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

 DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

TUESDAY, JULY 1, 1975

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RAPIDLY CHANGING SOCIAL VALUES PRODUCE MORE BROKEN MARRIAGES ............................................... 1

MR. JOHN SWA I NE APPOINTED ACTING CHAIRMAN OF PUBLIC SERVICES COMMISSION ..................................... 3

THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN CAMPS ORGANISED EY ED’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME .......................... 4

WELFARE SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED AT FOUR FUTURE HOUSING

ESTATES ................................................. 5

ESSAY CONTEST FOR CHILDREN IN TSUEN WAN.................. 5

TEMPORARY WATER CHARGES COLLECTION CENTRES SET UP IN SilEUNG SHU I AND FANLING ............................... 6

WATER CUT IN CHAI WAN AND SHA TIN........................ 6

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

TUESDAY, JULY 1, 1975

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MORE H.K. MARRIAGES END UP ON THE ROCKS

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RAPIDLY CHANGING SOCIAL VALUES ARE PRODUCING AN EVER INCREASING NUMBER OF BROKEN MARRIAGES AND SUBSEQUENTLY A MUCH HEAVIER CASELOAD FOR THE FAMILY SERVICES DIVISION OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

MANY MARITAL DISPUTES END IN DIVORCES, AS INDICATED BY THE FAST RISING DIVORCE RATE DURING THE PAST FEW YEARS. DURING THE 1974/75 FINANCIAL YEAR, A TOTAL OF 959 CASES WERE FILED FOR DIVORCE, AN INCREASE OF 125 OR ABOUT 15 PER CENT OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR’S FIGURE. 4

BUT THE VAST MAJORITY OF THESE DISPUTES NEVER WENT INTO THE DIVORCE RECORDS BECAUSE AMICABLE SETTLEMENTS WERE REACHED AFTER PROFESSIONAL COUNSELLING AND GUIDANCE BY WELFARE OFFICERS OF THE FAMILY SERVICES DIVISION.

MR. ALEXANDER FUNG, PRINCIPAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER OF THE DIVISION, SAID TODAY THAT THE MAIN CAUSE OF MARITAL DISPUTES IS STILL FINANCIAL.

>BUT NEW AREAS OF CONFLICT, MUCH UNNOTICED PREVIOUSLY IN HONG KONG, HAVE BEEN EMERGING RECENTLY AND THE MOST OBVIOUS OF THESE IS WHAT WE TERM AS ’ROLE AMBIGUITY’.

+THE WOMAN IN A FINANCIALLY INDEPENDENT COUPLE, WHICH IS THE RULE RATHER THAN THE EXCEPTION AMONG YOUNG COUPLES THESE DAYS, MAY MAKE OUT BETTER THAN THE MAN,+ HE SAID. +IN EXTREME CASES, THE WOMAN MAY COMPLETELY TAKE OVER THE ROLE OF THE BREAD WINNER WHILE THE MAN IS LEFT WITH THE DAILY HOUSEHOLD CHORES.+

+THIS MAY LEAD TO SERIOUS CONFLICTS BETWEEN THE MAN’S SENSE OF PRIDE AND POSSESSIVENESS AND THE EMANCIPATED WOMAN’S SENSE OF INDEPENDENCE AND FREEDOM,+ SAID MR. FUNG.

ANOTHER NEW CAUSE OF A NUMBER OF MARITAL DISPUTES AND DIVORCES, HE ADDED, WAS PRE-MARITAL SEXUAL FREEDOM. . v

+QUITE A NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE ARE FORCED INTO EARLY MARRIAGES BY UNEXPECTED PRENANCIES BEFORE THEY REALLY UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER. SUCH MARRIAGES, WITH WEAK FOUNDATION AND BASED ON OBLIGATION RATHER THAN LOVE, ARE MORE LIABLE TO GO ON THE ROCKS.

+OTHER COMMON CAUSES OF DISPUTES ARE ADULTERY, PERSONALITY CONFLICTS, IN-LAW PROBLEMS, BAD HABITS SUCH AS DRINKING, GAMBLING OR DRUGS AND DESERTION,* SAID MH. FUNG.

THE INCREASING NUMBER OF MARITAL DISPUTES BEING BROUGHT BEFORE THE FAMILY SERVICES DIVISION HAS ENCOURAGED RATHER THAN DAUNTED MR. FUNG AND HIS STAFF.

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♦PARADOXICALLY, WE FIND THIS TO BE A HEALTHY SIGN BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE GIVING UP THEIR TRADITIONAL ATTITUDE OF NOT WASHING ONE’S DIRTY LINEN I‘i PUBLIC. THE FACT THAT THEY ARE ‘BRINGING THEIR PROBLEMS TO US SHOUS THAT THE VALUE OF OUR SERVICES IS RECOGNISED,* HE SAID.

♦MOST OF THE COUPLES COMING TO US FOR ADVICE ARE WITHIN THE 25-30 AGE GROUP,*'HE ADDED, +AND WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THIS OPEN-MINDED TREND SPREADING TO OLDER COUPLES.*

MR. FUNG SAID THAT MARITAL PROBLEMS BROUGHT TO HIS DIVISION FOR MEDIATION COULD BE DIVIDED INTO TWO MAIN GROUPS — WSE IN WHICH BOTH PARTNERS RECOGNISED THAT PROBLEMS EXISTED AND TRIED TO REACH A SETTLEMENT AND THOSE WHICH INVOLVED COMPLAINTS FROM ONE PARTNER.

♦AFTER AN INITIAL ASSESSMENT OF THE NATURE OF THE PROBLEM IS MADE, A CASE WORKER, WORKING UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF AN EXPERIENCED SOCIAL WORKER, LOOKS INTO THE MATTER IN DEPTH + MR. FUNG SAID.

+HE USUALLY ARRANGES A SERIES OF INTERVIEWS WITH the CLIENT, JOINT INTERVIEWS WITH ALL INVOLVED PARTIES PRESENT, AL . MAKE HOME VISITS TO GAIN A DEEPER INSIGHT INTO THE CLIENT’S PROBLEMS.

+IT OFTEN TURNS OUT THAT THE INITIAL COMPLAINT MA, NOT BE THE REAL PROBLEM THREATENING TO RUIN A MARRIAGE,* HE ADDED. +AFTER A SERIES OF COUNSELLINGS, A COUPLE MAY GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR OWN PROBLEMS AND LOOK AT THEM FROM A TOTALLING DIFFERENT VIEWPOINT.*

MR. FUNG SAID THAT THE MAIN PROBLEM FACING A CASEWORKER WAS HOW TO GAIN THE RESPECT AND TRUST OF THE CLIENT. +VERY OFTEN IT IS THE CASE OF A YOUNG, UNMARRIED CASE WORKER GIVING ADVICE ON COMPLICATED MARITAL PROBLEMS TO A MUCH OLDER AND EXPERIENCED COUPLE,*.HE SAID.

+THE CASE WORKER MUST FIRST CONVINCE HIS CLIENTS THAT HIS PROFESSIONAL TRAINING CAN HELP TO SOLVE THEIR PROBLEMS, JUST AS A YOUNG DOCTOR CAN CURE AN OLD MAN BECAUSE OF HIS PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE.

♦THE RATE OF AMICABLE SETTLEMENTS BEING REACHED AFTER THE DIVISION’S COUNSELLING SERVICE IS, AS FAR AS WE KNOW, HIGHLY SATISFACTORY,* HE ADDED.

+HOPELESS CASES, WHERE COUNSELLING SERVICES ARE IN VAIN, ARE REFERRED TO THE MEDIATION UNIT OF THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT FOR EXECUTION OF DOCUMENTS PERTAINING TO DIVORCE,* HE SAID.

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+OUR DIVISION CAN ALSO ARRANGE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN OR OLD PEOPLE AFFECTED IN A DISPUTE TO BE TEMPORARILY HOUSED IN THE APPROPRIATE INSTITUTIONS, WHENEVER THERE IS A NEED FOR IT.+ MR. FUNG SAID. +IMMEDIATE CASH RELIEF CAN ALSO BE ARRANGED IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS.+

AS FROM MAY THIS YEAR, THE FAMILY SERVICES DIVISION HAS CENTRAL I SHED COUNSELLING SERVICES FOR ALL MARITAL PROBLEMS, WHIW ALSO USED TO BE AVAILABLE FROM THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT.

ADVICE ON MARRIAGE PROBLEMS, AS WELL AS ALL OTHER FAMILY MATTERS RANGING FROM PROBLEM GIRLS TO ILLEGITIMATE CHILDREN, CAN DE OBTAINED FROM ANY OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S FOUR DISTRICT OFFICES AND NINE FAMILY SERIVCES CENTRES ESTABLISHED ALL OVER HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES. SUCH SERVICES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FROM A NUMBER OF VOLUNTARY FAMILY SERVICE AGENCIES.

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ACTING CHAIRMAN OF PUBLIC SERVICES COMMISSION APPOINTED

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THE GOVERNOR HAS APPOINTED MR. JOHN J. SWAINE AS THE ACTING CHAIRMAN OF THE PUBLIC SERVICES COMMISSION DURING THE TEMPORARY ABSENCE OF SIR RONALD HOLMES.

SIR RONALD, WHO LEAVES HONG KONG ON JULY 8 FOR TWO MONTHS VACATION, IS EXPECTED TO RETURN AT THE END OF AUGUST.

MR. SWAINE, WHO WILL FILL IN THE GAP DURING SIR RONALD’S ABSENCE, WAS FIRST APPOINTED TO THE PUBLIC SERVICES COMMISSION AS A TEMPORARY MEMBER IN MAY 1974 AND BECAME A PERMANENT MEMBER TWO MONTHS LATER.

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EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CAMPING REMAINS MOST POPULAR ACTIVITY

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THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE, FROM PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS, WILL TAKE PART IN CAMPS BEING ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

THE DEPARTMENT RECEIVED $514,050 FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AS A DONATION TOWARDS FINANCING SOME OF ITS SUMMER ACTIVITIES, WITH THE REMAINDER COMING FROM THE GOVERNMENT.

THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB’S CONTRIBUTION REPRESENTS A 15 PER CENT INCREASE OVER LAST YEAR’S DONATION. THIS HAS ENABLED 583 SCHOOLS TO BE GIVEN SEPARATE ALLOCATIONS.

CAMPING REMAINS THE MOST POPULAR ACTIVITY AMONG YOUNGER AND OLDER PUPILS. THIS YEAR, 4,653 CHILDREN, ACCOMPANIED BY 331 PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS AND 6,874 PUPILS, ACCOMPANIED BY 429 SECONDARY TEACHERS, WILL BE OUT CAMPING FOR A FEW DAYS DURING JULY AND AUGUST. . , ,

THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT IS HELPING THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, AND PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS, BY MAKING AVAILABLE, AS IN PREVIOUS YEARS, CHOICE SITES IN RURAL AREAS FOR SCHOOL FORESTRY WORK CAMPS.

PARTICIPANTS WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE FOR SIX DAYS IN A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT, AND TO WORK IN BEAUTIFUL AND INTERESTING SURROUNDINGS WHILE THEY INVOLVE THEMSELVES IN SUPERVISED MANAGEMENT OF THE COUNTRYSIDE FOR THEIR OWN EDUCATION AND THE BENEFIT OF THE COMMUNITY.

PHYSICALLY-HANDICAPPED YOUNG PEOPLE ARE NOT BEING NEGLECTED, AND THERE WILL BE ONE-DAY CAMPS FOR THEM TO BE HELD AT THE LIFE CLUB TRAINING HEADQUARTERS, REPULSE BAY. *

THERE WILL BE +CAMPS IN REVERSE,+ A SCHEME BY WHICH RURAL CHILDREN ARE BROUGHT TO THE DIOCESAN YOUTH CENTRE, IN POK FU LAM, FOR FIVE DAYS OF VISITS TO WELL-KNOWN URBAN LANDMARKS, INTERSPERSED WITH OTHER ACTIVITIES IN WHICH, AS COUNTRY CHILDREN, THEY DO NOT HAVE MUCH OPPORTUNITY TO ENGAGE.

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S VARIED PROGRAMME WILL ALSO INCLUDE A +LEARN-TO-SWIM+ SCHEME FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN, AND SUMMER COURSES FOR CANDIDATES OF THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD SCHEME WHO WISH TO MAKE FULL USE OF THEIR SUMMER HOLIDAYS TO COMPLETE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BRONZE, SILVER, AND GOLD AWARDS.

A NEW PROJECT BEING IMPLEMENTED BY THE DEPARTMENT THIS YEAR WILL CONSIST OF SUMMER CLASSES FOR FOLK DANCING. THE IDEA IS TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL BOYS AND GIRLS TO MEET AND TO ENJOY GOOD FELLOWSHIP THROUGH DANCING.

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WELFARE'SERVICES TO BE EXTENDED TO FUTURE HOUSING ESTATES

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WELFARE FACILITIES WILL BE PROVIDED IN FOUR LARGE PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

PREMISES FOR USE BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES WILL BE PROVIDED AT LEK YUEN ESTATE IN SHA TIN, LAI KING AND KWAI SHING ESTATES IN KWAI CHUNG AUD HING WAH ESTATE ON HONG KONG ISLAND. *

APPLICATIONS FROM VOLUNTARY WELFARE AGENCIES WHICH MAY BE INTERESTED IN EXPANDING THEIR SERVICES TO THESE ESTATES ARE NOW ACCEPTED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT. ♦

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID, +THE TYPES OF SERVICES ENVISAGED IN THESE ESTATES ARE THOSE WHICH WILL BE OF DIRECT BENEFIT TO THE RESIDENTS SUCH AS CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRES, FAMILY SERVICE CENTRES OR NURSERIES.

+THESE SERVICES,* HE ADDED, +WILL BE GIVEN PRIORITY IF THEY FALL WITHIN THE PURVIEW OF THE FIVE-YEAR PLAN FOR SOCIAL WELFARE DEVELOPMENT IN HONG KONG.+

HOWEVER, OTHER SERVICES FOR THE POPULATION GENERALLY, SUCH AS REHABILITATION CENTRES OR HOSTELS, WILL ALSO BE CONSIDERED

APPLICATIONS SETTING OUT DETAILS OF PROJECT PROPOSALS INCLUDING THE AMOUNT OF SPACE REQUIRED, THE NUMBER OF STAFF AND THE LEVEL OF FINANCIAL RESOURCES SHOULD REACH THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT BY THE END OF JULY AT THE LATEST.

CHILDREN ESSAY CONTEST X X X X X

YOUNGSTERS IN TSUEN WAN WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO SHOW THEIR WRITING SKILL IN A CHINESE ESSAY COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE KIT CHING CLUB OF THE PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE.

THE CONTEST IS OPEN TO BOYS AND GIRLS UNDER THE AGE OF 15 YEARS.

CONTESTANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO WRITE A CHINESE ESSAY OF AT LEAST 350 WORDS ON ONE OF THE TWO TOPICS - ’AN UNFORGETTABLE EVENT’ OR ’WHAT YOU HAVE ACHIEVED BY'PARTICIPATING IN SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES’.

ENTRIES MUST BE SENT TO THE PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE BEFORE JULY 15 AND PRIZES WILL BE GIVEN TO THE SIX BEST ENTRIES.

TUESDAY, JULY 1, 1975.

WATER CHARGES COLLECTION CENTRES IN N.T.

KOK

TOO TEMPORARY COLLECTION CENTRES FOR WATER CHARGE^ WILL BE SET UP IN SHEUNG SHU I AND FANLING BY THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE TO ENABLE RESIDENTS THERE TO PAY THEIR BILLS FOR THE FIRST PERIOD OF 1975.

THE SHEUNG SHU I COLLECTION CENTRE AT THE SHEUNG SHU I PUBLIC ENQUIRY CENTRE IN SHEK WU HUI WILL OPERATE ON JULY 8 AND 9, WHILE THE FANLING CENTRE AT FANLING RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE,IN LUEN WO HUI WILL OPEN ON JULY 10 AND 11. BOTH CENTRES WILL OPERATE BETWEEN 9 A.M. AND 1 P.M.

RESIDENTS IN THESE TOO DISTRICTS ARE URGED TO MAKE USE OF THESE FACILITIES WHICH ARE SPECIALLY SET UP FOR THEIR CONVENIENCE.

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WATER CUT H K X

WATER SUPPLY TO A WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR

NUMBER OF PREMISES IN CHAI WAN AND SHA TIN SEVERAL HOURS ON THURSDAY (JULY 3).

THE FIVE-HOUR CUT AT CHAI WAN STARTING AT 1 A.M. A LEAKAGE TEST TO BE CARRIED OUT IN THE AREA.

IS TO ENABLE

AFFECTED WILL BE 399, CHAI WAN ROAD=> 8-12 ON YIP STREETO ^n»PP.STREET’ including THE CALTEX SERVICE FILLING STATION, CMB GARAGE AND CHAI WAN RESITE AREA.

THE TEMPORARY STOPPAGE IN SHA TIN BETWEEN 10 A.M. AND' 4PM IS TO ENABLE THE DIVERSION OF A WATER PIPE TO BE CARRIED OUT.

,AFFECTED WILL PREMISES AT THE NORTH OF TAI PO ROAD BETWEEN TAI WAI ROAD AND LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD INCLUDING ON TING TERRACE SHA TIN POLICE STATION, THE HOME OF THE AGED, SHA TIN DISTRICT ’ OFFICE, CALTEX AND MOBIL FILLING STATIONS, TUNG LO WAN VILLAGE PAK TIN VILLAGE AND THOSE VILLAS AT TAO FUNG SHAN ROAD AND LOK* ON ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, 1975

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CALL FOR MORE CHILDREN’S LIBRARIES TO ENCOURAGE HEALTHY READING HABITS AMONG YOUNGSTERS  ................... 1

THREE BILLS COMPLETE PASSAGE THROUGH LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL 2

MID-LEVELS BUILDING FREEZE MAY BE EXTENDED FOR TOO MORE YEARS............................................... 3

GOVERNOR PAYS SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO RETIRING LEGCO MEMBER WILSON WANG ........................................ *

STEPS BEING TAKEN TO CUT DELAYS IN COMPENSATION PAYMENTS TO INJURED WORKERS ................................. 5

MORE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY REGULATIONS BEING CONSIDERED .... 6

ENTRIES FOR LONDON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXAMS CLOSE ON JULY 11 ..........................................   7

TWENTY FIVE GRADUATING SUPPLIES OFFICERS TO RECEIVE CERTIFICATES ....................................... 7

STUDENTS URGED TO STRIVE FOR IMPROVEMENT WITHIN AND OUTSIDE SCHOOL ..................................... 8

HOME FOR OLD PEOPLE PLANNED IN NEW TERRITORIES ..... 9

TEMPORARY WATER CUT IN WANCHAI ..................... 9

SENIOR SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT OFFICER RETIRING AFTER

35 YEARS IN PUBLIC SERVICE......................... 10

NEW POST OFFICE IN WONG CHUK HANG OPENS THIS WEEK . 10

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MORE CHILDREN’S LIBRARIES NEEDED, SAYS MISS KO

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THE RBAN COUNCIL, SCHOOLS AUD VOLUNTARY AGENCIES WERE TODAY URGED TO PROVIDE MORE LIBRARIES OR READING ROOMS TO E ABLE CHILDREN TO PURSUE HEALTHY READING HABITS.

THE CALL CAME FROM THE HON. MISS KO SIU-WAH IN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WHEN SPEAKING OU THE OBJECTIONABLE PUBLICATIONS DILL l-i'! | CH LA VO DCJH STRICT NEU PROVISIONS AGAINST ALL FORMS OF PORNOGRAPHY, PARTICULARLY AGAINST SEX“AUD“VIOLENCE COMIC DOCKS aimed at children.

MISS KO EXPRESSED FULL SUPPORT FOR THE BILL, WHICH CARRIES MAXIMUM FINES OF 8100,000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR THREE YEARS, AND r'.’FD THAT THE PROVISIONS WOULD BE CARRIED OUT WITHOUT DELAY AS SOON AS THE DILL BECAME LAW.

HOWEVER, WHILE SHE REGARDED DETERRENT LEGISLATION AS IMPORTANT, SHE FELT THAT ’POSITIVE MEASURES’ WERE EQUALLY VITAL.

■M AM SURE NO ONE WOULD DISAGREE THAT MORE LIBRARIES, ’SPECIALLY CHILDREN’S LIBRARIES, ARE HEEDED IF GOOD READING MAT! AL IS TO BE EASILY ACCESSIBLE TO CHILDREN,* SHE SAID, UiG< THE URBAN COUNCIL AND VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS NOT TO C'/EfLOOK *this very important requirement.*

MISS KO SAID SHE HAD BEEN INFORMED THAT MANY PRIMARY S! IOOL3 DID NOT HAVE LIBRARIES OR READING ROOMS AND SHE CALLED OH TH' DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION TO LOOK INTO THIS TO SEE WHAT COULD DE DONE TO RECTIFY THIS DEFICIENCY. IN THE SHORT TERM, SHE SUGGESTED, READING SPACE OR ROTATING DISPLAYS OF READING MATERIAL COULD BE PROVIDED IN CLASSROOMS.

+IT WOULD ALSO DE A GREAT HELP IF PARENTS, TEACHERS AND SOCIAL WELFARE WORKERS WHO WORK WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH WOULD PAY MORE ATTENTION TO WHAT PUBLICATIONS THE CHILDREN ARE BEING EXPOSED TO AND GIVE THEM SOME GUIDANCE,*-SHE ADDED.

IN ADDITION, MISS KO SAID, WAYS SHOULD BE EXPLORED TO ENCOURAGE THOSE IN THE LITERARY FIELD TO PRODUCE MORE ATTRACTIVE, HEALTHY AND INEXPENSIVE PUBLICATIONS ESPECIALLY THOSE AIMED AT CHILDREN. +l EARNESTLY HOPE THAT THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT, WORKING CLOSELY WITH PUBLISHERS AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS, WILL TAKE THE INITIATIVE TO ENCOURAGE THE PRODUCTION OF WHOLESOME READING MATERIAL IN HONG KONG,* SHE SAID.

MISS KO ALSO EMPHASISED THAT MORE AND REGULAR INVESTIGATION AND PROSECUTION BY POLICE WERE NECESSARY TO EFFECTIVELY IMPLEMENT THE BILL’S PROVISIONS.

IN THIS REGARD, SHE FELT THAT THE RELEVANT SECTIONS IN THE POLICE FORCE AND THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT SHOULD BE STRFL3THEHED AS SHOULD THE NEWSPAPERS AND PUBLICATIONS REGISTRATION < ’IT OF THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE, AMONG OTHER THINGS, FOR THE EXAMINATION OF ANY PUBLICATION CONSIDERED TO BE ODSCENE,

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IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON. JOHN HOBLEY, SAID THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION WAS A RESPONSE TO MOUNTING PUBLIC CONCERN ABOUT THE INCREASING Ai )UNT OF OBJECTIONABLE PUBLICATIONS AVAILABLE IN HONG KONG.

HE DESCRIBED THE BILL AS +QUITE SEVERE+ BUT WHILE IT WOULD IN ITSELF DETER SOME, ENFORCEMENT WOULD NOT BE A SIMPLE MATTER, HE SAID.

ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAW RELATING TO OBJECTIONABLE MATTER, HE SAID, MUST DE UNDERTAKEN BY EXPERIENCED POLICE OFFICERS: ♦'(HE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITY WHICH THIS BILL PRESENTS FOR ACTION AGAINST SUCH MATTER, BUT THE FACT REMAINS THAT THE RESOURCES WHICH THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE CAN DEVOTE TO THIS FIELD ARE LIMITED.*-

MR. HOBLEY WENT ON TO EXPLAIN THAT THE BILL DID NOT CHANGE THE TEST BY WHICH PUBLICATIONS IN GENERAL ARE TO BE JUDGED. THE QUESTION WILL CONTINUE TO DE WHETHER THEY ARE OF AN ’INDECENT, OBSCENE, REVOLTING OR OFFENSIVE’ NATURE. HE PERSONALLY DID NOT FEEL THAT THE WORDS NEEDED TO BE DEFINED AS THEIR ORDINARY MEANING WAS CLEAR ENOUGH.

HOWEVER, THE BILL WILL ALTER THE LAW AS IT AFFECTS OBJECTIONABLE PUBLICATIONS AIMED AT YOUNGER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY. THE NEW PROVISION APPLIES TO PUBLICATIONS CONSISTING Or OR CONTAINING STORIES TOLD IN PICTURES, WHETHER O!< NOT THERE IS ALSO WRITTEN MATTER.

♦THAT IS THE LEGAL DRAFTSMAN’S PARLANCE FOR A STRIP CARTOON, BUT IT EXTENDS TO OTHER PUBLICATIONS CONSISTING OF PICTORIALLY PRESENTED STORIES,*- MR. HOBLEY EXPLAINED. THIS CHANGE WAS PROPOSED BECAUSE STORIES PRESENTED IN THIS WAY ARE READILY ABSORBED, HE SAID.

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THREE BILLS PASSED « « « «

COUNcIlRTODAYLLS C0MPLETED THEIR passagE THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE

THEY WERE THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL WHICH PROVIDES STIFFER PENALTIES AGAINST TAX EVADERS«= THE ACETYLATING SUBSTANCES (CONTROL) (AMENDMENT) BILL WHICH RAISES THE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR CERTAIN OFFENCES FROM $10,000 TO $100,000= AND THE PHARMACY AND POISONS (AMENDMENT) BILL WHICH ENABLES THE PHARMACY AUD POISONS BOARD TO MAKE CONTROLLING REGULATIONS.

FOUR OTHER BILLS WERE TABLED IN COUNCIL FOR THEIR FIRST READING: THESE WERE THE OBJECTIONABLE PUBLICATIONS DILL. THE SUMMARY OFFENCES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL, THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY (LAND RESUMPTION AND RELATED PROVISIONS) (AMENDMENT) BILL AND THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL

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MID-LEVELS BUILP!l!G FREEZE MAY BE EXTENDED ft ft • ft ft

THE RESTRICTION ON DU ILDI NG

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AREA IS TO BE EXTENDED FOR TWO MORE YEARS UNT L JULY 31, 1977 -SUBJECT TO LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL APPROVA!

It: APPLYING FOR THE EXTtflSION, THE DAVID MCDONALD DIR .CTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, TOLD COUNCIL THAT ANY ADDITIONAL DEVELOPMENT TO THOSE NOW UNDERWAY IN THE AREA WOULD FURTHER AGGRAVATE TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN THE CROWDED DISTRICT.

FIGURES SHOWED, HE SAID, THAT THE COMPLETION OF RESIDENTIAL ACCOMMODATION ALREADY UNDER CONSTRUCTION, APPROVED OR POSSIBLE WOULD GENERATE PEAK HOUR TRAFFIC FAR IN EXCESS OF THE CAPACITY OF THE MID-LEVEIS TRAFFIC CORRIDOR. +ANY ADDITIONAL DEVELOPMENT PERMITTED WOULD HAKE THE SITUATION MUCH WORSE.+

MR. MCDONALD POINTED OUT THAT WHEN ALL THE BUILDING PROJECTS CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND APPROVED IN THE AREA HAD BEEN COMPLETED, THE NUMBER OF FLATS WOULD INCREASE TO 11,000 AND THE POPULA>‘OH TO 44,000. THIS REPRESEN.ED AN INCREASE IN THE AREA’S POPULATION OF OVER 50 PER CENT SINCE THE RESTRICTION CALE INTO FORCE IN 1973.

IF THE RESTRICTION WAS LIFTED, HE SAID, IT WOULD ENABLE ANOTHER 2,800 FLATS TO DE BUILT UNDER EXISTING LEASE CONDITIONS AND PLANNING CONTROLS, AND THE POPULATION WOULD RISE TO ABOUT 55,000 OR NEARLY DOUBLE THE 1973 FIGURE.

MOREOVER, THE RECENT LIFTING OF RESTRICTIONS IN THE POKFULAM AREA MEANT THAT ABOUT 1,OCO MORE FLATS WILL BE BUILT THERE AND CONSIDERED TOGETHER WITH PLANNED PUBLIC HOUSING WILL BRING THE POKFULAM POPULATION FROM ABOUT 59,000 TO AROUND 75,000.

IT WAS EVIDENT THEREFORE THAT FURTHER DEVELOPMENT COULD ONLY ADD TO THE TRAFFIC PROBLEM IN THE AREA.

MR. MCDONALD SAID THAT DESPITE THE SUCCESS OF THE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME IN THE MID-LEVELS AREA, WHICH HAS RESULTED IN A 30 PER CENT INCREASE IN BUS USAGE, THERE HAD BEEN NO MARKED REDUCTION IN CAR USE IN THE DISTRICT.

FURTHER MANAGEMENT SCHEMES HAD BEEN INVESTIGATED, BUT THOSE WHICH WERE PRACTICABLE WOULD ONLY PRODUCE A SMALL IMPROVEMENT IN TRAFFIC CONDITIONS.

+IT CAN THEREFORE BE SEEN THAT EXISTING TRANSPORT AND HIGHWAYS SYSTEMS SERVING MID-LEVELS AND POKFULAM ARE UNLIKELY TO BE IMPROVED SUFFICIENTLY TO ALLOW THE LIFTING OF THE BUILDING RESTRICTIONS IN THE MID-LEVELS AREA OR THE MODIFICATION OF LEASE CONDITIONS AND EASING OF PLANNING CONTROLS IN POKFULAM,+ HE SAID.

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MR. MCDONALD SAID THAT PLANNING FOR ITEMS REQUIRED TO ALLEVIATE THE TRAFFIC PROBLEM IN THE MID-LEVELS AND POKFULAM AREAS HAD REACHED A STAGE WHERE WORKS COULD BE STARTED NEXT YEAR +PROVIDED THAT THE REVENUE POSITION FOR THE NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR IS AS FORECAST BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY IN HIS BUDGE SPEECH.+

THE ITEMS WOULD INVOLVE EXPENDITURE OF OVER $400 MILLION.

MR. MCDONALD THANKED THE HON. JAMES WU FOR ALTERNATIVES HE SUGGESTED EARLIER TO THE WATER STREET FLYOVER SCHEME. BUT SAID THEY COULD NOT BE ADOPTED FOR PRACTICAL REASONS. HOWEVER, INVESTIGATIONS INTO MR. WU’S PROPOSALS HAD THROWN A FURTHER AND SIMILAR POSSIBILITY WHICH IS NOW UNDER STUDY AND WHICH MIGHT SHOW CONSIDERABLE SAVINGS BOTH IN COST AND CONSTRUCTION TIME.

DEBATE ON THE MOTION FOR EXTENDING THE MID-LEVELS BUILDING RESTRICTIONS WAS ADJOURNED.

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GOVERNOR PAYS TRIBUTE TO RETIRING WILSON WANG K « X M X #

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, TODAY PAID WARM TRIBUTE TO MR. WILSON WANG WHO RETIRED FROM THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AT THE END OF LAST MONTH AFTER SEVEN YEARS’ SERVICE.

SIR MURRAY SAID MR. WANG WOULD PARTICULARLY BE REMEMBERED FOR HIS INDEPENDENCE AND INDIVIDUALITY OF HIS CONTRIBUTIONS IN COUNCIL AND +FOR HIS DETERMINED PREFERENCE FOR SHIRT SLEEVES NO MATTER HOW COLD THE AIR-CONDITION ING.+

EXPRESSING HIS GRATITUDE FOR MR. WANG’S SERVICES TO THE COUNCIL, THE GOVERNOR NOTED THAT MR. WANGLHAD A VERY LONG AND DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC SERVICE AND WAS PARTICULARLY WELL KNOWN FOR HIS WORK IN THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD SCHEME AND MANY SCHEMES FOR RECREATION FOR YOUTHKK

THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, DR. THE HON. CHUNG SZE-YUEN, JOINED THE GOVERNOR IN WISHING MR. WANG SUCCESS AND HAPPINESS IN THE FUTURE.

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..'C- JIEI’S COL.ENSATION LAW TO BE REVISED

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DELAYS IN THE PAYMENT OF COMPENSATION TO VICTIMS OF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS WILL BE REDUCED AS FAR AS IS LEGALLY FEASIBLE WHEN THE WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION ORDINANCE IS REVISED. THE ACTING COMMISSIONER OF LABOUR, THE HON. NEIL HENDERSON TOLD COUNCIL TODAY.

SPEAKING IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, MR. HENDERSON DISCLOSED THAT THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WAS NOW ENGAGED IN DRAFTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR A GENERAL REVISION OF THE ORDINANCE.

HE EXPLAINED THAT IN GENERAL DELAYS IN THE PAYMENT OF COMPENSATION WERE I NEVI TABLE.+TIME-CONSUMING LEGAL PROCESSES MUST BE GONE THROUGH TO ESTABLISH THE LEGITIMACY OF DEPENDANTS’ CLAIM AND OFTEN SUCH CASES ARE COMPLEX,+ HE SAID, ADDING THAT THE NECESSARY DOCUMENTATION WAS SOMETIMES NOT READILY AVAILABLE.

HE ELABORATED THAT THE LONG TIME TAKEN IN SOME CASES WAS NOT CAUSED BY THE SETTLEMENT OF THE AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION WITH THE EMPLOYER OR THE INSURANCE COMPANIES, BUT RATHER BY THE NEED TO DOCUMENT THE DEATH, IDENTIFY THE DEPENDANTS, ASCERTAIN THE DEGREE OF DEPENDENCE, AND THE APPORTIONMENT BETWEEN THE DEPENDANTS.

NO ACTION CAN BE INITIATED UNTIL A DEATH CERTIFICATE IS OBTAINED. THIS IS USUALLY WITHIN A WEEK OR 10 DAYS BUT CAN BE MUCH LONGER IF AN INQUEST IS HELD.

FOR THOSE CASES REFERRED TO THE COURTS AND THE LEGAL AID DEPARTMENT, THE COMMISSIONER POINTED OUT THAT THE SPEED WITH WHICH THEY ARE DEALT WITH DEPENDS ON LEGAL PROCEDURES AND COURT DIARIES WHICH ARE OUTSIDE HIS CONTROL.

MR. HENDERSON NOTED THAT A SPECIAL FACTOR FOR THE DELAY AROSE IN CASES WHERE THE DEPENDANTS LIVE IN CHINA OR THERE ARE ELIGIBLE DEPENDANTS BOTH IN CHINA AND HONG KONG. IN SUCH CASES, CERTIFICATES OF RELATIONSHIP, EXIT PERMITS AND POWERS OF ATTORNEY HAVE TO BE OBTAINED FROM CHINA, AND THE COURTS HERE NORMALLY WILL ONLY ACCEPT SUCH DOCUMENTS WHEN THEY HAVE BEEN AUTHENTICATED DY EMBASSY OFFICIALS IN PEKING.

A TOTAL OF 234 CASES WAS REPORTED TO THE WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION UNIT IN 1974. OF THE 164 CASES REFERRED TO COURTS AND THE LEGAL AID DEPARTMENT, 92 HAVE BEEN COMPLETED AND AWARDS MADE.

THE TIME FOR SETTLING THESE 92 CASES RANGED FROM THREE MONTHS TO MORE THAN A YEAR FROM THE MOMENT OF REPORT TO THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TO RECEIPT OF PAYMENT.

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MOKE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY REGULATIONS PLANNED XXXXX X

MORE SAFETY REGULATIONS AIMED AT REDUCING THE LEVEL OF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS ARE AT VARIOUS STAGES OF CONSIDERATION BY THE GOVERNMENT.

THIS WAS DISCLOSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON. NEIL HENDERSON IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEK

OF THESE REGULATIONS, MR HENDERSON SAID, THE ONE OF PARTICULAR IMPORTANCE WOULD BE THE ’GUARDING OF MACHINERY REGULATION’ WHICH HE HOPED TO IM'RODUCE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AFTER THE SUMMER RECESS.

HE NOTED, HOWEVER, THAT A REDUCTION IN OCCUPATIONAL ACCIDENT RATES COULD ONLY RESULT FROM A MULTI-PRONGED ATTACK AND IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS. +IT IS AN UNENDING PROCESS WHICH ULTIMATELY DEPENDS ON THE SAFETY CONSCIOUSNESS OF INDIVIDUALS, FROM BOARD CHAIRMEN TO WORKERS.♦

LEGISLATIVE STEPS, HE WENT ON, MUST BE BACKED UP BY AN ACTIVE INSPECTORATE WITH A PRAGMATIC AND HELPFUL APPROACH CAPABLE OF GIVING CONSTRUCTIVE ADVICE, USING PROSECUTION ONLY WHERE CO-OPERATION CANNOT BE OBTAINED OR DEMONSTRABLE NEGLIGENCE HAS OCCURRED.

WORKING TOWARDS THIS GOAL, MR HENDERSON SAID AN ORGANISATION AND METHODS SURVEY HAD DEEN MADE ON THE WORK OF THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE LAST YEAR AND A REPORT HAD NOW BEEN RECEIVED.

THE BULK OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE REPORT, INCLUDING A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE OF FIELD INSPECTION TIME, WILL DE IMPLEMENTED DURING THE NEXT FEW MONTHS. +THIS,+ HE SAID, +WILL GREATLY INCREASE THE COVERAGE AND EFFECTIVENESS OF THE INSPECTORATE.+

IN ADDITION, HE SAID, A NUMBER OF REPORTS ON VARIOUS ASPECTS OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND THE DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING OF THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE WERE NOW BEING PREPARED BY A LABOUR ADVISER FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM FACTORY INSPECTORATE.

+AS RESOURCES CAN BE ALLOCATED OR RE-ALLOCATED TO IMPLEMENT HIS RECOMMENDATIONS, I AM SURE THAT A MORE SUSTAINED AND WELL-DIRECTED OFFENSIVE TO REDUCE ACCIDENTS WILL BE DEVELOPED,+ HE SAID.

APART FROM THESE, THE DEPARTMENT’S DRIVE TO EDUCATE THE

PUBLIC OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY BY EXHIBITIONS, PUBLICITY AND INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING COURSES WAS BEGINNING TO BEAR FRUIT, AS REFLECTED BY THE APPOINTMENT OF SAFETY OFFICERS OR COMMITTEES BY EMPLOYERS’ ORGANISATIONS.

IN REPLY TO ANOTHER QUESTION FROM MR. CHEONG-LEEN, MR. HENDERSON SAID 82 DEATHS AND 11,615 INJURIES RESULTED FROM OCCUPATIONAL ACCIDENTS (MOST OF THEM INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS) DURING THE PERIOD JANUARY 1 TO MAY 31 TH IJ YEAR.

THIS COMPARED WITH 99 FATAL AND 11,717 NON-FATAL ACCIDENTS IN THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD LAST YEAR.

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LONDON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXAMINATION

THE NEXT LONDON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXAMINATION-TO BE HELD IN HONG KONG WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER THIS YEAR.

AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT ENTRIES FOR THE EXAMINATION WOULD CLOSE ON JULY 11.

STUDENTS PREPARING FOR THE EXAMINATION BY ATTENDING COURSES IN SCHOOLS SHOULD REGISTER THEIR ENTRIES THROUGH THEIR SCHOOLS WHILE CANDIDATES NOT REPRESENTED BY SCHOOLS COULD APPLY AS PRIVATE CANDIDATES.

ENTRY FORMS FOR PRIVATE CANDIDATES WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICE KOWLOON SUB-OFFICE, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, AT NO. 393 CANTON ROAD, GROUND FLOOR FROM JULY 7. COMPLETED ENTRY FORMS FROM PRIVATE CANDIDATES MUST SUBMITTED WITH PROOF OF IDENTITY BETWEEN 9 A.M. AND 4 P.M. FROM JULY 7 TO 11.

ENTRY FEES SHOULD BE PAID TO THE ACCOUNTS OFFICE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT THE CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 11TH FLOOR NOT LATER THAN JULY 14. I

SUBJECTS OFFERED BY THE LONDON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXAMINATION INCLUDE COSTING, ACCOUNTING AND BOOKKEEPING. ENTRY FEES FOR THESE EXAMINATION RANGE FROM $20 TO $28.

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CERTIFICATES FOR 25 SUPPLIES OFFICERS ******

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES, MR. F.J. YOUNG, WILL PRESENT CERTIFICATES TO 25 SUPPLY SUPERVISORS AND SUPPLY ASSISTANTS WHO HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED A THREE-MONTH IN-SERVICE TRAINING COURSE ON FRIDAY (JULY 4).

SUBJECTS COVERED IN THE COURSE INCLUDE STORAGE AND STOCK CONTROL, STRUCTURE OF COMMERCE, AND NATURE OF MANAGEMENT.

YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE PRESENTATION COVERED. IT WILL TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY AT THE GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT CANTEEN IN OIL STREET, NORTH POINT, AT 4 P.M.

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LEARNING NEVER ENDS, STUDENTS TOLD a a k it if it

YOUNG GRADUATING PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS OF THE LI PING MEMORIAL SCHOOL IN KOWLOON WERE ADVISED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) TO CONTINUE LEARNING AND IMPROVING THEMSELVES WHATEVER THEY DECIDED TO DO IN FUTURE, WHETHER IT WAS TO CARRY ON STUDYING OR TO LEARN A TRADE.

FOR ONLY BY SO DOING COULD THEY DE SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, TOLD THEM WHEN HE SPOKE AT THEIR ANNUAL SPEECH DAY.

MR. LEE SAID THAT BY ALSO PARTICIPATING IN GROUP AND YOUTH RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN THEIR LEISURE TIME, THEY COULD DEVELOP INTO GOOD AND USEFUL CITIZENS WHILE AT THE SAME TIME SERVE THE COMMUNITY.

HE SAID THEY SHOULD ALWAYS REMEMBER WHAT THEY HAD BEEN TAUGHT AT THEIR SCHOOL WHICH WAS NOTED FOR ITS EMPHASIS ON PRODUCING WELL-BALANCED STUDENTS THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT OF APTITUDES, STUDIES, MORAL ATTITUDES, SPORTS AND RECREATION.

STUDENTS, TOO, WERE KNOWN FOR THEIR DILIGENCE AND GOOD BEHAVIOUR WHICH, HE SAID, WAS DUE TO THE LEADERSHIP AND CLOSE CO-OPERATION BETWEEN STAFF.

HE ALSO HAD A SPECIAL WORD OF PRAISE FOR THEIR SUPERVISOR, MRS. LI, WHO, HE SAID, WAS THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND THE SCHOOL FROM ITS FOUNDING IN I960.

CERTIFICATES BY MRS. LEE.

WERE PRESENTED TO THE GRADUATING STUDENTS

NOTE TO EDITORSi THE FULL SPEECH BY MR. LEE HAS BEEN BOXED FOR -------------— COLLECTION.

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LOK SIN TONG HOLD DISCUSSIONS WITH DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE « K H k ft «

THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE KOWLOON LOK SIN TONG BENEVOLENT SOCIETY CALLED ON THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, THIS MORNING TO DISCUSS THE SOCIETY’S PROPOSAL TO BUHD AN OLD PEOPLE’S HOME IN THE HEW TERRITORIES. LEADING THE DELEGATION WAS THE CHAIRMAN, MR. LAU SAI-YAN.

IN THEIR DISCUSSIONS, MR. LAU SAID THE SOCIETY HAD BEEN OFFERED A GRANT OF 130,000 SQUARE FEET IN SAI KUNG FOR THEIR PROJECT, BUT THERE WERE STILL SOME PROBLEMS TO BE SETTLED FOR WHICH HE SOUGHT THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S ASSISTANCE. HE SAID IT WAS HOPED TO HAVE THE HOME COMPLETED BY THE END OF 1976 OR EARLY 1977.

WHILE EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR THE PROJECT, MR. LEE SAID THE SOCIETY SHOULD ENSURE IT MEETS THE NEEDS OF HONG KONG. HE PROMISED TO HELP IN WHATEVER WAY POSSIBLE AND ADVISED THE COMMITTEE THAT IN VIEW OF THE GOVERNMENT’S PRESENT ECONOMIC STRINGENCY, THEY SHOULD ENSURE THE SOCIETY WOULD DE ABLE TO MEET THE COST OUT OF ITS OWN RESOURCES.

MR. LAU WAS CONFIDENT THE SOCIETY WOULD BE ADLE TO DO SO AND SAID THAT AS AN ADDED MEASURE IT PLANNED TO HOLD A FLAG DAY SOMETIME IN THE FUTURE TO RAISE FUNDS.

MR. LEE TOLD THE COMMITTEE HE WOULD LIKE TO SEE CLOSER LIAISON BETWEEN THE SOCIETY AND THE DEPARTMENT SUCH AS THOSE EXISTED BETWEEN OTHER LOCAL CHARITABLE ORGANISATIONS.

HE ALSO TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO THANK THE LOK SIN TONG FOR ITS RESPONSIVENESS TO ASSIST FIRE VICTIMS IN KOWLOON CITY AREA BY ALLOWING THE USE OF ITS PREMISES AS TEMPORARY SHELTERS.

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WATER CUT IN WANCHAI MOM

WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN WANCHAI WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 1 A.M. ON FRIDAY (JULY 4) TO ENABLE A TEXT FOR LEAKAGE TO BE CARRIED OUT IN THE AREA.

AFFECTED WILL BE PREMISES BOUNDED BY LUARD ROAD, GLOUCESTER ROAD, FLEMING ROAD, NORTH SIDE OF JOHNSTON ROAD, O’BRIEN ROAD AND HENNESSY ROAD, INCLUDING 189-201 JOHNSTON ROAD, 32-173 THOMSON ROAD AND HENNESSY ROAD GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOL.

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SWD OFFICER RETIRING AFTER 35 YEARS SERVICE

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

MR. TSAU TSOR-YAN, SENIOR PRINCIPAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER, WHO HEADS THE SOCIAL SECURITY DIVISION OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, WILL BE RETIRING SHORTLY AFTER 35 YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE.

MR. TSAU FIRST JOINED THE GOVERNMENT AS A CLERK IN 1940 AND MOVED INTO THE WELFARE FIELD IN 1957. SINCE THEN HE HAS SERVED IN VARIOUS POSTS BEFORE APPOINTMENT TO HIS PRESENT POSITION TWO YEARS AGO.

TO MARK HIS RETIREMENT, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, WILL PRESENT MR. TSAU WITH A FAREWELL GIFT ON BEHALF OF HIS FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES IN THE DEPARTMENT TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT 11 A.M.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESENTATION WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE DEPARTMENT’S CONFERENCE ROOM, ON THE FOURTH FLOOR OF LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, HONG KONG.

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NEW POST OFFICE FOR WONG CHUK HANG ft ft ft ft W ft

A NEW POST OFFICE WILL BE OPENED THIS SATURDAY (JULY 5) AT BLOCK NO. 4 OF THE WONG CHUK HANG GOVERNMENT HOUSING ESTATE.

THE FULL RANGE OF POSTAL FACILITIES, EXCEPT FOR THE ACCEPTANCE OF INSURED LETTERS AND BOXES, WILL BE AVAILABLE AND A STAMP VENDING MACHINE HAS BEEN INSTALLED TO SUPPLY 10-CENT STAMPS AT ALL HOURS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE OPENING OF THE WONG CHUK HANG POST OFFICE IS A FURTHER STAGE IN THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME OF THE DEPARTMENT.

+IT BRINGS THE TOTAL OF POST OFFICES TO 70, INCLUDING A MOBILE POST OFFICE OPERATING IN THE NEW TERRITORIES,* HE ADDED.

BUSINESS HOURS OF THE WONG CHUK HANG POST OFFICE ARE FROM 9 A.M. TO 1 P.M. AND FROM 2.15 P.M. TO 5 P.M. ON WEEKDAYS” AND FROM 9 A.M. TO 1 P.M. ON SATURDAYS. IT WILL BE CLOSED ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

THURSDAY, JULY 3, 1975

CONTENTS PAGE HO.

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NEW $2 AND 2O-CENT COINS TO BECOME LEGAL TENDER IN AUGUST..........................................     1

WOMEN ATTAINED HIGHER STATUS IN SOCIETY, SAYS MR. TOPLEY............................................. 2

FACTORY OWNERS WARNED AGAINST EXCESSIVE OVERTIME EMPLOYMENT ............................................ 3

WATER CUT IN SHAM SHU I PO..........................  3

AX I-CAB SERVICES BETWEEN ABERDEEN, CENTRAL AND CAUSEWAY BAY PROVE INSTANT SUCCESS .................... 4

TOO MORE PLB STANDS IN KWUN TONG....................... 5

LOTTERY SALES CLOSE TOMORROW .......................... 5

KWUN TONG SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME STARTS THIS SUNDAY .. 6

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

THURSDAY, JULY 3, 1975

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HEW COinS BECOME LEGAL TENDER NEXT MONTH ft M « N N ?•

THE NEW 52 AND 20-CENT COINS WILL START JINGLING'IN PEOPLE’S POCKETS FROM AUGUST 18 - THE DATE THESE LIGHTER-WEIGHT AND SMAllER-SiZE COINS BECOME LEGAL TENDER.

THE COINS EASILY RECOGNISABLE THROUGH THEIR SCALLOP EDGE WIL BE ISSUED TimOUGH THE HONG KONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION TO ALL THE BANKS IN HONG KONG.

WHEN THE NEW COINS ARE INTRODUCED, THE HAN IN THE STREET WILL BENEFIT FROM A WIDER RANGE OF COINS FOR MAKING PAYMENT.

ANOTHER MERIT OF THE NEW COINS IS THAT THEY WILL HOT WEIGH PEOPLE’S POCKETS DOWN BECAUSE THE 20-CENT COIN IS 40 PER CENT IGHTER THAN THE 10-CENT PIECE AND THE 82 COIN IS 20 PER CENT LIGHTER THAN THE 81 PIECE.

IN ADDITION, THE HEW COINS WILL MAKE CASH TRANSACTIONS FAS I ER AND SIMPLER.

TO ILLUSTRATE THIS POINT, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING ERV ICES, MR. GEOFFREY EDEN GAVE TWO EXAMPLES.

IN THE FIRST CASE, TWO COINS CAN BE SAVED IN THE CHANGE REQUIRED FOR A PAYMENT MADE WITH A 85 NOTE FOR A 81 ITEM. THE CHANGE REQUIRED IN THE EXISTING RANGE OF COINS IS FOUR 81 MECES WHILE IN THE NEW RANGE OHLY TWO 82 COINS ARE NEEDED.

IN THE SECOND EXAMPLE, TWO 82 AND ONE 20-CEHT COINS CAN ?0 THE JOB OF FOUR 81 AND TOO 10-CENT PIECES IN THE TRANSACTION OF AN ITEM PRICED AT 84.20=« THREE COINS LESS THAN REQUIRED AT PRESENT.

MR. EDEN ALSO STATED THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD ORDERED 60 MILLION 82 AND 70 MILLION 20-CENT COINS FROM THE ROYAL MINT IN THE U.K. AND A SUBSTANTIAL QUANTITY OF THESE COINS HAS ALREADY ARRIVED. • '

+QUITE A LARGE NUMBER OF THESE NEW COINS WILL BE RELEASED IN AUGUST, BUT THE EXACT NUMBER WILL DEPEND ON THE INITIAL DEMAND,+ HE SAID.

THE- INTRODUCTION OF THESE NEW COINS WILL EVENTUALLY LEAD TO A REDUCTION IN THE NUMBER OF COINS IN CIRCULATION.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF COINS NOW IN CIRCULATION IS 840 MILLION. THIS WORKS OUT AT AN AVERAGE OF 193 PIECES FOR EACH PERSON IN HONG KONG, COMPRISING 20 FIVE-CENT, 100 TEN-CENT, 32 FIFTY-CENT, AND 41 81 COINS.

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IT IS ESTIMATED THAT WITH THE AUGMENTED RANGE OF COINS, THE NUMBER OF COINS PER PERSON WILL DE 137 — A REDUCTION OF 56 COINS.

WITH FEWER AND LIGHTER COINS NEEDED FOR TRANSACTION, THE WEIGHT OF COINS IN ONE’S POCKET WILL DE MORE THAN 40 PER CENT LIGHTER.

TO ACHIEVE UNIFORMITY IN THE METAL CONTENT OF THE CENT AND DOLLAR DENOMINATION COINS AS PROPOSED BY COINAGE REVIEW COMMITTEE, THE EO- CENT COIN IS MINTED OF HICKEL-BRASS. THE SALE AS THAT FOR 10 CENT AND FIVE-CENT PIECES WHILE CUPRONICKEL IS USED IN THE 82 COIN, THE SAME AS THAT FOR 81.

IN THE PHASED NEW COIN INTRODUCTION PROGRAMME, THE NEW CUPRO-HICKEL 81 COIN, A LIGHTER AND SMALLER ONE THAN THE EXISTING 81 PIECE, WILL COME INTO CIRCULATION IN AUGUST NEXT YEAR.

THE HEW 50-CEHT AND A 85 COIN WILL BE INTRODUCED IN AUGUST 1977, THE HEW 50-CEHT PIECE WILL BE MINTED OF HICKEL-F.<ASS AND THE 85 COIN, CUPRO-HICKEL.

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THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. KENNETH TOPLEY, TODAY PRAISED THE SISTERS OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD AND OTHER EDUCATIONAL ORGANISATIONS FOR MAKING IT POSSIBLE FOR HONGKONG WOMEN TO ATTAIN A HIGHER STATUS IN SOCIETY.

IN THE PAST, THE PLACE OF WOMEN WAS IN THE HOME. DUT NOW THEY HAD A GREATER ROLE TO PLAY IN SOCIETY. WOMEN WITH KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE WERE IN DEMAND, HE SAID.

MR. TOPLEY WAS SPEAKING AT THE CITY HALL DURING THE JOINT GRADUATION CEREMONY OF THE TACK CHING GIRLS’ MIDDLE SCHOOL, THE PRECIOUS ELOOD GIRLS’ MIDDLE SCHOOL, HOLY TRINITY COLLEGE AND THE TACK CHING EVENING SCHOOL.

THE SISTERS OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD HAD GIVEN GOOD SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY IN THE MEDICAL, EDUCATIONAL AND SOCIAL WELFARE FIELDS DURING THE PAST 53 YEARS, MR. TOPLEY SAID.

AS EDUCATORS, THE SISTERS OPERATED FOUR GIRLS’ MIDDLE SCHOOLS, SIX PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND THREE KINDERGARTENS WITH THE TOTAL ENROLMENT OF OVER 10,000 PUPILS.

MR. TOPLEY CONGRATULATED THE SCHOOL LEAVERS AND SAID HE WAS SURE THAT THE EDUCATION. THEY RECEIVED IN THE SCHOOLS RUN BY THE SISTERS OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD WOULD STAND THEM IN GOOD STEAD TO ASSUME THEIR PLACES AND RESPNOSI BlLITIES IN SOCIETY.

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FACTORY OWNERS WARNED AGAINST OVERTIME EMPLOYMENT

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A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY WARNED FACTORY OWNERS AGaINST

USING EXCESSIVE OVERTIME TO COPE WITH THE CURRENT RUSH OF ORDERS THEY *

WERE RECEIVING.

THE SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER IN CHARGE OF THE DEPARTMENT'S INDUSTRY DIVISION, MR. Y.N. YIU, ALSO SAID THE DEPARTMENT WAS RECEIVING REPORTS OF SOME FACTORIES REQUIRING WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS TO WORK TT,LEGAL OVERTIME TO MEET DELIVERY DATES.

+EXCESSIVE OVERTIME IS NO SOLUTION TO A SUDDEN INCREASE IN PRODUCTION REQUIREMENTS,+ HE SAID. +IN FACT, IT REDUCES THE WORKERS' PRODUCTIVITY AND LOWERS THEIR MORALE.

+IT IS FAR BETTER TO INTRODUCE AN ADDITIONAL SHIFT OF EIGHT HOURS OR LESS TO COPE WITH PRODUCTION PRESSURE.+

MR. YIU SUGGESTED A FIVE-HOUR SWING SHIFT TO FACTORY PROPRIETORS. HE SAID FACTORIES WHICH HAD INTRODUCED SUCH A SCHEME HAD NOT ONLY BEEN ABLE TO COPE WITH THE INCREASED WORKLOAD, BUT HAD ALSO FOUND THEMSELVES IN A POSITION TO’ MEET ADDITIONAL DEM.JJDS.

HE ADDED: +THE FIVE-HOUR SWING SHIFT IS POPULAR WITH EMPLOYERS BECAUSE IT IS E/uSIER TO RECRUIT WORKERS, aND WOMEN AND YOUNG WORKERS EMPLOYED ON A FIVE-HOUR SHIFT C/Ji WORK STRAIGHT THROUGH.+

HE .DVISED FACTORY PROPRIETORS WHO WERE UNDER PRODUCTION PRESSURE TO CONSULT A L/iBOUR INSPECTOR OR AN OFFICER OF THE WOMEN /.ND YOUNG PERSONS UNIT.

+OUR OFFICERS WILL BE PLE.SED TO HELP FACTORY MANAGEMENT OT DRAW UP

SCHEMES OF WORK WHICH .HE BOTH LEG. JULY ACCEPTABLE <JJD EFFICIENT TO OPERATE,+ HE S.JD. +ENQUIRIES M..Y BE MADE TO 3-672793+.

HE REMINDED PROPRIETORS THAT IT WAS AN OFFENCE IN LAW TO EMPLOY WOMEN aND YOUNG PERSONS BEYOND THE LEG/J. LIMITS OF OVERTIME.

UNDER THE FACTORIES hND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS REGULATIONS, YOUNG PERSONS BETWEEN THE AGE OF 14 ..ND 15 .HE NOT ALLOWED TO WORK OVERTIME. THE M/JCIMUM PERMISSIBLE OVERTIME FOR WOMEN YOUNG PEOPLE /.GED 16 /JID 17 IS TWO HOURS A DAY .iND 250 HOURS A YEAR.

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WATER CUT IN SH/iM SHUI PO X X X X X

WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN SH.J1 SHUI PO WILL BE STOPPED

FCR FIVE HOURS FROM 1 A.M. TO 6 A.M. THIS SATURDAY (JULY 5).

THE TEMPORARY WaTER STOPPAGE IS TO ENABLE THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CaRRY

OUT LE.JCAGE TESTS IN THE AREA.

THE PREMISES AFFECTED /HE BOUNDED BY PO ON ROAD, CHEUNG FAT STREET, KWONG LEE ROAD ..ND PRATAS STREET INCLUDING BLOCKS 3-7 /.ND 16-19 OF LI CHENG UK ESTATE.

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NEW MAXI-CAB SERVICES PROVE .JJ INST.kNT SUCCESS X X X X X X

THE TWO NEW MAXI-C.3 SERVICES BETWEEN ABERDEEN, CENTR/iL /lND CAUSEWAY BAY BEGAN OPERATION TODAY AND PROVED AN IMMEDIATE SUCCESS WITH RESIDENTS IN THE llREjlS,

bLiNY COMMUTERS, TRYING OUT THE MAXI-CAB, TELEPHONED THE TRANSPORT DEPiJRTMENT TO EXPRESS THEIR THINKS AND SATISFACTION WITH THE NEW SERVICES.

THE MAXI-ChB, CLE/iRLY DISTINGUISHABLE FROM OTHER PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES BY THEIR GREEN TOP, CRE«M BODY aND GREEN WAISTB.JW, WILL OPERATE FROM MONDAYS TO FRIDAYS uZT PEaK FREQUENCIES OF 10-15 MINUTES.

A FLAT FARE OF 31 IS CH.1RGED FOR THE SERVICES WHICH RUN MAINLY VIA .iBERDEEN MiJN ROhD, WONG CHUK HANG ROjD, SHOUSON HILL RO. J), SHOUSON HILL ROAD EAST, DEEP Winter Bay ro.d, wong nei chung gap road and stubbs road.

THE .lBERDEEN-CENTR.iL SERVICE, WITH TERMINAL POINTS jlT 73ERDEEN OLD M^IN STREET ,iND aT PEDDER STREET, OPERATES aT A PEAK FREQUENCY OF 10 MINUTES. THE FIRST RUN FROM .ABERDEEN LEAVES AT 6.15 A.M. .lND THE LAST RUN FROM CENTRAL AT 7.30 P.M.

THE i.BERDEEN-CjJJSEW^Y BaY ROUTE, TERMINATING AT .ABERDEEN OLD MAIN STREET aND AT J.*RDINE’S CRESCENT, RUNS AT a PEAK FREQUENCY OF 15 MINUTES, WITH THE FIRST MaXI-CAB LEAVING iiBERDEEN aT 9.15 a.M. aJlD THE LAST LEAVING CAUSEWaY BaY AT 12 MIDNIGHT.

STOPPING PLACES FOR JOURNEYS LEAVING .ABERDEEN INCLUDE SHOUSON HILL RO.D NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH WONG CHUK HaNG R0.iD= A2 .lND 9D SHOUSON HILL ROaiD= 5 SHOUSON HILL RO.D EAST= THE L^YBYE OUTSIDE > STUBBS R0.D= .JW THE- LOCATIONS ON STUBBS RO.D IJE.iR TUNG SIAN TERRACE ~CCESS ROAD, OUTSIDE LING N.iM COLLEGE, NEAR SHUI FAI TERRACE AND OPPOSITE THE A.I./.. BUILDING.

STOPPING PLACES FOR ^BE; DEEN-BOUND JOURNEYS INCLUDE THE FIRST P.kRKING PLnCE ON STUBBS RO.J)= THE iL.YBYE CUTSI1E WATER PUMPING STATION NE..R THE TAI H.;NG ROAD R0UND/30UT= /JW THE LOCATIONS ON SHOUSON HILL RO/D NEL.R NO. 16A, OPPOSITE UNICORN Garden, near no. 8, 4*nd ne..r its junction with wong chuk hand ro.d.

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TWO MORE PLB STANDS IN KWUN TONG X X X X X X

A FOURTH -iND FIFTH NEW PUBLIC LIGHT BUS ST.iNDS ARE BEING SET UP IN KWUN TONG TO PROVIDE YET MORE .JuTERN.kTIVE SPACES FOR PLBS TO OPERATE TO hND FROM THE INDUSTRIE TOWNSHIP, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

LOCATED AT HIP WO STREET, THEY .\RE .lDDITION.iL TO THE THREE AI/TERNaTTVE TERMIN.J. ST.JIDS OPENED TO PLBS LAST FRIDAY FOLLOWING THE C.iNCELLATION OF THE FORMER.STANDS ON KWUN TONG ROAD EAST OF TUNG YaN STREET, HE SAID.

FROM NEXT MONDAY (JULY 7), A SM..LL PORTION OF MOTHER PLB STaND ON KWUN TONG ROaD ON THE OTHER SIDE OF TUNG Y.«N STREET JUNCTION, WILL BE TEMPORARILY FENCED OFF FOR .ABOUT SIX WEEKS WHEN VER.lND.JB AND SUPPORTING PILL.RS THERE .RE TO BE REMOVED AS P.iRT OF RO.J) WIDENING WORKS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID TH^T THE FIVE ALTERNATIVE PLB TERMINAL ST.RDS NOW PROVIDED IN KWUN TOI^G WERE SUFFICIENT FOR PLB DRIVERS TO CONTINUE OPERATING WITHOUT DIFFICULTIES.

THE TWO AT HIP WO STREET, NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH TUNG YhN STREET, HAVE .ABOUT 12 SPACES, HE S.JD, BRINGING TO .ROUT 52 THE TOT.J. NUMBER OF .J.TERNATIVE TERMIN.iL SPACES FOR THE VARIOUS PLB ROUTES OPERATING TO AND FROM KWUN TONG.

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LOTTERY SaLES CLOSE TOMORROW

X X X X X

TOMORROW IS THE LaST DAY TO BUY A LOTTERY TICKET .iND GIVE YOURSELF A CHaNCE TO WIN a FORTUNE IN THE THIRD GOVERNMENT LOTTERY THIS YE.iR.

SALE OF TICKETS WILL CLOSE AT 9 A.M. TOMORROW AT aLL ROY.J. HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB BOOTHS. DURING THE DAY, TICKETS MuY ALSO BE BOUGHT AT IHE HE.J) OFFICES .iND BRICHES OF 30 BANKS IN V.lRIOUS DISTRICTS.

UPTO 4 P.M. TODAY (THURSDAY), a TOTAL CF 600>000 TICKETS WAS SOLD.

WINNING NUMBERS WILL BE DRAWN BY FOUR COMMERCIAL R.J3I0 ARTISTES AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE ON SATURDAY (JULY 5).

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KWUN TONG SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES ST.JfT ON SUNDAY

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HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN WILL GaTHER aT THE TSUI PING RO.iD PLAYGROUND IN KWUN TONG ON SUNDAY .iFTERNOON (JULY 6) FOR THE FIRST EVENT IN THE DISTRICT'S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRaMME. IN ALL ABOUT A THOUSAND YOUNG PEOPLE ;J?E EXPECTED TO JOIN THE V.JRIETY OF OUTDOOR G/J4ES THAT BEGIN AT J P.M.

THE EVENT IS BEING HELD aS PaRT OF THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE KWUN TONG SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WHICH WILL T.JCE PLICE EARLIER IN THE DAY AT 9.30 A.M. aT the playground.

OFFICIATING aT THE OPENING WILL BE MR. A. CHUI K/J4, DIRECTOR OF HOME AFF/JRS= MISS aNNIE CH.JH, ASSISTaNT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELF/iRE aND BRIGADIER D, BOORMaN, COMMaND HQ, 51 INFANTRY BRIGaDE.

also taking p.jrt will be seven honorary directors of the kwun tong district YOUTH RECREaTION CO-ORDINaTING COMMITTEE, MR. JaCK TENG. MR. WONG WAH-SENG, MR. LO CHING-HO, MR. CHaNG KIN-WaH, MaDjK CHaN SIU, MR, LEE SaNG, MR. LEUNG SIU-HUNG aND MR. CHEUNG SEK-FU, THE COMMITTEE’S CHAIRMAN.

MISS GOT KIM-CHING, A ST/JR OF THE TELEVISION SERIES +UNDER THE LION ROCK+ WILL BE THE- COMPERE.

aSIDE FROM THE CEREMONY ITSELF THERE WILL BE PERFORMANCES BY THE ROY/J, HONG KONG POLICE HAND, THE .aRMY DOG UNIT aND A DISPLaY OF AEROBATICS BY A HELICOPTER. MILITaRY VEHICLES .JJD EQUIPMENT WILL .uLSO BE ON SHOW.

THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT YOUTH RECREaTION CO-ORDINaTING COMMITTEE IS COMPOSED OF REPRESENTATIVES OF 94 ORGANISATIONS .iND PLANNED MORE TH.iN 500 DIFFERENT ITEMS FOR 'CHILDREN -ND YOUTH DURING THE SUMMER THIS YEaR.

NOTE TO EDITORS;

. YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, JULY 4, 1975

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATION TO IMPLEMENT TRAINING SCHEMES FOR CONSTRUCTION AND CLOTHING INDUSTRIES PROPOSED...................... 1

HONG KONG'S DOMESTIC EXPORTS FOR MAY DROPPED BY 21 PER CENT ................................................  j

KWUN TONG DRIVING TEST CENTRE MOVES TO NEW SITE ON MONDAY. 4

PROPOSED REVISION OF COMPANY'S FEES .................. 5

WAI YIP STREET IN KWUN TONG TO BE EXTENDED...........  5

FINAL STAGE OF SHING MLN FLOOD CONTROL SCHEME TO BEGIN SOON ................................................. 6

REQUIEM MASS FOR MR. SORBY WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY ...  6

CHINESE WOMEN'S CLUB CONTRIBUTION TO EDUCATION COMMENDED .. 7

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF TUNG TAU CHUEN ROAD ON SUNDAY ... 7

FIRST PRIZE OF THE THIRD GOVERNMENT LOTTERY IS WORTH S54O,8OO 8

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FRIDAY, JULY 4, 1975

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THE GOVERNMENT TODAY ANNOUNCED BILLS TO IMPLEMENT COMPREHENSIVE TRAINING SCHEMES TO PROVIDE SKILLED PERSONNEL FOR TWO OF HONG KONG’S RTOfiEST' INDUSTRIES — THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY AND THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY.

THE BILLS — THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING (CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY) BILL 1975 AND THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING (CLOTHING INDUSTRY) BILL 1975 — ARE PUBLISHED IN TODAY'S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE AND WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JULY 16.

THEY PROVIDE FOR:

* ESTABLISHMENT OF SEPARATE STATUTORY AUTHORITIES TO ADMINISTER THE TWO SCHEMES=

IMPOSITION OF A TRAINING LEVY ON THE VALUE OF ALL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS ON THE ONE HAND, AND ON ALL CLOTHING ITEMS EXPORTED ON THE OTHER, TO FINANCE THE SCHEMES= AND

* SETTING-UP OF SPECIAL TRAINING CENTRES TO PRODUCE CRAFTSMEN AND OPERATIVE FOR THE TWO INDUSTRIES.

THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR. NEIL HENDERSON, SAID TODAY THE TWO CONTRIBUTORY TRAINING SCHEMES WERE ORIGINALLY PROPOSED BY INDUSTRY MEMBERS OF THE BUILDING TRADES INDUSTRIAL COMMITTEE AND THE CLOTHING INDUSTRIAL COMMITTEE OF THE FORMER INDUSTRIAL TRAINING ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

THE WORK OF PLANNING THE SCHEMES HAD BEEN TAKEN OVER AND CONTINUED BY THE PROVISIONAL CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY CHAIRED BY MR. WONG TIN-SUN AND THE PROVISIONAL CLOTHING INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY CHAIRED BY MR. FRANCIS Y.H. TIEN.

