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

 DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 1974

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PAY RISE FOR CIVIL SERVANTS ANNOUNCED................ 1

MUTUAL INTEREST GROUPS TO PROMOTE WELFARE FOR YOUTH ............................................... 3

FIVE MORE SYMBOLIC ROAD SIGNS TO BE INTRODUCED IN

CENTRAL AND TSIM SNA TSUI .......................... 4

DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE INAUGURATES SUMMER PI1AB CAMP ........................................   6

LICENSED AREA RESIDENTS SEEK PUBLIC HOUSING ......... 6

CLEAN-UP OPERATION IN CHAI WAN ESTATE CONTINUED .. 7

FUN AND GAMES FOR OVER 3,000 YOUTHS IN TUEN MUN .. 7

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, AUGUST 1, 1974

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PAY RISE FOR CIVIL SERVANTS ANNOUNCED »»»»»»

THE FINANCE COMMITTEE YESTERDAY APPROVED OVERALL INCREASES IN SALARIES FOR ALL CIVIL SERVANTS INCLUDING THE DISCIPLINED SERVICES AND MINOR STAFF.

ALL THESE INCREASES ARE BACK-DATED TO APRIL 1 THIS YEAR.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT ALTHOUGH THE INCREASES IN SALARY SCALES RANGE FROM ABOUT 11 FER CENT -21-1/2 PER CENT THE ACTUAL NET PAY INCREASES WHICH CIVIL SERVANTS WILL RECEIVE VARY FROM ABOUT FOUR PER CENT TO 14 PER CENT.

THIS IS BECAUSE THE NEU SALARIES TAKE INTO ACCOUNT AN INTERIM ALLOWANCE GRANTED LAST DECEMBER TO CERTAIN CIVIL SERVANTS EARNING $4,135 A MONTH AMD BELOW TO OFFSET THE RISE IN THE COST OF LIVING.

THIS ALLOWANCE, WHICH VARIED FROM $75 TO $200, EFFECTIVELY GAVE INCREASES RANGING FROM ABOUT 15 PER CENT AT.THE BOTTOM TO FIVE PER CENT AT THE $4,135 POINT, AMD THESE /.MOUNTS HAVE HOU BEEN INCORPORATED INTO SALARIES.

HE SAID THE FINANCE COMMITTEE HAD ONLY TAKEN THE DECISION AFTER THE HOST CAREFUL ANALYSIS OF THE EVIDENCE, AND HAVING REGARD TO THE ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL SITUATION OF HONG KONG-

THE EVIDENCE COVERED SUCH MATTERS AS PAY TRENDS AND PAY LEVELS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR ARD MOVEMENTS IN THE COST OF LIVING3 ARD FROM THIS IT WAS CONCLUDED THAT AM INCREASE IN PUBLIC SERVICE SALARIES WAS JUSTIFIED.

MOD 1 SCALE

UNDER THE NEW AWARD, STAFF ON MOD 1 SCALE, SUCH AS SKILLED AND UNSKILLED LABOURERS, WILL RECEIVE NET INCREASES RANGING FROM FIVE PER CENT TO MINE PER CENT. THEIR NEU SALARY WILL ALSO INCORPORATE THE $90 COST OF LIVING ALLOWANCE WHICH WAS BEING PAID TO THEM ON APRIL 1.

FOR EXAMPLE, THE PAY OF AN UNSKILLED LABOURER ON THE BOTTOM OF THE SCALE WILL INCREASE FROM $520 A MONTH PLUS $90 COST OF LIVING ALLOWANCE TO $745 A MONTH.

THE MINIMUM SALARY OF AN ARTISAN WILL INCREASE FROM $762 A MONTH PLUS $90 C.O.L.A. TO $910 A MONTH.

DISCIPLINED SERVICES

STAFF ON THE DISCIPLINED SCALES WILL RECEIVE NET INCREASES FROM 4.5 PER CENT TO 12 PER CENT. THE INCREASES HERE ALSO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE FACT THAT OFFICERS ON THESE SCALES WERE RECEIVING THE INTERIM ALLOWANCE ARD THIS HAS MOW BEEN INCORPORATED INTO THEIR NEW BASIC PAY.

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UNDER THE NEU AWARD, THE MINIMUM SALARY OF A POLICE CONSTABLE GOES UP FROM THE PRESENT §950 A MONTH PLUS INTERIM ALLOWANCE OF $75 TO $1,095 A MONTH. THE MAXIMUM SALARY OF A CONSTABLE INCREASES FROM THE PRESENT $1,300 PLUS INTERIM ALLOWANCE OF $100 TO $1,490 A MONTH.

MASTER PAY SCALE

FOR OFFICERS ON THE MASTER PAY SCALE, THE NET • I ^'CREASES WILL RANGE FROM ABOUT SIX PER CENT TO 11 PER CENT FOR THOSE EARNING $4;135 A MONTH AND UNDER= AND BETWEEN 12 PER CENT AND 14 PER CENT FOR THOSE EARNING OVER $4,135.

ALL THOSE OFFICERS EARNING BELOU $4,135 HAVE BEEN RECEIVING THE INTERIM ALLOWANCE AND AGAIN THIS HAS BEEN INCORPORATED INTO THEIR NEU BASIC PAY. THOSE EARNING OVER THIS AMOUNT DID NOT RECEIVE THE ALLOWANCE, AND HAVE NOT HAD AN INCREASE SINCE APRIL 1, 1973.

AS AN EXAMPLE THE MINIMUM SALARY OF A CLERICAL ASSISTANT INCREASES FROM THE PRESENT $505 A MONTH PLUS INTERIM ALLOWANCE OF $75 TO $615. THE CLERCIAL ASSISTANT MAXIMUM INCREASES FROM $980 A MONTH PLUS $75 TO $1150 A MONTH.

SUPERSCALE

APART FROM AN INTERIM AWARD OF A FLAT $500 IN APRIL LAST YEAR, SUPERSCALE OFFICERS HAVE NOT HAD A SUBSTANTIVE INCREASE SINCE APRIL 1, .1972. THEY WILL NOW RECEIVE INCREASES RANGING FROM 11 TO 14 PER CENT. THE NEU SUPERSCALE SALARIES WILL RUN FROM $8,550 TO $19,850.

AVERAGE ANNUAL INCREASES OVER TWO YEAR PERIOD

TAKEN OVER A TWO-YEAR PERIOD FROM APRIL 1, 1972 TO APRIL 1, 1974 THERE HAS BEEN AN ANNUAL AVERAGE INCREASE OF 16 PER CENT AT THE MINIMUM OF THE MASTER PAY SCALE TO 8 PER CENT AT THE TOP OF THE SUPERSCALE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE NEU SALARIES RECOGNISE IN PARTICULAR THAT INCREASES IN THE COST OF LIVING SINCE APRIL 1 LAST YEAR HAVE AFFECTED THE LOUER INCOME GROUPS MORE SIGNIFICANTLY THAN OFFICERS HIGHER UP THE SALARY SCALES.

THE ESTIMATED COST OF THE SALARY INCREASES IS $145 MILLION AND ANOTHER $57 MILLION FOR STAFF IN CERTAIN SUBVERTED ORGANISATIONS SUCH AS SCHOOLS AND HOSPITALS WHOSE SALARIES U1LL ALSO BE INCREASED. A FURTHER COMMITMENT FOR FUTURE PENSIONS INCREASE UAS NOTED BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE.

THE SPOKESMAN CONCLUDED BY SAYING THAT THE FINANCE COMMITTEE HAD NOTED THE INTENTION OF GOVERNMENT TO SLOW DOWN THE GROWTH OF THE CIVIL SERVICE FOR THE TIME BEING BY CREATING NEW POSTS ONLY IN THE MOST EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES.

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S£LP"*PROQUAMH I Vl-aVi CJ J2S SCHEME TO PROMOTE WELL CE IC E YOUNG ft ft ft ft ft ft

A SCHEME TO PROMOTE THE DELL BEING OF YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH THE ACTIVITIES OF MUTUAL INTEREST C.ROUPS KOU HAS LORE THAN 3,000 ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS.

THESE SELF-PROGRAMMING YOUTH GROUPS, ORGANISED BY THE YOUNG PEOPLE THEMSELVES WITH GUIDANCE FROM THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT ORIGINATED FROM THE ANNUAL SUMMER PROGRAMME ACTIVITIES SPONSORED DY THE DEPARTMENT.

AFTER TAKING PART IN THE SUMMER PROGRAMME, MANY OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE TOOK THE INITIATIVE TO SET UP INTEREST GROUPS SO THAT THEY COULD CONTINUE THEIR WORK AND DEVELOP THEIR FRIENDSHIP TOGETHER.

THE NUMBER OF SUCH YOUTH GROUPS HAS INCREASED FROM 17 TO 62 SINCE 1968 WHEN THE SCHEME FIRST STARTED.

+THE SELF-PROGRAMMING GROUPS ARE SO CALLED BECARSE EACH HAS ITS OWN NAME AND CONSTITUTION AND IS FINANCIALLY INDEPENDENT WITH INCOME CONTRIBUTED BY ITS OWN MEMBERS,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SAID.

+ PARTICIPANTS, AGED BETWEEN 16 AND 25 AND RANGING FROM ‘ 25 TO 100 IN EACH GROUP, COME FROM A DIVERSITY OF BACKGROUND — STUDENTS FROM SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AND WORKERS FROM VARIOUS TRADES THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.

+THE GROUPS ALSO ORGANISE THEIR ACTIVITIES TO SUIT THE INTERESTS OF THEIR OWN MEMBER,* THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

GENERALLY THEIR ACTIVITIES ARE DIVIDED INTO THREE AREAS— RECREATION, C0MMJN1TY SERVICES AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES.

WHEN THE GROUPS WERE FIRST FORMED, THEIR ACTIVITIES HAD BEEN MAINLY RECREATIONAL WITH PICNIC TRIPS CAMPING, AND BARBECUE OUTINGS.

MOST HAVE SINCE PROVIDED COMMUNITY SERVICES BY ORGANISING CHILDREN'S DAYS AND WORKCAMPS, HELPING VILLAGERS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES DISTRIBUTING WARM CLOTHINGS TO THE NEEDY AND ARRANGING RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN IN ORPHANAGES AND CONVALESCENT HOMES. WHILE OTHERS SET UP STUDY-AID GROUPS AND RESPONDED TO DONATION DRIVES BY THE RED CROSS BLOOD BANK.

FOR CULTURAL ACTIVITIES, THEY HAVE ORGANISED DISCUSSION GROUPS ON DIFFERENT TOPICS, DEBATING SESSIONS, PUBLISHED THEIR OWN BULLETINS, AND VISITED FACTORIES AND GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS TO BROADEN THE HORIZON OF THEIR MEMBERS.

+THE SELF-PROGRAMMING GROUPS SCHEME HAS PROVED SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE IT SATISFIES THE NEEDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE WISHING TO MEET OTHERS AND LOOKING FOR PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE,* THE SWD SPOKESMAN SAID.

+BESJDES, IT PROMOTES THEIR WELL BEING AND HELPS TO DEVELOP THEIR COMMON INTEREST BOTH IN RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES AND SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY.* HE ADDED.

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FIVE MORE NEU TRAFFIC SIGNS NEXT U~ If X- K- ft ft ft

ANOTHER INSTALLATION PROGRAMME OF SYMBOLIC ROAD SIGNS WILL START NEXT TUESDAY WITH FIVE MORE SIGNS TO BE INTRODUCED FAIRLY WIDELY IN CENTRAL AND TSUI SHA TSUI DISTR ICTS*

THEY ARE THE +CONTRA-FLOW BUS LANE+, +NO ENTRY+, +WITH-THE-FLOW BUS LANE+, +ONE WAY ONLY - AHEAD+ AND +ONE WAY ONLY - LEFT/RK!:T+ SIGHS*

NEXT WEEK’S INSTALLATION WILL BE THE SECORD PHASE OF A MONTHLY SERIES DESIGNED TO ADEQUATELY INFORM MOTORISTS OF THE FEATURES OF THE NEU SIGNS. FIVE WERE INTRODUCED LAST MONTH.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THE NEU SIGNS, THE FIRST 54 OF WHICH VERE GAZETTED EARLIER THIS YEAR, ARE BASED ON A CODE OF INTERNATIONAL SIGNS AGREED BY A UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ARD HAVE ALREADY BEEN ADOPTED DY MANY COUNTRIES.

HE SAID THEY ARE LARGELY SYMBOLIC AND DO AWAY AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE WITH WRITING, WHICH ENABLES MOTORISTS TO IDENTIFY A SYMBOL MORE READILY AND SPEEDILY THAN READIES LETTERING ON A SIGN.

+ANOTHER OBVIOUS ADVANTAGE OF THEIR ADOPTION IS THAT HONG KONG MOTORISTS DRIVING ABROAD WILL FIND IT MUCH EASIER TO UNDERSTAND TRAFFIC SIGNS IN OTHER COUNTRIES WHICH ALSO USE THE SAME SYMBOLIC SIGNS,+ HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID SOME SIGNS CANNOT CONVEY THE MESSAGE WITHOUT BILINGUAL LETTERING, ARD THESE A E ALSO INCLUDED IN THE NEV SERIES.

THE NEU SIGNS WILL EVENTUALLY REPLACE EXISTING ORES, HE SAID, BUT THE PROCESS WILL TAKE SONE TINE. DURING THE TRANSITIONAL PERIOD, DOTH SETS OF SIGNS WILL APPLY AT THE SAME TIME, HE ADDED.

THE +CONTRA—FLOW BUS LAKE* SIGN, RECTANGULAR WITH WHITE BORDER, ARROWS, SYMBOL, CHARACTERS AND LETTERS, AND CLUE BACKGROUND, IS A MANDATORY SIGN INDICATING OLE-UAY STREET WITH CONTRA-FLOW BUS LANE. THE NUMBER OF FORWARD ARROWS ON THE SIGN MAY DE ALTERED ACCORDING TO THE NUMBER CF FORWARD LANES AVAILABLE TO NORMAL TRAFFIC.

OHE +NO ENTRY+ SIGN INDICATES THAT ENTRY OF ALL VEHICULAR TRAFFIC IS PROHIBITED UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED BY A SUPPLEMENTARY PLATE. CIRCULAR WITH WHITE CORDER, RED BACKGROUND ARD WHITE SYMBOL, IT MAY BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH TRAFFIC DOLLARDS.

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THE +UITH-THE—FLOW BUS LAKE+ SIGN PROHIBITS ALL VEHICLES, EXCEPT BUSES, FROM USING THE HEARS I DE LAKE. FOR PART-TIKE OPERATION OF THE DUS LANE, A SUPPLEMENTARY TIME PLATE WILL BE USED. THE NUMBER OF FORUARD ARROWS CR LUMBER OF ONCOMING LAKES ON THE SIGN HAY CE ALTERED TO SUIT THE LUMBER OF LAKES AVAILABLE. THE WORD {-EXCEPT BUSES-!- HAY CE VARIED TO ACCORD WITH THE SPECIFIED TYPE OR CLASS CF VEHICLE EXCEPTED. THE SIGN IS RECTANGJLAR, WITH BLACK BORDER, ARROWS, SYMBOL, CHARACTERS AND LE'nERS, RED CIRCLE AND DIAGONAL, AKD WHITE BACKGROUND.

THE +ONE WAY ONLY - AHEAD+ SIGN INFORMS MOTORISTS OF THE DIRECTION OF PERMITTED TRAFFIC FLOW ON A ONE-WAY STREET. RECTANGULAR WITH WHITE BORDER AND ARROW, AKD CLUE BACKGROUND, IT HAY BE PLACED AT THE ENTRY TO THE ONE-WAY STREET.

THE +ONE WAY ONLY - LEFT/RIQHT+ SIGN INFORMS OF ONE-WAY TRAFFIC MOVEMENTS TO LEFT OR RIGHT AS INDICATED BY THE ARROW, ALONG THE ROAD AHEAD. IT IS RECTANGULAR UI TH WHITE BORDER AND ARROW, AND BLUE BACKGROUND.

TO HELP MOTORISTS BETTER UNDERSTAND THE +SYM30LIC+ CONCEPT, THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT, IN GENERAL, THE SYMBOLIC ROAD SIGNS LOOSELY FALL INTO THREE CATEGORIES, EACH OF WHICH IS GENERALLY CHARACTERISED BY SHAPE AND/OR COLOUR.

ONE CATEGORY CONSISTS OF MANDATORY SIGNS GIVING INSTRUCTION WHICH ARE GENERALLY CIRCULAR WITH BLUE BACKGROUND AND WHITE SYMBOLS.

ANOTHER CATEGORY IS MANDATORY SIGNS OF PROHIBITION WHICH ARE GENERALLY CIRCULAR WITH RED ANNULUS, WHITE BACKGROUND AND BLACK SYMBOLS WITH OR WITHOUT RED DIAGONALS.

A THIRD CATEGORY IS ADVISORY OR WARNING SIGNS WHICH ARE GENERALLY TRIANGULAR WITH BLACK SYMBOL INDICATING THE HAZARD ON WHITE BACKGROUND.

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I ..RED AY, AUGUST 1, 1974

PHYSICALLY DISABLED WANT OPPORTUNITIES MOT PITY SAYS DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE

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THE PHYSICALLY DISABLED WANT OPPORTUHITIES TO LIVE FORMAL LIVES JUST AS ANYONE ELSE, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE MR. THOMAS LEE, STRESSED TODAY CTHURSDAY).

WHAT THEY DON'T WANT IS PITY, HE SAID. HR AT THE START OF THE OPEN DAY OF THE SUMMER PHAB HELD AT UU KWAI SHA IN THE HEU TERRITORIES.

. LEE MAS SPEAKING CAMP WHICH IS BEING

HE SAID MANY PEOPLE ALSO TEND TO ASSISTANCE IS SUFFICIENT TO SOLVE THE DISABLED PEOPLE.

THINK THAT FINANCIAL PROBLEMS OF PHYSICALLY

+THE PHYSICALLY DISABLED AND THE ABLE-BODIED SHOULD A CHANCE TO LEARN AND CO-OPERATE WITH ONE ANOTHER.+

BE GIVEN

THIS IS WHAT THE PHAB MOVEMENT IS ALL ABOUT HE SAID AND POINTED OUT THAT THE HONG KONG PHAB ASSOCIATION IS PROMOTING THE INTEGRATION OF THE PHYSICALLY DISABLED INTO SOCIETY THROUGH CLUBS, CAMPS AND OTHER REGULAR ACTIVITIES ON A DISTRICT BASIS.

FURTHERMORE, HE ADDED, THE PHAB MOVEMENT NOT ONLY EMPHASIZES REHABILITATION BUT ENCOURAGES EFFORTS WHICH WOULD BE BENEFICIAL TO THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE.

IN TRACING ITS HISTORY, MR. LEE SAID THE WORK OF PHAB INTERNATIONAL WAS FIRST INTRODUCED INTO HONG KONG BY A COMMITTEE MEMBER, HISS MARY ROBINSON WHO CAME HERE IN 1970.

AS A RESULT, A WORKING PARTY WAS SET UP AMD TWO CAMPS AND A SEMINAR ORGANIZED. THE FIRST PHAB CLUB WAS FORMED IN 1971 AND THE PHAB ASSOCIATION FORMALLY ESTABLISHED TWO YEARS LATER WITH A GRANT FROM THE LOTTERIES FUM’D.

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ABOUT 100 PEOPLE, CLAIMING TO BE OCCUPANTS OF AREA +C+, CHEUNG SHA WAN LICENSED AREA, CALLED AT THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT'S OFFICE IN MIDDLE ROAD THIS (THURSDAY} MORNING REQUESTING FOR PUBLIC HOUSING.

OFFICERS OF THE LICENSING SECTION INTERVIEWED FIVE OF THEM.

THE REPRESENTATIVES CLAIMED THAT THEY WERE PROMISED RESETTLEMENT WITHIN 18 MONTHS BY OFFICIALS OF THE FORMER RESETTLEMENT DEPARTMENT WHEN THEY TOOK UP RESIDENCE THERE IN DECEMBER, 1971. FURTHERMORE THEY SAID THEIR LIVING CONDITION WAS GETTING WORSE WITH THE SETTING UP OF A POULTRY MARKET IN THE VICINITY RECENTLY.

HOUSING DEPARTMENT STAFF EXPLAINED TO THEM THAT THEY DID NOT HAVE ANY PRIORITY FOR PUBLIC HOUSING OVER OTHER LICENSEES. AND THAT THE DEPARTMENT'S LONG-STANDING POLICY WAS THAT THE LICENSEES WOULD BE OFFERED PUBLIC HOUSING WHEN THE LAND THEY WERE OCCUPYING WAS REQUIRED FOR GENERAL DEVELOPMENT.

THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING INTO THEIR CLAIMS AND A REPLY WILL BE GIVEN TO THEM IN ABOUT ONE WEEK'S TIME.

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CLEAN-UP OPERATION IN CHAI WAN ESTATE ft ft ft ft ft ft

HOUSING DEPARTMENT STAFF TODAY (THURSDAY) CONTINUED THEIR PHASE-OUT PROGRAMME TO CLEAN UP THE CHAI WAN ESTATE.

TODAY’S OPERATION INCLUDED THE DEMOLITION OF ABOUT 130 ILLEGAL HAWKER STALLS AND THE ELIMINATION OF OVER 100 OVERSIZED SUNSHADES, UNAUTHORISED SIGNBOARDS AND ILLEGAL EXTENSIONS.

THE CLEAN-UP INVOLVES BLOCKS 1 TO 5 AND BLOCK 15. A FOLLOW-UP MOVE WILL BE TAKEN AT A LATER DATE TO COMPLETE THE WHOLE TIDY-UP PROGRAMME.

MR. LO CH I-YUEN, SENIOR HOUSING MANAGER, SAID THE CLEAN-UP OPERATION FORMED PART OF THE DEPARTMENT’S CONTINUING PROGRAMME TO BETTER THE LIVING ENVIORNMENT OF THE OLDER PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES.

THE WHOLE OF THE WESTERN SECTION OF THE ESTATE WAS TIDIED UP LAST MONTH WHEN THE FINAL PHASE OF A FOUR-STAQE WASH-UP PROGRAMME WAS COMPLETED.

ABOUT 80 HAWKERS AFFECTED BY TODAY’S OPERATION ARE ELIGIBLE FOR RESITE. THESE HAWKERS HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED TEMPORARY SITE NEAR BLOCK 10 AND THEY WILL MOVE TO THE HAWKER BAZAAR BETWEEN BLOCKS 3 AND 5 IN ABOUT THREE WEEKS’ TIME WHEN THE AREA IS PROPERLY MARKED OUT TOGETHER WITH WATER AND POWER SUPPLY INSTALLED.

MR. LO NOTED THAT THE HAWKERS AND ALL THOSE INVOLVED IN TODAY’S OPERATION WERE VERY CO-OPERATIVE.

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♦THE WORK WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT SO feMOCTHLY WITHOUT THEIR WHOLE-HEARTED SUPPORT AND CO-OPERATIO^ ALTHOUGH THE CLEAN-UP PROGRAMME IS AIMED AT IMPROVING THE GENERAL CONDITION OF THE ESTATE AND THEY WILL BE THE ONES WHO ARE TO BENEFIT,* MR. LO ADDED.

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YOUTH FUN FAIR IN TUEN MUN ft ft ft ft ft ft

A FUN FAIR TO PROVIDE AMUSEMENT FOR OVER 3,000 YOUTHS AND CHILDREN WILL BE HELD IN THE PLAYGROUND OF THE TUEN MUN ESTATE NEXT TUESDAY (AUGUST 6) AT 2 P.M.

THE FAIR, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE Y.W.C.A., SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, AND SUPPORTED BY THE LOCAL VILLAGERS, WILL BE ONE OF THE BIGGEST SUMMER ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

THE YOUNGSTERS WILL BE ENTERTAINED BY VOLUNTEERS FROM LOCAL SCHOOLS AND YOUTH CENTRES IN 20 GAME STALLS AS WELL AS SINGING AND DANCING PERFORMANCES PLANNED TO GIVE THEM A HAPPY AFTERNOON.

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE «• * * * M- K

THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY (THURSDAY) AT SALE 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 RICE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY> AVERAGE

CHINA RICE? SEE MEW GOOD 2.02

S.C. J1EN GOOD 1.86

PO NQA1 CHU CHO THAI RICE: NO SALE NO SALE

100% WHOLE GOOD 1.79

10-15$ BROKENS GOOD 1.74

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.70

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.45

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD .1-77

U.S. RICE GOOD 1.87

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.67

PAKISTAN RICE TAIWAN RICE NO SALE NO SALE

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY - NORMAL

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK

C$/PICUL-LIVE WEIGHT) - 310 CAVERAGE)

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SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH

CFMO CHEUNQ SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE CS/CATTY)

SPECIES OF SUPPLY HIGH LOW MODE

GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 3.00 1.50 2.20

BIG-EYES GOOD 2.20 0.45 1.30

SQUID LIMITED. 5.00 1.5b 4.00

HAIR-TAILS LIMITED 1.50 0.40 0.80

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 2.50 0.35 1.60

CROAKERS SCARCE 1.50 0.50 1.00

CONGER-PIKE-EELS NORMAL 1.70 0.90 1.30

MELON COAT LIMITED 1.80 1.00 1.20

BREAMS LIMITED 5.80 1.80 3-80

YELLOU BELLY GOOD 1.20 0.40 0.80

MACKERELS

RED GOAT FISH NORMAL 0.60 0.40 0^55

FORK-TA IL GOOD 0.70 0.30 0.40

HORSE-HEAD GOOD 5.00 2.00 3.40

MELON SEED NORMAL 1.80 0.90 '1.20

POHFRETS SCARCE 9.00 8.00 8.60

GAROUPAS NORMAL 7.80 5.00 6.50

yellow croaker SCARCE 6.50 4.50 5.40

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

CVMO CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKET)

TYPE OF VEGETABLE AVAILABILITY OF WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY) SUPPLY HIGH LOW MODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE NORMAL 1.40 0.50 1.00

WHITE CABBAGE NORMAL 1.00 0.40 0.70

CHINESE LETTUCE SCARCE 1.20 0.50 0.80

WATER SPINACH GOOD 0.45 0.10 0.30

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 2.00 0.80 1.40

STRING BEANS LIMITED 2.60 0.80' 1.80

SPRING ONION LIMITED 1.20 0.30 0.80

SPINACH WATER CRESS SCARCE 3.00 1.50 2.50

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE NORMAL 0.80 0.20 0.50

CHINESE SPINACH GOOD 0.60 0.10 0.35

TOMATO SCARCE 3.80 2.00 3.00

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TEiZFOnARY CLOSURE OF OFEOAIP. CARP APR  ............... 4

MEU-RATE PARK IMF, METERS FOR UAMOIIAI FROM L’EXT WEEK •... 5

RAIN-SHELTER AT KAT 0 PROPOSED.......................... 5

NEW MONG KOK MARKET READY LATE NEXT YEAR................ 6 --

ROAD IMPROVEMENTS IN NQAU CHI WAN....................... 6

STUDENTS TO HELP HANG HAU FISHERMEN..................... 7

REVISION OF BANK LICENCE FEES........................... 7

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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 1974

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HONG KONG ISLAND BECOMES SMOKE CONTROL AREA

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THE LATEST AND PERHAPS MOST SIGNIFICANT STEP IN THE GOVERNMENT’S ANTI-POLLUTION COMPA1GN WAS TAKEN TODAY WITH THE DECLARATION OF HONG KONG ISLAND AS A SMOKE CONTROL AREA.

THE ANNOUNCEMENT WAS GREETED ENTHUSIASTICALLY BY POLLUTION CONTROL AUTHORITIES WHO DESCRIBED IT AS A LOGICAL MOVE TOWARDS DECLARING ALL THE COLONY A SMOKE CONTROL AREA.

THE DECLARATION WAS PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE AND WILL BECOME EFFECTIVE ON OCTODER 2. RESIDENTS OF THE ISLAND HAVE 21 DAYS IN WHICH TO COMMENT ON THE DECLARATION.

HONG KONG ISLAND CINCLUDING AP LEI CHAU) IS THE SEVENTH SMOKE CONTROL AREA DECLARED BY THE GOVERNMENT UNDER THE CLEAN AIR ORDINANCE, WHICH CARRIES FINES OF UP TO $2,000.

THE ANNOUNCEMENT WAS WELCOMED TODAY BY MR. WALTER SULKE, CHAIRMAN OF THE AIR POLLUTION SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION (EPCOM), AS A "PLEASING AND POSITIVE STEP.'’

HE SAID: +WE REALLY ARE BEGINNING TO CLEAN HONG KONG.

+BUT WE MUST KEEP AT IT TO ENSURE THAT HONG KONG DOES NOT BECOME AS POLLUTED AS OTHER PLACES, BOTH IN THE FAR EAST AND IN SOME EUROPEAN COUNTRIES.+

MR. SULKE SAID HE WAS PLEASED THE GOVERNMENT HAD ACCEPTED EPCOM'S ADVICE ON SMOKE CONTROL AREAS BY DECLARING HONG KONG ISLAND.

+1 NOW LOOK FORWARD TO THE GOVERNMENT ACCEPTING THE FURTHER ADVICE OF EPCOM THAT KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES SHOULD BE DECLARED A SMOKE CONTROL AREA, THUS MAKING THE WHOLE OF HONG KONG SUBJECT TO ALL THE PROVISIONS OF THE CLEAN AIR ORD 1 NANCE.+

HE WAS SUPPORTED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF EPCOM, MR. JOHN MARDEN, WHO SAID HE WAS PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN THE LATEST DECLARATION BECAUSE HE HAD BEEN CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON AIR POLLUTION WHICH HAD ORIGINALLY RECOMMENDED DECLARING THE WHOLE COLONY A SMOKE CONTROL AREA.

MR. MARDEN SAID: +STEADY PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE .OVER THE • YEARS TOWARDS THIS GOAL AND IN VIEW OF THIS LATEST GOOD NEWS I AM CONFIDENT THAT IT WON’T BE TOO LONG BEFORE THE COMMITTEE'S ORIGINAL RECOMMENDATIONS BECOME A FACT.+

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THE HONG KONG ISLAND ANNOUNCEMENT COMES ONLY THREE WEEKS AFTER

THE DECLARATION OF THE COMBINED AREA OF YUEN LONG AND TUEN MUN IN THE MEW TERRITORIES AS A SMOKE CONTROL AREA FROM SEPTEMBER 10.

UNDER THE CLEAN AIR ORDINANCE, AN OCCUPIER OF ANY PREMISES WITHIN A SMOKE CONTROL AREA WHO OPERATES A FURNACE, OVEN OR CHIMNEY EMITTING DARK SMOKE FOR HORE THAN SIX MINUTES IN A FOUR-HOUR PERIOD, OR HORE THAN THREE MINUTES AT ANY ORE TIME, IS LIABLE TO A $2,000 FIRE. HE CAN ALSO BE FINED $50 FOR EVERY 15 MINUTES THE OFFENCE CONTINUES.

THE OTHER SMOKE CONTROL AREAS DECLARED UNDER THE ORDINANCE ARE CHEUNG SHA WAN - SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT (IN APRIL THIS YEAR)= TSUEN WAN CLAST YEAR)= KUUN TONG C1960)= SHA TIN 0962)= NORTH POINT 0964).

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YOUTH WORK IN HONG KONG AIMS AT CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT » M-

YOUTH WORK IN HONG KONG IS NOT JUST A MEANS OF HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE TO WHILE-AUAY THEIR LEISURE TIME OR TO PROVIDE OUTLETS FOR ENERGY, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, SAID TODAY.

HE SAID YOUTH WORK HERE IS FOCUSED ON ASSISTING INDIVIDUALS TO ATTAIN A BALANCED DEVELOPMENT BY LEARNING HOU TO CO-OPERATE WITH OTHERS AND TO GET ALONG HARMONIOUSLY.

THIS IS DONE THROUGH YOUTH CENTRES 1NUH1CH YOUTH, THROUGH THEIR PARTICIPATION IN AND PLANNING OF VARIOUS ACTIVITIES, CAN REALIZE THEIR OWN ATTITUDE, BUILD UP THEIR CONFIDENCE AND WORKING ABILITY AND DEVELOP THEIR POTENTIALS TO THE FULL.

HE SAID IN THIS WAY YOUTH ALSO DEVELOP A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY TOWARDS SOCIETY SO THAT THEY UNDERSTAND THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INDIVIDUALS AND SOCIETY.

HR. LEE WAS SPEAKING WHEN HE OPENED THE NEW TUNG UAH KOWLOON YOUTH CENTRE OF THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS IN WYLIE ROAD.

HE SAID THE TUNG WAH GROUP SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT HORE THAN 100 YEARS AGO HAS STEADILY EXPANDED ITS WELFARE WORK IN THE COMMUNITY SO THAT TODAY IT NOT ONLY TAKES CARE OF THE POOR, THE SICK, THE AGED AND THE WEAK BUT IS ALSO INVOLVED IN YOUTH AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT. THE GROUP OPENED ITS FIRST YOUTH CENTRE ON HONG KONG ISLAND IN 1971.

MR. LEE STRESSED THAT IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO DEVELOP THEIR TALENTS YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE TO BE GUIDED AND ASSISTED BY EXPERIENCED ADULTS.

JUDGING FROM THE ENTHUSIASM AND ZEAL SHOUN BY MEMBERS OF THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS IN CARRYING OUT WELFARE WORK, HE SAID HE WAS CONFIDENT THAT THEIR EFFORTS WOULD PRODUCE VERY GOOD RESULTS.

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NEU RADAR-SYSTEM TO PROVIDE MORE AIR TRAFFIC INFORMATION

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A SECONDARY SURVEILLANCE RADAR SYSTEM IS TO BE INSTALLED AT MOUNT PARKER ON HONG, KONG ISLAND TO PROVIDE MORE COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION OU AIRCRAFT iJ.iVEHEUT TO THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL CENTRE AT ji.i HONG KOl.G AIRPORT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE RADAR SYSTEM, WHEN COMPLETED, WILL PROVIDE AIRPORT CONTROLLERS WITH A CONTINUOUS PICTURE OF AIRCRAFT IDENTITY, POSITION AND HEIGHT UNDER ALL UEATHER CONDITIONS AT RANGES UP TO MORE THAN 200 MILES.

THE COST OF THE RADAR EQUIPMENT AMOUNTS TO $5.5 MILLION.

THE RADAR SYSTEM WILL DE ACCOMMODATED IN A FOUR-STOREY BUILDING TO DE CONSTRUCTED AT MOUNT PARKER. THE TOP FLOOR WILL CARRY THE HAIN AERIAL AID HOUSE ITS TURNING GEAR WHILE THE SECOND FLOOR WILL DE FOR THE RADAR TRANSMITTING, RECEIVING AND RADIO LINK EQUIPMENT.

ADDITIONAL COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT UILL DE PLACED ON THE FIRST FLOOR, UI TH THE STANDBY GENERATOR, FUEL STORAGE, AND SWITCHGEAR ON THE GROUND FLOOR.

A DISPLAY SYSTEM UHL ALSO DE INSTALLED AT THE HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND UILL RECEIVE SIGNALS FROM THE MOUNT PARKER STATION VIA ITS RADIO LINKS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE DISPLAY WOULD COMPRISE ELECTRONIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT IN THE FORM OF A HAIN COMPUTER AND FOUR ASSOCIATED MINI-COMPUTERS WHICH WILL FEED THE RECEIVED INFORMATION TO THE RADAR DISPLAY IN THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL CEUTuE LOCATED AT Ti.E AIRPORT.

CONSTRUCTION OF THE HEW RADAR STATION IS EXPECTED TO START LATE NEXT MOUTH, AND DE COMPLETED BY MID-1975. THE RADAR SYSTEM SHOULD DECOKE OPERATIONAL BY THE END OF 1975.

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THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTS FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL 1974 SHOU A DEFICIT OF $33 MILLION COMPARED WITH l\ DEFICIT OF $15 MILLION IN APRIL LAST YEAR.

TOTAL REVENUE FOR THE MONTH AT $337 MILLION WAS $43 MILLION HORE THAU IN APRIL 1973-

THE TOTAL EXPENDITURE, AMOUNTING TO $370 MILLION, REPRESENTS AN INCREASE OF $51 MILLION OVER THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR.

THE EXPENDITURE INCLUDED $57 MILLION PAID TO THE URBAN COUNCIL AS TLE YIELD FROM THE URBAN COUNCIL RATE FOR APRIL 1974.

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CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING ON THE CENTRAL RECLAMATION IS EXPECTED TO START NEXT MONTH, SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION BY MARCH, 1976.

PILING WORK FOR THE BUILDING IS ALREADY IN PROGRESS, AND TENDERS ARE NOW BEING INVITED TO UNDERTAKE THE ACTUAL CONSTRUCTION WORK.

A NOTICE CALLING THE TENDERS IS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

THE NEW GPO WILL HAVE MODERN HANDLING EQUIPMENT WHICH WILL IMPROVE THE FLOW OF PARCELS AND MAIL, AND ENABLE WORK TO BE HANDLED MORE EFFICIENTLY.

IT WILL SERVE AS THE MAIN PUBLIC OFFICE FOR CENTRAL3 THE LETTER DELIVERY OFFICE FOR CENTRAL, WESTERN AND PARTS OF EASTERN DISTRICTS3 THE LETTER COLLECTION CONCERTRATION CENTRE FOR HONG KONG ISLAND, AND PROVIDE PARCEL POSTING AND DELIVERY FACILITIES.

THE 40,000 SQ. FT. SITE FOR THE NEW GPO IS LOCATED BETWEEN BLAKE PIER AND THE STAR FERRY CONCOURSE TO THE NORTH OF CONNAUGHT CENTRE, AND IT NEARLY DOUBLES THE AREA OF THE SITE OF THE EXISTING BUILDING IN PEDDER STREET.

WITH A TOTAL FLOOR AREA OF ABOUT 180,000 SQ. FT., THE NEW FIVE-STOREY OFFICE COMPLEX WILL PROVIDE A COMPREHENSIVE RANGE OF POSTAL FACILITIES.

THE GROUND FLOOR WILL INCLUDE THE MAIN PARCEL OFFICE, PARCEL SORTING AREAS AS WELL AS LOADING AND UNLOADING FACILITIES.

THE MAIN STAMP SELLING PUBLIC HALL WILL BE ON THE FIRST FLOOR, TOGETHER WITH A MAIL SORTING OFFICE AND SPACE FOR SOME 15,000 POST OFFICE BOXES.

THE MAIN MAIL SORTING CENTRE IS LOCATED ON THE SECOND FLOOR, WHILE THE THIRD AND FOURTH FLOORS WILL BE USED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES OF THE POST OFFICE HEADQUARTERS AND STAFF WELFARE FACILITIES.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF OPEN-AIR CARPARK

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MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TODAY THAT THE OPEN-AIR METERED CARPARK OUTSIDE HUTCHINSON HOUSE IN CENTRAL WILL BE CLOSED TO PARKING AND VEHICULAR ACCESS FOR THREE DAYS FROM 7 A.M. ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 6>.

THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE IS TO ENABLE RESURFACING TO BE CARRIED OUT ON THE AREA. THE CARPARK WILL BE RE-OPENED AT 8 A.M. ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 9>.

IN THE MEANTIME, MOTORISTS CAN PARK IN THE MURRAY ROAD MULTISTOREY CARPARK OR IN THE METERED CARPARK TO THE EAST OF IT.

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OLD-RATE PARKING METERS IN UAI’CHAI WILL BE REPLACED BY NEU-RATE METERS STARTING ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 6).

THE REPLACEMENT PROGRAMME UILL EE SPREAD OVER 12 CORKING DAYS WITH ABOUT 1,400 NEU METERS TO CE INSTALLED.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY LEGISLATION AUTHORISING THE NEU RATES FOR PARKING METERS HAD BEEN PASSED IN

HE SAID IT WAS INTENDED TO GRADUALLY CHANGE ALL OLD-RATE METERS TO NEU-RATE ORES. THOSE IM CENTRAL AID TSIH SHA TSUI DISTRICTS HAVE ALREADY BEEN REPLACED.

THE NEW METERS ACCEPT ONLY 50-CENT CR OtS-DOLLAR COINS DEPENDING ON THE TYPE OF THE METER. THEY DO NOT TAKE 10 CENT COINS.

UNDER THE NEU SYSTEM, THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF TUO-HOUR METERS -ONE UHICH ACCEPTS 50-CENT COINS FOR JO MINUTES, AND THE OTHER UHICH TAKES 50 CENT COINS FOR ONE HOUR. AT TOE NEU-RATE HALF-HOUR METERS, TOE CHARGE IS A FLAT $1.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE CHANGEOVER OF METERS IN UANCHAI WOULD START IN FENWICK STREET AND THEN PROGRESS UP TO PERCIVAL STREET.

+DURING AND AFTER THE CHANGEOVER, MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO READ CAREFULLY TOE REGULATIONS PRINTED ON THE METAL PLATE ATTACHED TO TOE PARKING METER TO ENSURE THAT TOE CORRECT COINS ARE INSERTED.

+CARS ALREADY PARKED AT TOE OLD-RATE METERS, WHICH ARE SUBSEQUENTLY CHANGED TO NEW METERS WHILE TOE CAR IS STILL PARKED, WILL BE GIVEN TOE FULL TIKE ALLOWED BY THE METER AFTER IT HAS BEEN REPLACED,+ HE SAID.

ARRANGEMENTS HAVE ALSO BEEN MADE TO CANCEL ANY PARKING TICKETS ISSUED TO A CAR-OUHER UHO HAY HAVE PARKED AT A 10-K0UR METER UHEN IT UAS REPLACED BY A TUO-HOUR METER, HE ADDED.

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PROPOSED RAIN-SHELTER AT' KAT 0 ft 3$ ft ft ft ft

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO RECLAIM UNDER THE PUBLIC RECLAMATIONS AND WORKS ORDINANCE AN AREA OF ABOUT 2,750 SQ. ft. of Foreshore and seabed to build a rain shelter to the NORTH WEST OF THE EXISTING PIER IN KAT 0 UAH, NEU TERRITORIES, SO AS TO IMPROVE TOE FACILITIES FOR RESIDENTS AND VISITORS TO THE ISLAND.

TOE EXACT BOUNDARIES OF THE PROPOSED SHELTER ARE DESCRIBED IN THE GAZETTE NOTIFICATION UHICH STIPULATES THAT ALL PERSONS HAVING ANY OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSED RECLAMATION OR ANY CLAIMS OF PRIVATE RIGHT IN TOE HATTER SHOULD DO SO IN THE MANNER DESCRIBED IN THE NOTIFICATION.

THIS NOTIFICATION (IM BOTH ENGLISH AND IN CHINESE) CAN BE SEEN ON THE NOTICE EOARDS ON THE SITE.

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THE EXISTING OBSOLETE KONG KOK MARKET BUILDINGS WILL SOON BE DEMOLISHED TO MAKE WAY FOR REDEVELOPMENT OF TEE SITE FOR A MODERN THREE-STOREY MARKET BUILDING WHICH WILL ALSO PROVIDE COVERED PLAY SPACE OH THE ROOF.

TENDERS ARE NOW BEING INVITED FOR THE DEMOLITION OF THE OLD MARKET BUILDINGS.

PILING WORK, TO FOLLOW IMMEDIATELY AFTER DEMOLITION IS ■ SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION BY JANUARY NEXT YEAR. SUPERSTRUCTURE OF THE NEU BUILDING IS THEN EXPECTED TO BEGIN, FOR .COMPLETION BY END OF GCTCDER 1975.

MEANWHILE, THE EXISTING TRADERS IN THE MARKET WILL BE MOVED TO A TEMPORARY MARKET AT TOE JUNCTION OF SHANGHAI STREET ACK) KONG KOK ROAD WHICH IS DUE TO EE COMPLETED LATER THIS MONTH.

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ROAD IMPROVEMENTS IN NGAU CHI WAN » If » » II- JI-

PLATFORM FORMATION AND ROAD CONSTRUCTION WORKS WILL SOON BE CARRIED OUT ALONG A SECTION OF CLEARWATER BAY ROAD AT NGAU CHI WAN UNDER A ROAD IMPROVEMENT SCHEME.

THE PROJECT, COMPRISING THE WIDENING AND REALIGNMENT OF CLEARWATER BAY ROAD, IS IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE IN THE AREA FOR SOKE 29»C00 PEOPLE.

A TOTAL OF 14 ACRES OF PLATFORM ARE TO EE FORKED, TOGETHER WITH TOE CONSTRUCTION OF 4,000 FEET OF ROADS, 12,500 FEET OF STORMWATER CULVERTS, 3,500 FEET OF SEWERS AMD OTHER ANCILLARY WORKS

TOE WORK SITE IS LOCATED TO THE EAST OF PING SHEK ESTATE AND WEST OF SHUN LEE TSUEN.

TENDERS ARE KOU BEING CALLED TO UNDERTAKE TOE PROJECT WHICH IS EXPECTED TO COMMENCE IN OCTOBER, AND WILL TAKE 15 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY STUDENTS FROM THE SOCIAL SERVICE GROUPS OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY AND YOUTH GROUPS OF THE CENTRAL DISTRICT WILL SACRIFICE THEIR SUMMER HOLIDAYS TO TAKE PART IN A ’PUBLIC-SPIRITED' WORK CAMP PROJECT IN HANG HAU, NEU TERRITORIES, TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE WORK CAMP WAS FIRST INITIATED BY SOME STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS AND SUPPORTED DY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, SAI KUNG.

THIS TIME, THE VOLUNTEERS WILL HELP THE HANG HAU FISHERMEN BUILD A 700-FT. LONG CONCRETE FOOTPATH TO PROVIDE AN EASY ACCESS TO THE VILLAGE WHICH WILL BENEFIT THE WHOLE POPULATION, ESPECIALLY THE SCHOOL CHILDREN.

WORK WILL IMMEDIATELY START AFTER AN OPENING ADDRESS BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, SAI KUNG. HR. CLIVE OXLEY, AT 11 A.M. TOMORROW.

THE PROJECT WILL TAKE ABOUT FOUR WEEKS TO COMPLETE. CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, WORKING TOOLS AMD EQUIPMENT WILL BE SUPPLIED BY THE DISTRICT-OFFICE, SAI KUNQ.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE WORK CAMP ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 3> -STARTING 11 A.M. TWO VANS UILL TAKE THE STUDENTS TO THE SITE, LEAVING THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE AT ABOUT 10 A.H. PRESS MEDIA WISH TO HAKE USE OF THE OFFICIAL TRANSPORT RAY DO SO, CUT THEY SHOULD ASSEMBLE IN THE OFFICE BY 10 A.H. THE DISTRICT OFFICE IS LOCATED AT THE SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES, FIRST FLOOR.

REVISION OF BANK LICENCE FEES ft ft ft ft ft ft

THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAS APPROVED AN INCREASE FROM $15,000 TO $40,000 IN THE ANNUAL LICENCE FEE PAID BY INCORPORATED BANKS IN HONG KONG.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY FEES PAYABLE UNDER THE BANKING ORDINANCE ARE INTENDED TO COVER THE COSTS OF THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING.

+THESE COSTS HAVE INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN RECENT YEARS, BUT THE FEES HAVE REMAINED UNCHANGED SINCE 1?57,+ EE SAID.

THE QUESTION OF INCREASING VARIOUS FEES AND CHARGES WAS RAISED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY DURING THIS YEAR’S BUDGET SPEECH, AND THE POSSIBILITY OF AT LEAST DOUBLING THE BANKING LICENCE FEE WAS MENTIONED DURING THAT DEBATE.

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE

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

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE OF RICE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE AVERAGE CS/CATTY)

CHINA RICE

SEE HEU GOOD 2.02

S.C.JIEN GOOD 1.C6

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100% WHOLE GOOD 1.79

10-15^ BROKENS GOOD 1.74

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.70

A1 SUPER COOD 1.45

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 1.77

U.S. RICE GOOD 1.87

AUSTRUL1AN RICE GOOD 1.67

PAKISTAN RICE

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AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY - LIMITED

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SUPPLIES ALD WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH

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SPECIES AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE HIGH PRICE LOU C$/CATTY> KODE

GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 3.20 1.60 2.20

big-eyes GOOD 2.49 0.75 1.50

SQUID LIMITED 4.CO 1.50 3.00

HAIR-TAILS NORMAL 1.40 0.40 0.80

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 2.CO 0.40 1.10

CROAKERS NORMAL 1.39 0.30 0.75-

conger-pike-eels GOOD 1.70 1.00 1.10

MELON COAT LIMITED 1.50 1.C0 1.20

BREAMS NORMAL 4.90 1.40 3.70

YELLOW BELLY NORMAL 1.50 0.25 0.90

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FORK-TAIL ■ NORMAL 0.60 0.25 0.40

HORSE-HEAD GOOD 4.50 1.80 2.90

MELON SEED NORMAL 1.40 0.30 0.90

POMFRETS SCARCE 9.co 8.00 8.50

GAROUPAS GOOD 8.00 5-50 6.80

YELLOW CROAKER LIMITED 5.20 4.30 4.80

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

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

TYPE OF AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

VEGETABLE OF SUPPLY HIGH LOU NODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE NORMAL • 1.20 0.50 0.80

WHITE CABBAGE NORMAL 0.80 0.30 0.50

CHINESE LETTUCE SCARCE 1.20 0.50 0.80

WATER SPINACH GOOD 0.40 0.10 O.JO

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 2.00 0.80 1.40

STRING BEANS LIMITED 2.50 0.80 1.80

SPRING ONION LIMITED 1.20 0.30 0.80

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WATER CRESS SCARCE 3.00 1.50 ' 2.50

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE NORMAL 0.89 0.20 0.50

CHINESE SPINACH GOOD 0.50 0.10 0.30

TOMATO SCARCE 3-eo 2.00 3.00

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SATURDAY, AUGUST J, 1974

LEGAL AID FOR TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS SELFISHNESS OF EYEWITNESSES BLAMED FOR LOU APPROVAL RATE It It It It » It

ABOUT HALF THE NUMBER OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS UHO APPLY FOR LEGAL AID TO OBTAIN DAMAGES OR COMPENSATION ARE UNABLE TO GET IT BECAUSE OF THE SELFISH ATTITUDE OF SOME PEOPLE UHO DO ROT WANT +TO GET INVOLVED*.

THIS +HUMAN TRAGEDY*, THE DIRECTOR OF LEGAL AID, MR. D.F. O’REILLY HAYNE, SAID COULD BE PREVENTED IF ONLY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WITNESS ACCIDENTS WOULD COME FORWARD TO GIVE EVIDENCE AS TO THE CAUSES.

BY PERSISTING IN THEIR ATTITUDE NOT TO GET INVOLVED IN OTHER PEOPLE'S AFFAIRS AND, ABOVE ALL, IN NOT WISHING TO GIVE EVIDENCE IN COURT, THESE PEOPLE ARE OFTEN DOING UNTOLD HARM TO THEIR FELLOW CITIZENS, HE REMARKED.

+MONEY CAN NEVER COMPENSATE FOR THE LOSS OF HUMAN LIFE, OR INDEED, FOR ANY SERIOUS INJURY,* HE SAID, +OUT IN PRACTICAL TERMS AND PSYCHOLOGICALLY A MODICUM OF COMPENSATION CAN MAKE A GREAT DEAL OF DIFFERENCE TO THOSE UHO SEE THEMSELVES AS THE FORGOTTEN ONES IN OUR SOCIETY.*

MR. O'REILLY MAYNE SAID THOUGHT HAD BEEN GIVEN TO A MASSIVE PROGRAMME OF EDUCATION TO EXPLAIN TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHY THEY SHOULD, IN SUCH CASES, COME FORWARD AND STATE WHAT THEY SAW IN RELATION TO ACCIDENTS.

BUT HE FELT THAT PERHAPS THE CEST EDUCATION FOR THEM WOULD BE TO SPEND A FEU HOURS IN THE LEGAL AID DEPARTMENT. +ONE LOOK AT THE DESPAIRING EYES OF A CRIPPLE, CONDEMNED TO EKE OUT HIS LIFE WITHOUT ANY POSSIBLE LEGAL REDRESS, IS PROBABLY THE VERY DEST EDUCATION THAT ONE CAN ENVISAGE. IT IS HEART-CREAKING.

*A LIFE OF PAIN WITH FEW, IF ANY, CREATURE COMFORTS IS HARD TO FACE= BUT THE PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS ON THE JUSTIFIABLY PROUD PEOPLES OF HONG KONG OF HAVING TO EXIST ON +HAND-OUTS+ FROM GOVERNMENT OR FROM THE RELATIVES AND CLANSMEN IS DISASTROUS.

*OUR POPULATION DESERVES AND NEEDS A MODICUM OF HUMAN DIGNITY. THIS ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT IS, IN MANY CASES, GONE FOREVER WHEN VICTIMS BECOME PERMANENTLY DEPENDENT ON CHARITY.*

/DE EMPHASIZED

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

SATURDAY, AUGUST J, 1974

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HE EMPHASIZED THAT HIS DEPARTMENT WAS IN RO WAY SEEKING BIASED OR FALSE EVIDENCE. +WE ONLY WANT TO OBTAIN FROM WITNESSES THE CORRECT DATA RELEVANT TO. THE CAUSES OF ACCIDENTS. IF WE CAN OBTAIN MERELY THIS, THEN ALL PARTIES WILL BENEFIT.+

MOST TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS, HE SAID, WERE DUE PARTLY TO THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE OWNER OR DRIVER OF THE VEHICLE CONCERNED, AND PARTLY TO THE NEGLIGENCE OF PEDESTRIANS.

+BUT EVEN IF THE VICTIM IS LARGELY BUT KOT WHOLLY TO BLAME FOR THE ACCIDENT, IT IS STILL POSSIBLE TO OBTAIN SOME COMPENSATION FOR HIM. HOWEVER, THERE MUST BE EVIDENCE OF SOME NEGLIGENCE ON THE PART OF THE PROPOSED DEFENDANT,+ HE SAID, POINTING OUT THAT THIS EVIDENCE COULD SURELY EE OBTAINED IN MANY CASES IF ONLY MORE PEOPLE WOULD WILLINGLY COME FORWARD TO GIVE THEIR EYE-WITNESS ACCOUNT OF THE INCIDENTS.

OTHER THAN TRAFFIC ACCIDENT CASES, THE DEPARTMENT GENERALLY-HAS BEEN ABLE TO PROCESS APPLICATIONS HORE SATISFACTORILY.

SIGNIFICANTLY, APPLICANTS - WHO ITT THE PAST WERE MOSTLY REFERRED TO THE LEGAL AID DEPARTMENT BY OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS - NOU, FOR THE MOST PART, THEY COME DIRECT.

♦GENERALLY SPEAKING, THEIR EXPECTATIONS ARE BEING BETTER MET, AND WITH GREATER EXPEDITION THAN BEFORE,+ MR. O'REILLY MAYNE SAID.

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THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THE EXPRESS LETTER SERVICE, EXCLUDING PARCELS, WILL BE EXTENDED TO INCLUDE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FROM MONDAY CAUQUST 53.

THE EXPRESS SERVICE IS NOW AVAILABLE TO 56 COUNTRIES. FULL DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE AT ANY POST OFFICE .OR FROM THE POST OFFICE ENQUIRY BUREAU ON TELEPHONE 5-247116.

MEANWHILE, THERE WILL BE ONLY ONE DELIVERY OF MAIL ON MONDAY (AUGUST 5> WHICH IS A GENERAL HOLIDAY.

HOWEVER, FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF THE PUBLIC 32 POST OFFICES IN HONG KONG, KOWLOON ARD THE NEU TERRITORIES WILL DE OPEN IN THE MORNING BETWEEN 9 A.M. ARD 12 KOON. THESE WILL INCLUDE THE GENERAL POST OFFICE. THE KOWLOON CENTRAL POST OFFICE AND THE TSHJ SHA TSUI POST OFFICE.

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TWENTY—SEVEN CONSTRUCTION TECHNICIANS HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THEIR FOUR-YEAR, PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE COURSE AT THE MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE.

THESE TECHNICIANS, ALL SPONSORED AND EMPLOYED BY LOCAL CONSTRUCTION FIRMS, ARE THE FIRST BATCH TO GRADUATE FROM THE COURSE, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

THE PROVISION OF THE CONSTRUCTION TECHNICIANS’ COURSE WAS RECOMMENDED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IN A PAPER ON ' ’PROPOSED MODERN APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME FOR HONG KONq'S INDUSTRIES” IN APRIL 1970.

+THIS PROPOSAL GAINED STRONG SUPPORT FROM LOCAL CONTRACTORS WHO WERE WILLING TO RELEASE THEIR APPRENTICES TO ATTEND CLASSES FOR ONE DAY AND TWO EVENINGS A WEEK DURING THE ACADEMIC YEAR,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE PRINCIPAL SUBJECTS COVERED IN THE FOUR-YEAR COURSE INCLUDE CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY, QUANTITY SURVEYING, SITE SURVEYING, PRINCIPLES OF STRUCTURES, SANITATION AND SERVICES, AS WELL AS PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS SUCH AS THE WOOD, TROWEL, PLUMBING AND PAINTING TRADES.

+W1TH THE COMPLETION OF TWO MORE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES NEXT YEAR, IT IS HOPED THAT MORE INDUSTRIALISTS WILL SUPPORT THEIR APPRENTICES TO ATTEND PART-TICE DAY-RELEASE COURSES.

+THIS IS CONSIDERED TO BE ONE OF THE HOST SUITABLE FORMS OF TRAINING FOR BOTH TECHNICIAN AND CRAFT STUDENTS BECAUSE IT SUCCESSFULLY COMBINES ON-THE-JOB INDUSTRIAL TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE WITH RELATED TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN INSTITUTES,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

NOTE TO EDITORS: FOR YOUR INFORMATION, THE 27 GRADUATES WILL BE

CELEBRATING THEIR GRADUATION AT A DINNER AT THE FURAHA HOTEL ON AUGUST 8.

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DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE TO OFFICIATE HONG KONG JUVENILE CARE CENTRE SPEECH DAY ft ft ft ft ft. ft

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE 1973/74 SPEECH DAY CEREMONY OF THE HONG KONG JUVENILE CARE CENTRE AT 5.15 P.M. ON TUESDAY CAUGUST 6).

MRS. LEE WILL PRESENT PRIZES AND CERTIFICATES TO THE CHILDREN ‘ AND GRADUATES.

THE HONG KONG JUVENILE CARE CENTRE IS LOCATED IN LOUER ALBERT ROAD.

COPIES OF MR. LEE'S SPEECH WILL BE AVAILABLE THROUGH G«I«S.

THAT DAY.

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EXPANSION OF C.A.S. CADET CORPS MOOTED HEW CAMP SITE READY NEXT YEAR

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PLANS ARE CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION TO INCREASE THE STRENGTH OF THE CIVIL AID SERVICES CADET CORPS FROM THE EXISTING 2,000 TO 3,000 OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS.

THE IDEA BEHIND THE PROPOSED EOVE IS TO ATTRACT INTO THE

CORPS YOUTHS IN THE 12-14 AQE GROUP.

REVEALING THIS TODAY, THE CHIEF STAFF OFFICER OF THE CIVIL AID SERVICES, HR. JOHN FORTUNE, INDICATED THAT THE PROPOSED EXPANSION PROGRAMME WAS IN LINE WITH THE AIN OF THE C.A.S. TO BROADEN ITS CASE TO ENSURE THAT A WIDER CROSS-SECTION OF THE TEENAGE POPULATION WOULD HAVE A GETTER OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DISCIPLINED SERVICE AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES OFFERED DY TOE CORPS.

HE POINTED OUT THAT TEENAGERS IN THE 12-14 AC.E BRACKET WERE +AT A KOST IMPRESSIONABLE AQE AND NOT YET FULLY ENVELOPED IN STUDYING FOR THEIR SCHOOL EXAM 1NATIONS* AND AS SUCH WOULD FIND THE TRAINING IN THE CORPS HIGHLY USEFUL.

FORMED IN 1960, TOE CORPS ROW COMPRISE 20 SEPARATE CADET UNITS WITH 100 BOYS EACH. THE AQE OF CADETS RANGES FROM 14 TO 18.

EACH UNIT HAS ITS OWN HEADQUARTERS WHICH HEAVILY POPULATED AREAS TO ENSURE THAT CADETS WEEKDAYS IN TOE AREAS IN WHICH THEY LIVE. OH USUALLY SPEND THEIR TIKE IN THE COUNTRYSICE.

IS SITUATED IN GAM TRAIN DURING WEEKENDS, THEY

+THE ESPRIT DE CORPS OF THE CADETS HAS ALWAYS BEEN VERY HIGH,* NOTED MR. FORTUNE. +THEY LIKE TO BE EMPLOYED IN CIVIC PROJECTS ALE), IN FACT, HAVE RECENTLY BEEN HEAVILY INVOLVED IN THE 'KEEP OUR BEACHES CLEAN CAMPAIGN,' 'CLEAN EOHG KOHG CAMPAIGN' AND THE 'ANTI-NARCOTICS DRIVE.'

+THE CADETS HAVE BOUNDLESS ENERGY AND AS SUCH MUST BE KEPT ACTIVE WITH INTERESTING PROJECTS ARD TRAINING PROGRAMMES,* HE ADDED.

THE CHIEF STAFF OFFICER DISCLOSED TEAT A TURNING POINT HAD RECENTLY BEEN HADE IN TOE TRAINING STRATEGY C? TOE CORPS FOLLOWING THE INTRODUCTION OF THE CADET MECHANICAL TECHNOLOGY COURSE AS A NEU FORM OF TRAINING WHICH *CAM ASSIST CADETS IN THEIR ADULTHOOD*.

INTRODUCED A FEW MONTHS AGO, THE COURSE SEEKS TO TEACH CADETS WHO EAVE A FLAIR FOR THINGS MECHANICAL AND WHO ARE IN THE 17-18 AGE GROUP TOE BASIC KNOW-HOW RELATED TO MAINTENANCE -AND REPAIR OF CARS AND MOTORCYCLES.

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FOR THIS SPECIFIC PURPOSE, A WELL-EQUIPPED WORKSHOP HAS' BEEN SET UP IN THE C.A.S. HEADQUARTERS. A SIMILAR WORKSHOP IS BEING PLANNED AT THE KOWLOON TRAINING CENTRE IN ARGYLE STREET.

+THIS NEW FORM OF TRAINING MARKED A DISTINCT SHIFT OF EMPHASIS WITHIN THE CIVIL AID SERVICES. WHEREAS IN THE PAST WE WERE PRIMARILY CONCERNED WITH THE PEACETIME EMERGENCY TRAINING OF OUR ADULT MEMBERS, UE HAVE NOW STEPPED INTO A NEW REALM WHERE VOCATIONAL TRAINING OF YOUTH ALSO FORMS A PART,* OBSERVED HR. FORTUNE.

+AND THIS REPRESENTS A GREAT DEPARTURE FROM OUR TRADITIONAL TRAINING STRATEGY.* r

ON THE TRAINING LIST OF THE CADETS ARE, AMONG OTHERS, LEADERSHIP, CITIZENSHIP, FORESTRY CONSERVATION, ORIENTEERING, CANOEING, COOKING, TREKKING, MAP-READING, LIFE-SAVING, RESCUING AND FIRST AID.

THE- TRAINING IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE THE CADETS WITH A BETTER PERSPECTIVE OF LIFE SO AS TO ENABLE THEM TO EVOLVE A SENSE OF CIVIC AND MORAL RESPONSIBILITY.

+A VITAL ASPECT OF THE DISCIPLINED TRAINING IS THAT THE BOYS' LEISURELY HOURS ARE GAINFULLY EMPLOYED, THUS KEEPING THEM OUT OF MISCHIEF.*

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IN FACT, HE ADDED, THE SHORT-TERM OBJECT OF THE CORPS WAS TO TRAIN BETTER QUALITY VOLUNTEER RESERVES SO THAT THE LONGTERM AIM CAN BE BETTER ACHIEVED IN ONE OF THE VARIOUS REGULAR AND AUXILIARY SERVICES.

THE EXISTING RECRUITMENT POLICY IS TO TAKE IN BOYS FROM VARIOUS LOU-COST HOUSING ESTATES, CROWDED TENEMENT BLOCKS AND SQUATTER AREAS IN THE URBAN DISTRICTS WHERE +THE TEED FOR A PROPER AND HEALTHY CHANNEL WITH WHICH TO RELEASE THE BOYS' EXCESS ENERGY IS KEENLY FELT.*

NOW THAT HONG KONG IS IN FOR A LONG SCHOOL VACATION, A HEAVY ACCENT HAS BEEN LAID ON COMMUNITY SERVICE WORK FOR THE CADETS ON TOP OF OTHER OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, ACCORDING TO THE CHIEF STAFF OFFICER.

MEANWHILE, WORK ON THE FORMATION OF THE FIRST PERMANENT CAMPING SITE IN THE NEU TERRITORIES FOR THE C.A.S. IS WELL ADVANCED.

THE 50—ACRE REMOTE CAMP SITE IS SITUATED AROUND THE OLD DESERTED VILLAGE OF YUEN TUN IN TSING LUNG TAU. ITS BASIC FACILITIES WILL BE COMPLETED THIS YEAR AND THE WHOLE SITE IS EXPECTED TO BE FULLY OPERATIONAL EARLY NEXT YEAR.

TO HELP FOSTER A SENSE OF PRIDE AND BELONGING AMONG THE CADETS, A SELF-HELP WORK PROJECT HAS BEEN LAUNCHED AT THE SITE. AT PRESENT, CADETS HELP IM SUCH DUTIES AS SITE CLEARANCE, HOUSE RENOVATION AND GRASS CUTTING AT THEIR FUTURE CAMPING GROUND.

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ACCORDING TO MR. FORTUNE, THE BEAUTIFUL NATURAL RURAL ENVIRONMENT AROUND THE SITE UILL BE PRESERVED S9 THAT CADETS FROM THE POPULOUS +CORCRETE JUNGLES+ COULD ENJOY THE PEACE OF THE COUNTRYSIDE.

IT IS ENVISAGED THAT IN THE CAMP THE EMPHASIS UILL EE ON MOUNTAINEERING, ORIENTEERING, CONSERVATION ARD ANIMAL HUSBANDRY.

+UITH THE COMPLETION OF THE CAMP, CADETS UILL BE GIVEN AN ADDITIONAL OUTLET FOR THEIR PHYSICAL ARD MENTAL DEVELOPMENT,* HE STRESSED, NOTING THAT TOE PROJECT HAS REALISED A 4-YEAR DREAM OF THE C.A.S. IN SEEKING AN IDEAL PERMANENT CAMP SITE.

HOUEVER, TOE SITE UOULD ALSO BE OPEN TO OTHER ORGANISED DISCIPLINED YOUTH GROUPS, HE SAID.

MR. FORTUNE FURTHER DISCLOSED THAT ANOTHER REMOTE CARP SITE IN THE NEU TERRITORIES FOR TOE CORPS HAD ALREADY BEEN EARMARKED.

+THIS TIME, THE FOCUS UILL BE ON UATER SPORT ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING CANOEING, SAILFISH SAILING, LIFE-SAVING, SK1H DIVING AND UATER SKIING,* HE SAID.

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FOUR RTV ARTISTES UILL HELP PROMOTE T E SALE OF THIS YEAR'S SIXTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY TICKETS AT STATUE SQUARE ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 6) BETWEEN 5 P.H. AND 6 P.M.

* THEY ARE MISS SUSANA HUEN, MISS SUSANA UONG, MISS HELEN POON AND HISS VIOLET LEE.

THE DRAW OF UINN ING NUMBERS UILL TAKE PLACE AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE AT 10 A.H. ON AUGUST 10 (SATURDAY). THERE UILL BE A TOTAL OF 159 PRIZES.

TICKETS ARE NOU ON SALE AT ALL ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB SELLING BOOTHS, HONG KONG AND YAUMATEI .FERRY PIERS, VARIOUS BANK OFFICES THROUGHOUT HONG KONG, AND TWO HOTELS IN KOULOON.

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HIGHER DEMAND FOR ARTIFICIAL LIMBS RESEARCH TO IMPROVE QUALITY

THE DEMAND FOR ARTIFICIAL LIMBS AND ORTHOPAEDIC APPLIANCES IS ON THE RISE WITH THE EVER-INCREASING INDUSTRIAL AND TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS.

TO MEET THIS GROWING DEMAND, THE PROSTHETIC AND ORTHOTIC SERVICE OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS LAUNCHED A RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME TO IMPROVE THE FABRICATION AND FITTING OF LOUER LIMB PROSTHESES AND FOOT APPLIANCE.

THESE INCLUDE IMPROVED DESIGN OF ABOVE-KNEE SUSPENSION SYSTEM, NEU MATERIAL FOR MAKING FOOT SPLINTS AND NEU COMPONENTS FOR FABRICATING A CERTAIN SPECIAL ARTIFICIAL FOOT.

IN ADDITION, THE SERVICE HAS RECENTLY INTRODUCED A MYO-ELECTRICALLY CONTROLLED HAND FOR BELOU-ELEOU AMPUTEES.

COMBINING THE BEST COSMETIC EFFECT WITH SUPERIOR PREHENSION POUER AND SPEED, IT WORKS ALMOST NOISELESSLY AND REQUIRES ONLY THE MINIMUM EFFORT FROM THE REMAINING NATURAL MUSCLE.

STARTED IN THE EARLY 1960’S, THE PROSTHETIC AND ORTHOTIC SERVICE IS NOU EXTENDED TO THE PUBLIC AND PATIENTS OF ALL GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS, CLINICS AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS.

THERE IS A CENTRE ON EACH SIDE OF THE HARBOUR — AT KOULOON HOSPITAL AND DAVID TRENCH REHABILITATION CENTRE — WITH 50 STAFF MEMBERS UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF TUO PROSTHETISTS.

BESIDES ARTIFICIAL LIMBS, THE PROSTHETIC AND ORTHOTIC SERVICE ALSO PROVIDES OTHER BODY SUPPORTS SUCH AS LEG BRACES, SPINAL BRACES, HAND AND ARM SPLINTS, FOOT APPLIANCE, ORTHOPAEDIC FOOTWEAR, AND WALKING AIDS.

ALL THESE ARE CHARGED ONLY FOR THE COST OF THE MATERIAL USED. IN CASES OF GENUINE HARDSHIP, THIS CHARGE MAY BE REMITTED ’ OR EVEN UAVED.

THE SERVICE, IN CONJUNCTION WITH PHYSIOTHERAPY AND OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY UNITS, RENDERS VALUABLE ASSISTANCE TO A LARGE NUMBER OF PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED PEOPLE.

IT PROVIDED A TOTAL OF 2,182 PIECES OF MODERN ARTIFICIAL LEGS AND HANDS AND BRACES TO THE HANDICAPPED LAST YEAR, COMPARED WITH 1,984 IN 1972. IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR, MORE THAN 1,000 PIECES WERE PRODUCED.

. MEANWHILE, THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFERS A COMPREHENSIVE TRAINING SCHEME FOR ALL STUDENT PROSTHETISTS, WHICH COVERS BOTH THE MEDICAL AND TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF THE WORK. APART FROM IN-SERVICE LOCAL TRAINING, OVERSEAS COURSES ARE ALSO ORGANISED.

SINCE 1968, FOUR PROSTHETISTS HAVE BEEN SENT ABROAD FOR POST-GRADUATE STUDY TO KEEP THEIR KNOWLEDGE ABREAST WITH LATEST PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN OTHER PLACES.

DURING THE COURSE, THEY WERE ATTACHED TO ADVANCED RESEARCH "CENTRES, REHABILITATION INSTITUTES, AND PROSTHETIC AND ORTHOTIC

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REDEVELOPMENT OF TAI HANG TUNG ESTATE ft ft. ft ft ft ft

A MULT I-MILL ION DOLLAR PLAN TO REDEVELOP TAI HANG TUNG ESTATE IS TO COMMENCE LATER THIS YEAR.

HOUSING DEPARTMENT ARCHITECTS HAVE NOU FINALISED PLANS WHICH ARE DESIGNED TO RELIEVE OVER-CROUDING AND TO IMPROVE THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT OF ESTATE TENANTS.

THE PLAN HAS BEEN GIVEN THE GREEN LIGHT BY THE BUILDING COMMITTEE OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY. IT U1LL INVOLVE THE DEMOLITION OF THE EXISTING 14 MARK 1 BLOCKS IN STAGES, UHICH NOU HOUSE SOME 35,000 PEOPLE.

IN ITS PLACE WILL BE BUILT 12-STOREY BLOCKS OF SELF-CONTAINED FLATS VARYING IN SIZE FROM 245 SQUARE FEET TO 285 SQUARE FEET OF NET LIVING SPACE, ASIDE FROM A PRIVATE BALCONY, A KITCHEN AND A TOILET WITH SHOUER, SIMILAR TO THOSE AT WAH FU AND 01 HAN ESTATES.

THE EVENTUAL POPULATION UILL STILL BE 35,000 BUT BECAUSE OF LARGER SITE AREA THE POPULATION DENSITY WILL BE CONSIDERABLY DECREASED FROM 2,700 PEOPLE PER ACRE TO 1,700 PER ACRE.

THE INITIAL STAGE OF THE PROJECT WILL INVOLVE THE BUILDING OF THREE BLOCKS ON THE FORMER TAI HANG SAI COTTAGE AREA, WHICH WAS CLEARED EARLIER THIS YEAR, AND LATER TWO MORE BLOCKS ON AH ADJACENT SITE.

THESE FIVE BLOCKS CONTAINING OVER 1,700 FLATS ARE SCHEDULED FOR OCCUPATION BY 1977 AND 1978. AS TENANTS MOVE INTO THEIR NEU HOMES, THE VACATED MARK 1 BLOCKS UILL THEN BE DEMOLISHED TO MAKE WAY FOR THE SECOND PHASE OF REDEVELOPMENT.

ON THE EXISTING TAI HANG TUNG ESTATE SITE UILL BE CONSTRUCTED 11 OF THESE 12-STOREY BLOCKS, PROVIDING OVER 3,200 FLATS.

r. TO SERVE TENANTS AND RESIDENTS IN. THE VICINITY, THERE WILL BE

260 SHOPS, 300 MARKET STALLS, A RESTAURANT, A DEPARTMENT STORE, A SUPER MARKET, A SECONDARY SCHOOL AND A PRIMARY SCHOOL, CAR PARKS AND TUO ESTATE GARAGES FOR 700 VEHICLES WITHIN THE ESTATE.

THERE WILL ALSO BE AMPLE OPEN SPACE, TOTALLING SIX ACRES, FOR THE ENJOYMENT OF TENANTS.

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TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE POSTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS AT HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT .............................................. 1

+NEW LOOK* GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE OFFERS

WIDER SELECTION OF READING MATERIAL .................. 2

YOUNG PEOPLE URGED TO PRACTICE WHAT THEY LEARN IN

SCHOOL FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE COMMUNITY............... 3

DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE TO ATTEND CHARITY GALA PREMIERE ............................................  4

TEMPORARY WATER INTERRUPTION IN REPULSE BAY .......... 4

DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

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A FURTHER EXTENSION OF THE EXISTING AiRPORT TERMINAL BUILDING WILL SHORTLY COME INTO USE WITH THE COF.PLETICN OF HEU PIERS RUNNING ALONG THE AIRSIDE FRONTAGE AT THE FIRST FLOOR (DEPARTURE) LEVEL.

ASSOCIATED WITH THIS DEVELOPMENT ARE THREE TRANSFER VEHICLE DOCKS AND FOUR AIRBRIDGES SERVING BAYS 3 AND 4.

THIS ADDITIONAL ACCOMMODATION AND THE IMPROVED PROCEDURES WHICH WILL CORRESPONDINGLY BE INTRODUCED WILL ENABLE AIRLINES TO CONVEY PASSENGERS TO AND FROM THEIR AIRCRAFT MORE EASILY AND AT A FASTER RATE THAN BEFORE, IN A GREATER DEGREE OF COMFORT.

