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

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, AUGUST.1, 1975

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NEW LABOUR RELATIONS LAW COMES INTO FORCE ................ 1

WORK ON KOWLOON RECEPTION CENTRE TO START SOON ........... 2

MARINE FEES TO BE REVISED TO HELP OFFSET PART OF RISING COSTS .................................................... 3

1974 OVERSEAS TRADE REVIEW NOW ON SALE.................... 3

FULL-TIME AND DAY-RELEASE COURSES AVAILABLE AT THREE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES ...................................   4

FIRST PRIZE OF 5TH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY WORTH $504,000 ... 5

HONG KONG PROVIDES VENUE FOR UK-INDONESIA AIR TALKS .... 5

GOVERNOR TO VISIT SUMMER YOUTH CAMP IN SAIGON TOMORROW . 6

ELEPHANT SHOW FOR 200 DISABLED...........................  7

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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 1975

NEW LABOUR RELATIONS LAW EFFECTIVE TODAY ft W ft « ft

THE LABOUR RELATIONS BILL -- PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE ( UNCIL WEDNESDAY — COMES INTO FORCE TODAY.

THE NEW LEGISLATION, PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE, GIVES THE GOVERNMENT POWER TO INTERVENE IN AN INDUSTRIAL DISPUTE, BUT NOT TO IMPOSE A COMPULSORY SETTLEMENT.

IT PROVIDES HONG KONG WITH PROCEDURES FOR THE SETTLEMENT OF DISPUTES WITH THE MINIMUM OF SOCIAL FRICTION OR ECONOMIC DISRUPTION.

A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE WILL BE ISSUED TO EXPLAIN THE NEW ORDINANCE 'IN SIMPLE TERMS.

THE BILL WAS PUBLISHED ON MARCH 21 FOR PUBLIC COMMENT, AND INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON MAY 7.

ALTHOUGH THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF THE BILL REMAIN THE SAME, A NUMBER OF CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE AS A RESULT OF PUBLIC COMMENT SINCE THE BILL WAS PUBLISHED.

THE NEW ORDINANCE PROVIDES FOR A SERIES OF STEPS FOR DEALING WITH INDUSTRIAL DISPUTES. THEY AREs

« CONCILIATION PROVIDED, AS USUAL, BY THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE,

K SPECIAL CONCILIATION BY A SPECIAL CONCILIATOR, TO BE PUBLICLY NAMED, WHEN ORDINARY CONCILIATION FAILS-

# VOLUNTARY ARBITRATION, WITH THE AGREEMENT OF BOTH PARTIES, IF SPECIAL CONCILIATION IS UNSUCCESSFUL- OR, AS AN ALTERNATIVE-

* A BOARD OF INQUIRY, WITH JUDICIAL POWERS, TO EXAMINE AND REPORT ON THE DISPUTE.

IN SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES, AND IN COMPANY WITH A BOARD OF INQUIRY, ARBITRATION OR OTHER ATTEMPTS TO RESOLVE THE DISPUTE, Oi! THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL MAY ORDER A 3O-DAY ’’COOLING-OFF” PERIOD DURING WHICH ALL PARTIES TO THE DISPUTE MUST STOP ANY FORM OF INDUSTRIAL ACTION.

THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL MAY EXTEND THIS 30-DAY PERIOD BY A FURTHER 30 DAYS IF HE CONSIDERS IT NECESSARY, BUT NOT BEYOND.

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FOLLOWING PUBLIC COMMENT ON THE BILL, THE FOLLOWING MAJOR AMENDMENTS WERE MADE TO IT DURING ITS PASSAGE THROUGH THE L -GI SLATIVE COUNCILS

M THE ’’COOLING-OFF” PERIOD CAN ONLY BE BROUGHT INTO EFFECT BY A FUTURE DECISION OF THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL, AND IF THERE IS A CLEAR AND PUBLICLY-RECOGNISED NEED FOR ITS IMPLEMENTATION3

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K DEPENDING ON CIRCUMSTANCES, EITHER A BOARD OF THREE ARBITRATORS OR THE ORIGINALLY-PROPOSED SINGLE ARBITRATOR CAN DE APPOINTED TO ARBITRATE IN A DISPUTE3

ft AN AMENDMENT HAS BEEN MADE WITH THE AIM OF PREVENTING

VICTIMISATION OF WORKERS DURING A COOLING-OFF PERIOD3

# ADDITIONS HAVE BEEN MADE TO THE BILL TO STATE WHO HAS THE RIGHT OF REPRESENTATION BEFORE BOARDS OF INQUIRY AND ARBITRATION TRIBUNALS3 AND

* THE SCHEDULE TO THE BILL, WHICH PROPOSED THAT CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THE FORMER ILLEGAL STRIKES AND LOCKOUTS ORDINANCE BE INCORPORATED IN OTHER LEGISLATION, HAS BEEN DROPPED.

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WORK ON KOWLOON RECEPTION CENTRE TO START SOON a # n a « « «

CONSTRUCTION WORK ON THE SUB-STRUCTURE OF THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT’S LARGEST RECEPTION CENTRE WILL BEGIN IN TOO MONTHS’ TIME AT LAI CHI KOK.

THE KOWLOON RECEPTION CENTRE, LOCATED ON A 150,OOQ-SQUARE-FOOT SITE AT BUTTERFLY VALLEY ROAD, WILL BE A MAXIMUM SECURITY INSTITUTION CAPABLE OF ACCOMMODATING SOME 980 PRISONERS. IT SHOULD GO A LONG WAY TOWARDS RELIEVING OVERCROWDING IN THE VICTORIA RECEPTION CENTRE ON THE ISLAND.

THE SITE FOR THE NEW CENTRE WAS ONCE OCCUPIED BY THE FORMER LAI CHI KOK WOMEN’S PRISON WHICH HAS BEEN PULLED DOWN. PART OF THE ADJACENT HILLSIDE HAS ALSO BEEN CUT BACK TO PROVIDE ADDITIONALs BUILDING LAND.

SITE FORMATION WORK FOR THE PROJECT IS NOW NEARING COMPLETION AND WORK ON THE SUB-STRUCTURE — INCLUDING THAT OF MULTI-STOREY DORMITORY AND CELL BLOCKS, WORKSHOPS, A HOSPITAL WARD, A KITCHEN, AND AN ADMINISTRATION BLOCK AS WELL AS QUARTERS FOR RESIDENTIAL STAFF -- WILL BEGIN IN MID-SEPTEMBER. THIS PART OF THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO TAKE SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SUB-STRUCTURE ARE INVITED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE. IT IS HOPED THAT BUILDING OF THE SUPERSTRUCTURE WILL FOLLOW SOON SO THAT WORK ON THE ENTIRE PROJECT CAN DE CARRIED OUT SIMULTANEOUSLY. THE INSTITUTION IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN LATE 1977.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 1975

MARINE FEES TO BE REVISED

A REVISION OF CERTAIN FEES, INCLUDING THE IMPOSITION NUMBER OF NE17 CHARGES FOR SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE MARINE TO THE SHIPPING COMMUNITY, IS SOUGHT TO COVER PART OF THE MAINTENANCE COSTS OF THESE SERVICES.

OF A DEPARTMENT RISING

PROPOSED CHANGES ARE CONTAINED IN THE MERCHANT SHIPPING REGULATIONS, THE MARINE HAWKERS (AMENDMENT PUBLISHED IN I TODAY’S GAZETTE?^ (LICENSING) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS,

THE PROPOSED NEW FEES AND CHARGE INCREASES ARE EXPECTED TO PRODUCE ABOUT $500,000 A YEAR, AND IF APPROVED BY THE GOVERNOR-INCOUNCIL, WILL COME INTO EFFECT ON SEPTEMBER 1 THIS YEAR. ;

F0R THE MARINE DEPARTMENT SAID THE LAST GENERAL A.ETun .2.N 0F FEES CHARGED UNDER THESE REGULATIONS TOOK PLACE IN 1970 ALTHOUGH THERE HAD BEEN A FEW MINOR CHANGES SINCE.

oaot £42 POINTED OUT THAT THE PROPOSED FEE REVISION PART OF A CONTINUOUS EXERCISE TO REVIEW FEES CHARGED BY GOVERNMENT IN THE LIGHT OF RISING OPERATION COSTS.

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT HAS PUBLISHED A COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS OF THE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN THE DIRECTION AND COMPOSITION OF OVERSEAS TRADE IN 1974.

THE PUBLICATION, ENTITLED ’HONG KONG REVIEW OF OVERSEAS TRADE IN 1974,’ ALSO GIVES ESTIMATES OF PRICES AND VOLUME CHANGES, AND INCLUDES AN ANALYSIS OF COMPARATIVE MARKET PENETRATION OF HONG KONG PRODUCTS AND THOSE OF COMPETITORS IN THE MAIN EXPORT MARKETS.

THE REVIEW CONTAINS EIGHT GRAPHS AND 24 STATISTICAL APPENDICES SHOWING HONG KONG’S COMPARATIVE EXTERNAL TRADE PERFORMANCE DURING THE LAST AND PREVIOUS YEARS.

THE REVIEW IS NOW ON SALE AT $10 PER COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, STAR FERRY CONCOURSE, HONG KONG.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 1975

DAY RELEASE COURSES AVAILABLE AT TECHNICAL INSTITUTES

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TH;' THREE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES RUN BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ARE INVITING APPLICATIONS FOR ADMISSION TO FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE COURSES FOR THE 1975-76 SESSION BEGINNING IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER.

THE ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (TECHNICAL), MR. DANIEL WATERS AND THE PRINCIPALS OF THE THREE INSTITUTES - MORRISON HILL AND THE TWO NEW ONES AT KWAI CHUNG AND KWUN TONG - GAVE DETAILS OF THE COURSES AT A PRESS CONFERENCE THIS AFTERNOON.

ALL THREE INSTITUTES WILL OFFER COURSES ON ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING.

’ COURSES ON CLOTHING AND TEXTILE INDUSTRIES WILL BE AVAILABLE : AT KWAI CHUNG AND KWUN TONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTES WHILE COURSES FOR SECRETAR IES/STENOGRAPHERS AND ON OFFICE STUDIES WILL BE CONDUCTED AT MORRISON HILL AND KWAI CHUNG.

CONSTRUCTION COURSES WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLY AT MORRISON HILL AND COURSES ON PRINTING AT KWUN TONG.

A VARIETY OF OTHER COURSES INCLUDING RADIO AND TELEVISION MECHANICS, AIR-CONDITIONING AND REFRIGERATION AS WELL AS MOTOR VEHICLE MECHANICS ARE BEING OFFERED BY ONE OR TWO INSTITUTES.

THE ANNUAL FEES FOR FULL-TIME COURSES ARE $400 (TECHNICIAN) AND $120 (CRAFT) WHILE THAT FOR PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE IS $80. ’

APPLICATION FORMS FOR FULL-TIME COURSES AND COPIES OF THE +GUIDE TO APPLICANTS* CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE THREE INSTITUTES, ALL CITY DISTRICT OFFICES IN HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRES AT TSUEN WAN, KWAI CHUNG AND SHEK LEI. APPLICATION FORMS FOR PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE COURSES ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THE THREE INSTITUTES AND THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DIVISION OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR CRAFT COURSES ARE GENERALLY THE COMPLETION OF FORM 3 WITH THE EXCEPTION OF BASIC CRAFT COURSES WHERE COMPLETION OF FORM 2 IS STIPULATED.

FOR CONSTRUCTION CRAFT COURSES, COMPLETION OF PRIMARY 6 IS THE REQUIREMENT.

FOR TECHNICIAN COURSES, COMPLETION OF FORM 5 IS THE MINIMUM. ENTRY REQUIREMENT.

APPLICANTS FOR PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE COURSES SHOULD BE ENGAGED IN WORK APPROPRIATE TO THE COURSE THEY WISH TO BE ENROLLED. IN ADDITION, THEY MUST BE SPONSORED, AND HAVE THE APPLICATION FORMS SIGNED BY THEIR EMPLOYERS.

ALL.COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD LE SENT TO THE INSTITUTES SELECTED BY AUGUST 18.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 1975.

FIRST PRIZE OF 5TH LOTTERY WORTH 8504,000 * W K M « H

SOMEONE WILL BE RICHER BY $504,000 TOMORROW (SATURDAY) WHEN THE FIRST PRIZE OF THE FIFTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY IS DRAWN.

A TOTAL OF 630,000 TICKETS WAS SOLD UP TO 9 P.M. TODAY (FRIDAY) WHEN SALES CLOSED. THE TOTAL PROCEEDS REACHED $1,260,000.

THE SECOND PRIZE IS WORTH $50,400 AND THE THIRD PRIZE $5,040.

EACH OF THE 50 SPECIAL PRIZES AND THE 106 CONSOLATION PRIZES IS WORTH $1,260.

THE FIRST THREE WINNING NUMBERS WILL BE DRAWN AT 10 A.M. TOMORROW AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE BY FOUR RADIO HONG KONG ARTISTES — MISS TERESA WONG SHUI-FUNG, MISS LOUISA CHAN YEE-NOR, MR. CHU PUI-HING AND MR. RAYMOND NG SHEK-FAI.

UK-INDONES IA AIR TALKS

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DISCUSSIONS WERE HELD IN HONG KONG YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) BETWEEN THE AERONAUTICAL AUTHORITIES OF THE GOVERNMENT OF INDONESIA AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED KINGDOM TO REV I EV/ THE AIR SERVICES ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN THE TOO COUNTRIES.

THE DISCUSSIONS WERE HELD IN A FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE AND CONCENTRATED ON THE UNITED KINDOM PROPOSAL TO SUBSTITUTE LOCKHEED TRISTAR AIRCRAFT FOR BOEING 707 AIRCRAFT, USED BY CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS BETWEEN HONG KONG AND JAKARTA, LATER THIS YEAR.

ALSO DISCUSSED WAS THE POSSIBILITY OF OPERATING DIRECT AIR SERVICES BETWEEN BALI AND HONG KONG FOR BOTH GARUDA INDONESIAN AIRWAYS AND CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS.

IN ORDER THAT FURTHER STUDY COULD BE GIVEN TO CERTAIN ASPECTS OF THESE PROPOSED OPERATIONS, IT WAS AGREED TO ADJOURN THE TALKS AND TO MEET AGAIN TOWARDS THE END OF AUGUST IN JAKARTA FOR FURTHER DISCUSSIONS.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 1975

- 6 -GOVERNOR TO VISIT SUMMER YOUTH CAMP IN HEBE HAVEN

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL VISIT A SUMMER YOUTH CAMP IN HEBE HAVEN TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE CAMP IS ORGANIZED FOR ABOUT 100 YOUNG PEOPLE FROM THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT INCLUDING SOME JUNIOR POLICE CALL MEMBERS AND A GROUP OF 12 TO 13 YEARS OLD CHILDREN.

SIR MURRAY WILL TOUR AROUND THE CAMP SITE AT 12.15 P.M. ACCOMPANIED BY MR. BILLY LAM, C.D.O. (WONG TAI SIN), MR. J.J.E. MORRIN, DISTRICT POLICE COMMANDER (KOWLOON), MR. WU SIU-CHEUK, DIVISIONAL POLICE SUPERINTENDENT (WONG TAI SIN), AND MRS. HENRIETTA CHAN, COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICER (WONG TAI SIN).

HE WILL SEE THE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES ORGANISED FOR THE YOUNGSTERS INCLUDING THE COMP I LA I ON OF THE CAMP NEWSLETTER-THE MAKING OF A SOUVENIR BANNER WHICH WILL BE PRESENTED TO HIM IN DUE COURSE, AND ALSO SOME PAINTING WORK. HE WILL LATER PRESENT PRIZES TO WINNERS OF CAMP GAMES WHICH INCLUDE HIKING AND PAINTING. HE WILL ALSO TALK TO THE YOUNG PEOPLE ABOUT THEIR LIVES IN THE CAMP.

THIS CAMP, ORGANISED BY THE WONG TAI SIN CITY DISTRICT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE, WILL LAST FOR THREE DAYS STARTING FROM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) UNTIL TUESDAY (AUGUST 5). MOST OF THE EXPENSES ARE DONATED BY CIVIC LEADERS IN WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT,

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER

TO COVER THE EVENT. TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO COVER THE EVENT ARE REQUESTED TO REPORT TO MISS GIVOUNA KWONG, LIAISON OFFICER, C.D.O. (WONG TAI SIN) OR HER DEPUTY AT WONG TAI SIN POLICE STATION NOT LATER THAN 10.00 A.M.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 1975

ACTIVITIES FOR THE DISABLED

A GROUP OF 200 TRAINEES FROM THREE REHABILITATION CENTRES OPERATED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAVE BEEN INVITED BY THE HAPPY VALLEY KAIFONG ASSOCIATION TO SEE THE GALA ELEPHANT SHOW TO BE HELD IN CAUSEWAY BAY OPPOSITE THE VICTORIA PARK TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THIS IS ONE OF THE ACTIVITIES WHICH HAVE BEEN ARRANGED THIS MONTH FOR THE DISABLED UNDER THE CARE OF THE DEPARTMENT’S CENTRES.

ALSO ON THIS WEEKEND, 22 EXTENSION SCOUTS AND GIRL GUIDES FROM THE WORLD REHABILITATION FUND DAY CENTRE IN KOWLOON WILL BE GOING ON A CAMPING TRIP TO FANLING. THE PROGRAMME PLANNED FOR THEM INCLUDE A WIDE RANGE OF OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES AND A CAMP FIRE. THEY WILL BE JOINED BY SIX STAFF MEMBERS OF THE CENTRE AND A GROUP OF POLICE CADETS.

NEXT FRIDAY (AUGUST 8), 60 TRAINEES FROM THE KAI YIN TRAINING CENTRE WILL BE TAKEN BY THE YOUTH GROUP OF OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY CHURCH TO SEE A FILM AT THE KWUN TONG THEATRE AND THEY WILL TAKE PART IN A FUN FAIR SPONSORED BY THE Y.M.C.A. SAU MAU PING CENTRE ON THE FOLLOWING DAY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2, 1975 .

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NEW FEES SET FOR 1976 CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION

EXAMINATION TO HELP OFFSET RISING EXAMINATION COSTS . 1

HOLDER OF LOTTERY TICKET NO. 6265 WINS $504,000 ....... 2

NEW AMBULANCE DEPOT OPENED AT SMITHFIELD ROAD TO

SERVE WESTERN DISTRICT ................................ 3

LAUNCH PICNIC FOR 50 UNDER THE CARE OF SWD PROBATION OFFICES .............................................

NEW CARRIAGEWAY IN ABERDEEN TO OPEN TO TRAFFIC ON MONDAY ..............................................

PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN KWUN TONG ...........................................

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

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2, 1975

t’EW FEES FOR 1976 CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION ««««««

FEES FOR THE 1976 HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION WILL BE INCREASED TO HELP OFFSET PART OF THE RISING EXAMINATION COSTS.

ANNOUNCING THIS TO-DAY (SATURDAY), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID THE INCREASES WERE MADE NECESSARY BY THE FACT THAT THE FEES CHARGED FOR THE 1975 EXAMINATION PRODUCED ONLY ABOUT TWO-THIRDS OF THE REVENUE APPROPRIATE TO THE POLICY ON FINANCING THE CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION.

THE POLICY, LAID DOWN IN THE 1965 EDUCATION POLICY STATEMENT IS TO COVER DIRECT RECURRENT EXAMINATION COSTS, IN WHICH CAPITAL • OR PERMANENT STAFF COSTS ARE NOT INCLUDED.'

THE INCREASES ANNOUNCED ARE :- THE INITIAL ENTRY FEE FOR ALL CANDIDATES FROM $20 TO $25, THE PER SUBJECT FEE FOR SCHOOL CANDIDATES FROM $3 TO $5 AND THE PER SUBJECT FEE FOR PRIVATE CANDIDATES FROM $5 TO $10.

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT THE PRESENT’UPWARD REVISION WILL GO SOME WAY TOWARDS MEETING THE SHORTFALL. BUT HE SAID THAT TO BE IN LINE WITH THE APPROVED POLICY, FURTHER INCREASES ARE LIKELY IN FUTURE YEARS.

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THE NEW FEES WERE DECIDED BY GOVERNMENT AFTER CONSULTING THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION BOARD.

REMISSION OF EXAMINATION FEES IS PERMITTED UP TO A MAXIMUM 07 TEN PER CENT WITHIN EACH SCHOOL. FOR PRIVATE CANDIDATES THERE IS NO FEE REMISSION.

THE COST TO PUBLIC FUNDS OF THE FEE REMISSION SCHEME HAS NOT BEEN INCLUDED IN THE .NEW FEES.

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HOLDER OF TICKET NO. 6265 WINS §504,000

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THE LUCKY HOLDER OF TICKET NUMBER 6265 TODAY WON THE FIRST PRIZE OF §504,000 AT THE DRAW OF THE FIFTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE.

THE WINNING NUMBER FOR THE SECOND PRIZE OF §50,400 IS 270601, WHILE THE THIRD PRIZE OF §5,040 WENT TO THE HOLDER OF TICKET NUMBER 189078.

THE THREE PRIZES WERE DRAWN BY FOUR RADIO HONG KONG ARTISTES --MISS TERESA WONG SHUI-FUNG, MISS LOUISA CHAN YEE-NOR, MR. CHU PUI-HING AND MR. RAYMOND NG SHEK-FAI THIS MORNING.

WINNING NUMBERS OF THE 50 SPECIAL PRIZES OF $1,260 EACH ARE

12123 144726 . 262119 485089 597617

22525 157033 263498 489489 600250

25177 175291 266166 499954 601372

26418 182397 269727 512469 603005

27273 196296 289819 52-3897 603440

32725 205296 304290 553306 603512

48698 217061 340362 558839 618250

114048 228790 416692 568066 621615

123266 238126 462316 572387 627343

139293 249582 469079 • 588737 629736

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 2, 1975

NEW AMBULANCE DEPOT FOR WESTERN . a a k ft ft ft

THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS OPENED A NEW AMBULANCE DEPOT AT SMITHFIELD ROAD TO SERVE THE WESTERN DISTRICT ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

THE NEW STATION KNOWN AS THE MOUNT DAV I S'AMBULANCE DEPOT WAS CONSTRUCTED AT A COST OF S3.3 MILLION AND IT TOOK 18 MONTHS TO BUILD.

THE BUILDING WITH A FLOOR AREA OF 16,000 SQUARE FEET IS 11-STOREY HIGH AND HAS 40 STAFF QUARTERS INCLUDING FOUR FOR OFFICERS.

A TOTAL OF 49. AMBULANCE COMMAND PERSONNEL AND TEN AMBULANCES WILL BE STATIONED AT THE DEPOT.

THE EXISTING AMBULANCE DEPOT WILL REMAIN IN SERVICE TEMPORARILY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

COPIES OF A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE NEW DEPOT WILL BE DISTRIBUTED SEPARATELY IN THE G.I.S. PRESS BOXES THIS AFTERNOON.

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Turir,Ar-*MMN?^PICNIC WAS HELD T0DAY (SATURDAY) FOR 50 PROBATIONERS, THEIR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS AT PAK LAP BAY IN SAI KUNG.

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ORGANISED SOCIAL WELFARE SPORTS SERVICE

RECREATION AND

BY THE NEW TERRITORIES PROBATION OFFICE OF THE DEPARTMENT, AND SUPPORTED BY THE RECREATION AND OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG nn;;;;;;;,/".'"'" sport association, the outing was geared towards PROBATION OFFICERS S0CIAL 0UTLET F0R ™OSE UNDER THE CARE OF THE

IN A BRIEF SPEECH TO THE PARTY, MR. DENIS TSUI, ACTING PRINCIPAL PROBATION OFFICER, SPOKE ON HOW SOCIETY COULD LOOK AT CRIME MORE POSITIVELY BY SUPPORTING THOSE WHO WERE WILLING TO REFORM THEMSELVES.

-ro n^R^!5RlNS T0 TH0SE WH0 HAD BEEN CAREFULLY SELECTED BY THE COURT J?.BE PLACEB' 0N PMBATtON TO LEAD A NORMAL LIFE IN SOCIETY, HE SA!D THE PROBATIONERS HAD DEMONSTRATED THEIR ABILITY AND DETERMINATION TO LEAD A HARDWORKING LIFE AND REGRETTED THEIR PAST MISTAKES.

ARE TH0SE WH0 HAVE LEARNT BY EXPERIENCE THE NARROW LINE AN™PUNISHMENTW+UL AND THE UNLAWFUL» safety AND DANGER, FREEDOM

MR. TSUI SAID THE OUTING HAD PROVED QUITE POPULAR WITH THE* PROBATIONERS AND THIS WAS THE SECOND ONE BEING HELD AS A SOCIAL GATHERING FOR FRIENDS, PARENTS AND VOLUNTEERS.

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SATURDAY, AUSUST 2, 1975

NEW CARRIAGEWAY IN ABERDEEN TO.OPEN TO TRAFFIC

MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TODAY THAT A NEW CARRIAGEWAY OF SHEK PAI WAN ROAD NEAR WAN FU ESTATE, ABERDEEN WILL OPEN TO TRAFFIC ON MONDAY (AUGUST 4).

TRAFFIC ON SHEK PAI WAN ROAD WILL USE THIS NEW CARRIAGEWAY FOR A DISTANCE OF ABOUT 2,700 FEET AFTER WHICH IJ WILL RE-JOIN THE OLD CARRIAGEWAY.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE POSTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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KWUN TONG PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION

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THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUMMER PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE IS SPONSORING A PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION IN CONNECTION WITH THE SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES NOW GOING ON IN THE DISTRICT.

THE COMPETITION IS OPEN TO ALL, REGARDLESS OF AGE OR SEX,. BUT THE PHOTOGRAPHS SUBMITTED MUST BE RELATED TO THE SUMMER PROGRAMME ACTIVITIES.

ENTRIES IN BLACK AND WHITE ONLY, SHOULD BE FROM 12” X 15’ TO 16” X 20” AND BE SENT TO THE COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICE (KWUN TONG) IN THE KWUN TONG GOVERNMENT BRANCH OFFICES BUILDING AT TUNG YAN STREET IN KWUN TONG.

THERE IS NO LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF PHOTOGRAPHS A PERSON MAY SUBMIT, BUT ALL ENTRIES SHOULD REACH THE OFFICE BY WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20.

PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO THE FIVE BEST ENTRIES DURING THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER PROGRAMME TO BE HELD AT THE KWUN TOblG COMMUNITY CENTRE ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 28.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SUNDAY, AUGUST 3, 1975

NEW COINS GEARED TO FUTURE NEEDS

THE PLAN TO INTRODUCE THREE NEW AND DIFFERENTLY SHAPED COINS AND TO REPLACE THE PRESENT 5O-CENT AND Si PIECES WITH SMALLER AND LIGHTER COINS IN THREE STAGES IS THE PRODUCT OF SEVEN MONTHS’ WORK ' OF THE COINAGE REVIEW COMMITTEE.

THE COMMITTEE WAS SET UP BY THE GOVERNMENT IN LATE 1973 TO EXAMINE THE FUTURE NEEDS OF HONG KONG’S COINAGE IN THE LIGHT OF INCREASING DEMAND FOR COINS, RISING MINTING COSTS, THE ADVENT OF MORE COIN-OPERATED MACHINES AND MOUNTING CRITICISM THAT THE PRESENT COINS ARE TOO LARGE AND HEAVY.

IT WAS AGAINST THIS BACKGROUND THAT THE COMMITTEE SET ABOUT TACKLING THE TASK OF REVIEWING HONG KONG’S COINAGE.

THE COMMITTEE HELD ITS FIRST MEETING ON NOVEMBER 30, 1973.

THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY AN INFORMATION GATHERING PHASE IN WHICH PUBLIC OPINION ON THE POSSIBLE INTRODUCTION OF SHAPED COINS WAS SOUNDED OUT THROUGH THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT AND THE NEW TERRITORIES ADM INSTRAT I ON.

IT WAS THE PUBLIC’S FEELING THAT SHAPED COINS WOULD BE NECESSARY TO AVOID CONFUSION IF NEW COINS WERE TO ADD TO THE EXISTING RANGE.

A SIMPLE SURVEY OF 20 MAJOR COIN USERS MAINLY PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND UTILITIES COMPANIES CONCERNED WITH THE DAY-TO-DAY HANDLING OF LARGE QUANTITIES OF COINS SHOWED THAT THE MAJORITY OF THEM WERE IN FAVOUR OF INTRODUCING NEW DENOMINATION COINS.

A WIDE RANGE OF NEW DENOMINATION COINS WAS SUGGESTED. BUT, OF THOSE ORGANISATIONS WHICH GAVE THEIR VIEWS, NINE WERE IN FAVOUR OF INTRODUCING A 20-CENT COIN, EIGHT FOR $2 AND FOUR FOR $5 COINS.

THE AIM OF BRINGING IN THE 20-CENT AND $2 COINS IS TO PROVIDE A WIDER RANGE OF COINS FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF THE PUBLIC DY PERMITTING CASH TRANSACTIONS TO BE COMPLETED WITH FEWER AND LIGHTER COINS.

THE GROUNDS FOR REPLACING THE $5 NOTE WITH A COIN ARE MAINLY ECONOMIC STEMMING FROM THE FACT THAT A NOTE HAS A LIFE OF LESS THAN ONE YEAR WHEREAS A COIN MAY LAST UP TQ 50 YEARS.

THE COMMITTEE’S REPORT LATER MADE KNOWN TO THE PUBLIC PREDICTED THAT IN THE NEXT TEN YEARS UP TO THE END OF 1983, A TOTAL OF 312 MILLION $5 NOTES WOULD HAVE BEEN REQUIRED TO MEET THE PUBLIC DEMAND AND TO REPLACE DIRTY AND TATTERED ONES.

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♦HOWEVER,+ THE REPORT SAID, +IF THE NOTE WERE REPLACED BY A COIN, ONLY 40 MILLION COINS WOULD BE NEEDED+.

♦BASED ON THE PRESENT DAY PRICE LEVEL, THERE WOULD BE A SAVING OF ABOUT $9 MILLION IN THE MAINTENANCE COST OF THE $5 CURRENCY UNIT.+ THE REPORT NOTED. < •

AFTER ASCERTAINING THAT THERE WAS A NEED TO INTRODUCE THE 20-CENT, $2 AND $5 COINS GEARED TO HONG KONG’S FUTURE DEMAND, THE COMMITTEE GOT ON TO THE WORK OF REVIEWING THE PRESENT COINAGE WHICH IS GENERALLY CONSIDERED TOO LARGE AND HEAVY.

ADVICE ON THIS ASPECT OF THE COINS WAS SOUGHT FROM THE ROYAL MINT - THE MANUFACTURER OF HONG KONG’S COINAGE.

HAVING TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT THE FACT THAT COINS OF DIFFERENT : VALUES CIRCULATING TOGETHER HAVE TO BE READILY DISTINGUISHABLE FROM ONE ANOTHER BY SIGHT, TOUCH AND MACHINES, THE COMMITTEE DECIDED THAT THE 20-CENT AND $2 COINS, WHICH WOULD BE LIGHTER BUT SIMILAR IN SI7E TO THE 10-CENT AND $1 COINS RESPECTIVELY, SHOULD BE DESIGNED WITH SCALLOPED-EDGE.

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THE COMMITTEE ALSO RECOMMENDED THAT THE $5 COIN, SLIGHTLY LARGER THAN THE $1 PIECE, BE TEN-SIDED.

TO HAVE A VALUE/SIZE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE NEW COINS, THE COMMITTEE PROPOSED THAT THE SIZE OF THE EXISTING 50-CENT AND $1 COINS BE RELATIVELY REDUCED.-

ON THE DESIGN OF THE COINS, THE COMMITTEE TOOK THE ROYAL MINT’S ADVICE THAT THE QUEEN’S HEAD PORTRAIT ON THE OBVERSE SIDE OF HONG KONG’S PRESENT COINS IS OUT OF DATE AND THE LATEST EFFIGY OF THE QUEEN AUTHORISED FOR USE ON COMMONWEALTH COINAGE BE MINTED ON ALL HUNG KONG’S COINS ORDERED REGARDLESS OF CHANGES IN SPECIFICATIONS.

TO ACHIEVE UNIFORMITY IN METAL CONTENTS IN THE CENT AND DOLLAR DENOMINATION COINS, THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED THAT ALL CENT-DENOMINATION COINS BE MADE OF NICKEL BRASS WHILE CUPRO-NICKEL WAS PROPOSED TO BE USED IN MINTING THE DOLLAR DENOMINATION COINS.

ALL THESE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE NOW BEING IMPLEMENTED BY THE GOVERNMENT OVER THE THREE-YEAR PERIOD AS PROPOSED BY THE COMMITTEE.

THE FIRST TWO NEW COINS TO BE INTRODUCED ARE THE 20-CENT AND $2 COINS WHICH .WILL BECOME LEGAL TENDER ON AUGUST 18, 1975.

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BETTER CHANCE TO WIN A LOTTERY PRIZE H M *

PEOPLE NOW HAVE A BETTER CHANCE TO WIN A PRIZE IN THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERY UNDER A NEW ARRANGEMENT IN WHICH THE NUMBER OF CONSOLATION PRIZES IS DOUBLED.

THE NEW PRIZE STRUCTURE WHICH INCREASES THE NUMBER OF CONSOLATION PRIZES FROM 106 TO 212, HAS BEEN INTRODUCED IN THIS YEAR’S SIXTH LOTTERY OF WHICH TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE AT ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB BOOTHS AND OFFICE OF MAJOR BANKS.

UNDER THE NEW ARRANGEMENT, A CONSOLATION PR I ZE WORTH 0.05 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL PROCEEDS IS AWARDED THE HOLDER OF EITHER ONE OF THE TWO CONSECUTIVE NUMBERS IMMEDIATELY ABOVE OR BELOW A WINNING NUMBER DRAWN IN THE LOTTERY.

THE VALUE AND NUMBER OF OTHER PRIZES IN THE LOTTERY REMAIN UNCHANGED. THERE ARE STILL ONE FIRST PRIZE WORTH 40 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL PROCEEDS, ONE SECOND PRIZE FOUR PER CENT, ONE THIRD PRIZE 0.4 PER CENT AND 50 SPECIAL PRIZES OF 0.1 PER CENT EACH.

COMMENTING ON THE NEW PRIZE STRUCTURE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, MR. CHAU KAI-YIN SAID, +THE CHANGE HAS INCREASED THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PRIZES INA LOTTERY BY NEARLY 70 PER CENT TO 265.+

♦BESIDES,+ HE SAID, +THE ADDITION OF 106 MORE CONSOLATION PRIZES WILL ALSO HELP BOOST THE TICKET SALES BY ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO BUY FIVE TICKETS AT ONE TIME WITH THE CHANCE OF WINNING FIVE PRIZES INA ROW.+

NOTE TO EDITORS;

MR. CHAU KAI-YIN WILL GIVE A PRESS CONFERENCE IN THE CITY HALL RESTUARANT AT 1 P.M. ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 5) TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE NEW PRIZE STRUCTURE AND SALE PROMOTION PLAN FOR THE SIXTH LOTTERY. YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE EVENT COVERED.

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NEW FIRE STATION FOR SHA TIN » » K « «

THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS OPENED A NEW FIRE STATION FOR SHA TIN AT BLOCK 6 OF LEK YUEN HOUSING ESTATE1.

TWO FIRE OFFICERS WITH 50 FIREMEN AND AMBULANCE CREW WILL BE '• BASED AT THE STATION WHICH HAS FIVE FIRE APPLIANCES AND TWO AMBULANCES.

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THE NEW STATION, BUILT AT A COST OF $600,000, OCCUPIES A TOTAL AREA OF 9,500 SQUARE FEET ON THE GROUND, FIRST AND SECOND FLOORS OF THE ESTATE BLOCK.

THE NEW STATION REPLACED THE EXISTING ONE IN FIRST STREET IN THE TEEMING NEW TOWN. IT WILL BE REPLACED EVANTUALLY WHEN A NEW DIVISIONAL FIRE STATION IS BUILT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE FtRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID: +THIS IS THE SECOND NEW BUILDING ACQUIRED BY THE DEPARTMENT DURING THE PAST WEEK, THE OTHER BEING THE NEW AMBULANCE DEPOT AT MOUNT DAVIS.+

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MONDAY, AUGUST 4, 1975

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PROVISIONAL RESULTS OF THE 1973 INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION CENSUS ..................................................... 1

TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT SECTION

KEEPS SHARP EYE ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES .............. 2

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE DISABLED IMPROVED SLIGHTLY FROM JANUARY TO JUNE THIS YEAR..................... 4

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PROVISIONAL RESULTS OF THE 1973 CENSUS OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION • CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT DURING 1974 AND EARLY 1975 WERE RELEASED TODAY.

THE CENSUS OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION WAS THE FIRST OF ITS K < ND IN HONG KONG. IT COVERED INDUSTRY SECTORS IN MINING AND QUARRYtNG, MANUFACTURING AND ELECTRICITY, GAS AND WATER.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT SAID THE PROJECT AIMED AT COLLECTING COMPREHENSIVE STATISTICS ON THE STRUCTURE /ND PERFORMANCE OF INDUSTRIES IN HONG KONG.

THE RESULTS RELEASED TODAY CONTAIN PRINCIPAL STATISTICS SUCH AS NUMBER OF ESTABLISHMENTS, AVERAGE NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED, MAN-HOURS WORKED BY OPERATIVES, LABOUR COST, PAYMENTS FOR NONINDUSTRIAL SERVICES, RENTAL AND OTHER PAYMENTS, SALES AND WORK DONE, GROSS OUTPUT, MATERIAL PURCHASES AND SUPPLIES, CHANGES IN STOCKS, VALUE ADDED, GROSS ADDITION TO FIXED ASSETS, DEPRECIATION OF FIXED ASSETS AND STOCK OF FIXED ASSETS.

THE STATISTICS ARE CLASSIFIED INTO 142 INDUSTRY SECTORS AND WITHIN INDUSTRY SECTORS ANALYSED BY ESTABLISHMENTS ENGAGING 10 TO 19 PERSONS, AND 20 OR MORE PERSONS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT FROM .THE DATA RELEASED IT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE TO IDENTIFY DETAILS OF INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENTS.

THE PROVISIONAL RESULTS SHOW THAT, IN THE MANUFACTURING DIVISION, 30,542 ESTABLISHMENTS HAD OPERATED DURING THE WHOLE OR PART OF 1973. \ •

THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED THROUGHOUT 1973 WAS 713,608. THIS INCLUDED 87,000 PERSONS COMPRISING WORKING PROPRIETOR? PARTNERS AND UNPAID FAMILY WORKERS AND EMPLOYMENT IN THOSE ESTABLISHMENTS NOT COVERED IN THE DECEMBER 1973 EMPLOYMENT SURVEY IN WHICH 626,392 PERSONS WERE CLASSIFIED AS EMPLOYEES, o

A TOTAL OF $6,323 MILLION WAS INCURRED AS LABOUR COST. THE VALUE OF GROSS OUTPUT WAS ESTIMATED AT $31,961 MILLION AND THE VALUE ADDED BY MANUFACTURING (THAT IS, GROSS OUTPUT LESS CONSUMPTION OF MATERIALS, FUEL, WATER AND ELECTRICITY AND PAYMENTS FOR (NDUSTRIAL SERVICES), AT $11,544 MILLION.

CORRESPONDING FIGURES FOR THE MINING AND QUARRYING DIVISION WERE 19 ESTABLISHMENTS, 1,344 PERSONS ENGAGED, $21 MILLION LABOUR COST, $78 MILLION GROSS OUTPUT AND $56 MILLION VALUE ADDED. FOR THE ELECTRICITY AND GAS DIVISION, THERE WERE FOUR ESTABLISHMENTS WITH 6,162 PERSONS ENGAGED AND TOTAL LABOUR COST OF $112 MILLION= GROSS OUTPUT WAS $811 MILLION AND VALUE ADDED $582 MILLION.

ABOUT 85 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL VALUE ADDED IN THE MANUFACTURING DIVISION WAS DERIVED FROM ESTABLISHMENTS ENGAGING 20 OR MORE PERSONS. IN TERMS OF CONTRIBUTION TO THE VALUE ADDED, THE TEXTILES SECTOR IS THE MOST IMPORTANT INDUSTRY. NEXT TO IT IS WEARING APPAREL, FOLLOWED BY ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPLIANCES AND SUPPLIES0 AND PLASTIC PRODUCTS.

THE MAIN REPORT OF THE 1973 CENSUS OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION WILL BE PUBLISHED LATER.

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FUNCTIONING PRACTICALLY AS A +WATCHD0G+ ON HONG KONG’S PUBLIC TRANSPORT IS AN INTEGRAL UNIT WITHIN THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WHICH CONSTANTLY MONITORS AND CO-ORDINATES THE OPERATIONAL PERFORMAL' : OF BUSES, TRAMS AND FERRIES AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEMES.

TO TRANSPORT PLANNERS, IT ALSO FORMS AN ESSENTIAL +INTELLIGENCE FCRCE+ COIlATING COMMENTS AND STATISTICAL DATA AS FEEDBACK FOR P.’ANNING OF N W SERVICES AND TRAFFIC SCHEMES OR FOR IMPROVEMENT OF E . I ST I NG ONES.

AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, IT PROVIDES AN INVESTIGATION MACHINERY CARRYING OUT ON-THE-SPOT CHECKS ON ANY COMPLAINTS OR SUGGESTIONS THEY MAY RAISE IN TRANSPORT AND TRAFFIC MATTERS WITH A VIEW TO ASCERTAINING THEIR JUSTIFICATION.

THIS IS THE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT SECTION OF WHICH A SQUAD OF TRANSPORT INSPECTORS, ASSISTED BY UNIVERSITY STUDENTS DURING THE SUMMER, SPEND ALMOST 90 PER CENT OF THEIR TIME ON FIELD WORK. THE SECTION IS ONE OF THE TWO UNDER THE DEPARTMENT’S PUBLIC TRANSPORT DIVISION.

FOR THEM, FIELD SURVEYS ARE THE ORDER OF THE DAY, THROUGH OBSERVATION OR COUNTING IN BUS TERMINI, FERRY PIERS AND TRAM STOPS, ON BOARD BUSES AND FERRIES, IN CAR PARKS, NEAR TAXI OR PUBLIC LIGHT BUS STANDS, OR AT ROAD SIDES.

+WITH THE LARGE NUMBERS OF VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC CONGESTION ON THE ROADS, RESEARCH AND PLANNING HAS NOW PLAYED AN INCREASINGLY SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN THE PROCESS OF DECISION-MAKING ON TRANSPORT MATTERS,+ SAID MR. CHOY HON-LEUNG, SENIOR TRANSPORT OFFICER IN CHARGE OF THE SECTION.

QUITE OFTEN, HE SAID, RESEARCH AND PLANNING IS MADE AT AN EARLY STAGE OF THE POLICY-MAKING PROCESS ALTHOUGH IN SOME CASES, POLICY EMERGES WHILE RESEARCH IS CONTINUING, WHILE IN OTHER CASES WHERE THE SITUATION IS LESS URGENT, POLICY FORMULATION AWAITS THE COMPLETION OF RESEARCH.

MR. CHOY RECALLED THAT BEFORE THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WAS SET UP IN 1968, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN TRANSPORT WAS CARRIED OUT BY SEVERAL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND BY PRIVATELY-OWNED TRANSPORT COMPANIES AS WELL.

+NOW THE DEPARTMENT PLANS THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES, MONITORS THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TRAFFIC SCHEMES AND COLLATES COMMENTS AND STATISTICAL INFORMATION AS FEEDBACK FOR FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS.

+0F GREATER SIGNIFICANCE IS THE DEPARTMENT’S ASSESSMENT OF THE ADEQUATE PERFORMANCE OF EACH OF THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT MODES IN HONG KONG,+ HE SAID.

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APART FROM HIS SECTION CARRYING OUT RESEARCH AND PLANNING WORK, HE SAID, THERE ARE OTHER VALUABLE RESOURCES AVAILABLE, PARTICI” "RLY THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT SURVEY DIVISION OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WHICH HELPS IN PROJECTS REQUESTED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT. / •

MR. CHOY SAID THAT DURING THE YEAR 1974-75, HIS SECTION ISSUED AN ANNUAL STATISTICAL REPORT AS WELL AS MONTHLY STATISTICAL DIGESTS WHICH HE DESCRIBED AS IMPORTANT COMPILATIONS PROVIDING STATISTICS Oil THE VARIOUS MODES OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT WITH REGARD TO PASSENGER VOLUMES AND MILEAGE OPERATE]), FLEET ALLOCATION, VEHICLE INSPECTIONS, DRIVING TESTS AND LICENCES, VEHICLE REGISTRATION AND CAR PARK UTILISATION.

+STUDIES OF REGIONAL TRANSPORT REQUIREMENTS WERE MADE FOR AREAS LIKE LAM TIN, TSZ WAN SHAN, TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN AND CHAI WAN,* HE SAID.

IN ADDITION, SOME 220 FIELD SURVEYS AND INVESTIGATIONS WERE CONDUCTED, THE FINDINGS OF WHICH WERE PRESENTED IN THE FORM OF INSPECTION REPORTS AND TRANSPORT STUDIES REPORTS. .

IN FACT, CHECKS ARE CARRIED OUT THROUGHOUT THE YEAR ON VARIOUS BUS ROUTES TO ASCERTAIN WHETHER THE LEVEL OF SERVICE PROVIDED IS REASONABLY ACCEPTABLE TO THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC.

+SURVEYS ARE MADE ON THE GENERAL CONDITION OF WINDOWS, SEATS, INTERNAL LIGHTING, HANDGRIPS, THE CLEANLINESS OF THE BODYWORK, THE ADEQUACY AND THE UTILIZATION OF ROUTES TO EXAMINE THE FREQUENCY, TERMINAL LAY-OVER TIME, CARRYING AND SPARE CAPACITY AND NUMBER OF PASSENGERS CARRIED,* HE SAID.'

IT IS CONDSIDERED THAT AN EFFICIENT AND ADEQUATE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICE IS ESSENTIAL TO ATTRACT COMMUTERS TO GIVE UP THEIR PRIVATE CARS AS A MEANS OF REDUCING THE NUMBER OF VEHICLES ON THE ROADS AND DEMANDS ON ROAD AND KERB-SIDE SPACE, HE ADDED.

AS REGARDS TRAMS, MR. CHOY SAID THAT SURVEYS WERE OFTEN CARRIED OUT ON CERTAIN TRAM SERVICE +BLACK SPOTS* WHERE TRAMS WERE FREQUENTLY DELAYED BY THE TURNING MOVEMENT OF OTHER VEHICLES.

+THERE ARE ALSO THE PEDESTRIAN AND ROAD TRAFFIC SURVEYS, AMONG OTHERS, WHICH GENERALLY FOLLOW PUBLIC COMPLAINTS OR SUGGESTIONS MAINLY CONCERNING VEHICULAR CONFLICTS AT ROAD JUNCTIONS, PEDESTRIAN-VEHICULAR CONFLICTS ON BUSY ROADS, TRAFFIC DELAYS CAUSED BY KERBSIDE ACTIVITIES, LACK OF TRAFFIC SIGNALS AND PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS. THE FINDINGS ARE WRITTEN INTO REPORTS FOR DELIBERATION BY TRANSPORT PLANNERS,* HE SAID.

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SLIGHT IMPROVEMENT IN JOBS SITUATION FOR DISABLED H H « « K »

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE DISABLED IMPROVED SLIGHTLY IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR AND UP TO THE END OF JUNE 1975, THE JOB PLACEMENT UNIT OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SUCCESSFULLY PLACED 61 OF THEM IN VARIOUS TYPES OF WORK. THIS COMPARES WITH 47 WHO V.'-RE FOUND EMPLOYMENT DURING THE SIX-MONTH PERIOD ENDING ON DECEMBER 31, 1974.

MR. CHAN SHIU-WING, OFF ICER-IN-CHARGE OF THE UNIT, SAID THAT THE HIGHEST MONTHLY FIGURE THIS YEAR WAS 17, WHICH WAS RECORDED IN JUNE.

+ IT IS INDEED ENCOURAGING AND WE ONLY HOPE THIS IS A SIGN THAT THE ECONOMY OF HONG KONG IS KICKING UP,* HE SAID. + IT IS ALSO COMFORTING TO KNOW THAT EMPLOYERS ARE WILLING TO TAKE ON DISABLED PEOPLE WHEN ABLE-DODIED WORKERS ARE READILY AVAILABLE.*

MR. CHAN STRESSED THAT EMPLOYERS HAD NOTHING TO LOSE IN EMPLOYING DISABLED WORKER’S. '

+THEY ARE STEADY WORKERS, LESS PRONE TO CAUSE TROUBLE TO THEIR; EMPLOYERS OR TO SWITCH FROM ONE JOB TO ANOTHER AS OFTEN AS ABLE-BODIED WORKERS.

+THEY ALSO SHOW A GREATER CONCENTRATION IN THEIR WORK. TAKE THE EXAMPLE OF A DEAF WORKER - HE IS LESS EASILY DISTRACTED BY NOISES AROUND HIM,* MR. CHAN POINTED OUT.

HE SAID EMPLOYERS COULD EXPECT BETTER CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE DISABLED AND THE ABLE-BODIED WORKERS BECAUSE INSTEAD OF REJECTING THEIR HANDICAPPED COLLEAGUES, THE ABLE-BODIED WORKERS USUALLY OFFER HELP TO THEM VOLUNTARILY.

HE ALSO ASSURED EMPLOYERS THAT DISABLED WORKERS WERE WELL-’ PREPARED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT BEFORE THEY WERE GIVEN ANY JOB.

THE DEPARTMENT PROVIDES VOCATIONAL TRAINING FOR THE DISABLED IN A DIVERSITY OF TRADES WHICH INCLUDE MACHINE-SEWING, CARPENTRY, ELECTRONICS, PRINTING, METAL WORK, GARDENING AND SHOE-MAKING.

IT TRIES ITS BEST TO ENSURE AS FAR AS POSSIBLE THAT WHAT THE DISABLED LEARN IN THE TRAINING CLASSES CORRELATES WITH WHAT IS NEEDED IN THE JOB MARKET SO THAT NO TRAINING BY EMPLOYERS IS REQUIRED.

MR. CHAN SHIU-WING CITED THE MACHINE-SEWING CLASSES AS AN EXAMPLE. +WHENEVER NECESSARY WE INSTAL NEW MACHINERY TO SYNCHRONISE WITH CHANGES IN THE OUTSIDE GARMENT FACTORIES SO THAT WHEN HE IS PLACED IN A JOB THE DISABLED PERSON WILL BE FAMILIAR WITH THE EQUIPMENT BEING USED,* HE SAID.

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AS FACTORIES ARE STILL THE LARGEST EMPLOYERS OF DISABLED WORKERS, THE TIME CARD SYSTEM, WIDELY IN USE IN FACTORIES, HAS BEEN ADOPTED TO ACCUSTOM TRAINEES TO THE PRACTICE OF +CLOCKING+ IN AND OUT AS THEY WOULD HAVE TO WHEN THEY GO OUT TO WORK.

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+BUT WHILE INDUSTRY PROVIDES THE GREATEST NUMBER OF JOB OPPORTUNITIES, IT WILL BE WRONG TO THINK THAT DISABLED PEOPLE ARE ONLY GOOD AT FACTORY WORK,+ MR. CHAN STRESSED.

♦THEY CAN BE ENGAGED FOR MORE SOPHISTICATED JOBS AND IN FACT WE HAVE FOUND EMPLOYMENT FOR THEM AS SECRETARIES, SURVEYORS, TELEX-OPERATORS AND EVEN AS MODEL SHIP BUILDERS.+ HE SAID.

♦WHAT WE IN THE JOB PLACEMENT UNIT TRY TO DO IS FIND OUT WHERE A DISABLED PERSON’S INTEREST LIES AND HELP HIM FIND THE TYPE OF WORK IN WHICH HE WOULD LIKE TO BE ENGAGED.'+

WHEN THE UNIT IS INFORMED THAT THERE IS A JOB AVAILABLE FOR DISABLED WORKERS, A MEMBER OF THE STAFF WILL CONTACT THE MANAGEMENT OF THE ESTABLISHMENT TO ASSESS THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT AND DISCUSS THE TERMS.

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MR. CHAN SAID IN HIS EXPERIENCE HE HAS FOUND VERY LITTLE, IF ANY, DISCRIMINATION AGAINST DISABLED WORKERS IN TERMS OF WAGES OR BENEFITS AND USUALLY THEY ARE OFFERED TERMS AND CONDITIONS SIMILAR TO THAT FOR THE ABLE-BODIED.

♦WE WILL NEVER PLACE ANY DISABLED PERSON IN A JOB IN WHICH HE WILL BE AT A DISADVANTAGE,+ HE EMPHASISED.

. HE APPEALED TO MORE EMPLOYERS TO ACCEPT DISABLED WORKERS AND THOSE WISHING TO DO SO CAN CONTACT THE UNIT EITHER BY WRITING TO IT AT THE WORLD REHABILITATION FUND DAY CENTRE, KWUN TONG ROAD, OR BY DIRECT CONTACT THROUGH THE TELEPHONE ON 3-419221.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 5, 1975

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WORSHIPPERS WELCOME CONTROLS ON CHINESE TEMPLES .............. 1

HK MUST KEEP UP WITH MODERN DESIGN TECHNIQUES TO COMPETE IH WORLD MARKETS, SAYS THE GOVERNOR .......................... 3

FOUR MISS HONG KONG CONTESTANTS TO DRAW SIXTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY ...................................................... 4

DIRECTOR OF HOUSING TO MEET THE MEDIA ON THURSDAY ........... 4.

YOUNG PEOPLE ENCOURAGED TO DESIGN AND OPERATE COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS ............................................. 5

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS AT TAI WOR PING AND CENTRAL •....... 6.

RESERVOIRS 97.4 PER CENT OF FULL CAPACITY ................  4 6

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STEADY PROGRESS IS BEING MADE BY THE CHINESE TEMPLES COMMITTEE TO EXTEND DIRECT CONTROL OVER MORE CHINESE TEMPLES TO PREVENT WORSHIPPERS FROM BEING EXPLOITED BY UNSCRUPULOUS TEMPLE KEEPERS.

OF THE 42 PUBLIC TEMPLES MANAGED BY THE CHINESE TEMPLES COMMITTEE, 15 ARE NOW UNDER THE COMMITTEE’S DIRECT MANAGEMENT. NINE ARE LET BY ANNUAL TENDER WHILE THE REMAINING 18 ARE DELEGATED TO CHARITABLE ORGANISATIONS AND RURAL COMMITTEES.

MR. LEUNG MAN-WAI, ACCOUNTANT OF THE CHINESE TEMPLES TRUST FUNDS, SAID TODAY THAT THE DIRECT MANAGEMENT SCHEME — FIRST INTRODUCED ON A TRIAL BASIS TO TWO TEMPLES IN 1966 — WAS PROVING MORE AND MORE POPULAR WITH WORSHIPPERS.

UNDER THE SCHEME, COMMITTEE DONATION BOXES ARE PLACED INSIDE TEMPLES TO COLLECT VOLUNTARY DONATIONS FROM WORSHIPPERS, WITH ALL PROCEEDS GOING TO THE CHINESE TEMPLES FUND.

CARETAKERS ARE APPOINTED TO PERFORM SIMPLE CEREMONIES, DECIPHER ORACLES, AND CARRY OUT FORTUNE TELLING AT FIXED RATES WHICH ARE CLEARLY DISPLAYED.

+THIS HAS SUCCESSFULLY ELIMINATED EXPLOITATION AND LED TO A STEADY INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF WORSHIPPERS AND IN REVENUE FROM VOLUNTARY DONATIONS,+ MR. LEUNG SAID.

+DONATIONS COLLECTED FROM TEMPLES DURING THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR AMOUNTED TO A RECORD TOTAL OF MORE THAN $600,000. ALSO, IT IS NOT UNCOMMON TO FIND $500 BILLS AND CHEQUES FOR BIG AMOUNTS INSIDE THESE DONATION BOXES.* HE SAID.

+OBVIOUSLY WORSHIPPERS DO NOT MIND DONATING LARGE SUMS VOLUNTARILY, BUT RESENT BEING SQUEEZED FOR 'OIL MONEY’ BY UNSCRUPULOUS TEMPLE KEEPERS,+ HE ADDED.

ALL DONATIONS GO INTO THE CHINESE TEMPLES FUND, WHICH IS USED MAINLY FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF ALL PUBLIC TEMPLES AND THE COST OF RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES.

