE HON. WOO PAK-CHUEN, WILL ASK WHAT PROCEDURES WILL BE ADOPTED FOR DEALING WITH ALLEGATIONS OF CORRUPTION MADE BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AGAINST OFFICERS OF THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION.

MR. WOO WILL ALSO WANT TO KNOW WHEN THE NEW ADVISORY COUNCIL ON CORRUPTION, THE CORRUPTION PREVENTION COMMITTEE AND ' THE CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON COMMUNITY RELATIONS WILL BE ESTABLISHED. >

OTHER BUSINESS INCLUDES THE FIRST READING OF THE STREETS (ALTERATION) (AMENDMENT) BILL 19?4 AND THE TABLING OF THE REPORT OF THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL FOR THE YEAR 1972-73.

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE

X X X X X X

THE FOLLOW ING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY (TUESDAY! AT SALES UNDER THE RICE CONTROL SCHEME AND AT THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AND THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEONG SHA WAN, KOWLOON:

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE OF RICE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PR1CEC$/CATTY) AVERAGE

CHINA RICE

SEE HEW - OLD CROP GOOD

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.12

S.C.J1EN - OLD CROP GOOD

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.06

PO NGA1 GOOD

CHU CHO GOOD

THAI RICE

100% WHOLE GOOD 2.03

10-15% BROKENS GOOD 2.01 '

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.90

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.70

WHOLE G'-UTINOUS GOOD •

U.S. RICE GOOD

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD

PAKISTAN RICE GOOD

TAIWAN RICE GOOD 1.60

/SUPPLIES AND .......

TUESDAY, APPaL 9, 1974

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH CFMO CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY>

SPECIES , OF SUPPLY HIGH LOW MODE

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GDUDEH THREAD GOOD 2.90 2.20 2.60

BIG-EYES GOOD 2.80 0.60 1 .ao

SwUlD LIMITED 5.50 2.20 4.20

HAIR-TAILS NORMAL 1.50 0.60 1.20

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 3.60 1.50 2.40

CROAKERS NORMAL 2.80 1.00 1.40

CONQEH-PiKE-EELS GOOD 1.50 1.20 1.35

MELON COAT —— —— ——

BREAMS NORMAL 5.70 3.50 4.50

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 1.60 0.60 1.00

MACKERELS GOOD 3.70 3.00 3.40

RED GOAT FISH NORMAL o.ao 0.40 0.60

FORK-TAIL NORMAL 1.10 0.70 1.00

HORSE-HEAD GOOD 5.50 2.60 3.40

MELON SEED LIMITED 2.80 1.40 2.00

POi-lFRETS SCARCE 9 >oo 8.00 8.50

GAROUPAS NORMAL 7.00 4.00 6.00

YELLOW CROAKER GOOD - x. 4.40 2.00 2.50

/SUPPLIES AND

TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 1.974

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES CV.M.O. CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKET)

TYPE OF VEGETABLE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE

. CS/CATTY)

HIGH LOW MODE

FLOWERING CaBBAGE GOOD 1*0 0.2 0.6

WHITE CABBAGE GOOD □ •3 0.1 0.2

CHINESE LETTUCE normal 0.6 0.2 0.5

water spinach LIMITED 2.2 0.6 1.6

CHINESE KALE NORMAL 0.6 0.2 0.6

STRING BEANS

SPRING ONION LIMITED 1.2 0.4 0.6

SPINACH NORMAL 0.6 0.2 0.6

WATER CRESS normal 1.0 0.2 0.6

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE GOOD 0.6 0.2 0.4

CHINESE SPINACH LIMITED 1.6 0.6 1.2

TUMATO NORMAL 1.4 0.5 1.0

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK

C$/PICUu-LIV£ WEIGHT)

GOOD

305 CAVERAGE)

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 1974

CONTENTS

PAGE NO.

SECOND SAVE FUEL CAMPAIGN TO BE LAUNCHED SHORTLY..... 1

CALL FOR REVIEW OF EMERGENCY LIGHTING RESTRICTIONS... 2

UNOFFICIALS EXPRESS CONCERN OVER SUPPLY AND PRICES OF FUEL.................................................. 3

GOVERNMENT URGED TO SEEK INCREASED SUPPLIES FROM OIL COMPANIES........................................      4

UNOFFICIAL WARNS OF,THE THREAT POSED BY OIL SITUATION TO HONG KONG PRODUCTS...............................   5

POWER CONSUMPTION AT AIRPORT DOWN BY 25 PER CENT..... 6

NO STAMP DUTY PAYABLE ON GOLD TRANSACTIONS............ 6

SPEED LIMITS ON CERTAIN ROADS TO BE REVIEWED.......... 7

STEPS FOR DEALING WITH GRAFT ALLEGATlbNS AGAINST ICAC OFFICERS OUTLINED..................................... 8

ICAC OPERATIONS TARGET COMMITTEE HOLDS FIRST MEETING. 9

SECOND INTERIM REPORT ON SOCIAL CAUSES OF CRIME MAY BE-PUBLISHED.........................  .............  10

PROGRAMME BEING PLANNED TO IMPROVE LIVING STANDARD IN LICENSED AREAS..................................   11

GROOVING OF RUNWAY TO START NEXT MONTH......... 12

INCREASE DUTIES FOR INDUSTRIAL-TYPE ETHYL ALCOHOL EXPLAINED............................................ 13

COMPENSATION RAID TO DEPENDENT OF CRIME VICTIM....... 14 *

NEW TREASURY SUB-OFFICE TO BE ESTABLISHED IN KOWLOON CITY................................................. 15

Issued by Government Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong. Tel: 5-233191

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FINANCIAL AID TO BAPTIST COLLEGE UNDER ACTIVE CONSIDERATION.......................................... 15

LOCAL STOCKS OF WHEAT AND FLOUR ENOUGH TO MEET TWO months* demand.......*................................. 16

REVISED DEPRECIATION RATES FOR PLANT AND MACHINERY APPROVED............................................    17

REPORT ON DESIGN REQUIREMENTS FOR HANDICAPPED CHILDREN COMPLETED..................................    13

SIMPLIFIED COMPENSATION PROCEDURES FOR PREMISES AFFECTED BY STREET ALTERATIONS........................  18

PROGRESS REPORT ON IMPLEMENTING COMPANIES LAW REVISION REPORT......................................   19

ESTATE RESIDENTS TO GET MORE CLINICS................/. 20

TRAFFIC RE-ROUTING ON THE NEW SECTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD..............................................      20

TWO HOUSEWIVES APPOINTED TO RICE ADVISORY COMMITTEE... 21

AUTHORITY EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER UNNECESSARY VIOLENCE ON TV............................................       22

X X X it it X

DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF FOOD COMMODITIES

1 i._ j: ESD^Y, APRIL 10, 1974

hh. ,'HEP. S..VE FULL DRIVE TO BE —iUiiCH_D SHORTLY

CJdt.ui.i ..-ST;; ICT 1 jNS uriLi.ENY TO BE uiFT^D Fv.i TluE uEING K H * R.;i -I-

THE GUVEhNuEhT WILL SHORTLY LAUNCH ..KUTrilR PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN TU URGE THE CUuuU.il TY TO SA'/E ELECTRICIIY BY CUTTING DUUri GN- THE USE GF ALL APPLIANCES, PARTICULARLY AlR-CCKDlTICKERS.

♦WE ALSO INTEND TO PROVIDE FURTHER PUBLIC 17Y Oli THE STEPS THAT CAN BE TAKE.. BY ALL USERS, WHETHER DUHESTIC, CC.EEHCIAL OR INDUSTRIAL, TU AVOID WASTE,* THE F1..Z1HC1AL SECRETARY, THE HUM. PHILIP HADDUN-C.nVE, TULD THE LEQlSLZ.TiVZ CG'JilCiu.

HE JAS CERTAIN THAT, AS BEFORE, GOVERii.iEHT DEPARTMENTS WOULD GIVE A LEAD IN ECORCHISIHG OH THEIR OWN CONSUMPTION.

HR. HADDON-CAVE UZiS REPLYING TO POINTS RZiISZD BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS DURING THE ADJjU.;H..E..T DEBATE Oil LEASURES TO DEr.u liiTH iHE UU..U.D FUuL 01i~ Pr.CL.LEuS i.o I . *.i*i'i^C.S 1...-G KU.<G.

EVEN If THE PUBLICITY CAHPAICJi L'Z.S EFFECTIVE, HE S,.1D, IT WILL HUT BE POSSIBLE, AS SUGGESTED BY U'.'JFFiCI/.- i.ELEE.'.S, TO DU A.iaY WITH THE CURRENT ILiuDATuRY RESTrUC T10..S QI. ELECT., IC ITY CUuSU.lPTlU.i.

+THE EXTENT TU WHICH UE CZ.H EVENTUALLY RELAX THESE RESTRIC-TlU.iS unii uhlY uu GuuGuD ii. Triu LIGHT GF uXPi________UEuCE WITH VUuuriTAr.Y

SAVINGS DUdiuG THE CU.M.iG SU....Eu uOuTHS Z...D, UNTIL THIS HAS BEEN iu SiuD, 1* l.uUuD du UNWISE TO LET UP C.i Tr.E CUN..ENT LEVEL OF hub iriiCTiUi.S.

+BJT, HOPEFULLY,* HE ADDED, +IF ALL MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC PLAY THEIR PuRT IN ECQNG.ilSIiiG IN THu USE OF AIR-CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT, FuRTH_.'i ilAi.DATORY RESTRICTIONS WILL NET PROVE Tj oE liECESSARY. +

THE ..jV-.iri.i ...;, .iE W<JD, WAS z.CTIVEuY ENGAGED I.i SE. aIHG INCRE..SiJ -Ui PL.I...S ur FU_l mil ZiUD, HOPEFULLY, HUNG KONG dOUuD RECEIVE uUlQhTLY riORE FUEL OIL THIS QU/iRTER.

+SJT, EVEN IF UE DO, IT IS DOUBTFUL IF IT WILL BE NEARLY ENOUGH TU KEET THE INCREASED DEHAND DURING THE CONING MONTHS, WHEN .iOPdiALLY ABOUT 19 PER CENT HORE ELECTRICITY IS CONSUMED THAN IN THE WINTER MONTHS,* THE FINANCING SECRETARY SAID.

THE OIL SITUATION CONTINUES TO BE UNCERTAIN, HE NOTED,AUD ANY FO.tECriST OF HUNG KONG’S FUTURE POSITION UZiS FRAUGHT WITH D IFFIUUi- i Y. HE ..DDED, HjJEVER, TH/iT THE EVIDENCE TH—.E WAS INDIChTxD TH/»T FU.i AT UE..ST THE CURREiiT QUARTER UNTIL THE END OF JUuc, T1-.E J.iuY PiiUDUC: WHE.tE SUPPuY IS Lli.ELY TO FALL BELUU DEMAND IS THE TYPu UF FU.X Oil- USED BY THE EuECT.ilCITY CuuP.lulES.

ji'i .USING PHlCtS UF FUEu OIL, THE F1..AHCIAL SECRETaHY SAID THIS uAS UkDGJBTEDLY A WUP.RYiiiG F/iCTuR Ar.D IT WAS LIKELY jEFuRE UUdG to CAUSE HUKE T.lJJUuE TO THE WORLD E-UNOiiY THAN SUPPuY DIFFICUuTlEo,

+OOT C7.1T

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+UUR OWN di Lu FOR OIL, FUR L. ‘ , I. Ll Y 70 CUST AT UzAST TWICE AS MUCH TnlS Yen.. AS IT . ?} L . 37’, 77.... IS -J S.-.Y ab’JUT hJOO nlu-lUH nUrie.+

HJuQ AQ*mQ JaS i.Ui, hUUEVi i, THE ;a,7..jZ . .;FeC’I7.D, i. ;• HZ.DDUN-CaVE SAID, OTHER CUi.OUiiii.Q TcriRI Yu.ilES WITH CHRONIC FOREIGN EXCHANGE DIFFICULTIES UEHE LIKELY TO BE HORE SERIOUSLY HIT AND THE \'Z u.S SCnE Da.lC~-. UF A SLL.JiLQ D'jJU hi i• 7 G/A/JTH OF UUiiLD LL.Du.

+TH13 IS A QUESTION WHICH WE IN HONG KONG ON OUR OWN CAN DO LITTLE TU lilFuL. .. ., t ;..J SA.ID, +S77 IT ■ n.'( . .ulLF *77;T EVERY crFur.T Ui — u BE I-iaD— l>'( In- IATENiiATiU».n— 77’ aS A WHOLE

TU AVOID THE WORST DANGERS.+

CZ,LL FOR EASING LIGHTING RESTRICTIONS

THE HUN. OSWALD CiCUi.Q TODAY CALLED FC?. 7. REVIEW OF THE HAaDATORY RESTRICT WAS U-i 7... USE F I ?i;Y 4. D SUGGESTED THAT PERHAPS Tn J TlnE HZ.D Cu...7 \u EEL...7

+T3 ALLOW SHOPS TO BRIGHTEN U? UCULD EE EIHEFiCIAL ALL ROUND, AnD NOT uEaST IT WOULD HELP TO DlSFEu SjNE OF THAT STYGL.A GLuOn h.TJ UHlJri ;.?? CITY R/.S HZ. .1 C. 7, Zu A CUST, hi TENiiS OF ELECTRICITY A..3 FUEL CULSUnED, WiiiOH IS hlMSCULE, + HE SAID DURING THE DEB..TE UN 7i.£ L2L SI THAT I ...

IT SHOULD EE BURKE IN uh 3, HE SAID, TH./, THE PUBLIC HAD ACTcD RcSPuNSloLY S1KCE DECEi.i.__N hi CC—CPERAs LiG WITH ’iriE G,uVdrt..nENT IN EFFORTS TO CU.;SZ,iVE FUEL.

A LnHGE RUBBER OF PEOPLE WERE EHGAC7D 1.7 ?^7iyAL TRADE AND SHOPS WITHOUT LIGHTED WL.DOUS AND WITHOUT LIGHTED DISPLAY CASES uuST TnEhi ATTkACYIOH Ai©, COi.cEQUEilTLY, BUSh-ESS.

THIS LOSS GF LUShiESS, HOWEVER LITTLE, URS ENGRHOUS COMPARED WITH Th£ EXPENDITURE S/;VED BY HOT USING DISPLAY LIGHTING Ai© HOST EAriiGUSLY A.FFECT PROFITS, iiE Sa ID.

i-.R. CP.EUNG NOTED THAT RETAIL SHOPS CONTRIBUTE TO HONG KONG’S INVISIBLE EARNINGS, AND TO AUGMENT OUR EARHIuCS FEOu FOxTElQN SOURCES-THE SHOPS HOST BE ABLE TO ATTRACT TOURISTS.

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NEED FOR CONSERVING; FUEL OIL UNDERLINED

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UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY EMPHASISED THE NEED FOR ECONOMISING ON THE USE OF FUEL OIL AND FOR FINDING new Sources of oil supplies during the adjournment debate in the LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON MEASURES TO DEAL WITH THE WORLD FUEL OIL PROBLEM AS IT AFFECTS HONG KONG.

LEADING THE DEBATE. THE HON LEE QUO-WEi SAID THAT THE CONCLUSION OF AN AGREEMENT WITH CHINA FOR THE PROVISION OF CERTAIN QUANTITIES OF PETROLEUM PRODUCTS +MUST BE CONSIDERED A MEANINGFUL CONTRIBUTION.

MR. LEE SAID THE SINGLE MOST SERIOUS EFFECT OF THE OIL CRISIS IN HONG KUNG HAD BEEN THE DRAMATIC INCREASE IN THE COST OF OIL IMPORTS OVER THE LAST FEU MONTHS. %

POINTING OUT THAT ■.THIS WAS A DIRECT RESULT OF DECISIONS BY THE PRODUCER GOVERNMENTS TO RAISE THE CRUDE OIL PRICES BY OVER 200 PER CENT, HE SAID THAT DESPITE THE MANY EFFORTS OF THE LOCAL INDUSTRIAL CONSUMERS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC TO CONSERVE ENERGY THERE WAS LITTLE THAT COULD BE DONE IN THE SHORT TERM TO ALLEVIATE THE EFFECT OF THE PRICE INCREASES.

AS THE PROBLEM OF BOTH THE SUPPLY AND PRICE WAS NOT EASY FOR HONG KONG TO SOLVE ALONE, HE STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF CONSERVATION AND ECONOMY, PARTICULARLY WITH THE APPROACH OF THE SUMMER MONTHS WHEN ELECTRICITY DEMAND WOULD BE AT ITS PEAK.

MR. LEE SUGGESTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD PUBLICISE HOW TO AVOID WASTAGE AND TO ACHIEVE OPTIMUM UTILIZATION AND ECONOMY, SO THAT THE WHOLE COMMUNITY COULD CO-OPERATE WITH GOVERNMENT IN ITS EFFORTS TO PREPARE FOR ANY FUTURE CONTINGENCY.

+TH1S IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT TO OUR BALANCE OF PAYMENT CONSIDERATIONS AND FOR KEEPING OUR DOMESTIC PRODUCTS COSTS REASONABLE SO AS TO PRESERVE OUR COMPETITIVE POSITION IN THE WORLD MARKETS.+

SHOULD THE CAMPAIGN PROVE TO BE EFFECTIVE, HE ADDED, IT WOULD NOT BE NECESSARY FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO CONTINUE WITH THE IMPOSITION OF THE RESTRICTIONS, OR AT LEAST SOME OF THEM, NOW IN FORCE.

MR. LEE WARNED THAT ALTHOUGH MOST OIL DESTINATION EMBARGOES HAD FUR THE TIME BEING BEEN LIFTED BY THE ARAB PRODUCER STATES UNTIL JUNE THIS YEAR, HONG KONG HOST NOT BE LULLED INTO THE BELIEF THAT THE SITUATION HAD NOW RETURNED TO NORMAL.

+ACTUALLY, THE OIL INDUSTRY HAS NEVER FACED SO MUCH UNCERTAINTY AS IT DOES TODAY. IT IS GENERALLY ACCEPTED OIL PRODUCTION LEVELS STILL REMAIN INADEQUATE TO,MEET UNRESTRAINED GLOBAL DEMAND,+ 0E COMMENTED.

HE ALSO FELT THAT IT WAS BY NO MEANS CERTAIN THAT THE GOVERNMENTS OF OIL-PRODUCING COUNTRIES WOULD AGREE TO INCREASE PRODUCTION IN LINE WITH THE INCREASE OF WORLD DEMAND.

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+AS TO PRICES, IT MUST NOT BE TOO OPTIMISTIC THAT THEY WILL COME DOWN, UNLESS THE RATE OF WORLD-WIDE INFLATION CAN BE EFFECTIVELY CHECKED,+ HE ADDED. f

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WARNING OF FURTHER CUTBACKS IN FUEL CORSUHPTION if » if « H H

THE HON. DR. CHUNG SZE-YUEN TODAY CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO EXERT GREATER PRESSURE ON THE OIL COMPANIES TO INCREASE THEIR OIL SUPPLIES TO HONG KONG.

+THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD ALSO SEEK ASSURANCE FROM THE OIL COMPANIES THAT THEY WOULD NOT DIVERT OUR SHARE OF OIL TO PLACES WHERE THEY CAN OBTAIN BETTER PRICES THAN IN HONG KONG,+ HE TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL DURING THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON THE OIL SITUATION. ;

DR. CHUNG WARNED THAT FURTHER CUTBACKS IN THE USE OF ELECTRIC ENERGY MAY BECOME NECESSARY THIS SUMMER IF THE POWER COMPANIES COULD.NOT OBTAIN A 15 PER CENT INCREASE IN OIL SUPPLIES.

WITH HONG KONG ABOUT TO ENTER A PEAK SEASON OF MAXIMUM DEMAND FOR ELECTRIC ENERGY DUE TO THE HEAVY LOADING OF AIR-CONDITIONING. +WE CANNOT BE COMPLACENT AT THIS STAGE AND HAVE TO CONTINUE WITH OUR EFFORT TO SAVE ELECTRICITY,* HE STRESSED.

WHILE HE SUPPORTED THE GOVERNMENT'S POLICY OF GIVING ESSENTIAL SERVICES AND INDUSTRY PRIORITY OF FUEL OIL, DR. CHUNG EMPHASISED THAT INDUSTRY MUST NOT ABUSE THIS PRIORITY AND MUST BE AWARE OF ITS RESPONSIBILITY TO SAVE THROUGH GREATER EFFICIENCY AND LESS WASTAGE.

IN THIS REGARD, THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY CENTRE WAS NOW ORGANISING A TEAM OF FOREIGN AND LOCAL EXPERTS TO DEMONSTRATE TO INDUSTRY WAYS AND MEANS OF SAVING ENERGY AND TO CONDUCT TRAINING PROGRAMMES AND SEMINARS ON EFFICIENT USE OF FUEL AND ELECTRICITY, Ai WELL AS TO PROVIDE ENERGY CONSULTANCY SERVICES TO INDIVIDUAL FACTORIES. x ,

+1 AM CONFIDENT THAT THIS DRIVE WILL HAKE SOME MEANINGFUL CONTRIBUTION TO THE CONSERVATION OF ENERGY IN HONG KONG.+ HE SAID.

DR. CHUNG ALSO CALLED ON THE NEWLY-ESTABLISHED CONSUMER COUNCIL TO MAKE A CLOSE EXAMINATION OF THE SITUATION OF OIL SUPPLY AND OIL PRICING FOR THE PROTECTION OF CONSUMERS.

ALTHOUGH SUPPLY OF OIL IN THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE MIGHT BE LESS CRITICAL THAN A FEW MONTHS AGO, HE NOTED, OIL PRICES HAD MORE THAN DOUBLED. FUEL OIL WHICH WAS SELLING AT ABOUT $100 PER TON WAS NOW SELLING AT OVER $300, WHILE ELECTRICITY FOR A MEDIUM BULK USER NOW COST 17-1/2 CENT PER KILOWAT-HOUR AS COMPARED TO 10 CENTS SIX MONTHS AGO.

DR. CHUNG EXPRESSED HIS GRATITUDE TO THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA FOR SUPPLYING HONG KONG WITH ADDITIONAL FUEL OIL AT A CRITICAL PERIOD, AND SUGGESTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD TRY TO PERSUADE THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT TO SUPPLY HONG KONG WITH MORE OIL IN THE COMING SUMMER SO AS TO MINIMISE HARDSHIP.

HE ALSO PAID TRIBUTE TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE OIL POLICY COMMITTEE, HR. MICHAEL CLINTON, AND TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE OIL DISTRIBUTION COMMITTEE, MR. ROY PORTER, FOR THEIR GOOD WORK.

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GOVT URGED TO OPEN UP . ZU 21J CEO GF OIL SUPPLY

THE GOVERNMENT WAS TODAY URGED TO LOOK FC?. HEU SOURCES OF OIL SUPPLIES AT REASONABLE PRICES AND PKESEuT ORES TO

PROVIDE FUR i.J.iG KUNG'S F.UTU-.-i .

SPEAKING DURING THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE OU MEASURES TO DEAL WITH THE WORLD FUEL PROBLEM AS IT AFFECTS HCUQ KUNG, HR. AHN TSE-KAI WARDED THAT HUNG KLUG'S Fl.uD-Gt.l ..GUlD, CUST—WISE, BE PLACED AT A D1SADVAHTAGS Hi uaJ^.. luS.KETS SIEGE CUR INDUSTRY IS HEAVIuY DEPENDENT Ou OIL AND UiL ,.Y-F.. .IL'CTS.

HE NOTED THAT HONG KONG'S HAIN CUSTC1.EUS - THE UNITED STATES ARD THE U.K. - WERE EITHER FIXING THEIR OIL PRICES AT LOUER LEVELS THAN THE INTERNATIONAL MARKET, G.i RELYING TO A MliiOP. DECREE ON OIL FOR POWER GENERATION.

WHluE UN THE 'WHOLE, HUNG KONG HAD NOT SUFFERED MUCH FROii THE * WORLD Olu CRISIS, MR. <u;u SAID, IT HAD TO PAY CL 3IDERABLY HORE FOR FUEL OIL WITH PRICES iiQU LEA..LY FOUR TiuE3 THOSE PREVAILING IN JUNE LAST YEAR.

+WITH A WELL THOUGHT OUT PLAN AND GOOD MANAGEMENT AND NO' . UNFORESEEN DEVELOPMENT,+ HE ADDED, +WE COULD EXPECT TO CONTAIN THE NEW SITUATION.*

APART FROM ELECTRICITY, HE POINTED OUT, THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY STILL COiJSUJiED /.BOUT 17.U PEN CENT GF TOTAL GIL IMPORTS WHILE THE TWO ELECTRICITY COMPANIES CONSUMED. ZiPPROXIMATELY DOUBLE THIS QUANTITY.

MR. ANH SUPPORTED THE SUGGESTIONS BY HIS UNOFFICIAL COLLEAGUES THAT INDUSTRIAL AUD CU.nERCIAL ORGANISATIONS SHOULD EXERCISE GREATER EFFICIENCY H! THE USE OF FUEL AND ELECTRICITY.

WITH THE ADVERT OF SUMMER, HE WENT OH, THERE WOULD BE INCREASES IN THE CONSUMPTION OF ELECTRICITY FOR AlR-CO.iDlTlONINQ AND HE FELT THAT THE GOVErtHUEiiT SHOULD LoN LAUNCH AU EDUCATIONAL CAMPAIGN AGAINST THOUGHTLESS WASTE ARD EXTRAVAGANT COmFORT.

. +AS THE SUMMER MONTHS ARE THE PEAK lOilTHS OF HIGH ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION, PERHAPS .. GSE’uTER EFFORT Ui-L il_ NECESSARY TU DISSUADt INDIVIDUAL HOUSEHOLD i.i.D CUuuERClAL AIR-CURDIT I ONER OWNERS FROH COULDN'T-CARE-LESS LAISSEZ-FAIRE BEHAVIOUR.,* HE SAID.

MR. ANN POINTED OUT, HOWEVER, THAT F0?» THE SPINNING INDUSTRY AIR-CONDITIONING WAS A TECHNICAL NECESSITY, AND THERE WERE CERTAIN INDUSTRIES THAT hU-T CUKSUriE OIL FU." T.;E S.-..CE OF STEAM. TO THESE INDUSTRIES, OIL COULD HOT BE SUBSTITUTED BY ELECTRICITY.

+ IN THE EVEi.T OF CONi INQcNCY, * HR. AHU SAID, * I HO. E Tn— GOVERNMENT W1BL BEAR THESE TOO PARTICULAR POINTS IN nlUD.+

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POWER CC.iSUiiPIlOi! Ai Z.h . r • i . r. :1 CENT

A CONSIDERABLE dSDUCTiui-l I.......Ci .uCIYY CChSUuPTIOii HAS BEEN

ACHIEVED AT THE AIRPORT AS A RESULT*OF THE hhuODUCTlOM OF VARIOUS ECOuOuY iiEASUAHU SL i //> . ...... .1' i\..i THE ENVIRONMENT,

THE HJil. > L. -v, S’*. - ) - / <*

BASED ON THE FIGURES FOR THE I1ONTHS GF JANUARY AND FEBRUARY THIS YEAR, HE SAID, ELECTRICITY CC-iiSL.iPTlOfl L: ASPECT OF TERMINAL BUILDING LIGHTING WAS 68 PF:*' GF ' C " ’^PmiflG PERIOD OF THE PREVIOUS TEAM‘ALU ihE ...Su.a^ic.i ur ulljhiIC1TY aT THE

AIRPORT WAS DOWN 25 PER CEM a. ♦hUUEVER, Hi LUiETAUY TERiiS, THE INCREASED COST PER UNIT HAS OUTWEIGH/- > THIS LAVING IN CONSUMPTION AND THE ELECTRICITY LILL HAS RIl . :j • 1 ;T, + HE ADDED.

HR. ROBSON WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. OSWALD CHEUNG WHO WANTED TO iGibu lii . u ; i.'/SIEVED AT THE

AIRPORT*

HR. ROBSON SAID TEE I.IL*.' < l.'.S /...*.i TJ THE AIRPORT HAD HOT f.LSUL/.iD hi . i.E jj FUR FOR SECURITY PURPOSES.

i •. ELECTRICITY AT

1.. i..Ex.E-D HAuPOUER

♦ALTHOUGH THE SZiVINGS H. )E LY SUITGuiuG OFF CERTAIN CEILING LIGHTS HAY BE Shall i.l Ti.EaS.;: 7-3, T*,;Y /. .2 PRECISELY WHAT IS NEEDED, PARTICULARLY DURING - -- i SU..;. . uOilTHS, WHEN ELECTRICITY CUlSJuPTION i.J.ii*:. -/ h. • Ui H THE HEAT FROM

INCREASED'LIQHTiiiG LEADS, IH k ;.. YJ /i4. hi .-;.SE hi THE COST UF AIR-COHDITIOJHLG, + HR. RCBSQJ ID. .

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NO STA.1P DUTY 0.. . . LD TrtAUSACTlOHS 2c if J- ; it H

STAii? DUTY IS HOT PAYABLE 0 1 C ;LD THAHS/:CT10HS IN THE CHINESE QOLD AND SILVER EXCHAJQE, THE fii. l/.L J EC.;STARY, THE HON. PHILIP HADDUH-OAVE, SAID TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. T.OC-’R LOBD IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, HE SAID GOLD UAS T. AHSAC. 3 AS l\ COHhODITY IN THE CHINESE GOLD AND SILVER EXCH'.HG.E i...J «H2 cVlDENCE OF BUYING OR SEALING HAS A tiECElPT OR E.iLifES Li THE EOOaS OF THE EXCHANGE HEHBAuS COiiCEiiijED.

+THESE RECE1TS USED TO BEZJ? A 15 CENTS STA.1P DUTY, BUT THIS REjUlRErtEHT HAS SEEN DISPLACED UlTH SINCE APRIL 1, 197J.+ HE SAID.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY ADDED THAT THERE './AS NO REQUIREMENT BY THE EXCHAH^ FOR ANY DUCU..E.1T TO I E EXCFL..IC. D NET; .. '.u THE TWO PARTIES WHICH ATTRACTED A STAMP DUTY Ui I? 1 THE PROVISIONS OF THE STAwP ORD INANCE•

REPLYING TO ANOTHER QJZSTiu.i, HR. H.. Du..-CAVE SAID THAT MEMBERS JF THE GOLD ) S-. EXJNAilGT -''..D ...7 OTH.l.i GOLD SILVER DEALERS, LIKE 07!:..’ ;j.i ........ I. . . 7 t.j ... .51 r3

TAX UH Pr.uFlTS WHICH i..EY l.... . i . ,y/:

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 1974

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< SPEED LIMITS TO BE REVIEWED

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A CLOSE EXAMINATION IS TO BE MADE TO DETERMINE WHETHER CHANGES IN THE SPEED LIMIT ON CERTAIN ROADS WOULD BE APPROPRIATE, “ THE HON. JAMES ROBSON, SECRETARY FOR ENVIRONMENT TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY DR. THE HON. S.Y. CHUNG WHO WANTED TO KNOW IF THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONSIDER INCREASING THE SPEED LIMIT TO 40 M.P.H; FOR SOME NEW OR IMPROVED MOTORWAYS IN KOWLOON SUCH AS THE WIDENED PORTION OF LUNG CHEUNG ROAD, CORNWALL STREET EXTENSION AND PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD.

. AN IMPORTANT FACTOR MUST BE SAFETY, MR. ROBSON SAID, AND ' IN THIS RESPECT IT WOULD BE UNWISE TO RAISE THE SPEED LIMIT ON LUNG CHEUNG ROAD UNTIL WORK ON ITS WIDENING AND ON THE INTERCHANGES AT THE WESTERN END IS COMPLETED.

HOWEVER, MR. ROBSON ASSURED DR. CHUNG THAT THE NEED TO PROVIDE REALISTIC SPEED LIMITS ON ALL ROADS WAS UNDER CONSTANT CONSIDERATION, AND THE CORNWALL STREET EXTENSION AND PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD WOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE REVIEW TO BE MADE.

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PROCEDURES LAID DOWN FOR DEALING WITH GRAFT

ALLEGATIONS

AGAINST i.C.A.C. OFFICERS

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THE GOVERNOR HAS ISSUED AN INSTRUCTION SETTING OUT THE PROCEDURE FOR DEALING WITH ANY ALLEGATIONS OF CORRUPTION WHICH MAY BE MADE AGAINST OFFICERS OF THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION.

THIS WAS REVEALED TODAY BY THE ACTING COLONIAL SECRETARY, - THE HON. MICHAEL CLINTON, WHEN REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. WOO PAK-CHUEN IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE INSTRUCTION STATES THAT IF ANY SUCH ALLEGATION IS RECEIVED EITHER BY THE COMMISSION OR BY ANY PUBLIC OFFICER IT MUST BE REFERRED IMMEDIATELY TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL. WHO WILL DECIDE WHETHER THE ALLEGATION WARRANTS SPECIAL CONSIDERATION — IN WHICH CASE HE WILL REFER IT TO THE GOVERNOR — OR WHETHER IT WARRANTS AN INVEST!GATION BY THE COMMISSION ITSELF, OR WHETHER IT DOES NOT WARRANT ANY FURTHER ACTION.

WHERE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL CONSIDERS THAT AN INVESTIGATION SHOULD BE UNDERTAKEN BY THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION HE WILL INFORM THE COMMISSIONER AGAINST CORRUPTION. WHO WILL PASS tHE ALLEGATION AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S VIEW TO THE COMMISSION’S OPERATIONS TARGET COMMITTEE, MR. CLINTON EXPLAINED. THE COMMISSIONER WOULD IN DUE COURSE REPORT WHAT ACTION HAD BEEN TAKEN BOTH TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND TO THE TARGET COMMITTEE.

IN CASES WHERE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL CONSIDERS THAT NO FURTHER ACTION IS WARRANTED HE WILL PASS THE ALLEGATION TOGETHER WITH HIS VIEW ON IT TU THE COMMISSIONER, WHO WILL INFORM THE TARGET COMMITTEE IN CASE THE COMMITTEE MAY CONSIDER THAT AN INVESTIGATION IS CALLED FOR. THE COLONIAL SECRETARY ADDED*

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 1974

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l.C.A.C. OPERATlOiIS TARGET COMMITTEE

GETS DOWN TO WORK ii X a '& K it K it

THE OPERATIONS TARGET CO.iillTTEE OF THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION HELD ITS FIRST MEETING THIS HORNING.

SITTING UN THIS ADVISORY BODY ARE THE HUH. JUYCE SYMONS, SIR RONALD H0L.1ES, DR. RAYSOR HUANG. THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE UR HIS REPRESENTATIVE, A PRINCIPAL CROWN COUNSEL REPRESENTING THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, HR. JACK CATER AS WELL AS HR. JOHN PRENDERGAST.

SPEAKING IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. WOO PAK-CHUEN IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE ACTING COLONIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. MICHAEL CLINTON SAID THERE WOULD EE NO POINT IN SETTING UP THE OTHER TWO ADVISORY BODIES OF THE COMMISSION — THE CORRUPTION PREVENTION COMMITTEE AND THE CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON COMMUNITY RELATIONS — UNTIL THE STAFF TO SERVICE THEM HAD BEEN RECRUITED AND TRAINED.

HE POINTED UUT THAT PRIORITY FOR THE STAFFING OF THE COMMISSION MUST BE GIVEN TO THE OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT.

HOWEVER, RECRUITMENT AND STAFFING OF THE CORRUPTION PREVENTION DEPARTMENT AND OF THE COMMUNITY RELATIONS DEPARTMENT IS PROCEEDING AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE BUT IS UNLIKELY TO BE COMPLETED UNTIL ABOUT SEPTEMBER WHEN NEW OFFICE ACCOMMODATION FOR THE COMMISSION WILL BECOME AVAILABLE.

ALTHOUGH STAFF TO SERVE THE TWO ADVISORY COMMITTEES WILL NOT BE FULLY OPERATIVE UNTIL ABOUT SEPTEMBER, +PLANNING FOR THESE COMMITTEES, INCLUDING MEMBERSHIP, IS UNDER WAY AND IT SHOULD BE POSSIBLE TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS SOME TIME IN JUNE,+ MR. CLINTON SAID.

nE ADDED THAT IT WOUuD BE UNWISE AT THIS STAGE TO OVERBURDEN THE COMMISSION WITH FURTHER ADVISORY BODIES, NOT, AT LEAST, UNTIL TIE THREE DEPARTMENTAL .COMMITTEES HAVE BEEN FULLY ESTABLISHED.

♦CONSEQUENTLY, THE NEED FOR FURTHER UNOFFICIAL ASSOCIATION WITH THE WORK GF THE COMMISSION IN THE FORM OF AN ADVISORY COUNCIL WILL BE CONSIDERED ONCE THESE THREE COMMITTEES HAVE FOUND THEIR FEET AND HAVE BEEN IN OPERATION FOR SOME TIME,+ HE SAID.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 1974

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SECOND INTERIM REPORT Oil SOCIAL CAUSES OF CRIME KAY BE PUBLISHED

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CONSIDERATION IS BEING GIVEN TO PUBLISHING A SECOND INTERIM PROGRESS REPOnT OF THE SUB-CONNITTcE ON THE SOCIAL CAUSES OF CRIME, THE SECRETARY FOR HUME AFFAIRS, THE HON. DEMIS ERAY SAID TODAY.

REPLYING TU A QUESTION BY THE HON. HILTON CHEORQ-LEEN, MR. BRAY SAID IT WAS UNLIKELY THAT A FINAL REPORT ON THE SOCIAL CAUSES OF CRIME COULD BE PREPARED BEFORE THE SOCIAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG SUBMITTED ITS OWN REPORT UN THE CAUSES OF VIOLENT CRImE AuJNG YOUNG OFFENDERS IN THE 12 TO 20 AGE GROUP.

THE UNIVERSITY’S RESEARCH CENTRE CO. MISSIONED THE PROJECT FOLLOWING THE PUBLICATION OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE'S FIRST INTERIM REPORT IN SEPTEMBER LiiST YEA...

MR. BRAY SAID THE- REPORT OF THE UNIVERSITY'S RESEARCH CENTRE WOULD PROBABLY BE AVAILABLE IN EARLY 1J75»

IN ITS FIRST INTERIM REPORT, THE SUB-COMM17 TEE l-ISTED A TENTATIVE LIST OF THE HAIN CAUSES OF CRIME AND CONCLUDED THAT FURTHER CONSULTATION AND RESEARCH WERE NECESSARY BEFORE WELL-FOUNDED RECOMMENDATIONS COULD BE liADE IN A FINAL REPORT.

SINCE THE SUBMISSION OF THE FIRST INTERIM REPORT, MR. BRAY SAID, THE SUB-COnHlTTEE HAD MET SEVER 71. iS Ai ID ;.ZLYL.?3 WOULD CONTINUE UNTU I.EmSERS WERE SATISFIED "H'u THEY HA CUV_-»ED A SUFFICIENT AREA UF INFORMATION AND EXPERIENCE.

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IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME FUR LICENSED AREAS UNDER UAY it I: n if ii if

PLANS ARE NOU READY FOR VARIOUS IMPROVEMENTS TO THE STANDARDS OF EXISTIhG LICENSED AREAS, PRINCIPALLY BETTER TOILETS AND BATHHOUSES, DRAINAGE AND ELECTRIFICATION.

THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING., THE HON. 1A‘1 LIQHTBODY, TUlD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY THAT ESTIMATES OF COST FOR THESE PLANS WOULD SHORTLY BE CONSIDERED BY THE HOUSING AUTHORITY BEFORE SUBMISSION TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR PROVISION OF THE NECESSARY FUNDS.

SPEAKING IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. PETER WILLIAMS WHO EXPRESSED CONCERN OVER THE +ATP.0C10US CONDITIONS* IN THE WONG CHUK HANG l-ICENSED AREA, HR. LIGHTBODY NOTED THAT SUCH EXPENDITURE ON lilPrtUVlhG THESE AREAS WOULD BE A GOVENHHEHT ONE RATHER THAU A LIABILITY uF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY.

HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT IMPROVEMENTS TO THE WONG CHUK HANG LICENSED /'.rtcA WERE ALREADY HI HAND AND BUILDING WORK ON GREATLY IMPROVED TOILET AND BATHHOUSE FACILITIES HAD JUST BEEN COMPLETED AND THEY SHOULD BE READY FOR USE SHORTLY.

WORK UN OTHER IMPROVEMENTS WOULD START HI THE NEXT FEI; WEEKS, INCLUDING RENEWAL OF DEFECTIVE PAVING AROUND THE PuRlHETER, IMPROVEMENTS IN THE SURFACE DRAINAGE AND PROVISION OF A SITTINQ-OUT AREA, AS WELL AS A DECENT REFUSE COLLECTION POINT.

HOWEVER, HE SAID PHYSICAL IMPROVEMENTS WERE KOT ENOUGH IN THlHSlL/cS, Ai.D THEY MUST BE BACKED UP BY ADEQUATE DAY-TO-DAY SUPERVISION BY HOUSING DEPARTMENT STAFF.

A SENIOR HOUSING MANAGER POST HAD RECENTLY BEEN CREATED FOR THIS PUkPUSE AND THERE HAD ALSO BEEN RE-DEPLOYMENT OF STAFF AND RE-DEFINITION OF JOBS WHICH WOULD ALLOW STAFF TO CONCENTRATE OH THE MANAGEMENT OF THESE AREAS WITHOUT BEING DISTRACTED BY/ PLANU iNG RESPONSIB1LIT1ES.

REPLYING TO ANOTHER QUESTION BY MR. WILLIAMS ON WHEN THE WOnG ChUK HANG INHABITANTS COULD BE REHOUSED IN PUBLIC HOUSING. MR. LIGHTBUDY SAID THESE FAMILIES HAD LIVED IN THE AREA FOR THK-E TO FOUR YEARS AND THEY WERE +VERY DESERVING OF AH ALLOCATION OF PUBLIC HOUSING-+

HE SAID: + UNDERSTANDABLY, HOWEVER, THEY INSIST ON STAYING IN THE ABERDEEN AREA AND THIS MEANS THAT THEIR PROBLEMS CANNOT BE SOLVED UNTIL PUBLIC HOUSING IS AVAILABLE IN THAT AREA.

+OUR BUILDING PROGRAMME WILL NOT PROVIDE THE NECESSARY UNITS Hi THE ABERDEEN AREA FOP. SEVERAL YEARS, BUT 1 CAN ASSURE MY HONOURABLE FRIEND THAT THE HOUSING DEPAP.TilEiiT WILL EE CONSTANTLY ON THE WATCH FOR ANY OPPORTUNITY THAT MAY PRESENT ITSELF FUR moving these families into public housing at ah ea.hlie.-i date.*

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GROOVING OF RUNWAY TO START NEXT MONTH ft ft ft it it ft

WORK ON GROOVING KAI TAK RUNWAY IS EXPECTED TO START SHORTLY TO ENSURE GREATER SAFETY FOR AIRCRAFT LANDING. THE HON. JANES ROBSON, SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, SAID TODAY.

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REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. SZETO WAI IN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL HR. ROBSON SAID THAT TENDERS FOR THE GROOVING PROJECT HAD BEEN RECEIVED ON MARCH 29 AND HE HOPED THAT A CONTRACT WOULD BE AWARDED TODAY SO THAT WORK COULD START NEXT MONTH.

+ IN THIS EVENT THE ENTIRE RUNWAY SHOULD BE GROOVED BY THE END OF AUGUST,+ HE SAID.

MR. ROBSON EXPLAINED THAT DANGER TO AIRCRAFT LANDING DURING HEAVY RAIN WAS NOT ONLY POSED BY SLIPPERINESS, BUT ALSO BY +AQUA PLANING* — THAT IS, A FILM OF WATER BUILDING UP BETWEEN THE TYRES OF THE AEROPLANE AND THE SURFACE OF THE RUNWAY SO THAT THERE IS NO DIRECT CUNTACT BETWEEN THEM, WITH A SUBSEQUENT LOSS OF FRICTION AND BRAKING POWER.

THE CUTTING OF SHALLOW GROOVES OH THE RUNWAY SURFACE CAN HCLP TO PREVENT AQUA PLANING BY BREAKING UP THE FILM OF WATER, AND PROVIDING A ROUGH SURFACE FOR BETTER BRAKING PERFORMANCE, HE SAID.

GROOVING HAD BEEN CARRIED OUT ON THE RUNWAY IN 1971, BUT THESE GROOVES WERE OVERLAYED LAST YEAR BY A STRENGTHENING LAYER OF BITUMINOUS MATERIAL, WHICH MUST BE ALLOWED TO SETTLE BEFORE IT COULD BE GROOVED. G.RIT BLASTING AND OTHER METHODS HAD BEEN TRIED OUT ON A SMALL SCALE TO IMPROVE THE SITUATION, BUT THEY PRODUCED LITTLE EFFECT.

+TR1AL GROOVES WERE ALSO CUT AT PERIODIC INTERVALS AND KEPT UNDER OBSERVATION TO CHECK WHEN IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE TO START GROOVING,+ MR. ROBSON ADDED.

DANGER OF SLIPPERINESS COULD BE REDUCED IF RAIN WATER WAS SHED FROM THE RUNWAY AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. +THIS COULD BE ACHIEVED BY INCREASING THE CROSS FALL OF THE SURFACE OF THE RUNWAY WHICH IN FACT WAS DONE LAST YEAR WHEN THE KAI TAK RUNWAY WAS STRENGTHENED BY LAYING AN ADDITIONAL THICKNESS OF BITUMINOUS MATERIAL OVER THE OLD SURFACE.*

HR. ROBSON SAID THAT AQUA PLANING COULD ALSO BE AVOIDED BY PROVIDING A LONGER LENGTH OF RUNWAY.

TWO EXTENSIONS WERE COMPLETED AT THE KAI TAK RUNWAY LAST YEAR, GIVING AN EXTRA 500 FEtT OF EFFECTIVE RUNWAY SURFACE, AND PROVIDING A SIGNIFICANT MARGIN OF SAFETY AGAINST OVERRUN TYPE ACCIDENTS.

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INCREASE IN DUTIES FOR INDUSTRIAL-TYPE ETHYL ALCOHOL

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THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, EXPLAINED TODAY THAT THE DUTIES ON INDUSTRIAL-TYPE tTHYL ALCOHOL WERE INCREASED LaST MONTH TO PRESERVE THE PARITY BETWEEN THE RATES FOR INDUSTRIAL— TYPE LlyJORS AND NUN-EUROPEAN LIQUORS.

HE ADMITTED THAT HE HAD STATED IN HIS BUDGET SPEECH THAT THE DUTIES OH INDUSTRIAL-TYPE ETHYL ALCOHOL WOULD NOT BE INCREASED, BUT Said THAT HE WAS LATER REMINDED BY THE DIRECTOR OF COhnERCE AkD INDUSTRY THAT THE DUTIES ON ETHYL ALCOHOL HAVE ALWAYS BEEN KEPT IN LIKE WITH THOSE FOR NOH-EUROPEAN TYPE SPIRITS.

+THE REASON FOR THIS IS THAT, OTHERWISE, THERE IS AN ADVANTAGE TO BE GAINED FROM USING IMPORTED ETHYL ALCOHOL AS A BASE FOR CHINESE WINE, TO THE DETRIMENT OF LOCAL DISTILLERS,+ HE EXPLAINED WHEN REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. WOO PAK CHUEN.

MR. WOO WANTED TO KNOW WHY THE DUTIES ON INDUSTRIAL-TYPE ETHYL A-CUHOL WERE RAISED DESPITE THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY'S ASSURANCE TO THE CONTRARY IN HIS BUDGET SPEECH.

ACCORDING TO MP.. -HADDON-CAVE, THE EFFECT OF THE INCREASE ON INDUSTRIAL COSTS WOULD NOT BE TOO SIGNIFICANT.

ABOUT 75 PER CENT OF THE DUTY OF ETHYL ALCOHOL COLLECTED IN 1973/74 WAS IN RESPECT OF THE ETHYL ALCOHOL CONTENT OF IMPORTED PERFUMERY PRODUCTS. ABOUT 10 PER CENT UAS USED TO HAKE CHINESE WINE IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT THE DUTY UAS THEN THt SAME AS FOR HON-EUROPEAN TYPE SPIRITS, WHILE ABOUT FIVE PER CENT WAS USED BY LABORATORIES•

ONLY ABOUT 10 PER CENT, HE ADDED, WAS USED BY INDUSTRY BECAUSE MUST OF THE ALCOHOL USED FOR INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES IN HONG KORG IS DENATURED, THAT IS RENDERED HON-POTABLE, AND IS THUS DUTY FREE.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY NOTED THAT ETHYL ALCOHOL FOR THE USE OF ANY EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC OR CHARITABLE INSTITUTION IS EXEMPT FROM DUTY.

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COMPENSATION FOR DEPENDANT OF CRIME VICTIM

MAJA.; PAK KAM-DIP, A 71-YEAR-OLD RESIDENT OF CANTON WHOSE BROTHER Who KIlLED HONG KONG IN MARCH LAST YEAR Hhzut HE WELT TO THE ASSISTANCE OF A ROBBERY VICTIM, HnS BEEN GRANTED COMPENSATION OF §6,225 BY THE GOVERNMENT.

THE AWARD WAS APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY UNDER THE INTERPRETATION ORDINANCE WHICH ENABLES THE COUNCIL TO AWARD COMPENSATION TO DEPENDANTS OF u PERSON WHO DIES AS A RESULT OF INJURIES SUFFERED IN THE EXECUTION OF A DUTY TO ASSIST IN RESISTANCE TO CRIME. THE HONEY WILL BE PAID THROUGH THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE.

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IN MOVING THE RESOLUTION, THE ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE GARTH THORNTON SAID THAT THE AMOUNT OF §6,225 HAD BEEN COMPUTED AFTER TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE EXPECTATION OF LIFE OF THE VICTIM, MR. PAK KWONG-WOON, AND SHOULD BE SUFFICIENT TO REPLACE REMITTANCES that he would have made to his sister in canton had LIVED.

MADAM PAK WAS DEPENDANT ON REMITTANCES OF $100 TO §200 PER

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MONTH FROM HER BROTHER.

MR. THORNTON SAID HR. PAK, WHO WAS THE HATCHMAN OF A BUILDING IN FA YUEN STREET, KOWLOON, SHOWED GREAT COURAGE WHEN HE PURSUED AND CONFRONTED A RUBBER ON MARCH 22 LAST YEAR AFTER A 60-YEAR-OLD woman resident OF THE BUILDING REPORTED TO HIM THAT SHE HAD BEEN ROBBED OF U>50 AT KNIFE POINT hi THE LIFT WHILE RETURNING HOME.

TRAGICALLY, MR. PAK WAS EVENTUALLY STABBED BY THE ROBBER AND DIED FROM HIS INJURIES.

