Daily Information Bulletin - 1970s - 1976 - JUN - ENG

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

TUESDAY, JUNE 1, 1976

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APRIL BANKING STATISTICS ..................................

SUSPENSION OF ISSUE OF EXPORT AUTHORISATIONS FOR CERTAIN TEXTILES TO U.S............................................

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF SECTION OF LUNG CHEUNG ROAD ............ 3

TAP WATER SUPPLY TO SAN TSUEN IN TSUEN WAN RESTORED ......... 3

SOCIAL STUDIES PROJECT EXHIBITION OPENS ON FRIDAY ........... *

HANDING-OVER CEREMONY OF SHAM WAT IRRIGATION DEVELOPMENT SCHEME ON LANTAU ISLAND ..................................

DOLPHINS PROTECTED UNDER WILD ANIMALS PROTECTION ORDINANCE 5 PWD TO COMPETE IN DRAGON BOAT RACES AT TUEN MUN ............. 6

DEATH OF FORMER DEPUTY COLONIAL SECRETARY .................   7

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TUESDAY, JUNE 1, 1976

APRIL BANKING STATISTICS ******

BANKING DEPOSITS AS AT THE END OF APRIL STOOD AT $38,367 MILLION, COMPRISING $10,072 MILLION IN DEMAND DEPOSITS, $14,724 MILLION IN TIME DEPOSITS AND $13,571 MILLION IN SAVING DEPOSITS.

THERE WERE 74 LICENSED BANKS IN HONG KONG AS AT APRIL 30.

THE FOLLOWING TABLE RELEASED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING TODAY GIVES A DETAILED BREAKDOWN OF BANK LIABILITIES AND ASSETS FOR THE MONTH 1-

LIABILITIES $ MILLION

1.‘ DEPOSITS 38,367

2. AMOUNT DUE TO BANKS ABROAD 1 23,944

3. OTHER LIABILITIES 8,193

TOTAL LIABILITIES ' 70,504

ASSETS

1. CASH

2. ' AMOUNT DUE FROM BANKS ABROAD: (I) DEMAND AND SHORT TERM CLAIMS 19,548 (I I) TIME DEPOSITS 1,591

3. LOANS AND ADVANCES1 (I) HONG KONG (II) ABROAD

4^ INVESTMENTS:

(I) HONG KONG (II) ABROAD

26,808

12,193

2,955

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5. OTHER ASSETS:

(I) HONG KONG

(II) ABROAD

3,525

3,105

719

21,139

39,001

3,015

6,630

TOTAL ASSETS 70,504

AVERAGE LIQUIDITY DURING MONTH

48.95 %

TUESDAY, JUNE 1, 1976.

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ISSUE OF EXPORT AUTHORISATIONS SUSPENDED

FOR CERTAIN TEXTILES TO U.S.

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THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT HAS SUSPENDED THE ISSUE OF FURTHER EXPORT AUTHORISATIONS IN RESPECT OF MEN’S AND BOYS’ WOOL SUITS, NOT KNIT IN GROUP IV CATEGORY 120, PENDING CONSULTATIONS WITH THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID, HOWEVER, THAT THE DEPARTMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO APPROVE AND ISSUE EXPORT LICENCES FOR THE ABOVE CATEGORY AGAINST VALID EXPORT AUTHORISATIONS APPROVED PRIOR TO THE SUSPENSION.

A NOTICE TO THIS EFFECT WAS ISSUED TODAY.

TRADE ASSOCIATIONS AND COMPANIES ON THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT’S MAILING LIST FOR NOTICE TO EXPORTERS IN (SERIES 1) USA NO.9/76 WILL RECEIVE COPIES OF THE NOTICE SHORTLY.

COPIES OF THE NOTICE ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE RECEPTION COUNTER ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT, 46, CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

THOSE WISHING T0‘ SEEK FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE SUBJECT ARE INVITED TO CONTACT MR. K.K. NG, INDUSTRY ASSISTANT, ON TEL.

NO.5-432958.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF LUNG CHEUNG ROAD

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THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF LUNG CHEUNG ROAD BETWEEN FUNG MO STREET AND SHA TIN PASS ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC BETWEEN 1.15 A.M. AND 5.30 A.M. ON FRIDAY (JUNE 4) TO FACILITATE THE ERECTION OF THE MAIN SPAN OF A FOOTBRIDGE ACROSS THE ROAD NEAR SHUNG TAK STREET.

DURING THE PERIOD OF CLOSURE, EASTBOUND TRAFFIC ON LUNG CHEUNG ROAD SHOULD TURN RIGHT INTO FUNG MO STREET. LEFT INTO TUNG TAU TSUEN ROAD, LEFT INTO SHA TIN PASS ROAD AND THEN RIGHT TO REJOIN LUNG CHEUNG ROAD.

THE RIGHT-TURNING RESTRICTION FROM SHA TIN PASS ROAD NORTHBOUND INTO LUNG CHEUNG ROAD EASTBOUND WILL BE REMOVED TEMPORARILY TO FACILITATE THIS MANOEUVRE.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO INDICATE THE CLOSURE AND DIVERSION.

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VILLAGE TAP WATER SUPPLY RESTORED

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INHABITANTS OF SAN TSUEN, TSUEN WAN, HAVE HAD THEIR TAP WATER SUPPLY RESTORED WITH THE HELP OF THE LOCAL DISTRICT OFFICE.

AT THE END OF LAST YEAR, THE VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVE, MR SUEN SANG, INFORMED STAFF OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE THAT THE VILLAGE’S TAP WATER SUPPLY HAD DRIED UP BECAUSE THE PIPES AND TAPS WERE NOT IN WORKING ORDER.

HE ASKED FOR FUNDS TO PUT IN NEW PIPES AND TAPS AND THE VILLAGERS OFFERED TO MEET PART OF THE COSTS THEMSELVES.

EVENTUALLY, THE DISTRICT OFFICE AGREED TO PROVIDE $3,000 FROM THE LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS VOTE AND THE VILLAGERS PROVIDED THE BALANCE OF $1,300.

WORK ON REPLACING PIPES AND TAPS, WHICH WERE ORIGINALLY INSTALLED MORE THAN 10 YEARS AGO, WAS CARRIED OUT BY THE VILLAGERS UNDER GUIDANCE FROM PROFESSIONAL DISTRICT OFFICE STAFF. IT TOOK SEVERAL WEEKS TO COMPLETE.

NOW, .ONCE MORE, WATER IS RUNNING FREELY FROM TAPS IN SAN TSUEN.

MR ROBERT FOOTMAN, ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER TSUEN WAN, WHO ARRANGED THE PROJECT, IS HOPING TO ORGANISE AN OFFICIAL TURNING ON CEREMONY AT A LATER DATE.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 1, 1976

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OPENING OF SOCIAL STUDIES PROJECT EXHIBITION *****

ABOUT 100 TEACHERS WILL ATTEND THE OPENING OF A SOCIAL STUDIES PROJECT EXHIBITION AT KEI CHI MIDDLE SCHOOL IN KWUN TONG THIS FRIDAY (JUNE 4) MORNING.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS), MR. ARTHUR BROWN, WILL ADDRESS THE GATHERING.

THE PRIMARY AIM OF THE EXHIBITION - ORGANISED BY KEI CHI UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT - IS TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR SCHOOL HEADS AND TEACHERS OF SOCIAL STUDIES TO EXCHANGE VIEWS AND TO LEARN FROM ONE ANOTHER BY SHARING EXPERIENCES.

KEI CHI IS ONE OF THE 15 MONITORED SCHOOLS IMPLEMENTING THE PROVISIONAL SYLLABUS FOR SOCIAL STUDIES ON A TRIAL BASIS. ANOTHER 16 SCHOOLS ARE DOING THIS ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS.

THE THEME OF THE EXHIBITION IS +KNOW YOURSELF AND YOUR SOCIETY* - A MAJOR AREA OF STUDY IN THE FORM/MIDDLE 1 PROVISIONAL SYLLABUS FOR SOCIAL STUDIES.

THE EXHIBITION, MOUNTED BY MIDDLE 1 PUPILS OF KEI CHI, WILL INCLUDE MODELS, MAPS, CHARTS AND PROJECTS OF VARIOUS KINDS RELATING TO THE TOPICS IN THE FORM 1 SYLLABUS.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO SEE THE EXHIBITION FROM 10 A.M. TO 5 P.M, ON JUNE 5 AND FROM 2 P.M. TO 5 P.M. THE FOLLOWING DAY (SUNDAY).

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE OPENING CEREMONY COVERED ON JUNE 4 AT 11.30 A.M. AT THE KEI CHI MIDDLE SCHOOL, SHU I NING STREET, KWUN TONG.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 1, 1976

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COMPLETION OF ANOTHER IRRIGATION DEVELOPMENT SCHEME M * * * * *

FARMERS IN SHAM WAT, NEAR TAI 0, ON LANTAU ISLAND WILL NOW HAVE ADEQUATE IRRIGATION WATER. EVEN IN DRY SEASONS. WITH THE COMPLETION OF AN IRRIGATION DEVELOPMENT SCHEME IN THE AREA.

THE SCHEME, COSTING $115,000 TO BUILD, CONSISTS OF 9,300 FEET OF PIPELINE CAPABLE OF SUPPLYING IRRIGATION WATER TO TEN ACRES OF AGRICULTURAL LAND. '

IT WILL BE HANDED OVER BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES ■APARTMENT TO THE FARMERS AT A CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT SAN SHEK WAN ON THURSDAY (JUNE 3) AT 11.30 A.M.

OFFICIATING AT THE HANDING-OVER CEREMONY WILL BE MR. A.E. BACKHURST, AGRICULTURAL ENGINEER (IRRIGATION DEVELOPMENT) AND MR. P.H. LAW, ACTING SENIOR EXTENSION OFFICER (AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION).

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DOLPHINS PROTECTED UNDER WILD ANIMALS PROTECTION ORDINANCE # K X XX # K

THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES. MR. TED NICHOLS, TODAY REMINDED THE PUBLIC THAT ALL DOLPHINS AND OTHER MARINE MAMMALS IN HONG KQNG ARE FULLY PROTECTED UNDER THE WILD ANIMALS PROTECTION ORDINANCE, 1976.

THE STATEMENT FOLLOWED PRESS REPORTS THAT SKIN DIVERS ESCORTING LINDA MCGILL IN HER ATTEMPT TO SWIM ROUND THE ISLAND HAD ARMED THEMSELVES WITH SPEAR-GUNS AFTER SIGHTING A SCHOOL OF DOLPHINS.

♦ANY PERSON WHO CONTRAVENES THE LAW SHALL BE GUILTY OF AN OFFENCE AND SHALL BE LIABLE ON CONVICTION TO A FINE OF $5,000,+ MR. NICHOLS SAID.

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PWD TEAM COMPETING IN DRAGON BOAT RACES M M M M M

A GROUP OF PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT STAFF WILL BE SWAPPING THEIR SLIDE RULES FOR PADDLES TOMORROW (JUNE 2) TO TEST THEIR ROWING SKILLS IN THE ANNUAL DRAGON BOAT RACES AT TUEN MUN.

THE P.W.D. CONTINGENT, COMPRISING 26 MEMBERS FROM VARIOUS OFFICES OF THE DEPARTMENT, WILL BE AMONG 18 TEAMS VYING FOR THE COVETED TUEN MUN CUP TO BE PRESENTED TO THE WINNERS BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE.

THIS WILL BE THE SECOND YEAR THAT THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT HAS TAKEN PART IN THE SPECTACULAR RACES.

TEAM.CAPTAIN YIP SEE-HEI SAYS THAT IN LAST YEAR’S EVENT, THE P.W.D. TEAM’S SCIENTIFIC CALCULATIONS WENT A LITTLE AWRY, AND THE RESULTING +SLIGHT TECHNICAL MALFUNCTION+ MEANT THE ENTIRE CREW ENDED UP IN THE WATER SEARCHING FOR THEIR SUNKEN BOAT.

+BUT THIS IS UNLIKELY TO HAPPEN AGAIN,* HE SAYS. +WE’VE SORTED OUT THE PROBLEM - OVERWEIGHT - AND WE’RE GOING IN THIS YEAR WITH MORE THAN AN EVEN CHANCE.*

MR. YIP SAID THE TEAM HAD BEEN PRACTISING HARD IN A BORROWED BOAT, AND SHOWED EXTREMELY GOOD PROMISE. +WE HOPE THE OTHER TEAMS ARE IN FOR A SURPRISE,* HE SAID.

THIS YEAR’S TEAM INCLUDES ENGINEERS. ARCHITECTS, CLERKS AND MESSENGERS FROM THE P.W.D.’S NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE, CIVIL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT, AND THE P.W.D. HEADQUARTERS.

AFTER A FINAL BRIEFING TODAY, THE TEAM MEMBERS HAD AN INFORMAL MEETING WITH THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, MR. DAVID MCDONALD, WHO WISHED THEM LUCK IN THE RACES.

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DEATH OF FORMER DEPUTY COLONIAL SECRETARY KOO

’ NEWS HAS BEEN RECEIVED OF THE DEATH IN DORSET YESTERDAY OF MR. MICHAEL DENYS ARTHUR CLINTON, C.M.G., G.M. J.P.. WHO RETIRED AS DEPUTY COLONIAL SECRETARY LAST NOVEMBER AFTER A LONG AND DISTINGUISHED CAREER IN THE CIVIL SERVICE. HE WAS 58.

MR. CLINTON IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE, FOUR DAUGHTERS AND ONE SON.

BORN IN LONDON IN 1918, MR. CLINTON WAS EDUCATED AT BEAUMONT COLLEGE, WINDSOR, AND THE UNIVERSITY OF LONDON.

DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR. HE WAS COMMISSIONED IN THE ROYAL ENGINEERS- HE WAS AWARDED THE GEORGE MEDAL TWICE — FIRST IN 1942 AND AGAIN IN 1943.

MR. CLINTON JOINED THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT SERVICE IN 1946 AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER. HE HAD WIDE EXPERIENCE IN THE COLONIAL SECRETARIAT AND IN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS. HE SERVED AS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, ASSISTANT ESTABLISHMENT OFFICER AND DEPUTY ECONOMIC SECRETARY. MR. CLINTON WAS DEPUTY FINANCIAL SECRETARY AND ACTED AS FINANCIAL SECRETARY ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS. HE BECAME DEPUTY COLONIAL SECRETARY IN JANUARY, 1969 AND WAS MADE A COMPANION OF THE ORDER OF ST. MICHAEL AND ST. GEORGE IN 1971. IN NOVEMBER 1972, HE WAS MADE DEPUTY COLONIAL SECRETARY (SPECIAL DUTIES), WORKING WITH THE MCKINSEY TEAM OF CONSULTANTS.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 1976

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

IMPORTANT ROLE OF VOLUNTARY WEATHER OBSERVING SHIPS ******

HONG KONG IS NOW KEEPING A CREDITABLE FLEET OF U VOLUNTARY WEATHER OBSERVING SHIPS WHICH COLLECT INFORMATION FOR THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY THROUGHOUT THEIR VOYAGES.'

WEATHER OBSERVATIONS ARE DESPATCHED BY RADIO AT FIXED INTERVALS OF EVERY SIX HOURS DAILY TO THE CENTRAL FORECASTING OFFICE OF THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY.

INFORMATION RECEIVED FROM VARIOUS OBSERVING SHIPS WILL BE GATHERED, VERIFIED AND USED FOR PREPARING WEATHER BULLETINS AND FORECASTS FOR ALL SHIPS IN THE WEST PACIFIC AND CHINA SEAS.

+REGULAR WEATHER REPORTS FROM SHIPS AT SEA ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT SOURCE OF INFORMATION WHICH FORECASTERS BASE UPON IN FORMULATING FORECASTS,+ SAID MR. CHU WING-KI, SCIENTIFIC OFFICER :IN CHARGE OF THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY’S MARINE METEOROLOGICAL SECTION. +THEY ARE MORE RELIABLE AND INEXPENS IVE.+

+METEOROLOGICAL SATELLITES ARE HELPFUL IN OBTAINING CERTAIN WEATHER ;INFORMATIONS,* HE SAID, +BUT THEY CANNOT REPLACE SHIPS’ REPORTS.*

+FOR EXAMPLE,* HE EXPLAINED, +SEA SURFACE PRESSURE, WIND SPEEDS AND SEA WAVES CANNQT BE INFERRED FROM SATELLITE PICTURES WITH ACCEPTABLE PRECISION.*

MASTERS OF SHIPS BASED IN HONG KONG ARE OFTEN CONTACTED BY THE SECTION’S PORT METEOROLOGICAL OFFICER TO VOLUNTEER FOR THIS WEATHER OBSERVING'SERVICE.

ONCE IT IS AGREED, METEOROLOGICAL INSTRUMENTS SUCH AS BAROMETER, THERMOMETER AND BAROGRAPH AS WELL AS LOG BOOKS AND RADIO FORMS WILL BE PROVIDED. THE SHIP’S OFFICERS WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED ON THEIR USES.

THE PORT METEOROLOGICAL OFFICER ALSO KEEPS REGULAR CHECKS ON WEATHER OBSERVING INSTRUMENTS OF VOLUNTARY SHIPS WHENEVER THEY COME INTO PORT.

WHEN A SHIP SETS OUT TO SEA. MR. CHU EXPLAINED, OFFICERS ON BOARD WILL MAKE REGULAR WEATHER OBSERVATIONS, RECORD THEM IN THE LOG BOOK AND AT THE SAME TIME RADIO REPORTS TO WEATHER COLLECTING CENTRES.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 1976

RADIO WEATHER REPORTS RECEIVED IN HONG KONG ARE IMMEDIATELY RELAYED TO NEIGHBOURING CENTRES IN JAPAN, PEKING AND BANGKOK FOR INFORMATION.

APART FROM ROUTINE WEATHER OBSERVATIONS. DATA ABOUT OCEAN CURRENTS AND THE'^OCCURRENCE OF SPECIAL PHENOMENA ARE ALSO RECORDED IN THE LOG BOOKS.

COMPLETED LOG BOOKS OF HONG.KONG BASED OBSERVING SHIPS WILL BE KEPT BY THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY. CONTENTS THEREIN ARE CAREFULLY CHECKED, EDITTED AND TRANSFERRED TO PUNCH CARDS FOR COMPUTER USE.

• +ACCORDING TO AN AGREEMENT OF THE WORLD METEOROLOGICAL ORGANISATION,* MR. CHU SAID, +THESE MARINE CLIMATOLOGICAL DATA ON PUNCH CARDS ARE EXCHANGED AMONG COUNTRIES ALL OVER THE WORLD.*

LAST YEAR ALONE, ABOUT 50,000 CARDS HAD BEEN RECEIVED BY THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY FROM OTHER WEATHER COLLECTING CENTRES WHILE ABOUT 9,000 CARDS PUNCHED IN HONG KONG WERE DESPATCHED TO OTHER COUNTRIES.

MR. CHU SA IDs +THE HISTORY OF MARINE METEOROLOGY, REALLY DATES BACK TO THE BEGINNING OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY WHEN THE MAIN IMPETUS TO CREATE A METEOROLOGICAL OBSERVING SYSTEM CAME FROM MARINERS WHOSE SAILING OPERATIONS AND INDEED WHOSE VERY LIVES, DEPENDED ON THE VAGARIES OF WEATHER.

♦HOWEVER, THE SYSTEM OF VOLUNTARY OBSERVING SHIPS WAS FIRST OPERATES INTERNATIONALLY IN 1874 WHEN AN AGREEMENT WAS REACHED AMONG MARINE METEOROLOGICAL EXPERTS FROM 14 COUNTRIES AT A CONFERENCE IN LONDON.

♦AND, THERE ARE NOW MORE THAN 7,000 VOLUNTARY WEATHER OBSERVING SHIPS ALL-OVER THE WORLD.+

♦THE SYSTEM IS VERY GOOD AND IT IS A BENEFIT TO ALL SHIPS BECAUSE IN RETURN OF THE SERVICE WE WILL GET A MORE PRECISE MARINE WEATHER FORECAST,+ REMARKED CAPTAIN M.T. ANDERSON OF PASSENGER LINER +CORAL PRINCESS*, ONE OF HONG KONG’S OBSERVING SHIPS.

CAPTAIN ANDERSON ALSO URGED MASTERS AND CAPTAINS OF OTHER SHIPS TO JOIN IN THIS SERVICE.

HE SA ID« +THERE IS NO HARDSHIP AT ALL OF DOING THIS SERVICE FOR THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY AND IT ONLY TAKES THE OFFICERS A FEW MINUTES TO FINISH ONE ROUTINE OBSERVATION.*

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WATER CUT

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND IN KOWLOON WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR FIVE HOURS STARTING FROM 1 A.M. ON JUNE 4 (FRIDAY) TO FACILITATE LEAKAGE TESTS.

IN CENTRAL DISTRICT, THE AFFECTED PREMISES WILL BE NO. 20-62 QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, NO. 1-21D, AND 2-44 STANLEY STREET, NO. 1-49 AND 2-76 WELLINGTON STREET, AND NO. 1-31B AND 2-16 WYNDHAM STREET.

. BUILDINGS IN D’AGUILAR STREET, WO ON LANE, LAN KWAI FONG, WYNDHAM STREET, ON HING STREET AND ON LAN STREET WILL ALSO BE AFFECTED.

IN MONGKOK, THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET, NULLAH ROAD, NATHAN ROAD, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY, LUEN WAN ROAD, ARGYLE STREET AND TUNG CHOI STREET INCLUDING SAI YEE STREET, FA YUEN STREET, BUTE STREET, MONG KOK ROAD, FIFE STREET AND CERTAIN PREMISES IN FIFE STREET, SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET, ARGYLE STREET AND NATHAN ROAD.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 1976

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GOVERNOR CALLS FOR REGULAR SUPPORT TO BLOOD DONATION CAMPAIGN OF THE RED CROSS...................................... 1

VISITING MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT TO GIVE PRESS CONFERENCE TOMORROW............................................ 2

URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTION ON SECTION OF CHOI HUNG ROAD...... 3

CIVIL AID SERVICES TO HOLD RECRUITMENT EXERCISE ON SUNDAY......................................................... 3

INTEREST GROUPS FOR KWUN TONG RESIDENTS...................... 4

WATER CUT IN YAU MA TEI...................................... 4

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AWARDS TO YOUNG BLOOD DONORS

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE TODAY CALLED ON THE PUBLIC TO GIVE REGULAR SUPPORT TO THE BLOOD DONATION CAMPAIGN OF THE RED CROSS.

SPEAKING AT THE 1976 SCHOOLS BLOOD DONATION AWARD PRESENTATION CEREMONY AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE THIS AFTERNOON, SIR MURRAY SAID, +THE VAST QUANTITIES OF BLOOD REQUIRED CANNOT BE MADE AVAILABLE NOR CAN THE ROUTINE DAILY WORK OF OUR HOSPITALS GO FORWARD UNLESS MORE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC REGULARLY SUPPORT THE RED CROSS IN ITS BLOOD DONATION CAMPAIGN.+ / " . '

IN THE CEREMONY, SIR MURRAY. THE PATRON OF THE HONG KONG RED CROSS, PRESENTED THE JEAN CASSELS* TROPHY TO A ’ REPRESENTATIVE OF THE HONG KONG TANG KING PO SCHOOL WHICH EMERGED AS THE WINNER OF THE SCHOOLS BLOOD DONATION COMPETITION WITH THE LARGEST NUMBER OF DONORS AMONG ITS STUDENTS OVER THE AGE OF 16.

THE GOVERNOR ALSO PRESENTED PENNAMTS TO RUNNERS-UP IN THE COMPETITION.

FOLLOWING THE PRESENTATION, THE GOVERNOR GAVE A TEA RECEPTION TO REPRESENTATIVES FROM ABOUT 50 SCHOOLS WHICH PARTICIPATED IN THE BLOOD DONATION COMPETITION.

FOLLOWING IS THE FULL TEXT OF THE GOVERNOR’S SPEECH AT THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY:

AS PATRON OF THE RED CROSS. I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN IMPRESSED BY THE GROWTH OF THE VOLUNTARY BLOOD SERVICE IN HONG KONG.

i +WHEN THE RED CROSS FIRST STARTED COLLECTING BLOOD 24 YEARS AGO, IT COLLECTED 3,000 DONATIONS IN THE FIRST YEAR MAINLY FROM VISITING SHIPS.

LAST YEAR THE RED CROSS COLLECTED 20 TIMES THAT AMOUNT. THIS REMARKABLE GROWTH IS DUE ALMOST ENTIRELY TO OUR YOUNG PEOPLE, FOR OF THE 60,000 UNITS OF BLOOD COLLECTED 3/4 CAME FROM PEOPLE OF SCHOOL AGE OR THOSE WHO WERE IN THEIR 20S.

THE FEW OF YOU WHO ARE PRESENT TODAY, REPRESENT THE MANY THOUSANDS WHO ARE NOT. BUT ALL ARE PROOF THAT A GENERATION IS GROWING UP WITH A WHOLLY ADMIRABLE RECORD OF PUBLIC SERVICE.

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♦WITHOUT BLOCH), PATIENTS CANNOT SURVIVE BAD ACCIDENTS, COMPLICATED SURGICAL OPERATIONS, OR RARE BLOOD DISEASES, SUCH AS HAEMOPHILIA (WHICH FEATURED SO PROMINENTLY IN OUR NEWS LAST MONTH WHEN ONE OF YOUR SCHOOL FELLOWS REQUIRED THE SPECIAL CLOTTING FACTOR FROM MORE THAN 100 DONORS). THE VAST QUANTITIES OF BLOOD REQUIRED CANNOT BE MADE AVAILABLE NOR CAN THE ROUTtNE DAILY WORK OF OUR HOSPITALS GO FORWARD UNLESS MORE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC REGULARLY SUPPORT THE RED CROSS IN ITS BLOOD DONATION CAMPAIGN.

+1 URGE THOSE OF YOU HERE TODAY TO CONTINUE TO SET A FINE EXAMPLE AND AS COMMITTED DONORS, TO TRY TO PERSUADE OTHERS TO FOLLOW YOUR LEAD SO THAT THE SUPPLY OF BLOOD INCREASES STEADILY.

+IT NOW GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE TO PRESENT THE JEAN CASSELS’ TROPHY TO THE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE TANG KING PO SCHOOL, HONG KONG.+

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MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT TO GIVE PRESS CONFERENCE

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NOTE TO EDITORS!

THE TWO VISITING MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, MR. KENNETH BAKER AND MR. NORMAN LAMONT, WILL GIVE A PRESS CONFERENCE IN THE G.I.S. THEATRE ON THE FIFTH FLOOR OF BEACONSFIELD HOUSE TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT 4.30 P.M.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE CONFERENCE. TELEVISION CREWS ARE ADVISED TO ARRIVE EARLY SO THAT THEY WILL HAVE AMPLE TIME TO SET UP THEIR EQUIPMENT.

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URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTION

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WITH EFFECT FROM 10 A.M. ON SATURDAY (JUNE 5) URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTION WILL BE IMPOSED ON THE SECTION OF CHOI HUNG ROAD BETWEEN TAI YAU STREET AND TSEUK LUK STREET BETWEEN 7 A.M. AND 7 P.M. DAILY. *

ALL MOTOR VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM STOPPING ON THIS SECTION OF THE ROAD TO PICK UP/SET DOWN PASSENGERS OR TO LOAD/UNLOAD GOODS DURING THE RESTRICTED HOURS.

THE ABOVE TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IS INTENDED TO ASSIST TRAFFIC FLOW DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE JUNCTION OF PO KONG VILLAGE ROAD AND CHOI HUNG ROAD.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE ERECTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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C.A.S. RECRUITMENT EXERCISE

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THE CIVIL AID SERVICES WILL BE LAUNCHING A TWO-HOUR RECRUITMENT EXERCISE AT THE KING GEORGE THE FIFTH MEMORIAL PARK AT EASTERN STREET, SAI YING PUN, AT 10 A.M. ON SUNDAY (JUNE 6).

APART FROM ATTRACTING NEW RECRUITS THE CAS WILL BE TAKING THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW THE PUBLIC THE DUTIES AND ACTIVITIES OF ITS vADULT AND CADET SERVICES.

PROGRAMME FOR THE DAY WILL INCLUDE A PHOTOGRAPHIC DISPLAY, MUSIC BY THE CAS CADET BAND, FIRST AID, A BICYCLE RIDING -DEMONSTRATION AND A MOTOR CYCLE SHOW.

THE CIVIL AID SERVICES IS A VOLUNTEER FORCE WHICH SERVES THE COMMUNITY AT TIMES OF EMERGENCY AND NATURAL DISASTERS AS WELL AS AT MORE PEACEFUL TIMES.

ITS CADET CORPS WAS FORMED IN 1968 WITH THE AIM OF GUIDING AND TRAINING YOUTHS TO BECOME GOOD CITIZENS.

THOSE WHO WISH TO JOIN THE CAS CAN OBTAIN THE ENROLMENT FORMS AT THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICES, DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND THE CAS HEADQUARTERS AT 100 CAROLINE HILL ROAD OR CAS KOWLOON TRAINING CENTRE AT 204 ARGYLE STREET.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE RECRUITMENT EXERCISE.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 1976 ^4 -I • •

INTEREST GROUPS FOR KWUN TONG RESIDENTS M M M * M

THE GROUP WORK UNIT OF THE KWUN TONG COMMUNITY CENTRE HAS ORGANISED ABOUT 20 INTEREST GROUPS TO CATER FOR DIFFERENT NEEDS OF RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE INTEREST GROUPS INCLUDE FOLK DANCING, TAILORING, PHOTOGRAPHY, MAKE-UP, COOKING AND YOGA. .

MOST OF THE GROUPS WILL LAST THREE MONTHS AND ARE FOR RESIDENTS OVER THE AGE OF 14.

PEOPLE INTERESTED IN JOINING THESE GROUPS ARE WELCOME TO ENROL AT THE COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 17, TSUI PING ROAD, KWUN TONG.

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WATER CUT XU

WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN YAU MA TEI, KOWLOON WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR FIVE HOURS STARTING AT 1 A.M. ON SATURDAY (JUNE 5) TO ENABLE THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT A LEAKAGE TEST. ' '

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY NATHAN ROAD, PAK HOI STREET, CHI WO STREET AND JORDAN ROAD INCLUDING NANKING STREET, CHEUNG LOK STREET, SAIGON STREET AND MAU LAM STREET.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 1976.

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

RENT CONTROLS ON POST-WAR DOMESTIC PREMISES TOBE EXTENDED .................................................... 1

PROPOSAL TO ABOLISH DUAL TIME SYSTEM ......................  2

WORKERS TO GET FOUR EXTRA PAID HOLIDAYS A YEAR .............. 3

SURFACE MAIL TO LEBANON SUSPENDED ........................... 3

HOUSING AUTHORITY TO BE GIVEN POWERS TO TERMINATE TENANCIES IMMEDIATELY ....................................... 4

NEW CLASS OF NEW TERRITORIES TAXI IN THE PIPELINE ........... 5

AMENDMENTS TO TELEPHONE ORDINANCE ..........................  6

KWUN TONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE HOLDS OPEN DAY ................ 7

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GOVERNMENT GIVES UP A BLOCK OF FLATS IN THE MID-LEVELS ... 7

TOWN PLANNING WORK IN HONG KONG OUTLINED ...................  8

TRAFFIC DIVERSIONS IN POK FU LAM............................ 10

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RENT CONTROLS ON

POST-WAR DOMESTIC PREMISES TO BE EXTENDED ******

GOVERNMENT TODAY ANNOUNCED THAT IT IS PROPOSING TO EXTEND RENT CONTROLS FOR POST-WAR DOMESTIC PREMISES FOR A FURTHER THREE YEARS FROM DECEMBER THIS YEAR. THUS, TENANTS OF CONTROLLED PREMISES WOULD CONTINUE TO ENJOY SECURITY OF TENURE UNTIL THE END OF 1979.

THIS PROPOSAL IS CONTAINED IN THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976 PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY. COMMENTING ON THE BILL, THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, MR. IAN LIGHTBODY, SAID THAT THE EXTENSION AFFIRMS GOVERNMENT RECOGNITION OF THE CONTINUING NEED TO PROTECT TENANTS BOTH FROM UNREASONABLE INCREASES IN RENT AND FROM EVICTION, AND SHOULD RE-ASSURE TENANTS AS TO THEIR FUTURE POSITION.

HE EXPLAINED THAT SO LONG AS THERE EXISTED A LARGE GAP BETWEEN REGULATED RENTS AND MARKET RENTS, TENANTS WOULD CONTINUE TO REQUIRE PROTECTION. EVEN FOLLOWING THE SECOND ROUND OF INCREASES, NOW DUE IN RESPECT OF MANY PROTECTED TENANCIES, IT IS LIKELY THAT THE NEW RENTS OF MOST OF THOSE FIRST CONTROLLED IN 1970 WILL BE LESS THAN 65 PER CENT OF MARKET RENTS, AND IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES DECONTROL IS NOT CONSIDERED TO BE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST.

NEVERTHELESS, LANDLORDS ARE ENTITLED TO SOME INCREASE IN RENTS AND THE PRESENT PROVISIONS FOR REGULATED INCREASES EVERY TWO YEARS UNDER THE +FACTOR+ SYSTEM IS TO CONTINUE.

THE BILL ALSO INCLUDES PROVISIONS FOR A LANDLORD TO OBTAIN AN INCREASE IN RENT WHERE HE IS PREPARED TO CARRY OUT IMPROVEMENTS -NOT REPAIRS - TO PREMISES. PROPOSALS FOR THIS WERE INCLUDED IN A BILL AT THE END OF LAST YEAR BUT WERE WITHDRAWN FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION. THE NEW PROPOSALS LOWER TO $5,000 THE MINIMUM AMOUNT OF EXPENDITURE NECESSARY TO QUALIFY FOR AN INCREASE® EXPAND THE DEFINITION OF +IMPROVEMENTS* TO COVER REPLACEMENTS OF DEFECTIVE OR WORN-OUT FITTINGS SUCH AS PLUMBING WORKS OR WIRING® AND PROVIDE TENANTS WITH A RIGHT OF APPEAL.

LANDLORDS ARE ENCOURAGED TO SEEK THE AGREEMENT OF THEIR TENANTS TO THE PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS OR REPLACEMENTS IN ADVANCE, SINCE THE DRAFT LEGISLATION PROVIDES FOR A MAXIMUM OF 20 PER CENT OF THE COST OF THE IMPROVEMENTS OR REPLACEMENTS TO BE RECOVERED BY AN INCREASE OF THE ANNUAL RENT PAYABLE. THESE PROPOSALS ARE AIMED AT ENCOURAGING LANDLORDS TO IMPROVE THEIR PROPERTIES AND THUS THE ENVIRONMENT OF THEIR TENANTS.

FURTHER MINOR AMENDMENTS ARE INCLUDED IN THE BILL TO ASSIST IN RESOLVING DISPUTES BETWEEN LANDLORDS AND TENANTS AS TO THE PRIMARY USER OF PREMISES.

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PROPOSAL TO ABOLISH DUAL TIME SYSTEM M M M M M M

A BILL HAS BEEN PUBLISHED TODAY WHICH IF PASSED WOULD HAVE THE EFFECT OF ABOLISHING THE DUAL TIME SYSTEM IN HONG KONG AND RETAINING PERMANENTLY THE PRESENT SUMMER TIME.

THE ONE-TIME SYSTEM WOULD BE KNOWN AS +HONG KONG TIME+ AND WOULD BE NINE HOURS AHEAD OF GREENWICH MEAN TIME (GMT).

THE BILL WILL NOT BE TABLED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL FOR SEVERAL WEEKS IN ORDER TO ALLOW THE PUBLIC PLENTY OF TIME TO COMMENT ON THE PROPOSAL.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT A PERMANENT TIME SYSTEM WAS NOW BEING PROPOSED BECAUSE OF AN APPARENT STRONG PREFERENCE FOR IT FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIt. IT WOULD ALSO BRING HONG KONG IN LINE WITH OTHER COUNTRIES, MANY OF WHICH ARE ALREADY ON A FIXED TIME SYSTEM.

ALTHOUGH THE PROPOSED PERMANENT TIME SYSTEM WOULD RESULT IN DARKER MORNINGS DURING THE WINTER, TAKING THE MORNINGS AND THE EVENINGS TOGETHER FAR FEWER JOURNEYS WOULD HAVE TO BE MADE IN THE DARK, AS THE DARKER MORNINGS WOULD BE OFFSET BY LIGHTER EVENINGS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR INSTEAD OF ONLY IN THE SUMMER MONTHS AS AT PRESENT.

UNDER THE +GMT PLUS 9+ SYSTEM, THOSE FACTORY WORKERS AND SCHOOL CHILDREN WHO LEAVE HOME AT 7.30 A.M. IN.THE MORNING, THAT IS APPROXIMATELY THE LATEST TIME WHEN DAWN BREAKS IN THE WINTER MONTHS, WILL EXPERIENCE DARK MORNINGS FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THOSE PEOPLE ARRIVING HOME BEFORE 7 P.M. IN THE EVENING WILL TRAVEL IN DAYLIGHT THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

AS FAR AS STUDENTS ARE CONCERNED, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION IS PREPARED TO CONSIDER SYMPATHETICALLY REQUESTS FROM SCHOOL PRINCIPALS FOR AN ADJUSTMENT OF SCHOOL HOURS TO MINIMISE TRAVELLING TO SCHOOL IN THE DARK.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THERE ARE AT LEAST TWO DISTINCT ADVANTAGES IN RETAINING THE PRESENT TIME SYSTEM AS A PERMANENT ONE. THE FIRST OF THESE IS THAT PEOPLE WILL NO LONGER HAVE TO ADJUST THEIR CLOCKS AGAIN THUS AVOIDING ANY INCONVENIENCE.

THE OTHER ADVANTAGE IS THAT IT MAKES MAXIMUM USE OF DAYLIGHT AND THE EXTRA HOURS WILL ALLOW MORE TIME FOR OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN THE EVENINGS PARTICULARLY IN THE FINE WEATHER THAT HONG KONG NORMALLY EXPERIENCES DURING THE WINTER.

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WORKERS’ IN HONG KONG WILL GET FOUR MORE PAID HOLIDAYS A YEAR IN ADDITION TO THOSE WHICH THEY ARE ALREADY ENTITLED, IF A BILL TO AMEND THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE IS PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE PROPOSED NEW HOLIDAYS ARE THE THIRD DAY OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR- THE FIRST WEEK DAY IN JULY OR ALTERNATIVELY THE FIRST WEEK DAY IN AUGUST- THE CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL AND THE CHINESE WINTER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL OR ALTERNATIVELY, CHRISTMAS DAY.

THE PROPOSAL IS CONTAINED IN THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976 PUBLISHED TODAY (FRIDAY) IN THE GAZETTE AND IF PASSED, THE AMENDING LEGISLATION WILL COME INTO FORCE ON JANUARY 1, 197?.

UNDER THE AMENDING LEGISLATION. THE NUMBER OF STATUTORY PAID HOLIDAYS WHICH WORKERS WILL HAVE WILL INCREASE FROM SIX TO TEN EACH YEAR.

THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR. NEIL HENDERSON SAID THE MOVE WOULD BRING HONG KONG MORE INTO LINE WITH THE PROVISION OF STATUTORY PAID HOLIDAYS ELSEWHERE. IT AFFECTS ALL MANUAL WORKERS AND ALL THOSE NON-MANUAL WORKERS EARNING LESS THAN WHO ARE COVERED BY THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

$2,000 A MONTH,

THE LABOUR THE PROPOSAL.

ADVISORY BOARD HAS UNANIMOUSLY SUPPORTED

SURFACE MAIL TO LEBANON SUSPENDED *****

THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT DUE TO LACK OF SHIPPING OUTLETS, SURFACE LETTER AND PARCEL SERVICES TO LEBANON HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED.

NO LETTERS OR PARCELS FOR DESPATCH TO LEBANON BY .SURFACE CAN BE ACCEPTED AT POST OFFICES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

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POWERS FOR HOUSING AUTHORITY TO TERMINATE TENANCIES IMMEDIATELY ******

THE HOUSING AUTHORITY IS TO BE GIVEN POWERS TO TERMINATE IMMEDIATELY THE LEASE OF FLATS NOT OCCUPIED BY THE AUTHORISED TENANTS.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THIS MOVE WAS BEING TAKEN TO PUT AN END TO THE BREACHES GF TENANCY AGREEMENTS THAT ARISE WHEN TENANTS MOVE TO OTHER ACCOMMODATION AND LEAVE THE FLATS EMPTY, OR WHERE THE FLATS ARE TOTALLY SUBLET.

AT PRESENT THE AUTHORITY MUST GIVE ONE MONTH’S NOTICE TO TENANTS TO QUIT (EXCEPT IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES) BUT TENANTS GET AROUND THIS BY RE-OCCUPYING THE FLATS FOR A PERIOD OF TIME AND THEN CONTINUING THE BREACH OF THE AGREEMENT.

THIS IS AN UNSATISFACTORY SITUATION IN VIEW OF THE SERIOUS SHORTAGE OF PUBLIC HOUSING FOR THE VARIOUS ELfGIBLE CATEGORIES. TO ENSURE PROPER CONTROL AND USE OF PUBLIC HOUSING, THE HOUSING AUTHORITY REQUIRES THE NEW POWERS TO TERMINATE TENANCIES WITHOUT NOTICE AND RECOVER FLATS IMMEDIATELY ONCE SUCH A BREACH HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED.

TENANTS CAN APPEAL AGAINST THE DECISION OF THE ESTATE STAFF WITHIN TEN DAYS OF RECEIVING THE NOTICE.

A BILL TO GIVE EFFECT TO THIS CHANGE IS PUBLISHED TODAY AND WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SHORTLY.

THE HOUSING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976 ALSO PROVIDES TO MEET THE INCREASING WORK-LOAD OF THE APPEALS COMMITTEE BY ENLARGING IT FROM THREE TO SIX MEMBERS AND OF THESE, TWO MEMBERS MUST NOT BE AUTHORITY MEMBERS. THE COMMITTEE WILL THEN BE ABLE TO OPERATE AS SEVERAL PANELS AND DIVIDE THE WORK.

OTHER AMENDMENTS IN THE BILL DEAL WITH PROCEDURAL MATTERS

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NEW CLASS OF NEW TERRITORIES TAXI EXPECTED TO-BE INTRODUCED X X X X X X

A NEW CLASS OF NEW TERRITORIES TAXI WILL BE INTRODUCED IF LEGISLATION ENABLING THE GOVERNMENT TO DO SO IS PASSED.

A BILL TO AMEND THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE BY MAKING NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS A CLASS OF VEHICLE, WILL BE INTRODUCED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SHORTLY.

THE BILL, KNOWN AS THE ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, IS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY) FOR THE INFORMATION OF THE PUBLIC.

IF THE BILL IS PASSED IT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY REGULATIONS TO ENABLE THE INTRODUCTION AND CONTROL OF THIS NEW CLASS OF TAXI.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IT IS PROPOSED INITIALLY TO LIMIT THE ISSUE OF NEW TERRITORIES TAXI LICENCES TO 750, TO BE PROCESSED IN THREE BATCHES OF 250 EACH.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT DETAILS OF HOW TO APPLY WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT AT THE END OF JULY.

THE SPOKESMAN WENT ON TO SAY THAT THE NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS WILL BE RESTRICTED TO OPERATING IN THE RURAL AREAS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES- IN OTHER WORDS THEY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO OPERATE IN THE URBAN AREAS OR IN TSUEN WAN AND SHAT IN.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT SUCH RESTRICTIONS ON THE NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS IS TO PREVENT THEM FROM GRAVITATING TOWARDS THE URBAN AREAS AND THUS FRUSTRATING THE OBJECT OF THIS SCHEME WHICH IS TO PROVIDE THE POPULATION OF THE RURAL AREAS WITH A LEGAL TAXI SERVICE IN PLACE OF THE PRESENT ILLEGAL +PAK PAIS+.

ORDINARY TAXIS WILL, OF COURSE, CONTINUE TO BE ALLOWED TO OPERATE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, HE ADDED.

THE PROPOSED FARE STRUCTURE FOR N.T. TAXIS WILL BE 31 FOR THE FIRST MILE AND 20 CENTS FOR EVERY ONE-FIFTH OF A MILE THEREAFTER.

- N.T. TAXI LICENCES WILL BE ISSUED TO APPLICANTS WITHOUT CALLING FOR EITHER TENDERS OR THE PAYMENT OF A PREMIUM.

FOR THE INITIAL ISSUE EACH SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT WILL BE LIMITED TO ONE N.T. TAXI LICENCE, THE PRE-QUALIFICATION FOR THE GRANT OF A LICENCE BEING OWNERSHIP SINCE JANUARY 1, 1976 OF A PRIVATE CAR AND THE POSSESSION, FOR A PERIOD OF OVER THREE YEARS, OF A LICENCE TO DRIVE A PRIVATE CAR.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE AIM OF THIS PRE-QUALIFICATION IS TO GIVE PRESENT +PAK PAI+ OWNERS/OPERATORS AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE UP THE LICENCES.

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THE VEHICLE SUBMITTED FOR LICENSING AS A NEW TERRITORIES TAXI WILL HAVE TO BE A SALOON CAR AND WILL HAVE TO PASS A TEST OF ROADWORTHINESS ON INSPECTION BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT.

THE PROPOSED ANNUAL LICENCE FEE FOR N.T. TAXIS WILL BE $500. ALL N.T. TAXIS WILL HAVE TO BE PAINTED IN SPECIFIED COLOURS TO BE NOTIFIED TO APPLICANTS LATER.

AMENDMENTS TO TELEPHONE ORDINANCE X * X X * X,

A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS ARE TO BE MADE TO THE TELEPHONE ORDINANCE TO GIVE LEGISLATIVE -EFFECT TO SOME OF THE MORE PRESSING DECISIONS ARISING FROM THE REPORT OF THE COMMISSION OF INQUIRY.

THE AMENDMENTS WHICH ARE CONTAINED IN THE TELEPHONE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976 ARE t

X TO REDUCE THE’INSTALLATION CHARGE FROM $400 TO $250 WITH RETROSPECTIVE EFFECT FROM MARCH 1, 1975,

TO REDUCE THE REMOVAL CHARGE FROM $350 TO $250 WITH RETROSPECTIVE EFFECT FROM MARCH 1, 1975,

X TO PROVIDE THAT ALL CHARGES NOT STIPULATED IN THE SCHEDULE TO THE TELEPHONE ORDINANCE SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO PRIOR AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE POSTMASTER GENERAL AND THE TELEPHONE COMPANY,

X

TO ENABLE THE GOVERNOR TO APPOINT TO BE ADDITIONAL DIRECTORS ON THE

NOT MORE THAN TWO PERSONS BOARD OF THE COMPANY, AND,

X

TO ABOLISH THE PAYMENT OF ROYALTY BY THE COMPANY AS FROM JANUARY 1, 1976.

A FURTHER 20 YEARS

THE BILL ALSO PROPOSES TO EXTEND FOR RETROSPECTIVELY FROM JULY 1. 1975, THE CONCESSION GRANTED TO THE COMPANY TO OPERATE A TELEPHONE SERVICE IN HONG KONG.

COMMENTING ON THE REDUCTION IN INSTALLATION AND REMOVAL CHARGES A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE TELEPHONE COMPANY HAD ALREADY INTRODUCED THE LOWER CHARGES IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION WAS ANNOUNCED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN NOVEMBER 1975 AND HAD RECENTLY MADE REFUNDS TO THOSE SUBSCRIBERS WHO HAVE BENEFITTED BY THE REDUCTIONS.

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KWUN TONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE OPEN DAY ******

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WILL BE ABLE TO SEE SOME OF THE WORK DONE BY STUDENTS OF THE KWUN TONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE WHICH IS HOLDING ITS OPEN DAY FROM 2.30 TO 6'P.M. ON SUNDAY.

THE INSTITUTE HAS FIVE TEACHING DEPARTMENTS - CLOTHING INDUSTRIES, TEXTILE INDUSTRIES, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING AND PRINTING.

THE INSTITUTE, ONE OF THREE PROVIDING TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN HONG KONG, COMMENCED CLASSES IN SEPTEMBER 1975.

ALL THREE INSTITUTES HAVE THE MAJOR FUNCTION OF ORGANISING TECHNICAL EDUCATION TO COMPLEMENT ON-THE-JOB TRAINING PROVIDED BY INDUSTRIES.

VISITORS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENTER THE WORKSHOPS AND SEE SOME STUDENTS AT WORK.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE TO COVER THE OPEN DAY. THE INSTITUTE IS SITUATED IN HIU MING STREET, KWUN TONG.

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GOVERNMENT GIVES UP BLOCK OF FLATS ******

A BLOCK OF 48 FLATS AT BREEZY COURT, PARK ROAD, MID—LEVELS, FORMERLY OCCUPIED AS QUARTERS FOR GOVERNMENT OFFICERS, WAS TODAY HANDED BACK TO THE OWNERS.

COMMENTING ON THE MOVE, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE RATING' AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT SAID, +THE GOVERNMENT HAS USED THESE FLATS CONTINUOUSLY SINCE I960 WHEN THEY WERE FIRST BUILT. THIS YEAR, RENT NEGOTIATIONS FOR A CONTINUATION OF THE TENANCY BROKE DOWN AND AS ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION WAS READILY AVAILABLE ON Sore favourable terms, it was decided to give them up.+

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS NOT PREPARED TO PAY MORE THAN A REASONABLE MARKET RENT FOR ACCOMMODATION IT LEASED FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

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TOWN PLANNING AND PROPERTY OWNERS * * M M M M

TOWN PLANNING IN HONG KONG IS NOT AS RIGID AS IT IS OFTEN MADE OUT TO BE AND THERE ARE VARIOUS AVENUES OPEN TO OWNERS OF PROPERTY AFFECTED BY TOWN PLANS TO SEEK VARIATION FROM THE ZONING PLANS PREPARED BY THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD.

THIS WAS UNDERLINED BY MR. CHAMSON CHAU, GOVERNMENT TOWN PLANNER OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, IN A LUNCHEON SPEECH TO THE ROTARY CLUB OF KOWLOON NORTH TODAY.

MR. CHAU SAID P.W.D. TOWN PLANNERS MADE EVERY EFFORT TO AVOID USING FULLY DEVELOPED PRIVATE PROPERTIES FOR PUBLIC USES, BUT INEVITABLY SOME PRIVATE LAND HAD TO BE ACQUIRED TO OBTAIN SUITABLE LAND FOR GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTIONAL AND COMMUNITY PURPOSES AND OPEN SPACES.

THIS WAS UNAVOIDABLE IN A SMALL PLACE LIKE HONG KONG WHERE SUITABLE LAND FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WAS LIMITED, AND YET HAD TO BE FOUND TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE EXPANDING POPULATION.

IN 1974, MR. CHAU SAID, HONG KONG’S POPULATION STOOD AT 4.3 MILLION AND WAS EXPECTED TO RISE TO 4.8 MILLION BY 1981 AND TO 5.8 MILLION BY 1991.

+THIS IS AN INCREASE OF ABOUT 100,000 PEOPLE A YEAR, AND THE RESULTING PRESSURES OF ALL KINDS FOR LAND ARE THUS ENORMOUS.

+THIS IS THE DIFFICULT JOB OF THE TOWN PLANNER — TO SEE TO IT THAT ENOUGH LAND IS SET ASIDE TO MEET THE POPULATION’S NEED.+

UNDER THE TOWN PLANNING ORDINANCE, HE SAID, THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD AFTER HAVING PREPARED A TOWN PLAN MAY RECOMMEND TO THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL RESUMPTION OF ANY LAND INTERFERING WITH ITS PLAN.

HOWEVER, ANY DRAFT PLAN PREPARED UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE BOARD AND WHICH IT DEEMED SUITABLE FOR SUBMISSION TO THE COVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL FOR APPROVAL, MUST BY LAW BE EXHIBITED FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION FOR TWO MONTHS, AND THE HOURS AND PLACE MUST BE ADVERTISED ONCE A WEEK IN THE NEWSPAPERS AS WELL AS-THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

+DURING THIS PERIOD, ANY PERSON AFFECTED BY THE DRAFT PLAN MAY SUBMIT WRITTEN OBJECTIONS TO ANYTHING APPEARING IN THE DRAFT PLAN, INCLUDING THE NOTES PERTAINING TO THE USES OF THE VARIOUS ZONES OUTLINED IN THE PLAN.

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+OBJECTIONS TO PLANS CAN INCLUDE OBJECTIONS TO THE ZONING OF INDIVIDUAL SITES, OR PROPERTY BEING AFFECTED BY ADJOINING ZONI NG,+ HE SAID. +ONE CAN ALSO OBJECT TO THE ACCOMPANYING NOTES WHICH DEFINE WHAT DEVELOPMENT CAN BE AUTOMATICALLY ALLOWED AND WHAT REQUIRES SPECIFIC PERMISSION.*

ALL OBJECTIONS, HE SAID, WERE CONSIDERED BY THE BOARD.

+IF, AFTER CONSIDERING AN OBJECTION, THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD DECIDES NOT TO UPHOLD IT, THE OBJECTOR HAS A RIGHT TO BE HEARD BY THE BOARD.

+IF THE BOARD STILL DOES NOT UPHOLD THE OBJECTION, A FULL REPORT WILL BE MADE WHEN THE PLAN IS SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL FOR APPROVAL,* HE SAID.

THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL WOULD THEN CONSIDER WHETHER TO APPROVE THE PLAN, REFUSE IT, OR REFER IT BACK TO THE BOARD FOR RE-CONSIDERATION AND AMENDMENT*

BESIDES FORMAL OBJECTIONS TO THE BOARD, MR. CHAU EMPHASISED THAT, PROPERTY OWNERS COULD ALSO'APPLY TO THE BOARD FOR SPECIAL PERMISSION FOR VARIATION FROM THE LAND USE ZONING SHOWN ON THE STATUTORY PLAN.

THIS +PERMISSION SYSTEM* WAS INTRODUCED IN 1974 AND PROVIDES GREATER FLEXIBILITY IN THE USE OF SITES ZONED FOR SPECIFIED PURPOSES.

+THIS MEANS THAT IF, FOR EXAMPLE, YOUR PROPERTY IS ZONED FOR RESIDENTIAL USE ON A TOWN PLAN YOU CAN APPLY FOR PLANNING PERMISSION TO DEVELOP IT FOR COMMERCIAL USE.

+IF ON THE OTHER HAND THE PROPERTY IS ZONED FOR GOVERNMENT USE, SUCH AS A MARKET, YOU CAN ALSO APPLY FOR PERMISSION TO DEVELOP IT FOR RESIDENTIAL USE,* HE EXPLAINED.

IN THE EVENT OF THE BOARD TURNING DOWN A PLANNING APPLICATION, HE SAID, THE APPLICANT COULD ALWAYS ASK FOR A REVIEW AND IF THIS WAS ALSO UNSUCCESSFUL THE APPLICANT COULD PETITION THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL.

IN CONSIDERING SUCH A PETITION. MR. CHAU^SAID, THE GOVERNORIN-COUNCIL WOULD TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE BOARD’S VIEW AND ALSO ANY PREVAILING FINANCIAL LIM I TAT IONS.

THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL WOULD THEN REACH ONE OF THREE POSSIBLE DECISIONS — TO APPROVE THE APPLICATION AND ALLOW DEVELOPMENT TO PROCEED- REJECT THE APPLICATION AND SEEK FUNDS TO ACQUIRE THE SITE- OR REJECT THE APPLICATION AND ALLOW THE SITE TO REMAIN ’FROZEN’ PENDING THE AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS.

MR. CHAU SAID THE PERIOD A PROPERTY WAS ’FROZEN’ NORMALLY DEPENDED ON WHETHER THE LOT WAS HELD ON A RENEWABLE LEASE OR A NON-RENEWABLE LEASE.

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+ IF THE LOT IS HELD ON A NON-RENEWABLE LEASE IT WILL NOT BE THE SUBJECT OF A RE-GRANT IN THE EVENT OF THE LAND BEING REQUIRED FOR PUBLIC PURPOSES, AND RE-DEVELOPMENT CAN BE FROZEN FOR UP TO TEN YEARS,+ HE SAID.

+0N THE OTHER HAND, IF THE LOT IS HELD ON OTHER THAN A NON-RENEWABLE LEASE, THE MAXIMUM PERIOD DURING WHICH RE-DEVELOPMENT CAN BE FROZEN SHALL ONLY EXTEND TO THE END OF THE FOLLOWING FINANCIAL YEAR. IN OTHER WORDS, THE MINIMUM PERIOD WILL BE JUST OVER ONE YEAR AND THE MAXIMUM PERIOD JUST UNDER TWO YEARS.+

HE ADDED s +IT MUST BE REMEMBERED, HOWEVER, THAT FREEZING THE DEVELOPMENT OF PROPERTY WILL NOT BE NECESSARY IF THE GOVERNMENT HAS FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR THEIR ACQUISITION.

+1N THIS CASE, THE GOVERNMENT SIMPLY PAYS YOU OFF.+

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TRAFFIC DIVERSIONS

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THE SECTION OF POK FU LAM ROAD BETWEEN QUEEN’S ROAD WEST AND SECOND STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC FOR TWO MONTHS FROM 10 A.M. ON MONDAY (JUNE 7) TO FACILITATE ROAD RECONSTRUCTION.

MOTORISTS TRAVELLING SOUTH WI^L BE DIVERTED TO USE WESTERN STREET.

CMB ROUTES 3A, 4, 7, 70 AND 71 WILL BE DIVERTED TO OPERATE ALONG QUEEN’S ROAD WEST, WATER STREET AND THIRD STREET BEFORE ENTERING POK FU LAM ROAD.

WATER STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP IN THE AREA TO GUIDE MOTORISTS AND BUS PASSENGERS WILL BE ADVISED BY NOTICES AT THE AFFECTED BUS STOPS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 1976

CONTENTS

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PLAY LEADERSHIP SCHEME IN SHAM SHUI PO PROVES TO BE A SUCCESS ....................................................  1

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF SECTION OF LUNG CHEUNG ROAD ........ 3

WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE CELEBRATES ITS 16TH ANNIVERSARY ................................................. 3

WATER CUT IN CHAI WAN ....................................... 4

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

SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 1976

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PLAY LEADERSHIP SCHEME - A SUCCESS

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YOUNG PEOPLE LIVING IN THE DENSELY-POPULATED SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT ARE NOW SPENDING THEIR LEISURE TIME IN A MORE CONSTRUCTIVE WAY.

THIS HAS COME ABOUT UNDER A PLAY LEADERSHIP SCHEME LAUNCHED BY THE SHAM SHUT PO YOUTH CENTRE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IN OCTOBER 1974.

THE SCHEME HAS PROVED TO BE A GREAT SUCCESS SINCE ITS IMPLEMENTATION. TOTAL ATTENDANCE IN THE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES ORGANISED UNDER THE SCHEME REACHED AN AVERAGE OF 4,000 PER MONTH IN THE LAST QUARTER OF 1975.

THERE ARE AT PRESENT THREE PLAY LEADERS ENGAGED IN THE DAY TO DAY RUNNING OF THE SCHEME UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF A STEERING COMMITTEE.

OF THE THREE PLAY LEADERS, TWO ARE SWD STAFF WORKING FULL-TIME AND THE OTHER IS A POST-SECONDARY STUDENT HELPING OUT ON A PART-TIME BASIS.

MR. CHENG PO-WONG, OFFICER-IN-CHARGE OF THE PLAY LEADERSHIP SCHEME SAID, +OUR EFFORTS HAVE BEEN DIRECTED NOT ONLY TOWARDS THE PLANNING AND ORGANISING OF PROGRAMMES TO ENRICH THE PLAY LIFE OF YOUNG PEOPLE BUT ALSO TOWARDS USING THESE ACTIVITIES AS A MEANS TO MODIFY THEIR BEHAVIOUR AND ATTITUDE.*

THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN THESE ACTIVITIES, YOUNG PEOPLE DEVELOP THEIR SENSE OF FAIR PLAY AND ESTABLISH THE RIGHT SOCIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH PEOPLE.

THE MOST SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENT OF THE PLAY LEADERSHIP SCHEME IN THIS RESPECT CAN BE FOUND IN THE MAPLE STREET PLAYGROUND.

THIS PLAYGROUND USED TO BE A PROHIBITED AREA FOR GIRLS AND THE MORE RULE-ABIDING YOUTHS BECAUSE IT WAS MONOPOLISED BY SEVERAL GROUPS OF REBELLIOUS YOUTHS WHO OFTEN PESTERED OTHER PLAYERS AND EVEN REFUSED TO ALLOW PERMIT-HOLDERS TO USE THE FOOTBALL PITCH.

TO OVERCOME THIS PROBLEM, TACT AND PATIENCE WERE REQUIRED. THE PLAY LEADERS TRIED TO APPROACH THE MORE ACCESSIBLE +REBELLIOUS YOUTHS* AND THEN THEIR LEADERS BY SUGGESTING TO FORM THEMSELVES UP INTO FOOTBALL PLAY GROUPS.

FRIENDLY MATCHES WERE THEN ORGANISED AMONG THESE +REBELLIOUS YOUTHS* AND OTHER PLAY GROUPS TO IMPROVE INTER-GROUP RELATIONSHIP.

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LEADERS OF THE SO-CALLED +DEFYING YOUTHS* WERE ASKED TO ACT AS REFEREES DURING THESE MATCHES AND AS COACHES TO THE YOUNGER FOOTBALL PLAYERS.

SOON A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY DEVELOPED AMONG THEM AND THEIr BEHAVIOUR AND ATTITUDE GREATLY IMPROVED.

+THEY WILL NOW APPLY FOR PITCH PERMITS AND EVEN TRY TO RECTIFY THE MISCONDUCT OF MEMBERS OF THE YOUNGER PLAY GROUPS,+ MR. CHENG SAID.

AT PRESENT, AN AVERAGE OF 30 MATCHES ARE ORGANISED EACH MONTH. IN ADDITION, THE PLAY GROUPS TAKE PART IN FOOTBALL MATCHES WITH OTHER DISTRICTS, AND IN THE HONG KONG FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION’S YOUTH LEAGUE.

THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE FOOTBALL ACTIVITIES WAS THE PLAY LEADERSHIP FOOTBALL CUP TOURNAMENT AND THE FORMATION OF A REPRESENTATIVE TEAM WHOSE MEMBERS WERE SELECTED FROM VARIOUS GROUPS.

MR. CHENG REVEALED THAT THEY WERE PLANNING TO HOLD FILM SHOWS ON WORLD FOOTBALL MATCHES TO ENABLE THE PLAY GROUPS TO IMPROVE THEIR SKILL, AND ABOVE ALL, TO INSTILL IN THEM A SENSE OF SPORTSMANSHIP.

ALTHOUGH +DEFYING YOUTHS+ PROBLEM DID NOT EXIST IN THE MAPLE STREET REST GARDEN AND THE WONG CHUK STREET CHILDREN PLEASURE GROUND WHERE THE PLAY LEADERSHIP SCHEME ALSO COVERS, PLAY LEADERS HAVE TO SPEND GREAT EFFORTS TO ENSURE THAT PLAYERS ARE ENGAGED IN MEANINGFUL ACTIVITIES.

PLAY EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING CHINESE BILLIARD, FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL AND BADMINTON SETS ARE AVAILABLE TO VISITORS OF THE TWO PLAYGROUNDS.

UNDER THE PLAY LEADERSHIP SCHEME, GROUP GAMES SUCH AS MODEL-MAKING, PAINTING, PAPER CRAFT, KNOWLEDGE GAMES, STORY-TELLING AND HANDICRAFT ARE ALSO HELD REGULARLY. THEY ALSO ATTRACT GOOD ATTENDANCE.

COMMENTING ON THE SCHEME, MR. CHENG SAID, +THERE ARE NO HARD AND FAST RULES. ALL THAT THE CHILDREN HAVE TO DO IS COME TO THE YOUTH CENTRE, SIGN THEIR NAMES AND THEN TAKE THE PLAY EQUIPMENT AWAY.+ THERE HAS BEEN ONLY ONE CASE IN WHICH A CHILD FAILED TO BRING THE PLAY EQUIPMENT BACK.

+T0 KEEP ADULT INTERFERENCE TO THE MINIMAL CHILDREN ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS ARE GIVEN THE TASKS OF TAKING DOWN ORDERS, BRINGING THE PLAY EQUIPMENT TO THE PLAYGROUND AND KEEPING THEM IN GOOD CONDITION.+ SAID MR. CHENG.

MR. CHENG NOTED THAT IT IS GRATIFYING TO SEE PARENTS WHO ONCE THOUGHT THAT JT WAS A WASTE OF TIME FOR THEIR CHILDREN TO GO TO PLAYGROUNDS BRING THEIR CHILDREN TO PARTICIPATE IN THEIR FUNCTIONS.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS K * H * K K

THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF LUNG CHEUNG ROAD BETWEEN FUNG MO STREET AND SHA TIN PASS ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC BETWEEN 1.15 A.M. AND 5.30 A.M. ON MONDAY (JUNE 7) TO FACILITATE THE ERECTION OF THE MAIN SPAN OF A FOOTBRIDGE ACROSS THE ROAD NEAR SHUNG TAK STREET.

DURING THE PERIOD OF CLOSURE, EASTBOUND TRAFFIC ON LUNG CHEUNG ROAD SHOULD TURN RIGHT INTO FUNG MO STREET, LEFT INTO TUNG TAU TSUEN ROAD, LEFT INTO SHA TIN PASS ROAD AND THEN RIGHT TO REJOIN LUNG CHEUNG ROAD.