+IN REPAIRING TEMPLES THE BASIC PRINCIPLE IS TO RESTORE AND PRESERVE TRADITIONAL DESIGNS AND DECORATIONS AS FAR AS POSSIBLE,* MR. LEUNG SAID.

+PART OF THE FUND IS ALSO SPENT ON SUBSIDISING THE UPKEEP OF OLD TEMPLES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, FROM WHICH NO INCOME IS DERIVED AT ALL. ANY SURPLUS MAY BE TRANSFERRED TO THE GENERAL CHINESE CHARITIES FUND FOR DISTRIBUTION TO SUITABLE LOCAL CHINESE CHARITIES,* HE ADDED. +WELFARE PROJECTS RUN BY ANY RELIGIOUS GROUPS CAN APPLY FOR DONATIONS FROM THIS FUND.*

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MR. LEUNG SAID THAT DESPITE RAPID PROGRESS,IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, THERE IS A DEFINITE NEED FOR THE CONTINUED EXISTENCE OF TEMPLES BECAUSE THEY CATER FOR THE SPIRITUAL NEED OF A BIG SECTOR OF THE COMMUNITY.

+THEY ARE ALSO A VALUABLE LINK WITH THE PAST AND AN INTEGRAL PART OF CHINESE TRADITION, AND A COLOURFUL TOURIST ATTRACTION.

+IN FACT THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE VISITING TEMPLES CONTINUES TO INCREASE YEAR AFTER YEAR,+ HE SAID. +LAST YEAR, THE NUMBER OF VISITORS TO TIN HAU TEMPLE AT JOSS HOUSE BAY ON THE FESTIVAL DAY ALONE WAS ESTIMATED TO BE OVER 5O,OOO+.

+ONE REASON FOR THIS INCREASE MAY BE DUE TO A BIGGER NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE AND TOURISTS ATTENDING RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES JUST TO SHARE IN THE FESTIVE ATMOSPHERE, OR VISITING A TEMPLE TO HAVE THEIR FORTUNES TOLD JUST FOR FUN+, HE ADDED.

NOTE TO EDITORS: COPIES OF A PHOTOGRAPH SHOWING ONE OF THE DONATION BOXES IN A TEMPLE ARE BOXED FOR COLLECTION.

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, TODAY TOLD GRADUATES OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC DESIGN TRAINING COURSE THAT THEY HAD THE SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY OF ENSURING THAT HONG KONG DOES NOT FALL BEHIND THE REST OF THE WORLD IN COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL DESIGN.

+IF HONG KONG PRODUCTS ARE TO COMPETE IN WORLD MARKETS, NEW MATERIALS AND NEW TECHNIQUES MUST BE INTRODUCED TO KEEP UP WITH THE ADVANCE OF TECHNOLOGY,+ HE SAID.

SUCCESSFUL COMPETITION, HE ADDED, DEPENDED TO A LARGE EXTENT ON DESIGN SINCE NEW CONCEPTS GIVE HONG KONG PRODUCTS A NEW IMAGE.

THE GOVERNOR WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE HONG KONG DESIGN ’75 EXHIBITION AT THE CITY HALL WHICH FEATURES WORKS BY POLYTECHNIC GRADUATES.

SIR MURRAY NOTED THAT THE POLYTECHNIC WAS THE ONLY INSTITUTION PROVIDING FULL-TIME TRAINING IN DESIGN IN HONG KONG AND SAID THAT, ’ TO ACHIEVE OUR AIMS, A CONTINUING SUPPLY OF NEW AND CREATIVE DESIGNERS WAS NEEDED.

FOLLOWING IS THE FULL TEXT OF THE GOVERNOR’S SPEECH:

+FIRST OF ALL MY WIFE HAS ASKED ME TO PRESENT HER APOLOGIES. . SHE IS EXTREMELY INTERESTED IN DESIGN AND HAD BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS OCCASION AND TO MEETING SOME OF HONG KONG’S FUTURE DESIGNERS.

+1 DON’T KNOW IF THEY REALISE WHAT A POTENT FORCE IN OUR LIVES DESIGN IS. DESIGN INFLUENCES OUR TASTE, HELPS SHAPE OUR ENVIRONMENT, AND AFFECTS OUR WAY OF LIVING. NEARLY EVERY ARTICLE WHICH WE USE OR SEE EACH DAY IS THE PRODUCT OF A LONG EVOLVING DESIGN PROCESS. EACH HAS BEEN DESIGNED FOR A SPECIFIC PURPOSE= EACH REPRESENTS A GOOD OR BAD SOLUTION TO A HUMAN NEED.

+IF HONG KONG PRODUCTS ARE TO COMPETE IN WORLD MARKETS, NEW MATERIALS AND NEW TECHNIQUES MUST BE INTRODUCED TO KEEP UP WITH THE ADVANCE OF TECHNOLOGY. BUT MORE THAN THAT, SUCCESSFUL COMPETITION DEPENDS TO A LARGE EXTENT ON DESIGN SINCE NEW CONCEPTS GIVE OUR PRODUCTS A NEW IMAGE.

+TO ACHIEVE OUR AIMS, A CONTINUING SUPPLY OF NEW AND CREATIVE DESIGNERS IS NEEDED. AND SURELY NO YOUNG.PERSON CAN ADOPT A CAREER THAT OFFERS SUCH SATISFACTION OR SUCH A CHALLENGE.

+AT PRESENT, THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC IS THE ONLY INSTITUTION IN HONG KONG PROVIDING FULL-TIME TRAINING IN DESIGN. YOU, AS GRADUATES OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, WILL THEREFORE HAVE A SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY - TO ENSURE THAT HONG KONG DOES NOT FALL BEHIND THE REST OF THE WORLD IN COMMERCIAL, AS WELL AS INDUSTRIAL DESIGN.

+1 WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE ALL WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THIS MAGNIFICENT EXHIBITION, AND TO WISH YOU ALL EVERY SUCCESS AND GOOD LUCK FOR THE FUTURE.

+1 HAVE MUCH PLEASURE IN DECLARING ’DESIGN 75’ OPEN+.

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MISS HONGKONG-CONTESTANTS TO DRAW SIXTH LOTTERY ******

FOUR BEAUTIES WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE 1975 MISS HONG KONG CONTEST WILL DRAW THE WINNING NUMBERS OF THE SIXTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY.

THEY ARE MISS TERESA CHU TSUI-KUEN, THE FIRST RUNNER-UP= MISS CONNY KWAN SHUK-FAN, THE SECOND RUNNER-UP= MISS LUCIA S'ETO LING-CHI, MISS PHOTOGENIC, AND MISS CAROL KWOK LAI-YEE, A FINALIST IN THE CONTEST.

ACCORDING TO MR. KAI-YIN CHAU, CHAIRMAN OF THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, MORE PEOPLE ARE NOW EXPECTED TO ; UY TICKETS AS THEY HAVE A BETTER CHANCE TO WIN A PRIZE FOLLOWING THE DOUBLING OF CONSOLATION PRIZES.

UNDER THE NEW ARRANGEMENT, THE NUMBER OF CONSOLATION PRIZES HAS BEEN INCREASED FROM 106 TO 212 AND THE PRIZE IS NOW AWARDED TO HOLDERS OF THE TOO CONSECUTIVE NUMBERS IMMEDIATELY ABOVE OR' BELOW A WINNING NUMBER DRAWN IN THE LOTTERY.

TICKETS ARE ON SALE AT $2 EACH AT ALL ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB TICKET SELLING BOOTHS AND MANY BANK OFFICES.

WINNING NUMBERS WILL BE DRAWN ON AUGUST 16 AT THE CITY HALL BY THE FOUR BEAUTIES WHO ARE ALSO HKTVB ARTISTES.

THEY WILL ALSO HELP PROMOTE TICKET SALES AT THE SITE BETWEEN QUEEN’S PIER AND THE CITY HALL LOW BLOCK OH AUGUST 11 (MONDAY) BETWEEN 5 AND 6 P.M.

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+MEET THE MEDIA+ SESSION * * * * *

COTE TO EDITORS:

AT 4 P.M ROUSE.

A +MEET THE

FT THE MEDIA* SESSION WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 7) IN THEG.I.S. THEATRE ON THE FIFTH FLOOR OF BEACONSFIELD

ATTENDING THE MEETING WILL BE THE DIRECTOR- OF HOUSING, MR. DONALD LIAO.

YOU ARF 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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YOUNG PEOPLE TO DESIGN AND OPERATE COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IS SUPPORTING A FURTHER 34 PROJECTS PUT FORWARD BY YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE SECOND ROUND OF ITS OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH SCHEME. GRANTS FOR THESE PROJECTS AMOUNT TO ALMOST $42,000.

THE PROJECTS WERE SUBMITTED FROM THE YOUTH GROUPS IN VARIOUS DISTRICTS THROUGH THE COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICES.

COMMENTING ON THE PROJECTS, MR. LAM KWOK-WAN, ACTING PRINCIPAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER OF THE GROUP AND COMMUNITY WORK DIVISION WHICH RUNS THE SCHEME, SAID SOME VERY WORTHY PROJECTS HAD BEEN PROPOSED BY THE YOUNG PEOPLE.

+THESE INCLUDE SERVICES TO THE ELDERLY, THE DISABLED AND CHILDREN LIVING IN BOATS IN TYPHOON SHELTERS. SERVICES ARE ALSO PLANNED FOR PEOPLE LIVING IN RESITE AREAS, OUTLYING ISLANDS, ISOLATED VILLAGES AND ROOFTOPS DWELLERS.+.

HE SAID SOME OF THE PROJECTS ARE QUITE INNOVATIVE AND OflE OF THESE INCLUDED THE PRODUCTION OF A 30-MINUTE 8-MM COLOUR FILM TO DEPICT AND REFLECT ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS AND COMMUNITY NEEDS.'

OTHER PROJECTS COVER THE PROMOTION OF WATER SAFETY, ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE, AND INDOOR AND OUTDOOR SAFETY.

+THESE PROJECTS,* MR. LAM WENT ON, +NOT ONLY CONTAIN GOOD THEMES, BUT AUSO HELP TO PROMOTE COMMUNITY SPIRIT AND CO-OPERATIVE EFFORT FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THE COMMUNITY.*

THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH SCHEME WAS FIRST INTRODUCED IN SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR AND IN THE FIRST ROUND, SOME 42 PROJECTS WERE SUPPORTED AND PROVIDED WITH FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE GOVERNOR’S SPECIAL FUND AND THE SIR ROBERT HO TUNG FUND.

THE SCHEME IS DESIGNED FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN PROJECTS THAT CAN PROMOTE THEIR PERSONAL AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND AT THE SAME TIME PROVIDE BENEFIT TO THE COMMUNITY. GRANTS ARE MADE TO GROUPS HELPING THEM TO REALISE PROJECTS WHICH THEY DESIGN AND OPERATE.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS M * K M «

MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED THAT A 15-FOOT HEADROOM CLEARANCE IS NOV/ IN FORCE AT THE TAI WOR PING INTERCHANGE IN KOWLOON.

THE HEADROOM CLEARANCE WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT A MONTH AND IS INTRODUCED IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FLYOVER WHICH FORMS PART OF THE INTERCHANGE.

A GANTRY HAS BEEN ERECTED ON TAI PO ROAD NEAR THE FLYOVER CONSTRUCTION SITE WITH SUSPENDED CLEARANCE BOARDS INFORMING MOTORISTS APPROACHING THE SITE OF THE CLEARANCE HEIGHT.

VEHICLES WHICH ARE OVER 15 FEET HIGH ARE ADVISED TO AVOID THIS AREA.

MEANWHILE, ON HONG KONG ISLAND, THE SHORT SECTION OF TUNG STREET BETWEEN QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL AND LOWER LASCAR ROW WILL BE REROUTED FOR TWO-WAY TRAFFIC FROM 1OA.M. ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 7) TO FACILITATE TRAFFIC FLOW IN THE AREA.

TRAFFIC SIGNS HAVE BEEN POSTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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RESERVOIRS 97.4 PER CENT FULL K H K K K M

A TOTAL OF 65,558 MILLION GALLONS OF WATER WERE IN STORE IN ALL RESERVOIRS AS AT 9 A.M. THIS (TUESDAY) MORNING, REPRESENTING 97.4 PER CENT OF THE FULL STORAGE CAPACITY OF 67,300 MILLION GALLONS.

ON THE SAME DAY LAST YEAR THE TOTAL STORAGE WAS ONLY 41,097 MILLION GALLONS.

PLOVER COVE, HONG KONG’S BIGGEST RESERVOIR, HELD 50,330 MILLION GALLONS, REPRESENTING 99.7 PER CENT OF ITS FULL STORAGE CAPACITY. AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR, IT HELD 31,882 MILLION GALLONS.

TOTAL RAINFALL SO FAR THIS YEAR STANDS AT 2037.2 MM (80.20 IN). THE MEAN AVERAGE RAINFALL THIS YEAR IS 1,410.2 MM (55.52 IN). .

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6, 1975

CONTENTS PAGE NO. :

ORPHAN GIRLS BECOMING MORE POPULAR WITH ADOPTING COUPLES.

SAYS THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE......................’ 1

FOUR-WEEK ORIENTATION COURSE ON BANKING BUSINESS FOR 40

YOUNGSTERS ..............................................   3

C AND I TO ISSUE COMPANY QUOTAS ON EXPORT OF RESTRAINED TEXTILES TO EEC THIS FRIDAY................................ 4

GOVERNOR TO INSPECT CONDITIONS IN KOWLOON CITY TOMORROW 4

MUSIC FAIR IN TSUEN WAN.................................... 5

DANGEROUS BUILDINGS ....................................... 5

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ORPHAN GIRLS BECOMING MORE POPULAR WITH ADOPTING COUPLES

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THE TRADITIONAL PREFERENCE FOR BOYS AMONG ADOPTING PARENTS APPEARS TO BE WANING WITH MORE AND MORE COUPLES WILLING TO ADOPT GIRLS, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, SAID TODAY.

ADDRESSING THE LIONS CLUB OF BAYVIEW, HE NOTED THAT IT HAD BEEN A COMMON PRACTICE AMONG THE CHINESE FOR A CHILDLESS COUPLE TO ADOPT A BOY TO CARRY ON THE FAMILY NAME, BUT RECENTLY GIRLS WERE BECOMING MORE POPULAR. ;

HOWEVER, DESPITE POPULAR BELIEF, HONG KONG DID NOT HAVE A LARGE NUMBER OF CHILDREN WAITING TO BE ADOPTED, HE SAID. +IT IS QUITE THE REVERSE AND, IN FACT, THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE WANTING TO ADOPT CHILDREN THAN THERE ARE CHILDREN AVAILABLE.+

LAST YEAR, FOR EXAMPLE, THERE WERE ONLY 43 CHILDREN AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION, WHILE TEN YEARS AGO THERE WERE 134. AMONG THOSE NOW AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION, HE SAID, ARE SOME SEVERELY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN FOR WHOM IT WILL ALWAYS BE DIFFICULT TO FIND ADOPTERS.

MR. LEE EXPLAINED THE PROCESS OF ADOPTION AND STRESSED THAT THE PRIMARY CONSIDERATION IN ARRANGING THE ADOPTION OF A CHILD IS TO SEE THAT THE CHILD IS PLACED IN A HOME WITH AN ENVIRONMENT COMPATIBLE TO THAT IN WHICH CHILDREN SHOULD BE BROUGHT UP.

+THE BASIC PREMISE ON WHICH ADOPTION RESTS,+ HE SAID, + IS THAT EVERY CHILD HAS THE RIGHT TO BE LOVED AND PROPERLY CARED FOR IN A FAMILY SETT ING.+

MR. LEE SQUASHED THE MISGUIDED BELIEF THAT WEALTH PLAYS AN IMPORTANT PART IN ADOPTION. +ON THE CONTRARY, WEALTH IS. ONLY A MINOR CONSIDERATION AS FAR AS WE ARE CONCERNED,+ HE SAID. +WHAT MATTERS MOST IS THE MOTIVATION, THE AFFECTION, THE CARE AND CONCERN FOR A CHILD.+

ALL APPLICATIONS FOR ADOPTIONS, HE WENT ON, MUST GO THROUGH THE SUPREME COURT AND UNDER NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES IT TOOK NOT LESS THAN SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE A CASE.

ONCE A SUITABLE COUPLE HAS BEEN FOUND THE CHILD IS PLACED IN THEIR TEMPORARY CARE TO ALLOW TIME FOR ADJUSTMENT. AN ASSESSMENT IS THEN MADE AND A RECOMMENDATION PUT BEFORE THE COURT FOR THE ADOPTION TO PROCEED.

IN THE CASE OF AN ABANDONED CHILD, EVERY EFFORT IS MADE TO TRACE THE PARENTS TO GIVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO CLAIM BACK THE CHILD. IF THEY DO NOT DO SO WITHIN A SPECIFIED PERIOD, AND A COURT ORDER IS GRANTED, THEY WOULD HAVE NO LEGAL CLAIM TO THE CHILD IN FUTURE.

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COMMENTING ON THE MUCH-PUBLICISED CASE OF THE VILTHAMLSu REFUGEE CHILDREN, MR. LEE SAID THAT AT THE TIME A NUIIELK OF ENQUIRIES HAD BEEN RECEIVED ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY FOR TIILIH ADOPT IF . HOWEVER, THIS WAS NOT POSSIBLE, HE SAID, BECAUSE THE STATUS OF THE CHILDREN HAD NOT BEEN MADE CLEAR.

I

+IN SITUATIONS SUCH AS THAT UNDER WHICH THEY ARRIVED IN HONG KONG IT IS CERTAINLY VERY EASY TO BECOME EMOTIONAL AND WANT TO PLACE THESE IN NEW HOMES.

+BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT THESE CHILDREN, AND OTHERS LIKE THEM, MAY NOT NECESSARILY BE ORPHANS OR EVEN AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION. MANY MAY STILL HAVE PARENTS FROM WHOM THEY HAVE BEEN SEPARATED AND WHO WOULD WISH TO BE REUNITED WITH THEM,* HE SAID.

HE NOTED THAT, EASED ON PAST EXPERIENCE, THE INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR CHILD WELFARE IN GENEVA HAD WARNED OF THE ERRORS OF WANTING TO LINK INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION POSSIBILITIES WITH THE EVACUATION OF CHILDREN IN TIMES OF DISASTER AND HAD SAID THAT THE DESIRE TO SAVE A CHILD DY ADOPTING IT IN SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES IS, IN TIME, A SELFISH ACT THAT SHOULD DE AVOIDED.

NOTE TO EDITORS s

COPIES OF THE FULL TEXT OF MR. LEE’S SPEECH COLLECTION FROM THE G.I.S. REWS ROOM, STH FLOOR,

ARE AVAILABLE FOR

BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

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BANKING COURSE FOR 40 YOUNGSTERS

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THE LIU CHONG HING BANK IN CO-OPERATION WITH THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WILL BE RUNNING A FOUR-WEEK ORIENTATION COURSE ON BANKING BUSINESS FOR A GROUP OF 40 YOUNG PEOPLE FROM AUGUST 11 TO SEPTEMBER 6.

THE OBJECTIVES ARE TO:

H PROVIDE SCHOOL LEAVERS WITH PRACTICAL WORKING EXPERIENCE IN THE BANKING FIELD'

K SERVE AS CAREER GUIDANCE FOR THEM AND,

H HELP THEM MAKE USE OF THEIR LEISURE TIME IN GAINING SOME WORKING EXPERIENCE.

THIRTY FOUR OF THE PARTICIPANTS WERE RECOMMENDED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S 10 URBAN COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICERS AND SELECTED BY A BOARD FORMED BY REPRESENTATIVES OF THE BANK AND THE DEPARTMENT. THE OTHER SIX CAME FROM THE BANK’S CHONG HING COLLEGE. ■

THEY WILL BE ASSIGNED TO THE BANK’S HEAD OFFICE, KOWLOON MAIN OFFICE AND 13 OTHER BRANCHES. EACH WILL RECEIVE A $200 SUBSIDY TO COVER FOOD AND TRAVELLING EXPENSES.

AN OPENING CEREMONY TO INAUGURATE THE COURSE WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 9) AT 2.30 P.M. AT THE CHIU CHOW ASSOCIAllON BUILDING, 81,DES VOEUX ROAD, WEST, HONG KONG. MR. LIU LIT-MAN, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE DANK AND MR. F.S. CLARK, ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, WILL OFFICIATE IN THE CEREMONY.

GUESTS WILL INCLUDE MR. NICHOLAS NG, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (WESTERN)' MR. LAI CHAM-KAN, COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICER (WESTERN)= MR. YEUNG CHI-KIN, LABOUR OFFICER, YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE' MR. HENRY AU, ACTING SENIOR PRINCIPAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICfg GROUP AND COMMUNITY WORK DIVISION AND MR. LAM KWOK-WAN, ACTING PRINCIPAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER.

AT THE CEREMONY, PARTICIPANTS WILL BE GIVEN TOO LECTURES ON BANKING BUSINESS IN HONG KONG AND ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE BEFORE BEING ASSIGNED TO THEIR RESPECTIVE BRANCHES.

WHEN THE- COURSE IS COMPLETED, THEY WILL BE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT A REPORT ON THEIR DAILY WORKING EXPERIENCE AND THEIR COMMENTS. PRIZES WILL EE AWARDED TO THREE PARTICIPANTS WHO ARE RECOMMENDED BY THEIR SUPERVISORS AS BEING THE MOST PUNCTUAL, COURTEOUS, DILIGENT AND WILLING TO LEARN.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 9) AT 2.30 P.M.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6, 1975

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EXPORT OF RESTRAINED TEXTILES TO EEC COMPANY QUOTAS TO BE ISSUED ON FRIDAY K K H K

THE DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. JIMMY MCGREGOR, ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 8) THE DEPARTMENT WILL ISSUE COMPANY QUOTAS IN RESPECT OF THE BULK OF TEXTILE PRODUCTS UNDER EXPORT RESTRAINT TO THE EEC. LIKEWISE, LICENSING FOR SUCH EXPORT ITEMS WILL COMMENCE ON THE SAME DAY.

MR. MCGREGOR SAID, HOWEVER, THAT QUOTA ALLOCATION AND LICENSING FOR EXPORTS TO THE EEC OF KNIT PULLOVERS AND, PERHAPS, A FEW OTHER ITEMS WILL TAKE SEVERAL MORE DAYS DUE TO THE NEED FOR MORE DETAILED CALCULATIONS.

MR. MCGREGOR ASSURED MANUFACTURERS AND EXPORTERS THAT QUOTAS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN VARYING AMOUNTS FOR ALL CATEGORIES OF TEXTILE EXPORTS TO THE COMMON MARKET.

HE SAID THAT CALCULATION OF QUOTAS, BASED ON PAST EXPORT PERFORMANCE, WAS A TIME-CONSUMING TASK AND THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAD BEEN ABLE TO ALLOCATE QUOTAS AND LICENSING ONLY BECAUSE OF THE ADDITIONAL STAFF HELP IT HAD OBTAINED AS WELL AS THE WILLINGNESS OF THE STAFF INVOLVED TO WORK LATE INTO THE NIGHT DURING WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS.

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NOTE TO EDITORS :

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL VISIT KOWLOON CITY TOMORROW AFTERNOON AND HAVE TALKS WITH KAIFONG LEADERS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, MR. AUGUSTINE CHUI KAM, SIR MURRAY WILL ARRIVE AT 2O,WHAMPA0 STREET AT 2.40 P.M. WHERE HE WILL BE MET BY THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICER/KOWLOON CITY, MR. BILLY LAM, AND FOUR MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN.

HE WILL TOUR THE BUILDING BEFORE HE PROCEEDS TO MEI LEE MANSION AT 37,CHEUNG NING STREET, TOKWAWAN TO SEE THE ANTI-BURGLARY ALARM SYSTEM INSTALLED THERE BY THE BUILDING’S MAC.

SIR MURRAY WILL THEN MOVE TO HO MAN TIN ESTATE WHERE HE WILL MEET REPRESENTATIVES OF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES IN THE AREA.

THE WHOLE VISIT WILL LAST ABOUT TWO HOURS.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE GOVERNOR’S VISIT.

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MUSIC FAIR IN TSUEN WAN

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A MUSIC FAIR WILL BE HELD AT TSU£N WAN TOMORROW (THURSDAY) EVENING AS PART OF A DRIVE TO PROMOTE INTEREST IN MUSIC AMONG YOUNG CHILDREN.

MORE THAN 2,000 PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND THE FAIR WHICH WILL BE HELD FROM 7 P.M. TO 11 P.M. AT THE PLAYGROUND OF THE PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE IN TSUEN WAN.

MORE THAN A D&ZEN LOCAL SINGERS AND POP AND FOLK GROUPS WILL TAKE PART IN THE SHOW WHICH HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY A MUSIC GROUP OF THE PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE.

THE GROUP, FORMED THREE YEARS AGO, CONSISTS OF ABOUT 30 YOUNG MUSIC DEVOTEES WHO HAVE HELD A SERIES OF MUSICAL ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

ADMISSION TO THE MUSIC FAIR IS FREE AND ANYONE IS WELCOME TO ATTEND.

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DANGEROUS BUILDINGS

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY DECLARED THE REAR PORTION OF NO. 29A AND NO. 30 FA KUNG YUEN, TA TIT STREET, KOWLOON, TO EE I IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION AND NO. 29B LIABLE TO BECOME DANGEROUS.

THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID TODAY THAT . THESE TWO-STOREY BUILDINGS HAD BEEN UNDER SURVEILLANCE SINCE ADJOINING BUILDINGS WERE CLOSED FOR DEMOLITION LAST YEAR.

RECENTLY NO. 29C TA TIT STREET, SITUATED BETWEEN NOS. 29B AND 30, WAS THE SUBJECT OF AN EMERGENCY CLOSURE ORDER FOLLOWING A PARTIAL ROOF COLLAPSE AND IT BECAME NECESSARY TO DEMOLISH THIS BUILDING.

INSPECTION OF THE REAR PORTION OF NO. 29A AND NO. 30, WHICH ARE OF WEAK CONSTRUCTION, REVEALED FRACTURED AND CRUSHED BRICK PIERS AND DECAYED TIMBERS AND A COLLAPSE COULD OCCUR.

BECAUSE OF BULGED AND DETERIORATED BRICK-WORK THERE IS A RISK THAT N0.29B TA TIT STREET MAY COLLAPSE DURING OR AFTER THE DEMOLITION OF N0.29C.

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS WERE POSTED TODAY. THE APPLICATIONS WILL BE HEARD IN KOWLOON DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 A.M. ON SEPTEMBER 3.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

THURSDAY, AUGUST 7, 1975

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

CENTRAL EXAMINATION AUTHORITY PLANNED ....................... 1

SCHOOLS AND PARENTS REMINDED OF CODE OF PRACTICE ISSUED BY EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.....................................   2

’MONG KOK AND YOU’ EXHIBITION OPENS TOMORROW.................. 3

WATER CUTS IN TSIM SHA TSUI AND WONG TAI SIN.................. 4

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RESULTS OF STUDENTS SURVEY ON ACIDITY OF RAINFALL TO BE ANNOUNCED TOMORROW ........................................ 5

YOUNGSTERS TO COMPETE IN CANOE RACE AT PEARL ISLAND BEACH 6

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THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL HAS AGREED THAT THE DIRECTOH OF EDUCATION SHOULD STUDY WHAT IS ENTAILED IN SETTING UP A PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY TO PLAN THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A CENTRAL EXAMINATION AUTHORITY.

APPROVAL FOR THIS EXERCISE WAS GIVEN FOLLOWING THE DIRECTOR’S REQUEST TO THE GOVERNMENT TO PROCEED ON THE LINES OF A PROPOSAL KE MADE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON APRIL 2, 1975 WHEN HE SAlDg

*1 HAVE LONG BEEN OF THE OPINION THAT IN THIS AREA WE SHOULD MAKE EARLY AND VIGOROUS PROPOSALS TO SET UP AN INDEPENDENT EXAMINATIONS AUTHORITY.

♦IT IS NO LONGER APPROPRIATE FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TOBE RESPONSIBLE FOR ORGANISING AND RUNNING THE SSEE, THE CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION AND A HOST OF EXTERNAL EXAMINATIONS INCLUDING THE GCE WHILE THE UNIVERSITIES HAVE THE DURDEN OF RUNNING THE ADVANCE LEVEL EXAMINATION AND THE MATRICULATION EXAMINATION.

♦SUCH A MEASURE - THE DISESTABLISHMENT OF THE EXAMINATION DIVISION (OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT) — WOULD HAVE TWO MAJOR ADVANTAGES. IT WOULD RELIEVE MY DEPARTMENT OF AN INCREASINGLY COMPLEX BODY OF TASKS AND IT WOULD EMPHASIZE THE ESSENTIAL UNITY

OF EDUCATION.

. ♦! AM CONVINCED THAT WE HAVE REACHED A STAGE IN EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT THAT MAKES SUCH AN ADVANCE ENTIRELY BENEFICIAL. MUCH CONSULTATION WILL DE REQUIRED DUT I HOPE TO PUT FORWARD THIS YEAR SUBSTANTIAL PROPOSALS... I WOULD NOT LIKE TO UNDERSTATE THE COMPLEXITY OF THE TAS< PARTICULARLY DURING THE TRANSITIONAL

PERIOD.*

•IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE DIRECTOR’S PLANS WILL DE SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNMENT IN ABOUT SIX MONTHS’ TIME.

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THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ACTION COMMITTEE AND THE CONSUMER COUNCIL TODAY ISSUED A REMINDER TO SCHOOLS THAT SALES OF SCHOOL

SCHOOL UNIF0RMS AND OTHER EDUCATIONAL SUPPLIES SHOULD NOT SnicnnZe SUPPLIER AND THAT PRICES FOR BOOKS, SCHOOL

UNIFORMS AND OTHER SCHOOL SUPPLIES SHOULD BE KEPT AS LOW AS

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IT IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT TO REMIND SCHOOLS AND PARENTS 0F PRACTICE ISSUED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR WHEN MANY SCHOOLS AND CHILDREN ARE PREPARING FOR THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR.

IT IS GRATIFYING TO NOTE THAT SCHOOL AUTHORITIES HAVE CLOSELY FOLLOWED THE CODE OF PRACTICE SINCE IT WAS FIRST ISSUED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN JANUARY THIS YEAR, SPOKESMEN FOR THE ACTION COMMITTEE AND THE CONSUMER COUNCIL REMARKED.

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CONTINUED CO-OPERATION OF SCHOOL AUTHORITIES, PARENTS AND PUPILS WITH THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WAS STRESSED BY THE SPOKESMEN. i

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 7, 1975

♦MONG KOK AND YOU+ EXHIBITION a n a a «

THE +MONG KOK AND YOU+ EXHIBITION, A NEW DISTRICT VENTURE, WILL BE OPENED AT QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL, SAI YEE STREET, KOWLOON TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT 2 P.M.

FIRST OF ITS KIND, THE EXHIBITION IS ORGANISED BY NINE SECONDARY SCHOOLS, TWO VOLUNTARY BODIES AND THREE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS IN THE MONG KOK DISTRICT.

CO-ORDINATED BY THE MONG KOK CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, THE JOINT VENTURE IS AIMED AT PROMOTING CONTACTS AMONG SCHOOLS, DISTRICT ORGANISATIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS TO ENHANCE COMMUNITY INTERESTS AND INVOLVEMENT- AND TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND EXERCISE THEIR TALENTS IN DISPLAY.

THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE OFFICIATED BY MR. AUGUSTINE CHUI KAM, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS- MR. CAN ICE MAK CHUN-FONG, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (MONG KOK)- MR. CHO SIU-CHUNG, CHAIRMAN OF MONG KOK KAIFONG ASSOCIATION- MR. CHUI KWOK-CHOY, MANAGER OF HANG SENG BANK, AND MR. HUNG WAI-MAN, PRINCIPAL OF WELLMAN SCHOOL OF COMMERCE.

THE EXHIBITION IS DESIGNED TO COVER THREE MAJOR ASPECTS OF THE DI STR I CTi FIRSTLY, THE UNIQUE FEATURES AND SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS OF MONG KOK- SECONDLY, HUMAN ASPECTS AND PROBLEMS OF LIVING IN MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS AND INA HIGH DENSITY DISTRICT-AND THIRDLY, THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF MONG KOK. THEY ARE DIVIDED INTO THE FOLLOWING SPECIFIC TOPICS FOR DISPLAYS MONG KOK DISTRICT SPECIAL FEATURES- HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT-POPULATION- HOUSING- EDUCATION (YOUTH ACTIVITIES)- TRAFFICCOMMERCIAL STRUCTURE- INDUSTRY- ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION- LAW AND ORDER- AND WORK OF CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AND COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICE.

THE FOCAL POINT OF INTEREST OF THIS EXHIBITION CENTRES AROUND A BIG MONG KOK MODEL - A JOINT STUDENT PROJECT DEPICTING THE EXISTING FEATURES AND PLANNED DEVELOPMENT OF THE DISTRICT.

BESIDES VARIOUS TYPES OF MODELS,.THERE ARE ALSO PHOTO DISPLAY, PAINTINGS, MAPS, CHARTS, STATISTICAL TABLES, MOVIE AND SLIDE SHOWS. WINNING ENTRIES FOR THE RECENTLY HELD +MONG KOK AND YOU+ PHOTOGRAPHIC CONTEST AND MONG KOK TEENAGER DRAWING COMPETITION . WILL ALSO BE DISPLAYED AT THE EXHIBITION.

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THE 14 ORGANISERS OF THE EXHIBITION ARE BEREA ENGLISH COLLEGE, BISHOP HALL JUBILEE SCHOOL, CHIU CHOW SCHOOL, KOWLOON SAM YUK MIDDLE SCHOOL, MING KEI COLLEGE, POOI SUN SCHOOL, TAK MING SCHOOL, TAK VAN SCHOOL, ST. FRANCIS XAVIER’S COLLEGE, MONG KOK DISTRICT YOUTH SOCIAL SERVICE TEAM, MONG KOK KA I FONG ASSOCIATION, MONG KOK CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, MONG KOK COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICE, MONG KOK POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICE.

IN PREPARING FOR THE EXHIBITION, WHICH TOOK NEARLY SIX MONTHS, ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE HAVE BEEN SOUGHT FROM VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND UNIVERSITY INSTITUTIONS SUCH AS TOWN PLANNING OFFICE, PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, HOUSING DEPARTMENT, LABOUR DEPARTMENT, COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT, DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY AND DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE OF HONG KONG UNIVERSITY AND SOCIAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF CHINESE UNIVERSITY.

DONATIONS FOR THE EXHIBITION ARE CONTRIBUTED BY

HANG SENG BANK, MONG KOK KA I FONG ASSOCIATION AND WELLMAN SCHOOL OF COMMERCE.

THE JOINT EXHIBITION WILL BE OPENED FROM 10 A.M.TO 5 P.M. DAILY TILL AUGUST 12. ADMISSION IS FREE.

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN TSIM SHA TSUI AND IN WONG TAI SIN WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR FIVE HOURS AS FROM 1 A.M. ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 9). TO ENABLE TESTS FOR LEAKAGE TO BE CARRIED OUT IN THE AREAS.

IN TSIM SHA TSUI, THE PREMISES AFFECTED ARE BOUNDED BY NATHAN ROAD, PEKING ROAD, HANKOW ROAD AND HAIPHONG ROAD.

IN WONG TAI SIN, PREMISES BOUNDED BY LUNG CHEUNG ROAD, SHA TIN PASS ROAD, TUNG TAU TSUEN ROAD AND MING TAK STREET WILL BE AFFECTED, INCLUDING LOWER WONG TAI SIN ESTATE BLOCKS 6-10 AND BLOCK 19, AND BLOCKS 1 TO 12 UPPER WONG TAI SIN ESTATE.

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STUDENTS SURVEY ON ACIDITY OF RAINFALL M X » M « W

THE RESULTS OF A SURVEY CARRIED OUT BY THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS FROM 258 SCHOOLS IN HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES ON THE ACIDITY OF RAINFALL WILL BE ANNOUNCED TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE SURVEY, CALLED +ACID RAIN AND OTHER AIR POLLUTION PROJECTS* WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE CONSERVANCY ASSOCIATION IN COLLABORATION WITH THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

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IT WAS THE SECOND PART OF A WIDER STUDY ON +PURE AIR+.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THE SURVEY WAS GIVEN BY RANK XEROX LTD. WHICH IMPORTED SPECIAL ACID MEASURING PAPERS FROM THE UNITED STATES FOR THE STUDENTS TO CONDUCT THE TESTS.

DURING THE SURVEY THE STUDENTS COLLECTED AND MEASURED RAINFALL FOR SEVEN CONSECUTIVE DAYS AND TESTED THE ACIDITY OF THE RAIN.

THEY SENT THE DATA TO THE CONSERVANCY ASSOCIATION FOR ANALYSIS, THE RESULTS OF WHICH WILL BE RELEASED AT A JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE TOMORROW AFTERNOON.

NOTE TO ED ITORSi ---—------—---- MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO ATTEND .THE PRESS CONFERENCE WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 P.M. TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN ROOM 35 OF THE GOVERNMENT TRAINING DIVISION, 2ND FLOOR, LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG.

SPEAKERS AT THE JOINT EVENT WILL BE THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS), MR. ARTHUR BROWN- DR. BETH GOTT, VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE CONSERVANCY ASSOCIATION- AND MR. SHANY SIU, MARKETING EXECUTIVE OF RANK XEROX LTD.

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YOUNGSTERS TO COMPETE IN CANOE RACE

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ABOUT 100 YOUNGSTERS UNDER THE CARE OF THE PROBATION AND CORRECTIONS DIVISION OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WILL COMPETE IN A CANOE RACE ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 9) AT PEARL ISLAND BEACH, 17-1/2 MILES, CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

THE COMPETITION, FEATURING THE HEATS AND FINALS OF A 500-METRE SPRINT AND A 4 X 500-METRE RELAY, WILL MARK THE END OF THEIR FIVE-DAY CANOE TRAINING HELD LAST MONTH AT APPROACH BAY, 10-1/2 MILES, CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

IN BETWEEN THE RACES, THERE WILL BE CANOE AND LIFE-SAVING DEMONSTRATIONS BY MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG CANOE UNION.

PRIZES WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE WINNERS OF THE COMPETITIONS BY MR. LAU WONG-FAT, THE CHAIRMAN OF POK 01 HOSPITAL AND THE SPONSOR OF THE EVENTS.

THE HEAD OF THE PROBATION AND CORRECTIONS DIVISION, SENOIR PRINCAIPAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER, MR. MAK WING-HON WILL ADDRESS THE GATHERING.

THE RACE AND THE TRAINING COURSE ARE JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG CANOE UNION WITH THE AIM TO PROVIDE A HEALTHY OUTLET TO YOUNGSTERS UNDER THE CARE OF THE PROBATION AND CORRECTIONS DIVISION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE RACE. A PUBLIC LIGHT BUS CARRYING THE pennants OF THE HONG KONG CANOE UNION AND THE 0 PUI SHAN BOYS’ HOME WILL LEAVE FERRY STREET, NEAR YAUMATEI BRANCH OFFICE OF THE CHARTERED BANK AT 11.30 A.M. ON SATURDAY. LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED TO PRESS REPRESENTATIVES.

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CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FS CONFIDENT OF GRADUAL UPTURN IN ECONOMY ............ 1

ADVISORY SERVICE COMMISSION TO ADVISE GOVERNOR ON

APPOINTMENTS TO JUDICIAL OFFICES ....................  3

POPULATION AT END OF JUNE 1975 ESTIMATED AT 4.36

MILLION ............................................ 4

SERVICE RESERVOIR FOR SHA TIN ........................ 4

LOTTERIES BOARD MEMBERSHIP ANNOUNCED ................. 5

$60 MILLION DEFICIT RECORDED IN MAY .................. 5

FEES FOR CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY ADJUSTED .......... 6

A SIX-DAY REFRESHER COURSE FOR BIOLOGY TEACHERS ... 7

PLB ASSOCIATIONS URGED TO EDUCATE THEIR DRIVERS ON

THE IMPORTANCE OF OBSERVING ROAD RULES................ 8

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FS CONFIDENT OF GRADUAL UPTURN IN ECONOMY

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THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, TONIGHT SPOKE CONFIDENTLY OF A GRADUAL UPTURN IN THE ECONOMY IN THE LATTER PART OF THIS YEAR AND IN 1976. HOWEVER, HE CAUTIONED AGAINST EXPECTATIONS OF TOO EARLY A RECOVERY IN WORLD TRADE.

SPEAKING AT THE ANNUAL DINNER OF THE HONG KONG SOCIETY OF ACCOUNTANTS, KE SAID THAT ALREADY THIS YEAR, +AND IN ADVANCE OF ANY GENERAL RECOVERY OF DEMAND IN OUR MAIN MARKETS,+ MANY MANUFACTURERS HAVE REPORTED AN IMPROVEMENT IN THE STATE OF THEIR ORDER BOOKS, PARTLY DUE TO SPOT ORDERS TO REPLENISH STOCKS.

A RECFNT OFFICIAL SURVEY AMONGST SOME OF THE LARGEST MANUFACTURING FIRMS SHOWED AN INCREASE OF IB PER CENT IN ORDERS-ON-HAND BETWEEN THE FIRST AND SECOND QUARTERS OF THIS YEAR. I

ALTHOUGH THE INCREASED ORDERS HAVE NOT YET BEEN liEELECTED IN EXPORT DELIVERIES, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY ADDED: tMY JUDGMENT IS THAT MANUFACTURING PRODUCTION HAS PROBABLY STOPPED FALLING AND MAY BE PICKING UP.+ '**'

HE SAID THERE WAS EVIDENCE OF THIS IN THE STATISTICS OF ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION BY INDUSTRIAL USERS WHICH, IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF THIS YEAR, INCREASED BY TWO PERCENT OVER THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR AFTER HAVING FALLEN FOR SOME TIME PREVIOUSLY.

THFRE WAS ALSO EVIDENCE THAT EMPLOYMENT IN THE MANUFACTURING

SECTOR WAS LEVELLING OUT AFTER FALLING BY 11 PER CENT IN THE 12 MONTHS TO DECEMBER 1974.

•«o. HADDON-CAVE SAID REPORTS FROM INDUSTRY SUGGEST THAT A NUM9E . OF FIRMS HAVE EXTENDED THEIR WORK WEEK, INCREASED SHIFT WORKING AND BEGUN RECRUITING AGAIN. THE NUMBER OF REDUNDANCIES REPORTED TO THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT FELL BY NEARLY HALF BETWEEN THE FIRST AND SECOND QUARTERS OF THIS YEAR.

THERE WAS ALSO SOME EVIDENCE THAT DOMESTIC . DEMAND WAS NO LONGER FALLING, WITH CONSUMER SPENDING _ NOW BENEFITING FROM THE STABILITY OF CONSUMER PRICES. ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION BY DOMESTIC USERS HAS INCREASED BY 13 PER CENT IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1975 COMPARED WITH THE FIRST HALF OF LAST YEAR, AND NEW CAR REGISTRATIONS, WHICH HAS BEEN AT A VERY LOW LEVEL FOR TWO YEARS, PICKED UP IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1975.

MR. HADDON-CAVE HAD EARLIER POINTED OUT THAT INFLATION IN HONG KONG WAS ALMOST NON-EXISTENT AS A RESULT OF’ THE FAVOURABLE TREND IN DOMESTIC COSTS, THE EVEN MORE FAVOURABLE TRENDS IN MANY IMPORT PRICES AND THE GOVERNMENT’S NON-I NFLAT I ONARY FISCAL POLICIES.

IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF THIS YEAR, CONSUMER PRICES WERE ONLY TWO PER cent HIGHER THAN A YEAR AGO, COMPARED WITH THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1974 WHEN THEY WERE 17-1/2 PER CENT ABOVE THOSE OF THE CORRESPONDING QUARTER IN 1973.

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HOWEVER, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY ADDEDs+WELCOME AS THESE EARLY SIGNS ARE, A SUSTAINED RECOVERY OF OUR ECONOMY DEPENDS ON A GENERAL RECOVERY IN WORLD TRADE.+ HE CAUTIONED AGAINST EXPECTING TOO EARLY A RECOVERY. BUT, HE SAID, + CLEARLY THERE ARE SOME INDICATIONS, PARTICULARLY FROM THE UNITED STATES, THAT POINT TO A RENEWED GROWTH BEFORE THE END OF THIS YEAR.+

REFERRING TO THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT, MR. HADDON-CAVE SAID FINAL ESTIMATES FOR 1974 SHOW ZERO GROWTH IN REAL TERMS COMPARED WITH A PRELIMINARY ESTIMATE OF 1-1/2 PER CENT. THE FORECAST FOR 1975 IS ALSO FOR ZERO GROWTH, ALTHOUGH IT HAS BEEN SUGGESTED RECENTLY THAT HONG KONG COULD NOW EXPECT A REAL GROWTH RATE OF TWO OR THREE PER CENT THIS YEAR.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID, HOWEVER, THAT BEARING IN MIND THE MARKED FALLS IN EXPORTS AND IMPORTS RECORDED IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR, HIS ORIGINAL FORCAST OF ZERO GROWTH SHOULD STILL STAND.

ON THE MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC FINANCES, MR. HADDON-CAVE STRESSED THAT IT WAS IMPORTANT FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO ENSURE THAT PUBLIC EXPENDITURE GREW AT MUCH THE SAME RATE AS THE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE.

+IF THE PUBLIC EXPENDITURE WERE TO GROW MORE RAPIDLY IN RELATION TO THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME, THEN THE SIZE OF THE PUBLIC SECTOR WOULD BECOME SUCH AS TO RESULT IN A DIVERSION OF RESOURCES AWAY FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND SERIOUSLY IMPAIR THE LONGER TERM GROWTH PROSPECTS OF THE ECONOMY,* HE SAID.

IN THE TEN YEARS TO 1972-73, THE RATIO OF TOTAL PUBLIC EXPENDITURE TO GDP FLUCTUATED AROUND 15 PERCENT. IN 1973-74 IT ROSE TO 16 PER CENT, IN 1974-75 IT WENT UP TO 19-1/2 PERCENT AND THIS YEAR THE RATIO WILL PROBABLY BE OVER 20 PER CENT.

MR. HADDON-CAVE SAID IT WAS QUITE CLEAR THAT THE INCREASE IN THE RATIO OF PUBLIC EXPENDITURE TO GDP COULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE UNCHECKED, +BECAUSE OF THE CONSEQUENCES THAT WOULD BEFALL THE ECONOMY IN GENERAL.*

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ADVISORY BODY ON JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS PROPOSED « «

A JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION IS TO BE SET UP UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE CHIEF JUSTICE TO ADVISE THE GOVERNOR ON APPOINTMENTS TO JUDICIAL OFFICES.

THIS IS PROVIDED IN THE JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION BILL WHICH IS PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE FOR GENERAL INFORMATION.

THE ROLE OF THE PROPOSED COMMISSION WILL NOT DE AN EXECUTIVE ONE. IT WILL FUNCTION IN A PURELY ADVISORY CAPACITY REGARDING THE FILLING OF ALL VACANCIES IN JUDICIAL OFFICES.

JUDICIAL OFFICES ARE SPECIFIED AS JUDGES OF THE SUPREME COURT, DISTRICT JUDGES, MAGISTRATES, THE PRESIDENT OF THE LANDS TRIBUNAL, THE PRESIDING OFFICERS OF THE LABOUR TRIBUNAL, THE REGISTRAR AND ASSISTANT REGISTRARS OF THE SUPREME COURT, AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE TENANCY TRIBUNAL.

UNDER THE BILL, THE COMMISSION WILL CONSIST OF THE CHIEF JUSTICE, WHO WILL BE ITS CHAIRMAN, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE -------•.--------------------„ AND N0T M0RE THAN THREE

CHAIRMAN OF THE PUBLIC SERVICES COMMISSION

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OTHER MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR.

ONE CLAUSE IN THE BILL MAKES IT CLEAR THAT THE JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION LEGISLATION DOES NOT DEROGATE IN ANY WAY FROM THE LETTERS PATENT AND THE ROYAL INSTRUCTIONS UNDER WHICH THE POWER OF APPOINTING JUDGES AND OTHER PUBLIC OFFICERS IS VESTED IN THE GOVERNOR.

COMMENTING ON THE BILL, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT THE PROPOSED COMMISSION WOULD SERVE TO EMPHASISE THE EXISTING INDEPENDENCE OF THE JUDICIARY.

+IT WILL BE DEMONSTRATED PUBLICLY THAT THE GOVERNOR IS TO RECEIVE INDEPENDENT, IMPARTIAL AND INFORMED ADVICE ON THE FILLING OF JUDICIAL POSTS,* HE SAID.

AT PRESENT, APPOINTMENTS TO JUDICIAL OFFICES ARE MADE BY THE GOVERNOR ON THE ADVICE OF THE CHIEF JUSTICE.

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POPULATION ESTIMATED AT 4.36 MILLION ««««««

THE ESTIMATED POPULATION AT THE END OF JUNE 1975 WAS 4,366,600, THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS ANNOUNCED TODAY. THE ESTIMATE DOES NOT INCLUDE THE 3,039 VIETNAMESE REFUGEES IN CAMPS HERE AT THAT TIME.

THERE'WAS AN INCREASE OF 37,700 OVER A REVISED END-YEAR 1974 ESTIMATE. THE BALANCE OF BIRTHS OVER DEATHS FOR THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 1975 WAS 26,390. THE REMAINDER OF THE INCREASE REPRESENTS THE BALANCE OF MOVEMENTS INTO AND OUT OF HONG KONG, GIVING A NET INFLOW OF 11,304 PERSONS OVER THE SAME PERIOD.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF BIRTHS FOR THIS FIRST HALF-YEAR WAS 37,211 WHICH WAS 533 LESS THAN IN THE FIRST HALF-YEAR OF 1974.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DEATHS FOR THE SAME PERIOD WAS 10,821 COMPARED TO 11,937 IN THE PREVIOUS FIRST HALF-YEAR.

THE FIGURES OF BIRTHS AND DEATHS ARE BASED UPON EVENTS OCCURRING RATHER THAN UPON REGISTRATIONS MADE AND THEREFORE DIFFER SLIGHTLY FROM THOSE RELEASED BY THE REGISTRAR GENERAL.

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SERVICE RESERVOIR FOR SHA TIN « « M « «

WORK WILL SOON START ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FRESH WATER SERVICE RESERVOIR AT TUNG LO WAN, SHA TIN, TO COPE WITH THE FUTURE WATER DEMANDS OF SHA TIN NEW TOWN.

THE CONSTRUCTION WORK, BEING THE SECOND PHASE OF THE SHA TIN WATER SUPPLY STAGE 1 PROJECT, COMPRISES THE BUILDING OF A FRESH WATER SERVICE RESERVOIR, AND THE LAYING OF A 762 MM DIAMTER INLET MAIN AND A 813 MM DIAMETER OUTLET MAIN.

THE SERVICE RESERVOIR WILL HAVE A TOTAL STORAGE CAPACITY OF EIGHT MILLION GALLONS. WHEN COMPLETED, IT WILL SUPPLY WATER TO TO NORTH SHA TIN AREA, MAINLY WO CHE ESTATE.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT ARE INVITED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE. THE CONSTRUCTION WORK IS EXPECTED TO START NEXT MONTH AND WILL TAKE 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 1975

LOTTERIES BOARD MEMBERSHIP ANNOUNCED

THE COMPOSITION OF THE NEW SEVEN-MEMBER HONG KONG LOTTERIES BOARD WHICH WILL ORGANISE AND CONDUCT REGULAR LOTTERIES WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THE POSITION OF CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD WILL BE HELD BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE STEWARDS OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB. THE THREE MEMBERS OF THE CLUB’S CASH SWEEP AND TOTAL I SATOR SUBCOMMITTEE ARE ALSO MEMBERS OF THE BOARD TOGETHER WITH THE ACCOUNTANT GENERAL, THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE AND MR. CHAU KA I-YIN, WHO IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EXISTING GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE.

THE APPOINTMENTS. WHICH HAVE BEEN MADE BY THE GOVERNOR, ARE FOR A PERIOD OF TWO YEARS FROM AVGUST 1.

LAST WEEK, THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL APPROVED A BILL SETTING UP THE HONG KONG LOTTERIES BOARD. IT IS INTENDED THAT THE JOCKEY CLUB’S EX I ST ING-FACILITIES WILL BE USED FOR CONDUCTING THE LOTTERIES.

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THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTS FOR THE MONTH OF MAY SHOW A DEFICIT OF $60 MILLION COMPARED WITH A DEFICIT OF $151 MILLION IN MAY LAST YEAR.

THIS HAS RESULTED IN AN ACCUMULATED DEFICIT OF $78 MILLION FOR THE FIRST TWO MONTHS OF THIS FINANCIAL YEAR, COMPARED WITH A DEFICIT OF $183 MILLION FOR THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

TOTAL REVENUE FOR THE MONTH AT $406 MILLION WAS $71 MILLION MORE THAN IN MAY 1974 DUE MAINLY TO INCREASED RECEIPTS FROM RATES, INTERNAL REVENUE AND LAND SALES.

TOTAL EXPENDITURE AT $466 MILLION WAS $20 MILLION LESS THAN THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR.

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FEES FOR CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY ADJUSTED ft ft ft ft ft ft

FEES PAYABLE TO THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT UNDER THE BOILERS AND PRESSURE RECEIVERS REGULATIONS ARE TO BE ADJUSTED WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.

THE BOILERS AND PRESSURE RECEIVERS (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1975 GIVING DETAILS OF THE NEW FEES, ARE PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

THEY STIPULATE THAT THE FEE FOR THE ISSUE OF A CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY TO A PERSON ALREADY HOLDING A SUITABLE QUALIFICATION UNDER THE REGULATIONS WILL BE INCREASED FROM $10 TO $70.

THE FEE PAYABLE BY? A PERSON TAKING AN EXAMINATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE ISSUE OR ENDORSEMENT OF A CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY WILL BE RAISED FROM $25 TO $80.

THIS IS THE FIRST ADJUSTMENT TO THE FEES SINCE 1967.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO HAVE ANY QUERIES ABOUT THE NEW FEES SHOULD CONTACT THE PRESSURE EQUIPMENT UNIT OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT BY RINGING 3“688752.

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REFRESHER COURSE FOR BIOLOGY TEACHERS a a a a a

A SIX-DAY REFRESHER COURSE WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE NEW 1977 MATRICULATION BIOLOGY SYLLABUS WILL BEGIN AT THE SCIENCE CENTRE OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG ON MONDAY (AUGUST 11).

40 BIOLOGY TEACHERS WILL TAKE PART IN THE COURSE WHICH IS ORGANISED JOINTLY BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY.

CONTENTS OF THE COURSE INCLUDE FUNGI, GENETICS, ECOLOGY, AND ANIMAL REPRODUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS), MR. ARTHUR BROWN, WILL ADDRESS THE PARTICIPANTS AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

PROFESSOR L.B. THROWER, HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY AND HIS STAFF WILL CONDUCT THE COURSE.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE OPENING CEREMONY ON MONDAY COVERED. IT WILL BEGIN AT 9.30 A.Mo IN LECTURE ROOM 5 OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY’S SCIENCE CENTRE.

COPIES OF A PROGRAMME OF THE COURSE ARE DISTRIBUTED SEPARATELY IN THE GIS PRESS BOXES.

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PLB ASSOCIATIONS URGED TO PROMOTE ROAD SAFETY K K K * #

THE ACTING ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR. PETER MILLER, TODAY URGED PUBLIC LIGHT BUS ASSOCIATIONS TO EDUCATE THEIR DRIVERS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF OBSERVING ROAD RULES SO AS TO HELP CUT DOWN ACCIDENT RATES.

MR. MILLER MADE THE APPEAL AT A REGIONAL MEETING WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF KOWLOON-BASED PLB OPERATORS IN WHICH, SITTING AS CHAIRMAN, HE REFUTED A'CLAIM THAT THERE WERE NOT ENOUGH LICENSED PLB DRIVERS AND THAT THIS WAS ONE REASON FOR THE RELATIVELY HIGHER PLB ACCIDENT RATE.

+THERE IS NO QUESTION OF PLB DRIVER SHORTAGE. AJ THE END OF LAST MONTH, THERE WERE ALMOST 50,000 PEOPLE LICENSED TO DRIVE PLBS WHILE REGISTERED PLBS TOTALLED BARELY OVER 4,300.