EXCEPT FOR A SMALL SECTION AT THE EASTERN END OF THE TERMINAL, CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW PIERS IS COMPLETE AND THEY U1LL BE COMMISSIONED ON AUGUST 7. TOGETHER WITH TUO OF THE TRANSFER VEHICLE DOCKS AND THE AIRBRIDGES SERVING BAY 3*

THE REMAINDER OF THIS DEVELOPMENT CONSISTING OF THE THIRD TRANSFER VEHICLE DOCK AND THE AIRBRIDGES ON BAY 4 ARE EXPECTED TO BE IN USE BY THE END OF THE MONTH.

THE TRANSFER VEHICLE DOCKS ARE LOCATED ON THE SOUTH CAPRON) SIDE OF THE PIER BETWEEN AIRCRAFT PARKED ON THE INNER STANDS.

EACH UNIT PROVIDES PARKING FACILITIES FOR UP TO THREE DOUBLE-ENDED BUSES WHICH HAVE BEEN SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR THIS TYPE OF OPERATION, AND ALSO INCLUDES FOUR PASSENGER +GATE+ POSITIONS, TUO FOR ARRIVALS AND TUO FOR DEPARTURES.

REVERSIBLE ESCALATORS ARE USED TO CARRY PASSENGERS BETWEEN THE APRON AND THE PASSENGER HANDLING LEVELS OF THE TERMINAL.

UHILST THE TRANSFER VEHICLE FACILITIES CATER FOR PASSENGERS PROCEEDING TO AND FROM AIRCRAFT ON THE OUTER PARKING BAYS THE AIRBRIDGES PROVIDE DIRECT ACCESS FROM THE DEPARTURE LEVEL PIER TO AIRCRAFT PARKED ON THE INNER STANDS.

THESE STANDS ARE PRIMARILY INTENDED FOR USE BY BOEING 747 AND OTHER WIDE-BODIED AIRCRAFT WHICH TOTAL 166 MOVEMENTS PER WEEK AT THE PRESENT TIME.

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GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE RENOVATED ft ft ft ft ft ft

THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT THE STAR FERRY CONCOURSE HAS BEEN GIVEN A NEU LOOK WHICH HAS TRANSFORMED THE PREMISES INTO AN ATTRACTIVE SALES CENTRE OFFERING A WIDER RANGE OF READING MATERIAL TO THE PUBLIC.

FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF THE PUBLIC, A BROWSING AREA HAS BEEN INTRODUCED WITH A VARIETY OF GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS TOGETHER WITH THOSE PUT OUT BY THE TWO UNIVERSITIES ON DISPLAY FOR EASY REFERENCE.

APART FROM ANNUAL AND DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS PUBLISHED BY

THE GOVERNMENT, PUBLICATIONS AVAILABLE AT THE CENTRE INCLUDE SOUVENIR POSTERS, HAPS, REPRODUCTIONS OF PAINTINGS DEPICTING 19TH CENTURY HONG KONG AND A WIDE SELECTION OF BOOKS ON VARIOUS SUBJECTS.

COLOUR SETS OF LOCAL MARINE FISH, AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF DIFFERENT PARTS OF HONG KONQ AND MAJOR ENGINEERING PROJECTS ARE EXHIBITED OH A CONVENIENT INDEX RACK FROM WHICH CUSTOMERS CAN SELECT THEIR FAVOURITE PRINTS.

ANOTHER INNOVATION AT THE CENTRE IS AN INFORMATION COUNTER OF THE HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION. IT IS EXPECTED THAT SOME 30,000 TOURIST ENQUIRIES WILL BE HANDLED THERE DURING THE FIRST YEAR OF OPERATION.

A LARGE SELECTION OF THE ASSOCIATION’S POPULAR TITLES ARE ALSO ON SALE AT THE COUNTER, GIVING INFORMATION ON SCENip SPOTS, RESTAURANTS, NIGHT CLUBS, STREETS ETC.

THE RENOVATED PUBLICATIONS CENTRE WAS OPENED TODAY BY THE SECRETARY OF HOME AFFAIRS, MR. DENIS DRAY, AND THE DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES, HR. DAVID FORD.

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THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, KR- TOOMAS LEE, TODAY URGED YOUNG PEOPLE TO KEEP CM LEARNING BECAUSE, HE SAID, IT IS THE ONLY WAY TO KEEP UP WITH THE TIMES.

+SOC1ETY IS PROGRESSING DAY BY DAY AND UE HAVE TO GRASP EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN DILIGENTLY IN ORDER TO UELL-EQUIP OURSELVES OTHERWISE UE SHALL LAG BEHIND THE TINES AND FIND IT DIFFICULT TO ADJUST OURSELVES TO THE REALITIES OF EVERDAY LIFE,+ HE TOLD GRADUATES OF THE HONG KONG JUVENILE CARE CENTRE ON THE OCCASION OF THEIR SPEECH DAY.

HE DREW THEIR AATTENTION TO THE SAYING +TOERE IS NO END TO STUD1ES+ AND SAID THAT PRIMARY SCHOOLING WAS JUST THE BEGINNING.

THOSE WHO COULD SHOULD CONTINUE THEIR STUDIES INTO SECONDARY SCHOOLS ARD EVEN UNIVERSITIES IF POSS IDLE, HE SAID. ON THE OTHER HAND, ’THOSE WHO COULD HOT AND HAD TO GO CUT TO WORK COULD ALSO ADD TO THEIR KNOWLEDGE THROUGH PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE WHICH COULD HOT BE GAINED FROM BOOKS.

HR. LEE TOLD TOE STUDENTS TO PRACTICE WHAT THEY HAD LEARNED THROUGH STUDYING AND CO-OPERATING WITH OTHERS. +IN THIS WAY, KO HATTER WHETHER YOU STUDY OR WORK, YO’J CAM HAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO AND SERVE SOCIETY WITH WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED.

HE ALSO URGED THEN TO PARTICIPATE IN I'.ORE GROUP AND YOUTH RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES AS THIS WOULD HELP THEN PROPERLY DEVELOP INTO GOOD CITIZENS.

HRS. LEE PRESENTED PRIZES AND CERTIFICATES TO TOE STUDENTS AND GRADUATES DURING THE CEREMONY.

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THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WEFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, WILL BE ATTENDING THE FUND RAISING GALA PREMIERE OF THE Y'S HEN'S CLU3 OF VICTORIA AS THE PATRON OH THURSDAY CAUGUST 8) AT 9 P.H.

THE GALA PREMIERE WILL BE HELD AT THE CAPITOL THEATRE IN JARDINE'S BAZAAR AND THE FILM TO BE SCREENED IS ENTITLED +STATE OF SEIGE+.

THE FUNCTION IS TO HELP RAISE FUNDS TO SUPPORT THE CLUB'S REGULAR SOCIAL SERVICE PROJECTS, ESPECIALLY ITS DEAF AND DUMB YOUTHS RECREATIONAL CENTRE.

NR. LEE IS EXPECTED TO SAY A FEU WORDS AND ADVANCE COPIES OF HIS SPEECH WILL BE HADE AVAILABLE THROUGH G.I.S.

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A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN REPULSE BAY WILL BE WITHOUT WATER FOR FIVE HOURS STARTING AT 1 A.M. ON THURSDAY CAUGUST 8) TO ENABLE A TEST FOR NIGHT LEAKAGE TO EE CARRIED OUT IN THE AREA.

AFFECTED WILL BE HOUSE RO. 12, 16, 20, 24, 37, 41, 43 AND 45 REPULSE BAY ROAD.

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE <

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

SUPPLIES AMD WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

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CHINA RICE

SEE MEW GOOD 2.02

S.C.JIEN COOD 1.04

PO NGA I GOOD ——

CHU CKO GOOD

THAI RICE

100% WHOLE GOOD 1.77

10-1525 BROKERS GOOD 1.74

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.70

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.45

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 1.77

U.S. RICE GOOD . , 1.87

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.67

PAKISTAN RICE GOOD ——

TAIWAN RICE GOOD

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

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WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK C$/PICUL-LIVE WEIGHT)

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AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY>

SPECIES OF SUPPLY HIGH LOU KODE

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GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 3.20 2.20

big-eyes GOOD 2.50 0*50 1.50

SQUID NORMAL 4.20 0.60 2.40

HAIR-TAILS LIMITED 1.20 0.40 0.80

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 2.50 0*50 1.50

CROAKERS LIMITED 1.50 0.60 1.00

CONGER-PIKE-EELS NORMAL 1.40 0.80 1.10

MELON COAT SCARCE 2.CO 0.80 1.40

BREADS -• NORMAL 4.C0 1.60 2.80

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 1.50 0.40 1.00 •

MACKERELS LIMITED 5.CO 2.CO 3.50

RED COAT FISH NORMAL 1.20 0.40 0.60

FORK-TAIL NORMAL 0.80 0.40 0.60

HORSE-HEAD GOOD 5® EO 1.20 3.20

MELON SEED NORMAL 1.20 0.60 0.90

POt’.FRETS SCARCE 9.CO 6®5O 7.80

GAROUPAS YELLOW CROAKER LIMITED SCARCE 9.CO 6.20 5.CO 5.80 7.CO 6.CO

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

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TYPE OF VEGETABLE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE CS/CATTY) MODE

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FLOWERING CABBAGE NORMAL 1.00 0*30 0.70

WHITE CABBAGE NORMAL 0.50 0.10 0.30

CHINESE LETTUCE LIMITED 1.00 0.30 . 0.70

WATER SPINACH GOOD 0.45 0.10 0.30

CHINESE KALE SACRCE ‘ 1.80 0.60 1.20

STRING BEANS NORMAL 1.50 0.40 1.00

SPRING ONION NORMAL 1.40 0.30 1.00

SPINACH — - NO SALE

WATER CRESS SCARCE 3.00 1.50 2.50

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.30

CHINESE SPINACH GOOD 0.50 0.10 0.30

TOMATO SCARCE 3.20 1.50 2.40

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ALL MAJOR EMPLOYMENT INDUSTRIES IN HONG KONG WILL BE REQRESENTED IN THE THIRD ANNUAL

CAREERS EXHIBITION SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER ......... 1

HOUSING DEPARTMENT EXPLAINS CRITERIA FOR

REHOUSING OF OCCUPANTS OF LICENSED AREAS .......... 2

FIRE DANGER RISES WITH THE ADVENT OF DRIER

WEATHER ........................................... 3

TEMPORARY WATER INTERRUPTION IN UPPER LEVELS ON FRIDAY ..........................................   3

TOO PRE-WAR BUILDINGS IN WESTERN DISTRICT DECLARED DANGEROUS ...............................  4

HEUNG YEE KUK MEMBERS TO PAY COURTESY VISIT ON DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE............,............ 4

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THIRD ANNUAL CAREERS EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD IN DECEMBER

ALL MAJOR EMPLOYMENT INDUSTRIES TO BE REPRESENTED Kfr******

THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR. IAN PRICE, ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WOULD STAGE ITS THIRD ANNUAL CAREERS EXHIBITION FOR HONQ KONQ’S YOUNG PEOPLE AT THE END OF THIS YEAR.

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THE EXHIBITION - TO BE TITLED CAREERS ’75 “ WILL BE HELD DURINQ THE LAST WEEK OF DECEMBER AT THE CITY HALL EXHIBITION HALL, SITE OF THE DEPARTMENT'S PILOT EFFORT IN 1972.

MR. PRICE SAID: +THAT FIRST EXHIBITION, WHICH LASTED ONLY A COUPLE OF DAYS, ATTRACTED SOME 30,000 PEOPLE, AND THE RESPONSE FROM STUDENTS, TEACHERS, PARENTS AND EMPLOYERS CONVINCED US OF THE NEED TO REPEAT THE EFFORT.

+SO WE PLANNED LAST YEAR'S EXHIBITION ON A MUCH LARGER SdALE. IT WAS HELD AT THE FORMER CHA PAVILION ON THE WANCHA1 RECLAMATION, LASTED 10 DAYS, AND ATTRACTED SEVERAL TIMES AS MANY VISITORS, INCLUDING TENS OF THOUSANDS OF SCHOOL-CHILDREN AND YOUNG WORKERS.

+THE BUILDING HAS SINCE BEEN DEM0L1SED, SO THIS YEAR UE WILL BE RETURNING TO THE CITY HALL VENUE, WHERE UE EXPECT AN EVEN BIGGER CROWD THAN AT OUR PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS.

+CAREERS '75 WILL LAST ABOUT AS LONG AS LAST YEAR'S EXHIBITION, AND WILL PROVIDE THE WIDEST POSSIBLE RANGE OF INFORMATION ON CAREERS IN INDUSTRY, COMMERCE AND THE GOVERNMENT.+

MR. PRICE SAID THE PARTICIPANTS IN THIS YEAR'S EXHIBITION, REPRESENTING ALL HONG KONG'S MAJOR EMPLOYMENT INDUSTRIES, HAD NOU BEEN FINALISED, AND THE FIRST PLANNING MEETING WOULD BE HELD ON FRIDAY.

+A FEATURE OF THIS YEAR'S EXHIBITION WILL BE A SPECIAL STAND FEATURING VARIOUS GOVERNMENT JOBS AVAILABLE TO SCHOOL LEAVERS - A FIELD ON WHICH PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS HAVE DELIBERATELY NOT LAID TOO MUCH EHPHASIS.+

HE SAID A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMME OF SCHOOL VISITS TO THE EXHIBITION UOULD BE ARRANGED, WITH THE AIM OF TRYING TO ENSURE THAT EVERY SENIOR SCHOOL CHILD IN HONG KONG HAD THE OPPORTUNITY OF SEEING IT. +AFTER ALL.+ HE SAID, +THIS GIVES THE SCHOOL LEAVER AND YOUNG WORKER THE OPPORTUNITY OF SEEING AT ONE TIME AND IN ONE PLACE HORE INFORMATION ON CAREERS THAN IS PROBABLY AVAILABLE TO THEM THROUGHOUT THE REST OF THE YEAR.+

MR. PRICE SAID THE EXHIBITION WOULD SHOW THE TYPES OF WORK AVAILABLE IN VARIOUS SPHERES, THE ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED, THE TRAINING AVAILABLE, THE PROSPECTS OF ADVANCEMENT AND DETAILS OF SALARY SCALES, FRINGE BENEFITS AND WORKING CONDITIONS.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 1974

HOUSING PETITION TURNED DOWN DEPARTMENT EXPLAINS REHOUSING CRITERIA FOR LICENSED AREA OCCUPANTS ******

THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT TODAY TURNED DOWN A PETITION FOR EARLY REHOUSING FROM A GROUP OF OCCUPANTS OF AREA ’C1 OF CHEUNG SHA WAN LICENSED AREA. '

IN A LETTER TO THEM, THE DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED THAT OCCUPANTS OF LICENSED AREAS WOULD BE REHOUSED EITHER WHEN THE LAND WAS REQUIRED FOR GENERAL DEVELOPMENT OR WHEN THEY FELL WITHIN THE QUOTA SET ASIDE FOR DECANTATION OF LICENSED AREAS BY THE HOUSING AUTHORITY.

THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT RULED THAT EARLY REHOUSING COULD NOT BE ENTERTAINED TO THE LICENCEES AT THIS STAGE BECAUSE THE LAND WAS NOT IMMEDIATELY REQUIRED FOR DEVELOPMENT AND THE QUOTA FOR DECANTATION FOR THIS YEAR HAD ALREADY BEEN USED UP.

THE LETTER EXPLAINED THAT THE DECANTATION QUOTA WAS SET ASIDE TO REHOUSE THOSE WHO HAVE STAYED IN LICENSED AREAS FOR A COMPARATIVELY LONGER PERIOD.

IT ADDED THAT THERE WERE PERSONS WHO HAVE BEEN STAYING IN LICENSED AREAS LONGER THAN THE OCCUPANTS CONCERNED, IT WOULD CERTAINLY BE MOST UNFAIR IF THE DEPARTMENT WAS TO TREAT THEM DIFFERENTLY. /

THE LETTER FURTHER ADDED THAT THERE WAS NO RECORD INDICATING THAT A PROMISE HAD BEEN MADE BY THE FORMER RESETTLEMENT DEPARTMENT THAT THEY WOULD BE GIVEN RESETTLEMENT AFTER 18 MONTHS’ STAY AS ALLEGED.

REFERRING TO THE SANITARY NUISANCE CAUSED BY A NEARBY POULTRY MARKET, THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT HAS PROMISED TO APPROACH THE DEPARTMENT CONCERNED DRAWING THEIR ATTENTION TO THE MATTER.

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DRY WEATHER INCREASES FIRE DANGER PUBLIC URGED TO BE EXTRA CAREFUL X X X X X X

A FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY WARNED THAT THE RISK OF FIRE IS GREATER NOW DUE TO LOWER HUMIDITY AND URGED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO EXERCISE GREATER CAUTION, PARTICULARLY WITH LIGHTED CIGARETTE ENDS.

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+THE PRESENT'SPELL OF DRY WEATHER MEANS THERE IS A GREATER LIKELIHOOD OF FIRE UNLESS THE PUBLIC IS ON ITS GUARD AND PREPARED TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS,* HE STRESSED.

HE CITED THE CASE OF A SMALL FIRE WHICH STARTED IN A HOTEL YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) BECAUSE SOMEONE ALLEGEDLY DROPPED A CIGARETTE END ON SOME CLOTH. +THE CHANCES ARE THAT, IF THE HUMIDITY HAD BEEN HIGHER, THIS FIRE WOULD NOT HAVE BROKEN OUT,* HE SAID. +IT ILLUSTRATES HOU MUCH MORE CAREFUL PEOPLE • HAVE GOT TO BE ONCE THE LEVEL OF HUMIDITY DROPS.*

HE POINTED OUT THAT CARELESSLY DISCARDED LIGHTED CIGARETTE ENDS AND HATCHES WERE A MAJOR CAUSE OF FIRE IN HONG KONG AND URGED THE PUBLIC TO HAKE SURE THAT THESE WERE PROPRELY OUT BEFORE DISPOSING OF THEM. *IF All. SMOKERS DID THIS,* HE STRESSED, +THEY WOULD DE MAKING A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO REDUCING HONG KONG’S FIRE TOLL.*

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT THE NUMBER OF FIRES EACH DAY SO FAR THIS MONTH AVERAGED 15, COMPARED WITH ONLY FIVE OR SIX A FORTNIGHT AGO, AND HE URGED THE PUBLIC TO BE FULLY ALIVE TO THE INCREASED DANGER FROM FIRE AT PRESENT.

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TEMPORARY WATER CUT x x x x x x

WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN THE UPPER LEVELS WILL DE INTERRUPTED FOR EIGHT HOURS AS FROM 10 P.H. ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 9) TO FACILITATE A FRESH WATER MAINS CONNECTION.

AFFECTED WILL BE HOUSE NO. 1 TO 15 HAY ROAD, AND HOUSE NO. 1 TO 11 TREGUNTER PATH.

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TWO PRE-WAR BUILDINGS IN WESTERN CONDEMNED * »• » * » »

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY DECLARED NO. 38 TUNG STREET, HONQ KONG. TO BE .IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION AND NO. 36 LIABLE TO BECOME DANGEROUS.

THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THESE THREE-STOREY PRE-WAR BUILDINGS HAD BEEN UNDER OBSERVATION FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. THERE WERE RECENT SIGNS OF THE KITCHc-N BLOCK OF NO. 38 TEARING AWAY FROM THE MAIN BLOCK, TOGETHER WITH A RISK OF COLLAPSE OF THE REAR PORTION OF THE HAIN ROOF ALSO OF NO. 38, HE SAID.

IT WAS CONSIDERED, HE ADDED, THAT THE CONDITION OF THE PARTY WALL BETWEEN THE TUO BUILDINGS RENDERS KO. jS LIABLE.TO FAILURE DURING AND AFTER THE DEMOLITION OF KO. 38.

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS IN VICTORIA DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 A.M. ON SEPTEMBER 4, 1974 WERE POSTED TODAY.

KUK MEMBERS TO CALL ON SOCIAL WELFARE DIRECTOR

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE NEWLY ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK WILL PAY A COURTESY VISIT ON THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, AT 3 P.H. TOMORROW (THURSDAY). YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE VISIT

PRESS REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD MEET AT THE RECEPTION ROOM OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT OH THE 4TH FLOOR OF LEE GARDENS. HONG KONG, AT 2.50 P.H.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 1974

CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE « "

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THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) AT SALE 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 CS/CATTY) AVERAGE

CHINA RICE

SEE’MEW GOOD , 2.02

S.C.JIEN GOOD 1.86

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CHU CHO ——

THAI RICE

100% WHOLE GOOD 1.77

10-15% BROKENS GOOD 1.72

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.70

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.45 '

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 1.77

U.S. RICE GOOD 1.87

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.67

PAKISTAN RICE

TAIWAN RICE

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY :

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK C$/PICUL-LIVE WEIGHT) :

TIME : 1645 HOURS/LUK DATE : 7TH AUGUST, 1974.

NORMAL

310 CaVERAGE)

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GOLDEN THREAD i GOOD 3.30 1.50 2.50

Biq-EYES . GOOD 2.50 0.40 1.40

SQUID NORMAL 4.00 1.50 2.50

HAIR-TAILS NORMAL 1.40 0.50 0.80

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL ” 2.80 0.35 1.20

CROAKERS LIMITED 1 1.39 0.30 0.70

CONCER-PIKE-EELS C.OOD 1.20 0.90 1.05

MELON COAT NORMAL 1.60 1.10 1.40

BREAMS LIMIIED 5-50 1.30 3.00

YELLQU BELLY LIMITED 2.00 0.40 1.10

MACKERELS SCARCE 5.10 3.80 4.50 •

RED GOAT FISH SCARCE 1.10 0.40 0.50

FORK-TAIL NORMAL 1.20 0.35 0.60

HORSE-HEAD GOOD 4.80 1.60 2.90

MELON SEED LIMITED 1.80 0o65 0.90

POLFRETS SCARCE 8.50 3.80 7.50

QAUOUPAS NORMAL 7. co 5o03 6.00

YELLOU CROAKER LIL IUD 6.20 4.20 5.00

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FLOWERING CABBAGE NORMAL 1.00 0.30 0o70

UH ITE CALBAQE NORMAL 0.50 0o10 0.30

CHINESE LETTUCE • LIMITED 1.00 • 0.30 0o70

WATER SPINACH GOD;) 0.40 0.10 0» 25

CHHIESE KALE LIMITED 2.00 0.00 1.40

STR1IJQ CLARIS NORMAL 1.40 0.50" 1.00

SPRING ONION NORMAL 1.20 0o30 0.70

SPINACH * ' NO SA< E

UA'u<R cress SCARCE 3oOO 1oTO 2.50

irAF WJSTARD CABBAGE GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.25 •

CHINESE SPINACH GOOD 0.50 Go 10 Ou 30

TOMATO SCARCE >.oo Io 50 2.20

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 1974

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PROPER POWER SUPPLY PLANNED FOR ALL LICENSED AREAS 1

HEUNG YEE KUK SUBMITS VIEWS ON HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC FUTURE .................................... 2

DEMAND FOR HONG KONG PASSPORTS INCREASES CONSIDERABLY ........................................ 4

TEMPORARY WATER INTERRUPTION IN KOWLOON ............. 4

HEAVY VEHICLES BANNED FROM CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD SECTION TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW ..................... 5

PASSING-OUT PARADE FOR GRADUATE IMMIGRATION RECRUITS ............................................ 5

♦MEET THE MEDIA* SESSION TOMORROW WITH DIRECTOR OF MARINE ........................................... 6

Y’S MEN’S CLUB WINS PRAISE FOR YOUTH RECREATION WORK ................................................ 6

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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PROPER ELECTRICITY SUPPLY PLANNED

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THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT IS PLANNING AN OVERHEAD POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM WHICH WILL BE INSTALLED IN ALL EXISTING LICENSED AREAS.

A PILOT SCHEME FOR THIS PROJECT, WHICH HAS BEEN DESIGNED IN CONSULTATION WITH THE CHINA LIGHT AND POUER CO., WILL BE INSTALLED SOON IN CHEUNG SHA WAN LICENSED AREA 3 AND WILL TAKE ABOUT FOUR WEEKS TO COMPLETE.

FINANCIAL APPROVAL FOR THIS ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAMME WAS GIVEN RECENTLY ARD DETAILS FOR THE PHASED PROGRAMME OF A LEGITIMATE POUER SYSTEM ARE STILL BEING WORKED OUT.

THE OVERALL COST OF THE INSTALLATION WORK FOR ALL 22 EXISTING LICENSED AREAS WILL BE SEVERAL MILLION DOLLARS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY : +THE ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAMME WILL START ONCE DETAILS HAVE BEEN FINALISED AIM) THE PILOT PROJECT HAS PROVED SATISFACTORY, BOTH TO THE DEPARTMENT AND THE POWER CO.*

HE APPEALED TO PEOPLE LIVING IN THE LICENSED AREAS NOT TO TAP ELECTRICITY ILLEGALLY. +THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS PRACTICE*, HE SAID, +AND FOR SAFETY REASONS UE MUST CONTINUE TO DISCONNECT ILLEGAL WIRING**

BOTH THE POWER CO. AND THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT WILL TAKE ACTION TO PREVENT ACCIDENTS WHICH CAN BE FATAL.

+THE TRAGIC ACCIDENT IN KOWLOON BAY LICENSED AREA YESTERDAY WHEN A LITTLE GIRL WAS ELECTROCUTED, IS A FORCEFUL WARNING TO PEOPLE WHO INSIST ON USING ILLEGAL WIRING*

+BOTH THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT AND CHINA LIGHT AND POUER

CO. WILL DO ALL THEY CAN TO INSTALL LEGITIMATE POUER SYSTEMS IN LICENSED AREAS*, THE SPOKESMAN SAID. BUT UNTIL SUCH CORK CAN BE COMPLETED, HE APPEALED TO PEOPLE TO HEED HIS ADVICE.

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HEUNQ YEE KUK/NTA MEETING

HEUNG YEE KUK LEADERS TODAY RESPONDED TO THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR, HADDON-CAVE'S CALL FOR A PUBLIC DEBATE ON HONG KONG'S ECONOMIC FUTURE.

THE KUK'S VIEWS ON HONG KONG'S FUTURE ECONOMIC POLICY WERE GIVEN TO MR. DEREK JONES, SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES AT A MEETING IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HEADQUARTERS.

THE MEETING, DIVIDED INTO TWO SESSIONS, WAS PRESIDED OVER BY THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. DAVID AKERS-JONES, AND ATTENDED BY 16 KUK OFFICIALS, INCLUDING THE CHAIRMAN, MR. CHAN YAT-SAN, AND THE TWO VICE-CHAIRMEN, MR. CHEUNG YAN-LUNG AND MR. LAM SHUE-CHUN.

QUESTIONS ON LAND AND HOUSING PROBLEMS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WERE DISCUSSED AT THE FIRST SESSION.

KUK LEADERS STRESSED THE NEED FOR A FAIR AND ACCEPTABLE POLICY GOVERNING THE QUESTIONS OF RESUMPTION, EXCHANGE, PREMIUM AND CLEARANCES. MR. AKERS-JONES REPLIED THAT HE HAD SUBMITTED CERTAIN RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT FOR CONSIDERATION AND WAS AWAITING A REPLY.

IN THEIR DISCUSSIONS WITH THE ECONOMIC SECRETARY, MR. DEREK JONES, KUK MEMBERS SAID THAT THEY WOULD RATHER SEE NO CUT-BACKS IN PUBLIC SPENDING AND THAT ADDITIONAL REVENUE SHOULD BE SOUGHT OUTSIDE THE FISCAL SYSTEM.

THE MEMBERS SAW NO OBJECTION TO BORROWING FUNDS FROM OVERSEAS AND SUGGESTED THAT MORE MAJOR BUILDING PROJECTS BE GIVEN TO PRIVATE ENTERPRISES TO UNDERTAKE.

THEY ALSO FELT THAT THE PUBLIC SERVICE SHOULD BE LOOKED AT WITH A VIEW TO REDUCING REDUNDANCY AND IMPROVING EFFICIENCY.

MEMBERS FELT THAT SPENDING ON PROGRAMMES SUCH AS THE FESTIVAL OF HONG KONG SHOULD BE SUSPENDED, AND THAT TRAVELLING EXPENSES FOR EX-PATR1ATE OFFICERS AND THEIR FAMILIES GOING ON HOME LEAVE TEMPORARILY STOPPED.

THE HUGE DEFICIT SUSTAINED EACH YEAR BY THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, THEY SAID, SHOULD BE REDUCED, POINTING OUT THAT IT WAS UNFAIR TO THE TAXPAYERS TO BEAR THE BRUNT.

KUK MEMBERS FELT THAT WATER CHARGES SHOULD NOT BE INCREASED AS REVENUE DERIVED FROM IT WOULD BE RELATIVELY SMALL.

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THE ISSUE OF GOVERNMENT BONDS FOR FINANCING PUBLIC PRdjECTS WAS ALSO SUGGESTED BY KUK LEADERS.

MEMBERS FELT THAT IF TAX HAD TO BE INCREASED, IT SHOULD BE ON LUXURY ITEMS.

ON THE QUESTION OF THE UNDERGROUND RAILWAY, ONE MEMBER FELT THAT THE QUOTED COST FOR ITS CONSTRUCTION WAS UNREASONABLY LOW. HE WARNED THE GOVERNMENT TO BE PARTICULARLY CAREFUL IN INVESTING IN THE PROJECT LEST THE CONTRACTOR FAILED TO COMPLETE THE UNDERTAKING WITHIN THE SAID COST.

THE ECONOMIC SECRETARY NOTED ALL THE POINTS MADE BY THE MEMBERS. HE PROMISED THEM THAT THESE WOULD BE BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY.

MR. JONES EXPLAINED THAT THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY’S PURPOSE FOR CALLING FOR A PUBLIC DEBATE WAS TO FIND OUT WHETHER THE PUBLIC WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE PRESENT EXPENDITURE PROGRAMME CONTINUED IF TAXES HAD TO BE RAISED, OR WHETHER IT SHOULD BE. MODIFIED.

HE SAID THAT GOVERNMENT WAS AWARE OF ALL THE PROBLEMS, DIFFICULTIES AND DANGERS IN RAISING TAXES AND THAT HE WOULD NOT LIKE TO SEE THIS HAPPEN, BUT ON THE OTHER HAND, THE PUBLIC WERE ASKING FOR MORE HOUSES, ROADS AND SUCH FACILITIES.

HE SAID THAT GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO FINANCE SOME PROJECTS BY BORROWING AND THAT DISCUSSION WITH THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK ON THE QUESTION OF LOANS WAS TAKING PLACE.

BUT THE PROJECTS SO FINANCED WOULD HAVE TO BE CONFINED TO THOSE WHICH WOULD GENERATE INCOME TO PAY OFF THE DEBTS.

MR. JONES POINTED OUT THAT THERE HAD NOT, IN FACT, BEEN ANY CUT-BACKS SO FAR IN PUBLIC EXPENDING*

HE SAID THAT ESTIMATED EXPENDITURE THIS YEAR WAS LIKELY TO BE ABOUT $6,000 MILLION AS COMPARED WITH $5»000 MILLION LAST YEAR AND THAT REVENUE FROM EXISTING TAXES AND FEES MIGHT NOT RISE FAST ENOUGH TO MEET THIS INCREASED SPENDING DUE MAINLY TO THE OIL CRISIS.

+ IF, THEREFORE, THERE SHOULD BE A SMALL DEFICIT THIS YEAR,' THIS WOULD BE MET FROM THE RESERVES. BUT WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO SPEND FROM THE RESERVES WITHOUT ENDANGERING OUR FUTURE,* MR. JONES WARNED.

HE SAID THAT OUR RESERVES WAS A RESOURCE OF STRENGTH BECAUSE THEY ENABLED THE GOVERNMENT TO BORROW. THEY ALSO HELPED TO MAINTAIN THE VALUE OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR AND THEY EARNED A BIG INCOME FROM INTERESTS EQUIVALENT TO $400 MILLION A YEAR.

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RECORD NUMBER OF PASSPORTS ISSUED LAST MONTH

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A TOTAL OF 7.017 BRITISH (HONG KONG) PASSPORTS WAS ISSUED IN JULY BY THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT - THE HIGHEST EVER FOR ANY ONE MONTH.

THE NEW RECORD IS 545 MORE THAN THE PREVIOUS HIGH OF 6,472 RECORDED IN MAY THIS YEAR.

COMMENTING ON THE FIGURE, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE ISSUE OF PASSPORTS USUALLY INCREASE IN THE SUMMER WITH LOCAL STUDENTS LEAVING FOR OVERSEAS STUDIES AND RESIDENTS LIKELY TO TRAVEL ABROAD ON HOLIDAYS.

DESPITE THE RISING DEMAND, HOWEVER, THE TIME FOR PROCESSING STRAIGHTFORWARD APPLICATIONS REMAINED THE SAKE AS USUAL -ABOUT TEN TO FOURTEEN DAYS.

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT DEMAND FOR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS HAD INCREASED CONSIDERABLY OVER THE PAST FEU YEARS. DURING THE 1973/74 FINANCIAL YEAR, A TOTAL OF 57.657 PASSPORTS WAS ISSUED. THIS REPRESENTED AN INCREASE OF 53 PFR CENT OVER 1972/73 WHEN 37.458 VERE ISSUED.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT THIS YEAR THE NUMBER WILL EXCEED 80,000.

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HATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN KOWLOON WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR FIVE HOURS STARTING AT 1 A.M. ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 10) TO ENABLE THE WATER WORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT A TEST FOR LEAKAGE IN THE AREA.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY LUNG CHEUNG ROAD, BROADCAST DRIVE, EDE ROAD, BEACON HILL ROAD, INCLUDING THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICERS HOUSING SCHEMES ARD TAI WO PING LICENSED AREA.

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A TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME WILL BE INTRODUCED NEXT WEEK ALONG A SECTION OF CLEARWATER BAY ROAD, KOULOON, TO IMPROVE ROAD SAFETY AND TRAFFIC FLOW ON THE ROAD.

WITH EFFECT FROM 10 A.M. ON TUESDAY CAUGUST 13), ALL VEHICLES EXCEEDING 12 TONS LADEN WEIGHT WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM USING THAT SECTION OF THE ROAD BETWEEN ITS JUNCTIONS WITH LUNG CHEUNG ROAD AND FEI NQO SHAN ROAD.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TODAY EXPLAINED THAT THE SCHEME WAS INTENDED TO MINIMISE TRAFFIC CONGESTION CAUSED BY SLOW-MOVING VEHICLES, AND TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ACCIDENTS ON THE STEEP DOWNHILL SECTION OF ROAD.

THE DEPARTMENT MAY ISSUE, IN JUSTIFIED CASES, PERMITS TO ALLOW VEHICLES OVER 12 TONS LADEN WEIGHT TO MOVE ON THE PROHIBITED ROAD SECTION. OWNERS MAY APPLY IN WRITING TO THE DEPARTMENT AT 2 MURRAY ROAD, 9TH FLOOR, HONG KONG*

MEANWHILE, NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL ALSO BE INTRODUCED NEXT WEEK IN TWO AREAS ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

IN WESTERN DISTRICT, FROM 10 A.M. ON MONDAY CAUGUST 12), AT THE JUNCTION OF CENTRE STREET AND DES VOEUX ROAD WEST, ALL VEHICLES ON THE NORTHERN SECTION OF CENTRE STREET WHICH IS ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND, WILL BE REQUIRED TO TURN LEFT INTO DES VOEUX ROAD WEST, AND ALL VEHICLES ON THE SOUTHERN SECTION OF CENTRE STREET WHICH IS ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND, WILL BE REQUIRED TO TURN RIGHT.

IN WANCHAI, LEARNER DRIVERS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM 10 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY CAUGUST 14) FROM ENTERING THE ACCESS ROAD, OFF CAROLINE HILL ROAD, LEADING TO THE CIVIL AID SERVICE HEADQUARTERS.

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SOME 70 NEW OFFICERS OF THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR INDUCTION COURSES WILL TAKE PART IN A PASSING-OUT PARADE AT THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT PARADE GROUND, SPORTS ROAD, HAPPY VALLEY ON SATURDAY CAUGUST 10).

THE COLONIAL SECRETARY, MR. DENYS ROBERTS, WILL INSPECT THE PARADE ARD PRESENT PRIZES TO THE BEST RECRUITS.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE TO

COVER THE PARADE WHICH BEGINS AT 9-30 A.M. ON SATURDAY.

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DIRECTOR OF MARINE TO MEET THE MEDIA

NOTE TO EDITORS: A +MEET THE MED1A+ SESSION WILL BE HELD AT 12 NOON TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE Q.I.S. THEATRE, 5TH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. MR. ALLAN FLETCHER WILL BE PLEASED TO MEET JOURNALISTS AND ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT THE WORK OF HIS DEPARTMENT.

THE SESSION IS PART OF A SERIES ARRANGED BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES TO ENABLE NEWSMEN TO MEET SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND QUESTION THEM ABOUT THEIR WORK. IT MUST BE STRESSED THAT MEET THE MEDIA SESSIONS DO NOT INDICATE

THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF A

MAJOR POLICY CHANGE

, YOUR REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO COVER TOMORROW’S MEETING.

RADIO AND TELEVISION

COVERAGE FACILITIES WILL

BE PROVIDED, AND T.V. AND RADIO CREUS ARE REQUESTED TO HAVE THEIR EQUIPMENT SET UP BEFORE THE START OF THE MEETING IN ORDER TO MINIMISE INCONVENIENCE.

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Y’S MEN’S CLUB PRAISED

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THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE. MR. THOMAS LEE, TONIGHT COMMENDED THE Y’S MEN’S CLUB OF VICTORIA FOR PIONEERING A YOUTH RECREATION CENTRE FOR THE DEAF AND DUMB.

HE SAID THE CENTRE, FOUNDED SEVEN YEARS AGO, WAS PROVIDING A MUCH NEEDED SERVICE IN THE AREA OF SOCIAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR THE DEAF.

IN ADDITION, IT ALSO ORGANIZES CLASSES IN SEWING, KNITTING, SIGN-LANGUAGE, PHOTOGRAPHY AND PAINTING.

MR. LEE WAS SPEAKING AT THE CLUB’S GALA PREMIERE OF THE FILM ♦STATE OF SEIGE+ HELD TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE CENTRE AND OTHER COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS: COPIES OF THE FULL TEXT OF MR. LEE’S SPEECH ARE BOXED FOR COLLECTION.

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE ft » ft ft ft ft < THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY CTHURSDAY) AT SALE 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 PRICE C$/CATTY)

OF RICE OF SUPPLY AVERAGE

CHINA RICE

SEE KEU GOOD . 2.02

S.C.JIEN GOOD 1.86

PO NGA I ——

CHU CHO —-

THAI RICE

100% WHOLE GOOD 1.82

10-152 BROKENS GOOD 1.72

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.70

A1 SUPER ’ GOOD 1.45

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 1.77

U.S. RICE GOOD 1.87

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.67

PAKISTAN RICE ——

TAIWAN RICE ——

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SU INE

CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY - NORMAL

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK C0/P1CUL—LIVE WEIGHT) - 320 CAVERAGE)

/SUPPLIES AND

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SUPPLIES AMD WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH

CFF.O CHEUNG SHA UAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

SPECIES AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE HICM PRICE C$/CATTY>

LOW RODE

■ golden thread GOOD 3.20 1.70 2.00

BIG-EYES GOOD 2.80 0.40 1.40

SQUID- NORMAL 4.70 1.40 2-50

HAIR-TA ILS GOOD 1.60 0.30 0.70

LIZARD FISHES LIMITED 2.60 0.45 1.10

CROAKERS LIMITED 1.30 0.90 1.00

CORGER-PIKE-EELS NORMAL 2.35 1.20 1.40

MELON COAT NORMAL 2.00 0.90 1.30

BREAMS LIMITED 5.30 2.00 4.00

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 2.00 0.40 0.90

MACKERELS LIMITED 4.50 4.00 4.20

RED GOAT FISH LIMITED 0.60 0.40 0.50

FORK-TAIL —— —■

HORSE-HEAD GOOD 5.00 2.00 3.00

MELON SEED LIMITED 1.60 0.75 1.20

POMFRETS SCARCE 8.50 8.00 8.20

GAROUPAS NORMAL 7.10 5.00 6.30

YELLOW CROAKER SCARCE 6.80 5.00 5.30

SUPPLIES ANO WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

CV.H.O. CHEUNG SHA UAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE HARKET)

TYPE OF VEGETABLE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

HIGH LOU KODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE NORMAL ■ 1.00 0.30 0.70

WHITE CABBAGE NORMAL 0.50 0.10 0.30

CHINESE LETTUCE LIMITED 1.00 0.20 0.60

WATER SPINACH GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.25

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 1.80 0.60 1.20

STRING DEANS NORMAL 1.40 0.40 1.00

SPRING ONION NORMAL 1.40 0.30 0.80

SPINACH

WATER CRESS ‘ SCARCE 3.00 1.50 2.50

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE GOOD 0.40 0.10 .■ 0.25

CHINESE SPINACH GOOD 0.50 0.10 0.30

TOMATO SCARCE 3=50 1.50 2.50

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 1974

CONTENTS

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HONG KONG AND AUSTRALIA SIGN NEW TEXTILES ACCORD 1

MODERN NEW ESTATE AT KWAI CHUNG WILL PROVIDE HOMES FOR 12,000 .................................. 2

DELEGATION OFF TO VIENNA FOR CONSULTATIONS WITH AUSTRIAN AUTHORITIES ON HONG KONG TEXTILES

EXPORTS ........................................... 2

AUGUST 31 DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION OF VOTERS FOR 1975 URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS....................... 3

GOVERNMENT VERY MUCH ALIVE TO PUBLIC OPINION SAYS DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS........................... 4

URBAN COUNCILLORS UPHOLDS SERVICE IN HOSPITALS 5

VISITING ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK ECONOMIC MISSION RETURNING TO MANILA ............................... 6

LEGCO TO WIND UP CURRENT SESSION NEXT WEDNESDAY 7

SUPERINTENDENT OF MINES RETIRING AFTER 19 YEARS’ SERVICE ........................................... 8

GOVERNOR DUE BACK FROM BRITAIN TOMORROW ........... 8

EMERGENCY SUMMER TIME REGULATIONS REVOKED ......... 9

TWO BUILDINGS IN TAI PO DECLARED DANGEROUS ........ 9

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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NEW TEXTILE ARRANGEMENTS WITH AUSTRALIA '

EXPORT LICENSING SUSPENDED TEMPORARILY tt JJ » » » «

HEU ARRANGEMENTS COVERING THE EXPORT OF CERTAIN TEXTILES FROM HONG KONG TO AUSTRALIA ARE TO BE INTRODUCED IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING CONSULTATIONS BETWEEN THE HONG KONG AND AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENTS IN HONG KONG THIS WEEK.

ANNOUNCING THIS, TODAY MR. LAWRENCE MILLS, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY SAID THAT THE ARRANGEMENTS HAD BEEN MADE UNDER THE TERMS OF THE INTERNATIONAL MULTI-FIBRE TEXTILE AGREEMENT WHICH HAD COME INTO FORCE ON JANUARY 1, 1974.

CONSULTATIONS WITH HONG KONG WERE REQUESTED BY THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT FOLLOWING FINDINGS BY THE AUSTRALIAN TEXTILES AUTHORITY THAT IMPORTS FROM VARIOUS COUNTRIES WERE CAUSING-DAMAGE TO CERTAIN SECTORS OF THE AUSTRALIAN TEXTILE INDUSTRY.

THE AUTHORITY RECOMMENDED THAT LIMITATIONS ON EXPORTS OF

CERTAIN KNITTED AND WOVEN TEXTILES SHOULD BE NEGOTIATED WITH HONG KONG AND SOME OTHER COUNTRIES.

THE CONSULTATIONS BETWEEN HONG KONG AND AUSTRALIA BEGAN ON AUGUST 1, AND CONTINUED UNTIL LATE LAST NIGHT.

MR. MILLS SAID THAT TODAY HAD BEEN TAKEN UP BY SORTING OUT THE DETAILS OF THE ARRANGEMENTS AND THAT HE WAS PLEASED TO SEE A SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION TO THE LENGTHY NEGOTIATIONS THAT HAD TAKEN PLACE. •

FULL DETAILS OF THE ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE PUBLISHED AS SOON AS THEY HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED BY THE TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD.

MEANWHILE THE DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. DAVID JORDAN, HAS ANNOUNCED THAT EXPORT LICENSING OF CERTAIN TEXTILES FOR SHIPMENT TO AUSTRALIA WAS SUSPENDED WITH EFFECTED FROM 9 A.M. ON AUGUST 8, 1974.

THE ITEMS CONCERNED ARE:

(1) KNITWEAR (COATS, CARDIGANS, JUMPERS, SWEATERS, BLOUSES, SHIRTS AND THE LIKE® DRESSES= TRACKSUITS, PLAYSUITS AMD ROMPERSUITSD

(2) WOMEN'S AND GIRLS' DRESSES, BLOUSES AND SHIRTS OF WOVEN FABRIC® AND

CP WOMEN'S, GIRLS' AND INFANTS' COATS OF WOVEN FABRIC.

MR. JORDAN SAID THAT THE SUSPENSION OF THE ISSUE OF EXPORT LICENCES WAS TO ENABLE THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT TO INTRODUCE THE NECESSARY ARRANGEMENTS ARISING FROM THE CONSULTATIONS BETWEEN AUSTRALIA AND HONG KONG, AND TO CALCULATE AND ALLOCATE QUOTAS TO COMPANIES IN THE TRADE FOR THOSE ITEMS WHERE QUANTITATIVE LIMITATIONS WERE TO BE APPLIED.

FULL DETAILS OF THE BASIS ON WHICH THESE QUOTAS ARE ALLOCATED WILL DE PUBLISHED SHORTLY THROUGH THE USUAL KOT ICE TO EXPORTERS CIRCULAR LETTERS FROM THE DEPARTMENT TO INTERESTED COMPANIES AND TRADE ASSOCIATIONS.

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THE HOUSING AUTHORITY IS TO BUILD ANOTHER PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE IN THE KWAI CHUNG AREA TO PROVIDE HOMES FOR OVER 12,000 PEOPLE.

IT WILL BE KNOWN AS CHEUNG SHAN ESTATE AND WILL HAVE PLENTY OF OPEN GROUND AND GREENERY.

A HOUSING AUTHORITY SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THE BLOCKS WOULD BE SIMILAR TO THOSE AT 01 MAN ESTATE, AND WOULD PROVIDE 1,600 SELF-CONTAINED FLATS, WITH BALCONIES, VARYING IN SIZE FROM 356 SQUARE FEET TO 641 SQUARE FEET.

THE NEW ESTATE, WHICH IS PART OF THE AUTHOR ITY*S 10—YEAR HOUSING PROGRAMME, WILL CONSIST OF TWO TWIN-TOWER BLOCKS AND ONE SLAB BLOCK WITH A SHOPPING CENTRE, SCHOOL PREMISES AND OTHER ANCILLARY ACCOMMODATION.

IT-WILL OCCUPY A 13.6-ACRE SITE IN THE UPPER SHING ON VALLEY, WEST OF LEI MUK SHUE ESTATE.

SITE FORMATION WORK, INVOLVING CUTTING BACK AND FILLING OF LOW-LYING LAND TO FORM A SERIES OF PLATFORMS TO BUILD UPON, IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN THIS NOVEMBER.

CONTRACTORS INTERESTED IN TENDERING FOR THE WORK ARE INVITED TO NOTIFY THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THEIR INTEREST.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE ESTATE WOULD BE A SCENIC ONE WITH A LOT OF OPEN SPACE AND GREENERY. THE THREE-STOREY SHOPPING CENTRE WHICH WILL BE BUILT ON A PODIUM BETWEEN THE TWO TWIN-TOWER BLOCKS WILL COMMAND A PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE VALLEY BELOW, HE ADDED.

APART FROM THE SHOPPING CENTRE, WHICH WILL ALSO HAVE A RESTAURANT, THE ESTATE WILL HAVE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS. A SECOND THREE-STOREY BUILDIN^ SITED UNDER THE PODIUM WILL HOUSE A MARKET, WORKSHOPS AND A GARAGE WITH 230 PARKING SPACES.

CONSTRUCTION WORK IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN EARLY 1976 AND THE FIRST TENANTS ARE LIKELY TO MOVE IN DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1970.

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HONG KONG AND AUSTRIA IN TEXTILE TALKS »»»»»»

MR. LAWRENCE MILLS, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY (COMMERCIAL RELATIONS), WILL LEAVE TOMORROW (SATURDAY) MORNING FOR VIENNA FOR CONSULTATIONS WITH THE AUSTRIAN GOVERNMENT REGARDING EXPORTS OF CERTAIN TEXTILE ARTICLES FROM HONG KONG TO AUSTRIA.

HE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY MISS SUSAN PONS, ASSISTANT TRADE OFFICER.

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LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR 1975 URBCO ELECTIONS

POTENTIAL VOTERS WHO HAVE NOT YET REGISTERED FOR NEXT YEAR’S URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS HAVE UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH TO DO SO.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ELECTORS REGISTERED ON THE PROVISIONAL REGISTER SO FAR IS 34,031. THE PROVISIONAL REGISTER WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR FREE INSPECTION FROM AUGUST 16 TO 31 AT THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS OFFICE AT KA CHEONG BUILDING, *4 SUNNING ROAD, 7TH FLOOR, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG.

DURING THIS PERIOD ELIGIBLE VOTERS WHO HAVE NOT YET REGISTERED MAY APPLY IN PERSON TO HAVE THEIR NAMES INCLUDED IN THE FINAL REGISTER.

ALSO DURING THIS PERIOD, ANYONE MAY OBJECT TO THE INCLUSION OF ANOTHER PERSON’S NAME ON THE PROVISIONAL REGISTER IF HE CONSIDERS THAT THAT PERSON IS NOT ENTITLED TO BE REGISTERED AS AN ELECTOR. OBJECTIONS MAY ALSO BE LODGED AGAINST ANYONE WHO HAS GIVEN NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR INCLUSION IN THE FINAL REGISTER.

THE APPROPIRATE FORMS FOR OBJECTIONS IN RELATION TO NAME? APPEARING ON THE PROVISIONAL REGISTER SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE REGISTRATION OFFICER'S OFFICE BEFORE AUGUST 31. IN THE CASE OF OBJECTIONS RELATING TO THE FINAL REGISTER, FORMS SHOULD BE LODGED BEFORE SEPTEMBER 10.

NOTICES OF APPLICATION FOR INCLUSION IN THE FINAL REGISTER OF ELECTORS AND NOTICES OF OBJECTION TO THE INCLUSION OF ANY NAME IN THE FINAL REGISTER WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION AT THE REGISTRATION OFFICER’S OFFICE UP TO SEPTEMBER 10.

FOR NEXT YEAR'S URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS, HONG KONG HAS BEEN DIVIDED INTO 13 ELECTORAL DISTRICTS, EACH WITH A DESIGNATED POLLING STATION. FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF RESIDENTS IN THE NEW ■ TERRITORIES THREE NEW POLLING STATIONS HAVE BEEN ADDED — IN TSUEN WAN, YUEN LONG, AND TAI PO.

AS IN PREVIOUS YEARS, THERE WILL BE FOUR ELECTORAL DISTRICTS

ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND SIX ON THE KOWLOON PENINSULA.

ON THE ISLAND, POLLING STATIONS WILL BE AT KING'S COLLEGE, THE CITY HALL, THE HENNESSY ROAD GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOL, AND THE NORTH POINT GOVERNMENT SCHOOL.

IN KOWLOON, THEY WILL BE LOCATED AT THE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER, THE QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL, KOWLOON TECHNICAL SCHOOL, PERTH STREET GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOL, SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOL, AND KWUN TONG GOVERNMENT SCHOOL.

THE THREE POLLING STATIONS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE SET UP AT THE TSUEN WAN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL, THE NEU TERRITORIES HEUNG YEE KUK YUEN LONG DISTRICT SECONDARY SCHOOL, AND AT WONG SHIU CHI MIDDLE SCHOOL IN TAI PO.

ANYONE WHO CONSIDERS THAT HE HAS SPECIAL GROUNDS FOR VOTING AT A POLLING STATION OTHER THAN THE ONE HE IS REGISTERED TO VOTE MAY APPLY BY PRE-PAID ORDINARY POST TO THE REGISTRATION OFFICER.

LARGE SCALE MAPS OF EACH ELECTORAL DISTRICT AND A LIST OF POLLING STATIONS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION AT THE REGISTRATION OFFICER'S OFFICE.

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GOVERNMENT ALIVE TO PUBLIC OPINION

THE DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIR^, MR. DAVID T.K. WONG, SAID THIS EVENING THAT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT JS MORE RESPONSIVE AND MORE CONCERNED WITH WHAT THE MAN IN THE STREET THINKS THAN HOST ELECTED GOVERNMENTS IN THE WORLD.

ADDRESSING A DINNER MEETING OF THE PENINSULA LIONS CLUB OF HONG KONG, HE NOTED THAT THERE WAS A CURIOUS MISCONCEPTION ABROAD THAT BECAUSE THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT IS NOT AN ELECTED GOVERNMENT THERE IS NO NEED FOR IT TO PAY MUCH ATTENTION TO PUBLIC OPINION. ♦NOTHING 1.8 FARTHER FROM THE TRUTH,+ HE SAID.

MR. WONG FELT THAT EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION INVOLVED A TWO-WAY FLOW OF INFORMATION AND SENTIMENT AND GOVERNMENTS WERE INCLINED TO GOVERN BEST WHEN THEY COULD TAKE. THE WISHES AND ASPIRATIONS OF THEIR PEOPLE INTO ACCOUNT WHEN FORMULATING POLICIES OR DECISIONS.

+THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICER SCHEME WAS LAUNCHED PRECISELY TO ENABLE THE COMMON MAN TO COMMUNICATE EASILY WITH GOVERNMENT. ONE PRACTICAL TEST OF ITS EFFECTIVENESS IS THE FACT THAT WELL OVER A MILLION PEOPLE APPROACH CITY DISTRICT OFFICES EACH YEAR FOR INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE,+ HE SAID.

MR. WONG CITED THE SYSTEM OF PUBLISHING GREEN PAPERS AND THE EXISTENCE OF MORE THAN 70 ADVISORY BOARDS AND COMMITTEES AS OTHER EXAMPLES, OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HEEDING PUBLIC OPINION, <

HE ADDED: +A GLANCE AT THE CpRRESPONDENCE COLUMNS OF THE DAILY NEWSPAPERS WILL SHOW HOW MUCH EFFORT IS BEING PUT IN BY SENIOR OFFICERS TO ANSWER QUERIES OR COMPLAINTS. THEN THERE ARE ALSO RADIO PROGRAMMES LIKE LATE CALL.+

EMPHASISING THAT GOVERNMENTS DO NOT TEND TO BE INTERESTED ONLY IN ONE-WAY COMMUNICATION, MR. WONG CONCLUDED THAT COMMUNICATION BETWEEN GOVERNMENTS AND THEIR PEOPLES IS + AN ENDLESS UNDERTAKING REQUIRING TRUST, PATIENCE AND UNDERSTAND1NG.+

NOTE TO EDITORS: COPIES, OF MR. WONG’S SPEECH ARE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM THE G.l.S. PRESS BOXES.

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MEDICAL SERVICE NOT AS BAD AS MADE OUT TO BE SAYS URBAN COUNCILLOR . "

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URBAN COUNCILLOR PETER C.K. CHAN SAID TODAY THAT HE HAD RECEIVED NOTHING BUT THE +KINDEST AND MOST CONSIDERATE SERVICE* WHILE A PATIENT RECENTLY IN THE GENERAL WARD OF THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT'S SEVENTH SEMINAR ON PUBLIC RELATIONS, AND THE THIRD FOR THE NURSING GRADES, AT THE CASTLE PEAK HOSPITAL.

AN AUDIENCE OF MORE THAN 140 NURSES, MOSTLY PSYCHIATRIC NURSES HEARD HIM SAY THAT +ANY INSTITUTION WITH STAFF HAVING CONTACT WITH THE PUBLIC WILL FOREVER BE IN A POSITION TO RECEIVE COMPLAINTS, BUT THE POSITION IS NORMAL.*

HE EXPLAINED THAT WHILE HE COULD HAVE GONE TO A PRIVATE WARD, HE DELIBERATELY CHOSE THE GENERAL WARD, +NOT ONLY TO BE CURED, BUT ALSO TO LEARN.*

HIS EXPERIENCE SHOWED THAT WHILE THERE WERE FAILINGS IN THE SERVICE, THE WHOLE WAS INFINITELY BETTER THAN ITS PARTS, AND NO RATIONAL PERSON COULD DENY THE TRIBUTE DUE TO THE STAFF OF HOSPITALS NOW FAR HORE OVERCROWDED THAN THEY HAD EVER INTENDED TO BE.

MR. CHAN URGED THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO RECONSIDER REVISING THE EARLY DINNER HOUR FOR PATIENTS IN THE GENERAL WARDS, BECAUSE THE EVENING MEAL AT 4 P.M. WAS TOO EARLY, AND.EXTENDI NG THE VISITING PERIOD BECAUSE ONE HOUR IN THE AFTERNOON WAS NOT ENOUGH.

+BUT 1 HAVE BEEN PERSONALLY THROUGH THE MILL,* HE TOLD THE AUDIENCE, +AND I KNOW THAT THE COMPLAINTS WHICH MADE THE HEADLINES ARE FREQUENTLY TRIVIAL, AND UNDESERVING OF THE EMPHASIS PLACED ON THEM.*

HE GAVE THE NURSES THIS ADVICE: +DON'T SHRUG YOUR SHOULDERS WHEN PEOPLE COMPLAIN OF BEING PLACED IN CAMP BEDS IN CORRIDORS BY SAYING ’THIS IS INEVITABLE*. EXPLAIN THE INEVITABILITY. PROMISE THEM A TRANSFER IN A FEW HOURS. DO ANY THING, SAY ANYTHING, BUT END THIS KIND OF CONFRONTATION ON A KINDER NOTE. THE RESULTS WILL BE WORTH EVERY EFFORT YOU CAN MAKE.*

A SECOND GUEST SPEAKER WAS MR. AUGUSTINE KAM CHUI, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS (SPECIAL DUTIES), WHO DEFINED THE ROLE OF THE GOVERNMENT IN THE SPHERE OF ADMINISTRATION.

MR. CHUI SAID NO RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT IN THE WORLD COULD THINK OF MANAGEMENT EXCEPT IN TERMS OF THE BEST GOOD FOR THE GREATEST NUMBER. THIS IMPLIED THE ANTAGONISM OF CERTAIN MINORITY GROUPS, BUT NO GOVERNMENT ANYWHERE COULD HOPE TO ACHIEVE UNIVERSAL POPULARITY, AND THEN MAINTAIN IT, FOR ANY STRETCH OF TIKE.

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HE ASSURED HIS LISTENERS THAT THEY COULD HELP THE CORPORATE GOVERNMENT IMAGE IF THEY RECOGNISED THE NEED THAT THEY SHOULD IMPART GOODWILL TO THEIR JOO, ARD SOUGHT, EVEN IF THIS RAN COUNTER TO THEIR PERSONALITIES, TO REPAY ANTAGONISM WITH KINDNESS

+WE HAVE TO LIVE IN A WORLD OF CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES, CONFLICTING VIEWS, AND OUR CONTRIBUTION IS MEASURED BY THE SKILL WITH WHICH UE OVERCOME PROBLEMS. IT IS FATAL TO RECIPROCATE RUDENESS WITH RUDENESS. THIS IS VERY WRONG,* HE SAID.

+THE REASON IS THAT WE ARE PAID BY THE TAXPAYER. THERE 16

NO SUCH THING AS THE GOVERNMENT’S MONEY. THE MONEY BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE. WE ARE PAID BY THE PEOPLE. THEY DESERVE THE BEST UE CAN GIVE FOR THE MONEY THEY PAY.*

OTHER SPEAKERS AT THE SEMINAR INCLUDED DR. K.F. CHAN, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES CKED1CAL)= MISS K.J. VEEVERS, PRINCIPAL NURSING OFF!CER= AMD MR. ARTHUR STARLING, CHIEF HOSPITAL SECRETARY.

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ADB TO CONSIDER LOANS FOR H.K. ECONOMIC MISSION RETURNS TO MANILA TOMORROW » » » » J? J?

THE ECONOMIC MISSION FROM THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK, WHICH HAS BEEN HOLDING DISCUSSIONS WITH THE GOVERNMENT ON THE QUESTION OF HONG KONG'S NEED FOR LOAN FINANCE, WILL BE RETURNING TO MANILA TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE MISSION COMPRISES MR. DAVID FISHER, THE A.D.B.'S DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, MR. PATRICK KNAPP, MANAGER OF THE PHILIPPINES/ HONG KONG/KOREA/TAI WAN OPERATIONS, MR. BRIEN PARKINSON AND MR. DIETRICH BERGMEIER.

FOLLOWING THE RETURN OF THE MISSION TO MANILA, THE BANK WILL CONSIDER THE ECONOMIC CIRCUMSTANCES OF HONG KONG TO CONFIRM WHETHER THERE IS A CASE FOR LOAN FINANCE.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY EMPHASISED THAT THE VISIT WAS PART OF A +CONTINUING DIALOGUE ON THE QUESTION OF LOAN FINANCE BY THE BANK FOR A NUMBER OF HIGH PRIORITY PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS.+

+THE MISSION HAS EXAMINED THE NEEDS OF HONG KONG FOR LOAN FINANCE, AND THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, HR. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, AND MR. FISHER HAVE DISCUSSED PARTICULAR PROJECTS WHICH MIGHT BE FINANCED FROM A LOAN PROGRAMME. BUT NOTHING HAS BEEN FINALISED AT THIS STAGE,+ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

SUBJECT TO THE OUTCOME OF THE BANK'S EXAMINATION, THE NEXT STAGE IN THE CONTINUING DIALOGUE WOULD BE FOR THE BANK TO SEND TECHNICAL TEAMS TO HONG KONG TO EXAMINE IN DEPTH THE PARTICULAR PROJECTS FOR WHICH HONG KONG IS SEEKING LOANS. LATER THESE WOULD BE CONSIDERED BY THE BANK'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

+HOPEFULLY.+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID, +A LOAN PROGRAMME WILL BE AGREED IN DUE COURSE WITH THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK, INITIALLY COVERING THE THREE-YEAR PERIOD 1975-76 TO 1977-78.+

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LEGCO TO GO INTO RECESS FROM WEDNESDAY .

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WILL WIND UP ITS CURRENT SESSION AFTER ITS MEETING ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 14).

THE COUNCIL WILL THEN GO INTO RECESS UNTIL OCTOBER 2 THIS YEAR WHEN THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL OPEN THE NEW 1974/75 SESSION.

THE CURRENT SESSION HAS BEEN A BUSY ONE FOR THE COUNCIL WITH 85 BILLS SO FAR PASSED INTO LAW, INCLUDING SUCH SIGNIFICANT ONES AS THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION ORDINANCE, THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE ORDINANCE, THE SECURITIES ORDINANCE AND THE PROTECTION OF INVESTORS ORDINANCE. FIFTEEN OTHER BILLS ARE DUE TO HAVE THEIR THIRD AND FINAL READING AT THE LAST MEETING ON WEDNESDAY AND, IF PASSED, WILL BRING THE TOTAL TO EXACTLY 100. DURING THE 1972/73 SESSION 85 BILLS WERE PASSED.

SO FAR DURING THE CURRENT SESSION UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS HAVE RAISED 159 QUESTIONS, COMPARED WITH 174 DURING THE PREVIOUS SESSION. THEY WILL ASK ANOTHER 13 QUESTIONS ON WEDNESDAY.

TWO WHITE PAPERS, ONE ON THE NARCOTICS PROBLEM IN HONG KONG AND THE OTHER ON THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF MEDICAL SERVICES, WERE ALSO TABLED.

FIVE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS RETIRED FROM THE COUNCIL THIS YEAR. THEY ARE MR. WOO PAK-CHUEN, SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, MR. WILFRED WONG, MR. SZETO WAI, HR. GUY SAYER AND MR. ANN TSE-KAI.

APPOINTED TO REPLACE THEM ARE DR. THE HON. HARRY FANG, THE HON. FRANCIS TIEN, THE HON. J.H.BREMR IDGE, THE HON. MISS KO SJU-WAH, AND THE HON. LO TAK-SHING.

DR. THE HON. CHUNG SZE-YUEN SUCCEEDED MR. WOO AS THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER.

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SUPERINTENDENT OF MINES RETIRING »»»»»» <

THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MINES, MR. JOHN KNAPP, IS TO RETIRE AFTER 19 YEARS WITH THE DEPARTMENT. HE WILL GO ON PRE-RETIREMENT LEAVE ON AUGUST 20.

THE COMMISSIONER OF MINES, MR. IAN PRICE, TODAY COMMENDED MR. KNAPP FOR HIS LEADERSHIP OF THE DEPARTMENT, WHICH HAD QROUN FROM A STAFF OF LESS THAN 10 WHEN HE JOINED IT TO TODAY’S strength OF 300.

MR. PRICE WAS SPEAKING AT A FAREWELL FUNCTION FOR MR. KNAPP, ATTENDED BY A LARGE NUMBER OF OFFICERS FROM THE LABOUR AND MINES DEPARTMENTS.

HE PRESENTED MR. KNAPP WITH A ROSE-WOOD CHEST AS A RETIREMENT GIFT FROM HIS COLLEAGUES.

MR. KNAPP JOINED THE DEPARTMENT AS A MINING ENGINEER IN 1955 AND WAS MADE SUPERINTENDENT OF MINES FOUR YEARS LATER.

HE WAS AWARDED THE IMPERIAL SERVICE ORDER IN THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOURS LIST THIS YEAR IN RECOGNITION OF HIS DISTINGUISHED AND LOYAL SERVICE.

MR. KNAPP AND HIS WIFE, WHO HAVE ONE DAUGHTER, PLAN TO RETURN TO BRITAIN AFTER A WORLD CRUISE.

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GOVERNOR RETURNING TOMORROW

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, IS DUE BACK TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AFTER A THREE-WEEK STAY IN BRITAIN WITH HIS MOTHER.

SIR MURRAY IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE AT HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AT ABOUT 6.45 P.M. ON FLIGHT BA 880.

HE WILL BE MET, BY THE ACTING GOVERNOR, MR. DENYS ROBERTS, THE AIDE-DE-CAMP, MR. PAUL BARKLEY, AND THE AIRPORT GENERAL MANAGER, MR. H.M. JOHNSTON.

ALSO ON HAND WILL BE THE COMMANDER. OF BRITISH FORCES, LT. GEN. SIR EDWIN BRAMALL, SIR JfUET KEUNQ-KAN, UNOFFICIAL MEMBER

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, DR. CHUNG SZE-YUEN, SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE DOYEN OF THE CONSULAR CORPS, AND THE DIRECTOR OF CJVIL AVIATION, MR. B.D. KEEP.

NOTE TO EDITORS: THERE WILL BE NO PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE ---------------- AIRPORT. HOWEVER, ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR PHOTO COVERAGE OF THE GOVERNOR’S RETURN. PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS AND TELEVISION CAMERAMEN SHOULD ASSEJMBLE IN THE AIRPORT PRESS ROOM AT 6.15 P.M. INHERE THEY WILL BE MET BY G. I.S. OFFICERS.

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EMERGENCY SUMMER TIME REGULATIONS REVOKED ft Jr J? ft Jr J?

emergency REGULATIONS UNDER WHICH SUMMER TIME WAS INTRODUCED AT THE END OF LAST YEAR, DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE OIL CRISIS, HAVE BEEN REVOKED.

SUMMER TIME THIS YEAR WILL END ON OCTOBER 20 IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE NORMAL PRACTICE.

THE DECISION TO REVOKE THE REGULATIONS WAS TAKEN BY THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL EARLIER THIS WEEK AND A NOTICE TO THIS EFFECT IS PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE.

UNDER THE EMERGENCY (SUMMER TIKE) REGULATIONS 1973, SUMMER TIME WAS INTRODUCED ON DECEMBER 30 AS OKE OF THE MEASURES TO SAVE ON ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION IN ANTICIPATION OF REDUCED SUPPLIES OF FUEL OIL.

HOWEVER, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT SINCE NORMAL SUMMER TIKE HAS BEEN IN FORCE SINCE APRIL 21, THE EMERGENCY REGULATIONS HAVE CEASED TO HAVE ANY PRACTICAL OR LEGAL EFFECT.

AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE DECISION WILL ENABLE AIRLINE COMPANIES TO PROPERLY PREPARE AND PUBLISH THEIR FLIGHT SCHEDULES FOR THE COMING AUTUMN.

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY DECLARED KOS. 22 AND 24 WAI YAN STREET, TAI PO, NEU TERRITORIES TO DE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION AND NOS. 18 ARD 20 LIABLE TO BECOME DANGEROUS.

THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THESE TWO-STOREY PRE-WAR BUILDINGS WERE SURVEYED IN THE COURSE OF ROUTINE INSPECTION WHEN IT WAS FOUND THAT THE STOKE LOAD BEARING WALLS WERE BADLY FRACTURED IN SEVERAL PLAGES AND THE ROOF ARD FLOOR TIMBERS WERE IN AN ADVANCED STATE OF DECAY.

THERE WAS EVIDENCE OF MOVEMENT OF THE JOINT KITCHEN BLOCK OF NOS. 22 AND 24 WAI YAN STREET AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BLOCK IS SUCH THAT ANY FURTHER MOVEMENT CR DETERIORATION COULD LEAD TO A COLLAPSE. THE DEMOLITION OF ROS. 22 AND 24 COULD RESULT IN THE DANCER OF COLLAPSE OF ROS. 18 AND 20.

NO. 18 IS ALREADY VACANT. NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS OF KOS. 20, 22 AND 24 WAI YAM STREET WERE POSTED ON THE BUILDINGS TODAY.THE APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD IN KOWLOON DISTRICT COURT AT 9*30 A.M. ON SEPTEMBER 20.

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE * ft ft ft ft *

THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY (FRIDAY) AT SALE 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 C$/CATTY) AVERAGE

CHINA RICE:

SEE MEW GOOD 2.02

S.C. JIEN GOOD 1.86'

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CHU CHO NO SALE

THAI RICE:

100% WHOLE . GOOD 1.77

10—15% BROKENS GOOD 1.72

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.70

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.45

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 1.77

U.S. RICE GOOD 1.87

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.67

PAKISTAN RICE NO SALE

TAIWAN RICE . NO SALE

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

CALL SOURCES)

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WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK C$/PICUL-LIVE WEIGHT)

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SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES CVMO CHEUNG.SHA WAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKET?

TYPE OF VEGETABLE AVAILABILITY OF WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY>

SUPPLY HIGH LOU KODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE NORMAL 1.00 0.30 0.70

WHITE CABBAGE NORMAL 0.50 0.10 0.30

CHINESE LETTUCE LIMITED 1.00 0.30 0.70

WATER SPINACH GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.25

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 1.80 0.60 1.20

STRING BEANS NORMAL 1.40 0.40 1.00

SPRING ONION SPINACH NORMAL 1.40 0.30 0.80

WATER CRESS SCARCE 3.00 1.50 2.50

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.25

CHINESE SPINACH GOOD 0.50 0.10 0.30

TOMATO SCARCE 3.50 1.50 2.50

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HOUSING DEPT. GOING AHEAD WITH PHASED PROGRAMME FOR A

SAFE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY TO LICENSED AREAS ................. 1

WORK TO START SHORTLY ON A NEW FRESH WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM FOR LICENSED AREAS........................................  2

TEMPORARY SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS FOR SHATIN ESTATES .... 2

IMPORTANCE OF IMMIGRATION CONTROL UNDERLINED .............. 3

MAJOR KOWLOON FLYOVER PROJECT MOVES A STEP CLOSER ......... 4

UPWARD TREND IN TRAVEL CONTINUES BUT AT LOWER RATE THAN

BEFORE....................................................  4

AMBULANCE MEN TRAINED TO NEW U.K. STANDARDS................ 5

TICKET NO. 80710 WINS FIRST PRIZE IN SIXTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY ................................................... 6

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LICENSED AREAS TO HAVE PROPER POUER SUPPLY SOON X X X X X X

HORE THAN 10,000 OCCUPANTS OF LICENSED AREAS WILL HAVE AUTHORIZED ELECTRICITY SUPPLY.

THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT IS READY TO IMPLEMENT ITS PHASED PROGRAMME TO PROVIDE A SAFE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY TO ALL EXISTING LICENSED AREAS.

•THE FIRST STAGE INVOLVING THE INSTALLATION OF AN OVERHEAD SUPPLY SYSTEM IN SIX LICENSED AREAS, INCLUDING KOULOON DAY, WILL START BEFORE THE END Or THIS MONTH. TuE FIVE OTHER LICENSED AREAS ARE CHAI WAN AREA 2 AND 3, CHEUNG SHA VAN AREA 2, SAN KA TSUEN, ARD HIP UO STREET.

THE ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAMME WILL DE EXTENDED TO OTHER LICENSED AREAS WHEN WORK ON STAGE ONE HAS BEEN COMPLETED.

TENDERS FOR THE INSTALLATION WILL BE INVITED SHORTLY.

THE FIRST PHASE IS ESTIMATED TO COST OVER $1.25 MILLION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT TCDAY REPEATED AN EARLIER APPEAL TO LICENSEES TO STOP TAPPING ELECTRICITY. ♦APART FROM BEING ILLEGAL, THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS PRACTICE WHICH COULD RESULT HI THE LOSS OF LIFE AS WELL AS PROPERTY IN THE EVENT OF AN ELECTRICITY FIRE.+ HE SAID.

BOTH THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT AND THE CHINA LIGHT AND POUER COMPANY ARE DOING ALL THEY CAN TO PROVIDE LEGAL POUER SUPPLY TO ALL LICENSED AREAS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. +BUT UNTIL SUCH WORK CAN BE COMPLETED LICENSED AREA OCCUPANTS MUST HEED OUR ADVICE NOT TO TAP ELECTRICITY+ THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED.

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WORK IS EXPECTED TO START WITHIN TWO OR THREE WEEKS ON A NEW FRESH WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM FOR LICENSED AREAS WHICH WILL ENABLE OCCUPANTS TO DRAW TAP WATER RIGHT AT THEIR DOORSTEP.

THE FINAL DETAILS ARE NOW BEING WORKED OUT AND THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT IS GOING AHEAD WITH PREPARATION AND DESIGN WORK IN CONSULTATION WITH THE WATERWORKS OFFICE.

• +A START ON THE PROJECT WILL BE MADE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AT THE KOWLOON BAY WEST, CHEUNG SHA WAN AND SHEK YAM LICENSED AREAS,* A HOUSING DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

REFERRING TO COMPLAINTS FROM KOWLOON BAY LICENSEES ABOUT INADEQUATE WATER SUPPLY, THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAD RECENTLY ADDED TWO MORE STANDPIPES IN THE AREA, BRINGING THE TOTAL TO FOUR,

+AS THE AREA IS CONSIDERED TO BE ADEQUATELY SERVED BY THE EXISTING STANDPIPES AND AS IT WILL BE AMONG THE FIRST TO HAVE THE NEW PIPED WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM, THE DEPARTMENT DOES NOT THINK THAT IT IS JUSTIFIED TO HAVE MORE STANDPIPES INSTALLED IN THE AREA AT PRESENT,* HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAD NOT OVERLOOKED THEIR NEEDS, NOR THAT OF OTHER LICENSEES.

