Daily Information Bulletin - 1970s - 1975 - MAY - ENG

 DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

THURSDAY, MAY 1, 1975.

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SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS AND FERRY SERVICES -OR TIN HAU FESTIVAL ON SUNDAY ..........................

S.W.D. AND BRITISH FORCES TO HOLD THREE-WEEK SUMMER

YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING CAMP IN SAI KUNG.......;.......

TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF AIRMAIL SERVICE TO SOUTH VIETNAM..................................................

Pi^ESS BADGES FOR COVERING ROYAL VISIT EVENTS READY

F(’R COLLECTION ........................................

143 S.S.E.E. CANDIDATES TO ATTEND SUPPLEMENTARY EXAMINATION IN TWO WEEKS’ TIME...........................

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR TIN HAU FESTIVAL if H H K H if

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN YUEN LONG, NEW TERRITORIES, AND SPECIAL FERRY SERVICES WILL RUN BETWEEN WAN CHAI AND JOSS HOUSE BAY DURING THE TIN HAU FESTIVAL, WHICH FALLS ON SUNDAY (MAY 4) THIS YEAR.

IN YUEN LONG, IN ORDER TO FACILITATE A FESTIVE PROCESSION, THERE WILL BE TEMPORARY PARKING PROHIBITIONS, TRAFFIC DIVERSIONS* ROAD CLOSURES AND CHANGES IN PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES.

FROM 8 A.M. UNTIL THE PROCESSION IS OVER, PARKING WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ON BOTH SIDES OF YUEN LONG MAIN ROAD BETWEEN THE TWO ROUNDABOUTS, TAI YUK ROAD, KAU YUK ROAD,’ WANG CHAU ROAD, AND ON NING ROAD BETWEEN MA MIU ROAD AND KIK YEUNG ROAD.

FROM 11 A.M., A SINGLE-LANE TWO-WAY TRAFFlt SYSTEM WILL BE ENFORCED ALONG THE NORTHERN CARRIAGEWAY OF THE YUEN LONG MAIN ROAD BETWEEN THE TWO ROUNDABOUTS, AND A ONE-WAY TRAFFIC SYSTEM WILL BE IMPLEMENTED ON BOTH BANKS OF THE NULLAH LEADING FROM THE TAI KI LING ROAD BRIDGE TO THE TEMPLE AT TAI SHU HA, ENTRY TO WHICH WILL BE BY WAY OF THE NORTHERN BANK ROAD, AND EXIT BY WAY OF THE SOUTHERN BANK ROAD.

ALSO FROM 11 A.M., THE SOUTHERN CARRIAGEWAY OF THE YUEN LONG MAIN ROAD, INCLUDING ALL ITS ROAD JUNCTIONS BETWEEN BOTH ROUNDABOUTS, TAI YUK ROAD AMD KAU YUK ROAD, WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

FROM 10 A.M., THE TERMINUS FOR KOWLOON MOTOR BUS ROUTE NUMBERS 50, 53, 55, 57, 58 AND 250 WHICH ENTER YUEN LONG FROM CASTLE PEAK WILL BE MOVED TO MA MIU ROAD. THE TERMINUS FOR KMB BUS ROUTE NUMBERS 54, 74, 76 AND 77 WHICH ENTER YUEN LONG FROM AU TAU WILL BE MOVED TO WANG CHAU ROAD. -

ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES AND TAXIS APPROACHING BOTH SIDES OF YUEN LONG TOWN WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO GO BEYOND THE ROUNDABOUTS FROM 10.30 A.M.

ON SATURDAY (MAY 3) AND SUNDAY, THE HONGKONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY WILL RUN SPECIAL FERRY SERVICES WHICH INCLUDE SIGHTSEEING CRUISES AND SHUTTLE SERVICES.

SIGHTSEEING CRUISES WILL ONLY BE OPERATED ON SATURDAY, LEAVING THE WEST WAN CHAI FERRY PIER AT 2.15 P.M. AND 4.45 P.M., AND DEPARTING JOSS HOUSE BAY AT 3.45 P.M. AND 6 P.M. PASSENGERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO DISEMBARK AT JOSS HOUSE BAY. FARES FOR EACH RETURN TRIP TICKET ARE C8 FOR ORDINARY DECKS AND $16 FOR THE DELUXE CLASS WITH HALF RATE FOR CHILDREN, f

SHUTTLE FERRY SERVICES .WILL BE OPERATED ON SATURDAY BETWEEN 10 A.M. AND 11 P.M. FROM THE WEST WAN CHAI FERRY PIER AND BETWEEN 11.15 A.M. AND 11 P.M. FROM JOSS HOUSE BAY- AND, STARTING AT 12 MIDNIGHT ON SATURDAY UNTIL 1.30 P.M ON SUNDAY, FROM THE WEST WAN CHAI FERRY PIER, AND BETWEEN 1.30 A.M.

AND 4 P.M. FROM JOSS HOUSE BAY ACCORDING TO TRAFFIC REQUIREMENTS.

RETURN TRIP FARES WILL BE S10 (ADULTS) AND $6 (CHILDREN) FOR ORDINARY CLASSES, AND $18 (ADULTS) AND $10 (CH ILDREN)FOR DELUXE CLASSES. SINGLE TRIP FARES WILL BE HALF OF THE RETURN TRIP FARES.

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LEADERSHIP TRAINING CAMP ORGANISED DY BRITISH FORCES AUD S.W.D. « n i? -x-

SUMMER IS ONCE MORE WITH US AND PLANS HAVE DEEN FORMULATED ONCE AGAIN TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE MAKE THE EES I USE OF THEIR LEISURE TIME WHILE Oil VACATION.

PERHAPS ONE OF THE MORE POPULAR TYPE OF SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITY IS THE YOUTH CAMP. AND, AS IN THE PAST YEARS, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TOGETHER WITH lilE BRITISH FORCES HAVE PLANNED A COMPREHENSIVE CAMPING TRIP TO HELP DEVELOP THE CHARACTER, SELF-RELIANCE ARD LEADERSHIP QUALITIES OF SELECTED PARTICIPANTS IN ORDER THAT THEY MAY DE LETTER EQUIPPED TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY.

THIS YEAR, HOWEVER, THERE WILL EE A SLIGHT CHANGE IN THAT THERE WILL DE ORE CAMP LASTING FOR THREE WEEKS INSTEAD OF THE USUAL TWO 12-DAY CAMPS.

■ THIS WILL DE HELD AT SAI KUNG ARMY CAMP FROM JULY 20 TO AUGUST 9 FOR 120 DOYS ARD GIRLS, AGED BETWEEN 18 AND 25. APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FROM THOSE INTERESTED IN JOINING THE COURSE.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S YOUTH WORK UNIT OFFICES Itl ROOM 908, CAUSEWAY BAY MAGISTRACY BUILDING, 9T11 FLOOR, HONG KONG (TEL. 5-712467) AND ON THE TOP FLOOR OF THE KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON (TEL. 3-334111 EXT. 334). THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS MAY 31.

PARTICIPANTS WILL DE CHOSEN BY AN INTERVIEW PANEL COMPRISING REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THE BRITISH FORCES AND VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS. SELECTIONS WILL EE MADE ON THE BASIS OF COMMAND OF ENGLISH, EXPERIENCE IN YOUTH WORK, KNOWLEDGE OF LOCAL AFFAIRS AND PHYSIQUE. A MEDICAL EXAMINATION AND SWIMMING TEST ARE ALSO REQUIRED.

THE CAMP WILL NOT JUST DE ALL FUN AND GAMES, BUT WILL • OFFER A CHALLENGING TIME TO THE PARTICIPANTS THROUGH A COMPREHENSIVELY ARRANGED PROGRAMME TO DEVELOP SKILL, COMMONSENSE, PHYSICAL FITNESS, INITIATIVE AND CONFIDENCE.

METHODS OF INSTRUCTION WILL TAKE TWO FORMS, THE SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION WHICH HAS BEEN FOUND TO DE THE MOST EFFECTIVE, AND LECTURES ON TOPICS THAT WILL ENABLE PARTICIPANTS TO GAIN A BETTER APPRECIATION OF THE COMMUNITY. DEMONSTRATIONS AND PRACTICAL TRAINING ARE ALSO INCLUDED. A NUMBER OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT HEADS AND BRITISH FORCES CHIEFS WILL VISIT THE CAMPERS DURING THE COURSE.

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THE ROYAL HORD KCLG JOCKEY £60,000 TO FINANCE THIS CAMP.

CLUB HAS HADE A GRANT OF

SUMMER CAMPS HAVE BEEN RUN DEPARTMENT AND THE DR I TISH FORCE

JOINTLY DY THE SOCIAL WELFARE

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PAST THREE YEARS

PRIOR *f2 1971,_1HE j .RITISH FORCES HAD CcHiR lLUTED TO SUMMER \9i Ji i v FC“ LAncE ECi.U’RS OF Ui.l^RPRIVILECED CHILDREN

USUALLY AROUjD ONE THOUSAND IN HUiiLLR.

rri HOWEVER, ALTHOUGH AH OBVIOUSLY WORTHWHILE PROJECT, IT WAS ‘expertise ai;d facilities WHICH THE

Li I TISH FORCub POSSESSED COULD DE MORE USEFULLY EMPLOYED.

- AS A ££SULT THE .CONCEPT WAS CHANGED, OH AH EXPERIMENTAL ,1:OV,Dli.o »IK i.l LEADERSHIP TRAINING FROM WHICH MORE POSITIVE j.EHJ-ICIAL RESULTS COULD DE ACHIEVED. THE EXPERIMENT P^y-ihSUCCESSFUL AND H.'.S SINCE LED TO THE PRESENT COOPERATIVE LrH..;io ki;.-JI TLE BRITISH FORCES AID THE SOCIAL WELFARE DchZ; i. । JJ i.

• THE BRITISH FORCES ARE CHIEFLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ™L1I™‘?TIVE AIJD INSTRUCTIONAL SIDES OF THE COURSES WHILE THE uOCH.L WELFARE DEPARTMENT HANDLES THE RECRUITMENT, D-muAii-1'!-'-1 PARTICIPANTS AND FOLLOWUP ACTION SUCH AS RESEARCH RtUNIOiJo AijV ASSESSMENT.

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tup POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT AIR MAIL SERVICES TO SOUTH VIETNAM ARE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED BECAUSE OF THE CESSATION OF FL ICHTS LET-LEU HOIK KOKO MIO SAICOH.

NO LETTERS OR PARCELS FOR DESPATCH BY AIR WILL DE ACCEPTED AT POST OFFICES

TO SOUTH VIETNAM UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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THURSDAY, MAY 1, 1975

PRESS BADGES FOR ROYAL VISIT K « * M

NOTE TO EDITORS:

PRESS BADGES FOR THEY ARE COVERING THE

USE BY REPORTERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS WHEN VARIOUS FUNCTIONS IN CONNECTION WITH THE ROYAL VISIT WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION IN THE G.I.S. PRESS ROOM, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, SIXTH FLOOR, AS FROM 10 A.M. TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

YOU ARE ADVISED THAT SOME FORM OF IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS, urn AS PRESS PASSES NEWSPAPER STAFF IDENTITY CARDS AND A NOTE FROM THE NEWSPAPER EDITOR SHOULD BE PRODUCED BY YOUR STAFF MEMBER WHEN COLLECTING THE BADGES.

WE HAVE DONE OUR BEST TO GIVE NEWS EDITORS ALL THE FACILITIES FOR WHICH THEY HAVE ASKED, BUT LIMITATIONS ON SPACE IN SOME CASES HAVE MADE IT DIFFICULT” SOME PRESS POSITIONS HAD BEEN HEAVILY OVER-SUBSCRIBED. AS A RESULT, WE REGRET THAT CERTAIN APPLICATIONS FOR PRESS PASSES CANNOT BE MET AND OTHERS IN SOME POSITIONS HAVE HAD TO BE CHANGED SO THAT IT WILL STILL BE POSSIBLE FOR REPORTERS/ PHOTOGRAPHERS TO COVER THE SAME EVENT FROM ANOTHER POSITION.

NEWS EDITORS ARE REMINDED THAT THERE WILL BE A DAILY PRESS BRIEFING THROUGHOUT THE ROYAL VISIT IN THE PRESS CENTRE IN THE HILTON HOTEL” THE TIME OF THE BRIEFING WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON THE TELEPRINTER AND FULL ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE FOLLOWING DAY’S PROGRAMMES WILL BE GIVEN BY THE ROYAL VISIT PRESS OFFICER AND ALSO BY THE QUEEN’S PRESS OFFICER, MR. R. ALLISON. IT WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR ALL REPORTERS WHO ARE COVERING EVENTS TO ATTEND THESE BRIEFINGS BUT IT IS MOST IMPORTANT THAT THEY RECEIVE DETAILS OF ALL THE ARRANGEMENTS. WE WOULD THEREFORE BE GRATEFUL IF NEWS EDITORS OR CHIEF REPORTERS COULD ATTEND SO THAT THEY COULD ER IEF THEIR OWN STAFF.

IN ADDITION TO THE DAILY BRIEFINGS, ALL DETAILS OF TRANSPORT AND OTHER ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE PRESS, COVERING EACH EVENT, WILL BE ISSUED DAILY ON THE.TELEPRINTER, FACSIMILE MACHINE AND IN THE DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN.

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SUPPLEMENTARY EXAMINATION FOR 143 S.S.E.E. CANDIDATES « K If « if if if

ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY THREE CHILDREN WERE PREVENTED BY BAD WEATHlR FROM SITTING ALL OR PART OF YESTERDAY’S (WEDNESDAY) SECONDARY SCHOOLS ENTRANCE EXAMINATION, ACCORDING TO REPORTS RECEIVED SO FAR.

+THIS IS LESS THAN ONE-SIXTH OF ONE PERCENT OF THE CANDIDATES,+ THE SECRETARY OF THE S.S.E.E. SAID TODAY.

HE ANNOUNCED THAT +A SUPPLEMENTARY EXAMINATION WILL BE PROVIDED FOR THESE CHILDREN IN ABOUT TWO WEEKS’ TIME. THEY WILL BE EXAMINED ONLY IN THOSE SUBJECTS WHICH THEY WERE UNABLE TO TAKE YESTERDAY. DETAILS WILL BE NOTIFIED TO THE SCHOOLS CONCERNED.+

ROYAL VISIT PRESS RELEASE

Thursday, May 1, 1975

BEHIND THE ..SCENES FOR THE ROYAL VISIT ♦ ♦♦♦♦

The Queen’s visit to Hong Kong next week will climax months of preparation that have involved dozens of people concerned with the many aspects of her brief but crowded itinerary.

A Government spokesman pointed out today that the amount of detailed behind-the-scenes planning required for such an event was ’enormous’ and far too complex to contain within the confines of a single team of organisers.

Guiding all these preparations through their long weeks of planning and rehearsal has been a small steering committee chaired by the Governor, Sir Murray MacLehose. The members of the committee are: Sir Yuet-keung Kan, Senior Unofficial Member of the Executive Council, Mr. A. de 0. Sales, Chairman of the Urban Council, Lady Gordon, Mr. Denys Roberts, the Colonial Secretary, Mr. Denis Bray, Secretary for Home Affairs, Brigadier R. G. Lewthwaite, Director of the Royal Visit Office, Mr. Roy Henry, Deputy Commissioner of Police, and Col. Patrick Palmer.

Looking forward to the outcome of all this effort, the spokesman commented: ”The steering committee, and everyone else concerned, will feel rewarded if the evidence of all the work they have put into it goes totally unnoticed when the programme swings into effect, because the measure of real efficiency of planning lies in the degree to which it remains behind the scenes.

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Meanwhile, of course, all the main outline of these proposals must have been agreed at an early stage with Buckingham Palace, because the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh both take a close personal interest in these preparations.

"The principle behind the planning has been to let the Queen see as much as possible of Hong Kong and Hong Kong people, and to let as many people as possible see her."

In addition to all the arrangements for the main programme, the organisers have also had to plan a ’wet weather1 programme to allow for the distinct possibility. — particularly at this time of year — that the sun will not shine incessantly throughout the visit.

This programme allows for both light rain and heavy rain, incor-i • porating complete alternative arrangements in the event that particular outdoor functions become impracticable.

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ROYAL VISIT PRESS RELEASE

Thursday, May 1, 1975

QUEEN AND DUKE TO ARRIVE ON SUNDAY

Two Full Days Of A Packed Programme

An event unique in the history of Hong Kong unfolds on Sunday at 6 p.me when the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive on a foui>-day visit.

The Queen will be the first reigning British monarch to set foot on Hong Kong soil. Prince Philip was here once before, in 1959.

There have been 17 previous occasions since 1841 when members of the Royal family have visited Hong Kong. The visit which begins on Sunday will be the 18th.

The first Royal Visit was in 1869 when Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, called while on a world tour, and the last was in 1972 when Princess Alexandra came officially to open the cross harbour tunnel, accompanied by her husband, the Hon. Angus Ogilvy.

Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, passed through Hong Kong in 1970 en route to Expo’ 70 in Osaka, and the Duke of Kent was stationed in Hong Kong in 1962 as second in command of the Royal Scots Greys when the regiment was here.

Although the Queen and the Duke will be in Hong Kong from Sunday until Wednesday, the public programme on Sunday will be limited to their arrival, ceremonial crossing of the harbour, and official welcome in the City Hall. On Wednesday morning, the Royal visitors will leave for Japan at 9.25 a.m. after driving from Government Hbuse via the cross harbour tunnel to Hong Kong International airport.

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It is on Monday and Tuesday that the Queen and the Dulce will be most occupied , with a packed and varied itinerary of public appearances that will keep them on the move from morning to night.

On Monday morning, the Queen will visit Morse Park swimming pool and the Oi Man estate, while the Duke tours the Police Cadet School in Fanling, the 7th Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Gurkha Rifles at Queen’s Hill Camp, and the Outward Bound School.

In the afternoon, both the Queen and the Duke will attend a community lunch at the City Hall, after which they will be driven to the new Hung Hom Railway Terminal where the Queen will unveil a plaque commemorating her visit to Hong Kong before moving inside to tour a "Progress Hong Kong" exhibitiion.

One of the main items on the Royal programme, the exhibition has been specially planned for the visit, to serve as a showcase for Hong Kong’s industrial achievement. The Royal visitors will see displayed on stand after stand superb examples of Hong Kong’s sophisticated manufactured consumer goods, now in demand in some of the world’s most exacting markets.

In the evening, the Queen and the Duke will view a fireworks display in the harbour, and then attend a special race meeting at the Royal Hong ■ n

Kong Jockey Club, where at least 45,000 people will be on hand to welcome them Tuesday’s programme for the Queen begins with a trip by hover ferry to Tsuen Wan, just as the Duke gets airborne in a helicopter for a call at the Chinese University. Meeting up again at the Kwai Chung container terminal, the Royal couple will travel in the Governor’s yacht, The Lady Maurine, to a reception in their honour at the Ocean Terminal.

In the afternoon, they will visit the Hong Kong University, and then view a water pageant in Aberdeen harbour. When the Queen returns to Government House from Aberdeen, the Duke will proceed to Stanley Fort to call on the 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards.

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In the evening, the Royal visitors will drive to Kowloon Park for a procession in their honour along Nathan Road. This will be their last public appearance before their departure, early on Wednesday morning, for the state visit to Japan.

Note To Editors: Beginning on Saturday, May 3, detailed advance articles will be issued each day itemising and timing each event in the Royal programmes between May 4 and May 7•

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ROYAL VISIT PRESS RELEASE

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■ SOME NOTE£ ON PLACES HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN AND HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS

THE PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH,WILL VISIT DURING THEIR STAY IN HONG KONG

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1. SUNDAY May 4th

TIME PIu.CE NOTES

EVENING i) HONG KONG Previously called Kai Tak /drport,

INTERNATIONAL this term is now reserved for the AIRPORT Royal Air Force’s portion of the

field. The name Kai Tak arose from the fact that two residents. Ho Kai and Au Tak, formed a company in the 1920s, the Kai Tak Investment Company Limited, to reclaim a part of Kowloon Bay for development. In 1929» a newly-formed Hong Kong Flying Club rented part of the area for a landing field. In 1930, the Government took over the airport, and a Civil /dr Service was formed. In 1932, a total of 1,785 flights was recorded, and 1,185 passengers carried. In 1974, statistics show that 52,929 aircraft used the International Airport, and J.7 million passengers were processed.

ii) CITY HALL HRH Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh,

opened Hong Kong’s first City Hall in 1869* It was a two-storey, elegant building, in the colonial style of the period, with ample balconies and a black-tiled roof. The building was demolished in 1933 to make way for the present headquarters of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. The present City Hall was opened in March 19&2, and patronage was immediate and enthusiastic. The Hall is the venue for all major cultural events. It houses a library, an art gallery, and a museum.

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MORNING i) MORSE Pz*RK

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iii) POLICE CADET SCHOOL

iv) QUEEN’S HILL CA^

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SCHOOL

This park, very popular in Kowloon, is named after Sir Arthur Morse, a former Chairman of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, a sportsman himself and a patron of sport. The pool was opened on December 4th, 1970. It is surrounded by housing estates, and its facilities are extensively used.

Oi Man means in English ’’Love the people.” It is the 53rd estate built by the Government since 1954. Eventually it will house 46,000 people in 6,256 flats. It has four ’firsts,’ the first in the new 10-year plan, and the first to have a communal antenna, piped gas, and a commercial complex.

Set up in September 19731 it is temporarily housed at a former ^rmy camp in Fanling. There are 500 cadets in training, and the emphasis is on basic education, character formation and physical fitness. Recruits come from lower-income middle class families. They are all enthusiastic. Though not required solely to join the police force on graduation - they can also join other disciplinary forces - most opt to do so.

The original camp was built in 1951 to house a Gurkha battalion and its families. The present occupants are the 7th Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Gurkha Rifles. The camp was rebuilt in 1969 to replace the old hutted accommodation. Improvements were initiated in 1972, and further improvements will begin this June.

This is Hong Kong’s first Outward Bound School. It opened in 1970 with the help of the Hong Kong Government and the Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club. It is situated in challenging countryside, combining sea, mountain and rugged terrain. More than 600 people of both sexes, young and old, complete the courses annually.

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This is the largest single construction job currently underway. It will replace the present railway terminal at the tip of Kowloon peninsula, and, when completed, will cost <.150 million. It is being built on a site which ten years ago was part of the harbour. The complex will be in service late this summer, and will then become the nerve centre for transportation in Hong Kong.

The first RIIS Tamar was a 16-gun sloop built in 175$ at Saltash on the river Tamar, the border between Dover and Cornwall, hence its name. The fourth Tamar4 was sunk in Hong Kong- harbour during World jar II. The fifth Tamar is a naval shore establishment in hong Kong. It took its present shape in 1962, and is designed to operate and maintain a local squadron of minesweepers, to provide facilities for recruiting local staff for the Royal Navy, and to make available the necessary facilities for one self-maintaining frigate or destroyer berthed alongside.

The Club has always been in Happy Valley. .ecords show that the first race meeting was in 1846, with ponies. The Club’s premises have been continuously improved since oriel 7ar II. Professional racing with thoroughbreds was introduced in 1971• The Club can accommodate 49,000 at any one meeting, and frequently does so.

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DATE TIME PLACE NOTES

5. TUESDAY MAY 6th MORNING i) TSUEN WAN Freely translated, the Chinese name means "Fertile Bay.” The area has always been so called. It is the fastest growing town in the New Territories. The population, now in excess of 400,000, is expected to reach 850,000 within 10 years. The town is often described as the centre of Hong Kong’s textile industry.

ii) CONTAINER TERMINAL AT KWAI CHUNG This site is being developed by two companies to give Hong Kong, by next year, the largest and most modern container handling complex in Asia. Forty per cent of all cargo arriving in Hong Kong is novz containerised. The percentage will grow. The first of three new berths, capable of handling the largest container ships, will be ready by the end of 1975*

iii) OCEAN TERMINAL The 1,250 ft. terminal is one of the meet prominent features of Kowloon peninsula. It was opened in 1966 by the then Governor of Hong Kong, Sir David Trench. It serves a dual role-as a marine pier and a shopping centre The terminal can accommodate four ocean liners with a draft of 35 feet. About 35,000 tons of cargo can be stored in transit sheds beneath the shopping centre. HRH Princes Margaret unveiled a plaque in the main concourse to commemorate her visit, and that of the Earl of Snowdon, in March 1966.

iv) CHINESE UNIVERSITY This university was inaugurated in

1963, and is composed of three foundation colleges - the Asia College, the Chung Chi College, and the United College. It occupies 331 acres of land, near Sha Tin. The main language of instruction is Chinese► The university has funds of its own, but is largely financed by the Hong Kong Government. The enrolment is now about 3,200.

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DATE TIME PLACE NOTES

6. TUESDAY MAY 6th AFTERNOON v) FLAGSTAFF HOUSE Built in the early 1840, this is one of the oldest houses in Hong Kong. The fjrst occupant was Major General George Charles Df Aguilar, General Officer Commanding and Lieutenant Governor between 1844 and 1848. The house has been occupied ever since by the incumbent Commander, British Forces, Hong Kong.

vi) HONG KONG UNIVERSITY This is the older of Hong Kong’s two universities. It was established in 1911 and incorporated the College of Medicine, founded in 1887. The university, is a self-governing cor-poration. It also has funds of its own, but is again largely financed by the Hong Kong Government. The present enrolment is about 4,000.

vii) ABERDEEN Thin is a fishing village which for centuries was a haunt for pirates. The Chinese name, Shek Pai Wan, means a rock formation with ample fish. It was renamedj in 1841, after Lord Aberdeen, the Tory Foreign Secretary. Soon after the British arrival, Aberdeen became an important centre for shipping, and by 1857, had a dry dock. It is now the home base of a large fishing community.

viii) STANLEY FORT There has been an almost continuous British military presence at Stanley. The original garrison was in the area of the present village. During the occupation, nearby Stanley Gaol was used by the Japanese as an internment camp The be Tracks are being completely rebuilt during a five-year programme at a cost of about million

7. TUESDAY EVENING MAY 6th ix) NATHAN ROAD This is Kowloon’s main street. It is named after a former Governor of Hong Kong, Sir Matthew Nathan (1904-1907). Famed for its trees, most of the latter were felled to make way for redevelopment. The section of tho road nearer the harbour is called ’’the golden mile,” and is famous for its hotels and shopping facilities.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, MAY 2, 1975

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VALUE OF HONG KONG’S DOMESTIC EXPORTS, IMPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS DROPPED IN MARCH ................................ 1

NEW BILL ENABLING GOVERNMENT TO RAISE LOANS GAZETTED .... 3

RATES FOR SUBSIDISED QUARTERS AND CORPORATION PROFITS TAX TO GO UP ................................................... 4

TWO LARGE VIEWING SITES IN WANCHAI AND HUNGHOM FOR PUBLIC

TO WATCH FIREWORKS DISPLAY NEXT MONDAY ..................... 5

12 PROPOSALS FOR REDUCTION OF RATEABLE VALUES RECEIVED .. 7

SPECIAL TRAIN SERVICES DURING THE ROYAL VISIT PERIOD ANNOUNCED .................................................. 7

COUNCIL OF VOLUNTARY YOUTH GROUPS FORMED IN WONGTAISIN .. 8

NEW MIDWIFERY TRAINING SCHOOL IN QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL WILL BE READY THIS YEAR ............................

CHANGES IN PRESS ARRANGEMENT FOR BEACON HILL VIEW POINT IN ROYAL VISIT PROGRAMME .............................

EXTENSIVE REPAIR WORK ON DRAINAGE SYSTEM AT KOWLCON BAY

LICENSED AREA NOW UNDERWAY ...............................

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APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR TRAINING COURSE AT TECHNICAL

TEACHERS’ COLLEGE ........................................

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FRIDAY, MAY 2,' 1975

MARCH EXPORTS DOWN BY $249 MILLION Jf « » « ft ft

THE VALUE OF HONG KONG’S DOMESTIC EXPORTS FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH WAS $1,621 MILLION, REPRESENTING A DECREASE OF $249 MILLION OR 13.3 PER CENT DY VALUE, COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING MONTH IN 1974.

ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES PUBLISHED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, THE VALUE OF IMPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS ALSO DECREASED DY 20.9 PER CENT AND 12.6 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, COMPARED TO MARCH 1974.

HOWEVER, TRADE FIGURES FOR THE 12-MONTH PERIOD FROM APRIL 1974 TO MARCH 1975 SHOW INCREASES OF 5.7 PER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS, 5.4 PER CENT FOR IMPORTS OVER THOSE OF THE PREVIOUS 12-MONTH PERIOD ENDING MARCH, 1974. THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS FOR THE 12-MONTH PERIOD DECREASE BY 3.9 PER CENT.

FOR THE PERIOD FROM JANUARY TO MARCH 1975 TRADE FIGURES SHOW DECREASES BY VALUE OF 14.1 PER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS, 13.7 PER CENT FOR RE-EXPORTS AND 13.3 PER CENT FOR IMPORTS, COMPARED TO THE SAME PERIOD IN 1974.

FOLLOWING ARE PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR THE MONTH

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COMPARATIVE FIGURES

MARCH 1975 MARCH 1974 INCREASE OR DECREASE

8 MN. 8 MN. 8 MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 1,621 (74.4%) 1,870 (74.5%) - 249 -13.3

IMPORTS 2,435 3,079 - 645 -20.9

RE-EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 558 (25.6%) 639 (25.5%) - 80 -12.6

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DOMESTIC EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 4,529 (74.4%) 5,272 (74.5%) - 744 -14.1

IMPORTS 6,994 8,065 -1,071 -13.3

RE-EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 1,558 (25.6%) 1,805 (25.5%) - 246 -13.7

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NEW BILL TO ENABLE GOVERNMENT TO RAISE LOANS

THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE ABLE TO RAISE LOANS TO FINANCE THE 1975-76 DEFICIT BUDGETTED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY IF DRAFT LEGISLATION PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S (FRIDAY) GAZETTE IS PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE NEED TO BORROW MONEY OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS WAS STATED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR. PHILIP. HADDON-CAVE ,IN HIS BUDGET SPEECH. IN IT HE MENTIONED THAT THE AIM WOULD BE TO BORROW AS CHEAPLY AS POSSIBLE AND +FOR OUR REQUIREMENTS IN 1975-76 WE ARE CURRENTLY AND ACTIVELY CONSIDERING SEVERAL POSSIBILITIES.*

AMONG THESE POSSIBILITIES ARE THE THREE SOURCES OF BORROWING ----

THE EURO-CURRENCY MARKET, SUPPLIERS’ CREDITS AND PRIVATE PLACEMENTS — FOR WHICH LEGAL AUTHORITY IS NOW BEING SOUGHT BY THE NEW BILL.

UNDER THE BILL, KNOWN AS THE LOANS BILL 1975, THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE GIVEN LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY TO BORROW MONEY FOR ANY PURPOSE SUBJECT TO APPROVAL BY RESOLUTION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THIS WILL PROVIDE THE NECESSARY POWER AND AUTHORITY TO BORROW MONEY IN THE EURO-CURRENCY CREDIT MARKET AND THROUGH LINES OF CREDIT AND OTHER SIMILAR FACILITIES. AT THE SAME TIME, LOAN AGREEMENTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED BY THE BILL TO EE LAID BEFORE THE COUNCIL AS SOON AS PRACTICABLE.

THE GOVERNMENT WILL ALSO BE EMPOWERED BY THE BILL TO ISSUE SUCH BONDS, PROMISSORY NOTES AND OTHER INSTRUMENTS AS MAY BE NECESSARY TO GIVE EFFECT TO A LOAN AGREEMENT.

ANOTHER PROVISION OF THE BILL STIPULATES THAT THE LOAN PROCEEDS, AFTER DEFRAYING ANY EXPENSES INCURRED IN RAISING THE LOAN WILL HAVE TO BE APPLIED TO THE PURPOSE FOR WHICH THEY WERE BORROWED.

IT ALSO ENABLES EXPENDITURE FOR A PROJECT IN RESPECT OF WHICH NO PROVISION IS MADE IN THE ESTIMATES TO BE MET INITIALLY FROM GENERAL REVENUES WHERE LOAN FUNDS ARE NOT IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE WITH SUBSEQUENT RE-IMBURSEMENT FROM THE LOAN FUNDS WHEN RECEIVED. THE REPAYMENT OF A LOAN IS CHARGED BY THE BILL UPON THE GENERAL REVENUES AND ASSETS OF HONG KONG.

IF PASSED, THE BILL WILL ENABLE THE GOVERNOR TO REMIT ANY TAX, DUTY, CHARGE OR FEE IN RESPECT OF A LOAN AGREEMENT AND ANY OTHER INSTRUMENTS CONNECTED WITH THE BORROWING.

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TOO DIRECT T/ ( INCREASE PROPOSALS ANNOUNCED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY IN HIS MIDGET SPEECH ARE TO BE IMPLEMENTED WITH RETROSPECTIVE EFFECT AS FROM APRIL 1 THIS YEAR UNDER AN AMENDING BILL GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY).

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THE FIRST PROPOSAL CONCERNS THE VALUE, FOR SALARIES TAX PURPOSES, OF QUARTERS PROVIDED BY AN EMPLOYER FOR HIS EMPLOYEES AND THE OTHER RELATES TO CORPORATION PROFITS TAX.

UNDER THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL 1975 — WHICH WILL BE INTRODUCED SHORTLY INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL — THE RATE USED IN ASSESSING THE VALUE OF FREE OR SUBSIDISED QUARTERS PROVIDED FOR AN EMPLOYEE BY HIS EMPLOYER WILL DE RAISED FROM THE PRESENT 7-1/2 PERCENT OF THE EMPLOYEE'S INCOME TO 10 PERCENT.

THE INCREASE IS MADE ON THE GROUND THAT THE TRUE MARKET VALUE OF SUCH RESIDENCE IS INVARIABLY ABOVE 7-1/2 PER CENT OF THE EMPLOYEE’S INCOME.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE BILL PROVIDES FOR PROPORTIONATE INCREASES FOR PERSONS OCCUPYING HOTEL, HOSTEL, BOARDING-HOUSE OR OTHER ACCOMMODATIONS.

IF PUT INTO EFFECT, THIS TAX PROPOSAL IS EXPECTED TO YIELD TO THE REVENUE SOME S3.5 MILLION A YEAR.

THE BILL ALSO STIPULATES THAT FREE OR SUBSIDISED QUARTERS PROVIDED FOR EMPLOYEES BY A PERSON ASSOCIATED WITH THE EMPLOYER WILL ALSO BE VALUED SIMILARLY FOR THE PURPOSES OF SALARIES TAX.

THIS PROVISION SEEKS TO FORESTALL ANY EVASION OF ASSESSMENT WHICH IS NOW COMMONLY PRACTISED. UNDER EXISTING LAW, ONLY A PLACE , OF RESIDENCE PROVIDED DIRECTLY BY AN EMPLOYER IS SUBJECT TO CHARGE AS A RESULT AVOIDANCE OF ASSESSMENT IS ACHIEVED BY ENSURING THAT" ONE PERSON PAYS THE EMPLOYEE’S SALARY WHILE AN ASSOCIATED CORPORATION PROVIDES THE FREE QUARTERS.

THE AMENDING LEGISLATION ALSO PROVIDES FOR AN INCREASE IN THE RATE OF CORPORATION PROFITS TAX FROM THE CURRENT 15 PERCENT TO 16-1/2 PERCENT STARTING FROM APRIL 1 THIS YEAR.

IT IS ENVISAGED THAT THE INCREASE WILL BE A TEMPORARY MEASURE PENDING DETAILED CONSIDERATION AND DRAFTING OF LEGISLATION FOR A DIVIDENDS WITHHOLDING TAX.

THE ONE-AND-A-HALF-PERCENT TAX INCREASE SHOULD PRODUCE $100 MILLION IN 1975-76.

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ARRANGEMENTS FOR PUBLIC TO SEE FIREWORKS DISPLAY IN WAN CHAI AND HUNG HOM

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MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WILL BE ABLE TO WATCH THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY, ONE OF THE MANY SPECTACULAR PROGRAMMES TO CELEBRATE THE VISIT OF THE QUEEN AND THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH, AT A CLOSE DISTANCE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE HARBOUR ON MAY 5.

TWO LARGE AREAS OF LAND AT THE WAN CHAI AND HUNG HOM RECLAMATIONS HAVE BEEN SET ASIDE FOR THIS PURPOSE.

THE 25-MINUTE FIREWORKS DISPLAY WILL BE LAUNCHED AT 8.30 P.M. FROM A PONTOON SITUATED BETWEEN HUNG HOM AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG YACHT CLUB.

THE AREA AT THE WAN CHAI RECLAMATION IS A LARGE STRETCH OF LAND FACING THE WATERFRONT FROM THE WAN CHAI FERRY PIER TO THE FLYOVER BEFORE THE ENTRY TO THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL.

THREE VIEWING SITES ARE PROVIDED IN THIS AREA. ONE IS AT THE OLD C.M.A. EXHIBITION GROUND OPPOSITE THE WAN CHAI FERRY PIER AND IS ACCESSIBLE BY AN ENTRANCE AT TONNOCHY ROAD.

THE SECOND SITE, SIMILAR IN SIZE TO THE FIRST ONE, IS A PIECE OF VACANT GROUND BOUNDED BY TONNOCHY ROAD, HUNG HING ROAD AND MARSH ROAD. THIS SITE WILL HAVE THREE ENTRANCES, ONE AT EACH OF THE THREE ROADS.

THE THIRD SITE IS A SMALLER PIECE OF VACANT LAND CLOSE TO A FOOTBRIDGE AND IS BOUNDED BY HUNG HING ROAD AND WAN SHING STREET. THE ENTRANCE WILL BE AT HUNG HING ROAD FACING THE STEPS OF THE FOOTBRIDGE.

THE THREE SITES WILL BE OPEN FROM 5.30 P.M. ON MAY 5 TO 8.00 A.M. THE NEXT DAY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (WAN CHAI) ADVISED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISH TO GO TO THE WAN CHAI SITES TO WATCH THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY TO MAKE USE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT AS far POSSIBLE AS THERE WOULD BE ONLY A LIMITED NUMBER OF METERED PARKING SPACES IN FRONT OF THE WAN CHAI FERRY PIER AND HARBOUR ROAD.

HE POINTED OUT THAT EXCEPT THE METERED PARKING SPACES, PARKING WOULD BE PROHIBITED IN THE THREE SITES AND THEIR VICINITY.

IN KOWLOON, PEOPLE, CAN WATCH THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY AT A VIEWING SITE AT THE PORTION OF THE HUNG HOM RECLAMATION OFF THE NEW RAILWAY TERMINUS. THE SITE LIES TO THE SOUTHERN END OF THE ENTRANCE TO THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL AND STRETCHES TOWARDS TSIM SHA TSUI.

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TO ADD TO THE FESTIVE ATMOSPHERE, THE SITE WILL BE ILLUMINATED ' BY 10 FLOODLIGHTS Al ONG ITS PERIMETER.

THROUGH THE ARRANGEMENT OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, THE KOWLOON MOTOR BUS COMPANY WILL DE PROVIDING A SPECIAL BUS SERVICE, PLYING BETWEEN THE JORDAN ROAD FERRY CONCOURSE AND THE VIEWING SITE.

THE BUS SERVICE WILL START AT 7.30 P.M. AND THE FARE WILL EE 50 CENTS A PERSON. THE FREQUENCY WILL DEPEND ON DEMAND.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (KOWLOON CITY) EXPLAINED THAT THIS TEMPORARY BUS ROUTE WHICH BRINGS PASSENGERS TO THE IMMEDIATE VICINITY OF THE VIEWING SITE THROUGH AN AREA AROUND THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL ENTRANCE WOULD NOT BE OPENED TO ANY 0’iHER VEHICLES.

THE PUBLIC IS ADVISED TO MAKE USE OF THIS SPECIAL SERVICE WHICH IS THE MOST CONVENIENT WAY TO VISIT THE SITE.

PEOPLE WHO GO TO THE VIEWING SITE IN PRIVATE CARS, TAXIS OR PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES FROM THE DIRECTION OF CHATHAM ROAD OR PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED TO THE SITE THROUGH YUK CHOI ROAD. PASSENGERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO ALIGHT AT SOME DISTANCE FROM THE SITE, AND THEN PROCEED ON FOOT.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THERE WOULD BE APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS TO WARN MOTORISTS OFF THE NEW ACCESS ROAD IN THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL ENTRANCE AREA. SIGNS WILL BE PLACED AT SUITABLE LOCATIONS TO GUIDE PEOPLE WHO COME IN BY OTHER MEANS OF TRANSPORT OTHER THAN THE SPECIAL BUS SERVICE.

SIGNS WILL ALSO BE PUT UP AT THE ENTRANCES TO THE PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE LEADING FROM HUNG HOM FERRY CONCOURSE TO THE RECLAMATION AREA, HE ADDED.

ON BOTH SIDES OF THE HARBOUR THE VIEWING SITE WILL SERVE AS ONE-NIGHT HAWKER BAZAAR ON THAT DAY.

HAWKERS WHO WANT TO PLY THEIR TRADE ON THE SITES CAN DO SO WITHOUT HAVING TO APPLY FOR ANY LICENCE IN ADVANCE.

AT THE WAN CHAI RECLAMATION, ALL THE THREE VIEWING SITES WILL BE OPENED TO HAWKERS BUT AT THE HUNG HOM SITE, HAWKERS WILL ONLY BE ALLOWED TO TRADE IN A SPECIAL HAWKER ZONE AT THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE SITE.

THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE ASKED THE HAWKERS GOING TO THE SITE ON HONG KONG ISLAND TO CO-OPERATE BY KEEPING AS FAR AWAY AS POSSIBLE FROM THE ENTRANCES.

FOR HAWKERS INTENDING TO OPERATE IN THE HUNG HOM SITE ON THAT NIGHT, THEY ARE ADVISED TO MOVE INTO THE SPECIAL HAWKER ZONE BETWEEN 4 P.M. - 6.30 P.M. TO AVOID CONGESTION.

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REDUCTION OF RATEABLE VALUES SOUGHT

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THE COMMISSIONER OF RATING AND VALUATION RECEIVED ONLY 12 PROPOSALS FOR ALTERATION OF ENTRIES IN THE VALUATION LISTS FOR 1975-76 IN THE 21-DAY PERIOD — MARCH 8 TO 28 — WHEN THE LISTS WERE OPEN FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION.

A RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT ALL OF THEM CONCERNED THE REDUCTION OF ASSESSED RATEABLE VALUES AND THAT MOST WERE IN RESPECT OF SHOP PREMISES IN KOWLOON THE.TENANTS OF WHICH HAD RECENTLY NEGOTIATED REDUCED RENTALS.

+TEN OF THE PROPOSALS HAD so FAR BEEN DEALT WITH AND IN FIVE CASES THE DEPARTMENT HAD AGREED TO REDUCE THE RATING ASSESSMENTS FOR THE ENSUING YEAR,+ HE SAID.

THE' REMAINDER IS STILL BEING CONSIDERED AND A DECISION SHOULD BE MADE IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT A RIGHT OF APPEAL TO THE LANDS TRIBUNAL STILL LIES AGAINST THE DECISION OF THE COMMISSIONER OF RATING AND VALUATION FOLLOWING THE MAKING OF A PROPOSAL.

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A SPOKESMAN FOR THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT SPECIAL TRAIN SERVICES WILL DE OPERATED TO FACILITATE PASSENGERS TRAVELLING TO AND FROM THE HEW TERRITORIES DURING THE ROYAL VISIT ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY.

ON MONDAY, THERE WILL BE SEVEN UP TRAINS RUNNING FROM TSIM SHA TSUI TO TAI PO MARKET, FANLING OR LO WU BETWEEN 9.49 AM AND MIDNIGHT, AND SIX DOWN TRAINS FROM THE NEW TERRITORIES TO TSIM SHA TSUI BETWEEN 11.04 AM AND 8.39 PM. THESE SERVICES ARE IN ADDITION TO THE NORMAL SCHEDULE TRAINS.

ON TUESDAY, A SPECIAL UP TRAIN WILL DEPART FROM TSIM SHA TSUI FOR LO WU AT 11 PM TO FACILITATE N.T. PEOPLE WHO WILL TRAVEL TO KOWLOON TO WATCH THE CARNIVAL PROCESSION.

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MOVE TO IMPROVE VOLUNTEER SERVICE

SIXTEEN VOLUNTARY YOUTH GROUPS FROM LOCAL SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND WELFARE AGENCIES IN WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT HAVE FORMED A COUNCIL TO PROVIDE BETTER CO-ORDINATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF VOLUNTARY COMMUNITY SERVICES IN THE AREA.

THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT COUNCIL OF VOLUNTARY YOUTH GROUPS AS IT IS KNOWN, IS SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT’S COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT. IT WAS ESTABLISHED LAST MONTH.

AS SUCH, ITS AIMS ARE TO OFFER OPPORTUNITIES FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE GROUPS TO EXCHANGE WORKING EXPERIENCES, POOL RESOURCES TO MEET COMMUNITY NEEDS ON A MASS SCALE, AND PROVIDE TRAINING PROGRAMMES FOR MEMBER YOUTH GROUPS AS WELL AS THOSE OF OTHER ORGANISATIONS, ACCORDING TO MRS. HENRIETTA CHEN, THE COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICER .

ONE OF ITS FIRST EFFORTS WAS A FUND-RAISING DRIVE FOR OUR LADY OF MARYKNOLL HOSPITAL IN WONG TAI SIN AT WHICH $11,000 WAS COLLECTED.

TOMORROW (SATURDAY), IT WILL BE PURSUING ANOTHER OF ITS AIMS BY STARTING A TWO-DAY VOLUNTEER TRAINING PROGRAMME AT THE WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 104 CHING TAK STREET STARTING AT 8 P.M. AND CONTINUING ON SUNDAY BETWEEN 2 AND 5 P.M.

ONE HUNDRED LOCAL YOUTH .volunteers , EIGHTY OF WHOM ARE FROM MEMBER GROUPS OF THE COUNCIL, WILL MEET FOR LECTURES ON THE BASIC CONCEPTS OF VOLUNTARY SERVICES AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH SOCIAL WORK, THE ROLE OF VOLUNTEERS AND THEIR WORKING ATTITUDE AND THE WORKING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN VOLUNTEERS AND AGENCY STAFF.

DISCUSSIONS WILL FOLLOW THE LECTURES WHICH WILL BE GIVEN BY EXPERIENCED SOCIAL WORKERS FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF VOLUNTEERS FOR SERVICE AND CARITAS TUNG TAU CENTRE.

MRS. CHEN SAID THIS WAS THE FIRST OF THE TRAINING PROGRAMMES WHICH THE COUNCIL WAS ORGANISING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO DEVELOP YOUTH LEADERSHIP THROUGH STIMULATING THE SPIRIT OF SERVICE TO RAISE THE STANDARDS OF VOLUNTARY SERVICE.

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NEW MIDWIFERY TRAINING SCHOOL IN Q.E. it it it if if if

THE MIDWIFERY TRAINING SCHOOL IN QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL WILL OPERATE IN PERMANENT PREMISES BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.

WORK WILL BEGIN LATER THIS MONTH TO CONVERT THE ROOF OF BLOCK A OF THE HOSPITAL INTO A PERMANENT MIDWIFERY TRAINING SCHOOL WITH THE AIM OF PROVIDING PROPER ACCOMMODATION FOR NURSES UNDERGOING MIDWIFERY TRAINING.

THE NEW TRAINING SCHOOL, WITH A TOTAL FLOOR AREA OF ABOUT 5,800 SQ. FT. WILL HAVE FOUR CLASSROOMS, A PRACTICAL DEMONSTRATION ROOM, A LIBRARY, THREE OFFICES FOR TUTORIAL STAFF AND A PANTRY.

WHEN COMPLETED, THE SCHOOL WILL ALSO PROVIDE ACCOMMODATION FOR RUNNING REFRESHER COURSES FOR SERVING MIDWIVES, NURSES AND SENIOR NURSING STAFF SO AS TO KEEP THEM ABREAST WITH THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN GENERAL AND MIDWIFERY NURSING.

THE NEW SCHOOL IS MUCH MORE SPACIOUS THAN THE EXISTING ONE WHICH IS TEMPORARILY HOUSED IN THE SITTING ROOM OF THE SISTERS QUARTERS IN THE HOSPITAL.

IT IS EXPECTED TO BE READY FOR OCCUPATION BY DECEMBER, 1975.

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ROYAL VISIT PRESS ARRANGEMENT FOR BEACON HILL VIEW POINT EVENT it X it * it it

NOTE TO EDITORS:

REPORTERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS ACCREDITTED FOR THE BEACON HILL VIEW POINT IN THE ROYAL VISIT PROGRAMME WILL NOT (REPEAT NOT) BE ABLE TO GO THERE FROM MORSE PARK. YOU WILL HAVE TO ASSIGN SEPARATE STAFF MEMBERS TO COVER THESE EVENTS, IF YOUR NEWSPAPER HAS BEEN ACCREDITTED FOR BOTH. OFFICIAL TRANSPORT FOR BEACON HILL WILL LEAVE HILTON HOTEL AT 9.30 A.M. SHARP ON MONDAY (MAY 5).

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REPAIR WORK ON DRAINAGE SYSTEM AT KOWLOON BAY LICENSED AREA

HOUSING DEPARTMENT STAFF ARE NOW CARRYING OUT EXTENSIVE WORK AT THE KOWLOON BAY LICENSED AREA TO ENSURE THAT FLOODING OF THE AREA WILL NOT RECUR.

THE WORK INCLUDES CLEARING A LARGE QUANTITY OF DEBRIS BLOCKING THE CATCHPIT AND THE OUTLET CULVERT AS WELL AS ENLARGING THE LATTER.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MAINTENANCE DIVISION ASSURED THAT THE DRAINAGE SYSTEM WAS QUITE ADEQUATE TO COPE WITH FLOOD WATER UNDER NORMAL CONDITION.

+FLOODING OCCURRED LAST WEDNESDAY PARTLY DUE TO THE BLOCKAGE OF THE NULLAH AND PARTLY TO THE UNUSUAL HEAVY RAIN,+ HE SAID.

BETWEEN 12 NOON AND 1 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY, A TOTAL OF 92.4 MM OR NEARLY FOUR INCHES OF RAIN WAS RECORDED. THIS WAS THE FIFTH HIGHEST AMOUNT OF RAINFALL EVER RECORDED IN THE PERIOD OF ONE HOUR BY THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY.

THE SPOKESMAN WARNED THAT THE DRAINS COULD BE BLOCKED AGAIN DESPITE ACTION BY THE MANAGEMENT STAFF IF RESIDENTS DESCARD THEIR RUBBISH INDISCRIMINATELY.

HE APPEALED TO TENANTS FOR THEIR CO-OPERATION IN KEEPING THE DRAINAGE CLEAR AND TO PARENTS TO KEEP THEIR CHILDREN AWAY FROM THE NULLAH DURING A HEAVY DOWNFALL.

+THE FORCE OF THE FLOWING WATER COULD EASILY SWEEP A MAN OFF HIS FEET NOT TO MENTION LITTLE CHILDREN,+ HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE TRAGIC DEATH OF THE LITTLE GIRL ON WEDNESDAY WAS MOST REGRETTABLE. THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IS NOW IN TOUCH WITH THE BEREAVED FAMILY.

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APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR ONE-YEAR TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COURSE X H H K « K

YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WITH INDUSTRIAL EXPERIENCE ARE INVITED TO ENROL IN THE ONE YEAR FULL-TIME COURSE COMMENCING IN SEPTEMBER 1975 AT THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE.

THE COURSE IS INTENDED FOR MATURE STUDENTS WITH SOME YEARS OF INDUSTRIAL EXPERIENCE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN THE TEACHING PROFESSION AND IN PASSING ON THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS TO STUDENTS IN TECHNICAL EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS.

INDUCEMENT GRANTS WILL BE GIVEN TO STUDENTS ON THIS COURSE AT THE MINIMUM OF $1,070 PER MONTH UP TO THE MAXIMUM OF $1,640 PER MONTH, CALCULATED ACCORDING TO THE NUMBER OF YEARS OF POSTQUALIFICATION INDUSTRIAL EXPERIENCE.

APPLICANTS MUST HAVE SATISFACTORILY COMPLETED A TWO-YEAR FULL-TIME ORDINARY DIPL0MA/TECHN1CIAN DIPLOMA COURSE, OR AN EQUIVALENT PART-TIME COURSE, IN THE TECHNICAL COLLEGE/POLYTECHNIC/ MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, OR AN EQUIVALENT COLLEGE, IN ONE OF THE FOLLOWING DISCIPLINES j MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, TEXTILES, GARMENT-MAKING, BUILDING, PRINTING, AND PLASTIC MOULD-MAKING.

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE, 373, QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG.

ALL COMPLETED FORMS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE COLLEGE BY MAY 19, 1975. •'

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SATURDAY, MAY 3, 1975.

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SPECIAL BUS SERVICE ON MONDAY EVENING TO FACILITATE PUBLIC TO WATCH FIREWORKS DISPLAY ................. 1

FAMILY OF GIRL DROWNED ON APRIL 30’S DOWNPOUR GIVEN ASSISTANCE ........................................ 2

MORRISON HILL INDOOR STADIUM AND SPORTS CENTRE TO BE BUILT TO COMMEMORATE ROYAL VISIT .................. 3

MORE FORM 1 PLACES TO BE ALLOCATED TO SUCCESSFUL S.S.E.E.

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Issued by Government Irrformation Sen/ices, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong.Tel: 5-233191

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SPECIAL BUS SERVICE ON MONDAY

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A SPECIAL BUS SERVICE WILL BE OPERATED ON MONDAY (MAY 5) EVENING BETWEEN JORDAN ROAD FERRY PIER AND HUNG HOM TO FACILITATE PEOPLE GOING TO WATCH THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY AT THE HUNG HOM VIEWING SITE.

THE SPECIAL BUS ROUTE, NO. 29, WILL OPERATE AT FIVE-MINUTE FREQUENCY FROM JORDAN ROAD FERRY PIER BETWEEN 7 P.M. AND 8.20 P.M. AND BETWEEN 9.10 P.M. AND 10 P.M., AND FROM HUNG HOM, BETWEEN 7.10 P.M. AND 8.10 P.M. AND BETWEEN 9 P.M. AND 10.10 P.M.

BUSES LEAVING JORDAN ROAD FERRY PIER WILL TRAVEL VIA JORDAN ROAD, GASCOIGNE ROAD, CHATHAM ROAD FLYOVER, HONG CHONG ROAD AND SERVICE ROAD, OBSERVING ROUTE NO. 11 BUS STOPS. RETURN JOURNEYS WILL FOLLOW THE SAME ROUTE. FARES WILL BE 50 CENTS PER SINGLE JOURNEY FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN.

MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED THAT ON MONDAY EVENING, PARKING AND WAITING WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ANYWHERE ON THE HUNG HOM VIEWING SITE AND ALONG THE HONG CHONG ROAD SERVICE ROAD. YUK CHOI ROAD WILL BE CLOSED EXCEPT FOR ACCESS TO BUILDINGS ON THE ROAD.

MEANWHILE, TWO SUPPLEMENTARY CROSS-HARBOUR BUS ROUTES WILL BE RUN FROM MAY 6 TO MAY 11 TO CATER FOR PEOPLE ATTENDING THE EXHIBITION AT HUNG HOM.

THESE ARE ROUTE 121 BETWEEN CENTRAL AND HUNG HOM, AND ROUTE 122 BETWEEN CAUSEWAY BAY AND HUNG HOM, BOTH OPERATING AT A 30-MINUTE FREQUENCY WITH A FLAT FARE OF $1.

ROUTE 121 WILL OPERATE FROM HUNG HOM BETWEEN 10 A.M. AND 9.30 P.M., AND FROM CENTRAL BUS TERMINUS BETWEEN 10 A.M. AND 9 P.M., TRAVELLING FROM CENTRAL VIA CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, POTTINGER STREET, DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, JACKSON ROAD, CHATER ROAD, MURRAY ROAD, QUEENSWAY, HENNESSY ROAD, FLEMING ROAD, WAN CHAI ROAD, MORRISON HILL ROAD, LEIGHTON ROAD, CANAL ROAD FLYOVER, CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL, HONG CHONG ROAD, CHATHAM ROAD AND GILLIES AVENUE.

ROUTE 122 WILL OPERATE FROM HUNG HOM FROM 10.15 A.M. TO 9.45 P.M., AND FROM CAUSEWAY BAY BETWEEN 10.15 A.M. AND 9.15 P.M., TRAVELLING FROM CAUSEWAY BAY VIA HING FAT STREET, LAU SIN STREET, KING’S ROAD, CAUSEWAY ROAD, IRVING STREET, PENNINGTON STREET, YEE WO STREET, HENNESSY ROAD, TIN LOK LANE, MORRISON HILL ROAD, LEIGHTON ROAD, CANAL ROAD FLYOVER, CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL, HONG CHONG ROAD, CHATHAM ROAD, WUHU STREET AND GILLIES AVENUE.

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ASSISTANCE GIVEN TO DROWNED GIRL’S FAMILY

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THE DOWNPOUR ON APRIL JO, 1975 CAUSED A NUMBER OF RESIDENTS FROM VARIOUS LOW LYING AREAS AND SQUATTERS IN THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT TO TAKE TEMPORARY SHELTER IN THE VARIOUS WELFARE BUILDINGS AND KA I FONG ASSOCIATIONS.

ABOUT 150 RESIDENTS OF KOWLOON BAY (WEST) LICENSED AREA ALSO TOOK SHELTER AT THE NGAU TAU KOK POLICE STATION. STAFF FROM THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (KWUN TONG) LOST NO TIME IN ARRANGING TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION FOR THEM AND TOO WELFARE BUILDINGS IN LAM TIN WERE OPENED FOR THIS PURPOSE. TRANSPORT FACILITIES WERE ALSO ARRANGED TO CONVEY THOSE REGISTERED WITH THE CONTROL CENTRE INSIDE THE NGAU TAU KOK STATION TO THE SHELTERS. UP TO AROUND 4.30 P.M. ONLY 36 PEOPLE FROM 6 FAMILIES HAD REGISTERED WITH THE CENTRE AS THE HEAVY RAIN HAD ALREADY STOPPED AND THE FLOOD WAS RECEDING. C.D.O. STAFF CONTINUED TO INFORM THE RESIDENTS THAT THEY COULD STILL GO UP TO THE LAM TIN SHELTERS ALTHOUGH THEY WERE FREE TO MAKE THEIR OWN CHOICE IN RETURNING HOME. COORDINATION WORK OF THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (KWUN TONG) CONTINUED UNTIL SOMETIME SHORTLY BEFORE MIDNIGHT BUT NONE OF THE RESIDENTS MOVED UP TO THE LAM TIN SHELTERS.

SOMEWHAT DISTINCT FROM THE FLOODING WHICH OCCURED AND RECEDED EARLIER IN THE AFTERNOON WAS THE DEATH OF A 6-YEAR-OLD GIRL WHO WAS DROWNED WHEN SHE FELL INTO,A GUTTER AT AROUND 7.30 P.M. — SEVERAL HOURS AFTER THE FLOODING EFFORTS TO RESCUE THE GIRL FAILED AND SHE WAS FOUND DEAD A'T AROUND MIDNIGHT.

A SPOKESMAN OF C.D.O. KWUN TONG EXPRESSED REGRET FOR THE INCIDENT AND SAID THAT STRENUOUS EFFORTS HAD ALREADY BEEN MADE TO HELP THE FAMILY OF THE GIRL. AS AN IMMEDIATE RELIEF MEASURE, $600 FROM A CHARITY FUND HAD BEEN GIVEN TO THE FAMILY WITH WHOM THE C.D.O. STAFF IS KEEPING CLOSE CONTACT. THEY WERE ALSO ASSISTED IN THEIR APPLICATION FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE.


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INDOOR STADIUM TO COMMEMORATE ROYAL VISIT H K K H H

COMMUNITY LEADERS AND THE GOVERNMENT ARE POOLING RESOURCES TO BUILD A 3,700-SEAT INDOOR STADIUM AND SPORTS CENTRE TO COMMEMORATE THE QUEEN’S VISIT TO HONG KONG.

THE MORRISON HILL STADIUM HAS BEEN A CASUALTY OF FINANCIAL STRINGENCY BUT PRIVATE DONORS HAVE NOW RAISED A TOTAL OF $8 MILLION TOWARDS THE $22.5 MILLION PROJECT. THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB IS TO GIVE ANOTHER $2 MILLION, WHILE THE GOVERNMENT WILL SEEK FINANCIAL COMMITTEE APPROVAL TO DONATE THE PROCEEDS OF THE COMMEMORATIVE GOLD COIN IN EXCESS OF PUBLIC EXPENDITURE ON THE VISIT. THIS IS EXPECTED TO BRING TOTAL DONATIONS AND PLEDGES TO OVER $17.5 MILLION AND MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO COMMISSION WORK ON THE PROJECT.

FURTHER DONATIONS ARE STILL MOST WELCOME AND MAY BE SENT TO THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS OR HANDED IN AT ANY CITY DISTRICT OFFICES.

DETAILED PLANNING OF THE INDOOR STADIUM OF WHICH HONG KONG IS DESPERATELY IN NEED, WILL START IMMEDIATELY. WORK ON THE CONSTRUCTION WILL BEGIN IN DECEMBER AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN JUNE, 1978.

THE STADIUM IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE AN EXHIBITION AREA TOGETHER WITH A HIGH RISE BLOCK IN WHICH BESIDES A DORMITORY, CONFERENCE-COMMITTEE ROOMS, OFFICE ACCOMMODATION AND TOILET-CHANGING ROOM FACILITIES, THERE WILL ALSO BE SPECIAL FLOORS GIVEN UP FOR GAMES PRACTICE AREAS.

THE MAIN HALL HAS BEEN DESIGNED TO ACCOMMODATE 3,700 SPECTATORS IN STEPPED SEATING, GROUPED AROUND AN ARENA IN WHICH TABLE TENNIS, VOLLEY-BALL AND BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIPS AND EXHIBITIONS MAY BE STAGED. OTHER EXHIBITIONS SUCH AS GYMNASTICS, TRAMPOLINI NG, JUDO, FENCING, ETC. MAY ALSO BE DEMONSTRATED WITHIN THIS ARENA.

OTHER FACILITIES INCLUDE A GYMNASIUM, SQUASH COURTS, ACCOMMODATION FOR TABLE TENNIS PRACTICE, JUDO, FENCING, ARCHERY, AND MANY OTHER ACTIVITIES WHICH REQUIRE INDOOR VENUES AND ARE ALWAYS IN DEMAND.

IT IS ENVISAGED THAT AT LEAST THREE FLOORS IN THE HIGH RISE BLOCK, CONSTRUCTED AS OPEN HALLS,SHOULD BE PROVIDED FOR TABLE TENNIS. EACH FLOOR WOULD ACCOMMODATE ABOUT 20 TABLES.

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THE GOVERNMENT IS KEEN TO ASSIST IN THE PROMOTION OF SPORT AND THESE FACILITIES WILL GO A LONG WAY TO MEETING WHAT IS AT PRESENT A VERY URGENT NEED.

THE NECESSARY CHANGING ROOMS, TOILETS, CANTEEN, ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED TOGETHER WITH OTHER HALLS FOR ACTIVE RECREATIONAL PURSUITS.

THE DORMITORY ACCOMMODATION IS ENVISAGED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF VISITING SPORTS TEAMS.

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A SKETCH OF THE MORRISON HILL STADIUM IS READY FOR COLLECTION IN THE G.I.S. PRESS ROOM ON THE 6TH FLOOR OF BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

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MORE FORM I PLACES TO BE ALLOCATED

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MORE FORM I PLACES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR ALLOCATION THIS YEAR FOLLOWING THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS ENTRANCE EXAMINATION, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

+THE NUMBER OF FORM I PLACES THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE WILL BE AROUND 48,100 COMPARED WITH 46,762 PLACES ALLOCATED IN 1974,+ HE SAID.

ARRANGEMENTS ARE BEING MADE FOR 143 CANDIDATES WHO

WERE PREVENTED BY BAD WEATHER FROM SITTING ALL OR PART OF LAST WEDNESDAY’S EXAMINATION TO TAKE A SUPPLEMENTARY EXAMINATION.

THESE CHILDREN WILL BE EXAMINED IN ABOUT TWO WEEKS’ TIME IN THOSE SUBJECTS THEY MISSED.

AFTER THESE CHILDREN HAVE TAKEN THE SUPPLEMENTARY EXAMINATION, THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CANDIDATES SITTING FOR THE S.S.E.E. WILL BE JUST OVER 96,000 -- 2,500 MORE THAN IN 1974.

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CLOSURE OF LOW BLOCK CITY HALL DURING ROYAL VISIT

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THE ENTIRE LOW BLOCK OF THE CITY HALL AND THE MEMORIAL GARDEN WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC FROM 9 A.M. ON MAY 4 TO 3 P.M. ON MAY 5 IN CONNECTION WITH THE ROYAL VISIT.

HOWEVER, THE HIGH BLOCK, INCLUDING THE LIBRARIES, THE CITY MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY, THE EXHIBITION GALLERY, THE LECTURE ROOMS AND THE COMMITTEE ROOMS, WILL REMAIN OPEN AS USUAL.

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DANGEROUS BUILDING

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY (MONDAY) DECLARED NO.20, KO SHING STREET, ON HONG KONG ISLAND TO BE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION.

IN A STATEMENT ISSUED THIS MORNING, THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THAT THIS THREE-STOREY PREWAR BUILDING HAD BEEN UNDER OBSERVATION FOR SOME TIME IN VIEW OF THE DETERIORATED CONDITION OF ITS BRICKWORK AND STRUCTURAL TIMBERS GENERALLY.

THE MAJOR PORTION OF THE BUILDING THAT OVERRIDES THE NORTH END OF TSUNG SAU LAND WEST SHOWS SIGNS OF NEW FRACTURING AND OF SOME CRACKING TO THE ALREADY BULGED AND DECAYED BRICKWORK.

THERE IS ALSO EVIDENCE OF LOCAL FAILURE TO SEVERAL OF THE TIMBERS ON THE FIRST FLOOR.

IN VIEW OF THE POSSIBILITY OF COLLAPSE IT IS NECESSARY TO CLOSE AND DEMOLISH THE BUILDING.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER IN VICTORIA DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 A.M. ON JUNE 2, 1975 WAS POSTED TODAY.

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Saturday, May 3, 1975

QUEEN AND DUKE TO ARRIVE TOMORROW

Welcoming Ceremony And Quiet Evening At Government House

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The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by members of the Royal household, officials and staff, will arrive in Hong Kong at 6 p«m. tomorrow, Sunday, May 4.

They are coming from a Heads of Commonwealth States Conference in Jamaica, via Honolulu. The visit will be the first to Hong Kong by . . . . ' • V

a reignxng British monarch. Prince Philip has been here once before in • 1 ' kif1. ,

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be met by the Governor, Sir Murray MacLehose, who will present Lady MacLehose and prominent officials and residents, headed by Lieutenant-General ”Sir Edwin Bramal.l, Commarder British Forces.

After the presentations, the Queen and the Duke will leave the airport and drive to Kowloon Public Pier for a ceremonial crossing of the harbour on the Governor’s yacht, The Lady Maurine, escorted by Her Majesty’s Ships Wolverton and Beachampton.

During this ten-minute crossing, a 21-gun Royal salute will be fired by HMS Tamar, and there will be a flypast of Wessex helicopters by 28 Squadron, Royal Air Force; Scout helicopters by the 656 Aviation Squadron Army Corps; and Britten Islander, Musketeer, and Alouette helicopters by the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force.

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Spectators assembled at Queen’s Pier will have a good view of the Queen and the Duke as they step ashore, followed by the Governor and Lady MacLehose. • ■

After the Royal visitors have ascended the steps, the Governor vn 11 present Lieutenant-Colonel C.J. Scott, commanding Officer Sth Queen Elizabeth’s Own Gurkha Rifles, who will escort the Queen to the saluting dais.

The Guard of Honour, from the 6th Queen Elizabeth’s Own Gurkha Rifles, will give a Royal Salute, and the band of the Brigade of Gurkhas will play the National Anthem. < » ’ * ■ * After inspecting the Parade, the Queen and the Duke will move to the City Hall for a formal ceremony welcoming them to Hong Kong.

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As they enter the Concert Hall, a fanfare will be sounded by trumpeters of the Royal Hong Kong Police Force, About 1,200 guests, representing all sections of the community, will stand as the Queen and the Duke walk down the aisle and ascend-the steps to the platform.

The band of the Royal Hong Kong Police Force will play the National Anthem, after which the Governor will speak, followed by Sir Yuet-keung Kan, Senior Unofficial Member of the Executive Council. The Queen will reply.

In contrast to- the more solemn proceedings within the hall, the Queen, when she leaves, will find the foyer crowded with some 500 children, eager for a glimpse of her as she boards her car for the drive to Government House.

On her arrival at this historic residence, which has accommodated other members of her family during their brief visits here, the Queen’s Standard will be broken at the main flagstaff and the Guard df the Royal Hong Kong Regiment .(The Volunteer^ wil1 turn out*

There will be no further official functions for the Royal visitors < * -.that evening*

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QUEEN TO VISIT ESTATE FAMILY ON MONDAY

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The Tang family home on the sixth floor of Hong Man House in Oi Man Estate is alive with excitement which grows more intense as the hours creep towards 11.30 a.m. of Monday, May 5.

At about that time, the family will be experiencing one of their proudest and happiest moments when the Queen will call on them in their home for a brief visit during her tour of Oi Man Estate.

”1 cannot describe how proud and honoured we all feel,” said Mr. Tang Shiu-cheung, the head of the household. "We thought we would be seeing the Queen only on television during her visit here. We certainly never expected to meet her in person and talk to her."

Mr. Tang’s wife, Wan-fong, still thinks it is all a dream.

”It’s incredible,” she exclaimed. ’’Imagine, me actually meeting the Queen; it seems too much to believe.”

Her nine children, she said, spoke about nothing else but the visit. ’’Even the little ones seem to realise the auspiciousness of the occasion. They brag to everyone about it. I suppose I do too sometimes,” she admitted.

Mrs. Tang said she had heard much about the Queen and looked forward to meeting her. She admitted, however, that she was a bit nervous. "The Queen is such a distinguished person," Mrs. Tang said, "and I don’t know anything about Royal etiquette.

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"But I know her visit here will be an informal one and I know

that she will not mind if we are just ourselves and welcome her like we would any close friend," Mrs. Tang said.

The Tang family is one of the largest the Housing Authority

caters to. A fare collector with the Hong Kong-Yaumati Ferry Company, Mr. Tang and his wife have nine children, ranging in age from eight to 28 years. All but one, who is married, live with their parents.

Mrs. Tang’s mother also lives in the same flat, which is slightly

over 600 square feet. One of the largest built by the Authority, the flat is self-contained with two bedrooms, kitchen and toilet. There are about 200 flats of this type in Oi Man Estate.

Five of the Tang children are still in school — two are in

primary and three in secondary school. The eldest eon, Chung-ming, attends night classes at the Polytechnic and works as a technician with Harpers by day.

