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

 PRH 7

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 1974.

CONTENTS PACE NO.

MAJORITY OF FILM-GOERS SUPPORT STRICTER CENSORSHIP CONCERNING VIOLENCE AND SEX.............................    1

AQVANCED TRAINING FOR SEAMEN TO MEET DEMANDS OF MODERN SHIPPING INDUSTRY......................................     2

FOUR LOTS OF CROWN LAND TO BE AUCTIONED AT THE END OF THE

MONTH..................................................     3

HONG KONG DELEGATION TO REOPEN TALKS IN WASHINGTON CONCERNING TEXTILE EXPORT AGREEMENTS ...................... 4

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DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

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

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 1974

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FILM CENSORSHIP TOO LAX: SURVEY STRICTER CONTROL URGED

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MORE THAN HALF OF HONG KONG’S CINEMA-GOERS WOULD LIKE TO SEE STRICTER CENSORSHIP OF FILMS, WHILE ONE THIRD OF FREQUENT CINEMA-GOERS WANT CENSORSHIP STANDARDS RELEAXED.

THESE WERE AMONG THE MAJOR FINDINGS OF A RECENT SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE SURVEY RESEARCH HONG KONG LIMITED FOR THE

-■ COMMISSIONER FOR TELEVISION AND F1U1S.

THE SURVEY ALSO SHOWS THAT THE CHINESE PEOPLE THINK THAT CENSORSHIP OF SEX AND VIOLENCE IN THE CINEMA IS TOO LIBERAL AT PRESENT, AND THEY REGARD SEX AS THE FIRST PRIORITY FOR CENSORSHIP.

A REPORT ON THE STUDY WAS MADE PUBLIC TODAY. AMONG OTHERS, THE STUDZ AIMS AT ASSESSING THE CURRENT ATTITUDE AMONG THE CHINESE POPULATION ON SEX, VIOLENCE AND PORNOGRAPHY ON THE SCREEN, AND AT PROVIDING GUIDANCE TO THE FILM CENSORS ON A SERIES OF SPECIFIC ISSUES.

THE REPORT CONCLUDES THAT THOSE WITH HIGHER EDUCATION IN HONG KONG DO NOT EXHIBIT A TENDENCY TO HORE LIBERAL VIEWS ON ISSUES SUCH AS FILM CENSORSHIP. ON THE CONTRARY, THEY ARE MUCH STRICTER.

WOMEN, THE REPORT SAYS, ARE STRICTER, THAN MEN IN THEIR VIEWS ON CENSORSHIP-OF SEX.FILMS, AND THE OLD STRICTER THAN THE YOUNG.

♦AT ONE END, PER CENT OF OLDER WOMEN CHOSE STRICTER-CENSORSHIP^ AT THE OTHER END 67 PER CENT OF YOUNG MEN CHOSE THE SAME. IN EITHER CASE, WHEN FACED WITH A HARD CHOICE, THERE IS AN UNEQUIVOCAL EXPRESSION OF-OPfNIOU THAT SEX FILMS SHOULD BE CENSORED MURE STRICTLY IN HONG KONG‘THAN THEY CURRENTLY ARE.+

IT ALSO STATES THAT THERE WAS SOME EVIDENCE THAT THE ‘ ' FREQUENT CINEMA-GOERS HAD MORE HARDENED SUSCEPTIBILITIES TO SEX AND VIOLENCE ON THE SCREEN.

IT CONTINUES: +THERE IS A VERY CLEAR MAJORITY OPINION THAT THE FANTASY VIOLENCE OF THEMANDARIN MOVIES HAS A MUCH MORE HARMFUL EFFECT ON YOUTH, THAN THE REALISTIC VIOLENCE OF MOST WESTERN CRIME FILMS.

Sa • +11 IS THE REALISM ITSELF WHICH MAKES THE LATTER

.^REASONABLE, AND IN-A SENSE RATHER TAME. THE MANDARIN MOVIES HOWEVER ARE THOUGHT LIKELY TO EXCEED ALL BUT THE MOST HARDENED •THRESHOLDS OF VIOLENCE’.*

THE SURVEY SHOWS THAT THERE WAS A LARGE MEASURE OF DISAPPROVAL OF FILMS WITH THEMES OF ROBBERY WHEN THEY GAVE A DETAILED TECHNICAL ACCOUNT OF HOU TO COMMIT THE CRIME. SUCH FILMS WERE WIDELY AND ALMOST UNANIMOUSLY CRITICISED.

FILMS WHICH GLORIFY SADISM AND VENGEANCE WERE ALSO CONDEMNED.

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L'LDAY, HAY 1, 1974

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HORE SOPHISTICATED TRAINING FOR SEAMEN

MODERNISATION OF THE SHIPPING INDUSTRY IN TECHNOLOGICAL, ORGANISATIONAL AND ECONOUIC ASPECTS HAS PRODUCED A DEMAND FOR HIGHER STANDARDS IN THE QUALIFICATION OF SEAMEN.

ACCORDING TO A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MARINE DEPARTMENT THE TRAINING TREND IS NOW TO PRODUCE GENERAL PURPOSE RATINGS — SEAMEN WHO HAVE THE COMBINED KROULEDGE OF EOTH WORK IN. THE ENGINE ROOM AND UH DECK.

WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF VLCCS CVEP.Y LARGE CRUDE CARRIERS), CONTAINER VESSELS, AND VESSELS WITH AUTOMATED MACHINERY, A SHIP'S CREW WILL COMPRISE LESS SEAMEN BUT ONES WHO HAVE RECEIVED HORE SOPHISTICATED TRAINING.

TO MEET THIS DEMAND, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, THE DEPARTMENT HAD RECOMMENDED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A CENTRALLY ORGAH1SEDSEA TRAINING SCHOOL TO PROVIDE ADVANCED TRAINING FOR SEAFARERS FOR DECK, ENGINE 'AND GENERAL PURPOSE QUALIFICATION.

♦THIS CENTRAL ORGANISATION WILL ENSURE THAT THE PROPER AND REQUIRED STANDARDS OF ZDVAKCED TRAINING ARE HET AND THE GREATEST ECUNOnlC RETURNS ARE ACHIEVED IN REGARD TO THE UTILISATION OF LAND, OF FINANCE AND OF INSTRUCTING PERSONNEL,+ HE SAID.

+1T IS CONSIDERED THAT AM APPROPRIATE QUALIFICATION SHOULD BE DEVISED FOLLOWING DECK/ERG1NE CONVERSION COURSES FOR GENERAL PURPOSE RAINGS.+ HE CONTINUED.

' AT PRESENT, TRAINING COURSES FOR OFFICERS ARE OFFERED AT THE'-HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, THE -WORLD WIDE SHIPPING CO., AND THE ISLAND NAVIGATION CO. TRAINING FOR- RATINGS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE HONG KONG SEA SCHOOL, THE WORLD WIDE SHIPPING CO. AND OTHER PRIVATE INST!TO71OHS.

+EVERY ENCOURAGEMENT SHOULD BE GIVEN TO THESE SCHOOLS TO DEVELOP AND INCREASE THEIR CAPACITY ARD TO PRODUCE MORE GRADUATES FOR APPOINTMENT AS CADETS OR TRAINEES,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

DENIED AH ALLEGATION THAT HONG KONG CREW ARE BEING REPLACED OH SHIPS BY FOREIGN CREW. SINCE JANUARY 1 LAST YEAR, HE SAID, THE REPLACEMENT OF HONG KONG CREW BY FOREIGN CREW HAD DcCrtEASEDo

THE CREWS D1V1S1OH OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT ENDEAVOURS TO PROMOTE GOOD LABOUR RELATIONSHIP ABOARD SHIPS, IN ORDER TO PRUTcCT SEAMEN FROM EXPLOITATION IN THEIR EMPLOYMENT.

THE SEAMEN'S NEWSLETTER AND THE HONG KONG NEWS DIGEST IN CHINESE PROVIDE SHIPPING AND LOCAL NEWS, AND INFORMATIVE TECHNICAL ARTICLES ARE PUBLISHED AT WEEKLY INTERVALS AND DISTRIBUTED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD TO SHIPS MANNED BY HONG KONG SEAMEN.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 1974

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THE HONG KONG PORT WELFARE COMMITTEE, CHAIRED BY A SENIOR EXECUTIVE FROM THE SHIPPING INDUSTRY, AND WHOSE MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES A SENIOR OFFICER OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT, ENSURES THAT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IS ALLOCATED TO SAILORS* HOME AND MISSIONS TO SEAMEN (INCLUDING THE MARINERS CLUB), THE APOSTLESHIP UF THE SEA, THE NORWEGIAN SEAMEN'S MISSION, AND THE MERCHANT NAVY SPORTS CLUB. THESE CLUBS PROVIDE BOARD AND LODGING FOR SEAMEN DURING THE TRANSITION PERIOD OF CHANGING SHIP, AND OFFER A WIDE RANGE OF RECREATIONAL FACILITIES SUCH AS SWIMMING POOLS, FOOTBALL PITCH, CINEMA, AND A BOWLING ALLEY.

WHEN NECESSARY, CASES OF DISTRESSED SEAMEN ARE REFERRED TO OTHER RELEVANT DEPARTMENTS, SUCH AS THE SOCIAL WELFAREDEPARTMENT AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

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CROWN LAND SALE X ft ft ft ft Ji

FOUR LOTS OF CROWN LAND WITH AN OVERALL AREA OF NEARLY 90,000 SQUARE FEET WILL BE PUT UP FOR SALE AT THE END OF THIS MONTH.

TWO OF THEM ARE FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT. THE FIRST, LOCATED AT THE JUNCTION OF MARCONI ROAD AND BROADCAST DRIVE, HAS AN AREA OF 17,870 SQUARE FEET, AND THE OTHER AT CLOUD VIEW RUAD ON. HONG KONG ISLAND HAS AN AREA OF' OVER 21,000 SQUARE FEET.

ANOTHER LOT OF-SOME 40,000 SQUARE FEET IS LOCATED AT H1U KWONG STREET IN KWUN TONG, AND HAS BEEN EARMARKED FOR NON-1NDUSTR1AL PURPOSES.

THE FOURTH LOT LOCATED IN CHAI WAN BETWEEN HONG MAN STREET AND KUT SHING STREET,IS RESERVED FOR INDUSTRIAL AND/OR GODOWN USAGE. IT HAS AN AREA OF 9,300 SQUARE FEET.

THE AUCTION WILL TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY, MAY 31 AT 2.30 P.M. IN THE LECTURE ROOM ON THE 8TH FLOOR OF THE CITY HALL HIGH BLOCK

FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUBrOFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING), AND AT THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, 10TH FLOOR. SALE PLANS MAY ALSO BE INSPECTED THERE.

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WEDNESDAY, WAY 1, 1974

HONG KONG RESUMING TEXTILE TALKS IN WASHINGTON # ft ft ft ft

HR. LAWRENCE MILLS, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, COMMERCIAL RELATIONS, LEFT FOR WASHINGTON TODAY CWEDNESDAY) FOR NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE U.S. GOVERNMENT ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG'S EXISTING TEXTILE EXPORT RESTRAINT AGREEMENTS WITH THE UNITED STATES.

THE NEGOTIATIONS ARE BEING HELD UNDER THE RULES OF THE NEW ARRANGEMENT COVERING INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN TEXTILES. THEY FOLLOW EARLIER TALKS WHICH TOOK PLACE IN HONG KONG WITH U.S. OFFICIALS IN MARCH THIS YEAR.

MR. MILLS WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THREE OTHER OFFICIALS FROM THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT, MR. PETER TSAO, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, COMMERCIAL RELATIONS, MR. T.H. CHAU AND MR. P.L.C. LAU.

THEY WILL BE JOINED LATER BY FOUR MEMBERS OF THE TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD, MR. FRANCIS Y.H. TIEN, MR. B.l. BARLOW, MR. C.K. CHOW AND rtR. JACK C. TANG, WHO WILL BE ADVISERS TO THE HONG KONG delegation.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, !y?4

CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE

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THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY {WEDNESDAY} AT SALES UNDER TT5SE RiCE CONTROL SCHEME AND AT THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AND THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEUNG SHA WAN, KOWLOON:

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE OF RICE CHINA RICE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICEC$/CATTY) AVERAGE

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- OLD CROP

- NEU CROP GOOD 2.21

S.C. J1EN

- OLD CROP ,

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.16

PO NGA1 GOOD 1.72

CHU CHO

THAI RiCE -ip.

100.% WHOLE GOOD 2.12

10-15% BROKENS *

A1 SUFER EXTRA ••

A1 SUPER

WHOLE GLUTINOUS

U.S. RISE GOOD 1>94

ZiUSTRALiAN RiCE GOOD 1<92

PAKISTAN RICE .4*

TAIWAN RICE -•

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 1974

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

SPECIES AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE CS/CATTY5

HIQH LOW MODE

GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 4.20 2.40 3.50

BIG-EYES GOOD 2.60 0.50 1.80

SQUID NORMAL 4.00 2.00 3.50

HAIR-TAILS NORMAL 1.40 0.70 1.00

LIZARD FISHES -NORMAL 2.40 1.10 1.80

CROAKERS NORMAL 1.50 0.80 1.10

CONQER-PIKE-EELS NORMAL i.ao 1.20 1.50

MELON COAT —— —— ——

BREAMS NORMAL 4.00 3.00 3.50

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 1.50 0.50 1.00

MACKERELS NORMAL 3.80 2.80 3.20

RED QOAT FISH NORMAL 0.60 0.40 0.50

FORK-TAiL NORMAL 1.10 0.80 0.90

HORSE-HEAD NORMAL 5.50 2.80 4.00

MELON SEED —— —— ——

PO11FRETS SCARCE 8.50 7.00 7.50

GAROUPAS no^ial 6.50 5.00 5.00 .

YELLOW CROAKER SCARCE 6.80 5.00 6.50

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 1974

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES JF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

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

TYPE OF vegetable - AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE CS/CATTY)

HIGH LOW MODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE LIMITED 1.60 0.60 1.20

WHITE CABBAGE GOOD 0.50 0.10 0.30

CHINESE LETTUCE GOOD 0.50 0.10 0.30

WATER SPINACH GOOD 0.80 0.20 0.50

CHINESE KALE LIMITED 1.20 0.40 0.80

SPRING ONION NORMAL 1.00 0.30 0.60

SPINACH SCARCE 1.20 0.40 0.80

WATER CRESS LIMITED 0.80 0.20 0.60

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE NORMAL 0.50 0.10 0.30

CHINESE SPINACH NORMAL 0.50 0.10 0.30

TOMATO NORMAL. 1.40 0.40 0.80

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, SUPPLIES ATO WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY - GOOD

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK

CS/P1CUL-LIVE WEIGHT) - 305 CAVERAGE)

PRH 7

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

THURSDAYB HAY 2, 1974.

CONTENTS PACE NO.

EXTENSION TO LAI CHI KOK INCINERATOR READY FOR USE IN

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pj.U. REPORT ON CLERK SALARY EXPECTED THIS WEEKEND .... 2

SECTION OF KWAI CHUNG ROAD TURNED INTO 24-HOUR CLEARWAY 2 NEW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN MARCH ........................ 3

AIR MAIL SERVICE TO CANADA RESUMED FOLLOW ING END OF

POSTAL STRIKE ooooeooooooooo««o»e®®»®®®’®®®®®®’®®’®®®®®® 3

QUEEN THANKS HONG KONG PEOPLE FOR BIRTHDAY GREETINGS ... 3

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^DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

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

THURSDAY, HAY 2, 1974

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LAI CHI KOK INCINERATOR READY TO BURN K K X X X X

THE hUBBISH-DISPuSAL CAP .CITY AT THE LAI CHI KOK INC IiMERATOk

WILL □£ DUUBL.-.D FiiOll 790 cXTEnalON TO THE PRES.NT

IN ABOUT A hOhTHo

TONS TO 1,500 Tl.-iS PER D -Y WHEN .HE

1 NCI HERAT! OH PLANT COrlES INTO OP. RATION

CONSTRUCTION WORK' AND INSTALLATION OF MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT OF THE NEW COMPLEX ARE COMPLETED.

HOWEVER, THE TECHNICAL SUPERINTENDENT OF THE PLANT MR. ROBERT FOTHERQiLL, SAID THAT THE REFRACTORY LINING WOULD HAVE TO BE DRIED OUT BEFORE FULL OPERATION COULD COiMENCE.

+TH1S DRYING OUT PROCESS INVOLVES LIGHTING A WOOD FIRE IN EACH INCINERATOR, AND BY CONTROLLED HAND FEEDING OF THE FIRE, TO SLOWLY HARM THE ERICK WORK, THUS DRIVING OFF TRAPPED MOISTURE WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE CAUSE POCKETS OF HIGH PRESSURE STEAM AND SO DAMAGE THE BRICKWORK.

+THE WHOLE DRYING OUT PROCESS TAKES NINE DAYS FOR EACH INCINERATOR UNIT, FROM STARTING COLD, UNTIL THE INCINERATOR REACHES ITS NORMAL WORKING TEMPERATURE.

+SINCE FOUR INCINERATING UNITS MUST BE TREATED IN THIS MANNER, THE WHOLE DRYING PROCESS WHICH IS DUE TO START IN A FEW DAYS IS EXPECTED TO LAST APPROXIMATELY THREE WEEKS,+ HE SAID.

THE EXTENSION, COSTING MORE THAN $40 MILLION, COMPRISES FOUR INCINERATING UNITS OF SIMILAR DESIGN AS THE EXISTING ONES.

ONE IMPORTANT FEATURE OF THE NEW COMPLEX IS THE HEIGHT OF ITS CHIMNEY WHICH IS 900 FEET TALL -- 100 FEET HIGHER THAN THE MAXIMUM HEIGHT OF ANY BUILDING ALLOWED IN THE AREA UNDER THE HONG KONG AIRPORT CCONTROL OF OBSTRUCTIONS} ORDINANCE.

THE ORDINANCE WAS AMENDED ABOUT THREE YEARS AGO TO HAKE THIS CASE AH EXCEPTION AFTER THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT CONSIDERS) THE BENEFITS ACCRUING TO THE COMMUNITY IN GENERAL BY BETTER DISPERSAL OF INCINERATOR CHIMNEY FUiiES.

THE DEPARTMENT FELT THAT AN ISOLATED OBSTRUCTION ADEQUATELY LIT AND MARKED, COULD BE TOLERATED IM THE LA! CHI KOK AREA. IT RECOMMENDED THAT THE MAXIMUM HEIGHT OF TH.’, HEU 1. Oli'.-RATc 1 CHIMNEY IS >00 FEET, THUS LEAVING THE REQUIRED > •.) F..-T ( CL: AR AIRSPACE BELOW THE FuIGHT PATH OF AIP.CRA.FT WELL WITHIN Ti’ . SAFETY MARGIN. . • 4 • • •*’

AT PRESENT, THE DAILY REFUSE COLLECTION AVERAGES 2,500 TONS IN THE URBAN AREAS — 800 TONS ON THE ISLAND AND 1,800 TONS IN KOWLOON. ABOUT 1,200 TONS OF THE TOTAL ARE TAKEN CAEs. OF BY THE TWO INCINERATORS IN KENNEDY TOWN AND LA! GH! KOK WHILE "HE REMAINDER is DISPOSED IN GIN DPJNKEP.’S REFUSE DUMP AHO OTHER CONTROLLED DUMPING AREAS.

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NOTE TO EDITORS: COPIES OF A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE INCl^RATOR ARE

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THURSDAY, MAY 2. 1<374 ° a, o

REPORT OH CLERK PAY EXPECTED IN A FEW DAYS 24 ll 24 24 25 24

THE REPORT OF THE PAY INVESTIGATION UNIT'S SURVEY OF THE CLERICAL CL/.SS OF TriE PUBLIC SERVICE IS EXPECTED BY THE END OF THIS WEEK.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE SURVEY WAS ONE OF A CONTINUING PROGRAMME OF SUCH SURVEYS BY THE UNIT TO ASSIST LN IMPLEMENTING THE GOVERNMENT'S CIVIL SERVICE PAY POLICY.

+THE REPORT, LIKE ALL OTHER REPORTS PREPARED BY THE P1U, IS FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF THE SENIOR CIVIL SERVICE COUNCIL,+ HE ADDED.

< +RECENT STATEMENTS IN THE PRESS, TO THE EFFECT THAT THE P1U HAS BEEN GIVEN A LIMITED TIME IN WHICH TO MEET STAFF DEMANDS, ARE MISLEADING.+ COMMENTED THE SPOKESMAN.

+THEY REFLECT A MISCONCEPTION CONCERNING THE ROLE OF THE PAY INVESTIGATION UNIT. THE UNIT IS A FACT-FINDING BODY WHICH COLLECTS INFORMATION ON PAY AND FRINGE BENEFITS FOR EMPLOYEES IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR WHO ARE ENGAGED ON WORK BROADLY COMPARABLE TO THAT OF THEIR COUNTERPARTS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE.

*THiS COMPARATIVE EXERCISE IS VERY THOROUGH, AND GOES INTO A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF DETAIL SO THAT ALL RELEVANT FACTORS CAN BE TAKEN INTO,ACCOUNT.

+THE UNIT OBTAINS THE NECESSARY DATA TO ENABLE THE SENIOR CIVIL SERVICE COUNCIL TO CONSIDER WHETHER THE PAY AND FRINGE BENEFITS OF A PARTICULAR GRADE IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE ARE FAIR and equitable in relation to comparable employees in private ' ENTERPRISE. .

' +IT IS FOR THE SENIOR CIVIL SERVICE COUNCIL TO SUBMIT ITS RECOMMENDATIONS to the GOVERNMENT.<•

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE OFFICIAL SIDE OF THE COUNCIL COMPRISED REPRESENTATIVES OF THE CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH AND FINANCE BRANCH OF THE SECRETARIAT, WHILE THE STAFF SIDE INCLUDED REPRESENTATIVES OF THE THREE MAJOR STAFF ASSOCIATIONS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE: THE HONG KONG CHINESE CIVIL SERVANTS ASSOCIATION, THE SENIOR NUN-EXPATRIATE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION AND THE ASSOCIATION OF EXPATRIATE CIVIL SERVANTS OF HONG KONG.

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A 24-HOUR CLEARWAY SYSTEM WILL BE INTRODUCED ON BOTH CARRIAGEWAYS OF THE SECTION OF KWAI CHUNG ROAD AT LAI CHI KOK BRIDGE, AND ON THE FLYOVER AT LA! CHI KOK INTERCHANGE FRO?) 10 A.rt. ON SATURDAY CHAY 4) TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW.

EXCEPT FOR FRANCHISED BUSES, ZiLL VEH1CL.ES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROrl STOPPING TO PICK UP UR SET DOWN PASSENGERS ALONG THE CLEARWAY.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE POSTED TO INDICATE THE CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS.

THURSDAY, HAY 2, 1974

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NSW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED

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A TuTAL OF >» HEW BUILDING PLANS WERE APPROVED BY THE bu LDi G AUTHOrtlTY Li MARCH, INCLUDING PLANS FUR FIVE 21-StORc.Z APaRTn.Nl BUiLDiHQS AT HEi r'OO SUN CHUciie

THE PLANS INCLUDED 20 FOR APARTHENT/COWMERCIAL BUILDINGS, EIGHT FOR APART^T BUILDINGS, 14 FOR COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS AND 16 fIr RESIDENCES. THIRTY ONE OF THE PLANS WERE FORBULOINGS ON hung HONG ISLAND, THREE WERE for KOWLOON AND THc. KiHAL.luG 22 FUN THE uEW TERRITURIES.

DURiwG THE WORTH, 40 BUILDINGS — 19 IN HONG KONG, SEVEN IN .'KOWLOON AND 22 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES

CERTIFIED FOR OCCUPATION. THE TOTAL COST OF iHc. BUILD INGs amounted tu nearly $250 hillion.

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY GAVE CONSENT FOR WORK TO BEGIN UH 25 BUILDING PROJECTS OH HONG KONG INLAND, 11 L* ‘^'LOIA. .u< IN THE NEW TERRITORIES. CONSENT WAS ALSO GIVEN FU.. THE

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'AIR-HAIK SERVICES TO CAnADA RESUMED

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AlR—HAlL SERVICES FROM HOHG KL.-G TO CANADA HAVl. HOW B—c.N RESUMED, THE POSTMASTER GENERAL AN..JUiiCED TODAY.

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ALu POST OFFICES ARE NOW AGAIN ACCEPTING LETTERS AND PARCELS FUN COhVEYAiiCE BY AIR TO C/...r.DA.

AIR-hAIL SERVICES TO CANADA WERE DISRUPTED AS A RESULT OF A NATIONWIDE POSTAL STRIKE IN CANADA.

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HER MAJESTRY FOR THEIR MESSAGE BIRTHDAY.

queen’s message of thanks

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THE QUEEN HAS THANKED THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG

OF CONGRATULATIONS ON THE OCCASION OF HER

A MESSAGE OF THANKS WAS SENT TO THE GOVERNOR, SIR HURRAY MACLEHOSE, THROUGH THE SECRETARY OF STATE.

THE MESSAGE READS; +HER MAJESTY COMMANDS ME TO CONVEY TO -YOU AND TO ALL THOSE WHO ASSOCIATED THEMSELVES WITH THE TERMS OF YOUR MESSAGE HER SINCERE THANKS FOR YOUR GOOD WISHES, WHICH GAVE MUCH PLEASURE.*

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THURSDAY, MAY 2, 1974*

CONSUMER ADVISORY service it « it « it «

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

SUPPulES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

RICE CONTROL SCHEME

AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE

GRADc OF SUPPLY (S/CATTY)

AVERAGE

CHINA RICE

—- ULD CROP

ScE ndW

- REW CkOP GOOD 2.21

- .ulD CROP

S.C. JiiH

- HEW CROP GOOD 2.16

PU hGAI GOOD 1.72

CHU CHU

THAI RICE

100$ WHOLE GOOD 2.12

1U~15^ brtOKEHS

A1 SUPER EXTRA >

A1 SUPER

WHOLE QuUTlHOUS — -*•

U.S. RICE GOOD 1.94

AUSTRAl 1 AH PUCE .GOOD 1.92

PAKISTAN RICE

TAI WAR RICE /

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY GOOD

* WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK ••

C^/PICUL-LIVE WEIGHT) 305 (AVERAGE) A

/SUPPLIES AND

THURSDAY, HAY 2, 1974

SUPPLIES AMD WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH

CFMO CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE CS/CATTY)

SPECIES Or SUPPLY HIGH LOW MODE

GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 4*50 2.60 3.50

Biq-EYES GOOD 2.70 0.60 1.60

SvjUID NORMAL 3od0 2.00 3.00

HAIR-TAILS L1 ri 1 TED 4 1.40 0.70 1.00

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 2.40 1.20 1.70

CROAKERS L1141 TED 1.50 o.do 1.30

CuuQER-PIKE-EELS NORMAL 1.60 1.10 1.40

MLLOU COAT NO SALE

B/u-.AmS NOR* i AL 4.40 2.70 J.40

YELLOW belly GOOD 2.10 0.50 1.60

HnCKERENS NURiiAL 3.30 2.60 3.00

rti-D GOAA FISH GOOD 0.70 0.40 0.60

FORK-TAIL NORMAL 1.70 0.60 1.10

HUHSE-HEziD NORblL 6.20 9.50 4.00

MELON SEED LUU FED 2.20 1.50 1.60

POMFRET5 SCARCE d.50 7.50 6.20

GAROUP AS NORMAL 7.00 4.60 6.00

yellow croaker —— HO SALE

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

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

TYPE OF AVAILABILITY

VEGETABLE OF SUPPLY

FuOWEHlNG CABBAGS LIMITED

WHITE CABBAGE GOOD

CHINESE LETTUCE GOOD

W ATER SRI iiAC H GOOD

CHINESE KALE LIMITED

STRING BEANS ——

SPRING ONION NORMAL

SPINACH SCARCE

WATER CRESS LIMITED

*LEaF MUSTARD - NORMAL •

CABBAGE

CHINESE SPINACH NORMAL

TOMATO NORMAL

Wholesale pricecs/catty)

high LOW MODE

1.60 0.60 1.20

0.40 0.10 0.25

0.50 0.10 0.30

0.60 0.20 0.30

1.20 0.40 o.bo

NO SALE

1.00 0.20 0.60

1.00 0.40 0.70

0.60 0.20 0.60

0.30 0.10 0.30

0.50 0.10 0.30

1.40 0.40 0.00

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, MAY 3, 1974.

CONTENTS PACE NO.

EXTENSION TO AIRPORT RUNWAY TO COME INTO OPERATION LATER THIS MONTH......................................... 1

GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTS FOR JANUARY SHOW $185 MILLION SURPLUS ...............................................

EXTENSION WORKS AT TAI PO TAU TREATMENT WORKS COMPLETED 2

GET-TOGETHER SPORTS DAY FOR CHILDREN FROM THREE TSUEN WAN VILLAGES ............................................ 3

DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE TO OPEN YOUTH CENTRE TOMORROW ..............................................

DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD

COMMODITIES i

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

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FRIDAY, MAY 3, 1974

RUNWAY EXTENSION IN USE IN A FEU WEEKS. X K X X it X

THE BOUNDARIES Jr THE PROHIBITED Ei.TRY AREA SURROUNDING THE APP.RoACn-S TU THE ALiPOKT RUNWAY AT ..Al TAK riaVE BEEN REVISED TU ENSURE THE SAFETY OF SHIPS Ai.D AIRCRAFT WHEN THE EXTENDED RUNWAY COMES INTO OPERATION LATER THIS MONTH.

AT THE SAME TINE, THE BOUNDARIES OF THE PROHIBITED ANCHORAGE IN THE SOUTH-EASTERN APPROACHES TU THE RUNWAY HAVE ALSU BEEN AMENDED ALUNQ WITH THOSE UF THE KOWLOON BAY QUARANTINE ANCHORAGE, AND THE HUiiQ HO.-i FAIRWhY EXTENDED EASTWARDS. '

THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS, CONTAINED IN THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (CONTROL OF PORTS) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1974, ARE EFFECTIVE FROM TODAY (FRIDAY). THE EXTENDED RUNWAY IS SCHEDULED TO CONE INTu OPERATION ON nAY 1b AND BY THAT TIME MARINE TRAFFIC WILL BE FULLY CONVERSANT WITH THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MARINE DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED THAT THE.REALIGNMENTS WERE NECESSARY BECAUSE PART UF THE PRESENT KOWLOON BAY QUARANTINE . ANCHORAGE LIES WITHIN THE RANGE OF AN INSTRUMENT LANDING SYSTEM (ILS) GLIDE PATH EQUIPMENT WHICH is tu be installed in the south-eastern end of the extended nunway promontory.

THIS EQUIPMENT SENDS OUT ULTRA HIGH FREQUENCY SIGNALS WHICH INDICATE TO THE PILOT WHETHER THE PLANE IS FLYING WITHIN THE • CORRECT GUDE PATH, AND HELPS HIM TO LAND OR TAKEOFF SAFELY, HE SAID.

as the Radio signals can be distorted by metal objects, SUCH AS THE SUPERSTRUCTURE OF A'VESSEL WHICH PROTRUDES ABOVE A PREDETERMINED ANGuE TU THE EQUIPMENT, THE BOUNDARIES OF THE ANCHOAaGc ARE BEING REVISED TO KEEP SHIPS AT A SAFE DISTANCE SO AS TU ELIMINATE INTERFERENCE.

THE REVISION OF THE PROHIBITED ANCHORAGE ON THE OTHER HAND TAKES INTO ACCOUNT THE REQUIREMENT BY THE INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION ORGANISATION FOR A SAFE APPROACH AND TAKE-OFF CLIMB AREA/SURFACE FOLLOWING THE EXTENSION OF THE RUNWAY.

THE KOWLOON BAY QUARANTINE ANCHORAGE IS NOW RENAMED EASTERN QUARANTINE ANCHORAGE. THE NEU PROHIBITED ANCHORAGE NOW EXTENDS FROM THE EASTERN EXTREMITY OF THE REVISED PROHIBITED ENTRY AREA IN A SOUTH-EASTERLY DIRECTION TO LEI YUE MUN.

AT THE SAi-iE TIME, THE HUNG HU.i FAIRWAY IS EXTENDED EASTWARDS AND A HEW EASTERN FAIRWAY IS ESTABLISHED TO ENSURE THAT VESSELS APPROACHING THE PORT THROUGH LEI YUE HUN DO NOT INTERFERE WITH THE FLIGHT PATH UF AIRCRAFT USING THE RUNWAY.

THESE REGULATIONS ALSO PROVIDE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A DANGEROUS GOODS ACHORAGE at JUNK BAY. THE ANCHORAGE WILL BE USED hS A HOLDING AREA FUR SHIPS WHICH HAVE SUFFERED DAMAGE Ar.D UN WHICH A SERIOUS RISK OF FIRE, EXPLOSION OR POLLUTION STILL EXIST.

VESSELS INTENDED FOR DEnOLITION BUT WHICH HAVE NOT YET BEEN GAS FREED nay ALSU be held in this anchorage. MARINE DEPARTMENT NOTICES AND NOTICES TO MARINERS HAVE BEEN ISSUED TU ADVISE SHIPS USING THE HARBOUR OF THESE NEW ARRANGEnENTS.

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JANUARY ACCOUNTS SHOW $1b5 MILLION SURPLUS X X X X X X

THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTS FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY 1974 SHOW A SURPLUS JF $1o5 MILLION COMPARED WITH A SURPLUS OF $343 MILLION in January last year.

THIS HAS RESULTED hl A TOTAL SURPLUS OF $325 MILLION FOR THE FIRST TEN nONTHS UF THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1973'74.

TOTAL REVENUE FOR THE MONTH AT $630 MILLION WAS $81 MILLION LESS THAN IN JANUARY 1973 LARGELY AS A RESULT OF LOWER RECEIPTS FROM STAnP DUTIES AND LAND PREMIA. THE TOTAL REVENUE FOR THE FIRST TEN MONTHS OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1973'74 WAS $4,178 MILLION -- $235 MILLION HORE THAN THE SAME PERIOD THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

TUTrtL EXPENDITURE AMOUNTED TO $445 MILLION, AN INCREASE OF $77 MILLION OVER THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR. THIS BRINGS THE TOTAL EXPENDITURE FUN THE FIRST TEN MONTHS OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR TU $3»O53 MILLION, WHICH WAS $812 MILLION mORE THAN THE SAME PERIOD THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

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TAI PO TAU TREATMENT WORKS

X X X X X

EXTENSION WORK HAS BEEN COMPLETED ON THE TAI PO TAU TREATMENT WONKS, DOUBLING THE DaIlY OUTPUT UF'*FRESH WATER TO MEET THE increasing demand from sheung shui, tai'po ano fanling residents.

THE NEW INSTALLATIONS INVOLVED IN THE WORK, WHICH BEGAN AT THE BEGINNING OF LAST YEAR AND TOOK 15 MONTHS TO COMPLETE, CONSIST UF OuE CLARIFIER AND TWO SAND FILTERS WHOSE OUTPUT IS SIX MILLION GALLONS PER DAY.

THE CAPACITY OF THE WONKS HAS NOW INCREASED FROM SIX MILLION GALLONS TU 12 MILLION GALLONS PER DAY.

THE COST UF THE PROJECT, INCLUDING THE SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION ' OF THE TREATMENT PLANT, IS $3.5 MILLION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE POBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SAID WORK WILL SOON START On THE NEXT STaGE OF THE EXTENSION OF THE SHEUNG SHUI/ TAI PO WATER SUPPuY SYSTEM WHICH WILL CUHPR1SE THE CONSTRUCTIUN UF A SERVICE RESERVOIR AND THE LAYING OF HAINS.

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REACHiNq-QUT TO VILLAGE CHILDREN it it it it K S

A REACHLiG-jUT PROGRAMME PROVIDING RECREATIONAL AUD SPu.tTS ACTivni .s FvR ■ )U Children frum th..lE vill/ces in »sjeh wa.. DISTniCi UIll T..aE PlaCl UN SUNDAY C.iAY 5> l.-TERmOui*. IT Wid. BE HELD AT ThE TSULJ Whi» PUBlIC SCHOOL IN ROUTE TW1SK.

THE CHILDREN, WHOSE AGES RANGE FROM SEVEN TO 14, LIVE IN THE THREE NEIGHBOURING VILLAGES OF PAK TIN POl, FU YONG SHA AND SAI LAU KUK. . '

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN ARRANGED FOR THEM BY THE THREE VILLAGES RESIDENTS WELFARE ASSOCIATION AND THE SOCIAL SERVICES GROUP, ONE OF THE SELF-PROGRAMMING YOUTH GROUPS UNDER THE SPONSORSHIP OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT'S PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE IN TSUEN WAN. 9

THE ACTIVITIES PLANNED FOR THE DAY WILL START OFF WITH AN OPENING CEREMONY PRESIDED OVER BY HR. LAM FEI, PRESIDENT OF THE THREE VILLAGES RESIDENTS WELFARE ASSOCIATION, AND HRS. MARGARET AU, WARDEN OF.THE COMMUNITY CENTRE.

THE CHILDREN WILL THEN BE DIVIDED INTO SMALL GROUPS LED BY SOME 40 VOLUNTEERS FROM THE SELF-PROGRAMMING YOUTH GROUP TO PARTICIPATE IN VARIOUS GROUP AND MASS GAMES.

APART FROM PROVIDING ENTERTAINMENT AND GROUP EXPERIENCE TO THESE VULAGE CHILDREN, HRS. MARGARET AU SAID THIS EVENT PROVIDES Au OPPORTUNITY FUR'SELF-PROGRAMMING GROUP MEMBERS TO CO-QPlRATE WITH LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS IN SERVING THEIR YOUNG CUUNTER-PARTS THROUGH ORGANISING SYSTEMATIC COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAMMES.

IT IS ALSO ANOTHER STEP IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE VOLUNTEER SPIRIT, SHE ADDED.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THIS FUNCTION. IT WILL START AT 2.00 P.M. AND FINISH AT 5.00 P.N. ON SUNDAY, MAY 5.

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TO EDITORS:

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. KENNETH TOPLEY, OFFICIATE AT THE OPEN DAY FOR CARITAS' TOWN YOUTH CENTRE j O'CLOCK TOMORROW CSATURDAYD AFTERNOON.

WILL AT

THE YOUTH CENTRE IS LOCATED ON THE 14TH FLOOR OF ON LOK YUEN BUILDING AT 25. DES VOEUX ROAD, CENTRAL.

COPIES OF MR. TOPLEY'S SPEECH IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE WILL BE AVAILABLE IN Q.i.S. TOMORROW.

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE

X X X X X X

THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY (FRIDAY) AT SALES OLDER THE RICE CONTROL SCHEME AND AT THE VEGETABLE rtARKETL-G OrtQH.1 IchTIOh WHOLESALE MARKET ARD THE FiSh MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE nAP.KET AT CHEONG SHA WAN, KQWLOOa:

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE OF RICE AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PR1CECS/CATTY)

CHINA RICE OF SUPPLY AVERAGE

SEE HEW

- old crop ——

- NEW,CROP GOOD 2.21

S.C. JlE*i

- OLD CROP ——

- liEW CROP GUUD 2.16

PO NGA I GOOD 1.72

CHU CriU ——

THAI RICE

100% WHOLE ——

10-15% BROKERS ——

A1 SOPER EXTRA GOOD 1.92

A1 SUPER

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 2.03

U.S. RICE GOOD 1.94

AUSTRALIAN RICE. GOOD 1.92

PAKISTAN RICE

TAIWAN RICE —— •»

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY of SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORKER

CS/PICUL-LlVE WEIGHT)

GOOD 305

/SUPPLIES AND .......

FRIDAY, HAY 3, 1974

SUPPLIES AND WHOLEoaLE PRICES OF HARINE FISH

CraU CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH rtAKKED

SPECIES AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PH ICE CS/CATTY)

HIGH LOW MODE

QGuDu»i TH*CcAD uURHAL 4.JU 2.60 3.50

dlQ“cYES GOOD 2 .JO <j.7 0 1.30

SWU1D hOkuAl 4.20 2.70 3.bo

haiRETAILS quua 1.30 0.70 1.30

L1Liui'J FIS HES HUri/lAL 2.30 1.30 1 .oO

CRUaKEitS LIMITED 1.30 0.60 1.20

CUHGcH-PIKE-EELS GOOD 1.60 1.10 '1 .40

rtELOH COAT —— NO SALES

BHEA4S NORMAL 5.50 2.50 4.00

YELLOW B2LLY GOOD 2.10 0.50 1.20

HACKEnELS GOOD 4.10 3.20 3.30

RED QOaT FISH GOOD Q.70 0.40 0.50

FORK-TAIL NORMAL 1.50 0.60 1.20

HUnSE—HEAD NOi a *aL 5*30 3.00 4.20

hElOH seed Lift! TED 2.oo 1.00 1.60

PUnFnETS SCARCE y.ou 7.50 6.00

GAROUPAS YcLuUU CaUaKEH NORMAL 7.50 3.00 NO SALES 6.00

SuPPlI£o a..D WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED V^GcTAEL^S CV.u.U. C;u~U.*G SriA Wm* WHOLESALE VEGETABLE aaKKET)

TYPE OF availability WHOLESALE PRICE U/CATTY>

VEG-TaouE OF SUPPLY Hi Qn uUW »»UDE

FLUWu.nl *<G SAooaGE LIMITED 1.60 0.60 1.20

WHITE. C^bBaQE GUuD U.50 0.10 0.30

CH1H&SE LETTUCE Good ‘ 0.30 0.10 0. Jo

waTEN SPjNaCH GUuD 0.60 0.20 0.60

CHINESE KALE LinITED ' 1.40 0.30 1 .00

d THING B£A*io

SPRING OHIO** ROHMAL 1.00 0.20 0.60

SPINACH SCARCE 1.00 0.40 0. /O

WATER CHESS NORnAL 0.60 0.20 O.oO

LEaF rtUS CAdBAQE NUftilAL 0.50 0.10 0.35

CHIhESE spinach NOHNaL .. 0.60 0.15 0.40

TO.iATu HOrtdAL 1.40 0.40 0.60

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SATURDAY, MAY 4, 1^74

CONTENTS

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legislation to prevent improper securities trading PRACTICES TO BE EFFECTIVE from MUNDAY .................. 1

•' PUBLIC J.<GED TO ENSURE GOOD VENTILATION WHEN GAS

WATEtt HSaTERS hRE In USE 2

GOVERNOR TO PRESENT DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S GOLD AWARDS ON MUNDAY .............................................. 3

CARITAS’ TOWN YOUTH CENTRE RE-OPENED TODAY ....... 4

PARENTS URGED TO HAVE THEIR CHILDREN IMMUNISED AGAINST MEASLES ........................................ 4

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

SATURDAY, WAY 4, 1974

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uaw oh improper stock trading practices effective on mowday

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PART XI1 OF THE SECURITIES ORDINANCE WHICH DEALS WITH THE PREVENTION UF IMPROPER TRADING PRACTICES COMES INTO EFFECT ON nOWDAY CrtAY o>.

HOWEVER, SECTION 140 OF THIS PART WHICH RELATES TO INSIDER TRADING IS NOT TO BECOME EFFECTIVE UNTIL A LATER DATE.

THIS PArxT OF THE ORDINANCE, PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL LAST FEBRUARY, MAKES IT AN OFFENCE FOR ANYONE TO CREATE A rAt-SE UR MISLEADING APPEARANCE OF ACTIVE TRADING IN SECURITIES or False market in securities.

UnDErc CLAUSE 155 OF Trie ORDINANCE, A FALSE MARKET IS CREATED b< RELATION TO SECURITIES WHEN THE MARKET PRICE OF THOSE SECURITIES IS RAISED or DEPRESSED OR PEGGED or stabilised by HEAkS OF :-

CAJ SALES AND PURCHASES TRANSACTED BY PERSONS ACTING IN COLLABORATION WITH EACH OTHER FOR THE PURPOSE OF SECURING A MARKET PNICE'FOR THOSE SECURITIES THAT IS NOT.JUSTIFIED EITHER BY THE ASSETS OF THE CORPORATION WHICH ISSUED THE SECURITIES UR BY TrtE PROFITS CINCLUDING ANTICIPATED

• PROFITS^ OF THE C0RP0RAT10H=

■ ’ C8D ANY ACT WHICH HAS THE .EFFECT OF PREVENTING OR INHIBITING T.iE FREE NEGOTIATION OF. MARKET PRICES FOR THE PURCHASE OR

' SALE OF THE SECUR1T1ES= UR

CC) THE EMPLOYMENT OF ANY FICTITIOUS TRANSACTION OR DEVICE OR A.iY OTHER FORM OF DECEPTION OR CONTRIVANCE.

THE rtAXinUri PENALTY FOR CREATING A FALSE MARKET IN SECURITIES OR +FIXING+ PRICES FUR SECURITIES IS A FINE OF $50,000 AND TWO YEARS' iMPrtlSUiinENT.

PARTS I AND 11 UF THE ORDINANCE BECAME EFFECTIVE ON MARCH 1.

PART ill RELATING TO STUCK EXCHANGES AND PART IV TU THE ESTABLlSHi-iERT Uf A HUNG KONG FEDERATION OF STOCK EXCHANGES, ARE TO BE EFFECTIVE FROM JUNE 1, THIS YEAR. « -------------------------------0--------

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SATURDAY, HAY 4, 1974.

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NEVER USE GAS HEATERS IN UNVENTILATED ROOMS X jf K X if if

A WARNING ABOUT THE DANGERS OF USING LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS CLPG) TO HEAT WATER IN UNVENTILATED ROOMS WAS GIVEN BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT TODAY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT, IN THE PAST SIX MONTHS, THERE HAD BEEN THREE DEATHS AND 10 INJURIES ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF LPG TO HEAT WATER IN ROOMS WITHOUT PROPER VENTILATION.

THE LATEST FATALITY OCCURRED EARLIER THIS WEEK WHEN A 17“ YEAR-OLD MONG KOK YOUTH WAS OVERCOME BY GAS, WHILE TAKING A BATH.

+IN ALL THESE CASES,+ THE SPOKESMAN STATED, +THE ACCIDENTS AROSE WHILE THE VICTIM WAS BATHING. WHETHER THE CASUALTIES HAD BEEN OVERCOME BY LEAKAGE OF GAS FROM DEFECTIVE EQUIPMENT OR BY THE LACK OF OXYGEN IN THE ROOM, ALMOST ALL WOULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED IF THERE HAD BEEN PROPER VENTILATION.*

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT LPG IS NOW WIDELY USED IN HONG KONG FOR COOKING AND HEATING AND, WHILE IT IS GENERALLY KNOWN TO BE HIGHLY INFLAMMABLE - AND, IN THIS RESPECT, USUALLY HANDLED WITH CARE - THE DANGERS ASSOCIATED WITH ITS USE IN ROONS WHICH HAVE LITTLE OR NO VENTILATION IS EITHER NOT SO WELL KNOWN OR IS BEING IGNORED.

+THESE INCIDENTS OFTEN OCCUR IN SHOWER CUBICLES OR BATHROOMS WHICH PREVIOUSLY HAD A COLD WATER FACILITY ONLY, BUT WHICH HAVE BEEN CONVERTED TO HOT WATER USE BY INSTALLING CYLINDERS AND HEATERS.

+WITH THE CONVERSION, LITTLE OR NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE IN •MANY INSTANCES TO PROVIDE VENTILATION, SUCH AS HIGH OR LOW LEVEL DOOR LOUVRES OR VENTILATION TO THE OPEN AIR. .

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+THESE PLACES CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS AND WE URGE THE PUBLIC TO AVOID USING THEM FOR BATHING UNTIL VENTILATION HAS BEEN PROVIDED.*

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT PEOPLE TAKING BATHS OBVIOUSLY HAD TO HAVE PRIVACY, BUT HE POINTED OUT THAT VENTILATION COULD BE PROVIDED RELATIVELY EASILY' WITHOUT IN ANY WAY AFFECTING PRIVACY.

SUPPLIERS AND DISTRIBUTORS OF LPG ARE BEING ASKED BY THE FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU TO ATTACH A LABEL TO EACH CYLINDER STATING THAT IT SHOULD NOT BE USED IN A CLOSED ROOM TO COOK OR HEAT WATER

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SATURDAY, MAY 4, 1974.

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GOVERNOR TO PRESENT DUKE .OF EDINBURGH’S GOLD AWARDS

X X X X X X

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL PRESENT THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S GOLD AWARD TO 29 YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE ON MUNDAY CHAY 6) EVENING.

THE RECIPIENTS OF THE AWARD HAVE DEVOTED THEIR SPARE TIME TO WORTHWHILE PROJECTS ON SUBJECTS SUCH AS FIRST AID, SOCIAL WORK, ORGANISING TRAINING FOR SCOUT GROUPS, YOUTH LEADERSHIP, WORK CAMPS,. TREKKING AND HIKING, AND FINANCE.

DURING THE CEREMONY, MR. PETER NG, URBAN COUNCILLOR AND CHAIRMAN OF THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD HONG KONG COMMITTEE, WILL GIVE AN OPENING ADDHISS, AFTER WHICH SIR MURRAY WILL PRESENT CERTIFICATES TO THE 29 RECIPIENTS.

A RECEPTION WILL BE HELD AFTER THE PRESENTATION.

THE MUCH COVETED GOLD AWARD IS THE HIGHEST AWARD IN THE DUKE UF EDINBURGH'S AWARD SCHEME WHICH IN ESSENCE IS AN INTRODUCTION TO PURPOSEFUL LEISURE, AND A PERSONAL*CHALLENGE TO YOUTHS TO MEASURE THEMSELVES AGAINST THE STANDARDS SET FOR EACH LEVEL OF THE AWARD.

THE MINIMUM ENTRY AGE TO THE SCHEME IS 16. THE MAXIMUM ENTRY AGE WAS EXTENDED LAST YEAR TO ALLOW MORE YOUNG PEOPLE TO TAKE PART IN THE SCHEME. THE LATEST DATE FOR ENTRY IS NOW THE 23RD BIRTHDAY OF A CANDIDATE, AND HE WILL HAVE TO COMPLETE THE AWARD REQUIREMENT BY HIS 25TH BIRTHDAY. ' -*■

CANDIDATES FOR THE THREE LEVELS OF AWARDS - BRONZE, SILVER ■%ND GOLD - HAVE TO UNDERGO .A SERIES OF EXERCISES ACCORDING TO (THE STANDARDS SET IN THE SCHEME', BEFORE THEY CAN QUALIFY FOR THE AWARDS..

NOTE TO EDITORS: PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY REPORTERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS

WHO HAVE APPLIED FOR AND OBTAINED SPECIAL LAPEL BADGES WILL BE ADMITTED TO THE CEREMONY.

THEY ARE REQUESTED TO MEET G1S OFFICERS AT THE GUARD ROOM OF GOVERNMENT HOUSE NOT LATER**WiAN 5 P.M. ON MONDAY.

THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE THE BADGES, BUT WHO WOULD LIKE TO HAVE COPIES OF PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN AT THE ' CEREMONY HAY DO SO THROUGH THE ASIA PHUTO SUPPLY

LTD. IN HANG CHEONG BUILDING, TEL: 5-236429.

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MEANINGFUL ACTIVITIES FOR YOUTHS URGED a X X X X X

IT iS ESSENTIAL TO GIVE YUUNG PEOPLE OF TODAY A CHANCE TO i..VuLVi Th£H3-.-VES IN MEANINGFUL AFFAIRS AS THEIR CAPABILITIES A..D EZ?£C'(..T1 ...3 GROW.

THIS WAS STRESSED BY THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, i.R. KENNETH TUPLEY, WHEN HE DECLARED THE START OF THE OPEN DAY OF THE CARITAS’ TOWN YOUTH CENTRE THIS CSATURDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE YUUTH CENTRE IS LOCATED ON THE TOP FLOOR OF ON LOK YUEN BUILDING AT 25, DES VOEUX ROAD, CENTRAL AND WAS ONLY RE-OPENED AT THE END OF FEBRUARY FOLLOWING THE FIRE OF MARCH 1 LAST YEAR.

MR. TOPLEY SAID THE CENTRE SITUATED AS IT IS IN A COMMERCIAL AREA 13 OF GREAT BENEFIT TO THE MANY YOUTHS AND YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WORK 4N THE HEIGH60URH00D BECAUSE IT IS EASILY ACCESSIBLE.

+THE CAPABILITIES AND EXPECTATIONS OF YOUTHS HAVE BECOME GREATER AND GREATER. A YUUTH CENTRE IS A PLACE WHICH PROVIDES GROUP LIFE AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES. AT THE SAME TIME, IT IS A PLACE WHICH HELPS YOUTH TO DEVELOP THEIR PERSONALITIES AND CAPABILITIES. IN ORDER TO SATISFY THE DEMAND OF YOUTH THEN, IT IS NECESSARY TO GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY OF PARTICIPATING IN SUCH MEANINGFUL AFFAIRS.+

MR. TUPLEY ALSO HAD A WORD OF ADVICE FOR THOSE PROVIDING SUCH SERVICES WnOM, HE SAID, SHOULD BEAR IN LIND THAT YOUNG PEOPLE FORM PART OF FAmIlIES AND SOCIETY. AS SUCH, THEY MUST HAVE CLOSE AND PROPER CONTACT UlTn ACTUAL FAMILY AiiD SOCIAL LIFE IN ORDER TO LEARN FRUii ADUlTS AND SOCIETY WHEN FORMING THEIR OWN NUDES . Ur LIVING. . ' .

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ANTI-MEASLES CAMPAIGN X X X X X

A TOTAL OF 2,453 CHILDREN WAS' INOCULATED AGAINST MEASLES DURING THE TWO WEEKS ENDING ON APRIL 20 IN CONNECTION WITH THE CURRENT ANTI—MEASLES CAMPAIGN.

OF THESE, 709 WERE INOCULATED ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 997 IN KOWLOON, AND 747 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE FIRST ANTI-MEASLES CAMPAIGN THIS YEAR IS CONTINUING UNTIL THE END OF THIS MONTH TO REMIND THE PUBLIC OF THE NECESSITY TO CONTINUE TU TAKE PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES AGAINST THE DISEASE.

A SPOKESMAN FUR. THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT AGAIN URGED PAREmTS OF SUSCEPTIBLE CHILDREN BETWEEN SIX MONTHS AND FIVE YEARS TO HAVE THEN IMMUNISED IMMEDIATELY.

HE EMPHASISED THAT FREE VACCINE IS AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AT ALL THE DEPARTMENT'S MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRES IN HONG KUNG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

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DAILY INFORMATION BlffifllF

SECOND SURVEY OH AUTOMOBILE REPAIRS Ai.'D SERVICING INDUSTRY

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A MAJOR SURVEY OF HOMQ KOiiQ'S AUTOMOBILE REPAIRS AI.3 SERVICING IuDUSImY W I lL B— Ca.»RIED OUT B^TU^EU LAY dO AMD JUnE 7*

THE SURVEY - THE SECOND OF ITS KIND - WILL BE CONDUCTED dY THE AUTOMOBILE REPAIRS ARD SEriVICIHq INDUSTRY TRZiiHUq BOARD OF.THE HUiiq KONq TNAinluq COUNCIL, WITH THE ASSISTANCE Ur THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE CENSUS Z;RD STATISTICS DEPARTMENT,

QUESTIONNAIRES ARD EXPLANATORY LETTERS IN BOTH ENGLISH

AND CHINESE WERE SENT TODZ;Y/TUU WEEKS A GO TO THE ESTABLISHMENTS SELECTED dY RANDOM STRATIFIED SZa*PLIiiq,

THE INFORMATION WHICH EMPLOYERS ARE REQUESTED TO SUPPLY INCLUDES :-

A) THE NUMBER OF WORKERS AT PRESENT E;i?LUY£D=

B) THE NUMBER OF WORKERS AT PRESENT OLDER TRAINING^

C) THE NUMBER OF EXISTING VACANCIES^ AND

D) A FORECAST OF THE NUMBER OF WORKERS REQUIRED BY HAY 1375*

• SURVEY INTERVIEWING OFF I GERS^OF* THE CENSUS AiiD STATISTICS DEPARTMENT M1LU VISIT'EACH OF THE ESl’iBLISKLENTS CONCERNED DURING THE SURVEY PERIOD TU HELP EMPLOYERS TO COMPLETE THE QUEoTlCHuAlRE,

THE SECRETARY OF THE AUTOMOBILE REPAIRS AND SERVICING INDUSTRY-TRAINING BOARD, nR, AU YEUNG NAh-T/iK, SAID THAT THE INFORMATION COLLECTED WOULD BE HxuOLLD IN STRICT CONFIDENCE Ai.D WOULD BE PUBLISHED ONLY lu THE FURR OF STATISTICAL SUailARlES WITHOUT REFERENCE TU ANY INDIVIDUAL ESTr.BLiSHuEuT.

•HE SAID THE FIRST SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED In DECEMBER 1967 IN WHICH AlL THE ESTABL1SHHEHTS SELECTED WILLINGLY SUPPLIED THE I NFORwAT i On REwU I RED .

+1 An CONFIDENT" THAT THE SECORD SURVEY WILL nEET WITH EQUAL SUCCESS,+ HE SAID*

THE INFORMATION OBTAINED IN 1967 WAS COMPILED AND ANALYSED AND THE FlKDikqS AND RECUPniEUDATlUNS WERE SUBSEQUENTLY PUBLISHED, SO.iE OF. THE rtECUrindiiDATIUHS H..VE ALREADY BEEN ll.PLEHENTED.

IN VIEW OF THE MANY CHZuNQES SINCE THZ LAST SURVEY, THE AUTOMOBILE REPAIPJS AND SEHViCUq INDUSTRY TRAiiHHq BOARD CONSIDERS IT NECESSARY TU CONDUCT ANOTHER SU.iVEY TO OBTAIN UP—TU“DZ*TE

1 j^FUrtriaTIU»i On NEW TR/iINldq ii^QUlivEuEiiTS, + HE SAID,

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STEER INQ QROUP TO STUDY PROPOSED COMMODITY EXCHANGE it » it it it «

THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT IT WILL ESTABLISH A SnALL STEERING GROUP COMPRISING OFFICIALS AND UHQFFICIALS UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, MR. DEREK JONES, TU APPRAISE THE FEASIBILITY STUDlcS

' SUBMITTED BY FIVE GROUPS, COVERING A WIDE RANGE OF HONG KONG’S FINANCIAL and business community, who have expressed an INTEREST IN THE ESTABLISHMENT AND UPERAtlOH OF A COMMODITY EXCHANGE IN HUNG KONG.

THE STEERING GROUP WILL ALSO HAVE THE ASSISTANCE OF AN . INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT TO ADVISE IT ON THE TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF THE VARIOUS APPLICATIONS. HE IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE IN HONG KONG IN THE LAST WEEK OF MAY AND IT IS HOPED THAT THE STEERING GROUP Ui Lu BE IN A POSITION TO SUBMIT A FORMAL RECOMMENDATION TO THE GOVERNMENT BY THE END OF JUNE.

IT WILL BE RECALLED THAT THE COMMODITY EXCHANGES (PROHIBITION) ORDINANCE, WHICH CAME INTO EFFECT IN AUGUST 1973, EFFECTIVELY BANNED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF ANY NEW EXCHANGES IN HUNG KONG DEALING IN ANY SPECIFIED COMMODITY INCLUDED IN THE , SCHEDULE TO THE ORDINANCE.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY STATED AT THAT TIME THAT IT WAS NUT THE GOVERNMENT'S INTENTION TO FRUSTRATE THE DEVELOPMENT OF A PROPERLY REGULATED COMMODITY EXCHANGE BUT THAT ITS INTENTION WAS RATHER TO ENSURE THAT, IF AND WHEN SUCH AN . EXCHaNGt WAS ESTABLISHED, iT WOULD OPERATE IN A WELL REGUuATED AND ORDERLY MANNER, AND-IN'ACCORDANCE WITH INTERNATIONALLY ACCEPTED PRACTICES AND STANDARDS.

THE GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE TO BE CONVINCED THAT THE CASE-FOR, AND^. VIABILITY OF, AN EXCHANGE HAD .BEEN ESTABLISHED.

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$2 MILLION PROJECT TO BEAUTIFY TUNG TAU ESTATE

WORK HAS BEGUN OH THE CONSTRUCTION OF 13 REST GARDENS, A CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND, TWO BADMINTON COURTS AND A TABLE TENNIS COMPOUND AT TUNG TAU ESTATE IN KOWLOON.

THESE AMENITIES, ESTIMATED TO COST ABOUT $2 MILLION, .FORM PART OF AH OVERALL $5 MILLION ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME FOR THE ESTATE WHICH IS ONE OF THE EARLIER +GROUP B+ ESTATES HOUSING SOliE 46,000 PEOPLE.

THE WORK IS BEING CARRIED OUT ON THE OPEN SPACE BETWEEN BLOCK 11 AND 20 ’AND SHOULD BE COMPLETED IN ZiBOUT FOUR MONTHS.

AI PRESENT, THERE ARE ALREADY 10 SMALL REST GARDENS BETWEEN BLOCK 2 AND 10 IN THE ESTATE.

WHEN THE ENTIRE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME IS COMPLETED EARLY NEXT YEAR, THERE WILL BE A TOTAL OF 27 REST GARDENS, 2 BADMINTON COURTS, A CHILDREN'S PLAYGROUND AND A TABLE TENNIS COMPOUND.

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MONDAY, MAY 6, 1974.

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

IN-DEPTH REVIEW INTO PRISON INDUSTRY UNDERWAY TO CONSIDER IMPROVING FACILITIES.................................1

' PUBLIC RELATIONS SEMINAR FOR MEMBERS OF NURSING GRADE ... 2

RURAL REPRESENTATIVES TOUR NEW SHA TAU KOK CLINIC AND MATERNITY HOME........*....................................   3

TWO FOUR-STOREY PRE-WAR BUILDINGS ON HONG KONG ISLAND DECLARED DANGEROUS .......................................... 3

DEPENDENT OF CRIME VICTIM RECEIVES COMPENSATION AWARD ... 4

FOURTEEN POLICE OFFICERS AND FIRE SERVICES OFFICERS WILL

RECEIVE INSIGNIAS ON WEDNESDAY .............................. 5

PRESS CONFERENCE ON OIL SITUATION TOMORROW .................  5

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MONDAY, MAY 6, 1974

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PRISON INDUSTRY BEING REVIEWED * K K K « Ji

THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT IS CONDUCTING AN IN-DEPTH REVIEW OF THE PRISON INDUSTRY WITH A VIEW TO IMPROVING EXISTING FACILITIES.

AT PRESENT, EVERY INNATE - EXCEPT THOSE CERTIFIED MEDICALLY UNFIT - IS REQUIRED TO WORK IN AN AVAILABLE TRADE MOST SUITED TO MS ABILITY DURING HIS TERM OF SENTENCE. EXISTING TRADES INCLUDE TAILORING, SHOE-MAKING. LAUNDRY WORK, RATTANWARE, METAL WORK, CARPENTRY, BAMBOOWARE, PAINTING, PRINTING, SILK-SCREENING AND FIBRE-GuASS MOULDING.

+THE PRISON INDUSTRY PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE REHABILITATION OF PRISONERS,* SAID MR. WALLACE KINGHT, SUPERINTENDENT C1NDUSTRIAL) OF THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT. +IT IS concerned mainly with equipping every prisoner with sone skills WHICH WILL STAND HIM IN GOOD STEAD IN THE EMPLOYMENT MARKET WHEN HE LEAVES•+

★FOR THIS REASON, WE KEEP A CONSTANT'WATCH ON THE SKILLS WHICH ARE IN DEHAND OUTSIDE AND TRY TO PROVIDE TRAINING IN THESE SKILLS.+

RECENTLY INCREASINGLY HORE SOPHISTICATED SKILLS HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED INTO PRISON WORKSHOPS, INCLUDING SILK-SCREENING AND FIBRE-Gt-ASS MOULDING, HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF THE TRAFFIC SIGNS USED IN HONG KUNG ARE HADE BY PRISONERS USING SILK-SCREENING TECHNIQUES. ALSU, IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT THOSE WITH A SKTLL IN F(ibR£-GLASS HOULDING CAN. EASILY FIND EMPLOYMENT ON RELEASE FROM PRISON^ THE AVERAGE DAILY INCOME OF A SKILLED FIBRE-GLASS WORKER WAS BETWEEN $40 TO $60.-*-

' MOREOVER, THE PRISON INDUSTRY IS A MAIN SOURCE OF SUPPLY FOR SOME GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS INCLUDING THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT. FUR EXAMPLE, GOODS VALUED AT SU MILLION AT THE MARKET VALUE WERE PRODUCED BY PRISON INDUSTRY LAST YEAR AT A COST OF ABOUT MILLION- TO THE GOVERNMENT.

+WH1LE PRISON INDUSTRY CAN AND DOES HELP TO CONTRIBUTE FINANCIALLY TO THE GOVERNMENT,' THE MAIN PENOLOGICAL OBJECTIVES OF PRISON INDUSTRY IS TO KEEP PRISONERS GAINFULLY EMPLOYED AND EQUIP THEM WITH SKILLS, SU THAT THEY. CAN EARN A LIVING AFTER RELEASE

j.FROM PRISON.

+1N RECENT YEARS, THE'GOVERNMENT HAS SPENT HEAVILY ON MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT .FOR THE PRISON INDUSTRY SO THAT THESE OBJECTIVES HAY BE MORE EFFECTIVELY ATTAINED.

+THE OBJECT OF THE REVIEW PRESENTLY TAKING PLACE IS TO SEE •HOW A.4D WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO HAKE PRISON INDUSTRY STILL HORE EFFICIENT, ITS PRODUCTIVITY INCREASED’ HORE TRADES ADDED AND BETTER TRAINING GIVEN TO THE INMATES,+ HR. KINGHT SAID.

lixcday, isay 6, 1974

FIRST SEMINAR ON PUBLIC RELATIONS FOR NURSING GRADES li » » K Ji X

THE FIRST SEMINAR ON PUBLIC RELATIONS, DESIGNED EXCLUSIVELY -FOR MEMBERS OF THE NURSING GRADES IN THE MEDICAL Aid) HEALTH DEPARTMENT, WILL HEAR AR APPEAL FOR IMPROVED PERFORMANCE BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS (SPECIAL DUTIES), HR. AUGUSTINE KAM CHUI.

' THE SEMINAR WILL TAKE UP THE ENTIRE AFTERNOON OF FRIDAY CHAY 10) BEGINNING AT 2.30 P.H. IM THE SCHOOL OF GENERAL NURSING IN THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, AND 100 SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE NURSING GRADES WILL ATTEND.

THIS IS THE FIFTH SEMINAR ON PUBLIC RELATIONS PREPARED BY THE DEPARTMENT FOR ITS STAFF, BUT THE FIRST TO EE HELD IN ENGLISH, AND THE FIRST FOR GRADES OF PROFESSIONAL STATUS.

ONE PARTICULARLY INTERESTING DEPARTURE FROM ROUTINE IS THE 45 MINUTES THAT WILL EE RESERVED FOR THOSE ATTENDING TO PUT FORWARD THEIR IDEAS, AND PERHAPS THEIR DEFENCE, IN THE LIGHT OF MUCH RECENT CRITICISM BY MEMBERS GF THE PUBLIC.

A SECOND GUEST SPEAKER WILL BE'MR. SZE CHU31AN, ASSISTANT TO THE MANAGING DIRECTOR OF HK-TVB, UHO WILL TELL THE GATHERING WHAT HE ESTIMATES TO BE THE EXTENT OF PUBLIC FEELING ON ~ ALLEGATIONS OF RUDENESS AMONG. i!UBSE§, WHAT HE THINKS SHOULD BE DONE ABOUT IT, ANDxWHY.

THE SEMINAR MILL BE UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF DR. K.F. CHAN, ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AID HEALTH SERVICES (MEDICAL).

ON THE ROSTRUM AMONG THE SPEAKERS WILL BE HISS K.J. VEEVERS, PRINCIPAL NURSING OFFICER, AND- MR. ARTHUR STARLING, CHIEF HOSPITAL SECRETARY,.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THIS SIGNIFICANT

- DEPARTMENTAL SEMINAR, ORGANISED ON THE INSTRUCT-" iofis of dr. Gerald choa, director of medical and HEALTH SERVICES. IT MILL BE COMPLETELY OPEN AND UNREHEARSED. THERE UILL BE OPPORTUNITIES FOR RADIO AND TV COVERAGE, IF DESIRED.

i;o;oay, KZ»Y 6, 1974


tiU.ia_ LEADERS INSPECT EE'J SHA i>.J KOK CLINIC


RURAL REPRESENTATIVES Hl THZ HEU TERRITORIES TODAY INSPECTED THE HZDIC’.L AND HEZ.-TH CZP.'RL.LRT’S i.E'J STANDARD RURAL ClINIC AND K.iiEilKITY HJ..E 1.1 Sil.T TAJ KCX.

THE CLINIC BEGAN OPERATION ON MARCH 13, AKD RURAL LEADERS SAID FOLLOWING THE INSPECTION THAT IN THEIR VIEW TEE EXTRA FACILITIES DESERVED THE PRAISE OF THOSE UH 3 HAD ALREADY MADE USE OF T*iZu.

THE OCCASION WAS NOT A FORMAL OPENING CEREMONY, AS THE CLINIC MERELY REPLACES THE FORNZP. CLINIC U’iTHlU THE CLOSED AREA OF SHa T/.U KOK UiilCH HAD LEAN TEMPORARILY Ci’ERATItlQ F.iO.I RENTED PRE* IISES, A.O DID KOT HAVE i. LATEiUlTY UAAD.

THE RURAL REPRESENTATIVES HAD BEEN INVITED TO INSPECT THE PRE*USES AT A Th.2 Ui.ZN THEY COULD SEE IT ACTIVELY AT WORK. THEY WERE RECEIVED DY THE DIRECTOR OF l.LDICAL AIS HEALTH SERVICES, DR GERAlD CHJZi.

ALSO PRESENT UERE i'.R, DAVID AKERS-JONES, SECRETARY FOR THE HEU TERRITORIES’ SENIOR REPRESENTATIVES GF TLE HEU TERRITORIES ADrthJlSTRATlUii, h.E HEU T_R.ilTJ.lIES DISTRICT OF THE ROYAL HOi.G KONG POLICE FORCE, AND OFFICERS GF (.ED IC Al AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

THE NEU CLINIC IS LOCATED AT SHEK CHUNG AU. THIS IS A SITE ADJACENT TO THE RECREATION GROUND OF THE SHA TAU KOK PRIMARY SCHOOL.

FACILITIES INCLUDE, BESIDES THE MATERNITY WARD, AN OUT-PATIENT CLINIC, A DISPE.iSAP.Y, AiiD STAFF QUARTERS.

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY DECLARED NOS. 44 AND 4b BUnhArt ST.-tauD WloT TU oE In A DZ.KCERUJS CONDITION AND KOS. 42 A**D 4da LladuE TU BECOnE DANGEROUS.

IN A ST/iTEriENT THE PnIhCIP.AL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THESE FUUR-sTukLY PRE-Whn BUILDINGS UERE INSPECTED DURING A RUUThii SURVEY OF THE Z..EA aKD RECENT uUVEiiEUT CAUSING SERIOUS FRACTURES L* TnE LOAD BEARING BRICK UAlLS OF nOS. 44 Ar;D 4b BUNHrt.-* STrtA*.D WES I UaS DISCOVEHcD.

+THE EXTENT OF THE iiOVEi-*ENT IS SUCH THAT IT IS CONSIDERED THAT THE.ii IS a RISK OF FiJuU.iE LEADING TU A COLLAPSE.+

DEFECT^ In TnE PARTY WaLLS BETWEEN KO. 44/42A AI*D 42 TOGETHER WITH SU**E F..ESH nUVLw_.iT In THE CROSS WALLS ALSO 1 nDICaTES THAT THERE IS A RISK uF FnluU.-iE DU.;1..Q UH AFTER THE DEHJLlTlOL UF TnE <*DJUI>*I.*G D....QL..UUS BUILDINGS.

NOTICES OF IuTERTIUh TO wPPLY FUR CLLSURE ORDERS h.

VlCTO.Tln HwT.ilS* UjJi.T b'.Ju -'*♦•*• L.. JU.._ 1J '..'E..Z POSTED

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PRESENTATION OF COMPENSATION AWARD X X X X X X

A CHEQUE FOR $6,225 - AWARDED AS COMPENSATION TO THE SURVIVING RELATIVE OF A WATCHMAN, MR. PAK KWONG-WOON, WHO WAS KILLED IN PREVENTING A CRIME LAST YEAR - WAS PRESENTED TO THE MAN'S RELATIVE TODAY BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT ON BEHALF OF THE GOVERNMENT.

- THE AWARD WAS APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL LAST MONTH

UNDER SECTION 95 C1) OF THE INTERPRETATION AND GENERAL CLAUSES ORDINANCE WHICH AUTHORIZES COMPENSATION TO B3 PAID +TO ANY PERSON INJURED IN THE EXECUTION OF A MORAL OR LEGAL DUTY TO ASSIST IN THE PREVENTION OR A RESISTANCE TO CRIME, OR TO THE DEPENDANT OF A PERSON SO INJURED WHO DIES AS A RESULT OF SUCH INJURY.♦

THE MONEY WAS AWARDED TO MR. PAK’S DEPENDANT, AN ELDER SISTER LIVING IN CHINA, AND WAS RECEIVED ON HER BEHALF BY HER NEPHEW IN HONG KONG.

AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH ON MARCH 22, 1973, MR. PAK KWONG-WOON WAS EMPLOYED AS A WATCHMAN AT THE TUNG FAT BUILDING IN FA YUEN STREET, KOWLOON. HE WAS THEN 65. ON THE DAY IN QUESTION HE WAS ON DUTY AND WAS STABBED TO DEATH WHILE TRYING TO APPREHEND A THIEF. -

THIS AWARD IS EXPECTED TO BE ONE OF THE FEW MADE UNDER SECTION 95 (1) OF CAP. 1 AS THERE IS NOW A NEW SCHEME ENTITLED THE CRIMINAL AID LAW ENFORCEMENT INJURIES COMPENSATION SCHEME INTRODUCED IN HAY 1973 SPECIFICALLY FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING ’ COMPENSATION. HOWEVER, THE PROVISION OF SECTION 95 CD CAN ALSO B» APPLIED TO PARTICULARLY MERITORIOUS CASES ARISING AFTER MAY 23, 1973 NOTWITHSTANDING THEIR HAVING BEEN DEALT WITH UNDER THE NEW SCHEME.

THE AIM OF THE SCHEME IS TO PROVIDE SPEEDY COMPENSATION BOTH FOR THOSE WHO ARE INJURED, DISABLED OR KILLED AS A DIRECT OR INDIRECT RESULT OF A CRIME OF VIOLENCE, AND FOR THOSE WHO ARE ACCIDENTALLY INJURED, DISABLED OR KILLED BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER USING A WEAPON IN THE EXECUTION OF HIS DUTY.

THIS SCHEME, WHICH IS ADMINISTERED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE • DEPARTMENT, IS NUN-MEANS TESTED AND NON-CONTRIBUTORY. PAYMENTS . UNDER THE SCENE ARE MADE FROM PUBLIC FUNDS.

THE LEVELS OF COMPENSATION ARE DECIDED BY TWO BOARDS, MEMBERS OF WHOM ARE MADE UP OF WELL KNOWN PUBLIC FIGURES APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR.

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PRESENTATION OF INSICJIA

x x x x x x

FOURTEEN MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE AND THE FIRE SERVICES WHO HAVE BEEN DECORATED BY HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN WILL RECEIVE THE INSIGNIA OF THEIR AWARDS AT A CEREMONY IN GOVERNMENT HOUSE Oil WEDNESDAY CHAY 8J.

THE AWARDS — THE COLONIAL POLICE MEDAL FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE -- WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE RECIPIENTS BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEhCSE.

OHLY PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS WITH SPECIAL PASSES WILL BE ADMITTED TO THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY. THEY SHOULD MEET G.l.S. OFFICERS IN THE GUARD ROOii OF GOVERN. .EiiT HOUSE NOT LATER THAN 11.30 A.H. ON WEDNESDAY.

NEWSPAPERS HOT RECEIVING PASSES WILL BE ABLE TO OBTAIN PHOTOGRAPHS BY MAKING ARRANQEI.E11TS FOR THE SUPPLY OF PRINTS WITH THE MAINLAND STUDIO AT 44 CARNARVON RGlD, KG'JLOON, TELEPHONE NUMBER 3~6717i>5-

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PRESS CONFERENCE Oil OIL X X X X X X X

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A PRESS CONFERENCE ON THE OIL SITUATION WILL BE HELD AT 12 NOON TOMORROW (TUESDAY) lii THE 35 i-1 THEATRE OF THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERV1CES.5TH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

ATTENDING WILL BE MR. DEREK UONES, SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES’ MR. ALEC PURVES, DIRECTOR OF 01l SUPPLIES’ HR. DOMINIC WONG, PRINCIPAL OIL SUPPLIES OFFICER’ HR. HUGH ARDLEY, ASSISTANT ECONOMIC SECRETARY’ AND HR. DAVID FORD, DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING. TELEVISION CREWS ARE REQUESTED TO SET UP THEIR EQUIPMENT BEFORE THE SThRT OF THE CONFERENCE TO REDUCE INCONVENIENCE.

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KOOAY» LAY 6, 1974.

CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE £t it ii S it it

THE FOLLOW ING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY CKOHDAY) AT SALES UNDER THE RICE CONTROL SCHEME Al.’D AT THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AID THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEUNG SHA WAN, KOULOOUs

) .

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RiCE

GRADE OF RICE CHINA RICE . AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WH0LESAL] AVERAGJ

SEE MEW

- OLD CROP

- .NEW CROP GOOD 2.21

S.C.J1EN

- OLD CROP

- NEU CROP GOOD 2.16

PO NGA I GOOD 1.72

CHU CHO

THAI RiCE I

100% WHOLE —— ' —

10-15* SROKENS GOOD 2.07

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.92

A1 SUPER good 1.72

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 2.03 .

U.S. RICE . GOOD 0 1.94

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.92

PAKISTAN RICE .• ——

TAIWAN* RICE A

PR1CEC$?CATTY)

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY : . GOOD

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK

C$/PICUu-Ll VE WEIGHT) : 305 CAVERAGE)

/SUPPLIES AUD .

MONDAY, MAY 6, 197-4.