MR. HENDERSON DESCRIBED THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION AS A BREAKTHROUGH FOR INDUSTRIAL TRAINING IN HONG KONG. +THESE BILLS ARE A SIGNIFICANT STEP FORWARD IN THAT THEY WILL NOT ONLY ENSURE A STEADY SUPPLY OF MANPOWER TO INDUSTRY, BUT ALSO INVOLVE INDUSTRY IN ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN MANPOWER PLANNING AND TRAINING,+ HE SAID.

MR. HENDERSON SAID THE LEVEL OF THE TWO TRAINING LEVIES WOULD BE SET LATER BY SPECIAL RESOLUTION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE LEVY ON EXPORT CLOTHING ITEMS WAS DISTINCT FROM, AND ADDITIONAL TO, THE AD VALOREM TAX ON ALL EXPORT GOODS WHICH FINANCED THE TRADE PROMOTION WORK OF THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, AND THAT THE TRAINING LEVY WOULD BE USED SOLELY FOR THE TRAINING OF SKILLED MANPOWER FOR THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY.

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PROCEDURES FOR THE COLLECTION OF THE TRAINING LEVY WOULD BE SIMILAR TO THE EXISTING PROCEDURES FOR COLLECTING THE AD VALOREM CHARGES, SO INCONVENIENCE TO EXPORTERS WOULD BE MINIMAL.

IN THE CASE OF THE CONSTRUCTION TRAINING LEVY, THE CONTRACTOR AND THE AUTHORISED PERSON UNDER THE BUILDING ORDINANCE (SUCH AS THE ARCHITECT ) WOULD BE REQUIRED TO GIVE NOTICE TO THE STATUTORY AUTHORITY OF THE COMMENCEMENT AND COMPLETION OF WORKS, AND THE CONTRACTORS THEMSELVES WOULD VE REQUIRED TO NOTIFY THE AUTHORITY OF THE PAYMENTS THEY RECEIVED.

MR. HENDERSON SAID THE LAST AVAILABLE MANPOWER SURVEY FIGURES SHOWED THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY NEEDED AS MANY AS 700 NEW SKILLED CRAFTSMEN EACH YEAR, AND THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY NEEDED AS MANY AS 17,000 SKILLED MACHINE OPERATORS.

+BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF THESE TWO INDUSTRIES, EMPLOYERS HAVE LONG BEEN FACED WITH THE PROBLEM OF HOW TO TRAIN THEIR WORKERS WITHOUT AFFECTING PRODUCTION SCHEDULES,+ HE SAID.

+THESE TWO NEW BILLS WERE INITIATED BY EMPLOYERS IN THE TOO INDUSTRIES AS A SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM, AND TO THE PROBLEM OF HOT TO SHARE THE COST OF PROVIDING PRACTICAL TRAINING TO SKILLED AND SEMI-SKILLED WORKERS.

+T0 SUPPLEMENT THESE INDUSTRY EFFORTS TO TRAIN THEIR OWN MANPOWER , THE GOVERNMENT WILL GIVE THE TWO STATUTORY AUTHORITIES FREE LAND TO BUILD THEIR TRAINING CENTRES.

•♦CONSIDERATION IS ALSO BEING GIVEN TO THE PROVISION OF CAPITAL LOANS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION WORK, TO BE REPAID OUT OF THE TRAINING LEVY FUNDS, WHICH WILL ALSO MEET THE CONTINUING COSTS OF THE PROGRAMME. +

MR. HENDERSON SAID MEMBERSHIP OF THE STATUTORY AUTHORITIES WOULD INCLUDE INDUSTRIALISTS, REPRESENTATIVES OF EMPLOYER AND OTHER INTERESTED BODIES, TRADE UNIONISTS, AND GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES. IT W.J5 HOPED THAT THE AUTHORITIES WOULD BE SET UP NEXT MONTH.

HE SAID IT WAS EXPECTED THAT THE LEVIES WOULD COME INTO FORCE AT THE BEGINNING OF NEXT YEAR, AND THAT WORK ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE TOO TRAINING CENTRES WOULD BEGIN A FEW MONTHS LATER, ENDING IN TIKE FOR THE RECRUITMENT OF THE FIRST TRAINEES DURING 1977.

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MAY EXPORTS DOWN BY 21 PER CENT

THE VALUE OF HONG KONG'S DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN MAY FELL BY 3465

MILLION OR 21.1 PER CENT COMPARED WITH MAY LAST YEAR,ACCORDING TC THE PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES ISSUED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

EXPORTS FOR MAY AMOUNTED TO 81,738 MILLION IN VALUE COMPARED './ITH 82,20? MILLION IN THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR.

THE VALUE OF IMPORTS FELL BY 22.7 PER CENT TO 32,677 MILLION AS AGAINST 33,461 MILLION IN MAY 1974, AND RE-EXPORTS DROPPED BY 19.1 PER CENT TO 3553 MILLION,' COMPARED WITH 3684 MILLION IN MAY LAST YEAR.

FIGURES FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY TO MAY THIS YEAR SHOWED DECREASES BY VALUE OF 15.6 PER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS, 17.0 PER CENT FOR IMPORTS, AND 13.8 PER CENT FOR THE RE-EXPORTS, AS AGAINST THE SAME PERIOD IN 1974.

DURING THE 12-MONTH PERIOD FROM JUNE 1974 TO MAY 1975, THERE WERE

DECREASES OF 4.0 PER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS, 6.2 PER CENT FOR IMPORTS

AND 12.0 PER CENT FOR RE-EXPORTS, WHEN COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS 12-MONTH

PERICD,

THE FOLLOWING TRADE TABLE GIVES AN EhSY GUIDE TO THS PROVISIONAL

TRADE FIGURES:- DOMESTIC EXPORTS: 81,738 MILLION

IMPORTS : 32,677 MILLION

RE-EXPORTS : 3 553 MILLION

COMPARATIVE FIGURES MAY MAY INCREASE OR

1975 197 4 DECREASE

3 MN. 3 MN. 3 MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 1,738 2,203 - 465 - 21.1

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (75.9%) (76.3%)

IMPORTS 2,677 3,461 - 784 - 22.7

RE-EXPORTS 553 684 - 130 - 19.1

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (24.1%) (23.7%)

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MAR.-MAY 1975 MhR.-MAY 1974 INCREASE OR DECREAoE

3 MN. 3 MN. 3 MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 5,020 5,995 - 976 - 16.5

IMPORTS 7,624 9,696 -2,071 - 21.4

RE-EXPORTS 1,666 1,927 - 260 - 15.5

JAN.-MAY 1975 JAN.-MAY 1974 INCREASE DECREASE

_ 3 MN. 3 MN. 3, MN. %

DOMESTIC. EXPOivTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 7,927 (74.8%) 9,397 (75.2%) -1,470 -.15.6

IMPORTS 12,184 14,681 -2,497 - 17.0

RE-EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 2,666 (25.2%) 3,093 (24.8%) - 426 - 13.8

JUNE 1974 TO MAY 1975 JUNE 1973 TO MAY 1974 INCREASE OR DECRE/iSib

DOMESTIC EXPORTS $ MN. 21,441 3 MN. 22,532 3 MN. ' % - 891 - 4.0

IMPORTS 31,625 33,705 -2,082 - 6.2

RE-EXPORTS 6,698 7,608 - 910 - 12.0

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NEW SITE FOR DRIVING TEST CENTRE

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THE KWUN TONS DRIVING TEST CENTRE WILL BE MOVED TO THE CAR PARK IN FRONT OF BLOCK 17, LAM TIN ESTATE, AT PING TIN STREET, KWUN TONG, AS FROM NEXT MONDAY (JULY 7).

" PRIVATE CAR DRIVING TESTS, WHICH ARE SCHEDULED TO TAKS PLACE II' THE PRESENT TEST CENTRE AT THE KWUN TONG COMMUNITY CENTRE AT TSUI PING RCAD, WILL NOW BE'HELD AT THE NEW SITE. (

■■■ CANDIDATES WITH TEST APPOINTMENTS IN KWUN TONG DATED MONDAY ONWARDS ARE THEREFORE ADVISED TO REPORT AT THE NEW SITE FOR THEIR TESTS.

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REVISION OF COMPANY'S FEES

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A NUMBER OF FEES PAYABLE UNDER THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE ARE TC DE REVISED, IN LINE WITH SCME OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY THE COMPANIES LAW REVISION COMMITTEE.

THE REVISION - PROVIDED IN THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) (NO,2) BILL PUBLISHED IN TODAY'S GAZETTE - MAINLY REFERS TO FEES FOR INSPECTION AND CERTIFICATION OF DOCUMENTS KEPT BY THE REGISTRAR AND TO FEES FOR REGISTERING CERTAIN INSTRUMENTS AND FOR INSPECTING THE REGISTER GF CHARGES.

THE BILL INTRODUCES A NEW FEE OF 32,000 FOR REGISTERING A PROSPECTUS WITH THE REGISTRAR. A SPOKESMAN SAID THIS WAS CONSIDERED NECESSARY .IS EXAMINATION OF DRAFT PROSPECTUSES BY SENIOR STAFF OF THE COMPANIES REGISTRY INVOLVED CONSIDERABLE TIME, AND FREQUENTLY DISCUSSIONS -WERE NECESSARY WITH THE COMPANY, ITS SOLICITORS AND THE UNDERWRITERS,

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO NOTED THAT SOME OF THE FEES HAD REMAINED UNCHANGED FCR MORE THAN 40 YEARS.

PROVISION IS ALSO MADE IN THE BILL FCR THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL TO INCREASE CERTAIN FEES AND TO ADD FURTHER ITEMS FOR WHICH A CHARGE IS CONSIDERED NECESSARY.

WAI YIP STREET EXTENSION

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A 400-METRE EXTENSION WILL BE ADDED TO WAI YIP STREET TC PROVIDE A TRAFFIC DIVERSION ROUTE TC FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION GF THE KWUN TONG MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY STATION.

THE ROAD EXTENSION, TO RUN BETWEEN KING YIP STREET ALT) CHA KWC LING ROAD WITH JUNCTION IMPROVEMENTS AT BOTH ENDS, WILL BE 19 METRES WIDE WITH FOOTPATHS /iND TWO TRAFFIC LANES IN EACH DIRECTION,

IT WILL INCLUDE A JO-METRE LONG BRIDGE ACROSS THE NULLAH AT THE SOUTH-EASTERN END OF WAI YIP STREET.

IN CONNECTION WITH THE PROJECT, SOME 500 METRES OF CHA KWC LING ROAD, BETWEEN KWUN TONG ROAD AND THE JUNCTION OF WAI YIP STREET EXTENSION, WILL BE RESURFACED. ASSOCIATED DRAINAGE WORKS WILL ALSO BE CARRIED GUT.

TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PROJECT ARE INVITED IN TODAY'S GAZETTE. WORK WILL BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER FCR COMPLETION IN MAY NEXT YEAR, '.THEN CONSTRUCTION OF THE KWUN TONG M.T.R. STATION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN.

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SHING MUN FLOOD CONTROL SCHEME NEARS COMPLETION

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WORK ON THE FINAL STAGE OF THE SHING MUN RIVER FLOOD CONTROL SCHEME IN SHA TIN WILL BEGIN NEXT MONTH.

THE WORK IS TO EXTEND THE TIN SAM NULLAH BY 1,000 FEET TO LINK IT WITH THE SOUTHERN BANK OF THE SHING MUN RIVER CHANNEL.

THIS WILL INCLUDE SOME DREDGING, WIDENING AND RE*.iLIGNK3i?T WORK TO BE CARRIED COT IN THIS EXTENDED SECTION.

IN ADDITION, ROADWAYS ON TOP OF THE EMBANKMENTS AND A CONCRETE FOOTBRIDGE ACROSS THE NULLAH WILL BE BUILT TO PROVIDE EASY ACCESS TO LUK WO YUEN AND CHE KUNG TEMPLE.

THE WORK HAS BEEN DESIGNED BY THE DRAINAGE WORKS DIVISION OF THE CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE, P.W.D. WHICH WILL ALSO SUPERVISE THE CONSTRUCTION.

TENDERS FOR THIS PROJECT WERE INVITED TODAY AND THE WORK IS , EXPECTED TO TAKE ABOUT 15 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE WHOLE SHING NUN RIVER FLOOD CONTROL SCHEME IS AIMED AT GIVING RESIDENTS IN NEARBY LOW-LYING AREAS ADDED PROTECTION FROM FLOOD DURING PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN.

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REQUIEM MASS FOR MR. SCRBY

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A REQUIEM MASS FOR MR. TERENCE DARE SORBY WILL BE SAID AT ST. JOSEPH'S CHURCH, GARDEN ROAD AT 6 P.M. ON MONDAY (JULY 7).

THE UTE MR. SCRBY, FORMERLY DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, DIED AT HIS HOME IN EDENBRIDGE, KENT, ENGLAND ON JUNE 21. HE WAS 57.

FUNERAL SERVICE WAS HELD aT ST. LAWRENCE’S CHURCH, EDENBRIDGE ON JUNE 28.

MR. SORBY JOINED THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT SERVICE IN 1946 AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER. HE WAS APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY IN 1966, A POST HE HELD UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 1970.

FOLLOWING HIS RETIREMENT THAT SAME YEAR, HE BECAME EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL UNTIL SEPTEMBER, 1975 WHEN HE RETIRED. HE WAS AWARDED THE CBE IN JUNE, 1975-

MR. SORBY IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE, ANNj. TWO SOHS, NICHOLAS AND TIMOTHYs AND TWO DAUGHTERS, LINDA AND FRANCESCA.

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CHINESE WOMEN'S CLUB'S EDUCATIONAL ROLE PRISED

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THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. KENNETH TOPLEY TODAY PUD TRIBUTE TO THE HONG KONG CHINESE WOMEN'S CLUB FOR THEIR EDUCATIONAL ROLE BY OPERATING A NUMBER OF SCHOOLS AS A SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY.

MR. TOPLEY WAS SPEAKING AT THE CLUB'S HOIE TJO YOENG PRIMARY <uND EVENING SCHOOLS GRADUATION CEREMONY.

HE NOTED THAT THE SCHOOLS PLACED EQUAL EMPHASIS ON aC.lDEMIC STUDIES AND EXTRA-CURRICUL. J? ACTIVITIES, WHICH HE STRESSED, WERE JUST .IS IMPORTANT AS CLASSROOM TEACHING OR LEARNING.

MjJIY PEOPLE WERE OF THE OPINION THAT EXTRa-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES CREATED MORE PROBLEMS FOR TEACHERS AND DISTRACTED PUPILS FROM THEIR STUDIES.

BUT, MR. TOPLEY SAID, THESE PEOPLE DID NOT REALISE TH..T THE DEVELOPMENT OF PERSONALITY, THE ACQUIRING OF TECHNOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE, THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SOUND PHYSIQUE, THE PROMOTION OF CULTURU aND ..ESTHETIC TASTES WERE WITHIN THE SCOPE OF EDUCATION.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF TUNG TaU CHUEN ROaD

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MOTORISTS aRE aDVISED THAT, A SECTION OF TUNG T..U CHUEN RO;JD, BETWEEN TUNG TSING ROaD aND JUNCTION RO. J), IN KOWLOON, WILL BE CLOSED TO .lLL TRAFFIC FOR ONE DaY ON SUNDaY (JULY 6) ST.iRTING AT 9 A.M. IN ORDER TO FaCILITaTE THE DEMOLITION OF PaRT OF a BUILDING.

KMB BUSES ON ROUTE NO.? WILL BE DIVERTED THROUGH HENG L.J4 STREET, FUNG MO STREET AND THEN B..CK TO TUNG TaU CHUEN RO.J).

APPROPRIATE TR.1FFIC SIGNS WILL BE POSTED TO INDICATE THE CLOSURE.

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THIRD LOTTERY DRAW TOMORROW

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SOMEONE WILL BE RICHER BY 3540,800 TOMORROW (SATURDAY) WHEN THE FIRST PRIZE OF THE THIRD GOVERNMENT LOTTERY IS DRAWN.

A TOTAL OF 676,000 TICKETS WAS SOLD UP TO 9 P.M. TO-DAY (FRIDAY) WHEN SALES CLOSED. THE TOTAL PROCEEDS REACHED 31,352,000.

THE SECOND PRIZE IS WORTH 354,080, AND THE THIRD PRIZE 85,4o8.

EACH OF THE 50 SPECIAL PRIZES AND THE 106 CONSOLATION PRIZES IS WORTH 31,352.

THE FIRST THREE WINNING NUMBERS WILL BE DRAWN AT 10 A.M. TOMORROW IN THE CITY HALL THEATRE BY FOUR COMMERCIAL RADIO ARTISTES - MR. HO YA-YUE, MISS CONITA CHAN HOI-SEE, MISS CHENG KIT-MAN AND MISS MA SHUK-KAU.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.

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SATURDAY, JULY 5, 1975

CONTENTS PAGE NO

FIFTEEN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS COMPLETED OXFORD COURSE ....... 1

SWD RUNS SUMMER RECREATIONAL PROGRAMMES FOR DISABLED .......... 2

TOO MORE PUMPING STATIONS FOR HIGH ISLAND WATER SCHEME ........ 3

TOO LOTS OF CROWN LAND AT SHA TIN FOR SALE .................... 4

THREE-DAY CAREERS SEMINAR FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS ....... 4

WINNING NUMBERS OF THIRD GOVERNMENT LOTTERY ................... 5

VACANCIES FOR PART-TIME LECTURERS IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES ... 6

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SATURDAY, JULY 5, 1975

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ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS RETURN FROM OXFORD COURSE n « « a a u

FIFTEEN LOCAL ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS HAVE COMPLETED A COURSE AT OXFORD UNIVERSITY IN BRITAIN.

THE GROUP COMPRISING 12 MEN AND THREE GIRLS - ALL IN THEIR TOENTIES ARE NOW ON THEIR WAY BACK TO HONG KONG.

THEY ARE THE FIRST BATCH OF LOCAL ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS SENT BY THE GOVERNMENT TO THIS NlNE-MONTH.ADMINI STRATIVE DEVELOPMENT COURSE WHICH WAS SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR HONG KONG.

ON THEIR RETURN, THEY WILL BE POSTED TO VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS WHERE THEY CAN PUT WHAT THEY LEARNT INTO PRACTICAL USE.

IN THIS INTENSIVE TRAINING PROGRAMME WHICH IS AIMED AT BROADENING THEIR OUTLOOK AS ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS, THE GROUP ATTENDED SEMINARS ON COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, URBAN SOCIOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT STUDIES.

IN ADDITION THEY ALSO PICKED A SPECIAL FIELD OF STUDIES WHERE THEY COULD GO DEEPER INTO A SUBJECT OF THEIR INTEREST UNDER AN INDIVIDUAL TUTORIAL SYSTEM.

THEIR CHOSEN FIELDS OF STUDIES RANGED FROM ECONOMICS AND TRANSPORT TO ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICES.

IN BETWEEN THE CLASSES, SHORT COURSES AND VISITS WERE ARRANGED DURING UNIVERSITY VACATIONS.

THE GROUP HAD VISITED THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE AND THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICE IN LONDON.

THEY ALSO GAINED AN INSIGHT INTO THE WORKING OF PARLIAMENT.

THE GROUP WAS SHOWN ROUND THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT BY SIR

PAUL BRYAN, A MP, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ANGLO-HONG KONG PARLIAMENTARY GROUP - AN ALL-PARTY ASSOCIATION MADE UP OF MPS AND PEERS WITH SPECIAL INTEREST IN HONG KONG AFFAIRS.

THE GROUP ALSO HAD A BRIEF EDUCATIONAL VISIT TO EUROPE WHILE THEY WERE IN BRUSSELS, THE YOUNG ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS TALKED WITH OFFICIALS FROM THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY.

IN GENEVA, THEY WERE BRIEFED BY OFFICIALS FROM GATT (GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TARIFFS AND TRADE), UNCTAD (UNITED NATIONS CONGRESS OF TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT), AND ILO (INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION).

ANOTHER GROUP OF 14 ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS AND AN EDUCATION OFFICER IS EXPECTED TO FLY TO LONDON IN LATE SEPTEMBER TO ATTEND THE SAME COURSE.

THEY WILL UNDERTAKE BROADLY THE SAME PROGRAMME WITH GREATER EMPHASIS ON TUTORIALS IN A SUBJECT OF THEIR OWN CHOOSING.

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SWD RUNS SUMMER PROGRAMMES FOR DISABLED »»««««

THIS SUMMER IS GOING TO BE LOADED WITH FUN AND LAUGHTER FOR THE DISABLED UNDER THE CARE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S REHABILITATION DI VISION WHICH IS ORGANISING ITS OWN SUMMER RECREATIONAL PROGRAMMES..

WORKING CLOSELY WITH VOLUNTEERS, SOCIAL GROUPS AND ORGANISATIONS, STAFF OF THE DIVISION ARE GIVING THE DISABLED JUST AS MUCH OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN ACTIVITIES SIMILAR TO THOSE ORGANISED FOR OTHERS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG DURING THE SUMMER VACATION.

SWIMMING TOPS THE LIST OF THE PROGRAMMES.

CHILDREN FROM KAI CHI CHILDREN’S CENTRE WILL BE SOME OF THE MOST FREQUENT BEACH VISITORS. TWICE A WEEK, SWIMMING LESSONS WILL BE GIVEN TO THEM BY GIRL GUIDES AT ISLAND SCHOOL’S SWIMMING POOL, REPULSE BAY AND STANLEY BEACHES.

ALSO, THANKS TO GENEROUS DONATIONS FROM HENRIETTA SCHOOL AND A GROUP OF RECRUIT INSPECTORS OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE TRAINING SCHOOL, THE CHILDREN WERE TAKEN OUT ON A CAMPING TRIP LAST WEEKEND AT CARITAS GAUDETTE HOUSE ON CHEUNG CHAU ISLAND. A SECOND CAMPING TRIP WILL BE HELD AT NEW SAND I LANDS FROM JULY 14-16.,

FOR THE CHILDREN AT KAI NANG TRAINING CENTRE. THE PROGRAMME NOW UNDERWAY IS THE WEEKLY SWIMMING LESSON AT THE KWUN TONG SWIMMING POOL AND BASKETBALL PRACTICE AT THE KWUN TONG COMMUNITY CENTRE. IN AUGUST, STAFF AND SENIOR TRAINEES WILL BE DRAWN INTO A CHINESE BILLIARD COMPETITION AND THE +TALENT QUEST* WHICH WAS VERY POPULAR LAST YEAR, WILL BE ON AGAIN.

IN EARLY AUGUST, A GROUP OF ENTHUSIASTIC MEMBERS OF THE ST. LOUIS SCHOOL’S SOCIAL SERVICE GROUP WILL STAGE A VARIETY SHOW AT THE KWUN TONG COMMUNITY CENTRE FOR 400 DISABLED.

WEEKLY SWIMMING LESSONS FOR ABERDEEN REHABILITATION CENTRE’S TRAINESS WILL COMMENCE IN EARLY JULY AND FROM AUGUST 5 TO 9 SOME 20 PHYSICALLY DISABLED WILL TAKE PART IN THE ANNUAL SUMMER CAMP SPONSORED BY THE PHAB ASSOCIATION AT WU KAI SHA.

OTHER EXCITING PROGRAMMES FOR THEM INCLUDE A LAUNCH PICNIC ORGANISED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND A WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES SPONSORED BY VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

MOREOVER, A FUN-FAIR AND A VARIETY SHOW JOINTLY PRESENTED BY CENTRE’S TRAINEES AND VOLUNTARY GROUPS WILL BE HELD IN JULY AND' AUGUST RESPECTIVELY.

/DEAF CHILDREN .....

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DEAF CHILDREN WILL BE PARTICIPATING IN A VARIETY SHOW AND BEACH PARTY SPONSORED BY THE HONG KONG MUTUAL ASSISTANCE SOCIETY FOR THE DEAF ON JULY 7 AND AUGUST 17.

THE Y’S MEN’S CLUB OF VICTORIA, WHICH IS ONE OF THE KEEN PROMOTERS IN THE WELFARE FOR THE DEAF, WILL INVITE SOME 50 DEAF CHILDREN FROM THE DIVISION’S CLUBS AND CENTRES TO JOIN A SUMMER CAMP AT WU KAI SHA TOWARDS THE END OF THIS MONTH. OTHER ACTIVITIES ALSO ORGANISED BY THE CLUB INCLUDE HIKING, A VARIETY SHOW AND A BEACH PARTY.

THE OUTWARD BOUND SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION WILL INVITE SOME 20 TRAINEES OF WORLD REHABILITATION FUND DAY CENTRE TO JOIN THEIR WEEKEND CAMP ON JULY 12 AT THE OUTWARD BOUND SCHOOL COMPOUND. THE DAY CENTRE WILL ALSO ORGANISE VARIOUS GAMES, VISITS, AND OUTINGS FOR ALL ITS TRAINEES.

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TWO MORE HIGH ISLAND PUMPING STATIONS

TWO MORE PUMPING STATIONS WILL BE CONSTRUCTED FOR THE HIGH ISLAND WATER SCHEME.

THE HO CHUNG AND LONG KENG PUMPING STATIONS WILL BE THE LAST OF THE EIGHT STATIONS FOR THE SCHEME.

THE HO CHUNG PUMPING STATION WILL BE BUILT ON THE SOUTH BANK OF THE STREAM ADJACENT TO THE VILLAGE TO DRAW FLOOD WATER FROM THE STREAM AND PUMP IT THROUGH A 18-INCH DIAMETER PIPELINE TO A POINT WHERE IT WILL FLOW THROUGH THE TUNNEL SYSTEM INTO THE HIGH ISLAND RESERVOIR.

THE LONG KENG PUMPING STATION WILL BE ERECTED ON THE EAST BANK OF A STREAM RUNNING BETWEEN THE VILLAGES OF LONG KENG AND WO LIU. IT WILL ABSTRACT WATER FROM THE STREAM AND PUMP IT INTO THE RESERVOIR.

CONSTRUCTION WORK IS EXPECTED TO COMMENCE IN TWO MONTHS.

DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE STATIONS, NORMAL LOCAL WATER SUPPLIES TO THE AREA FOR DOMESTIC AND AGRICULTURAL PURPOSES WILL BE MAINTAINED.

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SATURDAY, JULY 5, 1975

CROWN LAND AT SHA TIN FOR SALE

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TWO LOTS OF CROWN LAND WITH A COMBINED AREA OF MORE THAN 28,000 SQUARE FEET WILL BE PUT UP FOR SALE BY AUCTION AT THE SHA TIN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL IN SHA TIM AT 11 A.M. ON MONDAY, JULY 21.

THE TWO PIECES OF LAND BOTH AT FO tAN, SHA TIN ARE FOR INDUSTRIAL/GODOWN PURPOSES.

THE FIRST LOT MEASURES 16,920 SQ. FT. WHILE THE AREA OF THE SECOND LOT IS 11,870 SQ. FT.

THE SALE PLANS TOGETHER WITH PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE ARE AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION AT THE HEADQUARTERS OR ANY DISTRICT OFFICE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADM INSTRATI ON.

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THREE-DAY CAREERS SEMINAR M H K H ft «

A THREE-DAY CAREERS SEMINAR JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT FOR SOME 1,500 SENIOR STUDENTS FROM 26 SECONDARY SCHOOLS WILL BEGIN ON MONDAY (JULY 7) AT 9.20 A.M. AT QUEEN’S COLLEGE, CAUSEWAY BAY.

THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR. DAVID LIN, WILL OPEN THE SEMINAR.

THE SEMINAR WILL CONSIST OF 12 TALKS AND DISCUSSIONS ON JOB OPPORTUNITIES GIVEN BY REPRESENTATIVES FROM GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, AND COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL ORGANISATIONS.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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SATURDAY, JULY 5, 1975

HOLDER OF TICKET^. *4^66 WINS $540,800

THE LUCKY HOLDER OF TICKET NUMBER 439566 TODAY WON THE FIRST PRIZE OF $540,800 AT THE DRAW OF THE THIRD GOVERNMENT LOTTERY AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE.

THE WINNING NUMBER FOR THE SECOND PRIZE OF $54,080 IS TICKET’NUMBER 427991!™ PR'ZE °F S5,4°8 WENT T° ™E H0LDER 0F / THE THREE PRIZES WERE DRAWN BY FOUR COMMERCIAL RADIO ARTISTES - MR HO YA-YUE, MISS CONITA CHAN HOI-SEE, MISS CHENG KIT-MAN AND MISS MA SHUK-KAU THIS MORNING.

WINNING NUMBERS OF THE 50 SPECIAL PRIZES OF $1,352 ARE s

0365067 0659422 0471063 0615828 0674028

0262276 0132172 0328753 0356635 0187056

0160510 0609656 0598854 0340055 0315755

0027657 1 0144714 0245988 0394277 0467116

0047983 0573404 0545312 0304525 0354935

0173202 0512217 0181143 0387229 0589022

0287159 0576556 0639897 0428725 0161638

0413285 0657434 0189585 0165486 0376905

0060097 0090872 0101922 0545404 0414286

0212755 0586978 0337260 0475647 0202820

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THERE

__________ ARE ALSO 106 CONSOLATION PRIZES OF $1,352 EACH FOR TICKET NUMBERS IMMEDIATELY ABOVE AND BELOW A WINNING NUMBER IN THE DRAW.

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VACANCIES FOR LECTURERS IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES

VACANCIES FOR PART-TIME EVENING LECTURERS MAY EXIST AT THE MORRISON HILL, KWAI CHUNG AND KWUN TONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTES FOR THE SESSION 1975/76 COMMENCING IN SEPTEMBER, 1975.

COURSES AT CRAFT, TECHNICIAN, AND POST-SECONDARY LEVELS WILL BE OFFERED IN THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS* CLOTHING INDUSTRIES, COMMERCIAL STUDIES, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, PRINTING AND TEXTILE INDUSTRIES.

ANY PERSON WITH RELEVANT QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE IS INVITED TO APPLY FOR THESE VACANCIES.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION IS JULY 15, 1975.

FURTHER DETAILS CONCERNING THE COURSES AND SUBJECTS TO BE OFFERED BY INDIVIDUAL INSTITUTES CAN BE OBTAINED EITHER IN PERSON OR IN WRITING FROM THE MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE AT . 6, 01 KWAN ROAD, WANCHAI.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

YEAR OF EXPANDING POSTAL SERVICES H ft « » «

HONG KONG’S POSTAL SERVICES CONTINUED TO EXPAND IN QUANTITY AND QUALITY DURING THE 1974-75 FINANCIAL YEAR WITH A RECORD TOTAL OF 265.2 MILLION POSTAL ITEMS HANDLED BY THE POST OFFICE WITH MORE SOPHISTICATED METHODS. <

REVENUE AMOUNTED TO $183.7 MILLION, AN INCREASE OF 5.8 PER CENT OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR’S FIGURE, WHILE EXPENDITURE TOTALLING $113 MILLION, SHOWED AN INCREASE OF 12.1 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS YEAR’S.

SPECIAL POSTAL SERVICES SUCH AS SPEEDPOST ”ON DEMAND” AND ACCELERATED SURFACE POST WERE INTRODUCED AND OTHER SOPHISTICATED FACILITIES LIKE SPEEDPOST AND EXPRESS MAIL WERE EXPANDED AND CONSOLIDATED.

OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF POSTAL ITEMS HANDLED, SOME 124.3 MILLION LETTERS, PRINTED PAPERS, POSTCARDS, REGISTERED MAIL AND SMALL PACKETS WERE POSTED IN HONG KONG FOR LOCAL DELIVERY.

THIS SHOWED AN INCREASE OF 4.5 MILLION ON THE PREVIOUS YEAR’S FIGURE, AND ALMOST A 70 PER CENT INCREASE OVER THE VOLUME HANDLED FIVE YEARS AGO.

PARCELS POSTED FOR LOCAL DELIVERY ALSO ROSE FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR’S 61,700 TO 89,600 - AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 45 PER CENT.

TO COPE WITH THE INCREASED VOLUME OF WORK, 20 EXTRA POSTMEN WERE EMPLOYED, BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF POSTMEN ON DELIVERY WORK 10 606. A NEW MAIL DELIVERY VAN WAS ALSO PUT TO USE, BRINGING TO 88 THE TOTAL FLEET STRENGTH.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF AIR AND SURFACE MAIL ITEMS SENT OVERSEAS FELL BY 4.2 PER CENT FROM 80.2 MILLION TO 76.8 MILLION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE POST OFFICE SAID THIS WAS MAINLY BECAUSE OF A REDUCTION IN THE POSTING OF MAIL ORDER ADVERTISING MATERIAL.

PARCELS SENT TO OVERSEAS COUNTRIES, HOWEVER, INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY. THOSE SENT BY AIR NUMBERED 854,900, AN INCREASE OF 109,900 OR 14.8 PER CENT OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR’S FIGURE. PARCELS SENT BY SEA ALSO INCREASED BY 3.27 PER CENT, FROM 957,300 TO 988,600. i

POSTAL ITEMS SENT TO CHINA CONTINUED TO INCREASE. THE NUMBER OF LETTERS AND PARCELS SENT ROSE BY 600,000 AND 114,800 RESPECTIVELY.

PARCELS RECEIVED FROM ABROAD WENT DOWN MARGINALLY BY 2 PER CENT TO 546,900 WHILE PARCELS RECEIVED IN TRANSIT ROSE BY 2.3 PER CENT TO 40,800.

Issued by Government Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong, /DURING THE . ....

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DURING THE YEAR, SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS WAS MADE IN THE PROVISION AND EXPANSION OF SPECIAL POSTAL FACILITIES. SPEEDPOST. A FAST INTERNATIONAL SERVICE PROVIDING A DOOR-TO-DOOR PACKAGE COLLECTION AND DELIVERY SYSTEM FOR COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL ORGANISATIONS, WAS EXTENDED TO COVER BRAZIL AND JAPAN IN ADDITION TO BRITAIN AND THE UNITED STATES.

THE POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THIS SERVICE HAD PROVED HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL AND HAD BEEN FAVOURABLY COMMENTED UPON BY THOSE USING IT. IT HAD BROUGHT IN THREE-QUARTERS MILLION DOLLARS IN REVENUE AND THIS FIGURE WAS EXPECTED TO INCREASE AS THE SPEED AND RELIABILITY OF THE SERVICE BECAME MORE WIDELY KNOWN

IN MAY THIS YEAR, A NEW SPEEDPOST "ON DEMAND” SERVICE WAS INTRODUCED TO THE U.S.A. TO SUPPLEMENT THE PREVIOUS SYSTEM OPERATED SOLELY ON A CONTRACT BASIS. THE ”ON DEMAND” SERVICE IS DESIGNED FOR PEOPLE WHO DO NOT HAVE A REGULAR NEED FOR ’’SPEEDPOST” FACILITIES.

THIS SERVICE CAN ONLY BE UNITED STATES AT PRESENT, BUT EXTEND IT TO OTHER COUNTRIES.

USED FOR SENDING PACKAGES TO THE ARRANGEMENTS ARE BE I NG MADE TO

ANOTHER MAJOR INTERNATIONAL POSTAL FACILITY, THE ’’EXPRESS” MAIL WHICH STARTED ON A RECIPROCAL BASIS WITH 20 COUNTRIES IN MARCH LAST YEAR, WAS EXTENDED TO NEARLY 100 COUNTRIES. SOME 170,800 ITEMS WERE SENT BY THIS FACILITY DURING THE YEAR.

ACCELERATED SURFACE POST, ANOTHER NEW POSTAL SERVICE WHICH UTILISES SPARE AIRCRAFT SPACE FOR THE BULK POSTING OF PRINTED MATERIALS, STARTED IN NOVEMBER LAST YEAR. THIS FACILITY PROVIDES A USEFUL ALTERNATIVE TO THE CHEAPER, SLOWER SURFACE MAIL AND THE FAST BUT MORE EXPENSIVE AIRMAIL SERVICE.

AT PRESENT THE SERVICE IS ONLY AVAILABLE BETWEEN HONG KONG AND THE UNITED KINGDOM BUT PLANS ARE IN HAND TO EXPAND IT TO OTHER COUNTRIES.

DURING THE YEAR, A NEW POST OFFICE WAS OPENED AT PERKINS ROAD IN JARDINE’S LOOKOUT. THIS BROUGHT TO 69 THE TOTAL NUMBER OF POST 0FFIC3S OPERATED BY THE DEPARTMENT, INCLUDING A MOBILE POST OFFICE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

A SPECIAL PHILATELIC COUNTER, SELLING COMMEMORATIVE STAMPS AND PROVIDING FACILITIES FOR COMMEMORATIVE COVERS TO BE HAND-STAMPED, WAS SET UP IN THE GENERAL POST OFFICE IN JANUARY THIS YEAR.

THE POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID BUSINESS HAD BEEN BRISK AT THIS SPECIAL COUNTER AND THAT IT WAS PROVING TO BE INCREASINGLY POPULAR, ESPECIALLY AMONG TOURISTS.

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MORE +MAXI-CAB+ SERVICES PLANNED ********

TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IS DRAWING UP COMPREHENSIVE PLANS FOR MORE +MAXI-CAB+ SERVICES TO OPERATE ON NARROWER ROADS IN BOTH URBAN AND RURAL AREAS WHERE THE PROVISION OF LARGE BUSES IS NOT JUSTIFIED.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT PLANNERS OF THE DEPARTMENT HAVE STARTED THE FIRST OF ANOTHER SERIES OF FORMAL DISCUSSIONS WITH PUBLIC LIGHT BUS OPERATORS ON NEW POSSIBLE MAX I-CAB ROUTES.

TALKS IN THE PAST HAVE RESULTED IN THE INTRODUCTION OF THREE POPULAR MAXI-CAB SERVICES BETWEEN CENTRAL AND THE PEAK, OLD PEAK ROAD AND PO SHAN ROAD.

THE LATEST ADDITION IS THE TWO SERVICES BETWEEN ABERDEEN AND CENTRAL AND ABERDEEN AND CAUSEWAY BAY VIA SHOUSON HILL, WONG NE I CHUNG GAP ROAD AND STUBBS ROAD. INITIAL RESPONSE HAS BEEN MOST ENCOURAGING SINCE THEY STARTED LATE LAST MONTH.

AT A RECENT MEETING WITH HONG KONG ISLAND PLB REPRESENTATIVES, TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS PUT FORWARD A LIST OF PROPOSED ROUTES FOR THE ISLAND. COPIES OF THE PKOPOSALS WERE LATER SENT TO THE OPERATORS FOR CLOSER STUDY.

THE PROPOSED ROUTES INCLUDE STANLEY VILLAGE-STANLEY FORT-CHUNG HOM KOK/HEADLAND ROAD-STANLEY VILLAGE- RED HILL-TAI TAM ROAD-STANLEY VILLAGE- PERKINS ROAD/MT. BUTLER/BROADWOOD ROAD-WANCHAI FERRY PIER- BRAEMAR HILL-NORTH POINT-A KUNG NGAM VIA FORTRESS HILL ROAD- CHAI WAN-CAPE COLLINSON- MT. CAMERON-MAGAZI NE GAP ROADCENTRAL- AND MT. MICHOLSON-WAN CHAI-CENTRAL.

FURTHER SESSIONS OF THE FRESH SERIES WILL BE HELD WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF PLB OPERATORS IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES. AMONG THE MAXI-CAB ROUTES PROPOSED WOULD BE YAU YAT TSUEN-HUNG HOM FERRY PIER- CALDECOTT ROAD-TAI KOK TSUI FERRY PIER, AND CHUK YUEN ESTATE-CHO I HUNG.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THE CONTINUED EFFORTS TO PERSUADE PLB OPERATORS TO RUN MORE MAXI-CAB SERVICES WERE IN LINE WITH PROPOSALS SET OUT IN THE GREEN PAPER +TRANSPORT IN HONG KONG+ PUBLISHED LAST YEAR.

+PLBS ARE MUCH MORE SUITABLE THAN LARGE BUSES FOR THE PROVISION OF SERVICES ON NARROWER ROADS OF THE URBAN AND RURAL AREAS, OR ON THOSE WITH INSUFFICIENT PASSENGERS TO JUSTIFY THE PROVISION OF LARGE BUSES.

+FOR EXAMPLE, THEY COULD OPERATE ALONG THE MANY ROUTES WHICH ARE UNSUITABLE FOR FRANCHISED BUSES, OR ON THOSE ROUTES WHERE THE DEMAND IS TOO SMALL TO WARRANT LARGE BUSES BUT WHERE THERE IS STILL A NEED TO PROVIDE PUBLIC TRANSPORT, AND GENERALLY WHEREVER ALTERNATIVE PUBLIC TRANSPORT REMAINS INADEQUATE,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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+MAXI-CAB+ SERVICES, OR PLB FEEDER SERVICES, ARE OPERATED ON AGREED FIXED TIMETABLES, FARES, ROUTES AND STOPPING PLACES WITH FIXED TERMINAL POINTS. THEY ARE PAINTED A GREEN TOP, PRIMROSE YELLOW BODY WITH A GREEN WAISTBAND AS DISTINCTION FROM OTHER PLBS.

IN CASES WHERE THE AGREED ROUTES CUT THROUGH PLB PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED AREAS, TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT GIVES THE OPERATORS PERMISSION TO TRAVEL OR STOP IN THESE AREAS IN ORDER TO PROVIDE GOOD SERVICES TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

PLB OPERATORS ARE BEING INVITED TO SEND IN APPLICATIONS FOR OPERATING MAXI-CAB ROUTES PROPOSED EITHER BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT OR BY THEMSELVES. THE DEPARTMENT ALSO WELCOMES SUGGESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC AS TO SUITABLE AREAS WHERE MAX I-CABS SHOULD OPERATE.

THEY HAVE TO GIVE PARTICULARS ABOUT SPECIFIC ROUTING, FARESTRUCTURE AND TIME-TABLE. A TEST RUN WOULD BE ARRANGED TO EXAMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF THE PROPOSED ROUTE WITH A VIEW TO DETERMINE STOPPING PLACES AT APPROPRIATE LOCATIONS.

+WE WILL GIVE THEM THE GREEN LIGHT IF EVERYTHING IS AGREED,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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TICKETS FOR FOURTH LOTTERY NOW ON SALE # M # K

TICKETS FOR THE YEAR’S FOURTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY ARE NOW ON SALE AT $2 EACH.

THEY ARE AVAILABLE UNTIL JULY 18 AT ALL ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB TICKET SELLING BOOTHS AND THE HEAD AND BRANCH OFFICES OF MAJOR BANKS.

THE DRAW FOR WINNING NUMBERS WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE MAIN CONCOURSE OF THE OCEAN TERMINAL AT 10 A.M. ON JULY 19 (SATURDAY). THESE NUMBERS WILL BE PUBLISHED IN AN EXTRAORDINARY ISSUE OF THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE ON JULY 21.

THERE WILL BE A TOTAL OF 159 PRIZES — A FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD PRIZES, TOGETHER WITH 50 SPECIAL AND 106 CONSOLATION PRIZES. THESE PRIZES MUST BE CLAIMED WITHIN TOO YEARS AFTER THE NUMBERS ARE PUBLISHED — THAT IS BEFORE JULY 21, 1977.

NOTE TO ED I TORSs

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, MR. KAI-YIN CHAU, WILL GIVE A PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE CITY HALL RESTAURANT AT 1 P.M. TOMORROW (MONDAY) TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF PLANS TO PROMOTE THE FOURTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY. YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

MONDAY, JULY 7, 1975

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BRITISH EXECUTIVES COMING HERE TO DISCUSS SETTING UP OF FACTOR IES.......................................... 1

VITAL TO MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE OF CAREER AT BEGINNING OF

WORKING LIFE .......................................   2

LOTTERY SALES PICK UP ............................... 3

ARGYLE STREET FLYOVER OPENS TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC THIS WEDNESDAY ..........................................    4 *

WATER STORAGE STANDS AT 97.7 PER CENT OF FULL CAPACITY ... 4

MANPOWER SURVEY ON PLASTICS INDUSTRY STARTS TODAY . 5

WATER CUT IN NORTH POINT........................... 5.

BUILDINGS DECLARED DANGEROUS AT JERVOIS STREET... 6

ORAL CONTRACEPTIVE PILLS TO EXEMPT FROM PRESCRIPTION AND SALES CONTROL .................................    , 6

INTEGRATED SCIENCE COURSE FOR IN-SERVICE TEACHERS .. 7

MONDAY, JULY 7, 1975

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TOP BRITISH EXECUTIVES COMING HERE TO DISCUSS•FACTORY VENTURES

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THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. ROY PORTER, SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THAT HONG KONG CAN EXPECT VISITS FROM A NUMBER OF BRITISH EXECUTIVES WITHIN THE NEXT THREE MONTHS TO TALK ABOUT SETTING UP FACTORIES HERE.

MR. PORTER, JUST BACK FROM A THREE-WEEK TOUR OF BRITAIN, HAS BEEN +SELLING+ HONG KONG TO BRITISH INDUSTRIALISTS AS A PLACE FOR INVESTING IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY, EITHER BY GOING INTO PARTNERSHIP WITH LOCAL CONCERNS, OR BY GOING IT ALONE.

MR. PORTER VISITED LONDON AND BIRMINGHAM WITH MR. S.K. HO OF THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, AT THE INVITATION OF THE CONFEDERATION OF BRITISH INDUSTRIES WHICH ALSO INVITED SINGAPORE AND MALAYSIA TO TALK AT A SERIES OF SEMINARS.

THE HONG KONG TEAM TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THEIR PRESENCE IN BRITAIN TO TRAVEL WIDELY IN ORDER TO MEET SEPARATELY WITH BRITISH INDUSTRIALISTS DURING, AS WELL AS AFTER, THE SEMINARS AND CONSEQUENTLY STAYED IN BRITAIN LONGER THAN THEIR COUNTERPARTS FROM MALAYSIA AND SINGAPORE.

MR. PORTER SAID THAT MOST BRITISH COMPANIES WERE NOT AT PRESENT CONSIDERING INVESTING IN HONG KONG OR ANYWHERE ELSE FOR THAT MATTER. THE ECONOMIC CLIMATE IN BRITAIN DOES NOT SEEM TO ENCOURAGE THIS KIND OF THINKING FOR THE TIME BEING.

NEVERTHELESS, KEEN AND GENUINE INTEREST WAS SHOWN BY A NUMBER OF THE INDUSTRIALISTS TO WHOM HE TALKED. +THEY MADE MANY SEARCHING INQUIRIES,* HE ADDED, +AND SOME ARE VIRTUALLY CERTAIN TO ENGAGE IN MANUFACTURING HERE.* x

AMONG THE COMPANIES WHICH SHOWED SPECIFIC INTEREST IN .HONG

KONG WERE 8 A MOST EXCELLENT COMPANY ENGAGED IN PRODUCING

PRECIOUS DIE-CASTINGS (A HIGHLY TECHNOLOGICAL INDUSTRY), A WELL-KNOWN MANUFACTURER OF THERMO-PLASTIC PRODUCTS, A PRINTING COMPANY, A COMPANY LOOKING FOR A PARTNER TO MANUFACTURE ELECTRIC SWITCH-GEAR, A FIRM WHICH WISHES TO ESTABLISH IN A JOINT VENTURE TO PRODUCE HIGH-QUALITY STAINLESS STEEL PRODUCTS (MOSTLY HAND-MADE), ' A VERY DYNAMIC ELECTRONICS COMPANY, A SMALL SPECIALISED PAINT

COMPANY, A SUBS I DARY OF ONE OF BRITAIN’S LARGEST COMPANIES MANUFACTURING PNEUMATIC EQUIPMENT AND A LEADING MANUFACTURER OF HIGH QUALITY TOYS.

MR. PORTER CONCLUDED THE TRIP HAD INDEED BEEN WORTHWHILE.

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RIGHT CHOICE OF CAREER - VITAL IN LIFE **««««

THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR. DAVID LIN, TODAY URGED HONG KONG STUDENTS TO TRY HARD TO START WORK IN THE RIGHT JOB AT THE VERY BEGINNING OF THEIR WORKING LIFE.

♦STUDENTS ARE NATURALLY ANXIOUS TO GET A JOB SOON AFTER THEY FINISH SCHOOL,+ HE SAID. BUT GETTING A JOB AND CHOOSING A CAREER ARE NOT EXACTLY THE SAME THING.

+TO GET A JOB IS MERELY TO SECURE FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE. BUT MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICE OF A CAREER DOES MORE THAN THAT. IT LEADS TO A PROMISING FUTURE AND PROVIDES A CHANCE TO DEVELOP YOUR ABILITIES.-*-

MR. LIN WAS SPEAKING WHILE OFFICIALLY OPENING A THREE-DAY CAREERS SEMINAR BEING HELD AT THE QUEEN’S COLLEGE IN CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG.

MORE THAN 1,500 SENIOR STUDENTS FROM 26 SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT ARE TAKING PART IN THE SEMINAR.

MR. LIN SAID THE CURRENT SEMINAR, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT ’S YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE, WAS THE FOURTH IN A SERIES OF SEMINARS ORGANISED BY THE SERVICE ON A REGIONAL BASIS IN COLLABORATION WITH INTERESTED BODIES. • '

MORE SEMINARS WERE BEING PLANNED FOR THE SUMMER VACATION MONTHS.

HE TOLD THE STUDENTSi +THE CHOICE OF A CAREER IS THE MOST . IMPORTANT DECISION IN YOUR LIVES. IT WILL DETERMINE YOUR FUTURE" AFFECT YOUR OUTLOOK ON LIFE" AND ULTIMATELY MAKE YOU CONTENTED OR FUSTRATED, HAPPY OR UNHAPPY.+

FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE, HE SAID, THEY NEEDED INFORMATION ON JOB OPPORTUNITIES, WHICH THEY SHOULD STUDY CAREFULLY, HAVING REGARD TO THEIR PHYSIQUES, THEIR ABILITIES, THEIR ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS, THEIR INTERESTS AND THEIR APTITUDES.

TO THIS END, THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE HAD, SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT, BEEN DEVOTING ITS EFFORTS TO COLLECTING, COMPILING AND DISSEMINATING CAREERS INFORMATION THROUGH CAREERS PAMPHLETS, NEWSLETTERS AND OTHER LITERATURE.

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THE PRESENT SEMINAR CONSISTS OF 12 TALKS ANn n 1 srncc 1 amc nv REPRESENTATIVES OF COMMERCE INDUSTRY AND THF rSur?JmcEtSa2N^a£Y OPPORTUNITIES IN VARIOUS Fl ELDS, I JcLUDIHG SoCIAL WORK NURSIM ENGINEER I NG^Nd’tHE^GOVErSiMENT^1^C0MPUTERS- SHIPPING, ’

THERE WILL ALSO BE TALKS ON HOW TO APPLY FOR COURSES OFFERED BY THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC;

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LOTTERY SALES PICK UP

THE FOURTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY THIS YEAR WAS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED TODAY WITH HIGH HOPES THAT TICKET SALES WILL CONTINUE TO PICK UP.

ACCORDING TO MR. KAI-YIN CHAU, CHAIRMAN OF THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, TICKET SALES IMPROVED CONSIDERABLY IN THE LAST LOTTERY AS COMPARED WITH THE TOO PREVIOUS ONES FOLLOWING IMPROVEMENT OF WEATHER AND STEPPED-UP PUBLICITY EFFORTS.

THE WINNING NUMBERS OF THE LOTTERY WILL BE DRAWN ON JULY 19 AT THE MAIN CONCOURSE OF OCEAN TERMINAL BY FOUR RTV ARTISTES — MISS HUEN SO HA, MISS LEE YING, MR. HUI SIU HUNG AND MR. KWOK FUNG.

THE FOUR ARTISTES WILL ALSO HELP PROMOTE TICKET SALES AT THE SITE BETWEEN NORTH POINT FERRY AND NORTH POINT ESTATE ON JULY 14 AT 5 PM.

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ARGYLE STREET FLYOVER OPENS TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC K K X K X M

THE ARGYLE STREET FLYOVER WILL BE FULLY OPENED TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC AT 10 A.M. THIS WEDNESDAY (JULY 9).

THE 1,600-FOOT LONG ELEVATED ROAD, WHICH COST OVER $20 MILLION TO BUILD, WILL PROVIDE TWO-LANE TRAFFIC FOR WESTBOUND VEHICLES AND ONE LANE FOR EASTBOUND VEHICLES. THE FLYOVER WAS OPENED TO EASTBOUND TRAFFIC ON JUNE 10.

WITH THE FULL OPENING OF THIS FLYOVER, MOTORISTS TRAVELLING . BETWEEN MONG KOK AND KAI TAK AIRPORT OR KWUN TONG AREAS WILL

FIND THEIR JOURNEY TIMES REDUCED= AND TRAFFIC CONGESTION AT THE JUNCTIONS OF ARGYLE STREET, WATERLOO ROAD AND PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD WILL BE GREATLY RELIEVED.

ON APPROACHING THE NEW FLYOVER, MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO SELECT THE CORRECT LANE IN GOOD TIME, AND TO PROCEED WITH CAUTION WHILE LEAVING THE FLYOVER AS THERE WILL BE MERGING TRAFFIC FROM THE LEFT AT GROUND LEVEL.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE POSTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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RESERVOIRS 97.7 PER CENT FULL ft H X O K

HONG KONG’S WATER STORAGE STOOD AT 65,744 MILLION GALLONS AS AT 9 A.M. THIS (MONDAY) MORNING, REPRESENTING 97.7 PER CENT OF THE FULL STORAGE CAPACITY OF 67,300 MILLION GALLONS.

THE SAMEADAY LASTAYEAR°MPARES Wl™ 39,659 MILLI0N GALLONS ON

PLOVER COVE RESERVOIR HELD 50,395 MILLION GALLONS — 99.8 PER CENT OF ITS FULL CAPACITY — COMPARED WITH 30,188 MILLION GALLONS ON JULY 7 LAST YEAR.

A TOTAL OF 5.4 MM (0.21 IN) OF RAINFALL THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY DURING THE PAST TWENTY AT 9 A.M. TODAY.

WAS RECORDED AT FOUR HOURS ENDING

THE TOTAL RAINFALL RECORDED SO FAR THIS YEAR AMOUNTS TO 1,660.7 MM (65.38 IN). THE MEAN AVERAGE RAINFALL THIS YEAR IS 1,048.7 MM (41.29 IN).

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MANPOWER SURVEY ON PLASTICS INDUSTRY STARTS TODAY H « If H » If

A THREE-WEEK MANPOWER SURVEY OF HONG KONG’S PLASTICS INDUSTRY BEGINS TODAY (JULY 7).

THE SURVEY, THE THIRD OF ITS KIND, IS CONDUCTED BY THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD, MR.

DENNIS TING, SAID s +IN ORDER TO TRACK THE DEVELOPING TREND AND COLLECT UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON MANPOWER SITUATION OF THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY, THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD HAS DECIDED TO CONDUCT MANPOWER SURVEY AT REGULAR SHORT INTERVALS.*

THE SECOND SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED IN JUNE 1972.

THE INFORMATION COLLECTED WILL BE HANDLED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND WILL BE PUBLISHED ONLY IN THE FORM OF STATISTICAL SUMMARIES WITHOUT REFERENCES TO ANY INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENT, MR. TING SAID.

QUESTIONNARIES AND EXPLANATORY LETTERS IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE WERE SENT THREE WEEKS AGO TO THE ESTABLISHMENTS SELECTED BY RANDOM STRATIFIED SAMPLING.

THE INFORMATION WHICH EMPLOYERS ARE REQUESTED TO SUPPLY INCLUDES s THE NUNMDERS OF WORKERS EMPLOYED AND UNDER TRAINING’ THE NUMBER OF EXISTING VACANCIES AND A FORECAST OF ADDITIONAL NUMBER OF WORKERS REQUIRED BY JULY 1976.

SURVEY INTERVIEWERS WILL BE VISITING EACH OF THE ESTABLISHMENTS CONCERNED TO HELP EMPLOYERS COMPLETE THE QUESTIONNARIES.

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN NORTH POINT WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 1 A.M. THIS THURSDAY (JULY 10).

THIS IS TO ENABLE LEAKAGE TEST TO BE CARRIED OUT IN THE AREA.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY THE SOUTH SIDE OF KING’S ROAD FROM HEALTHY STREET WEST TO MANSION STREET, TSAT TZE MUI ROAD AND PAK FUK ROAD AS WELL AS MODEL LANE, HEALTHY STREET EAST AND HEALTHY STREET CENTRAL.

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DANGEROUS BUILDINGS X « « if

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY DECLARED NOS. 17 AND 23 JERVOIS STREET, CENTRAL TO BE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION AND NOS. 19 AND 21 LIABLE TO BECOME DANGEROUS.

THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR NOTED THAT THE TOP FLOOR OF NO. 23, WHICH PARTIALLY COLLAPSED RECENTLY, WAS ALREADY THE SUBJECT OF AN EMERGENCY CLOSURE ORDER. FURTHER EXAMINATION OF THE REST OF THE BUILDING SHOWED THAT THE WALLS OF THE KITCHEN BLOCK ARE BADLY FRACTURED AND THE TIMBERS SUPPORTING THE KITCHEN BLOCK AND THE MAIN BUILDING ARE DECAYED. THIS COULD LEAD TO A FURTHER COLLAPSE, HE SAID.

EXAMINATION OF NO. 21 REVEALED THAT THE TIMBERS TO THE ROOF AND REAR PART OF THE BUILDING ARE BADLY DECAYED AND THE WALLS ARE FRACTURED. THERE IS A RISK OF COLLAPSE ON THE DEMOLITION OF NO. 23. THERE ARE ALSO FRACTURES IN THE PARTY WALL WITH NO. 19 WHERE DECAYED ROOF TIMBERS ARE FOUND.

NO. 17, A VACANT BUILDING AWAITING DEMOLITION, WAS FOUND TO HAVE SERIOUSLY DISPLACED AND FRACTURED BRICKWORK TO THE REAR WALL AND PARTY WALL ADJOINING AN OPEN SITE. THERE IS A SERIOUS RISK OF COLLAPSE.

ON THE DEMOLITION OF NOS. 17 AND 21, THERE IS A RISK OF COLLAPSE OF NO. 19. NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS IN VICTORIA DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 AM ON AUGUST 5 WERE POSTED TODAY.

THE PILL TO EXEMPT FROM CONTROL . XTX X X

ORAL CONTRACEPTIVE PILLS WILL

_____________________________ ____ NOT BE SUBJECT TO CONTROL UNDER THE PROPOSED NEW PHARMACY AND POISONS REGULATIONS WHICH WILL BE INTRODUCED BY RESOLUTION AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JULY 16.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY AN AMENDMENT TO THE POISONS LIST WILL BE PROPOSED BY THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES TO EXEMPT THESE PILLS FROM

control of sale, the step is taken on the ADV IC-OF THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEMBERS GF -de PHARMACY AND POISONS BOARD WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR DRAFTING IHE REGULATIONS HAVE AGREED TO THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT.

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INTEGRATED SCIENCE COURSE FOR TEACHERS

AN INTEGRATED SCIENCE COURSE FOR IN-SERVICE TEACHERS IS TO BE RUN BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT THE HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL FROM TOMORROW UNTIL JULY 18.

THE COURSE WILL BE OPENED BY MR. ARTHUR BROWN, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS).

IT WILL BE CONDUCTED BY FOUR TUTORS REPRESENTING THE SCOTTISH EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. THE TUTORS ARE MR. STANLEY SKILLEN, MR. JOHN HUGHES, MR. WILLIAM BUCKIE AND DR. LESLIE YOUNG.

THE COURSE ON THIRD YEAR SCIENCE WORK WILL BE ATTENDED BY 60 PEOPLE INCLUDING SCIENCE TEACHERS, LECTURERS OF THE THREE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION, SUBJECT SPECIALISTS OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S EXAMINATION DIVISION AND SCIENCE INSPECTORS.

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TWO OTHER COURSES IN FIRST AND SECOND YEAR WORK WERE CONDUCTED BY SCOTTISH TUTORS IN-THE SUMMER OF 1973 AND 1974.

FOLLOWING THE PUBLICATION OF THE NEW CURRICULUM FOR JUNIOR SECONDARY FORMS BY THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE, 116 SCHOOLS HAVE DECIDED TO ADOPT THE NEW JUNIOR SECONDARY SCIENCE SYLLABUS IN SEPTEMBER 1975.

TO HELP SCIENCE TEACHERS IN THE SCHOOLS JOINING THE SCHEME, THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL RUN SIX MORE IN-SERVICE COURSES ON FIRST AND SECOND YEAR WORK IN AUGUST.

NOTE TO ED I TORSs YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY AT THE HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL AT 10 AM TOMORROW.

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CANADIAN COLLEGE OFFERS TWO SCHOLARSHIPS TO HONG KONG STUDENTS ................................................... i

LEADERSHIP TRAINING CAMP FOR YOUTH VOLUNTEERS .............. 2

BUILDING OWNERS ADVISED TO KEEP FIRE SERVICE INSTALLATIONS IN PROPER WORKING ORDER......................  3

SOUVENIRS FOR RETIRING OFFICERS OF FISH AND VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATIONS .................................... 3

TUNG WAH GROUP COMMENDED FOR ITS CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS EDUCATION IN HONG KONG ..................................... 4

POTTINGER STREET SECTION TO BE TURNED INTO BUS-ONLY LANE . 4

233 YOUNGSTERS WIN DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S SILVER AWARDS ....... 5

’MEET THE MEDIA’ SESSION WITH KCR GENERAL MANAGER.......... 5

f5uco™SI!i?YRfFjA?RiAtl!Z“.?"E''TE'! STUDENT INV0LVEMENT ,

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CANADIAN COLLEGE OFFERS TWO SCHOLARSHIPS TO H.K. ft a ft ft ft a

TWO SCHOLARSHIPS ARE BEING OFFERED BY THE LESTER B. PEARSON COLLEGE OF THE PACIFIC IN CANADA TO SELECTED BOYS AND GIRLS IN HONG KONG FOR A TWO-YEAR MATRICULATION COURSE WHICH BEGINS IN THE COMING SEPTEMBER.

THE PEARSON COLLEGE IS ONE OF THE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS WHICH COMPRISE THE UNITED WORLD COLLEGES.

THESE COLLEGES WERE ESTABLISHED TO PROMOTE INTERNATIONAL UNDERSTANDING THROUGH EDUCATION AND HAVE AN INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL. THE PRESIDENT OF WHICH IS LORD MOUNTBATTEN, AND AN INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR DEVELOPING THE PROJECTS AND THE PLANNING AND CO-ORDINATION OF NEW COLLEGES.

THE STUDENT BODY AND TEACHING STAFF OF THE COLLEGES ARE FULLY INTERNATIONAL. ENTRY TO EACH COLLEGE IS HIGHLY COMPETITIVE AND IS BASED ON ACADEMIC ABILITY AND PERSONAL QUALITIES;

AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY: +FIFTH FORM STUDENTS OF HIGH ABILITY IN ANGLO-CHINESE OR ENGLISH SECONDARY SCHOOLS ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THE TOO SCHOLARSHIPS.

+THE UPPER AGE LIMIT FOR ADMISSION TO THE COLLEGE IS 17-1/2 YEARS ON SEPTEMBER 1, 1975. THIS WELL BE ADHERED TO AS FAR AS POSSIBLE BUT STUDENTS OF EXCEPTIONAL MERIT WHO ARE SLIGHTLY OVER-AGE MAY ALSO BE CONSIDERED.*

HE SAID THAT EACH SCHOLARSHIP WOULD COVER TUITION AND BOARDING FEES FOR THE TOO YEARS, (A RETURN PASSAGE BY AIR WOULD ALSO BE PROVIDED), BUT IT WOULD NOT COVER OTHER EXPENSES SUCH AS MAINTENANCE DURING LONG VACATIONS.

+THE CRITERIA FOR THE SELECTION OF CANDIDATES WILL INCLUDE PAST ACADEMIC RECORDS, EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, RECOMMENDATION OF THE HEAD OF SCHOOL, PERSONALITY AND KNOWLEDGE OF ENGLISH.

+CANDIDATES MAY BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND AN INTERVIEW IN HONG KONG. SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WILL BE REQUIRED TO SIGN AN UNDERTAKING THAT THEY WILL RETURN TO HONG KONG FOR HIGHER EDUCATION ON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE,* THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED.

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APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW OBTAINABLE FROM THE OVERSEAS *•' STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT BRANCH OFFICE, BONAVENTURE HOUSE, 91 LEIGHTON ROAD, 2ND FLOOR, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG.

COMPLETED FORMS TOGETHER WITH SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE SAME OFFICE BY JULY 19, 1975. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

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THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT THE TWO-YEAR COURSE AT PEARSON COLLEGE PREPARES STUDENTS FOR THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE, AN INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE EXAMINATION WHICH IS RECOGNISED BY UNIVERSITIES IN HONG KONG AND IN MOST OTHER COUNTRIES INCLUDING THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE U.S.A. AND CANADA.

IN 1972 HONG KONG STUDENTS WERE GIVEN SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THE FIRST TIME. IN THAT YEAR EIGHT STUDENTS LEFT HONG KONG TO STUDY AT THE FIRST UNITED WORLD COLLEGE WHICH WAS FOUNDED IN 1962 AT ST. DONAT’S CASTLE ON THE COAST OF SOUTH WALES, UNITED KINGDOM.

THE UNITED WORLD COLLEGE OF SOUTH EAST ASIA WAS OPENED IN SEPTEMBER 1972 AND CONSISTS OF THE TWO SENIOR CLASSES OF THE SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, A CO-EDUCATIONAL COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL OPENED IN 1971.

THE THIRD COLLEGE, THE LESTER B. PEARSON COLLEGE OF THE PACIFIC IN VICTORIA, WAS OPENED IN SEPTEMBER 1974.

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S COMMUNITY CENTRES IN WONG TAI SIN AND CHAI WAN WILL BE RUNNING A CAMP FOR YOUTH VOLUNTEERS FROM JULY 12 TO 14 TO TRAIN THEM IN LEADERSHIP SKILLS TO HELP IN THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME AND OTHER COMMUNITY SERVICES.

THE CAMP, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE ADAM SCHALL HALL OF UNITED COLLEGE, CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, WILL TRAIN 80 VOLUNTEERS FROM 18-25 YEARS OF AGE. THE COST WILL BE $25 A PERSON.

ASIDE FROM LECTURES ON WHAT VOLUNTARY SERVICE IS ALL ABOUT AND SERVICES FOR THE AGED AND PHYSICALLY DISABLED, THEY WILL ALSO BE TAUGHT BASIC FIRST-AID, INDOOR AND OUTDOOR SAFETY PRECAUTIONS, HANDICRAFTS, HOW TO LEAD IN SONG AND GAMES AND FOLK DANCING.

ENQUIRIES TO JOIN THIS CAMP CAN BE MADE TO EITHER OF THE COMMUNITY CENTRES.

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KEEP FIRE INSTALLATIONS IN WORKING ORDER, FIRE SERVICES URGE

BUILDING OWNERS WERE TODAY ADVISED TO ENSURE THAT THEIR FIRE • SERVICE INSTALLATIONS SUCH AS SPRINKLERS ARE IN PROPER WORKING ORDER.

A FIRE SERVICES SPOKESMAN STRESSED TODAY THAT THIS WAS IN THEIR OWN INTEREST AS FAULTY INSTALLATIONS COULD BE UTTERLY USELESS IN THE EVENT OF A FIRE AND LEAD TO UNNECESSARY LOSSES.

HE NOTED THAT PROPERTY OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT WERE REQUIRED BY LAW TO ENSURE THAT FIRE SAFETY INSTALLATIONS WERE IN GOOD WORKING ORDER. THE LAW ALSO REQUIRES FIRE SERVICE INSTALLATIONS TO BE INSPECTED ANNUALLY BY CONTRACTORS REGISTERED WITH THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND CERTIFIED AS TO THEIR CONDITION.

+A PROPERLY FUNCTIONING SPRINKLER SYSTEM IS A HIGHLY EFFECTIVE ITEM OF FIRE FIGHTING OR PROTECTION,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID, +AND BUILDING OWNERS WOULD BE WELL ADVISED, FOR THEIR OWN GOOD, TO KEEP THEM IN GOOD WORKING ORDER.*

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

MR. E.H. NICHOLS, DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, WILL PRESENT SOUVENIRS TO 38 OFFICERS OF THE FISH AND VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATIONS WHO ARE RETIRING THIS YEAR.

SOME OF THE RETIRING OFFICERS HAVE SERVED WITH THE ORGANISATIONS FOR AS LONG AS 28 YEARS.

THE PRESENTATION WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKET AT LAI.CHI KOK ROAD ON THURSDAY (JULY 10) AT 4 P.M. 1

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE CEREMONY.

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TUNG WAH’S EDUCATIONAL ROLE PRAISED

THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (PROFESSIONAL), MR. HO NGA-MING, TODAY PRAISED THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS FOR HELPING THE GMVERNMENT TO ACHIEVE ITS PRIMARY EDUCATION PLANS AND TO IMPLEMENT ITS POLICY ON SECONDARY EDUCATION EXPANSION IN HONG KONG.