THE RIGHT-TURNING RESTRICTION FROM SHA TIN PASS ROAD NORTHBOUND INTO LUNG CHEUNG ROAD EASTBOUND WILL BE REMOVED TEMPORARILY TO FACILITATE THIS MANOEUVRE.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO INDICATE THE CLOSURE AND DIVERSION.

WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE CELEBRATES ITS 16TH ANNIVERSARY

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THE WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE HAS ORGANISED TWO ENTERTAINMENT SHOWS TO CELEBRATE ITS 16TH ANNIVERSARY WITH RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

A 'DRAMA NIGHT' WILL BE HELD AT THE ASSEMBLY HALL OF THE COMMUNITY CENTRE BETWEEN 7.30 AND 10 P.M. THIS SUNDAY (JUNE 6).

THREE PERFORMANCES WILL BE STAGED BY THE DRAMA GROUPS OF THE CHOI HUNG SUB-DISTRICT COMMITTEE AND PING SHEK YOUTH CENTRE.

A VARIETY SHOW WILL BE STAGED IN THE MOBILE STREET THEATRE ON JUNE 12 (SATURDAY) FROM 7.45 TO 10 P.M. AT THE PLAYGROUND NEXT TO BLOCK 29 OF THE LOWER WONG TAI SIN ESTATE.

PROGRAMMES IN THE VARIETY SHOW WILL INCLUDE CANTONESE OPERA, SINGING, DANCING AND DRAMA. THE SHOW IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE AND Y.M.C.A.

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN CHAI WAN WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 1 A.M. ON TUESDAY (JUNE 8) TO ALLOW THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY CHAI WAN ROAD FROM AH KUNG NGAM ROAD TO WAN TSUI ROAD, HONG MAN STREET, CHEUNG LEE STREET,' KUT SHING STREET, LEE CHUNG STREET, NING FOO STREET, AND CHAI WAN HILL RESITE AREA SECTION ’A’.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 6, 1976

SQUATTER ELECTRIFICATION SCHEME — FIRST VILLAGE TO BE SWITCHED ON ' * M M *

THE SWITCHING ON OF ELECTRICITY SUPPLY TO.THE FIRST OF SIX VILLAGES ON THE KOWLOON FOOTHILLS IN THE PILOT PROJECT TO PROVIDE LEGAL ELECTRICITY SUPPLY TO SQUATTER AREAS, WILL TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY, JUNE 11.

AT 3.30 P.M. THAT DAY, SIR LAWRENCE KADOORIE, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF CHINA LIGHT AND POWER CO. LTD., WILL START THE FLOW OF ELECTRICITY TO UPPER LION ROCK VILLAGE WHERE SOME 500 PEOPLE LIVE.

A BRIEF CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT THE VILLAGE’S MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE OFFICE. ATTENDING WILL BE OFFICIALS FROM THE COMPANY AND VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, AND MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS.

THIS IS THE FIRST RESULT OF THE EFFORTS OF THE WORKING PARTY ON ELECTRIFICATION OF SQUATTER AREAS. THE COMMITTEE WAS SET UP'LAST NOVEMBER BY THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING TO OVERCOME PRACTICAL PROBLEMS OF SUPPLYING ELECTRICITY TO ALL STRUCTURES IN SQUATTER AREAS, SOMETHING WHICH HAD BEEN ATTEMPTED PREVIOUSLY BUT WITHOUT RESULTS.

THE COMMITTEE, COMPRISING REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND THE COMPANY, CHOSE, FOR THE PILOT SCHEME, THE VILLAGES OF MA „ CHAI HANG, YAN 01, YAN YEE, TAI YUEN AND UPPER AND LOWER LION ROCK WHERE, IN TOTAL, 4N ESTIMATED 8,500 PEOPLE OR 1,700 FAMILIES LIVE IN.

THE VILLAGERS AT PRESENT OBTAIN ELECTRICITY EITHER THROUGH PRIVATE GENERATORS OR ILLEGALLY TAPPING OFF PUBLIC LIGHTING. THIS SITUATION, HOWEVER, HAS BEEN A CAUSE FOR CONCERN, NOT ONLY TO THE GOVERNMENT, BUT TO THE PEOPLE THERE AS WELL, PARTICULARLY ON THE SAFETY ASPECT.

UNDER THE ELECTRIFICATION SCHEME, OVERHEAD LINES WILL BRING ELECTRICITY FROM POWER STATIONS AND FEED IT INTO METER ROOMS AND DISTRIBUTFON PILLARS FROM WHERE VILLAGERS CAN HAVE THEIR MAINS CONNECTED.

CHINA LIGHT IS BEARING THE COST OF THE CAPITAL OUTLAY WHILE VILLAGERS HAVE TO PAY FOR WIRING THEIR HUTS TO TAKE THE ELECTRICITY FROM THE DISTRIBUTION PILLARS.

BECAUSE OF THE SIZE OF THE PILOT AREA, THE PROJECT WILL BE CARRIED OUT IN STAGES OVER A PERIOD OF ABOUT SEVEN MONTHS AND THE OTHER VILLAGERS WILL BE SWITCHED ON IN TURN.

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LADY MACLEHOSE TO SEE PUBLIC HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN CHA IWAN ******

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LADY MACLEHOSE WILL VISIT THE CHAI WAN AREA ON HONG KONG ISLAND TOMORROW (MONDAY) MORNING TO SEE PUBLIC . HOUS I NG DEVELOPMENT THERE.

ACCOMPANIED BY MR. I.M. LIGHTBODY, SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, LADY MACLEHOSE WILL INSPECT THE CONSTRUCTION AND PILING WORKS IN PROGRESS AT YUE WAN ESTATE WHICH WAS PREVIOUSLY NAMED CHAI WAN (AREA 6) ESTATE.

SHE WILL THEN PROCEED TO HING WAH ESTATE AND VISIT A FAMILY IN FUNG HING HOUSE. THE FAMILY HAD PREVIOUSLY LIVED IN THE ALDRICH BAY SQUATTER AREA AND WAS REHOUSED THERE TOGETHER WITH MANY FAMILIES AFTER THEY WERE MADE HOMELESS IN THE BIG FIRE ON THE SECOND DAY OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE TO, COVER LADY MACLEHOSE’S VISFT. SHE WILL ARRIVE AT THE YUE WAN ESTATE BUILDING SITE ABOUT 10 A.M. AND AT FUNG HING HOUSE, HING WAH ESTATE ABOUT 10.30 A.M.

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HONG KONG FLOWERS WILL BE USED FOR THE FIRST TIME TO DECORATE THE WESTMINSTER ABBEY IN LONDON FOR THE COMMONWEALTH DAY CEREMONY.

A BOX, CONTAINING SIX CUTTINGS EACH OF RED IXORA AND WHITE DICHROA, IS BEING FLOWN TO LONDON FOR THIS PURPOSE, TODAY (SUNDAY)

THE FLOWERS HAVE BEEN PICKED FROM THE ZOOLOGICAL AND BOTANICAL GARDENS.

THE COMMONWEALTH DAY CEREMONY IS NORMALLY ATTENDED BY THE COMMONWEALTH HIGH COMMISSIONERS AND HEADS OF VARIOUS COMMONWEALTH SOCIETIES AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS. AMONG THE PARTICIPANTS IS THE HONG KONG COMMISSIONER.

FOR THE OCCASION, THE WESTMINSTER ABBEY IS DECORATED WITH FLOWERS FROM THE COMMONWEALTH.

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TUEN MUN RECLAMATION K H X K X

NOTE TO EDITORS :

A CONTRACT SIGNING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT 2.30 P.M. TOMORROW (MONDAY) IN THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS FOR A MULT I-MILL I ON-DOLLAR RECLAMATION SCHEME AT TUEN MUN.

THIS IS THE LARGEST ENGINEERING CONTRACT SO FAR AWARDED IN CONNECTION WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE OCCASION.

THE CEREMONY WILL BE HELD IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE P.W.D.’S ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE, 12TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

THE PROJECT MANAGER OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, MR. G.B. O’RORKE, AND HIS CHIEF ENGINEER, MR. KWEI SEE-HAN, WILL BE PLEASED TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ON THE PROJECT AFTER THE SIGNING CEREMONY.

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN STANLEY ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 9).

FROM 10 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY, STANLEY BEACH ROAD WILL BE ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

AT THE SAME TIME, URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS WILL BE IMPOSED BETWEEN 7 A.M. AND 10 A.M. AND 4 P.M. AND 7 P.M. DAILY ON THE SECTION OF STANLEY VILLAGE ROAD BETWEEN THE POLICE STATION AND 51-53 STANLEY VILLAGE ROAD, INCLUDING THE LANE SERVING AS A BUS TERMINAL POINT.

ALL MOTOR VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM STOPPING TO PICK UP/SET DOWN PASSENGERS DURING THE RESTRICTED HOURS.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUI DE .MOTOR I STS.

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CONTRACT SIGNED FOR GIANT RECLAMATION SCHEME IN TUEN MUN 1 I

+BUS ONLY* LANE IN LEIGHTON ROAD ........................... 2

LEGCO MEETING ON WEDNESDAY ................................. 3

PRINCESS ALEXANDRA TO VISIT HONG KONG NEXT YEAR ............ 4

CALL FOR EARLY REGISTRATION OF DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES 4

MARINE DEPARTMENT TO PUBLISH A BOOK TO PROMOTE THE PORT OF HONG KONG ............................................

DIFFERENT TREATMENT METHODS REQUIRED FOR DIFFERENT TYPES

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CONTRACT FOR GIANT TUEN MUN RECLAMATION SIGNED *******

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS ABOUT TO BEGIN WORK ON GIANT $46 MILLION RECLAMATION SCHEME AT CASTLE PEAK BAY TO MORE LAND FOR HOUSING AND INDUSTRY.

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THE RECLAMATION WILL PROVIDE ABOUT 60 HECTARES (148 ACRES) OF ADDITIONAL LAND FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN WHICH WILL HOUSE SOME 480,000 PEOPLE BY 1985.

THE CONTRACT FOR THE RECLAMATION WORKS — .THE LARGEST ENGINEERING CONTRACT SO FAR FOR THE NEW TOWN — HAS BEEN AWARDED TO UNIVERSAL DOCKYARD LTD. AND WAS OFFICIALLY SIGNED IN THP P.W.D. HEADQUARTERS TODAY.

THE WORKS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED AND WILL BE SUPERVISED BY CONSULTING ENGINEERS, SCOTT WILSON KIRKPATRICK AND PARTNERS. UNDER THE OVERALL SUPERVISION OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

MR. G.B. O’RORKE, PROJECT MANAGER OF THE P.W.D.’S TUEN MUN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, SAID TODAY THE RECLAMATION MARKED ANOTHER IMPORTANT PHASE IN THE NEW TOWN’S DEVELOPMENT.

+WHEN COMPLETED, THE RECLAMATION WILL PROVIDE EXTRA SPA’CE FOR RESIDENTIAL, WORK AND PLAY FACILITIES FOR SOME 98,000 PEOPLE — ABOUT ONE-FIFTH OF THE NEW TOWN’S EVENTUAL POPULATION,+ HE SAID.

+DEVELOPMENT HAS UP TILL NOW BEEN CONCENTRATED AROUND THE NORTH END OF THE BAY AND ALREADY PROVIDES FOR MORE THAN 50,000 PEOPLE,+ HE ADDED. +THE NEW DEVELOPMENT WILL BE SITED NEAR THE NEW TRUNK ROAD FROM TSUEN WAN WHICH WILL BE OPENED NEXT YEAR.*

OF THE 60 HECTARES (148 ACRES) OF LAND TO BE RECLAIMED.

MR. O’RORKE SAID, 36.7 HECTARES (91 ACRES) WOULD BE FOR PUBLIC HOUSING, 9.5 HECTARES (23.5 ACRES) FOR PRIVATE HOUSING AND VARIOUS DEPARTMENT USES, AND 13.8 HECTARES (34 ACRES) FOR INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT. •

+IN VIEW OF THE PRESSING NEED FOR BETTER HOUSING, WE HAVE PROGRAMMED THE RECLAMATION IN SUCH A WAY THAT THE NEW LAND REQUIRED FOR PUBLIC HOUSING WILL BE FORMED FIRST SO AS TO ENABLE THE HOUSING PROGRAMME TO PROCEED AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE,* HE SAID.

HE SAID ONE OF THE PUBLIC-HOUSING SITES IN THE SOUTH-EASTERN PART OF THE BAY NEAR THE TUEN MUN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET, WOULD BE RECLAIMED FIRST AND SHOULD BE READY BY THE END OF THE YEAR FOR WORK TO START ON A HOUSING ESTATE FOR 7,500 PEOPLE,

+THE LARGER PUBLIC-HOUSING SITES ON THE CENTRAL PART OF THE RECLAMATION SHOULD BE READY LATE NEXT YEAR, AND THE INDUSTRIAL LAND THE FOLLOWING YEAR,* HE SAID.

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MR. O’RORKE SAID TWO PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES WOULD BE BUILT ON THE CENTRAL PART OF THE RECLAMATION. THESE WOULD PROVIDE HOMES FOR NEARLY 80,000 WITH A FULL RANGE OF COMMUNITY FACILITIES, INCLUDING SCHOOLS, OPEN SPACE, COMMUNITY HALLS, SHOPS AND MARKETS.

P.W.D. PLANNERS ALSO INTENDED TO PROVIDE A NETWORK OF PEDESTRIAN FOOTPATHS AND CYCLE TRACKS LINKING THE RESIDENTIAL AREAS WITH THE COMMERCIAL CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL CENTRES IN THE TOWN.

+ANOTHER IMPORTANT FEATURE ON THE RECLAMATION,* MR. O’RORKE SAID, +WILL BE A LARGE TOWN CENTRE WHICH WILL BE THE FOCUS FOR THE NEW TOWN’S ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CIVIC ACTIVITIES.

+THIS WILL INCLUDE A SERIES OF BUILDINGS HOUSING A PUBLIC LIBRARY, A STUDY CENTRE, A THEATRE, AN ART GALLERY AND STUDIO, EXHIBITION HALL AND MEETING ROOMS.

+IT WILL ALSO PROVIDE THE MAIN COMMERCIAL AREA WITH SHOPS, BANKS, RESTAURANTS AND OFFICES FRONTING A CENTRAL PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT.*

A LARGE PARK, SIMILAR TO VICTORIA PARK ON HONG KONG ISLAND, WAS ALSO PLANNED NEXT TO THE TOWN CENTRE WITH A SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX, HE ADDED.

ILLUSTRATING THE SCOPE OF THE RECLAMATION, MR. O’RORKE SAID THAT SOME FOUR MILLION CUBIC METRES (5.2 MILLION CUBIC YARDS) OF FILL WOULD BE REQUIRED TO FORM THE 60 HECTARES (148 ACRES) OF NEW LAND.

NEARLY HALF THIS VOLUME WOULD BE OBTAINED FROM THE SEABED NEAR LUNG KWU CHAU AND SHA CHAU — TWO OUTLYING ISLANDS TO THE WEST OF TUEN MUN -- WHILE OTHER FILL MATERIAL WOULD BE EXCAVATED MOSTLY FROM THE SOUTH-WESTERN FOOTHILLS OF THE CASTLE PEAK PROMONTORY.

AS PART OF THE RECLAMATION PROJECT, HE SAID, A TEMPORARY BREAKWATER WOULD BE CONSTRUCTED BETWEEN THE CENTRAL AND EASTERN PARTS OF THE RECLAMATION TO FORM A SHELTERED AREA OF ABOUT 11 HECTARES (27 ACRES) FOR USE AS A TEMPORARY TYPHOON SHELTER FOR BOATS PLYING IN THE AREA.

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STARTING FROM 10 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 9) ALL OMNIBUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO USE THE SECTION OF THE ’BUS ONLY’ LANE WESTBOUND BETWEEN MATHESON STREET AND CANAL ROAD EAST.

ApPR0PR|ATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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TWO ISSUES OF INTEREST TO THE PUBLIC - INJURY CAUSED TO PASSERS-BY BY OBJECTS THROWN OUT OF HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS AND LEAKAGE OF PUBLIC EXAMINATION PAPERS - WILL BE AMONG QUESTIONS RAISED BY THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE.9).

THE HON. MISS S.W. KO WILL ASK IF THE GOVERNMENT WILL TAKE STEPS PERHAPS WITH THE HELP OF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC, ESPECIALLY IN THE CROWDED PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES. FROM INJURY CAUSED BY OBJECTS THROWN OUT OF HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS.

THE HON. MRS. JOYCE SYMONS WILL ASK WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WILL TIGHTEN SECURITY MEASURES SO AS TO PREVENT LEAKAGE OF PUBLIC EXAMINATION PAPERS.

A QUESTION WILL BE RAISED BY THE HON. F.W. LI ON WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WILL INSTITUTE A SYSTEM OF ADVANCE COMPENSATION PAYMENTS TO SMALL TRADES AND BUSINESSES WHICH LOSE CUSTOMERS AND CANNOT PAY THEIR WAY DUE TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY.

OTHER QUESTIONS WILL INCLUDE THE INTERNAL PROCEDURE IN GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS FOR OBTAINING MEDICINES AND DRUGS FOR EMERGENCY TREATMENT, MEASURES TO PREVENT CASES OF INDECENT ASSAULT IN PUBLIC BATHROOMS IN THE OLDER PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES AND THE PROVISION OF FUNDS REQUIRED TO ENABLE THE POLICE RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN TO BE MAINTAINED.

AT THE MEETING, TEN BILLS WILL BE INTRODUCED FOR FIRST READING. THESE INCLUDE THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976 WHICH SEEKS TO EXTEND RENT CONTROLS ON POST-WAR DOMESTIC PREMISES FOR A FURTHER THREE YEARS.

DEBATE WILL BE RESUMED ON SEVEN BILLS. THEY ARE THE ESTATE DUTY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, THE STAMP (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1976, THE DUTIABLE COMMODITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, THE MAGISTRATES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976 AND THE POLICE FORCE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976.

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PRINCESS ALEXANDRA TO VISIT HK NEXT YEAR ******

PRINCESS ALEXANDRA HAS ACCEPTED AN INVITATION TO VISIT HONG KONG DURING THE OPENING WEEK OF THE 1977 FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS IN FEBRUARY.

THE PROGRAMME FOR THE VISIT WILL BE INFORMAL BUT, IN ADDITION TO OPENING THE FESTIVAL AND ATTENDING SOME OF THE PERFORMANCES, THE PRINCESS WILL MEET MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE OF WHICH HER ROYAL HIGHNESS IS HONORARY COMMANDANT GENERAL.

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THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING, MR. A.D. OCKENDEN, TODAY DREW ATTENTION TO THE PUBLICATION IN LAST FRIDAY’S GAZETTE OF THE NAMcS OF 76 COMPANIES w51 CH WERE REGISTERED DURING APRIL AND MAY AS DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES UNDER THE NEW DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ORDINANCE.

+THE TRANSITIONAL PERIOD FOR APPLICATION FOR flEGISTRATION OF DEPOSIT-TAKING BUSINESSES EXISTING ON APRIL 1, 1976 EXPIRES AT THE END OF JUNE+, THE COMMISSIONER SAID.

+WE HAVE SO FAR RECEIVED 104 APPLICATIONS, OF WHICH 76 WERE RFGIST-RED DURING APRIL AND MAY,+ MR. OCKENDEN SAID. +TIME IS RUNNING OUT AND I HAVE NO POWERS TO EXTEND THE TRANSITIONAL PERIOD BEYOND THE END OF THIS MONTH.*

ANYONE WHO IS IN DOUBT AS TO WHETHER HE NEEDS TO REGISTER SHOULD MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE THE COMMISSIONER BY CONTACTING HIS SECRETARY ON TEL. NO. 5-242141 AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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BOOK TO PROMOTE PORT OF HONG KONG K * K #

A BOOK, AIMED AT PROMOTING THE PORT OF HONG KONG, IS BEING PRODUCED BY THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE WITH THE HELP OF THE INFORMATION SERVICE'S DEPARTMENT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MARINE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT THE MAIN IMPACT OF THE PUBLICATION WOULD BE VISUAL, AND IT WAS INTENDED TO INCLUDE ALL THE LATEST INNOVATIONS AND FACILITIES RELATED TO THE OPERATION OF THE PORT.

THE BOOK WILL INCLUDE ITEMS SUCH AS OCEAN-GOING SHIPPING, BERTHS AND TERMINALS, LOCAL CRAFT, SHIPYARDS AND SLIPWAYS, WAREHOUSING, CARGO HANDLING OPERATIONS, CARGO HANDLING GEAR AND SPECIALISED CRAFT IN USE IN AND AROUND HONG KONG. IT WILL ALSO ' COVER ALL OTHER OPERATIONS OR SERVICES WHICH COULD ENHANCE THE IMAGE OF THE PORT AS A MODERN, EFFICIENT AND VIABLE ASSET.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE TWO DEPARTMENTS WOULD UNDERTAKE PHOTOGRAPHY RELATED TO OVERALL PRESENTATION OF THE PORT AMD SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

HOWEVER, TO ENSURE THAT AS FAR AS POSSIBLE NO PORT OPERATIONS AND FACILITIES ARE OMITTED, HE CALLED ON COMPANIES INVOLVED UNDER THE GENERAL HEADINGS ABOVE TO CO-OPERATE BY FORWARDING COLOUR TRANSPARENCIES OF THEIR OPERATIONS WITH, IF POSSIBLE, A COVERING CAPTION TO MR. G.A. MILWARD, SENIOR MARINE OFFICER (PLANNING), MARINE DEPARTMENT, 102 CONNAUGHT ROAD, CENTRAL, HONG KONG. IN ORDER NOT TO DELAY THE PUBLICATION OF THE BOOK, MATERIALS SHOULD BE FORWARDED NOT LATER THAN JUNE 30.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE PROMOTIONAL BOOK WOULD NOT BE AN ADVERTISING EXERCISE FOR INDIVIDUAL COMPANIES.

HE EMPHASISED THAT IT COULD NOT BE GUARANTEED THAT ANY MATERIAL FORWARDED WOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE BOOK, BUT IT WOULD BE USEFUL IF SUCH MATERIAL COULD BE RETAINED BY THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE FOR OTHER PUBLICATIONS AND BACKGROUND INFORMATION.

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THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HAS CALLED FOR A MULTIPLICITY OF TO TREAT DIFFERENT TYPES OF DRUG IS A LARGE ADDICT POPULATION.

HEALTH SERVICES, DR. G.H. CHOA, TREATMENT METHODS AND PROGRAMMES ADDICTS IN HONG KONG WHERE THERE

SPEAKING AT A RECEPTION THIS AFTERNOON TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE DEPARTMENT’S FIRST METHADONE DETOXIFICATION CENTRE AT VIOLET PEEL CLINIC, HE STRESSED THAT METHADONE TREATMENT IS BUT ONE OF MANY TYPES OF TREATMENT METHODS TO HELP ADDICTS KICK THEIR HABIT.

DR. CHOA EXPLAINED WHY IT WAS NECESSARY TO USE METHADONE IN TWO DIFFERENT WAYS AND WHY DIFFERENT FORMS OF TREATMENT MUST BE PROVIDED FOR DRUG ADDICTS.

+THIS IS BECAUSE THE ADDICTS HAVE DIFFERENT MOTIVES AND REASONS FOR TAKING DRUGS, THEY BELONG TO DIFFERENT AGE-GROUPS, THEY HAVE BEEN TAKING DRUGS FOR VARIOUS PERIODS OF TIME AND THEY TAKE VARIOUS KINDS AND QUANTITIES OF DRUGS,+ HE SAID.

+A METHOD MAY BE SUITABLE FOR SOME BUT NOT OTHERS,+ SAID-DR. CHOA, +FOR INSTANCE, METHADONE MAINTENANCE IS USUALLY PRESCRIBED FOR THE OLD ONES WHO HAVE BEEN ADDICTED FOR SOME TIME BUT NOT THE YOUNGER ONES WHO HAVE ONLY JUST STARTED, FOR WHOM PHYSICAL REHABILITATION IS THE TREATMENT OF CHOICE.+

+DIFFERENT APPROACHES HAVE TO BE USED IN TREATING DIFFERENT TYPES OF ADDICTS, AND IT IS THEREFORE IMPORTANT THAT THERE BE A MULTIPLICITY OR CHOICE OF TREATMENT METHODS AND PROGRAMMES FOR A LARGE ADDICT POPULATION SUCH AS OURS,+ HE SAID.

DR. CHOA POINTED OUT THAT RESULTS OF MEDICAL TREATMENT OF DRUG ADDICTION COULD NOT BE ASSESSED BY THE NUMBER OF +CURES+ BECAUSE IT IS DIFFICULT TO DEFINE WHAT A CURE IS, NOR BY WHAT IS CALLED THE +RETENTION RATE+.

BECAUSE OF THE WIDE DISCREPANCIES BETWEEN DIFFERENT PROGRAMMES TOO MUCH EMPHASIS SHOULD NOT BE PLACED ON EVEN THE RETENTION RATE WHICH COULD BE AS HIGH AS 70 PER CENT IN SOME COUNTRIES OR AS LOW AS 20 PER CENT IN OTHERS, HE SAID.

THE IMPORTANT THING IS TO MAKE FACILITIES VERY EASY FOR THOSE WHO DROP OUT TO RE-ENTER TREATMENT, HE ADDED.

THE DIRECTOR SAID THAT METHADONE, WHETHER USED FOR LONG-TERM MAINTENANCE OR SHORT-TERM DETOXIFICATION, IS NO PANACEA, NOR A +CURE ALL+ FOR DRUG ADDICTS.

+IN USING METHADONE TO TREAT OPIATE ADDICTION WE DO NOT RELY ON ITS PHARMACOLOGICAL ACTION ALONE,+ HE SAID.

+ITS SUBSTITUTION FOR HEROIN OR OPIUM HAS ALSO A CONSIDERABLE PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECT ON THE ADDICTS BECAUSE AFTER DISCARDING THE TIN-FOIL, THE MATCH-BOX, THE SYRING AND NEEDLE, AND THE PIPE, THE ADDICTS LOSE THE STIGMA OF ADD I CT I ON.+

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HOWEVER, DR. CHOA SAID THE MOST IMPORTANT SINGLE FACTOR IN ALL CASES OF ADDICTION TREATMENT IS MOTIVATION AND DETERMINATION ON THE PART OF THE ADDICT HIMSELF.

STRESSING THE IMPORTANCE OF COUNSELLING AND WELFARE ASSISTANCE TO DRUG ADDICTS, T^E DIRECTOR SAID HE HOPED TO PROVIDE CLUB FACILITIES IN THE DETOXIFICATION CENTRE SO THAT THE ADDICTS COULD SPEND SOME OF THEIR SPARE TIME THERE INSTEAD OF FREQUENTING THEIR +OLD HAUNTS+.

SPEAKING AT THE SAME FUNCTION, THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, E.l. LEE, STRESSED THAT THE GOVERNMENT AND-ITS AGENCIES, AND THE VOLUNTARY INSTITUTIONS COULD NOT ALONE ELIMINATE DRUG-ABUSE AND ITS IMPACT ON SOCIETY.

♦ULTIMATE SUCCESS CAN ONLY COME THROUGH A CO-OPERATIVE ENDEAVOUR BETWEEN THEM AND THE WIDER. COMMUNITY TO WHICH WE ALL BELONG,+ HE SAID.

GOVERNMENT POLICY TOWARDS HONG1KONG’S DRUG PROBLEM, HE ADDED, WAS, IN SHORT, TO REDUCE THE SUPPLY OF ILLICIT DRUGS COMING ON TO THE STREETS, AND ALSO THE DEMAND FOR THEM.

MR. LEE SAID THAT +THESE TWO AIMS ARE NOT SEPARATE AND DISTINCT, BUT COMPLEMENTARY AND INTER-DEPENDENT. FOR, WITH EVERY MAJOR SEIZURE AND ARREST BY THE POLICE AND PREVENTIVE SERVICE, THE MORE SCARCE AND EXPENSIVE DRUGS BECOME.+

THIS, HE SAID, PUT PRESSURE ON THE ADDICT EITHER TO OBTAIN MORE MONEY TO SUPPORT HIS HABIT, BY BORROWING OR BY CRIME, OR TO SEEK SOME FORM OF TREATMENT.

+FOR ALL THOSE WHO FALL INTO THIS LATTER CATEGORY, IT IS OUR PURPOSE TO OFFER ALTERNATIVES BY PROVIDING A RANGE OF EASILY AVAILABLE TREATMENT FACILITIES, OF WH ICIfi THIS CLINIC IS THE LATEST.+

BUT MR. LEE POINTED OUT THAT EVEN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION WERE NOT BY THEMSELVES ENOUGH.

♦ALLIED WITH THEM, IMAGINATIVE PROGRAMMES OF PREVENTIVE ACTION AND EDUCATION ARE NEEDED TO ENSURE THAT YOUNG PEOPLE HELD TO BE MOST AT RISK, DO NOT JOIN THE ADDICT RANKS.

♦IN THIS, OTHER PROGRAMMES, NOT DIRECTLY LINKED WITH NARCOTICS, CAN BE OF MATERIAL ASSISTANCE= THESE INCLUDE HOUSING, EMPLOYMENT AND CAREER GUIDANCE, AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES TO PROVIDE HEALTHY AND CONSTRUCTIVE OUTLETS FOR THEIR ENERGIES.+

IN CONCLUSION, THE COMMISSIONER CALLED FOR PUBLIC SUPPORT IN THE STRUGGLE AGAINST DRUG ABUSE.

♦ THERE l-S A NEED FOR COMMUNITY HELP, AT ALL LEVELS, IN ALL OUR PROGRAMMES,+ HE SAID.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 1976.

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INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT PROMOTION MISSION MEETS WITH ENCOURAGING RESPONSE IN EUROPE .............................  1,

INACTION OF TANNERY OWNERS RESPONSIBLE FOR JOBSLESS .......... 2

PROPER PRECAUTIONS NEEDED WHEN ENTERING A CONFINED SPACE ... 3

S.W.D. DIRECTOR VISITS WELFARE ORGAN I SAT IONS .ON CHEUNG CHAU .......................................................   4

DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF RATING AND VALUATION RETIRING ......... 5

MORE CAREER CHOICES OPEN TO SCHOOL LEAVERS ................... 6

WATER CUT IN CHAI WAN AND YAU MA TEI ......................... 6

MA TAU CHUNG GOVERNMENT PR I MARY SCHOOL TO HOLD OPEN DAY .... 7

♦SPECIAL* CAR NUMBERS FOR SALE THIS WEEKEND .................. 7

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED BY S.W.D. FOR SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME ....... 8

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ENCOURAGING NEWS HAS BEEN RECEIVED ABOUT HONG KONG’S LATEST INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT PROMOTION EFFORT IN GERMANY AND SWITZERLAND.

A TELEGRAM SENT FROM GENEVA BY THE LEADER OF THE PROMOTION TEAM, MR. ROY PORTER OF THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT, SAID | +1 AM ENCOURAGED BY THE AMOUNT OF POSITIVE INTEREST WE HAVE MET.+

MR. PORTER SAID THAT EUROPEAN INDUSTRIALISTS WERE VERY INTERESTED IN THE POSSIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING LIGHT TO MEDIUM HEAVY ENGINEERING INDUSTRIES OF A TYPE PARTICULARLY SUITABLE FOR HONG KONG AT ITS PRESENT STAGE OF INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT.

COMPANY EXECUTIVE TO WHOM MR. PORTER SPOKE WERE INTERESTED IN VARIOUS METHODS OF PARTICIPATING IN HONG KONG INDUSTRY, INCLUDING ESTABLISHING WHOLLY-OWNED SUBSIDIARIES, PARTNERSHIPS WITH LOCAL INDUSTRIALISTS AND LICENSING ARRANGEMENTS.

THE THREE-WEEK PROMOTION TOUR ENDED OVER THE WEEKEND. IT TOOK THE TEAM TO SIX CITIES : FRANKFURT, HAMBURG, DUSSELDORF, STUTTGART, ZURICH AND GENEVA.

MR. PORTER MET THE CHIEF EXECUTIVES AND OTHER DECISION-MAKERS IN THE COMPANIES HE VISITED. DISCUSSIONS TOOK PLACE ’AT BOARDROOM LEVEL’, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE TEAM ALSO GAVE TALKS TO REPRESENTATIVE ASSOCIATIONS, INCLUDING THE GERMAN MACHINERY MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION. AS A RESULT, A SENIOR OFFICIAL OF THIS ASSOCIATION WILL BE COMING TO HONG KONG LATER THIS MONTH FOR FURTHER DISCUSSIONS.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT A LOT OF PREPARATORY WORK HAD GONE INTO THE PLANNING OF THE LATEST MISSION. THE DEPARTMENT WROTE TO HUNDREDS OF SWISS AND GERMAN FIRMS. FROM THESE, ABOUT 40 TARGET COMPANIES WERE SELECTED WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF BANKS AND THROUGH THE USE OF MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE D C AND I GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGED THE HELP AND CO-OPERATION IT HAD RECEIVED FROM THE GERMAN AND SWISS CONSULates-general IN HONG KONG, THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL AND BRITISH POSTS IN THE COUNTRIES VISITED.

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RESPONSIBILITY'FOR ANY LOSS OF JOBS WHICH MAY OCCUR WHEN THE SHEUNG SHU I TANNERIES ARE REMOVED AT THE END OF NEXT MONTH (JULY) LIES WITH THE OWNERS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION SAID TODAY. 9

THE TANKERS, HE ADDED, WERE TOLD AS LONG AGO AS FOUR YEARS THAT THEY WOULD HAVE TO LEAVE THEIR PRESENT LOCATION TO GO TO KWAI CHUNG AND HAVE BEEN BUYING LAND ON INSTALMENTS IN THE OFFENSIVE TRADES AREA THERE FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS.

+HOWEVER, THEY HAVE DONE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT DEVELOPING THEIR SITES, ALTHOUGH THEY HAVE KNOWN SINCE DECEMBER, 1973, THAT THE FINAL DATE FOR REMOVAL WOULD BE JULY 31, 1976,+ HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED: +RESPONSIBILITY FOR JOBS WHICH ARE LOST WHEN THE TANNERIES ARE CLOSED LIES, THEREFORE, WITH THE OWNERS THROUGH THEIR INACTION.*

HOWEVER, HE SAID, THE LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WOULD BE SETTING UP AN OFFICE IN THE SHEUNG SHU I AREA TO REGISTER WORKERS REQUIRING ASSISTANCE TO SEEK ALTERNATIVE EMPLOYMENT.

COMMENTING ON RECENT CLAIMS THAT THOUSANDS OF JOBS WOULD BE LOST AS A RESULT OF THE REMOVAL OF THE TANNERIES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THEY EMPLOYED A MAXIMUM 1,000 WORKERS AND POINTED OUT THAT POSSIBLY NONE OF THEM WOULD HAVE HAD TO BE MADE REDUNDANT HAD THE TANNERY OPERATORS KEPT TTHEIR PART OF THE BARGAIN AND RE-ESTABLISHED THEIR FACTORIES AT KWAI CHUNG AS THEY HAD AGREED TO DO MORE THAN THREE YEARS AGO.

+WHEN THE TANNERY OWNERS WERE NOTIFIED OF THE FINAL DATE FOR THEIR REMOVAL, IT WAS MADE CLEAR TO THEM AT THE TIME THAT CONTINUED OPERATION AT SHEUNG SHU I WOULD ONLY BE TOLERATED ON THE STRICT UNDERSTANDING THAT THEY WOULD EVENTUALLY GO TO KWAI CHUNG,+ HE DECLARED.

AS FOR ALLEGATIONS THAT JOBS WOULD BE LOST IN GLOVE MAKING FACTORIES THROUGH DISRUPTION OF SUPPLIES FROM SHEUNG SHU I, THE SPOKESMAN SAID: +WE WROTE SOME TIME AGO TO ALL SUCH FACTORIES IN HONG KONG SUGGESTING THAT, IN VIEW OF THE IMPENDING REMOVAL OF THE SHEUNG SHU I TANNERIES, THEY SHOULD MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO OBTAIN THEIR SUPPLIES ELSEWHERE. ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF SUPPLY ARE AVAILABLE AND ARE, IN FACT, BEING WIDELY USED BY GLOVE MAKING FACTORIES ALREADY. THESE WOULD AT LEAST TIDE THEM OVER UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THE SHEUNG SHU I TANNERIES RE-COMMENCE THEIR OPERATIONS AT KWAI CHUNG. PROVIDED THEY DO THIS, THERE IS NO REASONS FOR ANY REDUNDANCIES TO OCCUR IN THE GLOVE MAKING INDUSTRY.*

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THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT THE REMOVAL OF THE TANNERIES FROM SHEUNG SHU I WAS ESSENTIAL ON THE GROUNDS OF THE HEAVY POLLUTION BEING CAUSED TO THE SUTLEJ RIVER, WHICH FLOWS INTO THE SHAM CHUN RIVER, AND BECAUSE THE AREA WOULD BE NEEDED FOR DEVELOPMENT, INCLUDING HOUSING AND LIGHT INDUSTRY.

+THE PRESENT TANNERIES OPERATION IS SPREAD OUT IN MOSTLY SINGLE STOREY STRUCTURES OVER MORE THAN 600,000 SQUARE FEET OF LAND AND IS, THEREFORE, EXCEEDINGLY WASTEFUL OF LAND RESOURCES,* HE SAID.

HE REPEATED GOVERNMENT’S RESOLVE TO GO AHEAD WITH THE REMOVAL ON JULY 31, STATING: +THERE IS.NO POSSIBILITY THAT THIS DATE CAN BE ALTERED. WE STRONGLY URGE THE OPERATORS TO BEGIN IMMEDIATELY MAKING MOVES TO DEVELOP THEIR KWAI CHUNG SITES SO THAT THEY CAN CARRY ON THEIR TANNERY BUSINESSES.* HE ADDED THAT THE TANNERS HAD REQUESTED MORE LAND AT KWAI CHUNG AND GOVERNMENT HAD OFFERED AN ADDITIONAL 100,000 SQUARE FEET.

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THE RECENT ACCIDENT IN WHICH TWO MEN DIED AFTER ENTERING A WATER WELL AT A FACTORY SITE IN SHA TIN WAS A TRAGIC ILLUSTRATION OF THE NEED FOR PEOPLE TO TAKE PROPER PRECAUTIONS WHEN ENTERING A CONFINED SPACE, THE ACTING DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR. M.C. LAO, SAID TODAY.

IN THE ACCIDENT AT A FACTORY IN PAK SHEK VILLAGE, SHA TIN, LAST THURSDAY, THREE MEN COLLAPSED AND TWO OF THEM DIED, AFTER ENTERING THE WELL. A LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S INVESTIGATION SHOWED THAT THERE WAS A DEFICIENCY OF OXYGEN IN THE AIR (ONLY SEVEN PER CENT) IN THE WELL AND THAT THERE WERE ALSO TRACES OF EXPLOSIVE FUMES.

MR. LAO SAID THAT UNDER THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (CONFINED SPACES) REGULATIONS WHICH CAME INTO FORCE IN 1973 A WELL WAS DEFINED AS A CONFINED SPACE, AND A FREE GUIDE TO THESE REGULATIONS WAS ISSUED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IN THE SAME YEAR.

ONE OF THE PRECAUTIONARY REQUIREMENTS WAS THAT WORKERS SHOULD WEAR APPROVED BREATHING APPARATUS AND SHOULD HAVE THE PERMISSION 'OF THE PROPRIETOR TO ENTER THE CONFINED SPACE.

THE SHA TIN CASE IS STILL BEING INVESTIGATED BY THE LABOUR DEPAR7MENT. MEANWHILE, THE FACTORY MANAGEMENT HAS BEEN ADVISED TO PUT A NOTICE WARNING PEOPLE NOT TO ENTER THE WELL OR BRING INFLAMMABLE MATERIALS NEAR IT.

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DSW VISITS WELFARE ORGANISATIONS ON CHEUNG CHAU

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THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, TODAY (TUESDAY) VISITED A NUMBER OF WELFARE ORGANISATIONS ON CHEUNG CHAU TO SEE SOME OF THE SERVICES PROVIDED FOR THE RESIDENTS ON THE ISLAND.

HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR, MR. JIMMY SWEETMAN AND MR. CHE YUE-KEE, PRINCIPAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER.

THE PARTY FIRST VISITED THE CHEUNG CHAU CHILDREN’S HOME FOR THE MENTALLY RETARDED RUN BY THE SALVATION ARMY. THEY WERE SHOWN AROUND BY MAJOR G. GILDEN, THE SOCIAL SERVICE SECRETARY. AFTER THE TOUR, THEY DISCUSSED PLANS FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE HOME.

THE PARTY THEN VISITED THE MING FAI CAMP AND 01 FAI CAMP WHICH PROVIDE DORMITORY AND TENTING FACILITIES FOR CAMPERS. THE CAMPS ARE MANAGED BY THE CARITAS. AT THE TIME OF THE VISIT, ABOUT 170 PUPILS FROM WONG TAI SIN PRIMARY SCHOOL AND 70 PUPILS FROM LA SALLE PRIMARY SCHOOL WERE CAMPING THERE.

AFTERWARDS, THEY SPENT NEARLY AN HOUR TOURING THE LUI KWAN POK AND CHAN EN MEI NURSERIES, BOTH GOVERNMENT-SUBVENTED DAY NURSERIES OPERATED BY THE INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE. DURING THE TOUR, THEY SAW SOME OF THE EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES PROVIDED IN THE NURSERIES FOR ABOUT 300 CHILDREN BETWEEN TWO - AND SIX YEARS OLD.

THE PARTY MADE THEIR LAST STOP AT THE CHEUNG CHAU RURAL COMMITTEE YOUTH CENTRE. THE CENTRE, OPENED IN APRIL LAST YEAR, PROMOTES AND CO-ORDINATES COMMUNITY AND YOUTH ACTIVITIES IN CHEUNG CHAU. IT PROVIDES FACILITIES FOR FRIENDSHIP CLUBS, INTEREST GROUPS AND OTHER YOUTH ACTIVITIES.

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RETIREMENT OF DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF RATING AND VALUATION

MR. T.F. EDWARDS, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF RATING AND VALUATION, IS RETIRING AFTER 26 YEARS WITH THE DEPARTMENT.

MR. EDWARDS WAS APPOINTED A RATING AND VALUATION SURVEYOR IN 1950. HE BECAME A SENIOR RATING AND VALUATION SURVEYOR IN 1961, ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER IN 1967 AND ACHIEVED HIS PRESENT RANK IN 1973.

DURING HIS SERVICE, MR. EDWARDS HAS BEEN VERY CLOSELY ASSOCIATED WITH THE DEPARTMENT’S TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR LOCAL VALUATION ASSISTANTS, WHICH, SINCE 1954, HAS PRODUCED 47 CHARTERED SURVEYORS TO FILL THE PROFESSIONAL RANKS OF THE DEPARTMENT. HE HAS SERVED ON MANY OCCASIONS AS A MEMBER OF COMPENSATION BOARDS UNDER THE CROWN LANDS RESUMPTION ORDINANCE.

AS DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS HE HAS BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GENERAL ADMINISTRATION OF THE DEPARTMENT, AND HAS ACTED AS COMMISSIONER ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS.

IN HIS EARLY YEARS, MR. EDWARDS SERVED IN THE AUXILIARY POLICE (MARINE), AND WAS APPOINTED AN OFFICIAL JUSTICE OF THE PEACE IN 1970. HE IS A FELLOW OF THE ROYAL INSTITUTION OF CHARTERED SURVEYORS AND AN ASSOCIATE MEMBER OF THE INSTITUTE OF HOUSING MANAGERS.

MR. EDWARDS WILL BE LEAVING HONG KONG WITH HIS WIFE ON OR ABOUT JUNE 24 AND, AFTER SOME TRAVELLING AROUND THE WORLD, EXPECTS TO SETTLE IN ENGLAND.

IN APPRECIATION OF HIS LONG AND DEVOTED SERVICE, THE COMMISSIONER, MR. R.A. FRY, WILL BE PRESENTING TO MR. EDWARDS, ON BEHALF OF THE STAFF OF THE DEPARTMENT, A SLIDE PROJECTOR AND CHINESE CARVINGS AT A DINNER TO BE HELD IN HIS HONOUR AT THE LUK KOWK HOTEL ON THURSDAY (JUNE 10).

MR. C.M. STEWARD, ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER, WHO IS PRESENTLY ON LEAVE IN ENGLAND, HAS BEEN APPOINTED TO SUCCEED MR. EDWARDS AND MR. HUI MAN-SHING, PRINCIPAL RATING AND VALUATION SURVEYOR, WILL BECOME ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER. MR. HUI, WHO JOINED THE DEPARTMENT 20 YEARS AGO AS A VALUATION ASSISTANT III, IS THE FIRST LOCAL OFFICER TO REACH DIRECTORATE STAFF LEVEL IN THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO HAVE THE PRESENTATION COVERED. IT WILL TAKE PLACE AT LUK KWOK HOTEL AT ABOUT 9 P.M.

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CAREERS SEMINAR OPENS MMMMMM

YOUNG PEOPLE NO LONGER AUTOMATICALLY FOLLOW THEIR FATHERS’ FOOTSTEPS IN CHOOSING A CAREER NOWADAYS, SAID MR. DAVID LIN, ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR TODAY (TUESDAY).

OPENING THE CAREERS SEMINAR ORGANISED BY THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AT QUEEN’S COLLEGE, CAUSEWAY BAY, HE SAID THAT THIS CHANGE OF TRADITION GAVE YOUNG PEOPLE GREATER FREEDOM IN CHOOSING CAREERS INDEPENDENT OF FAMILY INFLUENCE.

MR. LIN POINTED OUT THAT WITH THE FAST GROWTH OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG, YOUTH TODAY HAD MORE AVENUES TO CAREERS.

UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES, HE SAID, YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD BE PARTICULARLY CAREFUL IN CHOOSING A. CAREER THAT WOULD SUIT THEM BEST AND WITH WHICH THEY WOULD BE HAPPY.

HE ALSO ADVISED THAT THEY SHOULD TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THEIR PARENTS’ OPINION WHEN EVALUATING THEIR CHARACTERS, INTEREST AND OTHER ASPECTS IN RELATION TO JOB OPPORTUNITIES.

ABOUT 1,000 STUDENTS ARE ATTENDING TODAY’S SEMINAR - THE FIRST OF A SERIES OF THREE SEMINARS PLANNED BY YEAS FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL LEAVERS WHO FINISH THEIR CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION THIS MONTH.

THE SAME SEMINAR WILL BE HELD AGAIN TOMORROW WHEN ANOTHER 1,000 STUDENTS WILL ATTEND.

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN CHAI WAN AND YAU HA TEI WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR FIVE HOURS STARTING FROM 1 A.M. ON THURSDAY (JUNE 10) TO ENABLE THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT LEAKAGE TESTS.

IN CHAI WAN, THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY 399 CHAI WAN RAOD, 8-12 ON YIP STREET, 1-9 SUN YIP STREET, INCLUDING THE CALTEX SERVICE FILLING STATION, THE CHINA MOTOR BUS GARAGE AND THE CHAI WAN RESITE AREA.

IN YAU MA TEI, PREMISES BOUNDED BY NATHAN ROAD, WATERLOO ROAD, RECLAMATION STREET, SHEK LUNG STREET, TAK CHEONG STREET, THE SEA FRONT, DUNDAS STREET, SHANGHAI STREET AND PITT STREET, INCLUDING TUNG ON STREET, HAMILTON STREET AND CANTON ROAD, ARE AFFECTED.

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THE MA TAU CHUNG GOVERNMENT PRIMARY AM AND PM" SCHOOLS WILL HOLD ITS OPEN DAY ON THURSDAY (JUNE 10) FROM 9 A.M. TO 12 NOON AND 2 P.M. TO 5 P.M.

AMONG THE EXHIBITS WILL BE A PROJECT ON +TRANSPORTATION IN HONG KONG.+

THIS IS THE FIRST PROJECT OF ITS KIND CARRIED OUT BY A PRIMARY SCHOOL.

ALL MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE EVENT COVERED. MA TAU CHUNG GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOL IS AT 1, FUK CHEUNG STREET, KOWLOON CITY..

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+SPECIAL+ CAR NUMBERS FOR SALE * M * M M *

MOTORISTS WILL HAVE THE CHANCE OF BUYING +SPECIAL+ NUMBERS FOR THEIR CARS THIS WEEKEND WHILE AT THE SAME TIME HELPING LOCAL CHARITIES.

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD ANOTHER AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR REGISTRATION NUMBERS ON SATURDAY, JUNE 12. THE AUCTION WILL BEGIN AT 10 A.M. IN THE LECTURE ROOM (SOUTH) OF THE CITY HALL HIGH BLOCK.

FIFTEEN NUMBERS WILL BE OFFERED TO THE PUBLIC. THEY ARE

AE 8383 3245 BD 33

XX 800 3930 BD 3883

AA 7000 9722 BE 1

AC 99 BB 595 BH 2828

AZ 1111- BD 6 BJ 7788

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS MUST FAY AFTER THE CLOSE OF BIDDING.

IN CASH OR BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN REMINDED BIDDERS THAT THE VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBER WILL BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO A VEHICLE REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THE AUCTION.

PROCEEDS OF THE AUCTION WILL AS USUAL GO INTO THE-GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND.

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RECRUITMENT OF SUMMER VOLUNTEERS

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THE SHAM SHU I PO YOUTH CENTRE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IS NOW RECRUITING YOUNG VOLUNTEER WORKERS FOR THE OPERATION OF THIS YEAR’S SUMMER PROGRAMME.

YOUNGSTERS INTERESTED TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY IN THE SUMMER MONTHS ARE ASKED TO APPLY TO THE YOUTH CENTRE AT 88 YU CHAU STREET BEFORE JULY 2, 1976.

A TRAINING COURSE WILL BE ORGANISED FOR THEM IN MID-JULY WHEN THEY WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE BASIC CONCEPT AND KNOWLEDGE OF VOLUNTEER service.

THE VOLUNTEERS WILL LATER BE ASKED TO TAKE PART IN VARIOUS ACTIVITIES ORGANISED FOR THE RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THEY WOULD HAVE A CHANCE TO DEVELOP THEIR LEADERSHIP SKILL AND THEIR SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY TO THE COMMUNITY BY PARTICIPATING IN THESE ACTIVITIES.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9, 1976

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

WORKERS MAY GET FOUR EXTRA PAID HOLIDAYS NEXT YEAR ..............................................1

ADVANCE COMPENSATION PAYMENT SCHEME FOR SMALL

BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY CONSTRUCTION OF THE MTR .... 3

MEDICINES FOR EMERGENCY TREATMENT ARE EASILY OBTAINABLE ....................................... 3

MORE STAFF TO MANAGE THE EXISTING AND PROPOSED COUNTRY PARKS .................................... 4

OVER TWO MILLION YOUNGSTERS EXPECTED TO TAKE PART 'IN SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME THIS YEAR ............. 4

MAC’S WILL BE ASKED TO HELP PREVENT PEOPLE FROM . THROWING OBJECTS FROM HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS ....... 5

SHA TSUI DETENTION CENTRE ......................... 5

STEPS TO PREVENT CASES OF INDECENT ASSAULT IN PUBLIC BATHROOMS OF THE OLDER HOUSING ESTATES ........... 6

SEVEN BILLS BECOME LAW ............................7

REQUIEM MASS FOR MR. M.D.A. CLINTON ............... 7

CIVIL SERVANTS GET PAY INCREASES .................. 8

TWO BUILDINGS AND ILLEGAL STRUCTURES CONDEMNED .... 9

TALK ON FOOD HYGIENE FOR HOUSEWIVES ............... 10

WATER CUT IN SHAM SHU I PO ........................ 10

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EXTRA PAID HOLIDAYS FOR WORKERS . M * M * *

THE HON. NEIL HENDERSON, ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY THAT THE TIME WAS NOW RIPE FOR THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF PAID STATUTORY HOLIDAYS FROM SIX TO TEN.

IN MOVING THE SECOND-READING OF THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, MR. HENDERSON SAID IT WAS PART OF THE CONTINUOUS PROCESS OF REVIEWING, REVISING AND IMPROVING THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE. HE SAID THAT AT THE OPENING OF THE CURRENT SESSION OF THE COUNCIL IT WAS DISCLOSED THAT THE PROPOSAL TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF STATUTORY HOLIDAYS WOULD BE STUDIED FURTHER IN THE LIGHT OF THE ECONOMIC SITUATION PREVAILING..

AS THE SITUATION HAD MARKEDLY IMPROVED SINCE'THEN, HE FELT THAT THE EXTRA HOLIDAYS SHOULD BECOME EFFECTIVE FROM JANUARY 1, 1977.

THE FOUR NEW HOLIDAYS PROPOSED AREs THE THIRD DAY OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR- THE FIRST WEEK DAY IN JULY OR ALTERNATIVELY THE FIRST MONDAY IN AUGUST- THE CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL AND THE CHINESE WINTER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL OR ALTERNATIVELY CHRISTMAS DAY. THEY AFFECT ALL MANUAL WORKERS AND ALL THOSE NON-MANUAL WORKERS EARNING LESS THAN $2,000 A MONTH, WHO ARE COVERED BY THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

MR. HENDERSON SAID THAT THE PROPOSALS, WHICH AIMED TO BRING HONG KONG MORE IN LINE WITH ITS NEIGHBOURS IN EAST AND SOUTHEAST ASIA, HAS HAD THE FULL SUPPORT OF THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD AND GENERAL SUPPORT FROM THE EMPLOYERS’ ASSOCIATIONS.

MR. HENDERSON POINTED OUT THAT IN SUGGESTING THESE PARTICULAR HOLIDAYS HE HAD BEEN GUIDED BY THREE CONS IDERAT IONSi-

K THAT NEW HOLIDAYS SHOULD CO-1 NCIDE WITH GENERAL HOLIDAYS WHERE POSSIBLE-

X THAT GENERALLY'SPEAKING EITHER THE HOLIDAY OR ITS ALTERNATIVE SHOULD BE ONE THAT HAS A TRADITIONAL MEANING FOR THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE POPULATION- AND

M THAT THERE WAS SOME ADVANTAGE FOR WORKERS IN TRYING TO. SPACE OUT THE STATUTORY PAID HOLIDAYS FAIRLY EVENLY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

MR. HENDERSON SAID CONSULTATIONS WERE HELD WITH THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS AND STAFF OF THE DIRECTORATE OF HOME AFFAIRS.

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THE HOLIDAYS AND ALTERNATIVES SPECIFIED IN THE BILL, HE SAID, GAVE CONSIDERABLE FLEXIBILITY IN THE APPROACH TO DESIGNATING HOLIDAYS, NOT ONLY BECAUSE OF THE ALTERNATIVES ACTUALLY LISTED, BUT ALSO BECAUSE THE EXISTING LEGISLATION ENABLED A SUBSTITUTE HOLIDAY TO BE GIVEN WITH DUE NOTICE EITHER SIXTY DAYS BEFORE OF AFTER THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY.

MR. HENDERSON SAID THAT THERE WAS A SUGGESTION THAT THE FOURTH DAY OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR HOLIDAY SHOULD REPLACE THE PROPOSED HOL(DAY IN JULY OR AUGUST BECAUSE THESE TWO MONTHS WERE CONSIDERED TO BE A BUSY PERIOD FOR INDUSTRY PREPARING FOR THE CHRISTMAS TRADE.

HOWEVER HE THOUGHT IT WAS DESIRABLE THAT THERE SHOULD BE A STATUTORY PAID HOLIDAY DURING THE HOT SUMMER MONTHS, WHICH WERE RATHER BARREN OF TRADITIONAL HOLIDAYS.

BOTH THE JULY AND AUGUST HOLIDAYS WERE GENERAL HOLIDAYS WHILE THE FOURTH DAY OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR WAS NOT, HE ADDED.

THE CHINESE WINTER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL HAD A VERY STRONG TRADITIONAL APPEAL. THOUGH IT IS NOT A GENERAL HOLIDAY, IT WAS ALLOWED FOR UNDER THE OLD INDUSTRIAL EMPLOYMENT (HOLIDAYS WITH PAY AND SICKNESS ALLOWANCE) ORDINANCE AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO CHRISTMAS DAY AND ITS LOSS UNDER THE PRESENT EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE WAS ON THE WHOLE STRONGLY RESENTED BY WORKERS, SAID MR. HENDERSON.

COMMENTING ON A SUGGESTION FROM ONE OF THE EMPLOYERS’ ASSOCIATIONS THAT THE INCREASE BE CARRIED OUT IN TWO STAGES -TWO ADDITIONAL PAID HOLIDAYS IN 1977 AND TWO IN 1978 - MR. HENDERSON SAID HE SAW LITTLE TO BE GAINED BY THIS PROPOSAL AND A GREAT DEAL OF LABOUR GOOD-WILL COULD BE LOST.

MR. HENDERSON SAID THAT HE DID NOT THINK THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE NEW STATUTORY PAID HOLIDAYS WOULD BE VERY MARKED.

+EVEN SPEAKING THEORETICALLY THE EFFECT ON WAGE BILLS FOR THOSE WHO ARE DAILY-RATED OR PIECE-RATED WOULD INCREASE AT THE MOST BY ABOUT 1.3 PER CENT.

♦FURTHERMORE THERE ARE PROBABLY HIDDEN BENEFITS IN BETTER PRODUCTIVITY AND'HIGHER STAFF MORALE,+ HE ADDED.

THE DEBATE ON THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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ADVANCE COMPENSATION PAYMENT SCHEME FOR BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY CONSTRUCTION OF MTR •> M K H M

THE GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED IN PRINCIPLE TO INSTITUTE A SCHEME TO PAY ADVANCES TO RELIEVE HARDSHIP IN SMALL BUSINESSES SERIOUSLY AFFECTED BY CONSTRUCTION OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY.

’ THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON.

A.T. ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT, SAID THIS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. LI FOOK-WO ON WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WILL INTRODUCE SUCH A SCHEME.

+THESE ADVANCES WILL BE DEDUCTIBLE FROM FINAL CLAIMS AWARDED UNDER THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY (LAND RESUMPTION AND RELATED PROVISIONS) ORDINANCE,* MR. ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT SAID.

♦DETAILS OF THE SCHEME WILL BE ANNOUNCED AS SOON AS THEY HAVE BEEN FINALISED, AND PROVIDED THAT FUNDS FOR ADVANCES AND ADM IN ISTRA TION COSTS ARE APPROVED BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THIS COUNCIL,* HE ADDED.

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MEDICINES FOR EMERGENCY TREATMENT EASILY OBTAINABLE K M * * M M

ADEQUATE SAFEGUARDS ARE TAKEN TO ENSURE THAT THERE IS NO DELAY IN OBTAINING DRUGS OR MEDICINES FOR EMERGENCY TREATMENT IN GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS AT ANY TIME, THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR. THE HON. GERALD CHOA ASSURED THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM DR. THE HON. HARRY FANG, HE SAID THAT A STOCK OF STANDARD DRUGS AND MEDICINES USUALLY REQUIRED FOR EMERGENCY TREATMENT WAS KEPT IN THE WARDS AND CASUALTY DEPARTMENTS OF GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS, WHILE OTHERS WERE OBTAINABLE FROM THE PHARMACY DEPARTMENTS.

+THESE PHARMACY DEPARTMENTS ARE OPEN ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS TO REPLENISH THE SUPPLY OF DRUGS AND MEDICINES TO THE WARDS AND CASUALTY DEPARTMENT,* DR. CHOA SAID.

IN THE MAJOR HOSPITALS, HE ADDED, FURTHER SUPPLIES COULD BE OBTAINED AFTER OFFICE HOURS FROM A CENTRALISED EMERGENCY MEDICINE CUPBOARD WHICH IS CONVENIENTLY SITUATED.

+IN ADDITION, THERE ARE PHARMACISTS AND SENIOR DISPENSERS ON CALL DUTIES AND THEY ARE AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY FOR ANY MATTER CONCERNING THE SUPPLY OF DRUGS AND MEDICINES FOR EMERGENCY TREATMENT,* DR. CHOA SAID.

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MORE STAFF FOR COUNTRYSIDE MANAGEMENT ORGANISATION M * * * * *

FUNDS HAVE BEEN INCLUDED IN THE 1976/77 ESTIMATES TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL STAFF FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF EXISTING AND PROPOSED COUNTRY PARKS, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON. A.T. ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. JOHN BREMRIDGE, HE SAID THAT STAFF FOR THE COUNTRYSIDE MANAGEMENT ORGANISATION OF ' THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT WOULD BE INCREASED FROM ABOUT 600 TO 722 TO COVER THE EXISTING AREAS MANAGED AND TO MAN TWO ADDITIONAL MANAGEMENT CENTRES AT SAI KUNG.

+ALSO CONSIDERATION IS BEING GIVEN TO THE CREATION OF FOUR ADDITIONAL POSTS OF SENIOR AND PROFESSIONAL OFFICERS TO HELP OVERSEE COUNTRYSIDE MANAGEMENT.+ f ■ ■

IN ADDITION, MR. ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT SAID, PROPOSALS FOR EXTENDING COUNTRYSIDE MANAGEMENT SERVICES TO COVER THE REMAINING AREAS OF SCENIC COUNTRYSIDE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WERE BEING FORMULATED.

+IF APPROVED AND SUBJECT TO FUNDS BEING MADE AVAILABLE THE IMPLEMENTATION WILL BE PHASED OVER A NUMBER OF YEARS AND ADDITIONAL STAFF WILL BE PROVIDED AS EACH PHASE IS DEVELOPED,+ HE SAID.


SUMMER RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR.YOUTHS ******

OVER TWO MILLION YOUNG PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE PART IN THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFARIS, THE HON. LI FOOK-KOW TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. OSWALD CHEUNG, MR. LI SAID THAT THE PROGRAMME, CONSISTING OF 5,000 EVENTS, WOULD BE ORGANISED BY THREE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, THE URBAN COUNCIL, THE ARMY, 32 VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND 620 SCHOOLS.

IT INCLUDED CAMPING, EXCURSIONS. SPORT COMPETITIONS, SWIMMING LESSONS AND A VARIETY OF ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS.

APART FROM INVOLVING YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE PLANNING AND ORGANISATION OF THESE EVENTS, MR. LI SAID, THERE WOULD ALSO BE ABOUT 200 TRAINING COURSES ON YOUTH LEADERSHIP, CANOEING, First aid and special interest groups.

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OBJECTS THROWN FROM HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS .

CITY DISTRICT OFFICERS WILL SEEK THE HELP OF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES IN EDUCATING THEIR FELLOW RESIDENTS IN MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS NOT TO THROW OBJECTS OUT OF WINDOWS, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON. LI FOOK-KOW, SAID TODAY.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTIONS BY THE HON. MISS KO SIU-WAH IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WOULD TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC FROM INJURY CAUSED BY OBJECTS THROWN OUT OF HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS.

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MR. LI SAID ACTION HAD ALSO BEEN TAKEN BY POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICERS IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS TO URGE PEOPLE LIVING. IN HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS NOT TO THROW OBJECTS OUT OF WINDOWS.

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THESE INCLUDED DISCUSSIONS WITH KAIFONG ASSOCIATIONS, PUBLICITY IN THE PRESS AND ON TELEVISION THROUGH THE JUNIOR POLICE CALL PROGRAMME.

SHA TSUI DETENTION CENTRE * * * * *

OF THE TOTAL OF 1,965 PERSONS DISCHARGED FROM THE SHA TSUI CENTRE AND TONG FUK CENTRE, 107 (OR 5.45 PER CENT) HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF CRIMES OF VIOLENCE SUBSEQUENT TO THEIR DISCHARGE, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON. LEWIS DAVIES SAID TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. PETER WILLIAMS IN -THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, HE SAID THAT SINCE THE SHA TSUI CENTRE WAS OPENED IN JUNE 1972, 1,371 PERSONS HAD BEEN DISCHARGED FROM IT AND A FURTHER 594 PERSONS FROM THE TONG FUK CENTRE.

HOWEVER, MR. DAVIES SAID HE DID NOT KNOW HOW MANY OF THOSE DISCHARGED FROM SHA TSUI CENTRE HAD SUBSEQUENTLY ACTUALLY COMMITTED CRIMES OF VIOLENCE.

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POSSIBLE ROLE OF MACS IN PREVENTING INDECENT ASSAULT CASES IN HOUSING ESTATES *****

THE GOVERNMENT WILL FIND OUT WHAT MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES CAN DO TO HELP PREVENT CASES OF INDECENT ASSAULT IN PUBLIC BATHROOMS IN THE OLDER PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES, THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, THE HON. IAN LIGHTBODY SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IT WILL' ALSO FIND OUT WHETHER THE PROBLEM IS REGARDED BY THE TENANTS THEMSELVES AS SERIOUS ENOUGH TO WARRANT FORMING SUCH COMMITTEES WHERE NONE EXIST NOW.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. MRS. JOYCE SYMONS ON WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WOULD TAKE STEPS, PERHAPS WITH THE HELP OF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, TO PREVENT CASES OF INDECENT ASSAULT. . .

MR. LIGHTBODY SAID IT WAS TRUE THE COMMUNAL TOILETS AND BATHROOMS IN THE 250 OLD MARK I AND I I ESTATE BLOCKS PRESENTED PROBLEM OF THIS SORT AND IN THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS QF THIS YEAR, THREE RAPES AND 14 INDECENT ASSAULTS WERE REPORTED.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE HOUSING AUTHORITY HAD SEVERAL YEARS AGO PUT IN HAND A MAJOR PROGRAMME FOR IMPROVING DOORS AND SECURITY ARRANGEMENTS IN THESE COMMUNAL AREAS AT A COST OF $3-1/2 MILLION.