Another son, Chi-ming, is an apprentice in the watch trade and

the second eldest daughter, Kun-tei, is a personnel clerk with Emerson Electric (H.K.) Ltd.

Mr. Tang, 53» is a native from Tung Koon province in China but *

has lived most of his life in Hong Kong.

The family moved into Oi Man Estate on March 1 this year.

Previously they shared a small tenement flat with another family in Bulkeley Street, Hung Hom.

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HAND-PICKED POLICE MOTORCADE FOR ROYAL VISITORS

24 Officers Divided Into Three Teams

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Twenty-four hand-picked officers of the Royal Hong Kong Police Force wil1 provide a motorcade escort for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh during their visit to Hong Kong.

The 24 men have been divided into three teams of eight officers each - one for Hong Kong Island, one for Kowloon, and one for the New Territories - and each team will comprise an inspector, two sergeants, and five constables.

Wherever the Royal visitors go, their escort will be eight traffic policemen smartly uniformed - wearing white helmets and white sleeves, and riding gleaming motor cycles.

The officers have been carefully selected for their important task, the criteria being past experience. They have undergone special training under Chief Inspector John Guy, who was an outrider during the first visit to Hong Kong by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1959»

Practice runs have covered all the routes to be used by the Queen and the Duke in both their separate and joint itineraries.

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Visits, Community Luncheon, Fireworks and Race Meeting

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The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will spend their first full day in Hong Kong .tomorrow with a busy tour of engagements that will give both of them plenty of opportunity to meet people from all walks of life. ■; . ; .

Their varied itinerary* will keep them on the move from as early as.-9*30 a.m. for the Duke, and 10.15 a.m. for the Queen. They will leave Government House separately at these times to carry out different engagements.

The itineraries include a Chinese luncheon at the City Hall, the Queen’s unveiling of a commemorative plaque in the new Hung Hom railway terminal to mark her visit, a tour of a special "Progress Hong Kong” exhibition - where the Royal visitors will see a whole range of high-quality locally-made consumer products - and a rare fireworks . display in the harbour soon after sunset.-

The day will end for both at 10.20 p.m. when the Queen and the Duke return to Government House from a special race meeting at Happy Valley in their honour.

MORNING

For the Queen, the programme starts with a drive from Government House to Morse Park in Kowloon. She will cross the harbour via

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the tunnel, and the route to Wong Tai Sin will enable her see some of Kowloon’s most heavily-populated districts.

At Morse Park, the Queen will be conducted around the modern swimming pool complex, where "hundreds of young people will be enjoying themselves.

From the pool, she will cross the road to the Wang Tau Hom estate, typical of its kind for lower-income groups, where many residents will have the opportunity'of a close look at her.

She will then be driven Via Lung Cheung Road up the narrow, spiralling route to Beacon Hill, with its breath-taking views'of Kowloon stretched out below. The Queen’s attention will be drawn to particular features of this panorama, including the massive public housing estates, the flyovers under construction, multi-storey complexes reaching for the sky and, everywhere, new construction in progress.

r.i After this,■■the party will leave for Oi Man estate, where the Queen will meet members of the Housing Department and stroll with"them through this vast residential complex. ti" u •

In addition:to passing a number of shops along the way, packed with overflowing and probably unfamiliar goods, the Queen will visit a flat and talk with the family.• Then she will return to Government House.

Meanwhile, Prince Philip will be spending his time in the New Territories, beginning with a helicopter flight to Fanling.

From the Fanling Sports Ground, the Duke will be driven to the Police Cadet School which he will tour while the cadets themselves are engaged at their regular tasks. These young people are being trained to help the Government meet the social challenges of tomorrow.

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From the school, the Duke will go to Queen’s Hill Camp to visit a regiment that bears his name, the 7th Duke of Edinburgh’s own Gurkha Rifles.

The Queen granted the regiment the title ”Duke of Edinburgh’s Own” in 1959* Since 1975» the regiment has been stationed in Queen’s Hill Camp, and its members frequently take part in New Territories activities. The band, especially, is often asked to perform at festive occasions.

The Duke will inspect the camp quarter guard and meet some of the families on the football field.

His next stop will be the Outward Bound School, where he will » find trainees going through a course of tough physical exercises designed to bring out the best in them. The course will be familiar to the Duke, because it was conceived by Dr. Kurt Hahn, once his headmaster at Gordon-stoun.

After touring the school the Duke will return by helicopter, flying over the #1,500 million High Island Water Scheme en route. He will rejoin the Queen at Government House at about 12.35 p.m.

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The first afternoon engagement for the Royal visitors will be a community lunch at the City Hall. The Queen and the Duke will leave Government House at 12.55 p.m., arriving five minutes later at the City Hall Exhibition Hall, where the Governor will present to them prominent members of the community.

At the luncheon, attended by some 650 guests, Sir Yuet-keung Kan, Senior Unofficial Member of the Executive Council, will speak in

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Chinese and English, and will present the Queen with a commemorative gold coin.

At 2.35 p*m. when the meal has ended, the Queen and the Duke will set out by car for the $150 million Hung Hom Railway Terminal, one of the latest projects of the Public Works Department.

On arrival, the Queen will unveil a plaque commemorating her visit to Hong Kong, and will then tour the "Progress Hong Kong" exhibition, imaginatively presented to make of the terminal as a temporary display area.

This elaborate and carefully-*prepared show will enable the Queen and the Duke, together with Hong Kong residents and visitors from abroad, to see how Hong Kong has achieved, by its own enterprise and patient craftsmanship, a position of respect in the highly demanding areas of quality manufacture and export.

The exhibits will convey something of the impact Hong Kong' exporters are making in select international markets with a whole range of products from fashion wear, impressing even London and Paris, to popular ingenious toys and intricate pocket computers.

The visit to the exhibition will end at 5«3O p.m., after which the Queen and the Duke will return to Government House.

EVENING•

The evening programme will start at 7.^5 P-m. when the Queen and the Duke set out from Government House for two engagements certain to attract thousands of spectators.

At HMS Tamar, they will board HMS Chichester for supper, during which they will waijch a spectacular fireworks display specn al ly organised to celebrate their visit.

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The display, beginning at 8.30 p.m. and lasting about 20 minutes, is the first to be mounted in many years. Hundreds of families will be making full use of especially-opened reclamation sites on both sides of the harbour to enjoy the spectacle, a fitting Chinese touch to a memorable occasion.

At 9 P»nu, the Royal visitors will disembark from Chichester and leave for the Royal Hong Kong Jackey Club in Happy Valley, taking a route which will enable them to see some of the bright lights of Wan Chai.

They will drive round the course to the winning post, passing a capacity crowd of about 45,000, After a formal welcome by the Club’s chairman, Mr. P.G. Williams, the Queen and the Duke will visit the inner paddock and then proceed to the Governor’s box.

The fourth race will be run at 9»5O p.m. and at 10 p.m. the Queen’s Cup will begin, preceded by a parade of runners on the grass track. The Queen will present the cup to the owner of the winning horse.

This ceremony over, the Royal party will leave the race course by the inner paddock and return to Government House.

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QUEEN'S VISIT CEREMONY OF WELCOME SPEECH BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACT.EHnSE AT CITY HALL ON SUNDAY, MAY 4 ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦

Ybur Majesty, Your Royal Highness, Your Excellency, Ladies and Gentlemen:

This is the first time in the history of Hong Kong that the Sovereign has come here. We, the people of Hong Kong, aro proud and encouraged that Your Majesty should be paying us this visit now. It is a moment of real historical significance.

The predominant emotion at this moment is a fervent wish that Your Majesty and Your Royal Highness will enjoy your short stay amongst us, that you will be able to see the way we live and also some of the ways we enjoy ourselves, and above all the sort of people and community we are. We dare to hope that, having seen a little of all this, you will like it.

To supplement what can be seen in so short a time we have prepared !

an exhibition. We hope this will also be of interest to a very wide public. For the visit of Your Majesty and Your Royal Highness is a good time to remove misconceptions and to remind ourselves and others what Hong Kong has done, what it now is, and what it could be.

Your Majesty, Your Royal Highness, on behalf of Hong Kong I extend to you a very sincere and very loyal welcome.

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ROYAL VISIT PRESS RELEASE

Sunday, May 4, 1975

Queen*s Visit Ceremony of Welcome Sir Y.K. Kan's Speech At City Hall on Sunday, May 4.

Your Majesty, Your Royal Highness,

Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, /

This is a moment of the greatest significance to Hong Kong. It is with a deep sense of honour, and of history, that we welcome you to our shores.

The Royal Family has always had a very special place in our hearts, and we are grateful indeed for the real interest they have shown in us. Your Royal Highness is certainly no stranger to Hong Kong and we remember with pleasure and affection the visits of Princess Anne, Princess Margaret and Princess Alexandra.

Hong Kong owes its very existence to the sea and it can be no accident that Your Majesty*s arrival today auspiciously coinci des with the celebrations for the birthday of Tin Hau, the Goddess of fishermen and seafarers. This is surely the best of auguries: a most propitious day!

Your Majesty, Hong Kong bids you a most hearty welcome; we hope that your stay here will be informative, but above all happy.

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Sunday, May 4, 1975

QUEEN’S VISIT CEREMONY OF WELCOME HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN’S REPLY TO SPEECHES OF WELCOME AT CITY HALL ON SUNDAY MAY 4. *******

Your Excellency, Sir Yuet-Keung Kan,

Prince Philip and I thank you for your welcome. He has visited Hong Kong before as have other members of my family and I have heard much about it from them. I also keep in touch with your affairs through state papers. So although this may be my first visit I do not feel a strangerl

But seeing is believingl And I am delighted with what I have seen and look forward very much to the next three days. I am particularly glad of this initial moment of ceremony because it gives me an opportunity to greet you all, the people of Hong Kong.

The circumstances that have produced modern Hong Kong are unique and there cannot be any other community quite like it. Your reputation stands high in the world. Few other communities have had greater problems to deal with or have confronted them with greater vigour, or have survived and improved the life of their members against greater odds.

Hong Kong is famous for this, as it is for the vivid colour and movement of its densely packed life and for the beauty of its scenery.

I can assure you that it is a real pleasure, and an excitement for Prince Philip and me to be here.

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SUNDAY, MAY 4, 1975

QUEEN AND DUKE ARRIVE IN HONG KONG *0*0#

THE QUEEN MADE HISTORY THIS EVENING WHEN SHE

ARRIVED AT HONG KONG’S INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO BECOME THE FIRST REIGNING BRITISH MONARCH TO VISIT HONG KONG SINCE IT WAS CEDED TO BRITAIN IN 1841.,

HER SPECIALLY CHARTERED BRITISH AIRWAYS BOEING 707, WITH ROYAL STANDARD FLYING AT THE MAST, ROLLED TO A STOP EXACTLY ON SCHEDULE AT 5.58 P.M. AND AT 6 P.M. THE DOOR OPENED AND THE QUEEN CAME DOWN THE STEPS, WEARING A GREEN AND WHITE HAT AND GREEN, WHITE AND BLACK CHECKED DRESS. SHE WAS LOOKING REMARKABLY FRESH AFTER HER 11-1/2 HOUR FLIGHT FROM HONOLULU AND GUAM.

BEHIND HER WAS THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH IN A GREY SUIT, LOOKING TANNED AND FIT.

AT THE FOOT OF THE STEPS, THE QUEEN AND THE DUKE WERE WELCOMED BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, A TALL FIGURE IN A DARK GREY SUIT, AND BY LADY MACLEHOSE, WEARING A YELLOW HAT AND A YELLOW AND WHITE PRINT DRESS. ALSO WAITING TO GREET THE ROYAL VISITORS WERE THE COMMANDER BRITISH FORCES, SIR EDWIN BRAMALL, AND LADY BRAMALL, THE CHIEF JUSTICE, SIR GEOFFREY BRIGGS, THE COLONIAL SECRETARY, MR. DENYS ROBERTS, SIR Y.K. KAN AND LADY KAN, AND DR. S.Y. CHUNG AND MRS. CHUNG.

AS THE ROYAL PARTY LEFT THE AIRPORT FOR THE DRIVE TO KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER, THE QUEEN’S ENTOURAGE OF SOME 30 PEOPLE WERE DISEMBARKING FROM THE AIRCRAFT. THE ENTOURAGE INCLUDES LADIES IN WAITING, EQUERRIES, A PRESS SECRETARY, MEDICAL OFFICER, THE CAPTAIN OF THE QUEEN’S FLIGHT, THE QUEEN’S DRESSER AND HAIR DRESSER, POLICE OFFICERS, MAIDS, CLERKS, SECRETARIES, VALETS, PAGES AND FOOTMEN.

ON THE WAY TO KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER THE ROADS WERE LINED WITH CHILDREN CHEERING AND WAVING FLAGS WHICH READ ’WELCOME TO HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN’. MANY SPECTATORS HAD UMBRELLAS TO SHADE THEM FROM THE FIERCE RAYS OF THE SUN.

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AT QUEEN’S PIER, A 21-GUN SALUTE HERALDED THE APPROACH OF THE GOVERNOR’S LAUNCH, THE LADY MAURINE, BEARING THE ROYAL PARTY ACROSS THE HARBOUR FROM KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER. THOUSANDS OF SPECTATORS — MOST OF THEM CHILDREN — HAD WAITED SEVERAL HOURS UNDER A HOT SUN FOR THE QUEEN’S ARRIVAL, AND THEY REACTED SPONTANEOUSLY WITH A LOUD CHEER AND A WAVE OF FLAGS AS THE FIRST SALVO RANG OUT.

IN THE BACKGROUND, THE FIREBOAT ALEXANDER GRANTHAM PROVIDED A MAGNIFICENT DISPLAY WITH ALL ITS JETS SPRAYING PLUMES OF WATER HIGH IN THE AIR AS THE LADY MAURINE, WITH THE QUEEN AND THE DUKE ON DECK, SLOWLY APPROACHED.

LINING THE EMBANKMENT AT HMS TAMAR INCLUDING WOMEN OFFICERS -- JOINED THE

NAVY PERSONNEL — CHEERING CROWDS IN

EXTENDING A WARM WELCOME TO THE ROYAL COUPLE.

THE CALM WATERS OF THE HARBOUR ENABLED THE QUEEN TO STAND FIRM AND STEADY ON DECK IN ORDER TO VIEW THE SHORELINE THOUGH SHE FOUND IT NECESSARY TO GRIP THE HANDRAILS WHEN THE LADY MAURINE BUMPED SLIGHTLY AS IT CAME ALONGSIDE THE PIER.

THE QUEEN AND THE DUKE ALIGHTED FROM THE LAUNCH AMIDST

WILD CHEERING AND WERE MET BY THE COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE 6TH QUEEN ELIZABETH’S OWN GURKHA RIFLES, LT. COL. C.J. SCOTT, WHO ESCORTED THE QUEEN TO THE DAIS TO TAKE THE ROYAL SALUTE OF THE GUARD OF HONOUR. AFTER THE SALUTE, THE BAND OF THE BRIGADE OF GURKHAS PLAYED THE NATIONAL ANTHEM, AND THE QUEEN INSPECTED THE GUARD OF HONOUR ACCOMPANIED BY THE GUARD COMMANDER, MAJOR P.D. PETTIGREW.

THE QUEEN AND THE DUKE, ACCOMPANIED BY THE GOVERNOR AND LADY MACLEHOSE, AND MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL PARTY, THEN PROCEEDED INTO THE CITY HALL FOR THE OFFICIAL WELCOMING CEREMONY. THEY WERE MET AT THE ENTRANCE BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, MR. A. DE 0. SALES, AND MRS. SALES WHO WERE PRESENTED TO HER MAJESTY BY THE GOVERNOR.

WALKING BETWEEN A GUARD OF HONOUR COMPOSED OF SCOUTS, GUIDES, CADETS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF OTHER YOUTH ORGANISATIONS STANDING AT ATTENTION IN THE LOBBY, THE QUEEN AND THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH ENTERED THE CONCERT HALL. IT WAS A BRILLIANT SCENE, WITH WOMEN’S HATS PROVIDING A VARIETY OF COLOURS.

AS THE ROYAL PARTY WALKED DOWN THE AISLE, TRUMPETERS OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE BAND, IN WHITE UNIFORMS AND BLACK CAPS, SOUNDED TOO FANFARES. AFTER A ROLL OF DRUMS THERE WAS A DRAMATIC SILENCE IN THE PACKED HALL EXCEPT FOR THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE ROYAL PARTY ASCENDING THE STAGE. BANKS OF FLOWERS LINED THE PLATFORM, WHICH WAS COVERED WITH A RED CARPET.

AFTER THE POLICE BAND HAD PLAYED THE NATIONAL ANTHEM, THE GOVERNOR WELCOMED THE QUEEN IN A BRIEF SPEECH. HE SAID THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WERE PROUD AND ENCOURAGED THAT SHE SHOULD NOW BE PAYING HONG KONG A VISIT, ADDING THAT IT WAS 'A MOMENT OF REAL HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE’.

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+THE PREDOMINANT EMOTION AT THE MOMENT IS A FERVENT WISH THAT YOUR MAJESTY AND YOUR ROYAL HIGHNESS WILL ENJOY YOUR SHORT STAY AMONGST US, THAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SEE THE WAY WE LIVE AND ALSO SOME OF THE WAYS WE ENJOY OURSELVES, AND ABOVE ALL THE SORT OF PEOPLE WE ARE, AND THE SORT OF COMMUNITY WE ARE. WE DARE TO HOPE THAT, HAVING SEEN A LITTLE OF ALL THIS, YOU WILL LIKE IT.+

THE GOVERNOR SAID THAT, TO SUPPLEMENT WHAT COULD BE SEEN IN SUCH A SHORT TIME, AN EXHIBITION HAD BEEN PREPARED, WHICH HE HOPED WOULD ALSO BE OF INTEREST TO A VERY WIDE PUBLIC.

HE WENT ON, +FOR THE VISIT OF YOUR MAJESTY AND YOUR ROYAL HIGHNESS IS A GOOD TIME TO REMOVE MISCONCEPTIONS AND TO REMIND OURSELVES AND OTHERS WHAT HONG KONG HAS DONE, WHAT IT NOW IS, AND WHAT IT COULD BE.*

THEN, ON BEHALF OF HONG KONG HE EXTENDED A VERY SINCERE AND VERY LOYAL WELCOME. HIS ADDRESS WAS FOLLOWED BY LOUD APPLAUSE.

SIR YUET-KEUNG KAN THEN SPOKE, FIRST IN CHINESE THEN IN ENGLISH. HE SAID THAT THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WELCOMED THE QUEEN AND THE DUKE WITH A DEEP SENSE OF HONOUR AND OF HISTORY.

+THE ROYAL FAMILY,* HE SAID, +HAS ALWAYS HAD A VERY SPECIAL PLACE IN OUR HEARTS AND WE ARE GRATEFUL INDEED FOR THE INTEREST THEY HAVE SHOWN IN US. YOUR ROYAL HIGHNESS IS CERTAINLY NO STRANGER TO HONG KONG, AND WE REMEMBER WITH PLEASURE AND AFFECTION THE VISITS OF PRINCESS ANNE, PRINCESS MARGARET AND PRINCESS ALEXANDRA.*

SIR Y.K. KAN POINTED OUT THAT HONG KONG OWED ITS EXISTENCE TO THE SEA. HE SAID IT COULD BE NO ACCIDENT THAT THE QUEEN’S ARRIVAL AUSPICIOUSLY COINCIDED WITH THE BIRTHDAY OF TIN HAU, THE GODDESS OF FISHERMEN AND SEAFARERS. +THIS,* HE SAID, +IS SURELY THE BEST OF AUGURIES: A MOST PROPITIOUS DAY.*

HE ENDED, +YOUR MAJESTY, HONG KONG BIDS YOU A MOST HEARTY WELCOME” WE HOPE THAT YOUR STAY HERE WILL BE INFORMATIVE, BUT ABOVE ALL HAPPY.*

THE QUEEN, WHOSE SPEECH WAS ALSO READ LATER IN CHINESE, THANKED SIR Y.K. KAN FOR HIS WELCOME. SHE RECALLED THAT PRINCE PHILIP HAD VISITED HONG KONG BEFORE, AS HAD OTHER MEMBERS OF HER FAMILY, AND SHE HAD HEARD MUCH ABOUT IT FROM THEM.

SHE ADDED, +1 ALSO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH YOUR AFFAIRS THROUGH STATE PAPERS. SO ALTHOUGH THIS MAY BE MY FIRST VISIT I DO NOT FEEL A STRANGER. BUT SEEING IS BELIEVING. AND I AM DELIGHTED WITH WHAT I HAVE SEEN AND LOOK FORWARD VERY MUCH TO THE NEXT THREE DAYS. I AM PARTICULARLY GLAD OF THIS MOMENT OF CEREMONY BECAUSE IT GIVES ME AN OPPORTUNITY TO GREET YOU ALL, THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.*

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THE QUEEN DESCRIBED THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT HAD PRODUCED MODERN HONG KONG AS UNIQUE AND REMARKED THAT THERE COULD NOT BE ANY OTHER COMMUNITY QUITE LIKE IT. ITS REPUTATION STOOD HIGH IN THE WORLD. FEW OTHER COMMUNITIES HAD HAD GREATER PROBLEMS TO DEAL WITH OR HAD CONFRONTED THEM WITH GREATER VIGOUR, OR HAD SURVIVED AND IMPROVED THE LIFE OF THEIR MEMBERS AGAINST GREATER ODDS.

SHE ADDED, +HONG KONG IS FAMOUS FOR THIS, AS IT IS FOR THE VIVID COLOUR AND MOVEMENT OF ITS DENSELY PACKED LIFE AND FOR THE BEAUTY OF ITS SCENERY. I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT IT IS A REAL PLEASURE, AND AN EXCITEMENT FOR PRINCE PHILIP AND ME TO BE HERE.+

HER REMARKS WERE FOLLOWED BY PROLONGED APPLAUSE.

THE OFFICIAL WELCOMING CEREMONY OVER, THE QUEEN AND THE DUKE THEN RETURNED TO THE CITY HALL FOYER WHERE SOME 400 PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM ABOUT 20 SCHOOLS, INCLUDING SPECIAL SCHOOLS CATERING FOR DISABLED CHILDREN, ACCORDED THEM THE BRIGHTEST AND NOISIEST WELCOME OF THE DAY.

WHAT THE CHILDREN LACKED IN NUMBERS THEY MADE UP FOR WITH THEIR VOICES AND COLOURFUL FLAGS. THE QUEEN PAUSED BRIEFLY AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS, ACKNOWLEDGING THEIR ENTHUSIASM AND EXCITEMENT WITH A SMILE AND WAVE. SHE THEN DESCENDED WITH THE DUKE TO TALK WITH SOME OF THEM.

WHILE THE QUEEN SPOKE WITH SOME OF THE DISABLED CHILDREN IN THEIR WHEEL CHAIRS, THE DUKE WAS CAUSING SOME EXCITEMENT WITH ANOTHER GROUP AS HE LAUGHED AND GESTURED WITH HIS HANDS.

THE DUKE SUNDAY, AS HE SPECIALLY LET ISN’T IT,+ HE

HAD APPARENTLY FORGOTTEN FOR A MOMENT THAT IT WAS ENQUIRED OF THE STUDENTS WHETHER THEY HAD BEEN OFF SCHOOL FOR THE CEREMONY. +0H YES, IT’S SUNDAY LAUGHED »

THE QUEEN AND THE DUKE SLOWLY MADE THEIR WAY THROUGH THE LINES OF STUDENTS AND STEPPED OUTSIDE WHERE THE QUEEN PAUSED AGAIN TO CHAT WITH A YOUNG BOY SCOUT BEFORE ENTERING THE CAR FOR THE DRIVE TO GOVERNMENT HOUSE, ACCOMPANIED BY A LAST LONG CHEER FROM THE THOUSANDS WHO HAD TURNED UP TO EXTEND THEM A WARM WELCOME.

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MONDAY, MAY 5, 1975.

DAIILY, IMDBMAIIQOUUETIN « n « n « m

A MAJOR SURVEY OF HONG KONG’S ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY WILL DE CARRIED OUT BETWEEN MAY 5 TO MAY 23, 1975 TO COLLECT UP-TO-DATE DATA OU TRAIN ING REQUIREMENTS.

THE SURVEY, THE THIRD IN THE SERIES, WILL BE CONDUCTED DY THE ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY TRAINING DOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL. WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AUD THE CENSUS ARD STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

QUESTIONNAIRES AND EXPLANATORY LETTERS IN DOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE WERE SENT TWO WEEKS AGO TO ALL ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY.

THE INFORMATION WHICH EMPLOYERS ARE REQUESTED TO SUPPLY INCLUDES!)

THE NUMBER OF WORKERS PRESENTLY EMPLOYED.

THE NUMBER OF WORKERS PRESENTLY UNDER TRAINING.

THE NUMBER OF EXISTING VACANCIES.

A FORECAST OF THE NUMBER OF WORKERS REQUIRED DY MAY 1976.

DURING THE SURVEY, SURVEY INTERVIEWING OFFICERS OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL VISIT EACH OF THE ESTABLISHMENTS CONCERNED AND HELP EMPLOYERS TO COMPLETE THE QUESTIONNAIRE.

THE SECRETARY OF THE ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD, MR. P.F. MAK, SAID THAT THE INFORMATION COLLECTED WOULD EE HANDLED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND WOULD DE PUBLISHED ORLY IN THE FORM OF STATISTICAL SUMMARIES WITHOUT REFERENCE TO ANY INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENT.

HE SAID THE SECOND SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED IN DECEMBER 1972 IN WHICH ALL THE ESTABLISHMENTS SURVEYED WILLINGLY SUPPLIED THE INFORMATION REQUIRED.

+1 AM CONFIDENT SUCCESSFUL* HE SAID.

THAT THE COMING SURVEY WILL BE EQUALLY

THE INFORMATION OBTAINED IN 1972 WAS COMPILED AND ANALYSED AND THE FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS WERE SUBSEQUENTLY PUBLISHED. SOME OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS HAVE ALREADY DEEN IMPLEMENTED.

+ IN VIEW OF THE MANY CHANGES SINCE THE LAST SURVEY, THE ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD CONSIDERS IT NECESSARY TO CONDUCT ANOTHER SURVEY TO OBTAIN UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION’OU NEW TRAINING REQUIREMENTS,* HE SAID.

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MONDAY, MAY 5, 1975.

WEEKLY WATER SITUATION REPORT » < * K N K X

THE TOTAL WATER STORAGE IN ALL RESERVOIRS IN HONG KONG AS AT 9 A.M. THIS (MONDAY) MORNING WAS 45,829 MILLION GALLONS, REPRESENTING 68.1 PER CENT OF THE FULL CAPACITY OF 67,300 MILLION GALLONS. AT TEIS TIME LAST YEAR, THE STORAGE FIGURE WAS 38,858 MILLION GALLONS.

PLOVER COVE RESERVOIR ALONE HELD 34,646 MILLION GALLONS THIS MORNING. THIS REPRESENTS 68.6 PER CENT OF ITS TOTAL STORAGE CAPACITY OF 50,500 MILLION GALLONS AND WAS UP SLIGHTLY ON LAST YEAR’S STORAGE WHICH WAS 30,723 MILLION GALLONS.

NO RAINFALL WAS RECORDED AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY DURING THE PAST TWENTY-FOUR HOURS ENDING AT 9 A.M. TODAY. TOT.L RAINFALL SO FAR THIS YEAR IS 498 MM (19.61 IN.).

THE MEAN AVERAGE RAINFALL SINCE JANUARY 1 THIS YEAR IS 305.8 MM (12.04 IN.).

THE DAILY MEAN CONSUMPTION FOR THE WEEK IS 221.9 MILLION GALLONS PER DAY.

MONDAY, MAY 5, 1975.

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STAFF OF THE FAMILY SERVICES DIVISION OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT ARE AT THE THREE CAMPS IN WHICH THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE REFUGEES, WHO ARRIVED GN THE CLARA MAERSK LAST NIGHT, ARE NOW LIVING TO SEE WHAT ADDITIONAL NEEDS ARE REQUIRED. TEAMS OF TWO WILL BE STATIONED AT EACH CAMP FOR A WEEK TO WORK WITH OTHER DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES.

THE FAMILY SERVICES DIVISION HAS TAKEN OVER FROM SOCIAL SECURITY DIVISION STAFF WHO WORKED THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT AND INTO EARLY THIS MORNING TO PROVIDE MATERIAL RELIEF, SUCH AS FOOD AND OTHER DASIC NECESSITIES, TO THE REFUGEES. THE RED’CROSS PROVIDED CLOTHING.

ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES OF MILK POWDER TOGETHER WITH FEEDING BOTTLES WERE SENT TO THE CAMPS TODAY WITH DALES OF CLOTHING. A VOLUNTARY AGENCY, CARITAS, AT THE REQUEST OF THE DEPARTMENT, IS PROVIDING AN ADDITIONAL 150 FEEDING BOTTLES AND A SUPPLY OF DIAPERS FOR THE BABIES. THE DEPARTMENT IS ALSO MAKING ARRANGEMENTS TO PROVIDE FOOTWEAR, MAGAZINE AND TROUSERS FOR THE REFUGEES. IN ADDITION, THE DEPARTMENT’S KITCHEN AT CORNWALL STREET, AT WHICH AN EMERGENCY CENTRE HAS BEEN SET UP, DISTRIBUTED 763 MEALS TO SAI KUNG CAMP. THIS WILL BE REPEATED TONIGHT WHEN 1,535 MEALS WILL ALSO DE DISTRIBUTED TO SEK KONG CAMP AND 1,330 TO DODWELL’S RIDGE CAMP. THE ARMY IS PROVIDING THE OTHER HEALS. THE ARRANGEMENT WILL CONTINUE TOMORROW BUT FROM WEDNESDAY (MAY 7) ONWARDS THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WILL TAKE OVER RESPONSIBILITY FOR FEEDING ALL THE REFUGEES IN THE THREE CAMPS.

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Monday, May 5, 1975

Queen’s Visit City Hall Lunch

Monday, May 5

Her Majesty the Queen’s Speech

Sir Yuet-keung Kan,

I am most grateful to you for your kind and wise speech and for this coin you have given me on behalf of the Government of Hong Kong. It is a delightful memento of this visit, to which I have long looked forward and which we are.both greatly enjoying. We are also grateful to you for this lunch which we are to share with so many of the people who guide the affairs of thiu city We have come to see the remarkable phenomenon which is modern Hong Kong. This morning I toured the streets, I saw the children in their swimming pools, and visited people in their homes. I felt the warmth and vigour of Hong Kong’s life. I also saw some of the oldest and newest of public housing, and heard of the work in hand and further plans being drawn up for major housing development. I am aware of the conditions which history has forced on Hong- Kong and my predominant feeling is pride that so much has been achieved and that there is so much determination to solve the many problems that remain.

I recognise that the rate of your advance depends on economic conditions in the rest of the world beyond your control. But I urge you to hold to your vision and to your will to put things right. I believe these qualities to be

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essential to the health of any community. Your aims, efforts and achievements have earned you the respect and goodwill of many governments and communities, both within and without the Commonwealth. It is vital to you that the respect they now have for Hong Kong should be retained. The tasks confronting you are indeed daunting. While most of them are common to other countries, they are made more difficult by your limited area, your crowded population and the absence of natural resources.

But in facing them you have many assets. The people of Hong Kong have toughness, imagination and an infinite capacity for hard work. You live in harmony with the Chinese People’s government. You benefit from the confluence of the two great cultural streams of east and west. The fabric of your community is strengthened by family ties, which are still stronger here and more durable than now exists in most other parts of the world. Chinese tradition and British liberalism have combined to produce a heart warming range, of practical charitable achievements. You have a totally free press and an independent judiciary. You have evolved a cosmopolitan community which owes much to both Chinese and British traditions. You command great industrial, commercial and financial expertise. •» » • > • • *■ •• • ■

With such resources, this community can face the many challenges that confront it with well founded confidence^ I believe its future to be , • . b •)*>-. ViU

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I now ask you all to rise and drink with me a toast to Hong Kong.

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Queen*5 Visit City Hall Lunch Monday, May 5 Sir Y.K. Kan's Speech Your Majesty। Your Royal Highness, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I have just been saying how very pleased and honoured we in Hong Kong are that Your Majesty has been able to visit us. Indeed, it is for the first time that a reigning British monarch has been to Hong Kong and, for us, this is an unique and important historical occasion also.

Our community is over 98 per cent Chinese, and yet we believe ourselves to be truly international; a community in which people of many nations and races live happily and harmoniously together.

Hong Kong stands at the cross-roads of the Far East and, since its foundation, has been an important commercial centre. But today it also enjoys a reputation as an industrial centre and our wares are to be found in virtually every country in the world. We have no natural resources in the normal sense of that term —— except perhaps that most important resource of all, people: a people which prides itself on being hardworking, adaptable and resilient.

The world today faces great economic.problems and we in Hong Kong are certainly not immune from them. Indeed, in many ways for us they are more acute, for we live by our trade: we have to import before we can export. But we are a proud people and we ask charity from nobody. What we do ask — what we ask of Britain and of her partners, and the other great countries of the world — is that we should not be discriminated against, that

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wo should have the right to trade with as little restriction as possible. ’’Trade, not Aid” is our watchword.

It is sometimes said of Hong Kong that we ’’thrive on adversity”. Of course, Your Majesty, we would rather do without the ’’adversity”, but I -imagine that what people really mean is that in the past we have gained a reputation for facing up to and overcoming the most daunting of problems. We in Hong Kong are confident that, under the dedicated leadership of our Governor, we shall successfully meet the enormous economic problems which face us at present•

When your Majesty leaves, we trust that you will carry away happy memories of us: of a community whicht in spite of the many and difficult problems presently facing it, is determined to acheive its goal of a better life for all its people.

And now I should like to present to Your Majesty, on behalf of the Government of Hong Kong, one of the gold coins which are being issued t f. i especially to commemorate this auspicious occasion. May I as' _ Your Majesty graciously to accept it as a small memento of your visit to Hong Kong.

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QUEEN VISITS MORSE P;d<K SWIMMING POOL

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The Queen this morning received a rousing welcome from thousands of excited people who crammed every vantage point to see her when she arrival at Morse Park swimming pool.

Looking well rested and fresh after her arrival in Hong Kong yesterday, following a long journey from Honolulu and Guam, the Queen made the trip to Morse Park without the Duke of Edinburgh, who was out in the New Territories on a separate morning programme.

The route leading to Morse Park was lined with hundreds of flagwaving youngsters, enjoying a special holiday to mark the Royal visit.

The spectators at Morse Park, most of them children, had taken up positions several hours before along Lung Cheung Road and Fung Ko Street, just outside the swimming complex, their numbers continued to swell as the Queen’s arrival drew nearer.

The knoll behind the covered guest stand overlooking the pools was transfjrmed into a mountain of people jostling each ether for a better view. Hundreds more craned out of windows, balconies and roof tops of nearby Wong Tai Sin and Wang Tau Hom estates.

Inside the swimming pool itself, excited young children waited in noisy anticipation while officials rushed about checking and rechocking on last minute details. Invited guests waited expectantly, while the St. Bonaventure Primary School band gave a lusty rendition of ’Festive Spirit’ foil wed by ’Song vf Joy’, which about summed up the mood of the occasion.

4.t 10.40 a.m. a loud cheer range out from the crowds gathered at Lung Cheung Road at the far end of the swimming pool complex, signalling the approach of the Royal motorcade.

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Others picked up the cheer and within seconds the Queen’s open limousine pulled up nt the gate. The Queen, with the Governor4 Sir Murray MacLehose, seate beside her, waved to the crowds before alighting and entering the swimming pool complex where she was met by the Chairman cf the Urban Council, Mr. de 0. Sales.

The Governor presented Hr. de Sales who in turn presented Mr. Henry H.L. Hu, Vice-Chairman of the Council, and Mrs. Hu and other dignitaries to the Queen.

The formalities over, the Queen turned to the youngsters in the main swimming pool area who, sensing their moment, surged forward to look at her.

The Jueen strolled along the main olympic-size pool, smiling at the young faces peeking at her from the water, and carae t another line up of dignitaries, headed by Mr. M.G. Caswell, Principal Education Officer in charge of physical education, and Mrs. Caswell.

Hfter the presentations, the Queen spent a long time on the balcony overlooking the teaching pools, watching swimming classes in progress.

Directly opposite her she could sec the old blocks of Wong Tai Sin Estate where hundreds looked cut fr^rn behind the lines of washing drying in the het morning sun. Wong Tai Sin Estate is one cf the earlier type of housing estates, and accommodates some 77»000 people.

The Royal party then proceeded along the walkway, watching a life saving demonstration by red-clad members cf the Rcyal Hcnr Kong Life Guard Club. They came to the children’s play area and paddling pools where dozens of tiny tots — a blaze cf colour in their swimsuits and floats — continued splashing each ' ther, and spectat.rs in the area, thr twiner their be^ch b-'lls in the air while some of the not-so-shy gathered around the Queen.

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The Queen spent more time with them than the programme allowed, chatting with them, before leaving the complex.

Cutside, the Queen was welcomed by an appreciative crowd lining Fung Mo Street. <is she strolled along she stopped at several points to speak to some of the spectators amidst a forest of waving hands.

Finally she had to go, boarding her car with the Governor for

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QULEN TOURS ESTATES IN KOWLOON BAY #•:-***

Straight from visiting one housing estate (Wang Tau Hom) and on her way to another (Oi Han), the Queen this morning took a more general view of housing estates in Kowloon Bay,.driving to Beacon Hill, 680 feet above sea level.

The view from the point took in a wide sweep from the reclaimed land at Kowloon Bay on the left, including a pilot’s eye view straight down the airport runnway 2 miles away, to the typhoon shelter at Yaumati and Stonecutter’s Island on the right. In between: Kowloon and its mass of buildings, and busy Victoria Harbour, with over 60 merchant ships visible.

The Governor, Sir Hurray MacLohose, presented Mr. Ian Lightbody, Secretary for Housing, who gave the Queen a brief summary of the developments in Government public housing, pointing out the differents between the old and the now estates.

The sound of more now buildings going up arose from Kowloon, and in the hot sunshine the Queen took her dark glasses out of her bag and put them on. More than once she glanced up at the scream of jot engines of airliners on a level with the point,, as they banked for a landing.

Further housing developments wore pointed out to the Queen with the aid of models (two at Sha Tin, Lek Yuen and Wo Che, and one on the island of Tsing Yi.) Also she saw and old photograph, taken in the 1890’s which showed nothing but tents and sailing ships at anchor.

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The Duke of Edinburgh today made a lightning 20-minute visit to the rugged Outward Bound School in Sai Kung — yet managed to chat with nearly all the trainees and staff.

Informality was the keynote as the Duke — who piloted a helicopter from Fanling — scrambled up and down a 60-foot slope, and visited several training areas in the school.

Prince Philip, who is patron of the school, was clearly impressed by the facilities as he was shown around by the Principal, Mr. Jack Tucker.

The Prince was accompanied on this occasion by the Secretary for Home Affairs, Hr. D.C. Bray. The first stop was an inspection of the rope-climbing and obstacle course near the entrance to the school.

He spoke to more than a dozen trainees during a break in their exercise on a variety of rope-climbing equipment.

Ho was particularly interested in the background of one Hong Kcng-born trainee whoso original hometown in Scotland was Edinburgh.

Prince Philip then made an unscheduled stop to look at the school’s dormitory before he moved on to the boating area, where a group of trainees was undergoing canoeing instruction.

Among the trainees are ton apprentice jockeys from the Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club. The Buko asked one of them how he was enjoying the course.

"The first wook was very hard, but I’m getting used to it now,” the apprentice replied.

”Yes, the first week is the worst," said the Duke. "Actually, it is the first month — when you arc over that, you will be all right."

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The Duka also stoppad to talk to trainees and staff at the school’s climbing wall — used for advanced rope-climbing training — before moving on to sign the visitors’ bock and take some refreshment* lie then left the school.

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A sign in Chinese characters reading ’All Men are Brothers’ I

welcomed the Queen to the Tang family home in Hong Man House, Oi Man Estate today. The Queen called at the flat for a glimpse of how hundreds of thousands of estate residents live.

Little Tang Mei-sum, the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tang Shiu-Cheung, stepped forward and with a. deep bow presented Her Majesty with a bouquet of red and white orchids.

Mr. Tang, a 53-year-old fare-colleMor with the Hong Kong^aumati Ferry Co., proudly presented his wife, Wan-fong, and eight other children and his mother-in-law — al] gathered in the 600-square-feet flat wearing their ’Sunday Best8 for the occasion.

The'Queen enquired how the family was faring, and surveyed the beige walls decorated with a large wall clock, a picture of the Virgin Mary and the child Jesus in her arms, with a crucifix below, the Hifi and television set with the refrigerator near it.

On asking where the Tangs did their cooking and washing, the Queen was led to the kitchen and balcony, accompanied by Mr. Donald Liao, Director of Housing. Mr. Tang explained ■ that the family now had lots more space than the small tenement flat they shared only two months ago with another family in Bulkeley Street, Hung Hom, near the entrance of the Kowloon entrance of the Cross-Harbour Tunnel.

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The Queen was interested in the flowers on the balcony and asked Mr. Tang if he cared for them himself.

Her Majesty then re-entered the living room where she spoke with the children, enquiring about their schooling. The Queen was told that five of the children are attending school — two in primary and three in secondary school— while the eldest son, Chung-ming, attends night classes at. the Hong Kong Polytechnic and works by day.

Spotting 1J-yeaj>-old Wai-ming reading a school text book in a corner, the Queen went over to see what he was reading and asked if he was interested in science. ’’Yes,” he replied, shyly turning away.

Mr. Tang then requested the Queen to sign the welcoming sign. She accepted the pen offered to her and signed ’Elizabeth R’ below the black Chinese characters on an orange background.

She then posed for a group picture with the family.

As she was about to leave, Mr. Tang presented her with a red and green jade ornament. Mr. Tang explained to her that the red represented Britain while the green signified the people of Hong Kong.

The Queen thanked the Tang family for the gift. As she left the flat, the family obviously delighted with the visit, burst out with excitement each trying to tell the other how nice the Queen looked.

Said Mr. Tang: ”1 shall never forget this moment for as long as

I live."

Earlier, as the Queen arrived at Oi Man Estate,thousands spectators

broke out in spontaneous applause and cheers.

The Queen looked around her, saw the windows of the 17-storey blocks on either side crowded with enthusiastic onlookers, and approached several of the shops on the ground floor.

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During the tour, Mr. Donald Liao, told her Oi Man Estate was the second largest built by the Housing Authority and was the first housing complex to be completed under the 10-year housing programme launched in 1975.

The Estate, covering a 21-acre site in the heart of Kowloon, at present houses more than 20,000 people. When completely full it will accommodate 46,000 people in 6,256 flats — about 200 of them of the typo occupied by the Tang family with two-bedrooms, a kitchen and toilet.

The Queen also learned that the Estate would soon have a commercial centre which would be fully air-conditioned with shopping arcades, supermarkets, department stores, cafes, restaurants and banks.

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STUDY GROUP’S

INFORMAL MEETING WITH

DUKE OF EDINBURGH

Prince Philip this evening met members of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Study Conference at an informal gathering in Government House•

There have been four such conferences chair3d by the Duke of Edinburgh himself. The first was in 1957 in Oxford. The second took place in Canada in 1962. The third was in 1968 in Australia, and the fourth in 197^? again in Oxford.

Eight Hong Kong residents who had t.aken part in these conferences were, present at this evening’s meeting with the Duke. Also attending were the Financial Secretary, Mr. Philip Haddon-Cave, and the Director of Commerce and Industry, Mr. David Jordan.

Spokesman for the group, Hr. Dennis H.S. Ting, managing director of Kader Industrial Company Limited, said he had attended the last conference in 197^ at Oxford. He recalled it was then that he heard Prince Philip say, at a farewell dinner at Christ Church, he would be

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happy to duet conference members in any part of the Commonwealth he happened to be.

”We are all very happy to have this opportunity to say ’hello’ to His Royal Highness again,” Kr. Ting commented.

The conference he had attended, which was typical, had lasted three weeks. Of the participants, $0 per cent were from the United Kingdom and 50 per cent from other parts of the Commonwealth. Commonwealth areas themselves had set up machinery based in Britain for the selection of nominees.

Commonwealth representatives were mostly young businessmen with executive positions in industry. On average, each conference was attended by 200 participants, representing equally both labour and management•

Mr. Ting said the theme of the conference he had attended was ’’Industry in Society”. Members both heard and delivered lectures on many aspects cf the theme,based on their own experience. Experts were on hand to answer questions.

’’All the elements making up an industrial society were thoroughly discussed, with an inter-relationship which became evident as the conference progressed,” Mr. Ting recalled.

The conference devoted much time to the study of how society was evolving as a result of the rapid modernisation of industry; how pollution caused by industrial effluents was affecting the ecology of

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many areas, not only the flora and fauna, but hunvm beings also; how trade unionism could be reconciled with sympathetic yet forward-locking management.

The Duke was accompanied by the Governor at today’s informal

meeting, which lasted half an hour.

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Monday, May 5, 1975

QUEEN UNVEILS COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE AT HUNG HOM RAILWAY TERMINUS »»***»*

Thfe Queen this (Monday) afternoon unveiled a plaque at the HK$15O million Hung Hom Railway Terminus commemorating her historic visit to Hong Kong, then viewed a magnificent display of Hong Kong products which are rarely seen by local residents.

Both the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were impressed by the quality and variety of the exhibits — portraying the high degree of technical skill and craftsmanship attained by local workers — and both expressed admiration at their quality and ingenuity.

The Royal couple arrived at the Hung Hom Railway Terminus, located on the eastern side of Kowloon Peninsula, slightly behind schedule after lunching at the City Hall on Hong Kong island with some 560 members of the community from all walks of life.

Accompanied by the Governor, Sir Murray MaaLehose, and Lady MacLehose, they were met at Hung Hom Railway Terminus by the Secretary for the Environment, Mr. James Robson, the Director of Public Works, Mr. David MacDonald, the Government Architect, Mr. Edwin Wong, the Manager of Kowloon-Canton Railway, Mr. Reginald Gregory, and the Managing Director of Wan Yu & Co., Mr. John C.W. Hb, and their wives.

At the invitation of the Governor, the Queen unveil the plaque as a permanent reminder of her visit to Hong Kong, amidst loud applause.

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Escorted by Sir Yuet-keung Kan, Deputy Chairman of the ’Progress Hong Kong1 Organisation Committee, Mr. Len Dunning, Executive Director of the Trade Development Council, the Royal couple entered the Exhibition Hall — a giant showcase covering 22,000 square feet and featuring over 2,000 items worth some HK84 million which have earned Hong Kong a respectable place in the world’s major markets.

As the Royal party entered the Exhibition Hall, they passed through a ’Time Tunnel’ displaying photo murals tracing Hong Kong’s development from a barren rock 133 years ago to one of the most sophisticated industrialised centres of the modern world.

The Queen saw large pictures of old Hong Kong street scenes, the harbour, buildings,and scenes of visits by members of her own family, including the Princess Anne, the Princess Margaret, the Princess Alexandra and the Prince Philip in 1959. At the end of the time tunnel, large picture murals showed Hong Kong as it is today.

The Royal couple then passed through the skilled crafts centre, where local artists were busily engaged in the arts of model ship building, jade and ivory carvings, carpet weaving, ceramics and pottery painting, and calligraphy, among others. The Queen showed a keen interest in each of them as she passed by, stopping repeatedly to chat with the workers.

As she entered the products section, live models in Ching Dynasty robes of imperial China and modern high fashion greeted her. Mr. Dunning provided the Queen with a running commentary of fashion in Hong Kong while the Duke chatted with one of the models.

The Royal couple went through the products section seeing a bewildering array of all sorts of items ranging from electronic and optical goods to householdware, food, machinery, toys, pleasure craft and coin producing machine.

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The last section showed the Royal couple massive projects in the pipeline for the future, including the Underground Mass Transit System, housing schemes to provide homes for some 1<5 million people, urban redevelopment schemes, Kai Tak International Airport, hospital and waterworks projects.

. Staged by the Trade Development Council, with the Governor heading the Organising Committee, the exhibition will be open to the public free of charge for seven days starting tomorrow (Tuesday) between 10 a.m. and 9. p.m.

As the Royal couple emerged from the Exhibition Hall, they were presented with a brochure of Progress Hong Kong in embroidered folders.

The Queen then went over to talk with some of the workers building the Hung Hom Railway Terminal, which is the largest single construction job now under way. The new terminus is in it final stages of completion and will replace the present Tsim Sha Tsui Railway Terminus at the tip of Kowloon peninsula in autumn.

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QUEEN ATTENDS COMMUNITY LUNCHEON AT CITY HALL •*«««**

The Queen epoke today of her ’predominant feeling of pride’ that so much had been achieved in Hong Kong. She was speaking at a community luncheon held in her honour at the City Hall.

When the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived at the City Hall, they were met by the Governor and Lady MacLehose, who took them up the stairs to the flower-decorated Exhibition Hall. There, in front of a bank of begonias and hydrangeas, and facing another bank of palms and orange lilies, prominent members of the community were presented at a reception attended by 190 people.

The Queen had changed from her morning costume, and now wore a bright yellow dress with a hat in white and green.

Several of the guests, including Commonwealth Commissioners and members of the diplomatic corps, were equally colourful in their national dress.

After the reception the Royal Party moved to the restaurant, where those of the 560 luncheon guests who had not been at the reception were waiting for them? The Royal party’s arrival was announced by a gong. Then the band of the Royal Hong Kong Police played the National Anthem.

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At the two top tables the Queen and the Duke sat beside a wall draped in scarlet and decorated with huge golden traditional figures of a dragon and a phoenix. At the Queen’s table sat the Governor, Sir Murray MacLehose, Lady Gordon, the Bishop of Hong Kong, the Right Reverend Bishop Gilbert Baker, a Lady-in-Waiting, Mr. C.P. Haddon-Cave, the Financial Secretary, Mrs. Choa, the Chief Justice, Sir Geoffrey Briggs, Lady Bramall and Sir Y.K. Kan.

At the Duke of Edinburgh’s table sat Lady MacLehose, Sir Sidney Gordon, Mrs. Baker, Dr. Gerald Choa, the Vicar Capitular of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong, the Right Reverend Gabriel Lam, the Colonial Secretary, Mr. Denys Roberts, Mrs. Haddon-Cave, the Commander British Forces, Lieutement-General Sir Edwin Bramall, and Lady Kan.

Sir Y.K. Kan spoke, in Chinese and English, describing the Queen’s visit as a unique and important historical occasion, he said, ”Our community is over 98 per cent Chinese, and yet we believe ourselves to be truly international; a community in which people of many nations and races live happily and harmoniously together.”

Hong Kong stood, he said, at the cross-roads of the Far East, and since its foundation had been an important commercial centre. But today it also enjoyed a reputation as an industrial centre, and its wares were to be found in virtually every country in the world. It had no natural resources in the normal sense of that term - except perhaps that most important resource of all: people, a people which prides itself on being hardworking, adaptable and resilient.

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He went on, ”The world today fac.es great economic problems and we in Hong Kong are certainly not immune from them. Indeed, in many ways for us they are more acute, for we live by our trade; we have to import before we can export. But we are a proud people and we ask charity from nobody. What we ask - what we seek of Britain and her partners, and the other great countries of the world - is that we should not be discriminated against, that we should have the right to trade with as little restriction as possible. ’Trade, not Aid1 is our watchword.’'

Then Sir Y.K. Kan raised a laugh by referring to the saying that Hong Kong people ’thrive on adversity’, adding ”0f course, Your Majesty, we wcild rather do without the adversity.”

He went on, ”But I imagine that what people really mean is that in the past we have gained a reputation for facing up to and overcoming the most daunting of problem. We in Hong Kong are confident that, under the dedicated leadership of our Governor, we shall successfully meet the enormous economic problems which face us at present.”

He hoped that when the Queen left she would carry away happy memories of Hong Kong: of a community which, in spite of all the many and difficult problems presently facing it, was determined to achieve its goal of a better life for all its people.

He then presented the Queen, on behalf of the Hong Kong Government, with what he called ”a small memento” of her visit: one of the gold coins which have been specially issued to commemorate the occasion.

The Queen thanked him for his speech and for the coin. ”It is a delightful memento of this visit,” she said, ”to which I have long looked forward and which we are both greatly enjoying. We are also grateful to you for this lunch which we are to share with so many of the people who guide the affairs of Hong Kong. We have come to see the remarkable phenomenon which is modern Hong Kong.

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"This morning I toured the streets, I saw the children in their swimming-pools, and visited people in their homes. I felt the warmth and vigour of Hong Kong’s life. I also saw some of the oldest and newest in public housing, and heard of the work in hand and the further plans being drawn up for major housing development.

"I am aware of the conditions which history has forced on Hong Kong, and my predominant feeling is pride that so much has been achieved, and that there is so much determination to solve the many problems that remain." The Queen said she recognised that the rate of Hong Kong’s advance depended upon economic conditions beyond Hong Kong’s control. "But I urge you," she went on, "to hold your vision and your will to put things right. I believe these qualities to be essential to the health of any community• Your aims, efforts and achievements have earned you the respect and goodwill of many governments and communities, both within and without the Commonwealth.

"It is vital to you that the respect they now have for Hong Kong should be retained. The tasks confronting you are indeed daunting. While most of them are common to other countries, they are made more difficult by your limited area, your crowded population and the absence of natural resources."

But, added the Queen, in facing them Hong Kong had many assets. Its people had toughness, imagination and an infinite capacity for hard work. Hong Kong lived in harmony with the Chinese People’s Government, and Hong Kong’s people benefited from the confluence of the two great cultural streams of East and West. The fabric of Hong Kong’s community was strengthened by farnly ties, which were still stronger in Hong Kong, and more durable, than now existed in most other parts of the world.

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’’Chinese tradition and British liberalism have combined,” she said, ”to produce a heart-warning range of practical charitable achievements. You have a totally free Press and an independent judiciary. You have evolved a cosmopolitan community which owes much to Chinese and British traditions. You command great industrial, commercial and financial expertise. With such resources, this community can face the many challenges that confront it with well-founded confidence. I believe its future to be bright.”

The Queen then asked all to rise and drink with her a toast to Hong Kong.

The Queen’s speech was then read in Chinese, by Augustine Chui Kame After another gong had sounded, grace was read by the Bishop of Hong Kong, the Right Reverend Gilbert Baker.

Lunch, a typical Chinese meal, was then served. Prepared by 15 chefs under Chef M.Y. Shea, and printed on intricately folded scarlet and gold cards, the menu read:

Scallops sauteed with Yuan Ham "

Southern Crab in Swallows* Nests

Combs of Sharks’ Fin

Honey roasted Chicken .

Jade and Unicorn Garoupa

Rice and Lotus Leaves with Diced Shrimps

Spring Wheat Noodles with Oyster Sauce

Lotus Seeds in Almond Syrup with Chinese Pastries Jasmine Tea

The Governor proposed the loyal toast after the sharks fin

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After lunch the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh drove to the Hung Hom Railway Terminal Building, to see an exhibition called ’Progress Hong Kong*.

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THOUSANDS WATCH FIREWORKS DISPLAY »**#**»*

As dusk settled this evening over Hong Kong and Kowloon, and the first lights began to shine from offices, hotels, flats, liners, junks and sampans, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh had supper on board the frigate H.M.S. Chichester in Victoria Harbour, named after her gre a t- gr ea t- grandmot he r.

They arrived on board from H.M.S. Tamar, the shore station on • •

Hong Kong Island, and were received by the Commodore-in-Charge Hong Kong, Commodore John Evans, who presented the Chichester’s Captain, Commander Rodney Warwick.

During dinner, the Royal party watched a 25-minute firework display, fired from pontoons in mid—harbour between Hung Hom and the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club.

The fireworks were of such brilliance that it seemed as if all the lights of Hong Kong and Kowloon had become detached from their moorings to shoot into the air. They were donated by an anonymous donor, and Brock’s the firework company isn’t saying who.

In all, there were over 2,200 fireworks, consisting of 2&0 rockets and 960 roman candles, 10 aerial signal maroons, 150 mines and 851 shells. Exploding at heights of 500 feet and more, they drew 'oohs* and ’ahs’ from crowds at special vantage points on reclaimed land both sides of the harbour, and wore easily visible from the hillsides of Hong Kong.

Their names, many associated with jewels, were equally attractive, and included Coronets of Sapphires, Jade and Rubies, a Shower of Molten Gems, Clusters of Topaze and Amber, Jewelled Sprays of Silver Fire, a Shower of Lapus Lazuli and Cornelians, Craters of Diamond Dust, Imperial Gems and Jewelled Parasols.

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Those named after flowers were Red Rose Petals and Green Leaves, a Bouquet of Glistening Orchids and a Shower of Dazzling Petals*

The animal world was represented by Birds of Paradise, Humming Birds, Screaming Night Birds, a Peacock’s Tail, Swarms of Fiery Fireflies,' Golden Serpents, Whirling Cobras, Hissing Snakes, a Shoal of Silver Fishes and Writhing?Scorpions.

Also, though it seemed like tempting the gods in the rainy season, there were a Fall of Golden Raindrops, Jupiter’s Thunderbolts, a Storm Cloud Emitting Lightning Flashes, a Pyrotechnic Cloudburst, a Magnetic Storm, a Meteoric Deluge and a Rainbow Fantasy,

Sure enough, the dark sky was punctuated by the muttering and flashing of a distant tropical storm far to the north, though for the moment the crowds could afford to put this threat of less festive weather out of their minds as they enjoyed the immediate spectacle and heard the sound of fireworks echoing round the hills.

After this appropriate reminder that the inventors of gunpowder were Chinese, the Royal party disembarked in H,M.S,Tamar and drove to the race course at Happy Valley.

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Tuesday, May 5, 1975

ROYAL COUPLE’S EXCITING KIGHT AT HAPPY VALLEY Jockey Chearn Rode Nazakat to Victory at Queen’s Cup Meeting • .******

Mr. ana Iirs. II.T. Barma this evening became the proud owners of the vueen Elizabeth II Gold Cup when their horse, Nazakat, came up from behind to win the fifth race, inaugurating this trophy di Happy Valley.

An estimated 40,000 punters and guests roared their excitement

as the 10 runners swept round the sand track, watched by the Lucen and the Duke of Edinburgh from the Governor’s Box.

Nazakat, ridden hard by Malaysian jockey A.K. Cheam, got up to

□eat the English horse, Celestial Call with G. Cadwaladr on top, which had earlier looked the winner after shooting clear in the straight. Celestial Call woult-have provided an all—English, first — horse, trainer (J. Brown) and jockey.

Third was All Smiles, ridden by T.C. Cheng — the local champ for the past eight years.

After the Cwueon handed the cup to Mrs. Barma, jockey Cheam presented a bouquet of white orchids to the \ucen with a smart, deep bow, to the delight of the crowds.

The Royal couple, arriving slightly behind schedule after dining and watching a fireworks display from II.M.S. Chichester, wore given a tumultuous welcome by the huge crowd cf racegoers.

The motorcade entered the- racecourse from the Sports Road entrance on the opposite side of the grandstands and drove slowly round the course to m.io winning post, tau Guocn smiling and waving from her open limousine.

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The- Royal couple were- not by Mr. P.G. -'illiams, Chairman of the Royal Hong Keng Jockey Club, who presented Hrs. Williams. Mr. Millions then led the Royal party into the forecourt where h. presented jockey club stewards to the \uecn< s

Her Majesty, radiant in a silk green printed dress with white gloves, was then escorted to the lift to go up to the Governor’s Box from where she watched the race before the big event of the evening the jucon's Cup^

Before the juoen’s Cup race, the Royal couple cane do;vn to the grass track where the 10 starters were on parade. The crowd roared its approval as Champion jockey T.C. Cheng was presented to the (Vueen, who chatted awhile with Chong and with other jockeys and trainers before returning to her scat to watch the race.

The race was a thriller all the way, and there was considerable excitement as open verdict — the other English hersp in the running, with G. Moore in the saddle — sped cut in fr.nt of the field in a lurry of dust.

But it was Fnsakat win came flying past the winning post, and as he came in for the weigh in, jockey Choam lifted up his cap, saluting the Royal box with a broad grin.

After the presentations the 'jican and the Duke returned to Government House for a well earned rest after a hectic day with another one to follow tomorrow — their last full day in H.ng Keng.

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ROYAL VISIT PRESS RELEASE

Monday, May 5* 1975

THE. QUEEN’S LAST FULL DAY IN HONG KONG

Tsuen Wan, Universities, Reception, Water Pageant, Procession

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A tour of the industrial township of Tsuen Wan, a colourful water pageant in Aberdeen harbour, visits to Hong Kong’s two universities, and a glittering procession along Nathan Road will occupy the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh tomorrow for their last full day in Hong Kong.

In addition, 2,000 residents, drawn from all sections of the community, will attend a reception in their honour at the Ocean Terminal.

MORNING

The programme for the Queen will begin at 10 a.m. when she leaves Government House by car for Queen’s Pier to board a hover ferry for Tsuen Wan.

This British-made hover ferry has only recently arrived in Hong Kong, and has not yet been put into service. It was ordered by the Hong Kong and Yaumati Ferry Company Limited to join other hover ferries in their fleet which, because of their remarkable performance in Hong Kong waters, have proved extremely popular with commuters.

During the 15-minute journey to Tsuen Wan, the Queen will be able to observe nearly the whole of the Kowloon shoreline. On arrival, she will meet senior members of the New Territories Administration, the Heung Yee Kuk, and representatives of rural communities.

A large crowd will be assembled^ in Tsuen Wan sports ground to welcome the Queen. As she mounts the dais, the band of the Brigade of Gurkhas will play the National Anthem.

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Then, like other Royal visitors before her, the Queen will ■. t .

perform the ceremonial ritual of dotting the dragon’s eye, as a traditional prerequisite to the entertainment which follows. From the dais, the Queen will watch the dragon perform, after which will come a display of oriental dances by groups of children.

When this' is over, theV QUeen will drive round the sports ground

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and leave by the water- front gate for a short trip through Tsuen Wan to the Kwai Chung Container Terminal. This route will enable her to see developments in a district in the New Territories which is experiencing

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Meanwhile, the Duke will have left Government House at 9.55 a.m.

for a helicopter flight to the Chinese University of Hong Kong, landing on the sports field of Chung Chi College to be received by the- Vicij-'^'13 Chancellor, Dr. Li Cho-ming. ~

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In the art gallery of the Institute of Chinese Studies, the Duke will meet members of the faculty, and later other staf? members'arid students will have the opportunity of exchanging a few words with him.

From the university, the helicopter will head for the kwai Chung Container Terminal., where the Duke will rejoin the Queen for a look at the largest and most modern container handling' complex in Asia, now two-thirds completed. ' ,3‘v

At 11.05 a.m., the Royal couple will board the Governor’s yacht, - ■■r■' .;1 "• <

the Lady Maurine, for another voyage across the riarbour - this time to the Ocean Terminal to attend a reception in their honour attended by some

2,000 guests, representing all sections of the community.

After the reception, the Queen and the Duke will be driven to

Flagstaff House for a private luncheon with the Commander British Forces, ..GV ■;!.<. '• •, !'!.< ../.if? ...

Lieutenant-General Sir Edwin Bramall, and Lady Bramall.

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Their first afternoon engagement will be a visit to the Hong Kong University, where they will be welcomed by the Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Rayson Huang. At Loke Yew Hall, they will see a number of exhibits before meeting members of the staff and students on the lawn outside the Chemistry buil d-ing.

In direct contrast, their next port of call will be Aberdeen harbour, to witness a spectacle for which the fishing population have spent weeks in preparation. This will take the form of a water pageant, particularly appropriate because it coincides with the Tin Hau festival, when nearly every vessel in Aberdeen’s fishing fleet will have returned from the sea.

After meeting members of the organising committee, the Royal visitors will watch the pageant from a special platform on the Tai Pak floating restaurant. Sailing sedately past them will be a procession of gaily-decorated ocean-going junks, sampans, and other craft.

The Queen will then drive back to Government House while the Duke visits the 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards at Stanley. On his return to Government House, the Duke will present gold awards to a group of successful young participants in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme .

EVENING

After dining privately at Government House, the Royal visitors will leave at 8.20 p.m. for the last item of the day, crossing to Kowloon aboard a vehicular ferry to watch another pageant - this time a procession along Nathan Road.

On arrival at Kowloon Park, the Queen and the Duke will meet members of the organising committee, and then join some 2,000 invited guests for a grandstand view of the parade.

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Led by a representative contingent of the Services, the procession will afford the Royal visitors impressive proof of the strong cultural traditions which survive in modern Hong Kong.

Various community organisations have contributed items specially designed to portray a variety of colourful episodes from Chinese history and legend.

At 9.30 p.m., the Royal party will leave Kowloon Park for the return journey to Government House, through the cross harbour tunnel.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

s TUESDAY, MAY 6,

LEGCO MEETING TOMORROW ,

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DEBATE ON THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION BILL 1975 WILL RESUME AT TOMORROW’S (WEDNESDAY) LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING;,

IN AN ADJOURNMENT DEBATE, THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEKWILL SPEAK ON THE MEASURES TO PREVENT THE DISCONTINUATION OF SECONDARY EDUCATION OF CHILDREN WHO COME FROM POORER FAMILIES.

DURING QUESTION TIME, HE WILL ALSO ASK WHETHER A CONTINUOUS CAMPAIGN CAN BE CARRIED OUT AGAINST HEAVY CIGARETTE SMOKING AS BEING A LIKELY CAUSE OF CANCER, AS WELL AS WHAT THE HEALTH' EDUCATION PLANS FOR 1975/76 ARE AND WHETHER THEY INCLUDE THE FORMATION OF A HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT.

THE HON. J.H. BREMRIDGE WILL ASK WHEN THE ANNUAL REPORT CF THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION FOR 1974 WILL BE L<»& BEFORE COUNCIL.

THE HON. R. H. LOBO WILL ENQUIRE WHAT ACTION THE GOVERNMENT IS TAKING AGAINST LOCALLY REGISTERED COMPANIES WHICH DEAL IN COMMODITIES OVERSEAS AGAINST WHICH COMPLAINTS HAVE BEEN MADE TO THE COMMERCIAL CRIME OFFICE OF FRAUD AND SWINDLES. * •

THE QUESTION OF LEGISLATIVE CONTROL ON PORNOGRAPHY WILL ALSO. BE RAISED DY THE HON. MISS KO SIU-WAH WHO WILL SEEK AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT AS TO WHEN FIRMER LAWS WILL BE INTRODUCED TO CURB THE PUBLICATION AND CIRCULATION OF MATERIALS AND MAGAZINES OF A PORNOGRAPHIC AND VIOLENT NATURE PARTICULARLY IN THE CASE OF THOSE AIMED AT CHILDREN AND YOUTHS.

THE HON. FRANCIS TIEN WILL QUERY THE GOVERNMENT WHETHER IT WILL GIVE FURTHER CONSIDERATION TO THE NEED TO RAISE THE BUDGET OF $200,000 EARMARKED FOR THE PROMOTION OF INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT < FROM OVERSEAS.

THE HON. Q.W. LEE WILL ALSO ASK THE GOVERNMENT WHEN A DECISION WILL BE MADE ON WAIVING THE RATES OF VACANT DOMESTIC PREMISES WHICH WAS MENTIONED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY IN HlS BUDGET SPEECH.

IN ADDITION TO THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION BILL, SIX OTHER BILLS ARE TO BE LAID BEFORE COUNCIL FOR THEIR SECOND AND THIRD READINGS. THREE NEW BILLS — THE INLAND REVENUE" (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) DILL, THE LOANS BILL AND THE LABOUR RELATIONS BILL — WILL ALSO BE INTRODUCED. ’ '

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TUESDAY, MAY 6, 1975

WEEKLY STATISTICS ON VIRAL HEPATITIS K ft « ft

A TOTAL OF 68 CASES OF VIRAL HEPATITIS WAS NOTIFIED TO THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT DURING THE WEEK ENDING MAY 3. THIS COMPARES WITH 69 IN THE FIRST WEEK OF APRIL, 83 IN THE SECOND WEEK, 71 IN THE THIRD WEEK AND 48 IN THE FOURTH.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT IN VIEW OF THE RECENT INCREASE IN THE INCIDENCE OF THE DISEASE, THE DEPARTMENT INTENDED TO ISSUE WEEKLY FIGURES IN THE COMING WEEKS TO KEEP THE PUBLIC INFORMED OF THE TREND OF THIS INFECTIOUS DISEASE AND ALSO TO REMIND THE PUBLIC TO PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO PREVENTIVE MEASURES IN SAFEGUARDING THEMSELVES AGAINST THIS DISEASE.

NO DEATHS FROM THIS DISEASE WERE REPORTED IN THE MONTH OF APRIL, HE SAID.

AS REGARDS AGE DISTRIBUTION OF CASES NOTIFIED SO FAR THIS YEAR, THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF CASES WAS RECORDED IN THE AGE GROUP 20-24, REPRESENTING 23 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE MAJORITY OF THE CASES WERE TRANSMITTED BY CONTAMINATED FOOD AND DRINK.

HE AGAIN URGED THE PUBLIC TO OBSERVE STRICT PERSONAL AND FOOD HYGIENE AND TO KEEP THEIR ENVIRONMENT CLEAN.

ROYAL VISIT PRESS RELEASE

Tuesday, May 6, 1975

QUEEN AND DUKE ATTEND RECEPTION AT OCEAN TERMINAL

Arriving by hover ferry-at the Ocean Terminal, for a reception attended by 2,000 Hong Kong people from all walks of life, the Queen r and the Duke were met at the main entrance by the Governor, who presented the Chairman of the Hong Kong and Kowloon Wharf and Godown Company, Mr. David Newbigging, and the General Manager, Mr. H.M.G. Forsgate, and their wives.

The Royal party then walked to the main concourse, where the band of the Royal Hong Kong Police, under their director of music, Superintendent Colin Wood, played the National Anthem, at the end of which there was loud applause.

The Queen and the Duke then separated and moved among the crowd, while the band played marches and a selection of tunes which included "Georgy Girl", "Hello Young Lovers", "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning", a selection from "The Sound of Music" and songs from Jamaica and the Bahamas.

The Queen and the Duke met perhaps the most representative cross-section of the community ever assembled under one roof. Participants at the reception included footballers, film stars, a postman, a bus driver, the driver of a quayside crane, farmers, hawkers and members of mutual aid committees, as well as businessmen, teachers, doctors and nurses.

Mr. Lau Lun, a street sweeper, was present. He has been at his "beat" in the Tsim Sha Tsui and Yau Ma Tei districts of Kowloon, for 29 years.

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Church representatives were Mother Superior Robina, Supervisor of the Roman Catholic St. Joseph’s Home for the Aged, and the Reverend Sik Wai Chun, the Abbot of the Buddhist Min Fat Monastery.

Over the festive scone was a plaque unveiled by the wueen’s sister, Princess Margaret, which she presented to mark the occasion of her visit to the Ocean Terminal in March 19^6.

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QUEEN VISITS NEW TERRITORIES

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This morning, while the Duke of Edinburgh flew under an overcast sky by helicopter, to the Chinese University, the Queen boarded a hover ferry to visit the Tsuen Wan Sports Ground.