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH

CFilu CiiEUHQ SHA UAH UHULE^aLE FISH haaKET )

SPECIES AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PR I HIGH LOW CECS/CATTY) MODE

• qOLDEN THREAD GOOD 4.80 3.50 4.00

Biq-EYES qouD 2.30 0.70 2.00

SqiUiD NORMAL 5.20 2.50 . 4.00

HAlrt-IK luS LlrtlTcD 2.00 o.yo 1.80

•» LiZartD FISHES LiHi TED 2.50 1.20 1.80

CRUAKERS NORMAL 1.50 o.yo 1.20

CUiiQErt-P I KE—EELS NQRriAL 1.60 1.10 1 .40

mELON CJ/iT SCARCE 1.80 0.60 1.40

BkEAmS . LIMITED 5.50 3.50 4.00

YELLOW belly good i.yo 0.50 1.20

nACKERELS qouD 3.70 2.50 3.30

RED Qua? FISH QOUD 1.60 0.50 O.oO

FORK-TAIL Lia I TED 1.30 o.zy 0.70

HORSE ~ HEAD Lin i TED 6.50 3.00 5.00

i'icLuO SEED quod 2.00 0.80 1.00

POnFHE To SCARCE y.oo /•bo y.uo O.UU

QurcUuFaS NORMAL 7.00 b.00

SUPPLIES AND. WHOLESALE 'PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

CV.M.O. CHEUNQ SHA WAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKETS

TYPE OF AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY>

veG&table OF SUPPLY HIGH LOW MODE

fl6wering cabbage LIMITED 1.50 0.60 1.00

WHITE CABBAGE GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.25

CHINESE LETTUCE NORMAL 0.50 0.20 0.30

WATER SPINACH NORMAL 0.70 0.20 0.50

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 1.20 0.50 0.80

STRING BEANS —— ——

SPRING ONION NORMAL 1.20 0.20 0.60

SPINACH SCARCE 1.00 0.40 0.70

WATER CRESS NORMAL O.BO 0.20 0.6Q

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE NORMAL 0.40 0.10 0.30

CHINESE SPINACH NORMAL 0.50 0.10 0.30

TOMATO • 4 " NORMAL 1.40 0.50 0.70

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TUESDAY, MAY 7. 1974.

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

CONTINUED VOLUNTARY SAVINGS IN ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION

URGED  .................................................... 1

SECRETARY FOR HOUSING TOURS THREE HOUSING COMPLEXES IN '

KOWLOON ................................................... 2

DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH TO BE NEW CHAIRMAN OF CASAn CLUB...............................................   3

FOUNDATION STONE LAYING CEREMONY FOR PING SHAN RURAL

COMMITTEE CENTRE .......................................... 3

INQUIRY INTO ACCIDENT INVOLVING "PIPER” AIRCRAFT COMPLETED.................................................. 4

KOWLOON - CANTON RAILWAY IS GOING MUSICAL ................. 5

AUCTION OF "LUCKY” CAR NUMBERS TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY 6

WARNING AGAINST TOUTS AT TRANSPORT OFFICES ................ 6

DC AND I DIRECTOR SUPPORT PROPOSED PETROCHEMICAL COMPLEX. 7

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETINGTOMORROW ...................... 9-

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TUESDAY, MAY 7, 1974

NEW OIL OFFICIALS STRESS NEED TO SAVE FUEL if if if if if if

THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, MR. DEREK JONES, TODAY APPEALED FUR CONTINUED VOLUNTARY SAVINGS IN THE USE OF ELECTRICITY.

MR. J . .ES SaID THAT Tr.E QUESTION CF FUEL OIL SUPPLIES TO HON ■; KO^G J UNCEL.A1N ENOUGH TO WARRANT THIS APPEAL.

♦IF UE ARE TO QET THROUGH THIS SUMMER WITHOUT REDUCING OUR STOCKS OF FUEL OIL TO UNACCEPTABLE LEVELS WE HAVE ALL GOT TO CUNTIhUE SAVING,* HE S/.1D.

NR. JONES WAS SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE AT WHICH HE FORMALLY INTRODUCED HIMSELF AND HR. ALEC PURVES AS THE NEW CHAIRuAN GF THE OIL POLICY COMMITTEE AND THE HEU DIRECTOR OF OIL SUPPLIES RESPECTIVELY. 1

HE SAID THAT ALTHOUGH PRESS REPORTS INDICATED THAT THE WORLD OIL SITUATION WAS LESS SERIOUS THAN IT HAD BEEN SEVERAL iiudTHS AGO, THIS WAS NOT SO FOR ALL COUNTRIES ARD THE POSITION IN HONG KONG HAD NUT CHANGED INSOFAR AS FUEL OIL FOR THE POWER COMPANIES WAS CONCERNED.

LOOKING AT PAST PATTERNS OF CONSUMPTION, EE SAID THAT IN THE COMING SUMMER MONTHS HONG KONG'S ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION, . AMD CONSEQUEhTLY FUEL OIL CONSUMPTION, WOULD INCREASE BY HORE THAN 20 PER CENT, FIFTEEN PER CENT OF WHICH WAS DUE TO AIR-CONDITIONING.

+ 1T IS IN THIS AREA OF AIR CONDITIONING THAT I URGE THE PUBLIC TO MAKE AN EFFORT AT SAVING,* MR. JONES SAID.

MR. JONES ANNOUNCED THAT A CAMPAIGN WOULD BE LAUNCHED TO PERSUADE PEOPLE TO BE HORE FUEL COiiSCiOUS.

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.+THE CAMPAIGN*, HE SAID, +UILL STRESS THE NEED TO SAVE AND WILL SUGGEST WaYS OF DOING THIS*.

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, HE SAID THAT BY TURNING DOWN AIR CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT BY TWO DEGREES CENTIGRADE, FOR EXAMPLE IT WAS POSSIBLE TO SAVE AS MUCH AS 15 PER CENT ON ELECTRICITY OR FUEL OIL CONSUMPTION.

+USEFUL ECONOMIES CAN z.LSO BE MADE BY TURNING AIR-CONDITIONERS ON LATER ARD SWITCHING THEM OFF EARLIER,* MR. JOBES ADDED.

HE WENT ON TO CONFIRM THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS ENCOURAGING ALL ITS STAFF TO WEAR LIGHTER AND, IF DESIRED, LESS FORMAL, CLOTHES TO THE OFFICE SO AS TO REDUCE THE NEED FOR AIR-CONDITIONING.

HE HOPED COMMERCIAL FIRMS WOULD FOLLOW SUIT.

MR. JONES SAID THAT OTHER CAMPAIGN MATERIAL INCLUDED TWO PAMPHLETS WHICH WOULD BE SENT GUT TO OFFICES AND FACTORIES.

THESE CONTAIN USEFUL HINTS ON HOU EMPLOYERS CAN HAKE MORE EFFECTIVE USE OF MACHINERY AND OTHER EQUIPMENT IN THEIR FACTORIES AND OFFICES IN OhDEk TO SAVE FUEL AND, IN THE PROCESS, MONEY. HE EMPHASISED THAT THE PAMPHLET FOR INDUSTRY WOULD CONTAIN ADVICE ON ' HOW TO SAVE ELECTRICITY WITHOUT AFFECTING PRODUCTION.

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HELP RUN YOUR BUILDING PROPERLY - HR. LIQHTBODY n n it « » «

THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, MR. IAN LIGHTBODY, TODAY SOUNDED A WARNING TO FLAT OWNERS UHO REFUSED TO PAY THEIR SHARE TOWARDS THE RUNNING AND MAINTENANCE COSTS OF THEIR MULTI-STONEY BUILDINGS.

ADDRESSING REPRESENTAT1VES OF MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS * OWNERS CORPORATIONS DURING A TOUR THIS MORNING, MR. LIQHTBODY SAID; +WE WANT TO SEE WHAT UE CAN DO TO HELP THESE CORPORATIONS DO A GOOD JOB, AND THIS MUST INCLUDE FINDING SOME MAY TO PERSUADE ALL OWNERS THAT THEY MUST PAY THEIR SHARE TOWARDS KEEPING THEIR PROPERTY IN GOOD ORDER.*

MR. LIGHTBODY'S VISIT HAS TO THE WING HAH BUILDING IN CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD, THE FERRY POINT CO.iPLEX AT JORDAN ROAD WHICH HAS A POPULATION OF ABOUT 39,000, AND TO CHUNGKING MANSION AT TS1M SHA TSUI.

MR. LIQHTBODY WAS FULL OF PRAISE FOR THE GOOD WORK BEING DONE BY THE MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS OWNERS CORPORATIONS. +THEY ARE DOING A VERY ESSENTIAL JOB, AND THE COMMUNITY SHOULD BE GRATEFUL TO THOSE PUBLIC-SPIRITED MEN AND WOMEN WHO TAKE ON THESE TASKS,* HE SAID. '

+T0 A VERY LARGE EXTENT A GOOD LIVING ENVIRONMENT DEPENDS ON THEIR CONTRIBUTION, AND I HOPE ALL THEIR CQ-OUNERS WILL SUPPORT THEM IN THE WURK. -

♦THE DIFFICULTIES SEEM TO"ARISE WHEN OTHER OWNERS IN THESE LARGE BUILDINGS REFUSE TO PAY THEIR CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS RUNNING AND MAINTENANCE COSTS, AND THIS IS MOST UNREASONABLE, AND UNFAIR TO THEIR OFFICE-BEARERS,+ HE SAID.

MR. LIGHTBODY CITED A RECENT CASE IN UH1CH AN OWNERS CORPORATION WAS TOLD BY THE BUILDING AUTHORITY THAT CERTAIN ESSENTIAL PLUMBING AND DRAINAGE WORK 11JST BE DONE. THE CORPORATION APPOINTED AN ARCHITECT AND HE PRODUCED Ail ESTIMATE OF COST. HOWEVER, MOST UF THE OWNERS REFUSED TO PAY THEIR SHARE AND THIS ESSENTIAL WORK THEREFORE HAD TO BE DONE BY THE BUILDING AUTHORITY, FOR THE TIME BEING AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE.

♦THIS IS THE SORT OF SITUATION WE MUST AVOID IN FUTURE,* MR. LIQHTBODY STRESSED.

DURING HIS THREE-HOUR VISIT TO THE THREE BUILDING COMPLEXES MR. LIGHTBODY WAS BRIEFED ON THE MANAGEMENT, SECURITY AND CLEANING ASPECTS OF THE BUILDINGS.

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DR. CHOA TO BE CASAM CLUB PRESIDENT ft ft ft ft ft ft

THE CASAM CLUB WILL HOLD ITS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING ON FRIDAY CHAY 1O> AT WHICH DR. GERALD CHOA, DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, WILL TAKE OVER FROM THE OUTGOING PRESIDENT, MR. WOO PAK-CHUEN.

AN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF SEVEN MEMBERS WILL BE ELECTED For 1974/75.

THE CASAM CLUB, FOUNDED IN 1954, IS THE CLUB FOR MEMBERS OF THE CIVIL AID SERVICES AND THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICE, AND IT IS FROM THESE SERVICES THAT THE NAME CASAM IS DERIVED.

MEMBERSHIP OF THE CLUB IS LARGE. FUNCTIONS SUCH AS LAUNCH PICNICS, POP DANCES, AND CHILDREN'S PARTIES ARE HELD REGULARLY.

NOTE TO EDITORS: THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE CASAM CLUB --------------- WILL BEGIN AT 6.00 P.M., MAY 10, IN THE CLUB'S

PREMISES ON THE FOURTH FLOOR.OF BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. COCKTAILS WILL BE SERVED HALF AN HOUR EARLIER. YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE PARTY AND TO COVER THE OCCASION.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. IAN MACPHERSON, WILL TOMORROW (MAY 8) OFFICIATE AT A FOUNDATION STONE LAYING CEREMONY OF THE NEW PING SHAN RURAL. COMMITTEE CENTRE IN YUEN LONG AT

3 P.M.

WHEN COMPLETED, THE CENTRE WILL PROVIDE A LIBRARY AS WELL AS RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR THE RESIDENTS OF YUEN LONG.

- YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONY.

COPIES OF MR. MACPHERSON'S SPEECH WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION IN THE $.1.S. PRESS BOXES TOMORROW EVENING.

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INQUIRY INTO +PIPER+ INCIDENT COMPLETED X it it it X it

THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT INVOLVING THE HONG KONG AERO CLUB’S PIPER PA-28-140, VR-HGB, AT HONG KONG AIRPORT ON APRIL 12, 1974 HAS BEEN COMPLETED. .

AFTER TAKE-OFF THE PILOT HEARD A CONTINUING KNOCKING NOISE •AND IMMEDIATELY REQUESTED. AN EMERGENCYfLAND ING. THE LANDING WAS NORMAL UP TO THE POINT WHERE THE UNDERCARRIAGE SHOULD HAVE SUPPORTED THE AIRCRAFT.

THERE WAS HOWEVER A PRONOUNCED TENDENCY FOR THE AIRCRAFT TO SWING TO THE LEFT AND IT BECAME IMPOSSIBLE TO CONTROL THE AIRCRAFT ON THE GROUND. IT RAN OFF THE RUNWAY AND CAME TO REST ON AN EARTH HOUND. BOTH MAIN UNDERCARRIAGE WHEELS AND BRAKE UNITS WERE WRENCHED OFF, THE PROPELLOR, FLAPS AND UNDER-SURFACES OF THE AIRCRAFT WERE DAMAGED. NO INJURIES WERE SUFFERED BY THE TWO PILOTS.

THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT WAS FOUND TO BE THE FAILURE OF A METAL TORQUE LINK ON THE LEFT UNDERCARRIAGE UNIT. WITH THIS FAILURE THE LEFT UNDERCARRIAGE UNIT FELL.COMPLETELY FREE FROM THE ATTACHING STRUT AND WAS SUSPENDED OHLY BY THE BRAKE PIPE LINE.

THE PILOT WAS NOT AWARE OF THE CAUSE OF THE KNOCKING NOISE, NEITHER COULD HE HAVE KNOUN THAT THE LEFT UNIT OF HIS UNDERCARRIAGE WAS BROKEN. HE WAS ABLE TO MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL UNTIL THE AIRCRAFT WEIGHT WAS NO LONGER BEING BORNE BY THE AERODYNAMIC FORCE. WITH ONLY OKE UNDERCARRIAGE UNIT SUPPORTING THE(AIRCRAFT, DIRECTIONAL CONTROL BECAME IMPOSSIBLE.

THE BROKEN TORQUE LINK WAS INSPECTED AND FOUND TO HAVE SUFFERED AN INCIPIENT FRACTURE. THE LINK HAS BEEN SENT FOR . METALLURGIC EXAMINATION AND THE AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURER NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE.

TUESDAY, MAY 7, 1974

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KCR GOING MUSICAL

X X X X

THE SOUND OF MUSIC WILL BE ALL OVER THE RAILWAY TERMINAL AT TS1M SHA TSUI FROM NEXT MONDAY CMAY 13> TO CREATE A MORE PLEASANT ATMOSPHERE FOR PASSENGERS AND MEMBERp OF THE PUBLIC.

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THE MUSIC VENTURE IS BEING LAUNCHED ON AN EXPERIMENTAL BASIS BY K.C.R. IN CO-OPERATION WITH RED1FFUS1ON LTD. WHO WILL PROVIDE THE MUSICAL TAPES.

K.C.R. GENERAL MANAGER. MR. REG GREGORY, SAID IT WAS HOPED THAT PASSENGERS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC WOULD FIND THE MUSIC PLEASANT WHILE OBTAINING TICKETS AND BOARDING TRAINS. THE MUSIC WILL BE INTERRUPTED WHEN STATION ANNOUNCEMENTS ARE BEING HADE.

THE VENTURE WILL INITIALLY GO ON FOR TWO WEEKS, STARTING ON MONDAY, TO ASSESS PUBLIC REACTION. +IF THE OPINION OF THE PUBLIC IS FAVOURABLE,'CONSIDERATION WILL BE GIVEN TO ESTABLISH SIMILAR FACILITIES ON A MORE PERMANENT BASIS,+ MR. GREGORY SAID.

+1T IS DIFFICULT TO ’PROVIDE MUSIC TO SUIT EVERYONE’S .TASTE SIMULTANEOUSLY AND INDEED SOME PEOPLE MAY NOT LIKE IT AT ALL. AS A RESULT, A GREAT VARIETY OF BOTH EUROPEAN AND CHINESE MUSIC WILL BE PLAYED DURING THE EXPERIMENT, GIVING THEM A WIDE SELECTION OF CHOICE ON THE TYPE OF MUSIC THEY LIKE BEST.*

* .

MR. GREGORY SAID HE WOULD WELCOME COMMENTS AND VIEWS ON THE EXPERIMENT AND THE CHOICE OF MUSIC, AND HE INVITED PEOPLE TO EITHER WRITE TO HIM DIRECT OR TO THE READERS' COLUMNS OF NEWSPAPERS.

HE ALSO WELCOMED THE PUBLIC’S VIEWS AND SUGGESTIONS ON AOT ASPECT OF THE RAILWAY TO HEEP IMPROVE ITS MANAGEMENT AND SERVICES.

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MORE ‘LUCKY1 CAR NUMBERS TO BE SOLD FOR CHARITY * X X X X X

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IS PUTTING UP A FURTHER 20 ‘LUCKY’ CAR NUMBERS FOR SALE THIS SATURDAY CHAY 11).

THE AUCTION WILL BE HELD IN THE'CITY HALL THEATRE AT 10 A.M. ONE HOUR EARLIER THAN USUAL. THE PROCEEDS WILL BE PAID INTO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND.

THE NUMBERS TO BE PUT UP FOR AUCTION ARE:

1833 HK939 AK38 A888 BC10

ayay AJ1 AK50 AjU100 BC1234

HK36 AJ22 AU19 AV3113 BB456

HK525 AJ1771 AU 74 7 AZ6OO6 BF111

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY IN CASH OR BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE BIDDING.

THE VEHICLE REGISTRATION.MARK WILL BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO A VEHICLE REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THE DATE OF AUCTION.

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WARNING AGAINST TOUTS AT TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT OFFICES X X X X X X

PEOPLE USING THE LICENSING FACILITIES OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WERE TODAY WARNED TO BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR TOUTS ■ Sho have been operating outside the new headquarters building (IN MURRAY ROAD. CENTRAL, AND PU» CHING ROAD IN KOWLOON.

THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR. PETER LEEDS, SAID THAT THE TOUTS WERE PERSUADING UNSUSPECTING CUSTOMERS TO PAY BETWEEN $3 AND $5 TO FILL IN THE VARIOUS TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT APPLICATION FORMS.

+THE TOUTS CLAIM THAT THEY ARE COLLECTING THE MONEY FOR DEPARTMENTAL STAFF. THIS IS COMPLETELY UNTRUE AND IS MERELY A TRICK.

+THEY ALSO CLAIM THAT, IF FORMS ARE NOT FILLED IN BY THEM, AN APPLICANT W{LL HAVE DIFFICULTY WHEN HE PRESENTS THEM TO THE ----- COUNTER STAFF. THIS AGAIN IS NOT TRUE,* MR. LEEDS SAID. _

THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER STRESSED THAT THE DEPARTMENT PROVIDES A FREE FORM FILLING SERVICE INSIDE THE LICENSING OFFICES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE HARBOUR.

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 COMPLETE THE FORMS FREE OF CHARGE.

MR. LEEDS ADDED THAT SPECIAL NOTICES ARE DISPLAYED OUTSIDE THE LICENSING OFFICE IN MURRAY ROAD, AS WELL AS ON THE MAIN DOORS, ADVISING PEOPLE OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT'S OWN FREE FORM FILLING'SERVICE INSIDE.

TUESDAY, HAY 7. 1974

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GREAT SIGNIFICANCE OF PROPOSED OIL REFINERY AND PETROCHEMICAL COMPLEX ” it 1: » it it it it it

THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, HR. JAMES MCGREGOR, TONIGHT EXPRESSED STRONG SUPPORT FOR TKS PROPOSAL TO ESTABLISH AN OIL REFINERY AND PETROCHEMICAL COMPLEX IN HONG KONG.

HE SAID THAT THE COMMERCE AMD INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT IS +VERY STRONGLY IN FAVOUR OF THIS EXCITING PROJECT*, WHICH IT REGARDED AS HAVING GREAT SIGNIFICANCE FOR HONG KONG'S FUTURE INDUSTRIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

HR. MCGREGOR, WHO WAS ADDRESSING THE LIONS CLUB OF HAPPY VALLEY, SAID THAT AT TODAY'S PRICES THE WHOLE CQ.1PLEX IS LIKELY TO COST OVER $4,000 MILLION WHEN COMPLETED, AND THE INVESTMENT THUS COMPARED QUITE FAV0URZJ3LY WITH THE FIRST FOUR STAGES OF THE MASS TRANSIT SYSTEM. ,

+THAT INTERNATIONALLY-KNOWN COMPANIES, AND THEIR BANKERS, ARE WILLING TO TAKE UP SUCH AN ENORMOUS COMMITMENT TO HONG KONG SPEAKS WELL OF OUR PRESENT ECONOMIC STRENGTH AND OF OUR LORQER TERU VIABILITY,* HE ADDED.

MR. MCGREGOR SAID THAT THE PROPOSED COMPLEX WOULD BE A MASSIVE PRODUCER OF THE OIL AND PETROCHEMICALS WHICH +WE NEED RIGHT NOW AND WHICH WE SHALL NEED INCREASINGLY IrJ FUTURE.*

THE REFINERY MIGHT REQUIRE 10 MILLION TONS OF CRUDE OIL A YEAR. THE PROCESSING OF THIS WOULD HAVE TO PROVIDE THREE MILLION TONS OF FUEL OIL FOR OUR POWER AND WATER PRODUCTION, AND ALL THE BUNKER FUEL, KEROSENE, DIESEL OILS AND PETROLS FOR OUR TRANSPORT THAT WE SHALL REQUIRE. . .

THERE WOULD BE SUBSTANTIAL SURPLUSES OF OILS FOR EXPORT, HE SAID. THIS WOULD HELP OUR BALANCE OF PAYMENTS AND PLACE JUS IN A STRONGER POSITION IN THE WORLD LEAGUE OF TRADING TERRITORIES. OTHERS WOULD DEPEND OH HONG KONG, AT LEAST TO SONE EXTENT, FOR SUPPLIES OF ESSENTIAL FUELS. UE COULD GAIN IN STATURE AND IN INTERNATIONAL INFLUENCE AS A RESULT.

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MR. MCGREGOR ADDED: +UHEN YOU TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE WORRIES AND . TRIBULATIONS OF THE LAST SIX TO EIGHT MONTHS ARISING FROM SHORTAGES, OR FEARED SHORTAGES, OF OILS AND PETROLS.'IT MUST SURELY EE CONCEDED THAT THERE IS A STRONG CASE FOR SEEKING TO IMPROVE THE SECURITY OF SUPPLY OF THE FUELS WITHOUT WHICH OUR ECONOMY WILL WITHER AND DIE.*

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE PROPOSED REFINERY WOULD ALSO BRING HUNDREDS OF GOOD JOB OPPORTUNITIES WITH IT, QUITE APART FROM THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION WORK OVER A PERIOD OF HANY YEARS.

MANY OF THESE JOBS WOULD KEAN NEU TECHNICAL SKILLS, NEW TECHNIQUES, A'WIDER BANGS OF INDUSTRIAL TRAINING AND A VIRTUALLY ALL-MALE WORKFORCE. SOME OF THE TRAINING WOULD BE PROVIDED IN OVERSEAS PLANTS.

/I-ffi. MCGREGOR.....

TUESDAY, MAY 7, 1974

MR. MCGREGOR SAID THAT THS PRODUCTION GF PETROCHEMICALS IN HONG KONG WOULD PROVIDE A SECURE SUPPLY OF ESSENTIAL HATERIALS FOR OUR MAJOR LIGHT INDUSTRIES AT PRICES WHICH ARE LIKELY TO BE STABLE OR AT LEAST FREE FROM SERIOUS SPECULATION OR PROFITEERING,

♦UE DEPEND^ TOO HUGH ON OUR FEU INDUSTRIES TO LEAVE THEM RELIANT ON UNCERTAIN SOURCES OF SUPPLY OF ESSENTIAL MATERIALS THAT CAN BE MADE HERE,+ HE SAID.

' +A WIDE RANGE OF PETROCHEMICALS CAN BE MADE IN HONG KONG AND, IN MY VIEW, WE MUST DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO PROMOTE THIS PRODUCTION. TO DO OTHERWISE, I THINK, WOULD BE TO FAIL THE ECONOMY AT A TlliE WHEN IT IS POISED FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH.+

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IT WAS PROBABLY TRUE TO SAY THAT THE PRODUCTION OF FEEDSTOCKS AND SPECIFIC PETROCHEMICALS IN LARGE QUANTITIES IN HONG KONG WOULD CREATE AN ATTRACTION FOR NEU INDUSTRIES TO LOCATE HERE TO MAKE USE OF THEM.

LIKE THE REFINERY, A PETROCHEMICAL COMPLEX WOULD PROVIDE A FURTHER RANGE OF NEU SKILLS AND JOBS. THERE WOULD BE MANY HUNDREDS OF THESE, POSSIBLY THOUSANDS, DEPENDING UPON THE DEVELOPMENT OF DOWNSTREAM INDUSTRIAL PROJECTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS: COPIES OF THE FULL TEXT OF.MR..MCGREGOR’S

SPEECH ARE DISTRIBUTED IN THE G.l.S. PRESS BOXES.

TUESDAY, KAY 7, 1974

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LEGCO MEETING ft ft ft ft ft

THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE ASKED TOilORROU (WEDNESDAY) TO HAKE A STATEMENT ON THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION IN HOilQ KONG.

THE QUESTION, TO BE RAISED BY THE HOU. JAMES MU, IS ONE OF 14 THAT Wli-L BE ASKED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS AT TOMORROW’S Legislative council session.

ON CORRUPTION, THE HON. LI FOOK-WO WILL ASK ABOUT THE NUMBER OF REPORTS RECEIVED BY THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION SINCE IT WAS SET UP, AND WHETHER THE EXISTING STAFF CAN KEEP PACE WITH THE NECESSARY INVESTIGATIONS.

MR. LI WILL ALSO ASK WHEN THE RESULTS OF THE REVIEW INTO THE PROGRESS HADE OH THE MCKINSEY REPORT WILL BE PUBLISHED.

THE HON. WILFRED WONG WILL ASK FOR AN ASSURANCE THAT FINANCIAL RESTRICTIONS WILL NOT AFFECT THE QUALITY OR QUANTITY OF MEDICINE, DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT PRESCRIBED IN GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS.

IN CONNECTION WITH BUDGETARY ADJUSTMENTS TO THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME, THE HON. 'H.M.G. FORSGATE WILL ASK WHAT DELAYS OR • REDUCTIONS, IF ANY, ARE PROPOSED IN THE HOUSING AUTHORITY’S 1O-YEAR BUILDING PROGRAMME. " -

OTHER QUESTIONS ON THE AGENDA CONCERN THE ESTABLISHMENT OF SMALUDEBTS COURTS, EXTENSION OF RADIO HONG KONG’S UHF/FIJ COVERAGE, THE POSSIBLE USE OF SURPLUS PRIMARY SCHOOL ACCOMMODATION TO ASSIST THE SECONDARY SCHOOL EXPANSION PROGRAMME, AND ASSISTANCE TO IMMIGRANTS. TO TRAVEL TO OTHER COUNTRIES.

TWO NEW BILLS WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE COUNCIL TOMORROW. THESE ARE THE PUBLIC SERVICES COMMISSION (AMENDMENT) BILL AND THE NURSES REGISTRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL.

DEBATE WILL RESUME ON FOUR-BILLS -- THE URBAN COUNCIL (AMENDMENT) BILL, THE. INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) CHO 2) BILL, THE ESTATE DUTY (AMENDMENT) BILL, ARD THE REVISED EDITION OF THE LAWS (AMENDMENT) BILL.

TUESDAY, HAY 7. 1974

CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE X X X 8 it X

THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED SALES UNDER THE RICE CONTROL SCHEME AND MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET

TODAY (TUESDAY) AT

AT THE VEGETABLE

AND THE FISH

AT CHEUNG SHA WAN, KOWLOON

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE OF RICE AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE($/CATTY)

CHINA RICE OF SUPPLY AVERAqE

SEE HEW

- OLD CROP

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.21

S.CaJlEH

- OLD CROP —— ——

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.16 4

PO NGA1 good 1.72 *

CHU CHO —— •mam

THAI RICE

100% WHOLE —— am•

10-15S BROKERS ' good 2.07

A1 SUPER EXTRA quoD 1.92

A1 SUPER ——

WHOLE GLUTINOUS m—. mm

U.S. RICE . GOOD 1.94

AUSTRALIAN RICE qodD 1.92 >

PAKISTAN RICE ——

TAIWAN RICE —— — —

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE 4

(ALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY GOOD

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK (S/P1CUL-LIVE WEIGHT)

305 (AVERAGE)

/SUPPLIES AI©

TUESDAY, MAY 7, 1974.

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH

CFMO CHEUNQ SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICEC$/CATTY)

SPECIES OF SUPPLY HIGH LOW MODE

qOLDEN? THREAD NORMAL 4.80 3.50 4.00

BIG-EYES •- .v GOOD 2.90 0.70 1.60

SQUID LIMITED 5.00 2.40 4.20

HAIR-TAILS NORMAL 2.00 1.10 1.60

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 3.60 1.30 2.40

CROAKERS NORMAL 2.20 0.60 1.50

CONqER-PIKE-EELS GOOD 1.80 0.90 • 1.50

MELON COAT ——

BREAMS NORMAL 4.80 2.50 3.80

YELLOW BELLY QOOD 2.60 0.80 • 1.50

MACKERELS GOOD 1 4.00 2.80 3.50

RED GOAT FISH NORMAL 0.70 0.40 0.50

FORK-TAIL NORMAL 1.20 0.80 1.00

HORSE-HEAD NORMAL 6.00 3.20 • 5.00

MELON SEED SCARCE 2.00 1.00 1.70

POMFRETS LIMITED 9.50 7.50 8.00

qAROUPAS qooD 7.50 5.00 6.00

YELLOW CROAKER ——

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

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

TYPE OF AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICEC$/CATTY)

VEGETABuE , OF SUPPLY HiqH LOW MODE

FLOWERINq CABBAqE LIMITED 1.40* 0.50 1.00

WHITE CABBAqE GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.25

CHINESE LETTUCE NORMAL 0.50 0.20 0.30

WATER SP1NECH NORMAL 0.70 0.20 0.50

CHINESE KALE , SCARCE - -- - 1.50 0.60 1.00

STRINq BEANS

SPRlNq ONION NORMAL 1.20 0.20 0.70

SPINACH

WATER CRESS NORMAL 0.80 0.20 0.60

LEAF MUSTARD NORMAL 0.40 0.10 0.30

CABBAqE

CHINESE SPINACH NORMAL 0.50 0.10 0.30

TOMATO NORMAL 1.20 0.40 0.70

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DAILY INFORMATIOlOWW

CONTENTS PACE NO.

1CAC RECEIVES 1,499 REPORTS IN FIRST THREE MONTHS OF OPERATION............................................. 1

TEN-YEAR HOUSING PROGRAMME TO GO AHEAD AS SCHEDULED ... 2

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FEASIBILITY STUDY OF USING PRIMARY SCHOOLS TO EXPAND SECONDARY EDUCATION ..................................... 3

STANDARD OF MEDICAL FACILITIES TO BE MAINTAINED DESPITE FINANCIAL RESTRICTIONS ................................. - 4 '

PROGRESS REPORT OF MANAGEMENT REORGANISATION IN GOVERNMENT TO BE PUBLISHED SOON....................................  4

R.H.K. PLANS BETTER RECEPTION FACILITIES .............. .5

EMIGRATION PROCEDURES CLARIFIED .......................  6

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PLANS IN HAND FOR SMALL DEBTS COURTS..................... 7

GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES OBTAINED FROM MOST ECONOMICAL SOURCE .................................................. 7

RESERVE ACCOMMODATION TO MEET VARIOUS COMMITMENTS ... 8

THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT UNEMPLOYMENT IS INCREASING .. 9 •'

NEW LEGISLATION ON SEVERANCE PAY TO BE INTRODUCED SHORTLY ............................................     .9

ESTATE DUTY (AMENDMENT) BILL,COMPLETES PASSAGE THROUGH LEGCO................»..............................     10

ENLARGED NURSING BOARD WITH MORE DISCRETIONARY POWERS PROPOSED............................................     11

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REVENUE COLLECTION DUTIES SHOULD NOT BE IMPOSED ON ' POST OFFICE STAFF ...................................... 12

FOUR BILLS PASSED AT TODAY’S LEGCO MEETING ............ 12

ECONOMIC REVIEW COMMITTEE SET UP......................  13

PAY RISE ANNOUNCED_FOR FIREMEN, PRISON OFFICERS ........ 14

INSIGNIA AWARDS FOR 13 POLICEMEN AND FIREMEN ........... 15

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GOVERNOR TO VISIT TUEN MUN TOMORROW.................... 15

X X X X X X

DAILY QU IDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

Issued by Government Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong. Tel: 5'233T91

uedi.esday, hay ‘a, 1974.

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1,500 REPORTS FOR 1CAC IN THREE MONTHS « H n « n ii

THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION HAS RECEIVED 1,499 REPORTS SINCE ITS INCEPTION ALMOST THREE MONTHS AGO, THE ACTING COLONIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. rilCHAEL CLINTON, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS AFTERNOON. .

ANSWERING A QUESTION BY THE HON. LI FOOK-MO, MR. CLINTON SAID ONLY 929 OF THESE CASES, THOUGH THIS IS A LARGE NUMBER, CONTAINED SPECIFIC ALLEGATIONS OF CORRUPTION.

THE REMAINDER BEING CONCERNED WITH VERY GENERALISED OR VAGUE ALLEGATIONS OF CORRUPTION OR MISCELLANEOUS ALLEGATIONS NOT INVOLVING CORRUPTION. %

+ 1T IS NOT POSSIBLE AS YET TO SAY HO'J HANY OF THE COMPLAINTS WHICH CONTAINED SPECIFIC ALLEGATIONS OF CORRUPTION HAVE SUFFICIENT MATERIAL TO ENABLE AN INVESTIGATION TO BE MOUNTED BUT THE COiMISSION'S EXPERIENCE SO FAR INDICATES THAT ABOUT TWO-THIRDS OF THESE COMPLAINTS, THAT IS ABOUT 600 DURING THE LAST THREE MONTHS, PROVIDE SUFFICIENT MATERIAL FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATION. - >

+ IN ADDITION, THE COMMISSION HAS INHERITED ABOUT 22O--CASES FROM THE ANTI-CORRUPT!ON OFFICE OF THE P.OYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE AND THESE ARE ALSO UNDER,INVESTIGATION, + HE SAID.

COMMENTING ON THE STAFFING SITUATION OF THE COMMISSION'S OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT, MR. CLINTON SAID THE PP.ESENT OPERATIONAL ESTABLISHMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT WAS 1oO OFFICERS BUT ITS STRENGTH IS 149*

+ IN A PAPER WHICH IS TO BE

COMMITTEE OF THIS COUNCIL LATER

CONSIDERED BY THE FINANCE

CUMMJTlcE Ur 1HIS COUNCIL LATER TODAY, THE COMMISSIONER PROPOSES TO INCREASE THE OPERATIONAL STRENGTH OF THE OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT OF THE COMMISSION TO 210, AN INCREASE OVER THE PRESENT OPERATIONAL ESTABLISHMENT OF 30 OFFICERS.*

AJ! y1EU 0F THIS’ SA,D THE EXISTING STAFF OF THE DEPARTMENT COULD NOT AT PRESENT KEEP PACE WITH THE CURRENT ION CASE LOAD..

INVEST!GAT-

TO DEAL

HOWEVER, IF THE ADDITIONAL POSTS REQUESTED HER5-AND PROVIDED THAT RECRUITMENT AND TRAINING CONTINUES ILY, THE COMMISSIONER WOULD HOPE TO BE IN A POSITION Ui??* REQUIRING INVESTIGATION. +1F HOT, 1 Ari SURE, HE

WILL SIMPLY ASK FOR HORE RESOURCES, + MR. CLINTON ADDED.

APPROVED, SATISFACTOR-

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 1974

STUDY ON POSSIBLE USE OF PRIMARY SCHOOLS FOR SECONDARY EXPANSION PROGRAMME « « 91 91 91 91

A SURVEY IS BEING CONDUCTED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TO DETERMINE HOW FAR IT IS FEASIBLE TO UTILISE VACANT ROOMS IN SOME PRIMARY SCHOOLS ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND THE NEW TERRITORIES FOR THE SECONDARY SCHOOL EXPANSION PROGRAMME.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. JOHN CANNING, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS AFTERNOON WHEN HE REPLIED TO A QUESTION BY MR. SZETO WAI.

THE SURVEY WOULD ALSO LOOK INTO WHAT ALTERATIONS TO SCHOOLS WOULD BE NECESSARY.

♦THE SECONDARY SCHOOL EXPANSION PROGRAMME HAS NOT YET BEEN FINALISED BUT THE RESULTS OF THIS SURVEY WILL BE TAKEN * INTO ACCOUNT WHEN DETERMINING WHAT ADDITIONAL SCHOOL BUILDINGS WILL BE REQUIRED TO IMPLEMENT THE NEU POLICY,+ HR. CANNING SAID.

' BUT THE DIRECTOR SOUNDED A SLIGHT NOTE OF CAUTION BECAUSE HE BELIEVED IT WOULD BE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO ENSURE THAT ANY VACANT PRIMARY SCHOOLS WHICH HIGHT BE USED FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL PURPOSES UNDER THE NEW POLICY SHOULD BE PROPERLY ADAPTED OR CONVERTED, OTHERWISE HE FEARED THAT THESE SCHOOLS WOULD NOT PROVE EDUCATIONALLY ATTRACTIVE TO PARENTS, PUPILS OR TEACHERS.

WHEN CONSIDERING THIS PROBLEM, MR. CANNING SAID, + IT IS IMPORTANT NOT TO OVERLOOK THE FACT THAT WHILST THE PRIMARY SCHOOL POPULATION IS PROJECTED TO DECREASE UNTIL IT REACHES A LOW POINT OF 480,700 IN 1979‘, THEREAFTER IT WILL RISE TO REACH 717,400 BY 1991 WHICH IS WELL OVER THE 1970 PEAK OF 648,100, AND THAT THIS INCREASING TREND IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE BEYOND THAT DATE.* . ...

. VACANT PLACES CAN ARISE IN THREE WAYS,HE SAID.

. , FIRSTLY, THERE ARE VACANT ROOMS IN NEWLY OPENED SCHOOLS WHICH IN THE COURSE OF TIME WILL BECOME FULLY DEVELOPED, f

♦ IT WOULD-CLEARLY BE IMPRUDENT TO TRY TO PLAN TO UTILISE THESE PLACES.FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE,+ MR. CANNING SAID. •

SECONDLY, THERE ARE SOME AREAS IN WHICH THERE ARE SIMPLY NOT ENOUGH CHILDREN TO FILL CLASSES WHICH MUST BE OPERATED. STEPS ARE TAKEN WHEREVER POSSIBLE TO MERGE CLASSES SO THAT THE NUMBER OF VACANCIES IN ACTUAL operating CLASSES IS AS LOW AS POSSIBLE.

•- THIRDLY, VACANFROOMS EXIST IN SOME PRIMARY SCHOOLS, WHICH. WERE BUILT TO CATER FOR A LARGER PRIMARY SCHOOL POPULATION THAN • * NOU LIVE WITHIN A “REASONABLE DISTANCE OF THEM.

SUCH SCHOOLS ARE MAINLY ON HONG KONG ISLAND OR IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND THE NUMBER OF ROOMS AVAILABLE IN EACH SCHOOL VARIES CONSIDERABLY. + 1T IS THIS CATEGORY WHICH OFFERS THE ONLY OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLORE ALTERNATIVE USES,+ THE DIRECTOR SA|D.

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THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR. THE HON; GERALD CHOA. GAVE AN ASSURANCE TODAY THAT THE PRESENT LEVELS OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES WOULD BE MAINTAINED AND IMPROVED RATHER THAN LOWERED EITHER IN QUALITY OR QUANTITY.

HE WAS SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN REPLY TO THE HON. WILFRED WONG, WHO HAD ASKED FOR AN ASSURANCE THAT * FINANCIAL RESTRICTIONS WOULD NOT +AFFECT THE QUALITY OR QUANTITY OF MEDICINE, DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT PRESCRIBED IN GOVERNMENT MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS.*

, DR. CHOA SAID HE WAS AWARE THAT CERTAIN CIRCULAR INSTRUCTIONS • HAD UNFORTUNATELY CREATED THE IMPRESSION THAT THE SERVICES

OFFERED BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT HIGHT BE REDUCED OR CURTAILED.

. +TH1S IS MOST CERTAINLY NOT THE CASE,* HE EMPHASISED.

HE WENT ON-: +LIKE OTHER HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS, 1 AM CONCERNED WITH THE NEED TO ENSURE THAT THE OPTIMUM USE OF FUNDS ALLOCATED DURING THE YEAR IS ACHIEVED, HAVING DUE REGARD TO THE STANDARD AND LEVEL OF SERVICES PROVIDED TO THE PUBLIC.*

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE EXERCISE OF ECONOMY WHENEVER THIS WAS POSSIBLE WAS TO FURTHER SUCH AN AIM, AND SHOULD NOT BE MISCONSTRUED AS AN ATTEMPT TO LOWER STANDARDS EITHER OF QUALITY OR QUANTITY.*

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A WRITTEN REVIEW OF THE PROGRESS MADE SO FAR IN IMPLEMENTING THE MCKINSEY PROPOSALS WILL SOON BE PUBLISHED, THE ACTING COLONIAL ' SECRETARY, THE HON. MICHAEL CLINTON, SAID TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. LI FOOK-WO, MR. CLINTON NOTED THAT THE MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS RECOGNISED IN THEIR FINAL. REPORT THAT THE TASK OF IMPLEMENTING THEIR MAIN ORGANISATIONAL

• PROPOSALS WOULD BE A FORMIDABLE ONE, WHICH HAD TO BE ACCOMPLISHED WITH THE LEAST POSSIBLE DISRUPTION OF GOVERNMENT BUSINESS.

' * ■ " +W2 HAVE JUST COME TO THE END OF THE NINE MONTHS WHICH THE CONSULTANTS ESTIMATED THESE TASK WOULD TAKE,* SAID MR. CLINTON.

HE RECALLED THAT THE UMELCO MEMBERS HAD BEEN FULLY BRIEFED

AT A MEETING ON FEBRUARY 15 ON THE ENCOURAGING PROGRESS MADE, AND SINCE THEN A FURTHER PROGRESS REPORT HAD BEEN SUBMITTED TO THE FINANCE COMMITTEE LAST MONTH.

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/ R.H.K. PLANNING BETTER RECEPTION FACILITIES / -if JI If if :f J:

PLANS ARE IN HAND TO EXTEND RZ31O HGUG KCilQ’S V.H.F./F.M. COVERAGE p'JT THERE IS LITTLE PROSPECT OF STEiiEO E?.O?.DCASTIHQ STARTING /J I THIN THE NEXT TWELVE MONTHS, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR HOME/AFFAIRS, THE HON. LI FOOK-KGU, SAID TODAY.

Re/lYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HT1. r.nr~’.f LOBO IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR. LI SAID THAT EXTENDED VHF/FM COVERAGE AND STEREO BROADCASTING HAD BEEN CONSIDERED FOR SOME MONTHS BY THE DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING AND THE POSTMASTER GENERAL.

THE STAGE HAD NOU BEEN REACHED, HE ADDED, UHEtl'IT WOULD BE CHEAPER TO REPLACE THE EXISTING VHF/Fll II TYING FACILITIES AT 40UNT GOUGH — INSTALLED IN 19cO — THAN TO CONTINUE PAYHYG THE HIGH COSTS FOR THE.IR iiAluTENANCE.

♦SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION OF THIS AND THE DETERMINING OF THE BEST METHOD OF IMPROVING THE COVERAGE, THE DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING INTENDS TO SUBMIT A SCHEME TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR APPROVAJ/FOR THE REPLACEMENT OF THE TRANSMITTERS. ,

+$U^H REPLACEMENTS WOULD BE CAPABLE OF STEREO BROADCASTS,* SAID MR. Li.

HOWEVER, VARIOUS TECHNICAL PROBLEMS WOULD HAVE TO BE-i'OLVED BEFORE THESE PROPOSALS COULD EE FINALISED.

♦FOR INSTANCE, IT MIGHT BE DECIDED TO REPLACE THE PRESENT TRANSMITTERS WITH SIMILAR HIGH POWER TRANSMITTERS WHICH WOULD GIVE VHF/FM COVERAGE OVER THE PRESENT AREA AND IN ADDITION TO INSTALL THREE PAIRS OF £i...LL TRANSPOSERS ■' COR BOOSTER STATIONS) TO COVER AREAS WHICH LILL NOT RECEIVE A STRONG SIGNAL FROM THE MAIN TRAI1ShITiL.:S, + 1.?.. LI EXPLAINED. .

. ^ANOTHER COURSE, WOULD BE TO.SET UP A SERIES OF SMALL TRANSMITTERS AT SITES OTHER THAN MOUNT GOUGH, f

BOTH OF THESE COURSES WOULD qiVE C.OOD COVERAGE BUT THERE WOULD STILL BE SOME AREAS WHICH CUUuD hJT BE REACHED WITHOUT DISPROPORTIONATE EXPENDITURE, HE SAID.

THE qOVERNMENT'S TECHNICAL EXPERTS WOULD TRY TO FIND A SYSTEM WHICH WILL QIVE THE BEST COVERAGE, TOGETHER WITH . THE BEST QUALITY RECEPTION, AT -THE HOST ECORU.-ICAL COST.

MR. LI SAID IT WOULD BE A FEU MONTHS YET BEFORE EXAMINATION OF THIS COMPLEX PROBLEM IS COMPLETE ARD AN APPLICATION FOR FUNDS SUBMITTED.

+THE DATE OF COMMENCEMENT OF BROADCASTS FEON NEW EQUIPMENT ALSO DEPENDS OH THE SUPPLY POSITION OF THE EQUIPMENT AND THE TIME NEEDED TO INSTALL IT.

♦1 REGRET THEREFORE THAT THERE IS LITTLE PROSPECT OF THESE BROADCASTS START!Nq WITHIN THE NEXT TWELVE MONTHS.*

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Ertl CHAT1OU PROCEDURES CLARIFIED K- k ;; i; il ••

.OMITTANCE Or IMMIGRANTS FROM HQHQ KUilQ TO OTHER COUNTRIES IS A HATTER ENTIRELY hT THE DISCRETION OF THE COUNTRIES CONCERNED, AhD THE HUuQ KUNG GOVERNMENT Cz.il I1QT INTERFERE IN THE MATTER.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY BY THE SECRETARY FUR SECURITY, THE HON. LEWIS DAVIES, WHEN REPLYING TO A QUESTION RAISED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BY THE HON. WOO PAK-C: "J'iJ.

MR. DAVIES ASSURED THE COUNCIL THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS FULLY CONSCIOUS OF THE PROBLEMS POSED DY IIINIG iA.'iTS +1N THIS ALREADY DENSELY POPULATED TERRITORY A.'.'D >T 13 i lT IN OUR INTEREST TO PREVENT THOSE WHO CAN DO LU LEAVING.♦

HOWEVER, HE DREW A DISTINCTION iiE'iUL.’ 1 TiiJCE INMIGRANTS WHO HAVE A NATIONAL PASSPORT OR VALID TRAVEL DOCUMENT AND THOSE WHO DO NOT.

THOSE WITH VALID DOCUMENTS, HE SAID, SHOULD HAVE NO DIFFICULTY OVER ONWARD TRAVEL.

+FOR THOSE WHO HAVE HO VALID DOCUMENT THE POSITION IS THAT MANY FOREIGN COUNTRIES WILL OHLY ADMIT CHINESE FROM HONG KONG IF THEY ARE IN POSSESSION OF A CERTIFICATE OF IDENTITY ISSUED BY THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT.

+SUCH A CERTIFICATE GIVES III EFFECT RESIDENT STATUS AND THEREFORE CONFERS UPON 1 Hi 11 GRANTS T.\E RIGHT OF RE-ENTRY TO HONG KONG TO LIVE HERE PERMANENTLY SHOULD' THEY DECIDE TO do so.+ i

THE GREATEST MAJORITY GF 1 Hill GRANTS, HR. DAVIES SAID " ENTEREp HONG ONG UNDER EXIT PERMITS ISSUED BY THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT WHICH ALLOW THEM TO LEAVE’CHlNzi TO VISIT HONG KONG UR ELSEWHERE.

+ALTHOUGH SUCH PERSONS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR HONG KONG TRAVEL DOCUMENTS, THEY ARE NOT ENTIRELY PREVENTED FROM TRAVELLING AND, IN FACT, HANY OF THEM DO SO USING DECLARATIONS OF IDENTITY WHICH CARRY RE-ENTRY VISAS FOR Hti.JG KC.iG WITHIN THE PERIOD DURING WHICH THEY ARE PERMITTED TO STAY HERE.+

IN CASES WHERE APPLICANTS CAN PROVE THAT THEY WISH TO EMIGRATE PERMANENTLY, HE ADDED, THE GOVERN.UiNT WOULD BE PREPARED TO CONSIDER INDIVIDUAL CASES OH THEIR LARITS AND TO’ISSUE TRAVEL DOCUMENTS OF LIMITED VALIDITY.

* HOWEVER, IT WAS"entirely AT THE' DISCRETION OF THE COUNTRIES CONCERNED WHETHER TO ZEJ.lli luNiQu.i.uS Fz?jN HONG KONG AND UNDER WHAT CONDITIONS, AND THE HU.iG KONG GOVERNMENT COULD NOT INTERFERE IN THIS HATTER.

+1N THIS RESPECT SOME COUNTRIES HAVE MADE IT CLEAR THAT THEY ARE NOT PREPARED TO RE-ADH1T FORMER RESIDENTS WHO LEFT ' THEIR COUNTRY SOME YEARS AGO,+ HE NOTED.

IN REPLY TO ANOTHER QUESTION, MR. DAVIES REVEALED THAT DRAFT AMENDED LEGISLATION UOULD BL SULYilTTcD SHORTLY TO DO AWAY WITH THE NEED FUR IMMIGRANTS TO REGISTER i'.-.J RE-REGISTER SEVERAL TIMES FOR HONG KONG IDENTITY CA..DS.

WEDNESDAY, MAY b, 1974.

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SMALL DEBTS COURTS IN THE QFF1NQ M it if H if K

PROPOSALS FOR THE SETTING, UP OF TRIBUNALS TO DETERMINE DISPUTES INVOLVING SMALL SUHS OF HONEY ARE EXPECTED TO BE COhSIDERED BY THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE.

THIS WAS DISCLOSED TODAY IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON. JOHN HOBLEY, WHEN REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. WOO PAK-CHUEN.

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF SMALL CLAIMS TRIBUNALS WITHIN THE ADMINISTRATIVE FRAMEWORK OF THE DISTRICT COURT-WAS RECOMMENDED BY A WORKING GROUP SET UP IN THE LATTER PART OF LAST YEAR. :

BOTH THE LAW SOCIETY AND THE BAR'ASSOCIATION HAVE BEEN CONSULTED AND BOTH SUPPORT THE RECOMMENDATION IN PRINCIPLE.

THE WORKING GROUP INCLUDED REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE JUDICIABT ■» THE LEGAL AID DEPARTMENT, THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT AND THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

THE GROUP EXAMINED THE WORKING OF SMALL DEBTS COURTS IN OTHER COUNTRIES BEFORE MAKING ITS RECOMMENDATIONS.

GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES OBTAINED FROM CHEAPEST SOURCE X X X * X X

THE GOVERNMENT HAS NO INTENTION AT PRESENT OF TAKING’* , ANY FURTHER STEPS TO PROCURE A LARGER PERCENTAGE OF GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES FROM ANY PARTICULAR SOURCE, WHETHER LOCAL OR OVERSEAS, THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HONu DAVID JORDAN, SAID TODAY.

+IT IS ALREADY OUR GENERAL RULE TO GIVE SUPPLIERS IN HONG KONG THE OPPORTUNITY TO QUOTE FOR ALL THE GOVERNMENT'S REQUIREMENTS FOR SUPPLIES AND SERVICES, EXCEPT ON THE RARE OCCASIONS WHEN WE ALREADY KNOW THAT LOCAL FIRMS CANNOT PROVIDE THE SUPPLIES OR SERVICES CONCERNED. .

+THE GOVERNMENT'S POLICY IS, IN THE INTERESTS OF THE TAXPAYER, TO PLACE ORDERS ON THE BASIS OF THE LOWEST ACCEPTABLE ’OFFER, THAT IS THE LOWEST OFFEN THAT MEETS THE REQUIRED SPECIFICATION, + HE- SAID.

HR. JORDAN WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. JAMES WU WHO WANTED TO KNOW WHETHER FURTHER STEPS WOULD BE TAKEN TO PROCURE A LARGER PERCENTAGE OF GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES FROM LOCAL SOURCES.

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ACCJMHGDATIUi! FOR 94,0 ) IN RSeIZRVG k 15 15 15 15 5

THE K3U3ING DEPARTMENT HAS RESERVED ACCOMMODATION FOR ABOUT 54,000 PEOPuE TO tiEET CERTnlN CCiuiiTHEi;i,5 ARISING OVER THE NEXT 12 MONTHS, THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, THE HON. IAN LIGHTBODY, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. ANN TSE-KAI ON THE NUMBER OF VACANT UNITS IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES, MR. LIGHTBODY SAID THIS RESERVE CAPACITY WOULD BE TAKEN UP AT THE RAtE OF 'ABOUT 6,000 PEOPLE MONTHLY DURING THIS PERIOD.

VARIOUS CATEGORIES OF PEOPLE WOULD BENEFIT FROM THIS, THE BIGGEST ONE BEING FAMILIES HADE HOMELESS BY DEVELOPMENT CLEARANCES, FOR WHOM SOME 35,000 SPACES WERE EARMARKED.

OTHER CATEGORIES, HE SAID, INCLUDED FAMILIES LOSING THEIR HOMES WHEN DANGEROUS OLD TENEMENTS ARE CLOSED BY GOVERNMENT ORDER, FAMILIES INVOLVED IN URBAN RENEWAL SCHEMES, AND THOSE MADE HOMELESS BY FIRES OR NATURAL DISASTER.

EXPLAINING THE POLICY ON RESERVING THESE UNITS, HR. LIGHT-BODY SAID: +WE HAVE OVER THE YEARS'CONSISTENTLY GIVEN PUBLIC HOUSING TO FAMILIES HADE HOMELESS IN THESE VARIOUS WAYS AND IT WOULD BE UNTHINKABLE TO DENY THEM THIS HELP NOW, PARTICULARLY IN THE CASE OF DEVELOPMENT. CLEARANCES WHERE HOUSING DEPARTMENT STAFF HAVE THE UNPLEASANT TASK OF KNOCKING DOWN HUTS THAT HAVE BEEN HOME TO THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE FOR HANY YEARS PAST.

+IF PUBLIC HOUSING WERE NOT OFFERED IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES THE DEPARTMENT'S LONG RECORD OF FRICTION-FREE CLEARANCES WOULD DISAPPEAR OVERNIGHT, AND EVERY -CLEARANCE WOULD BRING NEW CONFRONTATIONS AND DANGERS.*

HE ADDED THAT IN AN IDEAL SITUATION WHERE NEW ESTATE BLOCKS WERE BEING COMPLETED AT INTERVALS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, THIS . SITUATION WOULD NOT ARISE.

+BUT OUR SITUATION IS VERY FAR FROM IDEAL AND APART FROM 01 HAN ESTATE THERE IS VERY LITTLE NEU PUBLIC HOUSING BEING COMPLETED DURING THE NEXT TEN MONTHS OR SO.

♦HENCE WE HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO BRING FORWARD VACANT ACCOMMODATION FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR’S PRODUCTION. IN DUE COURSE, OUR PUBuIC HOUSING BUILDING PROGRAMME WILL SPARE US FROM HAVING, TO RESORT TO EXPEDIENTS OF THIS KIND — BUT IT NEEDS TIME TO BUILD UP.+

HE ALSO ASSURED.THE COUNCIL THAT THESE RESERVATIONS WOULD BE KEPT CONTINUALLY AND CLOSELY UNDER REVIEW SO THAT ANY EMPTY UNITS THAT WOULD NOT BE NEEDED QUE TO CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES COULD BE ALLOCATED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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THERE IS NO EVIDENCE TO INDICATE THAT UNEMPLOYMENT HAS INCREASED MARKEDLY IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, THE HON. P.B. WILLIAMS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

HOWEVER, INDICATIONS FROM DEPARTMENTS MOST CLOSELY ASSOCIATED WITH THE INDUSTRIAL FIELD ARE THAT UNDER-EMPLOYMENT IS GOING UP, HE ADDED.

» ' +THIS IS VERY DIFFICULT TO QUANTIFY SINCE THERE IS NO

GENERALLY ACCEPTED DEFINITION OF THE TERM UNDER-EHPLOYHENT+ SAID HR. WILLIAMS.

IN ORDER TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE SITUATION AND ITS EFFECT . ON TAKE-HOHE PAY, THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL BE CONDUCTING A LIMITED SURVEY NEXT MONTH AND REPEAT IT AS NECESSARY.

MR. WILLIAMS TOLD COUNCIL THAT IN DECEMBER LAST YEAR 627.230 PEOPLE WERE EMPLOYED IN INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS -- THE HIGHEST LEVEL EVER RECORDED. VACANCIES AT THAT TIME HAD DECLINED TU ABOUT 7,000 +WH1CH INDICATE A SLACKENING IN THE LABOUR MARKET.+ FIGURES FROM THE MARCH SURVEY WERE NOT YET AVAILABLE.

ONE POINT THAT WAS OFTEN BEING OVERLOOKED, MR. WILLIAMS SAID, WAS THAT THERE WILL ALWAYS TEND TO BE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE SEEKING TO CHANGE JOBS OR TO FIND EMPLOYMENT FOR THE FIRST TIME . WHO WOULD BE TECHNICALLY CLASSIFIED AS UNEMPLOYED.

+EVEN IN 1971 WHEN LABOUR CONDITIONS WERE QUITE TIGHT THE CENSUS-TAKERS FOUND 72,000 PEOPLE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 15 AND 64 WHO WERE SEEKING WORK. THIS REPRESENTED 4.3 PER CENT OF THE WORK FORCE AT. A TIME WHEN THE LABOUR MARKET WAS COMPETITIVE AND IT IS UNLIKELY THAT THE FIGURE COULD EVER FALL MUCH BELOW THAT LEVEL+

HE EXPLAINED THAT THERE WAS NO SYSTEM FOR ACTUALLY REGISTERING PERSONS WHO ARE UNDER-EMPLOYED OR UNEMPLOYED, ALTHOUGH THERE WERE A NUMBER OF REASONABLY -RELIABLE INDICATORS OF THE SITUATION. THESE GUIDELINES INCLUDE THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE STATISTICS AND THE STATISTICS OF INDUSTRIAL EMPLOYMENT.

SO FAR, THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE STATISTICS CONTINUE TO SHOW THAT THERE HAS BEEN NO INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF NEW CASES COiiiNG Oil PUBLIC ASSISTANCE IN RECENT MONTHS, BUT A CLOSE-WATCH IS BEING MAINTAINED ON THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION.

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A NEW BILL TO INTRODUCE SEVERANCE PAY FOR ALL EMPLOYEES COVERED BY THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE IS EXPECTED TO BE PUBLISHED FOR PUBuIC COMMENT WITHIN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, HR. P.B. WILLIAMS, SAID DRAFTIN'} OF THE BILL WAS AT AN ADVANCE STAGE AND WOULD BE PUBLISHED BEFORE ITS INTRODUCTION IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

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CALL FOR TOTAL ABOLITION OF ESTATE DUTY ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY DISAGREES X X X X X X

THE HON. WOO PAK-CHUEN TODAY CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO TOTALLY ABOLISH ESTATE DUTY IN HONG KONG.

HE WAS SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE ESTATE DUTY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1974 WHICH WAS PASSED INTO LAW TODAY. THE LEGISLATION SEEKS TO INCREASE THE EXEMPTION LEVEL FOR ESTATE DUTY FROM $200,000 TO $900,000.

DESCRIBING ESTATE DUTY AS A BAD FORM OF TAXATION FOR HONG KONG, nN. WOO SAID: +AS A REVENUE-RAISER IT IS DIFFICULT TO PREDICT= IT HAS ADVERSE EFFECTS ON OOP. ECONOMY= AND IT CAN WORK harshly on individuals.*

MR. WOO QUOTED THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, WHEN HE PROPOSED IN HIS BUDGET SPEECH IN 1972 THE REDUCTION OF THE MAXIMUM.RATE OF ESTATE DUTY TO 15 PER CENT, AS SAYING: + 1T WILL ALSU HELP TU DISCOURAGE HONG KONG RESIDENTS FrtOrt TAKING AVOIDANCE ACTION BY TRANSFERRING ASSETS OVERSEAS BEFORE DEATH.*

HR. WOO FELT THAT THIS REASONING WOULD BE MORE APPROPRIATE TO THE TOTAL ABOLITION’OF ESTATE DUTY THAN TO THE MERE REDUCTION OF THE MAXIMUM RATE.

♦FURTHERMORE, IF NO ESTATE DUTY IS PAYABLE IN HONG KONG THERE IS ALSO THE BENEFIT OF ENCOURAGING PEOPLE FROM OVERSEAS .TO BRING IN THEIR ASSETS FO^ INVESTMENT OR FUR BUSINESS IN HONQ KONG.THIS WILL CERTAINLY IMPROVE OUR PRESENT FINANCIAL ‘AND ECONOMIC POSITION,* HE SAID.

IN HIS REPLY, THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY THE HON. DAVID JORDAN DISAGREED WITH MR. WOO ON THIS ARGUMENT.

+1 THINK A POINT OF BALANCE CAN BE FOUND WHERE WE DO NOT NEEDLESSLY FOREGO NECESSARY REVENUE BUT DO NOT RAISE IT AT RATES THAT POSITIVELY ENCOURAGE AVOIDANCE, OR DISCOURAGE INVESTMENT,* MR. JORDAN SAID.

HE ALSO DOUBTED WHETHER HONG KONG COULD AFFORD TO DISPENSE WITH SOURCES OF REVENUE BECAUSE THE YIELD WAS UNPREDICTABLE. +WE SHAuL AT LEAST FOR SOME YEARS AHEAD JUST HAVE TO HAKE THE BEST OF THAT.*

COMMENTING ON MR. WOO’S SUGGESTION THAT THE DUTY HAD ADVERSE EFFECTS ON HUNG KONG'S ECONOMY, iiR. JORDAN SAID: +1 MUST SAY THAT WHILE THIS MAY BE POSSIBLE, IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THE FACT THAT WE HAVE OVER THE YEARS REDUCED THE MAXIMUM RATE FROM ITS PEAK OF 52 PER CENT SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST CONSIDERABLY REDUCED * THE LIKELIHOOD OF THIS TAX PRODUCING ANY ADVERSE EFFECTS ON OUR ECONOMY.+

ON THE BELIEF THAT THE TAX COULD WORK HARSHLY ON INDIVIDUALS, HE SAID THIS HIGHT BE SO, BUT A GOOD DEAL HAD ALREADY BEEN DONE TO-MITIGATE THE EFFECTS.

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THE NURSES REGISTRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1974 WHICH SEEKS, AMONG OTHER THINGS, TO GIVE THE NURSING BOARD DISCRETION TO

. ACCEPT FOR ENROLMENT NOT ONLY NURSES ENROLLED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, WAS INTRODUCED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY. .

IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, THE HON. DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR. GERALD CHOA, SAID THE BOARD COULD NOW ACCEPT, AT ITS DISCRETION, IN SO FAR AS REGISTERED NURSES WERE CONCERNED, QUALIFICATIONS OTHER THAN THOSE OF THE UNITED KINGDOM, AND THE BILL SOUGHT A SIMILAR DISCRETION FOR THE BOARD WITH REGARD TO ENROLLED NURSES, w *

DR. CHOA DESCRIBED THE BILL'S MAIN PROVISION AS ENLARGEMENT OF THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE NURSING BOARD, THE REASON BEING THAT, WITH THE INCREASING SOPHISTICATION AND COMPLEXITY OF THE NURSING SERVICES, THE BOARD HAD DECIDED TO SET UP TWO COMMITTEES TO DEAL WITH THE TRAINING OF NURSES. ...

ONE COMMITTEE WOULD DEAL WITH THE TRAINING OF REGISTERED NURSES, AND THE-OTHER WITH THE TRAINING OF ENROLLED NURSES.

DR, CHOA SAID THE BOARD DID NOT THINK IT WAS DESIRABLE FOR ONE COMMITTEE TO DEAL WITH BOTH REGISTERED AND ENROLLED-NURSES

- BrCAUSE BOTH TYPES OF TRAINING TOOK PLACE +AT TWO LEVELS, AND •£HE COURSES DIFFER BOTH IN CONTENT AND LENGTH.+

, IT WAS ENVISAGED THAT WHEN BOTH COMMITTEES HAD BEEN ESTABLISHED, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TWO COMMITTEES SHOULD BECOME MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, AND TO ADD, BY WAY OF BALANCE, TWO REGISTERED NURSES TO THE MEMBERSHIP. ...

THE DIRECTOR EXPLAINED THAT WITH THE AGREEMENT OF THE DIRECTO? OF EDUCATION, THE MEMBER OF THE PRESENT BOARD REPRESENTING THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SHOULD ACT AS EDUCATIONAL ADVISER TO THE BOARD RATHER THAN AS A FULL MEMBER.

' THE BILL ALSO SEEKS, BY WAY OF KEEPING ABREAST OF MODERN ■•■"PROGRESS, AN ADVISER ON SOCIAL STUDIES TO BE APPOINTED ON NOnli.ATlON BY THE CHINESE.UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

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THE D.RECTOR GF PUBLIC WORKS, THE HON. DAVID MCDONALD, TODAY DISCOUNTED THE POSSIBILITY OF PLACING ADDITIONAL REVENUE COLLECTING DUTIES ON TU THE EXISTING POST OFFICE STAFF AS THEY ARE ALREADY FULLY COMMITTED WITH THEIR PRESENT DUTIES.

'■ ANSWERING a QUESTION BY THE HON. OSWALD CHEUNG, HE SAID IT HIGHT, HOWEVER, BE POSSIBLE TO UTILISE CERTAIN POST OFFICES FOR THE PAYMENT OF WATER BILLS AS HAD ALREADY BEEN DONE AT TAI .

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• .BUT A STUDY WOULD BE REQUIRED TO-DETERMINE THE FEASBILITY OF THE PROPOSAL TO EXTEND THIS SERVICE IN TERMS OF STAFFING, ACCOMMODATION AND EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS.

REFERRING TO THE POSSIBILITY OF PAYING WATER BILLS IN THE WATERWORKS OFFICES, MR. MCDONALD SAID A FACILITY ALREADY EXISTED IN THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS, MURRAY BUILDING, FOR PAYMENT OF METER RECONNECTION FEES AND ALLIED OUTSTANDING WATER ACCOUNTS.

♦CONSIDERATION IS BEING GIVEN TO THE PROVISION OF A SIMILAR FACILITY AT THE NEW CONSUMER SERVICES BUILDING WHICH IS PRESENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT ARGYLE STREET^ KOWLOON AND IS DUE FOR COMPLETION IN EARLY SEPTEMBER.

♦WITH REGARD -TO THE NORMAL PAYMENT OF WATER BILLS THE ACCOUNTANT GENERAL HAS EXAMINED THE POSITION AND HAS CONCLUDED THAT THS PUBLIC AND TAX-PAYER ARE.BEST SERVED BOTH IN CONVENIENCE AND IN ECONOMIC COST BY LARGE COLLECTION CENTRES WHICH ARE . CAPABLE OF HANDLING COLLECTION OF VARIOUS TYPES OF REVENUE AND WHICH ARE CENTRALLY LOCATED IN BUSINESS AND MORE DENSELY POPULATED AREAS. * -

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‘ + IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT DUE TO THE INCREASING NUMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO PAY THEIR ACCOUNTS BY POST THE PRESSURE AT THESE COLLECTION CENTRES HAS EASED AND THE SERVICE IMPROVED,* HE SAID. . ..

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FOUR B1LL$ RECEIVED THEIR THIRD AND FINAL READING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY AND PASSED INTO LAW.

THEY WERE: THE URBAN COUNCIL (AMENDMENT) BILL, THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) (NO.2) BILL, THE ESTATE DUTY (AMENDMENT) BILL, AND THE REVISED EDITION OF THE LAUS CAHENDHENTJ BILL.

‘‘an unofficial member’s bill, the CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND ASSOCIATION (AMENDMENT) BILL, ALSO COMPLETED'1TS PASSAGE THROUGH THE COUNCIL.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 1974

ECONOMIC REVIEW COMMITTEE SET UP X X » if X X

AN ECONOMIC REVIEW COMMITTEE HAS BEEN SET UP UNDER JHE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY.

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THE COMMITTEE WILL STUDY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE ECONOMY AND ASSIST IN THE PRODUCTION OF REPORTS AT QUARTERLY INTERVALS ON WHICH THE GOVERNMENT WILL BASE ITS THINKING ON ECONOMIC POLICIES.

THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS ARE MR. OSWALD CHEUNG, DR. CHUNG SZE-YUEN, MR. LEE QUO-WE1, HR. P.G. WILLIAMS, AND THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES AND THE DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT TODAY THAT THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY HAD REFERRED TO THE PROPOSAL FOR AN ECONOMIC REVIEW COMMITTEE IN HIS SPEECH WINDING UP THE BUDGET DEBATE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON MARCH 27.

+MR. HADDON-CAVE DESCRIBED THE VARIOUS MEASURES EMPLOYED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO REVIEW ECONOMIC CONDITIONS, WHICH INCLUDE A CENTRAL STATISTICAL DEPARTMENT AND AN ECONOMIC ANALYSIS UNIT WITHIN THE ECONOMIC SERVICES BRANCH,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID. •

+HE ADDED THAT IF HONOURABLE MEMBERS WISHED HIM TO-BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE PRODUCTION OF THE ANNUAL AND INTERIM ECONOMIC REVIEWS RESULTING FROM THESE STUDIES HE WOULD VERY MUCH WELCOME THIS. HE THEREFORE PROPOSED THAT AN ECONOMIC REVIEW COMMITTEE SHOULD BE SET UP ALONG THE LINES WHICH HAVE NOW BEEN ACCEPTED-*-.

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THE FIRST ECONOMIC REPORT, WHICH WILL UPDATE THE ECONOMIC BACKGROUND TO THE BUDGET, TABLED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON . FEBRUARY 28, WILL BE VETTED BY THE COMMITTEE AND IS EXPECTED TO BE PUBLISHED WITHIN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

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wll.^eday, may a, 1974.

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' NEW RANK AUD FILE SALARY SCALES WERE ANNOUNCED TODAY FOR ■ THE AMBULANCE SERVICE, FIRE SERVICES, PREVENTIVE SERVICE AND PRISONS SERVICE.

A SERIES OF REVIEWS OF THE DISCIPLINED SERVICES HAS

BEEN CONDUCTED BY THE PAY INVESTIGATION UNIT. POLICE PAY . WAS ADJUSTED LATE LAST YEAR, FOLLOWING A SIMILAR REVIEW.

THE METHOD IS TO USE A FORMULA WHICH IS BASED ON THE WAGE LEVELS Or SKILLED TRADESMEN AND WHICH RECOGNISES THE VARYING SKILLS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF EACH OF THE DISCIPLINED SERVICES.

THE REVISED PAY SCALES AND NEW‘PROCEDURES INVOLVED HAVE BEEN APPROVED BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND WILL COST AEOUT $12 MILLION IN A FULL YEAR. APPROXIMATELY 5,500 OFFICERS IN THE FOUR SERVICES WILL BENEFIT.

THE SCALES ARE AS FOLLOWS:-

FIRE SERVICES/AMBULANCE SERVICE

OLD SCALE NEW SCALE

FIREMAN/AMBULANCEMAN

SENIOR FlREiiAN/SENlOR

AMBULANCEMAN

PRINCIPAL FIREMAN/PRINCIrhl

AMBULANCEMAN

PRISONS

ASSISTANT OFFICER II ASSISTANT OFFICER I

PREVENTIVE SERVICE

ASSISTANT REVENUE OFFICER

REVENUE OFFICER

SENIOR REVENUE OFFICER PRINCIPAL REVENUE OFFICER II PRINCIPAL REVENUE OFFICER 1

$640 TO $1060 $850 TO $1250

; $990 TO $1290 $1280 TO $1490

$1555 TO $1900

$620 TO-$1055 $850 TO $1250 $1145 TO $1740 $1330 TO $1900

$620 TO $940 $850 TO $1160 $885 TO $1005 $1190 TO $1250 $1035 TO $1145 $1280 TO $1400 $1205 TO $1340 $1450 TO $1600 $1395 TO $1740 $1660 TO $1900


WEDNESDAY, HAY 8, 19744

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• POLICE AND FIREMEN RECEIVE INSIGNIA It It ft It It ft

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, PRESENTED INSIGNIA TO 13 ME..SERS OF THE DISCIPLINED SERVICES AT A CEREMONY AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE TODAY WEDNESDAY).

THE RECIPIENTS WHO WERE HONOURED BY THE UJEEN IN THE 1974 NEW YEAR HONOURS INCLUDED TEN FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE AND THREE FRUM THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

ALL OF THEM RECEIVED THE COLONIAL POLICE MEDAL FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE.

THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF TODAY’S RECIPIENTS:

R.H.K.P.F. — MR. IAN PETER HYDE, G.H.

. HR. IP SUH

HR. LAU CHEOHG-WA MR. LO.PAK-SAU HR. LO WAI-CHIU MR. TAJI KAI-TAI HR. KEITH WOODROW x*

R.H.K.A.P.F. -- MR. NG KUAN

HR. SO WING-SUM

HR. UN MAH-WAI

F.S.D. MR. AU CHI-WO

MR. CHEUNG SHU-SHING

HR. LEE CHO-YAU

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GOVERNOR TO VISIT TUEN HUN ft Ji ft Ji ft ft

NOTE IO EDITORS: THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL

SPEND TOMORROW CIHURSDAYD AFTERNOON IN TUEN

< MUN TO SEE FOR HIMSELF THE GENERAL DEVELOPMENT

OF TUEN HUN NEW TOWN.

HE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, HR. DAVID AKERS-JONES, AND THE DISTRICT OFFICER, TUEN HUN, HR. DAVID

LAN. r . • »r »

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE . TO COVER THE TOUR. • -

• , A 14-SEATER VAN CAM 21345 WILL LEAVE THE

.KOWLOON SUB-POOL BEHIND THE TSIM SHA TSUI POST ' OFFICE AT 12.30 P.M. IT WILL TAKE MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA BACK TO THE STAR FERRY PIER AFTER THE _ VISIT.

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE X ft ft ft it ft THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY CWEDNESDAYD AT SALES UNDER THE RICE CONTROL SCHEME AND AT THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AND THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEUNG SHA UAH , KOULOON: SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY) AVERAGE

CHINA RICE • / *

- OLD CROP SEE MEW - NEW CROP - OLD CROP S.C. JIEN - NEW CROP PO NGAI CHU CHO GOOD GOOD GOOD * 2.21 2.16 1.72

THAI RICE

100% WHOLE 10-15% BROKENS A1 SUPER EXTRA A1 SUPER WHOLE GLUTINOUS *■* GOOD • • 1.92 .•

U.S. RICE GOOD a 1.94

AUSTRALIAN RICE ' PAKISTAN RICE 'rGOOD 1.92

TAIWAN RICE ——

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SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE CALL SOURCES) X ' • •

AVAILABILITY OF SOPPLY - » GOOD

< WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK

C$/P1CUL-LIVE WEIGHT) - 305 CAVERAGE)

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/SUPPLIES AND .......

WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 1974

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH

• • , CFMO CHEUNQ SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET) WHOLESALE PRICE CS/C.TTY)

SPECIES AVAI-A1BL1TY OF SUPPLY

HIGH LOU HUDE

1 GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 4.70 3.20 4.00

BIQ-EYES GOOD 2.80 0.60 1.80

SQUID NORMAL 5.oo 2.20 3.50

HAIR-TAILS NORMAL 2.20 0.90 1.50

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 2.70 1.10 1.80

* CROAKERS normal 2.30 0.80 1.50

CONQER-PIKE-EELS NORMAL 1.50 1.00 1.20

MELON COAT —— NO SALE

BREADS 1 NORMAL 6.30 2.20 3.50

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 2.20 0.50 1.40

MACKlRELS GOOD 3.50 2.20 2.80

RED GOAT FiSH GOOD 0.70 0.40 0.50

FORK-TAIL —— NO SALE

HORSE-HEAD NORMAL 6.50 5.00 5.00

MELON SEED LIMITED 2.00 1.00 1.70

POhFRETS SCARCE 9.00 7.50 8.00

GAROUPAS NORMAL 7.50 5.00 6.00

YELLOW CROAKER —— NO SALE

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF- LOCALLY_PRODUCED_VEGETABLES

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

* AVATLABTlITY WHOLESALE PRICE CS/CATTY) Stable ' or suppuy ■ ----

i iMiTcn 1.40 0.60 1.00 flowering cabbage limited 0.50 0.10 0.30 WHITE CABBAGE FORMAL 0.50 0.20 0.40 CHINESE LETTUCE JSaL 0.70 °’20 0,50 WATER SPINACH /. *<ORHAL 1.60 0.80 1.20 CHINESE KALE SCARCE

STRING EEAhS NORMAL 1*20 0.30 0.80 SPRING ONION NORMAL

SPINACH LIMITED 0.80 °«20 0.50 -WATER CRESS o.6o 0.10 0.40 LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGt LIMITED 0.60 0>2Q Qa40 ’* CHINESE SPINACH normal 1*20 0.40 0.60 TOMATO NUKMAL

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

THURSDAY, HAY 9, 1974. . I

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CONTENTS PAGE NO

GOVERNOR EMPHASIZES VALUE OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION........ 1

• HEADS OF LABOUR AND PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENTS TO VISIT CONSTRUCTION SITES TO SEE SAFETY MEASURES ...................... 2 '

TEMPORARY WATER CUT IN WONG TAI SIN ........................ 2

SPECIAL NECKTIE TO COMMEMORATE NEW WORLD ARRANGEMENT ON TEXTILES.................................................    3

NEW OFFICE BEARERS FOR TAI PO LIONS’ YOUTH CENTRE TO BE SWORN IN TOMORROW.........................................   3

RADAR SPECIALIST MECHANIC OF ROYAL OBSERVATORY RETIRING • 4

SIR MURRAY INSPECTS PROGRESS OF TUEN HUN NEW TOWN DEVELOP-MENT .................................................     . 5

NEW HOSTEL FOR ELDERLY OPENED IN TSUEN WAN BY SOCIAL. WELFARE DIRECTOR................•.....................  *■ 6

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DA*ILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF. BASIC FOOD COHMODITIES

.issued t>y Government Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong. Tel: 5-233191/

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THURSDAY, MAY 9, 1974

TECHNICAL EDUCATION NOT INFERIOR SAYS SIR MURRAY It 31 3} il 31 31 3}

• THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, TODAY URGED STUDENTS AND PARENTS TO ABANDON THE TRADITIONAL ASSUMPTION OF SUPERIORITY IN GRAMMAR SCHOOL EDUCATION.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE ST. SIMON’S LUI MING CHOI SECONDARY TECHN1C.CL SCHOOL IN TUEN MUN, SIR MURRAY DESCRIBED THIS CONCEPTION A BEING -QUITE OUT-Oi;-DATE IN MODERN HONGKONG, AS IT H. 3 BEEN OUTDATED IN OTHER PARTS OF ASIA.*

♦I HOPE THAT ’ARENTS AND STUDENTS ALIKE UILL APPRECIATE THE VALUE OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION AS A FORM OF EDUCATION IN f ITS OWN RIGHT, REGARDLESS OF HOU THE STUDENT WILL SUBSEQUENTLY EARN HIS LIVING.*

HE NOTED THAT THE OPENING OF THIS SCHOOL MARKED. AN IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD IN THE PROVISION OF TECHNICAL . EDUCATION IN THE NEU TERRITORIES. IT ALSO HAD GREAT SIGNIFICANCE FUR THE FUTURE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT OF TUEN HUN AND YUEN LONG.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS TAKING STEPS TO DEVELOP VARIOUS PARTS OF THE N.T. INTO NEU TOWNSHIPS, WITH TUEN HUN BEING ON.. OF THEN. +A CONTRACT HAS JUST BEEN AWARDED FOR A NEU ROAD TO TUEN MUN THAT MILL ENSURE VASTLY IMPROVED COMMUNICATIONS AN’ MAKE THE TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG AREA MUCH MORE ATTRACTIVE F(; I INVESTMENT AND DEVELOPMENT.