+THIS WORK WAS COMPLETED IN 1974 IN 10 OF THE 12 ESTATES INVOLVED- SHEK KIP MEI AND TAI HANG TUNG ESTATES WERE LEFT UNTOUCHED ONLY BECAUSE THEIR REDEVELOPMENT WAS EITHER PROCEEDING OR WAS IMMINENT,* HE SAID. +1 UNDERSTAND THAT THESE EXTRA SAFEGUARDS HAVE IMPROVED THE SITUATION TO SOME EXTENT.*

HE ADDED THAT THESE IMPROVEMENTS WOULD GIVE BETTER PROTECTION IF THE ESTATES HAD THE CARETAKER SERVICE PROVIDED IN OTHER ESTATES OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY.

♦UNFORTUNATELY, THE NEED FOR ECONOMICS DURING THE LAST TWO YEARS HAS DELAYED THE INTRODUCTION OF THIS SERVICE INTO THESE OLD ESTATES,* MR. LIGHTBODY SAID.

HOWEVER, IT IS HOPED TO HAVE A SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER OF CARETAKERS IN POST BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

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BILLS PASSED MM * jfr*

SEVEN BILLS PASSED THROUGH THEIR COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THREE OF THEM — THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, THE MAGISTRATES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976 AND THE POLICE FORCE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976 — WERE PASSED WITH AMENDMENTS.

THE OTHERS WERE THE ESTATE DUTY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976. THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, THE STAMP (AMENDMENT) (NO.2) 1976, THE DUTIABLE COMMODITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976. THE PURPOSE OF T?IE FIRST THREE BILLS WAS TO IMPLEMENT SOME. OF THE 1976 BUDGET PROPOSALS WHILE THE OTHER SET OUT TO RESTORE METHY ALCOHOL AS A DUTIABLE COMMODITY.

TEN BILLS WERE INTRODUCED FOR FIRST AND SECOND READING.

THEY WERE THE WIDOWS AND ORPHANS PENSION (INCREASE) BILL 1976, THE CREDIT UNIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, THE TELEPHONE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, THE HOUSING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, THE HONG KONG AIRPORT (REGULATIONS) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, THE IMMIGRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, THE WILD ANIMALS PROTECTION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, THE ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976 AND THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976.

DEBATE ON THEM WAS ADJOURNED.

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REQUIEM MASS FOR M.D.A.’ CLINTON M M K * *

A REQUIEM MASS FOR THE LATE MR. M.D.A. CLINTON, WILL BE HELD AT ST. JOSEPH’S CHURCH, GARDEN ROAD, AT 5.30 P.M. ON TUESDAY (JUNE 15).

MR. CLINTON, WHO RETIRED AS DEPUTY COLONIAL SECRETARY LAST NOVEMBER, DIED IN DORSET, ENGLAND ON MAY 31, 1976 AT THE AGE OF 58.

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PAY INCREASES FOR CIVIL SERVANTS

X X X X X X

THE FINANCE COMMITTEE TODAY APPROVED SALARY INCREASES FOR CIVIL SERVANTS. FOR THOSE ON THE MASTER PAY SCALE, IN THE DISCIPLINED SERVICES AND MINOR STAFF, THE INCREASE WILL.BE APPROXIMATELY 13 PER CENT. FOLLOWING" A RECOMMENDATION OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON DIRECTORATE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE, SENIOR CIVIL SERVANTS OU THE DIRECTORATE SCALE WILL RECEIVE INCREASES RANGING FROM APPROXIMATELY 12-1/2 PER CENT TO 10 PER CENT.

THE INCREASES TAKE EFFECT FROM APRIL 1 THIS YEAR AND WILL BE PAID THIS MONTH. THE ESTIMATED ANNUAL COST OF THE INCREASES IS $353 MILLION WHICH INCLUDES $101 MILLION FOR STAFF IN SUBVERTED ORGANISATIONS SUCH AS SCHOOLS AND HOSPITALS.

COMMENTING ON THE EFFECT OF THIS INCREASED COST OF THE CIVIL SERVICE ON THE BUDGET FOR 1976-77, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY HAD TAKEN THE POSSIBILITY OF AN INCREASE IN SALARIES INTO ACCOUNT WHEN PREPARING HIS BUDGET STATEMENT LAST FEBRUARY. HE POINTED OUT THAT THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY DID SAY, HOWEVER, THAT A FINAL VIEW ON WHAT COULD BE • AFFORDED WOULD DEPEND TO SOME EXTENT , ON THE TIMING OF THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY. ALL THE INDICATIONS NOW ARE, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED, THAT THE RECOVERY IS WELL UNDER WAY AND THAT THE BUDGET FORECASTS OF THE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND PUBLIC REVENUE WILL BE REALISED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THESE INCREASES WERE THE FIRST SINCE APRIL 1974 AND FOLLOWED LONG DISCUSSIONS WITH THE THREE MAIN STAFF ASSOCIATIONS REPRESENTED IN THE SENIOR CIVIL SERVICE COUNCIL. THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE SAID THAT GOVERNMENT GREATLY APPRECIATED THE RESTRAINT AND RESPONSIBLE ATTITUDE OF THE STAFF ASSOCIATIONS AND CIVIL SERVANTS DURING THESE DISCUSSIONS.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE POLICY THAT CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES SHOULD FOLLOW THOSE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, THE INCREASES ARE BASED ON EVIDENCE OF PAY MOVEMENTS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. THE MAIN EVIDENCE OF PRIVATE SECTOR PAY MOVEMENTS WAS PROVIDED BY PAY INVESTIGATION UNIT PAY TREND SURVEYS COVERING 68 COMPANIES. THE FIRST SHOWED THAT BETWEEN APRIL 1974 AND APRIL 1975 THERE WAS AN AVERAGE INCREASE IN PAY IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR OF APPROXIMATELY 9 PER CENT- AND A SECOND SURVEY INDICATED THAT BETWEEN APRIL 1975 AND APRIL 1976 THERE WAS AN AVERAGE INCREASE OF APPROXIMATELY 4 PER CENT.

THESE INCREASES MEAN THAT THE SALARY OF A CLERICAL ASSISTANT GOES UP FROM THE PRESENT $645 A MONTH TO $730 AT THE MINIMUM, AND FROM $1,340 A MONTH TO $1,515 A MONTH AT THE MAXIMUM. THE SALARY OF A SENIOR ENGINEER ON THE MAXIMUM OF THE SCALE WILL INCREASE FROM $7,810 A MONTH TO $8,800 A MONTH.

THE PAY OF AN UNSKILLED LABOURER ON THE BOTTOM OF THE SCALE WILL INCREASE FROM THE PRESENT $745 A MONTH PLUS $60 COST OF LIVING ALLOWANCE TO $840 A MONTH. THE COST OF LIVING ALLOWANCE IS INCLUDED IN THE REVISED RATE FOR MINOR STAFF.

THE MINIMUM SALARY OF A POLICE CONSTABLE GOES UP FROM THE PRESENT $1,090 A MONTH TO $1,230 A MONTH. A STATION SERGEANT ON THE MAXIMUM GOES FROM $2,365 A MONTH TO $2,675 A MONTH.

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DANGEROUS BUILDINGS IN KOWLOON

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY DECLARED NO. 247 TEMPLE STREET TO BE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION AND NO. 245 TEMPLE STREET LIABLE TO BECOME DANGEROUS AND ORDERED THE DEMOLITION OF BOTH BUILDINGS.

THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THAT THESE THREE-STOREY PRE-WAR BUILDINGS ARE CONSTRUCTED WITH REINFORCED CONCRETE FLOORS AND ROOFS SUPPORTED ON LOAD-BEARING WALLS.

NO. 249 TEMPLE STREET IS A VACANT SITE, AND THE EXPOSED PARTY WALL SHARED WITH NO.247 HAS SETTLED AND MOVED SLIGHTLY OUTWARDS. THERE ARE SERIOUS FRACTURES IN THE PARTY WALL, AND ALSO FRACTURES IN SOME REINFORCED CONCRETE SLABS AND BEAMS. IT IS CONSIDERED THAT NO.247 TEMPLE STREET IS NOW IN DANGER OF COLLAPSE.

NO. 245 TEMPLE STREET WOULD BE ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY THE COLLAPSE OR DEMOLITION OF NO.247, WITH WHICH IT SHARES A COMMON STAIRCASE.

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS IN KOWLOON DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 A.M. ON JULY 7, 1976 WERE POSTED TODAY.

ALSO DECLARED TO BE LIABLE TO BECOME DANGEROUS BY THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY WERE STRUCTURES ON THE ROOF OF 20-24 LO TAK COURT, TSUEN ON BUILDING, TSUEN WAN.

THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THIS MORNING THAT THE UNAUTHORIZED STRUCTURES, WHICH HAVE BEEN ERECTED ON THE ROOF OF THIS BUILDING, NOT ONLY LACK EMERGENCY FIRE ESCAPES FOR THEMSELVES BUT ALSO OBSTRUCT THE MEANS OF ESCAPE TO THE ROOF OF THE MAIN BUILDING WITH THE RESULTANT DANGER THAT OCCUPANTS COULD BE TRAPPED IN THE EVENT OF A FIRE OCCURRING ON THE LOWER FLOORS.

THE PUBLIC IS ALREADY AWARE OF RECENT CASES OF FIRES IN BUILDINGS WHERE THE OCCUPANTS HAVE ESCAPED TO THE ROOF AND HAVE SUBSEQUENTLY BEEN RESCUED FROM THE ROOF BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT. THE NEED TO MAINTAIN THIS AVENUE OF ESCAPE IN BUILDINGS WITH ONLY ONE STAIRCASE IS CLEARLY OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE.

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS IN DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 A.M. ON JULY 20, 1976 WERE POSTED TODAY.

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TALK ON FOOD HYGIENE FOR HOUSEWIVES * * * *

ABOUT 60 HOUSEWIVES IN THE TAI HANG TUNG DISTRICT WILL ATTEND A TALK TOMORROW (THURSDAY) EVENING ON HOW TO PRESERVE FOOD AND DRINKS IN THE HOT SEASON.

THE TALK, SPONSORED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S TAI HANG TUNG COMMUNITY CENTRE, WILL BE HELD AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE CENTRE AT 8 P.M.

MR. YIP CHUN-HEI, HEALTH INSPECTOR OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S HEALTH EDUCATION SECTION, WILL BE THE SPEAKER.

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WATER CUT MOM#

WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN SHAM SHU I PO WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR FIVE HOURS STARTING FROM 1 A.M. ON FRIDAY (JUNE 11) TO ENABLE THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY YU CHAU STREET, WING HONG STREET, KWONG SHING STREET, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, HING WAH STREET, FUK WING STREET, CHEONG WAH STREET, CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD AND KWONG CHEONG STREET, INCLUDING UN CHAU STREET, FUK WAH STREET AND TSAP FAI STREET.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 1976

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OCCUPANTS OF POST-WAR BUILDINGS AFFECTED BY CLEARANCES TO GET ADVANCE PAYMENTS OF COMPENSATION .....................

FRANCE LIFTS IMPORT RESTRICTIONS ON FOUR HONG KONG

PRODUCTS .................................................

HONG KONG CONCLUDES NEW TEXTILE RESTRAINT AGREEMENT WITH SWEDEN .....................  '•..........................

SHA TIN BUSINESS OPERATORS ADVERTISING THEIR RIGHT TO ASSIGN SHOP TENANCIES ....................................

WEATHER IN MAY — WARM AND DRY ............................

BRIEFING ON ROLES AND FUNCTIONS OF VOLUNTEERS IN NATURAL

DISASTERS ..................................................  *

COLOUR TELEVISION SETS FOR THE DISABLED ..................... 5

WATER CUT IN TZE WAN SHAN ..........’........................ 5

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ADVANCE PAYMENTS OF COMPENSATION TO

• OCCUPANTS OF POST-WAR BUILDINGS AFFECTED BY CLEARANCES * M M * * .

THE GOVERNMENT TODAY ANNOUNCED THAT 50 PER CENT.CASH COMPENSATION WOULD BE PAID IN ADVANCE TO OCCUPANTS OF POST-WAR BUILDINGS WHICH ARE TO BE CLEARED FROM SITES REQUIRED FOR PUBLIC PURPOSES, EITHER BY AGREEMENT OR UNDER THE CROWN LANDS RESUMPTION ORDINANCE AND THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY (LAND RESUMPTION AND RELATED PROVISIONS) ORDINANCE.

♦PAYMENT IN ADVANCE OF HALF THE DUE AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION WILL BE MUCH FASTER THAN IF THE OCCUPANTS WENT TO. THE LANDS TRIBUNAL. AND WILL ENABLE THEM TO SOLVE THEIR REMOVAL PROBLEMS,* SAID A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT COMPENSATION FOR OCCUPANTS OF POST-WAR BUILDINGS WOULD APPLY ONLY TO PEOPLE IN BUILDINGS RECOGNISED UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE, AND NOT TO OCCUPANTS OF TEMPORARY STRUCTURES OR ROOF-TOP STRUCTURES FOR WHOM THERE ARE SEPARATE ARRANGEMENTS FOR ASSISTANCE.

THE NEW MEASURE GOES INTO FORCE IMMEDIATELY. THE MAIN EFFECT IS TO EXTEND TO DOMESTIC, COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL TENANTS OF POST-WAR BUILDINGS CASH COMPENSATION SIMILAR TO THAT NORMALLY 'GIVEN TO TENANTS OF PRE-WAR BUILDINGS.

AS A RESULT, ALL OCCUPANTS OF URBAN BUILDINGS AFFECTED BY GOVERNMENT AND MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CLEARANCES WILL BE COMPENSATED ON AN EX-GRATIA BASIS.

IN ADDITION, DOMESTIC TENANTS AMONG THE OCCUPANTS WILL BE OFFERED RE-HOUSING IF THEY ARE ELIGIBLE UNDER HOUSING AUTHORITY RULES.

THE AMOUNT OF CASH ASSISTANCE WILL DEPEND ON THE SIZE OF THE PREMISES, AND TOTAL PAYMENTS THIS YEAR ARE EXPECTED TO BE ABOUT $4 MILLION.

OCCUPANTS WHO AGREE TO MOVE WILL BE PAID 50 PER CENT OF THE COMPENSATION WHEN THEY SIGN AGREEMENTS TO LEAVE, AND THE BALANCE AFTER THEY VACATE THE PREMISES.

IF THEY FEEL THEY SHOULD RECEIVE MORE COMPENSATION THAN THE AMOUNT OFFERED BY THE GOVERNMENT, THEY MAY TAKE THEIR CLAIMS TO THE LANDS TRIBUNAL, 'BUT THEY MUST NEVERTHELESS VACATE THE PREMISES AS REQUIRED. IF THE AMOUNT AWARDED BY THE LANDS TRIBUNAL IS GREATER THAN THE GOVERNMENT’S OFFER, THE GOVERNMENT WILL MAKE UP THE BALANCE.

THE SCHEME ANNOUNCED TODAY WILL ALSO APPLY TO OWNER-OCCUPANTS OF POST-WAR BUILDINGS.

THE IMMEDIATE BENEFICIARIES OF THE SCHEME WILL BE THE TENANTS AND OWNER-OCCUPANTS OF POST-WAR BUILDINGS WHICH HAVE BEEN RESUMED BUT WHERE COMPENSATION REMAINS OUTSTANDING, AND OF PROPERTIES WHICH WILL BE RESUMED IN CONNECTION WITH MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY WORKS, AND VARIOUS GOVERNMENT PROJECTS SUCH AS THE CANAL ROAD MARKET, THE VEHICULAR ACCESS RAMP FROM PRINCE EDWARD ROAD TO THE KAI TAK AIRPORT TERMINAL BUILDING, AND PROPERTIES AFFECTED BY THE URBAN RENEWAL SCHEME.

THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 1976

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FRANCE LIFTS' IMPORT RESTRICTIONS ON FOUR HONG KONG PRODUCTS

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THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT HAS LIFTED IMPORT RESTRICTIONS ON FOUR HONG KONG PRODUCTS. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE IN PARIS RECENTLY AND CONVEYED OFFICIALLY TO THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT.

THE FREED ITEMS ARE c BATTERIES, CAMERAS, PORTABLE ELECTRIC LAMPS AND BINOCULARS.

THEIR REMOVAL LEAVES EIGHT OTHER ITEMS STILL ON THE RESTRICTED LIST. THESE INCLUDE UMBRELLAS, MICROSCOPES, CHINESE-TYPE FOODSTUFFS, AND SOME TOYS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT THE FOUR ITEMS REMOVED FROM THE LIST WOULD STILL REQUIRE IMPORT LICENCES ISSUED BY THE FRENCH AUTHORITIES. IT HAS, HOWEVER, BEEN OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED IN PARIS THAT THESE WILL BE GRANTED FREELY

LAST YEAR’S EXPORTS TO FRANCE OF THE FOUR ITEMS AMOUNTED TO ROUGHLY $1,300,000.

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HONG KONG AND SWEDEN HAVE CONCLUDED A NEW TEXTILE RESTRAINT AGREEMENT TO REPLACE THE EXISTING ONE WHICH EXPIRES AT THE END OF THIS MONTH.

THE NEW 18-MONTH AGREEMENT PLACES UNDER EXPORT CONTROL 16 GROUPS OF TEXTILE PRODUCTS, MAINLY GARMENTS, OF COTTON AND CERTAIN OTHER FIBRES.

IT WAS AGREED UPON AFTER FOUR DAYS OF NEGOTIATIONS IN STOCKHOLM BETWEEN A HONG KONG DELEGATION LED BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. PETER TSAO, AND A SWEDISH NEGOTIATING TEAM.

NINE OF THE 16 GROUPS ARE ALREADY UNDER RESTRAINT UNDER THE EXISTING AGREEMENT, AND FIVE ARE UNDER EXPORT AUTHORISATION, WHICH IS TO SAY, THEIR LEVEL OF EXPORTS HAD REACHED THE POINT AT WHICH BOTH SIDES AGREED TO START MONITORING IN CASE OF MARKET DISRUPTION.

THE NEWLY RESTRAINED PRODUCT INCLUDE CERTAIN NIGHT GARMENTS, SKIRTS. TOWELS, T-SHIRTS, SINGLETS, UNDERWEAR, COSTUMES, DRESSES AND BED LINEN.

THE OLD RESTRAINED ITEMS, TRANSFERRED TO THE NEW AGREEMENT, INCLUDE CERTAIN SHIRTS, SWEATERS, PULLOVERS, JUMPERS, SLIPOVERS, CARDIGANS, UNDERWEAR, SLACKS, JEANS, TROUSERS, ANKLE-SOCKS, BATHING SUITS AND BLOUSES.

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SHA TIN BUSINESS OPERATORS , ADVERTISING THEIR RFGHT TO ASSIGN SHOP TENANCIES ft Ji ft ff ft

OPERATORS OF BUSINESSES IN SHA TIN MARKET, DUE TO BE CLEARED NEXT WEDNESDAY (JUNE 16), ARE ADVERTISING THEIR RIGHTS TO SHOP TENANCIES IN THE NEARBY LEK YUEN ESTATE.

A NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION SPOKESMAN, REVEALING THIS TODAY, SAID THAT THIS WAS IN ORDER AS GOVERNMENT HAD GRANTED THE BUSINESS OWNERS THE RIGHT TO ASSIGN THEIR SHOPS, WHICH ARE IN THE COMMERCIAL COMPLEX, IF THEY DID NOT WISH TO OPERATE THEM THEMSELVES.

+WHILE WE WOULD OBVIOUSLY HAVE LIKED TO SEE THE MARKET SHOPKEEPERS RUNNING THE BUSINESSES THEMSELVES, THE DECISION TO ASSIGN THEIR RIGHTS TO TENANCIES TO SOMEONE ELSE IS UP TO THEM AND WE MUST ASSUME THAT THEY ARE MAKING ARRANGEMENTS TO GO ELSEWHERE,+ HE ADDED. +WE ARE CONFIDENT, HOWEVER, THAT THE POTENTIAL FOR TRADE IN ESTATE SHOPS IS BOUND TO BE GOOD AS THEY WILL BE CATERING BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.FOR A POPULATION OF

•OVER 20,000 PEOPLE.+

THE SHOP OPERATORS HAVE ASKED THAT ANYONE INTERESTED IN OBTAINING A TENANCY FOR A LEK YUEN SHOP SHOULD CONTACT THEM DIRECT

COMMENTING ON NEXT WEDNESDAY’S REMOVAL, THE SPOKESMAN SAID IT WOULD NOT BE DELAYED AS GOVERNMENT WAS COMMITTED TO HANDING THE SITE OVER TO THE CONTRACTORS WHO NEED IT TO WIDEN TAI PO ROAD AS WELL AS FOR OTHER DEVELOPMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE BUILDING OF THE NEW TOWN. I

HE APPEALED TO THE SHOPKEEPERS TO DEPART PEACEFULLY BEFOREHAND SO THAT THE CLEARANCE CAN GO AHEAD SMOOTHLY. HE SAID THAT SOME WERE ALREADY REPORTEDLY MAKING ARRANGEMENTS TO MOVE ELSEWHERE AHEAD OF NEXT WEDNESDAY.

BESIDES THE RIGHT TO ASSIGN THEIR TENANCIES, THE OPERATORS HAVE ALSO BEEN OFFERED COMPENSATION.

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S EMPLOYMENT SERVICE WILL BE AVAILABLE TO REGISTER WORKERS REQUIRING ASSISTANCE TO FIND ALTERNATIVE EMPLOYMENT.

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MAY WAS THE FIFTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH WITH BELOW-AVERAGE RAINFALL THE ACCUMULATED RAINFALL FOR THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS*OF THE YEAR WAS ONLY 309.5 MM WHICH IS ABOUT HALF OF THE AVERAGE AMOUNT.

THE MONTH OF MAY WAS MUCH WARMER THOUGH LESS SUNNY THAN USUAL. THE FIRST HALF OF THE MONTH WAS MAINLY CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS.

A COLD FRONT CROSSED THE SOUTH CHINA COAST OVERNIGHT ON MAY 3 CAUSING THE AIR TEMPERATURE TO DROP FOR THE NEXT TWO DAYS. ON MAY 5, A MINIMUM OF. 17.4 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS RECORDED BEING THE LOWEST EVER TO BE RECORDED IN ANY MAY SINCE 1917.

FROM MAY 16 TO 21, THE WEATHER REMAINED MAINLY FINE AND SUNNY WITH ISOLATED SHOWERS. A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE, HOWEVER, PASSED THROUGH HONG KONG DURING THE NIGHT OF MAY 21 BRINGING WITH IT HEAVY SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. IN THREE HOURS 59.4 MM OF RAINFALL WAS RECORDED AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY.

THE WEATHER IMPROVED ON MAY 22 AND THE NEXT FIVE DAYS WERE FINE AND SUNNY WHILE TYPHOON OLGA REMAINED ALMOST STATIONARY NEAR LUZON. ON MAY 26, THE AIR TEMPERATURE ROSE TO A MAXIMUM OF 35.2 DEGREES CELSIUS WHICH IS THE SECOND HIGHEST TEMPERATURE ON RECORD FOR THE MONTH OF MAY. ,

WITH THE DEPARTURE OF TYPHOON OLGA FROM LUZON TOWARDS THE RYUKYU ISLANDS ON MAY 27, THE SOUTHWEST MONSOON BEGAN TO AFFECT SOUTH CHINA AND THE WEATHER IN HONG KONG BECAME CLOUDY WITH SHOWERS AND OCCASIONAL THUNDERSTORMS FROM MAY 28 UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH.

NOTE TO EDITORS :

A MORE DETAILED WEATHER REPORT BY THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY WILL BE DISTRIBUTED IN THE 6 IS PRESS BOXES.

ROLES AND FUNCTIONS OF VOLUNTEERS bN NATURAL DISASTERS OK#*#

ABOUT 100 YOUNG VOLUNTEERS WILL ATTEND A BRIEFING THIS SATURDAY (JUNE 12) ON THEIR ROLES AND FUNCTIONS IN RELIEF WORK IN TIMES OF NATURAL DISASTERS.

THE BRIEFING ALSO AIMS TO INTRODUCE TO THE VOLUNTEERS THE VARIOUS GOVERNMENT RELIEF PROCEDURES, THE NEEDS THAT MAY ARISE AT DISASTER SITES AND THE ASSISTANCE REQUIRED IN AFTERCARE RELIEF.

IT WILL BE HELD AT THE LADY TRENCH TRAINING CENTRE, 44 01 KWAN ROAD AT 2.30 P.M.

THE FUNCTION ORGANISED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICE OF WAN CHAI, ALSO INCLUDES AN OPEN FORUM, VISITS TO TEMPORARY TYPHOON SHELTERS AND THE HAPPY VALLEY KITCHEN.

THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 1976

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COLOUR T.V. SETS FOR THE DISABLED

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THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG.SOUTH TODAY DONATED TWO COLOUR TELEVISION SETS TO THE ABERDEEN REHABILITATION CENTRE AND THE KAI CHI CHILDREN’S CENTRE, WHICH ARE SPECIALLY SET UP FOR THE DISABLED.

AT A CEREMONY HELD AT THE ABERDEEN REHABILITATION CENTRE, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE , MR. JIMMY SWEETMAN, RECEIVED THE SETS FROM MR. DAVID BENTON, PRESIDENT OF THE CLUB.

AFTER THANKING THE CLUB FOR THE DONATION, MR. SWEETMAN

SAID BOTH CENTRES HAVE TRAINEES WHO LIVE IN, SO THEY WILL BE ABLE-TO RELAX AND ENJOY COLOUR TELEVISION AFTER THEIR DAILY WORK AND STUDY SESSION.

AS MANY OF THE CHILDREN ARE MENTALLY INCAPABLE OF SUSTAINED CONCENTRATION, HE SAID, THE T.V. SETS WILL HELP THEM TO PASS THE TIME, THUS MAKING THE LIFE OF THE RESIDENTS MORE INTERESTING.

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SALT WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN TSZ WAN SHAN

WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR FIVE HOURS STARTING FROM 1 A.M. ON SATURDAY TO ENABLE THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT A.LEAKAGE TEST.

/ THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY TSZ WAN SHAN ROAD, WAN WAH STREET, SHEUNG FUNG STREET AND TSZ WAN SHAN ESTATE BLOCK NOS. 17-32

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 1976

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

15,700 ESTATE RESIDENTS TO HAVE NEW AND LARGER HOMES AT PAK TIN .....................................   *.......... 1

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NEW LEGISLATION PROPOSED TO FACILITATE METRICATION ........ 2

HOUSEWIVES AND MOTORISTS IN WANCHAI WILL BE BETTER SERVED 3

THE QUEEN’S MESSAGE ON COMMONWEALTH DAY CALLS FOR CONCERTED EFFORT TO IMPROVE STANDARD OF LIFE .............. 5

HONG KONG’S GARMENT EXPORTS TO AUSTRALIA TO COME UNDER NEW RESTRAINT.............................................. 6

FUTURE COMMISSIONS OF INQUIRY WILL BE MORE EFFICIENT UNDER

DRAFT LEGISLATION .......................................   7

CONGESTION ON ROAD TO AIRPORT TO BE RELIEVED BY NEW

FLYOVER .................................................   8

1,000 SCHOOL LEAVERS ATTEND CAREERS SEMINAR ............... 9

QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOURS LIST IN TODAY’S DIB SUPPLEMENT .. 9

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

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PAK TIN ESTATE M M X M

NEW HOMES FOR ANOTHER 15,700 PEOPLE ARE TO BE BUILT SHORTLY AT PAK TIN ESTATE IN SHEK KIP MEI BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

THE SCHEME INVOLVES THE CONSTRUCTION OF SIX ADDITIONAL HIGH-RISE DOMESTIC BLOCKS, A SHOPPING CENTRE, TWO SCHOOLS AS WELL AS PLAY AREAS.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT ARE NOW BEING INVITED AND BUILDING WORKS SHOULD BEGIN IN AUGUST THIS YEAR FOR COMPLETION IN 20 MONTHS.

MR. JOSEPH LEI, CHIEF P.W.D. ARCHITECT, SAID TODAY THE NEW BLOCKS WOULD PROVIDE ABOUT 2,400 FLATS WITH IMPROVED FACILITIES. THE SIZES OF THE FLAT WILL RANGE FROM 300 SQUARE FEET FOR FIVE PERSONS TO 400 SQUARE FEET FOR EIGHT PERSONS.

+ALL DOMESTIC ROOMS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED WITH LARGE BALCONIES AND HIGHER STANDARD OF FINISHINGS,+ HE SAID.

+PROVISION OF COMMUNAL AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES HAVE ALSO BEEN DESIGNED TO A HIGHER STANDARD WHICH IS CURRENTLY BEING ADOPTED FOR ALL HOUSING PROJECTS.

+THIS MEANS THAT TENANTS WILL NOT ONLY HAVE MORE SPACE BUT THE LIVING QUARTERS AND THE SURROUNDINGS WILL BE MADE MUCH MORE ATTRACTIVE.*

HE SAID THE SIX NEW BLOCKS — THREE OF 16 STOREYS AND THREE OF EIGHT STOREYS — REPRESENTED THE BALANCE OF PAK TIN ESTATE AND WERE INTENDED FOR TENANTS OF THE OLD SHEK KIP MEI ESTATE NEARBY WHICH IS BEING REDEVELOPED IN STAGES TO PRODUCE BIGGER AND BETTER FLATS.

SO FAR, THE P.W.D.»S ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE HAS CONVERTED SEVEN BLOCKS OF THE 20-YEAR-OLD SHEK KIP MEI ESTATE AND REMODELLING OF ANOTHER SIX BLOCKS IS DUE TO BEGIN IN AUGUST THIS YEAR.

MR. LEI SAID THE NEW RESIDENTIAL BLOCKS AT PAK TIN ESTATE WOULD BE SELF-CONTAINED AND SERVED BY A CENTRALLY LOCATED SHOPPING COMPLEX INCORPORATING A MULTI-STOREY CARPARK, RESTAURANT. SUPERMARKET, WELFARE HALL, CAFE, COOKED FOOD STALLS, A MARKET AND SHOPPING ARCADES.

+THERE WILL ALSO BE SIX RECREATION GROUNDS WITH REST GARDENS FOR RESIDENTS AND A BUS TERMINUS AND PUBLIC LIGHT BUS TERMINUS WILL BE PROVIDED RIGHT IN THE'CENTRE OF THE ESTATE,* HE SAID.

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HONG KONG TO ADOPT INTERNATIONAL METRIC SYSTEM X- X X X X -X

A BILL IS PUBLISHED TODAY WHICH LAYS DOWN THE PARTICULAR METRIC SYSTEM TO BE USED IN HONG KONG, AND TO PROVIDE AUTHORITY FOR CHANGING NON-METRIC UNITS IN ANY EXISTING LEGISLATION TO METRIC TERMS.

THE METRICATION BILL 1976 PROPOSES THAT HONG KONG USE THE METRIC INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM OF UNITS (SI) AND EMPOWERS THE GOVERNOR, THROUGH AN ORDER IN THE GAZETTE, TO AMEND ANY ORDINANCE TO REPLACE REFERENCES TO NON-METRIC UNITS BY METRIC UNITS OR ANY APPROPRIATE CONVENIENT METRIC TERMS.

OTHER ASPECTS OF THE BILL GIVE THE GOVERNOR POWERS TO PROHIBIT THE USE OF NON-METRIC UNITS AFTER A DATE SPECIFIED IN THE ORDER* TO DECLARE A PERIOD DURING WHICH NON-METRIC UNITS MAY BE USED, AND, TO PROVIDE EXEMPTIONS FROM THE USE OF METRIC UNITS.

COMMENTING ON THE BILL, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID SINCE 1971 THERE HAS BEEN A CONTINUING WORLD-WIDE TREND TOWARDS THE ADOPTION OF THE METRIC SYSTEM AND THAT, BY NOW. VERY FEW COUNTRIES REMAIN UNCOMMITTED TO ADOPTION OF THE METRIC SYSTEM EITHER IN PRINCIPLE OR IN PRACTICE.

+THE MEASURES PROPOSED IN THE BILL WILL, THEREFORE, HELP TO BRING HONG KONG MORE INTO LINE WITH THE MAJORITY OF COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD,+ HE SAID. ALSO, OF PARTICULAR .RELEVANCE TO HONG KONG IS THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY DIRECTIVE REQUIRING EXCLUSIVE ADOPTION OF THE SI METRIC SYSTEM BY ALL MEMBER STATES OF THE COMMUNITY BY THE END OF DECEMBER 1?77, ALTHOUGH FOR THE U.K. AND THE IRISH REPUBLIC THIS DATE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO THE END OF 1979.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT PROGRESS TOWARDS METRICATION IN HONG KONG HAD ALREADY BEEN MADE IN SOME AREAS, PARTICULARLY IN THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, WHERE, FOLLOWING THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE SECOND INTERIM REPORT OF THE METRICATION COMMITTEE IN 1971, A FULL-TIME METRICATION UNIT WAS ESTABLISHED.

+N0W THAT THE WORK ON METRICATION IN THE PWD HAS BEEN LARGELY COMPLETED+, HE SAID, +IT IS INTENDED TO TRANSFER THIS UNIT TO FORM THE NUCLEUS OF A WIDER METRICATION UNIT WITHIN THE ECONOMIC SERVICES BRANCH OF THE COLONIAL SECRETAR IAT+.

+THE NEW UNIT’S RESPONSIBILITY WILL BE TO HELP PLAN, GUIDE, FACILITATE AND EXPEDITE THE ADOPTION OF THE SI SYSTEM WHERE REQUIRED IN HONG KONG, ALTHOUGH INITIALLY, IT WILL CONCENTRATE ON CO-ORDINATING THE ADOPTION OF THE SYSTEM THROUGHOUT THE GOVERNMENT*.

THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED THAT, AS FAR AS THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS CONCERNED, FOR THE TIME BEING AT LEAST, THERE WILL BE NO COMPULSORY MEASURES TO FORCE THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO USE METRIC UNITS. IT MAY BE NECESSARY AT A LATER DATE TO MAKE SOME LIMITED COMPULSORY CHANGES, BUT THESE WILL BE KEPT TO A MINIMUM AND WILL BE WELL PUBLICISED BEFOREHAND. IN ANY CASE, IMPERIAL OR CHINESE UNITS WILL CONTINUE TO BE USED WHERE THEY ARE TRADITIONAL AND WHERE THE PARTIES TO THE TRANSACTION FIND THEM CONVENIENT, SUCH AS IN THE RETAIL TRADE.

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TWO IMPORTANT PROJECTS TO IMPROVE LIVING AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS IN EASTERN WANCHAI ******

TWO IMPORTANT PROJECTS ARE TO BE BUILT IN THE EASTERN PART OF WAN CHAI TO IMPROVE LIVING AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS THERE.

THEY ARE A NEW MARKET IN CANAL ROAD AND A FLYOVER EXTENSION TO WONG NE I CHUNG ROAD.

WORK ON THE FLYOVER EXTENSION WILL BEGIN NEXT MONTH AND WHEN COMPLETED IT WILL PROVIDE A HIGH-CAPACITY LINK BETWEEN THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL AND WATERFRONT ROAD AND THE FUTURE ABERDEEN TUNNEL, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

THE PROJECT INCLUDES AN ELEVATED DUAL TWO-LANE CARRIAGEWAY, CONNECTING RAMPS TO THE GROUND-LEVEL ROADS AND PEDESTRIAN SUBWAYS.

+IT WILL.GO A LONG WAY TOWARDS RELIEVING TRAFFIC CONGESTION AT THE BUSY ROAD JUNCTIONS AT LEIGHTON ROAD, CANAL ROAD, MORRISON HILL ROAD. QUEEN’S ROAD EAST AND WONG NE I CHUNG ROAD,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

WORK ON THE MARKET IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN NEXT JANUARY. IT WILL REPLACE THE PRESENT TEMPORARY MARKET, WHICH OPERATES IN CRAMPED CONDITIONS BENEATH ONE OF THE EXISTING FLYOVERS NEAR THE SITE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT TO ENABLE THESE ESSENTIAL IMPROVEMENTS TO BE CARRIED OUT, THE GOVERNMENT MUST RESUME TENEMENT BLOCKS AT NOS. 1-9 AND 2-8 CHI SHING LANE, NOS. 19A-19B BOWRINGTON ROAD AND NO. 3 CHAN TONG LANE.

THE GOVERNMENT IS NOW BEGINNING STATUTORY PROCEEDINGS TO RESUME THE LAND ON WHICH THE BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES STAND. THE PROPERTIES WILL REVERT TO THE CROWN ON JULY 12, 1976.

+SINCE THE BUILDINGS ARE ALL POST-WAR, OCCUPANTS WILL BE ENTITLED TO THE NEW COMPENSATION PAYMENTS ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR PEOPLE LIVING IN POST-WAR BUILDINGS RESUMED FOR PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

DOMESTIC AND COMMERCIAL OCCUPANTS WILL RECEIVE ADVANCE COMPENSATION OF 50 PER CENT OF THE FULL AMOUNT ON SIGNING AN AGREEMENT TO MOVE FROM THEIR PREMISES. THE BALANCE WILL BE PAID AFTER THEY LEAVE.

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IN ADDITION TO CASH COMPENSATION, DOMESTIC TENANTS WILL BE OFFERED RE-HOUSING IF ELIGIBLE. THOSE NOT ELIGIBLE WILL BE OFFERED ACCOMMODATION IN A LICENSED AREA PROVIDED THEY HAVE NOWHERE TO GO ON CLEARANCE.

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■ THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IN ADDITION TO THESE PROPERTIES, TENEMENT BUILDINGS ON CROWN LAND HAD BEEN ACQUIRED EITHER AGREEMENT WITH THE FORMER OWNERS OR UPON THE EXPIRATION NON-RENEWABLE LEASES. THESE TOO WOULD HAVE TO BE CLEARED.

♦SIMILAR ASSISTANCE WILL BE OFFERED TO THE OCCUPANTS TO HELP THEM AT THE TIME OF REMOVAL,* HE SAID.

+EX-GRATIA CASH PAYMENTS WILL BE OFFERED TO FORMER OWNERS OF BUILDINGS SITUATED ON LOTS PREVIOUSLY HELD ON NON-RENEWABLE LEASES,* HE ADDED.

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QUEEN’S COMMONWEALTH DAY MESSAGE

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THE QUEEN. IN HER COMMONWEALTH DAY MESSAGE THIS YEAR, CALLED ON COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES TO WORK TOGETHER TO IMPROVE THE STANDARD OF LIFE.

+WE MUST PERSIST,+ SHE SAID, +ESPECIALLY IN THE STRUGGLE TO BRING DOWN THE NUMBERS SUFFERING FROM STARVATION IN THE WORLD, AND PARTICULARLY THE CHILDREN.

+THE TASK IS ENORMOUS BUT IT IS ONE IN WHICH THE WHOLE COMMONWEALTH HAS A SPECIAL PART TO PLAY,+ SHE ADDED.

FOLLOWING IS THE FULL TEXT OF THE QUEEN’S MESSAGE:

+WE-LIVE IN A WORLD STRIVING TO FIND WAYS FOR MEN AND WOMEN TO IMPROVE THEIR STANDARD OF LIFE AND, AT THE VERY LEAST, TO ACHIEVE ONE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS - FREEDOM FROM WANT.

+MANY OF US, INDIVIDUALLY, TEND TO LOSE HEART AS ONE OBSTACLE AFTER ANOTHER — MAN-MADE AND NATURAL — MAKES PROGRESS SLOW. BUT THE COMMONWEALTH HAS NEVER LOST HEART, FOR IT HAS THE STRENGTH OF BEING A GREAT INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, BROADLY REPRESENTATIVE OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION, WITH THIRTY-FIVE INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES, DRAWN TOGETHER OF THEIR OWN FREE CHOICE FROM EVERY PART OF THE WORLD.

+FIVE YEARS AGO COMMONWEALTH GOVERNMENTS JOINED IN A DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES, WHICH INCLUDED THESE WORDS:

+WE BELIEVE THAT THE WIDE DISPARITIES IN WEALTH NOW EXISTING BETWEEN DIFFERENT SECTIONS OF MANKIND ARE TOO GREAT TO BE TOLERATED THEY ALSO CREATE WORLD TENSIONS. OUR AIM IS THEIR PROGRESSIVE REMOVAL. WE THEREFORE SEEK TO USE OUR EFFORTS TO OVERCOME POVERTY, IGNORANCE AND DISEASE, IN RAISING STANDARDS OF LIFE AND ACHIEVING A MORE EQUITABLE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY.+

+THE COMMONWEALTH IS NEVER LIKELY TO LOSE SIGHT OF THIS GOAL AND, AT LAST YEAR’S MEETING OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT IN JAMAICA, IT DID SOMETHING WHICH PROBABLY ONLY THE COMMONWEALTH COULD DO. IT INVITED A GROUP OF EXPERTS FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES TO STUDY THIS PROBLEM. THEIR WORK HAS BEEN A POSITIVE COMMONWEALTH CONTRIBUTION TO BROADER DISCUSSIONS NOW TAKING PLACE IN THE UNITED NATIONS.

+THIS INITIATIVE BY THE COMMONWEALTH CAN GIVE US NEW HEART. WE MUST PERSIST ESPECIALLY IN THE STRUGGLE TO BRING DOWN THE NUMBERS SUFFERING FROM STARVATION IN THE WORLD, AND PARTICULARLY THE CHILDREN. THE TASK IS ENORMOUS BUT IT IS ONE IN WHICH THE WHOLE COMMONWEALTH HAS A SPECIAL PART TO PLAY.+

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AUSTRALIA IMPOSES GLOBAL TARIFF QUOTAS ON GARMENTS KO##

EXPORT RESTRAINTS ON SIX GARMENT ITEMS WILL BE REPLACED BY GLOBAL TARIFF QUOTAS WHEN HONG KONG’S EXISTING AGREEMENT WITH AUSTRALIA UNDER THE INTERNATIONAL MULTI-FIBRE ARRANGEMENT EXPIRES ON JUNE 30, 1976.

A COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT HAS JUST INFORMED THE DEPARTMENT THAT IT DOES NOT WISH TO EXTEND THE AGREEMENT AND HAS DECIDED TO IMPOSE GLOBAL TARIFF QUOTAS ON THE ITEMS INVOLVED PLUS A FEW OTHERS.

THE SIX ITEMS INCLUDE SHIRTS, JACKETS, BLOUSES, DRESSES, TROUSERS AND JEANS.

THE TARIFF QUOTAS WILL INITIALLY APPLY FROM JULY 1, 1976 TO FEBRUARY 28, 1977. IMPORTS WITHIN THE QUOTAS WILL BE ADMITTED AT EXISTING CUSTOMS DUTY RATES WHILE IMPORTS ABOVE THE QUOTA LEVEL WILL BE CHARGED AN ADDITIONAL PENALTY RATE. SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE MADE BY THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT TO ALLOW GOODS SHIPPED FROM HONG KONG BEFORE JULY 1, UNDER THE TERMS OF THE EXISTING RESTRAINT AGREEMENT, TO ENTER AUSTRALIA AT THE EXISTING DUTY RATES.

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THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT HAS NOT YET RECEIVED DETAILS OF THE AUSTRALIAN DECISION BUT HAS ONLY BEEN GIVEN BASIC INFORMATION. NOTICE TO EXPORTERS WILL BE ISSUED AS AS THE FULL DETAILS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED: +IT IS REGRETTABLE THAT AUSTRALIA HAS DECIDED TO ADOPT MEASURES OUTSIDE THE INTERNATIONAL ARRANGEMENT TO DEAL WITH TEXTILE IMPORTS. HONG KONG HAS ALWAYS LIVED UP TO ITS OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE MFA AND HAS SINCE 1974 CONCLUDED TWO AGREEMENTS RESTRAINING ITS EXPORTS TO AUSTRALIA WHERE JUSTIFIED.*

THE SPOKESMAN CONTINUED: +IT IS TOO EARLY TO SAY WHAT EFFECT THE TARIFF QUOTAS WILL HAVE ON OUR GARMENT EXPORTS TO AUSTRALIA.*

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AMENDMENTS TO COMMISSIONS OF INQUIRY ORDINANCE ******

A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS ARE TO BE MADE TO THE COMMISSIONS OF INQUIRY ORDINANCE, to ENABLE FUTURE COMMISSIONS TO CONDUCT INQUIRIES AND CARRY OUT THEIR DUTIES MORE EFFICIENTLY AND SPEEDILY.

THE AMENDMENTS ARE CONTAINED IN THE COMMISSIONS OF INQUIRY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976 WHICH IS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY). THE BILL IS EXPECTED TO GO BEFORE THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SHORTLY.

ONE OF THE AMENDMENTS IN THE BILL PROPOSES TO GIVE FUTURE COMMISSIONS, WHICH ARE APPOINTED TO LOOK INTO THE AFFAIRS OF A PUBLIC BODY, COMPANY OR UNINCORPORATED. BODY OF PERSONS, THE AUTHORITY TO APPOINT INSPECTORS TO EXAMINE BOOKS, DOCUMENTS AND RECORDS. HOWEVER, BEFORE SUCH INSPECTORS ARE APPOINTED PRIOR APPROVAL MUST BE OBTAINED FROM THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL.

ANOTHER OBLIGES OFFICERS AND AGENTS OF THE BODY CONCERNED TO PRODUCE BOOKS AND DOCUMENTS AND TO GIVE ALL REASONABLE ASSISTANCE TO THE INSPECTORS. UNDER THIS SECTION THE BODY’S BANKERS, SOLICITORS AND AUDITORS ARE REGARDED AS ITS AGENTS.

ONE CLAUSE IS ALSO ADDED TO MAKE IT A CONTEMPT AND AN OFFENCE FOR AN OFFICER OR AN AGENT TO DESTROY OR DEFACE DOCUMENTS TO AVOID THEfR PRODUCTION OR TO REFUSE TO ANSWER AN INSPECTOR’S QUESTIONS.

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COMMENTING ON THE PROPOSAL, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THESE AMENDMENTS ARISE OUT OF RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY THE COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO THE HONG KONG TELEPHONE CO. LTD., AND FOLLOW SIMILAR PROVISIONS IN THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE.

AS IT STANDS AT PRESENT, THE COMMISSIONS OF INQUIRY ORDINANCE DOES NOT PROVIDE FOR GENERAL INVESTIGATORY POWERS ALTHOUGH IT DOES ENABLE A COMMISSION TO SUMMON WITNESSES TO PRODUCE DOCUMENTS AND GIVE EVIDENCE, TO ENTER AND INSPECT AI*Y PREMISES AND TO ISSUE WARRANTS TO SEARCH AND SEIZE DOCUMENTS.

HOWEVER, THE SPOKESMAN SAID WITHOUT BEING ABLE TO CARRY OUT A PRIOR INSPECTION THE COMMISSION MAY NOT KNOW WHAT MATERIAL IS AVAILABLE, OR IF ANY MATERIAL IS AVAILABLE, WHICH ARTICLES AND DOCUMENTS ARE RELEVANT TO THE INQUIRY.

IN MAKING THESE AMENDMENTS THE OPPORTUNITY IS ALSO BEING TAKEN TO CONFER ON LEGAL REPRESENTATIVES THE SAME IMMUNITY AS THEY WOULD HAVE IF APPEARING BEFORE THE HIGH COURT.

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FLYOVER TO AIRPORT NECESSARY TO AVOID SERIOUS DELAYS - TENEMENT BUILDING TO BE RESUMED K H X K M M

A FLYOVER AND RAMP WILL HAVE TO BE BUILT FROM PRINCE EDWARD ROAD TO THE KAI TAK TERMINAL TO PREVENT ACUTE CONGESTION ON THE AIRPORT’S ONLY ACCESS ROAD THAT WOULD LEAD TO SERIOUS DELAYS AT THE AIRPORT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAYS +TRAFFIC STUDIES SHOW THAT OLYMPIC AVENUE WILL REACH SATURATION POINT IN CONGESTION ABOUT 1979-80.

+ONCE THIS. HAPPENS THERE WILL BE A CHAIN REACTION OF DELAYS AT THE AIRPORT. PASSENGERS WILL BE LATE IN GETTING TO THE TERM INAL= LATE IN CHECKING IN- LATE IN COMPLETING HEALTH AND IMMIGRATION FORMALITIES AND SO FORTH, AND THE OVERALL RESULT WILL BE SERIOUSLY DELAYING FLIGHTS IN AND OUT OF HONG KONG.+

THE ONLY SOLUTION TO THESE DELAYS IS TO BUILD A FLYOVER AND RAMP FROM PRINCE EDWARD ROAD TO THE TERMINAL. THIS WILL PROVIDE A FAST ONE-WAY ROAD.

TO BUILD THIS HIGHLY NECESSARY FLYOVER AND RAMP THE GOVERNMENT MUST RESUME A BLOCK OF TENEMENTS FROM NOS. 52 TO 64 SHEK WU LUNG ROAD AND CLEAR A NUMBER OF STONE HUTS AT THE EASTERN END OF CARPENTER ROAD.

THE GOVERNMENT WILL SHORTLY BEGIN STATUTORY PROCEEDINGS TO RESUME THE LAND ON WHICH THE BUILDING AND STRUCTURES STAND. THE PROPERTIES WILL REVERT TO THE GOVERNMENT ON AUGUST 12.

SINCE THE BUILDING IS A POST-WAR ONE, TENANTS WILL COME UNDER THE NEW ADVANCE-COMPENSATION ARRANGEMENTS ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR TENANTS OF POST-WAR BUILDINGS WHICH MUST BE RESUMED FOR ESSENTIAL WORKS.

DOMESTIC .TENANTS WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR ADVANCE COMPENSATION OF 50 PER CENT OF THE FULL AMOUNT ON SIGNING AN AGREEMENT TO MOVE FROM THEIR PREMISES, WITH THE BALANCE TO BE PAID AFTER THEY LEAVE.

THE SAME BENEFITS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO COMMERCIAL TENANTS, BUT DOMESTIC TENANTS WILL ALSO BE ELIGIBLE FOR RE-HOUSING.

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1,000 STUDENTS ATTEND CAREERS SEMINAR X X X X X

THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) CONDUCTED ANOTHER REGIONAL CAREERS SEMINAR - THE SECOND IN A SERIES OF THREE - FOR SCHOOL LEAVERS WHO FINISHED THEIR CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION THIS MONTH.

ABOUT 1,000 STUDENTS FROM SCHOOLS IN KOWLOON WEST TOOK PART IN THE SEMINAR WHICH WAS HELD AT QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL, KOWLOON.

THE ONE-DAY SEMINAR FEATURED TALKS AND DISCUSSIONS ON JOB OPPORTUNITIES BY GUEST SPEAKERS FROM THE FIRST NATIONAL CITY BANK, THE Ml RAMA HOTEL, THE TELEVISION BROADCAST LTD. AND LEO BURNETT LTD IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND FROM THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

THE STUDENTS WERE ALSO SHOWN TWO FILMS ON HOW TO CHOOSE CAREERS.

OPENING THE SEMINAR, MR. JACLAND LAI, CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CAREERS MASTERS, ADVISED THE STUDENTS THAT THEY SHOULD AVOID TAKING ON JOBS JUST FOR THE SAKE OF MONEY WITHOUT DUE REGARD TO WHETHER OR NOT THE JOBS MATCHED THEIR ABILITIES AND TEMPERAMENT.

MR. LAI ALSO ADVISED THEM TO BE A CONSCIENTIOUS WORKER AFTER ENTERING INTO EMPLOYMENT, POINTING OUT THAT THIS WAS ONE OF THE CLUES TO SUCCESS.

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QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOURS LIST X X X X X

NOTE TO EDITORS:*

COPIES OF A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO TODAY’S (FRIDAY) DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN CONTAINING A LIST OF HONG KONG RECIPIENTS OF QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOURS ARE DISTRIBUTED IN THE PRESS BOXES GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES, THIS EVENING. THE ARMED SERVI LISTS ARE DISTRIBUTED SEPARATELY IN THE PRESS BOXES.

PUBLICATION IS PERMITTED IN HONG KONG NEWSPAPERS TOMORROW (SATURDAY) MORNING BUT NO NEWS AGENCY OR OVERSEAS RADIO MAY CARRY THE INFORMATION WITHOUT THE EMBARGO QUALIFICATION. THE NEWS MAY BE BROADCAST FROM 6 A.M. ONWARDS OVER THE LOCAL RADIO AND TELEVISION STATIONS TOMORROW.

ON NO ACCOUNT SHOULD ANY OF THE RECIPIENTS OF HONOURS BE CONTACTED FOR INTERVIEWS OR FOR INFORMATION RELATIVE TO THEIR CAREERS OR BE APPROACHED IN ANY WAY IN CONNECTION WITH THC ,n AWARDS BEFORE THESE HAVE BEEN PUBLICLY ANNOUNCED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SUPPLEMENT

Friday, June 11, 1976

EMBARGOED NEWS ITEM -

Note to Editors of newspapers news agencies, broadcasting . stations

The following announcement regarding the Queen’s birthday honours list is being made simultaneously in London at 0001 hrs. G.M.T. on June 12.

Publication is permitted in Kong Kong newspapers tomorrow (Saturday) morning, but no news agency or overseas radio transmission of the announcement may carry the information without the embargo qualification.

The news may be broadcast from 6 a<m. onwards over the local radio and television stations tomorrow.

On NO account should any of the recipients of honours be contacted for interviews or fcr information relative to dieii careers or be approached in any way in connection with their awards before these have- been publicly announced.

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

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G.B.E. (iCniglit Grand Cross, Order of the British Empire)

Sir Crawford Murray MacLehose, K.C.M.G., K.C.V.C.,

C.M.G. (Companion, Order of St. Michael and St, George)

The Honourable John William Dixon MOBLEY, Q.C,, J.P.

Mr. Hobley was appointed Crown Counsel in Hong Kong in 1953 and Attorney General in 1973- He is an Ex-officio member of Executive and Legislative Councils.

C.B.E. (Commander, Order of the British Empire)

The Honourable Oswald Victor CHEUNG, O.B.E., '.>Ct, J.P*

Mr. Cheung is a barrister. He has been an Unofficial Member of Legislative Council since 1970 and of the Executive Council since 1974.

C.B.E. (Commander,. Order of the British Empire)

Mr. Horace ICADCGRIE, O.B.E., J.P.

The Kadoorie Agricultural Aid Association administered by Mr. Kadoorie, has assisted the training and rehabilitation of over 2,000 Gurkha soldiers to prepare them for their return to Nepal.

C.B.E. (Commander, Order of the British Empire)

Mr. Samuel Telford KIDD

Mr. Kidd has served in many departments of the Government. He has acted as Colonial Secretary and Deputy Colonial Secretary. He was appointed Hong Kong Commissioner in London in January 1974.

C.B.E. (Commander, Order of the British Empire)

The. Jlonourable I.an Robert PRICE, T.D., J.P.

Mr. Price joined the Labour Department in 19&5« He became Deputy Commissioner in 1971 and Commissioner in 1973*

C.B.E. (11) (Commander, Order of thp British Empire) (Honorary)

Dr. Ranson..Li sung HUANG, J.P,

Dr. Huang was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong in 1973. He was previously Vice-Chancellor of Nanyang University in Singapore. /O.B.E...........

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O.S.ib. (officer, Order of the British Empire)

hr. David Robert FORD, M.V.O., J.P.

Mr. Ford was appointed Director of Information Services in 1972. Early this year, he was appointed Deputy Secretary (Information) in the Colonial Secretariat.

O.B.E. (Officer, Order of the British Empire)

Mr. Hc-j?old Peter FOXCN, J.P.

Mr. Foxon is the Managing Director of Gilman and Co. and has served as Chaiman of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce for the last two years. He has a long and distinguished record of public service, particularly in the field of trade and industry. O.B.E. (Officer, Order of the British Empire)

Professor James Blackburn GIBSON

Professor Gibson is the Dean of Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong. Since 1963, he has been Consultant in Pathology to the Hong Kong Government.

O.B.E. (Officer, Order of the British Empire)

The Honourable Mrs. KO Siu-wah, M.B.E., J.P.

hrs. KWAN is the General Secretary of the Y.J.C.A., a member of the Board of Education and the Social Welfare Advisory Committee and many other advisory and voluntary agencies. She has been an Unofficial Member of the Legislative Council since 197^* O.B.E. (Officer, Order of the British Empire)

Mr. David Lindsay MILLaR

Mr. Millar was Chief Manager of the Chartered Bank from May 1970 until the end of 1975* Mr. Millar made an outstanding contribution to the development of the Community Chest in Hong Kong.

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O.B.E (Officer, Order of the British Empire)

Mr. Je mes Da.vid MCGREGORi I.S. 0.

Mr. McGregor was appointed* Executive Secretary of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce in 1975* Before that, he had served in the Department of Commerce and Industry for 18 years and retired as Deputy Director.

O.B.E. (Officer, Cyder of the British Empire)

IIrr rcLclv;.yd_ Arthur Joseph RICHARDSON, Q.P.M., C.P.M.

Mr. Richardson joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force in 1?49.

He was appointed Deputy Director of Special Branch in 1967 and Director in 1972.

O.B.E. (H) (Officer, Order of the British Empire) (Honorary)

Mr. PONG Ding-yuen

Mr. Pong is the proprietor of the Shiu Wing Steel Company• -Ie has a long and distinguished record of community service.

I.S.O. (Com;? nion, Imperial Service Order)

Mr o_ Alf redo Jose Maria PRATA

Mr. Praia has’ served the Hong Kong Government since 1950. He retired in 1975 end has been re-employed. From 1967 to 1975, ho vzc.s the Chief Treasury Accountant in charge of the Treasury Establishment Branch.

AQQ^jyjlip-t Imperial, Service Order)

Mr_._ Frank TAYLOR

Mr. Taylor transferred to Hong Kong from Fiji in 1959 as a Health Inspector. He is Senior Superintendent of the Health Inspectorate and has acted as Assistant Director of the Urban Services Department.

I.S.O. (Companion, Imperial, Service Order)

Mr. _G_eorge Ernest WELSBY

Mr. Welsby is a Superintendent in the Preventive Service of the Department of Commerce and Industry. He was first appointed to the Service in 1950 and during his career has been in charge of all the units and su.~

divisions of the Preventive Service.

/M.D.E.

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M.B.E. (Member, Order of the British Empire)

Mr. Kenneth William COTTON, C.P.h.

Mr. Catton retired in 1973 from the Hong Kong Government as Chief Treasury Accountant. He is President of the Hong Kong Lawn Tennis Association and has made an exceptional contribution to the development of tennis in Hong Kong.

M.B.E. (Member, Order of the British Empire)

Mrs. Magdalen Catherine CHO..1 TIU Yuk-chun

Mrs. Chow is the Principal of Grantham College of Education. She has been engaged in teacher-training for over 20 years and has done much to improve the quality of teaching in Hong Kong.

M.B.E. (Member, Order of the British Empire)

The Kevefrend' Father John LIU Sik-kong

For 38 years Father John Liu has voluntarily visited Stanley Prison as a Prison Visitor. He has always taken an active interest in the spiritual needs and the welfare of prisoners.

M.B.E. (Member, Order of the British Empire)

Mr. Sydney James LOWCOCK, J.P.

Mr. Lowcock joined the staff of Diocesan Boys’ School in 1953 and was appointed Principal in 1961. For many years, he has played a leading role in the Hong Kong Amateur Athletics Association and the Hong Kong Schools Sports Association.

M.B.E. (Member, Order of the British Empire)

Mr. Kenneth Herbert Richard MOK uah-ko

Mr. Mok is an Assistant Principal Crown Counsel in the Lega Department. He has been Chairman of the Senior Non-Expatriate Officers* Association for the past five years and a member of the Senior Civil Service Council since 19&9«

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M.B.E. (Member, Order of the British Empire)

Mrs. Estelle Marie OZCRIO

Mrs. Ozorio is a Senior Personal Secretary who has served in the Government since 1950. She joined the Resettlement Department in 1$*61 and served a.s Personal. Secretary to seven different Commissioners. Since 1973? she has served in the Colonial Secretariat.

M.B.E. (Member, Order of the British Empire)

Mr . Roland Angus '.7INYARD

Mr. Winyard is a Broadcasting Engineer with Cable and Wireless Limited. He has been the Chief Engineer at Radio Hong Kong (now known as Radio Television Hong Kong) since 1958 and has made a substantial, contribution to the development of its radio and television services.

M.B.E. (H) (Member, Order of the British Empire) (Honorary)

Mr. LEUNG Sing-por

Mr. Leung has been an outstanding entertainer, comedian and opera star in Hong Kong for many years. He has brought enjoyment to millions of people.

M.B.E. (H) (Member, Order of the British Empire) (Honorary)

Mr. Marcus MAK Ping-kwan ’

Mr. Mak is a Chief Executive Officer in the Appointments Division of the Civil Service Branch. In 197^ he was Secretary of the Working Party on Unregistrable Doctors.

B.E.M. (M) (British Empire Medal) (Military)

Corporal Alberga William WEBLEY, E.M.

Corporal Webley has served with the Royal Hong Kong Regiment (The Volunteers) for 2J years. He has given outstanding service. B.E.M. (British Empire Medal)

Mr. Guillermo Juan BENEDICTO

Mr. Benodicto is a Clerical Officer in the Education Department, joined the Hong Kong Government in 19&0 after fourteen years service with H.M. Dockyard.- /B E „

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B.E.li. (British Empire Medal)

Mr. CHAN Hon

Mr. Chan Hon has served in the Po Leung Kuk for 25 years and

has been Secretary to the Kuk’s Board of Directors since 195^* B.E.li. (British Empire Medal)

Mr. CHAN Sik-fung

Mr. Chan is an Assistant Social Welfare Officer who has devoted his services to the welfare and training of the deaf.

B.E.M, (British Empire Medal)

Mr. CliEUNG Siu-wah

Mr. Cheung is a Senior Clerical Officer who has served in the Prisons Department for 28 years.

B.E.pi. (British Empire Medal)

Mr. CHEUNG Yuk-tong

Mr. Cheung is a Senior Clerical Officer who has served in the Government for 30 years. He is the officer in charge of the Land Registry at the District Office Sai Kung.

B.E.ii. (British Empire Medal)

Mr. FUNG Ying^ki

Mr. Fung joined the Preventive Service in 1958 and has reached the rani: of Principal Revenue Officer. He is the senior non-commissioned officer in the service.

B.S.K. (British Empire Medal)

Mr. LAI Qi-man

Mr. Lai, a Senior Clerical Officer, is in charge of the Environment Branch Registry in the Colonial Secretariat. He has served the Government for 26 years.

B.E.li. (British Empire Medal)

Mr. LIU Kwok-wing

Mr. Liu is an interviewer in the Special Branch of the Police Force. He served in the Branch for 3^ years until his retirement in 1975, when he was re-employed.

B.E.li. (British Empire Medal)

Mr. Victor SO Yun-1am

Mr. So is a Controller of the Rescue Unit of the Civil Aid Services. He has played a leading role in C.A.S. welfare and recreational activities.

/C.P.M

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C.P.h. (Colonial Police Medal)

hr. Thomas James DELBRIDGE

Mr. Delbridge is a Superintendent of Police who has served for most of his career in the Special Branch. He is an expert Chinese linguist.

C.P.L. (Colonial Police Medal)

Sergeant IP Pau-fuk

Sgt. IP joined the Police Force in 1966 and was promoted to

Sergeant in 1972. He has been a housemaster at the Police Cadet

School since 1973*

C.P.h. (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr. Christopher David PROWSE

Mr. Prowse, a Chief Inspector of Police, has served with the Force since 1966. He has given outstanding service in the Narcotics Bureau.

C.P.H. (Colonial Police Medal)

Static*1 Sergeant YEUNG Siu-ping

Station Sergeant Yeung joined the Force in 1957• Bince 197^, he has commanded the Neighbourhood Policing Unit at Wah Fu Estate.

C.P.h. (Colonial Police HeucuJ

Mr. CHAN Kim

Mr. Chan is a Principal Fireman who has served in the Fire Services Department for over JO years.

C.P.H. (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr. Harold Leonard ELSWORTH

Mr. Elsworth is a Divisional Officer in the Fire Services Department which he joined in 1961 after long service in the U.K. Fire Service.

C.P.H. (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr. HO Chung-ming

Hr. Ho'joined the Fire Services Department in 1953 as an Ambulance Dresser. He was promoted to Ambulance Officer in 1972.

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C.P.h. (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr, LEUNG Sheung-ming

Mr. Leung is a Principal Fireman who has spent his service in the Marine Division of the Fire Services Department since 19^7* C.P.M. (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr. LG San

Mr. Lo is a Principal Fireman who has served with the Fire Services Department for over 28 years.

Badge Gf Honour

Mr. CHAN Yum-tong

Mr. Chan has been Chairman of the Yau Ma Tei Kaifong Association since 1972* Mr. CHEUNG Shek-fu

Mr. Cheung is a prominent community leader in the West Ngau Tau Kok area.

Mr. CHO.j Chee-keung

Mr. Chow is Vice President of the Chinese Football Association and Chairman of the South China Athletic Association.

Mr. HUI Tim

Mr. Hui is a well-known community leader in Tsuen Wan, where he is a founder member of the Board of the Yan Chai Hospital and the Tsuen Wan Trade Association.

Mr, KOO To-shing

Mr. Koo has a distinguished record of public service in

Yuen Longtwhere he^as been a Director of the Pok Oi Hospital since 1965.

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Mr, LAU Y?m~man

Mr. Lau is Chairman of the Sha Tau Kok Rural Committee and ?. highly respected leader in the community.

Mrs. Lina LI

Mrs. Li is President and former Chairman of the Ko loon 17omen Welfare Club. She is also prominent in organising welfare and sportin activities for young people.