Before leaving Queen’s Pier, the Governor presented the managing director of the Hong Kong and Yaumati Ferry Company,Mr. Lau Chan-kwok, and the general manager, Mr. Edmund T.C. Lau.

While she was crossing the harbour the band of the Brigade of Gurkhas was entertaining the crowd of about 6,000 at the sports ground by marching and counter-marching to the tunes of their regimental March, +Lutzow Wild Hunt*, +Marching Through Georgia*, ^Golden Spurs*, +Clochemerle+ and +The road to the Isles*.

When the hover ferry, flying the Royal Standard, arrived at Tsuen Wan the Governor presented to the Queen the Secretary for the New Territories, Mr. David Akers-Jones, the District Police Commander, Mr. M.C. Illingworth, and the District Officer of Tsuen Wan, Mr. J.A. Hayes.

The Queen then entered the sports ground, where she waved to the crowd, most of whom were children from schools in the New Territories. Her arrival was announced by a fanfare of 12 bugles.

Her costume and wide-brimmed hat was voted by at least one woman in the ground as the most attractive she has yet worn during the visit.

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Mr. Akers-Jones presented to her the Chairman and Vice-Chairmen of the Heung Yee Kuk, the chairmen of the rural committees of Tsuen Wan, Tsing Yi and Ma Wan, and 15 Justices of the Peace.

* When the Queen mounted the dais the band played the National

Anthem. She was then invited to perform the ceremony of dotting the eyes • of the green and gold dragon. Seventy five yards long, the dragon was

worked by 54 Hong Kong Chinese members of the 31st Regiment of the Royal Corps of Transport.

The Queen dotted the eyes and then went further, also dotting the dragon’s tongue and a protuberance on its forehead which is variously described as its +mind+, or +dignity+. The tradition is that the dragon is asleep after it is made and cannot dance until the pupils have been painted in with a calligraphic pen. The Queen used bright red paint.

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She then returned to the dais to watch a performance of dances by four schools, the Tak Ching Middle School, the Bishop Hall Jubilee Middle School, the Sacred Heart Canossian and Mansfield College.

The dancers, all girls, did fan dances, ribbon dances and a flower drum dance. They lightened a cloudy day with their costumes. One group of fan dancers wore light green dresses with dark green jackets and carried pink fans, while another group had pink dresses with yellow fans. They . had imitation jewellery in their hair.

The ribbon dancers had light pink dresses and their ribbons were dark red, While the flower drum dancers wore white* with red ribbons in their hair.

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DUKE’PROVIDES DOKUS FOR SPECTATORS

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The lato arrival f the <iueon at the Kwai Chung C nta,iner Terminal today provided an unexpected bonus for staff workers and sch< cl children.

They had Gathered at the Modern Terminals Limited quay area tc catch what was tc have been a fleeting five*minute glimpse f the R yal visiters.

But with the ^uccn running late from her visit to Tsuen Jan, Prince Philip spent more than half an hour talking to delighted members of the sight-seeing crowds

Pil ting a Rcyal Ziir Force helicopter, the Duke landed at the Terminal’s helipad just before 11 a*rae

He was met by the company’s managing director, Mr. ...J.D. Lyge, and the Terminal’s operations manager, Mr. J.B. Schcttnann.

The- Duke, instead cf walking straight tc the Lady Maurino to await the ^ueen, walked ver t a group of the company’s staff, clients, and their families.

He spoke to ab ut 20 different people bef< re moving on to a gr up cf 120 school children from the Kowloon Junior School and King George Fifth School who had turned up.

The yung children squealed with delight and waved flags as the Duke moved an;.-ng them f r 10 minutes.

Thon ho spent about another 10 minutes speaking tc the Terminal’s v;. rkors, all f then wearing safety helmets and most of them in singlots.

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Tho Duke broke off this informal and unplanned "walkabout:f only when news came that the Queen was about to arrive.

After the Queen’s intreduction to company officials, the Queen and tho Duke, accompanied by the Governor and other senior officials, boarded a hover ferry for the Ocean Terminal to a final burst of cheering from the workers and the school children.

The R .yal party was tc have gene to the Ocean Terminal in The Lady Maurino, the Governor’s yacht, but because they wore running behind schedule, the hover ferry was substituted at the last minute.

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Tuesday, May 6, 1975.

DUES TOURS CHINESE UNIVERSITY

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The Duke of Edinburgh spent just over half an hour at the Chinese University of Hong Kong this morning.

Arriving by helicopter, ho landed in the Chung Chi College Sports Field where the Colonial Secretary, r-ir. Denys Roberts presented the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Dr. Li Choh-ming.

Among those present to welcome the Dulce were the Pro-Vico-Chancellor, Dr. Y.S. Yu who is the President of New Asia College, Dr. C.T. Yung, the President of Chung Chi College and hr. T.C. Cheng, the President of United College. While there, he chatted with some staff and students-,

The Duke drove through part of the 331 acres of the campus which overlooks beautiful Tolc Harbour.

The Chinese University, incorporated in October 1963, is a self-governing corporation drawing its income mainly from grants made by the Hong Kong Government.

The enrolment of undergraduates is now about 3,200. In addition there arc over 300 graduate students.

The University has four Faculties at the undergraduate level - Arts, Science, Social Science and Business Administration.

At the graduate level, higher degree and diploma courses arc offered by the Graduate School and in the School c-f Education. Tho Department of Extramural Studies offers a large number . f general, certificate and correspondence courses in a wide range of subjects.

The University actively provides faculty members with research facilities.

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There are three research institutes - the Institute of Social Studies and the Humanities, the Institute of Science and Technology and the Institute of Chinese Studies. Various research centres now exist within the three Institutes to concentrate on specific fields of studies.

The Vice-Chancellor pointed out to the Buko the various buildings in the campus, including the H-shaped Science Centre, completed in 1972 with a donation cf about $4 million fr»m cho British Government. The Hong Kong Government paid the balance of #12.5 million.

Recently, the- Institution of Electrical Engineers in London inf rmed the University’s Department of Electronics that the B, Sc. in Electronics ’’satisfies the educational requirements of the Institution in full provided a satisfact ry report is received each year from the External Examiner.”

A recent edition of the Chinese University Newsletter stated: "This is the first time that recognition was sought from the Institution and it is an honour to obtain such a recognition with only the first batch of graduates in the last academic year.”

A helium liquefaction plant and a neutron generator are among the high quality equipment used for research in the Department cf Physics at the Science Centre.

The Chinese University, rs a new academic institution, has sought advisers from England and the United States and has set up staff and student exchange programmes with a number of American universities as well as with universities in Germany, France and Japan.

The academic standards of the Chinese University are recognised internationally in those exchange programmes.

After giving the Duke of Edinburgh a briefing on thv Science Centre, Dr. Li Choh-ming took him to the Institute of Chinese Studies,

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which was established in 1967* The building was completed in 1970 and fully operational in January 1971*

The objectives of the Institute are as follows:

+ To promote scholarship in Chinese Studies in Hong Kong and overseas by serving as an international centre for Chinese Studios.

+ To develop a well-integrated programme of teaching and research in Chinese Studies viewed within the context of Asian and world developments.

+ To provide interested local and visiting academic members of the University with the necessary facilities to help them strengthen their teaching and research abilities.

+ To encourage the exchange of knowledge and experience in Chinese Studies through an effective programme of publication, academic conferences and research seminars.

The Duke was then conducted into the Art Gallery, founded in the summer of 1971 to serve both as a teaching museum for the fine arts programme and as a centre of research on Chinese art and archaeology. The gallery is open to the public on all holidays and * ■ weekends•

His Royal Highness showed great interest in a collection of carved jades and Chinese paintings and calligraphy.

Ho then left the campus by helicopter for the Kwai Chung

Container Terminal to join the Queen

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DEPzxRlURE OF QUEEN AND DUKE

Brief Farewell Ceremony Tomorrow At Airport *******

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will leave Hong Kong tomorrow morning for Tokyo to begin their state visit to Japan. They will depart early in order to be able to arrive at Tokyo before noon for a ceremonial welcome.

Arrangements for the departure will be simple and informal.

The Queen and the Duke, accompanied by the Governor and Lady MacLehose, will leave Government House by car for Hong Kong International Airport at 9-05 a.m.

The Royal party will use the harbour tunnel for the crossing and is expected to arrive at the airport at 9^20 a.m.

On the tarmac, the Queen and the Duke will be seen off by the Governor; T.ady \ r.L'-l ?, <*.•< ■-•char officials.

The aircraft doors will close at 9.25 a.m.

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DUKE PRESENTS EDINBUTeGH’S GOLD A..ARD3 TO J4 YOUNG PEOPLE ******

Prince Philip early this evening presented the gol3 award of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme to 34 young mon and women at a ceremony in Government House.

The award winners were aged between 18 and 25* Thore wore actually J5 winners, but one is abroad. Of the j&i eno award was received by the father of Mr. Loa Shea, who could not be present.

The Duke was accompanied by the Gcverncr. Also attending was Hr. Peter P.K. Ng, an appointed member of the Urban Council and chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme upward Committee.

Mr. Ng said it had originally been thought that Prince Philip would only be presenting 27 awards at the ceremony this evening.

’’But the total grow as mere and m.re candidates exerted themselves tc complete their assignments cn time to receive the gold award from the hands of His Royal Highness/’ he commented.

The Duke cf Edinburgh’s Award Scheme began operating in Hong Kcng in 1961. The scheme for boys was introduced in March 1961, and for girls in august 1965. Five years later, the two wore merged tc fcrr.1 a jint scheme.

Heng Kong will be the host country for the third Commonwealth Gold Award Expedition later this year. Arrangements for the Expedition arc being organised by a committee under the chairmanship of Sir Kenneth Ping-fan Fung.

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During the presentation of the awards, Prince Philip had a few words to say to each recipient, wanting to know the names of their schools, the organisations to which they belonged, what their interests generally were, and what they did normally.

After the presentations, the Duke mingled with the award winners and their families. The ceremony ended, to everyone’s surprise, when Prince Philip invited the recipients to pose with hiin for a group-photograph. » f

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WARK WELCOME FOR QUEEN & DUKE AT UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG ******

Hundreds of students of the University of Hong Kong gave the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh a warm welcome this afternoon.

They packed the corridors and balconies to catch a glimpse of the Royal couple.

The party accompanying the Royal visitors had to clear a path for the Queen as students crowded into corridors along the whole route.

The Queen, dressed in a multi-coloured pink dress with full sleeves and a rose-coloured hat, was quite unflustered by the milling crowds and spent 20 minutes chatting happily to students and staff.

On arrival Her Majesty and His Royal Highness were presented by the Governor, Sir Murray MacLehose in his capacity as the Chancellor, to the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Rayson Huang and the two Pro-Vice Chancellors, Professor D.M.E. Evans and Professor Y.C. Wong.

Dr. Huang conducted the Queen and the Duke to the Loke Yew Hall where they chatted with the academic members of the Council.

The Royal couple spent some time in the Hall and showed great interest in the display of photographs of the University as well as some books and models.

They then left the hall to mingle and chat with other staff and students in the corridors.

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As the Queen stepped into the Royal car at the end of the visit happy students again crowded around and it was some minutes before the road could be cleared for her motorcade to move on to Aberdeen.

They were warmly cheered as the Royal motorcade moved off.

A meeting with staff and students on the lawn, which was originally planned, had to be cancelled because of rain.

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QUEEN WATCHES WATER PAGEANT AT ABERDEEN • ♦ ♦♦♦♦

Following their visit to Hong Kong University, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh drove to the Marine Licensing Office pier at Aberdeen. The Governor presented the Director of Home Affairs. Mr. E.P. Ho, and the Director of Agriculture and Fisheries, Mr. E.H. Nichols, and their wives.

Then,, the Royal party boarded the Governor’s launch, "The Lady Maurine", which was dressed overall and gleaming with white paint and highly polished brass. For the showery afternoon, the Queen ptit on a beige raincoat, but she had changed from her morning outfit and now wore a multi-coloured pink dress with full sleeves and a rose-coloured hat, white gloves and three ropes of pearls.

Escorted by two racing dragon boats, each with a team of 48-rowers, a cox and a drummer to beat .the time, "The Lady Maurine" sailed to the "Tai Pak," a ®a-food floating restaurant. Its special red carpets and purple hangings were outshone by its own traditional, gaily painted colours. The top was shaped like a Chinese temple, and dragons’ heads with electrically-lit eyes leant over the water like gargoyles.

Before boarding the "Tai Pak" the Queen took off her raincoat as the weather had improved. Their arrival was applauded by the guests on the "Tai Pak", where the Governor presented the Chairman of the Organising Committee, Mr. K.S. Lo, who presented the other committee members.

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The Royal party, sitting on black wooden chairs inlaid with mother-of-pearl, then watched a passing procession of boats, decorated in honour of the 996th birthday of the goddess Tin Hau. Fishermen believe that Tin Hau calms the seas, protects them from devils and sickness, and helps them make bountiful catches.

First came 12 mechanised sampans, then 18 fishing boats illustrating the different methods of fishing, including purse seiners, gill netters, shrimp trawlers, sampans operating with hooks and lines, and otter trawlers. The Queen and the Duke waved to the people on each one, and their waves were delighted returned. With Mr. Lo beside her, giving explanations, and studying her programme, the Queen was clearly interested in the procession, often leaning forward to see what was coming next.

Next, heralded by loud Chinese music drifting across the water, came a feather fan dance done on a lighter by fishermen’s daughters in green silk uniforms and waving pink fans. The Queen and the Duke applauded warmly, as they did the following lighters and junks portraying a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony, complete with sedan chair in which to carry the bride to the bridegroom’s home, and a tableau of fishing activities such as mending nets and baiting hooks.

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Finally, there were more lighters with young men giving a demonstration of a type of kung-fu ( the siu-mui-fa, a boxing style of the Choy Lee Buddha Kung-Fu Clan) and a fragment of Chinese opera. It was "The Triumphant Return" of Madame Fan Li-hua (a Tang Dynasty female field-marshal) after her victory over a rebellious vassal state, with elaborately beautiful costume

The boats and junks in the procession, as well as those in the harbour, were alive with bravely flying coloured flags, fishing nets, laundry lines, children and dogs On each of them live one or more families from the time they are born to the time they die. Aberdeen is home for about 1,600 people on 900 trawlers, 200 liners, 300 netters, 30 seiners and other small craft. Altogether in and around Hong Kong there are about 9»000 fishermen (with 2,000 dependents who are not involved with the industry.)

Together with music provided by drums and cymbals, and the puttering of boats’ engines, the scene was one of unforgettable, bustling movement. As the Queen and the Duke passed throught the lines of boats the Boat People were cheering. And the rain, which had been drizzling fitfully, came down in earnest. But the Queen was under cover, first on "The Lady Maurine" and then on a hover ferry on her way to Queen’s Pier.

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GRAND FINALE TO ROYAL VISIT

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Nathan Road tonight was turned into a stage for the grand finale to the Royal Visit.

The gnarled survivors of its once extensive avenue of trees served as wings for the entrances and exits of ae colourful a troupe of performers as ever entertained a monarch.

And it quickly became clear to many of the thousands gathered there to watch the grand procession, staged by various sectors of the community, that what they and the Queen were witnessing tonight might well have been the kind of pageantry witnessed by a Chinese emperor hundreds of years ago.

For the entire emphasis of the procession was on tradition that had stood the test of centuries.

It was equally obvious to the spectators that the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, flanked by the Governor and Lady MacLehose under a Chinese pavilion with gold roof and vermilion pillars, were enjoying this spectacle as much as they were.

The Queen’s arrival evoked cheers of admiration from the crowd, who had braved a persistent drizzle to gather some two hours beforehand. She was regally attired in a sleeveless green dress embroidered with pink roses, and for the first time during her brief visit to Hong Kong she was wearing a diamond tiara - the Queen Mary Tiara.

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The traditional Chinese touch extended to the typically Chinese waxed paper parasol with which an escort shielded her from the drizzle as the various members of the Organising Committee were presented to her by the Committee Chairman, Mr. A. De 0. Sales.

When she was about to take her seat in the pavilion, the Governor played Sir Walter Raleigh by laying his raincoat on her chair, inevitably ..dampened by the weather.

The parade was led off by a representative contingent of the armed forces, comprising the 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards, ’C’ Squadron Royal Tank Regiment, the Hong Kong Military Service Corps, the Royal Hong Kong Regiment ’The Volunteers’, the Royal Hampshire Regiment and the 20th Light Regiment Royal Artillery.

The Southern Band of the Royal Air Force, which had entertained guests before the arrival of the Royal party, gave way to the corps of drums of the 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards and the band of the 1st Battalion the Royal Hampshire Regiment, The military contingent was followed offstage by the massed pipes and drums of the Brigade of Gurkhas.

Next came music of a very different order, quiet, restrained and performed by the Lung Cheung Orchestra on traditional Chinese instruments. • •

The musicians themselves were dressed in traditional gowns, playing just below and to the right of the Royal Box, as they would for an opera on stage.

The atmosphere of the stage was reinforced from the very first item, a complex dance depicting how lotus fairies are awakened by festive maidens so that they join in the revelry. Presented by the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, the dance revolved around a giant lotus blossom pulled on wheels.

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Next came a pageant of the eight immortals, staged by the Po Leung Kuk. 2he immortals, skilfully mounted on stilts, were attended by youngsters carrying the symbols of fishes, crabs and other denizens of the sea - all purportedly on their way to attend the birthday celebrations of the Goddess of the West.

The goddess herself figured in the following tableau, presented by the Nev/ Method College. Groups of gorgeously attired maidens swirled around her,‘wheeling their glittering fans to elicit bursts of applause from the crowds.

The Duke of Edinburgh, evidently intrigued by the danco of the south lions which figured next on the*programme, turned to the Vice-Chairman of the Organising Committee, Mr. Liu-lit Mo, seated behind him. Mr. Liu explained aspects of the dance, presented by the Hong Kong Chinese Martial Arts Association.

Breathtaking acrobatics were featured in the following item, illustrating the travels of Monk Hsuan Chuang with his faithful disciples, the Monkey King, the pig Pat Kai and the Monk Hsia. A presentation of the Pok Oi Hospital, this display elicited loud applause.

The insistent rhythm of gongs, and of sticks beaten together , accompanied two very different dances staged by the Chiu Chau Association, the second of which included the heroes of the famous Chinese novel ’The Water Margin1•

The women’s Associations based their presentation on a painting of a phoenix presented by a Ching Dynasty artist in tribute to his empress. The towering and intricately decorated effigy of a phoenix was the centrepiece of this display, surrounded by scores of youngsters dressed ns lesser birds. The crowd were delighted when the phoenix beat its mechanical wings in time to* the music.

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Lions of a different order were next on the scene. These were modelled on the dancing lions of northern China, and put on an astonishing display of agility which greatly amused the Royal visitors. They were presented by the Federation of Hong Kong Industries and the Chinese Manufacturers Association.

But it was the 150“foot golden dragon, specially fashioned for this occasion by* the Hong Kong and Kowloon Kaifong Associations, which put the royal seal on the evening, for the dragon is the time-honoured Chinese symbol’ of monarchy and no truly regal occasion would be complete without it.

A final roar of appreciation from the crowd greeted the departure of the Queen and the Duke, who left, with a last wave of the hand for the drive to Government House on the eve of their departure from Hong Kong.

Meanwhile the procession was still wending northward, entertaining thousands of other Hong Kong residents who never got near enough to see the Queen but who were still enraptured by what they saw.

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GOVERNOR MADE K.C.V.O

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The Queen this evening invested the following people with the

Insignia of the Royal Victorian Order-

Sir Murray MacLehose, KCMG, MBE. K.C.V.O.

The Hon. D.C. Bray’ C.V*O.

Brigadier R.G. Lewthwaite, OBE, MC. C.V.O.

Mr. D.R. Ford M.V.O. IV

MR. H.V. BROWN, CPM M.V.O. IV

Miss Nancie Vincent, BEM. M.V.O. V

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 1975

CONTENTS ’"’’PAGE NO.

MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION BILL PASSED INTO LAW .... 1

PROVISIONS OF NEW LABOUR RELATIONS BILL CLARIFIED ........... 2

POOR PUBLIC RESPONSE TO CIGARETTE SMOKING REPORT........... 6

CATHOLIC BISHOP TO BE GIVEN WIDER POWERS IN ACQUIRING OR DISPOSING OF CHURCH PROPERTY ................................ 6

LACK OF MONEY RULES OUT SPECIAL STUDENT AID SCHEME .......... 7

A CENTRAL HEALTH EDUCATION UN llj IS TO BE SET UP ........... 9

INITIAL RATE-FREE PERIOD FOR N^W VACANT FLATS WILL BE

EXTENDED BY THREE MONTHS........|..........................  1Q

NEW CONTROLS BEING DRAFTED TO CURB PORNOGRAPHIC PUBLICATIONS ...................L............................ H

8200,000 BUDGET FOR OVERSEAS INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT PROMOTION MAY BE EXTENDED.......,........................... 11

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SIX BILLS COMPLETE PASSAGE THROUGH LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ... 12

SUPPLEMENTARY S.S.E.E. TO* BE HELb ON MAY 12 ............... 13

APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL EVENING CLASSES .................................................... 14

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

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 1975

M.T.R. CORPORATION BILL PASSED a n a « a a \

LEGISLATION SETTING UP THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION TO BUILD AND RUN THE $5,800 MILLION MODIFIED INITIAL SYSTEM WAS FORMALLY PASSED IN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY, REMOVING THE LAST LEGAL HURDLE TO THE GIGANTIC PROJECT.

ONLY ONE UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, THE HON. LO TAK-SHING, VOTED AGAINST THE BILL WHICH WILL COME INTO EFFECT ON A DATE TO BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR.

THE BILL WAS PASSED WITH THREE AMENDMENTS. -THE FIRST VESTED THE AUTHORITY FOR GOVERNMENT GUARANTEES OF THE CORPORATION’S BORROWINGS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, INSTEAD OF IN THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.

THE SECOND EMPOWERED THE GOVERNOR TO GIVE DIRECTIONS OF A GENERAL CHARACTER TO THE CORPORATION IF HE CONSIDERED THAT THE PUBLIC INTEREST SO REQUIRED. THIS PROVISION IS DESIGNED FOR EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES, NOT EVERY DAY USE, AND THE GOVERNOR WOULD BE ASSISTED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL BEFORE EXERCISING THIS POWER.

THE THIRD AMENDMENT REMOVED STAMP DUTY ON THE TRANSFER OF PROPERTY FROM THE PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY TO THE CORPORATION. THIS EXCEMPTION APPLIES ONLY TO THAT TRANSFER AND THE CORPORATION ITSELF WILL BE SUBJECT TO TAXATION IN THE SAME WAY AS OTHER COMMERCIAL UNDERTAKINGS.

IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, THE ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON. G.C. THORNTON, RE-ITERATED THE GOVERNMENT’S ' FIRM BELIEF THAT THE UNDERGROUND RAILWAY +IS A VITAL NECESSITY TO HONG KONG IN ORDER TO AFFORD MAXIMUM RELIEF FROM CONGESTION ON THE ROADS IN THE YEARS AHEAD.+

IT WAS RECOGNISED, HOWEVER, THAT THE SYSTEM WAS BUT A VALUABLE PALLIATIVE — NOT A CURE TO HONG KONG’S TRANSPORT PROBLEM, HE ADDED.

ON THE VIABILITY OF THE SYSTEM, MR. THORNTON EMPHASISED THAT THIS HAD CONSISTENTLY BEEN AT THE HEART OF GOVERNMENT THINKING FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS AND THE GOVERNMENT WAS CONVINCED THAT THE SYSTEM WAS VIABLE.

AS TO THE ESTIMATED COST OF THE PROJECT, MR. THORNTON SAID THIS HAD BEEN PREPARED ON CONSERVATIVE LINES, INCLUDING PROVISION FOR BOTH COST ESCALATION AND UNFORESEEN CONTINGENCIES.

SINCE THE ESTIMATES WERE PREPARED FIVE MONTHS AGO, WORLD INFLATION HAD SLOWED DOWN AND LOCAL BUILDING COSTS HAD FALLEN, HE SAID. +THERE ARE GOOD REASONS THEREFORE TO BELIEVE THAT THE ESTIMATE FOR THE TOTAL CONTRACT PRICE AND NON-CONTRACTUAL COSTS OF $5,800 MILLION REMAINS CONSERVATIVE.*

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PROVISIONS OF LABOUR RELATIONS BILL CLARIFIED

THE NEW LABOUR RELATIONS BILL WILL PROVIDE HONG KONG WITH A FRAMEWORK FOR THE SETTLEMENT OF TRADE DISPUTES WITH THE MINIMUM OF SOCIAL FRICTION OR ECONOMIC DISRUPTION, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON. IAN PRICE, TOLD LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

-t-THE PROCEDURES IN THE BILL REPRESENT METHODS WELL ESTABLISHED ELSEWHERE,+ HE SAID, +ALTHOUGH FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HONG KONG THEY BRING TOGETHER, IN ONE ORDINANCE, VARIOUS METHODS OF RESOLVING DISPUTES.*

MR. PRICE WAS MOVING THE ADJOURNMENT OF THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, WHICH WAS GAZETTED FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON MARCH 21.

' HE SAID I +BECAUSE NO TWO INDUSTRIAL DISPUTES ARE IDENTICAL, IT IS DESIRABLE TO DEVISE FLEXIBLE PROCEDURES WHICH CAN BE APPLIED TO WIDELY DIFFERENT SITUATIONS.

+SO THE PROCEDURE TO BE ADOPTED IN ANY PARTICULAR DISPUTE WILL DEPEND UPON ITS CIRCUMSTANCES.*

HE SAID THE BILL AIMED TO CATER FOR BOTH THE COMMON SITUATION IN HONG KONG — IN WHICH +AD HOC* GROUPS OF WORKERS WERE INVOLVED — AND ALSO FOR THOSE CASES IN WHICH A UNION WAS A DIRECT PARTY TO A DISPUTE.

+THE PRESENT BILL COVERS BOTH STRIKES AND LOCK-OUTS, AND APPLIES EQUALLY TO EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES,* HE SAID. +IT SHOULD BE ESPECIALLY HELPFUL TO THOSE WORKERS WHO DO NOT BELONG TO TRADE UNIONS.*

THE COMMISSIONER SAID SOME PEOPLE MIGHT ARGUE TH&T THE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL RELATING TO A COMPULSORY COOLING-OFF PERIOD WERE UNDESIRABLE.

BUT THESE PROVISIONS — WHICH WOULD ONLY BE IMPLEMENTED IN SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES AND IN CONJUNCTION WITH ARBITRATION OR BOARD OF INQUIRY PROCEDURES WERE NOT AN ATTEMPT ON THE PART OF THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE AWAY THE RIGHT TO STRIKE.

+THEY ARE AN ATTEMPT TO PROVIDE FOR A FLEXIBLE APPROACH LEADING TO A LESS HEATED ATMOSPHERE, MORE CONDUCIVE TO THE SETTLEMENT OF THE DISPUTE,* HE SAID.

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♦INDEED, IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES THEY MIGHT BE WELCOMED BY THE PARTIES TO THE DISPUTE, PARTICULARLY WHERE THE PERIOD MIGHT ASSIST THEM TO REASSESS THEIR ATTITUDES AND, WITHOUT LOSS OF FACE, TO ABANDON ENTRENCHED VIEWS.+

MR. PRICE SAID SOME COUNTRIES SUCH AS THE UNITED KINGDOM HAD TRIED AND ABANDONED SIMILAR MEASURES, BUT OTHERS -- SUCH AS THE U.S.A., CANADA, JAPAN AND SINGAPORE — FELT IT DESIRABLE TO HAVE SPECIAL COMPULSORY POWERS TO DEAL WITH WHAT MIGHT LOOSELY BE TERMED +ESSENTIAL SERVICES*.

HE ADDED s +SUCH COUNTRIES FEEL THAT PROVISIONS SIMILAR TO THOSE CONTAINED IN PART V OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS BILL ARE NECESSARY TO PROTECT THE COMMUNITY AGAINST THE POSSIBILITY OF STRIKERS OR EMPLOYERS, BY A SELFISH PURSUIT OF THEIR OWN INTERESTS, BREAKING THE RICE BOWLS OR AFFECTING THE DAILY WORK OF THOSE WHO ARE NOT INVOLVED IN THE DISPUTE — BE THEY OTHER WORKERS OR THE PUBLIC IN GENERAL.

+ IT IS THIS SORT OF SITUATION WHICH THE COOLING-OFF PROVISIONS ARE DESIGNED TO AVOID.*

MR. PRICE POINTED OUT THAT ONLY IN SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES COULD THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL IMPOSE A +COOLING-OFF+ ORDER DURING A TRADE DISPUTE. SUCH AN ORDER WOULD BE FOR AN INITIAL 30 DAYS, AND THERE WERE PROVISIONS FOR AN EXTENSION OF ANOTHER 30 DAYS.

THE ORDER WOULD PLACE THE PARTIES TO A DISPUTE -- OR THIRD PARTIES — UNDER AN OBLIGATION TO STOP ANY INDUSTRIAL ACTION WHICH MIGHT INTERFERE WITH, OR UNDERMINE, THE SETTLEMENT OF A DISPUTE BY ARBITRATION OR A BOARD OF INQUIRY.

THE ORDER COULD ONLY BE ENFORCED BY CONTEMPT OF COURT PROCEEDINGS, AND NOT BY CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

MR. PRICE SAID A COOLING-OFF ORDER COULD ALSO ONLY BE CONSIDERED WHEN A DISPUTE WAS CONSIDERED LIKELY TO CAUSE AN INTERRUPTION IN THE SUPPLY OF GOODS OR THE PROVISION OF SERVICES WHICH MIGHT -

K BE GRAVELY INJURIOUS TO. THE ECONOMY OF HONG KONG OR SERIOUSLY AFFECT THE LIVELIHOOD OF A SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER OF PERSONS-

K CREATE A SERIOUS RISK OF PUBLIC DISORDER OR SERIOUSLY JEOPARDISE THE INTERNAL SECURITY OF HONG KONG- OR

* ENDANGER THE LIVES OF A SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER OF PERSONS OR EXPOSE THEM TO SERIOUS RISK OR DISEASES OR .PERSONAL INJURY.

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OUTLINING THE MAIN PROVISIONS OF THE BILL, MR. PRICE SAID IT LAID DOWN FOUR MAIN PROCEDURES — CONCILIATION, SPECIAL CONCILIATION, VOLUNTARY ARBITRATION AND A BOARD OF INQUIRY.

CONCILIATION — THE BRINGING TOGETHER VOLUNTARILY OF THE PARTIES IN A DISPUTE TO RESOLVE THEIR PROBLEM — WAS ; ALREADY PRACTISED WITH CONSIDERABLE SUCCESS BY THE LABOUR

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MR. PRICE SAID THAT SPECIAL CONCILIATION WOULD TAKE PLACE EITHER AFTER, OR INSTEAD OF, CONCILIATION.

♦WHEN IT IS USED, THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE SEEN TO BE ACTING BY PUBLISHING THE NAME OF THE CONCILIATOR — USUALLY

I AN OFFICER OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE APPOINTED DY

THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR,+ HE SAID.

+THE PARTIES WILL KNOW THAT THE GOVERNMENT, THROUGH THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, IS NOT ONLY WATCHING WITH CARE, BUT IS ACTIVELY INTERVENING IN A POTENTIALLY DAMAGING DISPUTE.

♦HAVING SEEN THIS PROCEDURE WORK ELSEWHERE I AM CONFIDENT OF ITS VALUE IN HONG KONG, BECAUSE THE PARTIES WILL KNOW THAT IF THEY IGNORE THE HELP OF THE SPECIAL CONCILIATOR THEY MAY FIND THEIR DISPUTE ON THE PATH TO POSSIBLE ARBITRATION, OR REFERRED TO A BOARD OF INQUIRY.*

MR. PRICE DESCRIBED VOLUNTARY ARBITRATION AS THE SETTLEMENT OF A DISPUTE BY A SOLE ARBITRATOR AFTER HEARING ARGUMENTS FROM BOTH PARTIES.

HE ADDED x +THERE WILL BE NO COMPULSION TO ABIDE BY THE AWARD, BECAUSE OF THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF IMPOSING SANCTIONS ON A LARGE NUMBER OF WORKERS.

+HOWEVER, VOLUNTARY ARBITRATION IS BASED ON AN AGREEMENT OF THE PARTIES TO RESORT TO ARBITRATION, WHICH IMPLIES AN INTENTION TO ABIDE BY THE AWARD.

+IN SOME CASES IT SHOULD BE POSSIBLE FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, OR THE ARBITRATOR, TO SECURE BY ADMINISTRATIVE MEANS AN AGREEMENT IN ADVANCE TO ACCEPT THE AWARD.*

MR. PRICE SAID A PANEL OF ARBITRATORS WOULD BE DRAWN FROM PERSONS WHO WERE INDEPENDENT OF WORKERS AND EMPLOYERS AND NOT ALLIED IN THE PUBLIC EYE WITH EITHER.

THE BOARD OF INQUIRY PROPOSED IN THE BILL WOULD BE AN ALTERNATIVE TO VOLUNTARY ARBITRATION IF THE GOVERNOR-IN—COUNCIL BELIEVED IT WAS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST THAT ALL THE FACTS PERTAINING TO THE DISPUTE SHOULD BE REVEALED FOR PUBLIC SCRUTINY.

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HE ADDED s +THE PUBLISHED REPORT OF A BOARD OF INQUIRY MAY INCLUDE RECOMMENDATIONS, WHICH, WHILE NOT LEGALLY BINDING, SHOULD BY VIRTUE OF THEltf PUBLICATION HELP TO BRING ABOUT A SETTLEMENT.+

HE STRESSED THAT THE BOARD OF INQUIRY PROCEDURE WOULD BE AN ALTERNATIVE TO ARBITRATION.

MR. PRICE SAID THAT CONSULTATIONS REGARDING THE RIGHT OF AUDIENCE BEFORE AN ARBITRATOR OR BOARD OF INQUIRY HAD BEEN HELD WITH THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD AND AS A RESULT AMENDMENTS MAKING IT CLEAR WHO HAD THE RIGHT OF AUDIENCE WOULD BE MOVED IN THE COMMITTEE STAGE.

BOTH THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD AND THE JOINT ASSOCIATIONS COMMITTEE ON EMPLOYERS/EMPLOYEES RELATIONS HAD SUPPORTED THE GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF THE BILL INCLUDING THE COOLING-OFF PROVISIONS.

BUT THE JOINT ASSOCIATIONS COMMITTEE HAD SUGGESTED THAT AN ARBITRATOR’S AWARD SHOULD BE MADE LEGALLY BINDING.

+THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE TO THE GOVERNMENT BECAUSE OF THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF IMPOSING PENAL SANCTIONS ON A LARGE NUMBER OF WORKERS,+ MR. PRICE SAID.

THE COMMISSIONER SAID THAT IN LABOUR LEGISLATION, IT WAS NECESSARY TO STRIKE A BALANCE BETWEEN THE CLAIMS OF EMPLOYEES, THE ABILITY OF EMPLOYERS TO MEET THOSE CLAIMS, AND THE INTERESTS OF THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE.

+l BELIEVE THAT IN THE LABOUR RELATIONS BILL A FAIR BALANCE HAS BEEN STRUCK BETWEEN THESE THREE FACTORS,+ MR. PRICE SAID.

+l ALSO BELIEVE THAT THE BILL WILL ACHIEVE ITS OBJECTIVE OF IMPROVING LABOUR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS AND WILL HELP TO ENSURE THAT HONG KONG CONTINUES TO ENJOY IN THE FUTURE A LOW LEVEL OF INDUSTRIAL UNREST.+

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PUBLIC RESPONSE TO CIGARETTE SMOKING REPORT +LACKING* If K K K K K

PUBLIC RESPONSE TO THE REPORT ON CIGARETTE SMOKING PREPARED BY AN AD HOC INTER-DEPARTMENTAL COMMITTEE PUBLISHED IN JUNE 1974 HAS BEEN ^SIGNIFICANTLY LACKING*, THE HON. LI FOOK-KOW, SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES SAID TODAY.

AS A RESULT OF THIS, HE SAID, THE GOVERNMENT HAD COMMISSIONED A COMMERCIAL FIRM TO UNDERTAKE A SURVEY ON PUBLIC ATTITUDES TOWARDS SMOKING.

+THE RESULTS OF THIS SURVEY ARE STILL UNDER CONS I DERATION BY GOVERNMENT AND IT WOULD THEREFORE BE PRE-MATURE FOR ME TO SAY WHETHER OR NOT A CONTINUOUS CAMPAIGN SHOULD BE CARRIED OUT AGAINST HEAVY CIGARETTE SMOKING AND WHAT RESOURCES ARE REQUIRED TO FACILITATE SUCH A CAMPAIGN,* MR. LI SAID.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN WHO ASKED IF A CONTINUOUS CAMPAIGN COULD BE CARRIED 'IT AGAINST HEAVY CIGARETTE SMOKING AS BEING A LIKELY CAUSE OF CLJCER.

THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES ADDED THAT THE SURVEY CARRIED OUT BY THE COMMERCIAL FIRM HAD ALSO INDICATED THAT THE PUBLIC PLACED GREAT EMPHASIS ON THE COMBINED EFFORTS OF SCHOOLS AND PARENTS TO EDUCATE YOUNG PEOPLE ABOUT THE DANGERS ASSOCIATED WITH SMOKING.

THIS IS THEREFORE A LIKELY AREA OF PRIORITY WHEN THE INTER-DEPARTMENTAL COMMITTEE FRAMES ITS FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS TO. GOVERNMENT, HE SAID.

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THE BISHOP OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IN HONG KONG IS TO BE GIVEN WIDER POWERS TO ACQUIRE OR DISPOSE OF PROPERTY AND TO INVEST FUNDS.

THIS IS PROVIDED IN DRAFT NEW LEGISLATION AND IS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CURRENT PRACTICE OF ALLOWING SUCH INSTITUTIONS TO EXERCISE GREATER DISCRETION IN THE DISPOSITION OF THEIR ASSETS.

THE BILL, KNOWN AS THE BISHOP OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IN HONG KONG INCORPORATION (AMENDMENT) BILL, GENERALLY AIMS AT UPDATING THE EXISTING ORDINANCE ENACTED IN lCff5.

THE AMENDMENT WAS MOVED IN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY BY THE HON. ROGER LOBO. DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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LACK OF MONEY RULES OUT SPECIAL STUDENT AID SCHEME

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THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, THE HON. KENNETH TOPLEY, TODAY RULED OUT A PROPOSAL FOR AN EDUCATION ALLOWANCE FOR NEEDY PUPILS ENTERING FORMS 2, 3 AND 5 THIS SEPTEMBER, BECAUSE OF LACK OF FUNDS AND ADMINSTRATIVE DIFFICULTIES.

+EVEN IF WE COULD AFFORD IT, THE SUGGESTION WOULD REPRESENT A MAJOR CHANGE OF POLICY, CUTTING ACROSS THE PROPOSALS IN THE (EDUCATION) WHITE PAPER WHICH ARE EDUCATIONALLY SOUNDER,+ HE TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL DURING AN ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON ^MEASURES TO PREVENT DISCONTINUATION OF SECONDARY EDUCATION OF CHILDREN OF POORER FAMILIES.*

THE SCHEME WAS ADVOCATED BY THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN WHO ARGUED THAT THERE WAS + A GENUINE CASE TO BE MADE OUT FOR SOME FORM OF SECONDARY ADUCATION ALLOWANCE FOR POORER FAMILIES WHO MEET CERTAIN CRITERIA OF HARDSHIP AND NEED.*

MR. CHEONG-LEEN HAD SUGGESTED THAT SUCH A SCHEME f IOULD AT FIRST BE RESTRICTED TO STUDENTS ENTERING FORMS 2, 3 AND 5 IN THE COMING SCHOOL YEAR AND WHOSE MONTHLY FAMILY INCOME DID NOT EXCEED 02,000. HE HAD ENVISAGED A FLAT 025 MONTHLY ALLOWANCE OR ONE-THIRD THE SCHOOL FEE, TO BE PAID DIRECT TO THE PRIVATE SCHOOL THREE TIMES DURING THE YEAR. HE ALSO SUGGESTED THAT SPECIAL CONSIDERATION EE GIVEN TO LARGE FAMILIES WITH A MONTHLY INCOME OF SLIGHTLY OVER 02,000 AND WHOSE EDUCATION BUDGET EXCEEDED 30 PER CENT OF ' THEIR INCOME.

MR. CHEONG-LEEN EXPRESSED CONCERN THAT THE PRESENT LACK OF EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES COULD FORCE MANY POORER FAMILIES TO DISCONTINUE THEIR CHILDREN’S SECONDARY EDUCATION FROM SEPTEMBER' THIS YEAR.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE EMPLOYMENT MARKET IN THE COMING MONTHS WOULD PROBABLY BE EXPANDED BY SOME 50,000 SECONDARY SCHOOL LEAVERS, PLUS ANOTHER 25,000 PRIMARY SCHOOL GRADULAJES UNABLE TO CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATION FOR ONE REASON OR ANOTHER.

THEY WOULD EITHER HAVE TO STAY AT HOME, LOOK FOR A JOB, OR PERHAPS JOIN A YOUTH GANG TO KEEP THEMSELVES ACTIVE, HE WARNED.

IN REPLY, MR. TOPLEY SAID HE HIMSELF HAD THOUGHT OF A SIMILAR SCHEME AS THAT SUGGESTED BY MR. CHEONG-LEEN BUT HAD RECLUCTANTLY DISCARDED IT.

EXPLAINING HIS REASONS, MR. TOPLEY POINTED OUT THAT THERE WERE ABOUT 165,000 CHILDREN IN UNASSISTED SECONDARY PLACES IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS AT PRESENT, COMPARED WITH 60,000 PUPILS IN ASSISTED PLACES.

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THE MAXIMUM COMMITMENT TO AID THE UNASSISTED CHILDREN IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS AT $25 PER HEAD A MONTH WOULD AMOUNT TO $41 MILLION EACH YEAR, HE SAID. AND THE MORE CAUTIOUS SCHEME PROPOSED BY MR. CHEONG-LEEN WOULD STILL INCUR ANNUAL COSTS OF $15 MILLION WHICH WOULD BE AN OPEN-ENDED COMMITMENT AND VERY DIFFICULT TO MONITOR.

+THIS IS NOT THE KIND OF MONEY WE CAN AFFORD NOW.* SAID MR. TOPLEY.

+IF WE DO AS MY HONOURABLE FRIEND SUGGESTS WE WOULD ABSORB MUCH NEEDED RESOURCES, A LARGE PROPORTION OF WHICH WE COULD NOT EASILY RE-DIRECT TO THE WHITE PAPER PLAN WHEN THE TIME COMES TO IMPLEMENT IT.+

MR. TOPLEY SAID HE HAD NO WISH TO DENIGRATE MR. CHEONG-LEEN’S PROPOSALS. +OUR INTENTION UNDER THE WHITE PAPER PROPOSALS IS TO OFFER THREE YEARS SECONDARY EDUCATION TO EVERYONE BY DRAWING AS MANY AS POSSIBLE INTO THE AIDED SECTOR AND BUYING PLACES FOR THE REST IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. BUT LACK OF MONEY, HE ADDED, HAD HELD UP ACTION. *

MR. TOPLEY SAID THERE WAS NO SIGN THAT ENROLMENTS IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS WERE FALLING. +IN FACT, ENROLMENT FIGURES FOR SEPTEMBER 1974 SHOW AN INCREASE OF 15 PER CENT OVER THOSE OF SEPTEMBER 1973, ALTHOUGH I WOULD CERTAINLY AGREE THAT MANY PARENTS MAY HAVE X HARD TIME PAYING PRIVATE SCHOOL FEES.+

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HE NOTED THAT THERE WERE PRIVATE TRUST FUNDS AVAILABLE TO AID CHILDREN IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES AND SOME CHILDREN WERE SPONSORED FROM THESE FUNDS. MR. TOPLEY APPEALED FOR ADDITIONAL ’ DONATIONS TO HELP EXTEND THIS TYPE OF ASSISTANCE.

+1 WOULD CERTAINLY WELCOME ADDITIONAL DONATIONS TO MAKE AN EXTENTION OF THIS TYPE OF ASSISTANCE POSSIBLE.* HE SAID.

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CENTRAL HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT TO BE SET UP H « « O H

A CENTRAL HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT TO COORDINATE THE OF PREVENTIVE HEALTH ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE MEDICAL AND DEPARTMENT WILL BE SET UP, THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND SERVICES, THE HON. GERALD CHOA SAID TODAY.

WHOLE RANGE HEALTH HEALTH

DR. CHOA POINTED OUT THAT STAFF IN HEALTH EDUCATION WORK

ACTION WAS ALREADY IN HAND TO TRAIN

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WHICH IS ONE OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE MEDICAL WHITE PAPER — COULD BE SET UP AS SOON AS OTHER REQUIREMENTS SUCH AS ACCOMMODATION AND BASIC EQUIPMENT WERE AVAILABLE.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION RAISED BY THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN.

ON THE HEALTH EDUCATION PLANS FOR 1975/76, DR. CHOA NOTED THAT THE REGULAR HEALTH AND EDUCATION PROGRAMMES CARRI i .D OUT BY INDIVIDUAL UNITS IN HIS DEPARTMENT WOULD CONTINUE THIS YEAR IN ADDITION TO THE MEASURES UNDERTAKEN BY OTHER DEPARTMENTS, THE URBAN COUNCIL AND OTHER BODIES IN THEIR OWN FIELDS.

THE PROGRAMMES COVER SUCH SUBJECTS AS PERSONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE, PREVENTION OF DISEASES AND FAMILY HEALTH SUBJECTS- • WHICH INCLUDE MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH, FAMILY PLANNING AND NUTRITION.

+WE SHALL MAKE USE OF THE MASS MEDIA OF THE TELEVISION, RADIO AND THE VARIOUS PRESSES, AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL AND PERSONAL MOTIVATION.

-••DEPENDING ON THE SUBJECT AND WHENEVER APPROPRIATE, WE SHALL CONTINUE TO SEEK THE COOPERATION OF OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, NON-GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATIONS AND ORGANISATIONS,* DR. CHOA SAID.

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THE DIRECTOR STRESSED THAT HEALTH EDUCATION CONSTITUTED ONE OF THE MAIN AREAS OF WORK IN THE FAMILY HEALTH SERVICE AND WAS AN IMPORTANT ASPECT IN ALL ACTIVITIES AT HIS DEPARTMENT’S MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRES.

HE ADDED THAT HEALTH EDUCATION ACTIVITIES WERE ALSO CARRIED OUT BY THE CHEST SERVICE, SOCIAL HYGIENE SERVICE AND BY THE HEALTH STAFF IN THE REGIONAL HEALTH OFFICES AS PART OF THE DISEASE PREVENTION PROGRAMME.

IN ADDITION, A HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES UNDERTAKES REGULAR HEALTH EDUCATION ACTIVITIES IN THE T.OWNS AND VILLAGES. THESE INCLUDE HEALTH TALKS TO SCHOOLS, THE SHOWING OF HEALTH EDUCATION FILMS TO SCHOOLS AND VILLAGES AND THE ORGANISING OF LOCAL HEALTH EXHIBITIONS.

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EXTENSION OF INITIAL RATE-FREE PERIOD FOR NEW VACANT FLATS ######

THE INITIAL THREE-MONTH RATE-FREE RULE NOW APPLIED TO NEWLY COMPLETED UNOCCUPIED DOMESTIC PREMISES WILL BE EXTENDED TO SIX MONTHS IN FACE OF EXISTING MARKET SITUATION, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, TOLD COUNCIL TODAY.

HE NOTED THAT WITH A MARKET FALL-OFF IN THE FORWARD SALE OF NEW FLATS, IT HAS BEEN SUGGESTED THAT THE IMPOSITION OF FULL RATES ON DOMESTIC PREMISES THREE MONTHS AFTER AN OCCUPATION PERMIT IS ISSUED IS DISCOURAGING SMALL INVESTORS.. AS IT DOES TAKE A FEW MONTHS TO COMPLETE PURCHASING FORMALITIES, FIT OUT PREMISES FOR OCCUPATION AND FIND A TENANT.

+WHILE I SEE NO BENEFIT TO THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE OR DEVELOPERS IN PARTICULAR IN HAVING PREMISES LYING IDLE, I ACCEPT THAT IN THE PRESENT CHANGED MARKET CIRCUMSTANCES THE THREE-MONTH RULE IS, PERHAPS, BEARING RATHER HARSHLY AND IS DOING LITTLE TO ENCOURAGE OCCUPATION.+

HE ADDED THAT SUBJECT TO THE ADVICE OF THE GOVERNOR-INCOUNCIL, HE WILL INTRODUCE A BILL TO AMEND THE RATING ORDINANCE SO AS TO EXTEND THE RATE-FREE RULE.

HOWEVER, HE SAID WHILE THERE IS EXISTING SUCH AN OBVIOUS REQUIREMENT FOR HOUSING AT ALL LEVELS, HE COULD SEE NO JUSTIFICATION FOR RESTORING REFUNDS OF RATES BEYOND THE INITIAL RATE-FREE PERIOD.

ON THE REPERCUSSIONS OF THE CONCESSION, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY DISCLOSED THAT THE LOSS OF REVENUE THUS INCURRED IN 1975/76 IS ESTIMATED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF RATING AND VALUATION AT 31.5 MILLION, AND ON THIS BASIS, THE LOSS OF REVENUE TO THE URBAN COUNCIL WOULD BE ABOUT 3500,000.

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AS THE URBAN COUNCIL’S BUDGET FOR 1975-76 WAS PREPARED ON THE ASSUMPTION THAT IT WOULD RECEIVE A CERTAIN YIELD FROM RATES ON UNOCCUPIED DOMESTIC PREMISES, HE FELT IT WOULD BE REASONABLE FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO REIMBURSE THE COUNCIL TO THE EXTENT THAT THIS YIELD IS NOT FORTHCOMING AS A RESULT OF THE CONCESSION.

HOWEVER, MR. HADDON-CAVE POINTED OUT IT IS NOT INTENDED TO CONTINUE TO COVER THE URBAN COUNCIL FOR THE AMOUNT LOST BY THE CONCESSION IN SUBSEQUENT YEARS AS THE COUNCIL WILL BE ABLE TO BUDGET ACCORDINGLY.

HE ADDED THAT HE HAS BEEN IN TOUCH WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL WHO FINDS THESE ARRANGEMENTS ACCEPTABLE. ’

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NEW CONTROLS SOON ON SMUT PUBLICATIONS

DRAFT LEGISLATION AIMED AT CURBING PUBLICATIONS OF A PORNOGRAPHIC OR VIOLENT NATURE HAS NOW BEEN DRAFTED AND IS AT PRESENT THE SUBJECT OF CONSULTATION WITHIN VARIOUS BRANCHES OF THE GOVERNMENT.

THIS WAS REVEALED TODAY IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BY THE ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON. G.C. THORNTON IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. MISS KO SIU-WAH.

MR. THORNTON SAID IT IS EXPECTED THAT A NEW DRAFT BILL WHICH SEEKS TO CURB THESE PUBLICATIONS, PARTICULARLY THOSE AIMED AT CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE, WILL SOON BE READY FOR SUBMISSION TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

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BUDGET FOR PROMOTING OVERSEAS INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT ««««««

THE GOVERNMENT WILL GIVE FURTHER CONSIDERATION TO THE NEED TO INCREASE THE BUDGET OF $200,000 EARMARKED FOR THE PROMOTION'" OF INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT FROM OVERSEAS, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE TOLD COUNCIL.TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. FRANCIS TIEN, HE SAID THAT FINAL PLANS FOR SPENDING THE SUM PROVIDED IN THE 1975-76 ' ESTIMATES HAVE YET TO BE AGREED.

HE ADDED, HOWEVER, THAT FURTHER CONSIDERATION WOULD BE GIVEN IN THE LIGHT OF OUR PREVAILING FINANCIAL CIRCUMSTANCES, +IF AND WHEN THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL AND THE COMMERCE.AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT HAVE DEMONSTRATED THAT THE SUM PROVIDED <N THE 1975-76 ESTIMATES IS PATENTLY INADEQUATE.*

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BILLS PASSED

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 1975

SIX BILLS, IN ADDITION TO THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION BILL, COMPLETED THEIR PASSAGE THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY). THE

THEY ARE ‘ THE BANKING (AMENDMENT) BILL, THE BETTING DUTY (AMENDMENT) BILL, THE BUSINESS REGISTRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL, THE ENTERTAINMENTS TAX (AMENDMENT) BILL, THE STAMP ' (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL AND THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (AMENDMENT) 131 L. L» •

AT TODAY’S SITTING, THREE NEW BILLS WERE INTRODUCED INTO THE COUNCIL FOR THEIR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS. THE BILLS ARE I THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3 BILL THE LOANS BILL AND THE LABOUR RELATIONS BILL.

AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS BILL — THE BISHOP OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IN HONG KONG INCORPORATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1975 WAS ALSO INTRODUCED FOR ITS FIRST AND SECOND READINGS.

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SUPPLEMENTARY S.S.E.E. TO BE HELD ON MAY 12 H «« « « H

ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR CHILDREN WHO WERE PREVENTED BY BAD WEATHER FROM SITTING ALL OR PART OF THE SECONDARY SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAMINATION ON APRIL 30 TO TAKE A SUPPLEMENTARY EXAMINATION NEXT MONDAY (MAY 12) AFTERNOON.

FIFTY-FOUR CANDIDATES WILL BE TAKING ALL THREE PAPERS — CHINESE, ENGLISH AND ARITHMETIC -- WHILE 165 CANDIDATES WILL BE TAKING EITHER ONE OR TWO<PAPERS, THE SECRETARY OF THE S.S.E.E. ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THE SUPPLEMENTARY EXAMINATION WILL BE CONDUCTED IN FOUR CENTRES AT STANLEY, TUEN MUN, SAI KUNG AND TSIM SHA TSUI.

MEANWHILE, COPIES OF THE +PARENTS’ FORMS FOR CHOICE OF SCHOOLS, S.S.E.E. 1975+ ARE BEING DISTRIBUTED THROUGH PRIMARY SCHOOLS TO PARENTS OF CHILDREN WHO TOOK THE EXAMINATION.

ON THE FORMS PARENTS ARE ASKED TO STATE THEIR PREFERENCES CONCERNING THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS THEY WISH THEIR CHILDREN TO ATTEND. THEY ARE ASKED TO STATE IN ORDER OF PREFERENCE TEN SCHOOLS WITH FIVE-YEAR PLACES AND TEN SCHOOLS WITH THREE-YEAR PLACES.

ADVICE TO PARENTS ON HOW TO COMPLETE THE FORMS WILL BE GIVEN BY STAFF- OF THE EXAMINATIONS DIVISION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TOMORROW MORNING.

NOTE TO EDITORS t YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE WHICH WILL BE HELD IN THE EXAMINATIONS DIVISION, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 393 CANTON ROAD, 11TH FLOOR, KOWLOON, AT 11 A.M. TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 1975.

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APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR TECHNICAL EVENING COURSES

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APPLICATIONS ARE BEING INVITED BY THE MORRISON HILL, KWAI CHUNG AND KWUN TONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTES FOR THEIR EVENING CLASSES WHICH ARE DUE TO COMMENCE IN SEPTEMBER, 1975.

A TOTAL OF 64 COURSES INCLUDING THOSE AT CRAFT LEVEL TAUGHT MAINLY IN CHINESE AND THOSE AT TECHNICIAN LEVEL TAUGHT MAINLY IN ENGLISH WILL BE AVAILABLE.

FIELDS OF STUDY COVERED COMPRISE CONSTRUCTION, ELECTRICAL ’ ENGINEERING, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, PRINTING, TEXTILE AND CLOTHING.

IN ADDITION, COURSES FOR COMMERCIAL, PRELIMINARY AND GENERAL STUDIES WILL BE OFFERED.

. CLASSES WILL BE CONDUCTED AT THE THREE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND 19 OTHER CENTRES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE HARBOUR INCLUDING TSUEN WAN.

APPLICATION FORMS CAN NOW BE OBTAINED FROM THE MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, ALL CITY DISTRICT OFFICES AND THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS MAY 22 (THURSDAY).

FULL TIME, BLOCK-RELEASE AND PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE COURSES AT THE THREE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES WILL BE ADVERTISED SEPARATELY ON OR ABOUT JULY 24, THIS YEAR.

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Wednesday, May 7, 1975

QUEEN*S MESSAGE OF THANKS

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Her Majesty the Queen sent the following message from her aircraft shortly after it took off from Hong Kong this morning;

••Please convey my warm thanks and those Of Prince Philip to the Government and people of Hong Kong for all they did to make our visit so memorable and enjoyable. We were deeply moved by the welcome given to us everywhere we went and we were grateful for the arrangements made which made it possible for us to see and understand so much of Hong Kong. I am sad to leave but I do so with confidence of a bright future for Hong Kong and her people.11

Elizabeth R • •

The Governor sent the following reply:

••On behalf of all Hong Kong I thank your.Majesty for your gracious message.

••Your visit with His Royal Highness Prince Philip has been an event which Hong Kong will always remember. Your Majesty won the hearts of Hong Kong and brought joy and encouragement to all of us.

’•There is a Chinese saying, ’The Royal Presence blesses millions with good fortune and rejoicing; kindness like the gentle rain captures the hearts of our people’ ”•

Governor

Wednesday, May 7, 1975

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• departure of queen u duke

After a busy programme of events, which began on Sunday evening, the Queen ended her first visit to Hong Kong this morning. In blustery weather her aifcro^t^ the same British Airways Boeing 707 in which she arrived, took off Yrom Hohg Kong International Airport for Japan at 9.^ a.m. ’ *

Earlier, she and the Duke of Edinburgh had driven from Government House through th£ crofei-harbour tunnel. As they approached the airport the small* Royal Standard' on the aircraft was hoisted through the roof. b - f,":-

The Queen and the Duke were seen off at the airport by the

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Governor, Sir Murray MacLehose, Lady MacLehose, the Commander British Forces, Lieutenant-General Sir Edwin Bramall, Lady Eramall, the Chief

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the Senior Unofficial Member of the Executive Council, Sir Y.K. Kan, '■ . v..■ •• nee.v .' uic. ‘ G-

the Senior Unofficial Member of the Legislative Council, Dr« Chung Sze-yuen, and the Consul-General of Japan, Mr. Fujio Hara.

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At the top of the aircraft steps,the Queen and the Duke turned

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watchers on the airport balconies. She was in yet another of the dazzling jtl . ■. • ,•>,< : ','S« ••?/!£ ••• ? ’ 'K ' - ’’

costumes to which she has treated Hong Kong, a white and turquoise print r- -'Vil -1 j bnr erti/T" r f"*

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The aircraft door closed at 9.32 a.m.

The rain, which had been threatening, held off, the Royal Standard was lowered, the Governor and Lady MacLehose waved, and the airliner took off. They stood watching until the aircraft had left the ground.

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THURSDAY, MAY 8, 1975

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HONG KONG AND AUSTRALIA REACH NEW TEXTILE AGREEMENT ....... 1

TEMPORARY WATER INTERRUPTION IN SHAM SHU I PO

COMPUTER BALLOT HELD FOR ROYAL VISIT COMMEMORATIVE COINS 3

SWIMMING POOL FOR PREVENTIVE SERVICE OFFICERS

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THURSDAY, MAY 8, 1975

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NEW TEXTILE AGREEMENT BETWEEN HONG KONG AND AUSTRALIA K n « n n h

A NEW TEXTILE AGREEMENT HAS BEEN CONCLUDED BETWEEN HONG KONG AND AUSTRALIA, THE DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. DAVID JORDAN, ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THE PRODUCTS SUBJECT TO THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS ARE 8 KNIT TOPS INCLUDING SHIRTS, BLOUSES, CARDIGANS, PULLOVERS ETC., MEN’S TROUSERS, WOVEN BLOUSES, WOMEN’S WOVEN COATS, WOMEN’S WOVEN NIGHTWEAR AND DRESSES.

THE AGREEMENT WAS REACHED AT LUNCHTIME TODAY AFTER EIGHT DAYS OF TALKS IN HONG KONG BETWEEN AN AUSTRALIAN DELEGATION LED DY MR. JACK FOGARTY OF THE AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF OVERSEAS TRADE AND THE HONG KONG DELEGATION LED DY MR. LAWRENCE MILLS, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, COMMERCIAL RELATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY.

COMMENTING ON THE AGREEMENT, MR. MILLS SAID THAT IT HAD BEEN REACHED UNDER ARTICLE 3 OF THE INTERNATIONAL MULTIFI DRE TEXTILE ARRANGEMENT. HE SAID THAT UNDER THE TERMS OF THE INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT, AUSTRALIA HAD TO SHOW THAT TEXTILE IMPORTS FROM HONG KONG WERE CAUSING OR THREATENING TO CAUSE MARKET DISRUPTION IN AUSTRALIA AND DAMAGE TO AUSTRALIAN TEXTILE PRODUCERS.

+WE CAREFULLY EXAMINED THE EVIDENCE WHICH THE AUSTRALIAN DELEGATION PUT DEFORE US AND CONCLUDED THAT IN ACCORDANCE WITH OUR OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE INTERNATIONAL MULTIFIBRE TEXTILE ARRANGEMENT WE SHOULD RESTRAIN OUR EXPORTS OF THE PRODUCTS WHICH ARE NOW CAUGHT WITHIN THE NEW AGREEMENT*, MR. MILLS SAID. *

AS A RESULT OF THE NEGOTIATIONS, FOUR NEW ITEMS HAVE BEEN MADE SUBJECT TO RESTRAINT, WHILST RESTRAINTS ON FOUR ITEMS .CURRENTLY SUBJECT TO RESTRAINT WILL BE CONTINUED FOR ANOTHER YEAR. HOWEVER, THE AUSTRALIAN REQUEST FOR QUANTITATIVE LIMITATIONS ON EXPORTS OF TOO OTHER ITEMS WAS REFUSED BY HONG KONG AND THE CURRENT RESTRAINT ON ANOTHER ITEM WILL LAPSE FROM JULY 1, 1975. IT HAS ALSO BEEN POSSIBLE TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF ITEMS SUBJECT TO EXPORT AUTHORISATION SURVEILLANCE FROM SIX TO THREE.

♦ALTHOUGH WE DO NOT LIKE TO SEE RESTRAINTS ON OUR EXPORTS*, MR. MILLS SAID, +1 FEEL THAT WE HAVE ACHIEVED A REASONABLE AGREEMENT ON THE ITEMS WHERE OUR OBLIGATIONS REQUIRE US TO ACCEPT RESTRAINTS. THE PREVIOUS LIMITS HAVE BEEN INCREASED AND THERE ARE HELPFUL FLEXIBILITY PROVISIONS WHICH ENABLE HONG KONG TO CARRYOVER UNUSED QUANTITIES INTO A FUTURE PERIOD AND TO INCREASE THE RESTRAINT LEVELS BY TRANSFERRING PRODUCTS FROM ONE CATEGORY INTO ANOTHER. ADDITIONAL FLEXIBILITY HAS ALSO BEEN SECURED BY SOME RE-GROUPING OF SIMILAR PRODUCTS.

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MR. MILLS SAID THAT THE AUSTRALIAN TARIFF ACTION AGAINST TEXTILES FROM ALL SOURCES INCLUDING HONG KONG WAS NOT SPECIFICALLY DISCUSSED DURING THE NEGOTIATIONS. THIS WAS A SEPARATE ISSUE. THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAD RESERVED ITS RIGHT TO CALL FOR SUCH DISCUSSIONS AND WAS STILL CONSIDERING WHETHER OR NOT TO DO SO. IT IS UNLIKELY THAT ANY OF THE ITEMS CAUGHT WITHIN THE NEW AGREEMENT WOULD BE SUBJECT TO INCREASED TARIFF QUOTA ACTION BY THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DURING THE COURSE OF THE AGREEMENT.

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A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN SHAM SHU I PO WILL BE WITHOUT WATER SUPPLY FOR FIVE HOURS BEGINNING FROM 1 AM ON SATURDAY (MAY 10) WHEN WATER WORKS STAFF WILL BE CARRYING OUT A LEAKAGE TEST IN THE AREA.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY CHING CHEUNG ROAD, BUTTERFLY VALLEY ROAD, KING LAM STREET, YEE KUK STREET, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, YU CHAU STREET AND WING MING STREET.

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A BALLOT BY COMPUTER HAS BEEN HELD TO DETERMINE SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS OF ROYAL VISIT COMMEMORATIVE GOLD COINS, AND APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED INDIVIDUALLY AFTER NEXT WEEK.

SLIGHTLY MORE THAN HALF THE 20,000 GOLD COINS MINTED WILL BE ALLOCATED TO HONG KONG APPLICANTS — CONSISTING OF 8,200 UNCIRCULATED AND 2,500 PROOF COINS. • -

AS THE ISSUE HAS BEEN HEAVILY OVERSUBSCRIBED, NO APPLICANT WILL DE ALLOTED MORE THAN ONE COIN. APPLICATIONS FOR 9,191 PROOF AND 20,802 UNCIRCULATED COINS HAD BEEN RECEIVED WHEN APPLICATIONS CLOSED ON APRIL 28 — NEARLY 10,000 MORE THAN THE MAXIMUM 20,000 COINS MINTED (5,000 PROOF AND 15,000 UNCIRCULATED).

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT PROCESSING OF THE BALLOT RESULTS WAS GOING AHEAD AT TOP SPEED BUT BECAUSE OF THE ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF WORK INVOLVED APPLICANTS WERE UNLIKELY TO RECEIVE ANY NOTIFICATION BEFORE THE END OF NEXT WEEK.

THE FINAL CONSIGNMENT OF UNCIRCULATED COINS SHOULD ARRIVE THIS WEEK, HE SAID, BUT SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS FOR PROOF COINS MAY HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL JUNE BEFORE RECEIVING THEIR COINS.

CHEQUES IN RESPECT OF SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE PRESENTED FOR PAYMENT DURING THE NEXT FOURTEEN DAYS. +THIS PERIOD IS NECESSARILY LONG AS SUCCESSFUL PROOF APPLICANTS WILL BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO WITHDRAW THEIR APPLICATIONS IF THEY DO NOT WISH TO WAIT UNTIL JUNE BEFORE RECEIVING A COIN,+ HE SAID.

WHERE NECESSARY, HE ADDED, ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE MADE TO REFUND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE AMOUNT OF A CHEQUE AND THE COST OF THE COIN ALLOCATED. CHEQUES SUPPORTING UNSUCCESSFUL APPLICATIONS WILL DE RETURNED TO THE APPLICANTS AS SOON AS

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PREVENTIVE SERVICE OFFICERS WILL HAVE THEIR OWN SWIMMING POOL AT THEIR TRAINING SCHOOL AT TAI LAM CHUNG.

THE POOL, MEASURING 52’ BY 24’ WILL BE USED FOR TRAINING AS WELL AS RECREATIONAL PURPOSES BY ALL MEMBERS OF THE SERVICE.

IT WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED BY MR. J.L. MARDEN, ON SATURDAY (MAY 10). THE EARLY OPENING OF THE POOL WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR A 330,000 DONATION FROM THE MARDEN FOUNDATION LTD TO MEET HALF THE COST OF THE POOL, THE OTHER HALF BEING MET BY A GRANT FROM THE PREVENTIVE SERVICE SOCIAL WELFARE FUND.

A GOVERNOR OF THE FOUNDATION, MR. MARDEN HAS ALWAYS SHOWN KEEN INTEREST IN THE PREVENTIVE SERVICE PARTLY BECAUSE OF HIS FAMILY’S CONNECTIONS WITH THE FORMER CHINESE MARITIME CUSTOMS.

TO MARK THE OPENING, THE PREVENTIVE SERVICE WILL GIVE A DISPLAY OF LIFE SAVING TECHNIQUES AND DIVING EQUIPMENT. THEY WILL ALSO ENTERTAIN GUESTS TO A SWIMMING COMPETITION E.TWEEN OFFICERS OF THE AIRPORT, EXCISE, HARBOUR AND INVESTIGATION DIVISIONS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE EVENT WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE PREVENTIVE SERVICE TRAINING SCHOOL AT TAI LAM CHUNG AT 12 NOON ON SATURDAY, MAY 10. A GOVERNMENT VAN (AM 2011) WILL TAKE MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES TO THE SCHOOL. IT WILL LEAVE THE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 10.30 AM SHARP. LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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MORE SCHOOLS, HOSPITAL AND OPEN SPACE ARE PROVIDED-

IN THE DRAFT REVISED OUTLINE ZONING PLAN FOR NORTH POINT .. 1

NEW BILL TO PROVIDE MORE FLEXIBILITY ON SPECIFICATIONS

OF TAX-FREE INTEREST PAYABLE BY LICENSED BANKS, PUBLIC

UTILITY COMPANIES AND THE GOVERNMENT ........................ 4

HONG-KONG TRADE MISSION LEAVING NEXT MONTH TO WOO BRITISH INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT ............................... 5

CONSTRUCTION OF ELEVATED ROAD PASSING THROUGH MULTI-

STOREY CAR PARK AS PART OF WEST KOWLOON CORRIDOR SCHEME ... 6

TENDERS INVITED FOR NEW FERRY SERVICE BETWEEN SHAU KEI WAN, RENNIE’S MILL AND HANG HAU.............................. •

TSUEN WAN PRIMARY SCHOOL TO HAVE NEW PREMISES EARLY NEXT YEAR ................................................... 8

EXPORT OF CERTAIN TEXTILES TO AUSTRALIA ..................... 9

TWO SITES ON LANTAO ISLAND TO BE LEASED FOR HOLIDAY RESORT PURPOSES ............................................ 10

KUNG FU TROUPE TO ENTERTAIN DISABLED ON SATURDAY ........... 10

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REVISED NORTH POINT ZONING PLAN

PROVIDES FOR MORE SCHOOLS, HOSPITAL AND OPEN SPACE « a k n h a

A NEW HOSPITAL, A COMMUNITY CENTRE, SCHOOLS AND AN ELEVATED ROAD ALONG THE WATERFRONT ARE AMONG THE MANY PROPOSALS CONTAINED IN THE DRAFT REVISED OUTLINE ZONING PLAN FOR NORTH POINT PUBLISHED TODAY DY THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD.

SITES FOR THESE FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS, WHICH ARE AIMED AT PROVIDING A BALANCED LAND-USE PATTERN AND AN ADEQUATE ROAD SYSTEM IN NORTH POINT, ARE EARMARKED IN THE REVISED PLAN IN THE LIGHT OF THE CURRENT MAJOR RE-DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS TO CONVERT THE TA I KOO PROPERTIES NEAR BREAMAR RESERVOIR AND SITES AT QUARRY BAY INTO COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTIAL AREAS.

THE WHOLE ZONING AREA IS BOUNDED EAST BY TA I KOO DOCKYARD, WEST BY HING FAT STREET, NORTH BY THE SHORELINE AND SOUTH BY HILLSIDES OUTSIDE THE QUARTER MILE ZONE OF MT. BUTLER RADIO STATION.