♦INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT IS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THIS PROCESS, BECAUSE MUCH OF THE POPULATION IN THE NEU TOWNS WILL LOOK TO INDUSTRY NEAR THEIR HOMES FOR EMPLOYMENT.

♦AND, IN THE WIDER CONTEXT, IT IS LARGELY ON OUR INDUSTRY’S ABILITY TO EXPAND AND DIVERSIFY AND PLJDUCE NEU AND MORE SOPHISTICATED PRODUCTS FOR EXPORT THA’ HONG KONG’S CONTINUED ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL PROGRESS UILL DEPLiD. THIS IN TURN DEMANDS NEty AREAS SUCH AS THEN MUN IN UHICfi INDUSTRY CAN EXPAND AND DEVELOP. •

♦IT ALSO REQUIRES TECHNOLOGICAL BACK-UP, AND THE EXPANSION ' OF<TECHNICAL EDUCATION TO PROVIDE TECHNOLOGICAL SUPPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT IS ESSENTIAL. HENCE THE’ IMPORTANCE OF THIS NEW SCHOOL IN THIS NEU DEVELOPMENT AREA,+ HE SAID.

THE GOVERNOR WENT ON TO SAY THAT EDUCATION WAS A PROCESS OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT WHICH SHOULD BE AIMED’ AT CULTIVATING THE STUDENT'S INTELLECTUAL CAPABILITY, MORAL RECTITUDE, PHYSICAL FITNESS AND MANUAL DEXTERITY SO THAT HE MAY BECOME A USEFUL , WELL-ROUNDED PERSON ABLE TO STAND ON HIS OWN FEET . AND TO CONTRIBUTE TO AND BENEFIT FROM THE WORLD AROUND HIMw . J’

■ +TO-DAY THE TECHNICAL AND ACADEMIC ASPECTS OF EDUCATION HAVE, EQUAL PARTS T(J PLAY IN THIS PROCESS.♦

NOTE TO EDITORS! COPIES OF THE FULL TEXT OF THE GOVERNOR’S SPEECH ARE BOXED FOR COLLECTION.

THURSDAY. MAY 9, 1974

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SITES

VISITS TO CONSTRUCTION X it It It It it it it

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE ACTING COMMISSIONER OF LABOUR,

* twf niRFCTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS. MR. DAVID

HR. NEIL HENDERSON, AND MCDONALD, WILL MAKE A JOINT "VIS I f TO TWO MAJOR CONSTRUCTION SITES , TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE VISITS FOLLOW THE COMING INTO FORCE ON MAY;1 OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS - AIMED AT REDUCING THE DEATH AND INJURY RATES IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, WHICH HAS HONG KONG’S WORST ACCIDENT FIGURES.

MR. HENDERSON AND MR. MCDONALD WILL ARRIVE AT THE SITE OF THE PROPOSED 42-STQREY WORLD TRADE CENTRE IN GLOUCESTER ROAD, HONG KONG AT 2.45 P.M. THEY WILL TOUR THE SITE AND SPEAK TO MANAGEMENT x% AND WORKERS ABOUT SAFETY MEASURES.

At 3.40 P.M. THE PARTY WILL ARRIVE AT THE SITE OFFICE FOR THE ARGYLE STREET/WATERLOO ROAD FLYOVER PROJECT IN KOWLOON. THEY WILL TOUR THE PRECASTING YARD IN PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD, THE CAISSONS SITE EAST OF THE ROUNDABOUT, AND THE ROAD WIDENING SITE WEST OF THE ROUNDABOUT, CHECKING ON SAFETY FEATURES.

PHOTOGRAPHERS AND REPORTERS ARE INVITED TO COVE$ THE VISITS.

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF INTERRUPTED FOR FIVE HOURS AS FACILITATE A TEST FOR LEAKAGE

PREMISES IN WONG TAI SIN WILL FROM 1 A.M. ON SATURDAY CHAY. 11) IN THE AREA.

AFFECTED BY THE TEMPORARY STOPPAGE WILL BE WANG TAU HOM ESTATE BLOCKS 1 TO 13 AND.YAN 01 SAN TSUEN.

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THURSDAY, MAY 9, 1974

SPECIAL NECK-TIE TO MARK NEW TEXTILE ARRANGEMENT if 31 it if it it if if

A SPECIAL NECK-TIE HAS BEEN HADE IN HONG KONG TO COMMEMORATE THE HdLTl-LATERAL NEGOTIATIONS WHICH LED TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NEW ARRANGEMENT TO COVER WORLD TRADE IN TEXTILES.

THE NEGOTIATIONS, IN WHICH HONG KONG PARTICIPATED, WERE CONVENED UNDER THE GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TARIFFS AND TRADE CGATT).

THE COMMEMORATIVE NECKTIE WAS THE IDEA OF HONG KONG'S CHIEF REPRESENTATIVE AT THE NEGOTIATIONS, MR. BILL DORWARD, OF" THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT.

+ IT HAS BEEN PRODUCED EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE PRINCIPAL REPRESENTATIVES OF THE VARIOUS governments WHICH PARTICIPATED IN THE NEGOTIATIONS,+ HE SAID.

+THE NEGOTIATIONS WERE LONG AND DIFFICULT, A BIT LIKE A MILITARY CAMPAIGN IN SOME WAYS, SO 1 THOUGHT THE MAIN COMBATANTS SHOULD HAVE A CAMPAIGN RIBBON.+

THE TIE HAS BEEN MANUFACTURED IN HONG KONG FROM A DESIGN PROVIDE) BY THE LEADER OF THE U.S. DELEGATION. IT FEATURES THREE STRIPES WHICH SYMBOLISE THE THREE FIBRES COVERED BY THE NEW ARRANGEMENT -- COTTON, MAN-MADE FIBRE AND WOOL.

THE NEW ARRANGEMENT COVERING WORLD TRADE IN TEXTILES

CAME INTO EFFECT OH JANUARY 1 THIS YEAR FOR A PERIOD OF FOUR YEANS. IT REPLACES THE COTTON TEXTILE ARRANGEMENT WHICH HAD BEEN IN EXISTENCE FOR OVER 11 YEARS.

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THE LIONS' YOUTH CENTRE IN TAI PO WILL HOLD THE INSTALLATION CEREMONY FOR ITS SECOND TERM OFFICE-BEARERS TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON.

MR. ANTHONY SAVAGE, DISTRICT OFFICER, TAI PO, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OATH-TAKING CEREMONY OF THE NEW OFFICE-BEARERS, COMPRISING LOCAL RESIDENTS OF TAI PO, COMMITTEE MEMBERS OF LIONS INTER-

• NATIONAL AND OFFICIALS FROM THE HONG KUNG FEDERATION OF YOUTH GROUPS, AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE.

THE LIONS' YOUTH CENTRE, SITUATED AT ITS NEW PREMISES ON A CROWN LAND SITE AT PO HEUNQ ROAD, TAI PO MARKET, IS THE FOCAL POINT OF YOUTH ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

RUN BY THE HONG KONG FEDERATION OF YOUTH GROUPS, THE CENTRE IS REGULARLY PATRONISED BY OVER 1,500 YOUNGSTERS WHO ARE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN A WIDE RANGE OF YOUTH ACTIVITIES.

THE CENTRE MOVED INTO ITS PRESENT PREMISES IN MID-JANUARY THIS YEAR. THE CONSTRUCTION AND EQUIPPING COST AMOUNTED TO OVER $330,000 OF WHICH $270,000 WAS CONTRIBUTED BY THE LIONS INTERNATIONAL, DISTRICT 303.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR --------------- PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE CEREMONY. IT WILL BE HELD AT 4 P.M. IN THE CENTRE'S ASSEMBLY HALL«. - 0 - - - - A ....

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RADAR SPECIALIST RETIRING

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HR. WONG KO-CHUEN, RADAR SPECIALIST MECHANIC, WILL BE RETIRING FROM THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY AND LEAVING HONG KONG ON SATURDAY CHAY 11).

SINCE HE JOINED THE OBSERVATORY IN 1954, HE HAS BEEN ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN THE INSTALLATION OF MANY IMPORTANT AND EXPENSIVE PIECES OF COMPLEX ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT.

HR. WONG WAS FIRST INVOLVED WITH RADAR DURING THE WAR WHEN HE WAS BILLETED IN THE GROUNDS OF BUCKINGHAM PALACE. WHEN THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY ACQUIRED ITS FIRST RADAR, THE GL-3, BACK IN 1954, HR. WONG WAS CONTRACTED TO INSTALL THIS PIECE OF EQUIPMENT.

THE GL-3 WAS ORIGINALLY DESIGNED FOR LOCATING AIRCRAFT RUT IT WAS ADAPTED TO FOLLOW REFLECTORS ON METEOROLOGICAL BALLOONS SO THAT UPPER WINDS COULD BE CALCULATED. HR. WONG HADE THE INSTALLATION AND KEPT THE GL-3 OPERATING AT MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE FOR A NUMBER OF YEAR.

SINCE THEN THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY HAS BEEN ACQUIRING MORE AND HORE ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT AND THE PREVIOUSLY "ONE-MAN*1 RADAR MAINTENANCE TEAM HAS ALSO EXPANDED. IN 1966, TOGETHER WITH A PLESSEY-ENGINEER, MR. WONG HELPED INSTALL THE 43S STORM DETECTING RADAR AT TATE'S CAIRN.AGAIN MR. WONG'S WORK WAS OUTSTANDING AND IN 1967 THE 43S RADAR WAS FULLY OPERATIONAL.

BY 1972 MR. WONG VAS THE LEADER OF AN ELECTRONIC MAIN-ENANCE TEAM OF FIVE ASSISTANT RADAR SPECIALIST MECHANICS AND FOUR SCIENTIFIC ASSISTANTS SUNDER HIS LEADERSHIP THE TEAM iMEMBERS HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE* HIGH PERFORMANCE AND SERVICEABILITY OF ALL THE ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT WITHIN THE OBSERVATORY

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE DIRECTOR OF THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY, MR. GORDON BELL, WILL BE MAKING.A PRESENTATION TO MR. WONQ AT 4.30 P.M. TOMORROW (FRIDAY). PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.

THURSDAY, MAY 9, 1974

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GOVERNOR INSPECTS TUEN MUN DEVELOPMENT K X X X jf it

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, SPENT THIS (THURSDAY? AFTERNOON TOURING THE TUEN MUN AREA OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. DAVID AKERS-JONES, AND THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR. • DAVID LAh, THE GOVERNOR WAS SHOWN THE VARIOUS STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT OF TUEN HUN NEW TOWN.

TUEN MUN AT PRESENT HAS A POPULATION OF ABOUT 40,000, BUT SHOULD REACH 500,000 BY 1983 WHEN THE NEW TOWN SHOULD BE FULLY DEVELOPED.

THE FIRST STAGE SHOULD BE COMPLETED SOME TIME NEXT YEAR. UP TO NOW 200 ACRES OF LAND HAVE BEEN FORMED AND PARTIALLY DEVELOPED WITH PRIVATE AND PUBLIC HOUSING AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT.

A TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT MORE PRIVATE INVESTMENT IN THE AREA WAS EXPECTED FOLLOWING THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS GOING AHEAD WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SIX-LANE SUPER HIGHWAY TO TUEN MUN.

DESIGN WORK ON THE SECOND STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT HAS ALREADY STARTED AND WORK SHOULD BEGIN TOWARDS THE LATTER PART OF NEXT y£ar. -

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AN ENGINEERING STUDY HAS ALSO BEGUN ON STAGE THREE AND ACTUAL WORK SHOULD START IN LATE 1976.

THURSDAY, MAY 9, 1974.

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NEW HOSTEL FOR ELDERLY OPENED \

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THE KWAI FONQ HOSTEL FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE, THE SECOND OF ITS KIND IN HONQ KONG, WAS OFFICIALLY DECLARED OPEN TODAY (THURSDAY? BY THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. KENNETH TOPLEY. ' 1

THE HOSTEL, SITUATED IN THE KWAI FONQ HOUSINQ ESTATE IN TSUEN WAN, PROVIDES NON-1NST1TUT1ONAL HOUSINQ FOR 153 AMBULATORY, INDEPENDENT ELDERLY PEOPLE AQED 60 OR OVER.

THE HOSTEL IS SPONSORED BY TEN VOLUNTARY SOCIAL WELFARE AGENCIES AND THREE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.INCLUDiNQ THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT. IT IS RUN BY THE HONQ KONQ CHRISTIAN SERV1CEBN ONE. OF THE SPONSORINQ AQENCIES WHICH ACTS AS CONVENOR OF THE •MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AND ADMINISTRATOR OF THE. PROJECT. - -

- SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, MR. TOPLEY SAID THIS PROJECT, LIKE THE FIRST ONE, . THE WAH HONQ HOSTEL, IS A DEMONSTRATION THAT JOINT VENTURES WERE POSSIBLE BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND VOLUNTARY WELFARE ORQANISATIONS.

HE SAID: +THE DIFFERENCE IN THE POSTURES OF 13 BODIES WHICH HAVE TAKEN ON THE RESPONSIBILITY FIRST FOR THE WAH HONQ AND NOW FOR THE KWAI FONQ HOSTEL SHOWS THAT AS LONG AS THE ULTIMATE GOAL -- THE WELFARE OF THE CLIENTS — IS KEPT CONSTANTLY BEFORE US, NOT AN EASY THING TO DO, JOINT VENTURES ARE NOT ONLY POSSIBLE IN THEORY, THEY POSITIVELY FLOURISH IN PRACTICE.+ '

HE BELIEVED. THAT A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT BODIES CO-OPERATING IN SUCH A HOSTEL HAD A SPECIAL VALUE, AMD SAID THE DIVERSITY OF OUTLOOK AND BACKGROUND OF THESE ORGANISATIONS PREVENTS THE HOSTEL FROM BEINQ RUN IN AN AUTHORITARIAN WAY, AIDS THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE RESIDENTS AND ENCOURAQES THE APPLICATION OF' ADDITIONAL CARE AND FORETHOUGHT IN THE ARRANGEMENTS.

t +WE HAVE HERE AN ORGANISATION-THAT IS NOT A WELFARE INSTITUTION IN THE OLD SENSE WITH THE CHARACTERISTIC ODOUR OF WHAT USED TO BE CALLED CHARITY BEFORE THAT BECAME A DIRTY WORD, BUT A NEW CONCEPTION AT WORK TO HELP THE CONDITION OF THOSE WHO WISH TO MAINTAIN THEIR. INDEPENDENCE AS LONG AS THEY CAN. • -

♦BECAUSE NEW CONCEPTS THAT WORK ARE AS HARD TO FORQE AS TO FIND AS WE FOCUS MORE AND JIORE OH THE PROBLEMS OF OUR ELDERLY PEOPLE IN HONG KONG WHO WILL BE AN INCREASING PROPORTION OF QUR TOTAL POPULATION SO IT BECOMES A CAUSE FOR PARTICULAR CELEBRATION THAT WE HAVE COME UP WITH SOMETHING NEW THAT WORKS,* MR. TOPLEY ■ SAID.

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'" . HE THANKED ALL THE SPONSORS IN THIS VENTURE AND HAD A WORK OF PARTICULAR PRAISE FOR THE HONQ KONQ CHRISTIAN SERVICE _ WHICH, HE SAID, HAD DONE SO MUCH IN THE TASK OF CO-ORDINATION ON.BEHALF OF THE COMMITTEE FOR THE ELDERLY. •

NOTE TO EDITORS: COPIES OF THE FULL TEXT OF MR. TOPLEY’S SPEECH ---------------- (ENGLISH AND CHINESE? ARE BOXED FOR COLLECTION.

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THURSDAY, MAY 9, 1974

CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE « « * H M H

THE FOLLOWING, PRICES 'JERE REALISE") TODAY CTHURSDAY) AT SALE UNDER THE RICE CO-. FROL SCl.EHE AND AT T.IE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLi.iALE MARKET AND THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEUNG SHA WAN, KOWLOON:

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE OF RICE CHINA RICE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY . • WHOLESALE PRICEC$/CATTY) AVERAGE

SEE MEW

- OLD CROP

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.21

S.C.J1EN

- OLD CROP —— •M

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.16

PO NQA1 GOOD 1.72

CHO CHO

THAI RICE

100% WHOLE GOOD 2.12

10-15* BROKERS

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.92

A1 SUPER ——

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 2.03

U.S> RICE ——

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.92

PAKISTAN RICE *

TAI WAN RICE —- ■■

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

, CALL SOURCES)

‘ AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY - . GOOD

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK C$/P1CUL-L1VE WEIGHT) - 305 CAVERAGE)

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/SUPPLIES AND.....

THURSDAY, MAY 9, 1974

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH

CFHO CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH HARKED

SPECIES AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE

OF SUPPLY C$/CATTY5

HIGH LOW MODE

qOLDZN thread qooD 4.30 2.60 3.50

Biq-EYES qooD 2.80 0.60 2.00

SQUID NORMAL 5.50 2.50 4.00

hair-tails LIMITED 2.00 0.80 1.50

LIZARD FISHES qooD 2.20 1.40 1.70

CROAKERS NORMAL - 1.50 0.70 1.10

CONqER-PIKE-EELS NORMAL 1.70 1.00 1.50

BREAMS NORMAL 4.50 2.60 3.50

YELLOW BELLY qooD 2.10 0.50 1.50

MACKERELS qooD 3.50 2.20 2.80

RED qOAT FISH NORMAL 0.90 0.50 0.60

fork-tail LIMITED 1.40 0.70 1.00

HORSE-HEAD NORMAL 6.20 2.80 4.20

MELON S£ED SCARCE 2.00 1.50 1.80

POMFRETS SCARCE 8.50 6.50 8.00

qAROUPAS NORMAL 7.00 5.00 6.00

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

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

TYPE OF AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

VEqETABLE OF SUPPLY HiqH - LOW MODE

FLOWERINq CABBAQE > -LIMITED l ! ° I co I • I T- I I 0.60 1.00

WHITE CABBAGE ' NORMAL o.6o 0.10 0.35

CHINESE LETTUCE NORMAL 0.50 0.20 0.35

WATER SPINACH NORMAL 0.70 0.20 0.50

CHINESE KALE SCARCE , 1.60 0.70 1.20

STRINq beans SCARCE 4.00 1.50 2.50

SPRINQ ONION NORMAL 1.20 0.30 0.80

SPINACH —— —— i

WATER CRESS LIMITED 0.90 0.30 0.60

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE ' NORMAL 0.60 0/10 0.35

CHINESE SPINACH NORMAL 0.60 0.15 0.40

TOMATO NORMAL 1.20 0.40 0.80

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, MAY 10, 1974.

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

30 PER CENT INCREASE IN PUBLIC ASSISTANCE ALLOWANCE RATES FROM JUNE 1 ....................................... 1

MIRROR-TYPE WINDSCREENS ON CARS BANNED .................. 2

NEW REGULATIONS'TO CONTROL VEHICLE POLLUTION PUBLISHED 3

NEW RULES FOR FREIGHT CONTAINERS CARRYING DANGEROUS GOODS.................................................... 5

300 ELDERLY PEOPLE TO BE FETED IN TSZ WAN SHAN TOMORROW ..............................................   6

CONSTRUCTION FOREMEN AND SITE AGENTS URGED TO SET GOOD EXAMPLE IN SAFE WORKING PRACTICES .....................

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daily*guide to wholesale prices and supply of basic food

COMMODITIES

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


FRIDAY, MAY 10, 1974.

30 PER CENT INCREASE IN PUBLIC ASSISTANCE TO MEET RISING COSTS » X « ft X if

PEOPLE RECEIVING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, DISABILITY ALLOWANCES AND INFIRMITY ALLOWANCES FROM THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, ARE TO BE GIVEN A JO PER CENT INCREASE BEGINNING ON JUNE 1 TO HELP THEN CuPE WITH PRICE INCREASES.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, MR. FREDERICK CLARK, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (GENERAL) OF SOCIAL WELFARE, SAID THE INCREASES WERE APPROVED ON WEDNESDAY THIS WEEK BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE SCALE RATES FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, AND THE DISABILITY AND INFIRMITY ALLOWANCES, GENERALLY REFERRED TO AS DIA ALLOWANCES, HAVE BEEN KEPT UNDER CLOSE REVIEW AND IN LINE WITH RECENT PRACTICE THE RATES WOULD HAVE BEEN INCREASED IN JULY, THAT IS SIX MONTHS AFTER THE JANUARY 1974 INCREASE.

+HOJEVER, BECAUSE OF THE TREND IN RISING COSTS IT WAS DECIDED TO IMPLEMENT THE REVIEW AHEAD OF TINE AND THUS THE NEW LEVELS OF BENEFIT WILL CONE INTO FORCE FROM JUNE 1. THIS MEANS THAT THOSE RECEIVING THE ALLOWANCES WILL IN EFFECT GET SOME।EXTRA CASH IN HAND.*

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, HE EXPLAINED, ALWAYS KEEPS A CLOSE WATCH ON THE LEVELS OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND DIA BY REFERENCE EACH MONTH TO THE MOVEMENTS OF THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE INDEX. THIS INDEX, WHICH IS RELATED TO THE GENERAL COWfcUMER PRICE INDEX, MEASURES THE COST OF ESSENTIAL ITEMS OF EXPENDITURE, PREDON1NANTLY FOOD, INCURRED BY THE POOREST MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY. CnEi.T IS EXCLUDED uECAUSE IT IS MET SEPARATELY). Ri

Pl THE LEVELS OF BENEFIT HAVE IN F .CT ALREADY BEEN 1‘tfGREASED BY 11 PER CENT IN JULY 19/.'» '-ND 21 PEP. CENT IN JANUARY 1974 FOLLOWING APRIL 1y7'2 Ui. N T.E INITIAL RATES WERE FIXED.

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L( +BY ADVANCING THE OPERATING DAT BY ONE MONTH THE INCREASES BEING IMPLEMENTED NEXT i. .UTA LULL HAVE THE EFFECT OFA’gIVING RECIPIENTS A FIVE PER CENT LEAD OVER THE PROJECTED PRICES FUR JUNE A.O IN SJ DOING, UK P...JVK., SJ..E EXT.JA CASH iil HAND TO THE r»UST VULREriABi—A. ..u5 3 I ' ir.-. Cl...<U..1sY TO HE£P 7HEd MEET EoSEmTIAL EXPENSES F. )i.-G A-A’ FJ.-Tr.wR REVIEW,* HRSl CLARK SAID.

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HI THE HEW RATES WILL EEs CPRECENT RATES l.i BRACKETS)

SINGLE PERSON LIVING ALO-.E

FUST THREE ElIGiU-E uEi.-ERS OF

A fAnlLY

OuSUilD iHtluE cLIGIBLc. i‘*~ OF a (SAi-ilLY

EACH r.D-)lT10MAL ELIGIBLE FAMILY

DftlALlLITY ALLOWANCE

I.ifl.i.ajY aU.UU.;..Uii

$1uO (£.145) PEP. i.OilTH

$1J0 C.UJ) EACH PER liONTil

1.105 ( C .) E/.CH PL.; liOHTL

iO ( Co5) EACH PE.; MONTH f.i 0 C.'.I.J)

;. .0 Cz72.50)

FRIDAY, MAY 10, 197^

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AS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE SCHEME CAN HELP A FAMILY IN FINANCIAL DISTRESS, MR. CLARK SAID THAT THE SCALE RATE FOR A FIVE-MEMBER FAMILY WOULD BE , AT THE NEW LEVELS, $600 A MONTH ON TOP OF WHICH WOULD BE ADDED RENT ALLOWANCES AND THE COST OF ANY SCHOOL FEES, TRAVELLING EXPENSES. MOREOVER, ANY SPECIAL. EXPENSES, SUCH AS DIETARY NEEDS WOULD ALSO BE COVERED. IF ONE MEMBER OF THE FAMILY WAS OVER 75 OR WAS SEVERELY MENTALLY OR PHYSICALLY INCAPAC ITATED,ADD ITiONAL ALLOWANCES UNDER THE DIA SCHEME WOULD BE ADDED.

AT THE END OF MARCH THIS YEAR, -THERE WAS A CASELOAD OF 27,407 PUBLIC ASSISTANCE CASES AND 42,450 DIA CASES.

THE INCREASE IS EXPECTED TO COST AN ADDITIONAL $29.6 MILLION

WITH THE NEW INCREASE, THE TOTAL BILL TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND DIA SCHEMES FOR 1974-75 WILL AMOUNT TO $144.6 MILLION.

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BAN ON MIRROR-TYPE WINDSCREENS X X X X X X '

THE USE OF ONE-WAY MIRROR-TYPE WINDSCREENS AND WINDOWS ON MOTOR VEHICLES HAS BEEN BANNED IN HONG KONG UNDER AMENDING REGULATIONS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THE USE OF THIS REFLECTIVE MATERIAL HAS A DAZZLING EFFECT THAT MAY CAUSE ACCIDENTS IF THE SUN IS REFLECTED INTO THE EYES OF ANOTHER DRIVER.

• +MOREOVER, SUCH WINDSCREENS AND WINDOWS MAKE THE OCCUPANTS OF THE VEHICLES INVISIBLE FROM THE OUTSIDE AND COULD PROVIDE A MOBILE HIDEOUT FOR CRIMINALS,* HE ADDED.

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THE BAN DOES NOT APPLY TO TINTED GLASS WHICH IS INSTALLED BY SOME MANUFACTURERS TO PREVENT GLARE.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT AS LONG AGO AS OCTOBER 1972, THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT ISSUED A STATEMENT ANNOUNCING THAT HE INTENDED TO SEEK CHANGES IN THE LEGISLATION BANNING THE USE OF THIS REFLECTIVE MATERIAL. THIS WAS FOLLOWED UP BY ANOTHER^. STATEMENT LAST DECEMBER WARNING THAT REFLECTIVE MATERIAL SHOULD NOT BE USED AS THE BAN WOULD SOON BE INTRODUCED.

FRIDAY, MAY 10, 1974.

CONTROLS on VEHICLE POLLUTION INTRODUCED

X X X X X

THE FIRST POSITIVE MOVES TO CONTROL POLLUTION CAUSED BY MOTOR VEHICLES WERE TAKEN TODAY WITH THE GAZETTING OF AMENDED REGULATIONS WHICH LAY DOWN CERTAIN CRITERIA FOR • VEHICLES IMPORTED INTO HONG KONG IN THE FUTURE. • >

THE REGULATIONS — KNOWN AS THE ROAD TRAFFIC (CONSTRUCTION AND USEXAMENDMENTD REGULATIONS 1974 — MAKE IT COMPULSORY FOR PETROL-ENGINED VEHICLES TO COMPLY WITH THE 'PROVISIONS OF REGULATION 15 MADE BY THE ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR EUROPE CECED. THEY WILL NOT APPLY TO MOTOR CYCLES OR VEHICLES WHICH ARE NOT CAPABLE OF EXCEEDING 50 KILOMETRES PER HOUR ON LEVEL GROUND.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT ECE 15 SETS OUT IN DETAIL THE MANUFACTURING STANDARDS AND TESTS REQUIRED OF THESE VEHICLES TO MINIMISE THE POSSIBILITY OF EMITTING EXHAUST SMOKE. . '

INITIALLY THE REGULATIONS WILL APPLY ONLY TO NEW PETROL-ENGINED VEHICLES IMPORTED INTO HONG KONG AND MANUFACTURED AFTER NOVEMBER 1, 1974.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THIS WAS NECESSARY TO PERMIT LOCAL VEHICLE IMPORTERS TO CLEAR THEIR PRESENT STOCKS AND TO ARRANGE FOR FUTURE DELIVERIES OF ACCEPTABLE MODELS. •

+ALMOST ALL VEHICLES MANOFACTURED BY EUROPEAN FIRMS ALREADY COMPLY WITH THE ECE 15 REQUIREMENT AND THERE ARE EQUIVALENT STANDARDS FOR VEHICLES MANUFACTURED IN OTHER - ^COUNTRIES, SUCr. AS THE UNITED STATES AND JAPAN,+ THE ( SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT.

THE MOTOR TRADERS ASSOCIATION, WHICH HAS BEEN KEPT INFORMED OF THE NEW REGULATION, IS FULLY SUPPORTING ITS IMPLEMENTATION.

VEHICLES WHICH COMPLY WITH THE REGULATION ARE AUTOMATICALLY EQUIPPED WITH EXHAUST EMISSION CONTROLS WHICH ENSURE THAT THEY DO NOT EMIT MORE THAN 4.5 PER CENT BY VOLUME OF CARBON MONOXIDE.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS FIRST PUTTING CONTROLS ON PETROL-ENQINED VEHICLES BECAUSE ' “ THE EXHAUST SMOKE, ALTHOUGH LESS VISIBLE THAN THAT FROM DIESEL VEHICLES, CONTAINED TOXIC CARBON MONOXIDE GAS.

HE SAID THERE WERE PLANS TO FOLLOW THIS UP WITH •SIMILAR CONTROLS ON NEW DIESEL-ENGINED VEHICLES LATER THIS YEAR. LEGISLATION WAS ALSO IN THE PIPELINE TO EXERCISE MORE CONTROL OVER THE AMOUNT OF EXHAUST SMOKE EMITTING FROM VEHICLES ALREADY ON THE ROADS.

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FRIDAY, MAY 10, 1974

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ANOTHER SET OF AMENDED REGULATIONS GAZETTED TODAY WILL REDUCE CONSIDERABLY THE TIME NEEDED TO DISPOSE OF THE INCREASING NUMBER OF VEHICLES ABANDONED ON THE ROADS.

UNDER THS ROAD TRAFFIC (PARKING AND WAI TItJGXAMENDMENT:) REGULATIONS 1974, WHERE A VEHICLE HAS REMAINED STATIONARY ON ANY ROAD FOR OVER 72 HOURS AND APPEARS TO THE POLICE TO BE ABANDONED, PROCEEDINGS CAN BEGIN ON HAVING THE VEHICLE REMOVED.

THE REGISTERED OWNER OF THE VEHICLE WILL BE GIVEN A NOTICE, EITHER BY SENDING IT TO HIS ADDRESS OR BY FIXING IT TO THE VEHICLE, REQUIRING HIM TO REMOVE IT

-TO ANOTHER PLACE Ui TH IN SEVEN DAYS.

IF THE REQUIREMENT IS NOT COMPLIED WITH, THE POLICE WILL BE EMPOWERED TO REMOVE THE VEHICLE TO A SPECIFIED POUND AND IF IT IS NOT CLAIMED WITHIN 21 DAYS IT WILL BECOME THE PROPERTY OF THE CROWN AND CAN BE SOLD BY PUBLIC AUCTION OR TENDER, OR SIMPLY DISPOSED OF FOR SCRAP.

PREVIOUSLY, AT LEAST FOUR MONTHS HAD TO ELAPSE BETWEEN THE TINE AN ABANDONED VEHICLE WAS REMOVED AND THE TIME IT WAS FINALLY DISPOSED OF.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID ABANDONED VEHICLES CREATED MANY PROBLEMS — ENVIRONMENTAL AS WELL AS TRAFFIC -- AND THIS IS CLEARLY ILLUSTRATED BY THE FACT THAT LAST YEAR ALONE THE POLICE HAD TO DEAL WITH SOME 4,000 REPORTS OF SUCH VEHICLES.

+NOT ONuY DO THE VEHICLES CAUSE TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN ALREADY CROWDED STREETS= IN HANY CASES THEY ALSO TAKE UP VALUABLE ON-STREET PARKING FACILITIES WHICH WOULD BE jJTILISED BY MOTORISTS,+ HE SAID.

( THE SPOKESMAN MADE IT CLEAR THAT THERE WAS NO CHANCE OF MISTAKING AN ABANDONED CAR FOR ONE WHICH MAY HAVE BEEN LEFT ON THE STREET WHILE THE OWNER HAS BEEN AWAY FROM HONG KONG OR OTHERWISE INDISPOSED. ABANDONED CARS ARE EASILY RECOGNISABLE AS THEY USUALLY HAVE PARTS MISSING, ARE CORRODING AWAY AMD THE LICENCE HAS EXPIRED.

ANOTHER PROVISION INCREASES THE REMOVAL CHARGE FOR A x MOTOR VEHICLE SROrt $$0 TO $oO AND INCREASES THE STORAGE CHARGE FROM 41 TO $20 FOR EACH DAY, AFTER THE SECOND DAY, DURING WHICH THE VEHICLE IS DETAINED.

THE INCREASE WAS RECOMMENDED AFTER A DETAILED COST INVESTIGATION WAS MADE INTO THE REMOVAL AND STORAGE OF MOTOR VEHICLES. THE STUDY SHOWED THAT IN ORDER TO COVER THE COSTS INVOLVED THE CHARGES SHOULD BE INCREASED.

THE CHARGES HAVE REMAINED UNCHANGED SINCE THEY WERE INTRODUCED IN 1964.

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NEU RULES FOR FREIGHT CONTAINERS CARRYING DANGEROUS GOODS K 3f M if 3f JI

HORE RESTRICTIVE MEASURES GOVERNING THE HANDTING, STORAGE AND CONVEYANCE UF DANGEROUS GOODS IN FREIGHT CONTAINERS, AND THE loading and discharge of these containers ARE BEING introduced UNDER TWO SETS Ur AMENDED REGULATIONS GAZETTED TODAY.

THESE MEASURES, CONTAINED IN THE DANGEROUS GOODS (GENERAL) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1974 AND THE DANGEROUS GOODS (SHIPPING) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1974, ARE THE RESULT OF RECOMMENDATIONS MADE IN A REPORT OF THE SUB-COH.ilTTEE ON DANGEROUS GOODS IN CONTAINERS.

THE SUB-COMMITTEE WAS APPOINTED IN OCTOBER 1970 BY THE DANGEROUS GOODS STANDING COMMITTEE TO EXAMINE IN DETAIL ALL ASPECTS RELATING TO THE HANDLING OF DANGEROUS GOODS IN FREIGHT CONTAINERS WITr SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER TERMINAL In ANTICIPATION OF A RAPID DEVELOPMENT IN THE USE OF THIS MODE OF TRANSPORT.

THE REPORT, COMPLETED IN MARCH 1972, WAS SUBSEQUENTLY ENDORSED BY THE DANGEROUS GOODS STANDING COMMITTEE.

CONTRAVENTION OF CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THE DANGEROUS GOODS (GENERAL) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1974 IS PUNISHABLE, UPON CONVICT ION, WITH A FINE UF $c),000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR SIX MONTHS.

THESE REGULATIONS MAINLY ADD A NEU PART XIA TO THE PRINCIPAL regulations to provide for the handling, storage and conveyance of dangerous gouds in containers.

ONE REGULATION STIPULATES THAT FREIGHT CONTAINERS HOLDING

’ CERTAIN DANGEROUS GOODS SPECIFIED IN THE REGULATIONS MUST, EXCEPT WHEN THEY ARE BEING HANDLED AT AN APPROVED CONTAINER TERMINAL, BE STORED AT LICENSED PREMISES. RESTRICTIONS OR THE STORAGE IN APPROVED CONTAINER TERNINALS OF FREIGHT CONTAINERS HOLDING DANGERUUS GOODS, OTHER THAN THOSE SPECIFIED, ARE ALSO LAID DOWN.

ANOTHER REUGLATION PROVIDES FOR THE LABELLING OF CONTAINERS CARRYING MANUFACTURED FIREWORKS AND OTHER EXPLOSIVES.

A NEW REGULATION PROVIDES THAT FREIGHT CONTAINERS WITH DANGEROUS GOUDS MAY ONLY BE CONVENED IN APPROVED VEHICLES.

A TERMINAL OPERATOR IS REQUIRED UNDER THE REGULATIONS TO UNPACK A FREIGHT CONTAINER IMMEDIATELY AFTER LANDING IF IT HOLDS BOTH DANGEROUS AND NOR-DANGEROUS GOODS, AND HE MUST ALSO REMOVE THE DANGEROUS GOODS TO A LICENSED DANGEROUS GOODS STORE AT ONCE.

A TABLE LISTING THE VARIOUS CATEGORIES OF DANGEROUS GOODS REFERRED TO IN THE REGULATIONS IS ALSO PUBLISHED.

THE DANGEROUS GOODS (SHIPPING)CAMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1974" ADDS A NEW REGULATION DEALING U1 TH THE LOADING AaD DISCHARGING OF FREIGHT CONTAINERS HOLDING DANGEROUS GOODS.

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FRIDAY, MAY 10, 1974

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AN EXISTING REGULATION HAS BEEN REVOKED AND REPLACED BY A NEW ONE TO INCLUDE PROVISION FOR THE HUDES OF STORAGE IN A TYPE ill VESSEL FOK DANGEROUS GOODS IN FREIGHT CONTAINERS AS WELL AS IN CONVENTIONAL PACKAGING* A TYPE 111 VESSEL IS ONE TRADING WITHIN HONG KONG WATERS.

ANOTHER EXISTING REGULATION HAS BEEN AMENDED TO RESTRICT THE MOVEMENT OF VESSELS CARRYING FREIGHT CONTAINERS HOLDING DANGEROUS GOODS TO APPROVED CONTAINER TERMINALS OR OTHER PLACES APPROVED BY THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE.

THE VARIOUS APPROVED CONTAINER TERMINALS ARE LISTED.

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SOCIAL GATHERING FOR THE ELDERLY X X X X X X

SOME 300 ELDERLY PEOPLE FROM VARIOUS HOMES FOR THE AGED IN WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS WILL BE ENTERTAINED BY 150 STUDENTS DURING A SOCIAL GATHERING THIS SATURDAY CMAY 113, AT THE WILLIAM BOOTH SECONDARY SCHOOL IN TSZ WAN SHAN.

THE FUNCTION, WHICH WILL LAST FROM 2.00 P.M. TO 5-00 P.M., IS SPONSORED BY THE CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE SOCIAL.WELFARE DEPARTMENT'S WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE.

+THIS FUNCTION HAS AN EDUCATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE WHICH HAS LONG BEEN ONE OF THE MAJOR. OBJECTIVES OF THE COMMITTEE,+ SAID MISS ELENA LUI HAH-WAH, CHAIRMAN OF THE FUNCTION’S ORGANIZING (jJOHMlTTEE AND WARDEN OF THE COMMUNITY CENTRE.

IT WILL HELP THE CHILDREN TO DEVELOP A SENSE OF RESPECT for the elderly and at the same time facilitate an understanding BETWEEN THE TWO GENERATIONS, SHE SAID.

ENTERTAINMENT PLANNED FOR THE DAY WILL COMPRISE FOLK DANCING, CHOIR MUSIC, STAGE OPERA AND DRAMA, AND A GYMNASTIC SHOW ALL PERFORMED BY STUDENTS FROM DIFFERENT SCHOOLS IN THE AREA.

OFFICIATING WILL BE UR. MICHAEL WONG HAH-KAE AND MR. CHAN HO-KWONG, WHO ARE THE ORGANIZING PRESIDENT AND VICE-PRESIDENT RESPECTIVELY.

REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED AFTERWARDS AND GIFTS PRESENTED TO EACH OF THOSE ATTENDING*

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BUluDING FOREMEN, SITE AGENTS URGED TO SET GOOD EXAMPLE IN SAFE UORK PRACTICES

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THE ACTING COMMISSIONER OF LABOUR, MR. NEIL HENDERSON AND THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, MR. DAVID MCDONALD, TODAY CFR1DAY) MADE A JOINT VISIT TO MAJOR CONSTRUCTION SITES IN HONG KONG AND KOWLOON TO SEE THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT'S NEU CONSTRUCTION SITES CSAFETYJ REGULATIONS IN OPERATION. , ,

THEY VISITED THE SITE OF THE $150 MILLION UORLD TRADE CENTRE PROJECT IN GLOUCESTER ROAD ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND THE SITE OF THE ARGYLE STREET FLYOVER COMPLEX IN KOWLOON.

AT THE SITE OF THE PROPOSED 42-STOREY .TRADE CENTRE - DUE FOR COMPLETION IN DECEMBER 1975 “ MH. HENDERSON AND HR. MCDONALD WERE MET BY THE PROJECT ARCHITECT, ER. BRETON PENMAN OF ERIC CUMINS AND ASSOCIATES AND HR. GEOFFREY YEH, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE HSIN CHONG CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LIMITED, WHICH IS BUILDING THE SUPERSTRUCTURE.

DURING A TOUR OF THE SITE MR. YEH EXPLAINED THE METHOD OF CONSTRUCTION, THE PRINCIPAL EQUIPMENT USED AND THE SAFETY POLICY ADOPTED ON THE SITE.

HR. YEH SAID THE SITE FOREMAN, THE SITE AGENT AND HE HIMSELF HAD RECENTLY COMPLETED A CONSTRUCTION SITES SAFETY TRAINING COURSE AT THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT'S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE. +WE HAVE FOUND THE TRAINING INVALUABLE IN DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONS ON THE SITE,* HE SAID. ..

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. MR. HENDERSON PRAISED MR. YEH'S COMPANY FOR ITS PROGRESSIVE ATTITUDE TOWARDS SAFETY.

+SAFETY POLICIES UORK ONLY WHEN THEY ARE INITIATED AT THE TOP LEVEL,* MR. HENDERSON SAID. HE STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF CULTIVATING SAFETY AWARENESS AMONG CORKERS, AND SAID FOREMEN ARD SITE AGENTS HAD AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY IN ACCIDENT PREVENTION, BECAUSE THEY WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR SETTING WORKERS ON THE RIGHT TRACK IN SAFE WORK PRACTICES.

+SET THE WORKERS A GOOD EXAMPLE AND HAKE SURE THEY FOLLOW IT,* HE SAID. +YOU NOT ONLY HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF SEEING THE JOB DONE, BUT ALSO OF MAKING SURE IT IS DONE SAFELY.*

MR. MCDONALD SAID THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WOULD BE GIVING ITS COMPLETE BACKING TO THE .LABOUR DEPARTMENT IN ITS EFFORTS TO CUT BACK THE ACCIDENT TOLL IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

+1 HAVE ALREADY ISSUED A CIRCULAR TO MY STAFF STRESSING OUR SPECIAL INTEREST IN THE APPLICATION OF THE NEU SAFETY REGULATIONS,* HE SAID. tTHE P.U.D. HAS ALUAYS TAKEN A STRONG INTEREST IN BUILDING SAFETY, ARD HE STRONGLY SUPPORT THE NEW REGULATIONS

/+MY DEPARHinra .,

FRIDAY, MS 10, 197;>

+MY DEPARTMENT IS ALREADY IN TOUCH WITH ITS CONTRACTORS ABOUT THESE REGULATIONS. UE SHALL DO EVERYTHING UE CAN TO ENCOURAGE A POSITIVE RESPONSE BOTH TO THE REGULATIONS AND TO THE GENERAL DRIVE TO IMPROVE CORK SAFETY.

+THE PUBLIC UORKS DEPARTMENT IS. GF COURSE, ONE OF THE MAJOR ^CLIENTS OF HONG KONG'S CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, AND ANYTHING THAT WE CAN DO TO FURTHER THIS CZA.PAIGH U1LL HAVE tlY TOTAL SUPPORT, + MR. MCDONALD SAID.

AT THE SITE OF THE $37 MILLION ARGYLE STREET ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT, MR. HE13ERSON AND 11R. MCDONALD HERE MET BY ' THE RESIDENT ENGINEER, HR. THEODORE HAWKINS, AND HR. DAVID HO, A DIRECTOR OF THE GAil.iON CHONG KONG? LIMITED, THE PRINCIPAL P.U.D. CONTRACTOR ON THE PROJECT.

MR. HO TOLD THE PARTY THAT THREE FIRST AID ROOMS HAD BEEN SET UP IN DIFFERENT LOCATIONS ON THE SITE AND TOO STAFF MEMBERS WERE CURRENTLY UNDERGOING FIRST AID TRAINING.

UNDER THE NEU SAFETY REGULATIONS, A SITE WITH 30 WORKERS MUST HAVE ONE PEiiSON TRAINED IN FIRST AID, AND A SITE WITH 100 WORKERS MUST HAVE TWO.

♦BECAUSE OF THE WIDE RANGE OF l-JEAVY EQUIPMENT USED ON THE SITE - SUCH AS MOBILE CRANES, GANTRY CRANES, EXCAVATORS AND ELECTRIC HOISTS -SPECIAL SAFETY MEASURES /1RE BEING ADOPTED, + MR. HO SAID.

MR. MCDONALD POINTED OUT THAT INVESTMENT IN SAFETY AND THE TIME TAKEN FOR ATTENDANCE AT THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT'S FREE SAFETY COURSES PAID OFF IN THZ CUTTING-DOUM OF ACCIDENT COSTS, IN MINIMISING DAMAGE TO EQUIPMENT:AND IN GETTING THE JOB COMPLETED IN TIME. >

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MR. HENDERSON SAID : -i-WITH THE BACKING OF TIE PUBLIC UORKS DEPARTMENT AND THE RECENT ESTABLISHMENT OF CLOSER LIAISON WITH THE BUILDING CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION AND THE S0CE1TY OF BUILDERS^ 1 AM CONFIDENT THAT THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY? REGULATIONS WILL FUNCTION SMOOTHLY.

♦LAST YEAR MORE THAN 60 PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND ANOTHER . 5,000 INJURED IN CONSTRUCTION SITE ACCIDENTS. THAT'S ONE IN EVERY SIX WORK ACCIDENTS IN HUNG KONG DURING THE YEAR.

♦AND SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR, 1,262 WORKERS HAVE BEEN INJURED AND 20 KILLED IN CONSTRUCTION SITE ACCIDENTS.

' +WE ARE DETERMINED TO SEE THIS TOLL REDUCED,+ HE STRESSED.

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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 UAN, KOWLOON:

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

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

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‘ - OLD CROP

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.21

S.C.J1EN - OLD CROP ■a os

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.16

PO NQAi GOOD 1.72

CHU CHO ——

THAI RICE

100£ WHOLE —— •■B

10-15* BROKERS

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.92

A1 SUPER —— *

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD •;> 2.03

UaSa RICE GOOD 1.9^

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AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.92

PAKISTAN RICE A

TAIWAN RICE

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

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AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY t GOOD

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK

C$/PICUL-L1VE WEIGHT) - 305 CAVERAGE)

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SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH

CFllO CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PR1CEC$/CATTY>

SPEICES OF SUPPLY HIGH LOU NODE

GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 4.50 2.50 3.80

BIQ-EYES GOOD 2.60 0.60 1.80

S^UID LIMITED 5-70 1.80 4.00 .

HAIR-TAILS GOOD 2.50 1.00 2.00

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL ' 2.30 1.20 1.80

CROAKERS LIMITED 1.50 0.70 1.00

CONQER-P1K E-EELS GOOD 1.60 1.00 1.30

MELON COAT SCARCE 1.60 0/40 0.80

BREAMS NORMAL 4.00 2.30 3.5O«

YELLOW BELLY NORMAL 1.80 0.50 1.50

MACKERELS GOOD 3.50 2.50 3.00

RED GOAT FISH NORMAL 0.70 0.40 0.50

FORK-TAIL NORMAL 1.20 0.60 1.00 a

HORSE-HEAD NORMAL 5.70 2.80 ’ 4.50

MELON SEED

POMFRETS SCARCE 8.50 6.50 7.50

GAROUPAS NORMAL 7.50 5.00 6.00

YELLOW CROAKER ——

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• TYPE OF / VEGETABLE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY • WHOLESALE PRIC ECS/CATTY) MODE

HIGH LOW

FLOWERING CABBAGE LIMITED 1.30 0.60 1.00

WHITE CABBAGE NORMAL 0.60 0.20 0.40

CHINESE LETTUCE : NORMAL 0.50 0.20 • 0.40

’ WATER SPINACH NORMAL 0.70 0.20 0.50

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 1.50 0.60 1.20

STRING BEANS SCARCE 4.00 2.00 3.00

SPRING ONION SPINACH WATER CRESS LIMITED LIMITED 1.50 NO 0.80 0.30 SALE 0.30 1.00 0.60

LEAF MUSTARD NORMAL 0.60 0.20 0.40

CABBAGE. . - CHINESE SPINACH NORMAL 0.60 ’ 0.20 0.40

TOMATO NORMAL 1.20 0.40 0.80 -r* ’

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SATURDAY, HAY 11, 1974

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CONTENTS

NEW'SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGE OF EDUCATION COMPLEX ‘WILL TRAIN 500 FULL-TIME TEACHERS ......................  1

GUIDANCE PROJECT FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL LEAVERS ............ 2

APRIL WAS UNUSUALLY WET AND WARM........................ 3

A NUMBER OF STREETS IN KOWLOON ARE TO BE IMPROVED .... 3

WELFARE CENTRE ORGANISES WEEK OF FUN FOR SAU MAU PING RESIDENTS ............................................... 4

OVER 15,000 DOSBS OF ANTI-POLIO VACCINE ADMINISTERED IN THREE WEEKS..........................................  5

200 A.M.S. MEMBERS TO DONATE BLOOD TOMORROW ............. 5

CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS FOR GOODS VEHICLES IN KOWLOON REVISED..............................................    6-



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NEW EDUCATION CO..PLEX TO TRAIN 5C3 ; '.Cl; IS K Jj H

THE NEW COMPLEX FOR THE SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AT CALDECOTT ROAD, PIPER’S HILL, IS EXPECTED TO BE COnPuETED Urt SCHEDULE Z...D uE..DY FUR THE i.EU SCHXL TERM IN SEPTEMBER.

AT PRESENT IT IS HOUSED IN A PRIMARY HOK YUEN STREET, HUNG HUM.

SCHOOL BUILDING IN

'riRS. NANETTE FUNG, ACTING PRINCIPAL OF THE COLLEGE SAID THE NEW COMPLEX WOULD PROVIDE ADDITIONAL AL'D LORE SOPHISTICATED TEACHING EQUIPMENT IN KEEPING WITH CHANGES IN CURRICULA.

+ALSO, MORE TEACHERS ARE TO BE TRAINED AT THE HEU PREMISES THAN WAS ORIGINALLY ENVISAGED,* SHE ADDED. +UE LUST NOU CATER FOR 500 FULL-TIME TRAINEE TEACHERS COMPARED UlTH THE INTENDED 4oO TRAINEES.*

THIS IS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S PLAN TO EXPAND THE TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAMME TO PRODUCE 6,000 QUALIFIED TEACHERS BETWEEN 1972 AND 1976.

THE NEU CO.IPLEX WILL PROVIDE A 30-BOOTH LANGUAGE LABORATORY, AN EXPERIMENTAL DRAMA STUDIO, A DARK ROOM IN CONNECTION UlTH AUDIO-VISUAL EDUCATION, Z..!D A BETTER-EQUIPPED SCIENCE LABORATORY WITH AN ATTACHED PREPARATION ROOM FUR SPECIMENS.

THE HOST REVOLUTIONARY CHANGE IN CURRICULUM, HOWEVER, ■> OCCURS IN THE DOMESTIC SCIENCE SECTOR.

•*W£ WILL BE STARTING OUR FIRST MODEL FLAT DEMONSTRATION SCHEME IN THE NEW CU..PLEX, + HRS. FUuG SAID.

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THE SCHEME INVOLVES PUTTING ASIDE A ROOM TO-BE FASHIONED INTO A STAwja.O DOMESTIC FLAT, UlTH A LI VlilQ/DINlNG ROOu, A KITCHEN AND LAUNDRY AND WORK AREAS.

+THE MODEL FLAT IS A GREAT HELP IN TEACHING HOKE ECONOMICS, DECORATION AND LAUNDRY WORK, AND WILL give THE TRAINEES ACTUAL ON-THE-SPOT TRAINING IN THE ’HOME’.*

MRS. FUNG SAID THERE WERE ALSO PLANS TO START COURSES IN DRESS DESIGN ARD TEXTILES.

CONSTRUCTION Or THE HEW COLLEGE COMPLEX STARTED IN APRIL 1972. IT WILL COMPRISE E1QHT BLOCKS OF BUILDINGS RANGING FROM TWO TO FIVE STOREYS, PROVIDING FIVE CLASSROOMS, 22 TUTORIAL ROOMS, FOUR LECTURE ROOMS, 12 SPECIALIST ROOMS FOR ART, DOMESTIC SCIENCE AriO HANDICRAFTS, A GYMNASIUM, AN AIR-C0..DIT10HED LIBRARY AND AN AUDITORIUM.

TriEKE WILL ALSO BE A STUDENT'S HOSTEL FOR APPROX IRATELY 200 RESIDENT STUDENTS, AND QUARTERS FOR WARDENS AND MINOR STAFF.

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THE CURRICULUM UF THE COLLEGE CONSISTS OF A BASIC TWO-YEAR TRAIulNG COURSE, AND THERE IS ALSU A SPECIALIST THIRD-YEaR COURSE Fur teachers of MUS'IC.

NOTE TO EDITORS: --------------- PHOTOGRAPHS OF A MODEL OF

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THE NEW COMPLEX

STUDENTS

ANOTHER GUIDANCE PROJECT FOR PRIMARY SIX SCHOOL LEAVERS, ONE OF SEVERAL WHICH THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT'S COMMUNITY CENTRES HAVE BEEN ARRANGING ON A REGULAR BASIS, WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY CHAY 13> AT THE KWON TONG COMMUNITY CENTRE.

FOUR HUNDRED PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM THE LOK SIN TONG PRIMARY SCHOOL, OUR LADY OF CHINA PRIMARY SCHOOL, ST. BARNABAS' PRIMARY SCHOOL, HOLY SPIRIT SCHOOL, G.T.C. PAST STUDENTS' ASSOCIATION PRIMARY SCHOOL AND KUUN TOhG METHODIST PRIMARY SCHOOL WIlL ATTEND.

THE BASIC AIM of THIS GUIDANCE project is to provide STUDENTS OF fHHUUIY SCHOOL LEVEL WITH INFORMATION ON EDUCATIONAL, PRE-VUCAT1ONAL AND RECREATIONAL PROSPECTS, SOMETHING WHICH SCHOOL PRINCIPALS AND OTHER SOCIAL WORKERS IN THE • AREA FEEL IS MUCH-NEEDED, SAID MH. KWOK NA1-SIK, WARDEN OF THE COMMUNITY CENTRE. HE HOPED THAT HORE PUBLIC INTEREST WOULD ^E GENERATED BY BRINGING INTO THE OPEN PROBLEMS FACING PRIMARY SCHOOL GRADUATES.

Three speakers have been arranged to talk to those who WILL 6E ATTENDING. THEY ARE HISS Welle SHU-FAN, SENIOR EDUCATION OFFICER, WHO WIlL DISCUSS POST-PRIMARY STUDY= MR. YEUNG SIN-TUNG, SUPERVISOR, STUDENT WELFARE SECTION OF THE KUUN TONG VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE, WHO WILL SPEAK ON PRE-VOCAT1ONAL EDUCATION AND MR. WONG KING-TUNG, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT'S COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICER FOR KUUN TONG, WHO WILL TALK ON THE VALUE OF GROUP LIFE. .DISCUSSIONS WILL FOLLOW THE TALKS.

IT IS ALSO PLANNED TO FOLLOW THIS UP WITH AN INTENSIVE GUIDANCE PROJECT DURING THE SUMMER VACATION FUR A GROUP OF SIXTY PRIMARY SCHOOL LEAVERS WITH A VARIETY OF PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY VOLUNTEER WORKERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE TALKS AND ---------------- PANEL DISCUSSIONS ON MONDAY. THEY WILL BE

HELD 1R THE ASSEMBLY HALL OF THE KUUN TONQ CO.ulUiUTY CENTRE AT 17, TSUI PING ROAD, j BEGINNING AT 10 A.H.

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APRIL VJETTcB THAN USUAL k ;i r. r. :: • » 4 1> 4 » i k * • 4k

HEAVY THUNDERSTORMS ASSOCIATED WITH COLD FRONTS RESULTED IN 231.1 il.1 OF RAI.FALL IN APRIL, HAKll-G IT THE FIRST l.ONTH SINCE SEPTEMBER LA T YEAR 11 TH ABOVE-AVERAGE RAINFALL.

HONE THAN HALF THIS AMOUNT FELL DURING TLE 7t;2EE-DAY PERIOD APrtiu 7-y WHEN 142.9 «>» WERE RECORDED AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY. THE MOiiTH’S TOT;.!- RAINFALL WAS 95.3 i'.H ABOVE NORMAL.

THE MONTH WAS ALSO SUNNIER AID WARMER THAN USUAL WITH THE THIRD LOWEST MEd ■ > SI i£D, 5.2 KNOTS, ON RECORD FOR APRIL.

SEVEN THUNDERSTORM UARNI.-GS /’□ ONE THUNDERSTORM AuD HEAVY RAIN WARNING WERE ISSUED DURING TEE J.UNTH. THREE AIRCRAFT WERE DIVERTED FROM HONG KONG IRTERH.iTlL.IAL AIRPORT DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS.

ONE RED AND ONE YELLOW FIRE DANGER WERE ISSUED.

THE MONTH’S LOWEST TEMPERATURE OF 11.d DEGREES CELSIUS WAS RECORDED UN APRIL 1 Ai ID 2, AIS) THE MAXItiUu TEMPERATURE OF 20.7 DEGREES CELSIUS ON APRIL 20.

NOTE TO EDITORS: --------------- - A FULL-REPORT CM THE WEATHER FOR APRIL IS

BOXED FOR COLLECTION.

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S7.;2ET iK?..0y-?^T3 IM KOULOOH

A NUMBER OF STREETS Ih KUWLCUN WILL SHJRILY Bi RECONSTRUCTED AS FART OF aiMUA- MAINTiJiAHCL PROGRAMME. BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT HIGHWAYS OFFICE.

THE FIRST TUI ARE PEI HO STREET BETUllN YlE kUK STRtET ARD TUNG CHAU Sua LT, AND KWLlLli. STREET BETWEEN LAi CHI KOK ROaD Ai'iD TUNG CHAU STREET.

THE MINOR RECONSTRUCTION WO;;K WILL COYER TH—CARRIAGEWAYS Ai«D Tn.i PAVEMENTS BUT EXCLUDi ROAD JUACliOLS. 1,L_ ROAD_ SURFACE WILL E~ RE-PAVED WiTH EIGHT-L-CH THICK Rj.lilFQRvED CONCRETE SLABS Ur. Zi COKCR&tc. BA^a.

THE WORK IS SCHEDULED TO START ABOUT FIVE MONTHS TU COMPLETE.

IN JUNE AND WILL TAKE

BE RECONSTRUCTED IN TONKIN STREET AND PR,A TAS

THE REnAIiilNG THREE STREETS TO KOWLOON AHz. FUK WING STREET BETWEEN __ STnEET, AND SHEUNG HEUNG ROAD AI.D LOK SHAH ROAD EOiH BlTWcEN PAU CHUNG ST;—LT AND TO KHA HAH ROAD.

RECONSTRUCTION WORK IN THESE PLACES WILL FOLLOW CL.OS=.LY THE WORK IN PEI HU STREET A.;D KWEILIN STREET.

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i PARTIES FOR SAU HAU PING RESIDENTS X X X X X X

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S SAU HAU PING (SOUTH) ESTATE WELFARE BUILDING WILL BE CELEBRATING ITS 2ND ANNIVERSARY NEXT WEEK AND TU MARK THE OCCASIUN THE AGENCIES WITHIN THE BUILDING WILL BE HOLDING A SERIES OF PARTIES FOR DIFFERENT GROUPS OF PEOPLE IN THE AREA.

THE PARTIES, ONE TO BE HELD ON EACH DAY OF THE WEEK FROM MONDAY CHAY 13) TO SATURDAY CHAY 18) WILL BE FOR RESIDENTS, WORKERS AND LOCAL LEADERS IN THE DISTRICT3 FOR THE ELDERLY3 FOR VOLUNTEERS3 FOR HANDICAPPED CHILDREN3 FUR CHILDREN AND FOR YUUNG PEOPLE.

AH ESTATE WELFARE BUILDING IS ONE IN WHICH WELFARE SERVICES IN HOUSING ESTATES ARE CENTRALISED AND IS UTILISED BOTH BY THE ’GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND VOLUNTARY WELFARE ORGANISATIONS.

THESE BUILDINGS. CONSTRUCTED IN ESTATES IN THE RATIO OF ONE FOR EVERY FIFTY THOUSAND PEOPLE, ARE UNDER THE MANAGEMENT OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WHICH HAS AN OFFICE THERE TO CARRY OUT COMMUNITY RELATIONS WORK ARD CO-ORDINATE FUNCTIONS SUCH AS THIS ONE.

THE OTHER PARTICIPANTS IN THIS CELEBRATION ARE THE CHINESE Y.M.C.A., THE SAO HAU PING COMMUNITY AND HEALTH CENTRE AND THE KINDNESS DAY NURSERY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE PARTIES WHICH HAVE BEEN ARRANGER. DURING THE WEEK AT THE SAU MAU PING CSOUTH) ESTATE WELFARE BUILDING.

MONDAY, MAY 13 - PARTY FOR LOCAL LEADERS, WORKERS AND RESIDENTS AT 3.00 P.M.

TUESDAY, MAY 14 - BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR THE ELDERLY AT 3.00 P.M.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 - PARTY FOR LOCAL VOLUNTEERS AT 3.00 P.M.

THURSDAY, MAY ?'16 - PARTY FOR HANDICAPPED CHILDREN AT 10.00 A.M.

FRIDAY, ~ MAY 17 - CHILDREN’S PARTY AT 8.00 P.M. AND,

SATURDAY, MAY 18 - A YOUTH EVENING AT 8.00 P.M.

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER ANY OF THE ABOVE.

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ANTI-POLIO DRIVE CONTINUES X X X it X X

A TOTAL OF 15,148 DOSES OF ANTI-POLIOMYELITIS VACCINE WAS ADMINISTERED I a THE THREE WEEKS ENDING ON APRIL 27 IN CONNECTION WITH THE SECOND PHASE OF THIS YEAR'S CAMPAIGN AG-dNST Triu DISEASE.

DURING THE PERIOD, 3,950 DOSES WERE ADMINISTERED AMONG CHILDREN OH THE ISLAND, 0,455 IN KOWLOON, AND 3,339 IN THE NEU TERRITORIES.

OF THESE, 5.413 WERE FIRST-DOSE, 5.860 SECOND-DOSE, AND 3,875 BOOSTER-DOSE.

THE SECOND PHASE BEGAN ON MARCH 18 AND LASTED ABOUT SIX . WEEKS. THIS WAS INTENDED AS A FOLLOW-UP TO THE FIRST PHASE, WHICH WAS CARRIED OUT EARLIER THIS YEAR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY: +ANT1-POLIOMYELITIS VACCINE IS AVAILABLE FREE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AT ALL THE DEPARTMENT'S MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CEhTRES, AND THE ANNUAL CAMPAIGNS ARE INTENDED TO REMIND MOTHERS OF THE AVAILABILITY OF THIS SERVICE, AND TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT.+

HE EXPLAINED THAT CAMPAIGNS ENABLED MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRES TO DEAL WITH CASES THAT +00 NOT COME UP DURING NORMAL SESSIONS.*

A.M.S<- TO DONATE BLOOD X if « X it « it if

ABOUT 200 HONG KONG ISLAND OFFICERS AND MEMBERS OF THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICE WILL DONATE BLOOD TO THE RED CROSS BETWEEN 9 A.M. AND 1 P.H. TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT ST. JOSEPH'S PRIMARY SCHOOL, WOOD ROAD, WAN CHAI. 1 *»

ON MARCH 31, 144 KOWLOON MEMBERS OF THE SERVICE DONATED BLOOD AT THE KING GEORGE V SCHOOL. DURING THE PAST SIX MONTHS, 112 MEMBERS OF NEW TERRITORIES TEAMS HADE A SIMILAR VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTION.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE OCCASION COVERED.

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SATURDAY, MAY 11, 1974

CLEARWAY restrictions for goods vehicles revised « X X « it Jt

, new clearway restrictions fur goods vehicles will cone INTO EFFECT FROM 10 A.M. ON TUESDAY CHAY W IN SAI YEE STREET BETWEEN PRINCE EDWARD ROAD AND ARGYLE STREET, AND IN YIM PO FUNG STREET BETWEEN WATERLOO ROAD AND ARGYLE STREET.

• THE NEW CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS WILL BE FROM 7 A.M. TO '10 A.h. AND FROM 4 P.rl. TO 7 P.M. DAILY.

GOODS VEHICLES WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO STOP ALONG THESE TWO SECTIONS TO LOAD OR UNLOAD GOODS DOSING THESE HOURS.

TRAFFIC'SIGNS WILL BE POSTED TO INDICATE THE CLEARWAY HOURS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

MONDAY, MAY 13, 1974

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

* MORE CASH PRIZES TO BE WON IN THIS YEAR'S GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES................................................      1

MORE PEOPLE TRAVEL TO AND FROM HONG KONG.................. 2

DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF GATT IN HONG KONG ON PRIVATE VISIT . 3

SECRETARY FOR HOUSING TOURS FOUR BUILDINGS IN KOWLOON CITY

TO SEE MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS ..........................  •

REVISED ARRANGEMENTS FOR CONTROL OF TEXTILE EXPORTS TO

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DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE. PRICES AND SUPPLY OF'BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

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MORE CASH PRIZES IN THIS YEAR'S GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES TICKETS NOH ON SALE X X X X X x

EVERYONE STANDS A BIGGER CHANCE OF STRIKING IT RICH IN THIS YEAR'S GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES SERIES WHICH FEATORE BIGGER AND MORE CASH PRIZES TO BE WON.

THIS YEAR THERE WILL BE 10 LOTTERIES, THREE MORE THAN LAST YEAR; EXCEPT FOR THE FIRST, WHICH WILL LAST THREE WEEKS FROM 'TODAY, THE OTHERS WILL BE HELD AT FORTNIGHTLY INTERVALS.

TICKETS FOR THE FIRST ARE NOW ON SALE AT $2 FROM ALL ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLOB SELLING BOOTHS, FERRY PIERS AND FROM VAR100S BANK OFFICES THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.

A NEW FEATORE IN THIS YEAR'S LOTTERIES IS THE INTRODUCTION OF 106 CONSOLATION PRIZES, IN ADDITION TO THE FIRST, SECOND, THIRD AND 50 SPECIAL PRIZES TO BE WON.

OUTLINING THE NEW FEATURE AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY, THE CHAIRMAN OF TriE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES MANAGEMENT COMMITTEc, MR. KAI-YIN CHAU, SAID CONSOLATION PRIZES WOULD BE PAID ON THOSE TICKET NUMBERS IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING OR FOLLOWING ANY OF THE WINNING NUMBERS IN THE DRAW.

EACH CONSOLATION PRIZE WOULD BE WORTH 0.1 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL PROCEEDS, THE SAME AMOUNT AS.A SPECIAL PRIZE, HE SAID.

THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF PRIZES WILL TAKE UP 60 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL PROCEEDS WITH THE REST'GOING TO THE LOTTERIES FUND TO BE USED FOR THE PROMOTION OF COMMUNITY WELFARE PROJECTS. THE FIRST PRIZE WUL BE WURTH 40 PER CENT OF THE PROCEEDS, THE SECOND PRIZE FUUR PER CENT AND THE THIRD 0.4 PER CENT.

+IF, FOR EXAMPLE, ONE MILLION TICKETS AT $2 EACH WERE SOLD, , THE FIRST PRIZE UOUlD FETCH $600,000, THE SECOND PRIZE $60,000, THE THIRD $6,000, A SPECIAL PRIZE $2,00J AND A CONSOLATION PRIZE ALSO $2,000,+ MR. CHAU EXPLAINED.

+THERE IS THUS A CHANCE THAT THREE TICKETS WITH CONSECUTIVE NUMBERS BOUGHT AT THE SAME TIME WILL FETCH A TOTAL OF $6,000 IF THE MIDDLE TICKET WINS A SPECIAL PRIZE. .

+THE TOTAL WINNINGS IS OF COURSE CONSIDERABLY HIGHER IF THE MIDDLE TICKET WINS ONE OF THE HIGHER PRIZES,* MR. CHAU SAID.

AS ANOTHER ATTRACTION FOR THIS YEAR'S LOTTERIES, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WILL BE INVITED TO HELP POPULAR ARTISTES TO DRAW NUMBERS FOR THE WINNING TICKETS.

FOR THE FIRST DRAW, TO BE HELD ON JUNE 1 IN THE CITY HALL THEATRE, FOUR COMMERCIAL RADIO ARTISTES — MISS WONG KAR HAN, MISS YIU KWONG MAN, HISS LEUNG YUK PING AND MR. LOK SHIH -- WILL TAKE PART.

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IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDS, COMMERCIAL RADIO WILL STAGE A SHOW TO EHTERTAIN THE AUDIENCE PRESENT AT THE DRAW.

THE FOUR ARTISTES WILL ALSO APPEAR AT SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND FROM 5 TO 6 P.M. NEXT MONDAY CHAY 205 AND AT MACPHERSON STADIUM FROM 4 TO 5 P.M. ON MAY 21, TO HELP PROMOTE TICKET SALES.

THE LOTTERIES ARE MANAGED BY A COMMITTEE CHAIRED BY MR. CHAU. THE MEMBERS ARE MR. DAVID WU CHUNG-SHING, MISS LYDIA DUNN, AND HR. MICHAEL LEUNG HAN-KIN OF THE FINANCE BRANCH OF THE COLONIAL SECRETARIAT, HR. R.W. SAMPSON OF THE TREASURY AND MR. GORDON CHAN YING JEUN OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

EARNINGS FROM THE LOTTERIES WILL BE USED TO PROMOTE SOCIAL WELFARE PROJECTS BENEFITT1NG THE WHOLE COMMUNITY.

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(THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ENTERING OR LEAVING HONG KONG ROSE BY §9.3 PER CENT DURING THE FINANCIAL YEAR ENDING MARCH 1974, ‘ACCORDING TO PROVISIONAL FIGURES RELEASED TODAY BY THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT.

ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES BY AIR, LAND AND SEA TOTALLED ‘9,663,736 -- AN INCREASE OF 1,597.220 COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS ./EAR. .

ARRIVALS NUMBERED 4,945.344 OF WHOM 1,720,611 ARRIVED BY AIR, 966,177 BY LAND, AND 2,256,556 BY SEA. THIS COMPARES WITH 4,141,971 TOTAL ARRIVALS IN 1972/73 ~ 1,415,146 BY AIR, 725.436 .BY LAND AND 2,001,36? BY SEA.

TOTAL DEPARTURES STOOD AT 4,918,392 OF WHOM 1,762,444 LEFT BY AIR, 931,562 BY LAND AND 2,224,366 BY SEA. THE 1972/73 FIGURES WER^4,124,945 DEPARTURES - 1,441,273 BY AIR, 692,049 BY LAND AND -+7591,223 BY SEA.

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MR. OLIVIER LONG, D1RECTOR-GENERAL OF THE GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TARIFFS AND TRADE (GATT) ARRIVED IN HONG KONG WITH HIS WIFE TODAY (MONDAY) FOR A SHORT PRIVATE VISIT AS QUESTS OF THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE.

. DURING HIS STAY MR. LONG WILL BE HAVING INFORMAL DISCUSSIONS ON TRADE MATTERS WITH SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, INCLUDING THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, AND THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES.

MR. LONG. WHO WAS BORN IN SWITZERLAND, WAS APPOINTED DlrtECTUR-GENERAu OF THE GATT IN MAY i960, AFTER SERVING AS SWISS ambassador to the united kingdom.

THE GATT LAYS DOWN AGREED RULES FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE WHICH ARE SUBSCRIBED TO BY OVER UO GOVERNMENTS, INCLUDING HONG KONG. IT ALSO FUNCTIONS AS THE PRINCIPAL INTERNATIONAL BODY CONCERNED WITH NEGOTIATING THE REDUCTION OF TRADE BARRIERS AND . WITH INTERNATIONAL TRADE RELATIONS.

HONG KONG PARTICIPATED LAST YEAR IN MULTI-LATERAL NEGOTIATIONS CONVENED BY THE GATT WHICH CULMINATED IN THE ADOPTION OF A NEW ARRANGEMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN TEXTILES.

THIS ESTABLISHED A NEW SET OF RULES FOR NEGOTIATING AGREEMENTS COVERING WORLD TRADE IN TEXTILES, AND IS ESPECIALLY SIGNIFICANT FOR HUNG KONG WHICH IS HEAVILY DEPENDENT ON TEXTILE EXPORTS.

ANOTHER MAJOR GATT ACTIVITY IN WHICH HONG KONG IS PARTICIPATING IS THE NEW ROUND OF MULTI-LATERAL TRADE NEGOTIATIONS WHICH WERE LAUNCHED IN SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR, f

THE AIM OF THESE NEGOTIATIONS IS TO ACHIEVE FURTHER LIBERALISATION OF WORLD TRADE IN REGARD TO BOTH TARIFF AND NON—TARIFF BARRIERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS;

A SUMMARY OF THE GATT'S CURRENT ACTIVITIES IS AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM THE G.l.S. PRESS ROON, 6TH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

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HOUSING SECRETARY INSPECTS KOWLOON CITY BUILDINGS it it X it it if

THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, MR. UN LIGHTBODY, TOURED KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT THIS CMONDAY) MORNING TO SEE FOR HIMSELF THE MANAGEMENT PROCESSES OF VARIOUS TYPES OF BUILDINGS IN THE ‘AREA. HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY MR. A.F. NEOH, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER CKOWLOON CITY).

MR. LIGHTBODY WAS FIRST BRIEFED BY MR. NEOH, ON THE VARIOUS TYPES OF BUILDINGS AND MANAGEMENT METHODS IN THE DISTRICT AS WELL . AS*THEIR MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS.

THEY THEN PROCEEDED TO ORIENTAL GARDENS AT PRINCE EDWARD * ROAD WHICH IS A RESIDENTIAL BUILDING WITH A TOTAL OF 192 UNITS. THE BUILDING IS MANAGED BY A PRIVATE ESTATE MANAGEMENT COMPANY UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF AN OWNERS’ CORPORATION. THE SERVICE IS EFFECTIVE WITH GOOD SANITARY AND SECURITY CONDITION AS WELL AS ADEQUATE OPEN-SPACE AND CAR-PARKING FACILITIES.

AFTERWARDS, MR. LIGHTBODY WENT TO LUEN MING HING INDUSTRIAL BUILDING AT 3b, MOK CHONG STREET, TO KUA WAN. IT IS MANAGED BY AN OWNERS’ CORPORATION. HOWEVER, THE SERVICE.IS NOT SATISFACTORY. MR. L1GHTBODY DISCUSSED WITH THE REPRESENTAT1VE OF THE OWNERS’ CORPORATION PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH COLLECTION OF MANAGEMENT FEES, DISPUTE OVER USE OF COMMON LORRY PARKING AND LOADING AREA.

MR. LIGHTBODY CONTINUED HIS TOUR TO MEI KING MANSION,-STAGE 1 AT THE JUNCTION OF MEI KING STREET AND LOK SHAN ROAD IN TO KWA WAN. THE BUILDING IS A CONGESTED COMMERC1AL/RESIDENTIAL BUILDING, WITH UVER-JOO UNITS. IT IS MANAGED BY AN OWNERS’ CORPORATION BUT THE SERVICE IS NOT yUITE EFFECTIVE. - * • --

MR. LIQHTBODY -SAW THE VAR IOUS-MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS SUCH AS ILLEGAL EXTENSION AND OBSTRUCTION, INADEyUATE LIFT FACILITIES AND DRAINAGE SYSTEMS CONFRONTING THE RESIDENTS OF THE BUILDING. HE WAS ALSO BRIEFED BY MR. NEOH ABOUT THE VARIOUS MEASURES TAKEN TO IMPROVE THE SITUATION INITIATED BY C.D.O. CKOWLOON CITY) AND THE OWNERS’ CORPORATION.

BEFORE WINDING UP HIS VISIT, MR. LIGHTBODY CALLED AT WHAMPOA CHINESE BUILDING AT MING ON STREET, HUNG HOM,A COMMERCIAL/ RESIDENTIAL BUILDING WITH 120 UNITS MANAGED BY A LA*iDLORDS’ AND TENANTS' ASSOCIATION.

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REVISED ARRANGEMENTS FOR COIJTROL

OF TEXTILE EXPORTS TO EEC ’■ « « « » R

REVISED MEASURES FOR CONTINUING VOLUNTARY COHTROL OVER HONG KUNG'S TEXTUE EXPORTS-TO THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY PENDING THE POSSIBLE NEGOTIATION OF A BILATlRAL AC.REEHlNi UNDER THE NEU ARRANGEMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN TEXTILES, WERE ANNOUNCED TODAY BY THE DIRECTOR OF COHiiERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. JIMMY MCGREGOR.

THEY ARE BEING BROUGHT INTO EFFECT ON THE ADVICE OF THE TEXTILES ADVISORY BOZtfD TO REPLACE PROVISIONAL ARRANGEMENTS DUE TO EXPIRE ON JUNE 30 THIS YEAR*

HR. MCGREGOR SAID IT UAS NECESSARY TO MAINTAIN EXISTING RESTRAINTS ON TEXTILE EXPORTS TO THE EEC SO THAT TRADE COULD CONTINUE ON A KNOWN AND ST/iBLE BASIS UNTIL THE POSSIBLE NEGOTIATION OF A BILATERAL AGREEMENT.

+BUT UE HAVE NOW MODIFIED OUR PROVISIONAL RESTRAINT ARRANGEMENTS TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE PROVISIONS CONTAINED IN THE NEU ARRANGEMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN TEXTILES,+ HE ADDED.