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DRAINAGE WORKS FOR NEW SHA TIN ESTATES ******

ENGINEERING WORK WILL SOON BE CARRIED OUT IN SHA TIN NEW TOWN IN CONNECTION WITH A TEMPORARY SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS WHICH IS DESIGNED TO SERVE HOUSING ESTATES IN THE VICINITY.

THE TREATMENT WORKS IS NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION TO THE NORTH OF LEK YUEN ESTATE. IT WILL SERVE THE ESTATE AND OTHER PROJECTS TO BE BUILT ON THE RECLAMATION UNTIL A PERMANENT SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT, LOCATED FURTHER TO THE NORTH, COMES INTO OPERATION.

THE ENGINEERING WORKS INVOLVE THE LAYING OF ABOUT 700 METRES OF REINFORCED CONCRETE PIPELINE AND 140 METRES OF MILD STEEL PIPELINE, TOGETHER WITH THE ASSOCIATED MANHOLES AND ANCILLARY WORKS. CONSTRUCTION WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN THE LEK YUEN ESTATE AND THE SITE OF TEMPORARY TREATMENT WORKS. THE ENGINEERING WORKS IS EXPECTED TO START NEXT MONTH AND SHOULD BE COMPLETED IN FEBRUARY NEXT YEAR.

WHEN COMPLETED, THE LEK YUEN ESTATE WILL COMPRISE SEVEN • BLOCKS AND HOUSE 23,000 PEOPLE. ANOTHER HOUSING ESTATE TO BE BUILT IN THE AREA — THE WO CHE ESTATE — WILL ACCOMMODATE 34,000 PEOPLE, CONSTRUCTION OF THIS ESTATE IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN LATE 1975 OR EARLY 1976.

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UNCONTROLLED IMMIGRATION INTO HONG KONG COULD JEOPARDISE THE IMMENSE PROGRAMMES IN THE FIELDS OF HOUSING. MEDICAL, EDUCATION AND SOCIAL WELFARE WHICH AIM TO MAKE LIFE BETTER FOR THE COMMUNITY HERE, THE COLONIAL SECRETARY, HR. DENYS ROBERTS. WARNED TODAY.

ADDRESSING GRADUATING RECRUITS OF THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT AT THEIR PASSING-OUT PARADE AT THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT PARADE GROUND, HR. ROBERTS NOTED THAT NEARLY 10 MILLION PEOPLE ENTERING OR LEAVING HONG KONG RECEIVED INMIGRATION CLEARANCE LAST YEAR.

♦THE VOLUME OF THIS TRAFFIC HAS ALMOST DOUBLED IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS AND IT BECOMES EVER MORE IMPORTANT THAT THIS HUGE MOVEMENT OF PERSONS SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO CAREFUL CONTROL,+ HE SAID.

THE COLONIAL SECRETARY IMPRESSED ON THE GRADUATES THAT HONG KONG DEPENDED ON THEM *T0 ENSURE THAT UNAUTHORISED PERSONS DO NOT FIND THEIR UAY INTO HONG KONG AMD CAST FURTHER STRAIN ON OUR OVERBURDENED FACILITIES.*

HE NOTED THAT THE WORK OF IMMIGRATION OFFICERS WAS DEMANDING AND REQUIRED AN ABILITY TO CORK UNDER GREAT PRESSURE FOR LONG HOURS. DESPITE THIS, HE IMPRESSED ON THEN TO REMAIN COOL AND COURTEOUS AT ALL TIMES AND REPAY RUDENESS AND IMPATIENCE WITH UNDERSTANDING AID POLITENESS.

WHILE IT WAS NOT EASY TO REMAIN CALM AND CHEEFUL WHEN DEALDIG WITH LARGE NUMBERS OF TIRED, SHORT-TEMPERED PASSENGERS, MR. ROBERTS SAID A LITTLE GOOD HUMOUR AND COURTESY WOULD GO A LONG WAY TOWARDS ENHANCING HONG KONG’S IMAGE ABROAD.

NOTE TO EDITORS: COPIES OF MR. ROBERTS’ SPEECH ARE AVAILABLE

---------------FOR COLLECTION FROM THE Q.I.S. PRESS ROOM, 6TH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

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MAJOR KOWLOON FLYOVER PROJECT HOVES A STEP CLOSER

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TEN VACANT BUILDINGS ALONG RECLAMATION STREET IN KOWLOON ARE TO BE DEMOLISHED TO MAKE WAY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF AH ELEVATED ROAD LEADING FROM GASCOIGNE ROAD TO THE TOKQ HI ROAD EXTENSION.

THE BUILDINGS INVOLVED ARE NOS. 79 TO 91 RECLAMATION STREET, ALL OF WHICH ARE THREE-STOREY STRUCTURES. WHEN THESE HAVE BEEN PULLED DOWN, WORKERS WILL HOVE IN FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF FOUNDATION WORK FOR THE FLYOVER SUPERSTRUCTURE. 1

THE 2,200-FOOT-LONG ELEVATED ROAD REPRESENTS THE FIRST STAGE OF THE MASSIVE WEST KOWLOON CORRIDOR SCHEME WHICH WILL PROVIDE A MAJOR ROUTE TO DISTRIBUTE TRAFFIC IN THE URBAN AREAS OF WESTERN KOWLOON AND CONNECT THESE AREAS WITH TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG TO THE NORTH.

’ THE ELEVATED ROAD WILL START FROM QASCOJQNE ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH WYLIE ROAD, THEN CONTINUE ALONGGASCO1QNE ROAD AND KANSU STREET TO THE RECLAMATION IN YAU HA TEI TYPHOON ANCHORAGE NEAR TUNG KUN STREET.

WORK ON CLEARING THE VACANT BUILDINGS IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN TOWARDS THE END OF NEXT MONTH, AND WILL TAKE ABOUT EIGHT WEEKS TO COMPLETE.

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THE NUMBER OF TRAVELLERS ENTERING OR LEAVING HONG KONG DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR ROSE DY MORE THAN 200.000 ' OR 4.58 PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE SAKE PERIOD IN 1973.

THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION, HR. BILL COLLARD, NOTED THAT THIS WAS MUCH LOWER THAN THE ANTICIPATED GROWTH RATE.+ AND UNDOUBTEDLY REFLECTS THE EFFECTS OF THE FUEL CRISIS, THE GENERAL RECESSION, AND THE PREDICTED CUT-BACK IN TOURISM.*

HIS DEPARTMENT CLEARED A TOTAL OF 4,863,783 TRAVELLERS BY LAND, SEA AND AIR BETWEEN JANUARY 1 AND JUKE 30 THIS YEAR. THE NUMBER FOR THE CORRESPONDING MONTHS IN 1973 UAS 4,650,587.

THESE FIGURES EXCLUDE TRAVELLERS ON TRANSIT AND THOSE REFUSED. PERMISSION TO ENTER.

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AMBULANCE MEN RECEIVE NEW-STYLE TRAINING ft ft ft ft ft ft

THE FIRST AMBULANCE MEN TRAINED TO NEW U.K. STANDARDS ^ODAT' GRADUATED FROM THE AMBULANCE COMMAND HEADQUARTER, YAUMATI.

THE MEN WERE TRAINED TO THE MILLAR REPORT STANDARD, WHICH THE CHIEF AMBULANCE OFFICER, MR. G. DOORE SAID, WAS SIMILAR TO THAT GIVEN TO THE HEN'S COUNTERPARTS IN THE U.K.

A TOTAL OF 26 RECRUITS TOOK PART IN THE PASSING-OUT CEREMONY AND MR. DOORE TOLD THEM +YOUR FURTHER PROGRESS THROUGH THE SERVICE WILL BE WATCHED WITH KEEN INTEREST*.

HE SAID THE ADDITIONAL SPECIAL TRAINING THEY WOULD RECEIVE WOULD BE IN MANY FORMS, ALL DESIGNED TO GIVE THEM MORE KNOWLEDGE IN TREATING THEIR PATIENTS AND IN ASSISTING TOWARDS THE PATIENT'S RECOVERY AND RELIEF OF PAIN AND SUFFERING FROM THE MOMENT THEY CAME INTO CONTACT WITH HIM.

+1N SHORT*, MR. DOORE SAID, +YOU WOULD BE APPLYING THE NEW CONCEPTION OF AMBULANCE AID IN WHICH YOU MAKE ALL POSSIBLE HASTE TO QET TO YOUR PATIENT, BUT AFTER MAKING CONTACT WITH HIM, YOU DIAGNOSE HIS INJURIES OR ILLNESS AND COMMENCE THE CORRECT TREATMENT IMMEDIATELY AND THE CONVEY THE PATIENT WITH THE MINIMUM OF DISCOMFORT TO A HOSPITAL WHERE FURTHER TREATMENT CAN BE GIVEN*.

MR. DOORE SAID THE AMBULANCE COMMAND WAS HANDLING ABOUT 400 PATIENTS A DAY AND LAST MONTH ALONE THERE WERE 9,863 CALLS FOR AMBULANCE SERVICES, OF WHICH ABOUT 48 PER CENT WERE EMERGENCY CASES.

THE 26 RECRUITS WILL BE POSTED TO STATIONS THROUGHOUT THE AMBULANCE COMMAND.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 10, 1974.

RESULTS OF SIXTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY

THE LUCKY HOLDER OF TICKET NUMBER 80710 TODAY WON THE FIRST PRIZE OF $718,400 IN THE SIXTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY THIS YEAR.

THE WINNING NUMBER FOR THE SECOND PRIZE OF $71,840 IS 358121, WHILE THE THIRD PRIZE OF $7,184 WENT TO TICKET NUMBER 221709.-

THE THREE PRIZES WERE DRAWN BY FOUR R.T.V. ARTISTES — . MISS SUSANA HUEN SO-HA, MISS WONG KIT-CHING, MISS HELEN POON BING-SHEUNG AND MISS VIOLET LEE YANG — AT THE CITY HALL THEARTRE THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING.

WINNING NUMBERS OF THE 50 SPECIAL PRIZES OF $1,796 EACH ARE AS FOLLOWS:

14283 219173 313085 478550 700230

63897 ’ 219715 320641 501295 704714

93192 219821 350288 555393 715040

107483 246630 393024 575731 717717

110188 247107 397140 581968 749158

141647 254430 398604 592223 766846

182073 2983UP 416176 594802 783544

195496 300420 425210 633287 794986

199315 308611 448918 665766 819088

217671 311257 461740 667020 846060

THERE ARE ALSO 106 CONSOLATION PRIZES OF $1,796 EACH

FOR TICKET NUMBERS IMMEDIATELY ABOVE AND BELOW A WINNING

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 11,<1974

SCHOOL CERT EXAM RESULTS ON WEDNESDAY »*»»»»<

THE SECRETARY OF THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION BOARD ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THE RESULTS OF THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION, 1974 WILL BE ISSUED TO SCHOOLS AND PRIVATE CANDIDATES ON WEDNESDAY CAUGUST 14).

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AS IN PREVIOUS YEARS, THE RESULTS ARE BEING ISSUED IN THE FORM OF INDIVIDUAL RESULTS NOTICES SHOWING THE GRADES ACHIEVED IN EACH SUBJECT TAKEN.

THESE NOTICES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION BY SCHOOLS ON WEDNESDAY MORNING. SCHOOL CANDIDATES SHOULD COLLECT THEIR RESULTS NOTICES FROM THEIR SCHOOLS.

RESULTS NOTICES FOR PRIVATE CANDIDATES WILL BE SENT BY POST AND SHOULD REACH CANDIDATES ON WEDNESDAY OR AT THE LATEST BY THURSDAY.

AS RESULTS ARE BEING SUPPLIED TO INDIVIDUAL CANDIDATES, LISTS OF RESULTS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT CITY DISTRICT OFFICES, GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS OR ELSEWHERE. r

HOWEVER, PRIVATE CANDIDATES WHO FOR ANY REASON HAVE NOT RECEIVED THEIR RESULTS BY FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, MAY MAKE ENQUIRES AT THE EXAMINATIONS DIVISION, CANTON ROAD GOVT. OFFICES, 393 CANTON ROAD,11/F., KOWLOON, TEL. 3*608708 OR 3*688602.

♦ENGLISH ONLY* CANDIDATES PRESENTED BY THE EVENING INSTITUTE WILL HAVE THEIR NOTICES SENT TO THEM BY POST BY THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. IF THE NOTICES ARE NOT RECEIVED BY FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, CANDIDATES MAY MAKE ENQUIRIES AT THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION AT KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 6TH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON, TEL. 3.884111 EXT. 280.

NOTE TO EDITORS: AS RESULTS ARE BEING NOTIFIED DIRECTLY TO SCHOOLS AND PRIVATE CANDIDATES, NEWSPAPERS WILL KOT BE GIVEN COPIES OF THE RESULTS FOR PUBLICATION.

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IF YOU DID NOT WIN A PRIZE IM THE LAST COVERKREtlT LOTTERY’ YOU STILL HAVE A CHARGE TO STRIKE IT RIC!] FOR JUST $2.

TICKETS OF THE SEVENTH COVERtlKEtJT LOTTERY THIS YEAR ARE ROW ON SALE AND ARE AVAILABLE FROM ALL ROYAL HOIIG KCR?, JOCKEY GLUS BRANCH OFFICES, VARIOUS FERRY PIERS, DARKS AMD TUO KOWLOON HOTELS.

THE DRAW FOR TOE WINNING MURDERS WILL TAKE PLACE AT TOE CITY HALL THEATRE AT 10 A.N. CM AUC.UST 24.

THERE WILL CE A TOTAL OF 159 PRIZES COMPRISING A FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD PRIZE, 50 SPECIAL PRIZES AND 1C5 CCESCLATEOM FRIZES.

THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF PRIZES WILL TAKE UP 60 PER CENT CF TOE TOTAL PROCEEDS UI TO THE REST COING TO TOE LOTTERIES FUND TO CE USED FOR THE PROMOTION CF COMMUNITY WELFARE PROJECTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

TOE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE UHL GIVE A PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE CITY HALL RESTAURANT OH MONDAY (AUGUST 12) AT 1 P.M. TO ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR PROMOTING THE SEVENTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE TO. ATTEND.

WATER INTERRUPTICHS II- K- ft ft I? ft

WATER SUPPLY TO A MURDER OF PREMISES IN TOE ABERDEEN AREA ARD YUEN LONG DISTRICT WILL CE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED OH TUESDAY (AUGUST 13) TO FACILITATE WATER WORKS.

IN ABERDEEN, THE TEMPORARY INTERRUPT ION WILL DE FROM 1 A.M. TO 6 A.fl. AND UHL AFFECT SEVERAL CLOCKS IN TOE UAH FU ESTATE, INCLUDING. UAH LOK ROUSE, UAH OH HOUSE, UAH KUOIIG HOUSE, UAH HEI HOUSE, UAH CHUN HOUSE, WAN KOH HOUSE, UAH YUE HOUSE, UAH SHUN HOUSE, WAN KAI HOUSE, UAH CHING HOUSE, UAH MING HOUSE, UAH KIN HOUSE AND THE ESTATE’S SHOPPING CENTRE.

THE INTERRUPTION IN YUEN LONG WILL COME INTO EFFECT FROM 10 P.M OH TUESDAY FOR ACOUT EIGHT HOURS. AFFECTS WILL DE PREMISES ALONG _ CASTLE PEAK ROAD DETWEEN AU TAU CROSS ROAD ARD SAN TIN, AS WELL AS SHA PO TS’JENp FUIJCj KAT HEUr.'Q® MO FAN TSU3NO POX WA! o SAM TIM SAM WAG WO SHAMQ WAI AND MAI PO SAM TSUEMo

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LESS RAIN FELL IN HONG KONG DURING THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS THIS YEAR ........................... 1

ELDERLY ESTATE RESIDENTS TO BE GIVEN FREE MEDICAL CHECK-UPS .............................

POPULAR TV ’FAMILY’ TO PROMOTE GOVERNMENT LOTTERY .......................................

THREE TUEN MUN LOTS TO BE OFFERED FOR SALE NEXT

STUDENTS LEARN HOW TO OPERATE USED BOOKS EXCHANGE SCHEME ................................... 4

KAIFONG LEADERS TO VISIT SINGAPORE AND MALAYSIA 5

DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

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MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 1974.

LESS RAIN THIS YEAR ft a ft ft n

HONG KONG EXPERIENCED DRIER WEATHER THAN USUAL DURING .THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF THIS YEAR WITH THE ACCUMULATED TOTAL RAINFALL RUNNING ABOUT 25 PER CENT BELOW THE AVERAGE FIGURE FOR THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

TOTAL RAINFALL RECORDED DURING THE PERIOD AMOUNTED TO ONLY 1,014.9 MM.

EXCEPT FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL, RAINFALL HAS BEEN BELOW NORMAL EVERY MONTH SO FAR THIS YEAR.

LAST MONTH'S TOTAL AMOUNTED TO 184.2 MM WHICH REPRESENTED ONLY HALF OF THE AVERAGE AMOUNT FOR JULY.

THE MONTH WAS ALSO SUNNIER, WARMER AND LESS HUMID THAT USUAL WITH A MEAN RELATIVE HUMIDITY OF 78 PER CENT WHICH WAS THE THIRD LOWEST ON RECORD FOR JULY.

DURING THE MONTH, FIVE TROPICAL CYCLONES FORMED IN THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC, BUT ONLY TYPHOON 'IVY* ENTERED THE SOUTH CHINA SEA AND NECESSITATED THE HOISTING OF TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING SIGNALS IN HONG KONG.

A TOTAL OF 10 THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS WERE ISSUED DURING THE MONTH, BUT ONLY ONE AIRCRAFT WAS DIVERTED FROM HONG KONG . INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS. N0 FIRE DANGER WARNINGS WERE ISSUED DURING THE MONTH.

THE MONTH'S MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 33-2 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS RECORDED ON JULY 6, AND THE .MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 22.8 DEGREES CELSIUS ON JULY 22.

NOTE TO EDITORS: A FULL WEATHER REPORT FOR JULY PREPARED BY THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY WILL BE BOXED FOR COLLECTION LATER TODAY.

KOOAY* AUGUST 12. .1974

FREE MEDICAL CHECK-UPS FOR ELDERLY

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SOME 200 ELDERLY PEOPLE, AGED 60 AND ABOVE, LIVING IN SAU MAU PING ESTATE (SOUTH) ARE TO BE GIVEN FREE MEDICAL CHECK-UPS IN A SPECIAL PROJECT ORGANIZED BY FOUR WELFARE ORGANIZATIONS IN THE ESTATE. /

THE MEDICAL CHECK-UPS WILL BE HELD THIS WEEK BEGINNING . TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AT THE SAU MAU PING (SOUTH) ESTATE WELFARE BUILDING AND AT VARIOUS CLINICS IN THE DISTRICT.

BEFORE THE ELDERLY SEE THE DOCTORS, HOWEVER, THEY WILL BE GIVEN A TALK ON MEDICAL AND HEALTH MATTERS AND WILL ALSO BE SHOWN A FILM ON HEALTH. THIS WILL TAKE PLACE AT 3 P.H. TOMORROW IN THE HALL OF THE ESTATE’S WELFARE BUILDING.

THE ORGANIZERS OF THIS HEALTH PROGRAMME FOR THE AGED ARE THE SAU HAU PING COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRE, THE CHINESE Y.M.C.A. SAU MAU PING CENTRE, THE KINDRESS DAY NURSERY, AND THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S ESTATE COMMUNITY WORK OFFICE IN THE ESTATE WELFARE BUILDING.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ORGANIZERS SAID THAT APART FROM LOCAL WELFARE AGENCIES MANY PRIVATE DOCTORS ARD NURSES WILL ALSO BE PARTICIPATING IN THIS PROJECT AND IT WAS GRATIFY ING TO NOTE THAT THEY WERE SO WILLING TO OFFER THEIR SERVICES FREE OF CHARGE. ALSO ASSISTING IN THE PROJECT ARE STUDENTS ARD VOLUNTEERS.

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AN +ESTATE FAMILY* HAS BEEN INVITED TO HELP PROMOTE THE SEVENTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY FOR THIS YEAR.

THE FAMILY, CONSISTING OF FIVE MEMBERS, IS THAT OF THE POPULAR KO FAMILY OF +BELOW THE LION ROCK* FAKE.

PRODUCED BY THE TELEVISION UNIT OF RADIO HONG KONG, THIS WEEKLY DRAMA SERIES DEPICTS THE LIFE OF THE KO FAMILY IN A MARK II ESTATE BLOCK REFLECTING VARIOUS SOCIAL PROBLEMS IN THE COMMUNITY AND AT THE SAME TIME TRIES TO BRING ABOUT AN UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE PARTIES CONCERNED.

I THE KO’S ARE PLAYED BY FIVE POPULAR ARTISTES MR. TSANG KONG, MR. LEUNG MING, MISS FUNG SIU-CHUNG, MISS CftAN KAR-YEE AND MISS KIMMY GOT. , *

THEY WERE INTRODUCED TO THE PRESS TODAY BY HR. KAI-YIN CHAU, CHAIRMAN OF THE GOVERNMENT'S LOTTERIES MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, I AT A CONFERENCE AT THE CITY HALL RESTAURANT.

THE FIVE ARTISTES WILL HELP PROMOTE THE SEVENTH LOTTERY BY SELLING TICKETS AT STATUE SQUARE IN CENTRAL ON AUGUST 19 AND HILL DRAW. THE WINNING NUMBERS TWO WEEKS LATER AT T|1E CITY HALL THEATRE.

OTHER COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT AT TODAY’S CONFERENCE WERE MR. DAVID WU CHUNG-SHING, MR. LUI HAU—TUEN, MISS LYDIA DUNN, MR. R.W. SAMPSON, MR. GORDON CHAN AND THE COMMITTEE’S SECRETARY MR. G«A.E. RAHM1N.

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NEW TERRITORIES LAND SALE if It If If «• If

THREE LOTS OF CROWN LAND COVERING SOME 24,300 SQUARE FEET IN TUEN MUN IN THE NEU TERRITORIES WILL BE PUT UP FOR AUCTION EARLY NEXT MONTH.

THE FIRST, COVERING 14,880 SQUARE FEET, IS LOCATED IN TUEN MUN AREA 9. IT IS RESTRICTED TO INDUSTRIAL/GODOUN USE.

THE OTHER TWO LOTS, DESIGNED FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT, MEASURE 5,000 AND 4,500 SQUARE FEET RESPECTIVELY. BOTH ARE SITUATED IN TUEN MUN AREA 10B.

THE AUCTION WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE YUEN LONG TOWN HALL AT 2.30 P.M. ON SEPTEMBER 3.

FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, NORTH KOWLOON MAGISTRACY TAI PO ROAD, KOWLOON AND ALL DISTRICT OFFICES.

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THE OFFICE OF THE C.Y.O. (EASTERN) AT ROOM 7O7» CAUSEWAY BAY MAGISTRACY BUILDING IS BEING USED AS THE EXCHANGE CENTRE.

MR. LAM SAID MORE THAN 70 STUDENT VOLUNTEERS ARE DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT AND FOR MANY OF THEM IT IS THE FIRST TIME THEY HAVE PARTICIPATED IN ANY VOLUNTEER SERVICE.

HE HOPED THAT MORE SCHOOLS WOULD BE INTERESTED IN SUCH PROJECTS.

MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 1974

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STUDENTS LEARN HOW TO OPERATE USED BOOK EXCHANGE SCHEME

SCHOOLS-IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF HONG KONG ISLAND ARE AT THE.MOMENT CO-OPERATING IN A USED TEXTBOOK EXCHANGE SCHEME TO HELP JTHEIR PARENTS SAVE ON THE COST OF NEW TEXTBOOKS FOR THE NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR. . .

IN THIS SCHEME, THE STUDENTS FROM THE CLEMENTI MIDDLE SCHOOL, GRAMMER COLLEGE, ISLAMIC COLLEGE, AND LITERARY COLLEGE ARE EXCHANGING TEXTBOOKS AMONG THEMSELVES.

UNLIKE OTHER TEXTBOOK EXCHANGE SCHEMES STUDENTS IN THIS PROJECT ARE ALSO BEING TAUGHT THE PLANNING, OPERATING AND ACCOUNTING PROCEDURES SO THAT NEXT SUMMER THEY WILL BE ABLE TO OPERATE A SIMILAR SCHEME IN THEIR SCHOOLS, SAID MR. LAM KWOK-WAN, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICER FOR EASTERN DISTRICT WHO PLANNED THE SCHOOL PROJECT WITH THE BACKING OF THE SCHOOL AUTHORITIES.

MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 1974.

KAIFONG LEADERS TO VISIT SINGAPORE AND MALAYSIA J? ft It Jr » »

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A DELEGATION OF 22 KA IFONG LEADERS WILL BE LEAVING ON THURSDAY CAUGUST 15) ON A TWO-WEEK GOODWILL TOUR TO SINGAPORE AND MALAYSIA.

THE DELEGATION WILL BE LED BY MR. CHAN LING-FUNG, CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL OF HONG KONG AND KOWLOON KAfFONG ASSOCIATIONS, AND WILL INCLUDE MR. MICHAEL SZE, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER OF KWUN TONG AND KOWLOON CITY.

THE AIM OF THE VISIT IS TO PROMOTE BETTER UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG AND SINGAPORE AND MALAYSIA. THE DELEGATES WILL ALSO BE LOOKING AT THE TWO COUNTRIES' ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE FIELDS OF EDUCATION, TRANSPORTATION, SOCIAL WELFARE AND ECONOMY FOR REFERENCE TO THE HONG KONG SITUATION.

THE DELEGATION IS EXPECTED TO RETURN ON AUGUST 29.

TO MARK THE TRIP, THE DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, MR. DAVID WONG, WILL PRESENT A BANNER TO THE LEADER OF THE DELEGATION AT 11 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY CAUGUST 14) AT THE YING KING RESTAURANT IN WANCHA1.

NOTE TO EDITORS: A PP.ESS CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AFTER THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY TO EXPLAIN THE OBJECTIVES OF THE GOODWILL TOUR. YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE OCCASION COVERED.

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE ft ft ft ft ft ft i

THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY (MONDAY) AT SALE 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 AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

RICE OF SUPPLY AVERAGE

CHINA RICE

SEE MEW GOOD 2.02

S.C. J1EN GOOD t 1.86

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CHU CHO

THAI RICE I

1005S WHOLE GOOD 1.80

10-15% BROKEN GOOD 1.72

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.70

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.45

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 1.77

U.S. RICE GOOD 1.87

AUSTRALIAN RICE PAKISTAN RICE GOOD 1.67 %

TAIWAN RICE

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK

CS/P1CUL-LIVE WEIGHT)

CALL SOURCES)

GOOD i - 320 CAVERAGE)

/SUPPLIES AND

1 KOTO AY, AUGUST .12, 1974

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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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GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 4.30 1.20 3.00

BIG-EYES GOOD 2.80 0.70 1.40

SQUID NORMAL . 3-70 0.80 2.30

HAIR-TAILS LIMITED 2.00 0.90 1.00

LIZARD FISHES , LIMITED 1.90 0.35 0.90

CROAKERS LIMITED 1.70 1.00 1.30

CONGER-PIKE-EELS LIMITED , 2*40 1.00 1.30

MELON COAT ■—

BREAMS LIMITED 5.00 3.00 • 3.70

YELLOW BELLY GOOD r 1.70 0.40 0.90

MACKERELS •—«»

RED GOAT FISH

FORK-TAIL NORMAL 0.90 0.50 0.65

HORSE-HEAD NORMAL 5.50 1.30 2.90

MELON SEED LIMITED 1.60 0.70 0.90

POMFRETS SCARCE 9.00 5.00 8.00

GAROUPAS LIMITED 7.50 5.00 6.80

YELLOW CROAKER LIMITED 5.80 4.00 5.20

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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 CS/CATTT)

HIGH LOW MODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE NORMAL 1.00 0.30 0.70

WHITE CABBAGE GOOD 0.50 0.10 n on

CHINESE LETTUCE LIMITED 1.00 0.40 w. JU 0.70 ’

WATER SPINACH GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.25

. CHINESE KALE SCARCE 1.80 0.60 1.20

STRING BEANS NORMAL 1.50 0.50 1.20

SPRING ONION LIMITED 1.40 0.40 1.00

SPINACH

WATER CRESS SCARCE 3.00 2.00 2.50

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.25

CHINESE SPINACH GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.25

TOMATO SCARCE 4.20 2.00 3.5b

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

TUESDAY, AUqUSJ 13, 1974

CONTENTS PACE NO.

FIRMS INVITED TO SUBMIT PRELIMINARY PROPOSALS FOR POSSIBLE BRIDGE LINKING LANTAU AND THE KOWLOON PENINSULA........................................... 1

TEMPORARY WATER INTERRUPTION IN REPULSE BAY ..... 2

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PLENTY OF RICE AVAILABLE t STOCKS EXCEED .100,000

TONS ........................................... 3

HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT TO BE SET UP TO INFORM PUBLIC ON COMMON DISEASES......................... 4

RENT INCREASE IN HOUSING ESTATES EXPLAINED ....... . 5

NEU PIER WITH BETTER FACILITIES FOR KENNEDY TOWN 6

LEGCO TO DEBATE MEDICAL WHITE PAPER TOMORROW .... 7

HONG KONG OFFICIAL TO ATTEND POPULATION CONFERENCE IN BUCHAREST............................. 8

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SCHOOL CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION RESULTS TO DE • ANNOUNCED TOMORROW................................ 9

HOLIDAY CAMP BEING ORGANISED FOR KWUN TONG YOUTH 9

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

TUESDAY, AUGUST 1J, 1974

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BRIDGE TO LANTAU ISLAND ft ft ft ft ft ft

THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT IS ISSUING AN OPEN INVITATION TO INTERESTED FIRMS TO SUBMIT PRELIMINARY PROPOSALS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A BRIDGE LINKING THE NORTH EASTERN PART OF LANTAU ISLAND WITH THE NEW TERRITORIES MAINLAND.

HOWEVER, THE GOVERNMENT EMPHASISES THAT THERE IS NO COMMITMENT ON ITS PART TO ACCEPT ANY PROPOSAL AND THAT KO DECISION IN " PRINCIPLE HAS YET BEEN TAKEN ON WHETHER OR NOT TO BUILD A BRIDGE.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THERE HAD ALREADY BEEN A NUMBER OF ENQUIRIES INTO THE POSSIBILITY OF A BRIDGE BEING BUILT BY PRIVATE ENTERPRISE IN RETURN FOR A GRANT OF LAND ON LANTAU FOR DEVELOPMENT.

HE POINTED OUT THAT OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS THERE HAVE BEEN MANY REQUESTS FROM PRIVATE DEVELOPERS FOR LAND ON LANTAU ISLAND FOR A MULTIPLICITY OF PURPOSES AND THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS ENGAGED A FIRM OF CONSULTING ENGINEERS AND PLANNERS TO CONSIDER HOU THAT ISLAND SHOULD BE DEVELOPED.

+OBVIO.USLY ANY LARGE SCALE DEVELOPMENT OF LANTAU WILL HAVE TO PROCEED ON THE BASIS OF A DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR THE ISLAND AS A WHOLE WHICH, IN TURN, MUST BE COMPATIBLE WITH THE BROAD PLANNING PROPOSALS FOR HONG KONG AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

+1T IS ALSO OBVIOUS THAT FOR ANY CONSIDERABLE DEVELOPMENT COTHER THAN RECREATIONAL) TO TAKE PLACE ON LANTAU ISLAND, A DIRECT VEHICULAR LINK WOULD BE AT LEAST HIGHLY DESIRABLE, ARD THAT, PREFERABLY, THIS LINK SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED IN THE EARLY STAGES OF THE DEVELOPMENT,+ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

IN ORDER TO ASCERTAIN THE BROAD TERMS AND CONDITIONS WHICH MAY HAVE TO BE OFFERED IF THE BRIDGE IS TO BE BUILT BY PRIVATE ENTERPRISE, THE GOVERNMENT INVITES FIRMS WHO MAY EE INTERESTED IN UNDERTAKING THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BRIDGE TO INDICATE BROADLY: -

ft A TIMETABLE ENVISAGED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BRIDGE®

ft WHETHER ANY RESTRICTIONS WOULD BE PLACED ON ITS ALIGNMENT, DESIGN OR SIZE®

ft THE FIRM TO BE EMPLOYED ON THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE BRIDGE®

ft THE AMOUNT OF LAND EXPECTED TO BE ALLOCATED ON NORTH EASTERN LANTAU, THE TYPES OF DEVELOPMENT PROPOSED AND THE TIMING ENVISAGED FOR IT®

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* WHETHER ANY PARTICIPATION BY THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE REQUIRED, APART FROM THE ALLOCATION OF LAND, AND IF SO, IN WHAT FORH=

* THE TIME NEEDED TO PREPARE FIRM PROPOSALS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BRIDGE3 AND

* HOU THE PROJECT WOULD'BE FINANCED.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT ALTHOUGH THE BASIC DESIGN AND ALIGNMENT OF THE BRIDGE HAVE NOT BEEN DETERMINED, AN INVESTIGATION OF THE BROAD PROBLEMS INVOLVED HAS BEEN CARRIED OUT BY THE CONSULTING ENGINEERS STUDYING THE RECREATIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF ' LANTAU ARD SAI KUNG.

+THE GOVERNMENT ALSO HAS NO FIXED VIEWS AT THIS STAGE ON THE MANNER IN WHICH THE BRIDGE, IF BUILT, SHOULD BE FINANCED, CONSTRUCTED OR OPERATED. A DECISION ON BUILDING IT CAN BE TAKEN ONLY WHEN THE VIEWS AND PROPOSALS OF INTERESTED GROUPS, IN RESPONSE TO THE INVITATION, HAVE BEEN FULLY EVALUATED,* THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

TO ASSIST FIRMS IN THEIR DELIBERATIONS, A SUMMARY OF AN INTERIM REPORT ON THE +LANTAU FIXED CROSSING+ WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THEM ON REQUEST. THIS SUMMARY HAS BEEN PREPARED BY THE CONSULTING ENGINEERS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT PRELIMINARY PROPOSALS SHOULD BE SENT TO THE GOVERNMENT BY DECEMBER J1, 1974. ALL REPLIES WILL BE KEPT STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.

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WATER CUT » Jfr ft ft

WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES ALONG REPULSE BAY ROAD AND IN THE CHUNG HOM KOK AREA WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR FIVE HOURS AS FROM 1 A.M. ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 165.

THE TEMPORARY INTERRUPTION IS TO FACILITATE A TEST FOR night LEAKAGE IN THE AREA.

ALL PREMISES AT CHUNG HOM KOK WILL BE AFFECTED. THE PREMISES ALONG REPULSE BAY ROAD TO BE AFFECTED ARE NOS. 109. 111. 113. 115,' 117. 119, 119A, 121, 123, 123A, 125, 127 AND 129-

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PLENTY OF RICE IN STOCK *»»»»»

THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THE RICE IMPORT QUOTA FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER OF THIS YEAR HAD BEEN FIXED AT A REDUCED LEVEL, OF 45,000 METRIC TONS ON THE ADVICE OF THE RICE ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

COMMENTING ON THIS, MR. K.S. HARDY, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, SAID THAT HONG KONG'S STOCK OF RICE WAS HISTORICALLY VERY HIGH AND IN FACT NOU EXCEEDED 100,000 TONS.

WITH SO PLENTIFUL A SUPPLY, HE SAID, ,IT HAD BEEN DECIDED NOT TO IMPORT AS MUCH RICE AS USUAL DURING THE REST OF THE YEAR.

MR. HARDY SAID THE DECISION WAS ALSO IN KEEPING WITH THE RECOMMENDATION CONTAINED IN THE CONSUMER COUNCIL'S REPORT ON THE RICE CONTROL SCHEME WHICH HAD SAID THAT STOCKS SHOULD BE REDUCED.

REFERRING TO FUTURE SUPPLIES, MR. HARDY SAID THESE WERE ASSURED AND THAT REPORTS ON REGIONAL RICE CROPS THIS YEAR WERE • VERY FAVOURABLE. +PR1CE-W1SE THE POSITION IS FAVOURABLE TO THE CONSUMER,+ HE SAID, +THOUGH NOT SO ROSY FOR IMPORTERS.+

ON THE RICE IMPORT QUOTA SYSTEM, MR. HARDY ADDED THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAD DECIDED TO COMBINE THE THIRD AND FOURTH QUARTERS QUOTAS.

THIS MEANT THAT REGISTERED RICE STOCKHOLDERS WOULD BE FREE' TO TIME THEIR PURCHASES FOR DELIVERY AT ANY TIME BEFORE DECEMBER J1.

THIS HAD BEEN DONE, HE SAID, SO AS TO PROVIDE IMPORTERS WITH FLEXIBILITY TO ENABLE THEM TO IMPORT RICE AT PRICES MOST FAVOURABLE TO CONSUMERS IN HONG KONG. IF NECESSARY, FURTHER QUOTAS WOULD BE ISSUED BEFORE DECEMBER 31.

SINCE JANUARY 1 THIS YEAR, HONG KONG HAS IMPORTED 200,700 METRIC TONS OF RICE. OF THIS AMOUNT, CHINA SUPPLIED 96,600 METRIC TONS AND THAILAND 83,000 METRIC TONS.

THE BALANCE WAS IMPORTED FROM THE USA, AUSTRALIA AND ,

PAKISTAN.

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HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT TO BE SET UP

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A HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT WILL BE SET UP BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO INFORM THE COMMUNITY ABOUT COMMON DISEASES AND THEIR MANIFESTATIONS.

ANNOUNCING THIS AT A ROTARY CLUB LUNCHEON TODAY, THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR. GERALD CHOA, SAID THE UNIT WOULD USE PUBLICITY AND COUNSELLING METHODS BECAUSE THESE WERE SAFE, AND WOULD WIDELY DIFFUSE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT PUBLIC HEALTH CONTROL.

HE NOTED THAT EFFECTIVE CONTROL OF ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE HAD REDUCED THE INCIDENCE OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES, SUCH AS MALARIA AND PLAGUE.

IMMUNISATION PROGRAMMES HAO PRODUCED SATISFACTORY RESULTS’ / WITH REGARD TO DISEASES SUCH AS SMALLPOX, CHOLERA, DIPHTHERIA, TUBERCULOSIS, POLIOMYELITIS AND MEASLES.

PEOPLE WERE LIVING LONGER, BUT IN PLACE OF DISEASES UNDER CONTROL, HAD EMERGED OTHERS, WHICH HE COLLECTIVELY DESCRIBED AS +DISEASES OF CIVILISATION.*

HONG KONG WAS NO BETTER OFF THAN OTHER COUNTRIES WHERE SUCH DISEASES WERE ON THE INCREASE. DR. CHOA REFERRED IN PARTICULAR TO CANCER, HEART DISEASES, CEREBROVASCULAR DISEASES AND THE UNFORTUNATE RESULTS OF MODERN ACCIDENTS.

HE DESCRIBED CANCER AS +THE NUMBER ONE KILLER* . IN HONG KONG, AND IT WAS NECESSARY TO SPREAD CONCERN ABOUT IT SO THAT YOUNG PEOPLE HERE COULD BE WARNED AGAINST IT.

THERE WAS A PREVALENCE OF NASOPHARYNGEAL CANCER AMONG THE CHINESE IN HONG KONG, BUT HERE GOOD COULD RESULT IF RADIOTHERAPY WERE APPLIED EARLY.

DR. CHOA REFERRED TO THE RELATIONSHIP BETUEEN LUNG CANCER AND SMOKING, AND AGAIN, THE YOUNG SHOULD BE MADE AWARE OF THIS RELATIONSHIP, AND THE DANGER IMPLIED IN IT.

HEART DISEASES AND CEREBROVASCULAR DISEASES, HE SAID, WERE RELATED TO HIGH-FAT DIETS. HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE SHOULD BE DETECTED EARLY.

HE DISCUSSED ACCIDENTS IN FACTORIES, ON THE ROADS, AND AT HOME, AND SUGGESTED THAT PREVENTIVE SAFETY MEASURES WERE NECESSARY, INCLUDING THE TRAINING OF WORKERS.

HOUSEWIVES SHOULD BE CONCERNED WITH THE SAFETY OF ELECTRIC WIRING. THEY SHOULD NOT PLACE KNIVES AND MEDICINES WITHIN REACH OF CHILDREN. THEY SHOULD KEEP AN EYE ON THE GAS IN THE BATHROOM.

BEFORE CONCLUDING, DR. CHOA SAID THE LIFE STYLES OF CERTAIN MODERN SOCIETIES CONTRIBUTED TO MENTAL DISEASES AND DRUG ADDICTION.

THE PROPOSED HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT WOULD STUDY SUCH PROBLEMS WITH A VIEW TO MAKING KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THEM WIDESPREAD FOR THE GENERAL GOOD-

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RENT INCREASE IN HOUSING ESTATES EXPLAINED ft ft ft ft ft ft

THE HOUSING AUTHORITY’S DECISION TO REVISE THE RENTS OF PUBLIC HOUSING FLATS UH I CH WERE LET ON OR AFTER MAY 17, 1974 WAS FULLY EXPLAINED TO SOME 20 NEU TENANTS OF THE WONG CHUK . HANG ESTATE WHO CALLED AT THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT OFFICE IN SAN PO KONG THIS (TUESDAY) MORNING ASKING FOR THE REASON OF THE RENT RISE.

A MEETING WAS HELD AT THE REQUEST OF THE TENANTS. THEY HAD ASKED THAT 11 REPRESENTATIVES BE PRESENT AT THE MEETING* CHAIRS WERE UAID OUT FOR THEM BUT ORLY THREE TURNED UP.

THE TALK HAD NOT PROGRESSED FOR MANY MINUTES WHEN ONE OF THE REPRESENTATIVES DEMANDED TO SEE THE DIRECTOR, HR DONALD LIAO, AND NOT THE ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR HRS BERTHA LEUNG* THE MEETING CONTINUED AFTER IT WAS EXPLAINED THAT MR LIAO UAS IN THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS IN HA TAU KOK ROAD AND WAS NOT AVAILABLE.

HRS LEUNG, WHO SPOKE WITH THE THREE REPRESENTATIVES, EXPLAINED THAT THE RENT ADJUSTMENT UAS NECESSARY AS TLE RENT OF THE ESTATE WAS FIXED IN 1968 WHEN THE FIRST BLOCK WAS COMPLETED AND NO. PROVISION WAS MADE TO TAKE l-NTO ACCOUNT RISING COSTS OF CONSTRUCTION, AND MATERIAL AND LABOUR OF THE BLOCKS OF SUBSEQUENT PHASES COMPLETED YEARS LATER.

FURTHERMORE, MRS LEUNG SAID COSTS OF MAINTENANCE, MANAGEMENT AND OPERATION OF PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES HAVE RISEN IN RECENT YEARS.

THE RENT REVISION APPLIES TO ALL 11,500 FLATS AT SEVERAL PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES, INCLUDING WONG CHUK HANG, WHICH WERE UNLET ON MAY 17, 1974. THE INCREASE RANC.ES FROM $10.50 FOR A SMALL UNIT TO $56 FOR A LARGE UNIT FOR NINE PERSONS. THE INCREASE FOR MEDIUM-SIZED UNITS FOR FIVE AND SEVEN PERSONS IS ABOUT $35*

, MRS LEUNG ADDED THAT THE HOUSING AUTHORITY WAS BOUND BY ORDflfANCE TO BE FINANCIALLY SELF-SUFFICIENT ARD THAT IT WAS AT PRESENT WORKING AT A HUGE DEFICIT OF $110 MILLION.

+BECAUSE OF THIS, THE AUTHORITY RECENTLY DECIDED THAT INCREASING THE RENT OF UNOCCUPIED FLATS IS AN ESSENTIAL STEP TO TAKE TOWARDS BALANCING THIS DEFIClT,+ SHE SAID.

ON THE POINT THAT TENANTS WERE TOLD OF A LOWER RENT AT EARLIER INTERVIEWS WITH STAFF OF THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, MRS LEUNG EXPLAINED THAT THE AUTHORITY’S DECISION ON THE RENT REVISION WAS DELIVERED AT SHORT NOTICE AND THEREFORE WHEN THEY SIGNED THE TENANCY AGREEMENT SOME TIME LATER THE RENT WAS COMPARATIVELY HIGHER.

/SIZE SAID

TUESDAY, AUGUST 1J,

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SHE SAID THAT THE HOUSING AUTHORITY HAD RECENTLY STUDIED THEIR REQUEST THAT THE AUTHORITY SHOULD RECONSIDER THE RENT ISSUE AND HAD REACHED THE CONCLUSION THAT IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO WAIVE THE INCREASE.

+HOWEVER, THE AUTHORITY RECOGNISES THAT NEU TENANTS ARE PAYING COMPARATIVELY HIGHER RENT AND BECAUSE OF THIS DUE ALLOWANCE WILL BE HADE IN ANY FUTURE RENT REVISION.!

SHE WENT ON: +THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT IS PREPARED TO MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO FIND LOWER RENTAL ACCOMMODATION IN SOME OTHER ESTATES FOR THOSE WHO MAY FIND THE RENT AT WONG CHUK HANG ESTATE A BIT TOO HIGH FOR THEM.!

MRS LEUNG SAID THAT THE DEPARTMENT WAS ALSO VERY WILLING TO HELP THOSE WHO MAY FIND IT DIFFICULT TO PAY THE RENT BY REFERRING THEM TO THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT FOR INVESTIGATION AND ASSISTANCE.

THE NEW RENT AT WONG CHUK HANG ESTATE RANGES FROM $97 FOR A FIVE-PERSON FLAT OF 180 SQ.FT. TO $168 FOR A NINE-PERSON FLAT OF 314 SQ.FT.

THE RENT WOULD STILL BEAR NO RELATIONSHIP TO THOSE OF PRIVATE DOMESTIC BUILDINGS IN THE VICINITY WHICH ARE, IN MOST CASES, THREE OR FOUR TIMES HIGHER THAN THE NEU RENT.

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PIER TO REOPEN WITH BETTER UNLOADING FACILITIES

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THE OLD CATTLE PIER AT KENNEDY TOWN WILL BE REOPENED ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 16) WITH BETTER FACILITIES FOR THE UNLOADING OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES AND OTHER FOOD STUFFS BOUND FOR THE WHOLESALE MARKET IN THE DISTRICT.

THE PIER HAS BEEN CLOSED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN EXTENSION TO THE EXISTING PIER AND TWO DOLPHINS OFF CADOGAN STREET ADJACENT TO THE KENNEDY TOWN ABATTOIR.

WORK IS NOW COMPLETE AND THE PIER AND DOLPHINS WHICH ARE REINFORCED CONCRETE STRUCTURES WILL-PROVIDE BERTHS FOR VESSELS UP TO 1,400 TONS DISPLACEMENT.

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THE

SITTING

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AND

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DEBATE

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SUPPLIES IN LICENSED AREAS

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AUGUST 13, 1974

LEGCO TO DEBATE MEDICAL WHITE PAPER TOMORROW

H X K I?

UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF

THtlR VIEWS ON THE MEDICAL

SEVEN UNOFFICIALS ARE

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WILL GIVE WHITE PAPER AT TOMORROW’S COUNCIL

EXPECTED TO SPEAK ON THE WHITE

PAPER WHICH SETS THE GUIDELINES FOR THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF MEDICAL SERVICES IN HONG KONG OVER THE NEXT DECADE

THE DEBATE WILL BE WOUND UP BY DR

DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES

THE HON. GERALD CHOA

THE POtNTS RAISED BY THE UNOFFICIALS

TOMORROW'

S SITTING IS THE LAST OF THE COUNCIL'S CURRENT

THE COUNCIL WILL GO INTO RECESS UNTIL OCTOBER 2 WHEN

THE GOVERNOR

SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE

TOMORROW’S MEETING PROMISES TO

WITH 11 BILLS COMING UP FOR RESUMED

INCLUDING

BANKRUPTCY (AMENDMENT) BILL

THE BIRTHS AND DEATHS REGISTRATION

THE TOWN PLANNING (AMENDMENT AND VALIDATION) BILL

THE URBAN COUNCIL AMENDMENT BILL

FIFTEEN OTHER BILLS ARE DUE FOR THEIR THIRD AND FINAL

READING

UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL RAISE 13 QUESTIONS

RELATING TO THE POSSIBLE ABOLITION OF INTEREST TAX

IN THIRD CLASS WARDS OF GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS

POWER AND WATER

AND STREET LIGHTING, AMONG OTHERS

PAPERS TO BE TABLED AT THE MEETING INCLUDE THE 1973/74

ANNUAL REPORT BY THE SIR DAVID TRENCH FUND FOR RECREATION

THE 1973/74 REPORT OF THE SIR ROBERT BLACK TRUST FUND

TUESDAY, AUGUST.13,f1974

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THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS, MR. DAVID WHITELEGGE, WILL LEAVE FOR BUCHAREST TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) NIGHT TO ATTEND THE WORLD POPULATION CONFERENCE AS A MEMBER OF THE UNITED KINGDOM DELEGATION.

THE UNITED NATIONS HAS DESIGNATED 1974 AS WORLD POPULATION YEAR AND THE CONFERENCE IS PART OF THE PROGRAMME WHICH AIMS AT DRAWING ATTENTION TO THE PROBLEMS OF POPULATION, PARTICULARLY THE DANGERS OF UNRESTRAINED INCREASE OUTSTRIPPING THE ABILITY OF THE WORLD TO SUPPORT IT= AND TO FOSTER DISCUSSION ON WAYS AND MEANS OF INFLUENCING THE SITUATION.

MR. WHITELEGGE SAID TODAY THAT PARTICULAR SUBJECTS TO BE DISCUSSED AT THE CONFERENCE CONCERN POPULATION AND ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENTS AND THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE FAMILY. THE PROJECTED WORLD POPULATION IN THE YEARS TO COME WILL ALSO BE A MAJOR TOPIC.

HE SAID HE WAS GOING TO BUCHAREST WITH THE HOPE OF BRINGING BACK NEW IDEAS AND THINKING WHICH MIGHT BE RELEVANT TO HONG KONG’S PARTICULAR SITUATION AND WHICH COULD BE IMPLEMENTED, IN ADDITION TO THE STEPS ALREADY BEING TAKEN.

+THE PROBLEM OF OVER-POPULATION IS NOTHING NEW TO HONG KONG AND THE GOVERNMENT’S APPRECIATION OF IT IS EVIDENCED BY THE FACT THAT IT IS SENDING A REPRESENTAT!VE TO BUCHAREST,+ MR. WHITELEGGE ADDED.

HE DREW ATTENTION TO THE VALUABLE WORK OF .THE FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION AND TO THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION LAST YEAR TO PARTICIPATE DIRECTLY IN THIS SPHERE BY TAKING OVER RESPONSIBILITY FOR FAMILY PLANNING CLINICS FORMERLY RUN BY THE FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION IN GOVERNMENT PREMISES.

MR. WHITELEGGE^iS DUE TO RETURN TO HONG KONG AT THE END OF THE MONTH.

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THE RESULTS OF THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION 1974 WILL BE ISSUED TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS NOTICES FOR SCHOOL CANDIDATES ARE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION BY SCHOOLS TOMORROW MORNING. RESULTS NOTICES FOR PRIVATE CANDIDATES HAVE BEEN POSTED AND SHOULD REACH CANDIDATES TOMORROW OR AT THE LATEST, THURSDAY.

AS RESULTS ARE BEING SUPPLIED TO ALL CANDIDATES INDIVIDUALLY, EITHER DIRECT OR THROUGH THEIR SCHOOLS, LISTS OF RESULTS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT CITY DISTRICT OFFICES OR OTHER GOVERNMENT OFFICES. HOWEVER, ANY PRIVATE CANDIDATE WHO DOES NOT RECEIVE HIS RESULTS BY FR1DAY,(AUGUST 16), MAY MAKE ENQUIRIES AT THE EXAMINATIONS DIVISION, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 393 CANTON ROAD, 11/F., KOWLOON, TEL. 3-688708 OR 3-688602.

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THIS YEAR 55,976 CANDIDATES ENTERED FOR THE EXAMINATION.

THIS COMPARES WITH A TOTAL OF 54,633 WHO ENTERED FOR THE TWO CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATIONS IN 1973. ALTOGETHER 62 SUBJECTS 17ERE EXAMINED.

FOR THOSE CANDIDATES WHO SAT FOR THE EXAMINATION (I.E. EXCLUDING ABSENTEES) THE PERCENTAGE OF AWARDS OF GRADE E OR ABOVE IN THE MAJOR SUBJECTS WAS 63.76 PER CENT*LAST YEAR'S FIGURES WERE 60.33 FOR C.E. (ENGLISH) AND 63.12 FOR C.E. (CHINESE).

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A TWO-DAY HOLIDAY CAMP IS BEING ORGANIZED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S COMMUNITY CENTRE IN KWUN TONG TO GIVE YOUNGSTERS A CHANCE TO GET AWAY FROM THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF THE CITY.

THE CAMP, WHICH « INTENDED FOR ABOUT 50 YOUNG PEOPLE BETWEEN 15 AND 25 OF AGE, WILL BE HELD AT THE DEPARTMENT’S YOUTH CAMP SITE AT SHING MUN ROAD IN TSUEN WAN.

BESIDES ENJOYING THE 4’fflfsH AIR THE CAMPERS WILL BE KEPT ACTIVE DURING THE DAYS IN SUCH ACTIVITIES AS HIKING, FOLK DANCING, SINGING, AND GROUP GAMES.

THE DEADLINE FOR ENROLMENT IS SATURDAY, CAUGUST 17) AND THOSE INTERESTED IN TAKING PART SHOULD CONTACT THE CENTRE’S SUMMER PROGRAMME ENQUIRY OFFICE ON WEEKDAY AFTERNOONS OR SATURDAY MORNING OR BY DIALING J-890022. THERE IS A $15 CHARGE FOR A PERSON.

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THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY CTUESDAY) AT SALE 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:

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U.S. RICE GOOD 1.87

9 • AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.67

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

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GOLDEN THREAD n1ft—F VFR , GOO D GOOD 4.50 2.60 2.00 0.80 3.20 1.70

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SQUID NORMAL 3.80 0.80 2.30

HAIR-TAILS NORMAL , 2.00 0.70 1.40

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL . 2.50 0.40 1.50

CROAKERS LIMITED 2.50 0.50 1.40

CONGER-PIKE-EELS GOOD 2.50 1.60 2.00

MELON COAT ■M. ■B* ■M»

BREAMS LIMITED 3.00 1.40 2.20

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 2.00 0.60 1.30

MACKERELS LIMITED 5.70 3.50 4.50

RED GOAT FISH LIMITED 0.80 0.40 0.60

FORK-TAIL LIMITED 0.80 0.50 0.60

HORSE-HEAD- NORMAL 5.00 1.50 3.20

MELON SEED LIMITED 1.40 0.60 1.00

POMFRETS SCARCE 9.00 7.00 8.00

GAROUPAS LIMITED 9.00- 5.00 7.00

YELLOW CROAKER SCARCE 6.20 4.50 5.30

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

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

TYPE OF AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

VEGETABLE OF SUPPLY HIGH LOW MODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE NORMAL 1.20 0.30 0.80

WHITE CABBAGE GOOD 0.45 0.10 0.30

CHINESE LETTUCE LIMITED 0.80 0.30 0.50

WATER SPINACH GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.25

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 1.60 0.60 1.20

STRING BEANS LIMITED 1.80 0.50 1.20

SPRING ONION LIMITED 1.40 0.40 1.00

WATER CRESS SCARCE -3.00 1.50 2.50

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE GOOD 0.45 0.10 0.30

CHINESE SPINACH GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.25 •

TOMATO SCARCE ‘ 4.20 2.00 3.00

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WORKING PARTY TO DE SET UP TO STUDY NONCOMMONWEALTH MEDICAL GRADUATES ISSUE ..............

GOVERNMENT URGED TO MAKE FULLER USE OF NOH-

COMMONWEALTH MEDICAL GRADUATES ....................

CALL FOR BETTER MEDICAL FACILITIES FOR ♦FORGOTTEN* MIDDLE CLASS ....................................

COMPULSORY SERVICE IN GOVT HOSPITALS URGED FOR

ALL NEW MEDICAL GRADUATES.....................

COMMUNITY NURSING SERVICE PROPOSED................

CALL FOR MORE POSITIVE APPROACH TO EMERGENCY SERVICE ...........................................

HONG- KONG SHOULD AIM TO BECOME A LEADER IN MEDICAL

SERVICES...........................................

CALL FOR UPDATING OF AMBULANCE SERVICE ............

UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS CRITICISE TOWN PLANNING POLICY

THREE-MONTH TIME LIMIT FOR COMPENSATION PAYMENTS FOR PROPERTIES AFFECTED DY MTR SYSTEM..............

SEVERANCE PAY BILL PASSES WITH MODIFICATIONS.......

FINANCIAL SECRETARY SPEAKS ON WITHHOLDING TAX ISSUE ....................................

GRANTS FROM. SIR DAVID TRENCH FUND FOR RECREATION

PASS 01.5 MILLION MARK ............................

WORK TO START THIS MONTH ON POWER AND WATER

SUPPLIES TO LICENSED AREAS.........................

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

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TEMPORARY FOOTBRIDGE BEING BUILT FOR WANG TAU HOM

Squatters...........................................25

STREET LIGHTS IN KWAI CHUNG TO BE SWITCHED ON NEXT MOUTH...........................................    26

FIVE OBJECTIONS RECEIVED IN CONNECTION WITH PROPOSED WESTERN RECLAMATION PROJECT ...............26

THIRTEEN COMPLAINTS RECEIVED THIS YEAR ABOUT ♦ENFORCED* TIPPING IN HOSPITALS.................,.. 27

SENIOR OFFICIALS VERY MUCH ATTUNED TO CHINESE PRESS COMMENTS..................................... 28

GOVERNOR PAYS TRIBUTE TO RETIRING LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLORS  ...................................... 29

SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE THANKS LEGCO MEMBERS FOR THEIR HARD WORK..........................;„.........30

FIFTEEN BILLS COMPLETE PASSAGE THROUGH LEGCO ...... 30

EXPLANATORY NOTES ON COMPANIES BILL TO BE MADE AVAILABLE ..........................................31

REMOVAL OF LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT FOR URBCO MEMBERSHIP WELCOMED.......................................31

HOUSING AUTHORITY TO HAVE ANOTHER LOOK AT WONG CHUK HANG ESTATE RESIDENTS’ RENT PETITION ......... 32

GOVERNMENT TO CONSIDER ALTERNATIVE SITING OF LOWER STATION FOR LION ROCK AERIAL ROPEWAY .............. 32

SIX PRE-WAR BUILDINGS IN SHAMSHUIPO DECLARED DANGEROUS......................................     33

NGAU CHI WAN SQUATTERS HAVE TALKS WITH HOUSING DEPARTMENT ABOUT RESITE ACCOMMODATION ..............33

SURVEY OF ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY STARTS TOMORROW ... 34

FINANCIAL SECRETARY RE-AFFIRMS CONFIDENCE IN CROWN AGENTS ............................................ 35

COMMODITIES

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THE GOVERNOR HAS APPROVED THE SETTING UP OP h WORKING PARTY TO EXAHINE ALL ASPECTS OF THE PROBLEM OF MON-CONHOKUEALTH MEDICAL GRADUATES, ARD TO HAKE RECOIii.EHDATIONS.

DR. THE HON. GERALD CHOA, DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH . SERVICES, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS TODAY UIIEf! WINDING UP THE DEBATE ON THE WHITE PAPER ON THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES IN HONG KONG.

DR. CHOA SAID HE WAS GLAD FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO CLARIFY THE ISSUE RELATING TO THE POSITION OF liOH-CO.G.OKUEALTH MEDICAL GRADUATES AND WENT ON TO EXPLAIN THE EVENTS LEADING TO THE DECISION TO SET UP A WORKING PARTY TO LOOK I'TO IT.

+IN 1966,+ HE SAID, +THE MEDICAL CLINICS ADVISORY COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED THAT PRACTITIONERS WHO WERE PERMITTED TO PRACTISE IN EXEMPTED CLINICS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED, IF THEY SO DESIRED, TO EXAMINATIONS, AND OH PASSING EE ALLOWED TO PRACTISE MEDICINE AND HAVE THE TITLE OF ASSISTANT MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS.

+NATURALLY, THE RECOMMENDATION RELATED TO PRACTICE IN HONG KONG ONLY. IT WOULD HAVE DEEM FOR THE GENERAL MEDICAL COUNCIL OF THE UNITED KINGDOM- TO DECIDE WHETHER OR KOT TO EXTEND ITS RECOGNITION TO THEM TO PRACTISE IM OTHER PARTS OF THE COHKOKUEALTH.

+TH1S RECOMMENDATION, HOWEVER, WAS OPPOSED BY BOTH THE HONG KONG MEDICAL ASSOCIATION AND THE BRITISH MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (HONG KONG BRANCH), AND IT WAS ALSO UNDERSTOOD THAT THE UNIVERSITY OF. HONG KONG WOULD EOT 'WISH TO CONDUCT EITHER REFRESHER COURSES OR . EXAMINATIONS UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES .

+FOR THESE REASONS, IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO CARRY OUT THIS RECOH..EI.DATIOI1 WHICH WOULD HAVE HELPED A CONSIDERABLE NUMBER OF RON-CO!iHOi-MEALTH MEDICAL GRADUATES AT THAT TIME — AND COULD POSSIBLY HAVE BEEN EXTENDED FOR OTHERS Hi LATER YEARS.

+HOUEVER, KOU THAT IT SEEMS THAT THE MEDICAL ASSOCIATIONS AND THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG HIGHT EE WILLING TO TAKE A DIFFERENT STAND, THE GOVERNMENT IS PREPARED TO RECONSIDER THE PROBLEM.+

IN A REFERENCE TO OTHER POINTS BROUGHT UP BY HERDERS DURING THE DEBATE ON THE WHITE PAPER, DR. CHOA TOUCHED IN PARTICULAR ON THE SHORTFALL OF DOCTORS, NURSES, COMMUNITY NURSING, THE REHABILITATION SERVICE, ASSESSMENT OF THE PHYSICALLY Ai!D MENTALU HANDICAPPED, AND THE ACCIDENT AND AMBULANCE SERVICES.

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THE GREEN PAPER WHICH PRECEDED THE WHITE PAPER HAD STATED THAT A LOCAL SOURCE OF SUPPLY TO PRODUCE LT 1032 AN ADDITIONAL 100 DOCTORS ANNUALLY COULD EE NEEDED — 40 TO MEET Ti.'E SHORTFALL OF 1973-1982. ANOTHER 40 TO MEET THE HEEDS OF 1983-1992, AUD 20 FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

DR. CHOA RECALLED THAT THE PROBLEM OF THE SUPPLY OF DOCTORS HAD BEEN REFERRED TO, AND HAD BEEN CAREFULLY CONSIDERED BY, THE UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COH.'IITTEE. URO HAD F.ECOH.iEJDED A SECOND MEDICAL SCHOOL AT THE CHINESE DIVERSITY OF HONG KONG. THIS SCHOOL WOULD PROVIDE FACILITIES FOR TRAIN If:?, 100 ADDITIONAL DOCTORS EACH YEAR.

IN THEIR REPORT, THE UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE HAD EXPLAINED THAT STOP-CAP MEASURES, SUCH AS USING EXISTING HOSPITAL FACILITIES AND CONSTRUCTING ADDITIONAL BUILDINGS, WERE NOT PRACTICAL FOR VARIOUS REASONS, INCLUDING Ti.'E HEAVY EXPENDITURE INVOLVED AND THE DISRUPTION OF NORMAL SERVICES.

SIMILARLY, THE COMMITTEE HAD ALSO TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT THE

DIFFERENT ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS OF THE TWO UNIVERSITIES BEFORE IT HADE ITS RECOMMENDATIONS.

+FURTHERMORE, 1 HAVE PREVIOUSLY EXPLAINED TO THIS COUNCIL THAT TO APPRECIATE THE TRUE POSITION OF VACANCIES IN THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH OFFICER RANK, THE NUMSER OF LEAVE RESERVE POSTS MUST BE BORNE IN MIND.+ HE SAID.

+IT HAS BEEN CONTENDED THAT THE LONG QUEUES OUTSIDE THE GENERAL CLINICS AND THE CAMP BEDS IN THE MAJOR HOSPITALS REFLECT A SHORTAGE OF DOCTORS. I WOULD RATHER ATTRIBUTE THESE PHENOMENA TO THE INCREASE IN NUMBER OF PATIENTS OVER THE YEARS, AND THE PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS OF THE EXISTING HOSPITALS AND CLINICS TO COPE UITH THE INCREASE.+

AS REGARDS NURSES, DR. CHOA SAID IN CONNECTION WITH THE REGIONALISATION SCHEME PROPOSED IN THE WHITE PAPER, PLANS HAD BEEN DRAWN UP TO REORGANISE THE ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE OF BOTH THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH AND THE NURSING SERVICES.

+THE REORGANISATION IS MUCH MORE INVOLVED IN THE NURSING SERVICES, AND THE PROVISION OF A BETTER CAREER STRUCTURE FOR NURSING OFFICERS IN THE CLINICAL, EDUCATIONAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE STREAMS HAS BEEN TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT,+ HE TOLD THE COUNCIL.

+IN THIS LATTER RESPECT, OUR PLANS FOR THE EDUCATIONAL STREAM HAVE BEEN SUPPORTED BY A NURSING ADVISER CHISS MARGARET LAMED WHO RECENTLY VISITED HONG KONQ. IT IS MY INTENTION THAT HER REPORT SHOULD BE CIRCULATED TO INTERESTED CODIES FOR INFORMATION AND COMMENT.+

DR. CHOA REPEATED THAT IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE AT THIS TIME TO CONSIDER INAUGURATING A COMMUNITY NURSING SERVICE. THE REASONS WERE THAT EVEN IF THERE WERE A RESERVOIR OF RECRUITS, THERE WOULD REMAIN A SHORTAGE OF STAFF TO ADMINISTER IT, AND ALSO THE NURSE TUTORS TO GIVE THE NECESSARY TRAINING, CONSIDERING THAT SUCH A SERVICE SHOULD APPLY TO THE WHOLE OF HONG KONG-

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HE PROMISED THAT THE FEASIBILITY OF SUBSIDISING VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS TO PROVIDE SUCH A SERVICE IN INDIVIDUAL DISTRICTS WOULD BE REFERRED TO THE MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE AT ITS FIRST REVIEW OF THE WHITE PAPER NEXT YEAR.

ON THE ASSESSMENT OF THE PHYSICALLY AMD MENTALLY HANDICAPPED, HE SAID ALL THE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED HAD AGREED THAT THERE WAS A NEED FOR A FULL-TIME SERVICE FC.l SUCH ADULTS AND CHILDREN. A PLAN WAS UNDERWAY TO SET UP A FULL-TIME ASSESSMENT CLINIC IN THE ARRAN STREET CLINIC IN HONG KOK BY THE ADDITION OF ONE FLOOR TO THE EXISTING BUILDING*

ADVISE HAD BEEN GIVEN ON THE REHABILITATION OF THE PARAPLEGIC BY TWO EXPERTS, AND THEY HAD RECOMMENDED THE PROVISION OF SUCH A SERVICE IN THE DUCHESS OF KENT ORTHOPAEDIC HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN, AND THE KOWLOON AND GRANTHAM HOSPITAL FOR ADULTS.

DR. CHOA NOTED THAT THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES HAD ALREADY TOLD THE COUNCIL THAT A PROGRAMME PLAN WAS ALREADY IN HAND TO COVER THE WHOLE FIELD OF REHABILITATION SERVICES. THERE WOULD BE FULL CONSULATION WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF ALL INTERESTED BODIES AT THE APPROPRIATE STAGE.

IN A REFERENCE TO THE ACCIDENT SERVICE, HE TOLD THE COUNCIL THAT EVERY EFFORT WOULD BE MADE TO IMPROVE THE FACILITIES OF EXISTING CASUALTY DEPARTMENTS. A TWO-TIER ACCIDENT SERVICE WOULD BE INTRODUCED BY USING REGIONAL AND DISTRICT HOSPITALS AS DESIGNATED ACCIDENT CENTRES AND ACCIDENT CENTRES RESPECTIVELY.

IT WOULD NOT TAKE LONG, OR MUCH PREPARATION, TO IMPLEMENT THIS SYSTEM ONCE REGIONALISATION WAS COMPLETED. A PROGRAMME PLAN HAD NOW BEEN STARTED ON THE AMBULANCE SERVICE, AND THIS WOULD ENABLE THE DEPARTMENT TO ENSURE THAT THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ACCJDNNT AND AMBULANCE SERVICES WOULD GO FORWARD TOGETHER.

DR. CHOA ENDED ON A NOTE OF THANKS TO THE STAFF OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WHO HAD BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR PRODUCING THE WHITE PAPER.

HE EXPRESSED HIS GRATITUDE TO SIR ALBERT RODRIGUES, CHAIRMAN OF THE MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE, AND HIS COLLEAGUES, FOR THE REPORT ON WHICH THE WHITE PAPER HAD BEEN BASED.

HE WAS ALSO GRATEFUL TO PROFESSIONAL BODIES AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO HAD OFFERED THEIR VIEWS.

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UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY CAME OUT STRONGLY IN SUPPORT OF NON-COliMONUEALTH MEDICAL GRADUATES AND URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR THEM TO PRACTISE IN HONG KONG*

THE MANY NON-COMMONUEALTH MEDICAL GRADUATES IN HONG KONG PRESENTED A VALUABLE SOURCE OF EXPERTISE WHICH SHOULD BE TAPPED TO HELP OFFSET THE SHORTAGE OF DOCTORS, THEY FELT. THIS COULD BE DONE WITHOUT TOO MUCH OUTLAY ON THE GOVERNMENT’S PART.

EXPANDING ON THE SUBJECT DURING THE DEBATE ON THE MEDICAL WHITE PAPER, THE PRINCIPAL UNOFFICIAL SPEAKER, DR. THE HON. HARRY FANG, SUGGESTED THAT THE UNIVERSITY OF I'.OI.Q KONG COULD BE GIVEN A MANDATE TO HOLD EXTERNAL EXAMINATIONS LEADING TO A LICENTIATE IN MEDICINE AND SURGERY OF AN EQUIVALENT STANDARD TO THE M.B.B.S.

THE EXAMINATIONS, HE SUGGESTED, SHOULD BE HELD AT REGULAR INTERVALS, IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE, SO AS TO ENABLE ALL THOSE WHO CLAIM TO HAVE MEDICAL QUALIFICATIONS TO BECOME REGISTERED FOR PRACTICE IN HONG KONQ.

AS SOME OF THE NON-COMMONWEALTH GRADUATES MIGHT REQUIRE REFRESHER COURSES BEFORE SITTING FOR THE EXAMINATIONS, THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG SHOULD ALSO DE ASKED TO OFFER SUCH COURSES. IN THIS RESPECT, HE FELT THAT IT MIGHT BE FEASIBLE TO REQUIRE THOSE ATTENDING REFRESHER COURSES TO SIGN AN UNDERTAKING TO SERVE A MINIMUM NUMBER OF YEARS IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE UPON COMPLETION OF THEIR INTERSHIP. HOWEVER, THIS COULD DEPEND ON THE FINAL ARRANGEMENTS ARD THE METHOD OF FINANCING.

SINCE THE PROPOSED LICENTIATE IN MEDICINE AND SURGERY WOULD BE A LOCAL REGISTRATION ONLY, DR. FANG SAID THAT RECOGNITION BY THE GENERAL MEDICAL COUNCIL IN BRITAIN WOULD KOT DE NECESSARY.

THE SCHEME, HE ADDED, WAS KOT WITHOUT PRECEDENT ARD WAS IN FACT IN OPERATION IN OTHER SOUTHEAST ASIAN COUNTRIES.

DR. FANG SAID THE PROPOSED SCHEME WOULD NOT IMPOSE A FINANCIAL BURDEN ON THE GOVERNMENT AS IT WOULD DE LARGELY SELF-FINANCING EXPENDITURE WOULD BE RECOVERED DY WAY OF FEES.

A3 AN AS ANNOTHER STOP-GAP- MEASURE TO HELP EASE THE DOCTOR SHORTAGE, DR. FANG SAID THE SECOND MEDICAL SCHOOL AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY SHOULD BE STARTED AS A MATTER OF URGENCY AND SUGGESTED THAT STUDENTS BE TAKEN IN AT THE MATRICULATION LEVEL INSTEAD OF LOWER FORM.VI.

THIS WOULD NOT ONLY SAVE ONE YEAR, BUT ALSO REDUCE GOVERNMENT SPENDING, HE SAID.

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EVEN IF EVERYTHING WENT ACCORDING TO PLAN, HE SAID, THE FIRST BATCH OF STUDENTS FROM THE MEDICAL SCHOOL COULD NOT BE EXPECTED TO GRADUATE UNTIL 1984, +UE SIMPLY CANNOT WAIT THAT LONG.+ HE STRESSED.

AS ANOTHER STEP IN THE RACE AGAINST TIME, DR. FANG SUGGESTED THAT RATHER THAN WAITING FOR THE COMPLETION OF THE PROPOSED TEACHING HOSPITAL AT SHA TIM, PART OF THE FACILITIES OF THE PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL AT LAI CHI KOK - IS DUE FOR COMPLETION NEXT YEAR - COULD BE USED TO PROVIDE CLINICAL TRAINING FOR MEDICAL STUDENTS UNTIL THE SHA TIN TEACHING HOSPITAL WAS READY.

♦THIS WOULD SAVE AT LEAST THREE YEARS OF WAITING AND SHOULD ENSURE GRADUATES FROM THE SECOND MEDICAL SCHOOL WELL BEFORE 1984.+

TURNING TO NURSING, DR. FANG DISAGREED WITH THE PROPOSAL BY THE MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO RELAX THE MANDATORY REQUIREMENT OF TWO SCIENCE SUBJECTS FOR REGISTERED NURSE TRAINING. HE VIEWED THIS AS A ’’RETROGRADE” STEP WHICH SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN WITHOUT THE MOST CAREFUL CONSIDERATION OF THE CONSEQUENCES.

A SCIENCE BACKGROUND WAS AN IMPORTANT PREREQUISITE IF FIRST LEVEL NURSES WERE TO WORK SIDE BY SIDE WITH THE MEDICAL PRACTIONER TO PROVIDE A COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL AND NURSING SERVICE FOR THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, HE SAID, POINTING OUT THAT THEY MUST BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND, FOR INSTANCE, THE NORMAL BIOLOGICAL ACTIVITIES OF THE BODY AND THEIR EFFECTS.

DR. FANG ALSO STRESSED THAT WITH THE PROPOSED NEW TRAINING SCHOOL FOR NURSES, THERE MUST EE A CORRESPONDING INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF TUTORS AMD CLINICAL INSTRUCTORS CF UHICH THERE IS ALREADY A SHORTAGE.

HE FELT THAT OKE OF THE REASONS FOR THE SHORTAGE WAS THE LACK OF PROMOTION PROSPECTS FOR THOSE WHO DID HOT CHOOSE TO BECOME ADMINISTRATORS, AND SUGGESTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT CONSIDER TWO DISTINCT STREAMS FOR PROMOTION — ONE FOR THE ADMINISTRATORS AND THE OTHER FOR SPECIALIST NURSES. AT PRESENT, PROMOTION PROSPECTS ARE LIMITED TO ADMINISTRATIVE POSTS ONLY.

FK=.FANG SUPPORTED PROPOSALS FOP. A COMMUNITY NURSING SCHEME AND FOUND IT +HIQHLY REC.RETTABLE+ THAT THE GOVERNMENT FELT UNABLE TO INTRODUCE SUCH A SERVICE WITHIN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE, OSTENSIBLY BECAUSE OF STAFF SHORTAGE.

+1 FIND THIS SOMEWHAT DIFFICULT TO ACCEPT SINCE THERE IS A READY-MADE RESERVOIR OF EXPERTISE AVAILABLE FOR THIS PURPOSE,+ HE SAID.