THIS WAS THE RESULT OF THE HARD WORK BY THE HEADMASTERS AND TEACHERS CONCERNED AS WELL AS THE ABLE LEADERSHIP OF THE PRESENT AND PAST DIRECTORS OF THE TUNG WAH BOARD, MR. HO TOLD THE JOINT SPEECH DAY OF THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS PRIMARY SCHOOLS AT THE CITY HALL.

+AT THE PRIMARY STAGE, THE EDUCATION OF A CHILD DOES NOT CONSIST SO MUCH OF ADJUSTMENT TO VARIOUS SCHOOL SUBJECTS AS ADJUSTMENT TO MORAL AND SOCIAL PROBLEMS,+ MR. HO SAID.

HE ELABORATED ON ONE IMPORTANT SOCIAL QUALITY — KINDLINESS OF ATTITUDE AND ACTION.

THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR SAID: +CHILDREN WILL NEED TO LEARN THAT ’LOVE’ IS IN PART KINDNESS OF THOUGHT AND KINDNESS OF ACTION. IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO' GIVE THEM DEFINITE TRAINING IN CONSIDERATION AND THOUGHT FOR OTHERS.+

MR. HO SUGGESTED SOME OF THEWAYS IN WHICH THESE MIGHT BE ACHIEVED — HOSPITALITY TO NEWCOMERS AND VISITORS- ENCOURAGING GENEROSITY- ENCOURAGING THOUGHT FOR OTHERS- KINDNESS TO ALL LIVING THINGS AND TRAINING IN THE CARE OF PROPERTY.

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MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED THAT THE NORTHERN SECTION OF POTTINGER STREET BETWEEN CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, BETWEEN 7 A.M. AND 11 P.M. AS FROM FRIDAY (JULY 11).

THE NEW ARRANGEMENT IS TO PROVIDE EXTRA TERMINAL FACILITIES FOR EXPANDED BUS SERVICES RUNNING TO AND FROM CENTRAL AND. AT THE SAME TIME, IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW ON DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL*

UNDER THE NEW ARRANGEMENT, TRAFFIC FROM CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TURN LEFT INTO THE SHORT SECTION OF POTTINGER STREET TO ENTER DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL.

BUSES HAVE BEEN USING THIS SECTION AS TERMINAL POINTS TO CATrR TO COMMUTERS DURING PEAK HOURS AND GREATER USE OF THE SECTION WILL BE MADE WHEN IT IS CLOSED TO OTHER TRAFFIC.

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DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD PRESENTATIONS H » « « ft ft

A TOTAL OF 233 CANDIDATES WHO HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED TRAINING UNDER THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD SCHEME WILL RECEIVE THEIR SILVER AWARDS THIS- MONTH.

THE CANDIDATES, 75 GIRLS AND 158 BOYS, COMPLETED AT LEAST ONE YEAR’S TRAINING IN SERVICE, EXPEDITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES.

THE PRESENTATIONS WILL BE HELD IN TOO PARTS. THE FIRST TAKE PLACE AT 5.30 P.M. THIS FRIDAY (JULY 11) AT THE MARINER’S CLUB IN MIDDLE ROAD, KOWLOON, WHERE THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. KENNETH TOPLEY, WILL PRESENT AWARDS TO 117 WINNERS.

THE SECOND PRESENTATION WILL BE HELD AT 5.30 P.M. ON JULY 25 AT LOKE YEW HALL OF HKU. DR. RAYSON HUANG, VICE-CHANCELLOR OF THE UNIVERSITY WILL PRESENT THE AWARDS TO THE OTHER 116 WINNERS.

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

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NOTE TO EDITORS: A +MEET THE MEDIA+ SESSION WILL TAKE PLACE ON THURSDAY (JULY 10) AT 4 P.M. IN THE THEATRE OF THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, FIFTH FLOOR. THE SPEAKER WILL BE MR. REGINALD GREGORY, GENERAL MANAGER, KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY (BRITISH SECTION). ' *<■! - •*

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO ATTEND.

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STUDENTS ENCOURAGED TO TAKE PART IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS m m h a

SECONDARY PUPILS IN HONG KONG WERE URGED TODAY BY THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. KENNETH TOPLEY, TO PLAY AN ACTIVE ROLE IN SOCIETY.

MR. TOPLEY SAID IT WAS ESSENTIAL FOR PUPILS TO MAINTAIN GOOD HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS AT SCHOOL IN ORDER TO TAKE PART IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS.

HE ENCOURAGED THEM TO JOIN IN RECREATION AND SPORT AS WELL AS COMMUNITY OR GOVERNMENT ORGANISED ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE SCHOOL HOURS.

THE DIRECTOR WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE HOI PING CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SECONDARY SCHOOL AT HO MAN TIN.

HE COMMENDED THE CHAMBER FOR ITS COMMUNITY SERVICE, ESPECIALLY IN THE EDUCATIONAL AND SOCIAL WELFARE FIELDS, DURING THE PAST 60 YEARS.

AFTER HELPING TO INCREASE,THE NUMBER OF PRIMARY PLACES, THE CHAMBER BUILT THE NEW SECONDARY SCHOOL, THUS CONTRIBUTING IN NO SMALL MEASURE TOWARDS THE EXPANSION OF SECONDARY EDUCATION IN HONG KONG, MR. TOPLEY SAID.

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EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES GEARED TOWARDS REHABILITATING VICTIMS OF ACCIDENTS AND NATURAL DISASTERS ................... 1

PILOT LAND CENSUS GETS UNDERWAY NEXT WEEK .................... 3

DEPUTY CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS RETIRING................... 4

ACAN TO HOLD BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT.........................    5

TWO LOTS OF CROWN LAND FOR SALE NEXT MONTH.................... 6

TEMPORARY WATER CUT IN YAU MA TEI ............................ 6

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ACCIDENT AND CASUALTY SERVICES GEARED TOWARDS REHABILITATION OF INJURED PERSONS

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THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR. GERALD CHOA, SAID TODAY THAT THE DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG’S EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES WOULD BE GEARED TOWARDS REHABILITATING VICTIMS OF ACCIDENTS AND NATURAL DISASTERS.

HE SAID EQUAL EMPHASIS WAS TO BE PLACED ON TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION IN THE 10-YEAR MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEVELOPMENT PLANS TO EXPAND AND IMPROVE THE ACCIDENT AND CASUALTY SERVICES.

HE WAS SPEAKING ON- HONG KONG’S EMERGENCY SERVICES AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE VICTORIA LIONS CLUB THIS AFTERNOON.

DR. CHOA POINTED OUT THAT ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY SERVICES, NO MATTER HOW EFFICIENT THEY WERE, WOULD NOT BE COMPLETE WITHOUT THE SUPPORTING FACILITIES TO REHABILITATE AND INTERGRATE THE INJURED PERSONS BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY AS PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS.

HE SUGGESTED THAT THE IDEAL STRUCTURE OF SUCH SERVICES WOULD BE THE TWO-TIER SYSTEM OF DESIGNATED ACCIDENT CENTRES AND ACCIDENT CENTRES AS RECOMMENDED BY THE MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY

-COMMITTEE IN ITS 10-YEAR MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEVELOPMENT PLAN.

UNDER THE PROPOSED SYSTEM, AN INJURED PERSON WILL BE DELIVERED BY AMBULANCE TO EITHER A DESIGNATED ACCIDENT CENTRE OR AN ACCIDENT CENTRE ACCORDING TO THE SEVERITY OF HIS INJURIES.

THE DIRECTOR EXPLAINED THAT A DESIGNATED ACCIDENT CENTRE WOULD BE ACCOMMODATED IN A MAJOR HOSPITAL, WHICH IS EQUIPPED AND STAFFED TO ENABLE EVERY NECESSARY INVESTIGATION AND TREATMENT OF ANY CASE OF TRAUMA AT ANY TIME OF THE DAY OR NIGHT.

AFTER EMERGENCY TREATMENT, THE INJURED PERSON WOULD EITHER BE DISCHARGED OR REQUIRED TO ATTEND THE HOSP ITAL’S' OUT-PAT I ENT DEPARTMENT OR TRANSFERRED TO A CONVALESCENT HOME OR A REHABILITATION CENTRE.

AND FOR THOSE WHOSE INJURIES ARE NOT SERIOUS, THEY WOULD BE TAKEN TO AN ACCIDENT CENTRE IN A SMALLER HOSPITAL. HOWEVER, IF THE CONDITION OF THE INJURED PERSON DETER I OR I ATES, HE WOULD BE TRANSFERRED TO A DESIGNATED ACCIDENT CENTRE FOR FURTHER TREATMENT.

THIS TWO-TIER SYSTEM, SAID DR. CHOA, WOULD ENSURE THAT THE MORE SERIOUS CASES REQUIRING TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION COULD BE DEALT WITH SPEEDILY AND EFFICIENTLY.

HE SAID THIS SYSTEM OF ACCIDENT AND CASUALTY SERVICES WOULD FIT INTO THE PROPOSED REGIONALISATION OF HOSPITAL SERVICES UNDER • THE 10-YEAR MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEVELOPMENT PLAN.

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THE MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE HAD PROPOSED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF REGIONAL HOSPITALS, WHICH WOULD BE MAJOR ACUTE HOSPITALS, EQUIPPED TO TREAT PATIENTS REQUIRING THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF SPECIALIST CARE, AND DISTRICT HOSPITALS, WHICH WOULD PROVIDE THE BASIC HOSPITAL SERVICES IN THE REGION AND WILL RECEIVE PATIENTS WHOSE CONDITION IS NOT SUCH AS TO WARRANT REFERRAL DIRECTLY TO THE REGIONAL HOSPITAL.

+l BELIEVE WITH SUCH RESTRUCTIONS AND REORGANISATIONS, HONG KONG’S HOSPITAL SERVICES AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES WOULD ADVANCE TO A GREATER DEGREE OF SOPHISTICATION,* SAID DR. CHOA.

OF THE EXISTING ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY SERVICES, THE DIRECTOR SAID THE CASUALTY DEPARTMENTS OF HONG KONG’S FOUR MAJOR HOSPITALS DEALT WITH AN AVERAGE OF 1,300 CASES A DAY.

ALMOST 50 PER CENT OF THESE, OR 620 CASES, WERE DEALT WITH AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, 320 CASES AT KWONG WAH, 220 AT TANG SHIU KIN AND 120 AT QUEEN MARY, HE SAID.

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THE ADMISSION RATE OF CASUALTY CASES WAS ABOUT 30 PER CENT, HE ADDED.

DR. CHOA SAID ONE SPECIAL FEATURE OF HONG KONG’S EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE WAS THE DEPLOYMEN. OF AUXILIARY AIR FORCE HELICOPTERS TO PICK UP PATIENTS FROM ISOLATED ISLANDS AND INACCESSIBLE AREAS AND TRANSPORT THEM TO MAJOR HOSPITALS IN URBAN AREAS FOR INTENSIVE CARE.

LAST YEAR, A TOTAL OF 120 SUCH ’’MERCY FLIGHTS” HAD BEEN CARRIED OUT, HE SAID.

DURING TYPHOONS AND NATURAL DISASTERS, THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICE OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT PLAYED A VITAL ROLE IN HELPING PEOPLE IN DISTRESS BY GIVING FIRST-AID TREATMENT AND ARRANGING FOR TRANSPORT AND THE SUPPLY OF MEDICINE, HE ADDED.

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PILOT LAND CENSUS STARTS NEXT WEEK M M * * « *

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL CONDUCT A PILOT CENSUS OF THE LAND POPULATION BETWEEN JULY 14 AND 23.

THE PILOT LAND CENSUS WILL BE CARRIED OUT ON A SAMPLE BASIS COVERING A RANDOM SELECTION OF ABOUT 6,000 HOUSEHOLDS IN WAN CHAI, MID-LEVELS, POKFULAM, PEAK, WESTERN, NORTH POINT,YAU MA TEI, HO MAN TIN, KAI TAK, YUEN LONG AND TAI PO.

ABOUT 150 ENUMERATORS WILL VISIT THESE HOUSEHOLDS DURING THE CENSUS-PERIOD.

EACH ENUMERATOR WILL CARRY AN IDENTITY CARD ISSUED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AND HE IS REQUIRED TO PRODUCE IT ON EACH HOUSEHOLD VISIT.

INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE TREATED AS STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.

PRIOR TO THE FIELD ENUMERATION, AN OFFICIAL LETTER IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE WILL BE SENT TO THE SELECTED HOUSEHOLDS TO INFORM THEM OF THE PILOT CENSUS?.

THE LAND CENSUS WILL BE THE SECOND AND LAST OF THE PILOT CENSUSES UNDERTAKEN IN PREPARATION FOR NEXT YEAR’S BY-CENSUS.

THE DEPARTMENT CONDUCTED A PILOT CENSUS OF THE MARINE POPULATION LAST MONTH.

THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVE OF THE PILOT CENSUSES IS TO TEST WELL IN ADVANCE, ON THE BASIS OF A SMALL NUMBER OF SAMPLE HOUSEHOLDS, THE ADEQUACY AND ACCEPTABILITY OF THE PROPOSED QUESTIONS AND ALL ASPECTS OF THE PROCEDURE AND ORGANISATION, SO THAT ANY DEFECT IN THE SYSTEM CAN BE IDENTIFIED AND RACTIFIED BEFORE THE MAIN BY-CENSUS NEXT YEAR.

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DEPUTY CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS RETIRING SOON K # * * * *

MR. GLEN PARRY, DEPUTY CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS, WILL LEAVE HONG KONG ON RETIREMENT LATER THIS MONTH AFTER 20 YEARS’ SERVICE IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

ON FRIDAY (JULY 11), THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (ADMINISTRATION), MR. CHARLES LOWE, WILL PRESENT MR. PARRY WITH A GIFT FROM HIS FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES.

MR. PARRY JOINED THE DEPARTMENT IN APRIL 1955 AS AN EDUCATION OFFICER AND TAUGHT FOR SEVERAL YEARS AT KING GEORGE V SCHOOL. HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE IN OCTOBER 1958.

MR. PARRY ALSO SERVED AS AN ADMINISTRATOR IN THE REGISTRATION SECTION AND EXAMINATION DIVISION AS WELL AS BEING A PRINCIPAL OF A GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL.

HE WAS PROMOTED TO SENIOR EDUCATION OFFICER IN JANUARY 1968 AND TO DEPUTY CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS IN APRIL 1972.

MR. PARRY ACTED AS ASS ISTNAT .DI RECTOR OF EDUCATION ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS.

NOTE TO EDITORS: MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY ON JULY 11 AT 11.30 A.M. THE CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S CONFERENCE ROOM, LEE GARDENS, 3RD FLOOR, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG.

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A C A N BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT K * * *

NOTE TO EDITORS :

A PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY (JULY 11) AT THE RUBY RESTAURANT IN CAUSEWAY BAY TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THIS YEAR’S INTER CITY DISTRICT ERIC HO CUP AND ANTI-NARCOTICS CUP BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT.

ATTENDING THE CONFERENCE WILL BE MR. AUGUSTINE KAM CHUI,' DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS= REV. KARL STUMPF, CHAIRMAN OF THE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY SUB-COMMITTEE OF A C A N= AND MR. CHING MAN-KI, CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG AMATEUR BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION.

THE ANNUAL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT, THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS AND THE HONG KONG AMATEUR BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION, IS AIMED AT PROMOTING THE INTEREST OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN SPORTS AND EDUCATING THEM IN THE DANGERS OF NARCOTICS ADDUCTION.

PRELIMINARY ROUNDS OF THE TOURNAMENT ARE ALREADY UNDERWAY AND THE FINALS, TO BE PLAYED BETWEEN THE WINNING TEAMS OF THE TEN CITY DISTRICTS, WILL BEGIN AT THE END OF THIS MONTH.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE WHICH WILL BE HELD AT 12.30 P.M. ON FRIDAY (JULY 11).

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CROWN LAND SALE * * * M

TWO LOTS OF CROWN LAND FOR I PUT ON SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION AT

NDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT WILL BE THE CITY HALL EARLY NEXT MONTH.

THE LARGER ONE, MEASURING 17,240-SQUARE-F00T , IS LOCATED AJSHAN STRFLT, SAM KA TSUEN in KOWLOON, AND IS EARMARKED FOR INDUSTRIAL AND GODOWN PURPOSES.

THE OTHER LOT, ALSO IN KOWLOON, IT IS LOCATED BETWEEN CHEUNG SHA WAN

HAS AN AREA OF 15,510 SQ. FT. ROAD AND LAI CHI KOK ROAD.

THE AUCTION WILL BE HELD AT 2.30 P.M. ON AUGUST 8 IN THE CITY HALL LECTURE ROOM.

FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF THE SALE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICE (WEST WING) GROUND FLOOR AND AT THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, 10TH FLOOR, KOWLOON.’

WATER CUT K * * X

WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN YAU MA TEI WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR FIVE HOURS AS FROM 1 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 11) TO ENABLE A TEST FOR LEAKAGE TO BE CARRIED OUT IN THE AREA.

AFFECTED WILL BE PREMISES BOUNDED BY NATHAN ROAD, AUSTIN ROAD, WOOSUNG STREET AND JORDAN ROAD.

MEANWHILE, FLUSH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN AREAS IN KOWLOON WILL BE STOPPED FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY TO 10 AM THE NEXT DAY. THE TEMPORARY STOPPAGE IS TO FACILITATE A SEA WATER PIPE CONNECTION IN THE DISTRICT.

AFFECTED WILL BE PREMISES IN TO KWA WAN, HUNG HOM, MA TAU WEI ESTATE, KOWLOON CITY, WONG TAI SIN, LOK FU , WANG TAU HOM, KOWLOON TONG, AND TUNG TAU ESTATE.

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THURSDAY, JULY 10, 1975

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NEW GENERAL POST OFFICE WILL GET MODERN MAIL HANDLING SYSTEM ....................................................... 1

SHEUNG SHU I TANNERY OPERATORS MUST STICK TO REMOVAL TIMETABLE ..................................................   2

NEW MAXI-CAB SERVICE FOR SHOUSON HILL RESIDENTS.............. 2

HOUSING DEPARTMENT CLEARS ILLEGAL HUTS IMPEDING STREAM FLOW 3

LICENSED AREA RESIDENTS MOVE TO NEW HOMES IN TSUEN WAN .... 4

BUSY YEAR FOR FIRE PREVENTION OFFICERS ....................... 5

WATER STOPPAGE IN ABERDEEN ................................... 5

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NEW GENERAL POST OFFICE WILL GET MODERN

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THE NEW GENERAL POST OFFICE NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION ON THE CENTRAL RECLAMATION WILL HAVE ONE OF THE MOST ADVANCED MAIL HANDLING SYSTEMS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA WHEN IT OPENS NEXT YEAR.

WORK ON INSTALLING A MODERN POSTAL MECHANISATION SYSTEM, WHICH COST $12 MILLION, WILL BEGIN NEXT MONTH. THE EQUIPMENT IS NOW ON ITS WAY FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE LAST BATCH IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE IN NOVEMBER. THE WHOLE SYSTEM SHOULD BE FULLY OPERATIONAL WHEN THE NEW G.P.O. BUILDI NG IS COMPLETED IN APRIL NEXT YEAR.

THE NEW POSTAL MECHANISATION SYSTEM WILL INCORPORATE A WIDE RANGE OF MAIL HANDLING EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING CHAIN CONVEYORS TO LINK THE G.P.O. WITH ADJACENT SEA BERTHS TO PROVIDE EASIER LOADING AND UNLOADING FACILITIES FOR OUTGOING AND INCOMING SEABORNE MAIL.

IT WILL FURTHER ENHANCE MAIL HANDLING EFFICIENCY AND GREATLY ASSIST POST OFFICE STAFF IN COPING WITH THEIR EVER INCREASING WORKLOAD.

MEANWHILE, CONSTRUCTION WORK ON THE BUILDING, WHICH BEGAN IN SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR, IS PROGRESSING SMOOTHLY AND TWO FLOORS OF THE FIVE-STOREY BUILDING ARE NEARING COMPLETION.

THE NEW BUILDING, LOCATED ON A 40, 000 SQUARE-FOOT SITE BETWEEN THE STAR FERRY PIER AND BLAKE PIER, WILL HAVE A TOTAL FLOOR AREA OF ABOUT 135,000 SQUARE FEET. IT WILL HAVE MORE SPACE THAN THE OLD G.P.O. BUILDING TO PROVIDE A COMPREHENSIVE RANGE OF POSTAL FACILITIES.

THE GROUND FLOOR WILL HOUSE THE MAIN PARCEL ACCEPTANCE AND DELIVERY OFFICES, AND VEHICLE LOADING AND UNLOADING FACILITIES.

THE'MAIN PUBLIC OFFICE PROVIDING A FULL RANGE OF COUNTER FACILITIES (EXCEPT PARCELS) WILL BE LOCATED ON THE FIRST FLOOR, TOGETHER WITH SPACE ON A TWO LEVEL BASIS FOR 12,600 POST OFFICE BOXES. THIS FLOOR WILL BE LINKED WITH OTHER BUILDINGS IN THE AREA BY ELEVATED PEDESTRIAN WALKWAYS.

THE MAIN MAIL SORTING OFFICE WILL BE LOCATED ON THE SECOND FLOOR WHILE THE THIRD AND FOURTH FLOORS WILL BE USED FOR ADMIN- 1' ISTRATIVE OFFICES.

THE NEW BUILDING HAS BEEN DESIGNED IN SUGH A WAY SO THAT ADDITIONAL FLOORS CAN BE ADDED ON TOP SHOULD SUCH A NEED ARISE. WHEN COMPLETED AND COMMISSIONED FOR USE, IT WILL BECOME THE ADMINISTRATIVE HEADQUARTERS FOR THE POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT AND THE MAIN POST OFFICE FOR CENTRAL.

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SHEUNG SHUI TANNERY OPERATORS MUST STICK TO REMOVAL TIME TABLE K *

THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES HAS INFORMED THE OPERATORS OF THE SHEUNG SHUI TANNERIES THAT THEIR REQUEST FOR A ONE YEAR EXTENSION TO THE PERIOD ALLOWED FOR THE REMOVAL OF THE TANNERIES TO KWAI CHUNG CANNOT BE GRANTED. *

IN HIS LETTER INFORMING THE TANNERY OPERATORS OF THIS DECISION, THE SECRETARY REMINDED THE TANNERY OPERATORS THAT WHEN IT WAS AGREED IN 1972 TO ALLOW THE TANNERIES TO CONTINUE TO OPERATE TEMPORARILY AT SHEUNG SHUI, IT WAS CLEARLY STATED THAT THIS WAS SUBJECT TO THEIR MOVING TO KWAI CHUNG IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TIMEABLE LAID DOWN.

THIS TIMEABLE REQUIRES THE TANNERIES TO COMPLETE THE MOVE TO THEIR NEW PREMISES NOT LATER THAN JULY 31 , 1976.

THE LETTER ALSO OFFERED TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE TANNERY OPERATORS TO MEET THE OFFICERS CONCERNED IN THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TO ENABLE THEM TO OBTAIN EXPERT ADVICE ON THE PROBLEMS INVOLVED IN THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW TANNERIES.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER, TAI PO, WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE TO ADVISE THE OPERATORS IN THEIR EFFORTS TO COMPLY WITH THE TIMEABLE.'

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NEW MAXI-CAB SERVICE FOR SHOUSON HILL RESIDENTS , X X X X

ABOUT 2,500 RESIDENTS OF YAU MA HOM LICENSED AREA HAVE MOVED INTO PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES IN TSUEN WAN TO MAKE WAY FOR THE RE-DEVELOPMENT OF THE SITE INTO AN IMPROVED-TYPE LICENSED AREA.

ANOTHER 1,000 PEOPLE THERE HAVE BEEN OFFERED LICENSED AREA SITES AT SHEK YAM.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT SAID THAT ABOUT 95 PER CENT OF THE 3,500 RESIDENTS THERE HAVE ALREADY MOVED OUT.

+THE SMALL NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO STILL REMAIN ARE TRYING TO GET A BETTER OFFER FROM THE DEPARTMENT,* HE SAID.

+HOWEVER,* HE ADDED, +WE CANNOT ACCEDE TO THEIR DEMANDS BECAUSE OUR OFFERS ARE REASONABLE AND FAIR.

+ALL GENUINE OCCUPANTS OF AUTHORISED STRUCTURES HAD BEEN OFFERED PUBLIC HOUSING AND THOSE WHO LIVED IN l-LLEGAL HUTS HAD BEEN ALLOCATED LICENSED AREA SITES.

+THIS MINORITY GROUP OF PEOPLE PRESSING FOR THEIR DEMANDS ARE EITHER OCCUPANTS OF ILLEGAL HUTS OR NON-RESIDENTS OF THE AREA.*

THE YAU MA HOM LICENSED AREA WAS OPENED IN JANUARY 1971 AND IS DUE TO BE CLEARED IN A WEEK’S TIME FOR THE RE-DEVELOPMENT SCHEME.

HOUSING DEPARTMENT STAFF CARRIED OUT A DETAILED SCREENING OF THE AREA IN FEBRUARY AND MARCH THIS YEAR AND THE RESIDENTS WERE INFORMED OF THE DEPARTMENT’S INTENTION TO CLEAR THE PLACE LAST MAY.

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HOUSING DEPARTMENT CLEARS ILLEGAL HUTS IMPEDING STREAM FLOW

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THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT TODAY CLEARED 19 ILLEGAL STRUCTURES WHICH IMPEDED THE FLOW OF A STREAM IN LYEMUN AND CAUSED SERIOUS FLOODING DURING PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN.

MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE AFFECTED IN THE OPERATION AT LING NAM SUN TSUEN, LYEMUN HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED SITES AT SAM KAR TSUEN LICENSED AREA TO BUILD NEW HUTS.

THESE STRUCTURES WHICH WERE ERECTED ON THE COURSE OF A STREAM RUNNING THROUGH A NEARBY SQUATTER AREA, CAUSED SERIOUS FLOODING DURING HEAVY RAIN IN MAY AND JUNE THIS YEAR.

A JOINT SURVEY CARRIED OUT AFTERWARDS BY OFFICERS OF THE SQUATTER CONTROL OFFICE AND THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT INDICATED THAT THE FLOODING HAD BEEN CAUSED BY THESE I LEGAL HUTS WHICH ALMOST COMPLETELY BLOCKED THE STREAM AND IMPEDED THE NATURAL WATER FLOW.

THE DECISION TO CLEAR THE STRUCTURES WAS MADE ON THE ADVICE OF THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE ENGINEERS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT SAID: +TODAY’S OPERATION HAS ELIMINATED THE POSSIBILITY OF FURTHER FLOODINGS WHICH COULD CAUSE INJURIES OR EVEN DEATH TO THE NEARBY SQUATTERS.+

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EXTRA'MAXI-CAB SERVICE FOR SHOUSON HILL RESIDENTS K * * * « M

ANOTHER +MAXI-CAB+ SERVICE WILL START NEXT WEEK TO MEET THE NEEDS OF RESIDENTS OF SHOUSON HILL AREA DURING THE MORNING PEAK PERIOD, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY.

FROM NEXT MONDAY (JULY 14), THE NEW PUBLIC LIGHT BUS FEEDER SERVICE WILL RUN BETWEEN SHOUSON HILL ROAD AND PEDDER STREET IN CENTRAL BETWEEN 7.45 A.M. AND 9.05 A.M. FROM MONDAYS TO SATURDAYS.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE ADDITIONAL SERVICE WAS INTENDED TO SUPPLEMENT THE TWO MAX I-CAB SERVICES INTRODUCED LAST WEEK BETWEEN ABERDEEN AND CENTRAL AND CAUSEWAY BAY VIA SHOUSON HILL.

THE TWO ABERDEEN ROUTES HAVE PROVED SO POPULAR THAT PLBS ON OUTWARD JOURNEYS FROM ABERDEEN INVARIABLY HAVE FEW OR NO SEATS LEFT FOR INTENDING PASSENGERS AT SHOUSON HILL DURING PEAK HOUR, HE SAID.

+ARRANGEMENTS HAVE NOW BEEN MADE WITH THE OPERATOR TO INTRODUCE THE MORNING-PEAK-HOUR SUPPLEMENTARY SERVICE WHICH WILL START AT SHOUSON HILL ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH WONG CHUK HANG ROAD, OBSERVING EN ROUTE TO CENTRAL THE SAME STOPPING PLACES AS THOSE FOR THE TWO ABERDEEN SERVICES,* HE SAID.

THE FIRST RUN WILL LEAVE AT 7.45 A.M. FROM SHOUSON HILL, AND • AT 8.05 A.M. FROM PEDDER STREET, WHILE THE LAST JOURNEY WILL

LEAVE AT 9.05 A.M. FROM SHOUSON HILL, AND AT 8.45 A.M. FROM CENTRAL.

THE NEW SERVICE WILL OPERATE AT A FREQUENCY OF 20 MINUTES. THE FARE IS $1, SAME AS FOR THE TWO OTHER ROUTES. .

THE ABERDEEN-CENTRAL ROUTE WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE, AT A REVISED FLAT FREQUENCY OF 15 MINUTES, FROM 6.15 A.M. TO 9.30 A.M. AND FROM 4.15 P.M. TO 7.30 P.M. THROUGHOUT THE WEEK, EXCEPT THAT THE EVENING-HOUR JOURNEYS ARE NOT OPERATED ON SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS OR PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

THERE ARE NO CHANGES FOR THE ABERDEEN-CAUSEWAY BAY SERVICE WHICH RUNS FROM 9.15 A.M. TO 12 MIDNIGHT THROUGHOUT THE WEEK AT A PEAK FREQUENCY OF 15 MINUTES.

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FIRE PREVENTION OFF It -RS KEPT BUSY 5? n h h •:<

THE FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU INVESTIGATED 67 rn-ioi r • mtc RELATING TO MEANS OF EC APE FROM 1 >, 'I jj | [K'S m»P nV ’Tf ir°i v/‘ 'v-S FINANCIAL YEAR - AN AVERAGE OF HEAl.. Y 5,& A MNt/i.

IN ADDITION, ANOTHER 16,254 GE .’NTO, THE DIRECTOR GF FIRE SERVICES ■WHICH IS TO DE PUBLISHED SOON,

IERAL COMPLAINTS WERE I OKED SAYS IN NIS ANNUAL REI RT

, THu REPOR I SiAluS ;IIAl WHILE TIE UNDERLYING TPFPD Oc 'IDF 1 8 UPWARDS,+A WORSE STATE OF AFFAIR I WOULD UNDOUBTEDLY FXI T UT FOR iHE WORK OF THE FIRE PREVER fl OH BUREAU.-:-

THAN 53,000 FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIES WERE INOPEf FD -R-,rniill£ AND iHERE WERE ALMOST 11,000 ROUTINE IRSPI TIO " F MEANS OF ESCAPE TO St E THAT THEY WERE FREE OF OBSTRUCT! NS? AM^r-I^?ECTI0NS DELATING TO THE STORAGE OR MANUFACTURE OF AHR4R0l . GOODS NUMBERED 8,064. THERE WERE CLOSE TO 11 000 !A^rc,l -NS GF S{;hools, restaurants, nightclubs and other

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FRIDAY, JULY 11, 1975

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INDIVIDUAL CITIZENS URGED TO TAKE A.MORE ACTIVE ROLE IN SOCIAL WELFARE ....................................... 1

NEW TYPE OF LOTTERY PROPOSED...........................   3

BIRTHS AND DEATHS REGISTRATION FEES TO BE REVISED ... 4

GOVERNMENT PLANS TO ISSUE BONDS TO RAISE LOANS .......... 5

RESULTS OF SECONDARY SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAMINATION TO BE ANNOUNCED NEXT THURSDAY .............................. 6

$18 MILLION DEFICIT RECORDED IN APRIL ................... 7

117 RECEIVE THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH SILVER AWARD ....... 7

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THE INDIVIDUAL CITIZEN MUST BE PREPARED TO TAKE A MORE ACTIVE ROLE IN SOCIAL WELFARE INSTEAD OF ONLY STANDING BY AND WATCHING OTHERS DO THE WORK, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. TUOMAS LEE, SAID TODAY.

SPEAKING TO MEMBERS OF THE KOWLOON LIONS CLUB AT THEIR LUNCHEON MEETING, HE SAID THE INDIVIDUAL MUST SHOW MORE POSITIVE INTEREST AND PERSONAL CONCERN ABOUT THE PLIGHT OF THE LESS FORTUNATE.

♦HE MUST NOT BE A PASSIVE OBSERVER LEAVING IT TO THE GOVERNMENT, TO VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS, TO OTHERS, TO DO SOMETHING. HE MUST BE PREPARED TO STEP IN AND GIVE A HAND.+

THE FIRST AND EASIEST METHOD, MR.TEE POINTED OUT, WAS THROUGH HARD CASH BY PROVIDING A SEPARATE AND INDEPENDENT SOURCE OF FUNDS FOR VOLUNTARY AGENCIES' TO ENABLE THEM TO FLOURISH AND EXPAND IN THE TRULY ^VOLUNTARY* SENSE.

DONATIONS TO THE COMMUNITY CHEST AND THE PURCHASE OF LOTTERY TICKETS WERE OTHER OPTIONS OPEN TO THE INDIVIDUAL BUT THERE ARE ALSO WAYS WHICH ARE MORE DIRECT AND JUST AS EFFECTIVE.

AS EXAMPLES, HE SAID SEVERAL LIONS CLUBS HAD RECENTLY DONATED A NUMBER OF SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS AT THE INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL WORK TRAINING, ANOTHER MADE A DONATION FOR A NEW NURSERY IN TSZ WAN SHAN AND THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG MADE A CONTRIBUTION FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW WING TO THE FANLING YOUTH HOSTEL.

MR. LEE POINTED OUT THAT THE INDIVIDUAL CAN ALSO GIVE OF HIS TIME, TALENT AND ENERGY IN A NUMDER OF PRACTICAL WAYSs

« HE CAN OFFER TO SERVE ON VOLUNTARY AGENCY COMMITTEES AND ON VARIOUS ADVISORY COMMITTEES. IN SO DOING HE NOT ONLY IDENTIFIES HIMSELF WITH THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY BUT ALSO BRINGS TO BEAR INVALUABLE OUTSIDE KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE.

K HE CAN GIVE PERSONAL SUPPORT TO PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED SOCIAL WORKERS OVER A WIDE AREA OF ACTIVITIES INCLUDING • YOUTH WORK AND AMONG THE HANDICAPPED.

# HE CAN KEEP UP TO DATE WITH SOCIAL WELFARE NEEDS AND BRING THESE TO THE NOTICE OF GOVERNMENT AND THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR.

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+IN THESE DIFFICULT TIMES WE ARE ALL VERY CONSCIOUS OF THE NEED FOR SOCIAL WELFARE IN TAE BROAD SENSE- AND WHEN GOVERNMENT AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES STEP IN TO HELP THE DISTRESSED AND BEWILDERED THERE IS WIDESPREAD PUBLIC APPROVAL. THE SUCCESSFUL RECEPTION OF THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES REPRESENTS A GOOD EXAMPLE,* HE SAID.

*BUT IT IS NOT JUST A QUESTION OF APPROVING- IT IS ONE OF BEING PREPARED TO SEE WHAT WE CAN DO TO IMPROVE AND DEVELOP AVAILABLE SERVICES. STRONG AND LASTING WELFARE PROVISIONS DEPEND UPON GOOD AND SENSIBLE GOVERNMENT IN FULL PARTNERSHIP WITH STRONG AND RESPONSIVE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES WHO MUST TO SOME CONSIDERABLE EXTENT BE AUTONOMOUS, responsible FOR THEIR OWN WORK, AND NOT OBLIGED TO RELY RETIRELY ON GOVERNMENT SUBVENTION.*

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE NOTED THAT IN THE CURRENT YEAR SUBVENTIONS STAND AT A RECORD $47.6 MILLION, AN INCREASE OF ALMOST 600 PER CENT OVER THE $8 MILLION IN 1967-68. GOVERNMENT SPENDINGS ON SOCIAL WELFARE TOO HAD RISEN FROM $35 MILLION TO $300 MILLION THIS YEAR.

♦GOVERNMENT FINANCE AND RESOURCES CAN BE HARNESSED TO THE COMMON GOOD AND STRUCTURES CAN BE ESTABLISHED TO CHANNEL HELP TO WHERE IT DOES MOST GOOD. BUT IN THE END IT IS WHAT PEOPLE LIKE YOU ARE PREPARED TO DO WHICH MARKS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PIECE OF SOCIAL MACHINERY AND A LIVING ACTIVITY,* HE SAID.

FRIDAY, JULY 11, 1975


NEW LOTTERY PROPOSED

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THE OPERATION OF LOTTERIES IN HONG KONG WILL BE STREAMLINED IF A BILL PUBLISHED TODAY IS APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE BILL SEEKS TO SET UP A HONG KONG LOTTERIES BOARD WHICH WILL ORGANISE AND CONDUCT REGULAR LOTTERIES.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT A NEW TYPE OF LOTTERY WAS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS. IT WAS INTENDED THAT THE LOTTERY WOULD PROBABLY BE HELD ON A WEEKLY BASIS WITH THE PARTICIPANTS BEING ABLE TO SELECT THEIR OWN NUMBERS. IT MIGHT BE SIMILAR TO THE QUARTET SYSTEM, BUT DETAILS OF THE LOTTERIES WOULD HAVE TO BE DETERMINED BY THE BOARD.

THE LOTTERIES BOARD WILL COMPRISE' SEVEN MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR. FOUR OF THE MEMBERS WILL BE STEWARDS OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB WHICH WILL BE RUNNING THE LOTTERIES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID IT WAS PROPOSED THAT THE ACCOUNTANT GENERAL, THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PRESENT GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE WOULD FILL THE OTHER THREE PLACES.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD WOULD BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR FROM AMONG THE SEVEN MEMBERS.

THE BILL, KNOWN AS THE BETTING DUTY (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1975, STIPULATES THAT AFTER THE DEDUCTION OF BETTING DUTY NOT LESS THAN 80 PER CENT OF THE PROCEEDS OF THE LOTTERIES WILL BE ALLOCATED IN PRIZES. THE DUTY HAS BEEN SET AT 25 PER CENT.

ALL SURPLUS PROCEEDS, AFTER EXPENSES, WILL GO TO SOCIAL WELFARE PROJECTS THROUGH THE LOTTERIES FUND AS IS THE CASE AT PRESENT.

THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES FOR THE COLONIAL SECRETARY TO TAKE OVER THE FUNCTIONS OF THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE IN AUTHORISING THE BOARD TO CONDUCT LOTTERIES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE PRESENCE OF LARGE-SCALE ILLEGAL GAMBLING IN HONG KONG HAD MEANT THAT THE POLICE HAD TO DIVERT A DISPROPORTIONATE AMOUNT OF THEIR EFFORT TO COMBAT THE PROBLEM AND THIS TIED UP MANPOWER WHICH COULD BE MORE USEFULLY EMPLOYED IN OTHER AREAS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CRIME. ILLEGAL GAMBLING ACTIVITIES ALSO PROVIDED OPPORTUNITIES FOR CORRUPTION.

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+UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES IT IS OBVIOUSLY IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST TO TRY TO REDUCE ILLEGAL GAMBLING AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, • AND THE BEST WAY TO DO THIS IS TO PROVIDE CONTROLLED FORMS AS AN ALTERNATIVE.*

COMMENTING ON THE BILL, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE . INTRODUCTION LAST YEAR BY THE JOCKEY CLUB OF OFF-COURSE BETTING ON HORSE RACING HAD DISCOURAGED THE USE OF ILLEGAL BOOKMAKERS. +THIS LATEST PROPOSAL IS INTENDED TO FURTHER EXTEND CONTROLLED FORMS OF BETTING SO THAT CONTINUED PRESSURE CAN BE APPLIED ON ILLEGAL GAMBLING.*

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BIRTHS AND DEATHS REGISTRATION FEES TO BE REVISED it n it it it it

FEES FOR A BIRTH CERTIFICATE, AN INSPECTION OR ALTERATION OF BIRTHS AND DEATHS RECORDS ARE TO BE REVISED TO HELP OFFSET PART OF THE OPERATING COST OF THE BIRTHS AND DEATHS REGISTRY WHICH FACES AN ESTIMATED $3.2 MILLION DEFICIT THIS YEAR.

THE REVISION IS PROPOSED UNDER THE BIRTHS AND DEATHS REGISTRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1975 PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE.

THE BILL SEEKS TO INCREASE FROM $2 TO $5 THE FEE FOR THE POST-REGISTRATION OF A BIRTH WITHIN 12 MONTHS FROM THE DATE OF BIRTH AND FROM $15 TO $30 FOR BIRTH REGISTRATION AFTER THAT PERIOD.

IT ALSO PROPOSES TO INCREASE FROM $2 TO $5 THE FEE FOR A CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION OR ALTERATION OF THE NAME OF A CHILD.

FOR AN ADDITION TO OR ALTERATION OF THE NAME OF A CHILD AFTER 42 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF BIRTH, A FEE INCREASE FROM $5 TO $20 IS PROPOSED.

THE BILL ALSO SEEKS TO INCREASE FROM $2 TO $5 THE FEE FOR A PARTICULAR SEARCH OF BIRTHS AND DEATHS RECORDS AND FROM $25 TO $30 THAT FOR A GENERAL SEARCH OF SUCH RECORDS.

OTHER FEES PAYABLE TO THE REGISTRY WILL ALSO BE REVISED.

THE PROPOSED INCREASES ARE EXPECTED TO RAISE AN EXTRA $500,000 A YEAR.

COMMENTING ON THE FEE REVISION, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAIDj ♦THE PROPOSED PERCENTAGE INCREASE MAY SEEM HIGH, BUT THE.COST IN TERMS OF MONEY TO INDIVIDUALS IS LOW.+

’HE NOTED THAT EVEN WITH THE PROPOSED INCREASES, PUBLIC FUNDS WILL STILL HAVE TO SUBSIDISE THE BIRTHS AND DEATHS REGISTRY TO THE EXTENT OF ABOUT $2.7 MILLION A YEAR.

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UNDER A BILL GAZETTED TODAY, THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MAY AUTHORISE THE RAISING OF LOANS DY THE ISSUE OF HONG KONG DOLLAR DENOMINATED BONDS.

THESE POWERS MAY BE USED TO RAISE MONEY TO HELP OFFSET THE ESTIMATED 6429 MILLION DEFICIT IN THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR.

THE LOANS (GOVERNMENT BONDS) BILL WILL ENABLE THE GOVERNMENT TO ISSUE BONDS FOR RAISING LOANS FOR SUCH PURPOSES AS MAY DE I

APPROVED BY RESOLUTION IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE BILL PROVIDES THAT THE POWER OF DETERMI NG THE PRICE AND DENOMINATION OF GOVERNMENT BONDS AND THE RATE OF INTEREST PAYABLE ON THEM WILL DE VESTED WITH THE GOVERNOR.

THE RAISING OF MONEY THROUGH THE ISSUE OF HONG KONG DOLLAR DENOMINATION WAS MENTIONED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY IN HIS BUDGET SPEECH LAST FEBRUARY ALONG WITH OTHER PROPOSALS TO FINANCE THE PROJECTED DEFICIT.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT SUBJECT TO NECESSARY AMENDMENTS TO THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE BEING APPROVED, IT WAS INTENDED THAT BONDS ISSUED UNDER THE DILL WOULD BE FREE OF INTEREST TAX. 1

THERE IS ALSO PROVISION IN THE BILL FOR BONDS ISSUED UNDER THE HONG KONG (REHABILITATION) LOAN ORDINANCE TO BE EXCHANGED FOR GOVERNMENT BONDS ON AGREED TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

THE BILL ALSO EXEMPTS GOVERNMENT BONDS FROM STAMP DUTY.

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THE RESULTS OF THE SECONDARY SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAMINATION ARE EXPECTED TO BE AVAILABLE AT PRIMARY SCHOOLS FROM NEXT THURSDAY (JULY 17), BARRING UNFORESEEN DIFFICULTIES, THE SECRETARY OF THE EXAMINATION ANNOUNCED TODAY.

HEADS OF PRIMARY SCHOOLS ARE BEING ADVISED WHEN AND WHERE TO COLLECT THE RESULTS.

THIS YEAR INDIVIDUAL RESULTS WILL NOT BE ISSUED TO NEWSPAPERS. +THIS IS BEING DONE TO SAVE TIME AND PARENTS WILL BE ABLE TO LEARN THEIR CHILDREN’S RESULTS AT LEAST TWO DAYS EARLIER THAN WOULD HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE IF THE PRESS LIST HAD TO BE COMPILED AND CHECKED,+ THE SECRETARY SAID.

THIS YEAR RESULTS ALSO TAKE ON A DIFFERENT GROUPING SYSTEM. FOR MANY YEARS IT HAD BEEN THE PRACTICE TO GROUP CANDIDATES INTO 'BLOCKS’ ACCORDING TO THEIR EXAMINATION PERFORMANCE. THOSE CANDIDATES IN BLOCKS ONE TO SEVEN WERE ELIGIBLE FOR FIVE-YEAR PLACES AND THOSE IN BLOCK EIGHT WERE ELIGIBLE FOR THREE-YEAR PLACES. THE REMAINDER WERE GROUPED INTO A FURTHER TEN TO TWELVE BLOCKS.

THE PRINCIPLE WAS GENERALLY FOLLOWED THAT BLOCKS HAD EQUAL MARK-RANGES (THE EXCEPTIONS BEING THE FIRST, EIGHTH AND LAST BLOCKS). THIS RESULTED IN SOME BLOCKS BEING EXTREMELY LARGE (E.G. 29,107 IN BLOCK EIGHT LAST YEAR) OTHERS VERY SMALL (ONLY 148 IN BLOCK ONE).

AFTER VERY LONG AND CAREFUL CONSIDERATION, THE S.S.E.E. COMMITTEE ADVISED, AND THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION ORDERED, THAT THE BLOCK-SYSTEM SHOULD BE MODIFIED.

THIS YEAR, WINNERS OF FIVE-YEAR PLACES WILL BE GROUPED INTO FIVE BLOCKS, CALLED XI, X2, X3, X4 AND X5, EACH HAVING APPROXIMATELY 3,600 PUPILS- WINNERS OF THREE-YEAR PLACES WILL FORM TWO BLOCKS, Y1 AND Y2, EACH HAVING ABOUT 15,000 PUPILS= AND THE REMAINDER WILL BE IN FIVE BLOCKS, Zl, Z2, Z3, Z4 AND Z5, EACH HAVING ABOUT 9,600 PUPILS.

+THE LETTERS ’X’, ’Y* AND ’Z’ HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED TO EMPHASIZE THAT THE NEW BLOCKS DO NOT CORRESPOND TO THE OLD,+ THE SECRETARY SAID.

A MEASURE OF CONTINUITY WILL BE PROVIDED, HOWEVER, BY MAINTAINING THE OLD GRADE-SYSTEM FOR THE INDIVIDUAL SUBJECTS, CHINESE, ENGLISH AND MATHEMATICS. THESE GRADES WILL BE BASED, AS FORMERLY, ON THE PRINCIPLE OF EQUAL MARK-1NTERVALS. ,

+IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE COMBINATION OF THE NEW BLOCKSYSTEM WITH THE TRADITIONAL GRADE-SYSTEM WILL PROVIDE A MORE USEFUL AND INFORMATIVE PICTURE OF EACH PUPIL,+ THE SECRETARY SAID.

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$18 MILLION DEFICIT RECORDED IN APRIL »»««««

THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTS FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL 1975 ?N°APRILELASTTYEAR818 MILU0N C0MPARED WITH a DEFICIT OF $33 MILLION

TOTAL REVENUE FOR THE MONTH AT $405 MILLION WAS $68 MILLION MORE THAN IN APRIL 1974 DUE MAINLY TO INCREASES IN RATES AND INTERNAL REVENUE.

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ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTEEN BOYS AND GIRLS RECEIVED THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH SILVER AWARD THIS AFTERNOON FROM THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. KENNTH TOPLEY, AT THE MARINERS CLUB.

HE TOLD THE WINNERS THAT THEY HAD GAINED THE SILVER AWARD FOR PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT RATHER THAN GROUP ACHIEVEMENT.

+ IT IS GOOD TO FACE PROBLEMS AS AN INDIVIDUAL. - AS A PERSON. RUT no NOT FORGET THAT INDIVIDUALS FROM GROUPS, AND THAT IT IS IMPORTANT FOR INDIVIDUALS TO WORK TOGETHER IN GROUPS FOR THE PROGRESS OF ALL,+ MR. TOPLEY SAID.

THE DIRECTOR EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT THEY WOULD GO ON TO , WORK FOR THE GOLD AWARD REMEMBERING THIS.

PARI lPR AT THE JOINT GRADUATION CEREMONY OF SALVATION ARMY SCHOOLS AT T§Z WAN SHAN. MR. TOPLEY SPOKE ABOUT CHARACTER TRAINING AND ^RAISED THE SALVATION ARMY FOR ITS WORK IN THE EDUCATIONAL FIELD AS WELL AS ITS CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES.

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SOCIAL WELFARE DISABILITY AND INFIRMITY ALLOWANCES TO BE PAID THROUGH BANKS FROM MONDAY................... 1

PERMITS IN ADVANCE REQUIRED FOR IMPORTING DOGS AND CATS .................................................. 2

58 NEW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN JUNE................. *2

’CANOE WEEK’ FOR BOYS AND GIRLS UNDER INSTITUTIONAL CARE .................................................. 3

316,000 LOTTERY TICKETS'SOLD SO FAR ................... 3

ALL-ROUND EDUCATION MUST INCLUDE TECHNICAL SUBJECTS, SAYS DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION.......................... 4

OLD SCHOOL TEXTBOOK SALES IN LAM TIN.................. 4

A TWO-DAY CAREERS SEMINAR FOR SCHOOL LEAVERS .......... 5 •

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WILL START ITS NEW SYSTEM OF PAYING DISABILITY AND INFIRMITY ALLOWANCES THROUGH DANKS ON MONDAY (JULY 14).

ARRANGEMENTS WITH THE HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION HAVE BEEN COMPLETED AND THE CHANGEOVER FROM CASH ORDER BOOKS TO PAYMENTS THROUGH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS HELD WITH ANY DANK WILL BEGIN THAT DAY AS CASES COME UP FOR RENEWAL. THIS MEANS THAT INDIVIDUAL CASES WILL BE PUT ON THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT PAYMENTS CAN DE MADE TO SAVINGS ACCOUNTS IN ANY DANK IN HONG KONG. THOSE WHO DO NOT HOLD ACCOUNTS WILL DE ASSISTED IN OPENING ONE AT A DANK OF THEIR CHOICE.

NEW APPLICANTS WISHING TO USE THE DANK SYSTEM BUT WHO ARE AT PRESENT WITHOUT ACCOUNTS WILL, HOWEVER, STILL CONTINUE TO RECEIVE THEIR FIRST PAYMENT BY CASH ORDER DOOK. THIS WILL ALLOW TIME FOR ARRANGEMENTS TO OPEN AN ACCOUNT TO BE COMPLETED.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT THE USE OF BANK ACCOUNTS TO RECEIVE PAYMENTS WOULD BE ENTIRELY VOLUNTARY AND THOSE WHO DO NOT . WANT TO DO SO WILL CONTINUE TO GET THEIR MONEY AT POST OFFICES THROUGH CASH ORDER BOOKS.

HE POINTED OUT, HOWEVER, THAT USING THIS SYSTEM WOULD NORMALLY EE MORE ADVANTAGEOUS AS USE OF A BANK NEAREST HOME WHEN CONVENIENT CAN REDUCE TIME OTHERWISE SPENT ON VISITING A POST OFFICE.

ALSO, AS A SAFEGUARD, MONEY HEED HOT BE TAKEN OUT ALL AT ONE TIME AND CAN DE WITHDRAWN AS AND WHEN NEEDED.

APART FROM THE ADVANTAGES TO RECIPIENTS THE ARRANGEMENTS WILL HELP TO RELIEVE THE WORKLOAD AND CONGESTION AT POST OFFICES.

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PERMITS REQUIRED FOR IMPORTING CATS AND DOGS «»««««

PEOPLE INTENDING TO BRING DOGS OR CATS INTO HONG KONG SHOULD APPLY TO THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT FOR PERMITS WELL IN ADVANCE TO AVOID ANY DELAY OR INCONVENIENCE.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT FROM NOW ON DOGS AND CATS ARRIVING WITHOUT PERMITS WOULD NO LONGER BE ESCORTED TO GOVERNMENT KENNELS TO AWAIT THE ISSUE OF A PERMIT.

♦THE NEW PROCEDURE, WHICH IS IN LINE WITH CURRENT UK PRACTICE, MEANS THAT ONLY DOGS AND CATS WHICH ARE COVERED BY A PERMIT ISSUED AS A RESULT OF PRIOR APPLICATION WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER HONG KONG.+ HE SAID.

IN THE CASE OF DOGS AND CATS ARRIVING WITHOUT PERMITS, APPLICATION FOR THE REQUIRED PERMIT SHOULD BE MADE BY TELEPHONING THE DEPARTMENT. IF A VETERINARY OFFICER IS AVAILABLE, THE PERMIT MAY BE SIGNED AT ONCE AND MAY BE COLLECTED FROM THE DEPARTMENT BY THE TRANSPORTATION COMPANY CONCERNED, HE SAID.

♦ALL DOGS AND CATS MUST BE CONTAINED IN SECURE CRATES ON ARRIVAL IN HONG KONG AND TRANSPORTATION COMPANIES ARE ADVISED TO • ENSURE THAT DOGS AND CATS TRANSPORTED BY THEM ARE PROPERLY CRATED,+ HE ADDED.

ANYONE CONTRAVENING THE CATS AND DOGS REGULATIONS SHALL BE LIABLE ON CONVICTION TO A FINE OF 31,000 AND TO IMPRISONMENT FOR SIX MONTHS.

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PLANS FOR A 26-STOREY COMBINED APARTMENT AND COMMERCIAL BUILDING IN SAU MOU PING AND A SIX-STOREY HOTEL BUILDING IN SAI KUNG WERE AMONG THE 58 BUILDING PLANS APPROVED BY THE BUILDING ' AUTHORITY LAST MONTH.

OTHER PLANS INCLUDED ONE MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK AND SHOPPING CENTRE AT KWAI CHUNG, FOUR SCHOOLS, ONE COMBINED BANK AND OFFICE BUILDING IN MONG KOK AND 22 OTHER COMBINED APARTMENT AND

, COMMERCIAL DU ILDINGS.

OF THE 58 APPROVED PLANS, 15 ARE FOR BUILDINGS IN HONG KONG, 18 FOR KOWLOON AND 25 FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

DURING THE MONTH, APPROVAL WAS ALSO GIVEN FOR WORK TO v/ START ON 54 BUILDING PROJECTS. THEY INCLUDED THE UNDERGROUND SEA WATER PUMP HOUSE AT SHA TIN RACE COURSE, A VIEWPOINT PAVILION ON THE PEAK, 20 COMBINED APARTMENT AND COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS AND FOUR FACTORIES.

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY ALSO ISSUED OCCUPATION PERMITS TO 52

' NEWLY COMPLETED BUILDINGS LAST MONTH. THE TOTAL DECLARED VALUE

OF THESE BUILDINGS AMOUNTED TO MORE THAN 8106 MILLION.

APPROVAL WAS ALSO GIVEN FOR THE DEMOLITION OF 30 BUILDINGS - 15 ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 11 IN KOWLOON AND FOUR IN THE NEW TERRITORIES. THESE INCLUDED SEVEN BUILDINGS WHICH HAD BEEN DECLARED DANGEROUS BY THE BUILDING AUTHORITY.

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LIKE THOUSANDS OF OTHER BOYS AND GIRLS ALL OVER HONG KONG THIS SUMMER, THOSE UNDER THE CARE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S FIVE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS WILL ALSO HAVE A CHANCE TO ENJOY SOME HEALTHY OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES NEXT WEEK.

THE FIVE INSTITUTIONS, ARE RUN BY THE PROBATION AND CORRECTIONS DIVISION, HAVE ORGANISED A 'CANOE WEEK’ FOR YOUNGSTERS TO ATTEND A ONE-DAY PRELIMINARY CANOE TRAINING COURSE. THOSE COMPLETING THE COURSE WILL' BE AWARDED A CERTIFICATE.

EACH INSTITUTION WILL TAKE 20 BOYS OR GIRLS OUT ONE DAY OF THE WEEK, BETWEEN 9.45 A.M. AND 4.20 P.M., TO APPROACH BAY AT THE 10-1/2 MILESTONE CASTLE PEAK ROAD JUST BEFORE TING KAU WHERE THE COURSE WILL BE HELD. INSTRUCTORS WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE KONG KONG CANOE UNION.

TAKING PART WILL BE THOSE FROM 0 PUI .SHAN BOYS HOME, BEGONIA ROAD BOYS HOME, MA TAU WEI GIRLS HOME, CASTLE PEAK BOYS HOME, AND THOSE FROM KWUN TONG HOSTEL AND AFTERCARE UNIT.

BEFORE TAKING TO THE WATER, THEY WILL BE INSTRUCTED ON SAFE HANDLING OF A CANOE AND GIVEN A DEMONSTRATION. BEING ABLE TO SWIM IS ALSO ESSENTIAL AND ALL WILL HAVE TO UNDERGO A TEST.

THOSE WHO COMPLETE THE COURSE WILL TAKE PART IN A CANOEING COMPETITION ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 9, AT PEARL ISLAND BEACH. THERE WILL BE TWO EVENTS, A 500-METRE RACE AND A 4 X 500 METRES RELAY WITH THE HEATS IN THE MORNING AND THE FINALS IN THE AFTERNOON.

PRIZES WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO THE WINNERS.

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A TOTAL OF 316,000 TICKETS IN THE FOURTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY THIS YEAR HAD BEEN SOLD UP TO 12 NOON TODAY.

ANYONE WHO WISHES TO GIVE HIMSELF A CHANCE OF WINNING A FORTUNE HAS UNTIL 9 P.M. ON FRIDAY (JULY 18) TO BUY A TICKET BEFORE THE DRAW NEXT SATURDAY.

THE DRAW WILL BE PERFORMED BY FOUR RTV ARTISTES AT 10 A.M. IN THE MAIN CONCOURSE OF THE OCEAN TERMINAL.

ON MONDAY (JULY 14) THE ARTISTES — MISS HUEN SO HA, MISS LEE YING, MR. HUI SIU HUNG AND MR. KWOK FUNG -- WILL TAKE PART IN A LOTTERY SALES DRIVE AT THE SITE BETWEEN NORTH POINT FERRY AND NORTH POINT ESTATE. THEY WILL BE SELLING TICKETS TO PASSERBYS BETWEEN 5 P.M. AND 6 P.M.

SATURDAY, JULY 12, 1975

ALL-ROUND EDUCATION MUST INCLUDE TECHNICAL SUBJECTS

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AN ALL-ROUND EDUCATION IN THE MODERN WORLD MUST OF NECESSITY CONTAIN AN ELEMENT OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION MR. KENNETH TOPLEY, SAID TODAY.

HOWEVER, THERE WAS NO NEED FOR THIS ELEMENT TO BE VOCATIONAL IN NATURE — NO MORE, THAT IS, THAN ANY OTHER SUBJECT TAUGHT IN SCHOOLS, HE TOLD THE OPENING SESSION OF A THREE-DAY SEMINAR OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION AT KOWLOON TECHNICAL SCHOOL.

+JUST AS THE CAREER OF THE FUTURE ENGINEER WOULD BE ENRICHED AND EVEN HELPED BY A KNOWLEDGE, HOWEVER BASIC, OF HISTORY AND GFORGRAPHY, SO TOO WOULD THE FUTURE HISTORIAN BE ENRICHED BY A BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE OF BASIC TECHNOLOGY,* HE SAID.

HE EXPECTED THE BIAS TO BE SLIGHTLY MORE VOCATIONAL IN SECONDARY TECHNICAL SCHOOLS, ESPECIALLY IN THE SENIOR FORMS.

THE SEMINAR, WHICH IS ORGANISED BY STUDENTS OF NINE GOVERNMENT SECONDARY TECHNICAL SCHOOLS, WILL DE FOLLOWED BY AN EXHIBITION IN SEPTEMBER.

HE WAS SURE THAT PRESENT AND FUTURE STUDENTS IN SECONDARY TECHNICAL SCHOOLS WOULD BENEFIT FROM THE LECTURES AND DISCUSSIONS DURING THE SEMINAR, AND HE HOPED THAT MORE SEMINARS WOULD DE HELD AND THAT STUDENTS FROM NON-GOVERNMENT TECHNICAL SCHOOLS WOULD PARTICIPATE IN FUTURE ACTIVITIES OF THIS NATURE.

HE NOTED THAT.'WHEN THE SEARCH FOR MATERIAL FOR THE EXHIBITION BEGAN, IT WAS SOON REALISED THAT VERY FEW PUPILS IN SECONDARY TECHNICAL SCHOOLS HAD ANY COMPREHENSIVE KNOWLEDGE OF THE RANGE OF TECHNICAL SUBJECTS AND TECHNICAL TRAINING AVAILABLE IN HONG KONG AT SECONDARY AND TERTIARY LEVEL.

♦THIS SEMINAR IS AN ATTEMPT TO SHOW WHAT IS AVAILABLE.* HE ADDED.

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A GROUP OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN LAM TIN HOUSING ESTATE IN KOWLOON WILL BE RUNNING AN OLD SCHOOL TEXTBOOK SALE NEXT WEEK TO HELP STUDENTS AND PARENTS KEEP DOWN COSTS OF BUYING BOOKS FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL TERM.

THE STUDY ROOM SERVICE GROUP IS BEING SPONSORED AND SUPERVISED BY STAFF OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S ESTATE COMMUNITY WORK OFFICE IN THE WEST AREA LAM TIN ESTATE WELFARE BUILDING.

OLD BOOKS WHICH ARE NO LONGER NEEDED BY STUDENTS GOING INTO UPPER CLASSES WILL BE COLLECTED ON WEDNESDAY AFTER SORTING AND CHECKING, THEY WILL BE PUT ON SALE ON JULY 28.

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SEVERAL HUNDRED SCHOOL LEAVERS NOW FACED WITH THE CHOICE OF WHAT CAREER TO FOLLOW WILL BE TOLD OF THE VARIOUS OPTIONS OPEN TO THEM DURING A TWO-DAY CAREERS SEMINAR BEGINNING ON TUESDAY (JULY 15).

THE SEMINAR WILL BE HELD AT THE PRECIOUS BLOOD GOLDEN JUBILEE MIDDLE SCHOOL IN SHEUNG SHING STREET, HO MAN TIN STREET, AND IS THE THIRD CAREERS SEMINAR TO BE HELD IN THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT DURING THE PAST THREE YEARS.

IT HAS BEEN JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT YOUTH SERVICES COUNCIL AND THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (KOWLOON CITY).

THE SEMINAR WILL DISSEMINATE INFORMATION ON CAREERS IN COMMERCE INDUSTRY AND THE GOVERNMENT THROUGH TALKS AND FILMS TO SEVERAL HUNDRED YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE JUST LEFT SCHOOL AND ARE NOW DECIDING ON THEIR FUTURE CAREERS.

, THE PROGRAMME CONSISTS OF EIGHT TALKS AND DISCUSSIONS BY REPRESENTATIVES OF COMMERCE, INDUSTRY, AND THE GOVERNMENT ON JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN VARIOUS FIELDS, INCLUDING TOURISM, SOCIAL WORK, ACCOUNTING, JOURNALISM, INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL DESIGN, THE COMPUTER FIELD AND IN INDUSTRY.

FILMS ON NURSING, APPRENTICE TRAINING AND GOVERNMENT JOBS WILL BE SHOWN IN THE AFTERNOONS, FOLLOWED BY DISCUSSIONS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE SAID TODAY STUDENTS FROM OTHER PARTS OF KOWLOON WERE ALSO WELCOME TO TAKE PART.

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THE SEMINAR WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED AT 9.30 ON TUESDAY • MORNING BY THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, MR. BILLY LAM.

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THE NUMBER OF FIRE CALLS DURING THE 1974/75 FINANCIAL YEAR DROPPED BY A HEFTY 29 PER CENT TO 6,283 — THE LOWEST SINCE 1970/71 ~ THANKS TO THE WEATHER AND GREATER FIRE PREVENTION . PUBLICITY.

THIS IS STATED BY MR. HARRY WOOD, DIRECTOR OF THE FIRE SERVICES, IN H|S ANNUAL REPORT WHICH IS TO BE PUBLISHED SOON.

HE NOTES THAT THE NUMBER OF FIRE CALLS IN 1974/75 WERE DOWN BY 2,508 THAN THE PREVIOUS YEAR AND ATTRIBUTES THE DECLINE MOSTLY TO THE REVERSAL OF THE NORMAL DRY WEATHER PATTERN IN OCTOBER — USUALLY THE BEGINNING OF THE DEPARTMENT’S BUSIEST TIME.

DESPITE THE FAVOURABLE WEATHER CONDITIONS, HOWEVER, THERE WERE STILL 723 FIRES IN OCTOBER, THE LARGEST NUMBER FOR ANY MONTH\DURING THE YEAR.

IN TERMS OF TOTAL CALLS, THE REPORT SAYS, THE YEAR WAS ALSO THE BUSIEST ON RECORD, WITH 120,059 FIRE, SPECIAL SERVICE AND AMBULANCE CALLS RECEIVED. AND, ALTHOUGH FIRE CALLS WERE DOWN, 5,076 MORE AMBULANCE CALLS WERE ANSWERED.

THE DIRECTOR STRONGLY WARNS AGAINST COMPLACENCY, HOWEVER, AND POINTED OUT THAT A YEAR WHEN THE NUMBER OF FIRE CALLS IS DOWN IS USUALLY FOLLOWED BY ONE IN WHICH THERE IS A’SI ZABLE RISE’.

HE NOTES THAT, IF PAST TRENDS ARE FOLLOWED, THIS COULD VERY WELL MEAN THAT HONG KONG CAN REASONABLY EXPECT 10,000 FIRES IN 1975/76, OR DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF JUST SIX YEARS PREVIOUSLY.

+THIS IS LOOKING ON THE BLACK SIDE ADMITTEDLY,+ HE SAYS, +BUT IT IS CERTAINLY REFLECTS THE STATISTICAL TREND AND IT IS RIGHT THAT THE PUBLIC SHOULD BE WARNED AGAINST COMPLACENCY AND ENCOURAGED TO TAKE ALL POSSIBLE PRECAUTIONS.*

ON THE FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU, THE REPORT SAYS THAT, WHILE THE UNDERLYING FIRE TREND IS UPWARDS, A WORSE STATE OF AFFAIRS WOULD UNDOUBTEDLY EXIST BUT FOR THE WORK OF THE BUREAU WHICH, WITH A STAFF OF 160, GETS THROUGH 'A PRODIGIOUS NUMBER’ OF INSPECTIONS EACH MONTH TO EXPOSE AND ELIMINATE THE RISK OF FIRE IN RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS, SCHOOLS, CINEMAS, ' RESTAURANTS AND NIGHTCLUBS.

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IT GOES ON i +THERE IS QUITE NATURALLY OPPOSITION, ON FINANCIAL GROUNDS MAINLY,.TO THE WORK OF THE BUREAU FROM, FOR EXAMPLE, FACTORY OWNERS WHO OBSTRUCT STAIRWAYS AND EXITS WITH THEIR RAW MATERIALS AND FINISHED PRODUCTS WITH SELFISH UNCONCERN FOR THOSE WHO MIGHT VERY WELL LOSE THEIR LIVES THROUGH BEING TRAPPED IN THE EVENT OF FIRE. THE USUAL METHOD OF DEALING WITH SUCH CASES, INITIALLY, IS TO ISSUE A WARNING, BY FURTHER ACTION, INCLUDING PROSECUTION, IS TAKEN AGAINST PERSISTENT OFFENDERS.♦

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WERE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT WHAT THEY CONSIDERED TO BE FIRE HAZARDS AND A 24-HOUR SERVICE WAS MAINTAINED TO FACILITATE SUCH REPORTS. AT THE END OF THE YEAR, LEGISLATION WAS IN HAND to INCREASE PENALTIES SUBSTANTIALLY IN RESPECT OF NON-COMPLIANCE WITH FIRE HAZARD ABATEMENT NOTICES. THESE WERE RECENTLY APPROVED AND PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO BEAR THE BRUNT OF FIRE LOSSES, THE REPORT SAYS, ALTHOUGH THOSE FOR 1974/75 WERE HALF THE AMOUNT OF THE PREVIOUS YEAR. INDUSTRIAL LOSSES WERE $27.39 MILLION COMPARED WITH $55.13 MILLION FOR 1973/74. IT IS NOTED, HOWEVER, THAT THE 1974/75 LOSSES STILL REPRESENTED 71 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL, DESPITE THE FACT THAT ONLY SIX PER CENT OF FIRES WERE INDUSTRIAL.

THE REPORT NOTES THAT, OVER THE YEARS, LEGISLATION HAS BEEN INTRODUCED - AND IS STILL BEING INTRODUCED - WHICH IS DESIGNED TO INCREASE FIRE PROTECTION FEATURES IN INDUSTRIAL AND OTHER BUILDINGS.