SITES FOR THE PROPOSED COMMUNITY PROJECTS ARE SITUATED MOSTLY ON SOUTHERN HILLSIDES AS OTHER AREAS IN THE DISTRICT ARE HEAVILY DEVELOPED.

THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD HAS ALSO ALLOCATED SITES FOR DEVELOPMENT INTO A MULTI-STOREY CAR-PARK, A SUPERMARKET, HAWKER BAZAARS AND A SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT TO CATER FOR THE NEED OF THE DISTRICT’S GROWING POPULATION WHICH IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE FROM THE PRESENT 150,000 PEOPLE TO 210,000 DY LATE 1980’S WHEN THE AREA IS FULLY DEVELOPED.

THE ELEVATED ROAD ON THE WATERFRONT, DESIGNED TO EASE TRAFFIC CONGESTION, WILL RUN PARARELL WITH KING’S ROAD WHICH IS THE ONLY EXISTING THROUGH-TRAFFIC ROUTE.

THE PROPOSED ROADWAY OVERPASSES THE NORTH POINT PASSENGER AND VEHICULAR FERRY PIERS AS WELL AS OlHER JETTIES ALONG THE NORTH POINT SHORELINE.

GRADE SEPARATED INTERCHANGES TO CONNECT THE NEW KING’S ROAD ARE ALSO RECOMMENDED.

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THE NEW ALIGNMENT MAY REQUIRE NEW WHARVES TO BE CONSTRUCTED BEYOND THE ROAD AS UNDERNEATH ACCESS TO THE EXISTING WATERFRONT WILL THEN ONLY BE POSSIBLE FOR SMALL BOATS.

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IN OTHER EFFORTS TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW IN THE AREA, THE BOARD ALSO EXPECTS ANOTHER FERRY PIER TO BE CONSTRUCTED ON THE WATERFRONT TO THE WEST OF THE NORTH POINT BUS TERMINAL.

IN ADDITION, THE PROPOSED ALIGNMENT OF THE MASS TRANSIT SYSTEM ALONG KING’S ROAD AND THE THREE TERMINAL STATIONS - TIN HAU, NORTH POINT AND QUARRY BAY - HAVE ALSO BEEN INCORPORATED IN THE PLAN.

IN ORDER TO ENHANCE RECREATIONAL POTENTIAL AND TO RELIEVE THE DENSITY OF THE BUILT-UP AREAS, THE BOARD RECOMMENDS MORE OPEN SPACE IN THE DENSELY POPULATED AREA ALONG KING’S ROAD.

THESE INCLUDE PROPOSALS TO CONVERT THE SITE OF THE EXISTING SAND DEPOT IN JAVA STREET INTO A PUBLIC PARK AND TO PRESERVE THE HILLSIDES BELOW TIN HAU TEMPLE ROAD AS A GREEN BELT.

APART FROM THESE, A FURTHER AREA IMMEDIATELY TO THE NORTH OF BREAMAR RESERVOIR WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC RECREATIONAL PURPOSES.

FOR LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT, THE BOARD IS LOOKING INTO THE POSSIBILITY OF DEVELOPING THE SOUTHERN HILLSIDES ABOVE BREAMAR RESERVOIR INTO A PARK OF REGIONAL SIGNIFICANCE.

A BOARD SPOKESMAN SAID; +WHEN THE PLAN MATERAL ISES, THOUGH NOT IN THE NEAR FUTURE, THE PARK WILL BE LOCATED IN ROUGH COUNTRY WHICH IS SUITABLE FOR WALKS AND HILL-CLIMBING PURSUITS.+

IN VIEW OF THE STEEPNESS OF THE SOUTHERN HILLSIDES, THE POSSIBLE OVER-LOADING OF THE ROAD NETWORK, AND THE NEED TO KEEP THE POPULATION IN THE DISTRICT WITHIN ACCEPTABLE LIMITS, THE BOARD DOES NOT ENCOURAGE ANY FURTHER MAJOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE AREA. •

HOWEVER, REDEVELOPMENTS OF COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTIAL SITES IN THE AREA ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE.

THE BOARD’S VIEW ON INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENTS IS THAT • LITTLE EXPANSION OF THE INDUSTRIAL ZONES IS ENVISAGED APART FROM THE PROPOSED RECLAMATION AREA TO THE EAST OF THE DISTRICT.

THE BOARD SPOKESMAN SAID: +THIS IS MAINLY BECAUSE THE DISTRICT IS ESSENTIALLY A RESIDENTIAL SUBURB OF CENTRAL, AND IT IS NOT CONSIDERED DESIRABLE TO ENCOURAGE MAJOR INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT WHICH IS IN NEED OF MORE COMMUNITY FACILITIES.

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THE REVISED PLAN, WHICH SHOWS THE BROAD PRINCIPLES OF FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE AREA, WAS DRAWN UP AT THE CONCLUSION OF A REVIEW MADE BY THE BOARD ON THE ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR IN MAY LAST YEAR IN VIEW OF RAPID CHANGES RESULTING FROM DEVELOPMENTS IN THE DISTRICT WHICH WAS FIRST ZONED BY THE BOARD IN 1965.

THE NORTH POINT PLAN IS THE SECOND TOWN PLANNING BOARD PLAN TO BEAR A REVISED FORM OF NOTATION WHICH PROVIDES FOR APPLICATIONS TO BE MADE TO THE BOARD FOR LAND USES HOT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ZONING ON THE PLAN.

THE PLAN, TOGETHER WITH EXPLANATORY NOTES, IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION DURING OFFICE HOURS UNTIL JULY 8, 1975 AT THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES ENQUIRY SUD-OFFICE AND THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE AT THE KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES IN NATHAN ROAD.

COPIES OF THE PLAN MAY ALSO BE OBTAINED AT THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE IN MURRAY BUILDING AT $>5 EACH FOR UN' OLOURED AND $25 FOR COLOURED.

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MORE FLEXIBILITY IN SETTING TAX-FREE INTEREST

GREATER FLEXIBILITY ON THE SPECIFICATION OF TAX-FREE INTEREST PAYABLE BY LICENSED BANKS, PUBLIC UTILITY COMPANIES AND THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE PROVIDED UNDER AN AMENDING BILL GAZETTED TODAY.

THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) (N0.4) BILL 1975 SEEKS TO INTRODUCE FLEXIBILITY BY ENABLING A DIFFERENT RATE TO BE SPECIFIED FOR ANY OF THE DIFFERENT CLASSES OF INTEREST PAYERS.

THE BILL, WHICH WILL BE INTRODUCED SHORTLY INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, ALSO SPECIFIES THE MAXIMUM TAX-FREE INTEREST RATES PAYABLE BY LICENSED BANKS, PUBLIC UTILITY COMPANY AND THE GOVERNMENT WITH EFFECT FROM MARCH 1, UNTIL FURTHER AMENDMENT.

IN ADDITION, THE BILL SEEKS TO MAKE THE SPECIFIED RATES VARIABLE BY THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL RATHER THAN BY RESOLUTION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL PROVIDED THAT ANY RATE SPECIFIED IN THIS WAY IS NOT GREATER THAN FIVE PER CENT PER ANNUM.

THESE AMENDMENTS AIM AT LESSENING THE DIFFICULTY OF CHANGING THE EXEMPTION RATES QUICKLY AT TIMES WHEN BANK INTEREST RATES ARE SUBJECT TO FREQUENT CHANGES AS HAS RECENTLY BEEN THE CASE.

IN A SERIES OF INTEREST RATE REDUCTIONS ANNOUNCED RECENTLY BY BANKS, THE RATES PAID ON SHORTER-TERM TIME DEPOSIT WERE TWICE BROUGHT BELOW THE TAX-FREE INTEREST RATE PROVIDED IN THE INLAND • REVENUE ORDINANCE.

AND THE LAST TOO CHANGES TOOK PLACE BEFORE IT HAD BEEN POSSIBLE FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO INTRODUCE INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL A DRAFT RESOLUTION TO LOWER THE EXEMPTION RATE.

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THE PROPOSED REDUCTION TO 2-1/2 PER CENT IN THE EXEMPTION RATE MAKES TAXABLE THE INTEREST PAID BY THE GOVERNMENT ON THE 3-1/2 PER CENT REHABILITATION LOAN.

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TRADE MISSION TO WOO BRITISH INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT K * M * M K

TWO SENIOR HONG KONG OFFICIALS WILL LEAVE FOR BRI TIAN IN THE MIDDLE OF NEXT MONTH (JUNE) TO TELL BRITISH INDUSTRIALISTS IN LONDON, BIRMINGHAM AND MANCHESTER ABOUT PROSPECTS FOR MANUFACTURING VENTURES IN HONG KONG.

THE OFFICIALS ARE MR. ROY PORTER OF THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT, AND MR. S.K. HO OF THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL.

OFFICIALS FROM SINGAPORE AND MALAYSIA WILL ALSO TAKE PART IN THE SERIES OF SEMINARS AND DISCUSSIONS ORGANISED BY THE CONFEDERATION OF BRITISH INDUSTRIES, AND WILL BE HAMMERING HOME A SIMILAR MESSAGE ABOUT PROSPECTS IN THEIR RESPECTIVE COUNTRIES.

MORE THAN 200 BRITISH INDUSTRIALISTS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND THE SEMINARS WHICH WILL BE HELD CONSECUTIVELY IM THE THREE BRITISH CITIES. THESE TALKS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY DETAILED DISCUSSIONS WITH INDIVIDUAL PARTICIPANT COMPANIES AT BOARDROOM LEVEL.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT SAID THAT COMPETITION BETWEEN SINGAPORE, MALAYSIA AND HONG KONG WOULD BE STRONG, BUT ADDED: +WE ARE CONFIDENT OF OUR COMPETITIVE POSITION.+

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT BRITISH INTEREST IN LOCAL INDUSTRY AT PRESENT ACCOUNTED FOR ABOUT 10 PER CENT OF OVERALL FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN HONG KONG, AND ADDED THAT THERE WERE VERY . GOOD OPPORTUNITIES FOR MORE BRITISH INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT HERE.

+MANY BRITISH INDUSTRIES HAVE PARTICULAR RELEVANCE TO HONG KONG’S PRESENT STATE OF INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT. IN ENGINEERING, PARTICULARLY, BRITISH INDUSTRIAL KNOWLEDGE WAS MOST VALUABLE TO HONG KONG’S FURTHER DEVELOPMENT,* HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE EXPERIENCE GAINED FROM A SIMILAR MISSION TO AUSTRALIA EARLIER THIS YEAR HAD SHOWN THAT DIRECT APPROACHES PRODUCED GOOD RESPONSE.

THE SPOKESMAN CONTINUED : +IT IS LIKELY SOME OF THE BRITISH COMPANIES APPROACHED MAY BE INTERESTED IN JOINT VENTURES WITH HONG KONG INDUSTRIALIST. THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT INVITES LOCAL MANUFACTURERS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN GOING INTO SUCH VENTURES WITH BRITISH FIRMS TO CONTACT MR. PETER LO, PRINCIPAL TRADE OFFICER OF THE INDUSTRIAL PROMOTION BRANCH (TEL. NO. 5-248280).+

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WORK WILL BEGIN SHORTLY ON A UNIQUE SECTION OF THE WEST KOWLOON CORRIDOR HIGHWAY SCHEME — AN ELEVATED ROAD PASSING THROUGH THE YAU MA TEI MULTI-STOREY CARPARK.

TENDERS FOR THE NOVEL PROJECT ARE INVITED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE. WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN JULY AND SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY APRIL NEXT YEAR.

THE WHOLE WEST KOWLOON CORRIDOR SCHEME CONSISTS OF A THREE-MILE ELEVATED HIGHWAY JOINING GASCOIGNE ROAD WITH LAI CHI KOK TO THE NORTH-WEST. WHEN FULLY COMPLETED IT WILL GREATLY IMPROVE TRAFFIC ALONG THE WESTERN SIDE OF KOWLOON FROM TSIM SHA TSUI TO LAI CHI KOK, AND PROVIDE A FAST LINK BETWEEN THE INDUSTRIAL AREAS OF TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WITH THE CROSSHARBOUR TUNNEL IN HUNG HOM.

WORK ON THE SCHEME STARTED NEARLY TWO YEARS AGO. THE EASTERN SECTION, COMPRISING A FLYOVER RUNNING FROM GASCOIGNE ROAD AND OVER NATHAN ROAD TO THE YAU MA TEI CARPARK, WILL BE COMPLETED WITHIN THE NEXT TWO OR THREE MONTHS.

THE SECTION RUNNING THROUGH THE CARPARK WILL EVENTUALLY JOIN THE EASTERN SECTION WITH THE WESTERN SECTION RUNNING ALONGSIDE KANSU STREET TO LINK UP WITH THE RECENTLY CONSTRUCTED TONG Ml ROAD EXTENSION NEXT TO THE YAU MA TEI TYPHOON SHELTER.

WORK ON LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS FOR THE WESTERN SECTION BEGAN EARLY LAST MONTH AND TENDERS FOR THE SUPERSTRUCTURE OF THIS SECTION WILL BE CALLED LATER THIS YEAR.

MEANWHILE, STUDY AND DESIGN OF STAGE II OF THE CORRIDOR — FROM TONG Ml ROAD EXTENSION NORTHWARD TO LAI CHI KOK — IS WELL IN HAND.

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TENDERS ARE INVITED FOR THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO OPERATE A SCHEDULED PASSENGER FERRY SERVICE BETWEEN SHAU KEI WAN, RENNIE’S MILL AND HANG HAU FOR A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS STARTING FROM SEPTEMBER 1 THIS YEAR OR LATER.

DETAILS OF CONDITIONS FOR TENDERS ARE SET OUT INA NOTICE PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE.

ONE OF THE CONDITIONS REQUIRES THE SERVICE TO BE PROVIDED BETWEEN 6 A.M. AND 11.30 P.M. DAILY WITH AT LEAST 30 DEPARTURES IN EACH DIRECTION BETWEEN SHAU KEI WAN AND RENNIE’S MILL, AND AT LEAST FOUR DEPARTURES BETWEEN RENNIE’S MILL AND HANG HAU.

THE FARES CHARGED FOR EACH TRIP BETWEEN ANY TWO BERTHING POINTS SHALL NOT EXCEED 50 CENTS PER PASSENGER, AND 50 CENlS PER PIECE OR FOUR CUBIC FEET OF GENERAL CARGO, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE SERVICE SHOULD START WITHIN THREE MONTHS OF THE AWARD OF TENDER, OR WITHIN SUCH PERIOD AS APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT.

THE SUCCESSFUL TENDERER, HE SAID, WOULD BE REQUIRED TO PAY EITHER A ROYALTY - BEING A PERCENTAGE OF THE NET PROFITS DERIVED FROM THE OPERATION OF THE FERRY SERVICE - OR A FIXED MONTHLY RENT EXCLUSIVE OF RATES.

EACH TENDERER MUST GIVE DETAILS OF HIS PROPOSED ARRANGEMENTS, WITHIN CERTAIN SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS, FOR THE EMBARKING AND DISEMBARKING OF PASSENGERS AT THE VARIOUS FERRY BERTHING POINTS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE MUST ALSO ATTACH A DEPOSIT RECEIPT SHOWING HE HAS DEPOSITED A SUM OF $1,000, WHICH WILL BE RETURNED LATER, WITH THE ACCOUNTANT GENERAL AT THE TREASURY AS A PLEDGE OF THE BONA Fl DES OF HIS TENDER.

TENDERS MUST BE SEALED AND IN DUPLICATE, WITH THE ENVELOPES CLEARLY MARKED +TENDER FOR PASSENGER FERRY SERVICE BETWEEN SHAU KEI WAN, RENNIE’S MILL AND HANG HAU+ AND ADDRESSED TO THE SECRETARY, CENTRAL TENDER BOARD. TENDERS MUST BE PLACED BEFORE 12 NOON ON MAY 30 THIS YEAR IN THE TENDER BOX SITUATED IN THE LIFT LOBBY ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE COLONIAL SECRETARIAT, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (MAIN WING), LOWER ALBERT ROAD.

NO LATE TENDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED, AND THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT BIND ITSELF TO ACCEPT THE HIGHEST OR ANY TENDER.

FORMS OF TENDER AND FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT AT 2 MURRAY ROAD, 9TH FLOOR, HONG KONG.

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NEW SCHOOL BUILDING FOR TSUEN WAN STUDENTS

CONSTRUCTION WORK ON NEW PREMISES FOR STUDENTS OF THE EMMANUAL PRIMARY SCHOOL AT SHAM TSENG IN TSUEN WAN WILL BEGIN NEXT MONTH.

THE NEW SCHOOL, SITUATED ON A LEVEL TIER SOME 20 FEET UPHILL FROM THE EXISTING PREMISES, WILL BE A THREE-STOREY BUILDING, WITH SIX CLASSROOMS ON THE FIRST TWO FLOORS.

IT WILL HAVE A 2,500-SQUARE-FOOT OPEN PLAYGROUND ON THE ROOF WITH CHANGING FACILITIES.

A PORTION OF THE EXISTING SCHOOL BUILDING HAS TO BE DEMOLISHED TO MAKE WAY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SEWAGE DUCT OF TUEN MUN HIGHWAY. THE REMAINING PORTION OF THE EXISTING BUILDING WILL BE CONVERTED INTO A SCHOOL HALL.

CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW PREMISES WILL BEGIN NEXT MONTH AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY MARCH 1976.

STUDENTS OF THE SCHOOL WILL CONTINUE THEIR CLASSES AT THE EXISTING BUILDING UNTIL THE NEW ONE IS READY FOR OCCUPATION.

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EXPORT OF TEXTILES TO AUSTRALIA K « K K K M

THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT HAS INVITED EXPORTERS TO SUBMIT RETURNS ON OR BEFORE MAY 23, 1975 IN RESPECT OF SHIPMENTS OF CERTAIN TEXTILE ITEMS TO AUSTRALIA DURING THE PERIOD FROM APRIL 1, 1974 TO MARCH 31, 1975.

THESE TEXTILE ITEMS AREs

K SHIRTS, JACKETS, CARDIGANS, JUMPERS AND SWEATERS KNITTED, OF COTTON OR MAN-MADE FIBRES OR WOOL, I NFANTS’-

# BLOUSES, KNITTED, OF COTTON OR MAN-MADE FIBRES, WOMEN’S AND GIRLS’-

* BLOUSES, WOVEN, OF COTTON, WOMEN’S AND GIRLS’ AND INFANTS’-

H TROUSERS, INCLUDING JEANS, WOVEN OR KNITTED, OF COTTON OR MAN-MADE FIBRES, MEN’S AND BOYS- AND

* NIGHT GARMENTS, WOVEN, OF COTTON OR MAN-MADE FIBRES, WOMEN’S, GIRLS’ AND INFANTS’.

IN ADDITION, THE DEPARTMENT HAS ANNOUNCED THE INTRODUCTION OF AN EXPORT AUTHORISATION SCHEME FOR THE EXPORT OF ALL KNITTED NIGHT GARMENTS AND UNDER-GARMENTS OF COTTON OR MAN-MADE FIBRES TO’ AUSTRALIA IN THE PERIOD MAY 9, 1975 TO JUNE 30, 1976.

DETAILS OF THE ABOVE ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED IN 'NOTICES TO EXPORTERS, SERIES 4, NO. 13/75 AND 14/75 DATED MAY 9, ' *’

1975.

COPIES OF THE NOTICES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE RECEPTIONIST COUNTER ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT, 46 CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

MR. C.S.K. LO (INDUSTRY ASSISTANT, TELEPHONE NoJ 5-445666) WILL BE PLEASED TO ANSWER ANY QUERIES ON THESE SUBJECTS.

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TOO PICTURESQUE SITES ON LANTAO ISLAND WILL BE LEASED TO PRIVATE DEVELOPERS TO BE TURNED INTO HOLIDAY RESORTS IN A PROPOSED PLAN BY THE GOVERNMENT.

THE TOO SITES — ONE AT TAI LONG WAN, TO BE LEASED TO THE DRAGON BAY CO. LTD., AND ONE AT Yl LONG WAN TO BE LEASED TO HOLIDAY RESORTS (H.K.) LTD. — INCLUDE AREAS OF FORESHORE AND SEABED.

AT TAI LONG WAN, THE FORESHORE AND SEABED, TOTALLING 155,800 SQ. FT., ARE NEEDED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A BREAKWATER, TWO PIERS AND A SEWER OUTFALL. AT Yl LONG WAN, 82,000 SQ. FT. OF FORESHORE AND SEABED ARE TO BE USED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PIER AND A SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT.

THE EXTENT OF THE TOO AREAS INVOLVED IS DESCRIBED IN NOTICES IN THE GAZETTE TODAY. ANYONE WHO HAS OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSALS OR ANY CLAIM OF PRIVATE RIGHT SHOULD SUBMIT THEM IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS WITHIN THE NEXT TWO MONTHS.

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DISABLED TO SEE KUNG FU SHOW « « K K «

SOME 60 RESIDENTS OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S ABERDEEN REHABILITATION CENTRE AND KAI CHI CHILDREN’S CENTRE HAVE BEEN INVITED TO SEE A TRULY EXQUISITE LIVE PERFORMANCE OF CHINESE KUNG FU TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT 3 PM AT THE LEE THEATRE.

THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN KINDLY DONATED BY DR. HARRY S.Y. FANG, LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR AND CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG SOCIETY FOR REHABILITATION.

THE +SUPER KUNG FU SINGING TROUPE+ CURRENTLY VISITING HONG KONG WILL ALSO ENTERTAIN THE DISABLED WITH CHINESE KUNG FU SHOWS, ACROBATIC SKILLS AND VOCAL PERFORMANCES.

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NOISY AIR-CONDITIONERS MAY BE BANNED ................ 1

CARPARK AND RESIDENTIAL COMPLEX PLANNED FOR ABERDEEN ....... 2

SPECIAL REGISTRATION FACILITY IN HA TSUEN ............ 2

ADMISSION FORMS FOR G.C.E. EXAMINATION......•......... 3

CROWN LAND FOR SALE................................... 3

NEW LOGO FOR TECHNICAL INSTITUTES..................... 4

RACE ACROSS TSI NG Yl BRIDGE TO BE HELD TOMORROW...... 4

INTER-INSTI TUTI ON FOOTBALL COMPETITION.............. 5

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AS A FURTHER STEP IN ITS CONTINUING CAMPAIGN AGAINST VARIOUS FORMS OF NOISE POLLUTION, THE GOVERNMENT IS IN THE PROCESS OF DRAWING UP LEGISLATION THAT WILL SPECIFICALLY PROHIBIT EXCESSIVE NOISE BY AIR-CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT 24 HOURS A DAY.

THIS IS ONE OF THE POINTS CONTAINED IN A LETTER SIGNED BY THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT,' MR. JAMES ROBSON, AND SENT TO WELL OVER 200 VENTILATION CONTRACTORS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.

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HE POINTS OUT THAT DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS, AIR-CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT IS A FREQUENT CAUSE OF COMPLAINTS OF EXCESSIVE NOISE, WITH LARGE INSTALLATIONS FOR HOTELS, CINEMAS, RESTAURANTS AND SIMILAR ESTABLISHMENTS, CREATING A PARTICULARLY SERIOUS NUISANCE.

MR. ROBSON SAID THAT AT PRESENT IT IS AN OFFENCE UNDER THE SUMMARY OFFENCES ORDINANCE TO CAUSE EXCESSIVE NOISE BETWEEN 11 PM AND 6 AM.

THE LETTER POINTS OUT THAT CONTRACTORS SHOULD BE MADE AWARE THAT THEIR CLIENTS MAY BE PROSECUTED IF THEIR AIR-CONDI I ON I NG EQUIPMENT CAUSES EXCESSIVE NOISE.

+THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT MOST OF THIS NOISE NUISANCE CAN BE AVOIDED IF AIR-CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT IS PROPERLY DESIGNED AND INSTALLED, AND CAREFULLY LOCATED,+ THE LETTER ADDS.

MR. ROBSON CALLS FOR THE CO-OPERATION OF ALL CONTRACTORS CONCERNED IN HELPING TO KEEP THE SOUND LEVEL OF AIR-CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT INSTALLED BY THEM WITHIN REASONABLE LIMITS SO AS NOT TO ANNOY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC LIVING IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD.

IN THIS WAY, HE SAYS, THE NEED FOR MORE STRINGENT MEASURES BY THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE AVOIDED.

THE LETTER NOTES THAT EXCESSIVE NOISE IS BECOMING |A SERIOUS NUISANCE IN MOST BUILT-UP AREAS OF HONG KONG AND THE GOVERNMENT, ON THE ADVICE OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION (EPCOM), INTENDS TO TAKE WHATEVER ACTION IT CAN TO REDUCE THIS NUISANCE.

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THE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO SELL A 28,000-SQUARE-F00T LOT OFF WELFARE STREET IN ABERDEEN FOR CARPARK, RESIDENTIAL AND SHOPPING DEVELOPMENT.

IT IS INTENDED TO OFFER THE LOT FOR SALE BY TENDER FOR A . TERM OF 75 YEARS ON A RENEWABLE BASIS. ABOUT 7,000 SQUARE FEET OF THE LOT WILL BE A NON-BUILDING AREA.

THE CONDITIONS OF SALE WILL REQUIRE THE BUYER TO BUILD A CARPARK PROVIDING PARKING SPACE FOR AT LEAST 500 CARS, WITH THE GROUND FLOOR RESERVED EXCLUSIVELY FOR TOURIST BUSES. A SMALL AREA WILL BE RESERVED FOR SHOPS, AND RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT WILL BE PERMITTED OVER THE CARPARK."

IN CONNECTION WITH THE DEVELOPMENT, THE PURCHASER WILL BE REQUIRED TO RECLAIM AN AREA OF -FORESHORE AND SEA BED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A LANDING PIER IN SHUM WAN BAY. ON COMPLETION, THE PIER WILL BE HANDED OVER TO THE GOVERNMENT.

ANY CLAIMS OF PRIVATE RIGHT OR OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL SHOULD BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS BEFORE JULY 8 THIS YEAR. ,

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A TEAM FROM THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS DEPARTMENT WILL SET UP A TEMPORARY OFFICE IN THE HA TSUEN RURAL COMMITTEE’S OFFICE NEXT WEEK FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF NEW TERRITORIES RESIDENTS.

REGISTRATIONS WILL BE CONDUCTED AT THE OFFICE FROM 9.30 A.M.. TO 4.30 P.M. ON MAY 16, 19 AND 20.

RESIDENTS IN THE AREA ARE URGED TO MAKE USE OF THE FACILITY TO REGISTER THEIR 11-YEAR-OLD CHILDREN FOR JUVENILE IDENTITY CARDS. HOLDERS OF JUVENILE I.D. CARDS WHO HAVE REACHED THE AGE OF 18 SHOULD TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY OF REGISTERING FOR AN ADULT CARD.

RESIDENTS ARE ALSO REMINDED THAT THEY MUST REPORT TO THE REGISTRATION OFFICE ANY CHANGES OF EMPLOYMENT OR RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS, MARITAL STATUS AND OTHER PARTICULARS.

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PRIVATE CANDIDATES SITTING THE UNIVERSITY OF LONDON GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION NEXT JUNE ARE REMINDED TO COLLECT THEIR ADMISSION FORMS AND INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

ANY PRIVATE CANDIDATE WHO HAS NOT RECEIVED A NOTICE ADVISING HIM OR HER TO COLLECT THE DOCUMENTS SHOULD CALL IN PERSON AT THE EXAMINATIONS DIVISION, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 11TH FLOOR, BETWEEN 9 A.M. AND 6 P.M. OH MAY 13. THEY SHOULD BRING ALONG THEIR HONG KONG IDENTITY CARD.

PRIVATE CANDIDATES WHO FAIL TO COLLECT THEIR ADMISSION FROMS DY MAY 19 WILL DE REGARDED AS HAVING WITHDRAWN THEIR ENTRIES.


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THE LEASE OF A PARCEL OF CROWN LAND SI UTATED AT SILVERSTRAND, CLEARWATER BAY, NEW TERRITORIES, WILL DE PUT UP FOR SALE BY AUCTION ON MAY 27.

THE AUCTION WILL TAKE PLACE AT 2.30 PM IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE" (SA I KUNG) AT SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 692 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, 1ST FLOOR, KOWLOON.

THE LOT, MEASURING ABOUT 200,300 SQUARE FEET, IS FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES OHLY.

FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM AND SALE PLANS INSPECTED AT THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, NORTH KOWLOON MAGISTRACY, TAI PO ROAD AND AT THE DISTRICT OFFICES OF YUEN.LONG, TUEN MUN, TSUEH WAN, TAI PO, SHA TIN, SAI KUNG AND ISLANDS, INTERNATIONAL BUILDING, 4TH FLOOR, 141 DES VOEUX ROAD, CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

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A NEW LOGO WILL BE USED BY ALL GOVERNMENT TECHNICAL INSTITUTES - THE PRESENT ONE AT MORRISON HILL, THE NEW ONES TO DE OPENED AT KWAI CHUNG AND KWUN TONG LATER THIS YEAR AND THOSE IN THE PLANNING STAGE.

THE LETTER +T* AND THE CHINESE CHARACTER +KUNG+ ARE COMBINED INTO A GEOMETRICAL SHAPE IN THE LOGO.

THE LOGO IS DESIGNED BY MISS LILY LI, A SECOND YEAR HIGHER DIPLOMA STUDENT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DESIGN AT THE POLYTECHNIC. HER WINNING ENTRY WAS AMONG SOME 20 OTHERS SUBMITTED DY FELLOW STUDENTS.

DR. MARJORIE TOPLEY, WIFE OF THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, WILL PRESENT A COOK TOKEN TO MISS LI AT THE TECtlH I CAL EDUCATION BRANCH ON MONDAY AFTERNOON.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE PRESENTATION OF THE AWARD TO MISS LI COVERED. THE CEREMONY WILL BE HELD IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S TECHNICAL EDUCATION BRANCH, BONAVENTURE HOUSE, 2ND FLOOR, LEIGHTON ROAD, HONG KONG AT 3 PM.

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TWO HUNDRED PEOPLE LIVING IN TSUEN WAN WILL DE TAKING PART IN A RACE ACROSS TSI NG Yl ISLAND BRIDGE TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

FOR MEN, THE ROUTE WILL COVER FIVE MILES STARTING FROM THE TSUEN WAN AMATEUR SPORTS ASSOCIATION SPORTS GROUND IN KWAI CHUNG ROAD, KWAI CHUNG ESTATE, ACROSS THE TSI NG Y! BRIDGE TO THE SPORTS GROUND NEXT TO THE FIRE STATION GN THE ISLAND AND THEN BACK TO THE I AM WOO SECONDARY SCHOOL IN TAI WO HAU ROAD. FOR WOMEN, THE TURNAROUND POINT IS THE END OF THE TSIHG Yl BRIDGE, TWO MILES SHORTER THAN THE MEN’S ROUTE.

THE RACE WILL DE STARTED AT 9.30 A.M. DY MR. JOHN HO, DIRECTOR GF THE CHINESE Y.M.C.A., CHE OF THE ORGANISERS. THE OTHERS ARE THE TSUEN WAN AMATEUR SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE.

THE SPONSOR OF THE EVENT IS MR. YEUNG JUEN-PUI, PATRON OF THE H.K. DOYS SCOUTS ASSOCIATION TSUEN WAN DISTRICT COMMITTEE.

AT THE END OF THE RACE, A PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT THE LAM WOO MEMORIAL SECONDARY SCHOOL AT WHICH LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WILL OFFICIATE.

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BOYS OF SEVEN WELFARE AND CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS, INCLUDING THREE RUN BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, WILL TAKE PART IN AN INTER-INSTI TUT I ON FOOTBALL COMPETITION WHICH STARTS TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

THE THREE WELFARE INSTITUTIONS ARE THE HONG KONG JUVENILE CARE CENTRE, THE CHAK YAM CENTRE AND THE SHING TAK CENTRE. THE OTHERS ARE THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S BEGONIA ROAD DOYS HOME, THE 0 PUI SHAH BOYS HOME, THE CASTLE PEAK DOYS HOME AND THE KWUN TONG HOSTEL.

THE MATCHES WILL BE PLAYED OVER FOUR DAYS, TOMORROW AND MAY 14, 18 AND 21 AT THE 0 PUI SHAN BOYS HOME AT KAU WA KENG JUST ABOVE LAI CHI KOK IN KOWLOON.

MR. NG l$AI—KIN, PRINCIPAL OFFICER (PROBATION AND CORRECTIONS) OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WILL OFFICIATE DEFORE THE KICK-OFF TOMORROW AT 9 AM.

THE COMPETITION IS ONE OF THE ANNUAL SERIES OF ACTIVITIES SPONSORED BY THE INTER-INSTI TUTI OH ACTIVITIES EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.

THE COMMITTEE PLANS AND ORGANISES VARIOUS INDOOR AND OUTDOOR HEALTHY AND MEANINGFUL CULTURAL COMPETITIONS AND ATHLETIC EVENTS • EACH YEAR FOR THE DOYS UNDER CARE IN THE INSTITUTIONS.

+THE INTENTION IS TO BRING THEM TOGETHER TO ENHANCE THEIR MENTAL DEVELOPMENT AND PHYSICAL WELL-BEING., AND AT THE SAME TIME PROMOTE MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING AND CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE VOLUNTARY AND GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS,* SAID MR. NG.

HE ENVISAGED THAT THE COMPETITION WILL CERTAINLY BE ANOTHER SUCCESS IN VIEW OF THE PUBLIC SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT IN .PAST COMPETITIONS, AND HOPED THAT THE SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT WOULD CONTINUE SO THAT THE COMMITTEE CAN DO ITS BEST IN REHABILITATION AND CARING FOR THE YOUNGSTERS UNDER CHARGE OF THE INSTITUTIONS.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT TOMORROW.

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WATSON APPOINTED AS NEW FINE CHIEF a n « n n n

THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES, M3. HARRY WOOD, WILL PROCEED ON PRE-RETIREMENT LEAVE IN MID-JULY AFTER 21 YEARS WITH THE DEPARTMENT,

HE WILL DE SUCCEEDED DY MR, F„M, WATSON, AT PRESENT DEPUTY DIRECTOR, MR, WATSON’S PROMOTION HAS DEEN APPROVED DY THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS,

MR, WOOD, WHO IS AGED 56, CAME TO HONS (CONS IN 1954 AND

SERVED IN VARIOUS CAPACITIES UNTIL HIS APPOINTMENT AS DEPUTY DIRECTOR IN 1963, HE BECAME DIRECTOR IN 1970, he is marsh® and has one son

AND ONE DAUGHTER,

MR, WATSON, AGED 43, SERVED WITH THE BIRKENHEAD FIRE BRIGADE EEFORE HIS APPOINTMENT TO HONG KOHS IN 1955, HE BECAME DEPUTY DIRECTOR IN 1970 WHEN MR, WOOD WAS MADE DIRECTOR, HE IS MARRIED AND HAS ONE SON,


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A TOTAL OF 349 TRADE UNIONS WITH A DECLARED MEMBERSHIP EXCEEDING 320,000 WERE REGISTERED IN HONG KONG AT THE END OF 1974,

ACCORDING TO STATISTICS COMPILED DY THE REGISTRY OF TRADE , UNIONS, THE MEMBERSHIP FIGURE SHOWS AH INCREASES OF 21,777 OVER THAT OF 1973. HOWEVER, THIS DOES HOT INCLUDE MEMBERSHIP OF 17 TRADE UNIONS WHICH FAILED TO SUBMIT THEIR ANNUAL RETURNS,

OF THE 349 UNIONS,- 292 WERE EMPLOYEES’ UNIONS, 44 EMPLOYERS’ UNIONS, 12 MIXED UNIONS AND ONE TRADE UNION FEDERATION OF EMPLOYEES’ UNIONS.

DURING THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1975, ONE EMPLOYEES’ UNION AND ONE TRADE UNION FEDERATION WElffi ADDED TO THE REGISTER. THEY ARE THE ASSOCIATION OF TECHNICAL STAFF (N.T.A.) AND THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG PRINTING TRADE WORKERS’ UNIONS.

AT THE SAME TIME 15 APPLICATIONS FOR REGISTRATION OF ALTERATIONS CONCERN I NS MANAGEMENT, WELFARE BENEFITS, MEMBERSHIP QUALIFICATIONS AND OTHER MATTERS WERE APPROVED AND REGISTERED,

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THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR. GERALD CHOA ADVISED TODAY THAT WITH THE APPROACH OF CHOLERA SEASON THE PUBLIC SHOULD TAKE PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES AGAINST THIS AND OTHER GASTRO-INTESTINAL DISEASES COMMONLY ASSOCIATED WITH THE WARM WEATHER.

HE SAID THE MOST EFFECTIVE METHOD OF PREVENTION IS THE STRICT OBSERVANCE OF PERSONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE - CLEAN FOOD, CLEAN WATER, WASHING HANDS BEFORE MEALS AND AFTER VISIT TO TOILETS.

HE REMINDED THE PUBLIC THAT INOCULATIONS AGAINST CHOLERA AND TYPHOID WERE AVAILABLE FREE AT ALL GOVERNMENT CLINICS AND VACCINATION CENTRES.

DR. CHOA STRESSED THAT ALTHOUGH THE INCIDENCE OF VIRUS HEPATITIS HAD INCREASED IN RECENT WEEKS, THERE WAS NO RISK OF PEOPLE CONTRACTING THE DISEASE THROUGH INOCULATION AS ALL THE INOCULATION CENTRES WERE USING DISPOSABLE SYRINGES AND NEEDLES.

THE DIRECTOR SAID WITH CHOLERA ALREADY IN EVIDENCE IN SEVERAL TERRITORIES IN THE ASIAN REGION, THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT WAS TAKING EXTRA CARE TO PREVENT THE IMPORTATION OF THE DISEASE.

HE WARNED THAT ALTHOUGH THERE HAD BEEN NO LOCAL CASES OF CHOLERA SINCE 1969 THE PUBLIC MUST NOT DE TEMPTED TO RELAX THE PREVENTIVE MEASURES.

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♦PERSONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANLINESS IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL IF HONG KONG IS TO remain free from cholera this year + he SAID.

DR. CHOA URGED THE PUBLIC TO BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS IN THEIR CHOICE OF FOOD AND DRINK.

+IMPROPERLY COOKED FOOD CAN CAUSE INFECTION, WHILE PROPERLY COOKED FOOD CANNOT. IF THE LATTER IS NOT EATEN IMMEDIATELY, IT SHOULD NOT BE LEFT IN THE OPEN, AND SO EXPOSED TO CONTAMINATION.*

ON THE QUESTION OF DRINKING WATER, THE DIRECTOR SAID WATER COMING DIRECTLY FROM THE MAINS IS PURE AND SAFE FOR DRINKING, AND DOES NOT REQUIRE TO BE BOILED.

HOWEVER, HE POINTED OUT THAT DANGER OF IMPURITY MIGHT ARISE WHEN THE WATER WAS STORED FOR A PERIOD OF TIME IN TANKS, DRUMS OR BUCKETS.

AS THESE CONTAINERS WERE SOMETIMES LEFT FOR LONG PERIODS WITHOUT CLEANING, OR OTHERWISE NOT REGULARLY OR HYGIENICALLY ATTENDED TO, THE WATER IN THEM COULD BE CONTAMINATED, HE SAID.

IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES, DR. CHOA SAID, STORED WATER SHOULD BE BOILED BEFORE DRINKING.

-s-THIS IS NOT A REFLECTION ON THE QUALITY OF THE WATER, BUT RELATES TO STORAGE CONDITION,* HE ADDED.

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HONG KONG EXPERIENCED AN ABNORMALLY WARM APRIL THIS YEAR ... 1

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HONG KONG HAD AH ABNORMALLY WARM APRIL THIS.YEAR.

THE MEAN TEMPERATURE OF 26.2 DECREES CELSIUS AND THE MEAN MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE 07 27.3 DEGREES CELSIUS RECORDED DURING TilE MONTH WERE THE HIGHEST ON RECORD FOR APRIL WHILE THE MEAN MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 21o0 DEGREES CELSIUS RANKED AS THE THIRD HIGHEST FOR THE SAME MONTH.

EXCEPTIONAL HEAVY RAIN ASSOCIATED WITH THE PASSAGES OF TWO ACTIVE TROUGHS OF LOW PRESSURE DROUGHT A TOTAL OF 365 MM OF RAINFALL. MAKING THE MONTH THE FOURTH WETTEST APRIL SINCE. RECORD BEGAN IN 1C34.

THE RAINFALL OF 92.6 MM RECORDED BETWEEN HOON AND 1 PM ON APRIL 30 WAS THE FIFTH HIGHEST HOURLY VALUE EVER MEASURED IN . c KONG KONG, AND A HEW RECORD FOR APRIL AS WELL.

ON APRIL 20, AN ACTIVE TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE REACHED

HONG HOL'S FROM THE NORTH AND DROUGHT FREQUENT THUNDERSTOOMS '.T AND HEAVY SQUALLY SHOWERS. ACCORDING TO REPORTS FROM RESIDENTS / IN KWUtl TONG AND NORTH POINT, THE THUNDERSTORMS WERE ACCOMPANIED. DY HAILSTONES.

ALTHOUGH THE WEATHER IMPROVED ON APRIL 29, HEAVY SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS RETURNED OH THE LAST DAY CF THE MONTH, RESULTING IN FLOODINGS IN LOW-LYING AREAS AND SOME MINOR LANDSLIPS. AN OLD WOMAN AND A DOV LOST THEIR LIVES IN TWO SEPARATE LANDSLIPS WHILE A GIRL ACCIDENTALLY FELL INTO A DITCH OH THAT DAY AND WAS DROWNED.

THE TOTAL RAINFALL RECORDED AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY DURING THE LAST THREE DAVS CF THE MONTH WAS OVER 300 Cl.

TWO AIRCRAFT WERE DIVERTED FROM THE HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL,. AIRPORT IN APRIL OWING TO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS.

THE THUNDERSTORM WARNING WAS ISSUED 10 TIMES DURING THE ■ l MONTH AND THE THUNDERSTORM AND HEAVY RAIN WARNING WAS ISSUED 0?J APRIL 30.

THE RED FIRE DANGER WARNING WAS ISSUED ON APRIL 2 WHILE THE YELLOW WARNING WAS ENFORCED OH THREE OCCASIONS.

THE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE 07 30.0 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS RECORDED ON APRIL 21 WHILE THE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 16.6 DEGREES CELSlUo WAS RECORDED ON APRIL 2.

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A FULL WEATHER REPORT FOR APRIL PREPARED DY THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY WILL DE DOMED FOR COLLECTION LATER TODAY.

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BEHIND THE DOORS OF A S3 MILLION BUILDING IN POKFULAM, A SMALL BAND OF TECHNICIANS QUIETLY CARRIES OUT ITS VITAL TASK OF PROTECTING THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG FROM INFECTIOUS DISEASES,

THEY MANUFACTURE AND TURN OUT A CONTINUOUS SUPPLY OF HUMAN VACCINES TO MEET THE NORMAL DAY-TO-DAY DEMAND AND KEEP ADEQUATE STOCKS FOR EMERGENCY USE,

THE BUILDING IS THE INSTITUTE OF IMMUNOLOGY RUN DY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, THE INSTITUTE PRODUCES THREE TYPES OF BACTERIAL VACCINES AND TWO TYPES OF VIRAL VACCINES,

THE BACTERIAL VACCINES PRODUCED INCLUDE THOSE FOR PREVENTING CHOLERA,, TYPHOID-PARATYPHOID AND PLAGUE, WHILE THE VIRAL ... VACCINES ARE FOR RADIES AND SMALLPOX,

BACTERIAL VACCINES ARE MADE FROM ARTIFICIAL CULTURE MEDIA AND VIRAL VACCINES ARE PRODUCED FROM ANIMALS SUCH AS GOATS AND ,7 BUFFALO CALVES, '

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THE VACCINES HAVE TO UNDERGO A SERIES OF TESTS TO ENSURE.j THEIR SAFETY AND POTENCY DEFORE RELEASE FOR USE,

LAST YEAR, THE INSTITUTE PRODUCED NEARLY 900,000 MILLILITRES OF VACCINES, ALL VACCINES PRODUCED ARE MEANT FOR USE LOCALLY AND ARE SUPPLIED TO GOVERNMENT CLINICS AND PRIVATE PRACTITIONERS FREE OF CHARGE, HOWEVER, VACCINES ARE SOMETIMES SUPPLIED TO NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES, SUCH AS THE PHILIPPINES, SOUTH KOREA,' CAMBODIA AND IRAQ TO MEET THEIR URGENT NEEDS,

❖THE INSTITUTE IS AWARE OF AND PREPARED FOR ANY INCREASE IN DEMAND OF THESE VACCINES,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE INSTITUTE SAID, *IN CASE OF EPIDEMIC OUTBREAK OF CHOLERA OR TYPHOID, THE STAFF OF THE INSTITUTE TOGETHER WITH REINFORCEMENT FROM THE INSTITUTE' OF PATHOLOGY CAN PRODUCE CO,COO TO .100,000 DOSES OF ;THE BACTER'JAL VACCINES A DAV,*

THE INSTITUTE, LOCATED IN VICTORIA ROAD, WAS OPENED IN 1972 TO REPLACE THE OLD VACCINE LADORATORY IN CAINE LANE BUILT IN 1905.

IT COMPRISES FOUR BLOCKS OF BUILDINGS ACCOMMODATING OFFICES, LABORATORIES, COLD STORAGE FOR VACCINES, AND ANIMAL HOUSES AS WELL AS QUARTERS FOR RESIDENT STAFF,

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THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR. G.H. CHOA, SPENT THE DAY VISITING THREE VIETNAMESE REFUGEE CAMPS IN THE HEW TERRITORIES TO REVIEW THE DELIVERY OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH CARE, WHICH HAS DEEN MADE TO COPE WITH THE EMERGENCY,SITUATION,

HE INSPECTED THE MEDICAL FACILITIES AT THE CAMPS IN SEK KONG, FANLING AND SAI KUNG AND DISCUSSED WITH HEALTH OFFICERS THE VARIOUS MEASURES ADOPTED IN THESE CAMPS, IN EACH OF WHICH THERE ARE HOW ESTABLISHED MEDICAL POSTS FOR OUT-PATIENTS AND <SICK-DAYS* FOR THE ADMISSION OF MINOR •• CASES.

DR. CHOA ALSO TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO INSPECT THE FOOD SERVED TO THE REFUGEES. ACCOMPANYING HIM DURING THE VISIT WERE TWO DIETICIANS WHO ALSO GAVE ADVICE ON DADY-FEEDIHS.

THE DIRECTOR SAID AFTER THE VISIT THAT THE GENERAL HEALTH OF THE REFUGEES WAS GOOD DUT HE CONSIDERED THAT FURTHER MEASURES WOULD HAVE TO DE INTRODUCED, FOR INSTANCE IMMUNISATION AGAINST INFECTIOUS DISEASES FOR THE CHILDREN. MALARIA CONTROL AND PROPHYLAXIS

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THE TOTAL WATER STORAGE IN ALL RESERVOIRS IN HONG KONG AS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) WAS 46,031 MILLION GALLONS. REPRESENTING 63.4 PER CENT 07 THE PULL CAPACITY OF 67,300 MILLION GALLONS.

AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR, THE STORAGE FIGURE WAS 33,004 MILLION GALLONS.

PLOVER COVE RESERVOIR ALONE HELD 35,155 MILLION GALLONS J •RIIS MORNING. THIS STANDS FOR 69.6 PER CENT OF ITS TOTAL STORAGE CAPACITY OF 50,500 MILLION GALLONS AND WAS UP SLIGHTLY ON LAST YEAR’S STORAGE WHICH WAS 30,095 MILLION GALLONS.

A TOTAL OF 9.5 MILLIMETRES (0.37 INCHES) OF RAINFALL WAS RECORDED AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY DURING THE PAST 24 HOURS ENDING AT 9 AM TODAY. THE TOTAL RAINFALL SO FAR THIS YEAR -* • STANDS AT 533.9 MILLIMETRES (21.22 INCHES).

THE MEAN AVERAGE RAINFALL SINCE JANUARY 1 THIS YEAR IS ? 355.9 MILLIMETRES (14.01 INCHES).

THE DAILY MEAN CONSUMPTION FOR THE WEEK IS 213.4 MILLION : GALLONS A DAY.

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL DE INTRODUCED IN KOWLOON ON THURSDAY (MAY 15). *

STARTING FROM 10 A.M. ON THAT DAY, BROADCAST DRIVE WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY CLOCKWISE, MARCONI ROAD ONE-WAY.WESTBOUNDy AND FESSENDEN ROAD ONE-WAY EASTDOUND. ' ’ • ■ - '

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COMMON-CORE CURRICULUM FOR JUNIOR SECONDARY FORMS . 2

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TRAFFIC ALONG CANTON ROAD WILL DE SMOOTHER WITH THE OPENING THIS WEEK OF THE NEWLY-COMPLETED CANTON ROAD DUPLICATION WHICH WILL SERVE AS AN ALTERNATIVE ROUTE ALONG THE WESTERN PART OF TSIM SHA TSUI IN KOWLOON.

THE NEW ROAD BRANCHES OFF FROM CANTON ROAD NEAR THE CANTON ROAD FIRE STATION AND STRETCHES THROUGH THE SOUTHWESTERN CORNER OF KOWLOON PARK TO JOIN SALISBURY ROAD.

IT WILL BE OPENED AT 10 A.M. ON THURSDAY (MAY 15) TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC ALONG THE SECTION NORTH OF PEKING ROAD, BUT TO ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC ONLY ON THE SECTION BETWEEN PEKING ROAD AND SALISBURY ROAD AS THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGE-WAY ON THIS PARTICULAR SECTION WILL NOT BE READY UNTIL SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR.

HOWEVER, SECTIONS OF ASHLEY ROAD AND MIDDLE ROAD WILL EE RE-ROUTED TO ACCOMMODATE SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC ON THE NEW ROAD* ASHLEY ROAD BETWEEN PEKING ROAD AND SALISBURY ROAD WILL DE ROUTED SOUTHBOUND, WHILE MIDDLE ROAD BETWEEN ASHLEY ROAD AND HANKOW ROAD WILL DE ROUTED ONE-WAY EASTBOUND.

THE CANTON ROAD DUPLICATION WILL HAVE FACILITIES FOR PEDESTRIAN CROSSING., A PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE NEAR KOWLOON PARK AND A SUBWAY NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH SALISBURY ROAD WILL ALSO BE OPENED FOR PUBLIC USE FROM THURSDAY.

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OWNERS AND COXSWAINS OF SMALL CRAFT ARE WARNED THAT ACCESS TO THE FROM DEEP WATER DAY AND REPULSE DAY THROUGH THE SHALLOW INSHORE PASSAGE BETWEEN THE NORTH EASTERN TIP OF MIDDLE ISLAND AND DEEP WATER DAY ROAD WILL DE PROHIBITED FOR FOUR DAVS STARTING ON THURSDAY (MAY 15). >

A MARINE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT DURING THAT PERIOD AN INTERNATIONAL ROWING REGATTA WOULD TAKE PLACE AT DEEP WATER DAY BETWEEN 10 AM AND 6.30 PM DAILY.

THE RACE WILL START FROM THE FORESHORES OF THE COUNTRY CLUB AND FINISH AT THE SOUTH EAST COAST OF DEEP WATER BAY OFF THE SHALLOW INSHORE PASSAGE TO THE NORTH EASTERN TIP OF MIDDLE ISLAND

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THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS SENDING TO ALL SECONDARY SCHOOLS ADVANCE COPIES OF A PAMPHLET ENTITLED <-A PRELIMINARY GUIDE TO THE CURRICULUM FOR JUNIOR SECONDARY FORMS*.

A SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED TODAY THAT THE PAMPHLET HAD BEEN PRODUCED BY THE DEPARTMENT OH DEHALF OF THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE TO ASSIST SCHOOLS IN IMPLEMENTING THE FIRST STAGES GF A COMMON-CORE CURRICULUM FOR JUNIOR SECONDARY FORMS (I.E. FORMS 1 TO 3).

THE COMMITTEE IS A HON-STATUTORY BODY RESPONSIBLE FOR ADVISING THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION ON ALL ASPECTS OF THE CURRICULUM.

ITS MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES HEADS OF GOVERNMENT, AIDED, SUBSIDIZED AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS, REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY O’ HONG KONG SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, PUBLIC EXAMINATION DODIES, THE CC LEGES OF EDUCATION, THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES, THE HONG KONG TEC IN I CAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE, AND THE HONG KOHS TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION AS WELL AS DIVISIONAL REPRESENTATIVES OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

ACCORDING TO THE SPOKESMAN, THE HEW CURRICULUM HAS DEEN DERIVED FROM THE RECENT WHITE PAPER, ^SECONDARY EDUCATION IN HONG KONG OVER THE NEXT DECADE*.

ALTHOUGH THE SECONDARY EXPANSION POLICY DETAILED IN THE WHITE PAPER HAS DEEN POSTPONED BECAUSE OF UNFAVOURABLE ECONOMIC CONDITIONS, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAS ALREADY STATED THAT IT WILL GO AHEAD THIS YEAR WITH THOSE ASPECTS OF CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT NOT REQUIRING SUBSTANTIAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT.

THE PAMPHLET DESCRIBES RECOMMENDED PROCEDURES FOR INTRODUCING THE FIRST PHASE OF THE NEW CURRICULUM IN SEPTEMBER 1975.

SALIENT FEATURES OF THE PAMPHLET ARE AS FOLLOWS8

THE CONSTITUENT SUBJECTS OF THE CURRICULUM ARE a CHINESE, ENGLISH, MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE, SOCIAL STUDIES, CHINESE HISTORY, ART AND DESIGN, HOME ECONOMICS, DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY, PHYSICAL EDUCATION, MUSIC AND ETHICAL/RELIGIOUS EDUCATION.

THE CURRICULUM HAS BEEN DESIGNED TO PROVIDE A WELL-BALANCED EDUCATION SUITABLE FOR ALL PUPILS AT THIS LEVEL, WHETHER OR L ■ f THEY CONTINUE THEIR FORMAL EDUCATION BEYOND FORM 3.

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THE/CONSTITUENT SUBJECTS ARE DESIGNED TO INTERACT (RATHER THAN EXIST AS INDEPENDENT ENTITIES) SO THAT PUPILS WILL DE LED TO AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE RELATIONSHIPS DETWEEN SUBJECTS,

THE NEW CURRICULUM SHOULD DE THOUGHT OF AS A TARGET TOWARDS WHICH SCHOOLS WILL DE EXPECTED TO MOVE AS QUICKLY AS THEIR INDIVIDUAL CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ALLOWS IT IS FULLY APPRECIATED THAT SCHOOLS WILL HOT HAVE SUFFICIENT RESOURCES TO IMPLEMENT THE COMMON-CORE CURRICULUM IN FULL THIS COMING SEPTEMBER AND INTERIM MEASURES HAVE THEREFORE BEEN PLANNED TO HELP SCHOOLS BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN THEIR PRESENT CURRICULA AND THE TARGET COMMON-CORE CURRICULUM. THESE MEASURES INCLUDE THE ISSUE OF INTERIM SYLLABUSES FOR SUBJECTS OUTSIDE THE TARGET COMMON-CORE CURRICULUM.

THE HEW CURRICULUM IS IN NO WAY INTENDED TO BE RESTRICTIVE! IF SCHOOL AUTHORITIES ARE ABLE TO INCLUDE ADDITIONAL SUBJECTS IN THEIR CURRICULUM THEY ARE AT LIBERTY TO DO SO.

DETAILED SYLLABUSES HAVE BEEN PREPARED DY THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE FOR ALL SUBJECTS OF THE NEW CURRICULUM AND WILL DE ISSUED AS SOON AS PRODUCTION HAS DEEN COMPLETED. THESE GIVE HELPFUL ADVICE OH TEACHING METHODOLOGY AND SUBJECT ORGANISATION AS WELL AS A SEQUENCE OF TEACHING ITEMS, MEANWHILE, INCLUDED IN THE PAMPHLET JUST ISSUED ARE OUTLINES OF ALL COMMON-CORE SYLLABUSES, DESIGNED TO GIVE TEACHERS A PREVIEW OF THE NATURE AND SCOPE OF THE COMMON-CORE CURRICULUM, PENDING THE DISTRIBUTION OF COMPLETE SYLLABUSES.

ALL COMMON-CORE SYLLABUSES WILL DE ISSUED INITIALLY ON A PROVISIONAL BASIS — I.E. THEY WILL BE SUBJECT TO MODIFICATION DURING A TRIAL PERIOD (BEGINNING IN SEPTEMBER) DURING WHICH AN INTENSIVE PROCESS OF EVALUATION WILL TAKE PLACE.

THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL ESTABLISH CLOSE LINKS WITH SCHOOLS USING THE NEW SYLLABUSES! THIS COLLABORATION WILL INCLUDE IN-SERVICE COURSES OF TRAINING FOR TEACHERS, REGULAR VISITS TO THE SCHOOLS CONCERNED, DISCUSSION MEETINGS AND PROVISION OF ADVISORY SERVICES.

THE PAMPHLET GIVES ADVICE ON THE USE OF TEXTBOOKS AND INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIAL DURING THE TRIAL PERIOD. NO MAJOR DIFFICULTIES ARE ANTICIPATED BUT INSPECTORATE ADVICE WILL BE AVAILABLE TO SCHOOLS REQUIRING IT. STEPS ARE NOW BEING TAKEN BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TO LIAISE WITH EDUCATIONAL PUBLISHERS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW MATERIAL TO SUPPORT THE COMMON-CORE CURRICULUM. MEANWHILE, SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN ADVISED NOT TO CHANGE EXISTING TEXTBOOKS IN SEPTEMBER SOLELY ON THE GROUNDS THAT HEW SYLLABUSES ARE TO DE ISSUED.

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FOR THE BENEFIT OF PUPILS ABLE TO CONTINUE THEIR FORMAL EDUCATION BEYOND FORM 3 THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE IS TAKING STEPS TO ENSURE THAT SYLLABUSES FOR FORMS 4 AND 5 COMPATIBLE WITH THE COMMON-CORE SYLLABUSES FOR FORMS 1 TO 3 ARE AVAILABLE IN EVERY SUBJECT. THIS MEANS THAT FOR SCHOOLS IMPLEMENTING THE PROVISIONAL SYLLABUSES THIS YEAR ON A TRIAL BASIS AN APPROPRIATE EXAMINATION WILL BE AVAILABLE DY THE TIME THE PUPILS CONCERNED HAVE REACHED FORM 5.

ALL SYLLABUSES ISSUED BY THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE EXCEPT THOSE FOR SUBJECTS TAUGHT OHLY IN ONE LANGUAGE WILL BE AVAILABLE IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE.

THE COMMON-CORE SYLLABUSES HAVE BEEN DESIGNED TO HELP PROMOTE A MARKED IMPROVEMENT IN THE QUALITY OF SECONDARY EDUCATION BY DISCOURAGING OLD-FASHIONED PATTERNS OF INSTRUCTION (EXCESSIVE DEPENDENCE ON TEXTBOOKS, LEARNING DY ROTE, ETC.) AND INSTEAD ENCOURAGING A MORE STIMULATING APPROACH TO LEARNING IN WHICH THE SPIRIT OF ENQUIRY PREDOMINATES, CHILDREN BEING TAUGHT TO MAKE FULL USE OF THEIR INITIATIVE AND TO DEVELOP THEIR NATURAL POTENTIAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT ONLY STRICTLY LIMITED NUMBERS OF ADVANCE COPIES OF THE GUIDE WERE AVAILABLE, BUT THAT WHEN PRINTING HAD BEEN COMPLETED, ADDITIONAL COPIES WOULD DE SENT TO SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND INTERESTED ORGANISATIONS. HE STATED THAT A CHINESE VERSION WAS ALSO BEING PRODUCED.


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FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE 16 YEARS HISTORY OF THE HONG KONG BRANCH OF THE INSTITUTION OF FIRE ENGINEERS, TWO NOH-MEMBERS OF THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAVE PASSED THE GRADUATE GRADE EXAMINATION.

THEY ARE MR. LEE HON-KEE AND WORK FOR LOCAL COMPANIES.

MR. WILLIAM TSANG, fBOTH OF WHOM

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KINGDOM, SHOW THAT 11 CANDIDATES HAVE PASSED THE EXAMINATION.

FIVE AT THE MEMBERSHIP GRADE AND SIX AT THS GRADUATE GRADE. THEY ARE MESSRS. BUTT WING-KEUNG, KWONG WAI-HON, LI CHI-ON, L|l) TIN-CHEE AND LAU SHU-LAM (MEMBERSHIP GRADE) AND MESSRS. LEE HON-KEE, WILLIAM TSANG, KWOK JIHG-KEUNG, YEUNG KWONG-HUNG, CHEUNG WAH-KONG AND WU HOI-YAN (GRADUATE GRADE).

HONG KONG IS ONE OF THE INSTITUTION’S BIGGEST BRANCHES WITH A TOTAL OF 18 FELLOWS, 32 MEMBERS. 63 GRADUATES AND 104 STUDENTS. THE PRESIDENT IS MR. JOHN MARCH, A DIVISIONAL OFFICER OF THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 1975.

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ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR FOR GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES PREDICTED ......................

REPORT ON UNREGISTRABLE DOCTORS SUBMITTED TO GOVERNOR NEW CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER (KOWLOON) APPOINTED .. G.I.S. TO PRODUCE PHOTOGRAPHIC RECORD OF ROYAL VISIT REDUNDANT PRINTING WORKERS RECEIVE SEVERANCE PAY .... SIX PRE-WAR buildings DECLARED DANGEROUS .

CAREFUL PREPARATION NEEDED FOR COMPUTER LEARNING ....

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PLANS FOR THIS YEAR’S FIRST GOVERNMENT LOTTERY, WHICH WILL EE PUT ON SALE SHORTLY, ARE WELL AFOOT.

MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE ARE GIVING THE FINISHING TOUCHES TO THE PLANS WHICH WILL BE ANJCUtJCED LATER THIS WEEK.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, MR. KAI-YIN CHAU, TODAY PREDICTED ANOTHER RECORD-SMASHING SUCCESS FOR THIS YEAR JUDGING FRC.) TME OVERWHELMING RESPONSE OF THE COMMUNITY IN THE PAST.

HE NOTED THAT DUE TO THE INCREASING PUBLIC AWARENESS IN THE BASIC OBJECTIVES OF THE LOTTERY SCHEME IN PROMOTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG’S SOCIAL SERVICES THE SALES OF GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES ROSE EVERY YEAR.

HE SAID THAT THE NET INCOME DERIVED FROM THE PROCEEDS OF EACH LOTTERY SALE WAS PUT INTO THE LOTTERIES FUND FOR SUBSEQUENT ALLOCATION AS GRANTS AND LOANS TO VARIOUS LOCAL CHARITABLE AND WELFARE ORGANISATIONS FOR SOCIAL WELFARE ACTIVITIES.

SINCE THE INCEPTION OF THE LOTTERY SCHEME 13 YEARS AGO, SOME $60 MILLION FROM THE FUND HAS BEEN ALLOCATED TO OVER 100 DODIES.

AS PART OF ITS PLAN TO BOOST THE INCOME TO MEET THE EVER-INCREASING DEMAND FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, MR. CHAU SAID, THE COMMITTEE WAS PLANNING TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF DRAWS.

HE RECALLED THAT ONLY TOO DRAWS WERE HELD IN 1962/63, THE YEAR WHEN GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES WERE FIRST INTRODUCED. HOWEVER, THE NUMBER OF DRAWS GRADUALLY INCREASED IN THE FOLLOWING YEARS. LAST YEAR ALONE, 10 DRAWS WERE HELD, RESULTING IN A RECORD NET INCOME FOR THE FUND OF $5.7 MILLION.

THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE IS A STATUTORY BODY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PUBLICITY, MANAGEMENT AND PROMOTION OF SALES OF GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES.

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THE COMMITTEE COMPRISES THREE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS — MR.

KAI-YIN CHAU, A BANKER" MR. DAVID WU CHUNG-SHING, AN INDUSTRIALIST, AND MISS LYDIA DUNN, A COMPANY DIRECTOR — AND THREE OFFICIAL MEMBERS.

THE OFFICIAL MEMBERS ARE MR. T.H. BARMA, ASSISTANT FINANCIAL SECRETARY" MR. S.A.S. DUNLOP, CHIEF TREASURY ACCOUNTANT AND MISS ANNE CHAN SUET-MAN, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE. MR. G.A.E. RAHMIN IS THE SECRETARY TO THE COMMITTEE.

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THE REPORT OF THE WORKING PARTY ON UNREG ISTRABLE DOCTORS HAS BEEN SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE.

THE WORKING PARTY, UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF SIR RONALD HOLMES, WAS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR IN SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR. ITS TERMS OF REFERENCE WERE TO CONSIDER WHETHER ARRANGEMENTS SHOULD BE MADE TO ENABLE SOME DOCTORS, WHOSE QUALIFICATIONS ARE NOT RECOGNISED BY THE GENERAL MEDICAL COUNCIL OF THE UNITED KINGDOM, TO PRACTISE IN HONG KONG.

THE WORKING PARTY WAS ALSO ASKED TO CONSIDER WHAT METHODS SHOULD BE USED TO ENSURE A PROPER LEVEL OF COMPETENCE AMONG UNREGISTRABLE DOCTORS IF THEY WERE LICENSED TO PRACTISE- AND WHETHER ANY CONDITIONS OR RESTRICTIONS SHOULD BE APPLIED TO SUCH PRACTICE.

AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE REPORT GIVES THE BACKGROUND TO THE ISSUE- SUMMARISES REPRESENTATIONS FROM THE PUBLIC, PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND FROM INDIVIDUALS AND REPRESENTATIVES INVITED TO ATTEND MEETINGS OF THE WORKING PARTY- REPORTS ON ITS CONSULTATION WITH THE UNITED KINGDOM AUTHORITIES AND MAKES RECOMMENDATIONS.

THE WORKING PARTY COMPRISED, SIR RONALD HOLMES, CHAIRMANDR. PETER C.Y. LEE, PROFESSOR MA LIN, DR. A.C. DA ROZA, PROFESSOR ARTHUR M.C. YAU, MR. R.G. BRIDGE, MR. P.D. WILLIAMS AND MR. MARCUS MAK PING-KWAN, SECRETARY.

■;THE GOVERNMENT IS NOW STUDYING THE RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE REPORT AND CARRYING OUT CONSULTATIONS OH THE FEASIBILITY OF SOME ASPECTS OF IT. THE REPORT WILL THEN BE CONSIDERED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, WHICH WILL ALSO DECIDE WHETHER IT SHOULD DE PUBLISHED. I

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APPOINTMEN OF NEW CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER (KOWLOON) it

THE DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, MR. E.P. HO, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF MR. MICHAEL SZE CHO-CHEUNG AS CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER (KOWLOON) WITH EFFECT FROM TOMORROW (MAY 15).

MR. SZE WILL REPLACE MR. A.F. NEOH, WHO WILL BE PROCEEDING ON LEAVE.

MR. SZE, AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER, GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG AND HAS HAD SIX YEARS’ SERVICE IN GOVERNMENT.

HE SERVED IN THE COLONIAL SECRETARIAT ON FIRST APPOINTMENT AS AH EXECUTIVE OFFICER II FOR A PERIOD OF ABOUT A MONTH BEFORE DECOMING AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER ON JULY 12, 1969. MR. SZE WAS SUBSEQUENTLY POSTED TO THE FORMER RESETTLEMENT DEPARTMENT (HOW KNOWN AS HOUSING DEPARTMENT) UNTIL SEPTEMBER 1, 1973 WHEN HE WAS APPOINTED AS CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (KWUN TONG) IN THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT.

FOR THE PAST TOO MONTHS, MR. SZE WAS ASSIGNED TO SPECIAL DUTIES IN CONNECTION WITH THE ROYAL VISIT.

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IN RESPONSE TO PUBLIC DEMAND, THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES IS TO PRODUCE A PHOTOGRAPHIC RECORD OF LAST WEEK’S ROYAL VISIT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT THIS PUBLICATION WOULD CONTAIN THE BEST OF THE MANY COLOUR PICTURES TAKEN BY GIS CAMERAMEN IN THE COURSE OF THE CROWDED PROGRAMME OF ENGAGEMENTS ARRANGED FOR THE QUEEN AND THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH.

HE ADDED THAT IT WAS HOPED TO MAKE THE BOOKLET AVAILABLE SOME TIME WITHIN THE NEXT THREE MONTHS. THE PRICE WOULD BE REASONABLE AND, IN HIS VIEW, THE BOOKLET WOULD PROVIDE AN EXTREMELY ATTRACTIVE RECORD OF THE TOUR, FULFILLING A WIDELY EXPRESSED NEED FOR SUCH A MEMENTO OF HONG KONG’S FIRST VISIT BY A REIGNING BRITISH MONARCH.

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FIFTY-FOUR WORKERS OF AN INSOLVENT PRINTING COMPANY IN KWUN TONG HAVE RECEIVED TOTAL OF $90,000 AS THE THIRD AND FINAL PAYMENT OF OUTSTANDING WAGES, YEAR-END DOUBLE PAY, WAGES IN LIEU OF NOTICE AND SEVERANCE PAY.

THE MONEY WAS PAID TO THE WORKERS THROUGH THE KWUN TONG OFFICE OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

THE COMPANY -- YEE CHEUNG COMPANY LTD. •— WAS TAKEN OVER BY A DANK-APPOINTED RECEIVER ON LUNAR NEW YEAR’S EVE (FEBRUARY 10), AND THE WORKERS IMMEDIATELY APPROACHED THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE FOR URGENT ASSISTANCE.

AS THE TAKEOVER TOOK PLACE JUST BEFORE THE CHINESE NEW YEAR, THE BANK AGREED TO ADVANCE A SUM OF $56,000 TO PAY PART OF THEIR OUTSTANDING WAGES ON THE SAME DAY.

THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE ARRANGED SIX FURTHER MEETINGS, AND SUBSEQUENTLY THE SECOND PAYMENT OF $45,000 WAS MADE ON MARCH 7 FOLLOWING THE SALE OF THE COMPANY’S ASSETS. THE MOST RECENT PAYMENT OF $90,000 BRINGS THE TOTAL AMOUNT PAID TO THE REDUNDANT WORKERS TO $191,000.

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY DECLARED NOS. 146, 148 AND 150 HOLLYWOOD ROAD AND NOS. 15, 17 AND 19 SQUARE STREET, HONG KONG TO BE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION.

IN A STATEMENT ISSUED THIS MORNING THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THAT THIS GROUP OF 3 AND 4 STOREY PRE-WAR BUILDINGS HAD BEEN UNDER OBSERVATION FOR SOME YEARS IN VIEW OF ITS ADVANCED STATE OF DETERIORATION.

