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

 MONDAY, JULY 1, 1974


DAILY INRDTOAWQN WORLD IS BEGINNING TO TAP A HONG KONG L & X ft Yt ft .

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HONG KONG TENDS TO BE REGARDED, WITH REASON, AS AN IMPORTER OF TECHNOLOGICAL SKILLS AND AS AN .EXPORTER OF GOODS AND SERVICES RESULTING FROM THE EXPLOITATION OF THOSE SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES.

OVERALL, THIS PICTURE IS DOUBTLESS A TRUE ONE. BUT IN CERTAIN FIELDS HONG KONG IS NOU AN EXPORTER OF TECHNOLOGICAL IDEAS, EVEN THOUGH THERE MAY BE NO DIRECT OR IMMEDIATE CASH RETURN IN THE PROCESS. AND NOT THE LEAST OF THESE FIELDS IS WATER SUPPLY. ' . „ ■

THE PROCESS TAKES THE FORM OF INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGES OF INFORMATION - PARTICULARLY THROUGH VISITS BY FOREIGN EXPERTS WHO COME TO HONG KONG TO LEARN HOU A VERY SMALL TERRITORY CAN USE ITS INGENUITY TO SOLVE FORMIDABLE WATER PROBLEMS IN A WAY WHICH HAS ENABLED A 24-HOUR SUPPLY TO BE MAINTAINED FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS.

THE MAIN ITEMS ON THESE. V IS I TORS* ITINERARY ARE SUCH PLACES AND PROJECTS AS PLOVER COVE, HIGH ISLAND, THE SHA TIN TREATMENT WORKS AND NOW THE DESALTER AT LOK ON PAI.

ALL OF THESE SCHEMES REPRESENT WORLD +FIRSTS+ IN ONE TECHNOLOGICAL SENSE OR ANOTHER. AND THIS IS REFLECTED IN THE STEADILY INCREASING NUMBERS OF ENGINEERS, TECHNICIANS AND ADMINISTRATORS FROM OVERSEAS! WHO WANT TO SEE FOR THEMSELVES HOW A RESERVOIR CAN BE CARVED OUT OF THE SEA, WHAT AN INTENSIVELY DEVELOPED HILLSIDE CONDUIT SYSTEM ACTUALLY LOOKS LIKE ON THE GROUND, AND HOW ONE SETS ABOUT CONSTRUCTING THE LARGEST DESALTER IN THE WORLD.

A SIMPLE COMPARISON ILLUSTRATES THE STORY. FIVE YEARS AGO, IN 1969, THE NUMBER OF PROFESSIONAL VISITORS FROM ABROAD SHOWN AROUND BY WATERWORKS OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WAS, IN THE WORDS OF ONE ENGINEER, +A BARE HANDFUL+. IN CONTRAST, THE EIGHT MONTHS FROM NOVEMBER 1973 TO JUNE 1974 HAVE SEEN TQURS BY AT LEAST 17 OVERSEAS GROUPS. /

THE INFLOW OF VISITORS CAN AT TIMES REACH FAINTLY EMBARRASSING PROPORTIONS. MR. YOUNG AU-YOUNG, WATERWORKS OFFICE’S CHIEF RESIDENT ENGINEER AT THE DESALTER, COMMENTED RECENTLY : +IT*S A HIGHLY. STIMULATING THING TO HAVE SO MANY PROFESSIONAL COLLEAGUES FROM OTHER COUNTRIES CALLING IN AT LOK ON PAI - BUT IT CAN GET A LITTLE DIFFICULT OCCASIONALLY TO FIT THEM ALL IN.

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+JT’S A TWO-UAY PROCESS OF COURSE. WE LEARN FROM THEM AND THEY LEARN FROM US, AND WE BOTH SHARPEN UP OUR IDEAS. WE . • REALLY FEEL PART OF AN INTERNATIONAL SCENE HERE.+

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THE GOVERNMENT WATER ENGINEER IN CHARGE OF DESALTING, MR. HERBERT WOODTHORPE, AMPLIFIED THUS: +YES, THERE’S NO DOUBT WE’VE REACHED A POINT WHERE OUR IDEAS AND EXPERIENCE HAVE A DISTINCT RATING OVERSEAS. FOR EXAMPLE, AMONG OUR RECENT VISITORS WERE SOME AUSTRALIANS LOOKING INTO THE PROS AND CONS OF BUILDING A DESALTER NEAR MELBOURNE.

+IN THE REVERSE DIRECTION, WE'VE RECENTLY SENT SOME OF OUR CHAPS TO KUWAIT TO SEE HOU THEIR VARIOUS PLANTS ARE WORKING OUT. WE'RE THE INTERESTED PARTY IN THAT CASE - BUT I'VE NO DOUBT THAT OUR ENGINEERS HAD A WORTHWHILE CONTRIBUTION TO MAKE TO THE EXCHANGE.+

THESE COMMENTS WERE ECHOED, OUT AT HIGH ISLAND, BY MR-TONY VAIL, THE SENIOR RESIDENT ENGINEER FOR THE DAM CONSTRUCTION.

+WHAT WE'RE DOING AT HIGH ISLAND,+ HE SAID, +IS BUILDING A RESERVOIR WHOSE EASTERN DAM MILL HAVE TO WITHSTAND SEAS BUILDING UP ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE PACIFIC. IT'S NOT BEEN DONE BEFORE= THE PROBLEMS ARE ABSORBING AND IT'S ALWAYS A REFRESHING EXPERIENCE TO CM AT ABOUT THEM TO OUTSIDERS. MY IHPRESSSION IS THAT OUR VISITORS USUALLY GET A KICK OUT OF IT TOO - AND/ TAKE QU ITE ,A FEW NOTIONS AWAY WITH THEM.+

MR-. Li HIN WING, THE GOVERNMENT WATER ENGINEER IN CHARGE •' OF NEU’ WORKS, AGREED. AND HE ADDED A FURTHER THOUGHT : +1T'S NOT ONLY THE PROFESSIONAL VISITORS WHO GIVE AN EDGE TO OUR THINKING. THERE ARE THE LAY TOURISTS WHO COME TOO - AND THEY CAN BE A REAL PLEASURE TO SHOU AROUND.

+FOR EXAMPLE, CONDUCTING A PRESS PARTY AROUND CAN OFTEN BE A TONIC EXPERIENCE. YOU HAVE TO TRANSLATE YOUR ANSWERS INTO LAY TERMS AND THIS CAN PROMOTE A CLEARER PICTURE IN YOUR OWN MIND.+

THE TREND WAS SUMMED UP BY HONG KONG’S DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES, MR. BILL KNIGHT, WHO JOINED PUBLIC,WORKS DEPARTMENT IN 1951-

+I'VE BEEN IN THIS GAME TOO LONG+, HE SAID, +TO THINK THAT WE HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS. WE HAVEN'T. WE'RE LEARNING THE WHOLE TIME. BUT WE'VE GOT SOME OF THE ANSWERS - AND IT'S A PLEASURE TO SHARE THEM.

+DAM-BUILDING OR DESALTER-BUILDING OR EXTENDING A CONDUIT SYSTEM CAN NEVER BE CONDUCTED IN A*TERRITORIAL VACUUM. THERE'S A 'WORLD BANK' OF IDEAS, SO TO SPEAK, AND OF COURSE WE’VE DRAWN ON THAT BANK - AND WE'SHALL CONTINUE TO DRAW ON IT. BUT IT’S TRUE, FOR SOME TIME NOW WE'VE BEEN DEPOSITING IDEAS WITH THE BANK - REPAYING WITH INTEREST, IF YOU LIKE - AND THIS PROCESS, I'M SURE, IS GOING TO CONTINUE AND WILL EXPAND,+ HE SAID-

NOTE TO EDITORS:

COPIES OF A PHOTOQRAPH ILLUSTRATING THE ABOVE ITEM IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION AT THE QIS PRESS ROOM.

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P.W.D. CHIEF’S ANTI-POLLUTION MISSION ENGINEERING DIRECTOR TO HAVE TALKS IN U.S.

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P.W.D.'S DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT, MR. DAVID STEAD, IS OFF TO THE UNITED STATES NEXT WEEKEND ON A MISSION WHICH WILL CONSOLIDATE THE ANTI-POLLUTION MEASURES BEING WORKED OUT FOR THE POLYSTYRENE PLANT TO BE SET UP ON TSING Y1 ISLAND. HIS VISIT WILL ALSO REINFORCE THE GOVERNMENT’S LONG-TERM PLANS FOR COMBATTING ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION.

THE LEASE AGREEMENT FOR THE PLANT WAS RECENTLY SIGNED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND THE MANUFACTURERS, DOW CHEMICAL, OF HOUSTON, TEXAS.

MR. STEAD’S FIRST STOP WILL BE LOS ANGELES. HE WILL HAVE A FULL DAY OF TECHNICAL DISCUSSIONS AT THE NEARBY INDUSTRIAL TOWN OF TORRANCE, WHERE THE MANUFACTURERS HAVE A POLYSTYRENE PLANT SIMILAR IN CONCEPT TO THE ONE PLANNED FOR TSING YI.

FROM THERE HE WILL FLY ON TO HOUSTON FOR THREE FURTHER DAYS , OF /TALKS AT DOW CHEMICAL’S HEAD OFFICES. ALSO TAKING PART IN BOTH SETS OF DISCUSSIONS WILL BE THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT’S CONSULTANTS, MESSRS. CREMER AND WARNER.

COMMENTING ON HIS ASSIGNMENT, MR. STEAD SAID TODAY: +THE / IMMEDIATE PURPOSE OF MY TRIP IS TO ENSURE THAT THE ANTI-POLLUTION MEASURES PLANNED FOR THE TSING Yl PLANT ARE DEVISED AND IMPLEMENTED IN THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY POSSIBLE TO MEET THE STANDARDS THE GOVERNMENT HAS LAID DOWN.

+THE WAY TO DO THIS IS THROUGH CLOSE TECHNICAL LIAISON WITH THE MANUFACTURERS, AND KNOWING MORE ABOUT THEIR METHODS AND PROCESSES^ MY VISIT WILL EXTEND THE AREA OF TECHNICAL COLLABORATION BETWEEN OURSELVES AND THE COMPANY.

+THERE IS ALSO A SECOND LONG-TERM OBJECTIVE - AND THIS IS TO ADD TO THE GOVERNMENT'S STOCKPILE OF EXPERTISE ON INDUSTRIAL POLLUTION. WE HAVE ALREADY AMASSED A SIZEABLE TALLY OF TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE, BUT THE MORE UE KNOW ABOUT PROBLEMS THAT COULD ARISE IN THE COURSE OF INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT, AND ABOUT THE ANSWERS TO THEM, THE BETTER.+ ' . ’

MR. STEAD, WHO IS P.W.D.’S REPRESENTATIVE ON THE GOVERNMENT’S ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION, POINTED OUT THAT EVER SINCE THE PROPOSAL FOR THE TSING YI PLANT WAS FIRST MADE, P.W.D. AND ITS CONSULTANTS HAD GIVEN CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS.

+1N JANUARY THIS YEAR MY COLLEAGUE MR. WONG MANG-KI, NOW ACTING PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT CIVIL ENGINEER, WENT TO MIDLAND IN MICHIGAN FOR TECHNICAL TALKS WITH DOW CHEMICAL THERE.

+1 MYSELF SHALL BE GOING BACK TO HOUSTON FOR ANOTHER VISIT IN SEPTEMBER, BY WHICH TIME THE PLANS FOR THE TSING YI PLANT WILL BE JUST ABOUT IN THEIR FINAL FORM.+

MONDAY, JULY 1, 1974.

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SECOND MANPOWER SURVEY OF THE SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIRS INDUSTRY ****** J

A SECOND MANPOWER SURVEY OF HONG KONG’S SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIRS INDUSTRY WILL BE CONDUCTED DURING THE PERIOD JULY 16 TO AUGUST 6 BY THE SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIRS INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT ,AND THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE SURVEY WILL COVER ALL MAJOR AND MINOR SHIPYARDS, PONTOONS, SHIP SURVEYOR AND CONSULTANT FIRMS, FIRMS WHICH SERVICE MARINE ENGINES, AND SHIPPING FIRMS WHICH RECRUIT THEIR ENGINE ROOM STAFF LOCALLY.

A LETTER, TOGETHER WITH THREE COPIES OF THE i ‘ QUESTIONNAIRE FORM, AN EXPLANATORY NOTE ON THE QUESTIONNAIRE, AND A LIST OF JOB DESCRIPTIONS ALL WRITTEN IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE, WILL BE SENT OUT TOMORROW (TUESDAY} TO ALL THE ESTABLISHMENTS COVERED IN THE SURVEY. J?

THE INFORMATION WHICH EMPLOYERS ARE REQUESTED TO SUPPLY INCLUDES :

(A) THE NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES AT PRESENT EMPLOYED=*

CB} THE NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES AT PRESENT UNDER TRAINING®

CC} THE NUMBER OF EXISTING VACANCIES3 AND

CD} A FORECAST OF THE NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES REQUIRED BY

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SURVEY INTERVIEWING OFFICERS OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL VISIT BY APPOINTMENT EACH OF THE ESTABLISHMENTS CONCERNED DRURING' THE PERIOD OF THE SURVEY TO HELP EMPLOYERS TO COMPLETE THE QUESTIONNAIRE.

THE SECRETARY OF THE SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIRS INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD, MR. AU-YEUNG MAN-TAK SAID: +THE INFORMATION COLLECTED WOULD BE HANDLED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE and Would be published only in the form of statistical SUMMARIES WITHOUT REFERENCE TO ANY INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENT*

+THE REQUIRED INFORMATION IS OF VITAL IMPORTANCE TO THE SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIRS INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD ’ IN MAKING FUTURE PLANS FOR INDUSTRIAL TRAINING IN THE INDUSTRY,+ HE SAID. x '

MR. AU-YEUNG SAID THAT ALL EMPLOY.ERS WERE WILLING TO SUPPLY THE REQUIRED INFORMATION IN THE FIRST MANPOWER SURVEY CONDUCTED IN JULY 1968.

+ 1 AM CONFIDENT THAT THIS SURVEY WILL MEET WITH EQUAL SUCCESS,* HE SAID.

MONDAY, JULY 1, 1974

DEAF CLUB MEMBERS FORM SCOUT GROUP ***** ,

A GROUP OF 26 MEMBERS OF THE YUEN LONG DEAF CLUB RUN BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAVE FORMED THEMSELVES INTO A SCOUT GROUP AND AN INAUGURATION CEREMONY IS TO BE HELD TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AT 3.30 P.M.

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. KENNETH TOPLEY, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY WHICH IS TO BE HELD AT THE ASSEMBLY HALL OF THE YUEN LONG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SECOND PRIMARY SCHOOL AT BLOCK 5 OF THE YUEN LONG HOUSING ESTATE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE GROUP WILL BE KNOWN AS THE 32ND NEW TERRITORIES GROUP (EXTENTION SCOUT). '

NOTE TO EDITORS: * YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY TO BE PERFORMED BY THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE TOMORROW (TUESDAY). -

TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED AND TWO S.W.D. STATIONWAGONS, AM2143 AND AM5008, WILL BE AT THE TSIMSHATSUI SUB-POOL BEHIND THE POST OFFICE AT 1.45 P.M. TO TAKE PRESS REPRESENTATIVES TO YEUN LONG AND BACK.

PORT OF HONG KONG DIRECTORY * * * *

A NEW DIRECTORY, CONTAINING THE LATEST INFORMATION ON THE PORT OF HONG KONG, HAS JUST BEEN PUBLISHED' FOR THE BENEFIT OF LOCAL SHIPPING INTERESTS AND MARITIME AGENCIES IN OTHER COUNTRIES.

PRODUCED FOR THE MARINE DEPARTMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES, THE 110-PAGE DIRECTORY PROVIDES A WIDE RANGE OF INFORMATION ON PORT SERVICES AND FACILITIES, REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES, FEES AND CHARGES ANPVD GENERAL STATISTICS.

IT ALSO CONTAINS A HARBOUR PLAN AND COMPLETE LIST OF ALL LINER SERVICES, BOTH OCEAN AND COASTAL, PRINCIPAL SHIPPING COMPANIES AND THEIR AGENTS IN HONG KONG.

THE DIRECTORY REPLACES THE PREVIOUS PORT OF HONG KONG HANDBOOK, OF WHICH THE FOURTH EDITION WAS PUBLISHED IN 1971-

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THE ELEVEN COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICERS APPOINTED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TO WORK AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL -FUNCTIONING AS CO-ORDINATORS AND DEVELOPERS OF COMMUNITY . SERVICES PARTICULARLY RELATED TO THE YOUNGER GENERATION, . HAVE ARRANGED A SERIES OF PROGRAMMES TO TAKE PLACE OVER \ THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

RUNNING THROUGHOUT THE PROGRAMMES IS THE CONCEPT OF SERVICE TO THOSE IN THE DISTRICT BY OTHERS LIVING WITHIN THE SAME AREA.

WHEREAS PRIOR TO THE INTRODUCTION OF THE SCHEME IN DECEMBER LAST YEAR SUCH COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS WERE PERFORMED AND ORGANIZED BY DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS INDIVIDUALLY WITHIN THE DISTRICTS, SUCH SERVICES ARE NOW BROUGHT TOGETHER BY THE C.Y.O.S IN ORDER THAT THEY HAY BE MORE AFFECTIVE AND OF MOST BENEFIT TO THOSE FOR WHOM THEY HAVE BEEN PLANNED.

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ONE EXAMPLE OF THESE IS THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WHICH IS TO START SHORTLY AND IN WHICH THE C.Y.O.S ARE PLAYING AN ACTIVE ROLE IN AN ADVISORY AND FUNCTIONAL CAPACITY IN ITS ORGANIZATION.

INSIDE THEIR DISTRICTS THEY WORK WITH LOCAL GROUPS, YOUTH CLUBS, COMMUNITY CENTRES AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS WHICH OPERATE WITHIN THEIR IMMEDIATE SURROUNDINGS, COMBINING TOGETHER INTO ONE CHANNEL ALL EFFORTS WHICH MAY BE AIMING FOR ONE PARTICULAR OBJECTIVE.

THE C.Y.O.S ALSO ACT AS CO-ORD INATOR WHERE SOME PROJECT OVERLAPS INTO ANOTHER DISTRICT*

SOME OF THE MORE NOTABLE PROJECTS WHICH THE C.Y.O.S INVOLVED IN ARE:-

* IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF HONG KONG ISLAND, THE C.Y.O. HAS ASSISTED IN THE FORMATION OF THE SHAUK IWAN YOUTH DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE AND THE PROMOTION OF A SHAUKIWAN’ YOUTH VOLUNTEER COUNCIL.

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IS ENGAGED IN DEVELOPING AN INTER-HONG RECREATION CLUB PROVIDING VARIOUS ACTIVITIES FOR WHITE-COLLAR WORKERS.

X- IN KOWLOON CITY, THE C.Y.O. IS INVOLVED IN A SCHEME TO MOBILIZE VOLUNTEERS TO HELP OUT IN NATURAL DISASTERS WITH PARTICULAR EMPHASIS ON THE ROLE WHICH WOMEN CAN PLAY.

X IN YAUMATEI, PLANS ARE UNDERWAY TO ORGANIZE SERVICE PROGRAMMES FOR BOAT PEOPLE LIVING IN THE TYPHOON SHELTER.

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IN ADDITION TO ALL THESE, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF OTHER

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ARE ABOUT TO BE IMPLEMENTED, WHICH C.Y.O.S HAVE INITIATED OR ARE WORKING ON IN CONJUNCTION WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS.

THESE INCLUDE DIFFERENT VOLUNTEER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES® TRAINING CAMPS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE® A SYMPOSIUM ON WORKING YOUTH® ASSISTING THE ARMY IN A COMMUNITY RELATIONS PROJECT® THE ORGANIZATION OF YOUTH FORUMS TO STUDY VARIOUS COMMUNITY PROBLEMS SUCH AS SEX AND VIOLENCE® RECREATIONAL SCHEMES FOR FACTORY WORKERS AND AN EXHIBITION ON YOUTH SERVICES.

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A SECTION OF KAM HONG, STREET IN NORTH POINT IS TO BE RE-ROUTED NEXT WEEK TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW IM THE AREA.

WITH EFFECT FROM 10 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY GJULY 3> THE SECTION OF KAM HONQ STREET BETWEEN KINQ'S ROAD AND TSAT TSE HUI ROAD LULL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-UAY SOUTHBOUND.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIQNS WILL BE POSTED TO QUIDS MOTORISTS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

TUESDAY, JULY 2, 1974

CONTENTS PAC.E NO.

FIXED PENALTY BILL IS TO BE REPLACED .....

TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES BECOMING MORE POPULAR

TICKETS FOR FOURTH LOTTERY NOW ON SALE ...

INTERIM CONTROL ARRANGEMENTS FOR TEXTILE EXPORTS TO NORWAY...................................

NINETY-TWO NEW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN MAY

MAKING YOUNG PEOPLE AWARE OF THEIR ENVIRONMENT

MORE FPA CLINICS INTEGRATED INTO GOVERNMENT

CLINICS...................................

NEW TERRITORIES DEAF CLUB FORMS NEW SCOUTING GROUP.....................................

DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC COMMODITIES

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FIXED PENALTY BILL TO BE WITHDRAWN

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THE CONTROVERSIAL FIXED PENALTY (CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS) BILL, WHICH PROPOSES A FIXED PENALTY SYSTEM FOR A WIDE RANGE OF TRAFFIC OFFENCES AND A +DEMERIT+ POINTS SYSTEM, IS TO BE WITHDRAWN AND REPLACED WITH A NEW ONE.

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THE BILL WAS GAZETTED IN JANUARY THIS YEAR. IT WAS SCHEDULED FOR ENACTMENT INTO LAW AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SITTING ON FEBRUARY 13, BUT WAS POSTPONED AT THE REQUEST OF THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WHO FORMED A GROUP TQ MAKE A DETAILED STUDY OF THE PROPOSED PROVISIONS.

THE BILL IS TO BE WITHDRAWN BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON. JOHN HOBLEY, AT TOMORROW’S LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING.

MEANWHILE, THE DANGEROUS DRUGS (AMENDMENT) BILL, WHICH PROPOSES A MAXIMUM FINE OF $1 MILLION AND CORPORAL PUNISHMENT FOR DRUG OFFENDERS, WILL BE TABLED AT THE COUNCIL TOMORROW.

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ON ANOTHER ASPECT OF THE NARCOTICS ISSUE, DR. THE HON. GERALD CHOA WILL WIND UP THE RESUMED DEBATE ON A MOTION — MOVED AT AN EARLIER MEETING BY THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON. LEWIS DAVIES— WELCOMING THE WHITE PAPER ON THE PROBLEM OF DANGEROUS DRUGS IN HONG KONG. '

THE DANGEROUS DRUGS (AMENDMENT) BILL IS ONE OF 11 BILLS WHICH WILL BE INTRODUCED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL FOR THE FIRST TIME.

THE OTHERS ARE: THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL, THE COPYRIGHT (AMENDMENT) BILL, THE LANDS TRIBUNAL BILL, THE CROWN LANDS RESUMPTION (AMENDMENT) BILL, THE PORT CONTROL (CARGO WORKING AREAS) BILL, THE MEDICAL REGISTRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL, THE DUTIABLE COMMODITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL, THE PROTECTION OF NON-GOVERNMENT . CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN (AMENDMENT) BILL, THE CORPORAL PUNISHMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL, AND THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) (NO.2) BILL.

DEBATE ON THE SECOND READING OF FIVE OTHER BILLS WILL RESUME BEFORE THEY ARE CONSIDERED IN COMMITTEE AND GIVEN THEIR THIRD AND FINAL READING. . . |

UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL BE ASKING SEVEN QUESTIONS ON VARIOUS SUBJECTS, INCLUDING GOVERNMENT’S INTENTIONS REGARDING REGULATING OF FINANCE COMPANIES AND A POSSIBLE CHANGE IN BANK LICENSING POLICY3 POSSIBLE INTRODUCTION OF A COMPULSORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IN MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS= POSSIBLE SELF-OWNERSHIP OF ESTATE FLATS BY TENANTS3 THE NEW-TYPE DETENTION CENTRES3 AND RECREATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES FOR YOUNG SCHOOL DROP-OUTS.

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MORE AND MORE TAXPAYERS ARE MAKING USE OF TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES TO HELP PAY THEIR TAX BILLS.

COMMENTING ON THE GROWING POPULARITY OF THE TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATE SCHEME, THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE, MR. RONALD GIDDY SAID TODAY THAT SINCE THE REVISION OF THE ANNUAL INTEREST RATE PAYABLE ON THE CERTIFICATES LATE LAST YEAR, THERE WAS A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN THE VALUE OF CERTIFICATES SOLD.

DURING THE SIX-MONTH PERIOD FROM NOVEMBER 1 LAST YEAR WHEN THE ANNUAL INTEREST RATE OF THE CERTIFICATES WAS RAISED FROM 4.2 PERCENT (TAX FREE) TO 5.7 PERCENT CTAX FREE), THE OVERALL VALUE OF CERTIFICATES SOLD STOOD AT JUST OVER $8.88 MILLION. THIS REPRESENTED AN INCREASE OF SOME $1.72 MILLION OVER THE FIGURE RECORDED FOR THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD IN 1972/73-

+THE CONSIDERABLE INCREASE IN THE VALUE OF CERTIFICATES SOLD BEARS ELOQUENT TESTIMONY TO THE FACT THAT THE SCHEME IS BECOMING MORE POPULAR WITH THE TAX-PAYING COMMUNITY,+ NOTED MR. GIDDY.

, OF COURSE, THE INCREASE OF THE ANNUAL INTEREST RATE PAYABLE ON THE CERTIFICATES HAS MADE THE SCHEME DOUBLY MORE ATTRACTIVE TO THE TAXPAYERS, HE ADDED.

THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER POINTED OUT THAT THE INTEREST ON THE CERTIFICATES IS COMPUTED IN MONTHLY STEPS AND THE EXISTING RATE IS 47.5 CENTS FOR EVERY $100.

THE SIMPLE INTEREST STARTS TO ACCRUE FROM THE FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH FOLLOWING THE DATE OF ISSUE OF THE CERTIFICATE TO THE FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH IN WHICH IT IS ACCEPTED FOR PAYMENT OF TAX DUE.

THE TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATE SCHEME, WHICH MR. GIDDY DESCRIBED AS A PRIVATE +PAY-AS-YOU-EARN+ SYSTEM, IS DESIGNED TO HELP THE PRUDENT TAXPAYER, ESPECIALLY THE MONTHLY-SALARIED MAN, TO BUILD UP OUT OF HIS INCOME A RESERVE FUND FOR THE PAYMENT OF TAX.

APART FROM THE OBVIOUS ADVANTAGE OF THE INTEREST PAYABLE ‘ ON THE CERTIFICATES WHICH BUYERS CAN REAP, THEY WILL BE SPARED POSSIBLE EMBARRASSMENT WHICH MAY CROP UP WHEN THEY ARE REQUIRED TO PAY A SIZEABLE LUMP SUM OF TAX AT A PARTICULAR TIME EVERY YEAR, OBSERVED MR. GIDDY.

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+THE SCHEME SEEKS TO HELP MAKE THE PAYMENT OF TAXES BY THE MAN IN THE STREET AT LEAST A LOT EASIER, IF HOT MORE PLEASANT.+ 9

TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES CAN BE BOUGHT FOR ANY AMOUNT IN MULTIPLES OF $50 AND THEY ARE ACCEPTED BY THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT IN PAYMENT OF ANY TAX DUE.

HOWEVER, INTEREST IS ONLY CREDITED WHEN TOE CERTIFICATES ARE USED TO PAY TAX AND HO INTEREST IS DUE WHERE THE PRINCIPAL VALUE OF A CERTIFICATE IS REPAID IN CASH. NOR WILL INTEREST ACCRUE AFTER 36 COMPLETED MONTHS WITHOUT SURRENDER FCR PAYMENT OF TAX, MR. GIDDY EXPLAINED.

A TAXPAYER CAN APPOINT AN AUTHORISED AGENT, SUCH AS HIS BANKER, TO BUY THE CERTIFICATES ON HIS BEHALF. HAVING INSTRUCTED HIS BANKER TO DO SO, THE TAXPAYER CAN SIT BACK AND RELAX WHILE THE BANKER WILL APPLY TO THE COH!IISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE AND TOE NECESSARY CERTIFICATES WILL EE ISSUED AND REGISTERED IN HIS NAME. ABOUT $0 PERCENT OF THE TOTAL SALES LAST YEAR WAS BOUGHT BY BANKS OH BEHALF OF TAXPAYERS ON STANDING INSTRUCTIONS.

FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO HANDLE THEIR OWN AFFAIRS, TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATE FORMS, COMBINING TOE CERTIFICATE ITSELF AND AN APPLICATION FORM, ARE AVAILABLE AT TI E COLLECTION SECTION OF THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT, 2ND FLOOR, CLUB LUSITANO BUILDING? CENTRAL® ITS KOWLOON OFFICE, 1ST FLOOR, REAR PORTION, 4-OLD+ HONG KONG AMD SHANGHAI DANK BUILDING? MONQKOK® ITS TSUEN WAN SUB-OFFICE ON YUE BUILDING? GROUND FLOOR, 132, TSUEN WAN MARKET STREET® AND AT KOST BANKS.

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TVB ARTISTES TO PROMOTE FOURTH LOTTERY

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THE FOURTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY THIS YEAR, TICKETS FOR WHICH ARE NOW ON SALE, WILL BE DRAWN BY FOUR POPULAR HK-TVB ARTISTES.

THEY ARE N1SS CHINQ HO-WAI, MISS LUI YAU-WAI, MISS FUNQ SAU-LIN AND MR. NQ WAI-KWOK.

THE DRAW FOR THE FOURTH LOTTERY WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE . HK-TVB STUDIO ON JULY 12, 1974.

TO HELP PROMOTE THE SALES, THE FOUR ARTISTES WILL SELL TICKETS BETWEEN 5 P.N. AND 6 P.M. ON JULY 8, AT STATUE SQUARE.

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INTERIM ARRANGEMENTS TO CONTROL TEXTILE EXPORTS TO NORWAY

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INTERIM ARRANGEMENTS TO..CONTROL EXPORTS TO NORWAY OF HONG KONG-MADE TEXTILES IN VARIOUS CATEGORIES HZA'I BEEN I ITRODUCED BY THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT.

THEY REPLACE RESTRAINT ARRANGEMENTS WHICH EXPIRED ON JUNE 30.

THE INTERIM ARRANGEMENTS, WHICH TOOK EFi-.' T LAST MONDAY CJULY 1), HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED PENDING THE OUTDONE OF NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE NORWEGIAN’GOVERNMENT TO ESTABLISH A NEW AGREEMENT TO COVER IMPORTS OF TEXTILES FROM HONG KONG.

+AS THIS NEW AGREEMENT HAS NOT YET BEEN FINALISED,,WE HAVE DECIDED, ON THE ADVICE OF THE TEXTILES AD'/iPF.'"’ 'T?' \ TO IMPLEMENT UNILATERAL RESTRAINT ARRANGEMENTS IN ORDER 70 AVOID DISRUPTION TO THE TRADE,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED.

HE SAID THAT THE INTERIM ARRANGEMENTS (JILL BE SUBJECT TO MODIFICATION IN THE LIGHT OF WHATEVER AGREEMENT IS REACHED BETWEEN THE HONG KONG AND NORWEGIAN GOVERNMENTS.

THE INTERIM ARRANGEMENTS WILL APPLY PROVISIONALLY FOR A 12-MONTH PERIOD WHICH EXPIRES AT THE END OF JUNE HEXT YEAR.

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BUILDING PLANS FOR THE 17-STOREY HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE BUILDING ON THE WAN CHAI RECLAMATION WERE ALONG THE 92 BUILDING PLANS APPROVED DY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE Hl HAY -- 42 MORE THAN IN THE MONTH OF APRIL.

ALSO APPROVED WERE BUILDING FLAMS FOR THE TRAINING/H0L01NG FACILITIES FOR AN OCEAN PARK PROJECT IN (JONG CHUK HA-G ROAD AND A 30-STOREY COMMERCIAL BUILDING IN RUSSELL STREET, HONG KONG.

THIRTY SEVEN OF THE PLANS WERE FOR BUILDINGS ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 19 WERE FOR KOWLOON AMD ’$ FOR THE NEU TERRITORIES. OF THESE, 56 PLANS WERE FOR APARTMENT/COHMERCJAL BUILDINGS.

DURING THE MONTH,-69 BUILDINGS — 27 ON HCN’G KONG, 1? IN KOWLOON AMD ’0 .IN THE NEU TERRITORIES — WERE COMPLETED AND CERTIFIED FOR OCCUPATION^ THE TOTAL CONSTRUCTION COSTS OF THE BUILDINGS EXCEEDED'-$305 MILLION, i

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE GAVE CONSENT FOR WORK TO BEGIN ON 17 BUILDING PROJECTS ON HONG KONG, 15 IN KOWLOON AND 19 IN THE NEU TERRITORIES. CONSENT WAS ALSO GIVEN FOR THE DEMOLITION OF 44 BUILDINGS.

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SEVENTEEN SECONDARY SCHOOLS ARE TAKING PART IN THE +KNOWING OUR NEU TERRITORIES WEEK+ WHICH BEGINS ON JULY 0.

THE WEEK IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE ECONOMIC AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPAf:?. T CH!TORIES

ADMINISTRATION AND TLE POLICE CADET SCHOOL.

THE MAIN AHI OF THE WEEK IS TO ENABLE PARTICIPATING SECONDARY PUPILS TO HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR Eli/ir.Oi'HEMT AND TO SPEND PART OF THEIR SUMMER VACATION IN A HiAIIlNQFUL WAY.

THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, NR. DAVID AKERS-JONES, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION PROFESSION.'HR. HO NGA-MING AND THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF HIS ECTOR OF SCHOOLS) MR. ARTHUR BROUN WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CPEL'IKG CER ROMY TO BE HELD AT THE POLICE CADET SCHOOL IN FAILING.

DETAILS OF THE ACTIVITIES WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE DURING THE WEEK WERE GIVEN AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, HR. PATRICK BIRLEY, C'.'Ki’AHDAHT OF THE POLICE CADET SCHOOL" THE CHAIRMAN, HRS. AN’l'.H.E 1/ I:G HA LIN-YING. AN INSPECTOR (ECONOMIC AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS) OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT" AND THE VICE CHAIRMAN, MR. LO CI! J-CHUL'G, LIAISON OFFICER, NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND PRESIDENT OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ROTARY CLUB. f-

DURING THE WEEK THERE WILL BE A SOCIAL STUDIES PROJECT EXHIBITION AT THE FOL ICE CADET SCHOOL. MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME. THE EXHIBITS ARE BEING MOUNTED DY PUPILS IN FORMS 1 TO II J IN 15 OF THE 17 PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS. AMONG OTHERS, THEY WILL DEAL WITH DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW TERRITOR!ES= FISHERY AND TOURISM. IN SAI KUNG= PLOVER COVE PROJECT® POLICE Hi THE NEU TERRITOR!ES= AND FORESTRY IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE ENTRIES WILL BE JUDGED AND THE WINNING SCHOOL WILL RECEIVE THE FIRST PRIZE, A TROPHY IN THE SHAPE OF A JUNK, DONATED BY THE HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION.

' THE ROTARY CLUB OF THE NEU TERRITORIES AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB HAVE HADE GENEROUS DONATIONS TO MEET THE COST OF RUNNING THE WEEK FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PUPILS.

THIRTY PUPILS WILL BE NOMINATED TO ATTEND A LEADERSHIP TRAINING CAMP. THEY WILL BE TRAINED BY STAFF OF THE POLICE CADET SCHOOL. TEN STUDENT-TEACHERS OF SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGE OF EDUCATION WILL ACT AS WARDENS. •

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THREE TWO-HOUR FORUMS’WILL BE HELD |N THREE SCHOOLS ON JULY 9, 10 AND 11. THIS SERIES OF FORUMS WILL BE OPENED BY THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS), MR. ARTHUR BROWN.

ON THE FIRST DAY THE FORUM WILL BE AT HOH FUK TONG COLLEGE. CASTLE PEAK ROAD. MR. JIMMY UU OF THE HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION WILL SPEAK ON TOURISM IN HONG KONG AND MR. CHAM CHIN-KAI OF THE LUTHERAN WORLD SERVICE ON VALUES OF YOUTHS AND CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES.

SPEAKERS AT THE SECOND FORUM ARE MR. ANDREU W.F.' WONG, DEAN OF STUDENTS AND LECTURER IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, UNITED COLLEGE, CHINESE UNIVERSITY3 AND MR. HUI HO-TUNG, CO-CHAIRMAN, EDUCATION COMMITTEE, CONSERVANCY ASSOCIATION.

MR. WONG’S TOPIC WILL BE ADMINISTRATION IN THE NEW-

TERRI TOR IES AND MR. HUI WILL DEAL WITH NEW TERRITORIES -ENVIRONMENT

THIS FORUM WILL BE AT THE N.T. HEUNG YEE KUK YUEN LONG ’ DISTRICT GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL. ON THE THIRD DAY - JULY 11 -THE FORUM WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE SHAT IN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

'ROAD SAFETY AND TRAFFIC CONTROL' WILL BE THE SUBJECT OF A TALK BY CHIEF INSPECTOR ANDREW S.B. LAM WHILE CHIEF INSPECTOR TSUI SHU I-CHEUNG WILL SPEAK ON LAW AND ORDER.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE KNOWING OUR NEW TERRITORIES WEEK AT THE POLICE CADET SCHOOL, FAN GARDENS, FANLING, N.T. AT 11 A.M. ON JULY 8.

TRANSPORT, PROVIDED BY THE POLICE CADET SCHOOL, WILL TAKE PRESS REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE YMCA IN SALISBURY ROAD TO THE SCHOOL. THOSE WHO WISH TO MAKE USE OF THIS FACILITY ARE REQUESTED TO ASSEMBLE OUTSIDE THE YMCA AT THE CORNER OF SALISBURY ROAD AND HANKOW ROAD AT 9.20 A.M. WHEN THEY WILL BE HET BY A MEMBER OF THE INFORMATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. THE TRANSPORT WILL LEAVE AT 9-30 A.M. SHARP. THE RETURN JOURNEY FROM THE SCHOOL WILL BEGIN AT 12 NOON.

YOU ARE ALSO WELCOME TO HAVE THE EXHIBITION AND THE THREE SCHOOL FORUMS COVERED. •

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MORE FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION CLINICS INTEGRATED ******

ANOTHER TWO FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION CLINICS WERE INTEGRATED INTO THE GOVERNMENT'S MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH SERVICE ON JULY 1 — BRINGING THE TOTAL FPA CLINICS NOW ABSORBED TO 20.

THIS COMPLETED THE SECOND STAGE OF THE THIRD PHASE OF THE INTEGRATION SCHEME WHICH BEGAN LAST OCTOBER, AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BT THE END OF THIS YEAR WHEN ALL 28 FPA CLINICS HAVE BEEN ABSORBED.

THE TWO CLINICS ARE ON THE ISLAND. ONE IS AT THE SHAU KI WAN MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRE, AND THE OTHER AT THE ,. ABERDEEN MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRE.

THE FIRST OPERATES ON MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS BETWEEN

9 A.M. AND 5 P.M., AND ON SATURDAYS BETWEEN 9 A.M. AND 1 P.M., WHILE THE SECOND IS ACTIVE ON MONDAYS BETWEEN 2 P.M. AND 5 P.M., AND ON FRIDAYS BETWEEN 9 A.M. AND 5 P>M.

ELIGIBLE MOTHERS MAY MAKE USE OF THE DEPARTMENT'S FAMILY PLANNING SERVICE IN ALL THE 20 CLINICS NOW INTEGRATED AT A COST OF $1 A VISIT.

A SPOKESMAN DESCRIBES THE PROGRESS OF THE INTEGRATION SCHEME AS 4-VERY SATISFACTORY.* HE SAYS ATTENDANCES ARE BOTH 4-GOOD AND GROWING.*

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DEAF CLUB FORMS NEW SCOUT GROUP X X X X X X

THE NUMBER OF EXTENSION SCOUT GROUPS IN THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S CENTRES FOR DISABLED BOY’S AND GIRLS WAS INCREASED TODAY WITH THE INAUGURATION OF THE 32ND NEW TERRITORIES GROUP IN ITS DEAF CLUB IN YUEN LONG.

EXTENSION SCOUT GROUPS ARE THOSE FORMED SOLELY OF DISABLED PEOPLE AND THE DEPARTMENT NOW HAS SEVEN IN ITS DEAF CLUBS, BLIND WELFARE CENTRES AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRES.

THE LATEST GROUP COMPRISES 26 MEMBERS OUT OF THE 44 BOYS AND GIRLS BETWEEN 6 AND 16 YEARS OF AGE WHO ATTEND CLASSES AT THE CLUB IN THE YUEN LONG HOUSING ESTATE.

SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. KENNETH TOPLEY, TOLD THE GROUP THAT ALTHOUGH THEY SUFFERED FROM HEARING IMPAIRMENT IF THEY EXERTED THEIR EFFORTS TO OVERCOME DIFFICULTIES, THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS AND SFFORTS WOULD BE MUCH MORE ADMIRABLE.

HE SAID THE SCOUT MOVEMENT WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST WORLDWIDE YOUTH ACTIVITIES AND THE EXTENSION SCOUT MOVEMENT GAVE DISABLED YOUTH ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN ACTIVITIES SHARED BY THE NORMAL COMMUNITY.

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

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A1 SUPER GOOD 1.57

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SUPPLIES AMD WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH ' CFHO CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

SPEC IES AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PR1CEC$/CATTY)

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GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 3.20 2.00 2.80

BIG-EYES GOOD 2.50 0.60 1.50

SQUID LIMITED 7.00 2.00 5.00

HAIR-TAILS NORMAL 1.90 0.80 1.50

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 3.20 1.30 2c.00

CROAKERS NORMAL 1.20 0.70 1.00

CONGER-PIKE-EELS LIMITED 2.50 1.40 1.80

MELON COAT

BREAMS LIMITED 5.70 3-50 4.50

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 1.80 0.60 1.20

MACKERELS NORMAL 3-50 3.00 3.20

RED GOAT FISH

FORK-TAIL LIMITED 0.80 0.50 0.60

HORSE-HEAD NORMAL 5.50 2.80 4.00

MELON SEED NORMAL 2.20 1.00 1.80

POMFRETS LIMITED 8.50 7.00 8.00

GAROUPAS NORMAL 8.50 6.00 7.50

YELLOW CROAKER LIMITED 7-50 6.00 7.00

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

TYPE OF VEGETABLE AVAILABILITY ’ OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICECS/CATTY)

HIGH LOU . MODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE SCARCE 3-00 1.00 2.20

WHITE CABBAGE SCARCE 2.40 0.80 1.60

CHINESE LETTUCE SCARCE 2.00 0.80 1.50

WATER SPINACH CHINESE KALE LIMITED SCARCE 1.20 2.20 0.30 1.00 0.70 1.50

STRING BEANS SCARCE 3.00 0.80 2.20

SPRING ONION NORMAL 1.40 0.30 0.80

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WATER CRESS SCARCE 2.20 0.60 1.60

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE SCARCE 2.40 0.80 1.60

CHINESE SPINACH LIMITED 1.50 0.40 1.00

TOMATO SCARCE 2.60 1.00 2.00

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

WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 1974

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LEQCO MEETING DELAYED BY BOMB HOAX

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WENT INTO SESSION THIS AFTERNOON ABOUT 35 MINUTES BEHIND SCHEDULE FOLLOWING AN ANONYMOUS TELEPHONE CALL THAT THERE WAS A BOMB IN THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING WHICH HOUSES THE COUNCIL CHAMBER.

THE CALL WAS RECEIVED AT APPROXIMATELY 2 P.M. BY THE SECRETARY TO THE DEPARTMENTAL ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER. THE VOICE WAS THAT OF A MAN SPEAKING IN ENGLISH WITH WHAT SEEMED TO BE AN ASIAN ACCENT.'

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, PRESS REPRESENTATIVES AND COUNCIL MEMBERS WHO HAD ALREADY ASSUMED THEIR SEATS IN THE CHAMBER WERE REQUESTED TO LEAVE WHILE POLICE SEARCHED THE CHAMBER AND SURROUNDING AREAS. ALL PUBLIC AREAS WITHIN THE BUILDING WERE SEARCHED AND OFFICERS WERE ASKED TO SEE IF THERE WAS ANYTHING SUSPICIOUS IN THEIR OFFICES. NOTHING WAS FOUND AND COUNCIL RESUMED AT APPROXIMATELY 3.05 P.M.

THE PROCEEDINGS BEGAN WITH THE SWEARING IN OF THE FLVE NEW APPOINTED UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS — HR. J.H. BREMRIDQE, DR. HARRY FANG SIN-YANG, MRS. KWAN KO S1U-WAH, MR. LO TAK-SHING AND MR. FRANCIS TIEN YUEN-HAO. •'

AFTER WELCOMING THE NEW MEMBERS, THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WENT ON TO PA? WARM TRIBUTE TO THE HON. WOO PAK-CHUEN, THE HON. SZETO WAI, THE HON WILFRED WONG S1EN-BING, MR. ANN TSE-KAI, AND MR. G.M. SAYER, ALL OF WHOM RETIRED, FROM THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AS FROM THE FIRST OF THIS MONTH,

ALL OF THEM, THE GOVERNOR SAID, HAD CONTRIBUTED GREATLY TO THE WORK OF THE COUNCIL AND TO THE COMMUNITY IN GENERAL.

SIR MURRAY EXPRESSED DEEP GRATITUDE TO HR. WOO FOR HIS LONG AND DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AND SAID HE ADMIRED +THE EXEMPLARY WAY IN WHICH HE DISCHARGED THE VERY ONEROUS DUTIES OF SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER DURING THE LAST TWO YEARS.+

THE GOVERNOR SAID: +IT IS A SOURCE OF GREAT SATISFACTION TO ME THAT THE ADVICE AND SUPPORT OF MR. SZETO, HR. ANN AND MR. SAYER AS WELL AS HR. WOO, WILL CONTINUE TO BE AVAILABLE TO UMELCO AND TO MYSELF IN THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.

+THEY HAVE ALL, IN DIFFERENT WAYS, CONTRIBUTED SO MUCH TO THE WORK OF THIS COUNCIL AND TO THE HONG KONG COMMUNITY AT LARGE.+

SIR MURRAY HAD A SPECIAL WORD OF THANKS FOR MR. WILFRED WONG WHO SERVED ON THE COUNCIL SINCE JUNE 1965.

+HIS WISE AND LIVELY CONTRIBUTIONS, PARTICULARLY ON THE ECONOMY, WILL BE A LOSS TO ALL OF US,+ SIR MURRAY SAID.

+BUT IT IS ONLY FAIR THAT, AFTER NINE YEARS OF TIRELESS AND DISTINGUISHED SERVICE, MR. WONG SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO'ENJOY THE RETIREMENT FROM THIS COUNCIL THAT HE HAS ASKED FOR AND SO WELL DESERVED.+

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SPEAKING ON BEHALF 0K-H-1S .UNOFFICIAL COLLEAGUES, DR. THE HON. CHUNG SZE-YUEN, WHO BECOMES THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, SAID THE RETIRING MEMBERS WOULD BE SADLY ,MISSED.

HE DESCRIBED HR. WILFRED WONG AS +A MAN OF IDEAS AND OF IDEALS+ WHOSE PARTICULAR BRAND OF INDEPENDENT THOUGHT HAS A RARE AND TREASURED QUALITY. DR. CHUNG NOTED THAT MR. WONG HAD BEEN AN EXCELLENT +OMBUDSMAN+ WHO H'AD DEVOTED MUCH TIME TO PURSUING PARTICULAR GRIEVANCES WHICH GAME TO HIS ATTENTION AS A MEMBER OF UMELCO.

■ +HIS WIDE EXPERIENCE AND HIS GREAT HUMANITY WILL SURELY BE MISSED,+ SAID DR. CHUNG WISHING MR. WONG GOOD FORTUNE AND HAPPINESS IN THE YEARS AHEAD.

DR. CHUNG SAID THAT WHILE ALL THE RETIRING MEMBERS WOULD BE MISSED +THE GREATEST LOSS IS OF OUR FORMER LEADER MR. WOO PAK-CHUEN.+

+HIS ENORMOUS KNOWLEDGE OF LEGISLATION, HIS ABILITY TO _• WORK AT BREAKNECK SPEED AND HIS WIDE INTEREST IN A VAST RANGE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS WILL BE SADLY MISSED,+ DR. CHUNG SAID.

+SO WILL HIS BRISK CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE MEETINGS OF THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS HELD IN THE UMELCO OFF ICE.+ IT WAS AT UMELCO MEETINGS, RATHER THAN IN COUNCIL, THAT MR. WOO HAD SHOWN HIS ROLE AS BOTH +WH1P+ AND LEADER OF THE UNOFFICIALS, SAID DR. CHUNG.

REFERRING TO MR. SZETO WAI, MR. ANN TSE-KAI AND MR. G»M. SAYER, HE SAID THAT WHILE THEIR GREAT KNOWLEDGE OF LOCAL AFFAIRS WOULD CONTINUE TO BE PUT TO GOOD USE IN THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, THE GAP CAUSED BY THEIR RETIREMENT FROM THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WOULD NOT BE EASY TO FILL.

OF HIS OWN APPOINTMENT AS SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, DR. CHUNG SAID HE REGARDED IT AS AN HONOUR AND A CHALLENGE BUT ' ADDED HE WAS ALSO CONSCIOUS OF HIS SHORTCOMINGS. NEVERTHELESS, HE WOULD DO HIS BEST TO SERVE IN THE POSITION.


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REVIEW OF DRUG TREATMENT BY SARDA x n n n r- k

THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS IS ENGAGED ON A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF DRUG TREATMENT PROGRAMMES AND FACILITIES AND A TREATMENT BLUEPRINT, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY., THE HON. LEWIS DAVIES, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

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IN HIS SPEECH WINDING UP THE DEBATE THAT THE COUNCIL WELCOMES THE WHITE PAPER ON +THE PROBLEM OF DANGEROUS DRUGS IN HONG KONG,* HE SAID THE RESULT OF THIS REVIEW WOULD, IN DUE COURSE, BE PLACED BEFORE THE GOVERNMENT TOGETHER WITH AM INDICATION OF THE ESTIMATED COST.

MR. DAVIES ALSO DISCLOSED THAT DRAFTING INSTRUCTIONS WERE NOW BEING PREPARED FOR NEW LEGISLATION TO CONTROL FACTORY MADE-DRUGS ABUSED HERE. +ON THE RETURN OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS IN AUGUST AND IN CONSULTATION WITH THE LAW DRAFTSMAN WORK ON THE ACTUAL DRAFT WILL BE PUT IN HAND.

♦PROVIDED THINGS GO REASONABLY SMOOTHLY TOE NEW BILL OUGHT TO BE READY EARLY NEXT YEAR. I CANROT BE flORE SPECIFIC AT THIS STAGE SINCE IT IS NOT EASY TO ASSESS HOW COMPLICATED THE BILL MAY HAVE TO BE OR HOW EASILY AGREEMENT CAN EE SECURED BETWEEN THE VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED.*

COMMENTING ON LAW ENFORCEMENT IN RESPECT OF TEE DRUG PROBLEM, HE SAID THE NARCOTICS BUREAU HAD RECENTLY CONCENTRATED ITS EFFORTS ON SYNDICATE PENETRATION OPERATIONS AT A LEVEL LIKELY TO INFLICT THE MOST DAMAGE TO DRUG SYNDICATES.

SUCH EFFORTS HAD RESULTED IN FOUR HEROIN REFINERIES RAIDED, ABOUT $15 MILLION WORTH OF DRUGS SEIZED AND 18 HIGH LEVEL SYNDICATE PERSONALITIES CHARGED WITH VARIOUS DRUG OFFENCES. .

‘REFERRING TO A POINT HADE BY THE HON. WILSON WANG THAT COMPULSORY REGISTRATION SHOULD BE INTRODUCED, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY SAID THE VIEW CURRENTLY PREVAILING WAS THAT SUCH AN ARRANGEMENT WAS PREMATURE.

IT WAS CONCLUDED THAT THIS MIGHT BE PRACTICAL ONLY IF AND WHEN COMPREHENSIVE FACILITIES FOR COMPULSORY TREATMENT WERE AVAILABLE. +WE ARE NOT YET IN THIS POSITION BUT I CAN ASSURE THE HONOURABLE MEMBER THAT HIS SUGGESTION WILL NOT DE FORGOTTEN EVEN THOUGH EARLY IMPLEMENTATION SEEMS UNLIKELY.*

ON THE ROLE OF EX-ADDICTS, HE SAID THEIR IMPORTANCE WAS RECOGNISED AND, SO FAR, SARDA HAD 22 EX-ADDICTS ON ITS STAFF AND +THOSE ENGAGED IN TREATMENT ARE VERY, VERY ALIVE TO THE PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPORTANCE OF EX-ADDICTS HELPING THOSE WHO ARE STILL ADDICTED.*

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MR. DAVIES ALSO OUTLINED ACTIONS TAKEN BY VARIOUS QUARTERS BOTH IN AND OUTSIDE OF HONG KONQ IN THE FIGHT AGAINST DRUG ABUSE.

POINTING OUT THAT COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AMD EDUCATION ABOUT DRUG ABUSE IS A CONTINUING PROCESS WHICH AFFECTS THE WHOLE COMMUNITY, HE SAID THE PRIME CONCERN MUST BE TO PROTECT THE YOUNG.

+IT IS ENCOURAGING THAT THERE IS INCREASING AWARENESS OF THE NEED TO ENSURE, WITHOUT EXCITING TOO MUCH CURIOSITY, THAT YOUNG PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY, ARE INFORMED OF THE DALE EES OF DRUG ABUSE.+

THE ACAN HAS A SUB-COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AI3 PUBLICITY WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CO-ORDINATING THE VARIOUS PROGRAMMES.-SIMILAR EFFORTS ARE ALSO UNDERTAKEN BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE NARCOTICS BUREAU OF THE POLICE, THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT AND SARDA.

ON THE GOVERNMENT’S REVERTING TO PUBLIC BURNING OF DRUGS AS SUGGESTED BY THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, HE SAID THIS WOULD CERTAINLY BE CONSIDERED. +UE PERFORMED THESE RITES IN 1957 AND 1969 AND ACAN WILL DECIDE WHETHER FURTHER CEREMONIES WILL HAVE A BENEFICIAL EFFECT ON PUBLIC OPINION.*

TOUCHING ON HONG KONG’S PARTICIPATION IM THE WORK OF THE VARIOUS INTERNATIONAL AGENCIES RESPONSIBLE FOR NARCOTICS CONTROL, HE SAID 1973 SAW A GREAT INCREASE III AMT1—NARCOTICS ACTION IN BURMA AMD THAILAND WHICH WAS BELIEVED TO HAVE RESULTED IN A SUBSTANTIAL DROP IN THE AMOUNT OF DRUGS IMPORTED INTO HONG KONG.

HE STRESSED THAT INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION HAD HELPED CONSIDERABLY TO REDUCE IMPORTS OF OPIUM HITO HONG KONG, AND, TO THIS END, THE NARCOTICS'BUREAU AND THE PREVENTIVE SERVICE MAINTAINED THE CLOSEST LIAISON WITH OVERSEAS AUTHORITIES, ESPECIALLY IN THE PRODUCING COUNTRIES.

+WE ARE ALSO ALIVE TO OUR OWN RESPONSIBILITIES TO STAMP OUT ANY POSSIBLE USE OF HONG KONG AS A BASE FOR HEROIN IMPORTS.*

HE ADDED THAT TWO EXPERIENCED NARCOTICS BUREAU OFFICERS HAD, ON THE DAY BEFORE THE PRESENT DEBATE BEGAN, LEFT FOR EUROPE TO INVESTIGATE REPORTS OF ARRESTS OF CHINESE IN POSSESS ION OF HEROIN ALLEGEDLY PROCURED IN HONG KONG, AND TO ESTABLISH CLOSER CONTACT WITH ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES THERE.

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VARIOUS METHODS OF TREATMENT OF DRUG ADDICTION

MAINLY THREE TYPES, DR CHOA TELLS LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

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DR THE HON. GERALD CHOA, DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, REVIEWED VARIOUS METHODS OF TREATMENT OF DRUG ADDICTION IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY, AND DISCUSSED THEIR SUITABILITY FOR LOCAL APPLICATION.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE WHITE PAPER ON THE PROBLEMS OF DANGEROUS DRUGS.

HE SAID THERE WERE MAINLY THREE TYPES OF TREATMENT PROGRAMMES: -

ft PSYCHOTHERAPY WITH EMPHASIS ON SOCIAL REHABILITATION.

ft PHYSICAL REHABILITATION WITH EMPHASIS ON VOCATIONAL TRAINING.

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ft DRUG THERAPY.

DR CHOA SAID THE FIRST METHOD WAS OF LITTLE PRACTICAL VALUE IN HONG KONG BECAUSE LOCAL ADDICTS HAD NO PREDOMINANT PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEM.

WITH REGARD TO PHYSICAL REHABILITATION, THE PROGRAMMES ON SHEK KWU CHAU AND IN THE ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTRES RUN BY THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT WERE AMONG THE BEST IN THE WORLD.

AS FOR DRUG THERAPY, DR CHOA SUPPORTED METHADONE MAINTENANCE.

HE EXPLAINED WHY TWO SEPARATE TRIALS BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND THE DISCHARGED PRISONERS* AID SOCIETY WERE STILL BEING CONDUCTED, AND NO CLINICS WERE AS YET OPERATING.

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ft TO ASSESS WHETHER THE METHOD WOULD BE POPULAR OR NOT .WITH LOCAL DRUG ADDICTS.

ft TO FIND OUT THE CAUSES OF THEIR DROPPING OUT.

ft TO ASCERTAIN WHETHER THE REGIMEN USED AT THE HIGH STREET CENTRE WAS SUITABLE FOR MASS TREATMENT.

DR CHOA GAVE THE COUNCIL THE ASSURANCE THAT, FROM HIS OBSERVATIONS IN NEW YORK, THE DANGERS REGARDING METHADONE MAINTENANCE -- SUCH AS OVERDOSE AND DEATH — HAD BEEN MISUNDERSTOOD AND MISINTERPRETED.

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HE SUMMED UP BY SAYING THAT FOR HONG KONG, WITH ITS ESTIMATED 100,000 ADDICTS, PHYSICAL REHABILITATION AND METHADONE MAINTENANCE SHOULD BE IN OPERATION SIMULTANEOUSLY.

SOME 1,150 ADDICTS HAD, IN THE COURSE OF 19 MONTHS, BEEN THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT'S TRIAL SCHEME.

+ONCE IT IS DECIDED THAT A FULL-SCALE TREATMENT PROGRAMME SHOULD BE LAUNCHED, MANY MORE CAN BE OFFERED TREATMENT,+ HE COMMENTED. +WITH THIS, AND POSSIBLY FURTHER EXPANSION OF SHEK KWU CHAU, WE SHALL BE ABLE TO TREAT A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF ADDICTS, BEARING IN MIND ONE TARGET SUGGESTED OF 50,000 IN THREE YEARS.+

HE DESCRIBED THE IDEAL ARRANGEMENT AS ONE HAVING A BOARD TO SCREEN ALL ADDICTS WHO APPLIED FOR TREATMENT, AND THEN TO ALLOCATE THEM TO EITHER ONE OF THE TWO PROGRAMMES ACCORDING TO THE CRITERIA LAID DOWN FOR ADMISSION* ..

TO AUGMENT THE PROGRAMME, SOCIAL WORKERS WOULD BE REQUIRED FOR COUNSELLING ADDICTS, AND CLUB FACILITIES SHOULD BE PROVIDED FOR THEM SO THAT THEY HAD +SOMEWHERE TO GO WHENEVER THEY WISH TO KEEP AWAY FROM UNDESIRABLE COMPANY, OR DRUG-POLLUTED ENVIRONMENTS.+

DR CHOA SAID THE ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTRES FOR BOTH MEN AND WOMEN OFFENDERS HAD BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL, AND THIS FORM OF HUMANE TREATMENT SHOULD BE CONTINUED.

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+HONG KONG IS A MOST SUITABLE PLACE FOR FURTHER RESEARCH BECAUSE FOLLOW-UP STUDIES ARE FACILITATED By THE FACT THAT VIRTUALLY NO MOVEMENT TAKES PLACE AMONG THE ADDICT POPULATION,+ HE EMPHASISED.

WORK ON LONGER-ACTING METHADONE PREPARATIONS AND ANTAGONISTS TO OPIATES WAS NOW BEING CARRIED OUT IN THE UNITED STATES. THE ADVANTAGE OF THE FORMER WAS TO REDUCE THE DAILY ATTENDANCE AT A CLINIC TO PERHAPS TWO TO THREE TIMES A WEEK, AND THE USE OF THE LATTER WAS TO MAKE ADDICTS INTOLERABLE TO OPIUM, MORPHINE AND HEROIN, LIKE ANTABUSE FOR ALCOHOL.

GIVEN SUPPORT, TRIALS ON THESE AND ANY OTHER METHODS WORTH INVESTIGATING COULD BE CARRIED OUT IN HONG KONG.

+! HOPE THAT UNDER THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS, ALL INTERESTED WILL WORK TOGETHER AS A BODY, WITH THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT'S NEWLY-FORMED NARCOTICS AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION DIVISION CO-ORDINATING ALL TREATMENT PROGRAMMES,+ HE CONCLUDED.

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A REViEO ON THE POLICY RELATING TO THE ISSUE OF BANK LICENCES HAS BEEN COMPLETED AND THE GOVERNOR IM COUNCIL WILL SOON BE CONSULTED ON THE FINDINGS, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, SAID TODAY. "

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. LEE QUO-WEI AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, HE SAID THE REPORT OF THE REVIEW WAS NOW IM HIS HANDS, BUT HE COULD ROT DISCLOSE ITS CONTENTS OR INDICATE HIS REACTIONS TO IT +FOR THE ISSUES ARE SUCH THAT THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL WILL HAVE TO BE CONSULTED.* '/

HE NOTED THAT IT BECAME APPARENT THAT THE OUTCOME OF THIS REVIEW MIGHT HAVE IMPLICATIONS FOR THE PROTECTION OF DEPOSITORS BILL AND FOR AT LEAST ONE OF THE AMENDEMTNS WHICH THE GOVERNMENT HAD IN MIND FOR THE BANKING ORDINANCE.

♦I HAVE DECIDED, THEREFORE, RATHER RELUCTANTLY, THAT THESE MEASURES WILL HAVE TO BE HELD UP IN VIEW OF THE PROBABLE NEED FOR A NUMBER OF INTERLOCKING MEASURES IN A SINGLE PACKAGE.*

MEANWHILE, MR. HADDON-CAVE SAID. THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING HAD ENCOURAGED THE FINANCE COMPANIES TO FORM A VOLUNTARY ASSOCIATION COVERING AS WIDE A RANGE AS POSSIBLE OF BOTH LOCAL AND OVERSEAS COMPANIES. z

+THE COMMISSIONER’S INITIATIVE WAS DESIGNED PURELY TO BRING REPRESEMATIVES OF THE COMPANIES TOGETHER AND TO START THEM TALKING,* HE EXPLAINED.

HE PERSONALLY WELCOMED THE EXISTENCE OF AN ASSOCIATION OF FINANCE COMPANIES WHICH COULD SET A CODE OF CONDUCT FOR ITS MEMBERS AND COULD REPRESENT THEIR VIEWS TO GOVERNMENT.

+DUT WE HAVE NOT ATTEMPTED TO IMPOSE OUR IDEAS ON THE FORM THE ASSOCIATION SHOULD TAKE AND THE MANNER IN WHICH VIEWS ARE FORMULATED FOR SUBMISSION TO THE GOVERNMENT » AND WOULD NOT WISH TO.*

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY NOTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS +NOT QUITE* YET IN A POSITION TO MAKE A STATEMENT AS TO ITS INTENTIONS CONCERNING THE REGULATING OF DEPOSIT-TAK JNG AND NON-DEPOSIT-TAKING FINANCE COMPANIES AND A POSSIBLE CHANGE IN BANK LICENSING POLICY.

HOWEVER, HE TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO BRING MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL UP TO DATE WITH THE DISCUSSIONS THAT HAVE BEEN TAKING PLACE IN VARIOUS FORUMS, INCLUDING THE BANKING ADVISORY COMMITTEE, AND BILATERALLY WITH VARIOUS MEMBERS OF THE FINANCIAL COMMUNITY.

THESE DISCUSSIONS HAVE RELATED TO THREE MAIN AREAS OF CONCERN. THE FIRST IS THE PROTECTION OF SMALLER DEPOSITORS.

+IN THE BUDGET SPEECH 1 INDICATED THAT MY PREFERRED APPROACH WAS TO SPECIFY A MINIMUM SIZE OF DEPOSIT WHICH FINANCE COMPANIES COULD ACCEPT FROM THE PUBLIC, THIS BEING LINKED WITH THE VOLUNTARY FORMATION OF ONE OR MORE ASSOCIATIONS OF FINANCE COMPANIES WHICH WOULD SET RULES Af.’D STANDARDS OF CONDUCT FOR THEIR HEISERS./

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♦BUT I MENTIONED THAT-IT HAD BEEN FORCIBLY URGED UPONME THAT A BETTER METHOD WOULD BE TO REGISTER AND CONTROL DEPOSIT-TAKING ; COMPANIES AND THAT, IN CONSEQUENCE, 1 MIGHT DELAY BRINGING FORWARD A PROTECTION OF DEPOSITORS 0ILL.+ \

THE SECOND AREA OF CONCERN IS THE RELATED BUT MORE GENERAL ONE OF THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG AS A FINANCIAL CENTRE IS DEPENDENT UPON REGULATORY MEASURES BEING.INTRODUCED OVER AT LEAST SOME ACT1VITES OF SONE FINANCE COMPANIES. ! ‘ ■ • ■- ■ the third area of concern relates to the difficulty of ADMINISTERING, AND THE POSSIBLY UNDESIRABLE EFFECTS OF, OUR ' CURRENT BANK LICENSING POLICY. +THE FACT IS THAT IT DOES PREVENT THE PARTICIPATION IN OUR BANKING SYSTEM OF SOME OF THE MOST HIGHLY REPUTABLE INTERNATIONAL BANKS AND INHIBITS THE EMERGENCE OF ANY NEW LOCAL BANKS. I SUGGESTED IN THE BUDGET SPEECH THAT SOME RETHINKING OF OUR PRESENT LIMITED MORATORIUM POLICY WAS REQUIRED,HE SAID.

NEW FIXED PENALTY BILL TO BE PUBLISHED THIS WEEK ****** /

THE FIXED PENALTY (CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS^ BILL WAS WITHDRAWN TODAY AND WILL BE REPLACED WITH A NEW ONE LATER THIS WEEK; . ...

IN WITHDRAWING THE OLD BILL, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON.

JOHN HOBLEY, SAID THE NEW'BILL WAS THE OUTCOME OF DETAILED -DISCUSSIONS WITH UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS +IN THE LIGHT OF REPRESENTATIONS FROM THE PUBLIC AFTER THE INTRODUCTION OF THE BILL.*

+THE NEW BILL HAS THEIR FULL SUPPORT,* HE ADDED. '

THE ORIGINAL FIXED PENALTY BILL PROVIDED FOR A FIXED PENALTY SYSTEM FOR A WIDE RANGE OF TRAFFIC OFFENCES AS WELL AS A 1DEMER 1T’ PO1NTS SY STEM. , Z; : .

IT WAS POSTPONED ON THE REQUEST OF UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS^WHO WANTED TIME TO MAKE A DETAILED STUDY OF ITS PROVISIONS. , .

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FIRST STEP TOWARDS COMPULSORY MANAGEMENT .

IN HIGH RISE BUILDINGS

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FIRM PROPOSALS FOR THE FIRST STEPS IN COMPULSORY MANAGEMENT OF MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS WILL BE READY BY AUTUMN THIS YEAR, THE HON. IAN LIGHTBODY, SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, SAID TODAY.

COMPULSORY MANAGEMENT, HE FELT, SHOULD FIRST BE INTRODUCED IN ALL NEW BUILDINGS, LEAVING EXISTING BUILDINGS TO BE PROVIDED FOR WITHIN THE PRESENT VOLUNTARY SYSTEM FOR THE TIME BEING.

+THIS IS BECAUSE IT IS MUCH EASIER TO GET EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENTS GOING IN A BUILDING IN GOOD CONDITION THAN IN ONE WHICH HAS BEEN ALLOWED TO DETERIORATE= BUT, IN DUE COURSE, OLD BUILDINGS TOO SHOULD BE COVERE,+ MR. LIGHTBODY EXPLAINED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD BEEN STUDYING THE CASE FOR THIS IN RECENT MONTHS AND WAS CONVINCED THAT THE GENERAL CLIMATE OF OPINION ON COMPULSORY MANAGEMENT HAD CHANGED OVER THE LAST. 10 YEARS OR SO, AND THAT IT SHOULD BE INTRODUCED.

HOWEVER, HE STRESSED THAT WHATEVER ARRANGEMENTS WERE MADE, THE GOVERNMENT MUST TAKE FULL ACCOUNT OF THE PRACTICAL- ’ DIFFICULTIES THAT FACE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES.

MR. LIGH^ODY WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN WHO WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NUMBER OF MULTI-STOREY BUILDING MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES REGISTERED AND ALSO HOU SOON IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE TO INTRODUCE A COMPULSORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IN BUILDINGS WHICH HAD NOT YET FORMED MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES.

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REGARDING THE NUMBER OF COMMITTEES REGISTERED, MR. LIGHTBODY TOLD THE COUNCIL THAT ALTOGETHER OVER 1,600 BUILDINGS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR HAD SOME MANAGEMENT ORGANISATION IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER.

A BREAKDOWN OF THESE SHOWED THAT JUST OVER 600 MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES SERVING CORPORATIONS ARE REGISTERED UNDER THE MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS (OWNERS CORPORATION) ORDINANCE. \

OTHERS INCLUDED BUILDINGS UNDER THE MANAGEMENT OF LANDLORD AND TENANTS ASSOC CATIONS AND BUILDINGS CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES OF WHICH THERE ARE SOME 600. IN ADDITION THERE ARE SOME 400 BUILDINGS MAWAGED BY PROPERTY COMPANIES AND BOARDS, SOMETIMES THROUGH ESTATE AGENTS.

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AS TO THE NUMBER OF BUILDINGS WHICH ARE WITHOUT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES, MR. LIGHTBODY SAID THIS WAS NOT EASILY ASCERTAINED BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT D1DWT HAVE DETAILED INFORMATION READY TO HAND ON NUMBERS OF INDIVIDUAL BLOCKS OF DIFFERENT HEIGHTS AND USE.

+HOWEVER, WE CAN SAY THAT ACUTE MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS ARE GENERALLY CONFINED TO DOMESTIC BUILDINGS OF OVER SIX-STOREYS, WHERE THERE IS A LIFT SERVICE AND MORE COMMON PARTS THAN ARE FOUND IN LOWER BLOCKS.

+IF WE USE THIS DEFINITION, THEN THERE ARE AT LEAST 2.000 MULTI-STOREY DOMESTIC BUILDINGS WITHOUT ONE OR OTHER OF THESE FORMS OF MANAGEMENTS,+ HE SAID. ,

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THE NEW-TYPE DETENTION CENTRES APPEAR TO BE ACHIEVING THEIR OBJECT OF DETERRING THE VERY GREAT MAJORITY OF YOUNG OFFENDERS FROM COMMITTING FURTHER OFFENCES, ACCORDING TO THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON. LEWIS DAVIES.

SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, HE SAID THAT OF THE 708 DETAINEES DISCHARGED FROM THE.CENTRES BETWEEN JUNE 1972 AND JUNE 28 THIS YEAR ONLY 48 HAD BEEN RE-CONVICTED. THIS REPRESENTED ABOUT 6.5 PER CENT OF TOTAL ADMISSIONS. IN ADDITION, 33 DETAINEES HAD BEEN RECALLED, WHILE STILL UNDER SUPERVISION, FOR RAILING TO COMPLY WITH SUPERVISION ORDERS.

SINCE THE FIRST CENTRE WAS SET UP IN JUNE 1972, A TOTAL OF 978 DETAINEES HAVE BEEN ADMITTED.’ OF THESE 346 HAVE COMPLETED THEIR SUBSEQUENT SUPERVISION PERIOD AND 362 ARE STILL UNDER SUPERVISION.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. ,P.Q. WILLIAMS, MR. DAVIES SAID THAT WHEN THE CENTRES WERE ESTABLISHED IT WAS DECIDED THAT AN EVALUATION OF THEIR SUCCESS SHOULD BE CARRIED OUT AFTER TWO YEARS.

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+TO THIS END THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN KEEPING THE NECESSARY RECORDS AND, IN CO-OPERATION WITH THE CRIMINAL RECORDS OFFICE OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE HAS KEPT A CHECK ON RE-CONVICTIONS.

+THE COMMISSIONER OF PRISONS IS NOW PREPARING A REPORT WHICH SHOULD BE AVAILABLE SHORTLY,+ MR. WILLIAMS SAID.

HE SAID HE COULD NOT ANTICIPATE THE CONTENTS OF THE REPORT BUT FELT THAT FROM THE FIGURES OF RE-CONVICTIONS IT APPEARED THAT THE DETENTION CENTRES WERE ACHIEVING THEIR OBJECT.

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SEVERANCE PAY FOR REDUNDANT WORKERS

A BILL TO PROVIDE SEVERANCE PAY TO REDUNDANT WORKERS WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

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THE SECOND READING DEBATE OF THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED, AND WHEN IT IS RESUMED THE COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER POSSIBLE AMENDMENTS TO THE BILL IN THE LIGHT OF RECENT PUBLIC COMMENT.

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MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, THE SECRETARY FOR-SOCIAL SERVICES, MR. PETER WILLIAMS, SAID A NUMBER OF USEFUL COMMENTS HAD BEEN RECEIVED SINCE THE BILL WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE ON JUNE 7 FOR PUBLIC COMMENT. .

+THESE COMMENTS ARE BEING CAREFULLY CONSIDERED AND IT IS LIKELY THAT A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS WILL BE PROPOSED AT THE COMMITTEE STAGE OF THE BILL IN THE LIGHT OF THE VIEWS THAT HAVE BEEN EXPRESSED,* HE SAID. - . '

MR. WILLIAMS SAID THE BILL PROVIDED FOR SEVERANCE PAYMENTS AT THE RATE OF ONE-THIRD OF A MONTH'S PAY FOR MONTHLY-RATED WORKERS OR TEN DAYS’ WAGES'FOR TIME-RATED AND PIECE-RATED

•WORKERS, FOR EVERY YEAR OF CONTINUOUS SERVICE. . '

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IT WOULD APPLY ONLY TO EMPLOYEES WHO HAD BEEN WORKING FOR THE SAME EMPLOYER CONTINUOUSLY FOR 24 MONTHS. ’

ALt MANUAL WORKERS, AND ANY.NON-MANUAL WORKER EARNING NOT MORE THAN $2,000 A MONTH, WOULD BE COVERED. '

+IT IS SIMPLY COMPENSATION FOR LOSS, AND NOT A REWARD FOR LONG SERVICp OR GOOD BEHAVIOUR, SUCH AS A GRATUITY OR BONUS,* HE SAID. +IT ARISES ONLY FROM DISMISSAL DUE TO REDUNDANCY AND NOT WHERE THERE IS ANY ELEMENT OF 'VOLITION OR FAULT ON THE PART OF THE EMPLOYEE.*

MR. WILLIAMS POINTED OUT THAT DISPUTES OVER SEVERANCE PAYMENTS HAD BECOME A SERIOUS PROBLEM IN INDUSTRY IN RECENT YEARS.

+OVER THE PERIOD FROM 1ST JULY 1968 TO 30TH APRIL 1974, MORE THAN 40 PER CENT OF ALL MAJOR LABOUR DISPUTES DEALT WITH BY THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE CONCERNED REDUNDANCY,* HE SAID.

HE SAID THAT THE PRINCIPLE OF SEVERANCE PAYMENTS WAS ALREADY ACCEPTED BY MANY EMPLOYERS, AND THEIR PAYMENTS WERE QUITE OFTEN GENEROUS. . _____________________

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+l WOULD EMPHASISE THAT THE BILL LAYS DOWN MINIMUM STANDARDS ONLY, AND MY HOPE IS THAT EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE BEEN -• - MORE QENEROUS THAN ITS PROVISIONS WILL CONTINUE TO BE SO, AND THAT OTHERS WILL ALSO BE INCLINED IN THIS DIRECTION,+ MR. WILLIAMS SAID.

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+FOR THEM AND THEIR EMPOLYEES, LEGISLATION SHOULD PROVIDE A YARDSTICK WHICH COULD ALSO BE USED AS A BASIS FOR NEGOTIAT1ON.+ z z ’

MR. WILLIAMS SAID THE PROPOSED RATE OF SEVERANCE PAY WAS y

DETERMINED AFTER CAREFULLY CONSIDERING THE NEED TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE RELIEF TO THE REDUNDANT WORKER AT A RATE WHICH WOULD NOT OVER-STRAIN A SMALLER EMPLOYER. IF SMALLER EMPLOYERS WERE UNABLE TO MEET THEIR COMMITMENTS THEY WOULD BE DRIVEN OUT OF BUSINESS, THEREBY CREATING FURTHER REDUNDANCY ‘ AND DEFEATING THE OBJECT OF LEGISLATION. 1

THE POSSIBILITY OF LIMITING THE PROVISIONS OF THE LEGISLATION TO THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR OR OF EXCLUDING SMALL EMPLOYERS WITH LESS THAN 20 EMPLOYEES HAD ALSO BEEN CONSIDERED. +SUCH LIMITATIONS, HOWEVER, PRESENT SERIOUS ENFORCEMENT PROBLEMS WITH BORDERLINE CASES,+ HE SAID. ,

+AND, IN ANY EVENT, IT DID NQT SEEM. REASONABLE TO DETERMINE AN EMPLOYEE’S BASIC ENTITLEMENT TO RELIEF BENEFITS BY REFERENCE \ TO THE SIZE OR NATURE OF HIS EMPLOYER’S BUSINESS.

+IT WAS THEREFORE CONCLUDED THAT THE SOCIAL ADVANTAGES OF APPLYING THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION ACROSS THE BOARD TO ALL EMPLOYERS WERE OF SUFFICIENT IMPORTANCE’ TO OUTWEIGH THE RISKS OF IMPOSING TOO ONEROUS A BURDEN ON A LIMITED NUMBER OFV • SMALLER EMPLOYERS.+

MR. WILLIAMS ALSO SAID ‘THAT BECAUSE A NUMBER OF HONG KONG FIRMS PROVIDED LONQ-SERVICE GRATUITIES OR REDUNDANCY PROVISIONS • "

UNDER THEIR TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT, THE GOVERNMENT HAD CONCLUDED THAT SEVERANCE PAY SHOULD BE ALTERNATIVE AND NOT ADDITIONAL TO SUCH SCHEMES, ALLOWING EMPLOYEES TO CHOOSE WHICHEVER WAS THE MORE BENEFICIAL TO THEM.

+SEVERANCE PAY IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE COMPENSATION FOR , ,

LOSS OF EMPLOYMENT, AND NOT TO OPERATE AS A BONUS WHERE SUCH PROTECTION IS ALREADY AVAILABLE,+ HE SAip.

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MR. WILLIAMS SAID THE QUALIFYING PERIOD OF TWO

YEAR’S CONTINUOUS SERVICE HAD BEEN DECIDED ON BECAUSE IT WAS ONLY AFTER SUCH A PERIOD THAT THE EMPLOYMENT COULD BE REGARDED AS BEING IN ANY WAY PERMANENT. .

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HE SAID, +SUCH A QUALIFYING PERIOD MAY ALSO HAVE SOME / BENEFICIAL EFFECT IN ENCOURAGING EMPLOYEES TO REMAIN IN THEIR-JOBS, SO REDUCING HIGH LABOUR-TURNOVER — BUT, HOPEFULLY,. WITHOUT ENDANGERING THE ECONOMICALLY ADVANTAGEOUS MOBILITY OF LABOUR WHICH HAS TRADITIONALLY BEEN A STRONG FEATURE OF HONG KONG’S ECONOMY.+

HE SAID IT HAD BEEN DECIDED THAT, IN CALCULATING SEVERANCE PAY, ONLY THE FIVE YEARS’ SERVICE PRIOR TO THE INTRODUCTION OF THE LEGISLATION WOULD BE COUNTED SO AS NOT TO PLACE TOO HEAVY AN INITIAL LIABILITY ON EMPLOYERS. .

MR. WILLIAMS SAID THAT THE LABOUR TRIBUNAL WOULD HAVE THE JURISDICTION TO INQUIRE INTO, HEAR AND DETERMINE CLAIMS FOR SEVERANCE PAYMENT.

IN CASE OF BANKRUPTCY, WINDI^G-UP .AND LIQUIDATION, SEVERANCE PAYMENTS WOULD HAVE THE SAME PRIORITY A? WAGES, SALARY AND CROWN DEBTS WHEN IT CAME TO CLAIMS ON THE FIRM S ASSETS.

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THE DEBATE WAS ADJOURNED.

HOUSING OFFICIALS CONFIRM MEETING / ■

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THE HOUSING AUTHORITY WILL MEET THE GROUP OF 23 GROUP B SHOP TENANTS AS SCHEDULED TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

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IN A LETTER TO THE 23 SHOP TENANTS TODAY, THE AUTHORITY CONFIRMED THAT THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT 9 A.M. IN THE URBAN COUNCIL CHAMBER. '

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOUSING AUTHORITY EMPHASISED, HOWEVER, THAT SHOP TENANTS MUST OBSERVE THE CONDITION THAT THERE WILL BE NO MASS GATHERING OF THEIR COLLEAGUES IN THE CENTRAL DISTRICT WHEN THE MEETING IS IN PROGRESS. (

+THIS IS THE LAST REGULAR MEETING OF THE HOUSING \ AUTHORITY BEFORE THE SUMMER RECESS AND THE MEETING WITH SHOP TENANTS IS BUT ONE OF THE ITEMS ON THE AGENDA,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

NOTE TO EDITORS: THE HOUSING AUTHORITY WILL BE MEETING THE GROUP OF 23 SHOP TENANTS IN PRIVATE. HOWEVER, IT IS HOPED THAT A PRESS STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED AFTER THE MEETING.

WEDNESDAY, JULY J, 1974

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HEAVIER FINES OF UP TO $1 MILLION, LONGER PRISON.TERMS AND CORPORAL PUNISHMENT ARE THE STIFFER PENALTIES PROPOSED IN TWO NEW BILLS, WHICH WERE TABLED AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY, AS DETERRENTS AGAINST DRUG OFFENDERS.

THE PROPOSED LEGISLATIONS, THE DANGEROUS DRUGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1974 AND THE CORPORAL PUNISHMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1974, WERE• INTRODUCED BY THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON. LEWIS DAVIES.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE WHITE PAPER ON +THE PROBLEM OF DANGEROUS DRUGS IN HONG KONG+ HAD RECOMMENDED AN INCREASE IN SOME OF THE PENALTIES UNDER THE PRESENT DANGEROUS DRUGS ORDINANCE FOR THOSE CONVICTED OF CERTAIN OFFENCES, ESPECIALLY THOSE RELATING TO ILLICIT DRUG TRADING FOR PROFIT. >

THE DANGEROUS DRUGS BILL PROVIDES THAT THE MAXIMUM LIMIT OF FINES WHICH MAY BE IMPOSED FOR OFFENCES OF TRAFFICKING, MANUFACTURE, POSSESSION FOR TRAFFICKING AND DIVAN KEEPING SHOULD BE INCREASED TEN TIMES. ✓

AMONG OTHER PROPOSALS CONTAINED IN THE BILL, THE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR TRAFFICKING IN A DANGEROUS DRUG WILL BE RAISED ON INDICTMENT FROM LIFE IMPRISONMENT AND $100,000 TO LIFE 1MPRISON-MENTZAND $1 MILLION= AND ON SUMMARY CONVICTION FROM THREE YEARS AND $50,000 TO THREE YEARS AND $500,000.

UNDER THE CORPORAL PUNISHMENT BILL, MR. DAVIES SAID, MALE PERSONS WHO ARE CONVICTED OF THE MAJOR DRUG OFFENCES COMMITTED FOR PROFIT — TRAFFICKING, MANUFACTURING, STORAGE, PERMITTING PREMISES TO BE USED, AND KEEPING A DIVAN — WOULD BE SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE.

HE ADDED THAT THE BILL WOULD ALSO SEEK TO APPLY THE PROVISIONS OF THE ORDINANCE TO MALE PERSONS IN THE CUSTODY OF THE COMMISSIONER OF PRISONS WHO ARE CONVICTED OF BEING IN POSSESSION OF, OR SMOKING, INHALING, INGESTING OR INJECTING A DANGEROUS DRUG, OR BEING IN POSSESSION OF PARAPHERNALIA FOR THE PURPOSE OF DOING SO.

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, HAS SENT A MESSAGE TO THE CONSUL-GENERAL OF ARGENTINA EXPRESSING SYMPATHY ON THE DEATH OF PRESIDENT JUAN PERON.

THE MESSAGE READS: +IT IS WITH DEEP REGRET THAT I LEARNT OF THE SUDDEN DEATH OF THE PRESIDENT OF ARGENTINA, AND I TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SEND YOU AND YOUR FELLOW COUNTRY-MEN MY SINCERE SYMPATHY ON THIS SAD OCCASION**

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• RECREATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES ARE BEING PLANNED IN THE VARIOUS DISTRICTS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG FOR THE 12 TO 13 YEAR OLDS WHO ARE NEITHER AT SCHOOL NOR AT WORK.

SUCH PROJECTS AS EDUCATIONAL NIG.HT SCHOOL CLASSES, VOCATIONAL COURSES BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND OTHER ACTIVITIES ARE UNDER CONSIDERATION.

THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, THE HON. PETER WILLIAMS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS AFTERNOON THAT AS AN INITIAL STEP, A REGISTRATION PROGRAMME HAD BEEN MOUNTED IN WONG TAI SIN TO IDENTIFY THE NUMBER OF SUCH SCHOOL DROP-OUTS IN THE DISTRICT.

THIS IS THE WORK OF A COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COORDINATION COMMITTEE SET UP IN THE DISTRICT TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM, MR. WILLIAMS SAID, AND POINTED OUT THAT SIMILAR PROJECTS ARE BEING CARRIED OUT IN ALL THE OTHER DISTRICTS IN HONG KONG.

HE ADDED THAT THE IDENTIFICATION OF THE DROP-OUTS WAS BY NO MEANS AN EASY TASK. +FCR VARIOUS REASONS, RANGING FROM .• DISILLUSIONMENT-TO RELUCTANCE, MANY OF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE CARD THEIR PARENTS) DO NOT RESPOND READILY TO APPEALS.+

BUT ACTIVE STEPS ARE NOW BEING TAKEN TO IDENTIFY THEM THROUGH THE HELP OF PRIMARY SCHOOL HEADMASTERS, THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT AND LOCAL LEADERS ON THE AREA COMMITTEES, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND KA I FONGS.

MR. WILLIAMS WAS REPLYING AT THE TIME TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, WHO, HE SURMISED, HAD SINGLED OUT WONG TAI SIN IN HIS QUERY BECAUSE IT IS ONE OF THE HOST DENSELY POPULATED DISTRICTS.

BUT IN FACT, MR. WILLIAMS SAID, +THE PROBLEM OF THE 12 AND 13 YEAR OLDS NOT AT WORK AND NOT AT SCHOOL EXISTS IN VARYING DEGREES IN ALL OUR DISTR1CTS.+

THE INTER-DEPARTMENTAL COMMITTEE dN SERVICES FOR YOUTH, CHAIRED BY THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, IS ALSO DEALING WITH THIS PROBLEM; AMD HAD DECIDED ON A HUMBER OF MEASURES WHICH WOULD ALSO HELP THE DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEES IN THEIR PLANNING.

+THE ONLY SATISFACTORY SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM IN THE LONGER TERM,+ HR. WILLIAMS SAID, +IS TO PROVIDE SCHOOL PLACES FOR ALL OF THE CHILDREN CONCERNED.+

BUT, HE SAID, IN THE MEANWHILE THE VARIOUS EDUCATIONAL AND RECREATIONAL PROGRAMMES WILL BE PURSUED, AMD PROGRESS REPORTS MAY BE AVAILABLE FROM ALL THE DISTRICTS BY AUTUMN THIS YEAR.

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WIDER DISCIPLINARY. POWERS.SOUGHT ,FOR MEDICAL COUNCIL . ' , * * M- K )t It

THE MEDICAL REGISTRATION (AMENDMENT:) BILL 1974, READ-FOR THE SECOND TIME TODAY. IM THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, IS INTENDED TO AMEND THE MEDICAL REGISTRATION ORDINANCE BY WIDENING THE DISCIPLINARY POWERS OF THE MEDICAL COUNCIL.

DR. THE HON. GERALD CHOA,’DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, SAID: +AT PRESENT, WHEN THE COUNCIL IS SATISFIED THAT A MEDICAL PRACTITIONER HAS MISCONDUCTED HIMSELF IN SUCH A WAY AS TO BRING DISCREDIT ON HIS PROFESSION, THE COUNCIL MAY ORDER HIS NAME TO BE ERASED FROM THE REGISTER — EITHER COMPLETELY OR FOR A SPECIFIED PERIOD — OR BE REPRIMANDED.*

ANY ORDER' MADE BY THE COUNCIL COULD BE SUSPENDED, BUT WHATEVER DECISION WAS ARRIVED AT HAD, AT PRESENT, TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE OFFICIAL GAZETTE.

+INSTANCES OCCUR FROM TIME TO TIME OF MINOR INFRINGEMENTS OF MEDICAL ETHICS,* DR. CHOA SAID, +AND THE COUNCIL CONSIDERS THAT SUCH INSTANCES DO NOT MERIT WHAT IS TANTAMOUNT TO A PUBLIC REPRIMAND.*

HE EXPLAINED THAT IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES, THE MEDICAL COUNCIL CONSIDERED THAT A LESSER PUNISHMENT SHOULD BE PERMITTED, AND IT WAS PROPOSED TO FOLLOW THE PRACTICE OF THE GENERAL MEDICAL COUNCIL IN THE UNITED KINGDOM BY GIVING THE HONG KONG MEDICAL COUNCIL DISCRETION TO ISSUE WARNING LETTERS AND TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT ANY PARTICULAR WARNING LETTER SHOULD BE NOTIFIED IN THE OFFICIAL GAZETTE. ;

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THE HOUSING AUTHORITY HAS NO PLANS FOR ALLOWING PUBLIC HOUSING TENANTS TO PURCHASE THEIR UNITS, THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, THE HON. IAN LIGHTBODY, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

+TO DO SO WOULD HAVE ATTRACTIONS FROM A CASH-FLOW STANDPOINT, BUT THE HOUSING AUTHORITY HAS DECIDED THAT THE SHORTAGE OF PUBLIC HOUSING OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS, COUPLED WITH THE HEAVY DEMAND FOR HOUSING FROM LOW-INCOME GROUPS MAKES IT A NON-STARTER FOR THE FORSEEABLE FUTURE,* HE SAID.

MR. LIGHTBODY WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON.

LI FOOK-WO WHO WANTED TO KNOW WHETHER ANY PROGRESS HAD BEEN MADE ON THE QUESTION OF ALLOWING OCCUPANTS OF FLATS IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES TO PURCHASE THEM OUTRIGHT.

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BILLS PASSED »»»»»»

FIVE BILLS COMPLETED'THEIR PASSAGE THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY TO BECOME LAW,.

THEY WERE THE PENSIONS (SPECIAL PROVISIONS)(HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC) BILL, THE RATING (AMENDMENT) BILL, THE RATING (AME^NDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL, THE STAMP (AMENDMENT) BILL, AND THE POLICE FORCE (AMENDMENT) BILL.

ONE BILL — THE FIXED PENALTY (CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS) BILL 1974 WAS WITHDRAWN, AND 11'OTHERS WERE INTRODUCED IN COUNCIL AND GIVEN THEIR FIRST READING. '

THESE WERE THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL, THE COPYRIGHT

(AMENDMENT) BILL

THE LANDS TRIBUNAL BILL, THE CROWN LANDS

RESUMPTION (AMENDMENT) BILL, THE PORT CONTROL (CARGO WORKING AREAS) BILL, THE MEDICAL REGISTRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL, THE DUTIABLE COMMODITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL, THE PROTECTION Off NON-GOVERNMENT CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN (AMENDMENT) BILL, THE CORPORAL PUNISHMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL, THE DANGEROUS DRUGS (AMENDMENT) BILL, AND THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) B^LL.

BOMB HOAXERS RISK JAIL X X X X * X

A COVERNMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY REMINDED MEMBERS OF THE . PUBLIC THAT ANYONE WHO PERPETRATES A BOMB HOAX RUNS THE RISK ENDING UP IN PRISON AND PAYJNG HEAVY FINES.