MRS. LUNG FUNG WM-ling

Mrs. LUNG io Chairman of the Eastern District Women’s Welfare Club.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 12, 1976

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR PREDICTS SIGNIFICANT ECONOMIC GROWTH AT OPENING OF POLYSTYRENE PLANT ............................... 1

GOVERNOR TO VISIT FACTORIES IN KWUN TONG ................... 3

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN WAN CHAI AND NORTH POINT ....... 3

KWUN TONG YOUTH CLUB TO HOLD JOINT VARIETY SHOW ............ 4

OPENING OF HOSTEL FOR MENTALLY RETARDED .................... 4

DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE PLEDGES TO HELP FOSTER SCOUT -MOVEMENT ............................................ 5

SEMINAR OH FAMILY LIFE FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS ....... 5

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

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GOVERNOR PREDICTS SIGNIFICANT ECONOMIC GROWTH

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THE GOVENOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE SAID TODAY THAT BARRING UNFORESEEN ACCIDENTS IN THE WORLD, THE GROWTH IN HONG KONG’S ECONOMY THIS YEAR WOULD BE GREATER THAN THAT FORECAST EARLIER IN THE YEAR.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE DOW CHEMICAL POLYSTYRENE

PLANT ON TSI NG Yl ISLAND, SIR MURRAY SAID THE ECONOMY IN HONG KONG THIS YEAR COULD NOW EXPECT SOMETHING SIGNIFICANTLY BETTER THAN THE 9 PER CENT IN-REAL-TERM GROWTH RATE PREDICTED AT THE TIME THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY WAS PREPARING HIS BUDGET.

+GIVEN THIS PROSPECT AND THE EXPANSION IN GOVERNMENT REVENUE THAT SHOULD GO WITH IT, THE .PROSPECTS FOR PROGRESS IN OUR

SOCIAL PROGRAMMES ARE GOOD.-T

SIR MURRAY NOTED THAT HONG KONG’S EXPORTS HAD GROWN BY OVER 50 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE RECESSION IN EARLY 1975 TO THE SAME PERIOD THIS YEAR, AND ARE NOW RUNNING AT A LEVEL HIGHER THAN EVER BEFORE.

HE SAID.+IN RECENT MONTHS, ALSO EMPLOYMENT IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY HAS BEEN GROWING AT A RAPID RATE AND IT IS NOW ALMOST A FIFTH HIGHER THAN A YEAR AGO.

+ALL THIS IS EVIDENCE OF A RAPID TAKING UP OF THE SLACK AND OF RENEWED REAL GROWTH IN THE ECONOMY, AND THIS HAS BEEN REFLECTED ALSO IN ACTIVITY IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, AS WELL AS IN INCREASED CONSUMPTION AND HIGHER IMPORTS.

THE GOVERNOR SAID, +1 BELIEVE HONG KONG IS NOW A STRONGER AND SOUNDER PLACE THAN IT WAS IN THE BOOM YEARS OF 1972/73 AND OUR NEW INDUSTRIAL AND OTHER POLICIES ARE DESIGNED TO MAKE IT STRONGER ST ILL.+

+IN THE NEW PHASE OF INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT WHICH HONG KONG IS ENTERING, THE GOVERNMENT ACCEPTS THAT IT MUST PLAY A POSITIVE ROLE.

+WE WILL, FOR EXAMPLE, CONTINUE TO OPERATE THE MODIFIED IND I STR I AL LAND POLICY WHICH WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN MAKING POSSIBLE THIS PROJECT AND OTHERS WHICH CANNOT BE CARRIED OUT IN HIGH RISE BUILDINGS.+

THE GOVERNMENT WILL ALSO PROVIDE MORE LAND FOR INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THE BUILDI-NG OF INDUSTRIAL ESTATES TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL AREAS FOR LJGHT AND MEDIUM ENGINEERING INDUSTRIES DESIGNED TO' EMPLOY THE WORKERS AND SUPERVISORS BEING TRAINED IN HONG KONG’S POLYTECHNIC AND TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

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HE DISCLOSED THAT ONE ESTATE OF 185 ACRES IS AT PRESENT BEING CONSTRUCTED AT TAI PO AND THE FIRST SITES SHOULD BECOME AVAILABLE FOR OCCUPATION EARLY NEXT YEAR.

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SIR MURRAY SAID,+ANOTHER ESTATE IS PLANNED FOR YUEN LONG AND WE HAVE OUR EYE ON POSSIBLE SITES FOR OTHERS AT PILLAR POINT, KOWLOON BAY AND PERHAPS JUNK BAY.+

TO SPEED UP THIS PROCESS, A PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF A DISTINGUISHED BANKER HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED AND A PROFESSIONAL CHIEF EXECUTIVE APPOINTED.

THE AUTHORITY IS EXPECTED TO ANNOUNCE THE BASIC TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR LETTING SITES BEFORE AUTUMN SO THAT THOSE INTERESTED CAN PLAN WITH A VIEW TO OBTAINING SITES NEXT YEAR.

THE GOVERNOR ALSO PAID TRIBUTE TO THE DOW CHEMICAL FOR PLACING CONFIDENCE IN THE ECONOMIC PROSPECTS AND SOCIAL AND POLITICAL STABILITY OF HONG KONG BY ESTABLISHING THE POLYSTYRENE PLANT.

+THIS NEW PLANT,+ HE SAID, +HOWEVER, REFLECTS GROWING RECOGNITION THAT HONG KONG’S EXPORT INDUSTRY HAS NOW CREATED A WORTHWHILE DOMESTIC MARKET FOR EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS, SUCH AS POLYSTYRENE, HITHERTO IMPORTED ALMOST ENTIRELY FROM MORE ADVANCED COUNTRIES.

+THE DEMAND IS NOW SUFFICIENT TO JUSTIFY THEIR PRODUCTION IN HONG KONG.

+WE HAVE RECENTLY SEEN, OR SOON EXPECT TO SEE, OTHER DEVELOPMENTS TO PROVIDE AN INCREASINGLY SOPHISTICATED BACK-UP FOR OUR INDUSTRY.

+1 AM THINKING, FOR EXAMPLE, OF THE MANUFACTURE OF MACHINE TOOLS- CHEMICAL PRODUCTION IN FIELDS DIFFERENT FROM THOSE SERVED BY THIS PLANT, AND PERHAPS THE ESTABLISHEMNT OF FOUNDRY FACILITIES,* SAID THE GOVERNOR.

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NOTE TO EDITORS* COPIES OF FULL TEXT OF THE GOVERNOR’S SPEECH WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION IN THE G.I.S. PRESS BOXES LATER THIS AFTERNOON.

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GOVERNOR VISITS FACTORY M * H O

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL BE PAYING A VISIT TO TWO FACTORIES. THE MEYER MANUFACTURING CO. AND MEYER ALUMINIUM LTD., IN KWUN TONG ON MONDAY (JUNE 14).

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THESE ASSOCIATED FACTORIES PRODUCE HIGH QUALITY GAUGE TEFLON/ CERAMIC COATED ALUMINIUM COOKWARE, FLASHLIGHT CASES, ASHTRAYS. TENNIS RACKETS AND THE FAMOUS CHINESE +W0K+, AS WELL AS OPERATE HONG KONG’S LARGEST ALUMINIUM ROLLING MILL.

SIR MURRAY MAKES FACTORY VISITS PERIODICALLY IN ORDER TO SEE FOR HIMSELF HOW HONG KONG’S INDUSTRY IS PROGRESSING.

THE TWO MEYER COMPANIES HAVE A TOTAL WORKFORCE OF ABOUT 500 WORKERS AND A MONTHLY TURNOVER OF MORE THAN $6 MILLION. ITS MULTIWARE RANGE OF COOKWARE HAS CAPTURED FIVE MAJOR DESIGN REWARDS IN THE PAST THREE YEARS. OVER. 90 PER CENT OF ITS PRODUCTS IS SOLD OVERSEAS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE VISIT. THE FACTORIES ARE SITUATED AT 380-2, KWUN TONG ROAD, KWUN TONG, KOWLOON.

SIR MURRAY WILL ARRIVE AT THE FACTORY AT 3 P.M. YOUR REPRESENTATIVE IS URGED TO BE PRESENT BY 2.45 P.M. THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT’S PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, MR. GERRY XAVIER, WILL BE ON HAND’TO ASSIST.

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ON HK ISLAND KHOO

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN WAN CHAI AND NORTH POINT FROM 10 A.M. ON TUESDAY (JUNE 15).

IN WAN CHAI, LEARNER DRIVERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO USE THE SOUTHERN SECTION OF 01 KWAN ROAD BETWEEN WING CHEUNG STREET AND SUNG TAK STREET FROM 7.30 A.M. TO 8 P.M. DAILY.

IN NORTH POINT, NORTHBOUND VEHICLES ON TONG SHU I ROAD WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO TURN RIGHT AT THE JUNCTION OF JAVA ROAD AND TONG SHU I ROAD.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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JOINT VARIETY SHOW M M M M M

THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. JIMMY SWEETMAN. WILL OFFICIATE AT THE 'JOINT VARIETY SHOW’ ORGANISED BY THE LEO CLUB OF KWUN TONG AT 8 P.M. TODAY AT THE CARITAS HALL ON BOUNDARY STREET, KOWLOON.

THE ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME, TO BE PERFORMED BY REPRESENTATIVES FROM SEVEN YOUTH CENTRES, WILL INCLUDE CHORUS SINGING. FOLK AND MODERN DANCING, JUDO DEMONSTRATION, STAGE PLAY AND LION DANCE.

THE CLUB IS SPONSORED BY THE KWUN TONG LIONS CLUB. IT’S AIM IS TO HELP TRAIN YOUTH LEADERS AND ITS MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE AND CONTRIBUTE IN COMMUNITY SERVICES.

THE PRESS IS WELCOME TO COVER THE SHOW.

MR. SWEETMAN’S SPEECH WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION IN G. I.S. PRESS BOXES LATER THIS AFTERNOON.

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THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR. LI FOOK-KOW, TODAY CALLED FOR CONTINUED CO-OPERATION BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES TO PROVIDE NEEDS FOR THE CHANGING SOCIETY AND TO BRING ABOUT THE BEST USE OF OUR RESOURCES.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE NEW LIFE PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION ASSOCIATION’S ROTARY HOSTEL FOR MENTALLY RETARDED AT 8, TAI LOK STREET, SHAU KEI WAN.

MR. LI SAID THE OPENING OF THE HOSTEL WOULD HELP THE MENTALLY RETARDED TOWARDS INDEPENDENT LIVING IN THE COMMUNITY.

+IT REFLECTS THE ABILITIES OF ALL BODIES CONCERNED TO CO-OPERATE IN THE FACE OF CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES AND CHANGING NEEDS TO BRING ABOUT THE BEST USE OF RESOURCES,* HE SAID.

THE HOSTEL WAS FIRST BUILT IN 1965 AS A VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE FOR THE BLIND WITH $200,000 DONATED BY THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG. THE FOLLOWING YEAR, A GRANT OF $140,000 FROM THE LOTTERIES FUND WAS USED FOR THE ADDITION OF TWO STOREYS.

WHEN THE TRAINING CENTRE WAS LATER MOVED TO KOWLOON, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE SUGGESTED, AND IT WAS AGREED, THAT THE BUILDING BE CONVERTED INTO A HOSTEL TO MEET A LONG FELT NEED ON HONG KONG ISLAND FOR THIS TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION FOR MENTALLY RETARDED PEOPLE OVER 16. THE LOTTERIES FUND GAVE A FURTHER GRANT OF $100,000 FOR THE CONVERSION.

THE HOSTEL WILL ACCOMMODATE TEN WOMEN AND 20 MEN.

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WILL CONTINUE TO HELP FOSTER THE SCOUT MOVEMENT IN HONG KONG AND PLACE GREAT IMPORTANCE ON POSITIVE YOUTH WORK IN ITS FUTURE DEVELOPMENT PLANS.

+IT IS NECESSARY FOR US TO PROVIDE OUR YOUNGER GENERATION WITH MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO TAKE PART IN MEANINGFUL ACTIVITIES,* THE DIRECTOR, MR. THOMAS LEE, SAID AT THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE 9TH TERM OFFICE-BEARERS OF THE SCOUT ASSOCIATION, KOWLOON REGION THIS (SATURDAY) EVENING.

MR. LEE NOTED THAT THE SCOUT MOVEMENT, AN IMPORTANT YOUTH ACTIVITY l-N HONG KONG, HELPS TO TRAIN YOUNG PEOPLE TO BECOME BETTER CITIZENS AND TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE WELL BEING OF THE COMMUNITY

+IT ADVOCATES THE SCOUT PROMISE AND LAW AS THE BASIC PRINCIPLE IN LIFE. IN ITS PROGRAMMES, EMPHASIS IS LAID ON PROGRESSIVE TRAINING, AND OPPORTUNITIES ARE PROVIDED FOR YOUNGSTERS TO ENJOY GROUP LIFE AND RENDER SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY,* HE SAID.

THROUGH THE CONCERTED EFFORTS OF ITS LEADERS OVER THE PAST YEARS, MR. LEE SAID, THE SCOUT ASSOCIATION HAD DIRECTED MOST OF ITS EFFORTS TO THE EXPANSION OF THE SCOUT MOVEMENT AT THE REGIONAL LEVEL AND HAD SUCCESSFULLY CARRIED OUT TWO FIVE-YEAR DEVELOPMENT PLANS TO UPGRADE ITS SERVICE.

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THREE HUNDRED FORM IV AND V STUDENTS FROM 17 SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT WILL ATTEND A SEMINAR ON FAMILY LIFE TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY (JUNE 15) IN CHEUNG SHA WAN CATHOLIC SECONDARY COLLEGE, FOK WING STREET.

THE THEME OF THE SEMINAR IS +T0 KNOW YOURSELF*. ITS AIM IS TO GIVE YOUNG PEOPLE A CORRECT CONCEPT IN INTER-PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP. THREE TALKS, A FILM SHOW AND AN OPEN FORUM WILL BE HELD TO DEPICT THE CHARACTERISTICS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT OF TEENAGERS. THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF THEMSELVES AND THEIR ACCEPTANCE OF OTHERS.

THE SEMINAR IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SHAM SHU I PO CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE HONG KONG FAMILY WELFARE SOCIETY. EXPERIENCED SOCIAL WORKERS FROM THE FAMILY WELFARE SOCIETY WILL CONDUCT THE SEMINAR.

NOTE TO EDITORS: MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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GOVERNOR’S SPEECH

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Following is the full text of the Governor’s speech at the opening of the Dow Chemical Polystyrene Plant on Tsing Yi Island today: ‘Mr« Gerstacker, Mr. Lundeen, Ladies and Gentlemen,

”It is a great pleasure for me to be invited to officiate at this opening ceremony of this magnificent new polystyrene plant, and to welcome this world-famous American company to our industrial and social community. It is a particularly happy coincidence that this should happen in the bicentennial year of the United States.

'•’It is heart-warming that such a company should place such confidence in the economic prospects and social and political stability of Hong Kong, and is an event of some importance. So I should like to speak about this society of Hong Kong of which Dow Chemicals is now a part, and why it is their participation is of particular significance to us.

"Over the past quarter century the light industry which has developed in Hong Kong has depended on imported raw materials which it has transformed into finished products for overseas consumption. It has been little concerned with the domestic market.

"This new plant, however, reflects growing recognition that Hong Kong’s export industry has now created a worthwhile domestic market for equipment and materials, such as polystyrene, hitherto imported almost entirely from more advanced countries. The demand is now sufficient to justify their production in Hong Kong.

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"This new plant we are here to open is an outstanding and dramatic example of this process, but it is not the only one. We have recently seen, or soon expect to see, other developments to provide an increasingly sophisticated back-up for our industry. I am thinking, for example, of the manufacture of machine tools5 chemical production in fields different from those served by this plant; and perhaps the establishment of foundry facilities. Some of these developments will, like this one, be the result of overseas investment. Some will be joint ventures between overseas and local companies. And perhaps the greatest part will be carried out by local industrialists. Hong Kong industry has evolved to a point at which its character is beginning to change, and it will change more. Industrial evolution and the social progress that investment and growth will bring; these are the characteristics and objectives of this community which your Company, Sir, has joined.

"From our point of view all sources of investment are welcome. As a Government we have shown, and will continue to show, no discrimination for or against any origin of industrial investment. Indeed, our basic attitude is, within obvious limits, to leave business judgements to businessmen. Unlike some other governments we do not set ourselves up always to know best. But in the new phase of industrial development which Hong Kong is entering the Government accepts that it must play a positive role. We will, for example, continue to operate the modified industrial land policy, which was instrumental in making possible this project and others which cannot be carried out in high rise buildings. Its object is to widen the technological base of our industry, and a complementary programme of overseas industrial investment promotion is being undertaken.

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”We will also provide more land for industrial development through the building of industrial estates. These will provide additional areas for light and medium engineering industries designed to employ the workers and supervisors being trained in our technical institutes and in the Hong Kong Polytechnic which are expanding so rapidly. One estate of 185 acres is at present being constructed at Tai Po, and the first sites should become available for occupation early next year. Another estate is planned for Yuen Long and we have our eye on possible sites for others at Pillar Point, Kowloon Bay and perhaps Junk Bay. To speed up this process a Provisional Authority under the Chairmanship of a distinguished banker has been established to direct it and a professional chief executive appointed. I hope the Authority will be able to announce basic terms and conditions for letting sites before the autumn, so that those interested can plan with a view to obtaining sites next year.

’’All this activity will benefit Hong Kong’s industrial development through an increase in technical content and productivity. This in turn will provide more skilled and better paid jobs for our labour force, aid this is one means of increasing the standard of life. But it is not the only way. Our traditional light industries are constantly improving the quality and sophistication of their products; and the other areas of our economy - building and construction, tourism, commerce, banicing and finance among them - are steadily expanding their contribution as they undertake new investments, adopt new techniques and seize new opportunities.

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"So Hong Kong’s social progress, a better environment, better housing,schools, hospitals and social welfare and more varied leisure activities, these things are closely related to lettering our economic performance and growth of the economy. This, in turn, can only happen through more investment in productive facilities, both in the private and the public sectors of the economy and through the upgrading of our skills, both in management and labour. We are therefore determined to achieve the administration, fiscal arrangements, industrial relations and social cohesion, in short the climate in our community that will make these things possible.

“This is a process which has been going on for a quarter of a century and which has .already tranrfk’nmd I’cng Kong from little more than a trans-shipment centre to a modern metropolis, with a national income some fifteen or more times as large as in the early fifties.

Even during the recession, whose short wave struck us with such force from mid-1974 to mid-1975i the process of underlying development and investment was continusing and our businessmen were seeking out new markets, new products and new activities.

"Now, given favourable developments in our main overseas markets, our exports have recovered the , . ? .1 'J । : ‘Ik rec or. and are

poised for a further advance. From the bottom of the recession in the early part of 1975 to the same period in 1976, our exports have grown by over in value terms and are now running at a higher level than

in the boom period in the latter part of 1975> that is to say higher than ever before. In recent months, also, employment in manufacturing industry has been growing at a rapid rate and it is now almost a fifth v har a ; =ar ago. As a result wages have also been increasing, and ir i nd us Lri rates have

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risen by as ..inch as 2C$ or more over their level of last year. All this is evidence of a rapid taking up of the slack and of renewed real growth in the economy rend this has been reflected also in activity in the construction industry, as well as in increased consumption and higher imports.

“Obviously we cannot expect this surging upward trend to

continue at the same pace indefinitely. As I have said, we have been taking up the slack. Once this process has been completed and we re back to reasonably full employment - as we nearly are now - any further advance must depend on the underlying growth of our productive resources and on thoir better utilisation. We also continue tc depend, and I cannot emphasise this too much, on the continued recovery of our overseas markets, particularly in Morth America and Western Europe. Ho-, .-ever particularly in North America but also elsewhere pro.r acts for growth are now most encouraging.

“But this, I think, we can say. By weathering by far the worst

recession since the war and coming back onto our growth course co f st, there is new confidcr. e in Hong Kong’s underlying strength, and future prospects. And to this the helpful attitude of the Peoples’ Republic of China is highly relevant. I believe Hong Kong is now a stronger and sounder place than it was in the boom y<-rs of 1972/75, and our new industrial and other policies are designed to make it stronger still.

’’But economic growth is not the only objective of this Government,

although it is a fundamental requirement for the achievement of our other objectives. For economic growth is only of social moanin' if it brings about a better life for all our people and not just a few. Some of this will happen automatically, through higher wages and higher incomes of all sorts. But in any just society some of the fruits must be distributed through

public action.

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“There now seems little doubt that, barring unforeseen accidents in the world, the growth in the Hong Kong economy this year will be greater than that forecast earlier in the year at the time the Financial Secretary was preparing his Budget. We forecast that our economy would expand by some in real terms in 1976. We can now expect something significantly better. Given this prospect and the expansion in Government revenue that should go with it, the prospects for progress in our social programmes are good. I repeat that the fruits of economic growth must be made available to all our people, while ensuring that the engine of growth, the economy, remains profitable to management and labour, attractive to investors, in good running order and able to deliver the goods. This is the Hong Kong philosophy. It is not based on any political theory, but is pragmatically directed to balancing the greatest reasonable liberty for the reward of private initiative with the progress and welfare of the community as a whole.

”So these gentlemen are the aims of the community your company has joined in which you are so welcome and have so much to contribute, and to whose welfare your standards of construction and technique have shown such scrupulous regard. You will find it open-hearted and stimulating, and you will know the excitement of this city and its industry growing up around you.

“I wish you all possible success and have great pleasure in declaring this plant open.*’

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SUNDAY, JUNE 13, 1976.

3RD INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE REVIEW COMMITTEE STARTS WORK M K K * M

THE THIRD INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE REVIEW COMMITTEE, WHICH

WAS APPOINTED LAST FEBRUARY TO CONSIDER THE PRESENT SYSTEM OF TAXATION OF PROFITS AND OTHER FORMS OF INCOME, WILL START WORK ON TUESDAY (JUNE 15).

SUBMISSIONS, WHICH SHOULD BE CONFINED STRICTLY TO ITS TERMS OF REFERENCE, ARE INVITED FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC. PROFESSIONAL. BODIES, TRADE ASSOCIATIONS AND OTHER INTERESTED ORGANIZATIONS.

THEY SHOULD BE FORWARDED AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE TO THE COMMITTEE’S SECRETARY, ROOM 118, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1ST FLOOR, EAST WING, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG.

THE REVIEW COMMITTEE, UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF MR. J.A. JOHNSTONE, A FORMER COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE -IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, HAS THE FOLLOWING TERMS OF ‘REFERENCE

+HAVING REGARD TO THE ECONOMIC CIRCUMSTANCES OF HONG KONG WHICH DICTATE --

(A) A COMPARATIVELY LOW LEVEL OF DIRECT TAXATION*

(B) THAT THE SYSTEM AT GIVEN TAX RATES SHOULD BE AS PRODUCTIVE OF REVENUE AS POSSIBLE* AND

(C) THAT THE RELEVANT LEGISLATION SHOULD BE SIMPLE AND INEXPENSIVE TO ADMINISTER*

TO CONSIDER THE PRESENT SYSTEM OF TAXATION OF PROFITS AND OTHER FORMS OF INCOME CONTAINED IN THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE, AND IN PARTICULAR —

(A)

(B)

(C)

(D)

(E)

(F)

(G)

(H)

(I)

THE SYSTEM OF VOLUNTARY AGGREGATION UNDER PERSONAL

ASSESSMENT*

THE TAXATION OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES*

THE TREATMENT OF DIVIDENDS AND ITS RELATION TO THE

TAXATION OF CORPORATE PROFITS*

THE TREATMENT OF INTEREST AND THE RELIEF FOR INTEREST PAID-

THE TERRITORIAL AMBTT OF THE VARIOUS CHARGES (HAVING

REGARD, INTER ALIA, TO THE EFFECTS OF CHANGING COMMERCIAL

PRACTICES AND RECENT CASE LAW)*

THE TAXATION OF BENEFITS IN KIND*

THE NOTIONAL BASIS OF THE PROPERTY TAX CHARGE*

THE TAXATION OF SPECIFIC CLASSES OF TAXPAYER, INCLUDING

PROFITS FROM SHIPPING* AND

THE ADEQUACY OF EXISTING RELIEF FOR EXPENSES INCURRED BY BUSINESSES AND EMPLOYEES.+

/ /THE SECRETARY ..........

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THE SECRETARY, MR. A.D. DUFFY, HONG KONG’S COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE BETWEEN 1963 AND 1972 AND A MEMBER OF THE PREVIOUS REVIEW COMMITTEE, SAID TODAY THAT THE COMMITTEE WOULD BE WORKING TO A STRICT TIMETABLE.

+WHERE SUBMISSIONS ARE BEING PREPARED ON ALL OR A LARGE NUMBER OF THE LISTED ITEMS AND ARE NOT COMPLETED AT AN EARLY DATE, IT IS SUGGESTED THAT PARTIAL SUBMISSIONS BE FORWARDED.

+FURTHER GUIDANCE MAY BE OBTAINED BY TELEPHONING 5-95400 OR 5-95321,+ HE SAID.

THE REVIEW COMMITTEE WILL SUBMIT ITS REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE GOVERNOR WITHIN SIX MONTHS FROM JUNE 15.

ITS PART-TIME MEMBERS ARE:-

THE HONOURABLE Q.W. LEE., O.B.E. MEMBER OF LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL-

MRS SUSAN YUEN, O.B.E., OF THE

FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES AND THE HONG KONG MANAGEMENT ASSOC I AT ION-

MR. K.A. MILLER., C.A.- WHO WAS, UNTIL RECENTLY, A PRACTISING MEMBER OF THE ACCOUNTANCY PROFESSION AND IS NOW IN PRIVATE BUSINESS IN HONG KONG-

DR. Y.C. JAO, SENIOR LECTURER IN ECONOMICS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

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EMPLOYMENT SURVEY OF CONSTRUCTION SITES IN PRIVATE SECTOR

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL CARRY OUT ANOTHER SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT IN PRIVATE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES FROM NEXT TUESDAY TO THURSDAY (JUNE 15 TO 17).

THE FIRST OF THE PRESENT SERIES OF SURVEYS WAS CONDUCTED LAST MARCH. IT SHOWED THAT A TOTAL OF 41,257 PEOPLE WERE ENGAGED AT VARIOUS WORK SITES AT THAT TIME, INCLUDING 27,894 WHO- WERE INVOLVED IN BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

THE SURVEY THIS WEEK WILL COVER ALL WORK SITES ON RECORD AT THE BUILDING ORDINANCE OFFICE AND ALL SITE WORKERS ENGAGED EXCLUDING THOSE ENGAGED IN PROFRESSIONAL WORK, SUCH AS ARCHITECTS, ENGINEERS, CONTRACT MANAGERS AND SURVEYORS.

BEEN WORK

CIRCULAR LETTERS TOGETHER SENT TO THOSE CONTRACTORS AT THE SITES.

WITH COPIES OF THE SURVEY FORM HAVE IN CHARGE OF BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION

CONTRACTORS ARE REQUESTED TO ASSIGN A RESPONSIBLE PERSON AT EACH SITE TO COMPLETE THE FORM WITH THE NUMBER OF SITE WORKERS BY SEX AS AT JUNE 15, 1976.

SURVEY OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT, EACH BEARING A GOVERNMENT IDENTITY CARD, WILL VISIT THE RESPECTIVE SITES TO COLLECT THE COMPLETED SURVEY FORMS AND GIVE ASSISTANCE IF NECESSARY.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS 'AND STATISTICS APPEALS TO INDIVIDUAL CONTRACTORS AND THEIR SITE STAFF FOR CO-OPERATION IN SUPPLYING THE INFORMATION REQUIRED. HE EMPHASIZES THAT THE INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE TREATED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE, AND WILL ONLY BE USED FOR THE COMPILATION OF STATISTICAL TABLES.


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VOLUNTEERS TRAINING COURSE

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FIFTY YOUTH VOLUNTEERS WILL ATTEND A TRAINING COURSE NEXT WEEK AIMED AT DEVELOPING THEIR INTERESTS IN SERVING THE COMMUNITY. IT WILL PROVIDE THEM WITH A BASIC CONCEPT AND TECHNIQUE IN VOLUNTEER SERVICES.

SPONSORED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICE IN WAN CHAI, THE COURSE WILL LAST FROM JUNE 15 TO JULY 13. LECTURES WILL BE HELD EVERY TUESDAY AND FRIDAY EVENING BETWEEN 7.15 P.M. AND 9 P.M. AT THE LADY TRENCH TRAINING CENTRE IN 01 KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI.

THE TOPICS OF THESE LECTURES WILL INCLUDE THE INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL SERVICES, ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF VOLUNTEERS. PRINCIPLES OF GROUP GAMES AND KNOWLEDGE OF OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES.

THE COURSE WILL ALSO INCLUDE A SEMINAR CAMP TO BE HELD AT THE BEGINNING OF JULY AND A PRACTICAL EXERCISE IN THE FORM OF A CHILDREN’S GAMES DAY TO BE HELD AT THE STONE NULLAH LANE CHILDREN’S PLAYSTREET.

THE COURSE IS OPEN TO ALL YOUNG PEOPLE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 16 AND 21 WHO HAVE COMPLETED AT LEAST FORM IV EDUCATION.

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WATER CUT

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN SHAU KEI WAN WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 1 A.M. ON TUESDAY (JUNE 15) TO FACILITATE A LEAKAGE TEST BY THE WATERWORKS OFFICE.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY SHAU KEI WAN ROAD, CHURCH STREET, THE SEAFRONT INCLUDING FACTORY STREET. TAI TAK STREET, MONG LUNG STREET, KAM WA STREET, PO MAN STREET, SHAUKEIWAN MAIN STREET EAST AND WONG WA STREET.

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MONDAY, JUNE 14, 1976

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GRANTS AND LOANS SCHEME FOR POLYTECHNIC STUDENTS............. 1

GOVERNOR VISITS ALUMINIUM FACTORY................  '•........ ‘

REDUCED FARE TRAIN TICKETS FOR STUDENTS DURING SUMMER HOLIDAYS.............................................. J

SHA TIN SHOP OPERATORS TAKE UP TENANCIES IN LEK YUEN ESTATE......................................................

WATER CUT IN AP LEI CHAU AND WONG CHUK HANG....'............. 5

CANOE CAMP AT TAI MONG TSAI.................................. 5

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

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FINANCE SCHEME FOR POLYTECHNIC STUDENTS X X X X X X

THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT A SCHEME OF GRANTS AND LOANS WOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE TO FULL-TIME STUDENTS AT THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC. IT WILL COME INTO OPERATION IN THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR 1976-77. THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALSO ENDORSED THE DECISION OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS FOR THE POLYTECHNIC TO INCREASE TUITION FEES FOR NEW FULL-TIME STUDENTS FROM THE TIME WHEN THE FINANCE SCHEME IS INTRODUCED.

THE SCHEMA FOR POLYTECHNIC STUDENTS WILL BE SIMILAR TO THE SCHEME THAT IS AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITIES. ALL AWARDS WILL BE MADE ON THE BASIS OF NEED, TAKING ACCOUNT OF FAMILY INCOME AND OF OTHER CONSIDERATIONS.

THE MAXIMUM GRANT THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE TO A STUDENT WILL BE THE FULL TUITION FEE PLUS $600 FOR EXPENSES SUCH AS BOOKS AND EQUIPMENT. THE MINIMUM GRANT WILL BE $100.

THE LOANS, WHICH PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TOWARDS THE STUDENTS’ LIVING EXPENSES, WILL RANGE FROM A MINIMUM OF $600 TO A MAXIMUM OF $4,000. THE LOANS ARE INTEREST FREE AND ARE PAYABLE OVER THREE OR FIVE YEARS AFTER LEAVING THE POLYTECHNIC, DEPENDING ON THE LENGTH OF COURSE TAKEN BY THE STUDENT.

THE GRANT AND LOAN SCHEME IS NOT OPEN TO PART-TIME STUDENTS.

IT IS NOT KNOWN HOW MANY POLYTECHNIC STUDENTS WILL NEED ASSISTANCE, BUT FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF THE SCHEME IT HAS’ BEEN ASSUMED THAT THE DISTRIBUTION OF INCOMES AND RESOURCES AMONG POLYTECHNIC STUDENTS WILL BE THE SAME AS AT THE UNIVERSITIES. THIS MEANS THAT ABOUT 60 PER CENT OF THE FULL-TIME STUDENTS, OR ABOUT 3,000 WILL BE ASSISTED.

STUDENTS WILL HAVE TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR FINANCIAL AID AND THE INFORMATION THEY PROVIDE WILL HAVE TO BE SUPPORTED BY A STATUTORY DECLARATION, WHICH MAY BECOME THE BASIS OF PROSECUTION IF THE INFORMATION IS FOUND TO.BE FALSE. THE SCHEME IS AN ANNUAL ONE AND FRESH APPLICATIONS WILL HAVE TO BE MADE EACH YEAR.

APPLICATIONS FOR ASSISTANCE FROM EXISTING STUDENTS MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE POLYTECHNIC BY AUGUST 4, 1976. APPLICATION FORMS FOR NEW STUDENTS WILL BE GIVEN TO THEM WHEN THEY ARE NOTIFIED THAT THEY HAVE BEEN ADMITTED TO THE POLYTECHNIC. THEY SHOULD BE COMPLETED AND RETURNED IMMEDIATELY.

EVEN IF THIS IS DONE, HOWEVER, IT WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE ON THIS OCCASION TO TELL EACH STUDENT EXACTLY WHAT AID IS BE I Nd OFFERED UNTIL AFTER THE START OF THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR. IN THE UNIVERSITY SCHEME NOTIFICATIONS ARE MADE SHORTLY BEFORE THE STUDENTS REGISTER. IT IS HOPED NEXT YEAR TO ACHIEVE THIS ALSO FOR POLYTECHNIC STUDENTS, BUT THE LATENESS OF THE PUBLICATION OF THE RESULTS OF THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATIONS, ON WHICH MANY POLYTECHNIC STUDENTS DEPEND FOR ADMISSION, MAKES IT VERY DIFFICULT.

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THE SCHEME WILL BE CONTROLLED BY A JOINT COMMITTEE CALLED THE POLYTECHNIC STUDENTS FINANCE COMMITTEE. IT WILL CONSIST OF THE SECRETARY OF THE UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE AS CHAIRMAN, THREE STAFF REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE POLYTECHNIC, THREE STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE POLYTECHNIC CHOSEN BY THEMSELVES AND AN OBSERVER FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

THE INCREASE IN TUITION FEES FOR FULL-TIME COURSES WILL NOT APPLY TO STUDENTS ALREADY ENROLLED IN THE POLYTECHNIC AND THEY WILL CONTINUE TO PAY THE EXISTING FEE OF $400 PER YEAR UNTIL THEY COMPLETE THEIR COURSE.

HOWEVER, NEW STUDENTS ENROLLING ON FULL-TIME COURSES WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY $700 FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 1976-77, AND BOTH THEY AND NEW STUDENTS ENROLLING IN 1977 WILL PAY $1,000 FOR 1977-78 AND THE SAME IN SUBSEQUENT ACADEMIC YEARS.

PART-TIME COURSE FEES WILL ALSO BE RAISED IN THE 1976-77 AND 1977-78 ACADEMIC YEAR.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT TUITION FEES AT THE POLYTECHNIC, AS AT THE UNIVERSITIES, ARE VERY MUCH LESS THAN THE REAL COSTS. EVEN WHEN FULL-TIME FEES ARE RAISED TO $1,000 PER ANNUM, THEY WILL ONLY AMOUNT TO ABOUT 7 PER CENT OF THE ANNUAL COST.OF RUNNING THESE COURSES.

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, TODAY TOOK A CLOSE LOOK AT HOW ALUMINIUM SHEETS AND ALUMINIUM PRODUCTS ARE BEING MADE IN HONG KONG.

SIR MURRAY SPENT OVER AN HOUR VISITING THE MEYER MANUFACTURING COMPANY AND ITS SISTER FACTORY, THE MEYER ALUMINIUM LTD. IN KWUN TONG.

HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. DAVID JORDAN, AND THE PRINCIPALS OF THE MEYER GROUP, MR. W.G. CHENG, AND MRS. STANLEY CHENG.

THE MEYER COMPANIES WERE ESTABLISHED IN 1949 BY THE CHENG BROTHERS, WHO OPERATED THE HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL CHIAP HUA GROUP, TO MANUFACTURE FLASHLIGHTS. SUBSEQUENTLY IT PIONEERS INTO ALUMINIUM ROLLING AND A WIDE RANGE OF ALUMINIUM PRODUCTS, INCLUDING THE FAMOUS CHINESE +WOK+.

THE TURNOVER OF THESE TWO COMPANIES IS CURRENTLY $6 MILLION A MONTH.

THE TWO FACTORIES EMPLOY A TOTAL OF ABOUT 550 WORKERS

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REDUCED FARE TRAIN TICKETS FOR STUDENTS DURING SUMMER HOLIDAYS *******

HALF-FARE TRAIN TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE URBAN AREAS TO ORGANISE PICNICS AND OUTINGS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, THE GENERAL MANAGER OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY, MR. REG GREGORY, SAID THE REDUCED FARE WOULD ALSO PROVIDE AN INCENTIVE FOR STUDENTS IN RURAL DISTRICTS TO VISIT THE CITY MORE FREQUENTLY.

+THIS WILL ENABLE THEM TO PARTICIPATE IN ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE URBAN SERVICES AND OTHER DEPARTMENTS AND TO ENJOY THE AMENITIES LACKING IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.*

THE CONCESSION FARES, HE ADDED, WOULD BE INTRODUCED ON THE KCR BRITISH SECTION FOR TWO MONTHS FROM JULY 2 UP TO AND INCLUDING AUGUST 31, SUBJECT TO A NUMBER OF CONDITIONS.

ORDINARY HALF-FARE ’’CHILD” TICKETS, OVERPRINTED WITH THE WORD ’’STUDENT”, WILL BE SOLD FOR TRAIN JOURNEYS ON SCHEDULED PASSENGER TRAINS FROM NT STATIONS TO MONG KOK OR THE HUNG HOM TERMINAL, AND VICE-VERSA.

ONLY RETURN TICKETS FOR ORDINARY CLASS, VALID.FOR THE DATE OF ISSUE, WILL BE SOLD. THESE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE ON WEEK. DAYS . ONLY, AND NOT ON SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE IN RESPECT OF UNUSED RETURN PORTIONS OF THE TICKETS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.

STUDENTS OVER-RIDING THE STATIONS FOR WHICH THEIR HALF-FARE TICKETS WERE SOLD WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY HALF-FARE PLUS 50 PER CENT FOR THAT PORTION OF THE JOURNEY FOR WHICH THEY DO NOT HOLD TICKETS.

STUDENTS FOUND TRAVELLING IN FIRST CLASS COACHES WITH THE CONCESSION TICKETS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY THE FULL FARE OF THE HIGHER CLASS PLUS 50 PER CENT, LESS THE ORDINARY CLASS HALF-FARE.

PURCHASERS OF* HALF-FARE STUDENT TICKETS MUST SHOW TO THE RAILWAY BOOKING CLERKS AND, WHEN REQUESTED, TO THE TICKET INSPECTORS ON THE TRAINS, DOCUMENTS CERTIFYING THAT THEY ARE BONA FIDE STUDENTS EMPLOYED ON FULL TIME STUDY.

IF SUCH DOCUMENTS DO NOT BEAR PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE HOLDERS, HONG KONG IDENTITY CARD MUST ALSO BE PRODUCED FOR INSPECTION.

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SHA TIN MARKET SHOP OPERATORS TO TAKE UP TENANCIES IN LEK YUEN ESTATE ******

THE TENANCIES OF EIGHT SHOPS IN LEK YUEN ESTATE, RESERVED FOR THE OPERATORS OF BUSINESSES IN SHA TIN MARKET WHICH ARE TO BE CLEARED ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 16), WERE ALLOCATED AT A RESTRICTED TENDER HELD THIS (MONDAY) AFTERNOON.

A FURTHER SHOP WAS ALLOCATED AT A SIMILAR TENDER HELD EARLIER THIS MONTH, LEAVING 19 SHOPS STILL TO BE DISPOSED OF.

ALTOGETHER A TOTAL OF 28 SHOP AND RESTAURANT OPERATORS OCCUPYING THE FIRST THREE ROWS OF SHA TIN MARKET ARE AFFECTED BY WEDNESDAY’S CLEARANCE.

TODAY’S TENDER WAS THE THIRD TO BE ARRANGED. SIX OF THE SHOPS WENT FOR THEIR UPSET PRICES RANGING FROM 315,000 TO $50,000= A METALWARE AND HOUSEHOLD UTENSIL SHOP, WITH AN UPSET PRICE OF $30,000 WENT FOR $40,200 WHILE A CAFE, WITH AN UPSET PRICE OF $46,000 WENT FOR $81,000.

A TOTAL OF 16 PEOPLE WERE INVOLVED IN THE TENDER WHICH WAS ARRANGED AT SHORT NOTICE AT THE REQUEST OF THE SHOP OWNERS WHO MADE APPROACHES TO THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION OVER THE WEEKEND.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE N.T.A. SAID THAT SOME OF THE OPERATORS WHO HAD NOT TAKEN UP THEIR TENANCIES TO ESTATE SHOPS WERE PROBABLY INTENDING TO EXERCISE THEIR RIGHT TO ASSIGN THEM TO OTHERS.

+THEY RECENTLY ADVERTISED THE AVAILABILITY OF TENANCIES AND ARE AWAITING APPROACHES FROM .INTERESTED PARTIES,* HE ADDED.

OTHERS, HE SAID, HAD VERY LIKELY BOUGHT-SHOPS ELSEWHERE AND WOULD NOT'TAKE UP TENANCIES IN LEK YUEN.

BESIDES THE OFFER OF SHOPS IN LEK YUEN ESTATE, THE 28 SHOPKEEPERS ARE ALSO ENTITLED TO EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION. THOSE OCCUPYING SURVEYED DOMESTIC STRUCTURES ARE ALSO QUALIFIED FOR PUBLIC HOUSING.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID CLEARANCE OF THE MARKET SHOPS WOULD BEGIN EARLY ON WEDNESDAY AND PROBABLY TAKE THREE DAYS TO COMPLETE. HE APPEALED TO THE OCCUPANTS TO VACATE BEFORE WEDNESDAY SO THAT THE CLEARANCE OPERATION, WHICH IS IN CONNECTION WITH THE WIDENING OF TAI PO ROAD AND OTHER NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENTS, COULD GO AHEAD SMOOTHLY.

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WATER CUT * * *

WATER SUPPLY TO THE WHOLE OF AP LEI CHAU, INCLUDING THE AP LEI CHAU POWER STATION OF THE HONG KONG ELECTRIC COMPANY LIMITED, WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR 10 HOURS STARTING FROM 9 P.M. TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THIS IS TO ENABLE THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT REPAIR WORK ON A FRESH WATER SUBMARINE MAIN AT TIN WAN NEAR THE BREAKWATER.

ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 16), WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN WONG CHUK HANG WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 1 A.M. TO FACILITATE A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY THE NORTH SIDE OF WONG CHUK HANG ROAD FROM ABERDEEN TRADE SCHOOL TO SHOUSON HILL ROAD, SOUTH SIDE OF WONG'CHUK HANG ROAD FROM HOUSE NO. 44 TO 62, HOUSE NO. 2 TO 10, HEUNG YIP ROAD, HOUSE NO. 2 TO 12, YIP FAT STREET, INCLUDING THE GRANTHAM HOSPITAL.

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A TWO-DAY CANOE CAMP WILL BE ORGANISED FOR YOUNGSTERS BETWEEN 16 AND 25 AT THE TAI MONG TSAI YOUTH CAMP IN SAI KUNG AT THE END OF THIS MONTH.

ACTIVITIES IN THE CAMP WILL INCLUDE CANOEING, HIKING, GAMES AND THE INTRODUCTION OF BASIC KNOWLEDGE IN WATER SAFETY AND CANOEING.

ANYONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING SHOULD CONTACT THE GROUP AND COMMUNITY WORK UNIT OF THE SHAM SHU I PO YOUTH CENTRE AT 88 YU CHAU STREET.

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PUBLIC URGED TO CO-OPERATE IN COMING BY-CENSUS .. 1

A MORE TECHNICALLY SOPHISTICATED LABOUR FORCE NEEDED FOR MAJOR INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT IN NEW TOWNS . 2

WATER CUT IN HUNG HOM............................ 2

PRESS CONFERENCE ON REHOUSING OF BRITISH MILITARY UNITS 3

SECOND CHINESE CULTURAL CONTEST FOR YOUTHS ...... 3

WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE TO CELEBRATE ITS 16TH ANNIVERSARY TOMORROW .......................... *

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

TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 1976

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PUBLIC URGED TO CO-OPERATE IN COMING BY-CENSUS *****

THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS, MR. D.S. WHITELEGGE, TODAY CALLED ON MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO CO-OPERATE IN NEXT MONTH’S BY-CENSUS.

SPEAKING AT THE LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF KOWLOON EAST, HE SAID THAT THE COMING BY-CENSUS WOULD NOT MERELY BE THE COUNTING OF HEADS.

+AS IN COMMON PRACTICE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, WE ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THIS HOUSEHOLD-BASED SURVEY TO LEARN AS MUCH ABOUT YOU ALL AS IS CONSISTENT WITH RESOURCES AND VALIDITY OF THE INFORMATION,+ MR. WHITELEGGE SAID.

+SO, WE ARE, ASKING ABOUT PEOPLE’S AGE, SEX AND MARITAL STATUS, THEIR LIVING CIRCUMSTANCES, INCOME, OCCUPATION, PLACE OF WORK AND HOW THEY GET THERE.+

SINCE THE QUESTIONS WERE +PRETTY PERSONAL ONES+, HE SAID, THERE WOULD BE RELUCTANCE ON THE PART OF THE PUBLIC TO DIVULGE INFORMATION TO A STRANGER APPEARING ON THE DOORSTEPS.

HOWEVER, MR. WHITELEGGE REASSURED THE PUBLIC THAT ALL INFORMATION WOULD BE TREATED WITH STRICT CONFIDENCE AND THAT IT WOULD BE DESTROYED IMMEDIATELY AFTER USE.

THE COMMISSIONER POINTED OUT THAT IN 1976/77, EXPENDITURE IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR WOULD AMOUNT TO $7,200 MILLION. OUT OF THIS TOTAL, MORE THAN $3,000 MILLION WAS TO BE SPENT ON PROJECTS IN THE FIELDS OF EDUCATION, MEDICAL AND HEALTH AND ROAD SYSTEMS.

ALL THESE, HE SAID, REQUIRED DETAILED PLANNING WHICH WOULD HAVE TO BASE ON REASONABLY UP-TO-DATE AND ADEQUATE INFORMATION.

+IT IS THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THIS BY-CENSUS TO GET THE BASE OF AGREEMENT ON INFORMATION AS SATISFACTORY AS IT CAN BE, SO THAT DISCUSSION AND DECISION CAN BE AS EFFECTIVE AS POSSIBLE TO THE BROAD BENEFIT OF THE COMMUNITY OF HONG KONG,+ MR. WHITELEGGE SAID.

THE BY-CENSUS, HE ADDED, CONSISTED OF TWO SEPARATE OPERATIONS — THE MARINE CENSUS AND THE LAND CENSUS. THE MARINE CENSUS WHICH COVERED THE BOAT POPULATION, HAD BEEN COMPLETED DURING THE PERIOD OF MAY 29 TO JUNE 1. THE LAND CENSUS WOULD TAKE PLACE FROM JULY 30 TO AUGUST 8, COVERING ABOUT 100,000 HOUSEHOLDS SELECTED AT RANDOM WITH REFERENCE TO GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS AND TYPES OF HOUSING.

MR. WHITELEGGE SAID THE MARINERS HAD GIVEN 100 PER CENT CO-OPERATION.

HE HOPED THAT THE LAND CENSUS WOULD RECEIVE THE SAME RESPONSE SO THAT +PEOPLE HERE CAN HAVE THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES OF LIFE BETTERED BY REFERENCE TO DECISIONS BASED ON AS RELIABLE INFORMATION AS CAN BE OBTAINED.+

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MORE TECHNICALLY SOPHISTICATED LABOUR FORCE NEEDED IN NEW TOWNS ******

THE SCALE OF ACTIVITY GENERATED BY THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES OF THE NEW TOWNS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES OVER THE'NEXT TEN YEARS WILL GIVE RISE TO A NEED TO PROVIDE AN-EVER INCREASING NUMBER OF. PEOPLE EQUIPPED WITH PROFESSIONAL, TECHNICAL AND MANAGERIAL SKILLS.

THIS WAS POINTED OUT BY MR. E.B. WIGGHAM, DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES TODAY (TUESDAY) WHEN HE OPENED THE CAREERS SEMINAR ORGANISED BY THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AT ST. FRANCIS XAVIER’S SCHOOL, TSUEN WAN.

+ON THE PROFESSIONAL SIDE, WE WILL NEED DOCTORS, TEACHERS, ENGINEERS, PLANNERS, ARCHITECTS AND SOCIAL WORKERS,+ SAID MR. WIGGHAM.,

REFERRING TO THE MAJOR INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT NOW IN PROGRESS IN TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG AND THAT WHICH IS JUST BEGINNING IN . THE OTHER TWO NEW TOWNS OF TUEN MUN AND SHA TIN, HE SAID THAT IT WOULD MEAN DEMANDS FOR A MORE TECHNICALLY SOPHISTICATED LABOUR-FORCE THAN AT PRESENT.

HE TOLD THE STUDENTS ATTENDING THE ONE-DAY SEMINAR THAT THEIR PRESENCE TODAY WAS AN INDICATION THAT THEY REALISED THE IMPORTANCE OF THINKING OUT THEIR FUTURE CAREERS AND WERE AWARE THAT THE COMMUNITY COULD BEST BE SERVED BY PEOPLE WHO WERE SATISFIED IN THEIR CHOSEN OCCUPATION.

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN HUNG HOM AREA WILL BE CUT FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 1 A.M. ON THURSDAY TO ENABLE THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY MA TAU WEI ROAD, LOK SHAN ROAD TO KWA WAN ROAD, NGAN HON STREET, BAILEY STREET, INCLUDING KOWLOON CITY ROAD, SZE CHUEN STREET. HA HEUNG ROAD, CHI KIANG STREET, HUNG FOOK STREET, KAI MING STREET, WING KWONG STREET, WAN TAT STREET, WAN FUK STREET, WAN FAT STREET. WAN SHUN STREET, WAN HING STREET, WAN KING STREET, WAN LOK STREET AND WAN ON STREET.

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PRESS CONFERENCE ON REHOUSING OF BRITISH MILITARY UNITS * * * * * *

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A PRESS CONFERENCE ON THE REHOUSING OF BRITISH MILITARY UNITS NOW BASED AT VICTORIA BARRACKS AND R.A.F. KAI TAK WILL BE HELD AT 3 P.M. TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS, 21ST FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD.

DETAILS OF THE BUILDING PROGRAMME WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY MR. JACK STEAN, DIRECTOR OF THE P.W.D.’S BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DESIGN, PLANNING, AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW ARMY AND AIRFORCE FACILITIES.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE CONFERENCE WILL BE COLONEL C.P.R. PALMER, CHIEF OF STAFF HEADQUARTERS BRITISH FORCES’ CAPTAIN R.L. GARNONS-W ILL I AMS, CAPTAIN-IN-CHARGE OF HONG KONG= AND MR. DAVID MOK, CHIEF P.W.D. ARCHITECT.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE CONFERENCE.

TELEVISION CREWS ARE REQUESTED TO ARRIVE EARLY AND HAVE THEIR EQUIPMENT SET UP BEFORE THE START OF THE CONFERENCE.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

A PRESS CONFERENCE ON THE SECOND CHINESE CULTURAL CONTEST FOR YOUTHS WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AT THE JAPANESE ROOM OF HONG KONG HILTON HOTEL AT 3.00 P.M.

THE CONTEST IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY LOCAL KAIFONG ASSOCIATIONS, CLANSMEN’S ASSOCIATIONS, COMMUNITY SERVICE CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS TO PROMOTE YOUTH INTEREST IN CULTURAL ARTS.

LAST YEAR, MORE THAN 4,000 YOUTHS TOOK PART IN VARIOUS COMPETITIONS WHICH INCLUDED TRANSLATION, CHINESE SPEECH, CHINESE PAINTING AND CALLIGRAPHY.

MR. SHUM CHO I-SANG, CHAIRMAN OF THE WORKING COMMITTEE FOR THE CONTEST’ MR. AUGUSTINE KAM CHUI, DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS AND MRS. KATHERINE FOK, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, WLLL PRESIDE AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOQRAPHER TO ATTEND THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 1976

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WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE TO CELEBRATE 16TH ANNIVERSARY * X * * X

THE WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE WILL CELEBRATE ITS 16TH ANNIVERSARY TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) WITH A PROGRAMME OF ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE PEOPLE LIVING IN THE SURROUNDING AREAS.

THE PROGRAMME INCLUDES A THREE-DAY EXHIBITION ON THE WELFARE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND OTHER WELFARE AGENCIES OPERATING IN THE CENTRE.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPENED AT 3 P.M. OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE MR. LAM KWOK-WAN, HEAD OF THE GROUP AND COMMUNITY WORK DIVISION OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE THREE VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS IN THE CENTRE.

THE CENTRE, SITUATED IN LOWER WONG TAI SIN ESTATE, IS THE FIRST COMMUNITY CENTRE IN HONG KONG. LIKE OTHER COMMUNITY CENTRES, IT HOUSES A VARIETY OF SERVICES UNDER ONE ROOF.

THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT INCLUDE A CLUB FOR 50 DEAF CHILDREN RUN BY THE REHABILITATION DIVIS10N= A LIBRARY WITH NEARLY 12,000 REGISTERED READERS AND A WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE GROUP AND COMMUNITY WORK DIVISION.

VOLUNTARY WELFARE ORGANISATIONS OPERATING IN THE CENTRE INCLUDE THE WONG TAI SIN PRACTICAL TRAINING CENTRE WHICH PROVIDES 400 PRIMARY SCHOOL GRADUATES WITH BASIC COURSES IN REFRIGERATION, AIR-CONDITIONING, ELECTRICAL TRADES, AND MOTORCAR AND FISHING BOAT MAINTENANCE.

THE CHINESE Y.M.C.A. HELPS YOUNG PEOPLE BETWEEN 16 AND 25 TO DEVELOP THEIR INTERESTS AND SKILLS IN SPORT, DRAMA AND VARIOUS FORMS OF ART AND HANDICRAFT WHILE THE SISTERS OF IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY’S OPERATES A DAY NURSERY FOR A MAXIMUM OF 225 CHILDREN BETWEEN TWO AND FIVE YEARS OLD.

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Tuesday, 15 June 1976.

TAI WO HAU REHOUSING OPERATION BEGINS Tenants Offered Improved Living Flats

The Tai Wo Hau Redevelopment Scheme will initially involve the transfer of about 4,300 people to new homes with improved living environment beginning today (Tuesday).

A new office manned by staff of the Redevelopment Division of the Housing Department has been set up at Block 1 of the estate to assist tenants in their rehousing arrangements.

Today, letters giving details of the scheme were delivered to the 803 families in Block 12 and 13 who will be rehoused under the first phase of the scheme.

They will be offered accommodation in Kwai Shing Il/lII and Lai King Estates. Rent for a typical five-person self-contained flat of 244 square feet at Kwai Shing will be 1176 per month.

The Housing Department is fully aware that some tenants may have various difficulties. Private interviews will be arranged with such tenants to ascertain the nature of their needs and how to resolve their problems.

Lower rent accommodation in other estates in the Tsuen Wan/ Kwai Chung district has been held in reserve for families who cannot afford the rents at Kwai Shing and Lai King Estates.

An inter-departmental assistance committee has also been set up to consider help for needy families requiring financial assistance to cover removal and redecoration expenses.

Blocks 12 and 13 will be demolished to make way for new tower blocks which in turn will facilitate the rehousing of other tenants.

Tai Wo Hau Estate will be modernised in due course to incorporate self-contained flats for about 30,'300 people together with a complete range of ancillary facilities.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 1976.

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MAJOR BUILDING PROGRAMME FOR REHOUSING OF BRITISH MILITARY UNITS .................................. 1

SECOND CHINESE CULTURAL CONTEST FOR YOUTHS BEGINS IN AUGUST .......................................... 3

JOBS SECURED FOR OVER 70 EX-DRUG ADDICTS UNDER AN EMPLOYMENT GUIDANCE SCHEME ...................... *

OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH SCHEME .................. 5

SEMINAR ON CAREER GUIDANCE ...................... 6

TWO KOWLOON CITY BUILDINGS DECLARED DANGEROUS ... 6

WATER CUT ....................................... 7

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

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 1976

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REHOUSING' OF BRITISH MILITARY UNITS

MAJOR BUILDING PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED * * * * *

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TODAY ANNOUNCED DETAILS OF THE MAJOR BUILDING PROGRAMME NECESSARY TO REHOUSE BRITISH MILITARY UNITS NOW BASED AT VICTORIA BARRACKS AND R.A.F. KAI TAK.

THE DIRECTOR OF THE P.W.D.’S BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, MR. JACK STEAN, SAID THE PROGRAMME — COSTING $174 MILLION — WOULD FOLLOW A TIGHT SCHEDULE AIMED AT HAVING THE NEW SERVICE FACILITIES READY IN TIME FOR 163 ACRES OF MILITARY LAND TO BE HANDED BACK TO HONG KONG IN KEEPING WITH THE NEW DEFENCE COST AGREEMENT.

UNDER THE AGREEMENT, THE 120-ACRE KAI TAK SITE IS DUE TO BE RETURNED TO THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT BY MARCH 31, 1978 AND THE VICTORIA BARRACKS SITE OF 43.4 ACRES BY MARCH 31, 1979.

MR. STEAN, WHOSE DEPARTMENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DESIGN, PLANNING AND BUILDING OF THE NEW ARMY AND AIRFORCE FACILITIES, WAS SPEAKING AT A JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE HE GAVE IN THE P.W.D.’S MURRAY BUILDING HEADQUARTERS TODAY WITH THE CHIEF OF STAFF HEADQUARTERS BRITISH FORCES, COLONEL C.P.R. PALMER, AND THE ROYAL NAVY’S CAPTAIN-IN-CHARGE H.K., CAPTAIN R.L. GARNONS-WILL I AMS.

MR. STEAN SAID THE MAJOR ITEM IN THE +REPROVIS ION ING+ PROGRAMME WOULD BE THE NEW COMPLEX INSIDE H.M.S. TAMAR TO HOUSE THE HEADQUARTERS BRITISH FORCES AND MOST OF THE SUPPORTING SERVICES WHICH WOULD MOVE OUT OF VICTORIA BARRACKS.

+THIS $63 MILLION COMPLEX WILL CONSIST OF A 2O-STOREY TOWER BUILT OVER A 5-STOREY POD I UM,+ SAID MR. STEAN, +AND WILL INCORPORATE OFFICES, MESSES AND QUARTERS, AS WELL AS RECREATIONAL AND OTHER FACILITIES.+

+IT WILL BE BUILT ON A 36,QOO-SQUARE-FOOT SITE ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE BASIN AT H.M.S. TAMAR.

+THE SITE HAS ALREADY BEEN CLEARED AND PILING WORK IS NOW IN HAND,+ HE SAID. +BUILDING WORK ON THE SUPERSTRUCTURE WILL BEGIN IN DECEMBER THIS YEAR AND SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY JANUARY 1979.+

MR. STEAN SAID A SMALLER BUILDING OF TWO STOREYS WOULD BE PROVIDED AT THE EAST SIDE OF THE BASIN TO HOUSE WORKSHOPS, ESSENTIAL STORES AND ASSOCIATED NAVAL FACILITIES, WITH A HELIPAD ON THE ROOF,

+MINOR ALTERATIONS AND RENOVATION WILL ALSO BE CARRIED OUT ON SOME OF THE EXISTING BUILDINGS INSIDE H.M.S. TAMAR AS PART OF THE REPROVISIONING PROGRAMME,+ HE ADDED.

MR. STEAN SAID WORK WAS PROGRESSING ON A WIDE FRONT ON OTHER PROJECTS IN THE REPROVISIONING PROGRAMME, AND MORE CONTRACTS WOULD BE AWARDED IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

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+0N THE EXISTING' ARMY LAND AT SEK KONG, SITE FORMATION WORK HAS NOW BEEN FINISHED ON THE NEW BASE FOR THE HELICOPTER SQUADRON WHICH WILL BE MOVING FROM KAI TAK, AS WELL AS QUARTERS FOR R.A.F. PERSONNEL,+ HE SAID.

♦WORK IS UNDERWAY ON SIX, SEVEN-STOREY BLOCKS TO PROVIDE 115 QUARTERS FOR MARRIED AIRMEN, AND ANOTHER EIGHT-STOREY BLOCK IS PLANNED FOR MARRIED OFFICERS.+

HE SAID OTHER ITEMS IN THE BUILDING PROGRAMME AT SEK KONG INCLUDED;

* A SINGLE-STOREY HELICOPTER HANGAR"

M A TWO-STOREY ANNEX NEAR THE SEK KONG AIRSTRIP TO HOUSE SUPPORTING OPERATIONAL, ENGINEERING AND AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL FACILITIES"

H AN R.A.F. ADMINISTRATION AND SUPPLY BUILDING"

X REPAIR AND FUEL STORAGE FACILITIES"

* ARMY AND R.A.F. OFFICERS’ MESSES"

H JUNIOR RANKS MESSES" AND

M IMPROVEMENT AND RENOVATION OF EXISTING BARRACK BLOCKS FOR SOLDIERS AND AIRMEN.

MR. STEAN SAID NEW FACILITIES WOULD ALSO BE PROVIDED’ IN OTHER EXISTING CAMPS SUCH AS OSBORN BARRACKS, STANLEY FORT AND GUN CLUB HILL BARRACKS FOR VARIOUS SERVICES FROM BOTH KAI TAK AND VICTORIA BARRACKS.

+AT OSBORN BARRACKS, A TWO-STOREY BUILDING IS PLANNED TO ACCOMMODATE THE POSTAL UNIT AND DIPLOMATIC MAIL SERVICE FROM R.A.F. KAI TAK,+ HE SAID. +AND AT STANLEY FORT, IT IS PROPOSED TO PROVIDE TWO BLOCKS OF 1O-STOREY BUILDINGS WITH OPEN PARKING FACILITIES FOR MARRIED ARMY PERSONNEL.

+A SCHOOL FOR GURKHA CHILDREN IS PLANNED AT GUN CLUB HILL BARRACKS, AND SOME OF THE EXISTING ACCOMMODATION THERE WILL BE CONVERTED TO PROVIDE OTHER FACILITIES.+

MR. STEAN SAID FURTHER QUARTERS WOULD ALSO BE PROVIDED IN A NEW 1O-STOREY BLOCK IN A CORNER OF VICTORIA BARRACKS TO BE RETAINED BY THE ARMY. THIS SMALL SITE, OF ABOUT FOUR ACRES, WAS NEAR QUEEN’S ROAD EAST AND ALREADY CONTAINED A NEWLY-BUILT MULTISTOREY BLOCK.

AS WELL AS THE NEW 1O-STOREY BLOCK ON THIS SITE, WHICH WOULD CONTAIN MARRIED QUARTERS, THERE WOULD BE A FOUR-STOREY BLOCK HOUSING A NAAFI SHOP AND FAMILIES COMMUNITY CENTRE.

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+CONS(DERATION IS ALSO BEING GIVEN TO PROVIDING NEW RESIDENTIAL QUARTERS FOR THE COMMANDER BRITISH FORCES,+ HE SAID.

MR. STEAN SAID THAT DESPITE THE TIGHT SCHEDULE, HE WAS CONFIDENT THAT THE REPROVISIONING PROGRAMME COULD BE COMPLETED BEFORE THE TARGET DATE FOR THE HANDING-OVER OF THE TWO SITES.

THE FUTURE USE OF THE KAI TAK AND VICTORIA BARRACKS SITES, HE SAID, WAS STILL BEING PLANNED.


SECOND CHINESE CULTURAL CONTEST FOR YOUTHS BEGINS IN AUGUST ******

THE SECOND CHINESE CULTURAL CONTEST FOR YOUTHS WILL BEGIN ON AUGUST 7 THIS YEAR.

THIS WAS ANNOUNCED BY MR. SHUM CHOI-SANG, CHAIRMAN OF THE WORKING COMMITTEE FOR THE CONTEST, AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY.

MR. SHUM SAID THE CONTEST WOULD ENABLE LOCAL YOUTHS TO TAKE PART IN VARIOUS FORMS OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE CULTURAL ARTS.

IT WILL START WITH A TRANSLATION COMPETITION TO BE HELD AT THE JUBILEE ARCHBISHOP SCHOOL, KOWLOON TONG. OTHER COMPETITIONS WILL BE HELD BETWEEN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER.

IN ADDITION TO TRANSLATION, CHINESE ESSAY, CHINESE SPEECH, PAINTING AND CALLIGRAPHY COMPETITIONS, MR. SHUM SAID, THERE WOULD ALSO BE A DEBATE CONTEST THIS YEAR.

SPEAKING AT THE SAME CONFERENCE, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, MR. AUGUSTINE KAM CHUI, SAID THE MAIN OBJECT OF THE CONTEST WAS TO WIDEN THE INTEREST OF LOCAL YOUTHS IN THE FINE TRADITION OF CHINESE CULTURE AND THEIR APPLICATION IN DAY-TO-DAY LIFE.