THE LOAD BEARING BRICKWORK AROUND THE THREE COMMON LIGHT WELLS AND TO THE PARTY WALLS IS FRACTURED AND BULGED’ AND THERE IS EVIDENCE OF CRUSHING. SOME OF THE MAIN STRUCTURAL TIMBERS AND LINTELS SHOW SIGNS OF SERIOUS DECAY WHILST PARTS OF THE ROOF BOARDING BETWEEN JOISTS HAVE FAILED COMPLETELY. IN ADDITION, AN R.C.C. MAIN ROOF BEAM IS BADLY SPALLED AND ITS STEELWORK CORRODED.

IT IS CONSIDERED THAT THE PROGRESSIVE DETERIORATION IN THE CONDITION OF THIS GROUP OF BUILDINGS IS SUCH THAT THERE IS A RISK OF FAILURE LEADING TO COLLAPSE AND ACCORDINGLY NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS IN VICTORIA DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 AM ON JUNE 11, 1975 WERE POSTED TODAY.

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THE NEED FOR CAREFUL PREPARATION FOR COMPUTER LEARNING IN ORDER TO GET THE BEST RESULTS OUT OF NEW DEVICES WAS STRESSED BY THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. KENNETH TOPLEY, THIS AFTERNOON WHEN HE OPENED THE COMPUTER APPLICATION EXHIBITION AT THE HONG KONG BAPTIST COLLEGE.

THOROUGH PREPARATION WAS ESSENTIAL, HE POINTED OUT. SO THAT A MOOD OF HIGH EXCITEMENT DOES NOT LEAD TO MATCHING DISAPPOINTMENT.

HE SA I Ds +THE USE OF MASS MEDIA AND COMPUTERS IN EDUCATION HAS SOMETHING IN COMMON. THEY PROVIDE HEW OPPORTUNITIES IN EDUCATION BUT NOT NECESSARILY EASY SOLUTION. THE SOFT WARE ELEMENT IS ALWAYS IMPORTANT COMPARED TO HARD WARE. THE HUMAN ELEMENT IS ALWAYS VITAL.

*THE OPEN UNIVERSITY IN BRITAIN IS SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE OF THE EFFORTS PUT INTO TUTORIALS AND CONFERENCES AND MARKING SCRIPTS, IN ADDITION TO THE T.V. PROGRAMME.*

ALTHOUGH MR. TOPLEY DID NOT EXPECT ALL THE THINGS ON DISPLAY AT THE EXHIBITION WERE ALL SUSCEPTIBLE OF GENERAL APPLICATION IN HONG KONG RIGHT NOW, HE STATED THAT *WE SHOULD, HOWEVER, BROADEN OUR MIND TO SEE WHAT THE POSSIBILITIES ARE FOR THE FUTURE.*

ON COMPUTERIZED LEARNING , THE DIRECTOR SAID THAT IF IN THE FUTURE A SUBSTANTIAL PROPORTION OF LEARNING WAS DONE THROUGH 'STUDENT TO KEYBOARD CONTACT’ RATHER THAN ’STUDENT TO TEACHER CONCEPT’, THAT EDUCATION WOULD HAVE INDEED CHANGED.

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WATER STOPPAGE IN WANCHAI AND KOWLOON CITY................. 3

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THE POST OFFICE IS TO INTRODUCE A SPEEDPOST ”ON DEMAND” SERVICE TO MAJOR TOWNS AND CITIES IN THE UNITED STATES ON MONDAY (MAY 19).

THE MOVE FOLLOWS AN AGREEMENT REACHED BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND HONG KONG POSTAL AUTHORITIES.

A POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAYS +THE ADVANTAGE OF THE ”ON DEMAND” SERVICE IS THAT CUSTOMERS CAN PRESENT PACKAGES AT THE SPECIALLY DESIGNATED ’SPEEDPOST’ COUNTERS AT GPO, TSIM SHA TSUI AND KOWLOON CENTRAL POST OFFICES AND AFTER COMPLETION OF THE REQUIRED FORMALITIES, HAVE iHEM DESPATCHED BY AIR ON PRE-SELECTED FLIGHTS WITHOUT HAVING TO MAKE PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS WITH THE POST OFFICE.

+THIS DEVELOPMENT FOLLOWS THE SUCCESSFUL INTRODUCTION OF THE SPEEDPOST CONTRACT SERVICE WHICH HAS DEEN OPERATING TO THE UNITED STATES SINCE JANUARY LAST YEAR, AND IS DESIGNED TO MEE" THE NEED FOR AN ’INFORMAL’ SPEEDPOST SERVICE WITHOUT THE NECESSITY OF CONTRACT FORMALITIES.*

THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED THAT THE NEW SERVICE WAS NOT INTENDED FOR REPLACING CONTRACT SERVICES DOT FOR COMPLEMENTING

HE HOPED THAT PRESENT CONTRACT CUSTOMERS WOULD USE THE ”ON DEMAND” SERVICE TO SUPPLEMENT CONTRACT ARRANGEMENTS AS REQUIRED.

THE SERVICE TO THE USA WILL SECURE DELIVERY WITHIN 43 HOURS OF DESPATCH FROM HONG KONG, ALTHOUGH EARLIER DELIVERY WILL DE POSSIBLE TO CERTAIN CITIES ON THE WEST COAST. THE BASIC CHARGES FOR THE ”ON DEMAND” SERVICE TO THE USA WILL BE G13O FOR THE FIRST 1 LB. WEIGHT AND $20 PER LB. OR PART LB. THEREAFTER.

NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE BRITISH POST OFFICE ARE ALSO PROCEEDING AND h IS HOPED TO INTRODUCE THE ”0N DEMAND” SERVICE TO ALL LONDON DISTRICTS AND PRINCIPAL PROVINCIAL CENTRES IN THE U.K. IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT SPEEDPOST MAY BE ODTAINE-. <j< lELEPHONING 5“245992 OR THE P.O. ENQUIRY BUREAU NO r> ?

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THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR. DAVID LIN, TODAY CALLED ON EMPLOYERS TO MAKE MORE AND BETTER USE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE (LES).

MR. LIN SAID THAT BY USING THE SERVICE, AN EMPLOYER COULD SAVE BOTH THE EXPENSE OF ADVERTISING AND THE TROUBLE OF SORTING THROUGH A LARGE HUMBER OF APPLICATIONS TO FIND THE RIGHT CANDIDATES.

ADDRESSING A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF KOWLOON, MR. LIN POINTED OUT THAT THE LES OFFERED A FREE AND VALUABLE SERVICE TO BOTH EMPLOYERS AND JOB SEEKERS.

HE SAID PEOPLE WHO WANTED TO SEEK EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE COULD REGISTER AT LES OFFICES, GIVING RELEVANT PARTICULARS SUCH AS QUALIFICATIONS AND SALARIES EXPECTED.

EMPLOYERS COULD PLACE VACANCY ORDERS WITH THE FIVE OFFICES OF THE SERVICE EITHER BY TELEPHONE OR IN WRITING.

OH RECEIPT OF SUCH ORDERS, ARRANGEMENTS WOULD BE MADE TO SEND SUITABLE CANDIDATES TO PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS.

I AM HAPPY TO SAY THAT IN MANY CASES, THE SERVICE HAS BEEN ABLE TO FIND SUITABLE CANDIDATES ON THE SAME DAY AN ORDER IS RECEIVED,* HE SAID.

* MANY EMPLOYERS, INCLUDING A NUMBER OF TOP FIRMS IN HONG KONG, HAVE MADE USE OF THE SERVICE AND ARE CONTINUING TO DO SO.

* l DO HOPE THAT THOSE CF YOU ARE EMPLOYERS.WILL MAKE USE OF THE SERVICE SO THAT YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN GIVEN CAREERS GUIDANCE WILL BE ABLE TO FIND SUITABLE JOBS,* HE SAID.

M3. LIN SAID THE DEPARTMENT’S YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE (YEAS) CATERED PRINCIPALLY FOR STUDENTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE 14 TO 18 AGE GROUP, BUT ITS SERVICE WAS MADE AVAILABLE TO SCHOOL LEAVERS IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR AGE.

ITS MAIN FUNCTIONS WERE TO COMPILE AND DISSEMINATE INFORMATION ON CAREERS, AND TO GIVE ADVICE IN THE FORM OF CAREERS SEMINARS, TALKS TO SCHOOLS AND VARIOUS YOUTH BODIES, NEWSLETTERS AND CAREERS EXHIBITIONS.

IN ADDITION, THE UNIT HAD SO FAR PRODUCED 35 FREE CAREERS PAMPHLETS AND 50 FREE LEAFLETS ON VARIOUS OCCUPATIONS FOR FREE DISTRIBUTION.

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SINCE 1972, THE YEAS HAD SPONSORED THREE ANNUAL CAREERS EXHIBITIONS FOR HONG KONG’S YOUNG PEOPLE, THEIR TEACHERS AND THEIR PARENTS.

+IT PROVIDES AN OPPORTUNITY FOR EMPLOYERS IN VARIOUS SECTORS AS WEIL AS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS TO INTRODUCE THEIR TRADES TO STUDENTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE ON THE ONE HAND, AND ON THE OTHER IT HELPS THESE YOUNG PEOPLE GATHER INFORMATION ON A VARIETY OF TRADES AND INDUSTRIES.*

ALTHOUGH A CAREERS EXHIBITION WAS COSTLY AND TIME-CONSUMING TO THE EXHIBITORS, MR. LIN DESCRIBED IT AS THE MOST ATTRACTIVE AND EFFECTIVE WAY OF DISSEMINATING CAREERS INFORMATION.

THIS WAS EVIDENT IN THE RAPIDLY INCREASING NUMBER OF VISITORS TO THE THREE EXHIBITIONS, FROM 28,000 IN 1972, 48,500 IN 1973 TO 93,000 IN 1974.

IN VIEW OF THE SUCCESS, MR. LIN SAID IT HAD BEEN DECIDED TO HOLD ANOTHER EXHIBITION IN DECEMBER THIS YEAR.

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN WAN CHAI AND KOWLOON CITY WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR FIVE HOURS, STARTING FROM 1 AM ON SATURDAY (MAY 17) TO ALLOW LEAKAGE TESTS TO BE CARRIED OUT IN THESE TWO AREAS.

IN WAN CHAI, THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY MARSH ROAD, GLOUCESTER ROAD, PERCIVAL STREET AND THE NORTHERN SIDE OF HENNESSY ROAD.

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35 BUILDING PLANS APPROVED LAST MONTH X-X-X-X-X-X-

A TOTAL OF 35 NEW BUILDING PLANS WERE APPROVED BY THE BUILDING AUTHORITY LAST MONTH COMPARED WITH 92 IN APRIL LAST YEAR.

THE PLANS INCLUDED 12 COMBINED APARTMENT/COMMERCI AL BUILDINGS RANGING FROM FIVE TO 31 STOREYS IN HEIGHT, A CINEMA AND THEATRE BUILDING IN KWAI CHUNG, A POWER STATION IN AP LEI CHAU AND THE OCEAN PARK CABLE CAR TERMINAL BUILDING IN ABERDEEN.

OF THE 35 APPROVED BUILDING PLANS, 12 ARE FOR BUILDINGS ON HONG KONG ISLAND, SIX ARE FOR KOWLOON AND THE REMAINING 17 FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

DURING THE MONTH, APPROVAL WAS ALSO GIVEN FOR 76 NEW BUILDING PROJECTS TO BEGIN WORK.

THEY INCLUDED AN ARTS CENTRE ON THE WANCHAI RECLAMATION, A FUNERAL PARLOUR IN HUNG HOM AND A HOTEL IN WANCHAI.

AT THE SAME TIME, APPROVAL WAS ALSO GIVEN FOR THE DEMOLITION OF 25 BUILDINGS — 10 ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 10 IN KOWLOON AND FIVE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

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THE PORT HEALTH OFFICE TODAY ANNOUNCED THAT QUARANTINE RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED AGAINST ARRIVALS FROM SINGAPORE ON ACCOUNT OF CHOLERA HAVE BEEN LIFTED.

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TOO PILOT CENSUSES TO BE HELD IN THE NEXT TWO MONTHS ... HUNG HOM RAILWAY TERMINAL EXPECTED TO HANDLE SIX MILLION PASSENGERS IN THE FIRST YEAR OF OPERATION ...............

FURTHER EXTENSION OF BOS FRANCHISES SOUGHT ..............

HONG KONG’S DESALTER AROUSES KEEN INTEREST AT AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ................................

HONG KONG TO BE REPRESENTED AT THE AUSTRALIAN REGIONAL CONFERENCE ..............................................

BASKETBALL COURTS FOR KWAI CHUNG ESTATE .................

TICKETS FOR THIS YEAR’S FIRST GOVERNMENT LOTTERY TO BE PUT ON SALE NEXT WEEK ...................................

PASSING-OUT PARADE OF PRISON OFFICERS ...................

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THE GOVERNMENT IS TO UNDERTAKE A BY-CENSUS IN 1976 TO PROVIDE ESSENTIAL UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION FOR FORWARD PLANNING IN SUCH MAJOR AREAS AS EDUCATION, HEALTH AND TRANSPORT FACILITIES.

THE BY-CENSUS, SIMILAR TO BUT MORE COMPREHENSIVE THAN THE ONE TAKEN IN 1966, WILL DE CARRIED OUT ON A 10 PERCENT SAMPLE OF THE POPULATION, THIS WILL INVOLVE ABOUT 70,000 HOUSEHOLDS OR 450,000 PEOPLE,

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT THE LAST COMPLETE POPULATION CENSUS WAS- UNDERTAKEN IN 1971, AND CHANGES IN MAJOR CHARACTERISTICS OF THE POPULATION MAY WELL HAVE OCCURRED SINCE THEN AND MORE HAY OCCUR DEFORE THE NEXT FULL CENSUS IS TAKEN IN 1931.

ANOTHER MAJOR OBJECTIVE OF THE BY-CENSUS IS TO OBTAIN, FOR CERTAIN TOPICS, PARTICULARLY IN THE FIELDS OF FERTILITY AND THE LABOUR FORCE, HORE COMPLEX AND DETAILED DATA THAN IS FEAS IDLE IN A FULL CENSUS.

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AS IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO TEST, ON THE DAS IS OF A SMALL NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS, THE ADEQUACY OF THE PROPOSED QUESTIONS AND THE PROCEDURE AND ORGANISATION OF THE CENSUS WELL IN ADVANCE, TOO PILOT CENSUSES WILL DE HELD DURING THE COMING TWO MONTHS.

THE FIRST - A PILOT MARINE CENSUS - WILL DE TAKEN FROM JUNE ID TO JUNE 13. IT IS BEING HELD AT THIS TIME TO COINCIDE WITH DRAGON DOAT FESTIVAL (THEN NG), WHEN THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE FISHING FLEET IS IN PORT,

THE MARINE PILOT CENSUS WILL COVER SOME 500 DOAT FAMILIES.

THE PILOT LAND CENSUS WILL BE TAKEN FROM JULY 14 TO 23 AND COVER SOME 6,000 HOUSEHOLDS IN BOTH THE URBAN AND RURAL AREAS, f

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SHOPPING, BANKING AND DINING FACILITIES WILL BE PROVIDED IN THE MULTI-MILLION-DOLLAR HUNG HOM RAILWAY TERMINAL WHICH IS EXPECTED TO SWING INTO OPERATION LATER THIS YEAR.

TENDERS FOR OPERATING A RESTAURANT, A SNACK BAR, A RAIL BAR A BANK OFFICE AND A BOOKSHOP IN THIS MODERN TERMINAL BUILDING ARE HOW INVITED DY THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY.

IN ADDITION, AH ARCADE OF MINI-SHOPS IS BEING PLANNED ON THE ELEVATED PASSENGER CORRIDOR ABOVE THE RAILWAY PLATFORMS.

BOTH THE RESTAURANT AND THE SNACK BAR, EACH WITH A FLOOR AREA OF MORE THAN 1,200 SQ. FT. WILL DE LOCATED ON THE MEZZANINE FLOOR.

THE BANK OFFICE, THE BOOKSHOP AND THE RAIL BAR WHICH SUPPLIES SOFT DRINKS, CANDIES AND CIGARETTES WILL BE SITUATED IN THE PASSENGER HALL.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY SAID ALL THESE PREMISES HAD CONSIDERABLE COMMERCIAL POTENTIALS AS A RECENT SURVEY SHOWED THAT THE NEW TERMINAL WOULD BE HANDLING MORE THAN SIX MILLION PASSENGERS IN THE FIRST YEAR OF ITS OPERATION. OF THESE PASSENGERS, ABOUT ONE-THIRD WILL BE TRAVELLING TO AND FROM CHINA.

WITH THE ANTICIPATED GROWTH OF POPULATION IN SHA TIN, A SHARP INCREASE IN RAILWAY TRAFFIC IS EXPECTED IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS

APART FROM THIS, 100,000 MORE PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO VISIT THE TERMINAL EACH YEAR TO MEET OR SAY FAREWELL TO THEIR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES.

OTHER SOURCES OF POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS WILL COME FROM THE MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK BUILT ON TOP OF THE TERMINAL, A BUS. TERMINUS ON THE PODIUM AND A NETWORK OF PEDESTRIAN WALKWAYS LINKING THE TERMINAL BUILDING WITH HUNG HOM FERRY PIERS AND THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC.

DETAILS OF CONDITIONS FOR THE TENDERS ARE LAID, DOWN IN A NOTICE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY.

SUCCESSFUL TENDERERS WILL BE AWARDED A FIVE-YEAR LEASE IN THE FIRST INSTANCE.

IT IS THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO FIT OUT THE PREMISES WHICH MUST BE READY FOR BUSINESS BEFORE THE OPENING OF THE I ERMI HAL.

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A GRACE PERIOD DURING WHICH NO RENI DlU DE CHARGED WILL DE GRANTED TO SUCCESSFUL TENDERERS TO ENABLE THEM TO FURNISH THE PREMISES AFTER THE TENANCY AGREEMENT IS SIGNED.

EACH TENDER, TOGETHER WITH A DEPOSIT RECEIPT ISSUED BY THE TREASURY, MUST BE SENT TO THE SECRETARY, CENTRAL TENDER BOARD IN A SEALED ENVELOPE CLEARLY MARKED ’’HUNG HOM RAILWAY TERMINAL BUILDING”.

DEPOSITS WILL DE RETURNED TO UNSUCCESSFUL TENDERERS.

ALL SEALED TENDERS MUST BE PLACED IN THE TENDER DOX AT THE ENTRANCE OF THE COLONIAL SECRETARIAT IN CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, MAIN WING, BEFORE NOON ON MAY 30.

FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY DE OBTAINED FROM THE'GENERAL MANAGER OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY. ARRANGEMENTS MAY DE MADE TO INSPECT THESE PREMISES.WHICH ARE HOT YET OPEN TO THE PUDLIC.

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A DILL SEEKING A FURTHER LIMITED EXTENSION, UNTIL AUGUST 31, OF THE EXISTING FRANCHISES OF THE TWO MAJOR BUS COMPANIES — KMB AND CMB — WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL NEXT WEDNESDAY (MAY 21),.

THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION. KNOWN AS THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES (EXTENSION OF GRANTS) (AMENDMENT) DILL 1975, WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN RECALLED TODAY THAT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL HAD ALREADY APPROVED A BILL EXTENDING THE FRANCHISES UNTIL THE END OF THIS MONTH. HOWEVER, IT HAD BECOME CLEAR THAT IT WOULD NOT DE POSSIBLE TO COMPLETE NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE TWO BUS COMPANIES AND , ISSUE HEW FRANCHISES BY MAY 31 AND CONSEQUENTLY A FURTHER EXTENSION WAS HEEDED.

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HONG KONG’S DESALTER, WHICH RECENTLY STARTED TO PRODUCE FRESH WATER FROM THE SEA, AROUSED KEEN INTEREST AT AH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DESALTING IN PUERTO RICO LAST MONTH, A WATERWORKS OFFICE ENGINEER SAID TODAY.,

MR. WU YU-NGONG, ACTING GOVERNMENT WATER ENGINEER (DESALTING), TOLD THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG ISLAND WEST THAT THE INTENSE INTEREST SHOWN IN THE AO MlLLI ON GALLONS A DAY DESALTER AT LOK ON PAI HAD COME AS SOMETHING OF A SURPRISE TO HIM.

+WE HERE HAVE GOT USED TO THE IDEA THAT IT IS THE WORLD’S LARGEST DESALTER AND PERHAPS WE TEND TO TAKE IT FOR GRANTED. BUT THE AMERICAN AND OTHER ENGINEERS AT THE CONFERENCE HAD ENDLESS QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT THE PLANT AND IT WAS BIG HEWS TO THEM THAT THE FIRST EVAPORATOR UNIT IS HOW UNDER TEST AND IS Y ELDING FRESH WATER.*

THE THREE-DAY CONFERENCE, HELD IN PONCE, PUERTO RICO, FROM APRIL 23 TO 25, WAS CONVENED BY THE AMERICAN-BASED INTERNATIONAL DESALTING AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASSOCIATION.

HONG KONG WAS REPRESENTED AT IT DY MR. WU AND DY MR. FRANK DRAKE OF BINNIE AND PARTNERS, THE CONSULTING ENGINEERS WHO DID THE DESIGN WORK FOR THE LOK OH PAI PLANT.

IN A REPORT ON THE CONFERENCE, THE LATEST MAY ISSUE OF THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL *WATER DESALINATION REPORT* COMMENTS PROMINENTLY ON THE HONG KONG DESALTER.

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*WU GAVE DETAILS OF THE RIGID PERFORMANCE TESTS WHICH EACH UNIT MUST PASS s (1) A 24-HOUR CAPACITY-EFFICIENCY EVAPORATOR TEST RUN- (2) SIX MONTHS OF CONTINUOUS PERFORMANCE, TO ENSURE LONG-TERM OUTPUT IS REASONABLY MAINTAINED- AND (3) A FINAL EFFICIENCY TEST TO SHOW THAT THE FUEL REQUIREMENT HAS DEEN MET FOR THE COMPLETE PLANT AND ALL ITS MAJOR COMPONENTS.

*SOME PLANTS BEAM PROBLEMATICAL PERSONALITIES, WHILE OTHERS EXUDE A SWEET SERENITY AND SENSE THAT ALL’S WELL. FOR HONG KONG IT’S THE LATTER. EVERY QUESTIONER AT THE CONFERENCE WAS IMPRESSED BY WU AND FRANK DRAKE AND THEIR QUIET, CONFIDENT MANNER.*

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A MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MR. Q.W. LEE WILL LEAVE TOMORROW (SATURDAY) NIGHT TO REPRESENT HONG KONG AS AN OBSERVER AT THE 13TH AUSTRALIAN REGIONAL CONFERENCE.

THE FOUR-DAY CONFERENCE, WHICH OPENS ON MAY 19, IS BEING HELD UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE QUEENSLAND BRANCH OF THE COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY ASSOC I AT I ON.

MR. LEE IS ATTENDING IN HIS CAPACITY AS A MEMBER OF THE HONG KONG BRANCH OF THE COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY ASSOCIATION.

AMONG THE ITEMS TO BE DISCUSSED INCLUDE THE PROSPECTS FOR ESTABLISHING A PACIFIC TRADING COMMITTEE- CONSIDERATION OF THE FORM AND SCOPE OF INTERNATIONAL AID IN THE CONTEXT OF THE WORSENING WORLD FOOD SITUATION AND TO EXAMINE WAYS TO HELP- THE CHALLENGE OF THE DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM- AND THE CHANGING NATURE OF THE COMMONWEALTH.

THE CONFERENCE IS BEING HELD IN THE QUEENSLAND PARLIAMEMT HOUSE IN BRISBANE.

MR. LEE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY HIS WIFE.


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WORK WILL BEGIN SHORTLY ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF A BUS TERMINUS, FOUR BASKETBALL COURTS AND SIX CAR PARKS FOR THE SECOND AND THIRD STAGES OF THE KWAI SHING ESTATE WHICH WILL BE READY FOR OCCUPATION BY THE MIDDLE OF NEXT YEAR.

IN ADDITION, A NEW ROAD MEASURING ABOUT 800 METRES WILL BE BUILT. THE NEW ROAD WILL LINK WITH PHASE ONE OF THE ESTATE AND ROADS LEADING TO TAI WO HAU.

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WORK WILL BEGIN IN JULY AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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TICKETS FOR THIS YEAR’S FIRST GOVERNMENT LOTTERY WILL BE PUT ON SALE NEXT WEEK AT $2 EACH.

THEY CAM BE BOUGHT AT BRANCH OFFICES AND OFF-COURSE BETTING OFFICES OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND THE HEAD OFFICES AND BRANCHES OF 30 BANKS IN VARIOUS DISTRICTS OF HONG KONG DURING OFFICE HOURS FROM MONDAY (MAY 19) TO JUNE 6.

THE DRAW FOR THE WINNING NUMBERS WILL BE HELD IN THE CITY HALL THEATRE AT 10 A.M. ON JUNE 7.

IN ADDITION TO THE FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD PRIZES, THERE WILL BE 50 SPECIAL AND 106 CONSOLATION PRIZES. THE FIRST PRIZE WILL FETCH 40 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL PROCEEDS, THE SECOND FOUR PER CENT AND THE THIRD 0.4 PER CENT.

WINNING NUMBERS WILL BE PUBLISHED IN AH EXTRAORDINARY ISSUE OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT GAZETTE ON MONDAY, JUNE 9.

PRIZES MUST BE CLAIMED WITHIN TWO YEARS AFTER THE HUMBERS ARE PUBLISHED, THAT IS BEFORE JUNE 9, 1977.

NOTE TO EDITORS

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE GOVtleiriENT LOTTERIES MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, MR. KA I-YIN CHAU WILL GIVE A PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE CITY HALL RESTAURANT AT 1 P.M. ON MONDAY (MAY 19).

HE WILL ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF PLANS FOR PROMOTING THIS YEAR’S GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO ATTEND.

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A PASSING OUT PARADE FOR 80 PRISON OFFICERS WILL BE HELD AT THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE AT TUNG TAU WAN ROAD, STANLEY, TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

MR. B. SLEVIN, COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, WILL INSPECT THE PARADE.

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ANOTHER OLD MARK I BLOCK IN LOWER SHEK KIP MEI ESTATE IS TO BE CONVERTED INTO A MODERN HOUSING BLOCK WITH SELF-CONTAINED FLATS UNDER THE SHEK KIP MEI REHOUSING SCHEME.

TENDERS FOR THE CONVERSION ARE NOW INVITED AND THE WORK, TO BEGIN IN JULY, WILL TAKE ABOUT SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE CONVERTED BLOCK WILL PROVIDE 434 SMALL LIVING UNITS FOR SOME 1,300 PEOPLE.

EACH FLAT WILL HAVE ITS OWN KITCHEN WITH A SINK AND A COOKING DENCH AND PRIVATE TOILET.

THE BLOCK IS THE SEVENTH TO BE CONVERTED UNDER THE SHEK KIP ME! REHOUSING PROJECT.

SO FAR, ABOUT 22,000 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN REHOUSED TO UPPER PAK TIN ESTATE OR THE SIX CONVERTED BLOCKS SINCE THE PROJECT WAS LAUNCHED IN OCTOBER, 1972.

A NEW PHASE OF THE REHOUSING SCHEME BENEFITING ANOTHER 6,500 TENANTS OF THE OLD PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE WILL BEGIN VERY SHORTLY.

DETAILS ARE BEING FINALISED BY HOUSING DEPARTMENT’S REDEVELOPMENT DIVISION AND WILL PROBABLY BE ANNOUNCED EARLY NEXT MONTH.

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THE BURDEN OF PROOF WILL LIE WITH ONE ACCUSED IN COURT OF FALSELY PRETENDING TO BE A PUBLIC OFFICER, IF AMENDING LEGISLATION PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE BECOMES LAW.

UNDER THE SUMMARY OFFENCES (AMENDMENT)(NO.2) BILL, IN PROCEEDINGS FOR THIS TYPE OF OFFENCE IT WILL BE PRESUMED THAT THE DEFENDANT IS NOT A PUBLIC OFFICER AT THE TIME THE OFFENCE IS COMMITTED, UNLESS THE CONTRARY IS PROVED.

IN EFFECT, THIS WILL DISPENSE WITH THE PRESENT TIMECONSUMING PROCEDURE IN WHICH OFFICERS OF A CERTAIN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT HAVE TO GO TO COURT TO PROVE THAT THE CLAIMS MADE BY THE ACCUSED THAT HE IS AN OFFICER OF THAT DEPARTMENT ARE FALSE.

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MORE INSPECTIONS BY THE FIRE PREVENTION DUREAU.......... 3

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HIGH ISLAND ADVANCES ONE STAGE FURTHER

AN IMPORTANT STAGE OF WORK ON THE HIGH ISLAND WATER SCHEME WAS COMPLETED THIS WEEKEND WHEN THE LAST OF 6,619 MASSIVE CONCRETE ♦DOLOS* UNITS WAS LOWERED INTO POSITION OH THE CREST OF THE EAST SEA COFFER DAM.

THE DOLOS UNITS, WEIGHING 25 TONS EACH AND LOOKING RATHER LIKE LARGE, CONCRETE SEA-ANCHORS, FORM A PROTECTIVE INTERLOCKING SYSTEM OH THE SEAWARD SIDE OF THE DAM, WHICH WILL HAVE TO WITHSTAND SEA FORCES WHICH CAN DE GENERATED FROM FAR OUT IN THE PACIF'C OCEAN.

THE DOLOS +WALL+ WILL BREAK UP THE FORCE OF THE WAVES. THE PLACING OF THE LAST UNIT ON FRIDAY (MAY 16) MEANS THAT THE SEAWARD DEFENCES OF THE EASTERN DAM ARE NOW COMPLETE AND THE DAM IS ♦TYPHOON-PROOF*, A WATERWORKS OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

THE WORK OF PLACING THE UNITS HAS BEEN CARRIED OUT BY THE MAIN CONTRACTOR ON THE HIGH ISLAND DAMS, THE VIANINI COMPANY OF ITALY.

THIS WORK HAS INVOLVED THE CASTING OF THE UNITS ON A RESERVOIR FACTORY SITE AND CARRYING THEM BY SPECIALLY ADAPTED DUMPER TRUCKS TO THE DAM, WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN LOWERED INTO POSITION BY A GIANT CRANE.

THE OPERATION HAS BEEN'COMPLETED WITHOUT ONE ACCIDENT OR INJURY TO ANY WORKER, THE GOVERNMENT’S RESIDENT ENGINEER, MR. JIM ASPDEN, NOTED TODAY.

THE RESERVOIR IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IMPOUNDING WATER NEXT YEAR. MAJOR WORKS WILL BE COMPLETED IN 1979, WHEN ITS CAPACITY WILL BE 60,000 MILLION GALLONS.

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COPIES OF A PHOTOGRAPH SHOWING THE PLACING OF THE LAST DOLOS UNIT ARE BOXED FOR COLLECTION LATER THIS AFTERNOON.

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THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR. DEMIS BRAY, SAID TODAY THAT EXAMINATIONS ARE NO MORE THAN MILESTONES MARKING A SPECIFIC ACHIEVEMENT AT SOME TIME.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE 19TH FOUNDER’S DAY DEDICATION SERVICE OF THE BAPTIST COLLEGE.

MR. BRAY SAID: -{-STUDENTS AND TEACHERS SOMETIMES SET TOO GREAT A STORE BY THE CERTIFICATE ITSELF AS THOUGH A GOOD CERTIFICATE WERE RATHER LIKE ALADIN’S LAMP THAT ON DUSTING IT OFF FROM TIME TO TIME IT WOULD ENSURE A PLENTIFUL FLOW OF THE GOOD THINGS OF LIFE.

+OF COURSE IT IS NOTHING OF THAT SORT,* HE SAID.

REFERRING TO CERTIFICATES EMBODYING RESULTS, MR. BRAY SAID: ♦THEY ARE NOT PASSPORTS. THEY MARK A STATE OF ACHIEVEMENT AND HELP TO DETERMINE WHAT SHOULD COME NEXT.*

WHEN'A MAH IS CONSIDERED FOR A JOB OR PROMOTION OR AN ASSIGNMENT, HE STRESSED, THE MILESTONES OF HIS EXAMINATIONS BECOME PROGRESSIVELY MORE OBSCURE AND LESS IMPORTANT THE FURTHER THEY ARE AWAY.

+INSTEAD THE MAN IS JUDGED ON WHAT HE IS AND WHAT HE HAS DONE IN THE MUCH MORE RECENT PAST. THIS IM TURN DEPENDS VERY MUCH MORE ON THE FULLNESS AND ROUNDNESS OF THE EDUCATION ORIGINALLY RECEIVED AND BUILT ON IN LIFE THAN ON ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT.*

MR. BRAY SAIDs +EDUCATION IS A MATTER OF LEARNING TO LIVE LIFE AS IT IS FOUND.*

HE URGED THE STUDENTS TO DO THEIR JOB PROPERLY AND DEVOTE A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF ENERGY TO GETTING A GOOD EXAMINATION RESULT ?

HOWEVER, HE EMPHASISED THAT IN THE LONG RUN IT IS NOT THE PRINTING ON A PIECE OF PAPER THAT MATTERS.

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THE FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU OF THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT CARRIED OUT 14,019 INSPECTIONS IN APRIL, A RISE OF 12 PER CENT OVER THE PRECEDING MONTIPS FIGURE.

THIS BRINGS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF INSPECTIONS DURING THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF THIS YEAR TO 54,063 , OF WHICH ABOUT A HALF WERE IN RESPONSE TO COMPLAINTS.

THE INCREASE WAS MAINLY DUE TO A RISE IN THE HUMBER OF VENTILATION SYSTEMS INSPECTED.

A FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE BUREAU HAD RECEIVED MORE INQUIRIES ABOUT AIR CONDITIONING INSTALLATIONS FOLLOWING THE ARRIVAL OF WARMER WEATHER. THE NUMBER OF INSPECTIONS IN THIS CATEGORY WAS 1,241, COMPARED WITH 697 IN MARCH.

AS IN THE PAST, MOST OF THE INSPECTIONS WERE CONNECTED WITH COMPLAINTS ABOUT MEANS OF ESCAPE FROM BUILDINGS (5,645.) AND 1,312 WERE RELATED TO GENERAL COMPLAINTS.

THERE WAS A BIG INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS INSPECTED DURING APRIL. FROM 2,065 IN MARCH IT WENT UP TO 2,894. ONE VEHICLE WAS INSPECTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE NEW SYSTEM OF LICENSING DANGEROUS GOODS VEHICLES ANNUALLY.

OTHER INSPECTIONS WERE: DANGEROUS GOODS (907), FIRE SERVICES INSTALLATIONS (400), NEON SIGNS (6), PLACES OF PUBLIC ASSEMBLY (98), RESTAURANTS AND NIGHTCLUBS (302), SCHOOLS (317), TIMBER YARDS AND STORAGE (32) AND MISCELLANEOUS (67). ELEVEN FIRES WERE INVESTIGATED.

IN ADDITION, THE BUREAU FINALISED 658 PLANS FOR NEW BUILDING PROJECTS, ISSUED OR RENEWED 353 DANGEROUS GOODS LICENSES .AND SEVEN TIMBER LICENSES, AND ALSO GAVE 18 LECTURES ON FIRE PREVENTION,. OVER 500 FIRE HAZARD ABATEMENT NOTICES WERE ISSUED= 100 PROSECUTIONS WERE UNDERTAKEN RESULTING IN FINES TOTALLING $39,145 BEING IMPOSED.

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THE HEADMISTRESS OF THE YUEN LONG PRIMARY SCHOOL, MRS SI EH LO LAU-SIM, HAS BEEN APPOINTED A MEMBER OF THE CONSUMER COUNCIL FOR A PERIOD OF ONE YEAR.

MRS. SI EH IS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY PARTICULARLY IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT MRS. SI EH HAD INDICATED HER WILLINGNESS TO SERVE ON THE COUNCIL AND TO PUT FORWARD NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE NEW TERRITORIES.

HER ONE YEAR APPOINTMENT TO THE COUNCIL took- EFFECT FROM APRIL 8.

SHE IS THE LAST OF THE SEVEN NEW MEMBERS APPOINTED TO THE CONSUMER COUNCIL FOR A ONE-YEAR TERM. /

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SUNDAY, MAY 18, 1975 **

SPINAL INJURIES UNIT IN KOWLOON HOSPITAL B « « « « U

PEOPLE WITH SPINAL CORD INJURIES WHICH LEAD TO TETRAPLEGIA OR PARAPLEGIA COULD BE BED-RIDDEN OR WHEELCHAIR-BOUND FOR LIFE AND MAY EVEN DIE IF MOT TREATED PROPERLY AND EARLY. HOWEVER. IF THESE PATIENTS, SUFFERING FROM PARALYSIS OF LIMBS AND LOSS OF SENSATION TO TOUCH AND PAIN, WERE TREATED IN A SPECIAL CENTRE AT AN EARLY STAGE AFTER INJURY, THEIR FATE COULD DE ALTERED ALTOGETHER

IN FACT, A HIGH PROPORTION OF SUCH PATIENTS ADMITTED TO THE SPINAL INJURIES UNIT IN THE KOWLOON HOSPITAL WITHIN DAYS OF * SUSTAINING THE INJURY DAVE BEEN MADE TO WALK AGAIN WITHOUT 4 APPLIANCES.

STATISTICS FOR 1974 SHOW THAT 50 PER CENT OF THOSE ADMITTED' TO THE UNIT AT AN EARLY STAGE AFTER INJURY WERE ABLE TO WALK AGAIN WITHOUT AIDS AFTER TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION, AND 30 PER CENT COULD MOVE ABOUT WITH WALKING AIDS. ONLY A MINORITY WITH SEVERE INJURIES HAD TO DEPEND ENTIRELY ON WHEELCHAIRS.

THE SPINAL INJURIES UNIT IN KOWLOON HOSPITAL, THE ONLY ONE OF ITS KIND IN HONG KONG, CPENED IN JULY 1973 TO TREAT AND REHABILITATE SPINAL CORD INJURY PATIENTS.

PRIOR TO THE SETTING UP OF THIS UNIT, SUCH PATIENTS WERE TREATED IN CLINICAL UNITS OF VARIOUS HOSPITALS AND MANY OF THEM ARE THEN TRANSFERRED TO OTHER HOSPITALS OR CENTRES FOR REHABILITATION. THIS METHOD OF TREATING PATIENTS IN ONE HOSPITAL FOR THE ACUTE STAGE AND REHABILITATING THEM LATER IN ANOTHER CENTRE WAS CONSIDERED TO BE NOT FULLY EFFECTIVE. CONSEQUENTLY, THE SPINAL INJURIES UNIT WAS FORMED WHERE THE WHOLE PROCESS OF TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION COULD BE CARRIED OUT IN THE SAME PLACE AND AT THE SAME TIME.

THE UNIT ADMITS PATIENTS ON A REFERRAL BASIS, FhOM VARIOUS MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS IN HONG KONG. WHEN ADMITTING PATIENTS. PRIMARY CONSIDERATION IS GIVEN TO TRAUMATIC CASES, BUT OTHER CASES DUE TO NON-PROGRESS IVE DISEASES OF THE SPINAL CORD MAY BE CONSIDERED. PRIORITY FOR ADMISSION IS GIVEN TO EARLY AND UNCOMPLICATED CASES, AND SECOND PRIORITY TO COMPLICATED CASES WITH SOME PROPSECTS OF DOMESTIC OR HOSTEL RESETTLEMENT.

THE UNIT, WITH 60 BEDS, GIVES ACUTE TREATMENT AND ACTIVE REHABILITATION TO ITS PATIENTS. IT IS NOT A CONVALESCENT HOME OR HOSTEL, AND CERTAINLY HOT A +DUMPING GROUND* FOR THE OLD AND INVALID. THE UNIT HAS ITS OWN DOCTORS, NURSING STAFF, PHYSIOTHERAPISTS, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS AND MEDICAL SOCIAL WORKERS.

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SUMDAY, MAY 18, 1975

ACCORDING TO THE DOCTOR IN CHARGE OF THE UNIT, THE OUTLOOK OF THE SPINAL CORD INJURY PATIENTS IS BRIGHT.

❖MANY OF OUR PATIENTS-CAN ACTUALLY RECOVER TO BE ABLE TO WALK INDEPENDENTLY, AND MANY OTHERS ACHIEVE MAXIMUM INDEPENDENCE ON WHEELCHAIRS. ONLY A MINORITY WITH SEVERE DISABILITY HAD TO BE INSTITUTIONALISED FOR LIFE,* HE SAID.

GIVEN THE PROPER ENVIRONMENT, THE DOCTOR SAID, MOST OF THEM SHOULD DE ABLE TO BE INTEGRATED BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY, AND LEAD A NORMAL LIFE.

HE REITERATED THAT THE EARLIER THE PATIENTS WERE REFERRED TO THE UNIT, THE BETTER THE CHANCE OF THEIR RECOVERY.

THE TIME SPENT ON TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION OF THESE PATIENTS NORMALLY TAKES BETWEEN SIX AND NINE MONTHS, AFTER WHICH THEY ARE DISCHARGED.

HOWEVER, THE WORK OF THE UNIT DOES NOT END THERE. BEFORE A PATIENT IS DISCHARGED, THE UNIT’S REHABILITATION TEAM WOULD VISIT THE PATIENT’S HOME TO ASSESS HIS LIVING ENVIRONMENT. IF THE PATIENT’S HOME IS FOUND NOT SUITABLE, MEASURES WILL THEN BE TAKEN TO MODIFY IT, E.G. RECONSTRUCTING THE BATHROOM AND THE STAIRCASES, OR TO MAKE ARRANGEMENT FOR THE PATIENT TO BE REHOUSED.

DISCHARGED PATIENTS ARE ALSO REFERRED TO OTHER CENTRES FOR VOCATIONAL TRAINING OR JOB PLACEMENT SO THAT THEY CAN BE INTEGRATED BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY. THEY ARE ALSO FOLLOWED UP AT REGULAR INTERVALS IN THIS UNIT FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIFE.


SUNDAY, MAY 18, 1975

88,000 PEOPLE TO BE HOUSED THIS YEAR H « « »

SOME 88.000 PEOPLE WILL BE HOUSED IN THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR UNDER THE HOUSING AUTHORITY’S 10-YEAR HOUSING PROGRAMME.

THEY WILL BE ACCOMMODATED IN ABOUT 17,200 PUBLIC HOUSING FLATS AT 01 MAN, LEK YUEN, LAI KING, UPPER PAK TIN, KWAI SHING AND LEI MUK SHUE ESTATES.

OF THE 17,200 FLATS, 10,900 WILL BE COMPLETED IN THE NEXT 10 MONTHS WHILE THE REMAINING 6,300 FLATS ARE NOW AWAITING OCCUPATION.

THE HOUSING AUTHORITY PROVIDED HOUSING FOR 64,200 PEOPLE LAST YEAR AND THE MAJORITY OF THEM WERE FROM THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT’S WAITING LIST.

CURRENTLY, THERE ARE SOME 92,000 PENDING APPLICANTS ON THE WAITING LIST.

FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF THE APPLICANTS, THE APPLICATIONS SECTION OF THE DEPARTMENT HAS DIVIDED THE WHOLE OF HONG KONG INTO EIGHT AREAS. THESE AREs HONG KONG EAST, HONG KONG WEST, KOWLOON EAST, KOWLOON CENTRAL, KOWLOON WEST, TSUEN WAN, SHA TIN AND TUEN MUN.

APPLICANTS WILL NEED ONLY TO FILL IN THE LOCATION OF THEIR PARTICULAR CHOICE.

THE ELIGIBILITY OF APPLICANTS IS THATs (A) THEY MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OVER- (B) THEIR FAMILIES MUST CONSIST OF NOT LESS THAN THREE PERSONS- (C) THEY AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS MUST BE RESIDENTS OF HONG KONG AND (D) THEIR TOTAL FAMILY INCOME MUST NOT EXCEED THE PERMITTED AMOUNT FIXED BY THE AUTHORITY. ,

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MONDAY, MAY 19, 1975.

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SOME 350 COMPLICATED APPLICATIONS FOR AMENDMENT DEALT WITH BY THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS DEPARTMENT MONTHLY ..... 1

REVISED CHECK LIST OF HONG KONG PLANTS PUBLISHED ........... 3

GOVERNMENT LOTTERY TICKETS NOW ON SALE ..................... 4

DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES TO PRESENT LONG-SERVICE MEDALS TO 20 STAFF MEMBERS .................... 5

BRUNEI VISITORS SHOW GREAT INTEREST IN THE FUTURE PUBLIC HOUSING PROGRAMME OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY ...............   5

OPEN BALLOT FOR BEACH HOUSES ................................6

WEEKLY WATER SITUATION REPORT .............................. 6



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MONDAY, HAY 19, 1975

DOCUMENTS NEEDED TO SUPPORT CLAIMS TO AMEND PERSONAL PARTICULARS

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PEOPLE IKJO FAIL TO GIVE ACCURATE INFORMATION WHEN FIRST REGISTERING WITH THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS DEPARTMENT MAY FIND IT DIFFICULT TO MAKE CORRECTIONS LATER.

K SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT EXPLA !NEST THAT IT WAS NOT' DECAUSE THE DEPARTMENT WAS UNWILLING TO HELP, DUT DECAUSE THESE PEOPLE MIGHT DE UNABLE TO PRODUCE DOCUMENTS TO SUPPORT THEIR LATER CLAIMS.

❖ It! ORDER TO SUPPORT CLAIMS TO AMEND PERSONAL PARTICULARS

SUCH AS NAMES, AGE, PLACES OF DIRT!! OR NATIONALITY— APPLICANTS HAVE TO PRODUCE DOCUMENTS WHICH PREFERABLY SHOULD HAVE DEEN ISSUED DEFORE THEY REGISTERED WITH THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS DEPARTMENT,❖ HE SA I Do

❖THE EVIDENCE PRODUCED AND THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF AC!! CASE ARE THEN STUDIED TO DECIDE WHETHER THE DOCUMENTS CONC'-RNED ARE CONSIDERED SUFFICIENT TO JUSTIFY THE CHANGE SOUGHT.*

THE SPEED WITH WHICH THEIR APPLICATIONS ARE PROCESSED DEPENDS VERY MUCH ON WHETHER THEY CAN READILY PRODUCE THESE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS, AND WHETHER THEY ARE ACCEPTABLE TO THE COMMISSIONER OF REGISTRATION,

EVERY DUBIOUS CASE IS GIVEN PERSONAL ATTENTION DY THE EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF A SPECIAL INVESTIGATION SECTION AND, IF NECESSARY, EXAMINED FURTHER DY THE COMMISSIONER AND/OR ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER.

MR. NICHOLAS TAM, HEAD OF THE INVESTIGATION SECTION, SAID TOH AVERAGE, ADOUT 350 COMPLICATED APPLICATIONS FOR AMENDMENT ARE DEALT WITH EACH MONTH DY THE INVESTIGATION SECTION. ADOUT ONE THIRD OF THESE APPLICATIONS HAVE TO DE LOOKED INTO PERSONALLY DY THE COMMISSIONER AND ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER, USUALLY DY INTERVIEW*

CHANGES IN PERSONAL PARTICULARS MAY DE SUBMITTED BY LETTER OR ON A SPECIFIED FORM ADDRESSED TO THE COMMISSIONER OF REGISTRATION WHO IS UNDER HO OBLIGATIONS TO AUTHORISE THE CHANGES SOUGHT, HE POINTED OUT.

CHANGES IN NOH-PERSONAL PARTICULARS — SUCH AS OCCUPATION BUSINESS OR RESIDENTIAL ADDRESSES, OR ABSENCE FROM HONG KOHS L'i.vJ DO HOT HEED THE APPROVAL OF THE COMMISSIONER BEFORE THE RECORDS ARE AMENDED — MUST DE REPORTED TO THE DEPARTMENT AND .SUCH CHANGES WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED.

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THESE CHANGES MAY BE REPORTED BY LETTER OR BY COMPLETING A SELF-ADDRESSED ROP FORM 18 OBTAINABLE FROM ALL POST OFFICES, CITY DISTRICT OFFICES, THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS BRANCH OFFICES. POSTAGE OF THIS FORM IS FREE.

MR. TAM SAIDs *OWING TO THE INCREASING NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS FOR AMENDMENT, THE INVESTIGATION SECTION WILL TAKE AT LEAST TWO MONTHS TO CLEAR THE EXISTING CASES AND NEW APPLICATIONS CAN ONLY BE ENTERTAINED WHEN THE PRESENT SITUATION IS RELIEVED.*

MEANWHILE, THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THERE ARE CERTAIN PERIODS OF THE DAY WHEN THE BRANCH OFFICES AND SUB-OFFICES OF THE DEPARTMENT ARE HOT SO CROWDED. • /

HE SAID PEOPLE WHO WISH TO VISIT THESE OFFICES DURING THE LESS BUSY HOURS MAY DO SO FROM 11 A.M. TO 12.30 P.M. AND FROM 3 P.M. TO 5 P.M. FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC MAY ALSO CONTACT THE DISTRICT REGISTRARS DIRECT TO ARRANGE FOR AN APPOINTMENT, IF THEIR CASE IS ONE OF EXTREME URGENCY.

THE ADDRESSES AND THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF THE THREE BRANCH OFFICES ARE AS FOLLOWSs-

HONG KONG BRANCH OFFICE CAUSEWAY BAY MAGISTRACY, 3RD FLOOR, ELECTRIC ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG.

TEL. NO.! 5-704618

KOWLOON BRANCH OFFICE

CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 2ND FLOOR, . 393 CANTON ROAD, .

KOWLOON.

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TSUEN WAN BRANCH OFFICE FAR EAST BANK BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, LOT 2158, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN, NEW TERRITORIES.

TEL. NO.s 12-420602

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A REVISED CHECK LIST CF HONG KOUS PLANTS, WHICH WILL SERVE ROTAN I STS AS A VALUABLE REFERENCE CO THE FLORA OF KONG KOHS, HAS HOW BEEN PUBLISHED DY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT.

THE LIST BRINGS UP TO DATE THE HAMES OF AU. THE VASCULAR PLANTS CCGTRRIHS IN HONG KOHS WHICH ARE RECORDED IH THE l!CK0 I'.CHG HERBARIUM., THESE TOTAL COME 225 FAMILIES, 1,179 GENERA, 2,420 SPECIES AND 87 VARIETIES.

TOE ORIGINAL CYCLOSTYLED EDITION OF THE CHECK LIST OF HOL’S KOKG PLANTS WAS PRODUCED DY THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT IH 1967. IT RAS SINCE PROVED TO DE AH IMPORTANT REFERENCE WORK FOR ALL CONCERNED WITH HORTICULTURE AND THE CONSERVATION OF THE COUNTRYSIDE AS WELL AS FOR RESEARCH WORKERS, TEACHERS, STUDENTS AND BOTANISTS BOTH IN H0H3 KOHS AND ABROAD.

WORK ON TOE REVISION OF THE CHECK LIST BEGAN WHEN THE HONG KONG HERBARIUM WAS TRANSFERRED FROM THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT IN MAY 1971.

AFTER LONG HOURS OF WORK IN SEARCHING AND EVALUATING BOTANICAL REFERENCE WORKS AND PUBLICATIONS AND CONSULTATION WITH LOCAL BOTANISTS, 162 ADDITIONS AND 114 CORRECTIONS OF NOMEMCLATURE HAVE DEEN INCLUDED IH TOE REVISED CHECK LIST.

TWO I HDICES, ONE IH ENGLISH AND THE OTHER IH CHINESE GIVE THE COMMON NAMES OF MOST OF THE LOCAL PLANTS. THESE WILL BE OF CONSIDERABLE ASSISTANCE PARTICULARLY TO YOUNGER STUDENTS AND TO THOSE WHO ARE HOT AQUA INTED WITH FORMAL BOTANICAL NAMES.

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A SPOKESMAN SAID *BY ITS NATURE A CHECK LIST CAN NEVER BE COMPLETE AS NEW PLANTS ARE CONTINUOUSLY TO DE DISCOVERED AND RECORDED. SIMILARLY, EXISTING NAMES HAY DE CHANGED AS A RESULT OF TAXONOMIC STUDIES.''*

*A CHECK LIST IS UNDER CONTINUAL REVISION AND THEREFORE ASSISTANCE FROM TOE GENERAL PUBLIC IH RESPECT TO NEW PLANT DISCOVERIES ETC. IS INVALUABLE. INDEED, WE ARE INDEBTED TO SEVERAL EMINENT LOCAL BOTANISTS FOR IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS REW PUBLICATION) <I!E ADDED. . '

THE REVISED CHECK LIST OF HONG KOHS PLANTS IS HOW AVAILABLE AT TOE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATION CENTRE AT THE’STAR FERRY CONCOURSE, HONG KONG AT $9.00 EACH.

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TICKETS OF THIS YEAR’S FIRST GOVERNMENT LOTTERY HAVE GONE ON SALE AS FROM TODAY (MONDAY).

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AS IN LAST YEAR, THERE WILL BE 10 LOTTERIES THIS YEAR. EXCEPT FOR THE FIRST, WHICH WILL LAST THREE WEEKS FROM TODAY, THE OTHERS WILL DE HELD AT FORTNIGHTLY INTERVALS.

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, MR.. KA I-YIN CHAU, SAID THE PRIZE SCHEME WILL BE the SAME AS LAST YEAR’S AS THE COMMITTEE THOUGHT THAT EVERYONE WOULD STAND A BETTER CHANCE OF WINNING HANDSOME CASH PRIZES UNDER THE SCHEME.

THIS MEANS THAT THERE WILL BE A TOTAL OF 159 PRIZES IN EVERY LOTTERY — ONE EACH FOR THE FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD, 50 FOR THE SPECIAL AND 106 FOR THE CONSOLATION PRIZES.

THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF THE PRIZES WILL TAKE UP 60 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL PROCEEDS WITH THE REST GOING TO THE LOTTERIES FUND TO BE USED FOR THE PROMOTION OF COMMUNITY WELFARE PROJECTS.

THE FIRST PRIZE WILL BE WORTH 40 PER CENT OF THE PROCEEDS, THE SECOND PRIZE FOUR PER CENT AND THE THIRD 0.4 PER CENT.

EACH CONSOLATION PRIZE WILL BE WORTH 0.1 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL PROCEEDS, THE SAME AMOUNT AS A SPECIAL PRIZE.

FIVE ARTISTES FROM RADIO HONG KONG WILL TAKE PART IN THE FIRST DRAW TO BE HELD IN THE CITY HALL THEATRE AT 10 • A.M. ON JUNE 7. THEY ARE MR. LEUNG MING, MISS FUNG SIJUI . CHUN, MR. TSANG KONG, MISS KIMMY GOT AND MR. WU KWUN MAANG. THEY WILL ALSO HELP SELLING THE TWO-DOLLAR TICKETS BETWEEN 5 AND 6 P.M. ON JUNE 2.

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presentation of long-service medals

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THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, MR. E.H. NICHOLS, WILL PRESENT LONG-SERVICE MEDALS TO 20 STAFF MENDERS OF THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION AT A CEREMONY ON WEDNESDAY (MAY 21).

THE PRESENTATION WILL DE HELD IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, 1ATN FLOOR, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, AT 3.30 P.M.

THF 20 STAFF MEMBERS, RANGING FROM LABOURER TO MARKET MANAGER,' HAVE EACH COMPLETED 25 YEARS’ SERVICE WITH THE ORGANIZATION.

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NOTE TO ED I TORSs YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR

PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE PRESENTATION WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS ON THE 14TII FLOOR OF THE CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES.

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THE VISITING MEMBERS OF THE BRUNEI LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, LED BY PENG I RAN HAJI ADU BAKAR, SPEAKER OF THE COUNCIL, SPENT THIS (MONDAY) AFTERNOON WITH HOUSING DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS TO FAMILIARISE THEMSELVES WITH HOUSING IN HONG KOL'3.

THE VISITORS HERE BRIEFED DY MR. CHEUNG 0INS-HOI, HOUSING ARCHITECT, AND LATER INSPECTED THE SHEK KIP MEI REHOUSING PROJECT AND TOURED THE 01 MAN ESTATE.

THEY SHOWED GREAT INTEREST IN HOUSING AUTHOR I TV’S FUTURE PUBLIC HOUSING PROGRAMME AND HAD ADMIRATION FOR ITS ACHIEVEMENT IN PROVIDING HOMES FOR NEARLY RALF OF IICN3 KONG’S FAMILIES.

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AN OPEN BALLOT WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY (MAY 22) BY thf URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO ALLOCATE 21 CLUB AND PRIVATE BATHING SHEDS ON BEACHES ALONG THE CASTLE PEAK ROAD IN THE NEW TERRITORIES. U THE

MR. WAN YIU-SING. REGIONAL SECRETARY (NEW TERRITORIES) OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, WILL CONDUCT THE BALLOT WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 11.00 a.M. IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OH THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT DEPOT AT SA I YEE STPFFT KOWLOON. oiufctT,

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, ESPECIALLY (HOSE WHO HAVE SUBMITTFD APPLICATIONS FOR THE SHEDS, ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. ’T,ED

NOTE TO ED I TORS 8 YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE DALLOT.

WEEKLY WATER SITUATION REPORT if if if if if if

THE TOTAL WATER STORAGE IN ALL RESERVOIRS AS AT 9 A.M. TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 54,536 MILLION GALLONS, REPRESENTING 01.1 PER CENT OF THE FULL CAPACITY OF 67,300 MILLION GALLONS.’ AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR THERE WERE 36,903 MILLION GALLONS.

THIS MORNING’S STORAGE AT PLOVER COVE WAS 40,045 MILLION GALLONS, COMPARED WITH 29,390 MILLION GALLONS ON THE SAME DAY LAST YEAR. PLOVER COVE’S PRESENT STORAGE REPRESENTS 79.3 PER CENT OF ITS FULL CAPACITY OF 50,500 MILLION GALLONS. »

' A TOTAL OF 17.0 MM (0.70 IN.) OF RAINFALL WAS RECORDED AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY DURING THE PAST 24 HOURS ENDING AT 9 A.M. TODAY. TOTAL RAINFALL RECORDED SO FAR THIS YEAR IS 733.4 MM (28.87 IN.).

THE MEAN AVERAGE RAINFALL SINCE JANUARY STANDS AT 422.8 MM (16.65 IN.).

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

TUESDAY, MAY 20, 1975.

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

APPROVAL IN PRINCIPLE WILL BE SOUGHT IN TOMORROW’S

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING FOR THE SETTING UP OF A

COMMODITY EXCHANGE IN HONG KONG.............................. 1

OVER 420 SCHOOLCHILDREN EXPECTED TO TAKE PART IN THE SUMMER RECREATION PROGRAMME THIS YEAR ....................... 2

SOME 30 COMPLAINTS AGAINST SCHOOLS ARE STILL BEING INVESTIGATED ................................................ 3

RENEWAL OF CLOSED ROAD PERMITS .............................. A

LEK YUEN ESTATE WILL BE READY FOR OCCUPATION NEXT MONTH ..... 5

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THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, WILL INTRODUCE A RESOLUTION INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) SEEKING APPROVAL IN PRINCIPLE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A COMMODITY EXCHANGE IN HONG KONG.

DURING QUESTION TIME, THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN WILL ASK WHAT IS BEING DONE TO ASSIMILATE SOME OF THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES INTO THE HONG KONG SOCIETY.

HE WILL ALSO ASK WHAT STEPS ARE BEING TAKEN TO URGE COUNTRIES DOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE COMMONWEALTH TO ACCEPT THE REMAINING REFUGEES.

OTHER QUESTIONS TO DE RAISED BY THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL INCLUDE THE APPLICATION DY CHINA LIGHT AND POWER CO. LTD. FOR AH INCREASE IN ELECTRICITY CHARGES AND THE GROUNDS ON WHICH IT IS BASED" THE SETTING UP OF AN INTER-DEPARTMENTAL WORKING PARTY TO DEVISE MEANS OF PROVIDING ADEQUATE POSTAL SERVICES TO RESITE AREAS AND THE STEPS TO BE TAKEN TO REDUCE THE INCIDENCE OF HEPATITIS.

THREE BILLS WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TOMORROW. THEY ARE THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) (NO. 4) BILL 1975, THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES (EXTENSION OF GRANTS) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1975 AND THE SUMMARY OFFENCES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1975.

DEBATE WILL BE RESUMED ON TWO OTHER BILLS — THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL 1975 AND THE LOANS BILL 1975.

DEBATE ON AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER’S BILL — THE BISHOP OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IN HONG KONG INCORPORATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1975 — WILL ALSO BE RESUMED.

SESSIONAL PAPERS TABLED WILL BE THE ANNUAL REPORT' BY THE COMMISSIONER OF THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION 1974 AND THE SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS APPROVED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL DURING THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1974/75.

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TEN SCHOOLS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND ON VARIOUS OUTLYING ISLANDS WILL BE OPEN TO SCHOOLCHILDREN AS CAM? SITES IN THE COMING SUMMER VACATION.

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, CURRENTLY ENGAGED IN THE PLANNING OF THIS YEAR’S SUMMER RECREATION PROGRAMME, IS GIVING SPECIAL PRIORITIES TO CAMPING ACTIVITIES AS THEY PROVED A BIG ATTRACTION TO STUDENTS IN PAST YEARS.

SOME 425 SCHOOLCHILDREN FROM VARIOUS PARTS OF HONG KONG ARE EXPECTED TO SHARE THE FUN AND EXCITEMENT IN THE CAMPS WHICH OFFER A WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES INCLUDING CANOEING, SWIMMING, HIKING AND VARIOUS KINDS OF BALL GAMES.

AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SA I Ds +THE OBJECT OF THE CAMPS IS TO ENABLE SCHOOLS TO EXTEND CLASSROOM THEORY INTO FIELDWORK IN SUCH SUBJECTS AS GEOGRAPHY, BIOLOGY, BOTANY, ZOOLOGY AND SURVEYING COUPLED WITH AN ADDED FLAVOUR OF RECREATIOfJ.* ;

AS IN PREVIOUS YEARS, THE DEPARTMENT HAS SENT OUT CIRCULARS TO ALL PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS, ASKING THEM TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS FOR GRANTS TO FINANCE THOSE SUMMER ACTIVITIES WHICH WILL WIDEN THE SCOPE OF THE SCHOOLS’ NORMAL PROGRAMMES AND ENRICH PUPILS’ MINDS AND BODIES.

LAST YEAR, 582 OUT OF THE 1,112 SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING IN THE DEPARTMENT’S SUMMER RECREATION PROGRAMME RECEIVED GRANTS MADE AVAILABLE FROM FUNDS DONATED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB.

OTHER ACTIVITIES LISTED IN THE INITIAL PLANNING OF THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMME COMPRISE AN OUTDOOR PAINTING AND DRAWING CONTEST, FENCING TRAINING AND COACHING COURSES AS . WELL AS DAY-CAMPS FOR HANDICAPPED SCHOOLCHILDREN. ?

IN ADDITION, THERE WILL ALSO BE GUIDED TOURS OF SOME GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS. THE IDEA BEHIND THE TOURS IS TO FAMILIARISE STUDENTS WITH THE DAY-TO-DAY WORKING OF THE GOVERNMENT. AT THE SAME TIME, THEY WILL ENABLE STUDENTS TO KNOW BETTER THE CAREERS OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE CIVIL SERVICE.

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THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ACTION COMMITTEE ON SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS AND SUPPLIES IS STILL ACTIVELY INVESTIGATING 29 CASES OF COMPLAINTS AGAINST SCHOOLS.

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SINCE THE COMMITTEE WAS SET UP IN DECEMBER 1974, IT HAS RECEIVED A TOTAL OF 206 COMPLAINTS AGAINST 160 SCHOOLS. OF THESE, 101 WERE SUBSTANTIATED AND RESOLVED WHILE THE ALLEGATIONS MADE IN 76 CASES WERE UNSUBSTANTIATED.

NONE OF THE COMPLAINTS INVOLVED ANY GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS. TWENTY-NINE OF THE 206 COMPLAINTS WERE MADE AGAINST 29 AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS, FIVE AGAINST AIDED SECONDARIES, 70 AGAINST PRIVATE KINDERGARTENS, 10 AGAINST PRIVATE PRIMARIES, SO AGAINST PRIVATE SECONDARIES AND TWO AGAINST VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMITTEE SA IDs *THESE NUMBERS SHOULD BE SEEN IN RELATION TO THE TOTAL NUMBER OF SCHOOLS TO GIVE A BALANCED PICTURE, THUS THE 206 COMPLAINTS INVOLVING ONLY 160 SCHOOLS REPRESENT SIX PERCENT OF 2,659 SCHOOLS IN OPERATION*

MEANWHILE, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE ADVISED THAT IF THEY WISH TO GIVE DETAILED AND CIRCUMSTANTIAL INFORMATION RELATING TO PRACTICES CONCERNING TEXTBOOKS AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES THEY MAY DO SO BY CONTACTING THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY (REGISTRATION), EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS, ON TELEPHONE NO. 5-778311 EXT. 254 OR WRITE DIRECT TO THE CHAIRMAN, MR. COLVYN HAYE. HIS OFFICE IS IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, LEE GARDENS, 3RD FLOOR, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG.

IT IS STRESSED THAT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE FREE TO APPROACH THE CONSUMER COUNCIL DIRECT ON THESE MATTERS IF THEY WISHED.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL NEXT WEEK RENEW CLOSED ROAD PERMITS ISSUED TO VEHICLES FOR USE ON LANTAU ISLAND.

PERMITS WILL BE RENEWED AT THE ISLAND’S CHEUNG SHA POLICE I ^QUARTERS ON THURSDAY, MAY 29 WHEN A TRANSPORT OFFICER WILL •CJ STATIONED THERE ALL DAY TO PROCESS RENEWAL.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT TODAY URGED PERMIT HOLDERS TO CALL AT CHEUNG SHA EARLIER ON THAT DAY TO ENSURE SMOOTH PROCESSING.

THEY MUST BRING ALONG THE PERMIT TOGETHER WITH THE VEHICLE REGISTRATION BOOK IF THE VEHICLE IS LICENSED FOR USE ON LANTAU ISLAND ONLY, HE SAID.

IN CASES WHERE THE VEHICLE IS LICENSED FOR USE IN URBAN AREAS, THE PERMIT HOLDER MUST ALSO PRODUCE THE VEHICLE ITSELF APART FROM THE VEHICLE REGISTRATION BOOK AND PERMIT.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID ONLY RENEWAL OF EXISTING PERMITS WOULD BE DEALT WITH ON MAY 29 AND NO NEW APPLICATIONS FOR PERMITS WOULD BE ENTERTAINED.

PERMITS ISSUED FOR GOVERNMENT VEHICLES OR FOR CARS OWNED BY GOVERNMENT STAFF WILL BE RENEWED THROUGH THEIR RESPECTIVE DEPARTIjENTS.

ALL CLOSED ROAD PERMITS FOR USE ON LANTAU ISLAND ARE DUE TO EXPIRE AT THE END OF THIS MONTH.

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LEK YUEN ESTATE READY FOR OCCUPATION SOON n it it if if if

LEK YUEN ESTATE — HOUSING AUTHORITY’S FIRST PUBLIC HOUSING IN SHA TIN — WILL DE READY FOR OCCUPATION IN A FEW WEEKS AND ITS FIRST TENANTS ARE EXPECTED TO MOVE IN EARLY NEXT MONTH.

AH ESTATE OFFICE HAS JUST DEEN SET UP AND THE STAFF ARE DUSY IN ARRANGING FOR THE INTAKE OF NEW TENANTS.

INITIALLY, ADOUT 100 FLATS IN DLOCK 7 CF THE ESTATE WILL DE LET. THE PROCESS WILL CONTINUE WHEN MORE UNITS IN THE SAME DLOCK AND IN ADJOINING DLOCK 6 BECOME AVAILABLE.

LEK YUEH, WHICH IS ONLY A FEW HUNDRED YARDS FROM THE SHA TIN RAILWAY STATION AND HOT FAR FROM THE SHA TIN END OF THE LION ROCK TUNNEL, WILL HAVE A POPULATION OF OVER 20,000 PEOPLE- CH COMPLETION 111 197o. /

THE FIRST TWO DLCCKS WILL PROVIDE 1,150 SELF-CONTAINED FLATS FOR ADOUT 7,400 PEOPLE.

FIVE OTHER MULTI-STOREY BLOCKS PROVIDING 3.000 MORE UNITS FOR 15,500 PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO DE COMPLETED DEFCRE THE END OF THE YEAR.

THE ESTATE WILL HAVE ALL KINDS OF SOCIAL, EDUCATIONAL AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES. THERE WILL DE KINDERGARTENS AND SCHOOLS, WELFARE CENTRES, CLINICS, POST OFFICE, FIRE STATION, POLICE POST, PUDLIC PLAYGROUNDS AND A LARGE COMMERCIAL CENTRE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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GOVERNMENT UNABLE TO AGREE TO CHINA LIGHT AND POWER’S PROPOSED INCREASE IN ELECTRICITY CHARGES ................... 1

HONG KONG WILL CONTINUE PRESSING OTHER COUNTRIES TO TAKE

MORE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES ................................... 3

NEW PHARMACY AND POISONS REGULATIONS EXPECTED TO BE INTRODUCED IN LEGCO SOON ................................... 4

MEDICAL AND HEALTH AUTHORITIES KEEP CLOSE WATCH ON

INFECT IV^.J-IEPAT ITIS .................................... 5

SCHOOL LEAVERS STILL HAVE "SUBSTANTIAL OPPORTUNITIES" FOR GOVERNMENT JOBS THIS SUMMER ............................ 6

TRAFFIC FLOW IN CENTRAL DISTRICT GREATLY IMPROVED .......... 7

SECURITY SYSTEM IN OLD POLICE STATIONS BEING REVIEWED ... 8

WASTAGE OF WATER REDUCED CONSIDERABLY ...................... 9

EPCOM STILL STUDYING PROPOSED ANTI-NOISE CONTROLS ......... 10

DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH RULES OUT POSSIBLE CHANGE IN SUBVENTION POLICY ...................................... 11

THIRD PRESIDING OFFICER BEING CONSIDERED FOR LABOUR

TRIBUNAL .................................................  12

FINANCIAL SECRETARY SEEKS LEGCO APPROVAL FOR SETTING UP A COMMODITY EXCHANGE IN HONG KONG ......................... 12

ASSESSABLE RENTAL VALUE OF FREE AND SUBSIDISED QUARTERS RAISED .................................................... 13

POSTAL SERVICES MAY BE EXTENDED TO MORE LICENSED AREAS .. 14

THREE BILLS COMPLETE PASSAGE THROUGH LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL 14

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL HELP REDUNDANT TEACHERS FIND ALTERNATIVE POSTS ........................................• 15

APRIL CONSUMER PRICE INDICES REMAIN STABLE ................ 16

HONG KONG TO ATTEND COMMONWEALTH REGIONAL SEMINAR ON EDUCATION ................................................  17

83 CASES OF VIRAL HEPATITIS NOTIFIED LAST WEEK............. 18

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS TO BE INTRODUCED IN SHAU KEI WAN 18

Issued by Government Informetion'ServicS, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong. Tel: 5-233191

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THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, TOLD LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS AFTERNOON THAT THE GOVERNMENT +FEELS UNABLE TO AGREE+ TO THE PROPOSED AVERAGE INCREASE OF 2-1/4 CENTS PER UNIT, SOUGHT BY CHINA LIGHT AND POWER, AT THE PRESENT TIME.