THE REVISED MEASURES WILL OPERATE FOR A PERIOD OF 12 MONTHS BACK-DATED TO JANUARY 1 THIS YEAR. THEY AFFECT TEXTILE EXPORTS TO THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, THE BENELUX COUNTRIES, ITALY, FRANCE AND DENMARK.

FULL DETAILS OF THE REVISED ARRANGEMENTS ARE CONTAINED IN NOTICES TO EXPORTERS ISSUED TODAY BY THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT.

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MONDAY, MAY 1), 1974.

CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE « « « X 35 X

THE FiLLOJINC. PRICES EuE REALISED TODAY GIO.NDAY) AT SALE

UN )EK THE ICE CUi . t;OL SCI wE AND AT i.lE VEQE'i -OLE .l.'U ETl-.Q

Ou .ANISaI u Ui;OU ;;LE nA; ET AND THE FISH HA.l.E'i I..Q --GANISA' .ON Whj’uESAwE ....RKl» . CHEUiK -Ha UAH, KLuLGOH:

SUPPLIES AND UHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE OF RICE CHINA RICE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY UHOLESALE PR1CEC$/CATTY> AVERAGE

SEE NEW

- OLD CROP ——

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.21

S.C.JIEN X

- OLD CROP

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.16

PO NGA! GOOD 1.72

CHO CHO

THAI RICE

100% WHOLE ——

10-15& BROKERS ——

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.92

A1 SUPER GUUD • 1-72

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 2.03

U.S. RICE

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.92 >

PAKISTAN RICE ——

TAIWAN RICE —-

SUPPLIES AND UHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK CJj/PiUUu-LlVE WEIGHT)

GOOD

JO5 CAVERAGE)

• /SUPPLIES AHP

liOHD/iY, HAY 13, ly/4.

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH

CFHO CHEUNG SHA UAH WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICECS/CATTY)

SPECIES OF SUPPLY high LOW MODE

qOLDiN THREAD good 3.40 2.20 2.60

BlCr-YS3 QOU ) 2.80 0.60 1.60

SQUID LIMITED * 5.bO 2.00 4.50

HAL.-TA ILS NORMAL 1.00 0.60 0.70

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 2.70 1.40 2.00

CROAKERS NORMAL 1.40 0.80 1.20

CONGER -PIKE-EELS limited 1.70 1.20 1.50

MELON COAT — —

BREAMS LIMITED 5.20 3.00 . 4.50

YELLQu/ belly qooD 1.80 0.60 1.50

MACKERELS NORMAL ' 4.00 3.00 3.40

RED GOAT FISH NORMAL o.ao 0.50 0.60

FORK-TAIL LIMITED 1.20 0.70 0.90

HORSE-HEAD NORMAL 5.00 3.00 4.20

MELON SEED NORMAL 2.80 2«2O 2.40

POHFRETS SCARCE 8.00 7.50 7.60

qAROUPAS NORMAL 7.00 5.00 6.00

YELLOW CROAKER ■»

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

TYPE OF AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE (S/CATTY)

VEGETABLE OF SUPPLY HIGH LOW MODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE . LIMITED 1.40 0.60 >-1.00

WHITE CABBAGE NORMAL 0.70 0.20 0.50

CHINESE LETTUCE NORMAL 0.50 0.20 0.40

WATER SPINACH GOOD 0.60 0.15 0.40

CHINESE KALE SCARCE .. 1.60 0.60 1.20

STRING BEANS SCARCE 4.00 1.50 2.50

SPRING ONION NORMAL 1.60 0.40 1.00

SPINACH •——

WATER CRESS LIMITED 1.00 0.30 0.70

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE LIMITED 1.00 0.20 0.60

CHINESE SPINACH NORMAL 0.60 0.20 0.40

TOMATO 5" NORMAL 1.20 0.40 0.80

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

TUESDAY, MAY 14, 1974.

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

• HEUNG YEE KUK REGIONAL ELECTIONS FOR-SPECIAL COUNCILLORS TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY .........................  1

GOOD PROGRESS BEING MADE ON LOK ON PAI DESALTER PLANT .. 2

TWO BUILDINGS IN APLICHAU DECLARED DANGEROUS ............... 2

SIX LOTS OF CROWN LAND IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES TO BE AUCTIONED NEXT MONTH................................   3

CHAIRMAN OF EDUCATION BOARD TO SPEAK ON THE ROLE OF PRIVATE SCHOOLS ............................................ 3

MEMORIAL SERVICE IN LONDON FOR THE LATE MR. DAVID SELLERS 4

KA IFONG ASSOCIATION THANKS FIRE SERVICES................... 5

FORMER POLICE SUPEimiTENEENT ERNEST HUNT DISMISSED FROM PUBLIC SERVICE 5

DEATH SENTENCE ON L1U CHU COMMUTED.......................... 5

NEVf MEASURES TO PREVENT OVERCROWDING ON TUNNEL BUSES ... 6

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DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

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

TUESDAY, HAY 14, 1974.

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HEUNG YEE KUK ELECTIONS FOR 21 COUNCILLORS

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THE HEUNG YEE KUK WILL HOLD ITS REGIONAL ELECTIONS TO FILL 21 SEATS OF SPECIAL COUNCILLOR FOR THE 21ST TERN OF OFFICE ON THURSDAY CHAY 160.

THE KUK IS THE STATUTORY ADVISORY BODY TO THE GOVERNMENT ON ALL HATTERS AFFECTING THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE ELECTIONS, TO BE CONDUCTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROCEDURES LAID DOWN IN THE HEUNG YEE KUK ORDINANCE, WILL TAKE THE FORM OF SECRET BALLOT.

MR. IAN MACPHERSON, ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, WILL ACT AS THE RETURNING OFFICER. *

THERE ARE SEVEN SEATS FOR EACH OF THE THREE ELECTORAL DISTRICTS IN TAI PO, INCLUDING SHA TIN, YUEN LONG INCLUDING TUEN NUN, AND THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT WHICH COMPRISES SAI KUNG, ISLANDS AND TSUEN WAN.

THIRTY-SIX CANDIDATES — 11 FOR TAI PO, 12 FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT — WILL COMPETE

13 FOR YUEN LONG AND FOR THE SEATS.

THE ELECTORATE IS MADE UP OF 85 PEOPLE, COMPRISING THE CHAIRMEN AND VICE-CHAIRMEN OF All RURAL COMMITTEES AND 17 NEW TERRITORIES UNOFFICIAL JUSTICES OF THE PEACE.

THREE SEPARATE ELECTIONS FOR EACH ELECTORAL DISTRICT WILL BE HELD AS FmUm 3 A.M. ON THURSDAY CHAY 165 AT THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HEADQUARTERS, NORTH KOWLOON MAGISTRACY BUILDING, TAI PO ROAD. ' .

THE RESULTS OF THE ELECTIONS'WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY THE RETURNING OFFICER IrtttEDlATELY AFTER THE VOTES HAVE BEEN CHECKED AmD COUNTED.

ADMISSION TO THE ELECTION'ROOM WILL BE RESTRICTED TO ELECTION

ofhicials, candidates, electors and the press.

NOTE TO EDITORS :

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE ELECTIONS.

THEY SHOULD IDENTIFY THEMSELVES TO ELECTION OFFICIALS (WITH PRESS CaaDS-lR OTHER SIMILAR IDENTIFICATIONS5 ON ARRIVAL AT THE ELECTiU*. THEY WILL THEN BE ISSUED WITH LAPEL

BADGES, ENABLING.TlISl TO ENTER THE ELECTION ROOn.

PHOTOGRAPH..RS ARD CAMERAMEN WILL KOT BE ADMITTED DURING THE POLLING AND TH.; COUNTING OF VUT-S, BUT THERE WILL DE NO OBJECTION TO PHOTOS.IlPHS BEING "AKEN OUTSIDE TN- ELECTION' ROOM WHEN THE PROCEEDINGS AR . OVER.

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GOOD PROGRESS ON LOK ON PAI DESALTER

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CONSTRUCTION OF THE DESALTER AT LOK ON PAI HAS JUST MOVED ANOTHER STAGE FORWARD WITH THE COMPLETION OF THE FIRST OF THE TWU 400-FOOT CHIMNEYS WHICH WILL SERVE THE PLANT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR P.W.D.’S WATERWORKS OFFICE SAID TODAY THAT THE CHIMNEY WAS NOW STRUCTURALLY COMPLETE, THOUGH WORK ON ITS INTERIOR FITTINGS WAS STILL CONTINUING.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE CHIMNEY WOULD COME INTO USE ALONG WITH THE FIRST OF THE SIX EVAPORATOR UNITS, WHICH WILL UNDERGO COMMISSIONING TESTS BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR.

' ON PROGRESS OF THE WORK IN GENERAL, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED: +WE ARE MOVING AHEAD STEADILV, AND WE HAVE RECOVERED NEARLY ALL THE TIME LOST THROUGH LAST SUMMER’S EXCEPTIONALLY HEAVY RAINFALL. GIVEN A NOT TOO RAINY SUMMER THIS YEAR, WE SHOULD HAVE THE FIRST UNIT COMING INTO PRODUCTION, AS PLANNED, DURING THE

WINTER.*

WORK ON THE $460 MILLION SINGLE-PURPOSE DESALTER, WHICH WILL BE THE LARGEST OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD, BEGAN EARLY LAST YEAR. THE SIX UNITS ARE PLANNED TO COME INTO OPERATION AT ROUGHLY THREE-MONTHLY INTERVALS, WITH THE WHOLE PLANT COMPLETED IN EARLY 1976.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A PRESS VISIT TO THE'SITE HAS BEEN ARRANGED FOR THURSDAY • MORNING CHAY 16). BUSES WILL LEAVE MURRAY BUILDING IN GARDEN ROAD (.FROM THE CAR PARK OUTSIDE THE GROUND FLOOR RECEPTION AREA) AT 9.30 A.M. SHARP. FOR THE BENEFIT OF RADIO AND TELEVISION REPORTERS AND CAMERAMEN, ONE 9~SEATER BUS WILL HAKE A STOP AT THE RADIO HONG KONG BUILDING, BROADCASTING HOUSE IN BROADCAST DRIVE, AT 9.45 A.M. P.W.D.’S INFORMATION OFFICER, DAVID LEWIS, WISHES TO’THamK THE PRESS FOR THEIR PATIENCE IN WAITING FOR THIS FACILITY VISIT, WHICH HAS BEEN REQUESTED BY VARIOUS NEWSPAPERS AT INTERVALS OVER SEVERAL MONTHS.

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AP.LlCHAU BUILDING CONDEMNED X X « i! it K

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY DECLARED NOS. 147"149 MAIN STREET, APUCHAJ, TO BE IN A DANGEROUS .CONDITION.

IN A STATEMENT ISSUED THIS MORNING, THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUIuDlNG SURVEYOR SAID THAT THESE TWO-STOREY PRE-WAR BUILDINGS WERE INSPECTED FOLLOWING A PARTIAL COLLAPSE OF THE ROOF OF NO.147.

IT WAS FOUND THAT IN ADDITION TO DECAYED ROOF AND FLOOR TIMBERS, THE PARTY UALL'BETUEEN THE TWO BUILDINGS WAS FRACTURED AND SERIOUSLY BULGED, CONSTITUTING A RISK OF COLLAPSE, HE .ADDED.

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS IN VICTORIA DISTRICT COURT AT 9-30 A.M. ON MAY 2S WERE POSTED TODAY.

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SIX LOTS OF LAND FOR SALE

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■SIX LOTS OF CROWN LAND IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES, W-ITH A TOTAL AREA OF MORE THAN 160,000 SQ. FT. MAINLY FOR INDUSTRIAL USAGE, WILL BE PUT UP FOR AUCTION NEXT MONTH.

THREE OF THESE LOTS IN CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD AND LAI CHI KOK ROAD HAVE BEEN EARMARKED FOR INDUSTRIAL AND/OR GODOWN PURPOSES. THEY HAVE AN OVERALL AREA OF HORE THAN 35,000 SQUARE FEET.

THE ONLY LOT RESERVED FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT IS LOCATED IN MARCONI ROAD, KOWLOON, WHICH HAS AN AREA OF 13,380 SQ. FT.

AUCTION OF THE FOUR KOWLOON LOTS IS SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, JUNE 14 AT 2.30 P.M. IN THE LECTURE ROOM ON THE STH FLOOR OF THE CITY HALL HIGH BLOCK.

DETAILS CONCERNING THESE SALES MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES CWEST WING), GROUND FLOUR, AND AT THE CROWN LAND AND SURVEY OFFICE, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, 10TH FLOOR.

THE REMAINING LOTS ARE LOCATED IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, SCHEDULED FOR SALE ON TUESDAY, JUNE 4 IN THE YUEN LONG TOWN HALL AT 2.30 P.M.

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THE TWO LOTS, TOTALLING 105,730 SQ. FT. IN TUEN MUN, ARE HARKED FUR INDUSTRIAL AND/OR GODOWN PURPOSES.

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FULu PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, NORTH KOWLOON MAQISTRAC?Y, AND AT THE DISTRICT OFFICES OF YUEN LONG, TAI PO, TUEN HUN, TSUEN WAN, SHA TIN, AND SAI KUNG.

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THE ROLE OF PRIVATE SCHOOLS XXX-XXX • *. ■

N^TE TO EDITORS:

MR. WOO PAK-CHUEN, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION, WILL SPEAK ON THE ROLE OF PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN HONG KONG’S EDUCATION SYSTEM AT THE MONTHLY MEETING OF THE HONG KONG PRIVATE ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION AT 3.45 P.M. TOMMORROW CU£DNESDAY):

HE WILL ALSO TOUCH ON THE PART PRIVATE SCHOOLS MIGHT EUI UNDER THE SYSTEM PROPOSED IN THE GREEN PAPER ON THE FUTURE EXPANSION OF SECONDARY EDUCATION.

YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE MEETING COVERED. IT WILL BE HELD IN THE SALISBURY ROOM OF THE PENINSULA HOTEL, KOWLOON.

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MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR LATE HONQ KONQ OFFICER ft X ft X X X •

A MEMORIAL SERVICE WAS HELD YESTERDAY AT ST. PETER’S, EATON SQUARE, LONDON, FOR MR. DAVID SELLERS - FORMER ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER CCOMMERCIAL3 OF THE HONQ KONQ GOVERNMENT OFFICE IN LONDON WHO DIED ON APRIL 8 AFTER A LONG ILLNESS.

MRS. LINDLEY SELLERS AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY ATTENDED THE SERVICE.

MR. K.M. WILFORD, DEPUTY UNDER SECRETARY AT THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE, REPRESENTED THE SECRETARY OF STATE, AND OTHERS PRESENT INCLUDED MR. DENYS ROBERTS, THE COLONIAL SECRETARY AND MR. S.T. KIDD, THE HONQ KONG COMMISSIONER IN LONDON, AND MRS. KIDD.

THE HONQ KONQ DEPARTMENT OF THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE WAS REPRESENTED BY MR. A.C. STUART AND MR.R.B. CROWSON, THE DEPARTMENT OF TRADE BY MISS M. J.LACKEY AND HR. C.A. WELCH, AND• THE DEPARTHEwT OF INDUSTRY BY MR. P.W. RIDLEY, MR. D.M.J. GW1NNELL AND MISS L.L. LOWNE.

OTHERS PRESENT INCLUDED LADY JOAN HAYES AND MISS HAYES, MR.

' AND MRS. A.M.J. WRIQHT, HR. D.S. WHITELEGGE, MR. l.R. PRICE, MR. D.C. BRAY, MR. AND MRS. T.D. SORBY, MR. AND MRS. R.C. CLARKE, MR. P.C.H. SEDGWICK, MR. D.C. BARTY, MR. K.S. KINQHORN, HR. AND MRS.' S.W. RAINB1RD, MR. M.A.R..HERRIES, MR. M. DISERENS, MR. A.T.R. 'JACKSON, MR. J.A. SWIRE,. MR. J.H. HAHM, HR. E.S. BUSH, MR. F.

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ALSO AT THE SERVICE WERE A NUMBER OF MR. SELLERS’ COLLEAGUES AT THE GOVERNMENT OFFICE IN LONDON, 1NCLUDNG MR. S.A. WEBB-JOHNSON. WHO WAS ACCOMPANIED BY HiS WIFE, FIR. E.W.D. GORE, MR. G.G. WHITE, MRl!' G.N. VAN LANGENBERG AND MR. R.W. BOXALL.

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THE SERVICE WAS CONDUCTED BY THE VICAR OF ST. PETER’S, THE REV. JOHN GRAHAM, AND THE ADDRESS WAS GIVEN BY THE REV.

ALASTAIR TODD. MR. WRIGHT READ THE LESSON.

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TUESDAY, HAY 14, 1974

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BOUQUET FOR FIRE SERVICES . it if it « it it

NGTE TO EDITORS: —

AS A rtARK UF GRATITUDE FOR THE EFFORTS OF THE FIFE £. ..VICES IN PHEVE .TING TH. SPRE..D UF , NUMoEf. THREE AL. RM FIRE Oh APRIL 23, MR. UM YAN-SHING, REPRESENTING SHA TIN FIRST STREET KAI FONG ASSOCIATION, WILL PRESENT A LETTER OF APPRECIATION TO NR. GEORGE FREEuAlI, DIVISIONAL OFFICER, SOUTH DIVISION CNEU TERRITORIES}, ON THURSDAY CHAY 165 AT ; 4 P.n. AT THE SHA TIN FLOATING RESTAURANT.

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AT THE SArtE TIME, MR. NG CHAN-LAI., CHAIRMAN OF SHA TIN RURAL DISTRICT COMMITTEE, WILL PRESENT A BANNER TO HR. FRED JACKSON, CHIEF FIRE OFFICER, NEW TERRITORIES. MR. JACKSON WILL, IN TURN, PRESENT A BANNER TO HR. NG ON BEHALF OF THE FIRE SERVICES.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND MEMBERS OF YOUR STAFF TO COVER THESE PRESENTATIONS. THEY SHOULD MEET HR. DONALD STRANGE, OF THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, AT THE FLOATING RESTAURANT BY NOT LATER THAN 3.50 P.M.

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ERNEST HUNT DISMISSED It ft K K K K

FORMER POLICE -SUPERINTENDENT ERNEST HUNT HAS BEEN DISMISSED FROM THE PUBLIC SERVICE WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS.

IN A STATEMENT, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID:

♦FOLLOWING THE REJECTION OF MR. HUNT’S APPEAL TO THE PRI''Y CfURClL IN APRIL, THE NECESSARY FORMALITIES LEADING TO THE DIS. ISSAL OF A PUBLIC OFFICER ON THE PERMANENT AND PENSIONABLE ESTABLISHMENT HAVE BEEN COMPLETED AND, WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE SEC.ETARY 0. STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS, MR. HUNT I S BEE I ISI1ISSED FR i TLE P13LIC SERVICE.*

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AT10H THE ADVICE DEATH SEHTEiTC-E COnhUTED TO A

THE QOVERHOR# Z.FTEE TAKING KUO CJ.J31D.j.a» nF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAS DECIDED iHAi <H-PASSED- AUGUST~31» 1973 UH LLJCHU bMOULD B TEHH OF 30 YEARS’ liiPRlSOMIENT.

LIJ.WAS FOUND GUILTY OF THE MURDER OF PAK KWONG-WOON#

TUESDAY, HAY 14, 1974

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STEPS TO REDUCE OVERCROWDING ON TUNNEL BUSES

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THE TWO FRANCHISED BUS COMPANIES — KMB AND CMB — HAVE MOUNTED A JOINT CAMPAIGN WITH THE BACKING OF THE TRANSPORT. DEPARTMENT TO MINIMISE OVERCROWDING OH CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL SERVICES, . -

ON HOrtG KONG ISLAND, CHB HAS ASSIGNED 40 ADDITIONAL STAFF TO <VUEUE DUTIES AT THE SIX BUS STOPS ON EACH ROUTE LEADING TO THE TUNNEL ENTRANCE. AT THE SAME TIME 'ROVING INSPECTORS' ARE BEING EMPLOYED TO KEEP A CHECK ON THE SITUATION.

IN KOWLOON, AN EXTRA 17 KMB STEFF ARE BEING STATIONED AT THE MAIN TUNNEL BUS STOPS TO REGULAt£ THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS ALLOWED TO BOARD THE BUSES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT THE COMPANIES HAVE GIVEN THEIR STAFF STRICT-INSTRUCTIONS TO MAKE EVERY C.FFURT TO LIMIT THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS TO AVOID UNDUE OVERCROWDING.

+WMILE THIS HAY, ON OCCASIONS, RESULT IN SOME DELAY IN GETTING ON BUSES, PASSENGERS ARE ASKED TO CO-OPERATE WITH'BUS DRIVERS AND SUPERVISORY STAFF WHO ARE MERELY ATTEMPTING TO CARRY OJT THEIR DUTIES.

< +ONCE THE DRIVER, CONDUCTOR OR REGULATOR HAS SAID THAT THE BUS IS FULL, PEOPLE SHOULD NOT ATTEMPT TO FORCE THEIR WAY ONTO THE BUS,+ HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED THAT 1T WAS IN THEIR- OWN INTERESTS NOT TU CAUSE OVERCROWDING WHICH COULD JEOPARDISE THEIR SAFETY.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE COMPANIES ARE TRYING TO MINIMISE DELAYS AS FAR AS POSSIBLE. BOTH KHB AND CHB HAVE NEW BUSES ON ORDER AND FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS TO THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL SERVICES, AS WELL AS URBAN SERVICES, HAY BE POSSIBLE WHEN THESE VEHICLES ARE DELIVERED.

MEANWHILE, HE SAID, THE URBAN SERVICES CANNOT BE SACRIFICED SIMPLY TO SUPPLEMENT THE TUNNEL RUN.

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE

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

SUPPLIES > AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE OF AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICES CS/CATTY)

*R 1CE OF SUPPLY AVERAGE _

CHINA RICE /■

SEE HEW

- OLD CROP

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.21

S.C.JIEN • - OLD CROP

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.16

PO NGAI GOOD 1*72

CHU CHO ——

THAi RICE

100% WHOLE , *

10-15* BROKERS- > GOOD •2.07

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.92

A1 SUPER ——

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 2Z0J

U.S. RICE GOOD p I- ' 1.94

tAUSTRALIAN RICE ' GOOD ■’ 1.92

PAKISTAN RICE —.—

TAIWAN RICE * * •

* ■■ W SB SUPPLIES t AND’WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

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AVAILABILITY 0F„SUPPLY GOOD

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK

CS/P1CUL-L1VE WEIGHT) 305 CAVERAGE)

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SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FiSH

CFiiO CHEUNG SHA UAH WHOLESALE FISH MARK ETD

AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE CS/CATTY)

Si iCicS OF SUPPLY HIGH LOW MODE

GUuDEri THalAD NORMAL 4.30 2.80 3.50

biQ—uYcS NuEilAL 3*oo 0.60 1.30

S.jJID • LIMITED 4.o0 Z.30 3.49

riAlu~TAi *-S NOiinAL 2.50 1.00 1.60

LIZARD FISHES iiQErlAu. 3.oo 1.40 2.00

CROAKER 5 NO.fi-.'iL 2.50 o.yo 1.50

CONGER-PIKE-EELS GOOD 1.60 1.20 1.40

MELON CJ/iT —- —— ——

BklAmS LI I T ?D 4.50 2 .do 3.30 •

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 2.30 0.30 1.40

HASKEiCLLS GOLD 3-70 2.50 3.20

RlD G.J AT ri Sri GOLD 0.70 0.30 0.40

F UKR—TA I u GOOD 1.20 0.70 1.00

HuA~L-HEAD UUriHAL 5*30 3.00 3.00

.iIlLuu o.-u-D V i.i). i-uiL 2.00 1.30 1 .oO

PUnFNcio oCAACL. 6.00 7.00 7.3^

QzirtOUP AS NORMAL 7.30 3.00 b.uO

YuuwGW CROAKER M—

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCz._LY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

(V.H.O. CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKET)

TYPE OF vegetable AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE CS/CATTY3 MODE

high LOW

FLOWERING CABSAGE LIMITED • 1.20 0.50 0.60

WHlic cabbage GOOD 0.60 0.13 0.40

CHINESE LETTUCE NORMAL . 0.50 0.20 0.40

WATER SPINACH GOOD 0.60 0.15 0.40

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 1.60 0.60 1.20

STRING BEANS ?? SCARCE 4.00 1.50 2.30

SPRING ONION NORMAL 1.60 0.40 1.00

SPINACH , —— ——

WATER CRESS LIMITED 1.00 0.30 0.70

LEhF mustard cabbags LIMITED 1.00 0.20 0.60

CHINESE SPINACH NORMAL 0.60 0.20 0.40

TOMATO NUR.1AL 1.00 0.30 0.70

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CONTENTS PAGE HO.

FIFTY PERCENT INCREASE IN TEXTBOOK AND STATIONERY GRANT FOR NEEDY PUPILS.........................• •......... 1

NEW INDOOR TRAINING COURSES FOR LEARNER-DRIVERS TO BE INTRODUCED NEXT MONTH ..................................... 2

GOVERNOR TO TOUR TWO FACTORIES IN JUNK BAY TOMORROW AFTERNOON.................................................. 3

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INCREASED TEXTBOOK SUBSIDIES FOR NEEDY PUPILS

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THE FINANCE COMMITTEE HAS APPROVED A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN THE TEXTBOOKS AND STATIONERY GRANT AND THE CAPITATION GRANT TO SUBSIDIZED PRIMARY SCHOOLS TO HELP N EDY PUPILS AND ;□ HELP THE FINANCES OF THE SCHOOLS.

THE TEXTBOOKS AND STATIONERY GRANT HAS BEEN L.U..F. ED FRCn $20 TO $30 AND THE ChPITATIUm GRAN. FROM $2u TU FOR EACH PUPIL EACH YEAR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT THE REVISIONS WERE HADE TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF GENERAL PRICE INCREASES SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF THE GRANTS.

/THE TEXTBOOKS AND STATi’ONERY GRANT, WHICH IS INTENDED TO HELP PUPILS TO MEET EXPENSES FOR TEXTBOOKS AND STATIONERY, WAS INTRODUCED IN 1968.

IN GOVERNMENT CHINESE PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND IN SUBSIDIZED PRIMARY SCHOOLS WHERE NO FEES ARE CHARGED, THE GRANT IS PAYABLE TO UP TO 20 PEI? CENT OF THE PUPILS IN THE SCHOOL.

IN SUBSIDIZED PRIMARY SCHOOLS WHERE FEES ARE CHARGED, THE GRANT 13 MADE TO FREE-PLACE HOLDERS3 AND IN SUBSIDIZED SPECIAL SCHOOLS, IT IS PAYABLE TO UP TO 30 PER CENT OF THE SCHOOLS' PUPILS.

THE CAPITATION GRANT WAS INTRODUCED IN SEPTEMBER 1971 WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF FREE PRIMARY EDUCATION IN HONG KONG.

IT IS i-UDE TO SCHOOLS TO COVER THEIR EXPENDITURE PREVIOUSLY MET FROM 'TUNG FAI' AND OTHER SUBSIDY CHARGES TO PUPiuS.

THIS EXPENDITURE IS FOR CONSUMABLE STORES, EXTRA-CURRtCULAR ACTIVITIES, ADmImIS 1RAT1VE EXPENSES, INSURANCE, COST OF MAJOR REPAIRS TO THE SCHOOL BUILDING A«D REPLACEMENT OF FURNITURE AND EQUIPMENT.

‘SUBSIDIZED PRIMARY SCHOOLS, WHICH DO HOT NOW CHARGE THEIR PUPILS ARE PAID A GRANT GF <26 DY THE G.CVE......~iii FOR E..CH PUPIL EACH YEAR.

-AT THE Same TImE, FOR SCHOOLS WHICH DO KOT CHARGE FEES, THEIR CONTRIBUTION F..Ua THIS G-'.NT TG'JZL.DS HAJOm Al_P.J.:S TU THE SCHuJi- BUILDING ALD REPL.-iCLLiLluT C.F [’Uiuil AiO E^UlPiiENT HAS BEEN REDUCED F^U./ 50 PER CJi’i TO 20 P~?. CENT.

+THEY WILL THUS BE ENCOURAGED TU C/EfiY OUT PROPER MAINTENANCE OF. THE H PREMISES BY HAVING TO CULTS; I BUI LESS K.Ou THE GRAi-.T, ♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

TO MAKE UP FOB THE DECREASE LI THE!?. CONTRIBUTIONS, GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE Oil THESE HAIiITEk/xNCE WORKS, IN THE FU.M OF SUBVENTIONS, IS NOW TU BE PRGPORTIJih.TELY INCREASED FR® 50 TU bO PER CENT.

ALTOGETHER, THESE INCREASES IN GRANTS WILL CUST Zum ADD i T1 uri/iL ^4,447»UU0 ANNUALLY IN RECUR:. -.UT EXPENDITURE AND 4»1,>yu,6uu IN NOH*RECUHREHT EXPENDITURE.

_ 2 - WEDNESDAY, HAY 15, 1974 GOVERNMENT'S INDOOR DRIVING CENTRE OPENS

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A NEW SYSTEM TO GIVE BASIC DRIVING INSTRUCTION TO LEARNER DRIVERS WILL BE INTRODUCED BY THE GOVERNMENT ON JUNE 1.

THIS IS THE DATE WHEN THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT'S SIMULATOR-TRAINER SYSTEM BECOMES OPERATIVE.

CANDIDATES WHO HAVE PASSED THE WRITTEN TEST ON THE HIGHWAY CODE WILL BE ABLE TO LEARN THE BASIC FUNDAMENTALS OF DRIVING INSIDE A SIMULATED CAR WITH A SCREEN IN FRONT SHOWING ROAD CONDITIONS.

THE OFFICER IN CHARGE OF THE INDOOR INSTRUCTION CENTRE, HR. HENRY KU, SAID TODAY THAT THE DRIVER WILL BE TRAINED.IN THE USE OF VARIOUS CONTROLS, RECOGNITION OF TRAFFIC SIGNS, AND NORMAL REACTIONS TO DIFFERENT TRAFFIC SITUATIONS.

+ANY MISTAKES MADE WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY DETECTED ON A COMPUTER-OPERATED CONSOLE ATTACHED TO THE CENTRAL CONTROL, WHERE All INSTRUCTOR MONITORS THE DRIVING OF THE CARS AND THE

• INDIVIDUAL STUDENT,* HE SAID.

UP.. KU SAID THAT FROM JUNE 1, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WOULD OFFER A COURSE OF 15 ONE-HOUR LESSONS ON THE SIMULATOR.

THE COURSE WILL COVER LECTURES BY TRAINED INSTRUCTORS, FILM DEMONSTRATIONS AND SIMULATOR DRIVING. THE FEE FOR EACH 15-HOUR COURSE WILL BE $200. CLASSES WILL BE HELD SEVEN DAYS A WEEK FROM 7 A.M. UNTIL 11 P.M. IN CANTONESE3 ENGLISH COURSES . WILL BE HELD FROM TIME TO TIME AS THE NEED ARISES.

MR. KU SAID THAT BY TAKI'NG THE SPECIAL COURSE, IT WAS INTENDED TO REDUCE CONSIDERABLY THE .TIME NEEDED BY A LEARNER DRIVER IN ON-THE-ROAD TRAINING.

AFTER PASSING THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT'S TEST, THE DRIVER WILL STILL NEED TO TAKE ACTUAL DRIVING LESSONS ON THE ROADS BEFORE UNDERGOING A COMBINED ROAD TEST.

STATISTICS SHOW THAT THE AVERAGE HONG KONG CANDIDATE OVER THE AGE OF JO TAKES HIS FINAL ROAD TEST 2.5 TIMES BEFORE HE QUALIFIES FOR HIS DRIVING LICENCE. THIS INVOLVES SOMETHING LIKE 130 HOURS OF ON-ROAD TRAINING.

-FOR A PERSON UNDER 30, THE FIGURES ARE REDUCED SOMEWHAT, BUT STILL WITH AN AVERAGE OF TWO' TIMES AND A TOTAL OF ABOUT 80 HOURS.

HOWEVER, MR. KU POINTED OUT THAT EARLY RESULTS USING THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT'S COURSE INDICATE THAT HORE PEOPLE SHOULD ’ BE ABlE TO PASS THE COMBINED ROAD TEST AT THE FIRST ATTEMPT AND AFTER TAKING AN AVERAGE OF ONLY ABOUT 50 HOURS OF ON-ROAD TRAILING .

APPLICATIONS FOR COURSES ON THE SIMULATOR WILL BE ACCEPTED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT FROM FRIDAY CHAY 171*

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THOSE WISHING TO ENROL SHOULD APPLY IN PERSON TO THE INDOOR INSTRUCTION CENTRE LOCATED AT THE PUl CHING ROAD LICENSING OFFICES OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IN KOWLOON. THEY WILL HAVE TO PRODUCE A COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM FOR THE COURSE, PROVISIONAL DRIVING LICENCE AND HONG KONG IDENTITY CARD.

THE CANDIDATE HAY THEN CHOOSE A CUSS WHICH-MEETS AT K TINE MOST SciTED TO HIS HEEDS. THE APPLICATION LULL BE CONFIRMED OH THE PAYi-i HT OF TiAPPROP.;! ATE FEE.

AT THE .iKD OF THE 1J LESSONS THERE WILL BE A COURSE TEST ON .;.E S1.1U; ..TOR. FAILURE Li THIS TjSST lull NOT AFFECT THE V.\L >ITY Gr .‘HE .. SS’i FOIui, z.i:D THZ OANpIDATE CXM EiTHEu REPEAT THE vOU.-^c, .... RETAIN awY COUdhxLD HOAD TEST APPOINThZKT n/.DE BEFboc. THE COUHS^*

THOSE WHO PASS THE SIMULATOR TEST WILL .BE PLACED Ui; A SPECIAL SHORT WAITING LIS; FOR THE CUHB’EuD ROAD TEST. -THEY WILL-BE ABLE TO TAKE THIS T ST DICE THEY i&VE C(E?L ZED THEIR OH-ROAD DRIVING TR/iIHlnQ. THE WZilTIHG’t ERIOD liUL lE AlUUT 11 I. EEKS.

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GOVEAHO.i TO TOUH FACTORIES .-T JUNK L’-.Y

THE GOVERNOR, SIR HURRAY HACLEHOSE, WILL B1-. VISITING TUO FACTOR!-.3 AT JU»«K BAY TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AFi.ir.NJON TO SEI. MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS IN PROGRESS IN THE STEEL ROLLING AND ALUMIN I Un INDUSTRIES.

HIS SHOP-FLOOR TOUR WILL START AT 2.40 P.H. AT SH1U WING STEEL LTD, WHICH MANUFACTURES STEEL REINFORCING BARS FOR BUILDING CONSTRUCTION. THE FIRM HAS A PRODUCTION CAPACITY OF ABOUT 130,000 TONS A YEAR" AND EMPLOYS 250 WORKERS.

Sid HURRAY WILL ALSO BE VISITING CHIAP HUA COHALCO LTD, WHICH PRODUCES ALUMINIUM AND BRASS COMPONENTS FOR CONSTRUCTION AND INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES. THE COMPANY EMPLOYS 750 WORKERS AND ITS OUTPUT LAST YEAR EXCEEDED 28_MILLION POUNDS.

< THE GOVERNOR WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND 1NDUSTP.V, HR. JlkiiY tiCGREG03= THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR (ADMINISTRATION AND INDUSTRY), ilR. ROY POP.TER- AND THE PRINCIPAL TRADE OFFICER, INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPuENT, HR. K.H. YEUNG.

NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS:/’-'


A PREVENTIVE SERVICE LAUNCH WILL BE AVAILABLE TO TRANSPORT A LIMITED PARTY OF PRESSMEN CNO MORE TH.iN 13) TO COVER THE GOVERNOR'S VISITS. THE PICK-UP POINT IS QUEEN'S PIER AT 1.25 P.M. SHARP. RESERVATIONS TO SECUP.E TRANSPORT SHOULD BE HADE ■•.BY TELEPHONING THE-GIS DUTY PRESS INQUIRY OFFICER. THEY WILL BE ACCEPTED ON A +FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED* BASIS. ALTERNATIVELY, NEWS REPRESENTATIVES CAN HAKE THEIR OWN WAY TO JUNK BAY. SHIU WING STEEL LTD IS SITUATED AT SD 3. LOT 1066,. JUNK BAY, AND THE GOVERNOR WILL BE ARRIVING THERE BY HELICOPTER AT 2.40 P.H. CH1AP HUA COHALCU LTD, WHERE HE WILL ARRIVE AT 3.30 P.M., IS SITUATED AT SD 5, LOT 133, JUNK BAY. ' ■

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, TOURED THE CENTRAL DISTRICT THIS (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON TO SEE THE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF'LIFE OF RESIDENTS IN THE AREA.

ACCOMPANIED BY MR. PETER K.T. NG, CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER CHONG KONG) AND HRS. 0. RAHMIN, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (CENTRAL), SIR MURRAY FIRST ARRIVED AT THE JUNCTION OF OLD BAILEY STREET AND CAINE ROAD WHERE HE TOOK A CLOSE LOOK AT THE EFFECTS OF THE MID-LEVELS BUS PRIORITY SCHEME.

PROCEEDING WESTWARDS ALONG CAINE ROAD, THE PARTY MADE ITS NEXT STOP AT KIN YUEN MANSION, A 12-STOREY BUILDING CONSISTING OF 93 FLATS. THERE THE GOVERNOR WAS HET BY MEMBERS OF THE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE AND WAS TOLD ABOUT THE ir^ROVEMENT WORK DONE BY THE COMMITTEE IN TERMS OF CLEANLINESS, SECURITY, BUILDING MANAGEMENT AND RECREATION FOR THE RESIDENTS WITH FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE SIR DAVID TRENCH FUND FOR RECREATION.

SIR MURRAY THEN PAID A VISIT TO THE Y.M.C.A. AND HELD DISCUSSIONS WITH THE DISTRICT PERSONALITIES ON PROBLEMS IN CENTRAL DISTRICT, TOUCHING ON THE EDUCATION SYSTEM, LUNCH PROBLEM AND CRIME,

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CONTINUING HIS TOUR, THE GOVERNOR WERT ON TO LADDER STREET AND LADDER TERRACE WHERE THERE ARE SOME TOLERATED SQUATTER HUTS. HE WAS TOLD THAT SOME ILLEGAL HUTS HAVE ALREADY BEEN CLEARED AND THE LAND MADE AVAILABLE WOULD BE DEVELOPED INTO A SITTING-OUT AREA.

BEFORE WINDING UP HIS VISIT, SIR MURRAY STOPPED AT STAUNTON STREET TO OBSERVE THE CONGESTION CAUSED BY HAWKERS AND THE TRAFFIC SITUATION. WHILE THERE, HE MADE BRIEF CALLS OH THREE RICE RETAIL SHOPS AND WAS PLEASED TO SEE THAT PRICES WERE CLEARLY HARKED ON THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF RICE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

COPIES OF A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE GOVERNOR’S VISIT TO THE CENTRAL DISTRICT ARE BOXED FOR COLLECTION.

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THE FOLLOW IRQ PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY CWEDNESDAY) AT SALE UNDER THE RICE CONTROL SCHEME AND AT THE CEQETABLE 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 S/CATTY)

RICE OF SUPPLY MODE

CHINA RICE w

SEE HEW \

- OLD CROP

- NEW' CROP GOOD 2.21

.S.C. JIEN

- OLD CROP

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.16

PO NQAi GOOD 1.72

CHU CHO

THAI RICE

100% WHOLE ■ —

10-15X BROKERS GOOD 2.07

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1*92

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.72

WHOLE GLUTINOUS qooD 2.03

U.S. RICE —•

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD ' ' •’ 21.92

PAKISTAN RICE ——

TAIWAN RICE ——

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

< , .CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY ~ NORMAL

WHOLESALE PRICES OF,PORK r CS/P1COL-LIVE WEIGHT) " 305 CAVERAG-)

/SUPPLIES AMD ....

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 1974.

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

AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICEC$/CATTY)

SPECIES OF SUPPLY HIGH LOU MODE

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GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 4.20 J.00 3.60

BIG-EYES GOOD 3.10 0.60 2.20

S^UID NORMAL 5.50 2.40 4.20

HA1RETAILS GOOD 2.20 1.20 2.00

LIZArtD FISHES NORMAL 3.10 1.40 2.00

CROAKERS LIMITED 2.20 0.60 1.20

COHGfcK-PIKE-EELS . GOOD 1.60 1.00 1.30

melon goat "••• • —— —>

BREArtS NORMAL 5.00 2.70 4.00

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 1.60 0.50 1.20

MACKERELS GOOD 3.70 2.60 3.00

RED GOAT FISH NORMAL 0.60 0.30 0.50

FURK-TAlL LIMITED 1.00 0.60 0.30

HORSE-HEAD NORMAL 6.00 3.00 4.00

MELON SEED NORMAL 2.00 1.50 1.60

POrtFRETS SCARCE 7.60 6.00 7.00

GAROUPAS NORMAL 7.50 5*00 6.50

YELLOW CROAKER ——

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

TYPE OF VEGETABLE availability gf supply WHOLESALE high : PRICE LOW CS/CATTY3 node

FLOWERING CABBAGE NORMAL 1.00 0.30 0.7°

WHITE CABBAGS CHH/ESE LETTUCE WATER SPINACH GOOD ** LIMITED GOOD 0.50 0.60 0.50 0.10 0.20 0.20 0.30 0.40 0.30 1.00 2.50 1.00

CHINESE KALE STrfiNG HEALS SPAING UNION SCARCE CP ~ LIMITED 1.50 3.uu 1.60 0.50 1 .OU 0.40

SP 1 MAC ri WaTEk CRESS lLhF xiJSJAikD LiaI TED »GE LLU1LD . 0.60 1.00 9.30 0.30 0.60 0.60

CHINESE SPINACH Tuux.Tu I'iUrii’* * iL NORMAL O.cO 1.00 0.20 ,30 0.40 0.60

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NUMBER OF TUBERCULOSIS CASES DROPPED AS FURTHER PROGRESS UAS MADE TO CONTROL THE DISEASE.............................. 1

GOVERNOR VISITED TUO FACTORIES AT JUNK DAY................... 4

PASSING OUT PARADE FOR 100 PRISONS OFFICERS ON SATURDAY .. 5

NEW AGREEMENT ON TEXTILE EXPORTS TO U.S. REACHED ............ 5

C.A.S. PERSONNEL TO DEMONSTRATE MOUNTAIN RESCUE TECHNIQUE 6

CURRENT AFFAIRS QUIZ FOR SECONDARY STUDENTS IN YUEN LONG . 6

ALLEGATIONS OF ELECTRICITY TARIFF’S INCREASE DENIED ......... 7

REST' GARDEN FOR AGED TO OPEN TOMORROW....................... 0

TWENTY-ONE SPECIAL COUNCILLORS FOR ISUNG YEE KUK ELECTED TODAY .....................................................   9

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FURTHER PROGRESS H/.DE IN CONTROL OF TUBERCULOSIS DR CHUA STRIKES OPTIMISTIC NOTE III SPEECH TO ASSOCIATION ii « It is « n

TUBERCULOSIS NOTIFICATIONS DECLINED IN HONG KONG TO 196 PER 100,000 POPULATION IN 1973 FROM THE 206.6 FOR THE SAKE POPULATION RATIO IN 1972.

THE DEATH RATE FELL LAST YEAR TO 27.7 RER 100,000 POPULATION FROM THE PREVIOUS RATE OF 32.2. *

DR. GERALD CHOA, DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, GAVE THESE STATISTICS THIS AFTERNOON IN HIS CAPACITY AS PRESIDENT OF THE HONG KONG ANTI-TUBERCULOSIS AND THORACIC DISEASES ASSOCIATION AT THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING*

HE TOLD THE GATHERING THESE RESULTS WERE SO FAVOURABLE THEY MADE IT EVIDENT THAT MUCH HAD BEEN ACCOMPLISHED IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TUBERCULOSIS IN HONG KONG. THERE HAS EVERY REASON TO BE PLEASED, ALTHOUGH THERE REMAINED MANY PROBLEMS TO BE SOLVED — SONE OF WHICH HAD ARISEN’ PRECISELY AS a RESULT OF +THE IMPROVEMENT UF THE SITUATION ALL ROUND.*

IN HIS VIEW, THE TIME HAD CONE +T0 TAKE STOCK BEFORE MAKING PLANS TO FORGE AHEAD.*

DR. CHOA SAID THE SITUATION TODAY WAS THAT WHILE THERE WERE MORE MEN THAN WOMEN AMONG THE PATIENTS, THE DISEASE NOW COMMONLY AFFECTED tdE OLDER AGE GROUPS, ARD WAS RARELY DETECTED AMONG CHILDREN C.IDER 15, THE SHIFT IN AGE DISTRIBUTION BEING +A REFLECTION OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE B.C.G* PROGRAMME.*

B.C.G. VACCINATION WAS NOtf OFFERED AT BIRTH, ON ENTERING . SCHOOL, AHD ON LEAVING SCIiJOL. HE'ESTIMATED THAT 9o PE.; CENT OF THE NEW-BORN IN HONG KONG WERE RECEIVING D.C.G. AT BIRTH, AND HE DESCRIBED THE RESULT’S 1.3 *3PEC'i tCULAR.*

HE RECALLED THAT IN 1950, NO FEU' 1 THAN 1,251 CHILDREN UNDER FIVE DIED FROM TUBE. CULCSI .', UH. I E LA. T Yl..R C.iLY CHE CHILD H:.D DIED. TUBERCULOSIS HEIllMG-T13, I.OU L .Z’sED lil A CENTRALISED UNIT, WAS *N0 LONGER A COHUOil. DISEASE.*

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BUT, DESPITE SUCH A SATISFACTORY STATE OF AFFAIRS, THERE MIGHT STILL BE ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT. THE ENTIRE B.C.G. PROGRAMME WAS BEING +SUBJECTED TO FURTHER EVALUATION, UI TH THE HELP OF THE MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL'S STATISTICAL RESEARCH AND SERVICES UNIT.*

SEVERAL THERAPEUTIC TRIALS, CARRIED OUT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL, WERE NOU NEARING COMPLETION.

IN A REFERENCE TO THE STUDY ON THE SURGICAL TREATMENT OF SPINAL TUBERCULOSIS, DR. CHOA SAID TUO METHODS HAD BEEN ALTERNATELY USED — ANTERIOR SPINAL FUSION AND SIMPLE DEBRIDEMENT, AND THE RESULTS COMPARED. HE UNDERSTOOD A REPORT WOULD BE Published soon, which would be +of great interest to orthopaedic SURGEONS THE WORLD OVER.*

FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT, SEVERAL NEW ANTI-TUBERCULOSIS DRUGS -- USED EITHER SIMPLY OR IN COMBINATION — HAD BEEN SUBJECTED TO FIELD TRIALS, AND GOOD PROGRESS WAS BEING HADE IN A CONTINUING EFFORT TO FIND A METHOD BEST SUITED FOR MASS TREATMENT.

+WHAT WE NEED IS A DRUG WHICH IS HIGHLY EFFECTIVE, FREE FROM TOXICITY, INEXPENSIVE, AND EASY TO ADMINISTER BECAUSE IT WILL BE USED ON A LARGE SCALE IN OUT-PATIENT CLINICS ON AMBULATORY PATIENTS,* HE EXPLAINED.

IT WAS ALSO DESIRABLE THAT A COURSE OF TREATMENT SHOULD NOT TAKE MANY MONTHS TO COMPLETE, SINCE THE AVERAGE DURATION OF 18 MONTHS FOR PRESENTLY-AVA1LABLE COURSES WAS CONSIDERED *TOO LONG, ESPECIALLY BY THE PATIENTS.*

WITH REGARD TO TH PUBLIC HEALTH ASPECT OF TUBERCULOSIS, DR. CHOA SAID PERHAPS THE AUDIENCE WOULD BE INTERESTED TO LEARN THAT THE DISEASE, ONCE OCCUPYING FIRST PLACE, RANKED AGAIN LAST YEAR AFTER CANCER, HEART DISEASES, AND CEREBROVASCULAR DISEASES. SUCH A PATTERN HAD LONG ElEEN OBSERVED IN DEVELOPED COUNTRIES, AND IT WAS +REMARKABLE+ THAT IT HAD EMERGED IN HONG KONG IN RECENT YEARS.

/DR. CHOA........

THURSDAY, MAY 16, 197^

DR. CHOA PUT TWO QUESTIONS TO THE AUDIENCE EEFORE ANSWERING THEM HIMSELF. HAD HONG KONG REACHED THE STAGE WHERE AN EFFORT SHOULD BE MADE TO FIND CASES? HOU BEST TO MAKE USE QF THE CHEST OR TUBERCULOSIS BEDS IN THE FUTURE?

HIS REPLY TO THE FIRST WAS THAT, PREVIOUSLY, WITH THE HEAVY 4 DEMAND FOR TREATMENT IN BOTH OUT-PATIENT CLINICS AND HOSPITALS, IT WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN PRACTICAL TO CARRY OUT CASE FINDING BECAUSE THE CASES SO +FQUKD+ COULD NOT HAVE RECEIVED ADEQUATE TREATMENT. BUT NOW THAT CHEST CLINICS UERE HO LONGER OVERWHELMED, AND THERE VAS NO WAITING LIST FOR ADMISSION INTO HOSPITAL, CONSIDERATION SHOULD BE GIVEN TO THE POSSIBILITY OF PUTTING MORE EFFORT INTO CASE FINDING.

HE THOUGHT THE EMPHASIS SHOULD BE ON HEALTH EDUCATION TO . CONVEY CERTAIN SIMPLE MESSAGES TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. THESE COULD INCLUDE, AMONG OTHERS, THE ADVICE TO GET ALL BABIES VACCINATED WITH B.C.G., AND THE RECOMMENDATION TO ALL RESIDENTS WHO HAD A COUGH LASTING MORE THAN TWO WEEKS TO GO FOR A CHEST X-RAY, BOTH SERVICES BEING FREE IN GOVERNMENT CLINICS.

WITH REGARD TO THE SECOND QUESTION, THOUGHT SHOULD BE GIVEN TO THE FUTURE USE OF HOSPITAL BEDS PRESENTLY RESERVED For tuberculosis cases, since more and more patients were now BEING TREATED ON AN OUT-PATIENT BASIS, AND MORE FACILITIES FOR CHEST CLINICS IN FUTURE POLYCLINICS HAD BEEN PROVIDED FOR.

HE WAS HOPEFUL THAT AN WOULD VISIT HONG KONG EARLY AND RELATED ISSUES. IF THE LAID BEFORE THE ASSOCIATION

EMINENT AUTHORITY ON CHEST DISEASES IN 1975 TO CONDUCT A SURVEY ON THIS VISIT TOOK RLACE, A REPORT COULD BE AT ITS NEXT ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING.

DR. CHOA CONGRATULATED

THE FIELD OF

__ MR. DHUN RUTTONJEE, THE ASSOCIATION'S

CHAIRMAN, FOR HIS FULL RECOVERY FROM A RECENT ILLNESS, HE PAID THE CHAIRMAN A WARM TRIBUTE FOR HIS WORK IN THE FIELD OF uhich “on an

DR. CHOA THEN THANKED SERVICE TO THE ASSOCIATION DICATED HIMSELF TO MEDICIN

PROFESSOR A.J.S. MCFADZEAN FOR HIS , AND FOR HAVING, FOR 25 YEARS, DE-E AND MEDICAL EDUCATION IN HONG KONG

DR. CHOA ALSO REFERRED TO THE SILVER JUBILEE OF THE RUTTONJEE SANATORIUM, AND EXPRESSED THE GOVERNMENT'S GRATITUDE TO THE COLUMBAN SISTERS FOR THEIR EXCELLENT CARE OF, AND WHOLE-HEARTED SERVICE TO, TUBERCULOSIS PATIENTS.


THURSDAY, HAY 16, 1974.

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The GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, TODAY VISITED TWO FACTORIES AT JUNK BAY TO SEE MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS IN PROGRESS IN THE STEEL-ROLLING AND ALUMINIUM INDUSTRIES.,

HE TRAVELLED BY HELICOPTER SO THAf HE COULD VIEW FROM THE AIR THE GENERAL LAY-OUT OF INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE JUNK BAY AREA.

SIR MURRAY, WHO WAS CONTINUING A SERIES OF FACTORY VISITS, STARTED TODAY’S PROGRAMME'WITH A TOUR OF SHIU WING STEEL LTD., WHICH MANUFACTURES STEEL REINFORCING BARS FOR BUILDING CONSTRUCTION

• HE WAS GREETED ON ARRIVAL BY MR. D.Y. PONG, CHAIRMAN AND •GOVERNING DIRECTOR, AND OTHER SENIOR OFFICIALS OF THE COMPANY. THE FIRM EMPLOYS 250 WORKERS AND HAS A PRODUCTION CAPACITY OF ABOUT 130,000 TONS A YEAR.

AT THE END OF LAST YEAR THE STEEL ROLLING INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG CONSISTED OF 17 MILLS WITH A WORKFORCE OF 1,150. THE INDUSTRY CATERS MAINLY FOR LOCAL CIVIL ENGINEERING WORKS, EXPORTING ONLY A SMALL PART OF ITS PRODUCTION. EARNINGS LAST YEAR FROM EXPORTS OF LOCALLY-MADE IRON AND STEEL BARS AMOUNTED TO $45 MILLION.

THE SECOND FACTORY VISITED BY THE GOVERNOR AT JUNK BAY WAS CHIAP HUA COMALCO LTD., WHICH PRODUCES ALUMINIUM AND BRASS COMPONENTS FOR CONSTRUCTION AND INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES.

SIR MURRAY WAS MET BY MR. Y.C. CHENG, CHAIRMAN, AND

SENIOR OFFICIALS OF THE COMPANY. THE FIRM EMPLOYS 750 WORKERS AND ITS OUTPUT LAST YE/.R TOTALLED MORE THAN 28 MILLION POUNDS OF ALUMINIUM AND BRASS PRODUCTS OF VARIOUS TYPES.

, THE ALUMINIUM INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG AT THE END OF LAST YEAR COMPRISED 94 MILLS MANUFACTURING EXTRUSION PRODUCTS AND HOUSEHOLD ARTICLES. NEARLY 3,000 WORKERS WERE EMPLOYED.

THE EXTRUSION SECTOR PRODUCES A RANGE OF BARS, RODS, SHAPES AND ANGLES MAINLY FOR THE LOCAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY. . EXPORTS OF ALUMINIUM EXTRUSION PRODUCTS LAST YEAR WERE VALUED AT $32 MILLION.

THE GOVERNOR WAS ACCOMPANIED ON THE VISITS BY THE DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. JIMMY MCGREGOR, AND THE PRINCIPAL TRADE OFFICER, INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT, MR. K.H. YEUNQ.

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THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, HR. LEWIS DAVIES, WILL INSPECT A PASSING-OUT PARADE OF OVER 100 PRISONS OFFICERS Oil SATURDAY CHAY 1S>.

THE PARADE WILL CONSIST OF 24 OFFICERS AND 04 ASSISTANT OFFICERS II, INCLUDING FIVE UOilAil OFFICERS FOR EACH GRADE.

THE CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT 11 A. 11. AT THE PRISONS . DEPARTMENT'S STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE IN TUNG TAU WAN ROAD, STANLEY.

ALSO IN ATTENDANCE WILL BE THE BAID OF THE CAPE COLLINSON TRAINING CENTRE.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO HAVE THE PARADE

--------------- COVERED. A RECEPTION WILL EE HELD AFTER THE

CEREMONY.

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A NEW AGREEMENT COVERING EXPORTS OF HONG KONG TEXTILES TO THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN REACHED IN WASHINGTON AFTER NEGOTIATIONS WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT.

THE AGREEMENT APPLIES TO EXPO*RTS OF HOUQ KONG COTTON, MAN-MAiDS FIBRE AND WOOL TEXTILES TO THE U.S. FROM OCTOBER 1 THIS YEAR FOR A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS.

THE HONG KONG DELEGATION INVOLVED IM THE NEGOTIATIONS WAS LED BY MR. LAURENCE MILLS, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY CCOi’.HERCIAL RELATIONS).

MR. MILLS, WHO IS NOU BACK IN HONG KONG, SAID TODAY THAT THE AGREEMENT WOULD EE CONSIDERED SHORTLY BY THE icXilLES ADVISORY BOARD, AND FURTHER DETAILS WOULD EE ANNOUNCED IN

DUE COURSE.

RULES OF THE NEW IN TEXTILES WHICH

THE NEGOTIATIONS WERE HELD UNDER THE ARRANGEMENT COVERING INTERNATIONAL TRADE CAME INTO EFFECT ON JANU/1RY 1 THIS YEAR.

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C.A.S. MOUNTAIN RESCUE DEMONSTRATION

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THE MOUNTAIN RESCUE UNIT OF THE CIVIL AID SERVICES (JILL DEMONSTRATE THEIR SKIL IN KOWLOON THIS SATURDAY CHAY 18) AS AN EXERCISE FOR A BIENNIAL INSPECTION.

SQUADRON LEADER D. LOFTS, INSPECTOR OF LAO RESCUE, MINISTRY OF DEFENCE, UNITED KINGDOM WILL CE CARRYING OUT THE BIENNIAL INSPECTION DURING HIS SIX-DAY VISIT TO HONG KONG BEGINNING TOMORROW.

THE HOUR-LONG DEMONSTRATION CH SATURDAY WILL EE HELD AT BEACON HILL BUTTRESSES ABOVE THE WATERWORKS SERVICE RESERVOIR . IN LUNG CHEUNG ROAD AT 2.30 P.ll.

DURING THE EXERCISE, C.A.S. PERSONNEL WILL DEMONSTRATE VARIOUS MOUNTAIN RESCUE TECHNIQUES, INCLUDING ROCK CLIMBING, PRUSIKING, ABSEILING AID LOWERING OF CASUALTIES BY STRETCHERS AND +TRAQSITZ* HARNESS.

THE DEMONSTRATION WILL EE ASSESSED AMD COMMENTED UPON BY SQUADRON LEADER LOFT, SO THAT THE CAPABILITY CF THE C.A.S. MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAKS CAN EE ENSURED /.!□ FURTHER IMPROVED.

NOTE TO EDITORS : YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPORTERS AND

PHOTOGRAPHERS TO COVER TEE EXERCISE. TRAXEFCRT FOR THE PRESS WILL LEAVE TEE C.A.S. KQJLCO’J Ti'AHJlNG CENTRE, 204 ARGYLE STREET CADjACEUT TO TEE KGULC3N CITY POLICE STATION) AT 2 P.ll. SHARP.

MR. LAM SUI-FAN, SENIOR TRAINING OFFICER OF C.A.S. HILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST THE PRESS.

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AN INTER-SCHOOLS QUIZ COMPETITION IS ROW BEING HELD FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN YUEN LONG TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO TAKE AN INTEREST IN CURRENT AFFAIRS.

' THE COMPETITION IS ORGANIZED BY THE YUEN LCMG TOWN HALL’S COMMUNITY WORK STAFF, THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT ARTS COMMITTEES AND RADIO HONG KONG.

NINE SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT ARE PARTICIPATING. THE PRELIMINARIES ARE HELD EACH FRIDAY AFTERNOON AT 4.15 P.M. IN THE TOWN HALL AT TAI YUK P.OAD, YUEN LONG.

TEAMS ARE DIVIDED INTO THREE GROUPS AND THE WINNERS OF EACH WILL MEET IN THE FINALS SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, MAY 31. THE PRESENTATION OF PRIZES (JILL FOLLOW THE LAST ROUND.

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T IE SECRETARY FOl! ECONOMIC S RVICES, NR. DEREK JONE3, HAS CATEGORICALLY DENIED THAT HE HAD PREDICTED OR SPECULATED THAT ELECTRICITY TARIFFS WOULD GO UP.

MR. JONES ISSUED THIS DENIAL IN THE WAKE OF SUCH ALLEGATIONS APPEARING IN SOME NEWSPAPERS.

HE STRESSED THAT THE ELECTRICITY COMPANIES HAD NOT MADE ANY PROPOSALS FOR AMY INCREASES.

+AS FAR AS I CAN RECALL I WAS ASKED AT A RECENT PRESS CONFERENCE WHAT WOULD BE THE GOVERNMENT’S ATTITUDE IF THE ELECTRICITY COMPANIES PROPOSED AN INCREASE IN TARIFFS. AND MY ANSWER WAS THAT THE OIL POLICY COMMITTEE OF WHICH I AM CHAIRMAN HAS HAD FREQUENT MEETINGS WITH THE POWER COMPANIES, AND THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD MADE THE POINT THAT THEY SHOULD NOT INCREASE THEIR TARIFFS WHENEVER THEY LIKED,+ MR. JONES SAID.

+IF THE COMPANIES PROPOSE TO INCREASE THEIR TARIFFS, THEY WOULD HAVE TO PROVE THAT THEIR PROFITS HAD NOT REACHED A REASONABLE LEVEL WHEREUPON THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONSIDER WHETHER A PRICE INCREASE SHOULD BE ALLOWED,* MR. JONES EXPLAINED.

+WHAT THE GOVERNMENT’S ATTITUDE WOULD BE TO SUCH PROPOSALS SHOULD THEY BE MADE CANNOT BE STATED IN ADVANCE” WE WOULD HAVE TO AWAIT DETAILS OF ANY PROPOSALS AND CONSIDER THEM IN THE LIGHT OF ALL THE PREVAILING CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING THE INTERESTS OF .THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE,* MR. JONES SAID.

1 HE ADDED THAT FOR THE FORSEEABLE FUTURE WHETHER THE PRICE OF ELECTRICITY ROSE, FELL OR REMAINED STABLE WOULD DEPEND SOLELY ON THE PRICE OF FUEL OIL.

HE POINTED OUT THAT INCREASES IN THE PRICE OF ELECTRICITY WHICH OCCURRED IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS HAD BEEN DUE MAINLY TO THE INCREASE IN THE PRICE OF FUEL OIL, WHICH THE ELECTRICITY COMPANIES HAD TO PAY, AND THAT THE CONSUMER PAID NO MORE THAN THE EXTRA COST OF THE FUEL OIL.

+THE ELECTRICITY COMPANIES DO NOT MAKE ANY EXTRA PROFIT BECAUSE OF THE PRICE OF FUEL Oll.,+ MR. JONES ,SAID.

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A REST GARDEN SPECIALLY BUILT DY FORMER DRUG ADDICTS FOR THE OLD PEOPLE OF THE ST. JAKES’ SETTLEMENT IN UAHCHA1 WILL BE OPENED TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE GARDEN. WHICH IS ADJACENT TO TEE SETTLEMENT AT 81, STONE NALLAN LAME, HAS Ail AREA OF ABOUT 2,500 SQ.FT. Ui TH FLOUER-EEDS, TREES, STONE CHAIRS AND AH AEESTOS SHELTER.

THE PROJECT IS A JOINT EFFORT BY THE LANDS SECTION OF THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT, CITY DISTRICT OFFICE CHAiiCHAl), AND THE SOCIETY FOR THE AID AND REHABILITATION OF DRUG /.EDICTS (SARDA) TO PROVIDE A PLEASANT SITTIHG~CUT AREA FOR THE AGED.

IT TOOK THE REHABILITATED EX-ADDICT MERGERS OF THE SAP.DA ALUM! ASSOCIATION THREE MONTHS TO CC^LETE THE CONSTRUCTION WORK.

THE COST OF $10,000 FOR BUYING THE NECESSARY MATERIAL UAS HET BY THE LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS. VOTE OF TEE LAOS SECTION OF THE HONE AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT.

TO MARK THE OFFICIAL OPENING, THE MANCHA1 CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, HRS. 0. RAHillN, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF SANDA'S SOCIAL SERVICE AND AFTERCARE COMMITTEE WILL OFFICIATE AT A RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT 10 A.il. AT THE ENTRANCE OF THE GARDEN.

. REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE LANDS SECTION OF HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT, SARDA, ilEiiEERS GF ALUMNI ASSOCIATION AND OLD PEOPLE OF ST. JAKES’ SETTLEMENT WILL ALSO ATTEND THE OPENING CEREMONY. A TEA RECEPTION UILL FOLLOW.

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THE HEUNG YEE KUK HELD ITS REGIONAL ELECT I CEE TO FILL 21 SEATS OF SPECIAL COUNCILLORS FUR THE 21ST TERM GF OFFICE TODAY CTKURSDAY)

THESE HERE SEVEN SEATS FOR EACH CF THE THREE ELECTORAL DISTRICTS IN TAI PO INCLUDING SHA TIM, YUEH LONG INCLUDING TUEN HUN, AND THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT UHICH CG.’IPRISZS SAI KUNG, ISLANDS AMD TSUEM UAH.

ALTOGETHER 36 CANDIDATES ~ 11 FOR TAI PO, 13 FOR YUEN LONG AND 12 FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT, CCL.FETED FC?. TLE SEATS.

THREE SEPARATE ELECTIONS FOR EACH ELECTORAL DISTRICT WERE HELD-TODAY AT TIE: HEU TERRI ICR IL’S AE.IIHIS';.: .TLCN ILZ..CHARTERS. HR. IAN MACPHERSON, ACTING SECRETARY FC?. TLE HEU 1331 TORIES, ACTED AS THE RETURNING OFFICER.

RESULTS OF THE ELECTIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

SOUTHERN DISTRICT

CHAN SUEN, CHEUNG PUN, HO UING-KUOMG, KAN CHUNG-SHING, LAU FAT, TSANG KUUN-HiUG A.1D YUEN SHU-HUAN.

TAI PO DISTRICT

CHAN KAN-WING, CHEUNG SAM, LAU TIN-FUK, LI CHEUK-NAM, Li CHUN-PO, MA FAN-SHUN AO UAI HOM-LEUNG.

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CHEUNG CHING-KAT, CHU HIN-CHEUIJG, LAN TIM, LAU TSZ-YU3N, MAN TSAN-HAN, TANG FO-KUCilG AO TANG SIU-SUN.

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- NEU CROP GOOD 2.21

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- NEU CROP GOOD 2.16

PO NQAi GOOD ' 1.72

CHU CHO — — 1"

THAI RICE 100% WHOLE MM am*

10-1555 BROKENS GOOD 2.07

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.92

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.72

UHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 2.03

U.S. RICE GOOD 1.94

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.92

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SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH

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GOLDEN THREAD NORMAL 4.40 2.80 3.80

BIQ-EYES GOOD 3.20 0.70 2.20

SQUID LIMITED 6.30 2.50 4.80

hair-tails NORMAL 1.00 0.50 0.70

LIZARD FISHES LIMITED 3.00 . 1.50 2.00

CROAKERS NORMAL 2.20 0.80 1.70

CONGER-PIKE-EELS NORMAL 1.50 1.10 1.30

MELON COAT —■

BREAMS NORMAL 3.50 2.50 3.20

’ YELLOW BELLY GOOD 2.30 0.50 1.60

MACKERELS GOOD 3.40 2.60 2.80

RED GOAT FISH

FORK-TAIL —— *•

HORSE-HEAD LIMITED 6.20 3.00 5.20

MELON SEED LIMITED 2.40 1.50 1.80

POHFRETS LIMITED 8.50 6.50 7.50

GAROUPAS LIMITED 8.00 5.00 7.00

YELLOW CROAKER LIMITED 6.50 5.00 6.0)

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

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

TYPE OF AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE CS/CATTY)

VEGETABLE OF SUPPLY HIGH LOW .. MODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE NORMAL 1.00 0.30 0.60

WHITE CABBAGE GOOD : 0.60 0.10 0.35

CHINESE LETTUCE < LIMITED 0.60 0.20 0.40

wkTER SPINACH GOOD 0.50 0.10 0.30

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 1.50 0.50 1.00

STRING BEANS SCARCE 3.20 1.50 2.40

SPRING ONION LIMITED 1.60 0.40 1.00

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WATER CRESS / LIMITED 0.80 0.20 0.50

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE NORMAL 0.20 0.20 0.55

CHINESE SPINACH NORMAL 0.60 0.20 0.40

TOMATO NORMAL 1.00 0.30 0.60

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, HAY 17, 1974

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LABOUR TRIBUNAL TO BE PUT ON A PERMANENT STANDING .... 1

NIGHT WORK PERMIT GRANTED FOR ABERDEEN PILOT TUNNEL .. 2

PAYMENT PROCEDURE FOR CERTAIN CROUN RENTS REVISED .... 3

HONG KONG TRADE NEGOTIATOR LEFT FOR GENEVA TO TAKE UP NEU POST ............................................

POULTRY MANURE DRYER SCHEME — POLLUTION IN NEU TERRITORIES .

EXPERIMENT TO BEAT

GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTS FOR FEBRUARY SHOU $185 MILLION SURPLUS •

LIMITED RELAXATION-IM EXPORT CONTROLS ON PLASTICS ....

ENCOURAGING RESPONSE TO INDOOR DRIVING LESSONS .......

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FRIDAY, MAY 17. 1974

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LABOUR TRIBUNAL TO BE MADE PERMANENT K X « « » «

HONQ KONG'S LABOUR TRIBUNAL WHICH HAS SUCCESSFULLY HELPED SETTLE MURE THAN 1,000 MONETARY DISPUTES INVOLVING CLAIMS OF ABOUT $3 MILLION BETWEEN EMPLOYERS AND WORKERS IN THE PAST 14 MONTHS IS TO BE ESTABLISHED ON A PERMANENT BASIS UNDER A BILL GAZETTED TODAY.

KNOWN AS THE LABOUR TRIBUNAL CAMENDMENT) BILL 1974, THE LEGISLATION WILL BE TABLED AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SHORTLY TO EFFECT THIS PROPOSAL.

THE BILL HAS THREE MAIN PURPOSES:

• X TO PUT THE LABOUR TRIBUNAL ORDINANCE ON A PERMANENT FOOTING3

*T0 PROVIDE THAT LEAVE TO APPEAL MUST BE OBTAINED AS A PREREQUISITE TO AN APPEAL AGAINST AN AWARD, ORDER OR.DETERMINATION BY A PRESIDING OFFICER; AND

X TO EMPOWER A PRESIDING OFFICER TO PUNISH FOR CONTEMPT.

MR. MICHAEL WONG, THE PRESIDING OFFICER OF THE'TRIBUNAL, EXPLAINED THAT THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE WAS ENACTED IN MARCH 1972 TO PROVIDE FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF A LABOUR TRIBUNAL. THE ORDINANCE, THEN INTRODUCED ON AN EXPERIMENTAL BASIS, IS DUE TO EXPIRE ON DECEMBER 31, 1975.

THE FIRST TRIBUNAL BEGAN OPERATION OH MARCH 1 LAST YEAR AND PROVED TO BE AN IMMEDIATE SUCCESS IN PROVIDING A QUICK, INEXPENSIVE, SIMPLE AND INFORMAL METHOD OF SETTLING MONETARY DISPUTES, HE SAID.

SINCE ITS INCEPTION AND UP TO THE END OF LAST MONTH, A TOTAL OF 1,390 CLAIMS INVOLVING MORE THAN $3 MILLION WERE DEALT WITH BY THE TRIBUNAL. OF THESE, 1,109 CASES HAD CONCLUDED AND MORE THAN $1.7 MILLION HAD B&£N AWARDED TO THE CLAIMANTS.

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MR. WONG POINTED OUT THAT THE NUMBER OF CASES DEALT WITH DOUBLED THE ORIGINAL ESTIMATE OF 500 CLAIMS A YEAR AND IT ALSO DOUBLED THE ANNUAL FIGURE OF ALL WAGE CASES HANDLED BY THE DISTRICT COURT IN PREVIOUS YEARS.

IN ORDER TO ENABLE THE TRIBUNAL TO KEEP UP WITH ITS INCREASING VOLUME OF WORK, A SECOND PRESIDING OFFICER AND SUPPORTING STAFF WERE APPOINTED FROM FEBRUARY 1, THIS YEAR.

JUDGING FROM LTS PERFORMANCE OVER THE PAST YEAR, MR. WONG NOTED THAT THE TRIBUNAL SERVED A VERY USEFUL PURPOSE AND SHOULD BE MADE PERMANENT.

HE EXPLAINED THAT, UNDER THE BILL AN APPEAL AGAINST THE DECISION OF THE TRIBUNAL COULD ONLY BE BROUGHT WITH LEAVE FROM THE DISTRICT COURT.

AT PRESENT, APPEALS ARE SOMETIMES LODGED ON GROUNDS WHICH ARE NOT PERMITTED BY THE ORDINANCE AND THIS CAUSES UNWARRANTED DELAY IN FINALISING CLAIMS.

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THE BILL SEEKS TO REMEDY THIS SITUATION AND TO ENSURE THAT

THE OBJECTS OF SPEED AND INFORMALITY IN THE TRIBUNAL ARE NOT DEFEATED BY VEXATIOUS OR GROUNDLESS APPEALS.

MR. WONQ CONTINUED THAT THREATENING OR INSULTING EXPRESSIONS OR BEHAVING IN AN INSULTING MANNER IN THE PRESENCE OF A PRESIDING OFFICER WERE SOMETIMES EXPERIENCED DURING A TRIBUNAL PROCEEDING.

IN ORDER TO CONTROL EFFECTIVELY THE PROCEEDINGS, THE BILL EMPOWERS A PRESIDING OFFICER TO PUNISH SUMMARILY PERSONS WHO COMMIT CONTEMPT. AS A RESULT, A PRESIDING OFFICER WILL BE ABLE TO ENFORCE THE PAYMENT OF ANY FINE, OR TO GIVE EFFECT TO ANY SENTENCE OF IMPRISONMENT, IMPOSED BY HIM.

NIGHT WORK ON ABERDEEN PILOT TUNNEL X X X X X X

NIGHT WORK PERMITS HAVE BEEN GRANTED, SUBJECT TO CERTAIN CONDITIONS, TO ENABLE WORK ON THE ABERDEEN PILOT TUNNEL TO BE CAiaaED OUT 24 HOURS A DAY AT BOTH ENDS AT HAPPY VALLEY AND WONG CHUK HANG.

AN EXEMPTION ORDER DESIGNED TO EXCLUDE THESE TWO AREAS FROM THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 13 OF THE SUMMARY OFFENCES ORDINANCE IS PUBLISHED IN TODAY'S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE. UNDER THIS SECTION, IT IS AN OFFENCE TO MAKE A NOISE CALCULATED TO DISTURB THE PUBLIC TRAN QUILL1TY UR TO ANNOY ANY PERSON BETWEEN 11 P.M. AND 6 A.M.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY IT WAS UNLIKELY THAT THE WORKS WOULD CAUSE DISTURBANCE TO RESIDENTS IN VIEW OF THE RELATIVELY ISOLATED NATURE OF THE PORTAL POSITIONS WHICH ARE SITUATED AWAY FROM RESIDENTIAL DWELLINGS.

♦MOREOVER, MOST OF THE WORK WILL BE TAKING PLACE INSIDE THE TUNNEL ITSELF AND THE POSSIBILITY OF DISTURBANCE IS THEREFORE REMOTE.+

, THE SPOKESMAN ALSO POINTED OUT'THAT THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS MAY ORDER WORK TO BE STOPPED IF HE CONSIDERS THAT THE NOISE CREATED BY THE WORKS IS CAUSING UNNECESSARY DISTURBANCE AND ANNOYANCE TO THE PUBLIC.

- ONE OF THE CONDITIONS LAID DOWN IN THE EXEMPTION ORDER, WHICH COMES INTO EFFECT TODAY UNTIL OCTOBER 31, 1974, STIPULATES THAT THE SOUND LEVEL GENERATED FROM ALL PLANT AND EQUIPMENT BE REDUCED TO 50 DECIBELS, MEASURED OUTSIDE THE NEAREST OCCUPIED PROPERTY WHEN WORK IS CARRIED OUT BETWEEN 8 P.M. AND 6 A.M.

NEVERTHELESS, PILING WORKS OF ANY SORT WITHIN THE SCHEDULED AREAS AS .WELL AS BLASTING OUTSIDE THE CONFINES OF THE ’TUNNEL ARE STILL PROHIBITED BETWEEN 8 P.M. AND 6 A.M. AND BETWEEN 11 P.M. AND 6 A.M. RESPECTIVELY.

UNDER A CONTRACT LET BY THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT LAST FEBRUARY, THE CONTRACTOR, GAMMON CHK) LTD. IS TO DRIVE A HEADING 340 METRES LONG FROM A PORTAL POSITION IN THE COLONIAL CEMETERY, HAPPY VALLEY, AND A SECOND HEADING 600 METRES LONG-FROM THE SITE OF THE SOUTHERN PORTAL IN THE WONG CHUK HANG AREA.

THE WORK ON THE PILOT TUNNEL IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED WITHIN SIX MONTHS.

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REVISION OF PAYMENT PROCEDURES FOR CERTAIN CROWN RENTS * X X X X X

CROWN RENTS NOT EXCEEDING $100 A YEAR MAY NOW BE PAID EVERY FIVE YEARS INSTEAD OF EVERY SIX MONTHS, UNDER A NOTICE PUBLISHED IN TODAY'S GAZETTE.

APART FROM BEING MORE ECONOMICAL, THE NEW PROCEDURE MEANS THAT OWNERS WILL NOT BE TROUBLED WITH DEMANDS FOR SMALL AMOUNTS AT FREQUENT INTERVALS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT BRANCH OF THE COLONIAL SECRETARIAT EXPLAINED THAT CROWN RENTS WOULD NOW BE COLLECTED IN ARREAR AT FIVE-YEAR INTERVALS, BUT THOSE OWNERS WHO WISH JO CONTINUE PAYING EVERY SIX MONTHS MAY STILL DO SO.

CITING AN EXAMPLE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE NEXT DEMAND WILL BE MADE IN JUNE 1979 FOR CROWN RENTS WHICH WILL FALL DUE ON AND AFTER JUNE 24 THIS YEAR UP TO AND INCLUDING JUNE 24, 1979. AFTERWARDS, FURTHER DEMANDS WILL BE ISSUED IN THE MONTH OF JUNE AT FIVE-YEARLY INTERVALS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT A SIMILAR PROCEDURE HAS BEEN IN FORCE FOR VILLAGE LOTS ON HONQ KONG ISLAND SINCE i960 AND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES SINCE 1969.

THIS HAS NOW BEEN EXTENDED TO LOTS IN THE URBAN AREA IN HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND NEW KOWLOON CEXCLUDING LOTS REGISTERED IN A DISTRICT LAND OFFICE).

ALTHOUGH CROWN RENTS NEED ONLY BE PAID ON ISSUE OF DEMAND NOTES OR NOTICES, ANY OWNER WHO STILL WISHES TO PAY HIS RENT HALF-YEARLY MAY DO SO BY PAYING IN AT THE TREASURY REVENUE ' BRANCH, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING, 2ND FLOOR), ICE HOUSE STREET, HONG KONG, HE SAID.

THOSE WHO WANT TO FOLLOW THE MORE CONVENIENT NEW PROCEDURE, HOWEVER, ARE ADVISED TO MAKE PROVISION FOR PAYMENT OF THE FULL AMOUNT DUE AT THE END OF EACH FIVE-YEAR INTERVAL.