THE CONTEST, SPONSORED BY THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT, IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY VARIOUS KA I FONG ASSOCIATIONS, CLANSMEN’S ASSOCIATIONS, COMMUNITY SERVICE CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS.

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JOBS SECURED FOR OVER 70 EX-DRUG ADDICTS UNDER AN EMPLOYMENT GUIDANCE SCHEME ***** .

THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR. E.l. LEE, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) POINTED OUT THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN A LEAD IN OFFERING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES TO REHABILITATED DRUG ADDICTS.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT A CEREMONY WHICH MARKED THE END OF A SIX-MONTH EXPERIMENTAL EMPLOYMENT GUIDANCE SCHEME FOR THE VOLUNTARILY REHABILITATED ADDICTS ORGANISED BY THE LIONS INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 303, THE SOCIETY FOR THE AID AND REHABILITATION OF DRUG ADDICTS (SARDA), THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OF SARDA AND THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

UNDER GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS, THE COMMISSIONER SAID, EX-DRUG ADDICTS COULD BE EMPLOYED IN THE CIVIL SERVICE, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THOSE SERIOUS OFFENDERS WHO WERE ENGAGED IN THE +RECEIVING+, +MANUFACTURING+ AND +TRAFFICKING+ OF DANGEROUS DRUGS. HE FURTHER POINTED OU.T THAT A TOTAL OF 25 REHABILITATED DRUG ADDICTS WERE, AS A MATTER OF FACT, SERVING IN THE CIVIL SERVICE LAST YEAR.

THIS WAS NOT A VERY LARGE FIGURE, BUT IT INDICATED THAT THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST REHABILITATED ADDICTS, MR. LEE SAID.

COMMENTING ON THE EXPERIMENTAL EMPLOYMENT GUIDANCE SCHEME WHICH HAS SUCCESSFULLY SECURED JOB PLACEMENTS FOR 76 EX-ADDICTS, MR. LEE SAID IT WAS A HOPEFUL INDICATION THAT PEOPLE IN HONG KONG WERE NOW BEGINNING TO SHOW A GREATER INTEREST IN HELPING EX-DRUG ADDICTS.

HE EMPHASISED THAT EX-ADD ICTS MUST EE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK SO THAT THEY COULD RE-ESTABLISH THEMSELVES AS RESPONSIBLE AND CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY.

+WHAT THE GOVERNMENT AND THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES NEED NOW IS THE SYMPATHY AND PRACTICAL SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE AND THIS IS PERHAPS THE MOST FORMIDABLE TASK WHICH CONFRONTS US,+ MR. LEE ADDED.

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THE GROUP AND COMMUNITY WORK DIVISION OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAS BEGUN ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE FOURTH ROUND OF THE +OPPORTUNIT IES FOR YOUTH SCHEME+.

THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THE SCHEME IS TO ENCOURAGE YOUTH TO TAKE PART IN PROJECTS THAT WOULD BENEFIT THE COMMUNITY AND AT THE SAME TIME HELP THEM TO DEVELOP THEIR PERSONALITIES.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL ITS COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICES.

ANY GROUP WHICH IS RECOGNISED OR SPONSORED BY SCHOOLS, YOUTH AGENCIES OR INSTITUTIONS MAY APPLY. EACH GROUP SHOULD HAVE MORE THAN TEN MEMBERS AGED BETWEEN 15 AND 25 YEARS. THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS JUNE 30, 1976.

PROJECTS PROPOSED BY EACH GROUP WILL BE ASSESSED BY THE DEPARTMENT ACCORDING TO THE EXTENT OF YOUTH INVOLVEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT, COMMUNITY BENEFITS, INNOVATION, FEASIBILITY AND OPTIMUM USE OF RESOURCES.

MR. LAM KWOK-WAN, PRINCIPAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER OF THE DIVISION SAID THAT SINCE THE SCHEME WAS FIRST LAUNCHED IN 1974, THE DEPARTMENT HAD SUPPORTED 149 PROJECTS INVOLVING NEARLY 5 000 YOUNG PEOPLE. IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT NEARLY 200,000 PEOPLE HAD DERIVED BENEFIT FROM THESE PROJECTS.

AN AMOUNT NOT EXCEEDING $2,000 PER PROJECT WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO PROPOSALS OF THE HIGHEST MERITS. HALF OF THE AMOUNT WILL BE ADVANCED BEFORE THE START OF THE PROJECT AND THE REST HALF WAY THROUGH. EVALUATION REPORTS MUST BE SUBMITTED AT THE END OF EACH PROJECT.

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A ONE-DAY SEMINAR ON CAREER GUIDANCE WILL EE ORGANISED FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL LEAVERS AND YOUNG FACTORY WORKERS IN THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT THIS SUNDAY (JUNE 20).

THE AIM IS TO PROVIDE THESE YOUNGSTERS WITH SOME BASIC KNOWLEDGE AND INFORMATION ON THE LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SITUATION, VACANCIES, PROSPECTS AS WELL AS JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN VARIOUS TRADES AND PROFESSION.

THE SEMINAR, SPONSORED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S SHAM SHU I PO YOUTH CENTRE, WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE CENTRE AT 88 YU CHAU STREET BETWEEN 10 A.M. AND 5 P.M.

IT WILL FEATURE TALKS BY REPRESENTATIVES FROM COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL SECTORS.

THERE WILL ALSO EE TALKS ON THE CIVIL SERVICE, POLICE FORCE, SOCIAL WORK, NURSING PROFESSION AND APPRENTICE TRAINING.

TO WIND UP THE PROGRAMME, THERE WILL BE A FILM SHOW ON +HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR CAREER+, PRESENTED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY DECLARED NOS. 4 AND 5 LUNG YUEN SAI TAU VILLAGE, KOWLOON CITY LIABLE TO BECOME DANGEROUS AND ORDERED THE DEMOLITION OF THESE BUILDINGS.

THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THAT THESE SINGLE STOREY PRE-WAR BUILDINGS WERE CONSTRUCTED WITH TIMBER ROOFS ON LOAD-BEARING WALLS AND WERE GENERALLY IN AN ADVANCED STATE OF DETERIORATION.

+0N JUNE 5, 1976 THERE WAS A COLLAPSE OF PART OF THE ROOF OF AN ADJACENT BUILDING, AT NO. 3 LUNG YUEN SAI TAU VILLAGE. THAT-BUILD ING WAS THE SUBJECT OF A CLOSURE ORDER ISSUED ON JUNE 8 AND IT WILL BE DEMOLISHED,* HE SAID.

+IT IS CONSIDERED THAT NOS. 4 AND 5, LUNG YUEN SAI TAU VILLAGE WOULD BE ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY THE DEMOLITION OF NO. 3 LUNG YUEN SAI TAU VILLAGE OR BY ANY FURTHER COLLAPSE AT THAT ADDRESS.*

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS IN KOWLOON DISTRICT COURT AT 10.00 A.M. ON JULY 7, 1976 WERE POSTED TODAY.

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WATER CUT * * * *

WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN REPULSE BAY AND MONG KOK AREAS WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 1 A.M. ON FRIDAY TO ENABLE THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT NIGHT LEAKAGE TESTS..

IN REPULSE BAY, THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY SOUTH BAY ROAD, BEACH ROAD, HOUSE NO. 58, REPULSE BAY ROAD AND R.B.L. 167 REPULSE BAY ROAD.

IN MONG KOK, THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY SA I YEUNG CHOI STREET, NULLAH ROAD, NATHAN ROAD, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, KOWLOON CANTON RAILWAY, LUEN WAN ROAD, ARGYLE STREET AND TUNG CHOI STREET, INCLUDING SAI YEE STREET, FA YUEN STREET, BUTE STREET, MONG KOK ROAD, FIFE STREET AND SOME OF THE PREMISES IN FIFE STREET, SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET, ARGYLE STREET AND NATHAN ROAD.

ANOTHER AREA IN KOWLOON WHICH WILL ALSO BE AFFECTED IS SHAM SHU I PO. WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF BUILDINGS THERE WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR EIGHT HOURS STARTING FROM 10 P.M. ON FRIDAY TO FACILITATE REPAIR WORK ON A FRESH WATER MAIN AT THE JUNCTION OF WING HONG STREET AND TAI NAM STREET.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY WING HONG STREET AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD FROM TUNG CHAU STREET TO YU CHAU STREET.

AMONG THE PREMISES AFFECTED ARE ON TAI FACTORY BUILDING, MAN SHING FACTORY BUILDING, WUI WAH FACTORY BUILDING, KA SHING FACTORY BUILDING, LO’S BUILDING, LUEN YAK BUILDING, WO KAM CHEUNG BUILDING, KWONG LUNG TAI BUILDING, MEI ON FACTORY BUILDING, KA LEI FACTORY BUILDING AND WING HONG FACTORY BUILDING.

MEANWHILE, SALT WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN THE KWUN TONG AND NGAU TAU KOK AREAS WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 10 A.M. ON FRIDAY TO MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAY.

THIS IS TO ENABLE THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CONNECT PIPELINES ALONG THE KWUN TONG ROAD BETWEEN HONG NING ROAD AND ELEGANCE ROAD.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY KWUN TONG ROAD, NGAU TAU KOK ROAD, KUNG LOK ROAD, WAN HON STREET, TSUI PING ROAD, KING YIP STREET AND HOI BUN ROAD. THREE HOUSING ESTATES — THE JORDAN VALLEY ESTATE, THE LOWER AND UPPER NGAU TAU KOK ESTATE AND THE KWUN TONG ESTATE -- WILL ALSO BE AFFECTED.

HONG KONG HOUSING AUTHORITY

Wednesday, 16 June 1976.

HOUSING DEPARTMENT CONDUCTS SQUATTER SURVEY Aim To Obtain Up-To-Date Situation

More than 1,000 Housing Department staff are now engaged in a survey of all domestic and industrial squatter structures in Hong Kong, Kowloon and Tsuen Wan.

The survey will involve numbering and measuring all huts as well as commercial and industrial areas. It will also cover certain grounded boats and stilted structures.

A spokesman for the Housing Department said the object of the survey was to obtain an up-to-date picture of the squatting situation.

•It will also enable the department to exercise more effective control over squatting in future,” the spokesman said.

The survey will in no way confer immunity from demolition, but generally structures covered by the survey will not normally be cleared until the land in required for development.

•However, ” the spokesman emphasised, ”any new structures built after the survey will be subject to demolition.”

The survey will not affect the current eligibility criteria of the Housing Authority for squatters on clearance.

•This means that only occupants of domestic huts covered by the 1964 general squatter survey will be eligible for public housing on clearance. All others will continue to be offered space in licensed areas if homeless ” the spokesman said.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 1976

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SECRETARY FOR CIVIL SERVICE CLARIFIES COST OF LIVING SYSTEM ...................................................... 1

DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY GOES ON STUDY-CUM-VACATION LEAVE .............................................. 2

FINAL OF C.A.S. INTER-UNIT VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT TO BE PLAYED ON SUNDAY .........................  ,............. 2

SEMINAR ON ’PRACTICAL AQUATIC ECOLOGY’ OPENS ON

SATURDAY ...........................I....'.................... 3

DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS TO VISIT KINDERGARTEN IN SAU MAU PING ESTATE ............................................. 4

’’MEET THE MEDIA” SESSION .................................... 4

LECTURERS REQUIRED FOR ADULT EDUCATION COURSES ............... 5

WATER CUT IN SHAM SHU I PO ................................... 5

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THURSDAY, JUNt 17, 1976

COST OF LIVING SYSTEM CLARIFIED x M H M * ■*

THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE, MR. A.J. SCOTT, TODAY SAID THAT RECENT NEWSPAPER REPORTS INDICATED MISUNDERSTANDINGS ABOUT HOW THE CIVIL SERVICE COST OF LIVING SYSTEM WORKS AND WHAT HAPPENS TO IT WHEN AN OVERALL PAY REVIEW TAKES PLACE.

HE EXPLAINED THAT CERTAIN RANKS OF CIVIL SERVANTS, MAINLY LABOURERS AND ARTISANS IN THE MOD 1 PAY SCALE, RECEIVE THE COST OF LIVING ALLOWANCE. THE ALLOWANCE IS DESIGNED AS A +TEMPORARY BUFFER* AGAFNST AN INCREASE IN THE COST OF LIVING BETWEEN OVERALL PAY REVIEWS. THE ALLOWANCE IS REVIEWED QUARTERLY IN THE LIGHT OF THE MOVEMENT OF THE COST OF LIVING INDEX.

COST OF LIVING ALLOWANCE PAYMENTS ARE ABSORBED IN AN OVERALL REVIEW, BECAUSE THE NEW SALARY LEVELS ESTABLISHED IN AN OVERALL REVIEW TAKE INTO ACCOUNT ALL APPROPRIATE EVIDENCE SINCE THE DATE OF THE PREVIOUS OVERALL REIVEW.

+HOWEVER, IT IS IMPORTANT TO REALISE THAT THE COST OF LIVING ALLOWANCE SYSTEM CONTINUES TO EXIST AND ALLOWANCES WILL BE PAID IF AND WHEN THERE IS AN INCREASE IN THE COST OF LIVING AS SHOWN UP IN THE COST OF LIVING INDEX,* MR. SCOTT STRESSED.

THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE POINTED OUT THAT SINCE THE LAST OVERALL PAY REVIEW IN APRIL 1974, LABOURERS ON A SALARY OF 3745 A MONTH HAD RECEIVED A VARYING COST OF LIVING ALLOWANCE AND BY APRIL 1976 THE AMOUNT WAS 060 PER MONTH. DURING THIS TWO-YEAR PERIOD, THE SALARIES OF CIVIL SERVANTS WHO DO NOT RECEIVE COST OF LIVING ALLOWANCES HAD NOT BEEN INCREASED.

THEREFORE, FOLLOWING THE NORMAL PRACTICE, THE RECENTLY ANNOUNCED CIVIL SERVICE OVERALL INCREASE WAS APPLIED TO THE 1974 BASIC SALARY LEVELS - 0745 A MONTH IN THE CASE OF LABOURERS - IN ORDER TO ARRIVE AT NEW BASIC SCALES AS AT APRIL 1. 1976. THIS PRODUCED THE NEW BASIC SALARY OF 5840, AND THE COST OF LIVING ALLOWANCE IN PAYMENT WAS ABSORBED IN THE NEW BASIC SALARY.

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JORDAN GOES ON SIX-WEEK STUDY-CUM-VACATION LEAVE

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THE DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. DAVID JORDAN, LEFT HONG KONG TO-DAY (THURSDAY) FOR A SHORT HOLIDAY IN EUROPE, FOLLOWED BY A VISIT TO THE UNITED STATES.

MR. JORDAN, WHO IS ALSO COMMISSIONER OF THE PREVENTIVE SERVICE, HAS BEEN INVITED, UNDER THE U.S. CUSTOMS-TO-CUSTOMS PROGRAMME, SPONSORED BY THE CABINET COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL NARCOTICS CONTROL, TO VISIT THE US CUSTOMS SERVICE HEADQUARTERS IN WASHINGTON AND THEN TO TOUR CUSTOMS ESTABLISHMENTS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES.

DURING HIS ABSENCE, MR. BILL DORWARD, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, WILL ACT AS DIRECTOR AND AS COMMISSIONER OF THE PREVENTIVE SERVICE, AND MR. PAUL WONG, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, WILL ACT AS DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY AS WELL AS DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF THE PREVENTIVE SERVICE.

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C.A.S. INTER-UNIT VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT

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THE FINAL MATCH OF THE INTER-UNIT VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT OF THE CIVIL AID SERVICES CADET CORPS WILL BE PLAYED ON SUNDAY (JUNE 20) AT THE CAS KOWLOON TRAINING CENTRE, 204 ARGYLE STREET, KOWLOON, AT 10 A.M.

FIFTEEN TEAMS TOOK PART IN THE TOURNAMENT WHICH BEGAN LAST MONTH. FOUR TEAMS FROM CHEUNG SHA WAN, HUNG HOM, SHAM SHU I PO AND TSUEN WAN UNITS WILL MEET IN THE SEMI-FINALS ON SATURDAY. THE .TOO WINNING TEAMS WILL ENTER THE FINAL.

THE COMMANDANT, CAS CADET CORPS, MR. HENRY KU, WILL PRESENT THE PRIZES TO THE WINNERS AT THE END OF THE MATCH ON SUNDAY.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT. THE PRIZE PRESENTATION WILL TAKE PLACE AT ABOUT 12 NOON.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 1976

SEMINAR ON +PRACTICAL AQUATIC ECOLOGY* H * M * K *

ABOUT 400 TEACHERS AND SENIOR STUDENTS WILL ATTEND A SEMINAR ON AN IMPORTANT ENVIRONMENTAL STUDY PROJECT, +PRACTICAL AQUATIC ECOLOGY*, IN THE LECTURE THEATRE OF THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION ON SATURDAY MORNING.

THE SEMINAR, ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, IN CO-OPERATION WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, THE CONSERVANCY ASSOCIATION AND THE LIONS INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 303, ISA CONTINUATION OF THE +CLEAN WATER SURVEY* WHICH WAS SUCCESSFULLY CARRIED OUT BY SCHOOL CHILDREN IN MID-1973.

THE SEMINAR WILL BE OPENED BY PROFESSOR D.A. GRIFFITHS, HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF BOTANY, UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

DURING THE SEMINAR, DR. I.J. HODGKISS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF BOTANY, AUTHOR OF THE SOURCE BOOK ON +PRACTICAL AQUATIC ECOLOGY* WILL GIVE AN ILLUSTRATED TALK.

THE SOURCE BOOK IS INTENDED TO ALLEVIATE THE LACK OF RELEVANT LOCAL KEYS AND IDENTIFICATION GUIDES AND TO MEET THE NEED FOR SOME SUGGESTIONS WHICH BIOLOGY TEACHERS FACE WHEN THEY TEACH ECOLOGY.

AFTER A BRIEF SPEECH, MR. CHAUNCEY NG, DISTRICT GOVERNOR, LIONS INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 303, WILL PRESENT LIONS’ SOUVENIRS TO ALL PARTIES CONCERNED IN APPRECIATION OF THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THIS ENVIRONMENTAL STUDY PROJECT.

THE PROJECT HAS BEEN MADE POSSIBLE BY A LIONS’ DONATION OF $8,000.

FROM NEXT WEEK ONWARDS, THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS FROM 280 SECONDARY SCHOOLS TAKING PART IN THE PROJECT WILL BEGIN CARRYING OUT INVESTIGATIONS AND EXPERIMENTS IN FRESH WATER STREAMS AND MANGROVES IN HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE OPENING OF THE

SEMINAR AT THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION ON SATURDAY AT 10 A.M. COVERED.

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DHA TO VISIT KINDERGARTEN IN SAU MAU PING ESTATE ******

THE DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, MR. AUGUSTINE KAM CHUI, WILL PAY A VISIT TO THE PO LEUNG KUK SAU MAU PING KINDERGARTEN TOMORROW (FRIDAY) XT 3.00 P.M.

HE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (KWUN TONG), MR. PATRICK YIU- THE CHAIRMAN OF PO LEUNG KUK, MRS. LI KWOK YUEN-KWAN, AND TWO DIRECTORS, MR. PONG CHONG AND MR. MO OI-YUEN.

MR. CHUI WILL TOUR ROUND THE PREMISES AND BE BRIEFED ON THE MANAGEMENT OF THE KINDERGARTEN.

SITUATED AT BLOCK 24 OF THE SAU MAU PING ESTATE, THE KINDERGARTEN WAS BUILT IN 1971 BY THE PO LEUNG KUK. THERE ARE SIX CLASSROOMS WITH A TOTAL AREA OF OVER 5,000 SQ. FT., OCCUPYING THREE STOREYS OF THE BUILDING. THE ENROLMENT CAPACITY FOR BOTH THE A.M. AND P.M. SESSIONS AT PRESENT STANDS AT OVER 440.

SINCE IT IS RUN ON A NON-PROFIT MAKING BASIS, THE SCHOOL FEES ARE KEPT AS LOW AS POSSIBLE IN ORDER TO SUIT THE NEEDS OF RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

NOTE TO EDITORS : MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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NOTE TO EDITORS :

MR. D.J.C. JONES, SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, AND MR. J.E. PEACOCK, ACTING DIRECTOR OF ROYAL OBSERVATORY, WILL DISCUSS THE PROPOSALS AND ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT THE INTRODUCTION OF HONG KONG TIME AT A +MEET THE MEDIA* SESSION AT 5 P.M. TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE G.I.S. THEATRE ON THE FIFTH FLOOR OF BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE MEETING. TELEVISION CREWS ARE ADVISED TO ARRIVE EARLY SO THAT THEY WILL HAVE AMPLE TIME TO SET UP THEIR EQUIPMENT.

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LECTURERS REQUIRED FOR ADULT EDUCATION COURSES

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APPLICATIONS ARE INVITED BY THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT FOR PART-TIME TEACHING POSTS IN THE EVENING CLASSES FOR THE 1976/77 SESSION, COMMENCING IN SEPTEMBER.

SUBJECTS IN WHICH TEACHING VACANCIES MAY OCCUR INCLUDE TAILORING, GENERAL SCHOOL SUBJECTS SUCH AS CHINESE, ENGLISH, ARITHMETIC AND SOCIAL STUDIES AS WELL AS SUBJECTS LIKE BOOK-KEEPING AND ABACUS.

LECTURERS ARE ALSO REQUIRED FOR TEACHERS’ COURSES WHICH INCLUDE THE TEACHING OF MODERN MATHEMATICS IN LOWER SECONDARY SCHOOLS, WOODWORKS, GYMNASTICS AND MODERN EDUCATIONAL DANCE.

AT THE SAME TIME, HOBBY INSTRUCTORS ARE NEEDED FOR SINGING, FOLK DANCE, PAINTING AND OTHER INTEREST GROUPS.

APPLICANTS SHOULD BE QUALIFIED TEACHER WITH TRAINING TO TEACH THE SUBJECT AT A CERTAIN LEVEL, OR IN SOME CASES, UNIVERSITY DEGREE HOLDER WITH EXPERIENCE IN TEACHING A PARTICULAR SUBJECT.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE PAID 320 TO $32 PER HOUR OR $250 TO $300 PER MONTH .

APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED IN PERSON OR BY POST FROM THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION AT KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 6TH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON. ALL COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD EE RETURNED TO THE SECTION Oil OR BEFORE JULY 21.

APPLICANTS WHO ARE NOT CALLED FOR INTERVIEW WITHIN SIX WEEKS OF THE CLOSING DATE MAY ASSUME THAT THEIR APPLICATIONS ARE UNSUCCESSFUL.

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN SHAM SHU I PO WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 1 A.M. ON SATURDAY (JUNE 19) TO ENABLE THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD, BUTTERFLY VALLEY ROAD, KING LAM STREET, YEE KUK STREET, WING HONG STREET, YU CHAU STREET, CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND TAI NAN STREET, INCLUDING TUNG CHAU STREET.

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HONG KONG HOUSING AUTHORITY

Thursday, 17 June 1976.

HOMES FOR 11,000 PEOPLE Construction of Hammer Hill Road Estate to Start

Another public housing estate providing homes for 11,000 people is to be built in urban Kowloon close to Choi Hung Estate.

The Housing Authority today awarded a $34 million contract to a local construction firm for the building of the new Hammer Hill r Road Estate.

Building work will begin next month and be completed in early 1978.

Due to the geographical feature of the site, a large podium will be formed and two 21-storey and one seven-storey blocks providing 1,600 self-contained flats will be built on it.

Under the podium will be a two-storey commercial centre housing a large restaurant and a number of shops as well as spaces for service trades. It will also provide a children’s play area and a carpark for 150 vehicles.

The market area will be located on the inner part of the podium and a primary school has been planned at the eastern corner of the estate.

There will be an adequate provision of sitting out and play areas and premises for welfare organisations.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 1976

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

COMPREHENSIVE LEGISLATION PROPOSED TO CONTROL TRADING IN COMMODITY FUTURES CONTRACTS ............................ 1

CONTROL ON FILM CENSORSHIP TO BE TIGHTENED ................. 4

LAM TIN STUDENTS TO ATTEND CAREERS TALKS TOMORROW .......... 5

POWER SUPPLY TO SQUATTER AREAS TO BE LEGALISED ............ 6

BUILDINGS ON NATHAN ROAD TO BE RESUMED FOR MTR

CONSTRUCTION ............................................... 7

ANIMALS AND PLANTS IN DANGER OF EXTINCTION TO BE PROTECTED UNDER PROPOSED LEGISLATION ......................

PROHIBITION OF THE USE OF MOTOR CYCLES ON PEDESTRIAN ROADS OVER UNLEASED CROWN LAND ............................

PRE-WAR BUILDING IN TAI PO MARKET CONDEMNED ............... 10

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FRiDfci, JUNE 18, 1976

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COMMODITIES TRADING BILL 1976 ******

THE GOVERNMENT TODAY PUBLISHED A BILL WHICH AIMS TO PERMIT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A COMMODITY EXCHANGE IN HONG KONG AS WELL AS TO CONTROL TRADING IN COMMODITY FUTURES CONTRACTS. THE BILL. KNOWN AS THE COMMODITIES TRADING BILL 1976, ALSO PROVIDES THE COMPULSORY REGISTRATION OF COMMODITY DEALERS AND THEIR . REPRESENTATIVES AS WELL AS COMMODITY TRADING ADVISERS.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN RECALLED THAT IN 1973 THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL PASSED THE COMMODITY EXCHANGES (PROHIBITION) BILL. THE OBJECT OF WHICH WAS TO PROHIBIT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF ANY NEW EXCHANGE DEALING IN COMMODITY FUTURES. THE INTENTION WAS THAT THE WHOLE QUESTION OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A COMMODITY EXCHANGE SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO A DETAILED EXAMINATION SO AS TO ENSURE THAT ANY EXCHANGE PERMITTED TO BE ESTABLISHED IN HONG KONG WOULD BE PROPERLY REGULATED AND WOULD CONFORM TO THE HIGHEST INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS.

ON AUGUST 13, 1975 THE LEGISLATIVE ciuNCIL APPROVED IN PRINCIPLE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A COMMODITY EXCHANGE IN HONG KONG PROVIDED THAT LEGISLATIVE MEASURES COULD BE MADE AND ENFORCED EFFECTIVELY WITH PARTICULAR NEED TO MINIMISE SOCIAL HAZARDS TO THE ORDINARY CITIZENS OF HONG KONG.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT ALTHOUGH MUCH TIME AND THOUGHT HAD GONE INTO THE PREPARATION OF THE BILL WHICH SOUGHT TO EMBODY THE BEST PRACTICES AND STATUTORY PROVISIONS GOVERNING OTHER MARKETS, THE BILL HAD BEEN DRAFTED WITH HONG KONG’S NEEDS SPECIFICALLY IN MIND.

THE MAIN PROVJSIONS OF THE BILL RELATE TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A COMMODITIES TRADING COMMISSION AND A COMMISSIONER FOR COMMODITIES TRADING- THE LICENSING OF THE COMMODITY EXCHANGE-THE COMPULSORY REGISTRATION OF DEALERS- THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A COMPENSATION FUND- RESTRICTIONS IN TRADING IN COMMODITY FUTURES AND IMPROPER TRADING PRACTICES.

COMMODITIES TRADING COMMISSION AND COMMISSIONER FOR COMMODITIES

TRADING

IT IS PROPOSED THAT THE PRESENT SECURITIES COMMISSION WILL ASSUME THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE COMMODITIES TRADING COMMISSION AND WILL CONSIST OF THE SAME SEVEN PERSONS. THE COMMISSIONER FOR SECURITIES WILL ALSO BE THE COMMISSIONER FOR COMMODITIES TRADING. THE COMMISSION WILL ADVISE THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY ON ALL MATTERS RELATING TO TRADING IN COMMODITY FUTURES CONTRACTS SO AS TO ENSURE THAT ALL LEGISLATION RELATING TO SUCH TRADING IS COMPLIED WITH. IT WILL ALSO SUPERVISE THE ACTIVITIES OF THE HONG KONG COMMODITY EXCHANGE AND GENERALLY TAKE ALL REASONABLE STEPS TO PROTECT THE INTERESTS..OF THOSE TRADING AND DEALING IN COMMODITY FUTURES CONTRACTS.____

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COMMODITY EXCHANGE

THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL IS EMPOWERED TO GRANT A LICENCE TO A COMPANY TO ESTABLISH AND OPERATE A COMMODITY EXCHANGE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS. THE COMPANY SO LICENSED WILL BE REQUIRED TO ESTABLISH A CLEARING HOUSE FOR THE REGISTRATION AND SETTLEMENT OF ALL FUTURES CONTRACTS EXECUTED ON THE EXCHANGE. ADDITIONALLY, THE COMPANY WILL ALSO BE REQUIRED TO ESTABLISH A GUARANTEE CORPORATION TO GUARANTEE THAT FUTURES CONTRACTS WILL BE FULFILLED IN THE EVENT OF A DEFAULT BY ANY PARTY.

THE BUSINESS OF THE COMMODITY EXCHANGE WILL BE RESTRICTED TO THOSE COMMODITIES LISTED IN THE FIRST SCHEDULE AND WHICH, INITIALLY, WILL BE CONFINED TO, COTTON AND SUGAR.

REGISTRATION

ALL COMMODITY DEALERS (BE THEY MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG COMMODITY EXCHANGE OR NOT), COMMODITY TRADING ADVISERS AND THEIR REPRESENTATIVES WILL HAVE TO BE REGISTERED. NO COMPANY OR FIRM WILL BE PERMITTED TO CARRY ON BUSINESS UNLESS AT LEAST ONE DIRECTOR OR PARTNER IS REGISTERED.

THERE ARE TWO PRE-CONDITIONS TO REGISTRATION. FIRSTLY, AN INDIVIDUAL (OR HIS COMPANY IF HE IS ACCREDITED TO A COMPANY) MUST BE A MEMBER OF AN INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE LISTED IN THE SECOND SCHEDULE. SECONDLY, A CASH DEPOSIT OF $100,000 WILL BE REQUIRED OF THOSE DEALERS AND COMPANIES WHO ARE NOT MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG COMMODITY EXCHANGE. THERE ARE PROVISIONS FOR FINES RANGING FROM $10,000 TO $50,000 FOR NON-REGISTRATION. THE COMMISSIONER CAN REJECT AN APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION ON VARIOUS GROUNDS. THE PUBLIC WILL BE PERMITTED TO INSPECT THE REGISTER WHICH THE COMMISSIONER IS OBLIGED TO MAINTAIN AND WHICH WILL INCLUDE THE NAMES OF DEALERS, COMMODITY TRADING ADVISERS AND THEIR REPRESENTATIVES, TOGETHER WITH INFORMATION THEY HAVE SUPPLIED IN THEIR APPLICATION FORMS. AN ANNUAL AUDIT OF ALL DEALERS IS COMPULSORY.

TRADING PRACTICES

POWER IS GIVEN TO THE COMMISSION TO ESTABLISH AND FIX LIMITS ON THE AMOUNT OF TRADING OR POSITIONS WHICH MAY BE HELD ON THE EXCHANGE BY A DEALER. IT WILL BE AN OFFENCE (A FINE OF $10,000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR 6 MONTHS) TO EXCEED THESE LIMITS. DEALING IN COMMODITY OPTIONS WILL BE PROHIBITED ON THE EXCHANGE.

IT WILL BE AN OFFENCE TO CREATE A FALSE MARKET AS REGARDS PRICES OR VOLUME OF TRADING. A PERSON MAY NOT MAKE A STATEMENT WHICH HE KNOWS TO BE FALSE OR MISLEADING. CONTRAVENTION OF THESE PROVISIONS IS LIABLE TO A HEAVY PENALTY (A FINE OF $100,000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR 5 YEARS).

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COMPENSATION FUND

THE HONG KONG COMMODITY EXCHANGE SHALL ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN A COMPENSATION FUND. THE EXCHANGE WILL DEPOSIT WITH THE COMM SSI ON IN RESPECT OF EACH MEMBER OF THE EXCHANGE AN AMOUNT 425 OOO IN CASH. TOGETHER WITH A BANK GUARANTEE IN THE SUM $25'080. A RATI OF INTEREST WILL BE DECLARED AND PAID ANNUALLY THE EXCHANGE ON MONIES EARNED BY THE DEPOSITS.

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THE COMPENSATION FUND IS ESTABLISHED TO MEET CLAIMS OF CLIENTS - BY A mEmBER. THE MAXIMUM CLAIM IS THE MAXIMUM LIABILITY OF THE EXCHANGE IN RESPECT OF ANY ONE MEMBER IS $50,000.

THE EVENT OF A FAILURE MILLION PER MEMBER AND THE COMPENSATION FUND

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

THE COMMISSION MAY REQUIRE THE EXCHANGE COMPANY, CLEARING HOUSE. GUARANTEE CORPORATION OR ANY DEALER TO PRODUCE BOOKS. ACCOUNTS, DOCUMENTS, OR TO PROVIDE SUCH OTHER INFORMATION AS THE COMMISSION MAY REQUIRE.

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CONTROL ON FILM CENSORSHIP TO BE TIGHTENED * * M *

THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO TIGHTEN THE CONTROL ON FILM CENSORSHIP BY CLOSING THE LOOP-HOLES IN THE EXISTING LAW.

UNDER AN AMENDING BILL PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE, MORE FILM MATERIAL WILL BE SUBJECT TO CENSORSHIP.

THE PLACES OF PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, WHICH ALSO PROVIDES FOR HEAVIER PENALTIES FOR CONTRAVENTION OF THE ORDINANCE, WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SHORTLY.

IF ENACTED, THE PENALTIES WILL BE INCREASED FROM THE PRESENT MAXIMUM FINE OF $2,000 TO $10,000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR SIX MONTHS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TELEVISION AND FILMS AUTHORITY SAID TODAY . THE PRESENT FINE, WHICH HAD REMAINED UNCHANGED SINCE 1953. WAS UNREALISTIC^ IT WAS TOO LOW IN RELATION TO THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE OFFENCES AND THE PROFITS TO BE MADE BY CONTRAVENING THE LAW.

HE POINTED OUT THAT UNDER THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION, FILM TRAILERS AND EXCERPTS AND DISPLAY MATERIAL WOULD BE SUBJECT TO CENSORSHIP.

♦ALTHOUGH THIS IS THE CURRENT PRACTICE, THE EXISTING LAW IS AMBIGUOUS ON THIS POINT,+ HE EXPLAINED. +THE AMENDMENTS WILL MAKE THE INTENTIONS OF THE LAW CLEARER.+

THE SPOKESMAN RECALLED THAT DURING RECENT MONTHS, THE COMMISSIONER HAD REVIEWED THE STANDARDS OF FILM CENSORSHIP. THE RELATED LEGISLATION AND THE STAFFING AND ORGANISATION OF THE PANEL OF FILM CENSORS.

THIS REVIEW, HE ADDED, HAD RESULTED IN A BASIC CHANGE IN THE COMMISSIONER’S APPROACH TO THIS WORK AND THE PANEL OF CENSORS HAD BEEN RE-FORMED WITH YOUNGER STAFF BETTER ABLE TO REFLECT GENERAL ATTITUDES TO STANDARDS OF PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT IN HONG KONG.

IT HAD ALSO HIGHLIGHTED THE NEED FOR MORE PUBLIC ADVICE IN THE DAY TO DAY BUSINESS OF FILM CENSORSHIP, STRICTER CONTROL OVER SHOWING CENSORED FILMS TO THE PUBLIC AND BETTER CONTINUITY IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE FILM BOARD OF REVIEW.

AFTER THE BILL WAS PASSED, THE SPOKESMAN SAID. REGULATIONS WOULD BE MADE TO MEET THESE REQUIREMENTS, AS WELL AS TO ACCORD WITH THE NEW PROVISIONS OF THE BILL.

ONE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGES WOULD BE TO APPOINT THE COMMISSIONER FOR TELEVISION AND FILMS AS FILM CENSORSHIP AUTHORITY WITH OVERALL ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ALL MATTERS RELATING TO FILM CENSORSHIP. ___________________________

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THE COMMISSIONER. THE SPOKESMAN SAID, WOULD NOT BE A MEMBER OF THE PANEL of CENSORS WHICH WILL CONTINUE TO BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR AS AT PRESENT. HE WOULD, HOWEVER, UNDERTAKE THE DUTIES OF CHAIRMAN OF THE FILM BOARD OF REVIEW.

THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE BOARD WOULD BE INCREASED FROM FOUR TO SEVEN PERSONS - TWO OF WHOM WOULD BE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

THE OTHER FOUR MEMBERS OF THE BOARD WOULD INITIALLY CONTINUE TO BE THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, THE DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, AND THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, OR THEIR REPRESENTATIVES.

HOWEVER. THESE APPOINTMENTS WOULD CEASE TO BE STATUTORY AND WOULD BE MADE ADMINISTRATIVELY, LEAVING THE WAY OPEN TO FURTHER INCREASE THE PUBLIC MEMBERSHIP IN THE FUTURE IF THIS WAS THOUGHT NECESSARY.

ALSO, WITH THE OBJECT OF INCREASING THE AVAILABILITY OF PUBLIC ADVICE TO THE DEPARTMENT, THE AUTHORITY WOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO INVITE PEOPLE TO ATTEND CENSORSHIP SESSIONS.

OTHER INTENDED AMENDMENTS TO THE REGULATIONS WOULD ENSURE THAT A FILM PASSED FOR PUBLIC VIEWING IS SHOWN IN THE FORM

THE CENSOR AND THAT HIS DECISION IS COMMUNICATED THOSE CONCERNED WITH THE ACTUAL EXHIBITION

AUTHORISED BY IN WRITING TO OF THE FILM.

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CAREERS TALKS FOR LAM TIN PUPILS * M * M *

ABOUT 600 PRIMARY SIX PUPILS IN THE LAM TIN DISTRICT WILL ATTEND A SERIES OF TALKS ON CAREERS TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE PROJECT, SPONSORED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S LAM TIN ESTATE COMMUNITY WORK OFFICE, IS AIMED AT PROVIDING GUIDANCE AND INFORMATION TO PRIMARY 6 SCHOOL-LEAVERS SO AS TO PREPARE THEM IN THEIR FURTHER STUDIES AND TO HELP THEM TO CHOOSE A JOB.

THE TALKS WILL BE HELD AT THE ST. PAUL’S SCHOOL, IN LAM TIN ESTATE ON TIN STREET BETWEEN 9.15 A.M. AND 11 A.M.

MR. HO HONG-WAI OF THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL SPEAK ON JOB OPPORTUNITIES, EMPLOYMENT IN FACTORY, AND PRE-VOCATIONAL TRAINING.

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PROPOSAL TO LEGALISE ELECT?ICITY SUPPLY TO SQUATTER AREAS * * * * *

LEGISLATION IS PUBLISHED TODAY (FRIDAY) WHICH PROPOSES TO AMEND THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY ORDINANCE TO .ENABLE POWER COMPANIES TO EXTEND ELECTRICITY SUPPLIES INTO SQUATTER AREAS. AN AMENDMENT ‘..ILL ALSO EE MADE TO THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY REGULATIONS.

THE AMENDMENTS ARE CONTAINED IN THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976 AND THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY (AMENDMENT) REGULATION'S 1975.

THE PROPOSALS ARE TIED IN WITH THE EXPERIMENTAL SCHEME NOW UNDER JAY TO PROVIDE A LEGAL SOURCE OF ELECTRICITY TO SQUATTER AREAS, STARTING WITH THE PILOT PROJECT IN THE MA CHAI HANG - LION ROCK VILLAGE AREA, NORTH OF LUNG CHEUNG ROAD WHERE SOME 8,000 PEOPLE LIVE.

COMMENTING ON THE PROPOSALS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOUSING BRANCH OF THE COLONIAL SECRETARIAT SAID THE SCHEME WAS DEVISED BY A JOINT WORKING GROUP COMPRISING REPRESENTATIVES FROM GOVERNMENT AND CH INA LIGHT AND POWER COMPANY, AS A RESULT Or GROWING CONCERN OVER ILLEGAL ELECTRICITY TAPPINGS AND THE DANGERS THEY POSE.

THE CHIKA LIGHT AND POWER COMPANY HAS DESIGNED A HE.. OVERHEAD SUPPLY SYSTEM TO BRING ELECTRICITY INTO SQUATTER AREAS AND,TH IS COULD BE USED AS THE BASIS FOR FUTURE SUPPLIES TO OTHER SQUATTER AREAS.

THE AMENDMENTS THEN, HE EXPLAINED ARE NECESSARY TO PROVIDE THE PROPER LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR THE SCHEME.

+AS THINGS MOW STAND, THE LEGAL CONSTRAINTS IN THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE AND REGULATIONS PRECLUDE THE POWER COMPANIES FROM SUPPLYING ELECTRICITY TO MOST SQUATTER HUTS EXCEPT STURDILY BUILT ONES.+

THE AMENDMENT BILL ENABLES THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING TO DESIGNATE AREAS TO BE SPECIAL AREAS WHERE THE SUPPLY OF ELECTRICITY WOULD BE SUBJECT TO SPECIAL REGULATIONS.

THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL IS ALSO EMPOWERED TO MAKE REGULATIONS TO CONTROL AND REGULATE THE SUPPLY OF ELECTRICI lY IN SPEC IAL_AREAS TO ENSURE, SO FAR AS IS PRACTICABLE IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES, THE PUBLIC SAFETY IN SUCH AREAS AND FOR THE APPLICATION, OR OTHERWISE, OF THE GENERAL REGULATIONS TO SPECIAL AREAS.

THE AMENDMENT TO THE REGULATIONS IS A REDEFINITION OF CONSUMER’S WIRES, SO AS TO COVER THE NORMAL SITUATION WHERE THEY START IN THE CONSUMER’S RESIDENCE, AND ALSO TO INCLUDE WHERE NECESSARY CONSUMER’S WIRES EXTENDING BEYOND THE STRUCTURE UP TO THE POWER COMPANY’S METER PILLARS, WHICH ..ILL EE THE SITUATION IN AT LEAST SOME OF THE SPECIAL AREAS.

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LAND TO BE RESUMED FOR MTR CONSTRUCTION M * M M

THE OWNERS AND TENANTS OF 308 - 3O8A NATHAN ROAD ARE BEING ADVISED TODAY THAT GOVERNMENT WILL SHORTLY BE INSTITUTING STATUTORY RESUMPTION PROCEEDINGS UNDER THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY (LAND RESUMPTION AND RELATED PROVISIONS) ORDINANCE IN ORDER TO ACQUIRE THE LAND ON WHICH THEIR BUILDINGS STAND FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MTR.

ADVISORY NOTICES ARE BEING POSTED TO NON-RESIDENT OWNERS OF THE BUILDINGS CONCERNED WHILE STAFF OF THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, YAU MA TEI, ARE NOW VISITING THE OCCUPANTS OF THE BUILDINGS TO PERSONALLY HAND OVER THE ADVISORY NOTICES TO THEM.

THE ADVISORY NOTICE SAYS THAT STATUTORY RESUMPTION NOTICES, SIGNIFYING THE BEGINNING OF RESUMPTION PROCEEDINGS. WILL BE POSTED ON THE BUILDINGS ON JULY 2. 1976, AND THAT ON SEPTEMBER 3, 1976, TWO MONTHS AFTER THE POSTING OF THESE NOTICES, THE PROPERTIES WILL REVERT TO THE CROWN.

THE OWNERS AND OCCUPANTS ARE BEING ADVISED THAT UNDER THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY (LAND RESUMPTION AND RELATED PROVISIONS) ORDINANCE, ANYONE WHO HAS ANY CLAIM FOR COMPENSATION CAN FILE HIS CLAIM DIRECT WITH THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS WHO MAY SETTLE IT ADMINISTRATIVELY WITHOUT RECOURSE TO THE LANDS TRIBUNAL.

HOWEVER, IF AT THE END OF FOUR MONTHS FROM THE RECEIPT OF A CLAIM BY THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, IT HAS NOT BEEN POSSIBLE TO SETTLE THE CLAIM, THE CLAIMANT CAN SEEK SETTLEMENT THROUGH PROCEEDINGS WITH THE LANDS TRIBUNAL.

SINCE THE BUILDINGS ARE ALL POST-WAR, TENANTS WILL BE ENTITLED TO THE NEW COMPENSATION PAYMENTS ANNOUNCED RECENTLY BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR TENANTS OF POST-WAR BUILDINGS RESUMED FOR ESSENTIAL PUBLIC WORKS OR FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY.

DOMESTIC TENANTS WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR ADVANCE COMPENSATION OF 50 PER CENT OF THE FULL AMOUNT ON SIGNING AN AGREEMENT TO MOVE FROM THEIR PREMISES, WITH THE BALANCE TO BE PAID AFTER THEY LEAVE.

THE SAME BENEFITS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO COMMERCIAL TENANTS, BUT DOMESTIC TENANTS WILL ALSO BE ELIGIBLE FOR RE-HOUSING. THOSE INELIGIBLE, PROVIDED THEY ARE HOMELESS UPON CLEARANCE, WILL BE OFFERED SPACE IN A LICENSED AREA.

THE OWNERS AND TENANTS ARE ALSO BEING ADVISED THAT IN ORDER TO ASSIST ALL INTERESTED PARTIES, MEETINGS WILL BE ARRANGED BY STAFF OF THE MASS TRANSIT STUDIES OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TO EXPLAIN TO THEM CLAIMS PROCEDURES AND THEIR STATUTORY RIGHTS. THESE MEETINGS WILL BE HELD SHORTLY.

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PROTECTION OF ENDANGERED ANIMALS AND PLANTS

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DRAFT LEGISLATION IS PUBLISHED TODAY (FRIDAY) WHICH PROPOSES TO EXTEND CONTROLS TO THE TRADE IN SPECIES OF ANIMALS AND PLANTS IN DANGER OF EXTINCTION. THIS IS TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES OF WILD FAUNA AND FLORA WHICH HAS SO FAR BEEN RATIFIED BY MANY OF OUR NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES AND OTHERS WITH WHOM WE TRADE.

THE CONTROLS WILL ALSO BE EXTENDED TO THE PARTS OF ENDANGERED ANIMALS, BUT IN THE CASE OF HONG .KONG THEY WILL NOT APPLY TO THE TRADE IN REPTILE SKINS AND IVORY.

THE DRAFT LEGISLATION IS CONTAINED IN THE ANIMALS AND PLANTS (PROTECTION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES) BILL, 1976, WHICH IF APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. WILL REPEAL AND REPLACE THE PRESENT ANIMALS AND BIRDS (RESTRICTION OF IMPORTATION AND POSSESSION) ORDINANCE.

COMMENTING ON THE PROPOSALS, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE MAJOR DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE PRESENT BILL AND EXISTING LEGISLATION IS THAT IT WILL EXTEND CONTROLS TO ENDANGERED SPECIES OF PLANTS, MOLLUSCS, REPTILES AND ANIMAL PARTS. THE LIST OF LIVE ANIMALS TO BE PROTECTED IS EXTENDED, AND WILL ALSO INCLUDE ANY PROTECTED ANIMAL WHICH IS BORN IN HONG KONG. CULTIVATED PLANTS WILL NOT BE SUBJECT TO CONTROLS.

THE EXISTING SYSTEM OF CONTROLLING THE IMPORT AND POSSESSION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES BY LICENCE WILL CONTINUE, BUT EXPORTS WILL ALSO REQUIRE LICENCES. IN GENERAL. LICENCES TO IMPORT WILL ONLY BE ISSUED WHEN THE EXPORTING COUNTRY ISSUES AN EXPORT LICENCE.

HOWEVER, THE SPOKESMAN SAID AS FAR AS THE SKINS OF CROCODILES, SNAKES AND LIZARDS WERE CONCERNED ALTHOUGH THEY ARE INCLUDED IN THE SCHEDULE, AN ORDER WILL BE MADE UNDER THE LEGISLATION EXCLUDING THESE ITEMS FROM THE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL. THERE IS A SUBSTANTIAL TRADE CONCERNED WITH THESE ITEMS AND IT WOULD BE TOO DIFFICULT TO BRING THEM UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE ORDINANCE FOR THE TIME BEING.

THE AFRICAN ELEPHANT, WHICH IS THE MAIN SOURCE OF UNMANUFACTURED IVORY, IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE SCHEDULE DRAWN UP UNDER THE CONVENTION, AND TRADE IN IVORY WILL NOT, THEREFORE BE AFFECTED BY THE BILL.

ONE ANIMAL WHICH IS INCLUDED IN THE PROTECTED LIST IS THE PANGOLIN. IN ANY CASE, THERE HAS BEEN A REDUCTION IN THE IMPORTS OF ENDANGERED SPECIES, INCLUDING THE PANGOLIN, FROM CHINA AND IN 1975 ONLY SEVEN PANGOLINS WERE IMPORTED INTO HONG KONG. UNDER THE NEW LEGISLATION, OTHER PROTECTED SPECIES INCLUDE TIGER..LEOPARD AND SIMILAR FELINE (SPOTTED CAT) SPECIES AND THEIR FURS.

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FUR SKINS OF ANIMALS ON THE PROTECTED LIST WHICH ARE BROUGHT IN AS PERSONAL OR HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS. SUCH AS FUR COATS OR RUGS, WILL BE EXEMPT FROM LICENSING REQUIREMENTS.

WHEN THE BILL COMES INTO LAW, ANYONE IN POSSESSION OF A PROTECTED ANIMAL, ANIMAL PART OR PLANT FOR WHICH A LICENCE IS REQUIRED, WILL HAVE THREE MONTHS IN WHICH TO OBTAIN ONE. LICENCES ISSUED UNDER THE OLD REPEALED ORDINANCE WILL CONTINUE TO BE VALID FOR UP TO ONE YEAR.

AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE WILL BE SET UP TO ADVISE THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES WHO WILL BE THE RESPONSIBLE AUTHORITY FOR IMPLEMENTING THE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL.

IT IS INTENDED TO PRODUCE A PAMPHLET IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE FOR GENERAL DISTRIBUTION TO THE PUBLIC TO EXPLAIN THE NEW LEGISLATION TOGETHER WITH THE LIST OF PROTECTED ANIMALS AND PLANTS.

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ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1976 X X X X X *

A BILL WHICH AIMS TO PROHIBIT THE USE OF MOTOR CYCLES ON PEDESTRIAN ROADS OVER UNLEASED CROWN LAND OR ON ANY UNLEASED CROWN LAND WHICH IS NOT A ROAD, IS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY FOR THE INFORMATION OF THE PUBLIC.

THE BILL, KNOWN AS THE ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1976, WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SHORTLY.

UNDER THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION, ANYONE WHO USES A MOTOR CYCLE ON A PEDESTRIAN ROAD OR ANY UNLEASED CROWN LAND WHICH IS NOT A .ROAD WILL BE LIABLE ON CONVICTION TO A FINE OF $2,000.

IF THE BILL IS PASSED IT WILL COME INTO OPERATION ON A DAY TO BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR BY NOTICE IN THE GAZETTE.

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PRE-WAR BUILDING IN TAI PO MARKET CONDEMNED

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY DECLARED NO. 48 FU SHIN STREET., TAI PO MARKET TO BE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION AND ORDERED DEMOLITION OF THE BUILDING.

THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THAT THIS SINGLE STOREY PRE-WAR BUILDING WAS CONSTRUCTED WITH A PITCHED TIMBER ROOF ON LOAD-BEARING 'WALLS.

ADJACENT BUILDINGS OF SIMILAR CONSTRUCTION, AT NOS. 50 AND 52 FU SHIN STREET, WERE RECENTLY THE SUBJECT OF EMERGENCY CLOSURE ORDERS FOLLOWING A PARTIAL COLLAPSE AFFECTING BOTH BUILDINGS.

+THC’ ROOF OF NO. 43 HAS NUMEROUS DEFECTIVE TIMBERS AND THE PARTY WALL IT SHARES WITH NO. 50 IS BULGED AND FRACTURED. IT_IS CONSIDERED THAT NO. 48 IS IN DANGER OF COLLAPSE AND SHOULD Bt

--- REMAINING PARTS OF NOS. 50 AND 52

DEMOLISHED JOINTLY WITH THE FU SHIN STREET,* HE SAID.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 A.M.

APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER IN KOWLOON ON JULY 16, 1976 WAS POSTED TODAY.

HONG KONG HOUSING AUTHORITY

Friday, 18 June 1976.

TAI WO HAU REHOUSING OPERATION FAVOURABLY RECEIVED Over 30% Of Families Have Applied For Rehousing

Tenants of Tai Wo Hau Estate have reacted favourably to the Rehousing Operation launched on Tuesday.

Up to yesterday, over 170 families of the 800 families initially involved in the scheme have applied for new accommodation at Lai King, Kwai Shing Il/lII and other estates ‘in the Tsuen Wan/ Kwai Chung district.

Today, the Rehousing Office at Tai Wo Hau was again filled by tenants filing in their applications.

It is expected that another 150 applications would have been handed in before the office closes at 5 p.m.

A breakdown of the applications shows that over 80 per cent of the families prefer new flats at Lai King and Kwai Shing and only several families have asked for accommodation outside the Tsuen Wan/ Kwai Chung district.

About 15 per cent of the families have applied for lower-rental flats — which is less than the number anticipated.

An adequate number of lower rent accommodation in the Tsuen Wan/ Kwai Chung district have been held in reserve for families who cannot afford the rents at Kwai Shing or Lai King.

An inter-departmental assistance committee has also been set up to consider help for needy families requiring Financial assistance to cover removal and redecoration expenses to ensure that no families will suffer as a result of the rehousing operation.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SATURDAY, JUNE 19, 1976

CONTENTS

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TWELVE EVENING METHADONE DETOXIFICATION CLINICS TO GO INTO

OPERATION NEXT WEDNESDAY ..................................... 1

BUILDING PLANS APPROVED ...................................... 3

TRAINING COURSES TO HELP KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS TO ATTAIN QUALIFIED STATUS......’....................................... 4

APPLICATIONS INVITED FROM VOLUNTARY WELFARE ORGANISATIONS

FOR WELFARE PREMISES IN WO CHE ESTATE ........................ 5

SIXTY DISABLED PEOPLE PLACED TO WORK LAST MONTH .............. 5

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

SATURDAY, JUNE 19, 1976

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EVENING METHADONE DETOXIFICATION CLINICS * M M * * M

THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR. G.H. CHOA, TODAY ANNOUNCED THAT 12 EVENING METHADONE DETOXIFICATION CLINICS WOULD BE OPENED ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 23) TO COPE WITH AN EXPECTED INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF DRUG ADDICTS SEEKING TREATMENT.

THE OPENING OF THESE EVENING CLINICS FOLLOWS THAT OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S FIRST FULL-TIME METHADONE DETOXIFICATION CENTRE AT VIOLET PEEL CLINIC, WHICH CAME INTO OPERATION AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MONTH.

THE 12 NEW CLINICS — TWO ON THE ISLAND, NINE IN KOWLOON AND ONE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES — WOULD OPERATE FROM 6 P.M. TO 10 P.M. DAILY.

DR. CHOA SAID THERE WERE TWO MAIN REASONS FOR CHOOSING THE EVENING HOURS.

HE EXPLAINED THAT PAST EXPERIENCE WITH THE METHADONE MAINTENANCE SCHEME HAD SHOWN THAT A LARGE NUMBER OF THE METHADONE USERS CAME FOR THEIR DAILY DOSAGE AFTER 6 P.M. 1

+THEY MIGHT FIND IT MORE CONVENIENT TO ATTEND THE CLINICS EITHER BEFORE OR AFTER WORK,+ HE ADDED.

DR. CHOA SAID ANOTHER REASON WAS THAT BY OPERATING IN THE EVENING THE DEPARTMENT COULD MAKE USE OF EXISTING POLYCLINICS OR HEALTH CENTRES, LOCATED IN ALMOST EVERY DISTRICT, WHICH ARE CLOSED AFTER 5 P.M.

IT WOULD ALSO ENABLE GOVERNMENT DOCTORS TO BE EMPLOYED FOR THIS PROJECT WITHOUT INTERFERING WITH THEIR NORMAL DUTIES, HE SAID.

THE 12 CENTRES ARE LOCATED IN AREAS WHERE THE ADDICT POPULATION IS THOUGHT TO BE COMPARATIVELY LARGE. THEY ARE IN EXISTING GOVERNMENT CLINICS AT CHAI WAN AND WAN CHAI ON THE ISLAND, CHEUNG SHA WAN, KWUN TONG, KOWLOON CITY, TSZ WAN SHAN, MONG KOK, SHAM SHU I PO, SHEK KIP MEI, WANG TAU HOM AND YAU MA TEI IN KOWLOON AND NORTH KWAI CHUNG IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

EACH OF THESE CENTRES WILL BE MANNED BY A DOCTOR AND THREE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICES MEMBERS COMPRISING ONE ASSISTANT NURSE AND TWO ASSISTANT DRESSERS.

DRi CHOA ESTIMATED THAT EACH CENTRE, AT FULL STRETCH, WOULD BE ABLE TO COPE WITH ABOUT 150 ATTENDANCES EACH EVENING.

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OF THE VIOLET PEEL METHADONE DETOXIFICATION CENTRE. THE DIRECTOR SAID SOME 140 HAD BEEN REGISTERED FOR TREATMENT UP TO JUNE 18, WITH AN ATTENDANCE RATE OF 70 PER CENT, WHICH IS CONSIDERED TO BE SATISFACTORY.

•••ALTHOUGH THE NUMBER IS NOT SIGNIFICANTLY LARGE, THE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT THE FACILITIES ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES TO THOSE WHO MAY REQUIRE TREATMENT IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER,* HE SAID.

DR. CHOA SAID HE REGARDED THE THREE-YEAR METHADONE MAINTENANCE TRIAL SCHEME AS SUCCESSFUL.

SOME 7,100 HAVE NOW BEEN REGISTERED WITH THE DEPARTMENT’S FOUR METHADONE MAINTENANCE CENTRES. THE AVERAGE DAILY ATTENDANCE AT THESE CENTRES IS 2,362, AN INCREASE OF 22 PER CENT OVER TWO MONTHS AGO AND 54 PER CENT AS COMPARED WITH DECEMBER LAST YEAR.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT THE GIS THEATRE ON MONDAY, JUNE 21, AT 3.30 P.M. WHEN DETAILS OF THE NEW METHADONE DETOXIFICATION CENTRES WILL BE GIVEN. DR. CHOA, TOGETHER WITH THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR. E.l. LEE, AND THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (NARCOTICS), DR. K.F. CHAN, WILL BE PRESENT TO ANSWER QUESTIONS.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE SIR ALBERT RODRIGUES, CHAIRMAN OF ACAN, AND REV. K.L. STUMPF, CHAIRMAN OF ACAN’S PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY SUB-COMMITTEE.

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

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60 BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN MAY X * * * * *

A TOTAL OF 60 NEW BUILDING PLANS WERE APPROVED LAST MONTH BY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, COMPARED WITH 56 IN APRIL THIS YEAR AND 42 DURING MAY LAST YEAR.

OF THE NEW PLANS APPROVED. 21 WERE FOR BUILDINGS ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 15 FOR KOWLOON AND 24 FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THEY INCLUDED PLANS FOR A NUMBER OF HIGH-RISE APARTMENT/ COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS OF 24 OR MORE STOREYS AT CHAI WAN ROAD, JAFFE ROAD, CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST, QUARRY BAY, AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD IN TSUEN WAN.

BUILDING PLANS FOR THREE THREE-STOREY BLOCKS FOR THE POLYTECHNIC AT HUNG HOM RECLAMATION OFF CHATHAM ROAD. A THREE-STOREY CARPARK BUTLDING AT TA I KOO DOCKYARD AND 14 CHALETS FOR HOLIDAY RESORTS (H.K.) LTD. AT Yl LONG WAN, LANTAU ISLAND, WERE ALSO APPROVED.

THE TOTAL DECLARED COST QF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING MAY THIS YEAR AMOUNTED TO $69.9 MILLION, COMPARED WITH $75.6 MILLION FOR APRIL THIS YEAR.

THE TOTAL USABLE FLOOR AREA OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING THE MONTH AMOUNTED TO 724,931 SQ. FT., COMPRISING 359,227 SQ.FT. OF DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA AND 365,704 SQ. FT. OF NON-DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA.

DURING THE MONTH, THE B.0.0. GAVE CONSENT FOR WORK TO START ON 67 NEW BUILDING PROJECTS, INCLUDING ONE COMMERCIAL/APARTMENT BUILDING WITH 744 FLATS AT THE JUNCTION OF CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST AND DES VOEUX ROAD, A SWIMMING POOL AT REPULSE BAY ROAD AND ONE SCHOOL BUILDING AT TAI 0, LANTAU ISLAND.

FIFTY COMPLETED BUILDINGS WERE CERTIFIED FOR OCCUPATION DURING THE MONTH. THESE INCLUDED ONE RECREATION PLAYGROUND AND SWIMMING POOL AT POKFULAM ROAD, ONE SCHOOL BUILDING AT TIN KWONG ROAD AND A NUMBER OF HIGH-RISE COMMERCIAL/APARTMENT BUILDINGS OF 20 OR MORE STOREYS AT MEI FOO SUN CHUEN. LAI CHI KOK, DES VOUEX ROAD WEST, ELECTRIC ROAD AND HENNESSY ROAD.

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE ALSO CONSENTED TO THE DEMOLITION

OF 35 BUILDINGS.

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TRAINING COURSES FOR KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS

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PRACTISING KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS WHO ARE PROFESSIONALLY UNTRAINED WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO ATTAIN QUALIFIED STATUS BY ATTENDING A TWO-YEAR PART-TIME IN-SERVICE TRAINING COURSE ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

THE COURSE, WHICH IS FREE, WILL BEGIN IN OCTOBER WHEN 50 CANDIDATES WILL BE ADMITTED. THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION WILL BE CANTONESE. LECTURES WILL BE GIVEN AT THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION OR OTHER GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS FROM 4 P.M. TO 7 P.M. TWO OR THREE TIMES A WEEK DURING TERM TIME. DEMONSTRATION AND CRITICISM LESSONS WILL BE CONDUCTED ONCE A WEEK FOR 20 WEEKS IN THE MORNING IN KINDERGARTENS.

APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION OR ITS EQUIVALENT, SPEAK CANTONESE FLUENTLY AND HAVE A GOOD CHARACTER AND SUITABLE PERSONALITY. THEY MUST ALSO BE FULL-TIME PERMITTED TEACHERS IN KINDERGARTENS WITH A MINIMUM OF TWO YEARS’ SUITABLE TEACHING EXPERIENCE IN REGISTERED SCHOOLS IN HONG KONG.

IN A CIRCULAR TO HEADS OF ALL KINDERGARTENS AND SCHOOLS WITH KINDERGARTEN CLASSES, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS), MR. ARTHUR BROWN, INVITED APPLICATIONS FROM UNTRAINED PRACTISING KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS.

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS IN LEE GARDENS, CAUSEWAY BAY, OR FROM THE DEPARTMENT’S KOWLOON SUB-OFFICE ON THE 6TH FLOOR OF THE KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES IN NATHAN ROAD.

ALL APPLICATIONS TOGETHER WITH PHOTOSTAT COPIES OF TEACHING PERMITS ISSUED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SHOULD BE SENT TO THE ORGANISER OF THE COURSE OF TRAINING FOR KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS, MISS FRANCES HON, BY JULY 31, 1976.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER.

EACH CANDIDATE MUST ATTEND AT LEAST 80 PER CENT OF ALL LECTURES BEFORE SITTING FOR THE FINAL EXAMINATION.

ON PASSING THE EXAMINATION, THE TEACHERS WILL BECOME +QUALIFIED KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS+.

THEY WILL THEN BE ELIGIBLE FOR ADMISSION TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S REGISTER OF TEACHERS IF THEY HAVE FIVE YEARS’ TEACHING EXPERIENCE IN HONG KONG SCHOOLS.

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WELFARE PREMISES IN WO CHE ESTATE X X X X X X

NOW INVITING VOLUNTARY

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IS _ _ „ WELFARE ORGANISATIONS TO APPLY FOR PREMISES RESERVED FOR WELFARE PURPOSES IN THE WO CHE ESTATE IN SHAT IN.

THE ESTATE IS BUILT IN TWO PHASES AND ON FULL DEVELOPMENT, IT WILL HAVE A POPULATION OF 40,900.

IN PHASE I, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY DECEMBER 1977, A UNIT INTENDED FOR A NURSERY IS AVAILABLE ON THE GROUND FLOO& OF BLOCK 3 OF THE ESTATE. ANOTHER TWO PREMISES SUITABLE FOR A CHILDREN’S CENTRE AND A YOUTH CENTRE ARE RESERVED ON THE SECOND AND THIRD FLOORS OF THE CENTRAL COMPLEX.

IN PHASE II, SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED BY DECEMBER 1978, A UNIT IS RESERVED ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF BLOCK 6 FOR A NURSERY WHILE ANOTHER TWO INTENDED FOR A CHILDREN’S CENTRE AND A YOUTH CENTRE ARE AVAILABLE ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF BLOCK 7 AND 8 RESPECTIVELY.

RENT IS CHARGED ON THE BASIS OF 50 CENTS PER SQUARE FOOT, EXCLUSIVE OF RATES.

APPLICATION FORMS AND FURTHER INFORMATION ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT UNIT OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IN LEE GARDENS, HONG KONG.

APPLICATION SHOULD BE MADE BEFORE JULY 23, 1976 .AND .INCLUDE THE NATURE OF THE PROJECT, THE AMOUNT OF SPACE REQUIRED, THE NUMBER AND LEVEL OF STAFF AND FINANCIAL RESOURCES.