OF

ON TO

UNDER EXISTING LEGISLATION, HE SAID, ANYONE CONVICTED INDICTMENT FOR MAKING A FALSE REPORT ON BOMBS IS LIABLE FIVE YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT AND A FINE OF UP TO $50»000«

THE SPOKESMAN WARNED THAT SUCH PUBLICM ISCH1EF WOULD NOT BE TOLERATED. +HOAXES OF THIS KIND ARE IRRESPONSIBLE AND COULD HAVE SERIOU$ CONSEQUENCES BOTH TO THE PERPETRATORS AS WELL AS TO INNOCENT PEOPLE.+

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REDUCT10N IN MAXIMUM RE.TAIL PRICE FOR RICE ...................* X * *

A FIVE CENT REDUCTION IN THE MAXIMUM RETAIL PRICE OF RICE — FROM $2.50 TO $2.45 PER CATTY — WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY BY THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT. /-

THE NEW CEILING ON RETAIL PRICES WAS FIXED AT A MEETINQ-OF THE RICE ADVISORY COMMITTEE WHICH REVIEWED PREVAILING IMPORT PRICES. /

A COMMENCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT 'THE LOWER 'CEILING ON RETAIL, PRICES WOULD TAKE EFFECT

IMMEDIATELY AND REMAIN IN FORCE UNTIL THE END OF THIS MONTH WHEN THE PRICE EfRUCjTbRE WOJJLD AGAIN BE REVIEWED.

+RETAIL RICE PRICES HAVE ALREADY FALLEN BELOW THE CEILING OF $2.50 PER CATTY WHICH HAS APPLIED SINCE APRIL WHEN WE INTRODUCED A MAXIMUM PRICE STRUCTURE TO PREVENT PROF ITEERING,+ THE SPOKESMAN COMMENTED. s

+WE DON'T ANTICIPATE THAT RETAILERS WILL CHARGE UP TO THE NEW MAXIMUM OF $2.45 PER CATTY — IN FACT MANY ARE ALREADY SELLING BELOW THIS CEILING.

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+HOWEVER WE THINK IT IS IN THE INTERESTS OF THE CONSUMER TO CONTINUE TO FIX A RETAIL PRICE CEILING+.

+THIS PROVIDES PROTECTION FOR THE CONSUMER, BUT DOES NOT PREVENT THE TRADE FROM SELLING. AT LOWER PRICES TO TAKE ACCOUNT -OF FLUCTUATIONS IN MARKET CONDITIONS+. " .

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THa't BOTH .IMPORTERS AND, RETAILERS WERE CONTINUING TO TAKE A LOWER MARK-UP THAN THE D.C.AND I. AVERAGE PRICE FORMULA WOULD ALLOW. THE FORMULA IS BASED ON THE AVERAGE IMPORT PRICES OVER A PERIOD OF THREE MONTHS, TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE STOCKS WHICH IMPORTERS ARE REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN,

» THEREFORE, JILTHOUGH IMPORT PRICES HAVE FALLEN TO A SIGNIFICANT EXTENT'THIS MONTH, IT DOES NOT FOLLOW THAT RETAIL PRICES OF RICE FALL TO THE SAME EXTENT.

THUS UNDER THE FORMULA, THE MAXIMUM RETAIL PRICE, ALLOWING ONLY A REASONABLE PROFIT, WOULD BE $2.63 A CATTY. NOT ONLY HAS THE PRICE BEEN FIXED BELOW THIS - AT $2.45 -BUT RETAILERS ARE SELLING EVEN BELOW THIS PRICE.

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THE f.'ORTRCOTE COLLEGE CP EDUCATION HAS ISSUED AH OPEfl" INVITATION TO ANYONE INTERESTED IN TEACHER EDUCATION TO VISIT THE COLLEGE TOMORROU AID FRIDAY TO SEE FQR THEMSELVES THE HANY FACETS OF COLLEGE UORK.

DURING THE ♦OPEN DAYS+ THERE UILL DE EXHIBITIONS CONNECTED WITH INDIVIDUAL SUBJECTS, DANCE AND GYMNASTICS DISPLAYS,, AH IHTER-ECHCOL MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD AID A FULL PROGRAMME OF DEMONSTRATION LESSORS GIVEN DY STUDENT-TEACHERS TO PUPILS OF PRIMARY AKO SECOI3ARY SCHOOLS.

THE INTER-SCHOOL MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD, ORGANISED DY THE MATHEMATICS CLU3 OF THE COLLEGE, IS TLE FIRST TO BE HELD IN HONG KOL’Q. IT UILL TAKE PLACE CM FRIDAY FROM 13 A.H. TO 11.30 A.M. AT THE COLLEGE HALL HJ SASSOON ROAD, IICN’G KONG. . .

' NINETEEN SECONDARY SCHOOL TEAMS UILL TAKE PART IN THE COMPETITION.

MATHEMATICS OLYMPIADS ARE HELD FREQUENTLY AS EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES IN WESTERN COUNTRIES.

♦IT IS HOPED THAT MATHEMATICS OLYMPIADS UILL BECOME POPULAR IN HONG MONG SCHOOLS FOLLOUIHG ITS INTRODUCTION AT M2?.THC0TE,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR TLE COLLEGE’S MATHEMATICS CLU3 SAID.

NORTHCOTE UILL DE HOLDING ITS GRADUATION CEREMONY IN THE CITY HALL CONCERT HALL ON JULY 9 UHEII THE SECRETARY CF THE CIVIL SERVICE, HR. ALAN SCOTT UILL ADDRESS THE ASSEISLY AMD ILES. SCOTT UILL PRESENT CERTIFICATES AMD PRIZES.

HEAN’JHILE, THE SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGE CF EDUCATION IS CARRYING OUT All EXPERIMENTAL INTEGRATED TEACHING PROJECT AT PRIMARY LEVEL.

ALL FIRST-YEAR STUDENT—TEACHERS ARE INVOLVED IN THIS EXPERIMENT AFTER SEVEN t'EEKS CF INTENSIVE PREPARATION.

TOE STUDENT—TEACHERS HAVE TAKEN OVER THE ENTIRE TEACHING PROGRAM:J3 CF PRIMARY 1 TO 6 AT THREE NEIGHBOUR IMG SCHOOLS.

EACH STUDENT—TEACHER IS INTEGRATING TUO CR MORE SUBJECTS -LANGUAGE, MATHEMATICS, GENERAL KNOOLEDC.E, MUSIC AILC MOVEMENT, ART AO CRAFT - INTO N1S TEACHING PROGRAMME.

Ail TOE STL'DENT-TEACRERS UILL HAVE TO EVALUATE THE' RESULT OF THIS PROJECT - KNOUN AS ♦INTEGRATED QA7+ - AID TO PREPARE A DISPLAY CF THEIR PUPILS’ UORK OH JULY 10. ,

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WAI-HAN^ A FORMER PRINCIPAL OF THE COLLEGE,. WILL ADDRESS TOE ASC3I3LY

THIS COLLEGE OF EDUCATION WILL BE HOLDING ITS GRADUATION

CEREMONY AT ITS NEU BUILDING IN PIPER’S HILL ON AUGUST 29

ON JULY 15> TOE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF'EDUCATION WILL BE HOLDING ITS GRADUATION CEREMONY AT THE CITY HALL CONCERT HALL WHEN KR< KVOK

CERTIFICATES AND PRIZES WILL BE DISTRIBUTED BY HRS* KUOK> 1

NOTE TO EDITORS* YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE ACTIVITIES OF THE

THREE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION ON THE DATES MENTIONED

SAFETY GLASS USED ON ALL BUSES

USE OF SAFETYr GLASS IN THE CONSTRUCTION

OMNIBUSES AND

LIGHT BUSES IS ONE OF DEPARTMENT DURING THE

THE FEATURES CHECKED

THESE MOTOR VEHICLES BEFORE INITIAL

MECHANICAL INSPECTION

REGISTRATION AND AT

LATER REGULAR

SECRETARY FOR

THE ENVIRONMENT IN REPLY TO TWO QUESTIONS

FROM THE HON

OSWALD CHEUNG ON WHETHER ALL PUBLIC OMNIBUSES

AND PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES ARE FITTED WITH SAFETY GLASS IN THE

DRIVER AND PASSENGER COMPARTMENTS

SAFETY GLASS MEANS GLASS SO CONSTRUCTED OR TREATED

IT DOES NOT FLY INTO FRAGMENTS CAPABLE

ROBSON EXPLAINED

OF CAUSING SEVERE CUTS

HE REFERRED TO THE ROAD TRAFFIC CCONSTRUCTION AND USE)

REGULATIONS WHICH STATED THAT ALL GLASS USED IN THE

CONSTRUCTION OF AN OMNIBUS

SAFETY GLASS

OR A PUBLIC LIGHT BUS MUST BE

THEREFORE THAT ALL PUBLIC OMNIBUSES

AND PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES ARE

FITTED WITH SAFETY GLASS

THROUGHOUT AND IF THERE ARE ANY WHICH ARE NOT SO FITTED THEY

ARE IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE.LAW,+ MR> ROBSON SAID

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* CHIEF WATERWORKS ENGINEER RETIRING ft ft ft ft ft ,

MR. LI HIN-WING, CHIEF-ENGINEER OF THE WATERWORKS OFFICE IS RETIRING AFTER 26 YEARS IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE.

TO MARK THE OCCASION, HIS COLLEAGUES ARE PRESENTING HIM WITH A FAREWELL GIFT, TO BE PRESENTED BY MR. WILFRED ' JR,®JT* D,RECT0R 0F UATER SUPPLIES, AT A CEREMONY ON FRIDAY UJL. I J J • i

MR. LI FIRST JOINED THE GOVERNMENT AS AN ASSISTANT ENGINEER IN DECEMBER 1949. HE WAS PROMOTED TO ENGINEER IN 1959, THEN TO SENIOR ENGINEER SIX YEARS LATER. AND TO HIS PRESENT POST IN 1970. * ai.U TO

HE WILL BE PROCEEDING ON PRE-RETIREMENT LEAVE NEXT WEEK •

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY COVERED. IT WILL BE HELD AT 4.30 P.M. ON FRIDAY IN THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE ?1ST Fl ODR OF MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

NEW SYMBOLIC-TYPE ROAD SIGNS ARE BEING GRADUALLY INTRODUCED IN HONG KONG, AND A PHASED INSTALLATION PROGRAMME ON A LARGER SCALE BASIS WILL BEGIN NEXT WEEK.

A PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD TOMORROW CTHURSDAY) BY THE PUBLIC WORKS AND THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENTS TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE PROGRAMME AS WELL AS PUBLICITY MEASURES AIMED AT ADEQUATELY INFORMING MOTORISTS OF THE FEATURES OF THE NEW SIGNS.

THE CONFERENCE WILL TAKE PLACE AT 3 P.M. AT THE G.I.S. 35 MM THEATRE, 5TH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS WILL BE MR. J. HYDE, ENG1NEER/H1GHWAY OFFICE AND MR. KAM CHAN-YIU, ENGINEER/TRAFFIC OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, AND MISS DOROTHY YUEN, EXECUTIVE OFF1CER/TRAFFIC OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO ATTEND THE CONFERENCE.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 1974

CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE » * * » ft

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

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SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

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

CHINA RICE:

SEE MEW

- OLD CROP - . "

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.12

S.C. J JEN

1 - OLD CROP

- NEW CROP GOOD 1.98.

PO NQAI

CHU CHO

THAI RICE:

100% WHOLE

10-15% BROKENS GOOD 1.87

A1 : SUPER EXTRA GOOD . 1.77

A1 : SUPER GOOD 1.57

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 1.80

U.S. RICE / _ - . X ' /

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.82

PAKISTAN RICE - -

TAIWAN RICE- - ~ • •

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CALL SOURCES}

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY - GOOD

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK

. C$/PICULrLIVE WEIGHT} - 310 CAVERAGE}

/SUPPLIES AND .....

WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 1974

'SUPPLIES AND'WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH CFMOVCHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET) ,

SPEC IES AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

OF SUPPLY ' HIGH LOW MODE

GOLDgN THREAD ' GOOD 3.20 1.80 2.50

B IG-EYES GOOD 2.60 0.60 1.70

SQUID LIMITED 7.50 2.50 5,20

HAIR-TAILS NORMAL ' 1.80 0.90 1.50

LJZARD FISHES • NORMAL 2.70 1.40 1.00

CROAKERS NORMAL 1.20 0.70 0.G0

CONGER-PIKE-EELS LIMITED 1.80 1.50 i.eo

MELON COAT / SCARCE 1.80 1.30 1.50

BREAMS LIMITED 5.70 3.00 4 »5O

YELLOW BELLY . GOOD 2.00 0.50 1.30

MACKERELS LIMITED 4.80 ■ 3.00 3.50

RED GOAT FISH

FORK—TAIL —*■ —' •

HORSE-HEAD NORMAL 4.80 2.80 3.50

MELON SEED good 1.50 0.80 1.00

POMFRETS SCARCE 8.00 7.50 7. 80

GAROUPAS NORMAL 7.50 5.50 6*50

YELLOW CROAKER SCARCE 6.50 4.80 5.30

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

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

TYPE OF AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY>

VEGETABLE OF SUPPLY HIGH LOW MODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE SCARCE 2.60 0.80 2.00

WHITE CABBAGE- SCARCE 2.40 0.80 1.80

CHINESE LETTUCE SCARCE 2.00 0.80 1.50

WATER SPINACH NORMAL 0.80 0.20 0.50

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 2.00 0.80 1.40

STRING BEANS LIMITED 3»00 0.80 2.00

SPRING ONION GOOD 1.00 0.20 0.60

SPINACH I — ■area

WATER CRESS SCARCE 2.40 0.80 1.60

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE SCARCE 2.00 0.60 1.60

CHINESE SPINACH NORMAL 1.20 0.30 0.80

TOMATO SCARCE 2.60 1.20 2.00

PRH

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

THURSDAY, JULY 4, 1974.

CONTENTS PAGE KO.

NEW SYMBOLIC TRAFFIC SIGNS ARE EASIER TO UNDERSTAND . 1

NEED FOR PRACTICAL SCIENCE COURSE STRESSED ............. 3

SURVEY TO ASCERTAIN PUBLIC VIEW ON EXISTING POSTAL SERVICE................................................  4

HOUSING AUTHORITY MEETS SHOP TENANTS OVER TENANCY ISSUE.................................................   5

NURSING ADVISER FROM SCOTLAND TO MEET LOCAL PRESS ... 5

DONATION TO COMMUNITY CHEST ............................ 6

GOVERNOR TO VISIT TEXTILE FACTORY TOMORROW .......... 6

DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

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

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NEU ROAD SIGNS ARE EASIER TO UNDERSTAND »»»&»»

NEU SYMBOLIC-TYPE ROAD SIGNS .ARE BEING CRAnuXi t y iMTRonucFn IN HONG KONG* FIVE OF THEM MILL BE INSTALLED FAIRLY WIDELY IN CENTRAL AND TSIM SHA TSUI DISTRICTS AS FROM NEXT MONDAY CJULY 8).

YEAR TARESRAqpn ^EAFnnnI 22 UER£ GAZETTED EARLIER THIS

YEAR, ARE BASED ON A CODE OF INTERNATIONAL SIGNS AGREED BY A ^11J“1^T,0WS CONVENTION AND HAVE ALREADY BEEN ADOPTED BY MANY COUNTRIES*

THEY ARE LARGELY SYMBOLIC AND DO AWAY AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE r HAS. OBVIOUS ADVANTAGES FOR TOE MOTOR 1ST MHO.

LETTERENT A SYE30L FI0RE AND SPEEDILY than READING

_____SOME SIGNS CANNOT CONVEY THE MESSAGE WITHOUT BILINGUAL •’ LETTERING, AND THESE ARE ALSO INCLUDED IN THE NEU SERIES.

INSTALLATION OF FIVE SIGNS IS THE FIRST MONTHLY PHASE OF A COMPREHENSIVE SERIES WHICH, TOGETHER WITH PUBLICITY MEASURES PLANNED FOR EACH PHASE, IS DESIGNED TO INFORM THE PUBLIC OF THE FEATURES OF THE NEW SIGNS.

EVENTUALLY, THE NEU SIGNS WILL REPLACE EXISTING ONES, BUT THE PROCESS WILL TAKE SOME TIME. DURING THE TRANSITIONAL PERIOD, BOTH SETS OF SIGNS WILL APPLY AT THE SAME TIME. ,

THE FIVE NEU SIGNS TO BE INSTALLED NEXT WEEK ARE THE +STOP+, +GIVE UAY+, +GOODS VEHICLES PROHIBITED*, +NO LEFT/RIGHT TURN+, AND THE +OVER 12 TONNES* SUPPLEMENTARY PLATE.

THE +STOP+ SIGN IS OCTAGONAL IN SHAPE, WITH WHITE BORDER, WHITE LETTERS AND CHINESE CHARACTERS AND RED BACKGROUND. IT UILL BE PLACED AT ROAD JUNCTIONS ON MINOR ROADS UHERE IT IS DESIRABLE ON SAFETY GROUNDS FOR ALL EMERGING VEHICLES TO STOP ON EVERY OCCASION.

'THE +G1VE UAY+ SIGN IS TRIANGULAR WITH RED BORDER, BLACK LETTERS AND CHARACTERS AND UH ITE BACKGROUND. IT UILL DE PLACED ON MINOR ROADS AT THEIR JUNCTIONS UITH MAJOR ROADS, APART FROM THOSE COVERED DY +STOP+ SIGNS OR OTHER SIGNALS. THE IDEA IS FOR EMERGING VEHICLES ON THE MINOR ROAD TO STOP AND GIVE UAY TO TRAFFIC' FLOW ON THE MAJOR ROAD. . • ...

THE +GOODS VEHICLES PROHIBITED* SIGN IS CIRCULAR WITH RED BORDER AND DIAGONAL BLACK SYMBOL AND WHITE BACKGROUND. IT PROHIBITS ENTRY BY ALL GOODS VEHICLES AND MAY BE USED UITH SUPPLEMENTARY PLATES. . . ' ,

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THURSDAY, JULY 4, 19?4

.,._ nTVL^? R1QHT/l!eFT TURN+'SIQN IS CIRCULAR WITH RED BORDER AND DIAGONAL BLACK SYMBOL AND WHITE BACKGROUND. THE SYMBOL HAY

T0 IriD<CATE THAT EITHER LEFT OB RIGHT TURNING MOVEMENTS

F,c ARE prohibited. the sigh may be uezd in conjunction

•**H TRAPPIC LIC.HT SIGNALS AND THE PROHIBITION HAY BE QUALIFIED DY A SUPPLEMENTARY PLATE. 4 •

THE +OVEd 12 TONNES* PLATE IS RECTANGULAR WITH BLACK BORDER, RZACKEETTERS AND CHARACTERS, AND UH ITE BACKGROUND. IT IS FOR USE..W*™ SIGNS PROHIBITING ACCESS. THE NUMERALS ON THE SIGN MAY BE ALTERED TO SUIT DIFFERENT.RESTRICTION WEIGHTS, AND ALSO IMPERIAL UNITS MAY BE USED TO INDICATE THE RESTRICTION WEIGHTS BY REPLACING TEE WORD +TONNES+ BY +TONS+.

IN GENERAL, THE SYMBOLIC-TYPE ROAD SIGNS LOOSELY FALL INTO THREE CATEGORIES, EACH OF WHICH IS GENERALLY CHARACTERISED BY SHAPE AND/OR COLOUR.

THE FIRST CATEGORY CONSISTS OF MANDATORY SIGNS GIVING INSTRUCTION WHICH ARE GENERALLY CIRCULAR WITH BLUE BACKGROUND AND WHITE SYMBOLS. 1

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

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

NOTE TO EDITORS: COPIES OF THE FIVE NEU S1QNS TO BE INSTALLED

ARE BOXED FOR COLLECTION.

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A PRACTICALLY ORIENTED SCIENCE COURSE BASED ON THE PRINCIPLES OF THE SCOTTISH INTEGRATED SCIENCE SCHEME IS THE TYPE OF COURSE NEEDED IN HONG KONG, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION CCHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS), MR. ARTHUR BROUN SAID TODAY.

WITH THE CO-OPERATION OF THE SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS TAKING PART IN A PILOT PROJECT, MR. BROWN SAID THAT HE WOULD SOON BE IN A POSITION TO RECOMMEND A MUCH WIDER INTRODUCTION OF SUCH A COURSE. .

ONE OF THE OBJECTS OF THE PILOT PROJECT WAS TO ADAPT THE OR IQINAL SCOTTISH SCHEME SO THAT IT BECAME COMPLETELY SUITABLE FOR USE IN HONG KONG SCHOOLS.

MR. BROWN WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF AN 11-DAY INTEGRATED SCIENCE COURSE AT THE HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL FOR TEACHERS OF LOWER SECONDARY FORMS NOW ENTERING THE SECOND YEAR OF A PROJECT TAKING PLACE IN 20 SELECTED SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

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THE COURSE, THE SECOND PHASE OF THIS INTERESTING PROJECT, IS TO BE CONDUCTED BY FOUR TUTORS REPRESENTING THE SCOTTISH EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. , /

THE PROJECT STARTED LAST YEAR WHEN A SIMILAR GROUP OF TUTORS FROM SCOTLAND CONDUCTED A SIMILAR COURSE TO LAUNCH THE SCHEME.

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MR. BROWN HOPED THAT THE CURRENT COURSE WOULD PROVIDE THE OPPORTUNITY BOTH TO ASSESS THE SUCCESS OF THE FIRST TEAR OF THE PROJECT AND TO PREPARE THE TEACHERS AGAIN FOR THEIR EFFORTS IN THE SUCCEEDING YEAR.

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AS FAR AS MR. BROWN COULD SEE, BOTH FROM REPORTS AND FROM THE VISITS HE HAD MADE TO SOME OF THE SCHOOLS, THE PROJECT WAS GOING EXTREMELY WELL. .

+1T WAS ENCOURAGING TO ENTER THE CLASSROOM AND HEAR A BUZZ OF VOICES INDICATING THAT CHILDREN WERE WORKING TOGETHER TO FIND OUT HOW TO CARRY OUT THE INSTRUCTION IN THEIR WORK SHEETS,+ HE SAID.

MR. BROUN WAS MOST IMPRESSED BY THIS METHOD OF STUDYING SCIENCE WHEREBY CHILDREN CORKED IN SHALL GROUPS FOLLOW ING WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS AND LEARNING NOT ONLY BY WHAT THEY DID CORRECTLY BUT ALSO BY THEIR MISTAKES. • •

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HE FELT VERY STRONGLY THAT LESSONS LEARNED IN THIS PRACTICAL DISCOVERY WAY WOULD HAVE FAR KOBE IMPACT ON CHILDREN’S MINDS THAN THE USUAL DEMONSTRATION TECHNIQUES AS WELL AS BEING FAR MORE ENJOYABLE.

MR. BROUN POINTED OUT THAT IN THE COMING YEAR EACH OF THE SCHOOLS TAKING PART IN THE PROJECT WOULD HAVE BOTH THEIR FIRST AND SECOND FORMS PARTICIPATING IN THIS PRACTICALLY ORIENTED SCIENCE COURSE SO THAT THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN WHO WOULD BENEFIT WOULD EE DOUBLED.

HE THANKED EVERYONE INVOLVED IN TOE PILOT PROJECT —-THE PARTICIPANTS, THE SCOTTISH EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE • ASSOCIATION OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS TEACHERS AND THE PRINCIPAL OF THE HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL.

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A SURVEY AIMED AT ASCERTAINING THE PUBLIC’S VIEU OF THE EXISTING POSTAL SERVICE AND THE IMPROVEMENTS THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE WILL SOON BE LAUNCHED BY THE POST OFFICE.

THE SURVEY, TO BE CARRIED OUT BY UNIVERSITY STUDENTS PROVISIONALLY EMPLOYED BY THE POST OFFICE DURING THE SUMNER VACATION FOR THIS SPECIFIC PURPOSE, FOLLOWS A SIMILAR OPINION POLL IN 1972 TO ASSESS THE VIEUS OF TOE BUSINESS COMMUNITY.

DURING THE FORTH COMING OPINION POLL, ALL POST OFFICES WILL BE VISITED ARD A SAMPLE OF CUSTOMERS WILL BE INVITED TO FILL IN A QUESTIONNAIRE. TOE NUMBER OF CUSTOMERS SAMPLED AT EACH OFFICE WILL BE BASED ON THE AMOUNT OF BUSINESS CONDUCTED AT THE OFFICE BUT SOME 2,000 PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO BE INVOLVED.

A SPOKESMAN FOR TOE POST OFFICE POINTED OUT TODAY THAT THE SURVEY WOULD SEEK INFORMATION ON TOE DEGREE OF SATISFACTION WITH SERVICES RECEIVED AT POST OFFICE COUNTERS, THE PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED AND THE IMPROVEMENTS INDIVIDUALS HAVE IN MIND.

IN TOE SPHERE OF MAIL DELIVERIES, HE VENT ON, QUESTIONS WILL ALSO SEEK TO FIND OUT IF SERVICES ARE SATISFACTORY, AND IF THEY ARE KOT, WHAT THE INDIVIDUAL WOULD LIKE TO SEE DONE TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS.

STUDENTS CONDUCTING TOE SURVEY WILL IDENTIFY THEMSELVES WITH AN INTRODUCTORY CARD BEARING A CHOP OF TOE GENERAL POST OFFICE.

♦WHILE THERE IS NO LEGAL REQUIREMENT TO ANSWER ANY QUESTION,* ’ THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED, +IXM3ERS OF TOE PUBLIC ARE ASKED TO CO-OPERATE IN ANSWERING THE QUESTIONNAIRES WHICH WILL NOT IDENTIFY. ANY INDIVIDUAL AND WILL BE QUITE IMPERSONAL.*

HE STRESSED, HOWEVER, THAT WHEN SUMMARISED, THE FINDINGS ARE EXPECTED TO GO A LONG WAY TOWARDS HELPING THE POST OFFICE MAINTAIN A SATISFACTORY SERVICE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AS WELL AS DEVELOP ITS FACILITIES.

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THE HOUSING AUTHORITY TODAY (THURSDAY5 MET A DELEGATION OF 23 SHOP TENANTS FROM THE GROUP B ESTATES TO DISCUSS SHOP TENANCY MATTERS INCLUDING THE NEW FORM OF TENANCY AGREEMENT.

THE MEETING. WHICH LASTED FOR ABOUT 2-1/2 HOURS, WAS DESIGNED TO ENABLE THE AUTHORITY TO HEAR THE SHOP TENANTS’ VIEWS AT FIRST HAND.

A FRANK AND USEFUL EXCHANGE OF VIEWS TOOK PLACE AT THE MEETING, WHICH WAS HELD IN AN AMICABLE ATMOSPHERE.

THE VARIOUS POINTS RAISED BY THE DELEGATION INCLUDED

THE TRANSFER OF SHOP TENANCIES, HOW AND UNDER WHAT

' CONDITIONS, AND THE PROS AND CONS OF THE TENDER SYSTEM ANNOUNCED BY THE HOUSING AUTHORITY EARLIER THIS YEAR= INHERITANCE -WHETHER FAMILY SUCCESSORS SHOULD SIGN THE AGREEMENT- AND THE FREEDOM OF ESTATE TENANTS TO ACQUIRE UP TO FIVE SHOP UNITS IN ANY ESTATE TO EXPAND THEIR BUSINESS.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY, MR. IAN LIGHTBODY, PROMISED THE DELEGATION THAT THEIR VIEWS WILL BE CAREFULLY CONSIDERED BY THE AUTHORITY MEMBERS AI ID THEY WOULD BE INFORMED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE OF THE AUTHORITY’S FINAL DECISION.

ON THE DELEGATION'S REQUEST THAT THE AUTHORITY SHOULD RECOGNISE THEM AS THE SOLE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE GROUP B SHOP TENANTS, HR. LIGHTBODY SAID THAT THE AUTHORITY COULD NOT GIVE EXCLUSIVE RECOGNITION TO ANY ONE GROUP.

+WE HAVE TO CONSIDER THE VIEWS OF ANY GROUP WHICH HAS CONSTRUCTIVE SUGGESTIONS TO MAKE,+ HE ADDED.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

MISS MARGARET LAMB, NURSING ADV.1SER FROM SCOTLAND, WILL MEET MEMBERS OF THE PRESS, RADIO AND TV AT A CONFERENCE IN THE THEATRE OF THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, 5TH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, AT 10 A.M. ON SATURDAY (JULY 65.

YOU ARE INVITED 'TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TO COVER THE MEETING. /

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DONATION TO COMMUNITY CHEST

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THE COMMUNITY CHEST HAS RECEIVED A DONATION OF $5,000 FROM THE STAFF OF THE CANADIAN TRADE COMMISSION.

A CHEQUE FOR THE AMOUNT WAS PRESENTED TO THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, BY THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR CANADA IN HONG KONG, MR. C.F. ROGERS, AT A RECEPTION HELD LAST TUESDAY TO CELEBRATE CANADA DAY.

THE AMOUNT WAS DONATED BY THE COMMISSIONRER AND HIS STAFF AND CAME OFF THE COMMISSION’S ENTERTAINMENT ALLOWANCE.

CONTRARY TO PAST PRACTICE, A SMALL RECEPTION WAS HELD ON CANADA DAY THIS YEAR WITH A SUBSTANTIALLY SHORTENED GUEST LIST. THE COMMISSIONER DECIDED TO DONATE THE SAVING THUS ACHIEVED TO CHARITY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMUNITY CHEST SAID THIS WAS A VERY KIND AND MEANINGFUL GESTURE AND WAS GREATLY APPRECIATED.

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GOVERNOR TO VISIT TEXTILES FACTORY TOMORROW

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL CONCLUDE HIS CURRENT SERIES OF FACTORY VISITS TOMORROW (FRIDAY} WHEN HE MAKES A TOUR OF MANDARIN TEXTILES LTD., 60 TOKWAWAN, ROAD, HUNG HOM.

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HE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY MR. JIMMY MCGREGOR, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, AND MR. KEN YEUNG, PRINCIPAL TRADE OFFICER, INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BRANCH.

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SIR MURRAY WILL SEE MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS IN PROGRESS AT THE FACTORY WHERE SOME 400 WORKERS ARE EMPLOYED ON MAKING FASHION GARMENTS FOR WOKEN, MOSTLY FOR EXPORTS.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE GOVERNOR’S VISIT. SIR MURRAY WILL ARRIVE AT THE FACTORY AT 2.45 P.M. AND WILL BE RECEIVED BY THE COMPANY’S CHAIRMAN, MR. RONALD BRAND, AND BY THE GENERAL MANAGER, HR. E.J. VECCHIOTTI.

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE re K » » i? it

,,lmr.„THE F0LL0UING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY (THURSDAY} AT SALE

^?®ER JHE R ICE CONTROL SCHEME ARD AT THE VEGETABLE MARKETING A.AJ 2«r,.^L£SALE MARKET A(:D THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION

WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEUNG SHA WAN, KOULOOM:

SUPPLIES AtKI WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

RICE CONTROL SCHEIE

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

CHINA RICE: • •

SEE MEW

- OLD CROP

- NEW CROP good 2.12

S.C. J JEN ' • •

- OLD CROP

- NEU CROP good 1.98

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CHU CHO

THAI RICE:

1003 WHOLE GOOD 1.82

10- 15S5 BROKERS GOOD 1.87

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.77

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.52

WHOLE GLUTINOUS

U.S. RICE GOOD 1.87

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.91

PAKISTAN RICE

TAIWAN RICE ■ • Z‘

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY - GOOD

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK

C$/PICUL-LIVE WEIGHT) - J10 CAVERAGE)

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

AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE(S/CATTY)

SPECIES OF SUPPLY HIGH LOW MODE

GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 3.20 2.00 2.80

BIG-EYES GOOD 2.60 0.60 1.80

SQUID LIMITED 6.70 2.50 5.00

HAIR-TAILS .NORMAL 2.00 0.60 1.60

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 3.00 1.50 2.20

CROAKERS LIMITED 1.10 0.50 0.80

CONGER-PIKE-EELS NORMAL 1.80 1.10 1.50

MELON COAT ••

DREAMS LIMITED 5.50 2.80 4.80

YELLOW DELLY GOOD 1.80 0.60 1.60

MACKERELS LIMITED 4.20 3.20 4.50

RED GOAT FISH —-• * ■BB

FORK-TAIL — —

HORSE-HEAD GOOD 4.80 2.60 3.80

MELON SEED GOOD 2.40 0.90 1.60

PO.IFRETS SCARCE 9.00 8.30 8.50

GAI.OUPAS LIMITED 7.20 5.20 6.00

YELLOW CROAKER SCARCE 6.00 5.50 5.80

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

CV.IEO. CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKET)

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

SUPPLY HIGH LOU KODE

FLOUERINCj CAC3AQE SCARCE 2.60 0.80 1*80

WHITE CALGAGIS SCARCE 2.40 0.80 1.60

CHINESE LETTUCE SCARCE 2.20 0.00 1.60

LATER SPH’ACM L’ORllAL 0.60 0.20 0.50

CHINESE I’ALE SCARCE 2.00 0.00 1.50

STillKQ BEAUS SCARCE 3..20 0.00 2.20

SPRII.q ONION GOOD 0.00 0.20 0.50

SPIL’ACH

WATER CHESS SCARCE 2.60 0.00 1.80

LEAF liUSTARD CABBAGE LIMITED 1.00 0.60 1.20

CHINESE SPINACH k'ORHAL 1.20 0.30 0.80

T011AT0 SCARCE 2.60 1.20 2.00

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, JULY 5, 1974.

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PROPOSED NEW LANDS BILL AIMS TO FACILITATE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY PROJECT ................................. 1

DEMERIT POINTS SYSTEM DROPPED FROM NEW FIXED PENALTY BILL.................................................     4

LAMINATED DRIVING CARDS MAY BE INTRODUCED SOON UNDER DRAFT NEW LEGISLATION..................................   6

SEVERANCE PAYMENTS TO HAVE SAME PRIORITY AS ARREARS OF

WAGES ................................................... 7

GOVERNOR tours garment factory .........................  8

SIR ALBERT RODRIGUES AND SIR DOUGLAS CLAGUE RETAIN •’HONOURABLE*' TITLE ................................. 8-

HONG KONG DELEGATION LEAVES FOR TEXTILE TALKS WITH Canada .................................................. 9

REFRESHER COURSE FOR MUSIC TEACHERS ............... 9

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DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD

COMMODITIES

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COMPULSORY RESUMPTION OF LAND FOR IITR PROJECT COMPENSATION PAYMENTS TO BE BASED ON OPEN MARKET VALUE It ft ft ft ft ft ft

TO ALLOW FOR THE BUILDING AND FUTURE RUNNING OF THE HASS TRANSIT RAILWAY, A BILL, PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE, PROVIDES FOR THE COMPULSORY ACQUISITION OF LAND AID PAYMENT OF COMPENSATION BASED ON THE OPEN MARKET VALUE.

• A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE BILL, TO BE KNOWN AS THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY (LAND RESUMPTION AID RELATED PROVISIONS) BILL 1974, BRINGS TOGETHER IN ONE PIECE OF LEGISLATION PROVISIONS FROM SEVERAL EXISTING ORDINANCES AND WILL BOTH SIMPLIFY AID SPEED UP PROCEDURES FOR THE ACQUISITION OF LAM’D FOR THE HASS TRANSIT RAILWAY AND FOR AGREEMENT ON THE TERMS FOR COMPENSATION.

THE BILL ALSO INCORPORATES, HE WENT OH, PROVISIONS FOR THE CREATION OF EASEMENTS FOR TUNNELLING AID CONFERS POWERS TO . ( CARRY OUT OTHER WORKS SUCH AS STREET ALTERATIONS, UIDERPINNING OF BUILDINGS AND THE REMOVAL OF OBSTRUCTIONS.

SINCE 1968, WHEN PLANNING FOR THE HASS TRANSIT RAILWAY BEGAN, IT HAD BEEN THE GOVERNMENT*S POLICY' TO PURCHASE LARD AFFECTED AS AND WHEN IT BECAME AVAILABLE. DESIGNERS HAD ALSO CAREFULLY PLANNED THE RAILWAY SO THAT IT FOLLOWED, WHEREVER POSSIBLE, EXISTING PUBLIC STREETS AID HIGHWAYS, AID SO HAD REDUCED TO THE HINItlUH, 1NTEFEREKCE WITH PRIVATE LAID AID PROPERTY.

+THE RESULT HAS BEEN THAT, OUT OF 74 MAJOR SITES REQUIRED FOR THE FIRST FOUR STAGES, 64 WERE ALREADY THE PROPERTY OF THE CROWN AND INVOLVED KO PRIVATE PROPERTY AT ALL,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+1N FACT,+ THE SPOKESMAN CONTINUED, +FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE FIRST FOUR STAGES OF THE RAILWAY, THERE ARE ABOUT 30 OWNERS AND 250 TENANTS WHO WILL HAVE TO MOVE AID BE RE-HOUSED. OTHERS WILL OF COURSE BE AFFECTED BY THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE RAILWAY BUT THEY WILL KOT HAVE TO II0VE.+

THE SPOKESMAN WENT ON: +BECAUSE MOST OF THE RAILWAY WILL RUN UNDER PUBLIC OR EXISTING CROWN LAND, THERE WILL NOT BE EXTENSIVE OPERATIONS OR WORKS UNDER PRIVATE PROPERTY. WHERE IT DOES HAVE TO BE CARRIED OUT, COMPENSATION WILL BE PAID IF THE OWNER SUFFERS ANY LOSS.+

THE BILL PROVIDES FOR PLANS OF THE RAILWAY AREA TO BE PREPARED AND PUBLISHED BY THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS. THESE WILL BE DISPLAYED IN V/iRIOUS GOVERNMENT OFFICES INCLUDING THOSE OF CITY DISTRICT OFFICES. THE TERU +RAILWAY AREA+ KEANS THE AREA WITHIN WHICH LAND MAY BE RESUMED OR EASEMENTS CREATED FOR THE PURPOSE OF BUILDING AND RUNNING THE RAILWAY.

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THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES FOR TEN HEADS UNDER WHICH COMPENSATION IS TO BE PAYABLE AMD FOR A PROCEDURE TO BE FOLLOWED BY THOSE MAKING CLAIMS. UNDER THE BILL ANY CLAIMANT CAN DISCUSS HIS CLAIM DIRECT WITH THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS OR HIS REPRESENTATIVE, WHO HAY AQREE UITH THE CONSENT OF THE CLAIMANT TO SETTLE A CLAIM ADMINISTRATIVELY AND WITHOUT HAVING TO GO TO A TRIBUNAL.

WHERE A CLAIMANT AND THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS HAVE NOT REACHED AGREEMENT WITHIN FOUR MONTHS THE CLAIMANT HAS A R1C.HT TO GO TO THE LANDS TRIBUNAL TO DE SET UP UNDER THE RECENTLY PUBLISHED LANDS TRIBUNAL BILL, 1974. EXPERIENCE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM WITH A SIMILAR TRIBUNAL HAS SHOWN THAT IT CAN WORK SPEEDILY AND EFFECTIVELY IN THE INTERESTS OF PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS.

THE HONG KONG LANDS TRIBUNAL WILL BE A JUDICIAL BODY ASSISTED WHERE NECESSARY BY A PANEL OF OTHER PERSONS FROM OUTSIDE THE GOVERNMENT.

UNDER THE BILL NO ONE HAS A RIGHT TO OBJECT TO LAND BEING INCLUDED WITHIN THE RAILWAY AREA. THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THIS PROVISION UAS INTENDED TO ALLOW THE GOVERNMENT TO PURSUE THE BUILDING OF THE RAILWAY WITHOUT DELAY. TO CHANGE THE ALIGNMENT CF THE RAILWAY, HE POINTED OUT, WOULD RISK THROWING THE WHOLE PROJECT OUT OF GEAR WITH THE HOST SERIOUS ENGINEERING AND FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS.

WHERE IT IS NECESSARY TO CLOSE OR SUBSTANTIALLY ALTER STREETS, SHOPKEEPERS AID OTHERS HAY CLAIM COMPENSATION FOR PECUNIARY LOSS OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.

ON THE SUBJECT OF COMPENSATION FOR LOSSES CAUSED BY SUBSTANTIAL STREET WORKS, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED, PROVISIONS UNDER THIS BILL AND THE STREETS (ALTERATION) ORDINANCE ARE IN ADVANCE OF COMPENSATION PROVISIONS FOR ANY SIMILAR NUISANCES CAUSED BY THE CONSTRUCTION OF PUBLIC WORKS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

IN THE PREPARATION OF THE BILL, THE GOVERNMENT HAS GIVEN CAREFUL CONSIDERATION TO THE POSSIBILITY THAT IT HAY HAVE TO REFUSE APPROVAL OF BUILDING PLANS WHICH ARE INCOMPATIBLE UITH THE BUILDING OF THE RAILWAY.

IT IS HOPED THAT, WHEREVER POSSIBLE, AGREEMENT CAN EE REACHED BETWEEN THE TWO PARTIES WHICH WILL ALLOW RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION ARD THE DEVELOPMENT OF PROPERTY TO CO AHEAD HAND-IN-HAND, THE SPOKESMAN SAID. THE RE-DEVELOPMENT OF THE ALEXANDRA HOUSE SITE UAS A CASE IN POINT, HE ADDED.

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BUT, THE SPOKESMAN CONTINUED, WHERE BUILDING AND RE-DEVELOPHENT PLANS CLASHED WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE RAILWAY AND HAD TO EE REFUSED, THE TERNS OF THE HASS TRANSIT RAILWAY LAND RESUMPTION BILL WERE MO DIFFERENT FROM EXISTING PROCEDURES WHEREBY APPROVAL HAD TO BE REFUSED BECAUSE OF PUBLIC PROJECTS AND PLANS.

+HOWEVER,* HE SAID, +UNDER THIS. BILL, CERTAIN LOSSES ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE WITHDRAWAL OF APPROVAL OF BUILDING PLANS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR COMPENSATION. IN PRACTICE, THE DIRECTOR OF • PUBLIC WORKS WILL ALLOW PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT TO PROCEED WHEREVER POSSIBLE WITHOUT UNNECESSARY DELAY.*

THE SPOKESMAN WENT ON, +ANOTHER FEATURE OF THE BILL IS THAT THE LANDS TRIBUNAL WILL HAVE DISCRETIONARY POUERS TO AWARD INTEREST ON AN AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION FROM THE DATE IT CONSIDERS FAIR AND JUST. THIS SHOULD RESULT IN A CLAIMANT RECEIVING INTEREST ON COMPENSATION FROM THE TIME WHEN HE LOSES THE USE OF THE LAND OR WHEN DAtlAQE FIRST OCCURS.*

THE BILL ALSO SAYS THAT WHERE RESUMPTION RESULTS IN THE EXTINCTION OF ANY LEGAL RIGHT ENJOYED DY AN OWNER OF LAND THAT IS NOT ACTUALLY RESUMED, THERE CAN DE A CLAIM FOR COMPENSATION.

FINALLY, THE SPOKESMAN REITERATED, THE PURPOSE OF THE BILL IS TO PROVIDE FAIR AND JUST TERMS FOR THE ACQUISITION OF THE NECESSARY LAND FOR THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY AND TO CREATE THE CONDITIONS FOR THE RAILWAY TO BE BUILT.

z+I WOULD EMPHASISE,* HE CONCLUDED, +THAT MUCH OF THE LAND AND PROPERTY HAS ALREADY BEEN ACQUIRED AND THE BILL WILL ENADLE THE RAILWAY, WHICH IS AN ESSENTIAL FEATURE OF HONG KONG’S FUTURE TRANSPORT SYSTEM OF IMPORTANCE TO SO MANY PEOPLE, TO GO AHEAD WITHOUT FRUSTRATION AMD DELAY.*

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A NEW BILL OFFERING MOTORISTS A SIMPLE ALTERNATIVE METHOD OF PLEADING GUILTY TO CERTAIN EXISTING MOVING TRAFFIC OFFENCES IS TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SHORTLY.

THE BILL, KNOWN AS THE FIXED PENALTY (CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS) BILL 1974, UAS PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE FOR GENERAL INFORMATION.

THE ORIGINAL BILL, WHICH INCLUDED A DEMERIT POINT SYSTEM FOR CERTAIN TRAFFIC OFFENCES, WAS WITHDRAWN AS A RESULT OF PUBLIC COMMENTS ON IT.

THE NEW BILL IS LIMITED SOLELY TO A FIXED PENALTY SYSTEM AIMED AT STREAMLINING TRAFFIC OFFENCE PROCEDURES. THE NUMBER OF EXISTING OFFENCES COVERED BY THE BILL HAS BEEN CUT TO 73.

OF THESE 73 OFFENCES, THE AMOUNT OF FIXED PENALTY FOR 22 HAS ALSO BEEN REDUCED BY HALF. THE PENALTIES ARE $50 AND $100 EXCEPT FOR THE OFFENCE OF NOT IDENTIFYING THE DRIVER WHICH CARRIES A $200 PENALTY.

OFFENCES STRUCK OFF THE LIST FOR FIXED PENALTIES INCLUDE CARELESS DRIVING AND FAILING TO CARRY A DRIVING LICENCE KEEN , DRIVING- THE LATTER IS PROVIDED FOR IN SEPARATE AMENDING LEGISLATION AND WILL BE DEALT WITH ACCORDING TO EXISTING PROCEDURE

COMMENTING ON THE NEW BILL, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT TODAY THAT IT INTRODUCES NO MEW OFFENCES.

+THE FACT IS THAT THE OFFENCES FOR WHICH A MOTORIST COULD RECEIVE A FIXED PENALTY TICKET HAVE ALL ALONG BEEN IN EXISTENCE UNDER CURRENT LAW,+ HE SAID.

NOTHING WILL BE CHANGED EITHER AS FAR AS THE EXISTING PROCEDURE OF DISCHARGING CRIMINAL LIABILITY FOR A TRAFFIC OFFENCE IS CONCERNED, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE FIXED PENALTY SYSTEM WAS SIMPLY AN ALTERNATIVE WAY OF PLEADING GUILTY TO CERTAIN OFFENCES, AND IT DID NOT IN ANY WAY WHATSOEVER DEPRIVE THE MOTORIST OF HIS PRESENT RIGHT TO HAVE HIS CASE CONTESTED IN COURT.

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+THE MOTORIST CAN BY ALL MEANS OPT KOT TO PAY THE FIXED PENALTY, THUS EXERCISING HIS EXISTING PRIVILEGE TO HAVE HIS CASE DEALT WITH ACCORDING TO THE PRESENT PROCEDURE — THAT IS, HEARD IN COURT,+ HE SAID.

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+ IT WOULD THEREFORE BE WRONG TO INTERPRET THE FIXED PENALTY SYSTEM AS AN INFRINGEMENT OF THE PRESENT RIGHTS OF <A .MOTOR 1ST SINCE IT IS MERELY ANOTHER AND SIMPLER WAY FOR HIM TO DISCHARGE HIS CRIMINAL LIABILITY FOR A TRAFFIC OFFENCE.* HE ADDED.

UNDER THE BILL, A MOTORIST WHO COMMITS CERTAIN OFFENCES MAY BE GIVEN A PRELIMINARY FIXED PENALTY TICKET ON THE SPOT. THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A FORMAL DEMAND NOTICE SENT TO HIM BY POST REQUIRING PAYMENT WITHIN 21 DAYS.

IF HE FAILS TO PAY THE FIXED PENALTY WITHIN THE SPECIFIED PERIOD, A SUMMONS MAY BE SERVED ON HIM BY POST. THE BILL PROVIDES THAT COURTS CAN HEAR CASES IN THE ABSENCE OF THE DEFENDANT IF HE FAILS TO ANSWER A SUMMONS.

HOWEVER, THE DEFENDANT CAN STILL PAY THE FIXED PENALTY AFTER THE INSTITUTION OF PROCEEDINGS AGAINST HIM AS LONG AS HE PAYS NOT LATER THAN THREE DAYS BEFORE THE DATE FIXED FOR HEARING OF HIS CASE. IN THIS CASE, HE MUST ALSO PAY FIXED COSTS OF $25.

IF THE DEFENDANT, AFTER CONVICTION, REFUSES OR FAILS TO PAY A FINE IMPOSED BY THE COURT FOLLOWING NON-PAYMENT OF A FIXED PENALTY TICKET, THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT MUST REFUSE TO ISSUE, OR RENEW, THAT PERSON’S DRIVING LICENCE.

THE COMMISSIONER MUST ALSO REFUSE TO ISSUE OR RENEW THE LICENCE OF ANY VEHICLE OWNED BY THAT PERSON, OR REFUSE TO TRANSFER THE REGISTRATION OF ANY VEHICLELOWED BY HIK.

THESE PROHIBITIONS, HOWEVER, MILL CEASE AS SOON AS THE DEFENDANT PAYS THE FINE OR COSTS, OR IF RESERVES A TERM OF IMPRISONMENT FOR NON-PAYMENT, OR IF N1S COWIOTION IS fiUASHED ON APPEAL.

THE BILL EMPOWERS THE COMMISSIONED O' POLICETO WITHDRAW ANY TiCEKT QI VEN, AND PROVIDES FOR THE REPAYMENT OF A PENALTY PAID UNDER A WITHDRAWN NOTICE*

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INTRODUCTION OF LAMINATED DRIVING LICENCE CARDS NOVES A STEP CLOSER

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AN AMENDING BILL TO ENABLE THE PRESENT BOOKLET TYPE OF DRIVING LICENCES TO BE GRADUALLY REPLACED BY HANDY LAMINATED LICENCE CARDS WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SHORTLY.

THE PROPOSED LAMINATED FORM OF DRIVING LICENCES WILL PROVE MORE CONVENIENT TO LICENCE HOLDERS AS WELL AS TO THE AUTHORITIES ADMINISTERING LICENCE RECORDS.

FOR LICENCE HOLDERS, THE LAMINATED LICENCE CARD WILL BE MORE DURABLE AND MUCH EASIER TO CARRY. IT WILL ALSO REDUCE THE CHANCES OF FRAUD AND DAMAGE.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE SCHEME WILL HELP CUT DOWN MANUAL WORK AS IT WILL BE TIED IN WITH THE COMPUTERISATION OF THE HUGE AND GROWING NUMBER OF DRIVING LICENCE RECORDS, WHICH HITHERTO HAVE BEEN MANUALLY MAINTAINED. a.

THE BILL, THE ROAD TRAFFIC CAMENDMENT5 CHO. 25 BILL 1974, WHICH WAS GAZETTED TODAY, SEEKS TO PROVIDE CERTAIN LEGAL CHANGES THAT ARE NECESSARY FOR IMPLEMENTING THE SCHEME.

UNDER THESE CHANGES, ENDORSEMENTS AND DISQUALIFICATIONS ORDERED BY A COURT WILL BE ENTERED IN THE COMPUTERISED RECORDS AND NOT ON THE LICENCE ITSELF.

AFTER THE BILL IS PASSED INTO LAW, IT IS INTENDED THAT THE LAMINATED LICENCE CARDS HILL BE ISSUED ONLY ON INITIAL ISSUE, RENEWAL OF DRIVING LICENCES OR ON CHANGE OF PARTICULARS OF LICENCES. THERE WILL BE NO GENERAL CONVERSION OF THE BOOKLET FORM OF LICENCE TO A LAMINATED ONE. AS IT WOULD BE IMPRACTICABLE TO COPE WITH THE NUMBERS INVOLVED, IT IS NECESSARY TO STAGGER THE PROCESS OVER A PERIOD OF TIME.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY: +THERE ARE OVER 450,000 DRIVING LICENCE RECORDS UHICH HAVE HITHERTO BEEN MANUALLY MAINTAINED, AND THE NEED TO COMPUTERISE THIS ENORMOUS AND GROWING NUMBER OF RECORDS HAS LONG BEEN RECOGNISED.*-

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+AS A BY-PRODUCT OF THE SYSTEM, ALL FUTURE NEW OR REPLACEMENT DRIVING LICENCES WILL BE ISSUED AS A COMPUTERISED PRINT-OUT AND LATER LAMINATED TO PREVENT FRAUD,*- HE SAID.

IN RECENT MONTHS, HE SAID, DRIVING LICENCE HOLDERS MAY HAVE ALREADY OBSERVED THAT, UPON RENEWAL OF THEIR DRIVING LICENCE, SUCH A PRINT-OUT WAS ATTACHED TO THEIR LICENCE BOOKLET. THIS IS AN INTERMEDIATE STEP READY FOR FUTURE INTRODUCTION OF THE SCHEME, HE ADDED.

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SEVERANCE PAYMENT WILL, UNDER TWO DILLS GAZETTED TODAY, ENJOY THE SAME PRIORITY ACCORDED TO ARREARS OF WAGES OR SALARY UP TO A MAXIMUM OF $6,000 FOR AM EMPLOYEE IN THE EVENT OF THE BANKRUPTCY OR WINDING-UP OF THE EMPLOYER.

THE PROPOSED LEGISLATIONS, THE BANKRUPTCY CAMENDMENT) BILL 1974 AND THE COMPANIES CAMENDMENT) CKO. 2) DILL 1974 UH1CH WILL BE TABLED AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SHORTLY, ARE DESIGNED TO OFFER BETTER PROTECTION TO MANUAL AND LOUER PAID SALARIED WORKERS.

IT HAS BEEN DECIDED THAT IF IN A PARTICULAR CASE AM EMPLOYER DOES ROT HAVE ENOUGH ASSETS TO DISCHARGE ALL HIS LIABILITIES, SEVERANCE PAY SHOULD RANK EQUALLY WITH WAGES.

THE PRESENT POSITION REGARDING WAGES IS THAT PRIORITY IS ACCORDED FOR UP TO FOUR MONTHS ARREARS OF WAGES, SUBJECT TO AN OVERALL MAXIMUM OF $5,000. THE TWO NEW DILLS WILL, THEREFORE, AFFORD THE SAME PRIORITY TREATMENT TO SEVERANCE PAYMENTS PAYABLE UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

THESE BILLS, IN FACT, FOLLOW THE INTRODUCTION INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL LAST WEDNESDAY CJULY P THE EMPLOYMENT CAMENDMENT) CKO. 2) BILL 1974 WHICH SEEKS TO PROVIDE FOR SEVERANCE PAYMENTS ON REDUNDANCY.

THE EMPLOYMENT BILL ALSO ENVISAGES THAT QUESTION AS TO THE RIGHT OF AN EMPLOYEE TO A SEVERANCE PAYMENT OR THE AMOUNT OF SUCH PAYMENT MAY DE MADE THE SUBJECT OF A CLAIM REFERRED TO THE LABOUR TRIBUNAL FOR DETERMINATION.

TO ENSURE THAT THE TH I DUN AL WILL HAVE JURISDICTION TO ENTERTAIN SUCH CLAIMS, UH1CH MAY BE MADE BY AN EMPLOYEE OR AN EMPLOYER, THE SCHEDULE TO THE LABOUR TRIBUNAL ORDINANCE (CHAPTER 25> REQUIRES AMENDMENT.

IT IS PROPOSED TO EFFECT THIS AMENDMENT BY RESOLUTION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AFTER THE TWO NEU BILLS ARE ENACTED.

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, TODAY SAW MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS IN PROGRESS IN THE GARMENT INDUSTRY WHOSE MULTIMILLION DOLLAR EXPORTS MAKE IT A MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR TO HONG KONG’S ECONOMY.

CONCLUDING HIS CURRENT SERIES OF FACTORY VISITS, SIR MURRAY HADE A SHOP-FLOOR TOUR OF HANDAR.IH TEXTILES LTD, 60 TO KUA WAN ROAD, HUNG HOM,. WHERE 400 WORKERS ARE EMPLOYED ,• ON MAKING FASHION GARMENTS FOR WOMEN, MOSTLY FOR EXPORT.

HONG KONG’S GARMENT INDUSTRY, COMPRISING OVER 4000 FACTORIES, ACCOUNTS FOR JO PER CENT OF OUR TOTAL DOMESTIC EXPORTS, AND 31 PER CENT OF THE INDUSTRIAL LABOUR FORCE.

IT CURRENTLY EMPLOYS ABOUT 170,000 WORKERS,. PRODUCING A WIDE VARIETY OF QUALITY ITEMS. GARMENTS ACCOUNT FOR 76 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL EXPORTS OF THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY, WHICH NETTED HORE THAN $7,453 MILLION IM EXPORT EARNINGS LAST ’’ YEAR — AN INCREASE OP 20 PER CENT OVER 1972. .

THE UNITED STATES HAS CONSISTENTLY DEEN TOE LARGEST OVERSEAS MARKET FOR HONG KONG’S GARMENT EXPORTS, ACCOUNTING FOR MORE. THAN 30 PER CENT LAST YEAR. OTHER MAJOR MARKETS INCLUDE BRITAIN, THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY AND JAPAN.

TOE GOVERNOR WAS SHOWN ROUND THE MANDARIN FACTORY BY THE FIRM’S CHAIRMAN, MR. RONALD BRAND, AND THE GENERAL MANAGER, MR. E.J. VECCHIOTT1. SIR MURRAY WAS ACCOMPANIED BY HR. JIMMY .MCGREGOR, DEPUT/ DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, AMD MR. KEN YEUNG, PRINCIPAL TRADE OFFICER,' INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BRANCH*

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HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN HAS GRANTED PERMISSION FOR SIR ALBERT RODRIGUES AND SIR DOUGLAS CLAGUE TO BETAItl THE TITLE OF +HONOUARBLE+ ON THEIR RETIREMENT .FROM TOE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.

THE APPROVAL WAS ANNOUNCED -IN’A NOTICE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY. ,

SIR ALBERT HAD SERVED THE COUNCIL FOR 15 YEARS WHILE SIR DOUGLAS FOR 13 YEARS. BOTH RETIRED ,FROM THE COUNCIL AT THE END OF LAST MONTH. .

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A FOUR—MAN HONG KONG DELEGATION HEADED BY MR. LAWRENCE MILLS, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, LEFT FOR OTTAWA TODAY TO HOLD TEXTILE NEGOTIATIONS UITH THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT.

CANADA AT PRESENT IMPOSES RESTRAINTS ON A NUMBER OF TEXTILE PRODUCTS EXPORTED FROM HONG KONG.

THE NEGOTIATIONS ARE BEING HELD SO THAT THESE RESTRAINTS CAN BE RE-EXAMINED IN THE LIGHT OF THE NEU ARRANGEMENT COVERING INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN TEXTILES, WHICH REQUIRES HONG KONG TO RENEGOTIATE ALL ITS EXISTING TEXTILE AGREEMENTS.

THE THREE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG DELEGATION ARE MR. JOHN ROBERTS, MR. PETER KIANG AND HR. NICHOLAS YEX UHO ARE ENGAGED ON COMMERCIAL RELATIONS AMD QUOTA CONTROL WORK IN THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT.

MR. PETER TSAO, AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, ALSO LEFT TODAY FOR GENEVA TO ATTEND A MEETING CONVENED BY THE GATT (GENERAL AGREEMENT OH TARIFFS ARD TRADE) OH TEXTILE MATTERS OF INTEREST TO HONG KOKG.

HE WILL BE PRESENT AT A MEETING OF THE TECHNICAL GROUP OF THE GATT TEXTILE COMMITTEE. THE PURPOSE OF THE MEETING IS TO DISCUSS WAYS IN WHICH INFORMATION RELATING TO INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN TEXTILES SHOULD EE ASSEMBLED DY PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES FOR COLLATION DY THE GATT SECRETARIAT AMD CONSIDERATION DY THE TEXTILE COMMITTEE.

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A ONE-DAY REFRESHER COURSE FOR j60 PRIMARY SCHOOL MUSIC TEACHERS WILL BE HELD IN THE LECTURE THEATRE OF THE C.RAHTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION IN GASCOIGNE ROAD TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE TEACHERS WILL BE INTRODUCED TO THE COURSE BY MR. JOHN DUNN, PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR (MUSIC), EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

CLASSMADE INSTRUMENTS — SUCH AS XYLOPHONES, PIPES AND DRUMS — WILL BE ON DISPLAY AND THEIR USE DEMONSTRATED BY A GROUP OF CHILDREN.

THESE INSTRUMENTS WSiJE MADE BY MUSIC TEACHERS DURING TWO WORKSHOPS LAST MONTH.

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

THE COURSE BEGINS AT 9*30 A.fl. TOMORROW BUT THE ACTUAL TIME OF DEMONSTRATION CF THE INSTRUMENTS IS AT 10 A.M.

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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 WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEUNG SHA WAN, KOULOON:

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE OF RICE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY) KODE

CHINA RICE SEE MEW • - OLD CROP / . 1 1 • .

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A1 SUPER WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD GOOD 1.57 1,82

U.S. RICE GOOD 1.87

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD , 1.84

PAKISTAN RICE * TAIWAN RICE 9 4 U • •

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AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY - NORMAL

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK C$/PICUL-LI VE WEIGHT) - 310 CAVERAGE)

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

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SPECIES OF SUPPLY HIGH LOW MODE

GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 3.40 2.00 2.80

BIG-EYES GOOD 2.50 0.70 1.70

SQUID LIMITED 7.CO 2.50 5.30

HAIR-TAILS NORMAL 1.C0 0.70 1.30

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 2.50 1.20 1.80

CROAKERS • LIMITED .1.70 0.80 1.20

CONGER-PIKE-EELS LIMITED 1.80 1.20 ■1.50

MELON COAT

BREAMS LIMITED 4.80 3.00 4.00

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 1.00 0.50 1.30 •

MACKERELS NORMAL 3.50 2.00 3.30

RED GOAT FISH LIMITED 0.00 0.40 0.60

FORK-TAIL •»

HORSE-HEAD GOOD 4.50 2.50 3.50

MELON SEED GOOD 2.30 0.00 1.50

POMFRETS ••

GAROUPAS NORMAL 7.. 50 5.00 6.50

YELLOW CROAKER SCARCE 6.00 5.20 5.50

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TYPE OF AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY>

VEGETABLE OF SUPPLY HIGH LOU KODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE SCARCE 2.50 0.80 1.50

WHITE CABBAGE SCARCE 2.40 0.50 1.60

CHINESE LETTUCE SCARCE 2.00 1.00 1.50

WATER SPINACH NORMAL 1.00 0.20 0.60

CHINESE KALE SCARCE . 2.00 0.80 1.50

STRING BEANS SCARCE 3.00 0.80 2.20

SPRING ONION GOOD • 1.00 0.20 0.60 '

SPINACH

WATER CRESS SCARCE 2.60 1.00 • 1.80

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE LIMITED 2.00 0.60 0.80

CHINESE SPINACH NORMAL 1.20 0.50 0.80

TOMATO SCARCE 2.60 1.20 2.00

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LEAliET on TIIUnKOSTOmi MID HEAVY tlAftl UAtltliMS MD PRECAUTIONS...........................y.»<■••••••

SERVICE CAMPS FOR CITY YOUTH .............••••.........

HONG KONG DELEGATION TO. ATTEND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SOCIAL WELFANE HI NAIROBI .......

CALL FOR CONSOLIDATION OF CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES ......

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hong kokg’s rapid expansion has cvqstantially imweased THE DIVERSITY AND PERPLEXITY OF FILE HAZARDS, l.HICII PRESENT A GROWING MENACE TO THE POPULATION, ilj. FEED JACKSON, GRIEF FIRE OFFICER FOR THE HEU TERRITORIES, SAID TODAY.

HE WAS ADDRESSING A PARADE AT THE FIRE SERVICES TRAINING SCHOOL, PAT HEUNG, TO MARIC THE PASSING OUT, AT WE END OF A 26 WEEK COURSE, OF 20 ASSISTANT STATION OFFICERS.

HR. JACKSON SAID: +HONG KONG, UITH ITS VAST DUILT UP AREAS, HAS EXPANDED AT A FRIGHTENING PACE IN A RELATIVELY SHORT TIME, SUBSTANTIALLY INCREASING THE DIVERSITY AID PERPLEXITY OF FIRE HAZARDS, UH ICH PRESENT AH EVER PRESENT AND GROWING MENACE TO OUR FOUR HILLION-PLUS POPULATION.

+LARQE KUK3ERS OF RESIDENTIAL, INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL HIGH-RISE PROPERTIES, DADLY OBSTRUCTED STREETS, DIVERSIFICATION OF PRODUCTS ARD INDUSTRIES AND WE EVER INCREASING ADVANCE OF TECHNOLOGY OFFER A HEU CHALLENGE EVERY DAY.*

HE MARKED THE OFFICERS THAT THEIR LIVES WOULD NOT EE EASY, ADDING THAT, AT TIMES, THEY COULD HAVE CAUSE TO WONDER CHAT THEY HAD COT THEMSELVES INTO.

+L1ADLE FOR CALL OUT AT ANY MINUTE OF ANY DAY, HO MATTER WHAT THE WEATHER, OR TYPE OF INCIDENT, YCJR DISCIPLINE, COURAGE AND 03VI0US DEEP INTEREST WILL TAKE YOU TO A C.REAT KUK2ER OF DIFFERENT AND DIFFICULT INCIDENTS, AT HOST TILES TO PEOPLE IN TROUBLE,+ HR. JACKSON SAID. +THEY WILL LOCK TO YOU FOR KELP, GUIDANCE, UNDERSTANDING AND ASSISTANCE, AMD THEIR NEEDS IN TIMES OF STRESS AND STRAIN WILL, 1 KNOW, RECEIVE THE SYMPATHETIC, EUT FIRN RESPONSE WHICH THIS SERVICE HAS DEEN GIVING FOR OVER THE PAST ONE HUNDRED YEARS.+

THE PARADE, THE 18TH FOR OFFICERS SINCE THE SCHOOL OPENED IN I960, WAS THE LARGEST SO FAR. IN ADDITION TO THE SQUAD OF ASSISTANT STATION OFFICERS, ALSO.TAKING PART IN WE CEREMONY WERE SEVEN SQUADS OF TRAINEE FIREMEN AMD ONE SQUAD OF TRAINEE AMBULANCEMEN. THEY ARE DUE TO PASS CUT IN A FEU SEEKS.

MR. UOKG MAN-CHIU, ASSISTANT DIVISIONAL OFFICER, COMMANDED THE PARADE.

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DAY, JU"Y 6, 1974.

EOU TO PROTECT YC'RSELF AIT PROPERTY

during tru.kl'EIistorl's and : ;vy hails

THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY HAS PREPARED A SPECIAL LEAFLET ON THUNDERSTORM Af.D HEAVY RAIN L* •'.?.*!’KOS TO RANT T. E .PUB’ IC SETTER ACQUAINTED UlTii THEIR KEAHHK', AND KU". J TO I "U..3 TO TKEK.

~ :e leaflet, in cot: eno.lis:: and ttuaihg item and

HOU THE UARHH.G3 APE ISSUED AND Ui ",T FLU.NS T.UULD EE TAKEN TO PROTECT LIFE AND FNCFERTY.

during the i:orrn:s fron afril to sfpt-—er, a:j average of HIKE TtlUNDERSTCRK3 OCCURS EVERY KD.LTi’, T. LEAFLET POINTS OUT. SUFFER RAINFALL OFT*?; ELCC.'-JS 53 HH I’.l A. ’ UR AND CAN REAGH CELL OVER 1C3 HR All ECU?,. TIE HIGHEST E-.. .DKCED INSTANTANEOUS RATE CF RAINFALL IN liO.’IG ItO..?, IS 513 ii.I PER K.'JR.

THE OBJECT CF THE UAP.RIIIGS IS TO GIVE BLURT TERU NOTICE OF THE LIKELIHOOD CF TNUiEERST.KiiS C2 HEAVY Ci! T.JS CONTEXT 'i.EA'.Y RAIN’ IS TAKEN TO CE 53 KJ CRN : • 1 i/CO THAT r.___:.3 CF TEE PUBLIC CAR TALE FAZ'JAUTI ;..ZC..._3.

A TEUDERSTORil, EEAVY RAlii CR TUULT.TZSfOZ:: A iD HEAVY RAIN UARHItiq IS ISSUED AS COS'! AS IT IS EL.'LUTO C3CUR It! AI’Y PART OF EOiiG EONS A..D IS LIKELY TO PERSIST A; 0 AFFECT OTHER AREAS.

L’.L'EIK’GS ARE CROABCAST CY RADIO AJO TV STATIONS. Ti.'EY CAN ALSO CE PASSED GY THE TELEPHONE COIiPAHY, PC?. AH A’ "JAL CIARCE, DIRECTLY TO T’jCUE l.’.’JD i.UED TO TALE SPECIAL ACT LOH IH T..Z EVEHT CF ■niUI^-uSTUCHS Cll HEAVY RAIN.

HEAVY RAIH CAN CAUSE LANDSLIDES AND FLOOD IL’S, AND THE LEAFLET EKPHASISES THAT E’-OjlEFEES, AEDNITL -TS, CCHTRACTCRS AND OT..-..S COlIUEuNED SHOULD T.JIE E'.L;..' KLU_U rLZDA'JTION. DRAINS AND CUTTERS SHOULD EE CLEARED AND CREELED FOR CANACE.

IT ALSO LISTS SO’ E SKiPLE SAFETY RULL3 TD AVOID LIGHTNING UHICH CAN CAUSE DEATH DY CLEOTROCUTICN, I'A ACE ELECTRICAL IHST/lLLATICHS Ai.D CAUSE FILLS.

SOKE SAFETY RULES Z”E:

Tf STAY INDOOR. DON’T VENTURE CUTS IDE Ui .TESS ABSOLUTELY KECECCARY.

J$ SEEK SKELTER IN GUILD I HRS IF YCU HALFEN TO CE HOP. KING CUTSIDE.

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REMEMBER: LIGHTNING USUALLY TAKES THE SHORTEST PATH TO EARTH, SO IT IS VERY DANGEROUS TO STAND CM AMY HILL TOP OR NEAR ANY HIGHLY CONDUCTIVE OBJECT. KEEP AUAY FROM TREES DY LIGHTNING.

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THE YOUTH WORK UNIT OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAS ORGANISED A SERIES OF SIX CAMPING PROJECTS IN THE COUNTRYSIDE FOR CITY YOUTH.

THE CAMPING TRIPS, WHICH VARY FROM THREE TO SIX DAYS, WILL BE HELD FROM JULY 20 UNTIL AUGUST 25 IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE NEU TERRITORIES.

THREE OF THE CAMPS WILL BE OF THE RURAL SERVICE TYPE IN WHICH THE CAMPERS WILL MEET WITH VILLAGERS AND FARMERS AND HELP TO ORGANISE RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR THEM OR BUILD FOOTPATHS AND SO OH.

THE VENUES FOR THESE CAMPS WILL BE TUEN MUN, MA WAN AND TAI PO PING LONG VILLAGE.

TWO OTHER CAMPS WILL BE TO THE CHUEN LUNG FORESTRY AREA AND THE TAI PO KAU FORESTRY AREA IN WHICH PARTICIPANTS WILL PLANT TREES, CLEAN FOOTPATHS AND GENERALLY LEARN ABOUT NATURE.

THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS IN THESE CAMPS WILL VARY

FROM 20 TO 60* THE REMAINING CAMP IS FOR A GROUP OF HANDICAPPED YOUNG PEOPLE AND WILL BE HELD AT THE DEPARTMENT'S ROTARY YOUTH CENTRE IN FANNING*

IN ALL THESE PROJECTS, THE YOUTH WORK UNIT IS BEING ASSISTED BY MEMBERS OF ITS SELF-PROGRAMMING GROUP.

THE CAMPS ARE OPEN TO YOUNG PEOPLE FROM 17 TO 25

YEARS OF AGE AND APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE OFFICES OF THE YOUTH WORK UNIT ON THE TOP FLOOR OF THE KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 405 NATHAN ROAD, CTEL. 3-884111 EXT. 331), OR ROOM 908, CAUSEWAY BAY MAGISTRACY BUILDING, HONG KONG, CTEL. 5“7124o7).

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H.K. DELEGATION TO ATTEND SOCIAL WELFARE CONFERENCE IN HAIF.ODI

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HR. THOMAS C.Y. LEE, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, WILL BE LEAVING TOMORROW (SUNDAY) FOR NAIROBI, KENYA, TO ATTEND THE XVIITH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE C.’I SOCIAL WELFARE. MR. LEE WILL REPRESENT THE HONGKONG GOVERNMENT.

OTHER DELEGATES FROM HONG KONG INCLUDE REPRESENTATIVES

FROM THE TWO UNIVERSITIES, THE INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL WORK TRAINING, HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE AND OTHER VOLUNTARY AGENCIES. THERE ARE ALTOGETHER 23 DELEGATES.

THE CONFERENCE BEGINS ON JULY 14 AND WILL CONTINUE UNTIL

JULY 20, BUT BEFORE THAT, A NUMBER OF THE DELEGATES WILL ALSO BE ATTENDING THE INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF SCHOOLS OF SOCIAL

WORK FROM JULY 6 TO 9.

THE THEME OF THE NAIROBI CONFERENCE IS +DEVELOPM.EMT AND PARTICIPATION - OPERATIONAL IMPLICATIONS FOR SOCIAL UELFARE+, AND IN CONNECTION WITH TEE CONFERENCE, NON?, KONG WILL BE TAKING PART IN AN EXHIBITION IN NAIROBI TO ILLUSTRATE THE MANY SOCIAL WELFARE ACTIVITIES IN HONG KONG. RELATED TO THIS THEME.

MR. LEE WILL CHAIR ONE OF THE COMMISSIONS ENTITLED: +IMPLICATIONS FOR TRAINING AND EDUCATION IN THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF PARTICIPATION IN DEVELOPMENT*.

THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL ON SOCIAL WEFARE CICSU) ORGANIZES THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE BIENNIALLY IN DIFFERENT CITIES OF THE WORLD. THE ICSU IS A PERMANENT WORLD ORGANIZATION FOR INDIVIDUALS AND AGENCIES CONCERNED WITH TEE SOCIAL WELFARE OF PEOPLE. IT IS AH INDEPENDENT, KOII-COVERMNEHTAL, NOH-POLITICAL AND NON—SECTAR IAN BODY WHICH PROVIDES AH INTERNATIONAL FORUM FOR THE DISCUSSION OF SOCIAL WEFARE AND BELATED ISSUES.

HONG KONG HAS BEEN ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN THIS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE.

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FURTHER CONSOLIDATION OF CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES URGED X X X X X X X

THE PROCESS QOF CONSOLIDATION IN HONG KONG'S CO-OPERATIVE MOVEMENT, WHICH HAS REMAINED +REASONABLY HEALTHY+ SINCE ITS BEGINNING IN 1952, SHOULD BE CONTINUED AND IN A VERY LOGICAL PATTERN.

THIS WAS THE OPINION EXPRESSED BY MR. E.H. NICHOLS, DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, WHEN HE ADDRESSED THE GATHERING AT THE CELEBRATION DINNER PARTY OF THE 52NO INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATIVE DAY HELD AT THE GOOD DATES RESTAURANT THIS (SATURDAY) EVENING.

HE STRONGLY ADVOCATED THAT ALL THE PRIMARY PRODUCER SOCIETIES SHOULD EXPAND THEIR SCOPE TO COVER THE WIDEST POSSIBLE AREAS FOR CO-OPERATIVE ACTION, NAMELY, IN THE JOINT PURCHASE OF INPUTS, THE PROVISION OF CREDIT FACILITIES AND ASSISTANCE IN MARKETING AND OTHER SERVICES TO THE FARMER OR FISHERMAN.

♦WHOLESALE PURCHASE OF INPUTS, THROUGH THE SOCIETY, CAN ' ONLY STRENGTHEN THE ECONOMIC STATUS OF THE INDIVIDUAL MEMBER,+ HE SAID.

MR. NICHOLS ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THERE WAS ROOM FOR PHYSICAL AND MANAGERIAL CONSOLIDATION BY THE MERGING OF SOCIETIES. +IN THIS WAY THEY CAN COMMAND BOTH A GREATER CAPITAL BASE AND AN INCREASED MEMBERSHIP.*

THE MANAGERIAL MERGER OF THE FEDERATIONS OF FISHERMEN’S SOCIETIES, BASED ON VARIOUS PORTS, AS +NEW LOOK+ STRENGTHENED SOCIETIES HE SAID, WOULD ECONOMISE IN TERMS OF MANAGEMENT, SERVICES AND SO ON.

HE ADDED THAT IN BOTH THE SPHERES OF FISHERIES AND FARMING, HIS STAFF .WOULD ALWAYS BE TOO PLEASED TO ADVISE ARD ASSIST IN ANY SUCH ORGANISATION AS THE SOCIETIES MIGHT WISH TO CONTEMPLATE.

MR. NICHOLS WENT ON TO SAY THAT IF THE CHALLENGE OF AMALGAMATION

WERE ACCEPTED, THE CREDIT-WORTHINESS OF THE ENLARGED

SOCIETY WOULD BE ENHANCED. +IT SHOULD ALSO EECOIIE POSSIBLE FOR THE SOCIETY TO EMPLOY MORE QUALIFIED AID EORE HlOHLY-PAID MANAGEMENT STAFF TO LOOK AFTER THEIR AFFAIRS WHICH IN ITSELF WOULD ALLEVIATE THE PRESENT PRESSURE ON SOCIETY COMMITTEE HEISERS.+ HE NOTED.

+1N OTHER WORDS, WELL-MANAGED, SUCCESSFUL SOCIETIES SHOULD ATTRACT NEW MEMBERS, WHO SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED PROVIDING THEY ARE PREPARED TO DO THEIR SHARE IN ADVANCING SOCIETY BUSINESS SO THAT ULTIMATELY THE CO-OPERATIVE MOVEMENT HAS A STRONG

■ AND INCREASING VOICE IN LOCAL AFFAIRS,* SAID MR. NICHOLS.

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NEW PROCEEURES FOR RENEWING ERIVING LICENCE ...........

REGULAR INSPECTION OF VENTILATION SYSTEMS A ••CUST” FOR ALL BUILDING OWNERS...............................

MINI-ZOO AT BOTANIC CAREENS BEING EXPANEED ...........

KU THOMAS LEE CHUN-YON APPOINTED AS DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL

WELFARE ..............................................

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1 Sunday; july 7, 1974

MENTAL PATIENTS PRODUCE OWN +HOUSE+ MAGAZINE \ ft ft ft ft ft ft

PATIENTS AT THE CASTLE PEAK HOSPITAL HAVE JUST PRODUCED THEIR OWN 24-PAQE +HOUSE+ JOURNAL, AND THE EFFORT HAS BEEN . WELCOMED BY THE STAFF AS A MAJOR CHALLENGE SUCCESSFULLY MET.

CALLED THE +CASTLE PEAK HOSPITAL MAGAZINE,+ IT IS A BI-LINGUAL PUBLICATION WHICH THE PATIENTS HOPE WILL EVENTUALLY APPEAR AT REGULAR INTERVALS. ' j

THE HOSPITAL’S MEDICAL SUPERINTENDENT SAYS IN A FOREWORD: + IT IS GRATIFYING TO SEE THE RENEWED PUBLICATION OF OUR V PATIENTS’ OWN MAGAZINE WHICH FIRST APPEARED IN 1956, BUT WAS DISCONTINUED IN 1S6?.

+THE PRESENT ISSUE CONTAINS ESSAYS WRITTEN, AND PICTURES DRAWN, BY THE PATIENTS THEMSELVES.+

HE CONGRATULATES THE STAFF OF THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY DEPARTMENT FOR THEIR +INITIATIVE AND HARD WORK IN HELPING THE PATIENTS TO COMPLETE THIS TASK.+

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HE IS ALSO LOOKING FORWARD TO THE TIME WHEN THE MAGAZINE WILL +FORM A PLATFORM FOR OUR PATIENTS TO EXPRESS THEIR FEELINGS AS WELL AS THEIR ARTISTIC TALENTS.+

THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST WRITES IN AN +ACKNOWLEDGEMENT+ THAT AT THE END OF 1973, THE STUDY-ROOM PATIENTS DECIDED TO RENEW PUBLICATION OF A MODEST VEHICLE DESIGNED TO.PROVIDE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR A DISPLAY OF LITERARY POTENTIAL WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE FIND NO OUTLET.

+IT HAS PROVED A MAMMOTH TASK,+ SHE COMMENTS.

BUT THE-RESULT MAKES THE WORK APPEAR WORTHWHILE. \

TYPED ON STENCILS, AND GLUED TOGETHER, THE MAGAZINE HAS AN ILLUSTRATED COVER. THE MARGINS OF SOME PAGES ARE DECORATED, ALTHOUGH ONLY IN BLACK AND WHITE.

ONE DRAWING, OF THREE LITTLE BIRDS.ON A BRANCH, SUGGESTS AN AVIARY OF CANARIES, AND ANOTHER SHOUS A HOUSE IN A RURAL r SETTING, WHICH COULD BE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.

THESE ARE ROUGH SKETCHES AFTER THE STYLE OF YOUNG AMATEURS, BUT THEY BETRAY A YEARNING TO PROJECT SOME FORM OF IMPRESSION ONTO PAPER IN RESPONSE TO SONE STIMULUS CONCEALED IN A RECESS OF THE SUB-CONSCIOUS.

ONE PATIENT EVEN ATTEMPTS A CROSSWORD IN CHINESE, AND PROVIDES THE ANSWER ON ANOTHER PAGE.

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OF 19 ESSAYS, NINE ARE IN ENGLISH. ONE, ENTITLED +THE PLEASURE OF READING,* CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING PASSAGE* +MANY PEOPLE READ ON THE BUS AND FERRIES, AND READING WILL BECOME ONE OF THEIR HOBBIES. AS FOR MYSELF, 1 LIKE THE JOY OF READING VERY MUCH. FROM READING 1 LEARN MANY THINGS, AND I SOMETIMES GO TO THE LIBRARIES TO BORROW MY FAVOURITE BOOKS TO READ AT HOME.*

ANOTHER ESSAY, +THE THOUGHT OF BEING A STUDENT,* CASTS A NOSTALGIC LOOK AT WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN, FOR THE WRITER, THE RECENT PAST.

HE WRITES: +ALTHOUGH THE LIFE OF A STUDENT IS HARD, ESPECIALLY IN TIME OF TESTS AND EXAMS, I REALLY ENJOY BEING ONE BECAUSE I HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT 1 HAVE TO LIVE IN SOCIETY.

+A STUDENT SHOULDERS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE THE WORLD PROGRESS.*

PROCEDURES FOR RENEWAL OF DRIVING LICENCES

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TODAY REMINDED REGISTERED VEHICLE OWNERS AND APPLICANTS FOR DRIVING LICENCES THAT THEY MUST BRING ALONG THEIR IDENTITY CARD WHENEVER THEY MAKE AN APPLICATION AT ITS LICENSING OFFICES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED THAT THE DRIVING LICENCE RECORDS AND VEHICLE REGISTER MAINTAINED BY THE DEPARTMENT INCLUDE AN ITEM RELATING TO THE IDENTITY OF THE PERSON, AND NORMALLY THE HONG KONG IDENTITY CARD WAS USED FOR IDENTITY PURPOSES.

IN ORDER TO AVOID INCONVENIENCE AND UNNECESSARY DELAY, HE SAID, THE APPLICANT MUST BRING ALONG HIS IDENTITY CARD TO BE PRODUCED WHEN HE APPLIES*

♦SHOULD HE APPLY THROUGH THE MAIL, HIS IDENTITY CARD MUST ALSO BE ENCLOSED. WHEN PROCESSING IS FINISHED, IT WILL BE RETURNED TO HIM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BY REGISTERED POST OR BY RECORDED DELIVERY TO ENSURE IT WON’T GET LOST,+ HE SAID.

FOR IDENTITY PURPOSES IN LIEU OF THE HONG KONG IDENTITY CARD, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL ACCEPT A PASSPORT ONLY IN CASES WHERE THE APPLICANT HAS NOT REGISTERED WITH THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS DEPARTMENT.

♦FOR THOSE WHO ARE EXEMPTED FROM REGISTRATION UNDER THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS ORDINANCE, THEIR NORMAL MEANS OF IDENTITY WILL BE REQUIRED,* HE SAID.

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VENTILATION SYSTEMS MUST DE INSPECTED REGULARLY

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE FIDE SERVICES DEPARTMENT TCDAY REMINDED BUILDING OWNERS OF THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENT 70 HAVE THEIR ' VENTILATION SYSTEMS CHECKED THOROUGHLY AT LEAST ONCE EVERY TWELVE MONTHS. . ' .

THE REQUIREMENT APPLIES TO AMY SYSTEM CONTAINING DUCTS WHICH PASS THROUGH VALLS, FLOORS OR CEILINGS. • * »

+THE REGULATIONS GOVERNING VENTILATION SYSTEMS ARE DESIGNED TO ENSURE THAT MACHINERY FILTERS AND TRUNKING ARE KEPT FREE FROM INHERENT FIRE R1SK,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID, +AMD ALSO TO ENSURE THAT, WHEN A DUCT COES PASS THROUGH A WALL, FLCCR OR CEILING. THE POINT OF PENETRATION IS PROTECTED DY A FIRE RESISTING DAMPER WHICH CLOSES IF THERE IS A F1RE.+ WITHOUT THIS PROTECTION, A FIRE ORIGINATING IN ORE PART OF A BUILDING COULD SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE BUILDING VIA THE DUCTS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT SMOKE WAS ALSO L PARTICULAR HAZARD IN THE EVENT OF A FIRE. +UHERE CONDITIONED AID CAM PASS, SO CAM SMOKE, UNLESS THE DAMPERS ARE IM GOOD WORKING ORDER AND IN POSIT ION, + HE POINTED OUT.11

+FOR THESE REASONS, IN THE INTERESTS OF FIRE PREVENTION AND FIRE SAFETY, UE URGE OWNERS TO COMPLY WITH THE REGULATIONS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE REGULATIONS REFERRED TO ARE THE BUILDING CVENTILATION SYSTEM) REGULATIONS AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES ORDINANCE. THE FORMER MAS AMENDED IN 1971, WHEN RESPONSIBILITY FOR ENSURING THAT A VENTILATION SYSTEM INSTALLATION WAS OPERATING PROPERLY TRANSFERRED FROM THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES TO THE OWNER, ALTHOUGH THE FIRE SERVICES STILL CONDUCTS INSPECTIONS TO SEE THAT SYSTEMS ADE EEING MAINTAINED SATISFACTORILY. *

THE SPOKESMAN SAID A LIST OF CONTRACTORS QUALIFIED TO CARRY OUT CHECKS ON VENTILATION SYSTEMS AND CERTIFY THAT THE FIRE DAMPERS, AIR FILTERS AND PRECIPITATORS ARE IN EFFICIENT WORKING ORDER IS KEPT IN ALL FIRE STATIONS. THE LIST, CONTAINING THE HAMES AND ADDRESSES OF G7 CONTRACTORS Hl HONG KONG, KOULOON AND THE NEU TERRITORIES, IS AVAILABLE FOR PERUSAL BY THE PUBLIC.

+IF BUILDING OWNERS ARE'IN ANY DOUBT ABOUT THEIR VENTILATION ’ SYSTEM, + THE SPOKESMAN SAID, +UE RECOMMEND THEY CONSULT THE LIST TO FIND THEIR NEAREST CONTRACTOR AND DISCUSS THE MATTER WITH HIM.*

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MIN I-ZOO BEING EXPANDED It » X ft ft ft

.HONG KONG'S MINI-ZOO AT THE BOTANIC GARDENS IS UNDERGOING MAJOR EXTENSION WORKS TO PROVIDE LARGER AID BETTER HONES FOR THE WILD MAMMALS AND BIRDS ON EXHIBIT.

UNDER THE $600,000 PROJECT, THE HOKES FOR WILD MAMMALS ARE BEING MADE TEN TIMES LARGER THAN THEY ARE NOW, WHILE THE AVIARY WILL BE TWICE ITS PRESENT SIZE.

ALTOGETHER, TEN INDIVIDUAL ENCLOSURES FOR WILD MAMMALS HAVE BEEN BUILT AW SOME OF THE HAH । S, INCLUDING A BOUNCING BABY APE, HAVE ALREADY MOVED INTO ji'i-JElR 'KEU HOLES.

UHEN ALL OF THEM HAVE MOVED, T»-’E OLD CAGES UILL BE CONVERTED INTO A BREEDING AND EXHIBITION AREA FOR ASIATIC BLACK BEARS.

THIS WILL PROBABLY HAKE THE MOTHER DEAR HAPPY BECAUSE SHE HAS LOST ALL FOUR OF HER BABIES SO FAR, THE REASON BEING LACK OF SPACE FOR HER TO BE ISOLATED DURING AND AFTER PREGNANCY.

ACCORDING TO THE CURATOR, MR. JOHN ROKER, THE EXTENSION ALSO PROVIDES ROOM FOR HORE ANIMALS TO BE KEPT THERE IN FUTURE. NEW ADDITIONS MAY INCLUDE MARMOSETS, DIANA MONKEYS, GIBBONS AND CELEBES APES.

EXTENSION WORK ON THE AVIARY, TO HAKE IT TWICE AS BIG AS NOW, IS ALSO IN AN ADVANCED STAGE.

THE WORK MAINLY INVOLVES THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN OPEN ENCLOSURE ADJACENT TO THE EXISTING CAGES. THIS WILL ENABLE THE PRESENT COLLECTION OF FLAMINGOES, CRANES AMD WATERFOWL TO BE INCREASED.

THE HONOURARY CURATOR OF THE AVIARY, DR. KENNETH SEARLE, SAID A LOT OF THE WORK WOULD BE DEVOTED TO DECORATING THE NEW. ENCLOSURE WITH FLOWERS AND TREES. THIS WILL INCLUDE A LILY POND.

AT PRESENT, THE AVIARY HOUSES ABOUT 700 BIRDS OF OVER 300 SPECIES.

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HEU DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE APPOINTED

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HR. THOMAS LEE CHUM-YON HAS EFEN APPOINT'D DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELSARE, IT WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY.

MR. LEE, 50, IS CURRENTLY DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE AND IS THE FIRST DEPARTMENTAL OFFICER TO EE APPOINTED TO HEAD THE DEPARTMENT.

HE UILL TAKE OVER FROM ER. KER.' ETH TCPLEY UNO IS CUE TO ASSUME HIS HEW POST AS DIRECTOR OF EDU1ATICII TOWARDS THE

END OF t^XT MONTH.

HR. LEE HOLDS A D.A. CHONS) DECREE FROM THE LONDON UNIVERSITY, A BACHELOR CF SOCIAL UCLA CFir.,7 CLASS HONOURS) DEGREE ARD A MASTER DECREE OF SOCIAL UTu.C FALL. TLE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO.

HE FIRST JOINED THE. SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IN SEPTEMBER 1952 AS AH ASSISTANT PRCLAT1ON OFFICER. HE WAS PROMOTED TO PROBATION OFFICER IN 1957, FR1LCIPAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER IN 1S5j, SENIOR. PR INC J.’AL E-SIAL WELFARE OFFICER IN 1967, ASSISTANT DI..ECTOR CF SOCIAL l.ELFARE IN AUGUST 1970 AND DEPUTY DIRECTOR CF SOCIAL WELFARE IN SEPTEMBER THE FOLLOWING YEAR.

HR. LEE IS HARRIED WITH FIVE CHILDREN.

NOTE TO EDITORS: COPIES OF HR. LEE'S PHOTOGRAPH ARE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION F.~o:i TLE G.I.S. PRESS ROOM, 6171 FLOOR, DEACOHSFIELD HOUSE.

PRH 7

CONTENTS

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COMMODITIES

WITH

MINI TOWN

WEEK

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

I'OKDAY, JULY 8, 1974

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TSINQ YI TO BE DEVELOPED INTO MODERN SUFFICIENT EMPLOYMENT AND HOUSING FOR 160,000

LAUNCHING OF '’KNOWING OUR NEW TERRITORIES

AMBULANCE SERVICE SETS NEW RECORD

AIRPORT DUTY FREE CONCESSION CONTRACT AWARDED

DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD

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MONDAY, JULY 8, 1974

TSING YI ISLAND DEVELOPMENT MODERN ’MINI—TOWN’ FOR 160,000 PEOPLE »»»»*»

TSING YI ISLAND IS TO BE DEVELOPED INTO A SELF-CONTAINED -TOWNSHIP WITH SUFFICIENT EMPLOYMENT AND HOUSING FOR AN ESTIMATED POPULATION OF 160,000 IN ABOUT TEN YEARS TIME.

TO MAKE THIS VISION A REALITY, GOVERNMENT PLANNERS HAVE DRAWN UP PROPOSALS TO TURN PART OF THE ISLAND FROM AN ALMOST BARREN TERRITORY INTO AN INDUSTRIAL TOUNSHIP.

THE SIGNIFICANCE BEHIND THE TSING YI DEVELOPMENT SCHEME IS THE GRADUAL INDUSTRIALISATION OF THE ISLAND, • WITH PARTICULAR EMPHASIS ON HEAVY AND SPECIAL INDUSTRIES.

THIS IS EVIDENT IN ITS DEVELOPMENT PLANS WHICH ENVISAGE THE ALLOCATION OF MORE THAN 200 ACRES OF LAND, ABOUT HALF OF WHICH IS TO BE RECLAIMED FROM THE SEA, FOR HEAVY INDUSTRIAL USE.

THESE, TOGETHER WITH ANOTHER 185 ACRES CURRENTLY OCCUPIED BY EXISTING HEAVY INDUSTRIES, WILL MAKE UP ABOUT ONE-SIXTH OF THE ISLAND'S TOTAL AREA.