+IN ANY CASE, I AM YET TO BE CONVINCED THAT THE NUMBER OF LICENSED PLB DRIVERS UAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH ROAD SAFETY AND GOOD ROAD BEHAVIOUR,* HE SAID.

AT THE MEETING, MR. MILLER AGAIN CITED THE APRIL-JUNE STATISTICS RECENTLY RELEASED BY TRAFFIC POLICE INDICATING THAT AN AVERAGE OF ONE OUT OF EVERY 12 PLBS HAD BEEN INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT.

THE CAUSES FOR THESE ACCIDENTS VARY, HE SAID, BUT PLB DRIVERS’ BAD ROAD DISCIPLINES DO HAVE A PART TO PLAY - DRIVING TOO FAST WITH LITTLE REGARD TO OTHER MOTORISTS, ABRUPT CHANGING OF LANES OR SUDDEN STOPPING TO PICK UP OR SET DOWN PASSENGERS.

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HOWEVER, HE SAID HE WOULD NOT LIKE TO BLAME ALL PLB DRIVERS AS PERHAPS ONLY A PORTION OF THEM COULD HAVE BEHAVED BADLY ON THE ROADS THUS PUTTING THE WHOLE TRADE INTO DISREPUTE.

MR. MILLER SAID THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WAS STILL IN THE PROCESS OF CLEARING THE EXISTING BACKLOG OF PLB DRIVING TEST APPOINTMENTS WHICH WAS EXPECTED TO BE FINISHED SHORTLY.

AFTER THAT, HE SAID, THE DEPARTMENT MIGHT RECONSIDER INVITING FRESH APPLICATIONS FOR PLB DRIVING TESTS.

HOWEVER, HE POINTED OUT THAT IF IN CASE THE DEPARTMENT DECIDED TO DO SO, FRESH APPLICATIONS WOULD ONLY BE RECEIVED THROUGH POST AND NOT IN PERSON AT THE LICENSING OFFICES.

MR. MILLER ALSO NOTED THAT THE WINDSCREEN OF MANY PLBS WAS USUALLY CLUTTERED WITH DESTINATION INDICATORS AND FARE CARDS WHICH OBSTRUCTED THE VIEW OI- THE DRIVERS AND WHICH MIGHT HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO A GREATER POSSIBILITY OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENT OCCURANCE.

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HE SAID THAT LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENTS WERE BEING PREPARED WHICH, IF ENACTED, WOULD REQUIRE PLB OPERATORS TO DISPLAY THEIR DESTINATION BOARD AND FARE CARD PROPERLY SO AS TO MINIMISE THE CHANCE OF AN ACCIDENT.

AT THE MEETING, THE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS AND PLB REPRESENTATIVES ALSO DISCUSSED BRIEFLY A LIST OF SEVEN PROPOSED PLB FEEDER ROUTES FOR KOWLOON.

MR. MILLER INVITED THEM TO STUDY THE LIST MORE CLOSELY FOLLOWING THE MEETING AND TO SUBMIT WRITTEN APPLICATIONS TO THE DEPARTMENT ON ANY ROUTES THEY MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN, OR TO SUGGEST NEW IDEAS FOR CONSIDERATION.

THE PROPOSED FEEDER ROUTES INCLUDE SERVICES BETWEEN YAU YAT CHUEN AND HUNG HOM F£RRY PIER, CHUK YUEN ESTATE AND CHOI HUNG, SHATIN PASS ESTATE AND KOWLOON CITY FERRY PIER, AND BEACON HILL ROAD AND HUNG HOM FERRY PIER.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 9, 1975

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KAM TIN RIVER IS FLOWING AGAIN WITH MOST OF THE LAP SAP CLEARED .................................................... 1

SENIOR WATERWORKS ENGINEER RETIRES AFTER 24 YEARS’ SERVICE .................................................... 2

2OO TEACHERS TO ATTEND FIVE-DAY COURSE ON JUNIOR SCIENCE....................................................  3

307,000 LOTTERY TICKETS SOLD SO FAR ........................ 3

GOVERNOR TO VISIT KNITTING FACTORY IN TSUEN WAN ON MONDAY ..................................................... 4

EXHIBITION OF CHILDREN’S PAINTINGS AND HANDICRAFT AT KAU U FONG PLAYSTREET................................... . 5

VACANCIES IN PART-TIME EVENING TEACHING COURSE ............. 6

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KAM TIN RIVER IS FLOWING AGAIN

KAM TIN RIVER AND ITS WITH REFUSE HAVE COME BACK

TRIBUTARIES WHICH USED TO BE CHOKED TO LIFE.

MOST OF THE LAP SAP WHICH WAS CLOGGING THE RIVER HAS DEEN CLEARED AND THE WATER IS NOW FLOWING UNRESTRICTED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YEARS.

WORKERS MOBILIZED FROM THE YUEN LONG OFFICE OF THE URBAN . SERVICES DEPARTMENT EMBARKED ON THE SECOND STAGE OF THE CLEARANCE OPERATION ON THE RIVER ON JULY 2 AND UP TO JULY 28 HAD ALREADY CLEARED ABOUT 8,200 FEET OF THE RIVER’S COURSE.

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ALTOGETHER, ABOUT 68 LORRY-LOADS OF BAMBOO AND BUSHES WERE REMOVED AND 679 BASKETS OF REFUSE WERE COLLECTED. SOME OF THIS REFUSE WAS CARRIED DY VEHICLES TO REFUSE DUMPS FOR DISPOSAL WHILE SOME WAS BURNT ON THE SPOT.

THE CLEARANCE PROJECT IS A JOINT EFFORT OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

MR. NG HON-WING, URDAN SERVICES OFFICER IN CHARGE OF THE OPERATION, RECALLED THAT THE FIRST STAGE, CARRIED OUT IN NOVEMBER LAST YEAR, HAD MET WITH GREAT SUCCESS. THE MAIN STREAM OF KAM TIN RIVER AND FIVE TRIBUTARIES LYING TO THE NORTH OF KAM TIN ROAD WERE MADE FREE OF LAP SAP IN 33 WORKING DAYS.

+THE CURRENT STAGE,+ HE SAID, +COVERS THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF KAM TIN RIVER AND FOUR TRIBUTARIES LYING TO THE SOUTH OF KAM TIN ROAD, FROM KO PO TSUEN TO SHEUNG TSUEN, MEASURING ABOUT SIX MILES.

+THIS IS SCHEDULED TO TAKE 45 WORKING DAYS TO COMPLETE IF THE WEATHER IS GOOD. SO FAR, THE MORALE OF THE WORKERS IS HIGH AND EVERYTHING IS GOING SMOOTHLY APART FROM A FEU CASES OF SUN STROKE.+

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THE WORK IS CARRIED OUT BY THREE TEAMS OF WORKERS, EACH COMPRISING A FOREMAN AND EIGHT LABOURERS UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF A HEALTH INSPECTOR AND AN OVERSEER. THEY ARE EQUIPPED WITH RUBBER WADERS, HELMETS, JUNGLE KNIVES, SAWS AND DINGHIES.

HEAVY SPOTS AROUND KO PO BRIDGE AND NG KA TSUEN ARE BEING DEALT WITH FIRST. DRAINAGE OF FLOOD WATER AT THESE SPOTS, ACCORDING TO MR. NG, TOOK TOO HOURS BEFORE THE CLEARANCE BUT NOW IT TAKES ONLY HALF AN HOUR.

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+THIS IS NOT A ONCE-AND-FOR-ALL JOB,+ HE SAID. +TIIE RIVER WILL FROM NOW ON BE MAINTAINED BY REGULAR PATROLS ON DINGHIES SO AS TO ENSURE THAT IT IS FREE OF ACCUMULATION OF REFUSE

OR OBSTRUCT IONS.+

HE WAS CONFIDENT THAT VILLAGERS WOULD MAKE USE OF THE REFUSE CONTAINERS INSTALLED ON THE RIVER DANKS TO DISCARD THEIR RUDDISH INSTEAD OF DUMPING IT IN THE RIVER.

MR. NG SAID THAT IN VIEW OF THE SUCCESS, SIMILAR OPERATIONS WOULD BE EXTENDED TO OTHER RIVERS AND STREAMS THROUGHOUT TLE I'L-'U TERRITORIES.

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COPIES OF A PHOTOGRAPH SHOWING A CLEARANCE GANG AT WORK ARE BOXED FOR'COLLECTION.

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.SENIOR WATERWORKS ENGINEER RETIRES x x x. x x x .

SENIOR ENGINEER AU YOUNG YOUNG OF THE WATERWORKS OFF IC! IS RETIRING AFTER 24 YEARS IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE.

HE FIRST JOINED THE WATERWORKS OFFICE IN 1951 AS AN AS ISTANT ENGINEERING SURVEYOR CLASS 3 AND GRADUALLY WORKED HIS WAY U. THROUGH THE RANKS TO BECOME SENIOR ENGINEER IN 1970.

TO MARK HIS RETIREMENT, THE DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES, MP. WILLIAM KNIGHT, WILL PRESENT HIM WITH A GIFT ON BEHALF OF HIS COLLEAGUES.

NOTE TO EDITORS! MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE OCCASION. THE PRESENTATION WILL BE MADE AT 4 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 13) IN THE P.W.D. CONFERENCE ROOM, 21ST FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN LOAD.

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TEACHER^ TO ATTEND JUNIOR SCIENCE COURSE

TWO HUNDRED TEACHERS WILL BE ATTENDING A FIVE-DAY IN-SERVICE COURSE ON JUNIOR SCIENCE AT THE NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION BEGINNING ON MONDAY (AUGUST 11).

THE COURSE, ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, IS TO PROVIDE THE PARTICIPANTS WITH THE BASIC TRAINING ON THE APPROACH AND METHOD OF TEACHING SCIENCE AT FORM 1 LEVEL AS RECOMMENDED BY THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE.

THE DEPUTY CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS, MR. JOHN WINFIELD WILL OPEN THE COURSE, WHICH WILL BE CONDUCTED BY INSPECTORS, PRACTISING TEACHERS, A LECTURER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG AND LECTURERS OF THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION.

THE PARTICIPANTS WILL SPEND THE FIRST TWO DAYS IN THE NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND THE REMAINING THREE DAYS AT SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO DO PRACTICAL WORK IN LABORATORIES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE CEREMONY COVERED. IT WILL BEGIN AT 9 A.M. ON MONDAY AT THE NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, SASSOON ROAD, HONG KONG.

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307,000 LOTTERY TICKETS SOLD SO FAR ,

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UP TO 12 NOON TODAY (SATURDAY), A TOTAL OF 307,000 TICKETS FOR THE SIXTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY THIS YEAR WAS SOLD.

THE WINNING NUMBERS OF THE LOTTERY WILL BE DRAWN NEXT SATURDAY (AUGUST 16) IN THE CITY HALL THEATRE BY FOUR 1975 MISS HONG KONG CONTESTANTS - MISS TERESA CHU TSUI-KUEN, MISS CONNY KWAN SHUK-FAN, MISS LUCIA SZETO LING-CHI AND MISS CAROL KWOK LAI-YEE.

THE FOUR BEAUTIES, WHO ARE HK TVB ARTISTES, WILL HELP SELL TICKETS AT THE SITE BETWEEN QUEEN’S PIER AND THE CITY HALL, LOW BLOCK BETWEEN 5 AND 6 P.M. ON MONDAY (AUGUST 11).

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL VISIT A KNITTING FACTORY IN TSUEN WAN ON MONDAY (AUGUST 11).

THE VISIT, TO THE TALTEX LIMITED AT NO.357 SHA TSUI ROAD, IS ANOTHER IN THE CONTINUING SERIES SIR MURRAY HAS BEEN MAKING OVER THE YEARS IN ORDER THAT HE MIGHT SEE FOR HIMSELF HONG KONG’S INDUSTRIAL PROGRESS.

THERE ARE ABOUT 900 MILLS IN HONG KONG, AND TOGETHER, THESE PROVIDE WORK FOR ABOUT 19,000 PEOPLE.

HONG KONG EXPORTED 16 MILLION POUNDS OF KNITTED FABRICS LAST YEAR, VALUED AT HK$176.5 MILLION REPRESENTING A SLIGHT INCREASE OVER 1973’S FIGURE OF HK3166.5 MILLION.

FABRICS OF MAN-MADE FIBRES ACCOUNTED FOR 62 PER CENT OF 1974’S PERFORMANCE, COTTON ACCOUNTED FOR 37.9 PER CENT AND WOOL 0.1 PER CENT.

HONG KONG’S MAJOR MARKETS ARE TAIWAN (26.6%), SINGAPORE (22.6%), AND NEW ZEALAND (16.8%). A LARGE PORTION IS USED BY LOCAL CLOTHING MANUFACTURERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO COVER THE VISIT AT THE ABOVE ADDRESS. SIR MURRAY WILL ARRIVE AT THE FACTORY AT 2.55 P.M. AND WILL SPEND ABOUT AN HOUR TOURING THE PREMISES. THE D.C. AND I’S PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, MR. GERRY XAVIER, WILL BE PRESENT TO ASSIST YOUR REPRESENTATIVE.

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EXHIBITION AT KAU U FONG

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AN EXHIBITION OF CHILDREN’S PAINTINGS AND HANDICRAFT WILL BE STAGED TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT THE KAU U FONG PLAYSTREET IN CENTRAL TO GIVE PARENTS A BETTER INSIGHT INTO THE ACTIVITIES OF THE PLAYSTREET.

ALSO ON DISPLAY WILL BE PHOTOGRAPHS SHOWING CHILDREN ENGAGED IN VARIOUS PLAY ACTIVITIES.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE JOINTLY OPENED BY MR. MIU WAH-ON, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER FOR CENTRAL- MRS. CHAN KO KAM-BING, GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ CLUBS ASSOCIATION-MR. NG HON-SUM, CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL DISTRICT KAIFONG ASSOCIATION- AT© BY MR. 6. HINDAUGH, DIVISIONAL SUPERINTENDENT, CENTRAL DIVISION, CENTRAL POLICE STATION.

THE KAU U FONG PLAYSTREET SCHEME WAS FIRST LAUNCHED LAST OCTOBER IN AN EFFORT TO PROVIDE MORE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR CHILDREN IN THE DISTRICT. THE STREET, WHICH IS NOT HEAVILY USED BY MOTORISTS, IS CLOSED TO TRAFFIC EVERY SUNDAY WHEN IT IS TURNED INTO A PLAYGROUND.

VARIOUS ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING FUN FAIRS AND GYMNASTIC AND VARIETY SHOWS, HAVE BEEN STAGED IN ADDITION TO THE NORMAL PLAY ACTIVITIES, MAKING THE SCHEME VERY POPULAR WITH CHILDREN IN THE AREA.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE EXHIBITION WHICH WILL BE OPENED AT 2 P.M. TOMORROW. THE ACTIVITIES WILL CONTINUE UNTIL 5 P.M.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 9, 1975

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VACANCIES IN PART-TIME EVENING TEACHING COURSE « « « Jilt

EXPERIENCED QUALIFIED TEACHERS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN PART-TIME TEACHING IN THE EVENING ARE INVITED TO APPLY FOR A LIMITED NUMBER OF VACANCIES IN THE ENGLISH COURSE OF THE EVENING INSTITUTE RUN BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

APPLICANTS FOR THESE TEACHING POSTS MUST HAVE A UNIVERSITY DEGREE PREFERRABLY WITH EXPERIENCE IN TEACHING ENGLISH AT FORM 4 TO 6 LEVELS.

SEPARATELY, EXPERIENCED QUALIFIED TEACHERS ARE NEEDED FOR THE ADULT EDUCATION COURSE (GENERAL BACKGROUND) TO TEACH CHINESE, ENGLISH, ARITHMETIC AND SOCIAL STUDIES AT-THE PRIMARY LEVEL.

THERE ARE ALSO A NUMBER OF VACANCIES FOR TEACHERS IN THE ADULT EDUCATION COURSE (PRACTICAL BACKGROUND). THEY ARE REQUIRED TO TEACH CREATIVE KNITTING AND CROCHET. FASHION FOR CHILDREN, BABY LAYETTE. CH INESE TA I LOR I NG (CHEUNG SAM), CHINESE TAILORING (CHEUNG SAM WITA LINING), WOMAN HOUSECRAFT (ORDINARY), AND CREATIVE NEEDLE CRAFT.

THE HEADS OF ALL GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SECONDARY AND PRIMARY SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN ASKED TO DRAW THE ATTENTION OF THEIR STAFF TO THE VACANCIES IN THESE PART-TIME TEACHING COURSE. (

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 6TH FLOOR 405,NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

ALL COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE SECTION BY

AUGUST 15.

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MEDICAL DEPARTMENT’S LAUNDRIES WASH OVER 50.000

POUNDS OF DIRTY LINEN EVERY DAY............."...

17 MILLION 20-CENT AND 12.25 MILLION $2 COINS TO BE ISSUED .......................

SHUN TAK AND GOVERNMENT TO DISCUSS TERMS FOR MACAU FERRY TERMINAL PROJECT ....................................

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DOING THE WASHING CAN BE SO EASY M « ft « «

HE PROSPECT OF WASHING OVER 50,000 POUNDS OF DIRTY LINEN EVER'' DAY IS ENOUGH TO DRIVE EVEN THE MOST EFFICIENT HOUSEWIFE JiAD, JJT FOR THE MEN OF THE MEDICAL DEPARTMENT’S LAUNDRIES IT IS ALL PART OF A DAY’S WORK.

LINEN — RANGING FROM FULL-SIZED BED SHEETS TO THE SMALLEST OPERATION CAPS AND BABY NAPKINS — POUR IN FROM ALL GOVERNMENT MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS EVERY DAY TO BE WASHED, DRIED AND IRONED. THE TOTAL LOAD COMES TO A STAGGERING AVERAGE OF MORE THAN 1.5 MILLION POUNDS OR ABOUT 2,500,000 PIECES EVERY MONTH.

BUT EVEN THIS LOAD BECOMES EASY WORK WHEN YOU HAVE SOME OF THE MOST SOPHISTICATED AUTOMATIC LAUNDRY EQUIPMENT IN THE WHOLE OF SOUTHEAST ASIA TO HELP YOU.

WASHING DUTIES FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT ARE ' UNDERTAKEN BY TWO SEPARATE LAUNDRIES —ONE IN QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, KOWLOON, AND THE OTHER IN CHAI WAN, HONG KONG.

THE CHA IWAN LAUNDRY, HOUSED IN A TWO-STOREY BUILDING IN ISLAND ROAD, HANDLES HOSPITAL LINEN FROM ALL GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS. CLINICS AND HEALTH CENTRES ON HONG KONG ISLAND, INCLUDING THE 1,150-BED QUEEN MARY HOSPITAL AND THE KOWLOON HOSPITAL.

TWO FULLY AUTOMATIC TUNNEL WASHERS, EACH CAPABLE OF OPERATING CONTINUOUSLY AND WASHING SOME 1,000 POUNDS OF MATERIAL PER HOUR, HEAD THE ARRAY OF MODERN EQUIPMENT WHICH MAKES THE LAUNDRY THE MOST SOPHISTICATED OF ITS KIND IN THIS PART OF THE WORLD. ' '

BESIDES THE TWO TUNNEL WASHERS, THERE ARE SIX OTHER SMALLER WASHER/EXTRACTORS AND VARIOUS OTHER DRIERS AND AUTOMATIC PRESSERS. THE WHOLE SYSTEM COST MORE THAN $2.7 MILLION TO INSTALL.

ACCORDING TO A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT IT IS ONLY NECESSARY FOR THE CHA I WAN LAUNDRY TO RUN ONE EIGHT-HOUR SHIFT A DAY AT PRESENT TO COPE WITH THE EXISTING WORKLOAD. IN MAY THIS YEAR, IT WASHED SOME 870,000 ITEMS WITH A TOTAL WEIGHT OF MORE THAN 550,000 POUNDS.

HOWEVER ITS FULL CAPACITY HAS NOT YET BEEN REACHED AND PLANS ARE IN HAND TO INTRODUCE ANOTHER SHIFT TO DOUBLE ITS WASHING CAPACITY WHEN THE PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL OPENS LATER THIS YEAR

+LINEN OF THE NEW HOSPITAL WILL HAVE TO BE WASHED BY THE CHA IWAN LAUNDRY BECAUSE THE ONE IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES WITH THE EXCEPTION OF KOWLOON HOSPITAL, IS WASHED IN ANOTHER LAUNDRY LOCATED AT THE BASEMENT OF THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL.

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+BECAUSE OF THE MUCH HEAVIER WORKLOAD, IT OPERATES TOO SEVEN-HOUR SHIFTS A DAY AND HAS REACHED ITS FULL CAPACITY,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID. IN MAY THIS YEAR, IT WASHED MORE THAN 1,500,000 PIECES OF HOSPITAL LINEN WITH A TOTAL WEIGHT OF ABOUT 970,000 POUNDS.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE WIDE RANGE OF AUTOMATIC EQUIPMENT INSTALLED IN BOTH LAUNDRIES ENABLES THE UNIT TO SAVE A LOT OF MANPOWER AND KEEP RECURRENT EXPENDITURE LOW.

+THE AVERAGE COST, INCLUDING STAFF SALARIES, OVERTIME PAY, SOAP AND OTHER WASHING MATERIALS, WORKS OUT TO BE ABOUT 24 CENTS PER POUND (OR 15 CENTS PER PIECEJOF LINEN,* HE SAID.

+0F COURSE WE HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, WHICH HELPS CUT DOWN A LOT IN MAINTENANCE COSTS,* HE ADDED, -r »

THE LAUNDRIES HAVE A COMPLEMENT OF -TWO MANAGERS, FOUR ASSISTANT MANAGERS, TOO ASSISTANT HOSPITAL SECRETARIES AND ABOUT 220 MALE WORKERS. IT ALSO HAS A SMALL TEAM OF AMAHS TO MEND AND PATCH ANY LINEN WHICH GET TORN IN USE.

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SEVENTEEN MILLION 20-CENT COINS

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A TOTAL OF 17 MILLION 20-CENT AND 12.25 MILLION $2 COINS WILL BE ISSUED INITIALLY WHEN THESE TWO SCALLOPED-EDGE COINS COME INTO CIRCULATION ON AUGUST 18.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC SHOULD BE ABLE TO OBTAIN THE NEW COINS AT MOST LOCAL DANKS ON THAT DAY WHICH HAS DEEN PROCLAIMED DY THE GOVERNOR AS THE DATE THAT THESE LIGHT WEIGHT COINS WILL BECOME LEGAL TENDER.

THE COPPERY-COLOURED 20-CENT COIN IS 40 PER CENT LIGHTER AND SLIGHTLY SMALLER THAN THE 10-CENT PIECE WHILE THE SILVERY-COLOURED 62 PIECE IS 20 PER CENT LIGHTER AND about seven per can SMALLER THAN THE 61 COIN. '

THEIR INTRODUCTION WILL MEAN A WIDER RANGE OF COINS FOR THE MAN-IN-THE-STREET TO MAKE PAYMENT AND THAT CASH TRANSACTIONS CAN BE COMPLETED WITH FEWER AND LIGHTER COINS. -

, THE CONVENIENCE THAT THESE NEW COINS WILL BRING TO THE PUBLIC CAN DE ILLUSTRATED WITH A SIMPLE EXAMPLE OF BUYING A SWEEP OR A GOVERNMENT LOTTERY TICKET AT A PRICE OF 62.20 FROM A VENDOR IN THE STREET.

FOR PAYMENT MADE WITH THE 61 AND 10-CENT COINS, FOUR PIECES ARE REQUIRED. BUT THE SAME TRANSACTION CAN BE COMPLETED WITH ONLY ONE 62 AND ONE 20-CENT COINS - TWO COINS LESS THAN REQUIRED AT PRESENT.

THE INITIAL ISSUE REPRESENTS ABOUT ONE QUARTER OF THE 70 MILLION 20-CENT COINS AND ONE-FIFTH OF THE 60 MILLION 62 COINS ORDERED FROM THE ROYAL MINT IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

THE QUANTITIES TO DE RELEASED ON AUGUST 18 WERE DEC'IDED AFTER ALL LOCAL DANKS SUBMITTED THEIR INITIAL REQUIREMENTS TO THE HONG KONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION THROUGH WHICH THE NEW COINS WILL BE ISSUED.

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS AGREED TO ENTER INTO NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE SHUN TAK ENTERPRISES LIMITED FOR THE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE MACAU FERRY AND HYDROFOIL TERMINAL.

THE PROPOSAL WAS MADE BY THE COMPANY LAST YEAR.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT IF A SATISFACTORY AGREEMENT CAN DE REACHED WITH THE COMPANY, IT WILL CONSTRUCT A NEW TERMINAL TO A DESIGN APPROVED BY THE GOVERNMENT. IT WILL INCLUDE THE NECESSARY BERTHS FOR FERRIES AND HYDROFOILS AND ACCOMMODATION FOR IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS INSPECTIONS.

ONCE COMPLETED, THE COMPANY WILL HAND IT BACK TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR OPERATION. IN RETURN THE COMPANY WILL BE PERMITTED TO CONSTRUCT COMMERCIAL ACCOMMODATION ABOVE THE TERMINAL TO A VALUE EQUIVALENl TO THE CONSTRUCTION COSTS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID HE HOPED THAT DETAILED AGREEMENT WOULD BE REACHED BEFORE CHRISTMAS, AND THAT WORK WOULD BEGIN IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1976.

HE DESCRIBED THE PROJECT AS AN IDEAL ONE FOR CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR, AND ADDED THAT EVERYONE WOULD WELCOME A NEW TERMINAL TO REPLACE THE EXISTING OUTDATED xACCOMMODATI ON.

THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED THAT THE TERMINAL, WHEN COMPLETED, WILL BE A GOVERNMENT TERMINAL RUN BY THE MARINE DEPARTMENT, AND THAT THE COMPANY HAD REQUESTED NO OPERATIONAL ADVANTAGES AS PART OF THE AGREEMENT.

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HONG KONG HOUSING AUTHORITY


Sunday, August 10, 1975

HOUSING AUTHORITY’S BUILDING PROGRAMME FORGES AHEAD

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Homes for about 100,000 people will be built by the Housing Authority this year.

This figure will more than double that of 1973, the year of inception of the Authority, in which 47,250 individual units were built. Last year’s figure was 6j,250.

,fEleven estates are now in various stages of construction involving a total capital expenditure of about S6}0 million. When completed within the next couple of years, these estates will provide homes for 220,000 people,” a spokesman for the Authority said.

The estates are Tai Hing, Lei Muk Shue, Lai King, Kwai Shing II/III, Lek Yuen, Hing Wah, Ha Kwai Chung, Tsing Yi, Hammer Hill, V/ah Fu Extension and Cheung Shan.

Between now and early next year, the spokesman said, tenders will be invited for a further nine other contracts, totalling more than 8405 million. Several are building contracts related to the estates where work is already in progress.

With all these projects in hand and many others in the pipeline, the Authority expects to house about 100,000 people again in 1976/77, 109,000 in 1977/78 and 128,000 in 1978/79,” the spokesman said.

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LEGCO TO VOTE ON COMMODITY EXCHANGE PROPOSAL THIS WEDNESDAY......................................... 1

CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION RESULTS AVAILABLE ON THURSDAY ................................. 2

OUTWARD BOUND SCHOOL TRAINING BOAT ’SUSIE WONG’ BACK IN ACTION......................................... 3

CARNIVAL FOR THE AGED IN THE WESTERN DISTRICT .... 4

FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU HAD A BUSY MONTH IN JULY .. 5

RESERVOIRS 97.5 PER CENT OF FULL CAPACITY.......... 6

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN STANLEY ....................... 6

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WILL END ITS CURRENT SESSION ON A BUSY NOTE THIS WEDNESDAY WITH A FINAL DEBATE ON THE PROPOSED COMMODITY EXCHANGE AND DISCUSSIONS ON A VARIETY OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS TOPICS, INCLUDING THE CRIME SITUATION AND THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES.

AT LEAST TOO UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS — DR. THE HON. CHUNG SZE-YUEN AND THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN — WILL SPEAK ON THE COMMODITY EXCHANGE PROPOSAL BEFORE COUNCIL VOTES ON THE MOTION.

THE MOTION, WHICH SEEKS COUNCIL’S APPROVAL IN PRINCIPLE TO SET UP A COMMODITY EXCHANGE IN HONG KONG, WAS AMENDED AT THE LAST MEETING WHEN THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY ADDED A PROVISO STIPULATING THAT APPROVAL WOULD BE SUBJECT TO LEGISLATIVE MEASURES BEING DRAWN UP AND EFFECTIVELY ENFORCED SO AS TO MINIMISE SOCIAL HAZARDS TO THE ORDINARY CITIZEN.

DURING QUESTION TIME, UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL ASK ELEVEN QUESTIONS. THESE RELATE, AMONG OTHERS, TO EFFORTS FOR FINDING NEW HOMES FOR THE REMAINING VIETNAMESE REFUGEES IN HONG KONG, THE STATE OF LAW AND ORDER, TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS AND FLOW OF TRAFFIC, CHILDREN’S LIBRARIES, SCHOOL DROPOUTS, AND POSSIBLE ARRANGEMENTS FOR CONTROLLING THE PROFITS OF THE HONG KONG ELECTRIC COMPANY.

DURING THE MEETING, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, WILL MOVE TOO MOTIONS — ONE SEEKING AUTHORITY TO RAISE FOR GENERAL REVENUE PURPOSES A LOAN OF NOT MORE THAN $250 MILLION UNDER THE LOANS (GOVERNMENT BONDS) ORDINANCE, AND THE OTHER SEEKING AUTHORITY TO BORROW FOR GENERAL REVENUE PURPOSES THE EQUIVALENT OF NOT MORE THAN US$50 MILLION UNDER THE LOANS ORDINANCE.

AMONG THE BILLS TO BE PASSED ARE THE OBJECTIONABLE PUBLICATIONS BILL AND THE PUBLIC OMNIBUS SERVICES BILL.

THE PUBLIC OMNIBUS BILL GIVES THE GOVERNMENT WIDE POWERS OVER KOWLOON MOTOR BUS AND THE CHINA MOTOR BUS OPERATIONS WITH THE AIM OF IMPROVING BUS SERVICES IN HONG KONG.

DURING THE COMMITTEE STAGE, THE BILL WILL BE AMENDED IN PART TO PROVIDE FOR A CONTROL SCHEME OF THE BUS COMPANIES’ PROFITS.

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CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION RESULTS AVAILABLE ON THURSDAY If H ft n M n I

THE SECRETARY OF THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION BOARD ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THE RESULTS OF THE 1975 HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION WILL BE ISSUED TO SCHOOLS AND PRIVATE CANDIDATES ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 14).

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

THESE NOTICES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION BY SCHOOLS ON THURSDAY MORNING. SCHOOL CANDIDATES SHOULD COLLECT THEIR RESULTS NOTICES FROM THEIR SCHOOLS. RESULTS NOTICES FOR PRIVATE CANDIDATES WILL BE SENT BY POST AND SHOULD REACH CANDIDATES ON THURSDAY OR FRIDAY.

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

+HOWEVER, PRIVATE CANDIDATES WHO, FOR ANY REASON, HAVE NOT RECEIVED THEIR RESULTS BY SATURDAY MAY MAKE ENQUIRIES AT THE EXAMINATIONS DIVISION, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 393.CANTON ROAD, 11-TH FLOOR, KOWLOON TEL. NO. 3-688708 OR 3-688602.+

♦ENGLISH ONLY+ CANDIDATES PRESENTED BY THE EVENING INSTITUTE WILL HAVE THEIR NOTICES SENT TO THEM BY POST BY THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. IF THE NOTICES ARE NOT RECEIVED BY SATURDAY, CANDIDATES MAY MAKE ENQUIRIES AT THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION AT KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 6TH FLOOR, 4O5.NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON TEL. NO. 3-884111 EXT. 280.

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’SUSIE WONG' SHIP-SHAPE AGAIN M X K If it X

'SUSIE WONG’ IS BACK IN ACTION AFTER LYING IDLE FOR MORE THAN A YEAR.

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THE 26-F00T LONG BOAT, USED FOR TRAINING STUDENTS OF THE OUTWARD BOUND SCHOOL, HAS BEEN GIVEN AN OVERHAUL BY THE 58 PARTICIPANTS OF A RECENT COURSE.

TOILING UNDER THE SCORCHING SUN, THE GROUP TOOK TIME OFF FROM THEIR FOUR-WEEK TRAINING TO REPAIR THE DILAPIDATED BOAT WHICH WAS DONATED TO THE SCHOOL BY A PRIVATE FIRM.

„ THE BOAT HAS NOW JOINED ’JIM HOGAN’,' A 42-F00T LONG BOAT •ALSO BELONGING TO THE OUTWARD BOUND SCHOOL, IN TAKING STUDENTS OUT TO THE SEA FOR ROUTINE TRAINING.

'SUSIE WONG” IS AT PRESENT TAKING A GROUP OF STUDENTS TO ATTEND THE SCHOOL’S SPECIAL SUMMER PROGRAMME.

AMONG THE 58 PARTICIPANTS OF THE RECENT COURSE, 12 WERE CIVIL SERVANTS. ALL IN THEIR TOENTIES, THEY CAME FROM SIX DIFFERENT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS INCLUDING THE POLICE FORCE AND THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES.

THEY WERE AMONG THE 536 CIVIL SERVANTS WHO HAVE UNDERGONE THE STRENUOUS TRAINING SINCE THE SCHOOL’S INCEPTION IN 1970. OF THESE, 559 ARE MALES AND 27 ARE FEMALES.

THE COURSE IS AIMED AT DEVELOPING ONE’S INITIATIVE AND CHARACTER. IT ENCOMPASSES A LOT OF EXCITING PROGRAMMES INCLUDING MAP AND COMPASS READING, EXPEDITION, CANOEING, ROCK CLIMBING AND MOUNTAIN RESCUE.

. PROBABLY THE MOST DEMANDING EXERCISE IS THE ’THREE-DAY SOLO’, DURING WHICH A STUDENT IS LEFT ALONE IN A DESOLATE PLACE USUALLY ON AN UNINHABITED ISLAND WITH A LIMITED AMOUNT OF FOOD AND THREE GALLONS OF FRESH WATER.

LIVING IN ROBINSON CRUSOE STYLE, THE STUDENT STRUGGLES WITH NATURE TO SURVIVE.

DURING THE SECLUSION, THE STUDENT IS ENCOURAGED TO MEDITATE --TO THINK ABOUT HIS PAST AND TO PLAN FOR HIS FUTURE.

TO WHILE AWAY THE TIME, THE MODERN ROBINSON CRUSOE IS ALLOWED TO GO FISHING, BUT AS A SAFETY PRECAUTION, NO SWIMMING OR VENTURING INTO THE WOODS IS PERMITTED.

APART FROM THE VIGOROUS OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO SIT TOGETHER TO EXCHANGE VIEWS AND EXPERIENCE.

TOUGH AS THE COURSE 'IS, THOSE WHO WENT THROUGH IT FIND THAT THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN SO FIT BEFORE.

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CARNIVAL FOR THE AGED

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ABOUT 1,000 OLD PEOPLE IN WESTERN DISTRICT WILL HAVE A DAY’S FUN ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 14) INA PARTY SPECIALLY ORGANISED FOR THEM AT ST. LOUIS SCHOOL IN THIRD STREET, SAI YING POON.

THE PARTY KNOWN AS +CARNIVAL FOR THE AGED IN THE WESTERN DISTRICT* WILL FEATURE A CHINESE OPERA PERFORMED BY ARTISTES FROM RADIO HONG KONG AND GAMES WITH PRIZES TO WIN.

THERE WILL ALSO BE LIGHT REFRESHMENT AND NURSES FROM NETHERSOLE HOSPITAL WILL MAN A HEALTH ENQUIRY COUNTER TO ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM THE PARTICIPANTS WHO COME FROM THE AGED HOMES, CLUBS AND INSTITUTIONS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE PARTY IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE WESTERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE, THE COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICE (WESTERN), THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S ENTERTAINMENT UNIT AND FOUR VOLUNTARY AGENCIES WITH THE AIM TO ENCOURAGE THE AGED TO PARTICIPATE IN RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES AND TO PROVIDE THE YOUNG PEOPLE A CHANCE TO SERVE THE ELDERLY.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND 4 REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE EVENT WHICH WILL START AT 2 P.M. ON THURSDAY.

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BUSY MONTH FOR FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU K M it K « «

THE FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU OF THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT CARRIED OUT 12,458 INSPECTIONS IN JULY, BRINGING THE TOTAL FOR THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF THE YEAR TO MORE THAN 93,000.

AS IN PREVIOUS MONTHS, THE LARGEST NUMBER OF INSPECTIONS (5,384) WERE AS A RESULT OF COMPLAINTS ABOUT MEANS OF ESCAPE, AND A FURTHER 1,226 GENERAL COMPLAINTS WERE INVESTIGATED. INSPECTIONS OF MEANS OF ESCAPE NOT ARISING FROM COMPLAINTS TOTALLED 818.

THE NUMBER OF FACTORY INSPECTIONS TOTALLED 2,641 AND THERE WERE 764 INSPECTIONS CONNECTED WITH THE MANUFACTURE OR STORAGE OF DANGEROUS GOODS.

EIGHT FIRES WERE INVESTIGATED BY BUREAU SPECIALISTS.

’ SCHOOL INSPECTIONS NUMBERED 481, FIRE SERVICE INSTALLATION INSPECTIONS 316, RESTAURANTS AND NIGHTCLUBS 273, VENTILATION SYSTEMS 264 AND TIMBER YARDS 74. OTHER INSPECTIONS INCLUDED PLACES OF PUBLIC ASSEMBLY (99), NEON SIGNS (11) AND MISCELLANEOUS (83).

A TOTAL OF 16 VEHICLES WERE INSPECTED AT HARBOUR ROAD FIRE STATION IN CONNECTION WITH THE SCHEME TO LICENSE DANGEROUS GOODS CARRYING VEHICLES ANNUALLY. . v

OTHER WORK CARRIED OUT BY THE BUREAU DURING THE MONTH ’ / INCLUDED THE FINALISATION OF PLANS FOR 497 NEW PROJECTS, AND THE ISSUE OR RENEWAL OF 272 DANGEROUS GOODS AND TIMBER LICENSES. A TOTAL OF 468 FIRE HAZARD ABATEMENT NOTICES WERE ISSUED, LEADING TO 70 PROSECUTIONS AND FINES TOTALLING $20,580 BEING IMPOSED.

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A TOTAL OF 65,629 MILLION GALLONS OF WATER WERE IN STORE IN ALL RESERVOIRS AT 9 A.M. THIS (MONDAY) MORNING, REPRESENTING 97.5 PER CENT OF THE FULL STORAGE CAPACITY OF 67,300 MILLION GALLONS. .

ON THE SAME DAY LAST YEAR, THE TOTAL STORAGE WAS ONLY , AO,258 MILLION GALLONS.

PLOVER COVE, HONG KONG’S BIGGEST RESERVOIR, HELD 50,306 MILLION GALLONS, REPRESENTING 99.6 PER CENT OF ITS FULL STORAGE CAPACITY. AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR, IT HELD 31,571 MILLION GALLONS.

TOTAL RAINFALL SO FAR THIS YEAR STANDS AT 2121.2 MM (83.51 IN). THE MEAN AVERAGE RAINFALL THIS YEAR IS 1482.6 MM (58.37 IN).

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. MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED THAT THE UNNAMED ROAD BETWEEN STANLEY VILLAGE ROAD AND STANLEY BEACH ROAD IN STANLEY WILL BE REROUTED TO ONE-WAY TRAFFIC AS FROM 10 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 13).

THE NEW ARRANGEMENT IS INTENDED TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW IN THE AREA. , ;'

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE POSTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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HONG KONG BORROWS $17 MILLION FROM EURODOLLAR MARKET .. 1

LABOUR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS CONTINUE STABLE............. 2

T.K. ANN APPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL...................

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CROWN LAND IN KWAI CHUNG FOR SALE............................. 4

DRAMA CONTEST FOR YOUNGSTERS ................................. 5

WATER CUT IN YUEN LONG ..................................., 5

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 12, 1975

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THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AND LLOYDS BANK INTERNATIONAL HAVE SIGNED AN AGREEMENT FOR THE PROVISION OF A EURODOLLAR LOAN FOR THE EQUIVALENT OF ABOUT HK817 MILLION FOR THE PURCHASE OF REW COINAGE.

THE NEW COINAGE, WHICH WILL CONSIST OF 82 AND 20 CENTS PIECES, IS DE I NG PURCHASED FROM THE ROYAL MINT, AND WILL DE INTRODUCED INTO CIRCULATION LATER THIS MOUTH. °

THIS IS THE Fl’RST TIME THE GOVERNMENT HAS MADE A BORROWING FROM THE EUROCURRENCY MARKET.

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IN HIS BUDGET SPEECH EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY NOTED SEVERAL WAYS IN WHICH HONG KONG’S BUDGET DEFICIT COULD DE COVERED BY LOAN FINANCE. AMONG THESE ALTERNATIVES RECOURSE TO THE EUROCURRENCY CREDIT MARKET WAS MENTIONED, TOGETHER WITH A GUARANTEED LINE OF CREDIT TO FINANCE THE PURCHASE OF GOODS AND SERVICES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

THE NECESSARY APPROVALS FOR THE COINAGE LOAN AND THE ASSOCIATED LINE OF CREDIT TO FINANCE THE PURCHASE GF GOODS AND SERVICES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM WERE GIVEN BY LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN JUNE, IN AUTHORISING THE GOVERNMENT TO CONCLUDE AGREEMENTS TO BORROW THE EQUIVALENT OF 6.5 MILLION POUNDS (APPROXIMATELY HK873.5 MILLION) FOR GENERAL REVENUE PURPOSES.

THE HK$17 MILLION COINAGE LOAN THUS REPRESENTS THE FIRST PART OF A LARGER FUND RAISING PROJECT BEING DISCUSSED DY THE GOVERNMENT WITH LBk

THE NEW 82 AND 20 CENTS COINS, LIGHTER THAN THE PRESENT 81 AND 10 CENTS PIECES, WILL MAKE CASH TRANSACTIONS EASIER AND SIMPLER AND WILL PROVIDE A WIDER RANGE OF COINS FOR MAKING PAYMENT. EVENTUALLY, THE COST OF INTRODUCING THE NEW RANGE IS LIKELY TO BE MORE THAN OFFSET BY THE METAL VALUE OF THE EXISTING COI NS WITHDRAWN FROM CIRCULATION.


TUESDAY, AUGUST 12, 1975

LABOUR-HANAGEMENT RELATIONS CONTIITOE STABLE

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A SEMI0.9 OFFICER OF THE LADOUR DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY LAST YEAR’S LOW RATE GF WORK I MG DAYS LOST DUE TO INDUSTRIAL ACTI OH REFLECTED THE CONTINUING STABILITY OF RELATIONS BETWEEN EMPLOYERS AMD WORKERS IM HONG KONG, DESPITE THE DIFFICULT ECONOMIC CIRCUMSTANCES.

THE HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT’S LADOUR RELATIONS SERVICE, MR. TSUI TIM-FOOK, SAID THIS FINE RECORD GF LABOUR AND MANAGEMENT RELATIONS HAD, LIKE HONG KONG’S PRODUCTS, EARNED AH INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION.

HE TOLD A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUD OF KOWLOON EAST THAT HONG KONG’S GOOD LADOUR RELATIONS WERE MAINLY THE RESULT OF CO-OPERATION AND MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING.

MR. TSUI POINTED OUT THAT LAST YEAR OHLY 7.42 WORKING DAYS WERE LOST FOR EVERY 1,000 EMPLOYEES, COMPARED TO AN ANNUAL AVERAGE OF 21,18 DAYS IN THE PREVIOUS FIVE YEARS.

AND ONLY 2,779 DAYS WERE LOST IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR COMPARED TO AN AVERAGE OF 17,018 IN EVERY SIX MONTHS OVER THE PAST TEN YEARS.

MR. TSUI SAID THAT LABOUR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS IN SOME COUNTRIES COULD NOT STAND UP TO ECONOMIC STORMS, AND HAD BROKEN DOWN DURING THE CURRENT WORLD-WIDE RECESSION, DEALING A DOUBLE BLOW TO THEIR ECONOMIES.

HOWEVER, HE SAID, HONG KONG HAD SURVIVED THE SITUATION, MAINLY BECAUSE OF THE REASONABLE AND UNDERSTAND I NG NATURE OF ITS WORKERS AND EMPLOYERS, WHO WERE DETERMINED TO HELP EACH OTHER.

, HE SAID THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE (LRS) OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAD ALSO PLAYED AH IMPORTANT ROLE IN PROMOTING AND STRENGTHENING GOOD LADOUR-MAHAGEMENT RELATIONS.

THE AIM OF THE LRS WAS TO ASSIST INDUSTRY, COMMERCE AND SERVICE TRADES TO MAINTAIN A HARMONIOUS LABOUR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS. TO TIMS END, LRS OFFICERS WORKED AT FOUR DIFFERENT LEVELS.

OFFICERS CALLED ON EMPLOYERS TO DISCUSS THEIR RELATIONS WITH WORKERS AND OFFER PROFESSIONAL ADVICE ON PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT MATTERS. +WE ENCOURAGE EMPLOYERS TO PROMOTE JOINT CONSULTATION IN ORDER TO ELIMINATE OR BRIDGE ANY COMMUNICATION GAP BETWEEN WORKERS ARD MANAGEMENT,+ SAID MR. TSUI.

+WE ADVISE THEM TO SET UP GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES THROUGH WHICH WORKERS CAN VOICE THEIR COMPLAINTS OVER CONDITIONS OF SERVICE AND OTHER RELATED MATTERS, AND TO PRODUCE EMPLOYEE HANDBOOKS STIPULATING THE RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF LOTH WORKERS AND EMPLOYERS.+

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THE SECOND MAJOR TASK OF THE LRS OFFICERS MAS TO HELP SETTLE LABOUR DISPUTES. LAST YEAR THEY DEALT WITH 5,870 DISPUTES OF VARIOUS TYPES.

MOST OF THE MAJOR DISPUTES WERE SETTLED THROUGH CONCILIATION EFFORTS DY THE LRS OFFICERS. SOME OF THE SMALLER AND THE MINOR DISPUTES WERE REFERRED TO EITHER THE LABOUR TRIBUNAL OR THE I EGAL AID DEPARTMENT, DEPENDING ON THE NATURE OF THE DISPUTES.

DURING THE YEAR THE LRS HAD ASSISTED 11,354 WORKERS TO OBTAIN A TOTAL OF NEARLY 810 MILLION FOR ARREARS OF WAGES AND SEVERANCE PAY.

ANOTHER .DAILY' ROUTINE OF THE LRS WAS TO’ I INVESTIGATE COMPLAINTS OVER MATTERS SUCH AS MONTHLY REST DAYS, STATUTORY HOLIDAYS, MATERNITY LEAVE, SICK ALLOWANCE AND SEVERANCE PAY. IN CASES OF VIOLATION OF THE REGULATIONS, COMPENSATION WAS REQUIRED, AND LEGAL ACTION WAS TAKEN AGAINST THOSE WHO IGNORED WARNINGS TO MAKE COMPENSATION PAYMENTS.

THE FOURTH MAJOR TASK OF THE LRS WAS TO ANSWER ENQUIRIES AND OFFER ADVICE. THIS SERVICE WAS EXTREMELY POPULAR AMONG DOTH WORKERS AND EMPLOYERS. THE LRS DEALT WITH 23,291 ENQUIRIES IN THE FIRST ' HALF OF THIS YEAR, COVERING PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT, LABOUR LAWS, AND INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP LABOUR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS.

BECAUSE OF ITS POPULARITY, THIS SERVICE HAD BEEN EXTENDED TO OUTSIDE OFFICE HOURS, WHEN TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES COULD DE MADE TO SENIOR LABOUR RELATIONS OFFICERS.

MR. TSUI SAID THAT IN HONG KONG’S CURRENT COMPLEX SITUATION, THE WORK OF LRS OFFICERS WAS HEAVY, BUT INTERESTING AND REWARDING.

♦THEY ARE USED TO ’MARATHON’ NEGOTIATION MEETINGS,+ HE SAID. +AND THEY ALWAYS MAINTAIN A JUST STAND IN ALL CONCILIATION ATTEMPTS TO SETTLE LABOUR DISPUTES.*

MR. TSUI SAID HE WAS SURE THAT THE NEW LABOUR RELATIONS ORDINANCE, ENFORCED FROM AUGUST 1, WOULD CONTRIBUTE FURTHER TOWARDS THE PROMOTION OF HARMONIOUS LABOUR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS IN HONG KONG, AND MAKE THE WORK OF THE LRS MORE EFFECTIVE.

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I T.K. ANN APPOINTED TDC CHAIRMAN .

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THE GOVERNOR HAS APPOINTED A LEADING HONG KONG INDUSTRIALIST, MR. ANN TSE-KAI, TO TAKE OVER AS CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL FROM OCTOBER 1.

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HE SUCCEEDS SIR YUET KEUNG KAN, WHO HAS HELD THE POST SINCE OCTOBER 1970.

MR. ANN IS CHAIRMAN AND MANAGING DIRECTOR OF A NUMBER OF TEXTILE AND ELECTRONICS FIRMS AND IS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.

HE WAS AN EX-OFFICIO MEMBER OF THE T.D.C.IN HIS CAPACITY AS CHAIRMAN OF THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES, A POST HE RELINQUISHED EARLIER THIS YEAR.

THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1966 AS A STATUTORY BODY TO PROMOTE AND DEVELOP HONG KONG’S OVERSEAS TRADE.

DURING SIR Y.K. KAN’S TENURE OF OFFICE, HE PERSONALLY LED TRADE MISSIONS TO MANY COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD.

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TOO LOTS OF CROWN LAND WITH A TOTAL AREA OF ABOUT 45,000 SQUARE FEET IN KWAI CUUNQ WILL BE PUT UP FOR SALE DY AUCTION IN PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE, TSUEN WAN AT 11 A.I1. Oil AUGUST 26 (TUESDAY).

THE FIRST LOT MEASURING 29,200 SO. FT. IS FOR INDUSTRIAL/ GODOWN PURPOSES WHILE THE OTHER LOT WITH AN AREA OF 16,920 SQ. FT. IS FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL USES.

PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF THE SALE MAY DE OBTAINED FROM THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION IN NORTH KOWLOON MAGISTRACY, TAI PO ROAD, OR AT ANY UTA’S DISTRICT OFFICE.

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DRAMA CONTEST FOR YOUNGSTERS

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SCORES OF YOUNGSTERS KEEN ON ACTING WILL GO OR STAGE THIS SATURDAY (AUGUST 16) TO COMPETE FOR HONOURS It) A YOUTH DRAMA COMPETITION AT THE TAI HAUG TUNG COMMUNITY CENTRE,

THE PARTICIPANTS FROM FIVE YOUTH DRAMA GROUPS AFFILIATED WITH VARIOUS DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRES WILL STAGE PLAYS OU THEIR OWN SELECTED THEMES,

____THE CONTEST IS ORGANISED DY THE LHC DANG CLUB, .AND SPONSORED BY il!E lAI HANG TUNG COMMUNITY CENTRE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

THE LIK HANG CLUB IS A SELF-PROGRAMMING GROUP FORMED IM 1972. SINCE ,T llAS ORGANISED A NUMBER OF COMMUNITY PROJECTS

INCLUDING A UbED BOOK SALE AUD A CHILDREN SINGING CONTEST,

NOiE TO ED I TORSo YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE CONTEST WHICH WILL START AT 7,SO P.M. ON SATURDAY,

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WATER CUT

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A NUMBER OF PREMISES FIVE HOURS AS FROM 1 A.,M„ LEAKAGE WILL BE CONDUCTED

IN YUEN LONG WILL BE WITHOUT WATER FOR GN THURSDAY (AUGUST 14) WHEN A TEST FOR IN THE AREA.

. AFFECTED WILL DE PREMISES BOUNDED BY CASTLE PEAK ROAD BETWEEN AU TAU CROSS ROAD AND SAN TIN, KAM TIN SHI, KAM HING WAI, SHUI TAU TSUEN, SHU I MEI TSUEN. PAK WAI TSUEN AND KAM TIN MARKET, KAM SHEUNG ROAD BETWEEN KAM TIN ROAD AND TAI PO ROAD, KAM TIN ROAD BETWEEN AU TAU CROSS ROAD AND TSUEN KAM ROAD, AS WELL AS SEK KONG CAMP,

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13, 1975

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LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL GIVES APPROVAL IN PRINCIPLE TO ESTABLISHMENT OF COMMODITY EXCHANGE ..........................  1

MORE FORMAL CONTROL OF HK ELECTRIC CO. AND CHINA LIGHT AND POWER BEING CONSIDERED ........................................ 2

HK AND CHINA GAS COMPANY MAY BE GRANTED AN EXCLUSIVE FRANCHISE....................................................   4

PROFIT CONTROL SCHEME FOR BUS COMPANIES INCORPORATED IN NEW LEGISLATION...............................................  5

WAY CLEARED FOR INTRODUCTION OF REGULAR HOVERFERRY SERVICES ...................................................... g

VIOLENT CRIME SHOWS SIGNS OF LEVELLING OFF ..................   7

VIETNAMESE REFUGEES IN HONG KONG ARE AN INTERNATIONAL RESPONSIBILITY, LEGCO TOLD .................................... 8

GRANTS FROM SIR DAVID TRENCH FUND FOR RECREATION NEARS $2 MILLION MARK .................................................. 9

GOVERNMENT PLANS MORE OUTLETS FOR YOUTH ENERGIES ............. 10

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ACCIDENT RATE AT WONG NEI CHUNG ROAD NOT CONSIDERED UNDULY

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SIX BILLS PASSED AT CLOSING MEETING OF LEGCO SESSION ......... 12

CAMBRIDGE AND LONDON UNIVERSITIES RECOGNISE HKCEE SUBJECTS TAKEN IN CHINESE ............................................. 13

RESULTS OF 1975 HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION TO BE ISSUED TOMORROW ............................ 15

BRITISH TRADE SECRETARY TO VISIT HONG KONG NEXT MONTH .... 15

GOVERNOR TO VISIT WESTERN DISTRICT TOMORROW .................. 16

TEMPORARY WATER CUT IN KWUN TONG ON FRIDAY MORNING ........... 16

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UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY GAVE QUALIFIED SUPPORT TO AN AMENDED MOTION SEEKING COUNCIL’S APPROVAL IN PRINCIPLE TO SET UP A COM..ODITY EXCHANGE IN HONG KONG,

THE MOTION WAS CARRIED UNOPPOSED, BUT THE UNOFFICIALS MADE IT CLEAR THAT THEIR SUPPORT DID LOT PREJUDICE THEM IN DELATING AT A LATER DATE LEGISLATIVE MEASURES PROPOSED DY THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE CONTROL OF THE PROPOSED EXCHANGE AND FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE COMhUNITY INTEREST.

THEY ALSO STIPULATED THAT THEIR SUPPORT FOR THE MOTION WAS SUBJECT TO THE MAIN LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK AND ANY SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION TOGETHER WITH RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT, ORGANISATION AND OPERATION OF THE EXCHANGE, BEING APPROVED IN ADVANCE DY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

IN ADDITION, THE UNOFFICIALS DISASSOCIATED THEMSELVES FROM THE EXECUTIVE DECISION OF THE GOVERNMENT THAT A GROUP — SELECTED FOR FURTHER DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THE SETTING UP OF A COMMODITY • z EXGHANGE — WOULD BE OFFERED A LICENCE TO OPERATE THE PROPOSED ' EXCHANGE.

EARLIER, THE ORIGINAL MOTION WAS AMENDED TO MAKE THE SETTING UP OF THE EXCHANGE SUBJECT TO THE PROVISO THAT +LEGISLATIVE MEASURES ARE 1...DE AND ENFORCED EFFECTIVELY WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO THE NEED TO MINIMISE SOCIAL HAZARDS TO THE ORDINARY CITIZENS OF HONG KONG.+

SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF HIS UNOFFICIAL COLLEAGUES, THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, DR. THE HON., CHUNG SZE-YUEN, SAID THEY ALL SUPPORTED THE AMENDED MOTION SUBJECT TO THE CONDITIONS OUTLINED.

DR. CHUNG EXPLAINED THAT THE DOUBTS EXPRESSED DY UNOFFICIALS LAST JUNE STEMMED FROM THEIR CONCERN TO AVOID INTRODUCING ANY HEW BUSINESS WHICH WOULD RUN CONTRARY TO THE COUhUnITY INTuREST OR CREATE SOME KIND OF SOCIAL HAZARD.