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NEW TREASURY SUB-OFFICE FOR KOWLOON CITY SOON it n it it it it it

A NEW SUB-TREASURY SERVING RESIDENTS IN KOWLOON CITY WILL BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS IN TWO TO THREE MONTHS1 TIME, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

AS A RESULT OF SURVEYS UNDERTAKEN BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, HE SAID, IT WAS FOUND THAT OHLY IN KOWLOON CITY WAS THE DEMAND SUFFICIENT TO JUSTIFY THE EXPENSE INVOLVED IN ESTABLISHING A CQLuECTlON AND PAYMENT OFFICE.

REPLYING TU A QUESTION BY CAVE POUTED OUT THAT TREASURY NORMALLY ONLY CONGESTED IN THE PAYMENTS FELL DUE.

THE HON. LI FOOK-WO, HR. HADDON-REVENUE COLLECTION OFFICES WERE MONTHS WHEN QUARTERLY RATE

THE ACCOUNTANT GENERAL, MR. HADDON-CAVE WENT ON, HAS TAKEN STEPS TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO PAY GOVERNi’.EHi ACCOUNTS BY POSi AND ABOUT oOO.OCU ACCOUNTS COR 25 PER CENT) OUT OF A TOTAL OF 3,200,000 PAID AT TREASURY OFFICES EACH -YEAR ARE NOU SEiTLED IN +TH1S CONVENIENT AND TIME SAVING FASHION.+

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY RECALLED THAT WHEN THE POSTAL PAYMENT CAMPAIGN BEGAN IN 1968, LESS THAN 40,000 ACCOUNTS A YEAR OR ABOUT TWO PER CENT, WERE PAID THROUGH THE POST. +THIS CAMPAIGN HAS, THEREFORE, BEEN A CONSIDERABLE SUCCESS,+ HE REMARKED

H" HOPED THAT WITH THE SUCCESS OF THE CAMPAIGN, _ COUPLED WITH THE NEU FACILITIES THE NEW SUB-TREASURY IN KOWLOON CITY WILL PROVIDE, CONGESTION AT TREASURY CASH OFFICES WOULD BE REDUCED.

NONETHELESS, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY FELT THAT IT WAS THAT CONGESTION WOULD EE ELIMINATED COMPLETELY FOR PEOPLE LEAVE THE PAYMENT OF ACCOUNTS TO THE LAST

UNLIKELY +S0 MANY MOMENT.+

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THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, THE HON. JOHN CANNING TODAY TQLD THP LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT THE APPLICATION OF THE BAPTIST COLLEGE FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE HAS BEEN UNDER DETAILED CONSIDERATION AND THE MATTER UOUuD SHORTLY BE BROUGHT BEFORE THE COUNCIL.

MR. CANNING ALSO ASSURED DR. THE HON. S.Y. CHUNG, WHO RAISED THE QUESTION IN COUNCIL, THAT HE WOULD BE IN TOUCH WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE BAPTIST COLLEGE AS SOON AS A DECISION WAS nADE On THE APPLICATION.

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WHEAT ARD FLOUR STOCKS SUFFICIENT FOR TOO MONTHS' COHSUEPTIOH is it :i :i ::

STOCKS OF WHEAT AND FLOUR li> i ...G KuiiQ i.EPRESEiiT AT ANY ONE TIME ABOUT TUO MONTHS' CONSUMPTION OF FLUOR, WHICH AMOUNTS TO SOME 18,000 METRIC TOMS, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, THE HON. JAi.ES HCQREqOR, SAID TODAY.

HE TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT THIS APPEARED TO BE THE PRESENT STOCK POSITION, WITH A FURTHER 9,000 TO 10,000 METRIC TONS IN TRANSIT TO HONG KGuQ.

+1 HAVE BEEN ADVISED BY THE MANAGEMENTS OF OUR THREE FLOUR MILLS AND LEADING BAKERIES THAT ;K_.:E IS HO PROBLEM OF SUPPLY AT PRESENT,+ HE SAID. +ALL APPEAR CONFIDENT THAT THERE WILL BE NO PROBLEM EITHER IN THE MONTHS AHEAD. I BELIEVE THAT BOT^i THE PRESENT STOCKS And SUPPLY POSITION AP.E SATISFACTORY.+

1 HR. MCC-REGOR, REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, SAID THAT BULK STORAGE OF WHEAT AND FLOUR IS EXPENSIVE IN HONG KONG AO BOTH COKuODlTIES ZlT-E PERISHABLE PRODUCTS.

FOR THESE REASONS, IMPORTERS ARD BULK USERS APPARENTLY PREFER TO REGULATE THEIR SUPPLIES SO THAT THEY ARRIVE FREQUENTLY AND IN RELATIVELY SMALL AMOUNTS.

HE SAID THAT IMPORTED FLOUR PRICES AVERAGED Hl<$563 A METRIC TON DURING JANUARY 1973. BY JANUARY THIS YE.'iR THE AVERAGE PRICE HAD RISEN TO HK$1,222 PER METRIC TOH,- AH INCREASE OF 117 PER CENT.

A LARGE PROPORTION OF OUR DOMESTICALLY CONSUMED FLOUR WAS PRODUCED BY MILLING IMPORTED WHEAT, THE AVERZiCE C.I.F. PRICE FOR WHICH ROSE FROM HKS524 A r.ETRIC TOH lil JAHUAP.Y 1973, TO HK$y62 PER METRIC TOM IN JANUARY 1974, AN INCREASE OF 84 PER CENT.

MR. MCGREGOR ADDED: +A SHALL BUT WELCOME REDUCTION IN PRICE FOR IMPORTED WHEAT AMD FLOUR DURING THE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS YEAR HAS, 1 AM SORRY TO SAY, BEEN MORE THAN OFFSET BY HIGHER FREIGHT HATES.

+THESE INCREASES HAVE BEEN REFLECTED IN THE PRICE OF BREAD REACHING THE CONSUMER.*

BREAD WHICH COST THE HOUSEWIFE 80 CENTS PER POUND'IN JANUARY 1973, HZ.D INCREASED TO $1 A POUND BY OCTOBER 1973 AND IS NOU $1.40 A POUND, BUT THIS SCALE OF INCREASE IS SIMILAR TO THOSE FOR WHEAT AND FLOUR, HE SAID.

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NEW DEPRECIATION RATES FOR PLANT AUD MACHINERY APPROVED « if n 31 3: JI

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY APPROVED A REVISED TABLE OF RATES OF ANNUAL DEPRECIATION IN RESPECT OF PLANT AND MACHINERY UNDER THE INLAND REVENUE RULES.

THE NEU RATES, EFFECTIVE FROM THE YEAR OF ASSESSMENT COMMENCING ON OH AFTE$ APRIL 1, 1974, WERE AMENDED BY THE BOARD OF INLAND REVENUE LAST-MONTH FOLLOWING A PROPOSAL BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY IN HIS BUDGET SPEECH.

THE HON. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE TOLD THE COUNCIL THAT IN CONSTkUCIInG the new table, the board BORE two OBJECTIVES in mind.

+FIRST, TO PROVIDE A MEASURE OF RELIEF FOR HOST PROFITS TAX PAYERS 3Y INCREASING THE BASIC RATE FOR PLANT AND MACHINERY CU1TH CERTAIN EXCEPTIONS) FROit 10 PER-CENT TO 15 PER CENT UN THEIR REDUCING VALUES- AND SECONDLY, TO HAKE FUR SIMPLER ADMINISTRATION BY KEEPING THE NUMBER OF EXCEPTIONS TO THE BASIC RATE WHERE THE 15 PER CENT WOULD BE EITHER TOO GENEROUS OR INSUFFICIENT TU A MINIMUM.* '

HE SAID EXAMPLES OF EXCEPTIONS INVOLVING RATES HIGHER THAN 15 PER CENT INCLUDED BLEACHING AND FINISHING MACHINERY AND PLANT C20 PER CENT), ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURING MACHINERY AND PLANT C20 PER CENT), MOTOR VEHICLES C25 PER CENT), PLASTIC MANUFACTURING MACHINERY AUD PLANT C20 PER CENT), SULPHURIC AND NITRIC ACID PLANT (25 PER CENT) AUD TEXTILE AND MANUFACTURING MACHINERY AND PLANT C20 PER CENT).

EXAMPLES OF EXCEPTIONS.INVOLVING RATES LOUER THAN 15 PER CENT INCLUDED SHIPS C10 PER CENT) AMD MACHINERY FOP. THE PLANT-INTERS IVE PUBLIC UTILITIES C10 PER CENT).

EXPLAINING WHY THE PUBLIC UTILITIES HAVE BEEN EXCLUDED FROM ENJOYING THE BASIC RATE OF 15 PER CENT, HE SAID: +FIRST, THE COST TO THE REVENUE WOULD BE CONSIDERABLE^ SECONDLY, THE RELIEF IS INTENDED PRIMARILY FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR3 AND THIRDLY, THERE IS HO EVIDENCE THAT THE PUBLIC UTILITIES NEED ADDITIONAL RELIEF BEYOND THAT RESULTING FROM THE INCREASE IN THE rtATS OF INITIAL ALLOWANCE I ALSO PROPOSED IN PY BUDGET SPEECH.*

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REPORT OH DESIGN REQUIREMENTS FOR HANDICAPPED COMPLETED it jj ;• a is it n i;-

A STUDY OF THE PROBLEMS IN MAKING BUILDINGS AND THE FACILITIES THEY CONTAIN HORE ACCESSIBLE TO DISABLED PEOPLE HAS BEEN COMPLETED AND A REPORT IS EXPECTED TO BE ISSUED UITEIH THE NEXT FEU WEEKS TO INTERESTED PARTIES FUR THEIR COMMENT.

THE HON. DAVID MCDONALD, DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, TODAY

TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FRUM THE HON. WILSON WANG THAT THE REPORT WAS SUBMITTED LAST DECEMBER AND HAS ISSUED TO VARIOUS P.W.D. OFFICES FOR STUDY.

+THEIR COMMENTS HAVE NOW BEEN RECEIVED AMD ARE BEING CONSIDERED BY THE D1RECT0RATE,+-HE SAID.

MR. MCDONALD ANTICIPATED THAT THE REPORT TOGETHER WITH

THE P.W.D. HEADQUARTERS RECOHMENDATIOmS WOULD BE SENT TO INTERESTED PARTIES WITHIN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS TO OBTAIN THEIR COUNSEL ON BOTH THE REPORT AND THE DRAFT CODE OF PRACTICE.

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A BILL WHICH SEEKS TO SIMPLIFY THE PROCEDURES FOR COMPENSATION TO THOSE WHOSE PROPERTIES ARE AFFECTED BY STREET ALTERATION PROJECTS WAS INTRODUCED TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE STREETS CALTERATION) ^AMENDMENT) BILL 1974, THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, THE HON. DAVID MCDONALD, EXPLAINED TH.AT UNDER THE PRESENT ORDINANCE A TRIBUNAL nAY HEAR AND DETERMINE AmY CLAIM FOR COMPENSATION ONLY AFTER THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL HAS CONSIDERED f\ FOP.MAL OBJECTION IN RESPECT OF THE STREET ALTERATION AND HAS NEVERTHELESS AUTHORISED THE UNDERTAKING EITHER .Hi TOTO OR IN RESPECT OF A PART WHEREBY THE OBJECTOR’S INTEREST IS STILL ADVERSELY AFFECTED.

THE TRIBUNAL HAS NO POWER TO HEAR OR DETERMINE A CLAIM FOR COMPENSATION IN RESPECT OF ANY HATTER REGARDING WHICH NO FORMAL OBJECTION TO THE STREET ALTERATION HZtS BEEN LODGED.

HR. MCDONALD SAID THE BILL REMOVES THE EXISTING PARADOX WHICH RESTRICTS THE POWER OF THE TRIBUMAL TO HEAR At'D DETERMINE CLAIMS FOR COMPENSATION ONLY TO THOSE UNDERTAKINGS AGAINST WHICH OBJECTION HAVE BEEN LODGED.

A PERSON, THEREFORE, WHOSE INTEREST IS ADVERSELY AFFECTtD BY A STREET ALTERATION BUT WHO HAS HO OBJECTION IN PRINCIPLE TO IT WluL THUS BE ABLE TO CLAIM COMPENSATION WHETHER HE HAS LODGED A FORMAL OBJECTION TO THE UNDERTAKING OR NOT, HE ADDED.

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THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, TODAY OUTLINED THE PROGRESS BEING HADE Hl THE L.PLEHEN t.TION • OF RECOMMENDATIONS CONTAINED IN THE SECOND IJEPGIT OF THE COMPANIES UAW REVISION COMMITTEE.

HE WAS SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. LEE QUO-WEI WHO ASKED WHEN THE PROPOSED REVISED COMPANIES LEGISLATION MOULD BE PUBLISHED.

ilR. HADDON-CAVE SAID CONSIDERATION HAD BEEN GIVEN TO IMPLEMENTING FIRST THE COMMITTEE'S RECOMMENDATIONS RELATING TO COnPadY ACCOUNTS AND DIRECTORS' REPORTS TO BP.ING THE RELEVANT PROVISIONS IN THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE BROADLY INTO LINE WITH THOSE NOW IN FORCE IN THE'UNITED KINGDOM, AND TO REQUIRE DIRECTORS' REPORTS TO GIVE MUCH FULLER INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR COMPANIES' AFFAIRS.

+A DRAFT BILL DESIGNED TO GIVE EFFECT TO THIS HAS NOW BEEN PREPARED AND COMMENTS AND VIEWS ON IT ARE BEING SOUGHT FP.Ort HONG KOJG SOCIETY OF ACCOUNTANTS ARD THE HONG KUNG GENERAL AND CHINESE CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE.

+THE CHINESE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAS ALREADY INDICATED THAT IT HAS NO COMMENTS AND IT IS HOPED THAT THE VIEWS OF THE OTHER BODIES Ml LU BE RECEIVED SHORTLY.

*1 HAD ORIGINALLY HOPED THAT THE BILL COULD BE READY IN TIME TO BE APPLICABLE TO ACCOUNTS 111 RESPECT OF THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER >1, 1974 BUT IT BAY NOT NOU BE POSSIBLE TO ACHIEVE THIS TARGET.

+THE REASON FOR THIS IS THAT THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED THAT SIX MONTHS NOTICE BE GIVEN BEFORE THE HEU PROVISION COMES INTO OPERATION AND IT IS NOU ALREADY MID-APRIL,+ HE SAID.

HE CONTINUED THAT NO OTHER DRAFTING WAS PROCEEDING AT THE , PRESENT TIME TO GIVE EFFECT TO FURTHER RECOiJHENDATIOHS IN THE REPORT.

BUT HE SAID THE RECOMMENDATIONS■HADE BY THE COMMITTEE WERE ACCEPTABLE TO THE GOVERNMENT IN PRINCIPLE AND DRAFTING OF LEGISLATION TO GIVE EFFECT TO THEM WOULD BE PUT IN HAND AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY POINTED OUT THAT THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF .THE SECOHD .REPORT RELATING TO THE QUESTION OF 'INSIDER TRADING' HAD ALREADY BEEN INCORPORATED IN THE SECURITIES ORDINANCE.-

BUT THE PROVISIONS CONCERNED WOULD HOT BE BROUGHT INTO OPERATION UNTIL SUCH TIME AS Ad ASSESSMENT OF THE PROPOSED UNITED KINGDOM LEGISLATION OH 'INSIDER TRADING' HAD BEEN HADE AND, IN ANY EVENT, WITHOUT A FURTHER OPPORTUNITY FOR THIS COUNCIL TO DEBATE THE HATTER.

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MORE CLINICS TO BE PROVIDED IN ESTATES H 31 31 3* 31

ON AVERAGE THERE IS CHE LQW-CQST ZJ2D L’ELFA..E CLINIC TO EVERY 13,000 AUTHORISED POPULATION LIVING IN HONG KONG’S PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES, THE SECRETARY FUR SOCIAL SERVICES, THE HON. Li FOOK KOU SAID TODAY.

THERE WERE JO WELFARE AND LOW-COST CLINICS IN THE 25 GROUP B ESTATES (FORMERLY RESETTLEMENT ESTATES) AND 47 SUCH CLINICS IN THE 26 GROUP A ESTATES (FORMERLY LOW COST HOUSING ESTATES), HE TULD wEGUuATiVE COUNCIL WHEN REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. WIlFRED WONQ.

ACCORDING to nr. LI, '.NOMINATIONS OF TENANTS ARE PRESENTLY AWAITED FOR THREE CLINICS WHILE A FURTHER 27 PREMISES ARE TO BE ALLOCATED AS CLINICS IN THE HEAR FUTURE.

UN THE QUESTION OF PREMISES AVAILABLE FOR ALLOCATION AS CLINICS IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES, HE SAID THAT THERE WAS LESS DIFFICULTY Iu PROVIDING PREMISES ON NEW ESTATES.

♦HOWEVER, THE PROBLEM CAN BE FORMIDABLE IN RESPECT OF THOSE ESTATES WHICH ARE FULLY LET, PARTICULARLY IN TERNS OF PREMISES WHICH ARE ACCEPTABLE TO DOCTORS,+ HR. LI ADDED.

FOR THESE REASONS, HE EXPLAINED, IT HAS HOT BEEN POSSIBLE TO ACHIEVE THE RATIO RECOMMENDED BY THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE OH CLINICS. r

NEVERTHELESS, HE ASSURED THE COUNCIL THAT THE DIRECTOR OF HOUSING WOULD CONTINUE TO SEEK TO MAKE MORE PREMISES AVAILABLE IN ORDER TO IMPROVE THE PRESENT RATIO.

MR. Li NOTED THAT THERE WERE NO INDICATIONS THAT THE LOW COST CLINICS ASSOCIATION OF REGISTERED DOCTORS WAS EXPERIENCING ANY DIFFICULTY IN FINDING DOCTORS TO RUN LOU COST CLINICS IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES.

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TRAFFIC RE-ROUTINGS h h n n n j: n k

THE NEW SECTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD FROM SAN HUI TO FU TEI WILL BE OPENED TO SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC AS FROM 3 P.M. TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

MEANWHILE, WITH EFFECT FROM 10 A.M. ON FRIDAY (APRIL 12), YUK YAT STREET BETWEEN CHI KIANG STREET AND LOK SHAN ROAD WILL BE RE-RGJTED FROM TWO-WAY TO ONE-WAY EASTBOUND TRAFFIC ONLY.

THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS ARE INTENDED TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC CIRCULATION IN BOTH AREAS. TRAFFIC S1QNS WILL BE POSTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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TWO HOUSEWIVES TO REPRESENT CONSUMER INTERESTS Oil RICE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

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TWO HOUSEWIVES ACTIVELY CONCERNED WITH COMMUNITY AFFAIRS HAVE BEEN APPOINTED TO SERVE ON THE RICE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

■ TO REPRESENT CONSUMER INTERESTS, THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY.

ONE OF THEM, MRS. YIU PO-CHUN, OF TS1N SHUl HA TAU VILLAGE, SHAU KEI WAN, WILL ALSO BE SERVING Oil THE NEULY-FORHED CONSUMER COUNCIL. A WIDOW, SHE PLAYS AN ACTIVE ROLE IN THE SHAU KEI WAN KA1F0NG WELFARE ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION AilD THE TSIN SHUl HA TAU . VILLAGE WELFARE ASSOCIATION.'SHE HAS THREE S NS AND ONE DAUGHTE R. • c

THE OTHER, MRS. YIU LAI-JUEN, OF MORRISON STREET, IS VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL DISTRICT SOUTH-WEST AREA COMMITTEE AND THE CENTRAL LICENSED HAWKERS' ASSOCIATION. SHE IS ALSO CONCERNED WITH KA1FUNG ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT. HER HUSBAND OPERATES A PRESERVED HEAT STALL AND .THERE ARE SIX CHILDREN IN THE FAMILY. i

COMMENTING ON THE APPOINTMENTS, A SPOKESMAN-FOR THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY: +WE ARE SURE THESE NEW MEMBERS WILL HAVE A VERY USEFUL CONTRIBUTION TO MAKE TO THE WORK OF THE COMMITTEE, WHICH IS PARTICULARLY CONCERNED WITH TAKING ACCOUNT OF CONSUMER INTERESTS.+

THE RICE ADVISORY COMMITTEE COMPRISES REPRESENTATIVES FROM -THE IMPORT, WHOLESALE AND RETAIL SECTORS OF THE RICE TRADE, DC AND 1 OFFICIALS INVOLVED WITH THE OPERATION OF THE RICE CONTROL SCHEME, AND CONSUMER REPRESENTATIVES.

THE COMMITTEE'S TERMS OF REFERENCE ARE TO ADVISE THE DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY ON THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE RICE CONTROL SCHEME AND ALL ASPECTS OF THE RICE TRADE.

REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE RICE TRADE SERVING ON THE COMMITTEE ARE: MR. WILSON CHAN, MR. YEUNG WINQ-TAK, HR. CHIU 01-NIN, HR. NG SHEA-CHIU (IMPORTERS)3 MR. AU-YEUNG CHEUNG, MR. CHOY YING-CHING (WHOLESALERS)3 MR. NG HUNG-MOW, MR. CHANG MAN-YIM (RETAILERS)3 MRS. C.M.L. DA SILVA (MAJOR RETAIL OUTLETS).

l-Z .Y, APRIL 10, 1974 ~ 22 • •

TELEVISION I.. I..;. ■; k>. ...i

X X X X X X

THE TELEVISION ADVISORY . . . -....US CONCERN

OVER UNNECESSARY VIOLENCE 0.1 TOR 13 i,. .

♦IN OUR VIEW, THE THOUGHTLESS USE ZF VIOLENCE IN TELEVISION IS LIKELY TO PRODUCE 012.........-- ,„ r.-ICnL/nLY

TO YOUNG VIEUl.ES, A..J Ui .. ..'TO N.Y STANDARDS

AND VALUES,* THE BOARD SAYS lu ITS SECUiQ I IPu.-iT PUBLISHED TODAY.

♦WE ATTACH iiUCH 1HP0RTA2CE TO u ... TO CONTROL THIS

ASPECT OF TELEVISION,* IT SAYl, l...... \ TOG '..TO i._ _J FOR STRICT

ENFORCEMENT OF THE REVISED C.PFS '"■ P ”. !C^ !' ■ ’ '. G TO PROGRAMME STANDARDS WHICH SET Su.10. l..J l-....---) > c . PORTRAYAL OF

VIOLENCE Oil TELEVISION.

HOWEVER, THE BOARD IS S’iiSF.’.TD Ti::~ E' “?■ TELEVISION STATIONS HAVE THE BEST INTERESTS GF VI...... !R iU.'D . ’ TJ .. SHITTING

PROGRAMMES ARD IN CONSEQUENCE ULTOi IN CLOSE C< -OPERATION WITH THE AUTHORITY.

ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, AH ESTli TOTO). 2.1 MILLION PEOPLE WATCH TELEVISION OH AH AVERAGE DAY IN I.' .I. G IT APPEARS THAT iiJRE HOUSEHOLDS ARE BUYING SEUUuB- t..TO, i. .jY GF TTOTO COLOUR SETS. .

AT THE END OF DECEMBER 1972, SONE 670.000 HOUSEHOLDS OWNED A TV SET — NEARLY DOUBLE THE NUMBER IN 196?.

DURING THE PERIOD UNDER REVIEW, A TOTAL OF 1,567 ADVERTISEMENTS WERE SUBMITTED FUR APPROVAL. Ti._.;„ WAS A .’ILLATIVE DHCREaSE OF 50 PER CENT lu THE i.UuEER OF z.jVu..;iSL..Ei.*j U.ilCH W^;.E HUT ACCEPTABLE, REFLECTING AH IlCREASIHG S A.u.-G ADVERTISERS

AND LICENSEES GF THE HEED TO) l./UllTAlil HIGH L.DaNDS.

OF THE 11,449 FILMS SUBMITTED FOR APPROVAL DURING THE SAME PERIOD, ONLY 19 HEF.E FOUND UNACCEPTABLE IN TLE LIGHT OF THE PROGRAMS CODES.

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NOTE TO EDITORS; IT SHOULD EE NOTED THAT TEE REPORT RELATES TO THE PERIOD JAHUARY 1971-DECEuEER 1972 AND IN SL..E luSTO>ATO.S SO.IE CF Cul-ENTS CONTAINED Id IT ARE iiO LCHG"R APPL1CA.AS A RESULT OF CHANGES IN Pr;OGNA..i.E Fc.’. -ATOL

COPIES OF THE REPORT ARE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FRQ?1 THE G1S PRESS ROOM, 6TH FLCOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

MODE

GOOD

2.12

2.06

1.94

AUSTRALIAh RICE

1.92

PAKISTAN RICE

TAIWAN RICE

CROP

CROP

CROP

CROP

PO NGAI

CHU CHO

THAI RUE

- OLD

- NEW

OLD

NEU

2.01

1.90

1.70

WEDNESDAY

KOWLOON

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1002 WHOLE

A1 SUPER-EXTRA

A1 SUPER

RICE

U.S

JiEN

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE


APRIL 10t 1974

THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY CWEDNESDAY} AT SALES UNDER THE RICE CONTROL SCHEME AND AT THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ? ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AND THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION

WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEUNG SHA WAN

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

RICE CONTROL SCHEME

GRADE Or RICE

CHINA RICE

SEE MEW

10-15* BROKERS

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY

WHOLESALE PRICE CS/CATTYS

2.03

WHOLE GLUTINOUS

/SUPPLIES AND

TIME s 193O_HQURS/FKC


VSDl'JESDAY, APRIL 10, 1974

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH CFi-10 CHEONG SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

SPECIES AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE

OF SUPPLY CS/CATTY) -

H1QH LOW MODE

QULDEN THREAD BlQ-EYES GOOD GOOD 3.30 2.30 2.20 0.60 3*00 1.60

SQUID LIMITED 5*oo 2.00 4.00

hair-tails GOOD 1.60 1.00 1.50

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 3.20 1.50 2.00

CROAKERS 1 NORMAL 1.60 0.80 1 .30

CONGER-PIKE-EELS NORMAL 1.50 1.20 1 .30

MELON COAT — — •

breams NORMAL 4.50 3.00 3.50

yellow belly GOOD 1.80 0.60 1.10

MACKERELS NORMAL 3.60 2.60 3.20

RED QOAT FISH GOOD 1.20 0.50 1.00

FORK-TA IL NORMAL 1.20 0.70 1.00

HORSE-HEAD GOOD 6.00 3.00 5*oo

MELON SEED .LIMITED 2.60 1.80 2.00

POMFRETS SCARCE 9.00 7.50 8.00

QAROUPAS NORMAL 7.50 5.00 6.00

YELLOW CROAKER ——»

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 19?4

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

CV.M.O. CHEUNQ'SHA WAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKET)

TYPE OF AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

VEGETABLE OF SUPPLY high LOW MODE

FLJUErtiNG CABBAGE GOOD 0.60 0.20 0.50

WHITE CABBriGE GOOD 0.10 0.25

CHINESE LETTUCE GOOD □ •50 0.20 0.40

WATER SPINACH LIMITED / 2.oo 0.60 1.50

CHINESE KALE GOOD 0.70 0.20 0.60

STRING 3EANS ——

SPRING ONION GOOD 0.60 O.JO 0.60

SPINACH normal 0.60 0.20 0.50

WATER CRESS NORMAL 0.60 0.20 0.60

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE GOOD 0.50 0.10 o.>o

CHINESE SPINACH LIMITED 1.50 0.50 1.20

TOnATU NORMAL 1.40 0.50 1.00

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE .

CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY

WHOLESALE PRICES' OF PORK CS/P1CUL-HVE WEIGHT)

GOOD

305 (AVERAGE)

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 1974

- 1 -PUBLIC URGED TO HELP PREVENT FIRES DURING EASTER Ji X tt » M X

VISITORS TO THE COUNTRYSIDE DURING THE EASTER HOLIDAY PERIOD ARE URGED TO TAKE ALL POSSIBLE PRECAUTIONS TO PREVENT FIRE.

PICNICKERS AND THOSE HOLDING BARBECUES SHOULD BE ESPECIALLY CAREFUL, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE FIRE SERVICES SAID.

PEOPLE WERE BOUND TO FLOCK OUT DOORS IF THE WEATHER WAS SUNNY FOR THE HOLIDAY, HE SAID, AND UNLESS PROPER CARE WAS TAKEN, THERE WOULD BE AN INCREASED FIRE RISK.

♦ALTHOUGH WET AND HUMID WEATHER NORMALLY DECREASES THE FIRE RISK, THE FACT THAT MORE PEOPLE WILL BE OUT OF DOORS IN THE RURAL AREAS BECAUSE OF THE HOLIDAY MEANS THE CHANCES OF FIRE IN THESE AREAS BECOMES GREATER.+

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE LARGEST SINGLE CAUSE OF FIRES IN HONG KONG CONTINUED TO BE CARELESS DISPOSAL OF LIGHTED CIGARETTE ENDS AND MATCHES. HE URGED ALL SMOKERS TO SEE THAT THESE WERE PROPERLY PUT OUT BEFORE DISPOSING OF THEM - PREFERABLY IN AN ASH TRAY.

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HE ADVISED THOSE ORGANISING BARBECUES TO USE GOVERNMENT BARBECUE AREAS WHEREVER POSSIBLE. WON’T LEAVE LITTER AROUND WHICH COULD CATCH FIRE AND EXTINGUISH ALL SOURCES OF HEAT BEFORE LEAVING THE SITE,* HE STRESSED. HE ALSO SUGGESTED KEEPING A BUCKET OF WATER NEARBY TO DOUSE THE FIRE IF IT GOT OUT OF CONTROL.

THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED HOMEOWNERS THAT ELECTRICAL FAULTS WERE A MAJOR CAUSE OF FIRE, AND HE ADVISED THEM NOT TO TAMPER WITH ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES UNLESS THEY WERE SURE THEY KNEW EXACTLY WHAT THEY WERE DOING. HE STRESSED: ♦DON’T OVERLOAD । ELECTRICAL POINTS.*

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THERE WERE 8,350 FIRES IN HONG KONG LAST YEAR WHICH CAUSED AN ESTIMATED $85 MILLION OF DAMAGE. ♦THIS IS AN APPALLING FIGURE, AND IT IS REGRETTABLE THAT ALMOST ALL FIRES ARE CAUSED THROUGH CARELESSNESS OR NEGLIGENCE.*

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Issued by Govbrnment Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong.Tel: 5-233191

THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 1974

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SPORTS IMPORTANT IN DEVELOPMENT OF MENTALLY RETARDED

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GAMES AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES ARE ESSENTIAL TO HELP MENTALLY RETARDED CHILDREN TO DEVELOP PROPERLY, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, IIR. KENNETH TOPLEY, SAID TODAY.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING OF THE FIRST GAMES DAY FOR MENTALLY RETARDED CHILDREN THIS MORNING, HE SAID THAT SINCE THE PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT OF QUITE A NUMBER OF RETARDED CHILDREN IS HINDERED, IN ADDITION TO THEIR ARRESTED INTELLECTUAL GROWTH, IT WAS NOT SUFFICIENT JUST TO HELP THEM DEVELOP THEIR MENTALITY ALONE.

♦ACTIVE GAMES AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES SHOULD BE USED TO HELP THEM DEVELOP THEIR PHYSIQUE AND CO-ORDINATION OF ACTION. SUCH ACTIVITIES WILL HELP THEM UNDERSTAND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF DISCIPLINE, PATIENCE, FAIR COMPETITION AND TEAM-WORK SPIRIT. ALL THESE QUALITIES CANNOT BE OBTAINED FROM CLASSROOM TEACHING ALONE,♦ MR. TOPLEY SAID.

THE GAMES DAY FOR 1,000 MENTALLY RETARDED CHILDREN WAS ORGANIZED BY THE SOCIAL WORK GROUPS OF ST. JAMES’ SETTLEMENT, ST. FRANCIS CAN0SS1AN COLLEGE, MARYKNOLL SISTERS’ SCHOOL, THE HONG KONG TANG KING PO COLLEGE, SHUE YAN COLLEGE AND THE HONG KONG UAH YAN COLLEGE. IT WAS HELD AT THE WONG CHUK HANG SPORTSGROUND IN ABERDEEN.

NOTE TO EDITORS; COPIES OF THE FULL TEXT OF MR. TOPLEY’S

, COLLECTION CH,NESE AKD ENGLISH ARE BOXED FOR

UUUIU1U J 1 UN•

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DECEMBER ACCOUNTS SHOU $213 MILLION SURPLUS

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THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTS FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER 1973 SHOW A SURPLUS OF $213 MILLION COMPARED WITH A SURPLUS OF $263 MILLION THE PREVIOUS DECEMBER.

THIS HAS RESULTED JN A TOTAL SURPLUS OF $140 MILLION FOR THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF THE 1973/74 FINANCIAL YEAR.

TOTAL REVENUE FOR THE MONTH AT $649 MILLION WAS $70 MILLION HORE THAN IN DECEMBER 1972. THE TOTAL REVENUE FOR THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR AT $3,549 MILLION WAS $317 MILLION MORE THAN THE SAME PERIOD THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

EXPENDITURE AMOUNTED TO $436 MILLION, AN INCREASE OF $120 MILLION OVER DECEMBER 1972. THIS BRINGS THE TOTAL. EXPENDITURE v. FOR THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR TO $3,409 MILLION — $736 MILLION MORE THAN THE SAME PERIOD THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 19?4 - 3 -

NEU DRAFT PLAN FOR ABERDEEN AND AP LEI CHAU x x x x x x

THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD HAS PREPARED A NEW DRAFT PLAN PROPOSING A NUMBER OF CHANGES TO THE TWO EXISTING DRAFT PLANS COVERING THE ABERDEEN AND AP LEI CHAU AREA. -

THE NEW PLAN SHOWS THE NEW PROPOSED ALIGNMENTS FOR THE ’ ABERDEEN TUNNEL APPROACH ROAD WITH AREAS RESERVED FOR OPEN SPACE AND OTHER PUBLIC USES ON EITHER SIDE.

ADDITIONAL INDUSTRIAL LAND AT THE WESTERN END FOR A POSSIBLE GAS HOLDER AND AN AREA FOR AN +OCEAN PARK* ON THE SOUTHERN PART OF BRICK HILL ALSO FEATURE ON THE PLAN TOGETHER WITH PROVISION FOR ROAD IMPROVEMENTS AND EXTENSIONS.

THE PLAN ALSO INCLUDES A NUMBER OF CHANGES WHICH THE BOARD HAS PROPOSED TO MEET OBJECTIONS LODGED WHEN THE PREVIOUS PLANS WERE EXHIBITED.

THE AMENDMENT PLAN IS BEING EXHIBITED FOR A PERIOD OF THREE WEEKS AND MAY BE INSPECTED DURING NORMAL OFFICE HOURS AT THE PUBLIC INQUIRY CENTRE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING). HONG KONG3 THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (WESTERN), 2O5A DES VOEUX ROAD WEST, HONG KONG= AND AT ABERDEEN CITY DISTRICT SUB-OFFICE, 200 ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD, HONG KONG.

COPIES OF THE AMENDMENT PLAN HAY ALSO BE PURCHASED FROM THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, 19TH FLOOR OF MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

ANY OBJECTIONS TO THE PLAN MUST BE MADE IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY, TOWN PLANNING BOARD, C/0 PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, NOT LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 1974.

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HOLIDAY POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS ,

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THERE WILL BE NO DELIVERY OF MAIL TOMORROW, GOOD FRIDAY, AND ALL POST OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED. ON SATURDAY AND EASTER MONDAY, HOWEVER, THERE WILL BE ONE POSTAL DELIVERY EACH DAY.

A TOTAL OF 32 POST OFFICES IN HONG KONG. KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE OPEN HALF DAY ON SATURDAY AND MONDAY, INCLUDING THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, THE KOWLOON CENTRAL POST OFFICE AND THE TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE. BUSINESS HOURS WILL BE 9 A.n. TO 12 NOON.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 1974

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TIN HAU’S BIRTHDAY ON MONDAY GOVERNOR TO ATTEND FESTIVAL PARADE ft « ft ft ft ft


NEXT MONDAY, APRIL 15, IS THE BIRTHDAY OF TIN HAU, GODDESS OF HEAVEN AND PROTECTRESS OF SEAFARERS.

BEING A POPULAR PATRON SAINT OF THE BOAT PEOPLE, HER BIRTHDAY HAS BECOME A FESTIVAL — ONE OF HONG KONG’S MOST COLOURFUL CHINESE FESTIVALS, AS POPULARITY GROWS, THIS FESTIVAL IS NOW PRACTICALLY CELEBRATED BY PEOPLE FROM ALMOST ALL WALKS OF LIFE.

EVERY YEAR THE CELEBRATION ACTIVITIES FOCUS IN YUEN LONG WITH A MAMMOTH PARADE AND IN JOSS HOUSE BAY WHERE THOUSANDS OF PILGRIMS PAY HOMAGE TO TIN HAU. SIMILAR EVENTS, THOUGH ON A SMALLER SCALE, ARE ALSO HELD AT THE MANY TIN HAU TEMPLES BUILT NEAR THE ENTRANCES TO F1SH1NQ HARBOURS.

A LARGER CROWD IS EXPECTED AT THE YUEN LONG PROCESSION THIS YEAR AS THE FESTIVAL, CALCULATED ACCORDING TO THE LUNAR CALENDAR FALLS WITHIN THE FOUR-DAY EASTER HOLIDAYS.

THE PARADE STARTS SHORTLY BEFORE 11 A.M. ON MONDAY CAPRIL 15), PROCEEDING FROM THE YUEN LONG EASTERN BUS TERMINUS TO THE YUEN LONG STADIUM WHERE THE MAIN CELEBRATIONS' WILL BE HELD.

ABOUT 3,000 VILLAGERS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF RELIGIOUS GROUPS WILL TAKE PART IN THE TWO-HOUR PROCESSION WHICH FEATURES LION, DRAGON AND UNICORN DANCES, ACROBATIC DISPLAY AND FLOATS.

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY HACLEHOSE, WILL AMONG THE THOUSANDS ATTENDING THE FESTIVAL PARADE AND SHARE IN THE FUN AND ' GAIETY.

AT JOSS HOUSE BAY, A LARGE NUMBER OF PILGRIMS IS EXPECTED TO MAKE THEIR WAY IN GAILY DECORATED JUNKS, BARGES AND SAMPANS TO THE TIN HAU TEMPLE THERE, BRINGING OFFERINGS AND FOOD FOR THE DAY-LONG CELEBRATION ACTIVITIES.

HOWEVER, AS A PRECAUT10NERY MEASURE, THE +KAI-TQ+ OPERATORS HAVE BEEN WARNED NOT TO OVERLOAD THEIR VESSELS.

THERE WILL BE SIGNS INDICATING BERTHS FOR EMBARKATION AND DISEMBARKATION AND THE ARMY WILL PROVIDE A TEMPORARY PONTOON FOR PASSENGERS TO LAND FROM BOATS.

IN ORDER TO AVOID CONGESTION ON LAND* LION AND OTHER DANCES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ASHORE AT JOSS HOUSE B?.Y.

FIRST AID AND FIRE FIGHTING FACILITIES WILL BE ARRANGED IN CASE OF EMERGENCY. IN ADDITION, SPACE IjS ALSO RESERVED TO BE USED AS A SPECIAL HELICOPTER RAD SHOULD I;T BE NECESSARY.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 1974

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TO COPE WITH THE EXPECTED LARGE NUMBER OF PILGRIMS, THE HONQ KONG AND YAUMAT1 FERRY COMPANY WILL OPERATE SPECIAL SERVICES BETWEEN WANCHA1 AND JOSS HOUSE BAY AT HALF-HOURLY INTERVALS.

FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO GO TO JOSS HOUSE BAY ON SUNDAY CAPRIL * --------------- will RUN SPECIAL SERVICES BETWEEN THE

14>, THE FERRY COMPANY TWO POINTS FROM 9 A.M. ELDERLY AND FRAIL ON SUNDAY TO AVOID THE

TO 4.30 P.M.

PEOPLE ARE ADVISED TO MAKE THEIR VISITS CROWDED CONDITIONS THE FOLLOWING DAY.,

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NOTE TO EDITORS

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT AT YUEN LONG. OFFICIAL TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED. A VAN, AM2134, WILL PICK UP PRESS MEMBERS AT TSIM SHA TSUI SUB-POOL AT 9-15 A.M. ON MONDAY CAPRIL 15). A ,

G.I.S. OFFICERS, JOHNNY KHAN AND HANNY LEE, WILL BE ON HAND TO-ASS 1ST THE PRESS. PRESS BADGES FOR THE PARADE ARE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM THE G.I.S. PRESS ROOM, 6TH FLOOR BEACONSFIELD HOUSE TODAY (THURSDAY).

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THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 1974

CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE

ft ft ft ft ft ft

THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY CTHURSDAY} AT SALES UNDER THE RICE CONTROL SCHEME AND AT THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AND THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEUNG SHA WAN, KOWLOON:

• z • SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICECS/CATTY)

OF RICE OF SUPPLY AVERAGE

CHINA RICE •k

SEE HEW

- OLD CROP GOOD (

- NEW CROP S.C.JIEN GOOD 2.12

- OLD CROP . GOOD

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.06

PO NGA1 GOOD • "• ■'

CHU CHO GOOD

THAI RICE • * 1

100% WHOLE GOOD 2.03

10-15» BROKENS GOOD 2.01

Al SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.90'

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.70

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD

U.S. RICE GOOD 1.94

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.92

PAKISTAN RICE GOOD

TAIWAN RICE GOOD

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/SUPPLIES AUD ..

THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 1974

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES .

CVtlO CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE vegetable MARKET?

TYPE OF AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE

VEGETABLE OF SUPPLY C$/CATTY>

t S>- HIGH LOU MODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE GOOD 1.00 0.20 0.60

WHITE CABBAGE GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.25

CHINESE LETTUCE GOOD 0.60 0.20 0.40

water SPINACH LIMITED 1.80 0.60 1.40

CHINESE KALE NORMAL 0.60 0.20 0.50

SPRING ONION NORMAL 0.80 0.20 0.50

SP1NACH NORMAL 0.80 0.20 0.50

WATER CRESS NORMAL 0.90 0.20 0.60

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE GOOD 0.50 0.10 0.30

CHINESE SRINACH LIMITED 1.50 0.50 1.00

TOMATO NORMAL . 1.40 0.20 1.00

SUPPLIES A’D WHOLESALE PRICES OF SU INE

CALL SOURCES?

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY - GOOD

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORKER , C$/PlCUL-LiVE WEIGHT? - 305 CAVERAGE?

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THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 1974.

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH • f

CFMO CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

SPECIES AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY ' WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY> high low mode

gulden thread big-eyes" SQUID hair-tails lizard fishes croakers CONGER-PIKE-EELS MELON COAT BREADS yellow belly MACKERELS RED QOAT FISH FORK-TAIL horse-head MELON SEED POMFRETS GAROUPAS YELLOW CROAKER GOOD GOOD NORMAL NORMAL , LIMITED •» NORMAL NORMAL LIMITED LIMITED GOOD NORMAL NORMAL GOOD GOOD NORMAL SCARCE NORMAL 4.40 2.40 4.50 1.80 2.70 1.80 1.70 2.50 4.50 1.80 4.00 0.90 1.30 ‘ 6.50 • 2.80 11.00 7.50 2.80 0.60 2.50 1.00 1.40 0.60 1.20 1.50 3.oo 0.60 3.oo 0.50 0.80 3-50 1.70 8.00 5.50 3.60 1.50 3.50 . 1.30 2.00 1.20 1.50 2.00 4.00 1.40 3.50 0.70 1.10 4.50 2.00 10.00 6.50

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PRH 7

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 1974

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, ‘ ' CRO’JM LAND SALES

s 2 n n « 2 2 ;

TUO LOTS OF CROHN LAND IN THE NEU TERRITORIES ARE TO BE SOLD BY PUBLIC AUCTION IN THE YUEN LOilG TOWN HALL ON APRIL 30 AT

2.30 P.M.

BOTH LOTS ARE LOCATED IM TUEN KUN AND ARE FOR INDUSTRIAL/ CODOUN DEVELOPMENT. ' . f

THE FIRST LOT, LOCATED IN AREA 12, CASTLE PEAK, MEASURES MORE THAN 63,000 SQUARE FEET, CHILE THE SECG.'D LOT, Hl AREA 9 COVERS AN AREA OF ABOUT 19,000 SQUARE FEET.

FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE HAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE NEU TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, NORTH KOWLOON MAGISTRACY, TAI PO ROAD, KOWLOON AND AT THE DISTRICT OFFICES OF YUEN LONG, TSUEN WAN INTERNATIONAL BUILDING, CENTRAL. HUNG KONG.

ANOTHER FOUR LOTS UITH A COMBINED AREA CF SOME 27,315 SQUARE FEET WILL BE OFFERED FOR SALE C-'l HAY 10 AT AH AUCTION IN THE CITY HALL LECTURE BOOH. ’ '

TWO OF THE LOTS APE FOR INDUSTRIAL OR GODOUH USE. TEET ARE LOCATED OFF CHEUNG SHA UAH ROAD. KOULOOM, AND MEASURE ABOUT 13,180 SQUARE FEET AUD 12,650 SQUARE FEET RESPECTIVELY.

THE OTHER TWO LOTS, AT EO. 010 CANTON ROAD AMD NO. 938 CANTON ROAD. EACH MEASURE SLIGHTLY OVER 700 SQUARE FEET AND ARE FOR EON-• INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT. CDTH HAVE EXISTING BUILDINGS.

CONDITIONS OF SALE FOR THESE LOTS HAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GUVERi'I.EtiT OFFICES CUEST UIHG>» GROUND FLOOR, HONG KONG AND FROM THE CROWN LANDS A-D SURVEY OFFICE, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405, LJATHAtl ROAD, 10TH FLOOR, KOWLOON.

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ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION RETIRING it Ji 51 it it « 31 it it JI

MR. NORMAN E. BARNES, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION CTECHNICAL?, IS GOING ON PRE-HETIREMENT LEAVE LATER THIS MONTH AFTER MORE THAN 21 YEARS* JSERVICE IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

TO MARK HIS RETIREMENT, MR. BARNES WILL BE PRESENTED WITH A GIFT FROM HIS COLLEAGUES. THE PRESENTATION WILL BE HADE BY THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. JOHN CANNING NEXT TUESDAY CAPRIL 16?.

HR. BARNES ARRIVED IN HONG KONG IN NOVEMBER 1952 FROM MALTA WHERE HZ HAS WORKS MANAGER OF A LARGE AUTOMOBILE SERVICE FIRM.

HE WAS FIRST APPOINTED EDUCATION OFFICER CTECHNICAL? AND WAS POSTtD TO THE FORMER TECHNICAL COLLEGE AS HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING.

IN APRIL I960 HE MAS MADE AN INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS UNTIL SEPTEMBER 1963 WHEN HE UAS TRANSFERRED TO THE JOCKEY CLUB SECONDARY SCHOOL AS HEADMASTER.

' MR. BARNES WAS APPOINTED SENIOR EDUCATION OFFICER IN SEPTEMBER 1964 AND HAS PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT POST OF ASSISTANT DIRECTOR IN

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY COVERED. IT HILL BE H>LD .AT 11.30 A.M. ON APRIL 1a IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT'S CONFERENCE ROOM, LEE GARDENS, 3RD FLOOR, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY

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THE NEW MA TAO KOK PUBLIC HAS BEEN COMPLETED AND WILL BE

OPENED TO THE PUBLIC ON MONDAY KOHNIMQ CAPRIL 15>«

BUILT AT A COST OF ABOUT $524,000, THE NEU PIER IS SITUATED ABOUT 120 FEET TO THE NORTHEAST OF KOWLOON CITY FERRY PIER.

THE REINFORCED CONCRETE PIER HAS A COVERED AREA OF 3,200 SQUARE FEET AND WILL BE USED FOR THE LANDING OF PASSENGERS.’ THREE BERTHING PLACES FOR VESSELS WITH DISPLACEMENT NOT EXCEEDING 100 TONS ARE PROVIDED.

THE NEW PIER WILL EASE PRESENT ROAD AND MARINE TRAFFIC

CONGESTION AT THE POPULAR KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT TS1M SHA TSUI.

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL HAVE A BUSY DAY ON EASTER MONDAY (APRIL 15).

IN THE MORNING, HE WILL ATTEND THE TIN HAU FESTIVAL PROCESSION AT THE YUEN LONG STADIUM, AND AFTER LUNCH AT MR. CHIU LUT-SAU’S VILLA, THE GOVERNOR MILL RETURN TO THE VICINITY TO OFFICIATE AT A FOUNDATION STONE LAYING CEREMONY OF THE YUEN LONG SPORTS CLUB HOUSE.

FOLLOWING THAT, SIR HURRAY MILL TRAVEL TO HUNG SHUI KIU TO INSPECT AN AREA EARMARKED FOR A CLEARANCE OPERATION. ACCOMPANYING HIM DURING THE VISIT WILL BE MR. DAVID AKERS-JONES, SECRETARY FOR TH NEW TERRITORIES, THE DEPUTY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, NEW TERRITORIES, MR* IAN MACPHERSON, AND THE DISTRICT OFFICER, YUEN LONG, MR. ADOLF HSU.

FROM THERE, THE GOVERNOR HILL PROCEED TO POK 01 HOSPITAL TO OFFICIATE A FOUNDATION STONE LAYING CEREMONY OF ITS AUDITORIUM. THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A TOUR OF THE HOSPITAL.

NOTE TO EDITORS: TRANSPORT HILL BE PROVIDED FOR PRESSMEN COVERING THESE EVENTS. VAN AM 2134 WILL PICK UP PRESS REPRESENTATIVES AT THE TSIII SHA TSUI SUB-POOL (BEHIND THE TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE? AT 9.15 A.M ON MONDAY. INFORMATION OFFICERS JOHNNY KHAN AND HANNY LEE HILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST PRESS REPRESENTATIVES.

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GOVERNMENT EMPLOYING HORE DISABLED PEOPLE

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MORE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS ARE EMPLOYING DISABLED PEOPLE, ACCORDING TO MR. CHAN SH1U-W1NG, OFFICER-IN-CHARGE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTJ1ENT‘.S JOB PLACEMENT UNIT.

IN HIS MONTHLY REPORT ON THE PROGRESS OF FINDING WORK FOR THE DISABLED DURING MARCH, HE SAID OFFICERS OF HIS UNIT HAD . ARRANGED JOBS OR JOB INTERVIEWS WITH GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS FUR 10 PEOPLE WITH DIFFERENT DISABILITIES.