FOR LIGHT INDUSTRY, THE PLANS CALL FOR THE RESERVATION OF 196 ACRES TO MEET THE EXPECTED DEMAND. AT PRESENT, LIGHT INDUSTRIAL CONCERNS ARE OPERATING ON 46 ACRES OF LAND ON THE NORTH AND EAST COASTS.

IN ADDITION, SITES TOTALLING ABOUT 35 ACRES ON THE WEST COAST HAVE BEEN RESERVED FOR SALE FOR SPECIAL AND HEAVY INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT WITH THE RECLAMATION AND SITE FORMATION BEING CARRIED OUT BY THE DEVELOPERS.

THE MAN CHARGED WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE OVERALL DEVELOPMENT OF TSING YI IS HR. EDDIE SHORT, THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT’S PROJECT MANAGER OF THE TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE WHICH HAS BEEN SPECIALLY CREATED FOR THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW TOWN.

THAT THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT ON TSING YI WAS —...NA niLICONCENTRATED IN THE NORTH-EASTERN QUARTER OF THE ISLAND

WHICH WAS TO BE DEVELOPED INTO/A ’MINI-TOWN’ WITH AN ULTIMATE POPULATION OF ABOUT 160,000 PEOPLE.

+IT WILL HAVE THREE MAJOR PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES PROVIDING ACCOMMODATION FOR ABOUT 123,000 PEOPLE WHILE ABOUT 23 ACRES OF LAND WILL BE RESERVED FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT.*

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IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MINI TOWN AND BOUNDED BY THE PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES IS A TOWN CENTRE COMPLEX ON NINE ACRES OF LAND FOR COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL USE AND, IN THE OVERALL DEVELOPMENT PLAN, LAND HAS BEEN SET ASIDE FOR INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT SO THAT PEOPLE COMING TO LIVE ON THE ISLAND WOULD BE ABLE TO FIND EMPLOYMENT.

IN ADDITION TO THE LAND TO BE FORMED AS PART OF THE COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENT, HE SAID THERE WOULD BE A NUMBER OF ADDITIONAL AREAS ON THE EAST AND WEST COASTS WHICH COULD BE RECLAIMED FOR HEAVY OR OTHER SPECIAL INDUSTRIES REQUIRING SEA ACCESS.

HE NOTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD RECOGNISED THE IMPORTANT ROLE YET TO BE PLAYED BY HEAVY INDUSTRIES IN HONG KONG’S FUTURE ECONOMIC GROWTH.

. THESE INDUSTRIES SHOULD EITHER BE NEW TO HONG KONG OR REPRESENT A TECHNOLOGICAL UP-GRADING TO A SIGNIFICANT DEGREE OF AN EXISTING INDUSTRIAL PROCESS AND, AT THE SAME TIME, THEY WOULD ALSO HAVE TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT A GENERALLY HIGHER LEVEL OF SKILL THAN THOSE ALREADY IN EXISTENCE.

♦GREAT IMPORTANCE HAS, THEREFORE, BEEN ATTACHED TO ATTRACTING TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED INDUSTRIES TO HONG KONG. HOWEVER, SUCH HIGH-TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRIES ARE USUALLY LANDINTENSIVE.

♦A NUMBER OF SITES ON TSING YI ISLAND ARE BEING MADE AVAILABLE TO SUCH INDUSTRIAL CONCERNS AND THE FIRST TWO SITES NOW BEING DEVELOPED WILL BE USED FOR MANUFACTURING OUTBOARD MARINE ENGINES AND POLYSTYRENE WHICH IS A BASIC RAW MATERIAL FOR MANY OF HONG KONG’S LIGHT INDUSTRIAL FACTORIES.+

MR. SHORT WENT ON TO SAY THAT THE COMPLETION AND OPENING OF THE TSING YI BRIDGE EARLIER THIS YEAR REPRESENTED A MAJOR STEP FORWARD IN THE ISLAND'S DEVELOPMENT AS IT PROVIDED A ROAD LINK BETWEEN THE ISLAND AND THE MAINLAND OVER THE 2,000-FOOT WIDE RAMBLER CHANNEL.

HE SAID TSING YI ITSELF ALSO OFFERED EASY ACCESS FOR LIGHTERS AND IT WAS WITHIN HALF A MILE OF THE NEW CONTAINER TERMINAL COMPLEX AT KWAI CHUNG.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THERE HAD BEEN LIMITED INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT ON TSING YI OVER THE PAST TEN YEARS AND, SO FAR, THIS HAD BEEN MAINLY RESTRICTED TO BOATYARDS, OIL TANK FARMS, A POWER STATION AND A FEW FACTORIES ENGAGED IN LANDINTENSIVE RATHER THAN LABOUR-INTENSIVE ACTIVITIES.

THESE INDUSTRIES RELIED ON SEA TRANSPORT UNTIL THE TSING YI BRIDGE WAS COMPLETED, AND THERE IS KOU A TWO-LANE ROAD ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE ISLAND. EXTENDING 8,000 FEET SOUTHWARDS FROM THE BRIDGE TO THE POWER STATION, AND 2,000 FEET NORTHWARD TO A CEMENT FACTORY.

THE DEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR THE ISLAND ENVISAGE A ROAD SYSTEM WHICH WILL VIRTUALLY CIRCLE THE ISLAND AND WILL EVENTUALLY BE CONNECTED TO THE MAINLAND BY A SECOND BRIDGE FROM THE NORTH EAST TIP OF TSING YI TO THE TEXACO ROAD JUNCTION ON THE PROPOSED TSUEN WAN BY PASS.

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,mls SECOND BRIDGE HAS NOT YET BEEN INVESTIGATED IN DETAIL AMD THE TIMING OF ITS CONSTRUCTION WILL DEPEND ON THE RATE OF DEVELOPMENT ON TSIKG YI.

BECAUSE OF TSING Yl’S MOUNTAINOUS CONDITION, MR. SHORT SAID A LARGE PORTION OF THE ISLAND WOULD EE LEFT IN ITS NATURAL STATE FORMING A BELT AROUND THE MAIN DEVELOPMENT WHICH WOULD CERTAINLY CONTRIBUTE TO A BETTER ENVIRONMENT FOR . THE ISLAND'S NEU POPULATION.

+TSINQ YI IS KOU VERY MUCH VIRGIN TERRITORY WITH A POPULATION OF ABOUT 6,000 ON AN ISLAND OF 2,500 ACRES. IT HAS A NUMBER OF TRADITIONAL VILLAGES, SOME DEVELOPMENTS ALONG THE COAST LINE AND A SHALL TYPHOON SHELTER.

+UE HOPE TO CONVERT THE ISLAND INTO AN INDUSTRIAL TOWN WITH SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE TOUARDS HONG KONG’S PROSPERITY AND AT THE SAME TIKE, HOI1E FOR A CONSIDERABLE MUMPER nr P.T.noir x

HE ADDED

TIKE, HOME FOR A CONSIDERABLE NUMBER OF PEOPLE,*

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NEW TERRITORIES WEEK LAUNCHED ft ft ft ft ft

THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEU TERRITORIES, MR. DAVID AKERS-JONES THIS (MONDAY) MORNING OPENED THE "KNOWING OUR NEW TERRITORIES WEEK" AT A CEREMONY HELD AT THE POLICE CADET SCHOOL IN FANLING-

MR. AKERS-JONES WELCOMED THE YOUTH ACTIVITY PROGRAMMES AS A "TIMELY" EVENT TO PROVIDE PARTICIPATING YOUTHS ON HOLIDAY WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRAIN THEMSELVES BOTH MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY, AND AT THE SAME TIME ACHIEVING A DEEPER UNDERSTAND ING OF THEIR ENVIRONMENT.

FOLLOWING IS THE FULL TEXT OF MR. AKERS-JONES' SPEECH: - '

+EVERY SUMMER VACATION, YOUTH RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES ARE HELD IN ALL PARTS OF HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND NEW TERRITORIES. HOWEVER, THE NEW TERRITORIES WEEK WHICH IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THREE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND JOINTLY SPONSORED BY THREE PROMINENT ORGANISATIONS, IS EMINENTLY DIFFERENT FROM OTHER SUMMER ACTIVITIES, THOUGH RESEMBLING, BECAUSE IT INCLUDES BOTH INDOOR AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES SUCH AS LEADERSHIP TRAINING, FORUMS AND SOCIAL STUDIES PROJECT COMPETIT1ON/EXHIB1TION. THIS ALL EMBRACING PROGRAMME WILL .ENABLE THE PARTICIPANTS TO KNOW BETTER ALL THAT THEY CAN FIND IN NEW TERRITORIES AND AT THE SAME TIME OFFER THEM A WEEK'S HOST HEALTHY AND PLEASURABLE COLLECTIVE LIFE. ♦

+IN THIS RAPIDLY DEVELOPING AQE OF THE NEU TERRITORIES, THE ORGANISATION OF THE "KNOWING OUR NEW TERRITORIES WEEK" IS A TIMELY EVENT AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE CANNOT BE ADEQUATELY STRESSED. FOR THIS REASON 1 FEEL HONOURED TO BE ASKED TO OFFICIATE ON THIS OCCASION. IT IS MY WISH THAT THE PARTICIPANTS WHO HAVE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE CHOSEN TO TAKE PART WILL MAKE GOOD USE OF THIS OPPORTUNITY UH1CH OFFERS THEM GOOD TRAINING BOTH MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY.

+FI NALLY I WISH TO THANK THE ROTARY CLUB OF NEW TERRITORIES, THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND THE HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION FOR THEIR GENEROUS DONATIONS TO MEET THE EXPENDITURE OF THE PROJECT AND TO CONGRATULATE THE MEMBERS OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR A JOB WELL DONE.+

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AMBULANCE SERVICE SETS REW RECORD ft ft ft ft ft ft ft

THE AMBULANCE SERVICE DEALT WITH 391 CALLS DUR INC THE 24 HOURS ENDING AT 7 A.H. LAST SATURDAY ~ BREAKING THE PREVIOUS RECORD SET ON MAY 17 BY TUO CALLS.

OF THESE CALLS, 247 WERE CLASSIFIED AS EMERGENCY.

KOWLOON HANDLED 165 CALLS, HONG KONG 136 AND NEW TERRITORIES ' 90.

MR. TONY MILFORD, ASSISTANT CHIEF AMBULANCE OFFICER, SAID: ♦THE WAY THE TREND IS GOING, WE COULD VERY WELL BREAK THE 400 BARRIER ANY DAY.+

THE AMBULANCE SERVICE, WITH A STRENGTH OF 515 MEN AND A FLEET OF 86 AMBULANCES, PROVIDES A ROUND-THE-CLOCK SERVICE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

ARMED WITH THE LATEST FIRST AID EQUIPMENT, THE SERVICE RESPONDS TO A VARIETY OF REQUESTS FOR ASSISTANCE INCLUDING FIRE, TRAFFIC AND OTHER ACCIDENTS.

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AIRPORT DUTY FREE CONCESSION CONTRACT AWARDED ft ft ft ft ft ft

THE CONTRACT FOR THE AIRPORT DUTY FREE LIQUOR CONCESSION HAS BEEN AWARDED TO DUTY FREE SHOPPERS C1973) LTD.

THE TERM OF THE CONCESSION, FOR WHICH D.F.S. HAVE OFFERED A MINIMUM GUARANTEE OF $77,975,000, IS FOR FOUR YEARS COMMENCING ON SEPTEMBER 1, 1974.

THE CENTRAL TENDER BOARD RECOMMENDED THAT THE CONTRACT BE AWARDED TO D.F.S. AT A MEETING ON JUNE 26, AND THIS RECOMMENDATION WAS ACCEPTED BY THE DEPUTY FINANCIAL SECRETARY.

D.F.S. WAS THE ONLY ONE TO TENDER FOR THE CONCESSION. DETAILS OF THE CONTRACT WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE NEXT WE£K ♦

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KO I J) AY, JULY 8, 1974

CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE

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 UAN, KOWLOONx

• » SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE OF RICE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICEC$/CATTY> average

CHINA RICE

SEE MEW

- OLD CROP —— * »

- NEW CROP Av’ /

S.C.JIEN

- OLD CROP — "

- NEW CROP GOOD 1.93

PO NGA!

CHU CHO ■» 1 1

THAI RICE 1

100% WHOLE

10-15% BROKENS GOOD 1.85

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.77

A1 SUPER ——

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 1.80

U.S. RICE GOOD • 1.87 •

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.77

PAKISTAN RICE ——

TAIWAN RICE —•

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORKER

NORMAL 7m

/SUPPLIES AUD

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SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH

SPECIES

(FMO CHEUNG SHA WAN

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY

WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

• WHOLESALE PRICE (l/CATTY) HIGH LOW MODE

golden thread GOOD

big-eyes GOOD

SQUID LIMITED

hair-tails ' NORMAL

LIzARD FISHES NORMAL

CROAKERS LIMITED

CONGER-PIKE-EELS NORMAL

MELON COAT LIMITED

BREAMS LIMITED

YELLOW BELLY GOOD

MACKERELS - - LIMITED

RED GOAT FISH LIMITED

FORK-TAIL LIMITED

HORSE-HEAD NORMAL

MELON SEED GOOD

POMFRETS SCARCE

GAROUPAS NORMAL

YELLOW CROAKER SCARCE

3.40 2.10 2.80

2.40 0.50 1.60

7.00 2.00 5.50

1,70 0.60 1.20

3.20 1.50 1.20

1.50 0.70 1.20

2.00 1.30 1.60

1.80 1.20 1.50

4.70 2.80 4.00

2.00 0.50 1.20

4.50 3.00 4.00

1,1 J 0.40 <0.80

1.10 0.70 0.85

5.50 2.80 4.20

1.50 0.70 1.20-

10.00 8.50 9.00

6.50 5.00 5.50

8.00 6.00 6.50

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

CVMO CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKET)

TYPE OF AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE

vegetable OF SUPPLY C$/CATTY>

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HIGH LOW MODE

■MW*

FLOWERING CABBAGE LIMITED 2.40 0.60 1.50

WHITE CABBAGE LIMITED 2.20 0.60 1.40

CHINESE LETTUCE SCARCE ' 1.80 0.60 1.20

WATER SPINACH NORMAL 0.80 0.20 0.50

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 2.00 0.80 1.40

STRING BEANS LIMITED 2.80 0.60 1.80

SPRING ONION NORMAL . 1.40 0.40 1.00

WATER CRESS SCARCE 2.40 0.80 1.60

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE NORMAL 2.00 0.50 1.40

CHINESE SPINACH NORMAL : 0.80 0.20 0.60

TOMATO SCARCE 2.60 1.20 2.00

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MONDAY, JULY 8, 1974

CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE

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 UAN, KOWLOON:

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE OF RICE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PR II average CEC$/CATTY)

CHINA RICE

SEE MEW

- OLD CROP

- NEW CROP

S.C.J1EN /

- OLD CROP * -

- NEW CROP GOOD 1.93

PO NGAI ——

CHU CHO —» I 1

THAI RICE 9

100% WHOLE ■M* ■

10-15% BROKENS GOOD 1.85

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1-77

A1 SUPER —•

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 1.80

U.S. RICE GOOD • 1.87

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.77 1

PAKISTAN RICE ——

TAIWAN RICE «■>

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY

NORMAL

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORKER ____C$/PICUL-L!VE WEIGHT)

310

/SUPPLIES A1W

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SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH

(FMO CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

SPECIES availability OF SUPPLY • WHOLESALE PRICE (l/CATTY) HIGH LOW MOM

GOLDEN THREAD big-eyes squid - GOOD GOOD LIMITED 3.40 2.40 7.00 2.10 0.50 2.00 2.80 1.60 5.50

hair-tails ' NORMAL 1,70 0.60 1.20

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 3.20 1.50 1.20

CROAKERS LIMITED 1.50 0.70 1.20

CONGER-^ IKE-EELS NORMAL 2.00 1.30 1.60

MELON COAT LIMITED 1.60 1.20 1.50

BREAMS LIMITED 4.70 2.80 4.00

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 2.00 0.50 1.20

MACKERELS - LIMITED 4.50 3.00 4.00

RED GOAT FISH LIMITED 1.0) 0.40 ^0.80

FORK-TAIL LIMITED 1.10 0.70 0.85

HORSE-HEAD NORMAL 5.50 2.80 4.20

- MELON SEED GOOD 1.50 0.70 1.20

POMFRETS SCARCE 10.00 8.50 9.00

GAROUPAS NORMAL 6.50 5.00 5.50

YELLOW CROAKER SCARCE 8.00 6.00 6.50

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

CVMO CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKET)

TYPE OF AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE

VEGETABLE OF SUPPLY C$/CATTY>

* HIGH LOW KODE

■MMB

FLOWERING CABBAGE LIMITED 2.40 0.60 1.50

WHITE CABBAGE LIMITED 2.20 0.60 1.40

CHINESE LETTUCE SCARCE 1.60 0.60 1.20

WATER SPINACH NORMAL 0.80 0.20 0.50

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 2.00 0.80 1.40

STRING BEANS LIMITED 2.80 0.60 1.80

SPRING ONION NORMAL . 1.40 0.40 1.00

WATER CRESS SCARCE 2.40 0.80 1.60

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE NORMAL 2.00 0.50 1.40 .

CHINESE SPINACH NORMAL 0.80 0.20 0.60

TOMATO SCARCE 2.60 1.20 2.00 / /

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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TUESDAY, JULY 9, 1974

CONTENTS PACE NO.

SOCIAL REHABILITATION PROGRAMME IN HALF-WAY HOUSE TO HELP TREATED DRUG ADDICTS.................................. 1

RAINFALL RECORDED ON 25 DAYS IN JUNE....................... 4

01 MAN ESTATE ALREADY BOASTS 3,000 RESIDENTS.......... ... 5

SAM KA TSUEN LICENSED AREA TO BE CLEARED TOMORROW .... 5

♦KNOWING OUR NEW TERRITORIES WEEK+ SCHOOL FORUMS START TODAY ..................................................... 6

REGISTRATION TEAM TO OPERATE IN WONG CHUK HANG ............ 7

WATER CUTS IN CENTRAL AND KUUN TOtlG......................  7

1

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

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

TUESDAYo JULY 9, 1974

1

TREATED DRUG ADDICTS GET HEW ii ;i li si si ;i

LEASE. CrI LIFE

THE PRISONS DEPARTMEIIT’S HALF-WAY HOUSE PROGRAMME TO HELP TREATED DRUG ADDICTS RE INTEGRATE INTO SOCIETY AND LIVE NORMAL LIVES IS PROVING FAIRLY SUCCESSFUL.

THE PROGRAMME IS INTENDED FOR THOSE REHABILITATED ADDICTS UITOOUT A FIXED PLACE OF ABODE'OR FAMILY TIES, THOSE WITH UNSATISFACTORY LIVING CONDITIONS CR AM UNDERSIRA3LE HONE ENVIRONMENT, AS CELL AS THOSE CEEMED IN HEED OF CLOSE AND STRICT SUPERVISION.

THE VALUE OF THE PROGRAMME IS SUNNED UP HI THE ATTITUDE OF THE INMATES THEMSELVES VW FEEL THAT THEIR Tut.PCRARY STAY IN THE DEPARTMENT’S HALF-UAY HOUSE — MNXil AS THE ’NEU LIFE HOUSE’ GIVES TEEM A CHANCE TO ADJUST TO A BRAND HEU LIFE.

AT PRESENT, TOE PROGRAMME IS RUM OH A MODEST SCALE BUT PLANS ARE ALREADY IN HAND TO SUPPLEMENT EXISTING FACILITIES DY BUILDING A LARGER HALF-UAY HOUSE, SUBJECT TO THE AVAILA3IL1TY OF FUNDS, III LUNG CHEUNG ROAD, KOULCOU.

THE PROPOSED NEU HALF-UAY HOUSE WILL PROVIDE ACCOMMODATION FOR 100 KEN ARD 20 FEMALES, AND WILL CO A LONG WAY TOWARDS HELPING THE DEPARTMENT TO MEET PROJECTED NEEDS. 9

ACCORDING TO A PRISONS DEPARTMENT SPCXESI1AH, REHABILITATED DRUG ADDICTS PASSING THROUGH THE HALF-UAY HOUSE STAND A MUCH • BETTER CHANCE OF SUCCESSFULLY IJETOTJ1ING TO h NORMAL LIFE IN SOCIETY. -bUlTHOUT GUIDANCE, ASSISTANCE AND SUPERVISION TO HELP THEM ADJUST TO A HEU DECiIMIJlEG, IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT FOR TEEM TO CCPE UITO PROBLEMS THEY MIGHT EXPERIENCE AND THIS COULD HAVE A FORMIDABLE IF HOT FATAL EFFECT CH ALL-ROUND EFFORTS OF THEIR REHABILITAT1CN.+

THE IMMEDIATE PERICD FOLLOWING DISCHARGE WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT FOR MANY TREATED ADDICTS AND WITHOUT STRONG SUPPORT FROM TOE CCH.WITY, PARTICULARLY FROM THEIR FAMILIES AND POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS, THEY MERE APT TO SLIP BACK INTO THEIR FORMER UAY OF LIFE, EE SAID.

THE ’NEU LIFE HOUSE’ IS LOCATED 111 BORROWED PREMISES IN VICTORIA ROAD IN KENNEDY TOWN. IT IS A SMALL TOREE-STCREY BUILDING BELONGING TO THE CARITAS ORGANISATION OF .EONG KONG AND WHICH HAS BEEN LOANED TO THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT SINCE JULY 1£S0. TOE GROUND FLOOR HOUSES THE MITCHEM, SITTING ROOM, OFFICE AID STAFF QUARTERS, UMILE THE DORMITORIES OCCUPY THE TOO UPPER FLOORS.

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TOE HALF-VAY HOUSE WAS ORIGINALLY INTENDED TO ACCOHNODATE 24 RESIDENTS BUT ADDITIONAL BEDS WERE INSTALLED TO MEET DEMAND, BRINGING TOE PRESENT CAPACITY TO 36. THE HOUSE SERVES AS A SUPPORTING FACILITY FCR THE TAI LAN AID HA PO PING ADD ICTIOH TREATMENT CENTRES.

SINCE ITS INCEPTION SIX YEARS ACO, A TOTAL OF 959 TREATED DRUG ADDICTS PASSED THRCUCJl THE HOUSE DY THE CUD OF LAST HOHTH. CF THESE, 734 CANE FRCII THE TAI LAN TREATMENT CENTRE, 179 FROM THE HA FO PING TREATMENT CENTRE, WHILST TOE REMAINING 45 HERE ADMITTED OH A VOLUNTARY CASIS. A>

TOE PERIOD OF RESIDENCE IS LCRI’ALLY SPECIFIED UNDER TOE TERMS OF SUPERVISION AUD COULD DE ANYTH ING FRON A FEU DAYS UP TO THREE MONTHS OR EVEN LORE, BZPEHDIHG CN. THE INDIVIDUAL HEED GF EACH CASE.

RESIDENTS ARE PUT CN TRUST TO A CCKSIE.TOACLE EXTENT.

THEY ARE GIVEN A FREE HAND TO MAIJAQE THEIR PRIVATE AFFAIRS

AND THEY CO OUT TO WORK EITHER III All OCCUPATION OF THEIR CUN CHOICE OR IN EMPLOYMENT U'HCN PRISONS CEi’AT.THEIiT STAFF HELPED TO EM OBTAIN.

THOUGH THEY ARE REQUIRED TO REPORT RACK TO THE HOUSE BY MIDNIGHT EACH DAY, THEY ARE ALLCUED 10 SPEND CERTAIN HIGHTS AUAY FROM THE HOUSE, IN CERTAIN CASES, FCR EHAHFLE TO WORK ON NIGHT SHIFTS, CN TO ATTEND A RELATIVE’S C.l A FRIEND'S WEDDING 1 AND TO P/iRTAKE IN FAMILY RE-UNIONS ON FESTIVE OCCASIONS.

IN THE SHALL SITTING ROON OH TOE CP.C'JND. FLOOR,. A TELEVISION SET IS PROVIDED FOR THE ENJOYMENT CF THE INMATES IN TOE EVENINGS AMD DURING OTHER TII3S CF LEISURE. CHESS IS A COIEION PASTIME ALONG TOE INMATES AND TOZER IS EVEN FACILITY FOR A FRIENDLY CF MAHJONG.

DURING TOEIR RESIDENCE AT TOE HOUSE, TOE INMATES FEED THEMSELVES FROM THEIR CUN EARNINGS. ADEQUATE KITCHEN FACILITIES, L.P. GAS COOKERS AO CCOICII.’G UTENSILS ETO. ARE PROVIDED- AND EXTENSIVELY USED DY RESIDENTS. ETOEVER, THERE ARE A KUHBER OF RESIDENTS, WHO PREFER TO HAVE THEIR HEALS CUTSIDE. %

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HOW DO THE INMATES REGARD THEIR STAY IN ’NEW LIFE HOUSE’?

A 33-YEAR-OLD INMATE SURNAMED CHOW SAYS THE TEMPORARY RESIDENCE AT THE HOUSE IS +A GREAT HELP+ TO HIM IN HIS EFFORT TO START A NEU LIFE. CHOU, UHO UAS A LORRY DRIVER BY OCCUPATION, WAS RECENTLY DISCHARGED FROM THE HA PO PING ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTRE. HE WAS DIRECTED TO THE HOUSE BY A REVIEW BOARD OF THE DEPARTMENT FOR A PERIOD OF TWO MONTHS. FOR HIM IT WAS A RELIEF AS HE HAD NEITHER A FIXED PLACE OF ABODE NOR A FAMILY IN HONG KONG- HE HAS FOUND EMPLOYMENT AS A WORKER IN A NORTH POINT FACTORY, EARNING $18 A DAY. HE HOPES TO RESUME HIS FORMER OCCUPATION AND EXPECTS TO BE ABLE TO FIND SUITABLE ACCOMMODATION OUTSIDE WHEN HE LEAVES THE HALF-WAY HOUSE IN A MONTH'S TIME.

CHOU’S VIEW ON THE USEFULNESS OF THE HOUSE IS SHARED BY • A 41-YEAR-OLD INMATE SURNAMED LAU. LAU WAS DISCHARGED FROM THE TAI LAM TREATMENT CENTRE IN THE MIDDLE OF LAST MONTH. HE UAS PREVIOUSLY IN THE EMPLOY OF A POULTRY STALL IN A MARKET IN JORDAN VALLEY. HE HAS NOW GOT A JOB WITH ANOTHER POULTRY STALL IN THE SAME MARKET. HE HAS NO FAMILY OF HIS OWN BUT HIS ELDER BROTHER IS LIVING IN TSUEN UAN UITH HIS WIFE ATiD SEVERAL CHILDREN. LAU IS STAYING IN THE HOUSE FOR A MONTH.

BOTH MEN ARE SATISFIED WITH THE LIFE AND MANAGEMENT AT THE HOUSE. THEY FEEL THAT THE GUIDANCE THEY GET AND THE DEGREE OF FREEDOM ALLOWED HELPS TO RESTORE THEIR CONFIDENCE AND SELF-RESPECT.

THEY BELIEVE THAT THE SYMPATHETIC ATTITUDE OF THE STAFF OF THE HOUSE AND THE CRIENDLY RELATIONSHIP AMONG THE INMATES ARE SOURCES OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO PEOPLE LIKE THEM UHO ARE ANXIOUS TO TURN OVER A NEW LEAF.

THE STAFF OF THE HOUSE, COMPRISES A SUPERVISOR, BASED IN VICTORIA RECEPTION CENTRE, A FULL-TIME AFTER-CARE OFFICER, THREE ASSISTANT OFFICERS AND ONE LABOURER. THOUGH THEY ARE MEMBERS OF THE DISCIPLINARY FORCE THEY ARE KOT REQUIRED TO WEAR UNIFORM AT THE HOUSE. THEY ARE A GROUP OF DEDICATED WORKERS UHO ARE CONCERNED WITH THE WELFARE AND FUTURE REHABILITATION OF THE INMATES. THEY ARE IN FACT PART COUNSELLORS AND PART SUPERVISORS.

THE AFTER-CARE OFFICER AND HIS ASSISTANTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR KEEPING UNDER CLOSE OBSERVATION AND SUPERVISION THE DEMEANOUR AND ACTIVITIES OF THE INMATES. THE AFTER-CARE OFFICER CONDUCTS REGULAR CHECKS ON RESIDENTS’ ACTIVITIES AND EMPLOYMENT IN SOCIETY TO ENSURE THAT THERE IS NO ABUSE OF THE TRUST IN THEM. HE IS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR CONDUCTING REGULAR GROUP DISCUSSIONS WITH ’ RESIDENTS AND PROVIDES INDIVIDUAL CASE-WORK COUNSELLING, AS WELL AS TO ACT AS A BRIDGE BETWEEN RESIDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES.

ALL INMATES ARE SUBJECT TO REGULAR URINE TESTS WHICH ARE CONDUCTED TO ASCERTAIN THAT THEY HAVE NOT RELAPSED TO DRUGS.

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RAIN RECORDED ALMOST EVERYDAY IN JUNE BUT RAINFALL FIGURE BELOW NORMAL ft ft ft ft ft

ALTHOUGH RAIN WAS RECORDED ON 25 DAYS IN JUNE, THE RAINFALL FIGURE — TOTALLING 323.3 MM — WAS STILL ABOUT 20 PER CENT BELOW NORMAL.

, AND ACCORDING TO A MONTHLY WEATHER ROUNDUP ISSUED BY THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY TODAY, THE UEATHER LAST MONTH WAS CLOUDIER AND LESS SUNNY THAN USUAL WITH ONLY 116.6 HOURS OF SUNSHINE RECORDED — THE NINTH LOUEST ON RECORD •' FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE.

TYPHOON +DINAH+ AND A TROPICAL DEPRESSION AFFECTED HONG KONG ON JUNE 11 AND JURE 6 RESPECTIVELY, AND THE NO. 1 AND KO. 3 SIGNALS WERE HOISTED IN BOTH CASES.

FIFTEEN AIRCRAFT WERE DIVERTED FROM THE HOHG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN JUNE DUE TO ADVERSE UEATHER.

THIRTEEN THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS AND FOUR THUNDERSTORM AND HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS WERE ISSUED DURING THE MONTH, BUT NO FIRE DANGER WARNINGS UERE ISSUED.

THE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 34 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS RECORDED ON JUNE 11, AMD THIS WAS THE FOURTH HIGHEST ON RECORD FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE. 'THE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 22.7 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS RECORDED ON JUNE 6.

THE MONTH’S FIGURES AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL WERE:

SUNSHINE

RAINFALL

CLOUDINESS

RELATIVE HUMIDITY

MEAN MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE

MEAN TEMPERATURE

MEAN MINIMUM TEMPERATURE

MEAN DEW POINT TOTAL EVAPORATION

116.6 HOURS-

323.3 MM-

822=

822=

30.2 DEG C=

27.4 DEG C=>

25.4 DEG C=

24.0 DEG C= •

145.1 Mil-

43.3 HOURS BELOW NORMAL

77.9 KM BELOW NORMAL

42 ABOVE NORMAL

22 BELOW NORMAL

0.4 DEG C ABOVE NORMAL

0.1 DEG C ABOVE NORMAL

NORMAL

0.2 DEG C BELOW NORMAL

14.3 MM BELOW NORMAL

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TUESDAY, JULY 9» 1974

5

3»000 ALREADY MOVED INTO 01 MAN ESTATE ft ft ft ft ft ft

SOME 3,000 PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY TAKEN UP RESIDENCE IN Oi MAN ESTATE AND ANOTHER 2,000 ARE EXPECTED TO MOVE IN THIS MONTH.

I

OI MAN IS THE HOUSING AUTHORITY’S FIRST PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE TO BE COMPLETED UNDER THE 10—YEAR PROGRAMME. ON FULL DEVELOPMENT BY 1975 IT WILL HAVE A POPULATION OF 46,000.

LETTING IS MEANWHILE CONTINUING SMOOTHLY AND TO COPE WITH THE GENERAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE ESTATE AND TO MEET THE NEEDS OF TENANTS, THE AUTHORITY HAS RECENTLY INVITED TENDERS FOR THE TENANCY OF THREE SHOPS AND TWO BANKS.

AT THE SAME TIME 24 MARKET STALLS HAVE ALSO BEEN LET. THESE INCLUDE EIGHT LARGE STALLS FOR THE SALE OF POULTRY, MEAT AND FISH AND 16 SMALLER STALLS FOR VEGETABLES, FRUITS, HABERDASHERY AND GENERAL TRADES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOUSING AUTHORITY SAID THAT THE PROVISION OF THE MARKETING SERVICE WAS MOST ESSENTIAL IN VIEW OF THE FACT THAT NO SUCH FACILITIES ARE AVAILABLE IN THE VICINITY.

+THE AUTHORITY WILL KEEP THE NEEDS OF TENANTS UNDER CONSTANT REVIEW AS THE ESTATE POPULATION GROWS.

+IN DUE COURSE PREMISES WILL BE ALLOCATED TO WELFARE AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY SOCIAL SERVICES TO TENANTS,* HE SAID.

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LICENSED AREA TO BE CLEARED ft ft ft ft ft

THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT WILL CLEAR A PORTION OF THE SAM KA TSUEN LICENSED AREA TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

THE CLEARANCE OPERATION WILL INVOLVE 672 STRUCTURES AND 3»7O3 PEOPLE, THE MAJORITY OF WHOM HAVE ALREADY BEEN OFFERED PUBLIC HOUSING.

A TOTAL OF 579 FAMILIES, COMPRISING 2,938 PEOPLE HAVE DEEN ALLOCATED UNITS AT LAM TIN ESTATE AND ONE FAMILY COMPRISING NINE PEOPLE, HAS BEEN OFFERED A UNIT AT SAU MAU ' PING ESTATE.

ANOTHER 340 PEOPLE IN 86 FAMILIES WHO ARE UNAUTHORISED OCCUPANTS HAVE BEEN OFFERED SITES AT KOWLOON BAY LICENSED AREA.

THE AREA CLEARED WILL BE RESURFACED AND IMPROVED AND WILL CE USED FOR HOUSING HOMELESS PEOPLE.

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TUESDAY, JULY 9, 197<

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SCHOOL FORUMS DISCUSS COMMUNITY MATTERS ft ft ft ft ft ft

COMMUNITY MATTERS ARE BEING DISCUSSED AT THE CURRENT SERIES OF SCHOOL FORUMS WHICH STARTED TODAY AS PART OF THE +KKOWING OUR NEW TERRITORIES WEEK* ORGANISED DY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION Al.'D THE POLICE CADET SCHOOL.

IN HIS OPENING SPEECH, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS), HR. ARTHUR BROUN, SAID HE UAS PARTICULARLY PLEASED TO SEE THAT IN THIS SERIES OF FORUHS THE DISCUSSIONS WERE KOT ENTIRELY LIMITED TO Ti.E CONFINES OF THE NEW TERRITORIES BUT RANGED FROM TOURISM THROUGH TO ROAD SAFETY AMD COVERING SEVERAL OTHER VERY INTERESTING TOPICS.

HE FELT THAT IT WAS IMPORTANT +FOR ALL OF US TO GET TO KNOW NOT ONLY THE NEW TERRITORIES BUT THE WHOLE OF HONG KONG. SO IN A WAY THIS WEEK IS OHLY A START.+

MR. BROWN POINTED OUT THAT IT WAS ONLY IN RECENT YEARS THAT +WE, THE ORDINARY CITIZENS, HAVE REALLY STARTED THINKING ACTIVELY, HOW WE OURSELVES CAN HELP TO PRESERVE ITS BEAUTY AND HELP TO MAKE IT AN EVEN MORE PLEASANT, SAFE ARD PROSPEROUS PLACE TO LIVE IN.*

+CLEARLY,* HE SAID, +IT IS AS PART OF OUR GENERAL EDUCATION AT SCHOOL THAT UE SHOULD FIRST THINK ABOUT THE PROBLEMS OF HONG KONG AND WHAT UE CAN DO ABOUT THEM.*

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR WENT ON TO SAY THAT ALL OVER THE WORLD YOUNG PEOPLE WERE WAKING UP TO THEIR RESPONSIBILITES.

+IT IS PARTICULARLY- GRATIFYING TO SEE THAT WHILE WE ARE CONTINUALLY READING ABOUT ALL THE PROBLEMS, MISBEHAVIOUR AND APPARENT IRRESPONSIBILITY OF YOUNG PEOPLE, IN FACT, AS ALL EDUCATORS ARE AUARE, NEVER BEFORE HAS YOUTH AS A WHOLE TAKEN ITS RESPONSIBILITIES MORE SERIOUSLY,+ HE SAID.

URGING THE PUPILS NOT ONLY TO LISTEN TO THE SPEAKERS AT THE FORUMS BUT TO ABSORB THE INFORMATION, HR. BROUN TOLD THEM TO THINK CLEARLY ABOUT +OUR ENVIRONMENT IN TER.IS OF THE EFFECT WE HAVE ON IT.*

HE STRESSED THAT IT WAS VITALLY IMPORTANT TO BE CAREFUL IN DISPOSING OF RUBBISH, +AS RUBBISH CAN COMPLETELY SPOIL YOUR SURROUNDINGS.*

TURNING TO TOURISM - ONE OF THE’TOPICS AT TODAY'S FORUM - MR. BROUN SAID THAT IN ORDER FOR THIS VERY IMPORTANT INDUSTRY IN'HONG KONG TO BE SUCCESSFUL, +TOURISTS MUST FEEL WELCOME ARD OUR JOB IS TO HELP THEM FEEL WELCOME.*

+VALUES OF YOUTHS AND CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES* UAS ANOTHER TOPIC AT THE FORUM.

TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) THE SUBJECTS ARE +ADJ1 INISTRATION IN ' THE HEU TERRITORIES* AND +KEW TERRITORIES - ENVIRONMENT* AND ON THURSDAY THE SPEAKERS WILL DEAL WITH +ROAD SAFETY AND TRAFFIC CONTROL* AND +LAW AID ORDER*.

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REGISTRATION TEAM TO OPERATE IN VONG CHUK HANG RESIDENTS URGED TO USE FACILITIES ******

A TEAM FROM THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS DEPARTMENT WILL CONDUCT REGISTRATION IN THE WONG CHUK HANG ESTATE AND ADJACENT AREAS FROM JULY 17 TO 19.

THE VISIT IS TO ENABLE PARENTS OR GUARDIANS TO REGISTER THEIR CHILDREN AT THE AGE OF 11 FOR JUVENILE IDENTITY CARDS, AND HOLDERS OF JUVENILE IDENTITY CARDS TO REGISTER FOR ADULT IDENTITY CARDS AT THE AQE OF 18.

THIS TEAM WILL OPERATE BETWEEN 9»3O A.M. AND 4.30 P.K. AT THE WONG CHUK HANG ESTATE OFFICE.

THE COMMISSIONER OF REGISTRATION REMINDED RESIDENTS OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO REGISTER THEMSELVES AUD THEIR CHILDREN FOR IDENTITY CARDS, AND TO REPORT CHANGES OF EMPLOYMENT OR RESIDENTIAL ADDRESSES, MARITAL STATUS, OR ANY OTHER PARTICULARS WHICH HAVE CHANGED SINCE REGISTERING FOR THEIR IDENTITY CARDS.

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WATER INTERRUPTION

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WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN AREAS IN CENTRAL DISTRICT AND KWUN TONG WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR SEVERAL HOURS LATER THIS WEEK FOR LEAKAGE TEST.

ON THURSDAY (JULY 11), SUPPLY TO TSUI PING ROAD, HIU MING STREET, HIP WO STREET INCLUDING KWUN TONG (TSUI PING ROAD) ESTATE BLOCKS 7 TO 10 AND WO LOK ESTATE BLOCKS 9 TO 10 WILL BE CUT OFF FOR FIVE HOURS BEGINNING AT 1 A.M.

ON THE FOLLOWING DAY (FRIDAY), WATER SUPPLY TO JUBLIEE STREET, QUEEN'S ROAD CENTRAL (FROM POTTINGER STREET TO WING WO STREET) AND DES VOEUX ROAD CENTREAL WILL BE TURNED OFF ALSO FOR FIVE HOURS BEGINNING AT 1 A.M. TO ENABLE NIGHT LEAKAGE TEST FOR THE WASTE DETECTION SECTION TO BE CARRIED OUT.

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/.DVI S3 RY SERVICE

THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED T??f? CTU7FDAY)

UKOER TRE RICE COhulJL

A..) AT 1 . J \

ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET Ai.J 17 WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEUNG SJA UAH,

AT SALE hahketihq

Tli.G ORGANISATION

; CF RICE

GRADE OF RICE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE AULAAC.3

CHINA RICE

SEE HEU

- OLD CROP —— ••

- LEU CROP ——

S.C.JIEH

-OLD CROP ——

- leu CROP ••

PO L’GAI ——

CHU CHO

THAI RICE

1003 WHOLE

10-153 C20KENS GOOD 1.05

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.77

A1 SUPER ccoo 1.57

WHOLE GLUTINOUS QOCD 1.03

U.S. RICE CCCD 1.07

AUSTRALIAN RICE COOD 1.77

PAKISTAN RICE “ -

TAIWAN RICE ••

SUPPLIES ARD WHOLES ALE PRICES Ci

PR ICEC$/CATTY)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY

GOOD

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK CO/PICUL-LIVE WEIGHT)

310 CAVERACE)

/SUPPLIES AI!D

7U2C0AY, JULY 9, 1974

SUPPLIES AL'D WHOLESALE PRICES CP IIARIIIE FISH CFHO CL’EUriq S!IA UAH WHOLESALE FISH HARKET3

SPECIES AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY price CS/CATTY)

II kJ LCJ LODE

QOLCEfi THREAD CJCD 3.<0 2.C0 2.80

Diq-EYES COOD 2.60 0.60 1.G0

souid LIMITED 7.50 2.50 5.50

HAIR-TAILS LORUAL 1.80 0.6'0 1.20

LIZARD FISKES NORMAL 2.50 1.20 1.80

CROAKERS LIMITED 1.73 0.50 1.20

CONCER-PIKE-EELS LIMITED i.co 1.30 1.40

HZLOfJ COAT ——

DREAMS SCARCE 5.80 2.60 4.50

YELLCU DELLY C.OCD 1.70 0.53 1.50

MACKERELS LIMITED 5.CO 3.00 4.00

RED COAT FISH «*•“ —•

FORK-TAIL LIMITED 1.10 0.70 0.90 .

LORCE-NEAD C.20D 5.60 2.80 4.03

MELON SEED COCO 0.03 0.50 0.60

POLFRETS C ■» ’• 10.CO 7.co 8.00

G.AROUPAS LORHAL 0.50 5.co 6.CO

YELLOW CROAKER ——

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEQETADLES

CV.Il.O. CHEUNQ SHA .WAN WHOLESALE VEQETADLE J’AP.KET)

TYPE OF VEC.ETADLE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLES/ HICJI .LE PR ICECC/CATTY)

LC’J LODE

FLOWERING CA23ACE LIHITED 2.40 0.60 1.50

WHITE C/.DDAC.E LIHITED 2. CO 0.60 1.40

CH H.ICS LETTUCE SCARCE 2.CO 0.60 1./iD

WATER SPINACH IJ2H/.L 0.80 '0.15 o in 0 o

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 2.CO 0.80 1.<0

STRING LEAF<3 LHiLiED 2.80 0.80 1.CD

SPRING ON ICII LCRuAL 1.20 o CM o o 0.80

SPINACH LO SALE

WATER CRESS SCARCE 2.40 0.80 1.60

LEAF HUSTARD CAD3AQE LORIJAL 1.80 0.50 1.20

CHINESE SPINACH NORMAL •0.80 0.20 0.60

TOMATO SCARCE 2.60 1.20 2.00

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 1974

CONTENTS PACE NO.

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UK GENERAL NURSING COUNCIL ALTERS REGISTRATION

PROCEDURE FOR HONG KONG-TRAINED NURSES................ 1

STUDENT-TEACHERS TEST NEW TEACHING APPROACH..........  2

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BUILDING IN WESTERN DISTRICT DECLARED DANGEROUS....... 3

UMELCO MEMBERS TO SEE DEVELOPMENT PROGRESS ON TSING

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GENERAL NURSING COUNCIL ALTERS REGISTRATION PROCEDURE

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HONG KONG-TRAINED NURSES WHO WISH TO APPLY FOR REGISTRATION WITH THE GENERAL NURSING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND AND WALES MUST NOW HAVE THEIR APPLICATIONS EVALUATED INDIVIDUALLY BY THAT COUNCIL.

THIS EVALUATION IS ON THE BASIS OF THE APPLICANT’S TRANSCRIPT OF STUDY, AND OTHER ASSOCIATED DETAILS.

THE NURSING BOARD OF HONG KONG WAS ADVISED LATE IN MARCH THAT THIS WAS TO BE THE POSITION WITH EFFECT FROM APRIL 1, 1974, BUT THE COUNCIL STATED THAT IT WAS PREPARED TO RECONSIDER THE POSITION OF HONG KONG REGISTERED NURSES — PROVIDED VERY STRONG EVIDENCE COULD BE GIVEN FOR TREATING HONG KONG DIFFERENTLY FROM OTHER COUNTRIES.

THIS WAS THE FIRST INDICATION THAT ONLY HONG KONG, OF ALL THE COUNTRIES TRAINING NURSES OUTSIDE ENGLAND AND WALES, HAD BEEN GIVEN SPECIAL TREATMENT IN RECENT YEARS.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NURSING BOARD SENT A VERY STRONG PLEA TO THE COUNCIL FOR THE CONTINUANCE OF THE OLD SYSTEM.

WHILE THERE WAS NO SPECIFIC REPLY TO THIS PLEA, A FURTHER CIRCULAR LETTER WAS RECEIVED WHICH SAID THAT THE PLEA WAS UNLIKELY TO BE SUCCESSFUL.

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HE EXPLAINED THAT THE CHANGE IN REGISTRATION PROCEDURE DID NOT MEAN THAT HONG KONG-TRAINED NURSES GENERALLY WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO REGISTER WITH THE COUNCIL.

BUT IT WAS NOW NECESSARY FOR THEM TO BE ASSESSED INDIVIDUALLY, RATHER THAN TO BE REGISTERED SIMPLY ON THE STRENGTH OF THE FACT THAT THEY WERE REGISTERED IN HONG KONG.

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EXPERIMENT ON ACTIVITY APPROACH TEACHING METHOD ******

SIXTEEN TEAMS OF STUDENT-TEACHERS OF THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION ARE CARRYING OUT AN EXPERIMENT ON THE “ACTIVITY APPROACH” METHOD OF TEACHING IN 14 PRIMARY SCHOOLS,

+THE PURPOSE OF THIS EXPERIMENT IS TO ENABLE THE 176 FIRST YEAR STUDENT-TEACHERS TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TRY OUT A FREER AND MORE INFORMAL APPROACH IN WHICH THE EMPHASIS IS LAID ON THE CHILDREN'S ACTIVITY AND DISCOVERY,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COLLEGE EXPLAINED.

THE STUDENT-TEACHERS ARE BEING SUPERVISED BY 48 LECTURERS.

MATHEMATICS HAS BEEN CHOSEN AS THE CENTRAL PIVOT IN THE’ EXPERIMENT BECAUSE IT IS THE ONE SUBJECT WHICH NEEDS TO BE TAUGHT IN A LOGICAL SEQUENCE.

THE STUDENT-TEACHERS WERE ADVISED THAT ALTHOUGH THEY SHOULD MAKE FULL USE OF INDIVIDUAL STUDY AND SHALL GROUP WORK IN THEIR TEACHING, SOME ASPECTS OF REGULAR AND SYSTEMATIC TEACHING IN THE BASIC SKILLS COULD BE RETAINED.

+WE ALSO WANTED TO BRING OUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CLASS TEACHER IN THIS APPROACH,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE EXPERIMENT, WHICH STARTED ON JULY 4, WILL END TOMORROW CTHURSDAYJ.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE TO SEE

---------------- THE EXPERIMENT IN PROGRESS TODAY OR TOMORROW AT

THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, GASCOIGNE ROAD, BETWEEN 8.30 A.M. AND 11.00 A.M. OR BETWEEN 1.30 P.M. AND 4.00 P.M. WHEN PUPILS FROM THE METHODIST PRIMARY A.M. AND P.M. SCHOOLS WILL BE TAUGHT.

ALTERNATIVELY, YOUR REPRESENTATIVE CAN GO TO THE CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT PRIMARY A.M. OR P.M. SCHOOL.

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BUILDING CONDEMNED .-&*****

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY DECLARER NO. 71 CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST TO BE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION AND NOS. 69 AND 70 CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST LIABLE TO BECOME DANGEROUS.

THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THAT NOS. 70 AND 71, HAVING BEEN UNDER OBSERVATION SINCE THEY WERE VACATED LATE LAST YEAR, HAVE NOW DETERIORATED TO SUCH AN EXTENT THAT THERE IS A RISK OF FAILURE OF THE REAR MAIN WALL IN NO. 71.

■ IN ADDITION, EXTENSIVE DECAY TO ROOF TIMBERS IN NO. 71 HAS ALREADY RESULTED IN LOCAL FAILURES. THIS BUILDING IS DANGEROUS AND EARLY DEMOLITION IS REQUIRED.

NO. 70 ALSO EXHIBITS A LARGE NUMBER OF DEFECTS AND IT IS CONSIDERED THAT THIS BUILDING WOULD BE LIABLE TO BECOME DANGEROUS WHEN THE ADJOINING BUILDING IS DEMOLISHED.

DEFECTS IN THE PARTY WALL BETWEEN NOS. 69 AND 70 ALSO INDICATES THAT THERE IS RISK OF FAILURE LEADING TO A COLLAPSE DURING OR AFTER THE DEMOLITION OF NO. 70.

IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES IT IS INTENDED TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER OF NO. 69 CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST IN VICTORIA DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 A.M. ON AUGUST 21, AND NOTICES OF INTENTION WERE ACCORDINGLY POSTED TODAY.

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TWO UHELCO MEMBERS, THE HON. SZETO WAI AND THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, WILL PAY A VISIT TO TSING-YI ISLAND AND TSUEN WAN TOMORROW (THURSDAY}.

THEY WILL BE MET BY THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. DAVID AKERS-JONES, AND THE DISTRICT OFFICER, TSUEN WAN, MR. JOHN WARREN, AND OTHER OFFICIALS WHO WILL BRIEF THE COUNCILLORS ON THE LATEST DEVELOPMENT OF THE TWO TOWNS.

WHILE ON TSING-YI, THEY WILL CALL ON THE OUTBOARD MARINE INTERNATIONAL AND THE INTERNATIONAL CONTAINER LTD., TWO LARGE INDUSTRIAL CONCERNS ON THE ISLAND.

THE PARTY WILL THEN PROCEED BY LAUNCH TO MA WAN, AND NORTH-EAST LANTAU.

TO CONCLUDE THEIR VISIT, THE COUNCILLORS WILL MEET MEMBERS OF THE TSUEN WAN RURAL COMMITTEE FOR GENERAL DISCUSSIONS.

NOTE TO EDITORS: THE TOUR WILL START AT 10.10 A.M. TOMORROW FROM THE LOOKOUT PLATFORM ON TSING YI ISLAND. IT WILL END WITH A DISCUSSION WITH MEMBERS OF THE TSUEN WAN RURAL COMMITTEE AT ABOUT 2.45 P.M. YOU ARE WELCOME TO HAVE THE VISIT COVERED.

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CHAI WAN ESTATE WHICH IS CURRENTLY UNDERGOING A SERIES OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS IS TO HAVE ANOTHER CLEAN-UP TOMORROW CTHURSDAY).

THE OPERATION INVOLVES THE CLEARANCE OF MORE THAN 170 ILLEGAL HAWKER STRUCTURES, 120 OVERSIZE SUNSHADES, AS WELL AS SOME 80 ILLEGAL EXTENSIONS, UNAUTHORISED SIGN BOARDS ETC., FROM BLOCKS 16 TO 27. ITS OBJECT IS TO TIDY UP THE ESTATE AND TO MAKE IT A BETTER PLACE FOR LIVING.

AFTER CLEARING THE ILLEGAL STRUCTURES AN ORDERLY HAWKER RESITE AREA WILL BE FORMED ON THE PAVEMENT AROUND BLOCK 17. THOSE HAWKERS ELIGIBLE FOR RESITE WILL BE ALLOCATED STALLS AT THE BAZAAR WHEN IT IS READY IN ONE OR TWO WEEKS.

THE HOUSING MANAGER, MR. CHAN YUI-LOON, SAID THE ESTATE IS NOW MUCH TIDIER AND CLEANER THAN IT WAS A YEAR AGO WHEN THE FIRST OPERATION OF THIS NATURE WAS CARRIED OUT AT THE ESTATE.

+WE HAVE SO FAR COMPLETED THREE OPERATIONS AND THE WESTERN SECTION OF THE ESTATE WILL BE ENTIRELY DEALT WITH AFTER TOMORROW’S OPERATION.+

+WE WILL MOVE ON TO THE EASTERN SECTION AT A LATER DATE WHEN PLANS HAVE BEEN FINALISED,* HE SAID.

ALL 25 GROUP B ESTATES, APART FROM LOWER WONG TAI SIN ESTATE, LOK FU AND LOWER SHEK KIP MEI HAVE BEEN CLEANED UP SINCE 1971 WHEN THE SCHEME WAS FIRST INTRODUCED. THE REMAINING ESTATES WILL BE DEALT WITH AS SOON AS PLANS HAVE BEEN WORKED OUT.

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TEMPORARY WATER CUT It * * * * *

WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN FANLING, NEW TERRITORIES, WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR EIGHT HOURS AS FROM 10 P.M. ON FRIDAY CJULY 12).

THE TEMPORARY STOPPAGE IS TO FACILITATE A WATER MAINS CONNECTION AT ON LOK TSUEN, FANLING.

ALL PREMISES AT ON LOK TSUEN WILL BE AFFECTED, INCLUDING SHUNG HIM TONG TSUEN AND AU WAI LAM LAUNDRY.

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SOCIAL WELFARE DIRECTOR GOING ON LEAVE

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. KENNETH TOPLEY, WILL BE LEAVING HONG KONG TOMORROW (THURSDAY) FOR LONDON ON HOME LEAVE. ON RETURN TOWARDS THE END OF AUGUST HE WILL BE TAKING UP THE POST OF DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION.

MR. THOMAS C.Y. LEE, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, HAS BEEN APPOINTED DIRECTOR. HE IS NOW ON HIS WAY TO REPRESENT HONG KONG AT THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SOCIAL WORK IN NAIROBI, KENYA, AND IS EXPECTED TO RETURN ON AUGUST 22.

. WHILE MR. TOPLEY AND MR. LEE ARE AWAY MR. FREDERICK CLARK, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, WILL ASSUME THE POST OF ACTING DIRECTOR AND ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR »M ADDIT ON TO HIS NORMAL DUTIES. ON MR. LEE*S RETURN MR. CLARK WILL CONTINUE TO ACT AS DEPUTY DIRECTOR.

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE

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

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE OF RICE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICEC$/CATTY> average

CHINA RICE

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- OLD CROP

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.12

S.C. JIEN

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- NEW CROP GOOD 1.94

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CHU CHO ••

THAI RICE

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10-153 BROKENS GOOD 1.87

A1 : SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.77

A1 : SUPER GOOD 1.57

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U.S. RICE GOOD 1.87

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.77

PAKISTAN RICE

TAIWAN RICE

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

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AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY - C.OOD

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK

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

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SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH

CFMO CHEUNQ SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

SPECIES AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

OF SUPPLY HIGH LOW MODE

GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 4.00 2.20 3.00

big-eyes GOOD 2.80 0.80 1.80

SQUID LIMITED 6.50 2.00 4.50

HAIR-TAILS NORMAL 1.50 0.60 1.00

lizard fishes NORMAL 2.90 1.20 2.00

CROAKERS LIMITED 1.50 0.60 1.00

CONGER-PIKE-EELS LIMITED 1.80 1.20 1.40

BREAMS LIMITED 5.80 3.20 4*50

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 2.00 0.50 1.30

MACKERELS LIMITED 5.00 3.00 4.00

FORK-TAIL LIMITED • 0.90 0.50 0.80

HORSE-HEAD GOOD 5.50 2.80 4.00

MELON SEED GOOD 1.40 1.00 1.20

POMFRETS GAROUPAS YELLOW CROAKER ’ SCARCE NORMAL LIMITED 8.20 7.20 8.20 6.00 5.CO 5-00 7.50 6.00 6.80

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

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

HIGH LOW MODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE LIMITED 2.40 0.80 1.60

WHITE CABBAGE LIMITED 2.20 0.80 1.50

CHINESE LETTUCE SCARCE 2.00 0.60 1.40

WATER SPINACH NORMAL 0.80 0.15 0.50

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 2.00 0.80 1.40

STRING BEAUS LIMITED 2.60 0.60 1.80

SPRING ONION NORMAL 1.20 0.30 0.80

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WATER CRESS SCARCE 2.40 0.80 1.60

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE NORMAL 1.80 0.50 1.20

CHINESE SPINACH NORMAL 0.80 0.20 0.60

TOMATO SCARCE 2.60 1.20 2.00

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THURSDAY• JULY 11, 1974

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RICE CONTROL SCHEME FURTHER MODIFIED .........

GOVERNOR LOOKS AT LIVING CONDITIONS IN SHAM SHU I PO......................................

NEW ARRANGEMENTS TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC CONDITION IN SHA TIN ...................................

FOUR LOTS OF CROWN LAND FOR SALE .............

GOVERNOR POSTPONES HIS HOLIDAY.................

LONDON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXAMINATION IN NOVEMBER.....................................

CLEAN-UP OPERATION IN CHAI WAN ...............

THREE HUNDRED TO TAKE PART IN A.MeS. SUMMER CAMP...........................................

WATER CUT IN KUUN TONG.........................

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FURTHER MODIFICATIONS TO RICE CONTROL SCHEME

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A NUMBER OF MODIFICATIONS ARE BEING MADE TO THE RICE CONTROL SCHEME IN THE LIGHT OF RECOMMENDATIONS RECEIVED FROM THE CONSUMER COUNCIL, THE DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. DAVID JORDAN, ANNOUNCED TODAY.

HE SAID THAT A DETAILED REPLY HAD BEEN SENT TO THE CONSUMER COUNCIL IN ANSWER TO ITS RECOMMENDATIONS. +WE HAVE FOUND IT VERY HELPFUL TO HAVE THE VIEWS OF THE COUNCIL ON A SUBJECT WHICH IS OBVIOUSLY OF GREAT CONCERN TO EVERYONE IN HONG KONG,+ MR. JORDAN COMMENTED.

♦BEFORE RECEIVING THE COUNCIL’S RECOMMENDATIONS WE HAD, OF COURSE, ALREADY TAKEN A NUMBER OF EFFECTIVE STEPS TO IMPROVE THE OPERATION OF THE RICE CONTROL SCHEME AND OTHERS WERE UNDER EXAMINATION.

IT WAS OPPORTUNE, THEREFORE, FOR THE COUNCIL TO BRING TO THE GOVERNMENT’S NOTICE ITS VIEWS ON THE SCHEME, AND OFFER SUGGESTIONS AS TO HOW IT COULD BE FURTHER IMPROVED.

WE WERE VERY GLAD TO SEE THAT THE COUNCIL’S FIRST CONCLUSION WAS THAT THE RICE SUPPLY SCHEME HAS ACHIEVED ITS PURPOSE OF ENSURING AN ADEQUATE RICE STOCK OVER THE LAST 19 YEARS AND HAS THEREFORE BEEN PROPERLY AND EFFICIENTLY ADMINISTERED BY THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT.

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WE HAVE CAREFULLY EXAMINED THE COUNCIL’S PROPOSALS, AND AS A RESULT THE SCHEME WILL BE MODIFIED IN A.NUMBER OF WAYS TO ENSURE THAT IT CONTINUES TO SERVE THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE CONSUMER.+

MR. JORDAN SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT ACCEPTED THE SUGGESTION THAT THE STOCK SHOULD IN NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES BE MAINTAINED AT 60,000 TONS, BUT THAT IT MAY BE NECESSARY ON OCCASIONS TO EXCEED THIS FIGURE TO ENSURE THAT HONG KONG HAS AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY DURING PERIODS WHEN CROP FORECASTS ARE UNCERTAIN.

HE POINTED OUT THAT EVEN WHEN THE STOCK IS 100,000 TONS, THE TOTAL COST OF STORING AND INSURING THIS STOCK, TOGETHER WITH BANK CHARGES WOULD AMOUNT TO 10 CENTS PER CATTY AT THE RETAIL END, COMPARED WITH SIX CENTS PER CATTY WITH A STOCK OF 60,000 TONS.

MR. JORDAN SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT WELCOMED THE COUNCIL’S SUPPORT FOR RETAINING MAXIMUM PRICE MARK-UPS BY IMPORTERS, WHOLESALERS AND RETAILERS. +THE EFFORTS OF THE DEPARTMENT WILL BE APPLIED TO ENSURING A REASONABLE BALANCE BETWEEN A FAIR PROFIT MARGIN FOR TRADERS AND A FAIR RETAIL PRICE FOR CONSUMERS,+ HR. JORDAN ADDED.

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HE SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT SAW NO ADVANTAGE IN BECOMING A RICE IMPORTER ITSELF, ESPECIALLY AS IT HAD WITHDRAWN FROM DIRECT PARTICIPATION IN THE TRADE SOME YEARS AGO AFTER SUFFERING SUBSTANTIAL FINANCIAL LOSSES.

+THERE IS CONSIDERABLE EVIDENCE TO SUGGEST THAT THE COMMERCIAL IMPORTERS HAVE MADE A FAR BETTER JOB THAN THE GOVERNMENT DID OF IMPORTING RICE AT COMPETITIVE PRICES,* HE SAID.

- +IT WOULD BE A RETROGRADE STEP TO INVOLVE THE GOVERNMENT AGAIN IN THE RICE IMPORT TRADE. 1 HOPE THAT THE COUNCIL UILL BE ABLE TO AGREE THAT. IF THE DEPARTMENT CAN CONTINUE SUCCESSFULLY TO CONTROL PRICES AT LEVELS WHICH DO KOT PERMIT SPECULATION OR PROFITEERING, THEN IT WILL BE DISCHARGING ITS OBLIGATIONS TO THE CONSUMER.*

MR. JORDAN SAID THAT VARIOUS PROPOSALS HAD BEEN MADE BY THE COUNCIL WHICH WOULD, IF THEY WERE ACCEPTED, INVOLVE THE GOVERNMENT IN SUBSIDISING THE TRADE IN RICE WITH THE TAXPAYERS* MONEY. THESE WERE CONSIDERED UNDESIRABLE ON ECONOMIC GROUNDS AND THE POTENTIAL ADVANTAGE TO THE CONSUMER WOULD BE MARGINAL.

FOR INSTANCE, IF THE GOVERNMENT PROVIDED WAREHOUSES FOR THE RESERVE STOCK, THE COST OF RENTING STORAGE SPACE WOULD AMOUNT TO ABOUT $10.6 MILLION A YEAR.

HOWEVER, THE REDUCTION IN PRICE TO THE RETAILER WOULD BE LESS THAN TWO CENTS PER CATTY, AND IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE TO ENSURE THAT EVEN THAT SMALL BENEFIT WAS PASSED ON TO THE CONSUMER.

MR. JORDAN SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT FULLY ACCEPTED THE COUNCIL’S RECOMMENDATIONS THAT-ALL IMPORTERS AND WHOLESALERS SHOULD BE LEGALLY REGISTERED. ACTION VAS NOU IN HAND, HE SAID, TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY LEGISLATION TO REGISTER WHOLESALERS.

HE SAID THAT THE COUNCIL HAD RECOMMENDED THAT IMPORTERS SHOULD NOT BE PERMITTED TO TRANSFER THEIR QUOTAS TO AGENTS. IN FACT IT WAS ALREADY ILLEGAL FOR A REGISTERED IMPORTER TO TRANSFER OR SELL HIS QUOTA RIGHTS WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THE DEPARTMENT.

NO SUCH PERMISSION HAS BEEN GIVEN, HE SAID, AND THE RECORDS OF THE DEPARTMENT SHOU THAT ALL IMPORT DOCUMENTS ARE HANDLED BY THE REGISTERED IMPORTERS.

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SOME IMPORTERS, HOWEVER, DO USE AGENTS AND THESE AGENTS IN SOME CASES APPEAR TO DO THE BULK, IF NOT ALL, OF THE WORK. IT WAS THE VIEW OF THE DEPARTMENT THAT THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THIS KIND OF WORKING ARRANGEMENT SO LONG AS IT DOES KOT WORK TO THE DISADVANTAGE OF THE CONSUMER. IF AN IMPORTER IS PREPARED TO SHARE THE NET PROFIT WITH AN AGENT, WHILST HAVING TO KEEP HIS PRICES COMPETITIVE, THE INTERESTS OF THE CONSUMER ARE NOT AT RISK.

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+HOWEVER.+ CONTINUED MR. JORDAN, +1 HAVE STARTED SOME INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE SCALE AND EFFECT OF AGENCY ARRANGEMENTS AND I SHALL ADVISE THE COUNCIL OF THE OUTCOME.

+1 AGREE ALSO THAT ALL IMPORTERS SHOULD EE REQUIRED TO STATE THEIR SPECIFIC INTERESTS IN THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL RICE TRADE, AND THIS WILL BE DOME SHORTLY.+

MR. JORDAN NOTED THAT THE COUNCIL WAS STILL CONSIDERING THE QUESTION OF WHETHER THERE SHOULD BE ANY INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF RICE IMPORTERS. HE SAID THAT WHEN THE COUNCIL’S PROPOSALS WERE SUBMITTED, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE GLAD TO CONSIDER THEM..

IN THE MEANT HIE, HE POINTED OUT, THERE WAS A NEED TO ENSURE THAT THE MINIMUM QUOTA HOLDING FOR ANY IMPORTER REPRESENTS A • FINANCIALLY VIABLE PROPOSITION.

MR. JORDAN SAID THE GOVERNMENT AGREED THAT A BROADLY BASED SUPPLY SOURCE PATTERN WAS DESIRABLE, PROVIDED THAT IT WORKED TO THE ADVANTAGE OF THE CONSUMER.

THE EXISTING IMPORTERS HAD A WORLD-WIDE CONNECTION WITH RICE SOURCES AND WERE AWARE ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS OF THE PRICES AND AVAILABILITY OF RICE FROM DIFFERENT SOURCES.

THE BASIC PATTERN OF TRADE, HE SAID, TENDS TO STABILISE AROUND THE MOST RELIABLE MARKETS ALTHOUGH THERE WAS SUFFICIENT FLEXIBILITY IN THE MARKET SYSTEM TO PERMIT REACTION TO ATTRACTIVE OFFERS FROM ALTERNATIVE NON-TRADITIONAL SOURCES.

MR. JORDAN SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT WELCOMED THE SUGGESTION THAT THE COUNCIL SHOULD TAKE ALL POSSIBLE MEASURES TO DISCOURAGE THE HOARDING OF RICE BY THE PUBLIC WHEN SUPPLIES ARE UNCERTAIN.

NOTING THAT THE COUNCIL HAD RECOMMENDED THAT THE RICE CONTROL SCHEME SHOULD BE REVIEWED EVERY THREE YEARS, I1R. JORDAN SAID THIS WAS, IN FACT, NORMAL PRACTICE, AND THE LAST MAJOR REVIEW WAS CONSIDERED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL IN MAY LAST YEAR.

IT WAS THE INTENTION IN FUT RE TO PUBLISH A FACTUAL REPORT ON THE RICE TRADE AND THE RICE CONTROL SCHEME SOON AFTER THE END OF EACH YEAR, BEGINNING WITH 1974, HE ADDED.

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, SPENT THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON IN CHEUNG SHA WAN AND SHAM SHU I PO WHERE HE HAD A FIRST-HAND LOOK AT LIVING CONDITIONS AND DISCUSSED BUILDING MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS WITH A MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE IN THE DISTRICT.

THE GOVERNOR WAS IMPRESSED WITH THE WORK CARRIED OUT BY THE UN CHEONG MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE WHICH WAS FORMED IN MID-1973 BY THE TENANTS OF THREE BLOCKS OF CHINESE STYLE TENEMENT BUILDINGS LOCATED AT UN CHAU STREET AUD CHEONG WAN STREET.

SINCE ITS FORMATION, THE M.A.C. HAS INSTALLED A BURGLAR ALARM SYSTEM, SET UP A CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND OU TOP OF ONE OF THE BUILDINGS, WHITE-WASHED ALL COMMUNAL PARTS OF THE BUILDINGS, AND ORGANISED PICNICS AND OTHER RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR THE RESIDENTS. EACH UNIT WAS ALSO PRESENTED WITH SEVERAL WHISTLES FOR USE IN EMERGENCIES.

THE GOVERNOR WAS PARTICULARLY IMPRESSED WITH THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE BURGLAR ALARM SYSTEM INSTALLED BY THE COMMITTEE. IT HAD FOILED SIX BURGLARY ATTEMPTS AND THE CULPRITS WERE CAUGHT RED-HANDED.

THE GOVERNOR WAS ALSO TOLD OF TWO INSTANCES OF FIRE SINCE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE COMMITTEE.IN BOTH CASES, TENANTS REACTED SWIFTLY WHEN THE ALARM WAS "RAISED, AND THE FIRES WERE QUICKLY PUT OUT WITH THE HELP OF THE FIRE SERVICES.

SIR MURRAY REMARKED THAT THIS WAS JUST THE SORT OF DEVELOPMENT HE HAD HOPED TO SEE IN MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES.

‘SIR MURRAY WAS ACCOMPANIED ON THE TOUR BY MR. DAVID WONG, DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS.

THEY FIRST CALLED AT THE CHEUNG SHA WAN TEMPORARY WHOLESALE MARKET AT HING WAH STREET, Whehe THE GOVEKiOH WATCHED THE DAILY ACTIVITIES OF THE VEGETABLE-TRADERS, AND TALKED WITH VARIOUS STALL KEEPERS.

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THE GOVERNOR SHOWED GREAT CONCERN OVER THE DRAINAGE PROBLEM OF THE MARKET, AND ASKED WHETHER THE GOODS WOULD BE • DAMAGED DURING HEAVY DOWNPOURS. HE WAS ASSURED THAT THE PRESENT DRAINAGE SYSTEM IS ADEQUATE.

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THE TEMPORARY WHOLESALE MARKET HAfJELES IMPORTED VEGETABLES, and provides relief for the-heavy volume of trading at the KENNEDY TOWN MARKET ON liONG KOUG ISLAND,

A TEMPORARY WHOLESALE POULTRY MARKET IS COtf UNEER CONSTRUCT SOH ON AH ADJACENT SITE TO ACCOMMODATE POULTRY TRADERS IN SiJEK LUNG STREET WHO U!LL HAVE TO HOVE 70 MAKE WAY FOR TRAFFIC DIVERSION HI CONNECTION WITH TI!E CONSTRUCTION OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY.

PLANS ARE KI HAND TO BUILD A PERMANENT WHOLESALE MARKET COMPLEX CN THE CHEUNG SHA WAR RECLAMATION STAGE ORE TO HANDLE IMPORTED VEGETABLES, Ft-'JITS, POULTRY, FREC’I WATER FISH AND FLOWERS. AN ESTATE TO HOUSE SOME 10,CEO PEOPLE WILL BE BUILT CD TOP OF THE MARKET COMPLEX.

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THE TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT OPERATING CN SUNDAYS A;D PUBLIC HOLIDAYS L'J SHA Till, HZ’J TERRITORIES, TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW WILL CE EXTENDED TO WEEKDAYS AND SATURDAYS FROM 10 A.II. THIS SATURDAY (JULY 133.

THE OilE-UAY TRAFFIC ARRAUCEKEIIT HAS BEEN IN OPERATION FOR SONE YEARS ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, CUT UI TH INCREASING TRAFFIC IT HAS CEOOHE NECESSARY TO EXTEND ITS OPERATIC!) TO THE REHAl.llHG DAYS OF THE WEEK £0 AS TO FACILITATE TRAFFIC FLOW.

UNDER THIS ARRAKCEHZNT, TAI PO ROAD BETWEEN LION RCCK TUNNEL ROAD AMD SNA TIN CY-PASS COAD IS RE-ROUTED CKE-UAY NORTHWARDS TOWARDS £!!A TIN CY-PASS ROAD.

SHA TIN DY-PASS ROAD IS RE-ROUTED CHE-WAY SOUTHWARDS TOWARDS LION DOCK TU.'IHZL ROAD® AID LICH ROOK TU!!!ZL ROAD CE7UEEN SHA TIN DY-PASS COAD AND TAI PO ROAD IS RE-ROUTED OHE-UAY UEST’ARDS TOWARDS TAI PO ROAD.

Oil SOUTHBOUND JOURNEYS, FRANCHISED CUBES ON SERVICES 70, 70A, 71 AND 72 WILL CE DIVERTED TO OPERATE ALONG SNA TIN BY-PASS ROAD.

CiiE OTHER CHANCE AFFECTING TRAFFIC IN THE HEU TERRITORIES WILL CC.1Z KITO EFFECT FRO!) 10 A.H. TO.’IDRRO’J CFRIDAYC WHEN THE EXISTING RESTRICTED SECTION OF KAM TIN HAIM ROAD HEAR KAM TIN TOWN WITH A SPEED LIMIT OF 30 HILES PER HOUR WILL CE EXTENDED BY CHE AID ONE—SIXTH MILES EASTWARDS. THE EXTENSION UILL CE THE SECTION OF KAM TIN HAIN ROAD BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH THE UEST3RH ACCESS ROAD TO KAil TKI AIRFIELD AID THE JUNCTION WITH FAM KAM ROAD.

TRAFFIC SIGHS UILL EE POSTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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CROWN LAND SALE *'»»•»»»

FOUR LOTS OF CROWN LAND IN KOWLOON WITH A COMBINED AREA OF MORE THAN 64,000 SQUARE FEET WILL BE OFFERED FOR SALE BY AUCTION EARLY NEXT MONTH.

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THREE OF THE LOTS ARE FOR INDUSTR1AL/Q0D0WN PURPOSES. ONE IS LOCATED AT CHEUNG SHA WAN AND MEASURES 23,490 SQUARE FEET. ANOTHER IS SITUATED BETWEEN CHEONG SHA WAN ROAD AND LAI CHI KOK ROAD WITH AN AREA OF 8,536 SQUARE FEET, WHILE THE THIRD COVERS AN AREA OF 17,000 SQUARE FEET AT TAI YIP STREET IN KOWLOON.

THE FOURTH LOT IS INTENDED FOR EITHER INDUSTRIAL/GODOWN DEVELOPMENT OR FOR OPEN STORAGE USE. IT IS LOCATED AT LAI CHI KOK ROAD AND MEASURES ABOUT 15,050 SQUARE FEET.

THE AUCTION WILL BE HELD AT 2.30 P.H. ON AUGUST 9 IN-THE CITY HALL LECTURE ROOM.

FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE MAT BE OBTAINED FROM THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES CWEST WING), HONG KONG AND AT THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES. .

GOVERNOR POSTPONES HIS HOLIDAY . e

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY DENIED A NEWSPAPER REPORT THAT THE GOVERNOR IS LIKELY TO LEAVE HONG KONG AT THE END OF THE YEAR TO TAKE UP ANOTHER APPOINTMENT. ■ . .

THE GOVERNOR HAS DECIDED TO DEFER HIS ANNUAL LEAVE UNTIL NOVEMBER FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS. SIR MURRAY HAS RECENTLY RETURNED FROM A THREE-WEEK VISIT TO BRITAIN ARD DOES NOT WISH TO BE AWAY FROM HONG KONG AGAIN SO SOON.

THE ANNUAL DEBATE ON THE GOVERNOR’S SPEECH IS TO TAKE PLACE EARLIER THIS YEAR AND WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 2. THE GOVERNOR HAS TO BE IN HONG KONG FOR AT LEAST A MONTH BEFORE THAT DATE IN ORDER TO PREPARE HIS SPEECH. THE DEBATE WILL BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF OCTOBER AMD H.E. WILL BE TAKING LEAVE IN EARLY NOVEMBER AND RETURNING IN DECEMBER.

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LONDON CHAMBER OF COMHEECE EXANS ft ft ft ft ft ft

THE LONDON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXAMINATION FOR THIS AUTUMN WILL BE HELD BETWEEN NOVEMBER 27 AMD DECEMBER 11.

THE SUBJECTS INVOLVED ARE COSTING, ACCOUNTING AMD BOOKKEEPING AT VARIOUS LEVELS, At© THE ENTRY FEES RANGE FROM $20 TO $28.

CANDIDATES PREPARING FOR THE EXAMINATIONS BY ATTENDING COURSES IN SCHOOLS SHOULD REGISTER THROUGH T.IEIR SCHOOLS, OTHERS MAY APPLY AS PRIVATE CANDIDATES.

ENTRY FORMS AND ANY FURTHER INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE EXAMINATION DIVISION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 393 CANTON ROAD, 10TH FLOOR, KOWLOON AS FROM NEXT MONDAY CJULY 150.

COMPLETED ENTRY FORMS FOR PRIVATE CANDIDATES, TOGETHER WITH PROOF OF IDENTITY CHONG KONG IDENTITY CARD OR PASSPORT} AID TWO RECENT PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE APPLICANT CSIZE 2-1/2“ X 2“} MUST BE SUBMITTED IN PERSON, AT THE ABOVE ADDRESS, BETWEEN 9 A.M. AMD 4 P.M. FROM JULY 15 TO JULY 19.

PRIVATE CANDIDATES ARE ADVISED THAT NO LATE ENTRIES CAN BE ACCEPTED. ENTRY FEES MAY BE PAID CIM CASH OR BY CHEQUE} TO THE ACCOUNTS OFFICE, EXTERNAL EXAMINATIONS, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ON THE 11TB FLOOR OF CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES EOT LATER THAN JULY 23, 1974.

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

THE WESTERN SECTION OF CHAI WAN ESTATE HAD A THOROUGH WASH-UP TODAY CTHURSDAY} ON THE COMPLETION OF A FOUR-STAGE CLEAN-UP OPERATION.

IN TODAY'S ACTION HOUSING DEPARTMENT TIDINESS TEAMS

MOVED INTO THE ESTATE AND CLEARED AWAY MORE THAN 170 ILLEGAL HAWKER STALLS, 120 OVER-SIZED SUN-SHADES- AND SOME 80 ILLEGAL EXTENSION AND UNAUTHORIZED SIGN BOARDS FROM BLOCK 16 TO 27•

THE SECTION WHICH HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN BLOCKED BY ILLEGAL HAWKERS IS NOW COMPLETELY FREE FROM OBSTRUCTION AND IS CLEAN AND ORDERLY.

THE OPERATION WHICH WAS FIRST STARTED LAST YEAR HAD BEEN WELCOMED BY THE ESTATE TENANTS WHO HAD WITNESSED A MARKED •. IMPROVEMENT IN THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT.

PLANS ARE NOW IN HAND TO CLEAN UP THE EASTERN SECTION OF THE ESTATE. SIMILAR OPERATIONS WILL BE CARRIED OUT AS SOON AS THESE PLANS HAD BEEN FINALISED.

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A.M.S. SUMMER CAMP * * »Jt » * JI-

THREE HUNDRED OFFICERS AND MEMBERS OF THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICE ARE TAKINQ PART IN A TWO-OAT SUMMER CAMP OVER THE WEEKEND IN THE GROUNDS OF THE TSUN CHUN MIDDLE SCHOOL, SAI KUNG.

PARTICIPANTS COME FROM NORTHEAST KOWLOON TEAMS. THE PROGRAMME FOR THE FIRST DAY WILL INCLUDE A.'J OPENING CEREMONY, OFFICIATED BY DR. R.A. PERRY, ASSISTANT CONTROLLER OF A.M.S., FOLLOWED BY DINNER AND AH EVENING FRIENDSHIP PARTY.

ON SUNDAY MORNING, THE PARTICIPANTS WILL TRAIN AS TEAMS. AFTER LURCH, THERE WILL BE ORGANISED GROUP COMPETITIONS, SUCH AS STRETCHER-CARRYING OVER AN OBSTACLE COURSE, TEE ’HUMAN-CHAIN METHOD OF REROVING DEDR IS, THE LOWERING OF A STRETCHER FROM A HEIGHT, AND A RESCUE TEAM WALL-CLIK3.

FOR THE CLOSING CEREMONY, ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL PARADE IN UNIFORM.

TEAMS OF SOUTH KOWLOON WILL TAKE PART IN A SIMILAR SUMMER CAMP IN THE SANE SCHOOL DURING THE WEEKEND OF JULY 20 AND 21.

USE OF THE SCHOOL GROUNDS IS MADE POSSIBLE BY PERMISSION OF THE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL, THE P.EV. FATHER LAMBERTONI.

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

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WATER CUT IN KWUN TONG

. WATER SUPPLY TQ THE KUUN TONG CTSUI PING ROAD) ESTATE, BLOCKS 2 TO 6, 11 AND 12 WILL BE TURNED CFF BETWEEN 1 A.M. AND 6 A.M. ON SATURDAY (JULY ip TO ENABLE LEAKAGE TEST TO BE CARRIED OUT IN THE AREA.

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consuls?. advisory service

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THE FCLLO'JIMG PRICES L'ZRE REALISED TODAY CZISRED/.Y) AT SALE UNDER THE RICE CONTROL CCl.Lii.E AND AT 1..3- VLC7.". .ELE EARXETiKG ORGANISATION UNOLESALE CARNET ARD THE FID.'! ijLRNST'fZG ORGANISATION UNOLESALE HARNET AT Cr.EUi.'G SNA CAN, KOULCON:

SUPPLIES ARD WHOLESALE PRICES C? RICE

GRADE OF RICE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE CC/CATTY) Z.7ERAC.E

CH IHA RICE

1 1 r? 1 ~ 19 । b) COOD 2.12

S-C.JIEN GOOD 1.54

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THAl RICE

1COS WHOLE GOOD 1.52

10—15^5 CROKERS GOOD 1.C7

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.77

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.57

UHOLE GLUTINOUS

U.S> RICE GOOD 1.07

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.77

PAKISTAN RICE *——

TAIWAN RICE

SUPPLIES ARD WHOLESALE PRICES CP S'JII'E

CALL SOURCES}

AVAILA3IL1TT OF SUPPLY GOOD

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK

CS/PICUL-LIVE L’l EIGHT) 310 CAVZ2A22)

THURSDAY, JULY 11, 197^

SUPPLIES AUD WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARHJE FISH (F.H?0* CHEONG SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

SPECIES AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLES HIGH ALE PRU LOW CE (fl/CATTY) MOLE

GOLEEW THREAD GOOD 3.50 2.20 2.CO

BIG-EVES GOOD 2.50 0.60 1.50

SQU1D - LIMITED 6.50 2.20 4.50

HAIR-TAILS L’ORMAL 1.40 0.70 1.20

LIZARD FISHES LIMITED 2.60 1.20 1.90

CROAKERS LIMITED 1.50 0.50 l.CO

CORGER-PIKE-EELS FORMAL 2.CD 1.20 1.60

DREAMS • - - LIMITED 5.20 2.CO 4.20

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 2.60 0.60 1.50

MACKERELS - SCARCE 4.CO 3.C0 6.00

RED COAT FISH LIMITED l.CO 0.53 0.70

FORK-TAIL LIMITED 1.40 0.50 1.00

KORSE-HEAD GOOD 5.20 2,CO 4.20

MELO?) SEED CORI-IM 1.40 0.60 1.20

POMFRETS LIMITED 0.50 7.CO 7.50

CARO'JPAS LIMITED 7.50 5.00 6.60

YELLO’J CROAKER LIMITED 7.23 6.50 7.CO

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

CVelKOa CHEUNG SHA UAH WHOLESALE VEGETABLE IZARNET)

TYPE OF AVAILABILITY uncles: ;LE PRICE CO/CATTY)

VEGETABLE OF SUPPLY HIGH LC’J 1.3Dc

FLOWERIMG CA23AQE LIMITED 2.40 O.CO 1.60

WHITE CAB3AG.E LIMITED 2.40 c.co 1.60

CHINESE LETTUCE SCARCE 2.CO 0.60 1.43

water e?i riz.cn NORMAL O.CO C.10 0.45

CHINESE KALE eo 9 ii Q N . 2.CO O.CO 1.40

STH I NG CEANS LIUITED 2.60 c.co 1.00

SPRING CHIOH L’DIuIAL • 1.40 0.43 1.00

SPINACH —— MV*

WATER CRESS SCARCE 2.40 0.00 1.60

LEAF MUSTARD CAB3AGE IKHIHAL 1.C0 0.50 1.20

CHINESE SPINACH rronuAL O.GO 0.20 0.60

T0.1AT0 SCARCE 2.40 O.CO 1.C0

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

CONTENTS

FRIDAY, JULY 12, 1974 PAGE NO.

NEW ESTATE ON TSING Yl ISLAND WILL PROVIDE HOMES FOR 39,000 PEOPLE ............................  i

SPECIAL TRAFFIC WARDENS MAY BE PATROLLING PARKING AREAS BY OCTOBER .............................. 2’

CRAFT LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH THE HONG KONG ARTS

CENTRE PUBLISHED .............................. 3

YUEN LOIK AND TUEN MUN DISTRICTS DECLARED SMOKE CONTROL ZONE .................................. 4

GOVERNMENT’S 1973/74 ACCOUNTS SHOW SURPLUS OF $72 MILLION ................................... 5

REVIEW OF HONG KONG’S OVERSEAS TRADE LAST YEAR

NOW ON SALE ................................... 6

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WORKERS’ RIGHTS TO TRADE UNION MEMBERSHIP ..... 6

NEW BUS ROUTE INTRODUCED TO POPULAR TING KAU

BEACH ......................................... 7

PUBLICATION DATE OF S.S.E.E. RESULTS TO BE ANNOUNCED OU TUESDAY .......................... 7

REGISTER OF STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS PROPOSED ..... 8

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS .IN JORDAN ROAD .... 8

YOUTH TO AIR VIEWS ON SEX FILMS AND PORNOGRAPHIC PUBLICATIONS AT PUBLIC FORUM .................. 9

FUN FAIR ORGANISED FOR SAU MAU PING RESIDENTS .. 10

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DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

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

FRIDAY, JULY 12, 1974

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NEW HOMES FOR 39,000 ON TSING Y! ISLAND - ft ft ft ft ft ft

FRESH AIR AND SUNSHINE - THE ESSENCE OF COUNTRYSIDE LIVING -COMBINED WITH THE NECESSARY URBAN FACILITIES UILL BE AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS OF THE NEU PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE OIl TSINQ YI ISLAND, CONSTRUCTION OF WHICH IS EXPECTED TO START IN THE-NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS. , ,

THE BUILDING COMMITTEE OF THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT HAS APPROVED THE PROPOSED PLANS FOR THE ESTATE AND HOUSING DEPARTMENT ARCHITECTS ARE HOU FINALISING THE CORKING DETAILS.

THE ESTATE WILL OCCUPY A-'GROSS AREA OF 72 ACRES. THE VARIOUS BLOCKS WILL BE BUILT ON A TERRACED SLOPE OVERLOOKING THE RAMBLER CHANNEL WITH A PANORAMIC VIEW OF TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG. TSING YI ISLAND IS LINKED TO THE MAINLAND BY A BRIDGE.

IT IS HOPED THAT THE FIRST TENANTS MAY MOVE IN TOWARDS THE LATTER PART OF 1977. ON FULL DEVELOPMENT BY LATE 1980, THE ESTATE WILL PROVIDE HONES FOR 39,000 PEOPLE AT A DENSITY OF 1,070 PERSONS PER ACRE.

CONSTRUCTION WILL BE IN TWO PHASES. THE FIRST, INVOLVING 27 ACRES OF ALREADY FORKED SERIES OF TERRACES, WILL BEGIN LATER THIS YEAR AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY 1977-A TOTAL OF FOUR TWIN-TOWER BLOCKS OF 22-24 STOREYS AND ONE SLAB BLOCK HAVE BEEN INCLUDED IN THIS PHASE, PROVIDING 3,100 FLATS OF VARYING SIZES.

SITE FORMATION FOR THE SECOND PHASE OF THE DEVELOPMENT WILL ' • BE CARRIED OUT IN STAGES COMMENCING LATE THIS YEAR FOR COMPLETION BETWEEN 1976 AND 1977. BUILDING WORK WILL THEN FOLLOW WITH THE ESTATE FULLY DEVELOPED BY 1980.

THE PHASE II DEVELOPMENT WILL INCLUDE A FURTHER THREE TWIN-TOWER BLOCKS AND SIX SLAB BLOCKS WITH A TOTAL OF 3,472 FLATS.

THE FLATS WILL BE THE HOUSING AUTHORITY’S USUAL TYPE — SELF-CONTAINED WITH A PRIVATE BALCONY, KITCHEN, AND TOILET WITH SHOWER. THE SIZES OF THE FLATS VARY FROM THE SINGLE-ROOM TYPE OF 245 SQUARE FEET TO THE TUO-EEBROOM TYPE CF 450 SQUARE FEET, SIMILAR TO THOSE OF 01 MAN IN KO MAN TIN.

THE ESTATE UILL EE A VIRTUAL SELF-CONTAINED TOWNSHIP WITH ITS OWN MARKET AND SHOPS. THERE UILL BE FOUR RESTAURANTS, FIVE PRIMARY AND FIVE SECONDARY SCHOOLS, EACH UI TH 24 CLASSROOMS AND THREE KINDERGARTENS,. ALL LOCATED UITHIN THE ESTATE OR UITHIN EASY WALKING DISTANCE OF TIE DOMESTIC BLOCKS.

OTHER FACILITIES INCLUDE 15 ACRES CF CPE’! SPACE FOR RECREATIONAL AND AMENITY PURPOSES AKO CAR PARKS AND AN ESTATE GARAGE FOR 440 VEHICLES.

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. TRAFFIC WARDENS SCHEME PROPOSED ' M I SO;

TRAFFIC WARDENS WHO WILL TAKE OVER THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ENFORCING HONG KONG’S PARKING LAWS ARE EXPECTED TO BE ON THE STREETS LATER THIS YEAR IF A BILL PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE IS APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. .

AT. PRESENT THE. ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAWS ON PARKING AND THE REGULATION OF TRAFFIC ARE CARRIED OUT-LARGELY BY POLICE PATROL OI-FICERS AS A SECONDARY ASPECT OF THEIR DUTIES.

_ A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT IF THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION IS APPROVED THE INTRODUCTION OF TRAFFIC WARDENS WILL RELIEVE THE POLICEMAN ON THE BEAT-FROM THESE ROUTINE DUTIES, +THUS ALLOWING HIM TO DEVOTE HIS FULL ATTENTION TO MORE IMPORTANT DUTIES SUCH AS COMBATTING CRIME.*

.. THE- SPOKESMAN SAID IT WAS PLANNED TO ESTABLISH A CORPS OF TRAFFIC WARDENS ON A TRIAL BASIS, INITIALLY FOR A PERIOD OF SIX MONTHS. THEY WOULD OPERATE IN SELECTED AREAS AND AT THE END OF THE TRIAL PERIOD THE RESULTS OF THE SCHEME WOULD'BE APPRAISED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE.

.... ’tF IT PROVED SUCCESSFUL, CONSIDERATION WOULD BE GIVEN TO CREATING A PERMANENT CORPS OF TRAFFIC WARDENS TO OPERATE THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.

....THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT IT WAS HOPED TO GET THE TRIAL SCHEME GOING IN OCTOBER THIS YEAR.

THE POST OF TRAFFIC WARDEN WOULD BE OPEN TO BOTH MEN AND WOMEN AND RECRUITS WOULD UNDERGO FIVE WEEKS’ INTENSIVE TRAINING WHICH, AMONG OTHER THINGS, WOULD EMPHASISE THE NEED FOR COURTESY IN DEALING WITH THE PUBLIC. THEY WOULD WEAR A SPECIAL UNIFORM WHICH WOULD CLEARLY DISTINGUISH THEM FROM MEMBERS OF THE POLICE FORCE.

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AMONG THE MAIN POINTS OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) (NO.3) BILL PUBLISHED TODAY ARE THAT IT EMPOWERS THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE TO APPOINT TRAFFIC WARDENS- AND PROVIDES THAT TRAFFIC WARDENS WILL HAVE THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF A POLICE OFFICER IN ENFORCING PARKING LAWS AND IN THE CONTROL AND'REGULATION OF TRAFFIC, INCLUDING PEDESTRIANS.

-HOWEVER, THE BILL STIPULATES THAT A TRAFFIC WARDEN IS PROHIBITED FROM ARRESTING, DETAINING OR SEARCHING A PERSON-AN D THAT HE MUST OBEY ALL LAWFUL ORDERS GIVEN HIM BY A POLICE OFFICER OF OR ABOVE THE RANK OF SERGEANT.

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ANOTHER- PROVISION I fl THE BILL MAKES IT AN OFFENCE FOR A PERSON WHO IS. NOT A TRAFFIC WARDEN TO WEAR THE UNIFORM OF A. WARDEN OR BE IN POSSESSION OF AN IDENTITY CARD ISSUED TO A TRAFFIC WARDEN. ON CONVICTION, THE MAXIMUM PENALTY IS A FINE OF 85,000 AND SIX MOUTHS IMPRISOHMEHT.