IT ADDS i +A FACTORY OWNER MAY BAULK AT THE EXPENSE OF INSTALLING EQUIPMENT SUCH AS SPRINKLERS, BUT, SURELY, LONG TERM PROTECTION FOR HIS FACTORY AND PEACE OF MIND PROVIDED MUST BE A CONSIDERATION.*

THE ATTITUDES OF SOME INDUSTRIALISTS TO FIRE PROTECTION WAS HARD TO FATHOM +GIVEN STATISTICS WHICH SO CLEARLY POINT TO THEIR VULNERABILITY TO HEAVY LOSSES SHOULD THEIR FACTORY CATCH FIRE,* IT SAYS.

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LICENSING COUNTERS AT THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL GO ELECTRONIC TOWARDS THE END OF THIS YEAR TO PROVIDE SPEEDIER SERVICES TO MOTORISTS.

FINAL DETAILS ARE BEING DRAWN UP ON A COMPUTERISATION SCHEME THAT WILL PUT THE DEPARTMENT’S VEHICLE AND DRIVER LICENSING FUNCTIONS VIRTUALLY AT FINGERTIPS, A DEPARTMENT ■SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

HE SAID THAT ’ON-LINE’ COMPUTER FACILITIES WOULD BE INSTALLED AT THE COUNTERS. THIS WOULD REDUCE WORK AT THE COUNTERS TO A SIMPLE MATTER .OF TAPPING THE COMPUTER KEYBOARD AND ELIMINATE, TIME-CONSUMING PAPER WORK.

TO THE MOTORIST, HE SAID, IT WILL MEAN HAVING HIS VEHICLE OR DRIVING LICENCE APPLICATIONS PROCESSED BY COMPUTER AND THE DOCUMENTS READY WITHIN MI.NUTES ON THE SPOT.

’ON-LINE’ TERMINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED AT THE HONG KONG AND KOWLOON LICENSING COUNTERS WILL BE LINKED TO THE GOVERNMENT COMPUTER CENTRE WHICH KEEPS THE MASTER COMPUTER ’FILES’. THEY WILL PRODUCE OUTPUT DOCUMENTS OR INFORMATION REQUIRED AS SOON AS DATA IS FED IN.

♦IT WILL BE REMINISCENT OF THE ’ON-LINE’ SYSTEM NOW USED AT COUNTERS IN SOME BANKS,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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HE SAID THE ’ON-LINE* COMPUTER SYSTEM WOULD FORM THE SECOND PHASE OF WHAT IS KNOWN TO THE PLANNERS AS THE VALID (VEHICLE AND LICENSING DATA) SYSTEM, WHICH IS DESIGNED TO COPE WITH THE ENORMOUS WORKLOAD IN VEHICLE AND DRIVER LICENSING.

PHASE ONE INVOLVED TRANSFERRING INTO THE COMPUTER PILES OF MANNUAL RECORDS OF LICENSED DRIVERS, OF WHICH THE TOTAL NUMBER HAS NOW GONE UP TO 483,000. THIS WAS COMPLETED EARLY LAST YEAR.

WITH PHASE ONE, AND FOLLOWING LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENTS, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WAS ABLE TO START ISSUING IN SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR THE HANDY LAMINATED TYPE OF DRIVING LICENCES WHICH ARE PRINTED BY COMPUTER.

VALID PHASE TWO, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, WILL TAKE A BIG STEP FORWARD BY ENCOMPASSING IN THE COMPUTER ALL ACTIVITIES OF VEHICLE REGISTRATION AND DRIVER LICENSING, AND HAVING THESE FUNCTIONS CARRIED OUT ’ON-LINE’.

APART FROM MATICULATED SYSTEM ANALYSIS AND PROGRAMMING, IMPLEMENTATION OF VALID PHASE TWO WILL BE THE RESULT OF CO-ORDINATED PLANNING BY VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, AMONG WHICH ARE THE DATA PROCESSING DIVISION AND THE ORGANISATION AND METHODS DIVISION.

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UNDER PHASE TOO, REVISED APPLICATION FORMS SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO SUIT COMPUTER PURPOSES WILL DE USED FOR VEHICLE ’ REGISTRATION. NEW FORMS FOR DRIVER LICENSING ARE" ALREADY IN USE' IN CONNECTION WITH PHASE ONE.

COUNTER STAFF WILL BE SPECIALLY TRAINED TO OPERATE THE ’ON-LINE’ EQUIPMENT.

♦IF EVERYTHING GOES SMOOTHLY, WE CAN EXPECT THt VALID PHASE TOO TO GO LIVE BEFORE THE END OF THIS YEAR,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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APPLICATIONS ARE INVITED FOR ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIPS TO BE OFFERED BY THE CONFEDERATION OF BRITISH INDUSTRY FOR PRACTICAL TRAINING IN BRITAIN IN 1976/77.

THE CONFEDERATION IS EXPECTED TO OFFER UP TO FOUR SCHOLARSHIPS TO SUITABLY QUALIFIED HONG KONG CANDIDATES.

~ THE SCHOLARSHIPS WILL BE OF TOO TYPES — ONE FOR 12-18 MONTHS, WITH A MONTHLY MAINTENANCE ALLOWANCE OF POUND STERLING 110 PLUS TRAVEL COSTS, TO PROVIDE BASIC TRAINING FOR RECENTLY GRADUATED ENGINEERS? AND THE OTHER FOR FOUR TO TWELVE MONTHS FOR MORE EXPERIENCED ENGINEERS WHO HAVE DEEN FOLLOWING THEIR CAREERS FOR A MINIMUM OF FIVE YEARS.

THE MONTHLY MA INTENANCE ALLOWANCE FOR THE SECOND TYPE SCHOLARSHIP IS POUND STERLING 138, DUT SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY THEIR OWN PASSAGES. THEY WILL BE REGARDED AS +VISITING ENGINEERS* AND WILL BE GIVEN SPECIAL TRAINING TO MEET THEIR PARTICULAR NEEDS.

IN BOTH CASES, THE MAINTENANCE ALLOWANCES ARE SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION BY THE CONFEDERATION OF BRITISH INDUSTRY.

ALL APPLICANTS MUST POSSESS A RECOGNISED DEGREE OR DIPLOMA IN ENGINEERING, BE ABLE TO PROFIT FROM TRAINING IN AN INDUSTRIAL - AS DISTINCT FROM ACADEMIC - SURROUNDINGS, BE MEDICALLY FIT, ABLE TO SPEAK AND WRITE GOOD ENGLISH, BE OF GOOD CHARACTER AND POSSESS INITIATIVE AND A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY, AND MUST UNDERTAKE TO RETURN AND FOLLOW THEIR PROFESSIONS IN HONG KONG.

APPLICATION FORMS AND FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT BRANCH OFFICE ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF BONAVENTURE HOUSE, 91 LEIGHTON ROAD.

COMPLETED APPLICATIONS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE SAME OFFICE NOT LATER THAN AUGUST 9, 1975.

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MONDAY, JULY 14, 1975

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MAJOR HK CURRENCY EXHIBITION TO MARK OPENING OF HONG KONG MUSEUM OF HISTORY THIS FRIDAY.......................... 1

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE of SOCIAL AVENUE ...................... I 4

MOBILE REGISTRATION TEAM VISITS TUEN MUN ..................  5

WATER CUT IN WESTERN DISTRICT............................... 5

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING ESSENTIAL TO ALL TEACHERS ............ 6

WATER STORAGE STANDS AT 98.5 PER CENT OF FULL CAPACITY .. 8

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THE NEW 82 AND 20-CENT COINS WILL MAKE THEIR FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE IN THE HONG KONG CURRENCY EXHIBITION IN THE HONG KONG MUSEUM OF HISTORY WHICH WILL BE OPENED BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, ON FIRDAY. THE EXHIBITION MARKS THE OPENING OF THE MUSEUM IN STAR HOUSE, TSIM SHA TSUI.

ON DISPLAY WILL BE A COMPLETE SET OF HONG KONG’S COINAGE THROUGHOUT ITS 134 YEARS HISTORY, INCLUDING THE TOO HEW SCALLOP-EDGE COINS WHICH WILL COME INTO CIRCULATION NEXT MONTH.

THE COIN DISPLAY TRACES CHRONOLOGICALLY THE DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG’S COINAGE FROM 1841 WHEN THE TERRITORY WAS CEDED TO BRITAIN, AND FEATURES SUCH VINTAGE COINS AS THE SPANISH SILVER DOLLAR, THE BRITISH EMPIRE STERLING, THE MEXICAN SILVER DOLLAR, THE INDIAN RUPEE, THE CHINESE SILVER BAR AND COPPER CENT WHICH CIRCULATED IN HONG KONG FOR MANY YEARS DURING ITS EMBRYONIC STAGE.

IT WAS NOT UNTIL 1863 THAT THE GOVERNMENT STARTED ISSUING ITS OWN COINS DEARING THE MARK +HONG KONG*.

THE FIRST SET OF LOCAL COINAGE WITH THE PORTRAIT OF QUEEN VICTORIA ON THE OBVERSE SIDE COMPRISES A SILVER TEN-CENT, A BRONZE ONE CENT AND A BRONZE MIL (ONE TENTH OF A CENT).

FIVE OTHER COINS — FIVE-CENT, 20-CENT, 50-CENT, HALF DOLLAR AND 81 — WERE ADDED TO THE SERIES IN LATER STAGES. THESE WILL ALSO BE ON DISPLAY. z

THE YEAR 1866 SAW A MAJOR DEVELOPMENT IN THE HISTORY OF LOCAL COINAGE WITH THE OPENING OF THE HONG KONG MINT TO CONVERT SILVER BULLIONS INTO COINS FOR LOCAL BANKERS AND MERCHANTS.

THE HONG KONG MINT WAS SHORT LIVED HOWEVER. IT CLOSED DOWN TOO YEARS LATER DECAUSE LOCAL BUSINESSMEN COULD HARDLY AFFORD TO HAVE THEIR CAPITAL LYING IDLE IN THE MINT AT A TIME WHEN THE WORLD PRICE OF SILVER WAS SHOOTING UP.

A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE MINT WHICH WAS HOUSED IN AN IMPRESSIVE BRICK AND IRON STRUCTURE NEAR THE PRESENT SITE OF DAIMARU DEPARTMENT STORE IN CAUSEWAY BAY WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE SHOW.

IN THE ENSUING YEARS, THE VALUE OF SILVER GRADUALLY RETURNED TO ITS PREVIOUS LEVEL AND TOI- LED TO THE MUSHROOMING OF SILVER DOLLARS ISSUED BY BRITAIN, THE UNITED STATES, FRANCE, HOLLAND, JAPAN AND AUSTRIA FOR USE IN HONG KONG AND IN TRADE WITH CHINA,

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VISITORS TO THE EXHIBITION WILL SEE THESE SILVER COINS WHICH ARE COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE +TRADE DOLLARS* AND OTHER LOCAL COINS ISSUED DURING THE REIGNS OF EDWARD VII, GEORGE V AND GEORGE VI.

THEY WILL ALSO BE ABLE TO SEE THE SI NOTE AND CENTDENOMINATION NOTES ISSUED BEFORE THE WAR. , •

THE RAREST COIN IN THE SHOW IS THE KING GEORGE VI ONE-CENT BRONZE PIECE OF 1941, WHICH NEVER CAME INTO CIRCULATION.

TOO SHIPMENTS OF THE COINS LEFT THE U.K. TOWARDS THE END OF 1941, BUT NONE ARRIVED IN HONG KONG DUE THE THE IMMINENCE OF WAR. ONE OF THE SHIPMENTS RETURNED TO THE U.K. BUT THE OTHER FELL INTO THE HANDS OF THE JAPANESE WHO MELTED THE COINS DOWN FOR WAR PURPOSES. A NUMBER OF THESE COINS ESCAPED THAT FATE AND ONLY TEN ARE NOW 'KNOWN TO EXIST. OF THESE COINS, THREE ARE IN HONG KONG.

DURING THE OCCUPATION PERIOD, ALL AVAILABLE STOCKS OF COINS WERE SEIZED AND SENT TO JAPAN WHERE THEY WERE MELTED DOWN FOR METAL.

TO REPLACE THE COINS, THE JAPANESE ISSUED MILITARY YEN-DENOMINATION NOTES WHICH WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED IN THE EXHIBITION.

AT THE END OF THE WAR, THERE WAS SUCH A SHORTAGE OF COINS THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD TO ISSUE LARGE QUANTITIES OF PAPER NOTES RANGING FROM ONE CENT TO $1 TO CATER FOR THE IMMEDIATE NEED.

THE CENT-DENOMINATION NOTES WERE GRADUALLY PHASED OUT FOLLOWING THE INTRODUCTION OF THE TEN-CENT AND FIVE-CENT NICKEL-BRASS COINS ISSUED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1948.

THE COINS, BEARING A HEAD PORTRAIT OF KING GEORGE VI, ARE OF THE SAME BASIC DESIGN AS THOSE WITH THE QUEEN’S EFFIGY IN USE TODAY.

IN 1951, A CUPRO-NICKEL 5O-CENT COIN WAS INTRODUCED. THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY THE $1 COIN OF SAME METAL CONTENT TO REPLACE THE DOLLAR NOTE.

ANOTHER ARRAY OF COINS ON DISPLAY IS COMMEMORATIVE-CO I NS STRUCK TO MARK SPECIAL OCCASIONS. THEY INCLUDE A SILVER COIN MINTED IN HONG KONG IN 1867 TO MARK THE FOUNDATION LAYING OF THE FORMER CITY HALL, THE QUEEN VICTORIA JUBILEE ANNIVERSARY GOLD MEDALLION, THE KING EDWARD VII CORONATION BRONZE COIN IN 1902 AND THE RECENT $1,000 ROYAL VISIT GOLD COINS.

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ALSO INCLUDED IN THE EXHIBITION ARE THE TOKEN COINS ISSUED BY PRIVATE FIRMS IN THE 1930’S AS TEMPORARY SUBSTITUTES FOR GOVERNMENT COINS WHICH AT THE TIME WERE IN ACUTE SHORTAGE.

VISITORS TO THE CURRENCY SHOW WILL ALSO BE ABLE TO SEE THE GROWTH OF HONG KONG BANKNOTES'" spEC'MEJIS OF rAMfi^FnFFlTIN^roirJS AND COINS= MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT USED FOR COUNlERFEITING COINS AND PHOTOGRAPHS SHOWING THE COIN-MINTING PROCESS IN HIE RO/AL MINT.

THE EXHIBITION, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND STAGED DY THE CULTURAL SERVICES OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL BE OPEN FREE TO THE PUBLIC FROM JULY 19 BETWEEN 10 AM AND 6 PM DAILY (EXCEPT FRIDAY), AND FROM 1 TO 6 PM ON SUNDAYS AND PUDLIC HOLIDAYS.

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COPIES OF A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE THREE RAREST COINS TO BE DISPLAYED AT THE EXHIBITION ARE BOXED FOR COLLECTION;

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A BASKETBALL COMPETITION WILL BE HELD THIS WEEK BETWEEN THE FIVE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND BOYS’ CENTRES OF VOLUNTARY WELFARE AGENCIES.

THE COMPETITION IS THE THIRD IN A SERIES OF BALL GAMES BETWEEN THE ORGANISATIONS AND WILL TAKE PLACE ON JULY 16, 18, 20 AND 21. v

THE SWD INSTITUTIONS ARE THE 0 PUI SHAN BOYS HOME, THE CASTLE PEAK BOYS HOME, THE BEGONIA ROAD BOYS HOME, MA TAU WEI GIRLS HOME AND KWUN TONG HOSTEL. THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES TAKING PART ARE THE HoK. JUVENILE CARE CENTRE, THE SHING TAK CENTRE AND CHAK YAN CENTRE OF THE SOCIETY OF BOYS’ CENTRES.

MATCHES WILL BE PLAYED AT THE CHAK YAN CENTRE AT 47 CORNWALL STREET. KOWLOON, WITH AN OPENING CEREMONY ON THE FIRST DAY BOYS’ CENTRES MRo MICHAEL S’H* CHAN» CHAIRMAN OF THE SOCIETY OF NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, AT 9.30 A.M.

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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE ' if if if if if

MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED THAT SOCIAL AVENUE IN WONG TAI SIN, KOWLOON, WILL BE CLOSED AS FROM 6 AM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) UNTIL 6 AM ON WEDNESDAY TO ENABLE PUBLIC UTILITY WORKS TO BE CARRIED OUT.

TRAFFIC SIGNS HAVE BEEN POSTED TO INDICATE THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE.

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REGI STRATI ON FACILITIES AT TUEN MUN it it it it it #

A SPECIAL MOBILE REGISTRATION TEAM WILL VISIT TUEN MUN IN THE NEW TERRITORIES THIS MONTH TO PROVIDE CONVENIENT REGISTRATION FACILITIES FOR RESIDENTS IN THE AREA.

THE TEAM WILL OPERATE AT THE TUEN MUN RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE BETWEEN 9.30 A.M. AND 4.30 P.M. ON JULY 16 AND 17, AND AGAIN FROM JULY 21-24.

RESIDENTS THERE ARE URGED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE FACILITIES TO REGISTER THEIR 11-YEAR-OLD CHILDREN FOR JUVENILE IDENTITY CARDS. HOLDERS OF JUVENILE CARDS SHOULD REGISTER FOR ADULT CARDS AT THE AGE OF 18.

RESIDENTS ARE REMINDED THAT THEY SHOULD ALSO REPORT CHANGES OF EMPLOYMENT OR RESIDENTIAL ADDRESSES TO THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS DEPARTMENT.

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WATER SUPPLY TO A WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR (JULY 16) TO ENABLE A

NUMBER OF PREMISES IN WESTERN DISTRICT FIVE HOURS FROM 1 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY TEST FOR NIGHT LEAKAGE TO BE CARRIED OUT.

AFFECTED WILL BE PREMISES BOUNDED BY HILL ROAD. ROAD WEST, FRENCH STREET AND QUEEN’S ROAD WEST.

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ALL TEACHERS SHOULD HAVE PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

THE NEED FOR THE PROFESSIONAL TRAINING OF ALL TEACHERS WAS STRESSED BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (ADMINISTRATION), MR. CHARLES LOWE, TODAY WHEN HE SPOKE AT THE GRADUATION CEREMONY OF THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AT THE CITY HALL.

HE SAID THERE WAS A FEELING IN SOME QUARTERS THAT WHILE TRAINING WAS ESSENTIAL FOR NOH-GRADUATES, IT WAS NOT SO NECESSARY AT THE GRADUATE LEVEL.

+1 AM CONVINCED THAT THIS IS QUITE WRONG AND THE NEED FOR GRADUATE PROFESSIONAL TRAINING IS JUST AS GREAT AS FOR NONGRADUATES.

+THIS BEING THE CASE, OUR LONG-TERM AIM MUST BE TO GIVE ALL TEACHERS, GRADUATES AND NON-GRADUATES, IN BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS SOME FORM OF PROFESSIONAL TRAINING,* MR. LOWE SAID.

WHILE THE MAJOR THRUST SHOULD BE IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR IT WAS NECESSARY AT THE SAME TIME TO ENSURE THAT PRIVATE SCHOOLS WHICH HAVE +BOUGHT* PLACES WERE STAFFED TO AS GREAT AN EXTENT AS POSSIBLE BY PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED TEACHERS.

HE SAID, + IT WOULD BE QUITE WRONG TO COUNT THESE PLACES AS BEING IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR WITHOUT RECOGNISING OUR RESPONSIBILITY FOR TRAINING THE TEACHERS.*

THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR EMPHASIZED THE NEED FOR CLOSE LIAISON BETWEEN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE UNIVERSITIES’ DEPARTMENTS OF EDUCATION AS REGARDS THE TRAINING OF GRADUATE TEACHERS AND EDUCATIONAL PLANNING.

+THIS LIAISON, I AM GLAD TO SAY. IS IMPROVING AND IS ALREADY STARTING TO BRING FRUITFUL RESULTS. BUT MUCH STILL NEEDS TO BE DONE, PARTICULARLY IN THE WIDER SPHERE OF EDUCATION POLICY. EDUCATION FROM KINDERGARTEN TO UNIVERSITY IS ONE AND INDIVISIBLE,* MR. LOWE POINTED OUT.

HE PAID TRIBUTE TO THE PRINCIPAL OF GRANTHAM, MRS. MAGDALEN CHOW, AND DESCRIBED HER AS +EXPERIENCED, UNDERSTANDING AND CAPABLE*.

MR. LOWE ALSO COMMENDED THE STAFF OF THE COLLEGE, WHO, HE ’ SAID, WERE ALL WORKING TO MAINTAIN THE LONG-STANDING REPUTATION FOR PRODUCING CAPABLE, DEDICATED TEACHERS.

CONGRATULATING THE STUDENTS, MR. LOWE SAID HE WAS VERY PLEASED TO HEAR OF THEIR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES AND PARTICULARLY THEIR SUCCESS IN THE HONG KONG FEDERATION OF STUDENTS SPORTS AND GAMES.

MONDAY, JULY 14, 1975

HE ALSO CONGRATULATED THE GRADUATES OF THE IN-SERVICE COURSE OF TRAINING FOR TEACHERS (I.C.T.T.) FOR COMPLETING WHAT HE DESCRIBED AS AN +ARDUOUS COURSE*.

MR. LOWE TOLD THE STAFF THAT +I.C.T.T. TRAINING IS A MOST VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TO YOUR TEACHER TRAINING EFFORTS. IT IS VERY HARD WORK AND I THINK THERE MIGHT BE A CASE, PARTICULARLY AT THE UNIVERSITY LEVEL, FOR EXTENDING YOUR EXISTING ARRANGEMENTS TOWARDS A BLOCK RELEASE SYSTEM AND FOR MUCH MORE EMPHASIS ON THE FULL-TIME COURSES AT THE UNIVERSITY LEVEL.*

THE, I.C.T.T. PROGRAMME PLAYED A TREMENDOUS PART IN EXPANDING THE PUBLIC SECTOR OF PRIMARY EDUCATION AND WILL HAVE AN EVEN MORE VITAL ROLE WHEN THE WHITE PAPER SECONDARY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME GOT UNDER WAY.

MR. LOWE URGED TEACHERS TO CULTIVATE A PLEASANT, HAPPY, SYMPATHETIC BUT FIRM DISPOSITION.

+REMEMBER TEACHING DOES NOT BEGIN AND END IN THE CLASSROOM. THERE IS NO PERFECT TEACHING METHOD AND NO PERFECT ANSWER TO THE TEACHER’S PROBLEMS.*

MR. LOWE, WHO WILL BE RETIRING IN NOVEMBER, TOLD THE GRADUATES THAT HE WAS AWARE OF THE EMPLOYMENT DIFFICULTIES THIS YEAR AND POSSIBLY NEXT.

♦ I ASSURE YOU THAT WE ARE ALL VERY CONCERNED BY THE SITUATION. WE WILL GIVE YOU ALL THE ASSISTANCE THAT IS WITHIN OUR POWER.

♦BASICALLY THE SOLUTION IS IN THE EXPANSION OF EDUCATION WHICH WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH THE NECESSARY OPPORTUNITIES.

+THIS REQUIRES MONEY AND TIMES ARE DIFFICULT BUT I KNOW THAT THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS AND THE GOVERNMENT-ARE VERY CONCERNED AND WILL PROVIDE MONEY FOR EXPANSION JUST AS SOON AS IT IS AVAILABLE,* MR. LOWE SAID.

HE MENTIONED THAT HIS GREATEST WORRY ABOUT EDUCATION IN HONG KONG WAS CONCERNED WITH THE SECONDARY SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAMINATION AND ITS ABOLITION. +l AM AT PRESENT CHAIRING A WORKING PARTY TO THIS END,* HE ADDED.

BUT HE SOUNDED A WARNING 1 +THE NEARER WE GET TO FORMULATING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE ENTIRELY WHOLESOME PURPOSE OF ABOLISHING S.S.E.E. THE NEARER WE GET TO INTRODUCING THE J.C.E. (JUNIORCERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION) TO SELECT 40 PER CENT OF THE 15-16

AGE GROUP FOR FORMS 4 AND 5.

♦WHILE NO ONE WOULD DENY THE EDUCATIONAL AND POLITICAL NECESSITY OF ABOLISHING S.S.E.E. THE PRICE WE PAY MAY BE DISASTROUS EDUCATIONALLY IF IT IS THE INTRODUCTION OF J.C.E.+

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MR. LOWE SAID THE J.C.E. EXAMINATION COULD ONLY RUIN THE JUNIOR SECONDARY COURSE.

HE EMPHASIZED THAT ANY ATTEMPT TO CONTROL OR SHAPE EDUCATION THROUGH EXAMINATIONS WAS PUTTING THE CART

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THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR SAID THERE WAS A

REVIEW AND IMPROVE THE RELATIVITIES OF THE PROPOSED 100 PER CENT IN JUNIOR SECONDARY AND 40 PER CENT IN SENIOR SECONDARY BY SWITCHING RESOURCES TO ESTABLISH A HIGHER PROPORTION OF FORMS 4 AND 5 PLACES. THIS REPRESENTED THE ONLY WAY IN WHICH THE HARMFUL J.C.E. COULD BE AVOIDED.

DURING THE CEREMONY, MRS. LOWE DISTRIBUTED AND PRIZES TO GRADUATES AND PRIZE-WINNERS.

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HONG KONG’S WATER STORAGE STOOD AT 66,270 MILLION GALLONS AS AT 9 A.M. THIS (MONDAY) MORNING, REPRESENTING 98.5 PER CENT OF THE FULL STORAGE CAPACITY OF 67,300 MILLION.

TODAY’S STORAGE COMPARES WITH 39,891 MILLION GALLONS ON THE SAME DAY LAST YEAR.

PLOVER COVE RESERVOIR HELD 50,500 MILLION GALLONS — 100 PER CENT OF ITS FULL CAPACITY — COMPARED WITH 30,615 MILLION GALLONS ON JULY 14 LAST YEAR.

A TOTAL OF 82.3 MM (3.24 IN) OF RAINFALL WAS RECORDED AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY DURING THE PAST 24 HOURS ENDING AT 9 A.M. TODAY.

THE TOTAL RAINFALL RECORDED SO FAR THIS YEAR AMOUNTS TO 1,795.0 MM (70.67 IN). THE MEAN AVERAGE RAINFALL THIS YEAR IS 1,103.2 MM (43.43 IN).

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

TUESDAY, JULY 15, 1975

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGCO TO DEBATE LABOUR RELATIONS BILL TOMORROW ........ 1

ANOTHER 18 CAR NUMBERS PUT UP FOR AUCTION THIS WEEKEND ..............................................

DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED ............................... 2

PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS TO ATTEND SEMINARS ON THEIR ROLE IN GUIDING PUPILS ................................. J

SCOUTS ASSIST TO COLLECT INFORMATION ON SURVEY OF INSTRUCTORS ..........................................

AG AND FISH DEPARTMENT TO RUN SUMMER CAMP FOR FISHERMEN’S CHILDREN..................................   5

WATER CUTS .............................................. 6

SEMINAR FOR PARENTS ON CHILD CARE....................... 6

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LEGCO TO DEBATE LABOUR RELATIONS BILL TOMORROW • k « a l

THE LABOUR RELATIONS BILL WHICH INCORPORATES A ’COOLING OFF’ PERIOD IN A NEW FRAMEWORK TO DEAL WITH SERIOUS LABOUR DISPUTES, IS DUE TO BE DEBATED IN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TOMORROW.

UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS, WHO FORMED AN AD HOC COMMITTEE TO STUDY THE BILL AND REPRESENTATIONS FROM VARIOUS GROUPS, ARE EXPECTED TO GIVE THEIR CONCLUSIONS DURING THE DEBATE. THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON. NEIL HENDERSON, IS ALSO EXPECTED TO SPEAK.

THE BILL IS ONE OF TEN LISTED ON THE ORDER PAPER FOR FIRST READING OR RESUMED DEBATE.

THEY INCLUDE THE LOANS (GOVERNMENT BONDS) BILL, WHICH SEEKS TO ENABLE THE GOVERNMENT TO ISSUE BONDS TO RAISE LOANS IN HONG KONG, AND THE BETTING DUTY (AMENDMENT) (NO.2) BILL WHICH, AMONG OTHERS, WILL ENABLE A NEW LOTTERY TO BE INTRODUCED.

COUNCIL WILL ALSO DEBATE THE PROPOSED TWO-YEAR EXTENSION TO THE FREEZE ON BUILDING DEVELOPMENT IN THE MID-LEVELS.

AT TOMORROW’S SITTING, DR. THE HON. GERALD CHOA, DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL SERVICES, WILL ASK COUNCIL TO APPROVE THE POISONS LIST REGULATIONS MADE EARLIER THIS MONTH BY THE POISONS AND PHARMACY BOARD. HE WILL ALSO PROPOSE AN AMENDMENT TO THE POISONS LIST TO EXEMPT LOW-CONTENT ORAL CONTRACEPTIVE PILLS FROM PRESCRIPTION AND CONTROL OF SALE.

DURING THE MEETING, UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL ASK SIX QUESTIONS RELATING TO THE CONTROL OF VIOLENCE DEPICTED ON TELEVISION, BOATING FACILITIES ON RESERVOIRS, CONTROL OF RENT. WATER SUPPLY IN KOWLOON WALLED CITY, AND A PROPOSED OPEN UNIVERSITY FOR HONG KONG.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT ANOTHER 18 SPECIAL CAR REGISTRATION NUMBERS WILL BE PUT UP FOR AUCTION THIS WEEKEND TO PROMOTE A CHARITABLE CAUSE.

THE AUCTION, THE 25TH ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT, WILL TAKE PLACE AT 10 A.M. ON SATURDAY (JULY 19) AT THE CITY HALL LECTURE ROOM NORTH, HIGH BLOCK, 8TH FLOOR.

THE REGISTRATION NUMBERS ARE8

AC 60 AH 123 • AH 15 820 4040

HK 313 BD 1111 AG 3 XX 828 BD 99

AG 20 6789 HK 5000 AH 333 BD 5555

BD 7 HK 1919 AC 8

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

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

PROCEEDS OF THE AUCTION WILL GO INTO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND.

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THE GOVERNOR, AFTER TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE ADVICE OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, HAS DECIDED THAT THE DEATH SENTENCES PASSED ON JULY 24. 1974 ON TSUI KWOK-KIN AND LI TUNG-YAU SHOULD BE COMMUTED TO 20 YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT IN EACH CASE.

TSUI AND LI WERE FOUND GUILTY OF THE MURDER OF KWOK CHUN-KWAN.

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SEMINARS ON TEACHERS’ ROLE IN GUIDING PRIMARY PUPILS

ABOUT 700 PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS WILL ATTEND A SEMINAR AT THE CLEMENTI MIDDLE SCHOOL TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON THE TEACHERS’ ROLE IN GUIDING PRIMARY PUPILS.

THE SEMINAR WILL BE OPENED BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (PROFESSIONAL), MR. HO NGA MING.

+THE AIM OF THE SEMINAR IS TO PROVIDE TEACHERS WITH BASIC KNOWLEDGE OF, AND BASIC SKILLS IN, GUIDANCE IN A PRIMARY SCHOOL SETTING,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

DURING THE SEMINAR, THE TEACHERS WILL BE INTRODUCED TO SOME OF THE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES AND FACILITIES AVAILABLE TO CHILDREN WITH BEHAVIOUR AND LEARNING PROBLEMS.

DIFFERENT FORMS OF GUIDANCE, GUIDANCE THROUGH TEACHING AND CHILD GUIDANCE SERVICES IN HONG KONG WILL ALSO BE COVERED IN A . NUMBER OF TALKS.

A SIMILAR SEMINAR WILL BE HELD ON JULY 24 AT THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION FOR ANOTHER 200 TEACHERS IN RURAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS. THIS SEMINAR WILL ALSO BE OPENED BY MR. HO.

NOTE TO ED I TORSt

YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE SEMINARS COVERED. THEY WILL BEGIN AT 9.50 A.M. THE CLEMENTI MIDDLE SCHOOL IS IN FORTRESS HILL ROAD, NORTH POINT, HONG KONG° AND THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION IS IN GASCOIGNE ROAD, KOWLOON.

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TEAMS OF BOY SCOUTS ARE TO ASSIST THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL TO COLLECT INFORMATION ON HONG KONG’S INSTRUCTOR TRAINING NEEDS.

ABOUT 100 VENTURE SCOUTS FROM THE SCOUTS ASSOCIATION HONG KONG BRANCH WILL BE VISITING MORE THAN 1,000 MEDIUM AND LARGE-SIZED INDUSTRIAL CONCERNS DURING THE WEEK BEGINNING ON THURSDAY (JULY 17) TO COLLECT QUESTIONNAIRES ON INSTRUCTOR TRAINING SENT OUT LAST MONTH.

THE QUESTIONNAIRES WERE SENT TO EMPLOYERS BY THE COMMITTEE ON INSTRUCTOR TRAINING OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL WITH A VIEW TO COLLECTING UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON EXISTING AND FUTURE NEEDS FOR PROPERLY-TRAINED INSTRUCTORS IN INDUSTRY, GOVERNMENT WORKSHOPS, AND IN TECHNICAL EDUCATION ESTABLISHMENTS.

THE SCOUTS HAVE RECEIVED SPECIAL INSTRUCTION SO THEY CAN ANSWER QUERIES FROM EMPLOYERS AND, IF REQUIRED, ASSIST IN THE COMPLETION OF THE QUESTIONNAIRES. '

THE COMMITTEE ON INSTRUCTOR TRAINING WAS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR IN JUNE LAST YEAR TO ADVISE THE GOVERNMENT ON ALL MATTERS CONCERNING INSTRUCTOR TRAINING.

run J”! CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, MR. PETER SMITH, SAID TODAY THE INFORMATION COLLECTED IN THE CURRENT SURVEY WOULD ENABLE THE COMMITTEE TO DRAW UP MEANINGFUL PLANS TO MEET INSTRUCTOR TRAINING NEEDS IN.HONG KONG.

MR. SMITH, WHO IS THE PRINCIPAL OF THE TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE, URGED EMPLOYERS TO SUPPLY ACCURATE INFORMATION, AND STRESSED THAT ALL INFORMATION COLLECTED WOULD BE TREATED IN THE STRICTEST CONFIDENCE.

+IT WILL ONLY BE RELEASED IN THE FORM OF STATISTICAL DATA WITHOUT REFERENCE TO ANY INDIVIDUAL FIRMS,+ HE SAID. +IF ANY EMPLOYER HAS QUERIES ABOUT THE SURVEY, THEY ARE WELCOME TO CONTACT THE SECRETARY OF THE COMMITTEE BY TELEPHONING 5-281862.+

MR. SMITH ALSO THANKED THE SCOUTS ASSOCIATION FOR RELEASING THEIR VENTURE SCOUTS TO ASSIST HIS COMMITTEE IN THE SURVEY.

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SUMMER CAMP FOR FISHERMEN’S CHILDREN

THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT IS RUNNING A SUMMER CAMP FOR 720 YOUNGSTERS FROM THE 14 SCHOOLS OF THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION.

THE FOUR-DAY ANNUAL CAMP, WHICH GOT UNDERWAY TODAY AT WU KWAI SHA YOUTH VILLAGE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, IS AIMED AT GIVING CHILDREN OF LOCAL FISHERMEN A CHANCE TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS AND TO CULTIVATE AN INTEREST IN'OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES.

LINED UP FOR THE CHILDREN IN THE PROGRAMME IS A WIDE RANGE OF RECREATIONAL AND SPORTING ACTIVITIES INCLUDING A FANCY DRESS CONTEST, A CROSS-COUNTRY RACE, A BARBECUE PARTY, A FILM SHOW, BALL GAMES, SWIMMING SESSIONS AND COMPETITIONS.

THE CAMP WILL END ON FRIDAY WITH THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, MR. E.H. NICHOLS PRESENTING PRIZES TO WINNERS OF VARIOUS COMPETITIONS.

THE ANNUAL CAMP, WHICH IS JOINTLY FINANCED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, IS THE SEVENTH OF ITS KIND ORGANISED BY THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION AS PART OF THE SUMMER YOUTH RECREATIONAL PROGRAMME.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY AT THE CAMP SITE ON FRIDAY. A VAN OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT WILL LEAVE THE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 9.20 A.M. FOR MA LIU SHUI PIER WHERE A LAUNCH WILL BE WAITING TO TAKE THE PRESS PARTY TO THE CAMP SITE.

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WATER CUTS « « n «

. -WAJfR SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN SHAM SHUI PO IN KOWLOON AND IN BAYVIEW DISTRICT ON THE ISLAND WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR A SHORT WHILE ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY TO ENABLE LEAKAGE TESTS AND NEW MAINS CONNECTIONS TO BE CARRIED OUT. itoio and

IN SHAM SHUI PO, PREMISES BOUNDED BY CHEUNG SHA WAN STREET NAM CHEONG STREET, LAI CHI KOK ROAD, BOUNDARY STREET AND POPLAR* STREET WILL BE WITHOUT WATER FROM 1’a.M. TO 6 A.M. ON THURSDAY (JULY 17)•

_ THE SAME TIME THE NEXT DAY (FRIDAY) THE TEMPORARY STOPPAGE WILL AFFECT PREMISES BOUNDED BY PO ON ROAD, PRATAS STREET. UN CHAU STREET, TONKIN STREET, CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND CHEUNG FAT STREET. °

_rnn’N ?5XV1EW D1STR1 CT» ALL PREMISES ALONG CAUSEWAY ROAD, MORTON TERRACE AND SHELTER STREET WILL BE WITHOUT WATER FROM 10 P*M.

ON THURSDAY UNTIL 6 A.M. THE NEXT DAY. ALSO AFFECTED WILL BE

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THE TAI HANG TUNG COMMUNITY CENTRE AND THE LUTHERAN WORLD SERVICE WILL HOLD A SEMINAR ON CHILD CARE THIS FRIDAY FOR ABOUT 120 PARENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE SEMINAR IS TO GIVE PARENTS GUIDANCE ON HOW TO BRING UP A CHILD PROPERLY. IT WILL BE HELD AT THE LUTHERAN WORLD SERVICES’ DAY CARE CENTRE IN TONG YAM STREET BETWEEN 8 AND 10 PM ON JULY 18.

DURING THE SEMINAR, THERE WILL BE LECTURES BY A REGISTERED NURSE AND SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS IN WHICH NURSES WILL ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM PARENTS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 1975

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

’COOLING OFF’ CLAUSE STAYS IN LABOUR RELATIONS BILL ........ 1

FIVE-YEAR RENT CONTROL ’HOLIDAY’ FOR NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED.................................................   6

MORE FIRE HYDRANTS TO BE INSTALLED AROUND KOWLOON WALLED C I TY Y

NEV/ CONTROLS ON SALE AND MANUFACTURE OF PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS .................................................. 8

UNOFFICIAL LEGCO MEMBERS APPLAUD EXEMPTION OF PILL FROM PRESCRIPTION LIST......................................... 10

COUNCIL OF RECREATION AND SPORTS TO ADVISE ON PROPOSED BOATING FACILITIES ON RESERVOIRS ......................... 10

DRAFT LEGISLATION FOR MAJOR INDUSTRIAL TRAINING SCHEMES TABLED IN LEGCO........................................... 11

MID-LEVELS BUILDING FREEZE EXTENDED FOR TWO YEARS ........ 13

VIOLENCE ON TV KEPT TO A MINIMUM........................... 14 x

TRAFFIC WARDENS GAIN PUBLIC RESPECT ...................... 15

NEW LOTTERIES BOARD TO RUN ALL FUTURE LOTTERIES .......... 16

GOVERNMENT STUDYING OPEN UNIVERSITY METHODS .............. 17

SEVEN BILLS TABLED IN LEGCO FOR FIRST READING ............ 17

48,554 S.S.E.E. CANDIDATES ALLOCATED SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ................................................... 18

TEACHERS TO DISCUSS TECHNOLOGY AND EDUCATION AT TWO-DAY

SEMINAR ..................................................

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’COOL ING-OFF’ CLAUSE TO STAY IN NEW LABOUR BILL

THE CONTROVERSIAL +COOLING-OFF+ PERIOD IS TO STAY IN THE LABOUR RELATIONS BILL. BUT IT WILL ONLY BE BROUGHT INTO EFFECT BY A FUTURE DECISION OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL IF THERE IS A CLEAR AND PUBLICLY-RECOGNISED NEED FOR IT.

IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY, THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON. NEIL HENDERSON, MOVED THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, WHICH WAS PUBLISHED ON MARCH 21 AND INTRODUCED INTO THE COUNCIL ON MAY 7.

MR. HENDERSON TOLD THE COUNCIL THE DILL HAD CAUSED CONSIDERABLE COMMENT - +SOME OF IT REASONABLY WELL-INFORMED, SOME RATHER LESS SO.+

PARTICULARLY, IT HAD NOT BEEN GENERALLY APPRECIATED JUST HOW RARELY THE COOLING-OFF POWERS WERE LIKELY TO BE USED= THAT THE ARBITRATION AND BOARD OF INQUIRY PROCEDURES IN THE BILL COULD - AND WOULD - OFTEN BE ACTIVATED WITHOUT THE COOLING-OFF PERIOD- AND THAT, IN MANY CASES, ANY STRIKE OR LOCK-OUT IN PROGRESS WOULD PRODABLY BE VOLUNTARILY WITHDRAWN DURING ARBITRATION OR BOARD OF INQUIRY HEARINGS.

MR. HENDERSON SAID : + IN LOOKING BACK OVER RECENT YEARS, I CANNOT SAY THAT THERE HAS BEEN ANY MAJOR DISPUTE THAT HAD REACHED A STAGE WHERE I WOULD HAVE CONSIDERED IT NECESSARY TO RECOMMEND TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL THAT A COOLING-OFF PERIOD BE IMPOSED. x

•{•DESPITE THE RARITY OF THE EVENT,♦ MR. HENDERSON SAID,

♦THERE IS THIS NEED TO HAVE IN READINESS SOME FORM OF INTERVENTION FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE PUBLIC, BETWEEN THE NORMAL LABOUR RELATIONS PROCEDURES, AND THE IMPOSITION OF EMERGENCY REGULATIONS - AN ACTION WHICH IS TOO DRASTIC TO CONTEMPLATE FOR ANY GENUINE LABOUR DISPUTE, HOWEVER MAJOR.

♦THEREFORE IT HAS BEEN DECIDED THAT WHILE PART V OF THE ORDINANCE SHOULD BE LEGISLATED, IT WILL NOT BE DROUGHT INTO EFFECT UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THERE IS A CLEAR AND PUBLICLY-RECOGNISED NEED.*

MR. HENDERSON SAID ONE OTHER MAJOR OBJECTION TO THE DILL HAD BEEN THAT IT DEPRIVED WORKERS OF THE RIGHT TO STRIKE. HE SAID IT WAS TRUE THERE COULD DE A TEMPORARY INFRINGEMENT ON THIS RIGHT, BUT ONLY IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST, AND AS AN IMPROVEMENT ON THE PROVISIONS OF THE ILLEGAL STRIKES A’ D LOCK-OUTS ORDINANCE.

THAT ORDINANCE MADE IT A CRIME TO STRIKE IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, WHICH WAS ♦ABHORRENT - AND RIGHTLY SO - TO ALL RESPONSIBLE UNIONISTS,♦ SAID MR. HENDERSON.

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THE LABOUR RELATIONS BILL PROVIDED A BETTER BALANCE BETWEEN UNION RIGHTS AND THE RIGHT OF THE PUBLIC TO BE PROTECTED, AND THIS BALANCE HAD BEEN UNANIMOUSLY SUPPORTED BY THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD.

MR. HENDERSON SAID HE ALSO WISHED TO MAKE CLEAR THAT THE COOLING-OFF PERIOD COULD NOT BE IMPOSED TWICE FOR SUBSTANTIALLY THE SAME DISPUTE. +IN SHORT, IT MAY NOT BE RE-INTRODUCED AFTER THE 60-DAY PERIOD,* HE SAID.

ALSO, THE SECTION OF THE BILL PREVENTING THE PUBLISHING OF CERTAIN MATTERS IN RELATION TO BOARDS OF INQUIRY WAS NOT INTENDED TO INHIBIT UNION LEADERS FROM COMMUNICATING WITH THEIR MEMBERS, OR MANAGEMENT EMPLOYEES WITH THEIR BOARDS, AND THIS WAS NOT THE EFFECT OF THE CLAUSE AS DRAFTED.

MR. HENDERSON SAID HE WAS MOST GRATEFUL TO UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL FOR THEIR LONG AND PATIENT CONSIDERATION OF SUBMISSIONS MADE TO THEM, FROM WHICH USEFUL POINTS HAD EMERGED.

BUT, HE SAID, HE COULD NOT AGREE WITH THE SUGGESTION THAT SPECIAL CONCILIATORS BE GRANTED COMPULSORY POWERS TO CALL IN EITHER PARTY TO A DISPUTE.

+ l DOUBT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF SUCH A POWER,* MR. HENDERSON SAID. +THE ESSENCE OF CONCILIATION IS VOLUNTARY, AND ANY FORM OF COMPULSION IN THIS FIELD IS TO SOME EXTENT A CONTRADICTION IN TERMS.*

EVEN THOUGH THE PROPOSAL WAS ONLY TO SUMMON PARTIES SEPARATELY, AND NOT TO COMPEL THEM TO MEET, IN PRACTICE THE RECALCITRANT EMPLOYER HAD ONLY TO TURN UP, SAY +GOOD MORNING,* THEN LEAVE AGAIN. x

AND THE PROBLEM AROSE ON THE WORKERS’ SIDE OF WHO WAS TO BE +SUMMONED+, BECAUSE OFTEN - EVEN IF INDIVIDUALS COULD BE ESTABLISHED TO BE TALKING FOR THE WORKERS — THEY FREQUENTLY DENIED THEY WERE +REPRESENTATIVES+, AND SO COULD JUSTLY EVADE BEING CALLED IN.

+l WOULD PROPOSE, THEREFORE, TO LET THE BILL STAND IN THIS RESPECT, BUT UNDERTAKE TO MY HONOURABLE FRIEND DR. CHUNG TO REVIEW THE POSITION AFTER TOO YEARS’ WORKING OF THE NEW PROCEDURES.*

MR. HENDERSON SAID AN AMENDMENT WOULD BE MADE TO THE WORDING OF CLAUSE 11(C), WHICH STATED THAT THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL COULD TAKE +SUCH OTHER ACTION* AS HE THOUGHT FIT. PARTICULARLY IN THE CHINESE TRANSLATION, THIS GAVE THE IMPRESSION OF UNFETTERED POWERS TO DO ANYTHING.

+OF COURSE SUCH ACTION WAS ONLY INTENDED TO BE WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE BILL, INCLUDING THE IMPORTANT POWER OF POSITIVE INACTION,* MR. HENDERSON SAID. +THE WORDING WILL BE MODIFIED TO MAKE THIS CLEARER.*

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HE SAID MANY PEOPLE HAD READ DEEP AND SINISTER SIGNIFICANCE INTO THE FACT THAT THE BILL WAS BROUGHT FORWARD AT THIS TIME.

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SOME HAD SAID THE BILL WAS BEING +RUSHED THROUGH+ IN ANTICIPATION OF A MARKED DETERIORATION IN LABOUR RELATIONS'3 OTHERS THAT THERE "WAS NO NEED FOR IT IN THE PRESENT CALM INDUSTRIAL CLIMATE.

+THE PLAIN AND SIMPLE FACT IS THAT THE NEED TO HAVE CERTAIN STATUTORY PROCEDURES HAS BEEN FORESEEN FOR SOME TIME PAST, AND WORK HAS PROCEEDED ON THE BILL FOR TWO YEARS OR SO, AND IT IS NOW READY FOR PRESENTATION,+ MR. HENDERSON SAID.

+IF THERE IS URGENCY, IT IS ONLY THE GOVERNMENT’S DESIRE TO GET RID OF ARCHAIC LABOUR LEGISLATION SUCH AS THE ILLEGAL STRIKES AND LOCK-OUTS ORDINANCE.*

HE SAID MANY PEOPLE HAD SAID THEY FEARED THAT DELAYS IN PROCEEDINGS COULD ACT TO THE DETRIMENT OF WORKERS.

BUT DELAYING TACTICS WERE COMMON FROM BOTH SIDES IN DISPUTES, AND TIME LIMITS WOULD NOT BE BENEFICIAL - AT LEAST IN SO FAR AS CONCILIATION PROCEDURES WERE CONCERNED.

IN FACT, IN THE COMMON +NON-UNION+ DISPUTE SITUATION IN HONG KONG, IT OFTEN TOOK QUITE SOME TIME TO IDENTIFY WORKERS’ SPOKESMEN AND TO GET THEM TO TAKE PART IN THE CONCILIATION PROCESS.

THE ARBITRATION OR BOARD OF INQUIRY STEPS IN THE BILL WERE, HOWEVER, A DIFFERENT CASE, WHERE IT WOULD BE REASONABLE TO IMPOSE A TIME LIMIT IN RELATION TO. THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE DISPUTE AT THE TIME. THE BILL WOULD BE AMENDED TO ENABLE THE GOVERNOR-IN- ’• COUNCIL TO SET TIME LIMITS.

IT HAS ALSO BEEN URGED THAT THERE COULD BE CASES WHERE MORE THAN ONE ARBITRATOR SHOULD BE APPOINTED, AND THE DILL WOULD BE AMENDED TO ALLOW FOR THIS.

MR. HENDERSON SAID THAT THERE HAD BEEN SOME DOUBTS ABOUT THE RIGHT OF AUDIENCE BEFORE ARBITRATORS AND BOARDS OF INQUIRY. AMENDMENTS WOULD DE PROPOSED TO MAKE CLEAR THE POSITION OF PARTIES AND THEIR.REPRESENTATIVES IN THESE PROCEEDINGS.

HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THE PANEL OF ARBITRATORS WHO COULD BE CALLED ON WOULD BE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE, SO IF A CASE AROSE WHERE THERE WERE REASONABLE OBJECTIONS TO A PARTICULAR ARBITRATOR BEING APPOINTED FOR A SPECIFIC DISPUTE, iHEY COULD BE MADE TO THE COMMISSIONER BEFORE THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL NAMED AN ARBITRATOR.

SOME THOUGHTFUL COMMENT HAD BEEN PROVOKED THAT THE BILL DID NOT TAKE POSITIVE STEPS TO PROMOTE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.

+THIS, HOWEVER WELL-INTENTIONED, SEEMS TO ME TO MISS THE POINT,* HE SAID.

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THE PROCESS OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING DEPENDED ON A COLLECTIVE DESIRE OF THE PARTIES FOR AGREEMENT. LEGISLATION COULD ONLY BE REQUIRED TO REMOVE OBSTACLES TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING, AND AT THE MOMENT THERE WERE NO SUCH OBSTACLES.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD MADE ITS POLICY ON COLLECTIVE BARGAINING CLEAR BY DECLARING THAT INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION CONVENTION 98 (APPLICATION OF THE PRINCIPLES OF THE RIGHT TO ORGANISE AND BARGAIN COLLECTIVELY) WAS APPLIED TO HONG KONG.

COMMENTING ON DR. CHUNG’S REFERENCE TO FEARS ABOUT VICTIMISATION OF WORKERS DURING A COOLING-OFF PERIOD, MR. HENDERSON SAID HE TOOK DR. CHUNG’S POINT AND AN AMENDMENT WOULD BE PROPOSED TO DEAL WITH THIS +INSOFAR AS IT CAN BE COVERED BY LEGISLATIVE MEANS.+

FINALLY, HE SAID, THERE HAD BEEN A NUMBER OF COMMENTS ON ITEM 2 OF THE SCHEDULE TO THE BILL, WHICH TRANSFERRED FROM THE MORIBUND ILLEGAL STRIKES AND LOCK-OUTS ORDINANCE TO THE TRADE UNIONS ORDINANCE A PROVISION TO PROTECT WORKERS WHO REFUSED TO TAKE PART IN ILLEGAL STRIKES.

UPON REFLECTION, HE HAD DECIDED IT WAS UNDESIRABLE TO IMPORT THIS +PARTICULAR RELIC+ INTO THE TRADE UNIONS ORDINANCE, PARTICULARLY AS IT WOULD PROBABLY HAVE NO MEANING IN FUTURE WITH THE ABOLITION OF THE CONCEPT OF THE ILLEGAL STRIKE. THE ITEM WOULD THEREFORE BE DROPPED.

EARLIER. THE SENIOR UNOfFOCIAL MEMBER, DR. THE HON. CHUNG SZE-YUEN OUTLINED THE REPRESENTATIONS RECEIVED AND CONSIDERED x BY A SPECIAL AD HOC GROUP FORMED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS.

THE GROUP HAD MET WITH ABOUT TEN GROUPS OF PEOPLE REPRESENTING TRADE UNIONS OR INTERESTED IN LABOUR MATTERS. ,

DR. CHUNG SAID THE MANY REPRESENTATIONS COULD BE DIVIDED INTO THREE CATEGORIES -- THOSE TOTALLY AGAINST THE ENTIRE BILL, THOSE OBJECTING AGAINST THE ’COOLING-OFF* PROVISION, AND THOSE WELCOMING THE LEGISLATIVE MEASURES BUT SUBJECT TO CERTAIN AMENDMENTS.

AFTER LONG DELIBERATIONS, THE AD HOC GROUP CONSIDERED THAT THE COOLING OFF PERIOD CLAUSE SHOULD REMAIN BUT SHOULD NOT BE BROUGHT INTO FORCE UNTIL ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. .

IT ALSO FELT THAT SOME OF THE REPRESENTATIONS DESERVED SERIOUS CONSIDERATION BY THE GOVERNMENT.

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# SUGGESTIONS THAT CONCILIATORS SHOULD BE EMPOWERED TO COMPEL THE PARTIES IN DISPUTE TO MEET WITH THE CONCILIATORS.

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IN THE EVENT THE DISPUTE IS REFERRED TO ARBITRATION, THE ARBITRATOR SHOULD BE MORE THAN ONE PERSON. THE PROCEDURE OF ARBITRATION AND THE SELECTION OF THE ARBITRATOR SHOULD ALSO BE SUBJECT TO THE CONSENT OF THE PARTIES CONCERNED IN THE DISPUTE.

IF A BOARD OF INQUIRY IS APPOINTED TO LOOK INTO THE DISPUTE, THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL SHOULD SPECIFY A PERIOD WITHIN WHICH IT SHOULD SUBMIT ITS REPORT.

IT WAS ALSO FELT THAT EFFECTIVE MEANS TO PROTECT WORKERS AGAINST DISCRIMINATION AND VICTIMIZATION DURING A COOLING OFF PERIOD SHOULD BE WRITTEN INTO THE BILL. IT WAS ARGUED THAT DURING A COOLING OFF PERIOD AN EMPLOYER MAY RESORT TO OTHER MEASURES SHOR I OF A LOCK-OUT - SUCH AS JOB REASSIGNMENT OR PUNITIVE ACTION ON GROUNDS OF ALLEGED NEGLIGENCE OR INCOMPETENCY — TO VICTIMIZE LABOUR LEADERS. :

THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN ALSO SPOKE ON THE BILL.

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SPEEDING UP NEW HOUSING CONSTRUCTION IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR ». ft ft ft ft ft

PART II OF THE LANDLORD AND TENANT ORDINANCE RENT AND TENURE CONTROLS DO NOT APPLY TO NEW BUILDINGS FOR WHICH OCCUPATION PERMITS WERE ISSUED AFTER DECEMBER 14, 1973.

HOWEVER, THIS LEGISLATION IS DUE TO EXPIRE ON DECEMBER 14, 1976 AND NO DECISION CAN BE TAKEN AT THIS EARLY STAGE ON WHETHER TO RENEW IT BEYOND THAT DATE. THUS DEVELOPERS HAVE NO WAY OF KNOWING WHETHER (WHEN THE PRESENT THREE-YEAR +HOLIDAY+ FOR NEW HOUSING LAPSES) THEIR NEW BUILDINGS WILL BE CONTROLLED AFTER THAT DATE.

THIS LACK OF CERTAINTY IS SAID TO BE INHIBITING NEW INVESTMENT IN HOUSING, AT A TIME WHEN DEVELOPERS SHOULD BE EXPANDING RATHER THAN CONTRACTING PRODUCTION.

THERE HAS BEEN A SHARP DROP IN THE LAST 18 MONTHS IN THE NUMBER OF BUILDING PLANS SUBMITTED BY PRIVATE DEVELOPERS FOR THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE’S APPROVAL- AND THIS WILL HAVE A MARKED EFFECT ON THE NUMBER OF NEW FLATS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN THE FUTURE.

THIS IS SHOWN UP BY THE ACTUAL COMPLETION FIGURES FOR THE METROPOLITAN AREA FOR EACH OF THE LAST FEW YEARS, COMPARED WITH FORECAST FLAT COMPLETIONS FOR THE NEXT FEW YEARS :-

PAST PERFORMANCE FORECAST PRODUCTION

1972/73 23,700 FLATS 1973/74 21,300 FLATS 1974/75 19,100 FLATS 1975/76 1976/77 1977/78 13,000 FLATS 12,000 FLATS 11,500 FLATS

REDUCED INVESTMENT IN PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSING CAN ONLY ADD TO

THE HOUSING SHORTAGE, FOR THERE IS AN ABSOLUTE DEMAND FOR HOUSING WHICH, IN THE SHORT TERM, CANNOT BE PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

ANY SLOWING-DOWN NOW WILL RESULT IN A LOSS OF NEW ACCOMMODATION OVER THE NEXT YEAR OR SO, A LOSS WHICH IT IS UNLIKELY CAN BE MADE UP LATER WITHIN THE 10-YEAR HOUSING PROGRAMME. THIS WILL INEVITABLY BRING ABOUT A SHARP RISE IN SELLING PRICES AND RENTS FOR NEW FLATS.

IN ADDITION, THIS CURRENT LACK OF PRIVATE-SECTOR ACTIVITY REDUCES EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY AT A TIME WHEN THERE IS AN URGENT NEED FOR MORE JOBS.

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AGAINST THIS BACKGROUND, THE HON. IAN LIGHTBODY, TOLD LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY THAT IT IS THEREFORE VERY MUCH IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST TO ENCOURAGE NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN THE

PRIVATE-SECTOR.

TO ACHIEVE THIS THE GOVERNMENT HAS COMPLETED BY THE END OF 1977 WILL ENJOY ANY NEW OR EXTENDED LANDLORD AND TENANT IN FORCE DURING THIS PERIOD.

DECIDED THAT ALL NEW HOUSING FIVE YEARS OF FREEDOM FROM TYPE CONTROLS THAT MAY BE

THUS A BLOCK OF FLATS COMPLETED IN OCTOBER 1976 WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO ANY CONTROLS BEFORE OCTOBER 1981.

THIS ARRANGEMENT, HE SAID, GIVES PRACTICAL ENCOURAGEMENT TO PRIVATE DEVELOPERS WI THOU I TYING GOVERNMENT’S HANDS FOR TOO LONG A PERIOD, AND THE ADVANTAGE IS THAT THE SITUATION CAN BE REVIEWED EVERY YEAR AND IF NECESSARY THE SCHEME CAN BE EXTENDED A YEAR AT A TIME.

MR. LIGHTBODY SAID THE SCHEME APPLIES TO ALL HOUSING COMPLETE?) SINCE DECEMBER 14, 1973 AND TO HOUSING NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION AS WELL AS TO NEW DEVELOPMENT STARTED AFTER TODAY - BUT PROVIDED THEY ARE COMPLETED DEFORE DECEMBER 31, 1977. THE AIM IS TO GET NEW HOUSING CONSTRUCTION MOVING NuW RATHER THAN LATER.

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AN ADDITIONAL SEVEN FiRE HYDRANTS WILL SOON BE INSTALLED IN THE ROADS SURROUNDING THE KOWLOON WALLED CITY TO PROVIDE BETTER FIRE COVER FOR THE AREA, THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, THE HON. DAVID MCDONALD, TOLD LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. LI FOOK-WO, HE SAID THERE WERE 10 FRESH WATER AND TWO SALT WATER PEDESTAL HYDRANTS LOCATED IN CARPENTER ROAD, JUNCTION ROAD, TUNG TAU CHUEN ROAD AND TUNG SHING ROAD WHICH ENCOMPASSED THE WALLED CITY AND THE ADJOINING SQUATTER AREAS.

+N0 PART OF-THE AREA IS MORE THAN 500 FEET FROM A HYDRANT,+ MR. MCDONALD SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THERE WOULD BE LITTLE PURPOSE IN PROVIDING WITHIN THE WALLED CITY AREA BECAUSE OF ITS CONGESTED LAYOUT WHICH MAKES VEHICULAR ACCESS BY FIRE FIGHTING APPLIANCE IMPOSSIBLE.

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NEW PHARMACY AND POISONS REGULATIONS

THE SALE AND MANUFACTURE OF ALL PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS IN HONG KONG WILL BE SUBJECT TO CONTROL UNDER NEW REGULATIONS DRAWN UP BY THE PHARMACY AND POISONS BOARD FOLLOWING A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF THE EXISTING PROVISIONS.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR. THE HON. GERALD CHOA, AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS AFTERNOON WHEN HE MOVED THE RESOLUTIONS IN RESPECT OF THE PHARMACY AND POISONS REGULATIONS 1975 AND THE POISONS LIST REGULATIONS 1975.

INCLUDED IN THE NEW PROVISIONS, HE SAID, IS A REQUIREMENT FOR ALL PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS, WHETHER THEY INCLUDE POISONS OR NOT, IMPORTED INTO OR MANUFACTURED IN HONG KONG, TO BE REGISTERED BEFORE THEY CAN BE OFFERED FOR SALE.

+THE AIM OF THIS IS TO SAFEGUARD THE PUBLIC AGAINST COUNTERFEIT AND SUB-STANDARD MEDICINES WHICH USUALLY ORIGINATE FROM UNKNOWN SOURCES,* HE SAID.

ANOTHER PROVISION IS THAT ALL LOCAL PHRAMACEUTICAL MANUFACTURERS WILL HAVE TO BE LICENSED.

THIS, DR. CHOA EXPLAINED, WILL ENABLE THE BOARD TO EXERCISE APPROPRIATE CONTROL AND SUPERVISION AND TO ENSURE THAT ALL MEDICINES MANUFACTURED LOCALLY ARE UP TO A RECOGNISED STANDARD AND MANUFACTURERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO HAVE THEIR PRODUCTS ANALYSED.

PROVISION HAS ALSO BEEN MADE FOR THE DETAILS OF THE x

COMPOSITION OF MEDICINES TO BE PRINTED ON THEIR CONTAINERS.

+THIS IS TO PROHIBIT THE SALE OF MEDICINES OF UNSPECIFIED CONTENT AND IS AN ADDITIONAL MEASURE FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE PUBLIC,* SAID DR. CHOA.

NO CHANGE HAS BEEN MADE REGARDING THE SALE OR MANUFACTURE OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINES AS LISTED IN THE CHINESE HERBAL MATERIA MEDICA.

HOWEVER, IF A PRODUCT CONTAINS MEDICINE NOT LISTED IN THIS CHINESE HERBAL MATERIA MEDICA, IT WILL BE SUBJECT TO CONTROL UNDER THE NEW REGULATIONS, AND IT WILL BE AN OFFENCE FOR ANY PERSON TO SELL SUCH AN UNREGISTERED PRODUCT.

IN THE CASE OF LOCAL PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS, THE BOARD WILL HAVE THE POWER TO ISSUE CERTIFICATES TO THE EFFECT THAT THESE PRODUCTS ARE UP TO THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION’S RECOMMENDED STANDARDS.

DR. CHOA SAID THIS WOULD BE A SERVICE TO MANUFACTURERS WHICH HE HOPED WOULD ASSIST IN PROMOTING AND FACILITATING EXPORT.

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TURNING TO THE POISONS LIST REGULATIONS, THE DIRECTOR SAID THEY HAVE BEEN EXTENDED TO COVER A MUCH WIDER RANGE OF SUBSTANCES AND DRUGS AS IT HAS BEEN NECESSARY TO INCLUDE MANY SUBSTANCES AND NEW DRUGS WHICH ARE ON THE MARKET AND WHICH MAY GIVE RISE TO UNDERSIRABLE EFFECTS IF USED WITHOUT PROPER SAFEGUARDS.

BUT ON THE ADVICE OF UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, HE PROPOSED AN AMENDMENT TO THE POISONS LIST TO EXEMPT ORAL CONTRACEPTIVE PILLS FROM PRESCRIPTION AND CONTROL OF SALE, AND HE WENT ON TO EXPLAIN WHY IT WAS NECESSARY TO DO SO.

AMONG A VERY WIDE RANGE AND VARIETY OF SUBSTANCES INCLUDED IN THE POISONS LIST IS A GROUP OF POTENT THERAPEUTIC AGENTS KNOWN AS HORMONES, OF WHICH THERE ARE NO LESS THAN SIX DIFFERENT CATEGORIES.

THESE HORMONAL SUBSTANCES BY REASON OF THEIR EFFECTS ON THE PHYSIOLOGY OF THE HUMAN BODY COULD HARDLY BE REGARDED AS INNOCUOUS AND BE TREATED AS SUCH, DR. CHOA SAID.

TWO OF THESE HORMONES, ESTROGEN AND PROGESTERONE, ARE NORMALLY USED IN THE CONTRACEPTIVE PILL.

THE DIRECTOR SAID WHILE THE PHARMACY AND POISONS BOARD IS AWARE OF UP-TO-DATE CHANGES OF AUTHORITATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL OPINION IN BOTH THE U.K. AND U.S.A. WHERE THE CONTRACEPTIVE PILL IS AVAILABLE ONLY ON A PHYSICIAN’S PRESCRIPTION, THE FACT REMAINS THAT RISKS IN THE FORM OF COMPLICATIONS AND SIDE EFFECTS DO EXIST, PARTICULARLY IF THESE SUBSTANCES ARE TAKEN IN HIGH DOSAGES.

♦WHEN ONE CONSIDERS FURTHER THAT THE PILL IN ORDER TO BE EFFECTIVE HAS TO DE TAKEN REGULARLY DAY AFTER DAY ON A LONG TERMS BASIS CAUTION SHOULD BE EXERCISED,* HE SAID.

ON THE OTHER HAND, HE SAID, IT IS ACCEPTED ON BALANCE THAT, IN THE PECULIAR CIRCUMSTANCES IN HONG KONG, THE USUAL L.OW DOSAGE CONTRACEPTIVE PILLS SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE AVAILABLE WITHOUT THE NEED FOR A PRESCRIPTION.

LOW DOSAGE CONTRACEPTIVE PILLS ARE THOSE WITH AN ESTROGENIC CONTENT OF NOT MORE THAN 50 MICROGRAMME AND PROGESTATIONAL CONTENT OF NOT MORE THAN FIVE MILLIGRAM.

HOWEVER, AS A SAFEGUARD THE BOARD INTENDS TO CONSIDER INTRODUCING A REQUIREMENT FOR SUITABLE WARNING NOTICES TO BE PROVIDED WITH EVERY PACKAGE OF ALL ORAL CONTRACEPTIVE PILLS AS IS ALREADY THE CASE WITH SOME PREPARATIONS.

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UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY DESCRIBED AS +MOST BENEFICIAL* THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO EXEMPT LOW DOSAGE CONTRACEPTIVE PILLS FROM THE PRESCRIPTION LIST AND SAID IT WOULD BE WIDELY WELCOMED.

+ANY DECISION WHICH WOULD HAVE RESULTED IN LESS GENERAL USE WOULD HAVE SERIOUS SOCIOLOGICAL CONSEQUENCE, AND PUT FURTHER STRAIN UPON THE GOVERNMENT IN PLANNING AND IN PROVIDING ADEQUATE SOCIAL SERVICES,* THE HON. OSWALD CHEUNG SAID.

HE NOTED THAT HONG KONG’S BIRTH RATE HAD FALLEN'SINCE 1958 --WHEN THE PILL FIRST BECAME AVAILABLE — FROM A HIGH OF 37 PER THOUSAND BETWEEN 1956 AND 1958 TO JUST UNDER 20 PER THOUSAND IN THE . YEARS 1970*74.

WHILE THE FALL IN BIRTH RATES AND THE INTRODUCTION OF THE PILL MAY BE A PURE COINCIDENCE, HE FELT THAT MORE LIKELY THE DECLINE WAS A DIRECT CONSEQUENCE OF GENERAL USE OF THE PILL.

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ADVICE WILL BE SOUGHT FROM THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT ON THE PROPOSAL TO PROVIDE BOATING FACILITIES ON RESERVOIRS.

<,e/.nr*l!!lr^E£LY T0 A QUESTI°N FROM THE HON. JOHN BREMBRIDGE, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON. LI FOOK-KOW SAID THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT WOULD HAVE TO CONSIDER PRIORITY FOR DEVELOPMENT OF BOATING FACILITIES ON RESERVOIRS AND ELSEWHERE AND TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE VIEWS OF THE WATER AUTHORITY.