OF THIS NUMBER, THREE HERE EMPLOYED AS MESSENGERS BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT ARD OUE, ALSO AS MESSENGER, BY THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT. ANOTHER STARTED WORK AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS MONTH AS A WATCHMAN WITH THE GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES

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THE OTHERS ARE CURRENTLY UNDERGOING THE USUAL PROCESSING FOR JOBS AND IT IS EXPECTED THAT AT LEAST TWO WILL BE EMPLOYED AS LABOURERS IN THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT AC© THE ROYAL HONGKONG POLICE FORCE.

THE PRIVATE SECTOR TOO, KR. CHAM REPORTED, HAD INCREASED ITS INTAKE OF DISABLED PEOPLE WITH THE LARGEST NUMBER BEING TAKEN OH BY INDUSTRY.

THE FRANK1 TOYS AND DOLLS MANUFACTURERS AT© EXPORTERS LIMITED EMPLOYED 13 DISABLED PERSONS AS PACKERS AND INTENDS ENGAGING MORE THIS MONTH AS MACHINE SEWING WORKERS.

MR. CHAN SAID A TOTAL OF 31 DISABLED PEOPLE WERE FOUND WORK IN MARCH, EIGHT MORE THAN THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

THEY COMPRISED AN EX-MENTAL PATIENT, ONE MENTALLY RETARDED, AN EX-LEPER, TWO BLIND, TWO WHO WERE CURED OF TUBERCULOSIS, FIVE DEAF AND 19 CRIPPLES.

THEY WERE GIVEN JOBS AS A CARPENTER, A PROOF-READER, A KEYBOARD TYPESETTER, A LIFT-OPERATOR, A CARETAKER, MACHINE SEWING WORKERS, ASSEMBLERS, PACKERS, MESSENGERS AND GENERAL FACTORY WORKERS.

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SUIiDAY, APRIL 14, 1974

SENIOR GOVERNMENT APPOINTMENTS ANNOUNCED >” 11 a u n n

MR. BRIAN WILSON,. COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, WILL SUCCEED MR. DAVID ALEXANDER AS DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES IN MARCH NEXT YEAR, IT WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY.

HR. ALEXANDER, WHO WAS FIRST APPOINTED TO HONG KONG IN 1953, HAS BEEN DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES SINCE 1968. HE WILL BE LEAVING HONG KONG PRIOR TO RETIREMENT IN APRIL 1975.

MR. WILSON, 49, FIRST CAME TO HONG KONG IN 1948 AND HAS HELD A NUMBER OF POSTS IN THE NEU'TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, THE SECRETARIAT FOR HOME ZdrFAlRS, THE RESETTLEMENT DEPARTMENT, THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE COLONIAL SECRETARIAT.

MR. WILSON, WHO IS MARRIED WITH THREE CHILDREN, WILL BE ON LEAVE FROM AUGUST TO OCTOBER THIS YEAR. ,

HE WILL BE SUCCEEDED IM OCTOBER AS COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT BY HR. IAN MACPHERSON, WHO IS AT PRESENT DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

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MR. MACPHERSON, WHO IS MARRIED WITH TWO CHILDREN, HAS BEEN IN HONG KONG SINCE 1962.

DURING MR. WILSON'S ABSENCE FROM AUGUST TO OCTOBER THIS YEAR, THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR. PETER LEEDS, WILL ACT AS COMMISSIONER.

NOTE TO EDITORS

PHOTOGRAPHS OF MR. WILSON AND MR. MACPHERSON ARE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM THE G.i.S. PRESS ROOM, 6TH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

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ANTI-POLIO CAMPAIGN STATISTICS

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A TOTAL OF 5,367 DOSES OF ANTI-POLIOMYELITIS VACCINE WAS ADMINISTERED IN THE FIRST WEEK OF THE SECOND PHASE OF THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE DISEASE THIS YEAR.

DURING THE WEEK ENDING ON MARCH 23, 1,237 DOSES WERE ADMINISTERED AMONG CHILDREN ON THE ISLAND, 2,572 IN KOWLOON, AND 1,558 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

OF THESE, 1,861 WERE FIRST-DOSE, 1595 SECOND-DOSE, AND 1,911 BOOSTER-DOSE. %

THE FIRST PHASE OF THE ANNUAL CAMPAIGN BEGAN IN EARLY JANUARY AND LASTED SIX WEEKS. THE SECOND PHASE, INTENDED AS A FOLLOW-UP, STARTED ON MARCH 18 AND WILL BE CARRIED OUT UNTIL AT THE END OF THIS MONTH.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY: +ANT1-POL1OMYEL1T1S VACCINE IS AVAILABLE FREE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AT ALL THE DEPARTMENT'S MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRES, AND THE ANNUAL CAMPAIGNS ARE INTENDED TO REMIND MOTHERS OF THE AVAILABILITY OF THIS SERVICE, AND TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT.*

• CAMPAIGNS ALSO ENABLE MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRES TO DEAL WITH CASES THAT DO NOT COME UP DURING NORMAL SESSIONS,

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THE MONTH WAS' THE SIXTH SUCCESSIVE MONTH WITH BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL. A TOTAL OF 31.7 MM OF RAINFALL WAS RECORDED DURING THE MONTH — LESS THAN 45 PER CENT OF THE AVERAGE VALUE. i ,

THE MONTH'S MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 27.5 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS RECORDED ON MARCH 26, AND THE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF

10.5 DEGREES CELSIUS THE NEXT DAY, MARCH 27.

NOTE TO EDITORS: A FULL WEATHER REPORT FOR MARCH, PREPARED BY THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY, IS AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION IN THE PRESS ROOM, G.I.S.

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THE PROVISION OF MEDICAL SERVICES IN THE NEU TERRITORIES IS A MAJOR CONCERN TO THE GOVERNMENT, THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE SAID TODAY.

SPEAKING AT THE FOUNDATION STONE LAYING CEREMONY OF THE POK 01 HOSPITAL AUDITORIUM, SIR HURRAY SAID THE GOVERNMENT SUBVENTION TO THE HOSPITAL HAS THUS CHANGED LAST YEAR FROM A DISCRETIONARY GRANT TO A COST PER BED BASIS.

SIR HURRAY ALSO PRAISED THE ACHIEVEMENT OF POK 01 WHICH HAD GROWN FROM A SHALL RURAL CLINIC TO A MODERN HOSPITAL WITH 162 BEDS, AND WHICH HAD EARNED ■/

♦A REPUTATION FOR PROVIDING THE WIDEST POSSIBLE RANGE OF MEDICAL FACILITIES TO THE NEEDY AT A MINIMUM CHARGE.* THE FOLLOWING IS THE FULL TEXT OF THE GOVERNOR’S SPEECH:

♦SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 1919, THE POK 01 HOSPITAL HAS GROWN FROM A SMALL RURAL CLINIC TO A MODERN HOSPITAL WITH 162 BEDS. THIS IS A REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT.

♦THE PROVISION OF MEDICAL SERVICES IN THE

NEU TERRITORIES IS OF MAJOR CONCERN TO THE GOVERNMENT THUS THE POK 01 HOSPITAL HAS BEEN SUBVENTED BY THE GOVERNMENT SINCE 1960. THIS SUBVENTION WAS CHANGED LAST YEAR FROM A DISCRETIONARY GRANT TO A COST PER BED BASIS, WHICH MEANS THAT A GREATER PROPORTION OF THE RUNNING COSTS OF THE HOSPITAL ARE NOU MET FROM PUBLIC FUNDS.

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+DURING THS PAST .THREE YEARS, BOTH TIE BOARD OF directors and the government have been making a determined EFFORT TO IMPROVE THE MEDICAL SERVICES PROVIDED IN THE HOSPITAL. THESE INCLUDE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A BLOOD BANK, THE PROVISION OF AN EMERGENCY HELICOPTER SERVICE, REGULAR VISITS DY SURGICAL TEAMS AND GYNAECOLOGY, EAR, NOSE AND THROAT SPECIALISTS. IN ADDITION SONE OF YOUR NURSES HAVE BEEN SELECTED FOR TRAINING SURGICAL %

CLINICOLOGY AT QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, ARD THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALSO PROVIDED A RADIOGRAPHER TO OPERATE YOUR NEWLY-PURCHASED X-RAY MACHINE.

♦THE NORTH WING, COMPLETED LAST YEAR, HAS PROVIDED MODERN AND ENLARGED QUARTERS FOR THE NURSING AND MINOR i STAFF. THE KITCHEN FACILITIES HAVE BEEN VERY HUGH IMPROVED TO CATER TO AN INCREASING HUMBER OF PATIENTS, MANY OF WHOM REQUIRE SPECIALIZED DIETS. ALL THESE IMPROVEMENTS HAVE RESULTED IN THE HOSPITAL BEING USED MORE FULLY.

*YOUR HOSPITAL HAS A REPUTATION FOR PROVIDING ' THE WIDEST POSSIBLE RANGE.OF MEDICAL FACILITIES TO THE NEEDY AT A MINIMUM CHARGE. IN ACHIEVING THIS LAUDABLE AIM, YOUR BOARDS OF DIRECTORS, BOTH PAST AND PRESENT, HAVE SPARED NO EFFORT AND HAVE SACRIFICED A GREAT DEAL OF VALUABLE TICE AND MONEY. YOUR EFFORTS HAVE BENEFITED YUEN LONG, AND FOR THIS I RECORD MY THANKS AND THOSE OF THE COMMUNITY.*

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THE GOVERNOR, S1R MURRAY MACLEHOSE, TODAY LAID THE FOUNDATION STONE OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT SPORTS ASSOCIATION CLUBHOUSE.

IN A BRIEF ADDRESS, SIR MURRAY SAID HE ATTACHED GREAT IMPORTANCE TO THE IMPROVEMENT OF RECREATIONAL FACILITY AND » s>

DESCRIBED THE CLUBHOUSE AS BEING UNIQUE IN THE NEU TERRITORIES, IF NOT id HONG KONG.

♦THIS IS A REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT FOR A COMMUNITY OF LESS THAN 200,000 PEOPLE, AND, ON BEHALF OF THE MANY PEOPLE UHO WILL BENEFIT, 1 THANK ALL THOSE RESPONSIBLE.+

THE FOLLOWING IS THE FULL TEXT OF THE GOVERNOR’S SPEECH:

♦THANK YOU FOR INVITING ME TO OFFICIATE AT THE FOUNDATION STONE LAYING CEREMONY OF YOUR ASSOCIATION CLUBHOUSE. 1 HAS PARTICULARLY PLEASED TO EE INVITED TO THIS OCCASION SINCE I ATTACH GREAT IMPORTANCE TO THE IMPROVEMENT OF RECREATIONAL FACILITIES.

♦OF YOUR ASSOCIATION’S NUMEROUS ACHIEVEMENTS OVER

THE PAST 14 YEARS, I AM PARTICULARLY IMPRESSED BY YOUR TWO MAJOR ANNUAL COMMITMENTS. THE FIRST IS THE YUEN LONG , FOOTBALL TEAM, WHICH ROSE FROM THE THIRD DIVISION TO

THE FIRST DIVISION IN THE THREE YEARS FROM 1959 AND HAS REMAINED THERE EVER SINCE. THE TEAM CAN TRULY BE CALLED A DISTRICT ONE, AND ONE OF WHICH YOU CAN ALL JUSTIFIABLY BE VERY PROUD.

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+THE SECOND ACTIVITY WHICH J WOULD LIKE’TO MENTION IS THE ANNUAL SUMER KNOCK-OUT FOOTBALL COMPETITION WHICH NOU FORMS PART OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME. LAST YEAR, 300 YOUNG MEN, 28 TEAMS PARTICIPATED. THE ORGANISATION OF SUCH A COMPETITION BY VOLUNTEERS IS NO MEAN TASK, AND I CONGRATULATE ALL THOSE WHO HAVE GIVEN SO MUCH OF THEIR TIME AID MONEY TO THIS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY YOUR ASSOCIATION.

+THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS CLUBHOUSE IS BY FAR THE BIGGEST PROJECT YOU HAVE EVER UNDERTAKEN. IT IS UNIQUE IN THE NEB TERRITORIES, IF NOT IM HONG KONG. THIS IS A REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT FOR A COMMUNITY OF LESS THAN 200,000 PEOPLE, AID, OH BEHALF OF THE MANY PEOPLE WHO WILL BENEFIT, I THANK ALL THOSE RESPONSIBLE.

+1 SHOULD PARTICULARLY LIKE TO THANK RR. CHIU LUT-SAU, MRS. CHEUNG WONG SIU-CHING AND DR, CHIU PAT-YEOK FOR THEIR GENEROUS DONATIONS OF $500,000 EACH= MR. CHAN PAK-KEUNG, YOUR HONORARY ARCHITECT, WHO HAS PROVIDED HIS SERVICES FREE OF ANY CHARGE’ AND MR. WONG CHUNG" CHUEN, YOUR CHAIRMAN, WITHOUT WHOSE ENERGY AND ENTHUSIASM THIS PROJECT WOULD NEVER HAVE GOT OFF THE GROUND.*

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THE COMBINED DISTRICT OF SHAM SHU1 PO AND CHEUNG SHA WAN TOMORROW (APRIL 16> BECOMES HONG KONG'S FIFTH SMOKE CONTROL AREA. THE NEU CONTROL AREA WILL COVER THOUSANDS OF SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED FACTORIES AND HUNDREDS OF RESTAURANTS^ ALL BURNING FUEL IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO DENSELY-POPULATED DOMESTIC PREMISES.

THE AREA HAS GAZETTED ON FEBRUARY 15 TO ALLOW FUEL-USERS PLENTY OF TIME TO MAKE ANY NECESSARY ADJUSTMENTS TO THEIR PLANT TO MAKE SURE IT DOES NOT-CAUSE ILLEGAL AIR POLLUTION.

FROM TOMORROW, TEAMS OF LABOUR DEPARTMENT SMOKE INSPECTORS WILL BE OUT PATROLLING SHAH SHU1 PO AND CHEUNG SHA WAN TO MAKE SURE FACTORIES AND RESTAURANTS COMPLY WITH THE LAW.

THE DEPARTMENT’S NEW AIR POLLUTION CONTROL OFFICER, MR. DAVID NEWBURY, SAID TODAY THAT THE LAW / STRICTLY LIMITED THE AMOUNT OF DARK SMOKE WHICH COULD BE EMITTED INTO THE AIR FROM ANY PREMISES IN A SMOKE CONTROL AREA.

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MR. NEWBURY, WHO HAS JUST SUCCEEDED MR. KEN HiqqiNSON AS HEAD OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S AIR POLLUTION CONTROL UNIT, SAID: +FINES CAN BE IMPOSED ON THE OPERATOR OF ANY FURNACE, OVEN OR CHIMNEY WHICH EMITS DARK SMOKE FOR A TOTAL OF MORE THAN SIX MINUTES IN ANY PERIOD OF FOUR HOURS, OR FOR TH&EE MINUTES CONTINUOUSLY AT ANY TIME.

♦THE OPERATOR IS LIABLE TO A $2,000 FINE, PLUS ANOTHER $50 FOR EVERY 15 MINUTES DURINq ANY PART OF WHICH THE OFFENCE CONTINUES.♦

MR. NEWBURY POINTED OUT THAT FUEL-USERS IN SHAM SHU1 PO AND CHEUNq SHA WAN HAD BEEN qiVEN PLENTY OF WARNINq OF THE NEW CONTROLS AFFECTINq THEM.

♦SINCE THE qAZETTE NOTIFICATION TWO MONTHS AqO, WE HAVE SENT OUT NOTIFICATIONS REMlNDINq MAJOR FUEL USERS t f

IN THE.AREA THAT IN FUTURE THEY WILL HAVE TO OPERATE THEIR PLANT TO MUCH MORE EXACTINq STANDARDS THAN IN THE PAST,♦ HE SAID.

♦AND EVEN THOUqH THE DISTRICT HAS ONLY JUST BEEN DECLARED A SMOKE CONTROL AREA, OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS LABOUR DEPARTMENT SMOKE INSPECTORS HAVE VISITED SOME 420 MAJOR FUEL USERS IN SHAM SHUI PO AND CHEUNq SHA WAN TO qiVE FREE ADVICE AND INSTRUCTION. . J

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♦FACTORY AND RESTAURANT OWNERS SHOULD REALISE THAT REDUCING SMOKE POLLUTION IS GOOD BUSINESS, BECAUSE IT IS INEFFICIENT BURNING WHICH CAUSES DARK SMOKE.

+DARK SMOKE -- THE STUFF WHICH CAUSES POLLUTION--ONLY OCCURS WHEN FUEL ISN’T BURNED EFFICIENTLY. BOILERS AND FURACES OPERATED EFFICIENTLY PRODUCE WHITE SMOKE, WHICH IS MAINLY WATER CONTENT AND DOESN'T POLLUTE THE ATMOSPHERE.

♦FACTORY AND RESTAURANT OWNERS WHO SEEK OUR FREE ADVICE AND OPERATE THEIR PLANT EFFICIENTLY TO PRODUCE LIGHT SMOKE WILL BE AMAZED AT THE CUTS IN THEIR FUEL BILLS. AND WITH THE PRESENT WORLD SUPPLY SITUATION, IT IS DOUBLY IMPORTANT TO CONSERVE OUR PRECIOUS SUPPLIES OF FUEL OIL,♦MR. NEWBURY SAID.

ANYONE WHO WANTS FREE TECHNICAL ADVICE ON HOU TO SAVE FUEu OIL AND COMPLY WITH THE LAW AT THE SAME TIME CAN RING THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S VilR POLLUTION CONTROL UNIT AT 3-688924 OR 3-688954.

♦WE’D FAR RATHER ADVISE THAN PROSECUTE, BUT IF FACTORY AND RESTAURANT OWNERS IGNORE OUR ADVICE AND CONTINUE TO POLLUTE THE ATMOSPHERE, THEN WE’LL TAKE THEM TO COURT,+ SAID MR. NEWBURY.

FOUR OTHER AREAS HAVE ALREADY BEEN GAZETTED AS SMOKE CONTROL AREAS -- KUUN TONG IN i960, SHA TIN IN 1962, NORTH POINT IN 1964 AND TSUEN HAN LAST YEAR.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 1974

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- DOUBLE TRACKING OF RAILWAY FROM HUNG HOM TO SHA TIN APPROVED ..................................................... 1

RECORD T.<KNA® OF CARGO HANDLED IN PORT LAST MONTH .... 3

NEW LOOK FOR DC AND I ANNUAL REPORT....................... 3

GOVERNOR TO VISIT SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TOMORROW .. 4

WATER CUTS IN SHA TIN AND YAU MA TEI ...................... 4

INSIGNIA PRESENTATION CEREMONY TO BE HELD IN GOVERNMENT HOUSE E

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS GIVEN THE GREEN LIGHT FOR THE DOUBLETRACKING OF THE RAILWAY BETWEEN HUNG HOM AND SHA TIN, EXCLUDING ' BEACON HILL TUNNEL, TO COPE WITH THE EXPECTED INCREASE IN PASSENGER TRAFFIC IN THE FUTURE.

MR. WONG U-LAM, ACTING GENERAL MANAGER OF KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY SAID TODAY THE PROPOSED PROJECT HAD BEEN APPROVED AT AN ESTIMATED COST OF $24 MILLION.

DETAILED DESIGNS AND TENDER DOCUMENTS FOR THE PROJECT ARE BEING WORKED OUT, AND CONSTRUCTION WORK IS EXPECTED TO START LATER THIS YEAR. +IT IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN 1976 WHEN SHA TIN NEW TOWN WILL HAVE A POPULATION OF ABOUT 106,000*, MR. WONG SAID.

MEANWHILE, THE ROLEtOF THE K.C.R. IS BEING REVIEWED AS PART OF THE OVERALL COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORT STUDY UNDER-TAKEN BY THE CONSULTANTS.

♦IT IS PROBABLE THAT THE ROLE OF THE K.C.R. WILL BE CONSIDERABLY ENHANCED AND VARIOUS ASPECTS OF POSSIBLE DEVELOPMENT ARE STILL BEING STUDIED,+ SAID MR. WONG.

THE FEASIBILITY OF EXTENDING THE PROJECTED DOUBLE-TRACKING TO COVER THE STRETCH BETWEEN SHA TIN AND TAI PO WAS ALSO UNDER ACTIVE CONSIDERATION, HE SAID, AND THE ENGINEERING ASPECTS WERE BEING INVESTIGATED.

.+OTHER NEW PROJECTS INCLUDE THE LAYING OF A SPUR LINE TO THE NEW RACE COURSE, BUILDING A RACE COURSE STATION AT SHA TIN-AND REMODELLING MONGKOK, SHA TIN AND LO WU STATIONS.

♦THE FEASIBILITY OF CONSTRUCTING A NEW LINE TO KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER TERMINAL AREA FROM THE PROPOSED SHA TIN SIDING IS ALSO UNDER PRELIMINARY CONSIDERATION,♦ MR. WONG SAID.

REFERRING TO THE 40 CARRIAGES ORDERED BY THE K.C.R., MR. WONG SAID THEY SHOULD BE ARRIVING THIS SUMMER. TWENTY EIGHT OF THEM WILL REPLACE THE OLD-ROLLING STOCK WHILE THE REMAINING 12 WILL BE USED TO LENGTHEN TRAINS DURING THE WEEK-DAY RUSH PERIODS AND TO FORM ADDITIONAL TRAINS ON HOLIDAYS.

MR. WONG DESCRIBED THIS AS A STEP FORWARD IN THE LONG TERM MOVE TOWARDS MEETING THE DEMAND OF INCREASING PASSENGER TRAFFIC.

DURING 1973, THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS CARRIED BY THE K.C.R. REACHED ANOTHER RECORD OF 13.284,576, SHOWING AN INCREASE OF NINE PER CENT OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR. MOVEMENT OF GOODS TRAFFIC ALSO REACHED AN ALL-TIME RECORD OF 1,337,160 METRIC TONS, AN INCREASE OF 15 PER CENT ON 1972.

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THE NUMBER OF GOODS WAGONS SENT FROM CHINA WAS EXPECTED TO INCREASE FURTHER THIS YEAR DUE TO AN EXTENSION IN THE HOURS OF OPERATION AND HR. WONQ SAID THAT FACILITIES AT VARIOUS CODDS YARDS HAD BEEN IMPROVED TO DEAL WITH THE EXPECTED ADDITIONAL FREIGHT. ,

TOUCHING ON THE NEW HUNG HOM PROJECT. HR. WONG SAID THAT THE NEW TERMINUS WAS BEING CONSTRUCTED ON A GIANT PODIUM WHICH STOOD OVER THE RAILWAY TRACKS AND PLATFORMS.

♦CONSTRUCTION IS NOW IN FULL SWING AND ON SCHEDULE AND IT IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN JULY NEXT YEAR.*

THE NEW TERMINUS INCORPORATES A PART MEZZANINE FLOOR AND COMPRISES A LARGE STATION CONCOURSE. ADMINISTRATION OFFICES. WAITING AREAS, A V.I.P. ROOM, SHOPS, RESTAURANTS AND RENTED OFFICES,

+WE HOPE TO MOVE THE RAILWAY TERMINUS FROM TSIM SHA TSUI TO HUNG HOM BY JULY OF NEXT YEAR AND ALL SOUTH-BOUND TRAINS WILL .THEN BE TERMINATED AT HUNG HOM,* HR. WONG SAID.

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RECORD TONNAGE OF CARGO HANDLED IN MARCH

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THE WEIGHT OF CARGO HANDLED IN THE PORT OF HONG KONG LAST MONTH WAS THE HIGHEST FOR ANY ONE MONTH.

ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED BY THE MARINE DEPARTMENT, A TOTAL OF 1.6 MILLION DEADWEIGHT TONS OF CARGO WAS HANDLED OVER ALL PUBLIC CARGO WATERFRONTS. THIS SHOWED AN INCREASE OF OVER 473,000 TONS COMPARED WITH THE FIGURE FOR THE CORRESPONDING MONTH LAST YEAR.

OF THE TOTAL, 1,166,685 TONS OF GOODS INCLUDING GENERAL GOODS, FUEL OIL, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND CEMENT WERE IMPORTED WHILE 422,896 TONS OF OUR PRODUCTS INCLUDING GENERAL GOODS, IRON ORE AND SCRAP IRON WERE EXPORTED OUT OF HONG KONG.

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THE NUMBER OF OCEAN-GOING VESSELS ENTERING PORT LAST MONTH i TOTALLED 648 COMPARED WITH 629 FOR THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

COMMENTING ON THE STATISTICS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MARINE DEPARTMENT SAID THE INCREASE IN THE CARGO HANDLING BUSINESS REFLECTS THE CONTINUING PROSPERITY OF HONG KONG IN TERMS OF qOOOS IMPORTED AND EXPORTED BY WEIGHT.

K IT ALSO REFLECTS HONG KONG'S TRADING POSITION IN THE WORLD,

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NEU STATISTICAL REVIEW ON SALE

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KPf EEST OF A NEW SERIES OF ANNUAL STATISTICAL REVIEWS HAS BEEN COMPILED BY THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT TO REPLACE ITS OLD STYLE ANNUAL DEPARTMENTAL REPORT.

COVERING THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1972-73. IT CONTAINS 26 TABLES ? OF STATISTICS ON TRADE AND INDUSTRIAL MATTERS. DETAILED 1NF0RM-/ ATION IS GIVEN TO SHOW PERFORMANCE AGAINST QUOTA LIMITS IN MARKETS WHERE HONG KONG TEXTILE EXPORTS ARE UNDER RESTRAINT.

THE NEW PUBLICATION IS ON SALE AT $7 A COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, STAR FERRY CONCOURSE.


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GOVERNOR TO VISIT SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT X X X M X X

THE GOVERNOR, SIR HURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL VISIT THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON TO SEE SOME OF THE WORK IT IS DOING AND TO DISCUSS WITH THE DIRECTORATE GENERAL ASPECTS OF SOCIAL WORK.

THE GOVERNOR WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. KENNETH TOPLEY.

SIR MURRARY'S VISIT WILL START AT THE WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE WHERE HE WILL BE SHOWN SOME OF THE SERVICES BEING PROVIDED FOR YOUNG PEOPLE, AND MEET TWO RECENTLY APPOINTED COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICERS.

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HE WILL ALSO INSPECT THE NON-PROFIT MAKING NURSERY RUN BY A VOLUNTARY WELFARE ORGANIZATION, THE SISTERS OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY.

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FROM THERE HE WILL CROSS THE HARBOUR TO VISIT THE INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL WORK TRAINING WHICH IS NOW IN ITS FIRST YEAR OF OPERATION AND WILL BE: SHOWN AROUND BY THE PRINCIPAL, MR. L.B. MACQU-ARRIE. FOLLOWING THIS, SIR MURRAY WILL CALL AT THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS IN LEE GARDENS WHERE HE WILL DISCUSS DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF SOCIAL WORK WITH THE DIRECTOR, AND MR. THOMAS LEE, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR, MISS ANNIE CHAN, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (SOCIAL WORK) AND OTHER SENIOR STAFF.

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NOTE TO EDITORS; YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE GOVERNOR'S VISIT ---------------- TO THE WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE AND THE INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL WORK TRAINING.

SIR MURRAY IS DUE AT THE COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 104, CHING TAK STREET, WONG TAI SIN; AT 2.50 P.M. AND AT THE INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL WORK TRAINING AT 44, 01 KWAN ROAD, WANCHAI AT 3.50 P.M. TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED. PRESS REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD MEET AT THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT'S PUBLIC RELATIONS UNIT IN ROOM 528A, 5TH FLOOR, LEE GARDENS, AT 2.00 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17.

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WATER INTERRUPTIONS

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN SHA TIN WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR EIGHT HOURS FROM 10 P.M. ON THURSDAY (APRIL 18) TO FACILITATE A WATER MAINS CONNECTION TO BE MADE NEAR THE 10-1/2 MILESTONE AT TAI PO ROAD.

ALL PREMISES ALONG TAI PO ROAD BETWEEN FOR TAN ROAD AND MA LIU SH1U UNIVERSITY RAILWAY STATION WILL BE AFFECTED, INCLUDING SHUNG KEE UNIVERSITY.

ON FRIDAY (APRIL 19), WATER SUPPLY TO PREMISES BOUNDED BY JORDAN ROAD, NATHAN ROAD, SAIGON STREET AND SHANGHAI STREET IN YAU MA TEI WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 1 A.M. THE TEMPORARY STOPPAGE IN YAU MA TEI IS TO ENABLE A TEST FOR LEAKAGE TO BE CARRIED OUT. ,

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PRESENTATION OF INSIGNIA X if Jt it X Jt

THE INSIGNIA AWARDS HADE BY THE QUEEN TO 29 HONG KONG RESIDENTS AND THREE MEMBERS OF THE SERVICES WILL BE PRESENTED AT A CEREMONY IN GOVERNMENT HOUSE TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

THE HONOUR RECIPIENTS HAVE BEEN DECORATED EITHER IN THE QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY HONOURS OR IN THE NEW YEAR HONOURS.

THE INSIGNIA WILL BE PRESENTED BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE. THEY INCLUDE ONE C.M.G., TWO C.B.E.S, TWO O.B.E.S AND SEVEN M.B.E.S.

THE CEREMONY WILL BE HELD IN THE BALLROOM STARTING FROM 11.30 A.M. AND GUESTS ATTENDING THE FUNCTION SHOULD USE THE MAIN GATE.

DURING THE CEREMONY, PARKING IN CERTAIN ROADS IN THE LOCALITY OF GOVERNMENT HOUSE WILL BE RESTRICTED AND THE OPERATION OF SOME PARKING METERS SUSPENDED.

NOTE TO EDITORS: COPIES OF A LIST OF RECIPIENTS OF THE

--------------- INSIGNIA WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM

THE PRESS ROOM, G.I.S., 6TH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, AT 11.30 A.M. TOMORROW.

ONLY PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS WITH SPECIAL PASSES WILL BE ADMITTED TO GOVERNMENT HOUSE. THEY SHOULD MEET G.l.S. OFFICERS IN THE GUARD ROOM OF GOVERNMENT HOUSE NOT LATER THAN 11 A.M.

NEWSPAPERS NOT RECEIVING PASSES WILL BE ABLE TO OBTAIN PHOTOGRAPHS BY MAKING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE SUPPLY OF PRINTS IN THE ORDINARY WAY WITH MING YUEN STUDIO, AT NO. 22 QUEEN'S ROAD CENTRAL, OR ON TELEPHONE NO. H-224310.

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE X X X X THE FOLLOWING; PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY CTUESDAY) AT SALES SKKS St "e’pis^Stin^Ksat.on WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEUNG SHA WAN, KOWLOON: SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE OF RICE CHINA RICE AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICEC$/CATTY) OF SUPPLY AVERAGE .

SEE MEW »

- OLD CROP GOOD -

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.12

S.C.J1EN

- OLD CROP GOOD

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.06

PO NQA1 GOOD

CHU CHO GOOD

THAI RICE

100% WHOLE GOOD -2.03

10-15* BROKENS GOOD 2.01

A1 SUPER-EXTRA GOOD 1.90

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.70

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 2.30

U.S> RICE GOOD

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD

PAKISTAN RICE GOOD

TAIWAN RICE GOOD

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TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 197^

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH CFMO CHEUNQ SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

SPECIES AVAILABILITY OF ' SUPPLY WHOLESALE HIGH • PRICE LOW ■ CS/CATTY) MODE

GOLDEN thread big-eyes SQUID GOOD good GOOD x GOOD • LIMITED NORMAL NORMAL 3.20 2.60 4.00 1.70 2.20 0.50 2.00 1.10 2.80 1.80 3.30 1.40

HAIR-TAILS LIZARD FISHES CROAKERS CONQER-PIKE-EELS 3.20 1.50 1.70 1.50 0.60 1.20 2.30 1.00 1.50

MELON COAT breams LIMITED GOOD NORMAL GOOD GOOD GOOD LIMITED SCARCE NORMAL NORMAL 3.70 1.80 3»oo 0.50 3.20 1.20

yellow belly mackerels 3.20 1.00 2.80 0.50 3.00 0.70

RED GOAT FISH FORK-TAIL 1.60 • 4.50 0.80 2.50 1.20 3.80

horse-head melon seed • POMFRETS GAROUPAS yellow croaker ' 2.20 8.50 7.50 1.80 1.60 8.00 5.00 1.60 2.00 8.20 6.00 1.70

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TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 1974

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

CV.M.O. CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKET)

TYPE OF vegetable AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PR1CEC$/CATTY)

HIGH LOW MODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE NORMAL 1.50 0.40 1.00

WHITE CABBAGE GOOD 0.50 0.10 0.30

CHINESE LETTUCE GOOD 0.50 0.20 0.35

WATER SPINACH LIMITED 1.50 0.50 1.00

CHINESE KALE 4 NORMAL 1.00 0.30 0.60

STRING BEANS

SPRING ONION GOOD 0.60 0.10 0.40

SPINACH LIMITED 1.00 0.30 0.60

WATER CRESS NORMAL 1.00 0.30 0.60

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE GOOD 0.50 0.10 0.30

CHINESE SPINACH LIMITED 1.20 0.30 0.80

TOMATO LIMITED 1.50 0.50 1.00

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SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK C$/P1CUL~LIVE WEIGHT)

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 1974

CONTENTS .

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ABOLITION OF S.S.E.E. FEASIBLE SAYS ASSISTANT

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION ......................... 1

PRISONS OFFICERS TO RECEIVE CERTIFICATES OF

COMMENDATION ..................................... 2

GOVERNOR SEES MANUFACTURING PROCESS IN ELECTRONICS FACTORY ......................................... 3

REFUND PROCEDURES FOR VEHICLE LICENCE FEES ANNOUNCED.. 4

TAK YAN STREET WANCHAI TO BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED .. 4

01 MAN ESTATE RECEIVES FIRST TENANTS .......... 5

WORK ON ABERDEEN PILOT TUNNEL IN FULL SWING .. 6

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OFFICIAL OPENING OF COMMUNICATION NETWORK IN LAN NAI WAN ............................................. 7

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DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

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Issued by Government Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong. Tel: 5-233191

THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 1974

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ABOLITION OF S.S.E.E. POSSIBLE IN ORGANISATIONAL TERMS ft ft ft ft ft ft

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (EXAMINATIONS), MR. BASIL BOARD TODAY SUGGESTED THAT IT WAS POSSIBLE IN ORGANISATIONAL TERMS TO TAKE +A GREAT LEAP FORWARD* WITHIN A FEW YEARS TO ABOLISH THE SECONDARY SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAMINATION. .

+WHETHER, OR WHEN, IT WOULD ALSO BE POSSIBLE IN FINANCIAL TERMS, AND IN'PSYCHOLOGICAL TERMS, 1 LEAVE TO YOUR JUDGMENT AND OTHERS,* MR. BOARD SAID IN HIS TALK ON THE SECOND DAY OF THE SEMINAR ON +EDUCATION - WHAT NEXT?* ORGANISED BY THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COMMITTEE OF THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE.

POINTING OUT THAT THE ABOLITION OF S.S.E.E. WOULD MEAN ABANDONING TRADITIONS DEARLY CHERISHED IN SOME INFLUENTIAL QUARTERS, MR. BOARD SAID: +FOR MY PART I WOULD CERTAINLY WELCOME IT, NOT ONLY FOR ITS LIBERATING EFFECT ON THE PRIMARY SCHOOLS, BUT ON WIDER GROUNDS ALSO.*

HE SUGGESTED THAT +IF WE WANT TO ABOLISH S.S.E.E. AND THEREBY IMPROVE OUR PRIMARY SCHOOLING AND MAKE OUR CHILDREN’S EARLY YEARS HAPPIER AND MORE MEANINGFUL,* ALL OF THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS WOULD BE NEEDED; '

(A) SUFFICIENT AND UNIFORM PROVISION WITHIN THE PUBLIC SECTOR FOR ALL WHO WANT IT.

CB) A ZONING SCHEME.

CC) THE ABANDONMENT OF FEEDER-TYPE ARRANGEMENTS, AND

CD) WITHIN EACH ZONE, RANDOM ALLOCATION OF PRIMARY 6 PUPILS TO JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS, CARRIED OUT BY COMPUTER IN SUCH A WAY THAT EACH SECONDARY SCHOOL RECEIVES A TRUE SAMPLE OF THE POPULATION IN THE ZONE.

DESCRIBING THE S.S.E.E. AS THE EXAMINATION +WE ALL ESPECIALLY LOVE TO HATE,* MR. BOARD SAID IT STARTED AS A SIMPLE EXERCISE, THEN CALLED THE JOINT PRIMARY 6 EXAMINATION, WITHIN THE COMPARATIVELY SMALL SECTOR OF EDOCATION DIRECTLY OPERATED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, TO ASSIST ORDERLY SELECTION AND PROGRESSION FROM PRIMARY b TO FORM I AND MIDDLE I.

.+1T HAS GROWN TO ITS PRESENT SIZE AND ELABORATION PARTLY BECAUSE OF SPONTANEOUS DEMAND FROM NON-GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS TO PARTICIPATE, AND PARTLY BECAUSE THE VERY SUBSTANTIAL PUBLIC SUBSIDY OF SECONDARY EDUCATION REQUIRES SOME PUBLIC CONTROL OVER THE SELECTION AND ALLOCATION PROCESS.

+EVEN IN RETROSPECT IT IS DIFFICULT TO SEE HOW THINGS COULD HAVE EVOLVED OTHERWISE, NO MATTER HOW CLEARLY CERTAIN REGRETTABLE CONSEQUENCES MIGHT HAVE BEEN FORESEEN AT THE TIME. IT WOOLD OF COURSE HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE, AT LEAST, IN PRINCIPLE, TO DEVISE A LESS RESTRICTED EXAMINATION,* MR. BOARD SAID.

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AIRING A FEW THOUGHTS ON +THE HIDEOUS SUBJECT OF EXAMINATIONS* ,+ MR. BOARD SAID THAT THIS YEAR IN HONG KONG BETWEEN 200,000 AND A QUARTER OF A MILLION CANDIDATES WOULD TAKE VARIOUS PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS.

+IF WE ADD ON THE PARENTS WHO ENCOURAGE AND PAY FOR THEM, THE TEACHERS WHO PREPARE AND INVIGILATE THEM, AND THE EXAMINERS WHO ASSESS THEM, OVER TEN PER CENT OF THE POPULATION IS DIRECTLY INVOLVED, OR SOMETHING LIKE ONE IN SIX IF WE EXCLUDE THE YOUNG AND THE ELDERLY.+

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR SAID: +1T IS CLEAR THAT A SOCIETY WHICH IS HIGHLY COMPETITIVE, HIGHLY ACQUISITIVE, AND BASICALLY LAISSEZ-FAIRE, AND WHICH HAS AROUND 100,000 YOUNG PERSONS PER YEAR-GROUP, NEEDS SOME IMPARTIAL ASSESSMENT OR +POTENTIAL-IND1CAT0R+.

HE WENT ON TO SAY THAT IF EXAMINATIONS LOOM LARGER ON THE LOCAL SCENE THAN THEY DID 50 YEARS AGO, +THAT IS A REFLECTION OF ECONOMIC, POLITICAL AND POPULATION CHANGES, NOT OF ANY MACHINATIONS OR OBSESSIONS OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.+

MR. BOARD SAID HE COULD NOT FORESEE IN THE HONG i(ONG OF THE 1970'S A REAL FADING AWAY OF EXAMINATIONS GENERALLY, DESIRABLE AS THAT MAY BE.

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COMMENDATIONS FOR PRISONS OFFICERS X X * M X X

TWELVE OFFICERS OF THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT WILL RECEIVE CERTIFICATES OF COMMENDATION THIS SATURDAY (APRIL 20) IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN THE COURSE OF THEIR DUTIES.

THE RECIPIENTS, INCLUDING A WOMAN OFFICER, COMPRISE FIVE ASSISTANT OFFICERS CLASS II, TWO ASSISTANT OFFICERS CLASS I, A SCHOOL MASTER AND A CADET OFFICER AS WELL AS THREE OFFICERS.

THEY WILL RECEIVE THE CERTIFICATES FROM THE ACTING DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF PRISONS, MR. JAMES CALDWELL AT THE STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE, STANLEY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

--------------- THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT

11 A.M. ON SATURDAY AT THE STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE OF THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT IN STANLEY. YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE IT COVERED.

THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 1974

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GOVERNOR TOURS ELECTRONICS FACTORY

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, TODAY SAW MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS IN PROGRESS IN THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY — HONG KONG'S SECOND LARGEST EXPORT EARNER.

HE CONTINUED A SERIES OF FACTORY VISITS BY MAKING A SHOPFLOOR TOUR OF FAIRCHILD SEMICONDUCTOR CHK> LTD, 135 HOI BUN ROAD, KWUN TONG. THE FIRM EMPLOYS MORE THAN 3,000 WORKERS AND ITS PRODUCTS INCLUDE TRANSISTORS, INTEGRATED CIRCUITS AND DIODES.

SIR MURRAY WAS BRIEFED ON THE COMPANY'S OPERATIONS BY THE MANAGING DIRECTOR, MR. R.W. MARTIN, BEFORE TOURING THE FACTORY PREMISES. HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY MR. ROY PORTER, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, AND MR. K.H. YEUNG, PRINCIPAL TRADE OFFICER, INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BRANCH.

HONG KONG'S EARNINGS FROM DOMESTIC EXPORTS- OF ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS LAST YEAR TOTALLED $2,425 MILLION, COMPARED >. I TH £1,740 MILLION IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

AT THE END OF 1973 THE INDUSTRY COMPRISED 350 FACTORIES EMPLOYING MORE THAN 55,000 WORKERS — ABOUT NINE PER CENT OF HONG KONG'S LABOUR FORCE.

THE INDUSTRY STARTED WITH THE ASSEMBLY OF TRANSISTOR RADIOS IN THE LATE 195O'S. IT HAS SINCE DIVERSIFIED INTO THE MANUFACTURE AND ASSEMBLY OF A WIDE RANGE OF SOPHISTICATED ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS AND COMPONENTS.

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT ABOUT 75 PER CENT OF THE INDUSTRY'S PRODUCTION IS FOR EXPORT. THE UNITED STATES HAS CONSISTENTLY BEEN THE LARGEST MARKET, TAKING 45 PER CENT OF HONG KONG'S EXPORTS OF ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS IN 1973-

OTHER MAJOR MARKETS INCLUDE THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, CANADA AND TAIWAN.

FOREIGN PARTICIPATION HAS PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT PART IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE INDUSTRY. AT PRESENT ABOUT 64 FACTORIES HAVE OVERSEAS INTERESTS IN THEM, AND TOTAL INVESTMENT IS ESTIMATED AT $200 MILLION.

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REFUNDS OF VEHICLE LICENCE FEES

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MOTORISTS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A REFUND FOLLOWING A CHANGE In THE VEHICLE LICENCE FEES ANNOUNCED LATE LAST MONTH BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SHOULD BEGIN RECEIVING NOTIFICATION OF PAYMENT WITHIN THE NEXT WEEK OR SO.

STAFF OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ARE NOW WORKING OVERTIME TO PREPARE REFUND VOUCHERS FOR AN ESTIMATED 6,000 VEHICLE OWNERS WHO ARE DUE FOR A REFUND.

THE WHOLE PROCESS WILL TAKE SOME FIVE WEEKS TO COMPLETE, BUT BATCHES OF VOUCHERS WILL BE SENT OUT AT REGULAR INTERVALS DURING THIS PERIOD TO ENABLE PAYMENT TO BE* MADE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE THROUGH THE TREASURY.

THE STAFF ARE WORKING ON A STRICT CHRONOLOGICAL BASIS STARTING FROM MOTORISTS WHO PAID THE NEW LICENCE FEES AFTER FEBRUARY 27 UP UNTIL THE REVISED FEES WERE INTRODUCED ON MARCH 28.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT THE AMOUNT OF MONEY INVOLVED IN THE REFUND COULD NOT BE CALCULATED AT THIS STAGE, BUT A CONCLUSIVE FIGURE WOULD PROBABLY BE KNOWN IN ABOUT A MONTH.

HE APPEALED TO VEHICLE OWNERS TO CO-OPERATE BY REFRAINING FROM CALLING AT THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT OR THE OFFICES OF THE TREASURY UNTIL THEY HAD BEEN SPECIFICALLY NOTIFIED IN WRITING THAT THE REFUND WAS AVAILABLE AT THE TREASURY.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE FIRST BATCH OF VOUCHERS WOULD BE SENT FROM THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT EARLY NEXT WEEK AND THAT THE FIRST NOTIFICATIONS OF PAYMENT FROM THE TREASURY WOULD BE SENT ABOUT A WEEK AFTER THAT.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF TAK TAN STREET

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MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED THAT TAK YAH STREET IN WANCHAI WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL VEHICULAR TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS AS FROM 8 A.M. ON SATURDAY CAPR IL 20) TO FACILITATE THE TRENCH OPENING WOHKS TO BE CARRIED OUT BY THE HONG KONG ELECTRIC COMPANY.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE POSTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 1974

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FIRST TENANTS MOVE INTO 01 MAN ESTATE

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TWELVE FAMILIES TODAY MOVED INTO 01 MAN ESTATE IN HO MAN TIN TO BECOME ITS FIRST TENANTS.

01 MAN IS THE FIRST OF MANY PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES TO BE BUILT UNDER THE 10-YEAR PROGRAMME.

THE 12 FAMILIES ARE NOW ACCOMMODATED IN A TWIN-TOWER BLOCK CONTAINING 650 FLATS. THIS BLOCK WAS COMPLETED EARLIER THIS MONTH.

WORKMEN IN THE MEANTIME ARE PUTTING THE FINISHING TOUCHES TO TWO OTHER BLOCKS, WHICH ARE EXPECTED TO BE READY FOR OCCUPATION BY THE END OF JUNE OR EARLY JULY.

01 MAN ESTATE, WHEN FULLY DEVELOPED BY LATE 1975, WILL HAVE A TOTAL OF 12 BLOCKS RANGING IN HEIGHT FROM SEVEN TO 24 STOREYS WITH A POPULATION CAPACITY OF ABOUT 46,000 HOUSED IN 6,236 FLATS OF VARIOUS SIZES.

EACH FLAT WILL HAVE ITS OWN KITCHEN, PRIVATE BALCONY AND TOILET. THERE ARE ALSO OVER 200 TWO-BEDROOM FLATS.

THE INTERNAL AREA OF THE DIFFERENT FLATS IS 357, 424, 429 AND 591 SQUARE FEET. THE RENTS, INCLUSIVE OF RATES, ARE $340, $390, $400 AND $550 RESPECTIVELY.

01 MAN, WHICH IS ONE OF THE LARGEST GROUP A ESTATES, IS BUILT ON A 21-ACRE SITE OVERLOOKING PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD.

THE CAPITAL EXPENDITURE IS ESTIMATED AT ABOUT $147 MILLION AND THE ESTATE IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE RESIDENTS WITH ALL THE AMENITIES OF A SMALL TOWN.

WITHIN THE ESTATE WILL BE FIVE KINDERGARTENS, TWO RESTAURANTS, TWO BANKS, A SUPER MARKET, A LARGE NUMBER OF MARKET STALLS. AN ESTATE OFFICE, A COMMUNITY HALL AS WELL AS AMPLE OPEN SPACES FOR RECREATION AND LEISURE ACTIVITIES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL TOUR 01 MAN ESTATE ON MONDAY (APRIL 22D AFTERNOON AND VISIT A NUMBER OF LICENSED AREAS IN KUWLUON AT THE SAME TIME. SIR MURRAY WILL BE ACCOMPANIED UN THIS TOUR BY MR. IAN LiQHTBODY, SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, AND Mrt. DUNAuD LIAO, DIRECTOR OF HOUSING.

THE GOVERNOR WILL ALSO CALL AT THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT AT MA TAU KOK ROAD WHERE HE WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE PROGRESS OF THE 10-YEAR HOUSING PROGRAMME.

PRESS, RADIO AND TV REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE VISIT. TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED. PRESS REPRESENTATIVES ARE REQUESTED TO ASSEMBLE AT THE FORMER KOWLOON SUB-POOL BEHIND THE TSIMSHATSU1 POST OFFICE NOT LATER THAN 2 P.M. ON MONDAY, APRIL 22.

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ABERDEEN PILOT TUNNEL MAKING PROGRESS H # W W «

WORK IS NOW IN FULL SWING ON EXCAVATION OF THE ABERDEEN PILOT TUNNEL, WHICH IS BEING DRILLED TO INVESTIGATE ROCK CONDITIONS ALONG THE LINE OF THE PROPOSED ABERDEEN ROAD TUNNEL.

UNDER A CONTRACT LET BY THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF P.W.D. LAST FEBRUARY, THE CONTRACTOR, GAMMON (H.K.) LTD., IS TO DRIVE A HEADING 340 METRES LONG FROM A PORTAL POSITION IN THE COLONIAL CEMETERY, HAPPY VALLEY, AND A SECOND HEADING 600 METRES LONG FROM THE SITE OF THE SOUTHERN PORTAL IN THE WONG CHUK HANG AREA.

WORK FROM THE CEMETERY END IS NOW WELL ADVANCED AND SMALL EXCAVATORS DRIVEN BY COMPRESSED AIR, AND RUNNING ALONG RAIL TRACKS SET ON THE TUNNEL FLOOR HAVE EATEN INTO THE SOFT MATERIAL OF THE HILLSIDE FOR A DISTANCE OF 50 METRES.

ENGINEERS EXPECT THAT THE HARD ROCK FORMING THE HEART OF THE MOUNTAIN WILL BE ENCOUNTERED WITHIN A FEW DAYS, WHEN DRILLING AND BLASTING TECHNIQUES WILL BE EMPLOYED TO CONTINUE PROGRESS.

WORK AT THE SOUTHERN PORTAL IS AT PRESENT CONFINED TO CLEARING THE AREA AND PREPARING FOR THE TUNNEL EXCAVATION PROPER.

EVENTUALLY THE TWp TUNNELS WILL BE DRIVEN TOWARDS EACH OTHER AT THE RATE OF SOME 10 METRES EVERY DAY WITH TWO TEAMS OF MINERS WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK. ACTION IS BEING TAKEN THROUGH THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL FOR AUTHORISATION OF THE NECESSARY NIGHT WORK, AND MEANWHILE A TEMPORARY PERMIT ISSUED BY THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS WILL ENABLE DOUBLE SHIFT WORKING TO SPEED PROGRESS AT THE HAPPY VALLEY END.

WORK ON THE PILOT TUNNEL IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED WITHIN SIX MONTHS AND WILL BRING THE PROSPECT OF A FAST AND CONVENIENT ROAD LINK ACROSS HONG KONG ISLAND ONE STEP NEARER TO REALITY, AS ENGINEERS EXAMINE AND MEASURE THE PROPERTIES OF THE ROCK AND DESIGN THE PROPOSED FOUR-LANE ROAD TUNNEL TO FOLLOW.