TWO MINOR AMEUCMEUTS ARE ALSO BEING SOUGHT TO THE .FIXED PENALTY (TRAFFIC CONTRAVENTIONS) ORDINANCE TO EMPOWER TRAFFIC WARDENS TO ISSUE PARKING TICKETS UNDER THE ORDINANCE.

BOTH BILLS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL NEXT WEEK.

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DRAFT LEGISLATION PROVIDING FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE AND TO ENSURE THAT ITS FACILITIES WILL BE USED AS FAR AS POSSIBLE FOR THE BENEFIT CF THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE, WILL BE INTRODUCED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SHORTLY.

KNOWN AS THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE BILL 1974, IT FOLLOWS AN AGREEMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT TO MAKE A PRIVATE TREATY GRANT OF ABOUT 10,000 SQUARE FEET OF LAND ON THE WAN CHAI RECLAMATION TO THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE LTD. WHICH IS CURRENTLY REGISTERED UNDER THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE AND IS WHOLLY CONTROLLED BY ITS MEI3ERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE.

THE BILL, GAZETTED .TODAY, PROVIDES FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CENTRE TO TAKE OVER ALL THE ASSETS, LIABILITIES AND FUNCTIONS OF THE EX ISTING COMPANY. .

IT STIPULATES THAT THE OBJECTS OF THE CENTRE ARE GENERALLY TO PROMOTE, ENCOURAGE AND PROVIDE FOR THE APPRECIATION OF AND PARTICIPATION IN THE VISUAL, MUSICAL AND PERFORMING ARTS IN HONG KONG.

APART FROM GIVING THE CENTRE GENERAL POWERS FOR THE BETTER CARRYING OUT OF ITS OBJECTS, THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A STATUTORY BOARD OF GOVERNORS WITH POWERS TO DIRECT AND CONTROL THE ACTIVITIES OF THE CENTRE.

THE BOARD IS REQUIRED, AMONG OTHER FUNCTIONS, TO KEEP THE ACTIVITIES OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE UNDER REVIEW.

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YUEN LONQ-TUEN MUN LATEST SMOKE CONTROL AREA n s » n r

THE COMBINED AREA OF YUEN LONG AND TUEN MUN IS TODAY DECLARED AS HONG KONG'S SIXTH SMOKE CONTROL AREA.

THE NEU SMOKE CONTROL AREA COVERS ABOUT 85 SQUARE MILES, MORE THAN DOUBLING THE LAND AREA OF HONG KONG SO FAR DESIGNATED AS SMOKE CONTROL AREAS. '*■*'

THE DECLARATION IS DUE TO BECOME EFFECTIVE ON SEPTEMBER 10, 1974. UNDER THE NOTICE, PUBLISHED IN TODAY'S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC IN TUEN HUN ARD YUEN LONG ARE GIVEN 21 DAYS TO COMMENT ON THE DECLARATION.

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S AIR POLLUTION CONTROL OFFICER, MR. DAVID NEWBURY, SAID TODAY: ♦THE DECISION TO DECLARE THE YUEN LONG-TUEN KUN AREA IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT EECAUSE THE AREA HAS BEEN DESIGNATED BY THE GOVERNMENT AS A DEVELOPMENT AREA INTO WHICH INDUSTRY, COMMERCE AND RESIDENTIAL ACCOMMODATION WILL BE INTRODUCED IN A PLANNED AND ORDERLY FASHION.

+SO, PERHAPS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HONG KONG. L’E SHALL HAVE ESTABLISHED ANTI-POLLUTION LEGISLATION BEFORE THE POTENTIAL POLLUTERS ARRIVE.

+THIS SHOULD ENSURE THAT THE QUALITY OF THE ENVIRONMENT IS MAINTAINED FOR THIS AREA IN THE YEARS TO CORE.

♦WITH THE EXCEPTION OF SHA TIN, THE HEU AREA DIFFERS FROM ALL THE PREVIOUSLY DESIGNATED SMOKE CONTROL AREAS IN THAT IT IS IN THE MAIN A COUNTRY AREA. AGRICULTURE IS ITS MAIN OCCUPATION, AND THERE IS OHLY RELATIVELY LIGHT INDUSTRIAL AID COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY, CENTRED ON TUEN KUN AMD YUEN LCNG.+

MR. NEWBURY SAID HIS UNIT'S ACTIVITIES WOULD BE INTENSIFIED IN THE NEW CONTROL AREA OVER THE NEXT SIX MONTHS, SO THAT ALL EXISTING AMD HEU FUEL USERS WOULD RECEIVE ADEQUATE ADVICE ON WAYS TO AVOID AERIAL POLLUTION.

HE SAID: +AS THE NEW SMOKE CONTROL AREA COINCIDES WITH THE DECLARED DEVELOPMENT AREA, ANY FUEL USER PLANNING TO MOVE INTO THE AREA WOULD BE UELL ADVISED TO STUDY THE CLEAN AIR (FURNACES, OVEN AND CHIMNEYS} (INSTALLATION AMD ALTERATION} REGULATIONS 1972.

+THESE REGULATIONS HAKE IT COMPULSORY FOR HIM TO SUBMIT PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS OF ALL FUEL BURNING EQUIPMENT, FURNACE AND CHIMNEYS TO THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S AIR POLLUTION CONTROL UNIT FOR APPROVAL BEFORE BUILDING BEGINS SO UE CAN HAKE SURE THEY WILL NOT GIVE RISE TO POLLUTION.*

MR. NEWBURY POINTED OUT THAT THE. DARK SMOKE WHICH CAUSED AIR POLLUTION WAS A RESULT OF INEFFICIENT BURRING. ■<EFFICIENT BURD ING EOT OHLY SAVES FUEL BUT ALSO SAVES YOU FROM A FIKE WHICH MAY ARISE OUT OF AN /OFFENCE UNDER THE CLEAN AIR ORDINANCE,+ HE SAID.

♦ANY FUEL USER CAN GET FREE ADVICE. ON HOU TO COMPLY WITH THE LAW AND AT THE SAKE TIME SAVE FUEL COSTS BY RINGING MEMBERS OF THE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL UNIT ON 3-683924 OR 3-o83954.+

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UNDER THE* CLEAN AIR ORDINANCE, AN CCCUPI EJ^^ANY PREMISES WITHIN THE SMOKE CONTROL AREA WHO OPERATES A fWNlACE, OVEN OR CHIMNEY EMITTING DARK SMOKE FOR MORE THAN SIX MINUTES IN A PERIOD OF FOUR HOURS, OR MORE THAN THREE MINUTES AT AW ONE THS, IS LIABLE TO A $2,000 FIKE. HE CAM ALSO EE FINED $50 FOR EVERY- 15 MINUTES DURING WHICH THE OFFENCE CONTINUES.

IN APRIL THIS YEAR, THE CHEUNG SHA WAN- SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT WAS DECLARED A SMOKE CONTROL AREA. THE OTHER FOUR SMOKE CONTROL AREAS SO FAR DECLARED ARE KUU.’I TONG (IN 1960), SHA TIN CIN 1962>, NORTH POINT CIN 19640 AND TSUEN WAN LAST YEAR.

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$439 M. DEFICIT RECORDED IN MARCH

BUT 1973/74 ACCOUNTS STILL SHOU SURPLUS OF $72 M. MOM

THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTS FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 1974 SHOW A DEFICIT OF $439MJLLION COMPARED WITH A DEFICIT OF $440 MILLION IN MARCH LAST YEAR.

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TOTAL REVENUE FOR THE MONTH AT $471 MILLION WAS $28 MILLION

LESS THAN IN MARCH 1973. THE TOTAL REVENUE FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1973-1974 AT $5,241 MILLION WAS $305 MILLION MORE THAN 1972-73. IT IS $35 MILLION LESS THAN THE REVISED ESTIMATE SHOWN IN THE ESTIMATES OF REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE FOR THE YEAR ENDING MARCH 31» 1975. LARGELY AS A RESULT OF LESS LAND EE ING PUT UP FOR SALE THAN WAS ANTICIPATED WHEN THE REVISED ESTIMATE WAS PREPARED.

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TOTAL EXPENDITURE FOR -THE MONTH AMOUNTED TO $909 MILLION, WHICH INCLUDED $300 MILLION TOWARDS THE GOVERNMENT'S CONTRIBUTION TO THE EQUITY OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION.

THE TOTAL EXPENDITURE FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1973-74 WAS $5,169 MILLION — $070 MILLION MORE THAN 1972-73. THE REVISED,,. ESTIMATE OF EXPENDITURE INCLUDED IN THE ESTIMATES OF REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE FOR THE YEAR ENDING MARCH 31, 1975 WAS $4,833 MILLION TO WHICH SHOULD BE ADDED THE $300 MILLION TRANSFERRED TO THE HASS TRANSIT FUND TO GIVE A TOTAL OF $5,133 MILLION. ' ■ • J

THE $36 MILLION BY WHICH ACTUAL EXPENDITURE HAS THUS EXCEEDED THE REVISED ESTIMATE IS LARGELY ACCOUNTED FOR DY A SLIGHTLY HIGHER RATE OF EXPENDITURE IN THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME THAN WAS EXPECTED WHEN THE ESTIMATES WERE PREPARED.

AS A RESULT OF REVENUE BEING SLIGHTLY LOUER THAN THE REVISED ESTIMATE AND EXPENDITURE BEING SLIGHTLY HIGHER, THE SURPLUS FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1973“74 IS $72 MILLION COMPARED WITH $637 MILLION FOR 1972-73 AND THE REVISED ESTIMATE OF $143 MILLION IN THE ESTIMATES OF EXPENDITURE FOR THE YEAR ENDING MARCH 31» 1975 AFTER ALLOWING FOR THE TRANSFER TO THE MASS TRANSIT FUND. »

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THE +HONG KONG REVIEW OF OVERSEAS TRADE KI 1973+ WHICH LOOKS INTO THE PERFORMANCE OF HONG KONG'S EXTERNAL TRADE OF LAST YEAR WAS ISSUED TODAY.

IT CONTAINS EIGHT GRAPHS AND 23 STATISTICAL APPENDICES SHOWING THE SITUATION OF THE OVERSEAS TRADE WITH COMPARATIVE • • FIGURES OF PREVIOUS YEARS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT NOTED THAT THE REVIEW ATTEMPTED TO PRESENT.A COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS OF .THE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN THE COMPOSITION AND DIRECTION OF TRADE LAST YEAR.

♦ESTIMATES OF CHANGES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND IMPORTS IN QUANTITY TERMS, AS WELL AS THE RESPECTIVE PRICE CHANGES, DY HONG KONG’S MAJOR MARKETS AND SUPPLIERS ARE ALSO PUBLISHED FOR THE FIRST TIME.

♦THESE ESTIMATES, IN THE FORMS OF.UNIT VALUE AND QUANTUM •’ INDEX NUMBERS, ARE USEFUL IN STUDIES SUCH AS THE ANALYSES OF HONG KONG'S PERFORMANCE IN HER MAJOR EXPORT MARKETS, AND THE CHANGES IN IMPORT COSTS OF RAW MATERIALS AND FOODSTUFFS AS A RESULT OF THE WORLD-WIDE INFLATION AND CURRENCY RE-ALIGID3NTS,+ HE ADDED.

COPIES OF THIS REVIEW ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, STAR FERRY CONCOURSE, HONG KONG, AT Co.00 PER COPY.

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A DRAFT AMENDMENT TO THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE, ENTITLED

THE EMPLOYMENT CAMENDMENT} (NO. 3D DILL, 1974, IS PUBLISHED IN TODAY'S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE PRIOR TO SUBMISSION TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

IT ENDORSES THE EMPLOYEE'S RIGHT, AS ACKNOWLEDGED IN THE TRADE UNIONS ORDINANCE, TO ORGANISE TRADE UNIONS WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THAT ORDINANCE.

THE AMENDMENT GIVES STATUTORY PROTECTION TO AM EMPLOYEE'S RIGHTS TO BELONG TO A UNION REGISTERED UNDER THE TRADE UNIONS ORDINANCE- TAKE PART IN ITS ACTIVJTIES AT APPROPRIATE TIMES- -ASSOCIATE WITH OTHER PERSONS IN FORMING-AND SEEKING REGISTRATION OF SUCH A BODY- AND NOT TO BE HANDICAPPED IN GETTING EMPLOYMENT OR STAYING IN EMPLOYMENT BY REASON OF MEMBERSHIP OF A BODY REGISTERED UNDER THE TRADE UNIONS ORDINANCE.

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HOLIDAY-MAKERS WILL FIND IT HORE CONVENIENT NEXT WEEK TO TRAVEL TO THE POPULAR TING KAU BATHING BEACH Oil CASTLE PEAK ROAD OPPOSITE NORTHERN TSIfJG YI ISLAND UlTH THE INTRODUCTION OF A NEU BUS ROUTE OPERATING FROM KOWLOON STAR FERRY. * •

STARTING ON SUNDAY CJULY 14), THE KOL’LOOfl MOTOR BUS COMPANY MILL OPERATE THE NEW SERVICE, DESIGNATED ROUTE 60, ON SUNDAYS ARD PUBLIC HOLIDAYS ON A LEATHER PERMITTING BASIS DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS OF JULY AND AUGUST.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THE NEU ROUTE ' WILL RUN BETWEEN KOULCON STAR FERRY AND TING KAU BEACH VIA NATHAN ROAD, LAI CUI KOK ROAD AID CASLTE PEAK ROAD.

IT WILL BE OPERATED BY D0U3LE-DECK BUSES BETWEEN 9-30 A.M. AND 7.45 P.M. AT 15-HIKUTE FREQUENCIES, CHARGING A FLAT FARE OF $1. K1I3 MAY SUSPEND THE SERVICE IF THE HEATHER IS DAD.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID: 4-UITH THE BEGINNING OF THE SHINNING SEASON AND SCHOOLS STARTING THEIR SUMMER HOLIDAYS, THE BEHIND FOR TRANSPORT TO THE BEACH WILL 112REASE.

+UE ARE HOPEFUL THAT THIS NEU SERVICE WILL ENCOURAGE MOTORISTS TO LEAVE THEIR CARS BEHIND WHEN TRAVELLING TO THE -BEACH, THEREBY REDUCING TRAFFIC CONGESTION ALONG CASTLE PEAK ROAD.+

A NEW BUS TERMINUS HAS BEEN OPENED AT TING KAU BEACH TO PROVIDE CONVENIENT PASSENGER FACILITIES, HE ADDED.

FOR RESIDENTS IN KWAI*’CHUNG AID TSUN WAN AREAS; A BUS SERVICE, ROUTE 62, IS OPERATING AT A 50-CENT FLAT FARE ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS TO TING KA’J AND SHAM TSENG PROVIDING CONNECTING FACILITIES TO THE FERRY SERVICE FOR NA WAN ISLAND.

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THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THE DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE SECONDARY SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAMINATION RESULTS WILL BE DECIDED AT A MEETING OF THE S.S.E.E. COMMITTEE NEXT TUESDAY CJULY 16). (

THE DATE OF PUBLCATION WILL BE ANNOUNCED AFTER THAT MEETING. THE TOTAL NUMBER OF SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES WON THROUGH THE S.S.E.E. WILL BE APPROXIMATELY 50 FER CEIJT OF THE NUMBER OF CANDIDATES WHO SAT THE EXAMINATION.

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♦AUTHORISED ARCHITECT* MEANS ' ARCHITECT, CIVIL ENGINEER OR SURVEYOR n. n n is k- it .

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CLARFICATION OF THE TERM +AUTHORISED ARCHITECTS* - THE “ PHRASE USED TO DENOTE THOSE PEOPLE AUTHORISED TO SUBMIT BUILDING PLANS - IS ONE OF THE.PURPOSES OF A BILL WHICH WAS ‘ GAZETTED TODAY. <’ . .

THE BILL, ENTITLED THE BUILDINGS {AMENDMENT) BILL 1974," PROVIDES FOR THE IDENTIFICATION, IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST, OF THE THREE PROFESSIONALLY QUALIFIED TYPES OF PERSON WHOM THE TERM +AUTHORISED ARCHITECT* COVERED: ARCHITECTS, CIVIL ENGINEERS AND SURVEYORS.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THERE VAS AN OBVIOUS ADVANTAGE TO ANYONE WANTING TO HAVE BUILDING PLANS • . DRAWN UP AND SUBMITTED ON HIS BEHALF IF TRE QUALIFICATIONS OF PEOPLE AUTHORISED TO REPRESENT HIM UERE MADE CLEAR. THE TERM +AUTHOR1SED ARCHITECT* U1LL DISAPPEAR, •

ANOTHER PROVISION OF THE DILL IS TO MAKE STRUCTURAL -v ENGINEERS LEGALLY RESPONSIBLE .FOR SUPERVISING THE DIECUTION OF STRUCTURAL DESIGNS WHICH THEY HAVE PREPARED.

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ASSOCIATED WITH THIS IS THE INTRODUCTION OF A REGISTER OF STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS, IN ADDITION TO A REGISTER OF THE THREE PROFESSIONAL CATEGORIES PREVIOUSLY COVERED BY THE TERM ♦AUTHORISED ARCHITECT*.

THE BILL WILL BE INTRODUCED TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL NEXT WEEK.

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NEU TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS UILL COME INTO EFFECT AS FROM 10 A.M NEXT MONDAY {JULY 15) AT THE JORDAN ROAD INTERSECTION AND FERRY CONCOURSE TO FACILITATE ROAD IMPROVEMENT WORKS IN THE AREA.

UNDER THE NEU SYSTEM, MOTORISTS UILL NOT DE ABLE TO USE THE EXISTING ENTRY INTO THE JORDAN ROAD BUS TERMINUS AND PASSENGER FERRY PIER./ HOWEVER, VEHICLES GOING INTO THE BUS TERMINUS AND PASSENGER FERRY WILL DE ABLE TO USE THE EASTERN CARRIAGEWAY OF THE REALIGNED SECTION OF CANTON ROAD INTO THE NEW ACCESS ROAD TO THE BUS TERMINUS.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE EXISTING TAXI STAND AT THE EASTERN SIDE OF THE JORDAN ROAD BUS TERMINUS WILL BE TEMPORARILY RESITED TO THE SOUTHERN-MOST BUS BAY AT THE TERMINUS.

FOR TRAFFIC GOING OUT FROM THE BUS TERMINUS AND VEHICULAR FERRY CONCOURSE, THE ROUTING REMAIN THE SAME.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE POSTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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YOUTH TO SPEAK OUT ON PORNOGRAPHY

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICES IN KOWLOON CITY, MONGKOK AND CENTRAL DISTRICT HAVE ORGANIZED YOUTH FORUMS ON +THE INFLUENCE OF SEX FILMS AND PORNOGRAPHIC PUBLICATIONS ON YOUTH TODAY* TO DE HELD SIMULTANEOUSLY TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON-IN THEIR AREAS.

THE PURPOSE OF THE FORUMS IS TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON CURRENT AFFAIRS AND OBTAIN RELIABLE INFORMATION FROM GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE SOURCES RELATED TO THE SUBJECT.

MR. HENRY AU, ACTING SENIOR PRINCIPAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER IN CHARGE OF THE GROUP AND COMMUNITY WORK DIVISION UNDER WHICH THE C.Y.O.S OPERATE, COMMENTED: +1 AM SURE THAT ANY VIEWS EXPRESSED BY YOUNG PEOPLE IN THESE FORUMS WILL BE OF CONSIDERABLE VALUE TO THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENTS AS IT IS ESSENTIAL TO KNOW WHAT YOUNG PEOPLE NOWADAYS FEEL AND THINK ABOUT MATTERS WHICH AFFECT THEM.*

PANELISTS REPRESENTING PRESS AND TELEVISION, FILM CENSORS, DISTRICT LEADERS AND YOUTH GROUPS OR ORGANIZATIONS WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE FORUMS.

THE FORUM ON HONG KONG ISLAND WILL BE HELD AT THE CENTRAL DISTRICT CARITAS YOUTH CENTRE ON THE TOP FLOOR OF ON LOK YUEN BUILDING IN DES VOEUX.ROAD, CENTRAL.

THE ONE IN KOWLOON CITY WILL BE HELD AT THE CARITAS YOUTH CENTRE (NEXT TO ST. THERESA’S*CHURCH) AT 256A, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, WHILE THE MONQKOK FORUM WILL BE HELD AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH YOUTH CENTRE IN YIM PO FONG STREET, KOWLOON.

ALL THE FORUMS BEGIN AT 3.00 P.M. AND ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. IT IS EXPECTED THAT AT LEAST 400 YOUNG PEOPLE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 16 AND 25 WILL TAKE PART.

DETAILS OF THE FORUMS CAN BE OBTAINED AT THE COMMUNITY AND YOUTH WORK OFFICE (KOWLOON CITY), C/O HUNG HOM CITY DISTRICT SUU-OFFICE, 32, UUHU STREET, KOWLOON, (TEL. 3-65892B)-THE COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICE CMONQKOK) AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH’S YOUTH CENTRE, YIM PO FONG STREET, KOWLOON, (TEL. 3-850518)-AND AT THE COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICE (CENTRAL) AT THE WESTERN MAGISTRACY BUILDING, WESTERN DISTRICT, HONG KONG, CTcL. 5“491885>

FRIDAY, JULY 12, 1974

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FUN FAIR FOR SAU MAU PING RESIDENTS

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SOME 3,000 PEOPLE OF ALL AGES IN SAU MAU PING WILL BE TREATED TO A DAY OF FUN TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT A FUN FAIR AND VARIETY SHOW ORGANISED BY SIX WELFARE AGENCIES IN THE SAU MAU PING ESTATE.

THE FUNCTION WILL BE HELD AT THE HALL IN THE SAU MAU PING (CENTRAL) ESTATE WELFARE BUILDING FROM 4 P.M. TO 7 P-M.

ORGANIZERS ARE THE TWO ESTATE COMMUNITY WORK OFFICES OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND THE SUB-OFFICE OF THE KWUN TONG C.D.O.

ALSO INVOLVED ARE THE Y.M.C.A. CENTRE, THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB ASSOCIATION CHILDREN'S CENTRE AND PING NGON YOUTH SERVICE CENTRE IN SAU MAU PING. THEY WILL BE ASSISTED BY A GROUP OF 100 VOLUNTEERS.

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE

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..MntrOT^Z2*rL0U,NQ PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY (FRIDAY) AT SALE ™ «’CE C0NTn0L SCHEME ARD AT THE VEGETABLE MARKETING

ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AND THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEUNG SHA WAN, KOWLOON:

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

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

CHINA RICE: SEE HEU • OLD CROP

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.16

S.c. JIEN

- OLD CROP

- NEW CROP GOOD 1.95

PO NGA I KO SALE

CHU CHO KO SALE

THAI RICE: 1003 WHOLE GOOD 2.02

10-15 3 BROKENS A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD GOOD 1.87 1.77

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.57

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 1.80

U.S. RICE GOOD 1.87

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.77

PAKISTAN RICE KO SALE

TAIWAN RICE HO SALE

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY - qoOD

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK

C$/PICUL-LIVE WEIGHT) - 310 (AVERAGE)

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FRIDAY, JULY 12, 1974

SUPPLIES AMD WHOLESALE : PRICES CF HARI I ZE FISH

CFMO CHEUNG SHA WAN W HOLESALE FISH NARKI ET)

SPECIES AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

HIGH LOU MODE

GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 3.60 2*00 2.80

BIG-EYES GOOD 2.70 0.80 1.80

SQUID NORMAL 6.20 2.50 5.00

HAIR-TAILS LIMITED 1.90 0.70 1.40

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 2.50 1.20 1.90

CROAKERS LIMITED 1.70 0.60 1.00

CONGER-PIKE-EELS LIMITED 2.40 1.50 1.80

BREAMS SCARCE 5.40 2.50 4.00

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 1.60 0.50 1.66

MACKERELS LIMITED 4.50 2.80 3.60

RED GOAT FISH FORK-TAIL HORSE-HEAD LIMITED LIMITED GOOD 0.90 1.50 4.80 0.40 0.50 2.00 0.60 0.70 3-00 < 1.20 7.00

MELON SEED POMFRETS NORMAL SCARCE 1.60 7.50 1.C0 5.80

GAROUPAS NORMAL 7.00 5.00 6.00

YELLOW CROAKER SCARCE » 7.00 5.00 6.00

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

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

SUPPLY HIGH LOU MODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE LIMITED 2.20 0.80 1.50

WHITE CABBAGE LIMITED 2.20 0.60 1.40

CHINESE LETTUCE SCARCE 2.00 0.60 1.40

WATER SPINACH NORMAL 0.70 0.10 0.40

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 2.00 0.80 1.40

STRING BEANS LIMITED 2.60 0.60 1.80

SPRING ONION NORMAL 1.50 0.40 1.00

SPINACH

WATER CRESS SCARCE 2.-40 0.80 1.60

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE NORMAL 1.80 0.50 1.20

CHINESE SPINACH NORMAL 0.'80 0.20 0.50

TOMATO A SCARCE 2.40 0.80 1.80

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SATURDAY, JULY 13, 1974.

CONTENTS

PACE NO.

MANY OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE FOR SCHOOL LEAVERS WITH TECHNICAL BIAS ........................................... 1 ..

REGISTRATION FOR NEW JUVENILE l.D. CARDS 'ENCOURAGING' 2

FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU OFFICERS KEPT BUSY LAST MONTH . 3

BUILDING AUTHORITY ORDERS SUSPENSION OF WORK OH CONDUIT ROAD CONSTRUCTION SITE FOLLOWING FATAL LANDSLIP ......... 4

SUMMER CONFERENCE FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS EXPERIMENTING WITH NEW TEACHING METHOD ........................ 4

TAI PO SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME KICKS OFF TOMORROW ........ 5

TICKETS FOR FIFTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY NOU ON SALE ........ 5

BRITISH INDUSTRY OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS TO HONG KONG ENGINEERS ............................................... o

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

Saturday, july 13, 1974

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THERE ARE PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR SECONDARY MODERN AND PRE-VOCATIONAL SCHOOL LEAVERS IN HONG KONG, THE ACTING • ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (TECHNICAL), MR. DANIEL WATERS SAID TODAY.

AT THE PRESENT TIME, IT IS PERHAPS A LITTLE MORE DIFFICULT, IN MANY CASES, FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO FIND JOBS ON LEAVING SCHOOL. BUT DON’T BE DESPONDENT, HONG KONG IS A BIG BUSTLING CITY FULL OF ACTIVITY.

♦MANY VERY EXCITING PROJECTS WILL MATERIALISE WITHIN THE NEAR FUTURE, FOR EXAMPLE, TAKE THE UNDERGROUND RAILING- THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS WILL OCCUPY A LARGE WORKFORCE. THEN THERE IS THE LARGE NETWORK OF ROADS AID THE MANY LARGE BUILDING PROJECTS - BOTH PRIVATE AND GOVERNMENT WHICH WILL TAKE SHAPE,♦ HE SAID.

MR. WATERS WAS SPEAKING AT THE KEI HEEP SECONDARY MODERN SCHOOL GRADUATION CEREMONY.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR SAID MANY BOYS AND GIRLS WERE CLAMOURING TO JOIN KEI HEEP, THE POPULARITY OF WHICH HAD INCREASED AND EVERY PLACE IN THE SCHOOL WAS HEAVILY OVERSUBSCRIBED.

THIS YEAR THERE ARE 7.000 APPLICANTS FOR 300 PLACES,+ MR. WATERS SAID.

HE ASSURED THE PUPILS THAT OVERSEAS VISITORS WHO WANT TO SEE SOMETHING OF WHAT IS BEING DONE IN HONG KONG IN THE WAY OF A SECONDARY EDUCATION WITH A TECHNICAL BIAS, +THEY SOMEHOW MANAGE TO FIND THEIR WAY TO KEI HEEP TO LOOK AROUND.+

A FEW OF THE EXCEPTIONAL PUPILS AT KEI HEEP WHO COMPLETED THEIR THREE—YEAR COURSE HAVE TRANSFERRED TO A SECONDARY TECHNICAL SCHOOL AND HAVE COMPLETED A FIVE-YEAR COURSE.

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MR. WATERS SAID HANY OF THE SCHOOLS’ PUPILS HAD GONE DIRECTLY INTO EMPLOYMENT IN INDUSTRY. +BECAUSE THEY HAVE STUDIED A CRAFT IN-DEPTH THEY HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO ENTER DIRECTLY INTO THE SECOND YEAR OF AN APPRENT1CESH1P.+

AGAIN, BECAUSE OF THEIR PREVIOUS STUDIES IN YOUR SCHOOL THEY HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO ENTER INTO THE SECOND YEAR OF A PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE COURSE AT MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE.+

HE TOLD THE PUPILS THAT AFTER THEY HAD DRAWN UP A PLAN, IT WAS UP TO THEM TO CARRY IT OUT.

DON’T LET ANYTHING PUT YOU OFF ACHIEVING IT. YOU HAVE A DUTY TO YOURSELF AND TO GOD TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOURSELF WHILE YOU ARE ON EARTH.

NOT ONLY DO YOU HAVE A DUTY IN THIS RESPECT YOU ALSO HAVE A DUTY TO THE COMMUNITY IN WHICH YOU LIVE. THAT IS WHY YOU SHOULD TRY AND JOIN ORGANISATION THAT DOES WORK FOR CHARITY.+ MR. WATERS SAID.

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REGISTRATION FOR NEW JUVENILE IDENTITY CARDS

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SCHOOL CHILDREN IN THE 12-13 AGE GROUP ARE URGED TO HAKE USE OF THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS TO REGISTER FOR THE NEW TYPE OF JUVENILE IDENTITY CARDS INTRODUCED LAST NOVEMBER.

IN'MAKING THIS APPEAL, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT RESPONSE TO THE NEU IDENTITY CARDS SCHEME WAS ENCOURAGING IN THE LAST EIGHT MONTHS AS OVER 130,000 CHILDREN HAD COME FORWARD FOR REGISTRATION.

AS PROCESSING FOR CHILDREN IN THE 11 AGE GROUP WAS COMPLETED MUCH EARLIER THAN WAS EXPECTED, THE DEPARTMENT COULD NOU START DEALING WITH THOSE BORN BETWEEN NOVEMBER 2, 1962 AND NOVEMBER 1, 1964, HE SAID.

DURING THE LONG SUMMER HOLIDAYS, NO ADDITIONAL SPECIAL FACILITIES WILL BE PROVIDED FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN, AND THE MOBILE REGISTRATION TEAMS FROM THE DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO STOP,, VISITING SCHOOLS UNTIL THE NEW TERM OPENS AGAIN IN SEPTEMBER.

ALL CHILDREN WITHIN THIS AGE GROUP MAY REGISTER AT ANY OF THE DEPARTMENT'S BRANCH OFFICES OR SUB-OFFICES, BUT THEY MUST BE ACCOMPANINED BY THEIR PARENTS OR GUARDIANS.

+THEY SHOULD BRING WITH THEM THEIR BIRTH CERTIFICATES AND PREVIOUS JUVENILE IDENTITY CARDS, IF AVAILABLE,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+THE IDENTITY CARD OF THE ACCOMPANYING PARENT OR GUARDIAN SHOULD ALSO BE PRODUCED TO FACILITATE REGISTRATION,* THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

AND CHINESE, DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH, AND NATIONALITY — THUS MAKING IT EASIER FOR THE HOLDER TO IDENTIFY HIMSELF WHEN APPLYING FOR JOBS OR FOR SCHOOLING PURPOSES.

MEANWHILE, CHILDREN BETWEEN 14 AND 17 YEARS OLD WHO ALREADY HOLD A JUVENILE IDENTITY CARD NEED NOT YET APPLY FOR THE NEW CARDS.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT DUE TO THE VERY LARGE NUMBER OF CHILDREN WITHIN THIS AGE GROUP IT WOULD TAKE SOME TIME TO ISSUE THE NEU CARDS TO THEM.

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HOWEVER, HE STRESSED THAT, CHILDREN AGED 18 MUST REGISTER FOR ADULT CARDS WITHIN 30 DAYS AFTER REACHING THEIR 18-YEAR-OLD BIRTHDAY.

THE NEU JUVENILE CARDS WILL CE ISSUED FREE OF CHARGE ON FIRST REGISTRATION, BUT $2 WILL CE CHARGED FOR A REPLACEMENT AS A RESULT OF LOSS, DAMAGE CR DEFACEMENT CHILE 05 WILL CE LEVIED FOR AMENDMENTS TO PRICE REGISTERED PARTICULARS.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO POINTED OUT THAT IDENTITY CARD HOLDERS WHO UIS!! TO AMEND THEIR NATIONALITY STATUS COULD MO'J CALL AT ANY ORE OF THE DEPARTMENT'S BRANCH OFFICES OR BUS-OFFICES IN BOTH URBAN ARD RURAL AREAS.

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ALMOST 17,000 INSPECTIONS WERE CARRIED OUT BY FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU OFFICERS .DUR INQ JUNE, A FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN REVEALED TODAY.

MORE THAN 7,000 OF THESE INSPECTIONS RELATED TO COMPLAINTS CONCERNING MEANS OF ESCAPE, FOLLOUED BY OVER 5,000 INSPECTIONS OF FACTORIES AND OTHER INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS.

A TOTAL OF 1,714 GENERAL COMPLAINTS UAS ALSO LOOKED INTO.

THE NUMBER OF VENTILATION SYSTEMS IN BUILDINGS AND INDUSTRY INSPECTED UAS 693, WHILE INSPECTIONS OF SCHOOLS TOTALLED 563. THERE WERE 660 INSPECTIONS CONNECTED WITH DANGEROUS GOODS.

OTHER INSPECTIONS INCLUDED 26 CINEMAS AND THEATRES, 20 MATSHEDS, 7 DANCING HALLS AND ACADEMIES, 2 BILLIARD ROOMS, AND 222 RESTAURANTS AND NIGHTCLUBS.

INSPECTIONS OF FIRE SERVICES INSTALLATIONS IN BUILDINGS AND INDUSTRY TOTALLED 550.

DURING THE MONTH, 26 DANGEROUS GOODS LICENCES WERE ISSUED AND 174 WERE RENEWED. >

A TOTAL OF 494 FIRE HAZARD ABATEMENT NOTICES WERE HANDED OUT AMD 54 PROSECUTIONS UNDERTAKEN, RESULTING IN FINES TOTALLING $16,055 BEING IMPOSED.

THE NUMBER OF INSPECTIONS CONDUCTED BY THE BUREAU DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR IS 90,480. PROSECUTIONS FOR THE SAME PERIOD NUMBER 702 AND FINES IMPOSED AMOUNT TO $297,910.

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SATURDAY, JULY 1J,_ 1974.

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY (SATURDAY) ISSUED AN ORDER FOR ALL WORK TO CEASE ON THE CONSTRUCTION SITE AT 39A-F CONDUIT ROAD, WHERE TWO WORKERS DIED IN A LANDSLIP ACCIDENT YESTERDAY (JULY 12). THE ORDER WILL REMAIN IN FORCE UNTIL SATISFACTORY PRECAUTIONS HAVE DEEN TAKEN.

A CPOKESMAN FOR THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE SAID THAT B.O.O. STAFF HAD VISITED THE SITE YESTERDAY AND TODAY AND FURTHER INSPECTIONS WILL TAKE PLACE.

HE ADDED THAT THERE WAS NO REASON WHY RESIDENTS OF NEARBY BUILDINGS SHOULD FEEL ANY ANXIETY AND THERE WAS KO INTENTION TO RECOMMEND THE EVACUATION OF ANY BUILDING.

+UE DO ROT FEAR ANY SERIOUS FAILURE IN THIS AREA.+

HE SAID. +BUT THERE IS GOOD REASON FOR Et.'SURIKG THE

HE SAID, bUl s|te T0 ANy POSSIBLE

WHICH IS WHY THE CEASE-WORK ORDER HAS

WORKERS ON Pi IS FURTHER HAZARD, BEEN 1SSUED.+

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MORE THAN 100 TEACHERS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND THE SUMMER CONFERENCE FOR TEACHERS OF THE PILOT SCHEME IN SIX PRIMARY SCHOOLS TO BE HELD AT THE C.RANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION ON MONDAY (JULY 15).

THE CONFERENCE WILL BE OPENED BY THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS), MR. ARTHUR BROUN.

SPEAKERS AT THE CONFERENCE ARE DR. HO CHUNQ-CHUNG, THE RECENTLY RETIRED PRINCIPAL OF TRUE LIGHT MIDDLE SCHOOL OF HONG KONG3 MISS B. BAPTISTA, LECTURER, SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGE OF EDUCATION^ AND MISS STELLA CHAN SAU-CHUN, PRINCIPAL OF SHENG KUNG HUI KEI HIN (EPIPHANY) PRIMARY SCHOOL.

DURING THE CONFERENCE, THE PARTICIPANTS WILL REVIEW THE PROGRESS OF THE ACTIVITY METHOD APPROACH TO TEACHING IN THE PILOT SCHOOLS AT THE END OF ITS SECOND YEAR.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CONFERENCE WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 9.15 A.M. ON MONDAY (JULY 15) AT THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, GASCOIGNE ROAD.

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THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME FOR TAI PO DISTRICT WILL BE'-LAUNCHED TOMORROW (SUNDAY) WITH AN OPENING CEREMONY, TO BE FOLLOWED BY A VARIETY SHOW.

MR. JOHN CHAMBERS, DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY WHICH BEGINS AT 8 P.M. IN THE TAI PO MARKET PUBLIC PLAYGROUND.

ONE OF THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE PROGRAMME, THE LION’S CLUB TAI PO YOUTH CENTRE, WILL BE HOLDING A CANOE RACE THE FOLLOWING SUNDAY (JULY 21) MORNING IN UN CHAU TSAI, TAI PO.

OTHER ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE YOUTH CENTRE THIS SUMMER INCLUDE PING PONG AND CHESS COMPETITIONS, BEAUTY COURSES, PHOTOGRAPHY AND SUMMER CAMPS.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY AND OTHER EVENTS OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.


ANOTHER CHANCE TO WIN A PRIZE TICKETS OF FIFTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY ON SALE NOW ft ft ft ft ft ft

IF YOU HAVE NOT UON A PRIZE FROM THE LAST GOVERNMENT LOTTERY, TAKE HEART, THE FIFTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY FOR THIS YEAR IS ON SALE NOW.

COSTING $2 EACH, THE TICKETS ARE ON SALE AT ALL ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB BRANCH OFFICES, 19 FERRY PIERS OF THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATl FERRY COMPANY, THE HEAD OFFICES AND BRANCHES OF VARIOUS BANKS, AND TWO KOULOON HOTELS.

THE DRAW FOR THIS LOTTERY WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE ON JULY 27.

LIKE THE PREVIOUS FOUR LOTTERIES, THERE WILL BE ONE FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD PRIZE AND 50 SPECIAL PRIZES AS WELL AS 106 CONSOLATION PRIZES.

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NOTE TO EDITORS: THE CHAIRMAN OF THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES

--------------- MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, HR. KAI-YIN CHAU, WILL

GIVE A PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE CITY HALL RESTAURANT ON MONDAY (JULY 15) AT 1.00 P.M. WHEN HE WILL ANNOUNCE PLANS TO PROMOTE THE. FIFTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY OF THE YEAR.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE TO ATTEND.


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• THE CONFEDERATION OF BRITISH INDUSTRY IS OFFERING THREE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 1975/76 TO HONG KONG ENGINEERING GRADUATES AND EXPERIENCED ENGINEERS UNDER ITS OVERSEAS SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME.

TWO TYPES OF SCHOLARSHIPS ARE BEING OFFERED — A 12 TO

18 MONTH BASIC TRAINING IN ENGINEERING FOR RECENTLY GRADUATED ENGINEERS, AND A FOUR TO 12 MONTH COURSE FOR ENGINEERS WITH A MINIMUM OF FIVE YEARS’ WORKING EXPERIENCE.

MAINTENANCE FOR THE FIRST TYPE OF SCHOLARSHIP IS 936 POUNDS-STERLING A YEAR, AND THAT FOR EXPERIENCED ENGINEERS IS 1,140 POUNDS-STERLING WITH PASSAGE PROVIDED TO AND FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM.

ALL APPLICANTS MUST HOLD A DEGREE OR DIPLOMA IN ENGINEERING FROM A RECOGNISED UNIVERSITY, AND BE READY TO RETURN AND TAKE UP THEIR PROFESSION IN HONG KONG UPON THE COMPLETION OF THEIR COURSES.

THE CONFEDERATION OF BRITISH INDUSTRY SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME IS DESIGNED TO GIVE SELECTED ENGINEERING GRADUATES FROM OVERSEAS THE BEST AVAILABLE PRACTICAL TRAINING IN VARIOUS BRANCHES OF ENGINEERING IN BRITAIN.

APPLICATION FORMS AND FURTHER PARTICULARS CONCERNING THESE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, HONG KONG SUB-OFFICE, BONAVENTURE HOUSE, 91 LEIGHTON ROAD, 2ND FLOOR, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG.

COMPLETED FORMS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE SAME OFFICE NOT LATER THAN AUGUST 7. CANDIDATES WHO ARE IN GOVERNMENT SERVICE SHOULD FORWARD THEIR APPLICATION FORMS THROUGH THEIR HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS.

A LOCAL: SELECTION COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER ALL APPLICATIONS AND WILL INTERVIEW SUITABLE CANDIDATES. THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THIS SELECTION COMMITTEE WILL BE FORWARDED TO THE CONFEDERATION OF BRITISH INDUSTRY IN LONDON FOR THE FINAL DECISION ON THE AWARD OF SCHOLARSHIPS.

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SUNDAY, JULY 14, 1974 $10 MILLION ANONYMOUS DONATION FOR RECREATION

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AN ANONYMOUS DONATION OF $10 MILLION HAS BEEN RECEIVED BY THE GOVERNOR TO BE HELD IN TRUST FOR CHARITABLE PURPOSES.

THE FUND TO BE ADMINISTERED BY THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE GOVERNOR WILL BE KNOWN AS +THE SPECIAL FUND+. IT WILL BE USED GENERALLY IN CONNECTION WITH RECREATION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND WILL INVOLVE CAPITAL WORKS.

HOWEVER, RECURRENT EXPENDITURE WILL NOT BE RULED OUT WHERE IT IS ASSURED THAT THE GOVERNMENT OR A VOLUNTARY AGENCY WILL EVENTUALLY TAKE OVER RUNNING COSTS.

THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR. DENIS BRAY, SAID HE HAD BEEN IMMENSELY ENCOURAGED BY THE DONATION WHICH WOULD MAKE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF RECREATION.

♦THE DONOR GAVE THE GOVERNOR COMPLETE FREEDOM ON HOW THE MONEY COULD BE USED AND HE IN TURN SAID HE WANTED MORE RECREATION CREATED BY SPENDING THIS MONEY,+ MR. BRAY ADDED.

HE WENT ONt +THE MONEY IS TO BE SPENT - NOT INVESTED - AND SPENT OVER THREE OR FOUR YEARS. IT SHOULD REALLY HELP US GET A NOVE ON.+

ALREADY ALMOST THREE QUARTERS OF A MILLION DOLLARS HAS BEEN APPROVED IN GRANTS FOR 11 PROJECTS.

AMONG THE LARGER GRANTS ARE $200,000 TO THE SCOUTS' ASSOCIATION FOR ADDITIONAL BUILDINGS AND EQUIPMENT AT ITS CAMP SITE AT TUNG TSZ- AND $200,000 FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A +PROTOTYPE CAMPING SITE+ IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WITH WATER, TOILET AND WASHING FACILITIES AND WHICH WILL ALSO BE EQUIPPED WITH PICNIC AND BARBECUE AREAS. THE CAMP, TO BE RUN BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR USE BY THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

THE OUTWARD BOUND SCHOOL IS TO RECEIVE $86,000 FOR THE REPLACEMENT OF EQUIPMENT AND THE PURCHASE OF A RESCUE CRAFT.

OTHER PROJECTS APPROVED INCLUDE THE FINANCING OF A SERIES OF YOUTH PROJECTS IN DIFFERENT DISTRICTS TO BE SUPERVISED BY COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICERS OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT. THESE ARE DESIGNED TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND AND SERVE THE COMMUNITY BY BECOMING INVOLVED.

/THE HONG KONG ....

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

.SUNDAY, JULY 14, 1974

THE HONG KONQ PLAYGROUND ASSOCIATION IS TO RUN A VARIETY OF COURSES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN SUBJECTS RANGING FROM YOUTH WORK CAMPS TO BASKETBALL TRAINING.

SMALLER PROJECTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL AND MINI-SOCCER PITCHES, SITTING OUT AREAS AND A PLAYGROUND.

FUNDS HAVE ALSO BEEN APPROVED FOR A PLAY LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME BASED ON THE MAPLE STREET PLAYGROUND IN SHAM SHU I PO TO BE UNDERTAKEN BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE.

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COMMUNITY SERVICE THROUGH SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES ******

THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. JOHN CHAMBERS, THIS (SUNDAY) EVENING URGED MORE YOUNGSTERS TO TAKE PART IN THE SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES WHICH +NOT ONLY OFFER ENJOYMENT BUT, ABOVE ALL, PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY SERVICE.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME HELD AT THE TAI PO MARKET PUBLIC PLAYGROUND, HE NOTED THAT THE AIM OF THE PROGRAMME IS +T0 WIDEN THEIR INTEREST AND HELP THEM TO BECOME HAPPIER AND MORE USEFUL CITIZENS.*

HE TOLD THE GATHERING THAT ONE OF THE EFFECTS OF RAPID DEVELOPMENT AND URBANISATION WA$ TO CHANGE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE POPULATION AND SO TO ALTER THE FABRIC OF SOCIETY.

+THESE CHANGES ARE OFTEN ACCOMPANIED BY PROFOUND SOCIAL CHANGES, PARTICULARLY IN THE STRUCTURE OF THE FAMILY AND THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DIFFERENT AGE GROUPS. IN HONG KONG, THESE CHANGES ARE AGGRAVATED BY THE EXTREME CONGESTION WHICH IS A CHARACTERISTIC OF OUR URBAN AREAS. / •

THESE PROBLEMS HAVE SERIOUS REPERCUSSIONS UPON THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE AND EXPERIENCE HAS SHOWN THAT ONLY THROUGH CONCERTED COMMUNITY EFFORTS CAN THE SITUATION BE IMPROVED,* HE SAID.

MR. CHAMBERS LISTED THE TAI PO SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME AS JUST SUCH A COMMUNITY EFFORT BY PUBLIC-SPIRITED CITIZENS FOR THE BENEFIT OF LOCAL YOUTHS, OFFERING THEM ENJOYMENT AND GIVING THEM A CHANCE TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS THE SOCIETY.

THE PROGRAMME COMPRISES TRAINING CAMPS, WORK CAMPS, FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS. A SWIMMING COMPETITION. A FIRST-AID COURSE, VISITS AND EXCURSIONS.

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED THIS WEEK IN CHAI WAN ON THE HONG KONG ISLAND AND AT THE JORDAN RQAD FERRY CONCOURSE IN KOWLOON TO SPEED UP TRAFFIC AND TO FACILITATE ROAD IMPROVEMENT WORKS.

IN CHAI WAN, WITH EFFECT FROM 10 A.mI ON TUESDAY (JULY 16), LEE CHUNG STREET WILL DE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY FROM KUT SHING STREET TOWARDS HONG MAN STREET, AND CHEUNG LEE STREET IS TO BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY. FROM HONG HAN STREET TOWARDS THE UNNAMED ROAD EAST OF CHEUNG KONG BUILDING.

AN +URBAN CLEARWAY* SYSTEM HILL BE INTRODUCED ALONG KUT SHING STREET WEST OF THE PUDLIC LICHT BUS TERMINUS, AND ALONG THE SECTION OF CHEUNG LEE STREET BETWEEN HONG MAN STREET AND THE UNNAMED ROAD EAST OF CHEUNG KONG BUILDING.

UNDER THIS SYSTEM, ALL KOTOR VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM STOPPING TO PICK UP OR SET BOUN PASSENGERS, OR TO LOAD OR UNLOAD GOODS ALONG THE CLEARWAY SECTIONS FROM 7 A.M. TO 10 A.M. AND FROM 4 P.M. TO 7 P.M. EVERY DAY.

IN KOWLOON, AS FROM 10 A.M. TOMORROW (MONDAY), THE EXISTING ENTRY INTO THE JORDAN ROAD BUS TERMINUS AND THE PASSENGER FERRY CONCOURSE WILL BE CLOSED. VEHICLES WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO THE ■ EASTERN CARRIAGEWAY OF THE RE-ALIGNED SECTION OF CANTON ROAD, THEN INTO THE NEW ACCESS ROAD LEADING TO THE DUS TERMINUS AND FERRY PIER.

THE TAXI STAND AT THE EASTERN SIDE OF THE JORDAN ROAD BUS TERMINUS WILL BE TEMPORARILY RESITED TO THE SOUTHERN-MOST BUS BAY AT THE EXISTING BUS TERIHKUS.

THE ROUTING FOR TRAFFIC GOING OUT FROM THE BUS TERMINUS AND THE VEHICULAR FERRY CONCOURSE WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED.

THIS TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IS TO FACILITATE ROAD IMPROVEMENT WORKS AT THE JORDAN ROAD INTERSECTION AND THE FERRY CONCOURSE.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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THE LADIES SECTION OF THE STANLEY CLUB WILL PRESENT TWO CHEQUES TO THE COMMISSIONER OF PRISONS, NR. TOH GARNER ON TUESDAY (JULY 16) AS A CONTRIBUTION TOUARDS THE DEPARTMENT’S WELFARE FUNDS.

THE CHEQUES, OF $500 EACH, REPRESENT DONATIONS TO THE PRISONERS’ WELFARE DONATION ACCOUNT AND THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT WELFARE FUND.

MRS. J. MCCULLY, SECRETARY OF THE LADIES SECTION, STANLEY CLUB, ACCOMPANIED BY A GROUP OF LADY MENDERS, WILL PRESENT THE CHEQUES TO HR. GARNER AT 10.30 A.M. AT THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS, ON TUESDAY.

NOTE TO ED ITORSt YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPORTERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS TO COVER THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY WHICH WILL BE HELD AT THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS ON THE 10TH FLOOR OF THE MURRAY ROAD MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK AT 2, MURRAY ROAD, CENTRAL. --------------------------------- 0 -----

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ADDITIONAL PARKING BAYS AT KAITAK AIRPORT HELP RELIEF CONGESTION.......*.................. 1

YOUTH GROUP STARTS 'CHEAP1 TEXTBOOKS SCHEME FOR ESTATE STUDENTS ....................... 2

TEMPORARY WATER INTERRUPTION IN NEW TERRITORIES 3

TICKETS OF FIFTH LOTTERY NOU ON SALE....... 3

EMPLOYMENT SURVEY OF SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY STARTS TOMORROW...........................  4

FORTNIGHT OF FUN ORGANISED FOR KUUN TONG FAMILIES .................................. 5

PUBLIC COMMENT INVITED ON DEVELOPMENT OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN............................... 6

IMPORTANCE OF 'ACTIVITY APPROACH' TEACHING METHOD UNDERLINED ......................... 7

TWO PRE-WAR BUILDINGS DECLARED DANGEROUS .. 8

SOCIAL STUDIES SEMINARS AT WAH YAN COLLEGE .... 9

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REGISTRATION EXERCISE IN SHEK PAI WAN...... 9

DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

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

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MORE PARKING BAYS AT HONG KONG AIRPORT Jt Ji- Ji » Ji I?

FOUR MORE AIRCRAFT PARKING BAYS PROVIDING A MUCH-REEDED MEASURE OF RELIEF TO THE HECTIC TRAFFIC AT THE HONG KONG AIRPORT HAVE RECENTLY BEEN PUT INTO OPERATION.

THE ADDITIONAL BAYS FORM PART OF THE AIRPORT APRON EXTENSION PROGRAMME.

SITUATED AT THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE APRON, THE NEW PARKING FACILITIES HAKE UP THE FIFTH ROW OF DAYS AT THE AIRPORT. THEY ARE SO DESIGNED AS TO ACCOMMODATE AIRLINERS OTHER THAN DOEING 747 ‘JUMBO’ JETS.

AT PRESENT, ’JUMBO’ AIRLINERS ARE WHENEVER POSSIBLE ACCOMMODATED IN THE FIRST ROU OF DAYS WHERE, IN MOST INSTANCES, SOPHISTICATED PIERS ARE PROVIDED.

WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF THE EXTRA DAYS, THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PARKING BAYS AT THE AIRPORT HAS DEEN DROUGHT TO 28. HOWEVER, ORLY 22 ARE ACTUALLY IN OPERATION WHILE TuE REST ARE EITHER PROVISIONALLY CLOSED FOR REDEVELOPMENT OR RESERVED FOR MANOEUVRING PURPOSES. •

COMMENTING ON THE AVAILABILITY OF THE ADDITIONAL DAYS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT NOTED THAT THE NEU PARKING FACILITIES GO A LONG WAY TOWARDS EASING THE LONG-STAND ING PROBLEM OF TRAFFIC CONGESTION OF THE APRON.*

THERE HAVE BEEN OCCASIONS IN THE PAST WHEN AIRCRAFT AFTER LANDING HAVE DEEN COMPELLED TO WAIT ON THE TAXIWAY UNTIL SUCH TIKE AS A PARKING BAY WAS VACATED BY A DEPARTING AIRCRAFT.

THE AIRPORT APRON IS CURRENTLY UNDERGOING CONTINUING DEVELOPMENT AND IT IS ENVISAGED THAT SOME 35 DAYS IN ALL WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE IN THE YEARS TO COME TO COPE WITH THE EVER-INCREASING NEEDS OF AIRBORNE TRAFFIC.

MEANWHILE, TO COINCIDE WITH THE OPENING OF,THE NEU LINK TAXIWAY - CONNECTING THE TARMAC WITH THE RUNWAY - ALL APRON MARKINGS ARD GUIDELINES WERE REPAINTED TO A HEU ARD IMPROVED DESIGN EARLY THIS YEAR.

GUIDELINES ON THE APRON HERE UIDENED WHILE A NEU TWIN-ARC MARKING WAS INTRODUCED AT THE CENTRE LINE OF THE APRON TO FURNISH BETTER GUIDANCE AND INDICATION FOR PILOTS SEEKING PARKING

/AT PRESENT,

UONl'A'.;, JULY •;>, 19,

AT PRESENT, WORK IS IN FULL SUING ON SEVERAL FuDIjuS AT TilE AIRPORT. THESE INCLUDE, AMONG OTHERS, TOE AIRPORT TUliiSL HOAD, THE APRON SERVICES COMPLEX, TOE PASSENGER TuRNIL'AL BUILDING AS WELL AS THE AIR CARGO CC-’LEX.

THE EXTENSION OF THE AIRPORT RUNWAY FBCI1 8, >50 FEET TO 11,130 FEET - OKE OF THE HOST VITAL ASPECTS OF TOE GOVERNMENT'S OVER/.LL PLAN FOR EXPALDIIIG THE AIEF-2RT FACILITIES - UAS DULY COMPLETED AID PUT INTO OPERATION LAST EDlitJ.

SUNNING UP ON THE CURRENT DEVELOPMENT CN TOE AIRPORT, TOE SPOKESMAN SAID : +THE HAKKDTH EXTENSION WORK AT TOE AIRPORT IS NECESSARY TO ENSURE TOAT CUR AIRPORT MEHAIIIS CAPABLE CF SATISFYING THE EVER-EXPANDING DEMANDS OF CIVIL AV IATICR.+

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BUYING AND SELLING OF USED TEXTBOOKS II- H- H- II- I? I-

WITH THE PRICE OF SCHOOL TEXTCOOKS BEING UHAT THEY ARE NOWADAYS, THE YOUTH SOCIAL SERVICE GROUP IN SHEK LEI HOUSING ESTATE HAS ORGANIZED A SCHEME FOR DUYH.'G AID SELLING USED TEXTBOOKS.

THIS PROJECT IS INTENDED TO HELP SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS LIVING IN SHEK LEI, SHEK YAN AND LEI HUK SHUE HOUSING ESTATES IN KUAl CHUNG.

SPONSORED DY TOE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT'S COMMUNITY WORK OFFICE IN TOE ESTATE, THE CROUP IS NOU COLLECTING USED TEXTBOOKS ARD WILL DO SO UNTIL THE END OF TOE MONTH. ANY STUDENT WHO HAS ANY TEXTBOOKS WHICH HE CANNOT USE CAN TAKE THEM TO THE OFFICE OH TOE GROUND FLOOR OF THE ESTATE WELFARE BUILDING.

THE SALE WILL COMMENCE ON AUGUST 5 AND LAST FOR SIX DAYS.

THE OFFICER-IN-CHARGE OF THE SHEK LEI ESTATE COMMUNITY WORK OFFICE, HR. KO KAI-RAN, SAID THIS SCHEME IS BEING CARRIED OUT TO HELP LOUER TOE ECONOMIC DURDEN UHICiJ MANY FAMILIES FACE BECAUSE OF TOE HIQH PRICE OF TEXTBOOKS.

HE SAID THAT BY SELLING THEIR OLD BOOKS WHICH THEY COULD KO LONGER USE STUDENTS COULD USE TOE HOKEY SO GAINED TO BUY NEW ONES FOR TOE NEXT TERN. TOE COST OF THESE OLD TEXTBOOKS WHICH THEY WILL DE SELLING WILL HOt EXCEED 60 PERCENT OF THE ORIGINAL PRICE, HE ADDED.

FURTHER INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE OFFICE BY TELEPHONING 12-204590.

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CERTAIN PREMISES IN THE CHUNG HOM KOK AREA ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND IN YUEN LONG, HEU TERRITORIES, UILL BE WITHOUT WATER FOR FIVE HOURS ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 17> STARTING FROM 1 A. 11.

THE TEMPORARY INTERRUPTION IS TO ENABLE WATERWORKS STAFF TO CARRY OUT TESTS FOR LEAKAGE IN TOE AREAS.

ALL PREMISES IN THE CHUNG HOM KOK AREA UILL BE AFFECTED, INCLUDING HOUSES HO. 109, 111. 113. 115. 117. 119, 119A, 121, 123. 123A, 125. 127 AND 129 ALONG REPULSE BAY ROAD.

TWO AREAS IN YUEN LONG WILL BE AFFECTED. THE FIRST IS LOCATED IM AU TAU, ARD IS BOUNDED DY CASTLE PEAK ROAD BETWEEN AU TAU CROSS ROAD AMD SAN TIN, KAM SHEURG ROAD BETWEEN KAM TIN ROAD ARD LAM KAM ROAD,. KAM TIM ROAD BETWEEN AU TAU ROAD AMD • THE JUNCTION WITH FAM KAM ROAD, INCLUDING OZK I’.OIJG CARP, AND KAM TIN SHI, KAM HING UA1, SNUI TAJ TSUEN, CHUI HEI TSUEN, PAK WAI TSUEN AND KAI I TIN MARKET.

TOE OTHER AFFECTED YUEN LONG AREA IS BOUNDED BY TAI YUK ROAD, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, INCLUDING CHIU PIN TSUEN, SHU I PIN WAI, SHU I NGAU LING COTTAGE AREA, LAM HAU, SHAN HA TSUEN Al® LEI TSEUNG LO’S BEAN CURD STICK FACTORY.

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PROMOTION WORK FOR THE FIFTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY TOIS YEAR WILL BE CARRIED OUT BY FOUR ARTISTES OF COMMERCIAL RADIO.

THE FOUR POPULAR ARTISTES ----- HISS AMY HO, HISS CONITA CHAN,

MISS LEUNG SIU-YUNG ARD MR. CHOI WAN WERE INTRODUCED TO THE PRESS AT A CONFERENCE HELD AT TOE CITY HALL RESTAURANT BY THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERY MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE.

AS PART OF THE PROMOTION PROGRAMME, THEY WILL HELP SELL

LOTTERY TICKETS AT STATUE SQUARE BETWEEN 5 P.M. AND 6 P.H. ON JULY 22

TOE DRAW OF WINNING NUMBERS WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE ON JULY 27 AT 10 A.H. TICKETS ARE HOU ON SALE.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE CONFERENCE WERE MR. KAI-YIN CHAU, CHAIRMAN OF THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERY MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, ARD OTHER COMMITTEE MEMBERS INCLUDING HR. DAVID UU, MISS LYDIA BURN, KR. MICHAEL LEUNG, MR. R.W. SAMPSON, HR. GORDON CHAN AND KR. GEORGE RAHNKJ.

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SHIPBUILDING SURVEY STARTS TOMORROW &&*)*»* '

THE SECOND MANPOWER SURVEY OF HONG KONG'S SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIRS INDUSTRY BEGINS TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AND WILL LAST UNTIL AUGUST 6.

THE SURVEY IS BEING CONDUCTED BY THE SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIRS INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE KONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

IT WILL COVER ALL MAJOR AND MINOR SHIPYARDS, PONTOONS, SHIP SURVEYOR AND CONSULTANT FIRMS, FIRMS WHICH SERVICE MARINE ENGINES, AND SHIPPING FIRMS WHICH RECRUIT THEIR ENGINE ROOM STAFF LOCALLY.

A LETTER, TOGETHER WITH THREE COPIES OF THE QUESTIONNAIRE FORM, AN EXPLANATORY NOTE ON THE QUESTIOHNARIRE, AND A LIST OF JOB DESCRIPTIONS ALL WRITTEN IN COTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE, WERE SENT AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS MONTH TO ALL THE ESTABLISHMENTS COVERED IN THE SURVEY.

THE INFORMATION WHICH EMPLOYERS ARE REQUESTED TO SUPPLY INCLUDES THE NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES AT PRESENT EMPLOYED, THE NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES AT PRESENT UNDER TRAINING, THE NUMBER OF EXISTING VACANCIES, AND A FORECAST OF THE NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES REQUIRED BY JULY 1975.

SURVEY INTERVIEWING OFFICERS OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL VISIT BY APPOINTMENT EACH OF THE ESTABLISHMENTS CONCERNED DURING THE PERIOD OF THE SURVEY TO HELP EMPLOYERS COMPLETE THE QUESTIONNAIRE.

THE SECRETARY OF THE SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIRS INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD, MR. AU-YEUNG MAN-TAK SAID: +THE INFORMATION COLLECTED WILL BE HANDLED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND WILL BE PUBLISHED ONLY IN THE FORM OF STATISTICAL SUMMARIES WITHOUT REFERENCE TO ANY INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENT.*

HE ADDED: +THE REQUIRED INFORMATION IS OF VITAL IMPORTANCE TO THE SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIRS INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD IN MAKING FUTURE PLANS FOR INDUSTRIAL TRAINING IN THE INDUSTRY.*

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‘FAMILIES FORTNIGHT* IN KWUN TONG *

IN ORDER TO ESTABLISH A BETTER RELATIONSHIP WITH FAMILIES -LIVING IN KWUN TONG THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT'S COMMUNITY CENTRE THERE HAS ORGANIZED A +FAMILIES FORTNIGHT* BEGINNING FROM TODAY UNTIL SUNDAY CJULY 28J.

DURING THESE TWO WEEKS, SOCIAL CALLS WILL DE MADE BY ’ MEMBERS OF THE CENTRE ON A NUMBER OF FAMILIES MAINLY IN THE TSUI PING ROAD HOUSING ESTATE, THE WO LOK HOUSING ESTATE AND IN CHA KWO LING.

NEXT SUNDAY AFTERNOON CJULY 213, A FUN FAIR WILL BE HELD IN THE HALL OF THE KWUN TONG COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 17, TSUI PING ROAD. THIS WILL BE A FUN FAIR WITH A DIFFERENCE. IT WILL DE ORGANIZED BY FAMILY UNITS UNO UILL DE RESPONSIBLE FOR PLANNING AND MANAGING THE STALLS. THEY ARE BEING ENCOURAGED TO USE .. WHATEVER THEY CAN FROM THEIR HOMES TO DECORATE THE STALLS INCLUDING WASTE MATERIAL SUCH AS DISCUIT TINS, BOTTLES, ETC.

PRIZES UILL BE AWARDED FOR THE DEST DECORATED STALLS AND MOST INTERESTING OR UNUSUAL GAMES.

THE FORTNIGHT WILL END WITH A FAMILY EVENING GET-TOGETHER AT WHICH THERE WILL BE PERFORMANCES ON STAGE AND OTHER ENTERTAINMENT INCLUDING A QUIZ COMPETITION, AGAIN WITH THE FAMILY AS A UNIT.

ACCORDING TO THE WARDEN OF THE CENTRE, HR. KWOK NAI-SJK, THIS FAMILY-CENTRE APPROACH IS TO COMPLEMENT THE CONVENTIONAL TREND WHEREIN FAMILY MEMBERS PARTICIPATE IN ACTIVITIES OF THE CENTRE ACCORDING TO THEIR VARIED INTERESTS OR AGES.

THE INTENTION IS TO PROMOTE AND STRENGTHEN THE BOND BETWEEN FAMILIES IN KWUN TONG AND THE COMMUNITY CENTRE AND TO INVOLVE FAMILIES TO WORK TOGETHER WITH STAFF OF THE CENTRE IN ORGANIZING FUNCTIONS.

+IN OTHER WORDS, WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE CREATIVE THINKING AMONG FAM^m^gg^-^E SAID.

BY INVOLVING FAMILY UNITS IN SUCH ACTIVITIES THEY OBTAIN A BETTER INSIGHT INTO THE WORK AND HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY OF MAKING KNOWN THEIR VIEWS AND EXPECTATIONS.

MR. KWOK SAID THAT 80 TO 100 FAMILIES WILL BE PARTICIPATING

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PUBLIC COHIZtjf INVITED

OH TUEH HUN IZU TOUII C2VGLCPHEHT

I? J? J? I- J? Jr Jr

HR. DAVID LAN, DISTRICT OFFICER OF TUSH HUH, TODAY INVITED I1ER3ERS OF THE PUBLIC TO GIVE THEIR VIEUS CR SUGGESTIONS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF TUSH LUN HEU TOL’il.

SPEAKING AT THE NEU TERRITORIES ROTARY CLU3 MEETING AT THE PENINSULA HOTEL, HR. LAN SAID IT UAS THE GOVERNMENT’S AIN THAT THE AVERAGE HONG KONG RESIDENT SHOULD FIND LIFE +VERY WHCLESOIE+ IN THE HEU TOON.

UP TO THIS MOMENT, HE SAID, PROGRESS OH DEVELOPMENT UORKS IN TUEN HUH HAD DEEN PROCEEDING QUITE SATISFACTORILY AND SOME 200 ACRES OF LAND HAD ALREADY BEEN FORMED AND RECLAIMED.

HE RECALLED THE RECENT SIGNING OF A CONTRACT TO EUILD A SUPER HIQHUAY LINKING TUEtl HUH UITH TLUEil UAH, ANO SA 10 THAT CONSTRUCTION CORK Oil STAGE I OF THE ROAD UJULD START LATER THIS YEAR AFTER THE RAINY SEASON.

+THIS ROAD UILL DEFINITELY PROVIDE A GREAT IMPETUS TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF TLE LEU TGUM, AS IT UILL UNDOUBTEDLY GIVE INDUSTRIALISTS ANO PRIVATE DEVELOPERS FULL CONFIDENCE TO PROCEED UITH THOSE DEVELOP! ZHT FLAMS,+ SAID HR. LAN.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER ADDED THAT A UHOLE SERIES OF COMMUNITY FACILITIES HAD BEEN PLANNED TO HAKE THE IZU TOUN A COMFORTABLE AND ATTRACTIVE PLACE TO LIVE IN.

RANGE OF COMMUNITY FACILITIES PLANNED INCLUDES SHOPS, MARKETS, HAUKER BAZAARS, PARKS, PLAYGROUNDS AND PRIMARY SEC°KDARY SCH00LS* THEHE UILL ALSO DE CIVIC AND COMMUNITY CENiRES AS UELL AS POLICE AND FIRE STATIONS.

ON THE SALE OF LAND, HR. LAN SAID THAT OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS NEARLY ONE MILLION SQUARE FEET OF INDUSTRIAL LAND HAD DEEN SOLD DY PUBLIC AUCTION. ANOTHER 250,000 SQUARE FEET UILL EE HADE AVAILABLE FOR SALE BETUEEN NOU AND MARCH NEXT YEAR.

NOTE TO EDITORSs COPIES OF THE FULL.TEXT OF MR. LAN’S SPEECH ARE COXED FOR COLLECTION.

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IMPORTANCE OF ACTIVITY APPROACH TEACHING METHOD it it n n » r

THE ACTIVITY METHOD APPROACH TO PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHING -WHERE THE TEACHER'S ROLE IS HORE THAT OF FRIEND RATHER THAN A MERE INSTRUCTOR - COULD PLAY A VERY SIGNIFICANT PART IN SHAPING THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG* THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS), KR. ARTHUR BROUN, SAID TODAY.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE SUMMER CONFERENCE FOR TEACHERS OF THE PILOT SCHEME IN SIX PRIMARY SCHOOLS TO REVIEW THE PROGRESS OF THE INTEGRATED PROJECT AT THE END OF ITS SECOND YEAR.

MR. BROWN SAID HE WAS KOST IMPRESSED DURING A RECENT VISIT TO THREE OF THE SIX PILOT SCHOOLS WHERE EVEN IN CLASSES WITH A LARGE NUMBER OF STUDENTS, THE CHILDREN WERE WORKING EITHER COOPERATIVELY OR INDEPENDENTLY AND ODVIOUSLY ENJOYING THEMSELVES.

HE THOUGHT THE PARTICIPANTS HAD PROVED THAT WITH ENTHUSIASTIC TEACHERS THE SCHEME UAS DEFINITELY VERY SUCCESSFUL AND CLEVER ADAPTATION TO LOCAL CONDITIONS HAD ALREADY BEEN VERY MUCH A FEATURE OF THE SCHEME.

THE PARTICULARLY INTERESTING POINT UAS THAT MODIFICATIONS TO THE SCHEME VARIED FROM SCHOOL TO SCHOOL SO THAT THEY BECAME VERY MUCH INDIVIDUAL EFFORTS.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR SAID THAT CHILDREN IN THE PILOT SCHOOLS WERE DEVELOPING AN INTEREST, A SENSE OF CURIOSITY AND AN INDEPENDENT ATTITUDE, NOT VERY COMMON AMONG CHILDREN TAUGHT MORE CONVENTIONALLY IN HONG KONG. IN MANY OTHER COUNTRIES THE ACTIVITY APPROACH HAS BEEN IN OPERATION FOR SOME TIME IN PRIMARY, AND SOMETIMES EVEN SECONDARY SCHOOLS, Id. BROUN EXPLAINED.

+IT WAS LARGELY BECAUSE OF THIS THAT UE COULD UNDERTAKE A PROJECT LIKE THIS UITH A VERY HIGH ASSURANCE OF SUCCESS. TEACHERS CERTAINLY NEED KOT FEAR THAT TilE APPARENT DISORGANISATION OF AN ACTIVITY METHOD APPROACH, MEANS THAT CHILDREN ARE KOT LEARNING. EXPERIENCE ALL OVER THE WORLD HAS PROVED THE SUCCESS OF THIS METHOD WITH CHILDREN OF ALL TYPES,+ HE SAID.

ONE SUCH EFFECT WAS THE INTEREST OF THE THREE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION IN THIS SCHEME.

IT WAS PERHAPS SIGNIFICANT THAT THE PIONEER OF THIS INTEGRATED PROJECT IN HONG KONG UAS MRS. MAGDALEN CHOW UHO HAD BECOME THE PRINCIPAL OF GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION -A PARTICULARLY EFFECTIVE WAY TO SPREAD INTEREST IN THE RIGHT QUARTER, HR. BROUN SAID.

/+THIS INTEREST......

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♦THIS INTEREST BY COLLEGE STUDENT TEACuZHS IS ECUL’D TO HAVE A STRONG INFLUENCE ON TRE SPREAD OF THIS IZTMCD OF TEACHING SINCE COLLEGE-STUDENTS FIND THEMSELVES KI SCHOOLS ALL OVER

KORG.+ HE P01HTED CUT.

HONG

THE QUESTION IN MR. BROUN'S HIND WAS HOU RAPIDLY UOULD THIS METHOD OF TEACHING SPREAD AND U"IAT IF ANYTH ING SHOULD BE DONE TO SPEED UP THE PROCESS?

HE HOPED THE TEACHERS UOULD GIVE THEIR O'JN VIEUS ON THIS DURING THE SEMINAR. HE PERSONALLY THOUGHT THAT EVERY ATTEMPT SHOULD BE MADE TO INTEREST ALL GOOD TEAS: ZES KI THIS APPROACH ARD THEN LEAVE IT TO THEN TO DECIDE URETHER CR ROT THEY COULD MANAGE IT.

HR. BROUN PARTICULARLY UANTED TEACHERS TO REALISE THAT HIS STAFF UOULD GIVE ALL THE HELP THEY POSSIBLY COULD TO TEACHERS WANTING TO MAKE A START, +EVEH TO THE EXTENT CF HELPING THE TEACHER PERSUADE THE HEAD OF THE SCHOOL TO LET HIM CR HER TRY.+

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TWO PRE-UAR BUILDINGS CONDEMNED » n » k- j:- k-

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY DECLARED ROS. 3 AND 4 UI NG WA TERRACE TO BE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION.

THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THESE FOUR-STOREY PRE-UAR BUILDINGS OVER BASEMENTS HAD BEEN UNDER OBSERVATION SINCE 1965 AND THE EVIDENCE OF DETERIORATION CONTINUING TO OCCUR HAS NOU INDICATED THAT URGENT ACTION IS REQUIRED.

♦SEVERE FRACTURES IN THE BRICKWORK BOTH OF SINGLE STOREY ADDITIONS AND WALLS AT THE REAR TOGETHER UI TH THE MAIN FIVE-STOREY KITCHEN BLOCK INDICATE THAT THERE IS NOU A RISK OF FAILURE LEADING TO A COLLAPSE INVOLVING THE REAR PART OF THE MAIN BUILDING.♦ HE SAID.

ACCORDINGLY, NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS IN VICTORIA DISTRICT COURT AT 9-30 A.M. ON AUGUST 21, 1974 WERE POSTED TODAY, •

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* SOCIAL STUDIES SEMINARS k » a n k- )?

THE FIRST OF TWO SOCIAL STUDIES SEMIMARS ORGANISED BY THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL BEGIN AT THE HAH YAN COLLEGE, KOWLOON TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

A30UT 150 SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS OF ECONOMIC AND

PUBLIC AFFAIRS, GEOGRAPHY, HEALTH EDUCATION AND HISTORY ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND THE SEMINARS WHICH WILL CE OPENED BY HR. ARTHUR BROUN, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS).

THE AIMS OF THE SEMINARS ARE:

It TO INTRODUCE A POSSIBLE APPROACH IN THE TEACHING OF THE FOUR SUBJECTS THROUGH INTEGRATED THEMES TO FOSTER CLOSER CO-ORDINATION BETWEEN SUBJECTS’

It TO SUGGEST RELEVANT AREAS OF EXPERIENCES WHICH WOULD HELP PUPILS ACQUIRE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT AND ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD’

It TO DEVISE NEW TEACHING STRATEGIES INVOLVING ENQUIRY AND DISCOVERY METHODS, UTILIZATION OF RESOURCES AIJD OTHER. PUPIL-CENTRED ACTIVITIES, AO

It TO SEEK VIEWS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF TEACHERS ON THIS APPROACH THROUGH GROUP DISCUSSIONS.

NOTE TO EDITORS: REPORTERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE WELCOME TO

COVER THE TWO SEMINARS AT UAH YAH COLLEGE, KOWLOON. THE SESSIONS WILL BEGIN AT 9.>0 A.H. ON EACH OF THE FOUR DAYS, BEGINNING TOMORNOU.

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REGISTRATION TEAM T6 VISIT SHEK PAI WAN It It It It It It

A MOBILE TEAM FROM THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS DEPARTMENT WILL NEXT WEEK BE OPERATING IN THE SHEK PAI WAN AREA ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

PARENTS OR GUARDIANS WITH 11—YEAR-OLD CHILDREN ARE URGED TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REGISTER THEM FOR JUVENILE IDENTITY CARDS. HOLDERS OF JUVENILE IDENTITY CARDS WHO HAVE REACHED THE AGE OF 18 CAN ALSO MAKE USE OF THIS FACILITY TO REGISTER FOR ADULT IDENTITY CARDS.

THE MOBILE TEAM WILL BE STATIONED AT SHEK PAI WAN ESTATE OFFICE BETWEEN JULY 22 AND 26. BUSINESS HOURS WILL BE FROM 9.30 A.H. TO 4.30 P.M.

CHANGES OF EMPLOYMENT OR RESIDENTIAL ADDRESSES, MARITAL STATUS AND OTHER REGISTERED PARTICULARS MAY ALSO EE REPORTED TO THE MOBILE TEAM.

LuJLAV, JULY 15, 1974

CONSUMER ADV!CORY SERVICE n i: tt ii it iJ

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 WAR. KOWLOONs

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

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

CHINA RICE

SEE MEW GOOD 2.02

S.C. JIEN

PO NGAI ——

CHU CHO ——

THAI RICE

100'S WHOLE GOOD 1.04

10-1555 BROKERS GOOD 1.82

Al SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.72

Al SUPER GOOD 1.52

WHOLE GLUTINOUS ■** ——

U.S. RICE GOOD 1.07

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 2.00

PAKISTAN RICE ——

TAIWAN RICE —— •—

SUPPLIES ANO WHOLESALE PRICES CF S'JILE

CALL SOLACES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY GOOD

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK

C$/PICUL-LIVE WEIGHTS 310 CAVEuACSD

/SUPPLIES MID .......

MONDAY, JULY 15, 1974

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH

(FMO CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

SPECIES AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE (S/CATTY)

HIGH LOU MODE

GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 5.00 3.50 4.20

BIG-EYES COOD 3oC0 0.70 2.00

HAIR-TAILS LIMITED l.CO 0.60 1.00

SQUID LIMITED 6.50 2.40 5.00

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 2.70 1.30 1.00

CROAKERS LIMITED 1.30 1.00 1.20

CONGER-PIKE-EELS LIMITED 2.20 1.30 1.80

BREAMS SCARCE 6.50 3.20 4.-CO

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 2.00 0.60 1.20

MACKERELS LIMITED 5.90 4.50 4.80

HORSE-HEAD NORMAL 6.20 3.00 4.80

MELON SEED NORMAL l.CO 1.00 1.50

POMFRETS SCARCE 7.00 6.00 6.50

GAROUPAS LIMITED 7.00 5.50 6.5Q

YELLOW CROAKER NORMAL 6.00 5.00 6.00

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SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES CVetLO. CHEUNQ SHA WAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKETS

TYPE OF vegetable AVAILABILITY CF SUPPLY UI IDLES/ moH \LE PRICE LOW ($/CATTY) LODE

flowering cabbage white cabbage CHINESE LETTUCE limited limited SCARCE GOOD SCARCE LIMITED NORMAL . 2.00 1.50 1.20 0.55 0.80 0.50 0.40 0.10 1.40 1.00 0.80 0.30

WATER SPINACH 2.00 0.80 1.50

CHINESE KALE STRING CEANS SPRING ONION 3.G0 1.20 0.80 0.20 1.80 0.80

SPINACH WATER CRESS LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE CHINESE SPINACH TOMATO SCARCE ' t’ORHAL K0RI1AL SCARCE 2.40 1.50 0.70 2.00 1.00 0.50 0.20 0.60 1.60 1.00 0.50 1.50

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

TUESDAY, JULY 16, 1974

CONTENTS

PACE NO.

MEDICAL WHITE PAPER TO BE TABLED IN LEGCO TOMORROW ......................................... 1

PUBLIC VIEWS INVITED ON INTEGRATED STUDIES .... 2

ANOTHER BOX JUNCTION BEING INTRODUCED IN CENTRAL .......................................... 3

SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNIT FOR SHEUNG SHU I .... 3

SEMINAR FOR TECHNICAL TEACHERS STARTS TOMORROW 4

NEW TEXTILE AGREEMENT REACHED WITH CANADA ........ 4

TEMPORARY WATER INTERRUPTION Ihj MID-LEVELS .... 5

STOP-WORK ORDER ON CONDUIT ROAD SITE LIFTED ... 5

S.S. E.E. RESULTS TO BE PUBLISHED ON FRIDAY .... 6

DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

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MEDICAL WHITE PAPER. TO DE PUBLISHED TOtlGRROU ' JJ H- 1? !!•

THE WHITE PAPER ON THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES IN HONG KONG UILL DE TABLED 1H TEE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TOMORROW CUEDRESDAYD. .

THE WHITE PAPER FOLLOWS A COMPREHENSIVE DEPORT DY THE MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY CO.'ilMTTEE WHICH UAS TABLED AS A ‘QREEN PAPER' OH OCTOBER 31 LAST YEAR AND PUBLISHED FOR PUBLIC COMMENT.

DR. GERALD CHOA, DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AMD HEALTH, WILL INTRODUCE THE WHITE PAPER III COUNCIL FOR DEDATE AND ENDORSEMENT.

ALSO AT TOMORROW'S SITTING, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY WILL MOVE A MOTION TO AMEND THE SCHEDULE OF THE HONG HOMO, AND YAUHATI FERRY COMPANY CSERVJCESD ORDINANCE IN SEVERAL RESPECTS, INCLUDING A PROPOSAL TO WAIVE THE COMPANY'S ROYALTY PAYlCEIiTS III RESPECT OF THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1974.

ANOTHER MOTION, TO BE MOVED DY THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, HR. WILLIAM BELL, LEALS WITH THE EXTENSION OF THE TEMPORARY RESTRICTION OF BUILDING DEVELOPMENT IN FOK FU LAM AND THE MID-LEVELS TO JULY 31, 1975.

UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL BE ASKING A TOTAL OF 12 QUESTIONS RELATING, AMONG OTHERS, TO STANDARDS OF ACUPUNCTURE AND CHINESE TRADITIONAL MEDICINE IN HONG KONG, PREVENT ION OF SALE OF CERTAIN SYNTHETIC DRUGS, PIPED.WATER SUPPLY TO PREMISES AT SHEK 0, AND THE GOVERNMENT'S PARTICIPATION IN THE BUS COMPANIES.

NINE NEU BILLS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN COUNCIL. THESE ARE: THE FIXED PENALTY CCRK11HAL PROCEEDINGSD DILL, THE HASS TRANSIT RAILWAY (LAND RESUMPTION AND RELATED PROVISIONS^ DILL, THE MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS CCWKERS IRCCRPORATIOHD CAHENDMENTD BILL, THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE BILL, THE ROAD TRAFFIC CAHENDMENTD CKO.2D BILL, .'TLE ROAD TRAFFIC CAHENDMENTD CKO.JD BILL, THE FIXED PENALTY CTRAFFIC CONTRAVENT IOIJSD CAHENDMENTD DILL, THE EMPLOYMENT CAHENDMENTD CKO.3D BILL, AND THE BUILDINGS CAHENDMENTD BILL.

DEBATE WILL RESUME ON EIGHT DILLS WHICH HAVE ALREADY BEEN GIVEN THEIR FIRST READINGS, IKCLUDIt.G' THE DANGEROUS DRUGS CAHENDMENTD BILL AND THE CORPORAL PUNISHMENT CAHENDMENTD BILL. ' •

ALSO TO BE TABLED AT TOMORROW'S COUKCIL SESSION WILL BE THE ANNUAL REPORT OF THE HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION FOR 1973/74.

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VIEWS ON INTEGRATED SOCIAL STUDIES WANTED n n j:- n n n

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF . SCHOOLS), HR. ARTHUR DROWN TODAY CALLED ON TEACHERS 10 LET THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COIiHHTEE AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAVE THEIR VIEWS OU WHETHER HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, ECONOMIC AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS AHO HEALTH EDUCATION SHOULD DE TAUGHT AS SEPARATE SUBJECTS II) FORMS I TO 111 OR AS A COMBINED SINGLE INTEGRATED SYLLABUS BASED ON SOME UNITING THEME SUCH AS THE TERRITORY OF HONG KONG.

+UITH A WHITE PAPER ON SECONDARY EDUCATION POLICY IMMINENT THIS IS CLEARLY THE TIME TO MAKE THIS DECISION OR PERHAPS DECIDE ON SOME COMPROMISE SOLUTION WHICH ATTEMPTS TO GET SOME OF THE ADVANTAGES OF EACH SCHEME,+ HR. BROUN SAID.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT WAH YAN COLLEGE, KOWLOON WHERE THE FIRST OF TWO SEMINARS ON SOCIAL STUDIES BEGAN TODAY.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR SPOKE ABOUT THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF THE INTEGRATED APPROACH. +CLEARLY THE SEPARATE STUDY OF HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY AND SO ON, HAS A NUMBER OF VERY DISTINCT ADVANTAGES,+ HE SAID, BUT THEY WERE MAINLY ADVANTAGES TO THE TEACHER AND NOT THE STUDENT.

ON THE INTEGRATED.APPROACH MR. BROWN SAID: +ITS GREATEST STRENGTH IS ITS FLEXIBILITY — UE ARE WIPING AWAY PRE-CONCEIVED IDEAS AND WITH A TRUE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT APPROACH, UE ARE TRYING TO SEE WHAT WE ARE TEACHING THIS GROUP OF SUBJECTS FOR, WHAT MATERIAL SHOULD DE PRESENTED TO THE STUDENTS, AND HOU THAT MATERIAL SHOULD BE PRESENTED.+

IN SUMMING UP WHETHER SOCIAL STUDIES SHOULD BE TREATED AS A SINGLE ENTITY OR AS FOUR SUBJECTS, HR. BROUN RAISED THREE QUESTIONS — IF TREATED AS A SINGLE ENTITY IN WHICH FORMS SHOULD IT BE STUDIED?3 SHOULD WE HAVE ONE TEACHER OR MORE THAN ONE TEACHER TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES?3 WHAT SORT OF SYLLABUS IS REQUIRED TO HAKE SOCIAL STUDIES RELEVANT TO A STUDENT'S NEEDS?

MR. BROWN TOLD THE TEACHERS: +UE SHOULD HAKE OUR DECISIONS BASED ON WHAT WE WANT TO ACHIEVE AND WHAT IS BEST FOR OUR STUDENTS, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT ALL THE PROBLEMS, BUT NOT DOUBTING OUR ABILITY TO OVERCOME OBSTACLES.+

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ANOTHER BOX JUNCTION IN CENTRAL

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A BOX JUNCTION WILL BE INTRODUCED ON FRIDAY AT THE TWO BUSY INTERSECTIONS OF DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL-QUEEN VICTORIA STREET AND DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL-JUBILEE STREET IN CENTRAL DISTRICT TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW, PARTICULARLY DURING PEAK HOURS.

SEVERAL OTHER BOX JUNCTIONS ARE ALREADY IN OPERATION ELSEWHERE IN HONG KONG. THEY ARE EASILY IDENTIFIABLE BY YELLOW CRISS-CROSS MARKINGS ON THE ROAD SURFACE AND APPROPRIATE WARNING SIGNS.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED TODAY THAT, WHEN A BOX JUNCTION IS CREATED, IT WOULD BE AN OFFENCE FOR A MOTORIST TO DRIVE INTO THE MARKED AREA UNLESS HE CAN IMMEDIATELY CLEAR THE ENTIRE JUNCTION.

IF HIS EXIT FROM THE JUNCTION IS BLOCKED, THEN THE MOTORIST MUST WAIT EVEN IF THE GREEN TRAFFIC SIGNAL IS SHOWING.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID: +THE OBJECT IS TO PREVENT ROAD JUNCTIONS BEING BLOCKED IN ALL DIRECTIONS BY VEHICLES WHICH CANNOT GET OUT OF THE INTERSECTIONS DURING A GREEN PHASE OF THE TRAFFIC SIGNALS WHICH CONTROL TRAFFIC APPROACHING THE JUNCTIONS.*

MORE BOX'JUNCTIONS WILL BE INTRODUCED AT OTHER ROAD INTERSECTIONS WHERE THEY ARE CONSIDERED NECESSARY TO IMPROVE THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC.

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SHEUNG SHU I SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNIT

THE FANLING SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNIT OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WILL BE MOVING TOMORROW CWEDNESDAY) TO SHEUNG SHU I AND WILL BE RE-NAMED THE SHEUNG SHU 1 SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNIT.

ITS NEW ADDRESS WILL BE NO., 170, JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, GROUND FLOOR, SHEUNG SHUi.

THE SHEUNG SHUI FIELD UNIT WILL HANDLE CASES FROM SHEUNG SHUI, FANLING, TAKULING, SHA TAU KOK, KAT O AND AP CHAU. ITS NEW TELEPHONE NUMBERS WILL BE 12-907304 FOR THE SUPERVISOR, AND 12-907304 AND 12-907449 FOR CASEWORKERS.

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SEMINAR TOR TECHNICAL TEACHERS »£*»»»»»

MORE THAN 380 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN INVITED TO ATTEND TOMORROW'S OPENING OF THE FIRST SEMINAR TO EE CONDUCTED BY THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS' COLLEGE AT THE MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE.

THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (TECHNICAL), MR. ANDREW KINQWELL, WILL OPEN THE SEMINAR. IT WILL BE IN TWO PARTS — THE FIRST FOR SERVING TEACHERS CHILE THE SECOND IS FOR THOSE TEACHERS WHO ARE ON THE STAFF OF THE NEU COLLEGE.

+1T IS INTENDED THAT OTHER SEMINARS AND COURSES ON SUBJECTS WHICH WOULD BE USEFUL TO TECHNICAL TEACHERS WILL BE ORGANISED DURING THE COMING MONTHS,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID.

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THE PRINCIPAL OF THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS' COLLEGE, MR. PETER SMITH, HAS JUST RETURNED TO HONG KONG FROM KOREA-WHERE HE AND MR. GEOFFREY POWELL, DIRECTOR OF THE RESOURCES CENTRE OF THE GARNETT COLLEGE OF EDUCATION IN LONDON, CONDUCTED A SIMILAR SEMINAR FOR KOREAN TECHNICAL TEACHERS.

BOTH MR. SMITH AND HR. POWELL WILL JOINTLY CONDUCT THE SEMINAR.

THERE WILL BE A NUMBER OF GROUP DISCUSSIONS ON TECHNICAL SUBJECTS, ONE OF WHICH WILL EXPLORE THE NEED FOR CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT IN TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN HONG KONG-

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE SEMINAR COVERED. IT WILL BE HELD IN THE HALL AT THE MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE IN OI KUAN ROAD, WANCHAl, HONG KONG. THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BEGIN AT 9.30 A.M. TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

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NEW AGREEMENT ON TEXTILE EXPORTS TO CANADA »»»»»»

A MEW AGREEMENT COVERING EXPORTS OF HONG KONG TEXTILES TO CANADA HAS BEEN REACHED IN NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT IN OTTAWA. >

THE HONQ KONQ NEGOTIATING TEAM WAS LED BY HR. LAWRENCE MILLS, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AMD INDUSTRY, WHO HAS NOW RETURNED TO HONG KONG.

THE NEW AGREEMENT, WHICH COVERS SIX PRODUCTS, TWILL TAKE EFFECT FROM OCTOBER 1, 1974 FOR ONE YEAR. DETAILS WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER AFTER CONSIDERATION BY THE TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD.

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WATER CUTS

VATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN THE MID-LEVELS WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR FIVE HOURS AS FROM 1 A.M. ON THURSDAY (JUNE 18) TO FACILITATE A TEST FOR NIGHT LEAKAGE IN THE AREA.

THE AREA AFFECTED BY THE TEMPORARY STOPPAGE IS BOUNDED BY ALBANY ROAD, ARBUTHNOT ROAD, CHANCERY LANE, OLD BAILEY STREET, ELGIN STREET, PEEL STREET, HOLLYWOOD ROAD, ABERDEEN STREET, KAU U FONG. WEST SIDE OF GAGE STREET, AND POTTINQER STREET, INCLUDING WYNDHAM STREET.

AT THE SAME TIME, CERTAIN PREMISES IN CASTLE PEAK; NEW TERRITORIES, WILL ALSO BE WITHOUT WATER FOR A WHILE.

THESE INCLUDE PREMISES ALONG CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TAN KWAI ROAD, INCLUDING HUNG UK TSUEN, TAN KWAI TSUEN, SHEK PO TSUEN, LEI UK TSUEN, SAI SHAN TSUEN, SAN UK TSUEN, LO UK TSUEN, SIK KONG WAI AND TSEUNG KONG WAI.

THIS TEMPORARY STOPPAGE IS NECESSARY TO ENABLE A TEST FOR LEAKAGE TO BE CARRIED OUT IN THE AREA.

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STOP-WORK ORDER ON CONDUIT ROAD SITE LIFTED

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THE CEASE-WORK ORDER IMPOSED ON THE CONSTRUCTION SITE AT 39A-F CONDUIT ROAD BY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE LAST SATURDAY HAS BEEN LIFTED FOLLOWING REMEDIAL AND PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES.

THE ORDER WAS IMPOSED AFTER THE DEATH OF TWO WORKERS LAST FRIDAY WHEN THE SIDE OF A TRENCH ON THE SITE COLLAPSED.

ACTION HAS BEEN TAKEN TO RESTORE THE SIDE OF THE TRENCH AND THE BANK ABOVE IT TO A SAFE CONDITION. WORK HAS NOW RESUMED.