AS LEGISLATORS, HE SAID, THE UNOFFICIALS WERE NOT REALLY CONCERNED HI III THE SUCCESS OR FAILURE OF ANY NEU BUSINESS VENTURE IN Tlie PRIVAlE SECTOR SINCE THESE BUSINESS RISKS WERE THOSE OF THE Owners AND OPERATORS. TiiEIR CONCERN WAS THE PUBLIC INTEREST.

MOST UNOFFICIALS, HE SAID, AGREED THAT IT WOULD NOT EE POSSIE-E TO ENTIRELY STOP CONSOLIDATION OR SYNDICATION BY GROUPS OF SMALL SPECULATORS ON The PROPOSED COMMODITY EXCHANGE AND THEY FELT THAT THERE WAS A REAL DANGER OF THIS OCCUR I NG Al.D INVOLVING PEOPLE WITH ul.ALL MEANS AND SAVINGS.

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HE WAS CLAD THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHARED THE UNOFFICIALS’ CONCERN IN THIS IMPORTANT ASPECT OF COMMUNITY INTEREST AND HE WELCOMED THE GOVERNMENT’S ASSURANCE THAT ADEQUATE LEGISLATION COULD BE '

DEVISED AND WOULD BE ENFORCED TO MINIMIZE OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPECULATION BY SHALL INVESTORS.

ANOTHER UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, WHO HAD SPOKEN AGAINST THE NOTION ON AN EARLIER OCCASION, SAID HE WOULD NOT NOW OPPOSE THE PROPOSED- EXCHANGE +AS IT COULD BE AN INSTITUTION WITH REGIONAL AND EVEN INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC SIGNIFICANCE.*

HE ADDED: +HOWEVER, I HOPE THAT THE GOVERNMENT WILL KEEP ITS ECONOMIC PRIORITIES IN PROPER PERSPECTIVE, AS THE AVERAGE INDUSTRIALIST OR BUSINESSMAN IN HONG KcNG IS MORE CONCERNED THAT THE GOVERNMENT DO MORE — AND BE SEEN TO DE DOING MORE — TO KEEP DOWN HONG KONG LIVING COSTS, ESPECIALLY RENTS, AND TO MAKE HONG K0N3 EXPORT PRODUCTS MORE SALEABLE AND COMPETITIVE AGAINST SIMILAR PRODUCTS FROM TAIWAN AND SOUTH KOREA.

+AS LONG AS THS GOVERNMENT CAN DEMONSTRATE THAT IT IS COING ALL-OUT TO REVIVE THE HONG KONG ECONOMY SO THAT OUR EXPORT PRODUCTS WILL HOLD THEIR OWN ON THE WORLD MARKETS,ARD AS LONG AS THE GOVERNMENT CAN ENSURE THAT THE COMMODITY EXCHANGE WILL BE OF ECONOMIC VALUE TO HONG KONG AS A WHOLE, THEN THE PUBLIC’S CONCERN THAT THE COMMODITY EXCHANGE CAN DE GROSSLY MANIPULATED AGAINST THE PUBLIC INTEREST WILL HAVE BECOME LESS ACUTE.

+IN THIS RESPECT, WE CAN BUT BE VIGILANT AND WARY, AND ENSURE THAT THE GOVERNMENT SEEKS TO PROTECT FIRST AND FOREMOST THE INTERESTS OF THE HAN-IN-THE-STREET RATHER THAN ANY NARROW VESTED INTERESTS IN HONG KONG,* SAID MR. CHEONG-LEEN.

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PROFIT CONTROL SCHEME FOR HK ELECTRIC CO. AND CHINA LIGHT AND POWER EE I NG CONSIDERED » K « ifc «

THE GOVERNMENT IS CONSIDERING WHETHER OR NOT LEGISLATION SHOULD BE DRAWN UP TO PROVIDE MORE FORMAL CONTROL OF THE PROFITS OF THE HONG KONG ELECTRIC COMPANY AND THE CHINA LIGHT AND POWER COMPANY LTD.

THIS WAS ANNOUNCED IN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. JOHN DREMIDGE.

MR. HADDON-CAVE INDICATED THAT IF IT WAS DECIDED TO GO AHEAD WITH SUCH LEGISLATION THE HONG KONG ELECTRIC COMPANY WOULD DE THE FIRST TO BE AFFECTED. HE NOTED THAT DISCUSSIONS WERE TO DEGIN EARLY NEXT YEAR ON THE FUTURE OF THE CHINA LIGHT AND POWER SCHEME OF CONTROL AFTER SEPTEMBER 1978.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID THERE WERE NO FORMAL’ ARRANGEMENTS AT PRESENT WHEREBY THE GOVERNMENT DIRECTLY CONTROLS THE PROFITS OF THE HONG KONG ELECTRIC COMPANY, AS IS THE CASE WITH CHINA LIGHT.

HOWEVER, IN 1965 THE HONG KONG ELECTRIC HAD AGREED IN WRITING THAT IT WOULD BE WILLING TO ACCEPT A FRANCHISE INVOLVING, AMONG OTHERS, THE FORMAL CONTROL OF ITS TARIFFS.

HE RECALLED THAT FOLLOWING NEGOTIATIONS OF A SCHEME OF CONTROL FOR THE CHINA LIGHT AND POWER COMPANY, IT HAD BEEN AGREED IN 1965 THAT NO FO.dlAL CONTROL. SCHEME SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED OVER THE HONG KONG ELECTRIC COMPANY’S OPERATIONS PROVIDED THAT ITS PROFITS, EXPRESSED AS A RElUaN OH LET FIXED ASSETS EMPLOYED, DID NuT DIFFER SUBSTANTIALLY FROM THE 13-1/2 PER CENT ALLOWED TO CHINA LIGHT AND POWER UhluER ITS SCHEME GF CONTROL.

IT WAS FURTHER AGREED AT THAT TIME THAT HONG KONG ELECTRIC WOUID REGULARLY PROVIDE THE GOVERNMENT WITH INFOWMATIOH GN ITS FINANCIAL POSITION SO THAT ITS PROFITABILITY COULD BE MONITORED. THIS HAD DEEN DONE EVER SINCE, MR. HADbON-CAVE SAID, HOT I LG THAT THE COMPANY’S PROFITS OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS HAD AVERAGED 13.25 PER CENT PER ANNUM ON NET FIXED ASSETS AFTER TAX.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID THAT ON THE GOVERNMENT’S INITIATIVE, IT HAD ALSO DEEN AGREED IN LATE 1974 THAT THE COMPANY WOULD CONSULT Ti.E GOVERNMENT IN ADVANCE SHOULD THE COMPANY AT ANY TIME WISH TO RAISE ITS TARIFFS.

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GAS COMPANY TO GET MONOPOLY OVER PIPED GAS SUPPLY K « H

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO GRANT AN EXCLUSIVE FRANCHISE TO THE HONG KONG AND CHINA GAS COMPANY LTD. TO SUPPLY PIPED GAS TO PREMISES THROUGHOUT HONG KONG, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, ANNOUNCED TODAY.

+DISCUSSIONS WITH THE COMPANY ON THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH SUCH A FRANCHISE SHOULD BE GRANTED HAVE NOU, TO ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES, BEEN COMPLETED,+ HE TOLD COUNCIL IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN.

MR. HADDON-CAVE EXPECTED THAT A BILL ENSHRINING THE FRANCHISE WOULD BE INTRODUCED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL EARLY IN Tl.E NEU SESSION, SUBJECT TO THE ADVICE OF THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY EXPLAINED THAT IN RETURN FOR THE GRANT OF AN EXCLUSIVE FRANCHISE, THE COMPANY WOUl D BE REQUIRED TO ACCEPT THE CONTROL OF ITS TARIFFS BY 'lHE GOVERNMENT.

+IT WOULD ALSO BE EXPECTED TO COMPLY WITH CERTAIN SAFETY AND MAINTENANCE STANDARDS AND TO ACCEPT AN OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE AND MAINTAIN AN EFFICIENT SUPPLY OF PIPED GAS WHEREVER IT IS REQUIRED.

+WH1LST THE POSITION OF ALL EXISTING LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS INSTALLATIONS WOULD BE PROTECTED, TliE INTENTION IS THAT, IN RETURN FOR THE GRANT OF A FRANCHISE FOR THE SUPPLY OF PIPED GAS, THE SIZE UF FUTURE LoP.G. INSTALLATIONS WOUl D BE RESTRICTED TO SAFEGUARD Tile COMPANY’S ENFRANCHISED POSITION,+ HE SAID.

IN ANSWER TO A SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION FROM DR. CHUNG, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY GAVE AU ASSURANCE THAT IN CONSIDERING (.RANTING AN EXCLUSIVE FRANCHISE TO HONG KONG AND CHINA GAS COMPANY THE GOVERNMENT WOULD SAFEGUARD THE INTERESTS OF TOWN GAS AND Ll G CONSUMERS.

ASKED HOW LONG THE DISCUSSIONS WITH THE COMPANY HAD LASTED, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAIDs +APPROXIMATELY 3OYEARS.+

WHEN THE BILL IS PUBLISHED, HE ADDED, THE PUBLIC WOULD HAVE EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT ON THE DESIRABILITY FUR GRANTING THE COMPANY AN EXCLUSIVE FRANCHISE.

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DUS COMPANIES PROFITS TO if if if if if if

DE CONTROLLED

LEGISLATIVE MACHINERY TO REGULATE THE PROFITS OF THE TWO DUS COMPANIES WERE AMONG A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS INCORPORATED INTO THE PUBLIC OMNIBUS SERVICES BILL WHICH WAS PASSED BY HIE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL I HIS AFTERNOON.

UNDER THE PROFIT CONTROL SCHEME, DOTH THE CHINA MOTOR DUS COMPANY AND THE KOWLOON MOTOR BUS COMPANY WILL LE REQUIRED TO SET UP A DEVELOPMENT FUlD. THIS IS DESIGNED TO ENSURE THAT EXCESS PROFITS WILL BE RETAINED WITHIN THE BUS OPERATION AUD USED FOR DEVELOPMENT PURPOSES, INCLUDING THE PURolB.SE GF BUSES, SPARES AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF DEPOTS. THE FOLD COUID ALSO BE UoED TO DELAY FARE INCREASES IN FUTURE YEARS.

IF THE PROFITS OF EITHER CMB OR KMD WERE TO FALL BELOW THE PERMITTED LEVEL TO BE STIPULATED IN ITS FRANCHISE, THE COMPANY CONCERNED WOULD DE PERMITTED TO DRAW FROM THE DEVEtCPMENT LUND THE BALANCE REQUIRED TO BRING ITS RETURN UP TO THE PERMITTED LEVEL.

THE COMPANIES WILL ALSO HAVE TO PAY INTEREST ON THE BALANCE IN THE DEVELOPMENT FUND. THE INTEREST RATE WILL BE STIPULATED IN THE FRANCHISES. HOWEVER, KO INTEREST WILL BE PAID IN A YEAR WHEN THERE AKE INSUFFICIENT PROFITS YO PROVIDE THE COMPANY WITH THE PERMITTED RETURN.

INTEREST PAYMENTS W11 L DE DEDUCTED FROM PROFITS AND WILL DE ADDED TO THE DEVELOPMENT FUND.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE REASON FOR THE CHARGE IS THAT THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC WILL DE PROVIDING THE EXCESS PROFITS WHICH ARE PLACED IN THE FUND.

TO THIS EXTENT, THE EXISTENCE OF THE FUND WILL REDUCE THE NEED TO BORROW CAPITAL FROM OUTSIDE SOURCES ON WHICH INiERfST WOULD DE PAYABl E, AND +IT IS ORLY RIGHT THAT, IN II.ESE CIki UtlSTANCI S, 'lUE COMPANY SHOULD PAY A CHARGE EQU I VAI ENT lO IIITEl.EST OiJ iHE AMOUNT STANDING IN THE FUND.*

UNDER THE BILL, THE PROFIT CONTROL SCHEME WILL BE REVIEWED EVERY IWO YEARS.

THE EXISTING FRANCHISES OF BOTH KMD AND CMB WILL EXPIRE ON AUGUST 31 AI.D THE NEU FRANCHISES TO BE ISSUED OLDER THE POWERS PROVIDED IN THE DHL WHL TAKE EFFECT FROM SEM/TEMBlR 1. DETAILS GF TLE FRANCHISES ARE EXPECTED TO Be ANNOUNCED LATER.

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LEGAL CHANGE PAVES WAY FOR REGULAR HOVERFERRY SERVICES a « if if if

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY APPROVED A MOTION ENABLING THE HONG KONG AND YAUiiATI FERRY COMPANY TO OPERATE HOVERFERRIES AS WELL AS CONVENTIONAL FERRIES ON ANY ROUTE.

THE MOTION AMENDED THE FARES AND CHARGES SCHEDULE OF THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY (SERVICES) ORDINANCE TO PROVIDE FOR A FLAT FARE OF UP 10 1)2 PER PERSON FOR ACROSS-THE HARBOUR HOVERFERRY SERVICES, ARD 35 PER PERSON FOR HOVERFEl.RY SERVICES TO OUTLYING AREAS.

IN MOVING THE MOTION, THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON. JAMES ROBSON, TOLD COUNCIL THAT THE AMENDMENT LAD DEEL PREVIOUSLY ENDORSED BY THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY CUii.-liTIEE.

HE NOTED THAT THE FOUR HOVERFERRIES OPERATED ON A TRIAL BASIS BETWEEN CENTRAL AND TSUEN WAN LAST DECEIVER HAD PROVED VERY POPULAR WITH COMMUTERS, DtSPITE THE HIGHER FARES, AS HOVLl.F ERR IES PROVIDED A MORE COMFORTABLE ARD FASTER SERVICE.

WITH THE ADOPTION OF THE MOTION, HE ADDED, THE COMPANY INTENDED TO OFFER THE PUBLIC A CHOICE OF EITHER A liOVERFERRY UR A CCNVEkTIUML FERRY ON SELECTED ROUTES, SUBJECT 10 DEMAND AHO AVAILABILITY OF SUrFICIENT CRAFT.

UNDER THE MOTION, THE FIRST AND THIRD CLASS FARES FOR CERTAIN FERRY SERVICES WERE DELEiED AND SUBSTITUTED WITH OKE CLASS FARES.

ALSO DELETED WAS ALL REFERENCE TO THE WILMER STREET-AEERDEEN-CHEURG CHAU FERRY PIER SERVICE AI.D THE LlliiER STREET FERRY PlLR-ALERUEEN-TAI 0 SERVICE Bill OH WERE. SUSPENDED IN 1969 ALD 1970, REsPECH VELY.

THESE TWO SERVICES WERE ORIGINALLY INTRODUCED TO CARRY FISH TO ABERDEEN FOR THE URBAN MARKETS, Ai.D HERE OPERATED UI^ER A SUBSIDY FROM THE FISH E.ArAEH EG CRCANISA1 lOlJ.

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VIOLENT CRIME- SHOWS SIGNS OF LEVELLING OFF k « a x # ic

THE GOVERNMENT IS TAKING EVERY POSITIVE ACTION TO FIGHT CRIME AND THERE ARE SIGNS THAT SERIOUS CRIME SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR ARE LEVELLING OFF, HIE ACTING COLONIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. MICHAEL CLINTON, SAID TODAY. SO FAR THIS YEAR, HE SAID, SERIOUS CRIME HAD GONE UP BY ONLY 1.1 PER CEN1 COMPARED WITH AN INCREASE OF AO PER CENT IN 1974 OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR’S FIGURE.

HE BELIEVED THAT THE DECREASING TREND IN SERIOUS CRIME REFLECTED THE INTENSIVE EFFORTS THAT HAD BEEN MADE BY THE POLICE AS WELL A> GREATER PUBLIC CO-OPERATION.

HE STRESSED, HOWEVER, THAT THE INCIDENCE OF CRIME, ESPECIALLY VIOLENT CRIME, WAS STILL FAR TOO HIGH AND THE GOVERNMENT WAS VER'.' CONCERNED TO BRING IT DOWN.

MR. CLINTON SAID THE POLICE WERE CONSTANTLY TAKING STEPS TO IMPROVE THEIR TECHNIQUES, PROCEDURES AND ORGANISATION, TO REDUCE CRIME. THESE INCLUDED THE RE-ORGANISATION ARD STRENGTHENING OF THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DEPARTMENT, THE INTRODUCTION OF hL.IGHBOUR.iOOD POLICING UNITS AND THE TRANSFER OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR ROUTINE WORK TO TRAFFIC WARDENS AND CIVILIANS.

IN ADDITION, MR. CLINTON SAID, MORE REPORTING CENTRES WERE BEING SET UP ESPECIALLY IN HOUSING ESTATES AND THE REPORTING PROCEDURES HAD BEEN SIMPLIFIED 10 ENABLE THE PULL IC TO REPORT CRIME MORE EASILY.

ON THE STAFF SIDE, HE SAID THAT DESPITE THE PRESENT FINANCIAL z STRINGENCY, THE POL I Ct. HAD BEEN GIVEN PRIORITY TO BRING THEIR ESTABLISHMENT UP TO STRENGTH.

HE NOTED THAT THE FORCE’S ACTUAL STRENGTH HID INCREASED 0 FROM 15,687 IN AUGUST LAST YEAR TO 17,512 THIS M )WTH • - . N INCREASE OF W I ER CENT, OR ABOUT 91.2 PER CENT uF THE AUTHORISE! LSTAlil ISPiMEIil.

+LUT THE FIGHT AGAINST VIOLENT CRIME IN HONG KONG OR ANYWHERE EL SE CAN NEV; R SUCCEED WITHOUl THE FULL CO OPERATION OF THE PUbLIC,+ HE STRESSED.

MR. CLINTON NOTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT PLANNED TO INCREASE TIE NUMBER OF MUTUAL AID AND AREA COMMITTEES FROM Tile PRESENi 1,600 TO 2,2.i0 WI iiiIN TLE NeXT NINE TO 12 MONTHS.

THESE COMMITTEES SERVED A MOST USEFUL PURPOSE IN IM. ROVING COMMUNITY SPlKll AND (O-OPLRATIUN BETWEEN NEIGHBOURS LTl.j THS AIM GF STRENGTHENING /.Nil C.ilME MEASURES, HE SAID.

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VIETNAMESE REFUGEES ARE AN +1NTERNATIONAL RESPONSI BlLITY,+ SAYS ACTING COLONIAL SECRETARY

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THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES IN HONG KONG ARE AN INTERNATIONAL RESPONSBILITY — NOT JUST HONG KONG’S PROBLEM, THE.ACTING COLONIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. MICHAEL CLINTON, SAID TODAY.

HE TOLD COUNCIL THAT MANY OF THE REFUGEES WERE BECOMING FRUSTRATED AND DISPIRITED WITH WAITING +AND IT IS TO BE II >PED THAT THOSE COUNTRIES WHICH HAVE SO FAR NOT MADE ANY ARRANGEMENTS TO ASSIST IN THIS PROBLEM WILL NOW I.AKE TANGIBLE EFFORTS TO HELP.+

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MR. CLINTON NOTED THAT MORE THAN 20 GOVERNMENTS HAVE BEEN APPROACHED SO FAR TO HELP ADSORB SOME OF THE REFUGEES AND HE PAID TRIBUTE TO THE GOVERNMENTS OF CANADA, FRANCE, AUSTRALIA AND THE U.S.A. FOR THEIR RESPONSE.

A NUMBER OF OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE PROMISED OR OFFERED TO TAKE SOME AND CONSULTATIONS ARE CONTI HUI LG, HE SAID, AND THE UNITED Nations high cohmissioh for refugees had offered financial ASSISTANCE.

THE NUMBER OF REFUGEES HAS BEEN REDUCED TO 2,450, WITH MOST OF THOSE THAT LEFT GOING TO THE U.S.

+WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO BUT WE ARE HOPEFUL THAT THE USA IN PARTICULAR WILL TAKE MANY MORE QUITE SOON INCLUDING, I BELIEVE, 250 DUE TO LEAVE I.ATER THIS WEEK.

+IF SO, IT SHOULD EE POSSIBLE TO CLOSE DOWN THE HARCOURT ROAD CAMP AND COLCEUTR.TE THE REMAINING REFUGEES Hi DODWEi.L’S RIDGE AND SAI Kui.G CAM. S,+ HE SAID.

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GRANTS FROM SIR DAVID TRENCH FUND FOR RECREATION NEAR $2 MILLION MARK K H H H «

GRANTS AMOUNTING TO $1,939,242 HAVE DEEN PROVIDED FROM THE SIR DAVID TRENCH FUND FOR RECREATION TO Fl RANCE VARIOUS COMMUNITY PROJECTS SINCE IT WAS SET UP IN 1970.

THIS IS STATED IN THE TRUSTEES REPORT FOR 1974/75 WHICH WAS TABLED IN I He LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

DURING THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR, GRANTS TOTALLING $655,413 WERE 1-1..DE COMP..RED WITH $443,786 IN 1973/74.

THE REPORT SAYS THAT THE TOTAL INCOME FROM DIVIDENDS AND INTEREST LAkLED IN INVESTMENTS ROSE BY MURE THAN $23,000 OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR TO $440,3u7. HOWEVER, THE MARKET VALUE OF IijVE , l.Il-NTo FELL BY MORt THAN $100,000 DUE TO A FALL IN THE VALUE CF LO..AL INVeSinENTS.

THE FUND WAS SET UP III FEERUARY 1970 WITH A $3.2 MILLION DONATI N FROM A GENTLEMAN, WHO WISHES TO REi.AiN ANONYMOUS, lO CUfi.-i.i-. <»ATE iHE G')Vl.:;WORSHIP OF SIR DAVID TRENCH Af.D Also as A TuKt.ll OF Al . REC I ATI OH OF THE WORK OF IHE CIVIL SERVICE. OVER THE Yc.'.kS THE FUN) II,\S GROWN Tu MOiiE THAN $5.7 Hill ION.

THE FUND IS USED FO.l THE PROVISION OF, OR ASSISTANCE IN THE fRjViUlO-. OF, FACILITIES FOR RECREATIONAL, SpOkTll.G, CULTURAL AND SOCIAL A.TIVI UES.

GRANTS HAVE Al SO DEEN MADE TO VOL UNTARY AGENCIES TO BUY SPORTS Ai.) RECREATIONAL EQUIPMENT, MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND BOOKS.

Ill DETERMINING THE PURPOSES FOR WHICH THE FUND SHOULD BE APPLIED, THE OOVERlJt R IS ASSISTED DY AN ADVISORY GOMf-HTlEE, C.W ILL;; b't n.e SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, AND COMPRISING m i-i.LRS with a special, ihteresi hi the field of recreation.

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MORE OUTLETS FOR YOUTH ENERGIES TO BE PROVIDED « « w « h n

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO ENCOURAGE AND EXTEND YOUTH ACTIVITIES 10 ENSURE THAT ENERGIES AND ACTIVITIES OF YOUNG PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY SCIIOi-L DROP-OUTS 111 HIE VULNERABLE AGE CROUP OF 11-15, Uli L HOi BE DIRECTED INTO CRIMINAL OR ANTISOCIAL FIELDS.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, THE HON. PETER WILLIAMS, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FRCI-1 THE HON. HILTON CHEONG- LEEN.

MR. WILLIAMS POINTED OUT THAT ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT PROBLEMS IN THIS AREA WAS TO LOCATE AND IDENTIFY THOSE YOUI.G PEOPLE WHO HAD POTENTIAL BEHAVIOURAL PROBLEMS AND APPEARED TO BE SCHOOL DROP-OUTS.

HE SAID PILOT YOUTH GUIDANCE PROJECTS. UNDERTAKEN BY BOTH THE GOVERNMENT AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES HAD SUCCEEDED IN IDENTIFYING AND REACHING A FEU THOUSAND OF THIS TYPE OF YOUNGSTERS IN SIX SELECTED AREAS INCLUDING CHAI WAN AND WONG TAI SIN.

HOWEVER, MR. WILLIAMS SAID THE BEST SOLUTION STILL WOULD BE THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE AIRMS OF THE 1974 EDUCATION WHITE PAPER WHICH WILL IN TIME ENSURE A SCHOOL. PLACE FOR ALL CHHDREN IN THE 12 TO 14 YEAR AsE GROUP.

ON THE NUMBER OF PRIMARY SCHOOL DROP OUTS, HE SAID THE PRESEN1 ESTIMATED FIGURE WAS 0,t10 OR ABOUT OLE PER CENT OF THE TOTAL PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN.

THE ESTIMATED NUMBER OF PRIMARY SIX PUPILS WHO ARE NOT EXPECTED TO ENTER SECONDARY SCHOOL NEXT MONTH IS 26,000, Ret RESENTING ABOUT 23 ILL CENT OF THE TOTAL PRIMARY SIX EI...CLI.CHT.

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MORE LIBRARIES PLANNED FOR N.T. ft ft ft ft ft ft

PLANS ARE IN HAND TO BUILD MORE PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES TO COPE LI TH THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR LIBRARY SERVICES IN HIE RURAL AREAS.

THIS WAS STATED DY THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEU TERRITORIES, THE HON. DAVID AKLRS-JONES, AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS AFTERNOON IN REPLY TO QUESTIONS BY THE HON. ALEX UU.

MR. AKERS-JONES SAID THAT A WORKING PARTY REPORT ON LIBRARIES IN THE NEU TERRITORIES LAD BEEN COMPLETED AND ITS RECOMMENDATIONS WERE BEING COSTED WITH A VIEW TO PRESENTING COMPREHENSIVE PROPOSALS TO THE COVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL.

THE PROPOSALS, HE ADDED, RECOMMENDED THAT THE NEW TERRITORIES EE PROVIDED WITH A LIBRARY SERVICE COMPARABLE TO THAT EXIS I ING IN THE URBAN AREAS.

AT PRESENT, THERE IS ONE PUBLIC LIBRARY AT FIJK LOI ESTATE IN TSUEN WAN. ABOUT ONE THIRD OF THIS LIBRARY IS DEVOTED TO CHILDREN.

THE LIBRARY WAS OPENED IN FEBRUARY LAST YEAR AND SINCE THEN BOOKSTOCK HAD BEEN BUILT UP UNDER A PHASED PROGRAMME. +SO FAR, 3176,000 HAS DEEN SPENT ON ENGLISH AND CHINESE LOOKS, APPROXIMATELY ONE FIFTH OF THIS SUM WAS FOR CHILDREN,* MR. AKERS-JONES SAID.

IN ADDITION, THERE WERE OTHER FACILITIES FOR NEW TERRITORIES CHILDREN TO BORROW BOOKS UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

LIBRARY SERVICES WERE PROVIDED IN EIGHT HOUSING ESTATES AND COMMUNITY CENTRES AND THERE WAS A BOOK LOAN SERVICE WITH 26 STATIONS IN VARIOUS SCHOOLS AND KINDERGARTENS AS WELL AS A MOBILE LIBRARY SERVICE WITH STOPS AT 25 POINTS MAINLY IN VILLAGES.

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WONG NE I CHUNG ROAD ACCIDENT RATE NOT HIGH if it il it it if

ONLY ONE ACCIDENT INVOLVING ONE INJURY HAS BEEN REPORTED SO FAR THIS YEAR AT WONG NE I CHUNG ROAD NEAR THE JUNCTION WITH SPORTS ROAD, BUT THERE HAS BEEN NO FATALITY AT THIS LOCATION SINCE 1973.

THIS WAS STATED DY THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON. JAMES ROBSON, IN THE LEG I SLA I IVE COUNCIL TODAY IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. OSWALD CHEUNG.

IN 1973, HE SAID, THERE WERE ONLY TWO ACCIDENTS EACH INVOLVI IG A SLIGHT INJURY, WilliE THERE WERE SEVEN ACCIDENTS WITH A TOTAL Or EIGHT INJURIES LAST YEAR.

+IN VIEW OF THE FAIRLY LARGE AMOUNT OF TRAFFIC WHICH USES THIS ROAD, IT IS NOT THOUGHT THAT THE PRESEN'l ACCIDENT RATE IS UNDULY HIGH,* HE SAID.

HOWEVER, HE ADDED, THE POLICE WOULD CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN ROUTINE SURVEILLANCE THERE TO ENSURE THAT THE PRESENT TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS, SUCH AS SPEEDING, WERE OBSERVED BY MOTOR IS IS.

IN ANSWER TO ANOTHER QUESTION, RAISED BY THE HON. RCGER LODO, MR. ROBSON SAID THERE WAS NO SHORT TERM SOLUTION TO RELIEVE THE SITUATION IN THE TRAFFIC CORRIDOR FROM QUEEN’S ROAD EAST TO REPULiE BAY AND FROM HAPPY VALLEY THROUGH BLUE POOL ROAD TO WONG NE I CHUNi CAP AT COI-u-iU l l NG TIMES AND WEEKENDS.

+HOWEVER, IT IS HOPED THAT IN THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE, THE PROPOSED ABERDEEN TUNNEL WILL BECOME THE MAJOR ROAD LINK BETWEEN THE NORTH AND SOUTH SHORES OF THE ISLAND, THUS RELIEVING THE L'OI.G NE I CHUNG GAP ROUTE,* HE ADDEDi

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SIX BILLS COMPLETED THEIR PASSAGE THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY. •

THEY WERE: THE PUBLIC OMNIBUS SERVICES BILL, THE OBJECTIONABLE PUBLICATIONS Bill, THE SUMMARY OFFENCES (AMENDMENT) (NO.3) DHL, HIE DEMOLISHED BUM DINGS (RE DEVELOpl-UNT OF SITES) (AMeND-Oi) BILL, HIE PUBLIC YRANS/OJT SERVICES (HONG KONG IS..ALD) (A-IENiMENT BILL, AND ’HIE fU.AIC TRANSPORT SERVICES (KOWLOON AND NEW luRRI TORIES) (AMENCMENl) BILL.

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RECOGNITION OF EXAMINATION RESULTS ft ft ft ft ft ft

THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG AND A NUMBER OF OVERSEAS UNIVERSITIES, INCLUDING THE UNIVERSITIES GF CAMBRIDGE AND LONDON, HAVE RECOGNISED ACHIEVEMENTS AT GRADE C GR ABOVE III A NUMBER OF SUBJECTS TAKEN IN THE MEDIUM OF CHINESE IN HIE HOLG KUNG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAHI RATION AS BEING EQUIVAI EuT TO G.C E. 0 1 EVEl PASSES.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY BY THE SECRETARY OF THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION BOARD. »

THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION REPLACED THE FORMER HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION (ELGI ISH) AI.D HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION (CHINESE) EXAM I HAT ILLS IN 1974.

BEFORE THE AMALGAMATION OF THESE EXAMINATIONS, ACHIEVEMENTS AT GRADE C OR ABOVE IN SUBJECTS TAKEN IN THE LONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION (ENGLISH) EXAMINATION WERL RECOGNISED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF IIOi.G KONG AND BY A NUMBER OF OVERSEAS UIJI VERSI TIES AS I GUI VALENT TO 0 LEVEL PASSES FOR THE PURPOSE OF FULFILLING UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS.

THE SECRETARY SAID: + IT HAS BEEN THE POLICY OF THE NEW HONG KONG CERTIFICAiE OF EDUCATION BOARD TO MAINTAIN "IHE RECOGNITION GRANTED lO SUBJECTS OF THE FORMER HOLG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION (ENGLISH) AND TO WOl.K TOWARDS THE ACHIEVEMENT OF SIMILAR RECOGNITION FOR SUBJECTS TAKEN IN CHINESE.

♦THIS AIM HAS NOW BEEN LARGELY ACHIEVED SINCE IN THE 1975 EXAMINATION MOST SUBJECTS TAKEN IN CHINESE WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR O-LEVEL RECOGNITION. IT IS EXPECTlD THAT IN THE 1976 EXAMINATION h<E SUBJECTS OF HISTORY, BIOLOGY AND DIBlICAL KIJOUIEDLE TA. EN IN CHINESE WILL ALSO QUALIFY FOR RECOGNITION,, THUS VlRIbALLY COi.rLETII.G THE PROCESS OF AMALGAMATION.,!-

NOTE TO EDITORS: THE FOLLOWING LIST SHOWS THE SUBJECTS

RECOGNISID AUD THE LANGUAGE MEDIUM USED IN THE 1975 EXAMINATION.

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SUBJECTS RECOGNIZED

LANGUAGE MEDIUM

ENGLISH LANGUAGE (SYL. D) ENGLISH LITERATURE BIEI I CAL KNOWLEDGE HISTORY BIOLOGY (SYL. D) DRESSMAKI NG

• POTTERY WOODWORK f it l AL WORK DOMESTIC SUBJECTS PRACTICAL ELECTRICITY CHINESE LANGUAGE CHINESE LITERATURE CHINESE HISTORY french

OTlLR MODERN LANGUAGES

GEOGRAPHY

ECONOMIC AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS MATHEMATICS

fiAnk.iATICS (ALT. SYL.) ADDITIONAL MATHEMATICS CHEMISTRY PHYSICS MUSIC

ART

Technical drawing

PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTS

ENGLISH ENGLISH ENGLISH ENGLISH ENGLISH ENGLISH ENGLISH ENGLISH ENGLISH ENGLISH ENGLISH • CHINESE CHINESE CHINESE

FRENCH-ENGLISH

ENGLISH ENGLISH ENGLISH ENGLISH ENGLISH ENGLISH ENGLISH ENGLISH ENGLISH ENGLISH ENGLISH

OR OR OR OR OR OR OR OR OR OR OR

CHINESE CHI Nt SE CHINESE CHINESE CHINESE CHINESE CHINESE CHINESE CHINESE CHINESE Ctl I itEoh

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HKCEE RESULT NOTICES READY TOMORROW

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THE RESULTS OF THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION 1975 WILL BE ISSUED TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS NOTICES FOR S l.OOL CANDIDATES ARE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION DY SCHOOLS 1GMORROW 1-iO.UllHG. RESULTS NOTICES FOR PRIVATE CANDIDATES HAVE DEEN POSTED.

THIS YEAR 63,992 CANDIDATES ENTERED FOR THE EXAMINATION. WHEN COMPARED WITH LAST YEAR'S TOTAL OF 55,976 THIS REPRESENTS AN INCREASE OF 14 32 PLR CcNT.

ALTOGETHER 60 SUBJECTS WERE EXAMINED. THE PERCENTAGE OF AWARDS OF GRADE E OR ABOVE FOR THOSE CANDIDATES SITTING Tl.u MAJOR SUBJECTS WAS 61.Cl PER CENT (AS CC.(PARED WITH 63.76 i-ER CENT IN 1974).

NOTE TO EDITORS:

--------------- COPIES OF AN ANALYSIS OF THE RESULTS IN THE MAJOR SUBJECTS ARE DISTRIBUTED SEPARATELY IN G.I.S. PRESS BuXESo

YOU k\Y WISH TO REMIND READERS WHO SAT FOR THE EXAMIL .1 lull illAT AS RESULTS ARE BEING SUPPL I. D TO ALL CAI.JlbAicS I (,!Jl V1LUALLY, EITHER DllcECl' OR TI...OUGH Tl.JJ SUiiM I IbiS GF RESUITS Will. I.-jT BE AVAILABLE Ai CITY Dl bTi< I CT ( FICOS OR OTHER GOVERNMENT OFFICES. HO..EVER, i.N7 iRIVAiE CANDIDATES WHO JO HOT R. CElVE TiklU ItESl;! n, bv S. Ti.RjAY (AUGUST 16), MAY M..KE EHluUIEJ Al THE EXAiiI NATIONS DIVISION, CANTON ROAD GOVEliHi-.ENT O.-FICES, 3 CANTON ROAD, 117ll FLOOR, KOi.LcuU, TcL. 1.0: 3 633703 CR 3“6G86i,2.

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THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR TRADE AND PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD GF TRADE, MR. I E l ER SIIO..E, bill ARRIVE IN llOUG KON.i ON SEP I EribER 6 FOR A FIVE-DAY VISIT UN HIS i.AY TO KOREA AND JAPAN.

DURING HIS STAY HERE, MR. SHORE WILL MEET REPRESENTATIVES OF THE HOEL KOi.S GGVEkLHEui AlJD LOCAL BUSINESS CO.-...’Ll IY, AND DISCUSS CURRENT ISSUES IL UUl.iiEi.CIAL RilATIOi-JS AND iR0d. _ci3 FOR L.JlISJ EXPORTS.

HE WILL LEAVE FOR SEOUL ON SEPTEMBER 11.

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NOTE TO EDITORS;

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL VISIT WESTERN DISTRICT TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON TO SEE FOR HIMSELF THE GENERAL LIVING CONDITIONS IN THE AREA. HE WILL ALSO MEET REPRESENTATIVES OF THE DISTRICT’S MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES • TO FIND OUT ABOUT THEIR LURK.

THE GOVERNOR WILL DE ACCOMPANIED DY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, MR. AUGUSTINE CHUI KAM.

SIR MURRAY WILL ARRIVE AT SIU TAK BUILDING, AT 124-126 HIGH STREET AT 2.40 P.M. WHERE HE WILL BE MET BY THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (WESTERN), MR. NICHOLAS NG AND THREE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVES.

HE WILL INSPECT THE SECURITY SYSTEM OF THE BUILDING AND HOLD DISCUSSIONS WITH MAC REPRESENTATIVES AT THE RESIDENCE OF ONE OF THE MEMBERS.

SIR MURRAY WILL THEN PROCEED TO THE MOUNT DAVIS KAIFONG ASSOCIATION WHERE HE WILL DISCUSS WITH MAC REPRESENTATIVES OF KENNEDY TOWN ARD MT. DAVIS AREA. HE WILL TOUR THE COTTAGE AREA IF WEATHER PERMITS.

LATER, HE WILL VISIT SING KOK MANSION AT 6C BABINGTON PATH TO SEE THE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES AND ANTI-BURGLARY ALARM SYSTEM OF THE BUILDING.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE GOVERNOR’S VISIT.

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN KWUN TONG WILL EE INTERRUPTED FOR ABOUT FIVE HOURS AS {’1{0M 1A.M. ON FRIDAY l AUGUST 15) TO ENABLE LEAKAGE TESTS ‘10 BE CARRIED OU I IN THE AREA.

THE PREMISES AFFECTED ARE THE KWUN TONG TSUI PING RAD ESTATE BLOCKS 1 AND 13 TO 19.

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DONATION CAMPAIGN FOR SLAIN HAWKER’S WIDOW ...................... 1

C AND I TO STUDY TEXTILES RECOMMODATIONS BY T.A.B. .............. 2

NEW TENDER SYSTEM FOR LAND SALE IN NEW TERRITORIES TO BE APPLIED FOR THE FIRST TIME......................................  3

BUILDING AUTHORITY APPROVED 54 NEW BUILDING PROJECTS. LAST MONTH............................................................ 4

WATER CUT IN TSUEN WAN ........................................   4

KWAI FUK ROAD TO BE CLOSED TEMPORARILY........................... 5

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

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 1975

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DONATION CAMPAIGN FOR ,

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A FUND-RAISING CAMPAIGN IS BEING LAUNCHED BY THE KA IFONG ASSOCIATIONS AND COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS IN SHAM SHU I PO IN CO-ORDINATION WITH THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICER IN THE DISTRICT TO PROVIDE AID TO THE FAMILY OF MR. WONG HAK-KEUNG, THE HAWKER WHO LOST HIS LIFE WHILE ATTEMPTING TO APPREHEND A SUSPECTED ROBBER ON TUESDAY MORNING.

THE FIRST DONATION AMOUNTING TO $6,630 WAS PRESENTED TO THE WIDOW OF THE LATE MR. WONG AT THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, SHAM SHU I PO, THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON.

DURING THE PRESENTATION, MR. CHAN SUI-JEUNG, CITY DISTRICT 1 OFFICER, SHAM SHU I PO, EXPRESSED HIS APPRECIATION OF THE HIGH PUBLIC SPIRIT AND BRAVERY SHOWN BY MR. WONG AND DESCRIBED HIM AS THE EXAMPLE OF A GOOD CITIZEN.

EARLIER, A LETTER OF CONDOLENCE HAD BEEN SENT TO MRS. WONG BY THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, SHAM SHU I PO, ON BEHALF OF THE COMMUNITY.

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THE STAFF OF THE C.D.O. IS ALSO IN TOUCH WITH THE FAMILY OF THE LATE MR. WONG TO OFFER VARIOUS FORMS OF ASSISTANCE. ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR THE ALLOCATION OF A BURIAL SITE IN THE CHAI WAN CEMETRY. THE FUNERAL OF MR. WONG IS EXPECTED TO TAKE PLACE IN THE NEXT TWO DAYS.

THERE HAVE ALSO BEEN A LARGE NUMBER OF MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC CALLED AT THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICER TO EXPRESS THEIR SYMPATHY TO THE WIDOW AND THE FAMILY.

, MEANWHILE, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAS OFFERED THE FAMILY ASSISTANCE TO HELP OVERCOME THEIR IMMEDIATE PROBLEMS.

THE CRIMINAL INJURIES COMPENSATION BOARD WILL ALSO MEET SOON TO CONSIDER THE CASE, AND THE HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WILL MAKE A PRESENTATION TO THE FAMILY TOMORROW (FRIDAY) UNDER ITS GOOD CITIZEN AWARD SCHEME.

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THE DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. JIMMY MCGREGOR, SAID TONIGHT THAT THE TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD HAD HAD A VERY LONG' AND DETAILED DISCUSSION OF THE PROBLEMS FOR THE H.K. TEXTILE TRADE AND INDUSTRY ARISING FROM THE ALLOCATION OF THE PRELIMINARY TEXTILE QUOTAS FOR SHIPMENT TO THE E.E.C. DURING THE REMAINDER OF 1975.

THE BOARD MADE A NUMBER OF RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE DEPARTMENT ON MEASURES TO REDUCE THE EXTENT OF THESE DIFFICULTIES. THE DEPARTMENT WILL CONSIDER THESE RECOMMENDATIONS AND THE BOARD WILL MEET AGAIN EARLY NEXT WEEK.

IN THE MEANTIME THE DEPARTMENT WILL ISSUE A DETAILED STATEMENT ON THE FORMULAE USED FOR CALCULATION AND ISSUE OF THE E.E.C. PRELIMINARY QUOTAS IN ORDER THAT QUOTA HOLDERS MAY CHECK THEIR ENTITLEMENTS AGAINST THE QUOTAS RECEIVED.

MR. MCGREGOR SAID THAT THERE HAD OBVIOUSLY BEEN GREAT , DISAPPOINTMENT WITH MANY OF THE QUOTAS NOW ISSUED, AND ALTHOUGH THESE REPRESENTED ONLY A PORTION OF THE FINAL QUOTAS, IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT THE TRADE SHOULD BE AWARE OF THE BASIS ON WHICH THESE CALCULATIONS HAD BEEN MADE.

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MR. MCGREGOR SAID THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAD DONE EVERYTHING IN ITS POWER TO CALCULATE AND ISSUE THESE PRELIMINARY QUOTAS IN ORDER TO GET TRADE MOVING.

THE DEPARTMENT HAD HOWEVER RECOGNISED FROM THE OUTSET THAT PROBLEMS WOULD BE FELT IN CERTAIN CATEGORIES NOTABLY THOSE WHICH HAD BEEN PREVIOUSLY UNRESTRICTED.

HE SAID HOWEVER THAT THE DEPARTMENT WAS NOW CONSIDERING WAYS AND MEANS OF IMPROVING THE QUOTA SITUATION FOR THESE.DIFFICULT CATEGORIES.

FURTHER STATEMENTS WILL BE ISSUED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. • < .■< . • •

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NEW TENDER SYSTEM FOR LAND SALE TO BE APPLIED FOR THE FIRST TIME H M « « «

THE FIRST PIECE OF INDUSTRIAL LAND TO BE SOLD UNDER THE NEW TENDER SYSTEM WILL BE A 38,000-SQUARE-FOOT LOT IN TUEN MUN, NEW TERRITORIES.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT UNDER THE SYSTEM IT WAS HOPED THAT AN INDUSTRIALIST WOULD BE ABLE TO SET UP HIS FACTORY IN THE SHORTEST POSSIBLE TIME AND ONE WHICH WOULD BE MOST BENEFICIAL TO HONG KONG’S WORKERS.

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EXPLAINING THE NEW SYSTEM, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT INSTEAD OF BIDDING IN AN OPEN AUCTION, IN WHICH THE HIGHEST BIDDER GETS THE LAND, AN INDUSTRIALIST INTERESTED IN AN INDUSTRIAL LOT WOULD HAVE TO SUBMIT A WRITTEN TENDER.

WHEN FILLING IN THE TENDER FORMS THE APPLICANTS ARE ASKED WHAT TYPE OF INDUSTRY THEY PROPOSED TO SET UP- HOW MANY PEOPLE THEY ARE GOING TO EMPLOY- WHEN THEY HOPE TO START PRODUCTION-AND TO PROVIDE SOME INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR ABILITY TO FINANCE THEIR BUILDING PROJECT.

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THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT ANOTHER INNOVATION HAD BEEN INTRODUCED IN TUEN MUN TO HELP THE POTENTIAL INDUSTRIALIST SET UP HIS FACTORY THERE.

IN JANUARY THIS YEAR, THE HOUSING AUTHORITY AGREED IN PRINCIPLE TO HELP MANUFACTURERS ESTABLISH THEMSELVES ON TUEN MUN BY ALLOCATING ACCOMMODATION IN THE NEW HOUSING ESTATES TO FAMILIES OF WORKERS MOVING TO TUEN MUN FOR THE FIRST TIME.

+WE HOPE THAT THE INTERESTS OF MANUFACTURERS WHO HAVE NOT PERHAPS THOUGHT OF MOVING TO TUEN MUN WILL BE ATTRACTED BY THESE MODIFICATIONS TO GOVERNMENT’S LONG ESTABLISHED POLICIES,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

TENDERS FOR THIS LOT IN TUEN MUN WILL CLOSE ON AUGUST 30. DETAILS AND TENDER FORMS ARE AVAILABLE IN ALL DISTRICT OFFICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND ON THE 5TH FLOOR OF THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT.

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A TOTAL OF 54 NEW BUILDING PROJECTS, INCLUDING THE OCEAN PARK'S CABLE CAR TERMINAL COMPLEX, WERE GIVEN THE GREEN LIGHT BY THE BUILDING AUTHORITY LAST MONTH TO BEGIN WORK.

THE OCEAN PARK’S MULTI-MILLION-DOLLAR COMPLEX, COMPRISING A CABLE CAR TERMINAL, TWO RESTAURANTS AND A REFRESHMENT AREA, WILL BE BUILT ON A SITE AT NAM LONG SHAN ROAD IN ABERDEEN.

OTHER APPROVED BUILDING PROJECTS INCLUDED 22 APARTMENT/ COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS, AND TEN COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS.

DURING THE MONTH, THE BUILDING AUTHORITY ALSO APPROVED 52 NEW BUILDING PLANS.

OF THESE 20 ARE FOR BUILDINGS ON HONG KONG, 19 FOR BUILDINGS IN KOWLOON AND THE REMAINING 13 FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES. THEY INCLUDE 18 APARTMENT/COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS, 10 COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS AND A SCHOOL BUILDING.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE BUILDING AUTHORITY ISSUED OCCUPATION PERMITS TO 33 NEWLY COMPLETED BUILDINGS. THE TOTAL DECLARED VALUE OF THESE BUILDINGS AMOUNTED TO MORE THAN 8103 MILLION.

APPROVAL WAS ALSO GIVEN LAST MONTH FOR THE DEMOLITION OF 21 OLD BUILDINGS OF WHICH FOUR HAD BEEN DECLARED DANGEROUS BY THE BUILDING AUTHORITY.

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WATER SUPPLY-TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR FIVE HOURS AS FROM 1 A.M. ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 16) TO FACILITATE A TEST FOR LEAKAGE IN THE AREA.

AFFECTED WILL BE PREMISES TAI HO ROAD, SHA TSUI ROAD AND

BOUNDED BY CASTLE PEAK ROAD, HEUNG CHI STREET.

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KWAI FUK ROAD TO BE CLOSED TEMPORARILY

MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED THAT KWAI FUK ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH SHING FUK STREET TO GIN DRINKERS BAY ROAD IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE CLOSED FOR SIX WEEKS AS FROM 10 A.M. ON MONDAY (AUGUST 18).

THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE IS TO FACILITATE ROAD IMPROVEMENT WORKS IN THE AREA.

AT THE SAME TIME, GIN DRINKERS BAY ROAD WILL BE RESTRICTED TO ONE LANE OF TRAFFIC OVER A 600-F00T-L0NG SECTION SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH KWAI FUK ROAD.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE POSTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IS THE LAST DAY TO BUY TICKETS FOR THE YEAR’S SIXTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY AND GIVE YOURSELF A CHANCE TO WIN A FORTUNE.

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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.

WAS SOLD™ 5 P’M’ ™DAY (THURSDAY)» A T0TAL °f 554,000 TICKETS

WINNING NUMBERS WILL BE DRAWN ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 16) AT THE CITY HALL BY FOUR BEAUTIES WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE 1975 MISS HONG KONG CONTEST. THEY ARE MISS TERESA CHU TSUI-KUEN, MISS CONNY KUAN SHUK-FAN, MISS LUCIA SZETO LING-CHI AND MISS CAROL KWOK LAI-YEE.

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INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION SHOULD INCLUDE LIABILITY UNDER COMMON LAW ...........

A PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE WILL BE BUILT IN CHAI WAN FOR 15,000 PEOPLE ............................................. 5

UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE EXAMINATIONS ...................... 6

FIRST PRIZE OF THIS YEAR’S SIXTH LOTTERY WORTH $494,400 . 7

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, ™E GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO RESUME ADOUT 3,500 SQUARE FEET OF LAND AT THE WESTERN END OF QUEEN’S ROAD WEST In ORDER TO ENABLE S0CIETY T0 UNDERTAKE AN URBAN IMPROVEMENT SCHEME IN THE AREA.

THIS WAS ANNOUNCED IN A GAZETTE NOTIFICATION TODAY.

AFFECTED WILL BE A FOUR-STOREY BUILDING WITH SHOPS ON THE GROUND FLOOR AND DOMESTIC FLATS ON THE UPPER FLOORS. THE BUILDING. WHICH WAS CONSTRUCTED IN THE EARLY POST-WAR YEARS, IS IN POOR CONDITION AND CROWDED. IT OCCUPIES 409-499, QUEEN’S ROAD WEST.

FOLLOWING THE POSTING OF RESUMPTION NOTICES TODAY, THE .HOUSING, SOCIETY IS CONTACTING ALL RESIDENTS AND COMMERCIAL OCCUPANTS IN THE BUILDING TO EXPLAIN THE POSITION AND WILL DE MAKING FU’L INVESTIGATIONS OVER THE NEXT few weeks WITH REGARD TO POSSIBLE REFUSING IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD. THIS WILL INVOLVE AN OFFER OF A •V.T WHICH RESIDENTS CAN DUY ON ATTRACTIVE TERMS IN AN ADJOINING LSU BUILDING, MEI SUN LAU, WHICH IS DUE TO DE COMPLETED ADOUT AP. JL 1976.

THE MEI SUN LAU BUILDING WILL CONTAIN 193 SMALL SELF-CONTAINED Fl ATS AND A SHOPPING ARCADE ON THE GROUND FLOOR, WITH A CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND AND SOME COMMUNITY FACILITIES AT TtlE FIRST-FLOOR LEVEL. AD'JUT HALF THE FLATS WILL HAVE A SEA VIEW.

THE PROPERTY NOW GAZETTED FOR RESUMPTION WILL LATER BE DEMOLISHED AND A NEW COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTIAL BLOCK ERECTED ON THE SITE TO HOUSE FAMILIES FROM OTHER URBAN IMPROVEMENT SCHEME PROJECTS IN THE SAME AREA.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SA IDs +THE URBAN IMPROVEMENT SCHEME IS NOT MERELY CONCERNED WITH THE RE-DEVELOPMENT OF PROPERTY- ITS MAIN AIM IS TO OFFER IMPROVED HOUSING FOR THOSE INVOLVED WITHOUT MAKING IT KJCESSARY FOR THEM TO MOVE OUT OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD IN WHICH Tl.T/ HOU LIVE.*

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TO START NEXT MONTH

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START NEXT MONTH ON UTILITY DIVERSIONS AND PRELIMINARY ROADWORKS IN KWUN TONG ROAD AT THE JUNCTION WITH HIP WO STREET AND HOI YUEN ROAD.

THIS WORK IS TO BE CARRIED OUT TO PREPARE FOR A MAJOR ROAD IMPROVEMENT SCHEME FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE OVERHEAD SECTION OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY, INCLUDING KWUN TONG STATION WHICH IS TO BE CARRIED OUT AT THE SAME TIME.

THE SCHEME WILL ENABLE TRAFFIC MOVEMENT IN KWUN TONG ROAD TO CONTINUE WHILST THE RAILWAY IS BEING BUILT.

THE OVERHEAD SECTION OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY WILL BE LOCATED, WHERE POSSIBLE, WITHIN THE EXISTING KWUN TONG ROAD RESERVE IN ORDER TO KEEP INTERFERENCE TO EXISTING BUILDINGS TO , A MINIMUM.

A VEHICULAR UNDERPASS WILL BE CONSTRUCTED TO TAKE KWUN TONG ROAD TRAFFIC UNDER THE JUNCTION WITH HIP WO STREET, AS PART OF A MAJOR ROAD IMPROVEMENT SCHEME IN THE AREA.

THIS WILL INVOLVE CONSIDERABLE TRAFFIC RE-ROUTING, AND THE CONTRACT FOR UTILITY DIVERSIONS AND PRELIMINARY ROADWORKS WILL MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO MAINTAIN ONE LANE OF TRAFFIC IN EACH DIRECTION ON KWUN TONG ROAD DURING THE PERIOD OF CONSTRUCTION OF THE RAILWAY.

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THE REMAINING TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED INTO WAI YIP STREET, WHICH IS TO BE EXTENDED FROM ITS PRESENT TERMINAL POINT AT KING YIP STREET TO JOIN UP WITH THE EXISTING CHA KWO LING ROAD.

_ WHEN COMPLETED, KWUN TONG STATION WILL BE APPROXIMATELY 219 METRES LONG AND WILL PROVIDE THE DENSELY POPULATED INDUSTRIAL AREA OF KWUN TONG WITH A FAST AND REGULAR TRAIN SERVICE TO HONG KONG AND OTHER PARTS OF KOWLOON.

THE PRELIMINARY ROADWORKS ARE DUE TO BEGIN NEXT MONTH AND THE MAIN MASS TRANSIT WORKS ARE EXPECTED TO START IN MAY 1976. THE WHOLE WORK IS DUE FOR COMPLETION BY THE END OF 1979.

A PLAN SHOWING THE AREA AFFECTED BY THE PROJECT MAY BE INSPECTED AT THE CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, HONG KONG, OR AT THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, 1OTH FLOOR, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 405 NATHAN ROAD. KOWLOON. THE PLAN IS ALSO ON DISPLAY AT THE KWUN TONG CITY DISTRICT OFFICE.

A NOTICE GAZETTED TODAY STIPULATES THAT ANY PERSON MAKING A CLAIM FOR COMPENSATION MUST SEND HIS CLAIM IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, THE CLAIM MUST REACH THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR BEFORE THE EXPIRATION OF ONE YEAR FROM THE DATE OF CLOSURE OF THE STREET OR FROM THE COMPLETION OF THE SUBSTANTIAL ALTERATION WHICH IS ALLEGED TO HAVE CAUSED PECUNIARY LOSS OR DAMAGE.

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GOVT GRANTS 827,200 TO WIDOW OF SLAIN HAWKER « if if if ft if

THE WIDOW OF MR. WONG HAK-KEUNG, THE HAWKER WHO WAS STABBED TO DEATH WHILE TRYING TO STOP A ROBDER IN SIIAMSHUIPO LAST TUESDAY, IS TO RECEIVE $27,200 AS COMPENSATION FROM THE GOVERNMENT UNDER tAe CRIMINAL INJURIES COMPENSATION SCHEME.

THE MONEY IS BEING AWARDED BY THE SCHEME’S COMPENSATION BOARD WHICH MET THIS (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON.

MR. OSWALD CHEUNG, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, SAID THE BOARD WAS INCREASING THE AWARD BY 100 PERCENT IN RECOGNITION OF MR. WONG’S BRAVE ACTION IN TRYING TO STOP THE ROBBER.

! THE MONEY WILL BE PAID TO MADAME LIN PIK-LAN TOMORROW (SATURDAY) MORNING BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WHICH ADMINISTERS THE SCHEME.

