Daily Information Bulletin - 1970s - 1979 - SEP - ENG

 DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL. 5-233191

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

RATES INCREASED FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE .......................................... 1

MEDICAL SOCIAL WORKERS LOOK AFTER PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES ......................................................... 2

SCHOOLS URGED TO PROVIDE CAREERS GUIDANCE ........................ 4

PROPERTY TAX FOR 1979/80 ......................................... 5

FIRE OFFICERS TO ATTEND FIRE SAFETY CONFERENCE IN SINGAPORE ........................................................ 6

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TSIM SHA TSUI ............................ 7

PLB RESTRICTIONS ON BONHAM ROAD .................................. 7

KO'./LOON CITY ROAD TO BE RE-OPENED .............................. 8

WATER CUT .......................................................  8

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1979

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RATES INCREASED FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE ******

PEOPLE RECEIVING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE (PA) AND SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE (SNA) WILL NOW GET ABOUT 15 PER CENT MORE AS THE NEW RATES OF PAYMENT FOR THE SOCIAL SECURITY SCHEMES COME INTO EFFECT TODAY (SATURDAY).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SAID ARRANGEMENTS HAD BEEN MADE OVER THE PAST MONTHS FOR BENEFICIARIES TO BE PAID AT THE NEW RATES FROM TODAY.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IN PA CASES WHERE THE ORIGINAL CASH COUPONS COVERED A PERIOD BEYOND THE END OF AUGUST, SUPPLEMENTARY COUPONS WERE ISSUED FOR ADDITIONAL PAYMENTS ARISING FROM THE INCREASED RATES.

SNA RECIPIENTS ARE PAID THROUGH AUTO-PAY SYSTEM BY BANKS AND THEIR PAYMENTS HAVE BEEN ADJUSTED ACCORDINGLY, HE SAID.

THE INCREASES, HE SAID, ARE ESTIMATED TO COST AN ADDITIONAL $31.2 MILLION UP TO THE END OF MARCH NEXT YEAR, AND THEREAFTER AN EXTRA $53.4 MILLION FOR A FULL YEAR.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID PAYMENT RATES FOR BOTH PA AND SNA WERE REVIEWED AND ADJUSTED FROM TIME TO TIME TO MAINTAIN THEIR PURCHASING POWER IN REAL TERMS. SNA COMPRISES THE OLD AGE AND DISABILITY ALLOWANCES.

THE MEANS-TESTED PA SCHEME PROVIDES MONTHLY CASH ASSISTANCE TO BRING THE INCOME OF A HOUSEHOLD IN NEED UP TO A LEVEL WHERE ESSENTIAL NEEDS SUCH AS FOOD AND CLOTHING CAN BE MET.

THE NON-MEANS TESTED SNA PROVIDES A MONTHLY CASH GRANT, ON TOP OF ANY PA PAYMENT, AS ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR THE FAMILY TO LOOK AFTER AN ELDERLY OR SEVERELY DISABLED MEMBER AND TO ENCOURAGE HIM TO REMAIN FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE WITHIN THE COMMUNITY.

THE NEW RATES OF PAYMENT ARE AS FOLLOWS!

PUBLIC ASSISTANCE

SINGLE PERSON LIVING ALONE .......................... $230

EACH OF FIRST THREE MEMBERS OF A FAMILY ............. $165

EACH OF SECOND THREE MEMBERS OF FAMILY .............. $140

EACH ADDITIONAL FAMILY MEMBER THEREAFTER ............ $105

OLD AGE SUPPLEMENT (FOR ANY PA RECIPIENT

AGED 60 AND OVER)

$115

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ANNUAL LONG-TERM SUPPLEMENT (FOR THOSE RECEIVING PA FOR 12 MONTHS OR MORE)

(A) FOR A SINGLE PERSON ...................... $290

(B) FOR A FAMILY.............................. $575

SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCES

DISABILITY ALLOWANCE ................................. $230

OLD AGE ALLOWANCE .................................... $115

AT PRESENT, THE DEPARTMENT’S SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNITS HANDLE ABOUT 46 300 PUBLIC ASSISTANCE CASES, 137 000 OLD AGE ALLOWANCE CASES AND 21 900 DISABILITY ALLOWANCE CASES.

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MEDICAL SOCIAL WORKERS LOOK AFTER PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES ******

PATIENTS IN GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS NEED NOT WORRY HOW THEIR FAMILIES ARE FARING WHILE THEY ARE AWAY FROM HOME.

WHILE SOME MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL HELP THEM TO RECOVER FROM THEIR ILLNESS, OTHERS ARE LOOKING AFTER THE WELL-BEING OF THEIR FAMILIES.

THESE ARE THE 145 MEDICAL SOCIAL SERVICE OFFICERS OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT WHO PROVIDE REGIONAL SERVICE ON HONG KONG ISLAND, IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

♦THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THIS SERVICE IS TO ASSIST PATIENTS IN SOLVING PSYCHO-SOCIAL PROBLEMS — BY HELPING THEM TO MAKE THE BEST OF THE MEDICAL CARE AND TO OVERCOME PERSONAL AND EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS ARISING FROM THEIR ILLNESS,* EXPLAINED MISS PEGGY CHAN, THE PRINCIPAL MEDICAL SOCIAL WORKER IN CHARGE OF THE SERVICE.

BUT THE MEDICAL SOCIAL SERVICE IS NOT LIMITED TO THE PATIENT ALONE.

+IT ALSO ASSISTS FAMILY MEMBERS WHO NEED HELP AS A RESULT OF THE ILLNESS SUFFERED BY THE PATIENT,* SHE SAID.

FOR EXAMPLE, SHE SAID, IF A BREADWINNER WHO IS A DRIVER LOST A LEG IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT WHILST AT WORK, OUR MEDICAL SOCIAL WORKERS WOULD FIRST HELP THE FAMILY OBTAIN EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.

♦APART FROM OFFERING SYMPATHY AND BUILDING UP THE MORALE OF THE PATIENT, OUR OFFICERS WOULD ALSO EXPLAIN TO HIM THAT HE STILL HAS THE ABILITY TO WORK WITH HIS HANDS AND MAKE A LIVING EVEN THOUGH HE HAD LOST A LEG.

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♦ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE MADE FOR HIM TO RECEIVE VOCATIONAL TRAINING AFTER HE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED WITH AN ARTIFICIAL LEG IF NECESSARY. WE ALSO WORK CLOSELY WITH THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND OTHER VOLUNTARY WELFARE AGENCIES IN RESPECT OF JOB PLACEMENTS,♦ MISS CHAN SAID.

♦THE CASE, HOWEVER, IS NOT YET FINISHED,♦ SHE SAID. ♦MEDICAL SOCIAL WORKERS WILL ALSO ADVISE ON HOW TO CLAIM COMPENSATION FOR INJURIES UNDER THE WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION SCHEME AND THE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE SCHEME.+

THE CASES HANDLED BY THE MEDICAL SOCIAL SERVICE MAY COME AS REFERRALS FROM MEDICAL AND HEALTH STAFF IN CLINICS AND HOSPITALS, OR EVEN FROM ACCOUNTING STAFF IN THESE INSTITUTIONS IN CASES WHEN FEES CANNOT BE PAID BY DESTITUTE FAMILIES.

OTHER CASES MAY BE FROM REFERRALS BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT OR OTHER WELFARE AGENCIES. PATIENTS AND FAMILY MEMBERS CAN ALSO APPROACH THE MEDICAL SOCIAL WORKERS FOR SERVICE DIRECTLY. THE MEDICAL SOCIAL WORKERS ARE ALWAYS HAPPY TO OFFER THEIR SERVICES TO ANY PATIENT IN NEED.

♦MEDICAL SOCIAL WORK CASES MAY BE OF A SHORT-TERM OR A LONG-TERM BASIS DEPENDING ON ITS NATURE — SOME FILES MAY BE CLOSED AS SOON AS THE PATIENT LEAVES THE HOSPITAL, WHILE THOSE INVOLVING DISEASE OF A CHRONIC OR PROTRACTED NATURE ARE THE LONG-TERM ONES,+ SHE EXPLAINED.

CASES MAY BE RE-ACTIVATED AT ANY TIME AS THE NEED ARISES.

THE IMPORTANT ROLE PLAYED BY THE MEDICAL SOCIAL SERVICE IS REFLECTED BY THE GROWING NUMBER OF CASES IN 1978. A TOTAL OF 70 000 CASES WERE HANDLED, AN INCREASE OF 25 PER CENT OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

SHE SAID THE INCREASE MAY BE ATTRIBUTED TO INCREASE IN POPULATION- INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF TRAFFIC AND INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS- THE PRESSING PROBLEMS ON AGED PEOPLE- CHANGES IN DISEASE PATTERNS — MORE CASES OF CANCER AND MORE PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM STROKE OR HEART DISEASE- AND MORE PEOPLE SEEKING WESTERN MEDICAL TREATMENT.

♦THE GREATER PRESSURE IN DAILY LIFE — WHICH HAS RESULTED IN THE GROWING NUMBER OF MENTAL ILLNESS — IS ALSO A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR,+ SHE POINTED OUT.

THE MEDICAL SOCIAL SERVICE ALSO PROVIDES SPECIALISED SERVICES IN THE FIELD OF MENTAL HEALTH, TUBERCULOSIS, SKIN DISEASE AND NARCOTICS.

THE WORK DEALING WITH NARCOTICS IS THE LATEST ADDED TO THE SERVICE, INVOLVING PEOPLE SEEKING DETOXIFICATION UNDER THE METHADONE TREATMENT SCHEME.

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SCHOOLS URGED TO PROVIDE CAREERS GUIDANCE

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SCHOOLS SHOULD MAKE AN EFFORT TO PROVIDE EDUCATIONAL AND VOCATIONAL GUIDANCE TO THEIR STUDENTS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

MANY SCHOOLS, HE NOTED, WERE ALREADY PROVIDING SUCH SERVICE AND IT WAS HOPED THAT SCHOOL HEADS WOULD CONTINUE TO ENCOURAGE TH IS IMPORTANT WORK.

♦THE CAREERS SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS ALWAYS READY TO ASSIST SCHOOLS TO ORGANISE CAREER ACTIVITIES FOR THEIR STUDENTS AND TO OFFER ANY ASSISTANCE THAT SCHOOLS MAY REQUIRE IN PROVIDING CAREER ADVISORY SERVICE TO THEIR STUDENTS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

SCHOOLS INTERESTED IN PROVIDING THIS SERVICE SHOULD CONSIDER APPOINTING ONE OF THEIR TEACHERS AS A CAREERS MASTER — PREFERABLY ONE WHO SHOWS GENUINE CONCERN FOR THE WELL-BEING OF YOUNG PEOPLE. AND IS IN FREQUENT CONTACT WITH UPPER FORM PUPILS.

ONCE APPOINTED, THE TEACHER SHOULD JOIN THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CAREERS MASTERS WHICH IS PLAYING AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN PROMOTING CAREER WORK IN SCHOOLS AND HAS PRODUCED MUCH VALUABLE INFORMATION ON EDUCATION AND OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN HONG KONG.

♦SCHOOL HEADS SHOULD ENSURE THAT THEIR CAREERS MASTERS BE ALLOTTED A FEW ADDITIONAL NON-TEACHING PERIODS PER WEEK TO ENABLE THEM TO INTERVIEW INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS, TO COMPILE INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS’ CONFIDENTIAL REPORTS, TO FILE CAREERS LITERATURE AND INFORMATION AND TO ORGANISE CAREER ACTIVITIES WITH THE AIM OF FAMILIARISING STUDENTS WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF CAREERS AND DIFFERENT AVENUES OF STUDY AND TRAINING.