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COMMUNICATION NETWORK IN LAN NAI WAN COMPLETED

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THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (EASTERN), HR. T.H. BARMA, TODAY OFFICIATED A RIBBON CUTTING; CEREMONY TO MARK THE OFFICIAL COMPLETION OF A NETWORK OF VILLAGE PATHS AND BRIDGES FOR THE FIVE VILLAGES OF LAN NAI WAN IN EASTERN DISTRICT.

THIS NEW NETWORK WAS THE JOINT EFFORT OF THE LANDS DIVISION OF HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT AND CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (EASTERN) TO IMPROVE THE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE FIVE VILLAGES OF LAN NAI WAN. THEY INCLUDE LAN NAI WAN VILLAGE, TUNG AH VILLAGE. TUNG AH PU1 VILLAGE, NQAN HANG VILLAGE AND TO TEI WAN VILLAGE.

THE SCHEME CONSISTS OF FOOTPATHS OF ABOUT 7.500 FEET LINKING ALL THE FIVE VILLAGES TOGETHER WITH FOUR BRIDGES OVER THE SMALL STREAMS IN THE DISTRICT. THE CONSTRUCTION COST OF ABOUT SbO.DUO WAS MET BY APPROPRIATIONS FROM THE LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS VOTE OF THE LANDS DIV1S0N OF THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT.

THE OPENING CEREMONY WAS HELD ON THE NEW BRIDGE OVER A SMALL STREAM AT NGAN HANG VILLAGE AND WAS ATTENDED BY MR. D.K. DOWDING, ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER OF LANDS DIVISION OF HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT AND RESIDENTS OF LAN NAI WAN.

AFTER THE RiBBUN CUTTING, MR. BARMA AND MR.

DOWDlwG WERE PRESENTED WITH BANNERS BY MR. LAU KWAI-Ml NG., - CHAIRMAN OF THE LAN NAI WAN VILLAGE RESIDENTS WELFARE

ASSOCIATION ON BEHALF OF ALL THE RESIDENTS OF LAN NAI WAN IN RECOGNITION OF THE WORK THEY HAVE DONE TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION IN THE DISTRICT.

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE

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THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY (THURSDAY) AT SALES UNDER THE RICE CONTROL SCHEME AND AT THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AND THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEUNG SHA WAN, KOWLOON:

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE OF ftICE CHINA RICE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICEC$/CATTY) AVERAGE

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- OLD CROP GOOD

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.12

S.C.JIEN »

- OLD CROP GOOD

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.06

PO NQAI GOOD

CHU CHO GOOD •• < *

THAI RICE

100% WHOLE GOOD 2.03

10-15% 3R0KENS GOOD

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.90

A1 SUPER GOOD

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 2.03

U.S. RICE GOOD

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.92

PAKISTAN RICE GOOD

TAIWAN RICE GOOD

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THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 1974

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH CFMO CHEUNQ SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

SPECIES AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PR1CECS/CATTY)

HIGH LOW MODE

GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 3.20 2.20 2.60

BiQ-EYES NORMAL 2.00 0.50 1.70

SiyUlD NORMAL 3.90 2.00 3.50

HAIR-TAILS NORMAL 2.20 1.20 1.60

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 2.60 1.40 2.00

CROAKERS normal 1.50 0.70 1.20

CONGER-PIKE-EELS GOOD 2.00 1.20 1.50

MELON COAT —— —— ——

BREAMS NORMAL 5.60 3.00 4.50

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 2.00 0.50 1.30

MACKERELS GOOD 3.50 2.60 3.00

RED-QOAT FISH NORMAL 0.90 0.40 0.50

FORK-TAIL NORMAL 1.00 0.60 0.90

HORSE-HEAD GOOD 4.50 2.50 3.60

MELON SEED LIMITED 2.50 1.60 2.00

pomfrets —— — —

QAROUPAS NORMAL 7.00 4.60 6.00

YELLOW CROAKER GOOD 4.90 3.20 4.20

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SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES CV.M.O. CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKET?

TYPE OF AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY

lire, VEGETABLE OF SUPPLY HIGH LOW MODE

FLUWEKlNG CABBAGE WHITE CABBAGE • NORMAL - GOOD 1.60 0.60 0.50 0.15 1.20 0.40

CHINESE LETTUCE , GOOD 0.50 0.10 0.30 1.00

WATER SPINACH NORMAL 1.50 0.40

CHINESE KALE LIMITED 1.20 0.30 0.80

SPRING ONION GOOD 0.80 0.30 0.60

SPINACH LIMITED 1.20 0.40 0.80

water cress LIMITED 1.00 0.30 0.70

leaf mustard cabbage GOOD 0.60 0.20 0.40

CHINESE SPINACH NORMAL 1.20 0.30 0.80

TOnATO NORMAL 1.60 • 0.60 1 .20

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

CALL SOURCES?

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY - GOOD

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK CS/PICUL-L1VE WEIGHT? - 305 CAVERAGE?

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 1974

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PROSPECTS FOR TENANTS LOOK BRIGHTER THIS YEAR........ 1

TEST TRANSMISSIONS FOR RTV ENGLISH SERVICE ........... 3

FIVE BUILDINGS IN WESTERN DISTRICT DECLARED DANGEROUS . 4

EXEMPTION LIMIT FOR ESTATE DUTY TO BE RAISED ........ 4

ADDITIONAL SURCHARGE PROPOSED FOR LATE PAYMENTS OF

EARNINGS AND PROFITS TAX ............................ 5

ESTATE POST OFFICE IN KOWLOON RENAMED...............» 5

NEW TRAINING COURSE FOR KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS ....... 6

MID-LEVELS BUS SERVICES BEING FURTHER IMPROVED 7

MARCH G.C.P.I. SHOWS RISE OF FOUR POINTS............. 8

RECONSTITUTED TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE STARTS WORK 9

STATEMENT ON PROPOSED FIREMEN’S PAY STRUCTURE ....... 10

ACCOUNTANCY PROFESSION GROWING IN IMPORTANCE ........ 11

REBUILDING PROGRAMME PLANNED FOR PRIVATE SLUM PROPERTIES..........................................

FIREMEN INSPECT MONG KOK BUILDING FOR FIRE HAZARDS .... 14

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DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD

COMMODITIES

Issued by Government Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong. Tel: 5-233191

TENANTS FACE BRIGHTER PROSPECTS SAYS RATING AND VALUATION COMMISSIONER X X X X X X K jf X X

' THOSE SEEKING OR LIVING IN PRIVATE DOMESTIC TENANCIES NOT SUBJECT TO GOVERNMENT RENT CONTROL FACE A MUCH MORE ENCOURAGING PkOSPECT THIS YEaR, ACCORDING TO THE COHN ISSI ONER OF RATING AMD VALUATION, MR. RAYMOND FRY.

' ADDRESSING THE AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TODAY, MR. FRY NOTED THAT AS A RESULT OF GOOD SUPPLY OF NEW ACCOMMODATION in the last two years, there were at the end OF LAST YEArt JUST OVER 10,000 VACANT DOMESTIC UNITS, WHICH WAS THE HIGHEST VACANCY POSITION SINCE 196b.

THE CURRENT TIGHT MONEY SITUATION, HE SAID, WAS BEGINNING TO AFFECT DOMESTIC RENTS AND THIS WAS SHOWN BY A REDUCTION IN THE ASKING RENTS IN ADVERTISEMENTS.

MR. Etff BELIEVED THAT THERE WOULD BE A GENERAL LOWERING —OF RENTS IN LARGE AND MEDIUM FLATS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

IN HIS OPINION, THE EASING OF THE RENT SITUATION IN HONG KONG WAS PARTLY DUE TO THE FACT THAT THE GOVERNMENT CEASED TU REFUND RATES ON EMPTY DOMESTIC PREMISES AS FROM JANUARY 1 THIS YEAR AND +THIS WILL BE AN INDUCEMENT TO LANDLORDS GETTING THEIR PREMISES OCCUPIED QUICKLY AND AT THE GOING RATE, whatever that happens to be+. r . MR. FRY SAID THERE SEEMED TO BE AMPLE ACCOMMODATION OF THE LARGE AND' MEDIUM TYPES TO MEET THE DEMAND BOTH THIS YEAR AND NEXT.

NEVERTHELESS, AS FOR THE SITUATION AFTER 1975, HE FOUND it impossible to predict, it was difficult to gauge REQUIREMENTS, WHICH WERE VERY MUCH BOUND UP WITH THE ECONOMY, THE NET INFLOW OF OVERSEAS NATIONALS AND MAJOR DEVELOPMENT WORKS SUCH AS THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY, ALL OF WHICH +INCREASE THE DEMANDS ON HONG KONG’S 1NFRA-STRUCTURE AND, IN PARTICULAR, ACCOMMODATION*.

REFERRING TO THE SUGGESTION RECENTLY MADE BY THE SECRETARY FUR THE ENVIRONMENT THAT THE GOVERNMENT MIGHT ENGAGE IN

~ JOINT SCHEMES WITH PRIVATE DEVELOPERS TO PRODUCE ACCOMMODATION FUR ITS USE, MR. FRY SAID THAT THERE WERE ALSO SOME COMMERCIAL ORGANISATIONS WHO COULD AND SHOULD DO MORE IN THIS DIRECTION. .

+THE PROSPECTS FOR TENANTS ARE INEXTRICABLY BOUND UP WITH THE PROSPECTS FOR LANDLORDS,* HB OBSERVED, POINTING OUT THAT UNLESS DEVELOPERS COULD SEE PROSPECTS FOR FAIR PROFITS, IT WOULD BE HARD TO GET THE NEW ACCOMMODATION WHICH WAS SO VITAL TO IMPROVING THE LIVING STANDARDS OF ALL INHABITANTS IN HONG KONG.

ON THE SHORT-TERM POSITION OF OFFICE ACCOMMODATION, MR. FRY WAS LESS OPTIMISTIC.

ALTHOUGH THE SPACE FOR OFFICE ACCOMMODATION COMPLETED LAST YEAR REPRESENTED A SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT ON 1972, THERE HAD BEEN A CONTINUING DEMAND FOR OFFICE ACCOMMODATION IN THE CENTRAL BUSINESS CENTRES, AND THIS HAS TENDED TO KEEP RENTS ON AM UPWARD COURSE, HE NOTED.

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WHILE HE FELT THAT THERE WOULD NOT BE ANY EASING OF THE PRESSURE ON OFFICE SPACE UNTIL NEXT YEAR, THE COMMISSIONER WAS NEVERTHELESS OPTIMISTIC THAT THE PROSPECTS FOR TENANTS IN 1975 AND 1976 +LOUK VERY GOOD INDEED*. HIS OPTIMISM WAS SUPPORTED BY THE FACT THAT COMPLETIONS IN THESE TWO YEARS WOULD TOTAL OVER SEVEN MILLION SQUARE FEET, WHICH FAR EXCEED THE RATE OF SUPPLY OF PREVIOUS YEARS,

+SO THE LONG-TERM POSITION FOR TENANTS LOOKS FAIRLY PROMISING,* HE SAID. .

AS FOR THE LOCATION OF OFFICE ACCOMm6dATION, THOUGH HE FELT THAT THERE WERE CERTAIN TYPES OF BUSINESS WHICH MUST BE CENTRALLY LOCATED, HE BELIEVED THAT RE-LOCATION IN A PERIPHERAL AREA FUR SOME WOULD NOT ONLY BE ADVANTAGEOUS ON RENT BUT ALSO POSSIBLY BE JUST AS CONVENIENT AS REGARDS TRAVEL, WORKING COwDITIJi'iS AhD COMMUNICATION.

TURNING TO FACTORY PREMISES, HE SAID THAT ALTHOUGH THERE WAS A LITTLE LESS SPACE THIS YEAR THAN LAST YEAR, DEMAND APPEARED TO SLACKEN OVER THE YEAR AND THERE NOW SEEMED AMPLE SPACE TO MEET THE REQUIREMENT OF NEW TENANTS.

WHILE THERE HAD BEEN SOME UPWARD MOVEMENT OF RENTS OVER THE YEAR, IT HAD BEEN VERY SLIGHT AND TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR THERE WERE DEFINITE SIGNS OF A DOWNTURN, THOUGH THIS HAPPENED IN SUCH AREAS AS CHAI WAN AND KWAI CHUNG.

+1 WOULD EXPECT SOME FURTHER DRIFT DOWN IN RENTS THIS YEAR,* MR. FRY PREDICTED, +BUT HOW FAR THIS GOES IS VERY MUCH DEPENDENT ON THE ECONOMY GENERALLY.*

HE WAS CONFIDENT THAT UNLESS THERE WAS A CONSIDERABLE INCREASE IN DEMAND FOR FACTORY PREMISES THIS YEAR, THERE SHOULD BE PLENTY AVAILABLE FOR TENANTS, AND THE PROSPECTS FUR 1975 WERE SIMILAR.

AS REGARDS SHOP PREMISES, MR. FRY ENVISAGED THAT WITH THE ~ COMPLETIONS IN 1974 AND 1975» IT WOULD MEAN AN EXCESS OF

SUPPLY OVER DEMAND FOR A YEAR OR TWO.

DESPITE A CONTINUING UPWARD TREND IN SHOP RENTS FOR MOST OF 1973, HE NOTED THAT THERE WERE NOW SIGNS OF A SLOWING-DOWN OF THE TREND AND THAT SOME DOWNTURN COULD BE EXPECTED.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF SUPERMARKETS'AND NEIGHBOURHOOD SHOPPING AREAS, MR. FRY OBSERVED, WAS BEGINNING TO HAVE SOME EFFECT ON RENTS IN THE OLD SHOPPING CENTRES, AS +PEOPLE REALISE THAT SHOPPING CAN BE BOTH EASIER AND CHEAPER 'OUT OF TOWN'*.

NOTE TO EDITORS: COPIES OF THE FULL TEXT OF MR. FRY'S SPEECH ---------------- ARE BOXED FOR COLLECTION.

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TEST TRANSMISSION FOR RTV ENGLISH SERVICE

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SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE TO ENABLE TELEVISION VIEWERS TO TEST THEIR RECEIVING CHANNEL FOR THE RTV ENGLISH Service which is starting next Monday capril 22).

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ON THE REQUEST OF THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY, A

TEST CARD WILL BE TRANSMITTED DURING NORMAL PROGRAMME HOURS TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AND ON SUNDAY, SO THAT VIEWERS CAN PRE- -TUNE THEIR SETS.

THE FOLLOWING CHANNELS FOR THE NEW SERVICE WILL BE OPERATED:

"RECEIVING AREA TRANSMITTER CHANNEL

hORTH HONG KONG TEMPLE HILL 27

KOWLOON >

TA KWU LING

SHEUNG SHU I CLOUDY HiLL 55

TAI PU

TOLO

NORTH LANTAU

CASTLE PEAK TO

TAI LAM CHUNG CASTLE PEAK 44

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-4UEN LONG

SHEK KONG

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REPULSE BAY LAMMA 55

SOUTH BAY

TSUEN WAN

-IS I NG LUNG TAU GOLDEN HILL 45

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A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AUTHORITY SAID VIEWERS ON THE PEAK

WHO ARE STILL WATCHING TVS JADE ON THE OLD CHANNEL 27 TRANSMITTED FROM LAMMA MIGHT EXPERIENCE SOME TEMPORARY INTERFERENCE FOR THE TWO-DAY TEST.

IN THIS CASE, THEY SHOULD CHANGE TO THE NEW LAMMA CHANNEL 44 WHICH HAS BEEN TRANSMITTING SINCE APRIL 1.

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FIVE BUILDINGS IN WESTERN CONDEMNED if if K X if if

I THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY DECLARED NOS. 67 AND 69 WING LUK STREET TO BE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION, AND NOS. 43, 45 AND 45A AND B BONHAM STRAND LIABLE TO BECOME DANGEROUS.'

THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THESE PRE-WAR BUILDINGS HAD BEEN UNDER OBSERVATION FOR SOME TIME AND A DETAILED Inspection was made following a report of fresh movement.

it was found that movement had occurred in the walls of both NOS. 67 AND 69 WING LOK STREET AND AS THESE WERE ALREADY FRACTURED It IS CONSIDERED THAT THERE IS RISK OF FAILURE LEADING TO A COLLAPSE $E SAID.

FRACTURES IN THE PARTY WALLS OF THE REMAINING BUILDINGS TOGETHER WITH SOME BULGED BRICKWORK INDICATE THAT THERE IS A RISK OF FAILURE DURING OR AFTER THE DEMOLITION OF THE ADJOINING DANGEROUS BUILDINGS. A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF DECAYED TIMBER WAS ALSO OBSERVED, HE ADDED.

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS IN VICTORIA DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 A.M. ON MAY 22, 1974 WERE POSTED TODAY. AS NO. 69 WING LOK STREET IS ALREADY VACANT NO CLOSURE ORDER WILL BE IjiECESSARY.

- ESTATE DUTY EXEMPTION LIMIT TO BE RAISED

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A BILL DESIGNED TO IMPLEMENT ONE OF THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY'S ‘BUDGET PROPOSALS ON TAX RELIEF BY RAISING THE EXEMPTION LIMIT FOR Estate duty from $200,000 to $300,000 is published in today's IGAZETTE.

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THE ESTATE DUTY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1974, WHICH IS TO BE INTRODUCED TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SHORTLY, SIMPLY SEEKS TO (ABOLISH THE EXISTING FIRST PLATFORM - NOW ATTRACTING DUTY AT (FIVE PER CENT - FOR ESTATES VALUED BETWEEN $200,000 AND $300,000.

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THE RATES OF ESTATE DUTY, WHICH NOW START AT SIX PER CENT, REMAIN UNCHANGED FOR ESTATES VALUED IN EXCESS OF $300,000.

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THIS BILL ADDS A NEW SCHEDULE SETTING OUT THE RATES OF DUTY PAYABLE IN RESPECT OF ESTATES OF PERSONS DYING ON OR AFTER APRIL 1 THIS YEAR.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, POINTED OUT IN HIS BUDGET SPEECH THAT THE ABOLITION OF THE FIRST PLATFORM WOULD POSSIBLY COST THE GOVERNMENT HORE THAN $1 MILLION IN REVENUE ,IN THE NEW FINANCIAL YEAR. .

HE ADDED THAT IN 1972/73, WHILST ESTATES VALUED BETWEEN $200,000 AND $300,000 CONTRIBUTED ONLY 2.6 PER CENT TO THE TOTAL i)UTY ASSESSED, THEY REPRESENTED OVER 20 PER CENT OF THE NUMBER OF I m Estates assessed.

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ADDITIONAL TEN PER CENT SURCHARGE PROPOSED ( OH LATE PAYMENTS OF EARNINGS AND PROFITS TAXES

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MANUFACTURERS ARE BEING ENCOURAGED TO RE-EQUIP AND UP-GRADE THEIR PLAiiT AND MACHINERY UNDER A NEW BILL WHICH SEEKS TO INCREASE the initial allowance from one fifth to one quarter of the capital expenditure involved, for the years of tax assessment BEGINNING APRIL 1 THIS YEAR.

ANOTHER HAIN PURPOSE OF THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 19/4, GAZETTED TODAY, IS TO DISCOURAGE LATE PAYMENTS OF EARNINGS AND PROFITS TAXES BY IMPOSING A FURTHER SURCHARGE OF % UP TO TEN PER CENT ON TAX IN DEFAULT FOR SIX MONTHS.

THE BILL, TO BE TABLED AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SHORTLY, IS DESIGNED TO AMEND THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE SO AS TO IMPLEMENT THE.BUDGET PROPOSALS BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY ON PLANT AND MACHINERY AND ON SURCHARGES.

it empowers the commissioner of inland revenue to add a FURTHER SURCHARGE OF UP TO 10 PER CENT TO ANY AMOUNT OF TAX IN DEFAULT, INCLUDING the ORIGINAL five-per-cent surcharge, six months AFTER THE DATE ON WHICH THE TAX WAS DUE FOR PAYMENT.

THIS MEASURE IS TO COME INTO EFFECT FgOM JULY 1 THIS YEAR.

BUT TO ENSURE THAT ANY TAX IN DEFAULT FOR MORE THAN SIX MONTHS BEFORE JULY 1 IS NOT EXEMPTED FROM THIS PROVISION, THE BILL ALSO ENABLES THE COMMISSIONER TO LEVY THE SURCHARGE OF UP TO TEN PER CENT IN THESE CASES EVEN THOUGH THE DUE DATE MAY BE BEFORE JULY 1.

BESIDES RAISING THE LEVEL OF INITIAL ALLOWANCE FROM ONE FIFTH TO A QUARTER, THE BILL HILL ALSO AMEND THE ORDINANCE TO MAKE SIMILAR PROVISION FOR PLANT AND MACHINERY ACQUIRED UNDER A HIRE PURCHASE AGREEMENT. THE INCREASE OF THE INITIAL ALLOWANCE WILL BE AT A COST OF $10 MILLION TO THE REVENUE.

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NEW NAME FOft ESTATE POST OFFICE M X M

THE POST OFFICE TODAY ANNOUNCED THAT THE NAME OF THE LO FU NQA14 POST OFFICE IN THE LOK FU HOUSING ESTATE IN KOWLOON VHLL BE CHANGED TO LOK FU POST OFFICE AS FROM NAY 1, 1974.

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TRAINING COURSE FOR KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS FKJtXIM

PRACTISING KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS WHO ARE PROFESSIONALLY UNTRAINED WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO ATTAIN QUALIFIED STATUS BY ATTENDING A TWO-YEAR PART-TIME IN-SERVICE TRAINING COURSE ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

THE COURSE, WHICH IS FREE, WILL BEGIN IN OCTOBER WHEN 50 CANDIDATES WILL BE ADMITTED. THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION WILL BE CANTONESE. LECTURES WILL BE GIVEN AT THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION OR OTHER GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS FROM 4 P.M. TO 7 P.M. TWO OR THREE TIMES A WEEK DURING TERM TIME. DEMONSTRATION AND CRITICISM LESSONS WILL BE CONDUCTED ONCE A WEEK FOR 20 WEEKS IN THE MORNING IN KINDERGARTENS.

APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION OR ITS EQUIVALENT, SPEAK CANTONESE FLUENTLY AND HAVE A GOOD CHARACTER AND SUITABLE PERSONALITY. THEY MUST ALSO BE FULL-TIME PERMITTED TEACHERS IN KINDERGARTENS WITH A MINIMUM OF THREE YEARS' SUITABLE TEACHING EXPERIENCE IN APPROVED SCHOOLS IN HONG KONG.

IN A CIRCULAR TO HEADS OF ALL KINDERGARTENS AND SCHOOLS WITH KINDERGARTEN CLASSES, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION CCHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS), MR. ARTHUR BROWN, INVITED APPLICATIONS FROM UNTRAINED PRACTISING KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS.

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS IN LEE GARDENS, CAUSEWAY BAY, OR FROM THE DEPARTMENT'S KOWLOON SUB-OFFICE ON THE 6 TH FLOOR OF THE KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES IN NATHAN ROAD.

AuL APPLICATIONS TOGETHER WITH PHOTOSTAT COPIES OF TEACHING PERMITS ISSUED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SHOULD BE SENT TO THE ORGANISER OF THE COURSE OF TRAINING FOR KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS, MISS FRANCES HON, BY JUNE 29,.1974. •

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER.

EACH CANDIDATE MUST ATTEND AT LEAST 80 PER CENT OF ALL LECTURES BEFORE SITTING FOR THE FINAL EXAMINATION.

ON PASSING THE EXAMINATION, THE TEACHERS WILL BECOME ♦QUALIFIED KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS.*

THEY WILL THEN BE ELIGIBLE FOR ADMISSION TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT'S REGISTER OF TEACHERS IF THEY HAVE FIVE YEARS' TEACHING EXPERIENCE IN HONG KONG SCHOOLS.

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FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS IN MID-LEVELS BUS SERVICE M X H X M M

BUS PASSENGERS ARE GETTING A BETTER AND MURE EFFICIENT SERVICE SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF THE nlD-LEVEcS TRAFFIC SCHEME LAST TUESDAY, AND THIS MEANS THAT THE BASIC OBJECTIVES OF THE SCHEME ARE BEING MET.

PROVISIONAL ANALYSIS OF SURVEYS CARRIED OUT BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT REVEAL THAT BUS FREQUENCIES ON ALL ROUTES USING THE BUS PRIORITY LANE HAVE IMPROVED CONSIDERABLY.

THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR. PETER LEEDS, SAID TODAY: +THE BUSES ARE NO LONGER BEING HELD UP v- BY CONSTANT TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN THIS PART OF THE MID-LEVELS WITH THE RESULT THAT WAITING TIME FOR BUS PASSENGERS HAS BEEN SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCED.+ z ,

+IN SOME CASES IT HAS MEANT THAT THE BUSES ARE ACTUALLY RUNNING TO SCHEDULE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SOME YEARS.+

MR. LEEDS POINTED OUT THAT THE ENTIRE SCHEME WAS AIMED AT IMPROVING PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES AND THIS SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN ACHIEVED. BUT THE INITIAL DIFFICULTIES WHICH HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCED BY OTHER ROAD USERS HAS BEEN AGGRAVATED BY DRIVERS FAILING TO SELECT THEIR CORRECT LANE ON COTTON TREE DRIVE.

+WE ARE TRYING TO ENCOURAGE MOTORIST? TO LEAVE THEIR CARS AT HOME AND TO SWITCH TO PUBLIC TRANSPORT — HENCE THE BUS PRIORITY SCHEME.*

FROM NEXT MONDAY (APRIL 22), THE BUS SERVICES WILL BE "FURTHER IMPROVED WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF A NEW ROUTE 23B FROM NORTH POINT TO PARK ROAD. THE SERVICE WILL OPERATE ON A 1O-M1NUTE FREQUENCY AND IS BEING INTRODUCED ON MONDAY TO COINCIDE WITH THE REOPENING OF SCHOOLS AFTER THE EASTER HOLIDAYS, z

IT WILL GIVE PEOPLE LIVING IN THE CAINE ROAD-BONHAM ROAD AREA A DIRECT LINK WITH NORTH POINT — A SERVICE WHICH HAS NOT BEEN AVAILABLE SINCE THE SCHEME CAME INTO OPERATION.

MR. LEEDS' STATEMENT WAS ENDORSED BY THE TRAFFIC MANAGER OF THE CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY, MR. LYNDON REES, WHO SAID THAT THERE HAD BEEN A +BIG IMPROVEMENT* IN BUS FREQUENCIES.

AS FAR AS ROUTE 13 TO KOTEWALL ROAD IS CONCERNED, MR. REES SAID THAT PEOPLE WERE NOW ADJUSTING TO THE NEW SERVICE.

+OKE OF THE MOST NOTABLE FEATURES IS THAT WIVES ARE

- DRIVING THEIR HUSBANDS TO THS.TERMINUS CAT THE JUNCTION OF KOTEWALL ROAD AND CONDUIT RO'-DD AND THEN MEETING THE BUS AGAIN IN THE EVENING. THIS IS. A HOST WELCOME TREND AS IT IS KEEPING THE CARS AWAY FROM THE CONGESTED CENTRAL DISTRICT.*

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‘ +ALREADY ROUTE 13 IS CARRYING AN AVERAGE OF 6,000 PASSENGERS A DAY WHICH iS FAR MORE THAN WE ANTICIPATED AND A MOST ENCOURAGING START TO THE SERVICE..... AND MOST OF

THE PEOPLE ARE NEW BUS PASSENGERS,*

MR. REES SAID SOME PASSENGERS WERE COMPLAINING THAT IT WAS TAKING THEM LONGER TO GET HOME BECAUSE THE BUSES WERE FORCED TO MAKE A BIG DETOUR. BUT HE STRESSED THAT THE JOURNEY TIMES WERE MORE THAN OFFSET BY THE INCREASED FREQUENCY AND THE REDUCED WAITING TIME AT BUS STOPS.

BUS DRIVERS HAVE ALSO GENERALLY WELCOMED THE NEW SCHEME} THEY HAVE POINTED OUT THAT DRIVING CONDITIONS HAVE IMPROVED CONSIDERABLY. THERE IS LESS OF A STRAIN BECAUSE NOW THEY HAVE AN UNINTERRUPTED DRIVE WHEREAS BEFORE THEY HAD TO CONTEND WITH OTHER VEHICLES STOPPING AND STARTING.

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MARCH'G.C.P.i. UP FOUR POINTS

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THE GENERAL CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR MARCH 1974 WAS 187, FOUR POINTS COR 2.2 PER CENT) HIGHER THAN THAT FOR THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

THIS WAS DUE MAINLY TO AN INCREASE OF FOUR POINTS IN THE INDEX FUR FOODSTUFFS, ACCORDING TO THE-CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE INDEX FOR FUEL AND LIGHT ADVANCED BY 20 POINTS WHILE THAT FOR MISCELLANEOUS GOODS ADVANCED BY 14 POINTS.

AN INCREASE OF 10 POINTS WAS RECORDED IN THE INDEX FOR ALCOHOLIC DRINK AND TOBACCO WHILE AN INCREASE OF 3 POINTS WAS RECORDED IN THE INDEX FOR TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES.

RISES OF 1 POINT EACH WERE RECORDED IN THE INDEX FOR CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR Ai© THE INDEX FOR DURABLE GOODS. MOVEMENTS IN THE INDEXES FOR OTHER SECTIONS OF COMMODITY AND SERVICES WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS MONTH, THERE WERE INCREASES IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF RICE AND FRESH VEGETABLES. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF SALT WATER FISH AND POULTRY DROPPED. '

AS TO NON-FOOD ITEMS, THE INCREASE IN THE INDEX FOR FUEL AND LIGHT WAS ATTRIBUTABLE TO INCREASED CHARGES FOR ELECTRICITY AND THE FULL EFFECT OF THE UPWARD REVISION IN THE PRICES OF KEROSENE AND LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS AT THE END OF FEBRUARY.

FOLLOWING AN INCREASE IN DUTIES, THE PRICES OF ALCOHOLIC DRINK AND TOBACCO WERE RAISED.

THE RISE IN THE INDEX FUR MISCELLANEOUS GOODS WAS MAINLY ATTRIBUTABLE TO HIGHER PRICES FQR CHINESE-LANGUAQE NEWSPAPERS.

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TRANSPORT PROBLEM MORE cbtlPLEX - BUT CAN BE SOLVED

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THE RECONSTITUTED TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE GOT DOWN TO WORK IN EARNEST TODAY WITH THE CHAIRMAN, MR. JAMES ROBSON, EXPRESSING CONFIDENCE THAT THE PROBLEMS CAN BE SOLVED.

ADDRESSING THE COMMITTEE'S FIRST FORMAL MEETING, MR. ROBSON CAUTIONED, HOWEVER, THAT THE TASK WOULD NOT BE AN EAS.Y ONE AS HONG KONG'S TRANSPORT PROBLEMS WERE BECOMING INCREASINGLY SEVERE AND COMPLEX.

NEVERTHELESS, HE FELT THAT THE PROBLEMS WOULD BE MET AND SOLVED IF THE NEW T.A.C. MAINTAINED THE REPUTATION OF THE ORIGINAL COMMITTEE FUR HARD AND CONSTRUCTIVE WORK.

AS SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, PART OF MR. ROBSON'S RESPONSIBILITIES CONCERN THE CO-ORDINATION OF ALL TRANSPORT MATTERS.

UNLIKE THE OLD COMMITTEE, THE NEW T.A.C. WILL ADVISE THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL INSTEAD OF THE GOVERNOR.

+OUR ADVICE WILL THUS GO DIRECTLY TO THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT DECISION-TAKING AND WILL CONCENTRATE ON MATTERS OF ’IMPORTANT PRINCIPLES,+ SAID MR. ROBSON.

THE TECHNICAL AND DETAILED ASPECTS OF TRANSPORT PLANNING AND TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT, HE ADDED, COULD BE LEFT IN THE HANDS OF RELEVANT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WORKING IN CONSULTATION WITH ONE ANOTHER.

THE RECONSTITUTED COMMITTEE IS COMPOSED OF A POOL OF EXPERTS AND PEOPLE EXPERIENCED IN TRANSPORT MATTERS. THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS ARE MRS. ELSIE ELLIOTT, AN URBAN COUNCILLOR AND A MEMBER UF THE PREVIOUS T.A.C., MR. G.R. ROSS, UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, MR. STEPHEN WONG, REPRESENTING THE NEW TERRITORIES, AND MRS. GRACE HO AND MR. ALAN MCFARLIN, BOTH ACKNOWLEDGED TRANSPORT EXPERTS.

+ 1N MY JUDGEMENT,+ COMMENTED MR. ROBSON, +THIS NEW T.A.C. PROVIDES THE CORRECT MIX OF EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE^WITH WHICH TO MEET THE EVER INCREASING CHALLENGE OF PROVIDING DECENT PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES IN A TERRITORY SUCH AS OURS, WHICH AS FAR AS PUBLIC TRANSPORT IS CONCERNED, MUST BE UNIQUE.+

REFERRING TO HIS APPOINTMENT AS CHAIRMAN OF THE NEW COMMITTEE, MR. ROBSON EXPLAINED THAT THIS SHOULD NOT BE REGARDED AS THE FINAu PATTERN +BUT RATHER AS A TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENT TO BE REVIEWED IN THE LIGHT OF EXPERIENCE AND CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES.+

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’ - MR." ROBSON PAID WARM TRIBUTE TO THE FORMER T.A.C. WHICH,

HE SAID. PLAYED A VITAL ROLE IN COPING WITH OUR TRANSPORT PROBLEM. + IT DID AN EXCELLENT JOB IN GIVING THE SOUND AND (UNBIASED ADVICE WHICH PROVIDED THE BASIS OF OUR PRESENT

TRANSPORT POLICIES.+

C DURING ITS FIRST MEETING, THE NEW COMMITTEE DISCUSSED MATTERS RELATING TO PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN HONG KONG, INCLUDING BUS AND FERRY SERVICES.

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< THE DIRECTOR OF THE FIRE SERVICES, MR. HARRY WOOD, TODAY SENT THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE TO ALL UNITS:-

♦1 AM NOW ABLE TO INFORM YOU ALL THAT 1 CONFIDENTLY EXPECT TO BE NOTIFIED OF THE OUTCOME OF THE RECENT REVIEW QF YOUR SALARY STRUCTURE IN THE NEAR FUTURE.*

T THE MESSAGE WILL BE READ OUT DURING THE NORMAL CHANGEOVER OF SHIFTS TOMORROW (SATURDAY) MORNING.

AT PRESENT, GOVERNMENT IS CONSIDERING THE REPORT ON FIREMEN'S AND AMBULANCEMEN'S SALARY STRUCTURE PREPARED BY THE PAY INVESTIGATION UNIT AND SUBMITTED EARLIER THIS'YEAR.

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ACCOUNTANTS HAVE AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY IN i DEVELOPMENT OF HONQ KONQ'S ECONOMY

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HONQ KONQ WILL NEED MORE QOOD ACCOUNTANTS IN INDUSTRY, COMMERCE AND FINANCE, AND IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE IF DEVELOPMENT . IS TO KEEP APACE, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, SAID TODAY.

♦THERE IS NO DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT THE DEVELOPMENT OF HONQ KONQ AS AN INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL ECONOMY HAS NOW REACHED THE POINT WHERE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT CAN NO' LONQER DEPEND ONLY ON INTELLIGENT INDUSTRIOUSNESS,+ HE TOLD A PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY GATHERING AT THE HONQ KONQ POLYTECHNIC.

♦ IF THE HONQ KONQ ECONOMY IS TO CONTINUE TO EXPAND AT _A RAPID RATE, INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE ARE GOING TO NEED TO USE MUCH MORE SOPHISTICATED TECHNIQUES,+ HE STRESSED, ADDINQ; ♦ACCOUNTANTS CAN DO MUCH TO PROVIDE THESE TECHNIQUES.+

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY WAS OFFICIATING A PRIZE-QIVINQ CEREMONY FUR STUDENTS OF THE HONQ KONQ POLYTECHNIC, THREE of whom swept toe first three places of the association of CERTIFIED ACCOUNTANTS EXAMINATION HELD IN HONQ KONQ LAST DECEMBER. A TOTAL OF 1,600 STUDENTS FROM MANY COUNTRIES SAT x FUR THE EXAMINATION.

IN FIRST PLACE WAS MR. TSE YUE-KEUNQ, IN SECOND MR. CHU YAN-YUEN ARD MISS WONQ MEI-SIM IN THIRD PLACE.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY COMMENDED THEM FOR THEIR REMARKABLE PERFORMANCE AND SAID HE WAS PARTICULARLY PLEASED THAT THEIR SUCCESS HAD BEEN IN THE ACCOUNTANCY FIELD +FOR ACCOUNTANCY IS GOING TO BE A PROFESSION OF EVEN QREATER IMPORTANCE FOR HUNG KONQ THAN IT HAS BEEN HITHERTO.+

MR. HADDON-CAVE POINTED OUT THAT WITH NEW LOW-PRICE EXPORTING COUNTRIES InPRUVINQ THEIR PERFORMANCE, HONQ KONQ INDUSTRIALISTS WILL ONlY MAINTAIN A COMPETITIVE EDQE IF THEY -PLACE INCREASING EMPHASIS ON CAREFUL PLANNING TO ACHIEVE THE MOST EFFICIENT USE OF MATERIALS AND MANPOWER AND IF THEY INTRODUCE IMPROVED MANAQEMENT SYSTEMS BACKED BY QOOD QUALITY ACCOUNTING SERVICES.

♦THESE SERVICES,+ HE SAID. +WILL DEPEND ON THE SUPPLY OF ACCOUNTANTS OF TECHNICAL ABILITY AND, ABOVE ALL, IMAGINATION, WHO ARE PREPARED TO WORK IN INDUSTRY AND TO EDUCATE INDUSTRIALISTS AS TO THEIR WORTH IN TERMS OF HARD DOLLARS AND CENTS.+

HONQ KONQ, HE WENT ON, WOULD CONTINUE TO QROW AS A.BANKING, COMMERCIAL AND FINANCIAL CENTRE AND HERE TOO +ACCOUNTANTS WILL HAVE THEIR PART TO PLAY TO BUILD UP CONFIDENCE IN HONQ KONQ AS AN HONEST, EFFICIENT AND RELIABLE PLACE IN WHICH TO INVEST.+

/THE FINANCIAL U»...«.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY NOTED THAT THERE WAS ALSO A POSITIVE AND GROWING ROLE FOR ACCOUNTANTS IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE

WITH THE GOVERNMENT'S POLICIES BECOMING MURE SOPHISTICATED AND INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS MORE EXPENSIVE, HE SAID, THE COLONIAL SECRETARIAT WAS DEVELOPING ITS FINANCIAL PLANNING UNIT AND COST CONTROL FACILITIES FOR WHICH HIGH QUALITY STAFF, INCLUDING ACCOUNTANTS, WERE NEEDED.

f+ 1T IS THE NATURE OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE - AND RIGHTLY SO - THAT THE FINANCIAL. REWARDS ARE HOT AS DRAMATIC AS THEY CAN BE FUR OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

+BJT THE WORK UF ACCOUNTANTS IN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS IS, AND WILL BE STIMULATING AND CHALLENGING,+ HE SAID.

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REBUILDING PROGRAMME PLANNED FOR PRIVATE SLUM PROPERTIES X * X X * * ----1W---—

THE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO PROVIDE INITIAL LOAN FUNDS FOR THE RE-DEVELOPMENT OF DILAPIDATED AND SLUM-TYPE PRIVATE PROPERTIES WHICH, FOR ONE REASON OR ANOTHER, ARE NOT REDEVELOPED BY PRIVATE DEVELOPERS.

THIS WAS REVEALED TODAY BY THE ACTING COLONIAL SECRETARY, MR. MICHAEL CLINTON, IN HIS CAPACITY AS VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG SOCIETY AT THE HANDING-OVER CEREMONY OF PHASE I 11 OF THE SOCIETY’S LOK MAN SUN CHUEN ESTATE.

MR. CLINTON DESCRIBED THE SCHEME AS AN EXCITING ONE BUT SAID IT WAS TOO EARLY TO GIVE FURTHER DETAILS. THESE WOULD BE ANNOUNCED WHEN DEMOLITION AND REBUILDING OF SLUM PROPERTY BEGINS, HE SAID.

LOK MAN SUN CHUEN IS THE HOUSING SOCIETY’S 14TH AND LARGEST ESTATE SO FAR.

IT COMPRISES 3,676 FLATS — INCLUDING 911 COMPLETED FOR PHASE III-— WHICH TOGETHER ACCOMMODATE UP TO 23,500 PERSONS.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE SOCIETY’S PROGRESSIVE POLICY OF PROVIDING INTEGRATED FACILITIES, MR. CLINTON NOTED, THE ESTATE INCLUDES SHOPS, A CLINIC, MARKET STALLS. A KINDERGARTEN, A DAY NURSERY, YOUTH CLUBS, PLAYGROUNDS, CARPARKS AND SEVERAL FLATS SPECIALLY ALLOCATED FOR ELDERLY PERSONS.

+THERE ARE STILL SOME FACILITIES LACKING + SAID MR. CLINTON, ♦AND WE HOPE IN FUTURE ESTATES, IN CO-OPERATION, WHERE APPROPRIATE, WITH THE GOVERNMENT, TO ENSURE THAT MORE FACILITIES AND AMENITIES ARE PROVIDED SUCH AS SUPER-MARKETS, PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS, AND SPACE FOR LIGHT INDUSTRIAL WORKSHOPS.*

HE POINTED OUT, HOWEVER, THAT MOST OF THESE FACILITIES CAN ONLY BE JUSTIFIED IN THE LARGER ESTATES. ,

MR. CLINTON SAID THE RENTS, VARYING FROM $114 TO $265 A MONTH FOR FLATS FROM 267 SQ.FT. TO 516 SQ.FT. WERE MUCH BELOW PRIVATE RENTS AND WERE IN EFFECT HEAVILY SUBSIDISED BY THE TAXPAYER.

+THIS IS RIGHT AND PROPER,* HE SAID, +BUT IT DOES MEAN THAT IF SOME TENANTS BECOME MORE AFFLUENT THEY SHOULD MOVE OUT TO PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION TO MAKE WAY FOR THOSE POORER FAMILIES WHO ARE REALLY IN NEED OF LOW-COST HOUSING.*

HE COMMENDED THE WORK OF THOSE WHO HELPED IN BUILDING AND MANAGING THE NEW ESTATE AND WISHED THE TENANTS PROSPERITY AND HAPPINESS.

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FIREnEN SWOOP OH MONGKOK BUILDING

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HE OFFICERS FROM THE FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU SPENT HOST OF TODAY IN A HONQKOK BUILDING uOOKlNG FUR FIRE HAZARDS.

IN A SURPRISE OPERATION MOUNTED IN STRICTEST SECRECY, 20 OFFICERS SWOOPED ON THE BUILDING 22-22A CHERRY STREET THIS MORNING AND UNCOVERED A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT HAZARDS INCLUDING BLOCKED EXITS, PLASTICS FACTORIES AND STRUCTURES IN OPEN COMMON AREAS.

A TOTAL OF 352 FLAT UNITS WERE CHECKED AND 29 FIRE ABATEMENT HAZARD NOTICES SERVED. THE OCCUPANTS WILL BE GIVEN FROM TWO TO EIGHT WEEKS TO PUT THE HAZARDS RIGHT, ACCORDING TO THE NATURE OF THE HAZARD. FAILURE TO COMPLY COULD LEAD TO COURT ACTION.

THE SEARCH OF THE 15-STOREY BUILDING WAS MOUNTED IN RESPONSE TO COMPLAINTS FROM OCCUPANTS ABOUT THE DANGERS SHOULD A FIRE OCCUR.

THE 20 OFFICERS, COMMANDED BY HR. LI KWOK-CHOI, DIVISIONAL OFFICER CCOMPLAINTS AND PROSECUTIONS), WER*E SPLIT INTO FIVE TEAMS EACH OF WHICH WAS GIVEN AN AREA TO SURVEY. THE OPERATION BEGAN AT 9.30 A.M. AND CONTINUED TILL LATE AFTERNOON.

FACTORIES SERVED WITH NOTICES MUST EITHER CLUSE OR CHANGE the Product they are manufacturing to something which does not POSE A FIRE RISK.

A NUMBER OF THE HAZARDS WERE PASSED TO THE BUILDING'S INCORPORATED OWNERS' ASSOCIATION FOR ACTION. REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE ASSOCIATION WERE PRESENT THROUGHOUT THE OPERATION.

THE FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU CONDUCTS THOUSANDS OF INVESTIGATIONS EACH YEAR LOOKING FOR FIRE HAZARDS IN BUILDINGS, FACTORIES, CINEMAS AND OTHER PLACES OF ENTERTAINMENT.

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A FIRE SERVICES SPOKESMAN SAID: +WE URGE THE PUBLIC TO REPORT TO US IMMEDIATELY ANY FIRE HAZARDS WHICH THEY SEE.+

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CONSOMER ADVISORY SERVICE

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THE FOLLOW IRQ PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY (FRIDAY) AT SALES ORDER THE RICE CONTCOL SCHEME AND AT THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AND THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEONG SHA WAN, KOWLOON:

SOPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

RICE CONTROL SCHEME

GRADE AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE 1

OF SOPPLY (S/CATTY)

AVERAGE

CHINA RICE

- OLD CROP 9

SEE rt£W - NEW CROP 4 GOOD 2.12

- OLD CROP

S.C. J1£N - NEW CROP GOOD 2.06

PO NGA1 GOOD

CHO CHO ' GOOD

THAI RICE

100% WHOLE GOOD 2.03

10-15% BROKERS GOOD

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD

A1 SOPER . GOOD

WHOLE G-UTINOUS GOOD

O.S. RICE GOOD 1.94

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.92

PAKISTAN RICE GOOD

Taiwan rice GOOD

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SUPPLIES And wholesale prices of marine fish CFMO CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

SPECIES availability OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

HiqH LOW MODE

qOLDEH THREAD GOOD 3.40 2.80 2.30

big-eyes qooD 2. do 0.70 1.80

S^UID NORMAL 4.00 2.20 3.20

hair-tails NORMAL 1.00 0.50 0.75

LIZARD FISHES LIMITED 2.60 1.20 2.20

CROAKERS LIMITED 1.60 1.10 1.40

CONQER-P1KE-EELS LIMITED 1.90 1.40 1.70

melon coat ——

breams NORMAL 3.60 2.30 3.20

yellow belly GOOD 1.70 0.60 1.10

MACKEREuS NORMAL 2.80 2.20 2.50

RED GOAT FISH SCARCE 2.20 1.10 1.50

FORK-TAIL LIMITED 1.70 0.80 1.00

HORSE-HEAD qooD 5.00 2.60 4.00

MELON SEED «••• —•—

POMFRETS SCARCE 9.00 6.50 8.50

qAROUPAS NORMAL 7.oo 5.00 6.00

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SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES CV.M.O. CHEUNG SHA MAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKET)

TYPE OF . VEGETABLE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE CS/CATTY)

HIGH LOW MODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE WHITE CABBAGE CHINESE LETTUCE WATER SPINACH CHINESE KALE STRING BEANS SPRING ONION SPINACH WATER ORESS LEAF MUSTARD CaBBAGE CHINESE SPINACH TOHATO NORMAL GOOD * GOOD GOOD LIMITED GOOD LIMITED limited NORMAL NORMAL LIMITED ' * 1.60 0.50 O.5Q 1.40 1.20 o.ao 1.00 1.00 0.60 1.00 1.60 0.50 0.10 0.10 0.20 0.30 0.20 0.30 0.20 0.20 0.20 0.60 1.20 0.30 0.30 0.60 0.80 0.50 0.70 0.60 0.40 0.60 1.20

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

» CALL SOURCES) 1

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY GOOD

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK C$/P1CUL-L1VE WEIGHT) ' - 305 CAVERAGE)

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 1974.

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SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TO HOLD ANNUAL SPORTS MEET TOMORROW........................................ 1

EXTENSION OF THE CURRENT ANTI-MEASLES CAMPAIGN • 1

LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HELPED OVER 800 PEOPLE TO OBTAIN WORK ............... 2

HOLIDAY POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS.......................... 2

GOVERNOR STRESSES THE NEED FOR SENSIBLE GROUP ACTIVITIES FOR BOYS ................................. 3

PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATES OF COMMENDATION TO PRISON OFFICERS ..................................... 4

PERFORMANCES TO BE STAGED BY PRIZE WINNERS OF THE 10TH SCHOOLS’ DANCE FESTIVAL ........................ 5

PASSING-OUT PARADE OF ASSISTANT IMMIGRATION OFFICERS 6

Issued by Government Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong. Tel: 5-233191

SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 1974

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S.W.D. SPORTS MEET

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT'S CROUP AND COMMUNITY WORK DIVISION WILL HOLD ITS 12TH ANNUAL SPORTS MEET TOMORROW (SUNDAY)•

THE VENUE IS THE SPORTS STADIUM IN BOUNDARY STREET, KOWLOON.’

FIVE HUNDRED MEMBERS FROM THE DIVISION'S 11 COMMUNITY CENTRES, YOUTH CLUBS AND CENTRES AND OTHER UNITS WILL TAKE PART, MOST OF THEM AS COMPETITORS WITH OTHERS HELPING OUT.

. THE DAY'S PROGRAMME CONSISTS OF SOME 45 FIELD AND TRACK EVENTS INCLUDING RELAYS IN WHICH MEMBERS FROM OTHER DIVISIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT AND YOUNG PEOPLE FROM VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS HAVE BEEN INVITED TO COMPETE.

THE HEAD OF THE DIVISION, SENIOR PRINCIPAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER, MR. STEPHEN C.K. LAW, WILL SPEAK BEFORE THE EVENTS START.

PRIZES WILL BE PRESENTED AT THE END OF THE DAY BY URBAN COUNCILLOR HU FA-KUANG.

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A TOTAL OF 5,859 CHILDREN WAS INOCULATED AGAINST MEASLES DURING THE THREE WEEKS ENDING ON APRIL 6 OF THE FIRST ANTIMEASLES CAMPAIGN THIS YEAR.

OF THESE, 1,069 WERE INOCULATED ON HONG*KONG ISLAND, 1,896 IN KOWLOON, AND 894 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE CURRENT CAMPAIGN WHICH BEGAN ON FEBRUARY 18 HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MAY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAID: +THE REASON FOR THE EXTENSION IS THAT WHILE THE RESPONSE TO THE CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN SATISFACTORY, IT IS ADVISABLE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PUBLIC REMAIN AWARE OF THE NECESSITY T0C0NT1NUE WITH OUR PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES.*

HE URGED PARENTS OF SUSCEPTIBLE CHILDREN BETWEEN SIX MONTHS AND FIVE YEARS TO BRING THEIR OFFSPRING FOR INOCULATION AT ANY OF THE DEPARTMENT'S MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRES THROUGHOUT HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

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OVER 800 PEOPLE HELPED TO OBTAIN WORK . M it it M « M

th€ local employment service of the labour department HELPED FIND JOBS FOR 022 PEOPLE DURING THE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS YEAR.