MR. F.S. CLARK, ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SWD, WILL MAKE THE PRESENTATION.

THE SWD HAS ASSURED MADAME LIN THAT SHOULD SHE AND HER TWO-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER REQUIRE PUBLIC HOUSING, THE DEPARTMENT WILL HELP HER OBTAIN IT. AT PRESENT, MADAME LIN AND HER DAUGHTER ARE STAYING WITH RELATIVES.

NOTE TO EDITORS* THE PRESENTATION WILL TAKE PLACE AT 10 A.M. TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE PAYMENT’S CONTROL SECTION OF THE SWD, 17TH FLOOR, KOWLOON CENTRAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.

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EMPLOYERS WERE TODAY URGED TO ENSURE THAT THEIR INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION ALSO INCLUDED LIABILITY UNDER COMMON LAW AND OTHER LEGISLATIONS LIKE THE OCCUPIERS LIABILITY ORDINANCE AND THE FATAL ACCIDENTS ORDINANCE.

ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MRS. SOO MOK SAU-HA.

TOLD TODAY’S LUNCHEON OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF KOWLOON NORTH THAT EMPLOYERS OFTEN OVERLOOKED THE FACT THAT THE WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION ORDINANCE DID NOT IN ANY WAY LIMIT THE CIVIL RIGHT OF AN INJURED WORKER TO CLAIM DAMAGES UNDER COMMON LAW AGAINST HIS EMPLOYER OR A THIRD PARTY, ALTHOUGH IN AWARDING SUCH DAMAGES THE COURT WOULD NORMALLY DEDUCT THE AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION ALREADY PAID.

UNDER THE LAW, SHE SAID, A WORKMAN MIGHT RECEIVE COMPENSATION AND ALSO CLAIM FOR DAMAGES WHEN HIS INJURY WAS CAUSED BY THE NEGLIGENCE, BREACH OF STATUTORY DUTY OR OTHER WRONGFUL ACT OR OMISSION OF THE EMPLOYER OR OF ANY PERSON FOR WHOSE ACT OR DEFAULT THE EMPLOYER WAS RESPONSIBLE.

AS AN EXAMPLE, MRS. SOO CITED THE RECENT CASE OF A MOULDING MACHI NE OPERATOR WHO WAS AWARDED A TOTAL OF $246,250 — THE HIGHEST AWARD KNOWN TO THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT FOR PERSONAL INJURY IN A WORK ACCIDENT.

THE WORKER CONCERNED BECAME PARALYSED AFTER RECEIVING ELECTRIC SHOCK ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE EXISTENCE OF A FAULTY ELECTRIC FAN AT THE PLACE OF WORK. +THE WORKMAN IS NOW PERMANENTLY BEDRIDDEN AND WAS ASSESSED TO HAVE AN EXPECTATION OF LIFE OF ONLY A FEW YEARS,* SHE SAID.

WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE LEGAL AID DEPARTMENT, THE DISABLED WORKMAN SUED HIS FORMER EMPLOYER FOR .NEGLIGENCE. THE JUDGE FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF CONTRIBUTORY NEGLIGENCE BY THE EMPLOYEE AND HELD THE EMPLOYER LIABLE UNDER THE OCCUPIERS LIABILITY ORDINANCE AS WELL AS UNDER COMMON LAW. AFTER DEDUCTION OF THE WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION ALREADY PAID, THE WORKER RECEIVED A FURTHER SUM OF ABOUT $200,000.

MRS. SOO WENT ON TO SAY THAT IN 1974, SOME 31,000 ACCIDENTS WERE REPORTED TO THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, INCLUDING 234 FATALITIES.

♦SUCH AN ACCIDENT OFTEN LEAVES A WORKMAN PERMANENTLY DISABLED WITH A LOSS IN EARNING CAPACITY,* SHE SAID. *IF HE IS KILLED HIS DEPENDANTS MIGHT BE LEFT DESTITUTE.*

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uNDER THE WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION ORDINANCE. PAYABLE FALLS INTO THREE MAIN CATEGORIES.

COMPENSATION

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* FOR TEMPORARY INCAPACITY, WHETHER PARTIAL OR TOTAL, COMPENSATION WOULD TAKE THE FORM OF PERIODICAL PAYMENTS THROUGHOUT THE PERIOD OF INCAPACITY, PAYABLE ON THE WORKER’S NORMAL PAY DAYS.

COMPENSATION FOR PERMANENT INCAPACITY, WHETHER PARTIAL OR fOTAL WOULD BE A LUMP SUM, SUBJECT TO A MAXIMUM OF 830,000 AND A MINIMUM OF $12,800 DEPENDING ON THE DEGREE OF INCAPACITY ASSESSED.

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NEW HOMES FOR 15,000 IN CHAI WAN

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS TO BUILD A MODERN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE FOR THE HOUSING AUTHORITY IN AREA SIX IN CHAI WAN WHICH WILL EVENTUALLY PROVIDE ACCOMMODATION FOR ABOUT 15,000 PEOPLE.

THE FIRST PHASE OF THE MULTI-MILL I ON-DOLLAR PROJECT INCLUDES THE CONSTRUCTION OF THREE SEVEN-STOREY ESTATE BLOCKS, TOO PRIMARY SCHOOLS, A WELFARE HALL, A RESTAURANT, A POST OFFICE AND AN ESTATE OFFICE.

WORK ON THIS PHASE WILL BEGIN IN OCTOBER THIS YEAR. WHEN COMPLETED IN DECEMBER 1976 THE THREE ESTATE BLOCKS WILL PROVIDE ACCOMMODATION FOR SOME 5,000 PEOPLE.

THE SECOND STAGE OF THE PROJECT COMPRISES THE BUILDING OF A 22-STOREY HOUSING BLOCK AND A MODERN COMMERCIAL COMPLEX.

THIS HIGH-RISE BUILDING WHICH WILL HOUSE MORE THAN 10,000 PEOPLE IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN EARLY 1978.

THE ESTATE WILL BE PROVIDED WITH COMMUNITY AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES WHICH HAVE BEEN DESIGNED TO A HIGHER STANDARD CURRENTLY ADOPTED FOR ALL PUBLIC HOUSING PROJECTS.

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THE FIRST CERTIFICATE IN ENGLISH EXAMINATION (F.C.E.) AND THE CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY IN ENGLISH EXAMINATION (C.P.E.) OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE ARE SCHEDULED TO BE HELD ON DECEMBER 9 AND DECEMBER 10 AND 11 RESPECTIVELY FOR HONG KONG STUDENTS.

THE EXAMINATIONS ARE OPEN TO CANDIDATES WHO ARE ABOVE THE AGE OF 16 AND WHOSE MOTHER-TONGUE IS NOT ENGLISH.

ENTRY FORMS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE EXAMINATIONS DIVISION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 393 CANTON ROAD, 11TH FLOOR, KOWLOON, BEGINNING FROM MONDAY (AUGUST 18).

FEES FOR THE EXAMINATIONS RANGE FROM $45 FOR OPTIONAL PAPER TO $110 FOR THE WHOLE EXAMINATION.

CANDIDATES PREPARING FOR THE EXAMINATION BY ATTENDING COURSES IN SCHOOLS SHOULD REGISTER THEIR ENTRIES THROUGH THEIR RESPECTIVE SCHOOLS. CANDIDATES NOT BEING PRESENTED BY A SCHOOL MAY APPLY TO ENTER AS PRIVATE CANDIDATES.

COMPLETED ENTRY FORMS FOR PRIVATE CANDIDATES. TOGETHER WITH PROOF OF IDENTITY (HONG KONG IDENTITY CARD OR PASSPORT) AND TWO RECENT PHOTOGRAPHS (SIZE 2-1/2 IN. X 2 IN.) MUST BE SUBMITTED IN PERSON AT THE EXAMINATION DIVISION BETWEEN 9 A.M. AND 4 P.M. FROM AUGUST 18 TO 22.

PRIVATE CANDIDATES ARE ADVISED THAT-NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE,ACCEPTED. ALL FEES MUST BE PAID, IN CASH OR BY CHEQUE, ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 26 TO THE ACCOUNTS OFFICE, EXAMINATIONS DIVISION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES.

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FIRST PRIZE OF LOTTERY WORTH 8494,400 anna

SOMEONE WILL BE RICHER BY 8494,400 TOMORROW (SATURDAY) WHEN THE FIRST PRIZE OF THE SIXTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY IS DRAWN.

A TOTAL OF 618,000 TICKETS WAS SOLD UP TO 9 P.M. TODAY (FRIDAY) WHEN SALES CLOSED. THE TOTAL PROCEEDS REACHED $1,236,000.

THE SECOND PRIZE IS WORTH $49,440, AND THE THIRD PRIZE $4,944. EACH OF THE 50 SPECIAL PRIZES IS WORTH $1,236, AND EACH OF THE 212 CONSOLATION PRIZES IS WORTH $618.

UNDER A NEW ARRANGEMENT. THE NUMBER OF CONSOLATION PRIZES HAS BEEN INCREASED FROM 106 TO 212 AND THE PRIZE IS NOW AWARDED TO HOLDERS OF THE TWO CONSECUTIVE NUMBERS IMMEDIATELY ABOVE OR BELOW A WINNING NUMBER DRAWN IN THE LOTTERY.

THE WINNING NUMBERS WILL BE DRAWN AT 10 A.M. TOMORROW IN THE CITY HALL THEATRE BY FOUR 1975 MISS HONG KONG CONTESTANTS -MISS TERESA CHU TSUI-KUEN, MISS CONNY KWAN SHUK-FAN, MISS LUCIA SZETO LING-CHI AND MISS CAROL KWOK LAI-YEE.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 16, 1975

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OPERATORS OF DANGEROUS GOODS LORRIES URGED TO APPLY FOR ANNUAL LICENCES FOR THEIR VEHICLES....................  , ' 1

JULY WEATHER ROUNDUP.......................................... 2

HOLDER OF LOTTERY TICKET NO. 165349 WINS S494,4OO............ 3

GOVERNOR TO VISIT GARMENT FACTORY IN SAN PO KONG ON MONDAY.......................................................... 4

LEARNER-DRIVERS BANNED FROM USING GIN DRINKERS BAY ROAD... 4

EXHIBITION OF RARE STALACTITES FROM MOUNTAIN CAVES IN CHINA AT YUEN LONG TOWN HALL................................. 5

TENANTS OF BUILDING TO BE RESUMED FOR URBAN IMPROVEMENT

PROJECT IN WESTERN HAVE AMPLE TIME TO MOVE................... 6

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

SATURDAY, AUGUST 16, 1975

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UNLICENSED DANGEROUS GOODS CARRIERS FACE LEGAL ACTION it it it it it it

OPERATORS OF DANGEROUS GOODS LORRIES ARE URGED TO APPLY TO THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR ANNUAL LICENCES FOR THEIR VEHICLES.

LETTERS TO THIS EFFECT WITH APPLICATION FORMS ATTACHED EAVE DEEN SENT TO ALL OPERATORS REGISTERED WITH THE FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU WHO HAVE NOT APPLIED SO FAR.

THE BUREAU HAS A TOTAL OF 1,696 AUTHORISED VEHICLES ON RECORD DUT APPLICATIONS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED IN RESPECT OF ONLY 394 OF THEM.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT ONCE OPERATORS HAD COMPLETED THE APPLICATION FORMS AND SUBMITTED THEM TO THE BUREAU, THEY WERE THEN AUTHORISED TO CONTINUE USING THEIR VEHICLES TO CARRY DANGEROUS GOODS UNTIL ISSUED WITH AN ANNUAL LICENCE.

+THE DEPARTMENT THEREFORE URGES ALL OPERATORS WHO HAVE ROT ALREADY DONE SO TO APPLY IMMEDIATELY,* HE ADDED.

ANNUAL LICENSING OF VEHICLES PREVIOUSLY AUTHORISED DY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO CARRY COMPRESSED OR LIQUIFIED GASES AND FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS BECAME LAW IN 1973, AND WAS ENFORCED FROM APRIL 1 THIS YEAR.

ALL REGISTERED OPERATORS WERE SENT A LETTER SEVERAL MONTHS IN ADVANCE ADVISING THEM OF THE DATE OF IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LEW LAW AND REQUESTING THEM TO APPLY TO THE BUREAU FOR LICENCES. APPLICATION FORMS WERE ALSO ATTACHED TO THIS LETTER.

HE SAID THAT ONE OF THE REQUIREMENTS OF. THE NEW LICENSING ARRANGEMENT WAS THAT THE VEHICLE HAD TO DE INSPECTED BY FILE PREVENTION BUREAU STAFF AT HARBOUR ROAD FIRE STATION TO ENSURE \HAT IT CONFORMED WITH STIPULATED SAFETY STANDARDS.

BEFORE THIS INSPECTION CAN TAKE PLACE, HOWEVER, A CURRENT CERTIFICATE OF ROAD-WORTHI NESS MUST HAVE DEEN ISSUED BY THE •iRAHSPORT DEPARTMENT.

THE LETTER TO OPERATORS STATES THAT THEY WILL DE GIVEN 14 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THE LETTER TO GET THEIR APPLICATION FORMS TO THE FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU, FAILINS WHICH, LEGAL ACTION WILL DE TAKEN IF THEY ARE FOUND USING A VEHICLE IN CONTRAVENTION OF REGULATIONS.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT THE PURPOSE OF ANNUAL LICENSING WAS TO ENSURE THE MAINTENANCE OF HIGH SAFETY STANDARDS ON VEHICLES USED FOR CARRYING DANGEROUS GOODS IN THE INTEREST OF PUBLIC SAFETY

THE PENALTY FOR CARRYING COMPRESSED OR LIQUIFIED GASES AND FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS ON A VEHICLE WITHOUT A LICENCE CAN DE A FINE GF 68,000 AND SIX MONTHS IMPRISONMENT.

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LAST MONTH’S WEATHER WAS SUNNIER AND DRIER THAN USUAL WITH SUNSHINE 15.9 HOURS ABOVE NORMAL AND RAINFALL 79.3 MM DELOW NORMAL.

JULY WAS THE FIRST MONTH SINCE FEDRUARY THIS YEAR WITH BELOW AVERAGE RAINFALL. TOTAL RAINFALL RECORDED AMOUNTED TO 292.4 MM WHICH REPRESENTED ABOUT 79 PER CENT OF THE AVERAGE FOR JULY.

DESPITE THE DELOW-AVERAGE RAINFALL DURING THE MONTH, THE ACCUMULATED RAINFALL SINCE THE DEG I NNI EG OF THE YEAR WAS SI ILL 44 PER CENT MORE THAN THE AVERAGE FOR THE SAME PERIOD.

THE WEATHER DURING THE FIRST ELEVEN DAYS OF THE MONTH WAS MAINLY HOT AND FINE, APART FROM SOME BRIEF MORNING SHOWERS, AND ON THE TENTH DAY THE AIR TEMPERATURE ROSE TO A MAXIMUM OF 32.7 DEGREES CELSIUS - THE HIGHEST RECORDED FOR THE MONTH.

HEAVY SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WERE EXPERIENCED FROM JULY 12 TO 16 AS A SERIES OF UPPER AIR DISTURBANCES MOVED ACROSS SOUTH CHINA FROM EAST TO WEST. DURING THESE FIVE DAYS, THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY RECORDED 240.7 MM CF RAINFALL, MORE THAN CO PER CENT CF THE MONTH’S TOTAL FIGURE.

THE HEAVY DOWNPOUR CAUSED SOME FLOODING IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND TWO PERSONS WERE WASHED AWAY INTO A STREAM. COMPARATIVELY COOLER CONDITIONS WERE EXPERIENCED DURING THIS PERIOD AND THE MONTH’S LOWEST TEMPERATURE CF 23.5 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS RECORDED ON JULY 13.

ON JULY 17 AND 1G, THE WEATHER IMPROVED TEMPORARILY AS A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE FROM THE PACIFIC ANTICYCLONE EXTENDED WESTWARDS TO COVER SOUTH CHINA. HOWEVER, CLOUDY WEATHER SOU) RETURNED OH JULY 19 WITH SHOWERS REPORTED DURING THE FOLLOWING FIVE DAYS.

ON JULY 25, THE SOUTHWEST MONSOON OVER THE NORTHERN PfRT CF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA WEAKENED AND THE WEATHER ICJ HONG K0L3 BECAME FINE AND SUNNY UNTIL THE END 07 THE MOUTH. » .

TWO TROPICAL CYCLONES WERE REPORTED OVER THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC DURING THE MOUTH. NO AIRCRAFT WAS DIVERTED FROM H0I.3 KONG INTER HAT I ORAL AIRPORT AI.D NO FIRE DANGER WARNINGS WERE ISSUED.

DURING THE MONTH, A TOTAL OF 10 THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS AND THREE THUNDERSTORM AND HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS WERE ISSUED.

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HOLDER OF TICKET NO. 165349.

WINS $494,400 if if if if

THE LUCKY HOLDER OF TICKET NUMBER 165349 TODAY WON THE FIRST PRIZE OF $494,400 AT THE DRAW OF THE SIXTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE.

THE WINNING NUMBER FOR THE SECOND PRIZE OF $49,440 IS 202242 WHILE THE THIRD PRIZE OF $4,944 WENT TO THE HOLDER OF TICKET NUMBER 159581.

THE THREE PRIZES WERE DRAWN BY FIVE 1975 MISS HONG KONG CONTESTANTS — MISS MARY CHEUNG, MISS TERESA CHU TSUI-KUEN, MISS CONNY KWAN SHUK-FAN, MISS LUCIA SZETO LING-CHI AND MISS CAROL KWOK LAI-YEB THIS MORNING.

WINNING NUMBERS OF THE 50 SPECIAL PRIZES OF $1,236 EACH AREs -

394 133619 297479 416064 483522

1398 157882 312894 418194 489123

13094 159907 313626 422904 493077

35196 108015 327993 429352 514849

55750 . 196571 329848 444225 545465

65615 200063 344310 454606 556731

72765 2151C0 371321 455464 578656

98531 216733 389107 458737 586428

115238 233332 389155 460780 592491

125937 278078 390457 480125 604592

THERE ARE ALSO 212 CONSOLATION PRIZES OF $618 EACH AWARDED TO HOLDERS OF THE TWO CONSECUTIVE NUMBERS IMMEDIATELY ABOVE OR BELOW A WINNING NUMBER DRAWN IN THE LOTTERY.

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE. WILL BE PAYING A VISIT TO A GARMENT FACTORY IN KOWLOON ON MONDAY (AUGUST 18).

THE FACTORY, THE JAN SIN MEE GARMENTS MANUFACTURING COMPANY, IS SITUATED AT 17“19 LUK HOP STREET, SAN PO KONG. IT PRODUCES A WILE RANGE OF PRODUCTS INCLUDING BLOUSES, SHIRTS, DRESSES, SKIRTS, JEANS, PYJAMAS, NIGHTGOWNS AND OVERALLS^

SIR MURRAY WILL DE ACCOMPANIED ON THE VISIT DY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR GF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. ROY PORTER.

THE GARMENT INDUSTRY IS THE LARGEST MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY IN HONG KORS. IT ACCOUNTS FOR OVER 30. PER CENT OF THE LOCAL DOMESTIC EXPORT AND PROVIDES EMPLOYMENT FOR MORE THAN 173,000 WORKERS IN MORE THAN 4,100 FACTORIES.

HONG KONG’S DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF GARMENTS LAST YEAR AMOUNTED TO HKS8,752 MILLION REPRESENTING AH INCREASE OF 17.4 PER CENT OVER 1973’S FIGURE.

NOTE TO EDITORS#

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE EVENT. THE GOVERNOR WILL ARRIVE AT THE FACTORY, AT , 17-19 LUK HO? STREET, SAN PO KONG, AT 2.45 P.M. HE WILL SPEND

MORE THAN AH HOUR AT.THE FACTORY BEFORE LEAVING AT 4.C0 P.M.

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LEARNER-DRIVERS BANNED FROM USING GIN DRINKERS BAY ROAD 44 44 14 44 €4 44

MOTOR VEHICLES DRIVEN BY LEARNER-DRIVERS UNDERGOING DRIVING INSTRUCTIONS WILL NOT DE ALL0V!° !KRS

BAY ROAD IN KWAI CHUNG AS FROM 10 A.M. NEXT MONDAY (AUGUST lu).

THE ARRANGEMENT IS INTENDED TO MINIMISE TRAFFIC CONGESTION WHILE ROADWORKS ARE BEING CARRIED OUT OH THAT ROAD. APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGHS WILL DE POSTED TO INDICATE THE PROHIBITION.

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EXHIBITION OF RARE STALACTITES IN YUEN LONG # it it it it a

A COLLECTION OF RARE STALACTITES TAKEN FROM MOUNTAIN CAVES IN CHINA WILL BE DISPLAYED IN THE YUEN LONG TOWN HALL AT THE END OF THIS MONTH.

THE COLLECTION CONSISTS OF SEVERAL HUNDRED RARE STALACTITES REMOVED FROM CAVES IN KWEILIN AND KWANGS I. THEY ARE SAID TO BE A FEW THOUSAND YEARS OLD AND HAVE A VARIETY OF DAZZLING COLOURS.

THEIR NATURAL SHAPES, UNTOUCHED BY ANY OTHER ARTIFICIAL PROCESS, RESEMBLE VARIOUS INTERESTING FORMS SUCH AS AN EAGLE IN FLIGHT OR

A TOWERING CLIFF. <

THE COLLECTION WILL GO ON DISPLAY FOR NINE DAYS, AFTER WHICH IT WILL BE SHOWN ELSEWHERE IN SOUTH EAST ASIA.

DURING THE EXHIBITION, THERE WILL ALSO BE A DISPLAY OF FLOWERS AND POTTED PLANTS.

ADMISSION TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE AT THE YUEN LONG TOWN HALL AT SI EACH AND 50 CENTS FOR CHILDREN. PART OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE TOWN HALL. ,

THE EXHIBITION JOINTLY SPONSORED BY THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE, YUEN LONG TOWN HALL AND A HONG KONG FLORAL COMPANY, WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED BY THE WIFE OF THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW .TERRITORIES, MRS. DAVID AKERS-JONES, ON AUGUST 29 AT 5.30 P.M. -• -

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY ON AUGUST 29.

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URBAN IMPROVEMENT PROJECT IN WESTERN

AMPLE TIME FOR TENANTS TO MOVE it if if if if if

TENANTS OF A FOUR-STOREY BUILDING IN QUEEN’S ROAD WEST WHICH l<? TO BE RESUMED FOR A HOUSING SOCIETY URBAN IMPROVEMENT PROJECT are UNLIKELY TO DE REQUIRED TO MOVE OUT BEFORE APRIL NEXT YEAR, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

HF WAS COMMENTING ON REPORTS THAT TENANTS WERE COMPLAINING THAT THE fflREE MONTHS NOTICE GIVEN YESTERDAY OF THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENT!0 • TO RESUME THE PROPERTY GAVE THEM IN SUFFICIENT TIME TO MOVE.

THE BUILDING, AT KOS. 469-499 QUEEN’S ROAD WEST, IS IN POOR CONDITION AND IS OVERCROWDED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE END OF THE PERIOD OF NOTICE WAS NOT THE DATE ON WHICH TENANTS WOULD HAVE TO LEAVE. IT WAS THE DATE ON WIII CH THE LAND REVERTS TO THE CROWN. + IT IS HOT TRIE THEREFORE,* HE SAID, *THAT TENANTS WILL HAVE TO QUIT THE BUILDING IN THREE MONTHS.*

THE HOSUING SOCIETY IS NOW CONTACTI NG ALL OCCUPANTS AND COMMERCIAL TENANTS OF THE BUILDING. THE POSITION WILL BE EXPLAINED TO THEM AND FULL INVESTIGATIONS WILL DE MADE OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS REGARDING RE-HOUSING ARRANGEMENTS.

THIS WILL INVOLVE THE OFFER OF A FLAT IN AN ADJOINING BUILDING, MEI SUN LAU.WHICH RESIDENTS CAN PURCHASE ON ATTRACTIVE T^RMS *THI§ MEANS THOSE AFFECTED WILL BE OFFERED BETTER HOUSING WITHOUT HAVING TO MOVE OUT OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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MORE PEOPLE LICENSED TO DRIVE 5': n n n

THERE HAVE DEEN MORE PEOPLE LICENSED TO DRIVE DESPITE A CONTINUED DROP IN THE NUMBER OF REGISTERED VEHICLES SINCE \HE END OF 1973.

THE NUMBER CF DRIVING LICENCE APPLICATIONS HAS REMAIN'D STEADY EACH MONTH ALTHOUGH MaRE PEOPLE CONTINUE GIVING UP THAN AC HIRING CAR OWNERSHIP.

AT THE END (F JUNE THIS YEAR, THERE WERE 485-321 LICEISED DRIVERS AGAINST 589,9?>5 REGISTERED VEHICLES OF WlfiCil 116,£ 5 WERE PRIVATE CARS. THIS REPRESENTS AH INCREASE CF 34,011 DRIVEN OVER t.OVEMOER 1973 WHICH RECORDED THE HIGHEST TOTAL OF 202,-953 lEGISi’ERED VEIIICIES.

AS DRIVING I ICENCES CAN DE ENDORSED FOR DRIVING ADD IT OMAN CLASSES GF VEIIICIES A!Ti!R THE APPRO!-RI ATE TEST'S, <75,929 (-. THE I I CENSED DRIVERS ARE INTITLED TO DRIVE PRIVATE CAI;- 63,702 MOTORCYCLE* 49,6 3, PI D’ IC AND PRIVATE LIGHT DUS* !'.0,lCj5, L (OLDS VEHICLE* 6 ,9G"a TAX! AND PUBLIC CAR- AND 29,LOO TO RIVE . LULL IC AND PR IVA' E OJIMLUS.

' IN JUNE ALOIE, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ISSUED 5.170 PROVISIONAL DRIV-UG LICENCES TO APPLICANTS WHO UICI1 TO UHD RGO WIVING TRAINING, AND 10,357 TESTS FORMS FOR DRIVING TEST APPOINTMENTS.

DURING THE CAME MONTH, THE DEPARTMENT’S-DRIVING TESTS SECTION COtJDUCTE? A TuT/.L OF 13,500 DRIVING TESTS FOR VARI US CLASSES GF VEHICLES, WHICH INCLUDED 3,239 WRITTEN TESTS AH 6,335 CONDI NED R* AD TEST'S, DOTH FOR PRIVATE CARS, AS WELL tS •7 TESTS FOR LIGLT DUSES.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THE STATISTICS INDICATED SOME AI PL I CANTS MIGHT ROT HAVE AH IMMEDIATE HEED FOR A DRIVING LICENCE AN) WERE APPLYING FOR ONE EITHER AS A ST. TUS SYMBOL OR BECAUSE IT HIGHT DE USEFUL IN THE FUTURE.

HE SAID THERE WERE 79,535 DRIVING LICENCE APPLICANTS (N THE WAITING LIST FOR WRITTEN OR ROAD TESTS AT THE END GF JUNE. THE WAITING TIME FOR A PRIVATE CAR WRITTEN TEST WAS ONE MONTH WHILE THAT FOR PRIVATE CAR ROAD TEST WAS SIX MONTHS ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND EIGHT AND A HALF MOUTHS IN KOWLOON, HE ADDED.

♦OF THE 13,500 TESTS CONDUCTED IN JUNE, 6,474 APPLICANTS PASSED THE TEST THE AVERAGE PASS RATE IS 48 PER CENT,* HE LAID.

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DURING THE FIRST SIX MOUTHS OF THIS YEAR, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, . TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT CONDUCTED A TOTAL OF 82,873 DRIVING TESTS OUT OF 107,708 APPOINTMENTS, IT MEANS THAT MORE THAN 24,800 CANDIDATES FAILED TO TURN UP FOR THEIR TESTS.

+ONE REASON COULD BE THAT SOME CANDIDATES MIGHT HAVE CONSIDERED THEMSELVES NOT HAVING ENOUGH DRIVING LESSONS BY THE TIME THEIR APPOINTMENT WAS DUE,+ HE SAID.

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NEW COINS CIRCULATE TOMORROW a a a a

THE NEW 20-CENT AND $2 COINS WILL START CIRCULATING TOMORROW (MONDAY). THE LIGHTER-WEIGHT COINS, EASILY RECOGNISABLE THROUGH THEIR SCALLOPED EDGE, CAN BE OBTAINED IN MOST BANK OFFICES.

DESPITE THE SCALLOPED EDGE, THE NEW COINS ALSO HAVE A FEW MORE DISTINCTIVE FEATURES.

ON THE OBVERSE SIDE OF THE COIN IS A NEW HEAD PORTRAIT OF THE QUEEN. IT IS THE SAME EFFIGY AS THAT USED IN THE COMMEMORATIVE GOLD COIN TO MARK THE QUEEN’S VISIT LAST MAY.

ANOTHER DISTINCTIVE FEATURE IS THE WAY IN WHICH THE WORDS +QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND+ ARE PLACED ON THE SIDE DEARING THE PORTRAIT.

ON THE PRESENT COINAGE, THE WORDS START ON A LEVEL WITH THE CROWN AND RUN FROM RIGHT TO LEFT UNDER THE EFFIGY. ON THE IWO NEW COINS, THE SAME WORDING RUNS FROM LEFT TO RIGHT ABOVE THE PORTRAIT.

. IN ADDITION. A PLAIN RIM IS USED IN THE NEW COINS INSTEAD OF HIE PRESENT COINAGE’S MILLED EDGE.

THE REVERSE SIDE OF THE NEW COINS REMAINS BASICALLY UNCHANGED.

THE COPPERY-COLOURED 20-CENT IS MINTED OF NICKEL BRASS WHILE CUPRO-NICKEL IS USED IN STRIKING THE-SILVERY-COLOURED 32 COINS.

A TOTAL OF 70 MILLION 20-CENT AND 60 MILLION 32 COINS HAVE BEEJ$ ORDERED FROM THE ROYAL MINT IN BRITAIN. THE INITIAL ISSUE COMPRISES 17 MILLION 20-CENT AND 12.25 MILLION 32 COINS.

UNDER AN AGREEMENT SIGNED BETWEEN THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AND THE LLOYDS BANK INTERNATIONAL. THE GOVERNMENT RECENTLY NEGOTIATED A EURODOLLAR LOAN FOR THE EQUIVALENT OF ABOUT HK > 17 MILLION PRIMARILY TO FINANCE THE PURCHASE OF THE NEW COINAGE.

THE TOO NEW COINS ARE THE FIRST IN A SERIES TO BE INTRODUCED UNDER A THREE-YEAR PHASED PROGRAMME RECOMMENDED DY THE COINAGE REVIEW COMMITTEE.

THE OTHER NEW COINS TO BE INTRODUCED ARE A 35 COIN TO REPLACE THE 35 NOTE, AND THE SMALLER AND LIGHTER NEU 31 AND 50-CENT PIECES TO SUPERSEDE THE EXISTING 31 AND 50-CENT COINS WHICH ARE GENERALLY CONSIDERED TOO LARGE AND HEAVY,

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MANPOWER SURVEY REPORTS ON

PRINTING AND CLOTHING INDUSTRIES ON SALE H « if

THE REPORTS OF SPECIAL MANPOWER SURVEYS OF THE PRINTING AND CLOTHING INDUSTRIES HAVE NOW BEEN PRINTED AND ARE ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, STAR FERRY CONCOURSE, HONG KONG.

THE REPORTS, THE SECOND CARRIED OUT FOR EACH INDUSTRY, ARE PUBLISHED IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE.

BESIDES STATISTICAL INFORMATION ON THE EMPLOYMENT STRUCTURE OF THE TWO INDUSTRIES, THE REPORTS SHOW THE NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES ENGAGED IN EACH PRINCIPAL JOB AT TECHNICIAN, CRAFTSMAN AND UNSKILLED LEVELS, THE EDUCATION STANDARD REQUIRED FOR THE DIFFERENT JOBS, AND THE TRAINING NEEDS OF THE INDUSTRIES.

THEY ALSO CONTAIN RECOMMENDATIONS, MADE TO BOTH THE INDUSTRIES AND THE GOVERNMENT IN THE LIGHT OF THE FINDINGS OF THE SURVEYS, ON MEASURES NECESSARY TO MEET THE TRAINING NEEDS OF THE TWO INDUSTRIES.

THE SURVEYS WERE CONDUCTED IN 1972 AND 1973, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS' DEPARTMENT AND THE COLONIAL SECRETARIAT, BY THE PRINTING AND CLOTHING INDUSTRIAL COMMITTEES OF THE FORMER INDUSTRIAL TRAINING ADVISORY COMMITTEE WHICH WAS SUCCEEDED BY THE PRESENT HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL.

THE REPORTS HAVE BEEN PREPARED BY THE COUNCIL’S PRINTING INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD AND CLOTHING INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD RESPECTIVELY AND THEIR CONTENTS HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED AND ACCEPTED BY THE TRAINING COUNCIL.

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TICKETS FOR 7TH LOTTERY NOW ON SALE a * a a «

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

THEY ARE AVAILABLE UNTIL AUGUST 29 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 CITY HALL THEATRE AT 10 A.M. ON AUGUST 30.

THERE WILL BE A TOTAL OF 265 PRIZES — A FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD PRIZES TOGETHER WITH 50 SPECIAL AND 212 CONSOLATION PRIZES. THESE PRIZES MUST BE CLAIMED WITHIN TWO YEARS AFTER THE NUMBERS ARE PUBLISHED, THAT IS, BEFORE SEPTEMBER 2, 1977.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

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

HONG KONG HOUSING AUTHORITY

Sunday, August 17» 1975

WATERFALL BAY PARK

Waterfall Bay Park will be a popular attraction when it opens to the general public at the end of the year.

The park, now under construction on the slope of the headland on which Wah Fu Estate stands, has an area of about seven acres. It is designed and built by the Housing Department on behalf of the Urban Council.

A special feature of the park is its mile-long walkway, interspersed with children playgrounds, sitting-out areas, picnic spots and barbeque pits.

A pavilion, which is now near completion, is located on a site overlooking a 100-foot waterfall from which the park derives its name. Shortly to go up adjacent to the pavilion will be a plaque on which the history of the waterfall will be inscribed.

The project architect has also given much thought to landscaping and the entire park will be planted with trees, shrubs and flowers beautifully laid out.

As the park stretches from Waterfall Bay to Kellet Bay, there will be a number of places from which the public can enter or leave.

The progress of work was slightly held up earlier this year pending the resiting of a group of hawkers who had to ply their trade elsewhere to make way for the development of the public park.

The problem was speedily resolved by the Housing Department and the Urban Services Department.

"In view of the need to provide more marketing facilities for tenants of Wah Fu Estate, additional market stalls were built at the Town Centre and these were let recently by instant tender from these hawkers.

"Those who were successful have already moved in and are doing good business," a Housing Department spokesman said.

The remainder, he added, have been resited to an open-air car park within the Waterfall Bay Park where they are allowed to ply their trade between 8 a.m. daily.

These arrangements have worked out satisfactorily.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 1975

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SECURITIES COMMISSION APPROVED CODE ON TAKEOVERS AND MERGERS .................................... 1

HONG KONG SEEKING IMMEDIATE CONSULATION WITH EEC ON

TEXTILE QUOTA PROBLEM .......................... 4

ED’S PLACEMENT SERVICE FOUND ALTERNATIVE TEACHING POSTS FOR ALL 205 REDUNDANT PRIMARY TEACHERS ......... 5

TWO COMPETITIONS FEATURED IN SEVENTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY 6

RESERVOIRS 98.4 PER CENT OF FULL CAPACITY....... 7

DANGEROUS BUILDINGS IN WILMER STREET ........... 7

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

MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 197.

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TAKEOVER CODE APPROVED « « « «

THE SECURITIES COMMISSION HAS APPROVED A CODE ON TAKEOVERS AND MERGERS FOR HONG KONG WHICH HAS DEEN DRAWN UP AFTER DISCUSSIONS WITH UNDERWRITERS, MERCHANT BANKS, THE HONG KONG' FEDERATION OF . STOCK EXCHANGES AND OTHERS.

THE CODE, TO PROVIDE GUIDELINES FOR COMPANIES AND THEIR ADVISERS WHO CONTEMPLATE OR BECOME INVOLVED IN TAKEOVERS AND MERGERS, WAS FINALLY AGREED AT A MEETING HELD LAST THURSDAY (AUGUST 14).

ANNOUNCING APPROVAL OF THE CODE TODAY A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECURITIES COMMISSION SAID THAT IT WILL BE ADMINISTERED BY A COMMITTEE CONSISTING OF ONE OFFICIAL AND TWO UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE SECURITIES COMMISSION, ONE REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE HONG KONG FEDERATION OF STOCK EXCHANGES AND TWO OTHERS REPRESENTING FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS.

THE COMMITTEE WILL APPOINT A SECRETARY WHO WILL NORMALLY BE A MEMBER OF THE STAFF OF THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR SECURITIES.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS WILL HOLD OFFICE FOR ONE YEAR, BUT MAY BE RE-ELECTED. AS A BODY IT WILL HAVE THE POWER TO CO-OPT MEMBERS TO ASSIST IN SPECIFIC CASES. • „

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE FOR THE FIRST YEAR ENDING AUGUST 31, 1976, IS MR. JAMES SELWYN, THE COMMISSIONER FOR SECURITIES. THE MEMBERS AREs MR. J.L. BOYER AND MR. C.H. WONG, BOTH MEMBERS OF THE SECURITIES COMMISSION” MR. RONALD LI, CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG FEDERATION OF STOCK EXCHANGES” A REPRESENTATIVE OF- JARDINE FLEMING AND CO. LTD” AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF SCHRODERS AND CHARTERED LTD.

IN CASE ONE OF THE LAST TWO COMPANIES IS INVOLVED IN A TAKEOVER BID WHICH IS TO BE DISCUSSED BY THE COMMITTEE, EACH OF THEIR REPRESENTATIVES WILL HAVE AN ALTERNATE-FROM ANOTHER FINANCE HOUSE OR INSTITUTION , ONE OF WHOM WOULD BE ASKED TO ATTEND THE MEETING.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT GENERALLY SPEAKING A TAKEOVER OCCURS WHEN A COMPANY ACQUIRES THE CONTROL OF ANOTHER COMPANY BY MEANS OF A SPECIFIC OFFER ADDRESSED TO THE GENERAL BODY OF SHAREHOLDERS OF THAT COMPANY. IF A COMPANY OR PERSON GAINS CONTROL BY BUYING SHARES ON A STOCK EXCHANGE IN THE ORDINARY COURSE OF BUSINESS IT IS NOT CONSIDERED TO BE A TAKEOVER IN THIS SENSE, AND MOST OF THE REGULATIONS IN THE CODE WOULD NOT APPLY.

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+A MERGER IS A RATHER VAGUE TERM AND IS SOMETIMES USED FOR A TAKEOVER, BUT USUALLY IT REFERS TO AN ARRANGEMENT BY WHICH THE ASSETS OF TOO COMPANIES ARE ACQUIRED BY ANOTHER COMPANY, USUALLY NEWLY FORMED, WHOSE SHAREHOLDERS ARE THOSE OF THE TWO ORIGINAL COMPANIES. IN EITHER CASE AN OFFER IS MADE FOR THE SHARES OF AT LEAST ONE OF THE COMPANIES INVOLVED® AND THE CODE WILL APPLY EQUALLY TO TAKEOVERS AND MERGERS,+ HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID TAKEOVERS OCCUR IN MOST COUNTRIES IN THE ORDINARY COURSE OF COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AND THEY ARE AN ESSENTIAL FEATURE OF ECONOMIC GROWTH. THIS APPLIES PARTICULARLY IN HONG KONG WHERE THERE ARE MANY SMALL FIRMS WHICH NEED TO BE CONSOLIDATED INTO MORE SUBSTANTIAL UNITS.

+SO TAKEOVERS ARE FREQUENTLY DESIRABLE, BUT OF COURSE EACH PARTICULAR CASE HAS TO BE JUDGED ON ITS MERITS,* THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

IN THE PROCESS OF CARRYING THROUGH TAKEOVERS THERE MAY BE ABUSES WHICH WORK TO THE DETRIMENT OF SHAREHOLDERS AND RUN COUNTER TO GOOD COMMERCIAL PRACTICE, SO IT IS ADVISABLE TO REGULATE THEM® AND THE COMPANIES LAW REVISION COMMITTEE MADE A RECOMMENDATION TO THIS EFFECT IN THEIR FIRST REPORT PUBLISHED IN JUNE 1971.

IN PARTICULAR, THE SHAREHOLDERS OF THEf COMPANY BEING TAKEN OVER MUST BE TREATED FAIRLY AND MUST BE GIVEN ALL RELEVANT INFORMATION NEEDED TO MAKE A BALANCED JUDGMENT ON THE TAKEOVER OFFER, AND TIME TO CONSIDER THIS INFORMATION.

HOWEVER. THE FACT THAT A TAKEOVER BID ABIDES BY THE CODE DOES NOT IN ANY WAY IMPLY THAT THE PROPOSAL IS FINANCIALLY SOUND OR OTHERWISE DESIRABLE. THE DECISION TO ACCEPT OR REJECT AN--OFFER MUST BE TAKEN BY THE SHAREHOLDERS THEMSELVES IN THE LIGHT OF THE INFORMATION GIVEN TO THEM, ASSISTED IF THEY WISH BY PROFESSIONAL ADVISERS, THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED.

THE CODE ITSELF DOES NOT HAVE THE FORCE OF LAW, BUT THERE IS EVERY REASON TO EXPECT THAT IT WILL RECEIVE THE FULL SUPPORT OF ALL THOSE PROFESSIONALLY CONCERNED WITH TAKEOVERS.

HE SAID IT HAS BEEN DECIDED TO TRY TO OPERATE IT ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS BECAUSE THE CONDITIONS IN WHICH TAKEOVERS OCCUR, AND THE DETAILS OF THE PROPOSALS VARY SO MUCH THAT LEGISLATION WOULD HAVE TO BE COMPLEX IF IT WERE TO BE COMPREHENSIVE.

♦MOREOVER, A NON-STATUTORY CODE WILL BE EASIER TO AMEND OR EXTEND IN THE LIGHT OF EXPERIENCE. THIS WILL BE USEFUL BECAUSE ALTHOUGH EXPERIENCE IS AVAILABLE FROM VARIOUS OVERSEAS CENTRES, THE BACKGROUND IN HONG KONG IS DIFFERENT IN SEVERAL IMPORTANT RESPECTS, AND THE COMMITTEE WILL BE BREAKING NEW GROUND.+'

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THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT IN LONDON THERE IS A LITTLE LEGISLATION RELATING TO TAKEOVERS BUT MOST OF THE PRACTICAL GUIDANCE IS PROVIDED BY THE CITY CODE WHICH WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN MARCH 1958 AND HAS BEEN REVISED SEVERAL TIMES.

IT IS MOSTLY CONCERNED WITH PROCEDURE AND THE CONDUCT OF THE PARTIES INVOLVED. IT IS NOT STATUTORY BUT IT REPRESENTS THE COLLECTIVE OPINION OF THOSE PROFESSIONALLY CONCERNED3 AND THE LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE REQUIRES QUOTED COMPANIES TO COMPLY WITH IT.

♦BEING THUS BACKED BY THE AUTHORITY AND PRESTIGE OF THE CITY, IT CANNOT BE LIGHTLY DISREGARDED, AND IN PRACTICE IT HAS PROVED EFFECTIVE,+ HE SAID.

THE PRESENT CODE FOR HONG KONG INCORPORATES A LOT OF THE CITY CODE, BUT MOSTLY WITH SUBSTANTIAL AMENDMENTS TO SUIT LOCAL CONDITIONS. IT ALSO INCLUDES SOME OF THE U.K. STATUTORY PROVISIONS REGARDING THE INFORMATION TO BE PROVIDED AND WILL BE AMENDED OR EXTENDED FROM TIME TO TIME BY THE COMMITTEE IN THE LIGHT OF EXPERIENCE.

AS IN THE CITY CODE, THE EARLY SECTIONS (SECTIONS 11 TO 19) ARE CONCERNED WITH GENERAL PRINCIPLES WHICH ARE OF UNIVERSAL APPLICATION AND MAKE FOR GOOD COMMERCIAL BEHAVIOUR, WHILE THOSE FROM SECTION 20 ONWARDS ARE MORE DIRECTED TO SPECIFIC GUIDANCE IN PRACTICE.

IT IS NOT INTENDED THAT ALL TAKEOVER PROPOSALS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE COMMITTEE BEFORE THEY ARE MADE BUT IF THE SPONSORS ARE IN ANY DOUBT ABOUT THE INTERPRETATION OF ANY OF THE PROVISIONS, THE COMMITTEE IS READY TO GIVE ITS VIEWS.

IF THERE APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN A BREACH OF THE CODE, THOSE CONCERNED WILL BE INVITED TO PRESENT THEIR CASE. IF THE COMMITTEE DECIDES THAT THERE HAS BEEN A BREACH IT CAN MAKE A PUBLIC STATEMENT, AND IT CAN ALSO LODGE A COMPLAINT AGAINST THE OFFENDER WITH THE SECURITIES COMMISSION.

PRINTED COPIES OF THE CODE WILL BE AVAILABLE SHORTLY FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, STAR FERRY CONCOURSE, HONG KONG.

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FOLLOWING A MEETING OF THE TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD THIS AFTERNOON, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. JIMMY MCGREGOR, ANNOUNCED THAT IMMEDIATE CONSULTATIONS ARE BEING SOUGHT WITH THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMISSION ABOUT THE DIFFICULTIES THAT ARE BEING EXPERIENCED IN IMPLEMENTING THE RECENTLY CONCLUDED TEXTILES AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE E.E.C. AND HONG KONG.

THESE DIFFICULTIES ARISE FROM THE FACT THAT HONG KONG’S QUOTA RIGHTS UNDER THE AGREEMENT ARE NOT SUFFICIENT IN A NUMBER OF CATEGORIES TO MEET ORDERS ALREADY CONTRACTED BEFORE JULY 18, 1975 FOR DELIVERY OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

MR. MCGREGOR SAID THAT MR. LAWRIE MILLS AND MR. BRIAN CHAU ARE LEAVING FOR EUROPE LATER THIS EVENING AND WILL BE JOINED BY MR. DAVID JORDAN, THE SUBSTANTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT WHO IS PRESENTLY ON LEAVE.

+MEANWHILE+, MR. MCGREGOR ADDED, +1 HAVE DECIDED, ON ADVICE FROM TEXTAB, TO INCREASE THE QUANTITIES AVAILABLE FOR SHIPMENT BETWEEN NOW AND THE END OF THE YEAR IN A NUMBER OF CATEGORIES AND TO ISSUE INCREASED PRELIMINARY QUOTAS WITHIN THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

+1 HAVE ALSO DECIDED TO PERMIT THE EXPORT OF 50 PER CENT OF THE OUTSTANDING BALANCES OF ALL EXPORT REGISTRATIONS EXCEPT THOSE IN THREE CATEGORIES. THIS WILL TAKE IMMEDIATE EFFECT. IT MAY BE POSSIBLE TO INCREASE THE PROPORTION AT A LATER STAGE.

+1 HAVE ALSO GIVEN AN ASSURANCE TO THE TRADE THAT THE FINAL QUOTAS FOR 1975 WILL BE ISSUED BY AUGUST 31 AND THAT THE 1976 QUOTAS WILL BE NOTIFIED TO QUOTA HOLDERS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE THEREAFTER.

+1 AM ALSO TODAY RELEASING DETAILED INFORMATION ON THE QUANTITIES AVAILABLE FOR SHIPMENT IN ALL CATEGORIES UNTIL THE END OF 1975 AND IN 1976 AND 1977, AND THE CRITERIA WHICH HAVE BEEN APPLIED TO THE CALCULATION AND THE ISSUE OF THE EEC QUOTAS.

+THESE MEASURES WILL, I AM SURE, REDUCE THE PRESENT UNCERTAINTY IN THE TRADE AND IMPROVE THE SHIPMENT POSITION IN THE CATEGORIES WHICH HAVE BEEN MOST AFFECTED,+ MR. MCGREGOR SAID.

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THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S PLACEMENT SERVICE HAS FOUND ALTERNATIVE TEACHING POSTS FOR ALL 205 REDUNDANT AIDED PRIMARY TEACHERS.

THIS PLACEMENT OPERATION BEGAN ON JUNE 2 AND WAS COMPLETED ON AUGUST 15.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (PRIMARY), MR. LAM TAT-LAU SAID TODAY s +1 HAVE ADVISED THE SUPERVISORS OF AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS TO PROCEED WITH APPOINTING TRAINED TEACHERS, INCLUDING RECENT GRADUATES OF THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION TO ANY OUTSTANDING VACANCIES.+

MR. LAM SAID THAT FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF THE PLACEMENT EXERCISE, THE NUMBER OF FULL-TIME TEACHING POSTS IN THE AIDED PRIMARY SECTOR STOOD AT 382 AT PRESENT.

IN ADDITION, THERE WERE PART-TIME PRIMARY VACANCIES EQUIVALENT TO 32.5 FULL-TIME POSTS.

MR. LAM EXPRESSED HIS APPRECIATION TO THE SPONSORS OF THE AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS FOR THEIR CO-OPERATION AND PATIENCE IN MAKING THE PLACEMENT SERVICE A SUCCESS.

AN UP-TO-DATE LIST OF OUTSTANDING VACANCIES IN AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS IS BEING PREPARED FOR DISPLAY ON THE NOTICE BOARDS OF THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION FOR THE INFORMATION OF GRADUATES.

MEANWHILE, REPORTS FROM* PR I NCI PALS OF THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION SHOWED THAT NEARLY 100 GRADUATES HAVE BEEN APPOINTED TO TEACHING POSTS IN AIDED SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

IT WILL BE RECALLED THAT IN THE REPLY TO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STUDENT UNIONS OF THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION IN MAY, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAD ANTICIPATED THAT THERE WOULD BE AT LEAST 350 VACANCIES IN AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND ABOUT 100 IN AIDED SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

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TWO NOVEL COMPETITIONS HAVE BEEN ORGANISED'BY COMMERCIAL RADIO IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SEVENTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY THIS YEAR. <

IN ADDITION TO STRIKING IT RICH, THOSE WHO BUY LOTTERY TICKETS HAVE A CHANCE OF WINNING AND DINING WITH FOUR OF THE RADIO STATION’S ATTRACTIVE ARTISTES AT A LAVISH DINNER PARTY, AND RECEIVE A VALUABLE PRIZE DONATED BY THE STATION.

IN THE FIRST COMPETITION, THE 40 PEOPLE WHO BUY THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF TICKETS AND REPORT THEIR PURCHASE TO THE STATION WILL BE INVITED TO A DINNER WITH THE FOUR ARTISTES — MISS YAN WAI-YEE, MISS WONG KAR-MAN, MISS CHAN MO-YIN AND MISS MOK PUI-MAN.

IN THE SECOND, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE INVITED TO GUESS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF TICKETS SOLD IN THE LOTTERY. THE 50 CLOSEST ENTRIES WILL EACH RECEIVE A VALUABLE PRIZE FROM THE STATION.

ENTRIES FOR BOTH COMPETITIONS CLOSE AT 12 NOON ON AUGUST 28.

THE WINNING NUMBERS OF THE LOTTERY WILL BE DRAWN AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE ON AUGUST 30 BY THE FOUR ARTISTES FROM COMMERCIAL RADIO.

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY TO LAUNCH THE SEVENTH LOTTERY, MR. KAI-YIN CHAU, CHAIRMAN OF THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, NOTED THAT TICKET SALES HAD BEEN INCREASING STEADILY AND HE WAS CONFIDENT THAT SALES WOULD IMPROVE FURTHER.

♦WITH THESE TOO NEW COMPETITIONS AND THE DOUBLING OF THE NUMBER OF CONSOLATION PRIZES FROM 106-TO 212, I AM CONFIDENT THAT SALES FIGURES WILL CONTINUE TO RISE,+ HE SAID.

TICKETS FOR THE LOTTERY ARE NOW ON SALE AT 82 EACH AT ALL ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB SELLING BOOTHS AND THE HEAD AND BRANCH OFFICES OF MAJOR BANKS.

THE FOUR COMMERCIAL RADIO ARTISTES WILL ALSO TAKE PART IN A LOTTERY SALES DRIVE AT STATUE SQUARE ON AUGUST 26 BETWEEN 5 P.M. AND 6 P.M.

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RESERVOIRS 98.4 PER CENT FULL

A TOTAL OF 66,246 MILLION GALLONS OF WATER WERE IN STORE IN ALL RESERVOIRS AT 9 A.M. THIS (MONDAY) MORNING, REPRESENTING 98.4 PER CENT OF THE FULL STORAGE CAPACITY OF 67,300 MILLION GALLONS.

ON THE SAME DAY LAST YEAR, THE TOTAL STORAGE WAS ONLY 39,276 MILLION GALLONS.

PLOVER COVE, HONG KONG’S BIGGEST RESERVOIR, HELD 50,420 MILLION GALLONS, REPRESENTING 99.8 PER CENT OF ITS FULL STORAGE CAPACITY. AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR, IT HELD 30,964 MILLION GALLONS.

TOTAL RAINFALL SO FAR THIS YEAR STANDS AT 2211.8 MM (87.08 IN). THE MEAN AVERAGE RAINFALL THIS YEAR IS 1566.8 MM (61.69 IN).

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY (MONDAY) DECLARED NO. 8 WILMER STREET, HONG KONG TO BE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION AND NO. 10 LIABLE TO BECOME DANGEROUS, AND. ORDERED THEIR DEMOLITION.

, IN A STATEMENT ISSUED THIS MORNING, THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THAT THESE PRE-WAR BUILDINGS HAD BEEN UNDER OBSERVATION FOR SOME.TIME.

' +RECENT ROUTINE INSPECTION RESULTED IN AN EMERGENCY CLOSURE BEING MADE ON PART OF THE TOP FLOOR OF NO. 8, DUE TO RAPID DETERIORATION OF THE REAR WALLS.

♦DETAILED INSPECTION REVEALED THAT THE PARTY WALL WITH NO. 10 IS SEVERELY FRACTURED AND BULGED, AND MANY OF THE FLOOR AND ROOF TIMBERS ARE DECAYED,* HE SAID.

THESE CONDITIONS COULD GIVE RISE TO A COLLAPSE INVOLVING NO. 10 BECAUSE OF THE CONDITION OF THE PARTY WALL.

ACCORDINGLY NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS IN VICTORIA DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 A.M. ON SEPTEMBER 16, 1975 WERE POSTED TODAY.

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GOVERNOR TO OPEN CHAI WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE MARY WONG MEMORIAL DU ILDI NG TOMORROW...................

WATER CUTS IN SHAM SHU I PO........................... TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KWAI CHUNG ................... DANGEROUS BUILDING IN A CHUNG’S LANE ................. MEET THE MEDIA SESSION WITH DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS

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THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS EXTREMELY ANXIOUS TO IMPROVE CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATIONS WITH TEACHERS.

THIS WAS STATED BY A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT WHEN ASKED BY REPORTERS TO COMMENT ON AN APPEAL BY THE EDUCATION ACTION GROUP +TO SET UP AN APPEALS BOARD WHICH TEACHERS COULD GO TO IF THEY FELT THEY HAD BEEN UNJUSTLY FIRED FROM THEIR SCHOOLS* AND THE GROUP’S CALL ON THE DEPARTMENT TO CHANGE REGULATION 96 OF THE EDUCATION REGULATIONS.

THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED THAT THE DEPARTMENT’S ANXIETY TO IMPROVE THE CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATIONS WAS THE REASON FOR RE-ACTIVATING IN MARCH. THIS YEAR OF THE DEPARTMENTAL STAFF CONSULTATIVE COUNCIL WHICH INCLUDED GOVERNMENT TEACHERS’ REPRESENTATIVES.

HE SAID : +SERIOUS CONSIDERATION IS BEING GIVEN TO IMPROVING COMMUNICATIONS WITH TEACHERS. HOWEVER, IT MUST NEVER BE FORGOTTEN THAT THE TEACHERS THEMSELVES ARE_EMPLOYED BY THE SCHOOL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES WITH WHOM THEIR CONTRACTS ARE SIGHED AND SAFEGUARDS ARE INCLUDED IN THE CODES Or AID TO PROTECT THE POSITION Or PUBLIC SECTOR TEACHERS AND GIVE THEM REASONABLE SECURITY.

+THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS ALWAYS WILLING TO MEDIATE IN ANY DISPUTE BETWEEN A TEACHER AND A MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE. IN CASES WHERE MEDIATION IS NOT POSSIBLE THE DEPARTMENT GOES TO TREMENDOUS LENGTHS TO SECURE ALTERNATIVE TEACHING POSTS FOR SUCH TEACHERS ' AED MAINTAINS CLOSE TOUCH WITH VARIOUS TEACHERS’ ORGANISATIONS IN SUCH CASES.*

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE E.A.G.’S DEMAND FOR CHANGING REGULATION 96 OF THE EDUCATION REGULATIONS HAD NO CONNECTION WITH THE DIFFICULTIES IN THE TSUNG TSIN COLLEGE CASE. THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAD RECEIVED NO LIST OF PUPILS FROM THE SCHOOL.

• HE STRESSED THAT THE EDUCATION ORDINANCE IS TO ENABLE THE DIRECTOR TO MAINTAIN REASONABLE CONTROL OVER SCHOOLS IN HONG KONG

♦FURTHERMORE, THE EDUCATION ORDINANCE IS TO EMPOWER THE DIRECTOR TO SUPERINTEND MATTERS RELATING TO EDUCATION IN HONG KONG AND THE DIRECTOR MIGHT WELL NEED THE POWER IN REGULATION 96 IF IT SHOULD HAPPEN THAT A PUPIL FOR ONE REASON OR ANOTHER WAS ™,n?.CI,W6 THE U0RK 0F THE SCH00L TO THE DETRIMENT OF THE OTHER PUPILS,* HE SAID.

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL OFFICIALLY OPEN

CENTRE HARY W0NG MEMORIAL BUILDING TOMORROW

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„ CEfJTRE WAS BUILT WITH DONATIONS raised by the h.k. council ?t f^nocDArPn1^ tuc AFTER ,TS LATE CHAIRMAN, MRS. MARY WONG. IT IS operated by the social welfare department.

THE CENTRE WAS COMPLETED IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR. THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE FIVE-STOREY BUILDING HAS A COFFEE BAR? A BASKETBALL COURT AND A MULTI-PURPOSE HALL. THE FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD FLOORS ARE USED BY VARIOUS WELFARE AGENCIES TO PROVIDE COM UN TY WORK CH L?REN, YOUTH AND ADULT ACTIVITIES AND CASEWORK SERVICES THE F?HRTH PLOOR ,S OCCUPIED BY A LIBRARY RUN BY THE SWD AND THE TOP FLOOR IS A NURSERY OPERATED BY THE SALVATION ARMY.

AT THE OPENING CEREMONY TOMORROW, MR. HO SAI-CHU, CHAIRMAN OF Jnr KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE, WILL FORMALLY HAND OVER JrFrAnr 0F THE BU1LDI NG TO MR. THOMAS LEE, DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL MU. L> I U U> »

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN SHAM SHU I PO WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR SEVERAL HOURS ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY MORNING TO ENABLE TESTS FOR LEAKAGE TO BE CARRIED OUT.

ON BOTH DAYS THE TEMPORARY STOPPAGE WILL BE BETWEEN 1 AM AND 6 A.M.

ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 21) THE STOPPAGE WILL AFFECT THE AREA BOUNDED BY CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD, KWEILIN STREET, TAI PO ROAD AND NAM CHEONG STREET.

AFFECTED ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 22) WILL BE PREMISES BOUNDED BY NAM CHEONG STREET, TUNG CHAU STREET, KWEILIN STREET AND LAI CHI KOK ROAD.

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MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED THAT SEVERAL ROADS IN THE KWAI CHUNG INDUSTRIAL AREA, KOWLOON, WILL DE REROUTED FROM 10 A.H.ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 22) TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC CIRCULATION.

KWAI WING ROAD, KWAI TING ROAD, KWAI FAT ROAD, KWAI CHEONG ROAD AND KWAI HING ROAD WILL BE REROUTED TO TRAFFIC ONE-WAY IN A CLOCKWISE DIRECTION, WHILE KWAI SAU ROAD WILL DE REROUTED ONE-WAY IN AN ANTI-CLOCKWISE DIRECTION.

IN CONNECTION WITH THE REROUTING, PARKING SPACES FOR GOODS VEHICLES AND PRIVATE CARS WILL BE PROVIDED, AND PAVEMENTS GUARD-RAILED.

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY (TUESDAY) DECLARED NO. 4 A CHUNG’S LANE, HONG KONG, TO BE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION AND ORDERED ITS* DEMOLITION.

THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THE THREE-STOREY PRE-WAR BUILDING HAD BEEN UNDER ROUTINE INSPECTION FOR SOME TIME, AUD RECENT INSPECTION REVEALED THAT THE FRONT WALL IS DISPLACED AND A SUPPORTING STEEL BEAM'IS BADLY DISTORTED.

THESE CONDITIONS COULD LEAD TO A SUDDEN COLLAPSE, HE SAID.

ACCORDINGLY NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER IN VICTORIA DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 A.M. ON SEPTEMBER 16, WERE POSTED TODAY.

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NOTE TO EDITORSi A +MEET THE MEDIA* THURSDAY (AUGUST 21) AT 4 P.M. IN THE FLOOR OF BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

SESSION WILL BE HELD ON

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REVISION OF CHARGES FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT IN GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS AND CLINICS ...............*..... 1

CHAI WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE MARY WONG MEMORIAL BUILDING OPENED......................................... 2

GOVERNOR TO VISIT KWUN TONG TOMORROW ................. 3

23 COMPLETE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING COURSE ........ 4

KWAI CHUNG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE HANDED OVER TO EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.................................. 4

LIST OF PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS IN HONG KONG \ SCHOOL CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION .......... 5

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THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL HAS APPROVED RECOMMENDATIONS BY THE MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO REVISE CERTAIN CHARGES FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT IN GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS AND CLINICS.

THE REVISED CHARGES, TO TAKE EFFECT FROM NOVEMBER 1, WILL INVOLVE FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD CLASS BEDS AT GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS.

UNDER THE NEW SCALE, THE DAILY CHARGE FOR A FIRST CLASS BED WILL DE INCREASED FROM $51 TO $120, FOR A SECOND CLASS BED FROM $34 TO $80 AND FOR A THIRD CLASS BED FROM $2 TO $3. IN THE CASE OF THE THIRD CLASS BEDS, IT WILL BE FURTHER INCREASED TO $5 AT A FUTURE DATE, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE H.D.A.C.

COMMENTING ON THE INCREASES, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAID THEY WERE NECESSARY BECAUSE OF THE SUBSTANTIAL RISE IN THE COST OF MAINTAINING A HOSPITAL BED SINCE THE LAST REVISION OF CHARGES IN 1961.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE COST OF MAINTAINING A HOSPITAL BED NOW AMOUNTED TO $161 A DAY.

FOR THIRD CLASS PATIENTS MEALS ALONE COST $4.63 PER DAY, HE t, ADDED. j

THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED THAT FOR THOSE PATIENTS WHO COULD NOT AFFORD TO PAY THE THIRD CLASS CHARGES EITHER FULLY OR PARTIALLY, THERE WOULD STILL EXIST A SEE-REMITTING SYSTEM UNDER WHICH THE CHARGES MAY BE WAIVED ON THE ADVICE OF THE MEDICAL SOCIAL WORKERS IN ALL GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS.

THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL HAS ALSO DECIDED THAT THE $1 CHARGE FOR OUTPATIENTS ATTENDING GOVERNMENT CLINICS WOULD REMAIN UNCHANGED, .BUT PATIENTS WHO ATTEND THE TREATMENT ROOM FOR INJECTIONS, DRESSINGS ETC. AFTER THE INITIAL CONSULTATION WILL BE CHARGED $1 A TIME. HOWEVER, THESE CHARGES COULD ALSO BE WAIVED.

SERVICES FOR TUBERCULOSIS, SOCIAL HYGIENE AND MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH WILL CONTINUE TO BE FREE.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE OPERATIVE DATE OF NOVEMBER 1 HAD BEEN CHOSEN TO COINCIDE WITH THE EXPECTED OPENING OF THE PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL WHICH WILL ADD A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF HOSPITAL BEDS TO THE EXISTING MEDICAL SERVICES.

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CHAI WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE OPENED

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, TODAY OFFICIALLY OPENED THE CHAI WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE MARY WONG MEMORIAL BUILDING, NAMED AFTER THE LATE CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE.

THE CENTRE IS THE FIFTEENTH IN HONG KONG AND WAS BUILT WITH DONATIONS RAISED BY THE COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE.

IN HIS SPEECH, THE GOVERNOR EMPHASISED THE IMPORTANCE OF SUCH CENTRES TO WHICH PEOPLE COULD TURN TO ESCAPE THE PRESSURES OF THE CROWDED CITY AND TO RELAX AND MEET FRIENDS TO DEVELOP A NEIGHBOURLY SPIRIT.

SIR MURRAY SAID IT WAS SAD THAT THE RECESSION AND THE REDUCED YIELD OF REVENUE HAD SLOWED DOWN THE ENVISAGED BUILDING PROGRAMME FOR COMMUNITY CENTRES BUT, HE STRESSED, +THEY ARE NOT FORGOTTEN, AND SOONER OR LATER THEY WILL BE THERE.+

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THE GOVERNOR COMPLIMENTED THE COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE ON ITS FINE ACHIEVEMENT AND HE WAS SURE THAT THE CENTRE WOULD SERVE THE NEEDS OF CHAI WAN RESIDENTS AND ENRICH THEIR LIVES.

EARLIER, MR. HO SAI-CHU, CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL, PRESENTED THE KEY OF THE BUILDING TO MR. THOMAS LEE, DIRECTOR OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WHICH WILL ADMINISTER THE CENTRE.

IN ACCEPTING THE KEY, MR. LEE SAID THE CEREMONY DEMONSTRATED PUBLICLY THE STRENGTH OF THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PUBLIC SECTOR. IT WAS, HE SAID, +A PARTNERSHIP DESIGNED TO SECURE THE CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT OF WELFARE SERVICES FOR THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.+

MR. LEE SAID HONG KONG HAD EVERY REASON TO BE PROUD OF THIS LINK BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE VOLUNTEERS. IT SERVED TO HARNESS THE ENERGIES OF BOTH TOWARDS A COMMON GOAL AND AFFORDED AN OPPORTUNITY FOR EVERYONE TO PLAY A PART IN THE SERVICE OF THE COMMUNITY, HE ADDED.

IT WAS NOT ENOUGH TO BE IN FAVOUR OF HELPING OTHERS OR TO LOOK TO THE GOVERNMENT TO SOLVE EVERY PROBLEM. +THERE IS A VITAL NEED FOR THE COMMUNITY AS WELL AS THE INDIVIDUAL TO ACT POSITIVELY, TO BE INVOLVED PERSONALLY AND TO BE PREPARED TO PLACE HIMSELF WHERE HE CAN BE OF THE MOST VALUE,+ MR. LEE SAID.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

COPIES OF THE FULL TEXT OF THE GOVERNOR’S SPEECH ARE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION TOGETHER WITH MR. LEE’S SPEECH, FROM THE GIS PRESS ROOM BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, 6TH FLOOR.

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GOVERNOR TO VISIT KWUN TONG'TOMORROW

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL VISIT KWUN TONG TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON TO SEE THE WORK OF THE DISTRICT’S MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND GENERAL CONDITIONS IN THE AREA.

HE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, MR. AUGUSTINE CHUI KAM.

SIR MURRAY WILL ARRIVE AT 77 HUNG TO ROAD AT 2.45 P.M. HE WILL BE MET BY THE KWUN TONG CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, MR. PATRICK K.C. YIU AND MAC REPRESENTATIVES.

THE GOVERNOR WILL TOUR THE BUILDING, HOLD DISCUSSIONS WITH MAC REPRESENTATIVES AND INSPECT A SMALL FACTORY MANUFACTURING ELECTRONIC CALCULATORS.

HE WILL THEN PROCEED TO SUN ON LAU, WO LOK ESTATE, TO SEE THE GENERAL CONDITION OF THE BUILDING.

LATER, THE GOVERNOR WILL TOUR WO LOK ESTATE WHERE HE WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE A BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF THE ESTATE AND THE NEIGHBOURING TSUI PING ROAD ESTATE.

THE VISIT WILL END AT THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE WITH A MEETING WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF 19 MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES IN THE DISTRICT.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE GOVERNOR’S VISIT WHICH IS EXPECTED TO LAST ABOUT TWO HOURS.

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A CLOSING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (THURSDAY) TO MARK THE COMPLETION OF A SIX-WEEK FULL-TIME INDUSTRIAL SAFETY OFFICER TRAINING COURSE ORGANISED DY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE (ISTC) FOR 23 CANDIDATES.

THE PRESIDENT OF THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION, • MR C.P. HUNG, WILL ADDRESS THE GATHERING AND PRESENT DIPLOMAS AND CERTIFICATES TO THE CANDIDATES.

THE CEREMONY WILL BE HELD ON THE 3RD FLOOR OF THE CANTON KOWLOON.

AT 4P.M. TOMORROW AT THE I.S.T.C ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING,

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO ATTEND THE CEREMONY.

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THE NEW TECHNICAL INSTITUTE AT KWAI CHUNG WAS HANDED OVER TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE PRINCIPAL OF THE INSTITUTE, MR. LINCOLN LIEU RECEIVED THE KEYS FROM MR. CHAN SHU-WING, ARCHITECT.

’ COURSES WILL COMMENCE NEXT MONTH WITH THE ENROLMENT OF FIRST YEAR CRAFT AND TECHNICIAN STUDENTS.

THE NEW INSTITUTE HAS FIVE TEACHING DEPARTMENTS — CLOTHING INDUSTRIES, COMMERCIAL STUDIES, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING AND TEXTILE INDUSTRIES.

THE ANNUAL FEES FOR FULL-TIME COURSES ARE $400 (TECHNICIAN LEVEL) AND $120 (CRAFT LEVEL) WHILE THAT FOR PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE IS $80.

IN ADDITION TO CLASSROOMS AND LECTURE THEATRES, THE ACCOMMODATION IN THE 314-MILLION BUILDING INCLUDES EXTENSIVE AND WELL-EQUIPPED WORKSHOPS AND LABORATORIES, DRAWING OFFICES, A LIBRARY, STUDENT COMMON ROOMS AND OFFICES, CANTEEN FACILITIES AND A LARGE MULTI-PURPOSE HALL.

WHEN THE INSTITUTE IS IN FULL OPERATION, IT WILL CATER FOR SEVERAL THOUSAND STUDENTS.

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LIST OF PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS IN H.K.C.E. EXAMINATION n n « H H

THE SECRETARY OF THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION BOARD TODAY ISSUED A LIST OF SCHOOLS WHICH HAVE BEEN AUTHORIZED TO ENTER FORM 5/MIDDLE 5 CANDIDATES FOR THE 197’6 HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION.

COPIES OF THIS LIST ARE AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION AT THE PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOL SECTION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, LEE GARDENS, 3RD FLOOR, HYSAN AVENUE, HONG KONG AND AT THE EXAMINATIONS DIVISION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 11TH FLOOR, 393 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON.

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SCHOOLS WHICH HAVE DEEN AUTHORIZED TO ENTER +ENGLISH ONLY+ CANDIDATES ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE LIST. $

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MORE TRAINED INDUSTRIAL SAFETY PERSONNEL NEEDED TO PREVENT

WORK ACCIDENTS ........................................ 1

CHEAPER FOODSTUFFS BRING DOWN LAST MONTH’S NEW CONSUMER

PRICE INDICES .......................................   3

LOTTERIES BOARD LICENSED TO CONDUCT REGULAR LOTTERIES . 4

TEMPORARY WATER CUT IN KWUN TONG ...................... 4

FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT BIDS FAREWELL TO RETIRING DIRECTOR 5

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MORE TRAINED INDUSTRIAL SAFETY PERSONNEL NEEDED

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THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR. M.C. LAO, TODAY CITED A LACK OF ADEQUATELY-TRAINED SAFETY PERSONNEL AS ONE OF THE MAJOR OBSTACLES TO THE PREVENTION OF WORK ACCIDENTS IN HONG KONG.

SPEAKING AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S THIRD INDUSTRIAL SAFETY OFFICER TRAINING COURSE, HE SAID THERE WERE NOT ENOUGH PROPERLY-TRAINED PEOPLE +TO SHOULDER THE WORK IN A COMPETENT WAY AND TO MOTIVATE PEOPLE AT ALL LEVELS ON THE NEED FOR INDUSTRIAL SAFETY.+

HE ADDED: +THE EMPLOYMENT OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY OFFICERS BY PRIVATE INDUSTRY IS VERY COMMON IN OVERSEAS COUNTRIES. I TRUST THAT IN THE NEAR FUTURE THERE WILL BE ENOUGH TRAINED PERSONNEL i ' AVAILABLE HERE TO FILL THIS SERIOUS GAP IN OUR INDUSTRIAL

STRUCTURE.+

THE SIX-WEEK FULL-TIME TRAINING COURSE JUST ENDED WAS ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE (ISTC) FOR 23 CANDIDATES FROM VARIOUS FIRMS AND ORGANISATIONS. /

THE PRESIDENT OF THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION, MR. C.P. HUNG, TODAY PRESENTED DIPLOMAS OR CERTIFICATES TO THE PARTICIPANTS.

SPEAKING BEFORE THE PRESENTATION BY MR. HUNG, MR. LAO URGED INDUSTRY TO TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE ISTC WHICH, HE SAID, INCLUDED A WIDE RANGE OF FREE SAFETY COURSES OF A HIGH STANDARD.

THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER ALSO THANKED GUEST LECTURERS FROM PRIVATE COMPANIES, THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY CENTRE AND OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS FOR CONTRIBUTING TO THE SUCCESS OF THE COURSE, AND HE PRAISED THE EMPLOYERS OF THE CANDIDATES FOR THE GENUINE INTEREST THEIR FIRMS ' WERE SHOWING IN ACCIDENT PREVENTION.

* • .IN PRESENTING THE COURSE DIPLOMAS AND CERTIFICATES, MR. HUNG URGED THE GRADUATES TO MAKE THE BEST USE OF THE KNOWLEDGE AND TECHNIQUES THEY HAD ABSORBED DURING THEIR SIX WEEKS OF TRAINING, AND TO RECOMMEND TO THEIR RESPECTIVE

, MANAGEMENTS WAYS IN WHICH INDUSTRIAL SAFETY COULD BE IMPROVED.

FURTHERMORE, HE SAID, THEY SHOULD PRESS FOR PERSONNEL AT DIFFERENT LEVELS IN THEIR ESTABLISHMENTS TO RECEIVE PROPER SAFETY TRAINING.

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MR. HUNG SAID THAT BESIDES A SAFE WORKING ENVIRONMENT AND SAFE WORKING FACILITIES, AN IMPORTANT ELEMENT IN THE PROMOTION OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY WAS DETERMINATION AND ATTITUDE.

HE SAID LABOUR AND MANAGEMENT SHOULD CO-OPERATE IN CONSTANTLY CULTIVATING SAFETY CONSCIOUSNESS, SO THEY ALWAYS BORE IN MIND THE IMPORTANCE OF PREVENTING WORK ACCIDENTS, AND BOTH THEREFORE ADOPTED THE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONERY MEASURES. THIS WOULD ACHIEVE FAR BETTER RESULTS THAN THE ENACTMENT AND ENFORCEMENT OF LEGISLATION.

MR. HUNG CONGRATULATED THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT ON ITS EFFORTS TO PROMOTE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY. HE SAID THESE EFFORTS HAD LED MANY INDUSTRIALISTS AND THEIR EMPLOYEES TO REALISE THE IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY IN THEIR ESTABLISHMENTS.

HE PLEDGED THE CMA’S COMPLETE SUPPORT FOR THOSE EFFORTS.

MR. HUNG SAID THAT WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, THE CMA HAD IN RECENT YEARS ORGANISED A SERIES OF ACCIDENT PREVENTION ACTIVITIES WHICH HAD RECEIVED TREMENDOUS SUPPORT FROM VARIOUS QUARTERS. HE LOOKED FORWARD TO EVEN BETTER CO-OPERATION IN FUTURE BETWEEN THE CMA AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IN THIS RESPECT.

COMMENTING ON THE SAFETY OFFICER TRAINING COURSES, THE DEPARTMENT’S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING OFFICER, MR. T.K. CHAN, SAID THEY PROVIDED AN IN-DEPTH STUDY OF ACCIDENT PREVENTION AND SAFETY MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES.

+THE COURSE CONTENT WAS WIDE-RANGING, FROM THE LEGAL REQUIREMENTS AFFECTING ACCIDENT PREVENTION TO MODERN CONCEPTS OF SAFETY ORGANISATION. IN ADDITION TO THEORETICAL TRAINING, CASE STUDIES AND PRACTICAL VISITS WERE INCLUDED.*

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FOODSTUFFS WERE « *

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FOODSTUFFS COST MUCH LESS

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PRICE OF RICE AND FRESH VEGETABLES DROPPED BY SIX PER CENT AND 14 PER CENT, RESPECTIVELY.

C0ST SL,GHTLY MORE, HOWEVER, DUE TO SEASONAL FLUCTUATIONS,

L0WER PRICES BROUGHT DOWN THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS BY TWO POINTS IN BOTH THE HEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX ’A’ WHICH RELATES TO HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN $A00 AND Si,499 A MONTH, AND IN THE ’B’ INDEX RELATING TO THE $1,500-52,999 EXPENDITURE GROUP.

GVERALL» THE ’A’ CONSUMER PRICE INDEX STOOD AT 107, TWO POINTS LOUER THAN IN JUNE, WHILE THE JULY ’B’ INDEX AT 107 WAS ONE POINT LOWER THAN THE fr.EVICUS MONTH.

THE INDEX FOR CLOTHING AND THAT FOR FOOTWEAR WERE ALSO DOWN BY TWO POINTS IN BOTH THE ’A’ ARD 'B* INDICES. THE INDEX FOR

TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES IN THE *A’ INDEX FELL BY ONE POINT, WHILE

THE INDEX FOR SERVICES IN THE *B* INDEX ROSE BY ONE POI NT DUE

MAINLY TO HIGHER CHARGES FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT. '

,N 0THER 1 ND ICES FOR OTHER SECTIONS WERE I NS I GN IF I CANT.

o-r^^M^NWHILE’ THE 0LD GENERAL CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR JULY STOOD AT 190, SIX POINTS LOWER THAN THAT FOR THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS ISSUED A LICENCE TO THE HONG KONG LOTTERIES BOARD TO ORGANISE AND CONDUCT REGULAR LOTTERIES.

THE LICENCE HAS BEEN ISSUED UNDER THE TERMS OF THE BETTING DUTY ORDINANCE WHICH WAS RECENTLY AMENDED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

‘ TO ENABLE THE BOARD TO BE ESTABLISHED.

THE LOTTERIES WILL BE HELD ON A WEEKLY BASIS.

NOT LESS THAN 80 PER CENT OF THE PROCEEDS OF A LOTTERY, AFTER DEDUCTING A LOTTERY DUTY OF 25 PER CENT, WILL BE ALLOCATED IN PRIZES.

THIS PERCENTAGE RETURN IS THE SAME AS THE EXISTING GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES WHICH WILL BE PHASED OUT WHEN THE LA . -OTTERY IS HELD LATER THIS YEAR.

AFTER DEDUCTING OPERATING EXPENSES, ALL SURPLUS PROCEEDS FROM THE LOTTERIES WILL BE PAID INTO THE LOTTERIES FUND WHICH WILL CONTINUE TO BE USED FOR SOCIAL WELFARE PROJECTS.

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A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN KWUN TONG WILL BE WITHOUT WATER BETWEEN 1 A.M. AND 6 A.M. ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 23) WHEN A TEST FOR LEAKAGE WILL BE CONDUCTED IN THE AREA.

AFFECTED WILL BE PREMISES BOUNDED BY KWUN TONG ROAD, HONG . NING ROAD, KUNG LOK ROAD AND. ELEGANCE ROAD.

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THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT TODAY SAID FAREWELL TO ITS RETIRING DIRECTOR, MR. HARRY WOOD, AT A BRIEF CEREMONY AT TSIM • SHA TSUI FIRE STATION.

MR. WOOD HAS SERVED THE DEPARTMENT FOR MORE THAN 21 YEARS, THE LAST FIVE AS DIRECTOR. HE WILL LEAVE HONG KONG ON SEPTEMBER 4 AND RETIRE TO THE UNITED KINGDOM.

IN A FAREWELL SPEECH, HE SAID THAT SINCE JOINING THE FIRE SERVICES IN 1954, HE HAD SEEN THE NUMBER OF FIKE STATIONS GROW FROM FOUR TO 36 AND THE NUMBER OF MEN FROM 400 TO NEARL.Y 4,000.

+1 LOOK FORWARD TO COMING BACK TO HONG KONG SOME TIME IN THE FUTURE TO SEE HOW MUCH FURTHER YOU HAVE PROGRESSED,* HE SAID.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY WERE MR. WOOD’S SUCCESSOR MR. FRED WATSON, THE NEW DEPUTY DIRECTOR, MR. MAURICE LANE, AND OFFICERS AND STAFF FROM HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON AND NEW TERRITORIES FIRE COMMANDS.

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"WORK BEGINS ON THIRD OF SEVEN PLANNED TECHNICAL INSTITUTES .............................................. 1

PEAK OUTLINE ZONING PLAN AMENDED TO AFFORD MORE FLEXIBILITY IN DEVELOPMENT .............................. 2

WESTERN HARBOUR APPROACHES TO BE DEEPENED FOR USE BY OCEAN-GOING VESSELS .................................. 3

TUNG CHUNG CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY HELD UP AS MODEL CO-OP SOCIETY ...............................................   4

EX-NAVAL DOCKYARD OPEN-AIR CAR PARK TO BE CLOSED TEMPORARILY ............................................. 5

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WORK HAS STARTED ON A NEW TECHNICAL INSTITUTE IN CHEUNG SHA WAN -- THE THIRD OF SEVEN PLANNED FOR MAJOR INDUSTRIAL AREAS IN ADDITION TO THE EXISTING ONE AT MORRISON HILL.

PILING WORK BEGAN EARLIER THIS YEAR AND TENDERS ARE NOW BEING CALLED FOR THE BUILDING OF THE SUPERSTRUCTURE..

THE CHEUNG SHA WAN INSTITUTE IS EXPECTED TO BE READY TO TAKE IN ITS FIRST STUDENTS AT THE START OF THE 1977/78 ACADEMIC YEAR.

IT WILL OCCUPY AN AREA OF SOME 86,090 SQUARE FEET BETWEEN LAI CHI KOK ROAD AND FORTUNE STREET OPPOSITE THE VEGETABLE WHOLESALE MARKET. THE MAIN PEDESTRIAN ACCESS WILL DE BY WAY OF LAI CHI KOK ROAD AT ITS SOUTH WESTERN SIDE.

THE INSTITUTE HAS A SIMILAR DESIGN AS THE ONE IN KWUN TONG AND WILL COMPRISE THREE BUILDING BLOCKS, LINKED TOGETHER BY COVERED CORRIDORS.

THE MAIN FIVE-STOREY BLOCK WILL HOUSE A TOTAL OF 50 CLASSROOMS, WORKSHOPS AND LABORATORIES WITH FACILITIES FOR COURSES IN HOTEL AND CATERING, BUILDING CONSTRUCTION, MARINE ENGINEERING, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING.

A FOUR-STOREY BLOCK WILL GENERALLY PROVIDE FOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES, ’A LIBRARY, AND STAFF AND STUDENT COMMON ROOMS.

THE REMAINING BLOCK WILL HAVE AN ASSEMBLY HALL WITH A COVERED PLAY AREA, CANTEEN FACILITIES ON THE GROUND FLOOR AND MINOR STAFF QUARTERS ON THE UPPER FLOORS.

WHEN FULLY OPERATIONAL, THE INSTITUTE WILL BE ABLE TO TURN OUT MORE THAN 500 FULL-TIME AND SOME 1,200 PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE STUDENTS YEARLY. COURSES WILL ALSO BE RUN FOR EVENING STUDENTS.

MEANWHILE, THE TWO NEW TECHNICAL INSTITUTES IN KWUN TONG AND KWAI CHUNG ARE ALMOST COMPLETE AND CLASSES WILL BEGIN. IN SEPTEMBER. PLANNING WORK ON THE FOURTH NEW INSTITUTE IN SAN PO KONG IS PROGRESSING STEADILY.

PLANS AND LOCATIONS FOR THE OTHER THREE OF THE SEVEN ADDITIONAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTES IN THE CURRENT EXPANSION PROGRAMME ARE ALSO BEING ACTIVELY STUDIED. TENTATIVE PROPOSALS ARE FOR THEM TO BE BUILT IN THE NEW TOWNS OF SHA TIN, TUEN MUN AND TSUEN WAN.

WHEN FULLY DEVELOPED, THESE NEW TECHNICAL INSTITUTES

WILL GIVE HONG KONG’S INDUSTRY A BIG BOOST AND GO A LONG WAY TOWARDS MEETING THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR SKILLED CRAFTSMEN AND TECHNICIANS.

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THE OUTLINE ZONING PLAN FOR THE PEAK HAS BEEN AMENDED TO ENABLE GREATER FLEXIBILITY IN DEVELOPMENT WITHIN CERTAIN AREAS ZONED FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES.

THE FLEXIBILITY ARISES FROM THE INCLUSION IN THE PLAN OF > THE TYPES OF USE WHICH WILL BE PERMITTED WITHIN EACH INDICATED ZONING, AND THE TYPES OF USE WHICH MIGHT BE PERMITTED, WITH OR WITHOUT CONDITIONS, UPON APPLICATION TO THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD.

FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE AREA ZONED FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT THE BOARD MAY APPROVE AN APPLICATION, WITH OR WITHOUT CERTAIN CONDITIONS, FOR THE BUILDING OF A SCHOOL, HOSPITAL, HOTEL OR PUBi . iC CAR PARK WHICH ORIGINALLY DID NOT FALL WITHIN THE DESIGNATED USE OF THE ZONE.

THE AMENDMENTS TO THE ORIGINAL OUTLINE ZONING PLAN, PUBLISHED IN APRIL 1973, WERE GAZETTED TODAY.

THE PLOT RATIO FOR NEW BUILDINGS WITHIN THE AREAS ZONED FOR RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTIAL USE WILL REMAIN AT 0.5. THIS MEANS THAT THE MAXIMUM FLOOR AREA OF THE BUILDING SHOULD NOT EXCEED 50 PER CENT OF THE BUILDING SITE.

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HOWEVER, EXISTING BUILDINGS WHICH HAVE A PLOT RATIO GREATER THAN 0.5 WILL BE ALLOWED TO RETAIN THEIR OLD PLOT RATIO UPON REDEVELOPMENT.

THE OUTLINE ZONING PLAN FOR THE PEAK COVERS AN AREA OF ABOUT 2,052 ACRES, STRETCHING FROM HIGH WEST TO WONG NE I CHUNG GAP.

ABOUT 215 ACRES ARE ZONED FOR RESIDENTIAL USES.

’ TWO SMALL COMMERCIAL ZONES, ONE AT THE UPPER PEAK TRAM TERMINUS AND THE OTHER AT GUILDFORD ROAD, HAVE BEEN INCLUDED TO SERVE RESIDENTS OF THE AREA. ANOTHER SMALL SITE AT PEAK ROAD HAS BEEN REZONED FROM RESIDENTIAL TO COMMERCIAL/RESI DENT I AL TO PROVIDE MORE SHOPPING FACILITIES.

THE GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTION AND COMMUNITY ZONES, WHICH AMOUNT TO SOME 30 ACRES, COMPRISE EXISTING AND PROPOSED SCHOOLS AND OTHER RELATED FACILITIES. THE GOVERNMENT SITES BY THE PEAK TRAM STATION ARE INTENDED FOR A PUBLIC TRANSPORT TERMINUS AND A MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK.

SOME 32 ACRES HAVE BEEN ZONED FOR OPEN SPACE AND THEY INCLUDE EXISTING AND PROPOSED PARKS, PLAYGROUNDS AND SCENIC VANTAGE POINTS.

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THE GREEN BELT ZONE COVERS SOME 1,701 ACRES, MORE THAN 80 PER CENT OF THE ENTIRE PLANNING AREA. THIS IS MAINLY UNDEVELOPED HILLSIDES BUT CERTAIN GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTION AND COMMUNITY USES MAY BE PERMITTED. A NUMBER OF SITES WITHIN THIS ZONE HAVE ALSO BEEN RESERVED FOR PUBLIC UtlLITIES.

THE AMENDED DRAFT PLAN IS NOW ON DISPLAY UNTIL SEPTEMBER 11 AT THE CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING ENTRANCE, HONG KONG, AND AT THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405, NATHAN ROAD, 10TH FLOOR.

COPIES OF THE DRAFT AMENDMENT PLAN AND EXPLANATORY NOTES ARE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT $5 EACH FROM THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, 19TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, HONG KONG.

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THE CENTRAL FAIRWAY BETWEEN STONECUTTER'S ISLAND AND HONG KONG ISLAND WILL BE DREDGED TO ALLOW DEEP DRAFT VESSELS TO ENTER THE CENTRAL PART OF THE HARBOUR FROM THE WESTERN APPROACHES.

THIS IS TO PROVIDE AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE PRESENT HUNG HOM FAIRWAY FOR LARGE OCEAN-GOING VESSELS DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL SECTION OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY.

THIS SECTION OF THE MTR WILL BE CONSTRUCTED BY USING THE IMMERSED TUBE PRINCIPLE - SIMILAR TO THAT USED ON THE CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL - AND WILL DE CONSTRUCTED ACROSS THE NARROWEST SECTION OF THE HARBOUR BETWEEN THE EXISTING SEAWALLS AT TSIM SHA TSUI AND WAN CHAI.

DURING CONSTRUCTION OF THE IMMERSED TUBE, DEEP DRAFT

SHIPS ENTERING FROM THE EAST AND USING THE HUNG HOM FAIRWAY WILL ’BE DIVERTED TO ENTER THE CENTRAL HARBOUR FROM THE WESTERN APPROACHES.

DREDGING OF THE CENTRAL FAIRWAY TO ALLOW FREE ENTRANCE OF DEEP DRAFT VESSELS FROM THE WESTERN APPROACHES IS EXPECTED TO START IN NOVEMBER THIS YEAR. AND WILL BE COMPLETED BEFORE THE MAIN IMMERSED TUBE WORKS BEGIN NEXT YEAR.

THE WORKS HAVE BEEN PLANNED BY THE PORT WORKS DIVISION OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, WHICH WILL SUPERVISE THE DREDGING WORK.

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TUNG CHUNG CO-OP SOCIETY SETS EXAMPLE »»*«««

THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, MR. J.M. RIDDELL-SWAN, TODAY CITED THE SUCCESS OF THE TUNG CHUNG AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS MARKETING AND CREDIT CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY AS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW MUCH A CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY COULD ACHIEVE.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE NEWLY RE-CONSTRUCTED PREMISES OF THAT SOCIETY ON LANTAO ISLAND, MR. RIDDELL-SWAN SAID THE SUCCESS OF THE TUNG CHUNG SOCIETY WAS WHOLLY DUE TO THE HARD WORK OF ITS MEMBERS WHO GAVE WHOLE-HEARTED SUPPORT TO THE SOCIETY.

HE NOTED THAT WHEN THE SOCIETY FIRST STARTED ITS MARKETING OPERATIONS IN 1965, THE AMOUNT OF VEGETABLES HANDLED WAS EXTREMELY SMALL AND FACILITIES AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS WERE VERY LIMITED.

BUT AFTER THE FIRST FEW DIFFICULT YEARS, THE SOCIETY HAD GONE FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH AND BUSINESS STEADILY IMPROVED.

TO ILLUSTRATE HOW MUCH THE SOCIETY HAD DEVELOPED, MR. RIDDELL-SWAN SAID THE AMOUNT OF VEGETABLES SOLD THROUGH THE SOCIETY HAD RISEN FROM 2,500 PICULS IN 1965 TO 6,600 PICULS IN 1974.

IN TERMS OF VALUE, THIS REPRESENTED AN INCREASE IN ANNUAL TURNOVER FROM $65,000 IN 1965 TO $474,000 LAST YEAR - A SEVEN-FOLD INCREASE.

MR. RIDDELL-SWAN ALSO POINTED OUT THAT GOOD MANAGEMENT HAD ENABLED THE SOCIETY’S RESERVE FUNDS TO GROW FROM $2,700 TO $43,000 OVER THE YEARS AND IT WAS DUE TO THIS SOUND FINANCIAL POSITION THAT THE SOCIETY HAD DEEN ABLE TO EMBARK ON THE RE-CONSTRUCTION AND EXTENSION OF THE PREMISES. 4*

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MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED THAT THE EX-NAVAL DOCKYAR OPEN-AIR CAR PARK NEAR HARCOURT ROAD WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED FROM 7 P.M. NEXT SATURDAY (AUGUST 30).

THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY THE CLOSURE TO TRAFFIC THE NEXT DAY OF A SECTION OF THE HARCOURT ROAD SLIPROAD FRONTING THE CAR PARK, SO AS TO FACILITATE PRE-CONTRACT UTILITY DIVERSION WORKS IN CONNECTION WITH THE ADMIRALTY STATION OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY.

THE CAR PARK WILL BE REOPENED AS SOON AS CONSTRUCTION OF AN ALTERNATIVE SLIPROAD IS COMPLETED, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

DURING THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE, HE SAID, MOTORISTS MAY USE THE NEARBY CAR PARKS AT MURRAY ROAD, CITY HALL, STAR FERRY CONCOURSE, GARDEN ROAD AND MURRAY BARRACKS.

MEANWHILE, THE METERED PARKING SPACES FOR OMNIBUSES NEXT T0 THE EX-NAVAL DOCKYARD CAR PARKS WILL BE CANCELLED FROM 8 A.M. ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 26. ALTERNATIVE SPACES ARE BEING PROVIDED AT THE METERED CAR PARK IN FRONT OF HUTCHISON HOUSE.

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Friday, August 22, 1975

TWO MORE ESTATES IN KOWLOCN TO HOUSE 55,000

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Two more multi-million dollar public housing estates are to be built in East Kowloon, the Housing Authority announced today.

The estates will be built on either side of Clear Water Bay Road. They have been tentatively named Clear Water Bay Road (East) and Ngau Cai Wan estates.

Housing Department architects are now finalising the drawings of these two estates, which will eventually provide homes for about 55,006 people. The flats are the current Housing Authority type, each with its own private balcony, kitchen and toilet with shower.

Clear Water Bay Road (East), which will be built on a 14-aere site, will have five twin-tower blocks containing over 5,700 flats, housing about 26,000 people.

Ngau Chi Wan Estate, directly across the road, will occupy a slightly bigger site of about 17 acres. The layout plan is still on the drawing board. However, architects propose to house about 29,000 people in this estate.

These two modern housing complexes will have all the facilities as those available at Oi Man.

”As these two estates are so close to one another, it is intended to integrate the provision of shopping and other commercial, social and communal facilities to avoid any duplication or over provision of facilities,n a spokesman for the Rousing Department said.

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Site formation of the Clear Water Bay Road (East) Estate is due to start later this year and that of the Ngau Chi Wan Estate is now in progress by Public Works Department Consulting Engineers.

The construction of both estates are scheduled for completion between 1978 and 1979 in various phases. However, tenants may move into some of the early completed blocks in 1978.

Meanwhile, foundation works are expected to begin shortly on two other new estates in the vicinity- Hammer Hill Road and Shun Lee Tsuen (Stage I). Tenders for the foundation work of both these estates have been awarded.

Hammer Hill Road Estate, due for completion in 1977, will house about 7,500 people in two domestic blocks containing 1,064 flats.

Shun Lee Tsuen (Stage I) is being built by the Public Works Department. The estate will house nearly 20,000 people, on completion in 1978.

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CLEjJLiNCE OF PING Y/J1G SAN CHUEN SQUATTER nREa POSTPONED LjiST NIGHT'S FIRE WON'T AFFECT ENTITLEMENTS

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The proposed clearance of the Ping Yang San Chuen squatter area in Wong Tai Sin in September has been postponed to October 16.

This was stated in the reply to the villagers* petition to the Governor, which was handed to them today (Friday).

The clearnnce is to make way for the building of the Lung Cheung Road/Po Kong Village Road interchange.

h spokesman for the Housing Department gave an assurance that despite the fire last night residents* entitlement will not be affected in any way.

The clearance will involve somo<^^^^y^^ures of which 583 are tolerated*

A total of 1,773 people from 432 families have been offered public housing in Lam Tin or Sau Mau Ping Estates and 435 people from 118 families who are not eligible for public housing have been offered sites at Kowloon Bay Licensed /^rea to set up their new homes.

More than 85 per cent of the domestic residents have been allocated public housing or licensed area site s and the rest are now being processed.

There are also 82 factories and 22 shops operating in the area of which 46 of the former are eligible for ex-gratia allowance or re-accommodation and eight of the latter qualified for ex-gratia allowance.

As of today, 19 factories have accepted re-accommodation at Kowloon Bay Factory Estate and five ex-gratia allowance. Six of the eight shop operators eligible for compensation have also received theirs.

/Those not

f1Those not eligible have either been operating in illegal structures or in tolerated structures not covered by the 19^5 general shop survey.

Some others were not in operation when the department carried out screening of the area in March this year," the spokesman pointed out.

The rate of ex-gratia allowance for shops is $120 per square foot for the first 50 square feet and $30 for an additional square foot up to a maximum of $20,000.

For factories, the rate is $20 per square foot up to a maximum of $100,000, The minimum amount for a single factory is $6t000e

FIRE VICTIMS OFFERED ACCOMMODATION

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Housing Department staff have arranged for 12 families of 40 people, who are victims of last night’s Ping Yang Shan Chuen fire, to be temporarily accommodated at Yan Oi Transit Centre.

total of 24 families numbering 108 people were made homeless in the fire.

On this number, 20 families of 90 people are involved in a proposed clearance operation while four other families of 18 people live in structures bordering the clearance zone.

The 20 c families living in the clearance zone have already been offered public housing or licensed area sites depending on their eligibility.

Of the other four families, two of 11 people are eligible for public housing while the other two of seven people will be given licensed area sites,to build their new homes.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 23, 1975 * CONTENTS PAGE NO.

AIR-FREIGHT SERVICE SHOWS SIGNIFICANT GROWTH .  1

SCHOOLS URGED TO APPOINT CAREERS MASTERS ...... 2

345,000 TICKETS IN 7TH LOTTERY SOLD SO FAR ...  3

HONG KONG TO TELEX COMPUTER PREDICTIONS OF TROPICAL

CYCLONES TO SOUTHEAST ASIAN COUNTRIES ......... 4

HOLIDAY POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS ’i................. 4

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.SATURDAY, AUGUST 23, 1975

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BIG GROWTH IN AIR-FREIGHT SERVICE * * « «

THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF THIS FINANCIAL YEAR SHOWED A SIGNIFICANT GROWTH IN THE AIR-FREIGHT SERVICE.

ACCORDING TO THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT’S SECOND QUARTERLY REPORT A TOTAL OF 33,859 METRIC TONS OF CARGO WAS CARRIED BY AIR • DURING THE APRIL-JUNE PERIOD*—AN INCREASE OF 34.19 PER CENT OVER THE LAST QUARTER, OR A RISE OF 31.59 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1974.

THE REPORT NOTED THAT THE CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF FREIGHT CARRIED BY AIR INDICATES THE INCREASING IMPORTANCE OF THE ROLE OF AIR FREIGHT IN HONG KONG’S ECONOMY.

THE QUARTERLY STATISTICS ALSO SHOWED SLIGHT INCREASES IN PASSENGER AND MAIL TRAFFIC. A TOTAL OF 922,256 INCOMING AND OUTGOING PASSENGERS USED THE AIRPORT BETWEEN APRIL AND JUNE THIS YEAR - 29,922 OR 3.35 PER CENT MORE THAN THAT IN THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD LAST YEAR. DURING THE QUARTER, A TOTAL OF 1,138 METRIC TONS OF MAIL WAS CARRIED BY AIR - AN INCREASE OF ALMOST 5.6 PER CENT.

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THE REPORT SAID THE GREATER USAGE OF WJDE-BODIED JETS CONTINUED TO BRING A REDUCTION IN THE NUMBER OF INTERNATIONAL AIRCRAFT MOVEMENTS WHICH FELL FROM 13,245 FOR APRIL - JUNE 1974 TO 12,367 IN THE SAME PERIOD THIS YEAR - A DECREASE OF ABOUT 6.6 PER CENT.

ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, WORK ON THE NEW AIR CARGO TERMINAL AND THE ASSOCIATED AIRCRAFT PARKING APRON, ROADS AND VEHICLE PARKS, ARE PROGRESSING AS SCHEDULED.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE CARGO TERMINAL WILL START LIMITED OPERATIONS NEXT JANUARY BEFORE MOVING TO FULL OPERATION AFTER THE BUILDING IS COMPLETED IN MAY 1976.

AS FOR THE OFFICE BLOCK OF THE AIRCARGO COMPLEX, PILING WORK BEGAN IN MID-JUNE AND IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE FIRST THREE FLOORS OF THE BLOCK WILL BE COMPLETED IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1976.

HOWEVER, THE REPORT SAID HEAVY RAINFALL DURING THE PERIOD HELD UP PROGRESS ON THE TUNNEL ROAD CROSSING I HE RUNWAY, THUS THE FULL RUNWAY LENGTH OF 11,130 FEET IS NOT EXPECTED TO BE AVAILABLE UNTIL THE BEGINNING OF DECEMBER THIS YEAR.

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SECONDARY SCHOOLS URGED TO APPOINT CAREERS MASTERS

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAS REPEATED ITS REQUEST TO HEADS OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO CONTINUE APPOINTING A TEACHER IN THEIR SCHOOLS AS CAREERS MASTER AND TO JOIN THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CAREERS MASTERS.

ACCORDING TO MR. ROBERT CAMERON, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (SECONDARY), THE ASSOCIATION +IS PLAYING AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN PROMOTING CAREERS WORK IN SCHOOLS AND HAS PRODUCED MUCH VALUABLE INFORMATION ON EDUCATIONAL AND OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN HONG KONG.*

IN ENCOURAGING THIS IMPORTANT WORK OF PROVIDING EDUCATIONAL AND VOCATIONAL GUIDANCE TO PUPILS, MR. CAMERON EXPRESSED THE - HOPE THAT SCHOOL HEADS WOULD APPOINT A TEACHER WHO WAS IN FREQUENT CONTACT WITH PUPILS IN THE UPPER FORMS AND WHO SHOWED GENUINE CONCERN FOR THE WELL-BEING OF YOUNG PEOPLE.

+ONCE APPOINTED, A CAREERS MASTER SHOULD BE GIVEN EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO CARRY OUT HIS WORK WITH MAXIMUM EFFICIENCY,* MR. CAMERON TOLD THE PRINCIPALS IN A CIRCULAR. . \

THE TEACHER APPOINTED SHOULD BE ALLOTED A FEW ADDITIONAL NON-TEACHING PERIODS A WEEK TO ENABLE HIM TO INTERVIEW INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS AND TO ORGANISE CAREERS ACTIVITIES. HE SHOULD ALSO BE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND SEMINARS, TALKS AND VISITS ARRANGED BY THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CAREERS MASTERS.

, MR. CAMERON REQUESTED SCHOOL HEADS TO ENCOURAGE CAREERS MASTERS TO INITIATE CAREERS ADVISORY WORK IN THE STUDENTS’ SCHOOL LIFE AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.

+THE CAREERS.SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT,* HE SAID, +IS ALWAYS READY TO ASSIST SCHOOLS TO ORGANISE CAREERS ACTIVITIES FOR THEIR STUDENTS AND TO OFFER ANY ASSISTANCE THAT SCHOOLS MAY REQUIRE IN PROVIDING CAREERS ADVISORY SERVICE TO THEIR STUDENTS.*

THE CAREERS OFFICER IS MR. TSE TAK-ON WHO IS ALSO SECRETARY OF THE ASSOCIATION OF CAREERS MASTERS.

THOSE SECONDARY SCHOOLS WHICH HAVE NOT YET JOINED THE ASSOCIATION AND WISH TO DO SO ARE URGED TO APPOINT CAREERS MASTERS AND SEND THEIR NAMES TO MR. TSE TOGETHER WITH A REQUEST FOR MEMBERSHIP AND $10 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEE.

MR. TSE’S OFFICE IS IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS, LEE GARDENS, 3RD FLOOR, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG.

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AT PRESENT THE ASSOCIATION HAS 193 MEMBER SCHOOLS. ABOUT 40 PER CENT OF THESE SCHOOLS HAVE APPOINTED TWO TEACHERS TO BE CAREERS MASTERS OR MISTRESSES.

AMONG ITS MANY ACTIVITIES, THE ASSOCIATION INTRODUCED FOR THE FIRST TIME LAST YEAR, A ’SUMMER WORK EXPERIENCE SCHEME’ UNDER WHICH STUDENTS WERE ATTACHED TO FIRMS OR ORGANISATIONS TO GAIN PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE.

IN 1974, 58 STUDENTS BENEFITTED FROM THE SCHEME. THIS SUMMER THE ASSOCIATION MANAGED TO ARRANGE FOR 83 STUDENTS TO WORK IN HOSPITALS, PUBLIC LIBRARIES, ACCOUNTING FIRMS, INSURANCE COMPANIES, THE HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION, AND A NUMBER OF OTHER ORGANISATIONS.

MR. TSE EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT MORE FIRMS AND ORGANISATIONS WOULD PARTICIPATE IN THE SCHEME TO ENABLE MORE SCHOOL LEAVERS TO BECOME ACQUAINTED WITH VARIOUS KINDS OF WORK BEFORE DECIDING

TO CHOOSE A CAREER.

MOST STUDENTS WHO HAD PARTICIPATED IN THE SCHEME CONSIDERED THEIR TIME WELL SPENT. SOME HAD EXPRESSED A DESIRE TO SPEND A LONGER PERIOD OF ATTACHMENT WITH THE FIRMS OR ORGANISATIONS CONCERNED.

SOME FIRMS HAD COMMENTED THAT THE SCHEME WAS WORTHWHILE AND SHOULD BE EXPANDED. +THIS WAS-MOST ENCOURAGING INDEED,+ MR.

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345,000 LOTTERY TICKETS SOLD SO FAR U « » ft

this THE SEVENTH G0VE1!NMENT

DRAW ON^rIdAy'(AUGUST' 29) ^EVEN^NG^T^^^CLOCK^^ BEF°RE

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THE WINNING NUMBERS WILL BE DRAWN IN THE CITY HALL THEATRE BY FOUR COMMERCIAL RADIO ARTISTES — MISS YAN WAl-YEE M SS WONG KAR-MAN, MISS CHAN MO-YIN AND MISS MOK PUI-MAN.

ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 26), HELP PROMOTE TICKET SALES AT SELLING TICKETS BETWEEN 5 P.M

THE FOUR RADIO PERSONALTIES WILL STATUE SQUARE WHERE THEY WILL BE . AND 6 P.M.

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PREDICTING TROPICAL CYCLONE MOVEMENTS BY COMPUTER

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STARTING THIS SUMMER, OBJECTIVE FORECASTS OF TROPICAL CYCLONE TRACKS WILL BE PREPARED BY THE COMPUTER DIVISION OF THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY AND DISSEMINATED TO COUNTRIES IN THE SOUTHEAST ASIA REGION THROUGH INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATION CIRCUITS FOR THEIR OPERATIONAL USE.

THIS ARRANGEMENT IS THE RESULT OF A REQUEST MADE BY MEMBER COUNTRIES OF THE TYPHOON COMMITTEE DURING A PREVIOUS . SESSION.

OBJECTIVE TECHNIQUES FOR PREDICTING TROPICAL CYCLONE MOVEMENT HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED BY METEOROLOGISTS IN HONG KONG AND OTHER COUNTRIES AND HAVE BEEN EXTENSIVELY USED AT THE CENTRAL FORECASTING OFFICE OF THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY SINCE 1961.

THESE TECHNIQUES HAVE BEEN FOUND TO BE AN IMPORTANT TOOL FOR TROPICAL CYCLONE FORECASTING AND THEIR VALUE IS ENHANCED WITH THE USE OF COMPUTER SINCE THE PREPARATION TIME OF SOME OF THESE FORECASTS CAN NOW BE REDUCED FROM HOURS TO A FEW MINUTES.

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HOLIDAY POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS K X M

THERE WILL BE A LIMITED POSTAL SERVICE NEXT MONDAY (AUGUST 25) WHICH IS A GENERAL HOLIDAY.

THERE WILL BE ONLY ONE MAIL DELIVERY THAT DAY, BUT FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF THE PUBLIC, MOST POST OFFICES WILL BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS FROM 9 A.M. TO 12 NOON.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SUNDAY, AUGUST 24, 1975

HONG KONG TO HOST SEMINAR ON PACKAGING DESIGN

DELEGATES FROM 12 COUNTRIES IN THE ASIAN AND PACIFIC REGION ri ILL BE IN HONG KONG NEXT WEEK FOR A REGIONAL SEMINAR ON PACKAGING DESIGN FOR INTERNATIONAL MARKETS.

THE SEMINAR, WHICH OPENS ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 27) AND CONTINUES TO SEPTEMBER 5, IS BEING PRESENTED BY THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMISSION FOR ASIA AND THE PACIFIC (ESCAP) AND THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE CENTRE OF UNCTAD/GATT IN COLLABORATION WITH THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AND THE WORLD PACKAGING ORGANIZATION.

IT IS BEING FINANCED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE NETHERLANDS.

IN ADDITION TO THE 24 DELEGATES FROM OVERSEAS THERE WILL BE NINE FULL-TIME PARTICIPANTS AND FIVE OBSERVERS FROM HONG KONG.

. THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF THE SEMINAR IS TO PROMOTE EXPORTS FROM THE DEVELOPING COUNTRIES OF ASIA AND THE PACIFIC BY ENCOURAGING AN AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF PACKAGING DESIGN. S'

THE DELEGATES WILL BE PROVIDED WITH THE LATEST INFORMATION ON THE NEED FOR PROPER PACKAGING IN THE EXPORT TRADE, THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF PACKAGING DESIGN, THE ADAPTATION OF EXPORT PACKAGING TO INTERNATIONAL MARKETS, ANALYSIS OF PROMOTIONAL PACKAGING DESIGNS AND INSTITUTIONAL OR OTHER MEASURES FOR IMPROVING SUCH DESIGNS.

RELEVANT MATERIAL WILL BE PRESENTED BY A PANEL OF PACKAGING EXPERTS BY WAY OF LECTURES, DISCUSSIONS, CASE STUDIES AND GROUP WORK. THE LECTURERS WILL BE: MR. C. HILLENIUS AND MR. W.P. FORNEROD, THE DIRECTOR AND DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE DUTCH RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT SECTION OF THE DUTCH PACKAGING RESEARCH INSTITUTE-MR. L. SWART, A PACKAGING DESIGN CONSULTANT FROM THE NETHERLANDS-MR. E. LILIUS, A PACKAGING AND GRAPHIC DESIGN CONSULTANT FROM SWEDEN-AND MR. J. SELIN FROM FINLAND WHO IS AN EXPORT PACKAGING ADVISER TO THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE CENTRE.

MRS. SUSAN YUEN, THE SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE WORLD PACKAGING ORGANIZATION AND SECRETARY OF THE HONG KONG PACKAGING COUNCIL, WILL ALSO ADDRESS THE SEMINAR. .

THE SEMINAR WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED BY THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, MR. DEREK JONES, AT A CEREMONY TO BE HELD IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CHAMBER AT 9.30 ON WEDNESDAY MORNING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO HAVE THE OPENING CEREMONY COVERED.

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PO KONG INTERCHANGE ENTERS FINAL PHASE M K X K M H

WORK WILL BEGIN SOON ON THE FINAL STAGE OF THE PO KONG INTERCHANGE WHICH FORMS PART OF THE KOWLOON FOOTHILLS ROAD CORRIDOR-, \

THE LAST PHASE OF THE PROJECT INVOLVES THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SOUTHERN HALF OF THE INTERCHAGE WHICH IS DESIGNED TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW BETWEEN SAN PO KONG AND THE DENSELY POPULATED TZE WAN SHAN AREA.

THE NORTHERN HALF OF THE INTERCHAGE IS NOW SUBSTANTIALLY COMPLETED AND PARTLY OPEN TO TRAFFIC.

WHEN FULLY COMPLETED, THE INTERCHANGE WILL ENABLE TRAFFIC TO PLOW ALONG A NEW SECTION OF PO KONG VILLAGE ROAD LINKING CHOI HUNG ROAD AND FUNG TAK ROAD.