♦THEY SHOULD ALSO BE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND SEMINARS, TALKS AND VISITS ARRANGED BY THE ASSOC I AT ION,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S CAREERS OFFICER, MISS ROSE LAU, IS ALSO THE SECRETARY OF THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CAREERS MASTERS.

SCHOOLS WISHING TO JOIN THE ASSOCIATION SHOULD SUBMIT THE NAME OF THEIR CAREERS MASTER TO MISS LAU TOGETHER WITH A CHEQUE FOR $10 AS ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEE.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, MISS LAU CAN BE CONTACTED AT TEL: 5-778311 EXT. 239.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1979

PROPERTY TAX FOR 1979/80

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THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT HAS ISSUED THE 1979/80 DEMAND NOTES FOR PROPERTY TAX FOR PROPERTIES ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT PROPERTY TAXPAYERS, WHETHER OWNERS, AGENTS, OR OCCUPIERS, WHO PAY RATES IN RESPECT OF THE LAND OR BUILDINGS OR LAND AND BUILDINGS ON THE ISLAND SHOULD HAVE BY NOW RECEIVED THE DEMAND NOTES.

♦ANY PROPERTY TAXPAYER WHO HAS NOT RECEIVED A DEMAND NOTE SHOULD APPLY TO THE TREASURY ACCOUNTS BRANCH OF THE TREASURY, ROOM 203, HANG CHONG BUILDING, 2ND FLOOR, 5 QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG FOR A COPY,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT NON-RECEIPT OF THE DEMAND NOTE DOES NOT ALTER THE REQUIREMENT THAT THE PROPERTY TAX MUST BE PAID BY THE DUE DATE ON SEPTEMBER 29.

HE ADDED THAT IF THE TAX IS NOT PAID BY THE DUE DATE, A SURCHARGE OF FIVE PER CENT MAY BE IMPOSED ON THE TAXPAYER, AND A FURTHER SURCHARGE OF 10 PER CENT MAY BE ADDED TO THE AMOUNTS (INCLUDING THE NORMAL FIVE PER CENT SURCHARGE) WHICH REMAIN UNPAID SIX MONTHS AFTER THE DUE DATE.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO ADVISED TAXPAYERS THAT THE AMOUNT PAYABLE ON CR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 29 IS INDICATED ON THE DEMAND NOTE BY AN ARROWHEAD IN THE +AMOUNT OF PROPERTY TAX DUE+ BOX.

♦TO AVOID THE POSSIBLE INCONVENIENCE OF QUEUEING, PROPERTY TAXPAYERS ARE URGED TO PAY BY CHEQUE OR MONEY ORDER SENT BY POST OR BY EARLY PERSONAL ATTENDANCE AT ANY OF THE COLLECTION OFFICES LISTED ON THE BACK OF THE DEMAND NOTE,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

PEOPLE WISHING TO SEEK ADVICE SHOULD CONTACT THE PROPERTY TAX SECTION OF THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT AT WINDSOR HOUSE, 17TH FLOOR, 311 GLOUCESTER ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1979

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FIRE OFFICERS TO ATTEND FIRE SAFETY CONFERENCE IN SINGAPORE ******

TWO SENIOR HONG KONG FIRE OFFICERS WILL LEAVE FOR SINGAPORE ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 3) TO ATTEND A FIVE-DAY SOUTHEAST ASIAN FIRE SAFETY CONFERENCE.

THEY ARE CHIEF FIRE OFFICER (HEADQUARTERS), MR. ROBERT HOLMES AND DIVISIONAL OFFICER, MR. WOO KWAN KUEN.

THE CONFERENCE IS ORGANISED BY THE SINGAPOREAN BRANCH OF THE INSTITUTION OF FIRE ENGINEERS.

MR. HOLMES IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE HONG KONG BRANCH OF THE INSTITUTION.

+THE CONFERENCE PROVIDES A VALUABLE OPPORTUNITY TO EXCHANGE VIEWS AND IDEAS ON FIRE PROTECTION AND FIRE ENGINEERING IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD,* SAID MR. HOLMES.

HE ADDED THAT THE CONFERENCE WAS THE FIRST TO BE HELD IN THE FAR EAST AND WOULD BE ATTENDED BY MANY FIRE OFFICERS, FIRE ENGINEERS AND FIRE-APPLIANCE EXPERTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.

AMONG THE OVERSEAS DELEGATES WILL BE OF THE INSTITUTION OF FIRE ENGINEERS FROM

A PARTY OF 28 MEMBERS

THE UNITED KINGDOM.

THE BRITISH PARTY IS LED BY MR. ERIC WHITAKER, CHIEF FIRE OFFICER OF THE EAST SESSEX FIRE BRIGADE.

TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ITS VISIT TO THE FAR EAST, THE PARTY STOPPED OVER IN HONG KONG ON ITS WAY TO SINGAPORE.

DURING THEIR STAY, THE MEMBERS VISITED THE FIRE SERVICES TRAINING SCHOOL AT PAK HEUNG AND WERE TAKEN ON A FIRE BOAT TO SEE ANOTHER ASPECT OF THE WORK OF THE FIRE SERVICES.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1979

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TSIM SHA TSUI

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TRAFFIC IN CARNARVON ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI WILL RETURN TO NORMAL FROM 10 A.M. ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 3), FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF ROAD WORK THERE.

ALSO FROM THE SAME TIME ON MONDAY, INSTEAD OF AUGUST 28 AS ANNOUNCED EARLIER, MOTORISTS TRAVELLING ALONG NATHAN ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING LEFT INTO HUMPHREYS AVENUE.

THE SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT WHICH WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT FOUR WEEKS IS TO FACILITATE ROAD WORK IN HUMPHREYS AVENUE.

DURING THIS PERIOD, HUMPHREYS AVENUE WILL BECOME A NO-THROUGH-ROAD FOR TRAFFIC WHICH WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY TO TWO-WAY FOR MOTORISTS TO GAIN ACCESS INTO PREMISES ALONG THE AVENUE.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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PLB RESTRICTIONS ON BONHAM ROAD * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT FROM ID A.M. ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 3), THE SECTION OF BONHAM ROAD BETWEEN PARK ROAD AND THE BONHAM ROAD FLYOVER, AND THE SECTION OF WESTERN STREET BETWEEN HIGH STREET AND BONHAM ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED PUBLIC LIGHT BUS PROHIBITED ZONES.

THIS MEANS THAT ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THESE TWO AREAS, EXCEPT THOSE AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO INDICATE THE RESTRICTIONS.

AT THE SAME TIME ON SEPTEMBER 3, WAI KING STREET IN TO KWA WAN WILL BE OPENED TO ONE-WAY TRAFFIC FROM SAN MA TAU STREET TO KWEI CHOW STREET TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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KOWLOON CITY ROAD TO BE RE-OPENED M X K X X *

THE SECTION OF KOWLOON CITY ROAD BETWEEN MA HANG CHUNG ROAD AND SUNG WONG TOI ROAD WILL BE RE-OPENED TO TRAFFIC ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 3).

THIS SECTION HAS BEEN CLOSED TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SAN SHAN INTERCHANGE WHICH IS PART OF THE EAST KOWLOON WAY PROJECT.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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WATER CUT K * K

THE AREA

1-39 MORRISON

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

EXTERNAL TRADE FIGURES BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN.......................... 1

SWD PAYS OUT OVER U2.J4 MILLION UNDER 'NO FAULT'

TAVA SCHEME......................................................... 1

IMPORTANCE OF PROPER CHILD CARE STRESSED............................ 2

TOWN HOUSE SITE IN SHA TIN FOR SALE................................. 3

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR POST-GARDUATE STUDY OR RESEARCH.....................

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1979

EXTERNAL TRADE FIGURES BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN X * * X

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (SUNDAY) PUBLISHED EXTERNAL TRADE FIGURES BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN FOR THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1979.

THE SERIES IS DERIVED BY RE-GROUPING ALL SIX-DIGIT COMMODITY ITEMS UNDER THE PRESENT EXTERNAL TRADE CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM, ACCORDING TO INDUSTRIES IN WHICH THESE COMMODITY ITEMS ARE NORMALLY PRODUCED.

FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS, THE FIVE INDUSTRY GROUPS HAVING THE HIGHEST CONTRIBUTIONS WERE WEARING APPAREL, TEXTILES, ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES, PLASTIC PRODUCTS, AND PROFESSIONAL AND OPTICAL EQUIPMENT. ALTOGETHER THEY ACCOUNTED FOR 81 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN THE SECOND QUARTER THIS YEAR.

INCREASES IN THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OVER THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1978 WERE HIGHEST IN THE CASE OF TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT (73 PER CENT), PROFESSIONAL AND OPTICAL EQUIPMENT (68 PER CENT), LEATHER PRODUCTS (66 PER CENT), AND FOOTWEAR (57 PER CENT).

ON THE OTHER HAND, A DECREASE IN THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WAS RECORDED FOR MINING AND QUARRYING PRODUCTS (-49 PER CENT).

CONCERNING IMPORTS, GOODS PRODUCED BY THE TEXTILES, ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES, CHEMICAL PRODUCTS AND METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES AS WELL AS FROM MINING AND QUARRYING, TOGETHER TOOK UP 51 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL VALUE OF IMPORTS IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1979. THE HIGHEST INCREASES IN THE VALUE OF IMPORTS WERE FOUND IN MINING AND QUARRYING PRODUCTS (577 PER CENT), TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT (86 PER CENT), PLASTIC PRODUCTS (80 PER CENT), FORESTRY AND LOGGING PRODUCTS (67 PER CENT), WEARING APPAREL (64 PER CENT) AND LEATHER PRODUCTS (62 PER CENT).

FURTHER DETAILS REGARDING EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTICS RECLASSIFIED BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

SWD PAYS OUT OVER 12.34 MILLION UNDER +N0 FAULT* TAVA SCHEME ******

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAS PAID OUT MORE THAN $2.34 MILLION AS QUICK CASH RELIEF FOR PEOPLE APPLYING UNDER THE *N0 FAULT* TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE SCHEME IN THE LAST FOUR MONTHS SINCE ITS IMPLEMENTATION ON MAY 1.

THE PAYMENTS WERE MADE TO 111 CASES INVOLVING DEATHS AND 713 CASES INVOLVING INJURIES WHICH HAD CAUSED AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS? LOSS OF EARNING CAPACITY.

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MRS. DIANA LEE. HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT’S TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE (TAVA) SECTION, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THE AMOUNT OF PAYMENTS FOR THE FATAL CASES TOTALLED $594 200, AND THAT FOR THE INJURY CASES, OVER $1.75 MILLION.

SHE SAID THE GRANTS FOR THE INJURY CASES INCLUDED FURTHER PAYMENTS IN 203 CASES WHEREBY THE APPLICANTS WERE MEDICALLY CERTIFIED TO REQUIRE EXTENDED SICK LEAVE.

IN THE CASES ALREADY PROCESSED, SHE SAID, THE HIGHEST PAYMENT WAS $15 400 MADE IN ONE FATAL CASE, WHILE OTHER PAYMENTS RANGED FROM $800 TO $14 800.

AT PRESENT, 318 OTHER APPLICATIONS ARE BEING PROCESSED AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE AND THE APPLICANTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO RECEIVE PAYMENTS IN A FAIRLY SHORT TIME,+ SHE SAID.

THE NON-MEANS TESTED SCHEME AIMS AT PROVIDING QUICK CASH RELIEF FOR TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS OR THEIR DEPENDANTS REGARDLESS OF WHO WAS AT FAULT IN CAUSING THE ACCIDENT.

MRS. LEE SAID PEOPLE INVOLVED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS ON OR AFTER MAY 1 THIS YEAR COULD APPLY WITHIN SIX MONTHS OF THE ACCIDENT.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SCHEME CAN BE MADE IN PERSON AT THE TAVA SECTION ON THE 3RD FLOOR OF THE FIRE BRIGADE BUILDING AT 46 CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG OR BY TELEPHONING 5-222392 OR 5-223254.