HE WAS CONVINCED THAT SUCH A SCHEME WAS REALISTIC AND PRACTICAL IN HONG KONG'S CIRCUMSTANCES AND THAT IT WOULD HELP RELIEVE MUCH NEEDED HOSPITAL BEDS.

DR. FANG ALSO EXPRESSED DISAPPOINTMENT THAT THE WHITE PAPER GAVE LITTLE EMPHASIS TO THE NEED TO DEVELOP REHABILITATION SERVICES IN HONG KONG*

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♦REHABILITATION MUST BE CONSIDERED AN INTEGRAL PART OF MODERN MEDICAL SERVICES,* HE SAID. +MODERN MEDICINE AND SURGERY CAN DO UONDERS IN SAVING LIVES, BUT THEREAFTER PATIENTS MUST BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO RETURN TO NORMAL LIFE IF THEY ARE NOT TO BECOME AN IMPOSSIBLE DRAIN ON OUR RESOURCES.*

HE WELCOMED THE PROGRAMME PLAN BEING PREPARED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO IDENTIFY THE MANPOWER AND OTHER RESOURCES THAT WILL BE NEEDED TO DEVELOP CO-ORDINATED AND COMPREHENSIVE REHABILITATION SERVICES, BUT URGED THAT E! PHAS IS BE PLACED ON THE NEED TO TRAIN MORE PARA-MEDICAL STAFF, INCLUDING IN PARTICULAR PHYSIOTHERAPISTS, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS AND SPEECH THERAPISTS.

*IT IS STAGGERING,* HE SAID, +THAT WITH A POPULATION OF 4.20 MILLION, UE HAVE LESS THAN 20 OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS AND ONLY A HANDFUL OF SPEECH THERAPISTS.*

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HONG KONG COULD NOT RELY ON OVERSEAS RECRUITMENT SINCE DEMAND IS OUTSRIPPING SUPPLY EVERYWHERE, HE SAID, AND HE URGED THAT TOP PRIORITY BE GIVEN TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A TRAINING INSTITUTE, EITHER IN THE POLYTECHNIC OR UNDER THE WING OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

TURNING TO THE PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY HANDICAPPED, DR. FANG REMAINED CONVINCED OF THE NEED, IN ADDITION TO SPECIALISED ASSESSMENT CLINICS, FOR TWO CENTRAL COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT CENTRES - ONE IN HONG KONG AND THE OTHER IN KOWLOON - TO DE ESTABLISHED TO ASSESS THE RESIDUAL DECREE OF PHYSICAL AND MENTAL ABILITIES IN BOTH HANDICAPPED CHILDREN AMD ADULTS.

+SUCH FACILITIES ARE ESSENTIAL FOR THE PURPOSE OF ESTABLISHING WHAT EDUCATIONAL AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING IS NEEDED FOR AN INDIVIDUAL PATIENT, SO THAT OPTIMUM USE HAY BE HADE OF AVAILABLE RESOURCES.+

FACILITIES FOR THE PARAPLEGICS WERE ALSO WANTING, HE WENT ON. AT PRESENT THERE IS ONLY ONE SUCH CENTRE AT THE KOWLOON HOSPITAL FOR PEOPLE WHO BECOME PARALYSED AS A RESULT OF SPINAL CORD INJURY OR DISEASES. DR. FAHG URC.ED THAT PLANS BE MADE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF ANOTHER PARAPLEGIC CENTRE TO CATER FOR SUCH PATIENTS ON HONG KONG ISLAND, SAYING +AT THE PRESENT MOMENT, THESE PATIENTS ARE TAKING UP VALUABLE ACUTE BEDS IN THE QUEEN MARY HOSPITAL, WHILST THE KOWLOON PARAPLEGIC CENTRE HAS A VERY LONG WAITING L1ST.+

FINALLY, DR. FANG WELCOMED THE GOVERNMENT'S INTENTION TO REVIEW THE MANNER lil WHICH CERTAIN ASSISTED HOSPITALS ARE AT PRESENT SUJVcNTED, AND RECOMMENDED THAT THE REVIEW BE EXTENDED TO INCLUDE ALL ASSISTED HOSPITALS.

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+IT IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY CLEAR THAT THOSE HOSPITALS AT PRESENT SUBVERTED ON A DISCRETIONARY BASIS ARE FINDING IT VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO RETAIN THEIR STAFF IN THE LIGHT OF THE SALARY INCREASES GIVEN TO GOVERNMENT STAFF.

+THE PROFESSIONAL WORKERS IN THESE VOLUNTARY INSTITUTES HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO EXPECT SIMILAR INCREASES FOR EQUAL UORK, AND UNLESS THEY GET THEM, CAN BE EXPECTED TO LEAVE.+

HE STRESSED THAT THE ADMINISTRATORS OF THESE HOSPITALS FACED A CRITICAL AND VERY REAL PROBLEM AND SOKE MAY SOON BE FORCED TO CLOSE DOWN OR CURTAIL THEIR SERVICES TO THE DETRIMENT OF THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE.

REFERRING TO THE BOARD WHICH WILL BE REVIEWING THE PROGRESS OF THE MEDICAL PROGRAMME IN THE LIGHT OF CHANGING, CIRCUMSTANCES, DR. FANG URGED THAT IT MAKE FULL USE OF AVAILABLE EXPECTS AMONG PROFESSIONAL BODIES IN HONG KONG TO ENSURE THAT THE FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS WOULD EE COMPREHENSIVE.

. HE DESCRIBED THE MEDICAL WHITE PAPER AS A MILESTONE .IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES IN HONG KONG AND CONGRATULATED THE MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON THEIR PAINSTAKING EFFORTS.

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BETTER MEDICAL DEAL URGED FOR-’FORGOTTEN’ MIDDLE CLASS * X X- It M- *

THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL,

DR. THE HON. CHUNG SZE-YUEN, TODAY CALLED FOR A BETTER DEAL FOR . ’

+THE FORGOTTEN MIDDLE CLASS+ WHO, HE SAID, WERE NOT CATERED F IN THE MEDICAL WHITE PAPER.

+WITH THE EMERGENCE OF AN INCREASING MIDDLE CLASS IN THE COMMUNITY OF HONG KONG, THERE ARE RISING NUMBERS OF PATIENTS WHO WANT A BETTER SERVICE THAN THE THIRD CLASS IN GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS,-* HE SAID.

IN HIS OPINION, THE GAP IN CHARGES BETWEEN THE THIRD AND SECOND CLASS WARDS OF GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS WAS ALREADY TOO GREAT, +AND THERE ARE RUMOURS THAT THIS GAP WOULD BE FURTHER WIDENED.+

THIRD CLASS PATIENTS, HE NOTED, RECEIVED COMPLETELY FfiEE MEDICAL TREATMENT AND PAID ONLY A FEU DOLLARS A DAY FOR FOOD, WHEREAS FIRST AND SECOND CLASS PATIENTS HAD TO PAY A DAILY SUBSISTENCE AS WELL AS FEES FOR EXAMINATIONS, TESTS AND OPERATIONS — UNLESS THEY WERE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.

+1N ADDITION, IT IS GENERALLY KNOWN THAT THE PROVISION OF SECOND CPASS BEDS IN GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS IS VERY INADEQUATE AND, UNLESS ONE IS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE, IT IS VERY DIFFICULT — IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE — TO GAIN ADMISSION FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT.+

DR. CHUNG POINTED OUT THAT MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE +ARE NOT ONLY TAXPAYERS BUT ALSO FAST BECOMING THE BACKBONE OF OUR SOCIETY.+

TURNING TO THE TRAINING OF ADDITIONAL DOCTORS, DR. CHUNG WELCOMED THE DECISION TO SITE THE NEW MEDICAL SCHOOL AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY. -

WHILE HE DID NOT DISAGREE THAT THE MEDICAL SCHOOL SHOULD

BE OPEN TO CANDIDATES FROM BOTH CHINESE MIDDLE SCHOOLS AND ANGLO-' CHINESE SCHOOLS, HE REGARDED THE PROPOSAL ON ADMISSION PUT FORWARD BY THE UNIVERSITY POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE +RATHER UNDESIRABLE-* FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS.

THE U.P.G.C. HAD PROPOSED THAT ADMISSION TO THE

MEDICAL SCHOOL SHOULD BE CHOSEN FROM THOSE UHO HAD SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE FIRST YEAR AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY. AS A RESULT, ENTRANTS TO THE MEDICAL SCHOOL WOULD CONSIST PARTLY OF STUDENTS FROM THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY FIRST YEAR AND PARTLY OF STUDENTS ENTERING FROM OUTS! THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY WHO HAD PASSED THE APPROPRIATE +A+ LEVEL EXAMINATIONS.

ALTHOUGH A MEDICAL ADMISSIONS COMMITTEE HAD BEEN SUGGESTED TO AVOID FAVOURITISM TO INTERNAL CANDIDATES, DR. CHUNG SAID HE STILL ANTICIPATED DIFFICULTIES.

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ANOTHER IMPORTANT ASPECT OF THE MIXED ADMISSION PROCESS WAS THE +EXTRAVAGANT USE OF PUBLIC FUNDS,+ HE SAID, POINTING OUT THAT THE COST PER STUDENT A YEAR BETWEEN THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY AND THE CHINESE MIDDLE SCHOOLS WAS $22,000 AS AGAINST $4,000 — A RATIO OF MORE THAN FIVE TO ONE.

IN VIEW OF THE REPEATED CONCERN EXPRESSED IN PUBLIC BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY ON THE FAST AND VAST INCREASE IN GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE, DR. CHUNG SUGGESTED THAT CONSIDERATION SHOULD BE GIVEN TO ESTABLISH UPPER FORM 6 CLASS IN CHINESE MIDDLE SCHOOLS SO THAT ADMISSION COULD BE CONFINED TO ONLY EXTERNAL. CANDIDATES.

ON A WIDER BASIS, HE FELT THAT IT WAS TIME FOR THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY TO RECONSIDER ITS FOUR-YEAR SYSTEM WITH A VIEW TO CHANGING IT TO THE MOVE ECONOMICAL THREE-YEAR SYSTEM AS PRACTISED IN THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

+ SINCE GRADUATES OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL SCHOOL SHOULD BE AND WOULD BE RECOGNISED BY THE BRITISH GENERAL MEDICAL COUNCIL AS EXPECTED, IT IS PRESUMED THAT THE MEDICAL CURRICULUM AND THE TEACHING LANGUAGE WOULD BE ALMOST IDENTICAL FOR BOTH THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

+IT IS THEREFORE DESIRABLE FOR REASONS OF FAIRNESS, EFFECTIVENESS AND EFFICIENCY THAT THERE SHOULD BE COMMON MATRICULATION EXAMINATIONS FOR BOTH UNIVERSITIES IN HONG KONG.+ HE SAID.

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THE HON. LI FOOK-WO TODAY SUGGESTED THAT,:AS A TEMPORARY MEASURE TO EASE THE SHORTAGE OF DOCTORS AND NURSES IN HONG KONG, NEW MEDICAL GRADUATES SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO SERVE IN GOVERNMENT MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS BEFORE HOVING INTO PRIVATE PRACTICE.

+IN VIEW OF THE HEAVY GOVERNMENT SUBSIDY FOR TRAINING OF MEDICAL STUDENTS,+ HE SAID, +i FEEL THAT IT WOULD BE QUITE REASONABLE FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO HAKE IT MANDATORY FOR' ALL NEW GRADUATES TO SERVE GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS AND CLINICS FOR A CERTAIN NUMBER OF YEARS BEFORE MOVING INTO PRIVATE PRACTICE.+

MR. LI POINTED OUT THAT THIS WAS NOT WITHOUT PRECEDENT SINCE IN SOME COUNTRIES PRIVATE PRACTITIONERS AND SPECIALISTS ARE ASKED TO WORK PART-TIME IN GOVERNMENT CLINICS AT APPROPRIATE GOVERNMENT SALARIES OR NOMINAL REMUNERATION.

+PERHAPS, IF APPEALED TO, THERE WOULD EVEN BE GREATER RESPONSE TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY FREE OF CHARGE,* HE SAID DURING THE DEBATE ON THE MEDICAL UNITE PAPER.

MR. LI ENDORSED THE REGIONALISATION CONCEPT IN THE WHITE PAPER AND DESCRIBED ITS APPROACH AS +REASONABLE AND REALISTIC.*

+THE SCHEME IS ALSO FLEXIBLE IN THAT IT IS PLANNING FOR THE BASICS TO BE COMPLETED BY 1984 AND LEAVING THE REMAINING ESSENTIALS FOR A LATER STAGE,+ HE NOTED.

HOWEVER, MR. LI EXPRESSED DISAPPOINTMENT OVER THE FACT THAT THE RATIO OF 5.5 BEDS PER 1,000 POPULATION AS RECOMMENDED BY THE MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE WOULD NOT BE ACHIEVED BY 1982. THIS FIGURE. HE NOTED, WAS ACCEPTED BY THE GOVERNMENT AS A DESIRABLE ONE FOR LONG-TERM PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY.

HE HOPED THAT THIS RATIO COULD BE ACHIEVED SOONER BY UTILISING EVERY AVAILABLE BED IN GOVERNMENT AND GOVERNMENT-ASSISTED HOSPITALS UMILE NEU HOSPITALS UERE BEING BUILT.

MR. LI NOTED THAT WHILE THERE WAS A GREAT DEAL OF OVERCROWDING IN GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS, THE OCCUPANCY RATES IN MOST GOVERNMENT-ASSISTED HOSPITALS UERE +LOUER THAN DESIRABLE,* AND HE URGED THAT A THOROUGH STUDY BE HADE WITH A VIEW TO ENABLING A HORE EVEN USE OF AVAILABLE BEDS.

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ON GOVERNMENT SUBVENTION TO ASSISTED HOSPITALS, MR. LI SAID THAT WHEN THE RECOGNISED HOSPITALS UERE STANDARDISED AS TO SERVICES AND CHARGES, IT MIGHT EE FEASIBLE TO SUBVENT ALL THOSE GOVERNMENT-ASSISTED HOSPITALS OF RECOGNISED AND ACCEPTABLE STANDARDS ON THE BASIS OF DEFICIENCY GRANTS.

+1N THIS WAY, ALL EMPLOYEES OF THESE HOSPITALS WILL NATURALLY RECEIVE EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL SERVICES RENDERED AND THE PROBLEM OF DISPARITY IN THE STANDARD AND QUALITY OF SERVICE SHOULD BECOME NON-EXISTENT,* HE SAID.

MR. LI SUPPORTED THE GOVERNMENT'S PROPOSAL FOR FREE MEDICAL TREATEHENT FOR THIRD CLASS PATIENTS, BUT WITH A UNIFORM FEE FOR SUBSISTENCE AND A SPECIAL REMISSION SCHEME IN CASE OF NEED.

HE FELT THAT A SMALL FEE, HOWEVER SMALL, +ADDS VALUE TO SERVICES RECEIVED AND GIVES AN OTHERWISE CHARITABLE PATIENT SOME PRIDE BY REMOVING THE STIGMA, OF BEING A FREE PATIENT.+

MR. LI DEPLORED THE +RATHER ARROGANT AND SUPERIOR ATTITUDE* DISPLAYED BY SOME GOVERNMENT MEDICAL STAFF TOWARDS PATIENTS, AND HOPED THAT CONTINUED EDUCATION COURSES WOULD IMPROVE THE SITUATION.

TURNING TO ALLEGATION OF TIPS SQUEEZED OUT OF PATIENTS BY MENIAL STAFF FOR SERVICES RENDERED, MR. LI CALLED FOR A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION AND IMMEDIATE REMEDIAL STEPS.

IT WAS ESSENTIAL, HE STRESSED, THAT BOTH QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE IMPROVEMENT OF MEDICAL SERVICES AND PERSONNEL MUST BE AIMED AT.

ON THE GOVERNMENT'S SUBSTANTIAL PARTICIPATION IN FAMILY PLANNING AND TREATMENT OF DRUG ADDICTION, MR. LI HOPED THAT THERE WOULD BE INCREASED GOVERNMENT LIAISON WITH THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES CONCERNED IN BOTH FIELDS FOR THE PURPOSE OF MUTUAL BENEFIT AND SUCCESSFUL ACHIEVEMENT.

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A COMMUNITY NURSING SERVICE WHICH, IN EFFECT, WOULD EXTEND HOSPITAL SERVICE TO THE HOME AND FREE MORE HOSPITAL BEDS FOR URGENT CASES, WAS PROPOSED TODAY BY THE HON. MISS KO SIU-WAH.

EXPERIENCE FROM SOME SMALL EXPERIMENTS CONDUCTED IN HONG KONG, SHE TOLD COUNCIL, SHOWED THAT SUCH A SERVICE WAS NOT ONLY FEASIBLE BUT WAS WELCOMED BY CUSTOMERS, ESPECIALLY LN CARING FOR BABIES AND THE AQED.

NOTING THAT THERE MIGHT BE PROBLEMS IN EXPANDING THE PROGRAMME ON A COLONY-WIDE BASIS DUE TO LACK OF FUNDS AND QUALIFIED NURSES, MISS KO SUGGESTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONSIDER +SUBSTANT1AL SUBSIDY+ TO PRIVATE HOSPITALS OR VOLUNTARY AGENCIES CAPABLE OF STARTING PILOT SCHEMES IN THEIR DISTRICTS. BUT THE ULTIMATE AIM SHOULD BE TO HAVE A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMME.

♦THROUGH COMMUNITY NURSING SERV ICE,+ MISS KO SAID, +PATIENTS COULD BE ENCOURAGED, WITH THE HELP OF THEIR FAMILIES, TO CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR OWN REHAB IL ITATION. RELAPSE OF ILLNESS COULD BE PREVENTED BY PROVIDING NURSING CARE AND HEALTH EDUCATION TO PATIENTS WITHIN THEIR OWN HOMES.

+AT THE SAME TIME THE FAMILY COULD BE EDUCATED IN PREVENTIVE SELF-CARE, THUS POSSIBLY AVOIDING THE NECESSITY OF HOSP ITALISAT1ON.+

THROUGH SUCH A SERVICE, MISS KO WENT ON, PATIENTS WOULD ALSO BE ABLE TO RETURN HOME SOON AFTER INTENSIVE MEDICAL TREATMENT, AND THIS WOULD LEAD TO AN ECONOMY ill THE USE OF HOSPITAL BEDS.

+HOME NURSING CARE COULD ALSO BE PROVIDED FOR PATIENTS WHOSE ' GENERAL CONDITION IS UNSUITABLE FOR OUT-PATIENT ATTENDANCE, THUS RELIEVING. OVERCROWDED OUT-PATIENT DEPARTMENTS AS UELL,+ SHE SAID.

MISS KO NOTED THAT DUE TO THE INCREASE OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICE AND HOSPITAL BEDS, THERE WOULD BE A GREAT DEMAND FOR HORE MEDICAL SOCIAL WORKERS, AND SHE HOPED THAT IN-SERVICE TRAINING FOR MEDICAL SOCIAL WORKERS WOULD DE PROVIDED FOR ALL THOSE SERVING IN PRIVATE HOSPITALS IN THE FUTURE.

THE TIME HAD ALSO COME, SHE ADDED, FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF A POPULATION POLICY FOR HONG KONG SINCE POPULATION GROWTH WAS CONSIDERED THE GREATEST DANGER TO SOCIAL PROCESS AND DEVELOPMENT/ INCLUDING MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES.

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CALL FOR HORE POSITIVE APPROACH TO EMERGENCY SERVICE * * * * *

THE HON. FRANCIS TIEN TODAY CALLED FOR A MORE POSITIVE APPROACH IN THE PROVISION OF MEDICAL SERVICE IN EMERGENCY CASES, PARTICULARLY IN RESPECT OF INDUSTRIAL WORKERS.

+WITH THE HIGH COST THAT WE WILL HAVE TO MEET IN ORDER TO PROVIDE BETTER AND MORE ADEQUATE MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES. IT IS THOUGHT THAT THE INTERESTS OF THE INDUSTRIAL WORKERS DESERVE MORE ATTENTION.+ HE SAID.

SPEAKING DURING THE DEBATE ON THE MEDICAL WHITE PAPER, MR. TIEN NOTED THAT OCCUPATIONAL AND INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS AMOUNTED TO 30,000 A YEAR, AND A SUBSTANTIAL PROPORTION OF THIS MUST HAVE OCCURRED IN INDUSTRIES.

HE DESCRIBED THE EXISTING WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION-.SCHEME AS +A WEAK REMEDY+ AS NO AMOUNT OF MONEY COULD RECOMPENSE THE PHYSICAL SUFFERINGS OF THE RECIPIENTS.

+ONCE AN ACCIDENT HAPPENS, THE VICTIMS ARE HELPLESS AND THE HOPE OF SURVIVING OR BEING SPARED DISABLEMENT IS PINNED ON • THE MEDICAL TREATMENT THAT IS GIVEN IN THE PRECIOUS EARLY MOMENT,+ HE SAID, EMPHASISING THAT HIGH PRIORITY SHOULD BE GIVEN TO THE PROVISION OF AN ADEQUATE AND EFFICIENT ACCIDENT SERVICE SUPPORTEE BY AN ADEQUATE AND WELL-TRAINED AMBULANCE SERVICE. THE COST OF THIS, HE FELT, WOULD NOT REACH ANY SIGNIFICANT PROPORTION IN THE OVERALL PROJECT.

WHILE THE WHITE PAPER RECOGNIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF EXPANDING THE INDUSTRIAL HEALTH SERVICE TO A FULL OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE, HE SAID, IT APPEARED TO BE LESS PRECISE IN REGARD TO THE CLINICAL ASPECT IN ITS MEASURES TO IMPROVE THE CASUALTY AND ACCIDENT SERVICE.

+1T WOULD HAVE GIVEN US SOME REAL CONSOLATION IF THE WHITE PAPER COULD BE MORE POSITIVE IN ITS APPROACH TO EMERGENCY SERVICE — FROM AMBULANCE TO EMERGENCY TREATMENT.+

MR. TIEN FELT THAT THE AMBULANCE SERVICE, NOU UNDER THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, COULD BE BROUGHT WITHIN THE PURVIEW OF THE WHITE PAPER TO OBTAIN CO-ORDINATED PROGRESS OF AN ENHANCED MEDICAL SERVICE.

SOME REFERENCE WAS MADE TO THE POSSIBLE RE-ORQANISATION OF THE CASUALTY AND ACCIDENT SERVICE, HE NOTED, BUT THIS IN ITSELF WOULD DEPEND ON THE OUTCOME OF DETAILED INVESTIGATIONS WHICH HAD YET TO BE LAUNCHED UNTIL THE PROPOSED INTEGRATED HOSPITAL STRUCTURE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED.

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AS A PROGRESSIVE INDUSTRIAL CITY, HONG KONG SHOULD AIM TO HAVE HOSPITAL FACILITIES AND SERVICES THAT ARE SECOND TO NONE IN THIS PART OF THE WORLD, THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, SAID TODAY.

SPEAKING DURING THE DEBATE ON THE MEDICAL WHITE PAPER, HE SAID THE OBJECTIVE TO BUILD NEW HOSPITALS AND CLINICS TO MEET EXPECTED POPULATION GROWTH WAS A LAUDABLE ONE, BUT HE COULD NOT HELP FEELING THAT THE ASSUMED 1982 POPULATION OF 4.96 MILLION, ON WHICH PLANNING IS BASED, WAS ON THE LOU SIDE. THE WHITE PAPER HAS PROJECTED AN INCREASE IN THE RATIO OF BEDS FROM 4.25 BEDS PER 1,000 POPULATION IN 1972 TO 5*5 BEDS WHEN THE EAST KOWLOON HOSPITAL IS BUILT.

MR. CHEONG-LEEN ALSO FELT THAT THE PROPOSALS FOR SIX NEW POLYCLINICS, SIX ADDITIONAL GENERAL CLINICS AND THE REPROVISIONING OF FOUR EXISTING CLINICS, WOULD PROBABLY ALSO 1’FALL SHORT OF THE MARK IN PROVIDING REASONABLY ADEQUATE CLINIC FACILITIES,’’ ESPECIALLY IF THE REGIONAL APPROACH WAS TO BE ADOPTED AND A STANDARD URBAN CLINIC WAS TO BE ESTABLISHED FOR EVERY 100,000 OF URBAN POPULATION.

+THE BUILDING OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF CLINICS MUST PROCEED WITH UTMOST SPEED,+ HE STRESSED, +AND EXISTING CLINIC FACILITIES BE IMPROVED CONTINUOUSLY SO THAT THEY ARE PUT TO MAXIMUM USE TO REDUCE QUEUING CONGESTION AND LONG WAITING HOURS.+

HE WELCOMED THE GOVERNMENT'S DECISION TO ESTABLISH A SECOND MEDICAL SCHOOL AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY AND A DENTAL SCHOOL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, BUT REGRETTED THAT THE SERVICES OF SEVERAL HUNDRED NON-COMMONWEALTH MEDICAL GRADUATES WERE NOT PUT TO GOOD USE IN HONG KONG.

CALLING FOR A LONG HARD LOOK AT THE PROBLEM, MR. CHEONG-LEEN SAID: +IT DOES SEEM TO BE AN ANOMALY THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD ALLOW CHINESE HERBALISTS AND ACUPUNCTURISTS TO PRACTI E THE IF? HEALING ART WITHOUT ANY RESTRICTION WHATSOEVER, WHILE NON-COMMONWEATH MEDICAL GRADUATES WITH FIVE TO SEVEN YEARS’ TRAINING OR HORE ARE NOT PERMITTED TO PRACTISE IN HONG KONQ.+

HR. CHEONG-LEEN ALSO URGED NON-COMMONUEALTH DOCTORS TO EXERCISE DIGNITY AND RESTRAINT WHILE SEEKING A SOLUTION TO THEIR PROBLEM.

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MODERNISATION OF AMBULANCE SERVICE URGED X X X X X X

THE AMBULANCE SERVICE SHOULD BE MODERNISED AS A MATTER . OF URGENCY WITH UP-TO-DATE ORGANISATION AND EQUIPMENT, THE HON. ROGER LOBO SAID TODAY.

+WE HOPE THAT IT WILL BE POSSIBLE TO STATION IN EACH AMBULANCE PARA-MEDICAL STAFF WITH A HIGHER DEGREE OF MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE THAN EXISTING CREUS AND TO INTRODUCE A SYSTEM OF SHORT-WAVE TWO-WAY COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE AMBULANCES AND REGIONAL HOSPITALS SO THAT CASUALTIES COULD BE BETTER ATTENDED TO EN ROUTE UNDER EXPERT INSTRUCTION,+ HE SAID DURING THE DEBATE ON THE MEDICAL WHITE PAPER.

THIS, HE ADDED, WOULD ENABLE THE RECEIVING CENTRES TO BE MADE AWARE IN ADVANCE OF THE DETAILS OF INCOMING CASES, AND’FAC IL I TATE PREPARATIONS FOR THEIR RECEPTION AND FOR NECESSARY EMERGENCY ACTION.

MR. LOBO TOLD COUNCIL HE WAS NOT CRITICISING THE GOOD WORK OF PRESENT AMBULANCE CREWS.

+HOWEVER, SINCE THERE ARE NOW OVER 125,000 PATIENTS CARRIED EACH YEAR — ABOUT ONE EVERY FOUR MINUTES — ONE MUST CERTAINLY SEE THAT THERE IS JUSTIFICATION FOR IMPROVING IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE THE STANDARDS OF A SERVICE WHICH IS VITAL AND WHICH. IS INDEED A HATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH.+

MR. LOBO SAID HE AND HIS UNOFFICIAL COLLEAGUES IN PRINCIPLE ACCEPTED THE WHITE PAPER ON FURTHER MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT AND WELCOMED THE MAJOR STEPS FORWARD PROVIDED IN IT. THEY ALSO WELCOMED THE ASSURANCE THAT THE WHITE PAPER WOULD BE SUBJECT TO ANNUAL REVIEW IN THE LIGHT OF CHANGING HEEDS AND CIRCUMSTANCES.

THE UNOFFICIALS, HE SAID, APPRECIATED THAT THE FINANCIAL IMPLICATION WAS THE PRIMARY FACTOR GOVERNING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS MASSIVE PROGRAMME.

* HE POINTED OUT, HOWEVER, THAT WHILE IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE TO ACHIEVE ALL OUR NEEDS AT ONCE, THE QUESTION COULD NOT ONLY BE LOOKED AT IN TERMS OF COST — ESTIMATED AT TODAY'S PRICES AT $690 MILLION CAPITAL EXPEND1URE AND $800 MILLION RECURRENT EXPENDITURE FOR PHASE ORE.

+WHAT IS PROPOSED IN.THE WHITE PAPER IS A MAJOR ADVANCE, AND THERE CAN BE NO DOUBT THAT THE HONEY RUST BE FOUND FOR IT,+ HE STRESSED.

IN PASSING, MR. LOBO PAID WARM TRIBUTE TO THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT FOR ITS ACHIEVEMENTS DESPITE HEAVY ODDS. IN PARTICULAR, THE DEPARTMENT HAD -BEEN H I-GHLY -SUCGESSEUL. IN ERADICATING TUBERCULOSIS AND IN MAINTAINING A HIGH DEGREE OF FREEDOM FROM COMMUNICABLE DISEASES.

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TOWN PLANNING POLICY CRITICISED » II » » » » ,

THE HON. JANES WU TODAY CALLED FOR AN EARLY ENACTMENT OF NEW LEGISLATION TO CORRECT AN +1IJEQUI TABLE SITUATION* ARISING FROM +INJURIOUS AFFECTION OF PROPERTIES DY DEVELOPMENT SCHEMS AND OF FAILURE BY THE GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE COMPENSATION.+

HE STRESSED THAT THIS WAS A HATTER CF CREAT URGENCY AND +A HOST IMPORTANT MATTER OF PRINCIPLE,+ UHICH APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN OVERLOOKED IN FORMULATING DEVELOPMENT SCHEMES IN THE PAST.

♦EQUALLY IT APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN OVERLOOKED IN SOME RESPECTS IN GOING AHEAD WITH THE HASS TRANSIT SCHEME,* HE SAID.

MR. WU POINTED OUT THAT THE COMMUNITY COULD SUPPORT DEVELOPMENT SCHEMES PLANKED FOR SLUM CLEARANCE, OR THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY OR RECREATIONAL PURPOSES.

♦BUT THERE IS A COROLLARY TO THIS. IF DURING THE PROCESS OF DEVELOPMENT THE RIGHTS OF PROPERTY OU.’IERS ARE AFFECTED CLEARLY THEY MUST RECEIVE ADEQUATE COMPENSATION.*

APART FROM DEALING WITH THE DIFFICULTIES AND HARDSHIP EXPERIENCB BY MANY PROPERTY C'JKERS, HE ALSO TOUCHED ON VARIOUS PROBLEMS THAT PRIVATE DEVELOPERS FACED.

HR. WU WAS SPEAKING DURING THE RESUMED DEDATE ON TOE TOWN PLANNING (AMENDMENT ARD VALIDATION) BILL WHICH WAS PASSED WITH SEVERAL AMENDMENTS.

THE BILL AIMED AT REMOVING ORDINANCE UHICH AROSE FOLLOWING YEAR. THE JUDGMENT DROUGHT INTO AND APPROVED TOWN PLANS.

UNCERTAINTY OVER THE PRINCIPAL A COURT JUDGMENT IN JUNE THIS D0U3T THE VALIDITY CF ALL DRAFT

THE AMENDMENTS TO THE DILL WERE AGREED BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND AN AD HOC GROUP OF UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS.

UNDER ONE AMENDMENT, TOE BILL WILL HAVE KO EFFECT ON THE RIGHT OF ANY PERSON CHOSE PLANS HAVE ALREADY BEEN APPROVED.

OTHER AMENDMENTS PROVIDE FOR A RIGHT OF APPEAL FROM THE TOWN PLANNING COARD TO A HIGHER TRIBUNAL, AND THAT THE DIAGRAMS, ILLUSTRATIONS, NOTES OR DESCRIPTIVE MATTERS ON PLANS UHICH UILL BE VALIDATED DY THE DILL ARE LIMITED TO THOSE UHICH WERE ORIGINALLY APPROVED BY THE TOUN PLANNING COARD.

COMMENTING ON THE DILL, RR. UU SAID UMILE THERE APPEARED TO BE KO ALTERNATIVE CUT TO PASS TOE LEGISLATION IT UAS A HATTER OF CREAT CONCERN TO THE COMMUNITY THAT THERE UAS NO PROVISION FOR AH APPEAL BEYOND THE TOUN PLANNING COAP.D ITSELF ARD FOR COMPENSATION AS IN THE CASE OF SIMILAR LEGISLATION IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

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♦ANOTHER POINT IS THAT THE TOWN PLANNING ORDINANCE MAKES NO PROVISION FOR COMPENSATION FOR FROZEN PROPERTIES — THAT IS TO SAY, THOSE PROPERTIES WHICH BECAUSE OF OUTLINE ZONING PLANS CANNOT BE DEVELOPED.+

HE POINTED OUT THAT FOLLOWING THE PUBLICATION OF SUCH PLANS FOR VANCHAI AND YAU MA TEI, THE UHELCO OFFICE RECEIVED SEVERAL COMPLAINTS FROM PEOPLE WHOSE PROPERTIES WERE AFFECTED III THIS WAY.

THEIR OBJECTIONS WERE DISMISSED AMD THEIR OFFERS TO SELL THEIR PROPERTIES WERE TURNED DOUN. CONSEQUENTLY, THEY COULD NEITHER REDEVELOP THEIR PROPERTIES NOR SELL THEM, RESULTING IN SUBSTANTIAL FINANCIAL LOSS.

♦SINCE THIS SITUATION IS CLEARLY KOST INEQUITABLE UHELCO TOOK UP WITH GOVERNMENT THE QUESTION OF ACQUISITION BY THE CROWN AND PAYMENT OF COMPENSATION TO THE PEDSOMS COLCERKZD, SUGGESTING THAT IT SHOULD BE COMPULSORY IN SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES, SMCULD THE PROPERTY OWNER SO WISH, FOR THE CROUN TO PURCHASE THE PROPERTY WITHOUT WAITING UNTIL IT BECAME NECESSARY TO RESUME THE LAND IN ORDER TO IMPLEMENT THE PARTICULAR PROJECT AFFECTING THE PROPERTY.

♦THE POINT OF PRINCIPLE WAS ACCEPTED BY GOVERNMENT AND UHELCO WERE INFORMED FUNDS WOULD EE PROVIDED FOR THE PURCHASE OF SUCH PROPERTIES, AN ASSURANCE WAS GIVEN THAT OWNERS OF SUCH PROPERTIES COULD APPROACH THE DIRECTOR OF LAI DS AND SURVEY TO OFFER THEIR PROPERTY FOR SALE AT ANY T1KE.+

HOWEVER, HR. WU SAID THE GOVERNMENT SEEMED TO HAVE GONE BACK ON THIS UNDERTAKING,

* COMMENTING ON THE HIGH RENTAL FOR BUSINESS AMD DOMESTIC PREMISES PARTICULARLY ON THE ISLAND, IK. WU SAID: +RENTALS FOR OFFICE SPACE HAVE NOW REACHED $10 PER SQ.FT. PER MONTH IH THE CENTRAL AREA, HIGHER THAN EVEN IN TOKYO AMD NEU YORK, AID JUSTIFYING THE REDE VELOPKENT OF A HIGH-RISE BLOCK LESS THAN 20 YEARS OLD.

♦DOMESTIC PREMISES ARE COSTING A MINIMUM OF $25O-$3OO PER

' -SQ.FT. TO PURCHASE, OR $2-50 TO $3.50 PER SQ.FT. PER MONTH TO RENT SO THAT A FAMILY OF FOUR OR FIVE LIV IRQ IN A FLAT OP 350-400 SQ.FT.

' WOULD HAVE TO PAY ABOUT $1,000 PER.MONTH, A RATE THE FAMILY CAN HARDLY AFFORD IF THE INCOME IS BELOW $3,000 PER MONTH.+

BUILDING RESTRICTION, HE SAID, HAD HADE PERMANENTLY INACCESSIBLE OR HAVE TEMPORARILY FROZEN HUGE AREAS OF AVAILABLE LAND WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE BE AVAILABLE FOR DEVELOPMENT TO HELP EASE THE ACUTE LAND SHORTAGE. HE QUOTED AS EXAMPLES THE RESTRICTIONS ON THE POKFULAM AND MID-LEVELS AREAS. - ’?»

+YET AQAIN, THERE HAVE BEEN EXAMPLES OF OVER-1 DEAL I ST IC TOWN PLANNING SUCH AS THE DRAFT TOWN PLAN OF THE PEAK AREA PERMITTING DEVELOPMENT TO A PLOT RATIO OF OHLY 0<5, AND THE RESERVATION OF • THE 100—ACRE WANCHAI RECLAMATION TO MAINLY GOVERNMENT AND INSTITUTIONAL USE.

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+SUCH PLANNING CAN ONLY AGGRAVATE THE SITUATION, INASHHUCH AS PEOPLE WOULD STILL LIKE TO LIVE NEAR THEIR WORK TO AVOID INADEQUATE AND DIFFICULT TRAFFIC CONDITIONS,* HE SAID.

HR. UU CONTINUED THAT ANOTHER SERIOUS INHIBITION TO PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT WAS THE ^UNREASONABLE REQUIREMENT* OF CAR PARKS.

IN THE LOTS OF ZONE 11 (SUBURBAN AREA) CROUM LAND PUT OUT FOR AUCTION WITHIN THE PAST EIGHT MONTHS, TELT-J WAS A PROVISION IN THE CONDITIONS CF SALE TO PROVIDE CAR PARKING AT THE RATE OF 1.5 CAR-PARK PER FLAT.

BUT HE SAID IT WOULD BE TOO COSTLY TO PROVIDE CAR PARKS AT THIS RATIO, ESPECIALLY ill THE DEVELOPMENT OF SMALLER FLATS.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD VERY COLDLY LAUNCHED A 10-YEAR HOUSING PROGRAMME TO ALLEVIATE HONG KONG'S HOUSING PROBLEM.

+UHY HOT LET THE PRIVATE SECTOR HELP AND IN THE PROCESS GENERATE HORE REVENUE IN LAND SALES, RATES, ETC., AS THEY HAVE TREMENDOUS RESOURCES FINANCIALLY ARD ABILITY WISE, AND AT A TIME WHEN A LOT OF THEIR FACILITIES AND MANPOWER ARE LYING IDLE?

♦YET OUR PRIVATE HOUSING INDUSTRY CANNOT CE CONTRIBUTING UNLESS THE INDUSTRY HAS LAND TO BUILD ON, AND BE PERMITTED TO BUILD ON.

+UE WOULD THEREFORE BE GREATLY MISTAKEN TO BRUSH ASIDE THE APPEALS OF THE REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS AS BEING ONLY OF SELF INTEREST,* MR. UU ADDED.

THE HON. LO TAK-EM ING ALSO SPOKE ON THE BILL, AND SAID THAT MOST OF WHAT HAD BEEN SAID AGAINST IT +IS PERFECTLY VALID AS AGAINST THE HAIN ORDINANCE RATHER THAN THIS ACTUAL BILL.+.>

HE ADDED: +HOUEVER, THE FACT REMAINS THAT WHATEVER MAY EE WRONG WITH OUR TOWN PLANNING POLICY TODAY, IT WOULD CLEARLY BE WRONG TO ELIMINATE TEEM SUMMARILY.*

HR. LO SAID HE UNDERSTOOD THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS WORKING ON A NEW TOWN PLANNING ORDINANCE AND HE EXPECTED IT TO BE SUCM1TTEO WITHIN 12 TO EIGHTEEN MONTHS.

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THREE-MONTH TIME LIMIT SET FOR COMPENSATION PAYMENTS FOR PROPERTIES AFFECTED DY HTR SYSTEM

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THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY (LAND RESUMPTION AND RELATED

PROVISIONS) BILL PASSED ITS THIRD ARD FINAL READING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY WITH SEVERAL AMENDMENTS.

THE AMENDMENTS WERE MOVED BY THE HOM. LO TA!C-SHING AND RELATED MAINLY TO THE QUESTION OF COMPENSATION FOR PROPERTY AFFECTED BY THE H/lSS TRANSIT SYSTEM. THE WIEIOIStlTS RELATE ORLY TO THE FIRST FOUR STAGES OF THE RAILWAY, CUT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL HILL BE LOOKING INTO COMPENSATION WITH REGARD TO STAGES V TO IX IN THE COURSE OF NEXT YEAR.

MR. LO SAID THAT THE BILL, IN ITS ORIGINAL FORM, DID NOT MAINTAIN THE BALANCE THAT MUST BE CONSTANTLY STRUCK BETWEEN THE OVERRIDING DUTY OF THE STATE TO ENSURE THAT ESSENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS ARE UNDERTAKEN FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE WHOLE COMMUNITY AND THE EQUALLY COMPELLING NEED TO COMPENSATE THOSE WHOSE RIGHTS HAY BE INJURED IN THE PROCESS.

ONE IMPORTANT AMENDMENT PROVIDES FOR COMPENSATION- TO BE PATH TO A PERSON WHOSE PROPERTY IS AFFECTED DY THE HASS TRANSIT SYSTEIL .

WITHIN THREE MONTHS OF TEE AGREEMENT OR AUARD, UNLESS THERE IS A DISPUTE AS TO THE PERSON ENTITLED TO SUCH COMPENSATION. THE ORIGINAL DILL DID ROT IMPOSE A TIKE LIMIT FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO PAY SUCH COMPENSATION.

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THE HON. HILTON CHEORQ-L’EEN ALSO SPOKE ON THE BILL AND URGED THAT WORK OH THE FIRST FOUA STAGES OF THE RAILWAY SYSTEM EE STARTED WITHOUT FURTHER DELAY.

SOME MENDERS OF THE PUBLIC, HE NOTED, HAD RECENTLY STATED THAT IT WOULD CE GETTER TO DEFER THE GUILD ING OF THE SYSTEM AND USE THE HONEY TO GUILD MORE PUBLIC HOUSING. UMILE THIS WAS SUPERFICIALLY ATfRACTIVE. HR. CHEONG-LEEM FELT IT WOULD NOT BE IN THE LONG-TERM INTERESTS OF HONG KO LG.

HONG KONG WAS ALREADY COMMITTED TO A MASSIVE PUBLIC HOUSING PROGRAMME, HE NOTED, AND AH ADEQUATE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM TO MEET INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL AND RISING POPULATION NEEDS WAS EQUALLY IMPORTANT.

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SEVERANCE PAY BILL PASSED WITH MODIFICATIONS * * * * * *

THE SEVERACE PAY-BILL COMPLETED ITS PASSAGE THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY AND WILL COME INTO EFFECT ON A DATE TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

DURING THE COMMITTEE STAGE, THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, THE HON. LI FOOK-KOU, MOVED A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS TO THE BILL — SOME TECHNICAL, AND OTHERS ARISING FROM THE PUBLIC DEBATE ON IT IN RECENT MONTHS.

HE SAID THAT THE BILL IN ITS FINAL FORM REPRESENTED A COMPRCDMISS BETWEEN DIRECTLY OPPOSING VIEWS.

♦HOWEVER IT GIVES EVERY QUALIFIED WORKER A LEGAL RIGHT TO CLAIM SEVERANCE PAY HEN HE IS DISMISSED BY REASON

OF REDUNDANCY,+ HE SAID. +THE SOCIAL ADVANTAGES OF ESTABLISHING THIS PRINCIPLE HAVE BEEN JUDGED OF SUFFICIENT IMPORTANCE TO • OUTWEIGH THE RISKS OF CREATING DIFFICULTIES FOR A LIMITED NUMBER OF SMALLER EMPLOYERS.

♦THIS CAN ONLY BE REGARDED AS A CONSIDERABLE ADVANCE IN THE FIELD OF SOCIAL LEGISLATION, AND ONE ON WHICH WE SHOULD AIM TO BUILD IN THE FUTURE.+

THE NEW LEGISLATION WILL BECOME PART VA OF THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

COMMENTING ON IT THIS AFTERNOON, THE COMMISSIONER OF LABOUR, MR. IAN PRICE, SAID : +THE PASSING OF THIS BILL REPRESENTS A GREAT STEP FORWARD. IT IS THE CULMINATION OF OVER FOUR YEARS OF HARD WORK BY MYSELF AND MY COLLEAGUES IN .THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT CN A COMPLEX AND DIFFICULT SUBJECT.

♦THIS SEVERANCE PAY LEG I

AT ION WILL COME TO RANK IN IMPORTANCE WITH THE FAR-REACHING AMENDMENT MADE TO THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE IN 1970, PROVIDING WORKERS WITH FOUR REST DAYS A MONTH.

♦THERE HAS, OF COURSE, BEEN CRITICISM OF THE LEGISLATION. SOME SAY THAT IT HAS GONE TOO FAR AND IS TOO WIDE-REACHING. OTHERS FEEL THAT IT DOES NOT QO FAR ENOUGH AND IS TOO NARROW IN SCOPE.

♦THESE COMMENTS WERE EXPECTED AND, TO SOME EXTENT, ANTICIPATED IN THE DRAFT BILL PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF JUNE 7. HOWEVER, MOST CRITICS OVERLOOKED THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT - THAT THE PRINCIPLE OF SEVERANCE PAY ON DISMISSAL BY REASON OF REDUNDANCY IS NOW RECOGNISED AND ENSHRINED IN THE LEGISLATION.

♦THIS PROVIDES A GOOD, SOUND BASIS UPON WHICH I HOPE WE WILL BE ABLE TO BUILD AND IMPROVE IN THE LICHT OF PRACTICAL EXPERIENCES IN FUTURE - JUST AS WE HAVE, OVER THE YEARS, BUILT ON, AND REPEATEDLY IMPROVED, OTHER ITEMS AT LABOUR LEGISLATION.

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WITHHOLDING TAX ISSUE RAISED IN COUNCIL X X- » IMS- »

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE SAID TODAY THAT THE ABOLITION OF THE WITHHOLDING TAX WOULD RESULT IN A CONSIDERABLE LOSS OF REVENUE WHICH WOULD HAVE TO BE MADE GOOD BY HIGHER RATES OF OTHER TAXES OR SONE OTHER LEVY.

HE STRESSED THAT ALTHOUGH GOVERNMENT WAS PERFECTLY WILLING TO RECONSIDER THE ABOLITION OR PARTIAL ABOLITION OF INTEREST TAX, HE UAS SURE THAT IN THE ABSENCE OF FRESH ARGUMENTATIONS GOVERNMENT'S CONCLUSION ON THIS ISSUE WOULD KOT DIFFER FROM THOSE IN THIS YEAR'S BUDGET SPEECH.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY UAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION RAISED AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BY THE HCN. ROGER LOBO WHO ASKED IF THE GOVERNMENT WOULD RE-CONSIDER THE ABOLITION OF INTEREST TAX.

MR. HADDON-CAVE SAID HE SAU KO REASON WHY INCOME IN THE FORM OF INTEREST SHOULD BE TREATED HORE GENEROUSLY THAN THE THREE OTHER FORMS OF INCOME WHICH WERE SUBJECT TO TAX UNDER THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE.

HE POINTED OUT THAT ABOLITION OF INTEREST TAX WOULD LEAD TO A LOSS IN GOVERNMENT REVENUE WHICH, IN 1973“74 AMOUNTED TO $75 MILLION. RECEIPTS FROM INTEREST IN 1974-75 WERE LOW EXPECTED TO BE IN THE REGION OF $100 MILLION.

•HF THE GOVERNMENT ACCEPTED A CASE FOR THE ABOLITION OF INTEREST WITHHOLDING TAX, THEN IT WOULD HAVE TO FOLLOW, I THINK, THAT INTEREST EARNINGS CAUGHT UP IN PROFITS TAX ASSESSMENTS WOULD ALSO NEED TO BE EXEMPTED FROM PROFITS TAX,+ 131. HADDON-CAVE SAID.

THE LOSS IN REVENUE WOULD ALSO BE AGGRAVATED BY COMPANIES MOVING INCREASINGLY TO LOAN FINANCE, AID ALL SORTS OF SCHEMES WOULD DE HATCHED UP TO CONVERT VARIOUS FORMS OF INCOME INTO, OR DISGUISE THEM A3, INTEREST EARNINGS.

+IT IS QUITE INCONCEIVABLE THAT REVENUE LOSSES OF THIS ORDER COULD EE HADE GOOD BY INCREASED PROFITS TAX OH THE BORROWING OR LENDING TRANSACTIONS THAT WOULD EE CSiJuRATED BY THE ABOLITION OF INTEREST TAX. £3, THE LOSS OF REVENUE WOULD HAVE TO EE MADE-GOOD BY HIGHER RATES OF OTHER TAXES OR SOME OTHER LEVY.+ HE SAID.

TURNING TO THE MONETARY ASPECTS, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID THAT HE UAS UELL AWARE OF TEE ARGUMENT THAT THE WITHHOLDING OF INTEREST TAX FROM PAYMENTS OF INTEREST DY DANKS CARD FINANCE HOUSES) HAD TEE EFFECT OF ENCOURAGING COMPANIES AND INDIVIDUALS RESIDENT IN HONG KONG TO TRANSFER AT LEAST PART OF THEIR EXCESS LIQUIDITY ABROAD, UiTH ERODING EFFECTS ON IKE HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSIT BASE OF THE LICENSED BANKS AND THUS ON THEIR ABILITY TO FINANCE HONG KONG'S INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE.

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MR. HADDON-CAVE SAID THAT QUITE APART FROM THE VERY DOUBTFUL CASE FOR THE ABOLITION OF INTEREST WITHHOLDING TAX, THERE WERE AT LEAST TUO ARGUMENTS AGAINST ABOLITION.

IN THE FIRST PLACE, HE SAID, THE RELIEF GIVEN UOULD EFFECTIVELY WIND UP UITH TOE FINANCIAL SECTOR ARD THE UEALTHIER GROUPS IN OUR SOCIETY ARD THIS WOULD CE INEQUITABLE.

SECONDLY, THE POSSIBILITY WOULD ARISE OF KON-T.ESIDENTS SWITCHING HIGHLY VOLATILE SPECULATIVE FULLS IliTO HORG KONG DOLLARS WHEN THEY DECIDED TO TAKE A PZJITICULAR VIEW OF RELATIVE EXCHANGE RISKS AIK) THEN SWITCHING THEM OUT AGAIN WHEN THAT VIEU CHARGED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE CONSEQUENCES FOR THE MONEY SUPPLY AND THE EXCHANGE VALUE OF THE HONG KOKG DOLLAR UOULD THEN BE OBVIOUS AKD THAT IT UOULD BE IRRESPONSIBLE TO OVERLOOK THE DAMPENING EFFECT ON DESTABILISING INWARD FLOWS OF THE WITHHOLDING TAX.

REFERRING TO THE SUGGESTION THAT NON-RESIDENTS SHOULD BE EXEMPTED FROM THE PAYMENT OF THE INTEREST WITHHOLDING TAX, MR. HADDON-CAVE SAID THAT THIS UOULD PRESENT ENORMOUS ADMINISTRATIVE DIFFICULTIES BOTH FOR TOE BALKS ARD FOR THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT, t'HICH ONLY THE EXISTENCE OF EXCHANGE CONTROLS COULD OVERCOME.

+IN ANY CASE,* HE SAID, +1 UOULD NOT EE KEEN TO ENCOURAGE VOLATILE INFLOWS OF SPECULATIVE OVERSEAS FUNDS.*

TOE FINANCIAL ABOLISHING THE TAX VIEU OF THE DAMAGE MONEY MARKET.

SECRETARY HAS ALSO AGAINST THE IDEA OF FOR DEPOSITS UITH LICENSED DAIECS IN IT UOULD CAUSE TO HONG KONG’S DEVELOPING

HE ALSO REFERRED TO ANOTHER SUGGESTION FOR PARTIAL ABOLITION UHICH HE HIMSELF HAD FLOATED Hl LAST YEAR'S BUDGET SPEECH. THIS UAS THE EXEMPTION OF CERTAIN FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS, UHICH HE NOTED, UOULD SII.PLY GIVE THE BUSINESS TO LOCAL DANKS AKD FINANCE HOUSES INSTEAD OF OVERSEAS INSTITUTIONS,.

+TO1S IS A WORTHY MOTIVE,* KE SAID, +DUT ALL THE INDICATIONS I HAVE ARE THAT THE NUIOER OF DANKS UHICH WOULD BE PREPARED TO PAY THE PRICE, IN THE FORM OF PROFITS TAX ON THEIR +TURI1+ IS VERY SHALL.

+THE MAJORITY OF BANKS AKD FINANCE HOUSES, WHILE EAGER FOR THE PRESTIGE OF A LICENCE FOR A SPECIAL DEPARTMENT TO BORROW AIRD LEND FOREIGN CURRENCIES AKD BE EXEMPT FROM THE OBLIGATION TO WITHHOLD TAX ON INTEREST PAID ON DEPOSITS, UOULD IN PRACTICE CONTINUE 70 AST SIMPLY AS IlJTEuJDlATIES IN TOE PLACING OF SUCH BUSINESS IN OTHER CENTRES WHERE IT ATTRACTS NEITHER INTEREST TiiX NUR PROFITS TAX.*

HE THEREFORE CONCLUDED THAT UNTIL HE UAS SATISFIED THAT A VERY SUUSTAHT1AL FLOW OF INCOME ASSESSABLE TO PROFITS TAX WOULD DE GENERATED, HE UOULD KOT THINK THAT TRE SETTING UP OF TOE NECESSARY MACHINERY FOR THESE SPECIAL CEPARTIIENTS UOULD BE JUSTIFIED.

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GRANTS TOTTALLINQ OVER S1.5 MILLION AWARDED BY SIR DAVID TRENCH FUND FOR RECREATION * m- » » n IE-

annual REPORTS FOR TWO TRUST FUNDS PROVIDING GRANTS FOR COMMUNITY PROJECTS — THE SIR DAVID TRENCH FUND FOR RECREATION AND THE SIR ROBERT BLACK TRUST FUND — FOR THE YEAR 1973/74 WERE TABLED AT TODAY’S LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING*

IN HIS REPORT, THE ACCOUNTANT GENERAL, MR. DOUGLAS BLYE, WHO IS ALSO TRUSTEE OF THE SIR DAVID TRENCH FUND FOR RECREATION, SAID THAT DURING THE YEAR GRANTS TOTALLING $693,500 WERE APPROVED. THIS BRINGS THE TOTAL GRANTS APPROVED SINCE THE FUND WAS SET UP IN 1970 TO OVER $1.5 MILLION. THE FUND BEGAN WITH A DONATION OF $3.2 MILLION, AND NOW STANDS AT $5.40 MILLION, AFTER ALLOWING FOR GRANTS OF $500,000, WHICH HAS BEEN APPROVED BUT NOT COMPLETED.

THE GRANTS WENT MAINLY TOWARDS THE PURCHASE OF SPORTS EQUIPMENT, MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND BOOKS, PROMOTING SCOUTING ACTIVITIES, AND TRAINING CLASSES.

THIS IS IN LINE WITH THE AIM OF THE FUND TO PROVIDE OR ASSIST IN RECREATIONAL, SPORTING, CULTURAL OF SOCIAL ACTIVITIES WHICH CATER FOR LARGE NUMBERS AND TOUCH THE WIDEST POSSIBLE CROSS-SECTION OF THE HONG KONG COMMUNITY.

THE SIR ROBERT BLACK TRUST FUND ESTABLISHED IN I960 HAS THE PRINCIPAL OBJECT OF PROVIDING FOR PERSONS OF EXCEPTIONAL MERIT, OPPORTUNITIES FOR FURTHER STUDIES OF EXCEPTIONAL MERIT, OPPORTUNITIES FOR FURTHER STUDIES OR TRAINING IN ORDER TO DEVELOP CHARACTER AND LEADERSHIP.

MORE THAN $180,000 WAS AWARDED BY THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE DURING THE YEAR TO PROMOTE POSTGRADUATE STUDIES AND TO SUBSIDISE FUNDS FOR ATTENDING SEMINARS AND STUDY TOURS.

THE BIGGEST SINGLE VOTE WAS THE CONTRIBUTION OF $40,000 TO PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS AT THE OUTWARD BOUND SCHOOL.

TWELVE YOUTH WORKERS FROM THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE WERE GRANTED $20,250 TO GO ON A STUDY TOUR IN SOUTHEAST ASIA.

A SUM OF $118,500 WAS ALSO APPROVED TO ENABLE 16 STUDENTS TO UNDERTAKE TRAINING OR POSTGRADUATE STUDIES ABROAD.

THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE OF THE TRUST FUND UHAS CONTINUED ITS POLICY OF NOT A'JARDING NEU SCHOLARSHIPS TO UNIVERSITY UNDERGRADUATES, SECONDARY OR TECHNICAL STUDENTS IN VIEW OF THE INCREASING NUMBER OF GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE.

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WORK TO START THIS MONTH ON POWER AND WATER SUPPLY FOR LICENSED AREAS * * * * * *

WORK ON A PROGRAMME TO SUPPLY ELECTRICITY AND WATER TO LICENSED .AREAS WILL START BEFORE THE END OF THIS MONTH, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, THE HON. WILLIAM BELL, HOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

DETAILS OF THE FIRST PHASE OF THE ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAMME FOR EXISTING AREAS - INVOLVING THE INSTALLATION OF AN OVERHEAD SUPPLY SYSTEM IN SIX LICENSED AREAS - ARE NOW BEING FINALISED. OTHER AREAS WILL BE TACKLED THEREAFTER, HE TOLD THE COUNCIL, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN.

IN THE MEANTIME, MR. BELL URGED RESIDENTS NOT TO TAP ELECTRICITY ILLEGALLY. +THIS IS DANGEROUS AND CAN, AND HAS DONE RECENTLY, LEAD TO TRAGIC ACCIDENTS,+ HE WARNED.

ALL AREAS, HE ADDED, WERE BEING EXAMINED WITH A VIEW TO REMOVING PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS WIRES.

MR. BELL EXPLAINED THAT 10 YEARS AGO, IT HAD BEEN AGREED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE 1964 WHITE PAPER ON POLICIES FOR SQUATTER CONTROL, RESETTLEMENT AND GOVERNMENT LOW COST HOUSING, THAT ONLY MINIMUM ESSENTIAL SERVICES WERE TO BE PROVIDED IN LICENSED AREAS. IN PRACTICE, THIS AMOUNTED TO THE PROVISION OF STREET LIGHTING. NO DOMESTIC ELECTRICITY SUPPLIES WERE PROVIDED, BUT THIS WAS NOT AN UNREASONABLY HARSH ARRANGEMENT IN THOSE DAYS.

+HOWEVER, IN RECENT YEARS, THE DEMAND FOR ELECTRIC POWER FOR LIGHTING, TELEVISION, REFRIGRATORS HAS LED TO THIS BEING INSTALLED ILLEGALLY IN MOST LICENSED AREAS,* HE SAID.

+SINCE ITS FORMATION LAST YEAR, THE HOUSING AUTHORITY HAS REVIEWED THE 1964 POLICIES AND RECOMMENDED, IN APRIL THIS YEAR, THAT AN INDIVIDUAL SUPPLY BE PROVIDED TO EACH HOUSEHOLD IN EVERY LICENSED AREA. THE NECESSARY FUNDS TO START THIS PROGRAMME WERE APPROVED BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THIS COUNCIL LAST MONTH.*

TURNING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. MISS KO SIU-WAH ON WATER SUPPLY TO LICENSED AREAS, MR. BELL SAID THAT ACCORDING TO THE 1964 WHITE PAPER, WATER STANDPIPES WERE PROVIDED IN ALL SUCH AREAS AT A RATIO OF ONE TO EVERY 500 PERSONS, +AND THIS HAS IN THE PAST BEEN FOUND SUFFICIENT FOR THE RESIDENTS' NEEDS.*

+HOWEVER, IT IS APPARENT FROM THE NUMBER OF ILLEGAL PIPES INSTALLED IN THESE AREAS THAT MANY RESIDENTS WANT INDIVIDUAL SUPPLIES AND ARE PREPARED TO PAY FOR THEM.

+THE HOUSING AUTHORITY HAS THEREFORE RECOMMENDED, AND FINANCE COMMITTEE HAS RECENTLY APPROVED THE PROVISION OF FUNDS FOR THE INSTALLATION OF A FULL RETICULATION SYSTEM PROVIDING AN INDIVIDUAL SUPPLY TO EACH FAMILY.*

MR. BELL STRESSED THAT THIS WOULD BE PROVIDED IN ALL NEW LICENSED AREAS, AND IN EXISTING AREAS WHERE PRESENT ARRANGEMENTS WERE UNSATISFACTORY.

WORK ON THE FIRST SCHEME WILL BE STARTED IN KOWLOON BAY WITHIN THIS MONTH.

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THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITIES, THE HON. LEWIS DAVIES, SAID TODAY THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF ANY MEASURABLE PENETRATION BY ORGANISED TRIAD ELEMENTS IN SCHOOLS.

HE CONCEDED, HOWEVER, THAT THERE WERE INDIVIDUAL TRIAD MEMBERS IN SOME SCHOOLS. +THIS PRESENCE, WHILE DISTURBING AND UNDESIRABLE, STEMS IN MOST CASES FROM INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS HAVING JOINED ILLEGAL SOCIETIES OUTSIDE SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL HOURS,+ HE SAID.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN WHETHER THE CO-OPERATION OF SCHOOL HEADMASTERS AND TEACHERS WOULD BE SOUGHT TO PREVENT TRIAD ACTIVITY FROM INFILTRATING AMONG STUDENTS, MR. DAVIES SAID POLICE HAD ALREADY INITIATED A SERIES OF DISCUSSIONS WITH SCHOOL PRINCIPALS TO PROMOTE A MORE BALANCED AWARENESS OF THE PROBLEM OF TRIAD ACTIVITIES.IN SCHOOLS. r-

TALKS WERE HELD BETWEEN THE POLICE AND HEADMASTERS OF SCHOOLS ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES IN MAY AND JUNE, HE SAID, AND PLANS WERE NOW IN HAND TO HOLD FURTHER MEETINGS WITH PRINCIPALS OF KOWLOON SCHOOLS.

THE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE TRIAD SOCIETY BUREAU HAD ALSO ADDRESSED A FULL MEETING OF THE HONG KONG PRIVATE ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION LAST MAY.

+1N A FURTHER BID TO CREATE A BALANCED AWARENESS OF THIS POTENTIAL PROBLEM, EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION AT PRIMARY SCHOOL LEVEL HAS INCLUDED WITHIN ITS SOCIAL STUDIES PROGRAMME GUIDANCE TO STUDENTS ON HOW TO REPORT CRIME, INCLUDING VIOLENT CRIME AND TRIAD ACTIVITIES,+ SAID MR. DAVIES.

IN ADDITION, POLICE, PARENTS, TEACHERS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS TOOK PART IN A SPECIAL EDITION OF RADIO HONG KONG’S +NEEDLE POINT*. PROGRAMME TO DISCUSS THE PROBLEM OF SCHOOLS AND TRIADS.

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CONSTRUCTION IS NOU UNDER WAY ON A TEMPORARY PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE ACROSS LUNG CHEUNG ROAD TO CATER FOR RESIDENTS OF THE SQUATTER/RESITE AREA OPPOSITE THE WANG TAU HOM ESTATE.

IT SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THIS MONTH, THE HON. . WILL JAM BELL, ACTING DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, TOLD COUNCIL TODAY IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. OSWALD CHEUNG.

HE ADDED THAT A PERMANENT PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE INTEGRAL WITH THE FLYOVER WOULD BMPROVIDED AS PART OF THE FUNG MO INTERCHANGE PROJECT, WHICH wj|S EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED EARLY NEXT YEAR.

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THE STREET LIGHTS IN THE INDUSTRIAL AREA OF KWAI CHUNG ARE EXPECTED TO COME INTO OPERATION NEXT MONTH, THE HON. WILLIAM BELL, ACTING DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS SAID TODAY.

STREET LIGHTING INSTALLATIONS FOR INDUSTRIAL ZONES IN RECENTLY DEVELOPED AREAS, INCLUDING NEW TOWNS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, HE SAID, WERE GENERALLY CARRIED OUT IN PHASE WITH ALL BUILDING DEVELOPMENTS. +HIGH PRIORITY IS GIVEN TO THESE INSTALLATIONS IN THE STREET LIGHTING PROGRAMME,* HE ADDED.

CITING KWAI CHUNG DISTRICT AS AN EXAMPLE, MR. BELL POINTED OUT THAT INSTALLATIONS IN SUCH A LARGE DEVELOPMENT AREA USUALLY TOOK A NUMBER OF YEARS TO COMPLETE.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. FRANCIS TIEN IN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CONCERNING THE DELAY IN THE PROVISION OF STREET LIGHTS IN INDUSTRIAL AREAS SUCH AS KWAI CHUNG.

MR. BELL AGREED WITH MR. TIEN THAT THE LACK OF STREET LIGHTING CAUSED INCONVENIENCE AND INCREASED THE RISK OF CRIME.

+FOR THESE REASONS,+ HE SAID, +THE IMPLEMENTATION OF LIGHTING SCHEMES ARE A CONTINUING PROCESS FOLLOWING CLOSELY BEHIND DEVELOPMENT AS FAR AS POSSIBLE.*

HE ADDED THAT THE AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS AND THE RESOURCES OF THE POWER COMPANIES WHO INSTALL AND OWN THE EQUIPMENT MUST ALSO BE BORNE IN MIND WHEN ASSESSING THE SITUATION.

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OBJECTIONS TO PROPOSED WESTERN RECLAMATION ft ft ft ft ft ft

A TOTAL OF FIVE OBJECTIONS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IN CONNECTION WITH THE PROPOSED RECLAMATION IN THE WESTERN DISTRICT ON HONG KONG ISLAND, AND THESE ARE NOU BEING CONSIDERED.

THE PROJECT WAS GAZETTED IN JULY LAST YEAR, AND THE OBJECTIONS WERE LODGED WITHIN THE FOLLOWING TWO MONTHS, THE HON. WILLIAM BELL, ACTING DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, TOLD COUNCIL IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. H.M.G. FORSGATE, WHO HAD ASKED FOR A PROGRESS REPORT ON THE PROPOSED PROJECT.

THE PROPOSED RECLAMATION RUNS ALONG THE WATERFRONT OF CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST, AND WILL PROVIDE SOME 79 ACRES OF LAND.

WEDNESDAY, AUQUSt 14, 1974

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PROMPT ACTION ON +ENFORCED+ HOSPITAL TIPS • **#•#**

ANY REPORT ON +ENFORCED+ TIPPING IN GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS IS ALWAYS FULLY INVESTIGATED AND, WHEN APPROPRIATE, REFERRED TO THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION, THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR. THE HON. GERALD CHOA, TOLD LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN WHO WANTED TO KNOW WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE TAKING EARLY STEPS TO INVESTIGATE REPORTS OF +ENFORCED+ TIPS BEING PAID BY PATIENTS IN THIRD-CLASS WARDS OF GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS.

DR. CHOA SAID ALL PATIENTS WERE GIVEN A FORM ON ADMISSION TO A GOVERNMENT HOSPITAL STATING THAT NO MEMBER OF THE STAFF IS PERMITTED TO RECEIVE ANY GRATUITY OR PRESENT FROM A PATIENT,

IN ADDITION, A REQUEST FOR A GRATUITY OR A PRESENT MUST BE REPORTED TO THE MEDICAL SUPERINTENDENT OF THE HOSPITAL, OR THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES. LARC.E NOTICES REAFFIRMING THE DEPARTMENT'S POLICY WERE DISPLAYED IN ALL THE WARDS.

KR. CHEONG-LEEN FOLLOWED UP HIS QUESTION BY ENQUIRING HOW HANY REPORTS OF ENFORCED/TIPP1NG HAD BEEN TAKEN TO THE ICAC SO FAR.

DR. CHOA REPLIED THAT'A TOTAL OF 13 COMPLAINTS HAD BEEN RECEIVED SINCE JANUARY THIS YEAR, OF UHICIl THT.EE WERE FEOH NEWSPAPERS. +SIKCE .ALL OF THEM ARE ANONYMOUS, NONE OF THEN CAN BE SENT TO THE 1CAC,+ HE SAID.

ON THE QUESTION RAISED BY DR. THE HON. HARRY FANG ABOUT THE INTRODUCTION OF +EFFECT1VE FACILITIES* FOR LODGING COMPLAINTS AT GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS, THE DIRECTOR POINTED OUT THAT SUCH FACILITIES ALREADY DO EXIST.

+ALL HOSPITAL WARDS ARE VISITED REGULARLY BY MEMBERS OF THE MEDICAL AND NURSING STAFF WHO ARE ALWAYS READY TO RECEIVE COMPLAINTS FROM PATIENTS,* HE SAID.

I IN EACH MAJCR HOSPITAL, SUGGESTION BOXES WERE PLACED AT VARIOUS POINTS FOR USE DY THE PUBLIC. THESE WERE OPENED BY THE HOSPITAL SECRETARY ARD SUBMITTED TO THE MEDICAL SUPERINTENDENT. FROM TIME TO TIME, COMPLAINTS WERE ALSO ADDRESSED TO THE DIRECTOR PERSONALLY, OR TO THE DEPARTMENT'S HEADQUARTERS.

+SHORT OF INVITING PATIENTS OR THEIR RELATIVES TO.MAKE COMPLAINTS, IT IS DIFFICULT TO SEE WHAT FURTHER STEPS CAN BE TAKEN,* DR. CHOA SAID, ADDING THAT COMPLAINTS WERE FULLY INVESTIGATED ND • MATTER AT WHAT ADMINISTRATION LEVEL THEY WERE RECEIVED.

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NEW MONITOR SYSTEM UNDER STUDY

TO KEEP SENIOR OFFICIALS BETTER ATTUNED TO CHINESE PRESS COMMENTS * K X K M- X

THE GOVERNMENT IS STUDYING A PROPOSAL TO PRODUCE A DAILY TABLOID COMPRISING TRANSLATIONS FROM CHINESE NEWSPAPERS TO ENSURE THAT SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WHO CANNOT READ CHINESE ARE WELL BRIEFED ON REPORTS AND OPINIONS OF TOPICAL INTEREST IN THE CHINESE PRESS.

DISCLOSING THIS TODAY, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON. DENIS BRAY, SAID FACILITIES ALREADY EXIST TO KEEP SENIOR OFFICIALS INFORMED OF OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THE CHINESE PRESS, BUT HE FELT THAT THE PROPOSED TABLOID WOULD BE A GREAT IMPROVEMENT +IF IT DOES NOT COST TOO MUCH.+

• OUTLINING THE PRESENT SYSTEM IN RESPONSE TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. JAMES WU, MR. BRAY SAID THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT CIRCULATED AN ENGLISH WEEKLY REVIEW OF CHINESE PRESS • REPORTS AND COMMENTS — GLEANED FROM SOME 25 MORNING AND EVENING CHINESE NEWSPAPERS. SPECIAL DAILY REPORTS ON PARTICULAR ISSUES WERE ALSO PRODUCED AS AND WHEN NECESSARY.

IN MATTERS OF URGENCY REQUIRING IMMEDIATE ATTENTION, THE DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED ARE FIRST GIVEN A VERBAL REPORT OVER THE TELEPHONE AND THEN MORE DETAILED WRITTEN REPORTS. BACKGROUND INFORMATION PAPERS ON PRESS REPORTS AND COMMENTS ON ISSUES WHICH ARE LIKELY TO BECOME CONTROVERS IAL ARE ALSO COMPILED FOR REFERENCE BY SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.

THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT ALSO BRINGS TO THE ATTENTION OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS LETTERS TO THE EDITORS OF BOTH THE ENGLISH AND CHINESE PRESS WHICH REQUIRE ATTENTION OF THE DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED.

IN ADDITION, MOST DEPARTMENTS MONITOR REPORTS AND COMMENTS IN THE MASS MEDIA ON HATTERS OF DEPARTMENTAL INTEREST IN ORDER THAT APPROPRIATE ACTION HAY DE TAKEN.

DESPITE ALL THIS, MR. BRAY SAID HE WAS FULLY CONSCIOUS THAT +THE IMPACT OF CESTETNERED TRANSLATIONS AND SUMMARIES MAY NOT BE THE SAME AS THAT PRODUCED BY DAILY PAPERS READ DIRECT,+ AND HE FELT THAT THE PROPOSED TABLOID WOULD CONSIDERABLY IMPROVE MATTERS.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 1974

GOVERNOR PAYS TRIBUTE TO RETIRING LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLORS ft ft ft ft ft ft

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE PAID TRIBUTE TO TWO RETIRING HEISERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AT ITS FINAL SITTING THIS (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE MEMBERS WERE MR. JACK CANNING, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, AND MR. DAVID ALEXANDER, DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES.

HE COMMENDED THE TWO MENDERS FOR THEIR +VERY DISTINCTIVE AND CONSIDERADLE CONTRIBUTIONS* TO BOTH THE COUNCIL AND TO THE GOVERNMENT.

SIR HURRAY SAID: +WHEN WE MEET AGAIN, UE WILL DO SO WITHOUT TWO KEIZERS UHO HAVE DEEN U1TH US FOR SEVERAL YEARS, MR, CANNING AND liR. ALEXANDER. BOTH HAVE HADE VERY DISTINCTIVE AID) CONSIDERADLE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS COUNCIL AND, IOEED, ' TO THE GOVERNCSNT OF KONG KONG*

♦I THINK THAT KR. CANNING’S NAME WILL BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE VERY RAPID EXPANSION CF EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES UHICH HAS TAKEN PLACE DURING HIS DIRECTORSHIP. HR. ALEXANDER’S MANE WILL BE ASSOCIATED, 1 AN SURE, BOTH UITH TEE RE-CONSTITUTION OF THE URBAN COUNCIL AND WITH THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN —- AN EVENT UHICH HAS HADE HISTORY IN HONG KONG IN CUR WAYS.

+HR. CANNING WILL BE LEAVING KOk'G KONG ON RETIREMENT VERY SOON. MR. ALEXANDER UILL BE DOING £0 EARLY NEXT YEAR. I AM SURE THAT ALL MEMBERS UILL JOIN KE IN WISHING THEM THE BEST OF SUCCESS AKD HAPPINESS ON THEIR RETIREMENT.

SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS, THE HON. DR. CHUNG SAID: +0N BEHALF OF MY UNOFFICIAL COLLEAGUES, I RISE TO ASSOCIATE MYSELF UITH THE REMARKS UHICH YCU, SIR, HAVE HADE ON THE RETIREMENT OF MY TUO HONOURABLE FRIENDS, HR. J. CANNING AND MR. D.R.W. ALEXANDER, AFTER THEIR LONG AID DISTINGUISHED SERVICES IN L'ONG KONG*

+1 ALSO EXTEND OUR BEST WISHES TO TEEM FOR THEIR CONTINUOUS SUCCESS, GOOD HEALTH AND HAPPINESS FOR MANY, HANY YEARS TO COKE.

+THAMK YOU, SIR.+

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 19?**

GOVERNOR THAWS LEGCO MEMBERS FOR HARD WORK ft » J'r It ft

BEFORE CLOSING THE CURRENT SESSION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, THANKED LEIBERS OF THE COUNCIL FOR THEIR HARD WORK..

HE SA IDs 4DEFORE THIS COUNCIL ADJOURNS, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT THIS HAS BEEN AN EXTREMELY BUSY SESSION Ai-D L^- HAVE LUCH LEGISLATION TO SHOU FOR IT. I LIKE TO THAL.k LC..-mRA_LE tULcuRS FOR THE IMMENSE AMOUNT OF WORK TREY HAVE PUl Hl, BOTH IN THIS

COUNCIL AtiD OUTSIDE IT.