THIS NEW ROAD, WHICH WILL OVERPASS LUNG CHEUNG ROAD, IS A THREE-LANE DUAL CARRIAGEWAY WITH FOOTWAYS BUILT ON BOTH SIDES OF THE OVERPASS BRIDGE.

TENDERS FOR THE LAST PHASE OF THE PROJECT WERE INVITED EARLIER THIS WEEK AND THE WORK WILL TAKE ABOUT 12 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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NEW RESTRICTED ZONE ALONG SHING HO ROAD IN SHATIN

DOWN WILL 27).

PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING UP PAGGE^GERS AL°NG A SECTION OF SHING HO ROAD IN SHATIN BECOME A RESTRICTED ZONE AS FROM 10 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY

OR SETTING WHICH (AUGUST

ROAD

Jt!E-r^STRICTI0N WILL APPLY T0 THE SECTION OF SHING HO ROAD BETWEEN TA IPO ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 80 METRES SOUTH OF TA IPO ROAD.

the NEW ARRANGEMENT IS INTENDED TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW ALONG SHING HO ROAD AT ITS JUNCTION WITH TA IPO ROAD.

WILL BE A SLIGHT CHANGE IN A SIMILAR restriction along the westbound carriageway of shau kei wan road ON HONG KONG ISLAND AS FROM 10 A.M. ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 26).

THIS RESTRICTION, WHICH APPLIES TO ALL MOTOR VEHICLES EXCEPT ^N?H1SED ?93ES AND TOAMS ^RING THE PEAK HOURS QF 7 A.M? TO 10 A.M AND 4 P.M. i0 7 P.M., NOW ENDS HEAR THE SHAU KEI WAN POLICE STATION ™theR|xistiJgR”ndiJg,‘point!,T 1;ILL ee extended about 25 FEET WEST ’

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE POSTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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44 MARKET STALLS FOR AUCTION AT WONG CHUK HANG ESTATE

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The Wong Chuk Hang estate office will be holding a second instant ■

tender on Friday (August 29) for the 44 market stalls that are still unlet.

Eligible hawkers should apply for registration at the estate office on Tuesday and Wednesday (August 26 and 27).

A spokesman for the Housing Department said that if response from eligible hawkers is unsatisfactory the department may consider throwing it open to the general public.

Last week an instant tender was held and 55 hawkers were successful in obtaining a stall each.

Three large stalls of about 70 square feet each for the sale of frozen meat, roasted meat and fish went to successful bidders for a premium of $25,000, $5,020 and i.2,000 respectively.

The premium for the bulk of the 50 smaller stalls of 25 - 50 square feet each was about $500.

These stalls arc for a variety of trade including the sale of fruits, eggs, preserved vegetables, bean curd, newspapers, toys, noodles, joss-sticks and other types of daily necessities.

The rent for a large stall is $250 a month and $50 for a small stall.

A spokesman for the Housing Department explained that the current policy relating to stalls let by the tendered premium system is that operators who have been in business for at least three years will receive the full premium from the incoming tenant on re—letting when they terminate the tenancy

/"Those who.....

’’Those who have been in operation for less than three years will

receive the incoming tenant’s premium in part, equivalent to the original amount he has himself tendered for, or the whole premium if it is loss than the original amount, ” he added.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

MONDAY, AUGUST 25, 1975.

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ADDITIONAL RICE IMPORTERS TO DE DECIDED BY BALLOT If ft If

SEVEN MORE FIRMS WILL BE AUTHORISED TO IMPORT RICE INTO HONG FOLLOWING A BALLOT TO BE HELD IN PUBLIC IN THE CITY HALL WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 27).

THE LUCKY SEVEN WILL BEGIN OPERATIONS ON JANUARY 1, 1976.

WILL BRING TO 45 THE NUMBER OF REGISTERED RICE IMPORTERS

IN HONG KONG.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT SAID IT WAS THE DEPARTMENT’S BELIEF THAT THE ADDITION OF A REASONABLE NUMBER OF NEWCOMERS TO THE TRADE WOULD BENEFIT THE CONSUMER.

"THE MOVE, HE SAID, WAS MADE ON THE ADVICE OF THE TRADE AND INDUSTRY ADVISORY BOARD, THE RICE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ARD THE CONSUMER COUNCIL.

SEVENTY-FOUR FIRMS, WITH ALL THE QUALIFICATIONS TO BECOME RICE IMPORTERS, ARE TAKING PART IN THE PUBLIC BALLOT.

THE D.C. AND I. SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE BASIC OBJECTIVE WAS TO EXPAND THE SCOPE FOR COMPETITION IN THE RICE TRADE AND, BY DOING SO, FURTHER PROTECT THE INTEREST OF THE HONG KONG CONSUMER.

MR. P.Y. WONG, A MEMBER OF THE TRADE AND INDUSTRY ADVISORY BOARD, WILL DRAW THE BALLOT. MR. A.W. WERNAS AND MR. M.C. LEE, ALSO MEMBERS OF THE TIAB AND THE LATTER A MEMBER OF THE RICE ADVISORY COMMITTEE, WILL BE PRESENT AS WILL MRS. 0. RAHMIN, ADMINISTRATIVE SECRETARY OF THE CONSUMER COUNCIL.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE EVENT WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 27) AT 11 A.M. IN THE CITY HALL, LECTURE ROOM.

THE D.C. AND I PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, MR. GERRY XAVIER, WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST YOUR REPRESENTATIVES.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 25, 1975.

SURVEY ON LABOUR FORCE K K * H K K M

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL CARRY OUT A LABOUR FORCE SURVEY NEXT MONTH TO COLLECT UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION FOR THE PLANNING OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL SERVICES.

THE SURVEY WILL BE CONDUCTED ON A SAMPLE BASIS COVERING ABOUT 18,000 HOUSEHOLDS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.

QUESTIONS TO BE ASKED IN THE SURVEY INCLUDE AGE AND SEX OF INDIVIDUALS, THEIR EMPLOYMENT PARTICULARS, HOURS OF WORK AND EDUCATION STANDARD. ALL INFORMATION COLLECTED WILL BE TREATED AS STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.

PRIOR TO FIELD ENUMERATION, AN OFFICIAL LETTER IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE WILL BE SENT TO THE SELECTED HOUSEHOLDS EXPLAINING THE PURPOSE AND THE METHOD OF THE SURVEY.

ENUMERATORS CONDUCTING THE SURVEY WILL EACH CARRY AN OFFICIAL IDENTITY CARD BEARING HIS PHOTOGRAPH FOR IDENTIFICATION PURPOSE.

THE SURVEY IS MADE NECESSARY BY THE FACT THAT MANY CHANGES HAVE TAKEN PLACE SINCE THE LAST POPULATION CENSUS IN 1971 DURING WHICH INFORMATION ON THE ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS OF THE POPULATION WAS COLLECTED.

NEXT MONTH’S SURVEY WILL PROVIDE UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON THE LABOUR FORCE TO SUPPLEMENT THAT AVAILABLE FROM THE REULAR QUARTERLY SURVEYS WHICH ARE BASED ON PLACES OF WORK INSTEAD OF HOUSEHOLDS.

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CROWN LAND SALE H * M K M M

THREE LOTS OF CROWN LAND, WITH A TOTAL AREA OF 59,300 SQUARE FEET, WILL BE PUT UP FOR AUCTION NEXT MONTH.

THE LARGEST LOT, LOCATED OFF SZE SHAN STREET IN SAM KA TSUEN, KOWLOON, COVERS AN AREA OF 23,840 SQUARE FEET AND IS FOR INDUSTRI CAL AND/OR GODOWN PURPOSES.

ANOTHER KOWLOON LOT, MEASURING 16,610 SQUARE FEET, IS LOCATED AT BROADCAST DRIVE. IT IS FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

THE THIRD LOT IS FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT. IT IS LOCATED AT CHA I WAN ROAD ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND HAS AN AREA OF 18,850 SQUARE FEET.

THE AUCTION WILL BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 19 AT 2.30 P.M. ON THE EIGHTH FLOOR OF THE CITY HALL.

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

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SPECIAL UNIT SET UP TO STUDY MARINE POLLUTION IN HONG KONG .......................................................... 1

DC AND I WORKING ROUND THE CLOCK ON TEXTILE EXPORT LICENCE APPLICATIONS ................................................   2

FOOTBATH BUILT FOR RESIDENTS IN REMOTE LAMMA ISLAND VILLAGE 3

RESERVOIRS 98 PER CENT FULL.................................   4

TEMPORARY WATER INTERRUPTIONS ................................. 4

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THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT HAS STEPPED UP ITS FICHT AGAINST SEA POLLUTION BY SETTING UP A HEW UNIT TO STUDY CONTAMINATION PROBLEMS IN HONG KONG WATERS.

FORMED LATE LAST YEAR, THE MARINE POLLUTION UNIT IS NOW CARRYING OUT A SERIES OF RESEARCHES WITH A VIEW TO RECOMMENDING WAYS IN WHICH THE GOVERNMENT CAN AVOID OR REDUCE SEA POLLUTION WHICH COULD OTHERWISE SERIOUSLY AFFECT MARINE LIFE AND THE LOCAL FISHING INDUSTRY.

THE BIGGEST OF THE RESEARCH PROJECTS NOW UNDERWAY IS A TERRITORY-WIDE STUDY OF PHYTOPLANKTON (MINUTE FLOATING PLANTS) TO DETERMINE THE VARIOUS DEGREES OF POLLUTION WITHIN HONG KONG WATERS.

IN THIS STUDY, WHICH IS BEING CARRIED OUT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, SAMPLES OF SEA WATER AND PHYTOPLANKTON ARE COLLECTED EVERY TWO MONTHS FROM 50 PWD MONITORING STATIONS AROUND HONG KONG.

A SIMILAR BUT MORE INTENSIVE PROGRAMME IS ALSO BEING CONDUCTED IN TOLO HARDOUR IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY.

THE SAMPLES ARE ANALYSED IN THE LABORATORY TO DETERMINE THE TOTAL QUANTITIES OF PLANTS COLLECTED, AND TO IDENTIFY THE MOST COMMON SPECIES.

THE TOTAL QUANTITY OF PLANTS VARIES DURING THE YEAR BUT IS ALSO AFFECTED DY POLLUTION t DOMESTIC SEWAGE CONTAINS PLANT NUTRIENTS AND MAY STIMULATE GROWTH, BUT MANY INDUSTRIAL ^EFFLUENTS ARE POISONOUS.

- THESE EFFECTS ARE IMPORTANT BECAUSE PHYTOPLANKTON FORMS THE BASIC FOOD OF MARINE ANIMALS UPON WHICH FISH FEED.

IDENTIFICATION OF SPECIES IS USEFUL BECAUSE SOME PLANTS ARE OHLY ABLE TO SURVIVE IN CLEAN WATER, WHILE THERE ARE OTHERS WHICH THRIVE DEST IN POLLUTED CONDITIONS.

A SECOND RESEARCH PROJECT ISA SURVEY OF THE DISTRIBUTION AND ABUNDANCE OF BOTTOM DWELLING ANIMALS, WHICH ARE COLLECTED BOTH IN SPECIALLY DESIGNED GRABS AND BY LOCAL SCUBA DIVERS.

THE RESULTS OF THIS SURVEY MAKE MORE DETAILED LOCAL ASSESSMENTS POSSIBLE BECAUSE, UNLIKE THE FREE FLOATING PHYTOPLANKTON, MOST DOTTOM ANIMALS SPEND THEIR LIVES WITHIN ONE SMALL AREA.

THE UNIT IS HEADED BY DR. G.B. THOMPSON, A POLLUTION EXPERT WITH A WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE BEHIND HIM INCLUDING WORK AS AN OIL POLLUTION RESEARCH OFFICER IN THE IRISH REPUBLIC AND WALES.

HE WAS RECRUITED FROM BRITAIN LATE LAST YEAR TO RUN THE UNIT, WHICH FORMS PART OF THE DEPARTMENT’S FISHERIES RESEARCH DIVISION.

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DC AND I WORKS OVERTIME ON TEXTILE EXPORT LICENCES , a « n a «

STAFF OF THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT ARE WORKING ROUND THE CLOCK TO PROCESS LICENCE APPLICATIONS FOR TEXTILE EXPORTS TO THE E.E.C.

THE DEPARTMENT WORKED THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND AND HOLIDAY AND ISSUED ABOUT 2,000 LICENCES TO EXPORTERS AND MANUFACTURERS — TEN TIMES MORE THAN THE NORMAL NUMBER FOR A THREE-DAY PERIOD.

APPLICATIONS KEEP POURING IN AND WORK IS EXPECTED TO BE EVEN HEAVIER TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) WHEN THE DEPARTMENT STARTS ACCEPTING NEW APPLICATIONS FOR THE SPECIAL SHIPMENT ARRANGEMENT ANNOUNCED ON MONDAY.

IN ORDER TO HELP EXPORTERS CLEAR A LARGE BACKLOG OF TEXTILES AWAITING SHIPMENT TO THE E.E.C., THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. JIMMY MCGREGOR YESTERDAY ANNOUNCED SPECIAL MEASURES WHICH WILL GIVE SHORT TERM RELIEF - ESPECIALLY FOR SEASONAL GOODS - TO REACH THEIR DESTINATION BY A CERTAIN DATE.

ADDITIONAL STAFF HAVE BEEN BROUGHT IN TO COPE WITH THE HEAVY WORKLOAD.

THESE OFFICERS, NUMBERING OVER 200, WILL BE WORKING ROUND THE CLOCK IN THREE SHIFTS.

THIS OVERTIME WORK STARTED SHORTLY AFTER THE TEXTILE AGREEMENT WITH THE E.E.C. WAS CONCLUDED ON JULY 18 AND HAD CONTINUALLY BEEN STEPPED UP SINCE THEN.

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RESIDENTS IN THE REMOTE VILLAGE OF MOU TAT ON LAMMA ISLAND HAVE BEEN BROUGHT WITHIN EASY REACH OF THE PROSPEROUS SOK KWU WAN TOWNSHIP WITH ITS MODERN SHOPPING FACILITIES AND COMMUNICATIONS.

ALTHOUGH THE TWO COMMUNITIES ARE ONLY ABOUT ONE AND A HALF MILES FROM EACH OTHER, THE LACK OF ROAD COMMUNICATIONS AND THE RUGGED TERRAIN HAD KE^T THEM ALMOST COMPLETELY APART.

TODAY THE TWO COMMUNITIES ARE LINKED DY A 6,6OO-FOOT LONG CONCRETE FOOTPATH SPECIALLY BUILT DY THE HIGHWAYS DIVISION OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TO ENABLE MOU TAT VILLAGERS AND OTHERS IN THE VICINITY TO BENEFIT FROM THE FACILITIES OF SOK KWU WAN WHICH ALSO HAS A REGULAR FERRY SERVICE WITH HOLS KONG ISLAND.

CONSTRUCTION OF THE FOOTPATH, WHICH IS SIX FEET WIDE, BEGAN IN NOVEMBER LAST YEAR AND WAS COMPLETED TOWARDS THE END OF LAST MONTH, TOGETHER WITH ASSOCIATED DRAINAGE WORKS, AT A COST OF 8500,000.

ACCORDING TO MR. C.K. AU-YEUNG, ACTING SENIOR ENGINEER OF THE HIGHWAYS DIVISION (N.T.) THE ROAD WORKS WOULD HAVE DEEN COMPLETED EARLIER HAD IT NOT DEEN FOR THE EXCEPTIONALLY HEAVY RAINS DURING THE PAST FEW MONTHS.

MOU TAT VILLAGE HAS A POPULATION OF ABOUT 120 WHILE ABOUT 410 PEOPLE LIVE AT SOK KWU WAN. IT IS ESTIMATED THAT OVER 1000 VILLAGERS IN THE SURROUNDING AREA WILL BENEFIT FROM THE NEW FOOTPATH.

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RESERVOIRS 98 PER CENT FULL if if if if if if

A TOTAL OF 66,194 MILLION GALLONS OF WATER WERE IN STORE IN ALL RESERVOIRS AT 9 A.M. THIS (TUESDAY) MORNING, REPRESENTING 98.4 PER CENT OF THE FULL STORAGE CAPACITY OF 67,300 MILLION GALLONS.

ON THE SAME DAY LAST YEAR, THE TOTAL STORAGE WAS ONLY 39,451 MILLION GALLONS.

PLOVER COVE, HONG KONG’S BIGGEST RESERVOIR, HELD 50,265 MILLION GALLONS, REPRESENTING 99.5 PER CENT OF ITS FULL STORAGE CAPACITY. AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR, IT HELD 30,397 MILLION GALLONS.

TOTAL RAINFALL SO FAR THIS YEAR STANDS AT 2235.8 MM C8.02 IN). THE MEAN AVERAGE RAINFALL THIS YEAR IS 1650.9 MM 65.0 IN).

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN WONG TAI SIN AND HUNG HOM WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR FIVE HOURS ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY TO ENABLE TESTS FOR LEAKAGE TO BE CARRIED OUT IN THE AREAS.

IN WONG TA j SIN THE TEMPORARY STOPPAGE WILL BE FROM 1 A.M. TO 6 A.M. ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 28) AND WILL AFFECT PREMISES BOUNDED BY TUNG TAU TSUEN ROAD, TUNG LUNG ROAD, TUNG FAT STREET AND TAI SHING STREET. ALSO AFFECTED WILL BE BLOCKS 6-13 TUNG TAU ESTATE AND BLOCKS 15, 17, 26 AND 27 ' LOWER WONG TAI SIN ESTATE, AS WELL AS KAI MING LAU.

THE TEMPORARY STOPPAGE IN HUNG HOM BETWEEN 1 A.M. AND 6 A.M. ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 29) WILL AFFECT PREMISES BOUNDED BY LOK SHAN ROAD, CHI KIANG STREET AND KOWLOON CITY ROAD.

IN ADDITION, WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF- VILLAGES IN SHEUNG SHU I, NEW TERRITORIES, WILL BE INTERRUPTED BETWEEN 10 A.M. AND 4 P.M. ON THURSDAY TO FACILITATE A FRESH WATER MAINS CONNECTION AT FAN KAM ROAD IN FANLING.

ALL PREMISES ALONG FAN KAM ROAD BETWEEN SHEUNG SHU I CROSS ROAD AND THE TSIU KENG VILLAGE MARKET ORGANISATION WILL BE AFFECTED, INCLUDING DODWELL CAMP, THE FANLIKG GOLF CLUB, PING KONO TSUEN, Otl PO TSUEN, TONG KUNG LING, LING TONG MEI TSUEN, TSIU KENG TSUEN, AND THE AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENTAL STATION.

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$26M. CONTRACT FOR Tai HaNG TUNG REDEVELOPMENT SIGNED

A #26 million building contract for the construction of the initial stage in the redevelopment of Tai Hang Tung Estate was signed this (Tuesday) afternoon at the Housing Department Headquarters*

Mr. Donald P.H. Liao, Director of Housing, signed the contract on behalf of the Housing Authority. The successful contractor was Messrs Tang Tak Son Construction Co. Ltd,

This multi-million dollar contract will involve the building of three 12-storey blocks on the former Tai Hang Sai Cottage Area. Piling work has already been completed.

These three blocks will have about 900 flats to house 6,400 people. They will all be self-contained, each with its own private balcony, kitchen, toilet with shower.

Included in this phase of construction are an estate garage, a two-storey shopping and market complex and a number of cooked food stalls similar to those at Oi Man Estate to meet the needs of the estate as well as the district.

These three blocks are expected to be ready for occupation by the middle of 1977. as tenants move into their new homes, the vacated Mark I blocks will then be demolished to make way for the second phase of redevelopment.

The whole project will involve tae demolition of the existing 14 Mark I blocks and the building cf eleven 12-storey blocks in their place.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27, 1975

CONTENTS

FfONOMIC REPORT FOR FIRST HALF OF 1975 INDICATES IMPROVEMENT IN HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC SITUATION .....'

EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCE FOR LAND RESUMPTIONS IN N.T. TO

BE RAISED ..........................................

DC AND I CONDUCTING SPOT CHECKS ON TEXTILE CONSIGNMENTS FOR EEC TO PREVENT ABUSES .............

COLOUR FILM ON THE QUEEN’S VISIT TO HONG KONG TO BE

SCREENED ON TV TOMORROW ............................

SEVEN MORE COMPANIES AUTHORISED TO IMPORT RICE ....

GOVERNOR TO VISIT MONG KOK DISTRICT TOMORROW ......

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EFFECTS OF WORLD RECESSION ON HONG KONG’S ECONOMY ECONOMIC REPORT INDICATES IMPROVING SITUATION ####«#

THE EFFECT OF THE WORLD RECESSION ON HONG KONG’S ECONOMY IS REVIEWED IN DETAIL IN THE LATEST EDITION OF THE ECONOMIC REPORT.

THE REPORT, WHICH COVERS MAINLY EVENTS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1975, SAYS THE ECONOMIES OF THE MAIN INDUSTRIALISED COUNTRIES ARE EXPERIENCING THElR MOST SEVERE RECESSION SINCE THE WAR AND THAT THESE DEVELOPMENTS HAVE ^EXERCISED A DOMINANT INFLUENCE OVER HONG KORS’S ECONOMY*.

IT SHOWS THAT THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN THE FIRST SIX M: JTHS OF THIS YEAR DROPPED DY 15 PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

IN MONEY TERMS DOMESTIC EXPORTS WERE WORTH 89,804 MILLION, A DROP OF 81,668 MILLION FROM THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 1974.

HOWEVER, THE REPORT POINTS OUT THAT THE QUANTITY OF GOODS EXPORTED DURING THE SAME PERIOD FELL BY A SMALLER PERCENTAGE. IN THE FIRST QUARTER THE DROP WAS 10 PER CENT. THIS REFLECTS THE FACT THAT EXPORT PRICES FELL IN THE PERIOD UNDER REVIEW, FOLLOWING RAPID INCREASES IN 1973 AND THE FIRST HALF OF 1974.

THE REPORT INDICATES THAT IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS YEAR, EXPORT PRICES WERE FIVE PER CENT DOWN ON A YEAR EARLIER.

ALTHOUGH THE VALUE OF IMPORTS ALSO DECLINED THIS YEAR, DY 13 PER CENT IN THE FIRST QUARTER AND 20 PER CENT IN THE SECOND QUARTER COMPARED WITH A YEAR EARLIER, IN QUANTITY TERMS THE DECLINE WAS SMALLER - AGAIN REFLECTING LOWER IMPORT PRICES.

DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS IMPORTS WERE VALUED AT 814,819 MILLION - DOWN 83,020 MILLION ON THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

RE-EXPORTS WERE VALUED AT 83,213 MILLION, A DECLINE OF 8485 MILLION. '

THE REPORT NOTES THAT TEXTILES, PLASTIC PRODUCTS AND ELECTRONICS ARE THE PRODUCTS WHICH HAVE DEEN MOST AFFECTED BY THE RECESSION. ON THE OTHER HAND, IN THE FIRSt QUARTER OF THIS YEAR, EXPORTS OF CLOTHING, IN QUANTITY TERMS, RECORDED GOOD GAINS WHILE THERE WERE ALSO INCREASES IN THE EXPORTS OF WATCHES AND CLOCKS.

THE REPORT ALSO POINTS OUT THAT, AS A RESULT OF THE WORLD RECESSION, THE HONG KONG ECONOMY WAS WORKING AT WELL BELOW FULL CAPACITY IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR.

IN THE LABOUR MARKET, EMPLOYMENT (MOST NOTABLY IN MANUFACTURING) WAS CONSIDERABLY DELOW THE LEVEL OF A YEAR EARLIER, WITH UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDER-EMPLOYMENT HIGHER.

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IN Tl". FIRST QUARTER OF THE YEAR THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE EMPLOYED IN MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS REGISTERED OR RECORDED WITH THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WAS 522,553, EIGHT PER CENT DOWN OH A YEAR EARLIER, BUT ONLY ONE PER CENT DELOW THE LEVEL IN THE PREVIOURS QUARTER.

THE REPORT NOTES THAT THIS TENDS TO SUGGEST THAT THE DECLINE IN EMPLOYMENT IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES MAY HAVE COME TO AH END.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE RESULTS OF THE MONTHLY SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AMONG 2CO LARGE FIRMS, INDICATED STABILITY IN MANUFACTURING EMPLOYMENT AND AN INCREASE OF 13 PER CENT IN ORDERS-OW-HAND DETWEEN THE FIRST AND SECOND QUARTERS THIS YEAR.

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THE REPORT SAYS THAT DURING THE SECOND QUARTER THERE HAVE ALSO BEEN .EPORTS FROM INDUSTRY TO SUGGEST THAT A NUMBER OF FIRMS HAVE RESUMED A FULL WORK-WEEK, INCREASED SHIFT WORKING AND HAVE TAKEN ON ADDITIONAL WORKERS AGAIN.

AGAINST THE BACKGROUND OF A SLACK LABOUR MARKET, MANUFACTURING WAGE RATES REMAINED UNCHANGED BETWEEN THE FIRST QUARTERS OF 2974 AND 1975. THIS IS A REFLECTION OF THE FACT THAT WAGE RATES IN HONG KONG ARE LARGELY DETERMINED DY THE DEMAND FOR AND THE SUPPLY OF LABOUR.

CONSUMERS’ EXPENDITURE, HOWEVER, IS NOW BENEFITING FROM THE STABILITY OF CONSUMER PRICES, THE REPORT ADDS. '

IT SAYS THAT, AFTER INCREASING RAPIDLY IN 1973 AND EARLY 1974, CONSUMER PRICES HAVE INCREASED DY LESS THAN TWO PER CENT OVER THE YEAR TO THE SECOND QUARTER. THIS REFLECTS A GENERAL EASING IN IMPORT PRICES IN RESPONSE TO THE REDUCTION IN WORLD DEMAND AND THE ABSENCE OF INTERNALLY GENERATED INFLATION IN IJOHG KONG.

IN THE PROPERTY SECTOR, THE REPORT NOTES THAT ACTIVITY IN

THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY HAS DEEN DECLINING FOR SOME ' TIME, AS THE RISING TREND IN THE REAL VALUE OF EXPENDITURE THROUGH THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME HAS BEEN MORE THAN OFFSET DY A DECLINE IN PRIVATE SECTOR ACTIVITY.

HOWEVER, THE NUMBER OF PLANS FOR PRIVATE NEW BUILDINGS SUBMITTED FOR APPROVAL, THOUGH STILL AT A RELATIVELY LOW LEVEL, HAS STEADILY INCREASED SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR AND IN THE SECOND QUARTER WAS 17 PER CENT HIGHER TUAN A YEAR EARLIER.

♦THIS MAY WELL PROVE TO BE AN EARLY INDICATOR GF A RECOVERY IN THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY,* THE REPORT ADDS.

IN THE SECTION ON MONEY AND FOREIGN EXCHANGE MARKETS, THE REPORT SAYS THAT, DESPITE LOWER INTEREST RATES, THERE HAS BEEN A CONTINUING INCREASE IN TOTAL DANK DEPOSITS SINCE THE DEG INNING OF THE YEAR.

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BANKS’ ADVANCES AND LOANS ALSO INCREASED RAPIDLY. BUT LARGELY IN THE CATEGORY OF OVERSEAS LENDING. LOANS AND 'ADVANCES WITHIN HONG KONG GREW MORE SLOWLY THAN IN EARLIER YEARS. REFLECTING SMALLER DEMAND IN THE FACE OF THE RECESSION.

THE REPORT ADDS THAT, GIVEN THE HIGH RATIO OF BANKS’ LIQUID ASSETS TO DEPOSITS - 48 PER CENT IN JUNE - THERE IS SCOPE FOR THE BANKS TO INCREASE THEIR LENDING IN HONG KONG AS AND WHEN DEMAND FOR ADVANCES AND LOANS PICKS UP.

IT POINTS OUT THAT THE EXTERNAL VALUE OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR, IN TERMS OF A TRADE-WEIGHTED AVERAGE OF OTHER CURRENCIES. IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF THIS YEAR, WAS AT VIRTUALLY THE SAME LEVEL AS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1974.

AS A RESULT OF THE DOWNTURN IN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY, TOTAL GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT, IN CONSTANT PRICE TERMS, SHOWED NO GROWTH IN 1974.

COMMENTING ON THE REPORT, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE GENERAL REACTION OF THE ECONOMY TO THE WORLD RECESSION HAS BEEN A LEVELLING-OFF, OR A REDUCTION, IN COSTS AMD THE EXTENT OF THIS HAS BEEN SUCH THAT HONG KONG'S EXTERNAL COMPETITIVE POSITION HAS DEEN ENHANCED.

+IT IS ENCOURAGING TO SEE+ HE SAID, +THAT THE HONG KONG ECONOMY IS SHOWING ITS USUAL ABILITY TO ADJUST TO EXTERNAL EVENTS.♦

THE HALF-YEARLY. ECONOMIC REPORT DATED AUGUST, WHICH REPLACES THEQUARTERLY ECONOMIC REPORTS PUBLISHED IN 1974, WILL BE AVAILABLE SHORTLY FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE.

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THE GENERAL RATE FOR EX-GRATIA DISTURBANCE ALLOWANCE PAID TO FARMERS DURING LAND RESUMPTIONS WILL BE RAISED FROM 10 CENTS TO 40 CENTS PER SQUARE FOOT.

THIS WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY BY THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. DAVID AKERS-JONES, DURING THE MONTHLY MEETING WITH THE HEUNG YEE KUK.

MR. AKERS-JONES SAID THE FOUR-FOLD INCREASE WAS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE FRUITFUL DISCUSSIONS HE HAD HAD WITH THE KUK WHICH HAD CALLED FOR *A MORE REALISTIC DISTURBANCE ALLOWANCE* FOR FARMERS.

THE SECRETARY ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT THE LAND TRIBUNAL WOULD HANDLE ALL CASES OF LAND RESUMPTION WHICH TOOK PLACE AFTER APRIL 16 THIS YEAR. PREVIOUSLY SUCH CASES WERE HANDLED BY THE ARBITRATION BOARD.

DURING THE MEETING, THE KUK’S CHAIRMAN, MR. CHAN YAT-SUN, REQUESTED THAT THE PROCESSING OF LAND EXCHANGES BE SPEEDED UP.

MR. AKERS-JONES REPLIED THAT AREAS OF LANDS IN TUEN MUN AND SHATIN WERE BEING PLANNED FOR THIS PURPOSE.

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SPOT CHECKS ON TEXTILE CONSIGNMENTS FOR EEC if if if if

TRADE INVESTIGATION INSPECTORS FROM THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT TODAY BEGAN A SERIES OF CHECKS ON TEXTILE PRODUCTS UNDER APPLICATION FOR LICENSING WITHIN THE D C AND I’S SPECIAL SHIPMENT ARRANGEMENT.

THE CHECKS ARE BEING CARRIED OUT TO ENSURE THE ACCURACY OF INFORMATION GIVEN IN DECLARATIONS BY EXPORTERS AND MANUFACTURERS AND TO PREVENT ANY COMPANY GETTING UNFAIR ADVANTAGE.

THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. JIMMY MCGREGOR, HAS SAID THAT THE DEPARTMENT WOULD TAKE A HARD LINE TOWARDS ANY COMPANY ABUSING THE SPECIAL SHIPMENT ARRANGEMENT.

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’THE QUEEN IN HONG KONG’ PROVIDES A DRAMATIC RECORD OF AN HISTORIC VISIT.

ELEVEN MINUTES LONG. IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE LANGUAGE VERSIONS, THE COLOUR FILM VIVIDLY RECALLS THE EXCITEMENT AND WARMTH WHICH CHARACTERISED EVERY SECOND OF THE THREE-DAY VISIT TO HONG KONG BY THE QUEEN AND PRINCE PHILIP ON MAY 4-7.

MADE BY THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT THE FILM BEGINS WITH A BRIEF CATALOGUE OF THE HISTORY AND ACHIEVEMENTS OF HONG KONG.

THEN IT IS STRAIGHT IN TO THE TUMULTUOUS FLAGWAVING WELCOME WHICH GREETED THE ROYAL COUPLE AS THEY ARRIVED AT KAI TAK AIRPORT AND MADE THEIR WAY BY CAR AND LAUNCH TO QUEEN’S PIER.

THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF WATER JETS, CANNON, SHIPS SIRENS, MILITARY MUSIC AND THE HELICOPTER FLYPAST RIVAL THE REAL THING IN IMPACT AND IMMEDIACY.

THE CAMERAS CAPTURE THE ROYAL COUPLE AND MANY GUESTS AT THE MEMORABLE CITY HALL BANQUET BEFORE FOLLOWING THEM, HOUR BY HOUR, ON THEIR INFORMAL VISITS TO GRAHAM STREET MARKET, MORSE PARK, 01 MAN ESTATE, THE OUTWARD BOUND AND THE POLICE TRANI NG SCHOOLS, TSUEN WAN, KWAI CHUNG AND THE HAPPY VALLEY RACES.

THE SPECTACULAR WATER PAGEANT AT ABERDEEN AND THE GRAND CARNIVAL AND PROCESSION AT KOWLOON PARK AND NATHAN ROAD FORM THE FINALE OF THE FILM AS THEY DID OF THE VISIT.

> EVERYONE IN HONG KONG WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO SEE THE FILM WHEN IT IS SCREENED ON ALL TELEVISION CHANNELS TOMORROW, THURSDAY, AUGUST 28.

' THE TIMES AREi TVB JADE, 7.55 P.M. TVB PEARL, 8.35 P.M. RTV CHINESE, 6.05 P.M. AND RTV ENGLISH, 10.20 P.M.

THIS UNIQUE FILM CAN ALSO BE BOUGHT AND ORDERS MAY BE PLACED AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, STAR FERRY, AND AT THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, QUEEN’S ROAD, HONG KONG.

IT IS AVAILABLE IN 16 MM AND SUPER EIGHT OPTICAL AT A COST OF $850 AND SUPER EIGHT MAGNETIC AT $950.

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SEVEN NEW COMPANIES HAVE JOINED THE RICE IMPORTING BUSINESS IN^HONG^KONG, BRINGING TO 45 THE NUMBER OF FIRMS AUTHORISED TO

THE NEWCOMERS WERE SELECTED BY BALLOT HELD IN PUBLIC AT THE CITY HALL THIS MORNING. uduiu mt

THEY ARE THE MAY SUN CHAN CO., LTD, THE SUEN YUE CO.. LTD.

F. FELD AND CO., HIP YICK, K ING’S DYEING AND WEAVING CO. , YUEN TAI TRADING CO., AND TUNG TAI HONG.

A TOTAL OF 74 FIRMS TOOK PART IN THE EALLOT WHICH WAS WITNESSED BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AMD INDUSTRY, MR. ROY PORTL-R. MR. A.W. WERNAS, MR. M.C. LEE AND MR. P.Y. WONG, MEMBERS OF THE TRa6e AND INDUSTRY ADVISORY BOARD AND MRS. 0. RAHMIN, ADMINISTRATIVE SECRETARY OF THE CONSUMER COUNCIL.

THE BASIC AIM OF "INCREASING THE NUMBER OF RICE IMPORTERS IS TO EXPAND THE SCOPE FOR COMPETITION IN THE TRADE AND, BY DOING SO. TO PROTECT FURTHER THE INTEREST OF THE CONSUMER.

BUT THE INCREASE MUST BE LIMITED TO A REASONABLE NUMBER TO ENSURE THAT THE EXISTING PATTERN OF TRADE IS NOT DISRUPTED AND THAT EACH REGISTERED IMPORTER WILL HAVE SUFFICIENT BUSINESS TO MAKE IMPORTING OF RICE A VIABLE PROPOSITION.

IN A BRIEF ADDRESS PRIOR TO THE BALLOTING, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. ROY PORTER SAIDt

+THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AVOIDS CONTROLS ON ITS TRADE BUT IT DOES NOT AVOID ITS RESPONSIBILITIES AND THERE ARE CLEARLY OCCASIONS WHEN, FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE PUBLIC, IT IS NECESSARY TO IMPOSE CONTROLS OF ONE TYPE OR ANOTHER UPON CERTAIN SECTORS OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY.

♦THE RICE TRADE IS AN OBVIOUS CASE IN POINT. THIS IS THE STAPLE FOOD OF OUR POPULATION AND SUCH AN IMPORTANT COMMODITY SHOULD NOT BE LEFT ENTIRELY IN THE HANDS OF COMMERCIAL CONCERNS.

+LAST YEAR THERE HAD BEEN GREAT DIFFICULTIES IN THE IMPORT TRADE STEMMING LARGELY FROM CROP FAILURES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AND THERE WAS A CONSEQUENT BIG INCREASE IN THE PRICE OF RICE. ALTHOUGH THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT STEPPED IN WITH STIFFER CONTROLS, INCLUDING FOR THE FIRST TIME PRICE CONTROLS, THE PUBLIC WAS ALARMED AT THE SITUATION AND AMONG OTHER THINGS FELT THAT THE RICE TRADE HAD FOR TOO LONG BEEN IN THE HANDS OF THE SAME COMPANIES.

/♦THE CONSUMER .....

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+THE CONSUMER COUNCIL FOLLOWED THIS UP AND AFTER AN INTENSIVE STUDY OF THE TRADE, ADVISED THE GOVERNMENT THAT THE NUMBER OF RICE IMPORTERS SHOULD BE INCREASED. ACTING OH THIS ADVICE THE COMMERCE H!D INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT DECIDED TO RECOMMEND AH INCREASE OF SEVEN IN T:.E HUMBER OF REGISTERED RICE STOCKHOLDERS AND THIS RECOMMENDATION HAVING BEEN ACCEPTED DY THE GOVERNMENT, WE ARE HERE TODAY TO SELECT SEVEN NEW COMPANIES.

+EACH OF THE NEU COMPANIES UILL HOW BE OFFERED BETWEEN 8-12 SHARES OF QUOTA, EACH SHARE BEING EQUIVALENT TO SO METRIC TONS PER QUARTER.

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GOVERNOR TO VISIT MONG KOK TOMORROW n h a « a n

NOTE TO EDITORSi

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL CONTINUE HIS INSPECTION TOUR OF VARIOUS MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES TOMORROW (THURSDAY) WITH A VISIT TO CROWDED I.OHG KOK DISTRICT IN KOWLOON.

HE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED DY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, MR. AUGUSTINE CHUI KAM.

SIR MURRAY WILL ARRIVE AT LAI YING BUILDING, 780-782 NATHAN ROAD AT 2.45 P.M. WHERE HE WILL DE MET BY THE MONG KOK CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, MR. CANICE MAK, AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVES.

' THE PARTY WILL TOUR THE 14-STOREY BUILDING TO SEE THE GENERAL CONDITION AND IMPROVEMENTS INTRODUCED BY THE BUILDING’S M.A.C.

AFTER A MEETING WITH MEMBERS CF THE BUILDING’S M.A.C., THE GOVERNOR UILL PROCEED TO YUEN FAT BUILDING AT HO. 1 NELSON STREET THIS 23-STOREY BUILDING HOUSES ADOUT 4,000 PEOPLE AND USED TO BE A FREQUENT TARGET FOR BURGLARS, UNTIL THE FORMATION OF A MUTUAL

AID COMMITTEE IN 1973.

THE GOVERNOR UILL DE BRIEFED ON THE PROGRESS OF THE BUILDING’S M.A.C. AND MEASURES DE I NG TAKEN TO FURTHER IMPROVE THE GENERAL ENVIRONMENT.

THE VISIT WILL END AT THE TAI KOK TSUI CITY DISTRICT SUB-OFFICE WITH A MEETING WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF 19 MUTUALkAID COMMITTEES IN THE DISTRICT.

THE WHOLE VISIT IS EXPECTED TO LAST ABOUT THREE HOURS.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE VISIT.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

THURSDAY, AUGUST 28, 1975

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNMENT CONSIDERING SETTING UP SMALL CLAIMS TRIBUNALS .............................................. 1

TSIM SHA TSUI PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT SCHEME MODIFIED .. 2

AIR POLLUTION CONTROL UNIT HELPS KEEP DOWN SMOG AND FUEL COSTS .............................................. 3 a

JULY BANK DEPOSITS AMOUNTED TO 334,512 MILLION ......... 4

FEWER CASES OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES RECORDED LAST MONTH 5

NEW CLEARWAY HOURS FOR SECTION OF TONG Ml ROAD ......... 6

TICKET SALES FOR SEVENTH LOTTERY CLOSES TOMORROW ... 6

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

THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 1975

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SMALL CLAIMS TRI LOCALS LEICS STUDIED »• »» «• »« • «

THE GOVERNMENT IS CONSIDERING SETTING UP SMALL CLAIMS TRIBUNALS TO ASSIST BUILDING LAHAGELEHT COMMITTEES Hl THE COLLECTION OF MAHAGFMEfJT FEES FRCU TENANTS,

THIS WAS DISCLOSED TODAY DY THE GOVERNOR, SIR HURRAY MACLEHOSE, DUR ILS A MEETING WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF 29 MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES OF MONG KOK DISTRICT,

THE MEETING, HELD AT TAI KOK TSUI CITY DISTRICT SUD-OFFICE, WAS PART t'F A VISIT THE GOVERNOR (LADE TO THE DISTRICT TO SEE ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS IN THE AREA ANA THE WORK CF THE M.A.C’S.

SIR MURRAY WAS TOLD DY THE REPRESENTATIVES THAT THEIR COMMITTEES HAD EXPERIENCED DIFFICULTIES IN COLLECTING FEES FROM TENANTS ANA THEY SUGGESTED THAT ORE WAY TO OVERCOME THE PROBLEM WAS TO SET UP SMALL CLAIMS TRIBUNALS.

THE GOVERNOR SAID CONSIDERATION WAS BEING GIVEN TO SET UP SUCH TRIBUNALS AHA HE HOPED THAT THEY MIGHT CORE INTO OPERATION SOMETIME HEXT YEAR.

DURIES THE MEETING, THE MAC REPRESENTATIVES ALSO EXPRESSED CONCERN OVER JUVENILE CRIME ALA ASKED WHETHER MORE STRINGENT MEASURES MIGHT EE TAKEN DY THE GOVERNMENT.

THE GOVERNOR SAID THAT THERE HAD DEEN ENCOURAGING RESULTS FROM AH EXPERIMENTAL SCHEME AT SNA TSUI WHERE YOUNG OFFENDERS HAD BEEN UNDERGOING STRICT CORRECTIONAL TREATi^HT FOR SHORT PERIODS UP TO FOUR MONTHS.

. RECORDS SHOWED, HE SAID, THAT YOUNG OFFENDERS DISCHARGED FROM SNA TSUI DETENTION CENTRE SELDOM DRIFTED BACK INTO CRIME. ONLY ABOUT 10 PER CENT OF THOSE DISCHARGED LAD REVERTED LACK TO CRIME, HE SAID.

SIR MURRAY SAID AH EXPERT HAD DEEN INVITED TO MAKE FURTHER STUDIES WITH A VIEW TO EXPANDING THE SCHEME,

EARLIER, THE GOVERNOR INSPECTED THE ANTI-BURGLAR ALARM SYSTEM AT LAI YING BUILDING I fl NATHAN ROAD AL) MAS BRIEFED DY MAC MEMBERS ON MEASURES TAKEN TO IMPROVE LIVING CONDITIONS IN TRE BUILDING.

HE ALSO VISITED YUEN FAT BUILDING IN NELSON STREET WHERE HE MET YOUNG MEMBERS OF CLEAN YOUR CITY GROUPS,

ROTE TO EDITORS! o COPIES OF A PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN DURING THE GOVERNOR’S VISIT

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TSIM SHA TSUI PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT SCHEMES MODIFIED iJ N IS U Ji

THE PEDESTRIAN PRECINCTS IN HANOI ROAD AND COROALL AVENUE IN TSIM SHA TSUI ARE TO DE NODIF I ED FOLLOWING A REVIEW OF THE SYSTEM.

FROM NEXT MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 1) THE SCHEME WILL EE ADJUSTED TO ALLOW TAXIS AND PUDLIC OMNIBUSES, INCLUDING TOURIST COACHES, TO ENTER THE PRECINCTS AT ANY HOUR 0" THE DAY OR HIGHT.

PRIVATE CARS WILL NOT DE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE AREA AND GOODS VEHICLES DELIVERIES GR PICKING UP GOODS WILL DE ALLOWED TO ENTER ONLY BETWEEN 7 p.M. AND 11 A.M. AS THEY ARE AT PRESENT.

THE REVIEW OF THE SCHEME WAS MADE FOLLOWING COMPLAINTS FROM BUSINESSMEN THAT SHOPS AU RESTAURANTS IN THE TWO STREETS ARE SUFFERING LOSSES AND ALSO DECAUSE CERTAIN UNDESIRABLE FEATURES HAVE BECOME APPARENT.

REFERRING TO THE REPORTED DROP IN DUS I NESS, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT EXPERIENCE IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD HAD SHOWN THAT AFTER AH INITIAL DECLINE, PRESUMABLY BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE NOT USED TO THE FEELING CF SHOPS WITHOUT CARS, BUSINESS HAS REVIVED AND, IN MANY CASES, IMPROVED AS SHOPPERS HAVE CCME TO APPRECIATE THE EASE GF MOVEMENT IN THE AREAS.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT AS YET THERE HAS DEEN NO SIGH OF A RETURN TO THE LEVEL OF BUSINESS CARRIED OUT BEFORE THE SCHEME BEGAN AND IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES, IT HAS BEEN DECIDED TO MODIFY THE SCHEME.

‘ M THE SAME TIME, IT HAS ALSO BECOME APPARENT THAT CHILDREN AND YOUTHS HAVE TAKEN TO PLAYING FOOTBALL AND BADMINTON IN THE STREETS'3 SOME LOITERING BY YOUNG PEOPLE HAS BEEN OBSERVED AND AT NIGHT THE DENCHES ARE SLEPT OH DY VAGRANTS. FLOWERS WHICH WERE PLACED IN CONCRETE DOXES THROUGHOUT THE AREA HAVE ALSO DEEN DESTROYED, HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT PROGRESS OF THE EXPERIMENT UNDER THE NEU ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE REVIEWED AGAIN BEFORE THE END OF SEPTEMBER.

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AIR POLLUTION CONTROL UNIT HELPS KEEP DOWN SMOG AND FUEL COSTS it it it it it

HONG KONG INDUSTRY’S FUEL DILL HAS DEEN SLASHED DY 10 PER CENT — OR AT LEAST $35 MILLION A YEAR — AS A RESULT OF ADVICE FROM THE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL UNIT OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

AND WITHOUT THAT ADVICE, $35 MILLION WORTH OF EXCESS FUEL OIL WOULD HAVE DEEN INCOMPLETELY BURNT, CAUSING HIGHER LEVELS OF AIR POLLUTION, THE HEAD OF THE UNIT, MR. DAVID NEWBURY, TOLD TODAY’S LUNCHEON OF THE Y’S MEN’S CLUD OF HOL’G KONG.

IN COMPARISON, THE OPERATION OF THE UNIT COST LESS THAN C2 MILLION A YEAR.

MR. NEWBURY TOLD THE LUNCHEON THAT THE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL UNIT OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAD DEEN SET UP IN EARLY 1971, A FEW YEARS AFTER HONG KONG’S FIRST SMOKE ABATEMENT ADVISOR HAD DEEN APPOINTED AS A RESULT OF GOVERNMENT DETERMINATION THAT HONG KONG’S BURGEONING INDUSTRIAL GROWTH WOULD HOT MEAN A MAJOR INDUSTRIAL SMOKE POLLUTION PROBLEM. •

MR. NEWBURY SAID THAT CONTRARY TO WHAT MIGHT BE THOUGHT, HIS WORK AS AIR POLLUTION CONTROL OFFICER DID HOT CONCENTRATE ON PURSUING AND PROSECUTING FACTORIES AND RESTAURANTS FOR VIOLATING THE CLEAN AIR ORDINANCE. IN FACT, OHLY 20 PER CENT OF THE TIME OF HIS SMOKE INSPECTORATE WAS TAKEN UP BY WORK CONNECTED WITH PROSECUTIONS.

♦BY FAR THE LARGER PERCENTAGE OF THEIR TIME IS TAKEN UP IN THE PROVISION OF A FREE ADVISORY SERVICE TO INDUSTRY ON ENERGY USAGE,+ HE SAID.

+WE HAVE AT THE MOMENT OVER 4,000 FILES ON COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL USERS OF FUELS. EACH OF THESE 4,000 FUEL-USERS — OR CLIENTS, AS WE LIKE TO THINK OF THEM — HAS, AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER, RECEIVED OUR PERSONAL ADVICE OR GUIDANCE ON FUEL USAGE, PROCESS CONTROL, MAINTENANCE OR CHIMNEY DESIGN.

♦YOU MAY WONDER WHY WE PROVIDE SUCH A SERVICE FREE TO INDUSTRY. IT COULD BE SAID THAT SUCH ADVICE AND GUIDANCE, GIVEN BY A QUALIFIED PRIVATE CONSULTANT, WOULD HAVE TO BE PAID FOR BY INDUSTRY, AND IN THAT CASE WHY SHOULD THE GOVERNMENT FOOT THE BILL?

♦MY ANSWER TO THAT IS SIMPLE. EVERY BIT OF ADVICE ACCEPTED BY THE +CLIEHT+ MEANS THAT FUEL IS CONSUMED MORE ECONOMICALLY, OR THAT A WASTE BY-PRODUCT WHICH FORMERLY CAUSED POLLUTION IS CAPTURED AND POSSIBLY RE-CYCLED AS SALEABLE COMMODITY.

♦THIS MEANS THAT ATMOSPERIC POLLUTION IS KEPT TO A MINIMUM — AND THAT SURELY IS THE ODJECT OF THE GAME.+

MR. NEWBURY URGED INDUSTRIALISTS AND COMMERCIAL FUEL \JSERS TO CONTACT THE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL UNIT (3-608954) TO GET ADVICE ON HOU TO REDUCE AIR POLLUTION AND AT THE SAME TIME CUT THEIR FUEL DILLS.

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JULY BANKING STATISTICS it it it it it it

BANK DEPOSITS AS AT THE END OF LAST MONTH STOOD AT 534,512 MILLION CONSISTING OF 59,205 MILLION I tJ DEMAND DEPOSITS, 513,512 MILLION IN TIME DEPOSITS AND 511,795 MILLION IN SAVINGS DEPOSITS, ACCORDING TO FIGURES RELEASED TODAY DY THE BANKING COMMISSIONER.

THE NUMBER OF BANKS AT THE END OF THE MONTH WAS 74.

THE FOLLOWING TABLE GIVES THE BREAKDOWN FIGURES FOR TOTAL LIABILITIES AND ASSETS AS AT JULY 31, 1975 s-

LIABILITIES 5 MILLION

(1) DEPOSITS it 34,512

(2) AMOUNT DUE TO BANKS ABROAD 18,877

(3) OTHER LIABILITIES 7,450

TOTAL LIABILITIES 60,839

ASSETS

CASH

(2) AMOUNT DUE FROM BANKS ABROAD

(I) DEMAND AND SHORT TERM CLAIMS 17,806 .• (II) TIME DEPOSITS 2,041

(3) LOANS AND ADVANCES s

(I) HONG KONG

(II) ABROAD

24,159

8,751

32,910

INVESTMENTS i (I) HONG KONG (II) ABROAD

2,561

51

2,612

OTHER ASSETS 8 (I) HONG KONG (II) ABROAD

4,878

TOTAL ASSETS

60,839

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AVERAGE LIQUIDITY DURING MONTH

48.60%

DEPOSITS «---------

$ MILLION

DEMAND TIME SAVINGS

9,205

13,512

11,795

34,512

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HEALTH REPORT FOR JULY % « % « « «

HEALTH RETURNS FOR THE MONTH OF JULY SHOW NOTABLE REDUCTIONS IN THE INCIDENCE OF NOTIFIABLE INFECTIOUS DISEASES.

THE UPSURGE IN THE NOTIFICATION OF VIRAL HEPATITIS DURING THE SPRING/SUMMER TIME OF THE YEAR HAS SUBSIDED SINCE LAST MOUTH. DURING THE MONTH UNDER REVIEW, 150 CASES WERE RECORDED COMPARED WITH 228 IN JUNE AND 345 IN MAY.

* REDUCTIONS IN THE INCIDENCE OF BACILLARY DYSENTERY, ENTERIC FEVER, TUBERCULOSIS AND MOST OTHER INFECTIOUS DISEASES WERE ALSO OBSERVED.

THERE WERE EIGHT IMPORTED CASES OF MALARIA IN JULY WHILE THE RECORDS OF POLIOMYELITIS AND DIPHTHERIA REMAINED CLEAN.

OF THE 54 DEATHS RECORDED DURING THE MONTH, 49 WERE FROM TUBERCULOSIS, TWO FROM VIRAL HEPATITIS AND THREE FROM TETANUS.

HONG KONG CONTINUED TO BE FREE FROM CHOLERA AND OTHER QUARANTINABLE DISEASES DURING THE MONTH.

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NEW CLEARWAY HOURS ALONS TONG Ml ROAD SECTION « n h « n «

MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED THAT THE EXISTING URBAN CLEARWAY HOURS ALONG THE SECTION OF TONG Ml ROAD BETWEEN HONG KOK ROAD AND

•PRINCE EDUARD ROAD IN KOWLOON WILL BE REVISED AS FROM 4 P.M. ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 30).

THE HEW CLEARWAY HOURS WILL BE FROM 7 A.M. TO 10 A.M. AND FROM 4 P.M. TO 7 P.M. DAILY.

ALL MOTOR VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, WILL DE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING UP OR SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS OR GOODS DURING THESE HOURS ALONG THE SECTION OF THE ROAD.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE POSTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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LOTTERY TICKET SALES CLOSE TOMORROW , a m « n it

TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IS THE LAST DAY TO BUY TICKETS FOR THE SEVENTH LOTTERY AND GIVE YOURSELF A CHANCE TO WIN A FORTUNE.

TICKET SALES WILL CLOSE AT 9 P.M. TOMORROW AT THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB TICKET BOOTHS. DURING THE DAY TICKETS MAY ALSO BE BOUGHT FROM HEAD AND BRANCH OFFICES OF 30 BALKS IN VARIOUS DISTRICTS.

UP TO 5 P.M. TODAY A TOTAL OF 514,000 TICKETS HAD BEEN SOLD.

THE WINNING HUMBERS WILL BE DRAWN AT 10 A.M. ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 30) IN THE CITY HALL THEATRE BY FOUR COMMERCIAL RADIO ARTISTES -- MISS YAN WAI-YEE, MISS WONG KAR-MAN, MISS CHAN MO-YIN ALD MISS MOK PUI-MAN.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 1975

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REPORT ON SOCIAL CAUSES OF CRIME SUBMITTED TO GOVERNMENT .. 1

AIRPORT COACH SERVICES TO BE IMPROVED................... 5

FRANCIS TIEN APPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL .................................................. 7

PROPOSED RECLAMATION OFF TO KWA WAN TO BE USED FOR COMMUNITY AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT ..................... 8

GOVERNOR RECEIVES TELEPHONE INQUIRY REPORT ............... 8

SECTION OF WELLINGTON STREET TO BE CLOSED FOR ABOUT A MONTH 9

JUNE G.C. E. RESULTS AVAILABLE........................... 10

SEVENTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY DRAW TO BE HELD TOMORROW .... 11'

TENANCY INQUIRY BUREAU MOVES ............................ 11

PRESS CONFERENCE ON UNREGISTRABLE DOCTORS ............... 12

issued by Government Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong. Tel: 6'233191

FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 1975

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REPORT OtJ SOCIAL CAUSES OF CRIME SUBMITTED TO GOVERNMENT .>< :i

FAMILY CONDITIONS, LIVING ENVIRONMENT AND OF THE SCHOOL SYSTEM NAVE DEEN LISTED AS AMOLS CONTRI LUTINS TO DELINQUENCY IN HUNG KONG.

CERTAIN ASPECT

THE LONG-1■ RM FACTORS

AT THE SAME TIME, DROPPING OUT FROM SCHOOL AND INVOLVEMENT WITH TRIAD SOCIETIES ARE CONSIDERED TOBE IMPORTANT IMMEDIATE FACTORS COIJTRIBUT I LG TO CRIME AL,J DEL IQUEIXY.

THESE ARE AMONG THE FINDINGS OF A RESEARCH PROJECT INTO THE SOCIAL BACKGROUND OF YOUNG OFFENDERS IN IX 1.3 KONG. 1l!E PROJECT WAS CARRIED CUT DY THE SOCIAL RESEARCH CENTRE GF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG AT THE REQUEST GF IRE GOVERNMENT’S SUBCOMMITTEE OU THE SOCIAL CAUSES CF CRIME IN DECEMBER 1973.