PEOPLE WHO ARE BUYING PROPERTY, ESPECIALLY FLATS, ARE ALSO ASKED TO NOTE THAT THEY MAY BE REQUIRED TO PAY SOME ARREARS OF CROWN RENT FOR THE PROPERTY WHEN THE NEXT FIVE-YEARLY PAYMENT DATE ARRIVES, DEPENDING ON THE DATE OF PURCHASE.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE GOVERNMENT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DEMAND ALL CROWN RENT DUE AT ANY TIME IF IT SEES FIT TO DO SO, ARD TO RE-ENTER UPON THE LAND OR VEST THE REuEVANT INTEREST IF DEFAULT IS MADE IN PAYMENT.

+CROWN RENTS EXCEEDING $100 A YEAR WILL CONTINUE TO BE COLLECTED HALF-YEARLY ON THE DATES DUE AS IN THE PAST,+ HE ADDED.

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NEW JOB IN GENEVA FOR HONG KONG TRADE NEGOTIATOR X X X X X X

HONG KONG'S LEADING TRADE NEGOTIATOR, MR. BILL DORWARD, OF THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT, LEFT FOR GENEVA TODAY (FRIDAY) TO TAKE UP NEW DUTIES CONNECTED WITH THE RECENTLY-FORMED TEXTILES SURVEILLANCE BODY.

THE BODY HAS BEEN SET UP BY THE GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TARIFFS AND TRADE (GATT) TO OVERSEE THE WORKINGS OF THE NEW ARRANGEMENT COVERING INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN TEXTILES, WHICH CAME INTO EFFECT ON JANUARY 1 THIS YEAR.

THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE TEXTILES SURVEILLANCE BODY CONSISTS OF AN INDEPENDENT CHAIRMAN AND EIGHT REPRESENTATIVES WHICH FOR .THIS YEAR HAVE BEEN NOMINATED BY THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY, THE UNITED STATES, JAPAN, THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA, PAKISTAN, YUGOSLAVIA, SWEDEN AND MEXICO.

ITS COMPOSITION ALSO ALLOWS FOR +ALTERNATE+ REPRESENTATIVES AND MR. DORWARD WILL BE PARTICIPATING IN THIS CAPACITY, AT THE INVITATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA.

MR. DORWARD REPRESENTED HONG KONG THROUGHOUT LAST YEAR'S MULTILATERAL TRADE NEGOTIATIONS WHICH LED TO THE NEW ARRANGEMENT COVERING WORLD TRADE IN TEXTILES. DURING THAT PERIOD HE OCCUPIED THE POST OF DEPUTY DIRECTOR (COMMERCIAL RELATIONS) IN THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT, SERVING AS THE GOVERNMENT'S CHIEF TRADE NEGOTIATOR.

FOR HIS NEW DUTIES IN GENEVA HE WILL HAVE THE DIPLOMATIC STATUS OF A COUNSELLOR IN THE BRITISH MISSION. THIS POST WILL BE IN ADDITION TO THAT OCCUPIED FOR THE LAST FOUR YEARS BY MR. GERRY PEARSON WHO SERVES AS COUNSELLOR FOR HONG KONG AFFAIRS IN GENEVA AND COVERS THE ACTIVITIES OF THE VARIOUS INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS SITED THERE.

MR. DORWARD COMMENTED: +1 HAVE- SPENT AS MUCH TIME IN GENEVA IN THE LAST YEAR AS I HAVE IN HONG KONG AND THE COMMITMENT IS NOW SUCH THAT IT IS ONLY SENSIBLE FOR ME TO BE BASED THERE. I SHALL BE CONCERNED PRINCIPALLY WITH THE WORKINGS OF THE TEXTILES . . SURVEILLANCE BODY, BUT WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR 'SUCH OTHER DUTIES IN EUROPE CONCERNING HONG KONG'S TRADE INTERESTS AS TIME WILL ALLOW.+

IN HONG KONG, MR. LAWRENCE MILLS HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY (COMMERCIAL RELATIONS) IN PLACE OF MR. DORWARD. MR. MILLS HAS JUST RETURNED FROM WASHINGTON AFTER LEADING A DELEGATION WHICH HAS NEGOTIATED A NEW AGREEMENT ON TEXTILE EXPORTS TO THE UNITED STATES.

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POULTRY MANURE DRYER SET UP IN PAT HEUNG

PILOT SCHEME TO REDUCE POLLUTION FROM AGRICULTURAL WASTES

A POULTRY MANURE DRYER IS BEING INSTALLED AT PAT HEUNG SHEUNG CHUEN IN YUEN LONG BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT FOR

THE DISPOSAL AND TREATMENT OF POULTRY WASTES.

THIS IS A PILOT SCHEME AIMED AT SOLVING PART OF THE POLLUTION PROBLEM CAUSED BY AGRICULTURAL WASTES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND, AT THE SAME TIME, RECYCLING THE POULTRY MANURE AS A FERTILISER OR ANIMAL FOODSTUFF AS PRACTISED ELSEWHERE IN THE WORLD.

MR. YIP WAI HUNG, FIELD OFFICER OF THE NEWLY ESTABLISHED AGRICULTURAL WASTE TREATMENT UNIT, SAID: +THERE HAS BEEN A GROWING CONCERN FOR THE PROBLEMS OF POLLUTION IN THE NEW TERRITORIES IN THE PAST YEARS.

' +THE IMMEDIATE PROBLEM FACING THE AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY IS

* THE TREATMENT AND DISPOSAL OF PIG AND POULTRY MANURE. THE INSTALLATION OF THIS POULTRY MANURE DRYER IS THE FIRST PILOT SCHEME CARRIED OUT BY OUR DEPARTMENT TO HELP TACKLE THE PROBLEM.*

THE DRYER, WHICH COSTS ABOUT $170,000, IS CAPABLE OF HANDLING FIVE TONS OF WET POULTRY MANURE IN ONE EIGHT-HOUR WORKING DAY, WITH AN OUTPUT OF OVER ONE TON DRIED MANURE.

DURING THE DRYING PROCESS, THE MOISTURE CONTENT OF THE POULTRY MANURE IS REDUCED FROM ABOUT 80 PER CENT TO 10 PER CENT.

MR. YIP POINTED OUT THAT ONE SPECIAL FEATURE OF THIS MACHINE IS THAT IT NOT ONLY DRIES THE MANURE BUT KILLS ALL GERMS AND BAD SMELL AT THE SAME TIME, AND THIS HELPS TO ELIMINATE THE PROBLEM OF AIR POLLUTION.

THE DRIED MANURE PRODUCED CAN THEN BE USED AS FERTILISER OR ANIMAL FOODSTUFF, PARTICULARLY SUITABLE FOR CATTLE AND PIGS.

+HOWEVER, THE USES OF THIS DRIED MANURE WILL FIRST BE TESTED OUT BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT ON GOVERNMENT FAflMS BEFORE IT IS RECOMMENDED TO-THE LOCAL FARMERS.

THE DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO INVESTIGATE THE MARKET FOR DRIED MANURE, THE ECONOMIES OF THE PROCESS AND DIFFICULTIES THAT COULD ARISE IF THE SCHEME IS DEVELOPED INTO A FULL SCALE TREATMENT SYSTEM FOR POULTRY MANURE,* MR. YIP SAID.

BEFORE THE MACHINE GOES INTO OPERATION IN JULY, FIVE POULTRY MANURE COLLECTION CENTRES WILL BE SET UP — FOUR IN PAT HEUNG AND ONE IN SAN TIN. THESE WILL FACILITATE .THE FARMERS IN THEIR DISPOSAL OF THEIR DAILY POULTRY MANURE.

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT ABOUT ONE QUARTER OF THE 500 TONS OF POULTRY MANURE PRODUCED DAILY BY POULTRY FARMS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE BROUGHT TO THESE FIVE CENTRES.

MR. YIP STRESSED THAT THE SUCCESS OF THE PILOT SCHEME WAS DEPENDENT ON THE SUPPORT OF THE FARMERS. +ALL THEY NEED TO DO IS TO BRING THEIR POULTRY MANURE TO THE COLLECTION POINTS.*

LAS I YEAR A DETAILED SURVEY WAS CARRIED OUT BY THE DEPARTMENT TO DETERMINE POULTRY FARMERS' REACTION TO THIS NEW METHOD OF DISPOSING POULTRY MANURE.

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A TOTAL OF OVER 200 POULTRY FARMS WERE VISITED. THE FARMERS ALL APPROVED OF THE SCHEME BUT SAID THAT THE COLLECTION POINTS MUST BE CONVENIENTLY LOCATED.

+IF THIS PILOT SCHEME PROVES SUCCESSFUL, UE UILL INSTALL BIGGER MACHINES AND SET UP ANOTHER 19 COLLECTION CENTRES TO HANDLE THE TREATMENT OF POULTRY MANURE. AT THE SAME TIME, WE ARE ALSO TRYING TO ENCOURAGE CHANGES IN THE MANAGEMENT OF PIG FAKMS WHICH WILL GREATLY REDUCE THE PRESENT POLLUTION CAUSED BY PIG WASTE,+ MR. YIP SAID.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

COPIES OF A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE POULTRY MANURE DRYER WILL BE BOXED TODAY.

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$185 MILLION SURPLUS IN FEBRUARY . X X X X X X

THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTS FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 1974 SHOW A SURPLUS UF $185 MILLION COMPARED WITH A SURPLUS OF $173 MILLION IN FEBRUARY LAST YEAR.

THIS HAS RESULTED IN A TOTAL SURPLUS OF $510 MILLION FOR THE FIRST ELEVEN MONTHS OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1973~74.

TOTAL REVENUE FOR THE MONTH AT $592 MILLION WAS $97 MILLION MORE THAN IN FEBRUARY 1973 LARGELY AS A RESULT OF INCREASED COLLECTIONS IN RESPECT OF EARNINGS AND PROFITS TAXES. THE TOTAL REVENUE FOR THE FIRST ELEVEN MONTHS OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1'97 3 “7 4 AT $4,770 MILLION WAS $332 MILLION HORE THAN THE SAME PERIOD THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

TOTAL EXPENDITURE AMOUNTED TO $406 MILLION, AN INCREASE OF $85 MILLION OVER THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR MAINLY BECAUSE OF INCREASED SPENDING ON PERSONAL EMOLUMENTS AND PROJECTS IN THE fUBLlC WORKS PROGRAMME.

THIS BRINGS THE TOTAL EXPENDITURE FOR THE FIRST ELEVEN MONTHS OF THE 1973~74 FINANCIAL YEAR TO $4,260 MILLION, WHICH WAS $898 MILLION MORE THAN THE SAME PERIOD THE.PREVIOUS YEAR. '

EXPENDITURE IN THESE ELEVEN MONTHS DOES NOT INCLUDE THE TRANSFER OF $300 MILLION FINANCE COMMITTEE HAS APPROVED FOR THE MASS TRANSIT FUND. THIS WILL BE REFLECTED IN THE ACCOUNTS FOR MARCH.

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LIMITED RELAXATION IN EXPORT CONTROLS ON PLASTICS x « » « » »

A LIMITED RELAXATION OF CONTROLS RESTRICTING EXPORTS OF POLYETHYLENE FROM HONG KONG WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY CFR1DAY) BY THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT.

SINCE THE CONTROLS HERE IMPOSED EARLIER THIS YEAR ONLY COMPANIES UH1CH WERE ALLOCATED QUOTA BY THE DEPARTMENT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO OBTAIN LICENCES TO EXPORT LOU DENSITY AND HIGH DENSITY POLYETHYl..EKE, UH1CH IS USED EXTENSIVELY IN THE LOCAL PLASTICS INDUSTRYo

IT .;AS NOU BEEN DECIDED, AFTER CONSULTING TRADE AND INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES, TO ALLOW COMPANIES WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN ALLOCATED sfUUTA TJ APPLY FOR EXPORT LICENCES.

EXP RT LICENCE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THE COMMERCE AND INDU TRY DEPARTMENT’S OFFICES AT 46 CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL FROM U.; A.l. Oil MONDAY CHAY 20) TO 5 P.H. ON FRIDAY CMAY24).

LICENCES WILL BE ISSUED TO ALLOW NON-QUOTA HOLDERS TO EXPORT DURING t. .Y A/D JUNE V? T 1,500,000 LBS OF LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE A..D A 11/ l it’: OF ^00,000 LBS OF HIGH DENSITY POLYETHYLENE. THE l.iCEUC. JI I i . V/l:.. : F 23 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF ISSUE.

A?. .IC. 10;!J Fj .1 lKCES FILL E A! PAT’ED, IF NECESSARY, ON

A PROPU. 10 ui 1 Ztf li-ST T..E TtVAL QUA.! ITIES AVAILABLE FOR EXPORTo

A CIRCULAR HAS r.!7E? ISSUED TO THE TRADE TO GIVE DETAILED INFORMATION. FURTHER ADV CE CAN BE OBTAINED BY CONTACTING ii?.. H.T.IJ. LAU, ASS1STA;. TRADE OFFICER (TEL: 5-235U46) OR MR. T.H YIN, INDUSTRY ASSISTANT CTEL: 5-228449).

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GOOD RESPONSE TO INDOOR DRIVING COURSES

. THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TODAY BEG,AN ACCEPTING ENROLMENTS • FOR ITS NEW INDOOR DRIVING INSTRUCTION CENTRE FOR LEARNER DRIVERS.

THE CENTRE, WHICH IS EQUIPPED WITH 16 SIMULATORS, WILL BEGIN OPERATING FROM JUNE 1.

THE OFFICER IN CHARGE, nR. HENRY KU, SAID TODAY THAT THE INITIAL RESPONSE WAS HOST ENCOURAGING. BY MID-AFTERNOON, CLASSES FOR THE FIRST COURSE WERE ALMOST FILLED AND MANY People had either been telephoning or calling at the PUl CHUG ROAD CENTRE IN KOWLOON FOR INFORMATION ON THE NEW SYSTEM. THERE HAD ALSO BEEN SOME ADVANCE BOOKINGS FOR FUTURE COURSES.

MR. KU SAID THAT THE EVENING LESSONS WERE PROVING VERY POPULAR. AlL THE-EVENING CLASSES FOR THE FIRST COURSE, FHOn JUNE 1 TO JUNE 15, WERE FULLY BOOKED. HOWEVER, THERE UAo STIlL ROOM FOR CANDIDATES IN CLASSES BEING HELD THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

THE 15-HOUR COURSES SPREAD OVER AS MANY DAYS WILL TRAIN LEARNER-DRIVERS IN THE USE OF VARIOUS CONTROLS, RECOGNITION OF,TRAFFIC SIGNS AND NORMAL REACTIONS TO DIFFERENT TRAFFIC SITUATIONS.

ALL THIS IS DONE INSIDE A SIMULATED CAR. THE COURSE, COSTING $200, INCLUDES LECTORES BY TRAINED INSTRUCTORS, SPECIAL FILMS AND SIMULATOR DRIVING.

THOSE WISHING TO APPLY MUST ALREADY HAVE PASSED THE WRITTEN TEST ON THE HIGHWAY CODE. THEY SHOULD BRING WITH THEM THEIR PROVISIONAL DRIVING LICENCE, HONG KONG IDENTITY CARD AND TWO RECENT COPIES OF THEIR PHOTOGRAPH. THE SPECIAL APPLICATION FORM CAN BE COMPLETED AT THE OFFICES.

MR. KU SAID THAT THOSE WHO PASS THE SIMULATOR TEST AT THE END OF THE COURSE WILL BE PLACED ON A SPECIAL SHORT WAITING LIST FOR THE COMBINED ROAD TEST. ONCE THEY HAVE COMPLETED THE NECESSARY ON-ROAD DRIVING TRAINING THEY WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO TAKE THE COMBINED ROAD TEST WITHIN A PERIOD OF 11 OR 12 WEEKS — SUBSTANTIALLY LESS THAN THE NORMAL WAITING TIME FOR KOWLOON.

CLASSES AT THE CENTRE WILL BEGIN AT 7 A.M. AND END AT

11 P.M. EACH DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK. /Q

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SITE FOR C.M.A. EXHIBITION it M It it it it

GOVERNMENT'S APPROVAL OF THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS' ASSOCIATION'S REQUEST FOR A SITE AT WAN CHAI, TO STAGE THEIR 1974/75 EXHIBITION, WAS COMMUNICATED VERBALLY TO THE ASSOCIATION'S ARCHITECTS IN FEBRUARY THIS YEAR.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT FORMAL NOTIFICATION OF APPROVAL WAS WITHHELD PENDING THE -RESOLUTION OF CERTAIN OUTSTANDING HATTERS RELATING TO THE USE OF THE SITE.

+AS A MATTER OF RECORD,+ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED, +NOTIF1CATION OF AVAILABILITY OF THE SITE FOR THE LAST TWO C.M.A. EXHIBITIONS, TOGETHER WITH BASIC CONDITIONS CONCERNING OCCUPATION, WERE CONVEYED TO THE ASSOCIATION IN JUNE 1972 AND HAY 1973 RESPECTIVELY.

+IT WOULD THEREFORE APPEAR FROM PAST EXPERIENCE THAT FORMAL NOTIFICATION OF GOVERNMENT'S APPROVAL FOR A REDUCED SITE AREA AT WAN CHAI, HAS NOT BEEN UNDULY DELAYED IN REGARD TO THE LATEST APPLICATION.+.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS PRESENTLY CONSIDERING WAYS AND MEANS OF MEETING THE ASSOCIATION'S ASPIRATIONS FOR A PERMANENT EXHIBITION SITE.

COMMENTING ON THE OFFER OF A SITE AT TS1M SHA TSUI EAST, TO MEET THIS REQUIREMENT, WHICH WAS MADE IN NOVEMBER LAST YEAR AND WITHDRAWN IN JANUARY, HE SAID THAT THIS DECISION WAS ONLY TAKcll AFTER THE MOST CAREFUL CONSIDERATION OF ALL THE RELEVANT FACTORS.

+THE CONTRIBUTION THAT THE ASSOCIATION HAS MADE TOWARDS HONG KONG'S ECONOMIC PROSPERITY IS FULLY RECOGNISEp, AND THE FACT THAT THE OFFER OF A SITE AT TS1M SHA TSUI EAST WAS WITHDRAWN IN NO WAY DETRACTS FROM THE ASSOCIATION'S IMPORTANCE AS A MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR TOWARDS HONG KONG'S WELLBEING.*

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE it if it it it it

THE FOLLOWING PRICEE WERE REALISED TODAY CFR1DAY) AT SALE UNDER THE RICE CONTROL SCHENZ AND AT THE VEGETABLE HARiCETKiG ( GANiGATlON ’JHO;. SALE liARKET AND THE FISH .;ARKE'»'1HG * GAhitAi•Ud HU- S/.LE iLiSKET AT t HEU. G SHA UlN, KO’JuOOti:

SUFi;.IE Ai. ) V.1 LF.SAI PRICES 0 RICE

*

GRADE OF RICE AVAILABILITY Or : UPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE CS/CATTY)

CHINA RICE

SEE 'MEW

- UlD crop —— ——

- NEW crop GOOD 2.21 .

S.C. J1EN

- OLD CHOP

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.16

PO NQAJ GOOD 1.72

CHU CHO —*—

THAI RICE

100% WHGuE

10-15% BROKERS GOOD 2.07

A1 SUPER EXTRA ' GOOD 1.87

A1 SUPER —— ——

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 1.9b

U.S. RICE GOOD ? 1.94

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.91

PAKISTAN RICE

TAIWAN RICE • •• 1

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY - GOOD

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK CS/P1CUL-L1VE WEIGHT) - 305 CAVERAGE)

/SUPPLIES AND ......

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SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH

*9 • —• MB ••• —• ••• M «• M» *• >•••*• »_* M. M

CF.1U CHE 4G HA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET:)

AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICEC$/CATTY>

SPECIES OF SUPPLY HIGH LOU MODE

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GOLDEN THREAD NORMAL 4.20 ' 3.oo 3.50

BIG-EYES GOOD 3.00 o.6o 2.00

SQUID LIMITED 6.20 2.50 4.00

HAIR-TAILS NORMAL 1*50 0.80 1.30

LIZARD FISHES LIMITED 3.50 1.50 2.50

CROAKERS NORMAL 2.20 1.00 1.80

CONGER-?I KE-EELS LIMITED 1.80 1.30 1.60

MELON COAT

BREAMS NORMAL 4.20 2.50 3.50

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 2.10 o.6o 1.30

MACKERELS NORMAL 4.40 2.80 3.20

RED GOAT FISH GOOD o.7o 0.50 0.60

FORK-TAIL LIMITED 1.40 0.90 1.10

HORSE-HEAD LIMITED 6.20 J.00 4.00

MELON SEED LIMITED 2.40 0.60 1.50

POHFRETS SCARCE 8.00 6.00 7.00

GAROUPAS NORMAL 7.50 5.00 6.00

YELLOW CROAKER LIMITED 7.oo 5.50 6.00

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/CATTYO

HIGH LOW KODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE NORflAL . 1.00 0.30 0.60

WHITE CABBAGE NORMAL 0.60 0.15 0.40

CHINESE LETTUCE UNITED 0.60 0.20 0.40

WATER SPINACH GOOD 0.50 0.10 0.30

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 1.43 0.40 0.50

• STRING BEANS SCARCE 3.20 1.50 2.40

SPRING ONION LIMITED 1.60 0.40 1.00

SPINACH m 1,

WATER CRESS SCARCE 1.00 0.30 0.60

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE NORMAL 0.00 0.20 0.50

CHINESE SPINACH NORMAL 0.60 0.20 0.40

TOMATO •» NORMAL 1.00 0.30 0.60

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SATURDAY, MAY 1«, 1974.

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NEW PARKING METERS FOR CENTRAL TO BE INSTALLED NEXT WEEK •1

OVER 3,000 CASH PRIZES FOR GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES STILL UNCLAIMED..................................................2

MARINE DEPARTMENT STAFF TO BENEFIT FROM RICE PURCHASE SCHEME ................................................... 2

MORE THAN 3,600 CHILDREN INOCULATED IN CURRENT ANTIMEASLES CAMPAIGN ......................................... 3

ROADS IN YUEN LONG RE-ROUTED TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW .. 3

SECRETARY FOR SECURITY ADVOCATES CO-OPERATION BETWEEN PRISONS OFFICERS AND- PRISONERS .......................... 4

SYMPOSIUM FOR YOUNG SOCIAL WORKERS ....................... 5

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


SATURDAY, MAY 1S, 1974

NEW PARKING METERS FOR CENTRAL » X X if X X

fH£ FIRST CF THE NEW RATE PARKING METERS WILL BE INSTALLED IN A .1UMBER OF STREETS ANO OFF-STREET HETERED PARKING AREAS IN CEN Tn .u DISTRICT uEGL-NING ON MONDAY CHAY 203.

..LMUST bOO METERS WILL REPLACE THE EXISTING OLD RATE ONES IN A PROGRAMME SPREAD OVER FIVE DAYS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT THE HIGHER RATES WERE NOT SOMETHING NEU. THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY FIRST ANNOUNCED BACK IN FEBRUARY 1972 THAT PARKING METER CHARGES WOULD BE INCREASED, AND THE NEW RATES WERE . SUBSEQUENTLY APPROVED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL IN JUNE 1972.

+THE NEU METERS SHOULD HAVE BEEN INSTALLED MUCH EARLIER, BUT DUE TO DELAYS IN DELIVERY IT HAS KOT BEEN POSSIBLE UNTIL NOW TU GET THEM ONTO THE STREETS,* THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

+CENTRAL DISTRICT IS THE FIRST AREA IN HONG KONG TO HAVE THE NEW RATE METERS INSTALLED. ONCE THIS INITIAL PROGRAMME HAS BEEN COMPLETED, NEW METERS WILL BE INSTALLED IN THE TSIM SHA TSUI AREA.*

THE NEW METERS WILL BE CAPABLE OF ACCEPTING ONLY 50 CENT OR ONE DOLLAR COINS DEPENDING ON THE TYPE OF METER — THEY WILL NOT TAKE 10 CENT COINS.

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UNDER THE NEW SYSTEM, THERE WILL BE TWO TYPES OF TWO-HOUR METER — ONE WHICH WILL ACCEPT 50 CENT COINS FOR JO MINUTES AND THE SECOND WHICH WILL ACCEPT 50 CENT COINS FOR ONE HOUR. AT THE NEW RATE HALF-HOUR METERS, THE CHARGE WILL BE A FLAT $1. ' '

IN THE REPLACEMENT PROGRAMME ALL FOUR-HOUR AND 1O-HOUR • METERS WILL DISAPPEAR, WITH THE MAXIMUM TIME BEING A TWO-HOUR ( METER. ,

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE REPLACEMENT PROGRAMME ON MONDAY WILL BEGIN WITH THE CHANGING OVER OF THE METERS OUTSIDE THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT OFFICES IN MURRAY ROAD AND THOSE ADJACENT TO THE HARCOURT ROAD HELIPAD. AS THE PROGRAMME PROGRESSES DURING THE WEEK, ALL METERED PARKING SPACES IN CENTRAL WILL BE CHANGED TO THE NEW RATE METERS.

+DUR1NG AND AFTER THE CHANGEOVER,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID, +MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO READ CAREFULLY THE REGULATIONS PRINTED ON THE METAL PLATE ATTACHED TO THE PARKING METER TO ENSURE THAT THE CORRECT COINS ARE INSERTED.*

CARS ALREADY PARKED AT THE OLD RATE METERS WHICH ARE SUBSEQUENTLY CHANGED TO THE NEW METERS WHILST THE CAR IS STILL PARKED, WILL BE GIVEN THE FULL TIME PERIOD ALLOWED BY THE METER AFTER IT HAS BEEN REPLACED. ■4

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT ARRANGEMENTS HAD ALSO BEEN MADE TO CANCEL ANY PARKING TICKETS ISSUED TO A CAR OWNER WHO MAY HAVE BEEN PARKED AT A 1O-H0UR OR FOUR-HOUR METER WHEN IT WAS REPLACED BY A TWO-HOUR METER.

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$1.8 MILLION LOTTERY PRIZES STILL UNCLAIMED H H H If H H

PRIZE MONEY AMOUNTING TO $1.8 MILLION OF THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES HELD IN 1972 AND 1973 ARE STILL UNCLAIMED.

THERE ARE MORE THAN 3,000 PRIZES AWAITING TO BE CLAIMED, INCLUDING A FIRST PRIZE WHICH ENTITLES THE WINNER TO A SUM OF $446,400.

ACCORDING TO THE AMENDED GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES ORDINANCE, ANY PRIZE MONEY NOT CLAIMED WITHIN TWO YEARS AFTER THE PUBLICATION OF THE NUMBERS OF THE WINNING TICKETS WILL BE FORFEITED TO THE LOTTERIES FUND FOR GRANTS AND LOANS TO WELFARE AGENCIES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE SAID TODAY: +ANYONE HOLDING UNCHECKED LOTTERY * TICKETS OF THE LAST TWO YEARS SHOULD GO TO A NEARBY ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB OFFICE TO LOOK UP THE LISTS OF WINNING NUMBERS.+

SINCE THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FIRST BEGAN IN 1962, A TOTAL OF $5.2 MILLION FROM UNCLAIMED PRIZE MONEY HAVE GONE TO THE LOTTERIES FUND.


R1CE AT REDUCED PRICE FOR MARINE DEPARTMENT STAFF X X X X X X

TOP-GRADE CHINA RICE WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE AT REDUCED PRICE ON MONDAY CHAY 20) TO STAFF OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT WHO ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE RICE PURCHASE SCHEME SPONSORED BY THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT.

UNDER THE SCHEME, LARGE ORGANISATIONS MAY PURCHASE RICE IN BULK FOR DISTRIBUTION TO. THEIR STAFF AT LOWER PRICES.

TOP-GRADE SEE NEW RICE, WHICH COSTS $2.60 PER CATTY IF PURCHASED FROM OUTSIDE DEALERS, IS SOLD TO THE STAFF AT $2.30.

THE QUALITY OF RICE PURCHASED IN THIS WAY IS GUARANTEED SINCE THEY ARE NOT ADULTERATED BY MIXING WITH OTHER LOWER-GRADE RICES.

NOTE TO EDITORS: THE DISTRIBUTION OF RICE WILL TAKE PLACE

_______________ AT 11 A.M. ON MONDAY CHAY 20) AT THE MARINE

DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS. YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE OCCASION COVERED.

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SATURDAY, MAY 18, 1974

ANTI-MEASLES CAMPAIGN

A TOTAL OF 3,643 CHILDREN DURING THE TWO WEEKS ENDING ON CURRENT ANTI-MEASLES CAMAPIGN.

WAS INOCULATED AGAINST MEASLES MAY 4 IN CONNECTION WITH THE

OF THESE, 805 WERE INOCULATED ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 1,968 IN KOWLOON, AND 870 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE FIRST ANTI-MEASLES CAMPAIGN THIS YEAR IS CONTINUING UNTIL THE END OF THIS MONTH TO REMIND THE PUBLIC OF THE NECESSITY TO CONTINUE TO TAKE PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES AGAINST THE DISEASE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT URGES ' PARENTS OF SUSCEPTIBLE CHILDREN BETWEEN SIX MONTHS AND FIVE YEARS TO HAVE THEM IMMUNISED IMMEDIATELY.

HE EMPHASISES THAT FREE VACCINE +IS AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AT ALL THE DEPARTMENT’S MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRES IN HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.+

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TWELVE ROADS IN YUEN LONG ARE TOBE RE-ROUTED FROM NEXT WEEK TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW IN THE AREA.

•WITH EFFECT FROM 10 A.M. ON MONDAY CMAY 20) THE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPOSED :-i

X FUNG NIN ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHWARDS3

X HONG LOK ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHWARDS3

X TAI K1U ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHWARDS3 . X THE SECTION OF ON LOK ROAD BETWEEN WAN CHAU STREET

AND TAI K1U ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY WESTWARDS3

X TAI LEE STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY EASTWARDS3

X TUNG TAI STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHWARDS3

X TAI FUNG STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY EASTWARDS3

X TAI TSEUNG STREET BETWEEN TUNG TAI STREET AND SAI TAI STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY WESTWARDS3

X MAU TAN STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY EASTWARDS3

* NEW STREETWILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY WESTWARDS3 AND , X THE TWO UN-NAMED ROADS LINKING MAU TAN STREET AND NEW STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHWARDS.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE POSTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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IMPORTANCE OF CO-OPERATION BETWEEN PRISONERS AND PRISONS OFFICERS STRESSED '

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THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR. LEWIS DAVIES, TODAY URGED PRISONS OFFICERS TO INSTIL DISCIPLINE AND SECURE COOPERATION NOT ONLY AMONG THEMSELVES BUT ALSO AMONG PRISONERS SO AS TO ENSURE THE SMOOTH RUNNING OF THE PRISONS SERVICE.

SPEAKING DURING THE LARGEST-EVER PASSING OUT PARADE OF 104 PRISONS OFFICERS AT STANLEY, MR. DAVIES NOTED THAT CO-OPERATION ‘BETWEEN STAFF AND PRISONERS +IS A.VASTLY MORE DIFFICULT THING TO ACHIEVE.+

+BUT IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL YOU MUST ACHIEVE IT BECAUSE A PRISON OR A TRAINING CENTRE OR A DETENTION CENTRE WON'T WORK WITHOUT DISCIPLINE AND CO-OPERATION.+

HE DESCRIBED PRISONS OFFICERS AS DEDICATED MEN AND WOMEN ON WHOM THE GOVERNMENT HAD TO RELY TO STAFF THE INSTITUTIONS IN WHICH +WRONG-DOERS+ WERE KEPT.

AS THE JOB OF A PRISONS OFFICER INVOLVED RISKS AND DIFFICULTIES, MR. DAVIES ADVISED THE OFFICERS ON PARADE TO BE ALWAYS ON THE ALERT AND ALWAYS'BE READY FOR THE UNEXPECTED.

+YOU MUST ALWAYS UPHOLD DISCIPLINE AND CARRY OUT ORDERS AS SOON AS THEY ARE GIVEN: FOR WITHOUT DISCIPLINE AND ALERTNESS YOU WILL BE UNABLE TO SUPERVISE AND CONTROL THE BEHAVIOUR OF PEOPLE, PEOPLE WHO HAVE OFTEN BEEN DESPERATE MEN AND WOMEN.+

HE ADDED: +IMPRISONMENT NOT ONLY REMOVES PEOPLE FROM ORDINARY LIFE, IT ALSO GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO TRY TO HELP PRISONERS TO MEND THEIR WAYS AND HERE YOUR INFLUENCE AND EXAMPLE 1 IS VITAL.+

THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY STRESSED THAT A PRISONS OFFICER MUST, NOT ONLY BE FAIR AND FIRM, BUT ALSO SHOW- HUMANITY AND .UNDERSTANDING. '

+YOU CAN SflLL CARRY OUT YOUR DUTIES WITH FIRMNESS AND TACT WITHOUT AT THE SAHE TIME BEING ARROGANT AND UNSYMPATHETIC,+ MR. DAVIES OBSERVED.

HE ALSO REMINDED THE OFFICERS NOT TO TURN A BLIND EYE TO BREACHES OF PRISON RULES.

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TAKING PART IN THE PARADE WERE 22 OFFICERS, INCLUDING FIVE ' WOMEN AND 62 ASSISTANT OFFICERS 11, FIVE OF WHOM WERE WOMEN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

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SATURDAY, MAY 8, 1974.

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SYMPOSIUM ON WORKING YOUTH X X X X X

VOuUNTARY WELFARE ORGANISATIONS AND GOVERNMENT- DEPARTMENTS PROVIDING YOUTH SERVICES IN WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT ARE TO HOLD A SYMPOSIUM UN THURSDAY CMAY 2}) TO DISCUSS RECENT TRENDS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF YOUTH SERVICES AND EXPLORE POSSIBILITIES OF IMPROVING THIS THROUGH JOINT EFFORTS TO CATER TO YOUNG PEOPLE WORKING IN THE DISTRICT.

THE SYMPOSIUM HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT'S COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICER FOR WONG TAI SIN, MRS. HENRIETTA CHEN, WHO SAID THAT A DISCUSSION SESSION LIKE THIS ONE HELPS THE DIFFERENT ORGANISATIONS TO UNDERSTAND BETTER WHAT EACH OTHER IS DOING.

+THE NEEDS OF OUR YOUTH IS THE PRIMARY CONSIDERATION AND IN GETTING TOGETHER WE WILL FULFILL THE NEED FOR EXPLORATION AND FOLLOW-UP ACTIONS,+ SHE SAID.

TAKING PART IN THE SYMPOSIUM WILL BE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE WONG TAI SIN CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, THE WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE, THE TSZ WAN SHAN ESTATE COMMUNITY OFFICE, THE SAN PO KONG PROBATION OFFICE, THE RECREATION AND AMENITIES SECTION OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICER FOR WONG TAI SIN, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN ADDITION TO VOLUNTARY YOUTH WORK AGENCIES AND FACTORIES IN SAN PO KONG .

GUEST SPEAKERS FOR THE OCCASION WILL BE MR. TSANG KIN-WOO OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT'S YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICES AND MR. LAI CHAM-KUN, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICER FOR WESTERN DISTRICT, WHO HAS HAD PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE IN ORGANISING THE WESTERN DISTRICT FACTORY WORKERS SERVICES SCHEME.

THE SYMPOSIUM, TO BE HELD AT THE WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 104, CHING TAK STREET, FROM 2.15 ~ 5.00 P.M., WILL ALSO INCLUDE A DISCUSSION ON THE FINDINGS OF A RECENT SURVEY ON THE NEEbS AND INTERESTS OF FACTORY WORKERS IN SAN PO KONG.

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SUNDAY, MAY Vj, 1974

DAI ITflWROWN" BULLETIN

THE WHOLE OF HONG KONG ISLAND SHOULD BE DECLARED A SMOKE CONTROL AREA IMMEDIATELY, AND THE REST OF HONG KONG SHOULD FOLLOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

THIS IS ONE OF MALY RECOMMENDATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN PUT FORWARD BY THE AIR POLLUTION SUB-COMMITTEE TO THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION CEPCOM).

THE AIR POLLUTION SUB-COMMITTEE, CHAIRED BY HR. WALTER SULKE, IS ONE OF THREE SUB-COMI11TTEES FORMED UNDER THE MAIN ADVISORY COMMITTEE WHICH IS UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF MR. JOHN MARDEN.

THE OTHER TWO ARE THE WATER AND LARD POLLUTION SUB-COMMITTEE, UNDER MR. HiM.G. FORSGATE, AND THE NOISE POLLUTION SUB-COMMITTEE, UNDER MR.'HENRY LYTTON.

SINCE THEY WERE ESTABLISHED IN JANUARY THIS YEAR, THE THREE • SUB-COMMITTEES HAVE BEEN HOLDING REGULAR MEETINGS TO DISCUSS WAYS OF COMBATTING VARIOUS FORMS ON POLLUTION IN HONG KONG.

THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE AIR POLLUTION SUB-COMMITTEE INCLUDE A CALL FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION TO CONTROL POLLUTION BY OXIDES OF SULPHUR.

THE SUB-COMMITTEE PROPOSES THAT THIS LEGISLATION SHOULD BE PROCESSED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, FOLLOWING CONSULTATION WITH ALL PARTIES CONCERNED. AT THE SAME TIME, LAUS SHOULD BE DRAFTED TO IMPOSE APPROPRIATE STANDARD ON DIESEL ENGINE EMISSION.

WHERE LEGISLATION IS REQUIRED, THE SUB-COMMITTEE STRONGLY FEELS THAT IT MUST'BE CAPABLE OF EASY ENFORCEMENT. THE PENALTIES FOR OFFENDERS MUST BE SEVERE ENOUGH TO MAKE THEM TAKE DUE NOTE AND TO SERVE AS A DETERRENT TO OTHERS WHO MIGHT OTHERWISE FAIL.TO COMPLY.

, IT ALSO CONSIDERS THAT THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SHOULD BE EQUIPPED A$5 SQ.ON AS. POSSIBLE Ui TH THE MOST EFFECTIVE MEASURING AND MONITORING EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE.

MEANWHILE, A NUMBER OF PROPOSALS TO CONTROL NOISE POLLUTION AND POLLUTION . ON LAND AND WATER HAVE BEEN MADE BY THE OTHER TWO

’• SUB-COilMITTEES.

THE NOISE POLLUTION SUB-COMMITTEE HAS SUGGESTED MEASURES FOR COMBATTING THE NUISANCE OF CONSTRUCTION ! NOISE. IT FEELS THIS WOULD BEST BE TACKLED EITHER BY BANNING THE USE OF SUCH EQUIPMENT AS COMPRESSORS AND DRILLS DURING CERTAIN HOURS, OR BY SETTING A NOISE LIMIT WHICH SHOULD NOT EE EXCEEDED AT ANY TIME.

AS THE FIRST STEP, THE SUB-COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THAT THE USE OF AIR COMPRESSORS, PNEUMATIC DRILLS, CONCRETE VIBRATORS AND ALL TYPES OF MECHANICAL HAMMERS SHOULD BE BANNED FROM 8 P.M. TO 6 A.M. AND ON PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, EXCEPT IN CASES OF AUTHORISED EMERGENCY WORK

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HEMBE.'S OF THI NOISE I OLLUTION SUB-COM ITTEE ARE ALSO LOOKING INTO The PROBLEM Ui REDUCh G THE NOISE PRODUCED BY INDUSTRIAL AIR-CONDITIONING Ai.D AIRCRAFT.

THE REPORT OF THE WATER AND LAND POLLUTION SUB-CONN ITTEE REVEALS CONTINUING EFFORTS TO CONSULT EXPERT OPINION AND TO DEVISE APPROPRIATE LEGISLATION DEALING WITH OVERALL ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION INCLUDING INDUSTRIAL EFFLUENT. THE SUB-COMMITTEE IS SEEKING TO SET UP A CONTROL ORGANISATION TO DEAL WITH THIS PROBLEM.

THE PLAN TO ESTABLISH A CONTROLLED TIP IN SHUEN WAN IN THE .NEW'TERRITORIES

■-S PROCEEDING SMOOTHLY. TENDER DOCUMENTS FOR THE • NECESSARY WORK HAVE BEEN PREPARED Ai3 ARE AWAITING AUTHORISATION BY THE FINANCE BRAHJrl. A SITE IN kA CEO LUNG CAN EE l-iZ.DE READY FOP. USE AS A REFUSE GULP SIX MONTHS AFTER FOLDS ARE VOTED.

INVESTIGATION IS BEING CARRIED OUT BY CONSULTANTS INTO VARIOUS METHODS UF DISPOSING OF SOLID WASTE. THIS WILL LEAD TO i\ PROGRAMME FUR THE PROVISION OF SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL FACILITIES OVER THE NEXT TEN YEARS.

EPCUH CONSIDERED THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE SUB-CONNITTEES AND WILL SUBMIT THESE TO THE SECRETARY FUR THE ENVIRONMENT FUR HIS CONSIDERATION.

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ADVICE POR INTENDING SQUATTER-HUT BUYERS it it it it it it it it it

THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT TODAY REITERATED ITS ADVICE TO THE PUBLIC THAT GREAT CARE AND CAUTION SHOULD BE EXERCISED OVER OFFERS OF SALES OF SQUATTER-TYPE STRUCTURES, PARTICULARLY WHEN THESE OFFERS ARE COUPLED WITH PROMISES OF RE-ACCOMMODATION BY THE DEPARTMENT at Some later time.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT IT WAS ILLEGAL TO OCCUPY CROWN LAND WITHOUT PROPER AUTHORITY AND THAT ANY STRUCTURES BUILT In THIS- WAY WERE ILLEGAL ARD SUBJECT TO DEMOLITION.

HE WENT ON: + lf IS ALSO AGAINST THE LAW TO ERECT OR PLACE ANYTHING ON LEASED OR LICENSED- LAND WITHOUT LAWFUL AUTHORITY.*

IN SUCH A CASE, THE LESSEE OR LICENSEE, ON FAILING TO COMPLY WITH A NOTICE TO DEMOLISH THE ILLEGAL STRUCTUP.E BUILT ON THE LAND RUNS THE RISK OF HAVING THE PP.OPERTY ON THE LAND CONFISCATED.

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CURRENTLY, RACKETEERS HAVE BEEN ACTIVE IN THIS TRADE AND PURPORTED TO SELL HUTS ILLEGALLY BUILT ON CROWN LAND.

THE SPOKESMAN WARNED THAT ANYONE WHO FAILED TO HEED THE ADVICE WOULD LOSE THEIR HONEY TO THE RACKETEERS.

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SURVEY ON AUTOMOBILE REPAIRS AND SERVICING

INDUSTRY BEGINS TOMORROW ««««««

A THREE-WEEK MAJOR SURVEY OF HONG KONG'S AUTOMOBILE REPAIRS AND SERVICING INDUSTRY WILL BEGIN TOMORROW (MONDAY).

THE SURVEY - THE SECOND OF ITS KIND - WILL BE CONDUCTED BY THE AUTOMOBILE REPAIRS AND SERVICING INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE TABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

QUESTIONNAIRES AND EXPLANATORY LETTERS IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE HAVE BEEN SENT OUT TO VARIOUS ESTABLISHMENTS SELECTED BY .RANDOM STRATIFIED SAMPLING.

THE INFORMATION REQUESTED FROM EMPLOYERS INCLUDES THE NUMBER OF WORKERS AT PRESENT EMPLOYED AND UNDER TRAINING= THE NUMBER OF EXISTING VACANCIES3 AND A FORECAST OF THE NUMBER OF WORKERS REQUIRED BY MAY 1979-

THE SECRETARY OF THE TRAINING BOARD, MR. AU-YEUNG MAN-TAK, SAID THAT 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.

HE SAID THE FIRST SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED IN DECEMBER 1967 IN WHICH ALL THE ESTABLISHMENTS SELECTED WILLINGLY SUPPLIED THE INFORMATION REQUIRED. '• .

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+1 AM CONFIDENT THAT THE SECQND SURVEY WILL MEET WITH EQUAL SUCCESS,* HE SAID. \

THE INFORMATION OBTAINED IN 1967 WAS COMPILED AND ANALYSED AND THE FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS WERE SUBSEQUENTLY PUBLISHED. SOME OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS HAVE ALREADY BEEN IMPLEMENTED.

' IN VIEW OF THE MANY CHANGES SINCE THE LAST SURVEY, THE BOARD CONSIDERS IT NECESSARY TO CONDUCT ANOTHER SURVEY TO OBTAIN UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON NEW TRAINING REQUIREMENTS.

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THE MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAMS QF THE CIVIL AID SERVICES STAGED AN HOUR-LONG EXERCISE IN THE HILLY AREAS TO THE WEST OF CASTLE PEAK THIS (SUNDAY) MORNING.

THE EXERCISE, PART OF THE CAS BIENNIAL INSPECTION, INCLUDED A SEARCH FOR TWO LOST HIKERS IN DISTRESS IN THE MOUNTAINS, AND CASUALTY EVACUATION BY HELICOPTER AND LAND TRANSPORT.

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SQUADRON LEADER D. LOFTS, THE INSPECTOR OF LAND RESCOE, MINISTRY OF DEFENCE, UNITED KINGDOM, WHO IS IN HONG KONG FOR THE BIENNIAL INSPECTION, (JAS AT THE SCENE TO ASSESS THE OPERATIONAL SKILL AND CAPABILITY OF THE CAS MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAMS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN .

MONDAY, MAY 20, 1974

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SPECIALIST COURSE FOR IN-SERVICE TEACHERS TO

IMPROVE STANDARD OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN SECONDARY SCLOOLS........................................ 1

TREE-PLANTING OPERATION BY STUDENTS IN YAU TONQ TO BEAUTIFY THE environment................................. 3

TWO ESTATES IN KOWLOON GIVEN NEW NAMES................. . 3

GOVERNOR VISITS THREE VILLAGES ON EASTERN HONG KONG . ISLAND................................................... 4

SECTION OF FUK WING STREET TO BE RECONSTRUCTED........... 5

DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COhriUDlTIES

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MONDAY, NAY 20, 1974.

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THIRD-YEAR SPECIALIST COURSE FOR TEACHERS PAVING WAY FOR BETTER PHYSICAL EDUCATION u n » u n it

THE THIRD-YEAR SPECIALIST COURSE ON PHYSICAL EDUCATION IS PAVING THE WAY FOR BETTER PHYSICAL EDUCATION FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN KONG KONG.

THE COURSE, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND HERE, WAS INTRODUCED AT THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION LAST SEPTEMBER.

♦COMING OUT IN JULY THIS YEAR FROM THE COURSE ARE .14 MEN-AND 15 WOMEN,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S •PHYSICAL EDUCATION UNIT SAID TODAY.

HE RECALLED THAT THESE 29 TRAINEES WHO HERE PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHERS THEMSELVES IN EITHER GOVERNMENT OR AIDED SCHOOLS BEFORE THEY JOINED THE COURSE, HERE SELECTED FROM ABOUT 90 APPLICANTS LAST YEAR.

♦THEY ARE GOING BACK TO THEIR SCHOOLS AFTER COMPLETING ONE YEAR OF TRAINING. WITH THEIR TEACHING EXPERIENCE AND SKILL ENRICHED BY THETtiAlNlNG, THEY ARE A BIG HELP TO THE DEPARTMENT IN ITS PLAN TO EXPAiE) AND IMPROVE PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN HONG KOHG.+

THE NEXT GROUP OF TRAINEES FOR THE NEW TERM BEGINNING THIS SEPTEMBER COMPRISES 16 MEN ARD 15 WOMEN. DURING SELECTION, THEY FACED STRONG COMPETITION FROM 05 OTHER APPLICANTS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID. J

IN THE FIRST FEW YEARS, SERVING TEACHERS WERE ACCORDEb ADMISSION PRIORITY BECAUSE THEY HAD BEEN WAITING FOP. MANY YEAitS FOR SUCH OPPORTUNITIES TO ADVANCE THEIR KR3ULEDGS At© SKILL IN TEACHING PHYSICAL EDUCATION.

CONDUCTING THE SPECIALIST COURSE ARE TWO FULL-TIME LECTURERS WHO ARE VERY PROFICIENT IN THIS FIELD OF EDUCATION. THEY ARE MR. KEillETH CHAN AND HISS WINNIE HO, BOTH OF WHOM - HAD ADVANCED TRAINING OVERSEAS.

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SENIOR OFFICERS'OF THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION UNIT HELP CONDUCT SOME SESSIONS. IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION, THEY EACH SPECIALISE IN ONE ASPECT OR ANOTHER.

THE MEDICAL AMD HEALTH DEPARTMENT PROVIDES SPECIALISTS TO CONDUCT SESSIONS GN ANATOMY, PHYSIOLOGY AND KINESIOLOGY .WHICH ARE PART OF -THE THEORETICAL SUBJECTS TAUGHT. / •

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FROM TIME TO TIME, SPORTS ORGANISATIONS EXTEND FREE COACHING SERVICES TO THE TRAINEES OF THE COURSE. THESE ORGANISATIONS INCLUDE THE HONG KONG TAELE TENTHS ASSOCIATION, THE HONG KOiiG FOO'tBALL ASSOCIATION, THE HONG KONG SOFT DALL ASSOCIATION, THE RUGBY UNION AND THE HONG KONG LAWN TENNIS ASSOCIATION.

IN ADDITION, THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY AND THE HONG KONG CHINESE UNIVERSITY A.iE EAGER HELPERS TO THIS ONE-YEAR SPECIALIST COURSE.

♦THE CURRICULUM OF THE COURSE IS TIGHT BUT CELL-BALANCED AND CAREFULLY WORKED OUT,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID. IT DEMANDS EVERY EFFORT FROM THE TRAINEES WITH A VIEW TO MAKING THEM BECOME HIGHLY PROFICIENT AND VERSATILE PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHERS.

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• THE CURRICULUM INCLUDES THEORY AND PRACTICAL SUBJECTS.

ON THE THEORY SIDE, THE TRAINEES LEARN PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION* ZiDillNiSTRATlON OF PHYSICZ1L EDUCATIONS CURRICULUM PLZiNNIHG* ANATOMY, PHYSIOLOGY AND KINESIOLOGY* RECREATION AND MANAGEMENT* AND RESEARCH, TESTING AND MEASUREMENT.

PRACTICAL SUBJECTS INCLUDE SWIMMING* ATHLETICS* EDUCATIONAL AND OLYMPIC GYMNASTICS* MODERN EDUCATIONAL DANCES AND TRADITIONAL FOLK DANCES* MAJOR AND MINOR GAi.ES AND OUTDOOR TRAINING.,

TRAINING PROGRAMMES FOR PRACTICAL SUBJECTS THAT NEED INDOOR FACILITIES ARE CARRIED OUT IN-THE NEW MULTI-PURPOSE GAMES HALL WHICH WAS'CONSTRUCTED AS AN EXTENSION TO THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION. -1

THOSE THAT NEED OUT-DOOR FACILITIES ARE CARRIED OUT IN ' THE SPORTS GROUNDS INSIDE THE CAMPUS OF THE COLLEGE AND IN THOSE., AVAILABLE NEAR THE COLLEGE WHILE SHIMMING Af.D LIFESAVING SESSIONS ARE HELD IN THE INDOOR SHIMMING POOL OF THE EUROPEAN Y.M.C.A. INSIDE ITS PREMISES AT TSIM SHA TSUI.

VISITS TO EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, SPORTS FACILITIES AND SOCIAL.AND RECREATION CENTRES ARE ALSO PART GF THE TRAINING .•programme.

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TRAINEES ARE REQUIRED TO OBTAIN DURING THE YEAR OF TRAINING CERTAIN PROFICIENCY AWARDS SUCH-AS A LIFE-SAVING CERTIFICATE. . IN ADDITION, THEY ARE ENCOURAGED TO TAKE PART IN OTHER PROFICIENCY TESTS, SUCH AS BALL GAMES REFEREES AND GYMNASTIC JUDGES.

AS A GRADUATION REQUIREMENT, EACH TRAINEE HAS TO WRITE A . JHES1S ON A SELECTED- TOPIC RELATED TO PHYSICAL EDUCATION, AND THEY ARE EXPECTED TO PUT FORWARD NEW IDEAS ON PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN HONG KONG.

MONDAY, MAY 20, 1974

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HUNDREDS OF PRIMARY STUDENTS FROM YAU TONG WILL TAKE PART IN A TREE PLANTING OPERATION IN THE DISTRICT AT 10 A.M. TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN RESPONSE TO THE GOVERNMENT'S MOVE TO 'KEEP OUR CITY GREEN'.

THE OPERATION IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE KHUN TONG’CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT. THE PARTICIPATING STUDENTS COME FROM FOUR PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN YAU TONG - HUR CHING SCHOOL, ST. ANTONIUS SCHOOL, HU MING SCHOOL AND LOK SIN TONG YAU TONG SCHOOL.

PUPILS OF THESE SCHOOLS WILL CONTINUE TO TAKE CARE OF THE TWIGS, SO AS TO MAKE YAU TONG GREENER AND PROVIDE MORE REST PLACES FOR RESIDENTS THERE.

. ‘AT THE SAME TIME, THE FOUR SCHOOLS HAVE SPONSORED AN ESSAY AND PAINTING COMPETITION UNDER THE TITLE 'KEEP OUR CITY GREEN* IN LINE WITH THE OPERATION.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE TREE PLANTING OPERATION WHICH WILL START AT 10 A.M. TOMORROW (TUESDAY). THE PLANTERS WILL BEGIN THE OPERATION AT HOR CHING SCHOOL, YAN WING STREET, YAU TONG.

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TWO PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES IN KOWLOON HAVE BEEN RENAMED TO AVOID CONFUSION WITH OTHER ESTATES AND PLACES BEARING SIMILAR NAMfrS.

< THE I" ARE TUNG TAU TSUEN ROAD ESTATE WHICH FROM NOW ON WILL BE KNOWN AS MEI TUNG ESTATE, AND CASTLE PEAK ESTATE WHICH HAS BEEN RENAMED SAN FAT ESTATE.

SAN FAT ESTATE, SITUATED IN TUEN MUN, HAS A POPULATION OF ABOUT 6,000 WHILE MEI TUNG ESTATE LOCATED ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF TUNG TAU ESTATE IS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

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SIR MURRAY INSPECTS EASTERN DISTRICTS ******

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, SPENT ABOUT TWO HOURS THIS (MONDAY) AFTERNOON VISITING A NUMBER OF PLACES AT THE EASTERN END OF HONG KONG ISLAND FOR A FIRST-HAND LOOK AT THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN'THE AREA.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER (HONG KONG), MR. PETER NG, AND THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (EASTERN), MR. STEPHEN HO, THE GOVERNOR FIRST WENT TO LAN LAI WAN VILLAGE BY WALKING DOWN A WINDING +LADDER+ PATH WITH ABOUT 700 STEPS FROM SHEK 0 ROAD.

THIS VILLAGE IS COMPRISED OF FIVE SMALL VILLAGES SCATTERED ALONG THE WEST COAST OF SHEK 0 PENINSULA AND HAS A TOTAL

. POPULATION OF ABOUT 150.

THERE, SIR MURRAY WAS SHOWN THE’VILLAGE SCHOOL WHICH IS A' ONE-CLASSROOM GOVERNMENT-SUBS I DISED PRIMARY SCHOOL WITH AN ENROLMENT OF ABOUT 30 STUDENTS.

ON SEEING THE CHILDREN STUDYING, SIR MURRAY ASKED ONE OF THEM: +WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO AFTER YOU FINISH YOUR SCHOOL?*

+1 DON’S KNOW AT THE MOMENT,* REPLIED THE BOY.

THE GOVERNOR WAS ALSO BRIEFED ON A RECREATIONAL PROJECT MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH A GRANT FROM THE SIR DAVID TRENCH FUND, AS WELL AS SOME LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS, INCLUDING THE RECENTLY-COMPLETED 8O,O00-F00T-L0NG FOOTPATHS AND FOUR BRIDGES.

AFTER LEAVING THE VILLAGE,-THE GROUP TRAVELLED BY BOAT TO TAI TAM TUK WATERWORKS PUMPING STATION FROM WHERE THEY PICKED UP TRANSPORT AND MADE THEIR WAY TO STANLEY.

SIR MURRAY STROLLED THROUGH THE STREETS IN STANLEY TO SEE FOR' HIMSELF THE HAWKER CONGESTION AND THE TRAFFIC SITUATION THERE. PLANS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR BUILDING A TEMPORARY HAWKER BAZAAR AND A CAR PARK WITH ABOUT 200 PARKING SPACES AT WESTERN STANLEY.

OCCASIONALLY, THE GOVERNOR STOPPED TO CHAT WITH THE HAWKERS AND LISTENED WITH INTEREST AS THEY DSSCUSSED WITH HIM ABOUT THEIR BUSINESS.

WHEN SEEING THE CHAIRMAN AND THE PRESIDENT OF STANLEY KA I FONG ASSOCIATION, SIR MURRAY ENQUIRED: *I’OW’S YOUR CLEAN CAMPAIGN GOING?* WHEN TOLD THE CAMPAIGN WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN JUNE AND AUGUST, THE GOVERNOR SAID WITH A SMILE: +IT IS MUCH CLEANER NOW ALREADY.*

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THE PARTY NEXT VISITED MA HANG, A VILLAGE-CUM-SQUATTER AREA WITH A POPULATION OF ABOUT 5,000.

WHILE ON HIS WAY, THE GOVERNOR ALSO WENT IN TO THE TIN HAU TEMPLE WHICH WAS BUILT BY THE SEA-FAKING PEOPLE OF STANLEY BAY IN 1767.

BEFORE CONCLUDING HIS TOUR, SIR MURRAY CALLED ON THE MA HANG RECREATION CENTRE.

THE CENTRE IS A SELF-HELP PROJECT UNDERTAKEN BY THE STANLEY KAIFONG ASSOCIATION IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ CLUB ASSOCIATION AND THE EASTERN CITY DISTRICT OFFICE. IT HAS BEEN IN OPERATION SINCE 1969.

NOTE TO EDITORS: COPIES OF A PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN DURING THE GOVERNOR’S TOUR WILL BE BOXED THIS EVENING.

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KOWLOON ROAD TO BE REPAVED X X X X X if X

THE SECTION OF FUK WING STREET BETWEEN TONKIN STREET AND E' PRATAS STREET IN SHAM SHU1 PO, WILL SHORTLY BE RECONSTRUCTED.

TENDERS ARE ABOUT TO BE CALLED FOR THE WORKS WHICH WILL INVOLVE THE REPAVING. OF THE ROAD SURFACE, EXCLUDING THE ROAD JUNCTIONS, WITH EIGHT-INCH THICK REINFORCED CONCRETE SLABS ON A SIX-INCH LEAH CONCRETE BASE."' f

THc WORKS ARE SCHEDULED TO START IN JULY AND ARE PART OF AN ANNUAL .1AIHTERANCE PROGRAMME BY THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

OTHER STREET SECTIONS INCLUDED IN THE MAINTENANCE PROGRAMME ARE LOCATED IN PEI HO STREET, KWEILIN STREET, SHEUNQ HEUNG ROAD AND LOK SHAN ROAD.

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE » « « n «

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

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

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

CHINA RICE SEE HEU

- OLD CROP —— ’

- NEU CROP S.C. JiEN GOOD 2.21

- OLD CROP —- ——

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.16

PO NQAl GOOD 1.72

CHU CHO THAI RICE

100& WHOLE <•

10-15« BROKENS <aOOD ——

A1 : SUPER EXTRA 1.92

A1 : SUPER GOOD 1.67

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 1.9a

A.S. RICE GOOD * 1.94

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.92

PAKISTAN RICE ——

TAIWAN RICE

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

•' CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY - q00D

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK

.C$/PICUL-LIVE WEIGHT) - 305 CAVERAGE)

/SUPPLIES AUD

MONDAY, MAY 20, 1974

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

AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICECS/CATTY)

SPECIES OF SUPPLY HIGH LOW NODE

qOLDEH THREAD NORMAL 3.70 2,40 3.00

BIG-EYES GOOD 3.co 0.80 2.00

SQUID Hill TED 6.G0 3.oo 5.00

HAIR-TAILS NORilAL 1.20 • o.6o 1.00

LIZARD FISHES LIMITED 3.20 1.20 2.00

CROAKERS NORMAL 2.20 1.CD 1.50

CONGER-PIKE-EELS LIMITED 1.60 1.00 1.40

MELON COAT ——

BREZ1U1S NORMAL 5.50 3.00' 4.50

yellow belly GOOD 1oS0 0.50 1.40

MACKERELS LIMITED 4.20 3.20 3.50

RED GOAT FISH GOOD o.6o 0.40 0.50

FORK-TAIL NORMAL 1.20 0.50 1.00

HORSE-HEAD NORMAL 6.00 3.00 . 4.50

llELOH seed —— —•

POHFRETS SCARCE 8.00 7.oo 7.50

QARUUPAS NORMAL 7.co 4.8) 6.00

yellow croaker ——

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

TYPE OF AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICEC$/CATTY)

VEGETABLE OF SUPPLY HIGH LO.J HQUE

FLOWERING CABBAGE WHITE CABBAGE CHINESE LETTUCE WATER SPINACH CHINESE KALE STRING DEANS SPRING ONION NORMAL ■ C.OOD NORMAL GCOD SCARCE ’ LIMITED '* LIMITED 0.70 0.43 0.40 0.50 1.00 2.CO 1.60 0.20 0.10 0.15 0.10 0.40 1.C0 0.40 0.50 0.30 0.30 0.30 0.70 1.50 ,1.00

SPINACH WATER CRESS SCARCE 0.60 0.30 0.50

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE EJRHAL Oo iO 0.20 0.40

CHINESE SPINACH C.OOD 0 0 40 Co 10 0.30

TOMATO NORMAL 1.03 0.30 0.60

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

TUL. AV, EAV 2% 1974

CONTENTS PAGE HO.

LEGISLATION ON FINANCE COMPANIES BEING DRAFTED ............ 1

FIFTY ILLEGAL SQUATTER HUTS IN KUUH TONG .DEMOLISHED . 3

APRIL G.C.P.I. 'FALLS BY TOO POINTS AS FOOD PRICES DIP 4

CBF TO TOUR HOUSING ESTATES ON THURSDAY  ..............  4

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TOHORROU..................   5

TEMPORARY WATER CUT IN CHO! HUNG ESTATE............•» 5

AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDS TO A RECORD 309 CALLS £N OWE DAY • o © © . • © © © o . . © © © © . o . © . © © . o o © ° © ° o • o o ° o o © © © • ©.•

WELFARE AGENCIES LAUNCH TRAINING CAN? FOR VOLUNTEERS

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DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES '

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

TUESDAY, MAY 21, 1974

FURTHER control on finance companies disclosed BILL PROTECTING DEPOSITORS BEING REDRAFTED » » I? J? I’s 1:

THE PROTECTION OF DEPOSITORS BILL IS BEING REDRAFTED, PROPOSING TO SET $200,000 AS TEE MINIMUM SIZE OF DEPOSIT A FINANCE COMPANY CAN ACCEPT ARD $5 MILLION AS THE MINIMUM CAPITAL REQUIREMENT, HALF OF WHICH MUST BE PAID L'P, OF THESE COMPANIES.

THE RESTRICTIVE MEASURES TO FURTHER CONTROL THE ACTIVITIES OF THESE COMPANIES HERE DISCLOSED BY TEE COMMISSI OMER OF BANKING, HR. ANTHONY OCKENDEN, WHEN EE ADDRESSED A MEETING OF TEE LIONS CLUB OF HAPPY VALLEY TODAY.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THESE WERE TENTATIVE FIGURES BEING SUGGESTED AND CONSIDERED AT THE MOMENT, AND HE INVITED PUBLIC COMMENTS ON THEM.

IN HIS RELATIVELY LENGTHY SPEECH, THE COMMISSIONER INDICATED THAT THERE WAS LITTLE LIKELIHOOD OF HEW BANKING LICENCES BEING ISSUED UNTIL A CURRENT REVIEW OF THE PRESENT BANK LICENSING POLICY IS COMPLETED. <

HE ALSO SUGGESTED THE DEVELOPMENT OF ^PROFESSIONAL TYPE ASSOCIATIONS* IN HONG KONG'S FINANCIAL SECTOR, AMD HE ASSURED THAT HE WOULD PERSONALLY DO ALL HE COULD TO HELP AND ENCOURAGE THEIR FORMATION.

ON THE OPERATION OF THE FINANCE COMPANIES, NR. OCKENDEN

’ NOTED THAT WITH THE HCI.’G KONG DOLLAR DEPuSIT BASE CONTAINED MAINLY WITHIN THE BANKING SYSTEM, THERE WAS KO APPARENT UNDERLYING DANGER TO THE ECONOMY FROM TEE MAKE-UP AI.D ACTIVITIES OF SUCH COMPANIES.

NEVERTHELESS, HE FELT THAT HONG KONG COULD BE IM A VULNERABLE POSITION WITHOUT KNOWING WHICH COMPANIES — OR EVEN HOW MANY — WERE ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN DEPOSIT TAKING.

THE GOVERNMENT HAD ALREADY ANNOUNCED THAT IN ORDER TO SAFEGUARD THE SMALL DEPOSITOR, THE PROTECTION OF DEPOSITORS LEGISLATION WAS IN THE PIPELINE .WHICH WOULD STIPULATE A MINIMUM SIZE OF DEPOSIT THAT THESE COMPANIES COULD ACCEPT.

•(■GOVERNMENT IS NOW BEING STRONGLY ADVISED FROM SEVERAL SOURCES THAT THIS ONE PROVISION IS INSUFFICIENT AND THAT THERE SHOULD BE OTHER FORMS OF RESTRICTION OR CONTROL ON THE ACTIVITIES &F FINANCE COMPANIES. CONSEQUENTLY, THE BILL IS HOW BEING REDRAFTED TO INCLUDE COMPULSORY REGISTRATION OF DEPOSIT TAKING COMPANIES AND TO REOUI RE THEiE COMPANIES TO HAVE A MINIMUM CAPITAL STRUCTURE.*

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HE SAID THERE WAS A DILEMMA IM DECIDING WHAT CONSTITUTED A SMALL DEPOSITOR AMD, THEREFORE, AT WHAT LEVEL TO PITCH THE MINIMUM SIZE OF DEPOSIT 111 THE LEQISLATlON. HIS PROTECTION HAD TO BE BALANCED AGAINST HIS PERSONAL FREEDOM.

AND THE ABOVE FIGURES WERE BEING CONSIDERED FOR THE DRAFT BILL.

THE COMMISSIONER SALO THE FULL EFFECTS OF THESE RESTRICTIONS ON EVERT EXISTING COMPANY COULD NOT BE JUDGED DUE TO THE ABSENCE OF AN OFFICIAL SPOKESMAN FOR THESE FIRMS AMD ALSO DUE TO THE LACK OF COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION CM THEIR ACTIVITIES.

■ +IH MY DAY-TO-DAY CONTACTS I HAVE MENTIONED THESE FIGURES AND THEY HAVE ROT DROUGHT FORTH AMY UHTUOAi.D REACTION BUT I WOULD WELCOME COMMENTS AND VIEWS FROM THOSE WHO HAY FEEL THAT THESE LEVELS ARE EITHER TOO HIGH OR TOO LOW.

■MT IS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT ANY FINANCE COMPANY CAN JUSTIFIABLY COMPLAIN ABOUT SEMPLE REGISTRATION — BUT I FOR ONE WOULD KOT WISH TO SEE ANYTHING FURTHER AT THIS STAGE.

+AND IT WILL CERTAINLY NEED TO DE HADE CLEAR IM THE LEGISLATION THAT DY REGISTERING A COMPANY, COVEBL'REHT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING A RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE SAFETY OF ITS DEPOSITS. THESE WILL BE HIGH SUM DEPOSITS AHO IT IS U? TO THE HIGH SUM DEPOSITOR TO BEAR THE RESPONSE DILITY FOR HIS OWN ROMEY.*

TOUCHING ON DANK LICENCES, HR. CCKEKDEH SAID THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY HAD STATED IN HIS BUDGET SPEECH THAT KE CONSIDERED THE PRESENT BANK LICENSING POLICY TO BE ILLOGICAL AND PROBABLY IN NEED OF SOME REVIEW..

THE COMMISSI Of,'ER SAID KE AND MR. JOHN HUTCH, THE PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT ECONOMIC SECRETARY WERE GIVEN THE TASK OF REVIEW AND <WE FORESEE A FAIR-.Y EXT-MS!VE INVESTIGATION AHEAD. LE VISUALISE THAT, AS WELL AS CCKOULTIKG TL'E BANKING COMMUNITY IN ITS WIDEST SENSES WE SHALL BE SEEKING THE CO.12K_-.ITS AND VIEWS OF . REPRESEMTATIVES FROM THE INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL SECTORS.

+THIS IS STILL VERY EARLY STAGES, OF COURSE, DUT I Ai-1 BEGINNING TO SEE THE ATTRACT'0223 OF ISSUING A RESTRICTED TYPE BANKING LIC ..'CE, OKE THAT G-: 23 TL'E APPLICANTS THE BENEFITS THEY RE-1UIRE DUT DOES I f E:_ ANGER C’KR SYSTEM NOR RISK THE FUNDS OF THE DEPOSITOR —• ED?«£3!AL »Y THE SHALL DEPOSITOR.

❖CUT WE SHALL HOT BE RUSHING ANYTHING AND t'E SHALL LOOK CLOSELY AT ALL THE IMPLICATIONS OF SUCH AN INNOVATION. BUT UNTIL THIS REVIEW IS COMPLETED, I CAN SEE LITTLE LIKELIHOOD OF FURTHER LICENCES BEING GRANTED UNDER THE PRESENT POLICY,* KE SAID.

MR. OCKENDEM WENT ON TO SAY THAT HE SHOULD’LIKE TO SEE PROFESSIONAL TYPE ASSOCIATIONS DEVELOPING III THE FINANCIAL SECTOR. ALTHOUGH I-T WAS KOT UP TO THE GOVERNMENT TO SPONSOR SUCH ORGANISATIONS, HE EXPRESSED HIS STRONG PERSONAL SUPPORT TO THEIR FORMAT!ON.

/•INHERE .......

TUESDAY, HAY 21, 19?4

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♦THERE IS AM EXCHANGE BANKS ASSOCIATION ALREADY WHICH IS STRONG ARD INFLUENT!AL= CUT DARE I SUGGEST IT COULD AFFORD SOME UP-TO-DATE CHAISES? AH ASSOCIATION OF BANKS SHOULD SURELY INCLUDE ALL THE LICENCED DARKS ARD IF THERE IS ROT SUFFICIENT INCENTIVE FOR EVERY DANK TO BE A HEHD-R, IT.COULD SEEN THAT THERE IS A NEED OF SOME CHANGE IN RULES OR ATTITUDE.*

HE CONTINUED THAT THERE WAS HOU A HOVE AFOOT TO ERING TOGETHER THOSE FINANCE COMPANIES UNO WERE DEALING WITH EACH OTHER IN AN INTER-FINANCE COMPANY KOREY MARKET.

+AN ASSOCIATION OF THESE COMPANIES WITH A STRICT RULE BOOK AND GOOD SUPERVISION WOULD HAVE A STRONG CASE WITH UNION TO APPROACH GOVERNMENT WITH A VIEW TO OBTAINING A RESTRICTED TYPE BANKING LICENCE FOR ITS NEMSERS AND IT HIGHT ALSO HAVE A STRONG CASE FOR REQUESTING TEE BANKS TO INCLUDE ITS KERBERS WITHIN THE INTER-DANK MONEY RACKET- HO DOUBT THE DANKS, BEFORE COMPLYING WITH SUCH A REQUEST. WOULD WISH TO ENSURE THAT ANY SHORT TERM LENDINGS TO THE MEMBERS COULD CE INCLUDED IN THEIR SPECIFIED LIQUID ASSETS, SOMETHING NO? ALLOWED AT PRESENT BECAUSE THERE IS SOME RISK IN OPENING UP THE HONG KONG COLLAR DEPOSIT CASE TO AH AREA OVER WHICH THERE ARE RO POWERS CF SUPERVISION.+

EE STRESSED THAT AT

A TIKE WHEN DEMANDS FOR FINANCE BOTH IN

HONG KONG AND IN THE FAR

BE TO OUR ADVANTAGE TO BROALEH Tl

EAST AS A WHOLE WERE INCREASING, IT MUST SCOPE OF OUR HONEY ARD FOREIGN

EXCHANGE MARKETSo

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NOTE TO EDITORS: COPIES OF THE FULL TEXT OF HR. OCKENDEN'S .SPEECH ARE BOXED®

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HOUSING DEPARTMENT STAFF TODAY DEMOLISHED ABOUT 50 ILLEGAL SQUATTER RUTS IN WAN EON STREET IN KHUN TONG-

TEE STRUCTURES WERE NEWLY-BUILT AND MOST OF THEN WERE UNOCCUPIED. THE OPERATION, CARRIED OUT BY ABOUT CO OFFICERS AND MEH, HAS COMPLETED BEFORE NOON WITHOUT INCIDENT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR TEE HOUSING DEPARTMENT SAID TEIS MORNING'S ACTION WAS TAKEN TO STOP RACKETEERS FROM PUTTING UP ILLEGAL HUTS THERE FOR SALE.

+UE WILL CONTINUE TO KEEP A CLOSE HATCH ON TEE SITUATION AND TAKE FURTHER ACTION IF REQUIRED,* I3 SAID.

RECENTLY, RACKETEERS EAVE BEEN ACTIVE IN TEE AREA.

THE SP0KES12AN REPEATED HIS ADVICE TO TLE PUBLIC THAT GREAT CARE SHOULD DE TAKEN BEEN THEY AKE APPROACHED DY PEOPLE WITH OFFERS OF SALES CF SQUATTER-TYPE STRUCTURES.

♦ANYONE FAILING TO HEED THIS ADVICE WILL RISK LOSING MOREY TO TEE RACKETEERS,♦ KE ADDED.

7UJCDAY, tJAY 21, 1974

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APRIL Q.C.P.l. DCOPS BY WO POINTS

THE GENERAL CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR APRIL 1974 (JAS 165, TWO POINTS Ort 1.1 PER CENT LOUER THAN THAT FOR THE PREVIOUS NORTH. THIS WAS DUE MAINLY 70 A DECREASE OF NINE POINTS IN THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE INDEX FOR HOUSING ADVANCED BY NINE POINTS. INCREASES OF WO POINTS EACH L'Euii RECORDED IN THE INDEX FOR CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR, THE INDEX FOR DURAELE GOODS AND THE INDEX FOR SERVICES.

THE INDEX FOR MISCELLANEOUS GOODS ALSO ROSE BY ONE POINT. MOVEMENTS IN THE INDEXES FOR OTHER SECTIONS OF COMMODITY WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

COMPARED UI TH MARCH, THERE WERE DECREASES IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF SALT WATER FISH, PORK, FRESH VEGETABLES AND EGGS. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF RICE AND FRESH FRUITS ADVANCED.

AS TO NON-FOOD ITEMS, THE INCREASE IN WAS ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE UPWARD REVISION IN HOUSING SOCIETY ESTATES AND THE ADJUSTMENT RENTS OF PRIVATE POST-WAR CUILT DUELLINGS.

THE INDEX FOR HOUSING

THE RENTS OF SOME HADE TO THE INDEX FOR

Fnr> T^bnSi,i!^ £R,£ES F0R CLOTHING MATERIALS AND CHARGES

FOR TAILORING, Thi INDEX FOR CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR UAS BAlspn.

INDEX FOR CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR UAS RAISED^

CDF TO CE3 ESTATES

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NOTE’TO EDITORS:

25 25 25 25 25

THE COMMANDER, BRITISH FORCES, LT-QEN. SIR EDWIN BRAMALL, AKD LZ1DY BRAMALL, WILL SPEND THURSDAY CMAY 23) AFTERNOON TOUR IRQ PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES IN KOWLOON.

THE COUPLE, WHO WILL EE ACCOMPANIED DY THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING., HR. A .£1. LIQHTBODY, AND THE SECRETARY, HOUSING AUTHORITY, HR. H.H.T. BARMA, WILL ALSO SEE A TRANSIT CAMP, A SQUATTER AREA AND A TRADITIONAL LICENSED AREA.

REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE NEUS MEDIA ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE VISIT. TRANSPORT WILL EE PROVIDED. PRESS REPRESENTATIVES ARE REQUESTED TO ARRIVE AT THE FORMER KOWLOON SUB-POOL KOT LATER THAN 2 P.li. ON THURSDAY, MAY 23o

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21, 1974

lecco i. its tcrorrou J? 1; J? J? J? I; 1?

the Go^Fn,'"":’rJT is expected to Arm tomorrow wlithr 0.1 KOT LEGISLATION CM HIRE PUNCIJASS UE: L CE UiTP.ODUCED III THE HAR FUTURii.

Tti sunu-c^o m ri r.Ar.m or Tri rron. woo pak-ceueh, SENIOR UNOFFICIAL II:. . CF ul U. .£CL AT Ell GC'JZCfL, fS AMONG 15 QUESTIONS WHICH TH UNOFFICIALS WILL ASK AT W3 COUNCIL’S SITTING TGF ...ICR AFu.. .. J.

HR. UGO WILL ALSO ACK FCR A CCVER.luIJT STATEMENT ON TH CIRCUMSTANCES S••?.-??!Tri CnOUJEL’?, Ci] KAY 12 CF A COY .IN VICTORIA PARK SWLI.-'.ZHG FCCL.

on the subject cf su.ri:r:ir.'G, th h:j. wilfrej cor:?, will ASK WHAT SKORT AID LONG-TERM MEASURES TH C.DVERHr.HJT INTENDS TO TAKE TO IMPROVE ALL EEACMES, PARTICULARLY THE POPULAR BEACH AT REPULSE DAY.

OR. TH flGEJo CHUNG SZE-YUEN WILL ACK TH GOVE.WKEIJT TO CONSIDER SOfS PUBLICITY PROGRAMME TO EXPLAIN TH RECENTLY INTRODUCED HU TRAFFIC ROAD SERES HORE CLEARLY TO DRIVERS.

Fl WILL ALSO ASK WHETHER THE COVERL'Lirfi' IIS RECONSIDERED TH ECONOMY CF TH l._?;.X.q F..AHT i.l'J UI.Du? CIISTRCJTIO'J ARD UHETHR TiuRE ALE PLAID FOR Til ACSETECHL SCLPLY CF FUEL OIL FOR THIS.

OTHER QUESTEOf’S O.*I TH AGENDA RELATE TO T!.1 PAYMENT OF RATES BY PUBLIC SERVANTS, FUNDS FOR PUBLIC CORKS PROJECTS IN TH NEW TERRITORIES, RECRUETEEfiT CF ARN IN! STOAT IVE OFFICERS, . THE SHAM SHUI FO CAR PARK, LIBRARY AND EUILRIEG COMPLEX, THE AUXILIARY KEOIC'.L CZA/£C3, TH EDUCATION Cl. fl PAPER, FENCING OF CRObTl WIL'D IM RURAL AREAS, THE HUES HOiJ INDOOR STADIUM, AND AIJ OFFICE FOR LEASE ENFcRCEKEMT-.