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IMPORTANCE OF PROPER CHILD CARE STRESSED

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CHILDREN MUST BE GIVEN PROPER CARE SO THAT THEY COULD ACHIEVE A BALANCED PHYSICAL AND MENTAL GROWTH, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF A CHILDREN’S FUN FAIR AT THE TUNG WAH CHEN ZAO MEN COLLEGE IN KWAI CHUNG.

THE FUN FAIR, FEATURING VARIOUS GAMES AND PROGRAMMES OF ENTERTAINMENT, WAS ORGANISED BY THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS IN RESPONSE TO THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE CHILD.

MR. LEE TOLD THE GATHERING THAT MANY WORKING PARENTS GAVE HARDLY ENOUGH TIME AND ATTENTION FOR THEIR CHILDREN.

IN ORDER TO STEER THEM AWAY FROM EVIL TEMPTATIONS, HE SAID, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT DURING THEIR FORMATIVE GROWTH, CHILDREN ARE GIVEN PROPER GUIDANCE IN THE CONSTRUCTIVE USE OF THEIR LEISURE TIME.

THE YEAR 1979 HAS BEEN PROCLAIMED AS THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE CHILD WHICH AIMS AT FOCUSING ATTENTION ON CHILDREN’S DEVELOPMENT.

BOTH THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR HAVE BEEN CARRYING OUT VARIOUS ACTIVITIES GEARED TOWARDS THIS OBJECTIVE,♦ HE SAID.

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TOWN HOUSE SITE IN SHA TIN FOR SALE * * M *

THE FIRST TOWN HOUSE SITE IN ONE OF SHA TIN’S BEST RESIDENTIAL AREAS ORIGINALLY SET FOR SALE EARLY LAST MONTH BUT POSTPONED DUE TO TYPHOON HOPE WILL BE PUT UP FOR AUCTION NEXT THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 6).

THE PRIME SITE ON THE NORTH-WESTERN SIDE OF SHA TIN VALLEY, MEASURING 724 SQUARE METRES, IS SITUATED MIDWAY BETWEEN THE WESTERN END OF SHA TIN RACE COURSE AND THE CHINESE UN I VERSITY,IN AN AREA KNOWN AS +THE JARDINE’S LOOKOUT OF SHA TIN.+

THE CHIEF ESTATE SURVEYOR OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, W. ROGER THOMPSON SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THE GOVERNMENT INTENDED TO DEVELOP THIS AREA INTO A LOW-DENSITY TOP-CLASS RESIDENTIAL ZONE.

+IT COMMANDS AN EXCELLENT VIEW OF THE RACE COURSE AND TIDE COVE IN ADDITION TO BEING SURROUNDED BY A GREEN BELT,+ HE SAID.

THE SITE, EARMARKED FOR TWO-STOREY HIGH CLASS RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, IS CONVENIENTLY LOCATED AND HAS DIRECT ACCESS TO KOWLOON AND OTHER PARTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES VIA THE SHA TIN TRUNK ROAD.

IT CARRIES A BUILDING COVENANT OF $110 000 OVER 36 MONTHS AND A PLOT RATIO OF 0.4 WHICH RESTRICTS THE BUILDING AREA TO 674 SQUARE METRES.

MR. THOMPSON SAID LOCAL DEVELOPERS HAVE LONG SHOWN INTEREST IN SHA TIN AS AN IDEAL AREA FOR HIGH CLASS RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT.

+AND THE RECENT SIGNING OF THE LEASE CONDITIONS OF THE YEE PANG HOUSING SCHEME ABOVE THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY DEPOT IN SHA TIN HAS RENEWED THEIR CONFIDENCE IN PROPERTY INVESTMENT IN THE NEW TOWN,+ HE SAID.

AS SHOWN BY THE AUCTION OF THE SHAM TSENG RESIDENTIAL SITE LAST THURSDAY WHICH FETCHED $5.1 MILLION - MORE THAN TWELVE TIMES THE OPENING BID - MR. THOMPSON SAID THERE WAS HEAVY DEMAND IN THE MARKET FOR LAND THAT COULD PROVIDE LOW DENSITY LUXURY FLATS.

♦TO MEET THE DEMAND,+ HE SAID, +WE ARE ALSO SELLING BY TENDER ANOTHER SIX LOTS IN THE SAME AREA TO HOLDERS OF LAND EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENT DOCUMENTS THIS MONTH.

♦THEY VARY IN SIZES FROM 740 TO 9 960 SQUARE METRES AND ARE DESIGNED FOR TWO-STOREY TOWN HOUSE DEVELOPMENT,* HE ADDED.

THE AUCTION ON THURSDAY WILL TAKE PLACE AT 11 A.M. AT THE SHA TIN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL.

FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND SALE PLAN INSPECTED AT, THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HEADQUARTERS AND ANY OF ITS SEVEN DISTRICT OFFICES.

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SCHOLARSHIPS FOR POST-GRADUATE STUDY OR RESEARCH ******

A NUMBER OF SCHOLARSHIPS ARE BEING OFFERED, UNDER THE COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP PLAN, BY THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM, CANADA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, SRI LANKA, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, NIGERIA, MALAYSIA, JAMAICA AND UGANDA.

THESE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE PRIMARILY AVAILABLE FOR POST-GRADUATE STUDY OR RESEARCH AT UNIVERSITIES NORMALLY EXTENDING OVER A PERIOD OF TWO ACADEMIC YEARS.

THE EMOLUMENTS WILL COVER APPROVED EXPENSES FOR TRAVEL, LIVING AND STUDY DURING THE TENURE OF THE SCHOLARSHIP.

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CANDIDATES SHOULD BE COMMONWEALTH CITIZENS NORMALLY RESIDENTS IN HONG KONG, NOT OVER 35 YEARS OF AGE AND GRADUATES CF RECOGNISED UNIVERSITIES OR HOLDERS OF EQUIVALENT QUALIFICATIONS.

♦THOSE RECOMMENDED FOR THE AWARDS MUST SATISFY CERTAIN LANGUAGE, HEALTH AND IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID.

APPLICATION FORMS AND OTHER PARTICULARS CONCERNING THE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, LEIGHTON CENTRE, 15TH FLOOR, 77 LEIGHTON ROAD, HONG KONG.

COMPLETED FORMS AND ACCOMPANYING DOCUMENTS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE SAME OFFICE NOT LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 29, 1979.

♦LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG, TEL: 5-233191

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 1979

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MONEY AND BANKING FIGURES FOR JULY ............................. 1

EXPANSION OF METHADONE TREATMENT FACILITIES PROPOSED ........... 3

RECRUITMENT OF TRAINED DISPENSERS .............................. 5

GOVERNOR OPENS COMMONWEALTH CONFERENCE OF COMPANY ADMINISTRATORS ...............................................

STUDENTS URGED TO APPLY EARLY FOR STUDY IN UK .................. 6

SAI KUNG'S FIRST COWUNITY-SPONSORED GRAMMAR SCHOOL OPENS ....... 8

HK YOUTH ORCHESTRAS FLYING HOME................................. 9

PRISONS DEPT FTFTLPS TO RESTORE TUNG CHUNG FORT ................ 9

WATER CUT ...................................................... 9

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MONEY AND BANKING FIGURES FOR JULY

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THE MONEY SUPPLY AND BANKING FIGURES FOR JULY 1979 ARE PUBLISHED TODAY (MONDAY)?

THEY SHOW THAT THE MONEY SUPPLY, ON ALL THREE DEFINITIONS, GREW LESS FAST IN JULY THAN IN JUNE, WHILE LOANS AND ADVANCES BY BANKS ROSE SLIGHTLY FASTER THAN IN JUNE, THOUGH THE LONGER-TERM RATE OF GROWTH IS STILL FALLING.

SINCE THE END OF JULY INTEREST RATES HAVE AGAIN BEEN RAISED, WHICH SHOULD FURTHER REDUCE THE RATE OF GROWTH OF LOANS AND ADVANCES.

MONEY SUPPLY

M 1, WHICH HAS BEEN MOVING VERY ERRATICALLY RECENTLY, ROSE BY 1.9 PER CENT, AGAINST 3.7 PER CENT IN JUNE.

M 2 ROSE BY 2.0 PER CENT, AGAINAT 2.9 PER CENT IN JUNE-

IT ROSE IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS AT AN ANNUAL RATE OF 23 PER CENT.

M 3 ROSE BY 1.8 PER CENT IN JULY, AGAINST 2.1 PER CRNT IN JUNE, AND HAS RISEN IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS AT AN ANNUAL RATE OF NEARLY 26 PER CENT.

THE RELATIVELY SHARP RISE OF 3.6 PER CENT IN DEMAND DEPOSITS WITH BANKS MAY REFLECT THE ACT I'VE STOCK MARKET AT THE END OF JULY, AND REPORTED INFLOWS OF INVESTMENT FUNDS FROM OVERSEAS.

BANKING FIGURES

BANK LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG ROSE BY 3.1 PER CENT IN JULY, AGAINST 2.8 PER CENT IN JUNE. IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS THEY HAVE RISEN BY 6.9 PER CENT, THE LOWEST THREE-MONTHLY INCREASE SINCE OCTOBER 1977. THIS IS EQUIVALENT TO AN ANNUAL RATE OF 31 PER CENT, WHICH IS MUCH LOWER THAN THE 46 PER CENT INCREASE SHOWN FROM JULY 1978 TO JULY 1979.

BANKS’ LENDING OVERSEAS, WHICH FELL BACK IN THE MIDDLE OF 1978, BUT HAS BEEN RISING IN RECENT MONTHS, GREW AGAIN IN JULY TO A RECORD LEVEL OF $20 261 MILLION ($19 066 MILLION).

BANKS' AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO ROSE FURTHER FROM 48.8 PER CENT TO 49.2 PER CENT, AND THE RATIO OF LOANS IN HONG KONG TO DEPOSITS ALSO ROSE, FROM 84.1 PER CENT TO 84.6 PER CENT.

DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY FIGURES

LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG BY DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ROSE BY 2.4 PER CENT IN JULY, DOWN FROM 3.2 PER CENT IN JUNE.

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LOANS AND ADVANCES BY BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES TOGETHER ROSE BY 2.9 PER CENT IN JULY, AGAINST 1.7 PER CENT IN JUNE, AND IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS ROSE AT AN ANNUAL RATE OF 27 PER CENT.

THE DETAILED FIGURES, AND COMPARISONS WITH EARLIER

MONTHS ARE AS FOLLOWS I

IN ^MILLION

JULY 1979

Ml 24 769

M2 82 536

M3 86 877

BANKS -

DEPOSITS 75 941

LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG

KONG 64 268

INCREASES OVER EARLIER MONTHS

JUNE 1979 APRIL 1979 JULY 1978

+ 466 (1.9%) +1 414 (6.1%) ♦ 4 726 (23.6%)

+1 608 (2.0%) +4 160 (5.3%) +14 929 (22.1%)

+1 521 (1.8%) +4 844 (5.9%) %

+1 769 (2.4%) +4 225 (5.9%) +14 269 (23.1%)

+1 910 (3.1%) +4 152 (6.9%) +20 275 (46.1%)

DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES -

DEPOSITS 18 835 + 980 (5.5%) +3 473 (22.6%) *

LOANS AND

ADVANCES IN

HONG KONG 11 213 + 268 (2.4%) + 785 (7.5%) %

BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES -

LOANS AND

ADVANCES IN

HONG KONG 66 103 +1 874 (2.9%) + 3 801 (6.1%) %

(THE ASTERISK DENOTES THAT FIGURES ARE NOT AVAILABLE EARLIER THAN DECEMBER 1979.)