+HONG KONG HAS EVERY REASON TO BE GRATEFUL TO THEM. 1 DO HOPE THAT IN THE LEGISLATIVE HOLIDAY THAT KOU TAKES PLACE, THEY WILL HAVE SOME TIME FOR RELAXATION.

♦ I KOU ADJOURN THIS COUNCIL. THE NEXT SITTING WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, WHEN THE NEW SESSION OF THE COUNCIL WILL START,* SIR MURRAY SAID..

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BILLS PASSED IN LEGCO ft ft Jr % JI

FIFTEEN BILLS COMPLETED THEIR PASSAGE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY TO BECOME LAM.

THROUGH THE

SIX OF THEM PASSED WITH

__ ___ ______ ____ AMENDMENTS AT THE COMMITTEE STAGE. THEY ARE: THE TOWN PLANNING CAHEHDHENT ARD VALIDATION) BILL 1974, THE FIXED PENALTY CCRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS) BILL 1974. THE ROAD TRAFFIC CAl£KDKEHT)CKD.3) DILL 1974, THE NASS TRANSIT

RAILWAY (LAND RESUMPTION AMD RELATED PROVISIONS) DILL 1974. THE EMPLOYMENT CANEHDLENT) CKD.3) DILL 1974 AMD THE CROWN LANDS RESUMPTION CANEKDIiEHT) DILL 1974.

THE OTHER NILS DILLS PASSED TODAY ARE: TEE BIRTHS AND DEATHS REGISTRATION CAEEICDIiENT) DILL 1974, THE BANKRUPTCY CAIENDHENT) BILL 1974, THE HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION CAHEKDI2ENT) BILL 1974, THE COMPANIES CAI .'EI .’DRENT) DILL 1974, THE MAGISTRATES CALEMDEEHT) CKO.2) BILL 1974, THE URBAN COUNCIL £;?.-2^lLL 1974• PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES CAHELDKENT) DILL 1974, THE LANDS TRIBUNAL BILL 1974, AND THE COMPANIES CAMEKDKENT) CK0.2) BILL.

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EXPLANATORY NOTES ON NEW BILL ft ft ft * X ft

COMPREHENSIVE EXPLANATORY NOTES OF THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE, IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE, AT ALL CITY DISTRICT OFFICES AND PUBLIC ENQUIRY COUNTERS OF THE COMPANIES REGISTRY FOR THOSE WHO NEED THEM.

THE NOTES WILL BE IN THE FORM OF THE EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM WHICH ACCOMPANIES THE BILL.

THE MOVE WAS OUTLINED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, IN RESPONSE TO A SUGGESTION BY THE-HON. LEE QUO—WEI FOR A Bl-LINGUAL CIRCULAR EXPLAINING THE NEW REQUIREMENTS TO BE SENT TO ALL COMPANIES AFFECTED.

MR. HADDON-CAVE AGREED THAT THE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL SHOULD BE WIDELY UNDERSTOOD, BUT HE DOUBTED WHETHER IT WAS POSSIBLE TO PRODUCE A MORE INFORMATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE BILL’S PROVISIONS THAN THAT CONTAINED IN THE EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM.

ANY AMENDMENT TO THE BILL WOULD BE'INCORPORATED IN THE EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM AND THESE WOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

REMOVAL OF URBCO LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT WELCOMED ft ft ft ft ft ft

M THE HON. HILTON CHEONQ-LEEN TODAY DESCRIBED THE GOVERNMENT’S ACTION IN REMOVING ALL REFERENCE TO LANGUAGE QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERS HIP TO THE URBAN COUNCIL AS ONE FURTHER STEP TO PUT 1HE CHINESE LANGUAGE ON AN EQUAL BASIS WITH THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

HE HOPED THAT THE MOVE WOULD ENCOURAGE MORE PERSONS WHO ARE NOT PROFICIENT IN ENGLISH TO COME FORWARD AND OFFER THEMSELVES FOR SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY BY WAY OF THE COUNCIL.

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE URBAN COUNCIL (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1974, MR. CHEONG-LEEN SAID HE WAS SATISFIED THAT +NO UNDUE RISK IS TAKEN SO LONG AS THE URBAN COUNCIL EXERCISES ITS POWER UNDER THE ORDINANCE TO HAKE STANDING ORDERS REQUIRING THE USE ONLY OF THOSE LANGUAGES WHICH ARE PRACTICAL FOR COUNCIL BUSINESS, AND WHICH AT PRESENT ARE CANTONESE AND ENQL.ISH.+

HE NOTED THAT SOME URBAN COUNCILLORS WERE IN FAVOUR OF INTRODUCING THE USE'dF THE MANDARIN DIALECT AT AN EARLY DATE. WHILE HE -FAVOURED THE IDEA IN PRINCIPLE, HR. CHEONQ-LEEN FELT THAT THE URBAN COUNCIL IN THIS RESPECT HAD TO QO ABOUT IT +IN A CAREFUL, SYSTEMATIC AND EMPIRICAL MANNER.+

HE ADDED: +THE IMMEDIATE PROBLEM IN THE URBAN COUNCIL IS TO GIVE THE INTERPRETERS MUCH MORE EXPERIENCE IN UNDERSTANDING AND ACCURATELY INTERPRETING THE COLOURFUL VARIETY OF CANTONESE SPOKEN, WHICH INCLUDES HONG KONG CANTONESE, SHANGHAI CANTONESE, WESTERNERS’ CANTONESE, OVERSEAS CHINESE CANTONESE, AND EVEN SHAHEEN CANTOVESE.+

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RENT PETITION TO BE RE-SUBMITTED »***»*»

wnwr HOUSING, MR. DONALD LIAO, TOLD A GROUP OF

S25mt?amK.^7?.^STAIE RESIDENTS that he would re-submit their fuI™cd e^JfJST A RENT increase to the housing authority for rnu?ER STU0Y» even though their initial petition had been turned

HIS GFFicE1TOOAYVE ™IS ASSURANCE T0 ™E qR0UP AT A FETING IN

R£AFF,Rf3ED. HOWEVER., that they had NOT been discriminated “4S F4'a A,3> «® "«>

ON OHT!iFT^oNL^E^4SI2!!.,yrcCTS ALL PUSL,C HOUSING FLATS LET OUT vn vrt firitK MAY 1/» 19/4»

UHICH^pS^tLF^*11, ADJUSTnENT APPLIED To ALL 11,500 FLATS WHICH WERE UNLET AT THAT DATE AND NOT JUST TO THOSE IN UOHG CHUK

f \

VALISE THAT THE COST OF MANAGEMENT, RFPrdTNY^ADeA*^RTPUBL,c HOUSING ESTATES HAVE RISEN IN JAT BECAU£E OF HIGHER COSTS OF BUILDING MATERIALS ^DH^°T?£-e°L^r‘^T10H C03T 0F Recently COMPLETED HOUSING BLOCKS IS MANY TIMjlS HIGHER THAN THAT OF YEARS AQO.+ EE SAID.

u_ D IS: E,A° ,EXPLA,r:£D THAT THE DEPARTMENT WAS HOST WILLING TO U^TST ?j°OTMFRU^TATASDSnoP CASES DY OFFERING THEM LOUER RENTAL H”1!3 *N OTHER ESTATES, OR BY REFERRING luEIR CASES TO THE SOCIAL ?^££E DEPARTMENT FOR RENT SUBSIDY OR OTi.ZR FCRNS OF /L>51 STAI.CE*

FINANCIAL

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LION ROCK AERIAL ROPEWAY i:- «> » » i> &

THE GOVERNMENT IS TO INVESTIGATE THE POSSIBILITY OF SITING THE LOUER STATION OF A PROPOSED AERIAL ROPEWAY ON THE SHA TIN SIDE OF LION ROCK AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE EXISTING PROPOSALS FOR THE LOUER STATION TO BE SITED OH THE SOUTHERN SICE.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS STILL ANXIOUS TO PROCEED WITH SUCH A PROJECT, CUT IT WISHES TO ENSURE THAT THE DEST POSSIBLE ALIGNMENT IS SELECTED +CONS1STENT WITH SAFEGUARDING THE ENVIRONMENT AND OFFERING THE HOST ATTRACTIVE SCENIC VIEWS TO THOSE USING THE ROPEWAY.+

HE SAID IF THE STUDY SHOWED THAT THE PROPOSAL WAS FEASIBLE, TENDERS WOULD BE CALLED FOR A ROPEWAY ON THE I2ORTHERN SLOPE.

IF, HOWEVER, IT WAS NOT ACCEPTABLE, THEN FRESH TENDERS WOULD BE CALLED FOR THE ORIGINAL SCHEIE UP THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF LION ROCK.

THE SPOKESMAN RECALLED THAT THE TENDERS RECEIVED FOR THIS SCHEME LAST YEZ;R DID NOT FULLY COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS LAID DOWN BY THE CENTRAL TEI.DER BOARD, AND NONE WAS CONSEQUENTLY ACCEPTED.

THE STUDY IS EXPECTED TO TAKE TUO TO THREE MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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SIX PRE-WAR SHAMSHUIPO BUILDINGS CONDEMNED If ft It ft ft ft

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY DECLARED SIX BUILDINGS IN SHAMSHUIPO TO BE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION. THEY ARE NOS. 108, 110, 111, 113, 115 AND 117 FUK WING STREET, KOWLOON.

THE PRINCIPAL BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THAT NOS. 108 AND 110 WERE SURVEYED IN THE COURSE OF A ROUTINE INSPECTION AND THE REINFORCED CQNCRETE TO THE STRUCTURAL FRAMING, FLOORS AND ROOF WAS FOUND TO BE IN AN ADVANCED STATE OF DETERIORATION AND COULD GIVE RISE TO A COLLAPSE.

THE OTHER FOUR BUILDINGS WERE INSPECTED FOLLOWING A COMPLAINT FROM A MEM3ER OF THE PUBLIC. DETAILED INSPECTION REVEALED EXTENSIVE DETERIORATION OF THE REINFORCED CONCRETE ELEMENTS OF ALL FOUR BUILDINGS.

THE PRINCIPAL BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THAT ANY FURTHER DETERIROATION PARTICULARLY IN THE KITCHEN BLOCKS COULD RESULT . IN FAILURE WHICH MIGHT LEAD TO A COLLAPSE. '

REPAIRS REQUIRED WOULD BE SO EXTENSIVE AS TO BE IMPRACTICABLE, HE SAID, AND IT WAS PROPOSED TO CLOSE THE BUILDINGS AND ORDER THEIR DEMOLITION.

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS WERE POSTED ON THE BUILDINGS TODAY. THE APPLICATIONS WILL EE HEARD IN KOWLOON DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 A.M. OH SEPTEMBER 11.

TALK ON RESITE ACCOMIIODATIO:! OFFER ft ft ft ft ft ft ft ft ft

ABOUT 100 SQUATTERS FROM A CLEARANCE AREA AT CHING CHUNG VILLAGE, N'GAU CHI UAH, CALLED AT THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT'S OFFICE IN MIDDLE ROAD THIS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON FOR TALKS RELATING TO , THE DEPARTMENT’S OFFER OF EESITE ACCOMMODATION.

EICJJT REPRESENTATIVES WERE RECEIVED. THEY WERE TOLD THAT THE DEPARTMENT UAS PREPARED TO OFFER THEM LICENSED AREA ACCOMMODATION AT CHEUNG SHA WAN, EO HAH TIN CPART-DUILT SKIJOTLJ.ED, KOuLOON BAY AO SAM KA CHULTI.

A SURVEY OF ALL RESIDENTS CARRIED OUT BY THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT EARLIER, EOUEVER, SHOEED THAT TEE MAJORITY CF THE FAMILIES CONCERNED WISHED TO DE ACCOMMODATED IN THE IZU LICENSED AREA OF CHEUNG SHA UAH.

TI!E qnoup UAS ElrOPKED THAT THE DEPAHTKZHT UAS READY TO REGISTER THEM FOR SITE ALLOCAT1OU AS FROM FRIDAY. HOWEVER, THE REPRESENTATIVES SAID THEY MIGHT NEED A FEU DAYS K~RE TO PREPARE FOR THE LOVE.

THE SQUATTERS ARE REQUIRED TO HOVE FROM THE AREA FOR ROAD WORK IN CONNECT ION UI TH li.E t?GAU CHI UAH PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE AND A SITE FOR CONTROLLED REFUSE TIPPING.

A TOTAL OF 121 FAMILIES OF 547 PEOPLE FROM THIS AREA LIVING IN SURVEYED HUTS HAVE ALREADY DEEN REHOUSED 1IJ SAU NAU PM.’G ESTATE. THE REMAINING 120 FAMILIES OF <50 PEOPLE LIVING IN UHSU2VEYED HUTS ARE BEING ARRANGED FC.? LICENCED AZA SPACES.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 1974

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SURVEY OF ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY STARTS TOMORROW

* K * M- * *

THE THIRD MAJOR SURVEY OF HONG KONG’S ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY, TO COLLECT DATA ON TRAINING REQUIREMENTS, STARTS TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

IT IS BEING CONDUCTED BY THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT

QUESTIONNAIRES AND EXPLANATORY LETTERS IN BOTH ENGLISH . AND CHINESE WERE SENT TWO WEEKS AGO TO ALL ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY.

THE INFORMATION WHICH EMPLOYERS ARE REQUESTED TO SUPPLY INCLUDES, THE NUMBER OF WORKERS AT PRESENT EMPLOYED= THE NUMBER OF WORKERS AT PRESENT UNDER TRAINING3 THE NUMBER OF EXISTING VACANCIES= AND A FORECAST OF THE NUMBER OF WORKERS REQUIRED BY AUGUST 1975.

SURVEY INTERVIEWING OFFICERS OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL VISIT EACH OF THE ESTABLISHMENTS CONCERNED DURING THE PERIOD OF THE SURVEY, WHICH ENDS ON SEPTEMBER 6, TO HELP EMPLOYERS TO COMPLETE THE QUESTIONNAIRE.

THE SECRETARY OF THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD, MR. AU-YEUNG MAN-TAK, SAID THE INFORMATION COLLECTED WOULD BE HANDLED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND WOULD BE PUBLISHED ONLY IN THE FORM OF STATISTICAL SUMMARIES WITHOUT REFERENCE TO ANY INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENT.

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CONFIDENCE IN CROWN AGENTS REAFFIRMED ft ft ft ft ft ft

THE GOVERNMENT IS SATISFIED WITH THE WAY THE CROWN AGENTS HAVE EXECUTED THEIR INSTRUCTIONS IN RESPECT OF HONG KONG'S FUNDS, THE SECRETARY, THE HON. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, SAID TODAY.

+1 KNOW OF NO CRITICISMS OF THE WAY IN WHICH THE CROWN AGENTS HAVE MANAGED THEIR PRINCIPALS' FUNDS,+ HE TOLD COUNCIL IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. J.H. BREMRIDGE.

MR. BREMRIDGE WANTED TO KNOW WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WOULD TAKE STEPS TO ADEQUATELY SAFEGUARD HONG KONG FUNDS HELD BY THE CROWN AGENTS, IN VIEW OF CRITICISM OF THE AGENTS' INVESTMENT AND LENDING POLICIES.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID MR. BREMRIDGE MIGHT BE REFERRING TO THE DISQUIET EXPRESSED IN SOME CIRCLES IN RECENT YEARS ABOUT THE WAY IN WHICH THE CROWN AGENTS HAVE BEEN INVESTING THEIR OWN FUNDS, BUT HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALWAYS BEEN ENTIRELY SATISFIED WITH THE WAY IN WHICH THE AGENTS HAVE EXECUTED THEIR INSTRUCTIONS.

THEIR PERFORMANCE, MR. HADDON-CAVE ADDED, AND THE QUALITY OF THEIR ADVICE COMPARED FAVOURABLY WITH OTHER INSTITUTIONS HONG KONG USED IN LONDON AND ELSEWHERE.

FOLLOWING UP HIS QUESTION, F.R. BREI3RIDGE ENQUIRED ABOUT THE PURPOSE OF THE RECENT ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE 111 MISTER OF OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT IN THE HOUSE OF C0HI10M3 ON THE NATTER OF CROWN AGENTS.

MR. HADDON-CAVE REPLIED THAT THE STATEMENT AIMED TO POINT OUT THE CREATION OF A BOARD OF CROWN AGENTS, ARD STRESSED THAT THERE WAS NO CHANGE IN RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE BOARD OF CROWN AGENTS ARD PRINCIPALS.

+ 1T IS THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO CIRCULATE COPIES OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT,* HE ADDED.

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE

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THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY CWEDNESDAY) AT SALE UNDER THE RICE CONTROL SCHEME AND AT THE VEGETABLE MARKETING 0RGNAISAT10N WHOLESALE MARKET AND THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEUNG SHA WAN, KOWLOON:

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PR,

GRADE OF RICE OF SUPPLY AVERAGE

CHINA RICE

SEE MEW GOOD 2.02

S.C. JIEN GOOD 1.86

PO NGA1

CHU CHO

THAI RICE

100%- WHOLE GOOD e 1.80

10-15% BROKENS GOOD 1.72

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.70

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.45

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 1.77

U.S. RICE GOOD 1.87

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.67

PAKISTAN RICE

TAIWAN RICE

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWIN

CALL SOURCES)

ICE C$/CATTY)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK C$/P1CUL-LIVE WEIGHT)

1

GOOD

320 CAVERAGE)

/SUPPLIES AND

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 1974.

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

SPEC IES AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY) MODE

HiqH LOW

qOLDEN THREAD LIMITED 5.90 1.80 4.50

Biq-EYES qooD 3-30 0.60 2.00

SQUID qooD 3-70 1.20 2.20

HAIR-TAILS LIMITED 1.60 0.50 0.80 .

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 2-75 0.30 1.10

CROAKERS LIMITED 1.80 1.30 1.50

CONQER-PIKE-EELS NORMAL 2.50 1.00 1.70

MELON COAT

BREAMS LIMITED 6.00 3.20 4.50

YELLOW BELLY NORMAL 1.60 0.45 1.10

MACKERELS LIMITED 6.00 5.00 5.50

RED GOAT FISH LIMITED 0.90 0.50 . 0.60 '

FORK-TAIL —— __

HORSE-HEAD SCARCE 7.00 3.00 4.50

MELON SEED qooo 1.60 0.65 1.10

POMFRETS SCARCE 9.50 7.00 8.50

qAROUPAS LIMITED 9.00 5.00 7.00

YELLOW CROAKER —— Ml

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

TYPE OF VEqETABLE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLES HIQH iALE PRICE LOW C$/CATTY) MODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE NORMAL 1.20 0.40 0.80

WHITE CABBAQE qooD 0.50 0.10 0.30

CHINESE LETTUCE LIMITED 0.80 0.30 0.60

WATER SPINACH qooo 0.40 0.10 0.30

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 1.60 0.60 1.20

STRINq BEANS LIMITED 2.00 0.50 1.40

SPRfJNq ONION LIMITED 1.50 0.50 1.00

SPINACH

WATER CRESS SCARCE 3.00 1.50 2.50

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAQE QOOD 0.40 0.10 0.30

CHINESE SPINACH QOOD 0.40 0.10 0.25

TOMATO SCARCE 4.20 2.00 3.00

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLET

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15►- 1974.

CONTENTS PACE NO.

CLEARANCE WORK FOR TSUEN WAN SUPER-HIGHWAY STARTING ON MONDAY.................................................

DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE TO OPEN NEW ESTATE WELFARE BUILDING................................................  2

FINAL BREAK-THROUGH OF THE TUNNEL SYSTEM AT HIGH ISLAND 3

FOUR LOTS OF CROWN LAND IN KOWLOON FOR SALE NEXT MONTH 4

SECRETARY FOR THE NEU TERRITORIES TO ATTEND 'MEET THE

MEDIA' SESSION TOMORROW .................................. 4 '

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KOWLOON ......................... 5

DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

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

THURSDAY, AUQUST 15, 1974

CLEARANCE WORK FOR TSUEN WAN SUPER-HIGHWAY TO START MONDAY » » n » i:- »

SEVERAL AREAS OF LAND IN TSUEN WAN DISTRICT ARE TO BE CLEARED TO MAKE WAY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SUPER-HIGHWAY LINKING TSUEN WAN WITH TUEN MUN.

THE NEW ROAD IS DESIGNED TO EASE TRAFFIC CONGESTION ON CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND TO COPE WITH THE ANTICIPATED INCREASE IN TRAFFIC FLOU AS THE NEU TOWN OF TUEN HUN DEVELOPS.

THE CONTRACT FOR THE $222 MILLION SIX-LANE HIGHWAY WAS SIGNED IN JUNE THIS YEAR AtiD PREPARATORY WORK HAS ALREADY STARTED. THE WHOLE PROJECT WILL TAKE THREE YEARS TO FINISH.

THE LAND IMMEDIATELY REQUIRED FOR THE ROAD PROJECT INCLUDES SITES AT CHA IWAN KOK, PART OF YAU KAM TAU, TING KAU PART OF SHAM TSANG SAN TSUEN, SHAM TSANG SAI TSUEN AND TSI NG LUNG TAU. CLEARANCE WILL START ON MONDAY (AUGUST'19).

OF THE 69 FAMILIES AFFECTED, 17 FAMILIES COMPRISING 69 PEOPLE WHO WERE LIVING OUTSIDE THE LAYOUT AREAS HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED LAND BY THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE TO REBUILD THEIR HOUSES^ 40 FAMILIES COMPRISING 218 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN OFFERED PUBLIC HOUSING AND 10 FAMILIES COMPRISING 43 PEOPLE OFFERED LICENSED AREA ACCOMMODATION. THE REMAINING TWO FAMILIES CONSISTING OF 11 PEOPLE, WERE INELIGIBLE AS THEY WERE FOUND ALREADY TO BE IN POSSESSION OF OTHER SUITABLE ACCOMMODATION.

THIS CLEARANCE OPERATION WILL ALSO AFFECT FOUR SHOPS AND OVER 60 PIGSTIES.

TWO OF THE SHOP OPERATORS HAVE ACCEPTED COMPENSATION OF SOME $5,400 AND $13,000 RESPECTIVELY. COMPENSATION FOR THE OTHER TWO ARE UNDER NEGOTIATION.

MOST OF THE PIGSTY OWNERS HAVE BEEN COMPENSATED AT A RATE OF $8 PER SQ. FT. WITH THE MAXIMUM PER PERSON NOT EXCEEDING $10,000.

POULTRY SHED OWNERS AND CULTIVATORS HAVE ALSO BEEN COMPENSATED.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DISTRICT OFFICE, TSUEN WAN, SAID THAT ALL THE PERSONS AFFECTED HAD BEEN TAKEN CARE OF AND ALL THOSE ELIGIBLE HAD BEEN COMPENSATED IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER.

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tV ' HOUSING HAVE NEW HOMES AT ' TSUEN WAN.

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MOST OF THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN OFFERED PUBLIC EITHER MOVED OR ARE READY TO HOVE INTO THEIR KWAI FONG, KWAI SHING OR SHEK LEI ESTATES IN

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+ONLY 11 FAMILIES HAVE HOT YET DECIDED TO TAKE UP OUR OFFER OF PUBLIC HOUSING,* HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE DISTRICT OFFICE HAS BEEN TREATING ALL THOSE CONCERNED FAIRLY AND EQUALLY AND -TRYING TO MEET THEIR REQUESTS AS FAR AS IS POSSIBLE IN ACCORDANCE UITH THE RULES OF ELIGIBILITY FOR COMPENSATION AND EK-C.RATIA PAYMENT.

+THOSE WHO HAVE NOT YET TAKEN UP OUR OFFER SHOULD DO SO NOU AS TIME IS GETTING VERY SHORT,+ HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED THAT THE GOVERNMENT COULD NOT AFFORD TO ALLOW ANY HOLD-UP OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE ROAD AS THE PROJECT WAS CLOSELY TIED WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE TUEN MUN AND TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN AND THE PROVISION OF PUBLIC HOUSING THERE.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, WILL OFFICIALLY OPEN THE LAM TIN ESTATE WELFARE BUILDING CWEST) TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE OPENING CEREMONY IS DUE TO START AT 4 P.M. AND AFTER SPEECHES BY MISS LEENA KARV1NEN, CHAIRMAN OF THE BUILDING’S MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, AMD MR. LEE, THERE WILL BE A RIEBON-CUTTING CEREMONY PERFORMED BY REPRESENTATIVES OF THE TENANTS OF THE BUILDING AS WELL AS THE LAM TIN AREA COMMITTEE AND THE ESTATE MANAGEMENT. A TOUR OF THE BUILDING WILL FOLLOW THIS CEREMONY.

TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED FOR PRESS REPRESENTATIVES. THOSE WISHING TO MAKE USE OF THIS FACILITY SHOULD MEET AT THE PUBLIC RELATIONS UNIT OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AT ROOM 528A, LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, BEFORE 3 P.M.

THE NEW ESTATE WELFARE BUILDING IS THE SEVENTH TO COME UNDER THE MANAGEMENT OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT. BESIDES HOUSING THE DEPARTMENT’S ESTATE COMMUNITY WORK OFFICE FOR LAM TIN (WEST) AND THE OFFICE OF THE KHUN TONG COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICER, THE BUILDING WILL ALSO ACCOMMODATE FOUR WELFARE ORGANIZATIONS. THESE ARE THE KAI YIN TRAINING CENTRE, THE CHINESE Y.M.C.A. LAM TIN CENTRE, THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS ASSOCIATION LAM TIN SECOND LIBRARY AND THE LING ON NURSERY.

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TUNNEL BREAK THROUGH AT HIGH ISLAND »*»»»»

EXCITEMENT IS MOUNTING AMONG WORKERS AT THE MAIN TUNNEL OF THE HIGH ISLAND WATER SCHEME AS THE MOMENT FOR THE FINAL BREAK-THROUGH OF THE 25-HILE TUNNEL SYSTEM APPROACHES.

THE BLAST-THROUGH HAS BEEN TIMED FOR 12 NOON ON MONDAY ’ CAUGUST 19> WHEN THE DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES, HR. W.T. KNIGHT, WILL PRESS A BUTTON AT A SHAFT SITE f^AR SHA TIN TO DETONATE THE FINAL EXPLOSIVE CHARGE TO MARK THE COMPLETION OF THE EXCAVATION OF THE WHOLE TUNNEL SYSTEM. THE CEREMONY WILL ALSO INCLUDE A LION DANCE AND A GOOD LUCK RITE.

WORK ON THIS $JOO MILLION PROJECT STARTED TWO AND A HALF YEARS AGO AND IS SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED IN NOVEMBER NEXT YEAR, WHEN 11,500 ACRES OF WATER GATHERING GROUNDS WILL BE ADDED TO HONG KONG’S WATER RESERVOIRS.

THE WHOLE TUNNEL SYSTEM CONSISTS OF ONE MAIN TUNNEL TOGETHER WITH SEVERAL BRANCH TUNNELS. THEIR SIZES VARY FROM EIGHT FEET TO 13 FEET IN DIAMETER.

THE MAIN TUNNEL WILL LINK UP LOWER SHING MUN RESERVOIR AND THE SHA TIN TREATMENT WORKS WITH THE HIGH ISLAND RESERVOIR, NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION. IT WILL ALSO DE ABLE TO BE USED TO TRANSFER WATER FROM PLOVER COVE RESERVOIR TO HIGH ISLAND RESERVOIR.

SO FAR THE WORK HAS GONE WELL AND IS ON SCHEDULE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE CEREMONY ON MONDAY. PRESS BUSES WILL LEAVE FOR THE SITE AT 11 A.M. SHARP FROM THE GROUND FLOOR CAR PARK AT HURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD COUTS IDE THE MAIN RECEPTION LOBBY}.

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PROUN LAND SALE ft ft ft IS ft ft

FOUR LOTS OF CROUN LAND IN KOWLOON WILL BE OFFERED FOR SALE BY AUCTION TOWARDS THE MIDDLE OF NEXT MONTH.

THREE OF THEM ARE FOR INDUSTRIAL AND/OR QODOUN DEVELOPMENT WHILE THE OTHER IS FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL USE.

THE RESIDENTIAL LOT MEASURES .15,750 SQUARE FEET. IT IS SITUATED BETWEEN WATERLOO ROAD AND BROADCAST DRIVE IN KOULOON.

OF THE INDUSTRIAL LOTS, TWO ARE LOCATED BETWEEN CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD AND LAI CHI KOK ROAD, KOWLOON,. WITH AREAS OF 11,440 SQUARE FEET AND 10,670 SQUARE FEET. THE THIRD ONE IS SITUATED OFl TAI NAN STREET IN KOULOON AND MEASURES ABOUT 12,220 SQUARE FEET.

THE AUCTION WILL BE HELD AT 2.30 P.M. ON SEPTEMBER 13 IN ™E CITY HALL LECTURE ROON.

. FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES • (WEST WING), GROUND FLOOR, HONGKONG, AND FROM THE CROUN LANDS AND SURVEYS OFFICE, KOULOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, 1OTH FLOOR, KOULOON.

‘MEET THE MEDIA' SESSION TOMORROW ft ft ft ft ft ft

NOTE TO EDITORSt

ANOTHER MEET THE MEDIA SESSION WILL DE HELD AT 3 P.M. TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE G-I»S. THEATRE, 5TH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

ATTENDING WILL BE MR. DAVID AKERS-JONES, SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, WHO WILL SPEAK ABOUT THE WORK- OF HIS DEPARTMENT.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE MEETING WHICH IS PART OF A SERIES ARRANGED DY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES TO ENABLE NEWSMEN TO MEET SENIOR OFFICIALS AND QUESTION THEM ABOUT THEIR WORK.

RADIO AND TELEVISION COVERAGE FACILITIES WILL BE PROVIDED. TELEVISION AND RADIO CREWS ARE REQUESTED TO HAVE THEIR EQUIPMENT SET UP BEFORE THE START OF THE MEETING TO AVOID INCONVENIENCE.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KOULOON »»*»»»»»

NEW CLEARWAY HOURS WILL BE INTRODUCED AT THE EDGE OF THE CARRIAGEWAY NEAR THE STAR FERRY CONCOURSE IN KOULOON AS FROM 10 A.M. ON SATURDAY CAUGUST 175. THE CLEARUAY HOURS WILL BE FROM 7 A.M. TO MIDNIGHT EVERY DAY.

EXCEPT FOR FRANCHISED BUSES, NO VEHICLES WILL BE PERMITTED TO PICK UP OR SET DOUN PASSENGERS OR GOODS DURING THESE HOURS.

AT THE SAME TIME, NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN A SECTION OF KOULOON TONG. THIS INVOLVES THE CLOSING OF THAT SECTION OF KNIGHT STREET BETWEEN DUKE STREET ARD PRINCE EDUARD ROAD TO ALL VEHICULAR TRAFFIC FOR A PERIOD OF THREE DAYS TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS IN THE AREA. /

TRAFFIC MOVING FROM PRINCE EDUARD ROAD TO THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF BOUNDARY STREET VIA KNIGHT STREET WILL EE DIVERTED VIA EMBANKMENT ROAD, DUKE STREET AND THE NORTHERN SECTION OF KNIGHT STREET.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE POSTED IN BOTH AREAS TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE It It it It It It It

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THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY CTHURSDAY) AT SALE UNDER THE RICE CONTROL SCHEME AID AT THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AID THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEUNG SHA UAH, KOULOON:

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

AVAILABILITY

GRADE OF RICE OF SUPPLY ' AVEF

CHINA RICE

SEE MEW GOOD 2.02

S»C. JIEN GOOD 1.86

PO NGA1 NO SALE

CHU CHO KO SALE

THAI RICE

100$ WHOLE GOOD f. 1.80

10-15% BROKENS GOOD 1.72

A1 : SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.70

A1 : SUPER GOOD 1.45

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 1.77

U.S* RICE GOOD 1.87

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.67

PAKISTAN RICE NO SALE

TAIWAN RICE KO SALE

WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK C$/PICUL-LIVE WEIGHT)

SWINE

CALL SOURCES)

GOOD

320 CAVERAGE)

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SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH CFI'O CHEUNG SHA VAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

SPECIES AVAILABILITY OF SUF-PLY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

HIGH LOU KODE

GOLDEN THREAD WRMAL 5.30 2.00 3.80

BIG-EYES GOOD 2.90 0.50 1.60

SQUID GOOD ■ 4.00 0.55 2.40

HAIR-TAILS NORMAL 2.20 0.70 1.50

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 2.90 0.30 1.20

CROAKERS LIMITED 1.70 0.70 1.40

CONGER-PIKE-EELS NORMAL 2.70 1.90 2.00 •

MELON COAT NORMAL Leo 2.50 2.60

BREAMS LIMITED 6.50 1.40 2.80

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 1.70 0.50 1.30

MACKERELS LIMITED 4.80 3.00 4.20

RED GOAT FISH LIMITED 1.00 0.35 0.70

FORK-TAIL LIMITED 0.70 0.40 0.55

HORSE-HEAD LIMITED 6.00 2.00 4.20

MELON SEED NORMAL 2.00 0.60 1.30

POMFRETS SCARCE 9.00 7.50 8.50

GAROUPAS NORMAL 8.C0 6.50 7.00

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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 LOU MODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE NORMAL 1.40 0.50 1.00

WHITE CABBAGE NORMAL 0.60 0.20 0.40

CHINESE LETTUCE LIMITED 0.80 0.30 0.60

HATER SPINACH GOOD 0.45 0.10 0.30

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 1.60 0.60 1.20

STRING BEANS SCARCE 2.40 0.80 1.60

SPRING ONION LIMITED 1.50 0.50 1.00

SPINACH NO SALE

WATER CRESS SCARCE , 3-00 1.20 2.00

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE NORMAL 0.50 0.10 0.30

CHINESE SPINACH GOOD 0.40 0.10 0>J0

TOMATO SCARCE 4.50 2.00 3.50

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

"'FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 1974.

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

POST OFFICE BOX AND PRIVATE BAG RENTALS TO GO UP ......... 1

REVISED POLICY FOR THE RESUMPTION OF VILLAGE LOTS ON HONG KONG ISLAND........................................   1

TREATMENT CAPACITY OF SHATIN TREATMENT WORKS TO BE INCREASED ................................................ 2

STUDY ON SOCIAL AND RECREATIONAL NEEDS OF YOUNG FACTORY WORKERS IN TAI KOK TSUI .................’................ 2

MORE BALANCED WELFARE SERVICES DEVELOPMENT IN FUTURE .. 3

PUBLIC LIGHT BUS TERMINUS AND CAR PARKS FOR LEI MUK SHUE ESTATE.................................................    4

•EXPENSIVE’ RIDE FOR YOUTH...............................  4

SALARY INCREASES FOR WELFARE ASSISTANTS .................. 5

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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POST OFFICE BOX AND PRIVATE BAG RENTALS ft ft ft ft ft i?

THE ANNUAL FEES FOR THE RENTING OF PRIVATE BOXES AND PRIVATE BAGS IN VARIOUS POST OFFICES WILL BE INCREASED FROM NEXT MONTH.

THE INCREASES, UH ICH WILL BECOME EFFECTIVE ON SEPTEMBER 1, WILL DE AS FOLLOWS:

LARGE BOX SMALL COX PRIVATE BAG

-■ - —' CURRENT charge. REVISED charge CURRENT CHARGE REVISED CHARGE CURRENT CHARGE REVISED CHARGE

GENERAL POST ) OFFICE 3 KOULOON CENTRAL) POST OFFICE ) $60 $150 $40 $100 $36 $75 ‘

ANY OTHER POST ) OFFICES ) $48 $100 $367 $80 $36 $75

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE POST OFFICE SAID : +THE CHARGE FOR THESE FACILITIES, WHICH ARE SUPPLEMENTARY TO THE NORMAL DELIVERIES BY POSTMEN, HAVE REMAINED UNCHANGED FOR OVER 15 YEARS.*

DURING THAT TIME, HE ADDED, CAPITAL AND MAINTENANCE COSTS TOGETHER WITH THE DAY TO DAY COST OF PROVIDING THIS FACILITY HAVE RISEN TO THE EXTENT THAT THE INCREASES .PROPOSED ARE LONG OVERDUE.'

THE INCREASES WILL ONLY APPLY TO THE RENEWAL OF RENTS MADE ON AND AFTER SEPTEMBER 1.

THERE ARE A TOTAL OF 20,735 POST OFFICE BOXES AVAILABLE AT 30 POST OFFICES IN HONG KONG*

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VILLAGE LOTS ON HONG KONG ISLAND ft ft ft ft ft ft

IN FUTURE WHEN VILLAGE LOTS ON HONG KONG ISLAND ARE RESUMED BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR COMMUNJTY PROJECTS THE COMPENSATION WILL INCLUDE AN EX GRATIA PAYMENT IN ADDITION TO THE NORMAL SUM ASSESSED AS THE FULL MARKET VALUE OF THE LOTS CONCERNED.

THIS WAS ANNOUNCED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

EXPLAINING THE MOVE, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID: +THE DECISION TO GIVE EX.GRATIA PAYMENTS EXTENDS TO HONG KONG ISLAND THE POLICY RECENTLY INTRODUCED IN CERTAIN PARTS OF NEU KOWLOON. PREVIOUSLY WHEN LOTS OF THIS TYPE WERE RESUMED THE OWNERS WERE GIVEN THE OPTION OF A GRANT OF LAND IN LIEU OF CASH COMPENSATION, BUT AS SUITABLE LAND FOR EXCHANGE PURPOSE IS ROW IN SHORT SUPPLY THIS PRACTICE HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED.*

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TREATMENT CAPACITY OF SHATIN TREATMENT WORKS TO BE INCREASED ft ft ft ft ft ft-

TWO ADDITIONAL CLARIFIERS AND A WASH WATER RECOVERY TANK WILL SOON BE BUILT AT THE SHATIN TREATMENT WORKS TO HELP TREAT THE FUTURE ADDITIONAL SUPPLY OF WATER FROM THE HIGH ISLAND WATER SCHEME.

WORK ON THE TWO CLARIFIER TANKS, EACH MEASURING 172 FEET IN DIAMETER AND 24 FEET IN DEPTH, AND THE WASH WATER RECOVERY TANK, 62 FEET IN DIAMETER AND 26 FEET IN DEPTH, IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN OCTOBER-AND WI-LL TAKE ABOUT 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

ON COMPLETION, THE TREATMENT CAPACITY OF THE TREATMENT WORKS WILL BE INCREASED FROM 175 TO 240 MILLION GALLONS OF WATER A DAY.

. A SPOKESMAN FOR THE WATER WORKS OFFICE SAID THAT TWO • MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT CONTRACTS, ONE FOR THE TWO CLARIFIERS AND THE OTHER FOR UPRATING 20 OF THE EXISTING FILTERS FROM THEIR PRESENT FILTERING CAPACITY OF FIVE MILLION GALLONS A DAY EACH TO EIGHT MILLION GALLONS A DAY, WERE AWARDED TO TWO COMPANIES IN APRIL.

HE SAID: +WORK ON THE INSTALLATION OF THE MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT FOR THE CLARIFIERS AND FILTERS WILL BE CARRIED OUT AT THE SAME TIME AS THE CIVIL ENGINEERING CONSTRUCTION SO THAT BY APRIL 1976 THE SHATIN TREATMENT WORKS WILL BE READY TO TREAT THE FIRST OF THE WATER BEING MADE AVAILABLE FROM THE HIGH ISLAND WATER SCHEME.+

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A COMMUNITY SELF-STUDY PROJECT IS NOW GOING ON TO FIND OUT THE SOCIAL AND RECREATIONAL NEEDS OF YOUNG FACTORY WORKERS LIVING IN TAI KOK TSUI AREA IN KOWLOON.

A WORKING COMMITTEE, CHAIRED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT'S COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICER FOR MONGKOK, MR. LAM PJNG-KUEN, AND MADE UP OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE C.D.O. CMONGKOK) AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES IN THE DISTRICT HAS BEEN SET UP TO OVERSEE THE PROJECT.

AS PART OF THE STUDY, - QUEST IONAIRES WERE SENT OUT TO 200 YOUNG FACTORY WORKERS LAST WEEKEND TO FIND OUT WHAT TYPES OF RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES THEY MERE PARTICIPATING IN, WHAT THEY FELT ABOUT THEM AND WHAT THEY WANTED TO IMPROVE.

NEXT MONTH, A COMPREHENSIVE SURVEY WILL BE CONDUCTED AMONG THE FACTORY WORKERS. ANALYSIS OF THE FINDINGS AND RESULTS WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE CONCERNED INCLUDING VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS FOR FOLLOW-UP ACTiON.

THIS COMMUNITY SELF-STUDY PROJECT IS ONE OF SEVERAL WHICH THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S STAFF CONNECTED WITH YOUTH WORK ARE CONDUCT 1NQ.

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MORE BALANCED WELFARE SERVICES DEVELOPMENT IN FUTURE ft ft ft ft ft ft

THE COMING YEARS WILL SEE A MORE BALANCED DEVELOPMENT IN WELFARE QERVICE'S, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, SAID TODAY.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE LAM TIN (WEST) ESTATE WELFARE BUILDING, HE SAID THE HONG KONG COMMUNITY HAD BEEN DEVELOPING VERY RAPIDLY IN RECENT YEARS.

BECAUSE OF THIS THE GOVERNMENT, THROUGH THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, HAD PRODUCED A FIVE YEAR PLAN TO EFFECT A MORE COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENT OF WELFARE SERVICES IN HONG KONG.

THE DEVELOPMENTS ENVISAGED EXTENSION OF FACILITIES IN MANY FIELDS. THESE WERE COMMUNITY SERVICES, CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES, FAMILY WELFARE SERVICES, NURSERIES, SOCIAL SECURITY, SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY AND THE REHABILITATION OF THE DISABLED AND THOSE UNDER PROBATIONAL AND CORRECTIONAL CARE.

SUPPORTING SERVICES WERE ALSO TO BE PROVIDED IN THE FIELDS OF TRAINING, PLANNING, RESEARCH, EVALUATION AND STATISTICS TO ENABLE THE SERVICES TO BECOME EVEN MORE EFFECTIVE.

MR. LEE SAID THE OPENING OF THE LAM TIN (WEST) ESTATE WELFARE BUILDING, THE SECOND IN THE ESTATE, WILL ENABLE WELFARE SERVICES 1N THE DISTRICT TO PROGRESS FURTHER.

THE BUILDING IS THE SEVENTH TO BE'OPERATED BY THE DEPARTMENT AND CONTAINS CERTAIN IMPROVEMENTS OVER THE EARLIER ONES.

BESIDES ACCOMMODATING OFFICES OF THE DEPARTMENT’S ESTATE COMMUNITY WORK OFFICE FOR LAM TIN (WEST) AND THE COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICER FOR KWUN TONG, IT HOUSES FOUR OTHER VOLUNTARY WELFARE ORGANIZATIONS, NAMELY, THE KAI YIN TRAINING CENTRE. THE CHINESE Y.M.CM.A. LAM TLN CENTRE, THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS ASSOCIATION LAM TIN SECOND LIBRARY AND THE LING ON NURSERY.

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ROADS AND CAR PARKS FOR LEI MUK SHUE ESTATE

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CONSTRUCTION OF THE ROADS AND DRAINAGE WORKS AT THE LEI MUK SHUE GOVERNMENT LOU COST HOUSING ESTATE WILL BEGIN SHORTLY.

THE WORK WILL INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION AND SURFACING OF ABOUT 370 METRES OF INTERNAL ROADS AND 3.900 SQUARE METRES OF RECREATION GROUND.

AT THE SAME TIME, A PUBLIC LIGHT BUS TERMINUS, SITUATED NEXT TO THE LEI MUK SHUE BUS TERMINUS, AND FOUR CAR PARKS.WILL BE BUILT. f.r

THIS IS PART OF A GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO PROVIDE BETTER LIVING CONDITION AND TRANSPORT AND PARKING FACILITIES FOR THE RESIDENTS OF VARIOUS ESTATES.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN OCTOBER AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 16 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE.$76 MILLION ESTATE, PROVIDING HOME FOR SOME 18,800 PEOPLE, IS NOU IN THE FINAL STAGE OF CONSTRUCTION.

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♦EXPENSIVE* RIDE FOR YOUTH »####«

A 16-YEAR-OLD YOUTH WHO TRIED TO CATCH A FREE RIDE LAST SATURDAY ON A TRAIN TO FANLING TODAY FOUND THAT HE HAD TO PAY TEN TIMES THE AMOUNT OF THE FARE REQUIRED.

... THE YOUTH APPEARED BEFORE MR. A.G.T. WANE AT THE FANLING MAGISTRACY THIS MORNING ON A CHARGE OF FARE EVASION.

THE COURT WAS TOLD THAT THE YOUTH BOARDED UPTRAIN NO. 14 AT MONG KOK STATION AT 1 P.M. ON AUGUST 10 AND GOT OFF AT FANLING STATION WITHOUT PAYING THE REQUIRED FARE, $1.25.

HE WAS FINED $12.50.

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SALARY INCREASES FOR WELFARE ASSISTANTS IN SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT APPROVED ____ x h nx x »

THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL HAS

APPROVED AN INCREASE IN THE SALARY OF WELFARE ASSISTANTS IN THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT FROM $815 TO $940 WITH EFFECT FROM SEPTEMBER 1, 1974 IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR INCREASED RESPONSIBILITIES

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SAID THIS INCREASE TAKES INTO ACCOUNT THE RECENTLY ANNOUNCED GENERAL PAY AWARD FOR THE.CIVIL SERVICE.

THE REVISION APPLIES TO ALL EXISTING STAFF IN THE GRADE WHOSE SALARIES WOULD NOW BE AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTED.

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE »»»»»»* "

THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY CFRIDAY) AT SALE 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 C$/CATTY> AVERAGE

CHINA RICE ■ -

SEE MEW GOOD 2.02

SeC. JIEN GOOD 1.86

PO NGA I ——

CHU CHO •••

THAI RICE

100% WHOLE GOOD 1.80

10-15% BROKENS GOOD 1.72

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.70

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.45

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 1.77

U.S. RICE

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.67

PAKISTAN RICE /

TAIWAN RICE

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESAPE PRICES OF SWINE

CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY - GOOD

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK

C$/PICUL—LIVE WEIGHT) ’ - 320 CAVERAGE)

/SUPPLIES AMD

FRIDAY. AUGUST 1fit 1974

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH

CFMO CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET) •-

AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY>

SPEC IES OF SUPPLY » HIGH LOW KODE

GOLDEN THREAD NORMAL 5-50 2.00 3.20

big-eyes GOOD 2.60 0.50 1.70

SQUID GOOD 3.80 1.30 2.00

HAIR-TAILS NORMAL 2.40 0.45 1.00

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 2.70 0.40 1.20

CROAKERS LIMITED 2.60 0.40 1.40

CONGER-PIKE-EELS NORMAL 3.40 1.20 2.40

MELON COAT LIMITED 3.00 1.70 2.80

BREAMS LIMITED 5.00 1.70 3.00

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 1.50 0.40 0.80

MACKERELS SCARCE 5.50 3.00 4.50

RED GOAT FISH LIMITED 1.60 0.55 1.20

FORK-TAIL GOOD 0.80 f 0.40 0.55

HORSE-HEAD LIMITED 5.70 2.00 4.80

MELON SEED NORMAL 2.50 0.40 1.60

POMFRETS LIMITED 9-50 6.00 8.00

GAROUPAS LIMITED • 7.80 5.00 6.50

YELLOW CROAKER ■■ ■■ ■» «■»

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TYPE OF VEGETABLE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE ($/CATTY)

HIGH LOU MODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE LIMITED 1.50 0.60 1.00

WHITE CABBAGE GOOD 0.45 0.10 0.30

CHINESE LETTUCE SCARCE 1.00 0.40 0.70

WATER SPINACH GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.25

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 1.80 0.80 1.20

STRING BEANS LIMITED 2.40 0.60 1.50

SPRING ONION NORMAL 1.40 0.40 0.80

SPINACH —»

WATER CRESS SCARCE 3.00 1.50 2.40

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE GOOD* 0.40 0.10 0.30

CHINESE SPINACH GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.25

TOMATO SCARCE 4.50 2.00 3-50

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17» 1974

CONTENTS PACE t!O.

NEU DIRECTOR OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION APPOINTED 1 •

FIVE-YEAR REVIEW OF TAI LAM TRAINING CENTRE FOR

WOMEN COMPLETED ..............................     2

TV ARTISTES TO PROMOTE LOTTERIES SALE ON MONDAY 4

RENDERS OF PRINCESS ALEXENDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE" 10 DONA IE BLOOD uoooaaoaooooaooooaaooooaaaooaa** 5

VOLUNTEER SERVICE SCHEME FOR THE AGED IN HOUSING

ESTATES..........................................  5

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 1974

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APPOINTMENT OF NEU DIRECTOR OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION ft ft ft ft ft »

COMMANDER NIGEL NOVELL OF NEW SCOTLAND YARD, ONE OF BRITAIN’S TOP DETECTIVES, HAS ACCEPTED AN APPOINTMENT UITH THE ROYAL HONS ICONS POLICE FORCE AND UILL TAKE OVER AS DIRECTOR OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION.

THE PRESENT DIRECTOR, K3. J.D. LEES Q.P.M., C.P.H., GOES ON RETIREMENT LEAVE ON AUGUST 29.

THE APPOINTMENT IS A KEY PART OF COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, KR. ERIAN SLEVIN’S DRIVE TO COUNTER SERIOUS AND ORGANISED CRIME.

HR. HOUELL HAS DEEN MADE AVAILABLE DY COURTESY OF SIR EGBERT HARK, COMMISSIONER OF THE METROPOLITAN POLICE.

COMMANDER HOUELL, AGED 46, IS MARRIED U1TH TUO CHILDREN.

HE JOINED THE METROPOLITAN POLICE IN 1949 AND HAS DEEN IN CID SINCE 1954. HE HAS SERVED IN THE MURDER SQUAD CKNOUN AS THE FLYING SQUAD) ARD HAS SPECIALISED IN CRIMINAL INTELLIGENCE AI3 Ti.E USE OF COMPUTER 1SATION AS AN AIDE TO CID INVESTIGATIONS.

HE HAS PARTICULAR RECENT KNOWLEDGE OF DRUGS AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND, LAST YEAR, UAS BRIEFLY SECONDED TO THE TUNISIAN GOVERNMENT AS POLICE ADVISER.

IT IS KNOWN THAT THe'cOHMISSIONER REGARDS CID AS DEING OF MAJOR IMPORTANCE IM THE FIGHT AGAINST CRIME= RESTRUCTURING OF THE DEPARTMENT IS ALREADY UNDERWAY AO THE INTRODUCTION OF FURTHER MODERN COUNTER CRIME METHODS ARE BEING PLANKED.

MR. HOUELL HAS A WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE GAINED AS A SENIOR OFFICER IN ONE OF THE KOST SOPHISTICATED ’ AND ADVANCED CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DEPARTiStlTS.'

HIS EXPERIENCE IN BOTH METROPOLITAN POLICE WORK AND INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL MATTERS WILL BE INVALUABLE IN ADVISING THE COMMISSIONER O.J METHODS CF IMPROVING AD STRENGTHENING THE CID.


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TRAINING CENTRE PROGRAMME FOR YOUNG FEMALE OFFENDERS REVIEWED ft ft ft ft ft ft

♦SHE IS APPROXIMATELY 16 YEARS OLD, HAS A PRIMARY FOUR EDUCATION AND HAS BEEN WORKING AS A DANCE HALL HOSTESS. HER FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS HAVE BEEN POOR AMD SHE HAS EITHER LEFT HOME OR IS CONSIDERED CUT OF CONTROL®

♦SHE IS PROBABLY SINGLE, THOUGH SHE MAY HAVE COHABITED FOR A TIME, HAS Nt RELIGIOUS BELIEFS ARD HAS BEEN COMMITTED TO THE TRAINING CENTRE FOR AH OFFENCE AGAINST PROPERTY.

♦ONCE SHE HAS ADJUSTED TO THE CENTRE SHE SEEMS TO PROGRESS RAPIDLY, HAS FEW DISCIPLINARY PROBLEMS AND CAN EXPECT TO BE RELEASED WITHIN ABOUT 10 MONTHS.

♦SHE RESPONDS WELL TO AFTER-CARE SUPERVISION AND HER CHANCES OF SUCCESS APPEAR TO BE EXCELLENT.♦

THE ABOVE IS A CLEAR PROFILE OF THE TYPICAL TRAINING CENTRE FEMALE INMATE — AS DRAWN BY MISS KoA. HAUGHTON, SUPERINTENDENT OF THE TAI LAM CENTRE FOR WOMEN, IN HER REVIEW OF THE TAI LAN TRAINING CENTRE FOR THE YEARS 1969*74.

THE TAI LAM TRAINING CENTRE FOR GIRLS — ONE OF THE THREE SECTIONS OF THE TAI LAM CENTRE FOR WOMEN — TOOK IN ITS FIRST INMATE IN DECEMBER, 1959 WHEN THE LA! CHI KOK PRISON WAS TRANSFERRED TO ITS PRESENT LOCATION AT TAI LAM CHUNG IN THE-NEW TERRITORIES.

SINCE THEN AND UNTIL MAY THIS YEAR, 78 GIRLS BETWEEN THE AGE OF 14 AND 21 HAD BEEN DETAINED, AND SO FAR 43 INMATES HAD BEEN DISCHARGED, EACH HAVING SPENT AN AVERAGE OF ABOUT 10 MONTHS IN THE CENTRE. '

THE PERIOD OF DETENTION UNDER EXISTING LEGISLATION IS FROM SIX MONTHS TO THREE YEARS. ♦BUT THE PERIOD SPENT IN THE CENTRE IS DETERMINED DY THE EXTENT OF A TRAINEE’S RESPONSE TO THE TREATMENT AND TRAINING CENTRE,+ MISS HAUGHTON EXPLAINED.

♦MAXIMUM RESPONSE IS CONSIDERED TO HAVE BEEN REACHED WHEN SHE CAN EXERCISE SELF-CONTROL, CAN GET ALONG WELL WITH HER PEERS, IS NOT HOSTILE TO THOSE IN AUTHORITY AND HAS GIVEN EVIDENCE OF A GROWING SENSE OF CONFIDENCE AND SELF-RELIANCE. IT IS AT THIS POINT THAT RELEASE IS RECOMMENDED,+ SHE ADDED.

BEFORE BEING ACTUALLY RELEASED, THE GIRLS ARE USUALLY GRANTED HOKE LEAVE OF ABOUT 43 HOURS. THIS IS DESIGNED TO HELP THE TRAINEE WHO IS NEARING RELEASE TO READJUST TO THE FAMILY ENVIRONMENT ARD TO ENABLE HER TO MAKE PLANS FOR THE FUTURE.

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♦DURING THE PERIOD UNDER REVIEW, A TOTAL OF 39 INMATES WAS GRANTED HOKE LEAVE AND ONLY ONE OF THEM HAD ABUSED THIS PRIVILEGE BY NOT RETURNING* HOWEVER, SHE VAS RECAPTURED AFTER BEING AT LARGE FOR 18 MONTHS,* MISS HAUGHTON REPORTED.

THE REVIEW ALSO SAID THAT TEE MAJORITY OF OFFENCES THE GIRLS HAD COMMITTED PRIOR TO BEING SENT VO THE TRAINING CENTRE UAS CLASSIFIED AS BEING'AGAINST PROPERTY, l.E. THEFT, ROBBERY AND SIMPLE LARCENY. THE OTHERS INCLUDED OFFENCES AGAINST PUBLIC MORALITY, ASSAULT, POSSESSION OF DRUGS ARD BREACH OF PROBATION.

OF THE 78 GIRLS WHO HAD BEEN DETAINED, 30 HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN UNDER COURT SUPERVISION OR UNDER THE CARE AfE) PROTECTION OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THE REVIEW REPORTED.

IT POINTED OUT THAT EXCEPT FOR THE YEAR 196$, THE MEAN AGES OF THE INMATES HAD REMAINED RELATIVELY CONSTANT, RANGING FROM 16.5 IN 1970 TO 16.29 IN 1973*

ABOUT HALF THE GIRLS HAD LEFT HOKE PRIOR TO BEING SENTENCED TO THE CENTRE ARD 23 PER CENT WERE DESCRIBED BY THEIR FAMILIES AS BEING COMPLETELY OUT OF CONTROL. OVER 50 PER CENT CLAIMED THAT THEY HAD NO RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION.

MISS HAUGHTON NOTED THAT KOST OF THE INMATES WHO COMMITTED DISCIPLINARY OFFENCES DID SO IN THE MONTHS IMMEDIATELY AFTER ADMISSION WHEN THEY VERE STILL IN AN UNSETTLED STATE. +BUT MISBEHAVIOUR TAPERS OFF RAPIDLY AS THE TRAINEES ACQUIRE A MEASURE CF SELF-CONTROL,* SHE ADDED.

IN 1971, FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF AN ASSISTANT OFFICER DURING AN ESCAPE ATTEMPT, FIVE GIRLS WERE CHARGED WITH MURDER AND AS A RESULT, THREE OF* THEM WERE FOUND GUILTY AND VERE TRANSFERRED TO PRISON.

ONE OTHER INMATE WHO COMMITTED A SERIOUS ASSUALT UAS ALSO TRANSFERRED TO PRISON THE FOLLOWING YEAR.

OVER 70 PER CENT OF THE 78 GIRLS HAVE AN EDUCATIONAL STANDARD OF PRIMARY FOUR OR BELOW AND THIS TOGETHER WITH A LACK OF SALEABLE SKILLS ON THEIR PART HAD MADE IT DIFFICULT FOR THE AFTERCARE OFFICERS TO HELP THEM +SECURE MEANINGFUL AND FINANCIALLY REWARDING EMPLOYMENT.*

♦THE FACT THAT OVER 50 PER CENT OF TOE TRAINEES STATED ON RECEPTION THAT THEY WERE WORKING AS DANCE HALL HOSTESSES PRESENTS AN ADDED CHALLENGE FOR THE AFTER-CARE OFFICERS,* MISS HAUGHTON POINTED OUT.

OF THE 48 DISCHARGED DURING THIS PERIOD, 35 BECAME FACTORY WORKERS.

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AFTERCARE WORK IS ANOTHER FEATURE OF THE FACILITIES PROVIDED DY THE TRAINING CENTRE. THE AFTERCARE PROCESS IS A CONTINUOUS OKE WHICH CCIEIEKCES UITH TEE TRAINEES' ADMISSION TO THE CENTRE, EXTENDS THROUGHOUT Ti.’E INSTITUTIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMME AND CONTINUES DURING THE COMMUNITY SUPERVISION PER IGD.

IN EVALUATING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE TRAINING CENTRE PROGRAMME OF THE PAST FOUR AID A HALF YEARS, HISS HAUC.HTON SAID THAT OF THE 48 INMATES DISCHARGED, SO FAR, ONLY FOUR HAD BEEN RECALLED.

AT THE SAME TIME, SHE NOTED, ONLY OKE INMATE HAD DEEN RECONVICTED ON FURTHER CHARGES DURING THE SUPERVISION PERIOD.

+THE INCULCATION OF C.OOD SELF-DISCIPLINARY HABITS RATHER THAN THE INFLICTION OF FURTHER PUNISHMENT IS OKE OF THE BASIC TENETS OF THE TAI LAM TRAIN IKS CENTRE, AID THE EXTREMELY LOU RECIDIVISM AND RECONVICTION RATE MUST DE TAKEN AS A MEASURE OF ITS SUCCESS,<• MISS HAUC’JTON COHCLUDED'IN HER REVIEW.

T.V. ARTISTES TO SELL LOTTERY TICKETS IN CENTRAL M- Jfr » » i:

FIVE POPULAR ARTISTES WHO PLAY THE KO FAMILY IN THE TELEVISION DRAMA SERIES +BELOW THE LION ROCK+ WILL HELP SELL TICKETS OF THE SEVENTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY AT STATUE SQUARE BETWEEN 5 P.M. AND 6 P.M. ON MONDAY CAUGUST 193.

THEY ARE MR. LEUNG MING, MR. TSANG KONG, MISS FUNG SIU-CHUN, MISS CHAN KAR—YEE AND HISS KI HUY GOT. ,

UP TO 12 NOON TODAY THE NUMBER OF TICKETS SOLD REACHED 409,000.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED.TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE

--------------- T0 cover THE LOTTERY SALE AT STATUE SQUARE ON

MONDAY BETWEEN 5 P.M. AND 6 P.M.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 17» 1974.

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COMMUNITY CENTRE ORGANIZES BLOOD DONATION CAMPAIGN m- » » i:-1? »

IN RESPONSE TO THE RED CROSS'S APPEAL FOR DLCOD DONATIONS, THE SOCIAL UELF/JIE DEPARTMENT'S PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE IN TSUEN WAN HAS ORGANIZED A DLCOD DONATION CAMPAIGN DAY NEXT TUESDAY (AUGUST 20).

ALSO CO-OPERATING IN THE PROJECT IS THE RED CROSS AND THE CENTRE'S SELF-PROGRAMMING CROUP +HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN+.

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THE CAMPAIGN WILL DE DIVIDED INTO THREE PHASES, AN EXHIBITION WHICH WILL LAST THE WHOLE DAY, A PUBLICITY NOV IE SHOU FROM 3 TO 5 P.tl. AND THE COLLECTION GF CLOOD FROM 4 TO 9 P.M. THESE WILL ALL TAKE PLACE AT THE HALL OF THE COMMUNITY CENTRE IN TAI HO ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

THE WARDEN OF THE CENTRE, MRS. MARGARET AU, SAID THAT ABOUT 500 LETTERS HAD DEEN SENT TO AGENCIES, OFFICES, FACTORIES, ARD ORGANIZATIONS IN TSUEN WAN TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO SUPPORT THE RED CROSS BY DONATING CLOOD. SHE SAID THIS UAS THE FIRST CAMPAIGN OF ITS KIND IN TSUEN WAN AND SINCERELY HOPED THE RESIDENTS WOULD RESPOND TO THIS MEANINGFUL SERVICE.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO COVER THE EVENTS

OF THE CAMPAIGN ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 20.

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SERVICE SCHEME FOR THE AGED

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A GROUP OF 30 VOLUNTEERS ARE SPENT) 1 NG THIS MONTH VISITING OLD PEOPLE LIVING IN SHEK LEI, KUAI CHUNG AMD TAI WO HAU HOUSING ESTATES OFFERING THEIR SERVICES TO HELP THEM IN SUCH NATTERS AS BUYING FOOD, TOTTING LETTERS, CLEANING THEIR.HORES OR ESCORTING THEM TO CLINICS OR ON VISITS TO FRIENDS AND RELATIVES.

THE VOLUNTEERS WHO ARE MEMBERS OF A GROUP CALLING THEMSELVES THE +ENTHUSIASTS SOCIETY OF EONG KONG+, WILL PROVIDE THESE SERVICES FOR PERIODS UP TO SIX MOUTHS AT A TINE IF NEEDED.

IN ALL THEY WILL DE VISITING SOME 300 ELDERLY PEOPLE AGED 60 AND ABOVE LIVING IN THE ESTATES, AND WILL EE WORKING UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEARTHENT'S ESTATE COMMUNITY WORK OFFICE IN SHEK LEI.

BEFORE UNDERTAKING THE PROJECT THE VOLUNTEERS WERE BRIEFED ON HOW TO CONDUCT THEMSELVES AND ON THE TYPES OF EXISTING SOCIAL SERVICES THAT ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE AGED.

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P.W.D. REFUTES ALLEGATIONS IN SOME NEWSPAPER REPORTS

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TODAY REFUTED ALLEGATIONS CONTAINED IN RECENT REPORTS IN SOME NEWSPAPERS TO THE EFFECT THAT THE BUILDING AUTHORITY HAD NEEDLESSLY DELAYED THE OCCUPATION OF CERTAIN MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS LOCATED IN HILLSIDE AREAS OF HONG KONG-

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE SAID THAT THE ALLEGATIONS HAY HAVE GIVEN THE IMPRESSION THAT THE BUILDING AUTHORITY WAS BEING OBSTRUCTIVE IN INSISTING ON THE SATISFACTORY COMPLETION OF ALL CONSTRUCTION WORK, INCLUDING SITE FORMATION ASPECTS, BEFORE GRANTING OCCUPATION PERMITS.

+SOME OF THE QUOTATIONS ATTRIBUTED TO DEVELOPERS,+ SAID THE SPOKESMAN, +CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO REMAIN UNCHALLENGED.

FIRSTLY, THEY CONTAIN FACTUAL INACCURACIES. SECONDLY, THEY TAKE NO ACCOUNT OF THE NEED TO SAFEGUARD THE PUBLIC, WHICH IS WHAT THE BUILDING ORDINANCE, AND THE ENFORCEMENT OF IT, ARE ALL ABOUT.

+THESE OMMISSIONS ARE ALMOST INCREDIBLE IN THE CASES OF THE THREE BUILDING SITES WHICH HAVE BEEN SINGLED OUT IN THESE REPORTS, SINCE TWO OF THEM ARE ON HILLSIDES AND THE OTHER IS AT THE FOOT OF A SLOPE.

+THERE.WAS,+ THE SPOKESMAN CONTINUED, +VERY STRONG PUBLIC BACKING FOR THE STRENGTHENING OF THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE, FOLLOWING THE JUNE 1972 LANDSLIDE DISASTERS, TO GIVE THE STAFF OF THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE MORE POWERS IN DEALING WITH SITE FORMATION WORKS.

+THE FACT THAT THIS AUTHORITY IS BEING USED AS THE LAW INTENDS AND DEMANDS IS HARDLY SURPRISING,* SAID THE SPOKESMAN. +NOR IS IT SURPRISING THAT FULL USE IS BEING MADE OF THE ADDITIONAL CIVIL ENGINEERING EXPERTISE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE AS A RESULT OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMISSION OF INQUIRY ON THE 1972 LANDSLIDES.

+WHAT SURELY WOULD BE SURPRISING, AND A MATTER FOR GRAVE PUBLIC CONCERN, WOULD BE ANY FAILURE BY THE BUILDING AUTHORITY

I TO USE THESE EXTRA POWERS AND RESOURCES.*

THE SPOKESMAN THEN COMMENTED ON THE FIRST OF THE THREE SITES MENTIONED, NO. 5 SING WOO CRESCENT IN HAPPY VALLEY.

+IN THIS CASE,* HE SAID, +THE AUTHORISED ARCHITECT IS WELL AWARE - INDEED HE HAS SPECIFICALLY RECOGNISED - THAT THERE ARE ASPECTS OF THE SITE FORMATION WORK WHICH REQUIRE FURTHER INVESTIGATION BEFORE AN OCCUPATION PERHIT CAN BE ISSUED. HE IS NOW ENGAGED IN THIS NECESSARY PROCESS OF INVESTIGATION. IF THE OUTCOME OF THIS INVESTIGATION CONTAINS NO CAUSE FOR CONCERN, THEN AN OCCUPATION PERMIT WOULD OF COURSE BE GRANTED.*

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TURNING TO THE SECOND BUILDING CITED, CARAVAN COURT IN CAINE ROAD, THE SPOKESMAN SAID:

+THE ALLEGATION IN THIS CASE - THAT IT WAS THE ACTION OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IN REQUIRING DEMOLITION OF THREE PRE-WAR BUILDINGS NEXT DOOR THAT CAUSED A RETAINING WALL TO BECOME UNSAFE AND IN NEED OF RECONSTRUCTION - IS QUITE INCORRECT.

+THE RAPID DETERIORATION OF THE STRUCTURE OF THE THREE PRE-WAR BUILDINGS, WHICH RESULTED IN THE ORDERS FOR THEIR DEMOLITION, TOOK PLACE AT THE SAME TIME AS PILING OPERATIONS FOR CARAVAN COURT. THE SUBSEQUENT DEMOLITION OF THESE BUILDINGS REVEALED THAT. THE RETAINING WALL BETWEEN CARAVAN COURT AND THE DEMOLITION SITE HAD ALSO BECOME UNSAFE. ACCORDINGLY A NOTICE WAS SERVED ON THE DEVELOPER OF CARAVAN COURT IN NOVEMBER 1972 REQUIRING THE DEMOLITION OF THIS RETAINING WALL AND ITS REINSTATEMENT. THIS WORK WAS NOT COMPLETED UNTIL JULY THIS YEAR, (I.E. 20 MONTHS LATER), WHEN AN OCCUPATION PERMIT WAS ISSUED.+

THE THIRD BUILDING MENTIONED WAS HONG KONG GARDEN IN SEYMOUR ROAD. IN THIS CASE THE SPOKESMAN COMMENTED: +UNMISTAKABLE EVIDENCE CAME TO LIGHT DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS BUILDING THAT STABILITY PROBLEMS COULD ARISE ON THIS HILLSIDE SITE AND THAT THESE PROBLEMS WOULD HAVE TO BE DEALT WITH BEFORE THE QUESTION OF GIVING AN OCCUPATION PERMIT COULD BE CONSIDERED CIN FACT, THE AUTHORISED ARCHITECT HAS NOT EVEN APPLIED FOR SUCH A PERMIT).

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+THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE REQUIRED THE DEVELOPER TO INVESTIGATE THESE PROBLEMS, ARD THE FINDINGS OF THE CONSULTANTS BROUGHT IN BY THE DEVELOPER HIMSELF FULLY CONFIRMED THE VIEW THAT THE PROBLEMS WERE SERIOUS.

+THUS BOTH THE GOVERNMENT’S EXPERTS AND THE PROFESSIONAL ADVISERS ENGAGED BY THE DEVELOPERS ARE IN FULL AGREEMENT THAT THERE IS A PROBLEM AND CLEARLY THE QUESTION OF OCCUPATION MUST AWAIT THE COMPLETION OF THE WORKS NOW IN HAND WHICH SHOULD CORRECT THE SITUATION.

+THE DEVELOPER’S ARCHITECT AND ENGINEERS ARE ACTIVELY TAKING STEPS TO DEAL WITH, AND’EL IM INATE, ANY POTENTIAL HAZARDS. THE FACT THAT THESE PROBLEMS ONLY gAHE FULLY TO LIGHT DURING THE COURSE OF CONSTRUCTION IS QUITE IRRELEVANT TO THE NEED TO FACE UP TO THEM AND SOLVE THEM. THE LAW REQUIRES THEIR SOLUTION, AND FOR THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TO IGNORE THEM WOULD AMOUNT NOT ONLY TO A DISREGARD OF THE LAW BUT ALSO AN ABROGATION OF THE FUNDAMENTAL LEGAL AND MORAL RESPONSIBILITY RESTING ON THE STAFF OF THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE, WHICH IS THE PROTECTION OF LIFE AND PROPERTY.+

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ACCIDENT FIGURES IN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY STILL HIGH *******

THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY HAS TRADITIONALLY BEEN A HIGH-RISK JOB FOR WORKERS ALL OVER THE WORLD. BUT EVEN ALLOWING FOR THIS, HONG KONG BUILDING SITES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN NOTORIOUSLY ACCIDENT-PRONE.

IN FACT, LABOUR DEPARTMENT FIGURES SHOW THAT A BUILDING WORKER IS KILLED OR INJURED EVERY 35 WORKING MINUTES - A GRIM RECORD BY INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS.

HONG KONG BUILDERS,. OR COURSE, PLEAD THAT THEIRS IS A SPECIAL CASE : THEY SAY THE DOMINATION OF HIGH RISE WORK WITH MEN AND EQUIPMENT OPERATING IN CRAMPED AREAS ACCENTUATES THE ACCEPTED RISKS OF THE TRADE.

DESPITE THIS, INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AUTHORITIES HAVE WARNED MANAGEMENT REPEATEDLY THAT ITS JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO ACCEPT THE PRINCIPLE THAT A WORKER’S LIFE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN MEETING A COMPLETION DATE AND THEN DO NOTHING ABOUT IT.

THERE HAVE BEEN A FEW SIGNS RECENTLY THAT THE MESSAGE MIGHT BE GETTING THROUGH - AT LEAST TO SOME SECTIONS OF THE INDUSTRY.

+THE BUILDING INDUSTRY HAS A SHOCKING SAFETY RECORD AND WE WILL NOT REST UNTIL WE CHANGE IT,+ SAYS MR. STAN TSAO OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS UNIT. +WE KNOW THE PROBLEM CANNOT BE LICKED TOMORROW, BUT WE HAVE GAINED THE FEELING IN RECENT MONTHS THAT MANAGEMENT ATTITUDES ARE SLOWLY CHANGING.*

MR. TSAO HEADS A TA^K FORCE OF 15 FULL-TIME +SAFETY+ INSPECTORS CHARGED WITH IMPLEMENTING THE PROVISIONS OF THE CONSTRUCTION SITES CSAFETY5 REGULATIONS WHICH CAME INTO FORCE ON MAY 1 THIS YEAR.

THE REGULATIONS LAY DOWN THE MINIMUM STANDARDS THAT MUST BE FOLLOWED TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF BUILDING WORKERS. DEPARTMENT OFFICERS STRESS THE WORD ’MINIMUM’ AND HAVE BEEN POINTING OUT TO EMPLOYERS THAT THE REGULATIONS REALLY PROVIDE A BASIS ON WHICH PROPER INDUSTRIAL SAFETY CAN BE BUILT.

SINCE THE REGULATIONS CAME INTO FORCE, THE SAFETY UNIT HAS BEEN WORKING QUIETLY, BUT FORCEFULLY WHEN NECESSARY, TO HAKE SURE THAT THE NEW REGULATIONS ARE OBSERVED AND FULLY UNDERSTOOD.

AND WHERE FORMAL ANO INFORMAL DISCUSSION AND PERSUASION HAVE FAILED, THE DEPARTMENT HAS SHOWN THAT IT IS PREPARED TO BARE ITS STATUTORY TEETH. LAST MONTH, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR TOOK OUT TWO SUMMONSES UNDER THE NEW SAFETY REGULATIONS AGAINST A MAJOR CONSTRUCTION COMPANY FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF TWO WORKERS. THE CASE COMES UP BEFORE THE TSUEN WAN COURT ON SEPTEOER 13.

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SAYS MR. TSAO: +WE WILL PROSECUTE WHENEVER AND AS OFTEN AS NECESSARY, BUT WE WOULD MUCH RATHER WIN THE CO-OPERATION OF THE INDUSTRY SO THAT PROSECUTION BECOMES UNNECESSARY.

+OF COURSE, SAFETY COSTS HONEY. BUT HOU DO YOU MEASURE THE VALUE OF A MAN’S LIFE?

+WE SIMPLY CANNOT ACCEPT THE ARGUMENT THAT BRITISH, AUSTRALIAN AND AMERICAN STANDARDS OF SAFETY CANNOT BE APPLIED IN HONQ KONG.

+WE DON'T WANT TO SEE OUR BUILDINGS AS A PERMANENT MONUMENT TO THE WIDOWS AND CHILDREN OF WORKERS WHO HAVE DIED BUILDING THEM.+

THE MOST RECENT ACCIDENT FIGURES IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY ILLUSTRATE THE PROBLEM. IN THE SIX MONTHS ENDING JUNE, 28 CONSTRUCTION WORKERS DIED AND ANOTHER 2,165 WERE INJURED IN HONG KONG. THE OVERALL PICTURE IS THAT EVERY FIFTH INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT VICTIM HAPPENS ON A BUILDING SITE.

FOR ALL THAT, THE DEPARTMENT'S SAFETY EXPERTS ARE NOT ENTIRELY PESSIMISTIC AND OFFER AS A HOPEFUL EXAMPLE THE NEW AIR CARGO TERMINAL BUILDING PROJECT AT KAI TAK AIRPORT.

THE HARBOUR ENGINEERING CO. LTD., A COMPARATIVE NEWCOMER TO THE FIELD, STARTED CONSTRUCTION OF THE 165 CAISSONS FOR THE NEW BUILDING SIX MONTHS AGO - AND IN THAT TINE HAVE NOT REPORTED A SERIOUS ACCIDENT ON THE $22 MILLION JOB.