THE HEAD OF THE EMPLOYMENT DIVISION, HR. DONALD CHAN SIU-TUNQ, SAID TODAY THAT OF THE 822 PEOPLE PLACED IN EMPLOYMENT, 239 GOT JOBS IN INDUSTRY, 415 IN COMMERCE, 82 IN GOVERNMENT SERVICE, 43 IN PUBLIC UTILITIES AND 43 IN OTHER ESTABLISHMENTS. '

MR. CHAN ADDED THAT NINE OF THE SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS RECEIVED AN INITIAL SALARY OF $1,000 OR MORE A MONTH= 169 STARTED WORK AT MONTHLY SALARIES OF $600 - $999, AND NEARLY ALL THE REST AT BETWEEN $300 AND $599 A MONTH.

+APART FROM.THE 822 PLACEMENTS,+ MR. CHAN SAID, +THE SPECIAL REGISTER OF THE LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE HELPED 12 GRADUATES TO FIND SUITABLE EMPLOYMENT. THIS SPECIAL REGISTER WAS INTRODUCED AT THE END OF 1973 TO ASSIST GRADUATES OF LOCAL UNIVERSITIES AND HONG KONG STUDENTS IN OVERSEAS UNIVERSITIES AND POST-SECONDARY COLLEGES SEEKING TO RETURN TO HONG KONG FOR EMPLOYMENT.

+MOST OF THE GRADUATES PLACED SO FAR ARE YOUNG'PEOPLE RETURNING FROM THE UNITED STATES, THE UNITED* KINGDOM AND CANADA. EIGHT WERE EMPLOYED AS ENGINEERS OR ASSISTANT ENGINEERS AND THE OTHER FOUR WERE ENGAGED BY THE LEADING BANKS IN ADMINISTRATIVE AND EXECUTIVE POSTS. MOST OF THEM STARTED OFF WITH MORE THAN $1,500 A MONTH AND FIVE OF THEM GOT AMINITIAL SALARY OF $2,000 OR MORE.+

THE LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE PROVIDES FREE FACILITIES TO ASSIST EMPLOYERS AND JOB SEEKERS ALIKE. JOB SEEKERS ARE INVITED TO REGISTER PERSONALLY AT ANY BRANCH OFFICES OF THE SERVICE, BRINGING WITH THEM THEIR IDENTITY CARDS AND A PASSPORT-SIZE PHOTOGRAPH. EMPLOYERS WITH VACANCIES ARE INVITED TO TELEPHONE ANY OFFICE OF THE SERVICE. CHONG KONG 5"282523 EXT. 70 AND 71= KOWLOON 3-680131= SHAM SHUi PO 3-875837= KWUN TONG 3-896539 AND TSUEN WAN 12-426722).

HOLIDAY POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS if H if M if it

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THE POSTMASTER GENERAL ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THERE WILL BE

NO MAIL DELIVERY AND ALL POST OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED ON THURSDAY, APRIL 25, WHICH IS A GENERAL HOLIDAY.

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GOVERNOR STRESSES THE NEED FOR SENSIBLE GROUP ACTIVITIES FOR BOYS » « if if i:- it

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY 11ACLEH0SE, SAID TODAY UHAT BOYS NEEED MOST IS GROUP ACTIVITIES UHICH THEY CAN ENJOY AND WHICH ARE SENSIBLE, CONSTRUCTIVE AND ORGANISED, AND. UHICH OFTEN TAKE THEM OUTSIDE THE CROWDED URBAN AREAS IN WHICH THEY LIVE TO THE MOUNTAINS AND THE BEACHES.

FOR THIS PURPOSE, SIR MURRAY SAID, THE CURRENT NEED IS TO MAXIMISE THE ACTIVITIES OF EVERY RELEVANT ORGANISATION.

THE GOVERNOR WAS ADDRESSING THE ANNUAL ST. GEORGE’S DAY RALLY OF THE SCOUT MOVEMENT HELD AT THE POLICE FOOTBALL GROUND IN BOUNDARY STREET THIS AFTERNOON.

REFERRING TO THE NEW TRAINING CENTRE AT TUNG TSZ, HE SAID : +IT CAN ACCOMMODATE OVER 200 IN CAMP AND A FURTHER 200 IN DORMITORIES. IT COULD BE DEVELOPED TO TAKE TWICE THAT NUMBER BOTH UNDER CANVAS AND IN DORMITORIES.+

SIR MURRAY EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT THE EXISTING CAMP COULD BE USED TU GREATER ADVANTAGE.

THIS COULD BE ACHIEVED IF OFFICIALS OF THE SCOUT MOVEMENT WOULD ALLOW OTHER RESPONSIBLE GROUPS TO BORROW IT WHEN IT IS NOT IN USE, THE GOVERNOR SAID.

FOLLOWING IS THE FULL TEXT OF THE GOVERNOR'S SPEECH ;

MR. PRESIDENT, CHIEF COMMISSIONER, SCOUTS AND SCOUTERS :

+SINCE THE RALLY LAST APRIL MY WIFE AND I VISITED YOUR NEW TRAINING CENTRE. WE SAW PATROLS COMPETING FOR THE CARLTON TROPHY, WE ALSO SAW HOW THEY LOOK AFTfeR THEMSELVES UNDER CANVAS. I WOULD LIKE TO MENTION TWO PARTICULAR IMPRESSIONS.

+F1RST OF ALL, THE SCOUTS WERE REALLY ENJOYING THEMSELVES.

I AM SURE THEY Z1LS0 ENJOY THE MANY OTHER SCOUTING ACTIVITIES UHICH ARE RUN IN THEIR OWN .TROOPS. DO REMEMBER THAT MOST OTHER BOYS WOULD ENJOY THE SORT OF PROGRAMMES SCOUTS HAVE. SO 1 HOPE YOU WILL CONTINUE TO INVITE A FEW BOYS.WHO ARE NOT SCOUTS TO BE YOUR GUESTS SOMETIMES WHEN YOU GO TO CAMP OR TO THE BEACH. IN DOING-THIS YOU WOULD BE MAKING A VERY PRACTICAL CONTRIBUTION TO YOUR COMMUNITY.- PLEASE THINK ABOUT THIS AND SEE UHAT YOU CAN DO.

+MY SECOND IMPRESSION WAS THAT YOUR NEW TRAINING CENTRE AT TUNG TSZ IS GOOD. IT CAN ACCOMMODATE OVER 200 IN CAMP AND A FURTHER 200 IN DORMITORIES. IT COULD BE DEVELOPED TO TAKE TWICE THAT NUMBER BOTH UNDER CANVAS AND IN DORMITORIES, AND 1 AM SURE THAT IT IS YOUR OBJECTIVE TO DO THIS.

+HOWEVER EVEN THE EXISTING CAMP COULD BE USED TO GREATER ADVANTAGE IF YOU ALLOW OTHERS RESPONSIBLE GROUPS TO BORROW IT WHEN YOU ARE NOT USING IT YOURSELVES. 1 HOPE YOUR OFFICIALS WILL THINK ABOUT THIS TOD.

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♦gCOUTING HAS MADE TREMENDOUS STRIDES FROM THE TIME IT WAS FOUNDED BY LORD BADEN-POWELL ALMOST 70 YEARS AGO. IT HAS BECOME A WORLDWIDE MOVEMENT. BUT I BELIEVE MUCH OF THE SUCCESS OF THE SCOUT MOVEMENT HAS RESULTED FROM ITS ABILITY TO ZJJAPT ITSELF TO MEET THE CHANGING NEEDS OF. YOUNG PEOPLE AT ANY PARTICULAR TIME. YOU HAVE MADE QUITE A NUMBER OF SUCH ADJUSTMENTS IN HONG KONG* I HOPE THAT WITHOUT ALTERING THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF SCOUTING YOU MILL CONTINUE TO EXAMINE WHAT THE HONG KONG BOY OF TODAY EXPECTS FROM THE SCOUTING MOVEMENT.

+AS I SEE IT WHAT BOYS NEED MOST IS GROUP ACTIVITIES WHICH THEY CAN ENJOY AND WHICH ARE SENSIBLE, CONSTRUCTIVE AND ORGANISED, AND WHICH OFTEN TAKE THEM OUTSIDE THE CROWDED URBAN AREAS IN WHICH THEY LIVE TO THE MOUNTAINS AND THE BEACHES.

+FOR THIS PURPOSE THE CURRENT NEED IS TO MAXIMISE THE ACTIVITIES OF EVERY RELEVANT ORGANISATION.

+1N THIS I SEE THE SCOUT MOVEMENT PLAYING A VERY MAJOR PART, AND I LOOK TO EVERY TROOP TO SEE WHAT IT CAN DO AND THUS MAINTAIN THE MOVEMENT'S FINE TRADITION OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY.+

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PRISON OFFICERS RECEIVE CERTIFICATES OF COMMENDATION

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PRISON OFFICERS HAVE TO WORK LONG HOURS IN TRYING CONDITlbilS AND ARE SUBJECT TO PRESSURES, MENTAL STRAINS AND STRESSES, FAR BEYOND THOSE EXPERIENCED BY MANY OTHER CIVIL SERVANTS, THE ACTING DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF PRISONS, MR. JAMES CALDWELL SAID TODAY.

SPEAKING AT THE PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATES OF COMMENDATION AT THE STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE IN STANLEY THIS M0RN1NQ, HR. CALDWELL SAID THE NORMAL WORKING DAY OF THE DEPARTMENT REQUIRED CONSTANT VIGILANCE BY STAFF OVER THEIR CHARGES AND THE NEED TO EXEMPLIFY THE DISCIPLINARY CODE OF THE SERVICE BY PERSONAL PRESENTATION AND APPEARANCE.

+THESE ARE THE DAY-TO-DAY NEEDS, BUT OVER AND ABOVE THESE, WE HAVE INSTANCES WHERE MEMBERS OF THE STAFF HAVE PERFORMED ACTIONS ABOVE THE CZiLL OF DUTY.+ HE ADDED.

MR. CALDWELL SAID THIS WAS THE FIRST OCCASION THAT COMMENDATIONS HAVE BEEN PRESENTED PUBLICLY AND IN CERTIFICATE FORM.

ALTOGETHER 12 PRISON OFFICERS WERE AWARDED THESE COMMENDATIONS FOR ACTIONS PERFORMED DURING THE PAST TWO YEARS.

THE ACTIONS INCLUDED THE RECAPTURE OF ESCAPED PRISONERS AND THE DISCOVERY OF ILLEGAL NARCOTICS IN PRISONS.

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PERFORMANCES BY PRIZE WINNERS OF 10fH SCHOOLS’ DANCE FESTIVAL -

THE 10TH SCHOOLS' DANCE FESTIVAL 1974 PRIZE WINNERS' PERFORMANCES WILL BE HELD AT THE CITY HALL CONCERT HALL NEXT MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY.

PRIZES WILL BE PRESENTED DURING THE PERFORMANCES WHICH BEGIN AT 7 P.M. ON THE FIVE DAYS. THERE WILL ALSO BE A MATINEE AT 2.30 P.M. ON THE LAST DAY CSATURDAY3.

THE PERFORMANCES ARE JOINTLY PRESENTED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG AND NEW TERRITORIES SCHOOLS SPORTS ASSOCIATION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE PERFORMANCES COVERED.

PRESS REPRESENTATIVES ARE REQUESTED TO COLLECT THEIR BADGES BEFORE EACH PERFORMANCE. THE badges WILL BE ISSUED AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE CITY HALL CONCERT HALL FROM 6.30 P.M. TO 7.30 P.M. ON APRIL 22, 23,24,26 AND 27 AND FROM 1.30 P.M. TO 2.30 P.M. ON APRIL 27 FOR THE MATINEE.

THE RIGHT HAND BOX IN THE CONCERT HALL HAS BEEN RESERVED FOR MEMBERS OF THE PRESS WHO ARE REQUESTED TO ABIDE BY THE CITY HALL REGULATIONS CONCERNING THE TAKING OF PHOTOGRAPHS.

PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE ADVISED TO BRING ALONG WITH THEM TELEPHOTO LENS IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO TAKE CLOSE-UP SHOTS FROM THE BOX.

DURING THE PRESENTATION OF PRIZES, PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS WILL BE ALLOWED TO TAKE SHOTS NEAR THE STAGE, AFTER WHICH THEY SHOULD RETURN TJ THE BOX. ' ' '

COPIES OF THE PROGRAMMES FOR THE FIVE DAYS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED SEPARATELY IN THE G.l.S. PRESS BOXES THIS AFTERNOON.

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PASS1NQ-0UT PARADE OF ASSISTAMT IMMIGRATION OFFICERS

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TWENTY-THREE ASSISTANT IMMIGRATION OFFICERS, WHO HAVE COMPLETED A FOUR-MONTH INDUCTION COURSE, TOOK PART IN A PASSING-OUT PARADE AT THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT PARADE GROUND THIS morning.

ADDRESSING THE PARADE, LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR SZETO WAI TOLD THE NEW RECRUITS THAT IN ORDER TO LIVE UP TO THE EXPECTATION OF THEIR COLLEAGUES AND SENIOR OFFICERS, THEY MUST BE +AN ARCHITECT* OF THEIR OWN.CAREER DEVELOPMENT.

+T0 GET AHEAD, YOU MUST BROADEN YOUR KNOWLEDGE, DEVELOP A POSITIVE PERSONALITY AND ATTITUDE, AND ASSUME RESPONSIBILITIES BEFORE THEY ARE FORMALLY ASSIGNED TO YOU.

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+ABOVE ALL, YOU MUST ALWAYS BE CONSCIOUS OF THE FACT THAT YOU ARE A PUBLIC SERVANT, AND BE POLITE AND HELPFUL AT ALL TIMES, WITHIN THE LIMITATIONS OF YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES.*

THE OFFICERS, INCLUDING SIX WOMEN, ARE ALL OF MATRICULATION STANDARD.

HR. SZETO SAID THE TRAINING METHOD AND FACILITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT HAD BEEN GREATLY IMPROVED THROUGH THE YEARS.

+THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS HAS ALSO BEEN UPDATED TO MEET THE ■CHANGING ROLE OF A MODERN IMMIGRATION OFFICER. CANDIDATES FOR THE POST OF ASSISTANT IMMIGRATION OFFICER NOT ONLY HAVE TO ATTEND AN INTERVIEW TO ASSESS THEIR INTELLECTUAL, SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR, MATURITY AND MOTIVATION, BUT ALSO HAVE TO PASS A PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSONAulTY TEST.

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+YOU ARE THE FIRST BATCH OF ASSISTANT IMMIGRATION OFFICERS TO BE RECRUITED, TESTED, SELECTED AND TRAINED UNDER THESE NEW TECHNIQUES. AS SUCH, YOUR PROGRESS WILL BE WATCHED WITH GREAT INTEREST BY YOUR COLLEAGUES AND SENIOR OFFICERS,* HE SAID.

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NOTE TO EDITORS: COPIES OF MR. SZETO WAI'S SPEECH WILL BE ---------------- DISTRIBUTED SEPARATELY IN THE G.i.S. PRESS -BOXES THIS AFTERNOON.

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DAILY INFORMATIQOkmiN

TAI WOR PING AND PIPERS HILL INTERCHANGES EXPECTED TO BE READY THIS WINTER K ft ft ft X X X X

TWO LINKED INTERCHANGES, NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT TAI WOR PING AND PIPERS HILL, ARE RAPIDLY TAKING SHAPE AND ARE EXPECTED TO BE READY FOR USE BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE VIADUCT STRUCTURE AT THE TAI WOR PING INTERCHANGE IS NEARING COMPLETION.

AT THE SAME TIME, TAI PO ROAD IS AT PRESENT SPANNED BY MASSIVE STEEL GIRDERS DESIGNED TO SUPPORT THE TWO OVERPASSES AT THE PIPERS HILL INTERCHANGE DURING THEIR CONSTRUCTION.

+ON COMPLETION,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID,+ THE UPPER OVERPASS WILL SWEEP ROUND FROM TAI PO ROAD TO CHING CHEUNG ROAD.+

CONSTRUCTION OF THE TWO INTERCHANGES BEGAN IN THE MIDDLE OF LAST YEAR AT A COST OF SOME $20 MILLION. LOCATED TO THE WEST OF THE LION ROCK INTERCHANGE, THEY FORM PART OF THE MULT I-MILLION DOLLAR KOWLOON FOOTHILLS CORRIDOR ROAD ROUTE LINKING THE INDUSTRIAL CENTRE OF KWUN TONG AND THE CONTAINER TERMINALS AT KWAI CHUNG.

APART FROM ROAD WIDENING WORKS ALONG THE NEU ROUTE TO FORM A TWO-LANE DUAL CARRIAGEWAY, THE ROAD SCHEME COMPRISES INTERCHANGES WITH LINKED PEDESTRIAN FACILITIES TO BE BUILT AT EXISTING ROAD JUNCTIONS.

b TWELVE SUCH PROJECTS ARE INVOLVED IN THE SCHEME, WHICH IS _ . SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION IN 1975.

+AS MORE COMPLETED SECTIONS OF ROAD ALONG THE ROUTE ARE OPENED TO TRAFFIC IN THE COMING MONTHS,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.+ TRAFFIC FLOW • CAN BE EXPECTED TO IMPROVE IN THE AREA.+

HE NOTED THAT THE OPENING OF THE LION ROCK INTERCHANGE HAS GONE A LONG WAY TO ALLEVIATE TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN NORTH KOWLOON.

NOTE TO EDITORS: COPIES OF A PHOTOGRAPH SHOWING A COMPLETED SECTION OF THE VIADUCT AT THE TAI WOR PING INTERCHANGE ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE G.I.S. PRESS ROOM, 6TH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

MONDAY, APRIL 22, 1974

CONTENTS

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NEW ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF LABOUR APPOINTED..... 1

FIRE SERVICES TO TAKE PART IN QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY PARADE............................................... 2

FOURTEEN BUILDINGS IN CENTRAL TO BE' DEMOLISHED..... 3

SECOND SUB-TREASURY OFFICE TO OPEN IN KOWLOON CITY. 4

NEW LIST OF COMMON JURORS POSTED..................... 4

DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR APPLICATIONS FOR WELFARE ACCOMMODATION IN LEI MUK SHUE ESTATE................. 5

EIGHT PER CENT INCREASE IN PENSIONS ANNOUNCED...... 5

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DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

Issued by Government Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong. Tel: 5-233191

MONDAY, APRIL 22, 1974

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NEU POST FOR MR. KNIGHT H * « « if Jt

MR. HORACE KNIGHT HAS BEEN APPOINTED TO A NEWLY-CREATED POST OF ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF LABOUR (INDUSTRIAL TRAINING), TO HEAD THE DEPARTMENT'S ENLARGED INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DIVISION.

THE POST HAS BEEN CREATED FOLLOWING THE RECENT SETTING-UP OF THE HUNG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL, RECOMMENDED BY THE FORMER INDUSTRIAL TRAINING ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

MR. KNIGHT, WHO WAS BORN IN HONG KONG, IS A CHARTERED MECHANICAL ENGINEER UHO STARTED HIS CAREER AS A TECHNICIAN ENGINEERING APPRENTICE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND LATER READ ENGINEERING AT SOUTHAMPTON AND LONDON UNIVERSITIES. HE LECTURED AT THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL COLLEGE AND HONG KONG UNTVEESEIX BEFORE HIS APPOINTMENT IN JUNE 1969 AS SENIOR TRAIimiG OFFICER (APPRENTICESHIP) WITH THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT. IN MARCH 1971, HE WAS APPOINTED HEAD OF THE THEN NEWLY-CREATED INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DIVISION, AND SECRETARY OF THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

HE SAID TODAY THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD ALSO APPROVED ‘ , ADDITIONAL STAFF FOR HIS DIVISION, AND RECRUITMENT TO FILL THE NEW POSTS WAS NOW UNDER WAY.

MR. KNIGHT, WHO IS ALSO SECRETARY TO THE TRAINING COUNCIL, SAID THE ENTIRE NEW STAFF OF HIS DIVISION WOULD CONSIST OF PEOPLE WHO HAD BOTH TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS AND INDUSTRIAL EXPERIENCE. +WE WOULD HOPE TO HAVE ALL THESE NEW TRAINING OFFICERS AT WORK IN A FEW MONTHS' T1ME,+ HE SAID.

THE EXPANDED DIVISION WOULD SERVICE THE ENTIRE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL COMPLEX OF INDUSTRIAL TRAINING BOARDS AND COMMITTEES.

IT WOULD ALSO WORK TO ENCOURAGE AND ASSIST INDUSTRY TO START PROPER TRAINING OF THE TECHNICAL MANPOWER NECESSARY FOR THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF INDUSTRY. AT A LATER STAGE, ITS ACTIVITIES WOULD BE EXPANDED TO INCLUDE THE COMMERCIAL AND SERVICE SECTORS. -

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HE SAID THE COUNCIL WOULD THEN BE IN A POSITION TO ENSURE A COMPREHENSIVE SYSTEM OF TRAINING GEARED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF HONG KONG INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE AS THEY DEVELOPED.

+AuL THE 10 INDUSTRIAL TRAINING BOARDS HAVE NOW BEEN SET UP, AND THEY SHOULD BE IN FULL SWING SOON,+ MR. KNIGHT SAID. +THEY COVER HONG KONG'S MAJOR INDUSTRIES - AUTOMOBILE REPAIRS AND SERV1C1NG= BUILDING AND CIVIL ENGINEERING3 CLOTHING3 ELECTRICAL APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES3 ELECTRONICS3 MACHINE SHOP AND METAL WORKING3 PLASTICS3 PRINTING3 SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIRS3 AND TEXTILES.

+THE BOARDS WILL FORMULATE POLICY ON INDUSTRIAL TRAINING, MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON PARTICULAR INDUSTRIES, INITIATE ACTION TO IMPLEMENT THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS AND EXERCISE A GENERAL SUPERVISORY FUNCTION.

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MONDAY, APRIL 22, 1974

♦THREE OF THE HAIN COMMITTEES - ON TECHNICAL TRAINING IN INSTITUTIONS’ ON APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING’ AND ON VOCATIONAL TRAINING - ARE ALREADY OPERATING, AND A COMMITTEE ON TRANSLATION AND.A COMMITTEE ON INSTRUCTOR TRAINING SHOULD BE SET UP IN THE NEAR FUTURE.*

THE COMMISSIONER OF LABOUR, MR. NEIL HENDERSON, SAID TODAY’ ♦THE CREATION OF THIS NEW POST OF ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER AND THE . expansion and strengthening of .the industrial training division WITH SPECIALLY-QUALIFIED STAFF IS AN INDICATION OF THE IMPORTANCE WHICH THE GOVERNMENT ATTACHES TO THE CONTINUING GROWTH OF . INDUSTRY.

♦WITH THE GROWING SOPHISTICATION OF OUR INDUSTRIALLY-BASED ECONOMY, IT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY THAT WE HAVE AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF TRAINED MANPOWER, BOTH IN TERMS OF QUANTITY AND QUALITY.

♦WITH THE SETTING-UP OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL, THE STRENGTHENING OF THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING SIDE OF LABOUR DEPARTMENT, THE PROJECTED GROWTH IN TECHNICAL EDUCATION FACILITIES AND, HOPEFULLY, A MORE ENTHUSIASTIC RESPONSE FROM INDUSTRY, WE WOULD HOPE TO SEE AN ACCELERATION IN THE PROPER TRAINING OF THE PEOPLE OUR INDUSTRIES NEED.*

NOTE TO EDITORS: COPIES OF MR. KNIGHT'S PHOTOGRAPH ARE

--------------- AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM THE G.l.S.

PRESS ROOM, 6TH FLOOR; BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

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FIRE SERVICES CONTINGENT IN QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY PARADE

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AN ADDED ATTRACTION AT THIS YEAR'S QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY PARADE IN KOWLOON WILL BE THE PARTICIPATION IN THURDAY'S MARCH DOWN NATHAN ROAD OF A CONTINGENT FROM THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THIS IS BELIEVED TO BE THE FIRST TIME THE FIRE SERVICES WILL HAVE TAKEN PART IN THE PARADE.

THE CONTINGENT WILL CONSIST OF A LANDROVER, A

TURNTABLE LADDER, A PUMP, A HYDRAULIC PLATFORM CSNORKEL), A RESCUE ESCAPE AND A LIGHT RESCUE UNIT. EACH APPLIANCE WILL BE MANNED BY TWO MEN.

THE CONTINGENT WILL MOVE INTO NATHAN ROAD AT ABOUT 11 O'CLOCK AND SPLIT INTO TWO COLUMNS OF THREE. THE POSITION OF THE FIRE SERVICES IN THE PARADE WILL BE BEHIND THE MILITARY AND POLICE UNITS, BUT IN FRONT OF THE MASSED PIPES AND DRUMS.

THE MARCH WILL TAKE ABOUT AN HOUR FROM THE TIME OF ENTERING NATHAN HOAD FROM BOUNDARY STREET UNTIL IT TURNS INTO KANSU STREET AND DISPENSES 14 WYLIE ROAD.

PRIOR TO THE MARCH. A PARADE, WILL BE HELD ON THE ARMY POLO GROUND IN BOUNDARY STREET COMMENCING AT 10.30 A.M.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

COPIES OF A PHOTOGRAPH OF SOME OF THE FIRE APPLIANCES THAT WILL TAKE PART IN THE PARADE WILL BE BOXED FOR COLLECTION LATER TODAY.

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, ' 14 BUILDINGS IN CENTRAL TO BE PULLED DOWN

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY DECLARED NOS. 316 AND 330 QUEENS ROAD CENTRAL TO BE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION, AND NOS. 31S-32B, 332-334 QUEENS ROAD CENTRAL TOGETHER WITH N0S.2-B TUNG STREET AS LIABLE TO BECOME DANGEROUS.

THIS GROUP OF 14 BUILDINGS, ALL OF WHICH HAVE REVERTED TO THE CROWN, LIES WITHIN THE URBAN RENEWAL DISTRICT, PILOT SCHEME AREA.

THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THEIR CONDITION HAS BEEN OF CONCERN FOR SEVERAL YEARS, BUT IN VIEW OF THE FACT THAT ALMOST ALL ARE ONLY PARTLY OCCUPIED OR ARE VACANT, AND IT WAS POSSIBLE THAT THE REMAINING OCCUPIERS WOULD VACATE IN THE NEAR FUTURE, IT WAS CONSIDERED EXPEDIENT TO KEEP THEM UNDER OBSERVATION.

A RECENT INSPECTION, HE SAID, HAD REVEALED ACCELERATED DETERIORATION INCLUDING MOVEMENT OF THE FRONT VERANDAH IN NO.31b QUEENS ROAD CENTRAL AND IT WAS CONSIDERED THAT THERE IS NOW A RISK OF FAILURE LEADING TO A COLLAPSE.

A SIMILAR TYPE OF MOVEMENT WAS ALSO1 OBSERVED IN NO.330

QUEENS road central. ___ _ _________—

+THE CONDITION OF THE PARTY WALLS OF ALL THESE BUILDINGS IS SUCH THAT IN THE EVENT OF ONE BEING DEMOLISHED THERE IS A RISK OF FA1L0RE DURING OR AFTER THE OPERATION OF THOSE ADJOINING.

+IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES AND TAKING INTO ACCOUNT A NUMBER OF OTHER DEFECTS SUCH AS BADLY DECAYED TIMBER ACTION MUST NOW BE TAKEN AND THOSE BUILDINGS WHICH ARE OCCUPIED MUST BE CLOSED AND THE WHOlE GROUP DEMOLISHED IN ONE OPERATION,+ HE SAID.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSORE ORDERS FOR NOS.320-332 QUEENS ROAD CENTRAL AND NOS.2, 4 ANB b TUNG STREET WERE POSTED TODAY.

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NEW SUB-TREASURY OPENING SOON IN KOWLOON CITY

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INTERNAL MODIFICATION WORK ON THE OFFICE PREMISES OF A NEW ’• SUB-TREASURY IN KOWLOON IS NEARING COMPLETION AND THE NEW OFFICE SHOULD OPEN FOK BUSINESS SHORTLY. ■ ,

, THIS NEW SUB-TREASURY, WHICH WILL BE THE SECOND TREASURY

' OFFICE IN KOWLOON, WILL OPEN ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF MAN SANG COMMERCIAL. BUILDING AT 346-352, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD NEAR JUNCTION ROAD, KOWLOON CITY.

IT WILL HANDLE ALL THE NORMAL TREASURY FUNCTIONS IN THE COLLECTION OF RATES, PROPERTY TAX, WATER BILLS, FIXED PENALTIES IN RESPECT OF TRAFFIC CONTRAVENTIONS AND ANY OTHER DEMAND NOTES PAYABLE AT THE TREASURY.

IT WILL ALSO MAKE PAYMENTS TO PERSONS WHO PREFER TO USE THIS OFFICE AND SHOULD BE OF PARTICULAR BENEFIT TO CIVIL

' SERVICE PENSIONERS LIVING IN THE AREA.

IT WILL BE CALLED THE KOWLOON CITY SUB-TREASURY. THE PRESENT KOWLOON SUB-TREASURY, SITUATED IN THE KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405, NATHAN ROAD, WILL BE RENAMED THE YAU MA TEI SUB-TREASURY.

THE NEW SUB-TREASURY WILL NOT ONLY ENABLE PEOPLE LIVING IN THE KOWuOON CITY AND NEIGHBOURING DISTRICTS TO PAY GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTS AT THE OFFICE NEAREST TO THEIR HOMES BUT SHOULD ALSO HELP REDUCE CONGESTION AT UTHER TREASURY OFFICES, PARTICULARLY AT THE YAU MA TEI SUB-TREASURY.

THE DECISION TO OPEN A SECOND TREASURY OFFICE IN KOWLOON WAS TAKEN ON THE BASIS OF INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM A SURVEY CARRIED OUT BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF UNIVERSITY UNDER-GRADUATES.

RESULTS OF THE SURVEY SHOWED THAT THERE WAS SUFFICIENT DEMAND TO JUSTIFY ADDITIONAL TREASURY FACILITIES IN THE KOWLOON CITY AREA.

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NEW JURY LIST

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A FURTHER LIST OF COMMON JURORS WILL BE POSTED ON THE NOTICE BOARD NEAR THE LIFT INSIDE THE SOUTH-WEST ENTRANCE OF THE SUPREME COURT BUILDING NEXT MONDAY (APRIL 2y>.

THIS LIST WILL REMAIN POSTED FOR 14 DAYS. DURING THIS PERIOD ANY PERSON MAY APPLY BY NOTICE IN WRITING TO THE REGISTRAR REQUIRING THAT HIS NAME OR THE NAME OF SOME OTHER PERSON BE POSTED OR REMOVED UPON CAUSE DULY ASSIGNED IN SUCH NOTICE.

THE REGISTRAR SHALL IN HIS DISCRETION, POST OR REMOVE SUCH NAME ACCORDINGLY AND SHALL IF NECESSARY ALTER THE LIST.

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ONE WEEK LEFT TO APPLY FOR WELFARE ACCOMMODATION ft ft ft ft ft ft

•" A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TODAY REMINDED

■N VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS THAT THERE WAS ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT FOR THEM TO APPLY FOK SPACE TO OPERATE SERVICES IN THE NEW LEI MOK SHUE ESTATE WELFARE COMPLEX NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

A NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS HAVE ALREADY BEEN RECEIVED, SAID HISS ELLEN CHAN, ASSISTANT SECRETARY CPLANNINGp, BUT SHE HOPED MORE AGENCIES WOULD APPLY SO THAT A COMPREHENSIVE RANGE OF SERVICES COULD BE PROVIDED FOR PEOPLE IN THE ESTATE AND ITS SURROUNDS.

SHE ENVISAGED THAT THESE SERVICES WOULD INCLUDE A LOW-COST CLINIC, A FAMILY PLANNING CLINIC, A LIBRARY AND STUDY ROOMS, Family welfare services, a day nursery, children and youth ACTIVITIES AND OTHER SERVICES TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY.

MORE DETAILS AND APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED BY CALLING MISS CHAN AT 5~773249.

ACCOMMODATION FOR WELFARE SERVICES IN LEI MUK SHUE ESTATE WILL DIFFER FROM THAT PROVIDED IN OTHER HOUSING ESTATES IN THAT . WELFARE ORGANISATIONS WILL BE GIVEN SPACE IN THE LOWER FLOORS OF BLOCKS 1 AND 2 WHILE A SEPARATE BUILDING WILL HOUSE A COMMUNITY HALl.

THE WELFARE PREMISES WILL BE MANAGED BY THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT WHILE THE COMMUNITY HALL WILL BE UNDER THE CHARGE OF THE SUCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

LEI MUK SHUE ESTATE IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION SOMETIME NEXT YEAR AND WILL THEN CONSIST OF 18 RESIDENTIAL BLOCKS. SO FAR,XEIGHT OF THESE HAVE BEEN COMPLETED AND OCCUPIED.


INCREASE IN PENSIONS

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THE FINANCE COMMITTEE HAS APPROVED AN EIGHT PER CENT INCREASE IN PENSIONS WITH EFFECT FROM DECEMBER 1, 1973.

THIS INCREASE WILL BE PAID TO ALL GOVERNMENT PENSIONERS IN RECEIPT OF PENSIONS ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER 1, 1973, AS WELL AS TO OFFICERS RETIRING AFTER THIS DATE, AND WHO HAVE REACHED THE AGE OF 55. _

WIDOWS AND ORPHANS PENSIONS WILL ALSO BE INCREASED BY EIGHT PER CENT WITH EFFECT FROM DECEMBER 1.

PENSIONERS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE INCREASED BENEFITS WILL RECEIVE THEM IN THEIR REVISED PAYMENTS FOR JUNE 1974. ARREARS WILL BE PAID IN AUGUST 1974.

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'' CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE ft ft ft ft ft ft

THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY CMONDAY3 AT SALES UNDER THE PRICE CONTROL SCHEME AT THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AND THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEUNG SHA WAN, KOWLOON:

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE OF RICE CHINA RICE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE CS/CATTY) average

SEE HEW $

- OLD CROP GOOD

- NEW CROP i i 2.12

S.C. JIEN

- OLD CROP 11

- NEW CROP • i 2.06

PO NQAI 11

CHU CHO i i

THAI RICE >

100% WH01-E t i 2.03

10-15* BROKERS i i 2.01

_A1 SUPER EXTRA. i » .

A1 SUPER i • 1.70

WHOLE GLUTINOUS i i

U.S. RICE

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AUSTRALIAN RICE V 1

PAKISTAN RICE i i

TAIWAN RICE t t

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SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH CFrlQ CHEUNQ SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

SPECIES . AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE CS/CATTY)

HIGH LOW MODE

GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 3.30 2.20 2.50

Biq-EYES GOOD 2.60 0.50 2.00

S^UID NORMAL 4.00 2.00 3.60

HAIR-TAILS qood 1.40 0.70 1.20

LIZARD FISHES LIMITED 3.50 1.20 ' 2.20

CROAKERS LIMITED 2.20 O.bO 1.30

CONQER-PIKE-EELS * NORMAL 1.60 1.20 1.50

MELON COAT ——

breams NORMAL 3.50 2.60 3.20

yellow belly GOOD 1.90 0.60 1.60

MACKERELS GOOD 2.90 2.00 2.60

RED COAT FISH NORMAL 0.50 , 0.40 0.45

FUNK-TAIL GOOD 1.50 o.bo 1.20

HORSE-HEAD NORMAL 5.00 2.50 4.00

MELON SEED LIMITED 2.40 1.70 2.00

POHFRETS SCARCE 10.50 d.50 9.00

GAROUPAS NORMAL 6.50 4.50 5.50

YELLOW CROAKER — — 1

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MONDAY, APRIL 22, 1974

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

CV.M.O. CHEUNG TYPE OF VEGETABLE SHA WAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKET) ■K

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE HIGH PRICE C$/CATTY)

LOW MODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE WHITE CABBAGE CHINESE LETTUCE WATER SPINACH CHINESE KALE SPRING ONION SPINACH WATER CRtSS LIMITED good good NORMAL LIMITED GOOD SCARCE LIMITED 1.50 Oe5O O.5O 1,50 1.00 0.70 0.60 1.00 0.50 0.10 0.10 0.30 0.40 0.20 0.40 0.20 1.00 0.30 0.30 1.00 0.70 0.50 0.60 0.60

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE NORMAL 0.50 0.10 0.30

CHINESE SPINACH TUNATO J NORMAL NORMAL 0.60 1.50. 0.20 0.50 0.30 1.00 # **•»

SUPPLIES AVAiuABlulTY pF SUPPLY WHOLESAuE PRICES OF PORK CS/P1CU--L1VE WEIGHT) and WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE CALL SOURCES) GOOD - 305 (AVERAGE)

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COiiTENTS

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GOVERNOi STRESSES IMPORTANCE OF FAmILY PLANNING IN RELATION TO SOCIhL DEVELOPMENT............................... 1

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO MEET TOMORROW ........................ 2

TREE-PLANTING CONSERVATION TOUR FOR TRAINEE TEACHERS ........ 3

INCREASE IN MEMBERSHIP OF REGISTERED TRADE UNIONS ........... 4

TWO LOTS OF RUrtAL CROWN LAkD TU BE PUT ON SALE.............. 4

ENTERTAINMENT FUR YUEN LONG RESIDENTS UN QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY 5

FINANCIAL SECRETARY LEAVES TO ATTEND ANNUAL BOARD MEETING OF

AS Ini'! DEVELOPMENT BANK..............................   5

HONG KONG AFFECTED BY CANADIAN POSTAL STRIKE ............ 6

DEATH SENTENCES COMMUTED ................................ 6

PROVISIONAL APPOINTMENT TU LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL........ 6

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR GOVERNMENT HOUSE GARDEN

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SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS STESSES THE NEED OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PUBLIC ................... U

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DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

Issued by Government Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong. Tel: 5-233191

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IrtPUftTANCE OF FArtILY PLANKIHG UNDERLINED a X X X X X X

THE SUCCESS OF FAMILY PLANNING IN HONG KONG ULTIMATELY DEPENDS ON THE FREE CHOICE AND GOOD SENSE OF PARENTS, THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY HACLEHOSE, SAID TODAY•

♦WE HAVE OUR PLANS FOR MAKING GOOD IN THIS DECADE SOME UF THE DEFICIENCIES OF LIFE THAT RAPID INCREASE IN OUR POPULATION HAS PRODUCED WHETHER IN EDUCATION, HOUSING, SOCIAL SECURITY, HEALTH OR EVEN PUBLIC ORDER.

♦BUT THESE PLANS COULD BE UTTERLY FRUSTRATED BY A NEW EXCESSIVE GROWTH IN POPULATION, WHETHER BY IMMIGRATION OR BY NATURAL INCREASE,* THE GOVERNOR SAID WHEN OPENING THE ilNAUGURAL CEREMONY OF THE FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION’S WORLD POPULATION YEAN PROGRAMME AT THE HILTON HOTEL THIS ' AF TSHNOJN.

SIR MURRAY EMPHASISED THAT THE FACILITIES AND ADVICE TO EhABlE PARENTS TU PLAN AND COnTRUL THE EXPANSION OF THEIR FAMILIES MUST BE HADE AVAILABLE OH A SUFFICIENTLY WIDE SCALE TU ENSURE THAT ALL WHO WISH TO USE THEM CAN DO SO.

HE NOTED THAT THIS -YEAR ALL THE 32 CLINICS IN GOVERNMENT PREMISES FORMERLY OPERATED BY THE F.P.A. WILL BE INTEGRATED INTO THE GOVERNMENT MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH SERVICE, AND ANOTHER FIVE HEW CLINICS WOULD BE DEVELOPED IN OTHER GOVERNMENT CENTRES.

♦THIS WILL ENABLE THE FAmIuY PLANNING ASSOCIATION TO TURN ITS ATTENTION TU NEW AREAS NOT PREVIOUSLY COVERED, AND THUS GNcATuY INCREASE THE SCOPE OF THE SERVICES OFFERED BY BOTH THE ASSOCIATION AND THE GOVERNMENT AND MAKE THEM HORE ACCESSIBLE TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.+

ONCE HONG KONG HAS THE SERVICES TO OFFER ON A SUFFICIENT SCALE, SIR MURRAY SaID, WE COULD PROFITABLY TURN TO THE SECOND STAGE, WHICH WILL BE TO USE EVERY MEANS AVAILABLE TO ENSURE THAT THE BENEFITS THAT SMALLER FAMILIES WIU. BRING ARE HORE WIDELY UNDERSTOOD BY PARENTS.

THE GOVERNOR NOTED THAT THE PROBLEM OF PEOPLE HAS FOR LUNG LAIN AT THE HEART OF MUST SOCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE PkOBlEciS IN HONG KONG*

+WQRLD POPULATION YEAR AND THIS SEMINAR,+ HE ADDED, +G1VE US THE OPPORTUNITY TO FOCUS UH IT, TO CONSIDER ALL ADVICE AND EXPERIENCE AVAILABLE, AND TO REVIEW OUR POLICY.+

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; COPIES OF THE FULL TEXT UF THE GOVERNOR'S ADDRESS ARE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM THE G1S PRESS ROOM, bTH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 2J, 1974

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BUSY DAY FOR LEqCD TOMORROW X X X X X X a’

a VARIETY OF SUBJECTS OF PUBLIC INTEREST WILL. BE DISCUSSED BY Trie LEQloi-ATlVE COUNCIL TOMORROW, INCLUDING THE PROBLEM OF ' APR laAriY SCHOOL. LEAVERS WHO CaNNOT ENTER SECONDARY SCHOOLS, THE WATeri supply situation and the weight uf bread*

THE QUESTION OF SCHOOL LEAVING PRIMARY STUDENTS Wil-L BE ' DnaiSED AT Ine nDJUUriNriENT DEBATE BY THE HON. HILTON CHEUNG-LeEri WHO will. ALSO ASK WHETHER STEPS CAN BE TAKEN TO ENSURE THAT THE CORRECT WEIGHT OF BREAD SOLD TO THE PUBLIC IS CLEARLY INDICATED UN THE PACKAGE.

ON A DIFFERENT SUBJECT, HR. CHEONQ-LEEN WILL ASK ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT'S INTENTIONS REGARDING THE ELIMINATION OF +UNSIGHTLY ADVERTISEMENTS-*- JN WAuLS OF PUBLIC PROPERTY, HILL SLOPES AND L.A11P POSTS. L

TH£ SENIOR UrtuFFiClau iiEHBER, THE HOM. WOO PAK-CHUEd, WILL ASK quVEddHEHT TJ HAKE A STATEMENT 04 THE WATEX SITUATION AUD WHETHER THERE Wluu BE AHY HATlUiHdQ THIS SUrtHER.

QUESTIONS RELATIHQ TO THE BAPTIST COLLEqE’S QUALIFICATION STATUS, AiO THE HEW CUuTUHAL COMPLEX AT TSI 1*1 SHA TSUI WILL BE ASKED BY THE HUH. WiLSCM WaUq.

THE HOd. And TSE—KAI WILL ASK ABOUT THE HUrlBEH OF GATEqORlES UF CIVi- SuHVAHTS dUT EuiqiBuE FOR A PEnSlJrJ UR ALLOWANCE IN i-IEU <jF PEdSiUu. HE Wl»-u ALSU sjUEHY TnE qUVEdd?IE«>iT WHETdEd THE +EXIST-Liq uuw firtXlilU.'i PENALTY* UF L1»000 FUrt SMOKE PUllUTIiM CAUSED BY orilPb WILL BE HA I Set).

Trie HUH. JOYCE SYMONS WluL RAISE THE QUESTION OF ACCIDENTS Caused by mechanical. devices and vehicles provided for entertainment-PURPOSES In AmUSEmENT PARKS AND WHAT FURTHER STEPS WluL BE TAKEN TO PREVENT SUCH ACCIDENTS. SHE WILL ALSU ASK ABOUT THE NUMBER UF SUBMISSIONS AlID RE-SUBMISSIONS OF BUILDING PLANS AWAITING APPROVAL AS WELL AS Tilt NUMBER OF STILL OUTSTANDING APPLICATIONS FOR P£R-/II S3 IOh to commence work.

OTHER QUESTIONS TO BE ASKED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS RELATE TO PuST OFFICE BOXES, PROPOSED UDOS Tri I Au ESTaTES FOR SPECIAL awD uanD-i>«TehS1VE INDUSTRIES, THE DEVELOPMENT OF.FURTHER LICENSED AREAS, Trie POSSIBLE USE UF PRISON LaBUJH FOR RAISING CROPS AND FOR ulVeSTJCK nJSBawDrtY, AND ThE EMPLOYMENT OF CUNSOLTANTS FOR PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS.

IN ADDITION TO THE 14 QUESTIONS FROM UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS, OTHER BUSINESS INCLUDES THE INTRODUCTION OF FOUR NEW BILLS IN COUNCIL-. THESE ARE: THE URBAN COUNCIL (AMENDMENT) BILL, THE INLAND ReVENUE (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL, THE ESTATE DUTY (AMENDMENT) BILL, AhD THE rtEVlSED EDITION UF THE LAWS (AMENDMENT) BILL.

AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER'S BILL — THE CH1LDREN*S PLAYepmiMr> ASSOCIATION (ArieNDriuNT) BluL-WlLL ALSO BE INTRODUCED 1^COUNCIL.

REPORTS TJ Be TAbl-eD INCLUDE THE 1972/73 ANNUAL REPORT OF trie CUrt.-iiSSlUrieR OF PRISONS, AND Trie ANNUAL SUMMARY BY TH-DIRECTOR UF EDUCATION. K 4 i ------0---------

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KEEPING HONG KONQ QUEEN

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TREE-PLANTING TIME IS HERE AGAIN AND THE THEME OF THIS YEAR'S CONSERVATION FIELD DAY 1974 “ FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE TREE PLANTING FESTIVAL. — PLACES SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON THE PROMOTION OF »• CONSERVATION education among trainee-teachers.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY IT WaS HOPED THAT THE BENEFITS TO BE GAINED BY THE TRAINEES WOULD, IN TURN, BE PASSED OnTO SCHOOL. CHILDREN IN FUTURE.

THE PROGRAMME, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT AND EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, HAS BEEN INTRODUCED TO PRIMARY AND SECONDARY STUDENTS FUR MANY YEARS TO GIVE THEM A KEENER APPRECIATION OF THE VALUES OF THE COUNTRYSIDE. PARTICULAR ATTENTION HAS BEEN GIVEN TO THE IMPORTANCE OF VEGETATION AND TO THE PROBLEMS CAUSED BY FIRE EROSION AND LITTER.

TODAY (TUESDAY), 50 STUDENTS FRUm THE nORRlSON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE (DEPARTMENT OF. TECHNICAL TEACHERS AND WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS) TOOK PaRT Im TnE OUTINQ.

THEY FIRST SPENT ABOUT AN HOUR AT GIN DRINKERS' BAY,»KWa1 CHUNG, TO STUDY THE DISPOSAL OF URBAN REFUSE. THE PARTY THEN LEFT FOR THE PINEAPPLE DAM NATURE TRAIL IN SHING HUN, TSUEN WAN, WHERE THEY LEARNED ABOUT THE MULTIPLE USES OF LAND, INCLUDING WATER GATHERING, FORESTRY, OUTDOOR RECREATION AND EDUCATION. THEY ALSU STUDIED THE VARIOUS TYPES OF VEGETATION IN THE AREA.

THE ACTUAL TREE PLANTING ACTIVITIES TOOK PLACE IN THE AFTER-, NOON AT THE SHING MUN FOREST PLANTATION UNDER THE DIRECTION OF EXPERIENCED FORESTERS. THE DAY'S PROGRAMME ENDED WITH A CONSERVATION TOUR VIA FORESTRY ROADS FROM SHING rtUN TO TAI PO KAU.

SIMILAR TREE PLANTING EVENTS HAVE BEEN ARRANGED FOR 160 0

STUDENTS AND LECTURERS OF THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION ON FRIDAY (APRIL 26) AND FOR ANOTHER 160 FROM THE NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION ON JUNE 12.

AN ILLUSTRATED TALK ON ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION BY OFFICERS OF THE AQUICULTURE AND - FISHERIES DEPARTMENT IS ARRANGED FOR ALL 1L PARTICIPANTS BEFORE EACH FIELD DAY In ORDER TU GIVE THEM SOME ADVANCE KNOWLEDGE ON THE SUBJECT.

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT MORE THAN 3,500 TREES WILL BE PLANTED THROUGH THEIR EFFORT.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TREE PLANTING ________Z______ EVENT ON FRIDAY (APRIL 26). PRESS REPRESENTATIVES

SHOULD REPORT TO HR. T.T. LIU AT 9 A.M. SHARP -OH THAT DAY AT THE FOOT OF THE SLOPE LEADING TO TnE GRALTHAH.COLLEGE OF EDUCATION IN GaSCOIGNE-RUaD NEAR THE SOUTH KQWLUON MAGISTRACY BUILDING. THOSE ASSIGNED TO COVER THE EVENT ARE REQUESTED TU GIVE THEIR NAMES TU MR. LIU OF THE EDUCATION} DEPARTMENT AT 5"77b311, EXT. 15b, NUT LATER THAN 12 HOON TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) IN ORDER TU FACILITATE THE ARRANGEMENT OF LUNCH AND TRANSPORT.

TUESDAY, APRIL 2^, 19/4

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MORE JU 14 TRADE UNIONS X X X X X X

THE MEMBERSHIP OF ALL REGISTERED TRADE UNIONS IN HONG KONG REACHED 306,721 AT THE START OF THIS YEAR -- AN INCREASE UF 44,73d OVER THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

TnIS FjQUiid WAS COMPILED FROM DECLARATIONS RETURNED FROM a TUTau ur J4U TRADE UNIONS — 204 EMPLOYEES1 UNIONS, 44 EMPLOYERS1 UNIONS Ai<D 12 MIXED EMPLOYEES AND EMPLOYERS1 UNIONS — WHICH Wd*tE Ou THE REGISTER ON JANUARY 1, 19/4.

ACCORDING TU STATISTICS COMPILED BY THE REGISTRY OF TRADE UNIONS, AS AT Trie. END OF THE FIRST QUARTER THIS YEAR, THESE UNIONS UPERhTED ^3o UNDERTAKINGS FOR THEIR MEMBERS, INCLUDING 75 BRANCHES, 14 SCnOJLS, 45 CLINICS AND 202 BUSINESS UNDERTAKINGS.