HE MADE THE STATEMENT IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM MR. JAMES WU REGARDING THE COMPANY’S APPLICATION FOR AN INCREASE IN ELECTRICITY CHARGES.

THE FOLLOWING IS THE FULL TEXT OF THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY’S STATEMENT ...........

+ IN ACCORDANCE WITH THEIR OBLIGATION TO THE GOVERNMENT UNDER THE SCHEME OF CONTROL, THE CHINA LIGHT AND POWER COMPANY LIMITED ON 28TH APRIL SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION TO INCREASE THEIR BASIC TARIFFS BY AN AVERAGE OF 2-1/4 CENTS PER UNIT OR BY 11.2% OF THE PRESENT TOTAL UNIT CHARGE.

+THE COMPANY PUT FORWARD THREE MAIN REASONS FOR THE INCREASES PROPOSED. THE FIRST CONCERNED INCREASING COSTS, DOTH CAPITAL AND RECURRENT. THE COMPANY STATED THAT, IN ADDITION TO THE GENERAL RISE IN COSTS IN THE LAST YEAR OR SO, THEY HAVE BEEN PARTICULARLY HARD HIT BY EXCEPTIONALLY LARGE INCREASES IN THE PRICES OF SOME ITEMS OF PLANT AND EQUIPMENT. THE SECOND REASON RELATED TO THE NEED TO SECURE AN ADEQUATE CASH FLOW POSITION TO FINANCE EXPENDITURE ON TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION NETWORKS WHICH WILL BE NECESSARY DURING THE NEXT FEW YEARS IF THE COMPANY IS TO MEET THE GROWING DEMAND FOR ELECTRICITY FROM NEW AREAS SUCH AS THE NEW TOWNS. THE THIRD REASON PUT FORWARD FOR THE INCREASE WAS THE NEED TO CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN ACCEPTABLE STANDARDS OF RELIABILITY OF SERVICE IN BOTH EXISTING AND NEW AREAS.

+MUCH OF THE DATA OF WHICH THE APPLICATION WAS BASED HAD BEEN PREPARED BY THE COMPANY SOME TIME BEFORE THE APPLICATION WAS SUBMITTED AND WAS ALREADY AVAILABLE TO THE GOVERNMENT AS PART OF THE REGULAR SYSTEM OF KEEPING THE GOVERNMENT INFORMED AS TO THE STATE OF THE COMPANY’S AFFAIRS. '

+THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN IN CLOSE TOUCH WITH THE COMPANY DURING THE LAST THREE WEEKS AND HAS CONSIDERED THE COMPANY’S POSITION AS REFLECTED IN THE COMPREHENSIVE DATA AVAILABLE TO US VERY CAREFULLY. FOR TWO REASONS, HOWEVER, THE GOVERNMENT FEELS UNABLE TO AGREE TO THE PROPOSED AVERAGE INCREASE OF 2-1/4 CENTS PER UNIT AT THE PRESENT TIME. IN THE FIRST PLACE, THE COMPANY’S CASH FLOW POSITION WILL BE SOMEWHAT BETTER THAN PREVIOUSLY ESTIMATED PARTLY BECAUSE OF THE BOARD’S DECISION TO SEEK A RIGHlS ISSUE, WHICH IT IS EXPECTED WILL RAISE APPROXIMATELY 360 MILLION FROM THE COMPANY’S SHAREHOLDERS.

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+AND, SECONDLY, IT IS OUR VIEW THAT THE COMPANY’S FORECAST OF FUTURE GROWTH IN SALES FOR ELECTRICITY IS RATHER ON THE PESSIMISTIC SIDE AND THE COMPANY IS INCLINED TO AGREE W TH US ON THE BASIS OF VERY RECENT SALES FIGURES.

+BUT THIS CANNOT BE THE END OF THE MATTER* THE COMPANY ADHERES TO THE VIEW THAT ITS CASH FLOW MUST BE IMPROVED AND THAT SUCH IMPROVEMENT IS DEPENDENT ON SOME ADJUSTMENT OF ITS BASIC TARIFFS. SO THERE ARE LIKELY TO BE FRESH DISCUSSIONS WITH THE COMPANY OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS WITH A VIEW TO DETERMINING WHAT INCREASE(S), IF ANY, IN THE BASIC TARIFFS ARE APPROPRIATE TO THE COMPANY’S CIRCUMSTANCES AND WITH EFFECT FROM WHAT DATE.

+MY HONOURABLE FRIEND ALSO SOUGHT AN ASSURANCE THAT FULL CONSIDERATION WOULD EE GIVEN TO ANY POSSIBLE ADVERSE EFFECT OF AN INCREASE IN ELECTRICITY CHARGES ON THE ECONOMY.

+THAT ASSURANCE I CAN READILY GIVE, BUT I MUST MAKE IT QUITE CLEAR THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALSO TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE FACT THAT THE ECONOMY WOULD NOT BE WELL SERVED IF THE CHINA LIGHT AND POWER COMPANY, AS ONE OF OUR MAJOR PUBLIC UTILITIES, WAS NOT ABLE TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE AN ADEQUATE AND EFFICIENT SERVICE TO ALL CONCERNED, AS AND WHEN REQUIRED.

+THE INTERESTS OF THE COMPANY AND OF THE ECONOMY IN GENERAL ARE CERTAINLY NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE AND I HAVE MADE THIS POINT SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE (FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN DEALING WITH THE GENERAL QUESTION OF THE GOVERNMENT’S ATTITUDE TOWARDS PUBLIC UTILITIES IN THE DEBATE ON YOUR EXCELLENCY’S ADDRESS TO TH S COUNCIL LAST YEAR). *n,{>

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THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE PRESSING OTHER COUNTRIES TO TAKE AS MANY OF THE REMAINING 3,400-0DD VIETNAMESE REFUGEES AS POSSIBLE STILL IN SPECIAL CAMPS HERE, THE COLONIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. DENYS ROBERTS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THE BRITISH AND HONG KONG GOVERNMENTS, HE SAID, HAD ASKED ABOUT 20 COUNTRIES TO ACCEPT AS MANY OF THE REFUGEES AS POSSIBLE AND INITIAL REACTION HAD BEEN SYMPATHETIC.

ABOUT 450 OF THE REFUGEES HAD EITHER LEFT FOR OTHER COUNTRIES OR WERE BEING CONSIDERED OR PROCESSED FOR ONWARD MOVEMENT ELSEWHERE, BUT THIS STILL LEFT HONG KONG WITH THE HEAVY TASK OF CARING FOR OVER 3,400.

MR. ROBERTS WAS SPEAKING IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN WHO WANTED TO KNOW WHAT WAS BEING DONE TO ASSIMILATE SOME OF THE REFUGEES INTO THE HONG KONG SOCIETY, AND WHAT STEPS WERE BEING TAKEN TO URGE OTHER COUNTRIES TO TAKE THEM.

THE COLONIAL SECRETARY SAID ABOUT 200 HAD EXPRESSED A WISH TO SETTLE IN HONG KONG, AND SO FAR PERMISSION HAD BEEN GIVEN TO 33 TO REMAIN IN HONG KONG.

+THOSE WHO CAN ESTABLISH CONNECTIONS WITH HONG KONG AND WHO CAN SUPPORT THEMSELVES OR HAVE SPONSORS WHO WILL SUPPORT THEM WILL DE PERMITTED TO STAY,+ HE SAID.

ALL THE 3,909 REFUGEES ACCOMMODATED IN THE SPECIAL CAMPS HAD BEEN ASKED WHETHER THEY CLAIMED CONNECTIONS WITH ANY PARTICULAR COUNTRY AND WHERE THEY WOULD LIKE TO SETTLE.

MR. ROBERTS SAID CANADA HAD ALREADY RECEIVED 53 OF THEM AND ANOTHER 30 WOULD FLY THERE THIS WEEK. HE WAS HOPEFULL THAT CANADA WOULD TAKE MORE.

FRANCE HAD ALREADY APPROVED THE ISSUE OF VISAS FOR 42 AND WOULD ACCEPT OTHERS WHO HAVE CULTURAL LINKS WITH THAT COUNTRY, WHILE BELGIUM WAS CONSIDERING ISSUING VISAS TO 22.

THE UNITED STATES HAD ALREADY FLOWN OUT 67 REFUGEES FROM

THE CAMPS, AND A FURTHER 200 HAD BEEN PROCESSED FOR ONWARD MOVEMENT TO THE U.S. IN THE NEAR FUTURE. SEVERAL OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE ALSO OFFERED TO CONSIDER ACCEPTING OTHER REFUGEES.

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MR. ROBERTS EXPRESSED THE APPRECIATION OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT FOR THE SYMPATHETIC ATTITUDE AND PRACTICAL HELP OF THE CONSULAR REPRESENTATIVES OF THOSE COUNTRIES WHICH HAVE AGREED TO ACCEPT REFUGEES.

IN A SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION MR. CHEONG-LEEN ASKED WHETHER THERE WAS ANY INDICATION THAT A MUCH LARGER NUMBER OF REFUGEES COULD BE ABSORBED BY THE UNITED STATES.

MR. ROBERTS REPLIED: +NATURALLY WE VERY MUCH HOPE THE UNITED STATES WILL BE PREPARED TO ACCEPT VERY MUCH LARGER NUMBERS. AS HONOURABLE MEMBERS KNOW, THEY HAVE BEEN ACCEPTING VERY LARGE NUMBERS OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES DIRECTLY FROM SOUTH VIETNAM AND FROM . OTHER COUNTRIES IN ASIA. CERTAINLY, WE SHALL CONTINUE TO PRESS THEM TO ACCEPT A MUCH-LARGER SHARE AND THE NUMBERS WHO ARE STILL WITH US.+

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NEW PHARMACY AND POISONS REGULATIONS EXPECTED SOON

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THE REVISED PHARMACY AND POISONS REGUALATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BE READY FOR PRESENTATION TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BEFORE THE END OF THE COUNCIL’S CURRENT SESSION, THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR. THE HON. GERALD CHOA, SAID TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. OSWALD CHEUNG, DR. CHOA SAID HE BELIEVED IT WAS TECHNICALLY POSSIBLE TO AMEND THE EXISTING POISONS LIST WITHOUT WAITING FOR THE NEW REGULATIONS TO BE MADE.

HOWEVER, TO AVOID CONFUSION AND IN VIEW THAT THE WHOLE OF THE REGULATIONS WOULD BE PRESENTED SOON, HE PROPOSED TO INTRODUCE THE PHARMACY AND POISONS REGULATIONS AND THE POISONS LIST REGULATIONS AT THE SAME TIME.

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DR. CHOA ALSO POINTED OUT THAT SOME ADDITIONAL AMENDMENTS HAD RECENTLY BEEN PROPOSED TO THE POISONS LIST AND IT WAS HOPED THAT THESE COULD BE INCLUDED IN THE LIST WHEN PRESENTED TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

+IF THIS CANNOT BE DONE, THE LIST WILL BE PRESENTED AS AT PRESENT AMENDED AND FURTHER AMENDED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE THEREAFTER,* HE SAID.

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THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS KEEPING A CLOSE WATCH ON THE TREND OF INFECTIVE HEPATITIS, THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, THE HON. GERALD CHOA TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. MRS. JOYCE SYMONS, HE POINTED OUT THAT HEALTH STAFF OF HIS DEPARTMENT WERE CARRYING OUT INVESTIGATIONS ON ALL REPORTED CASES IN AN EFFORT TO UNCOVER THE ORIGIN OF THE INFECTION, INTERRUPT THE ROUTE OF TRANSMISSION AND GIVE HEALTH EDUCATION TALKS.

DR. CHOA SAID THAT THERE WAS NO ACTIVE IMMUNIZATION AGAINST INFECTIVE HEPATITIS WHICH WAS TRANSMITTED BY CONTAMINATED FOOD AND WATER AND PERSON-TO-PERSON CONTACT AND THE ONLY WAY TO PREVENT THE DISEASE WAS BY INTERRUPTING THE ROUTE OF TRANSMISSION.

ON PREVENTIVE MEASURES, HE SAID THEY CONSISTED OF EDUCATING THE PUBLIC IN FOOD, PERSONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE.

+THE DEPARTMENT HAS ISSUED REPEATED APPEALS AND ADVICE TO THE PUBLIC THROUGH PRESS RELEASES AND RADIO INTERVIEWS. IN ADDITION, A WEEKLY BULLETIN IS PUBLISHED TO KEEP THE PUBLIC INFORMED OF THE SITUATION.-#-

BESIDES, A MEDICAL OFFICER HAD ALSO BEEN SPECIFICALLY ASSIGNED TO UNDERTAKE A DETAILED REVIEW OF ALL ASPECTS OF THE DISEASE.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE DEPARTMENT IS ALSO MAINTAINING CLOSE LIAISON WITH URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT WHICH LOOKS AFTER ENVIRONMENTAL AND FOOD HYGIENE, INCLUDING INSPECTION OF RESTAURANTS AND FOOD-STALLS.

DR. CHOA NOTED THAT THERE HAD BEEN AN INCREASE IN THE INCIDENCE OF HEPATITIS CASES SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR. HE ADDED THAT 80 PER CENT OF THE CASES WERE FOUND TO BE INFECTIVE HEPATITIS WHILE THE REMAINDER SERUM HEPATITIS.

HEPAT,T,S IS TRANSMITTED BY INJECTION, INOCULATION, TRANSFUSION OF BLOOD OR BLOOD PRODUCTS, ACUPUNCTURE AND TATTOO.

rTrnn^?0INTED 0UT THAT WARN।NG HAD BEEN ISSUED REGARDING STERILISATION OF SYRINGES AND NEEDLES WHILE FUNDS HAD NOW BEEN SET ASIDE FOR THE PERFORMANCE OF THE AUSTRALIA ANTIGEN TEST FOR ALL BLOOD SAMPLES COLLECTED BY THE BRITISH RED CROSS AS SOON AS ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT WAS OBTAINED AND THE ANIMAL HOUSE OF THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL ENLARGED IN ABOUT TWO MONTHS’ TIME.

DR. CHOA SAID THAT MEANWHILE TESTS WOULD CONTINUE TO BE CARRIED OUT ON SELECTED SAMPLES INCLUDING BLOODS FROM DONORS WHO GAVE A HISTORY OF JAUNDICE.

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‘SUBSTANTIAL OPPORTUNITIES’ FOR GOVT. JOBS FOR SCHOOL LEAVERS

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THERE WILL STILL BE SUBSTANTIAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR EMPLOYMENT IN THE CIVIL SERVICE THIS YEAR FOR UNIVERSITY GRADUATES AND SECONDARY SCHOOL LEAVERS BECAUSE ALL VACANCIES ARISING FROM WASTAGE WILL BE FILLED, IN ADDITION TO AN INCREASE IN STRENGTH OF THE CIVIL SERVICE OF 1,600.

THIS WAS STATED IN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY BY THE COLONIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. DENYS ROBERTS, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN.

MR. ROBERTS EXPLAINED THAT SCHOOLLEAVERS AND UNIVERSITY GRADUATES ARE ASSISTED MAINLY BY THE LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, WHICH OPERATES FIVE REGIONAL OFFICES. THIS SERVICE MAINTAINS A SPECIAL REGISTER FOR GRADUATES, AND KEEPS IN CLOSE TOUCH WITH THE APPOINTMENTS SERVICES OF THE TOO UNIVERSITIES AND WITH THE POLYTECHNIC.

+IN ANTICIPATION OF INCREASED PRESSURE DURING THE SUMMER, DUE TO THE PROSPECTS OF EMPLOYMENT FOR GRADUATES AND SCHOOL LEAVERS BEING POORER THAN IN THE PAST,+ HE SAID. +THE LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE WILL EXTEND THE HOURS OF OPERATION OF ITS OFFICES TO INCLUDE SATURDAYS AND LUNCH HOURS.

+THE SUCCESS OF THE SERVICE DEPENDS ON THE SUPPORT OF EMPLOYERS. THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL THEREFORE INCREASE THE NUMBER OF VISITS PAID BY ITS OFFICERS TO PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS. IT WILL ALSO GIVE PUBLICITY TO THE FUNCTIONS OF THE SERVICE AND APPEAL TO EMPLOYERS TO NOTIFY IT OF VACANCIES WHENEVER THESE OCCUR.+

HE HOPED THAT THESE MEASURES WOULD HELP IN BRINGING PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES TOGETHER.

IN A SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION, THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN ASKED WHAT IS THE ESTIMATED NUMBER OF VACANCIES ARISING FROM WASTAGE FOR CIVIL SERVANTS IN THE UNIVERSITY GRADUATES AND SECONDARY SCHOOL LEAVERS CATEGORY WHICH COULD ARISE THIS YEAR?

MR. ROBERTS REPLIED: +THE ESTIMATE OF THE LIKELY TOTAL WASTAGE OF THE SERVICE IS BETWEEN 4,000 AND 5,000, BUT IT WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT FOR ME TO SAY EXACTLY HOW MANY OF THOSE WILL BE SUITABLE FOR THE PARTICULAR CATEGORY THAT YOU MENTIONED. I WOULD HOWEVER, IF YOU WISH, TRY TO GET THE INFORMATION FOR YOU.+

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THERE HAS BEEN AN OVERALL IMPROVEMENT IN TRAFFIC FLOW WITHIN AND THROUGH CENTRAL DISTRICT AND FEWER DELAYS AS A RESULT OF THE CENTRAL DISTRICT TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME INTRODUCED IN JANUARY 5 THIS YEAR.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON. JAMES ROBSON, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. LI FOOK-WO IN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS AFTERNOON.

MR. ROBSON SAID TRAFFIC FLOW STUDIES WERE CARRIED OUT BEFORE AND AFTER THE INTRODUCTION OF THE SCHEME, IN NOVEMBER 1974, JANUARY 1975 AND FEBRUARY 1975.

ON CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, HE SAID, JOURNEY TIMES FOR WESTBOUND TRAFFIC IMPROVED BY 25 PER CENT IN THE MORNING PEAK BUT DETERIORATED BY SIX PER CENT IN THE EVENING PEAK.

FOR EASTBOUND TRAFFIC, THE IMPROVEMENT WAS 41 PER CENT IN THE MORNING PEAK AND SIX PER CENT IN THE EVENING PEAK.

+THIS ROAD CARRIES MUCH MORE TRAFFIC THAN THE OTHERS PUT TOGETHER BUT IT SEEMS THAT VOLUMES MIGHT HAVE DECLINED AFTER THE SCHEME WAS INTRODUCED,* HE SAID.

AS FOR QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, WHICH HAS BEEN ROUTED ONE-WAY, JOURNEY TIMES DURING THE MORNING PEAK FOR WESTBOUND TRAFFIC DETERIORATED BY 22 PER CENT BUT DURING THE EVENING PEAK THERE WAS A 17 PER CENT IMPROVEMENT.

AT THESE HOURS THE VOLUME OF TRAFFIC IN THE ROAD FELL BY 20 PER CENT IN THE MORNING AND EIGHT PER CENT IN THE EVENING.

MR. ROBSON ADDED THAT IN DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL ITSELF, THE STUDIES REVEALED THAT JOURNEY TIMES FOR WESTBOUND TRAFFIC IMPROVED BY 22 PER CENT IN THE MORNING PEAK AND 10 PER CENT IN THE EVENING PEAK= WHILE FOR EASTBOUND TRAFFIC, THE IMPROVEMENT WAS SIX PER CENT IN THE MORNING AND 13 PER CENT IN THE EVENING.

+AS THIS TRAFFIC IS NOW BASICALLY PUBLIC TRANSPORT VEHICLES, THE EFFECT HAS BEEN OBVIOUSLY BENEFICIAL IN SPEEDING UP THE FLOW OF PEOPLE THROUGH THE CENTRAL DISTRICT,* HE SAID.

HE RECALLED THAT THE CENTRAL DISTRICT TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME WAS ESSENTIALLY A PEAK HOUR BAN ON STOPP I G FOR ALL VEHICLES, OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES, IN DES VOEUX ROAD WESTBOUND FROM JACKSON ROAD TO JUBILEE STREET AND EASTBOUND FROM JUBILEE STREET TO PEDDER STREET.

THERE WERE ALSO MINOR MODIFICATIONS TO TRAFFIC ROUTING IN ICE HOUSE STREET.

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POLICE ARE CONDUCTING A FULL DEPARTMENTAL INQUIRY INTO THE ESCAPE OF A ROBBERY SUSPECT FROM CENTRAL POLICE STATION ON MAY 11.

THE ENQUIRY IS BEING CONDUCTED BY A SENIOR POLICE OFFICER AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON. L.M. DAVIES, TOLD COUNCIL TODAY IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. J.M. BREMRIDGE.

THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE HAD ALSO ORDERED A REVIEW OF THE STATE OF SECURITY AND MAINTENANCE IN ALL OLD POLICE STATIONS, WITH PARTICULAR EMPHASIS ON CELL BLOCKS, AND HAD POSTED. A $10,000 REWARD FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE RECAPTURE OF THE PRISONER.

HE RECALLED THAT THE ROBBERY SUSPECT HAD TWICE BEFORE ESCAPED FROM CUSTODY - ONCE FROM VICTORIA REMAND CENTRE AND ONCE FROM AN OPEN WARD AT QUEEN MARY HOSPITAL.

THE PRISONER WAS RECAPTURED ON MAY 8 AND'THE FOLLOWING DAY WAS CHARGED WITH ESCAPING FROM LEGAL CUSTODY, AND WAS LEMANDED FOR TMREE DAYS.

ON MAY 11, THE PRISONER WAS STILL PRESENT IN HIS CELL BLOCK OF CENTRAL POLICE STATION AT 7.45 AM BUT WAS FOUND TO BE MISSING AT 7,52 AM WHEN THE GUARD CONDUCTED HIS SECOND CHECK.

THE GUARD RAISED THE ALARM BUT DESPITE AN IMMEDIATE SEARCH THE PRISONER COULD NOT BE LOCATED.

AS FAR AS REVEALED BY CURRENT ENQUIRIES, THE PRISONER - WHO IS LITHE AND SLIGHTLY BUILT - HAD EFFECTED HIS ESCAPE BY LEVERING OUT AND BENDING A BAR IN HIS CELL AND THEN PUSHED OUT THE WIRE MESH COVERING THE WINDOWS UNTIL THERE WAS SUFFICIENT SPACE FOR HIM TO SQUEEZE THROUGH.

HE THEN SCRAMBLED ACROSS THE ROOF, ENTERED A DESERTED UPSTAIRS BARRACK ROOM WHERE HE PUT ON ARTICLES OF POLICE UNIFORM LEFT THERE BY OFF DUTY POLICE PERSONNEL BEFORE LEAVING THE CENTRAL POLICE STATION, PROBABLY VIA A SIDE STAIRCASE AND GATE.

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WASTAGE OF WATER REDUCED X H ft O if

THE WASTE DETECTION UNIT OF THE WATERWORKS OFFICE WHICH COSTS GOVERNMENT $1.41 MILLION A YEAR TO RUN, IS SAVING ABOUT FOUR MILLION GALLONS OF WATER PER DAY, WHICH REPRESENTS AT LEAST $4.38 MILLION PER YEAR IN REVENUE.

THE UNIT THEREFORE REPAYS ITS COST THREEFOLD.

HOWEVER, THE HON. DAVID MCDONALD, DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, SAID THAT INVESTIGATIONS WERE IN HAND (AND WOULD BE COMPLETED LATER THIS YEAR) TO DETERMINE THE OPTIMUM STAFFING AND OPERATING LEVELS AT WHICH THE UNIT SHOULD WORK FOR THE GREATEST ECONOMIC EFFICIENCY.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. OSWALD CHEUNG WHO ASKED WHAT STEPS IS GOVERNMENT TAKING TO REDUCE THE WASTAGE OF WATER AND LOSS OF REVENUE DUE TO THEFT.

HR. MCDONALD POINTED THROUGHOUT THE SUPPLY AND

OUT THAT LOSS OF WATER OCCURRED DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS.

+TO REDUCE THE LOSS,+ HE SAID, +THE UNIT, WORKING LARGELY AT NIGHT OVER EACH AREA IN TURN, MONITORS WATER FLOW IN THE DISTRIBUTION MAINS, NOTES FLUCTUATIONS IN FLOW WHICH INDICATE LEAKS, AND SEEKS OUT AND REPAIRS THE LEAKS.+

REFERRING TO THEFT OF WATER, MR. MCDONALD SAID, IT COULD BE CARRIED OUT WITHIN A CONSUMER’S PREMISES DY ADOPTION OF MEANS TO BY-PASS THE METER OR BY MEANS OF ILLEGAL CONNECTIONS TO THE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, OFTEN TO PUBLIC STANDPIPES.

+WHEN SUCH ILLEGALITIES COME TO LIGHT IN THE COURSE OF NORMAL INSPECTIONS BY WATERWORKS STAFF, ACTION IS TAKEN TO RECTIFY THE SITUATION AND TO BRING CRIMINAL CHARGES WHERE POSSIBLE,* HE ADDED.

+UNFORTUNATELY, UNLESS THE ILLEGALITY IS CLEARLY ATTRIBUTABLE TO SOME PERSON, CHARGES CANNOT BE BROUGHT AND THE WATERWORKS OFFICE’S POWER IS LIMITED TO DISCONNECTION OF THE ILLEGAL APPARATUS.*

MR. MCDONALD SAID PROPOSALS HAD THEREFORE BEEN FORMULATED FOR THE SETTING UP, WITHIN WATERWORKS OFFICE, OF A SPECIAL PROSECUTIONS UNIT WHOSE MAIN DUTIES WOULD BE TO INVESTIGATE ILLEGALITIES AND ASSEMBLE INFORMATION WHICH WOULD ENSURE THE SUCCESS OF ACTION AGAINST OFFENDERS AND TO PURSUE SUCH ACTION THROUGH THE COURTS.

A PAPER EMBODYING THESE PROPOSALS IS NOW BEING PREPARED AND WILL SHORTLY BE SUBMITTED TO THE COLONIAL SECRETARIAT.

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EPCOM STILL STUDYING ANTI-NOISE CONTROLS X * X X X X

INSPECTION OF NOISY VEHICLES WILL CONTINUE PENDING THE INTRODUCTION OF REVISED LEGISLATION WITH MORE EFFECTIVE POWERS TO CONTROL NOISE POLLUTION, THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON. JAMES ROBSON, TOLD COUNCIL TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. ROGER LOBO AS TO THE PROGRESS OF NEW REGULATIONS TO CONTROL EXCESSIVE NOISE BY VEHICLES, MR. ROBSON SAID THAT FOR THE TIME BEING THE BEST METHOD WAS TO CALL IN NOISY VEHICLES FOR INSPECTION AND TO REQUIRE THE OWNERS TO RECTIFY ANY DEFECTS FOUND.

LAST YEAR, HE SAID, THE POLICE CALLED IN FOR INSPECTION WELL OVER 1,000 VEHICLES REPORTED AS MAKING EXCESSIVE NOISE, AND THIS PACE WAS CONTINUING THIS YEAR.

MR. ROBSON SAID THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION (EPCOM) AGREED THAT THIS WAS THE BEST APPROACH FOR THE TIME BEING AND HAD RECOMMENDED THAT MORE INSPECTION STAFF AND OTHER RESOURCES SHOULD BE PROVIDED SO AS TO WIDEN THE NET WHICH ALSO CAUGHT SMOKING AND UNSAFE VEHICLES.

+HOWEVER, WHILE THIS APPROACH HAS MY FULL SUPPORT, INCREASED ACTION AGAINST DEFECTIVE VEHICLES IN THE NEAR FUTURE IS LIKELY TO BE FRUSTRATED BOTH BY LACK OF FUNDS AND THE LACK OF SUITABLE CANDIDATES FOR POSTS OF VEHICLE INSPECTOR,* HE ADDED.

MR. ROBSON TOLD COUNCIL THAT REVISED LEGISLATION WAS STILL UNDER EXAMINATION BY THE NOISE POLLUTION SUB-COMMITTEE AND THE PROBLEM WOULD ALSO BE EXAMINED BY ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES LIMITED, THE CONSULTANTS APPOINTED TO REPORT ON ALL ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION CONTROLS.

INFORMATION FROM OVERSEAS, HE SAID, INDICATED THAT THE FORMULATION OF EFFECTIVE LEGISLATION WAS A DIFFICULT TASK. +NOISE LEVELS CAN BE MEASURED AND MAXIMUM PERMITTED LEVELS CAN BE SPECIFIED, BUT IF INSTRUMENT READINGS ARE USED AS EVIDENCE IN COURT IT IS NECESSARY TO CLEARLY IDENTIFY THE SOURCE OF THE NOISE AND TO ELIMINATE EXTRANEOUS SOUNDS.

+IN ROADSIDE CHECKS, THIS IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE,* HE SAID.

MR. ROBSON SAID THE SPECIFICATION OF PERMITTED NOISE LEVELS PRESENTED NO PROBLEM IN RESPECT OF NEW VEHICLES AS MOST OF THEM ALREADY COMPLY WITH THE PRESCRIBED LIMITS IN THE COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE.

+IT IS THE VEHICLES ALREADY ON THE ROAD AND THE NEW VEHICLES, IN PARTICULAR SPORTS CARS AND MOTOR CYCLES, ON WHICH THE OWNER ALTERS EQUIPMENT AFTER IT IS PURCHASED, THAT ARE THE MAIN PROBLEM.*

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IN A SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION, THE INTERIM, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CESS IVE NOISE CAUSED BY THE LARGE HIRE.

MR. LOBO ASKED WHETHER, IN TAKE STEPS TO CONTROL EXNUMBER OF MOTORCYCLES ON

MR. ROBSON REPLIED; +SIR, MY INQUIRIES SHOW THAT IT IS QUITE TRUE THERE ARE VERY LARGE NUMBERS OF MOTORCYCLES HIRED OUT ON A DAILY BASIS. AS FAR AS I AM AWARE, THESE CAUSE NO GREATER NOISE THAN THE OTHERS. NEVERTHELESS, THERE IS OBVIOUS MERIT IN APPROACHING PEOPLE WHO HIRE OUT MOTORCYCLES POINTING OUT THE LAW RELATING TO EXCESSIVE NOISE AND SEEKING THEIR COOPERATION IN REDUCING NOISE LEVELS. I WOULD ASK THE DIRECTOR OF TRAFFIC TO DO THIS.

+IN THE MEANTIME, OF COURSE, ANY HIRE VEHICLE MAKING A NOISE WILL BE CALLED IN JUST THE SAME AS OTHER VEHICLES.*

MR. LOBO THEN ASKED WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WOULD ENCOURAGE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AND MOTORISTS TO REPORT THE REGISTRATION NUMBERS OF NOISY VEHICLES SO THAT THEY CAN BE BROUGHT IN FOR EXAMINATION.

MR. ROBSON REPLIED: + l ATTEMPT TO DO SO, SIR.*

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NO CHANGE IN SUBVENTION POLICY FOR MARYKNOLL HOSPITAL M * X K « M

THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR. THE HON.

GERALD CHOA, TODAY RULED OUT THE POSSIBILITY OF SUBVENTING PRIVATE HOSPITAL SERVICES NOT CONSIDERED TO BE IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM DR. THE HON. HARRY FANG

ABOUT A POSSIBLE REVISION OF SUBVENTION RULES AND POLICY IN RESPECT OF THE MARYKNOLL HOSPITAL, DR. CHOA SAID THE GOVERNMENT 'S POLICY OF NOT SUBVENTING SUCH SERVICES WAS APPLIED TO OTHER INSTITUTIONS SUBVENTED ON A DISCRETIONARY GRANT AND AN EXEMPTION TO MARYKNOLL HOSPITAL COULD NOT BE JUSTIFIED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE HOPSITAL ALREADY RECEIVED A DISCRETIONARY SUBVENTION IN RESPECT OF THOSE SERVICES WHICH ARE REGARDED AS BEING IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR.

+ON THIS BASIS THE GOVERNMENT PROVIDES THREE-QUARTERS OF THE COST OF 220 ACUTE BEDS AT A COST CEILING OF S3O,O8O PER YEAR. THIS CEILING IS AMONG THE HIGHEST OF THE HOSPITALS SUBVENTED IN THIS WAY,* HE SAID.

DR. CHOA ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THE TOTAL SUBVENTION FOR THE MARYKNOLL HOSPITAL FOR 1975/76 AMOUNTED TO 35,041,000 WHICH INCLUDED A REFUND OF RATES.

THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE HOSPITAL AND NOT REGARDED BY THE GOVERNMENT AS BEING IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR ARE: THE OUT-PATIENTS CLINICS, 42 PRIVATE AND MATERNITY BEDS, A SCHOOL FOR ENROLLED NURSES AND THE COMMUNITY NURSING SERVICE.

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THIRD PRESIDING OFFICER FOR LABOUR TRIBUNAL X X* « X «

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON. JOHN HOBLEY, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS AFTERNOON THAT REMEDIAL ACTION IS BEING TAKEN IN AN EFFORT TO AVOID FUTURE DELAY IN THE HEARING AND FILING OF CLAIMS WITH THE LABOUR TRIBUNAL.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. WILSON WANG, HE SAID AN APPLICATION FOR A THIRD POST OF PRESIDING OFFICER WAS UNDER CONSIDERATION.

MR. HOBLEY SAID SINCE JANUARY THIS YEAR, THE FILING WITH THE LABOUR TRIBUNAL OF CLAIMS PUT FORWARD THROUGH THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAD BEEN DELAYED FOR BETWEEN 10 TO 14 DAYS BY ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENT BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENT AND THE TRIBUNAL.

+AS MOST CASES IN THE TRIBUNAL COME THROUGH THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT THIS MEANS THAT MOST CASES ARE BEING DELAYED,+ HE SAID.

HE SAID: +THERE IS OVERALL DELAY IN FIXING HEARING DATES ONCE A CLAIM IS FILED.

+THIS IS AN UNFORTUNATE SITUATION, WHICH DOES NOT

ACCORD WITH THE CLEAR INTENT OF THE LABOUR TRIBUNAL ORDINANCE THAT CLAIMS SHOULD BE HEARD SWIFTLY. IT HAS ARISEN BECAUSE OF THE EVER INCREASING NUMBER OF CASES COMING TO THE TRIBUNAL.*

MR. HOBLEY SAID THAT THE SUCCESS OF THE LABOUR TRIBUNAL HAD BEEN EMPHASISED IN THE COUNCIL ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS AND THE SITUATION WHICH HAD NOW ARISEN STEMMED FROM THAT SUCCESS.

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THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE TODAY MOVED A MOTION IN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SEEKING COUNCIL APPROVAL IN PRINCIPLE FOR SETTING UP A COMMODITY EXCHANGE IN HONG KONG.

DEBATE ON THE MOTION WAS ADJOURNED.

IN MOVING THE MOTION, MR. HADDON-CAVE TRACED THE HISTORICAL BACKGROUND GF SETTING UP SUCH AN EXCHANGE IN HONG KONG, AND OUTLINED THE CURRENT PROPOSALS AND BENEFITS OF A COMMODITY EXCHANGE.

THE FULL TEXT OF HIS SPEECH IS AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM THE G.I.S. NEWS ROOM, 6TH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. COPIES WILL ALSO BE BOXED FOR COLLECTION.

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ASSESSABLE RENTAL VALUE OF FREE AND SUBSIDISED QUARTERS RAISED * * * ft ft ft

THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL, WHICH RAISES THE ASSESSABLE RENTAL VALUE OF QUARTERS SUBSIDISED OR PROVIDED FREE BY AN EMPLOYER FROM 7-1/2 TO 10 PER CENT OF THE EMPLOYEE’S SALARY, WAS PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THE BILL WILL COME INTO EFFECT ON A DATE TO BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR.

IN SUPPORTING THE BILL, THE HON. WILSON.WANG CALLED FOR FURTHER REVIEWS OF THE PERCENTAGE RATE AND URGED THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY +T0 PLUG THIS HOLE IN THE SALARIES TAX BY AIMING AT BRINGING THE ASSESSABLE RENTAL VALUE TO THE FULL MARKET VALUE IN THREE YEARS.+

EVEN ON THE 10 PER CENT ASSESSMENT, MR. WANG SAID, A MARRIED MAN WITH TWO CHILDREN EARNING $7,500 A MONTH AND LIVING IN A $2,500 FLAT COULD PAY $6,725 LESS SALARIES TAX BY HAVING AN ARRANGEMENT WITH HIS EMPLOYER TO PAY FOR HIS FLAT AND REDUCE HIS SALARY BY THE AMOUNT OF THE RENT.

+BECAUSE OF THE PROGRESSIVE RATE OF SALARY TAX BY PERSONAL ASSESSMENT, THE HIGHER THE INCOME, THE BIGGER SAVING IN TAX CAN BE CAUSED BY SUCH AN ARRANGEMENT,* MR. WANG SAID.

THERE IS NOTHING TO DISCOURAGE EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES TO DO THIS, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE GAP BETWEEN MARKET VALUE AND THE ASSESSABLE PERCENTAGE OF THE SALARY IS FAR TOO LARGE, AND THE ARRANGEMENT IS ALSO UNFAIR WHEN COMPARED WITH OTHER CASES WHERE EMPLOYEES RECEIVE BENEFITS IN OTHER KINDS WHICH ARE ASSESSABLE AS TAXABLE INCOME, HE ADDED.

SUCH A PRACTICE IS ALSO IN DIRECT CONTRAVENTION WITH CLAUSE 9 (2B) OF THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE WHICH DEFINES INCOME AS INCLUDING THE RENTAL VALUE OF ANYPLACE OF RESIDENCE PROVIDED RENT FREE BY THE EMPLOYER, HE SAID.


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POSTAL SERVICES MAY BE EXTENDED TO MORE LICENSED AREAS ft ft ft * ft ft

A DETAILED STUDY IS BEING MADE OF ALL LICENSED AREAS WITH A VIEW TO EXTEND MAIL DELIVERY SERVICES TO AS MANY OF THEM AS POSSIBLE, THE COLONIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. DENYS ROBERTS SAID TODAY.

FROM THE INFORMATION OBTAINED SO FAR, MR. ROBERTS SAID, THE POST MASTER GENERAL WAS SATISFIED THAT, WITH ONE OR TWO POSSIBLE EXCEPTIONS, IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE TO PROVIDE DOOR-TO-DOOR MAIL DELIVERIES IN ALL THOSE LICENSED AREAS WHERE THE STRUCTURES WERE SYSTEMATICALLY NUMBERED. +HOWEVER,. BECAUSE OF THE STAFF IMPLICATIONS THIS WILL TAKE SOME TIME.+

MR. ROBERTS WAS SPEAKING IN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. JAMES WU.

THE COLONIAL SECRETARY ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THE POST OFFICE IS ALREADY DELIVERING MAIL TO 12 OUT OF THE 28 LICENSED AREAS WHICH ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY.

IN A SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION THE HON. LO TAK-SHING ASKED WHAT HAPPENED TO MAIL ADDRESSED TO THE OTHER 16 LICENSED AREAS.

MR. ROBERTS REPLIED: +THE USUAL CUSTOM, THOUGH IT MAY VARY FROM AREA TO AREA, IS THAT THE POSTMAN LEAVES ALL MAIL WHICH IS ADRESSED TO THE AREA AT ONE OR TWO COLLECTING POINTS WITHIN THE AREA, PERHAPS A WELFARE HUT OR SOMETHING OF THAT DESCRIPTION. AND THE RESIDENTS THEN COME TO THAT CENTRE AND COLECT THE LETTER THEMSELVES.+

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THREE BILLS WERE PASSED INTO LAW IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THEY WERE THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES (EXTENSION OF GRANTS) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1975, THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) DILL 1975 AND THE LOANS BILL 1975.

TWO OTHER BILLS — THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) (NO. 4) BILL 1975 AND THE SUMMARY OFFENCES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1975 -- WERE TODAY INTRODUCED INTO THE COUNCIL. THEY BOTH RECEIVED THEIR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS.

AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER’S BILL -- THE BISHOP OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IN HONG KONG INCORPORATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1975 ~ ALSO COMPLETED ITS PASSAGE THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

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EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TO HELP REDUNDANT TEACHERS FIND ALTERNATIVE POSTS H * H

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (PRIMARY), MR. LAM TAT-LAU IS CONFIDENT THAT THE PLACEMENT SERVICE WILL BE ABLE TO HELP ALL REDUNDANT TEACHERS IN AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS TO FIND ALTERNATIVE POSTS IN OTHER AIDED PRIMARIES WHERE THERE ARE VACANCIES

MR. LAM MADE THIS STATEMENT AT AN INFORMAL CONSULTATIVE MEETING THIS HORNING WITH SEVEN REPRESENTATIVES OF THE HONG KONG PROFESSIONAL TEACHERS’ UNION.

THE MEETING, WHICH LASTED THREE HOURS IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S CONFERENCE ROOM, WAS HELD IN A CORDIAL ATMOSPHERE.

AMONG THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S FOUR REPRESENTATIVES WAS MR. DAVID LEUNG, SENIOR EDUCATION OFFICER WHO WILL HEAD THE PLACEMENT SERVICE WHICH WILL BEGIN OPERATIONS ON JUNE 2. TEACHERS WHO NEED HELP CAN REGISTER WITH THE SERVICE FROM JUNE 16.

ALTHOUGH IT IS LIKELY THAT THE NUMBER OF PRIMARY CLASSES TO BE REDUCED MAY EXCEED THE 237 FIGURE ANNOUNCED PREVIOUSLY, MR. LAM IS NEVERTHELESS CONFIDENT THAT THE SERVICE WILL EE ABLE TO HELP ALL THE REDUNDANT TEACHERS TO FIND EMPLOYMENT.

MR. LAM TOLD THE UNION REPRESENTATIVES THAT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WELCOMED THE SUGGESTION OF CO-OPERA I I ON AND COMMON ICA11 ON BETWEEN THE UNION AND THE PLACEMENT SERVICE.

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNION, MR. SZETO WAH SAID THAT HIS UNION WOULD GIVE THE PLACEMENT SERVICE ITS FULL SUPPORT.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE UNION FOR THE ACTUAL NUMBER OF NEW CLASSES TO BE OPENED, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR SAID THAT SINCE MOST SCHOOL PREMISES IN NEW ESTATES HAVE NOT YET BEEN HANDED OVER TO SCHOOL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES, IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE AT THE MOMENT TO GIVE AN EXACT FIGURE. MR. LAM SAID THAT IN JULY OR AUGUST HE WOULD BE ABLE TO GIVE THE ACTUAL NUMBER OF NEW CLASSES IN NEW ESTATES WHICH WOULD EVENTUALLY MATCH THE NUMBER OF CLASSES THAT WOULD CLOSE IN THE URBAN AREAS.

THE UNION AGREED IN GENERAL TERMS WITH THE +LAST IN, FIRST OUT+ PRINCIPLE IN DETERMINING WHICH TEACHER WILL LEAVE AND WHICH WILL REMAIN.

ANSWERING A QUESTION AT AN INFORMAL JOINT PRESS BRIEFING AFTERWARDS, MR. LAM EXPLAINED THAT THIS PRINCIPLE WILL BE ADHERED TO AS IT IS A PRINCIPLE RECOGNISED INTERNATIONALLY. BUT IF THE +LAST IN+ TEACHER HAPPENS TO BE THE HEADMASTER OR SENIOR TEACHER OF THE SCHOOL, THEN THE +SECOND LAST IN+ TEACHER WILL BECOME REDUNDANT.

MR. SZETO EXPRESSED THE WISH TO CONTINUE CLOSE CONTACT WITH THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TO DISCUSS THE PROBLEM OF REDUNDANT TEACHERS IN FUTURE YEARS.

MR. LAM SAID THE DEPARTMENT WOULD MAINTAIN CONTACT WITH THE UNION TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON MATTERS OF MUTUAL CONCERN.

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THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF SALT WATER FISH, PORK AND EGGS WERE LOWER LAST MONTH THAN IN MARCH, BUT FRESH WATER FISH COST A BIT MORE, ACCORDING TO THE NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDICES ISSUED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

BOTH THE ’A’ AND *B’ INDICES REMAINED STABLE AT 106, THE SAME AS IN MARCH, AND BOTH SHOWED A ONE-POINT DROP IN THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS.

IN THE ’A’ INDEX, WHICH IS BASED ON WEIGHTS DERIVED FROM EXPENDITURE OF HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN $400 AND $1,499 A MONTH, AN INCREASE OF ONE POINT WAS RECORDED IN THE INDEX FOR HOUSING AS A RESULT OF AN UPWARD REVISION IN THE RENTS OF SOME HOUSING SOCIETY AND HOUSING AUTHORITY GROUP A ESTATES.

THE INDEX FOR SERVICES ALSO ADVANCED BY ONE POINT, FOLLOWING THE INTRODUCTION OF ENTERTAINMENTS TAX ON ADMISSION CHARGES TO CINEMAS AND HIGHER POSTAGE RATES FOR CERTAIN CATEGORIES OF LETTER MAIL.

IN THE ’B’ INDEX, WHICH IS BASED ON WEIGHTS DERIVED FROM EXPENDITURE OF HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN $1,500 AND $2,999 A MONTH, INCREASES OF ONE POINT EACH WERE RECORDED IN THE INDEX FOR FUEL AND LIGHT AND THE INDEX FOR ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO.

MOVEMENTS IN THE INDICES FOR OTHER SECTIONS OF COMMODITY WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

THE OLD GENERAL CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR APRIL REMAINED AT 184.

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HONG KONG TO BE REPRESENTED AT COMMONWEALTH REGIONAL SEMINAR ON EDUCATION «««)(«

TWO ASSISTANT DIRECTORS OF EDUCATION WILL BE GOING TO KUALA LUMPUR ON MONDAY TO REPRESENT HONG KONG AT THE COMMONWEALTH REGIONAL SEMINAR ON EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION AND SUPERVISION FROM MAY 27 TO JUNE 6.

THEY ARE MR. LAM TAT-LAU, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (PRIMARY), AND MR. ARTHUR BROWN, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS).

THE SEMINAR, WHICH WILL BE HELD IN THE LANGUAGE CENTRE, IS BEING HOSTED BY THE MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT. IT IS THE THIRD IN THE SERIES ORGANISED BY THE COMMONWEALTH SECRETARIAT IN LONDON. TOO PREVITUS SEMINARS OF THIS SERIES WERE HELD IN FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE, IN MAY 1973, AND IN GEORGETOWN, GUYANA, IN JANUARY 1974.

THE HOLDING OF THE THIRD SEMINAR FOLLOWS THE RECOMMENDATION BY THE SIXTH COMMONWEALTH EDUCATION CONFERENCE HELD IN KINGSTON, JAMAICA IN JUNE LAST YEAR, THAT THE SERIES OF REGIONAL SEMINARS SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY THE ORGANISATION OF SUCH A MEETING FOR MEMBER COUNTRIES IN ASIA.

THE SEMINAR’S MAIN THEME IS EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION AND SUPERVISION AND ATTENTION WILL BE FOCUSSED ON THE CHANGING ROLE OF THE INSPECTOR, THE INSPECTOR AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT, AND APPROACHES TO EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION.

DURING THE SEMINAR DELEGATES WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE TRAINING OF INSPECTORS AND ADVISERS AS WELL AS VISIT A NUMBER OF SCHOOLS. THEY WILL ALSO DISCUSS COMMONWEALTH REGIONAL CO-OPERATION.

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WEEKLY STATISTICS ON THE INCIDENCE OF VIRAL HEPATITIS K « * K K

A TOTAL OF 83 CASES OF VIRAL HEPATITIS WAS NOTIFIED TO THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT DURING THE WEEK ENDING MAY 17, AN INCREASE OF FIVE CASES OVER THE PREVIOUS WEEK.

ONE DEATH FROM THE DISEASE WAS RECORDED DURING THE WEEK. THERE WERE NO DEATHS IN THE MONTH OF APRIL.

AS REGARDS AGE DISTRIBUTION OF CASES NOTIFIED SO FAR THIS YEAR, HALF OF THE CASES WERE IN THE AGE GROUP 15-29, WITH THE HIGHEST NUMBER RECORDED IN THE 20-24 AGE GROUP.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE INCIDENCE OF VIRAL HEPATITIS WAS EXPECTED TO REMAIN HIGH FOR THE NEXT WEEKS.

HE URGED THE PUBLIC TO CONTINUE PAYING SPECIAL ATTENTION TO PERSONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE PARTICULARLY TO THE CHOICE OF FOOD AND DRINK.

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED THIS WEEK IN SHAU KEI WAN DISTRICT ON HONG KONG ISLAND IN CONNECTION WITH THE OPENING OF THE A KUNG NGAM ROAD EXTENSION.

THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS WILL INVOLVE ONE-WAY RE-ROUTING OF CERTAIN STREET SECTIONS TO EASE VEHICLE PEDESTRIAN CONFLICTS AS WELL AS THE PROHIBITION OF TWO BUSY ROADS AGAINST PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES IN ORDER TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW.

FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (MAY 23), THE SECTION OF SHAUKEIWAN MAIN STREET EAST FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH KAM WAH STREET TO A KUNG NGAM WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

A KUNG NGAM, BETWEEN SHAUKIWAN MAIN STREET EAST AND A KUNG NGAM ROAD, AS WELL AS THE SECTION OF A KUNG NGAM OF ABOUT 400 FEET LONG IMMEDIATELY TO THE EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH A KUNG NGAM ROAD, WILL BE ROUTED ONE-WAY EASTBOUND.

PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO USE THE SECTION OF SHAUKIWAN MAIN STREET EAST BETWEEN KAM WAH STREET AND A KUNG NGAM, AS WELL AS A KUNG NGAM ROAD.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE POSTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

THURSDAY, MAY 22, 1975.

CONTENTS

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GOVERNMENT ACCEPTS MAJOR RECOMMENDATIONS IN REPORT ON CLERICAL SERVICE ...................................... 1

TAXPAYERS REMINDED TO SUBMIT TAX RETURNS BEFORE MAY 31 DEADLINE .......................................... 2

CHAIRMAN OF TEXTILES SURVEILLANCE BODY TO VISIT ' HONG KONG NEXT WEEK ...................................... 3

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FEWER CIGARETTE FIRES RECORDED DURING LAST FINANCIAL YEAR ..................................................... 4

’MENTAL HEALTH WEEK’ ORGANISED TO PROMOTE DEEPER PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF MENTAL ILLNESS ................... 5

TEMPORARY WATER STOPPAGE IN KWUN TONG ON SATURDAY ........ 6

APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR PART-TIME TEACHING IN EVENING CLASSES .......................................... 7

LABOUR EXPERT TO ANALYSE WORK ACCIDENT FIGURES AT PRESS CONFERENCE TOMORROW ................................ 8

SPECIAL REGISTRATION FACILITIES BEING PROVIDED IN KAM TIN................................................... 8

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THE GOVERNMENT TODAY ANNOUNCED ITS ACCEPTANCE OF MOST OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS CONTAINED IN THE REPORT OF THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE CLERICAL CLASS SUBMITTED TO THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE IN FEBRUARY THIS YEAR.

THIS FOLLOWS CONSIDERATION BY FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THE REPORT.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT THE REPORT COVERED 15 WEEKS’ INVESTIGATIONS INTO ALL ASPECTS OF THE STRUCTURE AND WORK CONTENT OF THE CLERICAL CLASS. IT WAS THE FIRST COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF THE CLASS UNDERTAKEN DY THE GOVERNMENT SINCE THE POST-WAR RESTRUCTURING IN 1947.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE RECOMMENDATIONS WERE DESIGNED TO PRODUCE A SMALLER, BETTER PAID, BETTER MOTIVATED AND MORE EFFICIENT CLERICAL WORK FORCE TO MEET THE CHANGING NEEDS OF THE GOVERNMENT.

THE 28 MAJOR RECOMMENDATIONS - OF WHICH ONLY FOUR INVOLVED COSTS - HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED BY THE GOVERNMENT WITH TWO MODIFICATIONS.

THE RECOMMENDATIONS INVOLVING COSTS WILL NOT BE IMPLEMENTED UNTIL APRIL 1, 1976 AND WILL BE CONDITIONAL ON THE SAVINGS FORESEEN BY THE JOINT COMMITTEE BEING REALISED DURING THE PRESENT FINANCIAL YEAR, AND OH THE FINANCIAL SITUATION AT THAT DATE. THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALSO AGREED TO ONE, AND NOT TWO, PROFICIENCY INCREMENT FOR CLERICAL OFFICERS RANK II.

THE CHANGES WILL INCREASE THE INCOME OF THE 9,500 STRONG CLERICAL GRADES BY ABOUT $13.44 MILLION ANNUALLY, BUT THIS WILL BE MORE THAN OFFSET BY CORRESPONDING SAVINGS FROM REDUCED NUMBERS AND INCREASED RESPONSIBILITIES.

+IN FACT.+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID, +THERE WILL BE A SMALL DECREASE IN THE TOTAL COST OF THE CLERICAL CLASS, AND FUTURE GROWTH WILL BE LESS EXPENSIVE THAN IN THE PRESENT STRUCTURE.+

THE JOINT COMMITTEE HAD RECOMMENDED IMPLEMENTATION OF THE WHOLE PACKAGE ON APRIL 1 THIS YEAR, BUT IN VIEW OF THE PRESENT FINANCIAL SITUATION, THE GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED TO POSTPONE IT FOR 12 MONTHS. THIS WILL ALSO ALLOW A MORE DETAILED EXAMINATION INTO AREAS WHERE COMPARABLE SAVINGS MAY BE MADE.

THE RECOMMENDATIONS WHICH THE GOVERNMENT HAS APPROVED IN PRINCIPLE, INCLUDE SALARIES IMPROVEMENTS FOR CLERICAL ASSISTANTS OF $30 A MONTH AT THE MINIMUM AND $190 A MONTH AT THE MAXIMUM.

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CLERICAL OFFICERS (RANK II), PASSING THEIR PROBATION WILL RECEIVE A SECOND ADDITIONAL INCREMENT IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR LONGER PROBATIONARY PERIOD AND THE FACT THAT THEY WILL HAVE TO PASS AN EXAMINATION. THEIR SCALE WILL ALSO BE EXTENDED BY ONE POINT TO GIVE THEM AN ADDITIONAL $100 A MONTH.

CLERICAL OFFICERS (RANK I) WILL ALSO BE RAISED BY $100 PER MONTH AT THE MINIMUM.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT CAREER PROSPECTS IN GENERAL FOR THE WHOLE COMBINED CLERICAL OFFICER GRADE WILL BE ENHANCED BY AN IMPROVED PROMOTION RATIO OF ONE TO FIVE POSTS. THIS RATIO HAS GRADUALLY BEEN IMPROVED SINCE 1971, WHEN IT WAS ONE TO NINE POSTS.

RECOMMENDATIONS ACCEPTED DY THE GOVERNMENT WHICH DO NOT INVOLVE COSTS ARE CONCERNED MAINLY WITH ADJUSTMENTS IN JOB CONTENT, ACADEMIC STANDARDS ON ENTRY, CRITERIA FOR REGRADINGS AND PROMOTIONS INDUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT TRAINING, JOB ROTATION, STAFF CONSULTATIO AND STAFF RELATIONS.

IN CONCLUSION, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE RECOMMENDATIONS WHICH THE GOVERNMENT HAS APPROVED IN PRINCIPLE WILL GIVE CLERICAL GRADES BETTER PAY AND PROSPECTS AND GIVE THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PUBLIC A SMALLER, BETTER MOTIVATED, MORE EFFICIENT AND MORE PRODUCTIVE CLERICAL CLASS.

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ACCORDING TO A SPOKESMAN FOR THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT TAX RETURNS WERE NOW COMING IN AT THE RATE OF 3,000 A DAY.

HOWEVER, SINCE RETURNS WERE ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT ON MAY 1, ONLY ABOUT ONE-QUARTER OF THE 160,000 ISSUED HAVE SO FAR BEEN RETURNED.

THE SPOKESMAN URGED THOSE WHO HAVE NOT YET COMPLETED AND SEND IN THEIR RETURNS TO DO SO WITHOUT FURTHER DELAY AS THE MAY 31 DEADLINE IS ONLY A FEW DAYS AWAY.

HE REMINDED LATE TAXPAYERS THAT THEY RAN THE RISK OF INCURRING A MINIMUM PENALTY OF $75 FOR SUBMITTING LATE RETURNS.

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TEXTILES SURVEILLANCE BODY CHAIRMAN TO VISIT HONG KONG * H Jf ft H H

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TEXTILES SURVEILLANCE BODY, AMBASSADOR PAUL-HENRI WURTH, WILL BE VISITING HONG KONG NEXT WEEK TO SEE FOR HIMSELF SOMETHING OF THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY HERE.

A LAWYER AND FORMER SWISS EMISSARY TO THE EEC, AMBASSADOR WURTH WAS APPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF THE TSB IN APRIL 1974 AFTER IT WAS ESTABLISHED IN GENEVA TO ^SUPERVISE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ARRANGEMENT REGARDING INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN TEXTILE.*

MORE THAN 40 COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES ARE SIGNATORIES TO THE ARRANGEMENT.

AMBASSADOR WURTH WILL BE ACCOMPANIED ON HIS TRIP DY MADAME WURTH. THEY WILL BE GUESTS OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT.

THE TSB, WHICH FUNCTIONS AS THE CHIEF ARBITRATOR OF INTERNATIONAL TEXTILES AFFAIRS, CONSISTS OF NINE MEMBERS INCLUDING THE CHAIRMAN.

ONE OF THE MEMBERS IS MR. BILL DORWARD, WHO IS A DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY. MR. DORWARD WILL BE IN HONG KONG AT THE TIME OF AMBASSADOR WURTH’S VISIT.

A FULL ITINERARY HAS BEEN ARRANGED FOR THE TSB CHAIRMAN IN ORDER THAT HE MAY HAVE A CLEARER PICTURE OF THE LOCAL TEXTILE INDUSTRY AND HOW IT WORKS.

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE TALKS WITH SENIOR GOVERNMENT AND DC AND I OFFICIALS, TEXTILE INDUSTRIALISTS, BUSINESSMEN, A MEETING WITH MEMBERS OF THE TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD AND VISITS TO TEXTILE AND OTHER' INDUSTRIAL PLANTS IN HONG KONG.

COMMENTING ON THE AMBASSADOR’S VISIT, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. J.D. MCGREGOR, SAID: *1 AM SURE THAT AMBASSADOR WURTH’S VISIT TO HONG KONG WILL BE OF CONSIDERABLE BENEFIT TO US AND I HOPE THAT IT WILL BE HELPFUL TO HIM TOO. HE WIL.L HAVE THE CHANCE TO SEE OUR TEXTILE INDUSTRY AND OTHER INDUSTRIES IN OPERATION AND TO SEE THEM IN THE CONTEXT OF THE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE.

+WE FOR OUR PART WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ASK AMBASSADOR WURTH ABOUT THE OPERATION OF THE TEXTILES SURVEILLANCE BODY WHICH IS ALREADY A VALUABLE AGENCY MONITORING THE PROGRESS OF TEXTILE NEGOTIATIONS AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE RESTRAINTS. THE TEXTILES SURVEILLANCE BODY HAS A SIGNIFICANT PROTECTIVE ROLE FOR DEVELOPING EXPORTING TERRITORIES LIKE HONG KONG.* .

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A PRESS CONFERENCE HAS BEEN ARRANGED FOR AMBASSADOR WURTH TO TALK ABOUT HIS VISIT. YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE EVENT WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE ON TUESDAY, MAY 27, AT 11 A.M. IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF D C AND I 3RD FLOOR, FIRE BRIGADE BUILDING, '\-6 CONNAUGHT ROAD, CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

THE D CAND I’S PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, MR. GERRY XAVIER, WILL DE ON HAND TO ASSIST YOUR REPRESENTATIVE.

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THE NUMBER OF FIRES CAUSED BY BURNING CIGARETTE ENDS FELL BY MORE THAN 50 PER CENT IN THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR WHEN THERE WERE 1,241 CIGARETTE FIRES COMPARED WITH 2,923 IN 1973/74.

WELCOMING THE IMPROVEMENT, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID THE DECREASE WAS GRATIFYING AND HE HOPED THE TREND COULD BE MAINTAINED OR IMPROVED UPON DURING THE SUMMER AND AUTUMN.

MUCH OF THE IMPROVEMENT, HE SAID, WAS DUE TO SMOKERS HEEDING FIRE PREVENTION ADVICE ISSUED DURING THE CURRENT CAMPAIGN TO CUT THE NUMBER OF FIRES. A GREAT DEAL OF THE PUBLICITY, HE ADDED, HAD BEEN DIRECTED SPECIALLY AT SMOKERS WHO HAD BEEN BLAMED FOR CAUSING ONE IN THREE FIRES IN HONG KONG DURING 1973/74.

DESPITE THE DECREASE, HOWEVER, HE URGED SMOKERS TO BE CAREFUL IN DISPOSING OF LIGHTED CIGARETTE BUTTS AND MATCHES, PARTICULARLY IN THE COUNTRYSIDE.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY CARE AND FAMILY SUPPORT FOR THE MENTALLY ILL WILL BE STRESSED DURING +MENTAL HEALTH WEEK* WHICH BEGINS ON SATURDAY (MAY 24).

ORGANISED BY THE MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG, THE AIM OF THE WEEK IS TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ON WHAT MENTAL HEALTH IS ALL ABOUT AND TO HELP DEVELOP A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF MENTAL ILLNESS.

THIS WILL DE DONE THROUGH PLAYS, FILMS, LECTURES, RADIO DISCUSSION PROGRAMMES, SEMINARS AND EXHIBITIONS. TOURS TO INSTITUTIONS CARING FOR MENTALLY ILL PATIENTS ARE ALSO INCLUDED.

THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH, DR. GERALD CHOA, WILL LAUNCH THE PROJECT AT THE CITY HALL AT 11.30 A.M. ON SATURDAY. FOLLOWING THIS, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. KENNETH TOPLEY, WILL OPEN THE PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION IN THE EXHIBITION HALL. THIS DISPLAY ILLUSTRATES THE THEME OF THE WEEK AND WORK RELATED TO MENTAL HEALTH.

LATER THE SAME EVENING, AT 8 P.M., THE FIRST OF THREE PERFORMANCES OF A CHINESE DRAMA ENTITLED +HANDS ACROSS THE ABYSS* WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE. TO DE PERFORMED BY RTV ARTISTES, THE PLAY TELLS THE STORY OF A YOUNG GIRL WHO HAS A MENTAL BREAKDOWN BECAUSE OF FAMILY AND OTHER PROBLEMS AND HER EVENTUAL REHABILITATION THROUGH HER BROTHER’S UNDERSTANDING.

DURING THE INTERMISSION, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE WILL PRESENT SOUVENIRS TO THE SCRIPTWRITER, TELEVISION DIRECTORS AND PLAYERS.

THE PLAY WILL BE REPEATED TWICE ON SUNDAY WITH AN AFTERNOON MATINEE AND AN EVENING PERFORMANCE.

AS PART OF THE WEEK, A PANEL DISCUSSION IN CANTONESE OVER RADIO HONG KONG AND COMMERCIAL RADIO ON +MENTAL HEALTH AND THE FAMILY* IS ALSO SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY.

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TWO SEMINARS ONE ON+THE EFFECT OF MENTAL HEALTH ON HIGH DENSITY ESTATE LIVING* AND ANOTHER ON +THE EFFECT ON A MFNTALLY ILL MEMBER ON THE MENTAL HEALTH OF THE FAMILY* WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE INDIA ROOM OF THE HILTON HOTEL ON MONDAY (MAY 26) AND ON WEDNESDAY (MAY 28) RESPECTIVELY STARTING AT 5.30 P.M. EACH DAY. FILMS ON MENTAL HEALTH TOPICS WILL BE SHOWN OH THE EVENINGS OF MONDAY AND TUESDAY IN THE LECTURE ROOM OF THE CITY HALL WHILE OH FRIDAY (MAY 30) LECTURE ON +DRUG DEPENDANCE AND THE

THERE WILL BE A SPECIAL FAMILY*.

PROFESSIONAL TOURS HAVE BEEN ORGANISED TO VISIT CASTLE PEAK HOSPITAL, NEW LIFE FARM AND THE TAI LAM TREATMENT CENTRE AS WELL AS OTHER INSTITUTIONS CARING FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED.

THE ASSOCIATION’S IRENE HOUSE AND ANNEX, A HALF-WAY HOUSE FOR MEN, WILL ALSO HOLD AN OPEN DAY ON WEDNESDAY. THE LOTTERIES FUND HAS GIVEN THE ASSOCIATION A GRANT OF$30,000 AND A LOCAL FIRM, DUTY FREE SHOPPERS, $20,000 TO HELP DEFRAY THE COST OF HOLDING THE WEEK. ;

NOlE iO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENTS DURING THE WEEK.

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN KWUN TONG WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR FIVE HOURS STARTING FROM 1 AM ON SATURDAY (MAY 24) TO ENABLE WATERWORKS STAFF TO CONDUCT A TEST FOR LEAKAGE IN THE AREA.

PREMISES AFFECTED ARE BOUNDED BY HONG LEE ROAD, KUNG LOK ROAD, ON TAK ROAD AND BLOCKS 1, 3, 4, AND 9-12 UPPER NGAU TAU KOK ESTATE.

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EXPERIENCED QUALIFIED TEACHERS AND HOBBY INSTRUCTORS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN PART-TIME TEACHING IN THE EVENINGS ARE INVITED TO APPLY FOR A LIMITED NUMBER OF VACANCIES WHICH MAY ARISE DURING THE NEXT FEW MONTHS IN THE EVENING INSTITUTE AND AT THE ADULT EDUCATION AND RECREATION CENTRES RUN BY Tilt EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

PART-TIME LECTURERS WITH UNIVERSITY DEGREES ARE NEEDED TO TEACH THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS AT SECONDARY LEVELS BIOLOGY, ENGLISH, ECONOMIC AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS, GEOGRAPHY, MATHEMATICS AND PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTS.

THEY ARE REQUIRED FOR THE CHINESE AND ANGLO-CHINESE SECTIONS OF THE SECONDARY SCHOOL COURSES FOR SECONDARY PUPILS AND THE MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSE FOR ADULTS.

THERE ARE 70 CLASSES FOR THE SECONDARY SCHOOL COURSES AND 48 CLASSES FOR THE MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSES FOR ADULTS.

SEPARATELY. AT THE LOWER SECONDARY LEVEL, EXPERIENCED QUALIFIED TEACHERS ARE NEEDED FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE’S COURSE TO TEACH ABACUS, BOOK-KEEPING, MATHEMATICS, CHINESE, ENGLISH, AND ECONOMIC AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS.

THE YOUNG PEOPLE’S COURSE HAS 136 CLASSES.

TRAINED AND EXPERIENCED HOBBY INSTRUCTORS ARE WANTED FOR THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS: CHINESE BOXING, CANTONESE MUSIC, DRAMA, FOLK DANCE, DRAWING, GUITAR, HANDICRAFT, JAPANESE LANGUAGE, PAINTING, PHOTOGRAPHY, PIH-PAH, POP MUSIC, RIBBON FLOWER DESIGN AND SILK-SCREEN PRINTING.

THE HEADS OF ALL GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SECONDARY SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN ASKED TO DRAW THE ATTENTION OF THEIR STAFF TO THE POSSIBLE VACANCIES FOR THESE PART-TIME EVENING TEACHING POSTS.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 6TH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

ALL COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE SECTION BY JULY 21. SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE INTERVIEWED BEFORE SEPTEMBER 7.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

A BRITISH LABOUR EXPERT, MR. TONY LINEHAN, WILL GIVE A PRESS CONFERENCE TOMORROW (FRIDAY) ON ACCIDENTS AT WORK DURING THE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS YEAR.

MR. LINEHAN, A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE U.K. FACTORY INSPECTORATE, HAS BEEN IN HONG KONG FOR MORE THAN 18 MONTHS AS A SPECIALIST ADVISER TO THE COMMISSIONER FOR LADOUR ON FACTORY INSPECTION AND RELATED MATTERS.

HE WILL ANALYSE STATISTICS OF WORK ACCIDENTS BY THEIR CAUSES AND BY INDUSTRIES, AND COMPARE THEM WITH PREVIOUS FIGURES.

THE LABOUR OFFICER (INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS), MR. STANISLAUS TSAO, WILL ALSO BE PRESENT AT THE CONFERENCE.

THE PRESS CONFERENCE IS TO BE HELD AT 11 AM. TOMORROW AT THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING.

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A TEAM FROM THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS DEPARTMENT WILL SET UP A TEMPORARY OFFICE IN THE KAM TIN RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF RESIDENTS IN THE AREA.

THE OFFICE WILL OPERATE BETWEEN 9.30 A.M. AND 4.30 P.M.

ON MAY-28 AND 29, AND AGAIN ON JUNE 3 AND 4.

RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO MAKE FULL USE OF THE FACILITIES TO REGISTER THEIR 11-YEAR-OLD CHILDREN FOR JUVENILE IDENTITY CARDS. THOSE ALREADY HOLDING A JUVENILE I.D. CARD SHOULD REGISTER FOR ADULT CARDS AT THE AGE OF 18.

CHANGE OF PARTICULARS, SUCH AS EMPLOYMENT, ADDRESSES AND MARITAL STATUS, SHOULD ALSO BE REPORTED TO THE REGISTRATION OFFICE.

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DOUBLE TRACKING OF RAILWAY TO SHA TIN ABOUT TO START .

WORK TO DEGIN SOON ON I'WA! CI’l'NG INCINERATION PLANT ..

NEW TAI KOK TSUI DRAFT OUTLINE ZONING PLAN PUBLISHED .

SAI KUNG VILLAGERS WILL DEilEFIT FROM PROPOSED YACHT CLUD IN SAI KUNG............. 4..................

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CULTURAL AND ARTS CONTEST ATTRACTS TORE THAN 2,200

BUSINESSMEN ADVISED TO CONSULT FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU ABOUT FIRE SAFETY ASPECTS CF BUILDINGS BEFORE BUYING OR RENTING THEM .....................................

FISHERMAN’S WIDOW 70 RECEIVE EDNATICN OF 811,000 .....

WEEK OF FUN AND GAMES ORGANISED FOR YOUNG KWUN TONG FACTORY WORKERS ......................................

THREE MORE OLD SHEK KIP MEI ESTATE DLOCIS TO BE REDEVELOPED ................................

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THE RAILWAY LINE BETWEEN THE NEW HUNG HOM TERMINAL AND SHATIN WILL BE WIDENED TO A DOUBLE TRACK TO IMPROVE RAIL TRAFFIC FLOW.

THE DOUBLE-TRACKING WORK, DUE TO START IN ABOUT TOO MONTHS FOR COMPLETION IN JANUARY 1977, CONSISTS OF LAYING ABOUT SIX KILOMETRES OF RAILWAY TRACK HEXT TO THE EXISTING LINE, EXCLUDING THE SECTION THROUGH THE BEACON HILL TUNNEL.