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EXPANSION OF METHADONE TREATMENT FACILITIES PROPOSED ******

THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS (ACAN) HAS RECOMMENDED THAT THE GOVERNMENT FURTHER EXPAND THE METHADONE TREATMENT PROGRAMME, INCREASE PUBLICITY ABOUT THE HELP THE PROGRAMME CAN GIVE TO ADDICTS, AND REPROVISION A GOVERNMENT LABORATORY SO THAT INCREASED URINE TESTS CAN BE UNDERTAKEN FOR METHADONE PATIENTS.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR. PETER LEE, TODAY (MONDAY) SAID* +URGENT ACTION HAS BEEN TAKEN TO ENSURE THAT THESE RECOMMENDATIONS CAN BE IMPLEMENTED AT AN EARLY DATE SO THAT IMPROVED TREATMENT FACILITIES CAN BE PROVIDED FOR DRUG ADDICTS.

+SUCCESSES ACHIEVED BY BOTH HONG KONG AND OVERSEAS LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, COMBINED WITH A DROUGHT IN THE OPIUM-GROWING AREAS OF THE +GOLDEN TRIANGLE+, HAVE PUSHED IP THE PRICE OF HEROIN TO ABOUT FIVE TIMES WHAT IT WAS AT THE BEGINNING OF JUNE. IT NOW COSTS AN ADDICT OVER $200 A DAY TO MAINTAIN HIS ADDICTION, AND EVEN AT THAT PRICE, HEROIN IS VERY DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN.

♦CURRENTLY, THERE ARE RECORD DAILY ATTENDANCE AT ALL 2D METHADONE CENTRES, AS WELL AS AT THE SOCIETY FOR THE AID AND REHABILITATION OF DRUG ABUSERS (S.A.R.D.A.). THE HEROIN , FAMINE AND THE RISING. COSTS OF ADDICTION HAVE ALSO SURFACED ABOUT 1 000 ADDICTS WHO HAVE NOT PREVIOUSLY BEEN KNOWN TO THE CENTRAL REGISTRY OF DRUG ADD ICTS.+

THE RECOMMENDATIONS, WHICH WERE ENDORSED AT AN EXTRAORDINARY MEETING OF A.C.A.N. HELD ON AUGUST 22, AREj-

* THE NEED FOR MORE METHADONE CENTRES IN THE EAST KOWLOON AREA TO RELIEVE SOME OF THE WORKLOAD OF THE SIR ROBERT BLACK CLINIC WHICH RECEIVES ON AVERAGE 2 200 PATIENTS A DAY AND TO COPE WITH A POSSIBLE INCREASE IN DEMAND FOR TREATMENT IN THAT AREA IN FUTURE, SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT"

* NEW METHADONE CENTRES AT SAI KUNG, SHA TIN AND TAI PO SHOULD BE OPENED AS SOON AS STAFF AND ACCOMMODATION ARE AVAILABLE"

* ADDITIONAL STAFF SHOULD BE DEPLOYED IN ALL METHADONE CENTRES SHOULD DEMAND CONTINUE TO INCREASE"

* THE EXPANSION OF SELECTED EVENING METHADONE CENTRES TO FULL-DAY CENTRES SHOULD BE CONSIDERED-

* THE EXISTING GOVERNMENT URINE-TESTING LABORATORY AT EASTERN STREET, HONG KONG, WHERE ONLY 70 TESTS A DAY CAN BE DONE, SHOULD BE RELOCATED IN THE HOMANTIN METHADONE CLINIC WHERE 420 TESTS FOR METHADONE PATIENTS COULD BE DONE EACH DAY- AND

* PUBLICITY ON FACILITIES AVAILABLE AT THE METHADONE CENTRES SHOULD BE INCREASED SO AS TO ENCOURAGE MORE DRUG ADDICTS TO COME FORWARD FOR TREATMENT.

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MR. LEE SAID THAT ALTHOUGH ATTENDANCE AT ALL 20 METHADONE CENTRES HAD INCREASED RAPIDLY SINCE JUNE THIS YEAR, THERE IS STILL SPARE CAPACITY IN MOST OF THEM, EXCEPT THE VIOLET PEEL CLINIC (WAN CHAI), SIR ROBERT BLACK CLINIC (SAN PO KONG), EASTERN STREET CLINIC (WESTERN) AND LADY TRENCH CLINIC (TSUEN WAN).

+THE A.C.A.N. IS SATISFIED THAT ALL METHADONE PATIENTS ARE HANDLED EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY AND THAT NO ADDICT HAS BEEN TURNED AWAY. ABOUT 8 000 PATIENTS ATTEND THE METHADONE CENTRES PER DAY, AS OPPOSED TO 5 000 DAILY IN JUNE, AN INCREASE OF OVER 60 PER CENT IN THE PAST TWO MONTHS.

+THE A.C.A.N. ALSO WELCOMED THE EXPANSION BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT OF TWO METHADONE CENTRES IN KOWLOON (LI PO CHUN IN ARRAN STREET AND SHAM SHUI PO PUBLIC DISPENSARY IN YEE KUK STREET) TO FULL-DAY CENTRES FROM AUGUST 20 THIS YEAR, AND CONSIDERS THAT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO MEET INCREASING DEMAND IN THE NORTH-WEST KOWLOON AREA,+ HE SAID.

MR. LEE WENT ON TO EXPLAIN THAT ADEQUATE URINE ANALYSIS FACILITIES ARE VITAL FOR THE EFFECTIVE OPERATION OF THE METHADONE TREATMENT PROGRAMME. +THE A.C.A.N. CONSIDERED THAT THE URINE TESTING FACILITIES AT THE EXISTING LABORATORY IN EASTERN STREET ON HONG KONG ISLAND ARE INADEQUATE.

+SINCE ACCOMMODATION AND TRAINED STAFF FOR THE NEW PROJECT IN HOMANTIN ARE ALREADY AVAILABLE, THE A.C.A.N. CONSIDERED THAT FUNDS SHOULD BE RELEASED IMMEDIATELY FOR THE FITTING-OUT OF THE NEW LABORATORY, AND THE PURCHASE OF ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT.*

AT ITS EXTRAORDINARY MEETING LAST MONTH, THE A.C.A.N. ALSO RECOMMENDED THAT THE AUTHORISED INTAKE OF PATIENTS AT S.A.R.D.A.’S SHEK KWU CHAU TREATMENT CENTRE SHOULD BE INCREASED, THAT COOPERATION FROM GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS TO REPORT ADDICTS TO THE CENTRAL REGISTRY SHOULD BE SOUGHT, AND THAT THE POSSIBILITY CF RESEARCH INTO THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DRUG ADDICTION AND CRIME SHOULD BE FURTHER CONSIDERED.

THE A.C.A.N., MR. LEE SAID, RECOMMENDED THAT THE APPROVED ACCOMMODATION OF THE SHEK KWU CHAU TREATMENT CENTRE SHOULD BE INCREASED FROM 500 TO 600 FOR AN EXPERIMENTAL PERIOD OF ONE YEAR SUBJECT TO REVIEW.

COOPERATION FROM GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS IN REPORTING ADDICTS TO THE CENTRAL REGISTRY WOULD STILL FURTHER IMPROVE THE EXISTING DATA-BASE ON DRUG ADDICTS, HE SAID, AND THUS ENSURE EVEN MORE ACCURATE AND COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION TO POLICY-MAKERS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL ANTI-NARCOTICS PROGRAMMES. MR. LEE EMPHASISED THAT ALL INFORMATION SUPPLIED TO THE CENTRAL REGISTRY FROM ALL REPORTING SOURCES IS TREATED AS CONFIDENTIAL.

FURTHER RESEARCH INTO THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DRUG ADDICTION AND CRIME IS ALSO BEING DISCUSSED BY THOSE INVOLVED, MR. LEE SAID.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 1979

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RECRUITMENT OF TRAINED DISPENSERS * * * *

THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY) BEGAN A RECRUITMENT EXERCISE FOR TRAINED DISPENSERS TO FURTHER IMPROVE THE DISPENSI NG SERV ICE IN GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS AND CLINICS.

THIS FOLLOWED RECENT APPROVAL BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT’S REQUESTS FOR THE CREATION OF ADDITIONAL DISPENSER POSTS TO AUGMENT THE EXISTING ESTABLISHMENT OF 230 STAFF IN THE DISPENSER GRADE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT STRESSED THAT THE PRESENT RECRUITMENT EXERCISE HAD NOT COME ABOUT BECAUSE OF THE PHARMACEUTICAL STAFF ASSOCIATION THREATENING TO TAKE INDUSTRIAL ACTION OVER BETTER PAY AND WORKING CONDITIONS.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE DEPARTMENT’S REQUESTS FOR ADDITIONAL DISPENSER POSTS HAD BEEN MADE SOME MONTHS AGO AND OVER A PERIOD CF TIME DURING WHICH REGULAR STAFF REVIEWS WERE CONDUCTED TO IDENTIFY THE AREAS OF NEED FOR ADDITIONAL STAFF AND EXPANSION.

♦IT IS OUR POLICY TO CONSTANTLY REVIEW THE STAFF SITUATION THROUGHOUT THE DEPARTMENT, TO IDENTIFY THE AREAS OF PRIORITY AND TO MAKE SUBMISSIONS FOR REQUESTING ADDITIONAL POSTS WHERE NECESSARY,♦ HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE PRESENT RECRUITMENT EXERCISE FOR DISPENSERS WOULD MEAN AN ALMOST IMMEDIATE IMPROVEMENT IN THE STAFFING SITUATION IN THE DISPENSARIES OF GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS AND CLINICS.

♦IN THE LIGHT OF THIS DEVELOPMENT, IT IS HOPED THAT THE ASSOCIATION WILL REFRAIN FROM TAKING ANY ACTION WHICH WOULD ONLY CAUSE INCONVENIENCE TO THE PUBLIC,* HE URGED.

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GOVERNOR OPENS COMMONWEALTH CONFERENCE OF COMPANY ADMINISTRATORS ******

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION OF THE INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED SECRETARIES AND ADMINISTRATORS WAS AN EVENT OF CONSIDERABLE IMPORTANCE AND PRAISED THE INSTITUTE FOR ENCOURAGING HIGH STANDARDS OF ADMINISTRATION.

SIR MURRAY WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE FIRST COMMONWEALTH CONFERENCE OF COMPANY ADMINISTRATORS IN THE CONVENTION CENTRE WHICH WAS ATTENDED BY ABOUT 400 DELEGATES.

+THE INSTITUTE REPRESENTS A HIGHLY AUTHORITATIVE BODY OF EXPERTISE, AND PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN ENCOURAGING HIGH STANDARDS OF ADMINISTRATION,* SIR MURRAY SAID.

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THE FOLLOWING IS THE FULL TEXT OF SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE GOVERNORi

♦IT IS MY PLEASANT TASK TO WELCOME YOU TO THIS CONVENTION, WHICH IS AN EVENT OF CONSIDERABLE IMPORTANCE. IT IS THE FIRST COMMONWEALTH CONFERENCE OF COMPANY ADMINISTRATORS, WITH SOME 400 DELEGATES COMING FROM ALL OVER THE COMMONWEALTH- IT IS ALSO ONE OF THE LARGEST CONFERENCES EVER HOSTED IN HONG KONG BY A PROFESSIONAL BODY.

♦THE INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED SECRETARIES AND ADMINISTRATORS IS THE LEADING PROFESSIONAL BODY FOR COMPANY ADMINISTRATORS IN THE COMMONWEALTH. ITS MEMBERS COME FROM ALL FIELDS OF ADMINISTRATION, AND INCLUDE SOME FROM THE PUBLIC AS WELL AS THE PRIVATE SECTOR. THE INSTITUTE THEREFORE REPRESENTS A HIGHLY AUTHORITATIVE BODY OF EXPERTISE, AND PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN ENCOURAGING HIGH STANDARDS OF ADMINISTRATION.