THIS, SAY SAFETY OFFICERS,1 IS A REMARKABLE RECORD IN VIEW OF THE DANGER OF CAISSON WORK, WHERE MEN OFTEN WORK 150 FT. UNDERGROUND IN THE NARROW MAN-MADE CYLINDERS WHICH SUPPORT THE FOUNDATIONS OF SO MANY HONG KONG BUILDINGS.

THE CAISSON EXCAVATORS FACE DANGER FROM ESCAPING POISONOUS GAS, CAVE-INS, FLOODING. QUICKSAND AND FALLING OBJECTS.

THE INDUSTRY HAS LOST MANY WORKERS IN CAISSONS - ONLY LAST APRIL TWO SUFFOCATED IN QUICKSAND AT THE BOTTOM OF A CAISSON AT WANCHAI. AND IN 1972, THERE WAS FEARFUL TRAGEDY ON A VICTORIA ROAD SITE WHEN FOUR CAISSON WORKERS WERE KILLED BY ESCAPING CARBON DIOXIDE - THE LAST THREE LOSING THEIR LIVES IN RESCUE ATTEMPTS.

AT THE KAI TAK SITE, A SERIES OF MEASURES HAVE BEEN ADOPTED TO CUT DOWN THE RISK OF SUCH DISASTERS TO A MINIMUM. THE MEASURES WERE DESIGNED BY THE COMPANY'S 26-YEAR-OLD SITE ENGINEER, MR. TANG SUN-TIN, WHO DISCUSSED HIS IDEAS WITH HIS FOREMEN AND KEY WORKERS BEFORE PUTTING THEM INTO OPERATION.

BEFORE WORK STARTED, A SYSTEM OF STEEL TUBES, WOODEN BATTENS AND TIMBER FRAMEWORK WAS INSTALLED IN STRATEGIC PARTS OF THE WORKING AREA TO PREVENT SEEPAGE OF WATER AND GAS AND TO STRENGTHEN THE WALLS AGAINST COLLAPSE.

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OTHER SAFETY FEATURES INCLUDE:

- A WORKING PLATFORM WITH SAFETY FENCE TO MINIMISE THE RISK OF PEOPLE FALLING INSIDE THE CAISSONS.

- TOE BOARDS AROUND THE EXCAVATION OPENING TO PREVENT MATERIALS DROPPING IN.

- SPECIALLY DESIGNED AIR BLOWERS PUSHING THROUGH ENOUGH FRESH AIR FOR UP TO 800 AIR CHANGES AN HOUR.

- A SERIES OF SPECIAL LIGHTS RUNNING DOWN THE CAISSON TO GIVE ADDITIONAL LIGHT.

- ELECTRIC AND STRING-PULLED BELLS FOR IMMEDIATE COMMUNICATION

- SHALL METAL HAND GRIPS PLACED 18 INCHES APART ON EACH

SIDE OF THE CAISSON TO GIVE WORKERS AN INSTANT EMERGENCY ESCAPE SYSTEM.

IN RETURN FOR THE SAFETY MEASURES, THE COMPANY EXPECTS -AND HAS RECEIVED - A HIGH LEVEL OF WORKMANSHIP AND PRODUCTIVITY. WORKERS WHO HAVE PRODUCED SLOPPY PERFORMANCES HAVE BEEN PUT OFF, ON THE GROUNDS THAT POOR WORKMANSHIP ON VITAL MATERIALS COULD ENDANGER THE LIVES OF THE EXCAVATORS WORKING BELOW.

SAYS MR. TANG: +THESE MEASURES HAVE COST US A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT. BUT BY GIVING OUR WORKERS A FEELING OF SECURITY, THEY ARE MORE RELAXED AND HAVE GIVEN US HUCH GREATER EFFICIENCY.*

A HIGH-LEVEL TEAM OF LABOUR DEPARTMENT EXPERTS VISITED THE SITE LAST WEEK AND CAHE AWAY HIGHLY IMPRESSED BY WHAT .! THEY DESCRIBED AS A SAFETY +MODEL+ FOR BUILDING PROJECTS.

BUT THEY SAY THE MEASURES ADOPTED VOLUNTARILY BY THE COMPANY AND ITS ATTITUDE TO SITE SAFETY ARE THE EXCEPTION * RATHER THAN THE RULE.

+WHAT WE ARE DETERMINED TO D0,+ SAYS MR. TSAO, +IS TO MAKE IT THE RULE, RATHER THA,N THE EXCEPTION.*

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HONG KONG-UNITED STATES TEXTILES TALKS

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REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES AND HONG KONG GOVERNMENTS WILL HOLD TALKS TOMORROW CMONDAYJ ON TECHNICAL MATTERS RELATING TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RECENTLY CONCLUDED HONG KONG/US TEXTILE AGREEMENT.

THE UNITED STATES DELEGATION IS LED BY MR. A.J. JURICH, MR. LAWRENCE MILLS, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, WILL HEAD THE HONG KONG DELEGATION.

A SPOKESMAN OF THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT SAID: +THE TALKS ARE ENTIRELY ON OPERATIONAL MATTERS, AND ARE PRIMARILY CONCERNED WITH THE-EXPORT AUTHORISATION SYSTEM FOR CATEGORIES WITHOUT SPECIFIC LIMITS WHICH THE DEPARTMENT WILL OPERATE IN THE NEXT TEXTILE YEAR TO REPLACE THE EXISTING TRIGGER POINT SYSTEM.*

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS AT UPPER LEVELS

PARK ROAD, FROM ITS JUNCTION OF ROBINSON ROAD TO THE JUNCTION OF LYTTELTON ROAD, WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC FROM 10 A.M. ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 20.

THE CLOSURE, WHICH WILL LAST UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH, IS TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS*

SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC ALONG THE ’BUS-ONLY* LANE WILL NOT BE AFFECTED.

TRAFFIC FROM ROBINSON ROAD TO PARK ROAD MAY PROCEED BY WAY OF OAKLANDS AVENUE AND LYTTELTON ROAD.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE ERECTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS. «

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

MONDAY, AUGUST 2&, 1974 ♦ . CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR OPENS FIRST INTER-VARSITY GAMES IN HONG KONG ............................................   1

FINAL BREAKTHROUGH IN TUNNEL SYSTEM FOR HIGH ISLAND WATER SCHEME...............................  2

TEMPORARY WATER INTERRUPTION AT WAH FU ESTATE .. 2

LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS UNIT OPENS NEW OFFICE IN SHAMSHUIPO .................... 3

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN ABERDEEN .................  3

GOVERNOR HAS FIRST HAND LOOK AT CONDITIONS IN KOWLOON CITY...........*........................... *

DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

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GOVERNOR OPENS INTER-VARSITY GAMES • fc » » » ft

SO MANY LIMITATIONS ON OUR PERSONAL CONTACTS AND ATTITUDES TO EACH OTHER CAN BE OVERCOME KOST EASILY Al© PLEASANTLY BY PEOPLE WITH SIMILAR INTERESTS FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES MEETING TO PURSUE THEM TOGETHER, THE GOVERNOR, SIR HURRAY MACLEHOSE, SAID TODAY. • •

HE VAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE BIENNIAL INTERVARSITY GAMES AT THE HONG KONG CRICKET CLUB.

THE FOLLOWING IS THE FULL TEXT OF THE GOVERNOR'S SPEECH*

IT NOW FALLS TO KE AS PATRON OF THESE GAMES TO DECLARE THEN OPEN.

DR. HUANG MENTIONED SIR LINDSAY RIDE, THE PAST VICE-CHANCELLOR OF THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY WHO ORIGINATED THE IDEA OF THESE GAMES. HE WOULD BE DELIGHTED TO SEE HOW LARGE THEY HAVE DECOML, AND I AM SURE WE ALL WISH HIM A SPEEDY RECOVERY FROM THE ILLNESS WHICH HAS PREVENTED HIS PRESENCE HERE TODAY.

LIKE PREVIOUS SPEAKERS I SHOULD LIKE IN PARTICULAR TO GREET OUR VISITORS FROM SINGAPORE, MALAYA AND INDONESIA. THEY ARE EXTREMELY WELCOME IN HONG KONG.

♦WE ALL LOOK FORWARD TO THE EVENTS OF THE GAMES FOR THE EXCITEMENT THEY WILL PROVIDE AND FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT THEY WILL GIVE TO ALL INTERESTED IN SPORT.

♦BUT I BELIEVE WE ARE*ALSO ALL ENTHUSIASTS FOR THE SPIRIT BEHIND THESE GAMES. GEOGRAPHY AND DISTANCE, HISTORY AND LANGUAGE, IMPOSE SO MANY LIMITATIONS ON OUR PERSONAL CONTACTS AND ATTITUDES TO EACH OTHER. I BELIEVE THESE CAN BE OVERCOME HOST EASILY AND PLEASANTLY BY PEOPLE WITH SIMILAR INTERESTS FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES MEETING TO PURSUE THEM TOGETHER. THE MEETINGS CAN BE LARGE, LIKE THIS OR SMALL, ATHELETIO, INTELLECTUAL OR PROFESSIONAL, BUT FROM THEM CAN COME KOT ONLY PLEASURE, BUT THAT KOST PRECIOUS COMMODITY MUTUAL COMPREHENSION.

♦FINALLY. I WOULD LIKE TO MENTION THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE. THIS IS THE FIRST TJME HONG KONG HAS PLAYED HOST TO THE GAMES SINCE THEY HAVE BEEN FOUR—SIDED. THEIR ORGANISATION HAS BECOME A FORMIDABLE UNDERTAKING AND 1 KNOW HOW HARD THE COMMITTEE HAS WORKED TO OVERCOME ALL PROBLEMS, RAISE FINANCIAL SUPPORT AND ENSURE THE SUCCESS OF THE GAMES.

♦I NOW HAVE THE GREATEST PLEASURE IN DECLARING OPEN THE 14TH BIENNIAL INTERVARSITY GAMES.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 1974

BLAST-THROUGH MARKS COMPLETION OF TUNNEL PROJECT ft a ft ft * ft

THE TUNNEL SYSTEM OF THE HIGH ISLAND WATER SCHEME WILL PUT TO GOOD USE 11,500 ACRES OF LAND FOR GATHERING ADDITIONAL : WATER *WE SHALL SO URGENTLY NEED IN THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE,* THE DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES, MR. WILFRED KNIGHT, SAID TODAY.

* HE HAS SPEAKING AT A CEREMONY AT A SHAFT SITE NEAR SHA TIN DURING WHICH A BREAKTHROUGH EXPLOSIVE CHARGE WAS DETONATED TO MARK THE COMPLETION OF THE 25-MILE TUNNEL SYSTEM.

HE SAID THAT THE MAIN TUNNEL COULD ALSO BE USED TO TRANSFER WATER FROM PLOVER COVE RESERVOIR TO HIGH JSLAND RESERVOIR. .

HE DESCRIBED AS +A VERY REMARKABLE ACCOMPLISHMENT* THE FACT THAT THE DRIVING OF THE TUNNELS HAS COMPLETED ON SCHEDULE DESPITE NUMEROUS DIFFICULTIES.

+WITH THE COMPLETION OF THE TUNNEL EXCAVATION, WORK FROM NOW ON SHOULD BE DOWN-HILL ALL THE WAY,* HE ADDED.

MR. KNIGHT SAID THAT THE PLACING OF THE PERMANENT LINING# NECESSARY FOR STRUCTURAL REASONS AND ALSO TO IMPROVE THE FLOW OF WATER IN THE EXCAVATED TUNNEL, HAD ALREADY STARTED WHILE SURFACE WORKS WERE IN ADVANCED STAGES OF CONSTRUCTION.

WORK ON THE $300 MILLION TUNNEL SYSTEM BEGAN TWO AND HALF YEARS AGO AND IS SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED IN NOVEMBER NEXT YEAR.

THE WHOLE SYSTEM CONSISTS OF ONE MAIN TUNNEL LINKING LOWER SHING MUN RESERVOIR AND THE SHA TIN TREATMENT WORKS WITH THE HIGH ISLAND RESERVOIR.

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WATER INTERRUPTION . ft ft ft ft

RESIDENTS OF WAH FU ESTATE WILL BE WITHOUT WATER SUPPLY FOR EIGHT HOURS BEGINNING AT 10 P.M. TOMORROW ^TUESDAY).

THE WATER SUPPLY WILL BE TURNED OFF TO ALLOW WORK TO BE CARRIED OUT TO CONNECT A FRESH WATER MAIN AT SHEK-PAI WAN ROAD NEAR WAH FU ESTATE.

THE ESTATEfS WAH SANG HOUSE, WAH TAI HOUSE, WAH HING HOUSE AND WAH CHEUNG HOUSE WILL NOT BE AFFECTED BY THE INTERRUPTION.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 1974

NEW OFFICE FOR WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS UNIT ft ft ft ft ft ft

THE WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS UNIT OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT OPENS ANOTHER OFFICE ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 23).

THE OFFICE - THE UNIT'S NINTH - IS ON THE SIXTH FLOOR OF THE POST OFFICE BUILDING IN UN CHAU STREET, SHAM SHU I PO, KOWLOON AND WILL CATER FOR THE CHEUNG SHA WAN AND LAI CHI KOK DISTRICTS. ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE BY TELEPHONING 3-854753.

THE WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS UNIT IS MAINLY CONCERNED WITH THE ENFORCEMENT OF REGULATIONS REGARDING THE EMPLOYMENT OF WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS (AGED 14 - 17) IN INDUSTRY.

.THE LAW RULES THAT WORKING HOURS FOR WOMEN AND YOUNG PEOPLE MUST NOT EXCEED EIGHT HOURS A DAY AND 48 HOURS A WEEK.

IT ALSO LAYS DOWN CONDITIONS ON THEIR GENERAL WELFARE RELATING TO THE PROVISION OF REST ROOMS AND SITTING FACILITIES, REST-DAYS AND RESTRICTION OF EMPLOYMENT IN DANGEROUS TRADES.

THE WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS UNIT OPERATES IN ALL MAJOR INDUSTRIAL AREAS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THERE ARE SIX OFFICES IN KOWLOON SERVING SHAM SHUI PO, CHEUNG SHA WAN, YAU MA TEI, TO KWA WAN, SAN PO KONG AND KWUN TONG-TWO IN THE NEW TERRITORIES OPERATING FROM TSUEN WAN AND YUEN LONG AND ONE FOR HONG KONtJ ISLAND.

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN ABERDEEN ft ft ft ft ft ft

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN ABERDEEN AT 10 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 21).

THE EXISTING TRAFFIC ROUTING OF THE SECTION OF WU PAK STREET BETWEEN TUNG SHING ROAD AND CHENGTU ROAD WILL BE REVERSED SO AS TO OPERATE ONE-WAY FROM TUNG SHING ROAD TO CHENGTU ROAD.

MOTOR VEHICLES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING TUNG SHING ROAD BETWEEN HU PAK STREET AND SAI ON STREET UNLESS AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT.

PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM STOPPING BETWEEN 7 A.M. AND MIDNIGHT IN WU NAH STREET AND CHENGTU ROAD WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE EXISTING PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES STAND.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 1974

GOVERNOR TOURS KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT »»»»»«•»■

LIVING CONDITIONS IN A SQUATTER AREA, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES IN PRIVATE AND PUBLIC TENEMENT HOUSES, AND PROGRESS OF THE NEW RAILWAY TERMINUS IN HUNG HOM WERE SOME OF THE ASPECTS INCLUDED IN THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE'S TOUR OF KOWLOON CITY THIS AFTERNOON.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER (KOWLOON), MR. ANTHONY NEOH, THE GOVERNOR FIRST VISITED THE SAI TAU VILLAGE, A LOW-LYING SQUATTER AREA IN THE DISTRICT. SIR HURRAY SHOWED KEEN INTEREST IN THE PUMPING SYSTEM INSTALLED IN THE VILLAGE LAST YEAR TO COMBAT THE FLOODING PROBLEM.

THE GOVERNOR TALKED WITH SOME WORKERS AND SHOPKEEPERS IN THE VILLAGE, AND ASKED ABOUT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE FLOOD-GATES PROVIDED BY THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE.

THE RESIDENTS SAID THAT THE SITUATION HAD MUCH IMPROVED SINCE THE INSTALLATION OF THE PUMPS, AND THE FLOOD GATES WERE GENERALLY CAPABLE OF KEEPING OUT THE WATER DURING RAINSTORMS.

IT WAS FOUND, HOWEVER, THAT PUMPING ALONE WAS INSUFFICIENT TO HANDLE FLOODS DURING HEAVY RAINSTORMS, AND HORE CONCERTED EFFORTS HAD BEEN DIRECTED TOWARDS THE RESIDENTS TO KEEP DOMESTIC REFUSE IN LITTER BINS SO THAT DRAINS WERE NOT CHOKED.

THE GOVERNOR ALSO MET OFFICIALS OF THE SIX MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES IN THE VILLAGE, AND WAS BRIEFED ON SOME OF THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS, SUCH AS THE PROVISION OF STREET LIGHTING AND STANDARD LITTER BINS TO LOCAL HOUSEHOLDS.

THE NEXT POINT OF VISIT WAS A NUMBER OF EIGHT-STOREY BUILDINGS ALONG MOK CHONG STREET, WHERE SIR MURRAY AGAIN SAW THE WORK OF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES.

HE WAS INFORMED THAT THE MACS HAD IMPROVED LIVING CONDITIONS IN THE BLOCKS BY THE INSTALLATION OF IRON GRILLES AT STAIRCASES, ALARM BELLS AND MUTUAL COMMUNICATION DEVICES. COMMON PARTS OF THE BUILDING WERE ALSO UH ITEWASHED*AND GENERAL REPAIR CARRIED OUT.

TALKING WITH MEMBERS OF THE MACS, SIR MURRAY WAS INFORMED THAT SINCE THE INSTALLATION OF THE ALARM SYSTEM, THERE HAD BEEN NO INCIDENCE OF ANY ROBBERY OR BURGLARY IN THE VARIOUS BLOCKS.

THE GOVERNOR SAID THAT THE ORIGINAL PURPOSE OF THE MACS WAS TO FOSTER SECURITY AND CLEANLINESS IN BUILDINGS, BUT HOPED THAT IT WOULD BE EXTENDED TO CATER FOR THE NEED FOR RECREATIONAL FACILITIES

HE ALSO ENCOURAGED THE RESIDENTS TO GET BETTER ACQUAINTED, WITH ONE ANOTHER BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE A FORM OF GREAT SAFETY.

/THE GOVERNOR

MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 19?4

THE GOVERNOR NEXT VISITED THE HUNG HOM ESTATE AT MA TAU WAI ROAD, THE ONLY PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE IN KOWLOON CITY.

THERE HE WAS PRESENTED WITH A DIFFERENT FACET OF THE WORK OF THE MACS. UNLIKE THOSE IN PRIVATE TENEMENT BUILDINGS, THE MACS IN HUNG HOM ESTATE DO NOT HAVE TO CONCENTRATE ON MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS, WHICH ARE ABLY HANDLED BY THE ESTATE OFFICE.

INSTEAD THEY PROVIDE SUCH +INTANGIBLE+ SERVICES AS STUDENT TUITION GROUPS, A BABY-SITTING +POOL+, AND THE ORGANISATION OF SOCIAL FUNCTIONS.

THE GOVERNOR WOUND UP HIS TOUR BY REVIEWING PROGRESS ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW RAILWAY TERMINUS AT HUNG HOM. HE WAS MET ON THE SITE AND BRIEFED BY MR. EDWIN WONG, ACTING GOVERNMENT ARCHITECT, MR. SIEMA GRUNBERG, CHIEF ENGINEER, RAILWAY DIVISION, AND OTHER OFFICIALS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PROJECT.

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MONDAY, AUG. 19, 1974

CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE . ft ft ft ft ft

THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY (MONDAY) AT SALE 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)

HIGH LOU ' KODE

CHINA RICE

SEE MEW

- CLD CROP

- I2U CHOP GOOD 2.02

S.C. J JEN

- CLD CROP

• NEW CROP GOOD 1.86

PO NGA I ——

CHU CHO —— —•

THAI RICE

100% WHOLE GOOD 1.80

10-152 BROKENS GOOD 1.72

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.70

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.45

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 1.77

U.S. RICE ——

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.67

PAKISTAN RICE —— MM*

TAIWAN RICE ——

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK ($/PICUL-LIVE WEIGHT)

GOOD

320 (AVERAGE)

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SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH CFMO CHEUNQ SIA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

SPECIES AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY>

HIGH LOW MODE

QOLDEN THREAD SCARCE 6.00 4.20 3.20

B IQ-EYES GOOD 3.00 0.50 1.50

SQUID NORMAL 4.00 1.30 3.00

HAIR-TAILS LIMITED 2.70 0.60 1.20

LIZARD FISHES LIMITED . 4.20 0.35 1.60

CROAKERS LIMITED 2.60 1>00 1.60

CONGER-PIKE-EELS LIMITED 3.00 1.00 2.40

MELON COAT SCARCE 3.20 1.40 2.00

BREAMS SCARCE 6.50 4.50 5.20

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 2.00< 0.30 1.20

MACKERELS SCARCE 4.80 2.00 2.50

RED GOAT FISH FORK-TAIL NORMAL 1.60 0.50 Oe7O NO SALE

HORSE-HEAD SCARCE 7.00 4.20 6.50

MELON SEED GOOD 1.80 0.90 1.40

POKFRETS SCARCE 9.50 8.00 8.80

GAROUPAS SCARCE 9.50 6.00 7.50

YELLOW CROAKER SCARCE 7.50 7.00 7.20

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 1.40 0.50 1.00

WHITE CABBAGE GOOD 0.50 0.10 0.30

CHINESE LETTUCE LIMITED 1.00 0.40 0.70

WATER SPINACH GOOD 0.45 0.10 0.30

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 1.60 0.60 1.20

STRING BEANS LIMITED 2.20 0.50 1.40

SPRING ONION NORMAL 1.40 0.30 0.80

SPINACH NO SALE 2.50

WATER CRESS SCARCE* 3.00 1.50

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.25

CHINESE SPINACH GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.25

TOMATO SCARCE 4.00 1.50 3.00

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 1974

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FINANCIAL SECRETARY FULLY CONFIDENT OF JAPANESE INTENTION TO CONCLUDE MASS TRANSIT SYSTEM

CONTRACT ........................................... 1

LAUNCH PICNIC FOR 50 PROBATIONERS, THEIR FAMILIES

AND FRIENDS AT LONG KAIR BEACH ..................... 4

YAU TONG HAWKERS MOVING TO NEW MODULAR MARKETS 5

PUBLICATIONS BY ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC

CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT OBTAINABLE IN HONG KONG..............................................   5

GOVERNOR TO SEE DEVELOPMENT IN NEW TERRITORIES

TOMORROW ........................................... 6

DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES *

■■.Issued by Gqye>hment Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong. Tel: 5 233191

TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 1974

FINANCIAL SECRETARY CONFIDENT OF JAPANESE INTENTIONS TO CONCLUDE MTR CONTRACT

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR, PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, TODAY EXPRESSED FULL CONFIDENCE THAT THE JAPANESE CONSORTIUM INTENDS TO CONCLUDE A CONTRACT UITH HONG KOk’G FOR BUILDING, EQUIPPING AND PARTLY FINANCING THE HASS TRANSIT RAILWAY WITHIN THE TERMS SET OUT IN THE LETTER OF INTENT.

IN A SPEECH TO THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG, HE SAID HE HAD +AMPLE GROUNDS FOR BELIEVING THAT THE CONSORTIUM HAVE NOT, AND ARE NOT, THINKING OF DEPARTING FROM THIS INTENTION.*

HE ASKED: +IF THE RUMOURS IN THE PRESS OF AN INTENTION TO WITHDRAW HAD ANY ELEMENT OF TRUTH IN THEM, WOULD NOT A WITHDRAWAL IN FEBRUARY, WHEN JAPAN APPARENTLY FACED WITH A SEVERE SET-BACK AS A RESULT OF THE OIL CRISIS, HAVE MADE BETTER SENSE?*

MR. HADDON-CAVE DISCLOSED THAT ANOTHER PLENARY SESSION WITH THE JAPANESE CONSORTIUM WAS SCHEDULED FOR THE BEGINNING OF NEXT MONTH — THE THIRD SO FAR. %

in Preparation for this meeting, the engineering group of’ THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY HAD JUST RETURNED FROM TOKYO AFTER THREE DAYS OF TALKS ON THE PRELIMINARY DESIGN CRITERIA AND SOLUTIONS THAT HAD BEEN DEVELOPED IN RESPONSE TO THE PERFORMANCE SPECIFICATION.

TURNING TO+ANOTHER RUMOUR,* THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID HE HAD +N0 REASON* TO BELIEVE THAT THE CONSORTIUM WOULD CORE UP WITH SHODDY GOODS IN ORDER TO KEEP WITHIN THE PRICE CEILING, ‘ REGARDLESS OF THE DAMAGE THAT THIS WOULD HAVE ON THE REPUTATION OF THE MEMBER COMPANIES OF THE CONSORTIUM.

HE SAID THE CONSORTIUM MUST HAVE BEEN FULLY AWARE OF THE EFFECTS OF WORLD-WIDE INFLATION IN GENERAL, AND INFLATION IN JAPAN IN PARTICULAR, BEFORE THEY SIGNED THE LETTER OF INTENT.

+IF THEY WERE NOT CONFIDENT THEN THAT THE JOB COULD BE DONE FOR $5,000 MILLION THEY WOULD HARDLY HAVE TAKEN THE DECISION TO PROCEED,* HE SAID.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY ALSO GAVE AN ASSURANCE THAT THE PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY WOULD EXAMINE THE DESIGN SOLUTIONS AND THE PROGRAMME OF WORKS IN DETAIL +N0T ONLY TO DETERMINE WHETHER OUR PERFORMANCE SPECIFICATIONS HAVE BEEN MET IN FULL, BUT ALSO TO IDENTIFY WHETHER ANY OF THE DESIGN SOLUTIONS ARE LIKELY TO GENERATE UNACCEPTABLE EXPENSIVE OPERATIONAL AND MAINTENANCE COSTS.*

/REFERRING TO

TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 1974

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REFERRING TO SUGGESTIONS TN SOME QUARTERS THAT THE MASS TRANSIT PROJECT SHOULD BE ABANDONED IN VIEW OF HONG KONG’S OTHER COMMITMENTS, MR. HADDON-CAVE SAID THAT WOULD NOT HELP VERY MUCH.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE CREDIT LINES AND THE LOAN FINANCE AVAILABLE FOR A COMMERCIALLY VIABLE PROJECT LIKE THE UNDERGROUND RAILWAY CERTAINLY WOULD NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR HOUSING, MEDICAL SERVICES AND SCHOOLS.

HE NOTED THAT ABOUT THREE QUARTERS OF THE $800 MILLION OF THE MASS TRANSIT FUND HAD NOT DEEN SPENT OR COMMITTED.

+BUT.+ HE SAID, +SIMPLY BECAUSE EVERYTHING ELSE CANNOT BE DONE AT ONCE IS NO GOOD REASON FOR ABANDONING THIS LONG PLANNED PROJECT.+

HE CONTINUED: +THE ARGUMENTS FOR AN ADDITIONAL, SUBSURFACE, PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM REMAIN AS COGENT AS EVER AND IT IS THOROUGHLY BAD ADMINISTRATIVE PRACTICE TO CHANGE ONE'S MIND AFTER THE EVENT IN RESPONSE TO OTHER UNRELATED DIFFICULTIES.*

TURNING TO THE PROBLEM OF FINANCING THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY, MR. HADDON-CAVE SAID THAT TOWARDS THE CONTRACT PRICE OF $5,000 MILLION, THE JAPANESE CONSORTIUM HAD AGREED TO PROVIDE ABOUT $3,000 MILLION IN THE FORM OF EXPORT CREDITS.

HE SAID THE CONSORTIUM WAS CURRENTLY ENTERING INTO NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE JAPANESE EX IM BANK.

♦I HAVE NO REASON TO BELIEVE THAT THESE EXPORT CREDITS WILL NOT BE FORTHCOMING PARTICULARLY AS THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAS AGREED TO GIVE A GUARANTEE FOR THE REPAYMENT OF THIS SUH, INCLUDING INTEREST, BY THE CORPORATION,* HE SAID.

MR. HADDON-CAVE SA ID*. THE REMAINING $2,000 MILLION WOULD HAVE TO BE RAISED FROM INTERNATIONAL MONEY MARKETS IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS, IN THE FORM OF BONDS AND PARTLY IN THE FORM OF SYNDICATED BANK LOANS. I

HE SAID HE WAS CONFIDENT THAT THE MARKETS COULD BE PERSUADED BY HONG KONG'S POLITICAL STABILITY, THE PRUDEtKJE OF ITS FISCAL POLICIES AND ITS DETERMINATION THAT THE PROJECT WOULD PAY FOR ITSELF TO HAKE THE EXERCISE A SUCCESSFUL ONE.

ON THE QUESTION OF WHY.THE GOVERNMENT CHOSE THE JAPANESE CONSORTIUM, MR. HADDON-CAVE SAID THAT THE CONSORTIUM WAS THE ONLY ONE OFFERING A FIRM PRICE WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT'S CEILING OF $5,000 MILLION WITHOUT SUBSEQUENT COST ESCALATION OF ANY KIND.

THE OTHER BIDS SUBMITTED HIGHER CEILING PRICES.

/SECONDLY,

TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 1974'

SECONDLY, THE JAPANESE BID WAS SUBJECT TO A DEADLINE FOR ACCEPTANCE WHILE THE BIDS OF THE OTHER TUO CONSORTIA WERE NOT.

MR. HADDON-CAVE DESCRIBED THE GOVERNMENT’S ACCEPTANCE OF THE JAPANESE BID AS +NOT AN EASY DECISION TO REACH.*

HE EXPLAINED THAT WHILE ACCEPTANCE OF THE BID WOULD ENSURE AN EARLY START AT A KNOWN. COST WITH THE GOVERNMENT'S PRICE CEILING AND WOULD RESULT IN A FINANCIALLY VIABLE PROJECT, THE INSISTENCE ON A GOVERNMENT GUARANTEE WOULD MEAN THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE TO UNDERWRITE THE DEBT REPAYMENT.

+THIS,* HE SAID, +COULD HAVE SERIOUS FISCAL CONSEQUENCES.*

SPEAKING ON THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID THE AUTHORITY WAS NOU CONSIDERING DRAFT LEGISLATION TO CREATE THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION.

+THE INTENTION IS TO BRING THE CORPORATION INTO BEING AS SOON AS A FORMAL CONTRACT HAS BEEN SIGNED WITH THE JAPANESE CONSORTIUM,* HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE RECRUITMENT OF THEfCORPORATION'S CHIEF OFFICERS WAS +NEARING SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION.*

IN ADDITION, THE AUTHORITY IS RECRUITING TO SOKE 420 POSTS TO START THE ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT.

TO UNDERPIN THE CHIEF OFFICERS, THE PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY’S SECRETARIAT IS BEING EXPANDED TO INCLUDE SONE 50 POSTS IN MANAGERIAL, ACCOUNTING, SECRETARIAL, CLERICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE OCCUPATIONS,

MR. HADDON-CAVE ISSUED TUO WORDS OF WARNING.

HE WARNED OF +A PERIOD OF UNAVOIDABLE DISRUPTION TO THE ENVIRONMENT* DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE RAILWAY. HE GAVE AN ASSURANCE THAT THE GOVERNMENT AND THE CORPORATION WOULD TRY THEIR VERY BEST TO KEEP THIS UITHIN TOLERABLE LIMITS.

SECONDLY, HE SAID THE RAILWAY MUST KOT ONLY PROVIDE AN ADEQUATE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICE BUT ALSO REMAIN VIABLE.

+THIS,* HE SAID, +WILL KEAN CHARGING ECONOMIC FARES AB INITIO AND HAVING THE MAINTENANCE OF AM ECONOMIC FARE STRUCTURE AS A CONSTANT AIM.*

HE SAID THE CORPORATION MUST NEVER DEPART FROM THIS AIM AND THE GOVERNMENT WOULD, AS FAR AS POSSIBLE, KOT ALLOU IT TO DO SO.

/+BUT IF,

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♦BUT IF, AT SOME FUTURE DATE, IT WERE TO BE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST TO REQUIRE THE CORPORATION TO DEPART FROM THIS AIM, IT WILL BE FOR THE GOVERNMENT, AND HENCE C.Ef^RAL REVENUE, TO BEAR THE FINANCIAL CONSEQUENCES,* HE ADDED.

NOTE TO EDITORS: COPIES OF TOE FULL TEXT OF TOE FINANCIAL SECRETARY’S SPEECH ARE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM THE q.l.S. PRESS ROOM, 6 TH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

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COMMUNITY SUPPORT NEEDED TO WIN LONE OFFENDERS )r ft ft ft ft K>

A LAUNCH PICNIC WILL BE HELD AT LONG KAIR BEACH THIS SUNDAY, CAUqUST 25), TO PROVIDE A DAY OUT FOR 50 PROBATIONERS, THEIR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS.

THE PARTY, ORGANIZED BY THE PROBATION; AND CORRECTIONS DIVISION OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, AND SUPPORTED BY THE HONq KONG RECREATION AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND THE KOULOON ROTARY CLUB, AIMS AT PROMOTING MEANINGFUL SOCIAL CONTACT FOR THOSE UNDER THE CARE OF THE PROBATION OFFICERS.

MR. LUI SIU-HOI, CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG RECREATION AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION, WILL SPEAK ON HOW THE PUBLIC CAN BEAT CRIME BY SUPPORTING REHABILITATION WORK FGR OFFENDERS, AND ON THE IMPORTANCE OF MEETING THEM AND THEIR PARENTS TOGETHER TO UNDERSTAND AND WIN THEM OVER TO LEAD A SOCIALLY ACTIVE LIFE.

MR. WALLACE LEE, PRINCIPAL PROBATION OFFICER, SAYS THAT TOIS ACTIVITY IS THE FIRSTtOF ITS KIND IN HONG KONG TO INVITE COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS TO SPEAK TO THE PROBATIONERS AND THEIR PARENTS AT A SOCIAL GATHERING.

THIS APPROACH, IF IT PROVES TO BE EFFECTIVE, WILL BE ENCOURAGED IN LINE WITH THE WORKING MOTTO +T0 ASSIST AND BEFRJEND PROBATIONERS*, HE ADDED.

+PROBATIONERS ARE PEOPLE WHO NEEDED TO BE WON OVER TO LEAD NORMAL LIVES. THEY CANNOT BE JUST PUT INSIDE AND FORGOTTEN.

+ONE JUST CANNOT BLAME THE OFFENDERS OR THEIR PARENTS FOREVER, OR LEAVE THEM ENTIRELY*TO PROBATION OFFICERS,* HE SAID.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE PARTY WILL LEAVE FROM KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 9.30 A.M. ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 25. REPORTERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE WELCOME.

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YAU TONQ HAWKERS HOVE TO NEW MODULAR MARKETS » ft » » »

SOHE 80 HAWKERS IN THE YAU TONQ AREA WILL BE MOVING INTO TWO RECENTLY COMPLETED MODULAR MARKETS AT KO CHIU ROAD AND YAU TONQ ESTATES TOMORROW.

THE MODULAR MARKETS WERE BUILT AT A COST OF OVER $210,000 TO PROVIDE THEM WITH PROPER AND PERMANENT TRAD1NQ SPACES TO SERVE THE 48,000 TENANTS OF THE TWO PUBLIC HOUS1NQ ESTATES. UNTIL HOW, THE HAWKERS HAVE BEEN PLYINQ THEIR TRADE AT A TEMPORARY HAUKER BAZAAR BETWEEN BLOCKS 8 AND 11 OF THE YAU TONQ ESTATE.

THE ADDITIONAL MARKETINQ FACILITIES SHOULD ALSO MAKE SHOPPINQ MORE CONVENIENT FOR HOUSEWIVES IN KO CHIU ROAD ESTATE AND NEIGHBOURING AREAS.

AVAILABLE AT THE NEW MODULAR MARKETS WILL BE VEGETABLES, POULTRY, FISH, MEAT AND OTHER FOOD ITEMS AND DAILY NECESSITIES.

THE PROVISION OF THE MARKETINQ FACILITIES IS PART OF THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT’S LONQ TERM PLAN TO IMPROVE THE ARRANGEMENT OF ITS. PU3LJC HOUSINQ ESTATES AND TO BETTER THE LIVINQ CONDITIONS OF THE TENANTS. f

THE SITE OF THE TEMPORARY HAWKER BAZAAR AT YAU TONQ ESTATE WILL BE DEVELOPED INTO A REST QARDEN AND PLAY AREA AT A COST OF $350,Q00.

IN CONNECTION WITH THE DEPARTMENT’S IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME, SOME 900 TREES AND A LARGE QUANTITY OF FLOWERS AND SHRUBS WERE RECENTLY PLANTED IN THE VICINITY OF YAU TONQ ESTATE WITH THE HELP OF PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE ADDITIONAL QREENERY WILL HELP TOWARDS BEAUTIFYING THE ESTATE AND PROVIDE MORE OPEN SPACES FOR TENANTS, THE HOUSINQ MANAGER, MR. LAU PO-CHI, SAID.

O.E.C.D. PUBLICATIONS OBTAINABLE IN HONG KONG ft ft lift lift

THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAS BECOME THE OFFICIAL EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTOR FOR O.E.C.D. CORQAN1SATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT) PUBLICATIONS. SAMPLES ARE NOU ON DISPLAY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, STAR FERRY CONCOURSE.

BEING A SPECIALISED UNIVERSAL ORGANISATION, O.E.C.D. HAS A BIG LIST RANGING FROM ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS, STATISTICS INDUSTRY, TRANSPORT, ENERGY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY TO TOURISM, EDUCATION AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS.

ALTHOUGH IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO SHOW THE FULL RANGE OF PUBLICATIONS AT THE MOMENT AT THE PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, SPECIAL FACILITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC FOR ORDERING O.E.C.D. PUBLICATIONS AT THE CURRENT CONVERSION RATE.

A BIGGER STOCK OF O.E.C.D. PUBLICATIONS MAY BE KEPT. DEPENDING ON DEMAND.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 1974

GOVERNOR TO .SEE N.T. DEVELOPMENT a a a a # a

NOTE TO EDITORS*

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL SPEND TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TOURING SHA TIN NEW TOWN AND TAI PO TOWN TO SEE FOR HIMSELF THE GENERAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE TWO AREAS.

IN THE MORNING, SIR MURRAY WILL VISIT SHA TIN NEW TOWN WHERE HE WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE LATEST DEVELOPMENT OF THE-TOWN. HE WILL THEN PROCEED TO THE RACE COURSE SITE. PASSING LEK YUEN LOW COST HOUSING ESTATE, FO TAN, AND THE NEW RAILWAY SIDINGS.

AFTER LUNCH AT ISLAND HOUSE, TAI PO, THE GOVERNOR WILL CALL AT TAI PO TOWN AND A TRANSIT CENTRE AT STRAFFORD HOUSE.

ON HIS WAY BACK TO HONG KONG, HE WILL HAVE A LOOK AT THE SECOND LION ROCK TUNNEL WORK.

SIR MURRAY WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. DAVID AKERS-JONES, AND THE DEPUTY SECRETARY, MR. JOHN CHAMBERS, THE DISTRICT OFFICERS OF SHA TIN AUD TAI PO, MR. MICHAEL SUEN AND MR. TONY SAVAGE RESPECTIVELY, AND THE DIRECTOR OF N.T. DEVELOPMENT, MR. J.R. WHITAKER.

.... - YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE TO COVER THE VISIT.

i TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED. TWO VANS WILL LEAVE THE KOWLOON SUB-POOL BEHIND THE TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE AT 10.15 A.M. THE VANS WILL BRING MEMBERS OF THE PRESS PARTY BACK TO STAR FERRY AFTER THE MORNING VISIT.

OFFICERS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST THE PRESS.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 1974

CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE

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THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY (TUESDAY) AT SALE 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 WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

SUPPLY AVERAGE

CHINA RICE

SEE MEW GOOD 2.02

S.C. JIEN GOOD 1.86

PO NGAI ——

CHU CHO *

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THAI RICE

100% WHOLE GOOD 1.8o

10-15% BROKENS GOOD 1.72

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD ‘ 1.70

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.45

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 1.77

U.S. RICE

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.67

PAKISTAN 'RICE ——

TAIWAN RICE

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

(ALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK (S/PICUL-LIVE WEIGHT)

GOOD

320 (AVERAGE)

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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/CATTO

' HIGH LOW MODE

GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 5.00 2.00 3.50

BIG-EYES GOOD 3.30 1.00 2.10

SQUID GOOD 4.00 1.20 3.00

HAIR-TAILS NORMAL 2.40 1.00 1.70

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 3.40 0.40 2.00

CROAKERS LIMITED 2.30 0.60 1.40

CONGER-PIKE-EELS GOOD 2.60 1.50 2.00

MELON COAT GOOD 1.80 1.40 1.60

BREAMS -LIMITED 6.50 3.00 4.80

YELLOW BELLY LIMITED 2.20 0.60 1.40

MACKERELS LIMITED 5.30 2.50 4.00

RED GOAT FISH LIMITED 1.20 0.50 0.90

FORK-TA IL NORMAL 0.80 0.40 0.60

HORSE-HEAD * NORMAL 6.50 3.80 4.50

MELON SEED LIMITED 1.80.. 1.00 1.40

POMFRETS SCARCE 9.00 7.00 8.00

GAROUPAS LIMITED 9.00 6.50 7.80

YELLOW CROAKER —•

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) MODE

HIGH LOW

FLOWERING CABBAGE LIMITED 1.40 0.50 1.00

WHITE CABBAQE GOOD 0.50 0.10 0.30

CHINESE LETTUCE LIMITED 1.00 0.40 0.70

WATER SPINACH GOOD 0.45 0.10 0.30

CHINESE KA1-E SCARCE 1.60 0.60 1.20

STRING BEANS LIMITED 2.00 0.50 1.40

SPRING ONION NORMAL 1.50 0.40 1.00

SPINACH ——

WATER CRESS SCARCE 3.00 1.50 2.50

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.25

CHINESE SPINACH GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.25

TOMATO SCARCE ♦ - 4.00 1.50 3.00

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PRH 7

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 1974.

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SIGNIFICANCE OF MEDICAL WHITE PAPER OUTLINED ............ 1

SECOND ANTI-MEASLES CAMPAIGN OFF TO A GOOD START ........ 2

GENERAL CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR JULY GOES UP BY FIVE POINTS .................................................. 2

WORK BEGINS ON INSTALLATION OF PROPER ELECTRICITY SUPPLY SYSTEM IN LICENSED AREAS ........................ 3.

Y.W.C.A. YOUTH WEEK OPENING ON SATURDAY ................. 3

HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS .............................................  4

TEMPORARY WATER INTERRUPTION IN KWUN TONG ............... 4

DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

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

WEDNESDAY, AUG* 21, 1974

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SIGNIFICANCE OF MEDICAL WHITE PAPER UNDERLINED ft- ft ft ft ft ft

THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AMD HEALTH SERVICES, DR. GERALD * CHOA, SAID TODAY THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE WHITE PAPER ON THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF MEDICAL ARD HEALTH SERVICES IN HONG KONG MEANT A CONSIDERABLE EXPANSION OF EXISTING FACILITIES FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE COMMUNITY.

SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE PUBLIC RELATIONS ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG, DR. CHOA REVIEWED THE WHITE PAPER, DRAWING ATTENTION TO ITS KOST SALIENT POINTS.

AMONG THESE WERE PROJECTS SUCH AS NEU HOSPITALS AND CLINICS, THE RE-ORGANISATION OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF REGIONALISATION PLANS, THE RENOVATION OF CERTAIN CLINICS, THE CREATION OF THE DENTAL NURSES TRAINING SCHOOL, AND THE SETTING UP OF A DENTAL CLINIC FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN. ,

DR. CHOA TOLD THE AUDIENCE THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAD BEGUN TO TAKE AN ACTIVE ROLE IN INTEGRATING FAMILY PLANNING UJTH IN THE FRAMEWORK OF ITS MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH SERVICE.

IT WAS NOU ALSO FULLY OCCUPIED WITH A PILOT METHADONE MAINTENANCE RESEARCH STUDY, AND THE RESULTS OF THIS THREE-YEAR PROJECT WOULD BE CAREFULLY ANALYSED TO DETERMINE THE BEST COURSE TO ADOPT FOR THE FUTURE.

HEALTH EDUCATION WOULD DE TOE SPECIAL CONCERN OF A HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT TO DE SET UP, AND ADDED EMPHASIS WOULD BE PLACED ON THE REHABILITATION OF TOE PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY HANDICAPPED.

THE PROBLEMS OF AN AGEING POPULATION HAD DEEN TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT IN THE WHITE PAPER, AND THERE WOULD BE GERIATRIC BEDS IN TOE HOSPITALS AND CLINICS, AS WELL AS PSYCHIATRIC BEDS.

THE WHITE PAPER HAD TAKEN A CLOSE LOOK AT THE DOCTOR SHORTFALL THAT WOULD DE OCCURRING IN THE NEXT DECADE, AND DR. CHOA REPEATED HOU IT HAD BEEN DECIDED THAT TO MEET THIS SHORTFALL A MEDICAL FACULTY WOULD DE SET UP IN TOE CHINESE UNIVERSITY, AND A DENTAL FACULTY IN TOE UNIVERSITY OF EONG KONG*

A THIRD NURSES TRAINING SCHOOL WOULD DE ESTABLISHED IN THE NEW PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL IN LAI CHI KOK, ARD TOE TRAINING OF PARAMEDICAL STAFF p- SUCH AS LABORATORY ASSISTANTS, RADIOGRAPHERS, AMD OCCUPATIONAL AMD PHYSIOTHERAPISTS, WAS ALSO UNDER REVIEW.

TOE CAPITAL COST FOR ALL THESE PROJECTS WOULD BE ABOUT . $914 MILLION AT CURRENT PRICES. THE GOVERNMENT, HAVING REGARD TO PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES, WOULD CE ABLE TO SPEND ABOUT $590 MILLION FROM NOW UNTIL 1904 FOR ALL ITEMS IN CATEGORIES A AND B OF THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME. OTHER ITEMS MAKING UP TOE BALANCE WOULD BE IMPLEMENTED AS SOON AS THE ECONOMIC SITUATION ALLOWED.

THE ESTIMATED RECURRENT EXPENDITURE IS AT $800 MILLION A YEAR.

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GOOD START TO SECOND ANT!-MEASLES CAMPAIG^ ft ft ft ft fc ft ft .

A TOTAL OF 1,709 CHILDREN WAS IMMUNISED AGAINST

MEASLES DURING THE 10 DAYS ENDING ON AUGUST 10 IN CONNECTION 1 WITH THE SECOND ANTI—MEASLES CAMPAIGN FOR THIS YEAR.

OF THESE, 380 WERE INOCULATED ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 799 IN KOWLOON, AND 530 IN THE NEU TERRITORIES.

THE SECOND ANTI-MEASLES CAMPAIGN BEGAN ON AUGUST 1 AND WILL CONTINUE UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH TO REMIND THE PUBLIC OF THE IMPORTANCE OF CONTINUING PRECAUTIONARY ACTION AGAINST THE DISEASE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAID THE SECOND CAMPAIGN HAD BEEN DESIGNED TO IMMUNISE MORE CHILDREN BEFORE THE COMING WINTER-SPRING, AND SO PREVENT ANY SIGNIFICANT RISE IN THE INCIDENCE OF THE DISEASE DURING’ THIS PERIOD. ' f

FREE VACCINE IS AVAILABLE AT ALL THE DEPARTMENT’S

GENERAL OUT-PATIENT CLINICS AND MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRES, IN HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE SPOKESMAN URGED PARENTS OF SUSCEPTIBLE CHILDREN BETWEEN SIX MONTHS AND FIVE YEARS TO HAVE THEM IMMUNISED IMMEDIATELY.

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FIVE-POINT INCREASE IN JULY G.C.P.I.

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THE GENERAL CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR LAST MONTH WAS 193 WHICH IS FIVE POINTS OR 2.7 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THAT FOR THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT SAID THE INCREASE WAS DUE MAINLY TO A RISE OF 10 POINTS IN THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS.

HE EXPLAINED THAT BECAUSE OF A SEASONAL REDUCTION IN SUPPLIES COUPLED WITH STRONG LOCAL DEMAND AS A RESULT OF THE HOT WEATHER, A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE.OF 70 PER CENT WAS RECORDED IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICE Of FRSH VEGETABLES.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF RICE, FRESH WATER FISH AND MARINE FISH DECLINED.

INCREASES OF ONE POINT EACH WERE ALSO RECORDED IN THE INDEX FOR DURABLE GOODS AND THE INDEX FOR MISCELLANEOUS GOODS.

DECREASES OF ONE POINT EACH WERE RECORDED IN THE INDEX FOR FUEL AND LIGHT AND THE INDEX FOR ALCOHOLIC DRINK AND TOBACCO

MOVEMENTS IN THE INDEXES FOR OTHER SECTIONS OF COMMODITY AND SERVICES WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 1974

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WORK STARTS ON ELECTRIFICATION PROJECT IN LICENSED AREAS ft ft ft ft ft ft

WORK BEQAN TODAY ON THE INSTALLATION OF A PROPER ELECTRICITY SUPPLY SYSTEM AT CHEUNG SHA WAN LICENSED AREA J.

UNDER THE PROJECT ABOUT 500 PEOPLE IN THE AREA WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE A LEGITIMATE POWER SUPPLY FOR LIGHTING AND GENERAL DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES,

THE INSTALLATION WORK, COSTING MORE THAN $115,000, WILL TAKE ABOUT FOUR WEEKS TO COMPLETE,

MEANWHILE, THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT IS FINALISING ITS TENDER DOCUMENTS FOR A SIMILAR PROJECT TO BE INSTALLED AT KOWLOON BAY LICENSED AREA STAGE ONE,

WORK ON THIS SCHEME IS EXPECTED TO START BEFORE THE END OF THIS MONTH. <

TECHNICAL STAFF OF THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT ARE NOW WORKING ON THE PLAN FOR ELECTRIFICATION FOR FIVE MORE EXISTING LICENSED AREAS. THESE ARE CHEUNG SHA WAN AREA 2, CHAI UAN AREA 2 AND 3, HIP WO STREET AND SAM KAR CHUEN.

TENDERS WILL BE INVITED PROGRESSIVELY AS SOON AS DOCUMENTS FOR EACH AREA ARE PREPARED.

TWO SPECIAL SQUADS, COMPRISING TECHNICAL STAFF OF THE DEPARTMENT HAVE ALSO BEEN FORMED TO CARRY OUT PERIODIC INSPECTIONS AND TO GIVE ADVICE TO LICENSEES. ►

THEY WILL TOUR ALL LICENSED AREAS IN TURN TO INFORM THEM OF THE DEPARTMENT’S PLAN TO ELECTRIFY THEIR AREAS AND TO TELL THEM HOW TO AVOID DANGEROUS ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS.

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Y.W.C.A. YOUTH WEEK ft ft ft ft ft

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING OF THE Y.W.C.A.*S YOUTH WEEK AT THE CITY HALL EXHIBITION ON SATURDAY CAUGUST 24) AT 3.00 P.M.

THE PROGRAMME FOR THE WEEK WILL INCLUDE AN EXHIBITION OF YOUTH WORK, A DRAMA NIGHT AND A VARIETY SHOW.

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EXPENDITURE SURVEY ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS ******* »

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IS CARRYING OUT A SURVEY AMONG ITS PUBLIC ASS ISTANCE.REC IPI ENTS, BOTH FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS, IN ORDER TO OBTAIN MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE.

HISS CHAN JOY-YIN, PRINCIPAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER IN CHARGE OF THE DEPARTMENT’S RESEARCH AND EVALUATION UNIT, SAID THE STUDY WAS BEING CONDUCTED TO OBTAIN DETAILS ON HOW MONEY RECEIVED UNDER THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE SCHEME WAS BEING SPENT ON THE PURCHASE OF DAILY HOUSEHOLD REQUISITES.

SHE'SA ID THOSE CHOSEN FOR THE SURVEY HAVE BEEN REQUESTED TO KEEP A DAILY RECORD OF THEIR SPENDINGS, AND ARE BEING PROVIDED WITH THE NECESSARY STATIONERY ON WHICH TO DO SO.

MISS CHAN SAID SUCH DETAILS WILL BE OF GREAT VALUE TO THE DEPARTMENT AND THE INFORMATION SUPPLIED WILL BE USED FOR A GENERAL REVIEW AND IMPROVEMENTS TO THE EXISTING SERVICES.

SHE STRESSED THAT IT WOULD IN NO WAY AFFECT THE MONTHLY PUBLIC ASSISTANCE PAYMENTS WHICH THE PEOPLE ARE CURRENTLY RECEIVING FROM THE DEPARTMENT.

THE SURVEY WILL LAST OVER A PERIOD OF TWELVE MONTHS DURING WHICH SURVEY INTERVIEWING OFFICERS ON LOAN FROM THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL BE CALLING ON THE VARIOUS ’ HOUSEHOLDS CHOSEN FOR THE SURVEY.

THIS SURVEY IS ONE OF THE PROJECTS INCLUDED IN THE FIVE-YEAR PLAN FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES IN HONG KONG.

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WATER CUT * * * *

WATER SUPPLY TO PREMISES IN TSIM SHA HOURS AS FROM 1 A.M.

FOR LEAKAGE TO BE

THE PREMISES BOUNDED BY NATHAN BLOCKS 1, 12, 13, WILL BE AFFECTED.

KWUN TONG ESTATE AND TO CERTAIN

TSUI WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR FIVE ON FRIDAY CAUGUST 23> TO ENABLE TESTS CONDUCTED IN BOTH AREAS.

AFFECTED IN TSIM SHA TSUI ARE THOSE RGOAD, PEKING ROAD, HANKOW ROAD AND HAIPHONG AND BLOCKS 15-19 OF KWUN TONG ESTATE

ROAD

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 1974

CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE ft ft ft ft ft ft

THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) AT SALE 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 C$/CATTY) AVERAGE

CHINA RICE

SEE MEW GOOD f 2.02

S.C. JIEN GOOD 1.86

PO NGAI ——

CHU CHO ——

THAI RICE

100X WHOLE GOOD 1.80

10-15$ BROKENS GOOD 1.72

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.70

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.45

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 1.77

U.S. RICE

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.67

PAKISTAN RICE —— • —

TAIWAN RICE

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK C$/PICUL-LIVE WEIGHT)

GOOD

320 CAVERAGE)

• /SUPPLIES AND.......

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 1974

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH

CFHO CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

SPECIES AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

HIGH LOU MODE

GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 3.80 1.40 2.20

BIG-EYES NORMAL 3.00 1.00 1.90

SQUID GOOD 3.50 1.30 2.60

HAIR-TAILS LIMITED 1.40 0.30 1.00

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 3.00 0.70 1.80

CROAKERS LIMITED 1.70 0.80 1.30

CONQER-PIKE-EELS GOOD 2.40 1.50 2.00

MELON COAT NORMAL 2.20 r 1.10 1.80

BREAMS LIMITED 5.00 1.60 3.00

YELLOW BELLY NORMAL 1.80 0.50 0.90

MACKERELS LIMITED 5.80 2.00 4.50

RED GOAT FISH ——

FORK-TA IL ——

HORSE-HEAD LIMITED 5.00 1.60 3.50

MELON SEED GOOD .1.80 0.70 1.20

POMFRETS SCARCE 9.30 8.00 8.50

GAROUPAS LIMITED 9-50 6.00 8.00

YELLOW CROAKER

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

CV.M.O. CHEUNQ SHA WAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKET)

TYPE OF VEGETABLE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTYO MODE

HIGH LOU

FLOWERING CABBAGE LIMITED 1.30 t »H I ■■ III M 1 0.40 0.80

WHJ'iE CABBAGE GOOD 0.50 0.10 0.30

CHINESE LETTUCE LIMITED 1.00 0.40 0.70

WATER SPINACH Good 0.40 0.10 0.25

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 1.60 0.60 1.20

STRING BEANS LIMITED 1.60 0.50 1.20

SPRING ONION SPINACH \ NORMAL 1.40 0.30 0.80

WATER CRESS SCARCE 3.00 1.20 2.50

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.25

CHINESE SPINACH GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.25

TOMATO SCARCE 4.00 1.50 3.00

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22.

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LABOUR DEPARTMENT PLANNCNG LEGISLATION TO PROMOTE AND REGULATE APPRENTICESHIPS .......................... 1

JULY HEALTH REPORT: SLIGHT INCREASE IN NOTIFICATIONS OF ENTERIC FEVER ........................ 2

MEI TUNG ESTATE IN KOWLOON TO RECEIVE FIRST TENANTS IN EARLY OCTOBER .............................. 3

'HFFT THE MEDIA* SESSION TOMORROW WITH THE DIRECTOR OF LEGAL AID.................................. 3

TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE ENDORSES PROPOSED ROAD SAFETY PROGRAMME ................................. 4

NEW DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE ASSUMES DUTIES ..........................................

NEW BUS ROUTE BEING INTRODUCED TO WONG CHUK HANG

ESTATE................................................. 5

SALE OF GOVERNMENT LOTTERY TICKETS CLOSES TOMORROW 5

SOCIAL SERVICE GROUP FOR YOUTH RECREATION WORK

FORMED IN SHEK LEI HOUSING ESTATE.........»............ 6

JAPANESE FIRE FIGHTERS TO STUDY HONG KONG’S FIRE PREVENTION METHODS .................................... 6

IMPORTANCE’OF ORGANISED YOUTH LEADERSHIP UNDERLINED 7

ANOTHER SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNIT SET UP BY S.W.D. 8

DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES •

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

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 1974.

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NEW RULES PLANNED TO REGULATE APPRENTICESHIPS » » ll ifr & K

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IS PLANNING LEGISLATION TO PROMOTE AND REGULATE APPRENTICESHIPS.

THE tt-PUTY COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR. NEIL HENDERSON, SAID TODAY IT UAS HOPED TO INTRODUCE AN APPRENTICESHIP BILL INTO THE NEXT SESSION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

HE SAID THE DEPARTMENT WAS ALSO CONSIDERING INCLUDING PROVISIONS IN THE DILL STIPULATING THAT INDUSTRIALISTS WOULD HAVE TO EMPLOY A SET QUOTA OF APPRENTICES TO EXISTING SKILLED STAFF.

ADDRESSING THE LIONS CLUB OF TAI PING SHAN, MR. HENDERSON SAID A BiLI. HAD BEEN BASICALLY FRAMED BUT THERE WAS STILL MUCH CONSULTATION, CONSIDERATION AND FURTHER DRAFTING WORK TO BE . DONE.

HE SAID THE PROPOSED BILL, COVERING DESIGNATED TRADES AND OCCUPATIONS, WOULD:

+ PROVIDE THAT A YOUNG PERSON WOULD NOT BE EMPLOYED IN A LES1GNATED TRADE OR OCCUPATION UNLESS HE UAS ON 'AN APPRENTICESHIP CONTRACT CR HE HAD COMPLETED ONE.

+ REGULATE THE CONDITIONS OF CONTRACT AMD ITS TERMINATION BY EITHER PARTY.

+ EN/BLE THE APPROPRIATE EDUCATION PROGRAMMES TO BE LAID DOIN.

♦ REQUIRE SUFFICIENT SKILLED STAFF AND EQUIPMENT TO ENSURE ADEQUATE TRAINING.

MR. HENDERSON SAID THE BILL WOULD PROVIDE PROTECTION FOR BOTH PARTIES AMD HELP ASSURE THE MAINTENANCE OF HIQH STANDARDS OF APPRENTICE TRAINING.

HOWEVER THERE WAS ANOTHER, PERHAPS MORE SERIOUS PROBLEM RELATED TO INDUSTRIAL TRAINING, H- SAID.

MANPOWER SURVEYS CONDUCTED BY THE OLD INDUSTRIAL TRAINING COUNCIL AND THE ICEULY-FORI’ED BOARDS OF THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING COUNCIL HAD SHOWN A SERIOUS SHORTFALL IN THE SUPPLY OF NECESSARY TRAINED PERSONNEL FOR INDUSTRY.

♦THIS MEANS EITHER THAT JOBS AP.E NOT GETTING DONE OR THAT THE SKILL FACTOR IN DOING THEM IS FAR TOO LOU FOR THE SOPHISTICATED INDUSTRIAL COMMUNITY BONG KONG IS FAST BECOU1RG.+ HE SAID.

SOME INFORMED INDUSTRIALISTS HAD SUGGESTED THAT THE PROPOSED BILL SHOULD COuiAIH STRONG PROVISIONS TO PROMOTE APPRENTICES.! IP.

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THIS COULD DE DOIS DY GIVING Ti:E COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR POWERS TO REQUIRE EMPLOYEES IN APPROPRIATE AID DESIGNATED TRADES TO EMPLOY A CERTAIN RATIO OF APPRENTICES TO THEIR EXISTING SKILLED STAFF, AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING COUNCIL.

HE ADDED: +THIS COULD BE REGARDED BY SOKE AS SOMEWHAT DRACONIAN MEASURE, BUT HONG KONG’S INDUSTRY DEPENDS UPON THE SKILL OF ITS WORKERS, AND SIGNIFICANT SHORTFALLS IN ADEQUATE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING MUST BE MET, OR THE LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES WOULD BE VERY HARMFUL TO HONG KONG’S ECONOMY.

+SO SERIOUS CONSIDERATIONS BUST BE GIVEN TO PROPOSALS OF THIS KIN), UNLESS THERE IS A MARKED UPSURGE OF INTEREST AMONG INDUSTRIALIST TO INITIATE AND INCREASE APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME TO PROVIDE THEIR FUTURE REQUIREMENTS FOR SKILLED WORKERS.*

HR. HENDERSON SAID THE SITUATION NEEDED HIGHLIGHTING BY THE INTRODUCTION OF All APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR AWARD TO DISCOURAGE THE ’IDLE APPRENTICES*, AND AN AUABD FOR THE EMPLOYER WHO HAD DONE MOST TO PROMOTE APPRENTICESHIP DURING THE YEAR.

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HEALTH RETURNS FOR JULY ISSUED TODAY BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SHOW THAT THERE WAS A SLIGHT INCREASE IN THE NOTIFICATIONS OF ENTERIC FEVER. '

IN JUNE, THERE WERE 39 REPORTS OF THIS DISEASE, BUT IN JULY THE TOTAL ROSE TO 48. VIRAL HEPATITIS ALSO ROSE SLIGHTLY FROM 63 IN JUNE TO 69 IM JULY.

NOTIFICATIONS OF MEASLES DROPPED TO 18 FROM 35, AND THAT FOR CHICKENPOX FROM 41 TO 12. THERE WERE KO DEATHS FROM EITHER DISEASE.

THIRTEEN CASES OF BACILLARY DYSENTERY WERE REPORTED, ONE OF CERED.1OSP 1NAL MENINGITIS AND MENINGOCOCCAL INFECTION, AND 44 CASES OF FOOD POISONING.

OF THE 68 DEATHS RECORDED DURING JULY. 58 WERE CAUSED BY TUBERCULOSIS — A DROP FROM THE 75 DEATHS FROM THE SAME DISEASE RECORDED IN JUNE — TWO BY TYPHOID, FOUR BY VIRAL HEPATITIS AND FOUR BY TETANUS.

NO CASES OF DIPHTHERIA HERE NOTIFIED. THE RECORD

FOR POLIOMYELITIS ALSO. REMAINED CLEAN WITH KO CASES NOTIFIED. THE INCIDENCE OF OTHER COMMUNICABLE DISEASES SHOWED NO APPRECIABLE VARIATION.

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

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 1974.

NEW HOMES FOR 3,400 BY OCTOBER »*»»»»

MEI TUNQ ESTATE AT TUNG TAU CHEUN ROAD IN KOWLOON WILL BE READY FOR OCCUPATION IN ABOUT M1D-OCTOBER.

BUILT AT A COST OF ABOUT $8 MILLION, THE ESTATE WILL PROVIDE HOMES FOR ABOUT 3.400 PEOPLE IN HORE THAN 500 DOMESTIC FLATS OF VARIOUS SIZES.

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, WHICH WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION, IS ALMOST READY TO HAND OVER THE ESTATE TO THE HOUSING AUTHORITY.

INTAKE OF TENANTS IS EXPECTED TO COMMENCE IN EARLY OCTOBER.

CONSTRUCTION OF THE ESTATE STARTED IN NOVEMBER 1972. IT IS BUILT ON A FIVE-ACRE SITE DIRECTLY OPPOSITE THE KOWLOON WALLED CITY, AN!) COMPRISES ONE BIG BLOCK OF 10 AND 11 STOREYS. INCORPORATED INTO THIS BLOCK ARE A RESTAURANT OF 3,000 SO. FT. AND 27 SHOPS.

THE 50O-ODD DOMESTIC FLATS ARE ALL SELF-CONTAINED AND EACHv HAS ITS OWN PRIVATE BALCONY, KITCHEN AND TOILET WITH SHOWER.

THE FLATS ARE FOR FAMILIES OF FIVE, SEVEN, NINE AND 10 PEOPLE AMD THE MONTHLY RENT IS $175, $220, $270 AND $325 RESPECTIVELY. r w

THE FLATS MEASURE, 262, 331, 411, AND 498 SQ. FT. INCLUDING SERVICE AREA.

NOTE TO EDITORS: COPIES OF A PHOTOGRAPH pF THE ESTATE

ARE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION.

”MEET THE MEDIA1* SESSION ON LEGAL AID

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

A ,IMEET THE MEDIA” SESSION ON LEGAL AID WILL BE HELD AT 12 NOON TOMORROW CFRIDAY) IN THE G.l.S. THEATRE ON THE FIFTH FLOOR OF BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

THE DIRECTOR OF LEGAL AID, MR. D. O’REILLY MAYNE, WILL BE PRESENT TO SPEAK ABOUT THE WORK OF HIS DEPARTMENT.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE OCCASION.

AS USUAL, SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION FACILITIES WILL BE PROVIDED AS WELL AS FACILITIES FOR RADIO AND TELEVISION COVERAGE.

TO AVOID INCONVENIENCE, TELEVISION AND RADIO CREUS ARE REQUESTED TO HAVE THEIR EQUIPMENT SET UP BEFORE THE START OF THE MEETING.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 1974.

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PROPOSED ROAD SAFETY PROGRAMME ENDORSED BY TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE Jfr » ft » S

THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE TODAY ENDORSED A PROPOSED PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES AIMED AT FURTHER PROMOTING ROAD SAFETY IN HONG KONG IN THE YEAR 1975“76.

THE TAC WAS IMPRESSED WITH THE RESULTS OF THE +CROSS IN SAFETY + CAMPAIGN CONDUCTED LATE LAST YEAR, WHICH SAW AN IMMEDIATE REDUCTION IN ACCIDENTS AND CASUALTIES IN THE CAMPAIGN’S SIX-WEEK PERIOD COMPARED TO THE SAME PERIOD IN 1972.

DURING THAT PERIOD, THE NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS INVOLVING CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 12, AT WHOM THE CAMPAIGN WAS DIRECTED AT, FELL BY 21.8 PER CENT, AND CASUALTIES FOR THE SAME CATEGORY OF CHILDREN DROPPED BY 22 PER CENT.

OTHER FIGURES FOR THE SAME PERIOD SHOWED A DROP OF 13.8 PER CENT IN INJURY ACCIDENTS= 18.89 PER CENT IN CASUALTIES2* 8.9 PER CENT IN FATAL ACCIDENTS*2 10.5 PER CENT IN FATAL CASUALTIES*2 19.1 PER CENT IN PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS*2 AND 18.3 PER CENT IN PEDESTRIAN > CASUALTIES.

STATISTICS FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS TEAR WERE AGAIN ENCOURAGING, SHOWING AN EVEN HIGHER PERCENTAGE OF REDUCTION IN ACCIDENTS AND CASUALTIES COMPARED TO THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD LAST YEAR.

HOWEVER, IT APPEARS THAT THE EFFECTS OF THE CAMPAIGN ARE NOW BEGINNING TO WEAR OFF AS THE NUMBERS OF ACCIDENTS AND CASUALTIES WERE SLIGHTLY HIGHER IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF THIS YEAR THAN IN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER AND IN THE SIX-WEEK PERIOD OF THE campaign.

THE TAC WAS TOLD THAT THIS ILLUSTRATED THE NEED FOR FREQUENT MAJOR ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGNS IF THE IMPACT WAS NOT TO BE LOST AND ACCIDENT RATES RETURN TO AM UNACCEPTABLY HIGH LEVEL.

TIE PROPOSED ROAD SAFETY ACTIVITIES ENDORSED TODAY FOR THE NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR INCLUDE BOTH GENERAL AND SPECIFIC CAMPAIGNS, THE SETTING UP OF MORE SCHOOL ROAD SAFETY PATROLS, FILMS AND PAMPHLETS. , . .

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NEW DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE BEGINS WORK »»»»»»

MR. MORRIS MORGAN, FORMERLY ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, TODAY ASSUMED DUTIES AS DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE.

MR. MORGAN, WHO RETURNED FROM LEAVE LAST (WEDNESDAY) NIGHT, HAS BEEN IN HONG KONG SINCE 1961 AND HELD VARIOUS POSTS IN DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS, INCLUDING THE COLONIAL SECRETARIAT, THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, AND THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT BEFORE MOVING TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 1974

NEW BUS ROUTE TO WONG CHUK HANG ESTATE »»»»»»

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TODAY ANNOUNCED A NEW ROUTE TO BE OPERATED BY THE CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY IN ABERDEEN TO PROVIDE A NEW BUS SERVICE FOR RESIDENTS OF TIN WAN AND WONG CHUK HANG ESTATES.

THE NEW SERVICE, ROUTE NO. 18, WILL RUN BETWEEN THE TWO ESTATES VIA ABERDEEN, STARTING FROM NEXT MONDAY (AUGUST 263.

IT WILL OPERATE EVERY 15 MINUTES DURING PEAK HOURS, PROVIDING A NEW PU3LIC TRANSPORT FACILITY FROM TIN WAN AND, AT THE SAME TIME, AN ADDITIONAL SERVICE FROM WONG CHUK HANG, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

- -THE FARE WILL BE A FLAT 30 CENTS. ON FACTORY WORKING DAYS, the-Spokesman said, there will be additional journeys to cater FOBssJHE NEED OF WORKERS COMMUTING IN THE ABERDEEN DISTRICT.

OPERATING FREQUENCY WILL BE 15 TO 30 MINUTES ON WEEKDAYS* LESS OFTEN ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS WHEN DEMAND IS EXPECTED TO BE LESS.

FROM TIN WAN, THE NEW SERVICE WILL OPERATE VIA TIN WAN NEW STREET, TIN WAN HILL ROAD, SHEK PAI WAN ROAD, ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD, WONG CHUK HANG ROAD AND NAM LONG SHAN ROAD.

FROM WONG CHUK HANG ESTATE, BUSES WILL TRAVEL VIA NAM LONG SHAN ROAD, WONG CHUK HANG ROAD, ABERDEEN HAIN ROAD, LOK YEUNG STREET CHENG TU ROAD, SHEK PAI WAN ROAD, TIN WAN STREET AND TIN WAN NEW STREET.

SALE OF LOTTERY TICKETS CLOSES TOMORROW **»»»»

IF YOU HAVEN’T YET BOUGHT A TICKET IN THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT LOTTERY TO GIVE YOURSELF A CHANCE AT STRIKING IT RICH, TOMORROW (FRIDAY3 IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO DO SO. SALE OF TICKETS CLOSE AT 9 P.M. •

UP TO 4.30 P.M. TODAY (THURSDAY} 804,000 TICKETS WERE SOLD AND THE FIRST PRIZE WILL PROBABLY BE WORTH MORE THAN $700,000.

WINNING NUMBERS WILL BE DRAWN ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 24} AT THE CITY HAU. THEATRE BY FIVE RADIO HONG KONG ARTISTES: KR. TSANG KONG, MIU LEUNG MING, MISS FUNG SIU-CHUNG, MISS CHAN KAR-YEE AND MISS KIMMY GOT. THEY PLAY THE KO FAMILY OF ♦BELOW THE LION ROCK+, A SERIAL DRAMA PRODUCED BY THE TELEVISION UNIT.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 1974

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SOCIAL SERVICE GROUP FOR SHEK LEI ESTATE »»»»»«

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT'S ESTATE COMMUNITY WORK OFFICE IN SHEK LEI HOUSING ESTATE HAS FORMED A VOLUNTARY SOCIAL SERVICE GROUP TO ORGANIZE RECREATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR YOUTH AND CHILDREN.

THE GROUP IS MADE UP OF 50 WORKING YOUTHS AND STUDENTS WHO HAVE HAD SOME EXPERIENCE IN VOLUNTARY COMMUNITY WORK SUCH AS HELPING OUT IN THIS YEAR'S SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES IN TSUEN WAN AND IN THE BUYING AND SELLING OF USED SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS SCHEME.

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TO ASSIST THE GROUP IN CARRYING OUT USEFUL AND MEANINGFUL COMMUNITY SERVICES A COMMITTEE HAS BEEN FORMED COMPRISING OFFICIALS OF VARIOUS VOLUNTARY ORGANIZATIONS IN THE DISTRICT..

THE GROUP WILL BE FORMALLY INAUGURATED ON SUNDAY CAUGUST 25> AT THE SHEK LEI ESTATE WELFARE BUILDING AT 3 P.M.

OFFICIATING WILL BE MR. ALEXANDER FUNG, THE DEPARTMENT'S COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICER FOR TSUEN WAN AND MR. DAVID CHAN, THE HON. PRESIDENT OF THE COMMITTEE.

THE OFFICER IN CHARGE OF THE COMMUNITY WORK OFFICE, MR. KO KAI-MAN, WHO WILL BE AN ADVISOR, SAID THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME SUCH A GROUP HAD BEEN ORGANIZED IN THE ESTATE.

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JAPANESE FIRE PREVENTION MISSION TO HONG KONG

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A PARTY OF 80 MEMBERS OF THE HYOGO PREFECTURE FIRE PREVENTION ASSOCIATION OF KOBE, JAPAN, WILL ARRIVE HERE ON SATURDAY CAUSUST 24> FOR A THREE-DAY FIRE PREVENTION STUDY.

THE ASSOCIATION INCLUDES BOTH PROFESSIONAL AND VOLUNTEER FIREMEN, FIRE PREVENTION ADMINISTRATORS AND OTHERS INTERESTED IN COMMUNITY FIRE PREVENTION.

LEADING THE PARTY WILL BE MR. KATSUME YAMANE, CHAIRMAN OF THE ASSOCIATION'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

THE HONG KONG FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS ARRANGED VISITS TO TSIM SHA TSUI FIRE STATION AND TO THE TRAINING SCHOOL IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, WHERE THE PARTY WILL SEE A DEMONSTRATION OF FIRE FIQHTING TECHNIQUES. THERE WILL ALSO BE A FORUM AT THE EXCELSIOR HOTEL WHEN MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION WILL PUT QUESTIONS TO A PANEL CONSISTING OF FIRE OFFICERS.

THE PARTY RETURNS TO JAPAN ON TUESDAY.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 1974.

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IMPORTANCE OF ORGANISED YOUTH LEADERSHIP STRESSED »»»»»»

THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, MR. PETER WILLIAMS, TODAY EMPHASIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF ORGANISED LEADERSHIP TO CATER TO THE NEEDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN HONG KONG.