ACCORDING TO MR. REG GREGORY, GENERAL MANAGER OF KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY, DOUBLE TRACKING IS THE BEST WAY OF IMPROVING RAIL TRAFFIC FLOW WHICH IS NOW REACHING SATURATION POINT FOR SINGLE TRACKING.

•WITH THE COMPLETION OF THE PROJECT IN EARLY 1977, WE HOPE TO START A REGULAR SHUTTLE TRAIN SERVICE' BETWEEN HUNG HOM AND SHATIN AT FREQUENT INTERVALS. . *

+IN ADDITION, THE DOUBLE TRACKS WILL ALSO HELP EASE CONGESTION TO SOME EXTENT ALONG THE SINGLE-TRACK LINE BETWEEN SHATIN AND LOWU.+ HE ADDED.

MR. GREGORY SAID THE PROJECT WAS PART OF A CONTINUOUS PLAN TO PROVIDE DOUBLE TRACKING TO LOWU BY I960.

TO COPE WITH THE ANTICIPATED INCREASE IN RAIL TRAFFIC, THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY HAS PUT FORWARD A PROPOSAL TO THE GOVERNMENT TO PURCHASE TOO MORE LOCOMOTIVES AND 14 MORE NEW COACHES. THE KCR IS ALSO IN THE PROCESS OF RE-FURNISHING 14 PRE-WAR COACHES INTO MODERN PASSENGER CARRIAGES.

WORK ON THE DOUBLE TRACKING PROJECT ALSO INVOLVES CONSTRUCTION OF FOUR CONCRETE BRIDGES, THE WIDENING OF THE EXISTING EMBANKMENT IN SOME SECTIONS, AND THE CUTTING OF HILLSIDES OUTSIDE THE TOO PORTALS OF THE BEACON HILL TUNNEL.

OF THE BRIDGES TO BE CONSTRUCTED, ONE WILL SPAN BOUNDARY STREET, AND ANOTHER WILL BE LOCATED AT THE NORHTERN PORTAL OF BEACON HILL TUNNEL.

THE REMAINING TOO WILL BE BUILT OVER A DITCH SOUTH OF TAI PO ROAD LEVEL-CROSSING, IN SHATIN AND ACROSS A NEW ROAD IN TAI WAI.

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OTHER ANCILLARY WORKS INCORPORATED INTO THE PROJECT WILL BE THE BUILDING OF OPEN DRAINAGE CHANNELS ALONG THE LINE AND RETAINING WALLS OUTSIDE THE TWO PORTALS OF BEACON HILL TUNNEL.

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THE WHOLE PROJECT IS MADE EASIER BY THE FACT THAT A LARGE SECTION OF THE EXISTING LINE AND THE THREE OTHER BRIDGES SPANNING BUSY ROADS IN KOWLOON CAN TAKE DOUBLE TRACKING WITHOUT ANY MAJOR CONVERSION.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

COPIES OF A SKETCH MAP SHOWING THE SECTIONS OF TRACK TO BE WIDENED ARE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM THE GIS NEWS ROOM, 6TH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

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WORK ON HONG KONG’S LARGEST INCINERATION PLANT IN KWAI CHUNG IS EXPECTED TO START WITHIN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT WORK ON THE FOUNDATIONS WAS DUE TO BEGIN SOON, AND TENDERS WOULD SHORTLY BE INVITED FOR THE SUPPLY, FABRICATION AND DELIVERY OF THE STRUCTURAL STEELWORK SUPERSTRUCTURE TO THE INCINERATION BUILDING.

THE INCINERATOR SITE LIES NORTH OF THE TSI NG Yl BRIDGE ON THE RECLAIMED AREA AT THE SOUTH END OF RAMBLERS CHANNEL.

A MULTI-MILL I ON-DOLLAR CONTRACT FOR THE SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF THE PLANT AND EQUIPMENT WAS SIGNED IN NOVEMBER 1973.

THE INCINERATOR IS EXPECTED TO BE FULLY OPERATIONAL BY LATE 1978 AND WILL HANDLE 900 TONS OF REFUSE A DAY. IT IS SO DESIGNED THAT GAS PRODUCED WILL BE DISPERSED AT A HIGH LEVEL FROM A 150-METRE CHIMNEY, WHILE DUST EMMISSION WILL BE KEPT TO A MINIMUM BY DUST EXTRACTION EQUIPMENT OF HIGH EFFICIENCY.

MEANWHILE, TENDERS ARE INVITED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE FOR CONSTRUCT ION OF A TWO-STOREY STORAGE BUILDING WHICH .WILL FORM PART OF THE INCINERATOR PLANT.

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MORE LAND FOR GOVERNMENT, COMMUNITY AND INSTITUTIONAL USES IS PROPOSED IN THE NEW TAI KOK TSUI DRAFT OUTLINE ZONING PLAN PUBLISHED TODAY BY THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD. THIS PLAN REPLACES THE EXISTING ONE PUBLISHED ON ^UNE 1, 1973.

AMONG THE PROPOSALS, WHICH AIM AT MAKING UP THE DEFICIENCY OF GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES IN THE TEEMING DISTRICT, ARE A CULTURAL CENTRE, THREE MULTI-PURPOSE GOVERNMENT COMPLEXES AND MORE OPEN SPACE.

A SITE ON THE PROPOSED RECLAMATION TO THE WEST OF TUNG CHAU STREET HAS BEEN EARMARKED FOR THE CULTURAL CENTRE WHICH WILL PROVIDE THE MAIN CIVIC ACTIVITIES FOR THE DISTRICT.

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THE THREE PROPOSED GOVERNMENT COMPLEXES INTENDED TO SERVE AS LOCAL COMMUNITY CENTRES WILL INCORPORATE SUCH FACILITIES AS MARKETS, HAWKER BAZAARS, SCHOOLS, GOVERNMENT OFFICES, ASSEMBLY HALLS AND PARKING SPACE.

THEY WILP BE SITUATED AT THE JUNCTIONS OF PEI HO STREET WITH TAI NAN STREET, BOUNDARY STREET WITH TAI KOK TSUI ROAD, AND ANCHOR STREET WITH BEECH STREET.

A LARGE AREA NEXT TO THE PROPOSED CULTURAL CENTRE ON THE RECLAMATION HAS BEEN RECOMMENDED BY THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD AS A PUBLIC RECREATIONAL AREA.

IN ADDITION, SITES HAVE ALSO BEEN EARMARKED FOR THREE SECONDARY SCHOOLS, A MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK, A VEHICULAR FERRY PIER, AND OTHER LOCAL COMMUNITY FACILITIES.

WITH A VIEW TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW' IN THE AREA, THE BOARD PROPOSES TO BUILD MORE NEW ROADS. THESE INCLUDE ELEVATED ROADS OVER TAI KOK TSUI ROAD AND TUNG CHAU STREET AND TWO FLYOVERS - ONE LINKING BOUNDARY STREET WITH CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD AND ANOTHER JOINING PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WITH LAI CHI KOK ROAD.

THE PROPOSED ELEVATED ROADS WILL FORM PART OF THE WEST KOWLOON CORRIDOR ROAD NETWORK.

PEDESTRIAN FOOTBRIDGES AND SUBWAYS ARE ALSO RECOMMENDED AT VARIOUS BUSY ROAD CROSSING POINTS.

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THE BOARD’S VIEW ON THE OVERALL DEVELOPMENT OF THE DISTRICT IS THAT IT WILL CONTINUE TO DE A MAJOR RESIDENTIAL AREA WITH LITTLE ROOM FOR FURTHER INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT.

BUT THE DISTRICT’S POPULATION WHICH STOOD AT 261.868 IN THE 1971 CENSUS IS EXPECTED TO DROP TO ABOUT 178,000 DY 1990.

THIS MAY BE ATTRIBUTED LARGELY TO IMPROVED OCCUPANCY RATES AND THE GOVERNMENT’S NEW TOWN I NG PROGRAMME.

THE ZONED AREA IS BOUNDED IN THE EAST BY NATHAN ROAD. WEST BY THE WATERFRONT, NORTH DY YEN CHOW STREET, AND SOUTH BY CHERRY STREET.

THE DRAFT PLAN TOGETHER WITH EXPLANATORY NOTES IS >

AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION UNTIL JULY 22, AT THE CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE IN THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES,' AND THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE IN THE KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES IN NATHAN ROAD.

IT MAY ALSO BE OBTAINED AT THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE IN MURRAY BUILDING AT 35 EACH FOR UHCOLOURED AND $25 EACH FOR COLOURED.

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PO TOI 0, A TINY VILLAGE IN SAI KUNG, STANDS TO BENEFIT FROM A PROPOSED ARRANGEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB WHICH PLANS TO SET UP A YACHT CLUB THERE.

IT IS INTENDED THAT THE GOVERNMENT GRANT A LEASE FOR ABOUT 19 ACRES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED AT PO TOI 0 TO THE CLUB FOR SETTING'UP THE YACHT CLUB.

IN RETURN, THE CLUB WOULD HAVE TO PROVIDE WATER SUPPLY TO THE PO TOI 0 VILLAGE PLUS A 3150,000 DONATION TO THE VILLAGERS."

IN ADDITION, ACCESS ROADS TO THE PROPOSED YACHT CLUB WOULD ALSO BE EXTENDED TO PO TOI 0 VILLAGE TO GIVE FURTHER ACCESS TO THE VILLAGERS.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA INVOLVED IS OUTLINED IN A NOTICE IN TODAY’S GAZETTE. ANYONE WHO HAS OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL OR ANY CLAIMS OF PRIVATE RIGHTS SHOULD SUBMIT THEM IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS WITHIN TOO MONTHS FROM TODAY.

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FRIDAY, MAY 23, 1975

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AN ESSENTIAL ROAD AND DRAINAGE SYSTEM WILL SOON BE PROVIDED IN A NEW INDUSTRIAL AREA IN CHEUNG SHA WAN TO KEEP PACE WITH THE RAPID DEVELOPMENT THERE.

THE AREA INVOLVED IS BOUNDED BY CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD, LAI CHI KOK ROAD AND HING WAil STREET, WHERE A TOTAL OF 30 NEW INDUSTRIAL SITES HAVE BEEN LEASED TO DEVELOPERS.

CONSTRUCTION OF MANY NEW FACTORY BUILDINGS AND GO-DOWNS IN THE AREA IS NOW IN PROGRESS.

ALTOGETHER, FOUR NEW ACCESS ROADS WITH A COMBINED LENGTH OF 1,200 METRES WILL BE BUILT TO FACILITATE THE TRANSPORTATION OF RAW MATERIALS AND FINISHED PRODUCTS TO AMD FROM THESE FACTORIES.

WITH A WIDTH OF ABOUT 15 METRES, THE NEW ROADS ARE DESIGNED FOR EITHER TWO OR THREE-LANE TRAFFIC WITH PEDESTRIAN PAVEMENTS ON BOTH SIDES.

AT THE SAME TIME, SOME 1,100 METRES OF SEWERS AND 1,600 METRES OF STORMWATER DRAINS WILL ALSO BE LAID.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN AUGUST AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 16 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE PROJECT HAS BEEN DESIGNED BY THE HIGHWAYS (KOWLOON) DIVISION OF THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE, PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WHICH WILL ALSO SUPERVISE THE CONSTRUCTION.

TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION WORK ARE INVITED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY. ALL TENDERS MUST BE PLACED IN THE SECRETARIAT TENDER BOX AT THE COLONIAL SECRETARIAT, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES BEFORE NOON ON JUNE 13, 1975.

FRIDAY, MAY 23, 1975.

PEDESTRIAN PROMENADE PLANNED . ALONG TSIM SHA TSUI WATERFRONT Ji Ji Ji Ji Ji Ji

THE SHORELINE OF EASTERN TSIM SHA TSUI WILL TAKE ON A HEW LOOK IF A PLANNED PEDESTRIAN PROMENADE ALONG THE WATERFRONT IS DU I LT.

THE WORK OF CONSTRUCTING THIS HALF-MILE LONG COVERED WALKWAY SIMILAR TO THE EXISTING ONE ALONG THE CENTRAL WATERFRONT, WILL DE UNDERTAKEN DY THE PRIVATE DEVELOPERS RESPONSIBLE FOR DEVELOPING THE SITE OF THE FORMER HOLT’S WHARF INTO A COMBINED COMMERCIAL/RESIDEHTIAL CENTRE.

THE PROMENADE, LINKING TSIM SHA TSUI EAST WITH THE PROPOSED ART GALLERIES, THEATRES AND PUBLIC LIBRARIES OH THE SITE OF THE PRESENT TSIM SHA TSUI RAILWAY STATION, WILL PROVIDE THE PUBLIC WITH AN UNINTERRUPTED WALK ALONG THE EASTERN SHORE OF TSIM SHA TSUI.

ALSO INCLUDED IN THE REDEVELOPMENT SCHEME ON THIS 56-ACRE SITE ARE HOTELS, OFFICE BUILDINGS, DOMESTIC BLOCKS, OPEN SPACES, CARPARKSAND SCHOOLS.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA INVOLVED IN THE PROMENADE PROJECT IS OUTLINED IN A NOTICE IN TODAY’S GAZETTE.

ANYBODY WHO HAS OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSALS OR ANY CLAIM OF PRIVATE RIGHT MUST SUBMIT THEM IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS WITHIN TWO MONTHS FROM TODAY.

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. SOME 2,270 YOUNGSTERS WILL BE TAKING PART IN CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY AND PAINTING COMPETITIONS BEGINNING ON SUNDAY (MAY 25) AT THE CARITAS CENTRE IN CAINE ROAD.

THE COMPETITIONS, SPONSORED BY THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH KA I FONG AND OTHER GROUPS, ARE PART OF THE HONG KONG CULTURAL AND ARTS CONTEST WHICH AIMS AT PROMOTING YOUTH INTEREST IN VARIOUS FORMS OF CULTURAL ARTS.

THE CALLIGRAPHY AND PAINTING COMPETITIONS ARE EACH DIVIDED INTO TWO SECTIONS — ONE SECTION FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS AND THE OTHER IS OPEN TO ALL YOUTHS UNDER THE AGE OF 20. THEY START AT 9.30 A.M. ON SUNDAY AND WILL CONTINUE THE FOLLOWING SUNDAY, JUNE 1.

COMPETITORS ARE REMINDED THAT THEY MUST BRING ALONG WITH THEM THEIR INVITATION CARDS, IDENTITY CARDS AND NECESSARY MATERIAL AND EQUIPMENT. DRAWING AND WRITING PAPER WILL BE PROVIDED AT THE CENTRE.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, MRS. CATHERINE FOK, WILL VISIT THE CENTRE AT 11 A.M. THIS SUNDAY TO WATCH THE YOUNG ARTISTS IN ACTION.

THE COMPETITIONS ARE ORGANISED BY KAIFONG ASSOCIATIONS, CLANSMEN’S GROUPS, ROTARY CLUBS, Y’S MEN’S CLUBS, THE HONG KONG JUNIOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND THE HONG KONG PUBLIC RELATIONS ASSOCIATION.

DATES AND DETAILS OF OTHER ITEMS IN THE CULTURAL ARTS CONTEST WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER. THESE INCLUDE CHINESE ESSAY COMPETITION, SPEECH. AND TRANSLATION COMPETITIONS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO COVER THE COMPETITIONS THIS SUNDAY AT CARITAS CENTRE, CAINE ROAD, FROM 9.30 A.M.

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CONSULT US ABOUT FIRE SAFETY IN BUILDINGS, SAYS FIRE CHIEF

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nn<sitJFSS MEN WOULD BE WELL ADVISED TO CONSULT THE FIRE nOcvP?T?i BUREAU ON THE FIRE SAFETY ASPECTS OF BUILDINGS

OR RENTING THEM, THE ACTING DIRECTOR Of FIRE services" ".!<• I-A'IE. TOW A KIWAIIIS CLUB LUNCHEON MEETING TODAY.

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BENEFIT OF THE PUBLIC.+

MR. LANE STRESSED THAT BUILDINGS CERTIFIED FOR OCCUPATION WERE AS FIRE SAFE AS THEY COULD BE. IT WAS WHAT UNTHINKING AND UNKNOWING PERSONS DID TO THE FABRIC AND FIRE-LOADING OF THE BUILDING AFTER OCCUPATION THAT GAVE RISE TO HAZARDS, HE SAID.

MR. LANE THEN OUTLINED THE ROLES AND SERVICES OF THE DEPARTMENT’S FIRE-FIGHTING, RESCUE AND AMBULANCE UNITS.

ON THE AIMS AND METHODS OF THE FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU, HE POINTED OUT THAT THE BUREAU SOUGHT TO ENSURE FIRE-SAFETY FOR THE PUBLIC AT WORK, AT HOME AND AT PLAY.

THE BUREAU CARRIED OUT THOUSANDS OF INSPECTIONS EVERY MONTH TO ELIMINATE AS FAR AS POSSIBLE THE DANGER OF FIRE FROM FACTORIES, SCHOOLS, RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS AND SUCH PUBLIC PLACES AS NIGHTCLUBS AND RESTAURANTS.


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NOTE TO EDITORS:

MADAM LEUNG FOR MUI WHO LOST HER HUSBAND AND TWO YOUNG CHILDREN IN A SAMPAN ACCIDENT OFF THE SOKO ISLANDS EARLY LAST MONTH, WILL BE PRESENTED WITH A CHEQUE FOR 311,000 AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE (ISLAND) ON TUESDAY (MAY 27).

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE PRESENTATION WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT 11 A.M. AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE, INTERNATIONAL BUILDING, 4TH FLOOR, DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL.

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KWUN TONG YOUTH WEEK

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A SPECIAL YOU'iH WEEK STARTS THIS SUNDAY FOR YOUNG FACTORY WORKERS IN KWUN TONG TO ACQUAINT THEM WITH RECREATIONAL FACILITIES AVAILABLE IN THE AREA.

THE WEEK IS ORGANISED BY SIX WELFARE AGENCIES ENGAGED IN YOUTH WORK IN KWUN TONG AND WILL FEATURE A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING COMPETITIONS, PICNICS, A SEMINAR AND A VARIETY SHOW.

THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE K'WUN TONG COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 2 P.M. ON SUNDAY AND WILL BE OFFICIATED DY BISHOP GILBERT BAKER, ANGLICAN BISHOP OF HONG KONG=> MR. HENRY AU, SENIOR PRINCIPAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER, SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND MR. PATRICK YIU, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (KWUN TONG). x •

THE WEEK IS SPONSORED BY THE INDUSTRIAL COMMITTEE OF THE ANGLICAN CHURCH AND SAN MIGUEL BREWERY. IT IS ORGANISED DY THE KWUN TONG COMMUNITY CENTRE, THE YOUNG WORKERS CENTRE, THE ST. BARNABAS CHURCH YOUTH CENTRE, THE METHODIST COMMUNITY CENTRE, THE CARITAS NGAU TAU KOK CENTRE AND THE PING ON YOUTH CENTRE, WHO ARE ALL MEMBERS OF THE KWUNTONG DISTRICT YOUTH DEVELC. MENT COMMITTEE.

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THREE OLD SHEK KIP MEI ESTATE BLOCKS TO BE DEMOLISHED if if if if if if

THREE OLD PUBLIC HOUSING BLOCKS IN LOWER SHEK KIP MEI ESTATE WILL BE DEMOLISHED TO MAKE WAY FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ESTATE.

THE BLOCKS WERE VACATED DURING THE PREVIOUS PHASE OF THE SHEK KIP MEI REHOUSING OPERATION.

TENDERS ARE INVITED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE FOR THE DEMOLITION WORK WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN JULY AND BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT FOUR MONTHS.

MEANWHILE, THE SHEK KIP MEI REHOUSING OPERATION, AIMED AT IMPROVING THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT FOR THE 50,000 TENANTS OF THE OLD ESTATE, IS PROGRESSING SMOOTHLY.

ABOUT 22,000 PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY BEEN REHOUSED IN UPPER PAK TIN ESTATE OR IN THE RENOVATED BLOCKS AT CONVERTED SHEK KIP MEI ESTATE UNDER THE PROJECT.

THE REDEVELOPMENT DIVISION OF THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT IS ALMOST READY TO START ANOTHER PHASE OF THE REHOUSING SCHEME. LETTERS GIVING DETAILS OF THE SCHEME WILL PROBABLY BE SENT OUT EARLY NEXT MONTH TO THE 6,500 TENANTS AFFECTED.

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CONSTRUCTION OF WO CHE ESTATE. THE HOUSING AUTHORITY’S SECOND PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE IN SHA TIN, IS TO BEGIN VERY SHORTLY.

THE AUTHORITY TODAY (FRIDAY) INVITED QUALIFIED CONTRACTORS INTERESTED IN TENDERING FOR THE JOB TO INFORM THE COMMITTEES’ SECRETARY BY LETTER OF THEIR INTENTION BEFORE NOON ON MAY 30, 1975.

THE FIRST PHASE OF THE CONSTRUCTION WORK INCLUDES THE BUILDING OF THREE TO IN-TOWER BLOCKS OF 21 TO 24 STOREYS ON A FORMED SITE NEXT TO LEK YUEN ESTATE. THEY WILL PROVIDE ABOUT 2,200 FLATS FOR 16,000 PEOPLE.

A RECREATION DECK HAS BEEN DESIGNED TO PROVIDE A PROPER PLAYING AREA FOR THE CHILDREN IN THE ESTATE. IT WILL BE BUILT IN THE CENTRE OF THE THREE BLOCKS WITH THE GROUND UNDERNEATH TO BE DEVELOPED INTO A CARPARK FOR ABOUT 80 VEHICLES.

MANY OUT-DOOR SITTING AND PLAYING AREAS WILL ALSO BE FORMED TO PROVIDE ADDED AMENITIES.

WO CHE, WHICH IS ONLY A STONE’S THROW AWAY FROM THE SHA TIN RAILWAY STATION, WILL EVENTUALLY BE THE HOME OF 34,000 PEOPLE.

WHEN COMPLETED BY THE END OF 1978, THE ESTATE WILL HAVE SIX TO IN-TOWER BLOCKS, THREE SLAB BLOCKS TOGETHER WITH A COMMERCIAL COMPLEX AND SIX SCHOOL BUILDINGS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SATURDAY, MAY 24, 1975.

CONTENTS . PAGE NO.

POSITIVE COMMUNITY ATTITUDE VITAL IN REHABILITATION OF MENTAL PATIENTS .......................................... 1

150,000 TICKETS SOLD IN FIRST GOVERNMENT LOTTERY THIS YEAR ......................~................................. 2

APRIL HEALTH REPORTS MORE VIRAL HEPATITIS NOTIFIED BUT CT AND THYPOID CASES DROP ............................... 3

HONG KONG AND SWEDEN REACH NEW TEXTILES AGREEMENT ........... 4

ANT I-NARCOTICS CHINESE PLAYWRITING COMPETITION LAUNCHED TO HIGHLIGHT DANGERS OF DRUG ADDICTION....................... 5

CROWN LAND FOR KEROSENE STORE UP FOR SALE.................... 6

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

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SATURDAY, MAY 24, 1975

ISOLATION OF MENTAL PATIENTS WON’T HELP — DR. CHOA

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THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR. GERALD CHOA, HAS CALLED ON THE COMMUNITY TO ADOPT THE RIGHT ATTITUDE OF ACCEPTANCE, AND HOT DENIAL, TOWARDS MENTAL PATIENTS.

HE SAYS IT IS OF PARTICULAR IMPORTANCE FOR A MARITAL PARTNER TO ADOPT THIS ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE AFFECTED HUSBAND OR WIFE.

DR. CHOA WAS SPEAKING IN HIS CAPACITY AS PRESIDENT OF THE MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION DURING THE OPENING OF THE MENTAL HEALTH WEEK AT CITY HALL THIS MORNING.

HE URGED THAT EVERY EFFORT MUST DE MADE TO OBTAIN TREATMENT FOR THE PATIENT, AND TO ENABLE HIM OR HER TO BE RE-INTEGRATED INTO THE FAMILY AND THUS THE COMMUNITY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

ISOLATION, HE SAID, IS OF NO HELP BECAUSE IT IS EQUIVALENT TO REJECTION, AND PERMANENT INSTITUTIONALISATION IS NOT A SOLUTION EITHER BECAUSE IT FOSTERS DEPENDENCY OF THE SICK AND IMPOSES A BURDEN ON THE COMMUNITY.

DR. CHOA SAID HANDICAPPED CHILDREN WOULD NEED SPECIAL TRAINING AND EDUCATION, AND WITH THE CO-OPERATION OF PARENTS THEY COULD BE HELPED TO DEVELOP TO THE MAXIMUM RESIDUAL ABILITY AND REMAINING POTENTIALS.

+ THEY MUST FEEL THAT THEY ARE WANTED AND NOT ABANDONED, OTHERWISE THERE WILL BE EVEN MORE UNHAPPINESS IN THE FAMILY,* HE SAID.

THE PROBLEM OF PSYCHOGERIATRICS -- OLD PEOPLE WHO HAVE MENTAL SYMPTOMS -- WAS BECOMING MORE APPARENT NOW THAT PEOPLE HAVE A LONGER LIFE EXPECTANCY, HE SAID.

IN THIS RESPECT, DR. CHOA WENT ON, THERE WAS EVEN THE INHERENT DANGER OF A BREAK-DOWN OF THE TRADITION FOR THE YOUNG TO TAKE CARE OF THE ELDERLY IN EVERY SOCIETY IF THE FAMILY RELIES SOLELY ON THE COMMUNITY THROUGH ITS WELFARE AND HEALTH SERVICES, TO HELP.

* IN HONG KONG, WITH A PREDOMINENTLY CHINESE SOCIETY, WE WOULD CERTAINLY REGARD A DEPARTURE FROM THIS TRADITION AS AN ADVERSE EFFECT BY A CHANGING SOCIETY ON THE FAMILY SYSTEM.*

DR. CHOA URGED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO AVAIL THEMSELVES OF THE OPPORTUNITIES AFFORDED BY THE MENTAL HEALTH WEEK TO LEARN SOMETHING ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS WHICH, LIKE TUBERCULOSIS, CANCER AND HEART DISEASES, MAY AFFECT THEMSELVES AND THE FAMILY.

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HE SAID IN THE ENVIRONMENTS SURROUNDING THE TRADITIONAL FAMILY SYSTEM AND THE INTER-PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS WHICH THE SYSTEM PRODUCES, THERE WERE VARIOUS FACTORS CAPABLE OF CAUSING MENTAL ILLNESS AMONG MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY,,

TO ILLUSTRATE HIS POINT, HE SAID ONE OFTEN HEARS PEOPLE SAY *YOU DRIVE ME MAD, CRAZY OR NUTS*.

+WE WILL SHOW YOU THAT YOU SHOULD NOT BE DRIVEN MAD, NOR SHOULD YOU DRIVE OTHER PEOPLE MAD, IF YOU WOULD LEARN HOW TO PROMOTE MENTAL HEALTH FOR YOURSELF AND OTHER MEMBERS OF YOUR FAMILY,* HE SAID.

DURING THE MENTAL HEALTH WEEK, THERE WILL BE AN EXHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHS ILLUSTRATING THE THEME OF THE WEEK AND WORK RELATED TO MENTAL HEALTH IN HONG KONG.

WO PERFORMANCES OF A PLAY IN CANTONESE ENTITLED +HANDS ACROSS THE ABYSS* WILL BE STAGED AND A NUMBER OF FILMS ON MENTAL HEALTH TOPICS WILL BE SHOWN AT CITY HALL.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A DISCUSSION PROGRAMME ON +MENTAL HEALTH AND THE FAMILY* TO BE BROADCAST OVER BOTH RADIO HONG KONG AND COMMERCIAL RADIO.

TWO SEMINARS, ONE ON +THE EFFECT OF MENTAL HEALTH ON HIGH DENSITY ESTATE LIVING* AND THE OTHER ON *THE EFFECT OF A MENTALLY ILL MEMBER ON THE MENTAL HEALTH OF THE FAMILY* WILL BE HELD.

THE CASTLE PEAK HOSPITAL, THE NEW LIFE FARM, THE TAI LAM TREATMENT CENTRE, THE MORNING HILL SCHOOL, THE PINE VILLAGE PRE-SCHOOL CENTRE AND TRAINING CENTRE AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ON CERTAIN DAYS DURING THE WEEK.

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A TOTAL OF 150,000 TICKETS FOR THE FIRST GOVERNMENT LOTTERY THIS YEAR WAS SOLD UP TO 12 NOON TODAY (SATURDAY).

THE WINNING NUMBERS WILL BE DRAWN BY FIVE ARTISTES FROM RADIO HONG KONG AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE ON JUNE 7.

THE FIVE ARTISTES ARE MR. LEUNG MING, MISS FUNG SHU I CHUN, MR. TSANG KONG, MISS KIMMY GOT AND MR. WU KWUN MAALG. THEY WILL ALSO HELP SELL LOTTERY TICKETS BETWEEN 5 P.M. AND 6 P.M. ON JUNE 2 AT STATUE SQUARE.

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HEALTH RETURNS FOR APRIL ISSUED DY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT TODAY SHOW A FURTHER INCREASE IN THE NOTIFICATIONS OF VIRAL HEPATITIS AND A DROP IN THE INCIDENCE OF TUBERCULOSIS AND TYPHOID.

THERE WERE 313 CASES OF VIRAL HEPATITIS NOTIFIED TO THE DEPARTMENT DURING THE MONTH, DUT NO DEATHS WERE RECORDED.

THE INCIDENCE OF TUBERCULOSIS DROPPED FROM 1,104 CASES IN MARCH TO 542 LAST MONTH AND TYPHOID FROM 59 TO 54.

FOR MOST OF THE OTHER INFECTIOUS DISEASES THERE WERE NO APPRECIABLE VARIATIONS IN THE LEVEL OF NOTIFICATIONS.

THE RECORDS OF DIPHTHERIA AND POLIOMYELITIS SO FAR THIS YEAR ARE CLEAN.

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

OF THE 45 DEATHS RECORDED IN APRIL, 43 WERE FROM TUBERCULOSIS, ONE WAS FROM CEREBROSPINAL MENINGITIS AND THE OTHER FROM TETANUS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT AGAIN STRESSED THAT PERSONAL ENVIRONMENTAL AND FOOD HYGIENE IS MOST ESSENTIAL IN PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF GASTRO-INTESTINAL DISEASES WHICH TEND TO BECOME MORE PREVALENT IN THE WARM SEASON.

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HONG KONG WILL BE ALLOWED TO INCREASE ITS EXPORTS OF TEXTILES TO SWEDEN BY FOUR PER CENT NEXT YEAR.

THIS IS THE OUTCOME GF FOUR DAYS OF TALKS HELD HERE BETWEEN A FIVE-MAN SWEDISH GOVERNMENT DELEGATION AND DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY OFFICIALS.

IN ADDITION, HONG KONG OBTAINED AN IMPROVED +SWING+ PROVISION • WHICH GIVES GREATER FLEXIBILITY TO LOCAL EXPORTERS IN THE USE OF THEIR QUOTAS.

HOWEVER, THE SWEDISH DELEGATION POINTED OUT THAT EXPORTS OF SOME OTHER GARMENTS HAD INCREASED TO THE POINT WHERE THEY WERE HAVING A DISRUPTIVE EFFECT ON THE SWEDISH INDUSTRY. THE HONG KONG SIDE AGREED THAT THESE ITEMS SHOULD DE ADDED TO THE LIST OF RESTRAINED ITEMS.

THE AGREEMENT WAS CONCLUDED UNDER ARRANGEMENT.

ARTICLE 4 OF THE MULTI FIBRE

THE SWEDISH DELEGATION WAS LED BY MR. B. ARVIDSON, DEPUTY UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE, MINISTRY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS. THE HONG KONG SIDE WAS HEADED DY MR. ALEX PURVES, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY.

THE NEW RESTRAINT ITEMS CONCERN KNIT BLOUSES OF COTTON AND SYNTHETIC FIBRE AND WOVEN BLOUSES OF CONTINUOUS SYNTHETIC FIBRE.

HONG KONG’S TOTAL DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO SWEDEN LAST YEAR AMOUNTED TO MORE THAN S388H THE BULK OF WHICH WAS TEXTILES AND GARMENTS.

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A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WAS INITIALLED IN THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT THIS MORNING AND DETAILS OF THE CONTROL ARRANGEMENT AND THE PRINCIPLE GOVERNING ALLOCATION OF QUOTAS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN NOTICES TO EXPORTERS.

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A CHINESE PLAYWRITING COMPETITION STRESSING THE EVILS OF DRUG-TAKING IN DRAMATIC FORM, WITH VALUABLE PRIZES, WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY BY THE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY COMMITTEE OF. THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS (ACAN).

AN ESSENTIAL FOR CONSIDERATION WHEN JUDGING ENTRIES WILL DE THEIR SUITABILITY FOR CONVERT I ON INTO AH EDUCATIONAL FILM, LASTING DETWEEN 15 AND 30 MINUTES, FOR PUBLIC SCREENING.

+THE OBJECT OF THE COMPETITION AND THE FILM IS TO PROMOTE UNDERSTANDING OF THE HARM OF DRUG ADDICTION BY THE GENERAL PUBLIC, ESPECIALLY AMONG THE YOUNG,+ EXPLAINED DR. MARY BOARD, A COMMITTEE MEMBER.

THE COMPETITION IS OPEN TO STUDENTS OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND ALL YOUNG PEOPLE IN HONG KONG.

THERE WILL BE FOUR SECTIONS!

it PLAYS SUBMITTED BY STUDENTS OF SECONDARY'SCHOOLS IN THEIR OWN RIGHT.

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it PLAYS SUBMITTED BY YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE+OPEN+ - THEY NEED NO LONGER BE STUDYING - IN THEIR OWN RIGHT.

it PLAYS SUBMITTED BY YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE +OPEN+ AS GROUPS

COMPETITORS FOR. THE FIRST TWO SECTIONS MUST BE AGED BELOW 20 BEFORE OCTOBER 31 THIS YEAR, AND FOR THE LAST TWO SECTIONS BELOW 28.

DR. BOARD SAID STUDENTS OF ALL LOCAL SCHOOLS, INCLUDING EVENING SCHOOLS, WERE QUALIFIED FOR SUBMISSION OF ENTRIES FOR THE SECONDARY SECTIONS.

THERE WILL BE 12 CASH PRIZES IN ALL TOTALLING $8,000, AND EACH OF THE FOUR SECTIONS WILL HAVE THREE PRIZES: SECONDARY -$500, $300, AND $200° OPEN - $1,500, $1,000 AND $500.

DR. BOARD EMPHASISED THERE WAS A LIMIT OF 7,000 CHARACTERS FOR ALL PLAYS SUBMTTED, AND THE PANEL OF ADJUDICATORS WOULD COMPRISE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY COMMITTEE OF ACAN, A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE MEDICAL AUD HEALTH DEPARTMENT, A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, AND MR. LIU CHIU SHENG, A WELL-KNOWN DRAMATIST.

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ALL ENTRIES MUST BE IN CHINESE, AND SUBMITTED BY OCTOBER 31, 1975. THERE IS IIO ENTRY FEE. COMPETITORS SHOULD OBTAIN FORMS AND FULL DETAILS FROM THEIR ASSOCIATIONS OR SCHOOLS, OR DIRECTLY FROM THE SECRETARY, ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS, 24TH FLOOR, INTERNATIONAL BUILDING, DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

+THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS EARNESTLY HOPE THAT THIS COMPETITION WILL ATTRACT ENTRIES FROM ALL SECTIONS OF HONG KONG’S YOUNG PEOPLE,+ DR. BOARD SAID. +TO THIS END, WE HAVE ALREADY DISTRIBUTED PUBLICITY AND ENTRY FORMS TO MANY ORGANISATIONS, INCLUDING SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, CLUBS, CHURCHES, COMMUNITY CENTRES, PRISONS, REHABILITATION CENTRES, AND DISTRICT OFFICES.*

NOTE TO EDITORS: ALSO BOXED WITH THIS RELEASE ARE POSTERS AND ENTRY FORMS FOR YOUR INFORMATION.

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_ A FOURTH COMMITTEE HAS DEEN SET UP TO ADVISE THE COMMISSIONER C;- THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION ON MAJOR POLICY ASPECTS OF THE COMMISSION’S WORK.

’? T11E c,TIZEtJS ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON COMMUNITY RELATIONS WHOSE CHAIRMAN WILL DE SIR YUET-KEUHS KAIL

THE MENDERS ARE 2 MRS. KWAN KO. SIU-UAH, MRS. SELINA CHOW, THE REVEREND JOYCE M. DENNETT,, MISS LIN HON-YING, MISS SALLY &W SIAN. MISS PATRICIA HYE, MR. W.D.F. WILLIAMS, MR. GEORGE HO, MR. NG UAH. MR. CHAN KWOK—KEUNG, MR. ANDREU WONG, DR. DANIEL TSE, THE REVEREND PATRICK MCGOVERN, MRS. LEE LO YUK-SIM, MR. D.M. DE A RODRIGUES, MR. HENRY H.L. HU, MR. LOUIS L.Y. CHA, THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, AND THE ICAC COMMISSIONER.

THE COMMITTEE WILL DE RESPONSIBLE FOR ADVISING THE COMMISSIONER ON THE MEASURES TO DE TAKEN TO ENLIST AND FOSTER PUBLIC SUPPORT IN COMBATTING CORRUPTION AND TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC AGAINST THE EVILS OF CORRUPTION.

IN THIS RESPECT, IT WILL RECEIVE AND CALL FOR REPORTS ON ACTION TAKEN DY THE COMMUNITY RELATIONS DEPARTMENT OF THE ICAC.

THE CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON COMMUNITY RELATIONS WILL ALSO MONITOR COMMUNITY RESPONSE TO THE COMMISSION’S WORK AND PUBLIC ATTITUDES TOWARDS CORRUPTION IN GENERAL.

THE INTENTION TO SET UP SUCH A COMMITTEE WAS FIRST ANNOUNCED BY THE GOVERNOR AT THE OPENING OF THE PRESENT SESSION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL LAST OCTOBER. THE APPOINTMENT OF THE COMMITTEE WAS DEFERRED UNTIL STAFF FOR THE COMMUNITY RELATIONS DEPARTMENT WAS RECRUITED.

IN THE PAST SIX MONTHS THE COMMISSION HAS DEEN EMPLOYING AND TRAINING STAFF FOR THIS DEPARTMENT AND SUD-OFFICES ARE EXPECTED TO BE OPENED IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

THE FIRST MEETING OF THE CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE WILL DE HELD IN THE URBAN COUNCIL CHAMBERS OH WEDNESDAY (MAY 20).

THE THREE OTHER COMMITTEES ADVISING THE ICAC ARE THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON CORRUPTION, THE OPERATIONS TARGET COMMITTEE AND THE CORRUPTION PREVENTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

THE FOLLOWING IS A SHORT BIOGRAPHY OF EACH OF THE COMMITTEE MEMBERSa

SIR Y.K. KAN, CDE, JP (CHAIRMAN)

- SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

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SUNDAY, MAY 25, 1975

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I-3. JACK CATER, CDE, JP

RON MRS KUAN KO SIU-WAH

MBE, JP

MRS SELINA CHOW

REV JOYCE M BENNETT

MISS LIN HON-YING

MISS SALLY AW SIAN, ODE, JP

MRS PATRICIA NYE CHUNG

- COMMISSIONER AGAINST CORRUPTION

- LEGISLATIVE COUNCI I.LOR-GENERAL SECRETARY, YWCA

- TVD PROGRAMME MANAGER-

- PRINCIPAL. ST CATHERINE’S SCHOOL FOR GIRLS, KWUN TONG

- SUPERVISOR OF HONG KONO WOMEN’S TRAINING SCHOOL- ASIAN WOMEN’S LEAGUE

- MANAGING DIRECTOR, SING TAO NEWSPAPER

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VICE-CHAIRMAN CHINESE LANGUAGE PRESS INSTITUTE

- DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL SERVICES

NR W D F WILLIAMS - PRINCIPAL, VOCATION TRAINING CENTRE, THE LUTHERAN WORLD FEDERATION OF WORLD SERVICE, HONG KONG

MR GEORGE HO, JP - MANAGING DIRECTOR, HONG KONG COMMERCIAL RADIO- DIRECTOR, BANK OF EAST ASIA-MEMBER T;'C AND COMMUNITY CHEST, HONG KONG.

MR NG WAH - SKILLED WORKER- ELECTED MEMDER, TAI KOO JOINT CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE

MR CHAN KWOK-KEUNG - SEWING MACHINE MECHANIC- FOUNDER MEMDER OF THE TAI HANG TUNG CREDIT UNION

MR ANDREW WONG - DEAN OF STUDENTS, UNITED COLLEGE, THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, TV PERSONALITY

DR DANIEL TSE - PRESIDENT, DAPTIST COLLEGE

THE REV PATRICK MCGOVERN SJ - ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN WORKING WITH TRADES UNIONS

MRS LEE LO YUK-SIM - MOTHER AND HOUSEWIFE- MAC, HON ADVISER-CONSUMER COUNCIL MEMDER

MR D M DE RODRIGUES, JP (HK AND S BANKING CORP)

MR HENRY H L HU

MR LOUIS L Y CHA

- CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYFOONG ASSOCIATION

- VICE-CHAIRMAN, URBAN COUNCIL

- PUBLISHER, MING PAO

SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES (EX OFFICIO)

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SUNDAY, MAY 25, 1975

OIL POLLUTION CONTROL UNIT TO DE STRENGTHENED

. THE MARINE DEPARTMENT’S CAPABILITY OF FIGHTING OIL SPILLAGES IN HONG KONG WATERS WILL RECEIVE A BIG BOOST THIS YEAR WHEN A SPECIALLY-DESIGNED LAUNCH WILL BE ADDED TO THE DEPARTMENT’S POLLUTION CONTROL UNIT.

THE 73-FOOT LAUNCH, COSTING 81.8 MILLION, IS NEARING COMPLETION AT LANTAO ISLAND AND IS EXPECTED TO JOIN THE POLLUTION CONTROL FLEET BY SEPTEMBER.

AT PRESENT, THE FLEET CONSISTS OF TOO VESSELS PERMANENTLY ATTACHED TO THE POLLUTION CONTROL UNIT AND TOO STANDBY CRAFT FITTED WITH SPRAY DOOMS. ANOTHER 20 CRAFT WILL SHORTLY BE FITTED WITH SPRAY BOOMS TO FURTHER STRENGTHEN THE UNIT.

THE NEW LAUNCH, THE BIGGEST AND MOST SOPHISTICATED VESSEL IN THE FLEET. WILL BE EQUIPPED WITH OIL DISPERSANT STORAGE TANKS, SPRAY BOOMS AND AGITATING DEVICES, A HIGH PUMPING CAPACITY FOR SPRAYING EMULSIFIERS AND LIFTING EQUIPMENT FOR USE IN CNJUNCTION WITH DEPLOYING AND RECOVERING OIL CONTAINMENT BOOMS.

THE LAUNCH WILL BE CAPABLE OF A MAXIMUM SPEED OF 12 KNOTS AND WILL BE ABLE TO OPERATE FOR ABOUT 100 HOURS AT A TIME AT HALF SPEED WITHOUT REFUELLING.

ALL PROPELLING MACHINERY AND PUMPS OF THE BOAT WILL BE CONTROLLED FROM THE WHEEL HOUSE WHICH WILL CONTAIN RADAR, ECHO (DEPTH) SOUNDER AND RADIO (V.H.F.) EQUIPMENT. WASHING, MESSING AND REST ROOM FACILITIES WILL BE PROVIDED FOR HALF OF THE ESTIMATED 16 PERSONNEL ON BOARD DURING EMERGENCY OPERATIONS.

ACCORDING TO A SPOKESMAN FOR THE POLLUTION CONTROL, MR. A.A.C. MASON.THE PRIME FUNCTION OF THE LAUNCH WILL BE TO DEAL WITH DAY TO DAY CASES OF MINOR OIL POLLUTION WHICH OCCUR FREQUENTLY WITHIN THE HARBOUR. IN CASE OF A MAJOR OIL SPILLAGE, IT WILL ACT AS A COMMAND BOAT OF THE OPERATING FLEET,

MR. MASON SAID IT WOULD ALSO BE USED FOR INSPECTING TANKERS AND OTHER VESSELS, INSPECTING SHIPS THAT ARE BUNKERING AND CONDUCTING OIL POLLUTION EXERCISES PARTICULARLY IN RESPECT OF TRAINING OF PERSONNEL AND ASSESSMENT OF EQUIPMENT.

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THE PRESENT FLEET CARRIES OUT DAILY OIL DISPERSAL DUTIES AROUND OIL TERMINALS AUD OTHER PARTS OF THE HARBOUR, HE SAID. RECENTLY THE UNIT HAS ACQUIRED 4,750 FEET OF LIGHT-WEIGHT OIL BOOM AUD WILL SHORTLY GET A FURTHER 10,000 GALLONS OF DISPERSANT ON TOP OF ITS PRESENT STOCK SO THAT AT ALL TIMES 20,000 GALLONS WILL DE AVA51ABLE. EIGHT PORTABLE RADIOS WILL ALSO DE ORDERED TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION LINKS DETdEEH OPERATING LAUNCHES IN AU EMERGENCY.

THE POLLUTION CONTROL UNIT IS ALSO INVESTIGATING MEANS TO IMPROVE THE EFFECIEIJCY OF THE HARBOUR SCAVENGING FLEET WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR KEEPING THE WATER REFUSE“FREE.

MR. MASON SAID THE UNIT WAS CONSIDERING THE POSSIBILITY OF BUYING A MECHANICAL REFUSE COLLECTOR TO REPLACE MANUAL WORKERS ON SAMPANS WHO COLLECT REFUSE DY TRADITIONAL MEANS OF FISHING NETS AND POLES.

THE DEPARTMENT CONSIDERED SPECIFICATIONS'OF NEW WATERBORNE REFUSE COLLECTORS IN THE EVENT ONE CRAFT SUITABLE FOR LONG KONG BECOMES AVAILABLE, HE SAID.

AT PRESENT, THERE ARE 12 SAMPANS OPERATING IN CENTRAL HARBOUR AND SIX AT ABERDEEN. THEY COLLECT AN AVERAGE OF 13 TOHS OF REFUSE DAILY. THE REFUSE COLLECTED IS DISPOSED OFF AT GIN DRINKER’S DAY.

THE POLLUTION CONTROL UNIT IS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR PROSECUTING MASTERS AUD OWNERS OF VESSELS WHICH CAUSE OIL SPILLAGES OR DEPOSIT REFUSE IN HONG KONG WATERS. OFFENDERS ARE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF 320,000 AND SIX MONTHS IMPRISONMENT.

LAST YEAR, A TOTAL OF FIVE CASES WERE PROSECUTED FOR DISCHARGING OIL INTO THE WATERS. THE TOTAL FINES AMOUNTED TO 312,200, WITH A MAXIMUM FINE OF 35,000.

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HONG KONG STUDENT WINS FIRST PRIZE IN COMMONWEALTH ESSAY COMPETITION ............................................ 1

RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT TO CONDUCT RENT SURVEY IN PREPARATION FOR INTERIM PROPERTY REVIEW ................... 2

TSI NG Yl BRIDGE TO BE CLOSED FOR A FEW HOURS ON WEDNESDAY ..................................................   2

MORE ’LUCKY’ CAR NUMBERS TO DE AUCTIONED THIS SATURDAY ....................................................  3

TOTAL WATER STORAGE NOW 90 PER CENT OF FULL CAPACITY ... 3

LADY MACLEHOSE TO SEE COMMUNITY CHEST AGENCIES AT WORK . 4

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MONDAY, MAY 26, 1979

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HONG KONG STUDENT TOPS

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MILLIE KWAN, A FORM 3 STUDENT 07 SACRED HEART CANOSSIAN COLLEGE, HAS DEEN AWARDED THE FIRST PRIZE 111 CLASS B IN THE 197V75 ESSAY COMPETITION ORGANISED DY THE ROYAL COMMONWEALTH SOCIETY. THE PRIZE IS REGIONAL AIR TRAVEL FOR TWO. HONG KONG IS PRAISED DY THE SOCIETY FOR THE VERY HIGH STANDARD OF ENTRIES TO THE COMPETITION.

LUSAHNA SIU OF ST. FRANCIS CANOSSIAN COLLEGE AND MABLE LAM, AMELIA LUK AND HILDA YAH OF SACRED HEART CANOSSIAN COLLEGE WERE ‘’HIGHLY COMMENDED* IN CLASS A COMPETITION. THE SAME HONOUR WENT TO HELEN CHAN OF SACRED HEART CANOSSIAN AND KAREN OR OF ST. FRANCIS CANOSSIAN COLLEGE IN CLASS B.

OTHER ESSAYS WHICH WERE COMMENDED CAME FROM JENNI ER KA-YIN NG AND EVA DUNN OF ST. PAUL’S SECONDARY SCHOOL13 AND MICHELLE SHENG OF MARYKNOLL SISTERS’ SCHODL.

THE COMPETITION IS HELD ANNUALLY DY THE SOCIETY t TH A VIEW TO ENCOURAGING COMMONWEALTH STUDIES IN THE SCHOOLS. THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AND THIS IS THE 71ST YEAR OF THE COMPETITION

THE HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMDER OF COMMERCE AWARDS DOOK PRIZES TO THE FIRST THREE COMPETITORS IN EACH CLASS OF THE PRELIMINARY ROUND HELD LOCALLY.

HONG KONG’S PARTICIPATION IN THE COMPETITION IS ORGANISED BY SIR DOUGLAS CLAGUE, THE CORRESPONDING SECRETARY OF THE SOCIETY IN HONG KONG.

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RENT SURVEY if if if if if

THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT WILL SHORTLY CONDUCT A RENT SURVEY TO OBTAIN INFORMATION ON RENTAL MOVEMENTS FOR THE DEPARTMENT’S INTERIM PROPERTY REVIEW.

THE SURVEY WILL DE CONDUCTED DY QUESTIONNAIRE, COPIES OF WHICH WILL DE SENT TO SOME 5,500 SELECTED TENANTS OH THURSDAY (MAY 29).

MR. RAYMOND FRY, COMMISSIONER FOR RATING AND VALUATION, SAID TODAY THE COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS OF SUCH INFORMATION WAS OF CONSIDERABLE IMPORTANCE TO THE GOVERNMENT, AND HE URGED TENANTS RECEIVING THE QUESTIONNAIRE 70 CO-OPERATE BY COMPLETING ALL QUESTIONS FULLY AND ACCURATELY AND RETURNING THEM AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

MR. FRY EMPHASISED THAT THE QUESTIONNAIRE WAS NOT A STATUTORY FORM AND WOULD DE DESTROYED ONGE THE STATISTICAL INFORMATION HAD DEEN RECORDED.

THE QUESTIONNAIRE COMPRISES OHLY FIVE SIMPLE QUESTIONS CONCERNING RENTALS AMD MAY BE ANSWERED EITHER IN CHINESE OR ENGLISH. THE COMPLETED FORMS MAY DE RETURNED TO THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT IN THE ENCLOSED PRE“ADDRESSED ENVELOPE.

THE COMMISSIONER EXPLAINED THAT THE REASON FOR COLLECTING THE INFORMATION DY QUESTIONNAIRE INSTEAD OF DY PERSONAL CALLS WAS TO AVOID BOTHERING TENANTS WITH SUCH CALLS AND TO SAVE TIME AND EFFORT.

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MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED THAT TSING Yl DRIDGE IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 2 A.M. TO 6 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY (MAY 20).

THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE IS TO FACILITATE WORK ON LEVELLING THE SURFACE OF THE DRIDGE.

TRAFFIC SIGNS HAVE DEEN POSTED ADVISING MOTORISTS OF

THE CLOSURE.

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SALE OF ’LUCKY’ CAP! NUMBERS « a a n a ■::•

ANOTHER 15 SPECIAL CAR REGISTRATION NUMBERS WILL DE PUT UP FOR AUCTION THIS WEEKEND TO PROMOTE A CHARITABLE CAUSE.

THE AUCTION, THE 24TH ORGANISED DY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, WILL TAKE PI ACE AT 10 A.M. OH SATURDAY (RAY 31) IN THE CITY HALL LECTURE ROOM, OTli FLOOR, HIGH CLOCK.

THE REGISTRATION NUMBERS ARE 3-

4711 A 7. COSS

DG 3

AZ 2233

DD 0

AU 747

DD 17 AW 123

Ad 1771 AZ 11

AZ 333 AR COO

6OOO AU 2 DG 99

SUCCESSFUL DIDDERS WILL CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE

DE REQUIRED TO PAY IN CASH OR DY DIDDING.

POTENTIAL DIDDERS ARE REMINDED THAT THE VEHICLE REGISTRATION MARK WILL DE ASSIGNED OHLY TO A VEHICLE REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL DIDDER WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THE DATE’ OF AUCTION.

PROCEEDS OF THE AUCTION WILL GO INTO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND. ;

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THE TOTAL WATER STORAGE IN ALL RESERVOIRS AT 9 A.M. THIS (MONDAY) MORNING STOOD AT 60,533 MILLION GALLONS, REPRESENTING 90.0 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL STORAGE OF 67,300 MILLION GALLONS.

THIS MORNING’S TOTAL STORAGE COMPARES WITH 35,029 MILLION GALLONS ON THE SAME DAY LAST YEAR.

PLOVER COVE RESERVOIR ALONE HELD 44,707 MILLION GALLONS OF THE TOTAL STORAGE, COMPARED WITH 20,694 MILLION GALLONS ON THE SAME DAY LAST YEAR. PLOVER COVE’S STORAGE REPRESENTS 03.7 PER CENT OF ITS FULL CAPACITY OF 50,SCO MILLION GALLONS.

A TOTAL OF 1.0 MM (0.04 IN) OF RAINFALL WAS RECORDED AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY DURING THE PAST 24 HOURS ENDING AT 9 A.M. TODAY. TOTAL RAINFALL TO DATE STANDS AT 1,019.2 MM (40.13 IN).

THE MEAN AVERAGE RAINFALL SINCE JANUARY 1 THIS YEAR STANDS AT 503.5 MM (20.02 IN).

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LADY MACLEHOSE, PRESIDENT OF THE COMMUNITY CHEST, WILL TAKE A FIRST HAND LOOK AT THE WORK OF TWO MEMBER WELFARE AGENCIES TOMORROW (TUESDAY) MORNING,

SHE WILL DE VISITING PELLETIER HALL (SISTERS OF GOOD SHEPHERD) AT CLEAR WATER DAY ROAD AND THE HAPPY HOME FOR THE AGED AT NGAU TAU KOK ROAD,

PELLETIER HALL IS A RESIDENTIAL CENTRE FOR ADOLESCENT GIRLS WHO HAVE PERSONALITY AND BEHAVIOUR PROBLEMS, THE HAPPY HOME PROVIDES BOARD AND LODGING FOR OLD WOMEN OVER 60 YEARS,

LADY MACLEHOSE WILL DE ACCOMPANIED DY MR. G.A, HENDERSON, DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE COMMUNITY CHEST,

ROTE TO EDITORS#

TRANSPORT FACILITIES WILL DE AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS OF THE PRESS COVERING THE VISIT, A GOVERNMENT VAN, AM 2173, WILL LEAVE KOWLOON SUB-POOL BEHIND THE TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE AT 9,45 A.M. AND WILL RETURN AT ABOUT 12.30 P.M.

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PELLETIER HALL IS AT 3,706 CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD AND HAPPY ROME FOR THE AGED IS AT 323 NGAU TAU KOK ROAD, BLOCKS I AND J, 7TH FLOOR.

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MORE CONTROLLED TIPS PLANNED TO DISPOSE OF REFUSE ......... 1

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR PLB’S IN KWAI CHUNG .......... 2

RHK’S POPULAR PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAMME ’ENQUIRE WITHIN’ CELEBRATING TENTH ANNIVERSARY ...........................   J

DEATH SENTENCES OF SEVEN CONVICTS COMMUTED ................ 3

SPECIAL REGISTRATION FACILITIES AVAILABLE TO SAN TIN RESIDENTS.....................................;............ 4

YOUTH CONCERT BEING ORGANISED TO PROMOTE STUDENTS’ INTEREST IN MUSIC ......................................... 4

’LUCKY-CHARM SCRAMBLE’ IN TIN HAU FESTIVAL CELEBRATIONS ON LAMMA ISLAND TAKES PLACE THIS SUNDAY ................... 5

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PLANS ARE IN HAND TO DEVELOP MORE SITES FOR CONTROLLED TIPPING OF REFUSE FOLLOWING THE INITIAL SUCCESSOF THE THREE ESTABLISHED CONTROLLED TIPS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES — THE FIRST IN THE FAR EAST.

CONTROLLED TIPPING^THE DISPOSAL OF REFUSE IN COMPRESSED LAYERS IN THE GROUND-WAS FIRST INTRODUCED IN HONG KONG IN MID-4973 AND PROVED A VERY EFFECTIVE AND SANITARY METHOD OF DISPOSING OF SOLID WASTEo IT IS CHEAPER THAN INCINERATION AND A MAJOR ADVANTAGE IS THAT IT PROVIDES NEW LAND FOR RECREATIONAL PURPOSES, AFTER CLOSURE AND TOPPING OFF OF THE TIP.

A FOURTH TIP IS ALREADY DE I NG DEVELOPED IN A VALLEY AT NGAU CHI WAN NEAR CLEAR WATER DAY ROAD. AND OTHER SITES AT MA TSO LUNS IN YUEN LONG, SIU LANG SHIU IN CASTLE PEAK, JUNK BAY, AND SAI TSO WAN AND MA YAU TONG IN KOWLOON, ARE DE I NG CONSIDERED.

AT NGAU CHI WAN, A NEW FEATURE IS DE I NG ADOPTED 70 PREVENT EFFLUENT FROM SEEPING OUT FROM THE COMPRESSED SOLID WASTE AND POLLUTE UNDERGROUND WATER. THIS WILL DE ACHIEVED DY COVERING THE DOTTOM OF THE VALLEY WITH WATERPROOF SHEETING.

THE NEW TIP IS EXPECTED TO DE READY FOR THE FIRST INTAKE OF REFUSE DY SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR, AND WILL PROBABLY DE CLOSED DY THE END OF 1977 WHEN IT WILL BE TOPPED OFF TO PROVIDE MORE THAN 10 ACRES OF RECREATIONAL GROUNDS FOR THE 26,000 TENANTS WHO WILL EVENTUALLY OCCUPY THE NEARBY CLEAR WATER DAY ROAD (EAST) ESTATE NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

THE OVERALL COST OF THE PROJECT IS ESTIMATED AT $10.4 MILLION.

SO FAR, THREE CONTROLLED TIPS HAVE DEEN SET UP IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AT A COST OF $U MILLION. THEY ARE LOCATED AT GIN DRINKER’S DAY IN TSUEN WAN, SHUN WAN IN TAI PO, AND NGAU TAM MEI IN YUEN LONS.

THE TIP AT NGAU TAM MEI WAS CLOSED LAST FEDRUARY AND HAS MADE AVAILABLE ABOUT 2.6 ACRES OF LAND FOR RECREATIONAL USE.

THE OTHER TOO TIPS ARE SCHEDULED TO BE CLOSED TOWARDS THE END OF NEXT YEAR AND IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THEY WILL PROVIDE MORE THAN 50 ACRES OF ADDITIONAL RECREATIONAL SPACE FOR RESIDENTS IN THE VICINITY.

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OF THE 3,520 TOHS OF REFUSE COLLECTED DAILY IN HONG KONG, ABOUT 2,400 TONS OR 70 PER CENT IS DISPOSED OF THROUGH CONTROLLED TIPPING. AT GIN DRINKER’S BAY, WHICH HAS ONE OF HIGHEST DAILY INTAKES IN THE WORLD, SOME 2,300 TONS ARE DUMPED AND TREATED EVERY DAY.

THE UNIT COST OF DUMPING AND COVERING A TON OF REFUSE THROUGH CONTROLLED TIPPING VARIES FROM 35.50 AT GIN DRINKER’S LAV TO 325 AT SHUN WAN, COMPARED WITH OVER 338 DY INCINERATION.

ALTHOUGH CONTROLLED TIPPING HAS DEEN USED IN DR ITAIN AND IN THE UNITED STATES FOR MANY YEARS, HONG KONG IS THE FIRST FAR EAST TERRITORY TO ADOPT IT.

REFUSE DISPOSAL EXPERTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES, SUCH AS THAILAND, AUSTRALIA AND MACAU, HAVE VISITED HONG KONG ON MANY OCCASSIONS TO STUDY THIS NEW METHOD OF TREATING SOLID WASTE.

IN CONTROLLED TIPPING, REFUSE IS SPREAD IN LAYERS AND COMPACTED BY BULLDOZERS TO A THICKNESS OF ADOUT SIX F'-ET EACH TIME. THIS LAYER IS THEN COMPLETELY COVERED WITH ONE OOT OF INERT SOFT EARTH MATERIAL.

WORK TO SEAL OFF ALL WORKING FACES WITH EARTH IS CARRIED OUT WITHIN 24 HOURS OR AT THE END OF EACH DAY’S WORK SO AS TO PREVENT NOXIOUS SMELLS AND CONTROL VERMIN AS WELL AS TO ELIMINATE HEALTH AND FIRE HAZARDS.

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TOO ROAD SECTIONS IN KWAI CHUNG IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE CLOSED TO PUBLIC LIGHT DUSES FROM FRIDAY (MAY 30) IN AN EFFORT TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW IN THE AREA.

FROM 7 A.M. TO 9 P.M. DAILY, PLB’S WILL NOT DE ALLOWED TO PICK UP OR SET DOWN PASSENGERS ALONG THE SECTION OF TAI LIN PAI ROAD BETWEEN KWAI CHUNG ROAD AND A POINT ADOUT 50 METRES EAST OF KWAI CHUNG ROAD. THE SECTION OF KWAI FOO ROAD STRETCHING 50 METRES WESTWARD FROM KWAI CHUNG ROAD WILL SIMILARLY DE CLOSED TO PLD’S.

TRAFFIC SIGNS HAVE DEEN PUT UP TO GUIDE PUBLIC LIGHT BUS DRIVERS.

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-.•-ENQUIRE WITHIN*. THE CHINESE ENQUIRY PROGRAMME JOINTLY PRODUCED BY THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT AND RADIO HONG KONG, WILL BE CELEBRATING ITS TENTH BIRTHDAY ON THE 7TH OF NEXT MONTH.

OVER THE LAST TEN YEARS IT HAS SUCCEEDED IN SOLVING PROBLEMS FOR A LARGE AND GROWING AUDIENCE OVER THE AIR. STUDENTS, WORKERS, HOUSEWIVES -IN FACT, PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE -HAVE PUT FORTH THEIR PROBLEMS CONCERNING GOVERNMENT uFIVL . ■ IONS AND PROCEDURES IN WRITING, WHILE MANY MORE MEMBERS OF THE PUB r HAVE BECOME BETTER-INFORMED DY LISTENING TO THE COMPREHENSIVE jjn D-TAILED ANSWERS THROUGH RADIO U.K.’S CHINESE CHANNEL WHICH ?..!?ADChSTS 'HIS PROGRAMME ON A DAILY BASIS.

DURING THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR, A TOTAL OF 2,183 ENQUIRIES WERE RECEIVED AND ANSWERED OVER THE AIR. THE MOST POPULAR QUESTIONS [IE..it ON IMMIGRATION SERVICES, MARRIAGE AND SEPERATION PROCEDURES, OVERSEAS STUDIES, JOB VACANCIES AND LEGISLATION ON TEN..NCY MATTERS.

+ENQUIRE WITHIN* IS BROADCAST OVER THE CHINESE NETWORK OF RADIO HONG KONG, CHANNEL 1, EVERY NIGHT DURING WEEKDA'. FROM 10.20 P.M. TO 10.35 P.M. PEOPLE WITH PROBLEMS ARE WELf ME TO WRITE TO THE PRODUCER OF THE RPOGRAKME AT RADIO HONG KONG, P,0. BOX 200,

KOWLOON. ANSWERS WILL BE PROMPTLY GIVEN.

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THE GOVERNOR HAS DECIDED THAT THE DEATH SENTENCES PASSED ON JUNE 26, 1974 ON MAN KAM-WAH ALIAS MAN KAN, HO KWAI-WAH ALIAS HO KWAI, MAN KAM-HOI ALIAS MAN HOI, MAN KAM-TONG, CHOI CH I-KIN ALIAS CHOI MAN-KIN, TSE TA I-TUNG AND CHAN HUNG ALIAS CHAN PAK-HUNG, SHOULD DE COMMUTED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT. THEY WERE FOUND GUILTY OF THE MURDER OF CHEUNG TIN-LAM.

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REGISTRATION FACILITIES IN SAN TIN « « ft K KJt

A TEMPORARY REGISTRATION OFFICE WILL BE SET UP NEXT MONTH IN THE SAN TIN RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF RESIDENTS IN THE AREA.

THE OFFICE WILL OPERATE BETWEEN 9.30 AM AND 4.30 PM ON JUNE 5 AND 6, AND RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO MAKE FULL USE OF THE FACILITIES TO REGISTER THEIR 11-YEAR-OLD CHILDREN FOR JUVENILE IDENTITY CARDS.

HOLDERS OF JUVENILE ID CARDS WHO HAVE REACHED THE AGE OF 18 SHOULD REGISTER FOR ADULT CARDS. RESIDENTS ARE ALSO URGED TO REPORT CHANGES OF PARTICULARS SUCH AS CHANGE OF ADDRESS, EMPLOYMENT AND MARITAL STATUS TO THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS DEPARTMENT.

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A YOUTH CONCERT IS TO BE HELD IN KOWLOON THIS FRIDAY (MAY 30) IN AN EFFORT TO STIMULATE AND PROMOTE STUDENTS’ INTEREST IN MUSIC.

THE CONCERT IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE TAI HANG TUNG COMMUNITY CENTRE AND WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN 2.30 P.M. AND 4.30 P.M. AT THE CENTRE IN TONG YAM STREET, TAI HANG TUNG.

SO FAR 10 SCHOOLS HAVE SUBMITTED ENTRIES FOR THE CONCERT AND MORE ARE EXPECTED TO DO SO. INVITATIONS HAVE BEEN SENT TO SCHOOLS IN YAU YAT CHUEN, PAK TIN, SHEK KIP MEI AND KOWLOON TSAI.

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BIG SCRAMBLE FOR LUCKY CHARMS THIS SUNDAY ON LAMMA ISLAND If » ft « If if

THOUSANDS OF LOCAL FISHERMEN WILL FLOCK TO SUK KO WAN ON LAMMA ISLAND ON SUNDAY TO SCRAMBLE FOR ’LUCKY’ CHARMS WHICH, IT IS SAID, WILL BRING THE OWNERS GOOD FORTUNE IN THE YEARS AHEAD.

THE LUCKY-CHARM SCRAMBLE WILL BE THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE FIVE-DAY CELEBRATIONS ORGANISED BY THE SOUTHERN LAMMA ISLAND RURAL COMMITTEE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE TIN HAU FESTIVAL.

IN THE TRADITIONAL EVENT, A TOTAL OF 80 RED SCROLLS EACH CARRYING A LUCKY NUMBER WILL BE EJECTED FROM A TUBE.

THE PERSON WHO MANAGES TO GRAB ANY ONE OF THE LUCKY SCROLLS WILL DE ENTITLED TO A GIFT THAT HAS BEEN BLESSED BY TIN HAU, THE GODDESS OF THE SEA.

OTHER ACTIVITIES IN THE FIVE-DAY CELEBRATIONS WHICH GET UNDER WAY ON FRIDAY, INCLUDE CHINESE OPERAS AND A MAMMOTH CEREMONY TO PAY HOMAGE TO THE GODDESS OF THE SEA.

NOTE TO ED I TORSs

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE EVENT ON SUNDAY. MR. RICHARD HOARE, DISTRICT OFFICER, ISLANDS, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

THE GOVERNMENT LAUNCH, CLEMENTI, WILL LEAVE MARINE DEPARTMENT PIER NEXT TO THE OUTLYING DISTRICTS FERRY PIER IN CENTRAL FOR SUK KO WAN AT 11 A.M. ON SUNDAY. YOUR REPRESENTATIVES ARE REQUESTED TO DE AT THE PIER BY 10.45 A.M. THE LAUNCH WILL RETURN AT ABOUT 3.30 P.M.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 1975.

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PU3LICLhNSPECT|J0NER6R°UND RAILWAY N0W AVAILABI-E FOR

TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE OFFERING NEW DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY COURSES ......................................... 2

MORE HOTELS TO BENEFIT FROM KAI TAK EXPRESS COACH SERVICE ...................................

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LADY MACLEHOSE CONTINUES INSPECTION OF COMMUNITY CHEST-AIDED YOUTH CENTRES .................................. 4

THREE MORE DEATHS FROM VIRAL HEPATITIS REPORTED ............ 4

MORE DETAILED STATISTICS OF BANKING ACTIVITIES TO BE ISSUED 5

LADY MACLEHOSE TO SEE NEW LOCAL FURNITURE DESIGNS .......... 5

ENROLMENT FOR COLLEGES OF EDUCATION BEGINS AT THE END OF JUNE ................................................ 6

TEMPORARY WATER CUTS IN HUNG HOM AND WESTERN DISTRICTS .................................................. 8

ANOTHER MAJOR CAREERS SEMINAR FOR STUDENTS BEGINS NEXT WEEK .................................................. 9


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UNDERGROUND RAILWAY AREA PLANS AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION ft ft ft ft ft ft

THE RAILWAY AREA PLANS FOR THE MODIFIED INITIAL SYSTEM OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY HAVE BEEN DEPOSITED BY THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS IN THE LAND OFFICE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY (LAND RESUMPTION AND RELATED PROVISIONS) ORDINANCE.

THESE PLANS SHOW THE AREAS IN WHICH LAND MAY BE RESUMED OR EASEMENTS CREATED FOR THE PURPOSE OF BUILDING AND RUNNING THE RAILWAY. UNDER THE ORDINANCE, OWNERS OF LAND AND PROPERTY ACTUALLY AFFECTED DY THE RAILWAY MAY CLAIM COMPENSATION.

COPIES OF THE PLANS MAY BE INSPECTED FREE OF CHARGE DURING OFFICE HOURS AT THE CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, GROUND FLOOR0 THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, 19TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, OR AT ANY CITY DISTRICT OFFICE. .

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SA I Ds *THE ALIGNMENT OF THE RAILWAY AND THE LOCATION OF BUILDINGS CONNECTED WITH IT HAVE BEEN CHOSEN WITH GREAT CARE SO AS TO LIMIT ITS EFFECT ON PROPERTY AS FAR AS POSSIBLE.*

AS WELL AS GIVING THE GOVERNOR THE POWER TO ORDER RESUMPTIONS OR EASEMENTS, THE ORDINANCE ALSO EMPOWERS THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS TO REQUIRE THE OWNER OF ANY BUILDING IN THE RAILWAY AREA TO REMOVE ANY OBJECT OR STRUCTURE WHICH IS ATTACHED TO OR PROJECTS FROM THE BUILDING IF HE CONSIDERS ITS REMOVAL NECESSARY FOR THE PURPOSE OF BUILDING THE RAILWAY.