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S.S.E.E. RESULTS * * It It It *

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THE RESULTS OF THE SECONDARY SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAMINATION, 1974 WILL BE PUBLISHED ON FRIDAY, JULY 19, 1974. HEADS OF PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS OR THEIR DEPUTIES ARE REQUESTED TO COLLECT THE FULL RESULTS LISTS AND RELATED DOCUMENTS DURING THE FOLLOWING TIMES:-

FRIDAY JULY 19 FROM 9»3O A.M. TO 4.30 P.M.

SATURDAY JULY 20 FROM 9.30 A.M. TO 12.30 P.M.

MONDAY JULY 22 FROM 9-30 A.M. TO 4.30 P.M.

FOR SCHOOLS ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND OUTLYING 1SLANDS:-ARSENAL STREET POLICE PRIMARY SCHOOL” ARSENAL STREET, WANCHAl, HONG KONG.

i FOR SCHOOLS IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES:—

EXAMINATIONS DIVISION,

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT,

CANTON ROAD GOV'T. OFFICES, 10TH FLOOR, 393 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON.

CANDIDATES SHOULD REPORT TO THEIR PRIMARY SCHOOLS ON JULY 24 TO COLLECT THEIR INDIVIDUAL DOCUMENTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

FOR YOUR INFORMATION, THE PRESS LISTS CL1STS OF SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WITH THEIR ALLOCATION) WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, 6TH FLOOR, HONG KONG ON THURSDAY, JULY 18 FROM 4.00 P.M. THE FORMAT OF THE PRESS LIST WILL BE SIMILAR TO THAT IN PREVIOUS YEARS. IT WILL CONSIST OF PARTS 1 AND II WITH A LIST OF 309 SCHOOLS SHOWING THE DATES AND’TIMES FOR REGISTRATION OF S.S.E.E. CANDIDATES. PART I C82 PAGES) WILL SHOW THE CANDIDATE NUMBERS AND SCHOOLS ALLOCATED IN RESPECT OF ALL CANDIDATES ALLOCATED 5~YEAR ASSISTED PLACES IN GOVERNMENT, AIDED AND PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS. PART 11 C121 PAGES) WILL SHOW THE CANDIDATE NUMBERS AND SCHOOLS ALLOCATED IN RESPECT OF ALL

. CANDIDATES ALLOCATED 3-YEAR ASSISTED PLACES IN PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS. CLAST YEAR PART 1 CONTAINED 83 PAGES AND PART 11 CONTAINED 98 PAGES.)

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CONSUMER ADVICOKY SERVICE . • • K- 1" :} IP itjii

THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY CTUESDAY) AT SALE UNDER THE RIC£ CONTROL SCHEME AND AT THE VECETAE’K MARKETING ORGANISATION. WHOLESALE MARKET AL ) THE FIS!! MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEUNG SEA UAH, KOULCOM: /

SUPPLIES AMD WHOLESALE PPJCES OF RICE

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

CHINA RICE: »

SEE HEU

- OLD CROP •V

- NEU CROP GOOD 2.09 • *

S.C. J JEN -

- OLD CROP • ..

- NEU CROP GOOD 1.93

PO NGA! NO SALE

CHU CHO r:o CALC

THAI RICE:

10055 WHOLE GOOD 1.04

10-153 DROKENS . GOOD 1.02 1

A1 SUPER EXTRA QOCD 1.72

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.52

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 1.77

U.S. RICE GOOD, 1.87

AUSTRALIAN RICE •’ GOOD 1.77

PAKISTAN RICE ,<• NO SALE

TAIWAN RICE t:o SALE

SUPPLIES AMD WHOLESALE PRICES OF S’JINE

CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY - GOOD

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK

C$/P 1CUL-LIVE WEIGHT) - 3*10 CAVERAGE)

/SUPPLIES AND

JULY 16, 1974

SUPPLIES AMD UHOLESALE PRICES OF MARIME FISH

CFKO CHEUNG SHA-UAH UHOLESALE FISH MARKET) ••

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AVAILABILITY UHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

SPECIES OF SUPPLY HIGH LOW KCDE

GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 5.00 3.20 4.00

BIG-EYES GOOD 2.80 0.00 1.00

SQUID NORMAL 6.50 2.00 4.20

HAIR-TAILS LIMITED 2.20 0.70 1.50

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 2.70 1.40 2.GO

CROAKERS LIMITED 1.60 0.80 1.20

CONC.ER-PIKE-EELS LIMITED 1.80 1.20 1.50

MELON COAT —— —— ——

CREAMS SCARCE 5.00 3.20 4.00

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 1.50 0.60 1.C0

MACKERELS LIMITED 4.60 3.50 4.CO

RED QOAT FISH — — •

FORK—TAIL NORMAL 1.40 0.70 1.00

HORSE-HEAD NORMAL 6.50 3.20 5.00-. •

MELON SEED NORMAL 1.80 0.00 1.50

POMFRETS SCARCE 9.C0 7.50 8.00

GAROUPAS LIMITED 8.CO 6.CO 7.00

YELLOU CROAKER ——

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

CVaM.Oe CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKET)

TYPE OF . AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

VEGETABLE OF SUPPLY HIGH LOU MODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE LIMITED 2.20 0.80 1.50

WHITE CABBAGE LIMITED 1.50 0.50 1.00

CHINESE LETTUCE SCARCE . 1.20 0.40 0.80

WATER SPINACH GOOD 0.50 0.10 0.30

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 2.20 1.00 1.50

STRING BEANS SCARCE 3-20 0.80 2.00

SPRING ONION, GOOD . 1.G0 0.20 0.60

SPINACH / ] —— —— ——

WATER CRESS LEAF MUSTARD SCARCE . 2.40 1.00 4.50

CA3BAQE • LIMITED 1.40 0.40 1.00

CHINESE SPINACH NORMAL 0.70 0.20 0.50

TOMATO SCARCE 1.80 » 0.60 1.40

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 1974

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MEDICAL WHITE PAPER TABLED IN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ......................................... 1

MAXIMUM FINE FOR SERIOUS DRUG OFFENCES RAISED TO $5 MILLION  .................................. 5

NEW LEGISLATION WILL ENSURE BUS COMPANIES

COMPLY FULLY WITH TERMS OF NEW FRANCHISES ... 7

DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH HAS NO ,

JURISDICTION OVER PRACTIONERS OF CHINESE TRADITIONAL MEDICINE ............................ 8

RECOMMENDATIONS ON IMPROVEMENTS OF FIRE SERVICES COMMUNICATIONS EXPECTED NEXT MONTH 8

MANUFACTURERS OF HERBAL MEDICINE MIXTURES WARNED TO COMPLY WITH LABELLING REQUIREMENTS 9

LEGISLATION ON THE WAY TO PERMIT RENEWAL OF DRIVING LICENCES FROM DATE OF EXPIRY ............ 9

MAC’S PART-TIME HELPERS MAY RECEIVE PAYMENT FROM GOVERNMENT.....................*........... 10

TEMPORARY WATER INTERRUPTION IN YUEN LONG ... 10

PRE-WAR BUILDING IN CENTRAL DECLARED DANGEROUS....................................... 11

1974 CHINESE CHESS TOURNAMENT STARTS NEXT MONTH .......................................... 11

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION CALLS FOR +REVOLUTION+ IN ATTITUDE TOWARDS TECHNICAL

EDUCATION....................................... 12

POKFULAM BUILDING 'FREEZE' MAY BE LIFTED BY END OF THIS YEAR................................ 15

LEGCO APPROVES HONG KONG YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY'S APPLICATION FOR FARE REVISION ...... 17

MEDICAL COUNCIL GIVEN WIDER DISCIPLINARY POWERS UNDER NEW LEGISLATION ................... 19

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Issued by Government Information Services, Beaconsfield Rouse, Hong Kong. Tel: 5'233191

BILL ON WORKERS' RIGHTS TO TRADE UNION MEMBERSHIP INTRODUCED IN COUNCIL .....

EIGHT BILLS COMPLETE PASSAGE THROUGH LEQCO TO DECOKE LAW ............................

DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF COMMIDITIES

THURSDAY, JULY

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 1974

FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES )? )r )€ I? I?

THE WHITE PAPER ON THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES IN HONG KONG BETWEEN NOW AND 1984, INVOLVING MASSIVE CAPITAL EXPENDITURE AMOUNTING TO $914 MILLION, WAS TABLED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

INTRODUCING THE WHITE PAPER, DR. THE HON. CERALD CHOA, DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, SAID THE AMOUNT WOULD ALSO ROUGHLY DOUBLE THE ANNUALLY RECURRENT EXPENDITURE TO ABOUT $900 MILLION AT CURRENT PRICES.

HE EXPLAINED THAT ANY CAPITAL WORKS PROGRAMME OF THE MAGNITUDE PROPOSED IN THE WHITE PAPER MUST TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE ECONOMIC CIRCUMSTANCES OF HONG KONG FROM YEAR TO YEAR.

THE GOVERNMENT WAS CONFIDENT THAT OF THE $914 MILLION EXPENDITURE PROPOSED, ABOUT $690 MILLION WOULD BE SPENT BETWEEN NOW AND 1984 ON A LARGE NUMBER OF IMPORTANT PROJECTS ALREADY IN CATEGORIES A AND B OF THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME.

OTHERS INCLUDED HOSPITALS AND POLYCLINICS AT SHA TIN AND TUEN MUN, THE SECOND MEDICAL SCHOOL AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, THE DENTAL SCHOOL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, THE SCHOOL DENTAL SERVICE, AND THE THIRD NURSES TRAINING SCHOOL AT THE PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL.

RECURRENT EXPENDITURE AT CURRENT PRICES ON MEDICAL SERVICES WOULD RISE TO ABOUT $800 MILLION WHEN THESE PROJECTS WERE COMPLETED — SO THEIR TIMING WOULD HAVE TO DEPEND +AS MUCH ON THE GOVERNMENT’S ABILITY TO TAKE ON SUBSTANTIAL ADDITIONAL RECURRENT EXPENDITURE AS ON THE FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR CAPITAL WORKS.+

DR. CHOA SAID THE OTHER PROJECTS LISTED IN THE WHITE PAPER, AMOUNTING TO $224 MILLION, WOULD BE IMPLEMENTED +AS SOON AFTER 1984 AS ECONOMIC CIRCUMSTANCES PERMIT.*

IN A REFERENCE TO COMMENTS RECEIVED FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AS A RESULT OF PUBLICATION OF THE REPORT OF THE MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE, UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE HON. SIR ALBERT RODRIGUES, DR. CHOA SAID REPLIES WOULD BE APPARENT FROM THE CHANGES MADE IN THE WHITE PAPER FROM THE +GREEN+ PAPER PUBLISHED LAST OCTOBER.

HE GAVE AN ASSURANCE TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO HAD. VOICED THEIR CONCERN THAT EVEN IF THERE HAD BEEN NO DISCERNIBLE REACTION, THEIR COMMENTS HAD NOT BEEN OVERLOOKED, AND WHERE THEY WERE OF ANY VALUE, THEY WOULD BE PURSUED EITHER IN THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, OR THROUGH THE MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE AS IT MET REGULARLY TO REVIEW DEVELOPMENTS.

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HE EMPHASISED TWO POINTS :

M- NOT ONLY WOULD DEVELOPMENTS BE KEPT UNDER CONSTANT REVIEW, BUT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD ALSO PROCEED AS RAPIDLY AS IT COULD TO IMPLEMENT ALL THE PROPOSALS IN THE WHITE PAPER, ♦HAVING REGARD TO THE AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS AND THE OVERALL NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.+

* WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE PROJECTS IN THE WHITE PAPER, THERE WOULD BE A STEADY ’IMPROVEMENT IN THE MEDICAL FACILITIES AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS.

HOSPITAL BEDS

THE WHITE PAPER, DR. CHOA SA IO, CONSIDERED IN DETAIL FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS UNDER HEADS SUCH AS HOSPITALS, CLINICS, REGIONALISATION FEES FOR PATIENTS IN THE GENERAL WARDS OF HOSPITALS IN THE REGIONALISATION SCHEME, THE SUPPLY OF NURSES, A SCHOOL DENTAL CARE SERVICE AND A DENTAL SCHOOL, AND THE HEALTH SERVICE.

THE WHITE PAPER ACCEPTED THE MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE’S RECOMMENDATION OF A GENERAL STANDARD OF 5.5 HOSPITAL BEDS PER 1,000 OF THE POPULATION BY THE END OF 1982, ALTHOUGH IT FELT ACHIEVEMENT OF THE TARGET — DESIRABLE FOR LONG-TERM PLANNING — WOULD +EXCEED THE ABILITY OF THE GOVERNMENT TO BUILD, FINANCE, AND STAFF THE INSTITUTIONS REQUIRED.

THE WHITE PAPER ALSO ACCEPTED THE RECOMMENDATION THAT FOUR HOSPITALS ~ IN SHA TIN, IN TUEN MUN, IN EAST KOWLOON AND IN SHAU KEI WAN ON HONG KONG ISLAND — BE BUILT IN THE NEXT DECADE, BUT THE ORDER IN WHICH THEY WOULD BE BUILT WOULD REFLECT +THE IMPORTANCE WHICH THE GOVERNMENT ATTACHED TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF PROPER MEDICAL FACILITIES IN THE NEW TOWNS, AND THROUGH THEM, THE NEU TERR I TORIES.*

THE SHA TIN HOSPITAL WOULD BE A REGIONAL HOSPITAL WITH 1,200 BEDS SERVING RESIDENTS IN THE EASTERN SECTION OF THE NEW TERRITORIES. IT WOULD BE DEVELOPED AS A TEACHING HOSPITAL TO PROVIDE CLINICAL TEACHING FACILITIES FOR THE NEW MEDICAL SCHOOL TO BE ESTABLISHED AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, AND WOULD BE READY BEFORE 1984.

THE TUEN MUN HOSPITAL WOULD BE A'DISTRICT HOSPITAL OF 1,200 BEDS SERVING RESIDENTS IN THE WESTERN SECTION OF THE NEW TERRITORIES. IT WOULD ALSO BE READY BEFORE 1984.

THE SHAU KEI WAN PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL, ORIGINALLY PLANNED FOR 1,000 BEDS, WOULD NOW BE REDUCED TO 500 BEDS ON EXPERT ADVICE FOLLOWING PUBLICATION OF THE +GREEN+ PAPER. THE OTHER 500 BEDS FOR PSYCHIATRIC PATIENTS WOULD BE INCORPORATED IN OTHER HOSPITALS AND CLINICS.

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WITH REGARD TO CLINICS, POLYCLINICS OR SPECIALIST CLINICS WOULD BE SET UP ON HONG KONG ISLAND EAST, EAST KOWLOON, SOUTH KWAI CHUNG, SHA TIN, TUEN HUN, AND KWUN TONG.

GENERAL CLINICS WOULD BE PROVIDED AT L’GAU TAU KOK, LAN TIN, TO KWA WAN, HA KWAI CHUNG, LEI MUK SHUE AND S.IA TIN. THE VIOLET PEEL CLINIC, THE CENTRAL DISPENSARY, AND THE CLINICS AT SHAM SHU I PO AND SAI KUNG WOULD BE.RE-PROVISIONED.

AN IMPORTANT FEATURE OF THESE MEW POLYCLINICS AND CLINICS WOULD BE THE INCLUSION OF +DAY BEDS* FOR PATIENTS REQUIRING ATTENTION AND CARE AFTER DISCHARGE, AND REHABILITATION FACILITIES.

DR. CHOA TOLD THE COUNCIL THAT, ACCORDING TO PROPOSALS IN THE WHITE PAPER, REGIONALISATION WOULD BEGIN ON APRIL 1 NEXT YEAR, WITH FOUR REGIONS TO START WITH -- HOk’Q KONG ISLAND, WEST KOWLOON, EAST KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES, AND WEST NEW TERRITORIES.

A FIFTH REGION WOULD BE CREATED BY THE DIVISION OF EAST KOWLOON AND EAST NEW TERRITORIES WHEN THE NEU SHA TIN HOSPITAL HAD BEEN COMMISSIONED.

THE REGIONS WOULD HAVE THEIR OWN REGIONAL HOSPITALS, WITH ALL APPROPRIATE SPECIAL SERVICES, ONE OR HOPE DISTRICT HOSPITALS WITH ORDINARY HOSPITAL FACILITIES, ONE OR LORE SPECIALIST CLINICS, AND A NUMBER OF GENERAL CLINICS.

THE INTENTION WAS TO BRING MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES TOGETHER — TO THE ADVANTAGE OF MEDICAL SERVICES GENERALLY, BECAUSE REGIONALISATION WOULD HELP DETERMINE REGIONAL NEEDS AND THE FULLEST USE OF ALL AVAILABLE HOSPITAL BEDS.

STANDARDISATION OF FEES

AS SOON AS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE REGIONAL STRUCTURE ALLOWED, THE ACCIDENT SERVICE WOULD IMPROVE WITH THE ’TWO-TIER* ORGANISATION OF DESIGNATED ACCIDENT CENTRES AND ACCIDENT CENTRES, WITH DIFFERENT LEVELS OF TREATEMENT AMD REHABILITATION FACILITIES, INCORPORATED INTO REGIONAL AMD DISTRICT HOSPITALS RESPECTIVELY. *

DR. CHOA SAID REGIONALISATION MEANT A STANDARDISATION OF GENERAL WARD FEES IN THE HOSPITALS, GOVERNMENT AND SUBSIDISED, WHICH WOULD BE BROUGHT INTO THE SCHEME, IN ORDER TO ELIMINATE DISPARITY OF CHARGES AT PRESENT OBTAINING BETWEEN GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS, WHICH WERE NOT ENTIRELY FREE EXCEPT ON APPLICATION FOR REMISSION, AND CERTAIN GOVERNMENT-ASSISTED HOSPITALS, WHICH WERE TRADITIONALLY FREE.

+1T IS THE GOVERNMENT'S AIM THAT IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THE FULL BENEFIT OF REGIOHALISED SERVICES, THERE SHOULD BE A UNIFORMITY OF CHARGES, WITH A REMISSION SCHEME IN CASE OF NEED.+ HE EXPLAINED. + THE GOVERNMENT HAS UNDERTAKEN TO REVIEW THE METHODS OF SUBVENTING HOSPITALS INCLUDED IN THE REGIONALISATION SCHEME.+

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ON THE SUPPLY OF DOCTORS, DR. CHOA SAID Ui TH THE GOVERNMENT'S ACCEPTANCE OF THE ADVICE OF THE UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE THAT A NEW MEDICAL SCHOOL DE SITED AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONC, KONG, IT FOLl.Ol D THAT THE NEW HOSPITAL AT SHA TIN BE DESIGNED AS A TEACHING HOI/ITAU FROM THE OUTSET, AND THE TIMING OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THAT HOSPITAL AND THE NEW MEDICAL SCHOOL BE +CLOSELY'COoORDINATED.+

WJTH REGARD TO NURSES, THE THIRD GENERAL NURSES TRAINING SCHOOL WOULD BE LOCATED AT THE PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL, SUPPLEMENTING EXISTING SCHOOLS AT THE QUEEN MARY AND QUEEN ELI7AEETH HOSPITALS.

OTHER POINTS

THE THIRD SCHOOL WOULD BE PLANNED FOR A CAPACITY OF 300 STUDENT NURSES A YEAR, BUT THE INITIAL INTAKE WOULD BE LIMITED TO 210 A YEAR.

DR. CHOA ALSO MADE THESE POINTS :

X- THE WHITE PAPER ACCEPTED THE RECOMMENDATION THAT A SCHOOL FOR THE TRAINING OF DENTAL NURSES I.E ESTABLISHED +AS A FIRST STEP TOWARDS GIVING DENTAL TREATMENT TO SCHOOL CHILDREN, AND A SITE HAD ALREADY BEEN EAR-HARKED IN THE MORRISON HILL AREA.+

X- SINCE PUBLICATION OF THE REPORT OF THE MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE, A NEW DIVISION HAD BEEN CREATED IN THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO DEAL WITH THE TREATMENT OF, AND RESEARCH INTO, DRUG ADDICTION IN HONG KONG-

X INTEGRATION OF FAMILY PLANNING INTO THE GOVERNMENT’S MAT: R IAL /MD CHILD HEALTH SER' ICE AS PROGRESSING SATISFACTORILY, AND PRIORITY <OUL. BE GIV-.N TO +COHSOLLOATJNG AND DEVELOPING THESE. SERVICES IN CONDUCTIONo WITH THE WHITE PAPER'S PROGRAMME FOR NEW CLINICS.+

X THE MEDICAL REHABILITATION OF THE PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY DISABLED WOULD BE INCLUDED II. A CO-ORDINATED PLAN .

X THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE UNLIKELY TO BE IN A POSITION TO UNDERTAKE A COMMUNITY NURSING SERVICE IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE OWING TO OTHER HORE PRESSING NEEDS FOR NURSES, BUT THE MATTER WOULD BE KEPT UNDER REVIEW.

X A HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT WOULD BE ESTABLISHED IN THE DtPAiU'MEi f » J AROUSE AND MAH TAIN PUBL IC AWAEENEfS.OF PREVENTIVE MEASURES AMD HEALTH HAZARDS.

AFTER DR. CHOA'S SPEECH, DEBATE ON THE MOTION WAS ADJOURNED.

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DRUG OFFENDERS HO J RUH TH!7. RIS" OF SPENDING THE REST OF THEIR LiVLS ill PRISON AHO PAY I 'G Fil ES OF UP TO $5 MILLION, UNDER THE DANGEROUS DRUGS’ CAiiE.iDiiEii'.) i ILL WHICH WAS PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY Willi SEVERAL AMENDMENTS.

THE AMENDMENTS WERE MOVED BY THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS AND INVOLVED RAISING THE MAXIMUM FINE FROM $100,000 TO $5 MILLION FOR SERIOUS DRUG OFFENCES, INCLUDING TRAFFICKING, MANUFACTURING, POSSESSION OF DRUGS FOR THE PURPOSE OF TRAFFICKING, KEEPING A DIVAN, AND WILFULLY PERMITTING A PREMISES TO BE USED AS A DIVAN, OR FOR THE UNLAWFUL MANUFACTURE OR STORAGE OF DANGEROUS DRUGS.

IN MOVING THE AMENDMENTS, THE HON. OSWALD CHEUNG SAID THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WELCOMED THE GOVERNMENT’S INITIATIVE IN INTRODUCING THE BILL BUT THEY FELT THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSAL TO INCREASE THE MAXIMUM FINES TO $1 MILLION + IS HOT QUITE ENOUGH.+

+IT IS THE EARNEST HOPE OF MY COLLEAGUES THAT THE AMENDMENTS WILL. BE INTERPRETED TO MEAN, AC IS CUR INTENTION, THAT UE TAKE A GRAVER VIEW (;F 1 JE CFFEKCES THAN HITHERTO,* IE SAID.

IN THE NARCOTICS T .'ADE, '.'5 MILLION WAS HOT AM INORDINATELY LARGE AMOUNT OF HONEY, EE SAID POINTING CUT THAT TIE SEVERITY OF FINE WAS KOT ALTOGETHER WITHOUT PRECEDENT AS EVASION OF INCOME TAX l?I ENGLAND COULD D ;A‘J A I Ei ALT.’ OF THu.ZE TINES THE TOTAL TAX PAYABLE. AT AMY F.iTE, T.AiFIC.J !G 1.1 DANGEROUS DRUGS WAS, DY COMMON CONSENT, RAT .ER HOLE I’NMLUS THAN EVADING TAX.

HR. CHEUNG EXPRESSED THE I OPE THAT IF ANY FINE IMPOSED WAS KOT PAID, THE GOVERRKE IT WOULD HOT 1 -SITATE TO INVOKE THE LAW OF BANKRUPTCY AND HAKE USE OF 1HE pc jeRS THERE CONFERRED, BOTH TO OBTAIN A RCCEIV1 !G ORDER ARC TO GUESTION THE CONVICTED BANKRUPT AMD ANY PERSON WHOM THE COIKT MAY DEEM CAPABLE OF GIVING INFORMATION COKJERML’G TAE B/KIKEUPT, HIS DEAL MGS OR PROPERTY.

AS FAR AS HE WAS AWARE, A PERSON CONVICTED AND HADE BANKRUPT WAS BOUND TO ANSWER ALL’QUESTIONS WITH RESPECT TO HIS DEALINGS AUD PROPERTY, AMD MAY HOT REFUSE TO ANSWER A QUESTION Oil THE GROUND THAT THE ANSWER HAY TEND TD INCH LUNATE HLi.

HE ADDED, HOWEVER, THAT THE LAW AS IT MOW STANDS MIGHT NOT PERMIT THE KIND OF QUESTIONING HE HAD IN MIND — INTERROGATION WITH THE OKE BEING QUESTIONED COMPELLED TO GIVE ANSWERS AS TO HIS DEALL’GS AMD ASSOCIATES, SO AS TO DISCOVER HIS CONFEDERATES AND HIS AND THEIR DEAL! 1GS IN DANGEROUS LRUGS.

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+ IF THE LAW DOES NOT PERMIT THIS OR EVEN IF IT IS DOUBTFUL THAT IT DOES, I HOPE THE GOVERNMENT WILL CONE AND DISCUSS THE MATTER WITH US,+ HE SAID, ADDING THAT THIS WAS A GATEWAY THAT OUGHT TO LEAD TO THE DISCOVERY OF NARCOTIC CONSPIRACIES AND THE SUPPRESSION OF TRAFFICKING.

MR. CHEUNG SAID HE WAS A BIT DISTURBED BY REPORTS — IF THEY WERE ACCURATE — THAT THE POLICE KNOW ABOUT THE IDENTITY OF THE BIG DRUG TRAFFICKERS, BUT LACK EVIDENCE TO CONVICT THEM IN COURT.

+ IF SUCH KNOWLEDGE IS GROUNDED ON REASONABLE BELIEF,+ HE SAID, +1 AM NOT AT ALL SURE WHY THE POLICE CANNOT PROCEED.+ HOWEVER, HE APPRECIATED THAT THE POLICE HAD A PROBLEM AND HE. REPEATED HIS INVITATION TO THE GOVERNMENT TO DISCU'SS THE MATTER WITH THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS.

MR. CHEUNG WENT ON TO SAY THAT HE WOULD SHOW NO COMPASSION OR MERCY TO DRUG TRAFFICKERS, EXCEPT IN ORE EVENT, WHERE IN EARNEST REPENTANCE A CONVICTED BANKRUPT C.AVE FULL DISCLOSURE OF HIS KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRADE AND ITS PERPETRATORS.

+TO ONE WHO MAKES FULL DISCLOSURE, I WOULD EE PREPARED TO ENACT SUITABLE LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE THAT SENTENCES IMPOSED ON HIM MIGHT BE MITIGATED.

♦TO ONE WHO REFUSES TO MAKE DISCLOSURE, TO IMPOSE FURTHER SANCTIONS,!- HE SAID.

WOULD NOT HESITATE

THE HON. HILTON CHEONQ-LEEN ALSO SPOKE IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL AND CALLED ON THE COMMUNITY TO GIVE TOTAL SUPPORT TO THE GOVERNMENT’S ALL-OUT EFFORT TO CLAMP DOWN ON ILLEGAL TRAFFICKING AND TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF ADDICTS.

HE NOTED THAT IT WAS USELESS TO ENACT LAWS IF THEY COULD NOT BE IMPLEMENTED, AMD SAID THE PUBLIC EXPECTED THAT ALL BRANCHES OF THE GOVERNMENT, PARTICULARLY THE POLICE AND THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT, AS WELL AS THE JUDICIARY WOULD CONTINUE TO ENSURE THAT THE LAWS WILL NOT BE FLOUTED AND THAT WITH MORE UNITED EFFORTS BY ALL CONCERNED THE NARCOTICS PROBLEM WOULD BE CONSIDERABLY ABATED WITHIN THE HEXT TWO TO THREE YEARS.

THE COUNCIL ALSO PASSED THE CORPORAL PUNISHMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL WHICH MAKES MALE PERSONS CONVICTED FOR MAJOR DRUG OFFENCES GENERALLY COMMITTED FOR PROFIT, SUBJECT TO CORPORAL PUNISHMENT.

IN REPLY, THE HON. LEWIS DAVIES, SECRETARY FOR SECURITIES TOOK NOTE OF MR. CHEUNG’S PROPOSALS REGARDING EVIDENCE AND SAID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONSIDER THEM.

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ADEQUATE SANCTIONS TO REQUIRE THE TWO BUS COMPANIES TO COMPLY FULLY WITH THE TERMS OF THEIR NEW FRANCHISES WILL BE PROVIDED IN LEGISLATION NOW BEING DRAFTED.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, GAVE THIS ASSURANCE TODAY WHEN REPLYING TO SEVERAL QUESTIONS RAISED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BY THE HON. LO TAK-SHING.

BOTH KOWLOON MOTOR BUS COMPANY AND THE CHINA KOTOR BUS COMPANY HAVE BEEN INFORMED THAT THEIR PRESENT FRANCHISES, WHICH EXPIRE ON FEBRUARY 14 NEXT YEAR, WILL NOT BE RENEWED • ON THE PRESENT TERMS, AND NEGOTIATIONS ARE NOW PROCEEDING ON THE NEW TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

THESE WILL INCLUDE PROVISIONS FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF TWO SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO THE BOARDS OF DIRECTORS OF BOTH COMPANIES. THE INTENTION OF THIS, HR. HADDON-CAVE EXPLAINED, IS TO SEEK TO INFLUENCE, FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PUBLIC, THE MANNER IN WHICH THE COMPANIES RUN THEIR AFFAIRS.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY EXPLAINED THAT THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT CONSIDER IT APPROPRIATE TO APPOINT DIRECTORS TO THE BOARDS OF THE BUS COMPANIES WITHOUT ACQUIRING SOME PARTICIPATION IN THEIR EQUITY. +SUCH PARTICIPATION SHOULD ENABLE A REAL IMPROVEMENT IN CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE COMPANIES TO BE ACHIEVED AND PROVIDE AM OPPORTUNITY FOR UAYS TO BE SOUGHT IN WHICH THE GOVERNMENT CAN ASSIST THE COMPANIES IN THEIR OPERATIONS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PUBLIC.+

HE FELT THAT THIS WOULD BE MORE LIKELY TO BE ACHIEVED BY THE GOVERNMENT TAKING AN EQUITY POSITION ARD THEREBY UNDERLINING ITS INVOLVEMENT IN THE AFFAIRS OF EACH COMPANY.

AN ACQUISITION OF UP TO 10 PER CENT IN THE EQUITY OF EACH COMPANY, HE ADDED, WOULD SUFFICE FOR THIS PURPOSE.

MR. HADDON-CAVE WAS CONFIDENT THAT THE NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE BUS COMPANIES REGARDING THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THEIR NEW FRANCHISES WOULD BE CONCLUDED SUCCESSFULLY, AND HE SAW NO REASON TO THE CONTRARY.

+INDEED IT WOULD BE FOOLISH FOR THE TWO COMPANIES NOT TO NEGOTIATE SERIOUSLY TO THIS END AND THE GOVERNMENT HAS NO REASON TO BELIEVE THEY ARE NOT DOING SO,+ HE SAID. *.

HOWEVER, HE ASSURED COUNCIL THAT IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT OF THE NEGOTIATIONS FALLING THROUGH +THE GOVERNMENT HAS ADEQUATE ALTERNATIVE PLANS AVAILABLE FOR ENSURING THE CONTINUED OPERATION OF BUS SERVICES IN HONG KONG AFTER THE EXPIRY OF THE PRESENT FRANCHISES.*

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PRACTICE OF CHINESE TRADITIONAL MEDICINE ft ft Ji Ji Ji JI-

AS REGISTRAR OF MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS, THE DIRECTOR

OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES HAS NO JURISDICTION OVER PRACTITIONERS OF CHINESE TR/1DITIONAL MEDICINE, OR THE METHODS THEY USE, ACCORDING TO THE LAW-.

FOR THIS REASON , THE GOVERNMENT COULD DO NOTHING

+TO IMPROVE STANDARDS IN THE USE AND APPLICATION OF ACUPUNCTURE AND TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE IN HONG KONG.+ DR. THE HON.

GERALD CHOA, DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, TOLD COUNCIL TODAY IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN.

DR. CHOA EXPLAINED THE REASON FOR THE GOVERNMENT'S INABILITY TO ACT BY QUOTING A RELEVANT SECTION OF THE MEDICAL REGISTRATION ORDINANCE.

THE SECTION READS: +SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF

SECTION 32, NOTHING IN THIS ORDINANCE SHALL BE DEEMED TO AFFECT THE RIGHT OF ANY PERSON OF CHINESE RACE, NOT BEING A PERSON TAKING OR USING ANY NAME, TITLE, ADDITION OR DESCRIPTION CALCULATED TO INDUCE ANYONE TO BELIEVE THAT HE IS QUALIFIED TO PRACTISE MEDICINE OR SURGERY ACCORDING TO MODERN SCIENTIFIC METHODS, TO PRACTISE MEDICINE OR SURGERY ACCORDING TO PURELY CHINESE METHODS, AND TO DEMAND AND RECOVER REASONABLE CHARGES IN RESPECT OF SUCH PRACTICE.+

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THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF A WORKING PARTY WHICH HAS BEEN LOOKING INTO WAYS TO IMPROVE AND MODERNISE THE FIRE SERVICES' COMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES ARE EXPECTED TO BE SUBMITTED TO THE COLONIAL SECRETARIAT NEXT MONTH, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON. LEWIS DAVIES, SAID TODAY.

THE WORKING PARTY WAS SET UP TO FORMULATE DETAILED PROPOSALS FOLLOWING A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW BY CONSULTANTS. IT COMPRISES REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS DIVISION OF THE POST OFFICE, AND THE DATA PROCESSING DIVISION OF THE COLONIAL SECRETARIAT.

AS PART OF ITS STUDIES, MR. DAVIES SAID, A TELECOMMUNICATIONS ENGINEER OF THE POST OFFICE HAD VISITED THE UNITED KINGDOM LAST MONTH TO STUDY COMPUTERISED COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS.

MR. DAVIES WAS SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN REPLY TO A QUESTION ON THE SUBJECT FROM THE HON. ROGER LOBO.

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CONTROL OF HERBAL MEDICINE MIXTURES

CONSEQUENCES OF FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH LABELLING REQUIREMENTS

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DR. THE HON. QERALD CHOA, DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, TODAY WARNED MANUFACTURERS OF HERBAL MEDICINES MIXED WITH OTHER PREPARATIONS THAT THEY ARE LIABLE TO PROSECUTION . IF THEY FAIL TO COMPLY WITH LABELLING REQUIREMENTS UNDER THE

LAW.

HE WAS REPLYING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO DR. THE HON. HARRY FANG, WHO HAD ASKED IF THE GOVERNMENT WOULD TAKE STEPS +TO PREVENT THE SALE OF SYNTHETIC DRUGS CONTAINED IN THE POISONS LIST MIXED WITH HERBAL REMEDIES.+ . -

DR. CHOA SAID HERBAL MEDICINAL PREPARATIONS WERE EXEMPTED FROM THE CONTROL OF THE PHARMACY AND POISONS ORDINANCE ONLY IF THEIR CONTENTS WERE +INCLUDED IN THE CHINESE HERBAL MATERIA MEDJCA.+ (THIS WAS A REFERENCE TO A FORMAL BOOK ON CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINES PUBLISHED IN CHINA SOME YEARS AGO, AND RECOGNISED IN HONG KONG AS THE DEFINITIVE STANDARD WORK ON THE SUBJECT.?

DR. CHOA EXPLAINED THAT IF A MEDICINAL PREPARATION CONTAINED A SYNTHETIC DRUG ON THE POISONS LIST, +A LABEL GIVING FULL PARTICULARS, INCLUDING ITS EXACT QUANTITY, MUST BE AFFIXED ON THE CONTAJNER.+

IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES,. ITS SALE WAS CONTROLLED, ESPECIALLY IF THE PREPARATION CONTAINED POISONS WHICH COULD ONLY BE OBTAINED ON PRESCRIPTION.

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DRIVING LICENCES MAY SOON BE RENEWED FROM THE DATE OF EXPIRY OF THE PREVIOUS PERIOD, INSTEAD OF FROM THE DATE OF APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL AS AT PRESENT.

THE NECESSARY SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION FOR THIS IS EXPECTED TO BE MADE NEXT MONTH, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMEMT, THE HON. A.T. ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT, TOLD COUNCIL TODAY IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. OSWALD CHEUNG.

AT THE SAME TIME, HE SAID, AMENDMENTS WOULD BE MADE TO TO THE ROAD TRAFFIC (DRIVING LICENCES) REGULATIONS TO PERMIT THE INTRODUCTION OF LAMINATED LICENCES.

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MAC’S PART-TIME HELPERS MAY BE PAID BY GOVT.

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THE GOVERNMENT WILL SEEK FINANCE COMMITTEE’S APPROVAL FOR FUNDS TO PAY PART-TIME COMMUNITY ORGANISERS WHO ARE -HELPING THE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON. DENIS BRAY, SAID TODAY.

♦ THIS APPROACH WILL BE MADE, BECAUSE IN MY VIEW THE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES HAVE TURNED OUT TO BE THE BEST MEANS YET FOUND TO HELP PEOPLE CO-OPERATE WITH EACH OTHER TO MAKE THEIR HOME SURROUNDINGS CLEAN AND SAFE,+ HE TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. •♦•NOT ONLY THIS,+ HE ADDED, +BUT THEY HELP THOSE WHO . JOIN TO GET TO KNOW THE PEOPLE NEXT DOOR WHICH IS NOT EASY IN THE AVERAGE MULTI-STOREY BU1LDING.+

MR. BRAY WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM DR. THE HON. CHUNG SZE-YUEN WHO WANTED TO KNOW WHETHER FUNDS HAD BEEN MADE AVAILABLE TO RETAIN OR EXPAND THE SERVICES OF THE TEMPORARY COMMUNITY ORGANISERS.

THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS SAID THE PCESENT FINANCIAL PROVISION FOR STAFF FOR THE MAC’S REFLECTED THE FACT THAT THE SCHEME IS EXPERIMENTAL AND THAT THE GOVERNOR-1N-COUNCIL HAD YET TO REVIEW IT AND DECIDE ON THE LONGER TERM FUTURE REQUIREMENTS. ।

♦CLEARLY THERE IS IMMENSE SOCI AL POTENTIAL IN THESE COMMITTEES AND IT WOULD BE SHORTSIGHTED TO LET THEM RUN DOWN THROUGH LACK OF OFFICIAL ENCOURAGEMENT AT THIS STAGE,+ HE SAID.

UP TO THE END OF LAST MONTH, A TOTAL OF 1,512 MAC’S HAD BEEN FORMED. ♦THIS IS A GOOD START,+ SAID MR. BRAY, ♦BUT WE ARE NOWHERE NEAR HAVING AS MANY COMMITTEES AS ARE NEEDED.+

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN YUEN LONG WILL B^SlNTERRUPTED FOR FIVE HOURS AS FROM 1 A.M. ON FRIDAY • (JULY 19) TO FACILITATE A TEST FOR LEAKAGE IN THE AREA.

THE AREA AFFECTED BY THE TEMPORARY STOPPAGE IS BOUNDED BY YUEN LONG MAIN ROAD, ON NING ROAD, SAI TAI STREET AND KOK TX^G STREET.

l._DI.Z£DAY, JULY 17, 1974

PRE-WAR BUILDING IN CENTRAL COKDEKKED - r- !- ft

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY DECLARED HO. 50 GAGE STwtET IN CENTRAL DISTRICT TO BE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION ARD RO. 52 LIABLE TO BECOME DANGEROUS.

THE PRINCIPAL COVER.’IKSHT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THESE THREE-STOREY PRE-WAR BUILDINGS HAD BEEN UK'JER OBSERVATION SINCE 1972 AFTER A COMPLAINT HAD BEEN RECEIVED FROM A MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC.

+BOTH BUILDINGS ARE IN A STATE OF EXTREME DETERIORATION AND THE KOST SIGNIFICANT DEFECTS ARE FRACTURES AND MOVEMENT IN THE BRICKWORK AROUND Ti-iL REAR ENTRANCE OF HU. 50.

+THIS BRICKWORK IS IN SUCH A CONDITION THAT IT IS CONSIDERED THAT THERE IS A RISK OF FAILURE LEADING TO A COLLAPSE OF THE REAR PORTION. IN ADDITION THERE ARE HANY DEFECTIVE TIMBERS,+ HE SAID.

HE EXPLAINED THAT NO. 52 GAC.E STREET IS CONSIDERED LIABLE TO BECOME DANGEROUS AS THERE IS RISK OF FAILURE DURING OR AFTER THE DEMOLITION OF KO. 50. APART FROM THIS THERE IS DEFECTIVE TIMBER AND REINFORCED CONCRETE REQUIRING URGENT ACTION.

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS WERE POSTED TODAY. HEARING WILL DE IN VICTORIA DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 A.H. ON AUGUST 13.

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THE 1974 CHINESE CHESS TOURNAMENT, ORGANIZED BY THE PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, WILL BE HELD IN EARLY AUGUST FOR PLAYERS IN THE TSUEN WAN AREA.

THE CONTEST IS OKE OF THE RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES ORGANIZED BY THE CENTRE AND AIMS AT PROMOTING HEALTHY AND CREATIVE HOBBIES THE TOURNAMENT WILL BE HELD IN THE CENTRE'S HALL.

LAST YEAR, 70 PLAYERS PARTICIPATED AMD IT IS EXPECTED THAT AT LEAST A SIMILAR NUMBER WILL .DO SO THIS YEAR. PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO TOP U HINERS IN THE TOURNAMENT.

ANYONE OVER 16 YEARS CAN JOIN. APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM ROOM 213, 2ND FLOOR, PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE, TAI HO STREET, TSUEN UAH, NEU TERRITORIES BEFORE JULY 30 ON PAYMENT OF A $1 ENTRY FEE. ENQUIRIES SHOULD DE HADE ON TELEPHONE 12-4027Uo.

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THINK +TECHNICAL* j? ;? 1? K

students urged

A FAIR PROPORTION OF HONG KOKQ’S HOST GIFTED YOUNG PEOPLE MUST CHOOSE A SECONDARY TECHNICAL. EDUCATION AS THEIR FIRST CHOICE BEFORE RONG KONG CAN ACHIEVE ITS ECONOMIC AND INDUSTRIAL TARGETS, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION CTECHHICAL), LR. ANDREU KIHGWELL SAID TODAY.

+THIS WOULD REPRESENT A REVOLUTION OF THOUGHT AMONG STUDENTS AND MANY TEACHERS,+ HE TOLD THE OPENING OF THE FIRST SEMINAR FOR TECHNICAL TEACHERS OF THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS' COLLEGE. +IT IS A REVOLUTION WHICH IS URGENTLY NEEDED.+

MR. KINGWELL SAID IT WAS ESSENTIAL THAT AN ADEQUATE SUBSTRUCTURE OF SECONDARY TECHNICAL SCHOOLS, TECHNICAL INST1TUTUES AND PREVOCATJONAL SCHOOLS SHOULD DE PROVIDED AS A HATTER OF EXTREME URGENCY SO THAT SUITABLY QUALIFIED YOUNG PEOPLE WOULD BE AVAILABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE COURSES AT THE POLYTECHNIC WHEN PHASE 1 OF ITS EXPANSION WAS EXPECTED TO DE COMPLETED IN TIME FOR THE 1976/77 ACADEMIC YEAR BY THEN THE POLYTECHNIC SHOULD BE CAPABLE OF HANDLING 6,000 DAY STUDENTS COHPAGED WITH THE PRESENT 2,600 AS WELL AS 20,000 EVENING STUDENTS.

THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR SAID : +AS THE NEED WILL BE MUCH GREATER FOR TECHNICIANS AND SKILLED CRAFTSMEN THAN FOR TECHNOLOGISTS FOR WHICH THE POLYTECHNIC WILL MAINLY CATER, IT FOLLOWS THAT THE EXPANSION OF THE SUPPORTING TECHNICAL EDUCATION SERVICES MUST BE VERY CONSIDERABLE AND ON A BROAD FRONT.

+PUBLIC ATTITUDES TOWARDS TECHNICAL EDUCATION CANNOT BE CHANCED BY DECREE OR EVEN DY SPEECH MAKING AND PROPAGANDA ALONE. WHAT REALLY HATTERS WILL DE THE QUALITY OF THE EDUCATION PROVIDED. +THIS IN TURN DEPENDS UPON TEE INSPIRATION AND THE ABILITIES AND THE EXPERTISE OF THE TEACHER.+

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS COLLEGE WAS AN IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD IN THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE TECHNICAL EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME IN HONG KONG.

TECHNICAL TEACHERS WOULD DE REQUIRED URGENTLY FOR THE TWO NEW TECHNICAL INSTITUTES WHICH ARE DUE TO BE OPENED IN SEPTEMBER NEXT YEAR. ONE OF THESE WILL DE AT KWAI CHUNG AND ONE AT KWUN TONG

HORE TEACHERS WILL BE REQUIRED FOR THE NEW TECHNICAL INSTITUTES WHICH ARE DUE TO FOLLOW - ONE AT CHEUNG SHA WAN IN 1976 AND ONE AT SAM PO KONG IN 1977.

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+THE QREEN LIGHT IS EXPECTED SOON CONCERNING THREE MORE BY 1980 IN THE NEW TOWNS OF SHA TIN, TSUEN VAN AND TUEN MUN,+ MR. KINGWELL SAID.

HE STRESSED THAT THE DEVELOPMENT OF A POLYTECHNIC AND OF TECHNICAL INSTITUTES WAS ONE IMPORTANT ASPECT OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION BUT NOT THE ONLY ONE.

+IF THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF HONG KONG ARE TO GET A FEEL FOR AND SYMPATHY WITH TECHNICAL SUBJECTS, THE CURRICULUM IN ALL SCHOOLS, NOT JUST SECONDARY TECHNICAL SUBJECTS, WILL HAVE TO BE EXAMINED CRITICALLY. .NEW SUBJECTS MUST BE INTRODUCED AND THE EXISTING SUBJECTS TAUGHT JH A MORE PRACTICAL WAY. '

+WE ARE ANTICIPATING THE WHITE PAPER ON EDUCATION BY THE END OF THE MONTH. I HOPE THAT IT WILL CONTAIN PROPOSALS WHICH, IF REALISTICALLY IMPLEMENTED, WILL MEAN THAT FUTURE GENERATIONS OF SECONDARY SCHOOL PEOPLE IN HONG KONG WILL HAVE A BROAD UNDERSTANDING OF THE TECHNOLOGIES AND THE INCREASING SYMPATHY FOR THE NEW TECHNICAL SOCIETY IN WHICH THEY WILL LIVE.

+TH1S WILL BE A NEW FIELD WHICH WILL HAVE TO BE DEVELOPED WITH GREAT CARE AND UNDERSTANDING IF THE NEEDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN THIS AGE GROUP, BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS, ARE TO BE SATISFIED,* MR. KINGWELL SAID.

HE EMPHASISED THAT THE MAIN BURDEN FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN THE SECONDARY FIELD WOULD UNDOUBTEDLY FALL ON THE SECONDARY TECHNICAL SCHOOLS AND MANY MORE WOULD BE REQUIRED TO IMPLEMENT THE NEU PROGRAMME.

+1N FACT, SIX MORE MUST BE COMMENCED URGENTLY TO COMPLETE THE APPROVED 1976 TARGETS. HOWEVER, IN A SITUATION WHERE THE AVAILABILITY OF PLACES FOR SECONDARY EDUCATION ON A FIVE-YEAR BASIS IS UNLIKELY TO EXCEED 40 PER CENT UNTIL 1980, THE ROLE OF THE PREVOCAT1ONAL AND SECONDARY MODERN SCHOOLS WILL CONTINUE TO BE VERY IMPORTANT.

+THESE SCHOOLS OFFERING A THREE-YEAR SECONDARY EDUCATION WITH A PRACTICAL BIAS WILL CONTINUE TO BE NEEDED FOR A LONG TIME TO COME. THEY HAVE ACHIEVED EXCELLENT RESULTS AND THEIR POPULARITY WILL ENSURE THEIR CONTINUED SUCCESS. ALL OF THESE SCHOOLS AND INSTITUTES WILL REQUIRE TECHNICAL TEACHERS.*

TODAY'S CEREMONY HARKS THE INAUGURATION OF THE TECHNICAL TEACHERS' COLLEGE WHICH WILL IN THE FIRST INSTANCE OPERATE IN TEMPORARY PREMISES. ITS FIRST HOME THIS COMING SEPTEMBER WILL BE THE VACATED MORRISON HILL PRIMARY SCHOOL.

+AS SOON AS A NEW TECHNICAL SCHOOL CAN BE BUILT TO REHOUSE THE VICTORIA TECHNICAL SCHOOL, THE BUILDING WHICH THEY.

VACATE WILL BE REPROVISIONED AS A MEDIUM TERM HOME FOR THE TECHNICAL TEACHERS' COLLEGE,* MR. KINQUELL SAID.

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IN THE MEANTIME, +PLANS CAN PROCEED FOR A COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, SPECIALLY DESIGNED, WHICH WILL SERVE THE REEDS OF TECHNICAL TEACHERS IN HONG KONG FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.*

ONE OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE NEW TECHNICAL TEACHERS' COLLEGE WILL BE ITS PROGRAMME FOR SERVING TEACHERS. +IT IS HOPED THAT SERVING TEACHERS WILL WELCOME THE NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR INTELLECTUAL AND TECHNICAL REFRESHMENT WHICH THIS COLLEGE WILL AFFORD,* MR. KINGWELL SAID.

HE ALSO HOPED THAT SOME OF ITS PROGRAMMES WOULD BE OF INTEREST TO TEACHERS OF NON-TECHNICAL OR ACADEMIC SUBJECTS IN TECHNICAL SCHOOLS AND INSTITUTES. +1N THIS WAY, THESE TEACHERS MAY GAIN A GREATER SYMPATHY FOR AND AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE AIMS OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN HONG KONG IN THE LATE SEVENTIES AND EARLY EIGHTIES.*

MR. KINGWELL WENT ON : +WE CANNOT AFFORD TO PREPARE YOUNG PEOPLE IN HONG KONG IN EVER-INCREASING NUMBERS FOR WHITE COLLAR JOBS WHICH WILL NOT EXIST. +1F THE EDUCATIONAL PLANNERS WERE TO IGNORE THESE FACTS MID TO PROVIDE OHLY AN ACADEMIC FORM OF EDUCATION, WHICH MOST PARENTS SEEM TO PREFER FOR THEIR CHILDREN, IT COULD ONLY BUILD UP FRUSTRATION IN MANY YOUNG POEPLE AND l.OULD MEAN THAT THEY WILL BE ILL-PREPARED TO FACE THE WORLD OF WORK.*

REFERRING TO SURVEY FINDINGS BETWEEN 1967 AND 1970 WHICH INDICATED THAT HONG KONG NEEDS 250 TOOL AND DIE MAKERS A YEAR, MR. KINGWELL NOTED THAT SHORTAGE OF THIS TYPE OF SKILLED MANPOWER HAD LED OVERSEAS ENGINEERING AND INDUSTRIAL CORPORATIONS TO LOOK TO OTHER CITIES IN SOUTH-EAST ASIA TO ESTABLISH BRANCH FACTORIES.

HONG KONG COULD NOT AFFORD TO CONTINUE LOSING THIS TYPE OF FOREIGN INVESTMENT, HE STRESSED.

MR. KINGWELL DESCRIBED THE THREE-DAY SEMINAR AS A

FORWARD in the history of the DEVELOPMENT OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN HONG KONG, AND HE HOPED THAT

IT

WOULD BE THE FORE-RUNNER OF A DEVELOPING PROGRAMME OF SEMINARS AND COURSES FOR SERVING TEACHERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS: COPIES OF THE FULL TEXT OF MR. KINQWELL'S

---------------- SPEECH ARE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM THE

G-l.S. PRESS ROOM, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, 6 TH FLOOR.

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POKFULAM BUILDING ‘FREEZE* MAY BE LIFTED THIS YEAR

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THE TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS ON BUILDING DEVELOPMENT IN THE POKFULAM AREA MAY BE LIFTED BY THE END OF THIS YEAR, BUT THOSE APPLYING TO THE MID-LEVELS ARE? LIKELY TO REMAIN FOR +A SUBSTANTIAL PERIOD.*

THIS WAS INDICATED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY BY THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, MR. WILLIAM BELL, WHEN MOVING A MOTION TO EXTEND THE RESTRICTIONS FOR A FURTHER YEAR UNTIL JULY J1, 1975. THE RESTRICTIONS WERE FIRST BROUGHT INTO FORCE IN JULY LAST YEAR. THEY WERE EXTENDED FOR ANOTHER SIX MONTHS IN JANUARY THIS YEAR,. AND ARE DUE TO EXPIRE AT THE END OF THIS MONTH.

MR. BELL TOLD COUNCIL THAT WHILE IT WAS HOPED TO LIFT THE RESTRICTIONS IN POKFULAM SO THAT THE ADDITIONAL FLATS WHICH COULD BE BUILT UNDER EXISTING CONDITIONS AND PLANNING CONTROLS MIGHT BE ALLOWED TO GO FORWARD, THIS DID NOT MEAN THAT ALL THE PLANNED MAJOR TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENTS IN THE AREA WOULD BE COMPLETED BEFORE THE ADDITIONAL BUILDINGS WERE READY FOR OCCUPATION.

THE RELAXATION, HE WARNED, COULD THEREFORE GIVE RISE TO A FURTHER DEGREE OF CONGESTION. +NEVERTHELESS, IT IS CONSIDERED THAT THIS RISK SHOULD BE TAKEN, BECAUSE OF THE NEED FOR FURTHER RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT AND'ALSO IN THE HOPE THAT WITHIN THE NEXT TWO YEARS OR SO THE PUBLIC MAY TO SOME DEGREE HAVE BEEN INDUCED TO USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT MORE AND PRIVATE CARS LESS,* HE ADDED.

MR. PF| I TOLD COUNCIL THAT IT WAS ALSO PROPOSED TO INVESTIGATE THE POSSIBILITY OF INTRODUCING SIMILAR TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT MEASURES AS THOSE WHICH HAVE BEEN BROUGHT INTO FORCE IN THE MID-LEVELS, NOTABLY THE BUS PRIORITY SCHEME.

HE NOTED THAT IN AUGUST 1973 THERE WERE NEARLY 9,000 FLATS IN THE POKFULAM AREA, INCLUDING THE WAH FU ESTATE, WITH A POPULATION OF 49,000. WHEN BUILDINGS UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND APPROVED ARE COMPLETED THERE WILL BE ALMOST 11,000 FLATS AND A POPULATION OF ABOUT 59,000.

+THE LIFTING OF THE RESTRICTION ON DEVELOPMENT WOULD MEAN THAT OVER 1,000 FURTHER FLATS COULD BE BUILT UNDER EXISTING LEASE CONDITIONS AND PLANNING CONTROLS,* HE SAID. +THIS WOULD PRODUCE A FURTHER INCREASE IN POPULATION OF ABOUT 6,000 GIVING A TOTAL, OF 65,000 — APPROXIMATELY ONE-THIRD ABOVE THE 1973-FIGURE.*

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MR - BELL ADDED: + 1T IS APPARENT FROM THESE FIGURES THAT THE COMPLETION OF RESIDENTIAL FLAT DEVELOPMENT ALREADY UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND APPROVED WILL GENERATE PEAK HOUR TRAFFIC FAR IN EXCESS OF THE CAPACITY OF THE MID-LEVELS EASTBOUND TRAFFIC CORRIDOR.

+ANY ADDITIONAL DEVELOPMENT SITUATION EVEN FURTHER.*

WOULD OBVIOUSLY AGGRAVATE THIS

THE DANGER OF TOTAL TRAFFIC CONGESTION, HE WENT ON, COULD NOT EVEN BE SOLVED BY THE MAJOR TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENTS PLANNED, SUCH AS THE FURTHER WIDENING OF POKFULAM ROAD, THE WATER STREET FLYOVER AND THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL.

+ IT IS CLEARLY ESSENTIAL,* HE SAID, +THAT THE TRAFFIC SITUATION SHOULD BE CONTAINED, PARTICULARLY IN VIEW OF THE EFFECT THIS UOU D HAVE ON THE MCVEH. IT OF ESSENTIAL SERVICES SUCH AS FIRE AH LiARCES AND AilBULAK J.S.*

IN. THE CASE OF _THE MID-LEVELS, HR. BELL SAID IT WAS LIKELY '.HAT TIL. RESTRICTIONS WOULD CONTINUE TO DE NECESSARY *FOR A SUBSTANTIAL PERIOD.*

NOTING THAT MORE PEOPLE WERE TRAVELLING DY BUS SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF THE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME HI THE MID-LEVELS, HR. BELL SAID THAT SOME FURTHER INTENSIFICATION OF THE SCHEME MIGHT BE POSSIBLE SUCH AS -INCREASING THE FREQUENCY OF BUSES, BUT THE EFFECT WOULD DE LIMITED DY THE NARROW CARRIAGEWAYS AND INADEQUATE PASSENGER LOADING. FACILITIES.

WHEN THE RESTRICTIONS WERE BROUGHT INTO FORCE IN AUGUST LAST YEAR, 'HIE NUMBER OF FLATS IN TLE MID-LEVELS AREA WAS JUST OVER 7,000 WITH A POPULATION OF ABOUT 29,000. UKEN BUILDINGS WHICH ARE UNDER CONSTTUCTION AND APPROVED HAVE BEEN COMPLETED, THE NUMBER OF FLATS I ILL NAVE INCREASED TO 11,000 WITH A TOTAL EXPECTED PCPULATIOI OF ABOUT 44,00J.

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LIFTING OF THE PRESENT RESTRICTION WOULD KEAN THAT YET ANOTHER 2,BOO FLATS COULD DE BUILT UNDER EXISTING LEASE CONDITIONS AND PLANNING CONTROLS, WHICH WOULD INCREASE THE POPULATION BY ABOUT A FURTHER 11,000. THE TOTAL, HE POINTED OUT, WOULD THEN BE AROUND 55,000, ALMOST TWICE I HE 1973 FIGURE.

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LEGCO APPROVES YAUMATI FERRY'S FARE REVISION APPLICATION X X- * X * * *

A MOTION PROVIDING FOR A FARE REVISION OF THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATl FERRY COMPANY'S FERRY SERVICES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 29 YEARS WAS ADOPTED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE COMPANY'S ROYALTY PAYMENTS FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1974 HAVE BEEN WAIVED TOGETHER WITH THE $20,000 MONTHLY FEES FOR THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT OF OPERATING A PASSENGER FERRY SERVICE BETWEEN NORTH POINT AND HUNG HOM.

IN MOVING THE MOTION, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, EXPLAINED THAT THE PROPOSALS WERE MADE BECAUSE THE COMPANY'S FINANCIAL POSITION WAS ESTIMATED TO DETERIORATE TO A POINT WHICH NECESSITATED REMEDIAL ACTION NOW.

FORECASTS SHOWED, HE SAID, THAT THE COMPANY WOULD FACE A $2 MILLION DEFICIT IN 1974 EVEN IF THE ROYALTY WAS WAIVED AND THE PRESENT FARES INCREASED. THE FORECAST FOR 1975 WAS FOR A DEFICIT OF $3.6 MILLION ON THE SAME BASIS.

+THE DEFICIT SITUATION THAT IS FORECAST CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO OCCUR AS THE COMPANY MUST CONTINUE TO OPERATE ON A VIABLE BASIS SO THAT IT MAY CONTINUE TO MAKE ITS NECESSARY CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS HONG KONG'S TRANSPORT NEEDS,+ SAID MR. HADDON-CAVE.

THE MAJOR CHANGES IN THE FARE STRUCTURE PROVIDE FOR AN INCREASE IN ADULT FIRST AND ONE CLASS PASSENGER FARES FROM 20 CENTS TO 30 CENTS, WITH CHILDREN UNDER 16 YEARS FROM 10 CENTS TO 20 CENTS.

SECOND CLASS PASSENGER FARES FOR ADULTS OR CHILDREN UNDER 16 ARE TO INCREASE FROM 10 CENTS TO 20 CENTS.

WHERE MONTHLY TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE, THE PRICE IS TO INCREASE FROM $8 TO $12 FOR ADULTS AND FOR CHILDREN UNDER 16 FROM $4 TO $6.

ACCOMPANIED CHILDREN UNDER THREE YEARS OF AQE WILL CONTINUE TO TRAVEL FREE. ALL FREIGHT IS TO BE CHARGED AT A RATE OF $1.50 PER PICUL OR FOUR CUBIC FEET, WHILE VEHICLE RATES ARE SUBJECT MAINLY TO SMALLER PERCENTAGE INCREASES THAN PASSENGERS AND FREIGHT.

THE NEW FARES WILL COME INTO EFFECT NEXT MONDAY (JULY 22)

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID THAT WITH THE FARE INCREASES AND THE WAIVING OF ROYALTY AND MONTHLY FEES, IT WAS FORECAST THAT THE COMPANY WOULD OBTAIN A RETURN ON NET ASSETS OF SOME 7 PER CENT IN 1974, 11.5 PER CENT IN 1975 AND 9 PER CENT IN 1976.

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+THESE FORECAST RATES OF RETURN ARE BASED ON A NUMBER OF OPTIMISTIC ASSUMPTIONS, THE MOST IMPORTANT OF WHICH IS THAT THERE WILL BE LITTLE OR NO CHANGE IN THE AMOUNT OF PASSENGER AND VEHICULAR TRAFFIC OR THE VOLUME OF FREIGHT CARRIED, AS A RESULT OF THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE SCHEDULE OF FARES AND FREIGHT CHARGES.

+THE ESTIMATED RATES OF RETURN ARE MODEST, PARTICULARLY IN RELATION TO THE 15 PER CENT RETURN WHICH HAS NORMALLY BEEN REGARDED AS A FAIR RATE FOR EFFICIENTLY RUN TRANSPORT COMPANIES. THEY REPRESENT ONLY A RELATIVELY SMALL IMPROVEMENT IN THE PROFITABILITY OF THE COMPANY AND ARE, THEREFORE, APPROPRIATE TO THE SITUATION AND NO MORE THAN THAT,+ HE SAID.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY EXPLAINED THE TWO MAJOR FACTORS WHICH HAVE LED TO THE DETERIORATION OF THE COMPANY'S FINANCIAL POSITION.

IN THE FIRST PLACE, HE SAID, TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSES HAD STEADILY INCREASED AND CONTINUE TO DO SO. BY WAY OF ILLUSTRATION, THE ESTIMATED INCREASE IN THESE EXPENSES, COMPARING 1973 WITH 1974 AND 1975 AND EXCLUDING PAYMENT OF ROYALTY AND MONTHLY FEES, IS APPROXIMATELY $17 MILLION (35%) AND $23 MILLION (48%) RESPECTIVELY.

THE ELEMENT REPRESENTING THE COST OF FUEL OIL IN THE COMPANY'S TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSES HAD ALSO RISEN BY ABOUT 180 PER CENT BETWEEN JANUARY 1973 AND MARCH 1974.

SECONDLY, HE WENT ON, TOTAL REVENUE IN 1973 FELL BY SOME $9 MILLION (14%) FROM THAT OBTAINED IN 1972 AND, SIGNIFICANTLY, CROSS HARBOUR REVENUE, WITH THE OPENING OF THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL IN 1972, DROPPED BY SOME $11 MILLION (22%) IN 1973 COMPARED WITH 1972. THIS PARTICULAR REDUCTION WAS PARTIALLY OFFSET BY INCREASED REVENUE ON OTHER SERVICES.

MR. HADDON-CAVE SAID IT WAS PERTINENT THAT, PRIOR TO 1972, THE COMPANY'S VEHICULAR SERVICES WERE THE MOST PROFITABLE ELEMENT OF ITS OPERATIONS AND MUCH OF THAT PROFIT SERVED TO SUBSIDISE THE FARES ON THE PASSENGER SERVICES.

+THAT SUBSIDISATION, IN EFFECT, DELAYED THE INTRODUCTION OF A PROPER LEVEL OF VIABLE PASSENGER FARES, BUT THE LOSS OF REVENUE SINCE THE OPENING OF THt CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL IN 1972 NO LONGER ALLOWED SUCH A SUBSIDY TO BE CONTINUED.

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+1N THESE CIRCUMSTANCES, THE COMPANY PUT FORWARD PROPOSALS WHICH FORM THE BASIS OF THIS MOTION AND WHICH HAVE RECEIVED THE SUPPORT OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE.+

MR. HADDON-CAVE FELT THAT THERE HAD BEEN AN IMPROVEMENT OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS IN THE COMPANY'S SERVICES WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF MODERN VESSELS. PASSENGERS HAVE BENEFITED CONSIDERABLY FROM FASTER SERVICES AND THE ADDED COMFORT OF THE DE LUXE CLASS ACCOMMODATION AVAILABLE ON SOME SERVICES, HE NOTED.

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THE COMPANY HAD ALSO ATTEMPTED TO IMPROVE THE CLEANLINESS OF ITS FERRIES AND INTENDS TO CONTINUE TO DO SO.

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THE MEDICAL REGISTRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1974, WHICH WIDENS THE DISCIPLINARY POWERS OF THE MEDICAL COUNCIL, PASSED ITS THIRD AND FINAL READING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN HIS MAIDEN SPEECH IN COUNCIL DR. THE .HON. HARRY FANG EXPRESSED WHOLE-HEARTED SUPPORT FOR THE BILL SAYING THAT IT WOULD GIVE THE MEDICAL COUNCIL THE NECESSARY LEEWAY AND DISCRETIONARY POWERS.

DR. FANG NOTED THAT THE ORIGINAL ORDINANCE HAD CAUSED A GREAT DEAL OF EMBARRASSMENT,- DECEPTION AND UNNECESSARY DISGRACE TO CERTAIN MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS.

+THESE PRACTITIONERS HAVE, IT, IS TRUE, BEEN GUILTY OF INFRINGEMENTS OF THE LAW BUT THEIR OFFENCES HAVE BEEN OF A MINOR NATURE.

+JN SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES, THE INFRINGEMENTS DO NOT WARRANT A PUBLIC DENOUNCEMENT OF THEIR ACTIONS BY USING THE DISCREDITABLE WORDS 'PROFESSIONAL MISCONDUCT' OR 'UNPROFESSIONAL CONDUCT ,+ HE SAID. +THIS CAN BE MOST MISLEADING IN THE EYES OF THE PUBLIC AND MOST DAMAGING TO THE INDIVIDUALS CONCERNED.*

UNDER THE NEW PROVISIONS, THE MEDICAL COUNCIL WILL HAVE DISCRETION TO ISSUE WARNING LETTERS AND TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT ANY PARTICULAR WARNING LETTER SHOULD BE NOTIFIED IN THE GAZETTE.

PREVIOUSLY, ANY ORDER MADE BY THE COUNCIL COULD BE SUSPENDED — BUT WHATEVER DECISION WAS ARRIVED AT HAD TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE.

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WORKERS’ RIGHTS TO TRADE UNION MEMBERSHIP ******

AN AMENDMENT TO THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE, ENTITLED THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL, 1974 WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THE AMENDMENT, WHICH ADDS A NEW PART I IC TO THE ORDINANCE, GIVES LEGISLATIVE EFFECT TO THE PROTECTION OF EMPLOYEES, AS MEMBERS OF TRADE UNIONS, IN RELATION TO THEIR EMPLOYERS.

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, MR. PETER WILLIAMS, SAID THE RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF TRADE UNIONS THEMSELVES WERE FULLY DEALT WITH IN THE TRADE UNIONS ORDINANCE. THE NEW AMENDMENT TO THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE THUS DEALT WITH THE INDIVIDUAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN EMPLOYER AND EMPLOYEE AND DID NOT CONFER ADDITIONAL RIGHTS ON TRADE UNIONS AS SUCH.

+THE BILL GIVES LEGISLATIVE EFFECT TO THE GENERALLY-ACCEPTED PRINCIPLE THAT AN EMPLOYEE HAS THE RIGHT TO JOIN A TRADE UNION AND THAT UNION MEMBERSHIP SHOULD NOT WORK TO HIS DETRIMENT,* HE EXPLAINED.

HE SAID THE BILL, WHICH WAS SIMILAR TO LEG ISLATION APPLY ING THE PROVISIONS OF ILO CONVENTION NO. 98 IN OTHER COUNTRIES, SHOULD ENABLE HONG KONG TO COMPLY WITH THE CONVENTION.

THE DEBATE WAS ADJOURNED.

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BILLS PASSED * * *

eight BILLS PASSED THEIR THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY

THIRD AND FINAL READING AT TO BECOME LAW.

(AMENDMENT) BILL 1974, THE

THEY WERE: THE COPYRIGHT

MEDICAL REGISTRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1974, THE DUTIABLE COMMODITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1974, THE PROTECTION OF NONGOVERNMENT CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN (AMENDMENT) BILL 1974, THE CORPORAL PUNISHMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1974, THE DANGEROUS DRUGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1974, THE WATERWORKS BILL 1974, AND THE PORT CONTROL (CARGO WORKING AREAS) BILL 1974.

THE WHITE PAPER ON THE AND HEALTH SERVICES IN HONG

FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF MEDICAL KONG WAS TABLED IN COUNCIL.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 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 AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

OF RICE OF SUPPLY KODE

CHINA RICE SEE MEW - OLD CROP

- NEW CROP GOOD 2.07

S.C. JIEN • OLD CROP - —

- NEW CROP GOOD 1.97

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CHU CHO

THAI RICE 100% WHOLE GOOD 1.84

10-15% BROKENS GOOD 1.82

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.72

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.52

WHOLE GLUTINOUS

U.S. RICE GOOD 1.87

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD , 1.82

PAKISTAN RICE ——

TAIWAN RICE

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORKER

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SPECIES AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY CHO IE mc;i SALE PRICE C$/CATTYO LCJ LODE

—- —• *» 4.00

GOLDEN THREAD FORMAL 4.00 3.50

BIG-EYES SQUID HAIR-TAILS CCG9 LIMITED NORMAL 2-70 6.50 2. CO 0.7'3 2.50 0.80 2. ) 4.20 1.20

LIZARD FISHES FORMAL 2.60 1.40 i .CO

CROAKERS COKCER-PIKE-EELS LIMITED LIMITED 1c( 0 2. GO 0.80 1.33 1.20 1.60

MELON COAT BREAMS £0/ ?CE SCARCE 2.20 5.33 1.50 3.20 2.00 4.00

YELLOW EELLY GOOD 1.40 0.50 0.90

RED QOAT FISH LIMITED 0.30 0.40 0.60

FOL -TAIL LIMITED 0.20 0.50 0.80

HO.»-HEAD C.OUD 5.20 3.20 4.00

MELON SEED NORMAL 2-60 0.90 1.80

GAROUPAS LIMITED ♦ 7.50 5.CJ 6 .CO

SUPPLIES AND

WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCE* VE' /.TABLES

CV.M.O. CHEUNQ SHA UAH WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKET)

TYPE OF VEC.ETAELF AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE ('./CATTY )

OF SUPPLY HIGH 1.0 J MODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE LIMITED 2.20 1.00 1.60

WHITE CABBAGE LIMITED 1.50 0.50 . 1.00

CHINESE LETTUCE SCARCE 1.40 0.50 1.00

WATER SPINACH GOOD 0.50 0.10 0.35

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 2.40 1.00 1.60

STRING BEANS SCARCE 3.50 1.00 2.00

SPRING ONION NORMAL 1.20 0.20 0.70

SPINACH NO S;.LE

WATER CRESS SCARCE 2.20 1.00 1.60

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE LIMITED 1.40 0.40 0.80.

CHINESE SPINACH NORMAL 0.80 0.20 0.50

TOMATO SCARCE 1.80 0.60 1.40

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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CONTENTS PAGE K3.

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME ALONG CASTLE PEAK ROAD EXTENDED TO OCTOBER ............................... 1

ACAN’S MINI-SOCCER COMPETITION THIS YEAR DRAWS RECORD NUMBER OF ENTRIES .......................... 2

THREE-DAY ’CITY* CAMP ORGANISED FOR BOAT CHILDREN .......................................... 3

JUNE G.C.P.l. GOES UP BY THREE POINTS............. 3

CONFERENCE ON ADULT EDUCATION OPENS THIS SATURDAY .......................................... 4

NEU JURY LIST POSTED AT SUPREME COURT............. 4

HONG KONG TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION COMMENDED ........ 5

PRE-WAR BUILDING IN APLICHAU DECLARED DANGEROUS 6

TEMPORARY WATER CUTS IN YUEN LONG.................. 7

WINNERS OF SONG CONTEST TO RECEIVE PRIZES TOMORROW....................•'..................... 7

DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY TO BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

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

THURSDAY, JULY 13, 1974.

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CASTLE PEAK ROAD TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME EXTENDED

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THE SPECIAL HOLIDAY TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME INTRODUCED ALONG A SECTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW WILL BE FURTHER EXTENDED UP TO AND INCLUDING THE CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL ON OCTOBER 23.

IT WILL THEN COKE INTO OPERATION IN SUMMER MONTHS IN THE COMING YEARS UNTIL THE NEW ROAD PROJECT LINKING TSUEN WAN AND TUEN MUN IS COMPLETED.

A TRIAL SCHEME, SIMILAR TO THE ONE FOR CLEARWATER BAY ROAD, WAS CARRIED OUT ON THE ROAD FOR TWO MONTHS EARLIER THIS YEAR, AND WAS LATER EXTENDED FOR ANOTHER TWO MONTHS ENDING NEXT.MONTH.

UNDER THE SCHEME, GOODS VEHICLES ARE KOT PERMITTED TO TRAVEL ON CASTLE PEAK ROAD BETWEEN ITS JUNCTIONS WITH SHA TSUI ROAD IN TSUEN WAN AND CAUSEWAY ROAD IN TUEN MUN FROM 11 A.M. TO 6 P.M. ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, UNLESS THEY HAVE A PERMIT. *

SINCE ITS INTRODUCTION, A SURVEY INDICATED THERE HAD BEEN A GENERAL INCREASE OF 10 PER CENT IN TRAFFIC VOLUME ON THE ROAD. JOURNEY SPEED HAD INCREASED BY ABOUT 14 PER CENT.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY s +BECAUSE OF THE ABSENCE OF SLOW-MOVING LORRIES AND HEAVY VEHICLES BREAKING DOWN, BUS SERVICES IN THIS PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ADHERE MORE CLOSELY TO THEIR TIMETABLE.-*-

HE EMPHASISED THAT THE BASIC AIM OF THE SCHEME IS TO GIVE PRIORITY TO PASSENGER TRANSPORT FOR A FEW HOURS ON HOLIDAYS TO ENABLE PEOPLE TO HAVE REASONABLY QUICK ACCESS TO BEACHES AND RECREATIONAL AREAS.

DURING THE PERIOD OF ITS IMPLEMENTATION, GOODS VEHICLES CAN STILL MOVE TO AND FROM THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ON SUCH ALTERNATIVE ROUTES AS TAI PO ROAD, ROUTE TW1SK, AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD OUTSIDE THE RESTRICTED HOURS.

PERMITS MAY BE ISSUED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TO ALLOW GOODS VEHICLES TO MOVE ON THE ROAD DURING THE RESTRICTED HOURS WHERE THIS IS ESSENTIAL AND WHERE NO ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS CAN BE MADE.

PERMITS ALREADY ISSUED AND EFFECTIVE UP TO EARLY NEXT MONTH WILL HAVE TO BE RENEWED FOR THE FURTHER EXTENDED PERIOD. THIS SHOULD BE DONE IN PERSON AT THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT AT 2 MURRAY ROAD, 9TH FLOOR, HONQ KONG.

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RECORD ENTRIES FOR MINI-SOCCER ****** •

RECORD ENTRIES HAVE BEEN RECEIVED FOR THIS YEAR’S MINI-SOCCER COMPETITION SPONSORED BY THE ACTION COMMITTEE < AGAINST NARCOTICS (ACAN).

NEARLY 400 TEAMS — 100 MORE THAN ANY PREVIOUS YEAR — HAVE ENTERED THE KNOCK-OUT COMPETITION. AND THIS YEAR FOR THE FIRST TIME SEVERAL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS HAVE ENTERED TEAMS.

THESE INCLUDE THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT, THE CDOS, RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT, SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT, CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT, KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY AND STAFF OF HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

OTHER TEAMS INCLUDE SCHOOLS, FACTORIES, SHOPS, COMMERCIAL COMPANIES AND YOUTH GROUPS.

THE COMPETITION WILL KICK-OFF ON MONDAY (JULY 22) AND WILL RUN UNTIL THE MIDDLE OF DECEMBER WITH A GRAND FINAL IN KWUN TONG. THE KICK-OFFS WILL BE PERFORMED BY SIR ALBERT RODRIGUES IN HONG KONG AND DR. K’.L. STUMPF IN KOWLOON.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

TO GET THE COMPETITION ROLLING A PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT 11.30 A.M. AT THE PRESS CLUB, LUARD ROAD, WANCHAl.

ANSWERING QUESTIONS ON THE MINI-SOCCER COMPETITION WILL BE SIR ALBERT RODRIGUES, CHAIRMAN OF ACAN= DR. K.L. STUMPF, CHAIRMAN OF ACAN'S EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY SUB-COMMITTEE, MR. K.C. LEE, EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE NARCOTICS DIVISION, MR. C.Y. MAK, CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG MINIATURE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION^ AND MR. Y.Y. HUI, VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE KOWLOON MINIATURE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION.

THE PANEL WILL ALSO BE PREPARED TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ON THE HONG KONG DRUG PROBLEM IN GENERAL.

f ON fbtrARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER ^TOCOVER THE CONFERENCE.

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A TOTAL OF 500 CHILDREN FROM THE 14 SCHOOLS OF THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION ARE TAKING PART IN A THREE-DAY SUMMER CAMP AT THE DIOCESAN BOYS' SCHOOL IN KOWLOON.

THE CAMP IS THE SIXTH ORGANISED BY THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION AS PART OF THE SUMMER YOUTH RECREATION PROGRAMME. THE AIMS ARE TO PROVIDE THE CHILDREN OF FISHERFOLK FROM DIFFERENT DISTRICTS WITH AN INSIGHT INTO THE DAYS OF URBAN LIFE, TO CULTIVATE AN INTEREST IN SPORTS, TO PROMOTE A CO-OPERATIVE SPIRIT, AND TO CREATE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE NEW SCHOOL FRIENDS.

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT DONATED $25,000 TOWARDS THE RUNNING OF THE CAMP, WITH THE BALANCE OF THE COST BEING MET BY THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION.

THE CAMP, WHICH PROVIDES A WIDE RANGE OF RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES AND SPORTING EVENTS, WILL END ON SATURDAY (JULY 20> WITH THE FINALS OF THE ATHLETIC COMPETITIONS.

MRS. J.M. RIDDELL-SWAN, WIFE OF THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, WILL PRESENT PRIZES TO THE WINNERS. .

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NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE OCCASION. THE FINALS OF THE ATHLETIC COMPETITIONS WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN fl.30 A.II. AND 10.30 A.M. ON SATURDAY. MRS. RIDDELL—SWAN WILL PRESENT THE PRIZES TO THE WINNERS SHORTLY THEREAFTER.

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THE GENERAL CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR JUNE WAS 183, THREE POINTS HIGHER THAN THAT FOR THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

THIS WAS DUE MAINLY TO A RISE OF SIX POINTS IN THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS. MOVEMENTS IN THE INDEXES FOR OTHER SECTIONS OF COMMODITY AND SERVICES WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

COMPARED WITH MAY, THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF SALT WATER FISH FRESH WATER FISH, POULTRY AMD FRESH VEGETABLES WERE HIGHER.

THESE INCREASES WERE LARGELY INFLUENCED BY THE UNFAVOURABLE WEATHER CONDITIONS IN MID-JUKE AND THE DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL IN THE LATTER PART OF THE MONTH.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICE OF BEEF DECLINED.

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MORE THAN 600 PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND THE 19TH ADULT EDUCATION CONFERENCE UHICH BEC,INS ON SATURDAY AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL IN SAI YEE STREET, KO'JLOON.

THE TWO-DAY CONFERENCE IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR SUPERVISORS, LECTURERS, ORGANISERS, HOBBY INSTRUCTORS AND VOLUNTARY HELPERS TO EXCHANGE VIEWS AND IDEAS.

MR. JOHN CANNING, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, WILL OFFICIATE THE OPENING CEREMONY.

THE FIRST DAY’S PROGRAMME INCLUDES A LECTURE ON +NEV DIRECTIONS IN ADULT EDUCATION* BY MR. T.C. LAI, DIRECTOR OF EXTRA-MURAL STUDIES OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG. LECTURES WILL ALSO BE GIVEN BY TWO HEISERS OF THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION, MRS. R. HO ON +PSYCUOLOGY OF ADULT EDUCATION* AND HRS. N. LI ON +THEORY AND PRACTICE OF ADULT EDUCATION*.

THE PROGRAMME FOR THE SECOND DAY INCLUDES LECTURES ON +HASS MEDIA AND ADULT EDUCATION* BY HR. K.P. CHENG OF RADIO. HONG KONG AND ON +COMMUN1TY DEVELOPMENT AND YOU* BY MR. ALFRED TSUI OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

A VARIETY SHOW WILL BE STAGED BY MEMBERS OF THE 14 ADULT EDUCATION AND RECREATION CENTRES TOWARDS THE END OF THE CONFERENCE THEY WILL DEMONSTRATE THE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES UHICH NORMALLY TAKE PLACE AT THE CENTRES.

IN ADDITION, THERE WILL BE A JOINT DISPLAY OF CULTURAL, RECREATION ARD CREATIVE PROGRAMMES.

STUDENTS* WORK ON BOTH PRACTICAL AND ACADEMIC SUBJECTS WILL ALSO BE EXHIBITED.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE CONFERENCE COVERED. THE OPENING CEREMONY ON SATURDAY WILL BEGIN AT 10 A.M.

NEW JURY LIST ft ft ft ft ft ft

A FURTHER LIST OF COMMON JURORS UILL BE POSTED FOR TWO WEEKS ON THE NOTICE BOARD NEAR THE LIFT INSIDE THE SOUTH-WEST ENTRANCE OF THE SUPREME COURT BUILDING FROM WEDNESDAY (JULY 242.

DURING THIS PERIOD ANY PERSON MAY APPLY BY NOTICE IN WRITING , TO THE REGISTRAR REQUIRING THAT HIS NAME OR THE NAME OF SOME OTHER PERSON BE POSTED OR REMOVED UPON CAUSE DULY ASSIGNED IN SUCH NOTICE.

THE REGISTRAR OF THE SUPREME COURT SHALL IN HIS DISCRETION, POST OR REMOVE SUCH NAME ACCORDINGLY AND SHALL IF NECESSARY ALTER THE LIST.

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HONQ KONG TEACHERS* ASSOCIATION PRAISED

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THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, KR.JOMN CANNING PAID TRIBUTE TODAY TO THE HONG KONG TEACHERS* ASSOCIATION FOR SUPPORTING GOVERNMENT CAMPAIGNS.

HE SAID THE SEMINARS AND ESSAY AND POSTER COMPETITIONS ' ORGANISED BY THE ASSOCIATION IN CONNECTION WITH THE +KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN+ AID +FIC.E1T VIOLENT CRIi:S+ CAMPAIGNS HAD MET WITH GREAT SUCCESS.

MR. CANNING WAS SPEAKING AT THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION WHERE'THE ASSOCIATION HELD A CEREMONY TO CELEBRATE ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE ASSOCIATION, FOUNDED IN 1934, IS THE OLDEST TEACHERS* UNION IN HCI.'G KONG®

♦IT IS WORTH NOTING THAT FOR NEARLY YEARS THE ASSOCIATION HAS HAD TEE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION AS ITS PATRON AID HAS WORKED UP A CLOSE CONNECTION UITI1 THE EDUSAT1U1 DEPARTMENTS EE SAID.

THE ASSOCIATION IS AN ACTIVE HERDER CF THE WORLD CONFEDERATION OF THE TEACHING PROFESS XU AID ITS KEI.DERSHIP IS DRAWN FROM TEACHERS ENGAGED IM KINDERGARTEN, PRIMARY^ SECONDARY AND POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION.

MS. CANNING ADDED: +IT IS GRATIFYING TO 03SERVE THAT THE ASSOCIATION HAS ALWAYS HAD THE WELFARE OF ITS MEMBERS AT HEART AND HAS, SINCE ITS INCEPTION, BUILT UP QUITE AN IMPRESSIVE RECORD OF PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES. THE HOST OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF SUCH ACTIVITIES IS, OF COURSE, THE ORGANISATION OF THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE WHICH IS ALWAYS WELL ATTENDED AID IN WHICH EDUCATIONAL TOPICS OF CURRENT INTEREST ARE DISCUSSED.+

THE DIRECTOR THEN MADE SOME REMARKS ON THE TEACHER*S IMPORTANT ROLE IN THIS MODERN AGE. • *

♦ALTHOUGH THE WORK OF THE SCHOOL MUST BE SEEN IN ITS SOCIAL SETTING, THERE IS AN OBLIGATION ON TEACHERS TO SEARCH OUT THE TALENTS, NEEDS, AMBITIONS ARD PROBLEMS OF EACH INDIVIDUAL CHILD AID TO HELP HIM HAKE THE KOST OF HIMSELF,+ HE SAID

TO MEET THE CHALLENGES OF AN AQE CF RAPID TECHNOLOGICAL ' DEVELOPMENT AID SOCIAL CHARGE, KR* CANNING SAID,+ EDUCATION MUST BE SUFFICIENTLY FLEXIBLE AID DYNAMIC TO SERVE A CONSTANTLY CHANGING, COMPLEX AND INTERDEPEIDENT WORLD, AID YET RETAIN ’ THE VALUES WHICH HAVE SURVIVED THE TEST OF CHANGING SOCIAL

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THE TEACHER K*JST BE A’JARE OF HIS POUER AUD HIS INFLUENCE. HR. CANNING SAID: +KE SHOULD HAVE A STRONG SENSE OF PURPOSE, OF THE UORTHL'HILEHESS OF HIS U0~:, AND OF THE VITAL PLACE HE OCCUPIES III THE COISHINITY. ONLY THEN WILL HE BE DEEPLY APPRECIATIVE OF THE FACT THAT IT IS HIS IMPACT, AS A PERSON, ON EACH CHILD, AS A PERSON, L'HICll IS THE GREATEST EDUCATIVE FORCE IN THE SCHOOLS.+

NOTE TO EDITORS: COPIES OF THE FULL TEXT OF HR. CANNING’S SPEECH ARE DISTRIBUTED SEPARATELY IN THE G.i.S. PRESS COXES.

BUILDING DECLARED DANGEROUS

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY DECLARED KO. 145 MAIN STREET, APUICHAU, TO CE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION AND HD. 14? LIABLE TO BECOME DANGEROUS AND REQUIRING DEMOLITION.

THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THESE TUO-STOREY PRE-HAR BUILDINGS HAD DEEN UNDER SURVEILLANCE DURING THE DEMOLITION OF ADJOINING DANGEROUS CJILDIIIQS. ON COMPLETION OF THE WORK A SEVERE DULCE IN THE PARTY WALL TO NO. 145 WAS EXPOSED AND THERE IS EVIDENCE OF MOVEMENT CONTINUING DESPITE EXTENSIVE SHORING.

♦ANY FURTHER MOVEMENT IS CONSIDERED LIKELY TO RESULT IN

FAILURE LEADING TO A COLLAPSE, CHILE TEE CONDITION OF KO. 143

IS SUCH THAT THERE IS RISK OF SIMILAR FAILURE DURING OR AFTER

THE DEMOLITION OF KO. 145.+

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NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS IN VICTORIA

DISTRICT COURT AT 10 A.H. ON JULY 26,. 1974 FOR KO. 145 AND ON AUGUST 9, 1974 FOR KO. 143 WERE POSTED TODAY.

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WATER SUPPLY TO SEVERAL AREAS IN YUEN LONG WILL BE

INTERRUPTED BETWEEN 1 A.M. AND 6 A.M. THIS SATURDAY (JULY 203 TO ALLOW LEAKAGE TESTS TO BE CARRIED OUT IN THE DISTRICT.

AFFECTED WILL BE PREMISES BOUNDED BY CASTLE PEAK ROAD

BETWEEN AU TAU CROSS ROAD AND SAN TIN- KAM TIN SHI, KAM HING WAI, SHU I TAU TSUEN, SHUI KEI TSUEN, PAK WAI TSUEN AND KAM TIN MARKET- KAM SHEUNQ ROAD BETWEEN KAM TIN ROAD AND TAI PO ROAD" AND KAM TIN ROAD BETWEEN AU TAU CROSS ROAD AND TSUEN KAM ROAD INCLUDING SEK KONG CAMP.

, ALSO AFFECTED WILL BE PREMISES BOUNDED BY YUEN LONG HAIN

ROAD, NULLAH, ON NING ROAD INCLUDING KIK YEUNG TSUEN, FUNG CHI TSUEN, WING HING TSUEN, HANG TAU, YEUNG UK SAN TSUEN, CHUNG SAM WAI, TUNG TAU TSUEN, FUK HING TSUEN ARD SAI TAU TSUEN.

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WINNERS OF THE SINGING CONTEST ORGANISED RECENTLY BY THE CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE, ARE TO RECEIVE THEIR PRIZES TOMORROW (FRIDAY? AFTERNOON.

THE WINNER IN THE SOLO CLASS WAS MISS LAU MEI-MEI, 11, FROM THE GRANTHAM TRAINING COLLEGE PAST STUDENT’S ASSOCIATION TSZ WAN SHAN PRIMARY SCHOOL CP.M.O. RUNIIERS-iUP WERE MISS CHIU SUK-MUI, 10, OF THE LOK SIN TONG PRIMARY SCHOOL IN WANG TAU HOM, AND MISS YU YUET-NGAO, 11, OF THE GRANTHAM TRAINING COLLEGE PAST STUDENT’S ASSOCIATION TSZ WAN SHAN PRIMARY SCHOOL.CP.tl.O.

IN THE GROUP COMPETITION, WINNERS WERE THE KEI TSZ PRIMARY SCHOOL CA.M.? WHILE THE TWO RUNNERS-UP WERE FROM THE KEI SHING PRIMARY SCHOOL CA.M.O.

THE WINNERS WILL GIVE K PERFORMANCE AFTER THE PRESENTATION OF PRIZES.

THURSDAY, JULY 18, 1974

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 AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE($/CATTY)

OF SUPPLY AVERAGE

CHINA RICE /

SEE MEW GOOD 2.07

S.C. JIEN GOOD 1,91

PO NQAI '

CHU CHO

THAI RICE

100X WHOLE GOOD 1.84

10-15* BROKERS GOOD < 1.82

A1 t SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.72

A1 t SUPER _

WHOLE GLUTINOUS ‘ • GOOD 1-77

U.S. RICE GOOD 1.75

AUSTRAL1ANU INMR ICE GOOD 1.82

PAKISTAN RICE

TAIWAN RICE

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

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FINANCIAL SECRETARY CALLS FOR PUBLIC DEBATE ON PUBLIC SPENDING..............................................

PASSING-OUT PARADE FOR NEW PRISON OFFICERS ...........

NEW DRAFT LEGISLATION WILL REQUIRE CINEMAS TO KEEP AIR-CONDITIONERS RUNNING DURING SHOWS ................

NEW IMPORT CONTROLS ON METHYL ALCOHOL ANNOUNCED ......

PRESS VISIT ARRANGED TO HIGH ISLAND WATER SCHEME .....

STUDENTS FIND SUMMER JOBS WITH RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT ...........................................

WANCHAI CARGO HANDLING BASIN OPENS NEXT WEEK .........

CAS COMMENDED FOR SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY ..........

DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY TO BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

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THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, HR. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, THIS EVENING CALLED FOR A REAL PUBLIC DEBATE ON THE QUESTION OF HOW FAST PUBLIC EXPENDITURE SHOULD GROW IN HONG KONG IN RELATION TO THE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE.

ADDRESSING THE ANNUAL DINNER OF THE HONG KONG SOCIETY OF ACCOUNTANTS, MR. HADDON-CAVE SAID SUCH A DEBATE WAS HEEDED TO PROVIDE THE GOVERNMENT UI TH GUIDANCE AS TO THE BALANCE WHICH SHOULD BE STRUCK BETWEEN PUBLIC•EXPENDITURE AND ECONOMIC GROWTH.

THE DEBATE, HE ADDED, SHOULD FOCUS ON THE EXTENT TO WHICH FISCAL ARD PUBLIC EXPENDITURE POLICIES SHOULD BE DICTATED BY THE NEED TO AVOID ANY POSSIBILITY OF DAMAGING THE GROWTH RATE OF THE ECONOMY AND ON THE EXTENT TO WHICH THEY SHOULD BE RESPONSIVE TO SOCIAL AND POLITICAL PRESSURES TO EXPAND CERTAIN PUBLIC SERVICES.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY NOTED THAT IN THE WAKE OF HIS 1974/75 BUDGET VERY LITTLE ATTENTION WAS PAID TO THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE FISCAL SYSTEM ARD HENCE THE LEVEL OF PUBLIC EXPENDITURE ON THE OKE HAND, AND THE ECONOMY ON THE OTHER.

+YET THIS RELATIONSHIP IS CRITICAL AND A PUBLIC DEBATE ON IT CANNOT CE POSTPONED,+ HE SAID.