THE LABOUR TRIBUNAL CAKEKDriEMTD BILL WILL EE INTRODUCED FOR ITS FIRST READING Lil TH COJLjIL, WHILE DEBATE WILL RESUME OM THE PUBLIC CHOICES CO:’I J £ S3 EON CAHiOilfjTJ DILL AO TIE nurses registration CAnnnriT) dill.

THE ANNUAL REPORT DY TH SECRETARY FOR NONE AFFAIRS FOR TEE YEAR 1972/73 WILL ALSO BE TABL ID IIJ COUNCIL TOMORROW.

WATER CUT

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WATER SUPPLY TO CHOI HUNG ESTATE in KOWLOON WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR FIVE HOURS i'.i> FROM 1 A.N. Oil FRIDAY CHAY 24).

THE TEKPORAP.Y STOPPAGE IS TO ENABLE WATERWORKS STAFF TO CaUHY OUT A TEST FOR LEZ.iiAGE IM THE A.REA.

5

day, lay 1974.

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AMBULANCE SERVICE ANSWERS RECORD NUMBER 07 CALLS

THE AMBULANCE SERVICE SET A L'EIJ RECORD LAST FRIDAY WHEN IT -ANSWERED A TOTAL OF 3^9 CALLS — 02 JUS? OVER TO CALLS EACH HOUR.

THE PREVIOUS RECORD FO.. A 24-HOUR PERIOD WAS SET ON MARCH 5 THIS YEAH WHEN THE SEP.V1CE ANSWERED 374 CALLS.

OF THE CAT-TYJ , M d WERE EMERGENCY AND 141 NOH-ErlERCENCY. KOWLOON HAD 199 CALLS, HI’rJG KONG 113 AND THE NEW TERRITORIES 75.

THE BUSIEST TitfS WAS BETWEEN 12 UCON ARD 4 P.H. WHEN 106 CALLS WERE DEALT WITH.

MR. HARRY KENYON, ASSISTANT CHIEF AMBULANCE OFFICER, COMMENTED : +IT WON'T EE LONG BEFORE WE'RE THROUGH THE 400 BARRIER.+

THE ANBUuANCE SERVICE HAD ABOUT 515 OFFICERS AND MEN AND A FLEET OF ob AMBULANCES. THERE A..-. FOUR AilB'U ,A!!GE STATIONS IN KOWLOON, AND TUU EACH ON HTHG KONG ISLAND AND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

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TRAINING CAMP FOR VOLUNTEERS

THE EASTERN DISTRICT'S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES, ORGANISED DY SOHS THIRTY AGENCIES, YOUTH GROUPS, AND A LARGE NUMBER OF YOUNG VOLUNTEERS, WILL EE LAUNCHED HEXT MONTH.

AND IN PREPARATION FOR THIS, THE DISTRICT'S SUMNER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING CO;!lilTt;iE IS SFOilX'RlHG A TRAINING COURSE FOR THE VULUNTEFRS TO PROVIDE AMD F.jUlP TE_'ll WITH TBi NECESSARY TECiv.JlQUES AND SKILLS THAT ARE LIKELY TO L'E REQUIRED IN RUiLiliJG THE ACTIVITIES.

THE TRAINING COURSE WILL CE HELD AT E9 FORK TONG CAM? IN SAN HU! 11! THE LEW TO;.::1TU.!1ES FiK'.J JUI.E 22 TO 24 AND IS OPENED TO YOUNG PEOPLE, AGED L'ETu •!! 16 AND 25, WHO ARE LIVING. STUDYING OR WORKING IN THE EASTERN . ■TOTR1CT.

APPLICATION FORMS CA' CE OBTAINED AT THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT'S EASTERN GOKH': ITY AND YOUTH OFFICE AT RCu.l 707, CAUSEWAY LAY r'AGISTi:ACY BUILDING. HGN'G KCLG, AND SHOULD DE RETURNED EEFORE JUNE 12.

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corsuker advisory service

THE r LL( i! S LE U..-31, IK. M=J1KEW!$ CRQ/ LS.' I11RKETIEG C1-C.C.LC.. KuiXOOI J=

inrrs .:/e l/alic* tgv:y ctue da'.’) at CO ■-i‘.r. . CCiL-i.-i AL- AT 41.3 . hCl:’!

rc:» t::s il.rip ..• al tl . fl ij £O LI/. L.-'ltE- IL....: AT CL..:/.;.?, L’AfJ,

SUPPLIES AO U KLE3ALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE OF RICE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

CHINA RICE

e.Tf? f'7M

- OLD CROP

- LEW GRO? GOOD 2=21

SoCo JIEH

- OLD GLOP ro<rr

- A!EW GLOP QOOD 2=16

PO l-QAI C/JLD 1 = 72

CK’J CHO cr>c=3 tOC9

THAI RICE

1002 WHOLE GOOD 2=12

10-15^ crokems GOOD 2o 07

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD "10 B7

A1 SUPER GOOD «. 1067

WHOLE C.LUTIHOUS • GOOD 1.93

UoSo MCE GOOD 1=94

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.92

PAKISTAN RICE *>•«

TAI UAH MCE •o«»

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SU I HE

CALL SOURCES)

availability of supply - - GOOD

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK

C$/PICUL-L1VE WEIGHT) - 305 CAVERAGE)

/SUPPLIES AND .......

TUESDAY, MAY 21, 1974.

SUPPLIES (ND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH

(FMO CHEUNG SPECIES SHA WAN WHOLESALE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY FISH MARKET) WHOLESALE PRICE(ft/CATTY)

HIGH LOW MODE

GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 3.50 2.50 3.00

BIG-EYES GOOD 3.20 0.70 1.00

SQUI D LIMITED 6.50 2.50 4.50

HAIR-TAILS NORMAL 2.00 1.00 1.60

LIZARD FISHES LIMITED 2.80 1.20 2.00

CROAKERS NORMAL 2.00 1.20 1.60

CONGER-PIKE-EELS LIMITED 1.00 1.10 1.50

MSLGil COAT O

BREAMS NORMAL 5.50 2.80 4.00

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 2.20 0.50 1.50

MACKERELS LIMITED ’ 4.40 2.80 3.50

RED GOAT FISH GOOD 1.30 0.50 0.00

FORK-TAIL 1ORMAL 1.30 0.90 1.20

HORSE-HEAD 1 IMITED 5.70 2. RO 4.00

MELON SEED XJMJTFD 2.70 1.50 2.20

POMFRETS SCARCE 0.00 6.50 7.50

GAROUPAS NORMAL 6„10 4.80 5.50

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SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

CV.M.O. CHEUNG SH.j WAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE BASKET) WHOLESALE PRICE CS/CATTY) 1

TYPE OF vegetable AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY

■ HIGH LOU HODS

FLOWERING CABBAGE WHITE CABBAGS CHii ESE LETTUCE WATER SPlNaCri CHINESE KALE STkIivG BEANS SPkIhG JhIjN GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD SCARCE NORMAL LIMITED 0.70 0.20 0.40 0.40 0.10 0.30 0.40 0.10 0.>0 0.40 0.10 0.23 o.oo 0.30 0.60 2.00 O.uO 1.40 1.40 0.40 1.00

WATER CRESS LEAF BUSTARD CABBAGE CHINESE SPINACH TOO A TO LiniTED IW-NIAL GOJD NORMAL o.uo o.2u o.^o 0.50 0.1u 0.30 0.40 0.10 0.25 1.00 0.30 0.60

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 1974.

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

COMPREHENSIVE POLICY PAPER ON SECONDARY EDUCATION EXPANSION TO BE TABLED IN LEGCO NEXT MONTH................. 1

BEACHES WILL BE FURTHER IMPROVED..........................  2

NEW EXPLANATORY BOOKLET ON TRAFFIC SIG^S WILL BE PUBLISHED THIS YEAR............................4....................  3

RECENT DROWNING INCIDENT IN VICTORIA PARK SWIMMING POOL RECOUNTED IN LEGCO...........................    ••.....

LEGISLATION ON HIRE-PURCHASE AGREEMENTS WILL BE CONSIDERED IF NECESSARY ................................

SHAMSHUIPO FISHING LAANS TO BE RESITED TO MAKE WAY FOR

NEW BUILDING COMPLEX.....................................    5

FURTHER MEASURES TAKEN TO PROTECT RURAL ENVIRONMENT .... 5

FUNDS FOR N.T. PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS EXPLAINED.............  6

NEW UNIT TO POLICE LEASES ON THE WAY........................ 6

THERE IS TO BE NO CHANGE IN THE MAXIMUM RETAIL PRICE FOR,RICE.................................•............

MORE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS WILL BE RECRUITED LOCALLY IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS............*.........•........

LACK OF FUNDS DELAYS HUNG HOM INDOOR STADIUM............... 8

NEW S.W.D. FIELD UNIT TO LOOK AFTER WELFARE NEEDS OF N.T.

RESIDENTS................................................   8

RECOMMENDATION ON FUEL FOR DESALTER EXPECTED SHORTLY ... 9

TWO BILLS COMPLETE PASSAGE THROUGH LEGCO .................. 9

X X X X X X

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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COMPREHENSIVE POLICY PAPER ON SECONDARY EDUCATION » Jf X ft if S

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. JOHN CANNING, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS AFTERNOON THAT IT WAS THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO FLACE BEFORE THE BOARD OF EDUCATION DURING JUNE A COMPREHENSIVE POLICY PAPER ON SECONDARY EDUCATION EXPANSION FOR THE NEXT DECADE.

THIS PAPER WOULD ENABLE THE BOARD TO RE-ASSESS THEIR ORIGINAL PROPOSALS IN THE LIGHT OF COMMENTS RECEIVED ON THE EDUCATION GREEN PAPER ARD DECIDE WHAT FURTHER ADVICE MEMBERS SHOULD NOU TENDER TO THE GOVERNOR.

MR. CANNING, WHO WAS REPLYING TO MR. WILSON WANG, GAVE AN ASSURANCE THAT THE PREPARATION OF HIS DEPARTMENTAL SUBMISSION TO THE- BOARD +1S GOING AHEAD WITH ALL POSSIBLE DESPATCH*.

POINTING OUT THAT THE PROBLEMS ARE COMPLEX, THE DIRECTOR SAID: +UE ARE DEALING WITH HATTERS WHICH WILL CLOSELY CONCERN THE FUTURE EDUCATIONAL PROSPECTS OF OUR CHILDREN, AND IT WOULD BE UNWISE TO RUSH THE CONSIDERATION OF SJCH FUNDAMENTAL MATTERS.*

WHILE SECONDARY POLICY IS EVOLVING THROUGH THE PROCESS OF FURTHER COMMENT AND CONSULTATION WITH THE BOARD, MR. CANNING SAID: +1 SHOULD ADD THAT PROGRESS TOWARDS IMPLEMENTATION OF THE 1976 TARGETS IS PROCEEDING SATISFACTORILY.*

IN REPLY TO HR. WANG ON +WHEN WILL THE WHITE PAPER BE READY FOR DEBATE IN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL?* MR. CANNING SAID:

+THE INTENTION IS THAT AS SOON AS THE BOARD OF EDUCATION HAS CONSIDERED THE POLICY PAPER TO WHICH I HAVE REFERRED, AND HAS MADE FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS TO HIS EXCELLENCY, PREPARATION OF THE WHITE PAPER SETTING OUT THE GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSED POLICY WILL NOT BE LONG DELAYED.*

. THE DIRECTOR ASSURED MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL THAT IT WAS THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION THAT A DRAFT WH TE PAPER SHOULD, IF POSSIBLE, BE READY FOR DEBATE BEFORE THE E.U OF THIS SESSION OF LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL PROVIDED THAT 1.0 UNF0R..SEA. MAJOR PROBLEMS EMERGED DURING THE BOARD’S RECONSIDERA fl ON UF t HE GREEN PAPER AND ITS AFTERMATH.

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IMPROVEMENT FOR BEACHES OUTLINED X- ft ft * * X

MUCH HAS Bi.EN DONE OVER THE PAST 20 YEARS BY THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO IMPROVE THE BEACHES, PARTICULARLY THE ONE AT REPULSE BAY, TO MAKE THINGS BETTER FOR BEACH GOERS.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES, THE HON. DAVID ALEXANDER, AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY IN REPLY. TO THE HON. WILFRED WONG WHO ASKED WHAT MEASURES COULD BE TAKEN TO IMPROVE CONDITIONS AT THE BEACHES.

MR. ALEXANDER NOTED THAT THE SITUATION REMAINED MUCH AS HE LAST STATED THE POSITION TO BE WHEN HE ANSWERED A SIMILAR QUESTION IN 1972.

+TH1S IS SOMETHING A LITTLE BEYOND THE CONTROL OR CAPABABIL1TIES OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT AS IT IS RELATED IN LARGE PART TO +FUNG SHU1+, THAT IS, WIND AND WATER OR, IN OTHER WORDS, TYPHOONS AND TIDES.+

HE POINTED OUT THAT THERE ARE AT PRESENT 37 GAZETTED BEACHES — 12 IN THE URBAN AREA UNDER THE URBAN COUNCIL AND 25 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES UNDER THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT. LOCATED AS THEY ARE IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF HONG KONG, THE PHYSICAL AND GEOLOGICAL CONDITION VARIES CONSIDERABLY.

+SOME HAVE A SANDY BOTTOM AND ARE RELATIVELY FREE FROM ROCKS WHILE OTHERS ARE MORE STONY AND, IN ADDITION, MAY HAVE HILLSTREAMS OR NULLAHS ENTERING THE SEA AT OR NEAR THEM,+ MR. ALEXANDER EXPLAINED.

EXPERIENCE HAD SHOWN THAT THERE WAS CONSIDERABLE MOVEMENT OF SAND AND ROCKS AT BEACHES. TYPHOONS FREQUENTLY DROVE MORE rocks on to them and the Accompanying heavy rainfall brought STORMWATER ON TO THE BEACHES AND FORESHORES, STRIPPING THEM OF SAND. THE SAME CONDITIONS APPLIED TO A LESSER EXTENT DURING SEASONAL STRONG WINDS AND PERIODS QF HEAVY RAIN.

HE SAID U.S.D. BEACH STAFF WERE REQUIRED AS PART OF THEIR DUTIES TO CLEAR AWAY STONES, LOOSE ROCKS AND DEBRIS.

•DURING WINTER MONTHS, IT WAS THE USUAL PRACTICE FOR THEM TO CARRY OUT MINOR IMPROVEMENT WORKS-SUCH AS CONSTRUCTING NEW TERRACES FROM ROCKS TAKEN FROM THE BEACHES AND PROVIDING SAFE ACCESS ROUTES, FREE FROM ROCKS, INTO THE WATER.

THE DIRECTOR STRESSED THAT HIS STAFF WOULD CONTINUE TO DO ALL IT COULD TO MAKE THINGS BETTER FOR BEACH-GOERS.

REFERRING TO REPULSE BAY, HE POINTED OUT THAT MUCH OF THE SEA BED THERE WAS COVERED WITH LARGE ROCKS, THE MAJORITY OF WHICH WERE BELOW THE LOW WATER MARK.

/+AS FOR

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 1974

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+AS FOR SMALLER ROCKS AND STONES ABOVE THE LOW WATER MARK, THE INFORMED ADVICE WE HAVE RECEIVED IS THAT THEIR REMOVAL MIGHT LEAD TO AN UNACCEPTABLE DEGREE OF SAND EROSION WHILE, IN ANY CASE, PAST EXPERIENCE HAS SHOWN THAT FRESH ITEMS ARE VERY QUICKLY WASHED UP IN PLACE OF THCffi LABOR I OUSLY REMOVED. +

HE SAID THE PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT AT THE LIDO END OF REPULSE BAY BEACH WOULD BE EXPECTED TO GREATLY IMPROVE THE GENERAL FACILITIES FOR BEACH-GOERS, WHILE, IN DUE COURSE, THE URBAN COUNCIL WOULD HOPE TO TAKE IN HAND IMPROVEMENTS AT THE SEAVIEW END OF THE BEACH.

MR. ALEXANDER ASSURED THE COUNCIL THAT HIS STAFF WOULD CONTINUE TO DO ALL THEY COULD TO ENSURE THAT ANY INCONVENIENCE TO SWIMMERS FROM STONES OR ROCKS WOULD BE REDUCED TO THE MINIMUM — INCLUDING THE PROVISION OF ACCESS ROUTES TO THE SEA AND THE REMOVAL OF SMALL ROCKS AND STONE, PARTICULARLY FROM THE AREAS ABOVE THE HIGH WATER MARK COVERED WITH LOOSE STONES AND PEBBLES AND PROTRUDING ROCKS.

HE BELIEVED THAT THIS WOULD BE A MORE PRACTICAL PROPOSITION THAN +SANDING+, WHICH, IN ANY CASE, WAS UNLIKELY TO PREVENT AN ACCUMULATION OF ROCKS.

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NEW EXPLANATORY BOOKLET ^TRAFFIC SIGNS SOON

A NEW HIGHWAY CODE WILL BE PUBLISHED LATER THIS YEAR TO HELP MOTORISTS BECOME BETTER ACQUAINTED WITH THE VARIOUS ROAD TRAFFIC SIGNS. -

THE NEW CODE WILL INCLUDE DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL AUTHORISED TRAFFIC SIGNS AND WILL BE AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE TO ALL DRIVERS, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON. LI FOOK-KOW, SAID TODAY.

IN THE MEANTIME, HE ADDED, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD ARRANGE Appropriate publicity before any-new types of traffic signs were INTRODUCED.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM DR. THE HON. CHUNG SZE-YUEN, MR. LI DISCLOSED THAT NEW CHINESE! VERSIONS FOR 13 OF THE NEW ROAD TRAFFIC SIGNS PUBLISHED LAST MONTH IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE WERE BEING PRODUCED TO MAKE THEM EASIER TO UNDERSTAND.

THE GOVERNMENT WAS AWARE, HE SAID, THAT SOME OF THE NEW SIGNS MAY NOT BE SUFFICIENTLY CLEAR AND THE PROBLEM HAD BEEN DISCUSSED WITH COUNCIL MEMBERS AND THE VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED.

+IN THESE'DISCUSSIONS EVERY EFFORT HAS BEEN MADE TO FIND THE MOST APPROPRIATE TERMS TO REFLECT THE INTENTION OF THE SIGN, AS WELL AS TO LIMIT THE NUMBER OF CHARACTERS,+ HE SAID.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 1974

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VICTORIA POOL DROUNINQ

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THE DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES, MR. DAVID ALEXANDER, TODAY SAID IT HAD NOT BEEN POSSIBLE SO FAR TO ASCERTAIN THE EXACT CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE DROWNING OF A BOY IN VICTORIA PARK SWIMMING POOL ON MAY 12 THIS YEAR.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. WOO PAK-CHUEN, MR. ALEXANDER RECALLED THAT AT THE TIME OF THE INCIDENT, 2.45 P.M., THE POOL WAS VERY CROWDED.

THE SECOND SHIFT OF LIFEGUARDS HAD ALREADY COME ON DUTY AND OF THESE, FOUR (FULL COMPLEMENT) WERE ON DUTY AT THE MAIN POOL, WITH TWO ADDITIONAL LIFEGUARDS ON DUTY BETWEEN THE MAIN POOL AND THE NEARBY CHILDREN’S POOL.

THE VICTIM, A NON-SWIMMER, WAS SEEN LYING AT THE BOTTOM OF THE MAIN POOL, IN WATER ABOUT TWO METERS DEEP, BY THE LIFEGUARD

• NEAREST TO HIM. THE LIFEGUARD IMMEDIATELY WENT INTO THE WATER AND BROUGHT THE BOY OUT. HOWEVER, THE VICTIM WAS UNCONSCIOUS . AND BREATHING WITH DIFFICULTY.

MR. ALEXANDER SAID THAT BEFORE THE VICTIM WAS SPOTTED, NO CRIES FOR HELP WERE HEARD, NOR WERE THERE SIGNS THAT ANY PERSON WAS IN DIFFICULTIES. THE BOY WAS TAKEN AT ONCE TO THE POOL'S FIRST AID POST WHERE MOUTH-TO-MOUTH RESPIRATION WAS APPLIED FOR ABOUT 15 MINUTES.

♦DURING THIS PERIOD, NO WATER CAME UP — ONLY SOME FOOD.+ MR. ALEXANDER SAID.

THE DIRECTOR ADDED THAT AN AMBULANCE, CALLED AT 2.55 P.M., ARRIVED WITHIN FIVE MINUTES AND LEFT TWO MINUTES LATER FOR TANG SHIU KIN HOSPITAL. OXYGEN WAS APPLIED ON THE WAY, BUT THE BOY WAS CERTIFIED DEAD AFTER ARRIVAL.

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, THE GOVERNMENT IS PREPARED TO CONSIDER LEGISLATION ON HIRE-PURCHASE AGREEMENTS IF IT IS-SHOWN THAT THIS IS NEEDED, THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. DAVID JORDAN, SAID TODAY, w .

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. WOO PAK-CHUEN, MR. JORDAN NOTED THAT MR. WOO HAD ASKED A SIMILAR QUESTION IN AUGUST 1970. AT THAT TIME THE ATTORNEY GENERAL REPLIED AT length SAYING THAT AS NO EVIDENCE HAD COME TO LIGHT TO SHOW THAT THERE WERE IN THIS BUSINESS MALPRACTICES AND OPPRESSIVE AGREEMENTS FROM WHICH THE PUBLIC NEEDED PROTECTION, THERE WAS NO PLAN TO DRAFT LEGISLATION THEN.

+1N THE FOUR YEARS SINCE THEN,* MR. JORDAN SAID, +N0 ONE HAS REPRESENTED TO THE GOVERNMENT THAT THE POSITION HAS CHANGED AND I AM NOT AWARE OF ANY PUBLIC EXPRESSION OF OPINION THAT THERE IS A NEED FOR LEGISLATION.*

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REPROVISIONING OF LAANS FOR GOVERNMENT COMPLEX » » » If » »

THE LANDS AND SURVEY DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING FOR A SITE FOR THE TEMPORARY REPROVISIONING OF THE +FISH LAANS+ IN SHAM SHUl PO TO MAKE WAY FOR A MULTI-PURPOSE GOVERNMENT COMPLEX.

THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON. JAMES ROBSON, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY THAT PROBLEMS OF CLEARING THE SITE STILL REMAINED TO BE SOLVED BEFORE THE WORK COULD PROCEED.

SPEAKING IN REPLY TO THE HON. H.M.G. FORSQATE, WHO EXPRESSED CONCERN OVER THE DELAY OF THE PROJECT, MR. ROBSON SAID THESE LAANS, OR THE WHOLESALE FRESH WATER FISH MARKET, WERE PRESENTLY OCCUPYING THE SITE OF THE NEW BUILDING.

BUT THEY WOULD EVENTUALLY BE RESITED IN THE NEW CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE MARKET WHEN IT IS COMPLETED BY ABOUT 1978 AND, IN THE MEANTIME, A TEMPORARY SITE IS BEING FOUND FOR THEM.

HE POINTED OUT THAT WHILE MULTI-PURPOSE BUILDINGS WOULD PROVIDE CONSIDERABLE BENEFITS OF CONVENIENCE AND ECONOMY, THEIR . PLANNING WAS MOST COMPLICATED, MAINLY BECAUSE OF THE DIFFICULTIES ON RECONCILING THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE DIFFERENT USERS.

IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE, HE EXPLAINED THAT PROGRESS HAD BEEN THWARTED ALSO BY CONSTANT CHANGES IN USER REQUIRcMENTS WHICH HAD MADE IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR PLANNING TO PROCEED BEYOND THE DRAWING BOARD STAGE.

+THE SCHEDULE OF ACCOMMODATION IS STILL NOT FINALISED, AND DEVELOPMENT POSSIBILITIES PREPARED FOR THE BUILDING REVIEW COMMITTEE BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE ARE TENTATIVE.

+CONSIDERATION WILL BE GIVEN TO PHASING CONSTRUCTION SO THAT THE MARKET COULD BE BUILT IN ADVANCE OF THE REMAINDER OF THE BUILDING IF NECESSARY. THE PROJECT DOES NOT INCLUDE A CAR PARK,+ MR. ROBSON SAID.

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MEASURES TO PROTECT RURAL * * * * * *

ENVIRONMENT

TO DEAL

BY THE GOVERNMENT

A CONTRACT HAS RECENTLY BEEN LET

WITH MATTERS SUCH AS ILLEGAL DUMPING, THE FENCING_OFF OF LARGE VACANT SITES PENDING DEVELOPMENT AND OTHER MEASURES TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THIS WAS DISCLOSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY BY THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE HON. IAN MACPHERSON, WHEN REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. OSWALD CHEUNG-

MR. MACPHERSON TOLD THE COUNCIL THAT ADDITIONAL FUNDS WERE NOT AVAILABLE AT PRESENT FOR TIDYING UP AND FENCING OFF THE MANY TRACTS OF CROWN LAND IN THE RURAL AREAS WHICH, MR. CHEUNG SAID, WERE SUSCEPTIBLE TO ENCROACHMENT AND OF WHICH MANY WERE IN.A

•. DISGRACEFUL STATE.-

HOWEVER, MR. MACPHERSON POINTED OUT THAT HIS DEPARTMENT WOULD MAKE THE BEST POSSIBLE USE OF THE FUNDS ALREADY VOTED FOR THIS PURPOSE.

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FUNDS FOR N.T. PUBLIC WO*' ■ x- x- * «• «•

THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. DAVID JORDAN, TODAY CLARIFIED A DECISION OF HAVING LESS FUNDS FOR LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES FOR THE CURRtNT FISCAL TEAR THAN THAT FOR THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

ANSWERING A QUESTION BY THE HON. OSWALD CHEUNG IN THE LEGISLATIVE CQU : li - HE EXI .AIRED THAT THE PROVISION FOR CAP1T." . EXPENDIfUtt.. ON u&. ISING FACILITIES, WHICH JAS FORMERLY INCLUD. ) IN THE AMBIT OF THE LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS VOTE, HA) NOU BEEN INCLUDED IN a SEPARATE SUBHEAD.

+SINCE LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS DON'T CEASE TO BE LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS JUST BECAUSE UE PUT THE FINANCIAL PROVISION UNDER A DIFFERENT SUBHEAD, I WOULD SUGGEST TO MY HONOURABLE FRIEND THAT THE TRUE COMPARISON IS BETWEEN THE $5.5 MILLION PROVIDED IN 1-973-74 AND THE TOTAL OF $7.8 MILLION PROVIDED IN 1974-75.

+TH1S IS MADE UP OF $4.8 MILLION FOR LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS AND $3 MILLION FOR CLEANSING FACILITIES.+

MR. JORDAN FURTHER POINTED OUT THAT WHEN THE FINANCE COMMITTEE ACCEPTED THE COMMITMENT OF $25 MILLION FOR CLEANSING FACILITIES, THEY VOTED $5 MILLION WITHIN THAT COMMITMENT AS SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION FOR 1973~74.

AT THAT TIME, HE SAID THE BUDGETARY SITUATION WAS SUCH THAT THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY DID NOT CONSIDER IT NECESSARY TO REDUCE THE PROVISION OF $5.5 MILLION FOR LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS, ALTHOUGH PROVISION FOR CLEANSING FACILITIES CEASED TO BE CHARGED TO IT.

+SO THE TOTAL VOTED DURING 1973'74 FOR CLEANSING FACILITIES AND LOCAt. PUBLIC WORKS WAS $10.5 MILLION. BUT UE SHOULD TREAT THIS AS A ONCE-AND-FOR-ALL BONUS FOR LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS.

+IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES, I DO NOT THINK THE PROVISION FOR LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS NEEDS TO BE RECONSIDERED, AT LEAST NOT AT THIS STAGE IN THE FINANCIAL YEAR.+ .

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NEW UNIT TO POLICE LEASE CONDITIONS

STAFF RECRUITMENT FOR -IE NEW LEASE ENFORCEMENT UNIT OF . THE REGISTRAR GENERAL'S DEP :Ti;ENT IS WELL UNDER WAY, AND ACCOMMODATION HAS BEEN RESERVED FOR IT, THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HOM. JAMES ROBSON, TOLD LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE UNIT WluL BECOME FUNCTIONAL IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS AMD AH ANNOUNCEMENT JUL BE MADE Oil THE SCOPE OF THE WO..K THAT IT WILL BE UNDERTAKING AS SOON AS THE STAFF ARE IN POST, HE SAID I ! ANSWER TO A QU..STIOH F :0i! THE HON. KEHNETH LOo

MR. ROBSON RECALLED Th’ T THE ESTABLISH. ENT OF THE UNIT WAS APPROVED IN bEPTE.M — i LAST, 'J’3 T. E HEC. -SA. Y ACCOMMODATION WAS SUBSEQUENTLY RESERVED IM TH WEST UI-.'G ( ' T E CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 1974.

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NO CHANGE IN MAXIMUM RETAIL PRICE FOR RICE

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THE MAXIMUM RETAIL PRICE OF RICE WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED AT $2.50 PER CATTY DURING JUNE, THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THIS HAD SEEN AGREED BY THE RICE ADVISORY COMMITTEE AFTER A DETAILED CONSIDERATION OF RICE PRICING ARRANGEMENTS THROUGHOUT THE TRADE.

IMPORTERS AND RETAILERS HAVE AGREED TO A SMALLER MARK-UP THAN THE DC AND I FORMULA WOULD HAVE ALLOWED, HE SAID, IN THE INTERESTS OF MAINTAINING THE PRESENT PRICE STRUCTURE FOR CONSUMERS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE DEPARTMENT IS INVESTIGATING ALLEGATIONS REPORTEDLY MADE BY AN URBAN COUNCILLOR THAT SIX IMPORTERS ARE SELLING THEIR QUOTA RIGHTS AND ARE NOT ACTUALLY PARTICIPATING IN THE RICE TRADE.

• +WE ARE INVITING THE COUNCILLOR CONCERNED TO DISCUSS THIS MATTER WITH US IN ORDER TO ESTABLISH THE FOUNDATION FOR THESE ALLEGATIONS,+ HE ADDED.

+THE DEPARTMENT HAS NO EVIDENCE AT THE MOMENT TO SUBSTANTIATE ANY BREACH OF THE REGULATIONS BY IMPORTERS WITHIN THE RICE CONTROL SCHEME.+ -

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EMPHASIS ON LOCAL RECRUITMENT

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' MORE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS WILL BE RECRUITED LOCALLY THAN OVERSEAS, THE ACTING COLONIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. MICHAEL CLINTON, DISCLOSED TODAY.

+THE PROPORTION OF OVERSEAS TO LOCAL RECRUITS IS REGULARLY REVIEWED AND THE TARGET FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS IS VERY ROUGHLY FIVE LOCAL TO ABOUT THREE OVERSEAS ENTRANTS,+ HE SAID.

•REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM.. THE HON. JAMES UU, MR. CLINTON EXPLAINED THAT THE POLICY WAS TO RECRUIT SOME OVERSEAS AND SOME LOCAL CANDIDATES EACH YEAR.

THE MAIN QUALIFICATION FOR APPLICANTS FROM OUTSIDE THE

PUBLIC SERVICE IS A GOOD HONOURS DEGREE. HOWEVER, DEGREES FROM NON-COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITIES ARE ACCEPTED IF THEY ARE OF EQUIVALENT STANDARD AND WE ALREADY HAVE SOME SUCH OFFICERS.

MR. CLINTON SAID THAT THE PRINCIPAL METHOD OF RECRUITMENT WAS BY OPEN COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION USUALLY HELD ANNUALLY. FOR SERVING OFFICERS, THE DEGREE QUALIFICATIONS MAY BE WAIVED, HE ADDED

+THE UPPER AGE LIMIT FOR SUCH ENTRANTS HAS NORMALLY BEEN 35 YEARS, BUT IN THE MOST RECENT RECRUITMENT EXERCISE EARLIER -THIS YEAR IT WAS RAISED TO 45 YEARS AS AN EXPERIMENT. AND FOR THE FIRST TIME, APPLICATIONS WERE ALSO INVITED FOR APPOINTMENT TO THE RANK OF SENIOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER.+ MR. CLINTON SAID.

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HUNG HOM INDOOR STADIUM DELAYED ******

THE INDOOR STADIUM PROJECT IN HUNG HOM WILL BE DELAYED, THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, THE HON. DAVID MCDONALD, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

ANSWERING A QUESTION FROM THE HON. SZETO WAI, MR. MCDONALD EXPLAINED THAT DUE TO THE CURRENT LIMITATIONS OF EXPENDITURE FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME AND THE VERY LARGE EXISTING COMMITMENT ON PROJECTS, +FUNDS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE TO ALLOW ADHERENCE TO THE ORIGINAL TIME SCHEDULE*.

HE POINTED OUT THAT AN EXERCISE WAS BEING UNDERTAKEN WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT WITH A VIEW TO MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE PUBLIC WORKS SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE ON THE RE-PHASING OF ITEMS IN THE PUBLIC WORKS programme.

+IT MAY BE THAT IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES THIS PARTICULAR PROJECT WILL NOT BE ACCORDED A VERY HIGH PRIORITY WHEN CONSIDERED AGAINST THE NEEDS IN HOUSING, EDUCATION, MEDICAL AND HEALTH AND OTHER HIGH PRIORITY FIELDS,* MR. MCDONALD SAID.

MEANWHILE, WORKING DRAWINGS FOR THE INDOOR STADIUM WERE IN PREPARATION.

by the original programme, works on the site of the project WOULD HAVE COMMENCED NEXT FEBRUARY AND BEEN COMPLETED BY DECEMBER, 1976.

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NEW S.W.D. UNIT FOR N.T. .RESIDENTS

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A NEW SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNIT WILL BE ESTABLISHED AT SHEUNG SHUI IN JULY TO ADMINISTER- THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND THE DISABILITY AND INFIRMITY ALLOWANCE SCHEMES.

THE NEW OFFICE WILL DEAL WITH RESIDENTS IN FANLING, SHEUNG SHUI, TA KWU LING, SHA TAU KOK AND THEIR SURROUNDING AREAS, THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, MR. PETER WILLIAMS, SAID TODAY.

+SHEUNG SHUI WAS SELECTED AS THE LOCATION FOR THIS NEW OFFICE BECAUSE, UNLIKE FANLING, ACCOMMODATION WAS READILY AVAILABLE THERE AT A REASONABLE RENT AND BECAUSE THE SHORT DISTANCE BETWEEN THE TWO TOWNS CAUSES LITTLE OR NO INCONVENIENCE AS TO ACCESSIBILITY TO THE PUBLIC,* HE SAID.

MR. WILLIAMS TOLD COUNCIL, IN REPLY TO A QUESTIONS FROM THE HON. ROGER LOBO, THAT THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT ALREADY HAS A PROBATION OFFICE AND A YOUTH CENTRE AND HOSTEL IN FANLING, BUT THERE ARE NO IMMEDIATE PLANS TO OPEN A BRANCH S.W.D. OFFICE.

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recommendation on fuel for desalter soon X- » K- X- n

A recommendation on the supply of fuel oil for the desalting plant is expected to be hade to the central tender board shortly, THE ACTINi; FINANCIAL SECR TARY, THE HON. DAVID JORDAN, TOLU THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN REPLY TO DOCTOR T ~ HON. CHUNG SZE-YUEN, MR. JORDAN SAID THE ANTICIPATED RECOMMENDATION FOLLOWED NEGOTIATIONS WHICH HAD BEEN GOING ON FOR SOME TIME OVER THE QUESTION OF SUPPLY OF FUEL FOR THE DESALTER FOR THE HEAR FUTURE.

ON THE WHOLE INTER-RELATED ISSUE OF OIL, DESALTATION AND WATER SUPPLY, HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS RECONSIDERING NOT -JUST THE ECONOMICS OF THE DESALTING PLANT CUT THE ECONOMICS OF ADDITIONAL WATER SUPPLIES GENERALLY IN THE LIGHT OF THE PRICE • AND SUPPLY SITUATION WITH REGARD TO FUEL- OIL.

+FOR INSTANCE, WHEN CONSIDERING THE POSSIBILITY OF GATHERING MORE WATER FROM NATURAL SOURCES WE HAVE IN RECENT YEARS NOT PURSUED ANY SCHEME WHERE THE COST OF WATER WOULD BE GREATER THAN THE COST OF DESALTED WATER.

+CLEARLY WE MUST NOW -- INDEED WE HAVE STARTED TO — RECONSIDER SUCH SCHEMES UP TO A HIGHER CUT-OFF POINT SINCE OUR EARLIER assumptions on the future cost of desalted water must be revised.

+but i should add that the additional yield from such schemes is unlikely to do more than meet the increase in demand for SIX MONTHS TO A YEAR.+

IN THE LONG TERM, MR. JORDAN SAID THE QUESTION OF SUPPLY OF FUEL FOR HONG KONG’S FUTURE ENERGY REQUIREMENTS, OF WHICH THE DESALTER IS O..LY A PART, JAS UNDER CONSIDERATION.

+WE MUST CLEARLY RECONSIDER THE POSSIBILITY OF USING OTHER FORMS OF ENERGY IN THE LI HT OF THE CHANGED SITUATION WITH REGARD TO OIL SUPPLIES AI.D PRICE • +

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BILLS PASSED

X X X X

TWO BILLS — THE PUBLIC SERVICES COMMISSION (AMENDMENT) BILL AND THE NURSES REGISTRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL — PASSED THEIR THIRD AND FINAL READING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

ANOTHER BILL, THE LABOUR TRIBUNAL (AMENDMENT) BILL, WAS INTRODUCED IM COUNCIL AND DEBATE ON ITS SECOND READING WAS ADJOURNED.

THE ANNUAL REPORT BY THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFIARS FOR THE YEAR 1972/73 WAS TABLED IN COUNCIL.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 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 availability WHOLESALE PRICES C$/CATTY?

RICE* OF SUPPLY MODE

CHINA RICE • *

SEE MEW

- OLD CROP *■ — ——

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.21

S.C. JIEN

- OLD CROP

- NEU CROP GOOD 2.16

PO NGAI GOOD 1.72

CHU CHt) ' r ——

THAI RICE

100% WHOLE

10-15$ BROKENS GOOD 2.01

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.87

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.67

WHOx-E GLUTINOUS GOOD 1.98

U.S. RICE GOOD 1.94

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.91

PAKISTAN RICE ——

TAIWAN RICE —— ——

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE CALL SOURCES?

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK C$/P1CUL-L1VE WEIGHT?

GOOD

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/SUPPLIES AND

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SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH

(FMO CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

SPECIES AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE OF SUPPLY HIGH PRICE LOW (fl/CATTY) mot::

OLDEN THREAD DIG-EYES •:?u 1 D HAIR-TAILS LIZARD FISHES CROAKERS CONGER-PIKE-EELS MELON COAT EREAMS YELLOW BELLY MACKERELS RED GOAT FISH FORK-TAIL HORSE-HEAD MELON SEED POMFRETS GAROUPAS YELLOW CROAKER NORMAL 3,CO GOOD 3.CO LIMITED 6.50 NORMAL 2.50 NORMAL 3.20 NORMAL 1.60 LIMITED 1.60 LIMITED 5.20 GOOD 1.60 LIMITED 4.50 GOOD 0.70 normal 1.10 NORMAL 5.00 NORMAL 1.70 SCARCE 8.00 NORMAL 6.50 2.50 O.f.O 2.00 1.00 1.40 1.00 1.00 3.00 0.60 3.20 0.50 0.70 3.20 0.80 7.50 5.00 3 .r । 2.f ) 4 .C 1 2.CO 2.23 1.20 1.20 4.70 1.00 3.00 0.60 0.80 4.20 1.00 7.00 6.00

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 MODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE GOOD 0.70 0.20 0.50

WHITE CAU3AGE GOOD o.5o 0.10 0.30

CHINESE LETTUCE GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.30

WATER SPINACH GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.30

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 0.80 0.30 0.50

STRING BEANS NORMAL* 1.60 0.50 1.20

SPRING ONION LI HI TED- 1.40 0.40 1.00

SPINACH —— **

WATER CRESS LIMITED 0.80 0.20 0.50

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE • LIMITED o.6o 0.15 0.40

CHINESE SPINACH GOOD 0.45 0.10 0.30

TOMATO NORMAL 1.00 0.30 0.60


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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

thrusday, MAY 23, 1974

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HONG KONG TO GET MORE OIL FROM SAUDI ARABIA .............

RATES GOING UP FROM JULY 1 FOR SIX-PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES....................

BIG DROP IN INCIDENCE OF MEASLES RECORDED................

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL HELP FIND JOBS FOR SUBSIDISED TEACHERS WHO LOSE THEIR POST DUE TO FALLING ENROLMENTS.................................

NEW AGREEMENT COVERING EXPORTS OF HONG KONG TEXTILES TO U.S........................................

FURTHER STEP IN DC AND 1 REORGANISATION ................

GODOWN COMPANY FINED $24,000 FOR ILLEGAL STORAGE OF

dangerous goods.........................................

TWO BRITISH MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT ARRIVING THIS SATURDAY FOR ONE-WEEK VISIT..............

daily guide to wholesale prices and supply of basic

FOOD COMMODITIES

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

THURSDAY, MAY 2Jf 1974

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SAUDI ARABIA AGREES TO INCREASE OIL SUPPLIES TO U.K.

LIGHTING RESTRICTIONS LIFTED X” X4 X‘ » rt K

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE OIL POLICY COMMITTEE, MR. DEREK JONES, ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY:) THAT EFFORTS BY THE KONG KONG AND BRITISH GOVERNMENTS TO OBTAIN MORE OIL FOR HONG KONG FROM THE N1DDLE east have proved successful.

+WE HAVE JUST RECEIVED CONFIRMATION THAT THE SAUDI ARABIAN AUTHORITIES HAVE AGREED TO INCREASE OUR SUPPLIES WHICH WE ESTIMATE WILL NOW BE SUFFICIENT TO MEET NORMAL DEMANDS.*

MR. JONES SAID THAT THIS WAS VERY HEARTENING NEWS AFTER

A NUMBER OF WORRYING MONTHS. +AS UE HAVE SAID THAT WE WOULD NOT MAINTAIN MANDATORY LIGHTING RESTRICTIONS LONGER THAN NECESSARY

’ IT HAS BEEN DECIDED THAT ALL THE RESTRICTIONS SHOULD NOW BE LIFTED,* HE ADDED.

*THE EMERGENCY ADVERTISING. DISPLAY AND FLOODLIGHTING RESTRICTION WILL THEREFORE BE REVOKED AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT*, MR. JONES SAID.

HE ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT THE PUBLICITY DRIVE URGING THE PUBLIC TO VOLUNTARILY REDUCE THEIR ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION WILL HOT BE CONTINUED.

COMMENTING ON THE RESPONSE BY THE PUBLIC TO THE GOVERNMENT CAMPAIGNS TO SAVE FULL ER. JOIES SAID: *1 WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL THOSE IN THE COMMUNITY WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR SUPPORT IN HELPING UOLq KOH TO .A..: FUuL-. THEIR CO-OPERATION HAS ENABLED us tj get t irou: : ui.vr c uld have been a very difficult period WITH A N HI UM C I- :.CE AMD WITHOUT SERIOUSLY AFFECTING

THE ECONOMY.*

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RATES IM SIX ESTATES TO GO UP FROM JULY 1 » » it it it »

TENANTS OF SIX PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WIUL HAVE TO PAY A FEW DOLLARS MORE EACH MONTH AS A RESULT OF INCREASED RATES.

THE INCREASE, RANGING FROM $4 TO $7, WILL BE EFFECTIVE FROM JULY 1. IT WILL CONCERN TENANTS OF FUK LOI, SHEK YAM, LEI MUK SHUE, KWAI HING, KWAI FONG AND KWAI SHING ESTATES.

+AS RENT FOR ALL PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES IS INCLUSIVE OF RATES, TENANTS MUST NOT MISTAKE THIS INCREASE AS AN ADJUSTMENT IN RENT,* A HOUSING DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED.

THE INCREASE OF RATES FROM 11 PER CENT TO 15 PER CENT OF THE RATEABLE VALUE FOR PREMISES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WAS PROPOSED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY IN HIS 1974-75 BUDGET SPEECH AND PASSED LATER BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THOUGH THE INCREASE BECAME EFFECTIVE ON APRIL 1, THE HOUSING AUTHORITY DECIDED TO BEAR THE COST OF THE FIRST QUARTER OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR AMOUNTING TO ABOUT $340,000, INSTEAD OF RECOVERING THIS SUH FROM TENANTS.

THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT IS NOW PREPARING NOTICES INFORMING THEM OF THE INCREASED RATES BEGINNING JULY NOTICES WILL BE DESPATCHED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

TO TENANTS

1. THESE

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EXHIBITION ON WELFARE SERVICES IN TSZ WAN SHAN j? j- j:- it j:- j-

AN EXHIBITION IS TO BE HELD NEXT WEEK IN THE TSZ WAN SHAN HOUSING ESTATE TO INTRODUCE TO THE RESIDENTS THE VARIETY OF WELFARE SERVICES THAT ARE BEING PROVIDED IN THE AREA BY BOTH THE GOVERNMENT AND VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS.

THE EXHIBITION, INITIATED DY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT'S COMMUNITY WORK OFFICE 111 THE ESTATE, UJLL CONSIST OF PHOTOGRAPHS, CHARTS, AND MODELS, SO THAT TENANTS CAN EASILY UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF RESOURCES PROVIDED WHICH THEY CAN MAKE USE OF EVERYDAY.

FROM THE EXHIBITION THEY WILL ALSO BE ABLE TO LEARN HOW AN ORGANISATION OPERATES IN THE DISTRICT AND WITHIN THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE, LEADING TO A BETTER UNDERSTAND!NG OF THEIR SURROUNDING CONDITI OHS»

THE PARTICIPATING BODIES IN THE EXHIBITION ARE FROM DIFFERENT FIELDS AND INCLUDE WELFARE ORGANISATIONS, YOUTH CENTRES, LIBRARIES, NURSERIES AMD MEDICAL SERVICES.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD AT THE HALL OF THE TSZ WAN SHAN ESTATE WELFARE EUluDIRG FROM MONDAY, MAY 27 TO SATURDAY, JUNE 1 FROM 10.00 A.M. TO 9.GO P.M. DAILY.

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THURSDAY, MAY 23, 1974.

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BIG DROP IN INCIDENCE OF MEASLES

CAMPAIGN SHOWS RESULTS

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HEALTH RETURNS FOR APRIL ISSUED TODAY 0Y THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SHOW THAT EIGHT CHILDREN DIED FROM MEASLES, A CONSIDERABLE DROP COMPARED WITH THE 13 DEATHS Recorded in march.

NOTIFICATIONS OF MEASLES DURING-THE MONTH DROPPED TO 307, COMPARED WITH THE 349 IN MARCH AND 304 IN FEBRUARY.

COMMENTING ON THESE FIGURES, A SPOKESMAN SAID THEY SHOWED THAT THE CURRENT ANTI-MEASLES CAMPAIGN WAS PRODUCING A SATISFACTORY RESPONSE — BUT THERE WAS STILL NO ROOM FOR COMPLACENCY.

+AS ALREADY ANNOUNCED, THE ANTI-MEASLES CAMPAIGN IS CONTINUING UNTIL THE END OF MAY,* HE STRESSED. +FREE VACCINE IS AVAILABLE AT ALL MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRES, KOT ONLY DURING THIS EXTENDED CAMPAIGN PERIOD, BUT ALSO THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

+PARENTS OF SUSCEPTIBLE CHILDREN BETWEEN SIX MONTHS AND FIVE YEARS SHOULD HAVE THEM IMMUNISED.*

OF THE 93 OTHER DEATHS RECORDED DURING APRIL, 81 WERE CAUSED BY TUBERCULOSIS — A DROP FROM THE 111 DEATHS FROM THE SAME DISEASE IN MARCH — FOUR BY CEREBROSPINAL MENINGITIS AND MENINGOCOCCAL INFECTIONS, OKE BY CHICKENPOX, FOUR BY VIRAL HEPATITIS, AND THREE BY TETANUS.

THERE WERE 40 NOTIFICATIONS OF BACILLARY DYSENTERY, A RISE FROM THE 23 RECORDED IN MARCH. NOTIFICATIONS OF CHICKENPOX ALSO ROSE FROM 151 IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH TO 211.

TWO CASES OF DIPHTHERIA VERE RECORDED, OKE ON THE ISLAND AND ONE IN KOWLOON. THE RECORD FOR POLIOMYELITIS REMAINED CLEAN WITH NO CASES NOTIFIED. THE INCIDENCE OF OTHER COMMUNICABLE DISEASES SHOWED NO APPRECIABLE VARIATION.

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

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THURSDAY, MAY 2J, 1974

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ASSURANCE TO SUBSIDIZED PRIMARY TEACHERS

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TODAY REITERATED ITS ASSURANCE THAT IT WOULD HELP ANY SUBSIDIZED PRIMARY TEACHER, WHO MIGHT BE OUT OF A JOB BECAUSE OF FALLING ENROLMENTS IN HIS SCHOOL, TO FIND WORK FOR HIM IN ANOTHER SCHOOL.

. A SPOKESMAN SAID THAT ANY TEACHER WHO FOUND HIMSELF IN SUCH A POSITION SHOULD CONTACT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND HIS CASE WOULD BE INVESTIGATED.

HE SAID THE DEPARTMENT HAD NOT SO FAR RECEIVED ANY COMPLAINTS REGARDING DISMISSALS IN THE NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR AS A RESULT OF FALLING ENROLMENTS.

THE SPOKESMAN RECALLED THAT IN MAY LAST YEAR A SIMILAR ASSURANCE WAS GIVEN TO AIDED PRIMARY TEACHERS WHO MIGHT LOSE THEIR JOBS BECAUSE OF FALLING ENROLMENTS THAT EVERY EFFORT WOULD BE MADE TO FIND WORK FOR THEM IN OTHER SCHOOLS.

THE DEPARTMENT HAD BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN FINDING SUITABLE ALTERNATIVE TEACHING JOBS FOR MANY OF THE TEACHERS LAST YEAR, HE SAID.

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PRESS CONFERENCE ON TEXTILE EXPORTS

NOTE TO EDITORS:

OF HONG KONG

DETAILS OF THE NEW AGREEMENT COVERING EXPORTS

TEXTILES TO THE UNITED STATES WILL BE RELEASED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11.30 A.M. TOMORROW CFRIDAY) IN THE 35 MM FILM THEATRE, GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE,

FIFTH FLOOR.

PRESIDING AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE MR. LAWRENCE MILLS, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, WHO LED THE_HONG KONG DELEGATION WHICH NEGOTIATED THE NEU AGREEMENT WITH THE UNITED S&TES GOVERNMENT. HE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY MR. PETER TSAO, AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE NEGOTIATING TEAM.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THIS PRESS CONFERENCE.

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THURSDAY, MAY 23, 1974

FURTHER STEP IN DC AND ! REORGANISATION » it it X St X X

A FURTHER STA'E IN THE REORGANISATION OF THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMEN. WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY. IT INVOLVES THE CREATION OF A NEW DIVISION > U DEAL EXCLUSIVELY WITH TEXTILE QUOTA CONTROLS.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE RESPONSIBIlITIES OF THE TWO EXISTING COMMERCIAL RELATIONS DIVISIONS HAVE BEEN REPHASED. THERE WILL NOW BE ONE DIVISION CONCERNED SOLELY WITH EUROPEAN AFFAIRS, WHILE THE OTHER WILL HAVE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ALL OTHER REGIONS.

THE NEW STRUCTURE TAKES ACCOUNT OF A HEAVY SCHEDULE OF TRADE NEGOTIATIONS ARISING FROM THE NEW ARRANGEMENT COVERING WORLD TRADE IN TEXTILES. ANOTHER BIG COMMITMENT INVOLVES EFFORTS TO IMPROVE ‘HONG KONG'S STATUS IN THE GENERALISED PREFERENCE SCHEMES WHICH HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED BY MANY OF THE DEVELOPED COUNTRIES.

VARIOUS STAFF MOVEMENTS HAVE TAKEN PLACE WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT, PRINCIPALLY IN THE COMMERCIAL RELATIONS FIELD. MR. LAWRENCE MILLS HAS SUCCEEDED MR. BILL DORWARD AS DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY (COMMERCIAL RELATIONS}.

MR. PETER TSAO IS THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR HEADING THE EUROPE DIVISION AND MR. JOHN ROBERTS IS THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR IN CHARGE OF THE DIVISION DEALING WITH REGIONS OTHER THAN EUROPE.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR HEADING THE NEW DIVISION RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL TEXTILE CONTROLS IS MRS. FRANCES HSIUNG.

TWO OTHER APPOINTMENTS JUSTIN YUE IS NOW ASSISTANT DIVISION, AND MR. KEN HARDY ADMINISTRATION DIVISION.

TO SENIOR POSTS HAVE BEEN MADE. MR. DIRECTOR IN CHARGE OF THE INDUSTRY IS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR HEADING THE

EARuiER THIS YEAR THE DEPARTMENT CREATED A NEW TRADE DIVISION WHICH IS CONCERNED WITH CERTIFICATION, LICENSING AND TRADE INVESTIGATION MATTERS. THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR IN CHARGE IS MR. PAUL WONG.

A DC AND I SPOKESMAN COMMENTED: +THE CHANGES IN THE STRUCTURE OF THE DEPARTMENT REFLECT THE NEED TO KEEP ABREAST OF EXPANDING COMMITMENTS IN VARIOUS AREAS. IT IS QUITE LIKELY THAT FURTHER REVISION WILL TAKE FLACE IN THE FUTURE.+ ------------------------------0------

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THURSDAY, MAY 23, 1974

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GODOWN COMPANY FINED $24,000 FOR ILLEGALLY STORING DANGEROUS GOODS *»»»»»

ALERT OFFICERS OF THE FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU, WHO NOTICED FROM A SHIPPING MANIFEST THAT A GODOWN COMPANY WAS ABOUT TO RECEIVE MORE DANGEROUS GOODS THAN IT MAS CAPABLE OF STORING LEGALLY, VISITED THE GODOWN AT KING LAM STREET, KOWLOON, AND FOUND DANGEROUS GOODS BEING STORED IN AN UNLICENSED AREA.

THE SEQUEL TO THIS VISIT WAS THE APPEARANCE IN NORTH KOWLOON MAGISTRACY TODAY CTHURSDAY) OF THE DICKSON GODOWN COMPANY, OF 30 HING LUNG STREET, GROUND FLOOR, HONG KONG, ON SEVEN SUMMONSES RELATING TO CONTRAVENTIONS OF THE DANGEROUS GOODS ORDINANCE.

THE COMPANY PLEADED GUILTY TO ALL SEVEN SUMMONSES AND * FINES TOTALLING $24,000 WERE IMPOSED BY. THE MAGISTRATE, MR. E.S. Y. LIM.

ASSISTANT DIVISIONAL OFFICER YOUNG SIU PROSECUTED ON BEHALF OF THE FIRE SERVICES AND THE COMPANY WERE REPRESENTED BY MR. VINCENT CHEUNG, OF PHILIP K.H. WONG AND COMPANY.

THE COURT HEARD THAT FIVE DIFFERENT CATEGORIES OF DANGEROUS GOODS, TOTALLING 21,000 POUNDS OF POISON, 5,750 GALLONS OF INFLAMMABLE LIQUID AND 82,000 POUNDS OF CORROSIVE SUBSTANCES WERE BEING STORED WITHOUT A LICENCE.

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TWO MPS TO VISIT HONG KONG X X X X X *

TWO BRITISH MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT WILL BE ARRIVING THIS SATURDAY CMAY 25> FOR, A ONE-WEEK VISIT AT THE INVITATION OF THE GOVERNMENT.

THEY ARE MR. PETER HORDERN, CONSERVATIVE MEMBER FOR WEST SUSSEX CHORSHAM), AND HR. KENNETH CLARKE, CONSERVATIVE MEMBER FOR NOTTINGHAM CRUSHCLIFFE). THEY WILL BE MET AT THE AIRPORT BY THE DIRECTOR OF PROTOCOL, BRIGADIER R.G. LEWTHWAITE.

during their stay, they will see at first hand various HOUSING PROJECTS AND EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES AND TOUR A NUMBER OF AREAS TO SEE LIVING CONDITIONS.

THEY WILL ALSO BE HOLDING TALKS WITH SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICERS, UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS, AND MEMBERS OF THE URBAN COUNCIL.

MR. HORDERN AO MR. CLARKE WILL BE MEETING MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES BEFORE LEAVING ON JUNE 1.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

FOR YOUR INFORMATION, MR. HORDERN AND MR. CLARKE ARE SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE AT KAI TAK AIRPORT AT ABOUT 6.45 P.M. ON B.O.A.C. FLIGHT BA 880.

THURSDAY, MAY 23, 1974

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 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 PRICES($/CATTY)

rice of supply average

CHINA RICE

SEE MEW

- OLD CROP

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.21

S.C. JIEN

- OLD CROP

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.16

PO NGAI GOOD 1.72

CHU CHO

THAI RICE

1003 WHOLE GOOD 2.12

10-15% BROKENS GOOD 1.95

A1 : SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.87

A1 : SUPER GOOD 1.67

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 1.98

U.S. RICE . GOOD 1.94

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.91

PAKISTAN RICE ” 1

TAIWAN RICE

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

(ALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY q00D

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK CS/P1CUL-L1VE WEIGHT)

305 (AVERAGE?

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THURSDAY, MAY 23, 1974

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH

CFMO CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET) *

SPECIES AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE($/CATTY)

HIGH LOU MODE

GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 3.20 2.00 2.50

BIG-EYES GOOD 3.00 0.70 1.80

SQUID LIMITED 6.50 3.00 5.00

HAIR-TAILS NORMAL 1.10 0.60 0.70

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 2.80 1.50 2.00

CROAKERS NORMAL 1.80 0.70 1.10

CONGER-PIKE-EELS NORMAL 1.6o 1.00 1.40

MELON COAT

BREAMS LIMITED 5.20 3.80 4.30

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 1.30 0.60 1.00

MACKERELS NORMAL 3.80 2.50 3.00

RED GOAT FISH LIMITED 0.60 0.40 0.50

FORK-TAIL NORMAL 1.10 0.70 0.80

HORSE-HEAD GOOD 5.20 2.50 4.20

MELON SEED LIMITED 2.00 1.30 1.80

POMFRETS NORMAL 7.50 6.50 7.00

GAROUPAS NORMAL 7.00 5.00 6.00

YELLOW CROAKER ——

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

TYPE OF availability WHOLESALE PRICEC$/CATTY>

VEGETABLE OF SUPPLY HIGH LOW MODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE ' GOOD 0.60 0.20 0.40

WHITE CABBAGE GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.30

CHINESE LETTUCE GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.30

WATER SPINACH GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.30

CHINESE KALE LIMITED 1.00 0.30 0.60

STRING BEANS GOOD 1.50 0.40 1.00

SPRING ONION LIMITED 1.40 0.40 1.00

SPINACH

WATER CRESS LIMITED 0.80 0.20 0.50

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE LIMITED - 0.70 0.15 0.40

CHINESE SPINACH GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.25

TOMATO NORMAL 0.80 0.30 0.50

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IgisI hfel

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, MAY 24, 1974.

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NEW TEXTILES AGREEMENT REACHED WITH UNITED STATES .... 1

FREE HANDBOOK ON +CLEAN AIR AND THE LAW* AVAILABLE ... 3

. PRESS CONFERENCE BY TELEPHONE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ...... 3

DEPUTY UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE TO VISIT HONG KONG ... 4

ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY OUTLINES BACKGROUND TO BUDGET AND RESERVES..........................................

PROVISION OF FIVE-YEAR SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ........ 5

CHAI WAN YOUTH CENTRE TO GET NEW LOOK ...............

MORE LITTER WARDENS TO KEEP TIGHT REIN ON LAP SAP CHUNGS 7

FIRST REGISTRATION TAX TO BE RAISED UNDER NEW BILL .... 7

HOUSING OFFICER HURT IN TSZ WAN SHAN ATTACK ........... 8

PROPOSALS FOR STANDARDISATION OF MINI-BUS FARES ....... 9

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DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

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

FRIDAY, MAY 24, 1974.

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NEW TEXTILE AGREEMENT WITH U.S. CONTAINS SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENTS » K » » «

SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENTS TO EXISTING ARRANGEMENTS COVERING EXPORTS OF HONG KONG TEXTILES TO THE UNITED STATES ARE CONTAINED IN A NEW THREE-YEAR AGREEMENT WHICH COKES INTO EFFECT ON OCTOBER 1 THIS YEAR.

AFTER CONSIDERING THE TERMS OF THE AGREEMENT, THE TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD HAS RECOMMENDED THAT IT SHOULD BE ACCEPTED BY THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT.

THE AGREEMENT, DETAILS OF WHICH WERE ANNOUNCED TODAY, WAS NEGOTIATED IN WASHINGTON WITH THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT BY . A HONG KONG DELEGATION LED BY MR. LAWRENCE MILLS, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT.

MR. MILLS SAID THAT THE AGREEMENT PROVIDES A COMPREHENSIVE AND INTER-LINKING ARRANGEMENT GOVERNING THE EXPORT OF HONG KONG-MADE COTTON, MAN-MADE FIBRE AND WOOL TEXTILES TO THE U.S.

THE NEU AGGREGATE LIMIT HAS BEEN AGREED AT APPROXIMATELY 835 MILLION EQUIVALENT SQUARE YARDS, AND THIS WILL INCREASE BY JUST OVER SIX PER CENT ANNUALLY TO REACH 943 MILLION EQUIVALENT

SQUARE YARDS BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER, 1977 WHEN THE

AGREEMENT EXPIRES. *

IN COMPARISON, THE AGGREGATE LIMITS LAID DOWN UNDER THE EXISTING TEXTILE AGREEMENT WITH THE U.S. aiiount TO 792 MILLION EQUIVALENT SQUARE YARDS.

TE'i AGREEMENT RELATES TO FOUR GROUPS OF TEXTILE PRODUCTS -YARNS AND FABRICS, GARMENTS, MADE-UPS AND MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS AI.D WOOL PRODUCTS.

HR. HILLS SAID THAT, WITHIN THE YARNS AND FABRICS AND APPAREL GROUPS, CERTAIN PARTICULARLY SENSITIVE ITEMS NAVE BEE.J GIVEN SPECIFIC LIMITS. BUT FOR THE OTHEfl I TEES TIERS IS FUl - INTER-FIBRE FLEXIBILITY SO THAT COMPANIES CAN USE THEIR QUOTA FC’.! PRODUCTS EITHER OF COTTON C.I E;..J-I.’..D3 FIBRE, DEPEI '.t.l.?, OH THE PATTERN OF DEMAND. THIS FULL IMT^.’-FI BRE K.EXlDUITl i.S LOT POSSIBLE AT PRESENT BECAUSE CCTTC-il AN HAH* ..ADE FIE.! TEXTILES ALE SUBJECT TO DIFFERENT SETS OF ARRANGEMENTS.

OTHER FLEXIBILITY PROVISIONS IN TI.E EXISTING ARRANGEMENTS HAVE CEcil INCORPORATED INTO THE HEU A . .Z....XN AND IM.MOVED UPON. TRE <SUIIIG« MARGINS - WHEREBY YARDAGE Itl 0..2 iUGDUCT AREA CAN BE USED FOR THE SHIPMENT OF GOODS IN ANOil.E-J FRCJUCT AREA - HAVE BEEN 11 .CREASED SUBSTANTtALLY.

THE ABILITY TO CARRY UNUSED YARDAGE FROM OKE YEAR INTO THE NEXT KAS BEEN COuAItl'LzD AND A HEW FEAil’RE OF THE AGREEMENT IS THAT IT IS FO. ![£..E TO EO-ROW YARDAGE FROM THE FO-LO..ILG YEAR'S LIMITS, IF DELAND REQUIRES THIS.

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THERE HAS BEEN SOME MERGING OF SPECIFIC CATEGORIES IN THE APPAREL GROUP WHICH WILL ENABLE COMPANIES TO REACT MORE FLEXIBLY TO MARKET DEMANDS FOR THESE ITEMS.

SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS HAVE ALSO BEEN MADE TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE CURRENT FASHION DEMAND FOR MATCHING COTTON LEISURE JACKETS AND TROUSERS. THE U.S. HAS AGREED THAT THIS FACILITY CAN BE USED IMMEDIATELY AfCD THE NECESSARY MODIFICATIONS TO THE PRESENT ARRANGEMENTS have been AGREED.

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+ONE PARTICULAR AREA OF DIFFICULTY THAT HAS PLAGUED US/HK

TEXTILE RELATIONS IN THE PAST.+ HR. MILLS SAID. +HAS BEEN THE SO-CALLED TRIGGER POINT SYSTEM WHEREBY PRODUCTS REACHING PRE-DETERMINED LEVELS COULD EE RESTRAINED UNILATERALLY BY THE US IF UE FAILED TO AGRE.E TCAT A CASE FOR RESTRAINT HAD BEEN MADE.

HINDER THE NEU ARRANGEMENTS CONSULTATION MUST EE CASED ON THE HONG KONG EXPORT AUTHORISATION REPORTING SYSTEM ARD. MARKET CONDITIONS IN THE U.S. N'Ot.’-VER, ANY DISAGREEMENT BETWEEN HONG KONG AND THE U.S. OH THE HEED FOR FURTHER LIMITS CAN BE REFERRED TO THE TEXTILES SURVEILLANCE CODY 111 GENEVA FOR ITS RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE MATTER.

+1 AM CONFIDENT THAT WE SHALL MOT HAVE TO RESORT TO THIS.+ ADDED MR. HILLS, +CJT IT IS OBVIOUSLY A UEEFLE. THING TO BE ABLE TO FALL BACK QN SHOULD TEE NEED ARISE.+

MR. MILLS SAID THAT BECAUSE OF THE PARTICULAR DIFFICULTIES THE UOOi. SECTOR OF TEE U.S. TEXTILE INDUSTRY IS EXPERIENCING AT THE MOMENT, IT RAS EOT BEEN POSSIBLE TO SECURE ANY SIGNIFICANT GROWTH ON TEE FHuSENT Z.l'.RAHGEHEMTs COVERING HONG KONG’S EXPORTS OF WOOL mXilLES.

+E3UEVER, THE L’ZU AGREEMENT PROVIDES A LITTLE MORE EXPORT CAPACITY t.JAJ T .E I ..ilEHT C..E.+ HE SAID, +AED li'.E ZiCJ.l.-GATE LIMIT FOR L'OOL. C-? 41 UlLiUJ S3 - .E YARDS IS HONE t. ,;i ENOUGH TO COVER TEE CJi.i.Eli'i VuL.R.E

HZ. HILLS CAIO TUA” /' THOUGH THE NEGOTIATIONS REQUIRED SORE HARD EARGAuili.G LY iH Si. . T..E HO.’. . 1E..G . . LAi 0>. FELT Ti AT

TLm U.S. ik.AM L S I .. ... ■ f.. . * i. I. t..jB o I.:.ill CULAR

DIFFICULTIES, Z...D i .3 LU.I .. :.E l.A^ VERY FiitE—LY Tl. K.UGHOUT.

OTHER MERCERS OF TEE C AMERCE AND INDUSTRY CZPARTl.ONT IN THE ECHG KLH.’i ■ ZU.G .TIC-,4 EI...E I... i uuJ TS.’.O, l..:» Cl...J AHD

ER. PAji.ICH L/.J.. Tl.'iZ .. .RE .' I! > UY H.'. /’LC i. L.ij, CL • -,.i.cR FO.; I.O.jG ;.C.. , C. AFi/.Ii.u AT 'if.E BRITISH

Ei—ALJY HI W.iE.'J.i.GT.j.io

FOUR i.EHLE’S C 7 TEE T ITILES ADVISORY BOARD - ER. B.I. BAf^OU HR. C.K. C.JJ, 1.3. 1..C.; 17. I...J h::. Ft ...;2S T;.-;t " S7RVED AS liEiJSTRlAL Z. VIS..3 7 3 . .E 1.3.;?, KOHG L__LGAZtCJ TI..XJGHOUT l HE HEGOtTATICE .

KR. MILLS PAID TRIESTE TO THE ADVISERS WHO HAD MATERIALLY

CONTRIBUTED TO A SUCCESSFUL OUTCOME.

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CLEAN AIR AND THE LAW FREE EXPLANATORY HANDBOOK AVAILABLE x x x x a x

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAS PUBLISHED A SECOND EDITION OF ITS BOOKLET +CLEAN AIR AND THE LAW+ WHICH AIMS TO ASSIST THE OCCUPIER OF ANY PREMISES USING A FURNACE, OVEN OR CHIMNEY TO UNDERSTAND HIS OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE CLEAN AIR ORDINANCE.

THE BOOKLET, IN CHINESE AND IN ENGLISH, IS AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE FROM THE DEPARTMENT'S AIR POLLUTION CONTROL UNIT AT CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 4TH FLOOR, KOWLOON.

♦FUEL-USERS SUCH AS RESTAURANT OWNERS AND FACTORY

PROPRIETORS ARE WELCOME TO USE OUR FREE ADVISORY SERVICE BY •RINGING 3-688924 OR 3-688954,+ THE HEAD OF THE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL UNIT, MR. DAVID NEWBURY, SAID TODAY. +FAR TOO OFTEN FUEL-USERS ARE NOT AWARE OF WHAT THEY SHOULD DO TO COMPLY

WITH THE LAW.+

+1 WOULD STRONGLY ADVISE RESTAURANT OWNERS AND FACTORY PROPRIETORS TO FIND OUT ABOUT THEIR LEGAL RESPONSIBILITIES. ONE TELEPHONE CALL FOR FREE ADVICE WILL PROBABLY RESULT IN SAVING FUEL AND SAVING MONEY AS WELL AS DOING AWAY WITH .THE RISK OF A FINE.+

MR. NEWBURY POINTED OUT THAT, FOR EXAMPLE, A KOWLOON RESTAURANT WAS FINED $4,100 THIS WEEK FOR FAILING TO OBTAIN PRIOR APPROVAL FROM THE COMMISSIONER OF LABOUR FOR THE INSTALLATION OF TOWN-GAS FIRED STOVES IN ITS KITCHEN.

MR. NEWBURY EXPLAINED THAT THE REGULATIONS REQUIRED THAT ANY OCCUPIER OF PREMISES WHO WISHED TO INSTALL OR MAKE ALTERATIONS TO ANY FURNACE, OVEN OR CHIMNEY SHOULD SUPPLY FULL PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS OF THE INSTALLATION TO THE COMMISSIONER OF LABOUR FOR PRIOR APPROVAL AT LEAST 28 DAYS BEFORE THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE WORK.

♦FUEL-USERS WHOSE FURNACE, OVEN OR CHIMNEY CONSUMES MORE THAN FIVE GALLONS OF LIQUID FUEL PER HOUR, 70 POUNDS OF SOLID FUEL PER HOUR, OR 10 THERMS OF GAS PER HOUR HAVE TO APPLY,* HE SAID.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

MR. WOO PAK-CHUEN, CHAIRMAN OF THE TELEPHONE ADVISORY COMMITTEE WILL PRESENT HIS COMMITTEE'S ANNUAL REPORT AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE PRESS CONFERENCE STARTS AT 11 A.M. IN THE 35 MM THEATRE OF THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, 5TH FLOOR.

YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE IT COVERED.


FRIDAY, MAY 24, 1974

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SIR DUNCAN WATSON TO VISIT HONG KONG ******

SIR DUNCAN WATSON, DEPUTY UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE AT THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE, IS DUE TO ARRIVE IN HONG KONG ON SUNDAY, CHAY 2 6) FOR A TWO-WEEK VISIT.

HE WILL BE MET BY THE ADC TO THE GOVERNOR, MR. P.A. BARKLEY, AND THE DIRECTOR OF PROTOCOL, BRIGADIER R.G« LEWTH-WAITE. SIR DUNCAN WILL STAY AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE.

DURING HIS VISIT, THE DEPUTY UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE WILL MEET SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND STUDY THE LOCAL SITUATION AT FIRST HAND.

HE IS ALSO TO HAVE TALKS WITH UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE, LEGISLATIVE AND URBAN COUNCILS.

. HE WILL RETURN TO LONDON ON JUNE 6.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

FOR YOUR INFORMATION, THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES OF SIR DUNCAN UATSON:

S.IR DUNCAN WAS APPOINTED DEPUTY UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE, FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE IN 1972. HE FIRST JOINED THE COLONIAL ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER IN CYPRUS BETWEEN 1938-43. HE WAS ASSISTANT COLONIAL SECRETARY, TRINIDAD FROM 1943 TO 1945. IN THE FOLLOWING YEAR, SIR DUNCAN WAS ON SECONDMENT TO THE COLONIAL OFFICE AS PRINCIPAL AND TRANSFERRED TO HOME CIVIL SERVICE IN 1947.

AMONG OTHER POSTS HE HAD SERVED WERE: PRINCIPAL PRIVATE SECRETARY TO SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES, 1947~5O= ASST. SECRETARY, COLONIAL OFFICE, 1950-62= CENTRAL AF. OFFICE, 1962-63= UNDER-SECRETARY, 1963= ASSISTANT UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE, C.O. AND C.R.O., 1964-67= POLITICAL ADVISER TO C-IN-C FAR EAST, 1967-70= AND HIGH COMMISSIONER IN MALTA, 1970-72.

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NOTE TO EDITORS: THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR. DAVID

--------■------JORDAN, TODAY GAVE A'COMPREHENSIVE OUTLINE OF THE BACKGROUND TO THE 1974/75 BUDGET AND THE RESERVES IN A TALK TO THE ROTARY CLUB OF KOWLOON NORTH.

MR. JORDAN EXPLAINED AT LENGTH THE REASONS AND THINKING BEHIND THE ESTIMATES OF GOVERNMENT SPENDING AND REVENUE FOR THE CURRENT FISCAL YEAR, THE NECESSITY FOR RAISING CERTAIN TAXES AND THE MAINTENANCE OF RESERVES, TO KEEP HONQ KONG'S ECONOMY IN A HEALTHY CONDITION.

COPIES OF HIS TALK, IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE, ARE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM THE G.I.S. PRESS ROOM, 6TH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

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THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (ADMINISTRATION), MR. CHARLES LOWE, SAID TODAY THAT A COMPLETE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEMS AFFECTING THE EDUCATION SYSTEM IN HONG KONG WOULD BE IN SIGHT ONLY WHEN THE LONG-RANGE AIM OF PROVIDING A FIVE-YEAR SECONDARY PLACE FOR ANY PUPIL WHO WANTED IT WAS ACHIEVED.

+EVEN SO, IT MAY ONLY BE A PARTIAL SOLUTION BECAUSE THERE ARE SIGNS THAT THE SUBSIDIZED PRIMARY SCHOOLS ARE BECOMING MORE AND MORE SELECTIVE WITH THEIR OWN ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS AND WITH THE RESULT THAT A PRE-PRIMARY EDUCATION IS NECESSARY TO ENTER A QUALITY PRIMARY SCHOOL AND UE HAVE KINDERGARTENS PLACING GREAT EMPHASIS ON THE ACADEMIC LEARNING THEY CAN INSTIL,* MR. LOWE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE SOLUTION TO THIS DIFFICULT PROBLEM WAS NOT EASY. BUT, HE SAID, +UNTIL SCHOOLS, ESPECIALLY PRIMARY SCHOOLS, ARE WILLING TO ACCEPT A FAIR SAMPLE OF THE CHILO POPULAT-4ON FOR ENTRY, POSSIBLY BY RANDOM SELECTION, ONE IN THREE OR ONE IN FOUR AS THE CASE HAY BE, WE SHALL MERELY BE EXCHANGING PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS FOR SCHOOL-BASED EXAMINATIONS AND THE SCHOOLS WILL CONTINUE TO REFLECT THE VERY COMPETITIVE NATURE OF HONG KONG SOCIETY.

♦NEVERTHELESS, ONE WELCOMES EACH NEW FIVE-YEAR COURSE AIDED SECONDARY SCHOOL THAT IS BEING BUILT AS A SMALL STEP FORWARD TO PROVIDING THE FIVE-YEAR COURSES THAT WILL I. UP TO REDUCE THE TRE1ENDOUS COMPETITION FOR FIVE-YEAR SECONOARY PLACES AMONG THE CHILDREN OF HONG KONG.+

THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR WAS SPEAKING AT OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY COLLEGE, WHICH HE OPENED AND WHICH WAS BLESSED BY BISHOP PETER LEI.

THE NEW SCHOOL, OPERATED BY THE SISTERS ANNOUNCERS OF THE LORD, WAS FINANCED BY THE GOVERNMENT WITH ASSISTANCE OF A GENEROUS DONATION OF $100,000 FROM THE JOCKEY CLUB AND A MOST ENERGETIC FUND-RAISING CAMPAIGN BY THE SISTERS WHO RAISED $120,000.

ON PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS, MR. LOWE SAID THAT THE S.S.E.E. COULD POSSIBLY BE REPLACED BY CUMULATl VE .SCHOOL RECORDS AND ASSESSMENTS AND BY LINKING A NUMBER OF PRIMARY SCHOOLS WITH A SECONDARY SCHOOL WHICH WOULD DO ITS OWN SELECTION IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE STAFF OF THE PRIMARY SCHOOLS.

♦THIS MAY BE POSSIBLE,* HE SAID, +BUT UNLESS WE ARE CAREFUL, THE REPLACEMENT OF THE S.S.E.E. WITH A FAR MORE ELABORATE SELECTION AND ATTAINMENT EXAMINATION AFTER FORM III MAY BE RATHER RISKY AS WELL AS TECHNICALLY DIFFICULT - ATTAINMENT AND SELECTION TESTS ARE QUITE DIFFERENT AND DO NOT COMBINE EASILY3 ONE FEARS THE RESULT OF THIS EXAMINATION ON TEACHING IN FORMS I-111


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+AT PRESENT, THERE IS A CLEAR RUN THROUGH IN THE FIVE-YEAR SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND PUPILS DO NOT HAVE TO START PREPARING FOR THE SCHOOL CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION COURSES IN FORM IV IMMEDIATELY AFTER TAKING A MAJOR PUBLIC EXAMINATION IN FORM III.+

EARLIER, MR. LOWE EXPRESSED THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT'S MOST SINCERE GRATITUDE TO ONE OF THE LARGEST OF THE SPONSORING BODIES -THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH AND THE RELIGIOUS ORDERS.

HE SAID THAT ONCE A SCHOOL WAS BUILT, THE NEXT CHALLENGE FACING THE SPONSORS WAS TO ESTABLISH IT AS A GOING CONCERN TO ENSURE THAT IT WAS RUNNING WELL WITH A GRADUAL BUT STEADY IMPROVEMENT OF STANDARD.