♦ANY ORGANISED ENTERPRISE CAN VARY BETWEEN THE WORST AND THE BEST, INCOMPETENCE AND EFFICIENCY, FRUSTRATION AND SATISFACTION, DESPAIR AND HAPPINESS, FAILURE AND SUCCESS. YOUR CHOSEN DISCIPLINE OF ADMINISTRATION IS NOT THE ONLY FACTOR, BUT IS IS OFTEN THE PRINCIPAL VARIANT THAT MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN HUMAN AFFAIRS. THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS FIELD AND OF ITS DISCIPLINES AND TECHNIQUES HAS ONLY BEEN RECOGNISED COMPARATIVELY RECENTLY. BUT ITS POWER TO INFLUENCE THE DAILY LIVES AND FORTUNES OF INNUMERABLE PEOPLE IS IMMENSE.

♦I THEREFORE WISH YOU EVERY SUCCESS IN YOUR DELIBERATIONS, AND I ALSO WISH YOU A PLEASANT STAY IN HONG KONG, AND HAVE MUCH PLEASURE IN DECLARING THE CONVENTION OPEN.+

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STUDENTS URGED TO APPLY EARLY FOR STUDY IN UK * * * *

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (MONDAY) THAT APPLICATIONS FROM STUDENTS WISHING TO ENTER COLLEGES OF FURTHER EDUCATION AND POLYTECHNICS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM FOR THE 1980 ACADEMIC YEAR WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM NOVEMBER 1 THIS YEAR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID: +APPLICATIONS CAN BE MADE THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT AND ALL RELEVANT DOCUMENTS SHOULD REACH THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION BEFORE JUNE 30.+

HOWEVER, SPECIAL ATTENTION SHOULD BE PAID TO SPECIFIC APPLICATION DEADLINES REQUIRED BY CERTAIN PROFESSIONAL COURSES IN POLYTECHNICS WHICH COULD BE AS EARLY AS MARCH, HE ADDED.

♦LATE APPLICATIONS WILL USUALLY NOT BE CONSIDERED UNLESS THE STUDENT CONCERNED CAN PRODUCE EVIDENCE THAT T^E COLLEGE CONCERNED IS STILL WILLING TO CONSIDER HIS A»PL I CATI.s,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID. _________

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FURTHERMORE, HE SAID, APPLICANTS ON +SANDWICH* COURSES OFFERED BY POLYTECHNICS SHOULD ENSURE THAT THEY HAVE THE PRACTICAL TRAINING PART OF THE COURSE ARRANGED BEFORE LEAVING HONG KONG.

SANDWICH COURSES INVOLVE ATTENDING CLASSES AT THE POLYTECHNIC AND ALSO PRACTICAL TRAINING AT FACTORIES OR OTHER INDUSTRIAL ENTERPRISES.

+MOREOVER, STUDENTS SHOULD NOTE THAT INDUSTRIAL SPONSORSHIP IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO ARRANGE AND THEY ARE THEREFORE ADVISED TO APPLY FOR FULL-TIME COURSES RATHER THAN SANDWICH COURSES,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

IN ADDITION, FOR THOSE STUDENTS WHO WISH TO APPLY FOR ADMISSION TO PUBLIC OR INDEPENDENT (PRIVATE) SCHOOLS IN BRITAIN, EARLY APPLICATION IS ADVISABLE, PREFERABLY ONE YEAR IN ADVANCE.

APPLICATIONS TO PUBLIC AND INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS SHOULD BE MADE BY PARENTS OR GUARDIANS DIRECT TO THE SCHOOLS. THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE STUDENT ADVISER, HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICE IN LONDON DO NOT UNDERTAKE TO PLACE BOYS AND GIRLS IN THESE SCHOOLS IN BRITAIN.

♦HOWEVER, STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS MAY OBTAIN GENERAL INFORMATION AND ADVICE ON THESE SCHOOLS FROM THE DEPARTMENT’S OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

WITH REGARD TO APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION TO A BRITISH UNIVERSITY, APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE MADE ONE YEAR IN ADVANCE THROUGH THE UNIVERSITIES CENTRAL COUNCIL ON ADMISSION (U.C.C.A.) IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

U.C.C.A. FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION FROM EARLY SEPTEMBER EACH YEAR. APPLICANTS SHOULD RETURN THESE COMPLETED FORMS BY THEMSELVES TO U.C.C.A. BEFORE OCTOBER 15 FOR THOSE INCLUDING OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE AMONG THE UNIVERSITY ENTRIES- OR DECEMBER 15 FOR THOSE NOT INCLUDING OXFORD OR CAMBRIDGE.

TURNING TO EXPENSES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID: +STUDENTS PROCEEDING TO THE UNITED KINGDOM TO STUDY SHOULD HAVE SUFFICIENT FUNDS TO MEET ALL EXPENSES BECAUSE OVERSEAS STUDENTS THERE CANNOT OBTAIN FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, AND IT IS NOT POSSIBLE FOR STUDENTS TO WORK THEIR WAY THROUGH COLLEGE.*

THE COST OF LIVING IN THE UNITED KINGDOM IS HIGH, AND THE ANNUAL EXPENSES FOR A STUDENT ARE IN THE REGION OF 3 GOO POUNDS, HE ADDED.

APPLICANTS OVER THE AGE OF 18 MAY APPLY FOR ACCOMMODATION IN THE HONG KONG STUDENTS CENTRE IN LONDON AND THIS SHOULD BE MADE THROUGH THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

STUDENTS WISHING TO APPLY FOR A PLACE IN THE CENTRE AND WHO WISH TO OBTAIN HELP AND ADVICE OF THE STUDENT ADVISER OR THE BRITISH COUNCIL DURING THEIR STAY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM SHOULD COMPLETE ALL FORMALITIES WITH THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT LEAST ONE MONTH BEFORE ThEIR DEPARTURE.

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SAI KUNG’S FIRST COMMUNTIY-SPONSORED GRAMMAR SCHOOL OPENS ******

THE FIRST SUBSIDISED ANGLO-CHINESE GRAMMAR SCHOOL TO BE SPONSORED AND ESTABLISHED BY THE COMMUNITIES OF SAI KUNG AND HANG HAU WAS OPENED TODAY (MONDAY).

AN OPENING CEREMONY FOR THE CHENG CHEK CHEE SECONDARY SCHOOL OF SAI KUNG AND HANG HAU DISTRICTS WAS HELD AT THE SENG KUNG WUI YAT SHAU PRIMARY SCHOOL FROM WHERE THE NEW SCHOOL WILL OPERATE UNTIL ITS OWN BUILDING IS COMPLETED AT A SITE NEAR THE JUNCTION OF THE CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD AND HIRAM’S HIGHWAY. THE BUILDINGS, NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION, WILL BE READY IN A YEAR’S TIME.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WERE THE SCHOOL’S PRINCIPAL, ffiS. ANITA CHAM FOK PO-CHUN- MR. CHENG CHEK-CHEE, A PROMINENT l-EMBER OF THE SAI KUNG COMMUNITY WHO DONATED $1.1 MILLION FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SCHOOL- MR. YAU KEI, CHAIRMAN OF THE HANG HAU RURAL COMMITTEE AND CHAIRMAN OF THE SCHOOL’S BOARD OF DIRECTORSAND MR. MICHAEL STONE, ACTING DISTRICT OFFICER OF SAI KUNG.

A LETTER OF CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. DAVID AKERS-JONES, WAS PRESENTED TO MR. YAU BY MR. STONE.

IN A SPEECH TO THE GATHERING, MRS. CHAM SAID SHE HOPED THE SCHOOL WOULD BECOME A CULTURAL CENTRE IN THE DISTRICT WHERE CHINESE, WESTERN, RURAL AND URBAN INFLUENCES COULD INTERMINGLE TO THE BENEFIT OF THE STUDENTS.

SHE NOTED THAT THE DISTRICT WAS BEING RAPIDLY DEVELOPED AS AN IMPORTANT RESIDENTIAL AND RECREATIONAL REGION CF HONG KONG.

THE SCHOOL WHEN FULLY DEVELOPED WILL EE ABLE TO ADMIT 1 350 PUPILS IN FORMS I - VI.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE SCHOOL’S OPENING WAS MR. STONE. HE SAID THE LOCATION OF THE SCHOOL WAS OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE.

+T0 SERVE BOTH HANG HAU AND SAI KUNG, IT HAD TO BE CONVENIENTLY PLACED SOMEWHERE BETWEEN THE TWO TOWNS AND FINDING SUCH AN IDEAL SITE WAS SOMETHING CF A MIRACLE.

♦IT IS ALSO VERY SCENIC, SURROUNDED BY OPEN COUNTRYSIDE AND COMMANDING A FINE VIEW OF THE HO CHUNG VALLEY - SUCH A SETTING IS UNUSUAL FOR A SCHOOL IN HONG KONG.+ MR. STONE SAID.

THE TOTAL COST OF THE PROJECT IS .11.1 .'.ILLION.

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HK YOUTH ORCHESTRAS FLYING HOME

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THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND THE YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA ARE DUE TO ARRIVE IN HONG KONG ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 5) AFTER A SUCCESSFUL 40-DAY TOUR IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

LED BY MR. GORDON SIU, THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR AND MR. THOMAS WANG, SENIOR TRAINING OFFICER OF THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE, THE TWO ORCHESTRA VISITED 10 CITIES IN THE U.K. AND GAVE 19 CONCERTS.

ON THEIR ARRIVAL ON WEDNESDAY, MEMBERS OF THE ORCHESTRAS WILL MEET THE PRESS AT THE AIRPORT PRESS ROOM ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE AIRPORT TERMINAL BUILDING.

NOTE TO EDITORSi r

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE GIVEN BY THE TWO HONG KONG YOUTH ORCHESTRAS AT THE AIRPORT PRESS ROOM ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE AIRPORT TERMINAL BUILDING ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 5). THE ORCHESTRAS ARE DUE TO ARRIVE BY FLIGHT BA 21, ETA 4.55 P.M.

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PRISONS DEPT HELPS TO RESTORE TUNG CHUNG FORT * * * *

THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT IS ASSISTING IN THE RESTORATION OF TUNG CHUNG FORT ON THE NORTH COAST OF LANTAU ISLAND - ONE OF HONG KONG’S MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS FOR DECADES - BY PROVIDING PRISON LABOUR.

THE FORT WAS DESIGNATED A MONUMENT UNDER THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENT ORDINANCE ON AUGUST 24 THIS YEAR.

A WORKING PARTY, COMPRISING 20 PRISONERS FROM TONG FUK CENTRE STARTED WORK ON THE FORT ON AUGUST 7 BY CLEARING THE UNDERGROWTH AROUND THE FORT’S WALL. THEY WILL ALSO TAKE PART IN THE ACTUAL RESTORATION WORK.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THIS EFFORT WAS PART OF THE PRISON INDUSTRIES’ CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY. OTHER COMMUNITY PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN BY THE PR ISONS ^PARTMtL. INCLUDED CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF ROADS, BEACH CLEANING, BUILDING WORK, GRASS CUTTING AND AFFORESTATION.