THE TOTAL INCOME OF TRADE UNIONS IN 1973 WAS S2d,6d0,2d2, AH INCREASE OF $b,b73,4ld OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAH.

ThiS AmUUhT WAS MADE UP OF ABOUT $9.35 MILLION FROM MEMBERS BY WAY OF SUBSCRIPTIONS AND CONTRIBUTIONS, AND ABOUT $19*33 MILLION from OTHER SOURCES, MAINLY FROM SCHOOLS, CLINICS, DONATIONS, INTEREST FdUrl BANKS aND BUSINESS UNDERTAKING^*

SIX WARNING LETTERS WERE .ISSUED BY THE REGISTRY DURING THE FIRST THREE MONTHS THIS YEAR FOR CONTRAVENTION OF UNION RULES•

THESE WARMINGS WERE ISSUED FOR EXCESS CASH BALANCE, INSUFFICIENT NOTICE FUR CONVENING A GENERAL MEETING, FAILURE TU nJLD ELECTION BY SECRET BALLOT, FAILURE TO HOLD ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Cu.^TlTUi IohALuY, UNCONSTITUTIONAL APPLICATION OF UNION funds, ahd failure to collect fees according to registered roles.

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CROWN LAND SALE X X X X X X

TWO lUTS oF CRUWk u>AiiD 0*< OUTlYINQ ISLANDS WILL BE PUT UP FUR AUCTION EARLY NEXT MONTH.

Trit FHSTLJT IS LOCATED OH HUI WO, LAiiTAU ISLAND, AND IS cakhAHKED rjrt NUri-InDUSTriIAl PUHPOSES.

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Trk. SECUND, SITUATED ON WAI TSAI PEAK, PENG CHAU ISLAND, IS IhIcNDED Fjrt PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT•

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iAJri LOT •iiiASUSES ABOUT 4,000 SQUARE FeET.

THE AUCTION WILL BE HELD AT 10.JO A.M. Ori rtAY 7 IN THE DlSTiiiCT OFFICE CISLAiJDSD Ori THE 4Trt FLOWN OF INTERNATIONAL dUiuOliG, 141 DES VuEUX ROAD CENTRAL, HONQ KONQ.

full, particulars and coho it io. »s of Sale hay be obtained FROM THE »IlW TErtKlTUHlES ADrilNISTNaTION, NO.-iTri KOWlOUN hAQISTRAOY, IaI PU rtUrtD, KOWLOUri AhD AT I He. DISTRICT OFFICES OF YUEN uUhQ, ToUE.i WA*t, TaI PJ, SAl KUnC auD ISLANDS.

SASS PLANS OF THE TWO LUTS CAN ALSU BE INSPECTED ,AT THeSE uFFICeo. n

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TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 197-4

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DAY UF FUN FUR YUEH LUi;G RESIDENTS M M M X M M v

RESIDENTS UF YUEIi LONG WILL BE TREATED TU A SPECIAL PROGRAMME OF ENTERTAINMENT UN THURSDAY (APRIL 25) WHICH IS THE QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, THE YUEN LU**G SPURT ASSOCIATION AND THE ARMY, THE DAY-LONG PROGRAMME IhClUDES FILh SHOWS, CONCERTS, AiiD OPERA, DUG SHOW AND SPORTS COMPETITIONS. )R

THE ENTERTAINMENT STARTS AT 10.30 A.H. WITH FREE FILM SHOWS FOR 4,000 SCriUUL STUDENTS. IN THE AFTER-.GOH, THERE WILL BE A CONCEkT, A CHINESE OPERA AND A CHESS COMPETITION.

Oh THE SPURT1NQ SIDE, THERE WILL BE FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL MATCHES. FOUTBAuL Fans will be able to watch a first DIVISION MATCH BETWEEN YUEN LuNQ AND 46TH GURKHA BRIGADE COMBINED TEAM. THE MATCH STARTS AT 5 P.H. DURING HALF TIME, THERE WILL Bp. • A SKY-DIVING EXHIBITION.

AT 7.JO P.M. THERE WILL BE A POLICE DOG SHOW AT YUEN LUNG STADIUM. MUSIC WILL BE SUPPLIED BY THE PIPES AND DP.UriS OF THE R.H.K.P.F. AND THE 4BTH GURKHA BRIGADE.

LATER IK THE EVENING, THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERR HORIco, nR. DhVID AKERS-JONES WILL HOST A DINNER FUR HURAL LEADERS In THE HEUNG YEE KUK ScC.ONDARY SCHOOL IN YUEN LONG.

MR. AKERS-JONES WILu ALSO PRESENT PRIZES AND SOUVENIRS TU COMPETITORS UF THE VARIOUS SPURTING EVENTS.

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F.S. LEAVES FOR A.D.B. MEETING

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THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE. LEFT FOR KUALA LUMPUR THIS (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON TO ATTEND THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK .

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MR. HADDON-CAVE, WHO IS GOVERNOR FOR HONG KONG ON THE BOARD, WAS ACCOMPANIED BY MR. K.Y. YEUNG, ASSISTANT ECONOMIC SECRETARY, AND MR. A.D. OCKENDEN, COMMISSIONER OF BANKING.

THE DELEGATION HOPES TO SECURE FURTHER LOANS FROM THE S1 ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK FOR SELF-LIQUIDATING PROJECTS.

THE CONFERENCE BEGINS ON THURSDAY (APRIL 25) AND CLOSES ON SATURDAY, AFTER WHICH THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY WILL PROCEED ON LEAVE, ACCOMPANIED WITH MRS. HADDON-CAVE.

MR. YEUNG AND MR. OCKENDEN ARE DUE TO RETURN TO HONG KONG ON SUNDAY.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 1974

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HUNG KONG AFFECTED BY CANADIAN POSTAL STRIKE X X X X * X

THE PUSIHASTER GENERAL ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT DUE TO A POSTAL STRIKE THROUGHOUT CAiiADa, THE CANADIAN POSTAL ADMINISTRATION IS UNABLE TU ACCEPT A1R-HAIL CORRESPONDENCE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

members of the public are therefore ASKED NOT TU POST LETTERS UR PARCELS BY AIR FUR DESTINATIONS IN CANADA.

THE POSTmASTEk GENEkAL SAID IT MUST BE EXPECTED THAT BOTH SURFACE A.*D AIR-NAIL CORRESPONDENCE ARRIVING in CANADA DURING THE PASI FEW DaYS WILL BE SUBJECT TU DELAY IN DELIVERY.

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DEATH SENTENCES COMMUTED

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THE GOVERNOR, AFTER TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE ADVICE UF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAS DECIDED THAT*THE DEATH SENTENCE PASSED UH MAY 3. 1973 ON WAN MUI-MUI BE COMMUTED TO A TERM UF 23 YEARS' IMPRISONMENT AND THE DEATH SENTENCES PASSED ON CHAU 1 CHEUK-YIN, LAl Fai AuD LIU SIH-SHUN SHOULD BE COMMUTED TO A TERM OF 22 YEARS' IMPRISONMENT IN EACH CASE.

CHAU, LAI, WAN AND LIU WERE FOUND GUILTY OF THE MURDER OF CHaN KWOK—CHEONG*

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PROVISIONAL LEGCO APPOINTMENTS

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MR. H.M.G. FORSGATE AND

MR. KENNETH LO HAVE BEEN APPOINTED PROVISIONAL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL DURING THE ABSENCE FROM HONG KONG OF THE HON. G.M. SAYER AND HON. LEE QUO-WEI.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 2J, ly'M

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FUR GARDEN PARTY X X X X X *

A NUMBER UF TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED ON THURSDAY tAPrtlL Zip AFTERNOON TO ASSIST GUESTS ARRIVING AND DEPARTING FnUn GOVERNMENT HOUSE DURING A GARDEN PARTY TU CELEBRATE THE UUEcm’S birthday.

BETWEc.il J.JO P.rt. AND 5.30 P.rt. THE SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM ROBImSUN RUAD TO ALBANY ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TU ALL TRAFFIC. THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF ARBUTHNOT ROAD, FP.Un ITS JUNCTION WITH WYNDHAM STREET, WILL aLSU BE CLOSED To All TkaFFIC WITH TiiE EXCEPTION OF FRANCHISED BUSES.

A SPOKESMAN FUR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT All EASTBuU.iD TRAFFIC Oh CAINE ROAD WILL TURN LEFT INTO ULD BAIlEY STNEci, APART FriUri FLAG CARS, LABELLED CARS, FRANCHISED BUSES AND GOODS VEHICLES OVER TWO TONS.

ALw TRAFFIC, ENTERING UPPER ALBERT ROaD FROM GLENEALY, WILL TURN LcFT, AND PROCEED BY WAY OF ARBUTHNOT ROAD3 AND ALL EASTBUUND TRAFFIC UN WYNDHAM STREET, WILL TUP.N LEFT DOWN WYNDHAM STREET, AT ITS JUNCTION WITH LOWER ALBERT RUAD.

NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC ON GLENEALY, WILL TURN RIGHT AT ITS JUNCTION WITH WYhDHAH STREET.

CARS CARRYING GUESTS MAY ENTER GOVERNMENT HOUSE BY THE MAIN GATE AND AFTER PASSENGERS HAVE ALIGHTED THE CARS MUST LEAVE BY THE EAST GATE.

TU ASSIST WITH THE TRAFFIC FLOW AND TU PROVIDE PARKING FACILITIES FUk GUESTS, THE EXISTING PARKING SPACES IN WYNDHAM STrtEET= THE SLIP ROAD BETWEEN UPPER ALBERT AND LOWER ALBERT ROADS" LOWER ALBERT RUAD3 THE SLIP P.OaD TU THE SUUTH UF THE UNITED STATcS CONSULATE3 AND THc. KENNEDY ROAD CAR PARK, UNDER COTTON TREE DRIVE, WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 1 P.rt. ^^^LINTIL 5.30 P.H.

THE FOLLOWING PARKING FACILITIES WILL BE AVAILABLE TO GUESTS. CANS BEARING RED GOVERNMENT HOUSE LABELS WILL ——EE PERMITTED TU PARK.IN THE FORECOURT AND THOSE WITH WHITE ' LABELS ON THE TENNIS COURTS. CARS BEARING BLUE LABELS SHOULD PARK AT THE UNITED STATES CONSULATE COMPOUND3 THE SLIP ROAD TO THE SOUTH OF THE CONSULATE3 THE SLIP ROAD BETWEEN UPPER ALBERT AND LOWER ALBERT ROADS3 LOWER ALBERT ROAD3 OR THE KENNEDY RUAD CAR PARK.

CARS BEARING NO OFFICIAL LABELS WILL BE PERMITTED TO PARK IN THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES CAR PARKS.

THE CHINA MOTUrt BUS COMPANY WlLu OPERATE A SPECIAL BUS SERVICE BETWEEN THE STAR FERRY AND GOVERNMENT HOUSE FROM j.ju P.m. TU j.ju P.rt.

THE SPOKESMAN APPEALED TU MOTORISTS TU AVOID THE GENERAL ARSA UF GOVERNMENT HOUSE BETWEEN J.JO P.M. AHO J.JO P.M.

• UN THURSDAY, UNLESS THEIN JUURhEY IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.

TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 1974

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LET’S HOT BE STRANGERS URGES HR. BRAY

HONG KONG CANNOT AFFORD TO BE A CITY OF STRANGERS, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, HR. DENIS BRAY, SAID TODAY.

+WE HAVE TO DEPEND ON EaCH OTHER, AND THAT GOES FOR THE GOVERNMENT AS HUGH AS FOR THE ORDINARY CITIZEN, + HE TOLD A MEETING uF the kiwanis club.

SOMETIMES, HE SAID, HE SUSPECTED THAT HONG KUNG’S SOCIETY HaD BECJriE SU COMPETITIVE, AND SU IMPERSONAL THAT THE I NS TI NC'r OF THE ORDINARY CITIZEN IS TO WITHDRAW COhPLETz.lY INTO HIMSELF AND TU DISPENSE WITH 1 lib OF ANY KIND EXCEPT WITH HIS CLOSEST RRuATIV-SS. +Wc MUST FIGHT THaT INSTINCT, + HE STRESSED.

HE ADDED: +1 HOPE WE HAVE HADE IT ABUNDANTLY CLEAR IN RECENT YEARS THAT WE WANT TU C0HHUH1CATE, THAT WE DESPERATELY NEED TO COMMUNICATE. AND 1 DRAW COnFORT FROM THAT UNMISTAKABLE EVIDENCE THAT THE PUBLIC RECIPROCATE THIS DES IRE.+

HR. B.xAY FELT THAT UNE UF THE HOST PROMISING AVENUES FOR DEVELOPING CONTACTS BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PEOPLE In A HEaNInGFUL WAY IS THROUGH THE COhhUhITY centres.

SEVERAL SUCH CENTRES ALREADY EXIST AND HAVE BEEN FUNCTIONING FOR YEARS, FULFILLING A ROLE EQUIVALENT TU THE ’VILLAGE HALL* IN THS SMALLER AUD MORE CLOSELY-KNIT RURAL COMMUNITY, HE NOTED.

TURNING TO COMMUNITY LIFE IN URBAN AREAS, HR. BRAY SAID: +1T IS IN THE OLDER AREAS THAT THE REGIONALISATION OF THE DIRECT contacts between the administration and the community is being STRENGTHENED by THc APPOINTMENT OF CITY DISTRICT OFFICERS, COhMU.HTY YOUTH OFFICERS, URBAN SERVICES OFFICERS, PUL ICE COMMUNITY RELATIOi4S OFFICERS.

AS TU THE FUTURE, HE SaID THAT IT NIGHT WELL BE THAT OTHER ASPECTS JF ADMINISTRATION REQUIRING DIRECT CONTACT WITH THE PEUPx-c. MIGHT huSO BE DEAuT WITH hl THIS WAY.

+THERE IS NO DOCTRINE UR POLICY ABOUT THIS BUT WHAT HAS MADE SENSE IN SEVERAL FIELDS ALREADY HAY WELL EMERGE AS SENSE IN OTHERS, FUR INSTANCE PERHAPS IN RECREATION AND SPORT+, HE ADDED.

NOTE TU EDITORS: COPIES UF THE FULL TEXT OF HR. BRAY’S SPEECH ARE BOXED FUN COLLECT!JR.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 1974

CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE

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" THE FOLLOW 1 HQ PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY CTUESDAY) AT SALES UNDER THE RiCE CONTROL SCHEME AND AT THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AND THc. FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEUNG SHA UAH, KOWLOON:

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE OF RICE CHINA RiCE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE average PR1CEC$/CATTY)

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- OLD CROP . GOOD

- HEW CROP GOOD 2.12

S.C.JiEN

- Old crop GOOD

- NEW crop GOOD 2.06

Pu NQA1 GOOD

CHU CHO GuOD

THAI RICE *

100% WHOLE GOOD 2.03

10-15% BROKERS GOOD 2.01

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.90

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.70

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD

U.S. RICE GOOD 1.94

AUSTRALIAN HlGE GOOD •w

PAKISTAN RICE GOOD /

TAIWAN RICE GOOD

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SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE^PRICES OF MARINE FISH CFMO CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

SPECIES AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE CS/CATTY) HIGH LOW MODE

1 1 k GOLDEN thread BiG-£YB* SQUID hair-tails LIZARD FISHES CROAKERS CONQEK-PIKE-EELS rtELUU COAT BREAMS YELuOW 3ELLY rtACKERELS RED QUAY FISH FORK-TAIl. rtORSE-HEAD ME LOH SEcD POmFRETS QAROUPAo YEllOW croaker GOOD GOOD NORMAL GOOD NORMAL NORMAL NORMAL NORMAL GOOD GOOD NORMAL LIMITED NORMAL ' LIMITED SCARCE NORMAL 3.70 2.40 4.00 1.60 3.oo 2.30 1.70 3.50 2.00 3.20 0.90 1.40 5.00 2.40 ' 9.00 ‘ 7.50 2.50 0.60 2.00 0.60 1.50 1.00 1.20 2.50 0.50 2.70 0.40 0.60 2.50 1.40 d.5O 5.00 3.00 1.60 3.50 1.10 2.00 1.60 1.50 3.00 1.50 3.00 0.60 1.00 4.00 2.00 a.ao 6.00

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TUESDAY, APRIL 23, .1974

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

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UNOFFICIAL LEGCO MEMBER EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER FUTURE OF SCHOOL DROP-OUTS .................. 1

SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS SAYS PROPER PLACE OF CHILDREN AGED 12-14 IS AT SCHOOL ............ 3

EXEMPTION LIMIT ON ESTATE DUTY TO BE RAISED ..... 5

ONE BILL PASSED IN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY .... 5

SELLING ITEMS UNDER FALSE OR MISLEADING MARKINGS IS AN OFFENCE................................ 6

FOUR CATEGORIES OF CIVIL SERVANTS ARE NOT ELEGiBLE FOR PENSIONS ................................ 7

PUBLIC WILL BE CONSULTED ON PROPOSED CULTURAL COMPLEX 8

STIFFER FINES IN THE OFFING FOR SHIPS CAUSING SMOKE POLLUTION.................................... 8

USE OF PRISON LABOUR EXPLAINED .............. 9

POSSIBILITY OF WATER RATIONING THIS SUMMER RULED OUT 9

UNSIGHTLY POSTERS ARE PROMPTLY REMOVED WHEN REPORTED 10

MORE THAN 3,600 ON WAITING LIST FOR POSTAL BOXES 10 J

CONTROLS ON AMUSEMENT DEVICES AND VEHICLES ADEQUATE. 11

MORE LICENSED AREAS WILL BE BUILT THIS YEAR . 11

39 CONSULTANTS CURRENTLY ENGAGED BY PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT................................................ 12

SIX POTENTIAL SITES EARMARKED FOR INDUSTRIAL ESTATES 12

LATE TAXPAYERS WILL HAVE TO PAY HIGHER SURCHARGE UNDER NEW BILL............................................ 13

BAPTIST COLLEGE QUALIFICATION STATUS AMENDED ......... 14

PRINCE EDWARD ROAD IS TO BE PARTIALLY CLOSED FOR SIX WEEKS................................................. 15

GOVERNOR’S MESSAGE TO H.M. THE QUEEN ON HER BIRTHDAY 15

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DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

Issued by Government Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong. Tel: 5-233191

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 1974

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UNOFFICIALS CONCERNED OVER FUTURE OF SCHOOL DROPOUTS CRASH PROGRAMME FOR OCCUPATIONAL TRAINING URGED

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THE HON. HILTON CHEONQ-LEEN TODAY CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO INTRODUCE A CRASH PROGRAMME OF OCCUPATIONAL TRAINING AND TO PROVIDE MEANINGFUL ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNGSTERS FAILING TO RECEIVE SECONDARY EDUCATION.

LEADING AH ADJOURNMENT DEBATE AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON +PR1MARY SCHOOL LEAVERS WHO CANNOT ENTER SECONDARY SCHOOLS,* MR. CHEONG-LEEH EXPRESSED GRAVE CONCERN OVER THE ISSUE WHICH HE DESCRIBED AS +A MAJOR SOCIAL PROBLEM HAVING TO DO WITH LAW AND ORDER AND THE SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF OUR PEOPLE.*

HE STRESSED THAT WITH THE UPSURGE IN VIOLENT CRIMfe AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE, COUPLED WITH INFLATION AND RISING PRICES, IT WOULD SEEM ONLY PRUDENT THAT +WE DEFINE OUR MAJOR PRIORITIES THIS YEAR TO INCLUDE THE CARING FOR EVERY ONE OF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO CANNOT CONTINUE THEIR SECONDARY EDUCATION BUT WHO ARE SO HEARTLESSLY EXPOSED TO ILLEGAL INFLUENCES WHICH WILL TURN THEM INTO CRIMINALS WITHIN OUR SOCIETY.*

THE LONG-TERM SOLUTION WOULD DE THE PROVISION OF THREE YEARS OF UNIVERSAL SECONDARY EDUCATION. BUT HE SAID THIS POSSIBILITY WAS STILL MANY YEARS AWAY.

AS AN INTERIM MEASURE, HE PROPOSED A CRASH PROGRAMME IN THE SETTING UP OF OCCUPATIONAL TRAINING COURSES FOR THOSE PRIMARY SCHOOL LEAVERS WHO WISHED TO CONTINUE SCHOOLING, BUT COULD NOT FIND A SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACE.

THESE COURSES COULD BE ORGANISED IN EACH C.D.O. DISTRICT, IN UNDER-UTILISED CLASS-ROOMS AND WORK-SHOPS, IN COMMUNITY AND YOUTH CENTRES, IN KA1FOMQ ASSOCIATION PREMISES, AND OTHER SUITABLE PLACES.

+THE COURSES SHOULD BE FULL-TIME DURING THE DAY FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT WORKING SO AS TO KEEP THEM OFF THE STREETS, AND AT NIGHT FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DAY-TIME JOBS. THE CURRICULUM WILL HAVE TO BE A C.OOD BALANCE BETWEEN GENERAL EDUCATION AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING, KI ORDER TO MINIMISE LOSS OF NTEREST HALF-WAY DURING THE COURSES. THE FEES TO ATTEND THESE COURSES SHOULD BE REASONABLE, BUT PROVISION OUGHT TO BE MADE FOR A FLEXIBLE SYSTEM OF FEE REMISSION FOR DESERVING CASES,* HE SUGGESTED. *

FOR YOUNGSTERS WHO WILL NOT BE CONTINUING THEIR SECONDARY EDUCATION AT ALL, MR. CHEONG-LEEN ENVISAGED THE FULL-SCALE MOBILISATION OF THE RECREATIONAL AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES WITHIN EACH C.D.O. DISTRICT, AIMING TO KEEP THEM INVOLVED IN MEANINGFUL ACTIVITY AND AWAY FROM THE INFLUENCE OF TRIAD GANGS AND OTHER CRIMINAL ELEMENTS.

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HE FELT THAT THIS WAS THE AREA WHICH CALLED FOR URGENT, CONCENTRATED AND INNOVATIVE PLANNING At® ACTION, PARTICULARLY BY THE HOME AFFAIRS AND SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENTS, IN ORDER TO PROVIDE COMMUNITY ORIENTED ACTIVITY FOR THE ESTIMATED 20,000 YOUNGSTERS WHO WILL NOT ENTER SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

HE SAID IT WAS ALSO AN AREA WHERE THE URBAN COUNCIL, THE KA1F0NG ASSOCIATIONS, THE AREA COMMITTEES, THE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES COULD, ALL IN A WELL CO-ORDINATED EFFORT, PLAY A CONSTRUCTIVE AND COMMUNITY-BUILDING ROLE.

TOUCHING ON THE FIGURE OF 20,000 SCHOOL LEAVERS, HE SAID THERE WAS AS YET NO REASONABLY ACCURATE ESTIHATE OF WHAT THE NUMBER WOULD BE THIS YEAR.

HE SUGGESTED THAT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SHOULD ENLIST THE CO-OPERATION OF ALL PRIMARY SCHOOL PRINCIPALS, REQUESTING THEM TO FURNISH THE DEPARTMENT DY THE END OF SEPTEMBER OR H1D-0CT0BER WITH A LIST OF THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF ALL PRIMARY SCHOOL-LEAVERS WHO CANNOT CONTINUE WITH THEIR EDUCATION.

BY WAY OF SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION, THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF PRIMARY 5 AND 6 DROP-OUTS COULD ALSO BE SUPPLIED TO THE DEPARTMENT BY EACH PRIMARY SCHOOL OE A MONTHLY OR QUARTERLY BASIS.

HE ATTACHED GREAT IMPORTANCE TO GETTING THE INFORMATION IN TIME AND DEPLOYING THE COMBINED EFFORTS OF THE GOVERNMENT AND THE COMMUNITY IN COMING TO GRIPS WITH THE PROBLEM.

♦FOR MANY YEARS ALREADY WE HAVE SEEN THIS PROBLEM MOUNTING IN SERIOUSNESS AND INTENSITY. WE HOPE THIS YEAR IT WILL NOT REACH THE BOILING POINT WHERE THE LID CAN BE BLOWN OFF THE TOP, ASSUMING THAT QUICK AND AMPLE MEASURES ARE TAKEN TO TAKE SOME OF THE HEAT OUT OF THE PROBLEM.

♦WARNINGS FROM DIFFERENT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS HAVE BEEN INCREASING LATELY ON THE GROWING INVOLVEMENT BY YOUNG PEOPLE IN VARIOUS FORMS OF CRIME, SUCH AS ROBBERY, RAPE, TRIAD ACTIVITY, GANG FIGHTS, CHOPPER ATTACKS At® MURDER.♦

MR. CHEONG-LEEN SAID HE BELIEVED THAT THE EDUCATION AND HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENTS WERE AWARE OF THE PUBLIC CONCERN, AND WERE CONSIDERING VARIOUS PLANS TO MEET THE SITUATION. +THE QUESTION IS: WILL THESE PLANS BE TOO EXPERIMENTAL OR LIMITED IN SCOPE THIS YEAR SO THAT THEY CANNOT FULLY GET TO GRIPS WITH THE PROBLEM IN ALL ITS HAGNITUDE7+

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PROPER PLACE FOR CHILDREN AGED 12-14 IS AT SCHOOL NO REAL SUBSTITUTE FOR EDUCATION SAYS MR. BRAY *«««#««

A NUMBER OF SCHEMES, WHICH COULD BE ADAPTED TO THE PROBLEM OF SCHOOL DROPOUTS, IS BEING EXAMINED BUT +THE ONLY SATISFACTORY SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM IN THE LONGER TERM IS TO PROVIDE SCHOOL PLACES FOR ALL THE CHILDREN CONCERNED,* THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON. DENIS BRAY, SAID TODAY.

+THE PROPER PLACE FOR THESE CHILDREN IS AT SCHOOL,* HE STRESSED IN HIS REPLY TO COMMENTS MADE BY THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN DURING THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON ’PRIMARY SCHOOL LEAVERS WHO CANNOT ENTER SECONDARY SCHOOLS.*

MR. BRAY VIEWED THE PROBLEM AS A RESIDUAL ONE — THAT IS ONE OF DEALING WITH WHAT IS LEFT AFTER DECISIONS ARE TAKEN ON SECONDARY EDUCATION.

+BUT WHATEVER IS DONE ABOUT SECONDARY EDUCATION EXPANSION,* HE SAID, +WE SHALL HAVE SOME CHILDREN AGED 12-14 WHO ARE NOT AT SCHOOL.*

MR. BRAY SAID AT FIRST HE BELIEVED THAT SOME TYPE OF SERVICE COULD BE DEVISED AND PROVIDED QUICKLY AS A SORT OF SUBSTITUTE FOR EDUCATION.

♦WE HAVE LOOKED AT SEVERAL IDEAS BUT WE CAN NOW SEE THAT THERE IS REALLY NO SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM. CHILDREN SHOULD BE AT SCHOOL,* HE STRESSED.

WHILE THE SCHEMES BEING CONSIDERED WERE GOOD IN THEMSELVES AND WERE WORTH DOING, +LET US NOT PRETEND THERE IS AN ESCAPE FROM THE BASIC FACT THAT THERE IS NO REAL ALTERNATIVE TO SCHOOLING FOR CHILDREN OF THIS AGE,* HE SAID.

+IF WE COULD SET UP A CRASH PROGRAMME OF FULL TIME OCCUPATIONAL TRAINING COURSES WE COULD PROVIDE SCHOOL PLACES,* HE SAID. +IF WE DO NOT PROVIDE SCHOOL PLACES THEN THESE CHILDREN WILL HAVE TO FACE LIFE AS BEST THEY CAN ON AN EDUCATION THAT STOPS DEAD AT THE AGE OF TWELVE.*

MR. BRAY NOTED THAT IF THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH SCHOOL PLACES THEN RESOURCES OF BUILDINGS OR STAFF OR MONEY ARE INSUFFICIENT. YET ANY OTHER SIMILAR SERVICE FOR THESE CHILDREN REQUIRED BUILDINGS AND STAFF AND MONEY OF VERY MUCH THE SAME SORT.

+IF WE CAN PRODUCE MORE RESOURCES WE CAN PRODUCE MORE SCHOOL PLACES,* HE ADDED. +IF WE CANNOT PRODUCE MORE SCHOOL PLACES WE CANNOT PRODUCE SCHOOL TYPE SERVICES.*

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MR, BRAY AGREED WITH MR. CHEONG-LEEN THAT MORE STATISTICAL INFORMATION WAS REQUIRED ABOUT THE SIZE OF THE PROBLEM THOUGH EVEN THIS WAS NOT EASY TO PIN DOWN IN BETWEEN CENSUS YEARS. THE GOVERNMENT, HE SAID, WOULD CONSIDER AGAIN WHETHER IT WAS LIKELY TO GET THE INFORMATION FROM PRIMARY SCHOOLS.

ONE IDEA MR. BRAY LIKED WAS TO OFFER CHILDREN NOT AT SCHOOL A CHANCE TO GO TO A CAMP DURING TERM TIME WHEN THE CAMPS ARE SLACK. +IF SUCH A SCHEME DID NOTHING ELSE IT WOULD GIVE THESE CHILDREN SOME FUN WHICH THEY WOULD NOT OTHERWISE GET,+ HE SAID.

ANOTHER APPROACH HE FAVOURED WAS A REACHING-OUT SCHEME. THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WAS ALREADY CONDUCTING A PILOT PROJECT ALONG THESE LINES IN CHAI WAN AND DOOR TO DOOR VISITS WERE PAID TO SELECTED HOUSEHOLDS TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE, THEIR PROBLEMS, NEEDS AND THE SERVICES THAT SHOULD BE PROVIDED.

OVER 5,000 HOMES HAVE SO FAR BEEN VISITED IN THE COURSE OF THE SURVEY WHICH STARTED TWO MONTHS AGO. THE ANALYSIS WILL TAKE ABOUT A YEAR TO COMPLETE.

HAVING IDENTIFIED THE CHILDREN, MR. BRAY SAID, THE NEXT STEP WOULD BE TO DECIDE WHAT TO DO WITH THEM IN THE PERIOD UNTIL SCHOOL PLACES COULD BE PROVIDED.

ONE OF THE PROJECTS UNDER CONSIDERATION, HE WENT ON, WAS THE PROVISION OF HANDICRAFT CLASSES IN WELFARE CENTRES AND THE LIKE. THE AIM WAS NOT TO PROVIDE APPRENTICESHIP OR PRE-VOCATIONAL TRAINING BECAUSE THE CHILDREN ARE STILL VERY YOUNG, BUT TO GIVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK UNDER GUIDANCE WITH THE SORT OF TOOLS AND MATERIALS THAT MAY BE USEFUL TO THEM IN EARNING A LIVING LATER IN LIFE, HE EXPLAINED.

THE ASSOCIATION OF BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS WAS ALREADY RUNNING SEVEN HANDICRAFT PROGRAMMES FOR CHILDREN AGED BETWEEN EIGHT AND 14, AND HE BELIEVED IT WOULD BE PRACTICAL TO PROVIDE SIMILAR FACILITIES AT 10 MORE CENTRES AND THAT IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE TO FIND RESOURCES FOR THIS.

ON THE WIDER ASPECT OF CARING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE, MR. BRAY SAID, THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT HAD ENDORSED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A COMMUNITY RECREATION AND SPORTS SCHEME. THE SCHEME IS NOW BEING CONSIDERED BY THE SECRETARIAT.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 1974

HIGHER EXEMPTION LIMIT FOR ESTATE DUTY

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THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. DAVID JORDAN, TODAY TABLED A NEW BILL AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, SEEKING TO RAISE THE EXEMPTION LIMIT FOR ESTATE DUTY FROM $200,000 TO $300,000.

KNOWN AS THE ESTATE DUTY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1974, IT SEEKS TO IMPLEMENT ONE OF THE TAX RELIEF PROPOSALS MADE BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, IN HIS BUDGET ‘” SPEECH LAST FEBRUARY.

IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, MR. JORDAN SAID THE INTENTION WAS TO PROVIDE THAT NO ESTATE DUTY WOULD BE LEVIED ON ESTATES WORTH UP TO $300,000 IN RESPECT OF ESTATES OF PERSONS DYING AFTER APRIL 1, THIS YEAR.

THIS WOULD BE DONE BY ADDING A NEW SCHEDULE TO THE ORDINANCE, IN WHICH THE PRESENT FIRST PLATFORM PROVIDING FOR DUTY AT FIVE PER CENT ON ESTATES VALUED BETWEEN $200,000 AND $300,000 WOULD BE XttKSED. - THE RATES OF DUTY WOULD REMAIN UNCHANGED FOR ESTATES VALUED OVER $300,000.

FOR ESTATES WORTH ONLY MARGINALLY MORE THAN THE $300,0000, THE EXISTING PROVISION FOR MARGINAL RELIEF IN SECTION 32 OF THE ORDINANCE WOULD CONTINUE TO APPLY, HE ADDED.

DEBATE ON THE MOTION WAS ADJOURNED.

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BILL PASSED IN LEGCO K M M M M

ONE BILL, THE STREETS (ALTERATION) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1974, WAS PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

FOUR OTHER BILLS HAD THEIR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS. THEY WERE THE URBAN COUNCIL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1974= THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1974= THE ESTATE DUTY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1974 AND THE REVISED EDITION OF THE LAWS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1974.

AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER'S BILL, THE CHILDREN'S PLAYGROUND ASSOCIATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1974, ALSO RECEIVED ITS FIRST AND SECOND READINGS.

ALSO TABLED IN THE COUNCIL WERE THE ANNUAL SUMMARY THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION FOR THE YEAR 1972/73 AND THE ANNUAL REPORT BY THE COMMISSIONER OF PRISONS FOR. THE YEAR 1972/73*

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THE ONLY WAY TO ENSURE THAT THE CORRECT WEIGHT IS SHOWN ON A WRAPPED LOAF OF BREAD IS TO REQUIRE THIS TO BE DONE BY LEGISLATION, THE DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. JAMES MCGREGOR, SAID TODAY.

IT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE, HE ADDED, TO APPLY SUCH A RULE TO UNWRAPPED BREAD, THE SALE OF WHICH IS DONE BY VERBAL CONTRACT.

MR. MCGREGOR WAS REPLYING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO A QUESTION FROM MR. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN WHO ASKED WHAT STEPS COULD BE TAKEN TO ENSURE THAT LOAVES OF BREAD WHEN SOLD TO THE PUBLIC CLEARLY INDICATE ON THE PACKAGE THE WEIGHT OF THE CONTENTS.

♦THERE IS NO LEGISLATION AT PRESENT WHICH WOULD PERMIT THE MANDATORY MARKING OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES ON FOODSTUFFS OR OTHER CONSUMER GOODS,♦ SAID MR. MCGREGOR.

♦ANY SUCH LEGISLATION WOULD, OF COURSE, MEAN THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NEW RANGE OF INTERNAL CONTROLS WHICH WOULD PROBABLY REQUIRE A FAIRLY SUBSTANTIAL BACK-UP SYSTEM OF ADMINISTRATION, CHECKING AND LEGAL ACTION. CLEARLY, THIS COULD BE AN EXPENSIVE PROPOSITION.♦

MR. MCGREGOR SAID THAT HE DID NOT WISH TO EXPRESS A VIEW AT THIS STAGE ON THE QUESTION OF CONSUMER PROTECTION BY MEANS OF PRODUCT MARKING.

♦IT IS A MATTER WHICH DOES NOT SIMPLY INVOLVE THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT, NOR INDEED IN ITS WIDEST CONTEXT ONLY THE GOVERNMENT. IT IS A MATTER OF VERY CONSIDERABLE INTEREST TO THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE AND TO THE CONSUMER IN PARTICULAR,+ HE SAID.

♦THIS BEING SO, 1 SHOULD LIKE TO PROPOSE THAT THIS MATTER, ' ‘ THAT IS THE COMPULSORY MARKING OF CONSUMER PRODUCTS, MIGHT BE CONSIDERED BY THE NEW CONSUMER COUNCIL IN THE FIRST INSTANCE.

♦IN THE MEANTIME, I CONFIRM THAT IT IS AN OFFENCE IN LAW FOR ANY ITEM TO BE OFFERED OR SOLD UNDER FALSE OR MISLEADING MARKING. THAT APPLIES EQUALLY TO WRAPPED BREAD MARKED TO SHOW A WEIGHT WHICH IS NOT ACCURATE.♦

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 1974

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NOT ALL CiVIL SERVANTS ELIGIBLE FOR PENSION M X X X X X X

THE ACTING COLONIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. MICHAEL CLINTON, TODAY OUTLINED THE FOUR CATEGORIES OF GOVERNMENT SERVANTS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR A PENSION FOR ALLOWANCE IN LIEU OF A PENSION.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. ANN TSE-KAI IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR. CLINTON SAID THE FIRST CATEGORY COMPRISED OFFICERS SERVING ON GRATUITY-BEARING AGREEMENT TERMS. ♦THEY RECEIVE A GRATUITY NORMALLY CALCULATED AT 25 PER CENT OF GROSS SALARY DRAWN DURING THE PERIOD OF SERVICE PLUS EARNED LEAVE.*

THE SECOND CATEGORY IS HADE UP OF OFFICERS ON THE PENSIONABLE OR NON-PENSIONABLE ESTABLISHMENT WHO RETIRE WITH LESS THAN TEN COMPLETED YEARS OF SERVICE. THEY ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A SHORT SERVICE GRATUITY OF AN AMOUNT NOT EXCEEDING FIVE TIMES THE ANNUAL PENSION OR ALLOWANCE FOR WHICH THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN ELIGIBLE HAD THERE BEEN NO QUALIFYING PERIOD, MR. UL1NTON EXPLAINED.

THE THIRD CATEGORY CONSISTS OF FEMALE OFFICERS WHO WERE APPOINTED TO PENSIONABLE OFFICES BEFORE THE NOVEMBER 17, 1972, THE DATE ON WHICH THE MARRIAGE BAR IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE WAS REMOVED, AND WHO RETIRE ON MARRIAGE AFTER FIVE OR MORE COMPLETED YEARS OF SERVICE.

+THEY MAY, IF THEY WISH, ELECT TO CEASE TO SERVE ON PENSIONABLE TERMS,* HE SAID. IF THEY DO, THEY RECEIVE A GRATUITY OF AN AMOUNT NOT EXCEEDING ONE YEAR'S PENSIONABLE EMOLUMENTS, OR FOUR AND ONE-SIXTH TIMES THE ANNUAL AMOUNT OF THE PENSION WHICH MIGHT HAVE BEEN GRANTED TO THEM, WHICHEVER IS THE LESS, IN RESPECT OF THEIR SERVICE AS SINGLE OFFICERS.*

THE FOURTH CATEGORY COMPRISES DAILY-PAID EMPLOYEES. THOSE WHO RETIRE WITH FIVE OR MORE YEARS UNBROKEN SERVICE ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A GRATUITY AT THE RATE OF 15 TIMES THEIR DAILY PAY AT THE TIME OF THEIR RETIREMENT FOR EVERY 12 MONTHS OF COMPLETED SERVICE.

THOSE RETIRING WITH LESS THAN FIVE YEARS SERVICE ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THIS BENEFIT, MR. CLINTON SAID.

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THE PUBLIC WILL BE QIVEN AMPLE OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT ON PLANS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW CULTURAL COMPLEX IN TS1M SHA TSUI WHEN THESE ARE READY.

THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, THE HON. DAVID MCDONALD TODAY TOLD LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT THERE WAS AS YET NO ITEM IN THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME PROVIDING FOR SUCH A COMPLEX, ALTHOUGH THERE IS A CATEGORY C ITEM FOR A MUSEUM WHICH WOULD ULTIMATELY FORM PART OF THE PROPOSED COMPLEX.

+WHEN THE TOTAL SCHEDULE OF ACCOMMODATION FOR THE PROJECT HAS BEEN APPROVED AND SKETCH PLANS PREPARED THERE WILL BE A PRESS RELEASE DESCRIBING THE PROPOSALS AND ILLUSTRATING THE INTENTIONS WHICH WILL GIVE THE GENERAL PUBLIC AMPLE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE COMMENT,* HE ADDED.

MR. MCDONALD WAS REPLYING TO A QUENTION FROM THE HON. WILSON WANG AS TO WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WOULD DISPLAY PLANS FOR THE NEW CULTURAL COMPLEX FOR PUBLIC COMMENT.

HECEIITLY, MR. MCDONALD SAID, HIS DEPARTMENT HAD BEEN

ASSISTING THE URBAN COUNCIL IN THE FORM OF FEASIBILITY STUDIES SO THAT THE COUNCILLORS COULD FORMULATE THEIR IDEAS ON THE ACCOMMODATION AND ON THE DISPOSITION OF THE FACILITIES PROPOSED FOR INCLUSION IN THE SCHEME.

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SHIPS MAY FACE STIFFER FINES FOR SMOKE POLLUTION

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CONSIDERATION IS BEING GIVEN TO INCREASE THE PRESENT MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR SMOKE NUISANCE CAUSED BY SHIPS FROM $1,000 TO $5,000. . .

THE HON. JAMES ROBSON, SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY THAT THE RELEVANT AMENDMENTS TO THE MERCHANT SHIPPING ORDINANCE IN CONNECTION WITH THE INCREASE IS IN THE DRAFTING STAGE.

HE ADDED THAT THE AMENDMENT IS BEING CONSIDERED IN THE ....

CONTEXT OF A WIDER EXERCISE AIMED AT REVISING A NUMBER OF PENALTIES FOR OFFENCES UNDER THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE.

+IT IS HOPED THAT THESE AMENDMENTS CAN BE PUT TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL SHORTLY,* HE SAID.

MR. abaSON WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. ANN . TSE-KAI WHO WANTED TO KNOW WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WOULD. INCREASE THE PRESENT *LOW MAXIMUM PENALTY* OF $1,000 FOR SMOKE POLLUTION CAUSED BY SHIPS,

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USE OF PRISON LABOUR EXPLAINED » X » H « ft «

Tria SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON* LEWIS DAVIES TODAY

RULED OUT THE POSSIBILITY OF USING PRISON LABOUR FOR RAISING CROPS AND FOR LIVESTOCK HUSBANDRY. Q

SUCH A PROGRAMME DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE FEASIBLE AT THIS TIKE, HE TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. WILSON WANG. +THE RAISING OF CROPS AND LIVESTOCK WOULD REQUIRE LARGE TRACTS OF ARABLE LAND* ADJACENT TO THE EXISTING AND PROPOSED MINIMUM SECURITY INSTITUTIONS. SUCH LAND IS NOT GENERALLY AVAILABLE,* HE EXPLAINED. +AT CURRENT STAFFING LEVELS THE PROVISION OF THE NECESSARY TECHNICAL STAFF WOULD ALSO PRESENT DIFFICULTIES.*

MR. DAVIES SAID THAT PRISON LABOUR IS USED WITHIN THE PROGRAMME OF THE FORESTRY DIVISION, AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, AND FOR PROJECTS APPROVED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

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HONG KONG'S PRESENT WATER STORAGE IS SATISFACTORY AND RESTRICTED SUPPLY IS NOT ANTICIPATED FOR THIS SUMMER, THE HON. DAVID MCDONALD, DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, SAID TODAY.

HE POINTED OUT THAT ALTHOUGH RAINFALL FOR THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR WAS WELL BELOW AVERAGE, THE STORAGE POSITION ON APRIL 15 WAS 39,820 MILLION GALLONS, OR 59 PER CENT OF THE FULL CAPACITY.

THE ABNORMALLY HIGH RAINFALL LAST YEAR LEFT THE RESERVOIRS WITH A TOTAL STORAGE OF 65,513 MILLION GALLONS OR 97.3 PER CENT FULL AT THE START OF THE WINTER SEASON.

MR. MCDONALD REPLYING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO THE HON. WOO PAK-CHUEN WHO ASKED ABOUT THE WATER SUPPLY SITUATION AND THE POSSIBILITY OF RATIONING THIS SUMMER.

• +THE PRESENT POSITION IS SATISFACTORY,* MR. MCDONALD SAID, ♦AND UNLESS AN EXCEPTIONALLY LOW RAINFALL PATTERN IS EXPERIENCED NO WATER SUPPLY RESTRICTIONS ARE ANTICIPATED THIS SUMMER ON ACCOUNT OF A SHORTAGE OF WATER RESOURCES.*

AS ALWAYS, HE ADDED, THE SITUATION WOULD BE KEPT UNDER REVIEW

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UNSIGHTLY ADVERTISEMENTS ARE REMOVED FROM CROWN LAND AND PROPERTY BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT ON RECEIPT OF EITHER REPORTS FROM ITS STAFF OR COMPLAINTS FROM THE PUBLIC, THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON. JAMES ROBSON TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

ANSWERING A QUESTION ON THE SUBJECT BY THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, MR. ROBSON SAID AN AVERAGE OF EIGHT TO TEN COMPLAINTS WERE MADE TO THE P.W.D. BY THE PUBLIC EACH MONTH.

♦ALL ARE DEALT WITH AS PROMPTLY AS AVAILABLE RESOURCES PERMIT WHERE POSSIBLE P.W.D. RECOVERS THE COST OF REMOVAL FROM THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ADVERTISEMENT.

♦P.H.D. IS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR REMOVING UNSIGHTLY ADVERTISEMENTS FROM LAMP POSTS. ALTHOUGH THEY ARE THE PROPERTY OF THE POWER COMPANIES, LAMP POSTS ARE DEPLOYED IN ACCORDANCE WITH P.W.D.PLANS AND COME UNDER CROWN AEGIS,♦ HE SAID.

HR. ROBSON ALSO WARNED THAT ACTION CAN BE TAKEN, UNDER THE SUMMARY OFFENCES ORDINANCE, AGAINST IMPROPER FIXING OF POSTERS AND MARKING OF ROCKS AND ROAD-SIDES. THE OFFENCES CARRY A FINE OF $500 OR THREE MONTHS' IMPRISONMENT.

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A TOTAL OF 3,695 APPLICATIONS ARE ON THE WAITING LIST FOR POST OFFICE BOXES.

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AT PRESENT, THERE ARE 20,735 BOXES AT THE 30 POST OFFICES THROUGHOUT HONG KONQ — 317 OF THEM VACANT, THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. DAVID JORDAN, SAID.

IN RESPONSE TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. DR. CHUNG SZE-YUEN FOR VARIOUS STATISTICS ON POSTAL BOXES, MR. JORDAN TABLED A LIST SHOWING THE NUMBER OF BOXES AVAILABLE, THE NUMBER OF VACANCIES, IF ANY, AND THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS, IF ANY, ON THE WAITING LIST AT EACH OF THE 30 POST OFFICES.

THE TABLE SHOWS THAT MOST OF THE BOXES ARE AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE IN CENTRAL C6,75O), THE KOWLOON CENTRAL POST OFFICE C4,620) AND AT THE TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE C2.35OJ.

THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS FOR BOXES AT THESE POST OFFICESIS 1,498= 248= AND 671 RESPECTIVELY. THERE ARE NO VACANT BOXES AT THESE THREE POST OFFICES.

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CONTROLS ON AMUSEMENT VEHICLES ADEQUATE « ft ft » ft ft

THE PRESENT CONTROLS OVER MECHANICAL DEVICES AND VEHICLES USED FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES IN AMUSEMENT PARKS ARE CONSIDERED ADEQUATE, AND +1T IS NOT INTENDED IN THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE TO INTRODUCE FURTHER MEASURES TO PREVENT POSSIBLE ACCIDENTS,+ THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON. LEWIS DAVIES, SAID TODAY.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. JOYCE SYMONS WHO ASKED ABOUT THE POSS1BL1TY OF FURTHER PREVENTIVE MEASURES.

MR. DAVIES POINTED OUT THAT THE EXISTING CONTROLS REQUIRE

. A PLACE OF PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT LICENCE TO BE ISSUED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL ON THE ADVICE OF THE BUILDING AUTHORITY AND THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND AN ANNUAL PERMIT FROM THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE.

+NO PERMIT IS IN FACT ISSUED UNLESS A LICENCE HAD FIRST BEEN ISSUED,* HE SAID.

♦A CONDITION OF THE PERMIT,* HE EXPLAINED, *IS THAT THE HOLDER REGULARLY AT INTERVALS OF NOT LESS THAN ONE WEEK INSPECTS, OVERHAULS AND CARRIES OUT SUCH WORK AS MAY BE NECESSARY TO ENSURE THE GOOD WORKING ORDER OF ALL MECHANICAL DEVICES.*

THE HOLDER, MR. DAVIES ADDED, SHOULD ALSO RECORD THESE INSPECTIONS IN A REGISTER WHICH SHOU1 D BE PRODUCED FOR INSPECTION BY POLICE OFFICERS.

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MORE LICENSED AREAS TO BE BUILT X X X X X X '

THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT PLANS TO BUILD LICENSED AREAS FOR A FURTHER 39,000 PEOPLE DURING THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR.

THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, THE HON. IAN LIGHTBODY, TLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY THE DECISION STEMMED FROM AN ASSESSED REQUIREMENT FOR 35,000 MORE SPACES, PLUS 4,000 SPACES FOR UNFORESEEN CONTINGENCIES.

ASKED BY THE HON. WILSON WANG WHAT PROGRESS HAD BEEN MADE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF FURTHER LICENSED AREAS TO ACCOMMODATE AN EARLIER TARGET OF 20,000 PEOPLE, MR. LIGHTBODY SAID NEW LICENSED AREA ACCOMMODATION FOR HALF THIS TARGET HAD BEEN PROVIDED IN THE LAST SIX MONTHS OF 1973/74.

+DURING THE PRESENT QUARTER CAPRIL TO JUNE) WE HOPE TO COMPLETE MORE NEW LICENSED AREAS FOR 11,000 PERSONS, SO BEATING OUR DECLARED TARGET BY ABOUT 1,000 SPACES, BUT ADMITTEDLY SLIPPING BACK BY A MONTH OR SO IN OUR TIMETABLE,* HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE 11,000.SPACES WOULD BE INCORPORATED INTO THE TARGET OF 39,000 SPACES TO BE COMPLETED THIS FINANCIAL YEAR.

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39 CONSULTANTS IN P.W.D. EMPLOY it X X S » ft

A TOTAL OF 39 CONSULTANTS ARE AT PRESENT ENGAGED ON VARIOUS PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS, THE HON. DAVID MCDONALD, DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, TOLD LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. ROGER LOBO.

MOST OF THE CONSULTANTS ARE WITH THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE, AND INCLUDE 10 ARCHlTECTURAL, FIVE STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING, FOUR BUILDING SERVICES ENGINEERING AND FIVE QUANTITY SURVEYING CONSULTANTS.

THE REMAINING OFFICES OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT ARE AT PRESENT UTILISING THE SERVICES OF 15 ENGINEERING AND SURVEYING CONSULTANTS.