AS A SAFEGUARD AGAINST POSSIBLE CONFLICT BETWEEN PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS AND THE RAILWAY WORKS, THE BUILDING AUTHORITY HAS THE POWER UNDER THE ORDINANCE TO REFUSE APPROVAL TO BUILDING PLANS IF HE CONSIDERS THEY ARE INCOMPATIBLE WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE RAILWAY. HOWEVER, THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE RAILWAY DOES NOT MEAN THAT REDEVELOPMENT OF SITES ADJACENT TO THE RAILWAY AREA WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY FROZEN SINCE IN ALL DUT A FEW SITES REDEVELOPMENT CAN BE PERMITTED UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS.

OWNERS MAY ALSO BE ABLE TO ESTABLISH CLAIMS TO COMPENSATION WHERE THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS REQUIRES LEGAL STRUCTURES TO BE REMOVED OR THE BUILDING AUTHORITY REFUSES TO APPROVE BUILDING PLANS.

ALL CLAIMS SHOULD BE MADE IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS. THE TIME LIMIT FOR THE SUBMISSION OF CLAIMS IS IN MOST CASES ONE YEAR AS LAID DOWN IN THE ORDINANCE.

GENERAL ENQUIRIES CONCERNING THE RAILWAY AREA PLANS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO CITY DISTRICT OFFICES IN THE FIRST INSTANCE.

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APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR NEW DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY COURSES Hr it M i> it i» i>

THE L'OHG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE IS INVITING APPl ICATIGH3 FOR ADMISSION TO TWO HEW COURSES OH DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY WHICH WILL OPEN IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR.

APPl ICATI OH FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE TECHNICAL BRANCH OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, BONAVENTURE HOUSE, 2L3 FLOOR, 91 LEIGHTON ROAD, HONG KONG. ALL COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD DE RE (WLED BY JUNE 7.

ONE 07 THESE COURSES — A SPECIALIST THIRD YEAR COURSE — IS OPEN TO PRESENT SECOND-YEAR STUDENTS OF THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION, AS WEI L AS TO TWO-YEAR FULL-TIME TRAINED 'lEACUERS SERVING IN GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SCHOOLS WHO ARE TEACHING CR LIKELY TO DE ASKED TO TEACH TECHNICAL SUBJECTS, OR DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

THE OTHER COURSE — A TWO-YEAR FULL-TIME RE-TRAINING COURSE — IS OPEN ONLY TO IN-SERVICE GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS. APPLICANTS SHOULD PREFERABLY HAVE DEEN TRAINED TO TEACH SCIENCE, MATHEMATICS OR ART AND CRAFT AND HAVE A GENUINE INTEREST IN TECHNICAL EDUCATION.

DECAUSE OF LIMITED FACILITIES AT THE TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE, THE ENROLMENT FOR EACH COURSE IS LIMITED TO ABOUT 20. CANDIDATES WILL DE SELECTED DY INTERVIEW.

❖IN-SERVICE TEACHERS SELECTED TO ATTEND THESE COURSES WILL BE GIVEN FULL SALARIES AH') NORMAL INCREMENTS AS IF THEY HAD DEEN POSTED TO SCHOOLS,<■ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

❖THEIR SENIORITY WILL HOT DE AFFECTED AND COURSE FEES WILL ALSO EE WAIVED,* HE SAID.

SECOND-YEAR STUDENTS WHO ARE HOW AT THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION AND WHO WILL ATTEND THE THIRD-YEAR COURSE ARE REQUIRED TO PAY A TUITION FEE OF 6400 A YEAR, BUT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE WILL DE GIVEN ACCORDING TO NEED.

OH FIRST APPOINTMENT TO GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SECONDARY SCHOOLS CERTIFICATED MASTERS AUD MISTRESSES WHO RAVE COMPLETED THREE, YEARS OF FULL-TIME TEACHER TRAININS AT A COLLEGE OF EDUCATION ARE AWARDED TWO INCREMENTS IN THE SALARY SCALE, WHICH IS 61,DAO A MONTH.

DESIGN COMMON CORE INTO EFFECT

AND TECHNOLOGY WILL BE ONE OF THE HEW SUBJECTS OF THE CURRICULUM FOR JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS WHICH WILL COME IM SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR.

/<TI!E INTRODUCTION

HEMDSDAY, MAY 23, 19?)

*THF. INTRODUCTION OF DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY COURSES FOR TEACHERS IS A POSITIVE STEP TAKEN RY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TO IMPLEMENT SOME GF ’HIE PROPOSALS OF THE WHITE PAPER CH SECONDARY EDUCATION WHICH RECCG-SIJDS THAT 25-30 PER CENT C7 THE JUHICR SECONDARY SCHOOL curriculum should de allocated to techhical/practical SUBJECTS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THESE COURSES AT THE TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE WILL CONTAIN SUCH TOPICS AS SKILL TRAINING WHICH INCLUDES MECHANICAL. ELECTRICAL, WOODWORK AND HANDICRAFT PRACTICES INVOLVING RAW MATERIALS SUCH AS METAL, WOOD. PLASTICS, SYNTHETICS, CERAMICS AliD ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS^ TEgHHOLC ilCAL STUDIES INCLUDING ENGINEERING SCIENCE, MATERIAL SCIENCE, APPLIED MATHEMATICS, TECHNICAL GRAPHICS AND TECHNICAL ENGLISH- DESIGN STUD H-3, AMD ALSO FURTHER STUDIES CH PSYCHOLOGY AND EDUCATIONAL TuCHHuLOGYo

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MORE HOTELS TO BENEFIT FROM KAI TAK COACH SERVICE i: ft ft ft ft

THE AIRPORT-TSIM SHA TSUI EXPRESS COACH SERVICE, ROUTE 201, WILL DE RE-ROUTED NEXT WEEK TO SERVE HORE HOTELS.

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT AND THE KOWLOON MOTOR DUS COMPANY HAVE AGREED ON A REVISED ROUTE FOR THE JOURNEYS LEAVING THE AIRPORT TO COVER A NUMBER OF HOTELS NORTH OF AUSTIN ROAD.

AS FROM SUNDAY (JUNE 1), TSIM SHA TSU I-BOUND COACHES WILL, INSTEAD OF USING AUSTIN ROAD, TRAVEL FROM CHATHAM ROAD TO GASCOIGN ROAD AND TURN LEFT INTO NATHAN ROAD.

THE ROUTE CHANGES HAVE DECOME NECESSARY IN VIEW OF A ROAD SAFETY MEASURE TO PROHIBIT ALL MOTOR VEHICLES OH AUSTIN ROAD FROM TURNING LEFT INTO NATHAN ROAD.

THE HEW ROUTE WILL PROVIDE MORE CONVENIENT FACILITIES AVAILABLE TO SUCH HOTELS AS CHUNG HING HOTEL, HOTEL FORTUNA COURT, NATHAN HOTEL, HOTEL FORTUNA AND SHAM RCCK HOTEL.

COACHES LEAVING TSIM SHA TSU! FOR THE AIRPORT WILL CONTINUE TO TRAVEL VIA SALISBURY ROAD, NATHAN ROAD, AUSTIN ROAD, CHATHAM ROAD, MA TAU WE! ROAD, CHI KIANG STREET, TO KHA WAN ROAD, SUNG WONG TOI ROAD AND OLYMPIC AVENUE.

ROUTE 201 IS ONE OF TWO EXPRESS COACH SERVICES INTRODUCED EARLIER THIS YEAR TO PROVIDE BETTER PUBLIC TRANSPORT FACILITIES FROM THE AIRPORT. ROUTE 200 RUHS BETWEEN THE AIRPORT AND CENTRAL DISTRICT ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND COVERS A NUMBER OF HOTELS IN THE CAUSEWAY DAY AND CENTRAL DISTRICTS ALONG THE WAY.

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LADY MACLEHOSE TO VISIT ANOTHER YOUTH CENTRE n n h n h k

LADY MACLEHOSE WILL TAKE A PERSONAL LOOK AT HOW YOUNG PEOPLE MAKE USE OF THEIR LEISURE HOURS AT THE HOLY CARPENTER YOUTH CENTRE AT VALLEY ROAD ESTATE, HUNG HOM, TOMORROW (THURSDAY) EVENING.

THE YOUTH CENTRE IS A MEMBER AGENCY OF THE COMMUNITY CHEST OF WHICH LADY MACLEHOSE IS PRESIDENT.

THE CENTRE WAS STARTED IN 1966 AND HOW HAS A MEMBERSHIP OF MORE THAN 3,300 YOUNG PEOPLE COMING FROM NEARBY HOUSING ESTATES AND DISTRICTS.

ACTIVITIES AND INTEREST GROUPS INCLUDE DRESSMAKING, CHINESE BOXING, JUDO, RIDBON-FLOWER AND NEEDLEWORK, ENGLISH LANGUAGE, DANCING, PHOTOGRAPHY, GRAPHIC DESIGN, GUITAR, KARATE, FOLK DANCE AND LION DANCE, AND SPORTS AND GAMES.

THE CENTRE ALSO OFFERS REGULAR CLASSES AND TRADE TRAINING FOR THOSE YOUNGSTERS WHO PREFER TO STUDY.

LADY MACLEHOSE WILL DE ACCOMPANIED OH THE VISIT DY THE DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE COMMUNITY CHEST, MR. G.A. HENDERSON.

NOTE TO ED I TORS s

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE VISIT. THE YOUTH CENTRE IS AT BLOCKS 1 AND 0, VALLEY ROAD ESTATE, HUHGHOM. LDAY MACLEHOSE WILL ARRIVE AT BLOCK 1 OF THE ESTATE AT ABOUT 7.65 P.M.

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THREE MORE DEATHS FROM VIRAL HEPATITIS REPORTED « a a a n ii

A TOTAL OF 81 VIRAL HEPATITIS CASES, INCLUDING THREE DEATHS, WERE REPORTED TO THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT DURING THE WEEK ENDING MAY 24.

THIS BRINGS TO FOUR THE NUMBER OF DEATHS FROM THE DISEASE RECORDED SO FAR THIS MONTH. THE NUMBER OF NOTIFICATIONS DURING THE WEEK WAS SLIGHTLY DOWN FROM THE 83 REPORTED DURING THE PREVIOUS WEEK.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF HEPATITIS CASES FROM MAY 1 TO 24 IS 267. ABOUT 22 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL NUMBER AFFECTED WERE IN THE 20-24 AGE GROUP.

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MORE STATISTICAL INFORMATION ON BANKING ACTIVITIES WILL BE PUBLISHED DY THE GOVERNMENT IN FUTURE.,

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING, MR. A.D. OCKENDEH SAID THE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WOULD INCLUDE STATISTICS ON LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG, LOANS AND ADVANCES ABROAD, TIME DEPOSITS WITH BANKS ABROAD, AND THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY OF THE BANKS DURING THE MONTH, CALCULATED UNDER THE BANKING ORDINANCE.

HOWEVER, THE FIGURES WILL EXCLUDE INTERBANK BALANCES WITHIN HONG KONG AND THE AMOUNTS OF CERTIFICATES OF INDEBTEDNESS AND THE EQUIVALENT NOTE ISSUE.

MR. OCKENDEN SAID THE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WOULD BE ISSUED AS SOON AS THEY WERE AVAILABLE AND IN ADVANCE OF THEIR PUBLICATION IN THE MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS PUBLISHED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE COMMISSIONER REVEALED THAT AT THE END OF LAST MONTH (APRIL 30) THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF DEPOSITS WAS $33,335,958,000. OF THIS AMOUNT, $9,149,094,000 WAS DEMAND DEPOSITS, $13,358,661,000 TIME DEPOSITS AND $10,027,413,000 SAVINGS DEPOSITS.

NOTE TO ED I TORS 8

A TABLE SHOWING IN DETAIL THE BANKING STATISTICS FOR LAST MONTH IN THE REVISED FORM IS BOXED FOR COLLECTION.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

LADY MACLEHOSE WILL INSPECT THE ENTRIES TO THE FURNITURE DESIGN COMPETITION AT THE FEDERATION OF HONG KpNG INDUSTRIES, 21 MA TAU WAI ROAD, HUNG HOM, AT 10.30 A.M. TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

THE COMPETITION IS SPONSORED BY THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL DESIGN COUNCIL AND THE GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT. THE PURPOSE OF THIS COMPETITION IS TO PROMOTE BETTER FURNITURE DESIGN IN HONG KONG GENERALLY, AND TO FACILITATE THE PROVISION OF FURNITURE FOR GOVERNMENT QUARTERS MORE IN KEEPING WITH TODAY’S LIFE-STYLE. IT IS OPEN TO INDIVIDUALS OR GROUPS OF INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE DONA-FIDE RESIDENTS OF HONG KONG.

TOGETHER WITH DESIGNS AND DRAWINGS, MODELS OF SOME OF THE ENTRIES WILL ALSO DE ON DISPLAY TOMORROW.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO HAVE THE EVENT COVERED. A

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ENIiOLMENT FOR COLLEGES OF EDUCATION DECINS AT THE END OF JUNE

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THE THREE COLLEGES CF EDUCATION WILL BEGIN INVITING APPLICATIONS FOR-ADMISSION AT THE END OF JUNE.

THERE ARE MORE THAN 1,640 FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD YEAR STUDENTS NOW UNDER TRAINING AT THE COLLEGES.

*IT IS PLANNED THAT THE NUMBER OF SUCH FULL-TIME STUDENTS WILL BE JUST OVER 1,620 IN THE NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR BEGINNING IN SEPTEMBER,+ THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (FURTHER), MR. WILLIAM FISHER-SHORT SAID TODAY.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE HUMBERS OF FULL-TIME STUDENTS BEING TRAINED AS TEACHERS HAD BEEN INCREASED SINCE 1972 IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THE HUMBER OF TEACHERS REQUIRED IF THE WHITE PAPER WERE TO BE IMPLEMENTED IN 1976. BUT WITH THE POSTPONEMENT OF THE WHITE PAPER, IT IS CLEARLY NECESSARY TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF STUDENT TEACHERS UNDER TRAINING IF AN OUTPUT THAT EXCEEDS THE REQUIREMENT IS TO BE AVOIDED.

HOWEVER, AS THE THIRD YEAR COURSES ARE DE I NG EXPANDED IT HAS ■ PROVED POSSIBLE TO STABILISE THE ENROLMENTS IN THE COLLEGES AND REDUCE THE OUTPUT OF TEACHERS PARTICULARLY AT THE PRIMARY LEVEL.

•’•THE GENERAL EFFECT OF ALL THESE CHANGES HAS BEEN TO REDUCE THE ANTICIPATED REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PRIMARY SECTOR DELOW THOSE EXPECTED IN 1972 WHEN POLICY WAS ORIGINALLY SET- AND THE NUMBERS REQUIRED FOR THE PUBLIC SECTOR AT SECONDARY LEVEL WHILE CONTINUING TO EXPAND MODESTLY WILL NOT INCREASE AS ANTICIPATED UNTIL FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE WHITE PAPER PROPOSALS IS UNDER WAY,* MR. FISHER-SHORT SAID.

HE ADDEDs *THEREFORE THE REDUCTION IN FIRST YEAR INTAKES INTO THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION IS A REALISTIC ADJUSTMENT TO CHANGED CIRCUMSTANCES PARTICULARLY AT PRIMARY LEVEL, WHILE THE INCREASE AT THIRD YEAR LEVEL IS AN EQUALLY REALISTIC ADJUSTMENT TO THE MODESTLY INCREASING SECONDARY SECTOR, AND COURSES CAN BE EXPECTED TO ENROL MORE STUDENTS AS SECONDARY EXPANSION GATHERS MOMENTUM.*

+IT WILL BE OBSERVED THAT THE NUMBERS TO BE ADMITTED TO I.C.T.T. COURSES SHOW A DECREASE. THIS IS BECAUSE THERE NO LONGER EXISTS A SIGNIFICANT PROBLEM OF TRAINING IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR AT EITHER PRIMARY OR SECONDARY LEVELS.

+THE TRAINING PROVIDED IS THEREFORE ESSENTIALLY TO BENEFIT THE PRIVATE SECTOR. WITH REGARD TO THE PRIVATE PRIMARY SECTOR, DEMAND HERE IS DECLINING IN LINE WITH DECREASING ENROLMENTS.

*THE NUMBERS UNDER TRAINING FOR THE SECONDARY PRIVATE SECTOR ARE ADJUSTED TO MEET REALISTICALLY THE ANNUAL FLOW OF DEMAND.

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♦GENERALLY SPEAKING TRAINING IS PROVIDED EACH YEAR FOR SOMEWHAT MORE THAN 50 PER CENT OF THOSE UNQUALIFIED TEACHERS SERVING IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS WHO APPLY FOR TRAINING.*

MRo FISHER-SHOR SAIDo ♦THERE HAS BEEN SOME MISUNDERSTANDING ABOUT THE HUNG HOM ANNEXE OF THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION. THE ANNEX IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE COLLEGE AND COURSES CONDUCTED IN HUNG HOM ARE IN HO WAY SEPARATE OR DIFFERENT FROM THOSE CONDUCTED IN THE MAIN COLLEGE COMPLEX IN GASCOIGNE ROAD.

♦FOR CONVENIENCE A HUMBER OF STUDENTS IN THE FIRST YEAR OF THEIR COURSE WERE ACCOMMODATED IN HUNG HOM FOR THE 1974-75 SESSION. WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF ADDITIONAL THIRD YEAR GENERAL SUBJECTS COURSES AT THE THREE COLLEGES, IT HAS DEEN FOUND NECESSARY TO RE-DISTRIBUTE COURSES WITHIN THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND MORE CONVENIENT TO DISCONTINUE THE CONDUCT OF FIRST YEAR COURSES IN THE HUNG HOM ANNEX. THAT BUILDING WILL DE USED FOR SECOND YEAR AND I.C.T.T. COURSES AS FROM SEPTEMBER 1975. AT THE SAME TIME OTHER COURSES BEING MOUNTED IN THE MAIN BUILDING IN GASCOIGNE ROAD INCLUDE THIRD YEAR AND FIRST YEAR FULL-TIME COURSES. THIS WILL BRING ALL FIRST YEAR STUDENTS INTO CLOSE CONTACT WITH SENIOR STAFF AND THE MAJOR FACILITIES PROVIDED BY THE COLLEGE.♦

IN REPLY TO PRESS ENQUIRIES FOR STATISTICS, MR. FISHER-SHORT PROVIDED THE FOLLOWING Fl CURES a

FULL-TIME TWO-YEAR COURSES

THE APPROVED FIRST YEAR INTAKES FOR FULL-TIME TWO-YEAR COURSES ARE LISTED BELOW2

SEPTEMBER 1974 SEPTEMBER 1975

NORTHCOTE 300 GRANTHAM 330 SIR ROBERT BLACK 270 TOTAL: 900 225 1.35 200 560

SECOND YEAR INTAKES FOR FULL-TIME TWO-YEAR COURSES

THE APPROVED ARE LISTED BELOW8

SEPTEMBER 1974

SEPTEMBER 1975

NORTHCOTE

GRANTHAM

SIR ROBERT BLACK

TOTAL;

266 275

168 320

227 265

mrrwiirjM «ek=»e»

661 860

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FULL-TIME THIRD YEAR COURSES (SPECIALIST AND GENERAL SUBJECTS)

SEPTEMBER 1974

SEPTEMBER 1975

NORTHCOTE 22 75

GRANTHAM 45 80

SIR ROBERT BLACK 15 50

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TOTAL: 82 205

OF

THE INTAKES FOR THE PART-TIME TRAINING FOR TEACHERS (ICTT)

: IN-SERVICE COURSES ARE LISTED BELOW:

SEPTEMBER 1974

SEPTEMBER 1975

NORTHCOTE

GRANTHAM

SIR ROBERT BLACK

250

560

330

220

335

240

TOTAL:

1,140

795

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TEMPORARY WATER CUTS ft ft ft ft

A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN HUNG HOM WILL BE WITHOUT WATER FOR SEVERAL HOURS ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY MORNING WHEN THE MAINS WILL BE TURNED OFF TO FACILITATE A LEAKAGE TEST IN THE AREA.

THE TEMPORARY STOPPAGE ON FRIDAY WILL BE FROM -1 AM TO 6 AM AND WILL AFFECT PREMISES BOUNDED BY LOK SHAN ROAD, KING WAN STREET, MA TAU KOK ROAD AND TO KWA WAN ROAD.

THE PREMISES THAT WILL BE AFFECTED ON SATURDAY ARE BOUNDED BY LOK SHAN ROAD, KAU PUI LUNG ROAD, KO SHAN ROAD, SHUN YUNG STREET, FAT KWONG STREET, CHATHAM ROAD, PAK KUNG STREET, HOK YUEN STREET, THE WATERFRONT, BAILEY STREET, MA TAU WEI ROAD AND KOWLOON CITY ROAD.

ON HONG KONG ISLAND, CERTAIN PREMISES IN WESTERN DISTRICT WILL ALSO BE WITHOUT WATER FOR EIGHT HOURS FROM 10 PM ON FRIDAY. DURING THIS TIME WATERWORKS STAFF WILL BE INSTALLING A NEW WATER MAINS CONNECTION IN THE AREA.

AFFECTED WILL BE NO. 142 POKFULAM ROAD, ALL PREMISES IN POKFULAM VILLAGE — INCLUDING TAI KOO LAU AND DAIRY FARM COLD STORAGE — AND WAH HING HOUSE, WAH SANG HOUSE, WAH CHONG HOUSE AND WAH TAI HOUSE IN WAH FU ESTATE.

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MORE THAN 1,300 STUDENTS FROM 19 SECONDARY SCHOOLS WILL TAKE PART IN A CAREERS SEMINAR JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE ROTARY CLUB OF KWUN TONG NEXT WEEK.

THE SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER (EMPLOYMENT), MR. JAMES YEUNG, TOLD THE CLUB’S LUNCHEON MEETING SAID THE FOUR-DAY SEMINAR WOULD BE THE SIXTH ONE ARRANGED DY THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE DURING THE CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR.

THE SEMINAR, BEGINNING AT 9.30 A.M. ON TUESDAY (JUNE 3) AT THE KEI CHI MIDDLE SCHOOL IN KWUN TONG, WILL INCLUDE 15 MORNING LECTURES ON JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN VARIOUS FIELDS SUCH AS NURSING, SHIPBUILDING, SEAFARING, SECRETARIAL WORK, COMPUTER SERVICE, AIRLINE, GARMENT, HOTEL, BANKING, SOCIAL WORK, INSURANCE, TEXTILE AND APPRENTICE TRAINING.

MR. YEUNG SAID A FEATURE OF THE SEMINAR WOULD BE AFTERNOON VISITS TO INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS OR SERVICE ORGANISATIONS IN KWUN TONG. /

THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR. BEIL HENDERSON, WILL OPEN AND ADDRESS THE SEMINAR.

MR. YEUNG ALSO RENEWED THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S APPEAL TO EMPLOYERS TO NOTIFY THE LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE OF JOB VACANCIES IN THEIR ESTABLISHMENTS.

THERE WERE STILL MANY EMPLOYERS, HE SAID, WHO HAD NOT MADE GOOD OR FULL USE OF THE FREE SERVICE WHICH WAS SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR THOSE LOOKING FOR SUITABLE STAFF AS WELL AS JOB-SEEKERS.

HE ADDED THAT CO-OPERATION BY EMPLOYERS IN THIS RESPECT WOULD GO A LONG WAY IN ASSISTING THE MANY YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAD REGISTERED WITH THE LES FOR JOBS.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOUR REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CAREERS SEMINAR BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR AT 9.30 A.M. ON JUNE 3 IN THE KEI CHI MIDDLE SCHOOL AT 20, SHUI NING STREET, KWUN TONG.

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THURSDAY, MAY 29, 1975.

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR APRIL SHOW 13 PER . CENT DROP IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS .......................... 1

C.A.S. VOLUNTEERS PRAISED FOR THEIR ROLE IN LOOKING AFTER THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES .......................... 3

JUDGE T.L. YANG APPOINTED A PUISNE JUDGE.................4

BIOLOGY SEMINAR FOR TEACHERS BEGINS TOMORROW ........... 5

HONG KONG’S TRADE NEGOTIATORS DUE BACK FROM BRUSSELS TOMORROW ...................................... 6

CHANGE OF EXIT AT EX-NAVAL DOCKYARD CAR PARK............6

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THURSDAY, MAY 29, 1975.

APRIL EXPORTS DOWN BY 13 PER CENT if if if if if

THE VALUE OF HONG KONG’S DOMESTIC EXPORTS LAST FELL DY $>261 MILLION OR 13.6 PER CENT COMPARED WITH ...

LAST YEAR, ACCORDING TO PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES ISSUED TODAY DY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS

MONTH

APRIL

DEPARTMENT

LAST MONTH’S EXPORTS AMOUNTED VALUE COMPARED WITH 31,9'22 MILLION

TO 31,660 MILLION IN THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR.

THE VALUE

32,513 MILLION

IMPORTS WAS DOWN

DY 20.4 PER CENT TO

AS AGAINST 33.155 MILLION IN APRIL 1974

DROPPED DY Ooi PER CENT TO 3555 MILLION COMPARED WITH 3604 MILLION IN APRIL LAST YEAR,

AND RE-EXPORTS

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FIGURES FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY TO APRIL THIS YEAR SHOWED DECREASES DY VALUE OF 14.0 PER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS, 15.3 PER CENT FOR IMPORTS AND 12.3 PER CENT FOR RE-EXPORTS, AS AGAINST THE SAME PERIOD THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

DURING THE 12-MONTH PERIOD MAY 1974 TO APRIL 1975 THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE DY 1.4 PER CENT BUT RE-EXPORTS DROPPED DY 7.1 PER CENT IN VALUE. THE DECREASE IN IMPORTS WAS NEGLIGIBLE OVER THIS PERIOD.

THE FOLLOWING TABLE GIVES AN EASY GUIDE TO THE PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES s

DOMESTIC EXPORTS IMPORTS RE-EXPORTS

3 31,660 MILLION

s 32,513 MILLION

8 3 555 MILLION

COMPARATIVE FIGURES

DOMESTIC EXPORTS (%0F TOTAL EXPORTS) IMPORTS

RE-EXPORTS

(%0F TOTAL EXPORTS)

APRIL 1975

3 MN.

1,660 (74.9%)

2,513 555

(25.1%)

APRIL 1974

3 MN.

1,922 (76.1%)

3,155

604

(23.9%)

INCREASE OR DECREASE

3MN.

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- 642

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- 20.4

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FEB.-APR. FEB.-APR. INCREASE OR

1975 1974 DECREASE /

$ MN. 3 MN. 8 MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 4,554 5,299 - 745 " 14.1

IMPORTS 7,101 0,783 -1606 - 19.2

RE-EXPORTS 1,593 1,034 - 235 - 12.0

JAN.-APR. JAN -APR. INCREASE OR

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$ MN. 3 MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 6,180 7,194 -1005 - 14.0

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (74.5%) (74.9%)

IMPORTS 9,507 11,220 -1713 - 15.3

RE-EXPORTS 2,113 2,409 - 296 - 12.3

($4 OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (25.5%) (25.1%)

MAY 1974 MAY 1973

TO TO INCREASE OR

APRIL 1975 APRIL 1974 DECREASE

fc-J’C-X& .X T3U JCSOAT- s.' A4 -> $ MN. 8 MN. 3 MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 21,906 21,601 * 305 + 1.4

IMPORTS 32,407 32,403 - 1 - 0.003

RE-EXPORTS 6,829 7,354 - 525 - 7.1


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SPECIAL TRIBUTE WAS PAID TODAY TO THE CIVIL AID SERVICES FOR THEIR MAGNIFICENT RESPONSE IN RUNNING AND MANAGING THE THREE CAMPS FOR THE 3,600-ODD VIETNAMESE REFUGEES IN HONG KONG,

IN A TALK TO MEMBERS OF THE KOWLOON ROTARY CLUB, C.A.S. CHIEF STAFF OFFICER, MR. JOHN FORTUNE, NOTED THAT THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME ANY CIVIL ORGANISATION IN HONG KONG HAD ATTEMPTED TO ADMINISTER AND CONTROL SUCH A LARGE NUMBER OF FOREIGN NATIONALS FOR SUCH A PROLONGED PERIOD OF TIME IN CAMPS OF THIS NATURE.

BY PERFORMING THESE DUTIES, HE SAID, MEMBERS OF THE VOLUNTEER BODY HAD RELIEVED THE HEAVY BURDEN ON THE POLICE, OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND THE MILITARY AUTHORITIES, THUS ENABLING THEM TO CONTINUE WITH THEIR NORMAL DUTIES.

THE C.A.S. VOLUNTEERS — RELEASED DY THEIR EMPLOYERS FOR SPECIAL DUTY — WERE HEAVILY ENGAGED IN THEIR EXCEPTIONAL NEW TASK WHICH RANGED FROM CHAIRING REFUGEE COMMITTEES AND SUPERVISING DISTRIBUTION OF FOOD AND RELIEF ITEMS TO MANNING THE CAMP GATES AND ASSISTING IN SOLVING THE THOUSAND AND ONE PROBLEMS FACING THE REFUGEES.

+ IN RUNNING AND CO-ORDINATING THE CAMPS,+ MR. FORTUNE SAID, +ONE OF MY MAIN WORRIES IS THAT WITH THE ADVENT OF TIME WHILST LABORIOUS PROCEDURES ARE ENACTED IN THE PROCESSING OF REFUGEES FOR EVENTUAL EMIGRATION OVERSEAS, THEY WILL BECOME BORED IN THE CAMPS, FRUSTRATED AND THEN RESTLESS.<•

HE HOPED THAT SCREENING PROCESSES WOULD CONTINUE URGENTLY BY THE FOREIGN CONSULATES AND COMMONWEALTH COMMISSIONS SO THAT THE REFUGEES COULD MOVE ON FROM HONG KONG AND THEIR MORALE MAINTAINED.

FOR ITS PART, THE C.A.S. HAD MARSHALLED THE TALENTS OF THE REFUGEES TO START SCHOOLING FOR THE 1,400-PLUS REFUGEE CHILDREN, UTILISED VIETNAMESE DOCTORS TO PROVIDE MEDICAL SERVICES AND ORGANISED THE ADULTS INTO WORKING GROUPS TO MAINTAIN CLEANLINESS AND HYGIENE WITHIN THE CAMPS.

+WE HAVE FORMED REFUGEE COMMITTEES TO CO-ORDINATE AND ORGANISE ALL ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE CAMPS, INCLUDING RECREATION, FILM SHOWSAND SPORTING ACT IVI Tl ES,<- HE ADDED.

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OH THE C.A.S., MR. FORTUNE SAID HONG KONG WAS FORTUNATE IN HAVING SUCH A DEDICATED TASK FORCE GEARED TO ASSIST IN CASES OF NATURAL DISASTERS OR EMERGENCIES.

MUCH OF THE SERVICE’S STRENGTH LIES IN ITS ADAPTABILITY WHICH ENABLES IT TO UNDERTAKE PRACTICALLY ANY TASK WHETHER IT IS SEARCHING FOR MISSING PERSONS IN TREACHEROUS MOUNTAIN AREAS, FIGHTING FOREST FIRES,, PATROLLING RURAL AREAS, FIGHTING OIL SLICKS IN THE HARBOUR. OR JUST HELPING OUT DURING OCCASSIONS SUCH AS THE ROYAL VISIT EARLIER THIS MONTH.

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

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JUDGE YANG APPOINTED PUISNE JUDGE a a a a a

THE QUEEN HAS APPROVED THE APPOINTMENT OF DISTRICT JUDGE YANG TI-LI/ANG AS A JUDGE OF THE SUPREME COURT OF HONG KONG WITH EFFECT FROM MARCH 10, 1975.

JUDGE YANG, AGED 45, GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LONDON UNIVERSITY IN 1953 WITH THE DEGREE OF LL.B. (HONS). HE WAS CALLED TO THE BAR (GRAY’S INN) IN 1954. ,

JUDGE YANG JOINED THE JUDICIARY IN HONG KONG ON JULY 9, 1956 AS A MAGISTRATE. HE WAS PROMOTED TO SENIOR MAGISTRATE IN APRIL 1963 AND TO DISTRICT JUDGE IN APRIL 1968. SINCE THEN, HE HAS FREQUENTLY SAT IN THE SUPREME COURT AS A COMMISSIONER.

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JUDGE YANG WAS A MEMBER OF THE CHINESE LANGUAGE COMMITTEE. HE WAS CHAIRMAN OF THE CHINESE LANGUAGE SUBCOMMITTEE. HE ALSO CHA I REB THE COMMISSION OF ENQUIRY INTO THE RAIN STORM DISASTERD WHICH OCCURRED IN 1972.

JUDGE YANG IS MARRIED WITH TWO SONS.


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BIOLOGY SEMINAR MM

A SEMINAR WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (FRIDAY) FOR ABOUT 50 BIOLOGY LECTURERS AND TEACHERS TO INFORM THEM HOW TO BREED THE AFRICAN CLAWED TOAD, KNOWN AS AMPHIBIAN XENOPUS, WHICH IS NOT NATIVE TO HONG KONG.

THE SEMINAR IS ORGANISED DY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE SCIENCE CENTRE OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY AND WILL BE HELD IN THE CENTRE'S AUDITORIUM.

LECTURES WILL BE GIVEN BY DR. KONG YUN-CHUNG AND MR. TONG TAT-MING OF THE UNIVERSITY. THE PARTICIPANTS WILL ALSO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY OF MEETING PROFESSOR M.C. NIU OF TEMPLE UNIVERSITY, PHILADELPHIA, WHO IS WELL KNOWN FOR HIS WORK IN EMBRYOLOGY.

PROFESSOR NIU IS ON HIS WAY BACK TO THE UNITED STATES FROM PEKING WHERE HE WORKED WITH CHINESE SCIENTISTS FOR SEVERAL YEARS.

THE AIM OF THE SEMINAR IS TO INTRODUCE THE AFRICAN CLAWED TOAD TO SCHOOL LABORATORIES GEARED TO SCIENCE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT TREND IN HONG KONG WHICH PROMOTES PRACTICAL APPROACH IN SCIENCE EDUCATION AND LEARNING BIOLOGY DY ENQUIRY.

PAIRS OF THE AFRICAN CLAWED TOAD WILL DE PROVIDED FREE TO SCHOOLS. THIS WILL BE THE FIRST TIME THAT THIS TYPE OF TOAD WILL BE USED IN SECONDARY SCHOOL LABORATORIES IN HONG KONG.

THE TOO UNIVERSITIES HAVE BEEN EXPERIMENTING WITH IMPORTED SPECIMENS FOR MORE THAN A YEAR AND THE RESULTS HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID THE TOAD RESPONDS BETTER IN EXPERIMENTS THAN THE COMMON FROG NOW USED. IT WAS HOPED, HE SAID, THAT THE TOAD WOULD BE INTRODUCED ON A WIDER SCALE AND TO INCORPORATE THE CULTURE TECHNIQUES OF THE XENOPUS INTO THE FUTURE SECONDARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM.

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NOTE TO EDITORS!

THE HONG KONG TEAM OF TRADE NEGOTIATORS WHICH HAS BEEN IN BRUSSELS DISCUSSING THE QUESTION OF TEXTILES EXPORTS TO THE EEC, RETURNS TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE LATEST ROUND OF NEGOTIATIONS STARTED ON MAY 12 AND WERE RECESSED ON MAY 26.

A PRESS CONFERENCE HAS BEEN ARRANGED FOR THE LEADER OF THE TEAM, MR. LAWRENCE MILLS, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, TO TALK ABOUT WHAT TOOK PLACE AT THE NEGOTIATIONS.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO THE PRESS CONFERENCE WHICH WILL BE HELD IN THE VIP PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM AT KAI TAK AT 4.30 P.M. TOMORROW.

MR. MILLS WILL DE ARRIVING ON FLIGHT TG 600 WHICH IS DUE IN AT 4.25 P.M.

THE DC AND I’S PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, MR. GERRY XAVIER, WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST YOUR REPRESENTATIVES.

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NEW EXIT AT EX-NAVAL DOCKYARD CAR PARK ft ft ft X If ft

MOTORISTS WISHING TO USE THE EX-NAVAL DOCKYARD CAR PARK IN CENTRAL WILL HAVE TO USE THE EASTERN EXIT ON HARCOURT ROAD AS FROM MIDNIGHT ON SATURDAY (MAY 31).

THE PREVIOUS EXIT, FACING COTTON TREE DRIVE, WILL BE CLOSED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE PURPOSES, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY. THE MOVE, HE SAID, WOULD NOT CAUSE ANY INCONVENIENCE TO MOTORISTS.

NOTICES HAVE BEEN PUT UP AT THE CAR PARK TO INFORM MOTORISTS OF THE CHANGE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, MAY 30, 1975.

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

CAR PARKING FEES AT AIRPORT WILL BE RAISED FROM JULY ... 1

CLEAN BEACH ’75 CAMPAIGN GETS OFF GROUND THIS WEEKEND .. 3

MR. JOHN SWIRE ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF HONG KONG ASSOCIATION IN BRITAIN................................................   4

NEW COMMANDING OFFICER FOR ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR

FORCE  ...................................................   5

WAI YIP STREET IN KWUN TONG TO BE WIDENED TO EASE TRAFFIC FLOW ............................................... 6

HEAVIER FINES FOR IGNORING FIRE HAZARD ABATEMENT NOTICE TO BE IMPOSED FROM SUNDAY.........*......................... 7

REVISED ZONING PLAN FOR YAUMATEI IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR

PUBLIC INSPECTION .......................................... 7

HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE INVITES APPLICATION FOR ENROLMENT IN TWO COURSES ............................... 8

Issued by Government Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong. TeJ: S-233191

FRIDAY, MAY 30, 1975

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AIRPORT CAR PARKING FEES TO BE REVISED imi « H «

CAR PARKING FEES AT THE AIRPORT WILL BE'REVISED AS FROM THE BEGINNING OF JULY TO BRING THE CHARGES MORE CLOSELY INTO LINE WITH THOSE OF OTHER GOVERNMENT CARPARKS.

AT THE SAME TIME, POWERS TO LEVY A HEW HOURLY RATE WILL BE INTRODUCED FOR THOSE AIRPORT CARPARKS SPECIALLY RESERVED FOR HOTELS AND TRAVEL AGENTS SO AS TO PERMIT CHARGING FOR . SHORT-TERM PARKING IN HOLDING AREAS.

THE REVISIONS, CONTAINED IN THE HONG KONG AIRPORT (TRAFFIC) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1975, HAVE DEEN ENDORSED DY THE AVIATION ADVISORY BOARD AND APPROVED DY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.

THE VAST MAJORITY OF MOTORISTS USING THE PUBLIC CARPARK IS EXPECTED TO BE LITTLE AFFECTED SINCE ABOUT 92 PER CENT OF THEM USE IT FOR LESS THAN TWO HOURS AT ONE TIME AND FOR THE FIRST TWO HOURS THE FEES HAVE ONLY DEEN INCREASED DY 50 CENTS PER HOUR.

SCHEDULES SHOWING THE EXISTING AND NEW PARKING CHARGES ARE AS FOLLOWS s-

GENERAL PUBLIC CARPARKS

FROM TO <|W

1 (1) 1ST AND 2ND HOURS SI PER HOUR (II) 3RD, 4TH, 5TH, 6TH 7TH AND 8TH HOURS $2 PER HOUR , $1.50 PER HOUR S3 PER HOUR

(HI) SUBSEQUENT PERIOD 82 PER HOUR $4 PER HOUR

SPECIAL CARPARKS FOR HOTELS AND TRAVEL AGENTS

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FROM TO

(1) OMNIBUS 3260 PER MONTH 3650 PER MONTH

(II) CAR $200 PER MONTH 3500 PER MONTH

(III) HOURLY FEE FOR ALL TYPES OF VEHICLE

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(A) 1ST AND 2ND HOURS

(B) 3RD, 4TH, 5TH, 6TH, 7TH AND STH HOURS

(C) SUBSEQUENT PERIOD

NON-EXISTENT

NON-EXISTENT NON-EXISTENT

S3 PER HOUR

$7.50 PER HOUR $10 PER HOUR

THE AMENDING REGULATIONS WILL ALSO BRING IN OTHER MINOR CHANGES, TAKING EFFECT FROM JULY 1.

FOLLOWING THE PRACTICE OF OTHER GOVERNMENT CARPARKS, THE MAXIMUM PERIOD OF PARKING AT THE AIRPORT WILL BE EXTENDED FROM TOO TO SEVEN DAYS AND THE PENALTY CHARGES ON VEHICLES WHICH ARE REMOVED AND DETAINED WILL BE INCREASED.

THE NEW REMOVAL CHARGE WILL BE $80 AND THE STORAGE CHARGE (LEVIED AFTER THE SECOND DAY) WILL BE $20 PER DAY. EXISTING CHARGES ARE $50 AND $1 PER DAY RESPECTIVELY.

IT WILL ALSO NOW BE POSSIBLE TO MAKE A REFUND ON EXCESS PAYMENTS LEVIED BECAUSE THE CAR^OWNER CANNOT PRODUCE THE PARKING TICKET ISSUED TO HIM SHOWING HOW LONG HE HAS USED THE CARPARK. HOWEVER, A REFUND MAY ONLY BE MADE IF THE ORIGINAL ICKET IS RECOVERED AND PRESENTED WITHIN THREE DAYS.

FRIDAY, MAY 30, 1975

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BEGINNING OF +TOMORROW+ AND +BEACH+ SHOWS CLEAN BEACH ’75 CAMPAIGN STARTS THIS WEEKEND fl fl fl fl fl

THE CURTAIN RISES TONIGHT AT 8 O’CLOCK IN THE MACPHERSON STADIUM ON THE FIRST PUBLIC +TOMORROW+ SHOW TO PROMOTE CLEANLINESS OH BEACHES THIS SUMMER.

THE SHOW, LASTING TWO HOURS, WILL STAR WELL-KNOWN YOUNG ARTISTES IN THE ENTERTAINMENT FIELD, AND THE LATEST AUDIOVISUAL TECHNIQUE IN THE FORM OF A MULTI-SCREEN PRESENTATION OF URDAN COUNCIL RECREATIONAL FACILITIES WITH SYNCHRONISED SOUND.

ADMISSION IS FREE. THE HOPE OF THE ORGANISERS, THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, IS THAT TONIGHT’S SHOW, BY MIXING DELIGHTFUL MASS ENTERTAINMENT WITH A POSITIVE APPEAL FOR CLEANER DEACHES, WILL PROVOKE MORE CO-OPERATION AMONG USERS OF THE SEASIDE ON THE NEXT DAY.

TONIGHT’S ^TOMORROW* SHOW WILL DE REPEATED TOMORROW, SATURDAY, AT VICTORIA PARK, ALSO AT 8 P.M.

FOLLOWING TONIGHT’S +TOMORROW+ SHOW, THERE WILL DE A ♦BEACH* SHOW AT DEEP WATER DAY TOMORROW, SATURDAY, AT 2 P.M., AND ANOTHER +BEACH+ SHOW AT REPULSE DAY ON SUNDAY. *BEACH+ SHOWS LAST AH HOUR AND'A HALF.

ANNOUNCEMENTS ON SUBSEQUENT *TOMORROW+ AND +BEACH+ SHOWS WILL BE MADE BEFORE EVERY WEEKEND BETWEEN NOW AND THE END OF THE SWIMMING SEASON ON SEPTEMBER 14, INCLUSIVE.

CANCELLATION OF SHOWS BECAUSE OF DAD WEATHER WILL ALSO BE ANNOUNCED WELL IN ADVANCE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMITTEE SAYS THE MESSAGE INJECTED ON CLEANLINESS AT BEACHES +SHOULD NOT BE IGNORED.*

*THE REASON IS THAT, AS USUAL, ANT I-LITTER SQUADS WILL BE OPERATING ON BEACHES THIS YEAR,* HE EXPLAINS, *AND ’FUN’ CAN BECOME A ’FINE’ IF A BEACH-GOER FLOUTS THE LAW, AND BLATANTLY REJECTS OUR APPEAL FOR CO-OPERATION IN THE COMMON INTEREST.*

NOTE TO EDITORS : YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THIS WEEKEND’S ^TOMORROW* AND +BEACH+ SHOWS AT THE SITES MENTIONED IN THIS RELEASE.

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MR. JOHN SWIRE, CHAIRMAN OF THE SWIRE GROUP, HAS BEEN ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION IN BRITAIN. HE SUCCEEDS MR. MICHAEL HERR IES.

SPEAKING AT THE ASSOCIATION’S ANNUAL 'GENERAL MEETING IN LONDON YESTERDAY (THURSDAY), THE OUTGOING CHAIRMAN MR. KERRIES CRITICISED THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY FOR EXCLUDING HONG KONG FROM ITS GENERALISED PREFERENCE SCHEME FOR TEXTILES.

MR. HERR IES SAID THAT IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF HONG KONG’S DECLINING OVERSEAS TRADE, !T WAS TO BE DEPLORED THAT HONG KONG TEXTILES WERE STILL DENIED PREFERENCE BY THE EEC ALTHOUGH PLASTIC AND RUBBER FOOTWEAR MADE IN HONG KONG WERE INCLUDED IN THE EEC’S GENERALISED SCHEME OF PREFERENCE FROM JANUARY 1 THIS YEAR.

HE NOTED THAT THE JAPANESE HAD REDUCED THE NUMBER OF HONG KONG PRODUCTS WHICH WERE EXCLUDED FROM THEIR SCI! ME, BUT IT WAS DISAPPOINTING THAT HONG KONG WAS EXCLUDED FROM THE UNITED STATES’ LIST OF,COUNTRIES INCLUDED IN THE AMERICAN SCHEME TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR.

+HOWEVER, I AM GLAD TO REPORT THAT AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS MONTH STRONG REPRESENTATIONS MADE IN WASHINGTON BY THE DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY HAVE BORNE FRUIT AND HONG KONG WILL AT LAST BE INCLUDED IN THE LIST, HAVING AGREED TO DROP PREFERENCES IT GIVES IMPORTS FROM COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES— A RELATIVELY SMALL PRICE TO PAY IN VIEW OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THE AMERICAN MARKET TO HONG KONG,+ MR. HERRIES SAID.

ON U.K. TRADE WITH HONG KONG, HE SAID, +FOR THOSE WHO COMPLAIN WE IMPORT FAR MORE FROM HONG KONG THAN WE EXPORT, I THINK IT IS PERTINENT TO POINT OUT THAT PER HEAD OF POPULATION HONG KONG IMPORTED ABOUT POUND STERLING 38 OF GOODS FROM THE U.K. WHILST THE UNITED KINGDOM IMPORTED LESS THAN POUND STERLING 6 PER HEAD FROM HONG KONG IN 1974.+

IN HIS SPEECH, MR. HERRIES ALSO SAID HE FELT HE SHOULD STEP DOWN AS CHAIRMAN OF THE ASSOCIATION BUT WOULD BE GLAD TO CONTINUE SERVING ON THE COMMITTEE. HE ADDED THAT IN FUTURE HE WOULD BE SPENDING MORE TIME IN SCOTLAND.

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NEW COMMANDING OFFICER FOR RHKAAF a ft ft ft ft

THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE WILL HAVE A NEW COMMANDING OFFICER FROM SUNDAY (JUNE 1) WHEN WING COMMANDER ROSS PENLINGTON TAKES OVER FROM WING COMMANDER SIMON ELLIS.

WING COMMANDER PENLINGTON, 44, IS A MEMBER OF THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT AND IS CURRENTLY ASSISTANT TO THE LAW OFFICERS. HE JOINED THE RHKAAF IN 1965 HAVING PREVIOUSLY SERVED WITH THE ROYAL NEW ZEALAND TERRITORIAL AIR FORCE.

WING COMMANDER ELLIS, IN PRIVATE LIFE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY’S CHUNG CHI COLLEGE, HAS COMMANDED THE RHKAAF FOR NEARLY FOUR YEARS. HE HAD PREVIOUSLY SERVED WITH THE ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEERS RESERVE.

COMMENTING ON THE RHKAAF, WING COMMANDER ELLIS DESCRIBED IT AS +TIIE BEST BARGAIN THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAS GOT,+ AND HE WAS GLAD THAT THIS WAS INCREASINGLY BEING REALISED.

+THE RHKAAF IS A UNIQUE ORGANIZATION, COMBINING PERMANENT AND AUXILIARY STAFF TO PROVIDE ESSENTIAL AND SPECIALIZED FLYING SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY.* HE SAID. *OUR ALOUETTE HELICOPTERS ARE FLYING 150 SERIOUSLY ILL OR WOUNDED PEOPLE FROM OL.TYING AREAS TO HOSPITAL EVERY YEAR, DAY AND NIGHT, AND HALF OF THESE ARE FLOWN BY AUXILIARY PILOTS AND CREWMEN, AT A GREAT SAVING TO THE TAXPAYER.

♦APART FROM THIS 24-HOUR A DAY EMERGENCY SERVICE, THE HELICOPTERS PROVIDE THE GOVERNMENT WITH A QUICK AND RELIABLE MEANS OF TRANSPORT TO ANY PLACE IN HONG KONG.+

THE RHKAAF’S FIXED-WING TO IN-ENGI NED ’ISLANDER’ AIRCRAFT ACQUIRED THREE YEARS AGO HAD BEEN AN OUTSTANDING SUCCESS, HE SAID. THE ’ISLANDER’ IS EQUIPPED WITH A MODERN AERIAL SURVEY CAMERA PURCHASED BY CROWN LANDS AI4D SUIWEY OFFICE AND HAS MADE HONG KUNG SELF- SUFFICIENT IN AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY FOR MAPPING AND PLANNING PURPOSES.

THE ISLANDER’S SPEED AND SIZE MAKE IT IDEAL FOR THE RADAR APPROACH TRAINING FOR AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS AT THE AIRPORT, AND ITS RANGE AND COMPREHENSIVE NAVIGATIONAL AIDS, INCLUDING RADAR, GIVE IT AN IMPRESSIVE SEARCH-AND-RESCUE CAPABILITY AT SEA.

♦THIS CAPABILITY HAS ALSO BEEN OF USE TO IMMIGRATION AND THE PREVENTIVE SERVICE, AND MOST OBVIOUSLY TO THE NARCOTICS BUREAU OF THE POLICE. TOO THAI TRAWLERS SUSPECTED OF CARRYING LARGE QUANTITIES OF DRUGS WERE RECENTLY LOCATED, PHOTOGRAPHED AND TRACKED AT SEA UP TO A DISTANCE OF 100 MILES. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT NEW WEAPON FOR HONG KONG IN THE WAR AGAINST DRUGS,* WING COMMANDER ELLIS SAID.

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IN THE LAST THREE YEARS, HE WENT ON, THE RHKAAF HAS MADE GOOD PROGRESS TOWARDS SELF-SUFFICIENCY IN ENGINEERING AND MAINTENANCE, +AN IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENT BOTH FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF ECONOMY AND WHEN WE REMEMBER THE FORCE’S RESPONSIBILITIES IN CASE OF INTERNAL SECURITY PROBLEMS.+

THE RHKAAF, HE SAID, HAD ITS FAIR SHARE OF PROBLEMS, HOWEVER. *THE AIR TRAFFIC CONDITIONS AT KAI TAK MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO TRAIN PILOTS, AND THE SEK KONG RUNWAY HAS BECOME A VITAL FLYING TRAINING FACILITY. THE FACT THAT ITIS SITUATED WITHIN THE SEK KONG ARMY CAMP IS FORTUNATE IN THAT A DEGREE OF SECURITY IS GUARANTEED, BUT THE ARMY ITSELF HAS NO NEED FOR THE RUNWAY, AND PROBLEMS INEVITABLY ARISE.*

THE RHKAAF ALSO NEEDS NEW BASIC TRAINING AIRCRAFT, BOTH FOR ITS OWN USE, AND TO MEET THE ONGOING DEMAND FOR BASIC FLYING TRAINING FOR THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT’S TRAINEE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS. +WE HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO PROIVDE THIS, AND OTHER SERVICES EFFICIENTLY AND ECONOMICALLY.*

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WAI YIP STREET TO BE WIDENED ««««««

WAI YIP STREET IN KWUN TONG AND THE ROUNDABOUT AT ITS JUNCTION WITH LAI YIP STREET WILL BE IMPROVED TO EASE TWFIC CONGESTION IN THE AKEA.

A 370-METRE SECTION OF THE ROAD BETWEEN LAI YIP STREET AND THE KOWLOON BAY FLATTED FACTORIES WILL BE RESURFACED AND WIDENED FROM FOUR TO SIX LANES WITH OVER THREE-METRE WIDE FOOTPATHS ON BOTH SIDES. A CENTRAL DIVIDING STRIP WILL ALSO BE BUILT TO SEPARATE TRAFFIC FLOW.

THE WIDENED CARRIAGEWAY WILL LINK UP WITH THE PROJECTED WAI YIP STREET EXTENSION TO FORM AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE ROAD NETWORK IN THE KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION.

U111 THE IMPROVEMENT WORKS ARE EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN JULY AND WILL TAKE ABOUT SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE. THE --------------

WORKS HAVE BEEN

DESIGNED BY THE HIGHWAYS (KOWLOON) DIVISION OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, WHICH WILL ALSO SUPERVISE THE CONSTRUCTION.

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STIFFER FINES FOR IGNORING FIRE HAZARD ABATEMENT NOTICES h a m a#

LEGISLATION PROVIDING STIFFER MAXIMUM FINES AGAINST PEOPLE WHO FAIL TO COMPLY WITH FIRE HAZARD ABATEMENT NOTICES WITHIN THE STIPULATED TIME COME INTO EFFECT FROM SUNDAY (JUNE 1).

THE FIRE SERVICE (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE, PASSED RECENTLY BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL., LAYS DOWN A MAXIMUM FINE OF 32,000 — DOUBLE THE PREVIOUS AMOUNT — FOR iHE OFFENCE. IN ADDITION, A FINE OF

MAY DE IMPOSED FOR EVERY DAY THE OFFENCE CONTINUES.

THE ORDINANCE ALSO DOUBLES THE FINE FOR CONTRAVENING A FIRE HAZARD ORDER FROM 32,000 TO 34,000.

THE FINE FOR OBSTRUCTING A MEMBER OF THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN CARRYING OUT HIS DUTIES IS RAISED FOURFOLD FROM 3250 TO 31,000. THIS OFFENCE ALSO CARRIES A SIX MONTHS’ PRISON SENTENCE. A FINE OF 35,000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR SIX MONTHS MAY E? IMPOSED ON ANY PERSON WHO WEARS A FIRE SERVICES UNIFORM WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF THE DIRECTOR. AT PRESENT, FINE FOR THIS OFFENCE IS 3250.

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REVISED ZONING PLAN FOR YAU MA TEI AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION » « ns k «

THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD HAS PUBLISHED A REVISED PLAN FOR THE YAU MA TEI AREA.

THE AMENDED PLAN PROPOSES ONLY ONE CHANGE TO THE LAND USE PATTERN OF THE AREA, NAMELY THE RE-ZONING OF A GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTION AND COMMUNITY SITE ON NATHAN ROAD TO COMMERCIAL/ RESIDENTIAL USE.

THE PLAN ALSO INCLUDES THE NEW FORM OF NOTATION WHICH PROVIDES FOR CERTAIN USES NOT COVERED BY THE ZONING TO BE PERMITTED ON APPLICATION TO THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD.

COPIES OF THE AMENDED PLAN MAY BE INSPECTED UNTIL JUNE 19 DURING NORMAL OFFICE HOURS AT THE CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUBOFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, HONG KONG, OR AT THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, 10TH FLOOR.

COPIES MAY BE BOUGHT AT 35 FOR AN UNCOLOURED COPY AND AT 325 FOR A COLOURED COPY.

ANY PERSON AFFECTED BY THE AMENDMENT MAY SUBMIT OBJECTIONS IN WRITING TO THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD BEFORE JUNE 19, 1975 STATING THE REASONS FOR THE OBJECTIONS.

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TOO COURSES, ONE FULL-TIME TWO-YEAR AND THE OTHER TWO-YEAR PART-TIME EVENING WILL BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER AT THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE.

THE FULL-TIME COURSE IS FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN THE TEACHING PROFESSION AND IN PASSING ON THEIR ACQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS OF THEIR OWN SPECIALISM TO STUDENTS IN TECHNICAL EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS.

STUDENTS WHO ARE NOW IN FORM 5 MAY APPLY BUT NO DECISION WILL BE MADE TO ADMIT THEM UNTIL AFTER THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE 1975 CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION RESULTS.

THERE ARE 50 PLACES FOR THIS COURSE. THE FEES ARE 8400 A YEAR PAYABLE IN TEN MONTHLY INSTALMENTS. STUDENTS ARE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE INTEREST-FREE LOANS OF UP TO $1,200 A YEAR AND NEEDY STUDENTS MAY BE GIVEN A MAINTENANCE GRANT OF UP TO $1,600 A YEAR ON APPLICATION. --

APPLICANTS MUST POSSESS A HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION WITH GRADE E OR ABOVE IN ENGLISH, CHINESE, MATHEMATICS AND TECHNICAL DRAWING TOGETHER WITH A CREDIT IN EITHER WOODWORK, METALWORK OR PRACTICAL ELECTRICITY= OR A HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION WITH GRADE E OR ABOVE IN ENGLISH, CHINESE, MATHEMATICS AND TYPEWRITING TOGETHER WITH A CREDIT IN THE PRINCIPLE^ OF ACCOUNTS OR SHORTHAND.

THE TWO-YEAR PART-TIME EVENING COURSE IS FOR IN-SERVICE TEACHERS IN GOVERNMENT, AIDED OR PRIVATE SCHOOLS WHO, ALTHOUGH SUITABLY QUALIFIED ACADEMICALLY, DO NOT POSSESS THE PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS.

THERE ARE 20 PLACES FOR THIS COURSE. THE FEES ARE $100 A YEAR PAYABLE IN ONE INSTALMENT. ALL APPLICANTS SHOULD BE FULL-TIME TECHNICAL OR COMMERCIAL TEACHERS.

AT THE END OF THE COURSE, CERTIFICATES IN TECHNICAL TEACHER TRAINING WILL BE AWARDED TO THOSE WHO HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE COURSE.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE TOO COURSES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE, 373, QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG. ALL COMPLETED FORMS MUST BE RETURNED BY JUNE 9.

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RECREATION AND SPORTS SERVICE FINDS MORE PLAY FACILITIES FOR YOUNG AND OLD ............................ 1

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CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY COMPETITIONS CONTINUE TOMORROW ... 3

ONLY A WEEK TO GO TO DRAW OF FIRST GOVERNMENT LOTTERY

THIS YEAR ......ooooooooooooooaooooooootfoooooooaaooooe 3

THREE HOUSES IN TUEN MUN DECLARED DANGEROUS.............. 4

KEV/ POKFULAM ROAD CARRIAGEWAY OPENS ON MONDAY........... 4

CAR PLATES AUCTION NETS OVER 2129,000 FOR CHARITY .... 5

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

SATURDAY, MAY 31, 1975

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MORE RECREATIONAL AND SPORT ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG AND 01 D ALIKE

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SOME 30 SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS HAVE OPENED THEIR DOORS TO ORGANISED PUBLIC RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN SUPPORT OF A SCHEME TO PROVIDE MORE PLAY OPPORTUNITIES AND FACILITIES FOR YOUNG AND OLD ALIKE.,

THE SCHEME WAS I AUHCHFD RECENTLY DY THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN AH EFFORT TO MAXIMISE THE USE OF SPORTS FACILITIES SO AS TO EASE THE PRESSURE OH THOSE ALREADY HEAVILY OVERSUBSCRIBED.

THE SCHOOLS AND ORGANISATIONS ’RENT’ OUT THEIR FACILITIES AT A NOMINA!. FEE TO THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE Will CH ORGANISES PROGRAMMES AND SUPPLIES COACHES TO ORGANISED GROUPS.

SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT LAST OCTOBER, THE RECREATION AND SPORTS SERVICE HAS ATTRACTED ABOUT 6,023 PEOPLE TO ITS MANY ACTIVITIES, RANGING FROM TRADITIONAL CHINESE SHADOW DOMING TO ROLLER SKATING WHICH IS FAST GAINING IN POPULARITY.

PEOPLE ATTENDING THE PROGRAMMES COME FROM MANY WALKS OF LIFE AND INCLUDE HOUSEWIVES ATTENDING KEEPING-FIT CLASSES, PROBATIONERS GOING OUT ON TOUGH CHARACTER-TRAINING EXCURSIONS, AND HANDICAPPED PEOPLE TAKING PART IN BASKETBALL GAMES AND WALKATHONS.

WITH THE EVER INCREASING INTEREST IN SPORTS, THE SERVICE HAS DEEN ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN OPENING UP MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUCH ACTIVITIES AND HA& BEEN WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN THE PROVISION OF MORE PLAY FACILITIES.

*ONE OF THE STEPS WE ARE TAKING,* SAYS MR. DICKEN YUNG, SENIOR RECREATION AND SPORTS OFFICER, *IS TO SCOUT AROUND FOR VACANT LOTS OF LAND EARMARKED FOR LATER DEVELOPMENT DY THE GOVERNMENT OR PUBLIC BODIES AND TO TURN THEM INTO TEMPORARY SPORT FIELDS AND PLAYGROUNDS.*

SEVERAL LOCATIONS, HE ADDED, WERE BEING CONSIDERED AT KENNEDY TOWN, SHAUKIWAN, WONG TAI SIH, MEI FOO, KWUN TONG • AND WONG CHUK HANG.

AT WONG CHUK HANG, A SITE WHICH WAS FORMERLY A PARKING LOT IS NOW BEING INSTALLED WITH BASKETBALL EQUIPMENT AND THE GROUND MARKED OUT FOR DIFFERENT TYPES OF DALL GAMES.

THE SERVICE ALSO GIVES ADVICE TO SPORTS CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS IN THEIR PROGRAMME PLANNING, AND LIAISES WITH THEM TO CO-ORDINATE THE USE OF URBAN COUNCIL GROUNDS.

THIS ENSURES THAT PUBLIC FACILITIES ARE USED TO THE FULL FOR THE BENEFIT OF A LARGER HUMBER OF PEOPLE.

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IN PROMOTING SPORT ACTIVITIES, THE SERVICE HAS NOT FORSAKEN QUALITY FOR QUANTITY, MR. YUNG STRESSED.

♦EQUAL VALUE HAS BEEN PLACED OH COACHING COURSES, PARTICULARLY THOSE FOR INSTRUCTORS WHO IN TURN CAN IMPART WHAT THEY HAVE LEARNT TO THOSE GROUPS WHICH WILL BE SUBSEQUENTLY UNDER THEIR CHARGE. OVER THE LAST SIX MONTHS SONE 1,500 INSTRUCTORS AND COACHES FOR VARIOUS SPORTS HAVE BEEN TRAINED.

♦EXPERIENCED INSTRUCTORS ARE NEEDED TO CONDUCT CLASSES BECAUSE THEY KNOW HOW BEST TO TAILOR COURSES TO THE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS OF PARTICIPANTS COMING FROM A PARTICULAR DISTRICT OR AGE GROUP AND THEY CAN PERSONALLY ATTEND TO THE PROGRESS OF INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF THEIR CLASS,<■ HE SAID.

THE SERVICE IS ALSO LAUNCHING SEVERAL EXPERIMENTAL SCHEMES IN FAMILY RECREATION. THESE INCLUDE FAMILY SPORTS CAMPS TO BE HpLD AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY AND THE Y.M.C.A. WU KWAI SHA YOUTH VILLAGE. INSTRUCTOR CLASSES INCLUDE A SIX-MONTH LEADERSHIP ■ COURSE FOR SERVING RECREATION WORKERS, AND A COURSE FOR COMMUNITY FITNESS INSTRUCTORS.

THE RECREATION LEADERSHIP COURSE WILL ENABLE PARTICIPANTS TO BETTER ORGANISE AND ADMINISTER RECREATION AND SPORT PROGRAMMES, AND ASSIST AT SPORT FUNCTIONS WITH MORE PROFESSIONALISM AND CONFIDENCE, SAID MR. YUNG. %

THE COMMUNITY FITNESS INSTRUCTORS COURSE IS TRAINING COACHES FOR THE VARIOUS DISTRICT AREAS WHERE THEY WILL EVENTUALLY CONDUCT FITNESS CLASSES FOR RESIDENTS IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD.

OTHER COACHING COURSES WHICH HAVE BEEN ORGANISED OR ARE BEING ORGANISED ARE FOR WATER-POLO, DIVING, TENNIS, BADMINTON, HANDBALL, VOLLEYBALL AND BASKETBALL. ADVICE HAS ALSO DEEN GIVEN TO VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND NATIONAL SPORTS BODIES ON DEVELOPMENT OF SPORTS PROGRAMMES.

♦PLENTY OF MANPOWER, FINANCIAL SUPPORT AND CO-OPERATION IS REQUIRED TO ORGANISE SPORTS AND RECREATION,♦ MR. YUNG SAID. ♦EVEN IN A DIFFICULT ECONOMIC CLIMATE SPORT AND PHYSICAL RECREATION ARE NOT LUXURIES BUT AN ESSENTIAL PART OF LIFE IN AN INDUSTRIALISED SOCIETY.

♦IT IS HEARTENING THAT RESPONSE TO ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE HAS BEEN SO GREAT,♦ HE SAID.

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SATURDAY, MAY 31, 1975

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MORE THAN 1,003 YOUNG PEOPLE WILL TAKE PART IN THE PAINTING AIIB CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY COMPETITIONS TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT THE CARITAS CENTRE IN CAINE ROAD, CENTRAL.

THIS IS THE SECOND DAY OF THE COMPETITIONS WHICH FORM PART OF THE ARTS AND CULTURAL CONTEST ORGANISED BY VARIOUS LOCAL EODIES AND SPONSORED By THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT TO PROMOTE AND WIDEN YOUTH INTEREST IN VARIOUS FORMS OF CULTURAL ARTS. THE COMPETITIONS WERE'FIRST HELD LAST SUNDAY (MAY 25) WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF HORE THAN 2,000 YOUNG PEOPLE.

OTHER ITEMS OF THE CULTURAL AND ARTS CONTEST, INCLUDING TRANSLATION, CHINESE ESSAY AND SPEECH COMPETITIONS, WILL EE HELD SHORTLY.

THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, MR. AUGUSTINE KAM CHUI WILL VISIT THE CARITAS CENTRE AT 2.45 P.M. ON SUNDAY TO SEE THE YOUNG ARTISTS IN ACTION.

NOTE TO EDITORS 8

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE EVENT.

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CHANCE FOR WINNING GOVERNMENT LOTTERY a a a « a a a

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THOSE WHO WISH TO'BUY TICKETS OF THE FIRST GOVERNMENT LOTTERY THIS YEAR HAVE ONLY SEVERAL MORE DAYS TO DO SO.

TICKETS AT $2 EACH WILL BE AVAILABLE UP TO NEXT FRIDAY EVENING. WINNING NUMBERS WILL BE DRAWN AT 10 A.M. OH SATURDAY (JUNE 7) AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE.

AT 12 NOON TODAY (SATURDAY), A TOTAL OF 350,000 TICKETS HAVE BEEN SOLD. ON MONDAY, FIVE WELL-KNOWN RADIO HONG KONG ARTISTES — MR. LEUNG MING, MISS FUNG SHUI CHUN, MR. TSANG KONG, MISS KIMMY GOT AND MR. WU KWUN MAANG, WILL BE PRESENT AT STATUE SQUARE FROM 5 TO 6 P.M. TO PROMOTE THE SALE OF TICKETS.

THEY WILL ALSO DRAW THE WINNING NUMBERS AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE.

SATURDAY, MAY 31, 1975

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY DECLARED NOS. 110. 119 AND 120 SAN HUI MAIN STREET IN TUEN MUN TO DE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION, AND THE REAR PORTION OF NO. 103 LIABLE TO BECOME DANGEROUS.

THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID TODAY THE THREE HOUSES, LOCATED IN A TWO-STOREY TERRACE, WERE INSPECTED FOLLOWING A COMPLAINT AND WERE FOUND TO DE IN A VERY ADVANCED STATE OF DETERIORATION.

THE SOFT RED BRICK LOAD-BEARING WALLS, HE SAID, WERE CONSIDERABLY ERODED AND THE ROOF TIMBERS BADLY DECAYED IN • SEVERAL AREAS, WHILE THE REINFORCED FIRST FLOORS OF THE REAR KITCHEN BLOCKS WERE EXTENSIVELY SPALLED AND THE EXPOSED REINFORCEMENT CORRODED.

■s-THERE IS DANGER OF COLLAPSE WITHIN THIS TERRACE AND AS THE SINGLE STOREY TIMBER STRUCTURE AT THE REAR OF NO. 108, WHICH DERIVES SUPPORT FROM THE FLANK WALL OF NO. 120, WOULD THEREBY BECOME LIABLE TO COLLAPSE, IT IS INTENDED TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS.<•

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS IN KOWLOON DISTRICT COURT ON JUNE 9-. WERE POSTED TODAY.

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NEW CARRIAGEWAY OPEN TO TRAFFIC ON MONDAY H X n n JI-

MOTOR I STS ARE ADVISED TODAY THAT A NEW SOUTH-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF POKFULAM ROAD RUNNING THROUGH POKFULAM VILLAGE WILL BE OPEN TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC AS FROM 10.30 A.M. ON MONDAY (JUNE 2).

THE NEW CARRIAGEWAY WHICH IS PART OF THE POKFULAM ROAD WIDENING PROJECT WILL BE USED FOR TWO-WAY TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT SIX WEEKS WHILE THE EXISTING CARRIAGEWAY WILL DE CLOSED TO ENABLE CONSTRUCTION WORK TO DE CARRIED OUT.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL DE POSTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

SATURDAY, MAY 31, 1975

$5129,000 NETTED AT CAR NUMBER AUCTION n n « h :• «

, FIFTEEN SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD BY AUCTION THIS MORNING FOR A TOTAL OF $5129,000 WHICH WILL GO INTO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND FOR CHARITY PURPOSES.

THE AUCTION, HELD AT THE CITY HALL LECTURE ROOM, SAW THE REGISTRATION NUMBER 6000 FETCH THE HIGHEST PRICE OF $520,500.

DD 0 WAS SOLD AT THE SECOND HIGHEST PRICE OF $516,100 WHILE THE LOWEST PRICE WAS $51,000 FOR AW123.

THE OTHER SPECIAL CAR REGISTRATION HUMBERS WERE SOLD AT THE FOLLOWING PRICES!

EG 3 - $514,000= AU 2 - $513,500= AZ8883 - $510,200=

AU 747 ~ $510,000= AR800 - $57,000= DG 99 - $56,600=

AZ 11 - $56,100= 4711 - $56,000= DD17 “ $55,700=

AZ2233 " $55,500= AZ333 - $55,000 AND AJ1771 - $52,600.

THE NUMBERS AUCTIONED WILL DE ASSIGNED ONLY TO VEHICLES REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL DIDDERS WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THE DATE OF AUCTION.

TODAY’S SALE, THE 24TH IN A SERIES ORGANISED DY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, SINCE MAY 1973, DROUGHT THE TO IAL AMOUNT OF MONEY REALISED SO FAR TO $53.87 MILLION.

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