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WATER CUT * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN ABERDEEN WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 P.M. ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 6) TO 6 A.M. THE FOLLOWING DAY TO FACILITATE A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY SHEK PAI WAN ROAD, AND TIN WAN STREET, INCLUDING YUE LEI STREET, YUE WOK STREET, KA WO STREET, TANG FUNG STREET AND ABERDEEN WHOLESALE FISH

MARKET.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

H.K. DECLARED CHOLERA FREE....................................... 1

PROTECTIONISM —- A GAME FOR SHORT-SIGHTED PEOPLE................. 1

C.I.T. SETS COMMUNITY SERVICE RECORD IN N.T...................... 5

SHA TIN TOWN HOUSE SITE FOR SALE TOMORROW..................... 6

EDUCATION SUNDAY TO HARK NEW SCHOOL YEAR......................... 6

P.W.D. TO HOLD SWIMMING GALA .................................... 7

TRAFFIC DIVERSION IN TAI KOK TSUI ............................... 8

WATER CUT ....................................................... 8

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H.K. DECLARED CHOLERA FREE

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THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT TODAY DECLARED THAT HONG KONG IS NO LONGER A CHOLERA INFECTED AREA.

THE DECLARATION, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, FOLLOWED REPORTS OF NO FURTHER CASES OF CHOLERA SINCE THE CONFIRMATION OF THE LAST CASE ON AUGUST 24.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED THAT THIS WAS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION REGULATIONS WHICH APPLY TO ALL MEMBER COUNTRIES.

THE REGULATIONS STIPULATE THAT AN INFECTED AREA IS CONSIDERED FREE FROM INFECTION WHEN THERE IS NO FURTHER CASE REPORTED DURING A PERIOD WHICH IS EQUAL TO AT LEAST TWICE THE INCUBATION PERIOD OF THE DISEASE SINCE THE LAST CASE HAS BEEN CONFIRMED.

♦THE INCUBATION PERIOD FOR CHOLERA IS FIVE DAYS AND, THEREFORE, A TERRITORY MAY BE DECLARED FREE IF A PERIOD OF 10 DAYS HAS ELAPSED SINCE THE CONFIRMATION OF THE LAST CASE,+ HE ADDED.

HONG KONG WAS DECLARED A CHOLERA INFECTED AREA 13 DAYS AGO WHEN A SIX-YEAR-OLD BOY FROM TUEN MUN IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WAS ADMITTED TO PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL SUFFERING FROM CHOLERA.

THE SPOKESMAN URGED THE PUBLIC TO CONTINUE OBSERVING THE RULES OF PERSONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE, WHICH HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED BY WHO EXPERTS AS THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY OF PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF CHOLERA AND OTHER GASTRO-INTESTINAL DISEASES.

HE WARNED THAT IN VIEW OF THE CONTINUING PRESENCE OF CHOLERA IN THE SOUTHEAST ASIAN REGIONS THE RISK OF THE DISEASE RE-APPEARING IN HONG KONG REMAINS.

♦THE PUBLIC IS STRONGLY ADVISED NOT TO RELAX THEIR PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES, PARTICULARLY IN THE CHOICE OF FOOD AND DRINK AND IN THE PREPARATION OF FOOD,+ HE SAID.

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THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR. DAVID SiEs'agIiSsT WUCH^ROnCTIOHISH™! practise?"are ^OBVIOUS, “s ILl!^EFFECTS OH THE Kia THAT PRACTISE IT ARE LESS WELL RECOGNISED, BUT JUST AS REAL.

Era th£Gdevelop"hg!Twhereas°pr6tectIohish'behef°ts0ohly a MINORITY EVEN IN THE COUNTRIES THAT PRACTISE IT.

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♦ IT IS IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO HAVE BEEN TAKEN UP BY THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND IN ITS RECENTLY ISSUED ANNUAL REPORT AND BY THE WORLD BANK IN WORLD DEVELOPMENT REPORT 1979,+ SAID MR. JORDAN.

+MR. MCNAMARA DEVOTED A LARGE PART OF HIS ADDRESS TO UNCTAD V TO THIS SUBJECT. MR. LONG, THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF GATT, RECENTLY SPOKE OF THE NEED FOR FREER, NOT MORE RESTRICTED, INTERNATIONAL TRADE. ECONOMIC STUDIES AND LEARNED ARTICLES ARE SUDDENLY PROLIFERATING.

♦THEY ALL CONFIRM WHAT WE HAVE BEEN SAYING ABOUT PROTECTIONISM! THE CASE FOR IT IS WEAK- IT DOES NOT WORK-AND SO THE COSTS ARE MORE THAN THE APPARENT BENEFITS ARE WORTH,* HE SAID.

HE QUOTED FROM A RECENT REPORT ON THE IMPACT OF THE NEWLY INDUSTRIALISING COUNTRIES - THE NICS - BY THE SECRETARYGENERAL OF THE ORGANISATION OF ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT (OECD) WHICH SAID) +IT SHOULD BE EMPHASISED THAT THE PAINFUL ADJUSTMENT PROBLEMS A ICS - THAT IS THE ADVANCED INDUSTRIALISED COUNTRIES - HAVE RUN INTO SINCE 1973 OWE FAR MORE TO INFLATION, SLOW GROWTH AND DISPARITIES IN COMPETITIVE POSITIONS AMONG THEM, THAN TO THE COMPETITION FROM OUTSIDE ... CHANGES IN COMPARATIVE ADVANTAGE, AND NOTABLY THE EMERGENCE OF THE NICS AS SUCCESSFUL EXPORTERS OF MANUFACTURES , HAVE NOT BEEN THE ONLY, OR EVEN THE MAIN FACTOR, BEHIND THE FINANCIAL AND EMPLOYMENT DIFFICULTIES OF DECLINING INDUSTRIES. TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE, SHIFTS IN THE PATTERN OF DOMESTIC DEMAND AND IN RELATIVE PRICES AND COSTS HAVE TOGETHER PLAYED A MUCH MORE IMPORTANT ROLE.*

♦THIS IS, I THINK, ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT POINTS IN THIS REPORT,* SAID MR. JORDAN. +IT MEANS THAT THE OECD SECRETARIAT HAS CONCLUDED THAT SO-CALLED LOW COST IMPORTS ARE NOT THE MAIN CAUSE OF THE TROUBLES OF DECLINING INDUSTRIES.*

THE MARKET PENETRATION OF THE TEN LEADING EXPORTERS OF MANUFACTURES AMONG THE NICS, IN RELATION TO APPARENT CONSUMPTION OF MANUFACTURES, WAS ONE-QUARTER OF ONE PER CENT IN THE EARLY 196O*S. IT HAD RISEN TO SLIGHTLY MORE THAN ONE PER CENT IN 1976-77.

+THE MOST OFTEN QUOTED EFFECT OF THE IMPACT OF THE NICS IS THE EFFECT ON EMPLOYMENT RATHER THAN, SAY, THE BENEFICIAL EFFECT ON PRICES,* SAID MR. JORDAN. BUT THE OECD REPORT SAID! ♦THE NOTICEABLE REDUCTION IN THE LEVEL OF MANUFACTURING EMPLOYMENT IN THE ADVANCED INDUSTRIALISED COUNTRIES - THE A ICS - AFTER 1973 CAN MORE THAN BE ACCOUNTED FOR BY THE COMBINED EFFECT OF SLUGGISH DOMESTIC DEMAND AND GROWING PRODUCTIVITY.*

AND THE OECD SECRETARIAT’S CALCULATIONS SUGGESTED THAT, BECAUSE OF THE A ICS LARGE SURPLUS IN THEIR TWO-WAY TRADE IN MANUFACTURES WITH THE NICS, THIS TRADE DID NOT REDUCE, BUT ADDED TO, EMPLOYMENT IN THE AICS, SAID MR. JORDAN.

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TURNING TO THE UNITED KINGDOM, MR. JORDAN QUOTED IN DETAIL FROM AN OFFICIAL BRITISH GOVERNMENT REPORT, WHICH INCLUDED AN ESTIMATE ON - AMONGST OTHER INFLUENCES - THE IMPACT OF TRADE WITH THE NIC'S ON EMPLOYMENT.

OF 24 INDUSTRY GROUPS, INCLUDING TEXTILES AND CLOTHING, THAT WERE STUDIED THERE WAS A NET REDUCTION OF EMPLOYMENT, BETWEEN 1970 AND 1975, OF 113 700.

ONLY 92 000 OF THESE LOST JOBS WERE LOST BECAUSE OF THE DETERIORATION IN THE BALANCE OF EXTERNAL TRADE OF THE INDUSTRIES CONCERNED. AND OF THESE 92 000, THE DEVELOPING COUNTRIES ACCOUNTED FOR A LITTLE OVER ONE QUARTER (26 000), REPRESENTING A NET LOSS FROM IMPORTS OF 38 800 AND A NET GAIN FROM EXPORTS OF 12 000.

SO, OF THE NET REDUCTION OF 113 700, THE DEVELOPING COUNTRIES WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR ONLY 26 000, OVER A FIVE YEAR PERIOD.

♦HERE WE HAVE ANOTHER VERY IMPORTANT POINT, WHICH I HAVE ALREADY MENTIONED IN CONNECTION WITH THE OECD AS A WHOLE,+ SAID MR. JORDAN.

♦IT IS VERY MISLEADING TO LOOK AT 'JOB LOSS’ FROM IMPORTS IN ISOLATION. INSTEAD WE SHOULD LOOK AT THE TOTAL EFFECT OF TRADE - BOTH WAYS - ON EMPLOYMENT, TO SEE WHETHER 'JOB LOSS’ IN DECLINING, UNCOMPETITIVE INDUSTRIES HAS BEEN OFFSET BY NEW - AND OFTEN BETTER-PAID - JOBS IN NEW INDUSTRIES THAT HAVE BETTER GROWTH PROSPECTS,♦ HE SAID.

DEALING WITH THE EFFECTS OF PROTECTIONISM ON DEVELOPED COUNTRIES, MR. JORDAN QUOTED MR. LONG, THE GATT DIRECTOR-GENERAL, AS SAYING THAT ALTHOUGH IN THE SHORT RUN PUTTING UP BARRIERS TO KEEP OUT IMPORTS MIGHT SAVE A FEW JOBS, IN THE LONGER RUN IT WOULD MEAN MORE INFLATION, MORE .RESTR ICT IVE POLICIES AND, HENCE, MORE UNEMPLOYMENT.

EXAMINING SOME STATISTICS ON THE U.S. TEXTILE AND CLOTHING BUSINESS, MR. JORDAN SAID THAT WHILST THE DOLLAR VALUE OF IMPORTS HAD RISEN, SO HAD THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC PRODUCTION.

AS A PERCENTAGE OF APPARENT CONSUMPTION, IMPORTS FROM ALL SOURCES WERE ABOUT 10 PER CENT IN 1970 AND 11 PER CENT IN 1977, OF WHICH THOSE FROM DEVELOPING COUNTRIES WERE ABOUT EIGHT PER CENT IN 1970 AND, IN 1977, ONLY SEVEN AND A HALF PER CENT.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD THE DEVELOPING COUNTRIES’ SHARE OF U.S. TEXTILE IMPORTS DECLINED FROM 62 PER CENT TO 40 PER CENT-AND THEIR SHARE OF CLOTHING IMPORTS FELL FROM 93 TO 80 PER CENT.

♦THOSE FIGURES MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO BELIEVE THAT ANY DECLINE IN EMPLOYMENT CAN HAVE BEEN DUE TO IMPORTS FROM DEVELOPING COUNTRIES,* SAID MR. JORDAN.

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+IT IS TRUE THAT EMPLOYMENT IN TEXTILES AND CLOTHING DID DECLINE BETWEEN 1970 AND 1977, THOUGH BY LESS THAN FIVE PER CENT - AND BETWEEN 1977 AND 1978 IT DIDN’T DECLINE AT ALL -BUT WE MUST LOOK ELSEWHERE FOR THE EXPLANATION.

♦ IN TEXTILES IT WAS PROBABLY DUE TO THOSE IMPROVEMENTS IN PRODUCTIVITY, WHICH, WITH MORE RECENTLY THE ADVANTAGE OF CONTROLLED OIL PRICES, HAVE MADE THE U.S. THE LOWEST-COST PRODUCER OF MANY FABRICS, AND SO UPSET EUROPEAN MANUFACTURERS,* bE SAID.