ADDRESSING MEMBERS OF THE KOWLOON ROTARY CLUB IN HIS CAPACITY AS SECRETARY OF THE AREA COMMITTEE OF THE HONG KONG SEA CADET CORPS, MR. WILLIAMS NOTED THAT +UE HAVE AN UNPRECEDENTED SOURCE OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WILL RESPOND TO THE SLIGHTEST OPPORTUNITY OF LEADERSHIP.*

THIS WAS EVIDENT IN THE OVERWHELMING RESPONSE FROM YOUNGSTERS IN VARIOUS YOUTH UNITS SUCH AS THE SCOUTS, THE JUNIOR LEADER SQUADRONS OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT, THE CIVIL AID SERVICES CADETS AND THE SEA CADETS CORPS, AMONG OTHERS.

ONE OF THE BIGGEST CONCERNS FACING EVERYONE IN HONG KONG. HE WENT ON, WAS THAT OF YOJNG PEOPLE IN THEIR EARLY TEENS. BUT THIS SPIRIT NEEDED CONSTANT NURTURING BECAUSE THERE WAS A GREAT HASS OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO NEED HELP.* DEDICATED AND ORGANISED LEADERSHIP IS ONE MAJOR ANSWER,* HE SAID.

MR. WILLIAMS SAID THERE WAS REMARKABLE POTENTIAL FOR EXPANSION OF THE HONG KONG SEA CADET CORPS — THE CORPS WAS FORMING A SAILING BASE AT STANLEY AND A NEW BASE WAS BEING ALLOCATED IN THE NEW EXTENSION OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG YACHT CLUB. IN ADDITION IT WAS MOVING INTO YUEN LONG.

AT PRESENT, HE SAID, THE CORPS’ MAIN CONCERN WAS TRAINING OF 1NTRUCTORS +BECAUSE THE YOUNGSTERS ARE 'CRYING OUT’ TO JOIN.*

THE CORPS WAS FORMED IN 1969 WITH THE AIM OF GIVING BOYS AND GIRLS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 12 AND 20 A MIXTURE OF DISCIPLINE AND ADVENTURE TRAINING WITH A NAUTICAL FLAVOUR. AT PRESENT IT HAS A MEMBERSHIP OF ABOUT 500.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 191

S.W.D. SETS UP 22ND SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNIT ft ft ft ft ft ft

ANOTHER SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNIT, THROUGH WHICH THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT OPERATES ITS PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND DISABILITY AND INFIRMITY ALLOWANCES SCHEMES, HAS BEEN SET UP.

THE NEW FIELD UNIT IS THE 22ND OF ITS TYPE AND IS KNOWN AS THE TO KWA WAN SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNIT. IT IS LOCATED ON THE 17TH FLOOR OF THE KOWLOON CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING AT 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

WITH THE SETTING UP OF THIS NEW FIELD UNIT CHANGES IN THE GEOGRAPHICAL BOUNDARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES WILL BE MADE AS THIS UNIT WILL TAKE OVER PART OF THE CASES FROM THE YAU MA TEI AND KONG KOK FIELD UNITS.

THE TO KWA WAN SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNIT’S OPERATIONAL AREA WILL COVER MA TAU CHUNG, MA TAU WAI, HO MAN TIN, TO KWA WAN AND HUNG HOM. THIS MEANS THAT ANYONE LIVING WITHIN THE AREA BOUNDED BY PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, WATERLOO ROAD, WYLIE ROAD, GASCOIGNE ROAD, CHATHAM ROAD AND THE PRECINCT OF THE BLUE FUNNEL WHARF AND GODOWN WQMMUMHS TO APPLY FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE OR DISABILITY AND INFIRMITY ALLOWANCES SHOULD DO SO AT THIS NEW OFFICE.

THE OPERATIONAL AREA OF THE YAU MA TEI SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNIT IS BEING REVISED TO COVER TSIM SHA TSUI AND YAU MA TEI BOUNDED BY DUNDAS STREET, WYLIE ROAD, GASCOIGNE ROAD AND CHATHAM ROAD WITH THE PRECINCT OF THE BLUE FUNNEL WHARF AND GODOWN INCLUDED.

THE OPERATIONAL AREA OF THE MONG KOK SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNIT WILL THEN COVER KONG KOK AND TAI KOK TSUI BOUNDED BY BOUNDARY STREET, WATERLOO ROAD AND DUNDAS STREET.

THE TELEPHONE NUMBER OF THIS NEW FIELD UNIT WHICH HAS A STAFF OF 20, IS 3-884111, EXTENSION 390 AND 393-

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE J- J? >• »

THE FOLLOWING PRICES UERE REALISED TODAY (THURSDAY) AT SALE UNDER THE RICE CONTROL SCHEME AND AT THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AND THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEUNG SHA UAN, KOWLOON:

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE OF AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

RICE OF SUPPLY KODE

CHINA RICE

SEE MEW S.C. J1EN PO NGA I CHU CHO GOOD GOOD 2 02 1.66

THAI RICE

10053 WHOLE GOOD 1.86

10-15% DROKENS GOOD 1.72

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.70

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.45

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 1.77

U.S. RICE GOOD 1.79

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.72

PAKISTAN RICE ——

TAIWAN RICE ——

SUPPLIES'AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY - GOOD

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK CS/P1CUL-LIVE WEIGHT) - 320 CAVERAGE)

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SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PR ICES OF MARINE FISH

CFF.0 CHEUNG SHA MAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

SPECIES OF SUPPLY HIGH LOW MODE

GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 3.90 1.30 2.80

BIG-EYES GOOD 2.80 0.50 1.30

SQUID NORMAL 3-50 1.50 2.50

HAIR—TAILS LIMITED 1.70 0.40 1.00

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 3.40 4.50 1.70

CROAKERS LIMITED 1.80 0.70 1.10

CONGER-PIKE-EELS NORMAL 2.20 1.50 1.80

MELON COAT SCARCE 2.30 1.10 1.70

BREAMS• LIMITED 6.50 3.00 5.50

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 2.20 0.55 1.40

MACKERELS KO SALE

RED QOAT FISH NORMAL 0.80 0.50 0.60

FORK-TAIL NORMAL 1.20 0.50 0.80

HORSE-HEAD GOOD 5.90 2.90 3.60

MELON SEED NORMAL 1.70 0.60 1.00

POKFRETS SCARCE 9.00 8.00 8.50

GAROUPAS NORMAL 11.00 5.80 9.20

YELLOW CROAKER KO SALE

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) MODE

HIGH LOU

FLOWERING CABBAGE NORMAL 1.20 0.40 0.80

WHITE CABBAGE GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.25

CHINESE LETTUCE LIMITED 1.00 0.40 0.70

WATER SPINACH GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.25

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 1.50 0.50 1.00

STRING BEANS NORMAL 1.50 0o40 1.00

SPRING ONION LIMITED 1.80 0.50 1.20

SPINACH ——

WATER CRESS SCARCE 3.00 1.20 2.50

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.25

CHINESE SPINACH GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.25

TOMATO SCARCE 4.00 1.50 3-00

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, AUG. 23, 1974.

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NEW RULES TO PAVE WAY FOR INTRODUCTION OF LAMINATED DRIVING LICENCE..................................... 1

NEW SEVERANCE PAY LAW ON REDUNDANCY IS NOW IN FORCE 2

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MAXIMUM SECURITY RECEPTION CENTRE TO BE BUILT IN KOWLOON ............................................ 2

FOOTHPATH TO BE BUILT TO REMOTE VILLAGE ON LAMMA ISLAND........................................... 3

GOVERNMENT'S MAY ACCOUNTS SHOW A DEFICIT OF $151 MILLION ............................................ 3

MP'S VISIT HOUSING ESTATES ......................... 4 .

MUSICAL EVENING ORGANISED FOR YOUTH IN TAI HANG TUNG................................................ 4

HOLIDAY POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR MONDAY ................. . 5

DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES.

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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 1974

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NEW RULES TO PAVE WAY

FOR LAMINATED DRIVING LICENCES

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LEGAL CHANGES ENABLING THE PRESENT BOOKLET TYPE OF DRIVING LICENCES TO BE GRADUALLY REPLACED BY A LAMINATED CARD HAVE BEEN MADE UNDER AMENDING REGULATIONS GAZETTED TODAY,

, THE ROAD TRAFFIC (DRIVING LICENCES) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1974, WHICH WILL BECOME EFFECTIVE ON A DAY TO BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR, ALSO INTRODUCE CHANGES IN THE RENEWAL DATE OF DRIVING LICENCES AND THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF RENEWAL.

TO ENABLE THE INTRODUCTION OF LAMINATED DRIVING LICENCES, THE REQUIREMENTS HAVE BEEN DELETED CONCERNING THE MEASUREMENTS OF 4N APPLICANT’S PHOTOGRAPH IN ORDER TO PERMIT A SMALLER PHOTOGRAPH SUITED TO THE LAMINATED CARD.

THE REQUIREMENT FOR THE RECIPIENT OF A DRIVING LICENCE TO SIGN HIS NAME FORTHWITH IN INK ON THE LICENCE HAS ALSO BEEN DELETED.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY':

+IT MAY BE A MONTH OR SO BEFORE WE ARE READY TO START ISSUING LAMINATED LICENCES. WHEN WE DO, IT WILL NOTBE POSSIBLE TO CONVERT ALL EXISTING BOOKLET LICENCES GENERALLY. WE COULD NOT COPE IF OVER 450,000 LICENCE HOLDERS COME FORWARD AT THE SAME TIME.

+IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO PHASE THE CONVERSION SO THAT LAMINATED DRIVING LICENCES WILL BE ISSUED ONLY ON INITIAL ISSUE, RENEWAL OF LICENCE OR ON CHANGE OF PARTICULARS OF LICENCE.*

AS REGARDS THE RENEWAL OF DRIVING LICENCES, THE AMENDING REGULATIONS PROVIDE THAT THIS MAY BE DONE UP TO FOUR MONTHS BERRE THE DATE OF EXPIRY OF THE LICENCE, AND UP TO 15 DAYS AFTER ITS DATE OF EXPIRY, WITH RENEWAL IN BOTH CASES RUNNING FROM THE DATE OF EXPIRY.

IN THE CASE OF A DRIVING LICENCE RENEWED AT ANY TIME EXCEEDING 15 DAYS BUT NOT EXCEEDING THREE YEARS AFTER EXPIRY, SUCH RENEWAL WILL BE EFFECTIVE FROM THE DATE OF RENEWAL.

HITHERTO, IF A PERSON RENEWED HIS DRIVING LICENCE BEFORE THE DATE OF EXPIRY, RENEWAL RAN FROM THE DATE OF RENEWAL AND NOT FROM THE DATE OF EXPIRY. THIS IS IN CONTRAST TO A SIMILAR PROVISION FOR VEHICLE LICENCES WHERE RENEWAL RUNS FROM THE DATE OF EXPIRY.

ANOTHER PROVISION IN THE AMENDING REGULATIONS SETS AT $15 THE FEE PAYABLE BY A DRIVING LICENCE HOLDER FOR THE ISSUE OF A RECORD OF CONVICTIONS.

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NEW SEVERANCE PAY LAW NOW IN FORCE ******

LEGISLATION GRANTING HONG KONG WORKERS THE RIGHT TO CLAIM SEVERANCE PAY IF THEY LOSE THEIR JOBS THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN COMES INTO EFFECT TODAY.

THEY ARE COVERED UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) CNO. 3) ORDINANCE 1974 WHICH IS PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

^THE PR0VISI0NS COVER ALL MANUAL WORKERS AND ALL NON-MANUAL EMPLOYEES EARNING NOT MORE THAN $2,000 A MONTH. AND SET OUT THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH THEY WOULD QUALIFY FOR AND RECEIVE SEVERANCE PAY ON REDUNDANCY.

P!E LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MADE SEVERAL AMENDMENTS TO THE BILL FOLLOWING PUBLIC DEBATE BUT THESE DO NOT ALTER THE BASIC PRINCIPLE OF GIVING EVERY QUALIFIED WORKER THE RIGHT TO CLAIM SEVERANCE PAY ON REDUNDANCY.

LAB0UR DEPARTMENT WILL BE PUBLISHING A LEAFLET IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE TO EXPLAIN THE NEW LAW.

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A NEW RECEPTION CENTRE IS TO BE BUILT IN KOWLOON TO HE:J> EASE THE HEAVY PRESSURE ON THE VICTORIA RECEPTION CEMTRE, WHICH NOW HOLDS APPROXIMATELY 850 INMATES A DAY.

THE NEW CENTRE WILL BE SITUATED AT LAI CHI KOK ON THS WEST SIDE OF BUTTERFLY VALLEY ROAD, OPPOSITE CHINA LIGHT AND POWER COMPANY’S LINK SUBSTATION.

IT WILL BE A MAXIMUM SECURITY INSTITUTION PROVIDING ACCOMODATION FOR ABOUT 1,000 INMATES. QUARTERS AND BARRACKS WILL BE PROVIDED FOR RESIDENTIAL STAFF.

PART OF THE 150,000 SQ. FT. SITE WAS ONCE OCCUPIED BY THE FORMER LAI CHI KOK WOMEN’S PRISON WHICH WAS DEMOLISHED EARLY THIS YEAR. A PORTION OF THE ADJACENT HILLSIDE WAS CUT BACK AND FORMED TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL BUILDING LAND.

TENDERS ARE NOW INVITED FOR SITE FORMATION WORK WHICH IS EXPECTED TO START IN OCTOBER AND WILL TAKE EIGHT MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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FOOTPATH TO REMOTE VILLAGE ON LAMMA ISLAND

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A FOOTPATH FROM HOU TAT VILLAGE TO SOK KWU WAN ON LAMMA ISLAND WILL SHORTLY BE CONSTRUCTED FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF VILLAGERS LIVING THERE.

AT PRESENT, HOU TAT IS CUT OFF FROM THE HAIN ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES AT SOUTH LAMMA. THE FOOTPATH WILL INTEGRATE IT WITH THE PROSPEROUS SOK KWU WAN AND MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR VILLAGERS OF MOU TAT TO USE THE REGULAR FERRY SERVICE BETWEEN HONG KONG AND SOK KWU WAN.

THE WORK WILL COMPRISE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SIX-FOOT WIDE CONCRETE FOOTPATH OF 6,200 FEET LENGTH, WITH ASSOCIATED DRAINAGE WORKS AND THE EXCAVATION OF 8,000 CUBIC YARDS OF EARTH.

CONSTRUCTION WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN OCTOBER AND WILL TAKE ABOUT SEVEN MONTHS TO COMPLETE. TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF FOOTPATH ARE INVITED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE.

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$151 MILLION DEFICIT RECORDED IN MAY ******

THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTS FOR THE MONTH OF MAY 1974 SHOW A DEFICIT OF $151 MILLION COMPARED WITH A SURPLUS OF $118 MILLION IN HAY LAST YEAR.

THIS HAS RESULTED IN AN ACCUMULATED DEFICIT OF $18} MILLION FOR THE FIRST TWO MONTHS OF THIS FINANCIAL YEAR, COMPARED WITH A SURPLUS OF $102 MILLION FOR THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

TOTAL REVENUE FOR THE MONTH AT $335 MILLION WAS $115 MILLION LESS THAN IN MAY 1973 WHEN OVER $80 MILLION WAS RECEIVED FROM THE SALE OF TAXI CONCESSIONS.

TOTAL EXPENDITURE AMOUNTED TO $486 MILLION, AN INCREASE OF $153 MILLION OVER THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR. THIS WAS MAINLY BECAUSE OF INCREASED SPENDING ON PROJECTS IN THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME. .

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BUSY DAY FOR VISITING MP’S ******

THE TWO VISITING MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, MR. JAMES LAMOND AND MR. LEWIS CARTER JONES, HAD A BUSY DAY TODAY LOOKING AT VARIOUS HOUSING PROJECTS AND DISCUSSING THE DEVELOPMENT OF EDUCATION IN HONG KONG WITH EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS.

THE VISITORS FIRST CALLED ON THE DIRECTOR OF HOUSING, MR. DONALD LIAO, FOR GENERAL DISCUSSIONS. THEY SHOWED APPRECIATION OVER THE GOVERNMENT'S ACHIEVEMENTS IN PROVIDING PUBLIC HOUSING FOR 45 PER CENT OF THE POPULATION AND WERE PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN THE DEPARTMENT'S FUTURE HOUSING PROGRAMME.

LATER IN THE MORNING THEY INSPECTED THE SHEK KIP MEI REHOUSING SCHEME AND VISITED THE NEW HO HAN TIN LICENSED AREA. THEY ALSO HAD A LOOK AT Ol MAN ESTATE WHERE THEY CALLED ON ONE OF THE 600 FAMILIES WHICH MOVED IN UNDER PHASE ONE OF THE HUGE HOUSING PROJECT.

THE MP'S WERE ACCOMPANIED BY MR. BERNARD WILLIAMS, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF HOUSING, AND WERE IMPRESSED BY THE GENERAL CLEANLINESS OF THE ESTATES.

IN THE AFTERNOON, THEY MET THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. JOHN CANNING, WHO TOLD THEM ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT OF EDUCATION IN HONG KONG AND THE PROGRESS MADE BY THE E.T.V. SERVICE IN THE LAST THREE YEARS. ALSO PRESENT WAS THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION RESPONSIBLE FOR EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION, MR. COLVYN HAYE,' WHO INFORMED THE VISITORS ABOUT THE PHILOSOPHY AND PRACTICE OF THE E.T.V. SERVICE.

THE VISITORS EXPRESSED INTEREST IN THE E.T.V. COVERAGE OF PRIMARY SCHOOLS BELIEVED TO BE ONE OF THE MOST EXTENSIVE AND COST EFFECTIVE SERVICES OF ITS KIND.

THE EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION PACKAGE, DESIGNED AND PRODUCED AT THE E.T.V. CENTRE AT BROADCAST DRIVE, INCLUDES TV LESSONS, NOTES FOR TEACHERS AND PUPILS' WORK BOOKS. NEXT SPETEMBER, THE E.T.V. AUDIENCE WILL RISE TO ABOUT 440,000 PUPILS AND ABOUT 10,000 TEACHERS IT IS HOPED THAT FUNDS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THE EXTENSION OF THE

SERVICE FROM PRIMARY TO SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN SEPTEMBER 1976.

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT'S COMMUNITY CENTRE IN TAI HANG TUNG HAS ARRANGED AN EVENING OF MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT TOMORROW (SATURDAY) FOR YOUNG PEOPLE LIVING IN THE AREA.

IT WILL BE HELD AT THE COMMUNITY CENTRE IN TONG YAM STREET. TAI HANG TUNG FROM 8 P.M. TO 10 P.M.

THE PROGRAMME, ENTITLED +RHYTHM OF AUGUST+, WILL INCLUDE WESTERN AND ORIENTAL FOLK SONGS, CHINESE AND WESTERN MUSIC AND CHORALS BY THE WONG TAI SIN CHILDREN'S CHOIR.

TICKETS FOR THE EVENING WHICH INCLUDE REFRESHMENTS, ARE AVAILABLE AT $1 EACH AT THE COMMUNITY CENTRE OFFICE.

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THERE WILL BE ONLY ONE MAIL DELIVERY ON MONDAY CAUGUST 26) WHICH IS A PUBLIC HOLIDAY.

POST OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DAY, BUT FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF THE PUBLIC A NUMBER OF POST OFFICES ON THE ISLAND, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL OPEN IN THE MORNING FROM 9 A.H. TO 12 NOON.

THESE WILL INCLUDE THE GENERAL POST OFFICE IN PEDDER STREET, THE CAUSEWAY BAY, NORTH POINT, WANCHAI AND ABERDEEN POST OFFICES, THE KOWLOON CENTRAL POST OFFICE, THE TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE, THE MONG KOK, KWUN TONG AND SHAM SHU I PO POST OFFICES, AND THE CHEUNG CHAU, TAI PO, TSUEN WAN, YUEN LONG AND SHA TIN POST OFFICES.

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE

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THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY CFR1DAY) AT SALE 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 C$/CATTY)

HIGH LOW MODE

CHINA RICE

SEE MEW GOOD 2.02 '

S.C. JJEN GOOD 1.86

PO NQAI NO SALE

CHU CHO NO SALE

THAI RICE

100% WHOLE GOOD 1.75

10-15% BROKENS GOOD 1.72

A1 : SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.70

A1 : SUPER • GOOD 1.45

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 1.77

U.S. RICE NO SALE

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.67

PAKISTAN RICE NO SALE

TAIWAN RICE NO SALE

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY - GOOD

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK

C$/PICUL-L1VE WEIGHT) - 320 CAVERAGE)

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FRIDAY > AUGUST 23, 1974

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

SPECIES AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY>

HIGH LOU MODE

GOLDEN THREAD NORMAL 4.50 1.20 3.20

BIG-EYES GOOD 3.00 1.00 1.40

SQUID NORMAL 3.80 0.80 2.80

HAIR-TAILS LIMITED 2.40 0.35 1.20

LIZARD FISHES LIMITED 3.40 0.45 1.60

CROAKERS LIMITED 1.80 0.40 1.00

CONGER-PIKE-EELS NORMAL 2.20 1.00 1.70

MELON COAT SCARCE 3.00 1.40 2.20

BREAMS SCARCE 4.00 2.50 3.00

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 2.00 0.60 1.30

MACKERELS NO SALE

RED QOAT FISH RO SALE

FORK-TA IL KO SALE

HORSE-HEAD LIMITED 5. 80 2.50 3.60

MELON SEED NORMAL 1.70 0.70 1.10

POMFRETS SCARCE 9.50 8.00 8.50

GAROUPAS LIMITED 11.00 6.20 9.00

YELLOW CRDAKER NO SALE

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

TYPE OF VEGET/BLF. AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

HIGH LOW MODE

flowering cabbage NORMAL 1.20 0.40 0.80

WHITE CAlBAQE GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.25

CHINESE IETTUCE LIMITED 1.00 0.40 0.70

WATER SPINACH GOOD 0.50 0.10 0.30

CHINESE KALE LIMITED 1.50 0.50 1.00

STRING BLANS NORMAL 1.50 0.40 1.00

SPRING 01. ION NORMAL 1.60 0.40 1.00

SPINACH NO SALE

WATER CRESS SCARCE 2.60 1.00 2.00

LEAF i.US'lARD CABBAGE GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.25

CHINESE SPINACH GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.25

TOMATO SCARCE 4.20 2.00 3.20

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 1974

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

IMPORTANCE OF YOUTH WORK UNDERLINED .»............. 1

SPEEDPOST SERVICE EXTENDED TO BRAZIL .............. 2

RED CROSS BLOOD BANK GETS BIG BOOST FROM TSUEN WAN RESIDENTS...................................... 3

HONG KONG TENANCY INQUIRY BUREAU MOVES TO NEW address  .......................................... 3

WARNING AGAINST TOUTS AT TRANSPORT LICENSING

OFFICES  ........................................   4

TICKET NO. 799585 WINS $678,400 IN GOVERNMENT LOTTERY ........................................... 5

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

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 1974

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IMPORTANCE OF YOUTH WORK EMPHASIZED

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YOUTH WORK HAS AN IMPORTANT PART TO PLAY IN HELPING TO FORM YOUNQ PEOPLE'S CHARACTERS, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, SAID TODAY.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE HONG KONG Y.W.C.A.'S YOUTH PARADE AT THE CITY HALL, HE SAID THE PROBLEMS FACED BY YOUTH OF TODAY AND THE RESPONSIBILITIES EXPECTED OF THEM BECOME GREATER AS TIME PASSES.

+YOUTH NOT ONLY HAVE TO1 HAVE A COMPLETE AND THOROUGH KNOWLEDGE OF OUR SOCIETY TODAY, BUT HAVE ALSO TO POSSESS EXCELLENT QUALITIES AND A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY TO BE ABLE TO COPE WITH VARIOUS PROBLEMS AND DEVELOP THEIR ABILITIES,+ HE POINTED OUT.

UNDER SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES, MR. LEE SAID, YOUTH WORK PLAYS A VERY IMPORTANT PART IN DEVELOPING GOOD QUALITIES IN YOUNG PEOPLE.

+IT IS THROUGH YOUTH ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY WELFARE AGENCIES AND YOUTH WORKERS THAT YOUTH CAN BECOME CONSCIOUS OF AND COMPREHEND THE PERSONAL- RELATIONSHIP, THE STRENGTH OF GROUP LIFE AND THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF INDIVIDUALS TOWARDS THE SOCIETY OF WHICH THEY FORM A PART.+

MR. LEE NOTED THAT THE Y.W.C.A. HAD BEEN DOING MUCH IN THE FIELD OF YOUTH WORK OVER THE PAST YEARS PROVIDING ACTIVITIES TO CULTIVATE INTERESTS, PROVIDING TRAINING IN SKILLS AND OTHER SOCIAL SERVICES.

THE YOUTH PARADE, HE SAID, WAS ORGANISED TO SHOW WHAT IT WAS DOING TO INTEREST MORE YOUNG PEOPLE IN PARTICIPATING WITH THE ULTIMATE AIM OF ENABLING YOUTH SERVICES TO BECOME EFFECTIVE IN MAKING AN IMPACT AND INFLUENCE ON OUR SOCIETY.

NOTE TO EDITORS: COPIES OF THE FULL TEXT OF MR. LEE'S SPEECH ARE BOXED FOR COLLECTION.

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THE SPEEDPOST SERVICE, FIRST INTRODUCED IN HONG KONG ABOUT A YEAR AGO, WILL BE EXTENDED TO BRAZIL AS FROM SEPTEMBER 9 THIS YEAR.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, A POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THE EXTENSION FOLLOWED THE SUCCESSFUL INTRODUCTION OF THE SPEEDPOST SERVICE TO GREAT BRITAIN LAST SEPTEMBER AND THE UNITED STATES IN JANUARY THIS YEAR.

UNDER THIS FACILITY, INTERNATIONAL PACKAGES OF BUSINESS PAPERS, DOCUMENTS AND SAMPLES ARE GIVEN FAST AND RELIABLE DOOR-TO-DOOR COLLECTION AND DELIVERY SERVICE. •

+TIMES OF COLLECTION AND DELIVERY ARE SPECIFIED AND AGREED WITH THE CUSTOMER UTILISING PRE-DETERMINED FLIGHTS AND SPECIAL FACILITIES ARE GIVEN BY THE BRAZILIAN POSTAL ADMINISTRATION IN DELIVERING THE PACKAGES,+ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED

HE EXPLAINED THAT PACKAGES COLLECTED IN HONG KONG > WHEN NORMAL COMMERCIAL BUSINESS IS COMPLETED FOR THE DAY WOULD BE DESPATCHED ON A FLIGHT LEAVING KAI TAK EARLY NEXT MORNING AND ARRIVE IN RIO DE JANEIRO IN THE EARLY HOURS OF THE FOLLOWING MORNING FOR SUBSEQUENT SPECIAL DELIVERY IN BRAZIL.

THE COST OF THE SERVICE, ARRANGED ON A CONTRACT BASIS, WILL BE $95 BASIC PLUS $35 FOR EACH POUND WEIGHT, OR PART OF A POUND.

THOSE WISHING TO MAKE USE OF THIS SERVICE MAY CONTACT THE POST OFFICE ON TELEPHONE NO. 5-245992.

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400 RESPOND TO BLOOD COLLECTION DRIVE

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THE BLOOD COLLECTION DRIVE ORGANIZED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT'S COMMUNITY CENTRE IN TSUEN WAN EARLIER THIS WEEK RESULTED IN ABOUT 400 PEOPLE COMING FORWARD TO GIVE BLOOD.

THE ONE-DAY CAMPAIGN WAS HELD ON TUESDAY AT THE PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE IN TAI HO ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

THE WARDEN, MRS. MARGARET AU, REPORTED THAT IN RESPONSE TO APPEAL LETTERS, 300 WOULD-BE DONORS SENT IN THEIR NAMES BEFOREHAND TO GIVE BLOOD.

OF THESE, 250 TURNED UP AT THE COMMUNITY CENTRE ON TUESDAY AND STAFF OF THE RED CROSS HAD TO STAY UP TO 10 P.M. COLLECTING BLnOD.

LAST NIGHT, ABOUT 150 OTHER DONORS GAVE BLOOD AT A SECOND SESSION ARRANGED AT THE CARITAS SOCIAL CENTRE IN TSUEN WAN.

MRS. AU SAID THE RESULTS OF THIS CAMPAIGN, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN TSUEN WAN, WERE BETTER THAN EXPECTED.

ASSISTING IN THE CAMPAIGN WERE THE CENTRE'S RED CROSS CADET YOUTH GROUP AND ONE OF ITS SELF-PROGRAMMING GROUPS, THE +HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN+.

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HONG KONG TENANCY INQUIRY BUREAU MOVES *****

THE TENANCY INQUIRY BUREAU CHONG KONQ) HAS MOVED FROM INTERNATIONAL BUILDING TO THE RATING AMD VALUATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS AT 1, GARDEN ROAq, HONG KONG.

AS FROM TUESDAY CAUGUST 27) TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES ON TENANCY MATTERS SHOULD BE MADE TO THE FOLLOW IMG NUMBERS 5 - 249021 EXT. 00, EXT. 04„' OR EXT. 27.

, ™E TENANCY INQUIRY BUREAU CKOWLOON? WILL REMAIN IN ITS PRESENT ACCOMMODATION AT CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 6 TH FLOOR, 393, CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TODAY WARNED PEOPLE USING ITS LICENSING FACILITIES TO BEWARE OF TOUTS OPERATING OUTSIDE THE DEPARTMENT’S LICENSING OFFICES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE HARBOUR.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID A FREE FORM-FILLING SERVICE IS PROVIDED INSIDE THE LICENSING OFFICES AT PUI CHING ROAD, KOWLOON, AND MURRAY ROAD ON HONG KONG ISLAND, AND THIS SERVICE SHOULD BE FULLY UTILISED.

♦PEOPLE WHO FIND THAT THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO FILL IN THE FORMS.THEMSELVES SHOULD SEEK THE ASSISTANCE OF THE STAFF AT • THE FORM-FILLING DESKS WHO WILL QUICKLY COMPLETE THE FORMS FREE OF CHARGE,* HE SAID.

THEY SHOULD NOT ALLOW THEMSELVES TO BE TALKED INTO PAYING FOR FORM-FILLING BY THE TOUTS WHO PERSUADE UNSUSPECTING CUSTOMERS OUTSIDE THE LICENSING OFFICES TO\ PAY A CERTAIN FEE TO FILL IN THE VARIOUS TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT APPLICATION FORMS, HE SAID.

+IT IS COMPLETELY UNTRUE AND MERELY A TRICK BY THE TOUTS WHO CLAIM THEY ARE COLLECTING MONEY/FOR DEPARTMENTAL STAFF.

♦ IT IS EQUALLY NOT TRUE THAT IF FORMS' ARE NOT FILLED IN BY THEM, AN APPLICANT WILL HAVE DIFFICULTY WHEN HE PRESENTS THEM TO THE COUNTER STAFF,+ HE SAID.

SPECIAL NOTICES ARE BEING DISPLAYED PROMINENTLY OUTSIDE THE LICENSING OFFICE IN MURRAY ROAD, AS WELL AS ON THE MAIN DOORS, ADVISING PEOPLE OF THE DEPARTMENT’S OWN FREE-FORM-FILLING SERVICE INSIDE.

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LOTTERY RESULTS

THE HOLDER OF TICKET NUMBER 799585 WON THE FIRST PRIZE OF $678,400 AT THE DRAW OF THE SEVENTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE THIS MORNING.

THE SECOND PRIZE OF $67,840 WENT TO TICKET NUMBER 599614, WHILE THE THIRD PRIZE OF* $6,784 WAS WON BY THE HOLDER OF TICKET NUMBER 812386.

THE PRIZES WERE DRAWN BY FIVE ARTISTES FROM THE TELEVISION UNIT OF RADIO HONG KONG — MR. LEUNG MING, MR. TSANG KONG, MISS FUNG SIU-CHUN, HISS CHAN KAR-YEE, AND MISS KIMMY GOT.

, AFTER THE DRAW, RADIO HONG KONG PRESENTED A MUSICAL COMEDY 'THE HANDSOME BOY* TO ENTERTAIN MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

WINNING NUMBERS FOR THE 50 SPECIAL PRIZES OF $1,696 EACH ARE AS FOLLOWS:

3219 192411 341792 489923 706011

7456 261304 344330 492411 726908

80085 267785 349869 544924 741826

119555 270356 350818 501429 757826

137451 271130 '359422 591794 760282

138499 280309 405013 599909 771177

143209 298128 406475 604924 777901

150010 299855 445300 6'33689 820899

156648 303947 475426 635109 821245

189084, 326155 479832 666520 837411

THERE ARE ALSO 106 CONSOLATION PRIZES OF $1,696 EACH. THESE PRIZES WILL BE PAID ON THOSE TICKET NUMBERS IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING OR FOLLOWING ANY OF THE WINNING NUMBERS IN THE DRAW.

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AUGUST 25, 1974.

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DO YOU KNOW THAT EVERY TON OF LAP SAP SCOOPED OUT FROM THE HARBOUR COSTS TAXPAYERS ASOUT $300?

THE AVERAGE WEIGHT OF REFUSE REMOVED BY THE SCAVENGING FLEET OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT EACH DAY IS AROUND 14 TONS. THIS MEANS THAT THE DAILY EXPENSE FCR COLLECTING FLAOTING RUBBISH FROM CUR WATERS IS OVER $4,000. SO, NEXT TINE YOU THROW LITTER INTO TOE HARBOUR THINK HOW MUCH IT IS COSTING YOU.

TO THE MEN IN THE POLLUTION CONTROL UNIT OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT, KEEPING THE HARBOUR CLEAN FROM REFUSE IS AS DIFFICULT, IF NOT HORE SO, THAN SWEEPING LAP SAP CHUNG OFF OUR STREETS. ONE DISADVANTAGE IS THAT ORE DILUTE YOU SEE LAP SAP FLOATING IN A CERTAIN AREA OF THE HARBOUR AND THE NEXT YOU HIGHT FIND IT CARRIED AWAY TO ANOTHER AREA BY WIND AND TIDE.

DURING THE 168 WORKING DAYS BETWEEN JANUARY AND JULY THIS YEAR, THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF REFUSE COLLECTED BY THE HARIHE DEPARTMENT’S SCAVENGING FLEET WAS 2,325- FLOATING LAP SAP GENERALLY CONSISTS OF STRAW, MATTING, DOMESTIC REFUSE, FRUIT PEELS AND FRAGMENTS OF TIMBER.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT SEA REFUSE IS KOT ONLY UNSIGHTLY, BUT IS ALSO A HEALTH HAZARD. +IT NAY EVEN CAUSE DAMAGE TO PROPELLORS AND ENGINE INTAKES OF SMALL CRAFT+, HE ADDED.

RUBBISH FLOATING IN THE HARBOUR EMANATES FROM VARIOUS SOURCES SOME OF WHICH, IN ORDER OF MAGNITUDE* ARE; DRAINAGE FROM NULLAHS, ESPECIALLY AFTER EEAVY RATOS® TIMBER AfiD MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS BREAKING AWAY FROM RECLAMATIONS® REFUSE DUMPED OVER SEA WALLS, AND FROM OTHER AREAS OF LARD® TII3ER FROM BOAT YARDS AND SAW HILLS® REFUSE DUMPED DY EOAT PEOPLE® AND REFUSE DUMPING FROM OCEAN-GOING SHIPS.

AT PRESENT, THE SCAVENGING FLEET OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT CONSISTS OF 24 SAMPANS AliD EIGHT MECHANISED CARGO BOATS, HIRED ON A CONTRACT BASIS. THESE VESSELS WORK EVERYDAY EXCEPT SU.^AYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF MARINE OFFICERS AND ARTISANS.

THREE LIGHTERS ARE ALSO HIRED BY THE DEPARTMENT AND ARE STATIONED AT TAI KOK TSUI, CAUSEWAY BAY ARD TO HUA WAN AS REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS FOR THE SCAVENGING FLEET. WHEN FULL, THESE LIGHTERS ARE TOWED TO GIN DRINKERS’ BAY WHERE THEY DISPOSE OF THE REFUSE.

THE POLLUTION CONTROL UNIT PROVIDES A GENERAL SCAVENGING SERVICE WITHIN THE YAU HA TEI, CAUSEWAY BAY, TOE ABERDEEN TYPHOON SHELTERS AS WELL AS A ROVING SCAVENGING SERVICE WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CLEARING DRIFTING Tli.DER AND REFUSE FLOATING IN THE CENTRAL HARBOUR AREA.

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

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+ IN ADDITION, THE UNIT IS ALSO OPERATING A FREE SH1P-T0-SHIP REFUSE COLLECTION SERVICE FOR OCEAN-GOING VESSELS CALLING AT PORT, BUT THIS IS LIMITED TO DOMESTIC REFUSE ONLY* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THREE MECHANISED CARQO BOATS ARE ENGAGED ON A CONTRACT BASIS TO PROVIDE THIS FREE SERVICE FOR SHIPS WHICH HAVE BEEN IN THE HARBOUR FOR 48 HOURS.

+TO OBTAIN THIS ERV ICE, MASTERS OF SHIPS CAN MAKE APPROPRIATE ARRANGEMENTS THROUGH THEIR AGENTS OR BY DIRECT CONTACT WITH THE MARINE DEPARTMENT* HE ADDED.

DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS THIS YEAR, SCAVENGING WORKERS HAVE BOARDED 1,652 VESSELS AND REMOVED OVER 150 TONS OF DOMESTIC REFUSE FROM 1,595 SHIPS.

APART FROM CARRYING OUT CLEANSING OPERATION IN HONG KONG WATERS, THE POLLUTION CONTROL UNIT IS ALSO CONTINUOUSLY MAKING EVERY EFFORT TO EDUCATE THE BOAT PEOPLE AND SHIP (LASTERS AS WELL AS THOSE INVOLVED IN TRADE ACTIVITIES NEAR THE WATERFRONT ABOUT POLLUTION PREVENTION.

THE SPOKESMAN WARNED THAT UNDER THE MERCHANT SHIPPING ORDINANCE, IT IS AN OFFENCE TO DEPOSIT REFUSE IN THE HARBOUR AND ON CONVICTION, A PERSON MAY BE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FIKE OF $20,000 AND SIX MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT.

NOTE TO EDITORS: COPIES OF A PICTURE SHOWING CARGO BOATS

COLLECTING REFUSE FROM OCEAN-GOING SHIPS ARE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM THE GIS PRESS ROOM, 6TH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

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TICKETS FOR THE EIGHTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY THIS YEAR ARF NOW ON SALE AT ALL ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB BRANCH OFFICES VARIOUS FERRY PIERS, BANKS AND TWO KOWLOON HOTELS. S

.™E DRAW F0R ™E WINNING NUMBERS WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE AT 10 A.M. ON SEPTEMBER 7.

W,LL BE A TOTAL OF 159 PRIZES COMPRISING A FIRST ™IRD prIZE, 50 SPECIAL PRIZES AND 106 CONSOLATION •RIZES»

THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF PRIZES WILL TAKE TOTAL PROCEEDS WITH THE REST GOING TO THE TO BE USED FOR THE PROMOTION OF COMMUNITY

UP 60 PER CENT OF THE LOTTERIES FUND WELFARE PROJECTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS: THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

n»L!;.iBi^vA,PRESS C0NFERENCE AT THE CITY HALL RESTUARANT ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 27> AT 1 P.M. TO ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR PROMOTING THE EIGHTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY.

YOUR REPRESENTATIVE IS WELCOME TO ATTEND.

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GREATER COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT NEEDED TO HELP YOUNG OFFENDERS

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IT IS THE DUTY OF EVERY CITIZEN IN HONG KONG TO HELP SOLVE SOCIAL PROBLEMS, PARTICULARLY THOSE RELATED TO YOUTH WITH EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIOURAL DIFFICULTIES.

THIS WAS THE OPINION EXPRESSED BY MR. LU! SIU-HOI, CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG RECREATION AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION, TODAY CSUNDAY} WHEN HE SPOKE ON THE OCCASION OF A LAUNCH PICNIC ORGANIZED FOR A GROUP OF 50 PROBATIONERS UNDER THE CARE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE ' DEPARTMENT.

THE LAUNCH PICNIC, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND TO BE HELD FOR BOYS AND GIRLS UNDER PROBATIONAL CARE, IS A JOINT EFFORT BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENT’S PROBATION AND CORRECTIONS DIVISION, THE HONG KONG RECREATION AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION Al© THE KOULOON ROTARY CLUB.

IN HIS SPEECH, MR. LU! SAID MORE HEISERS OF SOCIETY SHOULD BE MOTIVATED INTO WORKING FOR THE REHABILITATION OF OFFENDERS AND HORE YOUTH PROGRAMMES WERE NEEDED TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THEM TO BREAK AWAY FROM UNDERSIRABLE INFLUENCES AND REGAIN' THEIR CONFIDENCE TO BECOME USEFUL MEMBERS OF SOCIETY AGAIN.

COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL LEADERS, TOO, HE SAID, SHOULD NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST EMPLOYING PROBATIONERS.

MR. LUI SAID HAVING PREVIOUSLY VISITED SEVERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS, HE WAS IMPRESSED BY THE WORK OF PROBATION SERVICE AND THE EFFORTS BEING MADE TO HELP +PR0BLEM YOUTHS+ TO STRAIGHTEN OUT THEIR PROBLEMS.

HE ALSO CALLED FOR GREATER SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT FOR PROBATION OFFICERS IN THEIR WORK.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 1974.

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MUSICAL PLAY EXTRAVAGANZA TO CLOSE S.W.D.*S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME ON THURSDAY ............................ 1

1,000 CHILDREN IN TSZ WAN SHAN TO BE TREATED TO A DAY OF FUN ON WEDNESDAY..................................... 2

TEMPORARY WATER INTERRUPTION IN POK FU LAM.............. 2

NEW-RATE PARKING METERS INSTALLED IN WAN CHAI .......... J

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KWUN TONG ...................... j

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

MONDAY, AUG* 26, 1974.

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PROJECTING THE IMAGE OF YOUNG PEOPLE

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A CROUP OF MORE THAN 130 WORKING YOUTHS. STUDENTS. VOLUNTEERS AND MEMBERS OF COMMUNITY CENTRES WILL BE STAGING A MUSICAL PLAY AT THE CITY HALL CONCERT HALL ON THURSDAY EVENING (AUGUST 29>-

THE PLAY, ENTITLED +POPCORN+ PROJECTS THE IMAGE OF YOUNG PEOPLE TO SHOU THAT WITH GUIDANCE AND CARE THEY CAN BECOME USEFUL MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WHEN PROVIDED WITH OUTLETS FOR THEIR VITALITY AND ENERGY.

A THEME SONG HAS ALSO BEEN SPECIALLY COMPOSED FOR THE PLAY WHICH WILL RUN CONTINUOUSLY FOR 80 UINUTES. MUSIC WILL BE PROVIDED BY TWO POP GROUPS, +THE FOUR CHRISTIANS* ♦THE RUSTIC THEME+ AND THREE SOLOISTS.

THIS PLAY WILL FORM THE HAIN EVENT IN THE CLOSING CEREMONY TO HARK THE END OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S 1974 SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES.

THE GROUP WHO WILL BE STAGING THE MUSICAL ARE YOUNG ' ' PEOPLE WHO HAVE EITHER PARTICIPATED IN THE PROGRAMMES OR ' ARE MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT’S GROUP AND COMMUNITY WORK DIVISION'S COMMUNITY CENTRES AND YOUTH CLUBS.

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LENDING A HAND ON THE TECHNICAL DETAILS IS RADIO HONG KONG'S TELEVISION UNIT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

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A FULL DRESS REHEARSAL OF THE MUSICAL WILL BE HELD AT THE CITY HALL CONCERT HALL TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AT 12 NOON. ABOUT 1,000 YOUNGSTERS WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES WILL BE ATTENDING THIS REHEARSAL.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO COVER THE REHEARSAL. (DETAILS OF THE CLOSING CEREMONY WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER).

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. A GROUP OF YOUHQ PEOPLE KQULOON’S TSZ WAN SHAN HOUSING ESTATE ARE ORGANISING A FUN FAIR FOR CHILDREN IN THE ESTATE BETWEEN SIX AND FOURTEEN YEARS OF AQE.

WITH ENCOURAGEMENT FROM;THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S COMMUNITY WORK OFFICE THERE, THE CROW' - ABOUT 30 IN ALL -ARE PLANNING AND PREPARING FOR THE FAIR THEMSELVES DURING THEIR SPARE TIME.

. THE FAIR IS TO BE HELD AT THE HALL OF THE ESTATE WELFARE BUILDING ON WEDNESDAY CAUQUST 28) FROM 1 P.H. TO 1 6 P.H. AND WILL BE IN FIVE SESSIONS ENTERTAINING A TOTAL OF ABOUT 1,000 CHILDREN TO AN AFTERNOON OF FUN AUD GAMES.

PRIZES FOR THE OCCASION HAVE BEEN DONATED BY A NUMBER OF INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATIONS.

MRS. SIU LAW GCOK-FONG, OFFICER-IN-CHARGE OF THE COMMUNITY WORK OFFICE,, SAID IT UAS HOPED TJ1AT THE YOUTHS, IN ORGANIZING THIS RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY; FOR, CHILDREN, WILL REALISE SOME OF THE PROBLEMS EX 1ST I NG IN THEIR SURROUNDINGS AND SEE HOW THEY CAN HELP TO IMPROVE THE WELFARE OF THEIR COMMUNITY.

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A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN POK FU LAM WILL BE WITHOUT WATER FOR FIVE HOURS AS FROM 1 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY CAUQUST 28) TO FACILITATE A TEST FOR NIGHT LEAKAGE IN THE AREA.

AFFECTED BY THE TEMPORARY STOPPAGE WILL BE NOS. 17-106 HILL ROAD, KOS. 71A, 71B AND 71C POKFULAM ROAD, PREMISES ✓ ALONG PO TUCK STREET, CLARENCE TERRACE, CHAN SII.G STREET, AND NOS. 450-496 QUEEN'S ROAD WEST.

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NEW PARKING METERS IN WAN CHAI

MOTORISTS USING PARKING METERS IN THE WAN CHAI AREA ON HONG KONG ISLAND ARE ADVISED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE CORRECT COINS ARE INSERTED.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE CHANGE-OVER OF OLD RATE METERS IN THE AREA TO THOSE WITH THE NEW RATES HAD BEEN COMPLETED.

♦UNLIKE THE OLD RATE ONES THE METERS DO NOT TAKE 10-CENT COINS. THEY ACCEPT ONLY 50-CENT OR $1 COINS DEPENDING ON THE TYPE OF THE METER,+ HE SAID.

HE EXPLAINED THAT UNDER THE NEW RATE SYSTEM THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF TWO-HOUR METERS — ONE WHICH ACCEPTS 50-CENT COINS FOR 30 MINUTES, AND THE OTHER WHICH TAKES 50-CENT COINS FOR ONE HOUR. AT 1HE NEW RATE HALF-HOUR METERS, THE CHARGE IS A FLAT $1.

♦ IT WILL BE IN THE INTEREST OF THE MOTORISTS TO READ CAREFULLY THE REGULATIONS PRINTED ON THE METAL PLATE ATTACHED TO THE PARKING METER TO ENSURE THAT THEY INSERT THE CORRECT CO INS,♦ HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE CONVERSION WORK, INVOLVING ABOUT 1,400 METERS IN THE AREA, WAS COMPLETED ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 21).

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MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED THAT WITH EFFECT FROM 10 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 28), THE SERVICE LAKE BETWEEN TAI YIP STREET AND WAI YIP STREET WILL BE ROUTED OKE-WAY NORTHWARD IN ORDER TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC CONDITIONS.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE POSTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 1974

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HANDBOOK LISTING JOB STANDARDS IN SHIPBUIIDING

AND SHIP REPAIR INDUSTRY NOW ON SALE............... 1

DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE PRAISES WORK OF

KAIFONG WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION .....................   2

CLEARANCE OF ILLEGAL HUTS IN KOWLOON BAY RESUMES.........................................    2

JAPANESE GOODWILL MISSION TO CALL ON SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT ..............................   3

SURVEY IN LICENSED AREAS IN READINESS FOR

PROVISION OF LEGAL POWER SUPPLY ................... 3

TICKETS FOR EIGHTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY NOW ON SALE ............................................   4

VISITING LABOUR MP’S TO MEET MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ................................... 4

COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICER FOR YUEN LONG APPOINTED........................................   5

REGISTRATION OF PRIVATE CANDIDATES FOR 1975 SCHOOL CERT EXAMS................................   5

IN-SERVICE INTEGRATED SCIENCE COURSE FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS.......................... 6

DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

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

TUESDAY, AUGUST 27. 1974

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MANUAL DEFINES JOB STANDARDS

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A MANUAL SETTING OUT THE MINIMUM JOB STANDARDS AND SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE 24 PRINCIPAL JOBS AT CRAFT AND TECHNICIAN LEVELS IN THE SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIRS INDUSTRY HAS JUST BEEN PUBLISHED AND IS NOU ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT THE STAR FERRY CONCOURSE, HONG KONG.

THE MANUAL, IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE, IS THE UORK OF THE DEFUNCT SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIRS INDUSTRIAL COMMITTEE OF THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING ADVISORY COMMITTEE, WHICH HAS RECENTLY BEEN REPLACED BY THE SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIRS INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG KONQ TRAINING COUNCIL-

THE MANUAL AIMS TO

It INTRODUCE GENERAL ACCEPTABLE STANDARDS OF SKILLS FOR THE PRINCIPAL JOBS AT CRAFT AND TECHNICIAN , LEVELS IN THE INDUSTRY®

It ASSIST EMPLOYERS IN THE INDUSTRY IN THEIR ASSESSMENT OF-WORKERS AND IN DRAWING UP SYSTEMATIC PRACTICAL ON-THE-JOB TRAINING PROGRAMMES®

It HELP VARIOUS ORGANIZATIONS TO PLAN TRAINING COURSES TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE INDUSTRY®

It STANDARDIZE THE NOMENCLATURE ALREADY IN USE IN THE INDUSTRY® ARD

It PROVIDE CAREER GUIDANCE OFFICER WITH INFORMATION ON THE JOB REQUIREMENTS OF THE INDUSTRY.

IT IS HOPED THAT THE MANUAL UILL BE A USEFUL REFERENCE TO THOSE WHO ARE ENGAGED IN TRAINING WORKERS IN AND FOR THE SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIRS INDUSTRY.

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THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, TODAY PAID WARM TRIBUTE TO THE HONG KONG AND KOWLOON KA IFONG WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION FOR TEE GUIDANCE IT WAS GIVING YOUNG PEOPLE TO HELP THEN MAKE USE OF THEIR SPARE TIME AND DEVELOP THEIR CHARACTERS.

ALTHOUGH THE ASSOCIATION WAS A WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION OF HANY YEARS’ STANDING, IT HAD NOT CONFINED ITS SERVICES TO WOMEN ONLY, HE NOTED.

APART FROM CARRYING OUT WELFARE PROJECTS SUCH AS ORGANISING A HOME SAFETY MOVEMENT AND HELPING THE POOR, THE ASSOCIATION ALSO HAD TWO YOUTH CENTRES, ONE IN HONG KONG AND ONE IN KOWLOON, WHICH WERE OPENED IN 196$.

THE CENTRES PROVIDE ACTIVITIES AND TRAINING COURSES TO ASSIST YOUTH TO PUT THEIR SPARE TIME TO GOOD USE AND AT THE SAME TIME HELP TO MOULD THEIR CHARACTERS.

MR. LEE SAID SINCE THAT YEAR THE ASSOCIATION HAD ALSO ORGANISED AN ANNUAL YOUTH CAMPAIGN AND THIS YEAR WAS THE NINETH OCCASION ON WHICH IT HAD BEEN HELD.

MR. LEE WAS SPEAKING AT THE PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY AT THE CLOSING OF THIS YEAR’S CAMPAIGN HELD AT THE KIANGSU AND CHEKIANG PRIMARY SCHOOL IN NORTH POINT. HRS. LEE PRESENTED THE PRIZES.

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. SQUATTER CONTROL STAFF OF THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT TODAY MOVED INTO KOWLOON BAY TO CLEAR THE REMAINING ILLEGAL SQUATTER HUTS IN THE AREA.

ABOUT 400 ILLEGAL STRUCTURES ARE STILL STANDING AND IT WILL TAKE A FEW WEEKS TO CLEAR THEM.

THE CLEAR ED L.AND IS REQUIRED FOR DEVELOPMENT AND ROAD WORKS AND FOR GENERAL INDUSTRIAL USE.

IN TODAY'S ACTION, ABOUT 45 NEWLY BUILT STRUCTURES WERE DEMOLISHED AND A TOTAL OF 200 PEOPLE CLAIMING TO BE OCCUPANTS WERE REGISTERED.

ABOUT 120 PEOPLE, CLAIMING TO BE HOMELESS, WERE OFFERED TEMPORARY TRANSIT ACCOMMODATION. DEPARTMENTAL TRANSPORT WAS USED TO HELP THEM TOREMOVE THEIR PERSONAL BELONGINGS.

A PRELIMINARY SURVEY AND REGISTRATION OF THE REMAINING STRUCTURES WAS ALSO CARRIED OUT TODAY AND DETAILED REGISTRATION OF THE OCCUPANTS WILL BE DONE IN THE NEXT THREE DAYS.

THE ILLEGAL STRUCTURES WILL BE DEMOLISHED DURING THE NEXT FEW WEEKS AFTER LICENSED AREA SITES HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED TO THE SQUATTERS.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 1974*

JAPANESE ’’YOUTH AMBASSADORS" ARRIVE TOMORROW

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE DIRECTOR OF THE WELFARE DEPARTMENT OF NAGANO PREFECTURE IN TOKYO, JAPAN, HR. TOSHIO TAKEHATSU, UILL BE PAYING A FRIENDLY VISIT TO MR. THOMAS LEE, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

MR. TAKEHATSU IS TRAVELLING ON THE JAPANESE YOUTH SHIP, "YOUNG MOPE SHIP OF NAGANO", WHICH IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE IN • HONG KONG EARLY TOMORROW.

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DURING HIS VISIT TO THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HE WILL ALSO PRESENT SOUVENIRS TO REPRESENTATIVES OF 10 ORGANIZATIONS ENGAGED IN YOUTH WORK HERE AS A SIGN OF GOODWILL BETWEEN YOUNG PEOPLE OF JAPAN AND THEIR HONG KONG COUNTERPARTS.

MR. TAKEHATSU, WHO WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY REPRESENTATIVES OF YOUNG PEOPLE ON THE SHIP, WILL CALL ON MR. LEE AT 11 A.M.

YOU ARE WELCOME TO HAVE THE VISIT COVERED. PRESS REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD MEET AT THE DEPARTMENT’S PU3LIC .RELATIONS OFFICE IN ROOM 528A, 5TH FLOOR, LEE GARDENS, HONG KONG, AT 10.45 A.M.

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HOUSING SQUADS SURVEY LICENSED AREAS It It It It It

TWO SPECIAL SQUADS, EACH COMPRISING FIVE TECHNICAL STAFF OP THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, ARE CONDUCTING A PRELIMINARY SURVEY OF EXISTING LICENSED AREAS IN CONNECTION WITH THE DEPARTMENT’S PLAN TO PROVIDE LEGAL POWER SUPPLIES TO THE OCCUPANTS.

THESE SQUADS STARTED THEIR ROUNDS IN SAM KA TSUEN LICENSED AREA TODAY. THE SURVEY OF THIS LICENSED AREA ALONE WILL TAKE ABOUT THREE DAYS TO COMPLETE. THE TEAMS UILL THEN MOVE ON TO KOWLOON BAY, WANG TAU HOM, JUNCTION ROAD, C.IAI WAN, CHEUNG SHA WAN, HIP WO STREET, LEI HUK SHUE, SHEK YAM, TUEN MUN AND TAI PO IN TURN.

APART FROM SURVEYING THESE LICENSED AREAS THE SQUADS WILL ALSO ADVISE THE LICENSEES ON HOU TO AVOID DANGEROUS ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS ARD HOU TO USE ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES PROPERLY.

MEANWHILE, WORK ON THE INSTALLATION OF A LEGITIMATE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY SYSTEM IS PROGRESSING AT CHEUNG SHA WAN LICENSED AREA AND TENDERS FOR THE INSTALLATION OF A SIMILAR SYSTEM AT KOWLOON BAY LICENSED AREA STAGE ORE WILL BE INVITED TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

DETAILED PLANNING OF THE OTHER PROJECTS IS WELL IN HAND AND TENDERS WILL BE INVITED PROGRESSIVELY AS SOON AS DOCUMENTS FOR EACH . AREA ARE PREPARED.

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ONLY THREE LOTTERIES REMAIN IN THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT LOTTERY SERIES, SO IF YOU HAVEN’T YET TRIED YOUR LUCK NOU IS THE TINE TO DO SO.

SO FAR THIS YEAR, A TOTAL OF $7-32 MILLION IN PRIZE MONEY HAS BEEN WON, AND CHANCES ARE THAT THE INDIVIDUAL PRIZES IN THE REMAINING LOTTERIES MAY BE HIGHER, ACCORDING TO MR. KAI-YIN CHAU, CHAIRMAN OF THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE.

+FROM PAST EXPERIENCE MORE TICKETS ARE SOLD IN THE LAST REMAINING LOTTERIES AS PEOPLE HAVE A LAST GO AT THE BIG MONEY,+ HE TOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY TO LAUNCH Ti.'E EIGHTH LOTTERY OF THE CURRENT SERIES. +AHD OF COURSE IF LORE TICKETS ARE SOLD THE PRIZE MONEY INCREASES CORRESPONDINGLY.*

HELPING OUT IN PROMOTING THE EIGHTH LOTTERY WILL BE FOUR POPULAR H.C-TVB ARTISTES — KR. HO SAU-S'JN, MISS PEARL AU, MISS ANGELINA LO AND MISS ANNA NQ.

AS PART OF THE PROMOTION PROGRAMME THEY WILL HELP SELL TICKETS AT STATUE SQUARE NEXT MONDAY CSEPTEiiCER 20 BETWEEN 5 PM AND 6 PM. THE ARTISTES WILL ALSO DRAW THE WINNING MUNGERS ON SEPTEMBER 7.

TICKETS FOR THE LOTTERY ARE NOW ON SALE AT ALL ROYAL HONG HONG JOCKEY CLUB SELLING BOOTHS, AND AT VARIOUS BANKS ARD FERRY PIERS. ... '

ALSO PRESENT AT THIS HORNING’S PRESS CONFERENCE WERE FIVE MEMBERS OF THE LOTTERIES MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, MR. DAVID WU, MISS LYDIA DUNN, MR. LUI HAU-TUEN, HR. R.U. SAMPSON AND MR. GORDON CHAN.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE TWO VISITING MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, HR. JAMES LAMOND AND KR. LEWIS CARTER—JONES, WIND UP THEIR 12-DAY TOUR OF HONG KONG TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY}.

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BEFORE LEAVING, THEY WILL MEET MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES AT 10 A.M. IN THE G.I.S. THEATRE, 5TH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

DURING THEIR VISIT, THE MP*S HAD A FIRST HAND LOOK AT VARIOUS PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES AND MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS, INCLUDING QUEEN MARY HOSPITAL AND REHABILITATION CENTRES. THEY ALSO HELD TALKS WITH SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, UMELCO MEMBERS AND URBAN COUNCILLORS.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER TOMORROW’S PRESS CONFERENCE.

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TODAY APPOINTED ANOTHER COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICER FOR THE NEU TERRITORIES.

HE IS HR. PAUL WONG TIN-SANG, WHO WILL BE C.Y.O. FOR YUEN LONG. HIS OFFICE WILL BE LOCATED AT THE YUEN LONG TOWN" HALL.

MR. WONG, 33, HAS BEEN WITH THE DEPARTMENT FOR 10 YEARS AND HOLDS A DEGREE IN SOCIAL SCIENCE. PRIOR TO HIS APPOINTMENT AS C.Y.O. HE WAS SENIOR PROBATION OFFICER IN CHARGE OF THE DEPARTMENT'S NEU TERRITORIES PROBATION OFFICE.

HIS APPOINTMENT BRINGS TO 12 THE NUMBER OF CYO'S WHICH THE DEPARTMENT NOU HAS IN DIFFERENT DISTRICTS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.

THE OTHERS ARE IN TSUEN WAN, KHUN TONG, KOWLOON CITY, MONG KOK, WONG TAI SIN, SHAM SHUl PO, YAU HA TEI, CENTRAL, WESTERN, EASTERN ARD WAN CHAI.

THE C.Y.O. SCHEME WHICH WAS INAUGURATED LAST DECEMBER, IS ONE OF THE PROJECTS IN THE FIVE-YEAR PLAN FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES IN HONG KONG.

WORKING CLOSELY WITH CITY DISTRICT OFFICES AND NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT OFFICES, THE CYO*S ARE MAINLY CONCERNED WITH THE SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT OF GROUPS, ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITIES ON A DISTRICT BASIS.

THE ULTIMATE AIM IS TO HAVE A C.Y.O. IN EACH DISTRICT IN HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

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REGISTRATION OF PRIVATE CANDIDATES FOR THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION, 1975 WILL BE HELD IN NOVEMBER THIS YEAR.

THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR PRIVATE CANDIDATES AREs FIVE DIFFERENT SUBJECTS AT GRADE E OR ABOVE AT ONE OR MORE PREVIOUS • CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATIONS, OR FOUR SUBJECTS AT GRADE E OR ABOVE AT ONE AND THE SAME PREVIOUS CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION. PERSONS WHO ARE OVER THE AGE OF 23 ON JANUARY 1, 1975 HAY ALSO ENTER AS PRIVATE CANDIDATES.

DETAILS OF REGISTRATION ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN THE LEADING ENGLISH AND CHINESE NEWSPAPERS IN EARLY NOVEMBER.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 1974

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ABOUT SIXTY SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS AND LECTURERS WILL BE ATTENDING AN IN-SERVICE COURSE ON INTEGRATED SCIENCE BEGINNING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) MORNING.

THEY COMPRISE TEACHERS FROM THE TWENTY PILOT SCHOOLS, TEACHERS FROM OTHER SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND SOME LECTURERS FROM THE THREE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS), MR. ARTHUR BROUN, WILL OPEN THE COURSE AT THE NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION.

THIS IN-SERVICE COURSE IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TO ENABLE TEACHERS WHO DID NOT HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND THE COURSE RUN BY . SCOTTISH TUTORS, TO GO THROUGH THE FIRST PART OF THE COURSE BEFORE ADOPTING INTEGRATED TEACHING IN THEIR SCHOOLS IN THE NEV ACADEMIC YEAR.

ON THE FIRST DAY, PARTICIPANTS HILL BE GIVEN THE BACKGROUND AND HISTORY OF INTEGRATED SCIENCE, ITS PHILOSOPHY, AND AN OUTLINE OF THE CONTENTS.

THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY TWO THREE—AND-A-HALF-HOUR PRACTICAL SESSIONS ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, AFTER WHICH FURTHER SESSIONS WILL BE HELD EVERY SATURDAY OVER AN EIGHT-UEEK PERIOD BEGINNING FROM SEPTEMBER 7.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE OPENING CEREMONY ' COVERED AT THE NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, SASSOON ROAD, KONG KONG, AT 9 A.M. TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 1974

CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE

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THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TQDAY (TUESDAY) AT SALE UNDER THE RICE CONTROL SCHEIE AND AT THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANIZATION WHOLESALE MARKEY AID THE FISH MARKETING ORGANIZATION WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEUNG SHA WAN, KOWLOON :

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

V GRADE OF CRICE CONTROL ECL'SHE) AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE CE/CATTY)

RICE OF SUPPLY HIGH LOU MODE

CHINA RICE SEE MEW S.C. JIEN PO NQA1 CHU CHO THAI RICE 1002 WHOLE-10-15% BROKERS A1 : SUPER EXTRA A1 : SUPER WHOLE GLUTINOUS U.S. RICE AUSTRALIAN RICE PAKISTAN RICE • TAIWAN RICE GOOD 2.02 GOOD 1.86 NO.SALE MO SALE GOOD 1.77 GOOD 1.72 GOOD 1.70 GOOD 1.45 GOOD 1.77 NO SALE GOOD 1.67 KO SALE KO SALE

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AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY - GOOD

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK

C$/PICUL—LIVE WEIGHT) - 320 CAVERAGE)

/SUPPLIES AND

TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 1974

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

SPECIES AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY>

HIGH LOU MODE

GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 4.50 1.50 3.00

BIG-EYES GOOD 2.80 0.80 1.70

SQUID GOOD 4.00 1.20 2.60

HAIR-TAILS LIMITED 2.00 0.60 1.30

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 2.80 0.50 1.70

CROAKERS LIMITED 1.40 0.50 1.00

CONGER-PIKE-EELS NORMAL 2.40 2.00 2.20

MELON COAT BREAMS LIMITED 2.20 1.40 1.80 NO SALE ‘

YELLOW BELLY SCARCE 2.00 0.60 1.30

MACKERELS LIMITED 5.50 2.40 3.50

RED GOAT FISH LIMITED 0.80 0.40 0.60

FORK-TAIL LIMITED 0.70 0.40 0.60

HORSE-HEAD GOOD 5.50 2.00 3.30

MELON SEED NORMAL 1.80 0.80, 1.30

POMFRETS LIMITED 9.20 6.50 7.80

GROUPAS YELLOW CROAKER LIMITED 10.00 5-50 7*60 NO SALE

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 LOU KODE /

FLOWERING CABBAGE LIMITED 1.80 0.60 1.40

WHITE CABBAGE GOOD 0.50 0.10 0.30

CHINESE LETTUCE SCARCE 1.00 0.40 0.70

WATER SPINACH GOOD 0.45 0.10 0.30

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 1.80 0.80 1.40

STRING BEANS NORMAL 1.60 0.50 1.00

SPRING ONION SPINACH SCARCE 1.60 0.40 NO SALE 1.00

WATER CRESS SCARCE 3.00 1.00 2.20

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE NORMAL 0.60 0.15 0.40

CHINESE SPINACH NORMAL 0.60 0.15 0.40

TOMATO SCARCE 4.00 2.00 3.00

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28, 1974

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT FIGURES FOR FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THE YEAR — FEWER FATALITIES BUT MORE INJURIES 1 .

PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR JULY RELEASED ..... 2

JAPANESE VISITORS CALL ON DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE ............................................ 3

MORE SYMBOLIC TRAFFIC SIGNS FOR CENTRAL AND TSlM SHA TSUI NEXT MONTH................................. 4

NEW SNORKEL FOR FIRE SERVICES.......................  5

INTERRUPTION OF WATER SUPPLY IN YAUMATI AND SHAMSHUIPO ......................................... 5

CHARGES FOR IDENTITY CARDS TO BE REVISED ......... 6

REGISTRATION TEAM TO OPERATE IN LOK FU ESTATE ... 6

IMPORTANCE OF CO-OPERATION BETWEEN ORGANISATIONS WITH COMMON GOAL STRESSED........................... 7

MEMENTO FOR RETIRING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION ....... 8

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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FEWER FATALITIES IN WORK ACCIDENTS BUT INJURY RATE UP ft ft It ft ft

THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE KILLED AT WORK IN HONG KONG FELL BY 25 PER CENT IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THE YEAR — BUT THERE WAS AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF INJURIES.

FIGURES RELEASED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY SHOWED THAT 118 WORKERS DIED AND ANOTHER 14,185 WERE INJURED IN WORK ACCIDENTS BETWEEN JANUARY AND JUNE.

THIS IS AN OVERALL INCREASE ON THE TOTAL DURING THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR WHEN 158 WORKERS WERE KILLED AND 13,570 INJURED.

THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING OFFICER OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, MR. NICK CARTER, SAID TODAY ALTHOUGH IT WAS PLEASING THAT THE NUMBER OF FATALITIES HAD FALLEN, INJURY-CAUSING ACCIDENTS HAD INCREASED BY MORE THAN 600.

MR. CARTER SAID A BREAKDOWN OF THE FIGURES SHOWED THAT 2,770 WORKERS WERE INJURED IN ACCIDENTS INVOLVING POWER-DRIVEN MACHINES® ANOTHER 2,079 WERE INJURED WHEN THEY STEPPED ON OR STRUCK AGAINST OBJECTS® AND 2,003 OTHER INJURIES RESULTED FROM MANUAL HANDLING*

THE THREE GROUPS REPRESENTED ABOUT HALF OF ALL THE ACCIDENTS REPORTED, HE ADDED.

MR. CARTER SAID THE WORST ASPECT OF WORK ACCIDENTS WAS THAT MOST, IF NOT ALL, COULD BE AVOIDED.

HE STRESSED THAT THE PROPER GUARDING OF DANGEROUS PARTS OF MACHINERY WAS A STATUTORY REQUIREMENT.

+MANAQEMENT IS RESPONSIBLE NOT ONLY FOR PROPER GUARDING BUT ALSO FOR ENSURING THAT A GUARD IS KEPT IN PLACE AT ALL TIMES WHILE THE MACHINE IS IN USE,+ HE SAID.

■H ALSO CANNOT STRESS TOO STRONGLY THAT POOR STANDARDS OF INDUSTRIAL HOUSEKEEPING ARE THE BIGC.EST CONTRIBUTING FACTOR IN THESE ACCIDENTS.

+ IF WE COULD ACHIEVE AND MAINTAIN PROPER STANDARDS, MANY ACCIDENTS INVOLVING STEPPING ON OR STRIKING AGAINST OBJECTS COULD BE ELIMINATED.

+THE NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS RESULTING FROM MANUAL HANDLING - OR SHOULD J SAY MISHANDLING - CAN BE CONSIDERABLY REDUCED IF ORLY WORKERS ARE TAUGHT CORRECT HANDLING METHODS.

+THIS IS EASILY DONE. THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT RUNS A CONTINUOUS SERIES OF 2-1/2-DAY COURSES ON MANUAL LIFTING AND HANDL ING.+

MR. CARTER SAID THAT UNTIL MANAGEMENT FULLY ACCEPTED ITS LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR EMPLOYEES’ SAFETY, INCREASINGLY HIGHER NUMBERS OF UNNECESSARY ACCIDENTS WOULD CONTINUE.

+ACC 1DENT PREVENTION REQUIRES TOTAL INVOLVEMENT BY MANAGEMENT AND TRAINING AND EDUCATION AT ALL LEVELS OF EMPLOYMENT, COUPLED WITH GOOD SUPERVISION, TO ACHIEVE ANY CHANCE OF SUCCESS,+ HE ADDED.

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JULY PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES ******

THE VALUE OF HONG KONG’S DOMESTIC EXPORTS LAST MONTH AMOUNTED TO $2,101 MILLION, AN INCREASE OF $463 MILLION OR 28.3 PER CENT OVER JULY 1973, ACCORDING TO PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE VALUE OF IMPORTS FOR THE MONTH ROSE BY 30.9 PER CENT TO $3,069 MILLION, AND RE-EXPORTS BY 7-3 PER CENT TO $591 MILLION

FIGURES FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY-JULY THIS YEAR SHOW INCREASES BY VALUE OVER THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR OF 38.3 PER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS, 39.4 PER CENT FOR RE-EXPORTS AND 42.2 PER CENT FOR IMPORTS.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS DURING THE 12-MONTH PERIOD AUGUST 1973 TO JULY 1974 WENT UP IN VALUE BY 38.6 PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS 12-MONTH PERIOD, WHILE RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY 53.5 PER CENT AND IMPORTS BY 44.9 PER CENT.

THE FOLLOWING TABLE GIVES THE BREAKDOWN AND COMPARATIVE FIGURES:

COMPARATIVE FIGURES

JULY JULY INCREASE OR

1974 1973 DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 2,101 1,637 + 463 + 28.3

IMPORTS 3,069 2,344 + 725 + 30.9

RE-EXPORTS 591 551 40 + 7.3

MAY-JULY MAY-JULY INCREASE OR

1974 1973 DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 6,378 4,748 + 1,631 + 34.4

IMPORTS 9,687 6,890 + 2,797 + 40.6

RE-EXPORTS 1,880 1,497 + 383 + 25.6

JAN.-JULY JAN.-JULY INCREASE OR

1974 1973 DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 13,573 9,815 + 3,758 + 38.3

IMPORTS 20,908 14,707 + 6,200 + 42.2

RE-EXPORTS 4,289 3,077 + 1,212 + 39-4

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AUQe 1973 AUQ. 1972 TO TO

JULY 1974 JULY 1973

INCREASE OR DECREASE

DOMESTIC EXPORTS IMPORTS RE-EXPORTS

$ MN. $ MN.

23,232 16,761

35,205 24,303

7,737 5,042

$ MN. %

+ 6,471 38.6

+ 10,902 + 44.9

+ 2,695 + 53-5

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JAPANESE VISITORS CALL ON DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE ******

THE DIRECTOR OF THE SOCIAL DEPARTMENT OF THE NAGANO PREFECTURAL GOVERNMENT IN NAGANO CITY, JAPAN, MR. TOSHIO TAKEMATSU, TODAY PAID A COURTESY CALL ON THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, SHORTLY AFTER ARRIVING ON BOARD THE YOUTH SHIP +OCEAN SEMINAR+ ON A GOODWILL TOUR OF SOUTH EAST ASIAN COUNTRIES.

ACCOMPANYING HIM WERE MR. KOZO FUJIMAKI AND MR. TETSUO NISHIKAWA, PRESIDENT AND MEMBER RESPECTIVELY OF THE NAGANO YOUTH GUIDANCE STEERING COMMITTEE, AS WELL AS REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 460 YOUNG JAPANESE TRAVELLING ON THE SHIP.

IN A BRIEF ADDRESS MR. LEE WELCOMED THE GROUP TO HONG KONG AND SAID THE SPIRIT OF INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION WAS OFTEN DEVELOPED THROUGH THE EXCHANGE OF GREETINGS AND THROUGH THE OPPORTUNITY OF MEETING EACH OTHER.

YOUTH, HE SAID, AS AN IMPORTANT PART OF SOCIETY, HAD AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY IN THIS DECADE OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT HE WISHED THEM A PLEASANT STAY.

IN REPLY, MR. TAKEMATSU SAID THAT, UNLIKE HONG KONG, NAGANO CITY WAS LANDBOUND, SO THEY HAD CHOSEN TO COME TO HONG KONG TO SEE OUR SEAPORT AND LEARN ABOUT OUR CULTURE.

DURING THE VISIT, MR. TAKEMATSU ALSO PRESENTED SOUVENIR CLOCKS TO REPRESENTATIVES OF TEN VOLUNTARY ORGANIZATIONS ENGAGED IN YOUTH WORK IN HONG KONG, AND A CAMERA MADE IN NAGANO PREFECTURE TO MR. LEE.

THE SHIP WILL BE IN HONG KONG FOR TWO DAYS BEFORE SAILING TO MANILA.

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MORE SYMBOLIC TRAFFIC SIGNS TO BE SET UP *******

ANOTHER FIVE SYMBOLIC TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE INTRODUCED FAIRLY WIDELY IN CENTRAL AND TSIM SHA TSUI DISTRICTS EARLY NEXT MONTH.

THE SIGNS ARE FOR +TURN LEFT/RIGHT+, +KEEP LEFT/RIGHT+, ♦TURN LEFT/R1GHT AHEAD+, +ADVANCE WARNING OF WITH-THE-FLOW BUS-LANE+ SIGNS, AND THE +ADVANCE DIRECTION SIGN FOR SIDE ROADS+.

THEIR INSTALLATION IS YET ANOTHER OF A SERIES DESIGNED TO ADEQUATELY INFORM MOTORISTS OF THE FEATURES OF THE NEW-STYLE SIGNS.