HE GAVE TWO REASONS WHY SUCH A DEBATE WAS RELEVANT.

FIRSTLY, IM VIEW OF THE PRESENT SIZE AND STRUCTURE OF THE ECONOMY, IT WAS NECESSARY TO CONSIDER WHETHER HONG KONG COULD NOU AFFORD TO BE A LITTLE LESS CONCERNED UITH PROTECTING THE GROWTH RATE OF THE ECONOMY. HE STRESSED THAT HE UAS REFERRING TO THE GROWTH RATE AND KOT TO THE ECONOMY'S INHERENT ABILITY TO MAINTAIN INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL EQUILIBRIUM.

IN THE PAST 20 YEARS, HE EXPLAINED, HONG KONG’S PRIMARY EMPHASIS HAS HAD TO BE OH THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR EXPORT ORIENTED MANUFACTURING ECONOMY AND THE FISCAL SYSTEM, ARD HENCE THE LEVEL OF EXPENDITURE OH PUBLIC ‘SERVICES, HAS HAD TO BE TAILORED TO THE OVER-RIDING NEED KOT TO DAMAGE THAT DEVELOPMENT. THE QUESTION WAS WHETHER Til IS POLICY SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE FOLLOUED CONSIDERING PRESENT DAY CIRCUMSTANCES.

SECONDLY, MR. HADDON-CAVE WENT ON, IN VIEW OF GROWING EXPENDITURE COMMITMENTS, COUPLED WITH OUR SPENDING ABILITY HAVING CAUGHT UP WITH OUR ABILITY TO FINANCE SPENDING. A STRATEGY WAS NEEDED THAT WOULD ACHIEVE AN ACCEPTABLE BALANCE BETWEEN SATISFYING SHORT AND MEDIUM TERM SOCIAL ASPIRATIONS AND PERMIT A GROWTH RATE CF THE ECONOMY IN THE LONGER TERN “WHICH WOULD SECURE THE COMMUNITY'S FUTURE.

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FOR THIS REASON, HE FELT THAT THE BUDGET STRATEGY THJS YEAR, WHICH IN HiS OPINION WAS +ABOUT R1C.HT+, SHOULD BE PUBLICLY DISCUSSED TO SEE WHY IT UAS, OR UAS KOT, RIGHT AND FEASIBLE IN VIEW OF THE SOCIAL AND POLITICAL PRESSURES ON THE GOVERNMENT.

THE CONSEQUENCES AND RISKS SHOULD ALSO BE CONSIDERED, HE ADDED, OF ADOPTING A MODIFICATION OF THIS YEAR’S BUDGET STRATEGY WHICH, FOR INSTANCE, MIGHT INCLUDE A RATHER GREATER DEPENDENCE ON LOAN FINANCE CIP AVAILABLE}, RATHER HIGHER TAX RATES AND/OR A RATHER WIDER TAX BASE, AND THE USE OF THE RESERVES. HOWEVER, NR. HADDON-CAVE STRESSED THAT HE WOULD ARGUE VERY STRONGLY AGAINST THE LAST POINT.

AS FAR AS HE UAS CONCERNED, THE RESERVES SHOULD KOT EE MIS-USED AS THEY ARE A SOURCE OF RECURRENT REVENUE ARD AN INSURANCE AGAINST UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES. <-THEY PROVIDE COLLATERAL FOR CONTINGENT LIABILITIES WHICH, UITH IN A FEW YEARS, WILL BE SUBSTANTIAL GIVEN THE SEVERAL LOAN PROGRAMMES UE HAVE IN MIND FOR SONE OF THE GOVERNMENT’S OWN CAPITAL WORKS PROJECTS ARD THE HASS TRANSIT RAILWAY PROJECT.4-

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID ONE OF THE REASONS WHY A REAL DEBATE ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PUBLIC EXPENDITURE AND THE ECONOMY HAD KOT SO FAR MATERIALISED UAS BECAUSE PROBABLY HANY PEOPLE COULD KOT OR WOULD KOT BELIEVE THAT AFTER HANY YEARS OF PERSISTENT SURPLUSES, +UE KOU FACE THE VERY REAL POSSIBILITY OF PERSISTENT DEFICITS WHICH HAVE TO EE AVOIDED BY ONE MEANS OR AHOTKER.-fr

SOONER OR LATER, HE SAID, WE WOULD REACH THE POINT WHERE TAX RATES WOULD HAVE TO BE RAISED AND/OR FUNDS ACQUIRED OUTSIDE THE FISCAL SYSTEM.

+INDEED, THE RATE AT WHICH PUBLIC EXPENDITURE IS KOU INCREASING IS SUCH THAT, IN NY VIEW, UE HAVE ALREADY REACHED THIS PO1NT.+ MR. HADDON-CAVE SAID.

IN THE PAST SIX YEARS, FOR INSTANCE, TOTAL PUBLIC EXPENDITURE AT CURRENT PRICES INCREASED BY 160 PER CENT, BUT THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT WENT UP BY 110 PER CENT.

EVEN IF THE GOVERNMENT WAS PREPARED TO CONTEMPLATE A SUBSTANTIALLY DIFFERENT TAX STRUCTURE, HE WENT ON, THIS WOULD NOT MEAN THAT THE RELATIVE SIZE OF THE PUBLIC SECTOR COULD GROW INDEFINITELY. THIS UAS BECAUSE IF PUBLIC EXPENDITURE GREW FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME AT A SIGNIFICANTLY FASTER RATE THAN THE ECONOMY, THEN RESOURCES WOULD BE DIVERTED AWAY FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR, IN EFFECT, AWAY FROM THE PRODUCTION OF GOODS FOR EXPORT.

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FURTHERMORE, THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT WAS LARGELY GENERATED BY EXPORT EARNINGS AND THUS ANY APPRECIABLE DIVERSION OF RESOURCES AWAY FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR WOULD ULTIMATELY MEAN A SLOWING DOWN IN THE RATE OF GROWTH OF THE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE.

+THIS LONGER TERM CONSEQUENCE MUST BE RECOGNISED BECAUSE IT UNDERLINES THE NEED TO TRIM THE RATE OF GROWTH OF PUBLIC EXPENDITURE TO ACCORD UITH THE RATE OF GROWTH OF THE ECONOMY, HAVING REGARD TO SUCH SHORTER TERM CONSIDERATIONS UHICH MUST BE CONCEDED ON SOCIAL AND POLITICAL GROUNDS,+ HE SAID, HOWEVER. THE MONEY HAD TO BE FOUND SOMEWHERE AND WHILE HONQ KONG HAD BEEN LUCKY IN THE PAST +A BLIND FAITH IN THE GROWTH RATE OF THE ECONOMY AND IN THE PRODUCTIVITY OF THE EXISTING TAX SYSTEM OR IN THE AVAILABILITY OF TOLERABLY PRICED LOAN FINANCE WILL KOT BE SUFFICIENT,* SAID MR. HADDON-CAVE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

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SOME 70 OFFICERS OF .THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT WILL TAKE PART IN A PASSING-OUT PARADE AT 11 A.M. TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE DEPARTMENT'S STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE AT TUNG TAU WAN ROAD, STANLEY.

MR. J.A. HIGGINS, COMMISSIONER OF THE ESSENTIAL SERVICE CORPS AND DIRECTOR OF MANPOWER, WILL INSPECT THE PARADE AND ADDRESS THE OFFICERS. MUSIC WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE BAND OF THE CPE COLLINSON TRAINING CENTRE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO HAVE THE OCCASION COVERED. COPIES OF HR. HIGGIN'S SPEECH WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM THE G.I.S. PRESS ROOM, 6TH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD’ HOUSE, TOMORROW (SATURDAY) MORNING.

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NEW CONTROLS OVER VENTILATING SYSTEMS PROPOSED

CINEMAS TO BE REQUIRED TO KEEP AIR-CONDITIONERS RUNNING DURING SHOWS K- n ft 1? n K-

THE LAW IS TO BE CHANGED TO MAKE IT AN OFFENCE IF WATER IS ALLOWED TO DRIP FROM AIR-CONDITIONERS OU TO PASSERS-BY.

IT WILL ALSO BE AN OFFENCE TO ALLOW HOT AIR TO BE DISCHARGED IN THE PATH OF PASSERS-BY.

THESE ARE TWO IMPORTANT CHANGES CONTAINED IN THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES CAHEKDiZNTO BILL 1974 WHICH WAS GAZETTED TODAY.

ANOTHER IMPORTANT CHANGE WILL BE TO MAKE IT AN OFFENCE IF AIR-CONDITIONERS ARD VENTILATION SYSTEMS IN RESTAURANTS, DANCE HALLS, THEATRES AND CINEMAS IN THE NEU TERRITORIES ARE KOT KEPT RUNNING DURING OPERATING HOURS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PUBLIC.

FOR MANY YEARS, MEMBERS OF WE PUBLIC HAVE COMPLAINED OF DISCOMFORT FROM LACK OF ADEQUATE AIR-CONDITIONING IN VARIOUS SCHEDULED PREMISES, ESPECIALLY CINEMAS. OTHER COMPLAINTS HAVE BEEN MADE BY PEOPLE LIVING CLOSE TO SCHEDULED PREMISES ABOUT THE ANNOYANCE AND INCONVENIENCE CAUSED DY EOT AIR EMITTED BY CONDENSERS AND DY WATER DRIPPING BOUN FROM AIR-CONDITION IMG UNITS.

HOWEVER THE REGULATIONS WILL BE EXTENDED TO ALL PREMISES SO THAT EVEN HOUSEHOLDERS, BUSINESSES OR ANYBODY ELSE USING AN AIRCONDITIONER OR VENTILATING SYSTEM MUST STOP THE DRIPS AND/OR HOT AIR CAUSING A NUISANCE TO OTHERS.

ANOTHER IMPROVEMENT FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WILL BE THAT IN FUTURE IT WILL BE AN OFFENCE FOR OPERATORS OF CINEMAS, RESTAURANTS AND OTHER SCHEDULED PREMISES TO SWITCH OFF AIRCONDITIONERS DURING BUSINESS HOURS.

THE TIGHTEKED-UP REGULATIONS WILL GO INTO FORCE AFTER A +BREATHING PERIOD*, PROBABLY A YEAR, TO BE GRANTED SO THAT OPERATORS OF RESTAURANTS, DANCE HALLS, THEATRES AND CINEMAS AND OTHER SCHEDULED PREMISES WILL HAVE TIKE TO COMPLY WITH THEM IN ADVANCE.

OFFICERS OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL GIVE LECTURES MND ADVICE ON WHAT IMPROVEMENTS OR CHANGES SHOULD DE MADE TO VARIOUS PREMISES.

FRIDAY, JULY 19, 1974

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NEU ARRANGEMENTS FOR CONTROLLING IMPORTS OF METHYL ALCOHOL WHICH IS UNFIT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION, UERE ANNOUNCED TODAY BY THE COMMERCE ARD INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT.

LICENCES ARE NOW REQUIRED FOR IMPORTING METHYL ALCOHOL -ALSO KNOUN AS METHANOL - FOLLOWING AN AMENDMENT TO THE IMPORT AND EXPORT CGEf-ERAL) REGULATIONS.

THE LICENSING SYSTEM HAS BEEN INTRODUCED TO REPLACE CONTROLS WHICH EXISTED UNDER THE DUTIABLE COMMODITIES ORDINANCE AS DUTY ON METHYL ALCOHOL IS NO LONGER PAYABLE.

THE OBJECT OF CONTROLS IS TO ENSURE THAT THE USE OF METHYL ALCOHOL IS CONFINED TO LEGITIMATE INDUSTRIAL AND CHEMICAL PROCESSES.

LICENCE APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT’S OFFICES AT 45 CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL. FURTHER INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED BY CONTACTING MISS GRACE KUAN, LICENSING OFFICER, ON H-228449.

PROVISION IS BEING RETAINED IN THE DUTIABLE COMMODITIES ORDINANCE TO PROHIBIT LIQUOR MANUFACTURERS, IMPORTERS, DEALERS OR RETAILERS FROM STORING METHYL ALCOHOL.

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NOTE TO EDITORS;

THE DISTRICT OFFICER, SAI KUNG, HR. CLIVE OXLEY, WILL HOLD A PRESS BRIEFING ON THE LATEST DEVELOPMENT OF THE HIGH ISLAND WATER SCHEME AT 9.20 A.M. ON MONDAY (JULY 22) AT HIS OFFICE ON THE 1ST FLOOR OF THE SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 692 PRINCE EDUARD ROAD.

FOLLOWING THE BRIEFING, MR. OXLEY AND HIS STAFF WILL TAKE MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ON A TOUR OF THE RESERVOIR SITE. TRANSPORT WILL EE PROVIDED.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO 4 ATTEND THE BRIEFING AND TOUR.

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EMPLOYMENT OF STUDENTS » n » » n n

TWENTY-THREE STUDENTS HAVE FOUND SUMMER JOBS WITH THE RATING ARD VALUATION DEPARTMENT.

TWELVE OF THEM, FROM THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, ARE ALREADY AT WORK WHILE THE OTHERS WILL JOIN IN TEE DIDDLE OF NEXT MONTH.

DURING THEIR TIME WITH THE DEPARTMENT THE STUDENTS WILL BE EMPLOYED ON WORK ASSOCIATED WITH THE CORRECT NUMBERING OF BUILDINGS. THEY WILL ALSO CARRY OUT SITE INSPECTIONS TO ENSURE THAT HOUSE NUMBERS ARE PROPERLY DISPLAYED AND THEY WILL CHECK STREET ARD BUILDING NAMES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THIS WORK WAS OF CONSIDERABLE IMPORTANCE FOR THE ABSENCE OF HOUSE NUMBERS OR THE INCORRECT NUMBERING OF PREMISES GAVE RISE TO HANY PROBLEMS AND OFTEN CAUSED GREAT INCONVENIENCE TO VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS SUCH AS THE POST OFFICE AND TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC..,

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE WAN CHAI CARGO HANDLING BASIN WILL BE OPENED BY MR. ANN TSE-KAI ON JULY 26.

A PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE GIVEN BY HR. BERNARD TANG, SENIOR MARINE OFFICER (CARGO HANDLING), AND HR. KAM CHAN-YIU OF THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE, PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, NEXT TUESDAY (JULY 23) TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE PROJECT.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE WHICH WILL BE HELD AT 3 P.M. AT THE GIS 35 MM THEATRE ON THE 5TH FLOOR OF BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

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THE ACTING GOVERNOR, MR. DENYS ROBERTS, THIS C INING PAID WARM TRIBUTE TO THE CIVIL AID SERVICES FOR ITS MANY SERVICES TO THE CONNUNITY.

ADDRESSING THE CAS ANNUAL DINNER, HE SAID THAT ONE OF THE HOST VALUABLE SERVICES PERFORMED DY THE CORPS HAS THE HAY IT ATTEMPTED, WITH CONSIDERABLE SUCCESS, TO PROVIDE AN OUTLET FOR YOUNG PEOPLE’S ENTHUSIASM ARD ENERGIES SO AS TO HELP THEN DEVELOP THEIR MIND AND CODY ANO AT THE SANE TIME SERVE THE'COMMUNITY.

♦THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE CAS ENJOY A FINE REPUTATION IN THE COMMUNITY FOR THE UNSELFISH SERVICES WHICH THEY PROVIDE FOR THEIR FELLOW MEN,+ THE ACTING GOVERNOR SAID.

+ONE PROOF OF THE HIGH REGARD IN WHICH THEY ARE HELD IS THE WILLINGNESS OF EMPLOYERS GENERALLY TO RELEASE THEIR STAFF FOR CAS DUTY, FOR WHICH CO-OPERATION THEY DESERVE OUR GRATEFUL THANKS.*

THE CAS WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1951. FROM ITS SMALL BEGINNINGS IT HAS GROWN TO A VERT EFFECTIVE VOLUNTARY FORCE OF OVER 4,000 ADULTS AND ABOUT 2,000 CADETS AGED BETWEEN 14 AND 18.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE ft n ft ft ft ft

THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY CTHURSDAY) AT SALE

UNDER THE RICE CONTROL SCHEME ARD AT THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORCANISAT ION UHOLESALE MARKET AMD THE FIS!! MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEUNG -HA UAH, KOULOOH:

SUPPLIES ARD UHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE OF RICE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PR ICECS/CATTY) AVERAGE

CHINA RICE

SEE KEVJ S.C.JIEN FO NG.A1 CH’J CHO GOOD COOD ’ 2.07 1.91

THAI RICE

1002 WHOLE 10-15% CROKENS A1 : SUPER EXTRA A1 SUPER WHOLE C.LUTIHOUS COOD COOD COCD COOD C CD 1.97 1.02 1.72 1.42 1.77

U.S. RICE C.COD 1.75

AUSTRALIAN RICE QOOD 1.77

PAKISTAN RICE

TAIWAN RICE —— —-

SUPPLIES AND 'WHOLESALE PRICES OF SU INE

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WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK CO/PICUL-LIVE WEIGHT)

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SUPPLIES ARD WHOLESALE PRICES CF.MARII.3 FISH

CFMO CHEUNG SPECIES SHA WAN WHOLESALE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY . FISH HARKETO LTIOLESALE PRICE (S/CATTYO

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GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 5-50 3.20 4.00

BIG-EYES QOAD 2.43 0.70 1.60

SQUID LIMITED 6.20 2. CO 4.00

HAIR-TAILS LIMITED 2.03 O.CO 1.60

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 3«5O 1.40 2.20

CROAKERS LIMITED 1.93 0.00 1.60

CONGER-PIKE-EELS LIMITED. 2 ©60 1.50 2.00

MELON COAT UNITED 2 .49 1.50 1.00

BREAMS SCARCE 5»C0 2.60 4.50

YELLOW DELLY GOOD 1.50 0.60 1.00

MACKERELS LIMITED 4.50 3.50 4.CO

RED QOAT FISH NORMAL 0.60 0<>45 0.55

FORK-TAIL LIMITED 1,00 0.50 0.00

HORSE-HEAD NORMAL 6.30 3.20 4.50

MELON SEED NORMAL 2.30 0.90 1.00

P0MT-RET3 SCARCE 8.00 7.50 7.00 ’

GAROUPAS LIMITED 9.CO 6.C0 8.CO

YELLOW CROAKER ——

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

CVMO CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKET)

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

HIGH LOU KODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE SCARCE 1.50 1.00 1.80

WHITE CABBAGE SCARCE 1.60 0.60 1.00

CHINESE LETTUCE SCARCE 1.20 0.40 0.80

UATcR SPINACH NORMAL 0.70 0.20 0.45

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 2.40 1.00 1.60

STRING BEANS SCARCE 3.60 1*20 2.40

SPRING ONION NORMAL 1.20 0.20 0.70

WATER CRESS SCARCE 3.00 1.20 2.40

LEAF MUSTARD CAB3AQE SCARCE 1.50 0.50 1.00

CHINESE SPINACH LIMITED 1.00 0.30 0.70

TOMATO SCARCE 2.00 0.70 1.50

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ADULTS URGED TO JOIN COURSES RUI! DY EDUCATION.

DEPARTMENT TO CETTER Ti.'EIR KKOULEDC.E AMD PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT ........................ 1

ADVERSE PUBLICITY CONCERN IMG PRISONS STAFF COULD

BE USEFUL TO PRISONS DEPARTMENT ............. 2

WATER CUT IN YUEN LONG.....................   3

HIGHER SURCHARGE ON LATE RATES PAYMENTS EFFECTIVE FROM NZXT MONTH.............................. 3

SUMMER SEMINAR FOR PRIMARY TEACHERS ON EDUCATION

TELEVISION.................................  4

COMMUNITY CENTRES PLAY ACTIVE ROLE IN ORGAN!SKIS AID PLANNING CCIH1UH1TY SERVICE PROJECTS .... 5

RADIO PERSONALITIES TO PROMOTE LOTTERY SALE . 6

OPEN DAY OF HONG KONG SEA CADET CORPS Ct! SUNDAY ..6

SIX HEW FIRE ENGINES ARRIVED IN EOHG KORG.... 7

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THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. JOHN CANNING, TODAY URGED THE ADULT POPULATION OF HONG KONG TO JOIN COURSES RUN BY THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION OF HIS DEPARTMENT TO BETTER THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT.

ONE OF THE AIMS OF ADULT EDUCATION WAS TO HELP THE INDIVIDUAL TO ADAPT HIMSELF TO CHANGING ENVIRONMENT, TO EQUIP HIM WITH THE NECESSARY SKILLS AND TO CULTIVATE IN HIM A HEALTHY ATTITUDE FOR ADJUSTMENT IN MODERN SOCIETY, HE TOLD THE OPENING OF THE 19TH ADULT EDUCATION CONFERENCE AT QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL.

THE DIRECTOR SPOKE ABOUT THE INDIVIDUAL’S NEED TO UP-DATE HIS KNOWLEDGE IN ORDER TO.KEEP UP WITH LATEST TRENDS AND DEVELOPMENTS.

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BESIDES ACQUIRING ADDITIONAL KNOWLEDGE, AN ADULT EDUCATION COURSE WOULD MAKE HIM HORE CIVIC CONSCIOUS AND THEREFORE HELP HIM LEAD A MEANINGFUL LIFE.

IN THE PAST IT WAS UNFORTUNATE THAT SOME PEOPLE LOOKED UPON ADULT EDUCATION ONLY AS A SORT OF REMEDIAL AND SECOND CHANCE-EDUCATION.

MR. CANNING GAVE AN ASSURANCE THAT THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION WOULD TRY TO MAKE ITS COURSES AND ACTIVITIES MORE INTERESTING AND STIMULATING SO THAT PEOPLE WOULD PURSUE SOME PURPOSEFUL ACTIVITIES IN AN ADULT EDUCATION CENTRE RATHER THAN SPENDING THEIR LEISURE TIME IN OTHER FORMS OF ENTERTAINMENT.

HE HOPED THAT MORE PEOPLE WOULD ATTEND NOT ONLY PRACTICAL COURSES, SUCH AS WOODWORK, COOKING, FLOWER ARRANGEMENT AND SO ON BUT ALSO THE MORE SOPHISTICATED AND PHILOSOPHICAL ONES - MUSIC, LITERATURE APPRECIATION, CHILD HEALTH AND PARENTHOOD.

THE DIRECTOR REPORTED THAT GENERAL BACKGROUND EDUCATION AND RURAL LITERACY COURSES AS WELL AS THE EVENING INSTITUTE'S MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSE AND EVENING SECONDARY SCHOOL COURSES FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE WERE VERY POPULAR.

THE OBJECT OF THE CURRENT CONFERENCE, MR. CANNING SAID, WAS TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THOSE INVOLVED IN ADULT EDUCATION TO EXCHANGE VIEWS AND IDEAS.

HE CALLED ON PARTICIPANTS TO PLAY AN ACTIVE PART BY PUTTING FORWARD SUGGESTIONS ON WAYS AND MEANS OF IMPROVING ADULT EDUCATION IN HONG KONG.

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ADVERSE PUBLICITY CONCERNING PRISONS STAFF MEMBERS COULD IN THE LONG TERM PROVE TO BE USEFUL IN BRINGING HOME TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC THE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT PROBLEMS THAT CONTINUALLY TEST THE INTEGRITY OF A PRISON OFFICER.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY BY HR. J.A. HIGGINS, COMMISSIONER OF ESSENTIAL SERVICES CORPS AND DIRECTOR OF MANPOWER, AT THE PASSINGOUT PARADE OF 71 PRISON OFFICERS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR TRAINING-

MR. HIGGINS NOTED THAT REPORTS OF ALLEGED DISHONESTY REGULARLY APPEARED IN THE NEWSPAPERS, BUT ADVISED THE GRADUATES ROT TO BE DETTERRED BY THIS. SUCH REPORTS COULD IN FACT EE HELPFUL TO THE DEPARTMENT IN THE LONG TERM.

THERE IS NO SERVICE, EITHER INSIDE OR OUTSIDE THE GOVERNMENT THAT WORKS UNDER THE PRESSURES THAT ARE EXERTED ON MEMBERS OF THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT, HE SAID, NOTING THAT PRISON INSTITUTIONS HAD TO BE GUARDED AND ADMINISTERED 24 HOURS A DAY, 355 DAYS A YEAR.

+QUITE APART FROM THE THREAT OF VIOLENCE WHICH IS ALWAYS PRESENT, PRISON OFFICERS ARE THE TARGET FOR OTHER FORMS OF INTIMIDATION BY RUTHLESS ELEMENTS.

+THIS CAN BE IN THE FORM OF THREATS, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY COMMUNICATED TO THE OFFICER, OR BY PLACING TEMPTATIONS BEFORE THE OFFICER WHICH HAY BE DIFFICULT TO RESIST AT THE TIME.+ HE SAID.

MR. HIGGINS URGED HEISERS OF THE DEPARTMENT TO MAINTAIN A HIGH DEGREE OF VIGILANCE AT ALL TIKES TO AVOID SUCH PROBLEMS AND PITFALLS.

TO BE A SUCCESSFUL PRISON OFFICER REQUIRED CHARACTERISTICS WHICH WERE NOT COMMON TO EVERYONE, HE TOLD THE GRADUATES. +STRICT OBEDIENCE TO DISCIPLINE, IMPARTIAL TREATMENT OF PERSONS IN YOUR CARE, AN UNDERSTANDING OF HUMAN NATURE, LOYALTY TO YOUR COLLEAGUES AND SENIOR OFFICERS AND FINALLY PRIDE IN THE SERVICE TO WHICH YOU BELONG.+

MR. HIGGINS SAID THE GRADUATES HAD BEEN WELL TRAINED AND WISHED THEM SUCCESS IN THEIR CAREERS.

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COPIES OF THE FULL TEXT OF MR. HIGGINS SPEECH ARE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM THE G.i.S. PRESS ROOM, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, 6TH FLOOR.

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SEVERAL AREAS IN YUEN LONQ WILL BE WITHOUT WATER FOR FIVE HOURS ON TUESDAY (JULY 23) STARTING FROM 1 A>M>

THE TEMPORARY INTERRUPTION IS TO ENABLE WATERWORKS STAFF TO CARRY OUT TESTS FOR LEAKAGE IN THE AREAS.

AFFECTED WILL BE PREMISES IN TOE AREA BOUNDED BY CASTLE PEAK ROAD, BETWEEN AU TAU CROSS ROAD AND SAN TIN® KAM TIN SHI, KAM HINQ WAI. SHU I TAU TSUEN, SHU I HEI TSUEN, PAK WAI TSUEN AND KAM TIN MARKET® KAM SHEUNG ROAD BETWEEN KAM TIN ROAD AND TAI PO • ROAD® KAM TIN ROAD BETWEEN AU TAU CROSS ROAD ARD TSUEN KAM ROAD INCLUDING SEK KONG CAMP AND SEK KONG FIRE SERVICES TRAINING SCHOOL.

PREMISES ALONG CASTLE PEAK ROAD, INCLUDING TONG YAN SAN TSUEN, WILL ALSO BE AFFECTED, AS WILL THOSE BOUNDED BY YUEN LONG MAIN ROAD, TAI YUK ROAD, KAU YUK ROAD, NULLAH INCLUDING MA TIN TSUEN, FRASER VILLAGE, TONG TAU PO, TAI KEI LENG, SHUI TSU LO WAI, HUNG TSO TIN TSUEN AND TAI TONG.

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RATEPAYERS ARE ADVISED TO SETTLE ALL THEIR OUTSTANDING RATES BILLS BEFORE THE END OF THIS MONTH IF THEY WANT TO AVOID PAYING THE HIGHER SURCHARGE WHICH COMES INTO EFFECT ON AUQUST 1.

UNDER AMENDING LEGISLATION PASSED LAST MONTH, AN ADDITIONAL SURCHARGE OF 10 PER CENT MAY BE ADDED TO TOE TOTAL OF ALL RATES IN DEFAULT ON OR AFTER AUGUST 1 WHICH HAVE BEEN OUTSTANDING FOR MORE THAN SIX MONTHS. THE 10 PER CENT SURCHARGE IS IN ADDITION TO TOE NORMAL SURCHARGE OF FIVE PER CENT.

RATEPAYERS MAY AVOID PAYING TOE ADDITIONAL SURCHARGE BY PAYING THEIR OUTSTANDING RATES NOU.

PAYMENT MAY BE HADE BY CHEQUE THROUGH TOE POST, ADDRESSED TO THE ACCOUNTANT GENERAL,•TOE TREASURY, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES CWEST WING>, ICE HOUSE STREET, HONG KONG.

ALTERNATIVELY, PAYMENTS CAN BE MADE IN PERSON AT THE TREASURY REVENUE BRANCH OR AT ANY OF TOE TREASURY'S SUB-OFFICES, OR AT TOE DISTRICT OFFICES IN TAIPO, YUEN LONG AND TSUEN WAN.

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THE E.T.V. CENTRE IN BROADCAST DRIVE HAS STARTED ITS ANNUAL SUMMER SEMINARS FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS TO STRENGTHEN THE LINKS WHICH BIND SCHOOLS WITH THE E.T.V. SERVICE.

THREE HUNDRED TEACHERS FROM PRIMARY SCHOOLS HAVE ATTENDED THE SEMINARS WHICH BEGAN AT THE CENTRE ON JULY 18. ANOTHER 800 WILL ATTEND THE SEMINARS NEXT MONDAY ARD TUESDAY AND ON AUGUST 20 AND 21.

♦THESE TEACHERS ARE THE IMPORTANT LIAISON OFFICERS NOMINATED BY PRIMARY SCHOOLS TO ESTABLISH CLOSER TIES WITH THE E.T.V. SERVICE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE SEMINARS WILL CONSIST OF SESSIONS IN WHICH SCHOOLS LIAISON OFFICERS WILL DISCUSS WITH THE STAFF OF THE CENTRE THE PROPER UTILISATION OF E.T.V. LESSONS IN CLASS-ROOM TEACHING.

TEACHERS WILL MEET E.T.V. PRODUCERS TO DISCUSS THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF E.T.V. AND HOW THEY CAN BEST BE IMPLEMENTED IN THE CLASS-ROOM.

♦THE E.T.V. CENTRE THUS BECOMES A TEACHING CENTRE FOR THIS VITAL ASPECT OF PRIMARY EDUCATION IN HONG KONG. BOTH TEACHERS AND PUPILS VISIT E.T.V. THROUGHOUT THE YEAR BUT EACH SUMMER SEMINAR IS HELD FOR THE TEACHERS,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+1T IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR TEACHERS TO SEE HOW E.T.V. IS MADE BY THEIR COLLEAGUES IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ARD THE DOORS OF THE E.T.V. CENTRE ARE ALWAYS OPEN TO INTERESTED VISITORS.

+E.T.V. IN HONG KONG IS UNIQUE IN THE CLOSE BOND WHICH EXISTS BETWEEN SCHOOLS TAKING THE SERVICE ARD THE TEACHERBROADCASTERS OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WHO MAKE E.T.V. PROGRAMMES.*

PRODUCERS VISIT CLASSROOMS WEEKLY TO DISCUSS UTILISATION PROBLEMS ON THE GROUND, BUT THEY WELCOME VISITS FROM TEACHERS TO THE E.T.V. CENTRE WHERE PRODUCTION PROBLEMS CAN BE VIEWED IN TELEVISION STUDIOS.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE SEMINARS

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CENTRE OH MONDAY JULY 22 FROM 9.30 A.M.

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SELF-PROGRAMMING GROUPS SPONSORED BY COMMUNITY CENTRES RUN BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT ARE CONTINUING TO PLAY A MORE ACTIVE ROLE IN ORGANISING AND PLANNING COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS.

TOMORROW (SUNDAY), THREE GROUPS FROM THE PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE CONDUCTING DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN AND EX-MENTAL PATIENTS.

THE FIRST OF THESE FUNCTIONS ORGANISED BY A GROUP GOING UNDER THE NAME OF +HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN+ WILL PAY A VISIT TO THE NEU LIFE PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION FARM IN CASTLE PEAK WHERE THEY WILL ENTERTAIN THE EX-MENTAL PATIENTS UNDERGOING TREATMENT TO INTEGRATE THEM INTO THE SOCIETY. THE GROUP HAS ORGANISED A DAY OF RECREATION AND ENTERTAINMENT AND WILL ALSO PREPARE A LUNCH FOR THE PEOPLE LIVING ON THE FARM.

THIS IS A NEU VENTURE BY SELF-PROGRAMMING GROUPS AND FOLLOWS THE INTEREST WHICH THEY HAVE EXPRESSED EARLIER ON IN PROVIDING SUCH TYPES OF SERVICES FOR THIS CATEGORY OF PEOPLE WITHIN THE COMMUNITY.

THE OTHER TWO PROJECTS ARE FOR CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES OF SEVEN AND 14 YEARS. ONE IS A CHILDREN’S GAMES DAY ORGANISED BY THE TSUEN WAN EVENING INSTITUTE STUDENT’S ASSOCIATION SELF-PROGRAMMING GROUP FOR 150 YOUNGSTERS IN THE TAI WO HAU HOUSING ESTATE. THIS WILL BE HELD FROM 2 P.M. TO 5 P.M. AT THE BUDDHIST LAM B4NG YIM MEMORIAL SCHOOL IN TEXACO ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

THE OTHER FUNCTION IS A CAMPFIRE GATHERING FOR 50 CHILDREN PLANNED BY THE SOUTH SEA COLLEGE STUDENTS* ASSOCIATION SELF-PROGRAMMING GROUP. TO BE HELD AT THE PINE HILL BEACH IN CASTLE PEAK FROM 4 P.M. TO 9 PUU, IT WILL INCLUDE GROUP CAMPS, PERFORMANCES AND SINGING ROUND THE CAMPFIRE FOLLOWED BY A BARBECUE.

NEXT WEEK ON THURSDAY YET ANOTHER SELF-PROGRAMMING GROUP, THIS TIME FROM THE COMITY ASSOCIATION, WILL BE TAKING 30 YOUNG PEOPLE FROM 15 TO 18 YEARS.OF AGE ON AN OVERNIGHT CAMP AS PART OF A YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING PROGRAMME. THIS CAMP WILL BE HELD AT THE Y.W.C.A. LOUISA LAMDAL CARP IM SAI KUNG. TRAINEES WILL RECEIVE BASIC INSTRUCTIONS ON OUTDOOR COOKING, PIONEERING, CAMPING KNOWLEDGE, RECOGNITION OF TREES AND SHRUBS AND FIRST AID.

IN THE MEANTIME, IT IS RUNNING A TRAINING COURSE FOR FIVE EVENINGS PRIOR TO THE CAMP TO PROVIDE INSTRUCTIONS ON PLANNING AND ORGANISING ACTIVITIES AND THE QUALITIES AMD BASIC KNOWLEDGE OF YOUTH LEADERS.

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RADIO PERSONALITIES TO SELL LOTTERY TICKETS » » ft » ft ft

FOUR COMMERCIAL RADIO ARTISTES — MISS AMY HO, MISS CONITA CHAN, MISS LEUNG SIU-YUNG AND MR. CHOI WAN — WILL HELP SELL TICKETS OF THE FIFTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY AT STATUE SQUARE ON MONDAY (JULY 22) BETWEEN 5 P.M. AND 6 P.M.

THE DRAW OF WINNING NUMBERS WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE NEXT SATURDAY (JULY 27) AT 10 A.M. THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A HALF-HOUR ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME PROVIDED BY ARTISTES OF COMMERCIAL RADIO.

AT ABOUT 11.15 A.M., IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE PERFORMANCE BY THE RADIO ARTISTES, THERE WILL BE A PUBLIC AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS HELD BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT. THE PROCEEDS FROM THE AUCTION WILL GO TO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERY FUND.

UP TO 12 NOON TODAY, THE NUMBER OF TICKETS SOLD FOR THE CURRENT LOTTERY REACHED 419,000.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE SALE OF LOTTERY TICKETS BY THE COMMERCIAL RADIO ARTISTES AT STATUE SQUARE ON MONDAY BETWEEN 5 P.M. AND 6 P.M.

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THE HONG KONG SEA CADET CORPS WILL HOLD AN +OPEN DAY+ TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON ON BOARD ITS TRAINING SHIP RODNEY.

MR. PETER WILLIAMS, SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT BLAKE BLOCK, QUEENSWAY, AT 2 P.M.

THE CORPS WAS ESTABLISHED IN DECEMBER 1969 TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADVENTURE TRAINING AND DISCIPLINED INSTRUCTION FOR BOYS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 12 TO 20. IT IS NOU A GOVERNMENT SUBVENTED ORGANISATION.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR

PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE +OPEN DAY+ OF THE HONG KONG SEA CADET CORPS. IT STARTS AT 2 P.M. TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT BLAKE BLOCK, QUEENSWAY. AFTER THE OPENING CEREMONY, MR. WILLIAMS AND MR. LAU WAH—SUM, COMMITTEE MEMBER OF THE CORPS, WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS IN CONNECTION WITH THE AIMS, ACTIVITIES AND TRAINING OF THE CORPS.

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SIX NEW FIRE ENGINES, PURCHASED FOR THE FIRE SERVICES ' DEPARTMENT FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM, HAVE ARRIVED IN HONG KONG.

THEY ARE PART OF AN ORDER FOR 12 FIRE ENGINES PLACED WITH DENNIS MOTORS LIMITED AT A COST OF APPROXIMATELY $2.3 MILLION.

KNOWN IN THE SERVICE AS PUMP ESCAPE TENDERS, THEY WILL BE FITTED WITH 55“FOOT LADDERS. FIRE ENGINES OF THIS TYPE ARE NOT NEW TO HONG KONG, BUT THE NEU ARRIVALS ARE OF AN IMPROVED 'design.

FEATURES OF THE NEW APPLIANCES INCLUDE A 1,000-GALLON PER MINUTE PUMP WHICH CAN SUPPLY WATER TO A TOTAL OF SIX OUTLETS, A TANK CAPABLE OF HOLDING 400 GALLONS OF WATER FOR USE IMMEDIATELY ON ARRIVAL AT A FIRE SCENE, A HYDRAULICALLY OPERATED WINCH, A PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEM, AN 11-INCH SEARCHLIGHT, TWO TONE HORNS AND A SIREN.

POWERING EACH VEHICLE IS A V-8 DIESEL ENGINE WITH FULLY AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION.

THE APPLIANCES WILL BE PUT INTO SERVICE AFTER CHECKING BY WORKSHOPS.

ALSO ON ORDER FROM THE SAME COMPANY ARE 12 FIRE ENGINES FITTED WITH 50-FOOT SNORKELS (ELEVATED PLATFORMS.>

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SUNDAY, JULY 21, 1974.

11-YEAR OLDS MUST REGISTER FOR JUVENILE I.D. CARDS » k & » n i:-

THE COMMISSIONER OF REGISTRATION TODAY REMINDED PARENTS AND GUARDIANS OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO REGISTER THEIR CHILDREN OR WARDS WHO ARE ELEVEN YEARS OF AQE, FOR JUVENILE TYPE IDENTITY CARDS.

ALL YOUNG PERSONS, WHETHER OR NOT IN POSSESSION OF JUVENILE IDENTITY CARDS, SHOULD ALSO REGISTER FOR ADULT IDENTITY CARDS WITHIN ONE MOUTH OF REACHING THEIR 18TH BIRTHDAY.

THE COMMISSIONER ALSO REMINDED HOLDERS OF BRITISH AND FOREIGN PASSPORTS THAT THEY ARE OBLIGED TO REGISTER FOR AN IDENTITY CARD IF THEY INTEND TO STAY IN HONG KONG FOR A PERIOD OF FOUR MONTHS.

ACCORDING TO THE REGULATIONS OF THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS ORDINANCE, POSSESSION OF A TRAVEL DOCUMENT INCLUDING A BRITISH PASSPORT DOES NOT ABSOLVE A PERSON FROM REGISTERING, AND ALL ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER FOR AN IDENTITY CARD. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE REGULATIONS WILL DE AN OFFENCE.

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ALL PERSONS WHO HAVE MOVED HOUSE, CHANGED JOBS, GOT MARRIED OR RETURNED FROM OVERSEAS RECENTLY ARE REQUIRED TO NOTIFY THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS DEPARTMENT SO THAT RECORDS CAN BE UP-DATED. ANY CHANGE IN REGISTERED PARTICULARS HAY BE REPORTED BY LETTER.

FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF THE PUBLIC, A SPECIALLY DESIGNED FREE POSTED FORM CROP 1}> HAS BEEN PREPARED FOR THIS PURPOSE AND FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM ANY POST OFFICE ENQUIRY COUNTER, CITY DISTRICT OFFICE OR DISTRICT OFFICE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

IN CASE OF DOUBT, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC SHOULD SEEK ADVICE FROM ANY OF THE DRARCH OFFICES OF THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS DEPARTMENT.


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VILLAGERS DISCOVER THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF COLOUR* J? ;• )• )• Jr

EICHTY-TWO-YEAR-OLD GRANDMA HAU, SUPPORTED BY A STICK, SLOWLY HAKES HER WAY TO THE VILLAGE OFFICE ON A HOT JULY AFTERNOON. ALTHOUGH THE SUH IS BLAZING COUN OH HER, HER MIND IS SET, AND NOTHING CAN PREVENT HER FROM GOING TO HER +AFTERNOON MOV IE.*

TO GRANDMA HAU, THE INSTALLATION OF THE COLOUR TELEVISION SET DY THE NEU TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION TOO MONTHS AGO IN HER VILLAGE — HO SHEUNG HEUNG IN SHEUNG SHU I — UAS AN UNFORGETTABLE EVENT IN HER LIFE.

SINCE THEN, COME RAIN OR SHINE, SHE HAS HADE IT A POINT TO GO TO THE VILLAGE OFFICE EVERY DAY.

EXCEPT FOR SEVERAL FRIENDLY NEIGHBOURS SHE HAS NO FAMILY MEMBERS TO KEEP HER COMPANY, AND WATCHING TELEVISION IS PRACTICALLY HER ONLY FORM OF PASTIME AND VIRTUALLY HER ONLY LINK WITH THE WORLD OUTSIDE THE VILLAGE.

SHE HAS, OF COURSE, SEEN A GOOD DEAL OF CLACK AND WHITE TV PROGRAMMES BEFORE. *DUT THEY ARE NOTHING WHEN COMPARED TO THE GORGEOUS COLOURS 1 CAN NOU SEE ON THE SCREEN,* SHE REMARKED

AND THE GRAND OLD LADY IS NOT THE ONLY PERSON

THRILLED AT THE IDEA OF DISCOVERING THE *WONDERFUL WORLD OF COLOUR* ON A TELEVISION SET. THE OTHER 600 VILLAGERS OF HO SHEUNG HEUNG ALL WELCOME THIS PLEASANT CHANCE FROM BLACK AND WHITE TO COLOUR.

ALTHOUGH NEARLY 60 PER CENT OF THE HOUSEHOLDS IN

THE VILLAGE POSSESS THEIR OWN TELEVISION SETS, THEY REGARD GOING DOWN TO THE VILLAGE OFFICE “ THEIR COMMUNITY CENTRE ~ A SOCIAL EVENT.

+IT’S JUST LIKE GOING TO THE CINEMA,* ONE VILLAGER SAID.

THE COLOUR COMMUNITY TELVEVISION SET AT HO SHEUNG HEUNG IS ONE OF THE FIRST THREE COLOUR SETS INSTALLED IN THE NEU TERRITORIES DUR JNG THE PAST TWO MONTHS. THE OTHER TOO ARE AT SHA KOK MEI VILLAGE IN SAI KUNG AND YUNG SHUE WAN ON LAHMA ISLAND.

THESE THREE VILLAGES WERE CHOSEN AS THE FIRST TO

TRY OUT AN EXPERIMENTAL SCHEME OF INSTALLING COLOUR COMMUNITY TELEVISIONS FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES PEOPLE. IF PROVED TO BE POPULAR, HORE SETS WILL BE INSTALLED IN OTHER PARTS OF THE N.T.

THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION FIRST BEGAN INSTALLING BLACK AND WHITE COMMUNITY TELEVISION SETS IN 1968 FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT OF THE RURAL PEOPLE.

THIS SCHEME PROVED EXTREMELY POPULAR AND NOW THERE ARE 140 BLACK AND WHITE SETS INSTALLED IN VARIOUS VILLAGE OFFICES AND OTHER VANTAGE POINTS.

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THE MIN I-SOCCER COMPETITION SPONSORED DY THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS CACAN) K1CKS-OFF TOMORROW (MONDAY) NIGHT ON DOTH SIDES OF THE HARBOUR.

ON HONG KONG ISLAND, SIR ALBERT RODRIGUES, CHAIRMAN

OF ACAN, WILL PERFORM THE OPENING CEREMONY AT SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND, WHILE THE KICK-OFF IN KOWLOON WILL DE PERFORMED BY DR. K.L. STUMPF, CHAIRMAN OF ACAN’S EDUCATION AMD PUBLICITY SUB-COMMITTEE, AT MCPHERSON PLAYGROUND.

AT THE KOWLOON OPENING THERE WILL ALSO BE A DISPLAY OF GYMNASTICS BY MEMBERS OF THE HUNG HOM YOUTH CENTRE BEFORE THE GAMES START.

THE COMPETITION OF SEVEN-A-SJDE SOCCER WILL RUN ON A KNOCK-OUT BASIS, WITH THE FINAL SCHEDULED FOR MID-DECEMBER.

NEARLY 400 TEAMS HAVE ENTERED THE COMPETITION THIS YEAR — 100 HORE THAN ANY PREVIOUS YEAR. TEAMS INCLUDE THOSE FROM GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, SCHOOLS, FACTORIES, YOUTH GROUPS, COMMERCIAL COMPANIES ARD SHOPS.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR

---------------- PHOTOGRAPHER TO THE KICK-OFFS ON MONDAY, JULY 22, AT 6 P.M. AT SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND, JOHNSTON ROAD, UANCHAI, AND MCPHERSON PLAYGROUND, SAI YEE STREET HONGKOK.

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KOKDAY, JULY 22, 1974

CONTENTS PACE NO.

CLEARWATER BAY TO HAVE A GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB 1

SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR NT* YOUTH ................. 2

TEXTILE ACCORD WITH CANADA.....................   2

WATER CUTS IN YUEN LONG.......................... 3

NEW PUISNE JUDGE APPOINTED ...................... 3

REGISTRATION FACILITIES AVAILABLE AT UAH FU .. 4

DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

Issued by ^Government Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong. Tel: S* 23'31.91

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NEU SPORTING COMPLEX AT CLEAR WATER BAY k i> i> n i> n /

THE GOVERNMENT, AFTER SEEKING THE ADVICE OF THE NEU TERRITORIES COUNTRYSIDE ADVISORY COMMITTEE, MILL LEASE ABOUT 292 ACRES OF LARD IN THE PO TOI 0 AREA CF TOE CLEARWATER DAY PENINSULA TO A NON-PROFIT MAKING ORGANISATION FOR A GOLF AND COUNTRY CLU3.

THE GOLF COURSE FITS IN WITH THE PLANNED DEVELOPMENT OF THE SAI KUNG PENINSULA FOR RECREATION,

THE CLEARWATER DAY GOLF AND COUNTRY CLU3 WILL SET UP A SPORTING COMPLEX CONSISTING OF AN 10-H2LE WORLD ST A OAR D GOLF COURSE, A CLUD HOUSE WITH OVERNIGHT FACILITIES, A SHIMMING POOL, TENNIS COURTS, DOULING ALLEYS ARD OTHER FACILITIES,

TOE CLUD WILL DE A MEMBER’S CLUD, CUT CERTAIN PLAYING RIGHTS ARE TO DE SPECIFICALLY RESERVED TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ON PAYMENT CF A FEE.

AN ANNUAL RENT OF $1,CCO AH ACRE WILL DE PAID DY TOE ORGANISATION. TOIS MEANS THAT SOME $292,000 MILL DE PAID TO TOE GENERAL REVENUE EACH YEAR DY TOE CLUD.

AS CELL AS DEVELOPING TOE GOLF COURSE, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TOAT THERE WOULD DE AH IMPORTANT SPIN-OFF FOR TOE GENERAL PUDLC ARD FOR TOE PEOPLE LIVING AT PO TOI 0. HE SAID THAT AT LONG LAST A ROAD TO CLEARWATER DAY BEACH WOULD DE DUILT. A PIER WOULD DE BUILT AT J0S3 HOUSE BAY AND THESE WOULD LINK UP WITH'A CLIFF-SIDE UALK WHICH WOULD FOLLOW THE COASTLINE -HOUND TOE PROMONTORY.

THE VILLAGERS WELCOME TOE DEVELOPMENT FOR TOE JOB OPPORTUNITIES THAT IT UILL CREATE, FOR TLE ROAD ACCESS, AM IMPROVED WATER SUPPLY AND TOE BUILDING OF A SAFE ANCHORAGE.

TOE SPOKESMAN ADDED Tl’AT BY TOE TIME TOE GOLF COURSE

IS BUILT TOE REST CF TOE SAI MUNG PENINSULA WILL DE OPENED

UP FOR GREATLY INCREASED RECREATIONAL USE tf.IEil TOE HIGH ISLAND WATER SCHEME ROADS, WHICH ARE AT PRESENT CLOSED, ARE OPENED TO TOE PUBLIC IN 1976.

♦THESE ROADS UILL PROVIDE READY ACCESS TO A GREAT MANY ADDITIONAL BEACHES AND COUNTRY AREAS,* HE SAID.

TOE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, IN A REPORT ON THE PROGRESS OF TOE 5-YEAR COUNTRYSIDE RECREATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, HAS INDICATED THAT A SERIES OF COUNTRY PARKS AND INCREASED FACILITIES FOR CPEN-AIR RECREATION UILL DE WELL ESTABLISHED DY 1977. GENERALLY SPEAKING TOE DEVELOPMENT OF COUNTRY PARKS IS CENTRED ON PLACES WHICH ARE READILY ACCESSIBLE TO TOE URBAN AREAS, AO THERE IS ND CONFLICT BETWEEN TOE CLUB’S PROPOSALS AID TOE PLANS FOR COUNTRY PARKS.

IN FACT, HE ADDED, THE P.OADS TO DE BUILT DY TOE CLUB WOULD PROVIDE IMPROVED ACCESS FOR TOE PUBLIC TO TOE CLIFFSIDE LAND WITH ITS MAGNIFICENT SCENERY.

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CCCTAY. JULY 22, 1974.

SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR NT’S YOUTH J> » » » U IJ

THE RURAL MOBILE SERVICE UNIT OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, AS IM PREVIOUS YEARS, IS AGAIN PROVIDING A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES THIS SUMMER FOR YCUKG PEOPLE Itl THE HEU TERRITORIES.

THE MAIN THEME OF THIS PROGRAMME IS TO DEVELOP THEIR KNOWLEDGE, INTEREST ACT LEADERSHIP.

THE PROGRAMMES STARTED IM THE MIDDLE OF THIS MONTH ARD INCLUDE VISITS, SERVICE ACT RECREATIONAL CARPS, SOCIAL GATHERINGS, ACT PICNICS.

THESE ARE BEING PROVIDED AT 10 DIFFERENT LOCATIONS ON A WEEKLY BASIS. THE SERVICE TEARS UILL CALL AT L’AI TA'J ACT LAM TCUEN OH KOCTAYS3 AT FO TAN ACT CHUNG PAX LONG CM TUE£DAYS=» AT SAN HUI AMD YUEN KONG OU tJEDKE£DAYS=» AT KUAIJ Ti AO TAI RANG CH THURSDAYS ARD AT PAX KUCUG AO MAU PIN UK OU FRIDAYS.

IH ADDITION TO THE ACTIVITIES THE UNIT’S THREE MOBILE LANDING LIBRARIES UILL CE STOPPING AT TAI PO Oil MONDAYS^ AT LUEN UO MARKET AIS TAI HANG CM TUESDAYS3 AT FAKLIRG AO TAI PO KAU OU THURSDAYS ACT AT KALI TIN ACT TSUN KUH CM FRIDAYS TO ENABLE CHILDREN TO BORROW COOKS.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THESE ACTIVITIES AO SERVICES CAM DE MADE EITHER DY POST TO HR. CHAM CHI-CUIJ, C/O THE TAI HANG TUNG COMMUNITY CENTRE OR ON TELEPHONE 3-809825*

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

DETAILS OF EONG KONG’S NEU TEXTILE AGREEMENT WITH

CANADA UILL CE AIJOJKCED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10 A.M. TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN TOE 35 Cl THEATRE OF THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, 5TH FLOOR.

IL1. LAURENCE MILLS, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF COL’LLERCE ACT INDUSTRY, URO LLEG0T1ATED TOE HEW ACREEKEHT, UILL PRESIDE. ALSO PRESENT UILL CE HR. NICHOLAS YEK, TRACE OFFICER, UHD ALSO ATTENDED THE NEGOTIATIONS.

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WATER CUTS IM YUEN LCI’G

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WATER SUPPLY TO A MURDER OF PREMISES IM TWO AREAS CF YUEM LOJCg WILL CE IMTERRUPTEO FC2 FIVE IICITIS AS FROM 1 AUI. OM UECKECDAY CJULY 24) TO FACILITATE A TEST FC.R LEAKAGE IM WE AREAS.

TEE FIRST AREA AFFECTED IS CCUKDED DY TAI TONG ROAD, KAU YUK ROAD, YUEM LC.’G IJAII1 P.OAD AID SA! YU CHUNG, INCLUDING THZ YUEN LONG POLICE STATION.

ALSO AFFECTED MILL. CE PREMISES ALONG CASTLE PEAK ROAD, INCLUDING PICS SHAH SAM TSUEM, KIU TAU UAI, Pll.G SHAH RANG KEI TSUEM, PUIG SHAN HAL'S TAU TSUZM, PIKG CIJAM POLICE STATION AD LAW FAU SI JAH.

NEW PUISNE JUDGE APPOINTED ft ft ft ft ft ft

THE QUEEN HAS APPROVED THE APPOINTMENT CF A NEW PUISNE JUDGE OF THE SUPREME COURT CF HONG KONG. HE IS HR. ERNEST GEORGE BABER, DISTRICT JUDGE, EONG KONG.

HE WAS DORN ON THE JULY 18, 1924 AID WAS EDUCATED AT . ST. NARY’S SCHOOL, UPHIHSTER, D.RENTUOOD SCHOOL AND EMMANUEL COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY WHERE HE TOOK THE DEGREES OF MASTER OF ARTS AND BACHELOR OF LAW.

HE WAS CALLED TO THE DAR IN JANUARY 1951 DY LINCOLN’S INN. IN JULY 1954 HE WAS APPOINTED RESIDENT MAGISTRATE IN UGANDA. HE CAGE TO HONG KORQ IN OCTOBER 1262 AS A MAGISTRATE AND WAS PROMOTED TO DISTRICT COURT JUDGE IN APRIL 1967» JUDGE DADER HAS SAT AS A COMMISSIONER OF THE SUPREME COURT ON HAN/ OCCASIONS. JUDGE DADER SAW SERVICE IN THE ROYAL NAVY FROM 1942 TO 1947.

MR. JUSTICE DADER IS HARRIED WITH THREE CHILDREN.

4 ' MONDAY, JULY 22, 1974

REGISTRATION FACILITIES AT UAII FU d d n Ji- n k-

A REGISTRATION TEAM WILL DE OPERATING IN THE UAH FU ESTATE AND ADJACENT AREAS TOWARDS THE END OF THIS MOHTH FOR TI E CONVENIENCE OF RESIDENTS THERE.■

PARENTS ARE URGED TO MAKE USE OF THIS FACILITY TO REGISTER THEIR CHILDREN WHO ARE 11 YEARS OLD FOR JUVENILE IDENTITY CARDS. HOLDERS OF JUVENILE I.D CARDS WHO HAVE REACHED THE AGE OF 18 SHOULD ALSO REGISTER FOR ADULT l.D. CARDS. • *

THE TEAM WILL CONDUCT REGISTRATION FROM JULY 29 TO AUGUST 2 AT THE UAH FU ESTATE POST OFFICE BETWEEN 9.30 A.II. AND 4.30 P.N

ANY CHANGE IN REGISTERED PARTICULARS SHOULD DE REPORTED TO THE TEAM.


L'DIDA'/, JULY 22, 1974

CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE Jr Jr Jr Jr JI- Jr

THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY CHORDAYO AT SALE UNDER THE RICE CONTROL SCHENZ AND AT THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AUD TiJE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEUNG SNA WAN, KOULCOM:

SUPPLIES AJ:D WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE OF RICE AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE (S/CATTY)

Or **U»"PLY AVERAGE

CHINA RICE

SEE HEU COOD 2.05

S.C.JIEN QCOD 1.69

PO NQAI

CHU CKO ——

THAI RICE *

100S WHOLE ■■ -■

10-15S CROKENS GOOD 1.82

A1 SUPER EXTRA coco 1.72

A1 SUPER COOD 1.52

WHOLE GLUTINOUS ——

U.S. RICE

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.77

PAKISTAN RICE

TAIUAW RICE

SUPPLIES AMD WHOLESALE PRICES CF S'JIME

CALL SOURCES}

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY

WHOLESALE PRICES CF PORK C $/P ICUL-LIVE UE IGJ ITO

MORRAL

310 CAVE7AQE0

/SUPPLIES AID......

MONDAY, JULY 22, 197-4

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH

CFMO CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

SPEC IES AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PR1CEC$/CATTY)

HIGH LOW MODE

GOLDEN THREAD LIMITED 5.00 2.80 4.00

BIG-EYES GOOD 2.60 0.60 2.00

SQUID LIMITED 6.50 2.80 5.00

HAIR-TAILS NORMAL 2.20 0.80 1.80

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 4.00 1.50 3.20

CROAKERS LIMITED 1.50 0.80 1.40

CONGER-PIKE-EELS LIMITED 3.20 1.50 2.50

MELON COAT SCARCE 2.60 1.80 2.40

BREAMS SCARCE 4.80 4.00 4.50

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 2.00 0.50 1.30

MACKERELS LIMITED 5.50 4.50 5.00

RED GOAT FISH ——

FORK-TAIL ——

HORSE-HEAD NORMAL 6.20 3.00 4.80

MELON SEED NORMAL 2.50 1.20 ’1.80

POMFRETS ——

GAROUPAS LIMITED 12.00 6.50 8.00

YELLOW CROAKER SCARCE 7.00 5.80 6.50

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES cvr:o CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKET}

TYPE OF VEGETABLE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTO

HICJ LOU KODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE SCARCE 2.50 1.00 1.80

WHITE CABBAGE LIMITED 1.50 0.40 1.00

CHINESE LETTUCE SCARCE 1.50 0.50 1.00

WATER SPINACH NORMAL 0.70 0.20 0.50

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 2.40 1.00 1.60

STRING BEANS SCARCE 4.50 1.20 2.80

SPRING ONION NORMAL 1.40 0.>0 1.00

WATER CRESS SCARCE 3.00 1.20 2.50

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE flORHAL 1.00 0.20 0.70

CHIKESE SPINACH norhal 1.00 0.30 0.70 .

TOMATO , SCARCE 2.50 1.00 1.80

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

TUESDAY, JULY 23, 1974

CONTENTS

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CARGO HANDLING TO BE CONTROLLED — WAN CHAI CARGO BASIN OPERATIVE FROM FRIDAY .............. 1

YOUNG VOLUNTEERS TO STUDY SOCIAL NEEDS OF PEOPLE IN LYEMUN VILLAGE......................   3

COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT SAYS TUS COMPANIES OWE uUTY NOT ONLY TO THEIR SHAREHOLDERS DJT ALSO TO THE PUBLIC ............................. 4

WATERCUT IN YUEN LONG........................... 5

IMPROVED TEXTILE ACCORD WITH CANADA SECURED ... 6

FACILITIES FOR UAH FU ESTATE RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION...................................   7

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT ADOPTED NEW IFFICIENCY MEASURES ....................................... 8

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SECOND-HAND SCHOOL TEXTBOOK FOR SALE .......... 9

NEU TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN WAN CHAI ........... 10

DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED ........................ 10

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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WAN CHAI CARGO BASIN OPERATIVE ON FRIDAY CARGO HANDLING TO DE CONTROLLED it it it it it h-

THE WAN CHAI PUBLIC CARGO WORKING BASIN - SITE FOR HONG KONG'S FIRST PILOT CONTROL SCHEME FOR REGULATING CARGO HANDLING ACTIVITIES AT PUBLIC SEAWALLS - WILL BE OPERATIVE ON FRIDAY (JULY 26?.

MR. ANN TSE-KAI, AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, WILL DECLARE THE BASIN OPEN AT 10.30 A.M. ON THAT DAY.

THIS WAS ANNOUNCED BY MR. BERNARD TANG, SENIOR MARINE OFFICER (CARGO HANDLINGS, AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY WHEN HE GAVE DETAILS OF THE SCHEME AND THE CHARGES TO BE LEVIED AT THE BASIN.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE NEWS CONFERENCE WAS MR. KAM CHAN-YIU, AN ENGINEER OF THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE, PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, WHO SPOKE ON A NUMBER OF RECOMMENDED ROUTES FOR GOODS VEHICLES TO AND FROM THE CARGO WORKING AREA.

HR. TANG SAID THE OPENING OF THE PURPOSE BUILT WAN CHAI BASIN FOLLOWED THE PASSAGE INTO LAW OF THE PORT CONTROL (CARGO WORKING AREAS) BILL 1974 AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING LAST WEDNESDAY (JULY 17).

THE NEWLY ENACTED LEGISLATION MAINLY PROVIDES FOR CONTROL OF THE USE OF WATER-FRONT AREAS BT* PERSONS, VEHICLES AND VESSELS, AND GENERALLY FOR CONTROL OF THE HANDLING OF CARGO IN SUCH AREAS.

UNDER THE ORDINANCE, PUBLIC SEAWALLS ARE CLASSIFIED INTO THREE CATEGORIES - PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREAS, PUBLIC WATERFRONTS AND EXCLUDED WATERFRONTS. CARGO MOVEMENT IS PERMITTED IN ALL PUBLIC SEAWALLS EXCEPT EXCLUDED WATERFRONTS.

AND THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE IS EMPOWERED TO INTRODUCE CONTROL MEASURES OVER CARGO WORKING ACTIVITIES.

THE WAN CHAI BASIN IS LOCATED AT THE EASTERN END OF THE WAN CHAI RECLAMATION WITH A SEA FRONTAGE OF 2,800 FEET FOR BERTHING CARGO VESSELS, AND PARKING SPACE FOR 134 LORRIES.

THE BASIN COULD ACCOMMODATE, AT ANY ONE TIME, 21 DUMP STEEL LIGHTERS AND 28 MOTOR CARGO BOATS.

MR. TANG POINTED OUT THAT CONSULTATIONS BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND TRANSPORTATION OPERATORS CONCLUDED THAT THE AREA SHOULD BE OPERATED ON A 24-HOUR BASIS WITH MARINE DEPARTMENT STAFF PRESENT TO REGULATE THE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES.

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CHARGES, HE SAID, WOULD BE IMPOSED ON BOTH GOODS VEHICLES AND CARGO VESSELS USING FACILITIES AVAILABLE AT THE BASIN.

LORRIES WOULD BE CHARGED A PARKING FEE OF $4 PER HOUR

OR PART THEREOF BETWEEN 7 A.M. AND 7 P.M. HOUEVER, IN ORDER TO ENCOURAGE CARGO HANDLING OUTSIDE PEAK HOURS, THIS FEE WOULD BE REDUCED TO $1 BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 7 P.M. AND 7 A.M. EVERYDAY.

HE ADDED THAT A CARGO WORKING PERMIT WHICH COSTS $10 EACH DAY WOULD BE REQUIRED FOR EVERY VESSEL USING THE BASIN.

COMMENTING ON THE CHARGES, MR. TANG REITERATED THAT THESE CONTROL MEASURES, MAKING A FASTER TURN-AROUND OF BOTH LIGHTERS AND VEHICLES POSSIBLE, WOULD RESULT IN SAVINGS OF WAITING TIME, WHICH IN TURN, WOULD MEAN SAVINGS IN DEMURRAGE CHARGES.

HE STRESSED THAT THE SAVINGS WOULD BE MORE THAN SUFFICIENT TO OFFSET THE CHARGES LEVIED, AND SHOULD KOT LEAD TO HIGHER OPERATION COSTS BEING PASSED ON TO THE CONSUMER.

HE ADDED THAT AN EFFICIENT SYSTEM OF CO-ORDINATING THE MOVEMENT OF CARGO SHOULD, IN FACT, REDUCE HANDLING COSTS.

REFERRING TO THE HISTORY OF THE WAN CHAI BASIN, MR. TANG POINTED OUT THAT IN 1966, THE PORT EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE NOTED THAT WORKING CONDITIONS AT VARIOUS PUBLIC CARGO-HANDLING AREAS WERE BECOMING CHAOTIC AS THE VOLUME OF IMPORTS AND EXPORTS ROSE.

IT CONCLUDED THAT THE TIKE HAD COME TO IMPOSE CONTROL MEASURES SO AS TO ACHIEVE BETTER CO-ORDINATION ON THE LANDWARD AND SEAWARD SIDES OF THE SEAWALLS BY REDUCING CONGESTION, MUCH OF WHICH WAS CAUSED BY LORRY PARKING.

WHILE RECOMMENDING ACTION BE INITIATED TO IMPROVE THE SITUATION, THE COMMITTEE ALSO FELT THAT IN VIEW OF THE HIGH COST OF CONSTRUCTING SEAWALLS FOR CARGO-WORKING AND THE HIGH VALUE OF THE SITES MADE AVAILABLE FOR THIS PURPOSE, IT WAS REASONABLE TO LEVY CHARGES FROM BOTH LIGHTERS AND LORRIES.

RECOMMENDATIONS BY THIS PARTICULAR COMMITTEE WERE ACCEPTED BY THE PORT COMMITTEE AND LATER CONSIDERED BY THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL WHO DIRECTED THAT PILOT CONTROL SCHEMES BE INTRODUCED.

ON THE MOVEMENT OF GOODS VEHICLES TO AND FROM THE WAN CHAI BASIN, MR. KAM CHAN-YIU OF THE PWD'S HIGHWAYS OFFICE SAID HIS OFFICE HAD STUDIED THE TRAFFIC FLOW IN THE AREA AND MADE A NUMBER OF RECOMMENDATIONS FOR LORRY DRIVERS.

HE STRESSED THAT THE PURPOSE OF THIS EXERCISE WAS TO PROVIDE SOME GUIDELINES FOR THE DRIVERS TO ENSURE THAT NO UNNECESSARY TRAFFIC CONGESTION WOULD RESULT IN THE VICINITY BECAUSE OF THE OPENING OF THE BASIN.

/These suggested

TUI. DAY, JULY 2-J, 197.';.

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THESE SUGGESTED ROUTINGS FOR GOODS VEHICLES, IM FACT, FOLLOWED ALL EXISTING ROUTES WITH ADEQUATE ADDITIONAL TRAFFIC S1C.HS ERECTED IN THE AREA TO GUIDE THE DRIVEL'S.

F.R. KAN LISTED THE FOLLOW ING RECOMHEN.DSD ROUTES FOR

LORRY DRIVERS:

TO THE CARGO-HANDLING DASIN:

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CD VEHICLES WILL APPROACH FROM THE WEST VIA GLOUCESTER RD/MARSH RDo

C2) VEHICLES WILL APPROACH FROM THE EAST VIA VICTORIA PARK RD/GLOUCES'iER RD/O’CRIEN RD/LOCKHART RD/HARSH RD FLYOVER.

C3> VEHICLES WILL APPROACH FROM KOI,ICON VIA THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL/GLOUCESTER RD/O’CHIEN RD/LOCKHART RD/ MARSH RD FLYOVERo

C4) VEHICLES WILL APPROACH FROM THE SOUTH, VIA TIM LOK LANE/ MARSH RD FLYOVER*

FROM THE CARGO HANDLING DAS IN:

CO VEHICLES WILL Pl OCEED TO THE VEST VIA MARSH RD FLYOVER/ LOCKHART RD/STEUART RD/GLOUCESTER RD.

C2) VEHICLES WILL FuOCEED TO THE EAST VIA TONNOCHY RD/ GLOUCESTER F.D/V I CTOR IA PARK RD.

<3> VEHICLES WILL PROCEED TO KOWLOON VIA TONNOCHY RD/ GLOUCESTER RD/CKOSS HARBOUR TUNKEL.

C4) VEHICLES WILL PROCEED TO THE SOUTH VIA TONNOCHY RD/GLOUCESTER RD/CANAL RD FLYOVER.

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A GROUP OF YOUNG VOLUNTEERS IS TO CONDUCT A STUDY THIS FRIDAY (JULY 26) TO FIND OUT THE SOCIAL REEDS OF THE PEOPLE LIVING IN LYEMUN VILLAGE, PARTICULARLY THE YOUNGER SECTOR.

THE STUDY HAS BEEN ORGANIZED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICE IN KWUN TONG AND HAS THE SUPPORT OF THE LYEMUN KAIFONG ASSOCIATION AND VILLAGERS LIVING IN THE AREA.

THE C.Y.O., HR. WONG KING-TONG. SAID THE STUDY WAS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE INFORMATION OH WHICH A SOUNDER CASE COULD 8E ESTABLISHED FOR DETERMINING FOLLOW-UP ACTION ON SERVICES FOR THE VILLAGE.

VOLUNTARY YOUTH WORKERS IN KWUN TONG INCLUDING STUDENTS FROM THE UPPER FORMS OF TWO SECONDARY SCHOOLS, WILL BE CARRYING OUT THE PROJECT AND IN SO DOING WOULD ALSO BE ABLE TO GET TO KNOW MORE ABOUT OTHERS WITHIN THEIR OWN ENVIRONS.

THESE VOLUNTEERS WILL BE BRIEFED ON HOW TO GO ABOUT CONDUCTING A SURVEY AT A SPECIAL SESSION TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON IN THE HALL OF THE LAM TIN WEST ESTATE WELFARE BUILDING*

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'BUS COMPANIES OWE DUTY TO PUBLIC', BRIAN WILSON

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THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR. BRIAN WILSON, TODAY CALLED ON THE TWO FRANCHISED BUS COMPANIES TO IMPROVE THEIR SERVICES TO DEMONSTRATE THAT THEY DID OUE A DUTY TO THE PUBLIC RATHER THAN MERELY TO THEIR SHAREHOLDERS.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG. IN HIS SPEECH, HE ALSO TALKED ABOUT THE TRANSPORT GREEN PAPER AND THE WAYS PEOPLE COULD COMMENT ON THE PAPER MORE CONVINCINGLY.

HE SAID THE PUBLIC HAD LONG COMPLAINED ABOUT THE POOR STANDARDS OF BUS SERVICES ALTHOUGH, IN RECENT YEARS, THINGS HAD SLIGHTLY IMPROVED LARGELY AS A RESULT OF EFFORTS BY INDIVIDUALS IN THE BUS COMPANIES.

TOO OFTEN, HE SAID, MAKING A PROFIT AT THE EXPENSE OF A REASONABLE SERVICE SEEMS TO BE THE OVERRIDING MOTIVE, AND THE COMPANIES' BOARDS APPEAR TO THINK THAT THEY OWE A DUTY ONLY TO THEIR SHAREHOLDERS AND NOT TO THE PUBLIC.

+IF THIS ISN'T SO, THEN IT'S ABOUT TIME THE BOARDS DEMONSTRATE OTHERWISE BY ACTUAL IMPROVEMENTS WHICH THE PUBLIC CAN SEE AND ENJOY,+ HE SAID.

MR. WILSON SAID: +WE STILL DON'T HAVE ANY CLEAR FORWARD PLANNING TO ESTIMATE DEMAND IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS, TO ORDER THE RIGHT NUMBER OF BUSES TO MEET THAT DEMAND, TO BUILD DEPOTS FOR MAINTAINING THESE VEHICLES, TO ASSESS THE STAFF REQUIRED TO DRIVE AND MAINTAIN VEHICLES,4 AND TO MAKE THE REQUISITE FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS.+

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT COULD NOT DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT AT PRESENT BECAUSE OF INADEQUATE LEGAL POWERS OVER THE BUS COMPANIES. HOWEVER, HE BELIEVED PUBLIC OPINION SHOULD POINT THE FINGER AT THE COMPANIES' BOARDS.

HE STRESSED THE POINT THAT, IF THE BUS SERVICES WERE NOT IMPROVED TO PROVIDE A POPULAR ALTERNATIVE, A POLICY OF RESTRAINTS ON OWNERSHIP AND USE OF VEHICLES WOULD BE MUCH LESS ACCEPTABLE TO THE PUBLIC.

+WE ARE AIMING IN THE LONG RUN TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF VEHICLES TO WHAT THE ROADS CAN REASONABLY CARRY AT PEAK PERIODS,* HE SAID.

ON THE GREEN PAPER, MR. WILSON EXPLAINED THAT ITS PURPOSE WAS TO PUT TOGETHER IN ONE DOCUMENT VARIOUS PROPOSALS FOR A COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORT POLICY THAT MADE THE BEST USE OF THE ROAD SYSTEM.

+SINCE MOST OF THE POPULATION IS IN SOME WAY DEPENDENT ON TRANSPORT, IT MAKES SENSE FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO PUT OUT PROPOSALS AND INVITE PUBLIC COMMENTS,* HE SAID.

/HOWEVER, HE........

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HOWEVER, HE SAID, PUBLIC COMMENTS ON THE PAPER, WELCOME AS THEY ARE, WOULD COMMAND MORE ATTENTION IF THEY WERE BACKED BY REASONS AND IF THE COMMENTATORS DID THEIR +HOHEWORK+ BEFOREHAND.

THE COMMISSIONER POINTED OUT THAT IT WAS THE DETAILED REASONS ON WHICH A VIEW WAS BASED THAT WERE MORE IMPORTANT. AND TOO OFTEN, HE SAID, CRITICS ARD COMMENTATORS SPOKE WITHOUT CHECKING THEIR FACTS AND SEEKING BACKGROUND INFORMATION.

FOR NEW TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT SCHEMES, MR. WILSON SAID THE EXISTING PROCEDURE PUT THEM UNDER CLOSE SCRUTINY BY SEVERAL DEPARTMENTS, AND THERE IS NO QUESTION OF AN INDIVIDUAL HAVING A BRIGHT IDEA AND PUTTING IT INTO EFFECT WITHOUT REGARD FOR THE CONSEQUENCES.

EVERY SCHEME IS BASED ON FACTS AND FIGURES, USUALLY OBTAINED DY MEANS OF SPECIAL SURVEYS, HE SAID, BECAUSE SUBJECTIVE OPINIONS WHICH ARE NOT BACKED UP BY FACTUAL EVIDENCE DO NOT GET VERY FAR.

MR. WILSON ALSO EXPLAINED WHY THE PROPOSED DEMERIT POINTS SYSTEM FOR CERTAIN TRAFFIC OFFENCES WAS DROPPED, BUT HE WARNED THAT THE POOR STANDARD OF DRIVING WAS LIKELY TO CONTINUE UNTIL THE HORE SENSIBLE MAJORITY HADE ITS VOICE HEARD AND INSISTED THAT FIRM MEASURES DE TAK..N TO MAKE THE ROADS SAFER.

NOTE TO EDITORS: COPIES OF THE FULL TEXT OF HR. WILSON'S SPEECH ARE COXED FOR COL LECTION.

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A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN YUEN LONG WILL BE WITHOUT WATER FOR FIVE HOURS AS FROM 1 A.M. ON THURSDAY (JULY 25> WHEN A TEST FOR LEAKAGE WILL BE CARRIED OUT IN THE AREA.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY YUEN LONG HAIN ROAD, KAU YUK ROAD, AND FUNG CHEUNG STREET, INCLUDING YUEN LONG POLICE STATION.

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TUESDAY, JULY 23, 1974.

IMPROVED TEXTILE ACCORD WITH CANADA ft £ ft * ft ft

HONG KONG HAS SECURED MORE LIBERAL TERMS FOR ITS TEXTILE EXPORTS TO CANADA UNDER A NEW ONE-YEAR AGREEMENT WHICH COMES INTO EFFECT FROM OCTOBER 1, 1-974, MR. LAURENCE MILLS, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND’INDUSTRY, SAID TODAY.

THE AGREEMENT, WHICH HAS BEEN ENDORSED BY THE TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD, WAS NEGOTIATED BY MR. MILLS IN TALKS WITH THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT OTTAWA.

THE NEGOTIATIONS WITH CANADA WERE CONDUCTED UNDER THE NEW ARRANGEMENT COVERING INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN TEXTILES WHICH REQUIRES HONG KONG TO RE-NEGOT1ATE ALL ITS EXISTING TEXTILE AGREEMENTS.

SO FAR THIS YEAR NEW ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN AGREED OR INTRODUCED WITH THE UNITED STATES, SWEDEN, AND NORWAY. DISCUSSIONS ARE CONTINUING WITH AUSTRIA, AND CONSULTATIONS WITH AUSTRALIA ARE SCHEDULED TO BEGIN ON AUGUST 1, 1974 IN HONG KONG. CONSULTATIONS WITH THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY ARE EXPECTED TO BE HELD LATER IN THE YEAR.

COMMENTING ON HIS RECENT TALKS WITH CANADA, MR. MILLS SAID: +I’M HAPPY TO REPORT THAT ALL QUANTITATIVE RESTRAINTS ON OUR TEXTILE EXPORTS TO CANADA WILL BE LIFTED SHORTLY.

+COTTON YARN, COTTON TERRY TOWELS AND CERTAIN TYPES OF WOVEN BLOUSES AND TROUSERS WHICH ARE‘AT PRESENT UNDER RESTRAINT WILL BE LIBERALISED FROM OCTOBER 1 THIS YEAR.

+THE SOLE ITEM REMAINING UNDER LIMITATION AFTER OCTOBER 1 WILL BE MEN’S TAILORED SHIRTS. HOWEVER, THIS RESTRAINT EXTENDS TO NOVEMBER 29 ONLY, AND I AM VERY HOPEFUL THAT THERE WILL BE NO FURTHER QUANTITATIVE RESTRICTIONS ON THESE SHIRTS BEYOND THIS DATE.

+ IN PLACE OF THE PRESENT QUANTITATIVE LIMITATIONS WE HAVE AGREED TO INTRODUCE SURVEILLANCE MEASURES ON THESE ITEMS AND TO CONTINUE THE SURVEILLANCE MEASURES WE ALREADY HAVE ON KNIT FABRICS, BED SHEETS AND PILLOW CASES+.

HR. MILLS EXPLAINED THAT THE DUAL PURPOSE OF THESE MEASURES WAS TO PROVIDE AN ACCURATE FORWARD PICTURE OF EXPORT TRENDS FOR THE CANADIAN AND HONG KONG GOVERNMENTS AND TO GIVE EXPORTERS AN ASSURANCE THAT THEY WOULD DE ABLE TO OBTAIN EXPORT LICENCES FOR CONTRACTED SHIPMENTS.

+THE NEW AGREEMENT ALSO PROVIDES FOR EITHER GOVERNMENT TO REQUEST CONSULTATIONS WITH THE OTHER REGARDING ANY MATTER ARISING FROM THESE ARRANGEMENTS AND THEIR OPERATION, + MR. MILLS ADDED. <

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MR. MILLS SAID THAT WHILST THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS WERE GENERALLY SATISFACTORY THEY IN NO WAY PREVENTED THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT FROM SEEKING NEU RESTRAINTS OR THE RE-INTRODUCTION OF THE PRESENT ONES.

IN THIS REGARD MUCH WILL DEPEND ON THE FINDINGS OF THE CANADIAN TEXTILES AND CLOTHING BOARD WHICH IS CURRENTLY EXAMINING SEVERAL SECTORS OF THE CANADIAN TEXTILE INDUSTRY.

MR. MILLS EXPLAINED THAT THE CANADIAN TEXTILE AND CLOTHING BOARD WAS AN IMPARTIAL BODY ESTABLISHED BY THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT TO EXAMINE THE STATE OF ANY PARTICULAR SECTOR OF THE CANADIAN Tl, i E IiJu-STRY.

ITS JOB WAS TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT. THESE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE THEN USED AS THE BASE ON WHICH THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT’S TEXTILE POLICY IS BUILT.

CANADA IS HONG KONG’S 7TH LARGEST EXPORT MARKET AND 8TH LARGEST MARKET FOR TEXTILES AND CLOTHING. IN 1973 EXPORTS OF TEXTILES AND CLOTHING WERE VALUED AT $245 MILLION. THE VALUE OF EXPORTS OF THE PRODUCTS CURRENTLY SUBJECT TO EXPORT CONTROL OR SURVEILLANCE WAS $43 MILLION IN 1973-

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FACILITIES FOR WAH FU ESTATE RESIDENTS' ASSOCIATION X- X- K X * #

THE HOUSING AUTHORITY IS TO SPEND $47,000 FOR THE CONVERSION OF FOUR VACANT BAYS FOR THE USE OF THE WAH FU ESTATE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION.

THE ASSOCIATION, WHICH WAS FORMED LAST YEAR, AIMS AT PROMOTING BETTER UNDERSTANDING, BETTER RELATIONS AND CO-OPERATION AMONG ESTATE TENANTS AS WELL AS CONDUCTING WELFARE AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

THE FOUR VACANT BAYS, TOTALLING 1,500 SQUARE FEET, ARE AT WAH CHING HOUSE. IT WILL BE USED AS AN OFFICE, A READ ING/ACTIVITIES ROOM, A MEETING ROOM AND A CLASSROOM FOR FIRST-AID AND RED CROSS CADiT .RAINING.

THE ASSOCIATION IS TO PAY A NOMINAL RENT OF $1 A MONTH EXCLUSIVE OF RATES AND WATER AND ELECTRICITY CHARGES.

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NEW EFFICI-NCY MEASURES IN P.U.D.

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT HAS ADOPTED TWO NEW MEASURES WHICH WILL REINFORCE AND EXTEND THE EXISTING MACHINERY FOR PROMOTING OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY WITHIN Till: DEPARTMENT.

THE FIRST STEP IS THE SETTING UP OF A MANAGEMENT SERVICES UNIT IN P.W.D. HEADQUARTERS. THE FUNCTION OF THIS UNIT WILL BE TO EXAMINE ALL OPERATIONAL PROCEDURES AND TO RECOMMEND ANY WAYS IN WHICH THEY CAN BE MADE QUICKER, SIMPLER, MORE EFFICIENT, MORE ECONOMIC AND MORE PRODUCTIVE.

THE SECOND MEASUfE IS rHE DECISION TO APPOINT CONTRACTS / !D CLAIMS ADVISERS TO TH< u OFFICES OF THE DEPARTMENT WHICH Ci,AN I ZE AND SUPERVISE CON .TRUCTION WORK.

THESE ADVISERS WILL HAVE THE TASK OF ADVISING ON THE DRAFTING OF CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS AND KEEPING AN UP-TO-THE-MINUTE EYE ON THE PROGRESS OF WORK AND THE RATE OF EXPENDITURE • I NI. R SUCH CONTRACTS. THE FT KERS’ ROLF JILL SUPERSEDE AND EXPAND THAT OF THE P.U.D.'S FORMER TECHNICAL AUDIT UNIT, WHICH HAS BEEN DISBANDED.

THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, MR. W.C. BELL, SAID TODAY THAT THE TWO MEASURE- REPRESENTED A NOTABLE ADDITION TO THE MANAGEMENT TOOLS ALREADY IN USE WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT FOR THE FOSTERING OF THE KOST EFFICIENT METHODS AND PROCEDURES.

HE ADDED THAT THE INNOVATIONS HAD DEEN DEVISED AND ADOPTED IN CONSULTATION WITH OTHER ARMS OF GOVLRNHlNT AND WERE BASED ALSO ON THE SPECIALIST ADVISE OF INDEPENDENT EFFICIENCY EXPERTS.

40 TR THE LAST FEW YE. RS4-, HE SAID, 4-THE GOVERNMENT HAS HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAP THE EXPERTISE BF.OUGHT TO HONG KONG BY SUCH CONSULTANTS AS MCKINSEY.

4-THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, FOR ITS PART, HAS BEEN KEEN TO TAKE ALL POSSIBLE ADVANTAGE OF SUCH EXPERTISE AND THE DECISIONS TO SET UP THE MANAGEMENT SERVICES UNIT AND TO APPOINT THE CONTRACTS ADVISERS ARE IN LARGE MEASURE THE OUTCOME OF THIS PROCESS OF COLLABORATIVE ENQUIRY.4-

HEADING THE MANAGEMENT SERVICES UNIT IS MR. P.D. WEYMONT, AN ENGINEER WITH LONG AND VARIED EXPERIENCE IN INDUSTRIAL MANAGEMENT AND AS A MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT.

B.nrr taking up this new appointment he uas working with THE ORGANIZATION AND METHODS GROUP OF THE FINANCE BRANCH OF THE COLONIAL SECRETARIAT.

HF. IS BEING ASSISTED BY FIVE PROFESSIONAL OFFICERS FROM i.'ITIIIN ’.U.D. PENDING THE RECRUITMENT OF FOUR ASSIGNMENT ( 1 ICE. TO TH, i ERMANENT . FAFF OF THE JNIT.

/THE FIRST

TUESDAY, JULY 24, 1974

THE FIRST TWO APPOINTMENTS TO THE FOUR POSTS OF CONTRACT ADVISER ARE EXPECTED TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON. THE OFFICES WHICH THESE ADVISERS WILL SERVE ARE THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE, THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE, THE CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE AND THE WATERWORKS OFFICE.

ANOTHER MOVE DESIGNED TO STREAMLINE AN IMPORTANT AREA OF P.W.D. OPERATIONS WAS ALSO OFFICIALLY CONFIRMED TODAY.

THIS WAS THE DECISION TO PRESS AHEAD WITH A SCHEME FOR THE COMPUTERISATION OF THE WATERWORKS ACCOUNTING AND BILLING SYSTEM, WHICH WILL RESULT IN A BETTER AND MORE EFFICIENT SERVICE FOR ALL WATER CONSUMERS.

THE SCHEME RESULTS FROM THE COMPUTERISATION SURVEY INITIATED BY THE DEPARTMENT 12 MONTHS AQO WHEN CONSULTANTS WERE ENGAGED TO STUDY THE APPLICABILITY OF COMPUTER TECHNIQUES TO VARIOUS FIELDS OF P.W.D. ACTIVITY.

THE GOVERNMENT HAS NOW AGREED THAT PRIORITY SHOULD BE GIVEN TO COMPUTERISING WATERWORKS ACCOUNTS. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE COMPUTERISED SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO TAKE FROM ONE AND A HALF TO TWO YEARS.

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SECOND-HAND SCHOOL TEXTBOOK SALE ft ft ft ft* ft ft

A SECOND-HAND SCHOOL TEXTBOOK CENTRE HAS BEEN SET UP IN THE TAI HANG TUNG COMMUNITY CENTRE IN KOWLOON WHERE SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS ARE NOW BEING COLLECTED FOR RESALE TO STUDENTS. SECOND-HAND BOOKS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM NOW UNTIL AUGUST J.

AFTER THE BOOKS HAVE BEEN CHECKED AND SORTED THEY WILL BE SOLD TO STUDENTS AT CHEAPER PRICES THAN NEU BOOKS FROM AUGUST 6 TO 17•

TWO SELF-PROGRAMMING GROUPS OF VOLUNTEERS WHO ARE EITHER WORKING YOUTHS OR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT WHICH IS BEING CARRIED OUT WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY CENTRE AND THE WEST KOWLOON YOUTH GUIDANCE COUNCIL.

THE CENTRE IS LOCATED IN ROOM 101 OF THE COMMUNITY CENTRE IN TONG YAM STREET, TAI HANG TUNG, KOWLOON.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 1974

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN WANCHAI to ft K ft It *

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED AT THE JUNCTION OF MARSH ROAD AND LOCKHART ROAD, WANCHA1, TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW IN THE AREA.

STARTING FROM 10 A.M. ON THURSDAY CJULY 25>. SOUTHBOUND VEHICLES USING THE GROUND LEVEL SECTION OF MARSH ROAD BETWEEN GLOUCESTER ROAD AND LOCKHART ROAD WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TURN RIGHT INTO LOCKHART ROAD.

AT THE SAME TIME, WESTBOUND VEHICLES USING LOCKHART ROAD WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO TURN RIGHT AT ITS JUNCTION WITH MARSH ROAD.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE POSTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED * fc * ft M- fc

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, AFTER TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE ADVICE OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAS DECIDED THAT THE DEATH SENTENCE PASSED ON JANUARY 9» 1974 ON LEUNG UANG ALIAS LEUNG WING-SANG SHOULD BE COMMUTED TO A TERM OF 20 YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT

LEUNG WAS FOUND GUILTY OF THE MURDER OF LAU WA.

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE ft ft ft ft ft ft

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

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE OF AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

RICE OF SUPPLY MODE

CHINA RICE

SEE MEW GOOD 2.05

S.C. JIEN GOOD 1.89

PO NQAI ——

CHU CHO

THAI RICE

100% WHOLE GOOD 1.79

10-15% BROKENS ■■ ■—

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.72

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.50

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD * 1.77

U.S. RICE GOOD 1.87

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.72

PAKISTAN RICE —— ••

TAIWAN RICE

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY - NORMAL

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK

C$/PICUL-L1VE WEIGHT) - 310 CAVERAGE)

/SUPPLIES AND .....

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TUESDAY • « , JULY 23, 1974

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH

CFMO CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE C&/CATTY)

SPECIES OF SUPPLY HIGH LOW MODE

GOLDEN THREAD LIMITED 5.80 3.20 4.50

Biq-EYES GOOD 2.50 0.70 1.80 x J

SQUID LIMITED. 6.00 2.20 4.00 \ J

HAIR-TAILS LIMITED 1.80 0.60 1.20

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 4.10 1.30 3.20 \

CROAKERS LIMITED 2.50 0.80 1.40 \

CONGER-PIKE-EELS SCARCE 3.00 1.50 2.60 \

MELON COAT LIMITED 2.40 1.60 2.20 <

BREAMS SCARCE 5.70 3.00 4.70 \

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 1.80 0.80 1.20

MACKERELS —— —— — —

RED GOAT FISH SCARCE 1.70 0.50 1.20

FORK-TAIL LIMITED 1.30 0.60 1.00

HORSE-HEAD NORMAL 6.80 3-20 5.50

MELON SEED LIMITED 2.50 0.80 1.70

POMFRETS ——• —•

GAROUPAS LIMITED 10.00 7.50 9.00

YELLOW CROAKER 1

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

FLOWER 1NQ CABBAGE SCARCE 2.50 1.00 1.80

WHITE CABBAGE LIMITED 1.60 0.50 1.20

CHIl’ESE LETTUCE SCARCE 1.50 0.50 1.00

WATER SP1NACH NORMAL 0.70 0.15 0.50 |

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 2.40 1.00 1.80

STRING BEANS SCARCE 4.50 1.20 2.80

SPRING ONION LIMITED 1.80 0.40 1.20

SPINACH

WATER CRESS SCARCE 3.00 1.50 2.50

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE NORMAL 1.20 0.30 0.80

CHINESE SPINACH NORMAL 1.00 0.30 0.70

TOMATO SCARCE 2.50 1.00 1.80

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 1974

CONTENTS

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HOUSING AUTHORITY MODIFIES NEW TENANCY AGREEMENT TERMS FOR ESTATE SHOPS........................... 1

MORE FOOD POISONING CASES REPORTED LAST MONTH ... 2

HOLIDAY CAMP FOR YOUNG WORKERS IN LAM TIN NEXT

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

WATER CUT IN YUEN LONG.........................   3

AUCTION OF LUCKY CAR NUMBERS ON SATURDAY ........ 4

APPLICATION FOR ENROLMENT OF NEW STUDENTS FOR DAY

COURSES RUN BY MORRISON HILI. TECHNICAL INSTITUTE

BEGINS TOMORROW ................................. 4

DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC

FOOD COMMODITIES


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

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 1974

1

HOUSING AUTHORITY MODIFIES NEW TENANCY AGREEMENT TERMS ft ft ft ft ft ft .

NO ONE WHOSE ESTATE SHOPS WERE ORIGINALLY ACQUIRED BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1, 1974 ON TENANCY CARDS NEED SIGN THE NEU TENANCY AGREEMENT.

LETTERS OUTLINING THE HOUSING AUTHORITY’S CONCLUSIONS ION ON THE VARIOUS POINTS RAISED DY THE 23 SHO? DELEGATES AT THE MEETING OH JULY 4 WERE DELIVERED DY HARD TO ALL GROUP B SHOP TENANTS THIS HORNING-

SEPARATE REPLIES TO THE 23 DELEGATES WERE ALSO HAND-DELIVERED AT THE SANE TIME.

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE CONCLUSIONS OF THE AUTHORITY :

INHERITANCE

IF THE LAWFUL SUCCESSOR TO A SHOP TENANCY HELD ON A TENANCY CARD IS A PARENT, SPOUSE, SON, DAUGHTER, EROTHER, SISTER, GRANDCHILD OR AN AUTHORISED OCCUPANT AS LISTED ON THE TENANCY CARD, NO AGREEMENT REED DE SIGNED. HE OR SHE COULD PASS ON • THE TENANCY UNDER THE SANE CONDITIONS.

HOWEVER, ANYONE OTHER THAN THOSE LISTED ABOVE WILL HAVE TO SIGN TRE TENANCY AGREEMENT.