SO FAR AS THE U.S. APPAREL INDUSTRY IS CONCERNED, A STUDY PUBLISHED EARLIER THIS YEAR BY THE GEORGIA WORLD CONGRESS INSTITUTE HAD SAID THAT DUE TO THE HIGHLY COMPETITIVE NATURE OF THE INDUSTRY, MANY OF THE APPAREL FIRMS WHICH CLOSED IN THE PAST TWO DECADES WOULD HAVE CLOSED EVEN WITHOUT IMPORT COMPETITION, SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY COULD NOT COMPETE WITH MORE EFFICIENT DOMESTIC FIRMS.

MR. JORDAN SAID THE STUDY ALSO STATED THAT THE U.S. APPAREL MANUFACTURERS WERE SUCCESSFUL IN OBTAINING A LEVEL OF INDUSTRY PROTECTIONISM PERHAPS UNPARALLELED IN AMERICAN HISTORY.

♦THE STUDY ADDED THAT IN DOING SO, HOWEVER, THEY DID LITTLE TO ENHANCE THE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIVE POSITION OF THE INDUSTRY, BECAUSE THE PROTECTION THEY OBTAINED ALLOWED THE FIRMS TO POSTPONE THE ACTIONS NECESSARY TO IMPROVE THEIR COMPETITIVENESS,+ HE SAID.

COMMENTING ON THE SUBSIDIES COUNTRIES PAY TO PROTECT THEIR INDUSTRIES, MR. JORDAN REFERRED TO TWO U.S. ESTIMATES.

♦THE CONSUMERS FOR WORLD TRADE RECKONED THAT THE TOTAL COST OF PROTECTION FOR U.S. INDUSTRIES, INCLUDING AGRICULTURE, IS PRETTY STAGGERING - 15 BILLION U.S. DOLLARS A YEAR, AND THAT THE U.S. PUBLIC IS PAYING OVER THREE BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR TO PROTECT TEXTILES AND APPAREL- WHILE THE OFFICIAL COUNCIL ON WAGE AND PRICE STABILITY, THE U.S. GOVERNMENT’S INFLATION MONITORING AGENCY, HAS CALCULATED THAT IT COSTS THE AMERICAN PUBLIC US$81 000 A YEAR FOR EACH TEXTILE JOB PROTECTED.

♦MR. MCNAMARA SUMMED IT ALL UP VERY NEATLY IN HIS UNCTAD V SPEECH, WHEN HE SAID THAT THE TRUTH IS THAT PROTECTIONISM IS INEFFICIENT, COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE AND, ULTIMATELY, SELF-DEFEAT I NG,+ SAID MR. JORDAN.

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C.l.T. SETS COMMUNITY SERVICE RECORD IN N.T. M M * M

STAFF OF THE CIVILIAN INFORMATION TEAM (C.l.T.) - A NAME WELL KNOWN TO THOUSANDS OF RURAL VILLAGERS - HAVE A GOOD REASON TO FEEL PROUD TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WHEN THEY SET A COMMUNITY SERVICE RECORD IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

IT WAS THE TEAM’S 5 OOOTH ♦MISSION* TO BRING NEWS AND ENTERTAINMENT TO RESIDENTS OF MORE THAN 500 NEW TERRITORIES VILLAGES - AN IMPORTANT TASK IN FOSTERING GOOD RELATIONS BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE IN THE RURAL DISTRICTS.

TODAY’S VISIT TO SHAM CHUNG TSUEN IN YUEN LONG WAS AS USUAL WARMLY RECEIVED BY THE VILLAGERS. MEMBERS OF THE TEAM PUT ON ENTERTAINING FEATURE FILMS AND PUBLICITY FILMS EMPHASISING COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT. THE FILM SHOWS WERE SUPPLEMENTED BY PUBLICITY LEAFLETS AND HANDOUTS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR C.l.T. SAID THE OCCASION ALSO MARKED EIGHT YEARS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE TO NEW TERRITORIES VILLAGERS, PARTICULARLY THOSE WHOSE ACCESS TO INFORMATION WAS RESTRICTED BY THE ISOLATED ENVIRONMENT OF THEIR COMMUNITIES.

C.l.T. WAS FIRST FORMED IN 1971 WITH ONLY TWO FILM TEAMS AND AS DEMANDS GREW IT WAS DOUBLED TO FOUR TEAMS, EACH EQUIPPED TO RUN A COMPLETELY MOBILE FILM/INFORMATION PROGRAMME.

THE MODE OF THE TEAM’S OPERATION HAD CHANGED SOMEWHAT IN RECENT YEARS IN VIEW OF THE RAPIDLY CHANGING CHARACTERISTICS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦THIS RESULTED IN ONE OF THE MOBILE TEAMS BEING DEPLOYED FULL TIME TO COVER THE GROWING NEW TOWNS. THE EFFORT OF THE +URBAN+ TEAM HAS BEEN DIRECTED MORE TO PUBLICITY, INFORMATION AND CAMPAIGNS, PLAYING DOWN ITS ENTERTAINMENT ELEMENT.

♦THIS HAS PROVED SUCCESSFUL AND WITH THE DEVELOPMENTS TAKING PLACE IN THE SIX NEW TOWNS, THERE ARE PLANS TO SHIFT THE EMPHASIS MORE TOWARDS INFORMATION AND COMMUNITY-ORIENTED PUBLIC ITY,+ HE ADDED.

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SHA TIN TOWN HOUSE SITE FOR SALE TOMORROW ******

THE AUCTION OF THE FIRST TOWN HOUSE SITE IN ONE OF SHA TIN’S BEST RESIDENTIAL AREAS - KNOWN AS THE +JARDINE’S LOOKOUT OF SHA TIN+ - WILL BE HELD AT THE SHA TIN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

THE 724-SQUARE-METRE SITE ON THE NORTHWESTERN SIDE OF SHA TIN VALLEY IS SITUATED MIDWAY BETWEEN THE WESTERN END OF SHA TIN RACECOURSE AND THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY.

EARMARKED FOR TWO-STOREY HIGH CLASS RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, THE SITE COMMANDS SWEEPING VIEWS OF THE RACECOURSE AND TIDE COVE AND HAS EASY ACCESS TO KOWLOON AND OTHER PARTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES VIA THE DISTRICT’S TRUNK ROAD NETWORK.

IT CARRIES A PLOT RATIO OF 0.4 AND A BUILDING COVENANT OF $110 000 TO BE FULFILLED WITHIN 36 MONTHS.

THE AUCTION WHICH BEGINS AT 11 A.M. TOMORROW WILL BE CONDUCTED BY THE SENIOR ESTATE SURVEYOR OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE, MR. DON SMITH.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE TO COVER THE AUCTION OF THE SHA TIN TOWN HOUSE SITE TO BE HELD AT THE SHA TIN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL AT 11 A.M. TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

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EDUCATION SUNDAY TO MARK NEW SCHOOL YEAR *****

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, HAS BEEN DESIGNATED AS EDUCATION SUNDAY TO MARK THE START OF THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR.

SPECIAL CHURCH SERVICES HAVE BEEN ORGANISED TO MARK THE OCCASION. ON HONG KONG ISLAND, SERVICES WILL BE HELD AT THE ST. JOHN’S CATHEDRAL AND THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL AND IN KOWLOON AT ST. TERESA’S CHURCH AND THE HOLY TRINITY CHURCH.

ALL TEACHERS AND PUPILS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THESE SERVICES WHICH ARE HELD TO ENCOURAGE THEM IN THE TASK THAT LIES AHEAD IN THE CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR.

THE CHURCH SERVICE AT ST. JOHN’S CATHEDRAL, WHICH WILL START AT 4 P.M. WILL BE ATTENDED BY MR. KENNETH TOPLEY, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION. HE WILL ALSO READ THE SCRIPTURE.

SENIOR OFFICERS OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO BE ATTENDING THE OTHER SERVICES WHICH WILL ALL BE HELD AT 11 A.M. THAT DAY.

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P.W.D. TO HOLD SWIMMING GALA

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VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WILL BE OUT TO +THRASH+ ONE ANOTHER IN ABERDEEN ON SUNDAY - BUT IT WILL ALL BE IN GOOD FUN.

THE SCENE WILL BE THE ABERDEEN SWIMMING POOL AND THE EVENT. AN INVITATION RELAY RACE.

IT WILL BE ONE OF THE EVENTS FOR THE 11TH PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SWIMMING GALA FINALS WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN 2 P.M. AND 6 P.M.

THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, MR. DAVID MCDONALD, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AND VARIOUS P.W.D. DIRECTORS PRESENT PRIZES TO WINNERS.

CUTTING THE RIBBON AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE MRS. MCDONALD AND THIS YEAR’S MISS HONG KONG FIRST RUNNER-UP, MISS MARY NG.

MISS NG WILL ALSO PRESENT SOUVENIR PENNANTS AND DRAW A RAFFLE.

ONE HIGHLIGHT OF THE MEETING WILL BE A WATER POLO DEMONSTRATION MATCH BETWEEN THE +HONG KONG SELECTION+ AND +THE WRECKS+, TWO OF HONG KONG’S STRONGEST TEAMS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE P.W.D. SAID TODAY THAT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WOULD BE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE SWIMMING GALA.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE P.W.D. SWIMMING GALA AT THE ABERDEEN SWIMMING POOL, WELFARE ROAD, WONG CHUK HANG BETWEEN 2 P.M. AND 6 P.M. ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 9).

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TRAFFIC DIVERSION IN TAI KOK TSUI ******

A SECTION OF THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TAI KOK TSUI ROAD BETWEEN BEDFORD ROAD AND FUK TSUN STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 A.M. ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 7) FOR ABOUT SIX WEEKS TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, ALL SOUTHBOUND VEHICLES INCLUDING KMB ROUTE 2E BUSES IN TAI KOK TSUI ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED AT THE JUNCTION OF TAI KOK TSUI ROAD AND BEDFORD ROAD TO TRAVEL VIA BEDFORD ROAD, WALNUT STREET AND FUK TSUN STREET BEFORE REJOINING TAI KOK TSUI ROAD.

AT THE SAME TIME A SECTION OF BEDFORD ROAD BETWEEN MAPLE STREET AND WALNUT STREET, AND A SECTION OF FUK TSUN STREET BETWEEN WALNUT STREET AND TAI KOK TSUI ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY NORTHWEST-BOUND.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN KWUN TONG AND POKFULAM WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR SEVERAL HOURS ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 7) FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

IN KWUN TONG, SUPPLY WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SIX HOURS FROM MIDNIGHT ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 6) TO 6 A.M. ON FRIDAY.

THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY KING YIP STREET, WAI YIP STREET, HOI YUEN ROAD AND HING YIP STREET INCLUDING HUNG TO ROAD.

IN POKFULAM, SUPPLY WILL BE CUT OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 P.M. ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 7) TO 6 A.M. THE FOLLOWING DAY.

THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY POKFULAM ROAD FROM ELLIOT SERVICE RESERVOIR TO POKFIELD ROAD INCLUDING VIOLET TERRACE, HOK SZ TERRACE, TAI PAK TERRACE, CHING LIN TERRACE, HEE WONG TERRACE, LI PO LUNG PATH, LI PO LUNG TERRACE AND 16-34 SMITHFIELD.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL 5-233191

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE N0_.

HONORARY AWARDS FROM THE QUEEN .................... 1

PLANNING OF SIXTH TECHNICAL INSTITUTE UNDERWAY .... 2

SHA TIN TOW HOUSE SITE SOLD FOR $3.2 MILLION ...... 3

NSW PUBLIC DUMP IN KWAI CHUNG ..................... 3

NEW TIMETABLE FOR TRAIN TO PLEASURE GARDEN ........ 4

POST OFFICE ANNOUNCEMENTS .......................