THE +TURN LEFT/RIGHT+ SIGN INDICATES THAT VEHICLES ARE OBLIGED TO TURN EITHER LEFT OR RIGHT AS SHOWN BY THE ARROW IN THE SIGN. IT MAY BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH TRAFFIC BOLLARDS OR SIGNALS, OR MAY BE FURTHER QUALIFIED WHEN USED WITH SUPPLEMENTARY PLATES, OR MAY ALSO BE USED AS A TEMPORARY SIGN TO INDICATE DIVERSIONS. THIS SIGN IS CIRCULAR IN SHAPE, WITH WHITE BORDER AND SYMBOL AND BLUE BACKGROUND.

THE +KEEP LEFT/RIGHT+ SIGN, SIMILAR IN SHAPE AND COLOUR, INDICATES THAT PASSAGE MUST BE TO EITHER LEFT OR RIGHT OF SOME PERMANENT OR TEMPORARY OBSTRUCTION, AS INDICATED BY THE DIRECTION OF THE ARROW.

IT MAY BE USED AS PART OF TRAFFIC BOLLARDS ON ISLANDS OR REFUGES AND MAY BE FURTHER QUALIFIED WHEN USED WITH SUPPLEMENTARY PLATES.

THE +TURN LEFT/RIGHT AHEAD+ SIGN INDICATES THAT VEHICLES ARE OBLIGED TO TURN IN THE DIRECTION SHOWN BY THE ARROW AT THE JUNCTION AHEAD. IT MAY BE FURTHER QUALIFIED WHEN USED WITH SUPPLEMENTARY PLATES. THE SIGN HAS THE SIMILAR SHAPE AND COLOURS AS THE PREVIOUS TWO.

THE +ADVANCE WARNING OF WITH-THE-FLOW BUS-LANE+ SIGN WILL BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH A SUPPLEMENTARY PLATE TO INDICATE THE DISTANCE TO THE START OF THE BUS LANE.

FOR PART-TIME OPERATION OF THE BUS LANE, A TIME PLATE WILL BE ADDED. THE NUMBER OF FORWARD ARROWS OR NUMBER OF ONCOMING LANES INDICATED MAY BE ALTERED TO SUIT THE NUMBER OF LANES AVAILABLE. THE SIGN IS RECTANGULAR WITH WHITE BACKGROUND AND BLACK BORDER, ARROWS, SYMBOL, LETTERS AND CHARACTERS.

THE +ADVANCE DIRECTION SIGN FOR SIDE ROADS+ IS SIMILAR TO THE +ADVANCE WARNING OF WITH-THE-FLOW BUS-LANE+ EXCEPT THAT IT GIVES ADVANCE WARNING IN RESPECT OF SIDE ROADS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A SET OF PICTURES SHOWING THE FIVE SIGNS ARE BOXED FOR COLLECTION.

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FIRE SERVICES GET NEW SNORKEL

#**#*•*

FIRE FIGHTING CAPABILITIES OF THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAVE BEEN ENHANCED BY THE ADDITION OF A THIRD 85-FOOT SNORKEL (ELEVATED HYDRAULIC PLATFORM).

THE NEW APPLIANCE, WHICH ARRIVED BY SHIP AT THE END OF LAST WEEK, HAS BEEN CHECKED BY THE FIRE SERVICES WORKSHOP AT NORTH POINT AND WILL SOON BE PUT INTO SERVICE.

COSTING A TOTAL OF $600,000, IT IS SIMILAR IN DESIGN TO TWO OTHER SNORKELS PURCHASED MORE THAN FIVE YEARS AGO.

FEATURES INCLUDE A CAGE WITH A STEEL CANOPY FOR PROTECTION AGAINST FALLING OBJECTS, A RE-DESIGNED CAB TO ALLOW CREW EASIER ACCESS AND GREATER FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT, AND A GROUND-TO-CAQE BREATHING SYSTEM WITH OUTLETS TO WORKING FIREMEN AND FACILITIES TO EXTEND AIR LINES INTO BUILDINGS. LADDERS CAN BE FITTED TO THE SIDE OF THE BOOMS TO ALLOW RESCUED PERSONS TO REACH THE GROUND WITHOUT THE PLATFORM HAVING TO LEAVE ITS FIRE FIGHTING OR RESCUE POSITION.

THE SNORKEL, WHICH CAN REACH MAXIMUM HEIGHT IN ONLY 100 SECONDS, IS EQUIPPED WITH A 500-GALL0NS-PER-MINUTE WATER PUMP. A LIFTING EYE FITTED BENEATH THE CAGE HAS A CAPACITY OF 800 LBS.

THE CHASSIS WAS MANUFACTURED BY E.R.F. LIMITED AND THE SNORKEL BY SIMON ENGINEERING. BOTH ARE UNITED KINGDOM COMPANIES.

A FURTHER SNORKEL, WITH AN ELEVATION OF 91 FEET, IS ON ORDER AND DELIVERY IS EXPECTED EARLY NEXT YEAR. ALSO ON ORDER ARE TWELVE 50-FOOT SNORKELS FROM DENNIS MOTORS LIMITED, AND THESE ARE ALSO DUE FOR DELIVERY EARLY IN 1975.

A FIRE SERVICES SPOKESMAN SAID THE MAIN VALUE OF SNORKELS IS THEIR FLEXIBILITY. THEY CAN MANOEUVRE FROM SIDE TO SIDE OR UP AND DOWN AND CAN BE USED IN A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT WAYS AT A FIRE SCENE.

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WATER CUT

* * * *

A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN YAUMATI AND SHAMSHUIPO WILL Be WITHOUT WATER FOR FIVE HOURS STARTING FROM 1 A.M. ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 30) WHEN TESTS FOR LEAKAGE WILL BE CONDUCTED IN THE TWO DISTRICTS.

IN YAUMATI, PREMISES BOUNDED BY JORDAN ROAD, THE SEA FRONT, MAN CHEONG STREET, SAIGON STREET AND CANTON ROAD WILL BE AFFECTED.

THE AFFECTED AREA IN SHAMSHUIPO IS BOUNDED BY CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD, KIU KIANG STREET, TAI PO ROAD AND KWEILIN STREET.

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REVISED CHARGES FOR I.D. CARDS X- * * * * *

ADULT IDENTITY CARDS ARE TO COST TWO DOLLARS FROM FRIDAY (AUGUST 30) IN A MOVE TO REDUCE THE SUBSIDY RELATING TO THE COST OF ISSUING THESE CARDS.

THE DECISION TO INCREASE THE CHARGES BY ONE DOLLAR WAS MADE AT A MEETING OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL EARLIER THIS YEAR.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT THE FEE FOR THE REPLACEMENT OF A LOST, DESTROYED, DAMAGED OR DEFACED I.D. CARD WILL BE INCREASED FROM $5 TO $15 AND THE FEE FOR A CERTIFICATE OF REGISTERED PARTICULARS WILL ALSO BE INCREASED TO $15 FROM THE PRESENT $10.

THE FEE FOR THE REPLACEMENT OF AN i.D. CARD WHICH REQUIRES ALTERATION WILL NOW BE $10 UP FROM THE PRESENT $5.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT EVEN WITH THE NEW FEES, THE ISSUING OF IDENTITY CARDS WILL STILL BE HEAVILY SUBSIDISED. BUT THE NEW CHARGES WILL NARROW THE GAP.

HE ADDED THAT THE EXISTING ARRANGEMENTS WHEREBY FEES CAN BE WAIVED FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT AFFORD THEM WILL CONTINUE.

THE COMMISSIONER OF REGISTRATION HAS ALSO BEEN GIVEN THE POWER TO EXTEND THE TIME LIMITS FOR THE PREPARATION AND COLLECTION OF AN I.D. CARD. PREVIOUSLY THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS OFFICE HAD TO PREPARE AN IDENTITY CARD WITHIN 120 DAYS OF THE DATE OF APPLICATION AND THE APPLICANT HAD TO COLLECT IT WITHIN 30 DAYS AFTER THAT.

HOWEVER, IT HAS BEEN FOUND THAT THIS PERIOD IS NOT ALWAYS ADEQUATE IN CERTAIN CASES. AT THE SAME TIME, THE COMMISSIONER CAN REDUCE THE PERIOD FOR ISSUING AN I.D. CARD BY NOTIFYING THE APPLICANT IN WRITING.

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REGISTRATION TEAM IN THE LOK FU ESTATE

******

A TEAM FROM THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS DEPARTMENT WILL CONDUCT REGISTRATION IN THE LOK FU ESTATE AND ADJACENT AREAS FROM SEPTEMBER 2 TO 6 FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF RESIDENTS THERE.

PARENTS AND GUARDIANS ARE URGED TO MAKE USE OF THIS FACILITY AND REGISTER THEIR 11-YEAR OLD CHILDREN FOR JUVENILE IDENTITY CARDS. HOLDERS OF JUVENILE IDENTITY CARDS WHO HAVE REACHED THE AGE OF 18 SHOULD ALSO REGISTER FOR ADULT IDENTITY CARDS.

THE REGISTRATION TEAM WILL OPERATE IN THE LOK FU ESTATE OFFICE BETWEEN 9*30 A.M. AND 4.30 P.M.

CHANGES OF EMPLOYMENT OR RESIDENTIAL ADDRESSES, MARITAL STATUS, OR ANY OTHER PARTICULARS SHOULD ALSO BE REPORTED.

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CO-OPERATION ESSENTIAL FOR THOSE WITH COMMON GOAL

CO-OPERATION BETWEEN ORGANIZATIONS WITH A COMMON AIM IS ESSENTIAL IF SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY ARE TO BE IMPROVED, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, SAID TODAY.

CONSTANT REVIEW WAS ALSO NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT SERVICES MATCHED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, HE ADDED.

•MR. LEE WAS SPEAKING AT A DINNER GIVEN IN HIS HONOUR BY THE CHAIRMAN AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS OF THE PO LEUNG KUK.

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE PO LEUNG KUK AND THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, HE SAID, HAD ALWAYS BEEN A CLOSE ONE AND BECAME MORE SO IN I960 WHEN A WORKING PARTY, WHICH HE CHAIRED, WAS SET UP TO STUDY THE KUK*S SERVICES. THIS RESULTED IN PROPOSALS FOR IMPROVEMENTS WHICH THE KUK IMPLEMENTED TO MAKE ITS SERVICES EVEN BETTER.

IT IS NOW ALSO REVIEWING VARIOUS SERVICES WITH THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE.

*

MR. LEE SAID THE KUK WAS WELL ADMIRED WITHIN THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT FOR THE SPIRIT IN WHICH IT HAS BEEN SPENDING TIME, MONEY AND EFFORT TO PROMOTE THE WELFARE OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN.

THIS WORK, HE POINTED OUT, HELPED THE GOVERNMENT IN THE PROVISION OF THE KOST NEEDED SERVICES.

MR. LEE WAS CONFIDENT THAT BETTER SERVICES COULD BE PROVIDED AND FUTURE PLANS LAUNCHED MORE SMOOTHLY IF THE CLOSE CO-OPERATION CONTINUED BETWEEN THE TWO BODIES, BOTH OF WHOM, HE SAID, HAD A COMMON GOAL.

HE ALSO PRAISED ITS PRESENT CHAIRMAN, MR. GALLANT HO, FOR HIS PERSONAL INTEREST IN IMPROVING THE KUK*S STANDARD OF SERVICES AND SAID HE WAS SETTING AN EXAMPLE TO ALL VOLUNTARY SOCIAL WORKERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS: COPIES OF MR. LEE’S SPEECH ARE BOXED FOR COLLECTION.

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MEMENTO TO RETIRING EDUCATION DIRECTOR M- * * * * * %

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. JOHN CANNING, WILL BE PRESENTED WITH A RETIREMENT GIFT FROM HIS FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ON FRIDAY MORNING (AUGUST 30).

IN THE EVENING OF THE SAME DAY. MR. CANNING WILL ATTEND A CHINESE DINNER WHICH WILL BE GIVEN IN HIS HONOUR BY MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT.

MR. CANNING, 49, IS RETIRING AFTER 22 YEARS1 SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY.

YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY COVERED. IT WILL BE HELD IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, LEE GARDENS, 3RD FLOOR, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG, AT 11.30 A.M. ON FRIDAY.

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE ft ft ft ft ft ft

THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY CWEDNESDAY) AT SALE 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 C$/CATTY> AVERAGE

CH IWA RICE

SEE HEU GOOD 2.02

S.C. JIEN GOOD 1.85

PO NGA I HO SALE

CHU CHO KO SALE

THAI RICE

10055 WHOLE GOOD 1.75

10-152 BROKENS GOOD 1.72

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.70

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.45

WHOLE GLUTINOUS COOD 1.77

U.S* RICE NO SALE

AUSTRALIAN RICE 1.67

PAKISTAN RICE NO SALE

TAIWAN RICE NO SALE

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY - GOOD

WHOLESAlJi PRICES OF PORK

(S/P1CUL—LIVE WEIGHT) ' 320 CAVERAGE)

/SUPPLIES AUD

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SUPPLIES AND UHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH

J1_1_ ui. ul ui —i -i ii ■ ni ri ~ i — i ■ —>n»j Tion-TiriT-w-i-i 

CFMO CHEUNG SHA UAN UHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

SPECIES AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE ($/CATTY>

HIGH LOU KODE

GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 5.00 0.70 1.40

BIG-EYES GOOD 2.90 0.70 1.50

SQUID GOOD 4.00 1.40 2.60

HAIR-TAILS LIMITED 2.20 0.00 1.40

LIZARD FISHES LIMITED 3.50 0.30 1.60

CROAKERS LIMITED 2.40 1.00 1.60

CONQER-PIKE-EELS NORMAL 3.40 0.00 2.00.

MELON COAT

CREAMS LIMITED 6.50 2.40 5.00

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 1.00 0.50 1.20

MACKERELS SCARCE 5.00 3.50 4.00

RED GOAT FISH NORMAL 0.50 0.30 0.40

FORK-TAIL NORMAL 0.70 0.40 0.55

HORSE-HEAD NORMAL 6.00 2.00 4.00

MELON SEED LIMITED 2.00 0.80 1.40

POMFRETS SCARCE 10.00 7-50 8.20

GAROUPAS . LIMITED 9.50 7.00 8.50

YELLOW CROAKER SCARCE 7.00 4.50 6.00

SUPPLIES AND UHOLESALE PH ICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

CVeM.O. CHEUNG SHA UAN UHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKET)

TYPE OF VEGETABLE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY>

HIGH LOU MODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE NORMAL 1.60 0.60 1.20

UH ITE CABBAGE COOD 0.50 0.10 0.30

CHINESE LETTUCE LIMITED 1.00 0.40 0.70

WATER SPINACH GOOD 0.45 0.10 0.30

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 1.80 0.80 1.40

STRING BEANS NORMAL 1.60 0.60 1.20

SPRING ONION NORMAL 1.40 0.40 1.00

SPINACH NO SALE

WATER CRESS SCARCE 3-00 1.00 2.20

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE NORMAL 0.60 0.15 0.40

CHINESE SPINACH NORMAL 0.60 0.15 0.40

TOMATO SCARCE 4.00 2.00 3.00

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 1974.

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

ECONOMIC REVIEW OF. JANUARY-MARCH QUARTER PUBLISHED .. 1

COMMUNITY URGED TO GIVE GREATER SUPPORT TO SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES ....................................... 3

HOUSING AUTHORITY DISMISSES RENT COMPLAINT BY WONG CHUK HANG ESTATE TENANTS AS "GROUNDLESS” ............... 4

TAI HANG TUNG LAND CLEARED FOR HOUSING PROJECT ......... 5

THREE LOTS OF CROWN LAND TO BE AUCTIONED NEXT MONTH . 5

LABOUR DEPARTMENT HELPS SETTLE CHINA MAIL DISPUTE ... 6

SPEED LIMIT IMPOSED ON FAN KAM ROAD IN NEW TERRITORIES 6

ENTRY FORMS FOR CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY EXAMINATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM MONDAY ............................... 7

TEMPORARY WATER INTERRUPTION IN SHAM SHU I PO.......... 7

DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICE AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 1974

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SECOHD ECONOMIC REPORT PUBLISHED ft ft ft ft JI- JI-

CONTINUED GROWTH IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BUT A REDUCTION IN THE DEMAND FOR LABOUR AND THE ADVERSE EFFECTS OF RAPIDLY RI51NQ WORLD PRICES ARE SOME OF THE MAIN POINTS REVIEWED IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE ECONOMIC REPORT.

THE REPORT IS PREPARED THREE TIMES A YEAR, IN APRIL, JULY AND OCTOBER AND COMPLEMENTS +THE BUDGET: ECONOMIC BACKGROUND* PUBLICATION PREPARED IN JANUARY.

THE CURRENT ISSUE, DATED JULY, INCLUDES A REVIEW OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS, GENERALLY UP TO AND INCLUDING THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1974. IT ALSO CONTAINS A STATISTICAL SECTION AND A CALENDAR OF EVENTS.

THE REPORT STATES THAT SOME 80 TO 85 PER CENT, BY VALUE, OF HONG KONG'S MANUFACTURING PRODUCTION IS EXPORTED AND THAT, ALTHOUGH THE QUANTITY OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN THE YEAR ENDING MARCH 1974 INCREASED BY SOME EIGHT PER CENT, THE PRESSURE OF DEMAND FOR LABOUR SLACKENED CONSICERABLY OVER THE YEAR.

REGISTERED AND RECORDED MANUFACTURING EMPLOYMENT DECLINED BY ABOUT ONE-AND-A-HALF PER CENT DURING THE YEAR AND THERE WAS A NOTICEABLE DROP IN REPORTED VACANCIES. WAGE RATES IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY INCREASED AT A SLC’JER RATE - 8 PER CENT - THAN IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR WHEN THEY ROSE BY 11 PER CENT.

PUBLISHED FOR THE FIRST TIME ARE QUARTERLY INDEXES OF HONG KONG'S EXTERNAL TRADE BY MAJOR TRADING PARTNERS IN BOTH PRICE AND VOLUME TERMS.

THE FIGURES SHOU THAT IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1974, DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS WERE HIGHER, IN QUANTITY TERMS, THAN IN ANY QUARTER DURING THE PREVIOUS TWO YEARS, AND 51 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD OF 1973.

OTHER COMMODITY GROUPS FOR WHICH THE QUANTITY OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCREASED AT A FASTER THAN AVERAGE RATE IN THE FIRST QUARTER INCLUDE WATCHES AND CLOCKS <34 PER CENT), METAL MANUFACTURES (18 PER CENTS, TEXTILE YARN ARD THREAD (21 PER CENTS, TEXTILE FABRICS (8 PER CENTS, AND TRANSISTORISED RADIOS (7 PER CENTS.

ON THE OTHER HAND THE QUANTITY OF CLOTHING EXPORTED DECLINED BY 9 PER CENT OVERALL AND BY 28 PER CENT IN THE AMERICAN MARKET.

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THE REPORT NOTES THAT HONG KOKQ’S TERMS OF TRADE DETERIORATED IN THE FIRST QUARTER, BUT SAYS THAT THIS WAS TO BE EXPECTED IN VIEW OF RAPIDLY RISING WORLD PRICES. IMPORT PRICES OF FUELS INCREASED BY 150 PER CENT AMD RAW MATERIAL PRICES BY 55 PER CENT.

IT GOES ON TO SAY THAT THE QUANTITY OF RAW MATERIALS IMPORTED VARIED SUBSTANTIALLY FROM QUARTER TO QUARTER DURING THE YEAR. ALTHOUGH THIS UAS PARTLY DUE TO SEASONAL INFLUENCES, OTHER FACTORS, INCLUDING UNCERTAINTIES EMANATING FROM EXCHANGE RATE FLUCTUATIONS, OVERSEAS COMMODITY SHORTAGES AND RAPID INFLATION ON WORLD MARKETS, HAVE ALSO BEEN SIGNIFICANT.

IMPORT PRICES OF FOODSTUFFS INCREASED BY AN OVERALL 4J PER CENT IN THE FIRST QUARTER AND BY AS MUCH AS 126 PER CENT IN THE CASE OF RICE. AT THE RETAIL LEVEL, INCREASES IN THE PRICES OF FOODSTUFFS HADE DY FAR THE LARGEST CONTRIBUTION -77 PER CENT - TO THE RISE IN THE GENERAL CONSUMER PRICE INDEX IN THE FIRST QUARTER, BUT INCREASED COSTS FOR FUEL AMD LIGHT, NEWSPAPERS, DOMESTIC HELP AND EDUCATION, INCLUDING TEXTBOOKS, WERE ALSO OF IMPORTANCE.

IN THE SECTION ON THE HONEY AND FOREIGN EXCHANGE MARKETS, THE REPORT POINTS OUT THAT BANK LENDING FOR COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES IN THE SIX MONTHS TO MARCH 1974 INCREASED BY NEARLY AS MUCH AS IN THE SIX MONTHS TO MARCH 1973• AND THAT THE AVERAGE RATIO OF BANKS’ ADVANCES AND LOANS TO DEPOSITS STOOD AT 88 PER CENT LAST MARCH WHILST THEIR AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO UAS AS HIGH AS 42 PER CENT.

THE ECONOMIC REPORT IS PREPARED WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF

THE NEWLY FORMED ECONOMIC REVIEW COMMITTEE OF WHICH THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY IS THE CHAIRMAN. MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE COMPRISE FOUR UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS, THE DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE ARD INDUSTRY AND THE

, SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES.

THE ECONOMIC REPORT, COSTING $3 PER COPY, IS OBTAINABLE FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, STAR FERRY CONCOURSE.

THURSDAY, AUG. 29» 1974.

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CALL FOR MORE COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES fc Jr Jr Jr

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, TODAY (THURSDAY) CALLED FOR GREATER COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT A CEREMONY HELD AT THE CltY HALL TO MARK THE END OF THE DEPARTMENT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES FOR THIS YEAR.

MR. LEE SAID THE DEPARTMENT HAS ORGANIZED MORE THAN 600 EVENTS INCLUDING INDOOR AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS, TRAINING SESSIONS AND SEMINARS. HE ESTIMATED 100,000 YOUNG PEOPLE PARTICIPATED IN THE PROGRAMMES.

HE POINTED OUT THAT APART FROM SUPPORT AND CO-OPERATION ACCORDED BY VARIOUS SCHOOLS, ORGANIZATIONS, RELIGIOUS BODIES, GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, THE BRITISH ARMED FORCES AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, SOME 3,500 VOLUNTEERS ALSO GAVE MUCH OF THEIR TIME AND EFFORT TO HELP IN RUNNING THE PROGRAMME.

MANY, HE NOTED, HAD DONE SO BEFORE AND WERE ABLE TO ASSIST IN THE PLANNING AND EXECUTION OF VARIOUS ACTIVITIES WHILE OTHERS WHO HAD VOLUNTEERED FOR THE FIRST TIKE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN WHILE WORKING.

THEIR ZEAL WAS THE MAIN FACTOR IN THE SMOOTH OPERATION OF THE PROGRAMME, HE SAID.

BEFORE PRESENTING THE VOLUNTEERS WITH SERVICE CERTIFICATES MR. LEE THANKED THEM FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE AND HOPED THAT MORE PEOPLE WOULD SUPPORT THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES IN FUTURE.

THE PRESENTATION WAS FOLLOWED BY A MUSICAL PLAY STAGED BY SOME 130 VOLUNTEERS.

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HOUSING AUTHORITY STANDS FIRM ON RENT ISSUE ft ft ft ft ft ft

THE +UKFAIR RENT+ COMPLAINT BY THE 100-ODD FAMILIES WHO MOVED INTO WONG CHUK HANG ESTATE IN JUNE HAS BEEN CONSIDERED BY THE HOUSING AUTHORITY AND RULED TO BE GROUNDLESS.

LETTERS INFORMING THESE TENANTS OF THE AUTHORITY’S FINAL DECISION ON THEIR COMPLAINT ARE BEING SENT TO THEM.

+THEY HAVE NOT BEEN UNFAIRLY TREATED OR DISCRIMINATED AGAINST AS SIMILAR SITUATIONS, WHERE FAMILIES OCCUPIED THE SAME TYPE OF ACCOMMODATIONS BUT PAID DIFFERENT RENTS, HAD BEEN IN EXISTENCE FOR SOME TIME IN OTHER ESTATES,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AUTHORITY SAID.

HE LISTED AS EXAMPLES ESTATES SUCH AS LAM TIN, HO MAN TIN AND UPPER PAK TIN, AND EXPLAINED THAT CONSTRUCTION AND MANAGEMENT COSTS ARE MAJOR FACTORS IN THE CALCULATIONS OF RENT.

PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES, HE POINTED OUT, WERE OFTEN BUILT IN STAGES AND AS A RESULT THE CONSTRUCTION COSTS VARIED AND THE FINAL PHASE IS USUALLY HIGHER THAN THE PREVIOUS PHASES.

HE URGED TENANTS WHO HAVE NOT PAID THEIR RENTS FOR THE MONTH OF JULY AND AUGUST TO DO SO WITHOUT FURTHER DELAY AS FAILURE MAY LEAD TO GLEQAL ACTION BEING TAKEN TO RECOVER THE ARREARS.

HE REMINDED DEFAULTING TENANTS THAT THE AUTHORITY

IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDE ACCOMMODATION FOR ANOTHER 1.5 MILLION PEOPLE UNDER THE 10—YEAR PROGRAMME.

+THE AUTHORITY'S ONLY SOURCE OF INCOME TO ACHIEVE THE TARGET IS FROM RENTS AND DEFAULTERS WOULD BE MOST SELFISH NOT TO GIVE SOME CONSIDERATION TO THOSE WHO ARE STILL WAITING TO BE HOUSED.

♦AS THE SITUATION NOW STANDS, THE RENTAL FROM GOVERNMENT LOW-COST HOUSING AND RESETTLEMENT ESTATES BARELY COVERS HALF THE RUNNING COSTS OF OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE AND THE BALANCE HAS TO BE HEAVILY SUBSIDISED BY TAXPAYERS WHO DO NOT LIVE IN THE ESTATES.*

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LAND CLEARED FOR HOUSING PROJECT ft ft ft ft ft

HOUSING DEPARTMENT STAFF TODAY CLEARED A PIECE OF LAND OPPOSITE TO BLOCK 1J AND 14 TAI HANG TUNG ESTATE IN CONNECTION WITH THE REDEVELOPMENT OF THE ESTATE.

FIVE PUBLIC HOUSING BLOCKS PROVIDING ABOUT 1.700 UNITS WILL BE BUILT ON THE LAND AND AN ADJACENT SITE.

THEY WILL BE USED TO HOUSE ABOUT 10,000 PEOPLE, NOU LIVING IN TAI HANG TUNG ESTATE, UNDER THE FIRST PHASE OF THE REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT.

A TOTAL OF JO STRUCTURES MANY OF THEM SHOPS WERE DEMOLISHED IN TODAY*S CLEARANCE OPERATION. TWENTY-FOUR FAMILIES COMPRISING 126 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN OFFERED PUBLIC HOUSING ACCOMMODATION AT HO HAN TIN ESTATE.

THE DEPARTMENT ALSO PAID OUT $277,500 TO 16 SHOP, RESTAURANT, SCHOOL AID WORKSHOP OPERATORS.

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CROWN LAND SALE

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THREE LOTS OF CROWN LAND WITH A COMBINED AREA OF SOME 70,000 SQUARE FEET WILL EE OFFERED FOR SALE BY AUCTION TOWARDS THE END OF NEXT MONTH.

TWO OF THE LOTS ON HONG KONG ISLAND ARE FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT. ONE IS LOCATED AT CLOUD VIEW ROAD AND MEASURES 42,000 SQUARE FEET. THE OTHER COVERS AN AREA OF 15,500 SQUARE FEET OFF CHAI WAN ROAD.

THE THIRD LOT, FOR INDUSTRIAL AND/OR GODOWN PURPOSES, IS SITUATED BETWEEN TAJ YIP STREET AND THE PROPOSED WAI YIP STREET EXTENSION IN KOWLOON AND MEASURES 11,600 SQUARE FEET.

THE AUCTION WILL BE HELD AT 2.JO P.M. ON SEPTEMBER 27 IN THE CITY HALL LECTURE ROOM.

FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES CWEST WING), GROUND FLOOR, HONG KONG AND AT THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, 10TH FLOOR, KOWLOON.

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LABOUR DEPT. HELPS SETTLE CHINA MAIL DISPUTE » It * It It K-

LABOUR DEPARTMENT CONCILIATORS ARRANGED a SERIES OF PRIVATE MANAGEMENT AND EMPLOYEE REPRESENTATIVES WHICH LEJ TO TODAY S SETTLEMENT OF THE CHINA MAIL DISPUTE.

THE CONCILIATORS ORGANISED THE FIRST OF FOUR MEETINGS IN A K0N$ H0TEl-- LAST SATURDAY AFTER FORMAL NEGOTIATIONS HAD BROKEN DOWN.

THE DEPARTMENT'S OFFICIAL NEGOTIATOR IN THE DISPUTE, MR. SIN ATTENDED ALL THE MEETINGS AMD UAS A WITNESS TO THE AGREEMENT WHEN IT UAS SIGNED TODAY.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR. IAN PRICE, COMMENTED THAT THE PRIVATE MEETINGS HAD PROVED "EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE".

+THE MEETINGS DEMONSTRATED THE NEED FOR FRANK, INTIMATE AND DIRECT DISCUSSIONS IN INDUSTRIAL DISPUTES,* HE SAID.

+THE OFFICERS OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE WORKED VERY HARD BEHIND THE SCENE IN THIS CASE TO BRING ABOUT AN AMICABLE AGREEMENT.*

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SPEED LIMIT IMPOSED ON N.T. ROAD *****

MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED THAT A SPEED LIMIT IS TO BE IMPOSED ALONG FAN KAM ROAD IN THE NEW TERRITORIES TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ACCIDENTS.

FROM 10 A.M. ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 31) THE WHOLE LENGTH OF THE ROAD, EXCEPT FOR THE SECTION AT TS1U KENG WHERE THERE IS ALREADY A SPEED LIMIT OF 30 MILES PER HOUR, WILL BE A RESTRICTED ROAD WITH A SPEED LIMIT OF 40 MILES PER HOUR.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE POSTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY EXAMINATIONS ******

THE LOWER CERTIFICATE IN ENGLISH EXAMINATION AND THE CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY IN ENGLISH EXAMINATION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE FOR HONG KONG STUDENTS THIS YEAR ARE SCHEDULED TO BE HELD ON DECEMBER 10 AND DECEMBER 11 AND 12 RESPECTIVELY.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THESE EXAMINATIONS ARE OPEN ONLY TO CANDIDATES ABOVE 16 YEARS OF AGE AND WHOSE MOTHER TONGUE IS NOT ENGLISH.

ENTRY FORMS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE EXAMINATIONS DIVISION, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 393 CANTON ROAD, 10TH FLOOR, BEGINNING NEXT MONDAY (SEPT. 20.

FEES FOR THE EXAMINATIONS RANGE FROM $45 FOR RE-EXAMINATION SINGLE TEST TO $110 FOR WHOLE EXAMINATION.

CANDIDATES PREPARING FOR THE EXAMINATION BY ATTENDING COURSES IN SCHOOLS SHOULD REGISTER THEIR ENTRIES THROUGH THEIR RESPECTIVE SCHOOLS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

STUDENTS NOT BEING PRESENTED BY A SCHOOL MAY APPLY TO ENTER AS PRIVATE CANDIDATES.

COMPLETED ENTRY FORMS FOR PRIVATE CANDIATES, TOGETHER WITH PROOF OF IDENTITY CHONG KONG IDENTITY CARD/PASSPORT) AND TWO RECENT PHOTOGRAPHS, CSIZE 2-1/2 IN. X 2 IN.) MUST BE SUBMITTED IN PERSON AT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT'S EXAMINATION DIVISION AT TH? CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICE BUILDING, BETWEEN 9 A.M. AND 4 P.M. FROM SEPTEMBER 2 TO 6.

THE SPOKESMAN ADVISED PRIVATE CANDIDATES THAT NO LATE ENTRIES WOULD BE ACCEPTED AND THAT ALL FEES MUST BE PAID, EITHER IN CASH OR BY CHEQUE, ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 10 TO THE ACCOUNTS OFFICE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT THE CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 11TH FLOOR.

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN SHAM SHU I PO IS TO BE INTERRUPTED FOR FIVE HOURS ON SATURDAY CAUGUST 31) STARTING FROM 1 A.M.

THE TEMPORARY STOPPAGE IS TO FACILITATE A LEAKAGE TEST BY THE WATERWORKS OFFICE.

THE PREMISES AFFECTED BY THE INTERRUPTION ARE THOSE BOUNDED BY K1U KIANG STREET, PO ON ROAD, PRATAS STREET, CASTLE PEAK ROAD TONKIN STREET, FUK WING STREET, CAMP STREET AND CHEUNG SHA WAN

ROAD.

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE

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THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY (THURSDAY? AT SALE UNDER THE RICE CONTROL SCHEME AND AT THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANIZATION WHOLESALE MARKET AND THE FISH MARKETING ORGANIZATION WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEUNG SHA WAN, • KOWLOON:

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

CR1CE CONTROL SCHEME?

GRADE. OF AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY?

RICE OF SUPPLY AVERAGE

CHINA RICE

SEE MEW GOOD 2.02

S.C.JIEN GOOD 1.86

PO NQAI

CHU CHO

THAI RICE

100% WHOLE GOOD 1.80

10-15% BROKENS GOOD 1.72

A1 SUPER EXTRA

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.45

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 1.77

U.S. RICE ■w. •

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.72

PAKISTAN RICE

TAIWAN RICE ——

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

CALL SOURCES?

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY - GOOD

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK

C$/PICUL-LIVE WEIGHT? - 320 CAVERAGE?

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 29* 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

GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 5-50 1.50 3.80

big-eyes GOOD 3.10 0.90 1.60

SQUID GOOD 4.00 1.00 2.80

HAIR-TAILS NORMAL 2.20 0.70 1.20

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 3.40 0.80 1.50

CROAKERS LIMITED 1.70 0.70 1.00

CONGER-PIKE-EELS GOOD 2.40 2.00 2.20

MELON COAT NORMAL 3.00 2.00 2.80

BREAMS NORMAL 6.50 2.40 5.00

YELLOW BELLY NORMAL 2.50 0.30 1.20

MACKERELS LIMITED 5.50 2»40 4.00

RED GOAT FISH LIMITED 0.70 0.30 0.50

FORK-TAIL —— NO SALE

HORSE-HEAD GOOD 6.50 2.40 4.50

MELON SEED LIMITED 1.70 0.30 0.90

POMFRETS LIMITED 8.50 8.00 8.30

GAROUPAS LIMITED 9-50 7.00 8.00

YELLOW CROAKER LIMITED 8.00 5-50 7.00

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

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

TYPE OF AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

vegetable OF SUPPLY HIGH LOW KODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE NORMAL 1.60 0.60 1.20

WHITE CABBAGE GOOD 0.50 0.10 0.30

CHINESE LETTUCE SCARCE 1.00 0.40 0.70

WATER SPINACH GOOD 0.45 0.10 0.25

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 1.80 0.80 1.40

STRING BEANS NORMAL 1.80 0.60 1.20

SPRING ONION NORMAL 1.20 0.30 0.80

SPINACH N( ) SALE

WATER CRESS SCARCE 3.00 1.20 2.00

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE NORMAL 0.60 0.20 0.40

CHINESE SPINACH NORMAL 0.60 0.15 0.40

TOMATO SCARCE 4.20 2.50 3.50

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, AUGUST JO, 1974.

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HONQ KONG DELEGATE TO ATTEND COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY CONFERENCE IN COLOMBO ..................... 1

LEGAL AID SERVICES TO BE IMPROVED........................ 2

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION GIVEN A WARM FAREWEllL............. 3

COMPUTERISED TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM FOR WEST KOWLOON .. 4

NE J FARES FOR NEW TERRITORIES FERRY SERVICE............. 5

NE I HOMES FOR SOME 10,000 TENANTS OF TAI HANG TUNG ESTATE ................................................. 5.

HONG KONG EXPORTERS URGED TO BE MORE CAREFUL WHEN

TRADING WITH SOUTHERN RHODESIA THROUGH THIRD COUNTRIES 6

PROPOSED RECLAMATION AT TSING Yl ISLAND ................. 6

AMENDING LEGISLATION TO BE INTRODUCED TO BRING THE LION ROJK TUNNEL ORDINANCE INTO LINE WITH THE ROAD TRAFFIC

ORDINANCE ............................................... 7

ROAD IMPROVEMENTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES................. 7

GOVERNMENT STREAMLINES RECRUITING PROCEDURES ............ 8

CLOSING OF TSUEN WAN SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES ............ 9

DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICE AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 1974

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HONG KONQ DELEGATE TO ATTEND COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY CONFERENCE IN COLOMBO ft ft ft ft ft ft

MR. WILSON WANG, UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, IS TO REPRESENT HONG KONG AT THE 20TH COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY CONFERENCE WHICH WILL BE HELD IN COLOMBO, SRI LANKA FROM SEPTEMBER 1 TO 15.

HE IS LEAVING ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 1) AFTERNOON ON FLIGHT KO. SQ 631.

ABOUT 200 DELEGATES COMPRISING SPEAKERS, MINISTERS AND MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT FROM NEARLY 90 LEGISLATURES OF THE I. COMMONWEALTH WILL ATTEND THE CONFERENCE WHICH IS BEING HOSTED BY THE SRI LANKA BRANCH OF THE COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY ASSOCIATION.

BEFORE THE START OF THE CONFERENCE SESSIONS, VISITORS WILL BE TAKEN ON TOUR TO PLACES OF HISTORICAL AND SCENIC INTERESTS.

THE CONFERENCE WILL BE FORMALLY OPENED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA, HR. W. QOPALLAUA, ON SEPTEMBER 6 AT THE BANDARANAIKE MEMORIAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE HALL. MR. STANLEY TILLEKERATNE, MP, SPEAKER OF THE NATIONAL STATE ASSEMBLY, SRI LANKA, WHO IS PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATION, WILL BE CHAIRMAN OF THE CONFERENCE. .

SOME OF THE SUBJECTS WHICH WILL BE DISCUSSED INCLUDE SOUTH-EAST ASIA AND PROBLEMS OF PEACE AND NEUTRALITY IN OTHER REGIONS3 THE WORLD ENERGY CRISIS3 INTERNATIONAL AIDSCOPE, FORM AND DIRECTION3 UNREST AMONG YOUTH: THE CHALLENGE TO EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS3 THE PROBLEMS OF THE SMALLER COUNTRIES OF THE COMMONWEALTH3 WORLD POPULATION YEAR3 CONTROL OF POLLUTION AND PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT3 AND COMMODITY PRICES AND THE FUTURE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE INDUSTRIALISED AND THE PRIMARY PRODUCING COUNTRIES WITH REFERENCE TO THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS.

THE OBJECT OF PLENARY CONFERENCES OF THE ASSOCIATION IS TO BRING TOGETHER MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT OF COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES IN ORDER THAT THEY MIGHT EXCHANGE VIEWS ON MATTERS OF COMMON INTEREST.

THE COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY ASSOCIATION IS AN ASSOCIATION OF MEMBERS OF COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTS WHO, IRRESPECTIVE OF RACE, RELIGION AND CULTURE, ARE UNITED IN THE COMMONWEALTH BY COMMUNITY OF INTEREST, RESPECT FOR THE RULE OF LAW AND THE RIGHTS OF THE INDIVIDUAL CITIZEN AND THE PURSUIT OF THE IDEALS OF PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY. THE ASSOCIATION IS UNIQUE IN PROVIDING THE MACHINERY FOR REGULAR CONSULTATION AND THE EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION BETWEEN COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARIANS.

THE ASSOCIATION HAS BRANCHES IN ALMOST ALL LEGISLATURES IN THE COMMONWEALTH. THE STRONG SUPPORT WHICH IT ENJOYS IN THESE LEGISLATURES IS REFLECTED BY THE FACT THAT MOST DELEGATIONS TO THE FORTHCOMING CONFERENCE ARE LED BY SPEAKERS OR MINISTERS.

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LEGAL AID SERVICES IN HONG KONG WILL BE FURTHER IMPROVED WITH THE ADDITION OF A NEW REGULATION TO THE EXISTING LEGAL AID REGULATIONS.

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KNOWN AS THE LEGAL AID (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1974, THE NEW ADDITION IS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY AND TAKES IMMEDIATE EFFECT.

IT ENABLES THE DIRECTOR OF LEGAL AID TO PAY, ON BEHALF OF AN AIDED PETITIONER, ANY DEPOSITS AND FURTHER DEPOSITS THAT MAY BE REQUIRED UNDER THE BANKRUPTCY RULES IN PROCEEDINGS IN BANKRUPTCY, OR UNDER THE COMPANY WINDING-UP RULES IN PROCEEDINGS FOR THE WINDING-UP OF COMPANIES.

AT PRESENT, THE DIRECTOR OF LEGAL AID IS NOT EMPOWERED TO MAKE FURTHER DEPOSITS WHICH MAY BE ORDERED AFTER THE RECEIBING ORDER OR THE WINDING-UP ORDER HAS BEEN MADE BY THE COURT, AND SUCH FURTHER DEPOSITS HAVE TO BE MADE BY THE PETITIONER.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LEGAL AID DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED THAT THE GENERAL PRINCIPLE WAS THAT A LEGALLY-AIDED PERSON SHOULD PAY NO MORE TOWARDS HIS LEGAL EXPENSES THAN THE AMOUNT CALCULATED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE SCHEDULES TO THE LEGAL AID (ASSESSMENT OF CONTRIBUTIONS) REGULATIONS.

+IT IS CONSIDERED REASONABLE, THEREFORE, THAT THE DIRECTOR OF LEGAL AID SHOULD BE EMPOWERED TO PAY ALL DEPOSITS TO THE OFFICIAL RECEIVER. ANY SUHS SO PAID ARE RECOVERABLE FROM THE PROCEEDS OF THE ESTATE OF THE BANKRUPT OR OUT OF THE ASSETS OF THE COMPANY ORDERED TO BE WOUND UP,+ HE SAID.

UNDER THE BANKRUPTCY RULES OR COMPANY WINDING-UP RULES, THE PETITIONER IS REQUIRED TO PAY AN INITIAL DEPOSIT OF $J00 AND SUCH FURTHER SUM, IF ANY, AS THE COURT MAY FROM TIME TO TIME DIRECT, TO COVER THE FEES AND EXPENSES TO BE INCURRED BY THE OFFICIAL RECEIVER.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT MOST LEGAL AID PETITIONS IN BANKRUPTCY OR FOR W1NDING~UP OF COMPANIES WERE IN RESPECT OF ARREARS OF WAGES OWING TO EMPLOYEES OF A DEBTOR FIRM OR A LIMITED COMPANY, AND THESE USUALLY INVOLVE LARGE NUMBERS OF WORKERS.

FOR CONVENIENCE, ONLY A FEW EMPLOYEES OF A COMPANY OR FIRM ARE GRANTED LEGAL AID CERTIFICATES AND ARE JOINED AS PETITIONERS IN THE COURT PROCEEDINGS ALTHOUGH ALL THE EMPLOYEES WILL ULTIMATELY BENEFIT FROM THE PROCEEDINGS.

HE NOTED THAT IT MIGHT CAUSE HARDSHIP AND PROVE IMPRACTICAL TO REQUIRE LEGALLY AIDED PETITIONERS IN THESE CASES PERSONALLY TO PAY FURTHER DEPOSITS WHICH THE DIRECTOR OF LEGAL AID HAD NO POWER TO PAY AT PRESENT.

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FAREWELL TO HR. JOHN CANNING Jr * ft Jr if K-

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. JOHN CANNING, WAS GIVEN A WARM FAREUELL BY HIS FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES TODAY WHEN THEY PRESENTED HIM WITH A RETIREMENT GIFT.

MR. CANNING, 49, WILL LEAVE HONG KONG ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 2) ON PRE-RETIREMENT LEAVE AFTER 22 YEARS' SERVICE.

HE PLAYED AN ESSENTIAL PART IN THE PREPARATION OF THE EDUCATION ORDINANCE 1971, WHICH PROVIDES A MORE UP-TO-DATE LEGAL FRAHEUORK FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT AMD CONDUCT OF SCHOOLS IN HONG KONG, AND WHICH IN PARTICULAR PROVIDED A SUCCESSFUL SOLUTION TO THE LONG-STANDING PROBLEM OF ILLEGAL SCHOOLS.

THE NEW ORDINANCE ALSO GAVE THE DIRECTOR POWERS TO ENSURE THAT CHILDREN IN REED OF PRIMARY EDUCATION WOULD BE ABLE TO SECURE PLACES SUITABLE TO THEIR NEEDS.

HR. CANNING WAS RESPONSBILE FOR A NEU CODE OF AID FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS THUS ENABLING THEM TO BE CONDUCTED ON A BASIS WHICH IS MORE GENEROUS AS TO FINANCIAL PROVISION, AND HAS SERVED THE MAJOR PURPOSE OF MAKING THE TERMS OF SERVICE OF TEACHERS IN AIDED SCHOOLS APPROXIMATE TO THOSE IN GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS. THE NEW PRIMARY CODE IS NOW UNDER ADVANCED CONSIDERATION.

CLOSELY RELATED TO THIS IMPORTANT ADVANCE HAS BEEN MR. CANNING'S CONTRIBUTION, OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME, TO ESTABLISHING A SECURE FINANCIAL BASIS FOR THE SCHOOLS OF THE ENGLISH SCHOOLS FOUNDATION.

IN ADDITION, THERE HAS BEEN A TREMENDOUS EXPANSION OF SCHOOL PLACES DURING MR. CANNING'S TENURE OF OFFICE AND THE AIMS OF THE 1976 SECONDARY EXPANSION PLAN HAVE ALREADY BEEN VIRTUALLY MET.

SPEAKING AT THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY, MR. CHARLES LOWE, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (ADMINISTRATION) SAID: +ACHIEVEMENTS OF THIS KIND CAN EASILY GO UNNOTICED BY THE PUBLIC . BUT THEY ARE NEVERTHELESS ESSENTIAL TO PROGRESS. THEY CALL FOR GRASP OF DETAIL, COMPLETE FAMILIARITY WITH EVERY ASPECT OF THE COMPLEX PROBLEMS OF FINANCING AND PERSONNEL, AND ABOVE ALL REALISM IN ASSESSING THE POSSIBILITIES AND METHODS OF PROGRESS.

+THESE QUALITIES MR. CANNING HAS POSSESSED IN FULL MEASURE, AND IN DOING SO HAS MADE CONTRIBUTIONS OF ENDURING VALUE TO THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM OF HONG KONG.+ MR. LOWE SAID.

MR. HO NGA-MING, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (PROFESSIONAL), PAID A SIMILAR TRIBUTE ON BEHALF OF THE CHINESE OFFICERS AND THANKED HR. CANNING FOR HIS GREAT CONTRIBUTION TO EDUCATION AND FOR HIS APPRECIATION OF THE INFLUENCE OF CHINESE CULTURE ON EDUCATION.

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HE CONVEYED THE GOOD WISHES OF ALL THE OFFICERS FOR MR. CANNING TO HAVE THE HAPPY RETIREMENT HE SO WELL DESERVED.

MR. CANNING, WHO WAS EDUCATED AT GLASGOW UNIVERSITY, CAME TO HONG KONG AS AN EDUCATION OFFICER IN AUGUST 1952 AND TAUGHT AT KING GEORGE V SCHOOL. IN MARCH 1958 HE WAS POSTED TO QUEEN’S COLLEGE WHERE HE WAS APPOINTED PRINCIPAL. ,

HE BECAME AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION IN DECEMBER 1959 AND, IN JUNE 1967, A DEPUTY DIRECTOR.

MR. CANNING WAS APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION IN JUNE 1969 AND BECAME AN OFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AT THE SAME TIME. HE WAS APPOINTED AN OFFICIAL JUSTICE OF THE PEACE IN 1966.

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STRUCTURAL WORK FOR THE COMPUTERISED TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM IN WEST KOWLOON IS TO BEGIN IN OCTOBER WHEN MORE THAN 12 MILES OF CABLE DUCTS WILL BE LAID UNDER THE ROAD SURFACE IN THE AREA.

AT THE SAME TIME, 200 DRAWPITS WILL ALSO BE CONSTRUCTED FOR THE DRAWING AND JOINTING OF CABLES WHICH WILL RECORD TRAFFIC CONDITIONS AND TRANSMIT THE INFORMATION TO A CENTRAL COMKPUTER.

THE COMPUTER, WHICH WILL BE INSTALLED IN THE KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES IN NATHAN ROAD, WILL INSTANTLY SYNCHRONISE TRAFFIC SIGNALS IN THE WHOLE AREA TO ENABLE MORE SMOOTH TRAFFIC FLOW.

TRAFFIC INFORMATION, SUCH AS THE NUMBER OF PASSING CARS, THE SPEED OF TRAFFIC AND THE LENGTH OF QUEUES, WILL ALSO BE FED TO THE TRAFFIC POLICE SO THAT TRAFFIC JAMS WILL BE SPOTTED AND CLEARED IMMEDIATELY.

WITH THE COMPUTER, IT WILL ALSO BE POSSIBLE TO CREATE A CLEARWAY FOR FIRE ENGINES AND OTHER EMERGENCY VEHICLES BY ADVISING THE QUICKEST ROUTE AND CO-ORD 1NATING THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS ALCzNG IT.

THE AREA TRAFFIC CONTROL SCHEME, WHICH COSTS $10 MILLION, IS BEING INTRODUCED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SOUTH-EAST ASIA. BUT IT HAS BEEN SUCCESSFULLY ADOPTED IN A NUMBER OF CITIES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, EUROPE AND THE UNITED STATES.

IT WILL INITIALLY COVER YAUMATI, MONGKOK, PARTS OF TSIM SHA TSUI, AND SHAM SHU1 PO TO THE WEST OF NATHAN ROAD.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE LAYING OF DUCTING WORK IN CONNECTION WITH THE CABLE INSTALLATION AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF DRAWPITS SHOULD BE COMPETED NEXT MARCH, AND THE ENTIRE SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO BE FULLY OPERATIONAL BY 1976.

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NEW FARES FOR N.T. FERRY SERVICE ft ft ft ft ft ft

FARES FOR THE PRIVATELY OPERATED FERRY SERVICE BETWEEN HO TUNG LAO IN SHA TIN AND MA ON SHAN ACROSS TIDE COVE WILL BE REVISED AS FROM SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 1).

THE FARE REVISION HAS BECOME NECESSARY IN VIEW OF THE INCREASE IN OPERATING COSTS, PARTICULARLY IN FUEL AND MAINTENANCE CHARGES.

THE NEW FARE WILL BE A MAXIMUM OF $1. THE EXISTING RATES ARE 60 CENTS FOR ADULTS AND 40 CENTS FOR CHILDREN.

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NEW HOMES FOR ABOUT 10,000 TENANTS OF TAI HANG TUNG ESTATE WILL BE BUILT BY THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT UNDER A MULTI-MILL JON-DOLLAR PROJECT TO REDEVELOP THE ESTATE.

THE INITIAL STAC.E OF THE PROJECT INCLUDES THE BUILDING OF THREE HOUSING BLOCKS ON THE FORMER 2.8-ACRE TAI HANG SAI COTTAGE AREA SITE AND LATER TWO MORE BLOCKS AT AN ADJACENT SITE.

TENDERS WERE INVITED TODAY FOR THE PILING WORK FOR THE FIRST THREE BLOCKS WHICH ON COMPLETION IN EARLY 1977 WILL PROVIDE ABOUT 1,000 SELF-CONTAINED UNITS FOR SOME 7,000 PEOPLE.

FLATS IN THESE 12-STOREY BLOCKS WILL BE SIMILAR TO THOSE AT Oi MAN AND UAH FU ESTATES AND WILL HAVE A PRIVATE BALCONY, KITCHEN AND TOILET WITH SHOWER.

CONSTRUCTION OF THE SUPER-STRUCTURE WILL START WHEN PILING AND GENERAL FOUNDATION WORK IS COMPLETED AT THE END OF THE YEAR.

THE TAI HANG TUNG REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT IS PART OF THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT'S LONG-TERM PLAN TO RELIEVE OVERCROWDING AND TO IMPROVE THE LIVING CONDITIONS OF TENANTS IN THE OLDER PU3LIC HOUSING ESTATE.

THE WHOLE PROJECT, WHICH WILL ALSO INVOLVE THE DEMOLITION OF THE EXISTING 14 HARK I BLOCKS AND THE BUILDING OF ELEVEN 12-STOREY BLOCKS IN THEIR PLACE, IS SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED IN 1984.

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HONG KONG EXPORTERS CAUTIONED ON

TRADE WITH SOUTHERN RHODESIA THROUGH THIRD COUNTRIES

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EXPORTERS ARE URGED TO BE MORE CAREFUL WHEN TRADING WITH CUSTOMERS IN THE NEIGHTBOURING STATES OF SOUTHERN RHODESIA.

A NOTICE WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY DRAWING ATTENTION OF HONG KONG EXPORTERS TO THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 6 OF THE SOUTHERN RHODESIA (UNITED NATIONS SANCTIONS) (OVERSEAS TERRITORIES) ORDER 1968.

THE ORDER, ENACTED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AS A RESULT OF A UNITED NATIONS RESOLUTION TO APPLY ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AGAINST SOUTHERN RHODESIA, PROHIBITS DIRECT EXPORTS TO SOUTHERN RHODESIA AND ALSO EXPORTS TO THIRD COUNTRIES WHICH ARE KNOWN OR BELIEVED TO BE INTENDED FOR DELIVERY TO SOUTHERN RHODESIA.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT SAID WHILE MANY EXPORTERS ARE AWARE THAT IT IS AN OFFENCE TO SHIP OUT THEIR GOODS DIRECTLY TO SOUTHERN RHODESIA, SOME OF THEM MAY NOT BE AWARE THAT IT IS ALSO AN OFFENCE TO SEND GOODS TO A THIRD COUNTRY FOR THE PURPOSE OF TRANSHIPMENT TO SOUTHERN RHODESIA.

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THE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO RECLAIM PART OF THE SEABED ON THE EAST COAST OF TSI NG Yl AS PART OF A MAJOR PROJECT TO DEVELOP THE NORTHEAST QUARTER OF THE ISLAND AS AN EXTENSION OF TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN.

THE AREA TO BE RECLAIMED EXTENDS NORTHWARDS FROM THE MOBIL OIL STORAGE DEPOT UNDER THE ISLAND ABUTMENT OF THE NEW TSINQ Yi BRIDGE WHICH PROVIDES A ROAD LINK WITH THE MAINLAND.

THE SEA FRONTAGE FORMED WILL BE USED FOR A PUBLIC CARGO QUAY WHILE PART OF THE HINTERLAND WILL BE USED FOR GOVERNMENT PURPOSES INCLUDING A SEWAGE WORKS AND A SALT-WATER PUMPING STATION.

THE REMAINING AREA IS TO BE DEVELOPED FOR LIGHT INDUSTRIAL USE

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA TO BE RECLAIMED IS DESCRIBED IN A NOTIFICATION IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL OR CLAIMS OF PRIVATE RIGHT SHOULD BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS WITHIN A PERIOD OF TWO MONTHS.

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LION ROCK-TUNNEL ORDINANCE TO BE AMENDED

MORE POWER FOR POLICE OR TUNNEL OFFICERS

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AMENDING LEGISLATION WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO BRING THE LION ROCK TUNNEL ORDINANCE INTO LINE WITH THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE IN RESPECT OF POWERS TO OBTAIN INFORMATION ON DRIVERS WHO HAVE ALLEGEDLY COMMITTED AN OFFENCE IN THE TUNNEL AREA.

THE LION ROCK TUNNEL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1974, GAZETTED TODAY, EMPOWERS POLICE OFFICERS OR TUNNEL OFFICERS TO REQUIRE A PERSON TO GIVE THE NAME, ADDRESS AND DRIVING LICENCE NUMBER OF THE DRIVER OF THE VEHICLE AT THE TIME OF AN ALLEGED OFFENCE IN THE TUNNEL AREA, AS WELL AS TO DISCLOSE HIS RELATIONSHIP, IF ANY, TO THE DRIVER.

THE DEMAND FOR INFORMATION MAY BE MADE'ORALLY OR BY MEANS OF A NOTICE SERVED PERSONALLY, OR BY POST, WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE ALLEGED OFFENCE.

HOWEVER, UNDER THE BILL, TUNNEL OFFICERS MAY EXERCISE THEIR POWERS TO DEMAND INFORMATION WITHIN THE TUNNEL AREA ONLY.

THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES THAT, IN SUMMARY PROCEEDINGS FOR AN OFFENCE AGAINST THE LION ROCK TUNNEL ORDINANCE, A STATEMENT PURPORTING TO HAVE BEEN SIGNED BY THE ACCUSED AND STATING THAT THE ACCUSED WAS THE DRIVER OF THE VEHICLE AT THE TIME OF THE OFFENCE, SHALL BE ADMITTED AS PRIMA FACIE EVIDENCE THAT THE ACCUSED WAS DRIVING THE VEHICLE AT THAT TIME.

FAILURE TO FURNISH THE REQUIRED INFORMATION, WITHIN 21 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF THE DEMAND, IS AN OFFENCE UNDER THE BILL, PUNISHABLE ON CONVICTION WITH A FINE OF $2,000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR SIX MONTHS.

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ROAD IMPROVEMENTS * * * M- *

A NUMBER OF STREETS IN LUEN WO MARKET AND SHEK WU HUI IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE RECONSTRUCTED IN OCTOBER TO IMPROVE CONDITIONS FOR MOTORISTS.

THESE WILL INCLUDE PARTS OF LUEN SHING STREET, WO TAI STREET, WO FUNG STREET AND THE JUNCTION OF LUEN HING STREET AND WO FUNG STREET IN LUEN WO MARKET= AND SAN HONG STREET AND SAN FAT STREET IN SHEK WU HUI.

BOTH THE FOOTPATHS AND THE CARRIAGEWAYS OF THESE STREETS WILL BE RECONSTRUCTED IN CONCRETE.

THIS WORK, WHICH WILL TAKE ABOUT FIVE MONTHS TO COMPLETE, IS PART OF THE GOVERNMENT'S RECONSTRUCTION PROGRAMME TO PROVIDE GREATER SAFETY AND COMFORT FOR PEDESTRIANS AS WELL AS FOR MOTORISTS.

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GOVERNMENT STREAMLINES RECRUITING PROCEDURES

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THE GOVERNMENT IS TO STREAMLINE ITS RECRUITING PROCEDURES TO REDUCE THE LENGTH OF TIME BETWEEN ADVERTISING A POSITION AND THE ACTUAL APPOINTMENT OF SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE.

THE CENTRAL RECRUITMENT SECTION WITHIN THE CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH OF THE SECRETARIAT WILL FORM THE NUCLEUS OF THE SERVICE.

UNDER THE NEW SYSTEM, ADVERTISEMENTS FOR GOVERNMENT VACANCIES WILL STIPULATE THAT IF A CANDIDATE DOES NOT RECEIVE ANY NOTIFICATION, APART FROM A LETTER OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, WITHIN TWO WEEKS OF THE CLOSING DATE, HE HAS BEEN UNSUCCESSFUL. AT PRESENT, THE PERIOp IS SIX WEEKS.

THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE, MR. RON BRIDGE, SAID TODAY THAT CANDIDATES WHO HAVE BEEN SELECTED FOR INTERVIEW OR TO SIT FOR AN EXAMINATION, WOULD RECEIVE NOTIFICATION WITHIN THIS PERIOD OF TWO WEEKS. UNDER THE EXISTING PROCEDURES THERE IS NO TIME LIMIT.

+WITHIN A FEW DAYS AFTER THE INTERVIEW, THE CANDIDATE WILL BE TOLD WHAT HIS PROSPECTS ARE FOR GETTING THE JOB. THIS IS A CONSIDERABLE IMPROVEMENT OVER THE PRESENT SITUATION,+ HE ADDED.

MR. BRIDGE SAID THE GOVERNMENT IS CONSCIOUS THAT IT IS LOSING SOME OF ITS CANDIDATES TO OTHER EMPOLYERS BECAUSE OF THE PRESENT DELAY IN SELECTING CANDIDATES. THE NEW SCHEME IS BEING INTRODUCED TO OVERCOME THIS.

THE NUMBER OF FORMS THAT APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE WILL BE REDUCED TO ONE AND THEY WILL NO LONGER HAVE TO SUPPLY COPIES OF EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATES AND TESTIMONIALS. HOWEVER, THEY WILL STILL NEED TO BRING THE ORIGINALS IF CALLED FOR AN INTERVIEW.

MR. BRIDGE SAID THAT THE NEW PROCEDURES, WHICH WILL COME INTO EFFECT FROM THE BEGINNING OF SEPTEMBER, ARE REGARDED PARTLY AS EXPERIMENTAL AND THEY MAY BE VARIED OR DEVELOPED IN THE LIGHT OF EXPERIENCE IN THEIR OPERATION.+

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CLOSING OF TSUEN WAN SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES ****** ’

A VARIETY SHOW WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT 8.00 P.M. AT THE TSUEN WAN CARITAS CENTRE TO MARK THE END OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES OF TSUEN WAN DISTRICT.

W1LL BE OFFICIATED BY MR. JOHN WARREN, DISTRICT OF. ICER (TSUEN WAN) AND PRESIDENT OF THE DISTRICT’S YOUTH RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE= MR. DEACON CHIU, A JUSTICE OF THE PEACE= MR. CHAN PO-FON OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK= MR. YEUNG CHUN-PUI, SPONSOR OF THE DISTRICT YOUTH RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE AND MR. ALEXANDER FUNG KA-CHING, C.Y.O. TSUEN WAN AND ADVISER TO THE COMMITTEE.

THIS YEAR, THE COMMITTEE ORGANIZED 300 YOUTH PROGRAMMES INCLUDING COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS, OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, CAMPS. VISITS, COMPETITIONS AND LAUNCH PICNICS.

APART FROM SUPPORT GIVEN BY 38 WELFARE ORGANIZATIONS, 300 VOLUNTEERS ALSO ASSISTED IN CARRYING OUT THE PROGRAMMES.

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT NEARLY 140,000 YOUTHS PARTICIPATED IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER IN THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WHICH WAS ORGANIZED AT A COST OF $80,000.

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE ******

THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY (FRIDAY} AT SALE UNDER THE RICE CONTROL SCHEME AND AT 'THE VEGETABLE •• MARKETING ORGANSIATION WHOLESALE MARKET AND THE FISH MARKETING 0RC.NA1SAT ION WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEUNG SHA WAN, KOWLOON:

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE .OF AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE

RICE OF SUPPLY AVERAGE

CHINA RICE

SEE MEW GOOD 2.02

S.C. JJEN GOOD 1.86

PO NGA I ——- ——

CHU CHO ——

THAI RICE 100% WHOLE GOOD 1.75

10-15% BROKENS

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.70

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.45

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 1.77

U.S. RICE ——

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.74

PAKISTAN RICE

TAIWAN RICE «■ ■

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE I PRICES OF SWINE

AVAILABILITY OF CALL SOURCES) SUPPLY GOOD

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK

($/PlCUL-LIVE WEIGHT} 320 (AVERAGE}

($/CATTY}

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SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PR ICES OF MARINE FISH

CFMO CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY>

SPECIES OF SUPPLY HIGH LOU KODE

GOLDEN THREAD GOOD .5.70 , 1.50 4.00

big-eyes GOOD J.20 0.60 1.80

SQUID . GOOD 3.60 1.20 , 2.50

HAiR—TAILS NORMAL 3.00 0.50 1.50

lizard fishes NORMAL 3-00 0.30 1.40

CRdAKERS LIMITED 1.70 0.40 1.00

COilGER-P IKE-EELS GOOD 2.70 2.00 2.40

MELON COAT LIMITED 3.00 2.40 2.80

BRi AMS NORMAL 4.80 1.30 4.00

YEI1.0U BELLY LIMITED 2.20 0.50 1.30

MA» JKERELS NORMAL 5.50 1.40 3.50

RED GOAT FISH LIMITED 1.20 0.50 0.80

FO.iK-TAlL NORMAL 1.10 0.50 0.90

HOUSE-HEAD NORMAL 7.00 2.80 5.00

MELON SEED NORMAL 1.60 0.70 1.00

POrlFRETS SCARCE 9.00 6.00 8.00

GAROUPAS LIMITED 10.00 6.50 9.00

YE-LOW CROAKER •—

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

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

TYPE OF AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY>

vegetable OF SUPPLY HIGH LOW MODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE NORMAL 1.50 0.50 1.00

WHITE CABBAGE NORMAL 0.50 0.10 0.30

CHINESE LETTUCE SCARCE 1.00 0.40 0.70

WATER SPINACH GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.25

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 1.80 . 0.80 1.40

SIRING BEANS SCARCE 1.80 0.60 1.20

SPRING ONION NORMAL 1.20 0.20 0.70

SPINACH —— —— ——

WATER CRESS SCARCE 3.00 1.20 2.00

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE NORMAL 0.60 0.20 0.40

CHINESE SPINACH NORMAL 0.60 0.10 0.35

TCMATO SCARCE 4.50 2.50 3«5O

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 1974.

CONTENTS PAGE KO.

CONSTRUCTION WORK ON KWAI CHUNG AND KWUN TONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTES TO BE COMPLETED NEXT YEAR 1

SOME 80 BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN JULY........... 2

TELEVISION ARTISTES TO HELP SELL LOTTERY TICKETS . 2

STUDY ON SOCIAL NEEDS OF YOUTHS................... 3

PROJECT TO HELP SOLVE THE SOCIAL PROBLEMS OF YOUNG CHILDREN IN WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT................. 4

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KWAI CHUNQ AND KWUN TONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTES CONSTRUCTION WORK WELL ADVANCED ft ft ft ft ft ft

CONSTRUCTION WORK ON TWO NEW TECHNICAL INSTITUTES - ONE AT KWAI CHUNG AND THE OTHER AT KWUN TONG - IS WELL ADVANCED.

DUE TO BE COMPLETED IN HAY 1975, THESE INSTITUTES WILL TAKE IN THE FIRST BATCH OF STUDENTS AT THE START OF THE 1975/76 ACADEMIC YEAR.

THE KWAI CHUNG AND KWUN TONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTES ARE AMONG SEVEN NEW INSTITUTES BEING PLANNED FOR THE MAJOR INDUSTRIAL AREAS IN THE NEXT FIVE TO TEN YEARS. THE AIM OF THESE, IN COMMON WITH MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTES, IS TO PROVIDE’ THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL TECHNICAL EDUCATION REQUIRED BY THE PROSPECTIVE LOWER LEVEL TECHNICIANS AND CRAFTSMEN IN INDUSTRY.

BUILDING OF THE KWAI CHUNG AND KWUN TONG INSTITUTES WAS APPROVED IN AUGUST 1971, FOLLOWING THE RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE FINAL REPORT OF THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING ADVISORY COMMITTEE IN APRIL 1971.

THE CAPITAL COST FOR EACH OF THE INSTITUTES IS ABOUT $22 MILLION. WHEN THESE TWO TECHNICAL INSTITUTES BECOME OPERATIONAL NEXT YEAR, THE RECURRENT COST OF THE THREE INSTITUTES Cl.E. TOGETHER WITH THE MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE) WILL BE IN THE ORDER OF $22 MILLION PER ANNUM.

BUILT ON A 73,400 SQUARE FEET SITE BETWEEN KWAI SHING AND KWAI FONG ESTATES, THE KWAI CHUNG INSTITUTE COMPRISES ADMINISTRATIVE ACCOMMODATION3 AN ASSEMBLY HALL BLOCK WITH A COVERED PLAYGROUND A CANTEEN AND MINOR STAFF QUARTERS3 AND A FIVE-STOREY TEACHING BLOCK HOUSING 46 CLASSROOMS LABORATORIES AND WORKSHOPS. THEY WILL BE LINKED TOGETHER BY COVERED CORRIDORS.

THE SITE FOR THE KWUN TONG INSTITUTE — OCCUPYING AN AREA OF ABOUT 130,000 SQUARE FEET -- IS SITUATED AT THE END OF HIU MING STREET IMMEDIATELY ABOVE KWUN TONG ESTATE. THE MAIN FIVE-STOREY BLOCK WILL HOUSE A TOTAL OF 50 CLASSROOMS, WORKSHOPS AND LABORATORIES. A FOUR-STOREY BLOCK PROVIDES FOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES, A LIBRARY, AND STAFF AND STUDENT COMMON ROOM. THE REMAINING BLOCK HAS AN ASSEMBLY HALL WITH A COVERED PLAY AREA, CANTEEN FACILITIES ON THE GROUND FLOOR AND MINOR STAFF QUARTERS ON THE UPPER FLOOR.

THE TWO NEW TECHNICAL INSTITUTES WILL OFFER COURSES AT BOTH CRAFTSMAN AND TECHNICIAN LEVELS IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, TEXTILES AND GARMENT MAKING. IN ADDITION, KWAI CHUNG WILL PROVIDE COMMERCIAL COURSES WHILE KWUN TONG WILL HAVE A PRINTING DEPARTMENT.

WHEN FULLY ESTABLISHED, EACH OF THE INSTITUTES WILL TURN OUT AROUND 500 FULL-TIME AND 1,300 PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE STUDENTS A YEAR. THESE WILL HELP EASE THE IMMENSE PRESSURE ON THE MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, AS WELL AS GREATLY ALLEVIATE THE SHORTAGE OF CRAFTSMEN AND TECHNICIANS IN INDUSTRY.

NOTE TO EDITORS: COPIES OF PICTURES OF THE KWAI CHUNG AND

KWUN TONG INSTITUTES WILL BE DISTRIBUTED SEPARATE JLY IN G.l.S. PRESS BOXES.

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MORE BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN JULY M- * * * * *

A TOTAL OF 79 BUILDING PLANS WERE APPROVED LAST MONTH BY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE, AS COMPARED WITH 58 IN JUNE.

THE PLANS INCLUDED A SCHOOL BUILDING FOR THE BAPTIST COLLEGE, A MULTI-STOREY DEPARTMENT STORE/OFFICE BUILDING ON NATHAN ROAD, A CHURCH AND SOCIAL CENTRE IN SHA TIN, AND A TEMPLE IN SAI KUNG.

DURING THE MONTH, 66 BUILDINGS WERE COMPLETED AND 1 CERTIFIED FOR OCCUPATION. THESE INCLUDED A HOSPITAL BUILDING AND NURSES QUARTERS FOR THE UNITED CHRISTIAN HOSPITAL IN KWUN TONG, AND FOUR APARTMENT/COMMERCIAL BLOCKS AND A PODIUM IN MEI FOO SUN CHUEN.

THE TOTAL CONSTRUCTION COSTS OF THE BUILDINGS EXCEEDED $150 MILLION.

APPROVAL WAS ALSO GIVEN FOR WORK TO START ON 65 NEW BUILDING PROJECTS, INCLUDING A LOW COST HOUSING ESTATE AT TAI HANG ROAD, AND A HOSPITAL IN HAPPY VALLEY.

CONSENT WAS ALSO GIVEN FOR THE DEMOLITION OF 31 BUILDINGS.

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FOUR HK-TVB ARTISTES WILL HELP SELL TICKETS OF THE EIGHTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY AT STATUE SQUARE ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 2) BETWEEN 5 P.M. AND 6 P.M.

THEY ARE MR. HO SAU-SUN, MISS PEARL AU, MISS ANGELINA LO AND MISS ANNA NQ.

THE DRAW OF WINNING NUMBERS WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE CITY HALL ON SEPTEMBER 7 AT 10 A.M.

UP TO 12 NOON TODAY, THE NUMBER OF TICKETS SOLD FOR THE CURRENT LOTTERY REACHED 397,000.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND

/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE SALE OF LOTTERY TICKETS BY THE HK-TVB ARTISTES AT STATUE SQUARE ON MONDAY BETWEEN 5 P.M. AND 6 P.M.

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STUDY ON SOCIAL NEEDS * * * * * .. . .

THE TSUEN WAN COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAS ORGANISED A SURVEY AMONG NINE HOUSING ESTATES IN TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG TO GATHER INFORMATION ON THE SOCIAL NEEDS OF YOUTH BETWEEN 15 AND 25•

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THE SURVEY WILL COVER THE TAI WO HAU, KWAI CHUNG, SHEK LEI, SHEK YAM, LEI MUK SHUE, KWAI HING, KWAI FONQ, KWAI SHING AND FUK LOI HOUSING ESTATES.

SOME 120 YOUNG VOLUNTEERS, WHO HAVE BEEN TRAINED IN THE TECHNIQUES OF INTERVIEWING, ARE MAKING HOME VISITS IN THE SURVEY WHICH WILL CONTINUE UNTIL EARLY NEXT MONTH (SEPTEMBER).

AN +OPERATJON COMMITTEE* HAS BEEN FORMED AND IS UNDERTAKING THE PROJECT UNDER THE CLOSE SUPERVISION OF THE COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICE.

IN THE STUDY, DATA IS BEING COLLECTED FROM YOUNG PEOPLE LIVING IN THESE ESTATES ABOUT THEIR VIEWS AND OPINIONS ON EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, RECREATION,. LIVING CONDITIONS, SELF-IMAGE AND ASPIRATIONS.

MR. ALEXANDER FUNG, C.Y.O. FOR TSUEN WAN, SAID THE FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY WILL BE RELEASED TO AGENCIES CONCERNED TO ENABLE THEM TO REVIEW OR FURTHER DEVELOP THEIR PRESENT SERVICES.

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MORE OVER, HE ADDED, YOUNG PEOPLE THEMSELVES WILL BE ABLE TO INITIATE ACTION ON ANY PROPOSALS WHICH MAY BE WITHIN THEIR ABILITY TO DO SO.

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PROJECT TO HELP CHILDREN IN WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT

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A LARQE SCALE PROJECT WILL BE LAUNCHED IN THE WONG TA! SIN DISTRICT TO HELP SOLVE THE SOCIAL PROBLEMS OF YOUNG CHILDREN OF ABOUT 12 TO 13 YEARS OF AGE WHO ARE NEITHER AT SCHOOL NOR AT WORK. • . . 1 I.

THIS PROJECT IS ORGANISED BY THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COORDINATION COMMITTEE WHICH INCLUDES THE WONG TAI SIN CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, WONG TAI SIN POLICE STATION, SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT.

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THERE ARE ABOUT 4,000 SUCH CHILDREN IN THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT. THE PROJECT AIMS TO LOCATE THE WHEREABOUTS OF THESE CHILDREN AND RENDER THEM APPROPRIATE SERVICES AND ASSISTANCE, .INCLUDING EDUCATIONAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

IN ORDER TO MAKE THE PROJECT A SUCCESS, THE LOCAL AREA COMMITTEES, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS, FACTORIES AND SCHOOLS OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT HAVE ALSO BEEN APPROACHED. THEY WILL WORK SIDE BY SIDE WITH THE COMMITTEE TO HELP MATERIALISE THE OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT.

THE COMMITTEE WILL HOLD A PRESS BRIEFING ON THE PROJECT ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 2) AT 11.30 A.M. AT THE WONG TAI SIN CITY DISTRICT OFFICE IN KING FOOK STREET, SAN PO KONG, KOWLOON. AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE, MEMBERS OF. THE COMMITTEE WILL ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE PROJECT.

ATTENDING THE PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE MR. I.R. STRACHAN, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (WTS), MR. A. JOHNSON, URBAN SERVICES OFFICER (WTS), MRS. HENRIETTA CHEN, COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICER (WTS), MR. BENNY NG CHING-KWOK, POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICER (WTS), MR. WONG WAN—YAN, DISTRICT EDUCATION OFFICER, (KOWLOON NORTH), MR. YEUNG KWING-CHIU AND MR. CHAN HARH-CHUNG OF HOUSING DEPARTMENT.

NOTE TO EDITORS: PRESS,

CORDIALLY

T.V. AND RADIO REPRESENTATIVES ARE

INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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