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X X X X X X

THE NUMBER OF DISABLED PEOPLE PLACED TO WORK LAST MONTH BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S JOB PLACEMENT UNIT REACHED A RECORD HEIGHT OF 60, AN INCREASE OF 24 AS COMPARED WITH THE DECEMBER FIGURE OF 36 WHICH WAS THE HIGHEST IN 1975.

AMONG THE DISABLED EMPLOYED, 32 WERE CRIPPLED, 10 BLIND, EIGHT DEAF, FIVE FORMER MENTAL PATIENTS, FOUR MENTALLY-RETARDED AND ONE EX-T.B. PATIENT.

WITH REGARD TO THEIR SALARY, 33 WERE EMPLOYED ON DAILY RATE RANGING FROM $14 TO $25 WHILE FOUR WERE PAID ON PIECE-RATE BASIS. THE SALARY OF THE OTHERS AVERAGED $550 A MONTH.

THE MAJORITY OF THE DISABLED PEOPLE PLACED TO WORK WAS ABSORBED BY THE ELECTRONICS AND CAMERA-MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES AS ASSEMBLERS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SAID: +IT IS ENCOURAGING TO KNOW THAT THE JOB PLACEMENT UNIT HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN ITS FIRST ATTEMPT TO PLACE THE DISABLED IN THE CAMERAMANUFACTURING INDUSTRY WHICH REQUIRES FINE FINGER DEXTERITY AND PRECISE EYE-HAND CO-ORDINATION.

+IT IS EQUALLY ASSURING TO LEARN THAT EMPLOYERS ARE BECOMING MORE PROGRESSIVE IN ACCEPTING DISABLED WORKERS.+

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SUNDAY, JUNE 20, 1976

APPLICATIONS FOR CHILD ADOPTION BACKLOG VIRTUALLY CLEARED *****

THE ADOPTION UNIT OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAS VIRTUALLY CLEARED THE BACKLOG OF APPLICATIONS FOR CHILD ADOPTION.

THE WAITING PERIOD OR THE TIME IT TAKES FOR A CASE TO BE CONSIDERED AND PROCESSED HAS BEEN REDUCED FROM THREE TO FOUR YEARS SEVERAL YEARS AGO TO THREE TO SIX MONTHS AS AT PRESENT.

THE OFFICER-IN-CHARGE OF THE ADOPTION UNIT, MRS. KWOK LUI SHUK-YING, SAID THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION IN THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR WAS COMPARATIVELY HIGHER THAN THE PREVIOUS TWO YEARS.

THERE WERE 67 CHILDREN AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION IN 1973-74 AND 53 IN 1974-75. THE FIGURE ROSE TO 83 IN 1975-76.

THESE CHILDREN, MAINLY ILLEGITIMATE, ARE BETWEEN EIGHT AND 18 MONTHS OLD.

IN VIEW OF THIS INCREASE, THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN ADOPTED THROUGH THE HELP OF THE UNIT WENT UP SLIGHTLY.

IN 1973-74, 38 CHILDREN WERE ADOPTED LOCALLY COMPARED WITH AO IN 1974-75 AND 49 IN 1975-76.

EXPLAINING THE ADOPTION PROCEDURES, MRS. KWOK SAID, +INTEND I NG APPLICANTS MUST BE LEGALLY MARRIED COUPLES AND PRIORITIES ARE GIVEN TO THOSE WITHOUT A CHILD OF THEIR OWN.+

THE APPLICATIONS ARE PROCESSED BY THE ADOPTION WORKERS OF THE UNIT WHO WILL ASSIST THE APPLICANTS TO UNDERSTAND THE LAW AND PROCEDURES OF ADOPTION.

THE ADOPTION WORKERS WILL MAKE A DETAILED STUDY OF THE APPLICANTS THROUGH INTERVIEWS AND HOME VISITS, AND THE RECORD OF THE CHILDREN AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION IN ORDER TO MAKE A SUITABLE MATCH IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE APPLICANTS’ WISHES.

+APPLICANTS WILL FIRST BE FULLY INFORMED OF THE CHILD’S BACKGROUND AND MEDICAL HISTORY,* MRS. KWOK SAID.

THEY WILL THEN MEET THE CHILD A FEW TIMES AT THE CHUK YUEN CHILDREN’S RECEPTION CENTRE OR THE INSTITUTION WHERE THE CHILD IS RESIDING. BUT FOR SPECIAL CASES AND FOR OLDER CHILDREN THE FIRST MEETING WILL BE MORE PREFERRABLY ARRANGED IN A PARK.

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AFTER THE APPLICANTS HAVE DECIDED ON ADOPTING A SPECIFIC CHILD, THE UNIT WILL GIVE THEM AN AUTHORISATION WHICH ENABLES THEM TO BRING THE CHILD,HOME UNDER THEIR TEMPORARY CARE AND CUSTODY FOR AT LEAST SIX MONTHS.

DURING THIS PERIOD, THE ADOPTION WORKER WILL VISIT THE APPLICANTS’ FAMILY, GIVE THEM ADVICE ON CHILD CARE AND SEE THE PROGRESS OF ADJUSTMENT BETWEEN THE TWO PARTIES.

+ALL ADOPTION APPLICATIONS,* MRS. KWOK SAID, +MUST GO THROUGH THE SUPREME COURT. THE ADOPTION WORKER WILL PREPARE A GENERAL REPORT TO THE COURT AND IT WILL BE ENTIRELY AT THE DISCRETION OF THE JUDGE AS TO WHETHER AN ORDER WILL BE GRANTED.*

FOR EACH APPLICATION A FEE OF $100 IS CHARGED. SHE POINTED OUT IT WOULD BE ADVISABLE IF THE CHILD WERE TOLD ABOUT THE ADOPTION AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE IN ORDER TO AVOID UNNECESSARY MISUNDERSTANDING.

THE ADOPTED CHILD, SHE ADDED, MIGHT SOONER OR LATER FIND OUT THE TRUTH FROM EITHER THE ADOPTION ORDER OR THE ENTRY FORM IN THE ADOPTED CHILDREN REGISTER WHICH INDICATED THAT THE CHILD IS ADOPTED.

MRS. KWOK SAID THE UNIT ALSO HANDLED OTHER ADOPTION APPLICATIONS IN CONNECTION WITH FORMALISING ADOPTIONS BY PRIVATE ARRANGEMENTS.

IN 1975-76, THE UNIT RECEIVED A TOTAL OF 422 APPLICATIONS, WHILE THE COURT GRANTED 370 ADOPTION ORDERS.

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN CHUNG HOM KOK ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 23).

STARTING FROM 10 A.M. ON THAT DAY. LEARNER DRIVERS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE SECTION OF CHUNG HOM KOK ROAD SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH THE ROAD LEADING TO CHUNG HOM WAN.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE SECTION OF CHUNG HOM KOK ROAD PASSING THROUGH THE CHESHIRE HOME WILL BE A PEDESTRIAN PRIORITY ZONE.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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EMPLOYMENT SURVEY

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IS CARRYING OUT A FULL-SCALE SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT AND VACANCIES ON ALL ESTABLISHMENTS ENGAGED IN THE IMPORT/EXPORT, WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADES, AND RESTAURANT AND HOTEL BUSINESSES.

SURVEY CARDS HAVE BEEN SENT TO SOME 65,000 ESTABLISHMENTS, AND THE MANAGEMENTS ARE ASKED TO COMPLETE THE CARDS WITH THE NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED BY THEM AND THE NUMBER OF VACANCIES THEY HAVE AS AT JUNE 15, 1976.

THEY ARE ALSO ASKED TO RETURN THE COMPLETED CARDS PROMPTLY TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT USING THE POSTAGE-PAID REPLY ENVELOPE ATTACHED.

THE SURVEY WILL PROVIDE NOT ONLY DETAILED STATISTICS ON EMPLOYMENT STRUCTURE AND TREND IN THE WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND CATERING SECTORS, BUT ALSO A COMPREHENSIVE AND UP-TO-DATE DIRECTORY FOR SUBSEQUENT SAMPLE ENQUIRIES.

MEANWHILE, ENQUIRIES ARE ALSO BEING MADE OF EMPLOYMENT AND VACANCIES IN SOME 15,000 SELECTED INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS, AND 16,000 ESTABLISHMENTS IN A VARIETY OF OTHER TRADES AND SERVICES.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS TODAY APPEALED TO MANAGEMENTS FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE AND CO-OPERATION IN SUPPLYING THE DATA REQUIRED.

HE EMPHASIZED THAT PROMPT RETURN OF SURVEY CARDS TO THE DEPARTMENT WAS ESSENTIAL FOR EARLY RELEASE OF SURVEY RESULTS.

+THE INFORMATION COLLECTED WILL BE TREATED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND WILL BE USED SOLELY FOR COMPILING STATISTICAL TABLES,+ HE SAID.

WATER CUT KMX

WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN SHA TIN WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 10 P.M. ON TUESDAY (JUNE 22) TO 6 A.M. THE NEXT DAY TO FACILITATE THE DIVERSION OF A FRESH WATER MAIN AT TAI PO ROAD.

ALL PREMISES ALONG TAI PO ROAD, BETWEEN LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD AND MA LIU SHU I, KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY UNIVERSITY STATION. INCLUDING SHA TIN NEW TOWN, LEK YUEN ESTATE, FO TAN ROAD, JARDINE DYEING AND FINISHING CO. lId., K0WL00N-CANt6n RAILWAY WORKSHOP AND QUARTERS AND CHUNG CHI COLLEGE WILL BE AFFECTED.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

MONDAY, JUNE 21, 1976

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CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR LAST MONTH .......,.............. 1

TEN BILLS COMING UP FOR FIRST READING IN LEGCO ON WEDNESDAY ...............................................

MANPOWER SURVEY OF SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIRS INDUSTRY TO BE CARRIED OUT NEXT MONTH ............................... 3

FAREWELL PRESENTATION TO THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT 4

MANUAL OF JOB STANDARDS IN AUTOMOBILE REPAIRS AND SERVICING INDUSTRY NOW ON SALE ............................. 4

WATER CUT IN CENTRAL DISTRICT............................... 5

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THE NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) FOR MAY 1976 WAS 109, ONE POINT LOWER THAN THAT FOR THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS DECLINED BY TWO POINTS. THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH WATEH FISH AND FRESH VEGETABLES FELL WHILE THOSE OF LIVE POULTRY ADVANCED.

THE INDEX FOR FUEL AND LIGHT ALSO FELL BY ONE POINT.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE INDEX FOR CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR ROSE BY FOUR POINTS, DUE MAINLY TO HIGHER PRICES FOR SOME ITEMS OF OUTERCLOTHING.

INCREASES OF ONE POINT EACH WERE ALSO RECORDED IN THE INDEXES FOR MISCELLANEOUS GOODS AND SERVICES.

MOVEMENTS IN THE INDEXES FOR OTHER SECTIONS OF COMMODITY WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

THE NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (B) FOR MAY 1976 WAS 110, THE SAME AS THAT FOR THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS DECLINED BY ONE POINT. THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH WATER FISH AND FRESH VEGETABLES FELL WHILE THOSE OF LIVE POULTRY ADVANCED.

THE INDEX FOR FUEL AND LIGHT ALSO FELL BY ONE POINT.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE INDEX FOR CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR ROSE BY FIVE POINTS, DUE MAINLY TO HIGHER PRICES FOR SOME ITEMS OF OUTERCLOTHING.

INCREASE OF ONE POINT EACH WERE ALSO RECORDED IN THE INDEXES FOR MISCELLANEOUS GOODS AND SERVICES.

MOVEMENTS IN THE INDEXES FOR OTHER SECTIONS OF COMMODITY WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

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COMMODITIES TRADING BILL IN LEGCO ON WEDNESDAY *******

THE COMMODITIES TRADING BILL 1976 WHICH PROPOSES COMPREHENSIVE LEGISLATION TO CONTROL TRADING IN COMMODITY FUTURES CONTRACTS WILL BE AMONG TEN BILLS TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATION COUNCIL FOR FIRST READING ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 23).

THE OTHERS INCLUDE THE COMMISSIONS OF INQUIRY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976 WHICH AIMS TO ENABLE FUTURE COMMISSIONS TO CARRY OUT THEIR DUTIES MORE EFFICIENTLY AND SPEEDILY, AND THE PLACES OF PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976 WHICH SEEKS TO TIGHTEN THE CONTROL ON FILM CENSORSHIP. ANOTHER ONE, KNOWN AS THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, PROPOSES TO LEGALISE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY TO SQUATTER AREAS.

DURING QUESTION TIME, THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN WILL ASK THE GOVERNMENT WHEN THE GAMBLING ORDINANCE WILL BE AMENDED TO ENABLE THE COURTS TO TERMINATE THE TENANCY OF THE PREMISES WHERE A GAMBLING OFFENCE HAS BEEN PERSISTENTLY COMMITTED.

AMONG OTHER QUESTIONS WILL BE ONE BY THE HON. JAMES WU ABOUT THE NUMBER OF PUBLIC HOUSING TENANTS WHO ARE STILL LIVING AT A DENSITY OF LESS THAN 20 SQ. FT. PER PERSON.

HE WILL ALSO ASK WHAT STEPS ARE BEING TAKEN TO RELIEVE OVERCROWDING IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES.

ALSO COMING UP WILL BE TWO MOTIONS, INCLUDING ONE BY THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, THE HON. BILL DORWARD THAT DUTY SHALL BE PAYABLE ON METHYL ALCOHOL AT THE RATE OF $9.90 PER GALLON AND IN ADDITION, 40 CENTS PER GALLON FOR EVERY ONE PER CENT BY WHICH THE ALCOHOLIC STRENGTH BY VOLUME EXCEEDS 25 PER CENT.

DEBATE WILL BE RESUMED ON NINE BILLS. THEY INCLUDE THE TELEPHONE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, THE HOUSING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976 AND THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976.


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MONDAY, JUNE 21, 1976

MANPOWER SURVEY OF SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIRS INDUSTRY ******

A THIRD MANPOWER SURVEY OF HONG KONG’S SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIRS INDUSTRY WILL BE CARRIED OUT BETWEEN JULY 6 AND 27 TO COLLECT UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON TRAINING REQUIREMENTS.

IT WILL BE CONDUCTED BY THE SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIRS INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE LABOUR AND CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENTS.

A SPOKESMAN OF THE TRAINING BOARD SAID THAT THE INFORMATION IS OF VITAL IMPORTANCE TO THE TRAINING BOARD IN MAKING FUTURE PLANS GEARED TO THE TRAINING NEEDS OF THE INDUSTRY).

THE SURVEY WILL COVER ALL SHIPYARDS, BOATYARDS AND REPAIRS PONTOONS AS WELL AS SHIP SURVEYOR AND CONSULTANT FIRMS, SHIPPING FIRMS WHICH RECRUIT ENGINE ROOM STAFF LOCALLY AND COMPANIES WHICH SERVICE MARINE ENGINES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT QUESTIONNAIRE FORMS, EXPLANATORY LETTERS AND A LIST OF DESCRIPTIONS FOR PRINCIPAL JOBS IN THE INDUSTRY, IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE, WOULD BE SENT TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO ALL ESTABLISHMENTS COVERED BY THE SURVEY.

HE CALLED ON EMPLOYERS TO EXTEND FULL SUPPORT TO THE SURVEY BY READILY PROVIDING THE REQUIRED INFORMATION WHICH WOULD BE HANDLED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE.

THE INFORMATION WILL BE PUBLISHED ONLY IN THE FORM OF STATISTICAL SUMMARIES WITHOUT REFERENCE TO ANY INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENT.

EMPLOYERS ARE ASKED TO SUPPLY INFORMATION INCLUDING !-

* THE NUMBER OF WORKERS AT PRESENT EMPLOYED-

* THE NUMBER OF WORKERS AT PRESENT UNDER TRAINING"

* THE NUMBER OF EXISTING VACANCIES- AND

* A FORECAST OF THE NUMBER OF WORKERS REQUIRED BY JULY 1977.

DURING THE SURVEY PERIOD, INTERVIEWING OFFICERS OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL VISIT EACH OF THE ESTABLISHMENTS ON PRE-ARRANGED DATES TO COLLECT THE COMPLETED FORMS AND HELP EMPLOYERS TO COMPLETE THE QUESTIONNAIRE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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FAREWELL PRESENTATION TO ROBSON M M M M M

NOTE TO EDITORS:

JUNE

from the‘civilLservicEj4will be “lo'at's^pVon Thursday'NG COLOHlfc SECRETArMt! SeCEPTI0N ABEA THE BIRST FL00R °f

THE COLONIAL SECRETARY, SIR DENYS ROBERTS, WILL MAKE THE ^P£NTATION ON BEHALF 0F MR« ROBSON*S FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES IN THE SECRETARIATe

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE PRESENTATION

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MANUAL FOR CAR REPAIRS AND SERVICING INDUSTRY

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A MANUAL OF JOB STANDARDS IN THE AUTOMOBILE REPAIRS AND SERVICING INDUSTRY IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT THE STAR FERRY CONCOURSE, HONG KONG ISLAND AT $3.50 A COPY.

PREPARED BY THE AUTOMOBILE REPAIRS AND SERVICING INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL, IT SETS OUT THE MINIMUM JOB STANDARDS AND SPECIFICATIONS FOR FIVE PRINCIPAL JOBS AT CRAFT LEVEL IN THE INDUSTRY.

A SPOKESMAN OF THE TRAINING BOARD SAID THAT APART FROM AIMING AT ESTABLISHING AN ACCEPTABLE STANDARD OF SKILL FOR PRINCIPAL JOBS, THE MANUAL WAS ALSO DESIGNED TO PROVIDE GUIDELINES FOR COURSES AT TECHNICAL INSTITUTIONS AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRES, HELP TRAINING OFFICERS TO DRAW UP SYSTEMATIC PRACTICAL ON-THE-JOB TRAINING PROGRAMME AND HELP EMPLOYERS IN THEIR ASSESSMENT OF WORKERS

THE MANUAL PUBLISHED IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE IS A USEFUL REFERENCE BOOK FOR THOSE WHO ARE ENGAGED IN TRAINING WORKERS IN AND FOR THE INDUSTRY.

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WATER CUT

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PREMISES IN CENTRALWILL BE

STARTING FROM 1 A.M. ON

WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF

INTERRUPTED FOR ABOUT FIVE HOURS .....

WEDNESDAY (JUNE 23) TO ALLOW THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT

NIGHT LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY 1-13B QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, 2-10 AND 5-9 ICE HOUSE STREET, 1A-3 AND 2A-8 DES VOEUX ROA$ CENTRAL, CONNAUGHT CENTRE, BLAKE PIER, STAR FERRY PIER, THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB OFFICE NEAR THE STAR FERRY CONC6URSE, STAR FERRY MULTI-STOREY CARPARK, CITY HALL, CITY HALL MULTI-STOREY CARPARK, 1-10A CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, CHATER ROAD AND JACKSON ROAD.

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TECHNICAL INSTITUTES TO RECEIVE 400,000 POUNDS STERLING WORTH OF EQUIPMENT FROM BRITISH GOVERNMENT ................. 1

DONATION FOR EQUIPPING A SPECIAL CLINIC IN MONGKOK ......... 2

RICE IMPORT QUOTA FOR THIRD QUARTER OF THIS YEAR ANNOUNCED .................................................. 2

NEW SUBSIDIZED PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL IN SHAM SHUI PO SCHEDULED TO OPEN IN SEPTEMBER ............................. 3

NEW FIRE STATION FOR KWAI CHUNG ............................ 4

WATER CUT IN STANLEY AND KOWLOON CITY AREAS ................ 4

FOUR FAMILIES AFFECTED BY CLEARANCE IN SHAM TSENG HAVE MOVED INTO NEW HOMES .................................. 5

MORE THAN 20,000 INSPECTIONS MADE BY FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU LAST MONTH .......................................... 6

MORE WELFARE SERVICES AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES NEEDED BY OLD PEOPLE ....................................... 7

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

TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 1976

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BRITISH GOVERNMENT DONATES 400,000 POUNDS STERLING WORTH OF EQUIPMENT TO TECHNICAL INSTITUTES

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THE THREE EXISTING TECHNICAL INSTITUTES - MORRISON HILL, KWUN TONG AND KWAI CHUNG - AND THE ONE BEING BUILT AT CHEUNG SHA WAN AS WELL AS THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE WILL RECEIVE 400,000 POUND STERLING WORTH OF EQUIPMENT FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM.

THIS FOLLOWS APPROVAL OF A GRANT FOR THE AMOUNT BY THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF MR. GORDON HUNTING, TECHNICAL ADVISER OF THE TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING ORGANISATION FOR OVERSEAS COUNTRIES (TETOC), WHO VISITED THE INSTITUTES AND THE TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE IN SEPTEMBER 1975.

WELCOMING THE BRITISH DONATION TODAY, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (TECHNICAL), MR. ANDREW KINGWELL, EXPRESSED HIS APPRECIATION TO TETOC FOR SUPPORTING THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S CASE FOR THE GRANT. TETOC OPERATES UNDER THE AEGIS OF THE MINISTRY OF OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT. IT IS AN AGENCY PROFESSIONALLY CONCERNED WITH THE BRITISH CONTRIBUTION TO TECHNICAL EDUCATION, INDUSTRIAL TRAINING AND MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT ISSUES IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD.

MR. KINGWELL WAS PLEASED THAT STUDENTS AT THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES WOULD RECEIVE THEIR EDUCATION AND TRAINING ON A WIDER RANGE OF EQUIPMENT.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE TYPE OF EQUIPMENT FOR INSTALLATION IN THE WORKSHOPS OF THE CLOTHING DEPARTMENTS AT THE KWUN TONG AND KWAI CHUNG TECHNICAL INSTITUTES WAS IN COMMON USE IN MODERN LOCAL FACTORIES.

OTHER DEPARTMENTS AT THE INSTITUTES TO RECEIVE EQUIPMENT INCLUDE TEXTILES, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, COMMERCIAL STUDIES AND PRINTING.

INCLUDED IN THE DONATION IS EQUIPMENT FOR THE KITCHEN, RESTAURANT AND HOTEL SERVICES IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOTEL-KEEPING AND TOURISM AT THE NEW CHEUNG SHA WAN TECHNICAL INSTITUTE WHICH IS SCHEDULED TO OFFER COURSES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SEPTEMBER 1977.

THE TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE WILL RECEIVE AUDIO VISUAL AIDS, PLASTIC FORMING EQUIPMENT, LABORATORY EQUIPMENT FOR TEACHING ENGINEERING SCIENCE AND POTTERY-PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT.

TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 1976

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DONATION FOR GOVERNMENT MEDICAL PROJECT

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THE ROTARY CLUB OF KOWLOON IS TO CONTRIBUTE A SUM OF $150,000 TOWARDS THE COST OF A GOVERNMENT MEDICAL PROJECT.

THE MONEY WILL BE USED BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT FOR FURNISHING AND EQUIPPING A SPECIAL CLINIC WHICH WILL BE HOUSED IN THE ARRAN STREET EYE CLINIC IN MONGKOK.

AN ADDITIONAL FLOOR IS BEING BUILT ON THE EXISTING ONE-STOREY BUILDING TO PROVIDE THIS EXTRA SPACE. THE SPECIAL CLINIC WILL BE USED FOR EXAMINING THE PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY DISABLED. AN EAR MOULD LABORATORY AND A CHILD DEVELOPMENT STUDY CLINIC WILL ALSO BE ESTABLISHED AT THE CLINIC.

CONSTRUCTION WORK ON THE ADDITIONAL FLOOR HAS ALREADY BEGUN AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY SEPTEMBER. THE EXISTING EYE CLINIC WILL BE CLOSED DURING THE PERIOD OF CONSTRUCTION AND ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR PATIENTS TO BE SEEN AT THE YAU MA TEI POLYCLINIC.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

THE ROTARY CLUB OF KOWLOON WILL PRESENT A CHEQUE FOR $150,000 TO THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR. K.L.THONG, WHO IS TO RECEIVE THE CHEQUE ON BEHALF OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, DURING THE CLUB’S LUNCHEON MEETING AT PENINSULA HOTEL ON THURSDAY, JUNE 24, AT 1 P.M. YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND A REPORTER/ PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE PRESENTATION.

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THE RICE IMPORT QUOTA FOR THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1976 HAS BEEN FIXED AT 84,987 METRIC TONS, COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY (TRADE), MR. PETER KIANG, EXPLAINED THAT THE NEW QUOTA - SMALLER THAN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER’S QUOTA BY 6,709.5 METRIC TONS - TOOK INTO ACCOUNT THE AMOUNT OF RICE STOCKS IN HONG KONG AND THE OVERSEAS SUPPLY POSITION.

HONG KONG IMPORTED A TOTAL OF 154,448 METRIC TONS OF RICE SINCE JANUARY THIS YEAR. OF THIS AMOUNT, CHINA SUPPLIED 88,125 METRIC TONS AND THAILAND 51,582 METRIC TONS. THE BALANCE WAS MAINLY FROM AUSTRALIA.

TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 1976

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NEW SUBSIDIZED PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL *****

A $7.4 MILLION SIX-STOREY FULLY SUBSIDIZED PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL IN NAM CHEONG STREET, SHAM SHU I PO, TO BE RUN BY THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION IS MOVING RAPIDLY TOWARDS COMPLETION.

THE GOVERNMENT’S CONTRIBUTION FOR THIS PROJECT TOTALLED $6.1 MILLION. THE 19-CLASSROOM SCHOOL IS SCHEDULED TO BE OPENED IN SEPTEMBER 1976. IT WILL HAVE THREE MECHANICAL, THREE FABRICATION AND FOUR ELECTRICAL WORKSHOPS. IN ADDITION, THERE WILL BE THREE TECHNICAL DRAWING ROOMS AND TWO SCIENCE LABORATORIES.

THE SCHOOL, WITH ACCOMMODATION FOR 1,120 PUPILS, WILL OFFER THREE YEARS SECONDARY EDUCATION TO BOYS IN THE 12-14 AGE GROUP.

THE COURSE CONSISTS OF ABOUT 50 PER CENT GENERAL EDUCATION AND 50 PER CENT TECHNICAL STUDIES IN ELECTRICAL, MECHNICAL AND FABRICATION ENGINEERING.

IT WILL BE ONE OF THE LARGEST PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS IN HONG KONG.

TOMORROW, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (TECHNICAL), MR. ANDREW KINGWELL, WILL ACCOMPANY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION, MR. C.P. HUNG, ON A VISIT TO THE PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL.

NOTE TO EDITORS t

YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE EVENT COVERED. MR. KINGWELL AND MR. HUNG ARE DUE TO ARRIVE AT THE SCHOOL IN NAM CHEONG STREET, OPPOSITE PAK TIN ESTATE, AT ABOUT 3 P.M. TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

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TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 1976

NEW FIRE STATION FOR KWAI CHUNG ******

A NEW SUB-DIVISIONAL FIRE STATION AND AN AMBULANCE DEPOT ARE TO BE BUILT AT KWAI CHUNG TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FIRE COVER AND EMERGENCY SERVICES FOR RESIDENTS IN TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG.

MR. K.M. TSENG, CHIEF ARCHITECT OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, SAID TODAY BUILDING WORK WOULD START NEXT MONTH AND SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY MAY NEXT YEAR.

THE STATION AND THE DEPOT, HE SAID, WOULD SHARE A 3,200 SQ. M. (41,300 SQ. FT.) SITE AT WO Yl HOP ROAD. PILING WORK HAD ALREADY BEEN COMPLETED AND TENDERS WERE NOW BEING INVITED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION WORK.

MR. TSENG SAID THE NEW FIRE STATION WOULD BE A THREE-STOREY BUILDING WITH FOUR BAYS FOR FIRE APPLIANCES.

+THE AMBULANCE DEPOT WILL BE SLIGHTLY SMALLER, CONSISTING OF A TWO-STOREY BUILDING WITH COVERED GARAGE FACILITIES FOR FOUR APPLIANCES.

+BOTH BUILDINGS WILL HAVE GENERAL OFFICES, BARRACK ROOMS, LOCKER ROOMS, OFFICERS* ACCOMMODATION, CANTEEN AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES,* HE SAID.

A DRILL YARD OF ABOUT 580 SQUARE METRES (6,243 SQ. FT.) WOULD BE PROVIDED FOR FIREMEN AND AMBULANCE MEN.

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WATER SUPPLY TO ALL PREMISES IN STANLEY, INCLUDING THE STANLEY PRISON AND THE STANLEY FORT CAMP, WILL BE INTERRUPTED FROM 10 P.M. ON THURSDAY (JUNE 24) TO 6 A.M. THE NEXT DAY (FRIDAY).

THE INTERRUPTION IS TO FACILITATE THE CONNECTION OF A FRESH WATER MAIN AT STANLEY VILLAGE ROAD.

IN KOWLOON CITY, WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR FIVE HOURS STARTING FROM 1 A.M. ON THURSDAY (JUNE 24) TO ALLOW THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT NIGHT LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY GRAMPIAN ROAD, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, NGA TSIN LONG ROAD AND CARPENTER ROAD, INCLUDING JUNCTION ROAD, FUK LO TSUN ROAD, LION ROCK ROAD, HAU WONG ROAD AND NGA TSIN WAI ROAD.

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SHAM TSENG VILLAGERS MOVING INTO NEW HOMES OK**

FOUR OF THE FAMILIES AFFECTED BY ROAD ENGINEERING WORKS AT SHAM TSENG, NEW TERRITORIES, HAVE MOVED INTO NEWLY COMPLETED VILLAGE-TYPE HOUSES NEARBY, BUILT FOR THEM BY THE GOVERNMENT.

THE ENGINEERING WORKS ARE CONNECTED WITH THE BUILDING OF A VIADUCT - A VITAL PART OF A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR HIGHWAY WHICH WILL LINK TSUEN WAN AND TUEN MUN NEW TOWNS WHEN IT IS COMPLETED TOWARDS THE END OF NEXT YEAR.

THE FOUR FAMILIES WHO HAVE SO FAR MOVED INCLUDE THE VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVE, MR. FU YUEN-HUNG, A RETIRED SENIOR FIREMAN. THEIR HOMES ARc BEING DEMOLISHED SO THAT THE URGENT WORKS IN CONNECTION WITH THE BUILDING OF THE 1,100-FEET LONG VIADUCT. WHICH PASSES OVER SHAM TSENG AT A HEIGHT OF 1OO FEET, CAN GO AHEAD.

THE GOVERNMENT IS ALSO REPLACING THE CHI TONG (ANCESTRAL HALL) OF THE FU CLAN, WHICH HAS LIVED IN SHAM TSENG FOR SEVERAL GENERATIONS.

A TOTAL OF 60 HOUSES ARE SCHEDULED TO BE BUILT IN TWO PHASES TO REHOUSE THE 300-0DD VILLAGERS WHO LIVE IN SHAM TSENG. EIGHTEEN HAVE ALREADY BEEN CONSTRUCTED UNDER THE FIRST PHASE AND THESE ARE BEING ALLOCATED BY BALLOT.

THE SECOND PHASE, COMPRISING THE BALANCE OF 42 HOUSES, IS DUE TO BEGIN IN ABOUT TWO MONTHS’ TIME.

EACH HOUSE HAS THREE STOREYS. IT IS COMPLETELY SELF-CONTAINED AND OCCUPIES AN AREA OF 700 SQUARE FEET. A SPECIAL FEATURE OF THESE HOUSES IS THAT THE GROUND FLOORS CAN BE USED FOR BUSINESS PURPOSES. EACH OF THE NEW HOUSES COSTS $110,000 TO BUILD.

THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR. JAMES HAYES, WHO CONDUCTED NEGOTIATIONS OVER LONG PERIODS WITH THE VILLAGERS, EXPRESSED HIS APPRECIATION FOR THE +FULL CO-OPERATION+ THEY HAD GIVEN.

+THEIR HELPFUL ATTITUDE HAS BEEN MOST PRAISEWORTHY,+ HE ADDED.

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INSPECTIONS BY FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU

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THE FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU OF THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT CARRIED OUT 21,817 INSPECTIONS IN MAY, BRINGING THE TOTAL FOR THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR TO 95,018.

MORE THAN 12,950 OF THE INSPECTIONS WERE CONDUCTED AS A RESULT OF COMPLAINTS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC. OF THESE, 10,921 RELATED TO BLOCKAGES OF MEANS OF ESCAPE IN BUILDINGS.

VISITS WERE MADE TO 376 SCHOOLS, 412 RESTAURANTS AND NIGHTCLUBS AND 122 PLACES OF PUBLIC ASSEMBLY. INSPECTIONS OF VENTILATION SYSTEMS AND FIRE SERVICE INSTALLATIONS IN BUILDINGS AND INDUSTRY TOTALLED 471 AND 363 RESPECTIVELY.

DURING THE MONTH, 199 VEHICLES USED FOR CONVEYING COMPRESSED GASES AND INFLAMMABLE LIQUIDS WERE INSPECTED. THIS BRINGS TO ALMOST 1,500 SUCH VEHICLES EXAMINED SINCE APRIL LAST YEAR.

THE BUREAU ALSO FINALISED 711 NEW BUILDING PLANS AND ISSUED OR RENEWED 287 DANGEROUS GOODS AND TIMBER YARDS STORAGE LICENCES.

IN ADDITION, FIRE OFFICERS UNDERTOOK 191 PROSECUTIONS RESULTING IN FINES AMOUNTING TO $96,830 BEING IMPOSED.

THE NUMBER OF FIRE HAZARD ABATEMENT NOTICES ISSUED WAS 508. THESE ARE SERVED IN CASES WHERE A HAZARD IS FOUND. IF THE NOTICE IS NOT COMPLIED WITH WITHIN A SPECIFIED PERIOD, COURT ACTION MAY RESULT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT URGED THE PUBLIC TO REPORT ANY FIRE HAZARD WHICH THEY OBSERVED TO THE BUREAU. HE SAID THE BUREAU MAINTAINED A ROUND-THE-CLOCK ANSWERING SERVICE AND REPORTS COULD BE MADE AT ANY TIME.

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MORE SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY URGED

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THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, TODAY URGED THE COMMUNITY TO HELP PROVIDE MORE SERVICES TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE OLD PEOPLE.

+OLD PEOPLE OUGHT TO BE GIVEN EXTRA CARE AND ATTENTION, AND PROVIDED WITH MORE WELFARE SERVICES AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES SO THAT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO SPEND THEIR REMAINING YEARS IN GREATER COMFORT.*

MR. LEE WAS SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE 4TH TERM OFFICE-BEARERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT FEDERATION OF WELFARE SERVICES FOR THE AGED.

THE DIRECTOR NOTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN PLACING GREATER EMPHASIS ON SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. +PLANS WHICH HAVE BEEN WORKED OUT AND IMPLEMENTED INCLUDE THE INFIRMITY ALLOWANCE SCHEME, RESIDENTIAL CARE AND COUNSELLING SERIVCES.+

HOWEVER, HE CONTINUED, WE ALL KNOW THAT APART FROM MATERIAL NEEDS, OLD PEOPLE ALSO REQUIRE SPIRITUAL COMFORT. +THEY NEED THE CONCERN AND RESPECT OF THE YOUNGER GENERATION AS WELL AS THE PROVISION OF WELFARE SERVICES AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.*

MR. LEE NOTED THAT IT IS A CHINESE CUSTOM THAT OLD PEOPLE LIKE TO LIVE THEIR LAST YEARS WITH THEIR CHILDREN IN PEACE AND COMFORT. BUT BECAUSE OF THE CROWDED LIVING CONDITION AND BUSY LIFE IN HONG KONG, IT IS NOW MORE DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO LEAD SUCH A LIFE HERE.

+IT IS THEREFORE AN URGENT TASK FOR US TO DEVELOP COMMUNITY SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY,* HE SAID.

+BY SO DOING,* HE CONTINUED, +NOT ONLY ARE WE DOING THEM A GOOD DEED, BUT ALSO WE HELP TO MAINTAIN A BALANCED DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL LIFE.*

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GOVERNMENT TAKING URGENT STEPS TO ACQUIRE THE NECESSARY EXPERTISE TO MONITOR THE OPERATIONS OF THE TELEPHONE

COMPANY ...................................................... 1

BILL TO BE AMENDED TO AVOID UNNECESSARY DISPUTES BETWEEN LANDLORDS AND TENANTS ..........i...........................   3

GOVERNMENT PROVIDES ALTERNATE ACCOMMODATION TO SMALL

SQUATTER WORKSHOPS CLEARED FROM LAND NEEDED FOR

DEVELOPMENT .................................................. 4

COMMODITY EXCHANGE WILL ADD A FURTHER DIMENSION TO HONG KONG’S ECONOMY SAYS FINANCIAL SECRETARY ...................... 5

FLEXIBILITY FOR ONE OF THE FOUR ADDITIONAL STATUTORY

HOLIDAYS PROPOSED ............................................ 7

DUTY ON METHYL ALCOHOL ....................................... 8

GOVERNMENT’S LONG TERM RE-DEVELOPMENT-PROGRAMME FOR OLDER PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES REVEALED ........................... 9

LEGCO PASSES NINE BILLS ..................................... 10

RESTRICTIONS ON UNDESIRABLE DEVELOPMENT OF GARDEN ESTATES UNDER CONSIDERATION ......................................... 11

NO EVIDENCE OF PUBLIC CONCERN ON HIRE-PURCHASE PRACTICES 11

LIAISON WITH U.K. CHINESE COMMUNITIES UNDER REVIEW .......... 12

LEGISLATION PROPOSED TO PROTECT ENDANGERED ANIMALS AND PLANTS ...................................................... 13

REVIEW OF LEGISLATION ON SEVERANCE PAY ...................... 14

CONTROLS ON OVERHEAD WELDING OPERATIONS BEING CONSIDERED 15

STRICTER CONTROL ON MOTORCYCLISTS ........................... 16

LAW RELATING TO GAMBLING WILL BE AMENDED .................... 16

IMPROVED BUS SERVICES IN CENTRAL KOWLOON TO START NEXT MONTH ......................................................  17

COURTESY CALL ON DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE ................. 18

WATER CUT IN HUNG HOM........................................ 18

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

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GOVERNMENT URGED TO TAKE URGENT STEPS TO MONITOR TELEPHONE COMPANY’S OPERATIONS ******

THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN TODAY URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE URGENT STEPS TO ACQUIRE THE NECESSARY STAFF TO MONITOR WITH CREDIBILITY AND RELIABILITY THE FINANCIAL AND TECHNICAL OPERATIONS OF THE TELEPHONE COMPANY.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE TELEPHONE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976 WHICH SEEKS TO GIVE LEGISLATIVE EFFECT TO SOME OF THE MORE PRESSING RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMISSION OF INQUIRY PENDING THE INTRODUCTION OF A MORE UP-TO-DATE TELEPHONE SERVICES BILL TO REPLACE THE PRESENT TELEPHONE ORDINANCE.

MR. CHEONG-LEEN STRESSED THAT WHATEVER STEPS WERE BEING TAKEN TO STRENGTHEN THE MONITORING MACHINERY, SUCH STEPS SHOULD BE +TIMELY AND URGENTLY IMPLEMENTED+.

WITHOUT ADEQUATE AND QUALIFIED PERSONNEL WHO COULD MONITOR THE TECHNICAL AND OTHER EFFICIENCY OF THE TELEPHONE COMPANY’S OPERATIONS HE WARNED, THE GOVERNMENT’S POWER TO REFUSE GRANTING REQUESTS FOR RENTAL INCREASES WOULD BE SEVERELY RESTRICTED BECAUSE OF VITAL INFORMATION COMING TO LIGHT ONLY WHEN IT WAS TOO LATE.

MR. CHEONG-LEEN ASKED THE GOVERNMENT TO CLARIFY WHETHER IT WAS ABLE, IF SUCH WERE THOUGHT NECESSARY, TO APPOINT FINANCIAL OR TECHNICAL CONSULTANTS WHO WERE NOT CIVIL SERVANTS TO DO AN INDEPENDENT SURVEY OF THE TELEPHONE COMPANY SO THAT EFFECIENCY WOULD BE KEPT AT A HIGH LEVEL AND PROFITABILITY MAINTAINED.

HE REFERRED TO THE NEW FORMULA WHEREBY 20 PER CENT OF THE PROFITS IN EXCESS OF THE 16 PER CENT PERMITTED RETURN WOULD BE ALLOCATED TO SHAREHOLDERS’ FUNDS AND SUGGESTED THE GOVERNMENT ACQUIRE A SUITABLE LEVEL OF INTEREST IN THE TELEPHONE COMPANY BY WAY OF ORDINARY SHARES.

+ANY INCOME DERIVED FROM SUCH SHARES SHOULD HELP TO OFFSET THE COST OF MONITORING BY GOVERNMENT OF THE TELEPHONE COMPANY’S OPERATIONS, EVEN THOUGH THE INCOME WOULD NOT BE SPECIFICALLY EARMARKED FOR SUCH PURPOSE, BUT WOULD BE PUT TO USE AS SEEN FIT BY GOVERNMENT,* HE SAID.

BY SO DOING, MR. CHEONG-LEEN BELIEVED THAT GOVERNMENT WOULD BE SEEN MORE CLEARLY IN THE PUBLIC EYE TO HAVE THAT MUCH MORE REASON TO ENSURE THAT THE COMPANY OPERATES AT A HIGH LEVEL OF EFFICIENCY AND A REASONABLE DEGREE OF PROFITABILITY.

IN REPLY, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, ASSURED THAT NO FURTHER INCREASE IN TELEPHONE RENTALS WOULD BE SANCTIONED UNTIL THE MONITORING MACHINERY HAD SHOWN THIS TO BE FULLY JUSTIFIED WITHIN THE PROVISION OF THE CONTROL SCHEME.

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HE REVEALED THAT URGENT STEPS WERE BEING TAKEN TO ACQUIRE THE NECESSARY STAFF FOR THE FINANCIAL AND TECHNICAL MONITORING OF THE OPERATIONS OF THE TELEPHONE COMPANY.

+SO, IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES. I SEE NO NEED TO APPOINT

EITHER FINANCIAL OR TECHNICAL CONSULTANTS FROM OUTSIDE THE CIVIL SERVICE TO CARRY OUT AN INDEPENDENT SURVEY OF THE TELEPHONE COMPANY,+ MR. HADDON-CAVE SAID.

ON THE SUGGESTION THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD ACQUIRE ORDINARY SHARES IN THE COMPANY, HE SAID# +WHILE I AM GRATEFULL TO HIM FOR HIS RECOGNITION OF THE EFFICIENCY OF GOVERNMENT-OWNED ENTITIES SUCH AS THE POST OFFICE, THE RAILWAY AND THE AIRPORT, THE TELEPHONE COMPANY IS A DIFFERENT CASE IN THAT IT WOULD, IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, STILL OPERATE AS A PRIVATELY OWNED COMPANY.

+IN THIS INSTANCE, AS WITH THE BUS COMPANIES, THE GOVERNMENT IS SATISFIED THAT IT HAS SUFFICIENT LEGISLATIVE AND OTHER CONTROLS OVER THE COMPANY TO ENSURE THAT IT OPERATES IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST WHILE MAKING A REASONABLE PROFIT.

+THE ACQUISITION OF ORDINARY SHARES BY THE GOVERNMENT WOULD NOT INCREASE THAT CONTROL,+ HE SAID.

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TWO UNOFFICIAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLORS HAVE CALLED FOR AMENDMENTS TO THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976 TO AVOID DISPUTE ON THE ALLOWABLE RENT INCREASE FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO THE PREMISES.

SPEAKING AT THE RESUMED DEBATE OF THE BILL TODAY. DR. THE HON. S.Y. CHUNG SAID: +THE WORD ’IMPROVEMENT’ INCLUDES STRUCTURAL ALTERATIONS, EXTENSIONS OR ADDITIONS, AS WELL AS THE PROVISION OR REPLACEMENT OF FIXTURES AND FITTINGS, BUT IT DOES NOT INCLUDE DECORATIVE OR REPAIR WORK,+ HE POINTED OUT.

+1 THINK THIS DEFINITION OF ’IMPROVEMENT’ IS RATHER AMBIGUOUS AND WILL CREATE UNNECESSARY ARGUMENTS BETWEEN LANDLORDS AND TENANTS.

+THIS IS BECAUSE ON THE ONE HAND, REPAIR WORK IS NOT CONSIDERED, AND RIGHTLY SO, AS IMPROVEMENT BUT, ON THE OTHER, REPLACEMENT OF FIXTURES AND FITTINGS IS INCLUDED AS IMPROVEMENT.

+1 THEREFORE SUGGEST THAT AMENDMENT SHOULD BE MADE TO THE NEW SUB-SECTION 55A(6) SO THAT REPLACEMENT OF FIXTURES AND FITTINGS IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE DEFINITION OF ’IMPROVEMENT’,+ HE SAID.

THE HON. OSWALD CHEUNG ALSO POINTED OUT THAT MOST LETTINGS IN HONG KONG WERE IN MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS AND OPINION AMONG THE TENANTS COULD DIFFER AS TO WHAT WAS AND WHAT WAS NOT AN IMPROVEMENT.

+1 PROPOSE THAT WHERE A MAJORITY OF TWO THIRDS OF THE TENANTS CONSENT TO THE MAKING OF IMPROVEMENTS, THEY SHOULD BE DEEMED TO BE

NECESSARY,+ HE SAID.

+THIS, OF COURSE, WOULD NOT PRECLUDE ANY PARTICULAR TENANT TO DISPUTE THE AMOUNT OF RENT INCREASE PAYABLE, BUT IT WOULD PRECLUDE HIM FROM CONTESTING THAT IT WAS NECESSARY,+ HE ADDED.

IN REPLY, THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, THE HON. IAN LIGHTBODY CONFIRMED THAT HE WOULD MOVE’ AN AMENDMENT AT THE COMMITTEE STAGE OF THE BILL TO DELETE THE PROVISION FOR RENT INCREASES FOR REPLACING FIXTURES AND FITTINGS.

ANOTHER AMENDMENT WILL BE PROPOSED TO PROVIDE THAT AN IMPROVEMENT IS TO BE DEEMED NECESSARY IF TWO-THIRDS OF THE TENANTS HAVE GIVEN THEIR CONSENT IN WRITING- TO ALLOW LANDLORDS TO AGGREGATE QUALIFYING EXPENDITURE OVER A PERIOD OF SIX MONTHS- AND TO REQUIRE COPIES OF NOTICES IN ALL SUCH CASES TO BE SENT TO THE COMMISSIONER OF RATING AND VALUATION.

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FLATTED FACTORY BLOCKS FOR SQUATTER WORKSHOPS CLEARED FOR URBAN DEVELOPMENT M * * * *

SMALL SQUATTER WORKSHOPS WHICH ARE CLEARED FROM LAND REQUIRED FOR DEVELOPMENT IN URBAN AREAS ARE PROVIDED WITH GOVERNMENT’S FLATTED FACTORY BLOCKS CONTAIN TNG UNITS OF ABOUT 250 SQ. FT. EACH, THE HOUSING SECRETARY, THE HON. IAN LIGHTBODY, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MR. LIGHTBODY, WHO WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. JAMES WU, SAID THAT RENTS FOR THESE UNITS IN THE HOUSING AUTHORITY’S LATEST BLOCKS WERE SET AT A LEVEL SLIGHTLY BELOW MARKET RENT.

HE INDICATED THAT A SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER OF CLEARED WORKSHOP OPERATORS PREFERRED TO TAKE CASH COMPENSATION RATHER THAN ACCOMMODATION IN A FLATTED FACTORY BLOCK- AND CASH WAS ALSO PAID IF FLATTED FACTORY WAS NOT AVAILABLE OR IF THE TRADE WAS UNSUITABLE.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE QUESTION OF REHOUSING SMALL UNDERTAKINGS, FORCED TO MOVE OUT OF DOMESTIC BLOCKS, HAD BEEN DISCUSSED FROM TIME TO TIME DURING THE PAST FEW YEARS.

BUT THE TENTATIVE CONCLUSION WAS'THAT, BECAUSE OF THE ECONOMICS OF THEIR OPERATIONS, THEY WOULD BE UNLIKELY TO ACCEPT ACCOMMODATION AT MARKET RENT LEVELS IN. PURPOSE-BUILT FLATTED FACTORIES PARTLY BECAUSE SUCH BUILDINGS WOULD INEVITABLY BE SITED IN LESS CENTRAL AREAS.

+BUT THE QUESTION WILL BE KEPT UNDER REVIEW AND IF SUCH A DEMAND DOES EMERGE, CONSIDERATION WILL BE GIVEN TO WHETHER THE EXPENDITURE OF PUBLIC FUNDS FOR THIS PURPOSE CAN BE JUSTIFIED,+ HE ADDED.

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COMMODITY EXCHANGE TO ADD A FURTHER DIMENSION TO H.K. ECONOMY M K * * * *

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE SAYS IT IS THE GOVERNMENT’S VIEW THAT THE OPERATION OF A WELL REGULATED COMMODITY EXCHANGE WILL ADD A FURTHER DIMENSION TO HONG KONG’S ECONOMY AND ITS INTERNATIONAL PROFILE.

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE COMMODITIES (TRADING) BILL 1976 IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY, MR. HADDON-CAVE SAID THE GOVERNMENT SOUGHT IN THE BILL, ONLY TO LAY DOWN THE BASIC RULES WITHIN WHICH THE COMMODITY MARKET MUST WORK IF IT WAS TO BE FAIR TO ALL PARTICIPANTS.

HE NOTED THAT THE BILL, TO BE SUPPLEMENTED BY REGULATIONS AND BY RULES OF THE EXCHANGE COMPANY, ACHIEVED THE AIM OF BALANCING THE FREEDOM WITH AN ADEQUATE DEGREE OF REGULATION.

+BUT, TO BE ON THE SAFE SIDE,+ MR. HADDON-CAVE SAID, +THE GOVERNMENT HAS RETAINED TO ITSELF CERTAIN POWERS WHICH IT WILL INVOKE IF AND WHEN IT IS SEEN THAT THE MARKET ITSELF IS NOT BEHAVING, OR HAS NOT BEHAVED, IN A RATIONAL AND ORDERLY MANNER.

+1 VERY MUCH DOUBT, HOWEVER, WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WILL EVER NEED TO HAVE RECOURSE TO THESE POWERS IN THE CASE OF THE HONG KONG COMMODITY EXCHANGE,+ HE ADDED.

MR. HADDON-CAVE NOTED THAT IT WAS NOT EASY TO DEVISE ABSOLUTE AND FOOLPROOF SAFEGUARDS, EITHER ADMINISTRATIVE OR LEGISLATIVE, AGAINST SPECULATION AND POSSIBLE LOSS BY THOSE WITH LESS THAN ADEQUATE MEANS, WHILST ENSURING THAT THE MARKET CONCERNED CONTINUED TO OPERATE SMOOTHLY AND ADEQUATELY REFLECTED THE FORCES OF SUPPLY AND DEMAND.

BUT HE ASSURED THAT THE PROVISIONS IN THE BILL AND THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE OPERATION OF THE EXCHANGE WOULD, AS A GENERAL RULE, EFFECTIVELY EXCLUDE THE SMALL INVESTORS.

+THE BILL ENSHRINES IN THE LAW CONTROLS WHICH HAVE BEEN BUILT UP IN OLDER COMMODITY MARKETS, SUCH AS LONDON AND NEW YORK, BY CONVENTION AS WELL AS BY STATUTE.

+BUT THE BILL HAS ALSO BEEN DRAFTED WITH HONG KONG’S NEEDS SPECIFICALLY IN MIND AND, IN AT LEAST TWO RESPECTS, IS UNIQUE IN CONTAINING PROVISIONS WHICH ARE NOT REQUIRED IN ANY OTHER COMMODITY MARKET,+ HE SAID.

THE MOST IMPORTANT PROVISIONS OF THE BILL, ACCORDING TO THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, ARE IN PART II WHICH DEALS WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A COMMODITIES TRADING COMMISSION AND A COMMISSIONER FOR COMMODITIES TRADING.

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THESE WILL BE THE REGULATORY AUTHORITIES FOR THE OPERATIONS OF THE COMMODITY EXCHANGE AND TRADING IN COMMODITY FUTURES GENERALLY.

THE COMMISSIONER WILL HAVE STATUTORY POWERS TO REGISTER DEALERS, ADVISERS, AND REPRESENTATIVES TO SUPERVISE THE AUDITING OF THE ACCOUNTS OF REGISTERED DEALERS, AND TO INSPECT AND INVESTIGATE THE ACTIVITIES OF ALL ENGAGED IN TRADING IN COMMODITY FUTURES, AS WELL AS THE COMMODITY EXCHANGE ITSELF, THE CLEARING HOUSE AND THE GUARANTEE CORPORATION.

IN SUMMING UP WITH THE REMARK THAT IT IS THE GOVERNMENT’S VIEW THE OPERATION OF A WELL REGULATED COMMODITY EXCHANGE WILL ADD A FURTHER DIMENSION TO HONG KONG’S ECONOMY AND ITS INTERNATIONAL PROFILE, MR. HADDON-CAVE SAID, +l SAY THIS WITHOUT WISHING TO EXAGGERATE THE POTENTIAL SIGNIFICANCE OF A COMMODITY EXCHANGE.

+l AM WELL AWARE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR OF OUR ECONOMYx EXPORTS OF HONG KONG MADE GOODS ARE NOW RUNNING AT AN ANNUAL RATE OF ABOUT $28 BILLION AND I AM WELL AWARE ALSO THAT OUR FINANCIAL AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR ALREADY ACCOUNTS FOR NEARLY A QUARTER OF THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT,+ HE SAID.

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FLEXIBILITY FOR ONE STATUTORY HOLIDAY PROPOSED

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DR. THE HON. S.Y. CHUNG SAID TODAY HE SUPPORTED INCREASING THE NUMBER OF PAID STATUTORY HOLIDAYS FOR WORKERS FROM SIX TO TEN AND SUGGESTED THAT THE TIMING OF ONE OF THE FOUR ADDITIONAL HOLIDAYS COULD BE FLEXIBLE FOR DIFFERENT TRADES.

SPEAKING ON THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976 IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, DR. CHUNG SAID IT WAS DESIRABLE THAT THE CHOICE OF PAID STATUTORY HOLIDAYS SHOULD BE MEANINGFUL AND USEFUL TO THE MAJORITY OF INDUSTRIAL WORKERS, WHILE THE TWO ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAYS PROPOSED IN THE BILL — THE FIRST WEEKDAY IN JULY OR THE FIRST MONDAY IN AUGUST — HAD LITTLE MEANING IN INDUSTRY.

+IF IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO FIND A COMMON MEANINGFUL HOLIDAY FOR ALL INDUSTRIAL WORKERS, WE SHOULD AT LEAST TRY TO ACHIEVE FLEXIBILITY FOR DIFFERENT TRADES.

+1 THEREFORE SUGGEST THAT WE SHOULD HAVE ONE FLOATING PAID STATUTORY HOLIDAY TO BE DESIGNATED BY THE INDUSTRIAL EMPLOYERS IN ADVANCE,* HE SAID.

EMPLOYERS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY. FOR EXAMPLE, COULD CHOOSE THE LU PAN FESTIVAL, THOSE IN THE FISHING INDUSTRY THE TIEN HAU FESTIVAL, THOSE IN THE ELECTRONIC INDUSTRY WITH A LARGE WORKFORCE OF YOUNG GIRLS THE SEVEN SISTERS FESTIVAL WHILE MANY OF THE EMPLOYERS IN MEN-DOMINATED INDUSTRIES OPT FOR INTERNATIONAL LABOUR DAY.

DR. CHUNG NOTED THAT THE ADDITIONAL FOUR PAID STATUTORY HOLIDAYS SHOULD NOT HAVE ANY ADVERSE EFFECT ON INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION PROVIDED THAT THEY WERE PROPERLY CHOSEN.

HE SAID, +THE ONLY CONSEQUENCE IS THE INCREASE OF WAGE BILLS BY ABOUT 1.3 PER CENT.*

DR. CHUNG SAID WHILE MOST EMPLOYERS WERE ALREADY GRANTING MORE THAN SIX HOLIDAYS A YEAR, APART FROM ONE REST DAY EVERY WEEK, NOT MOST OF THE INDUSTRIAL EMPLOYERS WERE PAYING THEIR HOURLY-RATED, DAILY-RATED OR PIECE-RATED EMPLOYEES FOR MORE THAN THE PRESENT SIX PAID STATUTORY HOLIDAYS.

THE NUMBER OF PAID HOLIDAYS FOR THESE INDUSTRIAL WORKERS IN HONG KONG WAS LESS THAN THAT IN SOME COUNTRIES OF THIS REGION, HE ADDED.

IN REPLY, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON. NEIL HENDERSON SAID HE HAD NO REAL OBJECTION IN PRINCIPLE TO THE CONCEPT OF A FLOATING HOLIDAY IF THE GENERAL FEELING WAS THAT IT WOULD BE MORE USEFUL TO HAVE A HOLIDAY THAT WAS MEANINGFUL TO PARTICULAR GROUPS AND INDUSTRIES RATHER THAN TO ESCAPE THE SUMMER HUMIDITY, WHICH WAS HIS ORIGINAL INTENTION.

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+MY PROBLEM HOWEVER WOULD BE TO ENSURE THAT A FLOATING HOLIDAY DOES NOT FLOAT AWAY ENTIRELY FROM THE EMPLOYEES’ CALENDAR,+ HE SAID.

THE PROBLEMS ARE LEGISLATIVE AND ADMINISTRATIVE AND INITIALLY THE PRINCIPLE SAFEGUARDS WOULD NEED TO BE —

(I) THAT EMPLOYER MUST INFORM HIS EMPLOYEES THE DATE TO BE DESIGNATED, AND THE WISE EMPLOYER WOULD CONSULT HIS EMPLOYEES BEFORE SO DOING.

(II) THAT EMPLOYEES MUST BE INFORMED BEFORE OR AT THE

BEGINNING OF THE CALENDAR YEAR THE DATE TO BE DESIGNATED.

(Ill) THAT ALL NEW EMPLOYEES COMING INTO THE UNDERTAKING DURING THE CALENDAR YEAR MUST BE INFORMED OF THE DATE THAT HAS BEEN DESIGNATED.

(IV) THAT IT WILL BE DIFFICULT TO ALLOW THE NORMAL SUBSTITUTION ARRANGEMENT TO APPLY TO THE FLOATING HOLIDAY.

(V) THAT THERE MUST BE A FALL-BACK POSITION, IN CASES WHERE EMPLOYERS FAIL TO DESIGNATE A HOLIDAY EITHER THROUGH OMISSION, OR BECAUSE THERE IS NO STRONG FEELING ABOUT A PARTICULAR DAY, OR NO AGREEMENT CAN BE REACHED ON WHICH DAY SHOULD BE DESIGNATED.

+SUCH CONDITIONS MAY REQUIRE SOME RATHER CAREFUL AND DIFFICULT DRAFTING AND I AM HOPEFUL THAT MY HONOURABLE COLLEAGUE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND HIS STAFF WILL BE EQUAL TO THE TASK,* MR. HENDERSON SAID.

HE SAID HE WOULD CONSIDER PROPOSING THE APPROPRIATE AMENDMENTS AT THE COMMITTEE STAGE IF THE FLOATING HOLIDAY COULD BE MADE LEGALLY BINDING AND ENFORCEABLE" IF NOT, HE FELT THE BILL SHOULD BE PASSED IN ITS PRESENT FORM, WHICH HAD GENERAL SUPPORT EXCEPT THE DIFFERING VIEWS ON ONE OF THE PARTICULAR HOLIDAYS PROPOSED.

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DUTY ON METHYL ALCOHOL WILL BE LEVIED AT $9.90 A GALLON WITH AN ADDITIONAL 40 CENTS FOR EVERY ONE PER CENT BY WHICH THE ALCOHOLIC STRENGTH BY VOLUME EXCEEDS 25 PER CENT.

MOVING A RESOLUTION IN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY TO GIVE EFFECT TO THIS, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, THE HON. BILL DORWARD EXPLAINED THAT THE DUTY WAS SET TO CREATE A FINANCIAL DISINCENTIVE TO THE MISUSE OF METHYL ALCOHOL, AS FOR ADULTERATED LIQUOR WHICH CAUSED A NUMBER OF DEATHS IN LATE 1975.

THE DUTY IS SLIGHTLY HIGHER THAN THAT CURRENTLY LEVIED ON NON-EUROPEAN TYPE SPIRITS AND INDUSTRIAL TYPE ETHYL ALCOHOL.

+IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THIS RATE WILL PROVIDE THE NECESSARY DISINCENTIVE,* HE SAID.

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LONG TERM RE-DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR OLDER PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES ******

THE HOUSING AUTHORITY HAS A LONG TERM PROGRAMME FOR RE-DEVELOPING OLDER ESTATE BLOCKS WITH THE AIM OF SOLVING THE OVERCROWDING PROBLEM THERE.

THIS WAS REVEALED BY THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, THE HON. IAN' LIGHTBODY IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. JAMES WU.

HE SAID THE PROBLEM OF OVERCROWDING WOULD DISAPPEAR AS FAMILIES IN THESE ESTATES WERE ALLOCATED FLATS IN NEW ESTATES AT A MUCH MORE GENEROUS SPACE STANDARD.

HE NOTED THAT THE RE-DEVELOPMENT PROCESS HAD ALREADY BEGUN IN 18 ESTATE BLOCKS AND WOULD TAKE ABOUT 15 YEARS TO COMPLETE.

+APART FROM RE-DEVELOPMENT, THE HOUSING AUTHORITY IS VIGOROUSLY ATTACKING THE OVERCROWDING PROBLEM BY EARMARKING SOME OF ITS NEW ACCOMMODATION, AS WELL AS ALMOST ALL FLATS WHICH FALL VACANT IN THE OLDER ESTATES, FOR THIS PURPOSE,* MR. LIGHTBODY ADDED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT SINCE 1973, THE VOLUNTARY REMOVAL OF OVERCROWDED FAMILIES TO LARGER FLATS IN NEW ESTATES HAD BEEN ACTIVELY ENCOURAGED.

HOWEVER, THE RESPONSE UNDER THIS PLAN HAD NOT BEEN VERY GREAT SO FAR AND MANY FAMILIES APPARENTLY PREFERRED TO STAY IN OVERCROWDED CONDITIONS IN CENTRALLY LOCATED OLD ESTATES RATHER THAN MOVE OUT TO MUCH BETTER ACCOMMODATION IN THE MORE DISTANT ESTATES.

+DURING 1975/76, A TOTAL OF 6,700 FAMILIES MOVED TO MORE SPACIOUS PUBLIC HOUSING ACCOMMODATION. IT IS EXPECTED THAT EVEN MORE FAMILIES WILL OBTAIN RELIEF FROM OVERCROWDING DURING 1976/77 BECAUSE OF THE QUICKENED PACE OF REDEVELOPMENT AND TRANSFERS WITHIN ESTATES.*

MR. LIGHTBODY SAID THE OVERCROWDING OFTEN RESULTED NOT ONLY FROM THE ADDITION OF CHILDREN TO THE FAMILY BUT FROM THEIR DECISION TO HAVE OTHER RELATIVES STAY WITH THEM, OR BY THEIR OWN CHILDREN MARRYING AND HAVING THEIR FAMILIES IN THE ORIGINAL UNITS.

HE STRESSED THAT THE HOUSING AUTHORITY TRIED TO KEEP OVERCROWDING FROM THESE CAUSES DOWN TO THE MINIMUM BY ALLOWING ONLY ONE OF THE ORIGINAL TENANT’S CHILDREN TO REMAIN IN THE FLAT WITH HIS OR HER SPOUSE.

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IN REPLY TO ANOTHER QUESTION FROM MR. JAMES WU, HE SAID THERE WERE ABOUT 35,000 FAMILIES LIVING IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES AT A STANDARD OF LESS THAN 20 SQ. FT. PER PERSON, EXCLUDING ANY SERVICE AREAS SUCH AS VERANDAHS, KITCHENS OR TOILETS. OF THESE, 20,000 OUT OF THE 196,000 FAMILIES LIVING IN MARK I AND II ESTATES HAVE NO PRIVATE SERVICE AREAS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

IN ORDER TO AVOID ANY DOUBTS, WE WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT THE 35,000 FAMILIES LIVING AT A STANDARD OF LESS THAN 20 SQ. FT. PER PERSON, AS MENTIONED BY MR. IAN LIGHTBODY, THE SECRETARY- FOR HOUSING. IN REPLY TO MR. JAMES WU, INCLUDE THE 20.000 FAMILIES IN THE MARK I AND I I ESTATES. “THESE ’TWO^F [CURES’, THEREFORE,' SHOULD NOTBT ADDED TOGETHER AS A TOTAL.

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NINE BILLS PASSED THEIR COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THEY ARE THE WIDOWS ^AND ORPHANS PENSION (INCREASE) BILL 1976, THE CREDIT UNIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, THE TELEPHONE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD (VALIDATION) BILL 1976, THE HOUSING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, THE HONG KONG AIRPORT (REGULATIONS) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, THE WILD ANIMALS PROTECTION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, THE ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976 AND AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER’S BILL, THE HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (AMENDMENT OF MEMORANDUM) BILL 1976.

TEN BILLS WERE INTRODUCED FOR FIRST READING. THEY INCLUDE THE COMMODITIES TRADING BILL 1976, THE METRICATION BILL 1976, THE COMMISSIONS OF INQUIRY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, AND THE SUPREME COURT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976.

DEBATE ON THEIR SECOND READING HAS BEEN ADJOURNED.