HE SAID THE SECRETARY OF THE COUNCIL HAD DI CUSSED THE PROBLEMS RELATING TO THE PROVISION OF SUCH FACILITIES WITH THE INTERESTED PARTIES, INCLUDING THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG CANOE UNION, THE DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES, THE CHIEF RECREATION AND SPORTS OFFICER*AND INDIVIDUAL CANOEISTS WHO EXPRESSED DIVERGENT VIEWS ON THE PROPOSAL.

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MAJOR INDUSTRIAL TRAINING SCHEMES PLANNED

TWO BILLS AIMED AT LAUNCHING MAJOR TRAINING SCHEMES FOR THE CLOTHING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRIES WERE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THE BILLS, SPONSORED BY THE TOO INDUSTRIES THEMSELVES, PROVIDE FOR THE SETTING UP OF SEPARATE STATUTORY BODIES TO BUHD AND ADMINISTER SPECIAL CENTRES TO TRAIN SKILLED PERSONNEL FOR THE INDUSTRIES.

THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY TRAINING SCHEME WILL BE FINANCED BY A LEVY ON ALL EXPORT CLOTHING ITEMS, AND THE CONSTRUCTION SCHEME BY A LEVY ON THE VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS.

INTRODUCING THE BILLS INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY, THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON. NEIL HENDERSON, SAID THE AMOUNT OF THE LEVIES WOULD BE RECOMMENDED BY THE INDIVIDUAL STATUTORY AUTHORITY AND DECIDED BY RESOLUTION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

MR.' HENDERSON PRAISED THE PROVISIONAL CLOTHING INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY, CHAIRED BY MR. FRANCIS Y.H. TIEN, AND THE PROVISIONAL CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY, CHAIRED BY MR. WONG TIN-SUNG, FOR THEIR HARD WORK IN GIVING BIRTH TO THE TOO BILLS.

HE SAID THE TOO STATUTORY BODIES TO BE SET UP UNDER THE BILLS WOULD FOLLOW THE COMPOSITION OF THE PROVISIONAL AUTHORITIES, COMPRISING REPRESENTATIVES OF THE VARIOUS INTERESTS IN THE TOO . INDUSTRIES, PUBLIC OFFICIALS IN CONCERNED DEPARTMENTS, TRADE UNION OFFICIALS AND LAY MEMBERS.

THE TRAINING CENTRES PROPOSED IN THE BILLS WOULD AIM TO PRODUCE 600 CRAFTSMEN FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY EVERY YEAR, AND 3,600 OPERATIVES FOR THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY.

MR. HENDERSON SAID PROCEDURES FOR COLLECTION OF THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY LEVY WOULD FOLLOW THE LINES OF THE COLLECTION PROCEDURES FOR THE TAX ON ALL EXPORT GOODS WHICH FINANCED THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL.

THIS WOULD MEAN THE MINIMUM INCONVENIENCE TO EXPORTERS.

+1 MUST EMPHASISE,+ HE SAID, +THAT ALTHOUGH THE PROCEDURE AND MECHANICS OF COLLECTION WILL BE SIMILAR. THE TRAINING LEVY WILL BE ENTIRELY SEPARATE AND DISTINCT FROM THE AD VALOREM CHARGES CURRENTLY COLLECTED FOR THE SUBVENTION OF THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL. AND, OF COURSE, WILL ONLY BE APPLIED TO EXPORTED CLOTHING ITEMS.*

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MR. HENDERSON SAID IT WAS THOUGHT THAT THE LEVY WOULD PROBABLY BE OF THE ORDER OF O.O3 PER CENT OF THE F.O.B. VALUE OF CLOTHING ITEMS EXPORTED.

THE DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY WOULD BE THE STATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR COLLECTION OF THE LEVY, AND THE PROCEEDS WOULD THEN BE PAID TO THE AUTHORITY.

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THE BILL PROVIDED FOR THE IMPOSITION OF A SURCHARGE ON EXPORTERS WHO FAILED TO LODGE A DECLARATION ON EXPORT CLOTHING ITEMS.

MR. HENDERSON SAID : +WHILE THE LEVY WILL FALL, FOR PRACTICAL REASONS, ON TO THE EXPORTERS TO PAY, NO DOUBT THIS WILL BE PASSED BACK TO THE MANUFACTURERS WHO WILL ULTIMATELY BE THE BENEFICIARIES OF THE SCHEME, WHICH IN THE LONG RUN WILL HELP HONG KONG MAINTAIN ITS EXPORTS COMPETITIVENESS BY ENSURING THE SUPPLY OF TRAINED OPERATIVES.+

HE SAID THAT UNDER THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING SCHEME : CONTRACTORS, AND THE AUTHORISED PERSON UNDER THE BUILDING ORDINANCE (SUCH AS THE ARCHITECT), WOULD BE REQUIRED TO GIVE NOTICE TO THE AUTHORITY OF THE START AND FINISH OF EACH PROJECT AND CONTRACTORS WOULD HAVE TO NOTIFY THE PAYMENTS THEY RECEIVED.

SURCHARGES WOULD BE IMPOSED ON PEOPLE FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THESE MEASURES, AND THE AUTHORITY WOULD SET A MINIMUM VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORKS BELOW WHICH THE LEVY WOULD NOT DE EXACTED.

IT WAS EXPECTED THAT THE LEVY WOULD BE SOME 0.2 PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF EACH PROJECT.

+l SHOULD MAKE IT CLEAR THAT THE BILL ALSO BINDS THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AND THEIR CONTRACTS,+ SAID MR. HENDERSON.

+ IT IS RIGHT THAT THIS SHOULD BE SO, SINCE, AS A MAJOR EMPLOYER, THEY ALSO BENEFIT FROM IMPROVED INDUSTRIAL TRAINING.

+IN OVERALL TERMS, FOR BOTH THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS, THERE MAY BE A FRACTIONAL RISE IN CONSTRUCTION WORK CONTRACT COSTS, BUT THIS FALLS EQUALLY ON ALL CONTRACTORS AND THROUGH THEM TO THE WIDE VARIETY OF CLIENTS, SO THAT ALL MUST TAKE THIS LEVY INTO ACCOUNT WHEN TENDERING.

+IT IS, HOWEVER, AN INVESTMENT IN OUR HUMAN RESOURCES, AND IN THE LONG TERM WILL LEAD TO MORE EFFICIENT PERFORMANCE IN THE INDUSTRY, TO THE BENEFIT OF ALL.+

HE ADDED s +l EARNESTLY ENJOIN THE FUTURE AUTHORITY TO ENSURE THAT THE TRAINING EMPHASISES INDUSTRIAL. SAFETY AND INCULCATES SAFETY CONSCIOUSNESS INTO ITS TRAINEES.*

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY APPROVED A TWO-YEAR EXTENSION OF THE TEMPORARY RESTRICTION ON BUILDING DEVELOPMENT IN THE MID-LEVELS UNTILL JULY 31, 1977.

THE EXTENSION WAS RELUCTANTLY SUPPORTED BY THE HON. JAMES WU WHO MADE IT CLEAR iHAT THIS WAS THE LAST TIME HE WOULD SUPPORT AN EXTENSION. HE AL.SO ASKED FOR AN ASSURANCE THAT THE RESTRICTION WOULD NOT BE EXTENDED FURTHER.

IN REPLY, I HE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, THE HON. DAVID MCDONALD SAID HE COULD NOT GIVE AN ABSOLUTE ASSURANCE AT THIS 11 ME THAT NO FURTHER EXTENSION WOULD DE REQUIRED.

+1 CAN HOWEVER SAY THAT IF THE WORKS ON THE HIGHWAYS PROJECTS REQUIRED TO ALLEVIATE I HE I RAFF IC PROBLEM IN THE AREA PROCEED AS CURRENTLY PROGRAMMED, SUFFICIENT PROGRESS WILL HAVE DEEN MADE BY JULY 1977 TO ALLOW THE EASING OF RESTRICTIONS AND CONTROLS,+ HE SAID.

+ONLY THEN,+ HE ADDED, +CAN SUBMISSIONS OF PLANS FOR DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS DE ACCEPlED AND CONSTRUCTION WORKS SUBSEQUENTLY PUT IN HAND SO iHAT THE COMPLETION AND OCCUPATION OF THESE PROJECTS WILL COINCIDE APPROXIMATELY WITH THE COMPLETION OF THE ESSENTIAL HIGHWAYS WORKS.+

IN HIS SPEECH, MR. JAMES WU RECALLED THAT HE AND THREE OTHER UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS HAD BEEN AGAINST THE RESTRICTIONS FROM THE START, AND HAD POINTED OUT THAT PROLONGED RESTRICTION WAS NOT THE ANSWER.

THE RESTRICTIONS, HE NOTED., HAD TWICE BEFORE DEEN EXTENDED FOR A TOTAL OF 18 MONTHS.

RECENT REPORTS IN MAJOR CHINESE NEWSPAPERS, HE SAID, INDICATED THAT REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS WERE BECOMING INCREASINGLY VOCAL ON WHAT THEY CONSIDERED TO BE A RESTRICTIVE ATTITUDE AND UNENTHUSI ASTIC, IF NOT INCONSIDERATE, RESPONSE ON PRIVATE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS.

+IT IS,+ HE STRESSED, +HIGH TIME FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO SHOW GOODWILL AND CREDIBILITY BY ANNOUNCING THAT THIS WOULD BE THE LAST ' EXTENSION AND TO FURTHER SHOW FAITH BY ACCEPTING SUBMISSION OF BUILDING PLANS FOR APPROVAL PENDING CONSENT TO COMMENCE WORK AT THE EXPIRY OF THE-MORATOR I UM.+

SUCH A MEASURE, HE ADDED, +WOULD GREATLY CONTRIBUTE TO THE MUTUAL TRUST AND UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE DEVELOPERS AND TO THE BEST PUBLIC INTEREST, AS IT WOULD RESULT IN INCREASED INVESTMENT, INCREASED EMPLOYMENT, INCREASED EXECUTIVETYPE ACCOMMODATION AND INCREASED PUBLIC REVENUE.+

MR. WU NOTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD ALL ALONG ARGUED THE NECESSITY OF THE RESTRICTION ON THE POINT OF TRAFFIC CONGESTION. BUT HE REITERATED HIS BELIEF, SHARED BY SOME OF HIS COLIEAGUES, THAT TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN THE MID-LEVELS IS FAR LESS SEVERE THAN IN SOME OTHER PARTS OF HONG KONG, AND COMPARES FAVOURABLY WITH MAIN APPROACHES TO OTHER BIG CITIES.

HE VIEWED THE LATEST EXTENSION AS +OVER CAUTIOUS* AND RECALLED A PREVIOUS WARNING BY THE HON. OSWALD CHEUNG THAT THE MORATORIUM DELAYS THE PROVISION OF MUCH-NEEDED HOUSING.

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THE TELEVISION AUTHORITY IS VERY MUCH CONCERNED TO ENSURE THAT THE INCIDENCE OF VIOLENCE ON TELEVISION DOES NOT REACH EXCESSIVE PROPORTIONS, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON.

LI FOOK-KOW, TOLD LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THE AMOUNT OF PROGRAMMES PORTRAYING VIOLENCE, HE SAID . IS KEPT TO A RELATIVELY LOW LEVEL PARTICULARLY DURING PEAK VIEWING HOURS OF THE CHINESE LANGUAGE PROGRAMMES, WHICH ATTRACT ABOUT 95 PER CENT OF ALL VIEWERS.

MR. LI WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN WHO WANTED TO KNOW WHAT STEPS WERE BEING TAKEN TO ENSURE THAT THE LEVEL OF TV VIOLENCE IN HONG KONG WOULD NOT BE HIGHER THAN THAT OF BRITAIN. 5

MR. LI POINTED OUT THAT IT WAS NOT REALISTIC TO DRAW COMPARISONS BETWEEN BRITAIN AND HONG KONG ON THE LEVEL OF VIOLENCE SCREENED ON TELEVISION AS THE IMPACT OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF PORTRAYED VIOLENCE VARIES WITH THE CULTURAL AND SOCIAL BACKGROUND OF THE VIEWER.

+INDEED, SOME PROGRAMMES WHICH HAVE BEEN BROADCAST ON TELEVISION IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, AND WHICH ARE SUBSEQUENTLY SUBMITTED FOR APPROVAL FOR LOCAL SCREENING, HAVE BEEN FOUND TO BE UNSUITABLE EITHER IN PART OR IN WHOLE,+ HE SAID.

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MR. LI ADDED THAT PROGRAMME STANDARDS ARE GOVERNED BY THE TELEVISION CODE OF PRACTICE, WHICH REFLECTS WHAT THE TELEVISION AUTHORITY CONSIDERS TO BE THE STANDARDS OF ACCEPTABILITY PREVAILING IN HONG KONG.

+IN THIS CONNECTION THE AUTHORITY TAKES INTO ACCOUNT THE ADVICE OF THE TELEVISION ADVISORY BOARD AND CONDUCTED A SURVEY IN APRIL 1974 TO ASCERTAIN THE PUBLIC’S VIEWS ON SCREENED SEX AND VIOLENCE BOTH IN THE CINEMA AND ON TELEVISION,* HE SAID.

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TRAFFIC WARDENS AND MOTORISTS IN HONG KONG APPEAR TO BE GETTING ALONG MUCH BETTER THAN BEFORE, DESPITE THE POPULAR BELIEF THAT THEY ARE NATURAL ENEMIES. '

ACCORDING TO THE HON. JAMES ROBSON, SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE TRAFFIC WARDENS HAD WON THE RESPECT OF THE GENERAL COMMUNITY BY TRYING TO EXECUTE THEIR DUTIES BY EARNING THE PUBLIC’S CO-OPERATION RATHER THAN BY SUMMARILY ISSUING TICKETS.

+AS A RESULT OF THIS APPROACH, THE WARDENS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GAIN THE RESPECT OF THE PUBLIC AT LARGE AND THERE IS NOW LESS ANTAGONISM BETWEEN THE MOTORIST AND THE ENFORCEMENT AGENCY,+ HE TOLD COUNCIL.

MR. ROBSON MADE THE REMARKS IN A REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. ROGER LOBO ON THE TRAFFIC PROBLEMS IN THE SECTION OF CANTON ROAD BETWEEN HAIPHONG ROAD AND SALISBURY ROAD.

MR. ROBSON SAID THE POLICE WERE WELL AWARE OF THE PROBLEMS AT THIS LOCATION.

REGULAR ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST ILLEGAL PARKING WAS AND WOULD CONTINUE TO BE TAKEN, PARTICULARLY IN RESPECT OF SERIOUS BREACHES OF THE LAW, HE SAID.

IT WAS ALSO EXPECTED THAT WITH THE OPENING IN SEPTEMBER OF THE FINAL SECTION OF KOWLOON PARK DRIVE - A SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY BETWEEN PEKING ROAD AND SALISBURY ROAD - CONDITIONS WOULD IMPROVE SINCE THROUGH TRAFFIC WILL BE ABLE TO BY-PASS THIS SECTION OF CANTON ROAD.

MR. ROBSON EXPLAINED THAT ’NO WAITING’ SIGNS HAD BEEN x POSTED ALONG THE STRETCH OF CANTON ROAD, BUT IT HAD PROVED DIFFICULT TO STRICTLY ENFORCE THE SIGNS AT ALL TIMES.

THIS WAS MAINLY BECAUSE OF HEAVY TOURIST TRAFFIC IN THE AREA IN THE FORM OF COACHES, TAXIS AND HOTEL CARS AND IT WAS NOT EASY TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN DRIVERS WHO WERE LEGITIMATELY PICKING UP AND SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS AND THOSE WHO WILFULLY DISOBEYED THE ’NO WAITING’ SIGNS AND CAUSED OBSTRUCTION.

MR. ROBSON SAID THAT SINCE LAST MONTH, TRAFFIC WARDENS HAD STEPPED UP POLICING OF THE ’NO WAITING’ RESTRICTIONS IN TSIM SHA TSUI BY REDUCING THE SIZE OF THEIR BEATS BECAUSE OF INCREASING DISREGARD OF SUCH TRAFFIC BANS IN THE AREA.

HOWEVER, LIMITED MANPOWER PREVENTED THE PERMANENT STATiONING OF A TRAFFIC WARDEN ALONG THE PARTICULAR STRETCH OF CANTON ROAD.

IN THE OPINION OF THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MR. ROBSON ADDED, THIS STRETCH OF ROAD WAS NOT BADLY CONSTRUCTED COMPARED WITH THOSE IN OTHER AREAS OF KOWLOON, NOR DID THE COMMISSIONER CONSIDER IT PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS TO MOTORISTS.

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LOTTERIES TO BE CONDUCTED BY THE HONG KONG LOTTERIES BOARD WILL EVENTUALLY REPLACE ALL CASH-SWEEPS ORGANISED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB DURING THE RACING SEASON AND ALL GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES ORGANISED DURING THE NON-RACING SEASON.

HOWEVER, THE HON. LI FOOK-KOW, ACTING SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, TOLD LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS AFTERNOON THAT THE REMAINING GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES ALREADY PLANNED FOR THIS YEAR BY THE LOTTERIES MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE WILL NOT BE AFFECTED.

MR. LI, WHO WAS MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BETTING DUTY (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL WHICH SEEKS TO CREATE THE HONG KONG LOTTERIES BOARD, SAID IT WOULD COMPRISE SEVEN MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR. FOUR OF THE MEMBERS WILL BE STEWARDS OF THE JOCKEY^ CLUB NOMINATED BY THE CLUB AND THE OTHER THREE MEMBERS WILL INCLUDE TOO GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES.

THE BILL PROVIDES FOR THE LOTTERIES BOARD TO MAKE USE OF THE FACILITIES OF THE JOCKEY CLUB. IT STIPULATES THAT NOT LESS THAN 80 PER CENT OF THE PROCEEDS OF THE LOTTERY, AFTER DEDUCTING A LOTTERY DUTY OF 25 PER CENT, WILL BE ALLOCATED IN PRIZES.

MR. LI SAID THIS PERCENTAGE RETURN TO PUNTERS IS THE SAME AS THE EXISTING GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES BUT IS HIGHER IN COMPARISON WITH CASH-SWEEPS.

AFTER PAYMENT FOR PRIZES, BETTING DUTY AND OPERATING EXPENSES, SURPLUS PROCEEDS OF THE LOTTERY WILL BE PAID INTO THE LOTTERIES FUND WHICH WILL CONTINUE TO BE USED FOR SOCIAL WELFARE PROJECTS.

MR. LI ADDED THAT IF THE REVENUE OF THE FUND DECLINED AS A RESULT OF THE CHANGES, +THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY HAS INDICATED THAT FAVOURABLE CONSIDERATION WOULD BE GIVEN TO EITHER ADJUSTING THE BETTING DUTY ON LOTTERIES OR BY APPROPRIATING A SUITABLE SUM TO THE FUND FROM THE GENERAL REVENUE.+

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AN INTERNAL WORKING PARTY WILL SOON BE SET UP TO ASSESS AVAILABLE MATERIAL AND DETERMINE METHODS, INCLUDING THOSE OF THE OPEN UNIVERSITY, FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN HONG KONG.

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THIS WAS STATED BY THE HON. PETER WILLIAMS IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MR. WILLIAMS SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT, THE UNIVERSITIES AND THE UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE HAVE BEEN CONSIDERING THE POSSIBLE APPLICATION TO HONG KONG OF WHAT ARE KNOWN BY EXPERTS AS ’INDEPENDENT’ OR ’DISTANCE LEARNING’ SYSTEMS, WHICH INCLUDES THE OPEN UNIVERSITY METHOD.

HE NOTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD, DURING THE PAST YEAR OR SO, COLLECTED MUCH INFORMATION ON THE OPEN UNIVERSITY AND ON UNIVERSITY EXTENSION SYSTEMS IN GENERAL.

THIS, HE SAID, INCLUDED A REPORT BY A SENIOR OFFICER OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WHO VISITED AUSTRALIA AND THE UNITED KINGDOM TO SEE A NUMBER OF HIGHER LEARNING SYSTEMS AT WORK.

MR. WILLIAMS SAID: +HONG KONG OFFERS CONSIDERABLE POTENTIAL FOR THE ADOPTION OF UNIVERSITY EXTENSION TECHNIQUES.

♦EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION IS NOW WELL ESTABLISHED HERE AND IT APPEARS LOGICAL THAT THIS MEDIUM SHOULD IN DUE COURSE BE APPLIED TO OUR HIGHER EDUCATION.*

TOO BILLS PASSED X X X X X X

TOO BILLS COMPLETED THEIR PASSAGE THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THEY WERE THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) (AMENDMENT) (NO.3) BILL WHICH GIVES GREATER PROTECTION TO BUYERS OF UNCOMPLETED FLATS, AND THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY (LAND RESUMPTION AND RELATED PROVISl'ONS) (AMENDMENT) BILL WHICH PROVIDES THE RIGHT TO ENTER PROPERTIES WITHIN 70 METERES OF THE RAILWAY AREA.

SEVEN OTHER BILLS WERE TABLED IN COUNCIL FOR THEIR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS. THESE WERE: THE BIRTHS AND DEATHS REGISTRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL, THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) (NO.2) BILL, THE LOANS (GOVERNMENT BONDS) BILL, THE BETTING DUTY (AMENDMENT) (NO.2) BILL, THE MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS (OWNERS INCORPORATION) (AMENDMENT) BILL, THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING (CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY) BILL AND THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING (CLOTHING INDUSTRY) BILL.

DEBATE ON THESE BILLS WERE ADJOURNED.

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46,554 ALLOCATED SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES , K X K X K W

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A TOTAL OF 48,554 CANDIDATES HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES, BASED ON THE RESULTS OF THE 1975 SECONDARY SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAMINATION, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THIS REPRESENTS 50.51 PER CENT OF THE 96,119 CANDIDATES WHO SAT THE EXAMINATIONS.

COMPARABLE FIGURES FOR RECENT YEARS ARE:-

NO. OF NO. OF PLACES

YEAR CANDIDATES SAT ALLOCATED PERCENTAGE

1972 79,156 34,989 44.2

1973 87,374 41,483 47.5

1974 93,501 46,762 50.01

1975 96,119 48,554 50.51

THE TOTAL ALLOCATED IN 1975 IS MADE UP AS FOLLOWS:-

NO. OF PLACES ALLOCATED

GOVERNMENT AND AIDED 5-YEAR 17,219

PRIVATE 5-YEAR 1,500

AIDED 3-YEAR 1,260

PRIVATE 3-YEAR 28,575

THESE FIGURES COVER ALL CANDIDATES IN BLOCKS XI TO X5= Y1 AND Y2 AND ALSO 244 BLOCK Z1 CANDIDATES WHO WERE OFFERED UNFILLED 3-YEAR PLACES IN SCHOOLS NEAR THEIR HOMES. THE ALLOCATIONS TO THE 244 BLOCK Z1 CANDIDATES DO NOT APPEAR IN THE FULL RESULTS LISTS' ISSUED TO PRIMARY SCHOOLS" THEIR PARENTS WILL BE INFORMED INDIVIDUALLY IN WRITING.

CANDIDATES MAY INQUIRE ABOUT THEIR RESULTS AT THEIR PRIMARY SCHOOLS TO-DAY. THEY SHOULD REPORT TO THEIR PRIMARY SCHOOLS AGAIN ON TUESDAY, JULY 22, 1975 TAKING WITH THEM THEIR ADMISSION FORMS, IN ORDER THAT THEIR INDIVIDUAL RESULTS SLIPS MAY BE ATTACHED TO THE FORMS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

THURSDAY, JULY 17, 1975

CONTENTS

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FIRE SERVICES ACQUIRES THE LATEST FIRE APPLIANCES AVAILABLE ................................................... 1

VEHICLE LICENCES TO BE COMPUTERISED ......................... 2

1,000 TO ATTEND THE ANNUAL ADULT EDUCATION CONFERENCE THIS WEEKEND.............'................................... 3

THIRD MANPOWER SURVEY OF TEXTILE INDUSTRY TO BE CARRIED OUT NEXT MONTH .............................................. 4

EXHIBITION OF THREE NEW SPECIAL STAMPS DEPICTING HONG KONG FESTIVALS..........................................      5

EXCHANGE SCHEME BETWEEN TEACHERS AND INDUSTRIALISTS ADVOCATED ........................   ....................... 6

LOTTERY SALES CLOSE TOMORROW ................................ 8

RE-ROUTING OF LAI CHI KOK BEACH ROAD......................... 8

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FIRE SERVICES GET BETTER EQUIPMENT K H ft ft »

HONG KONG’S FIRE SERVICES, RECOGNISED AS ONE OF THE BEST-EQUIPPED IN THE WORLD, IS FURTHER IMPROVING ITS FIRE-FIGHTING AND RESCUE CAPABILITY WITH THE LATEST FIRE APPLIANCES AVAILABLE.

A 91-FOOT SNORKEL AND SEVEN 5O-FOOT SNORKELS, AMONG OTHER NEW EQUIPMENT, WILL ARRIVE DURING THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR.

THREE 50-METRE (ABOUT 170 FEET) LADDERS FOR USE IN FIGHTING FIRES AND CARRYING OUT RESCUE OPERATIONS IN TALL BUILDINGS ARE DUE TO ARRIVE TOWARDS THE END OF 1976. THESE LADDERS, NOW BEING BUILT IN WEST GERMANY, COST A TOTAL OF S3.7 MILLION.

IN A REVIEW, THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES, MR. HARRY WOOD, DESCRIBED THE 1974/75 FINANCIAL YEAR AS +AN EXCELLENT YEAR AS REGARDS PURCHASES OF APPLIANCES AND EQUIPMENT, IN SPITE OF THE ECONOMIC SITUATION.*

+THE MOST MODERN EQUIPMENT WILL ENHANCE THE FIRE FIGHTING AND RESCUE CAPABILITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT,* HE SAID.

A NUMBER OF MAJOR ITEMS WERE BOUGHT INCLUDING 11 NEW PUMP/ESCAPE TENDERS EACH FITTED WITH 55-FEET LADDERS AS WELL AS A 85-FEET SNORKEL AND ONE 100-FEET TURNTABLE LADDER. THESE ITEMS COST $4.23 MILLION.

OTHER PURCHASES INCLUDED A HOSE LAYER ($50,000), THREE CANTEEN VANS TO PREPARE MEALS FOR FIREMEN ENGAGED IN FIGHTING LONG FIRES ($60,000 EACH), TEN LIGHT RESCUE UNITS ($60,000 EACH), A BREATHING APPARATUS TENDER ($90,000) AND 'AN EMERGENCY TENDER ($90,000). ALSO PURCHASED WERE THREE LIGHTING TENDERS AT A TOTAL COST OF $240,000.

DURING 1974/75, 66 NEW FIRE-FIGHTING AND ANCILLARY ITEMS WERE BROUGHT INTO SERVICE BRINGING TO 477 THE TOTAL NUMBER OF APPLIANCES/VEHICLES IN SERVICE.

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VEHICLE LICENCES TO BE COMPUTERISED . K K H H ft M

NEW VEHICLE LICENCE APPLICATION FORMS WILL BE INTRODUCED FROM NEXT MONDAY (JULY 21) IN PREPARATION FOR FUTURE COMPUTERISATION OF ALL VEHICLE LICENSING RECORDS, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THE REVISED FORMS, SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO SUIT COMPUTER PURPOSES WILL BE FOR INITIAL REGISTRATION AND LICENSING OF VEHICLES AND FOR RENEWAL OF VEHICLE LICENCES, A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

ANY APPLICATIONS PRESENTED ON THE OLD FORMS AFTER SUNDAY (JULY 20) WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT ALL FUTURE LICENSING INFORMATION CAN BE IMMEDIATELY TRANSFERRED TO THE COMPUTER DATA PROCESSING SYSTEM, HE SAID.

BY THE END OF THIS YEAR, HE SAID, TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IS EXPECTED TO IMPLEMENT THE SECOND STAGE OF A COMPUTER SYSTEM WHEREBY VEHICLE AND DRIVER LICENSING WILL BE PROCESSED +ON-LINE+ BY COMPUTER AT THE COUNTERS.

COPIES OF THE NEW FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM CITY DISTRICT OFFICES, THE DEPARTMENT’S HONG KONG OR KOWLOON LICENSING OFFICES, AND MAJOR POST OFFICES. x

TO ASSIST APPLICANTS, GUIDANCE NOTES ARE PRINTED ON THE REVERSE SIDE OF THE RENEWAL FORMS EXPLAINING HOW THEY ARE TO BE COMPLETED, AND SPECIMENS OF COMPLETED FORMS WILL ALSO BE POSTED IN BOTH LICENSING OFFICES.

+IN ADDITION, APPLICANTS MAY MAKE USE OF THE FORM FILLING SERVICE PROVIDED FREE BY THE. DEPARTMENT AT THE LICENSING OFFICES,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID. .

HE POINTED OUT THAT AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION FOR INITIAL REGISTRATION OR RENEWAL OF A VEHICLE LICENCE, THE APPLICANT MUST PRODUCE HIS HONG KONG IDENTITY CARD OR AN ACCEPTABLE ALTERNATIVE IDENTITY DOCUMENT IF HE IS A PRIVATE OWNER, OR A COPY OF THE CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION IF THE VEHICLE OWNER IS A LIMITED COMPANY.

RENEWAL APPLICATION FORMS MUST ALSO BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE VEHICLE REGISTRATION BOOK AND A THIRD PARTY INSURANCE CERTIFICATE OR COVER NOTE VALID ON THE DATE WHEN THE NEW LICENCE IS TO BECOME EFFECTIVE, HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID VEHICLE LICENCES COULD BE RENEWED WITHIN FOUR MONTHS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF EXPIRY, WITH RENEWAL EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE EXPIRY DATE.

HE REMINDED VEHICLE OWNERS THAT IF A VEHICLE LICENCE HAS EXPIRED FOR A CERTAIN PERIOD, ARREARS ARE PAYABLE FOR THAT UNLICENSED PERIOD ON APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL. THE ARREARS WOULD BE AT A RATE OF 10 PER CENT OF THE APPROPRIATE ANNUAL LICENCE FEE FOR EACH MONTH OF THE UNLICENSED PERIOD, HE ADDED.

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1,000 TO ATTEND ADULT EDUCATION CONFERENCE « M K K K «

ABOUT 1,000 PEOPLE WILL ATTEND THE 20TH ANNUAL ADULT EDUCATION CONFERENCE TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY AT QUEEN’S COLLEGE AND ON SUNDAY AT CHUNG CHI COLLEGE, THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

THE CONFERENCE WILL BE OPENED BY THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (FURTHER), MR. WILLIAM FISHER-SHORT AT 10.15 A.M. ON SATURDAY (JULY 19).

THE TWO-DAY CONFERENCE, ORGANISED BY THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, IS DESIGNED MAINLY FOR SUPERVISORS, LECTURERS, ORGANISERS, HOBBY INSTRUCTORS AND VOLUNTARY HELPERS OF THE NINE COURSES RUN BY THE SECTION.

DURING THE CONFERENCE, THE PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ABLE TO EXCHANGE VIEWS AND ACQUIRE UP-TO-DATE IDEAS ON TRENDS OF DEVELOPMENT AND TECHNIQUES IN ADULT EDUCATION, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

AMONG THE SPEAKERS ON THE FIRST DAY WILL BE MR. T.C. CHENG, PRESIDENT OF UNITED COLLEGE, THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG= MR. P.D. REYNOLDS, LECTURER, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG= AND DR. CHUNG CH I-YUNG, PRESIDENT OF SHUE YANG COLLEGE.

THE MAIN SPEAKER ON SUNDAY WILL BE MISS THERESE SHAK, CO-ORDINATOR, CARITAS CONTINUING AND ADULT EDUCATION SERVICE. SHE WILL CONDUCT THE PLENARY SESSION ON +ADULT EDUCATION IN OVERSEAS COUNTRIES.+

THE SECOND DAY OF THE CONFERENCE IS PLANNED FOR PART-TIME STAFF AND VOLUNTARY HELPERS OF THE 14 ADULT EDUCATION AND RECREATION CENTRES.

FOLLOWING THE ACADEMIC SESSIONS, THERE WILL BE SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON. THESE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE COMMUNITY SINGING, FOLK DANCE, VOLLEYBALL AND BASKETBALL MATCHES AS WELL AS TABLE TENNIS AND TUG-OF-WAR.

THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A CLOSING CEREMONY WHICH INCLUDES THE DISTRIBUTION OF PRIZES.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE TWO-DAY CONFERENCE --------------- COVERED.

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THIRD MANPOWER SURVEY OF TEXTILE INDUSTRY If H H

A MANPOWER SURVEY OF HONG KONG’S TEXTILE INDUSTRY WILL BE CARRIED OUT BETWEEN AUGUST 1 AND 22 TO COLLECT UP-TO-DATE DATA ON TRAINING REQUIREMENTS.

THIS SURVEY IS THE THIRD INA SERIES AND WILL BE CONDUCTED BY THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL.

QUESTIONNAIRES AND EXPLANATORY LETTERS IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE WERE SENT TO-DAY TO 448 SELECTED TEXTILE MILLS.

THE INFORMATION WHICH EMPLOYERS ARE REQUESTED TO SUPPLY INCLUDES, THE NUMBER OF WORKERS PRESENTLY EMPLOYED- THE NUMBER OF THOSE UNDER TRAINING- THE NUMBER OF EXISTING VACANCIES- AND A FORECAST OF THE NUMBER OF WORKERS REQUIRED BY AUGUST 1976.

THE INFORMATION COLLECTED WILL BE HANDLED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND WILL BE PUBLISHED ONLY IN THE FORM OF STATISTICAL SUMMARIES WITHOUT REFERENCE TO ANY INDIVIDUAL TEXTILE MILL. AS SUCH INFORMATION IS VITAL TO THE WORK OF THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD IF IT IS TO DRAW UP MEANINGFUL PLANS TO MEET THE TRAINING NEEDS OF THE INDUSTRY, EMPLOYERS ARE REQUESTED TO PROVIDE ACCURATE ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONNAIRES.

DURING THE SURVEY, AN INTERVIEWING OFFICER OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL VISIT EACH OF THE 448 MILLS BY APPOINTMENT. HE WILL, ANSWER QUERIES, IF REQUIRED, ASSIST IN THE COMPLETION OF THE QUESTIONNAIRE, AND COLLECT ONE COPY FOR PROCESSING.

EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE QUERIES IN CONNECTION WITH THE SURVEY SHOULD CONTACT MR. YEUNG PUl-SANG, SECRETARY OF THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD, AT 5-281862.

THE LAST SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED IN MAY 1973 AND WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL. +IT IS SINCERELY HOPED THAT EMPLOYERS IN THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY WILL CO-OPERATE IN THIS SURVEY AND THUS ASSURE SUCCESS EQUAL TO, IF NOT BETTER THAN, THE LAST MANPOWER SURVEY,+ A CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

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EXHIBITION OF NEW FESTIVAL STAMPS * K X X X X

AN EXHIBITION OF THREE SPECIAL STAMPS DEPICTING HONG KONG FESTIVALS WILL BE HELD IN THE FIRST FLOOR LANDING OF THE GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING AT PEDDER STREET BETWEEN 9.30 A.M. AND 4.30 P.M. FROM JULY 21 TO 25.

THE STAMPS, FEATURING THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL, THE DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL AND THE TIN HAU FESTIVAL, WILL BE ISSUED IN DENOMINATIONS OF 50 CENTS, $1 AND $2, RESPECTIVELY.

THEY WILL BE PUT ON SALE AT ALL POST OFFICES FROM JULY 31.

SPECIAL FIRST DAY COVERS HAVE ALSO BEEN DESIGNED AND THESE HAVE BEEN PLACED ON SALE AT ALL POST OFFICES AT 20 CENTS EACH.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE ADVISED TO OBTAIN THEIR REQUIREMENTS EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.

ADVANCE ORDERS FOR SERVICING OF FIRST DAY COVERS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE IN PEDDER STREET, KOWLOON CENTRAL POST OFFICE IN NATHAN ROAD, AND TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE IN SALISBURY ROAD. t

THE LATEST ACCEPTANCE DATE FOR ADVANCE ORDERS OF SERVICED COVERS WILL BE NOON ON TUESDAY, JULY 29.

A SERVICE WILL BE PROVIDED ON JULY 31 AT ALL POST. OFFICES WHERE FIRST DAY COVERS WILL BE ACCEPTED OVER THE COUNTER, IMPRESSED WITH THE NORMAL POST OFFICE DATE STAMP AND HANDED BACK TO THE PERSON PRESENTING THEM. NO TIME TYPE WILL APPEAR IN THE POSTMARK.

SPECIAL POSTING BOXES WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, KOWLOON CENTRAL POST OFFICE AND TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE ON JULY 31 FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO HAVE FIRST DAY COVERS CAREFULLY HAND-POSTMARKED BEFORE DESPATCH TO THE ADDRESS ON THE COVERS.

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EXCHANGE SCHEME BETWEEN TEACHERS AND INDUSTRIALISTS ADVOCATED

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THE ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (TECHNICAL), MR. DANIEL WATERS TODAY SUGGESTED THAT TEACHERS SHOULD SPEND A PERIOD OF TIME ON SECONDMENT TO INDUSTRY AND THAT INDUSTRIALISTS SHOULD ;

VISIT SCHOOLS.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF A TWO-DAY SEMINAR ON TECHNOLOGY AND EDUCTION FOR TEACHERS OF GENERAL SUBJECTS.

MR. WATERS SAID HE WOULD BE INTERESTED TO HEAR THE VIEWS OF THE PARTICIPANTS ON WHETHER A ’’TEACHERS TO INDUSTRY AND INDUSTRIALISTS BACK TO SCHOOL SCHEME” WOULD SERVE A USEFUL PURPOSE IN HONG KONG.

HE STATED s +THE WORK OF THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE, CAREERS EXHIBITIONS, FACTORY SIGHTSEEING TOURS AND RECRUITING VISITS TO SCHOOLS BY PERSONNEL OFFICERS, ALTHOUGH LAUDABLE, ARE CLEARLY NOT ENOUGH. WHAT IS NEEDED IS SOMETHING IN GREATER DEPTH.+

THE SCHEME HE WAS PROPOSING PROVIDED THIS AS IT WOULD ENABLE TEACHERS TO APPRECIATE THE NATURE OF MODERN INDUSTRIAL PROCESSES AND TO RELATE THIS KNOWLEDGE TO THEIR TEACHING AND COUNSELLING OF STUDENTS. 1 .

MR. WATERS SAID THAT IN 1963 AN EXERCISE OF THIS NATURE WAS CARRIED OUT IN THE UNITED KINGDOM. THE PURPOSE OF THE EXPERIMENT, KNOWN AS ’’THE LEICESTERSHIRE EXPERIMENT”, WAS THAT CAREERS’ MASTERS, AND OTHERS WITHIN THE FIELD OF EDUCATION, SHOULD GET TO KNOW MORE ABOUT INDUSTRY. IN TURN, INDUSTRIALISTS SHOULD GET TO KNOW MORE ABOUT EDUCATION.

BUT THE TIME SPENT ON SCHOOL VISITS BY THE UNITED KINGDOM INDUSTRIALISTS AND THE PERIOD OF SECONDMENT - ONE WEEK - OF TEACHERS TO INDUSTRY WAS NOT ENOUGH. NEVERTHELESS, IT WAS FELT I

THAT A GREAT DEAL WAS ACHIEVED.

A SIMILAR EXPERIMENT WAS CARRIED OUT IN NORTH-WEST STAFFORDSHIRE IN ENGLAND. AN ’’EDUCATION AND INDUSTRY LIAISON ASSOCIATION” WHICH PROMOTES MEETINGS AND SETS UP DISSCUSSION PANELS HAS BEEN IN OPERATION. THIS TOO HAS PROVED TO BE VERY SUCCESSFUL.

MR. WATERS ALSO SPOKE ABOUT THE SET-UP WITHIN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT FOR ADMINISTERING TECHNICAL EDUCATION. I s

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THE DEPARTMENT’S TECHNICAL BRANCH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN HONG KONG OUTSIDE THE TWO UNIVERSITIES AND THE POLYTECHNIC ALTHOUGH OF COURSE CLOSE LIAISON TAKE PLACE BETWEEN ALL THESE INSTITUTIONS.

+TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT CAN BE DIVIDED INTO TWO BROAD AREAS. ONE AREA INCLUDES ALL COURSES WHICH ARE VOCATIONAL BY NATURE AND SPECIFICALLY GEARED TO THE NEEDS OF INDUSTRY OR COMMERCE. THIS OBVIOUSLY INCLUDES THE COURSES WHICH ARE RUN IN THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES,* HE SAID.

THESE COURSES ARE DIRECTLY GEARED TO INDUSTRY AND ARE OF A VOCATIONAL NATURE, FOR EXAMPLE COURSES ON BRICKLAYING, ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS, MECHANICAL FITTING, SHORTHAND AND SECRETARIAL WORK AS WELL AS SIMILAR STUDIES.

THE SECOND AREA OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION IS NON-VOCATIONAL AND INCLUDES TECHNICAL SUBJECTS WHICH ARE TAUGHT IN SCHOOLS.

MR. WATERS SAID: +TECHNICAL SUBJECTS MAY BE TAUGHT IN PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS (WHICH ARE DIFFERENT TO VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS), SECONDARY MODERN SCHOOLS OR IN SECONDARY TECHNICAL SCHOOLS. INDEED AS STATED IN THE WHITE PAPER (WHICH WAS PUBLISHED LAST YEAR) RECOMMENDATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE THAT TECHNICAL SUBJECTS SHOULD BE TAUGHT IN ALL SCHOOLS.*

THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR SAID THAT IT WAS NOT INTENDED THAT SUCH SUBJECTS SHOULD BE TAUGHT WITH A VOCATIONAL BIAS BUT SUCH TECHNICAL EDUCATION SHOULD BE BROAD-BASED IN ORDER THAT PUPILS WOULD HAVE AN APPRECIATION OF TECHNOLOGY AND THE INDUSTRIAL WORLD.

’’DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY” WAS A NON-VOCATIONAL TYPE TECHNICAL SUBJECT BEING INTRODUCED INTO SEVERAL SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN HONG KONG IN PLACE OF WOODWORK AND METALWORK.

- MR. WATERS SAID THAT ANOTHER AREA FOR WHICH THE DEPARTMENT’S TECHNICAL BRANCH WAS RESPONSIBLE WAS THE TRAINING OF TECHNICAL TEACHERS AND IN SEPTEMBER 1974 A TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE WAS ESTABLISHED.

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LOTTERY SALES CLOSE TOMORROW UK# H

TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY TO BUY TICKETS AND GET A CHANCE TO WIN A FORTUNE IN THE FOURTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY THIS YEAR.

SALE OF TICKETS WILL CLOSE AT 9 PM TOMORROW AT ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB BOOTHS. DURING THE DAY, TICKETS MAY ALSO BE BOUGHT AT THE HEAD OFFICES AND BRANCHES OF 30 BANKS IN VARIOUS DISTRICTS.

UP TO 5 PM TODAY (THURSDAY), A TOTAL OF 554,000 TICKETS WERE SOLD.

WINNING NUMBERS WILL BE DRAWN BY FOUR RTV ARTISTES — MISS HUEN SO HA, MISS LEE YING, MR. HUI SIU HUNG AND MR. KWOK FUNG — AT THE MAIN CONCOURSE OF THE OCEAN TERMINAL AT 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JULY 19).

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A SHORT SECTION OF LAI CHI KOK BEACH ROAD, WEST OF THE ROUNDABOUT AT THE LAI CHI KOK (BRIDGE) BUS TERMINUS, WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO ONE-WAY WESTBOUND TRAFFIC FROM 10 A.M. ON SUNDAY (JULY 20).

MOTORISTS WISHING TO APPROACH THE ROUNDABOUT WILL HAVE TO TRAVEL VIA THE NEW LAI CHI KOK BEACH ROAD, NOW NAMED MEI LAI ROAD, INSTEAD OF FROM LAI CHI KOK BEACH ROAD.

THE NEW ARRANGEMENT IS INTENDED TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC CIRCULATION AND TO FACILITATE PEDESTRIANS IN THE AREA.

BUSES ON ROUTE NOS. 6A, 12 AND 105 LEAVING THE LAI CHI KOK (AMUSEMENT PARK) BUS TERMINUS WILL BE RE-ROUTED VIA LAI WAN ROAD, MEI LAI ROAD AND CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE POSTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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GOVERNOR OPENS URBAN COUNCIL’S HONG KONG MUSEUM OF HISTORY .................................................... t

FOODSTUFFS COST MORE LAST MONTH ...........................  2

LICENSING OF TEXTILE EXPORTS TO E.E.C. SUSPENDED ........... 3

TOO BUILDINGS IN KOWLOON CITY DECLARED DANGEROUS ........... 3

DEADLINE FOR REGISTERING AS RICE IMPORTERS NEARS ........... 4

INTEGRATED SCIENCE METHOD PROVES POPULAR WITH SCHOOLS ... 5

HKXE^CETEX?YlESRTALKSRD ASSESSES LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN

FOURTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY DRAW TOMORROW ...................  7

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HONG KONG MUSEUM OF HISTORY OPENED

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY'MACLEHOSE, TODAY OFFICIALLY OPENED THE URBAN COUNCIL’S HONG KONG MUSEUM OF HISTORY IN KOWLOON AND SAID IT WAS HOPED THAT IT WOULD BE THE FORE-RUNNER OF A NEW CULTURAL CENTRE AT TSIM SHA TSUI.

NOTING THAT INTEREST IN THE ARTS IS GROWING RAPIDLY, SIR MURRAY SAID i +IH TIMES LIKE THESE WHEN MONEY IS SHORT THIS IS A FIELD IN WHICH WE MUST TRY DOGGEDLY TO MAINTAIN SOME PROGRESS AS THE URBAN COUNCIL IS DOING, AND WHEN PROSPERITY RETURNS WE MUST DE READY TO SPRINT.*-

THE GOVERNOR SAID IT WAS EXCITING THAT THE URBAN COUNCIL’S CULTRUAL COMPLEX AT THE CITY HALL HAD STARTED *-TO CREEP ACROSS THE HARBOUR.♦

+IT IS EVEN MORE EXCITING THAT THIS OUTPOST IS THE FORE-RUNNER — WE ALL DEVOUTLY HOPE — OF A NEW CULTRUAL CENTRE AT TSIM SHA TSUI.*-

CO-INCIDING WITH THE OPENING OF THE MUSEUM ON THE FOURTH FLOOR OF STAR HOUSE IN TSIM SHA TSUI IS A MAJOR HONG KONG CURRENCY ■ EXHIBITION FEATURING A COMPLETE SET OF HONG KONG COINS DATING BACK 134 YEARS.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FREE OF CHARGE AS FROM 10 A.M. TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

FOLLOWING IS THE FULL TEXT OF THE GOVERNOR’S SPEECH t-

♦I MUCH APPRECIATE BEING ASKED TO OFFICIATE AT THIS CEREMONY.

+IT IS EXCITING THAT THE CULTURAL COMPLEX ADMIRABLY ADMINISTERED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL AT THE CITY HALL HAS STARTED TO CREEP ACROSS THE HARBOUR. IT IS EVEN MORE EXCITING THAT THIS OUTPOST IS THE FORE-RUNNER - WE ALL DEVOUTLY HOPE - OF A NEW CULTURAL CENTRE AT TSIM SHA TSUI.

+INTEREST IN THE ARTS IS GROWING RAPIDLY. IN TIMES LIKE THESE WHEN HONEY IS SHORT THIS IS A FIELD IN WHICH WE MUST TRY DOGGEDLY TO MAINTAIN SOME PROGRESS AS THE URDAN COUNCIL IS DOING, AND WHEN PROSPERITY RETURNS WE MUST BE READY TO SPRINT.

♦MUSEUMS SUFFER FROM A REPUTATION OF BEING VERY BORING PLACES, WHERE THE EXHIBITS AND THE LAY-OUT ARE AS UNCHANGING AS THE LAYERS OF DUST THAT COVER THEM. THEY EARNED THIS REPUTATION IN BYE-GONE DAYS. BUT THE NEW CITY HALL MUSEUM HAS ALWAYS BEEN A PLACE OF LIGHT AND ORIGINALITY0 CONSTANTLY OFFERING US NEW SUBJECTS AND NEW EXHIBITS, AND I WOULD LIKE TO PAY MY TRIBUTE TO THE EXPERTISE AND ENERGY OF ITS DIRECTION.

+1 AM SURE THAT THIS NEW MUSEUM WILL LIVE UP TO THE HIGH STANDARD SET BY ITS ELDER BROTHER ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HARBOUR. I BELIEVE IT WILL HAVE INSTANT SUPPORT FROM RESIDENTS IN KOWLOON AND WISH IT EVERY POSSIBLE SUCCESS.

+ 1 HAVE MUCH PLEASURE IN DECLARING IT OPEN.*-

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THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICE OF RICE DROPPED BY FOUR PER CENT LAST MONTH, BUT FRESH AND SALT WATER FISH, LIVE POULTRY AND FRESH VEGETABLES ALL COST MORE, ACCORDING TO THE NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDICES FOR JUNE.

AS A RESULT OF A FURTHER DROP IN SUPPLIES, THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICE OF FRESH VEGETABLES ROSE BY A SUBSTANTIAL 35 PER CENT WHILE THAT OF LIVE POULTRY WENT UP BY 10 PER CENT, MAINLY BECAUSE OF HEAVY DEMAND DURING THE DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL. THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICE OF SALT WATER FISH ROSE BY 13 AND 14 PERCENT, AND THAT OF FRESH WATER FISH BY SIX AND SEVEN PER CENT DUE TO SHORT SUPPLY.

THE INCREASES PUSHED UP THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS BY THREE POINTS IN BOTH THE ’A’ AND ’B* NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDICES, WHICH COVER HOUSEHOLDS WITH A MONTHLY EXPENDITURE OF $400-^1,499 AND $l,5OO-$2,999, RESPECTIVELY.

OVERALL, THE ’A’ INDEX .ROSE BY TOO POINTS TO 109, WHILE THE *B* INDEX STOOD AT 108 — ONE POINT HIGHER THAN IN MAY.

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IN BOTH INDICES, THE INDEX FOR HOUSING WENT UP BY ONE POINT AS A RESULT OF RENT INCREASES IN PRIVATE POST-WAR DWELLINGS.

AN INCREASE OF ONE POINT IN THE INDEX FOR FUEL AND LIGHT WAS ALSO RECORDED IN THE ’A’ INDEX FOR THE $400-$l,499 EXPENDITURE GROUP.

OTHER MOVEMENTS IN THE INDICES WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

BY COMPARISON, THE OLD GENERAL CONSUMER PRl’cE INDEX FOR JUNE WAS 196, EIGHT POINTS HIGHER THAN THAT FOR MAY.

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LICENSING OF TEXTILE EXPORTS TO.B.E.C. SUSPENDED

THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. JIMMY MCGREGOR, ANNOUNCED THIS MORNING THAT EXPORT LICENSING FOR ALL TEXTILES TO BE EXPORTED TO THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY HAS BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

THIS DECISION HAS BEEN MADE WITH THE CONCURRENCE OF THE TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD IN VIEW OF THE IMMINENCE OF A TEXTILES RESTRAINT AGREEMENT BETWEEN HONG KONG AND THE E.E.C.

THE NEGOTIATIONS IN BRUSSELS HAVE NOW REACHED A DECISIVE STAGE AND DISCUSSION IS PROCEEDING ON THE NEW OUTSTANDING POINTS NOT YET AGREED.

THE SUSPENSION OF LICENSING WILL IMPROVE THE PROSPECTS FOR A RAPID CONCLUSION TO THE NEGOTIATIONS.

MR. MCGREGOR SAID THAT HE GREATLY REGRETTED THE DISRUPTION TO THE TRADE WHICH THIS SUSPENSION WILL CAUSE.

A FURTHER STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY (FRIDAY) DECLARED NOS. 11

AND 12 HOK LO MAIN STREET, KOWLOON CITY, LIABLE TO BECOME DANGEROUS

IN A STATEMENT ISSUED THIS MORNING, THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THAT THE BUILDING AT NO. 7 HOK LO MAIN STREET, WHICH STANDS BETWEEN NOS. 11 AND 12 , WAS CLOSED AS AN EMERGENCY FOLLOWING A ROOF COLLAPSE, AND DEMOLITION OF THE WHOLE BUILDING IS NECESSARY.

NOS. 11 AND 12 HOK LO MAIN STREET ARE LIKELY TO COLLAPSE DURING OR AFTER THE DEMOLITION OF NO. 7 DUE TO THEIR STRUCTURE AND DETERIORATED CONDITION.

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS IN KOWLOON DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 A.M. ON AUGUST 15, 1975 WERE POSTED TODAY.

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DEADLINE FOR REGISTERING AS RICE IMPORTERS NEARS iUt « K ft « « »

THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. ROY PORTER, TODAY REQUESTED COMPANIES dll ICH WiSH TO BE REGISTERED AS IMPORTERS OF RICE TO SUBMIT THE NECESSARY DECLARATION FORMS TO THE DEPARTMENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

+fHE CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF DECLARATION FORMS IS JULY 21,+ EXPLAINED MR. PORTER. +TO DATE, TWENTY-FOUR COMPANIES HAVE SENT IN THEIR DECLARATION FORMS. THESE ARE NOW BEING STUDIED TO ENSURE THAT THEY MEET THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS AND SO ARE ELIGIBLE TO BE INCLUDED IN THE BALLOT.+

MR. PORTER ADDED: +THE DEPARTMENT HAS RECEIVED A NUMBER OF ENQUIRIES AS TO WHETHER OR NOT FIRMS OWNED BY THE SAME PERSON OR GROUP OF PERSONS MAY SUBMIT SEPARATE APPLICATIONS AND SO ALL BE INCLUDED IN THE DALLOT+.

ON THE ADVICE OF THE RICE ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF THE TRADE AND INDUSTRY ADVISORY BOARD, THE DEPARTMENT HAS DECIDED THAT FIRMS WITH A COMMON SHAREHOLDER WHO OWNS A SIGNIFICANT FINANCIAL INTEREST IN THEM (DEFINED AS BEING 15% OR MORE OF THE CAPITAL OR VOTING SHARES) MAY SUBMIT ONLY ONE DECLARATION.

+THIS RULING IS DESIGNED TO ENSURE THAT SMALL AND LARGE FIRMS ALIKE HAVE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TO BE SELECTED BY BALLOT AS IMPORTERS OF RICE. IT WILL MEAN THAT A LARGE ORGANISATION WITH SEVERAL SUBSIDIARIES MAY HAVE TO DECIDE WHICH ONE SUBSIDIARY SHOULD APPLY FOR REG I STRATI ON.+

MR. PORTER EXPLAINED THAT COMPANIES OWNED BY PEOPLE WITH SIGNIFICANT FINANCIAL INTERESTS IN EXISTING RICE IMPORT COMPANIES WERE ALREADY INELIGIBLE FOR REGISTRATION. THE NEW RULING WAS FELT TO BE IN LINE WITH THIS CRITERION.

THE DEPARTMENT IS MAKING ARRANGEMENTS FOR A BALLOT TO BE HELD IN THE CITY HALL ON AUGUST 27, 1975 IN THE PRESENCE OF MEMBERS OF THE TRADE AND INDUSTRY ADVISORY BOARD.

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INTEGRATED SCIENCE, -AN APPROACH TO SCIENCE THROUGH PRACTICAL WORK. HAS NOW GAINED A £|RM FOOTING IN HONG KONG. MR. ARTHUR DROWN, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS), SAID TODAY.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE IN-SERVICE INTEGRATED SCIENCE COURSE CONDUCTED BY TUTORS FROM SCOTLAND VISITING HONG KONG UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE SCOTTISH EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

+1 AM CONFIDENT THAT THIS NEW APPROACH WILL VERY RAPIDLY BECOME THE STANDARD SCIENCE COURSE IN JUNIOR SECONDARY FORMS,+ MR. DROWN SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT IT WAS NOT ALWAYS ADVISABLE FOR A TERRITORY LIKE HONG KONG TO TAKE OVER A COURSE OF STUDY DEVELOPED FOR ANOTHER COUNTRY, DUT THIS WAS AN EXCEPTION.

. +THE REASON THAT IT IS SO SUCCESSFUL IS THAT SCIENCE IS A UNIVERSAL SUBJECT AND STUDENTS ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE SURPRISINGLY SIMILAR, SO THAT ONLY A LIMITED NUMDER OF CHANGES ARE NEEDED IN THE COURSE TO MAKE IT IDEALLY SUITED TO HONG KONG CONDITIONS.+ HE EXPLAINED.

AT AN EARLIER FUNCTION, MR. BROWN EMPHASISED THE IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL STUDIES.

ADDRESS I NG THE OPENI NG SESSI ON HELD AT THE MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL SCHOOLS, MR. DROWN SAID SCHOOLS HAD SOCIAL STUDIES.

OF A SEMINAR ON SOCIAL STUDIES INSTITUTE FOR HEADS OF A VITAL ROLE TO PLAY IN

*THE CONCEPT OF SOCIAL STUDIES IS BY HO MEANS A NEW ONE, BUT IT IS NEW TO HONG KONG AND IS PLANNED TO DE A VITAL PART OF THE COMMONCORE CURRICULUM FOR FORM I - III BEING INTRODUCED INTO SECONDARY SCHOOLS AS PART OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE WHITE PAPER ON SECONDARY EDUCATION POLICY,* MR. BROUN SAID.

THERE WERE TWO ASPECTS TO THE STUDY OF SOCIAL STUDIES. - THE CONTENT AND THE APPROACH.

*THE CONTENT OF THIS COURSE IS AIMED TO GIVE STUDENTS KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE PROBLEMS OF MODERN LIVING IN HONG KONG AND OF HONG KONG’S PLACE IN THE WORLD. IT TACKLES SUCH VITAL TOPICS AS POPULATION CONTROL, POLLUTION, AND CONSUMER EDUCATION AS WELL AS THE MORE CONVENTIONAL HISTORICAL AND GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS OF STUDY,* MR. BROUN ADDED.

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IM CONNECTI ON WITH THE LATTER THE AIM OF THE COURSE WAS TO STUDY THESE TOPICS IN RELATION TO LIFE IN HONG KONG SO THAT THE TOPICS HAD DIRECT RELEVANCE TO A PUPIL’S EXPERIENCE AND GIVE HIM A SOUND BACKGROUND AS A RESULT OF WHICH HE WOULD DE ADLE TO PLAY HIS PART IN SOCIETY HORE EFFECTIVELY WHILE AT THE SAME TIME IN ND WAY LIMITING HIS OPPORTUNITIES FOR FURTHER STUDY IF HE WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO CONTINUE WITH HIS EDUCATION.

ON THE APPROACH TO THE SUBJECT MR. DROWN POINTED OUT THAT EECAUSE OF ITS NATURE SOCIAL STUDIES GAVE WIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MORE EFFECTIVE TEACHING TECHNIQUES AND IT WAS INTENDED THAT CLASS DISCUSSIONS AND DEDATES. SCHOOL VISITS, THE COLLECTION OF DATA AND MATERIALS BY STUDENTS AS WELL AS THE USE OF MODERN AUDIO VISUAL TECHNIQUES SHOULD DE A VITAL PART 07 THE HEW COURSE

IT WAS HOPED, HE SAID, THAT DY 1977 THE COURSE WOULD HAVE DEEN FINALISED AND TEACHING MATERIAL WIDELY AVAILABLE TO ALL SCHOOLS.

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TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD MEETS IN SPECIAL SESSION TO CONSIDER LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN HK-EEC TEXTILES NEGOTIATIONS ii ii it H H it

THE TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD MET EARLY THIS MORNING IN A SPECIAL SESSION TO CONSIDER THE LATEST SITUATION REPORTED BY THE HONG KONG TEAM NEGOTIATING WITH THE E.E.C. IN BRUSSELS OH BROAD RANGING RESTRAINTS OH HONG KONG TEXTILES EXPORTS TO THE COMMON MARKET.

THE THIRD ROUND OF NEGOTIATION HAS BEEN GOING ON IN BRUSSELS SINCE JULY 7, AND ALTHOUGH A BROAD MEASURE OF AGREEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES, CERTAIN PROBLEMS REMAIN TO DE RESOLVED. THIS HAS INVOLVED CONSULTATION BETWEEN THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. JIMMY MCGREGOR, AND THE TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD.

AT THE MEETING THIS MORNING THE BOARD GAVE ADVICE ON THE OUTSTANDING ISSUES. THIS ADVICE IS BEING COMMUNICATED TO THE HONG KONG TEAM IN BRUSSELS.

IN ORDER THAT THE FINAL NEGOTIATION MAY TAKE PLACE IN AN

. ATMOSPHERE RELIEVED OF ANXIETY FOR THE COMMUNITY AND IN VIEW OF THE LIKELIHOOD OF AH EARLY AGREEMENT BEING REACHED, THE DIRECTOR SUSPENDED LICENSING FOR ALL EXPORTS OF TEXTILES TO THE EEC WITH EFFECT FROM 10 A.M. TODAY.

LICENCES ALREADY ISSUED AND THOSE AWAITING COLLECTION WILL BE HONOURED. NEU LICENCE APPLICATIONS, HOWEVER, WILL HOT BE PROCESSED FOR THE TIME DE I NG.

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SOMEONE WILL BE RICHER BY $483,200 TOMORROW (SATURDAY) WHEN THE FIRST PRIZE OF THE FOURTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY IS DRAWN.

A TOTAL OF 604,000 TICKETS WAS SOLD UP TO 9 P.M. TODAY (FRIDAY) WHEN SALES CLOSED. THE TOTAL PROCEEDS REACHED $1,208,000.

THE SECOND PRIZE IS WORTH $48,320 AND THE THIRD PRIZE $4,832.

EACH OF THE 50 SPECIAL PRIZES AND THE 106 CONSOLATION PRIZES IS WORTH $1,203.

THE FIRST THREE WINNING NUMBERS WILL BE DRAWN AT 10 A.M. TOMORROW AT THE MAIN CONCOURSE OF THE OCEAN TERMINAL BY FOUR RTV ARTISTES — MISS HUEN SO HA, MISS LEE YING, MR. HUI SIU HUNG AND MR. KWOK FUNG.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SATURDAY, JULY 19, 1975

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

JUNE WEATHER ROUND-UP ..................................... 1

TOEFL TEST TO BE HELD IN SEPTEMBER .......................  2

AUCTION OF 18 CAR NUMBERS FETCHES $108,495 ................ 2

FOURTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY DRAW AT OCEAN TERMINAL MAIN CONCOURSE ................................................  3

SALE OF USED TEXTBOOKS .................................... 4

AGREEMENT ON TEXTILE EXPORTS TO EEC REACHED.................4

ANT I-NARCOTICS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT ...................... 5 '

SEMINAR ON MATURITY AND YOUTH'FOR YOUNG PEOPLE ............ 5

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

SATURDAY, JULY 19, 1975

JUNE WEATHER ROUND-UP a a « a a

THE WEATHER OF JUNE WAS WETTER THAN USUAL WITH A TOTAL RAINFALL OF 579.6 MM RECORDED, WHICH EXCEEDED THE JUNE AVERAGE DY 44%.

THE ACCUMULATED RAINFALL SINCE THE DEGINNING OF THE YEAR AMOUNTED TO 1649.1 MM WHICH WAS 68% MORE THAN THE AVERAGE FOR THE SAME PERIOD. AS A RESULT, NEARLY ALL THE RESERVOIRS WERE FULL, INCLUDING PLOVER COVE, THE DIGGEST IN HONG KONG.

THE SOUTHWEST MONSOON WAS ACTIVE OVER THE NORTHERN PART OF THE; SOUTH CHINA SEA DURING THE FIRST 12 DAYS OF THE MONTH. CONSEQUENTLY, HEAVY SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WERE EXPERIENCED IN HONG KONG. DURING THIS PERIOD, THE ROYAL ODSERVATORY RECORDED 309.5 MM OF RAINFALL WHICH REPRESENTED MORE THAN HALF OF THE MONTH’S TOTAL FIGURE. '

THE STANDBY SIGNAL NO. 1 WAS HOISTED ON JUNE 16 WHEN A TROPICAL DEPRESSION WAS CENTRED ABOUT 200 MILES TO THE SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF HONG KONG. IT WAS LOWERED ON THE FOLLOWING DAY BEFORE THE DEPRESSION ENTERED THE COAST AND DISSIPATED OVER LAND IN NORTH VIETNAM.

THE ONLY PROLONGED PERIOD OF FINE AND HOT WEATHER OF THE MONTH WAS FOUND BETWEEN JUNE 20 AND 27 WHEN A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE FROM THE PACIFIC ANTICYCLONE EXTENDED WESTWARDS TO COVER SOUTH CHINA. THE MONTH’S HIGHEST TEMPERATURE OF 32.6 DEGREES CELCIUS WAS RECORDED IN THE AFTERNOON OF JUNE 26.

THUNDERSTORM AND HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS WERE ISSUED ON 14 DAYS OF THE* MONTH DUE TO THE FREQUENT OCCURRENCE OF HEAVY SHOWER AND THUNDERSTORMS. HOWEVER, NO AIRCRAFT WERE DIVERTED FROM THE HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

NO FIRE DANGER WARNINGS WERE ISSUED DURING THE MONTH AND NO TROPICAL CYCLONES WERE REPORTED OVER THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC.

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THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THE NEXT T.O.E.F.L. TEST WILL DE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 22 THIS YEAR.

COPIES OF THE BULLETIN OF INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION FORM MAY BE OBTAINED AT AtjY OF THE FOLLOWING ADDRESSES* THE EXAMINATIONS DIVISION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES. 11TH FLOOR, 393, CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON- OR OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIP SECTION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, BONAVENTURE HOUSE, 2ND FLOOR, 91, LEIGHTON ROAD, HONG KONG- OR INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION, 403 J. HOfUNG HOUSE, 4TH FLOOR, 5/15 HANKOW ROAD, KOWLOON.

CANDIDATES ARE ADVISED TO READ THE BULLETIN CAREFULLY FOR INSTRUCTIONS CONCERNING THE REGISTRATION PROCEDURE. THEY SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR COMPLETED REGISTRATION FORMS IN PERSON, TOGETHER WITH THEIR HONG KONG IDENTITY CARD OR PASSPORT, TO THE EXAMINATIONS DIVISION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES. 10TH FLOOR, KOWLOON, BETWEEN 9.00 AM AND 4.00 PM FROM JULY 21 TO 25.

NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.

THE TEST FEE OF HK88O.OO PER CANDIDATE MUST BE PAID ON OR BEFORE JULY 29. 1975 AT THE ACCOUNTS OFFICE, EXAMINATIONS DIVISION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 11TH FLOOR, 393 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON.

FEES MAY BE PAID DY CROSSED CHEQUE PAYABLE TO HONG KONG GOVERNMENT SENT THROUGH THE POST TO THE ABOVE ADDRESS.

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EIGHTEEN SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD BY AUCTION THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING FOR A TOTAL OF 8103,495 WHICH WILL GO INTO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND FOR CHARITY PURPOSES.

THE AUCTION, HELD AT THE CITY HALL LECTURE ROOM, SAW THE REGISTRATION NUMBER 820 FETCH THE HIGHEST PRICE OF 815,000.

6789 WAS SOLD AT THE SECOND HIGHEST PRICE OF 810,000 WHILE THE LOWEST PRICE WAS 83*700 FOR AC 60.

THE OTHER SPECIAL CAR REGISTRATION HUMBERS WERE SOLD AT THE FOLLOWING PRICES* AH 15, HK 313 AND AC 8 FOR 87,000 EACH- AH 333 AND AG 3 FOR 86,000 EACH, DD 5555 FOR 85,555= HK 1919 FOR.85,500= HK 5000, BD 1111 AND AG 20 FOR 85,000 EACH- AH 123 FOR 84,500= XX 828 FOR 84,200= 4040 FOR 84,040= AND BD 7 AND BD 99 FOR 84,000 EACH.

THE NUMBERS AUCTIONED WILL BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO VEHICLES REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THE DATE. OF AUCTION.

TODAY’S SALE, THE 25TH IN A SERIES ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, SINCE MAY 1973, BROUGHT THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY REALISED SO FAR TO 83.98 MILLION.

SATURDAY, JULY 19, 1975

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HOLDER OF TICKET NUMBER 236109 WINS 3483,200. K H « « « « #

THE OCEAN TERMINAL MAIN CONCOURSE.


382094.

THE THREE PRIZES SO HA. MISS LEE YING, MORNING.

WERE DRAWN BY FOUR RTV ARTISTES — MISS HUEN MR. HUI SIU HUNG AND MR. KWOK FUNG THIS

WINNING NUMBERS OF THE 50 SPECIAL PRIZES OF 31,208 AREs

8232 13590 17530 21858 27715 32104 39071 82445 86759 102797 105432 107488 108781 114501 122595 143266 173066 180006 192693 196397 203769 216801 221521 230112 237803 244601 250704 251200 261863 278654 280577 336790 340473 347847 371422 371870 • 379828 332532 387041 397551 418622 419734 431094 444861, 481157 497198 524545 528202 . 540629 579521

THERE ARE ALSO 106 CONSOLATION PRIZES OF 81,,203 NUMBERS IMMEDIATELY ABOVE AND BELOV/ A WINNING NUMBER EACH FOR TICKET IN THE DRAW.