IN ANSWER TO ANOTHER QUESTION RAISED BY THE HON. MRS.

JOYCE SYMONS, MR. MCDONALD SAID THAT MORE THAN 1,000 BUILDING AND STRUCTURAL PLANS WERE AWAITING APPROVAL IN THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE.

AS AT APRIL 19 THIS YEAR, HE SAID, THERE WERE 56? FIRST SUBMISSIONS AND 5<*0 RE-SUBMISSIONS OF BUILDING AND STRUCTURAL PLANS AWAITING APPROVAL.

AS FOR CONSENTS TO COMMENCE WORKS, MR. MCDONALD SAID THERE WERE 54 SUPERSTRUCTURE AND GENERAL BUILDING APPLICATIONS AND 119 SITE FORMATION, FOUNDATION AND MISCELLANEOUS APPLICATIONS OUTSTANDING.

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SIX POTENTIAL SITES HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF INDUSTRIAL ESTATES, THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON. JAMES ROBSON, SAID TODAY.

HOWEVER, FOR THE TIME BEING, WORK IS BEING CONCENTRATED ON ONE AREA A 150-ACRE SITE OF RECLAIMED LAND ON THE NORTHERN SIDE OF THE TAI PO HARBOUR WHERE THE BASIC REQUIREMENT OF WATER SUPPLY AND ROADS ARE ALREADY AVAILABLE, HE SAID IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. JAMES WU REGARDING THE PROGRESS IN THE PROVISION OF INDUSTRIAL ESTATES FOR SPECIAL LAND-INTENSIVE INDUSTRIES.

♦WHETHER THIS AREA CAN ACCOMMODATE AN INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, THE DATE AT WHICH IT CAN BE MADE AVAILABLE AND THE METHOD TO BE ADOPTED IN DEVELOPING IT, WILL DEPEND UPON WHETHER ACCEPTABLE SOLUTIONS CAN BE FOUND TO A NUMBER OF PROBLEMS, PARTICULARLY THAT OF FINANCE,* HR. ROBSON SAID.

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\ ■ ■ \ LATE TAXPAYERS TO PAY MORE ««««««

TAXPAYERS WHO DO NOT PAY UP IN TIME WILL BE LIABLE TO HIGHER PENALTIES UNDER THE INLAND REVENUE CAMENDMENT) BILL 1974 INTRODUCED TODAY IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE BILL EMPOWERS THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE TO IMPOSE AN EXTRA 10 PER CENT SURCHARGE ON ANY AMOUNT OF TAX STILL UNPAID SIX MONTHS AFTER THE DATE ON WHICH THE TAX WAS DUE FOR PAYMENT. THE 10 PER CENT SURCHARGE WILL BE IN ADDITION TO THE EXISTING FIVE PER CENT SURCHARGE ON UNPAID TAX.

IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, THE ACTING FINANCIAL Secretary, the hon. david jordan, said the effectiveness of the So PER CENT SURCHARGE WOULD BE ASSESSED AFTER 12 MONTHS +T0 SEE •WHETHER MORE STRINGENT MEASURES NEED TO BE INTRODUCED.+

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE EXISTING SURCHARGE OF UP TO FIVE PER CENT OF UNPAID TAX TAKES NO ACCOUNT OF THE LENGTH OF THE PERIOD OF DEFAULT. A DEFAULTER WOULD THUS, TEND TO LEAVE THE ' TAX AND SURCHARGE UNPAID FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE.

+AT CURRENT RATES OF INTEREST THE ADVANTAGE OF LEAVING TAX AND SURCHARGE UNPAID CAN BE QUITE CONSIDERABLE AND THE TAXAYER CANNOT LOSE SINCE HE CAN ALWAYS STOP FURTHER PROCEEDINGS BY PAYING THE AMOUNT DUE,+ HR. JORDAN SAID.

THE PROPOSED ADDITIONAL SURCHARGE OF UP TO TEN PER CENT SHOULD, THEREFORE, ENCOURAGE EARLIER PAYMENT OF AMOUNTS DUE.

IF THE BILL IS PASSED, THE PROPOSAL WILL BE EFFECTIVE FROM JULY 1, THIS YEAR, WHICH SHOULD GIVE DEFAULTERS AMPLE TIME TO PAY UP BEFORE BECOMING LIABLE TO THE ADDITIONAL SURCHARGE.

IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT NO TAX IN DEFAULT FOR MORE

THAN SIX MONTHS BEFORE JULY 1 ESCAPES THE NEW PROVISION, THE ?1LL ENABLES THE COMMISSIONER TO LEVY A SURCHARGE OF UP TO TEN ER CENT IN THESE CASES EVEN THOUGH THE DUE DATE MIGHT BE BEFORE

JULY 1-

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THE BILL, WHICH SEEKS TO IMPLEMENT TWO OF THE TAX PROPOSALS THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY HADE IN HIS BUDGET SPEECH IN FEBRUARY. ALSO SEEKS TO INCREASE THE INITIAL ALLOWANCES FOR EXPENDITURE ON PLANT AND MACHINERY FROM ONE FIFTH TO ONE QUARTER, TO BE EFFECTIVE FROM APRIL 1, THIS YEAR.

ON APRIL 10, THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MADE A RESOLUTION INTRODUCING A NEW TABLE OF RATES OF ANNUAL DEPRECIATION ALLOWANCES RANGING FROM FIVE TO 30 PER CENT FOR PLANT AND MACHINERY.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 1974

THESE NEW RATES WERE DESIGNED TO REFORM THE SYSTEM AND INCREASED THE ANNUAL ALLOWANCES FOR SOME TAXPAYERS. THE CHANGE IN INITIAL ALLOWANCES NOW PROPOSED UNDER THE BILL WOULD APPLY GENERALLY TO CAPITAL EXPENDITURE OF PERSONS CARRYING ON A TRADE, PROFESSION OR BUSINESS AND WOULD THUS OFFER A MORE GENERAL ENCOURAGEMENT TO MANUFACTURERS TO RE-EQUIP AND TO UPGRADE THEIR PLANT AND MACHINERY, MR. JORDAN SAID.

THE BILL ALSO MAKES A SIMILAR PROVISION FOR PLANT AND MACHINERY ACQUIRED UNDER A HIRE-PURCHASE AGREEMENT.

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MR. JORDAN ADDED THAT THE INCREASE IN THESE INITIAL ALLOWANCES WOULD COST THE REVENUE ABOUT $10 MILLION IN 1974-75.

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THE STATUS OF BAPTIST COLLEGE QUALIFICATION HAD BEEN RECONSIDERED WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT, THE ACTING COLONIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. MICHAEL CLINTON, SAID TODAY.

+AS A RESULT,* HE SAID, +COLLEGE DIPLOMA HOLDERS ARE NOW GRANTED HALF THE NUMBER OF INCREMENTS AWARDED TO DEGREE HOLDERS IN GRADES FOR WHICH THE NORMAL MINIMUM ACADEMIC ENTRY QUALIFICATION IS MATRICULATION.* >

MR. CLINTON CITED AS AN EXAMPLE THE STARTING SALARY FOR EXECUTIVE OFFICER CLASS 11. THE ENTRY POINT OF THIS POST IS $1,750 PER MONTH FOR UNIVERSITY GRADUATES, $1,660 FOR BAPTIST DIPLOMA HOLDERS, AND $1,570 FOR MATRICULANTS.

♦IN GRADES WHERE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DEGREE HOLDER AND A MATRICULANT IS ONLY ONE INCREMENT, NO INCREMENTAL CREDIT IS GIVEN TO HOLDERS OF THE BAPTIST COLLEGE DIPLOMA,* HE ADDED.

IN ADDITION, THE CONDITIONS OF APPOINTMENT FOR PRINCIPAL WELFARE ASSISTANT AND SUPERVISORS HAVE RECENTLY BEEN AMENDED TO PROVIDE FOR THE DIRECT APPOINTMENT OF BAPTIST COLLEGE DIPLOMA HOLDERS AT EITHER $1,400 OR $1,660 PER MONTH ACCORDING TO PERFORMANCE.

FULL DETAILS OF THE APPOINTMENT CONDITIONS ARE SET OUT IN A CIVIL SERVICES BRANCH CIRCULAR WHICH WAS ISSUED TWO WEEKS AGO, MR. CLINTON SAID.

HE WAS REPLYING IN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. WILSON WANG ON THE PROGRESS MADE BY THE GOVERNMENT ON THE REPRESENTATIONS OF THE BAPTIST COLLEGE AS TO THE STATUS OF ITS QUALIFICATION.

AS TO MR. WANG’S QUERY ON WHETHER THE REPRESENTATIONS HAD BEEN ASSESSED BY THE COUNCIL FOR NATIONAL ACADEMIC AWARDS, MR. CLINTON SAlDs +UNFORTUNATELY, THE ACTIVITIES OF THE COUNCIL ARE RESTRICTED BY ITS ROYAL CHARTER TO GREAT BRITAIN, AND IT WAS NOT THEREFORE IN A POSITION TO ADVISE US.+

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A SECTION OF THE WEST-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF PRINCE EDUARD ROAD FROM WATERLOO ROAD TO KNIGHT STREET IS TO BE PARTIALLY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR A PERIOD OF SIX WEEKS FROM 10.30 A.M. ON FRIDAY (APRIL 263.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT ONLY CARS AND LIGHT VEHICLES WANTING ACCESS TO PROPERTIES IN THE AREA WOULD BE ALLOWED TO USE THIS SECTION OF THE ROAD.

ANY VEHICLE WITH A HEIGHT OF WORE THAN SIX FEET SIX INCHES REQUIRING ACCESS TO PREMISES WOULD EOT DE ADLE TO USE THE ROAD BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF THE WORKS BEING CARRIED OUT.

+THE PARTIAL CLOSURE IS NECESSARY TO ENABLE A NEW CONCRETE CARRIAGEWAY AND BUS BAYS TO EE CONSTRUCTED EEFORE THE LATER STAGES OF THE WATERLOO P.OAD FLYOVER PROJECT,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

NOHTH-EOUND CARS AND LIGHT VEHICLES ALONG WATERLOO ROAD WILL STILL BE ABLE TO TORN LEFT INTO PRINCE EDWARD ROAD TO GET TO PREMISES IN THE AREA.

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QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY OBSERVANCE

GOVERNOR SENDS MESSAGE OF GREETINGS FROM PEOPLE OF HONG KONG

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR HURRAY I iACLEHOSE, HAS SENT A MESSAGE THROUGH THE SECRETARY OF STATE ON THE OCCASION OF HONG KONG'S OBSERVANCE OF HER BIRTHDAY TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

THC MESSAGE READS: +0H THE OCCASION OF THE OFFICIAL OBSERVANCE IN HONG KONG OF THE BIRTHDAY OF HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN, i SHOULD BE GRATEFUL IF YOU WOULD SUBMIT TO HER MAJESTY, WITH MY HUMBLE DUTY, BIRTHDAY GREETINGS FROM THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONQ.+

GARDEN PARTY

IF THE HEATHER IS BAD TOMORROW (THURSDAY), THE GARDEN PARTY AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE MAY DE CANCELLED IN VIEW OF THE LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE INVITED. HOWEVER, A FINAL DECISION WILL BE HADE SHORTLY BEFORE 3 P.H.

IF THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN INVITED ARE DOUBTFUL WHETHER THE GARDEN PARTY WILL BE HELD, THEY ARE ADVISED TO LISTEN TO THE BROADCASTING AND TELEVISION SERVICES BETWEEN 3 P.H. AND 4 P.M, WHEN AN ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE HADE AT INTERVALS ON WHETHER THE PARTY WILL TAKE PLACE AS SCHEDULED.

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE

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THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) AT SALES UNDER THE RICE CONTROL SCHEME AND AT THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AND THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEUNG SHA WAN, KOWLOON:

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE RICE CONTROL SCHEME

GRADE of AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE (S/CATTY)

RICE OF SUPPLY MODE

CHINA RICE A

SEE NEW

- OLD CROP GOOD

- NEU CROP. good 2.12

S.c. JIEN

- OLD CROP GOOD

- NEU CROP GOOD 2.06

PO NGAI GOOD

CHU CHO GOOD

THAI RICE

1002UHOLE GOOD 2.03

10-15,^ BROKENS GOOD

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD ——

A1 SUPER GOOD

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD

U.S. RICE GOOD 1*94

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.92

PAKISTAN RICE GOOD ——

TAIWAN RICE GOOD

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UEDMESDAf. APRIL 24, 1974

PRICES OF MARINE FISH

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE

CFCIO CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

SPECIES

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY

(SOLDEN THREAD GOOD

Bi G-EYES GOOD

SQUID .'NORMAL

hair-tails good

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL

CROAKERS SHIH

CONGER-PIKE-EELS NORMAL

MELON COAT LIMITED

BREAMS ' LIMITED

yellow belly GOOD

MACKERELS GOOD

RED GOAT FISH GOOD

FORK-TAIL LIMITED

HORSE-HEAD . GOOD

MELON SEED LIMITED

POMFRETS SCARCE

QAROUPAS NORMAL

YELLOW CROAKER

WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

HIGH LO’J MODE

3.eo 2.50 3.00

2.40 1oOO 1.70

3.70 1.50 2.70

2.00 0.80 1.40

2.60 0.80 1.70

1.50 0.50 1.00

1.70 1.00 1.40

2.40 1.50 1.80

3.80 2.80 3.10

1.60 0.80 1.20

3.20 2.20 2.70

0.80 0.40 0.50

1.20 0.80 1.00

5.00 2.40 3.50

2.50 1.00 1.70

10.00 7.co 8.00

7.40 4.50 6.00

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 19?4.

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

CV.M.MO. CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKET)

TYPE OF VEGETABLE AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

OF SUPPLY HIGH LOW MODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE LIMITED. 1.60 0.50 1.20

WHITE CABBAGE GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.25

CHINESE LETTUCE GOOD 0.50 0.10 0.30

WATER SPINACH GOOD 1.20 0.20 0.80

CHINESE KALE LIMITED 1.20 0.40 0.80

STRING BEANS ——

SPRING ONION GOOD 0.80 0.20 0.50

SPINACH SCARCE 0.80 0.30 0.60

WATER CRESS LIMITED 1.00 0.30 0.70

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE NORMAL 0.40 0.10 0.30

CHINESE SPINACH NORi-lAL • 0.60 0.20 0.40

TOMATO NORMAL 1.50 0.50 1.00

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES UF SWINE

CALL SOURCES) i

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY - QOOD

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK

CS/PICUL-LIVE WEIGHT) - 305 CAVERAGE)

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 1974

CONTENTS

PACE NO.

HONS KONG IS SEEKING FURTHER LOANS FROM A.D.B. AMOUNTING TO SOME US $50 MILLION................................ f

MEDICAL TEAM RETURNING TOMORROW FROM WORLD DRUG STUDY TOUR...................................................... 3

A NEW PLB STAND OPENS IN CENTRAL THIS SUNDAY ............  3

LONDON UNIVERSITY TO STOP REGISTERING OVERSEAS STUDENTS FOR EXTERNAL DEGREES ..................................... 4

PART OF BELLEVIEW DRIVE IN REPULSE BAY TO BE CLOSED FOR

TWO MONTHS................................................ 4

KOWLOON SCOUT GROUP CELEBRATING 10TH ANNIVERSARY........ . 5

AMBULANCES TO CARRY NEW PAIN-KILLING GAS ................. 6

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DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

Issued by Government Information Services, Beaco'nsfield House, Hong Kong. Tel: 5-233191

FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 1974

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HONG KONG TO SEEK US $50 MILLION LOAN FROM ADB REQUEST RECEIVES STRONG SUPPORT FROM AUSTRALIAN REPRESENTATIVE X X X X X X

HONQ KONQ IS TO OPEN DISCUSSIONS SHORTLY WITH THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK FOR FURTHER LOANS AMOUNTING TO ABOUT US $50 MILLION TO FINANCE A NUMBER OF SELF-LIQUIDATING PROJECTS IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS.

THIS WAS DISCLOSED TODAY BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, AT THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE ADB’S BOARD OF GOVERNORS IN KUALA LUMPUR.

MR. HADDON-CAVE, WHO IS HONG KONG'S REPRESENTATIVE ON THE BOARD, TOLD THE MEETING HE INTENDED TO ENTER INTO EARLY DISCUSSIONS WITH THE BANK'S MANAGEMENT WITH A VIEW TO IDENTIFYING SUITABLE LOAN-WORTHY PROJECTS.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY RECEIVED STRONG BACKING FROM THE AUSTRALIAN REPRESENTATIVE, SIR JOHN PHILIPS, WHO ENDORSED HONG KONG'S NEED TO BORROW TO FINANCE SOME OF ITS CAPITAL EXPENDITURE AND SAID HE LOOKED FORWARD TO THE BANK +EXTEND1NG LOANS ON A MODEST SCALE+ IN KEEPING WITH HONG KONG'S NEEDS.

SIR JOHN STRESSED: +THE BANK MUST REMAIN CONSCIOUS OF THE NEED TO RESPOND TO THE WISHES OF ITS DEVELOPING MEMBERS AND, IN DOING SO, IN THE CASE OF SOME OF THE STRONGER DEVELOPING MEMBERS, IT WILL STRENGTHEN ITS LENDING PORTFOLIO THUS ENHANCING ITS OWN BORROWING STATUS IN THE INTERESTS OF ALL ITS MEMBERS.+

SINCE HONG KONG JOINED THE BANK IN 1969 IT HAS ONLY INVOKED ITS BORROWING RIGHTS ONCE — FOR A LOAN OF US $21.5 MILLION FOR A DESALTING PLANT — BUT THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY FELT THE TIME HAD NOW COME FOR HONG KONG TO INVOKE ITS BORROWING RIGHTS +0N A MORE SUBSTANTIAL AND CONTINUING BASIS.+

HAVING REGARD TO THE FACT THAT HONG KONG HAS NO DEBT SERVICING PROBLEM AND CONSIDERING THE NUMBER OF PROJECTS IN OUR CAPITAL WORKS PROGRAMMES LIKELY TO BE REGARDED AS LOAN-WORTHY,. MR. HADDJN-CAVE SAID +1 THINK IT WOULD BE WELL WITHIN THE BOUNDS OF FINANCIAL PRUDENCE FOR US TO RAISE LOANS AMOUNTING TO US $75 MILLION IN THE THREE YEARS 1975~77+.

HE ADDED: +NATURALLY WE MUST LOOK TO THE LENDING INSTITUTION IN THE REGION CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR SUCH NEEDS AS OURS, WHICH INSTITUTION WE BELONG AS A FULLY PAID UP DEVELOPING MEMBER COUNTRY, FOR A SUBSTANTIAL PART OF OUR LOAN FINANCE REQUIREMENTS OF US $75 MILLION DURING THESE THREE YEARS.

+WITHIN FOUR YEARS FROM NOW, THEREFORE, I WOULD EXPECT HONG KONG'S NET OUTSTANDINGS WITH THE BANK TO BE OF THE ORDER OF US $70 MILLION CTHE DESALTING PLANT LOAN AND NEW BORROWINGS?, AND 1 WOULD HOPE THAT THE MANAGEMENT WOULD REGARD LOANS TO HONG KONG AMOUNTING TO A SUM OF THIS ORDER AS REPRESENTING A USEFUL . CONTRIBUTION TO THE MAINTENANCE OF A BALANCED LENDING PORTFOLIO.+

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MH. HADDON-CAVE ADDED THAT WHILE HONG KONG LOOKED TO THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK FOR THE PROVISION OF SOME LOAN FINANCE FOR ITS FUTURE DEVELOPMENT, HE RECOGNISED THAT ON ANY SENSIBLE VIEW WE WERE ELIGIBLE FOR LOANS FROM ORDINARY RESOURCES ONLY.

AS REGARDS THE LENDING RATE, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID THAT WHILE HE UNDERSTOOD AND WELCOMED THE RECENT DECISION TO STANDARDISE AND REDUCE THE RATE APPLICABLE TO LOANS FROM SPECIAL FUNDS, +1 CAN SEE NO NECESSARY REASON WHY ALL LOANS TO BORROWING MEMBER COUNTRIES FROM ORDINARY RESOURCES SHOULD BE AT A STANDARD RATE, WHATEVER THAT RATE MAY BE FROM TIME TO TIME, PROVIDED ANY CONCESSIONARY RATE AT WHICH OTHER LOANS ARE EXTENDED FROM ORDINARY RESOURCES ONLY REFLECTS THE INFLUENCE OF INTEREST-FREE CALLABLE FUNDS.+

MR. HADDON-CAVE NOTED THAT SO FAR HONG KONG HAD MANAGED TO FINANCE ITS CAPITAL WORKS PROGRAMMES VIRTUALLY WITHOUT RECOURSE TO LOAN FUNDS FROM OVERSEAS OR ELSEWHERE.

ON THE BASIS OF A NUMBER OF +RATHER OPTIMISTIC ASSUMPTIONS* ABOUT HONG KONG'S ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE, HE ESTIMATED THAT OVER THE THREE-YEAR PERIOD 1975-1977 HONG KONG WOULD BE ABLE TO FINANCE US $1,100 MILLION WORTH OF CAPITAL EXPENDITURE CAT 1974 PRICES).

HOWEVER, OUR VARIOUS PROGRAMMES ENVISAGE EXPENDITURE OF US $1,B50 MILLION, +S0 WE FACE A RESOURCE GAP OF US $750 MILLION,* MR. HADDON-CAVE SAID.

♦AFTER A SOMEWHAT AGONISING RE-APPRAISAL OF OUR VARIOUS PROGRAMMES HAVING REGARD TO LIKELY AVAILABLE RESOURCES, WE HAVE HAD TO ACCEPT THAT ROUGHLY HALF THIS GAP WILL HAVE TO BE DEALT WITH BY A RE-PHASING OF EXPENDITURE ON SOME PROJECTS AND BY ECONOMIES IN PLANNING.

+BJT ADDITIONAL RESOURCES MUST BE FOUND THROUGH HIGHER TAXATION, ADDITIONAL CAPITAL REVENUE AND THE RAISING OF LOANS TO ENABLE US TO FINANCE THE OTHER HALF CABOUT US $375 MILLION) BECAUSE THE PROJECTS CONCERNED COULD ONLY BE RE-PHASED AT AN UNACCEPTABLE COST IN TERMS OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL PROGRESS,* HE EXPLAINED.

IT WAS THEREFORE FINANCIALLY PRUDENT FOR HONQ KONG TO RAISE US $75 MILLION IN LOANS OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS, LEAVING US $300 MILLION TO BE FOUND IN OTHER WAYS.

REFERRING TO HONG KONG'S AVAILABLE FISCAL RESERVES, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID THEY MUST BE KEPT IN HAND IN CASE OUR FORECAST OF THE REVENUE TREND GOES ASTRAY, +AN EVER-PRESENT POSSIBILITY GIVEN THE TOTAL DEPENDENCE OF THE HONG KONG ECONOMY ON EXTERNAL FACTORS, OUR TOTAL LACK OF NATURAL RESOURCES OF ANY KIND, AND THE SOMEWHAT UNCERTAIN PROSPECTS WE ALL FACE AT THE PRESENT TIME.*

NOTE TO EDITORS: • COPIES OF THE FULL TEXT OF MR. HADDON-CAVE'S --------------- SPEECH ARE BOXED FOR COLLECTION.

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THE THREE-MAN HONG KONG TEAM SPENDING A MONTH VISITING DRUG ADDICTION TREATEMENT RESEARCH CENTRES IN EUROPE, THE UNITED STATES, AND CANADA FOR A FIRST-HAND STUDY OF CONDITIONS THERE WILL RETURN TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE TEAM COMPRISES SIR ALBERT RODRIGUES, IN HIS CAPACITY AS CHAIRMAN OF THE NEWLY-RECONSTITUTED ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS (ACAN)= DR. GERALD CHOA, DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES2 AND DR. T.M. TEOH, SENIOR MEDICAL OFFICER-IN-CHARGE OF THE GOVERNMENT'S PILOT METHADONE MAINTENANCE TREATMENT CENTRE IN SAI YING PUN.

THEY WILL BE RETURNING FROM SAN FRANCISCO VIA TOKYO, AND THEIR AIRCRAFT IS EXPECTED TO TOUCH DOWN AT KAI TAK AT ABOUT 9.35 P.M. TOMORROW.

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SAN FRANCISCO IS THE LAST CALL ON AN ITINERARY WHICH HAS INCLUDED GENEVA, LONDON, NEW YORK, TORONTO, AND CHICAGO.

THE MAIN OBJECT OF THE TRIP IS TO SEE HOW OTHER TERRITORIES ARE COPING WITH THE DRUG ADDICTION TREATEMENT PROBLEM IN ORDER TO HELP IMPROVE HONG KONG'S FIGHT AGAINST DRUG ADDICTION.

NOTE TO EDITORS: SIR ALBERT AND DR. CHOA WILL BE HAPPY TO ---------------- MEET pREsS, RADIO AND TV REPRESENTATIVES IN

THE VIP CONFERENCE ROOM AT THE AIRPORT IMMEDIATELY AFTER COMPLETION OF ROUTINE CLEARANCE PROCEDURES, SAY ABOUT 9.50 P.M., TO ANSWER -QUESTIONS ON THEIR TRIP AND FINDINGS.

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A NEW STAND FOR PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES IS TO BE OPENED IN WELLINGTON STREET FROM SUNDAY (APRIL 28).

THE STAND WILL BE CAPABLE OF ACCOMMODATING A MAXIMUM OF SEVEN PLBS. IT IS LOCATED OUTSIDE THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL) NOT FAR FROM THE JUNCTION OF WELLINGTON STREET AND LYNDHURST TERRACE.

REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PLB ASSOCIATIONS HAD EARLIER PUT FORWARD A PROPOSAL FOR ANOTHER STAND IN WELLINGTON STREET AND THIS WAS RECENTLY AGREED TO BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT.

THE NEW STAND WILL HELP TO RELIEVE PRESSURE ON THE EXISTING MINI-BUS STANDS IN STANLEY STREET.

IT WILL BE THE THIRD SUCH STAND IN WELLINGTON STREET AND WILL BRING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PLB STANDS IN THE CENTRAL AREA TO NINE.

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CLOSING OF LONDON EXTERNAL DEGREE SYSTEM H H li M H

THE UNIVERSITY OF LONDON HAS NOTIFIED ALL OVERSEAS AUTHORITIES THAT IT WILL CEASE TO REGISTER STUDENTS OVERSEAS, INCLUDING THOSE RESIDENT IN HONG KONG, FOR EXTERNAL DEGREES ON AND AFTER SEPTEMBER 1, 1977, SINCE + 1T IS NO LONGER APPROPRIATE OR NECESSARY THAT IT SHOULD CONTINUE TO OFFER A WORLDWIDE EXTERNAL DEGREE SERV1CE.+

FOR THOSE REGISTERED BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1, 1977. EXAMINATIONS WILL BE HELD UNDER EXISTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR A FEU MORE YEARS FROM THAT DATE. THEREAFTER THE SYSTEM OF OVERSEAS AUTHORITIES WILL COME TO AN END.

THE UNIVERSITY OF LONDON HAS INDICATED THAT AFTER THE CLOSURE OF THE EXTERNAL DEGREE SYSTEM, IT MAY STILL BE POSSIBLE TO MAKE SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR CERTAIN INDIVIDUAL CANDIDATES IN VERY EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES. ‘ '

SUCH EXCEPTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE EXTREMELY LIMITED AND NOT GENERALLY AVAILABLE TO HONG KONG RESIDENTS.

PERSONS CONTEMPLATING STUDYING WITHIN THE UNITED KINGDOM SHOULD NOTE THAT THE EXTERNAL DEGREE SYSTEM WILL CONTINUE THERE ON A LIMITED SCALE AFTER SEPTEMBER 1, 1977. REGISTRATION IN THE U.K. WILL THEN BE RESTRICTED TO THOSE-WHO STUDY PRIVATELY, PART-TIME, OR BY CORRESPONDENCE.

REGISTRATION PRIOR TO SEPTEMBER 1, 1977 IS NOT AFFECTED IN ANY WAY BY THIS STATEMENT.

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MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED THAT THE NORTHERN SECTION OF BELLEVIEW DRIVE WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC FOR A PERIOD OF TWO MONTHS STARTING ON MONDAY (APRIL 29> TO ENABLE REMEDIAL WORKS TO BE CARRIED OUT TO THE ROCK FACE ABOVE THIS SECTION OF THE ROAD.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE POSTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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CHIEF SCOUTS AWARDS ARE TO BE PRESENTED TO TWO MEMBERS OF THE KWUN TONG COMMUNITY CENTRE'S 96TH KOWLOON SCOUT GROUP WHICH CELEBRATES ITS 1OTH ANNIVERSARY TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE SCOUTS RECEIVING THESE AWARDS WILL BE 15“YEAR~OLD STUDENTS, LAM CHl-KONG AND TSUI' HING-LIN. THE AWARDS, THE HIGHEST IN THE SCOUT TROOP SECTION, WILL BE PRESENTED BY MR. WONG KIN-MING, THE SCOUT ASSOCIATION'S DISTFS1CT COMMISSIONER FOR KWUN TONG AREA.

THE WARDEN OF THE CENTRE, MR. KWOK NAl-SIK, SAID THIS IS . THE FIRST TIME THAT MEMBERS OF A SCOUT TROOP IN KWUN TONG DISTRICT HAVE ACHIEVED SUCH AWARDS.

HE SAID THE SCOUT GROUP WAS FORMED 10 YEARS AGO SHORTLY AFTER THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT ESTABLISHED THE COMMUNITY , CENTRE, AND EVER SINCE HAS BEEN PROVIDING ACTIVE SUPPORT IN MANY FUNCTIONS AND ACTIVITIES ORGANISED FOR PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT. THE GROUP HAS 41 MEMBERS.

THE CELEBRATIONS WILL BE HELD AT THE COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 17, TSUI PING ROAD, KWUN TONG AND WILL START OFF WITH THE HOISTING OF THE SCOUT GROUP'S FLAG. THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY AN OPENING ADDRESS BY MR. KWOK AND THE LIGHTING OF A CAMP FIRE BY THE AREA'S DISTRICT COMMISSIONER.

IN ADDITION TO THE PRESENTATION OF THE CHIEF SCOUT AWARDS, SOME MEMBERS OF THE SCOUT GROUP WILL RECEIVE CERTIFICATES OF EDINGBURGH'S AWARD SCHEME.

MR. WONG KING-TONG, THE COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICER FOR KWUN TONG, WILL ALSO ADDRESS THE GUESTS WHO WILL INCLUDE THE SCOUTS' PARENTS WHO HAVE BEEN INVITED SO AS TO ACQUAINT THEM WITH THE ACTIVITIES IN WHICH THEIR CHILDREN ARE INVOLVED, BOTH AS MEMBER OF THE SCOUT GROUP AND THE COMMUNITY CENTRE.

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NOTE TO EDITORS : YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE CELEBRATIONS

AND PRESENTATION TOMORROW (SATURDAY) BEQ1NN1NQ AT a P.M.

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AMBULANCES TO CARRY NEW PAIN KILLING QAS if if if if it it

AFTER TRIALS LASTING; A YEAR, HONG KONG’S AMBULANCES ARE TO BE FITTED WITH ONE OF THE LATEST TYPES OF PAIN KILLING GAS — +ENTONOX.+

MR. BILL DOORE, CHIEF AMBULANCE OFFICER, SAID THE GAS HAD BEEN FOUND TO BE +EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL* IN RELIEVING PAIN AND SHOCK CAUSED BY INJURY OR ILLNESS AND, FROM TOMORROW, ALL AMBULANCES WILL CARRY AN +ENTONOX+ SET CONSISTING OF A CYCLINDER AND FACE MASK. ADDITIONALLY THEY ARE TO BE FITTED WITH PIPED OXYGEN AS A STANDARD FEATURE, MAKING HONG KONG’S AMBULANCES AMONG THE BEST EQUIPPED IN THE WORLD.

MR. DOORE SAID B6 ENTONOX SETS HAD BEEN PURCHASED FROM HONG KONG OXYGEN COMPANY, SUFFICIENT FOR ONE TO BE SUPPLIED TO EACH AMBULANCE. THE CYCL1NDERS, WHICH ARE RECHARGEABLE, ARE CAPABLE OF PROVIDING A SUPPLY OF GAS FOR ONE HOUR. THE GAS IS A MIXTURE OF NITROUS OXIDE AND OXYGEN AND IS USED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AT BIRTHS.

MR. DOORE SAID THE PATIENT ADMINISTERS THE GAS HIMSELF SO THAT HE DOES NOT BECOME UNCONSCIOUS. +AS SOON AS HE FEELS THE PAIN GOING,* MR. DOORE EXPLAINED, +HE RELEASES THE MASK AND BREATHES A NORMAL AIR. WHEN THE PAIN RETURNS, HE PUTS THE MAST BACK ON TO BREATHE THE PAIN KILLING GAS.*

THE ADVANTAGE OF ENTONOX OVER OPIATES — WHICH WERE USED UNTIL A FEW YEARS AGO *- IS THAT, WHEN THE PATIENT STOPS BREATHING THE GAS, THE PAIN RETURNS AND THE DOCTOR IS ABLE TO MAKE A BETTER DIAGNOSIS.

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NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS:

THE NEW TYPE OF PAIN KILLING GAS WILL BE SUPPLIED TO AMBULANCES IN YAU MA TEI AMBULANCE DEPOT C44 WATERLOO ROAD) AT 11 A.M. TOMORROW (SATURDAY). YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND MEMBERS OF PHOTOGRAPHIC STAFF TO TAKE PICTURES. THEY SHOULD CONTACT HR. DOORE, THE CHIEF AMBULANCE OFFICER.

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE

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THE FOLLOW ING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY CFR1DAY) AT SALES UNDER THE RICE CONTROL SCHEME AND AT THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AND THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION 1 WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEUNG SHA WAN, KOWLOON:

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SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE OF RICE CHINA RICE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PR1CEC$/CATTY) AVERAGE

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- OLD CROP GOOD

- NEW CROP • GOOD 2.12

S.CaJIEN

- OLD CROP GOOD

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.06

PO NGA1 GOOD

CHU CHO GOOD

THAI RICE %

100% WHOLE GOOD 2.03

10-15% BROKERS GOOD 2.01

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.90

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.70

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 2.03

U.S. RICE GOOD 1.94

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD ' 1.92

PAKISTAN RICE GOOD

TAIWAN RICE GOOD

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SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH

CFMO CHEUNQ SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET) AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

SPECIES OF SUPPLY HIGH LOW MODE

QOLDEN THREAD GOOD 3.60 2.60 3.oo

BIQ-EYES GOOD 2.60 0.60 1.80

SQUID NORMAL 3.50 2.00 3.20

hair-tails NORMAL 1.20 0.70 1.00

LIZARD FISHES LIMITED 2.40 1.20 2.00

CROAKERS NORMAL 2.30 1.00 1.80

CONQER-PIKE-EELS NORMAL 2.00 1.30 1.80

MELON COAT —• —•

BREAMS LIMITED 5.70 2.70 4.00

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 1.80 0.50 1.50

MACKERELS LIMITED 3.80 3.00 3.40

RED GOAT FISH GOOD 0.70 0.40 0.50 .

FORK-TAIL NORMAL 1.10 0.80 1.00

HORSE-HEAD GOOD 3.00 4.00

MELON SEED NORMAL 1.20 2.00

POMFRETS SCARCE 9.00 7.oo 8.00

qAROUPAS NORMAL 7.00 5.00 6.50

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SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES CV.M.O. CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKET)

type OF VEGETABLE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY) HIGH LOW MODE

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FLOWERING CABBAGE WHITE CABBAGE CHINESE LETTUCE WATER SPINACH CHINESE KALE NORMAL good 11 I * LIMITED 1.20 0.30 0.40 1.00 1.20 0.40 0.10 0.10 0.20 0.40 o.ou 0.20 0.30 0.60 0.80

STRING BEANS SPRING ONION SPINACH WATER CRESS leaf mustard cabbage CHINESE SPINACH tomato , GOOD SCARCE NORMAL GOOD ii NORMAL 0.70 1.00 0.90 0.30 0.50 1.40 0.20 0.30 0.20 0.10 0.20 0.40 0.50 0.60 . 0.70 0.20 0.40 0.80

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY * - NORMAL

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK

CS/PICUL—LIVE WEIGHT) - 305 CAVERAGE)

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 1974

CONTENTS page NO.

EXCAVATORS IN SECOND LION ROCK TUNNEL WILL LINK-UP ON MONDAY .............................................. j

SLIGHT DROP IN INCIDENCE OF MEASLES RECORDED IN MARCH .................................................. 2

CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD CLEARWAY HOURS TO BE REVISED . 2

TOO HONG KONG REPRESENTATIVES TO ATTEND COMMON-

WEALTH PARLIAMENTARY VISIT IN LONDON .................... 3

• AIR MAIL FROM HONG KONG TO CANADA SUSPENDED DUE TO CANADIAN POSTAL STRIKE .................................. 3

SPEECH COMPETITION BETWEEN WELFARE AND ~

CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS. .............................. 4

NEARLY 800 WORKING DAYS WERE LOST DUE TO STOPPAGES IN THE JAN-MARCH QUARTER ............................... 5

MORE PEOPLE ARE NOW USING THE IMPROVED BUS SERVICES TO THE MID-LEVELS .............................. 6

Issued by Government Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong. Tel: 5-233191

SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 1974

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- 1 -SECOND LION ROCK TUNNEL LINK-UP SET FOR MONDAY » x » it s «

EXCITEMENT IS MOUNTING AMONG WORKERS AT THE SECOND LION ROCK TUNNEL THIS WEEKEND AS THE MOMENT FOR THE BREAK-THROUGH OF THE TUNNEL APPROACHES.

THE BREAK-THROUGH HAS BEEN TIMED FOR 11.30 A.H. ON MONDAY (APRIL 29>, WHEN THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, MR. DAVID MCDONALD, WILL PRESS A BUTTON TO DETONATE THE EXPLOSIVE CHARGE. THE CEREMONY WILL ALSO INCLUDE A LION DANCE AND A GOOD LUCK RITE.

WORK ON THIS $29 MILLION WATERWORKS OFFICE PROJECT STARTED

• 10-1/2 MONTHS AGO ARD WILL BE COMPLETED BY JULY NEXT YEAR, WHEN TOO FIVE-FOOT DIAMETER WATER HAIN PIPES WILL HAVE BEEN LAID IN THE BASE OF THE TUNNEL, WHICH IS NEARLY A MILE LONG.

THESE PIPES WILL THEN BEGIN TO CARRY TO THE URBAN AREAS OF KOWLOON THE ADDITIONAL WATER MADE AVAILABLE BY THE RAISING OF THE PLOVER COVE DAM. THE FOLLOWING YEAR THE FIRST WATER TO FLOW FROM THE HIGH ISLAND RESERVOIR WILL GO THROUGH THE SAME PIPES.

WHEN THE WATERWORKS SIDE OF THE TUNNEL IS COMPLETED NEXT SUMMER, P.W.D.'S HIGHWAYS OFFICE WILL TAKE OVER TO SUPERVISE THE ROAD-LAYING STAGE, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE UfIDER A SEPARATE CONTRACT. THIS WORK IS EXPECTED TO LAST ABOUT 18 MONTHS.

. " "■ THE TOO EXTRA TRAFFIC LANES IN THE SECOND TUNNEL WILL RESULT IN IMPROVED COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN KOWLOON ARD SHA TIN AND WILL CONTRIBUTE TO THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT PP.OGRANJE IN GENERAL ’• AND TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF SHAT1N NEU TOWN IN PARTICULAR.

A SPOKESMAN'FOR' THE WATERWORKS OFFICE SAID TODAY THAT WORK ON •EXCAVATING THE TUNNEL HAD GONE WELL AND WAS ON SCHEDULE, DESPITE DIFFICULT SECTIONS OF ROCK AND SOIL AND THE NECESSITY TO RESTRICT BLASTING SO AS TO ENSURE THAT THE EXISTING TUNNEL COULD NOT BE IMPAIRED. r

♦A BREAK-THROUGH IS TRADITIONALLY THE CLIMACTIC AND MOST EXCITING OCCASION IN TUNNELLING,+ HE ADDED, +AND THIS TUNNEL IS NO EXCEPTION. WE'RE VERY PLEASED AT THE WAY WORK HAS GONE.*

THE CONTRACTOR CARRYING OUT THIS WATERWORKS PROJECT IS THE SOCIETE FRANCAISE D'ENTREPRISES DE DRAGAGES ET DE TRAVAUX PUBLICS OF MARSEILLES. „

TO SEND A REPORTER BREAK-THROUGH

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED

NUlfc AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE

TRANSPORT TO THE TUNNEL WILL BE

CEREMONY. AVAILABLE RECEPTION BUILDING, TUNNEL AT

IN THE CAR PARK OUTSIDE THE MAIN AREA OH THE GROUND FLOOR OF MURRAY GARDEN ROAD. BUSES HILL LEAVE FOR THE 10.30 A.M. FOR JOURNALISTS USING THEIR OWN TRANSPORT A SKETCH SHOWING THE PARKING

ARRANGEMENTS’ IS BOXED FOR COLLECTION

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HEALTH RETURNS FOR MARCH ISSUED TODAY BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SHOW THAT 13 CHILDREN DIED FROM MEASLES, A SLIGHT INCREASE COMPARED WITH THE 10 DEATHS RECORDED IN FEBRUARY.

BUT NOTIFICATIONS OF MEASLES DURING THE MONTH DROPPED TO 349, COMPARED WITH 367 IN JANUARY AND 384 IN FEBRUARY. J.,., t '' ' • ’ I , - I • <* .»•' M

COMMENTING ON THESE FIGURES, A SPOKESMAN SA<D THEY SHOWED THAT THE CURRENT ANTI-MEASLES CAMPAIGN WAS PRODUCING: A SATISFACTORY RESPONSE — BUT THERE WAS STILL NO ROOM FOR COMPLACENCY.i

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♦AS ALREADY ANNOUNCED, THE ANTI-MEASLES CAMPAIGN IS CONTINUING UNTIL THE END OF MAY,+ HE SAID. +FREE VACCINE IS AVAILABLE AT ALL MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRES, NOT ONLY DURING THIS EXTENDED CAMPAIGN PERIOD, BUT ALSO THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

♦PARENTS OF SUSCEPTIBLE CHILDREN BETWEEN SIX MONTHS AND FIVEi YEARS SHOULD HAVE THEM IMMUNISED.♦

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OF THE 119 OTHER DEATHS RECORDED DURING MARCH,.111"WERE CAUSED BY TUBERCULOSIS — A DROP FROM THE 132 DEATHS FROM THE SAME DISEASE IN FEBRUARY — ONE BY AMOEBIASIS, ONE BY BACILLARY DYSENTERY,*■ TWO BY CHICKENPOX, ONE BY VIRAL HEPATITIS, AND THREE BY TETANUS.

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. ’ THERE WERE 151 NOTIFICATIONS OF CHICKENPOX, A RISE FROM THE 140 CASES RECORDED IN FEBRUARY. NOTIFICATIONS OF BACILLARY DYSENTERY DROPPED, FROM THE 25, CASES RECORDED IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH* ,TO”23» •'

NO CASES OF DIPHTHERIPOLIOMYELITIS WERE RECORDED, AND THE INCIDENCE OF OTHER COMMUNICABLE DISEASES SHOWED NO APPRECIABLE, VARIATION.

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DURING THE MONTH, HONG KONG REMAINED FREE FROM CHOLERA AND OTHER QUARANTINABLE DISEASES.

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CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD CLEARWAY HOURS REVISED «««*»«

MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED THAT THE CLEARWAY HOURS ON CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD BETWEEN NATHAN ROAD AND HING HAHjSTpEET IN KOWLOON WILL * BE REVISED FROM 10 A.M. ON TUESDAY CAPR1L 30>.

THE NEW CLEARWAY HOURS ON THIS STRETCH OF CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD WILL BE FROM 7 A.M. TO 10 A.M. AND FROM 4 P.M. TO 7 P.M. ,

ONLY FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE PERMITTED TO STOP TO PICK -UP OR SET DOWN PASSENGERS DURING THESE HOURS.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE POSTED TO INDICATE THE REVISED CLEARWAY HOURS. ‘ ' ' ■' •

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A HONG KONG DELEGATION WILL LEAVE FOR LONDON ON MONDAY (APRIL 29> TO TAKE PART IN A COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY VISIT AT THE INVITATION OF THE UNITED KINGDOM BRANCH OF THE COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY ASSOCIATION.

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THE DELEGATION CCMPRISES UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MRS. JOYCE SYMONS AND MR. HILTON CHEONG~LEEN,'SHO ARE MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG BRANCH OF THE ASSOCIATION.

THE VISIT WILL LAST FROM APRIL 30 TO MAY 17 AND WILL BRING TOGETHER SOME 24 MEMBERS FROM ABOUT 17 BRANCHES FROM AROUND THE COMMONWEALTH.

THE PURPOSE OF THE VISIT IS TO ENABLE THE PARTICIPANTS TO MEET MEMBERS OF THE WESTMINSTER PARLIAMENT AND TO SEE SOMETHING OF MODERN BRITAIN AS WELL AS TO ENABLE THEM TO GAIN WIDER EXPERIENCE OF THE OUTLOOK OF OTHER COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES FROM DISCUSSIONS AND INFORMAL CONTACT WITH THEIR COLLEAGUES.

AN IMPORTANT FEATURE OF THE PROGRAMME WILL BE A SERIES OF DISCUSSIONS ON CURRENT COMMONWEALTH TOPICS WHICH IT IS EXPECTED WILL BE INTRODUCED BY BRITISH MINISTERS AND ATTENDED BY MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT OF ALL PARTIES WHO WILL TAKE PART IN THE DISCUSSIONS.

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THE POST OFFICE HAS ANNOUNCED THAT NO POSTAL ITEM FOR DESPATCH BY AIR-MAIL TO CANADA WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO THE NATIONWIDE POSTAL STRIKE IN CANADA.

THE POSTMASTER GENERAL SAID TODAY THAT.DUE TO THE STRIKE, THE CANADIAN POSTAL ADMINISTRATION WAS UNABLE TO ACCEPT AIRMAIL CORRESPONDENCE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

PARCELS POSTED IN HONG KONG FROM , WERE ALSO LIKELY TO BE DELAYED

AIR-MAIL LETTERS AND APRIL 15 ONWARDS, HE ADDED

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INTER-INSTITUTION SPEECH COMPETITION

BOYS AND GIRLS OF SEVEN WELFARE AND CORRECTIONAL'INSTITUTIONS INCLUDING TWO RUN BY VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS, WILL TAKE PART IN AN INTER-INSTITUTION SPEECH-COMPETITION WHICH WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY (APRIL 3O> AT THE HONG KONG JUVENILE CARE CENTRE.

THE COMPETITION WILL BE IN TWO GROUPS - ’A' GROUP AND 'B' GROUP. THE FORMER IS'FOR THOSE WITH AN EDUCATIONAL STANDARD OF PRIMARY 5 OR ABOVE WHILE THE LATTER IS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT STUDIED BEYOND PRIMARY 5* EACH INSTITUTION WILL SEND TWO

1 REPRESENTATIVES TO PARTICIPATE IN each group.

THE TWO WELFARE INSTITUTIONS ARE THE HONG KONG JUVENILE CARE CENTRE AND THE SOCIETY OF BOYS' CENTRES. THE OTHER FIVE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS ARE THE BEGONIA ROAD BOYS' HOME, THE CASTLE PEAK BOYS' HOME, THE 0 PU1 SHAN-BOYS' HOME, THE MA TAU WEI GIRLS' HOME AND THE KWUN TONG HOSTEL, ALL OPERATED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT. .

PRIZES HAVE BEEN DONATED BY MR. WILFRED WONG, JR.,* THE ^RESIDENT OF THE HONG KONG JUVENILE CARE CENTRE AND MRS. C.K. LO, ITS CHAIRMAN.

. THE PANEL OF JUDGES WILL INCLUDE DR. CHUNG CHi-YUNG, PRINCIPAL’ OF SHUE YAN COLLEGE, MR. HO H0K-CH1M, A RETIRED TEACHER AND MR. LEUNG KA-WIN"G, 'CHAIRMAN OF. THE STUDENTS' UNION OF THE HONG KONG BAPTIST COLLEGE.

THIS COMPETITION IS ONE OF THE ANNUAL SERIES OF ACTIVITIES SPONSORED BY THE INTER-INSTITUTION ACTIVITIES EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.

MR. K.W. LEUNG, SUPERINTENDENT OF KWUN TONG HOSTEL AND THE COMMITTEE'S SECRETARY, SAID ALL SUPERINTENDENTS OR WARDENS OF THE PARTICIPATING INSTITUTIONS SERVE AS THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE WHILE THE PRINCIPAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER (CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS) IN THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, IS THE ADVISER.

THE COMMITTEE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PLANNING AND ORGANISING - VARIOUS INDOOR O OUTDOOR HEALTHY AND MEANINGFUL CULTURAL COMPETITIONS OR ATHLETIC EVENTS, INCLUDING AaSPORTS MEET EACH YEAR FOR THE BOYS AND GIRLS BEING UNDER CARE OF THE INSTITUTIONS, HE EXPLAINED.

THIS IS TO BRING THEM TOGETHER, TO ENHANCE THEIR MENTAL DEVELOPMENT AND PHYSICAL WELL-BEING, AT THE SAME TIME PROMOTING MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING AND CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE'VOLUNTARY AND GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS.

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NEARLY BOO WORKING DAYS LOST IN JAN-MARCH FIGURE LOW COMPARED WITH OTHER AREAS

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SIX STOPPAGES OF WORK INVOLVING 487 INDUSTRIAL WORKERS WERE REPORTED TO THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT DURING THE FIRST QUARTER OF THE YEAR.

THE HEAD OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE, MR. TSUI TIM-FQOK, SAID TODAY ALL THE DISPUTES HAD BEEN SETTLED. THEY HAD RESULTED IN A LOSS OF 799 WORKING DAYS.

MR. TSUI SAID THAT THIS WAS THE FIRST OCCASION ON WHICH . THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAD ISSUED FIGURES ON INDUSTRIAL DISPUTES IN THIS FORM. IN DOING SO, IT WAS BRINGING ITS PRACTICE IN THE PUBLISHING OF DISPUTES FIGURES INTO LINE WITH THAT USED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND ELSEWHERE. HE SAID THE METHOD AIMED AT CALCULATING THE IMPACT OF STOPPAGES IN TERMS OF WORKERS INVOLVED AND WORKING DAYS LOST.

THE TERM +STOPPAGES+ COVERED ALL STOPPAGES OF WORK, WHETHER DUE TO STRIKE OR LOCKOUT, WHICH RELATED TO DISPUTES CONNECTED WITH TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT.