TENANCY AGREEMENT

SITTING TENANTS WILL NOT DE REQUIRED TO SIC.N THE TENANCY AGREEMENT FOR THEIR EXISTING SHOP TENANCIES, ACQUIRED UNDER THE TENANCY CARD, WHICH ARE IN THEIR POSSESSION AS AT SEPTEMBER 1, 1974. ANY TENANCIES ACQUIRED AFTER THIS DATE, OTHER THAN DY INHERITANCE, MUST DE ON THE NEU FORM OF AGREEMENT.

THOSE SHOPS, WHICH WERE PREVIOUSLY HELD OH TENANCY CARDS FOR WHICH AN AGREEMENT HAD BEEN SIGNED BETWEEN APRIL 1, 1973 ARD ROW, WILL STILL BE REGARDED AS BEING HELD OH TENANCY CARD CONDITIONS, IF THEY SO WISH.

DISPOSAL OF TENANCY

THOSE IN POSSESSION OF SHOP TENANCIES UNDER THE TENANCY CARD AS AT SEPTEMBER 1, 1974 HAY OPT TO NOMINATE THEIR OWN TRANSFEREE OR USE THE PUBLIC TENDER SYSTEM WHEREBY THE AUTHORITY WILL ADVERTISE THE TENANCY. IF HE OPTS FOR THE TENDER SYSTEM, HE IS FREE TO SPECIFY A RESERVE PRICE.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 1974

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OTHERS WHO ACQUIRE A SHOP TENANCY AFTER THIS DATE WILL ONLY BE PERMITTED TO TRANSFER THAT TENANCY THROUGH THE AUTHORITY BY THE PUBLIC TENDER SYSTEM.

BUSINESS EXPANSION

TENANTS WILL AS FROM NOU BE ALLOWED TO HOLD SHOP TENANCIES UP TO A MAXIMUM OF 1,200 SQUARE FEET, THAT IS, FIVE THROUGH BAY SHOPS OF 240 SQUARE FEET EACH. WHERE TENANTS ALREADY HOLD MORE THAN 1,200 SQUARE FEET OF SHOP TENANCIES, SUCH HOLDINGS WILL NOT BE AFFECTED BY THIS RULING.

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HEALTH REPORT FOR JUNE

INCREASE IN NOTIFICATIONS OF FCOD POISONING CASES

X a- X X X J

HEALTH RETURNS FOR JUNE ISSUED TODAY BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SHOU THAT THERE WERE 72 NOTIFICATIONS OF FOOL) POISONING, AN INCREASE OF 25 OVER THE HAY FIGURE.

NOTIFICATIONS OF MEASLES DURING THE MONTH DROPPED TO 35 COMPARED WITH 102 IN MAY. THERE WERE THREE DEATHS COMPARED WITH SEVEN.

BOTH ENTERIC FEVER AND VIRAL HEPATITIS DECREASED SLIGHTLY FROM 40 AND 65 RESPECTIVELY TO 39 AND 63.

JUNE ALSO SAW A CONSIDERABLE DECREASE IN CHICKENPOX — FROM 145 TO 41. THERE WERE FIVE CASES OF AMOEBIASIS, ONE OF MENINGITIS, AND TWO OF TETANUS.

OF THE 89 DEATHS RECORDED DURING JUNE, 75 WERE CAUSED BY TUBERCULOSIS — A DROP FROM THE 92 DEATHS FROM THE SAME DISEASE RECORDED IN MAY — ONE BY BACILLARY DYSENTERY, ONE BY TYPHOID, THREE BY MEASLES, EIGHT BY VIRAL HEPATITIS AND ONE BY TENTANUS.

NO CASES OF DIPHTHERIA WERE NOTIFIED. THE RECORD FOR POLIOMYELITIS ALSO REMAINED CLEAN WITH NO CASES NOTIFIED. THE INCIDENCE OF OTHER COMMUNICABLE DISEASES SHOWED NO APPRECIABLE VARIATION.

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

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HOLIDAY CAMP FOR WORKING YOUTH ft ft ft ft ft *

YOUNG WORKERS IN LAM TIN WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO

GET AWAY FROM IT ALL NEXT MONTH AND ENJOY THE OUTDOOR LIFE AT A TWO-DAY HOLIDAY CAMP BEING ORGANISED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT'S TWO ESTATE COMMUNITY WORK OFFICES IN THE AREA.

THE CAMP, PLANNED ESPECIALLY FOR WORKING YOUTH OVER 16 YEARS OF AGE, WILL BE HELD ON AUGUST 3 AND 4 AT THE Y.M.C.A. WONG YEE CHAU CAMP IN SAI KUNG.

APART FROM GIVING THEM A TASTE OF THE OUTDOOR LIFE, THE CAMP HAS BEEN PLANNED TO ENABLE THE PARTICIPANTS TO RECEIVE SOME BASIC TRAINING IN YOUTH LEADERSHIP.

BECAUSE OF LIMITED ACCOMMODATION, THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS WILL BE LIMITED TO 50 AND PRIOR ENROLMENT IS NECESSARY.

DETAILS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM EITHER OF THE TWO COMMUNITY WORK OFFICES ON TEL. 3-467583 OR 3“462977>

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TEMPORARY WATER INTERRUPTION IN YUEN LONG ft ft ft ft ft ft

SEVERAL AREAS IN YUEN LONG WILL BE WITHOUT WATER FOR FIVE HOURS ON FRIDAY (JULY 26) STARTING FROM 1 A.M.

THE TEMPORARY INTERRUPTION IS TO ENABLE WATERWORKS STAFF TO CARRY OUT TESTS FOR LEAKAGE IN THE AREAS.

AFFECTED WILL BE PREMISES IN THE AREA BOUNDED BY CASTLE PEAK ROAD, KAM TIN ROAD INCLUDING. KAM TIN SHI, KAM HING WAI, SHU I TAU TSUEN, SHU I MEI TSUEN, PAK WAI TSUEN, SHA PO TSUEN, WA YAN MO FAN TSUEN, SAN TIN ROAD, POK WAI ANO SAN TIN SAN WAI.

vnif ALONG YUEN LONG MAIN ROAD, TAI YUK ROAD, KAU

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 1974

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AUCTION OF +LUCKY+ CAR NUMBERS

n ft ft ft ft ft

ANOTHER TEN SPECIAL CAR REGISTRATION NUMBERS UILL BE PUT UP FOR AUCTION AT 11.30 A.M. THIS SATURDAY (JULY 273 AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE.

THE AUCTION, THE 10TH OF A SERIES ORGANISED DY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, UILL TAKE PLACE FOLLOWING THE DRAW FOR THE WINNING TICKETS OF THE FIFTH COVERlil’ENT LOTTERY THIS YEAR.

THE +LUCKY+ CAR NUMBERS TO BE PUT UP FOR SALE ARE: 8008 3066 HK567 HK9000

Mill! AP1 AD747 EC 100

AC3333 E38

AS BEFORE, SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY IN CASH OR BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE BIDDING*

POTENTIAL BIDDERS ARE REMINDED THAT THE VEHICLE REGISTRATION MARK WILL BE ASSIGNED OHLY TO A VEHICLE REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THE DATE OF AUCTION.

THE PROCEEDS OF THE AUCTION WILL DE PAID INTO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND AND USED FOR CHARITABLE PURPOSES.

SINCE THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT STARTED ITS +LUCKY+ CAR NUMBER PLATE AUCTIONS IN MAY LAST YEAR, MORE THAN $3.1 MILLION HAVE BEEN RAISED FOR THE FUND.

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DAY COURSES AT MORRISON HILL TECH. INSTITUTE ft ft ft ft ft ft

APPLICATION FOR ENROLMENT OF NEW STUDENTS FOR DAY COURSES RUN BY THE MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE STARTS TOMORROW (THURSDAY). FULL-TIME, BLOCK-RELEASE AND PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE COURSES ARE OFFERED.

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED IN PERSON FROM THE MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, AT NO. 6 01 KUAN ROAD, WANCHAI, HONG KONG, OR FROM ANY CITY DISTRICT OFFICE.

IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE LOCATED IN THE HONG KONG AND SHANGHAI BANK BUILDING, 2ND FLOOR, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD REACH THE MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE BEFORE AUGUST 17, 1974. LATE APPLICANTS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR ENROLMENT.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 1974

CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE It * X X % ft

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

GRADE OF RICE SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY>

OF SUPPLY AVERAGE

CHINA RICE

SEE MEW S.C. JIEN PO NGA I GOOD GOOD 2.02 1.86

CHU CHO

' ■

THAI RICE

100S WHOLE GOOD 1.79 1.77 1.70 1.47 1.77

10-15% brokens GOOD

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD

A1 SUPER GOOD

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD

U.S. RICE 4

AUSTRALIAN RICE

GOOD

1-72

PAKISTAN RICE

TAIWAN RICE __

SUPPLY AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY

NORMAL

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORKER C$/PICUL-L1VE WEIGHT)

AVERAGE C31O)

/SUPPLIES AND

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 1974

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH

CFMO CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

SPECIES AVAILABILITY * OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE Cl/CATTY) KODE

HIGH LOW

GOLDEN THREAD LIMITED 5-80 3.50 4.00

BIQ-EYES GOOD 2.80 0.60 2.00

SQUID • NORMAL 5.00 2.00 4.20

HAIR-TAILS NORMAL 1.40 0.60 1.00

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL • 3.60 1.80 2.20

CROAKERS LIMITED 2.10 0.80 1.80

CONGER-PIKE-EELS LIMITED 3.30 2.00 2.50

MELON COAT —— —•

BREAMS SCARCE 5.70 3.20 5.00

YELLOW BELLY GOOD 1.70 0.50 1.10

MACKERELS LIMITED 5.50 4.00 5.00

RED GOAT FISH LIMITED 0.60 0.40 0.50

FORK-TA IL LIMITED 1.10 0.70 0.90 .

HORSE-HEAD —— ——

MELON SEED NORMAL 1.50 0.60 1.20

POMFRETS SCARCE 10.00 9.50 9.80

GARO UP AS LIMITED 9.50 7.50 8.00

YELLOW CROAKER —•

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES CVHO CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKET)

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

SUPPLY HIGH LOU MODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE SCARCE • 2.40 1.00 1.80

WHITE CABBAGE LIMITED 1.50 0.40 1.00

CHINESE LETTUCE SCARCE 1.50 0.50 1.00

WATER SPINACH NORMAL 0.60 0.10 0.40

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 2.40 1.00 1.80

STRING BEANS SCARCE 4.20 1.20 2.60

SPRING ONION SPINACH NORMAL 1.40 0.30 1.00

WATER CRESS SCARCE 3.00 1.50 2.50

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE NORMAL 1.00 0.20 0.60

CHINESE SPINACH NORMAL 0.90 0.30 0.60

TOMATO SCARCE 2.60 1.00 1.80

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CONTENTS

OVERSEAS DEGREE QUALIFICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR

GOVERNMENT

JOBS

PERMITS FOR FOUR SCHOOLS

occupation

SERVICE PASSING OUT PARADE

PREVENTIVE

WATER SUPPLY AVAILABLE TO LICENSED AREAS

WATER CUT IN YUEN LONG

DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

MORE CROWN LAND FOR VILLAGE EXTENSION PROGRAMMES

IN NEU TERRITORIES........................... 6

■ssued by Government ln(ormation d Hq/+long Te( -5

THURSDAY, JULY 25. 1974

MORE THAN A MILLION WORKERS ENTITLED TO SIX STATUTORY HOLIDAYS A YEAR — BUT SOME ARE NOT GETTING THEM ...........................

THURSDAY, JULY 25, 1974

1

SOME WORKERS NOT BEKEFITTIMG FROM STATUTORY HOLIDAYS EMPLOYERS ADVISED TO COMPLY WITH REGULATIONS

Jr K- !• J? "r

HORE THAN A MILLION HONG KONG EMPLOYEES ARE ENTITLED TO SIX STATUTORY HOLIDAYS A YEAH - BUT KOT ALL ARE GETTING THEM, A SENIOR LABOUR DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL SAID TODAY.

MR. TSUI TIM-FOOK, THE -SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER IN CHARGE OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE, SAID THE DEPARTMENT UAS RECEIVING COMPLAINTS FROM EMPLOYEES IN NON—INDUS'!RI AL JOBS THAT THEY HAD KOT BEEN GIVEN THEIR STATUTORY HOLIDAYS.

HE POINTED OUT TO EMPLOYERS THAT NEW PROVISIONS INCORPORATED IN THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE FROM JANI ARY 1 THIS YEAR MEANT THAT ANY NON-MANUAL WORKER EARNING UP TO $1,503 A MONTH QUALIFIED FOR THE SIX STATUTORY HOLIDAYS, ALONG WITH ALL MANUAL WORKERS. AND SINCE APRIL, THIS WAGE LIMIT HAD BEEN INCREASED TO $2,000.

FORMERLY, STATUTORY HOLIDAYS WERE THE PREROGATIVE OF INDUSTRIAL WORKERS, AS LAID DOWN IN THE OLD INDUSTRIAL EMPLOYMENT (HOLIDAYS UI TH PAY AND SICKNESS ALLOWANCED ORDINANCE.

MR. TSUI WAS ADDRESSING A HONG KONG ISLAND SOUTH ROTARY CLUB LUNCHEON.

HE SAID: +IT IS PERFECTLY UNDERSTANDABLE THAT BECAUSE

OF THE NATURE OF THEIR BUSINESS, SOME NON-INDUSTRIAL EMPLOYERS ARE UNABLE TO RELEASE THEIR STAFF OH STATUTORY HOLIDAYS.

+BUT THERE IS NO REASON THAT THE EMPLOYER CONCERNED SHOULD NOT PROVIDE ALTERNATIVE? HOLIDAYS WITHIN THE LIMITS OF THE ORDINANCE, OR THE EMPLOYER ARD EMPLOYEE SHOULD KOT, AS FAR AS THE ORDINANCE PERMITS, AGREE TO ARRANGE SUBSTITUTE HOLIDAYS.-*-

MR. TSUI URGED NON-INDUSTRIAL EMPLOYERS AND THEIR STAFF TO READ THE ORDINANCE OR BE GUIDED QY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SO THAT OFFICERS DID KOT HAVE TO DEAL WITH MORE COMPLAINTS AFTER THE NEXT STATUTORY HOLIDAY - OCTOBER 1, THE DAY FOLLOWING THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL.

HE SAID THE OTHER STATUTORY HOLIDAYS ARE - LUNAR NEU YEAR’S DAY, THE SECOND DAY OF LUNAR KEW YEAR, CHING MING FESTIVAL, TUEN NG (DRAGON BOAT) FESTIVAL AND THE FIRST DAY OF JANUARY.

MR. TSUI ALSO REVEALED THAT SOME INDUSTRIAL EMPLOYERS HAD NOT YET HADE THE NECESSARY CHANGES REGARDING THE COED IT IONS UNDER WHICH THEIR WORKERS WERE PAID FOR STATUTORY HOLIDAYS.

/HB POItJIUD........

THURSDAY, JLLY 25, 1$)A

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE QUALIFYING SERVICE WHICH ENTITLED AN EMPLOYEE TO PAY ON A STATUTORY HOLIDAY HAD BEEN SHORTENED FROM 180 DAYS TO THREE MONTHS ON A CONTINUOUS CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT PRECEDING THE HOLIDAY.

HE SAIO: +UE HAVE LEARNED OF INDUSTRIAL EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE LOT HADE THE NECESSARY CHANCE. WE HOPE IT IS UNINTENTIONAL, OTHERWISE IT WOULD BECOME AN OFFENCE UNDER THE ORDINANCE.

+IF THEY HAVE ANY QUERY ON THE NEW STATUTORY HOLIDAY PROVISIONS, OFFICERS OF ALL BRANCHES OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE ARE READY TO HELP.+

SPEAKING ON TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT, MR. TSUI STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING AN UNEQUIVOCAL WRITTEN CONTRACT OF EMPLOY!'. :.T WHICH WOULD SERVE TO AVOID MISUNDERSTANDINGS.

+AN ORAL CONTRACT MAY NOT BE CLEAR OR WELL REMEMBERED,+ HE SAIO.

EMPLOYERS WERE OBLIGED UNDER THE LAW TO TELL PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEES IN ADVANCE ABOUT THEIR WAGES AND CONDITIONS.

AND IF THE EMPLOYEE REQUESTED THE INFORMATION IN WRITING, THE PJ. LPLCTIVE EMPLOYER MUST IMMEDIATELY PROVIDE IT.

*

MR. TSUI ALSO ADVISED EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES TO AGREE ON THE LENGTH OF NOTICE FOR TERMINATING THE EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT.

+IF YOU HAVE NOT AGREED ON THE LENGTH OF NOTICE, THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE, WHERE IT IS APPLICABLE, SHALL PRESUME IT TO BE ONE MONTH, WHICH DOES NOT ALWAYS, AS OUR OWN EXPERIENCE SHOUS, SUIT BOTH PARTIES, ESPECIALLY IN INDUSTRY,+ HE SAID.

AS 75 PER CENT OF DISPUTES WERE, IN ONE UAY OR ANOTHER, RELATED TO NOTICE OF TERMINATION, HR. TSUI ENCOURAGED EMPLOYERS AS WELL AS EMPLOYEES TO BE CLEAR-CUT IN THIS MATTER AT THE OUTSET.

+THE ALTERNATIVE TO SUCH AN AGREEMENT MAY UELL BE AN UNPLEASANT ROW AT THE END,+ HR. TSUI SAIO.

NOTE TO EDITORS: COPIES OF THE FULL TEXT OF MR. TSUI'S SPEECH ARE COXED FOR COLLECTION.

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THURSDAY, JULY 25, 1974

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OVERSEAS DEGREE QUALIFICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR GOVERNMENT JOBS J? ft » to IF

THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE, MR. TONY HAMMOND, SAID TODAY THAT THE GOVERNMENT DOES ACCEPT AMERICAN AND OTHER OVERSEAS DEGREE QUALIFICATIONS IN RECRUITING STAFF TO THE CIVIL SERVICE.

HE MADE THE REMARKS AT A STUDENT ORIENTATION PROGRAMME ORGANISED DY THE HANG SENG BANK FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE ABOUT TO LEAVE FOR FURTHER STUDIES IN AMERICA.

IN FACT, MR. HAMMOND SAID THAT CONDITIONS OF APPOINTMENT FOR JOBS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE REQUIRING GRADUATES USUALLY STIPULATE 'A HONG KONG DEGREE OF THE ' EQUIVALENT*.

HE EXPLAINED THAT IN THE CASE OF DEGREES OBTAINED ABROAD, INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES, IT UAS NECESSARY TO ASSESS THE HONG KONG EQUIVALENT.

THIS, HE SAID, WAS BASED ON THE LENGTH AND DEPTH OF STUDY LEADING TO THE DEGREE AND THE STANDARD ATTAINED.

MR. HAMMOND ADDED THAT THE CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH HAD

THE NECESSARY MEANS TO ASSESS AND TO RECOGNISE THE EQUIVALENT HONG KONG STANDARD OF AN AFRICAN DEGREE. BUT +EACH APPLICATION HAS TO DE ASSESSED ON ITS INDIVIDUAL MERITS.*

HIS ADVICE TO HOLDERS OF AMERICAN DEGREES WHO WERE SEEKING EMPLOYMENT WITH THE GOVERNMENT, BUT WERE IN DOUBT ABOUT THEIR QUALIFICATIONS, WAS TO APPLY FOR THE JOB.

ON THE QUESTION OF POST GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS, MR. HAMMOND SAID THERE WERE OPENINGS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE FOR MOST PROFESSIONS, BUT THERE WERE SOME DIFFICULTIES ABOUT THE ACCEPTANCE OF PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS OBTAINED OUTSIDE HONG KONG*

HOWEVER, APART FROM JOOS REQUIRING A PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION THERE WERE MANY OTHER JOBS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE.

THE TWO GENERAL GRADES WHICH REGULARLY RECRUIT GRADUATES ARE THE ADMINISTRATIVE AND EXECUTIVE GRADES AND THERE ARE A NUMBER OF OTHER GRADES WHOSE MEMBERS SPECIALISE IN A PARTICULAR SPHERE OF GOVERNMENT ACTIVITIES. IN THESE LATTER POSTS, degrees ARE ALSO PREFERRED.

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OCCUPATION PERMITS GRANTED TO FOUR NEW SCHOOLS ft ft ft It ft ft

A TOTAL OF 41 COMPLETED BUILDINGS, INCLUDING FOUR SCHOOLS AND A FERRY PIER IN KUUN TONG, HERE CERTIFIED FOR OCCUPATION LAST MONTH.

ONE OF THE SCHOOLS IS LOCATED IN BLUE POOL ROAD AND BELONGS TO THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION FOR MENTALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN AND YOUNG PERSONS. ANOTHER IS IN BORRETT ROAD IN THE Il ID-LEVELS AND COMPRISES FIVE SCHOOL BLOCKS, AN ASSEMBLY HALL AND A SWIMMING POOL.

THE OTHER TWO ARE SITUATED IN SAI YEE STREET, AND IN SHEK PAI STREET LN KUUN TONG.

THE TOTAL DECLARED BUILDING COSTS OF THE 41 NEW BUILDINGS AMOUNTED TO OVER $100 MILLION.

FIFTY-EIGHT BUILDING PLANS WERE APPROVED IN JUNE, AS COMPARED WITH 92 IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH. THESE INCLUDE MULTISTOREY COMMERCIAL AND APARTMENT BUILDINGS IN KING’S ROAD, WANCHAI ROAD AND HO MAN TIN HILL ROAD.

APPROVAL UAS ALSO GIVEN FOR WORK TO START ON 43 NEW BUILDING PROJECTS, INCLUDING APARTMENT/COHHERCIAL BUILDINGS, FACTORIES, STAFF QUARTERS AND A HOSPITAL IN SANDY BAY.

CONSENT WAS ALSO GIVEN FOR THE DEMOLITION OF 47 BUILDINGS, INCLUDING NINE DANGEROUS BUILDINGS ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

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PREVENTIVE SERVICE PASSING-OUT PARADE ft ft ft ft ft ft

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A PASSING-OUT PARADE FOR REVENUE INSPECTORS AND ASSISTANT REVENUE OFFICERS WILL BE HELD OH SATURDAY CJULY 275 AT 11 A.M. IN THE PREVENTIVE SERVICE TRAINING SCHOOL AT 16 HILES, CASTLE’ PEAK ROAD, TAI LAM CHUNQ.

MR. DAVID JORDAN, THE COMMISSIONER OF THE SERVICE, WILL TAKE THE SALUTE AND ADDRESS THE GATHERING.

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND A REPORTER AND PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE EVENT. A VAN WILL pli WAITING AT THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY STATION IN TSIH SHA TSUI AT 9-45 A.M. Oil SATURDAY TO TAKE MEMBERS OF THE P.IESS TO THE i. ING SCHOOL AND BACK. LIGHT REFRESHMENT UHL B_ £ c AFTER THE PARADE.

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THURSDAY, JULY 25. 1974.

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WATER SUPPLY TO LICENSED AREAS

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PLANS FOR A NEW WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM TO LICENSED AREAS TO IMPROVE LIVING ENVIRONMENT ARE NOW IN THE FINAL STAGE OF DISCUSSION DETWEEN THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT AND THE WATERWORKS OFFICE.

UNDER THIS SYSTEM, WATER SUPPLY WILL LITERALLY BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOORSTEP OF TENANTS’ HOMES.

IN THE INITIAL STAGE. CHEUNG SHA WAN, SHEK YAM AND KOWLOON BAY WEST LICENSED AREAS WILL BE INSTALLED WITH THIS NEW WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM.

♦THIS SYSTEM WHICH SHOULD HELP TO CONSERVE SUPPLY, WILL BE EXTENDED TO ALL FUTURE LICENSED AREAS AND DEPENDING ON FINANCE, TO ALL EXISTING LICENSED AREAS AS WELL,* A HOUSING DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

REFERRING TO COMPLAINTS FROM RESIDENTS OF KOWLOON BAY WEST LICENSED AREA OF AN INADEQUATE WATER SUPPLY, THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT AS THIS SITE HAD BEEN SELECTED FOR THE INSTALLATION OF THE NEW SUPPLY SYSTEM, ONLY TWO PUBLIC STANDPIPES WERE INSTALLED

+TO MEET THEIR NEEDS IN THIS HOT WEATHER, THE WATERWORKS OFFICE HAVE AGREED TO SET UP ADDITIONAL TEMPORARY STANDPIPES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE,* HE ADDED.

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WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN AREAS IN YUEN LONG WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR FIVE HOURS ON SATURDAY (JULY 27> STARTING FROM 1 A.M.

THE TEMPORARY INTERRUPTION IS TO ENABLE THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AREAS AFFECTED INCLUDE YUEN LONG MAIN ROAD, THE NULLAH, ON NING ROAD, SAI TAI STREET, KOK TING STREET, CASTLE PEAK ROAD BETWEEN AU TAU CROSS ROAD AND SAN TIN, KAM TIN SHI, KAM HING WAI, SHU I TAU TSUEN, SHU I MEI TSUEN, PAK WAI TSUEN, KAM TIN MARKET, KAM SHEUNQ ROAD BETWEEN KAM TIN ROAD AND TAI PO ROAD, KAM TIN ROAD BETWEEN AU TAU CROSS ROAD AND TSUEN KAM ROAD, INCLUDING SHEK KONG CAMP.

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N.T. VILLAGES TO BE EXPANDED ft ft 1$ ft ft

MORE CROON LAND IN THE NEU TERRITORIES WILL DE MADE AVAILABLE FOR VILLAGE EXTENSION PROGRAMMES IN VIEW OF THE INCREASING VILLAGE POPULATION IN CERTAIN AREAS.

FOUR VILLAGES IN SAI KUNG AND HANG HAU DISTRICTS WILL BE PROVIDED WITH BUILDING LAND FOR VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT.

DISCLOSING THE PLAN, MR. CLIVE OXLEY, DISTRICT OFFICER, SAI KUNG, TOLD THE VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVES OF TAI KONG TSAI, PAK KONG AU, HA YEUNG AND SHEUNG SZE WAN THAT THE AIM OF THE VILLAGE AREA EXTENSION SCHEME IS TO MEET DEMANDS FOR IMPROVEMENT IN VILLAGE HOUSING CONDITIONS.

HE SAID THAT SHALL HOUSES WOULD CE BUILT ON THE SITES, ALL OF WHICH ARE FAVOURABLY LOCATED. AREAS FOR RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, VILLAGE OFFICE, CAR PARK AND REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS WERE ALSO EARMARKED IN TH.- PLAN.

THE PROPOSAL BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER WAS WELCOMED AND ACCEPTED DY THE TWO CHAIRMEN OF THE RURAL COMMITTEES AND THE FOUR VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVES.

A TOTAL OF 74 FAMILIES FROM THE FOUR VILLAGES HAVE APPLIED FOR BUILDING PLANS, AND THEIR APPLICATIONS WILL BE PROCESSED SHORTLY.

APPLICATIONS FROM A FURTHER 19 OR MORE VILLAGES IN SAI KUNG DISTRICT FOR THE VILLAGE EXTENSION PROGRAMME ARE BEING CONSIDERED.

THURSDAY, JULY 25. 1974

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 AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE ($/CATTY) AVERAGE

CHINA RICE

SEE MEW GOOD 2.02

S.C. JIEN GOOD 1.86

PO NGAI ——

CHU CHO

THAI RICE

100% WHOLE GOOD 1.79

10-15* BROKENS GOOD 1.77

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.70

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.50

WHOLE GLUTINOUS , GOOD 1.77

U.S. RICE

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.72

PAKISTAN RICE

TAIWAN RICE ——

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE (ALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK (O/PICUL-LIVE WEIGHT)

NORMAL

310 (AVERAGE)

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THURSDAY, JULY 25, 1974

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH

CFHO CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

SPECIES AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

HIGH LOU MODE

GOLDEN THREAD LIMITED 6.30 3.50 4.50

DIG-EYES NORMAL 3.20 0.90 2.10

SQUID SCARCE 5.80 2.40 4.50

HAIR-TAILS LIMITED 2.80 1.70 2.00

LIZARD FISHES LIMITED 3.50 1.50 2.30

CROAKERS LIMITED 3.00 1.00 2.40

CONQER-PIKE-EELS SCARCE 3.30 2.00 2.70

MELON COAT LIMITED. 2.60 1.60 2*40

BREAMS SCARCE 5.80 3.20 5.50

YELLOW BELLY NORMAL 3.20 0.80 2.00

MACKERELS LIMITED 5.80 4.50 5.00

RED QOAT FISH LIMITED 0.60 0.50 0.55

FORK-TAIL LIMITED 1.80 1.00 1.40

HORSE-HEAD SCARCE 7.00 4.50 6.00

MELON SEED . GOOD 3-60 1.20 2.50

POMFRETS SCARCE 11.00 10.00 10.50

GAROUPAS SCARCE 9.50 7.50 8.00

YELLOW CROAKER —■ — ——

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

TYPE OF AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE (S/CATTY)

VEGETABLE OF SUPPLY HIC.H LOU KODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE SCARCE 2.40 1.00 1.60

WHITE CABBAGE LIMITED 1.60 0.50 1.20

CHINESE LETTUCE SCARCE 1.50 0.50 1.00

UAliuR SPINACH NORMAL • 0o65 0.10 0.40

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 2.20 0.80 1.50

STRING BEANS SCARCE 4.20 1.20 2.60

SPRING ONION NORMAL 1.40 0.30 1.00

SPINACH HO SALE

WATER CRESS SCARCE 3.00 1.50 2.50

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE LIMITED 1.00 0.30 0.70

CHINESE SPINACH NORMAL 0.80 0.20 0.60

TOMATO SCARCE 2.60 1.00 1&80

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY. JULY 26, 1974

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

VALUE OF HONG KONG'S DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN JUNE WENT UP BY $437 MILLION.................................. 1

0! MAN ESTATE TO HAVE ITS OWN COMMERCIAL COMPLEX 2 •

WANCHAI CARGO BASIN SWINGS INTO OPERATION TODAY 3

NEW HOMES FOR 7»5OO PEOPLE AT HAMMER HILL ROAD ESTATE ............................................. 4

FEE REVISION FOR OBTAINING BIRTH/DEATH CERTIFICATES PROPOSED ........................................... 5

SECOND FERRY PIER PLANNED FOR NORTH POINT .......... 5

NEW MOVES TO PRESS HONG KONG'S CASE FOR BETTER TREATMENT BY EEC .................................. 6

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LUNG CHEUNG ROAD TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT ................ 6

FOUR LOTS OF CROWN LAND FOR SALE.................... 7

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT FOR URBCO MEMBERSHIP TO BE REVISED ............................................ 7

NEW BILL SEEKS TO REMOVE UNCERTAINTY OVER TOWN PLANNING ORDINANCE ................................. 8

FIRST PRIZE OF FIFTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY WORTH $752,000 ........................................... 8

DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

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

FRIDAY, JULY 26, 1974

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VALUE OF JUNE EXPORTS UP-BY $437 MILLION

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THE VALUE OF HONG KONG'S DOMESTIC EXPORTS LAST MONTH AMOUNTED TO $2,074 MILLION — AN INCREASE OF $437 MILLION OR 26.7 PER CENT OVER JUNE 1973, ACCORDING TO PROVISIONAL TRADE STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY BY InE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

IMPORTS DURING THE MONTH WENT UP IN VALUE BY 32.5 PER CENT TO A TOTAL OF $3,158 MILLION, WHILE RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY 17.2 PER CENT TO $606 MILLION.

FIGURES FOR THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, AS COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR, SHOW INCREASES BY VALUE OF 40.3 PER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS, 46.4 PER CENT FOR RE-EXPORTS, AND 44.3 PER CENT FOR IMPORTS.

OVER THE 12-MONTH PERIOD JULY 1973 TO OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY 38.5 PER CENT PREVIOUS 12-MONTH PERIOD, CHILE RE-EXPORTS CENT AND IMPORTS BY 44.8 PER CENT. JUNE 1974, AS COMPARED WENT UP BY THE VALUE WITH THE 58.3 PER

FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF BREAKDOWN AND I COMPARATIVE FIGURES:

JUNE 1974 $I1N. JUNE 1973 $MN. INCREASE OR DECREASE $MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 2,074 1,637 + 437 + 26.7

IMPORTS 3,158 2,382 + 775 + 32.5

RE-EXPORTS 606 517 + 89 + 17.2

APR.-JUNE 1974 APR.-JUNE 1973 INCREASE OR DECREASE

$MN. $NN. $MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 6,199 4,408 + 1,791 + 40.6

IMPORTS 9,774 6,656 + 3,118 + 46.8

RE-EXPORTS 1,894 1,350 + 544 + 40.3

JAN.-JUNE 1974 $HN. JAN.-JUNE 1973 $MN. INCREASE OR DECREASE $MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 11,472 8,177 + 3,295 + 40.3

IMPORTS 17,839 12,364 + 5,475 + 44.3

RE-EXPORTS 3,699 2,527 + 1,172 + 46.4

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FRIDAY, JULY 26, 1971*

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JULY 1973 TO JUNE 1974 JULY 1972 TO JUNE 1973 . INCREASE OR DECREASE

$MN. $HN. $MN. X

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 22.769 16,435 + 6,334 ♦ 38.5

IMPORTS 34,480 ’ 23,819 +10,661 + 44.8

RE-EXPORTS 7,697 4,861 + 2,836 + 58.3

01 MAN ESTATE TO HAVE ITS. OWN COMMERCIAL COMPLEX

01 MAN ESTATE, THE FIRST PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE IN THE 10-YEAR PROGRAMME, WILL ALSO BE THE FIRST TO HAVE A COMMERCIAL CENTRE TO CATER TO EVERY NEED OF TENANTS AND NEARBY RESIDENTS.

THE THREE-STOREY CENTRE, WHICH WILL HAVE A LARGE NUMBER OF SHOPS, TWO' BANKS, A DEPARTMENT STORE, TWO RESTAURANTS AND A CAFE, IS LOCATED IN THE HEART OF THE ESTATE AND THE STRUCTURE WILL BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.

THE THREE FLOORS WILL HAVE A GROSS AREA OF OVER 200.000 SQUARE FEET AND TENANTS WILL BE ABLE TO SHOP IN AIR-CONDITIONED COMFORT. AN ESCALATOR WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED TO FACILITATE MOVEMENT OF SHOPPERS FROM.FLOOR TO FLOOR.

THE CENTRE IS IDEALLY LOCATED ADJACENT TO THE BUS TERMINAL AND PASSENGERS LITERALLY DISEMBARK ON THE DOOR STEP OF THE GROUND FLOOR SHOPPING ARCADE UHICH HAS A SUPER MARKET AND TWO BANKS.

TENDERS FOR THE TWO BANK PREMISES, UHICH WERE SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR THE PURPOSE, HAD BEEN INVITED AND TWO LEADING BANKS HAVE DEEN SUCCESSFUL IN OBTAINING THE TENANCIES.

THERE WILL BE MORE SHOPS ON THE FIRST FLOOR ARCADE AS WELL AS A CAFE FOR TIRED SHOPPERS TO SIT BACK AND RELAX AND QUENCH THEIR THIRST.

ON THE TOP FLOOR WILL BE TWO BIG RESTAURANTS AND A DEPARTMENT STORE, EACH OF ABOUT 20,000 SQUARE FEET.

TENDERS WILL SHORTLY BE INVITED FOR THE VARIOUS SHOP PREMISES, CAFE, TWO RESTAURANTS AND THE DEPARTMENT STORE.

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UANCHAI CARGO BASIN SWINGS INTO OPERATION n » n n n n

THE INTRODUCTION OF THE UANCHAI CARGO BASIN — 1T1E FORERUNNER OF SEVERAL SIMILAR COMPLEXES THROUGHOUT HONG KONG — IS VIEWED AS +AN ENCOURAGING START* DY THE CHAIRMAN OF 'HIE FEDERATION OF HONG iCOK'G INDUSTRIES, MR. AHN TSE-KAI, UNO DECLARED IT OPEN Hi IS HORNING.

THE CARGO WORKING AREA, CAPABLE OF ACCOMMODATING TWENTY 7O-FOOT DUMB STEEL LIGHTERS AND 56 STANDARD KOTOR CARGO COATS AT ANY ONE TIME, UILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS THIS AFTERNOON.

WITH SUFFICIENT SPACE FOR 124 LORRIES ON LAND, THE BASIN WILL BE UNDER THE FULL CONTROL OF MARINE DEPARTMENT STAFF ROUND THE CLOCK.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING, CEREMONY, MR. ANN SAID THE CARGO WORKING OPERATION WOULD COMPRISE DIRECT MOVEMENTS FROM LORRIES TO LIGHTERS AND VICE VERSA WHICH SHOULD LEAD TO A MUCH FASTER TURN ROUND IN ALL RESPECTS.

HE NOTED THAT THE BASIN WOULD BE OF PARTICULAR INTEREST TO SHIPPERS AND IMPORTERS WHO WELCOMED THE SETTING ASIDE OF AN EXTENSIVE EMPTY SPACE FOR CARGO WORKING AND THE CONTROL OF TRAFFIC IN THE AREA.

+TH1S IS ESPECIALLY SO BECAUSE PART OF THE WATERFRONT AT THE WESTERN DISTRICT, WHERE INTENSIVE CARGOAHANDLING ACTIVITIES QO ON, WILL IN DUE COURSE BE OVERTAKEN BY RECLAMATION.

+PERHAPS ONE OR TWO OTHER ASPECTS RELATED TO INLAND MOVEMENT OF TRAFFIC WILL HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE TEST OF TIME.*

WHILE DESCRIBING THE UANCHAI BASIN AS AN ENCOURAGING START, MR. ANN ADDED: +1T IS HOPED THAT TLE CO-ORDINATION BY THE MARINE DEPARTMENT OF CARC.O MOVEMENTS WILL RESULT IN AN EFFICIENT SYSTEM BEING, ESTABLISHED, THEREBY ASSISTING IN THE EFFORT TO MA INT IN HANDLING COSTS AT AN ACCEPTABLE LEVEL.+

INTRODUCING MR. AHN TO THE GATHERING UAS THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE, MR. A. FLETCHER, WHO ALSO SPOKE ARD EXPRESSED CONFIDENCE THAT THE OPERATION SHOULD GET OFF TO A GOOD START.

MR. FLETCHER POINTED OUT THAT EXTRA STAFFING REQUIREMENTS HAD BEEN HET FOR SOME TIME, ENABLING NEU OFFICER TRAINING PROGRAMMES TO BE COMPLETED AND HANY PRACTICAL ASPECTS TO ’ BE STUDIED MORE THOROUGHLY.

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FRIDAY, JULY 26, 19?4

+T0 THE CARGO OPERATORS WHO WILL BE USING THE BASIN I FEEL SURE THEY WILL AGREE THAT THE FACILITIES ARE TO SAY THE LEAST, A VAST IMPROVEMENT ON EXISTING CARC.O HANDLING AREAS, AND IT IS THE MARINE DEPARTMENTS HOPE THAT WITH THEIR FULL CO-OPERATION, THE NEU VENTURE WILL BE A SUCCESSFUL ONE,+ HE ADDED.

THE OPENING OF THE BASIN FOLLOWED THE RECENT ENACTMENT OF THE PORT CONTROL (CARGO WORKING AREAS) BILL 1974 WHICH EMPOWERS THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE TO EXERCISE CONTROL OVER ALL CARGO HANDLING ACTIVITIES AT ALL PUBLIC SEAWALLS.

FEES WILL BE IMPOSED ON ANY GOODS VEHICLES AND VESSELS USING FACILITIES AVAILABLE AT THE BASIN.

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HOMES FOR. SOME 7,500 PEOPLE ARE TO BE BUILT ON A FIVE-ACRE SITE ALONG HAMMER HILL ROAD, A SHORT DISTANCE FROM CHOI HUNG AND PING SHEK ESTATES IN KOWLOON.

THE SITE IS PRESENTLY OCCUPIED BY 38 SQUATTER FAMILIES TOTALLING SOME 200 PEOPLE. THEY WILL BE CLEARED NEXT MONTH AND THOSE ELIGIBLE FOR PUBLIC HOUSING WILL BE .OFFERED ACCOMMODATION AT SAU MAU PING ESTATE. OTHERS NOT ELIGIBLE WILL BE GIVEN LICENSED AREA SITES IF THEY ARE GENUINELY HOMELESS.

SITE FORMATION IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER AND THE FIRST TENANTS ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE UP RESIDENCE IN EARLY 1977* THE WHOLE ESTATE WILL BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THAT YEAR.

THE ESTATES WILL CONSIST OF TWO DOMESTIC BLOCKS OF 1,064 FLATS, EACH OF 356 SQUARE FEET. IT WILL BE THE CURRENT HOUSING AUTHORITY TYPE FLATS, EACH WITH ITS OWN PRIVATE BALCONY, KITCHEN AND TOILET WITH SHOWER.

TO CATER FOR THE NEEDS OF TENANTS, THERE WILL ALSO BE 22 SHOPS, A NUMBER OF MARKET STALLS AND WORKSHOPS, AS WELL AS A RESTAURANT.

A KINDERGARTEN OF SIX CLASSROOMS AND A PRIMARY SCHOOL OF 24 CLASSROOMS ARE LOCATED WITHIN THE ESTATE.

THERE WILL* BE CAR PARKS AND AN ESTATE GARAGE FOR OVER 200 VEHICLES.

AMPLE LOCAL OPEN SPACE, TOTALLING 1.5 ACRES, HAS ALSO BEEN PROVIDED FOR RECREATIONAL PURPOSES.

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NEW FEES FOR BIRTH/DEATH CERTIFICATES PROPOSED 3? ft It K X

THE FEES FOR OBTAINING COPIES OF BIRTH OR DEATH CERTIFICATES WILL BE REVISED UNDER A BILL TO BE TABLED AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SHORTLY.

THE BIRTHS AND DEATHS REGISTRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1974 SEEKS TO RAISE THE FEE FOR A CERTIFIED COPY OF AN ENTRY IN REGISTERS MAINTAINED BY THE REGISTRAR OF BIRTHS AND DEATHS FROM $1.50 TO $3, AND IN THE CASE OF COPIES SENT BY POST TO AN ADDRESSEE OUTSIDE HONG KONQ FROM $3 TO $6.

THE BILL, PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE, ALSO PROPOSES TO INCREASE FROM 50 CENTS TO $1 THE FEE FOR OBTAINING FROM THE REGISTRAR A SHORTENED FORM OF BIRTH CERTIFICATE.

COMMENTING ON THE FEE REVISIONS, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN • POINTED OUT THAT REGISTRATION IN RESPECT OF BIRTHS AND DEATHS WOULD STILL REMAIN FREE AND +IT IS ONLY THE COPIES OF THE CERTIFICATES FOR WHICH A CHARGE IS MADE.+

ON THE BASIS OF THE CURRENT FEES, HE SAID, THE REVENUE FOR THE REGISTRY IN 1973*74 WAS ONLY $296,000 COMPARED WITH EXPENDITURE OF MORE THAN $3 MILLION. HOWEVER, THE REVENUE FROM THE REVISED FEES WOULD BE $592,000.

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SECOND FERRY PIER PLANNED FOR NORTH POINT * X X- X X

A SECOND PASSENGER FERRY PIER IS TO BE BUILT IN NORTH POINT TO HELP EASE CONGESTION AT THE EXISTING PIER.

THE NEW PIER WILL BE SITUATED SOME 300 FEET WEST OF THE EXISTING ONE, WITHIN AN AREA OF SEABED OF ABOUT 1.24 ACRES.

IT WILL BE A TWO-STOREY REINFORCED CONCRETE STRUCTURE AND WILL PROVIDE TWO MORE BERTHS FOR PASSENGER FERRIES. THE EXISTING PIER HAS ONLY TWO BERTHS SERVING THREE FERRY ROUTES. THE NEW PIER WILL ALSO BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE AN ADDITIONAL ROUTE IF THE NEED ARISES.

A NOTICE PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE CALLS ON PERSONS HAVING OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSALS OR ANY CLAIM OF PRIVATE RIGHT TO SUBMIT THEIR CLAIMS IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS WITHIN TWO MONTHS FROM NOW.

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NEW MOVES TO PRESS HONG KONG'S CASE FOR BETTER TREATMENT BY EEC ft ft ft ft ft ft

A TWO-MAN TEAM OF HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS IS NOW VISITING THE CAPITALS OF THE MEMBER STATES OF THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY TO PRESS HONG KONG'S CASE FOR BETTER TREATMENT IN THE COMMUNITY'S GENERALISED PREFERENCE SCHEME.

IN EACH CAPITAL THE BRITISH EMBASSY HAS ARRANGED FOR THE HONG KONG REPRESENTATIVES TO SEE KEY OFFICIALS CONCERNED WITH THE SCHEME.

MR. PAT DODGE, HONG KONG'.S COUNCELLOR FOR COMMERCIAL AFFAIRS IN BRUSSELS, ACCOMPANIED BY AN OFFICIAL ON THE STAFF OF THE UNITED KINGDOM PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE IN BRUSSELS, HAD EARLIER PRESENTED TO THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION IN BRUSSELS A MEMORANDUM PRESSING FOR THE INCLUSION OF HONG KONG'S TEXTILES AND FOOTWEAR IN THE COMMUNITY'S SCHEME.

MR. DODGE IS BEING ACCOMPANIED ON HIS VISITS TO THE CAPITALS BY MR. PETER TSAO OF THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT, AND IN EACH CASE THEY ARE SUPPORTED BY A BRITISH EMBASSY OFFICIAL.’

AT THE SAME TIME THE DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. DAVID JORDAN, HAS MADE ARRANGEMENTS TO SEE THE CONSULS-GENERAL OF THE MEMBER COUNTRIES OF THE COMMUNITY IN HONG KONG TO REITERATE THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT'S CONCERN OVER THE COMMISSION'S PROPOSALS FOR THE REVISION OF THE PREFERENCE SCHEME IN 1975.

THESE LATEST MOVES TO PURSUE HONG KONG'S CASE FOR BETTER TREATMENT IN THE SCHEME ARE A FOLLOW-UP TO THE STATEMENT MADE BY THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH SECRETARY, MR. JAMES CALLAGHAN, IN THE EEC COUNCIL OF MINISTERS ON JUNE THE FOURTH, WHEN HE SAID: +WE NEED SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT IN THE POSITION OF HONG KONG WHERE AT PRESENT TIME UNITED KINGDOM HAS TO DISCR IM INATE.AGA INST ONE OF ITS OWN TERR I TOR IES.+

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LUNG CHEUNG ROAD TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT » ft x » ft ft

THE NORTHERN CARRIAGEWAY OF LUNG CHEUNG ROAD, KOWLOON, AT THE JUNCTION WITH FUNG MO STREET WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR A FEW DAYS DURING EARLY MORNING HOURS TO FACILITATE THE ERECTION OF BEAMS FOR THE FUNG MO INTERCHANGE PROJECT.

THE ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC BETWEEN 1 A.M. AND 5 A.M. ON JULY 29. 30 AND 31. TRAFFIC WILL BE TEMPORARILY DIVERTED TO THE SOUTHERN CARRIAGEWAY DURING THIS PERIOD.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE POSTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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THREE LOTS OF CROWN LAND FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT AND ONE FOR INDUSTRIAL AND/OR GODOWN PURPOSES WILL BE OFFERED FOR SALE DY AUCTION TOWARDS THE END OF NEXT MONTH.

TWO OF THE LOTS ARE LOCATED IN KOWLOON WHILE THE OTHER TWO ARE ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

THE INDUSTRIAL LOT MEASURES 11,520 SQUARE FEET. IT IS SITUATED BETWEEN TAI YIP STREET AND THE PROPOSED WAI YIP STREET EXTENSION IN KOWLOON.

OF THE THREE RESIDENTIAL LOTS, ONE IS LOCATED AT BROADCAST DRIVE, KOWLOON, AND MEASURES 17.500 SQUARE FEET. ANOTHER IS OFF CLOUD VIEW ROAD, HONG KONG. WITH AN AREA OF 55.000 SQUARE FEET, WHILE THE THIRD COVERS AN AREA OF 10,600 SQUARE FEET OFF CHAI WAN ROAD, HONG KONG.

THE AUCTION WILL BE HELD AT 2.30 P.M. ON AUGUST 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), GROUND FLOOR, HONG KONG, AND FROM THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEYS OFFICE, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, 10TH FLOOR, KOWLOON.

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LANGUAGE requirement for urbco membership

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PERSONS WHO ARE ABLE ONLY TO SPEAK CANTONESE AND UHO CAN READ AND WRITE THE CHINESE LANGUAGE WILL BECOME ELIGIBLE FOR MEMBERSHIP TO THE URBAN COUNCIL, UNDER PROPOSED AMENDING LEGISLATION WHICH WILL SHORTLY BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE PROVISION IS CONTAINED IN THE URBAN COUNCIL (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL, PUBLISHED IN TODAY'S GAZETTE FOR GENERAL INFORMATION.

COMMENTING ON THE BILL, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE URBAN COUNCIL SAID THAT THIS CHANGE HAS BEEN GOVERNMENT POLICY FOR SOME TIME, BASED ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CHINESE LANGUAGE COMMITTEE.

HOWEVER IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO AMEND THE ORDINANCE EARLIER BECAUSE THE STAFF WAS NOT AVAILABLE TO PROVIDE SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION AT MEETINGS OF THE URBAN COUNCIL'S 13 SELECT COMMITTEES, NOR WERE THERE SUFFICIENT TRANSLATORS TO TRANSLATE URBAN COUNCIL PAPERS FOR THE USE OF NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING MEMBERS, HE EXPLAINED.

+NOW THERE ARE SUFFICIENT FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETERS TO HANDLE THE JOB IF REQUIRED AND AGREED UPON. +1N FACT THEY HAVE FOR SOME TIME PROVIDED SERVICES FOR THE COUNCIL'S MONTHLY. PUBLIC MEETINGS AND FOR ITS REGULAR MEETINGS OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE COUNCIL,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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NEW BILL TO REMOVE UNCERTAINTY OVER TOWN PLANNING ORDINANCE , t

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A BILL WHICH SEEKS TO REMOVE UNCERTAINTY OVER THE TOWN PLANNING ORDINANCE FOLLOWING A SUPREME COURT JUDGMENT DELIVERED LAST MONTH WILL BE INTRODUCED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL NEXT WEDNESDAY (JULY 31).

IN THE COURT DECISION, MR. JUSTICE LEONARD HELD THAT THE WANCHAI OUTLINE ZONING PLAN WAS INVALID AS THE EXPLANATORY NOTES CONTAINED IN THE PLAN WERE NOT A PROPER PART OF THE PLAN= AND THAT THE MEANING OF THE NOTES THEMSELVES WAS NOT CLEAR.

BECAUSE THE JUDGMENT BROUGHT INTO DOUBT THE VALIDITY OF ALL DRAFT AND APPROVED TOWN PLANS, THE GOVERNMENT FELT IT WAS NECESSARY TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO CORRECT THE SITUATION.

IF APPROVED, THE TOWN PLANNING (AMENDMENT AND VALIDATION) BILL 1974 WILL GIVE THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD THE POWERS WHICH IT WAS THOUGHT IT HAD BEFORE THE JUDGMENT3 PERMIT THE BOARD TO CORRECT PAST PLANS AND TO GRANT PERMISSION FOR DEPARTURES FROM THE PLANS3 AND TO VALIDATE EXISTING PLANS WHICH, BY VIRTUE OF THE JUDGMENT, ARE NOU INVALID.

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FIRST PRIZE OF FIFTH LOTTERY WORTH $752,000 X X X X X X

A TOTAL OF 940,000 TICKETS WAS SOLD .WHEN SALES FOR THE FIFTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY CLOSED AT 9 PH TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE DRAW OF WINNING NUMBERS WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE; CITY HALL THEATRE AT 10 AM TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE FIRST PRIZE OF THIS LOTTERY IS WORTH $752,000, THE SECOND $75,200, AND THE THIRD $7,520.

CONSOLATION AND SPECIAL PRIZES ARE EACH WORTH $1,880.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE

--------------- TO COVER THE DRAW AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT 10 AM.

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE

M- # * *

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

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

GRADE OF RICE AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY ‘ WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY> AVERAGE

• CHINA RICE

SEE MEV GOOD 2.02

S.C.JIEN GOOD 1.86

PO NQA! —— —•

CHU CHO

THAI RICE

100% WHOLE GOOD 1.79

10-15% BROKENS GOOD 1.77

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.70

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.50

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 1.77

U S RICE —•

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.77

PAKISTAN RICE ——

TAIWAN RICE

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORKER

_______________________ C$/PICUL-L1VE WEIGHT)

NORMAL ' 310

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

SPECIES AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE HIGH : PRICE C$/CATTY)

LOW MOUE

golden thread BIG-EYES SOU ID GOOD GOOD LIMITED 5.70 2.60 6.80 3.50 0.70 2.40 4.50 1.80 5.00

hair-tails LIZARD FISHES LIMITED NORMAL 2.40 3.60 1.10 1.50 2.00 2.60

CROAKERS CONGER-PIKE-EELS MELON COAT LIMITED LIMITED LIM1 TED 2.40 3.00 2.80 0.70 2.00 1.50 1.50 2.60 1.90

MACKERELS LIMITED 4.80 3.50 4.50 .

RED GOAT FISH NORMAL 0.70 0*50 0.60

FORK-TAIL LIMITED 1.70 1.10 1.30

HORSE-HEAD LIMITED 6.80 4.50 5*40

MELON SEED NORMAL 3.20 1.20 2.20

POMFRETS GAROUPAS SCARCE LIMITED 11.00 9.00 8.00 7.50 10.00I 8.00

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 C$/CATTY>

HIGH LOW MODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE LIMITED 2.20 0.80 1.60

WHITE CABBAGE LIMITED 1.40 0.40 1.00

CHINESE LETTUCE SCARCE 1.50 0.50 1.00

WATER SPINACH NORMAL 0.65 0.10 0.40

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 2.20 0.80 1.50

STRING BEANS SCARCE 4.00 1.20 2.60

SPRING ONION NORMAL 1.50 0.30 1.00

SPINACH

WATER CRESS ‘ SCARCE 3.00 1.50 2.50

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE NORMAL 1.20 0.30 0.80 .

CHINESE SPINACH NORMAL 0.80 0.20 0.60

TOMATO SCARCE 2.60 1*00 1.80

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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CONVENTS ■ PAGE NO.

COMPUTERS FOR SALARIES TAX ASSESSMENTS .........  1

PREVENTIVE SERVICE SHOULD STRIVE TO DU ILD UP PUBLIC COMF1 DEUCE, SAVS MR. DAVID JORDAN ....... 2

SURVEY OR EMPLOYMENT SITUATION IN LOCAL INDUSTRIES...................................     3

GAMES DAY FOR CtflLDREN IN SHEK LEI ESTATE. 4

MAJOR IMPROVEMENT SCHEME FOR ABERDEEN SEWER SYSTEM.........................................   5

RATING AND VALUATION SURVEYOR RETIRING .......... 5

RESULTS OF FIFTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY ............. 6

JOINT SEMINAR FOR TEACHERS OF ART AND MATHEMATICS....................................   <

Issued by Governrfient Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong: Tel: §-23^191 ■ r •

SATURDAY, JULY 27, 1974

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PROMPTER SALARIES TAX ASSESSMENTS It » JS- » JS- 'K-

COMPUTERISATION IN THE SALARIES TAX SECTION OF THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT WILL ENABLE SALARIES TAX ASSESSMENTS TO BE ISSUED EARLIER THAN IN THE PAST.

THIS IN TURN WILL GIVE THE TAXPAYER LONGER ADVANCE WARNING OF THE AMOUNT OF TAX DUE AND WILL ENABLE THE DEPARTMENT TO SPREAD ITS WORK MORE EVENLY THAN IN THE PAST.

IT IS FOR INSTANCE HOPED THAT THE EXTREME CONGESTION IN THE COLLECTION OFFICE AND THE INCONVENIENCE EXPERIENCED BY THE PUBLIC THIS YEAR WILL NOT BE REPEATED.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE DUE DATES FOR PAYMENT WILL IN THE MAIN STILL FALL IN THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF THE YEAR.

IN AN INTERVIEW, MR. IAN HARRIS, A SENIOR ASSESSOR WITH THE DEPARTMENT, DISCLOSED THAT THE FIRST BATCH OF COMPUTER-PRODUCED DEMAND NOTES WERE SENT TO TAXPAYERS ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 24 >.

THE USE OF THE COMPUTER IN PREPARING THESE HAS MEANT THAT THEY SHOULD PEACH THE TAXPAYER ABOUT A WEEK AFTER THE ASSESSOR HAS DETERMINED THE CORRECT INCOME AND ALLOWANCES, AS OPPOSED TO SOMETHING LIKE EIGHT WEEKS IN THE PAST.

THIS SAVING IN TIME IS LARGELY A RESULT OF THE ELIMINATION OF BOTTLENECKS WHICH HAD DEVELOPED IN THE PAST IN CALCULATING THE TAX AND TYPING AND CHECKING THE ASSESSMENTS.

MR. HARRIS POINTED OUT THAT THE NUM3ER OF SALARIES TAXPAYERS HAD INCREASED STEADILY OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS. IN MARCH 1972, THE FIGURE STOOD AT 85,000, RISING TO 93,000 IN 1973 AND 120,000 THIS YEAR. HE PREDICTED THAT THIS WOULD LIKELY REACH 150,000 BY MARCH NEXT YEAR.

THIS DRAMATIC INCREASE HAS PLACED A HEAVY WORKLOAD ON STAFF. DURING PEAK PERIODS, RECOURSE HAS HAD TO BE MADE TO OVERTIME WHICH IS NEVER A VERY SATISFACTORY SOLUTION BECAUSE OF ITS HIGH COST IN TERMS OF BOTH HONEY AND MORALE.

APART THEREFORE FROM THE PROVISION OF A BETTER SERVICE TO THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PUBLIC, IT IS HOPED THAT THERE WILL BE SAVING IN TERMS OF COST.

MR. HARRIS SAID THAT THE DEMAND NOTES WOULD GIVE THE SAME INFORMATION AS IN THE PAST BUT IT HAD BEEN NECESSARY TO CODE SOME OF THE MORE FREQUENTLY USED ASSESSOR’S NOTES.

IN FUTURE THESE NOTES WOULD BE SHOWN ON THE FRONT OF THE DEMAND NOTE AS A TWO DIGIT CODE BUT FOR EASY REFERENCE A LIST OF THE CODES AND THEIR MEANING IS SHOWN ON THE REVERSE SIDE. HE DID NOT HOWEVER CONSIDER THAT THESE WOULD CAUSE THE TAXPAYER ANY DIFFICULTY.

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PREVENTIVE SERVICE'S ROLE AS PUBLIC CONFIDENCE-BOOSTER ******

THE COMMISSIONER OF THE PREVENTIVE SERVICE, MR. DAVID JORDAN TODAY STRESSED THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF HAVING MEMBERS OF THE FORCE TO BUILD UP, PRESERVE AND DEVELOP TO THE FULL PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN THE INTEGRITY OF THE PREVENTIVE SERVICE.

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HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE PASSING OUT PARADE AT THE PREVENTIVE SERVICE TRAINING SCHOOL IN TAI LAM CHUNG, THE FIRST SUCH EVENT HcLD THERE SINCE THE SCHOOL'S OPENING LAST MONTH.

A TOTAL OF JO REVENUE INSPECTORS AND 17 ASSISTANT REVENUE OFFICERS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR RESPECTIVE INDUCTION COURSES TOOK PART IN THE PARADE.

MR. JORDAN TOLD THE OFFICERS THAT IN THEIR DAILY DUTIES THEY WOULD BE SUBJECT TO MANY PRESSURES AND TEMPTATIONS, AND +AS MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE IT IS OUR DUTY TO RESIST THEM.+ THEREBY GAINING PUBLIC CONFIDENCE.

IT IS ALSO THE DUTY OF EVERY MEMBER, HE ADDED, TO ERADICATE THE EVIL TRADE OF DRUG TRAFFICKING, +1N CONCERT WITH OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE AND OTHER CUSTOMS SERVICES IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD.+

MR. JORDAN FURTHER NOTED THAT DUE TO THE RECENTLY ENACTED COPYRIGHT ORDINANCE, THE PREVENTIVE SERVICE HAS TAKEN ON THE ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITY OF SEIZING PIRATED RECORDS AND CASSETTE TAPES.

THE COLLECTION OF DUTIES IS AN IMPORTANT JOB, HE SAID, BECAUSE IT MAKES UP A SUBSTANTIAL PART OF GOVERNMENT REVENUE. THE ESTIMATED PAYABLE DUTIES FOR THE CURRENT YEAR AMOUNTS TO SOME $500 MILLION, OR ABOUT 10 PER CENT OF TOTAL REVENUE.

AS A GREAT PART OF THE REVENUE GOES TOWARDS SOCIAL SERVICES, MR. JORDAN EMPHASISED THAT +FOR THE GOOD OF THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE, WE SHOULD COLLECT THAT REVENUE AND PREVENT AS FAR AS WE CAN THE EVASION OF DUTY.+

HE ALSO URGED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO HELP BY PROVIDING INFORMATION AND REPORTING ANYTHING THAT AROUSES THEIR SUSPICION.

APART FROM INDUCTION COURSES, THE NEW TRAINING SCHOOL PROVIDES REFRESHER COURSES AND ADVANCED TRAINING FOR EXPERIENCED OFFICERS.

+WE ARE ALSO PLANNING TO RUN COURSES DESIGNED TO IMPROVE REGIONAL CUSTOMS LIAISON IN DRUG SUPPRESSION AND ANT I-SMUGGLING GENERALLY,+ MR. JORDAN SAID. '

IN THEIR INDUCTION COURSES, THE GRADUATES HAVE RECEIVED TRAINING IN LAW, PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT, DISCIPLINE, CIVICS AND PHYSICAL TRAINING.

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SURVEY ON EMPLOYMENT SITUATION IN HONQ KONG * * * K K *

A GOVERNMENT SURVEY RELEASED TODAY SHOWS THAT DESPITE ADVERSE WORLD ECONOMIC CONDITIONS THE AVERAGE MANUAL ’ WORKER IN HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES LOST ONLY ONE HOUR FROM HIS WORKING WEEK IN THE YEAR ENDING MAY.

AND INDUSTRIAL EMPLOYMENT STEADIED IN THE PERIOD BETWEEN MARCH AND THE TIME OF THE SURVEY LAST MONTH, FOLLOWING THE DOWNTURN IN THE WORKFORCE DURING THE FIRST QUARTER OF THE YEAR.

AT THE END OF MAY, THE AVERAGE WORKING WEEK - INCLUDING OVERTIME - WAS 49 HOURS 9 MINUTES, COMPARED WITH 50 HOURS 12 MINUTES IN MAY LAST YEAR - A MARGINAL DROP OF ONLY 2.09 PER CENT OR JUST OVER ONE HOUR A WEEK.

COMPARED WITH THE AVERAGE WORKING WEEK OF 49 HOURS 4 MINUTES IN MARCH THIS YEAR, THE MAY FIGURE SHOWED AN UP-TURN OF 0.14 PER CENT.

THE SURVEY WAS CARRIED OUT BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT BETWEEN MONDAY JUNE 3 AND WEDNESDAY JUNE 5, AND THE RESULTS WERE PROCESSED AND COLLATED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

A RANDOM SAMPLING METHOD WAS USED, STRATIFIED BY TYPE OF INDUSTRY AND SIZE OF FACTORY, SO THAT RESULTS OF THE SAMPLE SURVEY COULD BE PROJECTED FOR THE ENTIRE WORKFORCE IN HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES.

THE FACTORIES SURVEYED COVERED SOME 40 PER CENT OF THE ENTIRE MANUFACTURING WORKFORCE IN HONG KONG, AND EVERY MAILED QUESTIONNAIRE WAS FOLLOWED UP BY A PERSONAL VISIT TO THE FACTORY.

THE SURVEY SHOWED THAT THE SLIGHT REDUCTION IN WORKING HOURS OVER THE YEAR HAD BEEN GENERAL RATHER THAN LIMITED TO PARTICULAR INDUSTRIES OR TO FACTORIES OF A PARTICULAR SIZE.

SIMILARLY, THE UP-TURNS IN WORKING HOURS WHICH WERE EVIDENT IN THE PERIOD FROM MARCH TO THE DATE OF THE SURVEY WERE ALSO WIDE-SPREAD IN VARIOUS INDUSTRIES REGARDLESS OF FACTORY SIZE.

THE WORKING WEEK IN THE TEXTILE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY IN MAY WAS 48 HOURS 27 MINUTES COMPARED WITH 49 HOURS 32 MINUTES IN MAY LAST YEAR, A DROP OF 2.18 PER CENT. WITHIN THE INDUSTRY, SPINNING AND WEAVING SHOWED A DROP OF 2.01 PER CENT AND KNITTING SHOWED A DROP OF 1.25 PER CENT -BUT AN UP-TURN OF 4.05 PER CENT BETWEEN MARCH AND MAY. . THE WEARING APPAREL INDUSTRY SHOWED A DROP OF 2.1 PER CENT FROM 49 HOURS 14 MINUTES TO 48 HOURS 19 MINUTES.

PRINTING AND PUBLISHING, WITH A WORKING WEEK OF 49 HOURS 56 MINUTES, WAS DOWN ONE HOUR C1.94 PER CENT) ON LAST MAY, BUT THERE WAS A 4.83 PER CENT UP—TURN BETWEEN MARCH AND MAY, 1974.

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PLASTICS PRODUCTS (48 HOURS 37 MINUTES) WAS DOWN 1 HOUR 45 MINUTES (3*53 PER CENT).

' FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS (51 HOURS 29 MINUTES) WAS DOWN 1 HOUR 10 MINUTES (2.22 PER CENT), BUT SHOWED AN UP-TURN OF 0.57 PER CENT BETWEEN MARCH AND MAY.

ELECTRONICS (46 HOURS 4 MINUTES) WAS DOWN BY JUST UNDER HALF AN HOUR (1.03 PER CENT), BUT SHOWED A MARCH - MAY UP-TURN OF 0.20 PER CENT.

THE EMPLOYMENT FIGURES REVEALED BY THE SURVEY - BASED ON FACTORY PAYROLLS - SHOWED THERE HAD BEEN VIRTUALLY NO CHANGE IN THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE EMPLOYED IN HONG KONG'S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES BETWEEN MARCH AND HAY. THIS REFLECTS A CHECK IN THE REDUCTION IN WORKFORCE IN THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES SHOWN BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT'S MARCH QUARTERLY FIGURES.

THERE WERE MINOR FALLS IN EMPLOYMENT IN A NUMBER OF INDUSTRIES, BUT THESE WERE MORE THAN COMPENSATED FOR BY SIGNIFICANT RISES IN EMPLOYMENT IN INDUSTRIES SUCH AS THE MANUFACTURE OF WEARING APPAREL (UP 2.2 PER CENT OR ABOUT 3,900 WORKERS) AND KNITTING (UP 5-8 PER CENT OR 1,200).

THERE WAS A DROP OF ABOUT 1,600 MANUAL WORKERS (2.7 PER CENT) IN THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY3 JUST UNDER 600 (1.09 PER CENT) IN THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRY3 AND 700 (0.74 PER CENT) IN TEXTILE MANUFACTURING.

THE WORKFORCE IN THE OTHER TWO OF HONG KONG'S MAJOR INDUSTRIES - THE ELECTRONICS AND PRINTING AND PUBLISHING INDUSTRIES - SHOWED VIRTUALLY NO CHANGE.

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THREE ORGANIZATIONS IN SHEK LEI HOUSING ESTATE IN KWAI CHUNG HAVE ORGANIZED A GAMES DAY TOMORROW (SUNDAY) FOR SOME 600 CHILDREN LIVING IN THE AREA.

THIS WILL BE HELD IN THE SHEK YAM ESTATE PLAYGROUND ADJACENT TO THE SHEK LEI ESTATE. THE GAMES DAY IS ORGANIZED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT'S ESTATE COMMUNITY WORK OFFICE IN SHEK LEI, THE HONG KONG ENTHUSIAST SOCIETY AND THE SHEK LEI ESTATE HAWKERS FRATERNITY ASSOCIATION UHO WILL BE ASSISTED BY 100 VOLUNTEERS.

MR. ALEXANDER FUNG , COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICER FOR TSUEN WAN3 MR. PANG CHUNG, EDUCATION OFFICER AND MR. PUN SHEK-NAM, HOUSING MANAGER OF SHEK YAM ESTATE WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 9.00 A.M.

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ABERDEEN SEWERAGE SYSTEM TO BE IMPROVED * * * * * K

A MAJOR IMPROVEMENT SCHEME IS BEING PLANNED TO PROVIDE AN INTEGRATED NETWORK OF SEWERS AND SEWAGE TREATMENT FACILITIES IN THE ABERDEEN SEWERAGE DISTRICT WHICH INCLUDES THE SHEK PAI WAN AND WONG CHUK HANG AREAS.

A SITE HAS ALREADY BEEN MARKED OFF OUTSIDE THE WESTERN END OF THE ABERDEEN HARBOUR FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT, WHICH FORMS A PART OF THE INTEGRATED SYSTEM.

WHEN THE WHOLE SCHEME IS COMPLETED, SEWAGE FROM ABERDEEN DISTRICT WILL BE INTERCEPTED BY A TRUNK SEWER AND CONVEYED TO THE TREATMENT PLANT FOR PROPER TREATMENT AND DISPOSAL.

THE TREATED EFFLUENT WILL BE DISCHARGED THROUGH A SUBMARINE OUTFALL INTO THE MAIN TIDAL STREAM OUTSIDE THE ABERDEEN HARBOUR FOR ADEQUATE DILUTION AND RAPID DISPERSION.

AS AN INITIAL STEP TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE IMPROVEMENT SCHEME, A J,OOO-FT. LONG INTERCEPTING SEWER WILL SOON BE CONSTRUCTED ON THE RECLAMATION ADJACENT.TO SHEK PAI WAN ROAD.

IT WILL EXTEND FROM THE ABERDEEN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET TO A POINT JUST OUTSIDE THE BREAKWATER AT THE WESTERN ENTRANCE TO THE ABERDEEN HARBOUR.

TENDERS ARE NOW BEING CALLED FOR THE LAYING OF THE INTERCEPTING SEWER. WORK IS EXPECTED TO COMMENCE IN SEPTEMBER AND TAKE 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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SURVEYOR RETIRES AFTER 17 YEARS WITH GOVT * * * * * *

MR. M.P.W. TRISTRAM, PRINCIPAL RATING AND VALUATION SURVEYOR OF THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT, WILL BE RETIRING SHORTLY AFTER 17 YEARS WITH THE GOVERNMENT.

TO MARK THE OCCASION, MR. R.A. FRY, COMMISSIONER OF

RATING AND VALUATION, WILL PRESENT A SOUVENIR TO MR.’TRISTRAM ON BEHALF OF HIS COLLEAGUES AT A DINNER WHICH WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY (JULY 30) AT CHINA RESTAURANT, WANCHAI.

MR. TRISTRAM FIRST JOINED THE DEPARTMENT AS A RATING AND VALUATION SURVEYOR IN AUGUST 1957* HE WAS PROMOTED TO SENIOR RATING AND VALUATION SURVEYOR IN 1967 AND WAS ADVANCED TO HIS SUBSTANTIVE POST FOUR YEARS LATER.

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RESULTS OF FIFTH GOVERNMENT'LOTTERY

THE FIRST PRIZE OF $752,000 FOR THE FIFTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY THIS YEAR WAS WON BY THE HOLDER OF TICKET NO. 0353509.

TICKET NO. 0198371 IS THE WINNER OF THE SECOND PRIZE

OF T?CKET°N0H,ba27994TH,RD PRIZE °F $7»520 WENT T0 THE H0«-DER

CCDon^.E.Z>roE PR‘?ES WERE DRAWN BY FOUR COMMERCIAL RADIO PERSONALITIES — MISS AMY HO, MISS CONITA CHAN, MISS LEUNG SIU-YUNG AND MR. CHOI WAN — AT THE CITY HALL fHEATRE THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING.

WINNING NUMBERS OF THE 50 SPECIAL PRIZES OF $1,880 EACH ARE AS FOLLOWS:

1076 176072 295123 527160 777538

3759 . 181898 368673 561907 809375

121 11 200207 3 561 32 591932 831699

1 5185 218128’ 362/168 602196 833651

19289 228269 6o1237 609566 866261

93768 269676 6 33130 626758 869050

97065 253639 660911 646562 866017

1 26086 256768 669036 669062 892361

135722 262185 689998 ' 693773 893656

168/1 Gb 296017 511876 772293 926989

THERE ARE ALSO 106 CONSOLATION PRIZES OF $1,880 EACH. THESE PRIZES WILL BE PAID TO HOLDERS OF THOSE TICKETS WHOSE NUMBERS IMMEDIATELY PRECEDE OR FOLLOW ANY OF THE WINNING NUMBERS IN THE DRAW.

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JOINT ART-MATHS SEMINAR FOR 250 TEACHERS it * * » » n

MORE THAN 250 TEACHERS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND A SEMINAR DESIGNED TO EXPLORE THE LINKS BETWEEN TEACHING ART AND MATHEMATICS AT THE CARITAS COMMUNITY HALL IN CAINE ROAD ON MONDAY.

IT WILL BE THE FIRST OF ITS KIND ORGANISED BY THE ART AND MATHEMATICS SECTIONS OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TO PREPARE FOR A PROPOSED REV I SION OF THE MATHEMATICS SYLLABUS IN HONG KONG SCHOOLS.

AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY DESCRIBED THE SEMINAR AS +EXPERI MENTAL.+

HE SAID: +1N THE PAST, SUCH SEMINARS HAVE BEEN CONFINED BASICALLY TO TEACHING METHODS AND TECHNIQUES.

+THIS SEMINAR IS REALLY ABOUT WIDENING THE PROFESSIONAL ' HORIZONS OF THE TEACHERS. IT IS TO PROVIDE THE TEACHERS CONCERNED WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND TALKS GIVEN BY SPECIALISTS, TO STUDY THE CORRELATION OF THESE TUO SUBJECTS, TO VIEW THEIR RESPECTIVE SUBJECTS IN A NEU LIGHT AND TO DISCUSS TOPICS OF COMMON INTEREST.

+ONE OF THE AIMS OF THE HALF-DAY SEMINAR IS TO DISCOVER IF ANY ADJUSTMENT OF THE MATHEMATICS SYLLABUS CAN BE MADE TO FIT IN WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF OTHER SUBJECTS.+

THE CO-CHAIRMEN OF THE SEMINAR ARE MR. F. PARKIN, INSPECTOR CMATHEMATICS) AND MR. KWOK CHIU-LEUNG, INSPECTOR CART).

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION CCHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS), MR. ARTHUR BROUN, WILL HAKE AN INTRODUCTORY SPEECH TO OPEN THE SEMINAR.

SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION WILL BE PROVIDED FOR THOSE LECTURES DELIVERED IN ENGLISH.

THE SEMINAR WILL START AT 9-30 A.M. AND END AT 1 P.M.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO’ HAVE THE SEMINAR COVERED. THE LECTURERS ARE MR. G« WILLS, VICE PRINCIPAL OF KING GEORGE V SCHOOL= MR. C. BRAMWELL, PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT ARCHITECT3 AND MR. CHENG SHIU-CHING, LECTURER, SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG. MR. M.F. GRIFFITH SENIOR EDUCATION OFFICER CCULTURAL CRAFTS), WILL DO THE SUMMING UP.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

S’J.'OAY, JULY 20, 1974

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MORE PLEASANT ENVIRONMENT AT LICENSED AREAS ft ft ft ft ft ft /

PEOPLE MAY LOOK FORWARD TO A MORE PLEASANT ENVIRONMENT DURING THEIR TEMPORARY RESIDENCE AT LEU LICENSED AREAS IN THE FUTURE.

THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT’S PROPOSAL TO PROVIDE PART-GUILT STRUCTURES FOR FUTURE RESIDENTS OF LICENSED AREAS HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND THE NECESSARY FUNDS HAVE NOU BEEN ALLOCATED.

TENANTS, ON MOVING IN, NEED ONLY PARTITION THEIR ALLOCATED ACCOMMODATION WITHIN THESE STRUCTURES. THEY WILL ALSO ENJOY AN ELECTRICITY SUPPLY AS WELL.

THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT OPERATED A PILOT SCHEME IN YAM Ol LAST YEAR WHICH WAS LATER EXTENDED TO HO MAN TIN.

BOTH LOCAL AND OVERSEAS VISITORS WHO HAVE SEEN THESE PART-BUILT STRUCTURES HAVE COMMENTED FAVOURABLY ON THEM.

+THEY ARE MORE PLEASANT AND HABITABLE AND MUCH TIDIER,* THEY SAID.

BETWEEN AUGUST AND DECEMBER THIS YEAR, t'ORK IS PLANNED TO START ON FOUR NEU LICENSED AREAS IN KOWLOON AND ONE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WITH PART-BUILT STRUCTURES.

THESE FIVE LICENSED AREAS, THREE IN KOULOON BAY AND ONE EACH AT PING SHEK ARD SHATIN, UILL ACCOMMODATE OVER 20,000 PEOPLE.

+1T IS PROPOSED THAT PART-BUILT STRUCTURES SHOULD BE PROVIDED FOR MOST OF THE FUTURE LICENSED AREAS,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT SAID.

+HOUEVER, AS SITE FORMATION AND CONSTRUCTION OF SUCH STRUCTURES TAKE FIVE TO SIX MONTHS, AND IF THERE SHOULD BE A SUDDEN DEMAND FOR THIS TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION DUE TO VARIOUS FACTORS, THEY HAY KOT DE PROVIDED AND TENANTS WILL HAVE TO PUT UP THEIR OWN HUTS,* HE ADDED.

THE FIRST OF THE FIVE NEW LICENSED AREAS, AT PING SHEK, OCCUPIES AN AREA OF OVER 400,000 SQUARE FEET AND CAN ACCOMMODATE SOKE 5.500 PEOPLE.

THE THREE SITES AT KOWLOON BAY, TOTALLING OVER 1,000,000 SQUARE FEET, WILL ACCOMMODATE ABOUT 14,000 PEOPLE.

THE SHATIN LICENSED AREA IS THE SMALLEST WITH AN AREA OF ABOUT 54,000 SQUARE FEET. THIS SITE CAN ACCOMMODATE SOME 800 PEOPLE.

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

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FIRES IN FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 1974 TEN PER CENT UP ON LAST YEAR ft It It ft ft ft

FIGURES RELEASED BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT TODAY REVEAL THAT THE NUMBER OF FIRE CALLS DEALT WITH THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 1974 TOTALLED 3,741 -- ABOUT 10 PER CENT UP ON THE FIGURE FOR THE SAKE PERIOD OF-1973 WHEN THERE WERE 3,409 CALLS.

THE ESTIMATED MONETARY VALUE OF FIRE LOSSES WAS MORE THAN $26 MILLION.

THE NUMBER OF DOMESTIC FIRES WAS 582, OF WHICH 26 WERE IN FACTORIES IN DOMESTIC PREMISES. THERE WERE 167 FACTORY FIRES.

THE MAIN CAUSES OF FIRE CONTINUED TO BE CARELESS DISPOSAL OF LIGHTED CIGARETTE ENDS AND MATCHES (1,147 FIRES) AND ELECTRICAL FAULTS (529 FIRES).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT SA IDs +SMOKERS ARE URGED NOT TO THROW THEIR CIGARETTE ENDS ON THE GROUND, BUT TO DISPOSE OF THEN IN ASH TRAYS OR CANS.+

HE ADDED THAT MANY ELECTRICAL FAULT FIRES RESULTED THROUGH LACK OF MAINTENANCE AND URGED FACTORY OWNERS AND HOUSEHOLDERS TO HAVE THEIR ELECTRICAL MACHINERY OR APPLIANCES REGULARLY CHECKED BY QUALIFIED ELECTRICIANS.

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PROHIBITION HOURS FOR LORRIES ON COTTON TREE DRIVE EXTENDED ft ft ft Jr ft ft

THE EXISTING PROHIBITION ON THE MOVEMENT OF GOODS VEHICLES ON COTTON TREE DRIVE ON HONG KONG ISLAND WILL BE EXTENDED TO FACILITATE TRAFFIC FLOU DURING THE MORNING PEAK PERIOD AS WELL.

THE EXISTING PROHIBITION HOURS ARE FROM 4.30 P.M. TO

6.30 P.M., FROM MONDAY TO SATURDAY INCLUSIVE. THEY WILL BE EXTENDED WITH EFFECT FROM TUESDAY (JULY 30> TO COVER THE PERIOD FROM 7.30 A.M. TO 9.30 A.M. FROM MONDAY TO SATURDAY.

BETWEEN THESE HOURS, GOODS VEHICLES WILL KOT BE PERMITTED TO ENTER THE SECTION OF COTTON TREE DRIVE BEYOND THE SLIP ROAD TO KENNEDY ROAD, OR ENTER THE DRIVE VIA THE THREE SLIP ROADS AT HELENA MAY INSTITUTE, ST. JOHN’S BUILDING, AND FROM KENNEDY ROAD.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE ERECTED.

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SIXTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY ON SALE NOW » ft ft ft ft it ft

SCARCELY HAD THE FIFTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY COMPLETED ITS DRAW AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE YESTERDAY WHEN THE NEXT LOTTERY — THE SIXTH FOR THIS YEAR — BEGAN ITS SALE.

AT $2.00 EACH, THE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB BRANCH OFFICES, 19 FERRY PIERS OF THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY, THE HEAD OFFICES AND BRANCHES OF VARIOUS BANKS AND TWO KOWLOON HOTELS.

THE CRAW FOR THIS LOTTERY WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE ON AUGUST 10.

THERE WILL BE ONE FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD PRIZE AND 50 SPECIAL PRIZES AS WELL AS 106 CONSOLATION PRIZES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE WILL GIVE A PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE CITY ....

AT 1.00 P.M. TO ANNOUNCE PLANS LOTTERY OF THE YEAR.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A

FOR PROMOTING THE SIXTH GOVERNMENT

REPRESENTATIVE TO ATTEND

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

MONDAY, JULY 29, 1974.

CONTENTS PACE NO.

INQUIRY INTO ACCIDENT CONCERNING AIR INDIA AIRCRAFT COMPLETED ................................................. 1

JOINT ART-MATHS SEMINAR MARKS NEU TREND IN CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT ............................................... 2

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TWO BUILDINGS IN WONG TAI SIN DECLARED DANGEROUS .... 3

SURVEY IN DIAMOND HILL AREA TO ASSESS RECREATIONAL NEEDS

OF YOUTH................................................... 4

LOCAL POPULATION REACHED 4,248.700 AT THE END OF JUNE . 4

FOUR TV ARTISTES TO HELP PROMOTE LOTTERY SALE ............. 5

WATER CUTS IN FANLJNG AND. HID-1.EVELS.................... 6

NEU SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNIT ESTABLISHED IN TUEN MUN 6

POSTPONED KICK-OFF FOR ACAN MINI-SOCCER COMPETITION ... 7

»—-J2AH.Y GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

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INQUIRY INTO AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT COMPLETED » » » » K- K-

THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT INQUIRY INTO THE ACCIDENT INVOLVING THE AIR INDIA BOEING 707 VT-DNZ AT HONG KONG AIRPORT ON APRIL 1, 1974 HAS BEEN COMPLETED.

THE INQUIRY WAS CARRIED OUT BY HR. H.Q.M. HOWELL OF THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT ASSISTED BY CAPTAIN B.J. WIGHTMAN OF CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS LIMITED.

ASSISTANCE IN THE INQUIRY WAS ALSO PROVIDED BY THE BUREAU OF AVIATION SAFETY OF THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, THE LOCKHEED AIRCRAFT CORPORATION, THE HONG KONQ AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING COMPANY LTD., THE U.K. DEPARTMENT OF TRADE, INDIAN AIRLINES AND THE AIRWORTHINESS BRANCH OF THE UNITED KINGDOM CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY.

THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA WAS REPRESENTED BY HR. H.B. S1NQH, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF AIR SAFETY, AND THE INDIAN PILOTS GUILD BY CAPTAIN P.K. GHOSH.

THE AIR INDIA AIRCRAFT, AFTER MAKING THE APPROACH OVER KOWLOON, MADE A FIRM LANDING ON A UET RUNWAY WITH TAIL AND CROSS WINDS.

IN SPITE OF THE USE OF RUDDER, FULL BRAKING AND REVERSE THRUST THE AIRCRAFT WENT CUT OF CONTROL, SLID OFF THE RUNUAY ARD CAME TO REST ON THE GRASS SHOULDER SOME 4,000 FEET FROM THE RUNUAY THRESHOLD.

THE RIGHT MAIN LANDING GEAR OF THE AIRCRAFT COLLAPSED AND THE AIRCRAFT WAS EXTENSIVELY DAMAGED.

NONE OF THE CREW OR PASSENGERS IN THE AIRCRAFT WAS INJURED.

THE INQUIRY INDICATES THAT THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT WAS LOSS OF CONTROL INDUCED DY AQUAPLANING IN THE CROSSWIND CONDITIONS

AQUAPLANING IS CAUSED BY A VERY THIN LAYER OF WATER BUILDING UP BETWEEN THE RUNUAY SURFACE AND THE WHEELS OF THE AIRCRAFT WHICH PREVENTS BRAKING BEING EFFECTIVE.

ALTHOUGH PLANS HAD BEEN FINALISED FOR GROOVING THE RUNUAY SURFACE TO MINIMISE THE INCIDENCE OF AQUAPLANING, THE ACTUAL GROOVING OPERATION COULD KOT BE STARTED UNTIL SIX WEEKS AFTER THE ACCIDENT, AS IT UAS NECESSARY TO ALLOW TIME TO ELAPSE FOR THE NEWLY LAID SURFACE TO HARDEN BEFORE THE WORK COULD DE CARRIED OUT.

SOKE 8,000 FEET OF THE RUNWAY HAS NOU RECEIVED GROOVING TREATMENT AND IT IS CONSIDERED THAT A RECURRENCE OF THIS TYPE OF ACCIDENT IS UNLIKELY.

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ACTIVE PERIOD OF CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT ft ft ft ft ft ft

THE JOINT SEMINAR OF ART AND MATHEMATICS TEACHERS TODAY WAS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF CO-ORDINATION OF EFFORT WITHIN THE CURRICULUM AS A WHOLE, REPRESENTING A SIGNIFICANT NEU TREND, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION CCHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS), MR. ARTHUR BROWN SAID IN HIS OPENING SPEECH.

ADDRESSING PARTICIPANTS IN THE CARITAS COMMUNITY HALL IN CAINE ROAD, MR. BROUN SAID THE ORGANISERS WERE ROT TRYING TO. INTEGRATE ART AND MATHEMATICS BUT TO GET TEACHERS IN THESE TWO SUBJECTS TO MEET AND TALK TOGETHER AND EXPLORE COMMON AREAS AND OBJECTIVES WHILE AT THE SAME TIME GAINING AN UNDERSTANDING OF EACH OTHERS’ POINTS OF VIEW.

♦THIS WOULD NOT ONLY HELP THE INDIVIDUAL TEACHER INVOLVED, IT COULD HAVE EVEN WIDER IMPLICATIONS SINCE, WITH THE COMING OF A NEW WHITE PAPER ON SECONDARY EDUCATION, UE WOULD BE ENTERING A VERY ACTIVE PERIOD OF CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT,+ HE SAID.

SEMINARS SUCH AS THE PRESENT ONE WHICH WERE ATTENDED BY THOSE CONCERNED WITH CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT WOULD DO MUCH TO WIDEN THE OUTLOOK OF THESE SPECIALISTS ARD HELP THEM SEE HOU THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THEIR OWN SUBJECT COULD FIT IN WITH THOSE OF OTHER SUBJECTS AND SO PRODUCE GREATER UNITY IN THE CURRICULUM AS A WHOLE.

HE HOPED THAT TODAY’S MEETING OF TEACHERS WOULD BE THE FIRST OF A SERIES OF JOINT SEMINARS.

THE IDEA OF THE JOINT SEMINAR CAME FROM AN ARTIST AND A MATHEMATICIAN.

SPEAKING ABOUT ITS WIDER SIGNIFICANCE, MR. BROWN SAID: +ART AND MATHEMATICS, THE ONE SUBJECT WARM AND HUMAN AND THE OTHER OFTEN CONSIDERED COLD AND INHUMAN, WERE OFTEN REGARDED AS DIAMETRICALLY OPPOSED SUBJECTS WITH NOTHING IN COMMON.*

IN PRACTICE, MR. BROUN POINTED OUT, THIS WAS FAR FROM THE TRUTH AND HE WAS DELIGHTED TO SEE TEACHERS OF THESE SUBJECTS MEETING TOGETHER TO PROVE TO OTHER TEACHERS THAT THIS WAS NOT THE CASE.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR SAID TEACHERS SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO SEIZE EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO OPEN STUDENTS’ MINDS TO THE WIDER IMPLICATIONS OF THE SUBJECT AND ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER AREAS , OF THE CURRICULUM.

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+TO DO THIS EFFECTIVELY, TEACHERS THEMSELVES HAD TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THESE OFTEN ALIEN TERRITORIES AND SEEK TO UNDERSTAND THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF TEACHELS IN OTHER SUBJECTS PARTICULARLY THOSE IN WHICH THEY HAD LUTLE TRAINING OR EXPERIENCE,* HE SAID.

WITH THE ADVENT OF NEU TRENDS IN MATHEMATICS TEACHING, MR. BROUN SAID, SCHOOL MATHEMATICS UAS NOW ATTEMPTING TO OPEN STUDENTS1 MINDS TO THE BEAUTY OF THE PATTERNS OF MATHEMATICAL THOUGHT IN ADDITION TO ITS PURELY UTILITARIAN APPROACH.

HOWEVER, APART FROM THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE FORMAL LOGIC OF MATHEMATICAL THOUGHT AND THE VISUAL LOGIC OF ART THERE WERE EVEN MORE DIRECT AND PRACTICAL RELATIONSHIPS.

IN THE WORLD OF ARCHITECTURE. HE SAID, BEAUTY OF FORM WENT HAND IN HAND WITH CONSIDERATIONS BASED ON MATHEMATICAL CALCULATIONS

EVEN IN PAINTING THERE WERE DEFINITE NUMERICAL RELATIONSHIPS ASSOCIATED WITH SATISFYING PATTERNS AND COMPOSITION.,

MR. BROUN EMPHASISED THAT THE JOINT SEMINAR WAS PARTICULARLY INTERESTING AND IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT WAS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND AND A RECOGNITION OF THE FACT THAT THERE UAS A HEED FOR CO-ORDINATION EVEN BETWEEN APPARENTLY UNRELATED SUBJECTS.

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BUILDINGS CONDEMNED

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY DECLARED NOS* PING YEUNG NEW VILLAGE IN WONG TAI SIN TO BE IN CONDITION.

72 AND 72A A DANGEROUS

IN A STATEMENT ISSUED THIS MORNING. THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THAT THESE TUO-STOREY PRE-UAR BUILDINGS HAVE BEEN UNDER OBSERVATION SINCE A COMPLAINT EARLIER THIS YEAR AND THE CONDITION OF THE ROOF WHICH COMPRISES WEAK CONCRETE REINFORCED WITH DAMBOO HAS DETERIORATED TO SUCH AN EXTENT THAT THERE IS RISK OF A COLLAPSE.

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS IN KOWLOON DISTRICT COURT AT 9-30 A.M. ON AUGUST 27 WERE POSTED TODAY.

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SELF-STUDY ON YOUTH RECREATIONAL NEEDS

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A SURVEY IS NOW GOING ON TO FIND OUT THE RECREATIONAL NEEDS OF YOUTHS LIVING IN THE DIAMOND-HILL AREA OF WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT IN KOWLOON.

IT IS BEING CARRIED OUT BY 50 VOLUNTEER INTERVIEWERS WHO ARE CONDUCTING DOOR-TO-DOOR VISITS AND WILL CONTINUE UNTIL AUGUST.

THIS +COMMUN1TY SELF-STUDY+ PROJECT HAS BEEN ORGANIZED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT'S COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICE IN WONG TAI SIN.

A SPECIAL ADVISORY BOARD, CHAIRED BY THE C.Y.O. CWONG TAI SIN), HRS. HENRIETTA CHEN, AND MADE UP OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE C.a.O. (WONG TAI SIN), KAIFONG WELFARE AND RURAL ASSOCIATIONS AND EDUCATIONAL AND RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS, HAS BEEN SET UP TO OVERSEE THE PROJECT.

EXPLAINING THE PURPOSE OF THE SURVEY MRS. CHEN SAID IT WAS TO FIND OUT WHAT TYPES OF RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES THERE WERE, THE EXTENT OF PARTICIPATION IN THESE ACTIVITIES, WHAT THE YOUNG PEOPLE FELT ABOUT THEM -AND UHAT THEY WANTED IMPROVED.

+ANALYSIS OF THE FINDINGS AND RESULTS WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE CONCERNED INCLUDING THE RLLIGIOUS AND VOLUNTARY ORGANIZATIONS IN DIAMOND HILL AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AS WELL FOR FOLLOW-UP ACTION.+

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POPULATION AT END OF JUNE - 4,248,700 ft tt * » ft *

THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS STATED TODAY THAT THE ESTIMATED POPULATION AT THE END OF JUNE WAS 4,248,700.