+THIS STANDARD IS NOT BY ANY MEANS ENTIRELY ACADEMIC, THOUGH THAT IS THE MOST EASILY QUANTIFIABLE AND POSSIBLY THE MOST VISIBLE. THE STANDARD MUST LIE IN THE SERVICE TO PUPILS IN PREPARING THEM FOR ADULT LIFE IN HONG KONG BY GIVING MORAL TRAINING AS WELL AS ACADEMIC KNOWLEDGE.*

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NOTE TO EDITORS: COPIES OF THE FULL TEXT OF MR. LOWE'S SPEECH,

IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE, ARE BOXED FOR COLLECTION.

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BRIGHTENING up CHAI WAN YOUTH CENTRE

RESIDENTS AND WORKERS OF CHAI WAN DISTRICT WILL JOIN FORCES OVER THE WEEKEND TO GIVE THE CHAI WAN YOUTH RECREATION CENTRE A BRIGHT NEW LOOK.

LOCAL RESIDENTS, STUDENTS, VOLUNTARY WORKERS, AND STAFF OF THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (EASTERN) AND CHAI WAN POLICE STATION WILL UP BRUSHES AND HAMMERS IN THIS PAINT-UP AND REPAIR OPERATION TOMORROW AND ON SUNDAY.

THE NECESSARY EQUIPMENT AND MATERIAL, INCLUDING SAWS, BRUSHES, PAINT, WOODEN PLANKS AND RAILS, HAVE BEEN DONATED BY PUBLIC SPIRITED CITIZENS IN THE DISTRICT.

MR. STEPHEN HO, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (EASTERN), WILL TAKE PART IN THE PAINTING WORK ON SUNDAY (MAY 26).

THE CHAI WAN YOUTH RECREATION CENTRE WAS DONATED BY THE ARMY IN 1971, AND HAS PROVED VERY POPULAR WITH YOUNG PEOPLE. IT IS RUN BY A MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE CONSISTING OF THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (EASTERN) AND LOCAL VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS.

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YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE PAINT-UP OPERATION WHICH BEGINS AT 10 A.M. ON SUNDAY. THE CENTRE IS LOCATED OPPOSITE BLOCK 13, CHAI WAN ESTATE.

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HORE LITTER WARDEMS TO KEEP TIGHT REIN ON LAP SAP CHUNGS it » it J5- X- >?

MORE GOVERNMENT OFFICERS ARE TO JOIN FORCES WITH U.S.D. LITTER WARDENS TO BRING HOME THE MESSAGE OF KEEPING HONG KONG CLEAN TO DIE-HARD LITTER DUGS.

■ THESE INCLUDE MEN FROM THE DEPARTMENTS OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, FIRE SERVICES, IMMIGRATION, LADOUR, NEU TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, TRANSPORT AS WELL AS THE UR13AN SERVICES.

THE MAGISTRATES ORDINANCE (AMENDMENT OF FOURTH SCHEDULE) ORDER 1974, PUBLISHED IN TODAY'S GAZETTE, EMPOWERS SENIOR STAFF OF VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS, WHO EITHER WEAR UNIFORMS OR NORMALLY HAVE DIRECT DEALINGS UI TH THE PUBLIC, TO SERVE NOTICES INSTITUTING PROCEEDINGS AGAINST LITTER OFFENDERS.

THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THIS MOVE IS TO INCREASE THE ♦ENFORCEMENT PRESENCE* OF THE EXISTING LITTER LAWS AND ALSO REFuECTS THE GREATER IMPORTANCE ATTACHED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANLINESS OF HONG KONG.

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT ABOUT 1,030 POTENTIAL ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WILL BE ADDED TO THE REGULAR LITTER TEAMS OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

, AT PRESENT, THERE ARE 100 FULL-TIME LITTER WARDENS AND ABOUR 1,450 USD STAFF MEMBERS WHO ARE AUTHORISED TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST LITTER OFFENDERS.

SINCE THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN BEGAN IN NOVEMBER 1972, A TOTAL OF ABOUT 60,000 LAP SAP CHUNGS HAVE BEEN PROSECUTED UP TO MAY 18 THIS YEAR.

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FIRST REGISTRATION TAX TO BE RAISED » it it it » JI-

TWO BILLS WHICH SEEK TO FORMALISE MEASURES INTRODUCED IN THE 1974-75 BUDGET DEALING WITH VEHICLE LICENCE FEES AND FIRST REGISTRATION TAX ARE PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S ISSUE OF THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

. FARST BILL' T0 AflEL’D TH£ R0AD TRAFFIC (REGISTRATION AND

LICENSING OF VEHICLES) REGULATIONS, INCREASES THE LICENCE FEES OF MANY CATEGORIES OF MOTOR VEHICLES.

THE NEW FEES HAVE BEEN IN FORCE SINCE MARCH 28 AND WERE INTRODUCED TO RAISE ADDITIONAL REVENUE.

THE SECOND BILL SEEKS TO AMEND THE MOTOR VEHICLES (FIRST REGISTRATION TAX) ORDINANCE BY RAISING FROM 10 PER CENT TO 15 PER CENT THE TAX PAYABLE ON THE FIRST REGISTRATION OF CERTAIN MOTOR VEHICLES.

IF APPROVED, THE BILLS WILL REPLACE THE TWO ORDERS ISSUED UNDER THE PUBLIC REVENUE PROTECTION ORDINANCE. THESE ORDERS HAVE THE SAME EFFECT AS THE LEGISLATION ITSELF AMD ENABLE BUDGETARY PROPOSALS TO BE IMPLEMENTED IMMEDIATELY TO ENSURE THERE IS NO LOSS OF REVENUE PENDING THE INTRODUCTION OF THE BILLS INTO THC LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

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HOUSING OFFICER HURT IN ATTACK it if » it if if

AN OFFICER OF THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT WAS ATTACKED AND INJURED THIS (FRIDAY) MORNING DURING A STRUGGLE WHICH OCCURRED AT THE TSZ WAN SHAN ESTATE.

THE STRUGGLE TOOK PLACE SHORTLY AFTER AN ESTATE TIDINESS TEAM HAD COMPLETED ITS ROUTINE ACTION AT CLOCK NINE TO 12.

EARLIER TODAY, A TIDINESS TEAM WAS SENT OUT TO THE BLOCKS TO CLEAR AWAY OBSTRUCTIONS CAUSED BY ESTATE TENANTS.

MEMBERS OF THE TEAM WENT UPSTAIRS AFTER HAVING REMOVED

ONTO A LORRY SOME CHAIRS AND TABLES UHICH WERE CAUSING OBSTRUCTION OUTSIDE A CAFE AT CLOCK 11. AT THIS TINE THE LORRY DRIVER, WHO WAS STANDING ALONE AT THE SIDE OF HIS CAR, WAS ATTACKED AND PUNCHED SEVERAL TINES. HOWEVER HE MANAGED TO ESCAPE AND DROVE THE VEHICLE TO THE ESTATE OFFICE AT BLOCK FOUR.

SHORTLY AFTERWARD, TWO YOUNG MEN ARMED WITH KNIVES APPROACHED THE ESTATE OFFICE AND WANTED TO CLAIM THE "PROPERTY BACK. THE ESTATE OFFICE STAFF INFORMED THE POLICE WHO LATER ARRIVED AND BROUGHT THE YOUNG MEN AND THE DRIVER TO THE POLICE STATION FOR ENQUIRY.

IMMEDIATELY AFTER THIS A GROUP OF PEOPLE GATHERED OUTSIDE THE ESTATE OFFICE AND WHEN THE GROUP GREW IN SIZE THE ESTATE OFFICE STAFF LOCKED THE FRONT IRON GATE.

HOWEVER THE GATE WAS DAMAGED BY THE UNRULY. CROWD WHO USED IRON BAKS AND WATER PIPES TO BREAK IN BY FORCE.

THE OFFICER IN CHARGE WHO TRIED TO STOP THEM FROM RUSHING INTO THE OFFICE WAS ATTACKED BY THE GROUP ARD WAS HIT ON THE HEAD BY A HARD OBJECT UHICH RESULTED IN A FRACTURED SKULL.

POLICE WERE AGAIN CALLED TO THE SCENE AND THE INJURED OFFICER WAS RUSHED TO HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT.

NO ARREST HAS BEEN MADE AND POLICE ENQUIRIES ARE PROCEEDING.

COMMENTING ON THE INCIDENT, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT STRONGLY DENIED THAT ESTATE STAFF OFTEN USED FORCE WHEN CARRYING OUT THEIR DUTY.

HE SAID THAT ALL STAFF HAD BEEN INSTRUCTED TO EKERCISE RESTRAINT AND PATIENCE IN PERFORMING THEIR DUTY.

+THE JOB IS A MOST UNTHANKFUL ONE BUT IT IS MOST ESSENTIAL TO GOOD ESTATE MANAGEMENT. WITHOUT THEIR EFFORT THE ESTATES WOULD SOON TURN INTO SLUMS,* THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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PROPOSALS FOR STANDARDISATION OF FLB FARES

REPRESENTATIVES OF HI HI-DUS ASSOCIATIONS WERE TODAY HANDED DETAILS OF PROPOSED REGULATIONS OH THE STANDARDISATION OF PUBLIC LICHT DUS FARES AT A MEETING WITH THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT.

THE QUESTION OF THE STA.’.'DAF.DJSATION OF FARES WAS

FIRST RAISED WITH THE ASSOCIATIONS ABOUT A YEAR AGO AND AGAIN AT ANOTHER MEETING EARLIER THIS YEAR. AT THE TINE, THE ASSOCIATIONS AGREED IN PRINCIPLE WITH TEE GOVERNMENT PLAN.

UNDER THE SCHEME, ROUTES ALONG THE NORTH SHORE OF HONG KONG ISLAND WOULD HAVE A MAXIMUM STANDARD FARE OF 50 CENTS WHILE THE STALLARD LV.XIHUM FARE FIX’ A JOURNEY ELSEWHERE ON THE ISLAND WOULD LE $1.

IN KOWLOON AND THE HEW TERRITORIES A MAXIMUM STANDARD FARE WOULD ALSO EE LAID DOWN IN THE PROPOSED REGULATIONS. FOR A JOURNEY WITHIN KOWLOON AND NEW KOWLOON IT WOUuD BE 50 CENTS AND WITHIN THE NEU TERRITORIES $1.50.

A MAXIMUM STANDARD FARE OF $2 WOUuD BE SET FOR ANY JOURNEY COMMENCING IN KOWLOON AND ENDING IN THE NEW TERRITORIES OR VICE VERSA, AND ALSO FOR A JOURNEY THROUGH THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL.

THE PROPOSED REGULATIONS ALSO HAVE PROVISION FOR MAXIMUM SPECIAL FARES WHICH COUuD BE CHARGED DURING SPECIFIED PERIODS SUCH AS AT PEAK HOURS, ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS AND DURING TYPHOONS. THESE WOULD ALLOW FOR A FARE UP TO TWICE THE MAXIMUM STANDARD FARE TO BE CHARGED.

NO DISCUSSION WAS HELD ON THE PROPOSED STANDARDISATION OF FARES AND ANOTHER MEETING WILL BE HtLD WITHIN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS AT WHICH THE PROPOSAL WILL BE EXPLAINED IN DETAIL AND THE VIEWS OF THE REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE EXPRESSED.

AT TODAY'S MEETING, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT'S CHIEF TRANSPORT OFFICER FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT, HR. PETER HILLER, ANNOUNCED THAT IT WAS INTENDED TO HAKE THE SECTION OF SHAU KEI WAN ROAD FROM THE TAI KOO DOCKS TO KAM JAH STREET AN URBAN CLEARWAY TO IMPROVE THE TRAFFIC FLOW AND PREVENT THE

SITUATION FROM DETERIORATING.

HOWEVER, ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS FOR MINI-BUSES WERE ‘ SUGGESTED INCLUDING the SETTING up OF TWO FLB STANDS IN SAI WAN HO STREET.

MR. MILLER AGREED TO HOLD A SITE MEETING WITH PLB REPRESENTATIVES TO DISCUSS THE PROPOSED SCHEME ARD TO TRY TO WORK OUT The FINAL DETAILS. HE INDICATED THAT THE CLEARWAY WOULD NOT BE INTRODUCED UNTIL AT LEAST AUGUST OR

EVEN LATER.

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ALSO AGREED WITH A SUGGESTION THAT A PLB STAND SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED IN SHU KUK STREET IN NORTH POINT. THIS STAND IS EXPECTED TO BE IN OPERATION WITHIN

A MONTH OR SO.

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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 AND AT THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AND THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOuESAuE MARKET AT CHEUNG SHA WAN, KOWLOON:

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE OF RICE AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PR!CEC$/CATTY)

CHINA RICE OF SUPPLY average

SEE HEW

- OLD CROP ——

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.21

S.C.JIEN

- OLD CROP \

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.16

PO NQA1 GOOD 1.72

CHO CHO

THAI RICE

100* WHOLE ——

10-15* dROKENS GOOD 1.95

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.87

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.67

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 1.98

U.S. RICE GOOD 1.94

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.91

PAKISTAN RICE

TAIWAN RICE

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY - GOOD

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK

CS/PICUL-LIVE WEIGHT). - 305 CAVERAGE)

ZiUmOES AND......

FRIDAY, MAY 2*S 197 ->

SUPPLIES AMD WHOLESALE PRICES OF

(FI1O CHEUNG SHA WAil WHOLESALE FISH MARK^'fl

SPECIES AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE I’ICH pa ice LOU . U/CATTY) MODE

GOLDEN THREAD tUG-EYES SQUID .HAIR-TAILS LAZARD FISHES CROAKERS CONGER-PIKE-EELS GOOD CCOD LIMITED KCMMAL HOHMAL HOUMAL LIMITED * 2. CD 2.73 6.CD 1.63 1.S5 O.£3 1.50 1.50 0.6b 2.00 0.70 1.20 0.50 1.Q0 2.00 1.70 4.20 1.20 • 1.50 0.70 1.20

MELON COAT BREAMS YELLOW BELLY MACKERELS RED GOAT FISH LIMITED GOOD NORMAL GOOD A? 4.00 1.60 J.CO 1.C0 2.50 0.60 2.20 0.30 0.60 3.50 1.20 3.00 0.40 0.80

fork-tail 1 . w L *• •• * E32HA-LEHITED SCARCE NORMAL 4.CO 2.50 4.00

horse-h -.ad I^LOil SEifD POKFRETS 1.53 ■ 7.50 6.50 1.00 1.20 6.50 5.50

CAi-OUPAS • •

YELLOU CROAKER

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCAlLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

cv.n.o. chzui.'G • SNA UA.I Ui.'GLESAL: 1 r j 1 • 4-1 1 r-11 i-i n i HACKETO

TYPE OF availability WHOLESALE PflIC. E CS/CATTYD

VEGETABLE OF SUPPuY . HIGH LOU MODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE good 0.60 0.20 0.43

WHITE CABBAGE GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.30

CHINESE LETTUCE GOOD 0.4D 0.10 O.JO

WATER SPINACH GOOD Oo4D 0.10 0.25

CHINESE KALE LI DI TED O.CO 0.30 0.50

STH1HQ L'EAi.3 GOOD 1.!;0 0.43 0.00

SPRING ONI GN LIMITED 1.23 0.40 0.03

SPIHACH —•

WATER CRESS SCADCE O.CO 0.23 0.50

LEAF MUSTARD CAB3AGE. LEHI TED O.CO 0.20 0.50

CHiiJEEE SPINACH GOOD 0.40 0.10 0 0 VJ 0

TOMATO NORMAL O.CO 0.30 0.50

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SATURDAY, MAY 25, 1974

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

STEERING GROUP FORMED TO EXAMINE PROPOSALS FOR A COMMODITY EXCHANGE IN HONG KONG......................... 1

TELEPHONE COMPANY URGED TO REVIEW ITS EXPANSION POLICY ................................................. 2

STRICT SECURITY AT HIGH ISLAND TO PREVENT PILFERING OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL ITEMS................................  3

SMALL VESSELS WARNED NOT TO' NAVIGATE TOO NEAR FERRY

PIERS......................<..........................   3

FIFTY NEW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN APRIL .......... 4

SECOND PHASE OF ANTI-POLIO CAMPAIGN COMPLETED .......... 4

NEW IMNIGRATIONXOFF1CE OPENING IN SHAM SHU1 PO ......... 5

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STEERING GROUP TO EXAMINE PROPOSED COMMODITY EXCHANGE » » » » JJ X-

A SHALL STEERING GROUP HAS BEEN SET UP TO APPRAISE THE FIVE FEASIBILITY ; AUDIES £ IBNITTED TO THE COV.'.RHli: l.t' OY TH. SE GR .UPS Ui.',. HAV E REESEO 1 INTEREST IN T E STA fSH ..ENT AN) CP RAilOii f f o • f .Air. in keg Ji .»

TZ.RY FOR ECGi.OH ) ERV S, HAS

BE N APPOINTED HI ■ il/.f. 0! HE SY A, Jill GR JF

THE MEMBERS ARC

SIR SIDNEY GORDON, UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

HR. WILFRED S.B. WONG, UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

HR. ANN TSE—KAI, UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

MR. JANES MCGREGOR, ACTING DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, AND HR. U.A. MCINNES, ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR SECURITIES, WHO WILL ALSO DE SECRETARY TO THE STEERING GROJP.

THE STEERING GROUP WILL ALSO HAVE THE ASSISTANCE OF AH INDEPENDENT EXPERT CONSULTANT TO ADVISE IT ON THE TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF THE VARIOUS APPLICATIONS.

HE IS MR. LUCIUS THOMPSON-MCCAUSLAND, A FORMER ADVISER TO THE GOVERNOR OF THE BANK OF ENGLAND. EE IS DUE TO ARRIVE IN HONG KONG OVER THE WEEKEND FOR A PERIOD OF ABOUT THREE WEEKS.

THE STEERING GROUP’S FINDINGS WILL EVENTUALLY BE SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL FUR DECISIlHS 0.1

(A) WHETHER THE COMMODITY EXCHANGES (PROHIBITION) ORDINANCE, 1973 SHOULD BE AMENDED TO PERMIT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A COMMODITY EXCHANGE IN HONG KONG AND, IF SO,

CB) WHICH ONE OF THE FIVE GROUPS SHOULD BE PERMITTED TO OPEN SUCH AN EXCHANGE,

COMMENTING ON THE APPOINTMENT OF THE STEERING GROUP MR. JONES SAID: +THERE SEEMS LITTLE DOUBT THAT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A WELL REGULATED ARD PROPERLY RUN COMMODITY EXCHANGE IN HONG KONG COULD BE OF BENEFIT TO OUR ECONOMY AND A FURTHER STEP IN HONG KONG’S EMERGENCE AS A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE.

+BUT FOR SUCH AN EXCHANGE TO BE SUCCESSFUL IT MUST BE ABLE TO OPERATE FROM THE START ON THE HIGHEST TECHNICAL STANDARDS AND WITH ABSOLUTE INTEGRITY.

+IT WILL BE THE STEERING GROUP’S TASK TO ENSURE THAT ANY RECOMMENDATION TO PERMIT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF SUCH AN EXCHANGE AND TO CHOOSE ORE OF THE GROUPS WILL ONLY BE MADE IF THEY ARE SURE THAT THESE REQUIREMENTS CAN BE MET IN FULL.

+IF THE STEERING GROUP ARE NOT SO CONVINCED THEY WILL RECOMMEND AGAINST THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A COMMODITY EXCHANGE IN HONG KONG AT THE PRESENT TIME*.

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TEL. CO. URrED TO REVIEW ITS EXPANSION POLICY y. 1?

THE ♦CONSERVATIVE ATTITUDE* OP THS Ti ■-.'-IQl’.Z COMPANY IM ITS PLANNING CM PROVIDING Tu'.FPNOME C .3 70 AREAS 0 X-Y AFTER SUFFICIENT C.RjAID 114.3 ML3-H CAME I .DEM l’i : u 7Y .

IM ITS REPORT FOR TEE Y2':2 1?73, TH”. '■ I'CRY CO. '..’.ITT.7.E OH TELEPHONE SERVICES CAYS THAT RY THIS 1.'PuM') CF PL .RUING, -SUPPLY OF TELEPHONE LEHL3 UELL ALLAYS LAG CE.!.:'.j . Cu :.. D.*

♦A REVIEW OF THE PRESENT EXPANSION POLICY OF TEE COMPANY SHOULD BE MADE IM THE FIRST OPPORTUNITY,* MR. MOD PAK-UiIUEN, CHAIRMAN OF THE TELEPHONE ADVISORY CC.EHTTLE, STRESSED IN HIS REPORT.

THE COMMITTEE IS OF TRE OPINION THAT T..’E PROVISION OF A PUBLIC TELEPHONE SERVICE SHOULD HOT CE LOO.'.E3 UPO.l IH INDIVIDUAL AREAS IH ISOLATION CUT MUST CE VIEWED FROM ESTACLISHING A SATISFACTORY NETWORK COVERING THE l.MOLE CF HONG KONG.

PROCLEMS CONNECTED WITH THE TELEPHONE DIRECTORY AGAIN TAXED THE COMMITTEE’S TINE AND ATTENTION DURING THE YEAR UNDER REVIEW.

+THE GEOGRAPHICAL DIVISION OF TEE PRESENT TWO VOLUME DIRECTORY IS LOT A SUITABLE OR CONVENIENT METHOD OF PRESENTATION,* MR. WOO COMMENTED.

HE SUGGESTED THAT A TWO VOLUME DIRECTORY, SPLIT

ALPHACETICALLY IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDITION AND BY CHARACTER STROKE IH THE CHINESE LANGUAGE EDITION MOULD CE PREFERABLE.

HOWEVER, THIS SUGGESTION HAS ROT BEEN ACCEPTED DY THE COMPANY, WHICH MAINTAINED THAT THE PROPOSED RETLED L’O.’LD ARTIFICIALLY INFLATE TEE DEMAND FOR 'tELEPRORE DI..ECTORIES.

HERRERS OF THE CC.'.’MITTEE ALSO EXPRESSED CONCERN OVER THE CUMULATIVE WAITING LIST WHICH STOOD AT 2S»3!>5 CH DECEH3ER 31, • 1973» THE MAJORITY CF WHICH ARE APPLICATIONS FOR t-EU LINES.

IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS, THE NUHCER OF NEW LINES INSTALLED IN A YEAR FLUCTUATED CETUEEM 71.446 TO 93,90.6 WHILE THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS RECEIVED TOTALLED 85,35'5 IH 1969 ARD ROSE TO 126,264 IN 1973.

REFERRING TO TELEPHONE SERVICES IN THE HEU TERRITORIES, MR. WOO REPORTED THAT A SURVEY OF DEMAND FOR TELEPHON-3 IH THE II. To HAD SEEN COMPLETED DY TRE SU3-CCHM!TTEE ON TELEPHONE SERVICES IN RURAL AREAS.

AS A RESULT, A CLOSE WORKING RELATIONSHIP WAS ESTASLISHED BETWEEN THIS SUB-COMMITTEE AND THE TELEPHONE COMMITTEE OH TEE FORMULATION AI3 IilFLE'.ER-ATICM CF THE PLAN FOR EXTEND!MG THE TELEPHONE SERVICE TO 7.RE.1S CY THE SURVEY.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

COPIES OF TRE REPORT OF TEE ADVISORY COMMITTEE CM TELEPHONE.SERVICES ARE DISTRIBUTED SEPARATELY IN '.RE PRESS COXES FOR COLLECTION.

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ARCHAEOLOGICAL FINDS AT HIGH ISLAND STRICT SECURITY MEASURES TO PREVENT PILFERING a n ft ft ft ft

THE DISTRICT OFFICER, SA! KUNG, MR. CLIVE OXLEY, TODAY CSATURDAY) REPORTED BRIEFLY.ON THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL FINDS AT THE KOON MUN CHAWS. WHICH IS CURRENTLY BEING EXCAVATED AS PART OF THE HIGH ISLAf.D VATER SCHEME.

HE SAID THAT STRICT SECURITY HAS CEEH IMPOSED AROUND THE SITE TO PREVENT1FURTHER PILFERING. HE CALLED O.I ANYONE WHO HAD TAKEN AWAY SAMPLES TO RETURN THEM IMMEDIATELY.

MR. OXLEY HAD ADVISED CITY MUSEUM CURATOR, MR. JOHN WARNER, OF THE DISCOVERY, AND THAT MR. WARNER AND HR. B. WILLIAMS OF THE HONG KONG ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY WERE PLANNING FURTHER EXCAVATION.

MEANWHILE, CITY MUSEUM STAFF YESTERDAY CARRIED OUT PRELIMINARY WORK AND HAVE TAKEN AWAY SAMPLES FOR DATING AND FURTHER SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER SAID IT WAS FAR TOO EARLY TO INDICATE THE DATE OF THE SUNKEN SHIP OR THE GENERAL IMPORTANCE OF THE DISCOVERY.

HE DID, HOWEVER, INDICATE THAT THE SHIP WAS UNLIKELY TO BE OLDER THAN MING DYNASTY.

HE SAID THAT ONCE THE CITY MUSEUM INVESTIGATIONS HAD BEEN COMPLETED IT WAS HOPED TO ISSUE FULL DETAILS OF- TEE DISCOVERY. HE UNDERSTOOD THE CURATOR WOULD DISPLAY MANY OF THESE OBJECTS OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL INTERESTS IN THE CITY MUSEUM.

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WARNING AGAINST NAVIGATING TOO CLOSE TO FERRY PIERS ft ft ft ft ft

' THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE TODAY WARNED OWNERS AND OPERATORS OF SMALL VESSELS IN THE HARBOUR TO KEEP WELL AWAY FROM PASSENGER AND VEHICULAR PIERS.

+IT HAS BEEN OBSERVED,* HE SAID, +THAT THERE IS A TENDENCY FOR ALL TYPES OF VESSELS TO NAVIGATE EXTREMELY CLOSE TO THE VARIOUS PASSENGER AND VEHICULAR PIERS IN TEE HARBOUR.

+TH1S PRACTICE IS BOTH IMPRUDENT AND DANGEROUS -AW) HAS RESULTED IN LOSS OF LIFE.*

THE DIRECTOR STRESSED THAT ALL PERSONS IN CHARGE OF SMALL VESSELS WHETHER POWERED OR UNDER SAIL, ARE REQUIRED TO PASS THESE PIERS AT A DISTANCE OF NOT LESS THAN 30$ FEET.

THIS PRECAUTION WAS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT DURING THE MORNING AND EVENING RUSH HOURS WEEN ADDITIONAL FERRIES USED THE WEST AND EAST ARMS OF- TEE FERRY PIERS AT TS1M SEA TSUI AND EDINBURGH PLACE.

♦SHIPMASTERS, PILOTS AND COXSWAINS ARE REQUIRED TO GIVE ALL' FERRY PIERS, GOVERNMENT PIERS AND PUELIC PIERS AS WIDE A BERTH AS IS COMMENSURATE WITH OTHER NAVIGATIONAL COMMITMENTS AND WITH THE REGULATIONS OF THE PORT,* HE SAID.

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OCCUPATION PERMITS ISSUED TO THREE NEW SCHOOL BUILDINGS O £ O

THREE NEW SCHOOLS WERE AMONG 49 NEW BUILDINGS FOR WHICH OCCUPATION PERMITS WERE ISSUED LAST MONTH. THE TOTAL CONSTRUCTION COST OF THE NEW BUILDINGS AMOUNTED TO $110 MILLION.

THE THREE SCHOOL PREMISES CERTIFIED FOR OCCUPATION INCLUDED A SINGLE-STOREY BUILDING WITHIN THE POLYTECHNIC AT HUNG HOM, A SEVEN-STOREY BUILDING OF THE CHINESE RHENISH CHURCH HONG KONG SYHDD IN KOWLOON TONG, AND A SIX-STOREY SCHOOL BUILDING FOR THE HONG KONG BUDDHIST ASSOCIATION IN KWAI CHUNG.

MEANWHILE, BUILDING PLANS FOR A BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, ECONOMIC RESEARCH AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION BUILDING IN THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY WERE ALSO APPROVED.

ALTOGETHER, 50 NEW BUILDING PLANS SUBMITTED TO THE BUILDING ORDINANCE OFFICE WERE APPROVED LAST MONTH. THESE INCLUDED PLANS • FOR A HOTEL IN HAPPY VALLEY, A CINEMA IN SAU HAU PING AND A CONTAINER FREIGHT STATION AT KWAI CHUNG.

AT THE SAME TIME, CONSENT WAS GIVEN FOR WORK TO START ON 52 NEW BUILDING PROJECTS AND APPROVAL FOR DEHOLITl-ON OF 26 BUILDINGS WAS GIVEN.

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THE SECOND PHASE OF THIS YEAR'S MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT"*^-ANTI-POLIOMYELITIS CAMPAIGN BEGINNING ON MARCH 18 WAS COMPLETED AT THE END OF APRIL, WITH A TOTAL OF 36,286 DOSES OF ANTI-POLIOMYELITIS VACCINE ADMINISTERED.

DURING THE PERIOD, 1,514 DOSES WERE ADMINISTERED AMONG CHILDREN ON THE ISLAND, 19,838 IN KOWLOON, AND 8,934 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

OF THESE, 13,365 WERE FIRST-DOSE, 13,058 SECOND DOSE, AND 9,863 BOOSTER-DOSE.

THE SECOND PHASE WAS INTENDED AS A FOLLOW-UP TO THE FIRST PHASE, CARRIED OUT EARLIER IN THE YEAR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY : +ANTI-POLIOMYELlT1S VACCINE IS AVAILABLE FREE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AT ALL THE DEPARTMENT'S MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRES.

+THE ANNUAL CAMPAIGNS ARE INTENDED TO REMIND MOTHERS

OF THE AVAILABILITY OF THIS SERVICE, AND TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT.+

HE EXPLAINED THAT CAMPAIGNS +ENABLE MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRES TO DEAL WITH CASES THAT DO NOT COME UP DURING NORMAL SESSIONS.+

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SATURDAY, MAY 25, 1974

NEW IMMIGRATION OFFICE IN SHAM SHU1 PO

A NEW IMMIGRATION BRANCH OFFICE WILL BE OPENED IN SHAM SHUI PO ON MONDAY CMAY 27> PROVIDING CONVENIENT IMMIGRATION FACILITIES TO RESIDENTS IN THE AREA.

THE OFFICE IS LOCATED AT E-H, SOUTH OCEAN BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, 286-300 CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD, AND WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED BY MR. WONG PING-HON, CHAIRMAN OF THE CHEUNG SHA WAN KAI FONG ASSOCIATION.

IT WILL REPLACE THE FORMER SHAM'SHUI PO BRANCH OFFICE WHICH WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE MONG KOK OFFICE IN JULY 1972 AFTER ITS LEASE WAS TERMINATED.

THE NEW BRANCH OFFICE IS THE SIXTH TO BE OPENED IN THE LAST TWO YEARS AND WILL PROVIDE A FULL RANGE OF IMMIGRATION BUSINESS.

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NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE OPENING CEREMONY COVERED. IT WILL BE HELD AT 10 A.M. ON MONDAY. THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION, MR. BILL COLLARD, WILL ATTEND AND ADDRESS THE GATHERING. COPIES OF HIS SPEECH WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM THE G.I.S. ON THAT DAY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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PUBLIC URGED TO BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS IN THEIR CHOICE OF FOOD AND DRINK AS CHOLERA SEASON APPROACHES ................  1

.SIR HURRAY TO VISIT TOY FACTORY TOHORROU .................... 2

FEUER FATAL ACCIDENTS AT CORK RECORDED DURING JAH-HARCN

QUARTER..........................................      • • • 3

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TEMPORARY WATER INTERRUPTION IN CHAU KEI UAH . ........... 5

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SUIJJAY, MAY 26, 1974.

APPROACH OF CHOLERA SEASON

ADVICE ON HYGIENE BY DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES X » X X X

DR. GERALD CHOA, DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, ADVISED TODAY THAT WITH THE APPROACH OF THE CHOLERA SEASON, ♦PERSONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANLINESS* WERE ESSENTIAL IF HONG KONG WAS TO REMAIN FREE FROM THE DISEASE THIS YEAR,

HE WARNED THAT +PRIMARY PROTECTION DURING THE SUMMER

MONTHS* MEANT CLEAN FOOD, CLEAN WATER, THE WASHING OF HANDS BEFORE MEALS, AND AFTER VISITS TO THE TOILET.

HE URGED THE PUBLIC TO BE +EXTRA CAUTIOUS* IN THEIR CHOICE OF FOOD AND DRINK.

♦IMPROPERLY COOKED FOOD CAN CAUSE INFECTION, WHILE PROPERLY COOKED FOOD CANNOT. IF THE LATTER IS NOT EATEN IMMEDIATELY, IT SHOULD NOT BE LEFT IN THE OPEN, AND-SO EXPOSED TO CONTAMINATION.*

DR. CHOA REMINDED THE PUBLIC THAT WITH MORE AND MORE RESIDENTS PATRONISING STALLS SPECIALISING IN COOKED FOOD AS AN ECONOMY MEASURE, IT WAS MORE IMPORTANT THIS SUMMER THAN AT ANY OTHER TIME IN RECENT YEARS TO BE MORE PARTICULAR WITH WHAT THEY ATE AND DRANK PREPARED OUTSIDE THEIR OWN HOMES.-

HE ASSURED THE PUBLIC THAT WITH CHOLERA ALREADY IN EVIDENCE IN MANY TERRITORIES IN THE REGION, THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT WAS PAYING EXTRA CARE TO PREVENT THE IMPORTATION OF THE DISEASE.

ALL EATABLES ARRIVING FROM INFECTED TERRITORIES, SUCH AS fRUIT, WERE ALREADY BEING SERIOUSLY SCRUTINISED BY HEALTH INSPECTORS, AND ARRANGEMENTS WERE IN HAND FOR AN IMMEDIATE ACCELERATION OF EFFORT IN THE CASE OF NEED. HE THANKED THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND CO-OPERATION.

DR. CHOA MADE IT PERFECTLY CLEAR THAT WATER COMING DIRECTLY FROM THE MAINS IN HONG KONG WAS +PURE AND SAFE FOR DRINKING,* AND DID NOT REQUIRE TO BE BOILED.

IN HIS VIEW, DANGER OF IMPURITY AROSE WHEN THIS WATER LEFT THE MAINS FOR STORAGE IN TANKS, DRUMS, OR BUCKETS. AS THESE CONTAINERS WERE SOMETIMES LEFT FOR LONG PERIODS WITHOUT LEANING, OR OTHERWISE NOT REGULARLY OR HYGIENICALLY ATTENDED TO, THEY MADE POSSIBLE THE CONTAMINATION OF THE WATER BY GERMS.

+IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES,+ DR. CHOA SAID, +STORED WATER SHOULD BE BOICED BEFORE DRlNftlNG. THIS IS NOT A REFLECTION ON THE QUALITY OF THE WATER, BUT RELATES TO STORAGE CONDITIONS.*

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SUNDAY, MAY 26, 197^

IN A REFERENCE TO PERSONAL HYGIENE, HE EXPLAINED THAT WHEN THIS HAS TAKEN SERIOUSLY INTO ACCOUNT BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, IT AMOUNTED TO +A PROTECTIVE MEASURE NOT ONLY AGAINST CHOLERA, BUT ALSO OTHER INTESTINAL DISEASES SUCH AS TYPHOID AND DYSENTERY.+

HE RECALLED THAT THERE HAD BEEN NO LOCAL CASE OF CHOLERA SINCE 1969, BUT WITH SUMNER NOU HERE, IT WAS +NECESSARY TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THE NEED FOR MORE EMPHASIS ON PROTECTIVE MEASURES.*

+PEOPLE GET CHOLERA BY TAKING IN THE VIBRIO CARRIED FROM THE WASTE OF’ INFECTIOUS PERSONS TO EXPOSED FOOD AND HATER, AND FLIES AID IN THE SPREAD OF TEE DISEASE,* HE SAID.

IN ADDITION TO INCREASED ATTENTION BEING PAID BY URBAN COUNCIL AND URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT HEALTH INSPECTORS AND THE PORT HEALTH AUTHORITIES TO REGIONAL FOOD IMPORTS AND TRAVELLERS, DEPARTMENTAL PREVENTIVE MEASURES ALSO'INCLUDE MEASURES ALREADY IM HAND TO LOCATE AND PUT UNDER IMMEDIATE SURVEILLANCE, OR EVEN TO HOSPITALISE CARRIERS OF THE DISEASE, THE TESTING OF NIGHT SOIL AND STOOL CULTURES, AND SAMPLES OF ALL CASES OF DIARRHOEA THAT COME TO LIGHT.

CHOLERA VACCINATIONS ARE AVAILABLE FREE AT ALL GOVERNMENT

clinics and vaccination centres for intending travellers.

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GOVERNOR TO VISIT TOY FACTORY Y, K K Yr K Y,

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL BE VISITING A TOY FACTORY TOMORROW (MONDAY). HE WILL SEE MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS IN PROGRESS AT KADER INDUSTRIAL CO. LTD., 24 TANNER road, north point, the firm makes various plastic products as WELL AS TOYS.

SIR MURRAY WILL BE ARRIVING AT THE FACTORY AT 2.35 P.M., AND WILL BE MET BY MR. H.C. TING, PERMANENT MANAGING DIRECTOR AND OTHER COMPANY OFFICIALS. HE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY MR. ROY PORTER, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, AND MR. K.H. YEUNG, PRINCIPAL TRADE OFFICER, INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BRANCH.

NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE GOVERNOR'S VISIT.

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WORK ACCIDENT TOLL DROPS

11 KILLED, 912 INJURED IN JAN-MARCH QUARTER x r, a *

FIFTY-EIGHT PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND 6,457 INJURED AT WORK DURING THE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS YEAR.

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RELEASING THE FIGURES TODAY, THE ACTING COMMISSIONER OF LABOUR, MR. NEIL HENDERSON SAID: +COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD OF LAST YEAR, THE TOTAL ACCIDENTS REPORTED'SHOW AN INCREASE OF 151.

+BUT THERE IS A DROP OF 35 IN THE NUMBER OF FATALITIES, REPRESENTING A DECREASE OF MORE THAN ONE THIRD. AND THE OVERALL ACCIDENT TOLL FOR THE QUARTER IS THE LOWEST FOR A YEAR, IN TERMS •OF BOTH-DEATHS AND INJURIES.,

+LT COMPARES WITH-93 DEAD AND 6,271 INJURED IN THE SAME '

QUARTER LAST YEAR3 65 DEAD AND 7,299 INJURED IN THE JUNE QUARTER LAST YEAR3 85 DEAD AND 8,579 INJURED IN THE SEPTEMBER QUARTER3 ' > AND 61 DEAD AND 8,065 INJURED IN THE DECEMBER QUARTER.*

MR. HENDERSON SAID THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY REMAINED THE WORST KILLER INDUSTRY DURING THE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS YEAR, KILLING 11 WORKERS AND INJURING 912 - ONE IN EVERY FIVE KILLED AND ONE IN EVERY SEVEN INJURED IN ALL WORK ACCIDENTS IN HONG KONG IN THE PERIOD.

AND HE WARNED: +WITH THE ADVENT OF BIG ENGINEERING PROJECTS SUCH AS THE DESALTER PLANT AND THE UNDERGROUND MASS TRANSIT, MORE .. HEAVY MACHINERY WILL BE PUT TO USE ON SITES. BUILDING CONTRACTORS WILL HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF TAKING INCREASING CARE IN APPLYING SAFETY MEASURES.*

+THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS 1973, WHICH CAME IN FORCE ON MAY 1, LAY DOWN - AMONG OTHER THINGS - STRINGENT CONTROL ON THE USE OF LIFTING GEAR, CRANES AND HOISTS.*

+CONTRACTORS SHOULD REFER FREQUENTLY TO THE REGULATIONS AND SEEK THE FREE ADVISORY SERVICE OF THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT BY RINGING 3-691588.+

MR. HENDERSON SAID THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY ACCOUNTED FOR 833 ACCIDENTS DURING THEFIRST THREE MONTHS THIS YEAR, TWO OF THEM FATAL, MAKING IT THE SECOND WORST ACCIDENT-RISK INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG.

HE SAID THE BUILDING AND TEXTILE INDUSTRIES, TOGETHER WITH THE MANUFACTURE OF MACHINERY, METAL PRODUCTS AND GARMENTS, WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR NEARLY HALF OF ALL WORK ACCIDENTS IN HONG KONG.

BREAKING DOWN THE MAJOR CAUSES OF ACCIDENTS, MR. HENDERSON SAID SOME 20 PER CENT INVOLVED MACHINERY, 13 PER CENT MANUAL HANDLING,11 PER CENT FALLS OF PERSONS AND NINE PER CENT THE USE OF HAND TOOLS.

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MR. HENDERSON POINTED OUT THAT MOST WORKERS WERE HURT EITHER BECAUSE CORRECT WORKING PRACTICES WERE NOT FOLLOWED, MANAGEMENT HAD NOT PROVIDED SAFE WORKING CONDITIONS, OR THERE WAS NO PROPER SUPERVISION OF WORK. +AND THIS COMES ABOUT BECAUSE NEITHER WORKER NOR FOREMAN NOR MANAGEMENT HAS BEEN ADEQUATELY TRAINED IN WORK SAFETY,* HE SAID.

+IN VIEW OF THE WIDE RANGE OF FREE COURSES PROVIDED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT'S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE, THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THIS.

+IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT INDUSTRY SHOULD APPRECIATE THE IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY TRAINING. AND UNLESS INDUSTRY IS EQUIPPED WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF ACCIDENT PREVENTION, THE WAR AGAINST THE WORK ACCIDENTS CAN NEVER BE WON.+ MR. HENDERSON SAID.

WATERWORKS INSPECTOR RETIRING x x x * ft ft

MR. YUE KAM-KAU, WATERWORKS INSPECTOR I, WILL BE RETIRING SOON AFTER 23 YEARS' SERVICE WITH THE GOVERNMENT.

—^-TtniARK THE OCCASION, THE DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES, ^TwiLFRED KNIGHT, WILL PRESENT A FAREWELL GIFT TO MR. YUE ON BEHALF OF HIS FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES ON MONDAY CMAY 27>»

M.P YUE FIRST JOINED THE WATERWORKS OFFICE AS AN

ASSISTANT WATERWORKS INSPECTOR IN DECEMBER 1951• HE WAS PROMOTED Tn WATERWORKS INSPECTOR 11 IN 19$0 AND TO HIS SUBSTANTIVE POST 12 SINCE 1969, MR. YUE HAS BEEN WORKING AS A WELFARE OFFICER

FOR THE DEPARTMENT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE, CORDI ALLY INVITED TO HAVE THE OCCASION COVERED. THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE AT 4.30 P.M. ON MONDAY IN THE P.W.D. CONFERENCE ROOM, 21ST FLOOR,MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD.

SUNDAY, MAY 26, 1974

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MOBILE IMMIGRATION OFFICE

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PEOPLE LIVING AND WORKING IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WHO WANT TO OBTAIN TRAVEL DOCUMENTS ARE REMINDED OF THE SPECIAL FACILITIES PROVIDED BY THE MOBILE IMMIGRATION OFFICE WHICH TOURS THE NEW TERRITORIES REGULARLY.

AS FROM TOMORROW CMONDAY), THE MOBILE OFFICE WILL BE VISITING SAN HUI AND SAN TIN ON MONDAYS, HANG HAU AND SAI KUNG ON TUESDAYS, SHA TIN ON WEDNESDAYS, SEK KONG ON THE FIRST TO THIRD THURSDAYS OF EACH MONTH, CHEUNG CHAU ISLAND ON THE FOURTH .THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH, AND TAI PO ON FRIDAYS.

THE MOBILE OFFICE WILL BE STATIONED MAINLY IN THE DISTRICTS’ RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICES OR ESTATE OFFICES.

THE TYPES OF BUSINESS IT WILL CONDUCT INCLUDE THE ISSUING OF SINGLE AND MULTIPLE JOURNEY RE-ENTRY PERMITS’ THE ISSUING AND PROCESSING OF APPLICATION FORMS FOR ENTRY PERMITS’ CERTIFICATES OF IDENTITY’ NEW PASSPORTS AND RENEWALS OF PASSPORTS’ THE ISSUING AND PROCESSING APPLICATION FORMS FOR UNITED KINGDOM ENTRY CERTIFICATES AS WELL AS THE ISSUING OF APPLICATION FORMS FOR NATURALISATION AND REGISTRATION AS BRITISH SUBJECTS;

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I WATER INTERRUPTION IN SHAUKEIWAN * * X * £ *

WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN SHAU KEI WAN WILL BE TURNED OFF BETWEEN 1 A.M. AND 6 A.M. ON ESDAY (MAY 28), TOENABLE A TEST FOR NIGHT LEAKAGE TO BE CARRIED OUT BY THE WATERWORKS OFFICE. <

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY SUN SING STREET AND SHING ON STREET, INCLUDING SHAUKEIWAN ROAD AND SAI WAN HO ‘STREET.

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ICAC’S CORRUPTION PREVENTION DEPARTMENT TO START WORK IN FOUR MONTHS TIME................................. 1

IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT OPENS NEW BRANCH OFFICE IN MONQ KOK...............................................   2

SHAT IN VILLAGERS ACCEPT CASH COMPENSATION FOR REMOVAL OF GRAVES........................................ 2

NEW CLEARWAY HOURS IN MONG KOK FROM WEDNESDAY ........... 3

REMINDER TO EXPORTERS CONCERNING RESTRAINED TEXTILES TO SWEDEN AND NORWAY ........................... 3

GOVERNOR TOURS PLASTICS FACTORY IN NORTH POINT ..... 4

MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY NEGOTIATIONS PROCEEDING SMOOTHLY ................................................ 4

LOCAL COMPANY PRESENTS TAPE RECORDER AND RECORD PLAYER TO WELFARE CENTRE ................................ 5

HEUNG YEE KUK ELECTIONS TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY .......... 5

DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

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ICAC CORRUPTION PREVENTION DEPARTMENT FULLY OPERATIONAL BY SEPTEMBER

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THE CORRUPTION PREVENTION DEPARTMENT OF THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AQAINST CORRUPTION IS EXPECTED TO BE FULLY OPERATIONAL BY SEPTEMBER.

THE STAFFING PROPOSALS FOR THE DEPARTMENT WERE APPROVED

BY THE FINANCE COMM ITTEE ■ IAST WEEK, AUD ARUANGEMEIJTI)

ARE IN HAND TO RECRUIT STAFF FOR THE DEPARTMENT. THE FINAL SELECTION OF STAFF WILL COMMENCE IN JUNE.

THE DEPARTMENT WILL INITIALLY COMPRISE 123 OFFICERS, BUT

A SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT IT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE TO DETERMINE ACCURATELY THE FINAL NUMBERS AND GRADING OF STAFF REQUIRED FOR THE DEPARTMENT UNTIL IT HAD BEEN ESTABLISHED AND FULLY OPERATIONAL FOR AT LEAST SIX MONTHS.

HE EXPLAINED THAT, UNLIKE THE OPERATIONS BRANCH OF THE COMMISSION, The PREVENTION DEPARTMENT HAD NO READY GUIDELINES UPON WHICH TO ESTABLISH ITS FUNCTION, ORGANISATION AND ESTABLISHMENT, AND TO A CERTAIN EXTENT WAS UNIQUE IN ITS CONCEPT.

THE MAIN OBJECTIVES OF THE CORRUPTION PREVENTION DEPARTMENT

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BY CRITICAL EXAMINATION OF GOVERNMENT POLICIES, ORGANISATION, SYSTEMS AND PROCEDURES TO HIGHLIGHT AND IDENTIFY OPPORTUNITIES FOR CORRUPTION3

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TO DEVISE MEANS AND TO INITIATE STEPS TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE CORRUPT OPPORTUNITIES WHICH EXIST= AND

TO AUDIT CURRENT OR COMPLETED GOVERNMENT ACTIVITIES

MAINLY AT DEPAKKENTAL LEVEL, TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH LAID-Dam DEPAJRTMEiTAL SYSTEMS OR PROCEDURES.'

THE DEPARTMENT WILL HAVE SIMILAR RESPONSIBILITIES IN RESPECT OF THOSE ORGANISATIONS LISTED IN THE SCHEDULE TO THE PREVENTION OF BRIBERY ORDINANCE.

THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT WILL BE RESPONSIBLE TO THE COMMISSIONER FOR THE OVERALL EFFICIENCY OF HIS DEPARTMENT, AND ESPECIALLY TO ENSURE THAT WHERE REMEDIAL PROCEDURES ARE PROPOSED, THEY ARE IMPLEMENTED.

THE DEPARTMENT WILL COMPRISE TWO DIVISIONS -- THE MAIN DIVISION WILL BE THE EXAMINATION DIVISION AND THE OTHER WILL BE THE MANAGEMENT, CO-ORDINATION AND SPECIAL DUTIES DIVISION - EACH TO BE HEADtD BY AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR.

THE EXAMINATION DIVISION WILL COMPRISE FOUR GROUPS, NAMELY, THE POLICY, THE ENFORCEMENT, THE SERVICES AND THE LICENSING GROUPS, AND OFFICERS OF THE DIVISION WILL BE EMPLOYED ON A DAILY BASIS WITH THE VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS OF GOVERNMENT AND THE ORGANISATIONS LISTED IN THE SCHEDULE TO THE PREVENTION OF BRIBERY ORDINANCE.

THE MANAGEMENT, CO-ORDINATION AND SPECIAL DUTIES DIVISION CONSISTS OF TWO MAIN GROUPS WHICH WILL BE RESPONS,BLEJOR THE sJaf^aJd in Providing advice to’private organisations REGARDING THE PREVENTION OF CORRUPTION.

THE THIRD MAIN DEPARTMENT OF THE COMMISSION REMAINS TO BE cqtari i‘5mcD PUT P^OU^STS FOR STAFF FOR THc. COMMUNITY DELATIONS SKSFhaJseffiNS TO tht 11 is hop“ 10

OBTAIN THE POSTS FOR THIS DEPARTMc.Nl BY HID-JUNE.

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NEW IMMIGRATION OFFICE OPENED IN SHAM SHUI PO »»»»»»

A NEW IMMIGRATION BRANCH OFFICE WAS OPENED IN SHAM SHUI PO . THIS MORNING TO PROVIDE RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT AND SURROUNDING AREAS WITH ADEQUATE AND CONVENIENT IMMIGRATION FACILITIES IN THEIR OWN NEIGHBOURHOOD.

THE NEW OFFICE IS SITUATED AT E-H, SOUTH OCEAN BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, 286-300 CHEUNG JS HA WAN ROAD, KOWLOON, AND WILL PROVIDE A FULL RANGE OF IMMIGRATION SERVICES, AS ARE AVAILABLE AT OTHER EXISTING BRANCH OFFICES OF THE DEPARTMENT.

AT THE OPEING CEREMONY THIS MORNING, MR. WILLIAM COLLARD, DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION, NOTED IT WAS THE SIXTH BRANCH OFFICE OPENED IN THE LAST TWO YEARS, THE OTHERS BEING AT MONG KOK, KWUN TONG, KENNEDY TOWN, SHAU KEI WAN AND YUEN LONG.

REFERRING TO THE DEPARTMENT’S FUTURE PLAN FOR THE PROVISION OF MORE IMMIGRATION OFFICES, MR. COLLARD SAID: +W£ HAVE ALSO DRAWN UP A LONG-TERM PROGRAMME FOR THE PROVISION OF IMMIGRATION FACILITIES, AS THE NEED ARISES, IN OTHER PARTS OF HONG KONG, SUCH AS THE NEW TOWNS AT SHA TIN AND TUEN MUN. WE ARE NOW PROVIDING A WEEKLY SERVICE AT CHEUNG CHAU, AND ARE ALSO INVESTIGATING THE FEASIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING OTHER OFFICES AT ABERDEEN AND TAI P0.+

THE OPENING CEREMONY WAS PERFORMED BY MR. WONG PING-HON, CHAIRMAN OF CHEUNG SHA WAN KAIFONG ASSOCIATION. ‘

MR. WONG PRAISED THE DEPARTMENT'S EFFORTS TO PROVIDE MORE EFFICIENT AND CONVENIENT IMMIGRATION FACILITIES AND SAID THE NEW OFFICE WOULD BE WARMLY WELCOMED BY THE DISTRICT'S RESIDENTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS: COPIES OF THE FULL TEXT OF MR. COLLARD'S

--------------- AND MR. WONG'S SPEECHES (ENGLISH AND CHINESE)

ARE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM THE GIS PRESS ROOM, 6TH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

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shatin villagers accept compensation for REMOVAL OF GRAVES »»*»»»

THE 20 FAMILIES LIVING IN KAU TO VILLAGE IN SHATIN HAVE FINALLY AGREED TO ACCEPT A GOVERNMENT OFFER OF COMPENSATION FOR THE REMOVAL OF GRAVES AND KAM TAP (BONE POTS).

THE REMOVAL OF THESE GRAVES AND POTS IS TO MAKE WAY FOR THE SHATIN RACE COURSE.

COMPENSATION TOTALLING SOME $200,000 WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO THE‘VILLAGERS THIS (MONDAY) MORNING AT THE SHATIN DISTRICT OFFICE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DISTRICT OFFICE TODAY THANKED MEMBERS OF THE SHATIN RURAL COMMITTEE FOR THEIR HELP IN COORDINATING THE NEGOTIATIONS WHICH WENT ON FOR SOME THREE MONTHS.

THE VILLAGERS HAVE NOW AGREED TO REMOVE THEIR GRAVES AND POTS WITHIN TWO WEEKS•


MONDAY, MAY 27, 1974

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MONG KOK CLEARWAY HOURS REVISED » n ft n n ft

MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED THAT WITH EFFECT FROM 10 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY (MAY 293 THE DAILY CLEARWAY HOURS ALONG VARIOUS STREET SECTIONS IN MONG KOK WILL BE CHANGED TO 7 A.M. TO 10 A.M. AND 4 P.M. TO 7 P.M.

THE NEW CLEARWAY HOURS APPLY TO SHANGHAI STREET BETWEEN MONG KOK ROAD AND PUBLIC SQUARE STREET- RECLAMATION STREET BETWEEN PUBLIC SQUARE STREET AND MONG KOK ROAD- AND MONG KOK ROAD BETWEEN RECLAMATION STREET AND TONG Mi ROAD.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE SHANGHAI STREET CLEARWAY WILL BE EXTENDED TO INCLUDE THE SECTION OF SHANGHAI STREET FROM PUBLIC SQUARE STREET TO JORDAN ROAD, AND THE SECTION OF NANKING STREET FROM SHANGHAI STREET TO RECLAMATION STREET.

ALL MOTOR VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM STOPPING TO PICK UP OR SET DOWN PASSENGERS DURING THE CLEARWAY HOURS. LOADING OR UNLOADING OF GOODS.ALONG THESE SECTIONS WILL ALSO BE PROHIBITED.

APPROPRIATE . TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE POSTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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EXPORT OF RESTRAINED TEXTILES TO SWEDEN AND NORWAY ft ft ft ft ft ft

EXPORTERS ARE REMINDED THAT EXPORTS OF RESTRAINED TEXTILES TO NORWAY AND SWEDEN FOR THE RESTRAINT PERIOD ENDING JUNE 30 THIS YEAR MUST BE LICENSED ON OR BEFORE JUNE 4 AND SHIPPED BY MIDNIGHT ON JUNE 30.

A NOTICE TO THIS EFFECT HAS BEEN ISSUED BY THE DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY TOGETHER WITH DETAILS OF THE INSTITUTION OF A YEAR-END SPECIAL SHIPMENT SCHEME FROM JUNE 7 TO 26.

EXPORTERS ARE ALSO REMINDED THAT APPLICATION FOR EXPORT LICENCES IN RESPECT OF SHIPMENTS AGAINST QUOTAS AND EXPORT AUTHORISATIONS MUST BE LICENSED BY 5 P.M. ON JUNE 4, 1974 FOR SHIPMENT ON OR BEFORE JUNE 30, 1974.

QUOTAS AND EXPORT AUTHORISATIONS REMAINING UNCOMMITTED AFTER JUNE 4 WILL BE WITHDRAWN BY THE DEPARTMENT AND MADE AVAILABLE TO THE TRADE.

COPIES OF THE NOTICES DETAILING THE ARRANGEMENTS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE RECEPTIONIST ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF DC AND I, 46 CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, OR FROM MR. C.H. POON, INDUSTRY ASSISTANT, TELEPHONE NO. 5-247315.

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ONE OF The firms WHICH HAVE HELPED HONG KONG TO BECOME THE WORLD’S LARGEST EXPORTER OF TOYS RECEIVED A VISIT TODAY FROM THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE.

CONTINUING A SERIES OF FACTORY VISITS, HE MADE A SHOPFLOOR TOUR OF KADER INDUSTRIAL CO LTD AT NORTH POINT TO SEE MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS IN PROGRESS IN THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY.

LAST YEAR HONG KONG’S EXPORT EARNINGS FROM PLASTIC PRODUCTS WERE VALUED AT MORE THAN $2,000 MILLION — AND TOYS ACCOUNTED FDR 64 PER CENT OF THIS TOTAL.

THE UNITED STATES HAS CONSISTENTLY BEEN THE LARGEST OVERSEAS MARKET FOR THE WIDE RANGE OF PRODUCTS MADE BY THE LOCAL PLASTIC INDUSTRY, TAKING ABOUT 60 PER CENT OF ITS EXPORTS.

OTHER MAJOR BUYERS ARE BRITAIN, THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF

• GERMANY, CANADA AND AUSTRALIA.

PLASTICS FIRMS ARE NOW BUSY MAKING TOYS WHICH WILL GO INTO CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS IN MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD.

SIR MURRAY WAS SHOWN ROUND AT KADER BY THE FIRM’S MANAGING DIRECTOR, MR. H.C. TING. HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY MR. ROY PORTER, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, AND HR. K.H. YEUNG, PRINCIPAL TRADE OFFICER, INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BRANCH.

THE VISITORS WERE.IMPRESSED WITH THE QUALITY AND HIGH STANDARD OF WORKMANSHIP OF THE TOYS AND OTHER PLASTIC PRODUCTS PRODUCED BY THE FIRM.

CONSIDERABLE EFFORTS HAVE BEEN MADE BY THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT TO ENSURE THAT LOCAL PLASTICS FIRMS CONTINUE TO HAVE ADEQUATE SUPPLIES OF RAW MATERIALS TO MEET THEIR PRODUCTION COMMITMENTS.

AN UNCERTAIN SUPPLY SITUATION DEVELOPED AS A RESULT OF LAST year’s cutback in oil production, and to help smaller firms the . DEPARTMENT ORGANISED A SHARE-OUT SCHEME WITH THE SUPPORT OF IMPORTERS AND MANUFACTURERS.

EXPORT CONTROLS WERE IMPOSED ON KEY MATERIALS USED IN THE LOCAL PLASTICS INDUSTRY AS A REGULATORY MEASURE. THESE HAVE NOW BEEN RELAXED SLIGHTLY TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF IMPROVED SUPPLY CONDITIONS BUT THEY WILL NOT BE REMOVED ALTOGETHER UNTIL THE TRADE AND INDUSTRY ADVISORY BOARDS FEELS THEY ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED.

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MTR NEGOTIATIONS PROCEEDING SMOOTHLY

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NOTE TO EDITORSt

COMMENTING ON REPORTS IN.YESTERDAY'S AND TODAY’S NEWSPAPERS THAT THERE WILL BE PRICE INCREASES OVER THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT NEGOTIATIONS ARE PROCEEDING SMOOTHLY WITH THE JAPANESE CONSORTIUM WITHIN THE PRICE CEILING STATED IN THE LETTER OF INTENT. THE MASS TRANS"T RAILWAY

PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY HAS RECEIVED NO REQUEST FROM THE CONSORTIUM, EITHER DURING THE TALKS IN TOKYO IN APRIL OR SUBSEQUENTLY, FOR ANY PRICE INCREASE AND IT HAS NO REASON TO BELIEVE THAT THE CONSORTIUM HAS CHANGED ITS MIND.

HONDA/, MAY 27, 1974

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RECORD PLAYER FOR 8LIND WELFARE CENTRE * )i K K K X-

NOTE TO EDITORS:

PHILIPS HONG KONG LTD. ARE TO PRESENT A CASSETTE AND RECORD PLAYER TO THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT'S WESTERN DISTRICT BLIND WELFARE CENTRE TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. KENNETH TOPLEY, WIU. ACCEPT THE QI FT FROM MR. F.H. SLUITER, PRODUCT MANAQER OF PHILIPS HONG KONQ LTD., ON BEHALF OF THE MEMBERS OF THE CENTRE.

TWO BLIND TRAINEES WILL EXPRESS THEIR APPRECIATION, ONE IN ENGLISH AND ONE IN CHINESE, AND WILL PRESENT ABRAILLE LETTER OF THANKS TO PHILIPS*

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE PRESENTATION WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT 2.30 P.M. AT THE WESTERN DISTRICT BLIND WELFARE CENTRE LOCATED IN THE OLD TSAN YUK HOSPITAL BUILDING IN WESTERN DISTRICT HONG KONG ISLAND.

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HEUNG YEE KUK ELECTIONS #»#•###

THE ELECTIONS FOR THE ORDINARY MEMBERSHIP OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND FOR THE OFFICERS OF THE CHAIRMAN AND VICE-CHAIRMAN of the 21st term of the heung yee kuk will be held on Thursday (MAY 30) AT THE KUK'S OFFICE AT B SHEUNG TAK STREET, TAI PO.

THE RETURNING OFFICER WILL BE MR. IAN MACPHERSON, THE AC^'NG SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE ELECTIONS, WHICH START AT 9*30 A.M., WILL BE HELD BY SECRET BALLOT AND WI-LL BE CONDUCTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROCEDURES LAID DOWN IN THE HEUNG YEE KUK ORDINANCE.

NOTE TO EDITORS: MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ARE INVITED TO COVER THE ELECTIONS. THEY WILL BE GIVEN LAPEL BADGES WHICH WILL ALLOW THEM ACCESS INTO THE ELECTION ROOMS. HOWEVER, NO PHOTOGRAPHS CAN BE TAKEN UNTIL AFTER THE ELECTIONS.


MOWDAY, MAY 27. 1974

CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE

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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

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WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 1.9°

U.S. RICE

GOOD 1.94

AUSTRALIAN RICE

GOOD 1.91

PAKISTAN RICE

TAIWAN RICE

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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TUESDAY, MAY 28, 1974

CONTENTS • PAGE NO.

KAITAK RUNWAY EXTENSION COMES INTO USE ON SATURDAY.......................-.................... 1

MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CONSORTIUM EXPECTED TO SUBMIT DETAILED DESIGNS IN DUE COURSE.............. 2

SECRETARY FOR ENVIRONMENT STRESSES IMPORTANCE

OF COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING TO MEET POPULATION GROWTH .........................................    J

REVIEW OF GOVERNMENT STUDENT NURSES* TRAINING UNDERWAY .......................................• 6

NINE SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED TO HONG KONG STUDENTS BY UNITED WORLD COLLEGES ........................   7

NEW PUBLIC PIER AT PAK SHA WAN OPENING TOMORROW 8

MR. EDWARD HEATH ARRIVING FROM CANTON ON SUNDAY 9

SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT EXAMINING POSSIBLE COMPENSATION TO INJURED VICTIMS IN PO SANG BANK

ROBBERY ........................................... 9

GOVERNOR SAYS HIGH PRIORITY GIVEN-TO RECREATIONAL PROVISION FOR THE YOUNG............................ 1°

MR. MARTIN ROWLANDS APPOINTED NEW DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION ....................................... 11

FLAT 50-CENT FARE INTRODUCED FOR SHAUKIWAN-RENNIE’S MILL FERRY SERVICES....................... 11

VISITING MP’S TO CALL ON ADULT EDUCATION AND RECREATION CENTRE ................................ 12

DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

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TUESDAY, MAY 28, 1974

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RUNWAY EXTENSION READY FOR USE

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THE KAI TAK RUNWAY EXTENSION, WHICH FORMS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PARTS OF THE GOVERNMENT’S OVERALL SCHEME FOR EXPANDING THE FACILITIES AT HONG KONG AIRPORT, WILL COME INTO OPERATION ON JUNE 1.

WORK ON THE $170 MILLION PROJECT COMMENCED AT THE END OF 1970 TO EXTEND THE AIRPORT RUNWAY FROM 8,350 FEET TO ITS PRESENT LENGTH OF 11,130 FEET.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT SAID A STUDY HAD BEEN UNDERTAKEN TO ASSESS THE OPTIMUM LENGTH FOR THE RUNWAY. IT HAD CONCLUDED THAT A RUNWAY OF 11,130 FEET WOULD BE THE MOST SUITABLE AND ECONOMICALLY FEASIBLE FOR HONG KONG, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT AIR SAFETY, PHYSICAL AND CLIMATIC CONDITIONS, AIRCRAFT PERFORMANCES, NOISE, SECTOR DISTANCES AND ECONOMICS OF OPERATION.

THE RUNWAY EXTENSION, COUPLED WITH A BALANCED AND PHASED PROGRAMME OF IMPROVING AND MODERNIZING THE AIRPORT, WOULD ENSURE THAT CIVIL AVIATION IN HONG KONG WOULD KEEP PACE WITH TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES AND THE RAPID GROWTH IN ALL SECTORS OF THE INDUSTRY, HE ADDED.

MAJOR WORKS INCLUDED THE RECLAMATION OF 2,600,000 SQUARE FEET OF LAND CONTAINED BY 1.25 MILES OF SEAWALLS, THE CONSTRUCTION OF 400,000 SQUARE FEET OF CONCRETE PAVEMENTS AND 1,200,000 SQUARE FEET OF ASPHALT PAVEMENTS.

OTHER ANCILLARY WORKS WERE THE CONSTRUCTION A NEW SUBSIDIARY FIRE STATION, AN ELECTRIC POWER SUB-STATION, AN UNDERGROUND BUILDING FOR ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT TO BE USED FOR GUIDING AIRCRAFT LANDING OVER THE SEA FROM THE DIRECTION OF LEI YUE MUN, AND DOLPHINS BEYOND THE END OF THE EXTENDED PROMONTORY TO CARRY THE RUNWAY APPROACH LIGHTS.

IN ADDITION, THE WHOLE OF THE EXISTING RUNWAY SURFACE HAS BEEN STRENGTHENED AND IMPROVED BY AN ASPHALT OVERLAY.

COMMENTING ON THE PROJECT, MR. ROY DOWNING, DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION SAID THE EXTENSION OF THE RUNWAY PROVIDES A NUMBER OF BENEFITS.'

+THE INCREASED LENGTH WILL GIVE AN ADDITIONAL MARGIN OF AIRCRAFT SAFETY OVER THE PRESENT RUNWAY, PARTICULARLY UNDER VERY ADVERSE OPERATING CONDITIONS. THE WIDER RUNWAY ALSO PERMITS THE PROVISION OF AN ADDITIONAL FIRE STATION AT THE SOUTHEAST END OF THE RUNWAY WHICH WILL ENABLE A VERY RAPID RESPONSE TO BE MADE TO ANY PART OF THE AIRFIELD.

+THE ADDITIONAL RUNWAY LENGTH ALSO ENABLES AIRCRAFT TO UPLIFT A VERY MUCH GREATER PAY-LOAD THAN IS PRESENTLY POSSIBLE. ALTERNATIVELY MORE FUEL CAN BE UPLIFTED, THEREBY PERMITTING AIRCRAFT TO OPERATE OVER MUCH LONGER STAGE LENGTHS THAN THEY CAN AT PRESENT,* MR. DOWNING SAID.,

THE EFFECT OF THESE FACTORS, EITHER SEPARATELY OR IN COMdINATION, IS TO IMPROVE PROFITABILITY, ESPECIALLY IN THE CASE OF CHARTERED AIRCRAFT.

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+IN THE LONG TERM THIS COULD HAVE AN EFFECT ON THE COST OF CARRIAGE FROM HONG KONG. ARTICULARLY FREIGHT CHARGES BY CHARTERED AIRCRAFT, AND THIS COULD MAKE OUR GOODS THAT MUCH MORE COMPETITIVE. IT IS PERHAPS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT ABOUT 18 PER CENT BY VALUE OF ALL OUR EXPORTS GO BY AIR, AND THEREFORE WE MUST PRESERVE OUR COMPETITIVE POSITION WITH OUR NEIGHBOURS.+

THE EXTENSION OF THE RUNWAY PROMONTORY ALSO PROVIDES FOR A HIGH SPEED TURNOFF TO AN AIRCRAFT MARSHALLING AREA, HE WENT ON.

+AIRCRAFT LANDING TOWARDS THE SOUTH-EAST WILL BE ABLE TO TURN OFF THE RUNWAY AT MUCH HIGHER SPEEDS THAN THEY DO AT PRESENT AND THIS WiuL INCREASE THE CAPACITY OF THE RUNWAY AS A WHOLE.

+THE MARSHALLING AREA ITSELF WlLu ENABLE CONTROLLERS TO SEQUENCE AIRCRAFT DEPARTING TO THE NORTH-WEST SO THAT A FASTER AIRCRAFT CAN BYPASS A SLOWER ONE ON THE GROUND, RATHER THAN BE FACED WITH THE COMPLICATION OF OVERTAKING IT IN THE AIR.

+THIS ABILITY WILL HELP TO EXPEDITE AND SIMPLIFY THE FLOW OF AIR TRAFFIC FROM HONG KONG,+ HE EXPLAINED.

MR. DOWNING SAID THE EXTENDED RUNWAY WILL ALSO PROVIDE A MEASURE OF RELIEF FROM THE AlRCRAFT. TAKI NG OFF TOWARDS THE NORTHWEST, THEY WILL START THEIR TAKE OFF RUN ABOUT HALF A MILE FURTHER AWAY FROM KOWLOON, AND THIS WILL MEAN THAT THEY COULD BE AS MUCH AS JOO FEET HIGHER IN PASSING OVER KOWLOON CITY.

+THIS WOULD GIVE A SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION IN NOISE LEVEL.+

IN THE CASE OF AIRCRAFT LANDING OVER KOWLOON, THE REDUCTION OF THE NOISE LEVEL WILL BE HARDLY NOTICEABlE, AS AIRCRAFT WILL BE ONLY SOME JOO FEET OR SO HIGHER THAN THEY ARE AT PRESENT.

+THE TUNNEL ROAD FEEDING KWUN TONG CUTS ACROSS THE NORTHWEST END OF THE RUNWAY, AND THIS WILL MEAN THAT ABOUT A THOUSAND FEET OF THE TOTAL LENGTH OF RUNWAY WILL BE LOST ALMOST AS SOON AS THE EXTENSION IS FINISHED,+ HE ADDED.

+IT SHOULD TAKE ABOUT ONE YEAR FOR THE TUNNEL CUTTING ACROSS THE RUNWAY TO BE COMPLETED AND THE RUNWAY RESTORED TO ITS ORIGINAL CONDITION. DURING THIS PERIOD ABOUT 1,000 FEET OF THE EXTENDED RUNWAY WILL BE LOST.

+NONETHELESS, OPERATING CONDITIONS WILL BE CONSIDERABLY IMPROVED OVER WHAT THEY ARE AT PRESENT,+ MR. DOWNING SAID.

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CONSORTIUM EXPECTED TO SUBMIT

DETAILED DESIGNS ON MTR IN DUE COURSE

NOTE TO EDITORS: XJCXJC

COMMENTING ON A REPORT IN AN ENGLISH LANGUAGE NEWSPAPER ABOUT SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY HAD HEARD NOTHING FROM THE CONSORTIUM ABOUT THIS MATTER. • THE AUTHORITY HAD NO REASON TO BELIEVE THAT THE REPORT WAS BASED ON THE CORRECT FACTS.

THE REQUIRED PERFORMANCE SPECIFICATIONS OF THE RAILWAY WITHIN THE CEILING PRICE OF $5,000 MILLION HAVE BEEN SENT TO THE CONSORTIUM OVER THE PAST MONTHS. THE CONSORTIUM IS KNOWN TO BE WORKING ON THESE SPECIFlCAT1ONS AND WILL PROVIDE THE PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY WITH DETAILED DESIGNS AND PROPOSALS IN DUE COURSE.

TUESDAY, MAY 28, 197-4

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EABSIGHEED PLANNING NEEDED TO MEET POPULATION GROWTH ****** i

HONG KONG MUST LOOK TO THE NEW TERRITORIES FOR ITS FUTURE URBAN EXPANSION AS MOST OF THE AVAILABLE URBAN PLOTS HAVE BEEN USED UP IN THE PAST TWO DECADES.

THERE IS NOW NO REAL ALTERNATIVE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW URBAN COMMUNITIES — AWAY FROM THE METROPOLIS CONCENTRATED BETWEEN THE KOWLOON FOOTHILLS AND THE NORTHERN SLOPES OF HONG KONG ISLAND.

THIS WAS STATED BY MR. JAMES^ROBSON, SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AT THE WORLD POPULATION YEAR SEMINARS TODAY.

BUT,' HE SAID, WE COULD NOT SIMPLY PUSH OUR URBAN EXPANSION ONTO THE NEW TERRITORIES AS IF IT WERE SOME SORT OF HANDY SITE WITH UNuIMITED CAPACITY IN WHICH TO DUMP OUR SURPLUS POPULATION.

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+IF ANYTHING, the DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW TERRITORIES MUST BE PLANNED WITH GREATER CARE AND CONCERN THAN WAS EXERCISED IN THE CASE OF KOWLOON AND HONG KONG ISLAND SINCE THEY REPRESENT OUR ONLY REAL NATURAL ASSET AND MUST SERVE ALL OUR REQUIREMENTS — NOT JUST FOR HOUSING AND INDUSTRY BUT FOR RECREATION AS WELL.

+WHATEVER WE DO, WE MUST ENSURE THAT THE PLANNING IS COMPREHENSIVE AND FARSIGHTED AND NOT DICTATED BY MERE EXPEDIENCY AS IT WAS 20 YEARS AGO WHEN WE STARTED OUR GOVERNMENT HOUSING PROGRAMMES. AND MOST IMPORTANT, WE MUST PROTECT THE INTERESTS OF THE TRADITIONAL AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITIES.* MR. ROBSON SAID.

HE NOTED THAT HONG KONG HAS ALREADY SEEN THE SOCIAL EFFECTS OF CROWDING IN ONE CROWDED ENVIRONMENT, AND SO WE COULD NOT CONTEMPLATE A FUTURE IN WHICH WE DID NOT INTEND A SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT IN THIS ENVIRONMENT.

+WE MUST ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT WE HAVE NOT ONLY TO CONTEND WITH A CONTINUED POPULATION INCREASE BUT ALSO TO STRIVE FOR A CONTINUED IMPROVEMENT IN LIVING STANDARDS,+ HE SAID.

HOWEVER, HE POINTED OUT THAT IF WE CUT BACK ON THE QUANTITY OF HOUSING WE PREDUCE, IN ORDER TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY, WE WOULD BE DEFEATING OUR OWN ENDS, BECAUSE EITHER THE HOUSES WOULD HAVE TO ACCOMMODATE MORE PEOPLE OR WE WOULD HAVE ANOTHER OUTBURST OF SQUATTING.

+THERE IS CLEARLY NO CHOICE. WE MUST BOTH BUILD MORE HOUSES, AND MUST ALSO DO WHAT WE CAN TO UPGRADE THE STANDARDS,+ HE STRESSED. »

ACCORDING TO THE LATEST SET OF POPULATION PROJECTIONS PRODUCED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS, THE HIGH PROJECTION ENVISAGES THAT THE POPULATION WILL RISE TO 6.34 MILLION BY 1991. THE MEDIUM PROJECTION ASSUMES A GROWTH UP TO 5*9 MILLION AND THE LOW PROJECTION PREDICTS 5.53 MILLION.

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TAKING The results of studies undertaken last year by the government’s town PLANNING OFFICE, MR. ROBSON SAID THAT, IGNORING THE PROBLEM OF WATER, A CONSERVATIVE ESTIMATE OF THE OVERALL COST TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR GENERAL URBAN DEVELOPMENT IN NEW TOWN AREAS BY 1991 WOULD BE SOME $4,800 MILLION EXTRA FOR THE HIGHER POPULATION FIGURE, ASSUMING A P-ER CAPITA COST OF ABOUT $6,000.

+EVEN IF WE ASSUME THE MEDIUM POPULATION PROJECTION, THE ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE INVOLVED IS STILL SOME $2,400 MILLION,* HE SAID.

HE ADMITTED THAT THESE FIGURES WERE FAIRLY ROUGH AND COULD NOT BE INTERPRETED TOO LITERALLY, BUT THEY WERE SUFFICIENT TO INDICATE THAT +FROM AN OVERALL PLANNING POINT OF VIEW THE COMMUNITY HAS A VITAu INTEREST IN EFFORTS TO CURB POPULATION GROWTH.*

+IF THIS CAN BE ACHIEVED, THEN IT IS REASONABLE TO EXPECT THAT FUTURE GENERATIONS CAN BE GIVEN GREATER VALUE FOR MONEY. WE CAN GO A LONG WAY TOWARDS FULFILLING THE RISING EXPECTATIONS LIKELY TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH A BETTER EDUCATED AND MORE AFFLUENT SOCIETY*, HE COMMENTED.

HR. ROBSON WAS OF THE OPINION THAT HONG KONG HAD PASSED FROM A STAGE OF EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS THAT FOUND EXPRESSION IN THE EARLY RESETTLEMENT ESTATES, WHICH WE HAD WITNESSED IN THE LAST TWO DECADES.

+WE CAN NOW, UNDER MORE STABLE CONDITIONS, CONCENTRATE ON BROADENING THE HORIZON OF OUR OBJECTIVES WITH REGARD TO SUCH MATTERS AS THE WIDER AVAILABILITY OF SEONDARY EDUCATION, THE IMPROVEMENT OF SPACE ALLOCATIONS IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES, THE DEVELOPMENT OF SUITABLE RECREATIONAL OUTLETS, THE PROVISION OF BETTER MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT OF CONGESTED SLUM AREAS. '

+IT IS TO BE HOPED THAT THIS INITIATIVE WILL GATHER IMPETUS IN THE COMING YEARS AND NOT BE FRUSTRATED BY FURTHER POPULATION EXPLOSIONS,* HE SAID.

THE GOVERNMENT IS PROPOSING TO DEVELOP, BY 1983, THREE NEW TOWNS AT TSUEN WAN, SHA TIN AND TUEN MUN, TOGETHER WITH THE EXPANSION OF THE EXISTING TOWNS OF YUEN LONG, TAI PO AND FAN LING AND SHEK WUHUI.

MR. ROBSON EXPLAINED THAT ALTOGETHER, THESE AREAS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED TO ACCOMMODATE ABOUT 2.1 MILLION PEOPLE, COMPARED TO A 1973 TOTAL OF 0.5 MILLION.

+UNLESS CAREFUL ATTENTION IS GIVEN TO THE MECHANICS OF DECENTRALISATION, THE CONTROL OF POPULATION GROWTH IN A REGIONAL CONTEXT IS LIKELY TO REMAIN AN INCOMPLETE STATEMENT OF POLICY* HE STRESSED.