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RESTRICTIONS ON UNDESIRABLE DEVELOPMENT OF GARDEN ESTATES UNDER CONSIDERATION ******

THE GOVERNMENT IS CONSIDERING A PROPOSAL TO ENACT LEGISLATION WHICH WOULD PROVIDE THE IMPOSITION OF APPROPRIATE LEASE RESTRICTIONS ON GARDEN ESTATE BUILDING SCHEMES, SUCH AS CONVERTED MOTELS IN KOWLOON TONG.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. P.G. WILLIAMS, THE ACTING ENVIRONMENT SECRETARY, THE HON. ALAN ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT, SAID THE VAGUENESS OF LEASE CONDITIONS THAT APPLIED AND THE DIFFICULTIES IN MODIFYING THEM HAD HINDERED THE GOVERNMENT FROM TAKING EFFECTIVE ACTION TO CONTROL UNDESIRABLE DEVELOPMENT.

HE SAID, +UNLESS AN OWNER OF A LOT IN THE KOWLOON TONG ESTATE FAILS TO FOLLOW THE PRESCRIBED PROCEDURES IN THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE, THERE IS LITTLE WHICH CAN BE'DONE BY GOVERNMENT EITHER UNDER THE LAW OR LEASE, TO PREVENT CONVERTING HIS PREMISES INTO A SO-CALLED MOTEL.

+BECAUSE THIS ESTATE IS CONSIDERED TO BE WHAT IS KNOWN LEGALLY AS A +BUILDING SCHEME*, OWNERS OF OTHER LOTS IN THE ESTATE MIGHT BE ABLE TO ACHIEVE SOMETHING BY CIVIL ACTION AGAINST HIM, BUT, AS FAR AS I KNOW, NONE HAS YET TRIED TO DO SO,+ HE ADDED.

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THE THE THE

NO EVIDENCE OF PUBLIC CONCERN

GOVERNMENT HAS STILL RECEIVED PRACTICES OF FIRMS ENGAGED IN FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON.

OVER HIRE-PURCHASE PRACTICES

NO EVIDENCE OF PUBLIC CONCERN THE HIRE PURCHASE BUSINESS, PHILIP HADDON-CAVE.

CAVE

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. LI FOOK-WOO, MR. HADDON-SAID IT WAS UNDERSTOOD HOWEVER THAT THE CONSUMER COUNCIL HAD RECEIVED COMPLAINTS AND IT WAS CONSIDERING WHETHER TO MAKE FORMAL REPRESENTATION TO THE GOVERNMENT.

TUP FINANCIAL SECRETARY POINTED OUT THAT THE HON. P.C. WOO ASKED THE SAME QUESTION IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN 1970 AND 1974.

IN THE FIRST INSTANCE THE THEN ATTORNEY GENERAL INDICATED THAT IN THE ABSENCE OF EVIDENCE SHOWING THE PUBLIC NEEDED PROTECTION FROM MALPRACTICES OR EXPLOITATIONS, SUCH LEGISLATION WAS NOT JUSTIFIED.

ON THE SECOND OCCASION THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY _ REPLIED THAT THE POSITION HAD NOT CHANGED AND ADDED THAT SHOULD THE GOVERNMENT RECEIVE EVIDENCE THE MATTER WOULD BE RECONSIDERED.

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LIAISON WITH U.K. CHINESE COMMUNITIES UNDER REVIEW « «1ii

THE HONG KONG COMMISSIONER FOR LONDON IS REVIEWING HIS ARRANGEMENTS FOR LIAISON WITH BRITISH LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND WITH HONG KONG CHINESE COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT THE UNITED KINGDOM, AND IS EXPECTED TO MAKE PROPOSALS ON THESE SHORTLY.

THIS FOLLOWED RECENT UNFAVOURABLE PUBLICITY IN BRITAIN ABOUT CERTAIN ELEMENTS IN THE HONG KONG' CHINESE COMMUNITY IN DRUGS AND TRIAD ACTIVITIES, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON. F.K. LI SAID IN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS AFTERNOON.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN WHO ASKED WHAT WAS BEING DONE AND WHAT MORE COULD BE DONE TO ASSIST HONG KONG CHINESE FAMILIES THERE TO PRESERVE AND KEEP ALIVE THEIR TRADITIONAL CULTURE AND TO FOSTER MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING AND RESPECT BETWEEN THEM AND OTHERS IN THEIR RESPECTIVE COMMUNITIES.

MR. LI SAID: +THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT PUBLISHES A FORTNIGHTLY CHINESE NEWSPAPER CALLED THE HONG KONG NEWS DIGEST FOR THE HONG KONG CHINESE COMMUNITY OVERSEAS- OVER 13,000 COPIES OF EACH ISSUE ARE DISTRIBUTED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM BY THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICE IN LONDON.

+THIS NEWSPAPER PROVIDES BOTH HONG KONG AND UNITED KINGDOM NEWS AS WELL AS A SUPPLEMENT CONTAINING SERIALIZED FICTION AND VARIOUS ARTICLES OF POPULAR INTEREST.

+THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICE IN LONDON AND ITS SUB-OFFICE IN LIVERPOOL ENCOURAGE AND ASSIST THE FORMATION OF CHINESE ASSOCIATIONS IN THE MAIN CENTRES OF POPULATION IN THE UNITED KINGDOM. WHERE NECESSARY AND APPROPRIATE, ASSISTANCE IS GIVEN TO THESE ASSOCIATIONS IN PLANNING AND ORGANISING CELEBRATIONS OF THE MAIN CHINESE FESTIVALS.+

CHINESE CLASSES ARE ORGANISED BY THESE ASSOCIATIONS AND OTHER SUITABLE GROUPS WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT BY WAY OF SUBSIDIES OR THE SUPPLY OF TEXT BOOKS FROM HONG KONG, WHILE HELP IS GIVEN TO THESE ASSOCIATIONS AND THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM IN ORGANISING ENGLISH CLASSES.

FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND CLASSES, A +HOME STUDY* LIBRARY SERVICE OF CHINESE AND ENGLISH LESSONS ON TAPE AND RECORD IS AVAILABLE.

+THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICE ALSO HELP THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES IN THEIR DEALINGS WITH THE CHINESE COMMUNITIES IN THEIR AREA,* MR. LI CONTINUED.

STAFF OF OUR OFFICE ATTEND REGULAR CONFERENCES AND SEMINARS FOR TEACHERS AND COMMUNITY WORKERS IN ORDER TO PROVIDE GENERAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION OF SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CONDITIONS IN HONG KONG AS WELL AS CHINESE CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS AND THIS IS SUPPLEMENTED, WHERE APPROPRIATE, BY PAMPHLETS AND DOCUMENTARY FILMS, HE SAID.

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BILL TO PROTECT ENDANGERED ANIMALS AND PLANTS

A BILL, WHICH PROPOSES TO EXTEND CONTROLS ON THE TRADING OF ANIMALS AND PLANTS IN DANGER OF EXTINCTION, RECEIVED ITS SECOND READING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE ANIMALS AND PLANTS (PROTECTION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES) BILL 1976, CONFORMS WITH THE PROVISION OF THE CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES OF WILD FAUNA AND FLORA, REFERRED TO IN BRIEF AT THE WASHINGTON CONVENTION.

IN MOVING THE READING, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. BILL DORWARD, POINTED OUT THAT THE WASHINGTON CONVENTION SEEKS TO REGULATE RATHER THAN PROHIBIT TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES OF WILD FAUNA AND FLORA? AND THAT IT WOULD BE ASSUMED THAT +SUCH REGULATION WOULD GENERALLY BE COMMENSURATE WITH AN ENLIGHTENED ASSESSMENT OF THE NEED.+

THE BILL, IF APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, WILL REPEAL AND REPLACE THE PRESENT ANIMALS AND BIRDS (RESTRICTION OF IMPORTATION AND POSSESSION) ORDINANCE.

THE MAJOR DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE BILL AND EXISTING LEGISLATION IS THAT THE BILL WILL EXTEND CONTROLS TO ENDANGERED SPECIES OF PLANTS, MOLLUSCS, REPTILES AND ANIMAL PARTS. THE LIST OF LIVE ANIMALS TO BE PROTECTED IS EXTENDED, AND WILL ALSO INCLUDE ANY PROTECTED ANIMAL WHICH IS BORN IN HONG KONG. CULTIVATED PLANTS WILL NOT BE SUBJECT TO CONTROLS.

MR. DORWARD SAID THAT AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE WILL BE SET UP TO ADVISE THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES WHO WILL BE THE RESPONSIBLE AUTHORITY FOR IMPLEMENTING THE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL.

THE EXISTING SYSTEM OF CONTROLLING THE IMPORT AND POSSESSION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES BY LICENCE WILL CONTINUE, BUT EXPORTS WILL ALSO REQUIRE LICENCES. IN GENERAL, LICENCES TO IMPORT WILL ONLY BE ISSUED WHEN THE EXPORTING COUNTRY ISSUES AN EXPORT LICENCE.

AS FAR AS THE SKINS OF CROCODILES, SNAKES AND LIZARDS ARE CONCERNED ALTHOUGH THEY ARE INCLUDED IN THE SCHEDULE, AN ORDER WILL BE MADE UNDER THE LEGISLATION EXCLUDING THESE ITEMS FROM THE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL. THERE IS A SUBSTANTIAL TRADE CONCERNED WITH THESE ITMEMS AND IT WOULD BE TOO DIFFICULT TO BRING THEM UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE ORDINANCE FOR THE TIME BEING.

THE AFRICAN ELEPHANT, WHICH IS THE MAIN SOURCE OF UNMANUFACTURED IVORY, IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE SCHEDULE DRAWN UP UNDER THE CONVENTION, AND TRADE IN IVORY WILL NOT, THEREFORE, BE AFFECTED BY THE BILL. ______

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ONE ANIMAL WHICH IS INCLUDED IN THE PROTECTED LIST IS THE PANGOLIN. IN ANY CASE, THERE HAS BEEN A REDUCTION IN THE IMPORTS OF ENDANGERED SPECIES, INCLUDING THE PANGOLIN, FROM CHINA AND IN 1975 ONLY SEVEN PANGOLINS WERE IMPORTED INTO HONG KONG. UNDER THE NEW LEGISLATION, OTHER PROTECTED SPECIES INCLUDE TIGER, LEOPARD AND SIMILAR FELINE (SPOTTED CAT) SPECIES AND THEIR FURS.

FUR SKINS OF ANIMALS ON THE PROTECTED LIST WHICH ARE BROUGHT IN AS PERSONAL OR HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS, SUCH AS FUR COATS OR RUGS, WILL BE EXEMPT FROM LICENSING REQUIREMENTS.

MR. DORWARD SAYS THAT IF THE BILL IS PASSED, THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WILL BE ASKED TO EXTEND TO HONG KONG ITS OWN IMPENDING RATIFICATION OF THE WASHINGTON CONVENTION.

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REVIEW OF LEGISLATION ON SEVERANCE PAY

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A REVIEW OF THE LEGISLATION ON SEVERANCE PAY HAS BEEN CARRIED OUT IN THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND PROPOSALS ARE BEING FORMULATED FOR CONSIDERATION, THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON. NEIL HENDERSON TOLD LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

HE SAID, +IT IS MY INTENTION THAT SUCH IMPROVEMENTS IN THE SEVERANCE PAY SCHEME THAT ARE AGREED AFTER CONSULTATION SHOULD BE PUT TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL DURING ITS NEXT SESSION 1976-77.+

MR. HENDERSON WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY DR. THE HON.

S.Y. CHUNG WHO ASKED WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONSIDER THE NEED FOR IMPROVING SEVERANCE PAY TERMS IN THE LIGHT OF THE OVERSEAS TEXTILES LTD. LABOUR DISPUTE.

MR. HENDERSON DID NOT ELABORATE ON DETAILS OF THE PROPOSALS AS IT WOULD BE ’INAPPROPRIATE’ AT THIS STAGE.

+BUT THE MAIN ONE WILL CONCERN THE QUANTUM OF SEVERANCE PAY WITH WHICH I AM ON RECORD AS SAYING I AM NOT ENTIRELY SATISFIED, AND MORE GENEROUS TREATMENT OF LONG SERVING EMPLOYEES,* HE SAID.

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CONTROLS ON OVERHEAD WELDING OPERATIONS BEING CONSIDERED ******

THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, THE HON. DAVID MCDONALD, SAID TODAY HIS DEPARTMENT WAS CONSIDERING POSSIBLE AMENDMENTS TO THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE TO INCORPORATE SAFETY MEASURES FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE PUBLIC DURING MINOR ALTERATION AND REPAIR WORKS.

BUT, HE SAID, THIS STUDY WOULD ALSO HAVE TO COVER THE QUESTION OF WHETHER OR NOT ANY SCHEME OF CONTROL COULD BE EFFECTIVELY ENFORCED.

MR. MCDONALD WAS SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. ROGER LOBO WHO ASKED IF STEPS COULD BE TAKEN TO PREVENT FLUX AND DEBRIS FROM FALLING ON PEDESTRIANS DURING WELDING OPERATIONS ON BUILDINGS.

MR. MCDONALD SAID THAT WHEN A BUILDING OWNER WISHED TO ERECT, ALTER OR DEMOLISH A BUILDING, OR CARRY OUT ANY BUILDING OPERATION COVERED BY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE, HE COULD BE REQUIRED TO ERECT HOARDINGS AND COVERED WALKWAYS TO PROTECT PEDESTRIANS FROM FALLING MATERIALS.

HOWEVER, MANY MINOR ALTERATION AND REPAIR WORKS — INCLUDING SOME WELDING OPERATIONS — WERE NOT AT PRESENT CONTROLLED BY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE.

+CONS(DERATION IS BEING GIVEN TO THE INCLUSION IN THE ORDINANCE OF SUITABLE PROVISIONS TO ENSURE THE PROTECTION OF THE PUBLIC DURING THE EXECUTION OF SUCH OPERATIONS,+ HE SAID. +CLEARLY, ONE ASPECT OF THIS CONSIDERATION MUST BE WHETHER ANY SCHEME OF CONTROL DEVISED CAN BE EFFECTIVELY ENFORCED.+

MR. MCDONALD POINTED OUT THAT PEDESTRIANS DID ALREADY HAVE RECOURSE TO LEGAL ACTION FOR DAMAGES IN RESPECT OF INJURIES SUFFERED, AND COULD ALSO CONTACT THE POLICE TO INITIATE A PROSECUTION UNDER THE SUMMARY OFFENCES ORDINANCE, WHICH PROVIDED FOR A FINE OF $500 OR THREE-MONTH IMPRISONMENT FOR DROPPING BUILDING MATERIALS OR OTHER THINGS TO THE DAMAGE OR DANGER OF ANY PERSON.

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STRICTER CONTROL ON USE OF MOTORCYCLES ******

THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON. ALAN ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY THAT THE INCREASING USE OF MOTOR CYCLES ON FOOTPATHS AND TRACKS AND OVER THE OPEN COUNTRYSIDE WAS CAUSING NUISANCE AND DANGER BOTH TO LOCAL RESIDENTS AND PEOPLE WHO WANTED TO ENJOY THE COUNTRYSIDE.

HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THERE WAS A DANGER OF EROSION BEING CAUSED, PARTICULARLY WHERE MOTOR CYCLES WERE RIDDEN ACROSS OPEN COUNTRY.

MR. ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT WAS MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1976 WHICH SEEKS TO PROHIBIT THE USE OF MOTOR CYCLES BOTH ON UNLEASED CROWN LAND OTHER THAN ROADS, AND ON PEDESTRIAN ROADS.

THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THE BILL, HE SAID, WAS TO BRING THIS SITUATION UNDER CONTROL BEFORE IT GOT OUT OF HAND.

HOWEVER, HE SAID, PUBLIC SERVANTS ON DUTY AND PEOPLE ENGAGED IN AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY, CONSTRUCTION WORK OR SIMILAR ACTIVITY, WHO HAD A LEGITIMATE NEED TO RIDE MOTOR CYCLES ON PEDESTRIAN ROADS AND ON UNLEASED CROWN LAND, WOULD BE EXEMPTED FROM THE PROVISION OF THIS BILL.

+ALSO THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT MAY ISSUE PERMITS TO OTHER LEGITIMATE USERS AND MAY EXEMPT CERTAIN PEDESTRIAN ROADS FROM THE PROVISION OF THIS BILL, FOR EXAMPLE, TO PROVIDE ESSENTIAL ACCESS TO VILLAGES,* MR. ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT ADDED.

HE SUGGESTED THAT MOTOR CYCLISTS WHO ENJOYED ROUGH RIDING AS A PASTIME COULD JOIN THE SCRAMBLES ORGANISED BY THE MOTOR SPORTS CLUB AT SUITABLE LOCATIONS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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LAW RELATING TO GAMBLING WILL BE AMENDED *****

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON. JOHN HOBLEY, TODAY SAID THAT A BILL TO AMEND THE LAW RELATING TO GAMBLING WOULD BE INTRODUCED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE NEXT SESSION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN ON WHEN THE GAMBLING ORDINANCE WOULD BE AMENDED TO ENABLE THE COURTS TO TERMINATE THE TENANCY OF THE PREMISES WHERE A GAMBLING OFFENCE HAD BEEN PERSISTENTLY COMMITTED.

MR. HOBLEY SAID THE PRESENT INTENTION WAS THAT THE BILL SHOULD INCLUDE A PROVISION ALONG THE LINES TO WHICH MR. CHEONG-LEEN REFERRED.

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MAJOR CHANGES IN KOWLOON BUS SERVICES M K M M K M

A MAJOR RE-ORGANISATION OF BUS SERVICES IN CENTRAL KOWLOON WILL BE INTRODUCED NEXT MONTH, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN REVEALED TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE CHANGES WHICH WILL COME INTO EFFECT ON JULY 1, AIM TO IMPROVE BUS SERVICES THROUGH ROUTE EXTENSIONS AND ADDITIONAL CARRYING CAPACITY BY THE ALLOCATION OF EXTRA LARGE CAPACITY BUSES.

THE AREAS AFFECTED' BY THE CHANGES ARE 01 MAN, KOWLOON TONG, LOK FU AND WANG TAU HOM.

AT THE SAME TIME, A TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME WILL BE INTRODUCED AT 01 MAN ESTATE TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC CIRCULATION IN THE AREA.

UNDER THE SCHEME, HAU MAN STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY NORTHBOUND AND PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM THE SECTION OF CHUNG HAU STREET IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ESTATE. A PLB STAND WILL BE PROVIDED IN HAU MAN STREET.

K.M.B. ROUTE 1 WILL BE EXTENDED BEYOND LOK FU BY WAY OF TUNG TAU TSUEN ROAD AND FUNG MO STREET TO WANG TAU HOM AND THE BASIC FREQUENCY INCREASED FROM EVERY SIX MINUTES TO EVERY FIVE MINUTES.

ON ROUTE 7 BETWEEN STAR FERRY AND KOWLOON TONG, THE BASIC FREQUENCY WILL BE INCREASED FROM EVERY SIX TO SEVEN MINUTES TO EVERY FIVE MINUTES IN ASSOCIATION WITH A MAJOR RE-ROUTING OF ROUTE 7A WHICH WILL OPERATE BETWEEN HUNG HOM RAILWAY STATION AND LOK FU AT A BASIC 10 MINUTES FREQUENCY VIA CHATHAM ROAD, NATHAN ROAD, WATERLOO ROAD AND JUNCTION ROAD.

ROUTE 7B WILL BE DIVERTED VIA CHUNG HAU STREET TO SERVE 01 MAN ESTATE AND ROUTE 8 WILL BE EXTENDED BEYOND HUNG HOM TO STAR FERRY SO AS TO PROVIDE DIRECT SERVICES BETWEEN 01 MAN ESTATE AND TSIM SHA TSUI AT A 30-CENT FARE.

ROUTE 20 WILL OMIT HAU MAN STREET ON SOUTHBOUND JOURNEYS FROM 01 MAN ESTATE IN CONNECTION WITH THE ONE-WAY TRAFFIC ROUTING OF THIS ROAD NORTHBOUND.

THE SCHEME, DRAWN UP BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IN CONSULTATION WITH K.M.B., IS DESIGNED TO IMPROVE BUS FACILITIES AT VARIOUS ESTATES IN THE CENTRAL KOWLOON AREA, PARTICULARLY AT 01 MAN, LOK FU, WANG TAU HOM AND TUNG TAU TSUEN.

NOT ONLY WILL DIRECT SERVICES BE AVAILABLE BETWEEN 01 MAN AND TSIM SHA TSUI BUT ALSO PASSENGERS WISHING TO REACH THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC AND HUNG HOM RAILWAY STATION WILL HAVE DIRECT FACILITIES FROM NATHAN ROAD, SOUTH OF WATERLOO ROAD.

NOTICES GIVING FULL DETAILS OF THE REVISED ROUTES AND TIMETABLES WILL BE POSTED AT ALL BUS STOPS AND TERMINAL POINTS AFFECTED.

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COURTESY CALL ON DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE

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NEW MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE LOK SIN TONG BENEVOLENT SOCIETY PAID A COURTESY CALL ON THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, THIS (WEDNESDAY) MORNING.

THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS, LED BY THEIR CHAIRMAN, MR. LAU SAI-YAN, HELD TALKS WITH MR. LEE ON THE SOCIETY’S WORK IN THE WELFARE FIELD.

THEY ALSO EXCHANGED VIEWS ON THE SOCIETY’S PROPOSAL TO BUILD AN OLD PEOPLE’S HOME IN TAI PO.

THE HOME, CAPABLE OF HOUSING 230 ELDERLY RESIDENTS, IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN 1978.

DURING THE TALKS THE DIRECTOR ASSURED THE VISITORS THAT THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE LOK SIN TONG IN ITS ENDEAVOURS IN THE FIELD OF SOCIAL WELFARE WORK.

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WATER CUT

WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN HUNG HOM, KOWLOON, WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 1 A.M. ON FRIDAY (JUNE 25).

THIS IS TO ENABLE THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT LEAKAGE TESTS IN THE AREA.

THE PREMISES TO BE AFFECTED ARE BOUNDED BY FAT KWONG STREET, SHUN YUNG STREET, KO SHAN ROAD, KIANG HSI STREET, KAU PUI LUNG ROAD LOK SHAN ROAD, KOWLOON CITY ROAD, MA TAU WEI ROAD, BAILEY STREET,

SUNG KIT STREET, HOK YUEN STREET, AND CHATHAM ROAD.

PREMISES ON PAK KUNG STREET, SAN WEI STREET, SAN LAU STREET,

SHEK TONG STREET, GILLIES AVENUE, ANHUI STREET, CHI KIANG STREET,

KIANG SU STREET, MAIDSTONE ROAD, CHUN TIN STREET, SUNG CHI STREET AND SUNG KIT STREET WILL ALSO BE AFFECTED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

. THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 1976

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MARINE DEPARTMENT SPENDS $1.25 MILLION A YEAR COLLECTING REFUSE FROM THE HARBOUR ..................................... 1

THREE LOTS OF CROWN LAND TO BE AUCTIONED..................... 2

FAREWELL DINNER FOR RETIRING SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT ................................................. 3

OPENING OF YOUTH LEADERSHIP CAMP ........................... 3

WATER CUT ................................................... 4

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THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 1976

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REFUSE COLLECTION IN HARBOUR - AN EXPENSIVE OPERATION ******

THE MARINE DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY) URGED BOAT DWELLERS, ESPECIALLY THOSE IN ABERDEEN, NOT TO DUMP REFUSE INTO THE WATER.

THE APPEAL FOLLOWS A SERIES OF CORRESPONDENCE IN THE LOCAL PRESS RECENTLY ON THE PROBLEMS OF FLOATING REFUSE IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE HARBOUR AND OFF POPULAR SOUTH COAST BEACHES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID A NUMBER OF MEETINGS HAD BEEN HELD RECENTLY WITH THE BOAT PEOPLE IN AN EFFORT TO PERSUADE THEM TO REFRAIN FROM DUMPING DOMESTIC AND COMMERCIAL WASTES INTO THE WATER. HOWEVER, THERE HAD BEEN LITTLE RESPONSE.

HE SAID THE POLLUTION CONTROL UNIT OF THE DEPARTMENT HAD BEEN CONCERNED WITH THE SITUATION IN ABERDEEN DURING RECENT WEEKS AND A PARTICULAR EFFORT WAS MADE BY THE UNIT TO DEAL WITH ACCUMULATIONS WHICH OCCURRED IN THE SHUM WAN AND PO CHONG WAN ANCHORAGES.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE SITUATION HAD BEEN MUCH AGGRAVATED BY A PROLONGED PERIOD OF RAIN AND BY SPRING TIDES.

REFERRING TO THE TYPE OF REFUSE COLLECTED IN THE AREA, HE SAID THAT IT WAS MAINLY DOMESTIC WASTES, MOST PROBABLY ORIGINATING FROM PLEASURE CRAFT, FISHING AND OTHER COMMERCIAL CRAFT IN ABERDEEN.

TO DEAL WITH THE REFUSE PROBLEM THERE, HE SAID, THE DEPARTMENT STATIONED A SCAVENGING FLEET OF SIX SAMPANS PLUS ONE MOTORISED CARGO BOAT IN ABERDEEN HARBOUR.

+ALTHOUGH THE FLEET CAN USUALLY KEEP FLOATING REFUSE IN THE AREA TO AN ACCEPTABLE LEVEL, THERE HAVE BEEN TIMES RECENTLY WHEN THE FLEET HAS NOT BEEN SUFFICIENT TO COPE WITH THE LARGE AMOUNT OF REFUSE,* HE SAID.

‘ IN A CONTINUOUS EFFORT TO COMBAT FLOATING REFUSE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, THE DEPARTMENT WOULD SEND AN ADDITIONAL SAMPAN TO THE AREA ON JULY 1 AND FOR THE REMAINING SUMMER MONTHS TO HELP CLEAR THE AREA OF REFUSE ON WORKING DAYS WHILE A MECHANISED SAMPAN WOULD CONTINUE THE OPERATION ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS TO PROVIDE MORE DRUMS ON SHUM WAN ROAD FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO ATTEMPT TO DISPOSE OF THEIR REFUSE IN A RESPONSIBLE MANNER AS THE PRESENT 12 PROVE INSUFFICIENT.

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HE EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT THIS WOULD FURTHER REDUCE THE POLLUTION WITHIN ABERDEEN HARBOUR AND PREVENT, AS FAR AS POSSIBLE, REFUSE IN THIS AREA FROM BEING CARRIED BY TIDES TO THE NEARBY BEACHES.

THE SPOKESMAN DISCLOSED THAT MARINE DEPARTMENT WAS TO ACQUIRE AN INSHORE SHALLOW DRIFT CRAFT CAPABLE OF DEALING WITH OIL POLLUTION AT MORE INACCESSIBLE BEACHES.

HE SAID THAT THE CRAFT, WHICH CAN ALSO BE USED TO COLLECT FLOATING REFUSE, WOULD BE EMPLOYED FOR SUCH PURPOSES WHEN IT WAS NOT ENGAGED ON ANTI-OIL POLLUTION FUNCTIONS.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT COLLECTING FLOATING REFUSE WAS AN EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE OPERATION, COSTING THE MARINE DEPARTMENT 31.25 MILLION A YEAR.

+UNTIL THERE IS MORE CO-OPERATION FROM THE USERS OF THE WATERS OF HONG KONG INCLUDING CERTAIN INDUSTRIES AND OTHER FACILITIES ON THE SHORE LINES, IT IS UNLIKELY THAT THIS LEVEL OF EXPENDITURE CAN BE REDUCED,* HE SAID.

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CROWN LAND SALE K X * *

THREE LOTS OF CROWN LAND WILL BE PUT UP FOR SALE BY AUCTION ON JULY 23 (FRIDAY) AT 2.30 P.M. IN THE LECTURE ROOM, 8TH FLOOR, CITY HALL.

TWO OF THEM ARE AT SZE SHAN STREET, SAM KA TSUEN, KOWLOON AND ARE EARMARKED FOR INDUSTRIAL AND/OR GODOWN PURPOSES. ONE MEASURES 26,870 SQUARE FEET AND THE OTHER, 14,810 SQUARE FEET.

THE THIRD LOT, MEASURING 19,500 SQUARE FEET, IS AT HORIZON DRIVE, CHUNG HOM KOK, HONG KONG. IT HAS BEEN SET ASIDE FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

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

SALE PLANS CAN ALSO BE INSPECTED AT THESE OFFICES.

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FAREWELL DINNER FOR MR. J.J. ROBSON K# K O *

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE ASSOCIATION WILL BE GIVING A FAREWELL DINNER IN HONOUR OF MR. J.J. ROBSON, THE RETIRING SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, TOMORROW (FRIDAY) NIGHT AT 8.30 P.M. AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE BALLROOM OF THE HOLIDAY INN IN NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL ALSO ATTEND. HE WILL ARRIVE AT 8.15 P.M.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OCCASION.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING OF THE YOUTH LEADERSHIP CAMP JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE BRITISH FORCES AND THE SOCIAL WLEFARE DEPARTMENT AT THE RAF SPORTS FIELD AT KAI TAK ON SUNDAY (JUNE 27) AT 6.30 P.M.

THE CAMP DIRECTOR, CAPTAIN ROBERT COX. OF THE FIRST BATTALION LIGHT INFANTRY, WILL ADDRESS THE PARTICIPANTS.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING. THE ENTRANCE TO THE SPORTS FIELD IS ON KWUN TONG ROAD JUST AFTER THE CHOI HUNG/PING SHEK INTERCHANGE.

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN NORTH POINT AND MONG KOK WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR FIVE HOURS STARTING FROM 1 A.M. ON SATURDAY (JUNE 26) TO ALLOW THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT NIGHT LEAKAGE TESTS.

IN NORTH POINT, THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY ELECTRIC ROAD, LAU SIN STREET, HING FAT STREET. THE SEA FRONT, INCLUDING THE CAUSEWAY BAY MAGISTRACY, THE VICTORIA PARK AND THE NORTH POINT POWER STATION OF THE HONG KONG ELECTRIC COMPANY.

IN MONG KOK, PREMISES BOUNDED BY NATHAN ROAD, DUNDAS STREET. WATERLOO ROAD, YIM PO FONG STREET, SOY STREET, INCLUDING SAI YEU&G CHOI STREET, TUNG CHOI STREET, FA YUEN STREET, YIN CHONG STREET AND KWONG WAH STREET ARE AFFECTED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 1976

CONTENTS . PAGE NO.

REPORT ON LEUNG WING-SANG CASE PUBLISHED ................... 1

I EXAMINATION FOR UNREG ISTRABLE DOCTORS ..................... 2

SMALL BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION WILL BE COMPENSATED ....... 3

ANOMALIES IN THE SEtURITY BILL TO BE AMENDED ............... 5

NEW FEES FOR MINE BLASTING CERTIFICATES .................... 6

PART OF SHEK 0 PUBLIC CAR PARK WILL BE USED BY

CMB VEHICLES AND PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS ............................................ 6

FIRING PRACTICE ON CASTLE PEAK RANGE NEXT MONTH ............ 7

CONSTRUCTION OF PRINCE EDWARD ROAD STATION OF THE MTR IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN SHORTLY ........................... 8

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FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 1976

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REPORT ON LEUNG WING-SANG CASE PUBLISHED

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THE REPORT OF MR. JUSTICE T.L. YANG WHO CONDUCTED THE COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO THE LEUNG WING-SANG CASE WAS PUBLISHED TODAY FOLLOWING CONSIDERATION BY THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL.

THE REPORT REFUTES THE SUGGESTION THAT LEUNG WAS FRAMED FOR OFFENCES WHICH HE DID NOT COMMIT AND MAKES CLEAR THAT NONE OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES REVIEWED IN THE INQUIRY COULD HAVE HAD ANY PREJUDICIAL EFFECT ON THE CONDUCT OF LEUNG’S DEFENCE AT HIS TRIAL. NOR COULD TH-SE CIRCUMSTANCES HAVE HAD ANY MATERIAL EFFECT ON THE OUTCOME OF THE TRIAL.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN RECALLED THAT LEUNG WING-SANG WAS CONVICTED OF THE MURDER OF LAU WAH AND ON SIX COUNTS OF WOUNDING IN 1973 AND SENTENCED TO DEATH. HIS SUBSEQUENT APPEAL AGAINST THE CONVICTION WAS DISMISSED IN 1974 AND LATER HIS SENTENCE WAS COMMUTED TO A TERM OF IMPRISONMENT FOR 20 YEARS.

THE JUDGE EXPLAINS THE LAW OF COMMON INTENTION IN RELATION TO MURDER WHICH APPLIED IN LEUNG’S CASE AND THERE IS NO GROUND FOR CHALLENGING THE VERDICTSXTHAT LEUNG WAS GUILTY OF MURDER AND WOUNDING.

IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE SUBMISSION OF THE REPORT, A COPY WAS PASSED TO THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE MR. BRIAN SLEVIN WHO FORMED A SPECIAL SQUAD UNDER A SUPERINTENDENT TO REINVESTIGATE THE MURDER OF LAU WAH AND THE RELATED CIRCUMSTANCES.

AS A RESULT OF THAT INVESTIGATION, FIVE OTHER PERSONS HAVE NOW BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH THE MURDER OF LAU WAH AND WITH SIX COUNTS OF WOUNDING.

ONE FORMER POLICE OFFICER AND A SERVING POLICE OFFICER HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH CONSPIRACY TO DEFEAT THE ENDS OF JUSTICE ARISING FROM THEIR CONDUCT DURING THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE ATTACK ON THE CACTUS APARTMENT HOUSE.

IN ADDITION TO THESE ARRESTS AND CHARGES ARISING FROM THE CACTUS APARTMENT INVESTIGATION, TWO POLICE OFFICERS ARE NOW SUBJECT TO DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS AND HAVE BEEN INTERDICTED FROM DUTY.

THE SHORTCOMINGS REVEALED BY THE INQUIRY AND THE SUBSEQUENT POLICE INVESTIGATION HAVE RESULTED IN THE INTRODUCTION OF VARIOUS PROCEDURES TO TIGHTEN THE CONTROL OVER SERIOUS CRIME INVESTIGATIONS.

COPIES OF THE REPORT WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE MARKETING OFFICE OF THE GOVER'.EHT INFORMATION SERVICES ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

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EXAMINATION FOR UNREG ISTRABLE DOCTORS *****

THE LICENTIATE COMMITTEE OF THE MEDICAL COUNCIL IS CALLING FOR APPLICATIONS FROM UNREG ISTRABLE DOCTORS IN HONG KONG TO REGISTER AS CANDIDATES FOR EXAMINATION, EXPECTED TO BE HELD EARLY NEXT YEAR.

ALL PERSONS WISHING TO BE CONSIDERED AS CANDIDATES FOR THE EXAMINATION, LEADING TO THE AWARD OF A LICENCE TO PRACTISE WITHIN HONG KONG, ARE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS TO THE LICENTIATE COMMITTEE TOGETHER WITH SUPPORTING EVIDENCE OF THEIR CLAIMS.

THE SECRETARY OF THE COMMITTEE, MR. I.A.S. YOUNG, EXPLAINED THAT APPLICANTS MUST FULFIL CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS TO BE ELIGIBLE TO SIT THE EXAMINATION.

AN APPLICANT MUST HOLD A MEDICAL QUALIFICATION AWARDED AFTER COMPLETING AT LEAST FIVE YEARS FULL-TIME MEDICAL STUDY, HAVE PERMISSION TO RESIDE AND WORK IN HONG KONG AND BE OF GOOD CHARACTER.

APPLICANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND AN INTERVIEW AT A LATER DATE TO VERIFY THEIR CREDENTIALS AND EXPERIENCE AND TO PRODUCE THE ORIGINALS OF ANY SUPPORTING DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE.

MR. YOUNG WARNED THAT CANDIDATES WHO PRESENTED FALSE CLAIMS OR SUPPORTING EVIDENCE WILL EE DISQUALIFIED AND PROSECUTED.

HE SAID DATES AND OTHER DETAILS OF THE EXAMINATION WOULD BE ANNOUNCED NEARER THE TIME OF EXAMINATION.

THE SECRETARY SAID AN EXAMINATION SUB-COMMITTEE HAS BEEN SET UP TO LOOK INTO EXAMINATION PROCEDURES AND TO PREPARE EXAMINATION MATERIAL.

AS RECOMMENDED IN THE REPORT OF THE WORKING PARTY ON UNREG ISTRABLE DOCTORS, THE EXAMINATION WILL BE CONDUCTED IN THREE PARTS -- A MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTION PAPER, A SIMPLE TEST OF ENGLISH FOR PROFESSIONAL PURPOSES AND AN ORAL TEST OF CLINICAL KNOWLEDGE.

CANDIDATES SUCCESSFUL IN ALL THREE PARTS OF THE EXAMINATION WILL THEN BE ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER FOR EXTERNSHIPS. THE PERIOD OF EXTERNSHIP, TO BE SERVED IN AN APPROVED HOSPITAL OR MEDICAL INSTITUTION, IS ABOUT 18 MONTHS.

MR. YOUNG SAID CANDIDATES FAILING ANY PART OF THE EXAMINATION WILL BE ALLOWED TO RESIT THAT PART THE FOLLOWING YEAR.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THE LICENTIATE OFFICE AT BONAVENTURE HOUSE, LEIGHTON ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY, AND MUST BE COMPLETED AND RETURNED BY JULY 31.

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SCHEME TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY MTR ******

SHOPKEEPERS SERIOUSLY AFFECTED BY CONSTRUCTION OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY WILL BE OFFERED ADVANCE PAYMENTS OF COMPENSATION UNDER A SCHEME ANNOUNCED TODAY BY THE GOVERNMENT TO RELIEVE HARDSHIP.

THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, MR. GRAHAM BARNES, COMMENTING ON THE SCHEME, SAID THAT UNDER THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY (LAND RESUMPTION AND RELATED PROVISIONS) ORDINANCE, BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY STREET CLOSURES AND ALTERATIONS MAY CLAIM COMPENSATION FOR LOSSES.

+BUT IT WILL BE SOME TIME BEFORE LOSSES CAN BE QUANTIFIED AND FORMAL CLAIMS MADE TO GOVERNMENT.

+IN THE MEANTIME SOME OF THE BUSINESSES WHICH ARE ADJACENT TO THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY WORKS COULD SUFFER CONSIDERABLE LOSSES AS A RESULT OF THE CONSTRUCTION WHICH WILL BE TAKING PLACE IMMEDIATELY OUTSIDE THEIR PREMISES FOR A PERIOD OF THREE MONTHS OR MORE.

+THE SCHEME IS ESSENTIALLY TO HELP THE SMALLER SHOPKEEPERS THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT PERIOD.+

INITIALLY ADVANCES MAY BE SOUGHT BY SHOPKEEPERS OPERATING IN PREMISES FRONTING STATION WORKS SITES WHICH HAVE A RATEABLE VALUE OF LESS THAN $250,000 AS SOON AS HOARDINGS ARE ERECTED ON THE PAVEMENT IMMEDIATELY IN FRONT OF THEIR PREMISES. PAYMENTS WILL CONTINUE TO BE MADE AS LONG AS THIS OBSTRUCTION REMAINS.

THE AMOUNT OF THE ADVANCE WILL BE TIED TO THE RATEABLE VALUE OF THE PREMISES OCCUPIED BY THE BUSINESS.

FOR BUSINESSES OPERATING IN PREMISES OF RATEABLE VALUES OF LESS THAN $100,000, THE MONTHLY AMOUNT OF THE ADVANCE WILL BE 7.5 PER CENT OF THE RATEABLE VALUE PAYABLE FOR AS LONG AS THE WORKS CONTINUE SERIOUSLY TO AFFECT THE PREMISES. FOR RATEABLE VALUES BETWEEN $100,000 AND $250,000, A FLAT RATE OF $7,500 PER MONTH WILL BE PAYABLE.

BUSINESSES OCCUPYING PREMISES WITH RATEABLE VALUES OF OVER $250,000 WILL NOT INITIALLY QUALIFY FOR ADVANCES, BECAUSE THEY ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE ABLE TO MAKE OTHER ARRANGEMENTS DURING THE PERIOD BETWEEN THE START OF CONSTRUCTION WORKS AND THE SETTLEMENT OF STATUTORY CLAIMS.

MR. BARNES SAID: +DETAILED EXAMINATION OF CLAIMS WOULD TAKE SOME TIME AND FOR THIS REASON THE RATEABLE VALUES OF PREMISES HAVE BEEN CHOSEN AS THE MOST SUITABLE YARDSTICK FOR ADVANCE PAYMENTS BECAUSE THESE ARE READILY AVAILABLE.+

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MR. BARNES SAID THE AIM WAS TO BRING THE SCHEME INTO OPERATION BEFORE MAJOR WORKS BEGIN AND ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE SCHEME WERE NOW BEING FINALISED.

THE ADVANCE COMPENSATION SCHEME WILL BE OPERATED BY THE MASS TRANSIT OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, WHICH WILL BE ASSISTED BY AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

FURTHER DETAILS OF HOW AND WHERE TO APPLY FOR ADVANCES WOULD BE ANNOUNCED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

MR. BARNES EMPHASISED THAT THE SCHEME IN NO WAY AFFECTED THE STATUTORY RIGHT OF BUSINESSMEN TO MAKE CLAIMS UNDER THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY (LAND RESUMPTION AND RELATED PROVISIONS) ORDINANCE. INDEED IT WAS INTENDED TO SEEK AS A CONDITION OF THE PAYMENT OF AN ADVANCE THAT APPLICANTS SHOULD SIGN AN UNDERTAKING TO MAKE A STATUTORY CLAIM IN DUE COURSE AND TO AGREE THAT ANY ADVANCES MADE WOULD BE DEDUCTIBLE FROM THE FINAL SUM AGREED WITH. THE GOVERNMENT OR AWARDED BY THE LANDS TRIBUNAL.

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SECURITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976 * K K * * *

THE SECURITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, AIMED AT CORRECTING CERTAIN ANOMALIES WHICH HAVE BECOME APPARENT FROM THE WORKINGS OF THE SECURITIES ORDINANCE SINCE IT CAME INTO OPERATION SOME TWO YEARS AGO, IS PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE.

THE AMENDMENTS ARE MAINLY CONCERNED WITH CLARIFICATION AND APPLICATION, AND NONE INVOLVES A CHANGE IN THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE.

INCLUDED IN THE BILL IS A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE DEFINITION OF +DEALING JN SECURITIES* TO EXCLUDE AGREEMENTS MADE WHEREBY SECURITIES ARE TRANSFERRED OR DEPOSITED WITH A PERSON AS COLLATERAL FOR A LOAN. SINCE ALL COMPANIES WHO ACCEPT DEPOSITS FROM THE GENERAL PUBLIC NOW FALL WITHIN THE AMBIT OF THE ' DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ORDINANCE, IT IS CONSIDERED APPROPRIATE THAT THE POWER TO REGULATE SUCH COMPANIES SHOULD NOW BE EXCISED FROM THE SECURITIES ORDINANCE.

IN RESPONSE TO A REQUEST FROM THE HONG KONG SOCIETY OF ACCOUNTANTS, THE DEFINITION OF +FINANCI AL YEAR* WOULD BE REPLACED BY A MORE FLEXIBLE ONE WHICH PERMITS REGISTERED DEALERS TO ADOPT THEIR OWN FINANCIAL YEAR.

IT IS ALSO PROPOSED TO AMEND THE DEFINITION OF +STOCKBROKI NG BUSINESS* TO INCLUDE ANY BUSINESS CONNECTED WITH SECURITIES CONDUCTED BY COMPANIES OPERATED BY OR UNDER THE CONTROL OF A STOCKBROKER. THIS WILL ENABLE RECOURSE TO BE MADE TO THE STOCK EXCHANGES COMPENSATION FUND ESTABLISHED UNDER PART X OF THE ORDINANCE IN THE EVENT OF A DEFAULT BY ANY SUCH COMPANY RUN BY A STOCKBROKER.

ANOTHER PROPOSAL IS TO AMEND SECTION 123 RELATING TO THE COMMISSIONER’S POWERS TO REQUIRE THE DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION ABOUT THE NAMES OF PERSONS FROM, OR TO, OR THROUGH WHOM, OR ON WHOSE BEHALF, SECURITIES ARE BOUGHT OR SOLD, AND THE NATURE OF INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN IN RESPECT OF A PURCHASE OR A SALE. THE PURPOSE OF THIS AMENDMENT IS TO MAKE IT CLEAR, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ORIGINAL INTENTION OF THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE, THAT NOMINEE COMPANIES ARE OBLIGED TO DISCLOSE SUCH INFORMATION TO THE COMMISSIONER, EVEN THOUGH THEIR INSTRUCTIONS HAVE TAKEN THE FORM OF A REQUEST TO DELIVER SHARES TO A REGISTERED DEALER, THE CLIENT HIMSELF, OR A THIRD PARTY RATHER THAN AN EXPLICIT INSTRUCTION TO SELL.

COMMENTING ON THE BILL, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID : +THE LIKELIHOOD OF SUCH AMENDMENTS WAS FORESEEN AT THE TIME THE SECURITIES BILL WAS BEING CONSIDERED. IT WAS POINTED OUT THEN THAT, DUE TO THE COMPLEX NATURE OF THE SUBJECT, GAPS AND SHORTCOMINGS IN THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION WERE INEVITABLE, AND THAT AMENDMENTS WERE THEREFORE TO BE EXPECTED FROM TIME TO TIME.

+THE POSSIBILITY THAT AMENDMENTS WOULD BE NEEDED WAS ALSO REFERRED TO BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, WHEN HE STATED THAT, DUE TO THE CONSTANTLY EVOLVING NATURE OF THE SECURITIES INDUSTRY, THE BILL COULD NOT BE DEFINITIVE AND THAT AMENDMENTS WERE INEVITABLE IN THE LIGHT OF PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE.*

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MINE BLASTING CERTIFICATES

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FEES PRESCRIBED UNDER THE MINES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS IN RESPECT OF MINE BLASTING CERTIFICATES ARE TO BE INCREASED WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.

IN ADDITION, NEW FEES ARE LEVIED WHEN A CERTIFICATE IS TO BE RENEWED OR ENDORSED TO INCLUDE ADDITIONAL BLASTING OPERATIONS OR TO BE REPLACED BECAUSE IT IS WORN OR DEFACED. THESE SERVICES WERE PREVIOUSLY GIVEN FREE OF CHARGE BY THE MINES DEPARTMENT.

THIS MEANS THAT THE PREVIOUS CHARGE OF FIVE DOLLARS FOR THE ISSUE OF A MINE BLASTING CERTIFICATE WILL NOW COST $100, AND FOR THE REPLACEMENT OF A LOST CERTIFICATE, THE NEW FEE IS $20 INSTEAD OF FIVE DOLLARS.

AS FOR THE NEW CHARGES, IT WILL COST $90 FOR THE RENEWAL OF A MINE BLASTING CERTIFICATE, $20 FOR THE REPLACEMENT OF A WORN OR DEFACED CERTIFICATE AND $90 FOR THE ENDORSEMENT OF THE DOCUMENT.

THE MINES (SAFETY) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1976 WHICH GIVE EFFECT TO THE CHANGES ARE PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

THE INCREASED AND NEW FEES WILL ENABLE THE DEPARTMENT TO COVER THE COSTS OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES INVOLVED, WHICH INCURRED A SHORTFALL OF $10,000 IN THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1975/76.

THIS IS THE FIRST ADJUSTMENT TO THE FEES SINCE THEY WERE INTRODUCED IN 1954.

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PART OF SHEK 0 CAR PARK TO BE GIVEN OVER TO CMB AND PLB

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PART OF THE CAR PARK IN SHEK 0 WILL BE GIVEN OVER TO THE CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY AND PLB‘ ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS THERE.

STARTING SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 100 OF THE 232 PRIVATE CAR PARKING SPACES IN THE SHEK 0 CAR PARK WILL BE CANCELLED TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL SPACE FOR BUSES AND PLB’S.

THIS WAS AGREED AT A MEETING THIS MORNING AMONG REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, TRAFFIC POLICE AND CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE ABOVE MEASURE WAS TEMPORARY AND WOULD BE KEPT UNDER REVIEW.

THE CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY WILL BE PROVIDING THE USUAL EXTRA SERVICES TO SHEK 0 THIS SUNDAY AND THE POLICE WILL BE ON HAND TO DEAL WITH ANY TRAFFIC PROBLEMS.

THE SPOKESMAN URGED MOTORISTS PLANNING TO GO TO SHEK 0 THIS SUNDAY TO USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN VIEW OF THE LIMITED PARKING SPACE AVAILABLE.

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FIRING PRACTICE * M * * X

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE ON CASTLE PEAK RANGE ON 21 DAYS

NEXT MONTH.

THE PUBLIC ARE REM INDED THAT IT IS DANGEROUS TO ENTER THE AREA

WHEN THE RED FLAGS ARE FLYING DURING THE TIME OF FIRING PRACTICE.

THE PRACTICE TIMES ARE:-

DATE HOURS

JULY 2 (FRIDAY) 8.30 A.M. - 4 P.M.

JULY 5 (MONDAY) 8.30 A.M. - 11.59 P.M.

JULY 6 (TUESDAY) 5 A.M. - 11.59 P.M.

JULY 7 (WEDNESDAY) 5 A.M. - 11.59 P.M.

JULY 8 (THURSDAY) 5 A.M. - 4 P.M.

JULY 9 (FRIDAY) 8 A.M. - 4 P.M.

JULY 12 (MONDAY) 9 A.M. - k P.M.

JULY 13 (TUESDAY) 8.30 A.M. - 11.59 P.M.

JULY 14 (WEDNESDAY) 5 A.M. - 11.59 P.M.

JULY 15 (THURSDAY) 5 A.M. - 11.59 P.M.

JULY 16 (FRIDAY) 5 A.M. - 4 P.M.

JULY 19 (MONDAY) 9 A.M. - 5 P.M.

JULY 20 (TUESDAY) 8 A.M. - 5 P.M. •

JULY 21 (WEDNESDAY) 8 A.M. - 5 P.M.

JULY 22 (THURSDAY) 8 A.M. - 5 P.M.

JULY 23 (FRIDAY) 8 A.M. - 4 P.M.

JULY 26 (MONDAY) 9 A.M. - 8 P.M.

JULY 27 (TUESDAY) 8 A.M. - 8 P.M.

JULY 28 (WEDNESDAY) 8 A.M. - 8 P.M.

JULY 29 (THURSDAY) 8 A.M. - 8 P.M.

JULY 30 (FRIDAY) 8 A;M. - 4 P.M.

A FIRING PRACTICE, WHICH WAS TO HAVE TAKEN PLACE YESTERDAY

(THURSDAY) HAD BEEN CANCELLED.

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STR'ET ALTERATIONS ARISING FROM WORK ON PRINCE EDWARD STATION OF MTR

ACTUAL CONSTRUCTION OF PRINCE EDWARD STATION OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN SHORTLY AND BECAUSE OF THIS CERTAIN ALTERATIONS TO NATHAN ROAD HAVE TO BE MADE.

CONSTRUCTION WORK, BY CUT-AND-CCVER METHOD, WILL BE ON THAT PART OF THE STATION WHICH LIES UNDER THE EASTERN HALF OF NATHAN ROAD FROM A POINT ABOUT 106 METRES SOUTH OF THE JUNCTION WITH BOUNDARY STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 45 METRES SOUTH OF THE JUNCTION WITH PRINCE EDWARD ROAD.

TO FACILITATE CONSTRUCTION, NATHAN ROAD BETWEEN PRINCE EDWARD ROAD AND MONGKOK ROAD HAVE BEEN REDUCED TO THREE TRAFFIC LANES SOUTHBOUND.

DETAILS OF THE STREET ALTERATIONS ARE NOTIFIED IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

PLANS SHOWING THE AREAS AFFECTED BY THE PROJECT MAY BE INSPECTED AT THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, AND AT THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, DOTH FLOOR, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 435 NATHAN ROAD.

THE PLANS ARE ALSO ON DISPLAY AT THE C.D.O. (KOWLOON CITY), 379 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, AND C.D.O. (MONG KOK), 751 NATHAN ROAD.

TODAY’S GAZETTE NOTICE STIPULATES THAT ANY PERSON MAKING A CLAIM FOR COMPENSATION MUST SEND IT IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS.

THE CLAIMS 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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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 1976

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

EXTENSION OF TERMS OF OFFICE FOR SOME EXCO AND LEGCO MEMBERS ........................................ 1

SIX MACS FORMED IN UN CHAU STREET ESTATE ....... 1

MORE FLYOVERS TO BEAT CONGESTION IN CENTRAL DISTRICT - 2

SPEEDPOST SERVICE TO THE NETHERLANDS ........... 3

HOLIDAY POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS .................... 3

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SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 1976

EXTENSION OF TERMS OF OFFICE FOR SOME EXCO AND LEGCO MEMBERS *****

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THE TERMS OF OFFICE OF MEMBERS PRESENTLY SERVING ON THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS WHOSE APPOINTMENTS EXPIRE ON 3OTH JUNE HAVE BEEN EXTENDED FOR TWO MONTHS UNTIL AUGUST 31, 1976.

THIS IS BEING DONE TO ENSURE THAT IN FUTURE APPOINTMENTS TO THESE TWO COUNCILS DO NOT EXPIRE DURING THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SESSION, BUT DURING THE RECESS.

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL STARTS ITS SUMMER RECESS DURING AUGUST AND BEGINS THE NEW SESSION IN THE FIRST WEEK OF OCTOBER EACH YEAR.

IT IS LOGICAL THEREFORE THAT MEMBERSHIP OF THESE COUNCILS SHOULD BE FOR THE COMPLETE SESSION.

AN ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT THE REAPPOINTMENT OF EXISTING MEMBERS WHOSE TERMS ARE DUE TO EXPIRE AND THE APPOINTMENT OF NEW MEMBERS TO THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS WILL BE MADE DURING AUGUST.

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SIX MACS FORMED IN UN CHAU STREET ESTATE * * * *

WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, SHAM SHU I PO, TENANTS OF UN CHAU STREET ESTATE HAVE RECENTLY SUCCEEDED IN FORMING SIX MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES (MACS) IN THE EIGHT BLOCKS OF THE ESTATE.

ONE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE EACH HAS BEEN FORMED IN BLOCKS 1, 4, 5 AND 8.

FOR BLOCKS 2 AND 3 AND BLOCKS 6 AND 7, SINCE THE BUILDINGS ARE STRUCTURALLY LINKED AND THEY HAVE TO SHARE THE SAME COMMUNAL FACILITIES SUCH AS LIFTS AND REFUSE ROOMS, EACH 2 BLOCKS HAVE FORMED ONE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE OF THEIR OWN.

BEFORE FORMING THESE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, OPINION SURVEYS WERE CONDUCTED IN EACH BLOCK TO TAP THE RESIDENTS’ OPINIONS. THE RETURNS OF QUESTIONNAIRE FORMS INDICATED iHAT THE MAJORITY OF THE TENANTS WERE IN FAVOUR OF FORMING A SEPARATE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE IN THEIR OWN BLOCK.

THE FORMATION OF THESE SIX MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES WAS BASED ON THE WISHES OF THE MAJORITY OF TENANTS AND GOVERNMENT’S POLICY. ALL OF THEM HAVE BEEN REGISTERED WITH THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT.

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MORE FLYOVERS TO BEAT CONGESTION * * * * *

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS TO BUILD VilQ FLYOVERS AT THE BUSY GARDEN ROAD ROUNDABOUT TO COPE WITH THE INCREASING VOLUME OF TRAFFIC IN THE MID-LEVELS AREA.

MR. CHOW CHE-KING, CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE P.W.D.’S HIGHWAYS OFFICE, SAID TODAY WORK ON THE PROJECT WOULD START IN AUGUST AND SHOULD BE COMPLETED IN 13 MONTHS.

+THE AIM IS TO SEPARATE THE MAIN STREAMS OF TRAFFIC SO AS TO ENABLE CONTINUOUS FREE FLOWING MOVEMENT AND AVOID LONG

QUEUES DURING PEAK HOURS,+ HE SAID.

THE JUNCTION, AND IT HAD ALREADY FROM ROBINSON ROAD CONGESTION.

HE SAID, WAS FAST NEARING SATURATION POINT BECOME NECESSARY TO STOP TRAFFIC MOVEMENT TO MAGAZINE ROAD DURING RUSH HOURS TO EASE

ACCORDING TO TRAFFIC SURVEYS CONDUCTED BY THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE SOME 2,600 VEHICLES PASS THROUGH THE JUNCTION DURING THE MORNING PEAK HOUR AND OVER 2,700 DURING THE EVENING RUSH HOUR.

ONE OF THE FLYOVERS, MR. CHOW SAID, WOULD BE ABOUT 110 METRES LONG LINKING ONE LANE OF MAGAZINE GAP ROAD TO THE NORTHBOUND LANE OF GARDEN ROAD.

+THIS WILL ENABLE MOTORISTS COMING DOWN MAGAZINE GAP ROAD TO CONTINUE DIRECTLY TO CENTRAL VIA GARDEN ROAD WITHOUT HAVING TO MERGE WITH TRAFFIC COMING UPHILL FROM GARDEN ROAD AS AT PRESENT.

+THE OTHER FLYOVER WILL BE 138 METRES LONG LINKING THE EASTBOUND LANE OF ROBINSON ROAD ACROSS THE JUNCTION TO MAGAZINE GAP ROAD WHICH WILL ALSO BE WIDENED TO INCREASE ITS CAPACITY,+ HE SAID.

TENDERS FOR THE FLYOVER COMPLEX ARE BEING INVITED AND BUILDING WORK SHOULD BEGIN IN AUGUST.

MR. CHOW SAID THE SCHEME WAS ONE OF SEVERAL LONG TERM SCHEMES PLANNED BY P.W.D. ROAD PLANNERS TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW IN THE MID-LEVELS.

THESE INCLUDE A FLYOVER WITH AN ELEVATED NETWORK OF PEDESTRIAN WALKWAYS AT THE JUNCTION OF GARDEN ROAD AND QUEENSWAY.

+IT IS ENVISAGED THAT THIS FLYOVER WILL PROVIDE A DIRECT LINK FROM GARDEN ROAD TO QUEENSWAY NEAR THE MURRAY ROAD MULTI-STOREY CARPARK WITHOUT INTERRUPTING THE GROUND LEVEL TRAFFIC AND SHOULD CONSIDERABLY IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW AT THE BUSY JUNCTION OF GARDEN ROAD, QUEENSWAY AND MURRAY ROAD,+ HE SAID.

DETAILED PLANNING WAS ALSO PROCEEDING ON ANOTHER FLYOVER COMPLEX AT THE ROBINSON ROAD, GLENEALY ROAD AND OLD PEAK ROAD JUNCTION, HE ADDED.

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SPEEDPOST SERVICE TO THE NETHERLANDS

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THE POST OFFICE IS TO EXTEND ITS SPEEDPCST SERVICE TO THE NETHERLANDS FROM JULY 2 FOLLOWING THE SUCCESSFUL INTRODUCTION OF THE SERVICE TO BRITAIN, THE UNITED STATES, BRAZIL, JAPAN, BELGIUM, FRANCE AND AUSTRALIA.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE POST OFFICE SAID THE SERVICE IS AVAILABLE ON A CONTRACT BASIS, AND +ON DEMAND+.

UNDER THIS FACILITY, PACKAGES OF BUSINESS PAPERS, DOCUMENTS, COMPUTER DATA AND MICROFILMS ARE GIVEN FAST AND RELIABLE DOOR TO DOOR COLLECTION AND DELIVERY SERVICE.

PRE-DETERMINED FLIGHTS CUT OF HONG KONG ARE USED FOR THESE DESPATCHES AND SPECIAL FACILITIES ARE GIVEN BY THE DUTCH POSTAL ADMINISTRATION IN DELIVERING THE PACKAGES.

+PACKAGES HANDED IN OR COLLECTED IN HONG KONG WHEN NORMAL COMMERCIAL BUSINESS IS COMPLETED FOR THE DAY WILL BE DESPATCHED ON A FLIGHT LEAVING KAI TAK IN THE SAME EVENING AND ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM ON THE AFTERNOON OF THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR SUBSEQUENT SPECIAL DELIVERY IN THE NETHERLANDS,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE COST OF THE CONTRACT SERVICE WILL BE A BASIC HK£8O FOR THE FIRST POUND, PLUS £15 FOR EACH SUBSEQUENT POUND OR PART OF A POUND. FOR +ON DEMAND* SERVICE, A FEE OF £2C IS PAYABLE IN ADDITION TO THE BASIC CHARGES.

CUSTOMERS WISHING MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SERVICE ARE ASKED TO CONTACT THE POST OFFICE REPRESENTATIVE ON 5-245992.

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HOLIDAY POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS

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ALL POST OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED OK THURSDAY (JULY 1) WHICH IS A GENERAL HOLIDAY.

THERE WILL BE NO MAIL DELIVERY ON THAT DAY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 1976

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL - ITS WORK AND HISTORY

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ’..'ILL WIND UP ITS CURRENT SESSION IN JUST OVER A MONTH WHEN IT GOES INTO RECESS AFTER ITS MEETING ON AUGUST 4.

A TOTAL OF 24 MEETINGS HAVE BEEN SCHEDULED FOR THE SESSION BEGINNING ON OCTOBER 1, 1975. DURING THE PAST 21 MEETINGS OF THIS SESSION, THE COUNCIL HAS TAKEN NUMEROUS DECISIONS ON MATTERS WHICH WILL HAVE LONG LASTING EFFECTS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG AND THE WAYS OF LIFE OF THE PEOPLE HERE. SO FAR, 79 BILLS HAVE DEEN ENACTED AS LAWS OF HONG KONG COMPARED WITH A TOTAL OF 77 IK THE LAST SESSION, AND 42 MOTIONS ON A VARIETY OF SUBJECTS HAVE BEEN PASSED. OF THE BILLS PASSED, THE MORE IMPORTANT ONES ARE THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION (AMENDMENT) BILL, THE INDUSTRIAL ESTATES PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY BILL, THE DEPCSIT-TAKING COMPANIES BILL, THE COUNTRY PARKS BILL AND THE APPRENTICESHIP BILL.

THE MOTIONS PASSED INCLUDED THOSE ..HICH PAVED THE WAY

FOR THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG: THE SETTING OF A RATE OF LEVY ON THE F.O.B. VALUE OF THE CLOTHING ITEMS EXPORTED" AND THE GUARANTEES IN RESPECT OF RE-PAYMENT OF LOANS MADE TO THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION UNDER SPECIFIED FACILITIES.

THE NUMBER OF QUEST IONS RAISED BY UNOFFICIALS SC FAR REACHED 140. AGAIN, THEY WERE OK WIDE-RANGING TOPICS CONCERNING EDUCATION, HOUSING, TRANSPORT, SOCIAL SERVICES, RECREATIONAL FACILITIES AND MANY OTHERS. THE UNOFFICIALS ALSO DROUGHT UP A NUMBER OF DIVERSE SUBJECTS OF PUBLIC CONCERN DURING ADJOURNMENT DEBATES.

AMONG THE ISSUES DISCUSSED WERE SOCIAL FLANKING AND POPULATION GROWTH, THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY VOLTAGE TO CONSUMERS, LICENSED AREAS AND METRICATION.

THE PRIMARY FUNCTIONS OF THE COUNCIL ARE TC ENACT LEGISLATION AND CONTROL EXPENDITURE OF PUBLIC FUNDS. THE PROCEDURE IN THE COUNCIL IS ESSENTIALLY THE SAME AS THAT OF A PARLIAMENT WITH PROVISION FOR PUBLIC DEBATES AND QUESTIONS. »LL BILLS HAVE TC PASS THE FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD READINGS AT THE COUNCIL BEFORE THEY CAN BECOME LAW. DEBATE OK THE GENERAL MERITS AND PRINCIPLES OF A BILL MAY TAKE PLACE WHEN IT ID MOVED FOR ITS SECOND READING AT THE COUNCIL MEETING. HOWEVER, AMENDMENTS MAY BE MADE IN THE COMMITTEE STAGE BEFORE A BILL COMPLETES ITS PASSAGE AT ITS THIRD READING. A BILL PASSED BY THE COUNCIL DOES NOT BECOME LAW UNTIL THE GOVERNOR GIVES HIS ASSENT TO IT.

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DURING EACH ANNUAL SESSION, THERE ARE TWO OCCASIONS FOR GENERAL DEBATE. ONE IS THE DEBATE ON FINANCIAL AND ECONOMIC AFFAIRS I'.i FEBRUARY-MARCH DURING THE SECOND READING OF THE APPROPRIATION BILL AND THE OTHER IS THE DEBATE ON SOCIAL PROGRESS AND GOVERNMENT POLICY IN GENERAL WHEN THE GOVERNOR REVIEWS THE AFFAIRS OF HONG KONG AT THE OPENING OF THE COUNCIL SESSION IN OCTOBER.

UNDER THE EXISTING STANDING ORDERS, THE COUNCIL MEETS IN PUBLIC ONCE EVERY ALTERNATE WEDNESDAY EXCEPT DURING THE ANNUAL RECESS BETWEEN AUGUST AND OCTOBER.

THE COUNCIL MAY, IN EACH SESSION, APPOINT ONE OR MORE SELECT COMMITTEES TO CONSIDER MATTERS OR BILLS OF PUBLIC INTEREST, AND EACH COMMITTEE IS REQUIRED TO SUBMIT A REPORT OF ITS STUDY TC THE COUNCIL.