SATURDAY, JULY 19, 1975

SALE OF USED TEXTBOOKS a a a a « a

THE WEST KOWLOON YOUTH GUIDANCE COUNCIL AND THE COMMUNITY WORK UNIT OF THE TAI HANG TUNG COMMUNITY CENTRE ARE SPONSORING A USED TEXTBOOK SALE TO HELP PARENTS OF SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS KEEP BOOK COSTS DOWN.

THE COLLECTION, SORTING AND SALE WILL BE HANDLED BY THE CENTRE’S YOUTH UNION SELF-PROGRAMMING GROUP.

BOOKS WILL BE COLLECTED FROM MONDAY (JULY 21) UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH.

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COLLECTION TIMES WILL BE FROM 2 P.M. TO 4.30 P.M. ON MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS AND BETWEEN 7 P.M. AND 9.30 P.M. ON TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS.

THE SALE WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN AUGUST 6 AND 8.

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AGREEMENT ON TEXTILE EXPORTS TO E.E.C. REACHED if if if if if if

THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. JIMMY MCGREGOR. CONFIRMED TODAY THAT AGREEMENT WAS REACHED YESTERDAY BETWEEN HONG KONG AND THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY ON THE LIMITATION OF EXPORTS OF A BROAD RANGE OF HONG KONG TEXTILES TO THE EEC. HE SAID THAT DETAILS OF THE AGREEMENT WOULD BE RELEASED EARLY NEXT WEEK AND THAT EXPORT LICENSING FOR TEXTILES TO THE EEC WILL BE RESUMED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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BASKETBALLERS COMPETE FOR HONOURS ««««»«

TOP BASKETBALLERS REPRESENTING TOO SEPARATE AREA COMMITTEES IN THE WESTERN DISTRICT WILL MEET TOMORROW AT THE FINAL OF THE DISTRICT’S SELECTION COMPETITION TO COMPETE FOR THE HONOUR TO REPRESENT THE DISTRICT IN THE TERRITORY-WIDE E.P. HO CUP/ANTI-NARCOTICS CUP BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT.

THE PLAYERS REPRESENTING THE WESTERN MID-LEVELS AND THE TIN WAN-ADERDEEN AREA COMMITTEES WILL PLAY AT THE CHIU SHEUNG MIDDLE SCHOOL PLAYGROUND AT 1 P.M. TOMORROW.

THE TOO TEAMS FOUGHT THEIR WAY TO THE FINAL BY DEFEATING THE OTHER SIX BASKETBALL TEAMS IN THE SELECTION COMPETITION.

AT THE END CF TOMORROW’S MATCH, THE DIRECOTR OF HOME AFFAIRS, MR. AUGUSTINE CHUI KAM WILL PRESENT PRIZES TO THE WINNERS AND SOUVENIRS TO THE HONORARY ADVISERS OF THE SELECTION COMPETITION. THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICERS (WESTERN) WILL ALSO DE PRESENT TO HAND OUT SOUVENIRS TO THE LEADERS OF THE EIGHT PARTICIPATING TEAMS

THE E.P.HO CUP/ANTI-NARCOTICS CUP BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT, THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS AND THE HONG KONG AMATEUR BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION TO PROMOTE THE INTEREST OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN SPORTS AND TO EDUCATE THEM IN THE DANGER CF DRUG ADDICTION.

NOTE TO EDITORS# YOU ARE 4 NV I TED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER

TO COVER THE PRIZE-PRESENTATION CEREMONY AT 2 P.M.

TOMORROW. THE LIAISON OFFICER OF CoD.O. (WESTERN), MR. YAH KWOK-WING WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST THE PRESS.

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A SEMINAR ON +MATURITY AND YOUTH* PEOPLE TO IDENTIFY AND DEAL WITH SOME THEIR AGE OF PUBERTY, IS ORGANISED BY CENTRE.

, AIMED AT HELPING YOUNG OF THE PROBLEMS CAUSED BY THE KWUN TONG COMMUNITY

miv EVERY M0®AY AND THURSDAY EVENING FROM JULY 21 TO AUGUST 18, AT THE KWUN TONG COMMUNITY CENTRE WILL TAKE ON SOME 50 DOYS AND GIRLS BETWEEN THE AGE OF 15 AND20.

EXPERIENCED SOCIAL WORKERS AND EXPERTS FROM THE FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION AND THE CATHOLIC MARRIAGE ADVISORY COUNCIL WILL GIVE TALKS ON SUBJECTS RANGING FROM CHILDREN AND PARENTS RELATIONSHIP I^Td.^IArjT BEHAVIOUR, TO MARRIAGE AND SEX EDUCATION. D SCUSSIONS AND VISITS WILL ALSO DE ARRANGED.

adc A»*?iT!£.,eAJI2H FEE F0R THE COURSE IS 53 AND APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE KWUN TONG COMMUNITY CENTRE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SUNDAY, JULY 20, 1975

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CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MUSEUM EXHIBITS REFLECT 60 YEARS OF PREVENTIVE SERVICE WORK’...............................................  1

TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S FORM-FILLING SERVICE PROVES POPULAR ...................................................   3

TICKETS FOR FIFTH LOTTERY NOW ON SALE ......................  4

THREE-WEEK ARMY/SWD LEADERSHIP TRAINING CAMP STARTS TODAY ....................................................

. HEALTH REPORT FOR JUNE .................................... 5.

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

SUMDAY, JULY 20, 1975

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MUSEUM EXHIBITS REFLECT 60 YEARS OF PREVENTIVE SERVICE WORK Havana

THE MUSEUM OF THE PREVENTIVE SERVICE TRAINING SCHOOL AT TAI LAM CHUNG HOT ONLY SERVES AS A VISUAL AID CENTRE FOR ITS TRAINEES, BUT ALSO AS A REFERENCE CENTRE FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC.,

SINCE ITS OPENING LAST JUNE, MORE THAN 2,000 PEOPLE HAVE VISITED THE MUSEUM. OVER 75% OF THEM WERE STUDENTS WHILE THE REMAINDER COMPRISED CUSTOMS OFFICIALS AND OFFICERS OF OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES, CIVIL SERVANTS, WELFARE WORKERS, STUDENTS AND TEACHERS WERE ALSO REGULAR VISITORS.

MR. HO PUI-YIU, THE COMMANDANT OF THE PREVENTIVE SERVICE TRAINING SCHOOL SAID, +THE MUSEUM OCCUPIES AN AREA OF SOME 2,400 SQUARE FEET. IT CONTAINS MORE THAN 1,000 EXHIBITS REFLECTING THE WORK OF PREVENTIVE SERVICE OVER THE PAST 60 YEARS. THE EXHIBITS INCLUDE ITEMS SUCH AS SAMPLES OF NARCOTICS AND OTHER DANGEROUS DRUGS, ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS, TOBACCO AND HYDROCARBON OIL PRODUCTS.*

ONE WILL DE AMAZED BY THE WIDE VARIETY OF INGENIOUS DEVICES USED BY SMUGGLERS FOR CARRYING DRUGS, GOLD AND OTHER CONTRABAND. WAIST COATS AND SUITCASES ARE MADE WITH DOUBLE LI NING;AND HOLLOW COMPARTMENTS ARE MADE INSIDE TRAYS, THICK BOOKS, TEAK WOOD PLANKS AND WOODEN STOOLS IN ORDER THAT PACKETS OF HEROIN, OPIUM AND OTHER CONTRABAND CAN DE CONCEALED.

THE MUSEUM ALSO SHOWS HOW LORRY FUEL TANKS, REFUSE BINS AND LIFE-DOATS ARE MADE USE OF DY SMUGGLERS.

SOPHISTICATED EQUIPMENT FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF PURE HEROIN AND PREPARED OPIUM SEIZED IN ILLICIT LABORATORIES DEMONSTRATE THE PROCESS OF CONVERTING MORPHINE BLOCKS TO HEROIN AND RAW OPIUM TO PRE>AIffiD OPIUM.

IN HONG KONG, THE IMPORT, EXPORT, MANUFACTURE, SALE AND STORAGE OF ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS ARE CONTROLLED AND REGULATED DY THE PREVENTIVE SERVICE. ILLICIT STILLS ARE FREQUENTLY FOUND AND THE EQUIPMENT AND PRODUCTS CONFISCATED. LARGE METAL TANKS AND SOPHISTICATED EQUIPMENT FOR DISTILLING LIQUORS ARE OFTEN FOUND IN THE MOST UNLIKELY SURROUNDINGS - AS FOR INSTANCE, IN A SHABBY WOODEN HUT.

THREE TYPES OF STILLS ARE ON DISPLAY IN THE MUSEUM. THEY ARE THE +POT+, ^SATELLITE* AND +CHIU CHOW* TYPES OF STILLS. THEY RANGE FROM AN OLD TYPE OF APPARATUS TO THE MORE RECENT GALVANISED IRON AND STAINLESS STEEL UNITS, OFTEN COSTING 83,000 OR MORE TO BUILD. DETAILED DIAGRAMS AND PICTURES ARE ALSO USED TO HELP EXPLAIN THE COMPLICATED MANUFACTURING PROCESSES.

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OTHER VALUABLE HISTORIC OBJECTS INCLUDE A BEAM BALANCE WITH A SET OF BRASS WEIGHTS RANGING FROM 50 ’TAELS’ TO TOO ’CANDAREENS’ (’TAEL’ AND’CANDAREEN ’ ARE CHINESE WEIGHT UNITS) USED FOR WIEGHING OP I UM.

ANOTHER RARE ITEM ON DISPLAY IS A GOVERNMENT STANDARD MEASURE FOR MEASURING CHINESE SPIRITS. THIS HAS A CAPACITY OF FIVE GALLONS, AND WAS USED AT THE OLD QUEEN’S WAREHOUSE FOR ASSESSMENT OF DUTY SOME 47 YEARS AGO. LOCAL HISTORY CAN ALSO BE TRACED FROM OTHER EARTHEN AND BRASS MEASURING JARS, RANGING FROM HALF A GALLON TO FOUR GALLONS.

ILLUSTRATING THE WIDE SCOPE OF WORK CARRIED OUT BY THE PREVENTIVE SERVICE ARE WATCHES WITH FORGED TRADE MARKS, PIRATED RECORDS AND CASSETTE TAPES, SAMPLES OF DRUGS, ANTIBIOTICS, HYDROCARBON OIL PRODUCTS, TOBACCO LEAVES, OPIUM POPPY AND MARIJUANA PLANTS. A VARIETY OF DEADLY AND POSSIBLY LETHAL WEAPONS USED FOR RESISTING ARREST ARE ALSO DISPLAYED.

IN ADDITION, THERE ARE MODELS OF A DISTILLERY, A BREWERY AND AN OIL INSTALLATION. SETS OF PHOTOGRAPHS SHOWING THE PROCESS OF SEARCHING AN OCEANGOING SHIP, CARGO EXAMINATION, GUARDING A VESSEL AND PROCESSING PASSENGERS AT THE AIRPORT GIVE A VISUAL IMPRESSION OF PREVENTIVE WORK.

MR. HO SAID, +THE VARIOUS ITEMS WHICH HAVE BEEN COLLECTED FROM DIFFERENT SEIZURES ARE OFTEN USED IN OTHER EXHIBITIONS. MORE NEW MATERIALS WILL BE ADDED TO THE MUSEUM AS TIME GOES BY. SCHOOL GROUPS AND OTHER INTERESTED ORGANISATIONS ARE WELCOME TO VISIT THE MUSEUM. THEY SHOULD CONTACT THE STAFF OF THE PREVENTIVE SERVICE IN ADVANCE SO THAT ARRANGEMENTS CAN BE MADE.+

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TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S FORM-FILLING SERVICE PROVES POPULAR a a a a a a

TO SOME PEOPLE, FILLING FORMS MAY SEEM A SOMEWHAT TEDIOUS TASK. BUT FOR 22-YEAR-OLD PERDITA TSUI, IT IS PRACTICALLY A NON-STOP JOB THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

+1 AM FILLING ABOUT 300 TO 400 APPLICATION FORMS OF VARIOUS SORTS EACH DAY,+ SHE SAYS.

PERDITA IS ONE OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S CLERICAL STAFF -AND THE FIRST - ASSIGNED TO MAN THE FORM-FILLING UNIT AT THE LICENSING OFFICES.

THE FREE SERVICE WAS INTRODUCED EARLY LAST YEAR WHEN THE DEPARTMENT STARTED THE FIRST STAGE OF A COMPUTERISATION PROGRAMME TO TABULATE ALL DRIVER LICENSING RECORDS IN NEW COMPUTERISED FORMS

THE SERVICE HAS PROVED VERY POPULAR WITH APPLICANTS WHO HAVE DIFFICULTIES IN FILLING THEIR FORMS.

•{•USUALLY, WE’RE HANDLING ABOUT 20 DIFFERENT TYPES OF APPLICATION FORMS, ALTHOUGH MOST PEOPLE COME TO US FOR RENEWAL OF DRIVING AND VEHICLE LICENCES,+ PERDITA SAYS.

+1 RECKON WE’LL BE KEPT MORE BUSY FROM TOMORROW WHEN THE NEW VEHICLE REGISTRATION AND LICENCE FORMS COME INTO USE IN PREPARATION FOR THE SECOND STAGE OF THE COMPUTERISATION PROGRAMME,+ SHE ADDS.

WORKLOAD AT THE DEPARTMENT’S HONG KONG AND KOWLOON LICENSING OFFICES CAN BE REFLECTED BY THE NUMBER OF REGISTERED VEHICLES WHICH TOTALLED 190,239 AT THE END OF MAY, AND THE TOTAL NUMBER OF LICENSED DRIVERS WHICH EXCEEDED 403,000.

MR. ALBERT WONG, OFFICER IN CHARGE OF THE LICENSING SECTION, SAYS THE FORM-FILLING SERVICE IS PROVIDED FOR THREE PURPOSES.

ON ONE HAND, HE SAYS, IT HELPS OUT MOTORISTS WHO HAVE A GENUINE NEED FOR ASSISTANCE. OH THE OTHER HAND, IT MINIMISES POSSIBLE DELAYS AT THE LICENSING COUNTERS WHICH COULD DE CAUSED BY IMPROPER FILLING OF FORMS.

PROPER FILLING OF APPLICATION FORMS IS IMPORTANT TO ENSURE THAT CORRECT DATA WOULD BE FED INTO THE COMPUTER, HE SAYS.

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+ IN ADDITION, OUR FORM FILLING SERVICE SERVES TO COUNTERACT THE TOUTS WHO USED TO PERSUADE UNSUSPECTING APPLICANTS OUTSIDE THE LICENSING OFFICES TO PAY A CERTAIN FEE FOR FILLING FORMS ON THEIR BEHALF,* HE SAYS.

MR. WONG ALSO REMINDS APPLICANTS THAT SPECIMENS OF VARIOUS TYPES OF COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS ARE POSTED INSIDE THE LICENSING OFFICES FOR EASY REFERENCE.

TICKETS FOR FIFTH LOTTERY NOW ON SALE ««««««

TICKETS FOR THE YEAR’S FIFTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY ARE NOW ON SALE AT $2 EACH.

.,™JH!L£RE.AVA,LABLE UNTIL auGUST 1 AT ALL ROYAL HONG KONG JvonEY CuUB iiCKET SELLING BOOTHS AND THE HEAD AND BRANCH OFFICES OF MAJOR BANKS.

THE DRAW FOR WINNING NUMBERS WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE AT 10 AM ON AUGUST 2 (SATURDAY). THESE NUMBERS WILL BE PUBLISHED IN AN EXTRAORDINARY ISSUE OF THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE ON AUGUST 5 (TUESDAY).

TU1n«THEI?E W,LL BE A T0TAL 0F 159 PRIZES — A FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD PRIZE, TOGETHER WITH 50 SPECIAL AND 106 COHSo£aTION PRIZES. THESE PRIZES MUST BE CLAIMED WITHIN TWO YEARS AFTER THE NUMBERS ARE PUBLISHED, THAT IS, BEFORE AUGUST 5, 1977.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MR. KA I-YIN CHAU, WILL GIVE A PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE CITY HALL RESTAURANT AT 1 PM TOMORROW (MONDAY) TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF PLANS TO PROMOTE THE FIFTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY. YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.

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ARMY/SWD LEADERSHIP TRAINING CAMP STARTS

A TOTAL OF 120 YOUNGSTERS TODAY BEGAN A THREE-WEEK CAMP IN WHICH THEY WILL LEARN LEADERSHIP QUALITIES THROUGH AN INTENSIVE PROGRAMME DESIGNED TO DEVELOP SKILLS, COMMONSENSE, PHYSICAL FITNESS, INITIATIVE AND CONFIDENCE.

THE CAMP IS AN ANNUAL EVENT ORGANISED JOINTLY BY THE BRITISH FORCES AND THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT. IT WAS ORIGINALLY PLANNED TO BE HELD AT THE SAI KUNG CAMP BUT THE VENUE WAS CHANGED TO THE R.A.F. BASE AT KAI TAI BECAUSE THE SAI KUNG CAMPSITE IS DEI NG USED TO HOUSE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES. HOWEVER, MANY OF THE ACTIVITIES WILL STILL TAKE PLACE IN THE SAI KUNG AREA.

AT A BRIEF OPENING CEREMONY THIS EVENING, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, TOLD THE CAMPERS THAT THEY WOULD GAIN MUCH EXPERIENCE OVER THE NEXT 20 DAYS.

HE SAID THE TRAINING THAT THEY WERE TO RECEIVE WOULD PROVIDE THEM THE BASIC SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE TO ASSIST OTHERS IN ORGANISING. OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IN FUTURE.

MR. LEE RECALLED THAT THIS WAS THE FIFTH YEAR IN WHICH THE CAMP WAS BEING HELD AND SAID IT HAD ALWAYS BEEN POPULAR WITH YOUNG PEOPLE. APPLICATIONS IN THE LAST TOO YEARS, HE NOTED, EXCEEDED THE 450 MARK EACH TIME, BUT THIS YEAR NEARLY 900 HAD APPLIED.

THE CAMP COMMANDER, MAJOR A.R. WITHERS, OF THE ROYAL HAMPSHIRE REGIMENT, WELCOMED THE PARTICIPANTS TO THE CAMP.

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ucai th RETURNS FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE ISSUED BY THE MEDICAL AMD HFALTH DEPARTMENT TODAY SHOWED A CONSIDERABLE DROP IN WE JoTIFIMTIoS OF VIRAL HEPATITIS - FROM 345 CASES HI NAY TO 229 WITH NO DEATHS REPORTED.

HOWEVER, THERE WERE INCREASES IN INCIDENCE OF BACILLARY DYSENTERY, ENTERIC FEVER, MEASLES AND TUBERCULOSIS.

tufdf wfrp BQ DEATHS ALL FROM TUBERCULOSIS, DURING THE MONTH. NO DEATHS WERE RECORDED IN RESPECT OF OTHER INI-ECHOES DISEASES.

rmiD imported CASES OF MALARIA WERE REPORTED DURING iHE MONTH, BUT THE RECORDS OF DIPHTHERIA AND POLIOMYELITIS REMAINED CLEAN.

HONG KONG STILL REMAINED FREE FROM CHOLERA AND 01 HER QUARANTINABLE DISEASES®

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BLOCKS IN TWO NEW ESTATES WILL BE GIVEN NAMES

Blocks in Housing Authority's Lek Yuen and Lai King Estates will be given names for easy identification.

Lek Yuen, the Authority's first public housing estate in Sha Tin, is gradually taking shape and the first two blocks — Luk Chuen House and Sau Chuen House — are now partly occupied.

In-take for these blocks is continuing and about 7,000 people will be housed by the end of the month.

Five other blocks of the estate are currently under construction, three of them are scheduled for completion in October and the other two in next February.

The estate will accommodate about 23,000 people.

Meanwhile construction of Lai King Estate in the Kwai Chung area is forging ahead and two of its seven blocks should be completed in a couple of weeks’ time. The blocks will be named for easy identification.

In-take of the first 6,600 tenants will begin as soon as the

blocks are handed over by archetects of the Public Works Department.

The estate, when completed in about June next year, will provide homes for about 27,000 people.

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NEW SHAPE COINS PRESENT NO PROBLEM FOR COIN-COUNTING MACHINES .....*............................................... 1

SUSPENSION OF LICENSING OF TEXTILE EXPORTS TO EEC PARTIALLY LIFTED.....................................................     2

FULL-TIME COURSE ON DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY FOR TEACHERS ......... 4 :

FIFTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY LAUNCHED............................... 5 '

WATER CUTS ..................................................   5

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NEW SHAPE COINS PRESENT NO PROBLEM FOR COIN-COUNTING MACHINES . if if if if if if

LOCAL BANKS. PUBLIC TRANSPORT COMPANIES AND OTHER MAJOR COIN USERS WILL AaVE LITTLE DIFFICULTY IN HANDLING THE NEW SCALLOP-EDGE $2 AND 20-CENT COINS IN LARGE QUANTITIES.

A SURVEY SHOWS THAT MOST OF THE COIN-COUNTING MACHINES NOV/ IN USE THROUGHOUT HONG KONG CAN TAKE THE NEW SHAPE COINS WITH OHLY SLIGHT MODIFICATIONS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR A LEADING BANK WHICH HAS TRIED OUT THE NEW COINS SAID MOST OF THEIR COIN-COUNTING MACHINES WORK SATISFACTORILY WITH THE SCALLOP-EDGE COINS.

♦THE ONLY MODIFICATION REQUIRED IS AN ADJUSTMENT OF THE THICKNESS OF THE SLIT AND THE WIDTH OF THE COIN-CONVEYOR DELT IN THE MACHINE TO SUIT THE SIZE OF THE HEW COINS,+ HE SAID.

THE NEW COINS, WHICH WILL COME INTO CIRCULATION ON AUGUST * 18, CANNOT BE USED IN COIN-OPERATED MACHINES ACTIVATED BY EITHER $1, 50-CENT OR TEN-CENT COINS.

BUT EVENTUALLY, PARKING METRES, STAMP, FOOD AND SOFT-DRINK VENDING MACHINES WILL HAVE TO BE CONVERTED TO ACCEPT THE NEW SMALLER-SIZED 81 AND 50-CENT COINS DUE TO BE INTRODUCED IN PHASES TOGETHER WITH THE 85 COINS OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS.

TO COPE WITH THE NEW 81 AND 50-CENT COINS, THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL OFFICE OF THE’PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT HAS DRAWN , UP A TENTATIVE PLAN TO CONVERT ALL THE PARKING METRES TO COINCIDE WITH THE PHASED HEW COIN INTRODUCTION PROGRAMME.

THE SHAPE AND SIZE OF ALL THE NEW COINS INCLUDING THE 85 PIECE HAS BEEN TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION BY THE MASS TRANSIT PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY IN WRITING UP SPECIFICATIONS FOR ITS AUTOMATIC TICKET VENDING MACHINES.

THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY, NOW LOOKING INTO THE POSSIBILITY OF INSTALLING AUTOMATIC FARE COLLECTION SYSTEMS TO COPE WITH THE ANTICIPATED INCREASE OF PASSENGERS WHEN THE SHAT IN RACECOURSE BECOMES OPERATIONAL, ALSO TAKES INTO ACCOUNT THE SHAPE OF THE NEW COINS.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

COPIES OF A PHOTOGRAPH SHOWING A COIN-COUNTING MACHINE USING THE NEW COINS IS AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM THE G.I.S. PRESS ROOM, 6TH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

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SUSPENSION OF LICENSING OF TEXTILE-EXPORTS TO EEC PARTIALLY LIFTED

LAST FRIDAY'S SUSPENSION OF LICENSING FOR EXPORTS OF TEXTILE PRODUCTS TO THE COMMON MARKETS HAS BEEN PARTIALLY LIFTED FOLLOWING THE AGREEMENT REACHED OVER THE WEEK-END BETWEEN HONG KONG AND THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY ON EXPORTS OF CERTAIN COTTON, WOOLLEN AND MAN-MADE FIBRE TEXTILES TO THE COMMUNITY.

ANNOUCING THIS TODAY, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. JIMMY MCGREGOR, SAID THAT HIS DEPARTMENT WOULD RESUME, WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT, NORMAL LICENSING PROCEDURES IN RESPECT OF ALL TEXTILE ITEMS NOT UNDER RESTRAINT.

THE SUSPENSION OF LICENSING FOR TEXTILE PRODUCTS FOR TRANSHIPMENT, RE-EXPORT AND FOR ITEMS REQUIRING EXPORT AUTHORISATIONS UNDER THE NEW AGREEMENT HAS ALSO BEEN LIFTED WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.

RESUMPTION OF LICENSING FOR ITEMS UNDER RESTRAINT WILL. HOWEVER, TAKE A LITTLE LONGER BECAUSE OF THE NEED TO RE-CALCULATE THE ALLOCATION OF QUOTAS AS A RESULT OF THE NEW AGREEMENT.

THE NEW AGREEMENT REPLACES THE UNILATERAL ARRANGEMENT WHICH WAS INTRODUCED BY HONG KONG IN FEBRUARY THIS YEAR. ALL QUOTAS ISSUED AND CONTROL ARRANGEMENTS UNDER THE UNILATERAL ARRANGEMENTS HAVE NOW LAPSED, AND DETAILS OF THE NEW CONTROL ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY IN THE DEPARTMENT’S NOTICES TO EXPORTERS.

ITEMS UNDER QUOTA CONTROL IN THE NEW AGREEMENT INCLUDE GARMENTS, FABRICS AND HOUSEHOLD LINENS.

MR. MCGREGOR SAID THAT FULL DETAILS OF THESE AND OTHER ITEMS ARE BEING CONVEYED TO EXPORTERS IN THE DEPARTMENT’S NOTICES WHICH ARE BEING ISSUED FROM TODAY.

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MR. MILLS DISCLOSED THAT THE NEW AGREEMENT RUNS FROM JULY 18, 1975 TO DECEMBER 31, 1977 AND COVERS OVER 85 PER CENT, BY VALUE, OF HONG KONG’S TEXTILE EXPORTS TO THE COMMON MARKET.

COMMENTING ON THE DETAILS OF THE AGREEMENT, HE SAID THAT HE WAS SATISFIED THAT THE TERMS OF THE AGREEMENT WERE WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE MULTILATERAL FIBRE ARRANGEMENT, AND THAT THEY WOULD GIVE THE TRADE A LARGE MEASURE OF CERTAINTY WHICH HAD BEEN LACKING UP TO NOW.

MR. MILLS ADDED THAT THE NEGOTIATIONS HAD BEEN DIFFICULT AND THAT THEY HAD, IN FACT, AT ONE STAGE ALMOST REACHED AN IMPASSE ON THE DATE OF IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AGREEMENT DESPITE THE FACT THAT OTHER MAJOR POINTS OF THE AGREEMENT HAD, BY THAT STAGE, BEEN AGREED UPON.

ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE MADE FOR MR. MILLS AND MR. TSAO TO MEET THE PRESS AFTER THEY HAVE REPORTED TO THE DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY AND TO THE TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD. EDITORS WILL BE INFORMED OF THE TIMING ON THE GIS TELEPRINTER.

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FULL-TIME COURSE ON DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY

AN INTENSIVE FULL-TIME COURSE ON DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE BEGAN TODAY AT THE MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE.

THE COURSE IS BEING ATTENDED BY 42 WOODWORK AND METALWORK TEACHERS FROM A CROSS-SECTION OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY IS THE NAME GIVEN TO A NEW APPROACH TO THE TEACHING OF PRACTICAL SUBJECTS SUCH AS WOODWORK AND METALWORK AT SECONDARY LEVEL.

SINCE FEBRUARY, THE 42 TEACHERS HAVE BEEN TAKING A PART-TIME IN-SERVICE COURSE ON THIS NEW APPROACH AND THE FULL-TIME ONE-WEEK COURSE IS A FINALE TO THE WORK OF THE LAST SIX MONTHS.

THE TEACHERS WILL USE THE WEEK TO ROUND OFF THEIR TRAINING AND COMPLETE PROJECTS FOR DISPLAY AT AN EXHIBITION ON SATURDAY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COLLEGE SAID TODAY: +THE MAIN AIM OF THE COURSE IS TO GIVE TEACHERS A THOROUGH UNDERSTANDING OF THE EDUCATIONAL POTENTIAL OF THE DESIGN PROCESS, ITS RELATIONSHIP TO TECHNOLOGY, AND ITS RELEVANCE TO THE VARIOUS STAGES OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF YOUNG PEOPLE.

+ON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE THE TEACHERS, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF A MONITORING TEAM FROM THE TECHNICAL INSPECTORATE, WILL BE READY TO INTRODUCE DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY INTO THEIR SCHOOLS. 24 SCHOOLS HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE COURSE. IT IS EXPECTED THAT THEY WILL ALL ADOPT THE NEW SYLLABUS THIS COMING SEPTEMBER.+

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO THE MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE ON WEDNESDAY WHEN THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE COURSE WILL BE COMPLETING A DISPLAY FOR SATURDAY.

YOUR REPRESENTATIVES ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT MR. W.B. POTTER AT 11.30 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 23) AT THE INSTITUTE.

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THE FIFTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY THIS YEAR WAS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED TODAY WITH HIGH HOPES THAT TICKET SALES WILL CONTINUE TO PICK UP.

ACCORDING TO MR. DAVID WU OF THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, TICKET SALES FOR EACH OF THE LAST TWO LOTTERIES DOTH EXCEEDED THE 600,000 MARK - A BIG IMPROVEMENT OVER THE PREVIOUS TWO.+AND I AM SURE THAT WITH STEPPED-UP PUBLICITY EFFORTS, SALE FIGURES WILL CONTINUE TO RISE,* MR. WU SAID.

TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE AT $2 EACH AT ALL ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB TICKET SELLING BOOTHS AND BANK OFFICES.

WINNING NUMBERS WILL BE DRAWN ON AUGUST 2 AT THE CITY HALL i THEATRE BY FOUR RADIO HONG KONG ARTISTES — MISS TERESA WONG SHIU-FUNG, MISS LOUISA CHAN YEE-NOR, MR. CHU PUI-HING AND MR. RAYMOND NG SHEK-FAI.

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ALSO WITHOUT WATER DURING THIS PERIOD WILL BE PREMISES BOUNDED BY NORTH POINT, THE SEAFRONT, SHU KUK STREET AND THE NORTH SIDE OF KING'S ROAD ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

THE TEMPORARY STOPPAGES ARE TO ENABLE TESTS FOR LEAKAGE TO BE CARRIED OUT IN THE AREAS.

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A TOTAL OF 66,279 MILLION GALLONS OF WATER WERE IN STORE IN ALL RESERVOIRS AS AT 9 A.M. THIS (MONDAY) MORNING, REPRESENTING 98.5 PER CENT OF THE FULL STORAGE CAPACITY OF 67,300 MILLION GALLONS.

ON THE SAME DAY LAST YEAR THE TOTAL STORAGE WAS ONLY 40,266 MILLION GALLONS.

PLOVER COVE, HONG KONG’S BIGGEST RESERVOIR, HELD 50,257 MILLION GALLONS, REPRESENTING 99.5 PER CENT OF ITS FULL STORAGE CAPACITY. AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR, IT HELD 30,910 MILLION GALLONS.

A TOTAL OF 2.8 MM (0.11 IN) OF RAINFALL WAS RECORDED AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY DURING THE PAST TWENTY FOUR HOURS ENDING AT 9 AM THIS MORNING.

TOTAL RAINFALL SO FAR THIS YEAR STANDS AT 1,908.8 MM (75115 IN). THE MEAN AVERAGE RAINFALL THIS YEAR IS 1,209.1 MM (47.60 IN). . '

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TUESDAY, JULY 22, 1975

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DESERTION RATE DROPS AS HK SEAMEN BECOME MORE RELIABLE AND EFFICIENT................................................ 1

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN YAU MA TEI AND TAI WOH PING ... 3

DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED ..................................... 4

DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT 'SUPPLIES TO MEET THE MEDIA ON THURSDAY .................................................... 4

SPECIAL REGISTRATION FACILITIES FOR PING SHAN RESIDENTS ... 5

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SHIPPING COMPANIES ARE GRADUALLY REGAINING CONFIDENCE IN THE RELIABILITY AND EFFICIENCY OF HONG KONG SEAMEN AS A RESULT OF IMPROVED DISCIPLINE AND A MORE STEADFAST DEVOTION TO DUTY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SEAMEN’S RECRUITING OFFICE OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT 190 VACANCIES, FORMERLY FILLED BY FOREIGN SEAMEN, HAVE RECENTLY BEEN REPLACED BY LOCAL RATINGS.

+ALTHOUGH THIS COULD NOT OFFSET OTHER POSTS LOST TO FOREIGN SEAMEN IN THE SAME PERIOD, IT IS THE BIGGEST SINGLE BATCH OF VACANCIES OFFERED TO LOCAL SEAMEN IN A LONG TIME AND, HOPEFULLY, THE START OF A NEW TREND,+ HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT HONG KONG SEAMEN ARE RECOVERING THEIR. IMAGE AS BEING HARDWORKING, CAPABLE AND DEPENDABLE MAINLY BECAUSE OF A SHARP DECREASE IN THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO DESERTED THEIR SHIPS IN FOREIGN PORTS. •

+THE DESERTION RATE OF LOCAL SEAMEN HAS BEEN DROPPING QUICKLY SINCE THE PEAK WAS REACHED IN THE PERIOD 1968 TO 1971 WHEN A TOTAL OF 5,179 SEAMEN JUMPED SHIP,* HE SAID, +THIS AVERAGED OVER 100 DESERTIONS A MONTH.+

IN 1974. THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DESERT)ONS HAS DROPPED TO 516 OR AN AVERAGE OF 43 A MONTH. • DUR I NG THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, THEY FURTHER DROPPED TO 165 — AN AVERAGE OF 27 A MONTH. 1

THE SPOKESMAN ATTRIBUTED THE LOWER DESERTION RATE TO TOUGHER PENALTIES, IMPROVED WELFARE AND WORKING CONDITIONS, THE SCARCITY OF JOBS ABROAD AND IN HONG KONG AND A SUCCESSFUL DRIVE TO BRING HOME TO SEAMEN THE LONG TERM CONSEQUENCES OF DESERTION.

UNDER REVISED LEGISLATION EFFECTIVE FROM FEBRUARY 1973, SEAMEN WHO JUMPED SHIP FOR THE FIRST TIME ARE SUSPENDED FROM GOING TO SEA FOR TWO YEARS. SECOND OFFENDERS HAVE THEIR NAMES PERMANENTLY REMOVED FROM THE REGISTER.

+THIS IS MUCH MORE REALISTIC THAN THE FORMER SUSPENSION PERIOD OF SIX MONTHS WHICH A LOT OF SEAMEN COULD AFFORD TO REGARD AS A HOLIDAY,* HE SAID. +THIS, TOGETHER WITH THE REALISATION THAT SUCH ACTS MAY PUT A LOT OF THEIR COLLEAGUES OUT OF WORK, ARE MAKING SEAMEN THINK TWICE BEFORE THEY DESERT.*

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT THE NUMBER OF POSTS AVAILABLE TO LOCAL SEAMEN HAD BEEN DECREASING STEADILY DURING THE PAST FEW YEARS, BUT IT WAS HOPED THAT THIS DOWNWARD TREND CAN BE HALTED AS A RESULT OF A CONTINUING DIALOGUE BETWEEN SEAMEN, THE S.R.O., THE SEAMEN’S UNIONS AND THE SHIPPING COMPANIES.

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+THE WORLD-WIDE RECESSION IS ALSO PARTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DWINDLING NUMBER OF JOBS BECAUSE OF A DECREASE IN THE NUMBER OF NEW SHIPS BEING DELIVERED AND AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF SHIPS, ESPECIALLY TANKERS,•BE I NG LAID UP,+ HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT ALTHOUGH HONG KONG SEAMEN ENJOY MUCH HIGHER WAGES AND BETTER CONDITIONS THAN THOSE FROM OTHER SOUTHEAST ASIAN COUNTRIES APART FROM JAPAN, THEY ARE STILL COMPETITIVE BECAUSE OF THE SUPERIOR BASIC TRAINING REQUIREMENTS IMPOSED BY THE S.R.O. DEFORE REGISTRATION TAKES PLACE.

HE NOTED THAT THERE ARE AT PRESENT EIGHT SEA TRAINING SCHOOLS PROVIDING VARIOUS COURSES FOR SEAMEN AND CADET OFFICERS AND THEY TURN OUT 130 WELL QUALIFIED GRADUATES EVERY MONTH.

vALL THESE COURSES HAVE BEEN SCRUTINISED AND APPROVED BY THE SEAMEN’S RECRUITING AUTHORITY AND THE QUALITY OF THE GRADUATES IS COMPARABLE TO THOSE FROM ANY OTHER COUNTRY,* HE SAID.

HE STRESSED THAT STORIES ABOUT HONG KONG SEAMEN HAVING POOR DISCIPLINE HAVE BEEN EXAGGERATED.

♦THIS CAN BE SEEN FROM THE FACT THAT ONLY 64 SEAMEN, FOUND GUILTY OF SERIOUS MISCONDUCT OR REPEATED DESERTIONS, HAVE BEEN TAKEN OFF THE REGISTRY OF SEAMEN SINCE 1968,+ HE SAID. +THIS IS A VERY LOW PERCENTAGE WHEN SEEN AGAINST THE TOTAL OF 86,296 SEAMEN REGISTERED.*

+AN ABLE SEAMAN CAN EARN UP TO $1,300 A MONTH,+ HE SAID. +0N TOP OF THAT, HE IS ENTITLED TO STANDBY PAY, OVERTIME PAY, LEAVE PAY, FREE MEDICAL ATTENTION, .FOOD ALLOWANCES AND SOMETIMES A BONUS ON COMPLETION OF A TERM OF SERVICE.*

A TOTAL OF 31,317 JOBS ON BOARD VARIOUS SHIPS HAVE BEEN FILLED BY LOCAL SEAMEN THROUGH THE SEAMEN’S RECRUITING OFFICE DURING THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR.

THE INSPECTION AND INVESTIGATION SECTION OF THE SEAMEN’S RECRUITING OFFICE EXAMINES THE ARTICLES OF AGREEMENT USED BY SHIPPING COMPANIES AND ENSURES THAT THE CONDITIONS OF SERVICE OFFERED TO SEAMEN ARE ACCEPTABLE TO THE SEAMEN’S RECRUITING AUTHORITY.

LABOUR DISPUTES INVOLVING SEAMEN AND THEIR EMPLOYERS HAVE AVAILABLE TO THEM THE INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS UNIT OF THE CREWS DIVISION WHERE SUCH DISPUTES CAN BE TAKEN TO BE SETTLED BY ARBITRATION AND CONCILIATORY MEANS.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS

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MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED THAT NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN YAU MA TEI AND TAI WOH PING AREAS IN KOWLOON ON FRIDAY (JULY 25).

IN YAU MA TEI, THE EXISTING URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTION PERIOD OF 7 A.M. TO 7 P.M. ON GASCOIGNE ROAD BETWEEN NATHAN ROAD AND WYLIE ROAD, AND ON JORDAN ROAD BETWEEN GASCOIGNE ROAD AND JORDAN PATH, WILL BE EXTENDED BY FIVE HOURS TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW IN THE LATE EVENING.

THIS MEANS ALL MOTOR VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP ON THE ROAD SECTIONS TO PICK UP AND SET DOWN PASSENGERS OR TO LOAD AND UNLOAD GOODS BETWEEN 7 A.M. AND

MIDNIGHT.

THE EXTENDED RESTRICTION HOURS WILL COME INTO EFFECT FROM 10 A.M. ON FRIDAY.

IN TAI WOH PING, THERE WILL BE DIVERSIONS LASTING ABOUT ONE MONTH FOR TRAFFIC USING THE WESTERN END OF LUNG CHEUNG ROAD AND NAM CHEONG STREET EXTENSION, IN ORDER TO FACILITATE THE FINAL STAGE OF WORKS ON TAI WOH PING INTERCHANGE.

TRAFFIC NOW MAKING A SIGNAL-CONTROLLED RIGHT TURN FROM

NAM CHEONG STREET EXTENSION TOWARDS LIONS ROCK TUNNEL WILL HAVE TO MAKE A G-TURN BY FIRST TURNING LEFT AT THE END OF THE NAM CHEONG STREET EXTENSION. -

THE EXISTING SEPARATE NORTH AND SOUTH ROUTES ON NAM CHEONG STREET EXTENSION WILL BE COMBINED INTO A SINGLE CARRIAGEWAY FOR TWO-WAY TRAFFIC. IN ADDITION, THE ELEVATED ROAD AT THE TAI WOH PING INTERCHANGE WILL BE OPENED TO WESTBOUND TRAFFIC.

1 TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE POSTED AND POLICE OFFICERS WILL BE ON DUTY TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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TUESDAY, JULY 22, 1975

DEATH SENTENCES COMMUTED «««»««

THE GOVERNOR, AFTER TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE ADVICE OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, HAS DECIDED THAT THE DEATH SENTENCES PASSED ON NOVEMBER 19, 1974 ON MA SUNG-LEE, KWOK KI-CHEONG, AND FONG CHONG MING ALIAS FONG MUK-TUNG SHOULD BE COMMUTED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT.

THE PRISONERS WERE FOUND GUILTY OF THE MURDER OF LAM PO ALIAS LAM SUN-SHU I.

NG LEE-KIN ALIAS FONG LEE-KIN, WHO WAS SENTENCED TO DEATH TOGETHER WITH THE ABOVE PRISONERS, COMMITTED SUICIDE IN HIS CELL ON MAY 18, 1975.

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+MEET THE MEDIA+ SESSION ««««««

NOTE TO ED I TORSi-

A +MEET THE MED-IA+ SESSION WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY (JULY 24) AT 4 P.M. IN THE G.I.S. -THEATRE ON THE FIFTH FLOOR OF BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

ATTENDING THE MEETING WILL BE THE DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES, MR. F.J. YOUNG.

YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE MEETING COVERED. TELEVISION CREWS ARE ADVISED TO ARRIVE EARLY SO THAT THEY WILL HAVE AMPLE TIME TO SET UP THEIR EQUIPMENT.

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THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS DEPARTMENT WILL NEXT WEEK SET UP A SPECIAL TEMPORARY OFFICE AT PING SHAN IN THE NEW TERRITORIES FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF RESIDENTS IN THE AREA.

THE REGISTRATION FACILITIES WILL BE PROVIDED AT THE PING SHAN RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE BETWEEN 9:30 A.M. AND 4s30 P.M. FROM JULY 29 TO AUGUST 1.

RESIDENTS 'IN THE DISTRICT AND SURROUNDING AREAS ARE URGED TO MAKE USE OF THE FACILITIES TO REGISTER THEIR U-YEAR-OLD CHILDREN FOR JUVENILE IDENTITY CARDS. HOLDERS OF JUVENILE CARDS SHOULD REGISTER FOR ADULT CARDS WHEN THEY REACH 18 YEARS.

CHANGES IN REGISTERED PARTICULARS, SUCH AS MARITAL STATUS, ADDRESS AND EMPLOYMENT, SHOULD ALSO BE REPORTED SO THAT RECORDS CAN BE UPDATED.

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN MONG KOK WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR FIVE HOURS STARTING FROM 1 A.M. ON JULY 25 (FRIDAY) TO ALLOW THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY YIM PO FONG STREET, WATERLOO ROAD, DUNDAS STREET, NATHAN ROAD AND SOY STREET.

ON HONG KONG ISLAND, THE WATERWORKS OFFICE WILL BE CARRYING OUT NIGHT LEAKAGE TEST IN ABERDEEN ON JULY 26 (SATURDAY) AND WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN THE AREA WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR FIVE HOURS STARTING FROM 1 A.M.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY THE NORTH SIDE OF WONG CHUK HANG ROAD FROM ABERDEEN TRADE SCHOOL TO SHOUSON HILL ROAD= THE SOUTH SIDE OF WONG CHUK HANG ROAD FROM HOUSE NO. 44 TO 62° HOUSE NO. 2 TO 10, HEUNG YIP ROAD° HOUSE NO. 2 TO 12, YIP FAT STREET, INCLUDING THE GRANTHAM HOSPITAL.

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DAILY IN FORMATON BULLETIN

WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 1975

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LAND EXCHANGE PROBLEMS AND CONSTITUTIONAL REFORMS DISCUSSED AT NTA-KUK MONTHLY MEETING ................... 1

B.O.O. TO GET TOUGHER WITH UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS................................................... 2

MR. JOHN SWA I NE APPOINTED A QUEEN’S COUNSEL........... 2

GOVERNOR'TO VISIT A GARMENT FACTORY IN SHAM SHU I PO TOMORROW ............................................... 3

DIRECTOR OF AG AND FISH TO VISIT SEA CADETS THIS SUNDAY ................................................. 4

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TSUEN WAN ................. 5

NEW PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL INTERCHANGE OPENS TO TRAFFIC ON FRIDAY ...................................... 5

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

WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 1975

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NTA-KUK MONTHLY MEETING m k a « it

SUBJECTS RANGING FROM LAND AND HOUSING PROBLEMS TO CONSTITUTIONAL REFORMS WERE DISCUSSED AT TODAY’S MONTHLY MEETING BETWEEN MEMBERS OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK AND THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. DAVID AKERS-JONES.

SPEAKING ABOUT THE PRESENT SYSTEM OF LAND EXCHANGE, THE KUK’S CHAIRMAN, MR. CHAN YAT-SUN, SAID THAT THERE WAS NEVER SUFFICIENT LAND AVAILABLE FOR EXCHANGE. AS A RESULT, HE ADDED, DEBTS OWED TO THE VILLAGERS REMAINED INDEFINITELY UNPAID WHILE MORE AND MORE LAND WAS RESUMED.

MR. AKERS-JONES REPLIED THAT HE FULLY UNDERSTOOD THEIR CONCERN AND THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE SITUATION.

HE POINTED OUT THAT WORK WAS IN HAND TO DEVELOP MORE LAND FOR EXCHANGE PURPOSES BUT IT WOULD TAKE TIME.

ON THE SUBJECT OF CONSTITUTIONAL REFORMS, MR. CHAN REITERATED THE ADVANTAGES OF SETTING UP A NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATIVE-COUNCIL WHICH WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE DIRECTLY TO THE GOVERNOR.

DESCRIBING IT AS THE ONLY POSSIBLE SOLUTION IN BRINGING TO THE‘PEOPLE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES A FAIR SOCIETY, HE SAID IT WOULD NOT INTERFERE IN ANY WAY WITH THE EXISTING LAWS AND POLICIES OF THE GOVERNMENT.,

ANOTHER MEMBER, MR. CHAN PO-FONG SAID THE IDEA WAS TO GIVE THE SECRETARY, WHO WOULD BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL, MORE POWER TO HANDLE AFFAIRS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

IN REPLY, MR. AKERS-JONES REFERRED MEMBERS TO THE LETTER SENT TO THE KUK BY THE COLONIAL SECRETARY IN MAY THIS YEAR ON BEHALF OF LORD GORONWY-ROBERTS, UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS, IN WHICH IT WAS STATED THAT +A UNIFIED ADMINISTRATION IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT NOW THAN IN THE PAST.+

HOWEVER, THE SECRETARY SAID HE FOUND THE REVISED PROPOSALS INTERESTING AND PROMISED TO LOOK INTO THEM.

THE PRESENT STATE OF LAW AND ORDER IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WAS ALSO DISCUSSED AT THE MEETING.

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B.0.0. TO GET TOUGHER WITH ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTIONS »»««««

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE CONTROL UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS

WILL INTENSIFY ITS EFFORTS TO AS FROM AUGUST 1.

THIS MEANS THAT ALL NEW BUILDINGS RECEIVING AN OCCUPATION PERMIT AFTER JULY 31, 1975 WILL BE CONTINUOUSLY INSPECTED BY OFFICERS OF THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE, A BUILDING AUTHORITY SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

"ANY UNAUTHORISED ALTERATIONS CONTRAVENING THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE DISCOVERED DURING INSPECTION WILL RESULT IN THE SERVICE OF A STATUTORY NOTICE REQUIRING THEIR REMOVAL WITHIN A SPECIFIED TIME LIMIT. FAILURE TO REMOVE THE WORKS WILL INVOLVE THE OWNER IN PAYING THE COST OF REMOVAL BY THE BUILDING AUTHORITY.

EXPLAINING THE NEW MOVE, THE SPOKESMAN SAIDs +UNTIL NOW THE BUILDING AUTHORITY HAS ONLY BEEN ABLE TO CONCENTRATE ON DEALING WITH ILLEGAL WORKS WHICH PRESENT A SERIOUS HAZARD TO LIFE AND LIMB BUT A RECENT IMPROVEMENT IN THE CAPACITY OF THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE HAS ENABLED THIS ADDITIONAL TASK TO BE UNDERTAKEN.*

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HER MAJESTY HAS BEEN PLEASED TO GIVE DIRECTIONS FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF MR. JOHN JOSEPH SWAINE TO BE ONE OF HER MAJESTY’S COUNSEL FOR HONG KONG.

wr_ MR- SWAINE WAS BORN IN SHANGHAI IN 1932 AND IS NOW 43 YEARS OF AGE. HE HAS BEEN A RESIDENT OF HONG KONG SINCE 1937 HE WAS EDUCATED AT ST. JOSEPH’S COLLEGE AND OBTAINED A B.A DEGREE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG IN 1952. HE THEN

H0NG K0NG GOVERNMENT SERVICE AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER BUT RESIGNED IN 1957 IN ORDER TO READ FOR THE BAR.

HE WAS CALLED TO THE BAR BY LINCOLN’S INN IN FEBRUARY iw6unMrDknMrMARCH °F THE SAME YEAR HE WAS CALLED TO THE BAR IN nUNb KONG.

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GOVERNOR TO VISIT GARMENT FACTORY TOMORROW

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL MAKE ANOTHER OF HIS PERIODIC VISITS TO HONG KONG FACTORIES TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

HE WILL BE VISITING THE HONG KONG KNITTERS LTD., A GARMENT FACTORY, IN CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

GARMENT MANUFACTURING IS HONG KONG’S BIGGEST INDUSTRY. IT EMPLOYS OVER 30 PER CENT OF THE INDUSTRIAL WORK FORCE AND ACCOUNTS FOR ABOUT 40 PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S TOTAL EXPORTS.

THERE ARE MORE THAN 4,100 FACTORIES EMPLOYED IN THIS INDUSTRY AND TOGETHER THEY MANUFACTURED GOODS FOR EXPORTS WORTH’ 58,752 MILLION LAST YEAR, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 17.4 PER CENT OVER 1973’S PERFORMANCE.

THE GOVERNOR WILL BE ACCOMPANIED ON THE VISIT BY MR. KEN YEUNG, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, AND WILL BE MET ON ARRIVAL BY MISS ELEANOR WONG, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF HONG KONG KNITTERS LTD., AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COMPANY. *

THE FACTORY PRODUCES MA INLY KNITTED GARMENTS WHICH t INCLUDE SPORT SHIRTS, GOLF SHIRTS AND T-SHIRTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE VISIT. THE GOVERNOR WILL ARRIVE AT THE FACTORY AT NO. 800, CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD, KOWLOON AT 3.15 P.M. THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT’S PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, MR. GERRY XAVIER, WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST YOUR REPRESENTATIVE.

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MR. NICHOLS TO VISIT SEA CADETS ««»«««

THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, MR. E.H. NICHOLS. WILL SEE THE HONG KONG SEA CADET CORPS IN ACTION AT THE HONG KONG SEA SCHOOL IN STANLEY ON SUNDAY (JULY 27).

MR. NICHOLS, ACCOMPANIED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG SEA CADET CORPS, MR. P.B. WILLIAMS, WILL INSPECT THE 60 CADETS OF THE HONG KONG ISLAND NO.l UNIT.

HE WILL THEN PROCEED TO THE SEASIDE TO WATCH THE BOYS SHOW OFF THEIR SKILL IN ROWING, CANOEING, SEA COMMUNICATIONS AND ROPE WORK TRAINING. I

THE VISIT WILL END WITH MR. NICHOLS PRESENTING THE PETTY OFFICER’S AWARD TO THREE SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE CORPS.

THE HONG KONG SEA CADET CORPS, ESTABLISHED IN 1968, IS A VOLUNTARY BODY FOR BOYS WHO HAVE A FLARE TO BECOME SEAFARERS.

THE CORPS PROVIDES FUNDAMENTAL NAUTICAL TRAINING FOR BOYS . AGED BETWEEN 12 AND 18. IT HAS TURNED OUT MANY WELL-TRAINED YOUNGSTERS WHO EVENTUALLY JOINED THE ROYAL NAVY OR PRIVATE SHIPPING FIRMS.

NOTE TO EDITORS*.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER MR. NICHOLS’ VISIT AT 2 P.M. ON SUNDAY AT THE HONG KONG SEA SCHOOL IN TUNG TAU WAN ROAD, STANLEY.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS «««»««

TRAFFIC WILL BE REROUTED LATER THIS WEEK ALONG A SECTION OF CHAI WAN KOK STREET IN TSUEN WAN, N.T., IN ORDER TO ELIMINATE A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT +BLACK SPOT* AT ITS JUNCTION WITH CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

FROM 10 A.M. ON FRIDAY (JULY 25) THE SECTION OF CHAI WAN KOK STREET BETWEEN CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND PUN SHAN STREET WILL BE REROUTED ONE WAY EASTWARDS. AT THE SAME TIME, TRAFFIC WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TURN RIGHT FROM CASTLE PEAK ROAD INTO CHAI WAN KOK STREET.

MEANWHILE, ALSO IN TSUEN WAN, PAK TIN PAR STREET AND THE SECTION OF TAI CHUNG ROAD BETWEEN PAK TIN PAR STREET AND SHA TSUI ROAD WILL BE REROUTED ONE-WAY CLOCKWISE FROM FRIDAY IN ORDER TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE POSTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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OPENING OF NEW PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL INTERCHANGE «

THE NEW PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL INTERCHANGE WILL OPEN TO TRAFFIC ON FRIDAY (JULY 25), AT 10 A.M.

THE NEW INTERCHANGE WILL GIVE ACCESS TO THE PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL FROM LA I CH I KOK AND FROM KWAI CHUNG BY WAY OF LAI KING HILL ROAD.

THE INTERCHANGE TOOK TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE AT A COST OF ABOUT $14.5 MILLION. . .

NOTE TO EDITORS;

COPIES OF A PHOTOGRAPH SHOWING THE NEW PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL INTERCHANGE, WILL BE DISTRIBUTED IN THE G.I.S. PRESS DOXES THIS EVENING.

HONG KONG HOUSING AUTHORITY

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MORE CONVENIENT RENT PAYMENT SYSTEM FOR ESTATE TENANTS *****

A new rent payment system will be introduced on a trial basis at two public housing estates - Ma Tau Wei and Wo Lok - on September 1, 1975.

Under this new system, tenants provided with pay-in slips by the Housing Authority will only have to pay their rents into a bank on their estate within a given time.

Staff of the estate office will then visit the tenants and endorse their rent card upon production of the bank receipt.

Commenting on the new rent payment system, a spokesman for the Housing Authority said that it would save tenants* time in waiting at home for estate staff to come and collect the rents and avoid risks in estate staff carrying large amounts of money around during rent collection.

’At the same time, the estate staff will still maintain their personal contact with the tenants which is essential to good estate management,” the spokesman added.

The new system, if successful, might be extended to other public housing estates.

Letters containing details of the new rent payment system are being sent to the tenants of the two estates.

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THURSDAY, JULY 24, 1975

CONTENTS . PAGE NO.

PWD TO MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO PRESERVE TREES AFFECTED ' '

BY BUILDING WORKS ......................................  1

800 YOUNGSTERS TO TAKE PART IN CONSERVATION TRAINING PROGRAMMES AND FORESTRY WORK CAMPS THIS SUMMER .......... 2

PRESS CONFERENCE ON HK-EEC TEXTILES ACCORD .............. 3

ADEQUATE COMPENSATION FOR FISHERMEN AFFECTED BY HIGH ISLAND WATER SCHEME ..................................... 4

STATEMENT ON CLERKS BY THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE

CIVIL SERVICE ........................................... 5

400 CALLS FOR AMBULANCE SERVICE A DAY.................... 5

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

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EVERY EFFORT MADE TO PRESERVE TREES AFFECTED BY BUILDING WORKS

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TODAY REASSURED TREE LOVERS THAT TREES GROWN ADJACENT TO PUBLIC ROADS OR FOOTPATHS OR ON SITES FOR BUILDING OR ENGINEERING PROJECTS WILL BE PRESERVED, WHEREVER POSSIBLE,

A P.W.D. SPOKESMAN SAID THAT ALL DEPARTMENTS OF THE P.W.D. THOROUGHLY CHECK PLANS OF ALL PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS TO ENSURE THAT TREES WHICH CLEARLY HAVE AN AMENITY OR AESTHETIC VALUE ARE NOT UNNECESSARILY DESTROYED.

+IF, IN THEIR OPINION, THERE ARE TREES WHICH CANNOT BE SAVED. THE CASE WILL BE SUBMITTED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS TO A HIGH LEVEL *• COMMITTEE WITHIN P.W.D. FOR A DECISION.

+THE COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER THE CASE TOGETHER WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS BASED ON THE ADVICE AND VIEWS OF EITHER THE . URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT OR THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO TRANSPLANTING OR REPLANTING,+ HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IN THE CASES OF TREES AND SHRUBS THAT MUST VIRTUALLY BE DESTROYED TO MAKE WAY FOR SUCH PROJECTS AS NEW ROADS ACROSS VIRGIN COUNTRY, SERVICE RESERVOIRS, FORMATION WORKS AND THE LIKE, PERMISSION MUST FIRST BE SOUGHT FROM THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES.

AS FOR TREES GROWN ON LOTS HELD UNDER LEASE OR SALES CONDITIONS, PROPERTY OWNERS HAVE TO APPLY FOR WRITTEN CONSENT x FROM THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TO FELL THEM, THE SPOKESMAN SAID. ADDING THAT ALL APPLICATIONS WOULD BE DEALT WITH EXPEDITIOUSLY.

HE POINTED OUT, HOWEVER, THAT PERMISSION SHOULD BE SOUGHT 12 MONTHS IN ADVANCE TO ENABLE THE ROOT SYSTEM OF ANY TREE

> SUITABLE FOR TRANSPLANTING TO BE PREPARED FOR THE MOVE.

+AS SOON AS APPLICATIONS ARE RECEIVED, THE P.W.D. WILL IMMEDIATELY ARRANGE FOR A MEETING ON SITE TO BE ATTENDED BY ONE OF ITS ESTATE SURVEYORS, A FORESTRY OFFICER OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT AND THE AUTHORISED PERSON AND THE DEVELOPER OF THE PROJECT CONCERNED.

+ IN THE MAJORITY OF CASES, IT -WILL BE IMMEDIATELY CLEAR WHICH TREES SHOULD BE PRESERVED AND WHICH CAN BE REMOVED,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID. HE ADDED THAT THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT MUST BE MET BY THE AUTHORISED PERSON.

+HE CAN DO SO BY EITHER AMENDING HIS BUILDING PLAN TO RETAIN THE TREES TO BE PRESERVED OR SUBMITTING AN ACCEPTABLE PLAN INCORPORATING ANY PROPOSALS MADE BY THE FORESTRY OFFICER FOR LANDSCAPING AND REPLANTING ON COMPLETION OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SITE.+

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ABOUT 800 YOUNGSTERS-WILL THIS SUMMER LEARN MORE ABOUT COUNTRYSIDE CONSERVATION THROUGH PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE.

THE YOUNGSTERS ARE SELECTED FROM VARIOUS SCHOOLS AND VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS TO TAKE PART IN A SERIES OF CONSERVATION TUA I HI NG PROGRAMMES AND FORESTRY WORK CAMPS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

THE ANNUAL DRIVE TO INSTILL IN YOUNG PEOPLE A BASIC KNOWLEDGE IN SAFEGUARDING THE BEAUTY OF OUR COUNTRYSIDE BEGAN EARLY THIS WEEK WITH A GROUP OF 20 SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS U;.J ■ ' DINO A WEEK-LONG CONSERVATION LEADERSHIP TRAINING CAMP AT THE KOWLOON HILLS FOREST OFFICE IN SHEK LI PUI RESERVOIR., '

DURING THE CAMP THE PARTICIPANTS LEARN PRACTICAL SKILLS IN COUNTRYSIDE CONSERVATION WORK SUCH AS THE MAINTENANCE OF SOIL AND PATH AND THE PREVENTION AND SUPPRESSION OF HILL FIRES.

LECTURES, FILM SHOWS AND GROUP DISCUSSIONS HAVE ALSO BEEN ARRANGED. FIELD VISITS TO A SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT AND AN EXPERIMENTAL POULTRY MANURE DRYING PLANT ARE ALSO INCLUDED IN THE TRAINING PROGRAMME.

THE CAMP, WHICH IS PARTLY FINANCED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB SUMMER ACTIVITIES FUNDS, IS ONE OF THE TWO TRAINING COURSES ORGANISED FOR THIS YEAR.

ANOTHER GROUP OF 20 SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL XAKE PART IN A SIMILAR WEEK-LONG CAMP AT THE KOWLOON HILLS FOREST OFFICE STARTING ON MONDAY (JULY 28).

IN ADDITION TO THE TWO CAMPS, 38 FORESTRY WORK CAMPS HAVE BEEN ORGANISED FOR ABOUT 750 YOUNGSTERS FROM VARIOUS SCHOOLS AND ORGANISATIONS.

THE WORK CAMPS, WHICH ARE NOW BEING HELD AT SHING MUN, LEAD MINE PASS AND TAI PO KAU, AIM AT GIVING YOUNG PEOPLE A CHANCE TO LIVE IN NATURAL OUTDOOR SURROUNDINGS AND TO DEVELOP A DEEPER AWARENESS OF COUNTRYSIDE CONSERVATION.

THE FORESTRY WORK CAMP PROGRAMME STARTED IN 1966 AND HAS PROVED VERY POPULAR WITH YOUNGSTERS.

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THURSDAY, JULY 2U, 1975

THE PROMOTION OF CONSERVATION EDUCATION IS ONE OF THE MAIN CONCERNS OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON RECREATION DEVELOPMENT AMD NATURE CONSERVATION.

A MEMBER OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE, PROGESSOR L.B. THROWER WILL TOMORROW (FRIDAY) MORNING VISIT THE CONSERVATION LEADERSHIP TRAINING CAMP AT SHEK LEI PUI RESERVOIR, AND THE THREE FORESTRY WORK CAMPS AT SHING MUN, LEAD MINE PASS AND TAI PO KAU. !

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO VISIT THE LEADERSHIP TRAINING CAMP OR THE FORESTRY WORK CAMPS. ARRANGEMENTS ' f

CAN BE MADE THROUGH MESSRS K.C. IU (TEL 3-688111 EXT 154), K.K. YEUNG AND DAVID CHAN (TEL 3-781211) OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT.

PRESS CONFERENCE ON HK-EEC TEXTILES ACCORD a#*##*##

NOTE TO EDITORS: ' *

THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. LAWRENCE MILLS, WHO HEADED THE HONG KONG TEAM TO THE TEXTILE NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE E.E.C. IN BRUSSELS, WILL BE GIVING A PRESS CONFERENCE TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO REPORT ON THE RESULTS OF THE TALKS.

THE PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT 11 A.M. IN THE G.I.S. THEATRE ON THE 5TH FLOOR OF BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO HAVE IT COVERED. D.C. AND l.’S PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, MR. GERRY XAVIER, WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST YOUR REPRESENTATIVES.

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ALL FISHERMEN GENUINELY AFFECTED BY THE HIGH ISLAND WATER SCHEME ARE TO BE ADEQUATELY COMPENSATED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY BY A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION WHEN COMMENTING ON PRESS REPORTS ON COMPLAINTS MADE BY CERTAIN FISHERMEN YESTERDAY. '

THE SPOKESMAN RECALLED THAT A SURVEY WAS CARRIED OUT IN 1971 ' BY THE AGRICULTURAL AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE TO DETERMINE HOW FAR THE FISHERMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES WOULD BE AFFECTED BY THE SCHEME. BASED ON THE FINDINGS OF THIS SURVEY, FISHERMEN AFFECTED WERE DIVIDED INTO TWO GROUPS — A AND B — IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE EXTENT TO WHICH THEIR LIVELIHOOD • WAS AFFECTED. GROUP B WAS JUDGED TO BE ONLY PARTLY AFFECTED BY THE SCHEME.

+ALL FAMILIES IN GROUP B WILL RECEIVE COMPENSATION IN THE FORM OF FLATS IN THE GOVERNMENT HOUSING SCHEME WHICH IS TO BE SPECIALLY BUILT,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+HOWEVER, IT WAS CONSIDERED AND ACCEPTED. AS FA IR THAT, SINCE THEY ARE ONLY PARTLY AFFECTED, THEY SHOULD PAY PART OF THE COST OF THEIR NEW HOMES,+ HE ADDED.

.THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT MOST OF THE GROUP B FISHERMEN «C9^PTED THE terms THAT theY SHOULD CONTRIBUTE $6,000 TOWARDS THE COST. THESE TERMS WERE BINDING ON ALL OF THOSE IN GROUP B.

camii HE CONCLUDFD THAT THE TERMS WERE FAIR TO THE FISHERMEN AND THEIR rAMILItS. *

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THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE, MR. TONY HAMMOND SAID THIS MORNING THAT THERE WAS NO RECORD OF ANY STATEMENT BEING MADE ABOUT CLERKS +NORMALLY GIVING ONLY 70 PER CENT SERVICE*.

IN A CIRCULAR TO MEMBERS THE CLERICAL ASSOCIATION ALLEGED THAT THIS WAS SAID BY MR. SCOTT TO THE PRESS Oil JULY 3.

MR. HAMMOND SAIDi +1 AM SURE THAT MR. SCOTT WOULD NEVER HAVE MADE SUCH A REMARK.*

REFERRING TO REPORTED COMMENTS MADE BY DR. DENNY HUANG THAT THE GOVERNMENT REFUSED TO GIVE THE CLERKS MORE-MONEY LAST YEAR, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE POINTED OUT THAT CLERKS, ALONG WITH ALL OTHER CIVIL SERVANTS, RECEIVED SALARY INCREASES FROM APRIL 1, 1974.

COMMENTING ON THE REMARK THAT CLERKS GET ABOUT THE SAME AS ♦ROADSWEEPERS+, MR. HAMMOND SAID THAT THE JOBS WERE SIMPLY NOT COMPARABLE. THE SALARY RANGE FOR THE CLERICAL CLASS IS 8615 TO $2,410 A MONTH AND THOSE FOR URBAN SERVICES STAFF RESPONSIBLE FOR CLEANING THE STREETS IS $745 TO $765 A MOUTH. THEY ALSO RECEIVE CERTAIN ALLOWANCES.

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THE AMBULANCE COMMAND OF THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS CALLED OUT ABOUT 400 TIMES A DAY TO ASSIST PEOPLE IN DISTRESS.

SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR, THE CALL RATE PER DAY HAS AVERAGED 369, COMPARED WITH 299 DURING THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR. THIS REPRESENTS AH INCREASE OF 23 PER CENT.

DURING THE PAST 24 HOURS ENDING AT 7 A.M. TODAY (THURSDAY), THE NUMBER OF CALLS REACHED A RECORD 440 — TWO MORE THAN FHE PREVIOUS HIGH RECORDED ON MAY 19 THIS YEAR.

OF THE TOTAL, 371 WERE EMERGENCY AND 69 NON-EMERGENCY CALLS. THE KOWLOON UNIT WAS THE BUSIEST WITH 153 EMERGENCY AND 54 NONEMERGENCY CALLS. ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 123 EMERGENCY AND 15 NONEMERGENCY CALLS WERE RECEIVED, WHILE 95 EMERGENCY CALLS WERE ANSWERED IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

AT PRESENT THERE ARE NINE AMBULANCE DEPOTS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG WITH A FLEET OF 86 AMBULANCES. ANOTHER FIVE AMBULANCES WILL SOON COME INTO SERVICE. THE AMBULANCE COM.-IA. .< HAS A SiRENUTb OF ABOUT 550 AT PRESENT.

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CONSTRUCTION OF ROADWAY INSIDE SECOND LION ROCK TUNNEL TO BEGIN WITHIN THREE MONTHS ..................................  1

MAXI-CAB SERVICES LIKELY TO OPERATE IN N.T. SOON ............ 2

NEW POLICE OPERATIONAL CENTRE IN KOWLOON .................... 3

MARRIAGE FEES TO BE REVISED ................................. *

DEFERMENT OF CLERKS PAY RISES - A DECISION OF GOVERNMENT AS A WHOLE .................................................. 5

COMPENSATION PROCEDURES OF TENANCY TRIBUNAL TO BE STREAMLINED ................................................. 6

TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE TO CONDUCT COURSES FOR INDUSTRIAL TRADE INSTRUCTORS .............................. ' 6

450 TEACHING VACANCIES IN AIDED SCHOOLS IN COMING ACADEMIC YEAR ............................................... 7

NEW HOMES FOR FISHERMEN AT MUI WO ON LANTAU.................. 9

Issued by Government Informal ion Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong. Tel: 5 233191

FRIDAY, JULY 25, 1975

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DRILLING WORKS AND THE LAYING OF WATER MAINS INSIDE THE SECOND LION ROCK TUNNEL IS NEARING COMPLETION AND WORK ON BUILDING A E jam THROUGH IT WILL I EG IN WITHIN THREE MONTHS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THE W.'TER WORKS SIDE OF THE PROJECT, WHICH INCLUDES TUNNEL DRILLING. C‘ JCREl'E LINING, PORTAL WORKS AND THE LAYING OF MAINS, HAS BEE& SLjSYANTIALLY COMPLETED.