♦IN KEEPING WITH OVERSEAS PRACTICE, ALL STOPPAGES INVOLVING TEN OR MORE WORKERS AND LASTING A DAY OR MORE ARE CONSIDERED,+ HE SAID.’+STOPPAGES INVOLVING FEWER THAN TEN WORKERS OR LASTING LESS THAN ONE DAY ARE INCLUDED IF THE AGQREGATE OF WORKING DAYS LOST EXCEEDS 100. '

♦WORKING ON THIS BASIS,. THE QUARTERLY AVERAGE OF WORKING DAYS LOST IN HONG KONG FOR THE PAST TEN YEARS IS 9,338. OF COURSE THE FIGURES FLUCTUATE FROM YEAR TO YEAR AND QUARTER TO QUARTER, AND IN ANY GIVEN QUARTER THE FIGURE CAN BE DISTORTED BY ONE MAJOR STOPPAGE.

♦BUT LAST QUARTER'S FIGURES OF 799 WORKING DAYS LOST MUST BE CONSIDERED AS VERY LOW.+

MR. TSUI POINTED OUT THAT HONG KONG'S RECORD OF STOPPAGES WAS VERY GOOD. LAST YEAR ONLY 40 WORKING DAYS WERE LOST PER 1,000 EMPLOYEES.

♦IN FACT, HONG KONG IS ONE OF THE FIVE INDUSTRIALISED - TERRITORIES IN THE WORLD WELL KNOWN FOR THEIR LOW RATIO OF WORKING DAYS LOST THROUGH INDUSTRIAL ACTION,♦ M&. TSUI SAID. ♦THE OTHER FOUR COUNTRIES ARE SWITZERLAND, WEST GERMANY, SINGAPORE AND SWEDEN.+

MR. TSUI SAID THAT THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE WOULD IN FUTURE ISSUE STOPPAGE FIGURES ON A QUARTERLY BASIS.

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HE ADDED THAT DURING THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF THE YEAR OFFICERS OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE HAD HANDLED SONE 1,500 MINOR GRIEVANCES, MAINLY INVOLVING INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYEES. DURING THE PERIOD ,379 OF THESE PROBLEMS WERE REFERRED TO THE LABOUR

tribunal.

IN ADDITION TO CONCILIATION WORK, HIS OFFICERS HAD HANDLED 6,B93 CONSULTATIONS AND ENQUIRIES FROM BOTH WORKERS AND MANAGEMENT DURING THE QUARTER.

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THERE HAS BEEN A 15 PER CENT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS BEING CARRIED ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT THROUGH THE MIDLEVELS AREA SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF THE NEW TRAFFIC SCHEME ALMOST TWO WEEKS ago.

FIGURES SUPPLIED BY THE CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY TO THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT REVEAL THAT AN AVERAGE OF b5,000 PEOPLE A DAY ARE NUkl USING BUSES WHICH PASS THROUGH THE NEW BUS PRIORITY SCHEME.

EIGHT BUS ROUTES OPERATE WITHIN OR THROUGH THIS PART OF -THE MID-LEVELS.

S4NCE THE SCHEME WAS INTRODUCED, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT AND CMB HAVE BEEN CONSIDERING REQUESTS AND SUGGESTIONS ABOUT PUBLIC TRANSPORT FROM RESIDENTS OF THE AREA.

AS A RESULT, A FURTHER IMPROVEMENT IS TO BE MADE TO THE -RECENTLY INTRODUCED ROUTE 23B FROM PARK ROAD TO BORTH POINT.

FROM MONDAY CAPRIL 29>, EASTBOUND BUSES ON JOURNEYS TO NORTH POINT WILL OPERATE VIA GARDEN ROAD, QUEEN'S ROAD CENTRAL, PEDDER STREET AND CHATER ROAD. AT PRESENT THEY TRAVEL VIA GARDEN ROAD-, JACKSON ROAD AND THE EASTERN END OF CHATER ROAD.

THE CHANGE IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE ANOTHER SERVICE THROUGH THE HEART OF THE CENTRAL DISTRICT FOR PASSENGERS ALONG THE EASTERN SECTION OF CAINE ROAD.

AT THE SAfiE TIME, BY OPERATING ALONG PEDDER STREET AND THE WESTERN SECTION OF CHATER ROAD, ROUTE 23B WtLL PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL FACILITY BETWEEN CENTRAL AND NORTH POINT VIA HENNESSY ROAD.

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SUKDAY, APRIL 28, 1974

PROGRESS REPORT ON PRINCESS MAHQARET HOSPITAL it if n n n n

ORGANISATIONAL PROCEDURES AND GENERAL PRACTICES ARE BEING DEVISED FOR THE PRINCESS tJARQARET HOSPITAL Hl LAI CHI KOK, WHOSE GENERAL WING IS EXPECTED TO BE OPENED EARLY IN 1975*

THE COMMISSIONING UNIT OF THE NEW $50 MILLION HOSPITAL, LED BY DR. KENNETH CRAIG. MEDICAL ADMINISTRATOR, IS ALSO CONSIDERING NECESSARY IN-SERVICE TRAINING TO BE CARRIED OUT IN THE SECOND HALF OF THIS YEAR.

CONSTRUCTION OF THE GENERAL WING, THE MAIN BUILDING,OF THE COMPLEX, HAS ALMOST BEEN COMPLETED, AND IS SCHEDULED TO BE HANDED OVER TO THE MEDICAL AND'.HEALTH DEPARTMENT BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SOME TIME THIS JUNE. FINAL TOUCHES TO INTERIOR WORK ABE NOT PROCEEDING SMOOTHLY.

AN ADVANCE PARTY OF ABOUT 15 MEMBERS OF THE HOSPITAL'S STAFF ARE ALREADY WORKING ON THE SITE, RECEIVING, FOR EXAMPLE, EQUIPMENT FOR THE OPERATION THEATRES, FOR X-RAY, AND OTHER SPECIALIST SERVICES.

INTAKE OF PATIENTS AFTER THE OPENING OF THE GENERAL WING IS PLANNED ON A PHASED BASIS STRETCHING OVER THREE MONTHS OR SO, AND ENDING WITH THE OPENING OF THE CASUALTY SECTION.

• BY THAT DATE, ALL SUPPORTING AND CLINICAL SECTIONS WILL BE OPERATIONAL, AND SPECIALISED UNITS OF ALL CLINICAL SECTIONS WILL BE ADDED GRADUALLY AS THE NECESSARY STAFF BECOME AVAILABLE. "

THE 1,350-BEO GENERAL SECT!Ot) WILL HAVE, BESIDES OTHERS, A GERIATRIC UNIT FOR THE TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION OF THE ELDERLY, AND A UNIT FITTED WITH ARTIFICIAL KIDNEY EQUIPMENT OF THE LATEST DESIGN.

WHEN FULLY OPERATIONAL, THE GENERAL WING OF THE PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL WILL NEED MORE THAN 130 DOCTORS AND MORE THAN BOO NURSES AND OTHERS. THE HOSPITAL IS DESIGNED TO SERVE THE GROWING POPULATION IN THE NORTHWEST AREAS OF KOWLOON, AND THE TWO RABIDLY-DEVELOPING TOWNS OF KWAI CHUNG AND TSUEN WAN.

PROGRESS ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE COMBINED STAFF QUARTERS IS PRESENTLY CAUSING SOME CONCERN, BECAUSE THE GENERAL WING CAN NOT BE OPENED UNTIL AT LEAST ONE MONTH AFTER COMPLETION OF THE "QUARTERS.

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AS FAR AS ACCESS TO THE HOSPITAL FROM THE KWAI CHUNG ROAD GOES, WORK IS PROGRESSING SATISFACTORILY, AND IS EXPECTED TO OE COMPLETED BY THE END OF NOVEMBER. THE APPROACH ROAD, LEADING FROM THE LAI CHI KOK AMUSEMENT PARK, WILL BE RE-SURFACED, AND ANOTHER APPROACH ROAD CONNECTED TO CHING CHEUNG ROAD IS NOW BEING PLANNED.

THE SPECIALIST AND FOLLOW-UP CLINIC OF THE HOSPITAL WILL BE LOCATED AWAY FROM THE HOSPITAL ITSELF IN THE SOUTH KWAI CHUNG POLYCLINIC STAGE II. THIS IS NOT UNUSUAL IN THE CASE OF HOSPITALS SERVING A LARGE AREA. THE POLYCLINIC WILL NOT BE OPENED UNTIL THE MIDDLE OF 1y75» BUT A SPECIALIST CLINIC IN CONSULTATION ROOMS IN THE ALREADY-OPENED STAGE I SOUTH KWAI CHUNG CLINIC IS PROPOSED AS A TEMPORARY ALTERNATIVE.

THE REMAINING PORTION OF THE COMPLEX, THE 1,3OO-BED PSYCHIATRIC WING, IS NOW IN CATEGORY A OF THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME. IT IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN 1977.

NOTE TO EDITORS: COPIES OF A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE PRINCESS

---------.------ MARGARET HOSPITAL COMPLEX, AS IT NOW LOOKS, ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION IN THE NEWS ROOM OF THE G-l.S., 6TH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

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NO SPECIAL RATE FOR OLD TYPE AEROGRAMMES it ft if ft it ft ft ,

THE POST OFFICE TODAY REMINDED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC THAT ONLY AEROGRAMMES OF THE APPROVED INTERNATIONAL STANDARD MAY NOW BE POSTED AT THE SPECIAL RATE OF 50 CENTS.

AS FROM THIS MONTH, OLD-TYPE AEROGRAMMES ARE LIABLE TO THE FULL AIRMAIL LETTER RATE, AND ANY SUCH AEROGRAMME WHICH DOES NOT BEAR THE FULL RATE WILL BE TREATED AS UNDERPAID.

A SPOKESMAN SAID THAT SOME AEROGRAMMES OF THE OBSOLETE TYPE WERE STILL BEING POSTED. HE URGED THE PUBLIC IN THEIR OWN INTEREST TO USE ONLY THE NEW-TYPE AEROGRAMME.

STAMPED AEROGRAMMES OF THE APPROVED PATTERN MAY BE OBTAINED AT ANY POST OFFICE THOSE WHO PREFER TO USE UNSTAMPED AEROGRAMMES SHOULD ENSURE THAT THE AEROGRAMMES BEAR ON THE REVERSE A LICENCE NUMBER WITH THREE FIGURES.

+COMMERC1 ALLY PRODUCED AEROGRAMMES WHICH BEAR ONLY A TWO-FIGURE LICENCE NUMBER ON THE REVERSE ARE NOW OBSOLETE,* THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED. ' ' ------ - - .. _

♦APPROVAL TO MANUFACTURE THESE WAS WITHDRAWN IN 1971 AND MANUFACTURERS WERE ADVISED OF THE NEW REQUIREMENTS IN SEPTEMBER THAT YEAR.* n

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MONDAY, APRIL 29, 1974.

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PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR MARCH SHOW INCREASE OF $561 MILLION IN EXPORTS..................................... 1

WORK STARTS ON NEW TANG CHI NGONG SPECIALIST CLINIC IN WANCHAI ........................................ 2

NEW FERRY SERIVCE BETWEEN MEI FOO SUN CHUEN AND CENTRAL

BEING INTRODUCED • •••••••••••♦•<«*« e e e e e e e e e j

SECOND PHASE OF ANTI-POLIO CAMPAIGN NEARING COMPLETION . 4

GOVERNOR TO VISIT SHA TIN 0N THURSDAY................./.. ' ~ 4

•TRAFFIC "RE-ROUTINGS IN NORTH POINT AND CENTRAL ......... 5

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COMMODITIES ?° WH0LESALE PRlCES-AND SUPPLY;OF BASIC FOOD

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MONDAY, APRIL 29, 1974

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_ MARCH EXPORTS UP BY 42.8 PER CENT

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THE VALUE OF HONG KONG’S DOMESTIC EXPORTS LAST MONTH WAS $1,870 MILLION — AN INCREASE OF $561 MILLION OR 42.8 PER CENT OVER MARCH 1973, ACCORDING TO PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

IMPORTS INCREASED IN VALUE BY 59.3 PER CENT AND RE-EXPORTS BY 40.5 PER CENT OVER THE FIGURES FOR MARCH LAST YEAR.

FIGURES FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY TO MARCH 1974, SHOW INCREASES OVER THE SAME PERIOD IN 1973 OF 39-9 PER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS, 53.4 PER CENT FOR RE-EXPORTS AND 41.3 PER CENT FOR IMPORTS.

FOR THE 12-MONTH PERIOD APRIL 1973 TO MARCH 1974, FIGURES SHOW AN INCREASE OVER THE PREVIOUS 12-MONTH PERIOD OF 33.6 PER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS, 60.5 PER CENT FOR RE-EXPORTS AND 38.2 PER CENT FOR

MPORTS.

THE FOLLOWING TABLE GIVES THE PROVISIONAL FIGURES FOR MARCH WITH COMPARISONS.

' . _ DOMESTIC EXPORTS : $1,870 'MILLION

IMPORTS : $3,079 MILLION

. '• RE-EXPORTS : $ 639 MILLION

COMPARATIVE^FIGURES

.. v V . MARCH _1974 $ MN. A 9 MARCH 1973 $ MN. INCREASE OR DECREASE

$ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 1.870 1,310 + 561 +42.8

IMPORTS 3,079 1,934 +1,146 +59.3

RE-EXPORTS 639 455 + 184 +40.5

JAN - MAR JAN - MAR INCREASE OR

1974 1973 DECREASE

$ mN. $ MN. Si $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 5,273 3.769 +1,503 +39.9

IMPORTS 8,065 5.708 +2,357 +41.3

RE-EXPORTS 1,805 1.176 + 628 +53.4

APRIL 1973 APRIL 1972 INCREASE OR

TO MARCH 1974 TO MARCH 1973 DECREASE

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$ MN. $ MN. $ MN.' % '

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 20,978 15.704 ♦5,274 +33.6

IMPORTS 31,362 .22,697 4,456 % +8,665 +38.2

RE-EXPORTS 7,153 +2,698 +60.5

MONDAY, APRIL 29, 1974.

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NEW SPECIALIST CLINIC FOR WANCHAI ft ft ft ft ft X

WORK IS NOW IN PROGRESS ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE TANG CHI NQONG SPECIALIST CLINIC — A MODERN EIGHT-STOREY BUILDING IN WANCHAI NEXT TO THE TANG SH1U KIN HOSPITAL.

IT IS ENVISAGED THAT ON COMPLETION IN MID-1975, THE NEW SPECIALIST CLINIC WILL REPLACE THE SPECIALIST OUT-PATIENT FACILITIES NOU AVAILABLE IN THE VIOLET PEEL POLYCLINIC IN WANCHAl. THE PRESENT VIOLET PEEL POLYCLINIC WILL, HOWEVER, CONTINUE TO PROVIDE GENERAL OUT-PATIENT CLINIC FACILITIES.

BUILT ON A 12,QOO-SQUARE-FOOT SITE AT QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, THE TANG CHI NGONQ SPECIALIST CLINIC WILL HAVE SPECIALIST OUTPATIENT FACILITIES FOR MEDICINE, SURGERY, PAEDIATRICS, EYE, EAR-NOSE-AND-THROAT AS WELL AS SOCIAL HYGIENE.

THERE WILL BE 21 CONSULTING ROOMS AS AGAINST NINE IN THE VIOLET PEEL POLYCLINIC. OTHER FACILITIES.INCLUDE TWO OPERATING THEATRES FOR MINOR SURGICAL AND OPHTHALMIC CASES, VISUAL ACUITY AND TEST ROOMS, TREATMENT ROOMS, DISPENSARIES, LABORATORIES, SPEECH THERAPY OFFICES AND ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES. A CAR PARK/W1LL ALSO BE PROVIDED. *

’ EACH FLOOR OF THE CLINIC IS BEING DESIGNED IN SUCH A WAY AS TO ACCOMMODATE A PARTICULAR TYPE OF SPECIALIST SERVICE, SUCH,AS EYE,. EAR-NOSE-AND-THROAT DISEASES AND SO ON.

THE NEW CLINIC IS EXPECTED'*TO PLAY A USEFUL ROLE IN THE PROVISION OF SPECIALIST* OUT-PATIENT FACILITIES PARTICULARLY FOR RESIDENTS ON THE EASTERN HALF OF HONG KONG ISLAND.

SIR SH1U-KIN TANG HAS MADE A DONATION OF NEARLY $1.5 MILLION TOWARDS THE CONSTRUCTION COSTS AND IT IS AFTER HIS FATHER, THE LATE TANG CHI NGONG, THAT THE CLINIC IS BEING NAMED. THE GOVERNMENT WILL MEET THE REMAINDER OF THE EXPENSES AND THE RECURRENT COSTS.

THE OVERALL COST OF THE PROJECT IS ESTIMATED TO BE IN THE REGION OF $6.3 MILLION.

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MEI FOO-CENTRAL WATER TAXI SERVICE STARTS WEDNESDAY K tt « 3t » »

THE DEVELOPMENT OF COMMUTER-TYPE FERRY SERVICES IN HONG KONG WILL ADVANCE ANOTHER STAGE ON WEDNESDAY CMAY 1> WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF A SERVICE BETWEEN THE MASSIVE HEI FOO SUN CHUEN HOUSING SCHEME AND CENTRAL DISTRICT.

THE HONG KONG AND YAUMAT1 FERRY COMPANY WILL USE ITS RECENTLY ' DEVELOPED 67-SEATER WATER TAXIS ON THE RUN AND THESE WILL BE AUGMENTED, IF NECSSARY, BY A TRIPLE DECK FERRY AT THE MORNING PEAK PERIOD AND WATER BUSES IN THE AFTERNOON.

THE FARES ON THE WATER TAXIS WILL BE $1 AND FOR THE TRIPLE DECKER IT WILL BE $1 ON THE TOP DECK AND 50 CENTS ON THE LOWER DECKS AND ON THE WATER BUS.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT THE INTRODUCTION OF THE FERRY SERVICE WILL FURTHER IMPROVE THZ PUBLIC TRANSPORT FACILITIES FROM THIS FAST DEVELOPING. AREA IN NORTH WEST KOWLOON.

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; THE WATER TAXIS WILL COVER THE 3.5 NAUTICAL MILES IN JUST 16 MINUTES. DURING PEAK HOURS THE VESSELS WILL OPERATE ON A 10-M1NUX5 FREQUENCY AND OFF-PEAK WILL BE EVERY 15 MINUTES.'

ON WEEKDAYS TfiE FIRST WATER TAXI WILL LEAVE MEI FOO AT 7.15 A.M. AND THE.LAST ONE AT 7-20 P.M. FROM CENTRAL THE FIRST VESSEL WILL BE AT 7.35 A.M. AND THE LAST ONE AT 7.20 P.M. THE SAME TIMETABLE WILL OPERATE ON SATURDAYS EXCEPT THAT THE LAST SERVICE WILL LEAVE MEI FOO AT 2 P.M. AND CENTRAL AT 1.52 P.M.

THE NEW SERVICE WILL BE OFFICIALLY INAUGURATED ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON WITH THE FIRST WATER TAXI LEAVING MEI FOO AT 2.45 P.M. THE FULL TIMETABLE WILL NOT BEGIN OPERATING UNTIL THURSDAY MORNING

MONDAY, APRIL 29, 1974

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A TOTAL OF 9,836 DOSES OF ANTI-POLIOMYELITIS VACCINE WAS ADMINISTERED IN THE TWO WEEKS ENDING ON APRIL 6 IN CONNECTION WITH THE SECOND PHASE OF THIS YEAR'S CAMPAIGN TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THE DISEASE.

DURING THE PERIOD, 1,763 DOSES WERE ADMINISTERED AMONG CHILDREN ON THE ISLAND, 5.365 IN KOWLOON, AND 2,708 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

OF THESE, 3,856 WERE FIRST-DOSE, 3,338 SECOND-DOSE, AND 2,642 BOOSTER-DOSE.

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THE SECOND PHASE WILL CONTINUE UNTIL THE END OF THIS MONTH.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY ANTI-POLIOMYELITIS'VA.CC I NE WAS AVAILABLE FREE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AT ALL THE DEPARTMENT'S MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRES.

HE REPEATED THAT THESE ANNUAL CAMPAIGNS WERE INTENDED TO REMIND MOTHERS OF THE AVAILABILITY OF THE VACCINE, AND TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT.

CAMPAIGNS ALSO ENABLE MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRES TO DEAL WITH CASES THAT DO NOT COME UP DURING NORMAL SESSIONS.

SIR MURRAY TO VISIT SHATIN

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL PAY A VISIT TO THE SHATIN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT AREA ON THURSDAY CHAY 2>.

SIR MURRAY WILL ARRIVE AT THE SHATIN SITE OFFICE AT 2.45 P.M. WHERE HE WILL BE MET BY THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES,.

MR. DAVID AKERS-JONES AND OTHER OFFICIALS.

THE GOVERNOR'S ITINERARY INCLUDES A VISIT TO A VILLAGE AND A PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHQTOGSAPHER TO COVER THE VISIT.

A NINE-SEATER VAN CAM 23153 WILL BE AVAILABLE TO TAKE MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA TO THE SITE OFFICE. IT WILL LEAVE THE KOWLOON SUB-POOL BEHIND THE TSIMSHATSUl POST OFFICE AT 1.45 P.M.

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TRAFFIC RE-ARRANGEMENTS IN NORTH POINT AND CENTRAL

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A NUMBER OF TRAFFIC RE-ROUTINGS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN NORTH POINT FROM 10 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY CHAY 1) WHEN THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS AT THE KING’S ROAD-TONG SHU1 ROAD JUNCTION AND THE KING'S ROAD-SHU KUK STREET JUNCTION COME INTO OPERATION.

‘ FROM THAT DATE THE WESTERN SECTION OF TONG SHU1 ROAD BETWEEN KING'S ROAD AND JAVA ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED FOR ONEWAY NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC ONLY, BUT TRAMS WILL BE PERMITTED TO TRAVEL IN BOTH DIRECTIONS.

TO FACILITATE PEDESTRIANS CROSSING KING'S ROAD AT .ITS JUNCTION WITH SHU KUK STREET, THE LEFT TURNING MOVEMENT FROM THE SOUTHERN SECTION Of SHU KUK STREET TO KING'S ROAD WILL BE BANNED FROM WEDNESDAY.

MEANWHILE, FROM 10 A.M. ON THURSDAY CMAY 2), THE SECTION OF CLEVERLY STREET BETWEEN CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND DES VOEUX CENTRAL WILL BE RE-OPENED FOR SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE SECTION OF DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL BETWEEN MORRISON STREET AND CLEVERLY STREET WILL BE REVERTED TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC, AND VEHICLES WILL AGAIN BE PERMITTED TO TURN FROM MORRISON STREET TQ>DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL.

BUSES RUNNING ON ROUTES 5. 5A, 5B, 10 AND 101 WILL BE REVERTER TO OPERATE VIA CLEVERLY STREET.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE POSTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS!



MONDAY, APRIL 29, 1974

CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICES

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THc FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY CMONDAY) AT SALES UNDER THE RICE CONTROL SCHEME AND AT THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AND THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEUNG SHA HAN, KOWLOONs

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE OF RICE CHINA RICE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY ■WHOLESALE PR1CEC$/CATTY> AVERAGE

SEE HEU - OLD CROP GOOD

- NEW CROP GOOD . 2.12

S.C.JiEN - OLD CROP GOOD

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.06 j.V

, PO NGAi GOOD

CHU CHO GOOD ••

THAI RICE Jr.

100% WHOLE’* GOOD 2.03

10-15% BROKENS GOOD. - 2.01

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.90

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.70

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD

U.S. RICE GOOD 1.94

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.92

PAKISTAN RICE GOOD *

TAIWAN RICE GOOD

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/SUPPLIES AI©.........

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SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH CFMO CHEUNG SHA VAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

availability WHOLESALE PR1CEC$/CATTY)

SPECIES OF SUPPLY HIGH LOU MODE

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GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 3.20 1.80 •2.50

BIG-EYES GOOD 2.70 0.70 1.80

SQUiD NORMAL 3.70 2.00 3.20

HAIR-TAILS NORMAL 1.60 0.70 1.30

LIZARD FISHES NORJAL 2.10 1.20 1.80

CROAKERS NORMAL 2.00 0.70 1.10

CONGER-PIKE-EELS NORMAL 1.60 1.00 1.30

MELON COAT

DREAMS NORMAL 5.00 3.00 3.80

YELLOW DELLY GOOD / ■1.30 0.50 1.20

MACKERELS GOOD 3.60 2.50 3.20

RED G.OAT FISH GOOD 0.80 0.40 0.60

FORK-TAIL NORMAL 1.10 0.80 0.50

HORSE-HEAD GOOD 5.80 2.50 4.80

MELON SEED LIMITED 2.40 1.70 2.30

POMFRETS SCARCE 9.00 7.50 8.00

GAROUPAS NORMAL 6.50 4.50 5.50

YELLOW CROAKER UM —■

/SUPPLIES AND

MONDAY, APRIL 29, 1974

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES CV.M.O. CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKET)

TYPE OF vegetable availability OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

HIGH LOW MODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE limited 1.60 0.60 1.20

WHITE CABBAGE GOOD 0.50 0.10 , 0.30

CHINESE LETTUCE GOOD 0.50 0.10 0.30

WATER SPINACH NORMAL 1.20 0.20 0.70

CHINESE KALE limited .1.20 0.40 0.80

STRING BEANS «•

SPRING ONION NORMAL 1.00 0.30 • 0.60

SPINACH ' SCARCE 1.20 0.40 0.80

WATER CRESS LIMITED 1.00 0.30 0.60

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE NORMAL 0.50 0.10 0.30

CHINESE SPIN CH NORMAL 0.60 . 0»15 0.35

TOMATO NORMAL 1»50 0*50 1.00

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

CALL SOURCES>

AVAi LABILITY OF SUPPLY — y GOOD

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORKER

CS/PlCUL-tlVE WEIGHT) 305 CAVERAGE)

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MONDAY, APRIL 30, 1974

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

TOUQH NEW SAFETY REGULATIONS TO PROTECT WORKERS ON CONSTRUCTION SITES COME INTO FORCE TOMORROW *............. 1

PRESS VISIT ARRANGED TO NEW PRISONS HEADQUARTERS ... 3

ASSISTANT EDUCATION DIRECTOR SAYS THERE IS A NEED FOR

POPULATION EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS .......................... 4

FIRST TENANT MOVES INTO NEW NGOK YUE SHAN HOUSING COMPLEX.............................................  ' 6

MORRISON HILL.TECHNICAL INSTITUTE INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR NEW EVENING CLASSES..........................   . 7

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COMMODITIES .

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TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 1974

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TOUGH NEW SAFETY RULES FOR BUILDERS X X X X X X

STRINGENT SAFETY REGULATIONS TO PROTECT WORKERS ON HONG KONG’S CONSTRUCTION SITES CONE INTO FORCE TOMORROW.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, THE ACTING COMMISSIONER OF LABOUR, MR. NElu HENDERSON SAID: +THESE SITES ARE BY FAR THE WORST KILLERS IN HONG KONG INDUSTRY. WE ARE DETERMINED TO REDUCE THEIR SOARING INJURY AND DEATH RATE.

+ A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO, WE HAD SIX PEOPLE KILLED IN A FEW DAYS AS A RESULT OF ACCIDENTS ON CONSTRUCTION SITES. ON MONDAY, ANOTHER DIED.

+THIS IS TOO HIGH A PRICE TO PAY FOR OUR GROWTH AND EXPANSION. +

THE REGULATIONS - THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE YET INTRODUCED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TO COVER AN INDIVIDUAL INDUSTRY -WERE APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON AUGUST 1 LAST YEAR, AND BUILDING CONTRACTORS HAVE BEEN GIVEN NINE MONTHS TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO COMPLY WITH THEM.

MR. HENDERSONJSAID A SPECIAL TEAM OF INSPECTORS HAD BEEN SET UP TO DEAL SOLELY WITH THE CHECKING OF BUILDING SITES AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEU SAFETY MEASURES, WHICH CARRIED FINES OF UP TO $10,000 FOR EACH OFFENCE.

POINTING OUT THE GROWTH IN BUILDING ACCIDENT CASUALTIES, HE SAID: +1N 1970 WE HAD 41 DEAD AND 1,740 INJURED. IN 1971, THERE WERE 43 DEAD AND 3,875 INJURED, THEN IN 1972 IT CLIMBED AGAIN WITH 65 DEAD AND 4,435 INJURED.

+LAST“YEAR IT WAS SOME 5.000 INJURED AND AGAIN OVER 60 KILLED.

, +THAT MEANS AT LEAST ONE DEATH A WEEK AND ABOUT 15 PEOPLE SERIOUSLY INJURED EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE WEEK.

+ONE OF EVERY SIX WORK ACCIDENTS IN HONG KONG IS NOW HAPPENING ON A CONSTRUCTION SITE, AND THE OVERALL WORK ACCIDENT RATE IS MOVING AT TWICE THE LEVEL OF THE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT RATE.

+MOST OF THESE ACCIDENTS ARE CAUSED BY WORKERS FALLING FROM HEIGHTS OR TRIPPING OVER OBJECTS, BY EXPLOSIONS AND FIRES, BY LIFTING MACHINERY, ELECTRICAL FAULTS, AND EARTH SLIDES.

+AND EVERY SINGLE ACCIDENT COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED.

+1T IS UP TO EVERY EMPLOYER TO PROVIDE SAFE WORKING CONDITIONS FOR HIS EMPLOYEES — AND IT IS UP TO EVERY EMPLOYEE TO COMPLY WITH SAFE WORKING PRACTICES AND TO WEAR PROPER PROTECTIVE CLOTHING, SUCH AS SAFETY HELMETS.+

/MR. HENDiSSOn .

TUESDAY, APRIL JO, 1974

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HR. HENDERSON SAID THE NEU REGULATIONS WOULD BE ADDED TO IN STAGES WHERE NECESSARY TO HAKE SURE THEY COVERED EVERY POSSIBLE FACET OF THE SAFETY, HEALTH AND WELFARE OF CONSTRUCTION WORKERS. THE SPECIAL TEAM OF BUILDING SAFETY INSPECTORS WOULD ALSO BE GRADUALLY STRENGTHENED.

+WE'LL ALSO BE INCREASING THE NUMBER OF FREE BUILDING SAFETY COURSES AT THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE IN CANTON ROAD, AND THE NUMBER OF FIRST AID COURSES BEING RUN IN CONJUNCTION WITH RECOGNISED BODIES,+ HE SAID.

+EVERY CONSTRUCTION SITE WITH JO OR MORE WORKERS HAS TO HAVE A PERSON ON SITE WHO HAS BEEN PROPERLY TRAINED IN FIRST AID. FOR A HUNDRED WORKERS OR HORE, THERE HAS TO BE TWO.

+OUR INSPECTORS WILL BE ON THE JOB FROM TODAY, AND ON FRIDAY WEEK CHAY 10) I’LL BE GOING OUT TO SEE FOR MYSELF JUST .HOW THE REGULATIONS ARE OPERATING ON CONSTRUCTION SITES.*

♦FROM NOW ON, CONTRACTORS MUST INFORM THE COMMISSIONER OF LABOUR OF THE DATE OF COMMENCEMENT AND TERMINATION OF ALL CONSTRUCTION WORKS, AS WELL AS PARTICULARS RELATING TO THE WORK.

♦THE REGULATIONS HILL HELP TACKLE MOST OF THE CAUSES OF ACCIDENTS,* MR. HENDERSON SAID.

STRINGENT CONTROLS ARE LAID DOWN FOR THE PREVENTION OF INHALATION OF DUST AND FUMES* EYE PROTECTION= FENCING OF MACHINERY* SAFE USE OF ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES* WEARING OF SAFETY HELMETS* PREVENTION OF FALLING MATERIALS* AND +GOOD HOUSEKEEPING**

- LIFTING APPLIANCES HAVE <0 BE INSPECTED REGULARLY, AND THE CONTRACTOR WILL HAVE TO ENSURE ITS STABILITY WHEN IT IS USED ON A SITE WITH A SOFT OR UNEVEN SLOPE. DETAILS OF ITS SAFE WORKING LOAD HAVE TO BE CLEARLY MARKED ON IT. .

THERE ARE ALSO PROVISIONS GOVERNING THE USE OF CRANES IN BAD WEATHER, THE OPERATION OF DERRlCKlNG JIBS AND GENERAL MATTERS RELATING TO THE SAFE OPERATION’OF CRANES.

THE REGULATIONS PROHIBIT THE USE OF CHAINS, ROPES OR LIFTING GEAR UNLESS THE EQUIPMENT HAS BEEN EXAMINED AND CERTIFIED SAFE BY A COMPETENT EXAMINER.

ALL HOISTWAYS MUST BE ENCLOSED AND ACCESS GATES CLOSED WHEN NOT IN USE. ' EVERY tfOIST MUST. BE EQUIPPED WITH A DEVICE TO PREVENT THE PLATFORM OR CAGE FROM FALLING IN CASE THE HOIST ROPES FAILED.

THE REGULATIONS FURTHER SPECIFY SPECIAL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS FOR HOISTS CARRYING PERSONS AND LAY DOWN REQUIREMENTS TO BE OBSERVED IN ENSURING THE SECURENESS OF LOADS BEING RAISED OR LOWERED.

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THEY ALSO DEAL WITH NECESSARY MEASURES FOR SECURING THE SAFETY OF THOSE ENGAGED IN EXCAVATING AND EARTH-WORKING OPERATION.

CERTAIN WELFARE MATTERS, SUCH AS SHELTERS AND FACILITIES FOR MEALS, WERE ALSO PROVIDED FOR, MR. HENDERSON SAID.

A GUIDE TO THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY! REGULATIONS IS AVAILABLE FROM THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT FREE OF CHARGE, AND ENQUIRIES CONCERNING THE REGULATIONS CAN BE MADE BY TELEPHONING THE DIVISIONAL FACTORY INSPECTORS (BUILDING AND ENGINEERING CONSTRUCTION! AT J-6915aa OR 5"273797•

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PRESS VISIT TO PRISONS HEADQUARTERS

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THE PRISONS HEADQUARTERS HAS MOVED FROM ARBUTHNOT ROAD TO THE 10TH FLOOR OF THE NEW MURRAY ROAD CAR PARK BUILDING.

A PRESS VISIT TO THE NEW PREMISES OF THE PRISONS HEADQUARTERS HAS BEEN ARRANGED FOR THURSDAY (MAY 2! STARTING AT 11 A.M.

MR. TOM GARNER, COMMISSIONER OF PRISONS WILL BE PRESENT TO TALK ABOUT PRISON WORK AND TO ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM THE PRESS.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE VISIT.


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CALL FOR POPULATION EDUCATION IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS X ft ft ft ft X

THE TIME IS RIPE TO INTRODUCE POPULATION EDUCATION INTO THE LOWER SECONDARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM AND TO MAKE IT AS COMPULSORY AS ANY TOPIC CAN BE IN AN EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM WHERE MAXIMUM FREEDOM IS GIVEN TO SCHOOLS AND TO INDIVIDUAL TEACHERS.

THIS WAS STATED THIS AFTERNOON BY MR. ARTHUR BROWN, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION CCH1EF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS), IN HIS KEYNOTE SPEECH ON +P0PULAT10N AWARENESS THROUGH FORMAL EDUCATION* AT THE. FIRST OF FIVE SEMINARS ORGANISED BY THE FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG AS PART OF THE WORLD POPULATION YEAR programme.

DESCRIBING POPULATION EDUCATION AS A VERY IMPORTANT TOPIC AND ONE THAT WILL BE GROWING IN IMPORTANCE AS TIME GOES ON, MR. BROWN SAID: +WE ARE IN FACT IN THE HANDS OF OUR TEACHERS, FOR MANY OF WHOM THE TOPICS MAY BE NEW, AND CERTAINLY THE IDEAL APPROACH TO IT, UNFAMILIAR AND DIFFICULT.

'+ONCE OUR CURRICULUM FOR THE EXPANDED SECONDARY SCHOOL SYSTEM IS FINALISED A LOT WILL DEPEND ON OUR TEACHER TRAINERS AND ADVISORY INSPECTORS. 1 CERTAINLY KNOW THAT I CAN PROMISE ' YOU REAL ENTHUSIASM THERE?*

MR. BROWN SAID IT WAS POSSIBLE TO COVER A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF BACKGROUND WORK IN PRIMARY SCHOOL BUT FOR REAL UNDERSTANDING THE SECONDARY LEVEL WAS INDICATED, +ESPEC1ALLY NOW THAT WE ARE PLANNING A DRIVE FOR RAPIDUY EXPANDING PROVISION AT THE FORM I -ill LEVELS. FORMS IV AND V ARE RATHER TOO LATE TO TACKLE A PROBLEM LIKE THIS AS MANY OF THE STUDENTS MAY HAVE LEFT SCHOOL AND FOR THE OTHERS THE RAPIDLY APPROACHING CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION TENDS TO DRIVE ALL OTHER MATTERS FROM STUDENTS' MINDS AND REAL EDUCATION BECOMES VERY DIFFICULT.*

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR SAID HE BELIEVED THAT THE VARIOUS CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEES WOULD WELCOME THE IDEA OF INCLUDING THE TOPIC IN THE PUBLISHED SUGGESTED SYLLABUSES.

HE DISCLOSED THAT THE COMMITTEES WERE IN FACT CONSIDERING .AND EXPERIMENTING ON A NEW INTEGRATED SUBJECT FIELD WHICH MIGHT LOOSELY BE CALLED SOCIAL STUDIES.

+THE IDEA IS TO DEVISE A COURSE WHICH HELPS TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR FUTURE CITIZENSHIP BY CONSIDERING MANY ASPECTS OF HONG KONG INCLUDING ITS WEATHER, PHYSICAL FEATURES, PEOPLE, TRANSPORT, GOVERNMENT, EXPORTS, IMPORTS, HISTORY, INDUSTRIES AND SO ON,* MR. BROWN SAID.

THE TOPIC OF POPULATION WOULD FIT IDEALLY INTO A SCHEME OF THIS NATURE.

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THE COURSE, HE SAID, WOULD HELP STUDENTS TO UNDERSTAND THE PROBLEMS,. ASPIRATIONS AND IMPORTANCE OF HONG KONG AND ITS PEOPLE AND SHOW THEM HOW THEY, AS CITIZENS AND EMPLOYEES, WOULD FIT INTO THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG AND PLAY AN ACTIVE AND IMPORTANT PART IN ITS DEVELOPMENT.

MR. BROWN ANSWERED ACCUSATIONS MADE IN THE PAST THAT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAD NOT TAKEN SERIOUSLY ENOUGH SUCH MATTERS AS DRU'G EDUCATION, SEX EDUCATION AND NOW POPULATION EDUCATION.

+1 CAN UNDERSTAND THE VIEWPOINT OF OUR CRITICS, ALTHOUGH IN FACT A CAREFUL LOOK AT OUR PUBLISHED RECOMMENDED SYLLABUSES AND

1 ESPEC 1 AU-Y THE DRAFT SYLLABUSES NOT YET PUBLISHED WILL SHOW THAT THESE TOPICS ARE IN FACT WELL COVERED.

+THE BASIC SNAG IS THAT THERE IS, QUITE RIGHTLY, NO COMPULSION •ON SCHOOLS TO FOLLOW RECOMMENDED SYLLABUSES AND NO COMPULSION TO TAKE ANY PARTICULAR SUBJECT: AND IT HAPPENS THAT BY THEIR VERY NATURE THESE TOPICS TEND TO BE DEALT WITH UNDER SUBJECTS THAT MANY STUDENTS MAY NOT IN FACT, TAKE.*

.REFERRING TO THE TITLE OF HIS TALK - +POPULATION AWARENESS THROUGH FORMAL EDUCATION* - MR. BROWN SAID HE HAD NOT FOLLOWED THE TITLE VERY CLOSELY SINCE HE HAD INCLUDED +INFORMAL* EDUCATION IN ORDER TO DEAL WITH THE TOPIC PROPERLY.

IN ANY CASE HE FELT THAT THE WORK +FORMAL+ WAS UNFORTUNATE AS HE FIRMuY BELIEVED THAT EDUCATION IN HONG KONG WAS FAR TOO FORMAL.

+1 WOULD LIKE TO SEE DISCUSSION REPLACE FORMAL TEACHING, RESEARCH REPLACE HOMEWORK. 1 WOULD LIKE TO SEE STUDENTS’ ACTIVITIES DOMINATING SOME UF THE LESSONS, AND A HIGH PROPORTION OF TIME SPENT IN THE ACCUMULATION OF STATISTICS FROM A WIDE VARIETY OF SOURCES. '

+IN A STUDY OF THIS TYPE, WHAT IS LEARNED IS NOT OVERWHELMINGLY IMPORTANT, IT IS THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE WHICH IS OF MOST VALUE -AND THE CONTRIBUTION MADE BY THE STUDENT WILL HAVE A FAR MORE LASTING IMPACT THAN THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE TEACHER, ESPECIALLY TO THE ONE WHO CONTRIBUTES.* '

MR. BROWN BELIEVED THAT THE MAIN OBJECT OF EDUCATION WAS TO INTEREST CHILDREN IN THE WORLD AROUND THEM, GIVE THEM A BACKGROUND OF USEFUL INFORMATION AND TEACH THEM HOW TO ACQUIRE MORE INFORMATION WHEN REQUIRED, AND HOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, TO HELP THEM TO LEARN TO THINK OBJECTIVELY AND IMPARTIALLY AND KNOW WHEN THEY HAVE SUFFICIENT INFORMATION TO FORM AN OPINION.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR DIVIDED POPULATION EDUCATION INTO FOUR HAIN AREAS OF STUDY.

FIRST, A STUDY OF THE CAUSES UNDERLYING POPULATION DISTRIBUTION AND GROWTH. SECOND, A STUDY OF THE EFFECTS OF OVER AND UNDER-POPULATION. THIRD, THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY TOWARDS THIS ANOTHER WORLD AND COMMUNITY PROBLEMS* AND FOURTH, TO GIVE SOME KNOWLEDGE OF THE PART AN INDIVIDUAL CAN PLAY IN POPULATION CONTROL.

ON THE LAST POINT, MR. BROWN SAID: + MY OWN OPINION IS THAT IN SCHOOL CONSIDERATION OF THE CONTROL OF THE SIZE OF FAMILIES SHOULD BE RATHER LIGHTLY TOUCHED ON, PROBABLY BY REFERENCE TO THE SOURCES OF INFORMATION ON THIS SUBJECT, AND BY SOME DESCRIPTION OF THE WORK DONE.BY THE FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION. ♦

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HONG LEE COURT RECEIVES FIRST TENANT M M A M M M • •

THE FIRST TENANT OF THE NEW HONG LEE COURT HOUSING COMPLEX FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICERS, AT NGOK YUE SHAN IN KUUN TONG, WILL RECEIVE THE KEY TO HIS APARTMENT TOMORROW CWEDNESDAY).

HE IS MR. JOHN HO HOO-KUEN, A CLERICAL OFFICER WHO JOINED THE PUBLIC SERVICE 20 YEARS AGO, IN JULY 1954.

MR. HO IS ONE OF 431 SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WHO WILL FIND NEW HOMES IN HONG LEE COURT, THE LARGEST SCHEME OF ITS TYPE DEVELOPED BY THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT FOR LOCAL OFFICERS.

COSTING $17 MILLION, THE COMPLEX IS LOCATED ON A HILLTOP IN HONG LEE ROAD. ITS TENANTS WERE SELECTED FROM ELIGIBLE SERVING OFFICERS ON THE PENSIONABLE ESTABLISHMENT IN VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, ON A POINTS SYSTEM TAKING INTO ACCOUNT SALARY, LENGTH OF SERVICE, SIZE OF FAMILY, HOUSING CONDITIONS AND INDIVIDUAL PREFERENCES. ' • •

THE TENANTS MAKE AN INITIAL DOWN-PAYMENT OF 20 OR 25 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL COST OF THEIR FLATS. THIS AMOUNT IS ABOUT $7,500 TO $13,000, ACCORDING TO THE TYPE OF FLAT ALLOCATED. THE BALANCE WILL BE REPAID OYER A PERIOD OF 20 YEARS, WITH INTEREST . AT SEVEN PER CENT A YEAR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE ' BRANCH EXPLAINED THAT THE RATE OF INTEREST WOULD BE SUBJECT TO VARIATION BY THE COLONIAL TREASURER INCORPORATED, BUT WOULD REMAIN WITHIN THE SET LOWER AND UPPER LIMITS OF FIVE AND NINE PER CENT.

THE MONTHLY REPAYMENT-RATE IS $232 FOR SMALL FLATS AND $298 FOR LARGE FLATS. . .

+1N THE PAST, THE GOVERNMENT SUBSIDISED HOUSING FOR LOCAL OFFICERS THROUGH LOANS TO CO-OPERATIVE HOUSING SOCIETIES WHICH THEY FORMED THEMSELVES, SELLING THEM THE LAND AT A THIRD OF THE PREVAILING MARKET RATE AND LEAVING THEM TO BUILD AND MANAGE THE ACCOMMODATION ACCORDING TO CERTAIN CONDITIONS OF AGREEMENT,+ SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

♦ALTHOUGH THIS SCHEME CONTINUES TO OPERATE IN RESPECT OF PLANS SUBMITTED BEFORE 1962, NO FURTHER PROPOSALS HAVE BEEN APPROVED SINCE THEN, BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT DECIDED IT SHOULD BUILD AND MANAGE ITS OWN HOUSING FOR LOCAL OFFICERS.

♦THE FIRST PRODUCT OF THIS NEW APPROACH WAS THE LUNG CHEUNG COURT HOUSING SCHEME IN NEW KOWLOON, WHICH PROVIDED 296 FLATS AND WAS OCCUPIED IN 1969.

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+THE SECOND IS THE HONG LEE COURT COMPLEX, WHICH IS CONSIDERABLY LARGER.THAN LUNG CHEUNG COURT BUT PROVIDES SIM11 -fa. , STANDARDS OF ACCOMMODATION.* KUVlUfcb SIMILAR

JjflTE TO EDITORS; THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE, MR. A.J. SCOTT, WILL PRESENT MR. HO HOO-KUEN WITH THE FRONT-DOOR KEY OUTSIDE HIS APARTMENT AT FLAT 1207, NO. 22 HONG LEE ROAD, AT 11.30 A.M. TOMORROW. YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE EVENT.

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MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR EVENING COURSES X X X X X X

THE MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE IS INVITING APPLICATIONS FUR ITS EVENING CLASSES WHICH ARE DUE TO COMMENCE IN SEPTEMBER THIS ' YEAN. ..

A CHOICE OF COURSES IS AVAILABLE. THESE INCLUDE tOURSES AT CRAFT LEVEL, WHICH ARE TAUGHT MAINLY IN THE MEDIUM OF CHINESE, AND COURSES AT TECHNICIAN LEVEL, WHICH ARE TAUGHT MAINLY IN ENGLISH. FIELDS COVERED INCLUDE CONSTRUCTION, ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING. COURSES ARE ALSO OFFERED FOR COMMERCIAL STUDIES AS WELL AS PRELIMINARY AND GENERAL STUDIES.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS MAY 15, 1974. APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE OR FROM CITY DISTRICT OFFICES AS WELL AS THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE.

CLASSES WILL BE HELD EITHER AT THE MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, WANCHA1, OR IN APPROXIMATELY 19 OTHER CENTRES, SITUATED ‘IN HONG KONG, KOWLOON AS WELL AS IN TSUEN WAN AND KWUN TONG.

* -FUtL-TlME, BLOCK-RELEASE AND PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE COURSES "WILL BE ADVERTISED SEPARATELY ON JULY 25 THIS YEAR.

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE X X X ft X X

THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY CTUESDAY) AT SALES UNDER THE RICE CONTROL SCHEME AND AT THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AND THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEUNG SHA WAN, KOWLOON:

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE availability OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY) AVERAGE

CHINA RICE

SEE MEW - OLD CROP GOOD —•

- NEW CROP 2.12

S.C. J1EN - OLD CROP • 9 —-■

- NEW CROP 2.06

PO NQA1 9 t —•

CHU CHO THAI RICE 1 1

100% WHOLE 9 9 2.0J

10-15% BROKENS • - ' o • • 2.01

A1 SUPER EXTRA 9 9 1.90

A1 SUPER 9 9 1.70

WHOLE GLUTINOUS 9 9 —•••

U.S. RICE 1 1 1.94

AUSTRALIAN RICE 9 9 1.92

PAKISTAN RICE 9 9 —f

TAIWAN RICE 9 9 ——

/SUPPLIES AND

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SUPPLIES AND UHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH CFMO CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET?

AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICEC$/CATTY?

SPECIES OF SUPPLY HIGH LOW MODE

GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 3.20 2.00 2.80

BIG-EYES GOOD 2.50 0.60 1.60

SQUID NORMAL 3.20 1.80 2.50

hair-tails GOOD 0.90 0.50 0.60

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 2.30 1.20 1.80

CROAKERS NORMAL 1.40 0.70 1.20

CONGER-PIKE-EELS NORMAL 1.70 1.00 1*30

MELON COAT ••••

BREAMS LIMITED 3.50 2.80 3.20

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 1.40 0.50 1.00

MACKERELS GOOD 3.30 2.80 3.00

RED GOAT FISH NORMAL 0.80 0.40 0.60

FORK-TAIL NORMAL 1.00 0.50 0.70

HORSE-HEAD GOOD 4.90 2.80 3.50

MELON SEED , LIMITED 2.20 1.40 1.80

POMFRETS LIMITED 9.00 7.00 8.50

GAROUPAS NORMAL 6.50 4.80 5.50

YELLOW CROAKER . SCARCE 6.20 4*50 5«00

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'SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES CV.H.O. CHEUNG SHA VAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKETS

TYPE OF VEGETABLE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PR1CEC$/CATTY)

HIGH LOU MODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE LIMITED 1.60 0.60 1.20

WHITE CABBAGE GOOD 0.50 0.10 0.30

CHINESE LETTUCE GOOD 0.50 0.10 0.30

VATER SPINACH NORMAL 1.00 0.20 0.60

CHINESE KALE LIMITED 1.20 0.40 0.80

STRING BEANS

SPRING ONION • NORMAL 1.00 0.30 0.60

SPINACH SCARCE 1.20 0.40 0.80

water ORESS LIMITED 1.00 0.30 0.60

LEAF MUSTARD NORMAL 0.50 0.10 0.30

CABBAGE

CHINESE SPINACH ' NORMAL’" 0.50 0.10 0.30

TOMATO NORMAL 1.50 0.50 1.00

TIME : .1350 HOURS/LWK *

DATE : 30Tfl'APRIL z , 4974.

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORKER

GOOD

305 CAVERAGE)

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