ALL GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE MUST BE APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. IN PRACTICE, PROPOSED ITEMS ARE CONSIDERED FIRST BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE -- A STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE COUNCIL. THE FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETS ONCE A FORTNIGHT IN PRIVATE AND IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CONSIDERING ALL REQUESTS FOR PUBLIC EXPENDITURE AND THE SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS OF FUNDS. ITS MEMBERS ARE THE COLONIAL SECRETARY (CHAIRMAN), THE FINANCIL SECRETARY, THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS AND ALL THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL.

TO FACILITATE ITS WORK, THE FINANCE COMMITTEE HAS SET UP TWO SUB-COMMITTEES — THE PUBLIC WORKS SUB-COMMITTEE AND THE ESTABLISHMENT SUB-COMMITTEE.

THE FIRST SUB-COMMITTEE IS CHAIRED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY. THE OTHER MEMBERS ARE SIX UNOFFICIALS AND ONE OFFICIAL - THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS. ITS FUNCTION IS TO REVIEW THE PROGRAMME OF PUBLIC WORKS PRESENTED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT AND THE FINANCE BRANCH AND TO DECIDE ON THE PRIORITY OF PUBLIC WORKS ITEMS.

THE ESTABLISHMENT SUB-COMMITTEE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ADVISING THE GOVERNMENT ON PROPOSALS CONCERNING THE CREATION OF NEW POSTS, STAFF INCREASES AND THE REGRADING OF EXISTING POSTS. IT IS MADE UP OF FIVE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS, ONE OF WHOM IS THE CHAIRMAN, AND TWO GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.

ACCORDING TC REPORTS, THE HISTORY CF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BEGAN AS EARLY AS 1844. ONE INTERESTING POINT IS THAT UNDER THE OLD STANDING ORDERS, THE FIRST SESSION CF THE COUNCIL LASTED 124 YEARS UNTIL 1%8. DURING THIS PERIOD, THE COUNCIL CONTINUED ITS MEETINGS YEAR AFTER YEAR WITH NO RECESS UNTIL 1968 WHEN THc. STANDING ORDERS WERE REVISED TC ALLOW FOR AN ANNUAL BREAK.

AS A RESULT CF THIS CHANGE, THE SECOND COUNCIL SESSION BEGAN IN OCTOBER, 1969 AND SO THE CORRECT 1975-76 SESSION IS ONLY THE EIGHTH ONE IN THE COUNCIL RECORDS. THE INTRODUCTION OF AN ANNUAL RECESS FROM AUGUSi TO OCTOBER PROVIDES A’i OPPORTUNITY rOR THE COUNCIL TO TAK- STOCK OF ITS WORK, TO .'.EVIEA THE PAST AND CONSIDER THE FUTURE.

SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 1976

WHEN THE COUNCIL FIRST MET IN 1844, there OFFICIAL MEMBERS, INCLUDING THE THEN GOVERNOR, DURING THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF ITS FORMATION, AN AVERAGE OF ONE ORDINANCE A '..’EEK.

WERE ONLY FOUR

SIR HENRY POTTINGER.

THE COUNCIL PASSED

IT WAS IN 1850 THAT THE FIRST ENLARGEMENT OF THE COUNCIL TOOK PLACE. TWO UHOFFICIALS WERE APPOINTED, BRINGING THE TOTAL MEMBERSHIP TO SIX. THESE TWO MEMBERS WERE ELECTED BY THE JUSTICES OF THE PEACE THEMSELVES AT THE INVITATION OF THE GOVERNOR. THEY JERE HR. DAVID JARDINE AND MR. J.F. EDGER.

THE PUBLICATION OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE COUNCIL AND THE OPENING OF ITS MEETING TO THE PUBLIC IN 1358 MARKED A MILESTONE IN THE HISTORY OF THE COUNCIL.

THIS LED TO GREATER PUBLIC INTEREST IN WHAT THE COUNCIL DID AND TO MORE CRITICISM TOO. IN THE SAME YEAR, THE POWERS OF TH=. LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WERE INCREASED SC THAT MEMBERS WERE PERMITTED TO VOTE THE BUDGET. BEFORE THAT THEY WERE ONLY ABLE TO VOTE ON TAXES, BUT NOT THE BUDGET ITSELF.

THE FIRST CHINESE UNOFFICIAL ..AS APPOINTED IN 188G. 35 YEARS AFTER THE COUNCIL CAME INTO BEING. HE WAS MR. NG CHOY (OR BETTER KNOWN AS DR. WU TING-FANG), A BARRISTER-AT-LAW. THREE YEARS LATER, THE HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND THE JUSTICES OF THE PEACE WERE INVITED TO NOMINATE ONE MEMBER EACH TO THE COUNCIL. AT THE SAME TIME, CHINESE MEMBERSHIP ALSO BECAME A PERMANENT FEATURE OF THE COUNCIL.

AS THE YEARS PASSED, CHANGES WERE INTRODUCED TO MAKE TnE COUNCIL MORE REPRESENTATIVE OF DIFFERENT SECTIONS OF THE COMMUNITY. BY 1555, THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE COUNCIL HAD BEEN FURTHER ENLARGED TO NINE OFFICIALS, INCLUDING THE GOVERNOR AND EIGHT UKOFFICIALS (TWO OF THEM CHINESE).

THE FIRST WOMAN TO SERVE II. THE COUNCIL ..AS HRS. ELLEN LI SHU-PUI, WHO WAS APPOINTED IN 1966. TO DATE, THERE ARE TWO WOMEN MEMBERS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCI-. THEY ARE MRS. JOYCE SYMONS AND MRS. KWAN KO SIU-WAH.

THE INTRODUCTION OF SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION AT COUNCIL MEETINGS IN THE 1972-73 SESSION WAS ANOTHER MILESTONE IN THE HISTORY OF THE COUNCIL. THIS ENABLES MEMBERS TO SPEAK IN EITHER ENGLISH OR CHINESE, AND SO HELPS TO OPE'.’ UP THE MEETINGS TO MORE PEOPLE INTERESTED IN LISTENING TO THE PROCEEDINGS IN THE PUBLIC GALLERY OF THE COUNCIL CHAMBER OR Oli THE RADIO.

FROM ITS SMALL BEGINNING IN 1844, THE COUNCIL IS NOW EXPANDED TO COMPRISE THE GOVERNOR, WHO IS DOT;- THE PRESIDENT AND A MEMBER, FOUR EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS — THE COLONIAL SECRETARY, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL ."ID THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS -- TEN OFFICIAL MEMBERS AND 15 NOMINATED UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS. WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE EX-OFFICIO DDRS, ALL MEMBERS ARE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR ON THE INSTRUCTIONS OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE.

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WHEN THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, REVIEWED THE AFFAIRS OF HONG KONG AT THE OPENING OF THE CURRENT SESSION, HE SAID THAT GIVEN TIME AND THE RIGHT PEOPLE AND THE WILL, THERE WAS PLENTY OF ROOM FOR CHANGE WHILE RETAINING THE ESSENTIAL CHARACTER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

HE ALSO STRESSED THAT LACKING, AS WAS UNAVOIDABLE ANY ELECTORAL MANDATE, MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL WERE REQUIRED TO TRY TO THINK AND PLAN AND SPEAK FOR THE INTERESTS OF THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE AS THEY SAW IT, AND NOT, AS WOULD BE SO MUCH EASIER, FOR THE NARROW INTERESTS OF A PARTY, A GROUP, A PROFESSION, AN AREA OR A CLASS.

+EUT I BELIEVE IT ASSISTS Ti.lS GE'-icRAL REQUIREMENT IF MEMBERS ARE ABLE TO SPEAK FROM AS WIDE A SPREAD AS POSSIBLE NOT ONLY OF PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE, BUT ALSC OF SOCIAL BACKGROUND,* HE ADDED.

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SALT WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN NORTH POINT WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 1 A.f-1. ON TUESDAY (JUNE 29) TO ALLOW THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TC CARRY OUT A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY ELECTRIC ROAD, JAVA ROAD FROM LAU SIN STREET TC TIN CHIU STREET, NORTH POINT ROAD, CHUN YEUNG STREET, TONG SHU I ROAD, SHU KUK STREET AND KAM HONG STREET.

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FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS REGULATIONS EFFECTIVE JULY 1

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THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (SPRAYING OF FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS) REGULATIONS, 1976 APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THREE MONTHS AGO COME INTO FORCE ON JULY 1.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MRS. SOO MOK SAU-HA STRESSED THE NEED FOR PROPRIETORS TO OBSERVE THESE REGULATIONS STRICTLY BECAUSE THE RAPID VAPOURIZATION OF FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS IN THE SPRAYING PROCESS COULD CREATE A POTENTIALLY EXPLOSIVE CONCENTRATION OF GASES IN THE ATMOSPHERE.

UNCONTROLLED SPRAYING OF FLAMMABLE LIQUID WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR ABOUT 300 ACCIDENTS - 22 FATAL - IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS, SHE SAID, AND THERE WERE FIVE LARGE FIRES RESULTING FROM SPRAYING OF FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS DURING THE LAST FIVE MONTHS OF 1975.

TO HELP PROPRIETORS COMPLY WITH THEIR NEW OBLIGATIONS THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAS ISSUED A FREE GUIDE TO THESE REGULATIONS WHICH ARE DESIGNED TO PROVIDE A SAFER WORKING ENVIRONMENT FOR THE WORKERS.

THE REGULATIONS COVER NOT ONLY THE SPRAYING OF PAINT BUT ALSO THE SPRAYING OF OTHER FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS SUCH AS THINNERS, VARNISHES, LACQUERS, SEALING COMPOUNDS AND PETROLEUM EASED ADHESIVES.

THE CONTROLS SET OUT IN THEM INCLUDED:

* THE SEGREGATION OF THE SPRAYING AREA FROM OTHER PARTS OF AN INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAXING*

* THE PROVISION OF AN EFFICIENT VENTILATION SYSTEM TO REDUCE THE CONCENTRATION OF FLAMMABLE VAPOURS IN THE SPRAYING AREA*

* THE PROHIBITION OF SMOKING OR THE USE OF A NAKED FLAME WITHIN 20 FEET OF ANY SPRAYING AREA* AND

* THE IMPOSITION OF STANDARDS OF ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT TC AVOID SPARKS IGNITING A FLAMMABLE ATMOSPHERE.

THERE ARE ALSO PROVISIONS GOVERNING CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS ARE STORED.

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OPENING OF YOUTH LEADERSHIP CAMP

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SOME 120 YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY (SUNDAY) BEGIN THREE WEEKS OF INTENSIVE TRAINING AT A YOUTH LEADERSHIP CAMP AT RAF KAI TAK SPORT FIELD.

ORGANISED JOINTLY BY THE DEPARTMENT, THE CAMP HAS BEEN

ARMY AND THE SOCIAL WELFARE HELD ANNUALLY SINCE 1971, AND IN

THE PAST TWO YEARS HAS AIMED AT DEVELOPING THE POTENTIAL, SELF-RELIANCE AND LEADERSHIP QUALITIES OF THE PARTICIPANTS

AT A BRIEF WELCOMING CEREMONY THIS EVENING, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE TOLD THE YOUNGSTERS THAT HE HOPED THEY WOULD MAKE THE BEST OF THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUIRE EXPERIENCE AND TO BETTER EQUIP THEMSELVES IN ORDER TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY IN FUTURE.

MR. LEE NOTED THAT THE KEEN INTEREST SHOWN BY YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE LEADERSHIP CAMP OVER THE PAST SIX YEARS WAS REFLECTED DY THE LARGE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS RECEIVED EACH YEAR.

HE URGED THEM TO SUCCEED WITH DETERMINATION, INITIATIVE AND A CO-OPERATIVE SPIRIT.

+HEKCIUS ONCE SAID: +THUS, WHEN HEAVEN IS ABOUT TO CONFER A GREAT OFFICE ON ANY MAL, IT FIRST EXERCISES HIS MIND WITH SUFFERING, AND HIS SINEWS AX'D BOiixS I TH TOIL. IT tXPCSES HIS BODY TO HUNGER, AUD SUBJECTS HIM TO EXTREME POVERTY. IT CONFOUNDS HIS UNDER i AKINGS• BY ALL ।HiSi MAiiiRS, Ii STIMULATES HIS MIND, HARDENS HIS NATURE, AND SUPPLIES HIS INCOMPETENCIES.

+THESE WORDS, I BELIEVE, ARE ALSO APPLICABLE TO YOU,+ HE SAID.

THE CAMP DIRECTOR, CAPTAIN ROBERT COX OF THE FIRST BATTALION LIGHT INFANTRY, WAS ALSO PRESENT AT THE WELCOti I NG CEREMONY.

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MONDAY, JUNE 23, 1976

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GOVERNMENT SUBVENTIONS TO VOLUNTARY WELFARE AGENCIES INCREASING STEADILY ......................................... 1

RATE OF ECONOMIC RECOVERY ASTONISHING, SAYS AKERS-JONES 3

GOVERNOR TO HOLD TALKS IN LONDON NEXT MONTH ................. 4

SHIPS IN PORT SHOULD BE ADEQUATELY MANNED ................... 4

MANUAL FOR JOB STANDARDS IN PLASTICS INDUSTRY ............... 5

DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS TO VISIT CHARITABLE ORGANISATION 5

ANNUAL TOLO HARBOUR SWIM..................................... 6

WATER CUT ................................................... 6

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

MONDAY, JUNE 28, 1976

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SUBVENTING VOLUNTARY WELFARE AGENCIES

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GOVERNMENT SUBVENTIONS TO VOLUNTARY WELFARE AGENCIES HAVE BEEN INCREASING STEADILY OVER THE YEARS. A TOTAL OF $52 MILLION HAS BEEN PROVIDED FOR 1976-77: MORE THAN FOUR TIMES THE $12.4 MILLION PROVIDED SIX YEARS AGO. AND, IN REAL TERMS, THIS IS NINE PER CENT MORE THAN THE AMOUNT ENVISAGED FOR 1976-77 IN THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEVELOPMENT PLAN PUBLISHED IN 1973.

SPENDING BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT ON WELFARE SERVICES, EXCLUDING THE SOCIAL SECURITY SCHEMES, HAS ALSO INCREASED AND IS FIVE PER CENT MORE, AGATN IN REAL TERMS THAN WHAT WAS ENVISAGED FOR 1976-77 IN THE PLAN.

IF THE SOCIAL SECURITY SCHEMES ARE INCLUDED, TOTAL EXPENDITURE ON WELFARE AND SUBVENTIONS THIS YEAR WILL BE NEARLY TWICE AS MUCH AS ENVISAGED IN THE PLAN.

THESE FIGURES THEN TLLUSTRATE THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO PROVIDE WELFARE, MR. W.M. BRADLEY, ASSISTANT FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SAID TODAY (MONDAY), AND, AT THE SAME TIME THEY UNDERSCORE THE NEED TO WORK WITHIN AGREED PLANS, AND WITH CONTROL.

HE WAS SPEAKING ON THE SUBJECT OF +GOVERNMENT SUBVENTION FOR VOLUNTARY WELFARE SERVICES* AT THE QUARTERLY MEETING OF THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE PROCEDURE FOR ARRIVING AT THE AMOUNT FOR SUBVENTIONS WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1973 AND THAT THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE DETERMINES THE AMOUNT NEEDED TO MAINTAIN EXISTING SERVICES, BASED ON THE TOTAL APPROVED FOR THE CURRENT YEAR ADJUSTED TO ALLOW FOR INCREASES IN COSTS, AND FOR THE ESTIMATED COSTS OF ADDITIONAL FACILITIES AND SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED BY THE VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS IN THE FOLLOWING YEAR.

FUNDS THEN VOTED ARE ALLOCATED BY THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE ON THE ADVICE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (S.W.A.C.).

HOWEVER, THE PROCEDURE WAS CHANGED FOR THIS YEAR AS WAS EXPLAINED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY IN HIS BUDGET SPEECH. INSTEAD, A PROVISIONAL LIMIT WAS SET BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY BASED ON THE FIVE YEAR FORECAST RETURNS SUBMITTED BY DEPARTMENTS IN JUNE/JULY 1975, BUT INCLUDING ONLY THE AMOUNT NEEDED FOR UNAVOIDABLE COMMITMENTS ON EXISTING SERVICES. THIS PROCEDURE TOOK ACCOUNT OF THE NEED TO EXERCISE ECONOMY FOR EXISTING SERVICES AND WAS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE AS MUCH ROOM AS POSSIBLE FOR NEW SERVICES.

FOR RECURRENT SUBVENTIONS ON SOCIAL WELFARE, THE PROVISIONAL LIMIT WAS SET AT $50 MILLION TO WHICH IT PROVED POSSIBLE SUBSEQUENTLY TO ADD A FURTHER $2 MILLION FOR NEW SERVICES.

♦THIS IS ENTIRELY CONSISTENT WITH THE FACT THAT THE SUBVENTION OF NEW SERVICES SHOULD BE BROUGHT ABOUT BY CONSCIOUS DECISION WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE FIVE YEAR PLAN TAKING ACCOUNT OF PRIORITIES,* MR. BRADLEY POINTED OUT.

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RECURRENT GRANTS ARE DISCRETIONARY, HE CONTINUED. AND STRESSED THAT IT IS THE SERVICES, NOT THE AGENCIES, THAT ARE SUBVENTED, AND THOSE SERVICES THAT ARE SUBVENTED, MUST BE IN THE FIVE YEAR PLAN.

AS FOR CONTROL, MR. BRADLEY SAID THAT ONCE A SERVICc COMES ONTO SUBVENTION, RULES START TO APPLY BECAUSE TAXPAYER’S MONEY IS INVOLVED. Buf AS THE SUBVENTIONS ARE DISCRETIONARY, THE RULES ARE LESS COMPREHENSIVE THAN FOR DEFICIENCY GRANTS.

♦THE ESSENTIAL FEATURE IS THAT THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT ATTEMPT TO CONTROL THE DAY TO DAY OPERATIONS OF AGENCIES IN ACCORDANCE WITH APPROVED BUDGETS WITHIN ANY FINANCIAL YEAR.

+SO. IN BROAD TERMS, HAVING ARRIVED AT A SUBVENTION FIGURE FOR A PARTICULAR SERVICE, PROVIDED THE AGENCY CONCERNED GETS ON WITH PROVIDING THAT SERVICE IN A RESPONSIBLE WAY, THE FINANCE BRANCH DOES NOT INTERFERE.+

HE EXPLAINED THAT DETAILED BUDGET SUBMISSIONS ARE NECESSARY FOR TWO REASONS. THE FIRST IS SO THAT S.W.A.C. CAN REACH A VIEW ON THE WAY IN WHICH SUBVENTIBLE SERVICES ARE BEING PROVIDED, AND ON THE CAPABILITY OF AGENCIES TO EXPAND SERVICES OR PROVIDE NEW SERVICES WITHIN THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR EXISTING AND NEW SERVICES.

THE SECOND REASON IS TO DETERMINE WHAT GRANT SHOULD BE MADE FOR THE NEXT YEAR AFTER REACHING A VIEW ON THE GENERAL EFFICIENCY OF AN AGENCY.

THE PRINCIPLE BEHIND THIS IS THE DUTY TO ENSURE THAT ALLOCATIONS WHICH COME FROM PUBLIC FUNDS ARE BEING USED EFFICIENTLY AND TO THE BEST ADVANTAGE.

+WHAT WE IN THE FINANCE BRANCH WANT TO KNOW IS HOW MUCH IS REQUIRED TO PROVIDE FOR, IN THIS INSTANCE, SOCIAL WELFARE AGAINST DEFINED NEEDS. HENCE THE FIVE YEAR PLAN. AND THEN TO MEASURE ACTUAL PERFORMANCE YEAR BY YEAR IN ARRIVING AT REVISIONS OF THE PLAN AND THE PROVISION OF FUNDS,+ HE SAID.

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RATE OF ECONOMIC RECOVERY ASTONISHING, SAYS AKERS-JONES ******

THE RATE OF ECONOMIC RECOVERY IN HONG KONG HAS ASTONISHED MANY PEOPLE HERE AND ABROAD, THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TONIGHT (MONDAY).

ADDRESSING THE ROTARY CLUB OF THE NEW TERRITORIES AT ITS ANNUAL DINNER, HE SAID: +LAST YEAR, WE WERE CONCERNED ABOUT UNEMPLOYMENT. THIS YEAR, NOT ONLY HAS UNEMPLOYMENT DROPPED, BUT THERE SEEMS TO BE A SHORTAGE OF LABOUR IN CERTAIN INDUSTRIES AND PARTICULARLY THE WORK OF OUR SKILFUL YOUNG WOMEN IS VERY MUCH IN DEMAND IN THE TEXTILE AND GARMENT INDUSTRY.*

MR. AKERS-JONES POINTED OUT THAT THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY HAD ALSO RESPONDED WELL TO THE INCREASING DEMANDS BEING MADE UPON IT AND HONG KONG WAS FORTUNATE THAT BUILDING PRICES HAD SO FAR NOT INCREASED VERY GREATLY, DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE NUMBER OF BUILDINGS UNDER CONSTRUCTION HAD INCREASED CONSIDERABLY SINCE THIS TIME LAST YEAR AND THE INCREASING VOLUME OF PUBLIC HOUSING BEING BUILT HAD ADDED ITS LOAD ON THE INDUSTRY.

REFERRING TO THE NEW TERRITORIES, HE SAID THE DEVELOPMENT OF SHA TIN AND TUEN MUN HAD BECOME MUCH MORE OF A REALITY.

+PARTS OF THE NEW ROAD TO TUEN MUN ARE ALREADY OPEN AND THE VERY FACE OF TUEN MUN HAS CHANGED. GONE ARE THE SQUATTER SHACKS AT SAM SHING HUI. THE RECLAMATION OF THE BAY AT TUEN MUN HAS STARTED AND WITH IT WILL DISAPPEAR THAT LOVELY SCENE OF JUNKS CLUSTERING ALONG THE HORIZON THAT HAS BEEN THERE FOR CENTURIES,* MR. AKERS-JONES SAID. +WE MUST SOMETIMES FEEL SAD AT THE LOSS OF THESE OLD FAMILIAR PLACES.*

SOMETIMES, HE ADDED, THEIR PASSING TOO HAD CAUSED DISTRESS AND DISTURBANCE TO MANY PEOPLE. THEY HAD BORNE THESE UPHEAVALS WITH GREAT FORBEARANCE FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL WHO LIVE IN HONG KONG. SO THAT WORK AND HOMES, SCHOOLS AND HOSPITALS COULD BE PROVIDED. AND TO MAKE GOOD THE DEFICIENCIES IN HOUSING WHICH HONG KONG HAD HAD TO FACE FOR TOO LONG, AND TO MEET THE NEEDS AND ASPIRATIONS OF THE EXPANDING POPULATION.

MR. AKERS-JONES SAID THAT DURING THE YEAR THE DISTRICT FIGHT VIOLENT CRIME COMMITTEES HAD BEEN REVIVED.

+WITH THEIR HELP AND THE INCREASING STRENGTH AND VIGILANCE OF THE POLICE FORCE AND THE EFFORTS OF ALL THE COMMUNITY IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER,* HE ADDED, +THE RISE IN SERIOUS CRIME HAS BEEN CHECKED. THIS IS WHAT WE WANT TO SEE. I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT IF WE GO ON ORGANISING AND THINKING ABOUT THE PROBLEMS OF THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF OUR BUILDINGS AND THEIR ENVIRONS, WE WILL PLUG THE LOOPHOLES IN WHICH THE CRIMINAL CAN OPERATE.*

WITH REGARD TO HEUNG YEE KUK, MR. AKERS-JONES SAID THE CHAIRMAN HAD INFORMED HIM THAT HE PROPOSED TO OVERHAUL ITS COMMITTEE STRUCTURE AND ADM INSTRATION, +AND I LOOK FORWARD TO A FURTHER PERIOD OF CONSTRUCTIVE CO-OPERATION AND ADVICE DURING THE CURRENT TERM OF OFFICE OF THE KUK.+

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GOVERNOR TO HOLD TALKS IN U.K. NEXT MONTH X * * * X X

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL RETURN TO THE UNITED KINGDOM FOR TWO WEEKS ON JULY 7.

SIR MURRAY WILL SPEND ONE WEEK IN SCOTLAND WITH HIS FAMILY AND ONE WEEK IN LONDON.

DURING HIS STAY IN LONDON SIR MURRAY WILL HOLD HIS NORMAL PERIODIC DISCUSSION WITH MINISTERS AND OFFICIALS ON A WIDE RANGE OF SUBJECTS. TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED INCLUDE PROGRESS BEING MADE ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SOCIAL PROGRAMMES, PROPOSALS FOR THE EXPANSION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND MEASURES BEING TAKEN TO COMBAT CRIME.

THE GOVERNOR WILL RETURN TO HONG KONG ON JULY 24TH.

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SHIPS IN PORT SHOULD BE ADEQUATELY MANNED X X X X X X

THE MARINE DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY) DREW THE ATTENTION OF SHIP MASTERS, OWNERS, AGENTS AND CHARTERERS TO A NOTICE ISSUED IN APRIL MENTIONING THE THREAT POSED TO OTHER VESSELS USING THE PORT BY VESSELS INADEQUATELY MANNED.

DETAILS OF THIS SUBJECT ARE ALSO CONTAINED IN THE +SHIPMASTERS GUIDE+ ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

THE MOVE FOLLOWS A CASE AT THE CENTRAL MAGISTRACY LAST WEEK IN WHICH A SHIP CAPTAIN WAS FINED $4,500 FOR FAILING TO HAVE SUFFICIENT CREW ON BOARD HIS SHIP WHILE IN PORT. THE MAXIMUM FINE FOR SUCH AN OFFENCE IS $5,000.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MARINE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT BOTH THE NOTICE AND THE SHIPMASTERS GUIDE ARE AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE FROM THE ENTRY AND CLEARANCE OFFICE OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT, 10TH FLOOR RUMSEY STREET MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK.

THE OFFICE IS OPENED FROM 8.30 A.M. TO 12.30 P.M. AND FROM 2 P.M. TO 4 P.M. ON WEEKDAYS AND FROM 9 A.M. TO 11.30 A.M. ON SATURDAYS.

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MANUAL FOR JOB STANDARDS IN PLASTICS INDUSTRY *******

THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL HAS PRODUCED A MANUAL OF JOB STANDARDS.

THE MANUAL, PUBLISHED IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE, IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT THE STAR FERRY CONCOURSE, HONG KONG ISLAND, AT $7.00 A COPY.

IT SETS OUT THE MINIMUM STANDARDS AND SPECIFICATIONS FOR 17 PRINCIPAL JOBS IN THE INDUSTRY -- THREE AT TECHNOLOGIST LEVEL, SEVEN AT TECHNICIAN LEVEL AND A FURTHER SEVEN AT CRAFT LEVEL.

THE INTRODUCTION OF A GENERALLY ACCEPTABLE STANDARD OF SKILL FOR PRINCIPAL JOBS IN THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY WILL PROVIDE GUIDELINES FOR COURSES AT TECHNICAL INSTITUTIONS AND TRAINING CENTRES AND HELP EMPLOYERS TO PLAN PROPER TRAINING PROGRAMMES FOR THEIR APPRENTICES AS WELL AS TO ASSESS THE COMPETENCE OF THEIR WORKERS.

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THE DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, MR. AUGUSTINE KAM CHUI, WILL VISIT THE KOWLOON LOK SIN TONG BENEVOLENT SOCIETY AT 61 LUNG KONG ROAD, KOWLOON CITY, TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AT 6 P.M.

THE VISIT AIMS TO STRENGTHEN THE LINK BETWEEN THE SOCIETY AND THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT.

MR. CHUI WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (KOWLOON CITY), MR. BILLY LAM- THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER (KOWLOON CITY), MR. CHIU SHING-KIN- THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SOCIETY, MR. LAU SAI-YAN, AND VICE-CHAIRMEN, MESSRS FOK SHU, LAW YUN-SUM AND LEE WE I-TO.

HE WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED BY MR. LAU ON THE LATEST DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS OF THE SOCIETY. THESE INCLUDE A HOME FOR THE AGED IN TAI PO WHICH CAN ACCOMMODATE MORE THAN 100 OLD PEOPLE AND A SECONDARY SCHOOL TO PROVIDE MORE SCHOOL PLACES.

NOTE TO EDITORS: MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO

COVER THE EVENT. THE KOWLOON LOK SIN TONG BENEVOLENT SOCIETY IS LOCATED AT 61 LUNG KONG ROAD, KOWLOON CITY.

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THE NINTH ANNUAL CROSS-TOLC HARBOUR SWIMMING RACE WILL TAKE PLACE ON SUNDAY, JL-Y 11.

ORGANISED BY THE TAI PC DISTRICT SPORTS FEDERATION, THE RACE IS OVER A 2,000 METRES' LONG COURSE FROM HA HANG TO YUEN CHAU TSAI.

WHEN THE RACE WAS FIRST HELD IN 1968, THERE WERE 60 ENTRANTS, BUT THE NUMBER WENT UF TO OVER 330 LAST YEAR.

MR. HUNG CHEUNG-LO, HONORARY SECRETARY CF TAI PO DISTRICT SPORTS FEDERATION, SAID HE WAS EXPECTING AN EVEN BIGGER FIELD THIS YEAR DUE TO THE INCREASING POPULARITY CF THE RACE.

THE RACE IS OPEN TO ENTRANTS AGED 12 OR OVER. EACH PARTICIPANT SHOULD PAY A FEE OF 93.00.

ANYONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN TAXING PART CAN OBTAIN FORMS FROM THE FEDERATION’S OFFICES AT 56, KWONG FOOK ROAD, TAI PO MARKET.

THERE WILL EE SEPARATE PRIZxS FOR -He f-iEN’S AND './OMeN’S SECTION'S. ALL SWIMMERS WHO COMPLETE THE COURSE WITHIN 60 MINUTES WILL RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE.

MR. CLIVE OXLEY, DISTRICT OFFICER TAI PO, WILL START THE RACE AND MRS. DAVID AKERS-JO‘'ES, WIFE OF THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MILL PRESENT PRIZES TO .. INNERS.

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN KOWLOON CITY AND II: NORTH POINT ON HONG KONG ISLAND '..ILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 1 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 30).

THIS IS TO ENABLE THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT LEAKAGE

TESTS

IN KOWLOON CITY, THE PREMISES TO EE AFFECTED ARE BOUNDED BY TUNG TAU TSUEN ROAD, TUNG LUNG ROAD, TUNG FAT ROAD, TAI TUNG STREET AND TAI SHING STREET, INCLUDING TUNG TAU ESTATE ELOCK 6 TO 13, KAI MING LAU, AND LOWER MONG TAI SIN ESTATE ELOCKS 15, 17, 26 AND 27.

IN NORTH POINT, THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED EY THE TEMPORARY WATER CUT IS BOUNDED EY BRAEMAR HILL ROAD, CLOUD VIEW RCAD AND YEE KING ROAD.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 1976

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EXPORTS UP BY $258 MILLION LAST MONTH ....................... 1

LONDON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXAMS ............................ 2

REVIEW OF TEXTILE QUOTA SYSTEM COMPLETED .................... 3

CORNEA TRANSPLANT UNIT FOR PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL .... 4

NO ADD I TONAL COMMERCIAL RADIO STATIONS TO BE LICENSED FOR THE TIME BEING .............................................. 5

STUDENTS IN PART-TIME FACTORY JOBS URGED TO EXERCISE CARE 6

COMPENSATION FOR ROBBERY VICTIM ............................. 7

DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE TO OPEN CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND 7

CIVIL AID SERVICES PRESENTATION CEREMONY .................... 8

DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT ................ 8

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

TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 1976

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EXPORTS UP BY $258 M LAST MONTH *****

THE VALUE OF HONG KONG’S DOMESTIC EXPORTS FOR MAY WAS $2,692 MILLION, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF $258 MILLION OR 10.6 PER CENT, BY VALUE, COMPARED WITH APRIL.

ACCORDING TO PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, THE VALUE OF IMPORTS WENT UP BY 8.6 PER CENT OR $299 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY 14 PER CENT OR $92 MILLION COMPARED WITH APRIL.

THE FIGURES FOR THE PERIOD MARCH TO MAY 1976 SHOWED INCREASES, BY VALUE, OF 52.2 PER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS, 40.8 PER CENT FOR IMPORTS AND 29.4 PER CNET FOR RE-EXPORTS COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1975.

THE FIGURES FOR THE 12-MONTH PERIOD FROM JUNE 1975 TO MAY 1976 COMPARED WITH THOSE OF THE PREVIOUS 12-MONTH PERIOD SHOWED INCREASES, BY VALUE, OF 25.5 PER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS, 20.9 PER CENT FOR IMPORTS AND 16.9 PER CENT FOR RE-EXPORTS.

THE FOLLOWING TRADE TABLE GIVES

THE COMPARATIVE FIGURES:-

COMPARATIVE FIGURES

MAR.-MAY MAR.-MAY INCREASE OR

LATEST 3 MONTHS 1976 1975 DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 7,638 5,020 + 2,619 + 52.2

IMPORTS 10,735 7,624 + 3,110 + 40.8

RE-EXPORTS 2,156 1,666 + 490 + 29.4

LATEST MONTH MAY APRIL INCREASE : or

1976 1976 DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 2,692 2,434 + 258 + 10.6

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (78.2%) (78.7%)

IMPORTS 3,768 3,469 + 299 + 8.6

RE-EXPORTS 751 659 + 92 + 14.0

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (21.8%) (21.3%)

JAN.-MAY JAN.-MAY INCREASE : or

CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE 1976 1975 DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 11,970 7,927 + 4,043 + 51.0

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (77.3%) (74.8%)

IMPORTS 16,954 12,184 + 4,770 + 39.1

RE-EXPORTS 3.522 2,666 + 856 + 32.1

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (2$.7%) (25.2%) . — -

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LAST 12 MONTHS JUNE 1975 TO MAY 1976 JUNE 1974 TO MAY 1975 INCREASE OR DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 26,902 21,441 + 5,461 + 25.5

IMPORTS 38,241 31,623 + 6,618 + 20.9

RE-EXPORTS 7,829 6,698 + 1,131 + 16.9

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THE NEXT LONDON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXAMINATION TO BE HELD IN HONG KONG WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN NOVEMBER 24 AND DECEMBER 8.

THE SUBJECTS INVOLVED ARE COSTING, ACCOUNTING AND BOOK-KEEPING AT VARIOUS LEVELS, AND THE ENTRY FEES RANGE FROM $28 TO $36.

CANDIDATES PREPARING FOR THE EXAMINATIONS BY ATTENDING COURSES IN SCHOOLS SHOULD REGISTER THROUGH THEIR SCHOOLS WHILE CANDIDATES NOT REPRESENTED BY SCHOOLS MAY APPLY AS PRIVATE CANDIDATES.

ENTRY FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED AT THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICE KOWLOON SUB-OFFICE, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 393 CANTON ROAD, GROUND FLOOR, KOWLOON FROM NEXT MONDAY (JULY 5).

COMPLETED ENTRY FORMS FOR PRIVATE CANDIDATES. TOGETHER WITH PROOF OF IDENTITY (HONG KONG IDENTITY CARD OR PASSPORT) AND TWO RECENT PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE APPLICANT (SIZE 2-1/2” X 2”) MUST BE SUBMITTED IN PERSON, AT THE ABOVE ADDRESS, BETWEEN 9 A.M. AND 4 P.M. FROM JULY 5 TO JULY 9.

CANDIDATES ARE ADVISED THAT NO LATE ENTRIES CAN BE ACCEPTED. ENTRY FEES MAY BE PAID (IN CASH OR BY CHEQUE) TO THE EXAMINATIONS DIVISION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ON THE 11TH FLOOR OF CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES NOT LATER THAN JULY 13, 1976.

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REVIEW OF TEXTILE QUOTA SYSTEM COMPLETED *****

A REPORT ON A REVIEW OF THE TEXTILE QUOTA SYSTEM HAS BEEN COMPLETED AND HANDED TO THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. BILL DORWARD.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY A SPOKESMAN FOR THE D C AND I SAID THE REVIEW HAD BEEN CONDUCTED BY A DEPARTMENTAL COMMITTEE OF EXPERIENCED OFFICERS.

THE INITIAL PRESSURE FOR THE REVIEW HAD COME FROM THE TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD. LEADING TRADE AND INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATIONS WERE CONSULTED AND THEIR VIEWS PROVIDED MUCH OF THE BAS IS FOR THE COMMITTEE’S REVIEW. THE WORK HAD TAKEN SEVERAL MONTHS.

ALTHOUGH IT HAD BEEN THE INTENTION TO PUT THE REVIEW TO THE TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD IN MAY, ITS CONCLUSION HAD BEEN DELAYED BY THE CONSIDERABLE PRESSURE OF OTHER COMMITMENTS ON THE STAFF CONCERNED.

MR. DORWARD SAID HE WAS PERSONALLY STUDYING THE CONTENTS AND WOULD BE DISCUSSING THEM WITH HIS COLLEAGUES PREPARATORY TO CONSULTING THE TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE.

+1 ENVISAGE THIS CONSULTATION PROCESS TAKING SEVERAL WEEKS,+ MR. DORWARD SAID. +THIS IS A COMPLEX AND IMPORTANT SUBJECT AND NOT ONE WHICH CAN BE DEALT WITH LIGHTLY OR SUPERFIC IALLY+.

NO INDICATION OF THE CONTENTS OR RECOMMENDATIONS WAS GIVEN NOR, ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN, WOULD ANY SUCH DETAILS be Released until the report to the director had been thoroughly DIGESTED AND CONSIDERED BY HIM AND HIS OFFICIAL AND UNOFFICIAL ADVISERS.

+THIS SYSTEM HAS ALREADY BEEN THE SUBJECT OF QUITE A LOT OF PUBLIC COMMENTARY* MR. DORWARD SAID. +1 APPRECIATE THE CONSIDERABLE INTEREST WHICH EXISTS AND I HOPE THAT THOSE CONCERNED WILL NOW BEAR WITH US FOR A LITTLE LONGER. I DO NOT THINK IT WOULD BE CONSTRUCTIVE FOR ME TO MAKE ANY PRELIMINARY COMMENTS AT THIS STAGE.*

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CORNEA TRANSPLANT UNIT FOR PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL

THE ROTARY CLUB OF KOWLOON EAST HAS DONATED $100,000 TO THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT FOR ESTABLISHING A CORNEA TRANSPLANT UNIT AT PRTNCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL TO PERFORM CORNEA TRANSPLANT OPERATIONS.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (MEDICAL), DR. S.H. LEE, ACCEPTED THE DONATION ON BEHALF OF THE DEPARTMENT DURING THE CLUB’S REGULAR LUNCHEON MEETING THIS AFTERNOON.

THE CORNEA TRANSPLANT UNIT, WHEN IT COMES INTO OPERATION IN A FEW MONTHS, WILL BE THE FIRST SUCH UNIT SET UP IN GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS. THE DONATION FROM THE ROTARY CLUB WILL BE USED FOR PURCHASING SPECIAL EQUIPMENT AND INSTRUMENTS WHICH ARE REQUIRED FOR OPERATION AND ASSESSMENT OF EYE PATIENTS’ CLINICAL CONDITIONS.

THIS UNIT, WITH FOUR BEDS FOR CORNEA TRANSPLANT PATIENTS, WILL ENABLE THE DEPARTMENT TO PROVIDE A MORE COMPREHENSIVE OPHTHALMIC SERVICE FOR THE COMMUNITY.

SINCE MARCH THIS YEAR, AN ASSESSMENT CLINIC HAS BEEN OPERATING IN THE YAU MA TEI EYE CLINIC EVERY TUESDAY AFTERNOON FOR THE PURPOSE OF ASSESSING THE SUITABILITY OF EYE PATIENTS FOR CORNEA TRANSPLANT OPERATION. ■

PATIENTS WHO ARE CONSIDERED SUITABLE FOR CORNEA TRANSPLANT OPERATION WILL BE PUT ON A WAITING LIST. SO FAR, TEN PATIENTS HAVE BEEN PUT ON THE LIST.

ANY PATIENT ATTENDING AN OUT-PATIENT EYE CLINIC MAY BE REFERRED TO THE ASSESSMENT CLINIC TO DETERMINE HIS SUITABILITY FOR TRANSPLANT OPERATION.

LOCAL RESIDENTS WHO BEQUEATH THEIR EYES BEFORE THEIR DEATH ARE USED IN THE TRANSPLANTS.

TO COMMEMORATE THE ROTARY CLUB’S CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS THE MEDICAL PROJECT, THE NEW UNIT AT PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL WILL BE CALLED +ROTARY CLUB OF KOWLOON EAST KERATOPLASTY UNIT+.

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NO ADDITIONAL COMMERCIAL RADIO STATIONS TO BE LICENSED FOR THE TIME BEING

SPARE MF FREQUENCIES NOT AVAILABLE FOR TWO YEARS K K# # #

THE GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED NOT TO INVITE TENDERS FOR THE TIME BEING FOR ANY ADDITIONAL COMMERCIAL BROADCASTING STATIONS.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TELEVISION AND FILMS AUTHORITY (THE DEPARTMENT RESPONSIBLE FOR ADMINISTERING THE EXISTING LICENCE OF COMMERCIAL RADIO) SAID THAT IT WILL BE RECALLED THAT COMMERCIAL RADIO’S MONOPOLY EXPIRED IN SEPTEMBER 1975 BUT THE COMPANY’S LICENCE TO BROADCAST CONTINUES UNTIL AUGUST 1979. THIS LEAVES THE WAY OPEN FOR MORE COMMERCIAL STATIONS TO BE LICENSED IF IT WAS GOVERNMENT POLICY TO EXPAND THE RADIO MEDIA.

A DECISION WAS DEFERRED UNTIL THE OUTCOME OF THE INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS UNION’S EUROPEAN REGIONAL ADMINISTRATION LF/MF CONFERENCE HELD AT THE END OF 1975 WAS KNOWN. THE CONFERENCE APPROVED A NEW BROADCASTING FREQUENCY PLAN FOR MOST OF THE WORLD, EXCLUDING NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA, AND ALLOCATED TWO ADDITIONAL MF FREQUENCIES TO HONG KONG IN RESPONSE TO A REQUEST FROM THE GOVERNMENT.

HOWEVER, THE NEW FREQUENCY PLAN AND HONG KONG’S TWO ADDITIONAL FREQUENCIES CANNOT BE BROUGHT INTO USE BEFORE THE END OF NOVEMBER, 1978. ALSO, SHORTLY AFTER THAT DATE, IN AUGUST 1979 COMMERCIAL RADIO’S EXISTING LICENCE EXPIRES. THEREFORE A MAJOR REVIEW OF THE BEST USE WHICH CAN BE MADE OF HONG KONG’S AVAILABLE MF FREQUENCIES WILL HAVE TO BE MADE TO COINCIDE WITH THESE CHANGES AND DEVELOPMENTS. IT IS EXPECTED THAT THIS STUDY WILL TAKE PLACE DURING 1977/78 AND, IN THE MEANTIME, IT HAS BEEN DECIDED NOT TO ENTER INTO ANY SHORT-TERM, INTERIM, ARRANGEMENTS IN RESPECT OF NEW RADIO LICENCES IN THE VHF/FM BAND.

IT HAS ALSO BEEN DECIDED NOT TO PURSUE A SUGGESTION MADE LAST YEAR THAT RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG (RTHK) MIGHT PARTIALLY COMMERCIALISE ITS SERVICE. SUCH A STEP COULD ONLY BE ACHIEVED BY A MAJOR RE-SHAPING OF THE PRESENT PROGRAMME OUTPUT OF THE STATION ALONG ’COMMERCIAL’ RATHER THAN ’PUBLIC SERVICE’ LINES IN THE COURSE OF WHICH RTHK’S INFORMATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES AND ITS PROGRAMMES FOR MINORITY AND SPECIALIST AUDIENCES WOULD SUFFER.

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STUDENTS IN PART-TIME FACTORY JOBS URGED TO EXERCISE CARE X K * M K M

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE SAFETY PROBLEM OF STUDENTS WHO GO TO WORK IN THE FACTORIES DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS.

LAST YEAR, A NUMBER OF STUDENTS WERE INJURED, SOME QUITE SERIOUSLY, IN INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS, MRS. SOO MOK SAU-HA, ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR SAID.

THIS SHOWED THE NEED FOR EXTRA EFFORT TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF WORKING STUDENTS IN THE INDUSTRIAL ENVIRONMENT.

SAFE WORKING CONDITIONS ARE REQUIRED BY LAW, BUT SAID MRS. SOO, PROPRIETORS SHOULD SEE THAT THE STUDENTS IN THEIR EMPLOY ARE UNDER CLOSE AND PROPER SUPERVISION AND ARE NOT GIVEN JOBS WHICH ARE POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS OR WHICH INVOLVE THE OPERATION OF DANGEROUS MACHINERY.

STUDENTS, SHE SAID, ARE UNTRAINED AND INEXPERIENCED AND VULNERABLE TO INDUSTRIAL HAZARDS.

SHE REMINDED PROPRIETORS THAT A STUDENT HAD THE RIGHT TO CLAIM WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION UNDER THE WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION ORDINANCE IF HE WAS INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT WHILST AT WORK.

IN ADDITION, AN INJURED STUDENT, JUST LIKE OTHER INJURED WORKMEN, WOULD ALSO HAVE A RIGHT TO CLAIM DAMAGES UNDER THE COMMON LAW.

THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR ALSO REMINDED STUDENTS TO TAKE EVERY PRECAUTION AGAINST WORK ACCIDENTS IN THEIR OWN INTEREST WHEN WORKING IN THE FACTORIES.

+BEWARE OF POWER-DRIVEN MACHINERY,* SHE WARNED. +IF HANDLED OR OPERATED WITHOUT CARE OR IMPROPERLY, THE MACHINERY COULD INJURE, MAIM OR EVEN KILL A PERSON.*

ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT AND CHEMICALS USED IN INDUSTRIAL PROCESSES SHOULD BE HANDLED WITH CARE IN ORDER TO AVOID ACCIDENTS, SHE ADDED.

♦DETAILED AND PERSONAL ADVICE ON SAFETY MEASURES AGAINST INDUSTRIAL HAZARDS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES IN KOWLOON,* MRS. SOO SAID.

SHE URGED STUDENTS AND OTHERS WHO WANTED TO JOIN INDUSTRY TO VISIT THE CENTRE WHERE A PERMANENT DISPLAY OF A WIDE RANGE OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AND MACHINERY COMMONLY USED IN THE INDUSTRY IS MAINTAINED.

TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 1976.

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COMPENSATION FOR ROBBERY VICTIM * * * *

THE CRIMINAL INJURIES COMPENSATION BOARD TODAY (TUESDAY) AWARDED A SUM OF $9,400 TO THE FATHER OF HO KAM TING WHO WAS STABBLED TO DEATH IN AN ATTEMPTED ROBBERY AND MURDER CASE WHICH OCCURRED AT ALBERT PATH ON JUNE 15, 1976.

COMPENSATION TO VICTIMS OF CRIMES OF VIOLENCE IS PAID OUT FROM PUBLIC FUND THROUGH THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AT THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE CRIMINAL INJURIES COMPENSATION BOARD, MEMBERS OF WHICH ARE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD IS MR. ROBERT WEI.

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NOTE TO EDITORS!

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE. MR. THOMAS LEE, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE LO FUNG LION’S CLUB CHILDREN PLAYGROUND AT THE PO LEUNG KUK TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AT 4 P.M.

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE EVENT.

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C.A.S. PRESENTATION CEREMONY *****

NOTE TO EDITORS:

ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-FOUR MEMBERS AND CADETS OF THE CIVIL AID SERVICES WHO HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED VARIOUS TYPES OF TRAINING PROVIDED BY C.A.S. WILL BE PRESENTED WITH MEDALS, CERTIFICATES AND OTHER AWARDS ON SATURDAY (JULY 3).

THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY WILL BE HELD IN THE CONCERT HALL OF THE MARINER’S CLUB, MIDDLE ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE THE CHIEF RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, MISS E.S. MAIR- THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG LIFE GUARD CLUB, MR. KWOK HON-MING-THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE HONG KONG AND KOWLOON VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION, MR. MAK CHUN-YUEN- THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG SEA DRAGON SKIN DIVING CLUB, MR. BUNNY LIU- THE DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION OF C.A.S., MR. T.K. HO AND MR. E.M. LAISHLEY, ENGINEER (TRAINING) OF THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO HAVE THE EVENT COVERED. IT WILL BEGIN AT 4 P.M.

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DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED TO LIFE * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, AFTER TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE ADVICE OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, HAS DECIDED THAT THE DEATH SENTENCE PASSED ON LI CH IK-SANG ON OCTOBER 28, 1975, SHOULD BE COMMUTED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT.

LI WAS FOUND GUILTY OF THE MURDER OF SO SHAM-PONG.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 1976

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HCNG KONG TO GET MORE WATER FROM CHINA ...................... 1

STAFF SITUATION IN KWONG WAH HOSPITAL BACK TO NORMAL ........ 2

SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO RECEIVE COLOUR ETV PROGRAMMES SOON .. 3

PEOPLE URGED TO DECLARE THEIR SALARIES OR PROFITS FOR TAXATION .................................................

ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR VISITS MTR SITES ...........

MORE EMPHASIS ON RECREATION FOR FAMILIES .................... 6

NEW PLAYGROUND AT PO LEUNG KUK OPENED .....................

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

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HK TO GET MORE WATER FROM CHINA

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HONG KONG’S WATER SUPPLY FROM CHINA WILL BE INCREASED BY ALMOST ONE-THIRD IN THE YEAR BEGINNING ON OCTOBER 1.

THE P.W.D.’S DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES, MR. BILL KNIGHT, ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THE LEVEL OF SUPPLY WOULD BE RAISED FROM THE PRESENT 18,500 MILLION GALLONS PER YEAR TO 24,000 MILLION GALLONS.

THE INCREASE WAS AGREED ON AT RECENT TALKS BETWEEN MR. KNIGHT AND SENIOR REPRESENTATIVES OF THE WATER AUTHORITIES OF KWANGTUNG PROVINCE.

MR. KNIGHT SAID THAT THE PRICE PAID BY HONG KONG FOR THE WATER FROM CHINA WOULD REMAIN AT THE PRESENT RATE OF ABOUT $1.30 PER THOUSAND GALLONS, AND DELIVERY WOULD BE MADE WITHIN A ID-MONTH PERIOD FROM OCTOBER TO JULY — ALLOWING AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER TO BE USED FOR NECESSARY MAINTENANCE WORK.

HE SAID THE PRESENT PIPELINE SYSTEM AND PUMPING FACILITIES AT MUK WU WERE DESIGNED TO COPE WITH A MAXIMUM OF 21,000 MILLION GALLONS PER YEAR, COMPARED TO THE PROPOSED FLOW OF 24,000 MILLION GALLONS.

WORK WOULD THEREFORE BEGIN IMMEDIATELY ON IMPROVEMENTS TO THE PIPELINES AND PUMPING FACILITIES TO BE READY TO COPE WITH THE INCREASED FLOW OF WATER IN OCTOBER.

MR. KNIGHT SAID THAT IN THE FIRST INSTANCE, NECESSARY WORKS TO BE UNDERTAKEN BY HIS DEPARTMENT WOULD INCLUDE A TEMPORARY EXTENSION TO MUK WU PUMPING STATION TO COPE WITH THE INITIAL INCREASE, AND A PIPELINE TO CONNECT WITH A SECOND PIPELINE ALREADY LAID BY THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES FROM SHUM CHUN RESERVOIR.

THESE WORKS ARE EXPECTED TO COST ABOUT $8 MILLION.

FURTHER WORK WOULD THEN BE NECESSARY TO PROVIDE :

+ A PERMANENT PUMPING STATION AT MUK WU, EQUIPPED WITH NEW PUMPS-

+ ANOTHER DELIVERY LINE FROM MUK WU TO TAI PO TAU- AND, •

+ AN ADDITIONAL BALANCE TANK AT MUK WU.

THE WORKS COULD COST AN ADDITIONAL $60 MILLION.

MR. KNIGHT SAID THAT THE NEW INCREASE IN SUPPLY FORMED THE LATEST AMENDMENT TO THE WATER SUPPLY AGREEMENT OF 1964, WHICH PROVIDED FOR A SUPPLY OF 15,000 MILLION GALLONS.

THIS WAS RAISED TO 18,500 MILLION GALLONS BY AN EARLIER AMENDMENT WHICH CAME INTO FORCE IN 1972.

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STAFF SITUATION IN KWONG WAH HOSPITAL BACK TO NORMAL K ## # #

THE STAFF SITUATION IN KWONG WAH HOSPITAL CAUSED BY THE DEPARTURE IN MARCH OF A NUMBER OF DOCTORS FROM THE MEDICAL UNIT WILL RETURN TO NORMAL FROM TOMORROW (JULY 1).

THE HOSPITAL, THE LARGEST GOVERNMENT SUBVENTED HOSPITAL IN HONG KONG, HAS NOW RECRUITED SUFFICIENT DOCTORS TO MAN ITS 420-BED MEDICAL W^RD AND MAINTAIN A 24-HOUR CASUALTY SERVICE WITHOUT HAVING TO RELY ON REINFORCEMENT FROM THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

AS A RESULT, THE TEMPORARY MEASURES ADOPTED DURING THE PAST FOUR MONTHS BY THE DEPARTMENT TO HELP SOLVE THE HOSPITAL’S STAFF PROBLEM WOULD NO LONGER BE IN FORCE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT RECALLED THAT IN EARLY MARCH THE DEPARTMENT TOOK OVER 120 BEDS FROM KWONG WAH AND USED THESE BEDS FOR CASES TRANSFERRED FROM THE MEDICAL UNITS OF QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL. BECAUSE OF THIS ARRANGEMENT, THE MEDICAL UNITS OF QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL HAD BEEN AUGMENTED BY THREE MEDICAL OFFICERS.

IN ADDITION, MEDICAL EMERGENCY CASES WERE DIVERTED FROM KWONG WAH TO QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL BETWEEN 9 A.M. AND 10 P.M. BECAUSE THE THEN DEPLETED STAFF AT KWONG WAH COULD NOT DEAL WITH A 24-HOUR CASUALTY SERVICE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID : +THESE ARRANGEMENTS HAVE ENABLED KWONG WAH HOSPITAL TO RECRUIT STAFF TO FILL THE VACANCIES WHILE AT THE SAME TIME MAINTAIN SERVICES IN THE MEDICAL UNIT.+

HE STRESSED THAT THE PROBLEM AT KWONG WAH HAD BEEN CONFINED TO THE MEDICAL UNIT ONLY, AND SERVICES IN OTHER UNITS WERE NOT AFFECTED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE STAFF SITUATION WITHIN GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS HAS ALSO SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVED WITH THE RECENT COMPLETION OF INTERNSHIP BY 118 HOUSEMEN.

HE SAID 104 OF THEM HAD APPLIED TO BE MEDICAL OFFICERS WITH THE DEPARTMENT, AND 98 OF THEM HAD BEEN ACCEPTED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THERE WERE AT PRESENT SOME 110 VACANCIES AT THE MEDICAL OFFICER LEVEL, AND THAT WITH THE 98 NEW RECRUITS JOINING THE DEPARTMENT, MOST OF THE VACANCIES WILL BE FILLED.

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SECONDARY ETV« DEMONSTRATIONS ON USE OF EQUIPMENT

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HEADS OF GOVERNMENT, AIDED AND PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN INVITED BY THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION TO SEE DEMONSTRATIONS AT THE ETV CENTRE IN BROADCAST DRIVE ON JULY 5 AND 6 ON HOW TO OPERATE EQUIPMENT TO RECEIVE AND RECORD COLOUR TRANSMISSIONS OF SECONDARY ETV PROGRAMMES WHICH BEGIN ON SEPTEMBER 13.

THE ETV DIVISION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD SEMINARS FOR TEACHERS IN AUGUST TO FAMILIARISE THEM WITH THE EQUIPMENT AND HOW TO USE ETV EFFECTIVELY IN CLASSROOMS.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (ETV), MR. SUN PING-SHU SAID TODAY : +IT IS HOPED THAT THE FIRST PROGRAMME ON EACH OF THE FOUR SUBJECTS - CHINESE, ENGLISH, MATHEMATICS AND SOCIAL STUDIES -WILL HAVE BEEN RECORDED BY THEN AND CAN BE SHOWN TO THE TEACHERS DURING THE SEMINARS.+

THE SECONDARY ETV PROGRAMMES, WHICH ARE INJECTIONS OF QUALITY INTO CLASSROOMS, WILL BE SYLLABUS-BASED WITH THE CONTENTS CLOSELY RELATED TO THE TEACHING SYLLABUSES ISSUED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, HE SAID.

+ENGLISH PROGRAMMES WILL BE GIVEN ENTIRELY IN ENGLISH WHILE THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION IN OTHER SUBJECTS WILL BE CHINESE FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE MAJORITY OF JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL CHILDREN,* MR. SUN ADDED.

THE PROGRAMMES IN COLOUR WILL INITIALLY HAVE AN AUDIENCE OF 80,000 FORM 1 PUPILS INCREASING TO MORE THAN 250,000 PUPILS IN FORMS 1 TO 3 IN SEPTEMBER 1978.

AT PRESENT MORE THAN 400,000 PUPILS IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS ARE WATCHING ETV PROGRAMMES IN BLACK AND WHITE. IT IS HOPED THAT IN A FEW YEARS TIME, WHEN THE LIFE SPAN OF THESE SETS EXPIRE, PRIMARY PUPILS WILL ALSO BE WATCHING PROGRAMMES IN COLOUR WITH NEW TV RECEIVERS.

MEANWHILE, ARRANGEMENTS ARE BEING MADE FOR THE $2.3 MILLION WORTH OF TELEVISION EQUIPMENT TO BE INSTALLED IN ABOUT 300 SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

EACH OF THESE SCHOOLS WILL BE PROVIDED WITH A VIDEO CASSETTE RECORDER, A COLOUR TELEVISION RECEIVER AND AERIAL AS WELL AS EIGHT 36-MINUTE CASSETTE TAPES.

FOR GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOLS, THE ENTIRE COST OF SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF EQUIPMENT WILL BE BORNE BY THE GOVERNMENT WHILE FOR AIDED SECONDARY SCHOOLS, THE GOVERNMENT WILL PROVIDE A SUBSIDY TO COVER 80 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL COSTS.

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IN PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS WITH +BOUGHT+ PLACES, THE GOVERNMENT WILL BEAR ALL THE COSTS OF SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF THE NECESSARY EQUIPMENT BUT THEY WILL HAVE TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COST OF SUBSEQUENT REPLACEMENT AND MAINTENANCE.

THE ETV DIVISION HAS INFORMED PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS WHICH DO NOT HAVE +BOUGHT+ PLACES THAT THEY CAN, IF THEY WISH, BUY FROM THE CONTRACTOR AT THE GOVERNMENT BULK PURCHASE DISCOUNT PRICE PROVIDED THEY ACCEPT THE OFFER BEFORE JULY 10.

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PEOPLE WHO ARE LIABLE TO PAY EITHER SALARIES OR PROFITS TAX FOR THE YEAR OF ASSESSMENT 1975/76 ARE ADVISED TO NOTIFY THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT IMMEDIATELY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT FORMS HAD BEEN SENT OUT TO THESE PEOPLE AND THE FOUR MONTHS WITHIN WHICH THEY SHOULD GIVE NOTICE IF THEIR INCOME "ATTRACTS ONE OF THOSE TAXES" WOULD EXPIRE AT THE END OF JULY.

HE WARNED THAT UNDER A PROVISION OF THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE ANY PERSON WHO FAILED TO DECLARE HIS SALARY OR PROFITS WITHIN THE PRESCRIBED PERIOD MIGHT RISK BEING PENALISED.

ANY PERSON REQUIRING FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING HIS OBLIGATIONS IS INVITED TO WRITE TO THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT, P.O. BOX 132, G.P.O., HONG KONG.

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ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR VISITS MTR SITES *****

THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR. NEIL HENDERSON TODAY (WEDNESDAY) VISITED TWO MAJOR MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY TUNNELLING PROJECTS IN KOWLOON.

HE SAW THE TAI HANG TUNG ROAD SITE, WHERE THE KUMAGAI GUM I CO. IS BORING A PAIR OF TUNNELS BETWEEN LOK FU AND SHEK KIP MEI STATIONS.

AT THE SECOND SITE IN WANG TAU HOM EAST ROAD, METRO JOINT VENTURE ARE CONSTRUCTING TUNNELS FROM DIAMOND HILL TO LOK FU. MR. HENDERSON WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE MTR ACTING PROJECT DIRECTOR, MR. GEOFFREY SHUTT.

BECAUSE OF THE SOIL FEATURES AT BOTH SITES. COMPRESSED AIR WILL BE USED AS WORK PROGRESSES. REGULATIONS GOVERNING WORKING CONDITION IN COMPRESSED AIR WERE RECENTLY BROUGHT INTO EFFECT AND ARE OF CONCERN TO THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND MR. HENDERSON SHOWED SPECIAL INTEREST IN THIS ASPECT OF THE WORK.

HE LEARNED THAT SENIOR STAFF FROM BOTH THE CONTRACTORS HAD ATTENDED A SEMINAR ON WORK SAFETY IN COMPRESSED AIR AT THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE.

MR. HENDERSON SAID HE WAS GLAD TO SEE THE CONTRACTORS AT BOTH SITES GIVE FULL BACKING TO THE DEPARTMENT’S REGULATIONS AND ATTEMPTS TO IMPROVE WORK SAFETY. HE WAS PARTICULARLY PLEASED THAT THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY HAD APPOINTED TWO SAFETY OFFICERS FOR THE WHOLE SCHEME.

+ INVESTMENT IN SAFETY AND TIME TAKEN TO ATTEND OUR COURSES WILL PAY OFF IN MINIMIZING DAMAGE TO HUMAN LIFE AND EQUIPMENT AND IN GETTING THE JOB COMPLETED IN TIME,* HE SAID.

+WITH CONTRACTORS AND EMPLOYEES TAKING A POSITIVE ATTITUDE TO WORK SAFETY THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY WILL, I AM CONFIDENT, PROGRESS SMOOTHLY,* HE ADDED.

EXPRESSING REGRET THAT THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY HAD SUFFERED ITS FIRST FATAL ACCIDENT YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) ON ANOTHER SITE AT CHOI HUNG, WHEN A WOMAN WORKER FELL DOWN A CAISSON, MR. HENDERSON SAID IT UNDERLINED THE DANGERS INVOLVED IN ANY MAJOR CONSTRUCTION WORK.

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THERE WILL BE INCREASING EMPHASIS ON RECREATION FOR FAMILIES AS THE GOVERNMENT EXPANDS ITS RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE IN THE COMING MONTHS. +THIS WILL SUPPORT THE COHESIVENESS AND SATISFACTIONS OF FAMILY LIFE,+ THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. KENNETH TOPLEY TOLD THE LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB ISLAND EAST TODAY.

THERE WILL ALSO BE WIDER TEACHING OF PRACTICAL SUBJECTS IN SCHOOLS IN AREAS SUCH AS ART AND DESIGN AND ALSO IN DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY. AMONG OTHER THINGS THIS WILL MEAN THAT SCHOOL CHILDREN WILL BE ABLE TO BE MORE PRACTICAL IN THE HOME.

+THESE DEVELOPMENTS WILL HELP PARENTS TO BE CLOSER TO THEIR FAMILIES,+ MR. TOPLEY SAID.

HE CONTINUED: +CHILDREN NEED A FRAMEWORK OF VALUES TO BE GIVEN TO THEM WITHIN WHICH THEY CAN GROW BEFORE THEY CAN DISCOVER OR MAKE A FRAMEWORK WHICH IS THEIR OWN AND PARENTS SHOULD DESCRIBE AND EMPHASISE THE COMMONSENSE OF THE MORALITY ON WHICH SOCIETY RESTS.

+IT IS VITAL FOR PARENTS TO FIND TIME TO BE WITH THEIR CHILDREN IF THEY WANT THEM TO LISTEN TO WHAT THEY SAY.

+IT IS BETTER TO TEACH YOUR CHILDREN TO PLAY CHESS THAN TO DO THEIR HOMEWORK FOR THEM,+ THE DIRECTOR SAID.

MR. TOPLEY ALSO SUGGESTED THAT PARENTS SHOULD ENCOURAGE THEIR CHILDREN TO BE ALERT AND TO HAVE A QUESTIONING FRAME OF MIND IN ORDER TO IMPROVE THEIR CAPACITY TO THINK CLEARLY AND STRAIGHT-FORWARDLY.

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CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND FOR PO LEUNG KUK

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THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, TODAY PRAISED THE PO LEUNG KUK FOR ITS POSITIVE APPROACH IN PROVIDING SERVICES FOR THE COMMUNITY.

MR. LEE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF A CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND BUILT AT THE KUK WITH FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE LO FUNG LION’S CLUB.

HE SAID THAT WITH THE COMPLETION OF THE PLAYGROUND, THERE WOULD BE BETTER FACILITIES TO DEVELOP THE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH OF THE BABIES.

UNDER THE ABLE LEADERSHIP OF THE PRESENT AND PAST CHAIRMEN AND DIRECTORS, HE ADDED, THE KUK HAD BEEN CONTINUOUSLY EXPANDING ITS SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY.

+APART FROM PROVIDING THE MANY SERVICES IN THE KUK, IT HAS ALSO EXTENDED ITS SERVICES TO VARIOUS DISTRICTS IN HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES IN ORDER TO COPE WITH THE NEEDS THERE,+ MR. LEE SAID.

+IT IS INDISPUTABLE THAT THIS SPIRIT OF SERVING THE COMMUNITY IS ADMIRED AND SUPPORTED BY PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE.+

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