THE TUNNEL WILL SOON BE HANDED OVER TO THE DEPARTMENT’S HIGHWAYS OFFICE WHICH WILL SUPERVISE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE ROADWAY;

THIS PART OF THE PROJECT INVOLVES THE CONSTRUCTION OF A T. O-LANE CONCRETE CARRIAGEWAY THROUGH THE 1,411-METRE TUNNEL, TOGETHER WITH A SHORT APPROACH ROAD LINKING ITS KOWLOON END WITH WATERLOO ROAD AND AN EXTENSION OF THE TOLL PLAZA AT ITS S.iATIN END.

TWO NEW TOLL BOOTHS, SIMILAR TO THE SIX NOW IN OPERATION, WILL ALSO BE BUILT AT THE SHATIN ENTRANCE. IN ADDITION, TWO T..O-STOREY BUILDINGS WILL BE CONSTRUCTED TO HOUSE VENTILATION AiiD LIGHTING EQUIPMENT FOR THE NEW TUNNEL.

TENDER FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS PART OF THE PROJECT ARE I VITED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE. WORK IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN N VEMER AND SHOULD TAKE ABOUT TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE NEW TUNNEL, WHEN COMPLETED, WILL C ERATE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE EXISTING ONE SO THAT EACH OF T.iE Tl O-LANE TUBES WILL CARRY TRAFFIC IN ONE DIRECTION - THE S ME SYSTEM AS IN THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL.

4* THE TWO EXTRA TRAFFIC LANES WILL RESULT IN IMPROVED C'.MMULI CATIONS BETWEEN KOWLOON AND SHATIN AND WILL CONTRIBUTE TO 1 iE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT OF SHATIN NEW TOWN IN PARTICULAR,* h ADDED.

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PUBLIC LIGHT BUS FEEDER ROUTES, COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS

4 IAXI-CAL+ SERVICES, ARE LIKELY TO OPERATE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES • J THE NEAR FUTURE TO SERVE AREAS WHERE THERE ARE INSUFFICIENT I \SSENGERS TO JUSTIFY THE PROVISION OF LARGE BUSES.

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT THIS AFTERNOON TABLED A LIST OF 14 PROPOSED MAX I-CAB ROUTES FOR THE N.T. AT A REGIONAL MEETING WITH LT-PLB REPRESENTATIVES, CHAIRED BY THE ACTING ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF TRANSPORT, MR. PETER MILLER.

THE PARTIES DISCUSSED THE OPERATIONAL CONDITIONS OF FEEDER • ROUTES, INCLUDING FIXED TIMETABLES, FARES AND VEHICLE ALLOCATION, APPROVED STOPPING PLACES, THE GRANT OF EXCLUSIVE RIGHT FOR A PARTICULAR ROUTE, AND THE ISSUE OF PERMITS TO ENTER CERTAIN PLB PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED ZONES, IF NECESSARY.

PLB REPRESENTATIVES GENERALLY SHOWED KEEN INTEREST IN THE PROPOSALS AND THEY WERE INVITED TO STUDY THEM MORE CLOSELY AND SUBMIT WRITTEN APPLICATIONS TO THE DEPARTMENT ON ANY OF THE FEEDER I JUTES THEY MAY DE INTERESTED IN OPERATING.

MR. MILLER SAID THAT IN CASES WHERE MORE THAN ONE APPLICANT APPLIED FOR ONE PARTICULAR FEEDER ROUTE, CONSIDERATION WOULD BE C.’ VEN EITHER ON THE BASIS OF +FIRST COME FIRST SERVED4- OR BY MEANS ( A BALLOT, WHICHEVER THE PLB OPERATORS WOULD PREFER.

THE PROPOSALS ENVISAGE FEEDER ROUTES RUNNING FROM TUNG KOK WAI TO LUEN WO MARKET, TSZ TIN TSUEN TO TUEN MUN, LAU FAU LIAN TO HIM WAN, SHEUNG SHU I TO LIN MA HANG, WU KAU TANG TO TA IPO i.ARKET, AND KWAI SHING NORTH TO TSUEN WAN FERRY.

TODAY’S MEETING WAS THE SECOND OF A SERIES CONVENED ON A REGIONAL BASIS. THE FIRST WAS HELD LAST MONTH WITH PLB OPERATORS OF HONG KONG ISLAND.

THE NEXT WILL BE FOR KOWLOON PLB OPERATORS WITH WHOM PROPOSALS ' ILL ALSO BE DISCUSSED ON FEEDER ROUTES FOR KOWLOON AND NEW KOWLOON <EAS.

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POLICE IN KOWLOON WILL HAVE A NEW OPERATIONAL CENTRE BY MID-1976 TO CO-ORDINATE ALL THEIR OPERATIONS. »

THE NEW ’NERVE’ CENTRE WILL BE HOUSED IN A FOUR-STOREY BUILDING WHICH FORMS STAGE II OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW K ..'LOON DISTRICT POLICE HEADQUARTERS IN ARGYLE STREET.

WORK ON THIS STAGE OF THE MULTI-MILL I ON-DOLLAR PROJECT IS DUE TO BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER.

WHEN COMPLETED, THE BUILDING WILL PROVIDE OFFICE ACCOMMODATION F R THE KOWLOON POLMIL OPERATIONS CENTRE, THE 999 CONTROL CENTRE, AM!) THE BEAT RADIO SCHEME.

THE REST OF THE FLOOR SPACE WILL DE TAKEN UP BY A CAR-PARK I THE BASEMENT AND AN ASSEMBLY HAI.L/GYMNAS I UM ON THE GROUND FLOOR.

THE BUILDING WILL BE LINKED BY OVERHEAD BRIDGES WITH STAGE I OF THE NEW KOWLOON POLICE HEADQUARTERS WHICH WAS COMPLETED LATE LAST YEAR AND IS NOW OCCUPIED BY UNITS OF THE CRIMINAL I JESTIGATION DEPARTMENT AND TRAFFIC HEADQUARTERS (KOWLOON).

STAGE III OF THE DEVELOPMENT PLAN WILL COMPRISE A THREE-STOREY BUILDING WHICH WILL BE MAINLY USED AS BARRACKS F R LOTH THE REGULAR AND AUXILIARY POLICE.

THE NEW KOWLOON POLICE HEADQUARTERS REPLACES THE 50 YEAR-OkD P I ICE BIJU DING IN PRINCE EDWA.iD ROAD WHICH WILL BE PULL'D DOWN b MAKE WAY FOR THE MASS TRANSIT SYSTEM.

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MARRIAGE FEES TO BE REVISED K K * H «

CERTAIN FEES CHARGED BY THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT UNDER THE MARRIAGE ORDINANCE ARE TO BE REVISED WITH EFFECT FROM NOVEMBER 1 THIS YEAR.

THE REVISED CHARGES WILL MEAN THAT A COUPLE WILL, IN FUTURE, PAY 3100 INSTEAD OF $60 FOR A MARRIAGE. THE FEE FOR FILING AND EXHIBITION OF NOTICE OF MARRIAGE WILL BE INCREASED BY $10 TO $20 WHILE THE FEE FOR A MARRIAGE AT THE REGISTRAR’S OFFICE WILL BE INCREASED BY $30 TO $80.

THERE ARE A NUMBER OF OTHER INCREASES WHICH WILL NOT NORMALLY AFFECT A COUPLE GETTING MARRIED.

ci aV^"°^^ENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED TODAY THAT THE REASON FOR DELAYING THE INTRODUCTION OF THE INCREASED MARRIAGE FEES TO NOVEMBER 1, IS TO ENSURE THAT PEOPLE WHO HAVE ALREADY

GIVEN NOTICE OF MARRIAGE (THAT IS, BEFORE AUGUST 1) WILL ONLY onVwhichPtheyHga"e™otice^E 0F 850 WHICH WAS F0RCE AT THE DATE

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY ON FEES IS *HE»EVER POSSiBLE, THEY SHOULD BE AT LEAST SUFFICIENT TO '

TA nrTAL^F!.C,T F0R THE MARRIAGE REGISTRY IN 1975/76 IS ESTIMATED TO BE ABOUT $1.25 MILLION AND WITH THE INCREASES TO BECOME EFFECTIVE

Is ESTIMATED THAT THEY WILL PRODUCE REVENUE EFFICIENT TO COVER THE COST OF RUNNING THE REGISTRY.

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DEFERMENT OF CLERKS PAY RISES CLARIFIED * K * KU «

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY EMPHASISED THAT THE DECISION TO DEFER IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE CLERICAL CLASS WAS +A DECISION OF THE GOVERNMENT AS A WHOLE.+

THE RECOMMENDATIONS WILL GIVE CLERKS SALARY INCREASES AND IMPROVED PROMOTION PROSPECTS COSTING SOME $13.44 MILLION A YEAR AND ARE TO BE INTRODUCED FROM APRIL 1 NEXT YEAR.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT ALL 28 RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMITTEE WERE APPROVED BY THE GOVERNMENT, EXCEPT FOR ONE MODIFICATION CONCERNING PROFICIENCY INCREMENTS. HOWEVER, THE COMMITTEE’S PROPOSAL THAT THEY SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED FROM A RIL 1 THIS YEAR COULD NOT BE AGREED IN VIEW OF THE CURRENT FINANCIAL AND ECONOMIC SITUATION IN HONG KONG.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT IT IS THE NORMAL PRACTICE FOR REPORTS OF COMMITTEES TO BE CONSIDERED BY THE APPROPRIATE BRANCHES OF THE GOVERNMENT AND ANY FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF FINANCE COMMITTEE.

AS THE NORMAL PROCEDURES WERE FOLLOWED IN THE CASE OF ‘ THE JOINT COMMITTEE’S REPORT, THERE IS NO QUESTION OF ’GOVERNMENT PROMISES OR AGREEMENTS HAVING BEEN BROKEN AS HAS BEEN SUGGESTED IN SOME QUARTERS.

THE DECISION OF THE GOVERNMENT AS A WHOLE IS THAT THE PACKAGE WILL BE IMPLEMENTED FROM APRIL 1, 1976.

THIS IS SUBJECT TO THE FINANCIAL SITUATION AT THAT DATE BUT IT WOULD REQUIRE A SIUTATION OF VERY REAL SERIOUSNESS IN ECONOMIC and FINANCIAL TERMS TO PREVENT THESE ARRANGEMENTS FROM BEING IMPLEMENTED THEN.

IN A SPECIAL COMMENT, THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE, MR TONY HAMMOND, SAID HE COULD UNDERSTAND THAT THE CLERICAL ASSOCIATION IS DISAPPOINTED THAT THE ARRANGEMENTS CANNOT BE IMPLEMENTED UNTIL NEXT YEAR, +JUST AS THERE IS DISAPPOINTMENT IN THE COMMUNITY GENERALLY ABOUT THE UNAVOIDABLE POSTPONEMENT OF SOME OF THE PROPOSALS FOR EXPENDITURE ON EDUCATION, SOCIAL AND MEDICAL SERVICES AND OTHER DESERVING CAUSES.+

MR. HAMMOND ADDED THAT THE CLERKS HAVE ALWAYS PERFORMED THEIR DUTIES EFFICIENTLY AND THE DEFERMENT OF THE SALARY INCREASE DOES NOT REFLECT AT ALL ON THEIR WORK. THE DECISION OF THE GOVERNMENT WAS TAKEN PURELY FOR FINANCIAL REASONS.

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THE PROCESS OF AWARDING COMPENSATION TO PROTECTED TENANTS OF PRE-WAR BUILDINGS SUBJECT TO CLOSURE ORDER SERVED BY THE BUILDING AUTHORITY WILL BE STREAMLINED UNDER PROPOSED LEGISLATION PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE.

THE DEMOLISHED BUILDINGS (RE-DEVELOPMENT OF SITES) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1975, IF PASSED, WILL ENABLE THE TENANCY TRIBUNAL TO ACCEPT THE INCREMENTAL VALUE ASSESSED BY THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS AS PART OF THE EVIDENCE WHEN ASSESSING THE AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION TO BE PAID TO INDIVIDUAL TENANTS.

UNDER THE EXISTING LAW, TENANTS OF PREWAR BUILDINGS WHICH ARE DECLARED DANGEROUS ARE ENTITLED TO COMPENSATION PAYABLE BY THE OWNERS. HOWEVER, THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION PAID, WHICH IS DETERMINED BY THE TENANCY TRIBUNAL, SHOULD NOT EXCEED THE INCREMENTAL VALUE WHICH, IN THE OPINION OF THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, IS THE INCREASE IN MARKET VALUE OF THE PROPERTY AFTER IT IS VACATED.

BY GLVING THE TENANCY TRIBUNAL THE CHANCE TO CONSIDER THE ASSESSED INCREMENTAL VALUE OF THE PROPERTY, THE BILL WILL FACILITATE ITS WORK IN DECIDING THE AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION TO BE PAID.

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THE TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE WILL BEGIN COURSES FOR TRADE INSTRUCTORS AND WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR.

THE INDUSTRIAL TRADE INSTRUCTORS COURSES INCLUDE A PART-TIME DAY RELEASE COURSE LASTING FOR 12 WEEKS AND A PART-TIME EVENING COURSE LASTING FOR 20 WEEKS. THE FEES FOR THE TWO COURSES IS $80 AND $75 RESPECTIVELY.

+BOTH COURSES WILL BE CONDUCTED IN CHINESE WITH ENGLISH TERMINOLOGY,* A SPOKESMAN OF EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID.

+THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR TRADE INSTRUCTORS AND WORKSHOP SUPERVISORS TO OBTAIN THE NECESSARY TRAINING FOR CARRYING OUT THEIR DAY-TO-DAY TEACHING DUTIES. FROM THE COURSES WE ARE OFFERING, THEY WILL LEARN TO IMPROVE THEIR METHODS OF TEACHING, STUDY EDUCATION THEORY AND EDUCATION PSYCHOLOGY,* HE SAID.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW OBTAINABLE FROM THE COLLEGE AT 373, QUEEN’S ROAD, EAST, HONG KONG. ALL COMPLETED FORMS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE ABOVE ADDRESS ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 5, 1975.

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STATEMENT BY EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ON TEACHING VACANCIES • *#####

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS CONFIDENT THAT ABOUT 450 TEACHING VACANCIES IN A.IDED PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS WILL BE OPEN TO COMPETITION BY GRADUATES OF THE COLLEGES GF EDUCATION IN THE COMING ACADEMIC YEAR.

THIS ESTIMATE WAS GIVEN TO THE COLLEGES IN AN EXCHANGE OF CORRESPONDENCE AND MEETINGS EARLIER THIS YEAR FROM MARCH TO MAY WITH THE NECESSARY CAUTION THAT THE ESTIMATE COULD ONLY BE CONFIRMED LATER, WHEN WASTAGE IN THE FORM OF RETIREMENTS AND RESIGNATIONS CREATING VACANCIES BECAME KNOWN, AND WHEN VACANCIES IN DEVELOPING AND NEW SCHOOLS COULD BE DETERMINED.

THERE WAS THE FURTHER PROBLEM OF THE REDEPLOYMENT OF TEACHERS FROM SCHOOLS IN WHICH UNDER-UTILISED CLASSES WERE BEING CLOSED.

IT WAS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE GOVERNMENT AS AN EMPLOYER TO ASSIST ITS EMPLOYEES IN THE FIRST INSTANCE, AND THIS IT IS DOING THROUGH A SPECIALLY CREATED PLACEMENT SERVICE IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

COLLEGE GRADUATES WERE ALSO TOLD THAT THE PROVISION OF THIS INFORMATION IN NO WAY CONSTITUTED ANY COMMITMENT ON THE PART OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TO GUARANTEE APPOINTMENTS.

WHILE THE DEPARTMENT WAS SYMPATHETIC AND WAS DOING ALL IT COULD TO HELP THE COLLEGES AT AN ANXIOUS TIME, STUDENTS WERE REMINDED THAT IT REMAINED THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO SEEK EMPLOYMENT ON THEIR OWN INITIATIVE.

COLLEGE AUTHORITIES HAVE ALWAYS ASSISTED GRADUATES BY RELAYING INFORMATION FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OF VACANCIES IN SCHOOLS, BUT THIS YEAR PROCEDURES HAVE BEEN IMPROVED AS A REFLECTION OF OFFICIAL CONCERN AT A SPECIALLY DIFFICULT TIME.

IT MUST BE UNDERSTOOD THAT ESTIMATES WILL GIVE WAY TO DEFINITE FIGURES OF VACANCIES IN EARLY AUGUST. THIS IS BECAUSE THE REDEPLOYMENT OF TEACHERS ALREADY IN SERVICE SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY THEN, AND BECAUSE NEW SCHOOLS WHICH ARE ABOUT TO BE HANDED OVER TO THEIR SPONSORS HAVE YET TO FINALISE THEIR CLASS ORGANISATIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 1975.

FIGURES FOR VACANCIES ARE NECESSARILY FLUID FROM DAY TO DAY AS TEACHERS RESIGN, RETIRE OR TRANSFER FROM THE PRIVATE TO THE PUBLIC SECTOR AND, IN SOME INSTANCES, VICE VERSA, BUT THE ESTIMATE OF 450 VACANCIES IN AIDED PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS OPEN TO COMPETITION, AFTER REDUNDANT SERVING TEACHERS HAVE BEEN PLACED, STILL APPEARS SOUND.

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COLLEGE GRADUATES HAVE CLAIMED THAT +MORE THAN 700 FULL-TIME GRADUATES* ARE SEEKING POSTS THIS YEAR. COLLEGE INFORMATION IS THAT 664 FULL-TIME STUDENTS COMPLETED TWO AND THREE-YEAR COURSES THIS YEAR, AND THAT OF THESE 158 HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED TO STAY ON AT COLLEGES FOR THIRD YEAR COURSES. ,

THUS, 506 GRADUATES APPEAR IN FACT TO BE SEEKING POSTS, AND OF THESE 114 HAVE INFORMED THE COLLEGE AUTHORITIES THAT THEY HAVE ALREADY SECURED POSTS.

THIS LEAVES 392 SEEKING POSTS, BUT COLLEGE GRADUATES ARE WELL AWARE THAT APPOINTMENTS IN AIDED SCHOOLS ARE IN THE HANDS VF SPONSORS WHO RUN AIDED SCHOOLS. THESE SPONSORS ARE FREE TO OFFER VACANCIES TO SUITABLY QUALIFIED TEACHERS IRRESPECTIVE OF YEAR OF GRADUATION.

THIS YEAR’S COLLEGE STUDENTS, WHO WERE LATER TO GRADUATE, WERE INFORMED IN A LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION DATED MARCH 29, 1975, THAT +GRADUATES WHO ARE UNABLE TO GET TEACHING POSTS IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR ARE ADVISED TO SEEK EMPLOYMENT IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS, INCLUDING ASSISTED PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND THOSE OFFERING BOUGHT PLACES*.

THIS ADVICE WAS REITERATED AT TWO MEETINGS BETWEEN COLLEGE STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES AND SENIOR OFFICIALS OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN MAY..

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THE FOURTH ROUND TABLE KIN REFUGEE REHOUSING VILLAGE AT MUI WO ON LANTAU ISLAND WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED BY THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. DAVID AKERS-JONES, AT 3 P.M. TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE OPENING OF THE VILLAGE MARKS A FURTHER STEP TOWARDS THE HONG KONG ROUND TABLE’S AIM TO PROVIDE MORE DECENT HOMES FOR FISHERMEN. THREE SIMILAR PROJECTS HAVE nLEN BUILT Oil CHEUNG CHAU ISLAND SINCE 1961, PROVIDING HOMES FOR MORE THAN 700 PEOPLE. •

THE VILLAGE AT MUI WO IS BUILT ON A SITE DONATED BY THE GOVERNMENT. CONSTRUCTION COSTS ARE BEING MET BY CONTRIBUTIONS RAISED LOCALLY AND ABROAD.

THIRTY OF THE 52 SELF-CONTAINED UNITS IN THE VILLAGE HAVE BEEN COMPLETED. THESE WILL ACCOMMODATE 180 PEOPLE.

EACH FAMILY UNIT HAS A LIVING ROOM WITH A LOFT WHICH CAN BE USED AS A BEDROOM, AND A TOILET AND A SMALL KITCHEN.'

NOTE TO EDITORS:

COPIES OF MR. AKERS-JONES’ SPEECH AT TOMORROW’S OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE DISTRIBUTED IN THE G.I.S. PRESS BOXES TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON.

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POST OFFICE TO INTRODUCE SPEEDPOST 'ON DEMAND’ TO UNITED KINGDOM FROM AUGUST 5 ................................ 1

23 SCHOOLS TO INTRODUCE NEW DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY SYLLABUS .................................................... 2

GOVERNOR TO VISIT MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES IN SHAU KEI WAN .. 3

WORK ABOUT TO START ON KWAI CHUNG INCINERATOR ............... 4

337,000 LOTTERY TICKETS SOLD SO FAR ......................... 4

MUSIC FESTIVAL FOR YOUNGSTERS IN KWUN TONG .................. 5

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF LUNG CHEUNG ROAD......................

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

SATURDAY, JULY 26, 1975

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A NEW FAST POSTAL DELIVERY SERVICE WILL COME INTO OPERATION Oi AUGUST 5 WHEN THE POST OFFICE INTRODUCES SPEEDPOST +ON DEMAND* T( MAJOR TOWNS AND CITIES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

THE NEW SERVICE WILL BE LIMITED FOR'THE TIME BEING TO BUSINESS AND COMMERCIAL PAPERS ONLY.

A POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT, RPOVIDED AIRCRAFT ARE NOl SERIOUSLY DELAYED, THE +ON DEMAND* SERVICE WOULD SECURE DELIVERY WITHIN 43 HOURS OF DESPATCH FROM HONG KONG. EARLIER DELIVERY WOULD BE POSSIBLE TO LONDON DISTRICTS, HE ADDED.

THE BASIC CHARGES FOR THE *ON DEMAND* SERVICE WILL BE $120 FOR THE FIRST ONE POUND WEIGHT AND $15 PER POUND OR PART POUND Th REAFTER.

*THE ADVANTAGE OF THE +0N DEMAND* SERVICE,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID, +IS THAT CUSTOMERS CAN PRESENT PACKAGES AT THE SPECIALLY DESIGNATED +SPEEDPOST* COUNTERS AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, TH: TSIM SHA TSUI AND kOWLOON GENERAL POST OFFICES AND AFTER COMPLETION OF THE -REQUIRED FORMALITIES, HAVE THEM DESPATCHED BY AIR WITHOUT HAVING TO MAKE PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS WITH THE POST OF ICE.*

' THE +0N DEMAND* SPEEDPOST SERVICE, HE SAID, WAS DESIGNED TO MEET THE NEED FOR AN INFORMAL SPEEDPOST SERVICE WITHOUT THE NECESSITY OF CONTRACT FORMALITIES.

+IT IS NOT INTENDED THAT THE NEW SERVICE SHALL REPLACE CONTRACT SERVICE, BUT RATHER THAT IT SHOULD COMPLEMENT THEM.

+1NDEED, IT IS HOPED THAT PRESENT CONTRACT CUSTOMERS WILL USE +0N DEMAND* SERVICE TO COMPLEMENT CONTRACT ARRANGEMENTS AS REQUIRED,* HE SAID.

AN +0N DEMAND* SPEEDPOST SERVICE HAS BEEN SUCCESSFULLY OPERATING BETWEEN HONG KONG AND THE UNITED STATES SINCE MAY THIS YE ER.

FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE SERVICE MAY BE OBTAINED BY ’ TE! EPHONING 5-245992 OR. THE POST OFFICE ENQUIRY BUREAU 5-247116.

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THE NEW DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY SYLLABUS, WHICH LAYS MORE STRESS iN THE CREATIVE AND INTELLECTUAL ASPECT OF WORKING WITH MATERIALS, LILL BE INTRODUCED TO FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS IN 23 SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THE COMING ACADEMIC YEAR.

THIS WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY BY MR. DANIEL WATERS, ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (TECHNICAL), AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF AN 13-WEEK IN-SERVICE TRAINING COURSE ON DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY AT THE TORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE.

MR. WATERS SAID THE SCHOOLS WHICH WOULD BE ADOPTING THE NEW SYLLABUS WOULD BE CAREFULLY MONITORED BY THE TECHNICAL INSPECTORATE WHOSE MAJOR TASK WILL BE TO PROVIDE SUPPORT TO THE TEACHERS.

THE TEACHERS WHO COMPLETED THE COURSE HAD INTERPRETED THE SYLLABUS AND PRODUCED THEIR OWN INDIVIDUAL LESSON PROGRAMME FOR USE AS TEACHING AIDS IN THE COMING SCHOOL YEAR.

AS FAR AS HONG KONG WAS CONCERNED, MR. WATERS SAID, THIS NEW METHOD OF TEACHING WOULD BE MORE DEMANDING ON THE TEACHERS. +NOT ONLY WILL THEY NOT BE ABLE TO RELY ON THE OLD STANDARD EXERCISES BUT THEY WILL ALSO BE CALLED UPON TO USE THEIR INITIATIVE TO PRODUCE A CREATIVE PROGRAMME OF WORK.+

IN OCTOBER, HE WENT ON, ANOTHER DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY IN-SERVICE COURSE WILL BE ORGANISED AND HE ENVISAGED THAT BY THEN MORE SCHOOLS WOULD SEE THE MERITS OF TEACHING THIS SUBJECT.

MR. WATERS NOTED THAT THE COURSE WHICH JUST ENDED HAD PROVIDED TEACHERS WITH AN OPPORTUNITY IN VARIOUS SITUATIONS TO UNDERSTAND THE DESIGN PROCESS AND ITS RELATIONSHIP TO TECHNOLOGY.

+WHAT HAS BEEN CENTRAL TO THE WHOLE COURSE IS THE VIEW THAT IT IS EDUCATIONALLY DESIRABLE TO LOOK BEYOND MANIPULATIVE SKILLS TO THE PROCESS WHICH IS THE BASIS OF MATERIAL BASED WORK -- DESIGN AND ITS OBVIOUS INTER-RELATED LINKS WITH TECHNOLOGY.

+SUCH A PROCESS IS CLEARLY CLOSE TO THE FUNDAMENTAL PROCESSES OF CREATIVE EDUCATION — THE ABILITY TO SOLVE PROBLEMS RATIONALLY AND TO MAKE DECISIONS.+

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GOVERNOR TO VISIT MAC’S IN SHAU KEI WAN ««««««

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL VISIT THE MUTUAL . ID COMMITTEES OF TAI ON BUILDING AND SEVEN LONG-ESTABLISHED VILLAGES IN SHAU KEI WAN ON MONDAY (JULY 28).

HE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, >

MR. AUGUSTINE CHUI.

THE GOVERNOR WILL ARRIVE AT THE SIDE ENTRANCE OF TAI ON BUILDING IN TAI ON STREET AT 2.30 P.M. HE WILL BE MET BY MRS. MABEL HAYES, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (EASTERN)= MR. YIP YUM-FONG, CHAIRMAN OF TAI ON BUILDING OWNERS’ SOCIETY^ MR. J.O. EDWARDS, MANAGER OF TAI ON BUILDING AND REPRESENTATIVES OF OTHER MAC’S IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD.

SIR MURRAY WILL TOUR THE SHOPPING ARCADE ON THE GROUND FLOOR : OF THE BUILDING AND THEN PROCEED TO THE ROOFTOP FOR A PANORAMIC VIEW OF ALDRICH BAY AND THE SURROUNDING SQUATTER’AREA. AFTERWARDS, HE WILL MEET REPRESENTATIVES OF THE OWNERS’ SOCIETY AND THE MULTI-STOREY BUILDING MAC’S AND DISCUSS WITH THEM GENERAL BUILDING MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS.•

THE GOVERNOR WILL LEAVE TAI ON BUILDING AT ABOUT 3.40 P.M. AND GO BY CAR TO SHING ON STREET.

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HE WILL ARRIVE AT THE JUNCTION OF SHING ON STREET AND TAI SHEK STREET AROUND 3.45 P.M. AND THEN PROCEED ON FOOT TO THE MAC OFFICE OF HOLY CROSS PATH VILLAGE.

SIR MURRAY WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE WORK OF THE MAC’S OF THE SEVEN VILLAGES AND DISCUSS MATTERS OF COMMON INTEREST WITH THE CHAIRMEN AND VICE-CHAIRMEN OF THE MAC’S.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE VISITS. THE GOVERNOR IS DUE TO ARRIVE AT TAI ON BUILDING AT 2.30 P.M. AND LEAVE AT ABOUT ’3.40 P.M. BY CAR. HE IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE AT SHING ON STREET AROUND 3.45 P.M.

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WORK ABOUT TO START ON MAJOR REFUSE DISPOSAL PLANT if if ft ft if if

WORK ON THE KWAI CHUNG INCINERATOR - THE LARGEST MODERN REFUSE DISPOSAL PLANT IN HONG KONG - WILL GET UNDERWAY SOON.

THE INCINERATOR HAS BEEN DESIGNED WITH PUBLIC HEALTH IN MIND. GAS PRODUCED WILL BE DISPERSED AT A HIGH LEVEL THROUGH A 15O-METRE CHIMNEY AND DUST EMISSION WILL BE KEPT TO A MINIMUM BY EFFICIENT DUST EXTRACTION EQUIPMENT.

THE PLANT, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BECOME OPERATIONAL BY LATE 1978, WILL HANDLE ABOUT 900 TONS OF REFUSE A DAY. '

THE SUPERSTRUCTURE OF THE PLANT WILL BE BUILT ON A 1.4-HECTARE SITE ON THE KWAI CHUNG RECLAMATION.

THE WORK WILL INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A MAIN BUILDING TO HOUSE THE HUGE INCINERATOR NOW BEING MANUFACTURED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

THE MAIN BUILDING — A STEEL-FRAME STRUCTURE ESSENTIALLY MADE UP OF ABOUT 3,000 TONS OF STRUCTURAL STEELWORK -- WILL BE LINKED BY VEHICULAR RAMPS WITH AN ADJOINING REINFORCED CONCRETE BUILDING DESIGNED TO RECEIVE REFUSE TRUCKS.

ALSO INCLUDED IN THE PROJECT ARE SOME DRAINAGE WORKS AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF ANCILLARY ROADS. • '

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337,000 LOTTERY TICKETS SOLD SO FAR ’ ft ft ft ft ft ft

UP TO 12 NOON TODAY (SATURDAY), A TOTAL OF 337,000 TICKETS FOR THE FIFTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY THIS YEAR WAS SOLD.

THE WINNING NUMBERS OF THE LOTTERY WILL BE DRAWN NEXT SATURDAY (AtifHOT 2) IN THE CITY HALL THEATRE BY FOUR RADIO HONG KONG (RTISTES - MISS TERESA WONG SHIU-FUNG, MISS LOUISA CHAN YEE-NOR, |":i. CHU PUI-HING AND MR. RAYMOND NG SHEK-FAI.

THE FOUR ARTISTES WILL ALSO HELP SELL TICKETS AT STATUE SQUARE BETWEEN 1 P.M. AND 2 P.M. ON MONDAY (JULY 28).

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KWUN TONG MUSIC FESTIVAL ft ft. ft ft if ft

A MUSIC FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD IN THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT NEXT MONTH TO ENCOURAGE YOUNGSTERS TO DEVELOP THEIR MUSICAL TALENTS.

• THE FESTIVAL, IN THE FORM OF A COMPETITION, WILL BE HELD ON THREE SUNDAYS, BEGINNING ON AUGUST 10, FROM 2.30 p.M. TO P.M. AT THE ST. BARNABAS’ CHURCH YOUTH CENTRE AT 71,SHU I WO STREET, KWUN TONG.

THE EVENT IS ORGANISED BY THE YOUTH CENTRE AND.SPONSORED BY THE KWUN TONG COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICE.

ANYONE WHO WISHES TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY OF THE 10 DIFFERENT CLASSES IN THE COMPETITION SHOULD APPLY NOW.-

ENTRY FORMS ARE AVAILABLE EITHER FROM THE ST. BARNABAS’ CHURCH YOUTH CENTRE (TEL: 3-893942) OR THE C.Y.O. OFFICE ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE KWUN TONG GOVERNMENT BRANCH OFFICES BUILDING IN TUNG YAN STREET (TEL: 3-457743). CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS FRIDAY, AUGUST 8.

WINNERS OF THE COMPETITION WILL GIVE A PERFORMANCE AT A CONCERT TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 31.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE^OF LUNG CHEUNG ROAD

MOTORISTS are advised that

BE cJilSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 1A.H.0N TUESDAY (JULY

TO 5.30 a.M.THE NEXT DAY.

THfMSE0F°A‘sTeEl0F00TBRID6E ACRisS^NG^HEuKoA? AT ITS « pass POA”-

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE POSTED.

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MORE PEOPLE ARE NOW USING PUBLIC TRANSPORT THAN EVER BEFORE ..................................................... 1

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AMBULANCES TAKE ON DISTINCTIVE NEW LOOK TO MAKE THEM READILY RECOGNISABLE AS EMERGENCY VEHICLES.................. 3

HONG KONG VIRTUALLY FREE FROM SERIOUS OCCUPATIONAL DISEASES .................................................   4

WELFARE BUILDING IN LAM TIN ESTATE CELEBRATES FIRST ANNIVERSARY ...............................................

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SUNDAY, JULY 27, 1975

MORE PEOPLE USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT . THAN EVER BEFORE ***«««

THE FIRST HALF OF 1975 SAW AN ALL-TIME RECORD IN THE USE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES FOR ANY SIX-MONTH PERIOD, WITH THE NUMBER OF VEHICLES, MOSTLY PRIVATE CARS, CONTINUING TO DROP.

OFFICIAL STATISTICS INDICATE THAT A LOT MORE PEOPLE ARE NOW USING PUBLIC TRANSPORT THAN EVER BEFORE, WHILE THE NUMBER OF REGISTERED VEHICLES HAS FALLEN TO 189,000 FROM THE HIGHEST OF 202,953 IN NOVEMBER 1973.

MORE THAN 588.2 MILLION PEOPLE'USED BUSES, FERRIES, TRAMS AND TRAINS IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS THIS YEAR - 46.3 MILLION OR 8.5 PER CENT MORE THAN IN THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

COMMENTING ON THE DEVELOPMENT, MR. PETER MILLER, ACTING

ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, SAID TODAY MORE FREQUENT AND QUICKER BUS SERVICES, COUPLED WITH IMPROVED HIGHWAY AND TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEMES, HAD MADE THE USE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT MORE POPULAR.

BASED ON THE FIGURES FOR THIS YEAR, HE SAID, IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THE DAILY AVERAGE OF PASSENGERS USING PUBLIC TRANSPORT WOULD REACH A STAGGERING 5.1 MILLION BY THE YEAR’S END, OF WHICH -44.9 PER CENT WOULD BE BY BUS, 23.8 PER CENT BY MINIBUS, 12 PER CENT BY TAXIS OR HIRE CAR, 10.7 PER CENT BY FERRY, 7.9 PER CENT BY ThAM AND 0.7 PER CENT BY RAILWAY.

+AND IF THE PRESENT TRENDS CONTINUE WITH VEHICLE REGISTRATION, THE NUMBER OF VEHICLES ON THE ROADS COULD WELL DROP TO 113,000 BY DECEMBER THIS YEAR,+ HE ADDED.

MR. MILLER INDICATED THAT 1975 WOULD LIKELY BECOME AS I GN IFI CANT MILESTONE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A FULLY INTEGRATED AND EFFICIENT PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM IN HONG KONG, WITH COMPREHENSIVE ALTERNATIVE MODES OF TRAVEL +THE ENVY OF ANY URBAN CENTRE IN THE WORLD.+

HE NOTED THAT THE COST OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT FARES IN REAL TERMS WAS IN FACT LESS THAN IT WAS THREE YEARS AGO, ALLOWING FOR THE RATE 0 INFLATION.

ENCOURAGING STATISTICS SHOW THAT FROM JANUARY TO JUNE THIS YEAR, THE KOWLOON MOTOR DUS COMPANY CARRIED 307.3 MILLION PASSENGERS, WHICH REPRESENTS AN INCREASE OF 33.2 MILLION OR 12.1 PER CENT OVER THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 1974.

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THE CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY CARRIED MORE THAN 103 MILLION PASSENGERS, NEARLY 16 MILLION OR 18.1 PER CENT MORE THAN IN THE FIRST HALF OF LAST YEAR.

MR. MILLER SAID THE CROSS-HARBOUR ROUTES INTRODUCED BY THE TWO BUS COMPANIES WERE THE MAIN FACTOR FOR THE INCREASE IN PASSENGER FIGURES, ANOTHER REASON BEING THE INTRODUCTION OF URBAN EXPRESS SERVICES AND NEW COACH SERVICES FOR OFFICE WORKERS AND FORMER PRIVATE CAR USERS.

HE SAID THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS USING CROSS-HARBOUR FERRY SERVICES DECLINED BY ABOUT 4.5 MILLION OR 4.7 PER CENT TO 90.7 MILLION IN THE LAST SIX MONTHS, BUT 9.3 PER CENT MORE, OR 7.4 MILLION PASSENGERS, USED SERVICES TO OUTLYING ISLANDS AND OTHER RESORTS.

ON PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES, HE SAID THERE WAS DOUBT AMONG TRANSPORT PLANNERS AS TO WHETHER AS MANY PEOPLE AS 1.2 MILLION, ESTIMATED IN 1973, WERE STILL USING THIS MODE OF TRANSPORT EACH DAY.

+THEIR FEELING IS THAT THE DAILY FIGURE IS NOW MUCH SMALLER AND THAT A MORE EVIDENT DECLINE WOULD SHOW IN THE NEAR FUTURE. HOWEVER, THERE WERE 4,308 PLBS LICENSED AT THE END OF LAST MONTH, COMPARED TO 3,943 IN JANUARY 1974,+ HE SAID.

THE REASONS THEY SUGGEST FOR THE REDUCTION IN PLB PASSENGERS ARE THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW BUS SERVICES IN URBAN AREAS WHERE MOST PLBS OPERATE, AND THE CHARGI NG■OF ARBITRARY FARES BY OPERATORS DURING PEAK HOURS, HE SAID.

THE INCREASING POPULARITY OF THE CROSS-HARBOUR BUS ROUTES AT CHEAPER FARES COULD WELL BE ANOTHER FACTOR, HE ADDED.

AS REGARDS TAXIS AND HIRE CARS, MR. MILLER SAID THEY CARRIED A RELATIVELY SMALL PROPORTION, ABOUT 12 PER CENT, OF THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC, AND IT WAS FELT THAT THE REVISED STANDARD FARE OF $2 FOR THE FIRST MILE MIGHT HAVE DISCOURAGED TAXI USAGE. AT PRESENT, THERE ARE 6,037 TAXIS AND PUBLIC HIRE CARS, AS COMPARED TO 2,164 BUSES.

IN THE TRAFFIC SCENE, ROAD CONGESTION HAS GENERALLY EASED.

A RECENT SURVEY SHOWS THAT THE BAN ON KERBSIDE STOPPING BY .VEHICLES AND THE PROHIBITION OF PLBS IN SOME PART OF CENTRAL DISTRICT DURING PEAK HOURS HAS IMPROVED TRAFFIC FLOW THERE.

MR. MILLER SAID: +THE INTRODUCTION OF ’BUS ONLY LANES’ AND ’TRAM RESERVES’ IN SOME.SECTION OF CENTRAL DISTRICT, PARTICULARLY THE BLACK SPOTS BETWEEN QUEENSWAY AND CENTRAL MARKET, IS EXPECTED TO FURTHER IMPROVE TRAFFIC CONDITIONS.+ ,

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SUNDAY, JULY 27, 1975

HE POINTED OUT THAT GOVERNMENT WAS ALREADY PUSHING AHEAD WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF BETTER AND WIDER DUAL-CARRIAGEWAYS AND FLYOVERS IN KOWLOON URBAN AREAS AND IN THE WESTERN NEW TERRITORIES.

HOWEVER, HE SOUNDED A NOTE OF CAUTION: +WITH THE PROGRAMME FOR NW BUS TERMINI AND FERRY-PIERS BEHIND SCHEDULE THUS AFFECTING ‘ RVICE EXPANSION PROPOSALS, THE MARKED GROWTH IN PUBLIC TRANSPORT I -ERS MA'. NOT CONTINUE AT THE PRESENT RATE.+

NOTE TO EDITORS:

COPIES OF A GRAPH SHOWING THE GROWTH OF POPULATION, PUBLIC TRANSPORT PASSENGERS AND VEHICLE REGISTRATION, ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM G.I.S. NEWS ROOM, 6TH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

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AMBULANCES TAKE ON DISTINCTIVE NEW LOOK ■

THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S AMBULANCES ARE TAKING ON A NEW LOOK TO MAKE THEM READILY RECOGNISABLE AS EMERGENCY VEHICLES.

THE AMBULANCES ARE BEING DECORATED WITH A RED SASH PAINTED ROUND THE MIDDLE SO THAT MOTORISTS COULD IDENTIFY THEM FASTER AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION TO GIVE THEM A CLEAR PATH.

A FIRE SERVICES SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT, WITH THE PRESENT NOISE LEVELS IN HONG KONG, IT WAS NOT ALWAYS EASY TO HEAR THE WAIL OF AMBULANCE SIRENS UNTIL THE AMBULANCE WAS QUITE CLOSE. AND WITH THE LARGE NUMBERS OF VEHICLES ON THE ROAD, AMBULANCES WERE SOMETIMES NOT READILY IDENTIFIABLE.

+THE RED SASH ON THE AMBULANCE WILL HELP MOTORISTS TO RECOGNISE IT IMMEDIATELY AND MAKE WAY FOR IT,+ HE SAID.

SO FAR, 12 OF THE 91 AMBULANCES HAVE BEEN PAINTED WITH THE RED LINE, INCLUDING FIVE NEW ONES PUT INTO SERVICE RECENTLY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

COPIES OF A PHOTOGRAPH SHOWING THE ’NEW LOOK’ AMBULANCE ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM G.I.S. NEWS ROOM, 6TH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

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HONG KONG VIRTUALLY FREE FROM SERIOUS OCCUPATIONAL DISEASES H K H H «

SERIOUS OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS AND DISEASES WHICH PLAGUED HONG KONG’S INDUSTRIAL WORKERS’20 YEARS AGO HAVE NOW BEEN ALMOST ENTIRELY iRAD I CAT D - THANKS MAINLY TO EFFORTS OF THE INDUSTRIAL HEALTH DIVISION OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

HEADED DY A TEAM OF MEDICAL DOCTORS, THE DIVISION SPECIALISES IN SAFEGUARDING THE HEALTH OF THE LABOUR FORCE.

ITS WORK IS MAINLY CONCERNED WITH THE PREVENTION OF OCCUPATIONAL DISEASES, THE PROMOTION OF GOOD HEALTH THROUGH A BETTER WORKING ENVIRONMENT, AND THE SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATION OF WORKING CONDITIONS IN INDUSTRIES KNOWN TO BE HAZARDOUS.

THE DIVISION IS HEADED BY DR. LAI SAU-SHUE WHO IS SECONDED FROM THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

HE SAID TODAY THAT THE MOST COMMON TYPES OF OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS — INCLUDING HIGH CONCENTRATIONS OF TOXIC GASES AND VAPOURS, DUST, RADIATION, EXCESSIVE NOISE, POOR LIGHTING AND VENTILATION -- HAD ALL BEEN BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL.

+THIS IS PARTLY BECAUSE PROPRIETORS HAVE BECOME MORE AWARE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF A BETTER WORKING ENVIRONMENT, AND PARTLY BECAUSE OF THE CHANGING NATURE OF OUR INDUSTRIES AND THE WAY THEY ARE RUN,+ HE SAID.

DR. LAI SAID THAT HAZARDOUS AGENTS IN THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT, IF NOT CONTAINED WITHIN SAFETY LIMITS, COULD BRING ABOUT A VARIETY OF HEALTH PROBLEMS RANGING FROM SERIOUS BLOOD DISEASES TO SLIGHT , VOMITTING AND NAUSEA.

+FACTORY INSPECTORS MAKE REGULAR VISITS TO FACTORIES AND WHEN THEY NOTICE ANY OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS, THE CASES ARE REFERRED TO US FOR ADVICE,+ HE SAID.

OFFICERS FROM THE DIVISION WOULD THEN VISIT THE FACTORY CONCERNED TO ASSESS THE SITUATION AND MAKE RECOMMONDATIONS FOR IMPROVEMENTS.

MOST FACTORY OWNERS ACCEPTED THESE RECOMMENDATIONS AND PROMPTLY IMPROVED THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT. ONLY ON A FEW OCCASIONS HAD IT BEEN NECESSARY TO USE STATUTORY POWERS PROVIDED UNDER THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS REGULATIONS TO EFFECT IMPROVEMENTS.

+OUR DIVISION ALSO RECEIVES COMPLAINTS FROM FACTORY WORKERS WHO MAY REPORT ANY SUSPECTED HEALTH HAZARDS IN THEIR WORKING ENVIRONMENT,+ DR. LAI SAID. +EACH CASE IS INVESTIGATED THOROUGHLY, FOLLOWED BY APPROPRIATE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVEMENTS.

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SUNDAY, JULY 27, 1975

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BESIDES CHECKING THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT, THE UNIT ALSO CONDUCTS BIOLOGICAL MONITORING OF WORKERS ENGAGED IN HAZARDOUS INDUSTRIES.

MINTRS, DIVERS, COMPRESSED AIR WORKERS, RADIATION WORKERS AND FLUORIDATION WORKERS ARE EXAMINED REGULARLY TO SAFEGUARD THEIR HEALTH A ,D TO PREVENT THE OCCURRENCE OF ANY OCCUPATIONAL DISEASE.

THE DIVISION HAS PRODUCED A SERIES OF FREE PAMPHLETS, GIVING POINTERS FOR THE PROTECTION OF WORKERS AGAINST HARMFUL SUBSTANCES AND ADVERSE WORKING CONDITIONS. IT ALSO GIVES ADVICE TO SMALL FACTORIES ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF INDUSTRIAL MEDICAL SERVICES.

TO ASSIST ITS WORK, THE DIVISION RUNS AN INDUSTRIAL HEALTH LABORATORY WHICH IS EQUIPPED WITH A WIDE RANGE OF INSTRUMENTS FOR MEASURING CONCENTRATIONS OF TOXIC GASES AND VAPOURS, LEVELS OF DUST AND RADIATION, AND THE INTENSITY OF NOISE AND LIGHTING, AND FOR ASSESSING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF VENTILATION SYSTEMS IN THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT. ;

THE LABORATORY, WHICH HAS ALREADY BEEN DESIGNATED BY THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION AS A COLLABORATING LABORATORY ON AIR POLLUTION, ALSO CONDUCTS AN AIR POLLUTION MONITORING PROGRAMME.

IT CONSISTS OF 37 STATIONS SCATTERED ALL OVER HONG KONG, FOUR OF WHICH ARE FOR DAILY MEASUREMENTS OF SULPHUR DIOXIDE AND SMOKE, AND THE REST FOR MONTHLY ASSESSMENT OF SULPHUR COMPOUNDS IN THE AIR.

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WELFARE BUILDING CELEBRATES FIRST ANNIVERSARY H ft H »

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S ESTATE WELFARE BUILDING IN WESTERN LAM TIN ESTATE IN KOWLOON WILL BE CELEBRATING ITS FIRST ANNIVERSARY NEXT MONTH.

TO MARK THE OCCASION, A SERIES OF COMPETITIONS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WILL BE ORGANISED BY THE BUILDING’S MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE WHICH COMPRISES REPRESENTATIVES OF THE DIFFERENT WELFARE AGENCIES ACCOMMODATED IN THE BUILDING.

THESE WILL INCLUDE A CHINESE ESSAY COMPETITION FOR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY STUDENTS. THIS WILL BE IN TOO SECTIONS - ONE FOR STUDENTS IN FORM 3 OR ABOVE WHO WILL HAVE TO DO AN ESSAY OF 600 WORDS, AND THE OTHER FOR PRIMARY STUDENTS AND THOSE UP TO FORM 2 WHO WILL ■ HAVE TO WRITE AN ESSAY OF 250 WORDS. EACH GROUP WILL BE GIVEN A CHOICE OF THREE SUBJECTS TO WRITE.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS AUGUST 10 AND ESSAYS SHOULD DE SENT TO THE ESTATE COMMUNITY WORK OFFICE ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE ESTATE WELFARE BUILDING IN KAI TIN ROAD, LAM TIN ESTATE.

WINNERS WILL RECEIVE THEIR PRIZES AT A CEREMONY TO BE HELD ON AUGUST 19.

IN ADDITION TO THE COMPETITIONS, INDIVIDUAL AGENCIES IN THE BUILDING, SUCH AS THE DEPARTMENT’S KAI YIN TRAINING CENTRE FOR , MENTALLY RETARDED YOUNG PERSONS AND THE Y.M.C.A. CENTRE WILL ALSO BE ORGANISING SEPARATE GAMES AND ACTIVITIES FOR THEIR MEMBERS.

THE ESTATE WELFARE BUILDING IS ONE OF SEVEN OPERATED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IN HOUSING ESTATES.

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MONDAY, JULY 28, 1975

CONTENTS

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DMAND FOR TELEPHONE LINES SLOWS DOWN AND NUMBER OF APPLICANTS ON WAITING LIST DECREASES ..................... 1

DEBATE ON PROPOSED COMMODITY EXCHANGE TO RESUME AT LEGCO

MEETING ON WEDNESDAY ..................................... 3

TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD RECOMMENDS SYSTEM FOR ALLOCATING EEC QUOTAS ............................................... 4

MORE FARMERS IN N.T. TURN TO MECHANICAL AIDS ............. 5

JUNE BANKING STATISTICS .................................. 6

KWUN TONG PLB STAND ISSUE SETTLED ........................ 7

SECOND ANTI-MEASLES CAMPAIGN TO START NEXT MONTH ......... 8

RESERVOIRS 97.8 PER CENT OF FULL CAPACITY ................ 9

WATER CUTS .............................................   9

MONDAY, JULY 28, 1975

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DEMAND FOR TELEPHONE LINES SLOWS DOWN

LAST YEAR’S WAITING LIST REDUCED DY MORE THAN 50 PER CENT K * * # * M

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THE PERCENTAGE GROWTH RATE OF THE TELEPHONE NETWORK DURING 1974 •DECLINED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MANY YEARS AS A RESULT OF THE WORLD ECONOMIC RECESSION WHICH AFFECTED HONG KONG.

THIS IS ONE OF THE OBSERVATLONS MADE IN THE 17TH ANNUAL REPORT OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON TELEPHONE SERVICES WHICH WAS SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL LAST WEEK.

THE REPORT SAID THAT ALTHOUGH EXPANSION BY THE TELEPHONE COMPANY CONTINUED IN 1974, THE GROWTH RATE FOR WORKING DIRECT EXCHANGE LINES WAS 7.6 PER CENT - JUST OVER HALF THAT OF 1973.

IN OVERALL FIGURES THIS MEANS THAT WORKING LINES INCREASED FROM 746,653 TO 803,144, ALTHOUGH IT REPRESENTED A DROP IN DEMAND FOR TELEPHONE SERVICES OF SOME 36 PER CENT AS COMPARED WITH 1973.

THE REPORT NOTES THAT WITH THE CHANGE IN POLICY IN MID-1974, THE TELEPHONE COMPANY MADE GREATER EFFORTS TO PROVIDE SERVICES TO VILLAGES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND ON OUTLYING ISLANDS. IN FACT, ANOTHER 16 VILLAGES WERE BROUGHT INTO THE NETWORK.

OVERALL PENETRATION OF TELEPHONE SERVICES INCREASED FROM 21.7 TELEPHONES (INCLUDING EXTENSIONS) PER 100 OF THE POPULATION IN 1973 TO 22.8 PER 100 IN 1974.

THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE COMMENDED THE TELEPHONE COMPANY FOR ITS SPECIAL EFFORTS IN MEETING DEMAND AND SAID THAT THE NUMBER OF APPLICANTS ON THE WAITING LIST HAD DECREASED IN 1974 BY 54 PER CENT. AT THE END OF THE YEAR THE CUMULATIVE WAITING LIST STOOD AT 13,411.

+IT IS ENCOURAGING TO NOTE THAT, WITH THE POSSIBLE EXCEPTION OF A SMALL NUMBER OF REMOTE AREAS, THE TELEPHONE COMPANY EXPECT TO BE AELE IN 1975 TO CLEAR ALL OUTSTANDING APPLICATIONS REGISTERED TO THE END OF 1974,+ THE REPORT SAYS.

THE COMMITTEE ALSO NOTED THAT THE COMPANY HAS BEEN PROVIDING +GENERALLY A SATISFACTORY TELEPHONE SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC+. THE NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS RECEIVED BY THE ACTS IN 1974 DECREASED BY 38 PER CENT OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR WITH THE COMPLAINTS AND SUGGESTIONS CUB-COMMITTEE OF THE ACTS DEALING WITH A TOTAL OF 34 COMPLAINTS COMPARED WITH 55 IN 1973.*

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THE REPORT ALSO MENTIONED +WITH PLEASURE* THE PROGRESS WITH THE TELEPHONE COMPANY’S EXPERIMENTAL USE OF A COMPUTER FOR THE +108+ ^INQUIRY SERVICE. THE OPERATORS, WHO HAVE VISUAL DISPLAY UNITS WHICH ARE SIMILAR TO SMALL TELEVISION SCREENS WITH TYPEWRITER KEY-BOARDS, ONLY NEED TO TYPE THE NAME AND ADDRESS GIVEN BY THE ENQUIRER AND THE TELEPHONE NUMBER'AUTOMATI CALLY APPEARS ON THE SCREEN IN A MATTER OF SECONDS.

THE COMMITTEE SAID IT WAS HOPED THE EXPERIMENT WOULD PROVIDE A MUCH MORE EFFICIENT ENQUIRY SERVICE TO SUBSCRIBERS +AND COULD HELP TO REDUCE THE FREQUENCY OF ISSUE OF TELEPHONE DIRECTORIES WHICH BECOME GREATER IN VOLUME EVERY YEAR AS THE TELEPHONE .

NETWORK GROWS*.

THE REPORT SHOWS THAT THE ACTS AND ITS FIVE SUB-COMMITTEES HAD A VERY ACTIVE YEAR, HAVING MET ON 23 OCCASIONS. IN PARTICULAR, THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE WAS INVITED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO CARRY OUT A FULL EXAMINATION OF THE TELEPHONE COMPANY’S APPLICATION FOR AN INCREASE IN BASIC TELEPHONE CHARGES BY ABOUT 70 PER CENT. THE ACTS SUBMITTED ITS FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE GOVERNMENT IN JANUARY THIS YEAR AND +WELCOMES+ THE SETTING UP OF THE +COMMISSION OF INQUIRY*.

IN SUMMING UP, THE ADVJSORY COMMITTEE ON TELEPHONE SERVICES REASSERTED ITS VIEW THAT THE ULTIMATE AIM IN THE PROVISION OF TELEPHONE SERVICES SHOULD BE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A COMPREHENSIVE TELEPHONE NETWORK COVERING THE WHOLE OF HONG KONG WITH A STANDARD CHARGE FOR BOTH URBAN AND RURAL SUBSCRIBERS.

IT CONSIDERED THAT THE COMPANY SHOULD ALSO PROVIDE DETAILED PLANS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF TELEPHONE SERVICES WHICH COULD BE REVIEWED REGULARLY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

COPIES OF THE REPORT ARE BOXED FOR COLLECTION.

MONDAY, JULY 28, 1975.

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LEGCO PREVIEW

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DEBATE ON THE PROPOSED COMMODITY EXCHANGE, WHICH WAS ADJOURNED TO GIVE BOTH THE GOVERNMENT AND UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MORE TIME TO REFLECT ON THE ISSUE, WILL RESUME AT THE COUNCIL’S NEXT SITTING ON WEDNESDAY.

SEVERAL UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL SPEAK ON THE MOTION, INCLUDING T.IE HON. JOHN BREMRIDQE AND THE HON. JAMES WU.

THE MOTION, WHICH SEEKS LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL APPROVAL IN PRINCIPLE FOR SETTING UP A COMMODITY EXCHANGE IN HONG KONG, WAS MOVED IN COUNCIL BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, ON MAY 21.

UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS SPOKE ON THE PROPOSAL ON JUNE 18 WITH MOST OF THEM OPPOSED TO IT ON GROUNDS THAT THERE WAS NO PROVEN NEED FOR SUCH AN EXCHANGE AND THAT THE ECONOMIC BENEFITS IT MIGHT BRING WERE FAR OUTWEIGHTED BY THE COMMUNITY’S INTERESTS.

THE COLONIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. SIR DENYS ROBERTS, THEN MOVED FOR AN ADJOURNMENT OF THE DISCUSSION FOR FURTHER REFLECTION.

WEDNESDAY’S MEETING PROMISED TO BE A HECTIC ONE FOR MEMBERS, WITH DEBATE ALSO RESUMING ON THE OBJECTIONABLE PUBLICATIONS BILL, THE PUBLIC ONMIBUS SERVICES BILL, THE LOANS (GOVERNMENT BONDS) LILL, AND THE BETTING DUTY SILL, AMONG OTHERS.

ALSO ON THE ORDER PAPER IS A QUESTION TO BE ASKED BY

DR.'THE HON. CHUNG SZE-YUEN ON THE GOVERNMENT’S ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE INDUSTRIAL ACTION TAKEN BY THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT CLERICAL STAFF ASSOCIATION.

QUESTIONS WILL ALSO BE RA,ISED ON POLICE STOP-AND-SEARCH OPERATIONS, MEASURES TO' STOP THE IMPORTATION OF TOY PISTOLS WHICH CAN EASILY BE CONVERTED INTO LETHAL WEAPONS, THE TRAINING OF NURSES AND THE PROVISION OF TRAINED TEACHERS.

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MONDAY, JULY 28, 1975

TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD RECOMMENDS SYSTEM FOR ALLOCATING EEC QUOTAS

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THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD, CHAIRED BY MR. FRANCIS TIEN, MET THIS AFTERNOON FOR SEVERAL HOURS TO CONSIDER THE DETAILED SYSTEMS BY WHICH QUOTAS FOR TEXTILES TO EE oHIPPED TO THE EEC UNDER THE NEW HK-EEC AGREEMENT WILL BE CALCULATED.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE D.C AND I SAID AFTER THE MEETING THAT THE PRINCIPLES GOVERNING SUCH CALCULATIONS HAD FIRST TO 1-E DECIDED, AND THAT THIS TOOK TIME.

HE SAID THAT WHEREAS SOME OF THESE PRINCIPLES WERE MORE OR LESS STANDARD, OTHERS HAD TO BE ESTABLISHED AGAINST A RATHER DIFFERENT BACKGROUND TO ANYTHING THE DEPARTMENT HAD TO CONSIDER BEFORE.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THIS SITUATION HAD ARISEN BECAUSE THE UNILATERALLY-APPLIED QUOTAS IN FORCE SINCE THE BEGINNING OF 1975 WERE NOW BEING REPLACED WITH NEW QUOTAS VALID FROM THE JULY 18 UNTIL DECEMBER J1, 1975, AND THAT THESE WOULD ALSO FORM THE BASIS OF THE 1976 AND 1977 QUOTAS.

THE STANDING COMMITTEE AGREED ON A NUMBER OF PRINCIPLES DESIGNED TO PROTECT THE INTERESTS OF MANUFACTURERS AND EXPORTERS ENGAGED IN THE TRADE AND TO ENSURE EQUITABLE PROCEDURES FOR CALCULATION AND UTILISATION OF THE NEW QUOTAS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE PRINCIPLES AND PROCEDURES RECOMMENDED BY' THE STANDING COMMITTEE HAD BEEN ACCEPTED BY THE DEPARTMENT AND WOULD NOW BE USED IN THE ASSESSMENT WORK PRIOR TO THE ISSUE OF THE EEC QUOTAS.

+WE DO NOT EXPECT DIFFICULTY IN SHIPMENTS OF MOST OF THE GOODS CAUGHT WITHIN THE QUOTA CONTROLS,+ HE SAID,+ BUT WE SHALL HAVE PROBLEMS IN THE SHORT TERM WITH TWO OR THREE CATEGORIES WHERE THE QUANTITIES WE CAN MAKE AVAILABLE FOR SHIPMENT DURING THE REMAINDER OF THIS YEAR WILL PROBABLY NOT-BE SUFFICIENT TO MEET THE FULL DEMAND. THIS IS INEVITABLE GIVEN THE RAPID INCREASE IN EXPORTS IN THE CATEGORIES CONCERNED DURING THE PERIOD THE NEGOTIATIONS WERE GOING ON.

+WE HAVE DONE EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO MAKE ENOUGH QUOTAS AVAILABLE TO MAINTAIN REASONABLE EXPORTS DURING THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

+ THE TEXTILES'ADVISORY BOARD HAS BEEN FULLY CONSULTED ON THIS AND ALL THE OTHER ISSUES INVOLVED,+ HE ADDED.

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MORE FARMERS TURN TO MECHANICAL AIDS * * K M M

FARMERS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ARE BECOMING INCREASINGLY i .'ARE OF THE ADVANTAGES IN MECHANICAL AIDS TO IMPROVE CULTIVATION i FICIENCY AND REDUCE PRODUCTION COSTS.

WITH THE HELP OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT. MORE FARMERS ARE TURNING TO MECHANICAL LABOUR-SAVING DEVICES. WITH MORE THAN 1,000 OF THEM BUYING A SMALL ROTARY CULTIVATOR WHICH IS IDEALLY SUITED FOR SMALL HOLDINGS UNDER INTENSIVE FARMING.

THE CULTIVATOR IS IMPORTED BY THE FEDERATION OF VEGETABLE MARKETING CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES LTD. -- A NON-PROFIT-MAKING ORGANISATION -- AND SOLD TO FARMERS AT COMPETITIVE PRICES.

SINCE 1967, LOANS AMOUNTING TO $444,740 HAVE BEEN GRANTED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT TO 280 FARMERS TO HELP THEM BUY THE CULTIVATOR. THE DEPARTMENT ALSO OFFERS TECHNICAL ADVICE TO FARMERS INTERESTED IN THE DEVICE.

THE CULTIVATOR IS WELL DESIGNED, LIGHT, COMPACT AND STURDY AND WAS SELECTED.FROM SEVERAL TYPES TESTED ON GOVERNMENT EXPERIMENTAL FARMS.

TO MARK THE RECENT SALE OF THE 1,OOOTH CULTIVATOR, PRIZES WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO THE 20 FARMERS WHO BOUGHT THE 991ST AND THE l,010TH CULTIVATOR.

PRIZES WILL BE DRAWN BY MR. E.H. NICHOLS, DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 30) AT THE CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKET.

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

THE DRAW WILL TAKE PLACE AT 3:30 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKET.

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JUNE BANKING STATISTICS * * * * *

, ITU InT,,NUn™L?ToBA^KA AS AT THE END 0F JUNE THIS YEAR WAS 74 7 ,Tnrfl?J^Lr,DEP0S TS 0F $34,135 MILLION, COMPRISING $9,070 MILLION ML^N?NDSE:??S’D^?9t1,1ILLI0N tihe deposits iND S11-C«

THE FOLLOWING TABLE GIVES THE BREAKDOWN FIGURES:

LIABILITIES MONTH ENDED JUNE 30, 1975 ^MILLION

1. DEPOSITS 34,135

2. AMOUNT DUE TO BANKS ABROAD 18,243

3. OTHER LIABILITIES TOTAL LIABILITIES 7,255 59,633

ASSETS

1. CASH 600

2. । AMOUNT DUE FROM BANKS ABROAD: (I) DEMAND AND SHORT TE’RM CLAIMS 17,475 UI) TIME DEPOSITS 1’914 • 19,389

3. 1 -CANS AND ADVANCES: [ 1) HONG KONG 'll) ABROAD 24,309 8,257 32,566

* 4. 1 INVESTMENTS: J1) HONG KONG .11) ABROAD . 2,512 52 2,564

5. C )THER ASSETS: J) HONG KONG II) ABROAD * 3,275 1,239 4,514 TOTAL ASSETS 59,633

AVERAGE LIQUIDITY DURING MONTH 48.26%

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DEMAND , 9,070

TIME 13,396

SAVINGS ft 11,669 34,135

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KWUN TONG PLB STAND ISSUE SETTLED K * K * K #

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY) AMICABLY SETTLED WITH PUBLIC LIGHT BUS REPRESENTATIVES THE QUESTION OF PLB’S STANDING BY BEHIND A PLB STAND IN HIP WO STREET, KWUN TONG.

FOUR PLB REPRESENTATIVES THIS MORNING WENT TO THE DEPARTMENT AND REQUESTED THAT A NUMBER OF PLB’S BE ALLOWED TO STAND BY BEYOND THE REAR END OF THE PLB STAND SO THAT THEY COULD MOVE INTO THE STAND ONCE THE PLB’S IN FRONT DROVE AWAY, FOLLOWING LIAISON WITH THE POLICE, THE DEPARTMENT AGREED, AND THE REPRESENTATIVES ACCEPTED, THAT FOUR PLB’S, WITH DRIVERS ON BOARD, WOULD BE ALLOWED TO DO SO DURING NON-PEAK HOURS, THAT IS, OUTSIDE THE PERIOD OF 7 A.M. TO 10 A.M. AND 4 P.M. TO 7 P.M.

THE PLB REPRESENTATIVES TOLD THE MEETING THAT SUCH STANDBY ACTIVITIES WOULD NOT BE NECESSARY DURING PEAK HOURS WHEN MOST PLB’S WOULD BE RUNNING ON THE ROADS.

THEY ALSO GAVE ASSURANCE THAT THEY WOULD ARRANGE TO HAVE THEIR OWN REGULATORS TO ENSURE STRICT OBSERVATIONS OF THE STANDBY ARRANGEMENTS AS WELL AS ROAD DISCIPLINE.

MONDAY, JULY 28, 1975

SECOND ANTI-MEASLES CAMPAIGN TO START

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THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT WILL LAUNCH ANOTHER ANTI-MEASLES CAMPAIGN ON AUGUST 1 TO REMIND THE PUBLIC TO TAKE PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES AGAINST THE DISEASE.

IT WILL BE THE SECOND IN A SERIES OF THREE ANTI-MEASLES CAMPAIGN FOR THIS YEAR, AND WILL LAST UNTIL SEPTEMBER 15.

ABOUT 20,000 CHILDREN WERE IMMUNISED DURING THE FIRST CAMPAIGN WHICH WAS-HELD IN APRIL AND MAY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT THERE WAS STILL A LARGE NUMBER OF CHILDREN WHO REMAINED SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE DISEASE. . :

FREE VACCINE IS AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AT ALL THE DEPARTMENT’S MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRES.

THE DEPARTMENT HAD EARLIER WARNED THE PUBLIC OF THE POSSIBILITY OF AN OUTBREAK OF MEASLES EPIDEMIC LATER THIS YEAR OR IN EARLY 1976.

PAST EXPERIENCE HAS SHOWN THAT THE DISEASE DISPLAYS A DISTINCT El ENNI AL PATTERN, OCCURING IN AN EPIDEMIC FORM EVERY ALTERNATE WINTER/SPRING;

THE LAST OUTBREAK OF MEASLES WAS IN LATE 1973 AND EARLY 1974 WHEN 53 CHILDREN DIED OF THE DISEASE.

THE SPOKESMAN'STRESSED THAT TO PREVENT THE OUTBREAK OF MEASLES EPIDEMICS, PARENTS MUST ENSURE THAT THEIR CHILDREN, PARTICULARLY THOSE BETWEEN NINE MONTHS AND FIVE YEARS, HAVE BEEN IMMUNISED.

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MONDAY, JULY 28, 1975

RESERVOIRS 97.8 PER CENT FULL K H * K K

A TOTAL OF (5,841 MILLION GALLONS OF WATER WERE IN STORE IN . L RLSEE7OII.3 AC AT 9 A.M. THIS (MONDAY) MORNING, REPRESENTING .8 I ER CEN; OF THE FULL STORAGE CAPACITY OF 67,300 MILLION ( .LLONS.

ON THE SAME DAY LAST YEAR THE TOTAL STORAGE WAS ONLY 41,892 I ILL I ON GALLONS.

PLOVER COVE, HONG KONG’S BIGGEST RESERVOIR, HELD 49,892 MILLION GALLONS, REPRESENTING 93.8 PER CENT OF ITS FULL STORAGE ( .PACITY. AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR, IT HELD 32,084 MILLION ( iLLONS.

TOTAL RAINFALL SO FAR THIS YEAR STANDS AT 1,941.5 MM (1'6.44 IN). THE MEAN AVERAGE RAINFALL THIS YEAR IS 1,300.4 MM < -1.2IN).

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN TSUEN WAN, CENTRAL D TRHT AND KJUN TONG WILL EE INTERRUPTED FOR A FEU HOURS ON W. NESiAY AND THURSDAY TO ENABLE LEAKAGE TESTS TO BE CARRIED OUT.