THE STUDY HAS RECENTLY BEEN COMPLETED AND ITS FINDINGS JUST SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNMENT. THEY ARE LCJ BEING RELEASED FOR PUlLIC INFORMATION AND COMMENT.

ALTHOUGH THE FINDINGS ILLUSTRATE THAT CERTAIN FACTORS ARG OF MORE SIGNIFICANCE IN INDICATING A PREDILECTION TO CRIMINAL L HAVIOUR, IT HAS HOT BEEN PROVED CONCLUSIVELY THAT ANY ONE SIEGLE FACTOR IS (F OVERWHELMING IMPORTANCE.

IN FACT, THE REPORT STATES THAT BASED ON THE FINDINGS OF THIS RESEARCH, *TI!E CAUSES OF CRIME AND DELIQUEHCY ARE MULTIFACTORIAL*.

THE AUTHOR OF THE REPORT SAYS IT WOULD BE DANGEROUS TO SINGLE OUT ANY ONE FACTOR FROM ITS PROPER CONTEXT AND ATTACH UNDUE SIGNIFICANCE TO IT, AS WAS THE CASE WITH THE RECENT PRESS COVERAGE ON THE CONNECTION BETWEEN YOUNG OFFENDERS AND +KUEG FI.M- CLUD3.

DURING THE COURSE OF THE PROJECT, 479 YOUNG OFFENDERS AGED BETWEEN 12 AND 20 AND 491 NOH-OFFENDERS OF THE SAME AGE WHO SERVED AS THE CONTROL GROUP, WERE INTERVIEWED BY THE RESEARCH TEAM.

THEY WERE ASKED QUESTIONS OH THEIR FAMILY BACKGROUND, LIVING AND NEIGHBOURHOOD ENVIRONMENT, SCHOOLING, EMPLOYMENT SITUATION, ATTACHMENT TO FRIENDS AND ACQUAINTANCES, FREE TILE ACTIVITIES, EXPOSURE TO MASS MEDIA AND PERSONAL AND SOCIAL ATTITUDES.

DEALING WITH FAMILY CONDITIONS, THE REPORT NOTES THAT THERE ARE INDICATIONS OF WEAKER FAMILY LORDS BETWEEN OFFENDERS AND THEIR FAMILIES.

MOST OF THEM WERE REPORTED TO HAVE COME FROM BROKEN HOMES OR UNHAPPY FAMILIES WITH UNFAVOURABLE PAL -CHILD RELATIONSHIPS AND WITH A RELATIVELY LOW SOC 10 ECONC... STATUS.

THE REPORT SAYS THAT JUST DE CONSIDERED A LONG

AT THE MOST, FAMILY CONDITION COULD TERM FACTOR LEADING TO CRIME.

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REFERRING TO TRIAD INVOLVEMENT AS AN IMMEDIATE FACTOR CONTRIBUTING TO DELINQUENT ACTS, IT SAYS THAT OUT OF 479 OFFENDERS, 246 HAD CONNECT IONS WITH MEMBERS OF TRIAD SOCIE"'ES AUD 101 WERE ACTUAILY TRIAD MEMBERS. THIS LEAVES ONLY 52 OFFENDERS +UNSCATHED DY TRIADS.*

AS GANG FIGHTING IS ONE OF THE COMMON ACTIVITIES AMONG TRIAD SOCIETIES, THE REPORT ADDS THAT INVOLVEMENT IN TRIADS +CAN EE SAFELY CONSIDERED A FACTOR CONTRIBUTING TO DELINQUENT ACTIVITIES PARTICULARLY WHEN THIS INVOLVEMENT WAS REPORTED DEFORE THE OFFENCES WERE COMMITTED.*

THE REPORT SAYS THAT ACCORDING TO THE DATA GATHERED, ASPECTS OF THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM +SEEM TO HAVE PRODUCED SOME NEGATIVE EFFrCT ON THE YOUNGSTERS*.

MOST OF THE OFFENDERS REPORTED THAT THEY DROPPED OUT OF SCHOOL D-CAUSE THEY FOUND SCHOOL LIFE DULL AND UNINTERESTING, OR D CAUSE THEY WERE UNABLE TO CATCH UP AND HAD HO MOTIVATION TO STUDY.

THE REPORT SAYS THAT BEING POORLY EQUIPPED WITH KNOWLEDGE

AND SKILL, THEY WERE LIKELY TO TAKE UP EARLY EMPLOYMENT, RECEIVING LOW WAGES AND WORKING UNDER POOR CONDITIONS.

♦BEING FRUSTRATED BY THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION, THEY TENDED TO DRIFT FROM JOB TO JOB OR REMAINDED IDLE. UNDER SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES THEY WOULD BE MORE LIKELY TO ENCOUNTER THE TRIAD ELEMENTS WHO THEY WOULD VIEW AS DARING AND EXCITING AND THUS BECOME DLLIQUENTS,* IT SAID.

ON THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT, THE REPORT SAID IT HAS OFTEN DEFN ASSUMED THAT A POOR LIVING ENVIRONMENT IS THE BREEDING GROUND FOR JUVENILE DELIQUEHTS, AND IS TREATED A§ All IMPORTANT INTERVENING VARIABLE IN THE LINKING UP OF FAMILY CONDITIONS, EDUCATIONAL CONTROL, PEER GROUP ASSOCIATION AND LEISURE ACTIVITIES.

IT CONTINUES! +WE FIND THE OFFENDERS WERE MORE SATISFIED THAN THE NOB-OFFENDERS TOWARDS THE SPACE OUTSIDE THE BOUSE AND THE PROVISION Or PUDLIC RECREATIONAL FACILITIES BECAUSE THEY WERE REPORTED TO MAKE USE OF THESE FACILITIES MORE THAN THE NON-OFFENDERS.

+DEING MORE OUTGOING AND ADVENTUROUS THE OFFENDERS INDICATED THEIR INTEREST IN PLAYING BALL IN THE PLAYGROUND IN THEIR NEIGHBOURHOOD AND THUS ENCOUNTERED THEIR TRIAD FRIENDS AND LATER BECAME INVOLVED IN TRIADS THEMSELVES.*

HAVING IDENTIFIED A NUMBER OF FACTORS AS POSSIBLE CONTRIBUTORS TO CRIME, THE REPORT RECOMMENDS THAT SEVERAL PREVENTIVE MEASURES EE ADOPTED.

AS FAMILY CONDITION MAY BECOME ONE OF T!:E LONG TERM CAUSATIVE FACTORS OF DELIQUENCY, THE . ...’ORT SI >GESTw THAT FAMILY SERVICE AGENCIES SHOULD CONSIDER PROVIDING +FA 1IL.Y LIFE EDUCATION* TO PARENTS SO THAT THEY MAY BETTER U(.,ERSTAC!D THE HEEDS OF THEIR CHILDREN.

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BY DOING THIS, PARENTS MAY ACQUIRE MORE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL IN SUPERVISING THEIR CHILDREN, IT ADDS.

THE REPORT ALSO SAYS IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE YOUNGER GENERATION TO DE INFORMED ON THE ESSENTIAL AND CHANGING SIGNIFICANCE OF THE FAMILY IN MODERN SOCIETY. IT RECOMMENDS THAT THE +FAMILY IN A CHANGING WORLD* COULD WELL DE INTRODUCED AS A COMPULSORY SUBJECT IN SECONDARY SCHOOL CURRICULA.

MORE NURSERIES AND PLAY CENTRES SHOULD ALSO BE ESTABLISHED IN INDUSTRIAL DISTRICTS TO PROVIDE TEMPORARY CARE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 12 OF WORKING MOTHERS.

ON THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT, THE REPORT NOTES THAT AS OVERCRC" i/EDNESS GF Sf IE OF THE PRIVATE HOUSING PREMISES ARE LIKELY BREEDING GROUNDS OF DELINQUENCY, THE RESTRUCTURING OF SUCH HOUSING CUI OITIOHS OR RELOCATION OF RESIDENTS LIVING IN CROWDED SPACES IS RECOMMENDED AS A MEASURE TO MINIMISE THE DEVELOPMENT OF POIENT I AL DELIQUENTS.

WITH REGARD TO THE SCHOOL SYSTEM THE REPORT, AMONG OTHER THINGS. SUGGESTS THAT THE +DIRECT+ PROMOTION SCHEME IN PRIMARY SCHOOL DE ABOLISHED AND REPLACED BY A BETTER +EVALUATIVE SYSTEM* CH PUPILS’ PERFORMANCES.

IT ADDS THAT EVERY EFFORT MUST BE MADE TO MINIMISE SCHOOL DROP OUTS, BUT FOR THOSE WHO DO, A MECHANISM OF CLOSER CHECKING IS RECOMMENDED. IN THIS WAY IT IS HOPED THAT DROP OUTS WOULD DE CHANNELLED INTO VOCATIONAL AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION SO THEY COULD EE BETTER EQUIPPED TO GET JOBS AT FAIR WAGES.

ON YOUTH WORK, THE REPORT RECOMMENDS A THOROUGH EVALUATION AND REORIENTATION OF THE EXISTING YOUTH SERVICES, AND THAT AN OVERALL YOUTH POLICY DE FORMULATED DY THE GOVERNMENT SO THAT THERE IS BETTER CO-ORDINATION AND COOPERATION IN PROVIDING SERVICES FOR THE YOUNG IN HONG KONG.

IN CONNECTION WITH THIS, IT SUGGESTED THAT AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON YOUTH SERVICES BE APPOINTED DY .THE GOVERNMENT.

WHAT IS DESCRIBED AS AN +OUT-REACH YOUTH PROGRAMME* IS ALSO RECOMMENDED IN THE REPORT FOR BOTH PRE-DELINQUENT AND DELINQUENT YOUTHS AS AN ALTERNATIVE SERVICE TO YOUTH CENiRES. HOWEVER, IT NOTES THAT CAREFUL CONSIDERATION AND PLANNING IS NECESSARY BEFORE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS NEW SCHEME ON A LARGE SCALE.

THE REPORT ALSO RECOMMENDS THAT THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TAKE MORE ACTIVE STEPS TO CONTROL ALL UNDESIRABLE IRIAD GANGS, AND THAT FURTHER RESEARCH SHOULD BE CARRIED OUT WITH CONSIDERATION BEING GIVEN TO STUDIES ON FREE TIME ACTIVITIES AND THE MASS MEDIA.

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COMMENTING ON THE REPORT, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE ON THE SOCIAL CAUSES OF CRIME, MR. JIMMY SWEETMAN, HOPED ITS PUBLICATION WOULD STIMULATE DISCUSSION ON THE FACTORS WHICH LED YOUNG PEOPLE TO TURN TO CRIME AND DELIQUENT ACTIVITY.

♦GENERALLY SPEAKING THE FINDINGS DEMONSTRATED BY SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS THE VALIDITY OF WHAT HAD PREVIOUSLY ONLY DEEN SUBJECTIVE PRE INCEPTIONS ON THE FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO DELIQUENCY,+ HE SAID.

AS THE REPORT WAS STILL BEING STUDIED, MR. SWEETMAN THOUGHT IT WOULD BE PREMATURE 70 MAKE DETAILED COMMENTS, BUT TWO POINTS WERE WORTH NOTHING® THE INDICATION THAT YOUNG OFFENDERS SEEMED TO L- MORE SATISFIED WITH THEIR NEIGHBOURHOOD ENVIRONMENT^ AND THE RELATIVE SATISFACTION WITH THEIR HOME AND EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENT EXPRESSED DY BOTH OFFENDERS AND NON-OFFENDERS WHO LIVED IN PUBLIC LOW COST HOUSING ESTATES COMPARED WITH THEIR COUNTERPARTS, NOT ONLY THOSE IN SQUATTER AUD EX-RESETTLEMENT HOUSING BUT ALSO THOSE LIVING IN PRIVATE HOUSING.

HE ADDED THAT THE HEADS OF ALL INTERESTED DEPARTMENTS WERE NOW STUDYING THE REPORT AND WOULD ALSO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION PUBLIC COMMENTS. Y

♦THEY WILL REVIEW THEIR POLICIES TO SEE WHETHER ANY CHANGE IN DIRECTION OR EMPHASIS MAY BE EFFECTIVE NOT ONLY IN REDUCING THE INCIDENCE OF CRIME AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE, BUT AS A MORE POSITIVE MEASURES IN IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT AND LIFE STYLES OF THOSE WHO LIVE IN OUR COMMUNITY.*

MR. SWEETMAN SAID THAT A NUMBER OF RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE REPORT HAD ALREADY BEEN IMPLEMENTED BY VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES INVOLVED EITHER BEFORE OR DURING THE COURSE OF THE PROJECT.

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A SERIES OF NEW INNOVATIONS WILL BE INTRODUCED TO THE TWO AIRPORT COACH SERVICES TO TSIM SHA TSUI AND CENTRAL ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 1) TO MAKE THEM MORE ATTRACTIVE FOR AIR TRAVELLERS, WELL-WISHERS AND AIRPORT STAFF.

THE CHANGES WILL FEATURE THE PROVISION OF FREE LUGGAGE SPACE AND LARGE IDENTIFICATION BOARDS ON THE COACHES, REVISED ROUTING, DIRECTIONAL SIGNS AND A TICKET-1 EFORMATION KIOSK AT THE AIRPORT, DIL I EQUAL INFORMATION SIGHS AT EACH BUS STOP. A STANDARD TERM AND SYMBOL FOR THE SERVICES, AND LEAFLETS.

THESE HAVE BEEN PLANNED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT. KOWLOON MOTOR BUS COMPANY AND HONG K( NG TOURIST ASSOC I Al : Oil.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THE AIRPORT COACH SERVICES, ROUTES 200 AND 201, WHICH WERE INTRODUCED EARLIER THIS YEAR TO STRENGTHEN PUBLIC TRANSPORT FACILITIES TO AND FROM THE AIRPORT, HAD NOT BEEN FULLY UTILISED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT SUCCESS IN THE TOO EXPERIMENTAL SERVICES WOULD NOT ONLY MAKE IT MUCH EASIER TO GET AIRPORT TRANSPORT BUT ALSO GO A LONG WAY TOWARDS ELIMINATING COMPLAINTS ABOUT OVERCHARGING BY TAXIS AT THE AIRPORT AND MAINTAINING THE GOOD IMAGE OF HONG KONG AS A TOURIST CENTRE.

THE PROMOTIONAL MEASURES TO'BE IMPLEMENTED, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, WOULD ENABLE INTENDING PASSENGERS TO READILY IDENTIFY THE COACH SERVICES BOTH AT THE AIRPORT AND ALONG THEIR ROUTES.

♦WITH THE KIOSK AT THE AIRPORT, IT WILL NO LONGER BE DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN IMMEDIATE INFORMATION ON THE SERVICES, AND THE DEPARTMENT IS. PARTICULARLY PLEASED THAT KMB HAS AGREED TO PROVIDE LUGGAGE SPACE ON THE COACHES WHICH SHOULD PROVE MOST CONVENIENT FOR THE PASSEN3ERS,+ HE SAID.

THE AIRPORT COACHES WILL HAVE A LUGGAGE COMPARTMENT HEAR THE ENTRANCE. THIS IS MADE POSSIBLE BY REMOVING TOO FRONT SEATS IMMEDIATELY BEHIND THE DRIVER’S SEAT. THERE WILL BE NO CHARGE FOR LUGGAGE.

THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT WILL PUT UP DIRECTIONAL SIGNS INSIDE THE ARRIVAL HALL SHOWING WHERE THE COACH TERMINUS IS LOCATED.

THE INFORMATION KIOSK, WHICH WILL BE SET UP IN THE ARRIVAL HALL OPPOSITE THE CUSTOMS EXIT AND MANNED BY A Kl■” STAFF, WILL ALSO PRE-SELL TICKETS.

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EACH AIRPORT COACH STOP WILL HAVE A LARGE SIGN GIVING INFORMATION, IN CHINESE AND ENGLISH, ON FARES, FREQUENCY AND TIME OF THE FIRST AND LAST RUNS. THIS, TOGETHER WITH A WAISTBAND-LENGTH BOARD MOUNTED ON EACH COACH, WILL PROVIDE EASY IDENTIFICATION.

AN ADDITIONAL IDENTIFICATION MEASURE IS THAT ALL PUBLICITY MATERIAL WILL CARRY A STANDARD TERM AIRPORT COACH SERVICE AND A SYMBOL WHICH FEATURES AN AEROPLANE.

KMB HAS ALSO PREPARED COPIES OF AH INFORMATION AND ROUTE LEAFLET FOR DISTRIBUTION AT THE AIRPORT KIOSK AND HOTELS.

ROUTES WILL EE REVISED TO OPERATE VIA BETTER PICK-UP POINTS MORE CONVENIENT TO INTENDING PASSENGERS.

ROUTE 200 RUNNING BETWEEN THE AIRPORT AND CENTRAL DISTRICT WILL TRAVEL AIRPORT-BOUND VIA ICE HOUSE STREET, CHATER ROAD, MURRAY ROAD, QUEENSWAY, HENNESSY ROAD, GREAT GEORGE STREET, GLOUCESTER ROAD ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND HONG CHONG ROAD, PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD, ARGYLE STREET, MA TAU CHUNG ROAD AND OLYMPIC AVENUE IN KOWLOON. JOURNEYS TO CENTRAL WILL ALSO OPERATE VIA ARGYLE STREET < AND HENNESSY ROAD. THE FARE IS S3.

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ROUTE 201 TRAVELLING BETWEEN TSIM SHA TSUI AND THE AIRPORT WILL OPERATE AIRPORT-BOUND VIA SALISBURY ROAD, NATHAN ROAD, GASCOIGNE ROAD, CHATHAM ROAD, WUHU STREET, MA TAU WEI ROAD, TO KWA WAN ROAD, SUNG WONG TOI ROAD, AND OLYMPIC AVENUE.

ON RETURN JOURNEYS, COACHES WILL TRAVEL VIA MA TAU WEI ROAD, WUHU STREET, CHATHAM ROAD, CARNARVON ROAD, KIMBERLEY ROAD AND NATHAN ROAD. THE FARE IS §1.

NOTE TO EDITORS#

COPIES OF A PHOTOGRAPH SHOWING THE COACH STOP INFORMATION SIGN, A KMB STAFF WHO WILL MAN THE AIRPORT KIOSK, AND THE AIRPORT COACH WITH THE WAISTBAND BOARD, ARE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM THE GIS PRESS ROOM, 6TH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

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FRANCIS TIEN APPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF H.K. TRAINING COUNCIL K « « x #

LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MR. FRANCIS Y.H. TIEN, WILL BE THE NEW CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL WITH EFFECT FROM OCTOBER 12 THIS YEAR.

HE WILL SUCCEED MR. ANN TSE-KAI WHO WAS RECENTLY APPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL.

MR. TIEN, CHAIRMAN AND MANAGING DIRECTOR OF MANHATTAN GARMENTS LTD., HAS BEEN A LEADER OF HONG KONG’S CLOTHING INDUSTRY FOR SOME 20 YEARS. HE JOINED THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING ADVISORY COMMITTEE AS A FOUNDER MEMBER — THE PREDECESSOR OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL -- IN 1965.

HE IS A FELLOW OF THE CLOTHING INSTITUE, A MEMBER OF THE TEXTILE ADVISORY BOARD, HAS BEEN VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL SINCE 1970, AND IS ONE THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC.

HE HAS BEEN THE LEADING PIONEER IN INDUSTRIAL TRAINING IN THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY. HE WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CLOTHING INDUSTRIAL COMMITTEE OF THE FORMER INDUSTRIAL TRAINING ADVISORY COMMITTEE, AND IS NOW THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL.

AS SUCH, HE PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN THE SPECIAL MANPOWER SURVEYS OF THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY CARRIED OUT BY THE TRAINING COUNCIL TO DETERMINE THE FUTURE TRAINING NEEDS OF THE INDUSTRY.

HE HAS BEEN THE ARCHITECT OF THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY CONTRIBUTORY ' TRAINING SCHEME WHICH GREW OUT OF THE RESULTS OF THOSE SURVEYS, AND IS CHAIRMAN OF THE PROVISIONAL CLOTHING INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY.

THE ORDINANCE PROVIDING A LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK FOR THE SETTING UP OF THE TRAINING SCHEME AND ITS FINANCING THROUGH A LEVY ON EXPORT CLOTHING WAS APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL RECENTLY, AND THE STATUTORY BODY TO SUCCEED THE PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY AND IMPLEMENT THE SCHEME WILL BE ESTABLISHED SOON.

NOTE TO EDITORSi COPIES FOR COLLECTION.

OF MR. TIEN’S PHOTOGRAPH ARE BOXED

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PROPOSED RECLAMATION OFF TO KWA WAN « « « n « «

PLANS ARE IN HAND TO RECLAIM ABOUT 12.44 ACRES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED ALONG TO KWA WAN IN KOWLOON FOR COMMUNITY AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT.

IT IS PROPOSED THAT PART OF THE RECLAIMED LAND WILL BE LEASED TO THE GREEN ISLAND CEMENT CO. LTD. IN EXCHANGE FOR A NEARBY PIECE OF LAND NOW OCCUPIED BY THE COMPANY TO THE WEST OF THE PROPOSED RECLAMATION.

IT IS INTENDED THAT THE COMPANY WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR RECLAMATION WORK WITHIN THE AREA AS WELL AS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE FULL LENGTH OF SEAWALL REQUIRED FOR THE RECLAMATION PROJECT.

AS THE PROPOSED EXCHANGE WILL REDUCE THE SEAFRONT NOW HELD BY THE COMPANY BY MORE THAN HALF, THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO LEASE TO THE COMPANY ANOTHER AREA OF FORESHORE AND SEABED ADJACENT TO THE RECLAMATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF A PIER TO BE USED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE NEW LOT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SAID THE EXCHANGE WILL ENABLE THE GOVERNMENT TO COMPLETE THE FULL RECLAMATION FASTER THAN PREVIOUSLY EXPECTED AND THUS MAKE LAND AVAILABLE EARLIER FOR OPEN SPACE AND FOR GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTIONAL AND COMMUNITY PURPOSES TO BENEFIT THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREAS INVOLVED IS DESCRIBED IN SEPARATE NOTICES PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE.

ANYONE WHO HAS OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSALS OR CLAIMS OF PRIVATE RIGHT SHOULD SUBMIT THEM IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS WITHIN THE NEXT TWO MONTHS.

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THE REPORT OF THE TELEPHONE COMMISSION OF INQUIRY WAS PRESENTED TO THE GOVERNOR THIS (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON BY THE COMMISSION’S CHAIRMAN, SIR ALASTAIR BLAIR-KERR.

THE REPORT, IN TWO VOLUMES TOTALLING ALMOST 1,000 PAGES, IS A RESULT OF SIX MONTHS EXHAUSTIVE INQUIRIES INTO THE OPERATIONS OF THE HONG KONG TELEPHONE COMPANY.

THE COMMISSION WAS APPOINTED ON FEBRUARY 21 AND HELD ITS FIRST MEETING ON MARCH 3. DURING THE COURSE OF THE INQUIRY A NUMBER OF PUBLIC MEETINGS WERE HELD AT WHICH REPRESE'liTAT40NS WERE MADE BY PEOPLE FROM MANY WALKS OF LIFE.

AS EARLIER ANNOUNCED, IT IS THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO PUBLISH THE REPORT IN DUE COURSE. IT WILL DE FOR THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL TO DECIDE ON THE DATE OF PUBLICATION.

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SECTION OF WELLINGTON FOR ABOUT if if if

STR. TO BE CLOSED A MONTH if if

MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED THAT THE SECTION OF WELLINGTON STREET TWEEN ABERDEEN STREET AND QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE CLOSED FOR ABOUT FOUR WEEKS FROM NEXT MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 1).

DURING THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE THE EXISTING SKYLIGHTS OF AN UNDERGROUND LATRINE BELOW WELLINGTON STREET NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE REMOVED AND THE OPENING REPLACED BY CONCRETE SIADS.

AT THE SAME TIME THE SECTION OF WELLINGTON STREET BETWEEN COCHRANE STREET AND ABERDEEN STREET WILL DE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY EASTDOUND, WHILE THE SECTION OF COCHRANE STREET BETWEEN WELLINGTON STREET AND STANLEY STREET WILL BECOME ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

THE EXISTING MINIBUS STAND ON WELLINGTON STREET WEST OF PEEL STREET WILL BE SUSPENDED DURING THE ROAD CLOSURE AND APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE POSTED.

THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS ARE EXPECTED TO CAUSE TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN WELLINGTON STREET AND COCHRANE STREET. MOTORISTS ARE THEREFORE ADVISED TO AVOID USING THESE AREAS AS FAR AS POSSIBLE.

MEANWHILE, MOTORISTS ARE REMINDED THAT THE SLIP ROAD

OF HARCOURT ROAD BETWEEN THE WESTERN END OF THE POLICE HEADQUARTERS AND COTTON TREE DRIVE WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL VEHICULAR TRAFFIC, EXCEPT CONTRACTOR VEHICLES FROM 8 A.M. NEXT MONDAY.

. THE CLOSURE — FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS — IS TO FACILITATE PRE-CONTRACT UTILITY DIVERSION WORKS IN CONNECTION WITH THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY.

THE EX-NAVAL DOCKYARD OPEN-AIR CARPARK AND THE METERED OMNIBUS PARKING SPACES NEARBY WILL ALSO BE CLOSED DURING THE SAME PERIOD. ALTERNATIVE PARKING FACILITIES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE MURRAY ROAD MULTI-STOREY CARPARK.

MOTORISTS WISHING TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE NEW RODNEY BLOCK SHOULD ENTER AND EXIT FROM QUEENSWAY.

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JUNE G.C.E. RESULTS AVAILABLE

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r cTHmMclyo?rJL°Lk°Jl?9N1 AND THE ASSOCIATED EXAMINING BOARD G.C.E. JUNE 1975 ’0’ AND ’A* LEVEL RESULTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE.

STUDENTS WHO ENTERED AS SCHOOL CANDIDATES SHOULD CONTACT THEIR lh?«?i1uALLYTSY,?0STSULTS> CANDIDATES ARE BE,“G NOTIFIED

PRIVATE CANDIDATES WHO DO NOT RECEIVE THEIR RESULTS DY FRIDAY n^.J^LEPil0NE THE EXTEMAL EXAMINATIONS SECTION, EXAMINATIONS DIVISION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ON 3-686864 OR 3-688704.

THE ATTENTION OF CANDIDATES IS DRAWN TO THE NEW GRADING SYSTEM FOR ORDINARY LEVEL RESULTS ADOPTED BY DOTH THE LONDON AND •osOCtATED EXAMINING BOARDS FOR THE 1975 AND SUBSEQUENT EXAMINATIONS.

ATTAINMENT IN AN ORDINARY LEVEL SUBJECT IS INDICATED BY A GRADE A, B, C, D OR E, OF WHICH GRADE A IS THE HIGHEST AND GRADE E THE LOWEST. CANDIDATES AWARDED GRADE A, B OR C HAVE REACHED THE STANDARD OF THE FORMER PASS AT ORDINARY LEVEL. GRADE D INDICATES A LOWER LEVEL OF ATTAINMENT AND GRADE E IS THE LOWEST LEVEL OF nrR£ED BY THE B0ARDS To BE OF SUFFICIENT STANDARD TO BE RECORDED. PERFORMANCE BELOW THE STANDARD OF GRADE E IS NOT GRADED.

THE GRADINGS FOR ADVANCED LEVEL REMAIN UNCHANGED.

, ‘ S™BENTS WH0 ,NTEND REPEATING THE SAME SUBJECTS IN THE COMING ASSOCIATED EXAMINING BOARD’S EXAMINATION IN NOVEMBER, OR UNIVERSITY OF LONDON JANUARY G.C.E. EXAMINATIONS WILL DE REQUIRED TO REGISTER DURING MID-SEPTEMBER. THE DATES AND PLACES FOR REGISTRATION WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON SEPTEMBER 9.

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SEVENTH LOTTERY DRAW TOMORROW « ft ft # ft « «

SOMEONE WILL BE RICHER BY $456,000 TOMORROW (SATURDAY) WHEN THE FIRST PRIZE OF THE SEVENTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY IS DRAWN.

A TOTAL OF 570,000 TICKETS WAS SOLD UP TO 9 P.M. TODAY (FRIDAY) WHEN SALES CLOSED. THE TOTAL PROCEEDS REACHED $1,140,000.

THE SECOND PRIZE IS WORTH $45,600 AND THE THIRD PRIZE $4,560. EACH OF THE 50 SPECIAL PRIZES IS WORTH $1,140, AND EACH OF THE 212 CONSOLATION PRIZES IS WORTH $570.

THE FIRST THREE WINNING NUMBERS WILL BE DRAWN AT 10A.M. TOMORROW IN THE CITY HALL THEATRE BY FOUR COMMERCIAL RADIO A.HSTES — MISS YAN WAI-YEE, MISS WONG KAR-MAN, MISS CHAN MO-YIN AND MISS MOK PUI-MAN.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.

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THE HONG KONG AND KOWLOON OFFICES OF THE TENANCY INQUIRY BUREAU WILL SHORTLY COME TOGETHER UNDER ONE ROOF AS A RESULT OF A RE-ORGANIZATION WITHIN THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT.

ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 1) THE KOWLOON OFFICE OF THE BUREAU WILL MOVE FROM CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING TO THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT’S BRANCH OFFICE AT HEW MERCURY HOUSE, 22 FENWICK STREET, WANCHAI,. THE NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 5-281424, EXTENSION 234.

THE REMOVAL OF THE HONG KONG OFFICE TO NEW MERCURY HOUSE WILL FOLLOW WHEN THE NECESSARY ALTERATION WORK HAS BEEN COMPLETED.

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NOTE TO EDITORS!

A PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT 11.30 A.M. TOMORROW (SATURDAY) IN CONNECTION WITH THE PROBLEM OF UNREGISTRABLE DOCTORS.

MR. P.B. WILLIAMS, SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, WILL CHAIR THE CONFERENCE WHICH WILL BE HELD IN THE G.I.S. THEATRE ON THE FIFTH FLOOR OF BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE EVENT COVERED. TELEVISION CREWS ARE ADVISED TO ARRIVE EARLY SO THAT THEY WILL HAVE AMPLE TIME TO SET UP THEIR EQUIPMENT.

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GOVT ACCEPTS IN PRINCIPLE RECOMMENDATIONS ON UNREGISTRABLE DOCTORS ......................................... 1

TWO MORE IRRIGATION SCHEMES FOR NEW TERRITORIES FARMERS COMPLETED .................................................... 3

DC AND I CONFIDENT THAT SPECIAL SHIPMENT ARRANGEMENT WILL REDUCE TEXTILE PILE-UP ....................................... 4

TICKET NUMBER 237266 WINS FIRST PRIZE IN LOTTERY.......•...... 5

INSTITUTE OF LINGUISTS EXAMS TO BE HELD IN DECEMBER .i....... 6

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

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RECOMMENDATIONS ON UHREGISTRADLE DOCTORS ACCEPTED IM PRINCIPLE x k }•.

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HIE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE WORKING PARTY ON UNREGISTRAELE DOCTORS WHICH WILL GIVE NON-CGMMONUEALTH DOCTORS AM OPPORTUNITY TO EE ADLE TO PRACTISE IN HONG KONG HAVE DEEN APPROVED'IN PRINCIPLE BY THE GOVERNOR 111 COUNCIL.

THE WORKING PARTY WAS CHAIRMANSHIP OF SIR RONALD THE GOVERNOR IN APRIL THIS

APPOINTED IN SEPTEMBER 1974 UNDER THE HOLLIES. ITS REPORT WAS PRESENTED TO YEAR.

, THE MAIM RECOMMENDATION IN THE REPORT IS THAT UNREGISTRADLE DOCTORS WHO FULFIL CERTAIN CONDITIONS ARD REQUIREMENTS SHOULD DE ABLE TO ACHIEVE REGISTRATION IN HONG KONG. THE REPORT PROPOSES STANDING ARRANGEMENTS WHICH IT SAYS SHOULD CONTINUE FOR AS LONG AS NECESSARY.

TO DE ELIGIBLE, A CANDIDATE SHOULD HAVE UNDERGONE AT LEAST FIVE YEAR’S FULL-TIME MEDICAL TRAINING- HAVE PERMISSION TO LIVE AND WORK IN HONG KONG- AND DE OF GOOD CHARACTER.

THE WORKING PARTY PROPOSED THAT ELIGIBILITY SHOUD DE ESTABLISHED BY A CREDENTIALS SUB-COMMITTEE OF A LICENTIATE COMMITTEE WHICH WOULD BE SET UP BY THE MEDICAL COUNCIL FOR THIS PURPOSE.

ALL ELIGIDLE APPLICANTS WOULD DE ALLOWED TO TAKE AN EXAMINATION WHICH WOULD DE HELD UNDER THE AUSPICES OF’ THE MEDICAL COUNCIL OF HONG KONG.

THOSE WHO PASS THE EXAMINATION WOULD UNDERGO A CLINICAL ATTACHMENT, KNOWN AS EXTERNSHIP, FOR A PERIOD OF HOT LESS THAN 10 MONTHS.

THE WORKING PARTY RECOMMENDED THAT THOSE WHO PASS THE EXAMINATION AND SATISFACTORILY COMPLETE THE EXTERNSHIP SHOULD DE ELIGIBLE TO BECOME LICENTIATES OF THE MEDICAL COUNCIL OF HONG KONG AND TO BE ADMITTED TO REGISTRATION WITH HO CONDITIONS OF RESTRICTIONS APPLIED TO THEIR PRACTISING 111 LONG KONG.

THE PROPOSED EXAMINATION WOULD DE IN THREE PARTS BASED, AS FAR AS POSSIBLE, ON A SIMILAR NEW EXAMINATION FOR OVERSEAS DOCTORS WHICH HAS BEEN INTRODUCED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM. THESE AREs A MULTIPLE CHOICE WRITTEN PAPER DESIGNED TO TEST PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE- A SIMPLE TEST OF WRITTEN ENGLISH FOR PROFESSIONAL PURPOSES- AND AN ORAL EXAMINATION TO TEST THE APPLICATION OF PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE TO CLINICAL PROBLEMS. THE FIRST AND LAST SECTIONS COULD BE TAKEN IN EITHER ENGLISH OR CHINESE.

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CANDIDATES WHO FAIL ANY PART OF THE EXAMINATION WOULD BE ALLOWED TO TAKE THAT PART AGAIN.

THE PROPOSED CLINICAL ATTACHMENT (EXTERNSHIP) WOULD EMBRACE PERIODS DEVOTED TO MEDICINE, SURGERY, AND MIDWIFERY TO ENABLE EXTERNS TO UPDATE THEIR MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE AND FOR THEIR CAPABILITIES TO BE FAIRLY ASSESSED IN EACH FIELD. DURING THE EXTERNSHIP, THEY WOULD HAVE TO ATTEND LECTURES AND RECEIVE •CLINICAL INSTRUCTION.

THE WORKING PARTY CONSIDERED THAT THE 18-MONTH PERIOD OF EXTERNSHIP, EITHER FOR INDIVIDUALS OR GENERALLY, COULD DE EXTENDED OR REDUCED AT THE DISCRETION OF THE MEDICAL COUNCIL.

SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE PROCEDURE WOULD LEAD TO REGISTRATION IN HONG KONG BUT IT WOULD HOT ENABLE THESE DOCTORS TO REGISTER OR SEEK REGISTRATION ELSEWHERE.

THE WORKING PARTY RECOMMENDED THAT NO SPECIAL EXEMPTION FROM THE EXAMINATION BE GIVEN TO UNREGISTRAELE DOCTORS WHO HAVE DEEN WORKING IN GOVERNMENT SERVICE OR THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

BUT, THE MEDICAL COUNCIL OF HONG KONG SHOULD HAVE DISCRETION, ON CONSIDERATION OF ANY INDIVIDUAL CASE FALLING WITHIN THESE TWO GROUPS, TO EXEMPT ANY CANDIDATE FROM ALL OR PART OF THE EXTERNSHIP.

COMMENTING ON THE REPORT TODAY, THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, MR. PETER WILLIAMS, PAID A TRIBUTE TO THE MEMBERS OF THE WORKING PARTY FOR THEIR TIME AND EFFORT IN PRODUCING SUCH A VALUABLE REPORT.

HAVING ACCEPTED THESE RECOMMENDATIONS, HE SAID, THE GOVERNOR HAS ALREADY TAKEN STEPS FOR THEIR IMPLEMENTATION, BUT HE CAUTIONED THAT IN VIEW OF THE COMPLEXITY OF THE SUBJECT AND THE REED TO ENSURE PROPER STANDARDS ARE MAINTAINED, SOME TIME WILL BE NEEDED TO SET UP THE EXAMINATION.

HOWEVER, IF EVERYTHING GOES ACCORDING TO PLAN THE FIRST EXAMINATION WILL BE HELD DURING THE COURSE OF NEXT YEAR.

MR. WILLIAMS POINTED OUT THAT IT WOULD FIRST DE NECESSARY TO RECRUIT AND APPOINT STAFF-WHO WOULD BE HEEDED TO MANAGE AND ADMINISTER THE DETAILS OF THE VARIOUS ARRANGEMENTS FOR TliE SETTING UP AND HOLDING OF THE EXAMINATIONS AND FOR THE EXTERNSHIP.

HE SAID IT WAS PLEASING TO NOTE THAT THIS UNIT WOULD DE ESTABLISHED AS A PERMANENT FEATURE AND WOULD CONTINUE TO FUNCTION FOR AS LONG AS NEEDED.

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FURTHER STEPS REQUIRED TO IMPLEMENT THE RECOMMENDATIONS WOULD INCLUDE AMENDING THE MEDICAL REGISTRATION ORDINANCE, DEVISING AND SETTING THE EXAMINATION PAPERS, AND DETERMINING WHAT FEES SHOULD EE CHARGED TO HELP COVER THE COST OF THE EXAMINATION AND PART OF THE OVERALL ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES INVOLVED.

MR. WILLIAMS GAVE AN ASSURANCE, HOWEVER, THAT ALL STEPS TO ■ IMPLEMENT THE PROPOSALS IN THE REPORT WOULD BE TAKEN AS QUICKLY AS PRACTICADLE.

THE REPORT IS CURRENTLY BEING PRINTED IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE IN ALOUT A MONTH. IN THE MEANTIME, ADVANCE COPIES HAVE BEEN MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PRESS ARD INTERESTED PARTIES.

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TOO MORE IRRIGATION DEVELOPMENT SCHEMES WILL BE HANDED OVER NEXT WEEK TO FARMERS AT LAM TSUEN AND PLOVER COVE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE TWO SCHEMES WERE DESIGNED AND INSTALLED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE VILLAGERS IN THE AREA.

THE ONE IN LAM TSUEN, KNOWN AS THE SHE SHAN IRRIGATION SCHEME, WILL SUPPLY WATER TO ABOUT 31 ACRES OF AGRICULTURAL LAND MAINLY USED FOR GROWING VEGETABLES AND FLOWERS.

THE SCHEME CONSISTS OF SIX CONCRETE IRRIGATION WEIRS, 500 FEET OF PIPELINE AND 3,000 FT. OF CONCRETE CHANNELS.

THE OTHER SCHEME, KNOWN AS THE SHAN LIU- IRRIGATION SCHEME, COVERS ABOUT SIX ACRES OF AGRICULTURAL LAND UNDER MIXED CROPS IN THE PLOVER COVE AREA.

THE SCHEME COMPRISES ONE CONCRETE IRRIGATION WEIR AND ABOUT 2,000 FEET OF PIPELINE.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE WELCOME TO HAVE THE HANDING-OVER CEREMONY COVERED. IT WILL BE HELD AT 2.30 P.M ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 4) AT THE TAI PO RURAL

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THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. JIMMY MCGREGOR, SAID TODAY THAT THE SPECIAL SHIPMENT ARRANGEMENT WHICH HE INTRODUCED ON AUGUST 27 HAD RESULTED IN NEARLY 2,000 APPLICATIONS BEING MADE FOR EXPORT LICENCES FOR TEXTILES TO THE EEC.

UNDER THE SCHEME, THE GOODS MUST BE SHIPPED BY SEPTEMBER 4.

THE D.C. AND Ij’ HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUfNG HUNDREDS OF LICENCES EACH DAY FOR EXPORTS MADE AGAINST PRELIMINARY QUOTAS. THESE SHIPMENTS, TOO, ARE GOING FORWARD NORMALLY.

MR. MCGREGOR SAID THAT THERE WAS NO DOUBT AT THIS STAGE THAT THE SPECIAL SHIPMENT SCHEME WOULD BE SUCCESSFUL IN MOVING SUBSTANTIAL QUANTITIES OF TEXTILE GOODS THE EXPORT OF WHICH HAD BEEN FRUSTRATED BECAUSE COMPANIES DID NOT HAVE THEIR FINAL QUOTAS.

+THE RESPONSE TO THE SCHEME WAS RAPID,* MR. MCGREGOR SAID, ♦AND, OF COURSE, IT PLACED AN EVEN GREATER DURDEN ON THE DEPARTMENT’S STAFF MANY OF WHOM HAVE BEEN WORKING LONG HOURS FOR MANY WEEKS.*

+AGAIN, WE WILL WORK THROUGHOUT THIS WEEKEND EXAMINING APPLICATIONS AND CALCULATING THE FINAL QUOTAS.

BECAUSE OF THE URGENCY OF THE SPECIAL SHIPMENT ARRANGEMENT, THE FINAL QUOTA ALLOCATIONS WILL NOT BE SENT TO QUOTA HOLDERS UNTIL TUESDAY. BUT LICENCES FOR GOODS TO DE SHIPPED UNDER THE SPECIAL SCHEME WILL CONTINUE TO BE ISSUED ON MONDAY.

- +1 AM SORRY THAT WE ARE A DAY OR TWO BEYOND THE DATE I PROMISED,* MR. MCGREGOR SAID. +BUT, I THINK THE TRADE WILL REALISE THE TREMENDOUS PRESSURES UNDER WHICH WE ARE WORKING.*

MR. MCGREGOR SAID THAT HE WOULD BE HANDING THE DEPARTMENT BACK TO MR. DAVID JORDAN, THE SUBSTANTIVE DIRECTOR/ ON MONDAY, AND THAT SOON AFTER THAT HE WOULD DE JOINING THE HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AS ITS NEW DIRECTOR.

+BIJT BEFORE I LEAVE THE D.C. AND I., I WISH TO PAY A SPECIAL AND SINCERE TRIBUTE TO THE DEDICATED STAFF OF THE TEXTILES CONTROL DIVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT, AS WELL AS TO ALL THE OTHER OFFICERS

1 INVOLVED IN THE MAGNIFICENT EFFORT MADE IN THE DEST INTEREST OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY AND IN THE FINEST TRADITION OF THE CIVIL SERVICE,* MR. MCGREGOR SAID.

/THE TEXTILES ...

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THE TEXTILES CONTROL DIVISION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE IMPLEMENTA TION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS. +IN THE CASE OF THE EEC AGREEMENT, THE DIVISION HAS HAD AN EXTREMELY COMPLICATED AND TIME-CONSUMING TASK. IN EFFECT, MR. MCGREGOR EXPLAINED, +THE DIVISION HAD TO ESTABLISH NEU QUOTA AND LICENSING CONTROLS FOR VIRTUALLY THE WHOLE OF OUR TEXTILE TRADE WITH THE EEC INVOLVING NEW CATEGORISATION, DIFFICULT QUOTA CALCULATIONS FOR MANY THOUSANDS OF COMPANIES AND THE ISSUE OF THREE SEPARATE QUOTAS INSTEAD OF THE USUAL ONE, AND, ADDED TO THIS, THE URGENT ORGANISATION OF THE SPECIAL SHIPMENT ARRANGEMENT.+

MR. MCGREGOR CONCLUDED s +l HAVE NOTHING BUT ADMIRATION FOR THE STAFF WHO GAVE SUCH TIME AND MADE SUCH EFFORT ON BEHALF OF HONG KONG’S TRADE AND INDUSTRY.*

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HOLDER OF TICKET NO. 237266 WINS $456,000 H # ft « ft

THE LUCKY HOLDER OF TICKET NUMBER 237266 TODAY WON THE FIRST PRIZE OF S456,OOO AT THE DRAW OF THE SEVENTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE.

THE WINNING NUMBER FOR THE SECOND PRIZE OF $45,600 IS 252731 WHILE THE THIRD PRIZE OF $4,560 WENT TO THE HOLDER OF TICKET NUMBER 55306.

THE THREE PRIZES WERE DRAWN BY FOUR COMMERCIAL RADIO ARTISTES — MISS YAN WAI-YEE, MISS WONG KAR-MAN, MISS CHAN MO-YIN AND MISS MOK PUI-MAN.

, WINNING NUMBERS OF THE 50 SPECIAL PRIZES OF $1,140 EACH8

7851 77997 184528 310270 - 451507

11240 84489 207567 313590' 461520

14026 87940 214964 323749 465188

47511 90455 216793 335892 465871

58743 91098 228537 358498 471562

60224 104733 254107 387203 476871

68863 153490 266260 387949 498215

75326 158940 287569 392463 517261

77118 160167 289811 406695 532301

77667 160463 294289 446287 539439

THERE ARE ALSO 212 CONSOLATION PRIZES OF $570 EACH AWARDED TO HOLDERS OF THE TWO CONSECUTIVE NUMBERS IMMEDIATELY ABOVE OR BELOW A WINNING NUMBER DRAWN IN THE LOTTERY.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 1975

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INSTITUTE OF LINGUISTS EXAMS » *«««««

THE INSTITUTE OF LINGUISTS ENGLISH EXAMINATIONS FOR ENGLISH-SPEAKING CHINESE CANDIDATES WILL BE HELD IN EARLY DECEMBER.

ENTRY FORMS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM THE EXAMINATIONS DIVISION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT THE CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES FROM NEXT MONDAY (SEPTEMBER.1).

COMPLETED ENTRY FORMS TOGETHER WITH PROOF OF IDENTITY (HONG KONG IDENTITY CARD OR PASSPORT) AND TWO RECENT PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE CANDIDATE MUST BE SUBMITTED IN PERSONS TO THE EXAMINATIONS DIVISION BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 1 AND 5.

NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AND ALL FEES MUST BE PAID ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 8 TO THE EXAMINATIONS DIVISION.

CANDIDATES ARE REMINDED THAT THEY MUST MAKE THEMSELVES AVAILABLE FOR THE PART I ORAL TESTS AT A DATE TO BE FIXED BETWEEN NOVEMBER 24 AND DECEMBER 12.

DETAILS OF THE EXAMINATIONS AND THEIR FEES ARE AS FOLLOWS!

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DATE OF EXAMINATION FEES

GRADE PART II PART 111 REFERRED

PART WHOLE IV EXAMINATION (FOR ONE OR TWO PARTS)

PRELIMINARY r 5TH DEC., 75 5TH DEC. 75 9 $70 ‘ $45

GRADE 1 5TH DEC., 75 5TH DEC. 75 , 5TH DEC., $90 75 . $55

GRADE II 5TH DEC., 75 5TH DEC. 75 , 4TH DEC., $120 75 $75

INTERMEDIATE ■ 1ST DEC. 75 , 2ND DEC. 75 9 $140 $85

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DAILY INFORMATlONj 'BllLtfiN

POLIO - HOW THE BATTLE IS FOUGHT IN HONG KONG

Ji Ji Ji Ji

YEARS OF INTENSIFIED IMMUNISATION PROGRAMMES LAUNCHED BY

THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAVE HOU RENDERED HONG KONG FREE FROM THE DREADED DISEASE OF POLIOMYELITIS, UH I CH WAS ONCE A MAJOR KILLER DISEASE IN THIS TERRITORY.

FOR ALMOST TOO YEARS, THERE HAVE NOT BEEN ANY CASES OF POLIOMYELITIS REPORTED, WHICH RANKED FOURTH IN 1962 IN THE MAJOR CAUSES OF DEATH AMONG COMMUNICABLE DISEASES IN HONG KONG. THE LA3T CASE OCCURRED IN A GUST 1973.

POLIOMYELITIS iS AN ACUTE VIRAL DISEASE WITH A WIDE RANGE CF SEVERITY, FROM SUDCLINICAL INFECTION, HON-PARALYTIC ILLNESS TO A PARALYTIC CONDITION OR FATALISM. THE INVASION OF THE CENTRAL FERVOURS SYSTEM AND SELECTIVE INVOLVEMENT OF MOTOR CELLS RESULT IN FLACCID PARALYSIS, MOST COMMONLY CF LOWER EXTREMITIS.

THE DISEASE FIRST BECAME NOTIFIABLE IN HONG KONG IN JULY 1948. THE INCIDENCE OF POLIOMYELITIS REACHED ITS PEAK IN 1953 AND 1962 WITH 262 AND 363 CASES, REPRESENTING A NOTIFICATION RATE OF 9.2 AND 11 PER 100,000 POPULATION RESPECTIVELY.

THE INFLUX OF PEOPLE FROM CHINA AND THE IMPROVED LIVING STANDARDS AFTER THE WAR HAD RENDERED THE ENVIRONMENT MORE SUITABLE FOR THE SPREAD OF THE DISEASE.

WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF THE ORAL SABIN VACCINE'TO HONG KONG IN 1963, THE CASES SHOWED A MARKED DECREASE. THE GRADUAL DECLINE HAD BEEN MAINTAINED SINCE 1966 AND TOWARDS THE END OF 1973 NO CASES WERE REPORTED.

THE LARGEST NUMBER OF DEATHS FROM POLIOMYELITIS EVER RECORDED WAS IN 1962 WHEN 52 PEOPLE DIED. THE MORTALITY RATE OF THE DISEASE VARIED WIDELY FROM NIL-IN 1949 AND 1971 TO 60 PER CENT IN 1967 IN WHICH THREE OUT OF FIVE CASES DIED.

POLIOMYELITIS IS LARGELY A DISEASE OF CHILDREN. IN THE PAST, 93.1 PER CENT OF THE CASES OCCURRED IN CHILDREN UNDER 15. THE 1-4 AGE GROUP WAS MOST VULNERABLE, ACCOUNTING FOR TWO-THIRDS OF THE CASES.

ON THE OBSERVATIONS OVER THE PAST 24 YEARS FROM 1951 TO 1974, ABOUT 59 PER CENT OF THE CASES OCCURRED IN THE WARMER MONTHS BETWEEN MAY AND AUGUST.

THE FIRST MAJOR ANTI-POLIO CAMPAIGN WAS LAUNCHED IN 1963 AFTER EXTENSIVE CONSULTATION WITH DR. SABIN, THE FOUNDER OF .THE ORAL VACCINE. THE VACCINE WAS GIVEN IN MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRES, CLINICS, HOSPITALS, SCHOOLS, MOBILE TEAMS AND STATIC CENTRES. THE RESPONSE WAS EXCELLENT AND THIS BROUGHT THE NUMBER OF CASES FROM 363 IN 1962 DOWN TO 53 IN 1963. THESE CAMPAIGNS WERE INTENSIFIED YEAR AFTER YEAR.

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

SUNDAY, AUGUST J1, 1975

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A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT ALTHOUGH POLIOMYELITIS HAD NOW BEEN VIRTUALLY ELIMINATED. THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR COMPLACENCY.

HE SAID ALL PREVENTIVE AND CONTROL MEASURES MUST CONTINUE IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN A HIGH LEVEL OF IMMUNITY AMONG CHILDREN AGAINST THE DISEASE.

FOR A CHILD TO BE IMMUNISED THREE DOSES OF VACCINE ARE REQUIRED WITH AN EIGHT-WEEK INTERVAL BETWEEN THE FIRST AND SECOND DOSES. A THIRD DOSE SHOULD BE TAKEN A YEAR LATER.

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POLIO VACCINE IS AVAILABLE FREE AT ALL MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S FAMILY HEALTH SERVICE CENTRES, INOCULATION POSTS AND CLINICS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

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TICKETS FOR 8TH ft ft

LOTTERY NOW ON SALE ft ft ft

TICKETS FOR THE THIRD LAST EIGHTH ONE - ARE NOW ON SALE AT

GOVERNMENT LOTTERY - THE $52 EACH.

YEAR’S

THEY ARE AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 12 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 IN THE OF REDIFFUSION (HONG KONG) LTD. AT BROADCAST DRIVE AT 9 ON SEPTEMBER 13.

STUDIO P.M.

THERE WILL BE A TOTAL OF 265 PRIZES — A THIRD PRIZES TOGETHER WITH 50 SPECIAL AND 212 THESE PRIZES MUST BE CLAIMED WITHIN TWO YEARS ARE PUBLISHED, THAT IS, BEFORE SEPTEMBER 15,

FIRST, SECOND AND CONSOLATION PRIZES AFTER THE NUMBERS

1977.

NOTE TO ED I TORSs

_ „THE CHA,RMAN 0F 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 EIGHTH GOVERNMENT LOTTERY. YOU ARE INVITED*T0 ATTEND.

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FIRE SERVICES CLARIFIES POLICY ON METAL GATES n n »

THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL CONSIDER APPLICATIONS TO FIT METAl GATES IN COMMON AREAS OF BUILDINGS PROVIDED THAT THEY COMPLY WITH CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS, A FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

HE SAID THE COMPLAINTS AND PROSECUTIONS DIVISION OF THE FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU HAD RECEIVED SEVERAL LETTERS AND VISITORS SEEKING CLARIFICATION ON THE DEPARTMENT’S POLICY ON THE SUBJECT.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THERE WERE THREE BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

THE GATE MUST DE OF THE SWING METAL TYPE

IT MUST OPEN IN THE DIRECTION OF EGRESS ONLY

W NO LOCKING DEVICE OTHER THAN A TYPE, WHICH CAN BE OPERATED FROM INSIDE THE BUILDING WITHOUT THE USE OF A KEY, IS PERMITTED

+THERE IS NO QUESTION OF FIRE SERVICES APPROVAL BEING GIVEN TO THE INSTALLATION OF ANY TYPE OF GATE IN COMMON AREAS OR ON STAIRCASES AT INTERMEDIATE LEVELS* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+IN THE EVENT OF FIRE, RESIDENTS OF A BUILDING MUST BE ABLE TO ESCAPE WITHOUT HINDRANCE TO STREET OR ROOF LEVEL.*

HE SAID THAT IT WOULD EE IDEAL IF ALL COMMON AREAS AND STAIRCASES COULD BE MAINTAINED TOTALLY FREE OF OBSTRUCTION. +BUT THE NEED FOR SOME FORM OF SECURITY IS RECOGNISED BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT*

HE ADDED: +ANYONE WHO IS CONSIDERING INSTALLING A METAL GATE OR WHO MAY BE IN DOUBT WITH REGARD TO A GATE ALREADY FITTED SHOULD CONTACT THE FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU FOR ADVICE.*

AS FOR METAL GATES FITTED TO PROTECT PRIVATE RESIDENCES THESE MUST BE OF THE SLIDING OR FOLDING TYPE AND NOT OPEN OUT ACROSS PASSAGEWAYS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE BUREAU WELCOMED COMPLAINTS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO MIGHT CONSIDER THAT THE FITTING OF A METAL GATE HAD ENDANGERED THEIR SAFETY. +SUCH COMPLAINTS WILL BE PROMPTLY DEALT WITH,* HE SAID.

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HONG KONG HOUSING AUTHORITY

Sunday, August 51, 1975

HOUSING AUTHORITY SPENDS #550,000 ON NEW GARDEN ******

The Housing Authority has spent #550,000 to improve the living environment at one of its older estates, Wang Tau Hom.

Under the improvement project an open area in the estate previously occupied by more than 280 hawkers and illegal structures is developed into a garden.

The area measuring about 53*600 sq* ft® eonsists of two basketball courts, two children’s playgrounds and a large sitting*out area planted with a mixture of evergreen and deciduous trees, shrubs and flowers.

The estate, constructed more than 10 years ago, houses 66,000 people in 26 blocks. The new facility was designed and built, and will be maintained and controlled, by the Housing Authority.

The children’s playgrounds have been equipped with swings, slides and a merry-go-round, all provided and installed by officers and men of the Composit Ordinance Depot of the British Army.

All genuine hawkers of long standing affected by the redevelopment have been resited elsewhere in the estate.

The garden, Wan Chui Yuen (Evergreen Garden), will be officially opened at 5 p.m. on Wednesday (September 5) by the Chairman of the Housing Authority Management Committee, Mr. R.H. Lobo.

Note to Editors: You a* re invited to send a photographer and/or reporter to cover this event.

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