THIS IS AN INCREASE OF 29.400 OVER THE 1973 END-YEAR ESTIMATE. THE INCREASE IS ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE BALANCE OF BIRTHS OVER DEATHS, WHICH WAS 25,807 FOR THE PAST SIX MONTHS, AND THE BALANCE OF INWARD AND OUTWARD MOVEMENTS. THE MIGRATION STATISTICS SHOWED A POSITIVE BALANCE OF 3,537 IN THE 6 MONTHS TO JUNE 30.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF BIRTHS FOR THIS FIRST HALF-YEAR WAS 37.744 WHICH WAS 398 MORE THAN IN THE FIRST HALF-YEAR OF 1973*.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DEATHS FOR THE SAKE PERIOD WAS 11,937 COMPARED TO 10,077 IN THE PREVIOUS FIRST HALF-YEAR.

THE FIGURES OF BIRTHS AND DEATHS ARE BASED UPON EVENTS OCCURRING RATHER THAN UPON REGISTRATIONS HADE AND THEREFORE DIFFER SLIGHTLY FROM THOSE RELEASED BY THE REGISTRAR GENERAL.

5 MONDAY, JULY 29, 1974

TV PERSONALITIES HELP PROMOTE LOTTERY SALES

FOUR RTV ARTISTES - HISS SUSANA HUEN, HISS SUSANA WONG. MISS HELEN POON AND HISS VIOLET LEE — WILL HELP TO SELL TICKETS FOR THE SIXTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY AT STATUE SQUARE ON AUGUST 6 (TUESDAY) BETWEEN 5 P.H. AND 6 P.M.

THIS WAS DISCLOSED TODAY IN A PRESS CONFERENCE GIVEN BY THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERY MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE.

THE DRAW OF WINNING NUMBERS WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE AT 10 A.M. ON AUGUST 10 (SATURDAY).

TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT ALL ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB SELLING BOOTHS, HONG KONG AND YAUMATEI FERRY PIERS, VARIOUS BANK OFFICES THROUGHOUT HONG KONG AND TWO HOTELS IN KOWLOON.

THERE WILL BE A TOTAL OF 159 PRIZES COMPRISING ONE FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD PRIZE EACH, 50 SPECIAL PRIZES AND 106 CONSOLATION PRIZES.

THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF PRIZES WILL TAKE UP 60 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL PROCEEDS, WITH THE REST GOING INTO THE LOTTERIES FUND TO BE USED FOR THE PROMOTION OF COMMUNITY WELFARE PROJECTS. THE FIRST PRIZE WILL BE WORTH 40 PER CENT OF THE PROCEEDS, THE SECOND PRIZE FOUR PER CENT AND THE THIRD 0.4 PER CENT.

EACH SPECIAL PRIZE AND CONSOLATION PRIZE WILL BE WORTH 0.1 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL PROCEEDS.

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CERTAIN AREAS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND THE MID-LEVELS WILL HAVE THEIR WATER SUPPLY CUT OFF FOR SEVERAL HOURS TOMORROW (TUESDAY) NIGHT AND THE FOLLOWING HORNING.

THE WATER CUT IN FANLING WHICH STARTS AT 10 P.M. TOMORROW IS TO FACILITATE THE CONNECTION OF WATER HAINS AT MAN KAM TO ROAD IT WILL LAST FOR EIGHT HOURS.

ALL PREMISES ALONG MAN KAM TO ROAD BETWEEN FUNG KAI PUBLIC SCHOOL AND MAN KAM TO POLICE STATION WILL BE AFFECTED, INCLUDING THE LO UU'RAILWAY STATION, INDUS RIVER AND MUK WU PUMPING STATION.

STARTING FROM 1 O’CLOCK ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 31) MORNING, A FIVE-HOUR WATER INTERRUPTION WILL BE IMPOSED ON CERTAIN PREMISES IN THE MID-LEVELS SO THAT UA'iERUOLKS OFFICE STAFF CAN CARRY OUT A NIGHT LEAKAGE TEST.

THE PREMISES AFFECTED ARE ROS. 61-67, 69A-69G, 77, 62, 62A-62E, 64-68, ROBINSON ROAD= NO. 10 CASTLE ROAD=

NOS. 2, 2A-2C, 4A-4P, SEYMOUR ROAD= NOS. 4, 4A, 6, 6A, CASTLE STEPS- AND NOS. 1-15 SEYMOUR TERRACE.

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAS SET UP A NEW SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNIT IN TUEN MUN IN THE NEU TERRITORIES, ITS 21ST FJELD UNIT, WHICH WILL COME INTO OPERATION ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 31).

TO BE KNOWN AS THE TUEN MUN SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNIT, IT WILL TAKE OVER SOME OF THE CASES FROM THE YUEN LONG AND TSUEN WAN FIELD UNITS.

ITS OPERATIONAL AREAS WILL COVER TAI LAM CHUNG, SO KWUN WAT, TUEN HUN SAN HUI, TUEN MUN KAU HUI, LAM TEI, CHUNG UK-TSUEN, NIM WAN, LUNG KU TAAN, PING SHAN, HA TSUEN AND LAU FAU SHAN.

THE TUEN MUN SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNIT WILL BE LOCATED AT LEE YUEN MANSION, GROUND FLOOR, TUEN MUN TOWN LOT 35, TUEN MUN, SAN HUI, NEW TERRITORIES. TELEPHONE NOS. ARE 12-816655 (SUPERVISOR), 12-816644 (DEPUTY SUPERVISOR) AND 12-816677 (CASEWORKERS).

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MONDAY, JULY 29, 1974

THE POSTPONED KICK-OFF OF THE MINI-SOCCER COMPETITION SPONSORED BY THE ACTION COMMITTEE- AGAINST NARCOTICS UILL TAKE PLACE TOMORROW CTUESDAY)

MR. THOMAS LEE, THE NEULY APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE UILL PERFORM THE KICK-OFF CEREMONY AT SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND ON EONG KONG ISLAND.

THE KOWLOON SECTION OF THE COMPETITION GETS UNDER UAY ON WEDNESDAY WHEN THE KICK-OFF UILL CE PERFORMED AT MCPHERSON PLAYGROUND DY THE CHAIRMAN OF ACAIl’S EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY SUB-CONNITTEE, DR. K.L. STUt.PF.

THE COMPETITION, WHICH HAS NEARLY 400 TEAMS ENTERED UILL RUN OH A KNOCK-OUT BASIS, UITH T.IE FINAL SCHEDULED FOR MID-DECEHDER.

NOTE TO EDITORS

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR

PHOTOGRAPHER TO THE KICK

at 6 p.h

HANCHA 1.

F ON TUESDAY, JULY 30

AT SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND, JOHNSTON ROAD THE CEREMONY UIlL EE PERFORM'D BY

nr. Thomas lee, director gf social welfare

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE »»»»«■»

THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY CMONDAY) 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 WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

OF SUPPLY AVERAGE

CHINA RICE

SEE HEU GOOD 2.06

S.C.J1EN GOOD 1.86

PO NGAI ——

CHU CHO ——

THAI RICE

100X WHOLE GOOD 1.79

10-15% BROKENS GOOD 1.77

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.70

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.45

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 1.77

U.S* RICE —— —»■

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.67

PAKISTAN RICE

TAIWAN RICE -

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY - NORMAL

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK C$/PICUL-LIVE WEIGHT) - 310 CAVERAGE)

/SUPPLIES AND ......

IXUDAY, JULY 29 » 1974

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH

CFMO CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

SPEC IES AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

HIGH LOU KODE

GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 3-50 2.40 3.00

BIG-EYES GOOD 2.50 0.70 1.80

SQUID LIMITED 5.50 2.00 4.00

HAIR-TAILS NORMAL 1.80 0.80 1.40

LIZARD FISHES LIMITED 3.80 1.50 2.80

CROAKERS LIMITED 1.80 0.60 1.20 '

COKC.ER-P IKE-EELS NORMAL 2.70 1.50 2.40

MELON COAT LIMITED 1.80 1.20 1.50

BREAMS - NORMAL 5-70 2.50 4.30

YELLOU BELLY GOOD 1.80 0.60 1.60

MACKERELS SCARCE 5.20 4.50 5.00

FORK-TAIL NORMAL 1.00 0.50 0.90

HORSE-HEAD GOOD 5.00 3.00 3.80

MELON SEED NORMAL 1.60 0.80 1.20

POMFRETS SCARCE 9.00 8.50 8.80

GAROUPAS . NORMAL 9.00 7.00 8.00

YELLOU CROAKER SCARCE 6.50 6.00 6.20

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

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

TYPE OF AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE CC/CATTY)

VEGETABLE OF SUPPLY HIGH LOU KODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE LIMITED 2.00 0.80 1.40

WHITE CABBAGE LIMITED 1.40 0.50 1.00

CHINESE LETTUCE SCARCE . 1.40 0.50 1.00

WATER SPINACH NORMAL 0.55 0.10 0.?0

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 2.00 0.80 1.50

STRING BEANS SCARCE 3-50 1.00 2.40

SPRING ONION LIMITED 1.40 0.30 0.80

SPINACH NO SALE

WATER CRESS SCARCE 3.00 1.50 2.00

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAQE NORMAL 0.80 0.20 0.50

CHINESE SPINACH NORMAL 0.60 0.20 0.40

TOMATO SCARCE 3.20 1.50 2.50

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TUESDAY, JULY 30, 1974

CONTENTS PACE NO.

MOVE BY KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY TO IMPROVE PASSENGER SERVICE ................................ 1

TWO BUILDINGS IN TAI PO DECLARED DANGEROUS ....... 2

MOTORCYCLES MUST BE FITTED WITH SILENCERS ........ 3

SECOND ANTI—MEASLES CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO PREVENT POSSIBLE EPIDEMIC ................................ 4

GOVERNMENT DOCKYARD SUPERINTENDENT RETIRING AFTER 26 YEARS' SERVICE..........................  5

CAMPERS TO ORGANISE FUN FAIR FOR VILLAGERS ....... 5

ANNUAL FIRST AID CONTEST FOR CIVIL AID SERVICES 6 ’

WATER CUT' IN TSIM SHA TSUI ARD N.T............... 6

STATEMENT OR CIVIL SERVANTS' RETIREMENT AGE

EXPECTED IN LEGCO MEETING TOMORROW ............... 7

ANT I-DRUG SEMINAR FOR YOUTH IN SAU I1AU PING ESTATE ........................................... 0

INFORMATION ON FURTHER STUDIES IN TUO-DAY CAMP FOR STUDENTS...................................... &

DAILY GUIDE TO WHOLESALE PRICES AND SUPPLY OF BASIC FOOD COMMODITIES

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TWENTY NEU RAILUAY COACHES ARRIVE ON THURSDAY

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A FIRST SHIPMENT OF 20 OUT OF 40 NEW RAILUAY COACHES WILL RE ARRIVING FROM JAPAN BY BOAT AND UNLOADED ON THURSDAY CAUGUST 1) TO BOOST THE EXISTING FLEET.

THE GENERAL MANAGER OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY, MR. REG GREGORY SAID THIS WAS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF AN EXPANSION OF THE RAILWAY’S ASSETS, AND HE HOPED THAT THERE WOULD CE +IIORE IMPROVEMENTS TO FOLLOU+.

OF THE NEW ARRIVALS, 11 ARE FIRST-CLASS COACHES CAPABLE OF ACCOMMODATING 80 PASSENGERS EACH, AID THE REST ARE THIRD-CLASS COACHES ACCOMMODATING 96 EACH. '

THE SECOND SHIPMENT OF THE REMAINING 20 COACHES, ALL • THIRD-CLASS, IS SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE IN ONE MONTH’S TIME.

HR. GREGORY SAID : +IT IS ALSO HOPED TO INSTALL AIR-CONDITIONING IN SOME OF THE FIRST-CLASS COACHES AT A LATER DATE.+

THE NEW CARRIAGES ARE TO BE LIFTED FROM THE VESSEL, MS +HOUSHO HARU.+ ONTO LIGHTERS AND TO THE QUAYSIDE ALONG THE NEW HUNG HOM TERMINAL ON THURSDAY. THEY WILL THEN BE OFFLOADED ONTO THE RAILUAY TRACKS, WHERE PRELIMINARY INSPECTIONS WILL TAKE PLACE TO ENSURE THAT THE VARIOUS LOCKING DEVICES USED TO SECURE THE COACHES DURING THE SEA VOYAGE HAVE BEEN REMOVED. ' .

■ MR. GREGORY AND OFFICIALS FROM THE AGENT OF THE JAPANESE MANUFACTURING COMPANY WILL BE PRESENT TO INSPECT THE UNLOADING OPERATIONS.

WHEN READY, THE NEW CARRIAGES WILL BE HAULED TO THE LOCOMOTIVE WORKSHOPS IN HO TUNG LAU, SHA TIN, FOR PREPARATORY WORK SUCH AS THE IMPRINTING OF THE KCR INSIGNIA.

AS A MATTER OF INTEREST, HR. GREGORY POINTED OUT THAT THE HEW CARRIAGES WILL IiJ FACT USE THE SIDINGS MADE READY FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF OIL FROM CHINA, THEREBY BEATING' THE TRAINS FROM CHINA TO USING THE NEW TRACKS.

OF THE 40 NEW COACHES, 28 UILL DE REPLACING COACHES NOW IN USE, THUS EFFECTING THE INCREASE OF 12 COACHES. BUT M.T. GREGORY EXPLAINED THAT THEY PLANNED TO RETAIN SOKE 14 OF THE REPLACED COACHES, THUS THE ACTUAL NUK3ER OF INCREASE TO THE FLEET WOULD DE MUCH GREATER.

MEANWHILE, THE KCR HAS MOVED TO BRING THEIR CARRIAGE CLASS NOTATION UP TO INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS.

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TRAIN PASSENGERS MAY HAVE NOTICED IN RECENT MONTHS THAT REPAINTED FIRST-CLASS COACHES HAVE A WIDER YELLOW BALD THAN PREVIOUSLY, AND OTHER CLASS COACHES HAVE HAD THE YELLOW BAND OMITTED.

THE NEXT STAGE IM THIS PROCESS WILL BE THE OMISSION OF THE THIRD-CLASS ENGLISH ARD CHINESE NOTATION FROM COACHES AKD, PASSENGERS IN FUTURE ARE ASHED TO NOTE THAT UNLESS A COACH IS INDICATED AS EITHER FIRST CR SECOND CLASS, IT UfLL BE THIRD-CLASS.

ALSO IN FUTURE, IN ADDITION TO THE WIDER YELLOW BAL'D ON FIRST-CLASS COACHES, THEIR CLASS WILL CK’LY DE INDICATED DY THE NUH3ERAL +1+ ADJACENT TO THE DOORWAY.

THESE CHANGES WILL TAKE PLACE GRADUALLY OVER TOE NEXT FEU MONTHS AND WILL INCLUDE THE NEW COACHES.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPORTERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS TO COVER THE UNLOADIKG OF THE COACHES AT 12 KOON ON THURSDAY CAUQUST 1>. IF PRESS MENDERS PROCEED FROM THE HUNG HON FLRRY TOWARDS THE HEW KCR TERMINAL, TOE FIRST RAILWAY BUILDING TORY SEE WILL DE THE LOCOMOTIVE SLED. A KCR INSPECTOR, HR. LO PUI, WILL DE WAITING AT TOE SHED AT 11.45 A.M TO GUIDE PRESS REPRESENTATIVES TO THE SITE OF THE UNLOADING.

TA1P0 BUILDINGS DECLARED DANGEROUS

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY DECLARED KOS. 43 AND 45 FU SHIN STREET, TAI PO, TO BE IN A DAKGEuOUS CONDITION AND KOS. 41, FU SHIN STREET AND J4 YAM HIHG STREET LIABLE TO BECOME DANGEROUS.

IN A STATEMENT ISSUED THIS HORNING, THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THAT KO. 45 FU SHIN STREET HAS BEEN CKBER OBSERVATION SINCE MARCH THIS YEAR.

DESPITE EXTENSIVE SHORING THE STOLZ PARTY WALL CONTINUED TO DETERIORATE £0 RAPIDLY THAT IS WAS NECESSARY TO APPLY FOR AN EMERGENCY CLOSURE ORDER ON JULY 18.

SUBSEQUENTLY A DETAILED INSPECTION OF THE ADJOINING PROPERTIES WAS MADE AND REVEALED THAT RO. 43 FU SHIN STREET UAS ALSO IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION WITH WALLS BEING BADLY BULGED, AND DEMOLITION IS REQUIRED.

THE CONDITION OF THE ADJOINING BUILDINGS AT ROS. 41 FU SHIN STREET AND 34 YAN HING STREET IS SUCH THAT THERE IS A RISK OF FAILURE DURING OR AFTER THE DEMOLITION OF KOS. 43 ARD 45 FU SHIN STREET.

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS FOR NOS. 41/43 FU SHIN STREET AND 34 YAN HING STREET IN KOWLOON DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 A.M. ON AUGUST 27 WERE POSTED TODAY.

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SILENCERS — A MUST FOR MOTORCYCLES n a k- n k- k-

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS WARNED LOCAL MOTORCYLE IMPORTERS AND DISTRIBUTORS AGAINST SELLING MODELS KOT ALREADY APPROVED DY THE DEPARTMENT, PARTICULARLY MOTORCYCLES KOT FITTED WITH ADEQUATE SILENCERS.

THE WARNING, GIVEN IN RECENT LETTER TO THE MOTOR DEALERS, IS INTENDED TO ENSURE THAT NO MODELS WHICH CONFLICT WITH THE LAW NOR MOTORCYCLES WHICH MAKE EXCESSIVE NOISE ARE USED ON THE ROAD.

IN THE LETTER, THE DEPARTMENT WARNS: + IF IT IS FOUND THAT MACHINES WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN GIVEN PRIOR APPROVAL ARE STILL BEING SOLD, THEN IT WILL BE NECESSARY FOR THE DEPARTMENT TO REQUIRE EVERY VEHICLE TO BE INSPECTED BEFORE IT IS REGISTERED AND LICENSED.

♦IF THIS DOES HAPPEN, IN VIEW OF THE OTHER COMMITMENTS OF THE DEPARTMENT, IT IS LIKELY THAT PROSPECTIVE MOTORCYCLE OWNERS WILL HAVE TO WAIT SOME TIME FOR AN INSPECTION APPOINTMENT.*

A SPOKESMAN FO.R THE DEPARTMENT TODAY EXPLAINED THAT IT HAS BEEN THE PRACTICE OF THE DEPARTMENT TO INSPECT A SAMPLE MODEL OF ANY NEU TYPE OF MOTORCYCLE IMPORTED INTO EONG KONG FOR SALE.

ONCE APPROVAL IS GIVEN, HE SAID, SUBSEQUENT APPLICATIONS TO REGISTER AND LICENSE MOTORCYCLES OF THE SAME TYPE DO KOT REQUIRE PRIOR EXAMINATION.

+HOWEVER, IT HAS COME TO OUR ATTENTION THAT SOME MACHINES SOLD DIFFER FROM THE VEHICLE FOR WHICH TYPE APPROVAL WAS GIVEN,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+1N PARTICULAR, VARIATIONS OF BASIC MODELS, DESIGNED FOR RACING AND CROSS-COUNTRY WORK RATHER THAN FOR NORMAL ROAD USE AND WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT, HAVE BEEN PRESENTED FOR LICENSING PURPORTING TO BE MODELS ALREADY APPROVED.

+1N SOME CASES, THESE MACHINES DO KOT COMPLY WITH ROAD TRAFFIC (CONSTRUCTION AND USE) REGULATIONS, PARTICULARLY IN RESPECT OF SILENCERS. A NUMBER OF VEHICLES, PARTICULARLY THE LIGHT WEIGHT MACHINES, ARE NOT BEING FITTED WITH ADEQUATE SILENCERS,* HE SAID.

UNDER THE LAW, EVERY VEHICLE PROPELLED BY AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE IS REQUIRED TO DE FITTED WITH A SILENCER, EXPANSION CHAMBER OR OTHER CONTRIVANCE SUITABLE AND SUFFICIENT FOR REDUCING, AS FAR AS MAY DE REASONABLE, THE NOISE CAUSED BY THE ESCAPE OF THE EXHAUST GASES FROM THE ENGINE.

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SECOND ANTI-MEASLES CAMPAIGN TO EE LAUNCHED NEXT MONTH DETERMINED EFFORT TO AVOID'POSSIBLE EPIDEMIC

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THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS LAUNCHING THE YEAR’S SECOND ANTI-MEASLES CAMPAIGN DURING AUC.UST IN A DETERMINED BID TO IMMUNISE MORE CHILDREN BEFORE THE COMING WINTER—SPRIRQ.

THE SECOND AIM IS TO PREVENT ANY SIGNIFICANT RISE IN THE INCIDENCE OF THE DISEASE DURING THIS PERIOD.

THE FIRST CAMPAIGN THIS YEAR BEGAN ON FEBRUARY 18, AND WAS EXTENDED TO THE END OF HAY, WITH A TOTAL OF 24,752 CHILDREN BEING IMMUNISED.

EARLIER IN THE YEAR, A WARNING ABOUT A POSSIBLE EPIDEMIC WHEN 11 CHILDREN DIED FROM THE DISEASE IM JANUARY ALONE, THE . HIGHEST TOTAL SINCE 1S$7» MAS ISSUED DY DR. K.L. THONG, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES (HEALTiD.

THERE WAS A REASONABLY GOOD RESPONSE TO THE EXTENDED CAMPAIGN, ARD THE WINTER-SPRING OF 1£73~74 PASSED WITHOUT A REPEAT OF THE EPIDEMIC IN 19X6-57 WHEN LORE TEAM 1,000 DIED.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT EXPLAINS: +BUT THERE IS KO ROOM FOR COMPLACENCY. UE HAVE CHOSEN AUGUST AS THE YEAR'S SECOND AHTl-HEASLES CAMPAIGN PERIOD BECAUSE IMMUNISATION MOW CAN PREVENT UNIZECESSARY SICKNESS AND EVEN DEATHS ALONG CHILDREN WHEN THE WEATHER GETS COOLER.+

HE STRESSES THAT +ALTHOUCH MEASLES IS REGARDED BY HANY PEOPLE AS A COMMON CHILDHOOD DISEASE, AMD PERHAPS KOT A VERY SERIOUS ORE IN ITSELF, DANGER LIES IN THE COMPLICATIONS THAT CAM ARISE FROM IT, SUCH AS BRONCHITIS, PNEUMONIA, MIDDLE EAR INFECTION, AND ENCEPHALITIS.*

FOR A MONTH FROM AUGUST 1, THERE WILL BE PUBLICITY TO URGE PARENTS OF SUSCEPTIBLE CHILDREN TO HAVE THEM IMMUNISED.

FREE VACCINE IS AVAILABLE AT ALL THE DEPARTMENT’S GENERAL OUT-PATIENT CLINICS AND MATERNAL ARD CHILD HEALTH CENTRES IN HONG KONG, KOWLOON, AND THE MEM. TERR 1TOR IES.

MOBILE TEAMS WILL VISIT HOUSING ESTATES AND OTHER AREAS, AS AN ADDED SERVICE, AND MILL CALL ON ANY INSTITUTION, ON REQUEST, TO INOCULATE CHILDREN IN CROUPS CF 20 OR HORE.

THE REQUEST CAN BE MADE BY A TELEPHONE CALL TO THE DEPARTMENT’S REGIONAL HEALTH OFFICES — HONG KONG ISLAND 5-435581= KOWLOON 3-010111 EXT. 347= MEW TERRITORIES 3-866825-

THE SPOKESMAN URGES PARENTS +ROT TO PERSIST IN THE WRONG BELIEF THAT EVERY CHILD SHOULD BE HADE TO QO THROUGH AN ATTACK OF MEASLES INSTEAD OF BEING PREVENTED FROM GETTING IT, OR HAVING -IT SUPPRESSED.*

HE APPEALS IN PARTICULAR TO PARENTS IN HOUSING ESTATES. MEASLES BEING A HIGHLY INFECTIOUS DISEASE, +INOCULATION IS THE ONLY MEANS OF PREVENTING IT FROM SPREADING AMONG CHILDREN IN LARGE CONCENTRATIONS OF POPULATION.*

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RETIRING AFTER 26 YEARS WITH GOVERNMENT DOCKYARD ft ft ft ft ft ft

MR. P. HUGHES, THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SUPERINTENDENT OF THE GOVERNMENT DOCKYARD, UILL SOON RETIRE AFTER 26 YEARS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE.

TO MARK THE OCCASION, THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE, HR. A. FLETCHER, WILL PRESENT A SOUVENIR TO HIM ON BEHALF OF HIS COLLEAGUES IN THE DEPARTMENT ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 10.

MR. HUGHES JOINED THE GOVERNMENT DOCKYARD AS AN OVERSEER IN DECEMBER 1948 AND WAS PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT GRADE IN APRIL 1966.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY WHICH WILL BE HELD IN THE LECTURE ROON, 4TH FLOOR, GOVERNMENT DOCKYARD, CANTON ROAD, KOULOON, AT 4 P.M. ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 1.

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THE STOIC SOCIETY, A SELF-PROGRAMM ING GROUP SPONSORED BY THE YOUTH WORK UNIT OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, IS PLANNING A THREE-DAY WORKING CAMP IN YUEN LONG.

THE CAMP IS TO BE HELD AT THE YAU TAM MEI PRIMARY SCHOOL FROM AUGUST 10 TO 12. DURING THIS TIME, CAMPERS UILL BE ORGANIZING AND PREPARING FOR A ONE-DAY FUN FAIR TO Bi HELD ON AUGUST 11 FOR CHILDREN OF NGAU TAM MEI VILLAGE AND PUPILS FROM THE PRIMARY SCHOOL.

APPLICATIONS ARE ROW BEING ACCEPTED FOR YOUNG PEOPLE INTERESTED IN JOINING THIS CAMP AND FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE YOUTH WORK UNIT OFFICES AT ROOM 903, CAUSEWAY BAY MAGISTRACY BUILDING. HONG KONG AND ON THE TOP FLOOR OF THE NATHAN ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, KOULOON.

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FIRST AID CONTEST’FOR C.A.S. VOLUNTEERS

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THE ANNUAL FIRST AID COMPETITION OF THE CIVIL AID SERVICES IS TO BE HELD ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 25 AT THE CAS HEADQUARTERS IN CAROLINE HILL ROAD.

THE A111 OF THE COMPETITION IS TO PROMOTE A HIGH STANDARD OF PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE IN FIRST AID AMONG C.A.S. VOLUNTEERS. THE WINNER WILL BE AWARDED THE C.Y. KUAN CUP DY HR. UDO PAK-CHUEN, COMMISSIONER OF C.A.S.

THE JUDGES UILL BE TWO SENIOR OFFICERS FROM THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICE.

MR. WOO WILL ALSO BE PRESENTING CIVIL DEFENCE LONG SERVICE MEDALS TO SOME 20 RECIPIENTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPORTERS AND

--------------- PHOTOGRAPHERS TO COVER THE EVENT. THE COMPETITION

UILL BEGIN AT 6.30 P.M. AND LAST UNTIL ABOUT 10

P.I1. IT UILL DE HELD IN THE DEMONSTRATION THEATRE OF THE C.A.S. HEADQUARTERS AT KO. 100, CAROLINE HILL ROAD, TOP FLOOR. THE SENIOR TRAINING OFFICER CKOULOOH) HR. LAM SHU-FAN, WILL DE ON HAND TO ASSIST THE PRESS.

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN TSIM SHA TSUI IS TO BE INTERRUPTED FOR FIVE HOURS ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 1) STARTING FROM 1 A.M.

THE TEMPORARY INTERRUPTION IS TO FACILITATE A LEAKAGE TEST TO BE CARRIED OUT IN THE AREA BY WATERWORKS OFFICE STAFF.

THE PREMISES AFFECTED ARE BOUNDED DY NATHAN ROAD, CARNARVON ROAD, CAMERON ROAD, CHATHAM ROAD, HART AVENUE AMD HANOI ROAD.

IN THE NEW TERRITORIES

ALL PREMISES ALONG PING HA.ROAD

BETWEEN CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND PING PING SHAN POLICE STATION AND HANG SUPPLY TURNED OFF FROM 10 P.N. ON THE INSTALLATION OF A CHECK-METER

SHAN HAEG MEI TSUEN INCLUDING HEI TSUEH UILL HAVE TL'EIR WATER THURSDAY TO 6 A.H. ON FRIDAY FOR AT PlMG HA ROAD NEAR THE POLICE

STATION.

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THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE ASKED TO SAY IN TOMORROW’S SESSION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL UHEII IT EXPECTS TO HAKE A DECISION ON THE EXTENSION OF THE RETIREMENT AQE.FOR CIVIL SERVANTS.

UNOFFICIALS WILL ALSO PUT NINE OTHER QUESTIONS TO THE COUNCIL, INCLUDING ONE FOR A STATEMENT OH THE ESCAPE FROM THE SHEUNG SHU I POLICE STATION OF A WOMAN WHO MAS ARRESTED IN COIJKECT1OU WITH A $1 MILLION HEROIN SEIZURE.

THESE QUESTIONS DEAL WITH THE STAFF SITUATION OF TAX ASSESSORS AND INVESTIGATORS, ISSUE OF CROSS HAREOUR TUNNEL SHARES AT FAIR MARKET PRICE, ALTERATIONS IN SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS, POLICY ON INCREASING SUBVENTIONS TO VOLUNTARY WELFARE AGENCIES, REHABILITATION OF THE PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY DISABLED, CONVERSION OF TAXI METERS, PROVISION OF HORE TYPHOON SMELTERS AND TIGHTER INSPECTION OF EUSES TO ENSURE SAFETY.

DEBATE WILL BE RESUMED AT TOMORROW'S MEETING ON THE EXTENSION OF THE TEMPORARY RESTRICTION OF BUILDING DEVELOPMENT IN THE POK FU LAM AND MID-LEVELS AREAS.

NINE NEW AMENDMENT BILLS WILL BE TABLED FOR FIRST AND SECOND READING.

NINE OTHER BILLS, INCLUDING THE FIXED PENALTY (TRAFFIC CONTRAVENTIONS) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1974 AND THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE BILL 1974, ARE SCHEDULED TO BE PUT BEFORE THE COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READING FOR PASSAGE INTO LAU.

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ANTI-DRUGS SEMINAR FOR YOUTH » It it It it It

A SEMINAR WILL BE HELD NEXT WEEK TO EDUCATE YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE SAU NAU PING HOUSING ESTATE ABOUT THE DANGERS OF DRUGS.

THE SEMINAR, ORGANIZED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S ESTATE COMMUNITY WORK OFFICE IN SAU MAU PING (CENTRAL) AND THE PING N'GON YOUTH SERVICE CENTRE, IS AIMED AT PROVIDING THOSE IN THE 16 TO 25 AGE GROUP WITH INFORMATION ABOUT DRUG-ADDICTION TO PREVENT THEM TAKING DRUGS.

IT WILL BE HELD AT THE PING N'GON YOUTH SERVICE CENTRE . • ON THE 3RD FLOOR OF SAU MAU PING (CENTRAL) ESTATE WELFARE BUILDING FROM 8 P.M. TO 10 P.M. ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 8.

THE PROGRAMME WILL CONSIST OF A TALK ENTITLED +THE CAUSES OF DRUG-ADDICTION AND ITS PREVENTION+, A FILM SHOW AND A GROUP DISCUSSION.

THE SEMINAR IS IN LINE WITH THE ANTI-DRUG DRIVE BY THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS, AMD IS A DEMONSTRATION OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S PLEDGE OF SUPPORT ARD PARTICIPATION IN THE FIGHT AGAINST DRUG-ADDICTION IN HONG KONG.

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THE YOUTH WORK UNIT OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTI'.ENT IS TO RUN A TWO-DAY CAI’P FOR STUDENTS FROM FORMS 4 TO 7 AT WHICH THEY WILL BE GIVEN TALKS AMD INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR FURTHER STUDIES BOTH LOCALLY AND ABROAD.

THE CAMP WILL BE HELD ON AUGUST 14 AND 15 AT THE DIOCESAN YOUTH CENTRE IN POKFULAM.

THE CAMP HAS BEEN ORGANIZED WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE EDUCATION ADVISORY SECTION OF THE HANG SENG BANK LIMITED.

STUDENTS WISHING TO APPLY TO ATTEND THIS CAMP CAN OBTAIN APPLICATION FORMS FROM THE YOUTH WORK UNIT AT ROOM 908, CAUSEWAY BAY MAGISTRACY BUILDING, HONG KONG OR AT THE TOP FLOOR OF KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 405 HATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON. CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS AUGUST 6.

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CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE

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THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY (TUESDAY) AT

SALE UNDER THE RICE CONTROL SCHEME AND AT THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AND THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION WHOLESALE MARKET AT CHEUNG SHA WAN, KOWLOON: -

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

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

CHINA RICE

SEE MEW GOOD 2.02

S.C. JIEN GOOD 1.86

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THAI RICE

100% WHOLE GOOD 1.79

10-15% BROKENS GOOD 1.77

A1 : SUPER EXTRA GOOD . 1.70

A1 : SUPER GOOD 1.45

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 1.77

U.S. RICE GOOD . 1.87

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.67

PAKISTAN RICE •—

TAIWAN RICE

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

CALL SOURCES)

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY - NORMAL

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK

C$/PICUL-LlVE WEIGHT) - J1O CAVERAGE)

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

AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

SPECIES OF SUPPLY HIGH LOW KODE

GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 3.50 2.20 2.80

big-eyes GOOD 2.40 0.70 1.80

SQUID LIMITED 5.80 2.20 4.50

HAIR-TAILS NORMAL 1.80 0.80 1.20

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL 3.60 1.50 2.50

CROAKERS NORMAL 1.60 0.80 1.20

CONGER-PIKE-EELS NORMAL 2.40 1.60 2.20

MELON COAT —— ——

BREAMS SCARCE 5.50 2.50 4.50

YELLOW BELLY NORMAL 2.00 0.50 1.20

MACKERELS LIMITED 5.00 4.50 4.80

RED GOAT FISH LIMITED 0.80 0.45 0.60

FORK-TA IL NORMAL 1.20 0.50 0.70

HORSE-HEAD GOOD 4.80 3.00 3.80

MELON SEED LIMITED 1.70 1.10 1.40

POMFRETS —— ——

GAROUPAS NORMAL 8.50 6.50 7-50

YELLOW CROAKER SCARCE 9.00 8.00 8.50

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

TYPE OF AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

vegetable OF SUPPLY HIGH LOW MODE

FLOWERING CABBAGE NORMAL 1.60 0.60 1.20

WHITE CABBAGE NORMAL 1.20 0.40 0.80

CHINESE LETTUCE SCARCE 1.20 0.50 0.80

WATER SPINACH GOOD 0.50 0.10 0.30

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 2.00 80.80 1.50

STRING BEANS SCARCE 3.00 1.00 2.00

SPRING ONION LIMITED 1.50 0.40 1.00

SPINACH

WATER CRESS SCARCE 3.00 1.50. 2.50

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE NORMAL 0.80 0.20 0.50

CHINESE SPINACH GOOD 0.60 0.10 0.35

TOMATO SCARCE 3.50 1.60 2.50

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 1974

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CONTENTS ' PACE NO.

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ACTINQ DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS ASSURES THAT

BUILDING +FREEZE+ IN POKFULAH WILL DE LIFTED AT YEAR’S END............................... 1

SEVERANCE PAY ON REDUNDANCY TO RECEIVE PRIORITY

TREATMENT.................•................. 2

CONVERSION OF TAXI METERS TO BE COMPLETED IN SEPTEMBER .................................. 3

CLOSE WATCH KEPT ON SCHOOL BOOK TEXTUAL AMENDMENTS..............................•••• 3

GOVERNMENT TEAM SET UP TO ENQUIRE’INTO ESCAPE OF WOMAN DRUG SUSPECT....................... 4

INTEREST RATES ON SAVINGS ACCOUNTS RAISED .. 4

CLARIFICATION OH POLICY OF SUBVENTIONS TO VOLUNTARY AGENCIES ......................... 5

WATER CUTS’OH FRIDAY.............*.......... 5

DISCUSSION OH EXTENDING CIVIL SERVANTS’ RET I REI :zr JT AG- WflTTf ST INGS ... .'.... 6

INVESTIGATION OF SITING NEU TYPHOON SHELTER IN

SOUTli-UEST APPROACHES...............-...... 6

PLANNING TEAM TO PREPARE REHABILITATION PRCGRAlalZ FCR DISABLED.................... 7

DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY TO MEET THE PRESS....................................... 7

THIRD MANPOWER SURVEY OH ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY 8

550 VOCATIONAL COURSES TEACHERS IH NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR .............................. 9

REVISED FEES FOR 1975 SCHOOL CERTIFICATE EXAM 11

WIDER MARKET TO DE CREATED FOR CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL COMPANY SHARES ...................... 12

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TRIBUTE TO LATE HON. DHUN RUTTONJEE............... 1?

SEVEN BILLS PASSED INTO LAW IN LEGCO MEETING 14

WIDER SCOPE FOR URBAN COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP ......... 14

BILL TAOLEO TO REMOVE UNCERTAINTY III TOWN PLANNING ORDINANCE .............................  1r>

|1ORE LERAL POWERS FOR INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT

SOUC.HT ....................•..................... 1&

CALL, ppn IJORE DONORS IN SUPPORT OF ||OKR |(OCC, ARJ3 CENTRE • ....... 17

PERMANENT kANDS TRIBUNAL MEETS WITH SUPPORT IN

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POKFULAM BUILDING 'FREEZE* WILL BE LIFTED AT YEAR'S END

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY APPROVED A RESOLUTION EXTENDING THE TEMPORARY BUILDING RESTRICTIONS IN THE POKFULAM AND MID-LEVELS AREAS FOR ANOTHER YEAR — UNTIL JULY 31» 1975.

HOWEVER, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, THE HON.

WILLIAM BELL, ASSURED COUNCIL THAT THE RESTRICTIONS IN RELATION TO POKFULAM WOULD BE LIFTED BY THE ENDOF THIS YEAR.

IN GIVING THE ASSURANCE, HOWEVER, HE WARNED THAT IF TRAFFIC CONDITIONS IN THE AREA BECAME CHAOTIC, +IT MAY BE NECESSARY TO INTRODUCE SEVERE TRAFFIC CONTROL MEASURES AND, IF ALL ELSE FAILS, TO RECONSIDER WAYS OF LIMITING THE AMOUNT OF - TRAFFIC.+

MR. BELL REITERATED THAT THE COMPLETION OF FURTHER RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT IN POKFULAM MIGHT GIVE RISE TO A FURTHER DEGREE OF CONGESTION, BUT CONSIDERED THAT THE RISK SHOULD BE TAKEN BECAUSE OF DEVELOPMENT NEEDS.

HE POINTED OUT THAT FOLLOWING THE LIFTING OF THE RESTRICTIONS, IN THE SUBMISSIONS OF PLANS TO THE BUILDING AUTHORITY, THE EXTENT OF REDEVELOPMENT TO BE ALLOWED WILL BE LIMITED TO THAT PERMITTED UNDER EXISTING LEASE CONDITIONS AND WITHIN PRESENT PLANNING CONTROLS.

TURNING TO A PROPOSAL BY THE HON. JAMES WU, CONCERNING THE WATER STREET FLYOVER, MR. BELL SAID THIS WAS NOU BEING STUDIED BY HIS DEPARTMENT.

MR. WU HAD SUGGESTED THAT THE ALL-IMPORTANT WATER STREET FLYOVER SCHEME MIGHT BE IMPLEMENTED IMMEDIATELY ON A LESS GRANDIOSE SCALE AND AVOIDING RESUMPTION DELAYS BY FOLLOWING FROM POKFULAM ROAD THROUGH THIRD STREET AND THENCE TO WATER STREET ACCOMMODATING TWO LANES OF TRAFFIC.

• +UNDOUBTEDLY A COMFORTABLE AND EFFICIENT BUS SERVICE WILL DISCOURAGE THE USE OF PRIVATE CARS,+ HE ADDED.

MR. WU SAID IT WAS LAMENTABLE THAT THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT SHOULD FIND HIMSELF SO HELPLESS IN GETTING THE BUS COMPANY TO USE ALTERNATIVE BRITISH-MADE BUSES WITH QUICK DELIVERY TO GIVE IMMEDIATE IMPROVEMENT.

+PERHAPS THEY SHOULD BE REMINDED THAT ANY APPLICATION FOR FARE INCREASES WOULD ONLY BE FAVOURABLY CONSIDERED SUBJECT TO AN ACCEPTABLE STANDARD OF SERVICE HAVING BEEN FIRST PROVIDED.

+SURELY THIS COUNCIL'S RECENT ENDORSEMENT OF A FARE INCREASE FOR THE YAUMATl FERRIES IS AMPLE INDICATION,+ SAID MR. WU. • •

MR. WU SAID HE AND HIS UNOFFICIAL COLLEAGUES COULD NOT ACCEPT WITHOUT RESERVATION THE PESSIMISTIC 'GUESTIHATE* BY THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS THAT THE TRAFFIC SITUATION WOULD BECOME UNTENABLE WHEN A TOTAL OF 55,000 PEOPLE INHABIT THE MID—LEVELS AREA.

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THE MID-LEVELS, MR. WU SAID, HAS TO ACCOMMODATE MORE PEOPLE AND WILL ALWAYS REMAIN A CHOICE RESIDENTIAL AREA IF THE SIZE OF FLATS BUILT THERE IS ANY GUIDANCE. HE ALSO FELT THAT THE TRAFFIC PROBLEM TENDED TO BE SELF-REGULATING OWING TO THE GEOGRAPHICAL PROXIMITY TO THE CENTRAL BUSINESS AREA.

RECENTLY, HE SAID, A UMELCO GROUP CONDUCTED A TEST BY DRIVING FROM CENTRAL TO THE WAH FU ESTATE THROUGH THE MID-LEVELS AND POKFULAM AREAS. THE GROUP STARTED AT 8.15 A.M. AND REACHED ITS DESTINATION THIRTY MINUTES LATER WITHOUT RUNNING INTO ANY TRAFFIC JAM. MR. WU'S OWN TRIAL RUNS THROUGH THE AREAS PROVED +AN EQUALLY PLEASANT EXPERIENCE.+

MR. WU COMMENDED THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIS PLANNERS FOR HAVING TAKEN THE INITIATIVE TO INTRODUCE THE.BUS PRIORITY SCHEME IN THE MID-LEVELS WHICH, HE SAID, HAD IMPROVED TRAFFIC CONDITIONS.

THE UMELCO TRIP THROUGH THE AREAS, HE SAID, HAD BEEN MADE DURING OFFICE RUSH HOURS AND AT A TIME WHEN SCHOOLS WERE CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS. BUT WHILE THE RUSH HOURS WOULD BE PROLONGED DURING SCHOOL TIME — ASSUMING SCHOOLS BEGIN AT 8 A.M. OR EARLIER — IT WOULD NOT NECESSARILY AGGRAVATE CONGESTION, HE SAID.

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THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, THE HON. LI FOOK-KOW, TODAY INTRODUCED TWO NEW BILLS TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SEEKING TO AMEND 'THE BANKRUPTCY AND COMPANIES ORDINANCES IN ORDER TO GIVE SEVERANCE PAY ON REDUNDANCY EQUAL PRIORITY AS ARREARS OF WAGES OR SALARY.

THESE ARE THE BANKRUPTCY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1974 AND THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1974.

IN MOVING THE SECOND READING’OF THE BILLS, MR. LI POINTED OUT THAT-THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1974 AMENDS THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE TO PROVIDE-FOR THE MAKING OF SEVERANCE

* PAYMENTS BY EMPLOYERS TO EMPLOYEES WHO, IN SPECIFIED CIRCUMSTANCES, ARE DISMISSED BY REASON OF REDUNDANCY OR ARE LAID OFF.

IN THE EVENT OF THE BANKRUPTCY OF THE EMPLOYER OR WINDING UP OF THE EMPLOYING COMPANY9 SEVERANCE PAYMENTS DUE SHALL, UNDER. THESE TWO BILLS, ENJOY THE SAME PRIORITY ACCORDED TO OUTSTAND 1NG WAGES AND SALARY, SUBJECT TO A MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF $6,000 IN RESPECT OF EACH SEVERANCE PAYMENT, HE SAID.

DEBATE ON THE MOTION WAS ADJOURNED.

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CONVERSION OF TAXI METERS

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THE ACTINQ SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON.

A.T. ARMSTRONG-URIQHT, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY THAT THE CONVERSION OF ALL TAXI METERS IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED AT THE LATEST IN TWO MONTHS' TIME.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. JAMES UU, MR. ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT SAID THAT THE METERS, OF VIRTUALLY ALL FORMER HONG KONG TAXIS, HAD BEEN RE-CALIBRATED, TESTED AND SEALED TO REGISTER THE NEU FARES.

+HOUEVER,+ HE ADDED, +SOME FORMER KOWLOON TAXIS HAVE YET TO BE RE-CALIBRATED. THE NUMBER OF THESE IS QUICKLY DWINDLING BECAUSE NO TAXI CAN PASS THE REGULAR SIX-MONTHLY INSPECTION BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT UNLESS ITS KETER HAS BEEN RE-CALIBRATED.+

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THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS KEEPING A CAREFUL WATCH ON THE SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS SITUATION,' THE AIM BEING TO ENSURE THAT PUPILS USE EDUCATIONALLY ACCEPTABLE TEXTBOOKS AT A REASONABLE COST, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, THE HON. JOHN CANNING TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

+1N THIS CONNECTION, HEADS OF SCHOOLS WILL BE INFORMED THAT WHERE THE ALTERATIONS IN A NEW EDITION OF A TEXTBOOK ARE OF A MINOR NATURE, THEY SHOULD TOLERATE THE USE OF AN OLDER EDITION IN THE CLASSROOM, WITH THE TEACHERS MAKING APPROPRIATE ALTERATIONS TO THE TEXT IN THE COURSE OF A LESSON.

+SCHOOL AUTHORITIES WILL ALSO BE ENCOURAGED TO ORGANISE SECOND-HAND BOOK SALES BY PUPILS ON SCHOOL PREMISES,+ HE SAID.

MR. CANNING WAS REPLYING TO THE HON. LO TAK-SHING WHO ASKED: +IS THE GOVERNMENT SATISFIED THAT TEXTBOOKS RECOMMENDED FROM TIME TO TIME FOR USE BY STUDENTS ARE NOT AMENDED UNNECESSARILY OR TOO FREQUENTLY THUS DENYING THE SAVINGS THAT STUDENTS CAN HAKE BY USING SECOND HAND COP IES.+

THE DIRECTOR SAID IT WAS TRUE TO SAY THAT IN PAST YEARS PUBLISHERS HAD MADE FREQUENT AMENDMENTS TO THEIR TEXTBOOKS. THIS HAD RESULTED IN DIFFICULTIES IN THE USE OF SECOND-HAND TEXTBOOKS.

+MY DEPARTMENT HAS IN THE PAST MADE REPRESENTATIONS TO PUBLISHERS ON THIS POINT AND 1 AM HAPPY TO SAY THAT THE NUMBER OF MINOR TEXTUAL AMENDMENTS HAS BEEN CONSIDERABLY REDUCED OVER THE PAST FEU YEARS,+ HR. CANNING SAID.

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ENQUIRY INTO ESCAPE OF WOMAN DRUG SUSPECT

THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE HAS INSTITUTED AN ENQUIRY INTO THE ESCAPE FROM THE SHEUNG SHU I POLICE STATION ON JULY 13 OF A WOMAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH A $1 MILLION HEROIN SEIZURE, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON. LEWIS DAVIES, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

HOWEVER, FJ?. DAVIES SAID ALTHOUGH HE WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A STATEMENT REGARDING THIS INQIDENT, THE FACT THAT CERTAIN COURT PROCEEDINGS WERE PENDING, AND CERTAIN DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS MAY RESULT FROM THE INCIDENT, PRECLUDED HIM FROM GOING INTO DETAILS AT THIS STAGE.

IN ANSWER TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, HE SAID THE WOMAN HAD DEEN ARRESTED BY PREVENTIVE SERVICE OFFICERS IN CONNECTION WITH A HEROIN SEIZURE AND SHE WAS SUBSEQUENTLY HANDED OVER TO THE POLICE.

SHEUNG SHUI POLICE STATION IS A RURAL STATION AND AT THE TIME THERE WERE FOUR MEMBERS OF THE UNIFORM BRANCH ON DUTY UNDER THE COMMAND OF A SERGEANT.

+THIS ENQUIRY IS BEING CONDUCTED BY A SENIOR POLICE OFFICER FROM POLICE HEADQUARTERS AND THE OBJECT IS TO ESTABLISH THE FACTS AND CAUSE OF THE ESCAPE.

+IF NECESSARY, RELEVANT PROCEEDINGS WILL BE INSTITUTED AGAINST ANY PERSON OR PERSONS FOR NEGLIGENCE OR ANY OTHER IRREGULAR OR UNLAWFUL INVOLVEMENT.

+SO FAR THE HUSBAND OF' THE WOMAN CONCERNED HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH AIDING AND ABETTING HER ESCAPE FROM THE POLICE STATION,* MR. DAVIES SAID.

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS AFTERNOON CLEARED THE WAY FOR INTEREST RATES ON SAVINGS BANK ACCOUNTS TO BE INCREASED BY ONE PER CENT TO FIVE PER CENT.

THIS WAS MADE POSSIBLE WHEN THE COUNCIL APPROVED A RESOLUTION INCREASING FROM FOUR PER CENT TO FIVE PER CENT THE MAXIMUM RATE OF INTEREST PAID BY BANKS WHICH IS NOT SUBJECT TO INTEREST TAX.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, TOLD THE COUNCIL THAT AT PRESENT THERE IS A CASE FOR A FURTHER RISE , IN THE TAX EXEMPT RATE SO THAT SMALL SAVERS CAN BENEFIT FROM THE GENERALLY HIGHER LEVEL OF INTEREST RATES.

+THE EXCHANGE BANKS1 ASSOCIATION WOULD LIKE TO INCREASE THE INTEREST RATE ON SAVINGS ACCOUNTS FROM FOUR PER CENT TO FIVE PER CENT AND THE PURPOSE OF THIS MOTION IS TO MAKE THAT POSSIBLE BY A SIMILAR INCREASE IN THE TAX EXEMPT RATE WITH EFFECT FROM TOMORROW,* HE ADDED.

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POLICY ON SUBVENTIONS TO VOLUNTARY WELFARE AGENCIES CLARIFIED ft ft ft It It ft

AN IMMEDIATE CORRESPONDING INCREASE IS MADE IN SUBVENTION TO VOLUNTARY WELFARE AGENCIES WHEN GOVERNMENT SALARIES ARE RAISED, THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, THE HON. LI FOOK-KOW, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.z

HOWEVER, HE POINTED OUT THAT THIS CORRESPONDING INCREASE IN SUBVENTION WOULD BE MADE ONLY IN RESPECT OF AGENCIES SUBVENTED ON A DEFICIENCY BASIS, AND NOT IN RESPECT OF AGENCIES SBVENTED ON A DISCRETIONARY BASIS.

MR. LI WAS CLARIFYING THE GOVERNMENT'S POLICY ON THE ISSUE IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. HISS KO SIU-WAH.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE POLICY ON THIS HATTER WAS DEALT WITH BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY IN HIS SPEECH ON MARCH 27 IN WINDING-UP THE DEBATE ON THE APPROP1AT1ON BILL 1974.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY DID SAY THAT HE WOULD BE WILLING TO CONSIDER SEEKING SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION FOR ADDITIONAL GRANTS PROVIDED THAT THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES SUBVENTED ON A DISCRETIONARY BASIS CAN PERSUADE THE DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED, AND THEY IN TURN CAN PERSUADE THE SECRETARIAT, THAT SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES IN COSTS DURING A FINANCIAL YEAR ARE'AFFECT ING THE AGENCIES' ABILITY TO PROVIDE THE SERVICES FOR WHICH THEY ARE SUBVENTED.

+IT WAS STRESSED THAT THIS COULD NOT BE TAKEN AS IMPOSING AN OBLIGATION ON THE GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE SUPPLEMENTARY GRANTS WHICH, IN ALL CASES, WOULD DEPEND ON THE BUDGETARY POSITION OF THE MOMENT.+ HE SAID.

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF BUILDINGS IN NORTH POINT, INCLUDING THE CAUSEWAY BAY MAGISTRACY, VICTORIA PARK AND HONG KONG ELECTRIC POWER STATION, WILL EE INTERRUPTED FOR FIVE HOURS BEGINNING AT 1 A.M. ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 20 TO FACILITATE NIGHT LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY ELECTRIC ROAD, LAU SIN STREET, HING FAT STREET AND THE SEA FRONT.

IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, ALL PREMISES ALONS KAM SIEUNG ROAD BETWEEN KAM TIN ROAD AND SHEUKQ TSUEN INCLUDING NG KA TSUEN, KAM TSIN WAI, TIM SAM TSUEN, EO PUL YUEN KORS TSUEN, YUEN KONG*SAN * TSUEN, NGAU KERS TSUEN, SHU I LAU TIN, LIN FA TEI AND SHEUNG TSUEN, WILL HAVE THEIR SUPPLY TURNED OFF FROM 10 P.M. ON FRIDAY CAUGUST 2) TO 6 P.M. ON SATURDAY FOR THE INSTALLATION OF WATER MAIMS.

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EXTENT!ON OF RETIREMENT AQE FOR CIVIL SERVANTS DISCUSSIONS CONTINUING

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DISCUSSIONS ON THE QUESTION OF BRINGING THE RETIRMENT AGE OF CIVIL SERVANTS TO 60 ARE CONTINUING BETWEEN THE SENIOR CIVIL SERVICE'COUNCIL AND THE GOVERNMENT IN AN EFFORT TO REACH AN AGREED SOLUTION, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON. DENIS BRAY, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

' IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. J.H. BREMRIDQE, MR. BRAY SAID IT HAD NOT YET BEEN POSSIBLE TO REACH AGREEMENT WITH THE STAFF SIDE WHICH WANTED THAT THE EXTENSION OF THE NORMAL RETIRING AGE TO 60 BE COMBINED WITH A RIGHT FOR A PUBLIC OFFICER TO RETIRE WITH HIS EARNED PENSION AT 45•

HOWEVER, HE POINTED OUT THAT THE PRESENT REGULATIONS GOVERNING EXTENSIONS OF SERVICE BEYOND THE AGE OF 55 ENABLED OFFICERS TO CONTINUE WORKING IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE UNTIL THE AGE OF 60.

+AND INDEED BEYOND THAT AGE IN SOME CASES, PROVIDED THAT THEY ARE PHYSICALLY FIT AND FULLY EFFICIENT AND THAT THE PROMOTION PROSPECTS OF PROMISING BUT LESS SENIOR OFFICERS ARE NOT UNDULY BLOCKED.*

HE ADDED THAT AT PRESENT SEVERAL HUNDRED OFFICERS OVER THE AGE OF 55 ARE EMPLOYED IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE.

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tHE ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON.

A.T. ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT, DISCLOSED TODAY THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS INVESTIGATING A RECOMMENDATION BY THE PORT COMMITTEE TO BUILD A TYPHOON SHELTER IN THE SOUTH-WEST APPROACHES, POSSIBLY ON LANTAU OR CHEUNG CHAU.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN REPLY TO THE HON. H.M.G. FORSGATE WHO ASKED WHAT STEPS WERE BEING TAKEN TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL TYPHOON SHELTERS TO MEET THE AGREED SHORTAGE OF 113 ACRES IN 1977.

MR. ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT NOTED THAT THE SITUATION WAS FULLY RECOGNISED AND +1T IS APPRECIATED THAT ADDITIONAL TYPHOON SHELTER SPACE WILL HAVE TO BE PROVIDED.*

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PLANNING TEAM TO DRAW UP REHAB IL 1 TATIOM PROGRAMME * * fr n ){• ft

A SPECIAL GOVERNMENT PLANNING TEAM WAS RECENTLY ESTABLISHED TO PREPARE A COMPREHENSIVE REHABILITATION PROGRAMME FOR THE PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY DISABLED, USING THE TECHNIQUES NOW ADOPTED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

SPEAKING IN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY, THE HON. LI FOOK-KOW, SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, STRESSED THAT VOLUNTARY AGENCIES WOULD BE CONSULTED AT AN APPROPRIATE STAGE IN THE COURSE OF PREPARING THE PROGRAMME AND WOULD ALSO BE INVITED TO ASSIST IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PLAN WHEN IT IS COMPLETED AND APPROVED.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM DR. THE HON. HARRY FANG WHO ASKED WHETHER GOVERNMENT WAS PREPARED TO INVITE REPRESENTATIVES FROM VOLUNTARY AGENCIES TO ASSIST IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF SUCH A REHABILITATION PROGRAMME.

MR. LI POINTED OUT THAT THE PLANNING TEAM AIMED AT CARRYING FORWARD PRESENT PLANS, IN THE LIGHT OF THE WORK DONE BY THE AD HOC JOINT WORKING GROUP ON REHABILITATION, TO IDENTIFY THE MANPOWER AND OTHER RESOURCES THAT WOULD BE NEEDED AND TO DEVELOP A COORDINATED AND COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMME WHICH COULD REASONABLY BE EXPECTED TO BE UNDERTAKEN OVER A NUMBER OF YEARS.

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ANOTHER SESSION OF MEET THE MEDIA WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE 35 MM THEATRE OF GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, FIFTH FLOOR.

THE SESSION WILL START AT 3 P.M. AMD THE SPEAKER WILL BE MR. DAVID JORDAN, DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY.

SOUND FEED WILL BE PROVIDED BY RADIO HONG KONG. RADIO AND TELEVISION STATIONS WHO WISH TO AVAIL THEMSELVES OF THIS SERVICE ARE REQUESTED TO ARRIVE AT THE THEATRE EARLIER TO SET UP EQUIPMENT. ONLY MICROPHONES WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE SPEAKER’S TABLE AND PORTABLE TAPE RECORDERS MUST BE SET ASIDE, SO THAT VIBRATION WHICH AFFECTS THE QUALITY OF SOUND FEED COULD BE AVOIDED. CO-OPERATION FROM REPORTERS IS MUSH APPRECIATED.

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THIRD MANPOWER SURVEY OF ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY

A MAJOR SURVEY OF HONG KONG’S ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY WILL BE CARRIED OUT BETWEEN AUGUST 15 TO SEPTEMBER 6 TO COLLECT DATA ON TRAINING REQUIREMENTS.

• THE SURVEY - THE TH IRD OF ITS KIND - WILL BE CONDUCTED BY THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

QUESTIONNAIRES AND EXPLANATORY LETTERS IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE WERE SENT TODAY TO ALL ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY.

THE INFORMATION WHICH EMPLOYERS ARE REQUESTED TO SUPPLY INCLUDES:

A3 THE NUMBER OF WORKERS AT PRESENT EMPLOYED3

B3 THE NUMBER OF WORKERS AT PRESENT UNDER TRAINING3

C3 THE NUMBER OF EXISTING VACANCIES3 AND

03 A FORECAST OF THE NUMBER OF WORKERS REQUIRED BY AUGUST 1975

SURVEY INTERVIEWING OFFICERS OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL VISIT EACH OF THE ESTABLISHMENTS CONCERNED DURING THE PERIOD OF THE SURVEY TO HELP EMPLOYERS TO COMPLETE THE QUESTIONNAIRE.

THE SECRETARY OF THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY 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 SECOND SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED IN MARCH 1970 IN WHICH ALL THE ESTABLISHMENTS SURVEYED WILLINGLY SUPPLIED THE INFORMATION REQUIRED.

+1 AM CONFIDENT THAT THE COMING SURVEY WILL MEET WITH EQUAL SUCCESS,* HE SAID.

THE INFORMATION OBTAINED IN 1970 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 ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD CONSIDERS IT NECESSARY TO CONDUCT ANOTHER SURVEY TO OBTAIN UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON NEW TRAINING REQUIREMENTS,* HE SAID.

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THE NUMBER OF FULL-TIME TEACHING STAFF UHO WILL BE ENGAGED ON VOCATIONAL COURSES IN THE CONING ACADEMIC YEAR, INCLUDING THE POLYTECHNIC, THE TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE, THE MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, THE KUUN TONG VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE AfCD A KU.LEER OF OTHER CENTRES WILL BE AROUND 550, THE ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (TECHNICAL), MR. DANIEL WATERS SAID TODAY.

THIS REPRESENTED A GROWTH OF SOMETHING LIKE 27 FOLD WHEN COMPARED TO ONLY ABOUT 20 FULL-TIME TEACHERS ENGAGED ON VOCATIONAL COURSES IN THE WHOLE OF HONG KONG ALMOST 20 YEARS AGO.

+THIS RATE OF EXPANSION COMPARES WITH ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD,+ MR. WATERS SAID.

HE ESTIMATED THAT BY 1978 THERE WOULD BE ABOUT 1,120 TEACHERS FOR VOCATIONAL COURSES.

MR. WATERS WAS SPEAKING AT THE KUUN TONS VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE GRADUATION CEREMONY.

THE GOVERNMENT, MR. WATERS EMPHASISED, HAD TAKEN THE INITIATIVE TO PROVIDE THE LEADERSHIP AND DRIVE BY SETTING UP A TECHNICAL BRANCH WITHIN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WITH AN ESTABLISHMENT OF .14 PROFESSIONAL OFFICERS AND SUPPORTING STAFF. FURTHER EXPANSION COULD BE EXPECTED WITHIN THE NEAR FUTURE. *

♦THIS IS A FAR CRY FROM 1967 WHEN THE FIRST TECHNICALLY QUALIFIED OFFICER WAS SECONDED TO THE EDUCATION HEADQUARTERS FROM THE TECHNICAL COLLEGE#+ HE SAID.

REFERRING TO THE RAPID EXPANSION OF INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG# MR. WATERS POINTED OUT THAT +INDUSTRIAL EXPANSION COULD NOT HAVE TAKEN PLACE IF THERE HAD NOT BEEN, AT THE SAME TIME, SOME SOUND TECHNICAL EDUCATION UNDERTAKEN, IN THE MAIN, AT THE OLD TECHNICAL COLLEGE# TO COMPLEMENT THE TRAINING BEING DONE ON-THE-JOB IN INDUSTRY•+

DURING THIS FINANCIAL YEAR 15 TEACHERS OF TECHNICAL SUBJECTS WERE EXPECTED TO BE SENT ON COURSES OR FOR PERIODS OF ATTACHMENTS OVERSEAS, HE SAID.

FROM 1961 TO 1973 A TOTAL OF 51 TECHNICAL TEACHERS WERE SENT OVERSEAS FOR TECHNICAL TRAINING OR FOR ATTACHMENTS. STAFF WERE ALSO ATTACHED TO INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG FOR ON-THE-JOB TRAINING.

+WE ARE ENGAGING 24 NEW, FULL-TIME TECHNICAL TEACHING STAFF THIS SEPTEMBER AND GIVING THEM ONE YEAR OF FULL-TIME IN-SERVICE TEACHER TRAINING. THEY WILL THEN TAKE UP POSTS IN THE TWO NEW ‘ TECHNICAL INSTITUTES IN SEPTEMBER 1975*

+FROM THESE EXAMPLES YOU CAN SEE THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING SOMETHING POSITIVE TO OVERCOME STAFFING DIFFICULTIES,+ THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR SAID.

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HE DISCLOSED THAT THE CAPITAL COST OF SEVEN NEW TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AT PRESENT DAY PRICES WAS ESTIMATED AT AROUND $220 MILLION.

THESE WERE THE TECHNICAL.INSTITUTES NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT KHUN TONG AND KWAI CHUNG AND SCHEDULED FOR OPENING BY SEPTEMBER 1975, THE OKE PLANNED FOR CHEUNG SHA WAN, THE . ONE DUE TO BE OPENED IN 1977 IN SAN PO KONG AND THREE OTHERS WHICH WERE DUE TO BE BUILT IN SHA TIN, TSUEN WAN AND TUEN MUN TOWARDS THE END OF THE PRESENT DECADE +DEPENDING ON TO WHAT DEGREE PREVIOUSLY COMPLETED INSTITUTES ARE SUPPORTED BY INDUSTRY,* MR. WATERS SAID.

HE SAID THE NEU TECHNICAL TEACHERS' COLLEGE WHICH WOULD BEGIN COURSES IN SEPTEMBER WOULD ALSO BE RUNNING UPGRADING COURSES FOR IN-SERVICE TEACHERS.

THE DEPARTMENT OF TECHNICAL TEACHER AND WORKSHOP INSTRUCTOR TRAINING AT THE MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE UAS ALREADY ABSORBED BY THE NEU COLLEGE AND NEW QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED STAFF WERE BEING APPOINTED.

EARLIER THIS MONTH THE COLLEGE RAN A SEMINAR FOR SERVING TECHNICAL TEACHERS. .

MR. WATERS SAID IT WAS HOPED THAT IN 1976 THE COLLEGE WOULD MOVE FROM ITS TEMPORARY PREMISES IN THE OLD JUNIOR TECHNICAL SCHOOL BUILDING TO THE VICTORIA TECHNICAL SCHOOL BUILDING WHERE THE OLD TECHNICAL COLLEGE USED TO BE.

SOMETIME AGO THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING ADVISORY COMMITTEE MADE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT ENHANCED FINANCIAL GRANTS SHOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR MATURE, EXPERIENCED PEOPLE FROM INDUSTRY TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO TAKE UP TEACHER TRAINING FOR ONE-YEAR FULL TIME. "

+THIS SCHEME HAS NOW BEEN APPROVED BY THE GOVERNMENT. WE ADVERTISED IT AND RECEIVED 697 APPLICATIONS. IN THE COMING SEPTEMBER A NUMBER OF STUDENT TECHNICAL TEACHERS WILL BE ENROLLED ON THIS BASIS,* MR. WATERS SAID.

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CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION NEU FEES FOR 1975 ft 51- ft ft ft ft

NEU FEES WERE ANNOUNCED TODAY FOR CANDIDATES WHO WILL SIT FOR THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION IN 1975.

THE INCREASED FEES WILL REPLACE THE PRESENT FEES WHICH HAVE BEEN IN FORCE SINCE 1969-

THE NEU FEES ARE AS FOLLOWS (THE FIGURES IN BRACKETS ARE EX IST INQ FEES):

.INITIAL ENTRY FEE (ALL CANDIDATES) $20 ($15)

PER SUBJECT FEE (SCHOOL CANDIDATES, ALL

SUBJECTS EXCEPT SPECIFIED LANGUAGES) $ 3 ($ 2) ■

PER SUBJECT FEE (PRIVATE CANDIDATES, ALL

SUBJECTS EXCEPT SPECIFIED LANGUAGES) $ 5 ($ 2)

SPECIFIED LANGUAGE FEE (ALL CANDIDATES,

LANGUAGES OTHER THAN CHINESE, ENGLISH AND FRENCH) $50 ($25)

♦THE GOVERNMENT POLICY ON THE FINANCING OF THE CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATIONS, LAID DOWN IN THE 1965 EDUCATION POLICY STATEMENT, IS TO COVER DIRECT RECURRENT COSTS BUT NOT CAPITAL OR PERMANENT STAFF COSTS,+ A SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT.

THE REVISED FEES THEREFORE INCLUDE THE COST OF COMPUTER TIME, PRINTING, DUPLICATING, STATIONERY AND SUNDRY EXPENSES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT AS A RESULT OF Rl$lNG COSTS, THE FEES CHARGED FOR THE 1974 EXAMINATION PRODUCED SLIGHTLY LESS THAN HALF THE REVENUE APPROPRIATE TO THE APPROVED POLICY. THE PRESENT UPWARD REVISION WILL GO SOME UAY TOWARDS-MEETING THE SHORTFALL, AND IT IS LIKELY THAT FURTHER INCREASES WILL BE REQUIRED IN LATER YEARS.

THE NEW FEES WERE DECIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT AFTER CONSULTING THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION BOARD.

THE COST TO PUBLIC FUNDS OF THE FEE REMISSION SCHEME HAS NOT BEEN INCLUDED IN THE NEU FEES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID: +REM1SSJ0N IS PERMITTED UP TO A MAXIMUM OF TEN PERCENT WITHIN EACH SCHOOL. THERE IS NO REMISSION OF PRIVATE CANDIDATES’ FEES.+

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WJDER MARKET TO EE CREATED FOR CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL SHARES Jr ft ft JI- ft-ft

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, SAID TODAY THAT THE GOVERNMENT, AS A SHAREHOLDER AND THE SECURITIES COMMISS1011, WILL ENSURE THAT THERE IS NO UNDUE DELAY IN THE CREATION OF A WIDER MARKET FOR SHARES OF THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL COMPANY WHEN CONDITIONS ARE FAVOURABLE.

SPEAKING IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM DR. THE HOM. CHUNG SZE—YUEN, HR. HADDON-CAVE SAID THAT THERE WAS NO SAFEGUARD IN THE TERMS OF THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL FRANCHISE TO ENSURE THAT THE MINIMUM 25 PER CENT SHARES DE OFFERED TO THE PUBLIC AT A FAIR MARKET PRICE.

HOWEVER, HE SAID THE COMPANY DID OFFER TO THE PUBLIC 25 PER CENT OF ITS ISSUED CAPITAL, OR A TOTAL OF 31,625,000 SHARES.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY POINTED OUT THAT THE MEANING OF +FAIR MARKET PRICE* COULD VARY ACCORDING TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE MARKET.

HOWEVER, HE SAID THE PRICE AT WHICH THESE SHARES WERE OFFERED WAS, IN THE OPINION OF THE PROFESSIONAL ADVISERS TO THE COMPANY, -PITCHED AT THE RIGHT LEVEL FOR THE ISSUE TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN TLE MARKET CONDITIONS PREVAILING AT THE TIME THE PROSPECTUS WAS ISSUED.

SUBSEQUENTLY WHEN MARKET CONDITUN.'S CHANGED, THE VENDORS ARRANGED TO REPURCHASE +AT TRE OFFER PRICE* ANY SHARES HELD BY SUB-UNDERUR ITERS AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

+IT IS THE FIRM INTENTION OF THE ORIGINAL SHAREHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY TO PLACE MORE SHARES WITH THE PUBLIC AS AND WHEN MARKET CONDITIONS WARRANT THIS,* MR. HADDON-CAVE SAID.

HE ALSO EXPLAINED THAT ONE SECTION OF THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL ORDINANCE PROVIDES THAT ITS SHARES MUST BE LISTED AND QUOTED ON THE HONG KONG STOCK EXCHANGE WITHIN TUO YEARS OF THE OPENING DATE OF THE TUNNEL.

MR. HADDON-CAVE FURTHER NOTED THAT +THE RULES OF THE

HONG KONG STOCK EXCHANGE ALSO PROVIDE THAT NORMALLY A COMPANY'S SHARES SHALL NOT BE LISTED OR QUOTED ON THE EXCHANGE UNLESS 25 PER CENT OF ITS ISSUED CAPITAL HAS BEEN OFFERED TO THE PUBLIC.*

MOREOVER, THE SCHEDULE ATTACHED TO THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE STATED THAT THE PUBLIC SHOULD BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN NOT LESS THAN 25 PER CENT OF THE ISSUED CAPITAL OF THE COMPANY.' i ' -i

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TRIBUTE TO LATE HON. DHUN RUTTONJEE % ft ft * *

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY PAID ITS LAST TRIBUTE TO THE LATE HON. DHUN RUTTONJEE, A FORMER MEMBER WHO HAD SERVED IN THE COUNCIL WITH GREAT DISTINCTION FOR 15 YEARS — THE LONGEST PERIOD OF SERVICE OF ANY MEMBERS SINCE THE WAR.

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, MR. DENYS ROBERTS, SAID AT TODAY’S COUNCIL MEETING THAT THOSE WHO WERE PRIVILEGED TO HAVE KNOWN HIM WOULD REMEMBER HIM AS +A WISE AND TOLERANT MAN, FIRM IN HIS OPINIONS AND COURAGEOUS IN THE DEFENCE OF HIS PRINCIPLES.+ .

+HE WAS INVARIABLY COURTEOUS AND GOOD HUMOURED WHATEVER THE PRESSURES AND HE ATTRACTED AND HELD THE FRIENDSHIP OF MEN AND WOMEN OF ALL RACES,+ HE SAID.

THE GOVERNOR DESCRIBED HIM AS +A HONG KONG MAN, EXPERIENCED IN ITS PROBLEMS, DEVOTED TO ITS WELFARE, AND DEDICATED TO ITS SUCCESS.♦

4-IN THE TURBULENT DAYS OF 1967.+ HE WENT ON, +HE SET AN EXAMPLE OF COURAGE, LEADERSHIP AND FAITH IN THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG WHICH WERE OF AN ESTEEMABLE WORTH.

♦WE OFFER OUR SYMPATHY TO HIS WIDOW AND FAMILY AND HOPE THAT THEY MAY TAKE CONSOLATION FROM THE CERTAINTY THAT THIS WAS A GOOD MAN WHO LED A FINE LIFE AND WILL LONG BE REMEMBERED BY THE COMMUNITY WITH AFFECTION AND RESPECT.+

SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF HIS UNOFFICIAL COLLEAGUES, DR. THE HON. CHUNG SZE-YUEN NOTED THAT MR. RUTTONJEE WAS +A VERY SPECIAL TYPE OF PERSON.+

DR. CHUNG SAID: +HE WAS A MAN OF ACHIEVEMENT, A MAN OF HONOUR, A MAN OF COMPASSION AND A MAN OF MORAL COURAGE. HE WAS VERY OUT-SPOKEN AND AT TIMES VERY CONTROVERSIAL.

+THE LATE MR. RUTTONJEE WAS IN THE VANGUARD OF THE ANT1-TUBERCULOSIS MOVEMENT IN HONG KONG. HIS PERSONAL EFFORT AND PHILANTHROPY CONTRIBUTED VERY SUBSTANTIALLY TO OUR PRESENT ABILITY TO CONTROL THIS DISEASE.

♦HIS OUTSTANDING WORK IN THIS COUNCIL, HIS SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS THE WELL-BEING OF THIS COMMUNITY, AND HIS PERSONAL STYLE AS EXEMPLIFIED BY THE COLOURFUL ’TIGER ORCHID* HE USUALLY WORE ON HIS LAPEL WILL LONG BE REMEMBERED BY HIS FRIENDS AND THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.+ HE ADDED.

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BILLS PASSED ft ft ft ft ft ft

SEVEN BILLS PASSED THEIR THIRD AND. FINAL READING AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY TO BECOME LAW.

THEY WERE: THE MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS (OWNERS INCORPORATION) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1974, THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE BILL 1974, THE ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT)(RO.2) BILL 1974, THE ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT)(N0.3) BILL 1974, THE FIXED PENALTY (TRAFFIC CONTRAVENTIONS)(AMENDMENT) BILL 1974, THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) (NO.3) BILL 1974, AND THE BUILDINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1974.

NINE OTHER BILLS HAD THEIR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS.

THEY 'WERE: THE BIRTHS AND DEATHS REGISTRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1974; THE BANKRUPTCY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1974, THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT)(N0.2) BILL 1974, THE HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1974, THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT)(NO. 3) BILL 1974, THE MAGISTRATES (AMENDMENT)(NO.2) BILL 1974, THE TOWN PLANNING (AMENDMENT AND VALIDATION) BILL 1974, THE URBAN COUNCIL (AMENDMENT)(NO.2) DILL 1974 AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES (AMENDMENT) DILL 1974.

TODAY’S MEETING WAS ADJOURNED UNTIL AUGUST 14 WHEN THE LAST MEETING OF THE CURRENT SESSION WILL BE HELD.

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THE URBAN COUNCIL (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL, WHICH SEEKS TO REMOVE ALL REFERENCE TO LANGUAGE QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP TO THE URBAN COUNCIL, RECEIVED ITS FIRST READING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

AS THE LAW NOW STANDS POTENTIAL MEMBERS MUST BE PROFICIENT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TO QUALIFY FOR MEMBERSHIP. UNDER THE BILL, THIS REQUIREMENT WILL BE DROPPED TO ENABLE PERSONS WHO ONLY SPEAK CANTONESE AND WHO CAN READ AND WRITE THE CHINESE LANGUAGE TO BECOME ELIGIBLE FOR MEMBERSHIP.

COMMENTING ON THE BILL, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON. DENIS ERAY, SAID IT MIGHT BE THOUGHT THAT +THIS IS TAKING AN UNDUE RISK FOR EVEN PERSONS WHO ARE OTHERWISE QUALIFIED BUT ARE CAPABLE OF SPEAKING NOTHING RUT DOUBLE DUTCH WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR ELECTION OR APPOINTMENT TO THE COUNCIL.*

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+THE RISK IS THERE,* HE SAID, +BUT THE ALTERNATIVE OF PROVIDING FOR TESTS OF SPOKEN CANTOi.ESE IN THIS CITY OF STRANGE HALF DIALECTS WAS EVEN MORE FEARSOME.*

j MR. BRAY RECALLED THAT THE THEN COLONIAL SECRETARY HAD IN JUDY LAST YEAR SPOKEN OF THE NEED TO REMOVE THE LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT AS SOON AS ENOUGH INTERPRETERS COULD BE MADE AVAILABLE. SUFFICIENT INTERPRETERS AND TRANSLATORS WERE NOW AVAILABLE TO ALLOW FOR THE CHANQE.

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BILL TO REMOVE UNCERTAINTY IN TOWN PLANNING ORDINANCE TABLED ft ft ft ft It It

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON. JOHN HOBLEY, TODAY INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THE TOWN PLANNING (AMENDMENT AND VALIDATION) BILL 1974 WHICH SEEKS TO REMOVE UNCERTAINTY OVER THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE.

THIS UNCERTAINTY FOLLOWED A SUPREME COURT RULING THAT THE WANCHAI OUTLINE ZONING PLAN WAS INVALID AS THE EXPLANATORY NOTES CONTAINED IN THE PLAN WERE NOT A PROPER PART OF THE PLAN, AND THAT THE MEANING OF THE NOTES THEMSELVES WAS NOT CLEAR.

♦THE RESULT,+ MR. HOBLEY NOTED, +IS THAT ALL TOWN PLANS MUST NOU BE REGARDED AS INEFFECT IVE.+ HE ADDED THAT THE PUBLIC INTEREST CLEARLY REQUIRED THAT REMEDIAL STEPS BE TAKEN AT ONCE.

MR. HOBLEY SAID THE BILL STIPULATED THAT, FOR THE FUTURE, EXISTING TOWN PLANS WOULD CONTINUE TO BE TREATED AS VALID NOTWITHSTANDING THE INCLUSION OF NOTES OR ANY UNCERTAINTY IN THEM.

♦AT THE SAME TIME, IT INTRODUCES A NEW PROVISION SPECIFICALLY AUTHORISING THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD TO INCLUDE ANY MATTER IN A FUTURE PLAN BY MEANS OF NOTES, DIAGRAMS, ILLUSTRATIONS OR OTHER DESCRIPTIVE MATTER AND ALSO ENABLES THE BOARD, FOR THE PURPOSE ONLY OF REMOVING UNCERTAINTY, TO MODIFY THE NOTES IN EXISTING PLANS.+

HE STRESSED THAT THE CLARIFICATION OF THE NOTES WOULD, OF COURSE, HAVE NO EFFECT ON BUILDING PLANS ALREADY APPROVED.

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL NOTED THAT THE BILL WOULD ALSO DEAL WITH THE PAST, THAT IS, ANY TIME BEFORE THE BILL’ BECOMES LAW.

♦FIRSTLY, IT SAYS THAT TOWN PLANS SHALL BE TREATED AS HAVING BEEN VALID FROM THE OUTSET NOTWITHSTANDING THE INCLUSION OF NOTES OR ANY UNCERTAINTY IN THEM.

♦SECONDLY, IT PROVIDES THAT PAST REFUSALS OF THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TO APPROVE BUILDING PLANS ON THE GROUND THAT THEY DO NOT CONFORM WITH A TOWN PLAN SHALL ALSO BE REGARDED AS HAVING BEEN VALID NOTH 1THSTANDING THE NOW ESTABLISHED INVALIDITY OF THE TOWN PLAN.+

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WEDNESDAY, JULY J1, 1974

MORE LEGAL POWERS FOR INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT SOUGHT

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AMENDING LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT WITH MORE ADEQUATE LEGAL POWERS IS NOU IN AN ADVANCED DRAFTING STAGE, AND IS EXPECTED TO BE INTRODUCED INTO LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SHORTLY.

THIS WAS DISCLOSED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, IN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY IN A REPLY TO THE HON. LI FOOK-WO WHO QUESTIONED WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WAS LOSING POTENTIAL REVENUE BECAUSE OF A SHORTAGE OF STAFF IN THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT.

WHILE THE STAFF POSITION WOULD INEVITABLY DETERMINE THE EXTENT TO WHICH CASES WERE EXAMINED AND INVESTIGATED, MR. HADDON-CAVE REITERATED THAT A NECESSARY STEP WAS TO STRENGTHEN THE INVESTIGATION POWERS AND PENALTY PROVISIONS OF THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE AND THEREBY PROVIDE THE DEPARTMENT WITH ADEQUATE LEGAL POWERS.

ON THE STAFF SITUATION, HE SAID THERE IS AT PRESENT SIX VACANCIES AT THE ASSESSOR GRADE OUT OF AN OPERATIONAL ESTABLISHMENT OF 88.

+THE DEPARTMENT HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO FIND LOCAL CANDIDATES WITH THE NECESSARY EXPERIENCE AND RECRUITMENT EXERCISES CONDUCTED RECENTLY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND AUSTRALIA HAVE NOT BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL.+

MR. HADDON-CAVE SAID THAT THE DEPARTMENT’S POLICY WAS MAINLY TO RECRUIT ASSISTANT ASSESSORS AND TO PROVIDE THEM WITH THE NECESSARY TRAINING AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO ENABLE THEM • TO OBTAIN PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANCY QUALIFICATIONS, THEREBY PRODUCING ITS OWN SUPPLY OF POTENTIAL ASSESSORS.

♦THIS POLICY STILL PROVIDES THE BEST SOLUTION TO THE SUPPLY OF QUALIFIED STAFF, ALTHOUGH ITS EFFECTIVENESS IS REDUCED BY THE FACT THAT A NUMBER OF OFFICERS TRAINED AT PUBLIC EXPENSE LEAVE FOR POSITIONS OUTSIDE THE GOVERNMENT EACH YEAR,+ HE SAID.

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MORE FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR HK ARTS CENTRE URC.ED it n k k n »

THE HON. LEE QUO-WEI TODAY URC.ED MORE DONORS TO SUPPORT THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE UHICH WILL +PROVIDE ALL WALKS OF LIFE IN HONG KONG WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO INDULGE IN AND DEVELOP CULTURAL PURSUITS AS AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT OF LIFE AND NOT AS A LUXURY.+

SPEAKING AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN SUPPORT OF THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE DILL, HE POINTED OUT THAT SO FAR THE CENTRE HAD IN HAND JUST UNDER HALF OF THE $29 MILLION REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AND FULLY EQUIP THE CENTRE AS PLANNED. AS A RESULT, CONSTRUCTION CAN ONLY PROCEED IN STAGES.

+THJS PROJECT DESERVES THE WIDEST PUBLICITY TO ENABLE FURTHER DONORS TO KNOW ABOUT IT AND COME FORWARD TO ASSIST THIS WORTHY AND NECESSARY CAUSE IN THE INTEREST OF THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE.+

HE HAILED THE ARTS CENTRE BUILDING AS +ONE OF THE MOST COMPLICATED AND OUTSTANDING BUILDINGS EVER PUT UP IN HONG KONG FOR WHICH WE CAN DE PROUD OF.+

MR. LEE ADDED THAT LOCAL AND OVERSEAS EXPERTS UHO HAVE RENDERED INVALUABLE ADVICE TOWARDS THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BUILDING DESCRIBED THE PROJECT AS A UNIQUE CONCEPT WORLD-WIDE.

HE FURTHER NOTED THAT THE CENTRE HAD ALREADY STARTED ITS ACTIVITIES, AND +UE CAN EE SURE THAT UPON FULL COMPLETION OF THE BUILDING, VERY MUCH HORE CAM EE DONE FOR THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.+

THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN ALSO WELCOMED THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE BILL, AND SAID THAT THE ARTS CENTRE COULD PLAY A HOST STIMULATING ROLE IN THE FORMATION OF A HUSIC CONSERVATORY, A LOCAL BALLET GROUP, OR EVEN A SCHOOL FOR CHINESE OPERA.

+WITHOUT DOUBT,+ HE SAID, +THE PASSAGE OF TIME WILL WITNESS A WIDER PARTICIPATION BY HORE CHINESE ART GROUPS IN THE ACTIVITIES OF THE HONG, KONG ARTS CENTRE UHICH WILL MAKE IT AN INSPIRING INSTRUMENT FOR THE INTER-FUSION OF CHINESE ARD WESTERN ART FORMS.+

WHILE MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, THE HON. DENIS BRAY, SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, ALSO POINTED OUT THAT +FURTHER CAPITAL DONATIONS ARE STILL REQUIRED AND I HOPE THESE WILL BE FORTHCOMING TO ENABLE THE BUILDING TO BE COMPLETED IN ONc GO.+

HE EXPRESSED HIS ADMIRATION AND GRATITUDE TO THE DONORS WHO HAD HADE POSSIBLE A START ON THE ARTS CENTRE.

HR. BRAY REFERRED TO AN EARLIER QUOTE BY MR. LEE QUO-WEl THAT +UHAT IS TAKEN FROM THE COMMUNITY SHOULD ALSO DE USED IN IT,+ AND SAID: +I FEEL CONFIDENT THAT HIS ASSERTION THAT THIS COMMUNITY DOES HAVE PEOPLE PREPARED TO GIVE, OF THEIR WEALTH WILL PROVE WELL FOUNDED ESPECIALLY IN VIEW OF THE SUCCESS ACHIEVED SO FAR.+

WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 1974

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PERMANENT LANDS TRIBUNAL RECEIVES SUPPORT * ft ft 3? ft ft

THE HON. OSWALD CHEUNG TODAY SUPPORTED THE SETTING UP OF A PERMANENT LANDS TRIBUNAL STAFFED WITH A PERMANENT PRESIDENT AND SAID HE LOOKED FORWARD TO ITS EXERCISE WITH +A QUIET CONFIDENCE.*

SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN SUPPORT OF THE LANDS TRIBUNAL BILL 1974, MR. CHEUNG SAID THAT IN HIS CAPACITY AS A LAWYER, HE WELCOMED THE REPLACEMENT OF THE DIFFERENT RULES OF PRECEDURE UNDER WHICH THE OLD TRIBUNALS WORKED WITH ONE UNIFORM SET OF RULES OF PROCEDURE.

UNDER THE BILL, THE NEW LANDS TRIBUNAL WILL TAKE THE PLACE OF THE VARIEGATE BOARDS AND TRIBUNALS WHICH HAVE ARBITRATED UPON COMPENSATION DUE TO THE SUBJECT FOR THE RESUMPTION OF LAND AND VARIOUS CURTAILMENT OF HIS RIGHTS.

MR. CHEUNG ALSO SPOKE ON THE CROWN LANDS RESUMPTION CAMENDKENT) BILL 1974.

HE REFERRED TO A NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS RECEIVED BY THE UMELCO OFFICE THAT COMPENSATION AGREED OR AWARDED UNDER THE CROWN LAND RESUMPTION ORDINANCE HAD NOT BEEN PAID TO THE PERSONS CONCERNED AFTER THE SUM WAS DUE FOR SIX TO NINE MONTHS.

+WE HAVE INVESTIGATED INDIVIDUAL COMPLAINTS, AND 1 AM INFORMED THE UMELCO SECRETARIAT HAS DRAWN THE ATTENTION OF GOVERNMENT TO THESE INDIVIDUAL CASES.*

BUT, HE FURTHER NOTED THAT THE ALLEGATION ON THIS STATE OF AFFAIRS WAS WIDESPREAD AND UNIVERSALLY PREVALENT.

+GOVERNMENT WOULD AGREE THAT DELAY IN PAYMENT MIGHT WORK CONSIDERABLE HARDSHIP, AND MY UNOFFICIAL COLLEAGUES WILL BE GRATEFUL IF GOVERNMENT WILL MAKE ENQUIRY AND LET US KNOW WHAT THE POSITION 1S.+

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SECONDARY SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAMINATION: A CLARIFICATION ft ft ft ft ft ft

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS WORKING TOWARDS THE ABOLITION OF THE SECONDARY SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAMINATION.

HOWEVER, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT TODAY DESCRIBED AS +MISLEADING+ THE HEADLINE ON THE FRONT PACE OF A MORNING NEWSPAPER WHICH READ: +SSEE TO BE SCRAPPED IN '76+. HE UAS REPLYING TO QUESTIONS FROM A NUMBER OF NEWSPAPERS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID IT WOULD BE UNFAIR TO RAISE THE HOPES' OF CHILDREN WHO WOULD HAVE TO SIT FOR THE EXAMINATION IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE ABOLITION OF THE EXAMINATION DEPENDED ON THE PROVISION OF SUFFICIENT SECONDARY PLACES FOR CHILDREN IN THE 12-16 AGE GROUP.

+NO EXACT DATE CAN BE PREDICTED AT PRESENT ON WHEN THE EXAMINATION CAN BE REMOVED,* HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN RECALLED THAT IN APRIL THIS YEAR, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (EXAMINATION), HR. BASIL BOARD TOLD A SEMINAR THAT HE WOULD CERTAINLY WELCOME THE ABOLITION OF THE SSEE +NOT ONLY FOR ITS LIBERATING EFFECT ON THE PRIMARY SCHOOLS, BUT ON WIDER GROUNDS ALSO.*

MR. BOARD POINTED OUT THAT THE EXAMINATION HAD GROWN TO ITS PRESENT SIZE ARD ELABORATION PARTLY BECAUSE OF SPONTANEOUS DEMAND FROM NON-GOVERNNENT SCHOOLS TO PARTICIPATE, AND PARTLY BECAUSE THE VERY SUBSTANTIAL PUBLIC SUBSIDY OF SECONDARY EDUCATION REQUIRED SONE PUBLIC CONTROL OVER THE SELECTION AND ALLOCATION PROCESS. •

WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 1974

CONSUMER ADVISORY SERVICE » » » II JI JI

THE FOLLOWING PRICES WERE REALISED TODAY CUEDNESDAY) 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, KOULOON:

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF RICE

AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

GRADE OF RICE OF SUPPLY AVERAGE

CHINA RICE

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SEE MEW GOOD 2.02

S.C. JIEN GOOD 1.86

PO NQAI —-

CHU CHO ——

THAI RICE

1003 WHOLE GOOD 1.79

10-152 BROKENS GOOD 1.74

A1 SUPER EXTRA GOOD 1.70/

A1 SUPER GOOD 1.4'5

WHOLE GLUTINOUS GOOD 1.77

U.S* RICE ••

AUSTRALIAN RICE GOOD 1.67

PAKISTAN RICE

TAIWAN RICE ——

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF SWINE

CALL SOURCES?

AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLY - NORMAL

WHOLESALE PRICES OF PORK C$/PICUL-LIVE WEIGHT) - 310 (AVERAGE)

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SUPPLIES AMD WHOLESALE PRICES OF MARINE FISH

CFKO CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET)

AVAILABILITY WHOLESALE PRICE C$/CATTY)

SPEC IES OF SUPPLY MICH LOU MODE

GOLDEN THREAD GOOD 3.30 1.80 2.50

BIG-EYES GOOD 2.20 0.50 1.50

SQUID LIMITED 5.50 2.00 4'. 50

HAIR—TAILS NORMAL 1.40 0.60 1.00

LIZARD FISHES NORMAL . 3.30 1.20 2.50

CROAKERS LIMITED 1.60 0.70 1.20

CONQER-PIKE-EELS LIMITED 1.70 1.30 1.50

MELON COAT LIMITED 1.50 0.70 0.90

DREAMS SCARCE 5.00 2.50 4.00

YELLOW BELLY NORMAL 2.00 0.50 1.40

MACKERELS SCARCE 5.70 4.00 4.50

RED GOAT FISH ■■—

FORK-TAIL * NORMAL . . 0.80 0.50 0.60

HORSE-HEAD NORMAL 5.00 2.50 4.^0

MELON SEED LIMITED 2.20 0.70 1.40

POMFRETS SCARCE 8.50 8.00 8.20

GAROUPAS NORMAL . 8.00 6.00 7.00

YELLOW CROAKER SCARCE . . .. 7.50 5.80 6.80

SUPPLIES AND WHOLESALE PRICES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLES

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

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

HIGH LOW

FLOWERING CABBAGE NORMAL 1.50 0.50 1.00

WHITE CABBAGE NORMAL 1.20 0.40 0.80

CHINESE LETTUCE SCARCE 1.20 0.50 0.80

WATER SPINACH GOOD 0.50 0.10 0.30

CHINESE KALE SCARCE 1.80 0.80 1.40

STRING BEANS LIMITED 2.80 0.80 2.00

SPRING ONION LIMITED 1.20 0.30 0.70

SPINACH

WATER CRESS SCARCE 3.00 1.50 2.50

LEAF MUSTARD CABBAGE NORMAL 0.80 0.20 0.50

CHINESE SPINACH GOOD 0.60 0.10 0.35

TOMATO SCARCE 3.60 1.50 •. 2.80