IM TSUEN WAN, PREMISES BOUNDED DY CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TAI HO R D, SHA fSUI ROAD AND HEUNG (III STREET, WILL BE WITHOUT WATER F. 11 In.h. TO ( A.M.ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 30).

ON THURSDAY, WATER SUPPLY WILL DE CUT OFF FOR PREMISES ALONG QI Ehl’S ROAD CENTRAL FROM GARDEN ROAD TO POTTINGER STREET AND St -TH SIDE OF DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL TO ICE HOUSE STREET FROM 1 -ii. TO 6 A.M.

ALSO AFFECTED BY TEMPORARY WATER STOPPAGE DURING THE SAME Pi. IOD ARE PREMISES BOUNDED BY NGAU TAU KOK ROAD, JORDAN VALLEY N> EH LOAD, INCLUDING AMOY CANNING CORPORATION (H.K.) LTD. Al • JOI DAU VALLEY ESTATE BLOCKS 10-16.

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CONTENT PAGE NO.

I BIOLOGICAL TREATMENT PROCESSES PROVE SUITABLE FOR HK SEWAGE 1

BONA FIDE SHA TIN HOI FISHERMEN COMPENSATED ................ 2

SKILLED WORKERS DESCRIBED AS PILLARS OF HK INDUSTRY ........ 3

ANT I-DRUG BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT AMONG TEN CITY DISTRICTS STARTS THURSDAY ..........................................4

MEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS AT TONG Ml ROAD.................... 5

WATER CUTS .............................,................... 5

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TUESDAY, JULY 29, 1975

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BIOLOGICAL TREATMENT PROCESSES PROVE SUITABLE FOR H K SEWAGE ««««««

EXPERIMENTS CARRIED OUT BY THE PILOT SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT AT SHEK WU HUI NEAR FANLING HAVE PRODUCED SATISFACTORY RESULTS.

THE FOUR TYPES OF BIOLOGICAL TREATMENT PROCESSES ADOPTED BY THE PLANT HAVE PROVED TO BE SUITABLE FOR THE SEWAGE PREVAILING IN HONG KONG. (

ANNOUNCING THIS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT’S CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PROJECT, SAID THAT EACH OF THE PROCESSES HAS BEEN ABLE TO REMOVE 90 PER CENT OF THE POLLUTANTS IN THE SEWAGE.

HE ADDED THAT THE FINAL EFFLUENT FROM THE TREATMENT PLANT IS NOW WELL WITHIN THE DESIGNED STANDARD SET FOR IT.

THE FOUR TYPES OF BIOLOGICAL PROCESSES ARE DIFFUSED AIR AERATION, DIRECT OXYGENATION, HIGH RATE BIOLOGICAL FILTRATION AND OXIDATION PONDS. THEIR MAIN FUNCTION IS TO UTILISE MICRO-ORGANISM TO ASSIMILATE THE POLLUTANTS IN THE SEWAGE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT SINCE ITS OPENING IN JUNE LAST YEAR, THIS 613.5 MILLION PLANT HAD PROVIDED NOT ONLY FULL TREATMENT FACILITIES TO THE SEWAGE FROM THE POPULATION IN SHEK WU HUI BUT ALSO PROVIDED THE WORKS STAFF WITH ADEQUATE TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR MODERN TECHNIQUES IN SEWAGE TREATMENT.

+IT IS ALSO USED AS AN EXPERIMENTAL CENTRE FOR SUCH TECHNIQUES,* HE ADDED.

THE EXPERIMENTAL OPERATIONS AT THE PLANT WILL CONTINUE FOR ANOTHER 18 MONTHS DURING WHICH FULL-SCALE TESTS OF THE PROCESSES AT VARYING LOADING AND SEASONAL CONDITIONS WILL BE CONDUCTED, HE SAID.

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TUESDAY, JULY 29, 1975

BONA FIDE SHA TIN HOI FISHERMEN COMPENSATED ««#####

COMPLAINTS OF ALL FISHERMEN WHO CLAIMED TO BE ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY THE RECLAMATION PROJECTS AT SHA TIN HOI HAVE BEEN INVESTIGATED AND COMPENSATION HAS ALREADY BEEN PAID OUT TO THOSE WITH VALID CLAIMS.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY BY A DISTRICT OFFICE WHEN COMMENTING MADE BY SOME FISHERMEN YESTERDAY

SPOKESMAN FOR THE SHA TIN ON PRESS REPORTS OF COMPLAINTS

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE SHA TIN DISTRICT

„ OFFICER HAS NEVER PROMISED AS REPORTED IN SOME NEWSPAPERS }^C?DENTWAT^SHA^T?N WH0 ^RE INVOLVED IN YESTERDAY'S

HE SAID: +INVESTIGATIONS OF FISHERMEN ESTABLISHED THAT TAI PO AREA. THEIR LIVELIHOOD

INTO THEY HAS I

THE ARE

CLAIMS OF THIS GROUP ACTUALLY BASED IN THE

AFFECTED DY THE PROJECTS, THEREFORE, THEIR CLAIMS CANNOT DE ENTERTAINED.*

NOT DEEN SIGNIFICANTLY

THEY HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT FOLLOWING THE FISHERMEN’S PETITIONS TO THE UMELCO OFFICE AND OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, FURTHER INVESTIGATIONS WERE CARRIED OUT BUT THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE TO WARRANT THE CHANGE OF THE PREVIOUS DECISION,

THESE FISHERMEN HAVE SINCE JULY 22 CAUSED SOME OBSTRUCTIONS TO WORKS ON THE SEAWALL. POLICE WERE CALLED IN YESTERDAY BY THE CONTRACTORS TO CLEAR THE AREA SO THAT WORKS COULD DE CARRIED OUT AS SCHEDULED.

THE SPOKESMAN WARNED THAT ANY FURTHER ACTION TO IMPEDE THE PROGRESS OF THE RECLAMATION WORKS WOULD BE DEALT WITH SWIFTLY AND FIRMLY.

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SKILLED WORKERS - PILLARS OF HK’S INDUSTRY ' « H « H «

THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR (INDUSTRIAL TRAINING), MR. T.Y. CHUI TODAY STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF SKILLED WORKERS, DrSCRFBING THEM AS THE PILLARS OF HONG KONG’S INDUSTRY.

MR. CHUI WAS SPEAKING DURING A CEREMONY AT WHICH CERTIFICATES WERE PRESENTED TO EIGHT YOUNG LIFT MECHANICS, WHO HAVE JUST FINISHED A THREE-YEAR APPRENTICESHIP AT THE RYODEN ELECTRIC ENGINEERING COMPANY LTD.

HE SAID THE CONTINUOUS DEVELOPMENT OF INDUSTRIES IN THE PAST 20 YEARS HAD TURNED HONG KONG INTO ONE OF THE WORLD’S MAJOR INDUSTRIAL CENTRES.

+ IF HONG KONG IS TO CONTINUE TO PROSPER, ITS PRODUCTS MUST REMAIN COMPETITIVE IN DOTH QUALITY AND PRICE IN WORLD MARKET,* HE SAID.

+T0 ACHIEVE THIS GOAL, WE NEED GOOD ENGINEERS TO WORK ON THE DESIGN AND PLANNING. AT THE SAME TIME THERE MUST DE PROPERLY TRAINED TECHNICIANS AND CRAFTSMEN TO DO THE UORK.+

MR. CHUI SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD LONG RECOGNISED THE NEED TO TRAIN SUFFICIENT TECHNICAL PERSONNEL TO MEET THE REQUIREMENT OF INDUSTRY.

+WE HAVE RECENTLY EXPANDED THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DIVISION TO ASSIST EMPLOYERS IN INDUSTRY TO START PROPER APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME TO TRAIN THE SKILLED MANPOWER INDUSTRY NEEDS,* HE SAID.

MR. F.K. HU, AN URBAN COUNCILLOR AND THE SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR OF RYODEN PRESENTED THE CERTIFICATES TO THE EIGHT APPRENTICES IN THE CEREMONY HELD AT THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT'S INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DIVISION IN ASIAN HOUSE, WANCHAI.

THE CERTIFICATES WERE AWARDED TO POON CHI-HANG, LAI PING-KWAN, KAM KAM-HUNG, LAM PING-WAI, TSE SA I-WING, AU CH I“WAI, LEUNG SIU-KI AND CHU KING-HON, WHO HAD COMPLETED PRACTICAL ON-THE-JOB TRAINING AT THE COMPANY AND ATTENDED RELATED TECHNICAL COURSES IN A TECHNICAL INSTITUTE.

MR. HU SAID THE APPRENTICE TRAINING SCHEME PROPOSED BY THE IABOUR DEPARTMENT HAD HELPED TO RAISE THE STANDARD OF SKILLS OF HONG KONG’S CRAFTSMEN, AND HE URGED OTHER EMPLOYERS TO SET UP SIMILAR SCHEMES.

*HONG KONG INDUSTRIES ARE IN NEED OF WELL-TRAINED CRAFTSMEN,* HE SAID, *WITH LIFT INSTALLATION, FOR EXAMPLE, WHERE SAFETY SHOULD BE GIVEN TOP PRIORITY, IT IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE THAT THE LIFT MECHANICS SHOULD EQUIP THEMSELVES WITH THE HIGHEST STANDARD OF TECHNICAL SKILLS AND THEORETICAL KNOWLEDGE.*

EMPLOYERS INTERESTED IN BUILDING UP THEIR SKILLED MANPOWER SHOULD CONTACT THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DIVISION BY RINGING TEL: 5-278760 OR 5-278747.

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ANTI-DRUG BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT STARTS THURSDAY ft ft ft ft ft

THE 1975 E.P. HO CUP/ANTI-NARCOTICS CUP BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT WILL GET UNDER WAY ON THURSDAY (JULY 31) WITH TEN TEAMS REPRESENTING VARIOUS CITY DISTRICTS COMPETING FOR TOP HONOURS.

THE TOURNAMENT WILL DE JOINTLY OPENED AT SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND IN WANCHAI BY THE DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, MR. AUGUSTINE CHUI ■ KAM, THE PRESIDENT OF THE HONG KONG AMATEUR BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION, MR. CHAM SIU-LAM, AND A MEMBER OF THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS, REV. K. L. STUMPF.

THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE FOLLOWED BY TOO MATCHES - ONE BETWEEN WANCHAI AND KWUN TONG AND THE OTHER BETWEEN WONG TAI SIN AND WESTERN.

DURING THE INTERVALS OF EACH GAME, ANTI-ADDICTION PUBLICITY PAMPHLETS VHLL BE DISTRIBUTED TO SPECTATORS.

THE TOURNAMENT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT, THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS AND THE HONG-. KONG AMATEUR BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION TO PROMOTE SPORTS AMONG THE YOUNG PEOPLE AND TO EDUCATE THEM ON THE DANGER OF DRUG ADDICTION.

NOTE TO EDITORS «

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY AT SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND AT 6.30 P.M. ON THURSDAY.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS

THE SECTION OF TONG Ml ROAD BETWEEN MONG KOK ROAD AND PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WILL BE MADE A CLEARWAY BETWEEN 7 A.M. AND 7 P.M. DAILY AS FROM 10 A.M. ON THURSDAY (JULY 31).

FROM THAT DAY, ALL MOTOR VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING UP OR SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS OR COODS DURING THE CLEARWAY HOURS.

MEANWHILE ON HONG KONG ISLAND, TRAFFIC ROUTING IN THE CAUSEWAY LAY MAGISTRACY BUS TERMINUS/CAR PARK WILL BE REVERSED SO THAT ALL VEHICLES WILL ENTER VIA HING FAT STREET AND LEAVE VIA LAU SIN STREET. THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS COME INTO FORCE FROM 10 A.M. ON FRIDAY. (AUGUST 1).

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE POSTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS. /

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THURSDAY (JULY 31) WHEN TESTS Fnp AND 6 A-M- 0N

TWO DISTRICTS. ’ E TESTS FOR LEAKAGE WILL BE CONDUCTED IN THE

ROAD CENTRALSFROMEQARDENNROADTTOLpOTnNGER STREET^? QUEEN’S

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CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO VOTE ON PROPOSED COMMODITY EXCHANGE ON AUGUST 13 ....................................  1

UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS MAY WITHHOLD OPPOSITION TO EXCHANGE PROVIDED CERTAIN CONDITIONS ARE MET ....................... 3

COMMODITY EXCHANGE SEEN AS ’A NECESSARY STEP’ IN THE GROWTH OF HONG KONG ....................................... 5

ATTORNEY GENERAL AGREES TO AMEND OBJECTIONABLE BILL TO STILL NEWSPAPER FEARS .................................. 7

CONTROL SCHEME ADVOCATED TO‘REGULATE PROFITS OF BUS COMPANIES ................................................. 8

HK TRAINING COUNCIL TO CONSIDER GENERAL TRAINING LEVY ON INDUSTRIES ............................................ 10

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LEGCO APPROVES LEGISLATION AUTHORISING GOVT TO ISSUE BONDS .................................................... 11

POLICE ADOPT NEW APPROACH IN STOP-AND-SEARCH OPERATIONS 12

compulsory Government service for nursing graduates RULED OUT ................................................ 13

COLLEGES of education expected to produce sufficient

TRAINED TEACHERS TO MEET 1978 REQUIREMENTS ............... 14

EIGHT BILLS COMPLETE PASSAGE THROUGH LEGCO ............... 15

TEMPORARY WATER CUTS IN VARIOUS DISTRICTS ................ 15

MANPOWER SURVEY OF TEXTILE INDUSTRY BEGINS ON FRIDAY ... 16

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VOTE ON COMMODITY EXCHANGE ADJOURNED TO AUG. 13

if if if if if

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WILL VOTE OFJ THE CONTROVERSIAL

C ‘W'jITIES EXCHANGE ISSUE AT ITS NEXT SITTING ON AUGUST 13

• Tl" LAST MEETING DEFORE COUNCIL GOES INTO RECESS.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE,

I VE? THAT THE VOfE DE A MOURNED TO ENABLE MEMBERS TO CONSIDER

A Ai iNDED VERSION OF THE ORIGINAL MOTION WHICH SEEKS

I GI NATIVE COUNCIL APPROVAL IN PRINCIPLE TO SET UP A COMMODITY f .CHANGE IN HONG KONG.

IN ORDER TO REFLECT EXPLICITLY THE IMPORTANCE DOTH THE GOVERNMENT AND THE UNOFFICIALS ATTACH TO THE ASPECT OF PUBLIC INTEREST, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY^ADDED A QUALIFICATION TO THE ORIGINAL MOTION WHICH READS +..... PROVIDED THAT LEGISLATIVE MEASURES ARE MADE AND ENFORCED EFFECTIVELY WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO THE NEED TO MINIMISE SOCIAL HAZARDS TO THE ORDINARY CITIZENS OF HONG K0N3.+

MR. HADDON-CAVE SAID THAT HAVING LISTENED TO THE UNOFFICIALS, ON REFLECTION THE WORDING OF THE MOTION MAY HAVE INADEQUATELY R FL CTED THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS ASPECT OF PUBLIC INTEREST AND hIE DEGREE TO WHICH THE UNOFFICIALS’ CONCERN WAS SHARED DY THE C ;VE..RMENT.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID THE PURPOSE BEHIND INTRODUCING THE MOTION ON MAY 21 WAS TO PROVIDE THE UNOFFICIALS WITH ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON THE WHOLE IDEA OF TRADING IN COMMODITY FUTURES IN HONG KONG IN ADVANCE OF LEGISLATION BEING DRAFTED SO AS TO ENADLE A SELECTED GROUP, INTERESTED IN SETTING UP AN EXCHANGE, TO CONTINUE WITH THEIR PLANNING IN k AS:,HABLE CONFIDENCE.

HE RECALLED THAT THE GROUP HAD DEEN SELECTED LAST YEAR FOR FURTHER DISCUSSIONS WITH A VIEW TO THEIR DE I NG LICENSED TO < 'ER TE AN EXCHANGE, AFTER VERY CAREFUL CONSIDERATION OF A NUMBER PROPOSALS TO ESTABLISH AN EXCHANGE IN HONG KONG.

AT THE TIME, IT WAS INTENDED THAT THESE DISCUSSIONS WOULD CENT F. ON TH RULES AND PROCEDURES THE GROUP PROPOSED FOR 'IHE M.MD RSHIP AD ORGANISATION OF THE EXCHANGE AND THE CONDUCI OF ITS OPERATIC S. AT THE SAME TIME, THE GOVERNMENT, FOR ITS PART, INTENDED TO tROCfED WITH,THE DRAFTING OF LEGISLATION TO DEFINE THE TERMS UN ER WHICH AH EXCHANGE WOULD DE LICENSED TO OPERATE.

MR. HADDON-CAVE ASSURED COUNCIL THAT IT WAS THE GOVERNMENT’S FIRM INTENTION TO ENSURE THAT OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPECULATION BY SMALL INVESTORS WOULD BE' MINIMISED.

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+l CAN FURTHER ASSURE THEM THAT IT WOULD BE THE GOVERNMENT’S FIRM INTENTION TO ENSURE THAT THE EXCHANGE WOULD BE REQUIRED TO EXERCISE PROPER DISCIPLINE OVER ITS MEMBERS AND WOULD APPLY ADEQUATE SANCTIONS WHENEVER THE RULES OF THE EXCHANGE OR THE PROVISIONS OF THE LEGISLATION WERE NOT OBSERVED,* HE SAID.

NEITHER NEED THERE BE ANY DOUDTS ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTIONS OF ENFORCING THE LEGISLATION, HE ADDED.

THE GOVERNMENT WAS CONFIDENT, HE SAID, THAT ADEQUATE LEGISLATION COULD BE DEVISED, HAVING REGARD TO THE FACT THAT REGULATORY REGULATIONS WOULD BE INTRODUCED IN ADVANCE OF THE ESTABLISH- ; MENl OF AN EXCHANGE. THIS WOULD ALSO ENABLE HONG KONG TO DRAW ON EXPERIENCE ELSEWHERE IN DRAFTING THE LEGISLATION.

+ IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES, THEREFORE, I CAN SEE NO REASON WHY WE SHOULD DEPRIVE OURSELVES OF THIS ADDITION TO THE RANGE OF FACILITIES AVAILABLE IN OUR EMERGING FINANCIAL SECTOR,+ HE SAID.

+WHATEVER DOUBTS SOME HOLD ABOUT THE ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A COMMODITY EXCHANGE HERE, OTHERS APPEAR CONVINCED THAT HONG KONG SHOULD NOT, UNCHARACTERISTICALLY, TURN AWAY FROM WHAT THEY REGARD AS A LOGICAL DEVELOPMENT.

*THE GOVERNMENT SHARES THIS LATTER VIEW, PROVIDED THE INTEREST — IN ALL ITS ASPECTS — IS PROTECTED,* MR. HADDON-CAVE SAID.

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UNOFFICIAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLORS WHO WERE ORGINALLY AGAINST THE PROPOSED COMMODITY EXCHANGE MAY REFRAIN FROM OPPOSING IT, PROVIDED ADEQUATE CONTROLLING MEASURES ARE DEVISED -“.AND ENFORCED — TO PROTECT THE GENERAL PUBLIC FROM ANY ILL EFFECTS, THE HON. JAMES WU SAID TODAY.

+DUT WE SHALL NEED AN ASSURANCE FROM THE GOVERNMENT THAT THE CONTROLS AND SAFEGUARDS WILL BE ENFORCED, THAT THERE WILL BE NO REPETITION OF THE STOCK EXCHANGE FRENZY OF 1973, AND THAT THE MAN-IN-THE-STREET WILL DE DEBARRED FROM SPECULATING WITH HIS HARD-EARNED MONEY ON THE COMMODITY EXCHANGE,* HE STRESSED.

WITH SUCH ASSURANCE, MR. WU SAID, THE SETTING UP OF A COMMODITY EXCHANGE COULD DE LOOKED AT IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT, BUT HE EMPHASISED THAT IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS *THE DECIDING FACTOR SHOULD EE WHAT IS BEST FOR THE COMMUNITY.*

MR. WU WAS SPEAKING IN THE RESUMED DEDATE ON A MOTION SEEKING LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL APPROVAL IN PRINCIPLE TO SET UP A COMMODITY EXCHANGE IN HONG KONG. EARLIER THIS MONTH, DEBATE ON THE MOTION WAS ADJOURNED FOR FURTHER REFLECTION AFTER SEVERAL UNOFFICIALS SPOKE AGAINST IT ON GROUNDS THAT, ON BALANCE, THE ECONOMIC BENEFITS SUCH AN EXCHANGE MIGHT BRING WERE FAR OUTWEIGtlTED BY THE COMMUNITY’S INTEREST. ' .

MR. WU SAID THAT WHEN THE GOVERNMENT FIRST INTRODUCED THE-RESOLUTION IN COUNCIL ON MAY 21, THE GOVERNMENT HAD IMPLIED THAT IT HAD NO STRONG VIEW ORE WAY OR THE OTHER AS TO WHETHER OR NOT SUCH AN EXCHANGE SHOULD BE SET UP.

IN THAT NEUTRAL SITUATION, MOST OF THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS CAME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT ON BALANCE THE DISADVANTAGES OF AN EXCHANGE WOULD OUTWEIGH THE ADVANTAGES, HE SAID.

+SINCE THEN, THE GOVERNMENT APPEARS TO HAVE CHANGED ITS

OWN NEUTRAL STAND IN THE MATTER AND IS NOW CONVINCED THAT A COMMODITY EXCHANGE IS NEEDED FOR INTERNATIONAL REASONS,* HE SAID. +WE ARE ALSO FACED WITH A NEW SITUATION WHERE WE ARE TOLD THAT IT WILL BE POSSIBLE TO DEVISE MEASURES WHEREBY THE POSSIBILITY OF ILL EFFECTS ON THE POPULATION AT LARGE COULD BE REDUCED TO SMALL PROPORTIONS.*

GIVEN THE NEW SITUATION, MR. WU SAID, THE ISSUE COULD BE LOOKED AT FROM A DIFFERENT LIGHT, PROVIDED THE CONTROLS WERE INTRODUCED AND ENFORCED.

MR. WU STRONGLY DENIED THAT THE UNOFFICIALS HAD BASED THEIR EARLIER VIEW - EXPRESSED BY THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL DR. THE HON CHUNG SZE-YUEN AT THE JUNE 18 SITTING - WAS BASED ON EMOTION.

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+NOBODY WHO READ THE SPEECH OF DR. CHUNG COULD HAVE DOUBTED THAT THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WEIGHED THE PROS AND CONS VERY CAREFULLY AND I VENTURE TO SUGGEST, SIR, THAT THESE VIEWS REPRESENTED THE VIEW OF MUCH OF THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE.+

HE ADDED* +l AM INFORMED ON MOST RELIABLE AUTHORITY THAT THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE AMONG WELL INFORMED CIRCLES THROUGHOUT HONG KONG WOULD STILL PREFER THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE A CAUTIOUS LINE AND SHELVE THE PROPOSAL.+

MR. WU ALSO EXPRESSED SURPRISE THAT THE COLONIAL SECRETARY. SIR DENYS ROBERTS, HAD DESCRIBED THE UNOFFICIALS’ VIEW AS +A ROOT ■ AND BRANCH ATTACK.+ RATHER IT WAS ONE OF CAREFUL BALANCING OF THE VARIOUS FACTORS, MR. WU SAID.

HE WENT ON THAT UNOFFICIALS HAD NEVER BEEN SO COMPLETELY OPPOSED TO A COMMODITY EXCHANGE AS TO BE UNWILLING TO CONTEMPLATE ITS ESTABLISHMENT UNDER THE RIGHT CIRCUMSTANCES. IN THIS REGARD, MR. WU QUOTED FROM A SPEECH BY THE THEN SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER IN AUGUST 1973 WHO SAID THE UNOFFICIAL SUPPORTED THE GOVERNMENT ’S VIEW THAT COMMODITY EXCHANGES SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO OPERATE UNTIL ADEQUATE AND PROPER CONTROLS COULD BE PROVIDED.

IF SUCH CONTROLS COULD BE INTRODUCED AND EFFECTIVELY ENFORCED TO MINIMISE A POSSIBLE SOURCE OF SOCIAL HAZARD, THEN THE SITUATION WOULD DE DIFFERENT, MR. WU SAID.

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+WITH THE SOCIAL HAZARD REMOVED OR EFFECTIVELY MINIMISED, THE FEARS OF MANY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THIS COUNCIL AND MUCH RESPONSIBLE PUBLIC OPINION WOULD DE ASSUAGED.+

WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 1975

COMMODITY EXCHANGE ’A NECESSARY STEP FORWARD IN THE GROWTH OF HONG KONG’ - J. BREMRIDGE

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UNOFFICIAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, THE HON. JOHN BREMRIDGE, TODAY DESCRIBED THE PROPOSED COMMODITY EXCHANGE AS ”A NECESSARY STEP FORWARD IN THE GROWTH OF HONG KONG,” AND WARNED THAT HONG KONG MIGHT BECOME THE LAUGHING STOCK IN THE FINANCIAL WORLD IF IT DID NOT GRASP THE OPPORTUNITY TO ESTABLISH ONE.

VOICING STRONG SUPPORT FOR A WELL-REGULATED COMMODITY EXCHANGE, MR. BREMRIDGE TOLD COUNCIL HE COULD NOT ACCEPT THE ’’TIMOROUS” — ALTHOUGH CONSCIENTIOUS AND HONEST — VIEWS OF THE CRITICS.

+1 CANNOT ACCEPT THAT A PROPERLY CONTROLLED COMMODITIES EXCHANGE IN HONG KONG WILL ENTICE MANY PEOPLE TO GAMBLE ON FUTURES, WHO'ARE NOT GAMBI ERS ALREADY,+ HE SAID.

+THE ACCENT IS SURELY ON PROPER CONTROLS, WHICH IS ESSENTIAL, AND I CERTAINLY EXPECT THE GOVERNMENT TO ENSURE THAT REGULATIONS INCLUDE MEASURES TO MAKE IT DIFFICULT FOR THOSE TO DEAL LOCALLY WHO CANNOT AFFORD SUBSTANTIAL LOSSES.♦

MR. BREMRIDGE WONDERED HOW SOME COULD OBJECT ON CULTURAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL GROUNDS TO ANY DEVELOPMENT THAT SMACKS OF GAMBLING, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME THEMSELVES SPECULATE ON STOCKS AND SHARES, BUY LOTTERY TICKETS AND THOROUGHLY ENJOY A VISIT TO x HAPPY VALLEY.

+1 CERTAINLY DO NOT PROPOSE THAT HORSE RACING SHOULD BE STOPPED BECAUSE OF THE SADNESS THAT UNSSUCCESFUL GAMBLING HAS BROUGHT TO MANY HOMES, BUT I CERTAINLY RAISE MY EYEBROWS AT THOSE WHO SUPPORT THE WELL-CONTROLLED JOCKEY CLUB, BUT DENY THE MERITS OF A WELL-CONTROLLED COMMODITY EXCHANGE - A HORSE, IF I MAY SAY SO, OF A DIFFERENT KIND.+

HE ALSO REMINDED THOSE WHO SAID HONG KONG BUSINESSMEN DO NOT NEED A COMMODITIES EXCHANGE THAT THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG OWED THEIR HIGH STANDARD OF LIVING TO HONG KONG’S COMMERCIAL SUCCESS. •

♦WHILE I THINK THAT THEY ARE WRONG IN FACT, SURELY THEIR CRITICISM IS IRRELEVANT FOR THIS IS THE BUSINESS OF THE PROMOTERS, WHO STAND TO MAKE OR LOSE MONEY IF THEY MISJUDGE THE REQUIREMENTS . NOT ONLY OF HONG KONG BUT ALSO OF THE WHOLE REGION.

♦I REGARD IT ALSO AS NONSENSE TO SUGGEST IT IS ALL RIGHT FOR HONG KONG BUSINESSES TO USE EXTERNAL EXCHANGES AS THEY HAVE DONE FOR YEARS, BUT NOT TO KEEP THE PROFITS AT HOME IF WE CAN.+

MR. BREMRIDGE SOUNDED A NOTE OF CAUTION, HOWEVER, TO INDIVIDUALS WHO MIGHT TRY TO INVOLVE THEMSELVES IN COMMODITIES TRADING.

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+LET THERE BE NO DOUBT EVEN GIVEN SENSIBLE MEASURES OF CONTROL THAT HIGHLY GEARED COMMODITY SPECULATION IS A TRAP FOR THE t'UN'K°L UNWARY, THAT ROGUES ABOJJD, AND THAT THE POSSIBILITY OF DISASTER IS ALWAYS PRESENT.+ uioAOitK

HE ADDED» +INDIVIDUAL SPECULATORS ENTER THIS JUNGLE AT THEIR OWN RISK IN THE HOPE OF GREAT REWARDS.+

HE ATTACHED THE GREATEST IMPORTANCE TO PRAGMATIC GOVERNMENT CONTROLS, AND THE RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE EXCHANGE WOULD REQUIRE CAREFUL STUDY BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, HE SAID.

BUT THE EXTENT TO WHICH ANY GOVERNMENT COULD LEGISLATE TO PREVENT A FOOL AND HIS MONEY FROM BEING EASILY PARTED WAS OPEN TO WIDE PHILOSOPHICAL DEBATE.

STRESSING THAT BALANCED AND SENSIBLE FINANCIAL DEVELOPMENT SHOULD NOT BE STIFLED, HE URGED COUNCIL NOT TO SHRINK FROM NEW IDEAS, BUT RATHER BE SEEN TO ADOPT THEM WISELY FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE COMMUNITY IN ITS WIDEST SENSE.

+WITHOUT OVERSTATING MY CASE. I SUSPECT THAT IF WE DO NOT GRASP THIS OPPORTUNITY TO ESTABLISH A CONTROLLED COMMODITIES ’ EXCHANGE HERE, NOT ONLY MAY HONG KONG SEEM A LAUGHING STOCK TO THE FINANCIAL WORLD AT LARGE, NOT ONLY MAY OTHER IN THE FAR EAST TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR TIMIDITY, BUT THIS PRECEDENT MAY MARK THE ZENITH OF OUR GRAND PERIOD OF FINANCIAL GROWTH,+ HE SAID.

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OBJECTIONABLE PUBLICATIONS BILL TO BE AMENDED « * « # #

CERTAIN CHANGES WILL BE MADE TO THE OBJECTIONABLE PUBLICATIONS BILL TO ALLAY UNWARRANTED FEARS THAT IT WOULD BE USED TO MUZZLE FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

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ONE OF THE AMENDMENTS CONCERNS THE PROVISION RELATING TO THE PUBLICATION OF COMIC STRIPS PORTRAYING THE COMMISSION OF A CRIME SO AS TO BRING THE FORCES OF LAW AND ORDER INTO DISREPUTE. THE AMENDMENT WILL SPECIFY THAT THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO A BONA FIDE NEWSPAPER ARTICLE PORTRAYING AN ACTUAL EVENT.

ANOTHER AMENDMENT WILL ALTER THE TEST FROM +PROMOTING DISTRUST OF OR DISRESPECT FOR THE FORCES OF LAW AND ORDER+ TO 'BRINGING THOSE FORCES INTO CONTEMPT.’

A THIRD CHANGE WILL INTRODUCE A DEFENCE THAT PUBLICATION OF AN ARTICLE IS JUSTIFIED AS BEING FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD FOR LITERARY OR OTHER REASONS.

OUTLINING THE AMENDMENTS IN GENERAL TERMS, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON. JOHN HOBLEY, SAID IT HAD NEVER BEEN INTENDED TO INTRODUCE A PROVISION WHICH DOES OR COULD BE USED TO RESTRICT A PROPER EXERCISE OF THE RIGHT OF FREE SPEECH, NO MATTER WHAT FORM THAT RIGHT MAY TAKE.

+TO SUGGEST, AS HAS BEEN SUGGESTED, THAT THIS IS IN SOME WAY A MISCHIEVOUS BILL IS, I SUGGEST, A TRAVESTY OF THE FACTS,+ HE SA|D.

SEVERAL UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS SPOKE IN FAVOUR OF THE BILL, SUBJECT TO THE AMENDMENTS.

THE HON. OSWALD CHEUNG FELT THAT THE DRAFTSMAN HAD GONE A LITTLE TOO WIDE IN THE BILL, BUT SAID IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE TO STRIKE A PROPER BALANCE TO PRESERVE THE RIGHT TO CRITICISE AND TO PRESERVE THE YOUNG FROM CORRUPTION OR DEPRAVITY.

THE HON. LO TAK-SHING NOTED, HOWEVER, THAT WHILE THE GOVERNMENT COULD AND WOULD REDUCE THE OPPORTUNITY TO KEEP UNSUITABLE BOOKS AWAY FROM CHILDREN, THE ULTIMATE RESPONSIBILITY WOULD REST WITH PARENTS.

THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN URGED THE GOVERNMENT IN ENFORCING THE PROVISIONS IN THE BILL, TO SEEK FULL CO-OPERATION OF VOLUNTARY GROUPS AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL, RATHER THAN RELYING SOLELY ON THE LIMITED RESOURCES OF THE POLICE.

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ADDITIONAL MEASURES TO SAFEGUARD THE INTERESTS OF THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC WILL BE INCORPORATED IN THE PUBLIC OMNIBUS SERVICES BILL WHICH GIVES THE GOVERNMENT WIDE'POWERS OVER KMB’S AND CMB’S OPERATIONS WITH THE AIM OF IMPROVING BUS SERVICES IN HONG KONG.

AT THE SUGGESTION OF UNOFFICIAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEMBERS, THE BILL WILL BE AMENDED IN PART TO PROVIDE LEGISLATIVE MACHINERY TO REGULATE THE PROFITS OF THE TOO BUS COMPANIES.

UNDER THE PROFIT CONTROL SCHEME, THE TOO COMPANIES WILL HAVE TO SET UP A DEVELOPMENT FUND WHICH IS DESIGNED TO ENSURE THAT EXCESS PROFITS EARNED IN A BOOM YEAR WILL NOT BE LAVISHLY DISTRIBUTED TO SHAREHOLDERS BUT WILL BE RETAINED WITHIN THE BUS OPERATION TO BE USED FOR A VARIETY OF PURPOSES, INCLUDING CAPITAL EXPANSION OR TO WARD OFF OR AT LEAST DELAY FARE INCREASES IN BAD YEARS.

THUS IF PROFITS DROP BELOW THE PERMITTED LEVEL STIPULATED IN THE FRANCHISE, THE DEFICIENCY CAN BE MADE GOOD BY DRAWING MONEY OUT FROM THE DEVELOPMENT FUND.

THE DEVELOPMENT FUND WILL ALSO ENABLE THE BUS COMPANY TO OBTAIN CASH AT A PRESCRIBED RATE OF INTEREST — TO BE SPECIFIED IN THE FRANCHISE — TO BUY NEW BUSES, FOR INSTANCE.

COMMENTING ON THE SCHEME, THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, DR. THE HON. CHUNG SZE-YUEN, SAID HE DID NOT WANT TO GIVE THE IMPRESSION THAT THE SCHEME WAS PERFECT. +IT IS QUITE FAR FROM IT,+ HE SAID.

IN ORDER TO SAFEGUARD THE INTERESTS OF THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC, IT WAS NOT SUFFICIENT TO CONTROL ALONE THE RETURN ON FIXED ASSETS.

♦EQUALLY, IF NOT MORE IMPORTANT, IT IS NECESSARY TO CONTROL FURTHER THE ACQUISITION, UTILIZATION AND DISPOSAL OF THE FIXED j

ASSETS,+ HE SAID.

IN THIS REGARD, HE WELCOMED THE PROVISION IN THE BILL FOR THE GOVERNOR TO APPOINT TOO ADDITIONAL DIRECTORS TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF EACH BUS COMPANY TO LOOK AFTER THE INTERESTS OF THE PUBLIC. v

THE UNOFFICIALS ALSO RECOMMENDED THAT A CLAUSE IN THE BILL WHICH PROVIDES FOR A LEVY ON PROFITS BE DELETED. IN THEIR VIEW, IT WAS CONCEPTIONALLY WRONG TO PAY INTO GENERAL REVENUE EXCESS PROFITS ARISING FROM THE OPERATION OF A PUBLIC UTILITY.

AN AMENDMENT TO DELETE THIS CLAUSE IS TO BE MOVED BY THE -I

ATTORNEY GENERAL WHEN THE BILL COMES UP IN COMMITTEE.

IN GENERAL, THE UNOFFICIALS FELT THAT THE BILL +CONTAINS CONSIDERABLE TEETH TO ENABLE THE GOVERNMENT TO ENSURE THAT WE GET A GOOD BUS SERVICE.+

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HOWEVER, THEY HOPED THAT THE TEETH WERE NOT JUST FALSE TEETH AND THAT BEFORE LONG BUS OPERATORS AND THE GOVERNMENT WOULD PROVIDE 7HE PUBLIC WITH THE EFFICIENT SERVICE THEY HAD PATIENTLY WAITED FOR. z

THEY NOTED THAT PROVISION HAD BEEN MADE IN THE BILL TO PROTECT THE INTERESTS OF THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC THROUGH GOVERNMENT-APPOINTED DIRECTORS ON THE BOARDS OF THE BUS COMPANIES AND THE FACT THAT ALL FARES WOULD DE CONTROLLED BY THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL.

THEY WERE ALSO SATISFIED THAT THE COMPANIES’ SHAREHOLDERS WOULD CONTINUE TO RECEIVE A FAIR RETURN ON THEIR INVESTMENT.

HOWEVER, THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN WANTED A FIRM ASSURANCE FROM THE GOVERNMENT THAT IT WOULD HAVE THE WILL AND ENERGY TO USE THE WIDE POWERS GIVEN IT AND, WHEN NECESSARY, IMPOSE ITS WISHES ON THE BUS COMPANIES IN ORDER TO BRING ABOUT BETTER BUS SERVICES.

+IN GRANTING SUCH WIDE POWERS TO GOVERNMENT, IT SHOULD THEREFORE BE CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD THAT ONCE THE NEW BUS FRANCHISES COME INTO FORCE, THE GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE TO ASSUME GREATER RESPONSIBILITY IN ENSURING THAT THE PUBLIC ARE GIVEN MUCH BETTER BUS SERVICES THAN THEY HAVE SO FAR BEEN GETTING,* HE STRESSED.

IN REPLY, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON. JOHN HOBLEY SA I Ds +IN ITS FUTURE RELATIONS WITH THE BUS COMPANIES THE GOVERNMENT WILL NEITHER BE A ’PAPER TIGER’ NOR WILL ITS TEETH BE FALSE.*

THE GOVERNMENT’S AIM, HE SAID, WAS TO SEE THAT THE COMMUNITY GETS THE BETTER BUS SERVICES IT REASONABLY EXPECTS AND HE AFFIRMED THAT THE GOVERNMENT FELT THAT IT HAD THE RESOURCES TO ENABLE IT TO SUCCEED IN ITS AIM.

tup Puri ir OMNIBUS SERVICES BILL, WHICH WAS GAZETTED LAST DECEMBER, EMPOWERS THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL TO ISSUE FRANCHISES TO BUS COMPANIES FOR INITIAL PERIODS OF UP TO 10 7 EARS.

tufdf ir ALSO PROVISION FOR FRANCHISES EITHER TO BE EXTENDED FOR A nxlo PER IOD OF UP TO FIVE YEARS, OR FOR AN ARRANGEMENT WHICH WOULD ALLOW THE COMPANIES TO ROLL FORWARD THEIR 10-YEAR FRANCHISES AT TWO-YEARLY INTERVALS.

THIS ROLLING FRAHCNISE CONCEPT WOULD EXTEN6 THE FRANCHISE PERIOD ON EACH OCCASION, FOR UP TO TWO YEARS, PROVIDED THE PERFORMANCE OF THE COMPANY CONCERNED HAD BEEN SATISFACTORY.

THE PRESENT FRANCHISES OF KMB AND CMB ARE DUE TO EXPIRE ON

. SEPTEMBER 1 THIS YEAR.

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TO STUDY GENERAL TRAINING LEVY ON INDUSTRIES

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THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL IS TO CONSIDER THE QUESTION OF A GENERAL TRAINING LEVY ON ALL INDUSTRIES TO FINANCE VARIOUS INDUSTRIAL TRAINING SCHEMES, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON. IAN PRICE, SAID TODAY.

THE IMPOSITION OF SUCH A LEVY WAS SUGGESTED BY THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, DR. THE HON. CHUNG SZE-YUEN, DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING (CLOTHING INDUSTRY) BILL WHICH TOGETHER WITH THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING (CONSTRUCTION) BILL WERE PASSED BY THE COUNCIL.

MR. PRICE SAID DIVERGENT VIEWS ON THIS COMPLEX SUBJECT WOULD BE CONSIDERED BY THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL AT ITS NEXT MEETING AND HE DID NOT WISH IN ANY WAY TO PREJUDGE THE OUTCOME OF THOSE DISCUSSIONS.

OUTLINING THE ADVANTAGES OF A GENERAL TRAINING LEVY, DR. CHUNG SAID THIS WOULD AVOID SMALLER INDUSTRIES HAVING TO PAY A HIGH RATE OF LEVY AND AT THE SAME TIME AVOID THE PROLIFERATION OF A LARGE NUMBER OF TRAINING AUTHORITIES AND CENTRES.

INSTEAD, HE SAID, THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL WITH TRAINING CENTRES UNDER ITS CONTROL COULD BECOME THE SINGLE AUTHORITY FOR TRAINING OF ALL OPERATIVES AND CRAFTSMEN.

THIS WOULD IMPROVE EFFICIENCY IN TRAINING AND WOULD ENABLE SUCH TRAINING TO BE ORGANISED IN ACCORDANCE WITH PROPER PRIORITY TO MEET THE OVERALL NEEDS OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES.

HOWEVER, ANOTHER UNOFFICIAL, THE HON. JAMES WU, EXPRESSED DOUBTS OVER A GENERAL LEVY AND NOTED THAT THE RESULT OF THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING SCHEMES IN THE U.K. WHICH ARE FINANCED BY A GENERAL LEVY WERE NOT AS GOOD AS ORIGINALLY EXPECTED.

MR. WU SAID: +l HAVE HEARD ADVERSE COMMENTS FROM SOMEONE INVOLVED IN THE ADMINISTRATION, PARTICULARLY IN REGARD TO HIGH COST OF ADMINSTRATION AND ABUSES.+

MR. PRICE SAID THAT DURING A RECENT VISIT TO BRITAIN, HE ALSO HAD HEARD FROM INDUSTRIALISTS AND EMPLOYERS CRITICISMS THAT FAR TOO MUCH WAS BEING PAID FROM THE U.K. LEVY TOWARDS ADMINSTRATIVE COSTS AND THAT FAR TOO LITTLE WAS GOING TOWARDS ACTUAL TRAINING.

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GOVERNMENT BONDS BILL PASSED

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY APPROVED THE LOANS (GOVERNMENT BONDS) BILL 1975 WHICH gives LEGAL AUTHORITY FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO ISSUE HONG KONG DOLLAR DENOMINATED BONDS AS ONE OF THE MEANS TO MEET THE BUDGETTED DEFICIT.

THE DILL COMPLETES THE LEGISLATIVE PROGRAMME FOR INTERNAL BORROWING AND WAS WELCOMED BY WO UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS.

THE HON. LEE QUO-WEI SA I Ds +WHILE SERVING ITS INTENDED PURPOSE, THE ENACTMENT OF THE BILL WILL HAVE THE IMPORTANT CONSEQUENCES IN CONSOLIDATING THE POSITION OF HONG KONG AS FINANCIAL CENTRE.*

HE NOTED THAT THE ATTRACTIVE TERMS ON WHICH THE BONDS WOULD BE ISSUED NAMELY TRANSFERABLE FREE IN BEARER FORM, EXEMPT FROM STAMP DUTY, INTEREST AND PROFIT TAXES SHOULD WHET THE APPETITE OF INVESTORS.

♦ALL THESE ATTRACTIONS,* MR. LEE ADDED, +SHOULD RESULT IN POPULAR INVOLVEMENT BY THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND REGULAR TRADING, THEREBY, LEADING TO THE FORMATION OF AN ORDERLY AND ACTIVE MONEY MARKET TO INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS.*

ANOTHER UNOFFICIAL SPEAKER, THE HON. LI FOOK-WO, SAID THAT IN VIEW OF THE STATE OF THE MONEY MARKET IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS, AND STEADY INCREASE IN BANK DEPOSITS TOGETHER WITH THE VERY HIGH AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO IN HONG KONG’S BANKING SYSTEM, HE BELIEVED THE TIME WAS NOW RIGHT TO ISSUE THE GOVERNMENT BONDS LOCALLY.

HE FELT THAT THE INITIAL ISSUE OF 8250 MILLION IN FIVE-YEAR. GOVERNMENT BONDS SUGGESTED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY IN A SPEECH TO MEMBERS OF THE CHINESE BANKS ASSOCIATION WAS AN APPROPRIATE AMOUNT AS IT REPRESENTED ABOUT THREE QUARTERS PER CENT OF TOTAL BANK DEPOSITS IN MAY 1975.

THE TWO UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS ALSO CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO ACTIVATE THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY’S IDEA OF SETTING UP A LOANS BOARD TO CO-ORDINATE ALL PUBLIC SECTOR BORROWINGS AND TO SUPERVISE THE TRANSACTION OF FOREIGN CURRENCIES INVOLVED THEREIN.

MR. Q.W. LEE SAID IN VIEW OF THE FACT THAT GOVERNMENT AND QUASI-GOVERNMENT ORGANISATIONS WILL HAVE TO GO MORE INTO DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL MARKETS, IT WAS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST FOR THESE ACTIVITIES TO BE SUPERVISED AND CO-ORDINATED UNDER ONE BODY.

MR. LEE’S VIEWS ON THE NEED FOR A CENTRAL LOANS BOARD WERE SHARED BY MR LI FOOK-WO WHO SAID THE FUNCTIONS OF SUCH A BOARD WOULD CERTAINLY HELP CLARIFY SOME OF THE POINTS RELATING TO THE ISSUE AND TRANSACTIONS OF GOVERNMENT BONDS.

MR LEE ALSO CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO MAKE A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING AT THE OUTSET ON THE LIQUIDITY ASPECT OF THE BONDS AS IT WAS MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR WHICH DETERMINED THE SUCCESS OF BOND ISSUES.

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NEW APPROACH IN STOP-AND-SEARCH OPERATIONS

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POLICE HAVE ADOPTED A NEW APPROACH IN STOP-AND-SEARCH OPERATIONS WITH SUSPECTS BEING SEARCHED ONLY WHEN PRIOR QUESTIONING INDICATES IT ADVISABLE, THE ACTING COLONIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. MICHAEL CLINTON, TOLD COUNCIL TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, MR. CLINTON SAID IT WAS APPRECIATED THAT STOP-AND-SEARCH OPERATIONS CAUSED SOME INCONVENIENCE TO THE PUBLIC, BUT THEY WERE CONSIDERED NECESSARY FOR THWARTING CRIME.

HE CONFIRMED THAT STOP-AND-SEARCH OPERATIONS WERE CONDUCTED ON A CONTINUOUS BASIS AS A COUNTER MEASURE MAINLY AGAINST TRIAD GANG ACTIVITY AND THE CARRYING OF OFFENSIVE WEAPONS AND NARCOTICS OFFENDERS.

THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, HE SAID, TRIED TO ENSURE THAT THE OPERATIONS WERE CONDUCTED WITH THE MINIMUM OF INCONVENIENCE TO THE PUBLIC, AND HAD DIRECTED HIS OFFICERS TO CONDUCT THEM IN A SENSIBLE AND OBJECTIVE MANNER SO AS TO ACHIEVE FULL PUBLIC COOPERATION.

EXTENSIVE EDUCATION, TRAINING AND BRIEFING OF POLICE PERSONNEL HAD ALSO BEEN UNDERTAKEN. (

THIS TRAINING INCLUDED DIRECTIONS THAT NO PERSON SHOULD BE STOPPED AND SEARCHED UNLESS THERE ARE REASONABLE GROUNDS TO SUSPECT HIM OF AN OFFENCE - THAT WHERE A SEARCH IS CARRIED OUT -IT SHOULD BE DONE AS DISCREETLY AS POSSIBLE - THAT IF A MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC REACTS STRONGLY TO BEING SEARCHED THE POLICE SHOULD EXPLAIN THE REASONS AND CLARIFY THEIR LEGAL POWERS AND FINALLY THAT WHERE A SEARCH PRODUCES NOTHING, THE POLICE SHOULD COURTEOUSLY REGRET ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED.


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THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR. THE HON. GERALD CHOA, TODAY RULED OUT COMPULSORY GOVERNMENT SERVICE FOR NURSES GRADUATING FROM THE SCHOOL OF GENERAL NURSING.

THIS WAS NOT CONSIDERED APPROPRIATE, HE TOLD COUNCIL. BECAUSE SUCH A CONDITION WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO ENFORCE AND JUSTIFY BY SINGLING OUT THE NURSING GRADE FOR SUCH ACTION WHILE NOT APPLYING IT TO OTHERS WHO ARE APPOINTED AND TRAINED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

DR. CHOA WAS REPLYING TO DR. THE HON. HARRY FANG WHO HAD ASKED ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF STIPULATING A MINIMUM OF ONE YEAR’S COMPULSORY SERVICE FOR GRADUATES OF THE THREE-YEAR COURSE OF THE GENERAL SCHOOL OF NURSING.

DR. CHOA ALSO NOTED THAT THE SUBJECT HAD NOT BEEN RAISED IN THE HONG KONG NURSING BOARD.

IN REPLY TO ANOTHER QUESTION, DR. CHOA SAID 569 NURSES, INCLUDING 543 GENERAL AND 26 PSYCHIATRIC NURSES WERE_^GISTERED WITH THE HONG KONG NURSING BOARD IN 1974. OF THESE, 518 WERE NEW GRADUATES OF THE VARIOUS SCHOOLS OF NURSING IN HONG KONG.

+THE NURSING BOARD HAS NO INFORMATION REGARDING THE NUMBER OF RESIGNATIONS WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THEIR REGISTRATION, AS INDIVIDUAL TRAINING SCHOOLS KEEP THEIR OWN RECORDS,+ HE SAID.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY JO, 1975

SUFFICIENT TRAINED TEACHERS EXPECTED TO MEET 1978 REQUIREMENTS

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THERE WILL BE SUFFICIENT TRAINED TEACHERS FROM THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION TO MEET REQUIREMENTS FROM 1978 ONWARDS, DESPITE THE DECISION TO REDUCE THE INTAKE OF STUDENTS INTO THE COLLEGES FROM NEXT TERM, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, THE HON. CHARLES LOWE, SAID TODAY.

MR. LOWE GAVE TWO REASONS FOR THE DECISION TO REDUCE THE THE STUDENT INTAKE - A PLANNED DEFERMENT OF SECONDARY EXPANSION PROPOSED IN THE WHITE PAPER IN THE LIGHT OF ECONOMIC CIRCUMSTANCES ■ AND THE DECISION TO REDUCE UNDER-UTILISED PRIMARY 1 CLASSES BECAUSE OF A FALLING PRIMARY AGE GROUP.

HE SAID THAT SINCE PART-TIME AND FULL-TIME TEACHER TRAINING COURSES ARE PLANNED ON A MINIMUM TWO-YEAR TIME LAG, AND IF THE FINANCIAL SITUATION ALLOWS THE GOVERNMENT TO GO FIRM IN 1976 ON ITS WHITE PAPER EXPANSION PLANS FOR SEPTEMBER 1978, THE NECESSARY EXPANSION OF ENROLMENTS CAN BE MADE FROM SEPTEMBER 1976 IN PHASE WITH THE TARGET.

HOWEVER, HE STRESSED, THAT IT WAS IMPORTANT FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO BE MORE DEFINITE ON ITS EXPANSION PLANS IN ADVANCE OF SEPTEMBER 1976 TO AVOID THE DANGER OF OVER OR UNDER PROVISION OF TEACHERS.

HE NOTED THAT A RECENTLY CONCLUDED SURVEY OF THE COLLEGES INDICATES THAT THERE WAS ADEQUATE ACCOMMODATION FOR CONSIDERABLE EXPANSION OF BOTH THE FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME COURSES.

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EIGHT BILLS PASSED

EIGHT BILLS COMPLETED THEIR PASSAGE THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THEY WERE I THE BIRTHS AND DEATHS REGISTRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL, THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) (NO, 2) BILL, THE LOANS (GOVERNMENT BONDS) BILL. THE BETTING DUTY (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL, THE MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS (OWNERS INCORPORATION) (AMENDMENT) BILL, THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING (CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY) BILL, THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING (CLOTHING INDUSTRY) BILL AND THE LABOUR RELATIONS BILL 1975.

THREE OTHER BILLS WERE TABLED IN THE COUNCIL FOR THEIR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS. THESE WERE I THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES (HONG KONG ISLAND) (AMENDMENT) BILL, AND THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES (KOWLOON AND NEW TERRITORIES) (AMENDMENT) BILL AND THE DEMOLISHED BUILDINGS (RE-DEVELOPMENT OF SITES) (AMENDMENT) BILL.

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WATER CUTS » a

A NUMBER OF RESIDENTS IN KWUN TONG ESTATE WILL BE WITHOUT WATER FOR FIVE HOURS BEGINNING AT 1 A.M. ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 1) WHEN A TEST FOR LEAKAGE WILL BE CONDUCTED IN THE AREA. WHEN

„TiTJFFECTED w|LL BE BLOCKS 2 TO 6 AND BLOCKS 11 AND 12 OF THE

MEANWHILE, WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN WANCHAI WILL ALSO BE INTERRUPTED FROM 10 P.M. ON FRIDAY UNTIL 6 AM T SXPTn^LT°FAC,LITATE THE connECTION ON A FRESH WATER MAINS IN I nt DIolKlCT.

THE

VIII W.1LE BE ^0S« 1 T0 53 SHARP STREET, NOS. 1 TO 39

ctdcct SIncETA NOS. 2 TO 44 YIU WAH STREET, NOS. 10 TO 28 MATHESON SJREET> NOS. 9 TO 77 LEIGHTON ROAD, THE LEE THEATRE. THE TRAMWAYS DEPOT, AND SHARP STREET ELECTRICAL SUB-STATION. ‘HAMWAYS

IN MONG KOK, WATER SUPPLY WILL BE INTERUPTED FOR EIGHT

HOURS AS FROM 10 P.M. ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 1) TO FACILITATE REPAIR WORKS IN THE AREA.

AFFECTED WILL BE PREMISES BOUNDED BY TAI KOK TSUI ROAD a^2Ke$HEUNG STREET FR0M CHERRY STREET TO BOUNDARY STREET SH?QmTDAAJ AND CHERRY STREET BETWEEN TONG MEI ROAD AND TAI KOK TSUI ROAD.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 1975

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MANPOWER SURVEY OF TEXTILE INDUSTRY STARTS ON FRIDAY if if « «

A THREE-WEEK MANPOWER OF HONG KONG’S TEXTILE INDUSTRY WILL START ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 1) TO COLLECT UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON TRAINING REQUIREMENTS.

THE SURVEY IS THE THIRD IN A SERIES AND WILL BE CONDUCTED BY THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY BOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL.

QUESTIONNAIRES AND EXPLANATORY LETTERS IN BOTH CHINESE AND ENGLISH WERE SENT A FORTNIGHT AGO TO 448 SELECTED TEXTILE MILLS.

DURING THE SURVEY, AN INTERVIEWING OFFICER OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL VISIT EACH OF THE 446 MILLS BY APPOINTMENT. HE WILL, ANSWER QUERIES, IF REQUIRED, ASSIST IN THE COMPLETION OF THE QUESTIONNAIRE, AND COLLECT ONE COPY FOR PROCESSING

THE INFORMATION WHICH EMPLOYERS ARE REQUESTED TO SUPPLY INCLUDES, THE NUMBER OF WORKERS PRESENTLY EMPLOYED, THE NUMBER OF THOSE UNDER TRAINING, THE NUMBER OF EXISTING VACANCIES, AND A FORECAST OF THE NUMBER OF WORKERS REQUIRED BY AUGUST 1976.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT SAIDj +THE INFORMATION COLLECTED WILL BE HANDLED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND WILL BE HANDLED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND WILL BE PUBLISHED ONLY IN THE FORM OF STATISTICAL SUMMARIES WITHOUT REFERENCE TO ANY INDIVIDUAL TEXTILE MILL.+

+AS SUCH INFORMATION IS VITAL TO THE WORK OF THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD IF IT IS TO DRAW UP MEANINGFUL PLANS TO MEET THE TRAINING NEEDS OF THE INDUSTRY, EMPLOYERS ARE REQUESTED TO PROVIDE ACCURATE ANSWERS TO THE QUEST I ONNA I RES.+

EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE QUERIES IN CONNECTION WITH THE SURVEY SHOULD CONTACT MR. YEUNG PUI-SANG, SECRETARY OF THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD, AT 5-281862.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

THURSDAY, JULY 31, 1975

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS FELL LAST MONTH BY 9.5 PER CENT .............................................   1

NEW APPLICATION FORMS DEVISED FOR VEHICLE LICENCES

TO PAVE WAY FOR FUTURE COMPUTERISATION OF RECORDS ... 3

WATER CUT IN CENTRAL DISTRICT........................... 3

LUTHERAN WORLD SERVICE PRAISED FOR ITS FORESIGHT .... 4

TOO SWD SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNITS IN KOWLOON RELOCATED .............................................. *

700 DOYS AND GIRLS TO RACE ROUND THE CHAI WAN DISTRICT 5

596,000 LOTTERY TICKETS SOLD SO FAR ...................  5

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

THURSDAY, JULY 31, 1975

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JUNE PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES n n « €$ n »

THE VALUE OF HONG KONG’S DOMESTIC EXPORTS LAST MONTH FELL BY 8198 MH LION OR 9.5 PiR CENT COMPARED WITH JUNE LAST YEAR, ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES ISSUED TODAY DY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.,

EXPORTS FOR JUNE WAS Sl,077 MILLION IN VALUE AS AGAINST $2,074 MILLION IN THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

THE VALUE OF IMPORTS FELL DY 16.6 PER CENT TO 52,635 MILLION AS AGAINST 53,157 MILLION IN JUNE 1976 AND RE-EXPORTS DROPPED D' 9.7 TO 5547 MILLION COMPARED WITH 8606 MILLION IN JUNE LAST YEAR.

FIGURES FOR THE FIRST SIX MONTHS THIS YEAR SHOWED DECREASES BY VAI UE (F 14.5 PER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS, 16.9 PER CENT FIR IMPORTS AND 13=1 PER CENT FOR RE-EXPORTS, AS AGAINST Ti -I SAME PERIOD IN 1974.

DURING THE 12-MONTH PERIOD BETWEEN JULY 1974 AND JUNE 1975 THERE WERE DECREASES OF 6.7 PER CELJT FOR DOMESTIC EXPOR i:>, 9.8 p; R CEJT FOR IMPORTS AND 13=7 PER CENT FOR RE-EXPOR IS COMPARED WITH TIE PREVIOUS 12-MONTH PERIOD.

THE FOLLOWING TADLE GIVES AN EASY GUIDE TO THE PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES s-

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 5 51,877 MILLION

IMPORTS c 82,635 MILLION

RE-EXPORTS 8 5 547 MILLION

COMPARATIVE FIGURES

JUNE • 1975 JUNE 1974 INCREASE OR DECREASE

5 MN. 8 MN. 5 MN. %

DOMEST'IC EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 1,877 (77.4%) 2,074 (77.4%) - 193 - 9.5

IMPORTS 2,635 3,157 - 523 '■ 16.6

RE-EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 547 (22.6%) 606 (22.6%) - 59 - 9.7

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APR-JUNE 1975 APR-JUNE 1974 INCREASE OR DECREASE

3 MN. 3 MN. 3 MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 5,275 6,199 - 924 - 14.9

IMPORTS . 7,025 9,774 -1,949 - 19.9

RE-EXPORTS 1,655 1,094 - 239 - 12.6

JAN-JUNE 1975 JAN-JUNE 1974 INCREASE OR DECREASE

3 MN. 3 MN. 3 MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 9,804 (75.3%) 11,472 (75.6%) -1,668 - 14.5 *

IMPORTS 14,819 17,039 -3,020 - 16.9

RE-EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 3,213 (24.7%) 3,690 (24.4%) - 435 - 13.1

JULY 1974 TO JUNE 1975 JULY 1973 TO JUNE 1974 INCREASE OR DECREASE

3 MN. 3 MN. 3 MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 21,243 22,769 -1,526 - 6.7

IMPORTS 31,100 34,400 -3,330 - 9.8

RE-EXPORTS , 6,639 7,697 -1,057 - 13.7

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NEW APPLICATION FORMS FOR VEHICLE LICENCES n ft ft n ft ft

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TODAY REMINDED VEHICLE OWNERS THAT THEY SHOULD USE NEW APPLICATION FORMS FOR INITIAL REGISTRATION AND LICENSING OF VEHICLES AND FOR RENEWAL OF VEHICLE LICENCES. f

THE NEW FORMS WERE INTRODUCED LAST WEEK IN PREPARATION FOR FUTURE COMPUTERISATION OF ALL VEHICLE LICENSING RECORDS, AND COPIES ARE AVAILABLE FROM ANY CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, THE DEPARTMENT’S HONG KONG OR KOWLOON LICENSING OFFICES, OR FROM MAJOR POST OFFICES.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID APPLICATIONS PRESENTED ON THE OLD FORMS WOULD NOT BE ACCEPTED. THIS IS TO ENSURE THAT ALL FUTURE LICENSING INFORMATION CAN BE IMMEDIATELY TRANSFERRED TO THE COMPUTER DATA PROCESSING SYSTEM, HE ADDED.

BY THE END OF THIS YEAR, HE SAID, TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IS EXPECTED TO IMPLEMENT THE SECOND STAGE OF A COMPUTER SYSTEM WHEREBY VEHICLE AND DRIVER LICENSING WILL BE PROCESSED "ON-LINE” BY COMPUTER AT THE COUNTERS.

HE SAID GUIDANCE NOTES WERE PRINTED ON THE REVERSE SIDE OF THE NEW FORMS EXPLAINING HOW THEY ARE TO BE COMPLETED. AND SPECIMENS OF COMPLETED FORMS ARE ALSO POSTED IN BOTH LICENSING OFFICES TO ASSIST APPLICANTS.

+IN ADDITION, APPLICANTS MAY MAKE USE OF THE FORM-FILLING SERVICE PROVIDED FREE BY THE .DEPARTMENT AT ITS LICENSING OFFICES,* HE SAID. ' - ' i

AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION FOR INITIAL REGISTRATION OR RENEWAL OF A VEHICLE LICENCE, THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED APPLICANTS THAT THEY MUST PRODUCE THEIR HONG KONG IDENTITY CARDS OR AN ACCEPTABLE ALTERNATIVE IDENTITY DOCUMENT IF THEY ARE A PRIVATE OWNER, OR A COPY OF THE CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION IF THE VEHICLE OWNERS ARE A LIMITED COMPANY.

RENEWAL APPLICATION FORMS MUST ALSO BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE VEHICLE REGISTRATION BOOK AND A THIRD PARTY INSURANCE CERTIFICATE OF COVER NOTE VALID ON THE DATE WHEN THE NEW LICENCE IS TO BECOME EFFECTIVE, HE ADDED.

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WATER CUT ft ft ft ft

WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN CENTRAL WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR FIVE HOURS ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 2) STARTING AT 1 A.M. TO ENABLE A LEAKAGE TEST TO BE CARRIED OUT IN THE AREA.

PREMISES AFFECTED ARE 1-13B QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, INCLUDING BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, 2-10 AND 5'9 ICE HOUSE STREET, 1A-3 AND 2A-8 DES VOUEX ROAD CENTRAL, CONNAUGHT CENTRE, BLAKE pltR»S‘AR FERRY PIER. THE CITY HALL, THE CITY HALL MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK. 1-10A CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, AND ALL PREMISES IN CHATER ROAD AND JACKSON ROAD.

THURSDAY, JULY J1, 1975

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LUTHERAN WORLD SERVICE/PRAISED

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THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, PRAISED THE LUTHERAN WORLD SERVICE TODAY (THURSDAY) FOR ITS FORESIGHT IN ESTABLISHING THE KWUN TONG VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE TO PROVIDE LOCAL YOUNG PEOPLE WITH INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL TRAINING.

SPEAKING AT THE CENTRE’S 1OTH ANNIVERSARY GRADUATION CEREMONY, HE SAID HONG KONG’S ECONOMY DEPENDED VERY MUCH ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF ITS COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, AND TO MAINTAIN THE DEVELOPMENT, THERE WAS A NEED FOR SKILLED WORKERS AND TRAINED COMMERCIAL STAFF.

VOCATIONAL TRAINING, HE NOTED, WAS THE MOST DIRECT FORM OF EDUCATION BECAUSE IT PREPARED YOUNG PEOPLE FOR FUTURE EMPLOYMENT WHILE AT THE SAME TIME PROVIDED THE INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL FIELDS WITH THE NECESSARY WORK FORCE. FULLY REALIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF VOCATIONAL TRAINING, THE LWS ESTABLISHED THE CENTRE IN THE SPRING OF 1965.

THE FACT THAT ENROLMENT HAD INCREASED EACH YEAR AND ITS GRADUATES VERY MUCH SOUGHT AFTER BY LOCAL COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS WAS PROOF OF THE HIGH REPUTATION THE CENTRE HAD ESTABLISHED FOR ITSELF THROUGH SOUND MANAGEMENT AND GOOD TEACHING TECHNIQUES. . '

MRS. LEE PRESENTED PRIZES AND CERTIFICATES TO THE GRADUATES.

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SWD FIELD UNITS MOVE ft « « ft

TWO SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNITS WILL BE RELOCATED NEXT MONTH IN PREMISES WITHIN THEIR OPERATIONAL AREAS TO MAKE IT MORE CONVENIENT FOR PEOPLE SEEKING ASSISTANCE.

MOVE ROAD TUNG

ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 2), THE KOWLOON CITY FIELD UNIT WILL FROM THE 1ST FLOOR OF FOOK TAO MANSION AT 8-12 SUNG WONG TOI TO ROOMS 401-404, BLOCK 6, 3RD FloO:, MEI TUNG ESTATE IN TAU TSUEN ROAD. ITS HEW TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 3-384321.

THE FOLLOWING SATURDAY (AUGUST 9), THE TO KWA WAN FIELD UNIT WILL MOVE FROM THE 17TH FLOOR OF THE KOWLOON CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING AT 405 NATHAN ROAD, TO THE OFF ICES IN SUNG WONG TOI ROAD VACATED DY THE KOWLOON CITY t- I ELD UNIT. ITS NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER WILL BE 3-024386.

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RACE ROUND CHAI WAN n n n «

ABOUT 700 BOYS AND GIRLS BETWEEN 10 AND 18 WILL PARTICIPATE IN A RACE ROUND THE CHAI WAN DISTRICT OH SUNDAY (AUGUST 3).

THE RACE WILL START AT 10 A.M.FROM THE BASKETBALL COURT OF THE CHAI WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE IN CHAI WAN ROAD. THE ROUTE WILL BE ALONG CHAI WAN ROAD TO AH UPHILL FOOTPATH TAKING THEM TO CAPE COLLINSON ROAD, LIN SHING ROAD, WAN TSUI ROAD DACK TO CHAI WAN ROAD AND THE COMMUNITY CENTRE.

MR. HUNG CHARN-YAN, THE POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICER, WILL DE THE STARTER. PRIZES FOR WINNERS HAVE DEEN DONATED DY MR. SHING TING-DONG, CHAIRMAN OF THE CHAI WAN RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION.

THE RACE IS SPONSORED BY THE COMMUNITY CENTRE, THE NEIGHBOURHOOD ADVICE-ACTION COUNCIL, THE H.K. FEDERATION OF YOUTH GROUPS, THE H.K. PLAYGROUND ASSOCIATION. THE CHINESE Y.M.C.A. AND THE RECREATION AND SPORTS OFFICE (EASTERN).

A SIMILAR RACE LAST YEAR ATTRACTED 500 PARTICIPANTS, MANY OF WHOM REQUESTED ANOTHER ONE BE ORGANISED THIS YEAR.

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SALE OF LOTTERY TICKETS CLOSES TOMORROW n n n a « «

TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY TO BUY TICKETS FOR THE FIFTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY THIS YEAR.

SALE OF TICKETS WILL CLOSE AT 9 P.M. AT THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB BOOTHS. DURING THE DAY, TICKETS MAY BE BOUGHT AT THE HEAD AND BRANCH OFFICES OF 30 BANKS IN VARIOUS DISTRICTS.

UP TO 5 P.M. TODAY (THURSDAY), A TOTAL OF 596,000 TICKETS WAS

SOLD

WINNING NUMBERS WILL BE DRAWN AT 10 A.M. ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 2) AT THE CITY HALL TI1REATRE BY FOUR RADIO HONG KONG ARTISTES - MISS TERESA WONG SHIU-FUNG, MISS LOUISA CHAN YEE-NOR, MR. CHU PUI-HING AND MR. RAYMOND NG SHEK-FAI.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE DRAW.

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