HE ENVISAGED THAT OVER THE NEXT TEN YEARS -THERE WOULD CONTINUE TO BE A HEAVY DEPENDENCE ON PUBLIC HOUSING.

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♦PRESENT ESTIMATES INDICATE THAT IT WOULD BE NECESSARY FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO BUILD AN ADDITIONAL 1.8 MILLION INDIVIDUAL UNITS OF ACCOMMODATION OVER THE NEXT DECADE TO PROVIDE FOR NATURAL POPULATION GROWTH, THE REHOUSING OF SQUATTERS, THE DECANTATION OF FAMILIES FROM CONGESTED TENEMENTS AND THE RELIEF OF OVERCROWDING IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES.

+BY 1983, IT IS EXPECTED THAT SOME THREE MILLION PERSONS, OR 60 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL POPULATION, WILL BE HOUSED THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF THE GOVERNMENT AND THE HONG KONG HOUSING SOCIETY.* HE SAID.

HE ESTIMATED THAT ALL THE SITES REMAINING TO BE DEVELOPED ON HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON AND NEW KOWLOON COULD ONLY ABSORB ANOTHER 374,000 PERSONS.

THE MAIN RESERVOIR OF LAND TO MEET FUTURE COMMITMENTS, HE SAID, WAS WITHIN THE NEW TOWNS OF TSUEN WAN, SHA TIN, AND TUEN MUN, WHICH HAD BEEN DESIGNED TO ACCOMMODATE 1.3 MILLION PERSONS IN PUBLIC HOUSING OUT OF AN OVERALL PLANNED POPULATION OF 1.8 MILLION.

♦SIMILAR ESTATES WILL PROVIDE FOR A FURTHER 80,000 PERSONS IN THE OLDER TOWNS OF YUEN LONG, TAI PO, FAN LING AND SHEK WU HUI, WHICH HAVE BEEN DESIGNATED A POPULATION OF ABOUT 300,000.

♦ALTOGETHER THEN, ABOUT 63 PER CENT OF THE POPULATION IN THE MAIN CENTRES OF GROWTH IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE IN PUBLIC HOUSING*, HE SAID.

MR. ROBSON FELT THAT IT WAS EVIDENT THAT THE GOVERNMENT'S ROLE IN THE PROVISION OF HOUSING SHOULD BE A MAJOR FACTOR IN ACHIEVING A POLICY OF LARGE SCALE DECENTRALISATION.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE BASIS FOR FUTURE ACTION RECOGNISED THAT FOR LARGE SCALE DECENTRALISATION TO SUCCEED, THE NEW TOWNS MUST BE MORE ATTRACTIVE THAN THE PRESENT URBAN AREAS IN TERMS OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY AND ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL OPPORTUNITlES FOR ACHIEVING A HIGHER STANDARD OF LIVING.

♦WHILE WE HAVE TO DESIGN TO HIGHER POPULATION DENSITIES THAN IS NORMAL ELSEWHERE, THE NEW GENERATION OF PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES WILL PROVIDE A MUCH HIGHER STANDARD OF ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN THAN HITHERTO ACHIEVED IN HONG KONG.

HE SUGGESTED THAT CERTAIN INCENTIVES SHOULD BE OFFERED BY NEW ESTATES IN REMOTE AREAS TO +PR1ME THE PUMP+ BECAUSE OF THE RELUCTANCE OF PEOPLE IN MOVING TO NEW ESTATES IN OUTLYING DISTRICTS.

ON THE QUESTION OF EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN NEW TOWNS, MR. ROBSON FELT THAT THE GOVERNMENT MUST TAKE THE INITIATIVE TO PROVIDE A CATALYST FOR INDUSTRIAL GROWTH DURING THE FORMATIVE STAGES OF NEW ESTATES.

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AFTER DWELLING AT SOME LENGTH ON THE EFFECT THAT PUBLIC HOUSING PROGRAMME WOULD HAVE ON THE CONTROL OF POPULATION GROWTH IN HONG KONG, HE WENT ON TO SAY THAT THE PRIVATE ENTREPRENEUR IS ALSO IN A POSITION TO INFLUENCE FUTURE PATTERNS OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT, EITHER IN PARALLEL TO OR IN CONFLICT WITH THE GOVERNMENT'S OBJECTIVES.

HE SUGGESTED THAT IT MIGHT BE NECESSARY THAT MECHANISMS WOULD HAVE TO BE BROUGHT INTO OPERATION, SO AS TO DISCOURAGE OVER INVESTMENT BY PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPERS- IN THE ALREADY CONGESTED PARTS OF THE MAIN URBAN AREAS, AND ALSO TO ENCOURAGE THE REDIRECTION OF PRIVATE CAPITAL TO OUTLYING AREAS.

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NURSING ADVISER ARRIVES

REVIEW OF GOVERNMENT STUDENT NURSES' TRAINING UNDERWAY * * # * * *

MISS MARGARET LAMB, A NURSING ADVISER FROM SCOTLAND HAS ARRIVED TO INSPECT THE GOVERNMENT'S NURSE TRAINING SCHOOLS^

_ SHE WILL ALSO ADVISE THE NURSING BOARD OF HONG KONG ON THc. CHANGEo MADE IN THE METHOD OF TRAINING STUDENT NURSES IN THc. UNITED KINGDOM FOLLOWING ADOPTION OF THE COMPREHENSIVE SYLLABUS, AND HOW THESE CHANGES MAY BE ADAPTED TO CONDITIONS IN HONG KONG.

MISS LAMB HAS BEEN CHAIRMAN OF THE GENERAL NURSING COUNCIL FOR SCOTLAND FOR SOME YEARS, AND HAS ALSO ACTED AS CONSULTANT TO WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS IN OTHER COUNTRIES. CONSULT

Tn T THE LAST FtW TEARS, SHE HAS BEEN THE TUTOR ORGANISER to the Department of nurse management studies for the south EASTERN REGIONAL HOSPITAL BOARD IN EDINBURGH.

DURING HER STAY, MISS LAMB WILL PAY VISITS TO ALL NURSE TRAINING SCHOOLS TO OBTAIN AN OVERALL IDEA OF STANDARDS AND CONDITIONS IN HONG KONG. SHE EXPECTS TO STAY FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS.

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UNITED WORLD COLLEGES OFFER NINE SCHOLARSHIPS *****

THE UNITED WORLD COLLEGES ARE OFFERING NINE SCHOLARSHIPS TO SELECTED BOYS AND GIRLS IN HONG KONG FOR A TWO-YEAR MATRICULATION COURSE BEGINNING NEXT SEPTEMBER.

FIVE OF.THE SCHOLARSHIPS WILL BE AWARDED TO THREE BOYS AND TWO GIRLS TO FURTHER THEIR STUDIES AT THE UNITED WORLD COLLEGE OF THE ATLANTIC IN SOUTH WALES, UNITED KINGDOM3 THREE OTHERS WILL GO TO TWO BOYS AND A GIRL TO STUDY AT THE LESTER B. PEARSON COLLEGE OF THE PACIFIC IN VICTORIA, CANADA3 AND THE NINTH SCHOLARSHIP WILL BE GIVEN TO A BOY OR A GIRL TO STUDY AT THE SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL.

THESE THREE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS COMPRISE THE UNITED WORLD COLLEGES WHICH WERE ESTABLISHED TO PROMOTE INTERNATIONAL UNDERSTANDING THROUGH EDUCATION.

THE COLLEGES HAVE AN INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL, THE PRESIDENT OF WHICH IS LORD MOUNTBATTEN. THEY ALSO HAVE AN INTERNATlONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR DEVELOPING THE PROJECTS AND THE PLANNING AND CO-ORDINATION OF NEW COLLEGES.

THE STUDENT BODY AND TEACHING STAFF OF THE COLLEGES ARE FULLY INTERNATIONAL. ENTRY TO EACH COLLEGE IS HIGHLY COMPETITIVE AND IS BASED ON ACADEMIC ABILITY AND PERSONAL QUALITIES.

AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY: +FIFTH FORM STUDENTS OF HIGH ABILITY IN ANGLO-CHINESE OR ENGLISH SECONDARY SCHOOLS ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THE NINE SCHOLARSHIPS.

+THE UPPER AGE LIMIT FOR ADMISSION TO THE COLLEGES IS 17-1/2 YEARS ON SEPTEMBER 1 AND THIS WILL BE ADHERED TO AS FAR AS POSSIBLE.*

HE SAID THAT A SCHOLARSHIP WOULD COVER TUITION AND BOARDING FEES FOR THE TWO YEARS, THE’INITIAL COST OF UNIFORM AND SPORTS CLOTHING AND A PERSONAL ALLOWANCE DURING TERM TIME BUT IT WOULD NOT COVER THE COST OF AIR FARES TO AND FROM THE COLLEGE AND MAINTENANCE FOR LONG VACATIONS.

+THE CRITERIA FOR THE SELECTION OF CANDIDATES WILL INCLUDE PAST ACADEMIC RECORDS, EXTRA-CURRICUlAR ACTIVITIES, RECOMMENDATION OF THE HEAD OF THE SCHOOL, PERSONALITY AND KNOWLEDGE OF ENGLISH.

+CANDIDATES MAY BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND AN INTERVIEW. SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WILL BE REQUIRED TO SIGN AN UNDERTAKING THAT THEY WILL RETURN TO HONG KONG ON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE.* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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APPLICATION FORMS ARE OBTAINABLE DEPARTMENT BRANCH OFFICE, BONAVENTURE 2ND FLOOR, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG.

COMPLETED FORMS MUST BE RETURNED JUNE 6.

FROM THE EDUCATION HOUSE, 91 LEIGHTON ROAD,

TO THE SAME OFFICE BY

GIVING FURTHER DETAILS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID: +THE BASIS OF THE ACADEMIC CURRICULUM FOR THE UNITED WORLD COLLEGES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND CANADA IS THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE - A WORLD MATRICULATION QUALIFICATION RECOGNISED BY MOST UNIVERSITIES FOR ENTRY PURPOSES.

+THE BRITISH G-C.E. ADVANCED LEVEL EXAMINATIONS ARE TAKEN IN THE SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL.+

IN 1972 HONG KONG STUDENTS WERE GIVEN SUCH SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THE FIRST TIME. IN THAT YEAR EIGHT STUDENTS LEFT HONG KONG TO STUDY AT THE FIRST UNITED WORLD COLLEGE WHICH WAS FOUNDED IN 1962 AT ST. DONAT'S CASTLE ON THE COAST OF SOUTH WALES.

THE UNITED WORLD COLLEGE OF SOUTH EAST ASIA WAS OPENED IN SEPTEMBER 1972 AND CONSISTS OF THE TWO SENIOR CLASSES OF THE SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, A CO-EDUCATIONAL COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL OPENED IN 1971.

THE THIRD COLLEGE, THE LESTER B. PEARSON COLLEGE OF THE PACIFIC IN VICTORIA, CANADA, WILL OPEN IN SEPTEMBER 1974.

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NEW PIER AT PAK SHA WAN ******

THE FIRST PUBLIC PIER AT PAK SHA WAN, SAI KUNG, WILL BE OPENED TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO PROVIDE PROPER LANDING FACILITIES FOR VIuLAGERS AND PICNICKERS.

WORK ON THE $1.6 MILLION PROJECT STARTED IN MARCH LAST YEAR, AND WAS COMPLETED RECENTLY. A CONCOURSE WITH A FEW PARKING SPACES WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED.

IN THE PAST, BERTHING FACILITIES WERE PROVIDED MAINLY IN JETTIES IN THE VICINITY, BUT THEY WERE FOUND TO BE INADEQUATE, ESPECIALLY DURING THE SUMMER.

MR. CLIVE OXLEY, SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR. LAU KWUN-SANG, THE SAI KUNG RURAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, AND MR. TSANG CHUN, THE VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVE OF PAK SHA WAN, WILL JOlNTuY PERFORM THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 3 P.M. TOMORROW.

ALSO ATTENDING THE CEREMONY WILL BE SENIOR OFFICIALS OF THE PUBLIC WORKS AND MARINE DEPARTMENTS, AND SAI KUNG VILLAGERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONY. A VAN, AM2133, WILL TAKE MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES TO PAK SHA WAN, LEAVING THE TSIM SHA TSUI SUB-POOL AT 2 P.M. LIGHT REFRESHMENT WILL BE SERVED.

TUESDAY, MAY 28, 1974.

MR. HEATH VISITS HONG KONG ******

THE RT. HON.- EDWARD HEATH, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION, WILL VISIT HONG KONG NEXT WEEK.

MR. HEATH WILL ARRIVE BY TRAIN FROM CANTON ON SUNDAY CJUNE 2) AND WILL BE STAYING AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE AS THE GUEST OF THE GOVERNOR AND LADY MACLEHOSE.

HE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY SIR TIMOTHY KITSON, PARLIAMENTARY PRIVATE SECRETARY AND LADY KITSON, MR. DOUGLAS HURD, MP, AND A PARTY OF FOUR.

DURING HIS STAY, MR. HEATH WILL MEET WITH MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE, LEGISLATIVE AND URBAN COUNCILS FOR DISCUSSIONS, AND ALSO CALL ON MR. T.W. ASTON, SENIOR BRITISH TRADE COMMISSIONER, AND MR. JACK CATER, COMMISSIONER, INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION.

ON MONDAY CJUNE 3) HE WILL BE TAKEN ON A HELICOPTER TOUR TO SEE VARIOUS INDUSTRIAL AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENTS, INCLUDING CONTAINER TERMINALS, HOUSING AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES.

THE NEXT DAY (TUESDAY) HE WILL VISIT THE URBAN SERVICES SWIMMING POOu COMPLEX AT MORSE PARK, AND CALL ON THE ARMY.

MR. HEATH IS SCHEDULED TO LEAVE FOR LONDON ON JUNE 4.

NOTE TO EDITORS: MR. HEATH WILL MEET THE PRESS AT A

CONFERENCE TO BE HELD ON JUNE 4 (TUESDAY) AT

5 P.M. IN THE 35 MM. THEATRE, GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, 5TH FLOOR.

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INJURED PO SANG BANK VICTIMS MAY BE COMPENSATED ******

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IS INVESTIGATING THE POSSIBILITY OF PROVIDING COMPENSATION TO THE HOSTAGES OF THE PO SANG BANK WHO WERE INJURED DURING THE ROBBERY ATTEMPT LAST FRIDAY.

MR. STEPHEN CHAU, PRINCIPAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER (ACCIDENT COMPENSATION), SAID THE DEPARTMENT WAS IN CONTACT WITH THE POLICE, HOSPITAL AUTHORITIES AND THE VICTIMS TO OBTAIN ALL RELEVANT INFORMATION AND FACTS.

+ONCE THE VICTIMS DECIDE TO PROCEED WITH THEIR APPLICATION AND THEIR ELIGIBILITY HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED, TffElR CASES WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE CRIMINAL INJURIES COMPENSATION BOARD WHICH WILL DECIDE ON THE AMOUNT OF C0MPENSAT1ON,+ HE SAID.

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RECREATIONAL OUTLETS GIVEN HIGH PRIORITY

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HONGKONG’S PRESENT STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT PROVISION FOR THE LEISURE OF YOUNG PEOPLE +HAS BECOME CENTRAL, AND OF HIGH PRIORITY,* THS GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLtHOSE, SAID TODAY.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE FOUNDATION STONE LAYING CEREMONY OF THE SOUTH CHINA ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION'S NEW MULTI-PURPOSE SPORTS CENTRE AT CAROLINE HILL, WHICH WILL PROVIDE SUPERVISED RECREATION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.

SIR MURRAY SAID THAT FOR TOO LONG HONG KONG HAD BEEN INCLINED TO REGARD RECREATION AND SPORT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AS A LUXURY, AND HE PAID TRIBUTE TO THE SCAA FOR ITS PROVISION OF RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR THE YOUNG.

FOLLOWING IS THE FULL TEXT OF THE GOVERNOR'S SPEECH:-

+TODAY'S CEREMONY MARKS AN IMPORTANT STAGE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SOUTH CHI NA ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION AND ITS PROVISION FOR RECREATION AND SPORT IN HONG KONG AND I AM HERE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THIS PROJECT.

+FOR TOO LONG WE HAVE BEEN INCLINED TO REGARD RECREATION AND SPORT FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE AS A LUXURY AND AS SOMETHING PERIPHERAL. BUT 1 BELIEVE THAT AT OUR PRESENT STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT PROVISION FOR THE LEISURE QF YOUNG PEOPLE HAS BECOME CENTRAL, AND OF HIGH PRIORITY.

+FACILITIES ARE OF PARTICULAR VALUE IF SUPERVISION IS PROVIDED. I HAVE BEEN STRUCK BY THE NUMBER OF PARENTS WHO HAVE TOLD ME THEY WILL NOT ALLOW THEIR CHILDREN TO GO TO PLAYGROUNDS WHICH ARE UNSUPERVISED.

+THEY ARE ALSO OF PARTICULAR VALUE IF THEY ARE MULTISTOREY AND MULTI-PURPOSE AND MAXIMISE USE OF LAND IN THIS CROWDED CITY.

+THIS NEW SPORTS CENTRE MEETS ALL THESE CRITERIA3 IT WILL PROVIDE RECREATION OF MANY SORTS FOR MANY YOUNG PEOPLE: IT MAKES GOOD USE OF THE SITE3 IT WILL BE WELL SUPERVISED. I WISH IT AND ITS SPONSORS ALL POSSIBLE SUCCESS.

+1 AM SURE THAT CENTRES OF THIS SORT CAN MEET A GREAT NEED IN HONG KONG, AND 1 CAN THINK OF NO BETTER FIELD FOR A CHARITABLE BEQUEST BY A DONOR OR GROUP OF DONORS THAN TO BUILD THIS SORT OF CENTRE, AND THUS HELP TO MAKE GOOD THE DEFICIENCIES IN PROVISION FOR THE LEISURE OF YOUNG PEOPLE.

+i CONGRATULATE THE SOUTH CHINA ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION ON POINTING THE WAY.*

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NEW DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION NAMED X- X X X X X

MR JOHN M ROWLANDS WILL SUCCEED MR, WILLIAM COLLARD AS DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION IN NOVEMBER THIS YEAR, IT WAS ANNOUNCED

TODAY.

MR. COuLARD, WHO HAS BEEN DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION SINCE 19&5, WluL BE GOING ON LEAVE PRIOR TO RETIREMENT TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR.

MR. ROWLANDS, 48, FIRST CAME TO HONG KONG IN 1952 AND HAo HELD A VARIETY OF POSTS IN THE FORMER RESETTuEMT DtPARTMtNT, THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, THE URBAN ScRVICES DEPARTMcNT THE COLONIAL SECRETARIAT, AND THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT.

HE IS MARRIED WITH TWO CHILDREN.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

COPIES OF MR. ROWLANDS’ PHOTOGRAPH ARE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION NOW AT THE GIS PRESS ROOM, 6TH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD

HOUSE.

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FERRY FARES TO RENNIE’S MILL REVISED X X X X X X

FARES FOR THE PRIVATE-OPERATED FERRY SERVICcS BETWEEN SHAU KEI WAN, RENNIE'S MILL AND HANG HAU WILL BE REVISED TO A FLAT RATE OF 50 CENTS AS FROM SATURDAY CJUNE 1).

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID THIS WOULD BE THE FIRST FARE REVISION FOR THE SERVICES SINCE 1961. IT HAS TO BE MADE IN THE LIGHT OF INCREASING OPERATING COSTS, PARTICULARLY IN FUEL AND MAINTENANCE CHARGES.

AT THE SAME TIME, STARTING ON JUNE 1, THE OPERATOR - THE HOP SHING KUNG FERRY CO. LTD - WILL EXTEND THE SERVICES TO 11.30 P.M. TO FACILITATE PEOPLE WHO MAY NEED THE SERVICES IN LATE EVENING.

AT PRESENT, THE LAST RUN IS AT 10 P.M.

THE EXISTING FARES ARE 30 CENTS BETWEEN SHAU KEI WAN ON EASTERN HONG KONG ISLAND AND RENNIE'S MILL NEAR SAI KUNG, KOWLOON, AND 40 CENTS BETWEEN SHAU KEI WAN AND HANG HAU IN SAI KUNG.

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MP'S TO VISIT ADULT EDUCATION AND RECREATION CENTRE

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BRITISH MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, MR. PETER Ann t nH?TR> KENNETH CLARKE, WILL GO TO THE FUK WING STREET ADUuT cDUCATIQN AND RECREATION CENTRE TOMORROW EVENING.

,PARING THEIR 30-MINUTE TOUR OF THE CENTRE, WHICH WAS HtO lN 1958, THEY WILL SEE SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES IN Aun AS F0LK DANC£. ART,DRAMA, RIBBON FLOWER DESIGN

T C M£Mt3£RS ALSO PLAY BASKETBALL AND PING PONG AT

THE CcNTRE WHICH HAS AN INSTRUMENTAL BAND.

CENTRE HAS 1,684 REGISTERED MEMBERS. IT IS OPEN FOUR cVcNING^ A U^EK ANO IS ATTENDED BY ABOUT 140 PEOPLE EACH NIGHT.

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NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES

TO COVER THE VISIT AT 6.00 P.M. TOMORROW AT THE CENTRE, WHICH IS THE FUK WING STREET GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOL, 231 FUK WING STREET , KOWLOON.

TUESDAY, MAY 28, 1974

CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE a a a a a a

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, KOWLOONt

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

RICE CONTROL SCHEME

GRADE OF RICE AVAILABILITY OF WHOLESALE PRICE (S/CATTY)

SUPPLY HIGH LOW MODE

CHINA RICE:

SEE MEW - OLD CROP W f

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.21

S.C.JIEN - OLD CROP ——

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.16

PO NGAI GOOD 1.72

CHU CHO —— —-•

THAI RICE:

100* WHOLE GOOD 2.03

10-15* BROKENS GOOD 1.95

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.87

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.67

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 1.98

U.S. RICE: GOOD 1.94

AUSTRALIAN RICE: GOOD 1.91

PAKISTAN RICE: —— —-•

TAIWAN RICE: —— ——

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE (ALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK (S/PICUL-LIVE WEIGHT)

GOOD

305 (AVERAGE)

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TUESDAY, MAY 28, 1974.

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

SPECIES AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

HIGH LOW MODE

GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 2.90 1.80 2.00

Biq-E/ES GOOD 2.80 0.60 1.80

SQUID LIMITED . 6.00 2.50 4.50

HAIR-TAILS GOOD 1.60 0.60 1.10

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 3.30 1.50 2.20

CROAKERS NORMAL 1.20 0.50 0.80

CONGER-PIKE-EELS GOOD 1.50 0.80 1.20

MELON COAT 1 1 — —

BREAMS LIMITED 5.20 2.50 3.80

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 1.40 0.50 1.00

MACKERELS LIMITED 4.50 3.50 4.00

RED GOAT FISH GOOD 0.60 0.30 0.45

FORK-TAIL NORMAL 1.00 0.60 0.80

HORSE-HEAD NORMAL 4.00 2.70 3.70

MELON seed NORMAL 2.50 1.50 1.80

POMFRETS LIMITED 6.80 6.00 6.50

GAROUPAS NORMAL 6.50 4.50 5.30

YELLOW CROAKER ——

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

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

TYPE OF AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE ■CS/CATTY)

vegetable OF SUPPLY HIGH LOW MODE

FlOWERINQ CABBAGE NORMAL 0.70 0.20 0.50

WHITE CABBAGE GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.25

CHINESE LETTUCE NORMAL 0.40 0.10 0.25

WATER SPINACH GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.25

Chinese kale LIMITED 0.80 o.2o 0.50

STRING BEANS NORMAL- 1.00 0.20 0.60

SPRING ONION. LIMITED 1.20 0.30 0.80

SPINACH —— —— ——

WATER CRESS SCARCE 0.90 0.20 0.60

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE NORMAL 0.60 0.20 0.40

CHINESE SPINACH NORMAL 0.50 0.15 0.30 -

TOMATO • * NORMAL • 1.00 0.30 0.60

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 1974

CONTENTS PACE NO.

HEUNG YEE KUK ELECTION DAY TOMORROW ............... 1

VISITING MP’S TOUR EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS ... 2

SOME 30 CRAFT APPRENTICES TO RECEIVE •CERTIFICATES ...................................... 3

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THOUSANDS BENEFIT FROM DIRECT PURCHASE SCHEME FOR RICE........................................... 4

EXPORTS UP BY $624 MILLION LAST MONTH.............. 5

VISITING MP’S TO TOUR PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES .. 6

SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT AND VAMCANC1ES IN NON-1NDUSTR1AL TRADES AND SERVICES .................... 7

OPENING OF MARYCOVE CENTRE’S NEW WING ............. 7

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME ALONG SECTION OF

CASTLE PEAK ROAD TO BE EXTENDED FOR ANOTHER TWO MONTHS......................................... 8

TRAFFIC RE-ARRANGEMENT IN KWUN TONG................ 8

DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

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

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 197-4

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HEUNG YEE KUK ELECTIONS TOMORROW ******

THE HEUNG YEE KUK ELECTIONS FOR A CHAIRMAN, TWO VICE-CHAIRMEN AND 15 ORDINARY MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COMBITTee FOR THE KUK'S TWENTY-FIRST TERM WILL BE HEuD TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

THe EJECTIONS WIuL Be HeeD AT THe KUK’S OFF! Ue AT o SHEUNG IAK STREET, TAI PO. THE RETURNING OFFICER WIuu BE NR. IAN MACPHERSON, ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

POLLING FOR THE 15 ORDINARY MEMBERS OF THe EXECUTIVE COMBITTee WleL BEGIN AT 9.30 A.M. THERe WILL BE o? CANDIDATES CONSISTING OF 21 SPECIAL COUNCIuuORS, ELECTED ON MAY 1o, AND 4b VICE-CHAIRMEN OF RURAL COMMITTEES.

THE ELECTORATE COMPRISES THe FULL COUNCIL OF THE HEUNG YeE KUK, THe STATUTORY ADVISORY BODY TO THE GOVERNMENT ON ALe MATTeRS AFFECTING THE NEW TERRITORIES. THE FUuL COUNCIL COMPRISES TJo COUNCILLORS.

THE EJECTIONS FOR THE CHAIRMAN AND TWO BE HELD IN THE AFTERNOON, BEGINNING AT 2.3U

VICE-CHAIRMEN WILL P.M.

THE CHAIRMAN WILL BE ELECTcD BY SECRET BAuLOT FROM AMONG 54 MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE BY THE FUlL COUNCIL.

THE FIRST VICE-CHAIRMAN WILl BE llECTED FROM AMONG THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS WHO DO NOT BELONG TO THE SAME EuECTOKAu DISTRICT AS THE NEWLY ELECTED CHAIRMAN, WHILE THE SECOND VICE-CHAIRMAN WILL BE EeECTED FROM THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CANDIDATeS WHO DO NOT BELONG TO THE SAME EuECTOKAL DISTRICTS AS THE NEWLY ELECTED CHAIRMAN AND FIRST VICE-CHAlRMAN.

THE ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD BY SECRET BALLOT AND WILL Be CONDUCTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROCEDURES LAID DOWN IN THE HEUNG YEE KUK ORDINANCE.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE WELCOME TO HAVE THE ELECTIONS COVERED. MEDIA REPRESENTATlVES WILL BE REQUIRED TO IDENTIFY THEMSELVES AND WILL BE ISSUED WITH SPECIAL LAPEL BADGES WHICH WILL AeLOW THEM ACCESS INTO THE ELECTION ROOMS. HOWEVER, NO PHOTOGRAPHS MUST BE TAKEN UNTIL AFTER THE ELECTIONS.

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MP VISIT EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS X- X * * * *

MR. KENNETH CLARKE, ONE OF THE TWO VISITING CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, THIS AFTERNOON WENT TO THE EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION CENTRE IN BROADCAST DRIVE AND THE TAI LAM ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTRE WHERE HE WATCHED SOME INMATES ATTENDING ADULT EDUCATI ON CLASSES•

IN THE EVENING MR. ClARKE WAS JOINED BY HIS COLLEAGUE, MR. PETER HORDERN, AT THE FUK WING STREET ADULT EDUCATION AND RECREATION CENTRE WHERE THEY SAW SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES THERE.

AT E.T.V., MR. CLARKE WAS BRIEFED AND TAKEN ROUND THE STUDIOS BY THE ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION CETV), HR. SUN PING-SHU WHO TOlD HIM THAT MORE THAN 300,000 PRIMARY PUPILS HAD BENEFITED FROM E.T.V. SINCE THE SERVICE BEGAN IN SEPTEMBER 1971.

IT IS PLANNED TO EXTEND E.T.V. TO SECONDARY SCHOOLS WITH AN EVENTUAL AUDIENCE IN THE REGION OF 500,000 CHILDREN.

MR. CLARKE WAS ACCOMPANIED TO TAI. LAM BY THE ACTING SENIOR EDUCATION OFFICER (ADULT EDUCATION), MR. TANG CHUN-SIN'G.

MR. TANG TOLD MR. CLARKE THAT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT, ORGANISED ELEMENTARY ENGLISH COURSES FROM PRIMARY 6 TO THE FORM 2 LEVEL FOR SOME OF THc. INMATES-AT THE TAI lAM ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTRE. THE INMATES ALSO ATTEND ADULT EDUCATION GENERAL BACKGROUND COURSES AS WELL AS ABACUS ARITHMETIC.

THE COURSES ARE ATTENDED THREE EVENINGS A WEEK BY 210 INMATES, MORE THAN ONE-THIRD OF THE TOTAL INMATES AT THE TREATMENT CENTRE. THIS ADUlT EDUCATION CENTRE WAS OPENED IN MAY i960.

AT THE TAI LAM CENTRE FOR WOMEN, 70 INMATES ARE ENROLLED FOR COURSES IN LETTER WRITING, CHINESE AND ENGLISH. THEY ATTEND CLASSES TWO EVENINGS A WEEK. THE COURSES FOR THE WOMEN INMATES WERE STARTED IN 1957 IN THE FORMER LAI CHI KOK WOMEN’S PRISON.

hr. Clarke was informed that 94 inmates at Stanley prison WERE ENROLLED FOR COURSES ON ADVERTISING DESIGN, ENGLISH, CHINESE AND ABACUS ARITHMETIC.

AT CHI MA WAN PRISON 14 INMATES ATTEND CHINESE AND ENGLISH COURSES AS WELL AS ABACUS ARITHMETIC WHILE ANOTHER 72 INMATES AT THE MA PO PING ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTRE UNDERGO SIMILAR COURSES.

/FROM TAI LAM .....

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 197!t

FROM TAI LAM MR. TANG TOOK MR. CLARKE TO THE FOK WING STREET ADUlT EDUCATION AND RECREATION CENTRE WHERE HE AND MR. HORDERN SAW SOME MEMBERS PERFORMING A FOLK DANCE WHILE OTHERS WERE TAKING PART IN ART AND DRAMA. ABOUT 140 PEOPuE GO TO THIS CENTRE EACH EVENING FOR FOUR NIGHTS A WEEK. SOME ACTIVE MEMBERS PlAT BASKETBALL. AND PING PONG. OTHERS PREFER TO USE THE LIBRARY.

THE TWO MPS ALSO LEARNED THAT 15,200 PEOPLE WERE TAKING' 4?X$NTAGE OF THE MANY FREE FACILITIES AT THE 14 ADULT cuuuAnjri and Re-creation centres run by the education DEPARTMENT IN HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

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CRAFT APPRENTICES TO RECEIVE CERTIFICATES

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

TWENTY-NINE CRAFT APPRENTICES OF SONCA INDUSTRIES LIMITED WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR APPRENTICESHIP UNDER SCHEMES APPROVED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL RECEIVE CERTIFICATES OF COMPLETION TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT 10.00 A.M. IN THE LECTURE HALL OF THc. FACTORY BUILDING AT 34, TAI .YAU STREET, SAN PO KONG, KOWLOON.

DR. S.Y. CHUNG, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF SONCA INDUSTRIES lIMITcD Wluu PRESENT THE CERTIFICATES IN THE PRESENCE OF MR. HORACE KNIGHT, ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER (INDUSTRIAL TRAINING), OF LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE OCCASION.

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THOUSANDS BENEFIT FROM DIRECT PURCHASE SCHEME FOR RICE" *********

CLOSE TO 100,000 WORKERS AND PERHAPS A FURTHER 400,000 DEPENDANTS AND FAMILY MEMBERS ARE BENEF1TTINQ FROM THE DIRECT PURCHASE SCHEME FOR RICE 1NTRODUCED BY THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT IN MARCH OF THIS YEAR.

THE NUMBER OF LARGE ORGANISATIONS TAKING PART IN THE SCHEME NOW TOTALS 135, AND ANOTHER 45 APPLICATIONS ARE BEING PROCESSED.

DIRECT SALES OF RICE ARE ALSO BEING MADE TO 108 TRADITIONAL RICE RETAIlERS AND 35 MAJOR RETAIL OUTLETS OPERATING A TOTAL OF 80 SHOPS.

LARGE ORGANISATIONS ARE ABLE TO BUY RICE DIRECT FROM IMPORTERS SOuELY FOR DISTRIBUTION TO THEIR EMPLOYEES AND DEPENDANTS PROVIDED THEY MEET CERTAIN CONDITIONS LAID DOWN BY THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT. ■

THEY ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE" AT LEAST 200 EMPLOYEES AND A MINIMUM QUANTITY OF ONE METRIC TON MUST BE PURCHASED AT EACH TRANSACTION. PAYMENT HAS TO BE MADE ON A CASH BASIS UNLESS IMPORTERS AGREE TO PROVIDE CREDIT TERMS.

THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE SCHEME INCLUDE INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAu FIRMS, HOSPITALS, LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

RETAILERS OBTAINING RICE BY DIRECT PURCHASE ARE ALLOWED TO SELL IT ONLY BY RETAIL SALE, NOT IN BULK QUANTITIES.

EXISTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR DIRECT PURCHASE WERE SUBSTANTIALLY REVISED EARLIER THIS YEAR WHEN IT BECAME APPARENT THAT THERE WAS SPECULATIVE ACTIVITY IN THE LOCAL MARKET.

THE QUICK ACTION TAKEN BY THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT ENABLED BIG DEPARTMENT STORES TO PUT PACKAGED RICE ON SALE AT A FIXED PRICE. THIS EFFECT1VELY CURBED PROFITEERING ACTIVITIES 4N THE TRADE AS CONSUMERS WERE ABLE TO OBTAIN RICE AT A FAIR PRICE IN RELATION TO IMPORT COSTS.,

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT'SAID THAT THE INTRODUCTION AND EXPANSION OF THE DIRECT PURCHASE SCHEME IS CLEARLY GOING TO HAVE A LONG-TERM INFLUENCE ON THE PATTERN OF CONSUMER BUYING OF RICE.

+RICE RETAILING INCREASINGLY WILL BE DONE IN PACKAGES, WITH THE WEIGHT, QUALITY AND PRICE CLEARLY STATED AND WITH NO MIXING,+ HE SAID.

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APRIL EXPORTS UP BY $624 MILLION

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THE VALUE OF HONG KONG’S DOMESTIC EXPORTS LAST MONTH AMOUNTED TO $1,922 MILLION, AN INCREASE OF 48.1 PER CENT OVER APRIL 1973, ACCORDING TO PROVISIONAL FIGURES RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

AT THE Same TIME IMPORTS INCREASED in VALUE 8Y 49.6 PER CENT TO $3,156 MILLION, WHILE RE-EXPORTS ROSE 8Y 49.7 PER CENT TO $604 MluuION.

DURING THE PERIOD UANUARY-APRIL, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WENT UP BY 42 PER CENT. OVER THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR, RE-EXPORTS BY 52.5 PER CENT AND IMPORTS BY 43.6 PER CENT.

FIGURES FOR THE 12-MONTH PERIOD MAY 1973 TO APRIL 1974 SHOW INCREASES BY VALUE OF 35«6 PER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS, 59.9 PER CENT FOR RE-EXPORTS AND 40.5 PER CENT FOR IMPORTS, AS COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS 12-MONTH PERIOD.

FOLLOWING IS A BREAKDOWN WITH COMPARATIVE FIGURES:

PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR APRIL

APRIL APRIL INCREASE OR

1974 1973 DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 1,922 1,298 + 624 + 48.1

1MPORTS 3,156 2,109 +1,047 + 49.6

RE-EXPORTS 604 404 + 201 + 49.7

FEB.-APR. ' FEB•-APR . INCREASE OR

1974 1973 DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 5,299 3,853 +1,446 + 37.5

IMPORTS 8,788 5,958 +2,830 + 47.5

RE-EXPORTS 1,834 1,222 + 611 + 50.0

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I JAN.-APR. 1974 6 - JAN.-APR. 1973 WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 197^ INCREASE OR DECREASE

t $ MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 7,194 5,067 +2,127 + 42.0

IMPORTS 11,221 7,817 +3,404 + 4J. 6-

RE-EXPORTS 2,409 1,580 + 829 + 52.5

- MAY 1973 TO APRIL 1974 MAY 1972 • TO APRIL 1973 INCREASE OR DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 21,602 15,926 +5»67o + 35.6

IMPORTS 32,409 23,065 +9,344 + 40.5

RE-EXPORTS 7,354 v 4,599 . +2,755 + 59.9

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VISITING MP’S TO TOUR PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE TWO VISITING MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, MR. PETER HORDERN AND MR. KENNETH CLARKE, WILL SPEND TOMORROW (THURSDAY) MORNING WITH HOUSING DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS TO FAMILIARISE THEMSELVES WITH PUBLIC HOUSING IN HONG KONG.

AFTER A BRIEFING AT THE DEPARTMENT'S HEADQUARTERS AT NO. 1 MA TAU KOK ROAD, THE MP'S WILL INSPECT THE SHEK KIP MEI REHOUSING PROJECT AND TAKE A LOOK AT THE HO MAN TIN PART-BUILT STRUCTURE LICENSED AREA AND THE 01 MAN ESTATE.

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YOU ARE WELCOME TO HAVE THE OCCASION COVERED. PRESS REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE KOWLOON SUB-POOL BEHIND THE TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE NOT LATER THAN 9.15 A.M. ON THURSDAY. A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE DEPARTMENT WILL BE PRESENT TO ASSIST THEM.

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SURVEY OF NON-lNDUSTRlAL EMPLOYMENT AND VACANCIES

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IS CONDUCTING ANOTHER SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT AND VACANCIES IN SELECTED NON-lNDUSTRlAL TRADES AND SERVICES,

THE SURVEY COVERS IMPORT AND EXPORT BUSINESSES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS, BANKS, INSURANCE, AIR AND WATER TRANSPORT AND RclATED SERVICES, EDUCATION SERVICES, MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, CINEMAS, ADVERTISING COMPANIES, SOLICITOR’S FIRMS, ACCOUNTING AND AUDITING FIRMS AND DEPARTMENT STORES.

PRINTED EMPLOYMENT RETURN CARDS WERE SENT TO MANAGEMENTS OF ALL KNOWN ESTABLISHMENTS IN THESE TRADES AND SERVICES ON MAY 22. THEY WERE REQUESTED TO REPORT ON EMPLOYMENT AND VACANCIES IN THEIR ESTABLISHMENTS AND TO RETURN THE CARDS TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON OR BEFORE JU Ne-4, 1974.

A SPOKESMAN OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT APPEALED. TO ALl RECIPIENTS FOR CO-OPERATION IN FILLING THE CARDS FULLY AND ACCURATELY AND RETURNING THEM PROMPTLY IN THE PAID REPLY ENVELOPES PROVIDED.

+DURING THE LAST SRUVEY THE RESPONSE FROM MANAGEMENTS WAS MOST ENCOURAGING AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THE SAME DEGREE OF CO-OPERATION IN THIS SURVEY.+ HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT THE INFORMATION PROVIDED ON THE CARDS WOUlD BE KEPT STRICTlY CONFIDENTIAL AND ONLY STATISTICAL SUMMARIES WOULD BE RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC.

+THE CARDS WIlL BE DESTROYED UNDER SUPERVISION WHEN ALL THE RELEVANT INFORMATION IS EXTRACTED.AND SUMMARISED.+ HE ADDED.

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OPENING OF MARYCOVE CENTRE’S NEW WING

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THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. KENNETH TOPlEY, WIll OFFICIALLY OPEN THE NEW RESIDENTIAL WING OF THE MARYCOVE CENTRE FOrt GIRlS IN ABERDEEN ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

THE NEW EXTENSION WAS BUIlT WITH A GRANT OF $1 MIllION FROM THE LOTTERIES FUND AND FROM WHICH ANOTHER $20,000 WAS ALSO GIVEN AS PART OF THE EXPENSES FOR EQUIPPING AND FURNISHING THE DORMITORIES.

THE OPENING OF THIS NEW EXTENSION IS PART OF THE SOCIAl WELFARE Fl/E-YEAR PLAN AND WILl INCREASE THE CENTRE’S CAPACITY TO 200 RESIDENTIAL PLACES FOR TEENAGE GIRLS WITH PERSONAL AND OTHER SOCIAL PROBLEMS.

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NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE OPENING

CEREMONY ON FRIDAY, MAY 31 AT 3*00 P.M. THE MARYCOVE CENTRE IS SITUATED IN WONG CHUK HANG, ABERDEEN, NEAR THE NAM LONG HOSPITAL.

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TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME ALONG SECTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD ******

A TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME INTRODUCED ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS ALONG A SECTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD TO REDUCE TRAFFIC CONGESTION IS TO BE EXTENDED FOR ANOTHER TWO MONTHS.

THE SCHEME, WHICH INVOLVES THE MOVEMENT OF GOODS VEHICLES DURING CERTAIN HOURS, CAME INTO OPERATION ON APRIL 5 FOR A TRIAL PERIOD OF TWO MONTHS AND HAS PROVED SUCCESSFUL.

BETWEEN 11 A.M. AND 6 P.M. GOODS VEHICLES ARE NOT PERMITTED TO TRAVEL ON CASTLE PEAK ROAD BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH SHA TSUI ROAD IN TSUEN WAN AND CAUSEWAY ROAD IN TUEN MUN.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT SINCE ITS INTRODUCTION, THERE HAD BEEN A NOTICEABLE IMPROVEMENT IN THE FuOW OF TRAFFIC ALONG THIS PART OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD. A SURVEY INDICATED THERE HAS BEEN A QERNERAL 1NCREASE OF 10 PER CENT IN TRAFFIC FLOW ON THIS ROAD.

+BECAUSE OF THE ABSENCE OF SLOW-MOVING LORRIES AND HEAVY VEHICLES BREAKING DOWN, BUS SERVICES IN THIS PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES HAVE SEEN ABLE TO ADHERE MORE CLOSELY TO THEIR TIMETABLE,* he said.

THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASIZED THAT THE BASIC AIM OF THE SCHEME was to give priority to passenger transport for a few hours TO ENABLE PEOPLE TO HAVE REASONABLY QUICK ACCESS TO BEACHES AND OTHER RECREATIONAL AREAS IN THIS AREA. THIS HAS HAD THE DESIRED EFFECT, HE ADDED.

HE SAID THAT WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SCHEME, GOODS VEHICLES COULD STILL MOVE TO AND FROM THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ON ALTERNATIVE ROUTES. THESE ARE ON TAI PO ROAD, ROUTE TWISK, AND ON CASTLE PEAK ROAD OUTSIDE THE RESTRICTED HOURS.

PERMITS MAY BE ISSUED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TO ALLOW GOODS VEHICLES TO MOVE ON THIS SECTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD DURING THE RESTRICTED PERIOD WHERE THIS IS ESSENTIAL AND WHERE NO alternative arrangements can be made.

THE EXTENSION OF THE SCHEME WILL-REQUIRE ALL THE PERMITS THAT HAVE BEEN ISSUED TO DATE TO BE RENEWED. THIS SHOULD BE DONE IN PERSON AT THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT AT 2 MURRAY ROAD, 9TH FLOOR, HONG KONG, BETWEEN JUNE 4 AND JUNE 7, 1974.

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TRAFFIC RE-ARRANGEMENT

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MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED THAT FROM 10 A.M. ON FRIDAY CMAY 31) THE UNNAMED LOOP ROAD OFF WAN HON STREET IN KWUN TONG WIU- BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY IN A CLOCKWISE DIRECTION INORDER TO IMPROVe. TRAFFIC CONDITIONS.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WI*-L BE POSTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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WEDNESDAY, HAY 29, 1974

CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE X X X X X X

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 RICc.

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

CHINA RICE

SEE MEW

- OuD CROP —— ——

— NEW CHOP GOOD 2.21

S.C.JIEN

- OLD CROP —— — —

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.1b

PO NGA I GOOD 1.72

CHO CHO THAI RICE

100% WHOuE — ■

1U-15& BROKENS GOOD 1.95

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.b7

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.67

whole glutinous GOOD 1.96

U.S. RICE GOOD 1.94

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.91

PAKISTAN RICE ——

TAIWAN RICE -- ——

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY

WHOLESALE prices of pork ($/PlCUu-LIVE WEIGHT)

GOOD

305 (AVERAGE)

/SUPPLIES AND

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 1974

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH CFMO CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKETS

AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE CS/CATTYJ)

SPECIES OF SUPPLY high LOW MODE

GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 3.50 2.00 3.00

diq-EYES qooo 2.80 0.70 1.80

SQUID LIMITED 6.00 2.20 4.00

HAIR-TAILS qooo 1.80 0.70 1.30

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 3.20 1.40 2.20

CROAKERS NORMAL 1.80 0.70 1.20

• CONqER-PIKE-EELS GOOD 1.30 0.90 1.20

MELON COAT •—

BREAMS LIMITED 5.00 2.50 4.00

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 1.60 0.00 1.00

MACKERELS LIMITED 4.00 3.00 3.50

RED qOAT FISH NORMAL 0.60 0.40 0.45

FORK-TAIu NORMAL 1.60 0.50 0.90

horse-head NORMAL 5.00 2.70 3.80

MELON SEED —— __

POMFRZTS LIMITED 7.00 5.50 6.00

qARQUPAS NORMAL 6.50 4.50 5.50

YcllOW CROAKER —— — —-

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

TYPE OF VEGETABLE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE (S/CATTY) MODE

HIGH LOW

FLOWERING CABBAGE NORMAL 0.60 0.20 0.40

WHITE CABBAGE GOOD 0.40 0.05 0.25

CHINESE LETTUCE GOOD 0.40 0.10 0.25

WATER SPINACH GOOD 0.40 0.05 0.25

CHINESE KALE LIMITED 0.80 0.20 0.50

STRING BEANS GOOD 0.80 0.20 0.50

SPRING ONION NORMAL 1.20 0.30 0.70

SPINACH

WATER CRESS SCARCE - 0.80 0.20 0.50

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE NORMAL 0.60 0.20 0.40

CHINESE SPINACH NORMAL 0.50 0.10 0.30

TOMATO LIMITED 1.00 0.30 0.70

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

THURSDAY, MAY JO, 1974.

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HONG KONG INDUSTRY NEEDS MORE PROPERLY TRAINED SKILLED CRAFTSMEN .................................................. 1

MAJOR^CAREERS SEMINARS ORGANISED TO GUIDE YOUNG PEOPLE IN CHOOSING A CAREER........................................... 2

IMPORTS AND EXPORTS MUST BE DECLARED WITHIN 14 DAYS ..... 2

FOUR LOTS OF CROWN LAND TO BE SOLD NEXT MONTH............... J

VOLUNTEERS CELEBRATING THEIR 12OTH ANNIVERSARY ............. 3

NEW ROAD TO PROVIDE DIRECT LINK BETWEEN TAI HANG ROAD AND CLOUD VIEW ROAD ...........................................  4

OPENING HOURS OF DC AND I OFFICES REVISED .................. 4

SECRETARIAT OFFICE ATTENDANT RETIRING AFTER 27 YEARS’ SERVICE...................................................   5

PARENTS URGED TO IMMUNISE THEIR CHILDREN AGAINST MEASLES 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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THURSDAY, MAY 30, 1974

MORE PROPERLY TRAINED SKILLED CRAFTMEN NEEDED )i K it » it »

THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF LABOUR, MR. HORACE KNIGHT, * TODAY EMPHASISED THE IMPORTANCE OF INDUSTRY TO HONG KONG.

HE SAID: +INDUSTRY IS NOT AN OPTION FOR HONG KONG. IT IS INDISPENSABLE TO HER.+

ECONOMICALLY, MR. KNIGHT SAID.+IT CONTRIBUTES AN INCREASINGLY HIGHER PERCENTAGE TOWARDS OUR TOTAL GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCTS, SOCIALLY IT IS THE BIGGEST EMPLOYER OF OUR PEOPLE.+

+WITH A POPULATION THE SIZE OF OURS.+ HE ADDED, +INDUSTRY ' WILL NEVER BE OBSOLESCENT NOR CAN IT BE REPLACED BY ANY OTHER FIELD OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY.+

MR. KNIGHT STRESSED THAT IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT +OUR INDUSTRY REMAINS EFFICIENT, COMPETITIVE AND PROFITABLE*.

HE SAID: +TO DO SO IN THE PRESENT STAGE OF OUR INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT WHEN OUR PRODUCTS ARE BECOMING INCREASINGLY SOPHISTICATED, WE CAN NO LONGER MERELY DEPEND ON THE NATURAL DILIGENCE AND ABILITY OF OUR PEOPLE.

+TO BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO TRADE UP IN THE LEVEL OF PRODUCTS, IMPROVE OUR QUALITY AND INCREASE OUR PRODUCTIVITY DEMANDS BETTER TRAINED TECHNICAL MANPOWER AT ALL LEVELS3 BETTER TECHNOLOGISTS TO DESIGN OUR PRODUCTS, AND BETTER TRAINED TECHNICIANS AND CRAFTSMEN TO PLAN AND PRODUCE THEM.+

MR. KNIGHT WAS SPEAKING AT A CEREMONY DURING WHICH DR. CHUNG SZE-YUEN, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF SONCA INDUSTRIES LIMITED, PRESENTED CERTIFICATES OF COMPLETION TO 29 CRAFT APPRENTICES OF THE COMPANY.

THESE APPRENTICES HAVE COMPLETED A THREE-YEAR CRAFT APPRENTICESHIP UNDER SCHEMES APPROVED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT. ’

IN HIS SPEECH, DR. CHUNG SAID THAT IN ORDER TO ENSURE THE COMPETITIVE POSITION OF THE HONG KONG INDUSTRY IN THE WORLD MARKETS, ONE IMPORTANT FACTOR WAS THE ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF PROPERLY TRAINED SKILLED CRAFTSMEN, PARTICULARLY MECHANICAL ENGINEERING CRAFTSMEN.

REFERRING TO HIS COMPANY’S APPRENTICE TRAINING SCHEME, HE SAID IT WAS MODELLED FROM THOSE IN CONTINENTAL. EUROPE PARTICULARLY THOSE IN GERMANY AND FRANCE.

+OUR SCHEME EMBRACES BOTH INSTITUTIONAL AND SHOP-FLOOR TRAINING AND IS SO EFFICIENT AND INTENSIFIED THAT THE NORMAL FIVE-YEAR PERIOD CAN BE COMPRESSED INTO THREE YEARS,* HE ADDED.

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THURSDAY, MAY JO, 1974

CAREERS SEMINAR FOR STUDENTS n » it )t » » » » Ji

MORE THAN 2,500 STUDENTS FROM SOME 80 SECONDARY SCHOOLS WILL ATTEND TWO CAREERS SEMINARS TO BE HELD ON JUNE 4 TO 7 AT SHENG KUNG HUI TANG SHIU KIN SECONDARY SCHOOL, 01 KWUN ROAD, HONG KONG AND QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL, SAI YEE STREET, KOWLOON.

THE SEMINARS WHICH AIM TO PROVIDE CAREERS INFORMATION TO SENIOR STUDENTS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS ARE JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE TAI PING SHAN LIONS CLUB AND THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

+EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE GROWS AS COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY CONTINUE TO EXPAND,+ SAID MR. DEXTER MAN, PRESIDENT OF THE TAI PING SHAN LIONS CLUB. +FACED WITH VARIOUS OPENINGS IN DIFFERENT TRADES AND INDUSTRIES, YOUNG PEOPLE ARE FINDING IT MORE AND MORE DIFFICULT TO MAKE A CHOICE OF CAREER.+

+WE HOPE TO PROVIDE YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH CAREERS SEMINARS SOME GUIDANCE WHICH WILL HELP THEM MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE.+

THE SEMINARS - THE FIRST MAJOR CAREERS SEMINARS TO BE HELD CONCURRENTLY IN HONG KONG AND KOWLOON - WILL CONSIST OF TALKS AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS ON CAREERS IN COMMERCE, INDUSTRY AND GOVERNMENT SERVICES.

A TOTAL OF 12 TRADES AND INDUSTRIES WILL BE COVERED. THESE INCLUDE BANKING, SOCIAL WORK, NURSING, SECRETARIAL WORK, TEACHING, JOURNALISM, HOTEL, AIRLINES, SEAFARING, GOVERNMENT JOBS AND TeXTIuES AND ELECTRONICS INDUSTRIES. THERE WILL ALSO BE TALKS ON +HOW TO APPLY FOR A JOB* AND +APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING SCHEME.*

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IMPORTS AND EXPORTS MUST BE DECLARED »»»»»»

THE DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY TODAY REMINDED IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS THAT THEY ARE OBLIGED TO LODGE TRADE DECLARATIONS WITHIN 14 DAYS ON ALL IMPORTS AND EXPORTS, EXCEPT FOR THOSE CATEGORIES OF EXEMPTED GOODS.

HE WARNED THAT PROSECUTIONS WOULD BE INITIATED AGAINST THOSE WHO, WITHOUT REASONABLE EXCUSE, FAIL TO LODGE THE NECESSARY TRADE DECLARATIONS.

TRADE DECLARATIONS SUBMITTED OUTSIDE THE PRESCRIBED 14-DAY PERIOD, HE ADDED, WILL BE LIABLE, WITHOUT FURTHER NOTICE, TO PENALTY CHARGES.

THESE RISE AFTER TWO MONTHS TO A MAXIMUM OF $50 PER DECLARATION WHERE THE TOTAL VALUE OF ARTICLES SPECIFIED DOES NOT EXCEED $20,000, AND TO A MAXIMUM OF $100 PER DECLARATION WHERE THE TOTAL VALUE OF ARTICLES SPECIFIED EXCEEDS $20,000.

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CROWN LAND SALE

FOUR LOTS OF CROWN LAND WITH A COMBINED AREA OF SOME 53,000 SQUARE FEET WILL BE OFFERED FOR SALE AT A PUBLIC AUCTION IN THE CITY HALL LECTURE ROOM NEXT MONTH.

TWO OF The lots are for industrial or godown development. ONE IS LOCATED AT TAI YIP STREET IN KOWLOON AND MEASURES 12,400 SQUARE FEET. THE OTHER COVERS AN AREA OF 21,430 SQUARE FEET OFF LEE CHUNG STREET IN CHAI WAN.

THE THIRD LOT, FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES, IS LOCATED AT MARCONI ROAD IN KOWLOON AND MEASURES 18,280 SQUARE FEET.

• THE FOURTH MEASURES 810 SQUARE FEET AND IS FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT. IT IS LOCATED AT 39 STATION LANE, HUNG HOM, WITH AN EXISTING BUILDING.

THE AUCTION WILL BE HELD AT 2.30 P.M. ON JUNE 28 IN THE CITY HALL LECTURE ROOM.

FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING), HONG KONG, AND FROM THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES.

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VOLUNTEERS TO CELEBRATE 120TH ANNIVERSARY »»»»)!•

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL BE ATTENDING THE FOUNDATION DAY DINNER OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS) TOMORROW CFRID/VY) EVENING IN THE OFFICERS MESS AT BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

THE DINNER, WHICH WILL ALSO BE ATTENDED BY THE COMMANDER BRITISH FORCES, LT. GEN. SIR EDWIN BRAMALL, AND MANY OTHER DISTINGUISHED GUESTS, MARKS THE 120TH ANNIVERSARY OF THEJ?EGIMENT WHICH WAS FORMED ON MAY 30, 1854, AS THE HONG KONG VOLUNTEER CORPS.

AS PART OF THE CEREMONY TO MARK THE FOUNDATION DAY, MEN OF THE REGIMENT MOUNTED A GUARD AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE TODAY.

NOTE TO EDITORS : THE GOVERNOR IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE AT

BEACONSFIELD HOUSE AT 8.15 P.M. PHOTOGRAPHERS WISHING TO COVER THE ARRIVAL ARE CORDIALLY WELCOMED TO DO SO.

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NEW ROAD FOR CAUSEWAY BAY

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A NEW ROAD JOINING UP WITH YEE KING ROAD WILL SOON BE CONSTRUCTED ALONG THE WESTERN BOUNDARY OF LAI TAK TSUEN HOUSING ESTATE.

WHEN COMPLETED, THE ROAD WILL PROVIDE A DIRECT LINK BETWEEN TAI HANG ROAD AND CLOUD VIEW ROAD.

THE NEW ROAD WILL BE ABOUT 1,150 FEET LONG AND WILL COMPRISE A 24-F00T WIDE CARRIAGEWAY AND AN EIGHT-FOOT WIDE CONCRETE FOOTPATH ON EACH SIDE.

IN CONJUCTION WITH THE ROAD WORK, ABOUT 2,600 FEET OF STORMWATER DRAINS AND SEWERS RANGING FROM NINE INCHES TO 48 INCHES IN DIAMETER WILL BE LAID.

CONSTRUCTION IS EXPECTED TO START IN JULY THIS YEAR AND SHOULD BE COMPLETED IN 12 MONTHS.

THE HONG KONG DIVISION OF THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE, P.W.D., WHO DESIGNED THE WORK, WILL ALSO SUPERVISE ITS CONSTRUCTION.

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OPENING HOURS OF DC AND I OFFICES Jf> ft » £ » ft

THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT TODAY ANNOUNCED CHANGES IN THE OPENING HOURS FOR ALL OFFICES SERVING THE PUBLIC, EXCEPT THE AD VALOREM CHARGES COLLECTION OFFICE AT 46 CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL.

WITH EFFECT FROM MONDAY CJUNE JJ, THE D „

WEEKDAYS WILL BE FROM 8.45 A.M. TO 12.30 P.M. AND FROM 1.30 P.M TO 5.15 P.M.

ON SATURDAYS, THE OFFICES WILL CONTINUE TO BE OPEN FROM 9 A.M. TO 12 NOON.

THE OPENING HOURS FOR THE AD VALOREM CHARGES COLLECTION OFFICE WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED, E.G. am/fROm’ °N

WEEKDAYS AND FROM 9 A.M. TO 4 P.M. ON WEEKDAYS AND FROM 9 A.M. TO 12 NOON ON SATURDAYS.

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THURSDAY, MAY 30, 1974

RETIREMENT GIFT FOR OFFICE ATTENDANT

MR. WONG PAK-HUNG, OFFICE ATTENDANT OF THE ENVIRONMENT BRANCH OF THE COLONIAL SECRETARIAT, IS TO RETIRE ON JULY 7 AFTER SERVING THE GOVERNMENT FOR 27 YEARS.

HE JOINED THE COLONIAL SECRETARIAT AS A MESSENGER ON AUGUST 14, A1947 AND WAS PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT POST ON DECEMBER 1, 1953*

TO MARK HIS RETIREMENT, MR. MICHAEL CLINTON, ACTING COLONIAL SECRETARY, WILL PRESENT MR. WONG WITH A GOLD MEDAL TOMORROW AFTERNOON (MAY 31) AT A CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT THE RECEPTION AREA ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES. EAST WING, LOWER ALBERT ROAD.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE PRESENTATION

--------------- COVERED. THE CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE AT 4.45 P.M

TOMORROW (FRIDAY)

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ANTI-MEASLES CAMPAIGN * * * * » *

A TOTAL OF 3.595 CHILDREN WAS INOCULATED AGAINST MEASLES DURING THE TWO WEEKS ENDING ON MAY 18 IN CONNECTION WITH THE CURRENT ANTI-MEASLES CAMPAIGN.

OF THESE, 798 WERE INOCULATED ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 1,821 IN KOWLOON, AND 976 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE FIRST ANTI-MEASLES CAMPAIGN THIS YEAR IS CONTINUING UNTIL THE END OF MAY TO REMIND THE PUBLIC OF THE NECESSITY TO CONTINUE TO TAKE PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES AGAINST THE DISEASE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT URGES PARENTS OF SUSCEPTIBLE CHILDREN BETWEEN SIX MONTHS AND FIVE YEARS TO HAVE THEM IMMUNISED IMMEDIATELY.

HE EMPHASISES THAT FREE VACCINE +IS AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AT ALL THE DEPARTMENT’S MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRES IN HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.*

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE ' ******

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

GRADE OF RICE CHINA RICE SEE MEW - OLD CROP - NEW CROP S.C.JIEN - OLD CROP - NEW CROP PO NGAI CHU CHO AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY GOOD GOOD GOOD 1 WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY) 2.21 2.16 1.72 jf,'

THAI RICE

100% WHOLE 10-15% BROKENS GOOD GOOD 2.03 1.95

A1 SUPER EXTRA A1 SUPER WHOLE GLUTINOUS t GOOD GOOD GOOD 1.87 1.67 1.92

U.S. RICE 4 GOOD 1.94

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.91

PAKISTAN RICE TAIWAN RICE ——

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE CALL SOURCES) AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY - GOOD

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK CS/PICUL-LIVE WEIGHT) - 305 CAVERAGE)

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THURSDAY, MAY 30, 1974

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH

CFMO CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

SPECIES AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY) MODE

HIGH LOW

GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 4.00 2.60 3.20

big-eyes GOOD 2.90 0.60 2.00

SQUID SCARCE 6.50 2.40 5.00

HAIR-TAILS GOOD 2.50 0.80 1.50

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 3.30 1.20 2.20

CROAKERS NORMAL KOO 0.50 0.70

conger-pike-eels NORMAL 1.40 0.80 1.20

MELON COAT

BREAMS LIMITED 4.20 2.20 3.50

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 1.40 0.50 1.20

MACKERELS LIMITED 4.20 2.80 3.50

RED GOAT FISH GOOD 0.90 < 0.40 0.60

FORK-TAIL NORMAL 1.10 0.60 0.80

horse-head NORMAL 5*oo 2.70 4.00

melon seed NORMAL 2.40 1.50 2.20

P0MFRET3 NORMAL 6.50 5.00 6.00

GAROUPAS NORMAL 6.oo 4.50 5.00

YELLOW CROAKER

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

TYPE OF AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/C,

VEGETABLE OF SUPPLY HIGH LOW MODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE 'GOOD 0.60 0.15 0.40

WHITE CABBAGE GOOD 0.40 0.05 0.25

CHINESE LETTUCE . GOOD 0.40 0.05 0.25

WATER SPINACH - GOOD 0.40 0.05 0.25

CHINESE KALE LIMITED 0.70 0.20 0.50

STRING BEANS GOOD 0.8Q 0.20 0.50

SPRING ONION NORMAL 1.00 0.30 0.60

SPINACH ——•

WATER CRESS SCARCE 0.80 0.20 0.50

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE NORMAL 0.60 0.20 0.40

CHINESE SPINACH NORMAL 0.40 0.10 0.25

TOMATO LIMITED 1.00 0.40 0.70

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, MAY 31. 1974

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

INVITATION OF TENDERS FOR THE OPERATION OF AIRPORT +DUTY FREE+ SHOP SPACES ...............................   1

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS TO BE INTRODUCED IN WANCHAI . 1

YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN INVITED TO ENROL FOR A TWO-YEAR ' TECHNICAL TEACHERS* COURSE ............................

MR. EDWARD HEATH TO GIVE A PRESS-CONFERENCE ON

ARRIVAL ...............................................

THE BUSINESS REGISTRATION (AMENDMENT^ BILL TO BE •

INTRODUCED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SHORTLY ........ 3

PRESS CONFERENCE BY VISITING MP.......................... 3

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE OPENS MARYCOVE CENTRE’S NEW WING........................•.............

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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AIRPORT DUTY-FREE SHOP SPACES TENDERS I MVI TED ft ft ft ft ft ft

TENDERS are BEING CALLED FOR THE OPERATION OF THE +DUTY FREE+ SHOP AREA IN THE PASSENGER TERMINAL BUILDING OF THE HONG KONG AIRPORT.

THE AREA HAS BEEN SET APART FOR THE SELLING AND DISPENSING OF +DUTY FREE+ LIQUORS, CIGARETTES, CIGARS ARD PIPE TOBACCO TO DEPARTING AND TRANSIT PASSENGERS. IT COMPRISES SALE POINTS AT THE DEPARTURE HALL AND TRANSIT AREA, WITH A COLLECTION POINT AT THE PIER WHERE PASSENGERS COLLECT THEIR PURCHASES BEFORE BOARDING*

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT SAID THAT A PRICE LIST OF THE SALE ITEMS IS-REVIEWED BY HIS DEPARTMENT TO ENSURE THAT THERE IS NO PROFITEERING ON THE PART OF THE OPERATOR, AND AMY PRICE INCREASE MUST BE REFERRED TO THE DEPARTMENT FOR APPROVAL.

THE +DUTY FREE+ SHOP WOULD HAVE TO OPERATE ON A 24-HOUR BASIS, HE ADDED.

ONE OF THE CLAUSES OF THE DRAFT AGREEMENT REQUIRES THAT THE TENANT, THAT IS THE SUCCESSFUL TENDERER, PAY ALL TAXES, FEES, CHARGES AND ASSESSMENT PAYABLE IN RESPECT OF THE PREMISES.

THE TENANCY IS VALID FOR FOUR YEARS, AND FORMS OF TENDER AND FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE CIVIL AVIATION ■DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS, NEW RODNEY BLOCK, 1ST FLOOR, QUEENSWAY.

TENDERS MUST BE ADDRESSED TO THE SECRETARY, CENTRAL TENDER BOARD, AND SUBMITTED BEFORE 12 NOON ON FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 1974. LATE TENDERS WILL MOT BE ACCEPTED.

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A NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT AIMED AT IMPROVING TRAFFIC FLOW ALONG A SECTION OF MORRISON HILL ROAD ON HONG KONG ISLAND IS TO BE INTRODUCED AS FROM. 10 A.M. ON SUNDAY CJUNE 23.

UNDER THIS NEW ARRANGEMENT, PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO ENTER THE SECTION OF MORRISON HILL ROAD BETWEEN SHARP STREET WEST AND LEIGHTON ROAD.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT IT WAS ENVISAGED THAT THE NEU ARRANGEMENT WOULD REDUCE THE NUMBER OF STOPPING VEHICLES AI® THEREBY EASE CONGESTION IN THE AREA, PARTICULARLY IN RESPECT OF TRAFFIC PROCEEDING TO LEIGHTON ROAD AND THE CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL.

HOWEVER, THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEW ARRANGEMENT, PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WISHING TO TRAVEL FROM TIN LOK LANE INTO THE CANAL ROAD WEST FLYOVER UOULD STILL BE ABLE TO DO SO BY TURNING LEFT INTO SHARP STREET UEST- . . _________________________________ *

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TECHNICAL TEACHERS' COURSE

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YOUNQ MEN AND WOMEN WHO WANT TO BECOME TECHNICAL TEACHERS ARE INVITED TO ENROL FOR A TWO-YEAR FULL-TIME COURSE BEGINNING IN SEPTEMBER AT THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS' COLLEGE AT MORRISON HILL.

+THE COURSE IS FOR INTENDING SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS OF PRACTICAL SKILLS AND COMMERCIAL SUBJECTS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS,+ THE NEWLY APPOINTED PRINCIPAL OF THE COLLEGE, MR. PETER SMITH, SAID TODAY.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE NEED FOR EXPANDING THIS ASPECT OF EDUCATION WAS READILY RECOGNISED IN A TECHNOLOGICAL AGE.

MR. SMITH SAID: +THE COURSE AIMS AT AN ALL-ROUND EDUCATION IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING A PROFESSIONAL TEACHING QUALIFICATION.+

APPLICANTS MUST HAVE EITHER A HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION (ENGLISH) WITH GRADE E OR ABOVE IN ENGLISH, CHINESE, MATHEMATICS, TECHNICAL DRAWING AND A CREDIT IN EITHER WOODWORK METALWORK OR PRACTICAL ELECTRI CITY= OR A HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION (ENGLISH) WITH GRADE E OR ABOVE IN AT LEAST FIVE SUBJECTS INCLUDING ENGLISH, CHINESE, MATHEMATICS AND A CREDIT IN PRINCIPLE OF ACCOUNTS OR SHORTHAND AND TYPING.

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE TECHNICAL EDUCATION DIVISION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SUB-OFFICE, BONAVENTURE HOUSE, 2ND FLOOR, 85~91 LEIGHTON ROAD, HONG KONG.

ALL COMPLETED FORMS MUST BE RETURNED BY JUNE 17.

PRESS CONFERENCE BY MR. HEATH X X X X X X

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MR. EDWARD HEATH, W.HO IS ARRIVING IN HONG KONG FROM

CHINA ON SUNDAY, WILL GIVE A PRESS CONFERENCE AT FANLING LODGE.

THE CONFERENCE IS EXPECTED TO TAKE PLACE AT ABOUT 11.30 A.M.

ON SUNDAY (JUNE 2).

TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ASSIGNED TO COVER THE CONFERENCE. BUS NO.BC 513 WILL LEAVE FROM QUEEN'S PIER AT 10.00 A.M. SHARP. G.I.S. OFFICERS WILL BE PRESENT TO ASSIST THE PRESS.

MR. HEATH WILL LEAVE FOR LONDON AT 10.30T.M. ON SUNDAY.

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BUSINESS REGISTRATION FEES » » If JI )?

A BILL, FORMALISING THE RECENT INCREASES IN FEES PAYABLE UNDER THE BUSINESS REGISTRATION ORDINANCE, UILL BE INTRODUCED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SHORTLY.

THE REVISION OF THE FEES IS IN LINE WITH THE CHANGES MADE BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY IN HIS BUDGET SPEECH LAST FEBRUARY AND CAME INTO EFFECT ON APRIL 1 THIS YEAR.

THE BUSINESS REGISTRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL, GAZETTED TODAY, IS TO GIVE LEGISLATIVE EFFECT TO THE NEW FEES WHICH WERE ADVERTISED IN MARCH.

UNDER THE REVISION, THE BUSINESS REGISTRATION FEE WAS DOUBLED TO $50 WHILE THE FEE FOR THE ISSUE OF A DUPLICATE BUSINESS REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE WAS RAISED FROM $2 TO $5- THE'FEE FOR THE ISSUE OF A CERTIFIED COPY OR EXTRACT OF DOCUMENTS UNDER SECTION 19 OF THE BUSINESS REGISTRATION ORDINANCE WAS INCREASED FROM $10 TO $15.

THE OPPORTUNITY WAS ALSO TAKEN TO SIMPLIFY THE EXISTING PENALTY SYSTEM FOR LATE PAYMENTS OF BUSINESS REGISTRATION FEES. A FLAT ONCE-AND-FOR-ALL SURCHARGE OF $15 UAS INTRODUCED AS AGAINST THE PREVIOUS SURCHARGE OF $2 FOR LATE PAYMENTS IN THE FIRST MONTH AND $3 FOR EACH MONTH THEREAFTER.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE LIMITS BELOW WHICH A PERSON CARRYING ON BUSINESS MIGHT APPLY FOR EXEMPTION FROM PAYMENT OF THE REGISTRATION FEE UAS ALSO RAISED.

MP TO MEET PRESS a n r- n r- n

NOTE TO EDITORS:

' MR. KENNETH CLARKE, CONSERVATIVE MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, WILL MEET THE PRESS TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AFTER A WEEK-LONG VISIT TO HONG KONG.

MR. PETER HORDERN, WHO FLEW IN TOGETHER WITH MR. CLARKE LAST SATURDAY, CUT SKORT HIS VISIT AND RETURNED HOME LAST NIGHT BECAUSE OF HIS FATHER’S ILLNESS.

THE PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT 11 A.M. IN THE 35 MM THEATRE, GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, 5TH FLOOR.

TV CAMERAMEN ARE REQUESTED TO SET UP THEIR EQUIPMENT BEFORE THE CONFERENCE STARTS TO AVOID ANY INCONVENIENCE.

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MARYCOVE CENTRE'S NEW WING OPENED IMPROVED FACILITIES FOR GIRLS WITH A PROBLEM R » # ft if

THE NEW RESIDENTIAL WING OF THE MARYCOVE CENTRE FOR GIRLS AT ABERDEEN WHICH PROVIDES SPECIAL CARE FOR TEENAGE GIRLS WITH PERSONAL AND OTHER SOCIAL PROBLEMS, WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED TODAY BY THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. KENNETH TOPLEY.

THE NEW WING, WHICH IS PART OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE FIVE-YEAR PLAN, PROVIDES 100 RESIDENTIAL PLACES AND WAS BUILT AT A COST OF $1 MILLION DONATED BY THE LOTTERIES FUND.

THE CENTRE IS RUN BY THE GOOD SHEPHERD SISTERS AND TAKES IN girls who are exposed to or actually in moral danger and OTHERS BEYOND CONTROL OF THEIR PARENTS OR WHO ARE ILL-TREATED BY THEM.

MR. TOPLEY PAID WARM TRIBUTE TO THE SISTERS AND NOTED THAT THE TRADITIONAL IDEA OF INSTITUTIONALISATION OF CHILDREN WITHIN THE CONFINES OF FOUR WALLS HAD GIVEN WAY TO THE MORE FORWARD-LOOKING SHALL GROUP SYSTEM ADOPTED IN THE CENTRE.

+THE IDEA OF THE SMALL GROUP SYSTEM IS FOR A GROUP COUNSELLOR AND A GROUP ASSISTANT TO LIVE WITH A SMALL NUMBER OF GIRLS SO THAT A HOME ATMOSPHERE AND BETTER COMMUNICATION BETWEEN CHILDREN AND ADULTS CAN BE DEVELOPED,+ HE EXPLAINED.

REGULAR CASE CONFERENCES BETWEEN STAFF OF THE CENTRE AND OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HELP IN THE PLANNING AND EXECUTION OF A TREATMENT PROGRAMME FOR GIRLS IN CARE THUS MAKING FOR A BETTER AND MORE EFFECTIVE SERVICE.

+THIS TEAM APPROACH IN THE SOCIAL REHABILITATION OF GIRLS IN CARE IS HOST IMPORTANT, <■ MR. TOFLEY SAID. +IN THIS WAY, PLACING A GIRL IN AN INSTITUTION BECOMES A MEANS IN THE OVERALL TREATMENT FOR THE GIRL AND NOT AH END IN ITSELF.*

JUST PLACING A GIRL IN AN INSTITUTION WITHOUT ANY DEFINITE PROGRAMME CANNOT BE ANYTHING BUT DAMAGING- TO THE GIRL CONCERNED,

HE POINTED OUT. HOWEVER, THE KIND OF SERVICE OFFERED BY THE CENTRE WAS PLANNED TO BE BOTH PREVENTIVE OF FURTHER. WORSENING OF THE GIRLS’ CIRCUMSTANCES AND REMEDIAL IN RESPECT OF DAMAGE ALREADY DONE.

+W1TH THE FORMULATION OF A TREATMENT PLAN AND REGULAR REVIEWS

AND REVISION OF THE PLAN BY THOSE INVOLVED IN HELPING THE GIRL, IT IS HOPED THAT A MORE HELPFUL AND EFFECTIVE APPROACH CAN BE WORKED OUT,* HE SAID.

THE DIRECTOR EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT, APART FROM INCREASING THE CENTRE’S CAPACITY, THE IMPROVED ACCOMMODATION^WOULD PROVIDE MORE PLACES FOR TEMPORARY SHELTER, VOCATIONAL AND“SPEC!AL EDUCATIONAL TRAINING, MORE VARIED RECREATIONAL ACT!VITES ANT) A MORE MEANINGFUL GROUP LIFE AND EXPERIENCE FOR ADOLESCENT GIRLS IN NEED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

COPIES OF THE FULL TEXT OF MR. TOPLEY’S SPEECH ARE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM THE G-I.S.

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THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY (FRIDAY) AT F,AT.y> UNDER THE RICE CONTROL SCHEME AND AT TRE VEGETAlLE HA'u'iu ii LG ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AND THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEUNG SHA WAN, KOWLOON:

SUPPLIES i AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE OF RICE AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE

———— —————— OF SUPPLY C$/CATTY)

CHINA RICE

SEE MEW

- OLD CROP ——

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.21

S.C.JIEN

- OLD CROP

- NEU CROP GOOD 2.16

PO NGAI GOOD 1.72

CHU CHO GOOD

THAI RICE

100% WHOLE GOOD 2.01

10-15% 3R0KENS GOOD 1.95

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.85

A1 SUPER 'GOOD 1.65

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 1.92

U.S. RICE ’ GOOD 1.94

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.91

PAKISTAN RICE —• ——

TAIWAN RICE ——

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY NORMAL

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK ?.

CS/PlCUL-L!VE WEIGHT) - 305 CAVERAGE)

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

SPECIES AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE (ft/CATTY) MODE

GIGH LOW

GOLDEN THREAD LIMITED 4.8D 2.80 4.00

BIG-EYES GOOD 3.20 0.80 2.00

SQUID LIMITED 6.30 2.70 4.50

HAIR-TAILS GOOD 1.40 0.60 1.00

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 3.40 1.50 2.50

CROAKERS NORMAL 2.20 0.80 1.60

CONGER-PIKE-EELS NORMAL 2.20 1.20 2.00

MELON COAT ——

BREAMS LIMITED 5.00 2.50 3.60

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 2.50 0.50 1.00

MACKERELS LIMITED 4.30 3.00 4.00

RED GOAT FISH NORMAL 0.80 0.50 0.60

FORK-TAIL LIMITED 1.30 0.70 1.00

HORSE-HEAD LIMITED * 6.50 3.00 5.80

MELON SEED MM-

POMFRETS SCARCE 7.00 6.Q0 6.50

GAROUPAS NORMAL 7.50 4.80 6.00

YELLOW CROAKER Ml—

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

TYPE OF AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICECS/CATTY)

VEGETABLE OF SUPPLY HIGH LOW MODE

M M M MM ■■ —— — — —— — — — —• o.6o

FLOWERING CABBAGE GOOD 0.10 0.35

WHITE CABBAGE GOOD 0.35 0.05 0.20

CHINESE LETTUCE GOOD 0.40 0.05 0.25

WATER SPINACH GOOD 0.40 0.05 0.25

CHINESE KALE LIMITED 0.70 0.20 0.50

STRING SEANS GOOD 0.80 0.20 0.50

SPRING ONION- NORMAL 0.80 0.20 0.50

SPINACH

WATER CRESS LIMITED 0.80 0.20 0.50

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE NORMAL 0.60 0.20 0.40

CHINESE SPINACH NORMAL 0.40 0.10 0.25

TOMATO SCARCE 1.20 0.50 0.80

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