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF ALBANY ROAD ................

THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 1979

EMBARGOED NEWS ITEM

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NOTE TO EDITORS OF NEWSPAPERS, NEWS AGENCIES, RADIO AND TELEVISION STATIONS t

THE FOLLOWING IS AN ITEM ON HONORARY AWARDS FROM HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN, PUBLICATION IS PERMITTED IN HONG KONG NEWSPAPERS TOMORROW (FRIDAY) MORNING BUT NO NEWS AGENCY OR OVERSEAS RADIO MAY CARRY THE INFORMATION WITHOUT THE EMBARGO QUALIFICATION. THE NEWS MAY BE BROADCAST TOMORROW FROM 6 A.M. ONWARDS OVER THE LOCAL RADIO AND TELEVISION STATIONS.

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

HONORARY AWARDS FROM THE QUEEN ******

TWO HONG KONG RESIDENTS ARE RECIPIENTS OF HONORARY AWARDS FROM HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN.

THEY ARE DR. FREDERICK ONG YONG-KOON, A PATHOLOGIST, AND THE REV. JOHN COLLINS, A CATHOLIC PRIEST AND SOCIAL WORKER.

DR. ONG IS APPOINTED AN HONORARY OFFICER OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE AND FR. COLLINS IS MADE AN HONORARY MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE.

DR. ONG JOINED THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT IN 1959 AND WAS APPOINTED IN 1973 AS CONSULTANT PATHOLOGIST IN CHARGE OF THE FORENSIC PATHOLOGY LABORATORY, ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE.

HE HAS PLAYED A LARGE PART IN THE EXPANSION OF THE LABORATORY AND PROVIDED THE PROFESSIONAL SKILL AND LEADERSHIP TO PRODUCE A TEAM OF PATHOLOGISTS OF THE HIGHEST CALIBRE WHO HAVE EARNED THE CONFIDENCE AND RESPECT OF BOTH THE POLICE AND THE JUDICIARY AS WELL AS THE LEGAL AND MEDICAL PROFESSIONS.

DR. ONG HAS SERVED IN AN HONORARY CAPACITY ON VARIOUS BODIES AND IS CURRENTLY A COUNCIL MEMBER OF THE HONG KONG MEDICO-LEGAL SOCIETY.

THE REV. COLLINS HAS LIVED IN HONG KONG FOR ABOUT 36 YEARS AND IS WELL KNOWN FOR HIS WORK IN PROMOTING THE WELFARE OF THE DISABLED. IN 1958 HE ESTABLISHED A WORKSHOP FOR DISABLED PEOPLE AND HELPED FOUND THE HONG KONG SOCIETY FOR REHABILITATION IN 1959.

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SINCE THEN HE HAS ALSO SERVED ON THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE SOCIETY FOR REHABILITATION. FR. COLLINS IS CURRENTLY VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE JOINT COUNCIL FOR THE PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY DISABLED WHICH IS NOW THE MAIN FORUM FOR VOLUNTARY AGENCIES ENGAGED IN REHABILITATION WORK. DEVELOPED FROM THE ’HIRE THE HANDICAPPED MOVEMENT. FR. COLLINS ESTABLISHED THE MOVEMENT IN 1969.

IN 1964 HE SET UP CREDIT UNIONS IN HONG KONG AND ASSISTED IN DRAFTING THE 1968 CREDIT UNION ORDINANCE. IN 1975 HE HELPED ESTABLISH AND BECAME CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE OF ACCESS FOR DISABLED PERSONS. HE IS A COUNCIL MEMBER OF THE SOCIETY FOR THE BLIND AND WAS A MEMBER OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE FROM 1973-77.

PLANNING OF SIXTH TECHNICAL INSTITUTE UNDERWAY ******

PRELIMINARY PLANNING HAS BEGUN FOR THE SIXTH TECHNICAL INSTITUTE WHICH IS DUE TO BE COMPLETED IN TUEN MUN AROUND 1984, MR. DAN WATERS, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (TECHNICAL) SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING TO THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG ISLAND NORTH ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF TECHNICAL INSTITUTES IN THE PAST DECADE.

THE FIRST TECHNICAL INSTITUTE AS IT WAS NAMED IS THE MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE WHICH WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED IN SEPTEMBER, 1969. IT WAS FOLLOWED BY TWO OTHERS IN KWAI CHUNG AND KWUN TONG IN 1975, MR. WATERS SAID.

MAKING WONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE WAS OPENED IN 1977- WHILE THE FIFTH, LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE WOULD BE OPENED ON A LIMITED SCALE NEXT MONTH, HE SAID.

♦THE TOTAL NUMBER OF STUDENTS ON-ROLL IN ALL INSTITUTES IS NOW IN EXCESS OF 24 000+, MR. WATERS SAID.

THE ACTUAL NUMBER OF STUDENT-PLACES PROVIDED IN INSTITUTES EACH YEAR IS LARGELY BASED ON MANPOWER SURVEYS CONDUCTED BY THE HONG JONG TRAINING COUNCIL.

+THE ADVICE OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL AND OTHER BODIES IS ALSO SOUGHT ON CURRICULA AND SYLLABUSES TO MAKE SURE THEY MEET THE NEEDS OF INDUSTRY,* MR. WATERS SAID.

INDUSTRY HAD SHOWN SUPPORT TO THE INSTITUTES AS INDICATED BY THE POPULARITY OF PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE COURSES, AND THE GENEROUS DONATIONS TOWARDS THE INSTITUTES.

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MR. WATERS ALSO POINTED OUT THAT ALL THESE INSTITUTES ARE RUN BY THE GOVERNMENT AND IT IS ENCOURAGING TO NOTE THAT OF THE $121 MILLION NEEDED IN CAPITAL EXPENDITURE TO ESTABLISH THE INSTITUTES, ABOUT 20 PER CENT OF THE COST HAS BEEN DONATED LARGELY BY INDUSTRIALISTS.

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SHA TIN TOWN HOUSE SITE SOLD FOR $3.2 MILLION * * ft * *

THE FIRST TOWN HOUSE SITE IN SHA TIN’S *JARDINE’S LOOKOUT* BETWEEN THE WESTERN END OF THE SHA TIN RACE COURSE AND THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY WAS SOLD TODAY (THURSDAY) FOR $3.2 MILLION — MORE THAN TRIPLE THE OPENING BID OF $1 MILLION.

AT A PUBLIC AUCTION AT THE SHA TIN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL, THE 724 SQUARE-METRE SITE, EARMARKED FOR TWO-STOREY HIGH QUALITY HOUSING, WAS SOLD TO YUGIN COMPANY LTD.

THE COMPANY PAID THE EQUIVALENT OF ABOUT $4 420 PER SQUARE METRE WHICH WAS $1 074 HIGHER THAN THE PRICE FETCHED IN A RECENT AUCTION FOR A SITE WITH SIMILAR SALE CONDITIONS IN SHAM TSENG, TSUEN WAN.

SPIRITED BIDDING STARTED AT 11 A.M. AND THE WINNING OFFER CAME AFTER A RECORD OF 22 BIDS IN LESS THAN 10 MINUTES.

THE AUCTIONEER WAS THE SENIOR ESTATE SURVEYOR OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE, MR. DON SMITH WHO DESCRIBED THE PRICE AS +HIGHER THAN EXPECTED BUT A REFLECTION OF THE DEMAND FOR LUXURY HOUSING SITES.*

♦THE SITE IS THE SECOND RESIDENTIAL LOT AUCTIONED IN SHA TIN AND COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS PRICE OF $7 445 PER SQUARE METRE, TODAY’S PRICE IS EVEN MORE FAVOURABLE BECAUSE THE FORMER ALLOWED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF MULTI-STOREY RESIDENTIAL BLOCKS UP TO 18 STOREYS,* HE ADDED.

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT HAS ANNOUNCED THAT A NEW PUBLIC DUMP OPENS TODAY AT GIN DRINKERS BAY CONTROLLED TIP OFF GIN BRINKERS BAY ROAD IN KWAI CHUNG.

HOLDERS OF VALID DUMPING LICENCE FOR PUBLIC DUMPS IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE PERMITTED TO DUMP SOFT EARTH, BUILDING DEBRIS, AND STONES (WELL MIXED WITH EARTH) UP TO 225 MM THICK.

DUMPING MAY BE CARRIED OUT BETWEEN 8 A.M. AND 6 P.M. EVERY DAY EXCEPT ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS. ALL LORRIES HAVE TO BE WEIGHED ON ENTERING AND LEAVING THE TIP, AND ALL DUMPING HAS TO BE CARRIED OUT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE INSTRUCTIONS OF THE DUMP SUPERVISORS.

DUMPING LICENCES MAY BE OBTAINED FREE OF CHARGE ON APPLICATION TO THE CHIEF ENGINEER, DEVELOPMENT AND AIRPORT DIVISION, P.W.D. ON 14TH FLOOR, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD.

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NEW TIMETABLE FOR TRAIN TO PLEASURE GARDEN ft * * * ft *

A NEW TRAIN SCHEDULE FOR THOSE WISHING TO VISIT THE PLEASURE GARDEN IN SHA TIN RACE COURSE WILL BE INTRODUCED THIS SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 9).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) A SPECIAL TRAIN WILL LEAVE KOWLOON STATION IN HUNG HOM AT 10.25 A.M. AND ARRIVE AT MONG KOK STATION AT 10.30 A.M. TO PICK UP PASSENGERS. IT WILL DEPART FROM MONG KOK STATION AT 10.37 A.M. AND ARRIVE AT RACE COURSE STATION AT 10.51 A.M.

ON THE RETURN JOURNEY, THE TRAIN WILL LEAVE RACE COURSE STATION AT 12.20 P.M. IN ADDITION, TWO ORDINARY PASSENGER TRAINS WILL BE DIVERTED VIA RACE COURSE STATION AT 1.21 P.M. AND 3.17 P.M.

ALL TRAINS LEAVING RACE COURSE STATION WILL STOP TO PICK UP PASSENGERS AT SHA Tl-N AND MONG KOK STATIONS.

ONLY ORDINARY CLASS RETURN TICKETS VALID FOR THE DATE OF ISSUE WILL BE SOLD AT THE KOWLOON AND MONG KOK STATIONS. TICKETS WILL NOT BE SOLD AT RACE COURSE STATION FOR DOWN-TRAINS TO KOWLOON NOR AT NEW TERRITORIES STATIONS FOR THE SPECIAL TRAINS.

THE FARE FOR ADULTS WILL BE 14 EACH AND FOR CHILDREN $2.

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POST OFFICE ANNOUNCEMENTS ft ft ft ft

THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCES THAT MEDICINES FOR INDIVIDUAL USE SENT BY POST TO CHINA NOW NEED NOT BE ACCOMPANIED BY MEDICAL CERTIFICATES ISSUED BY A CHINESE MEDICAL UNIT PROVIDED THEY ARE GIFTS TO RELATIVES OR FRIENDS AND IF THE AMOUNT CONCERNED IS WITHIN A REASONABLE LIMIT FOR INDIVIDUAL USE.

AT THE SAME TIME THE POST OFFICE ALSO ANNOUNCES THAT DUE TO NON-AVAILABILITY OF SUITABLE SHIPPING OUTLETS TO IRAN THE ACCEPTANCE OF PARCELS. PACKETS AND REGISTERED ITEMS FOR CONVEYANCE BY SURFACE MAIL TO THAT COUNTRY IS SUSPENDED. THE PUBLIC ARE REQUESTED NOT TO POST SURFACE MAIL LETTER ITEMS TO IRAN UNTIL

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF ALBANY ROAD ft ft ft ft ft ft

A SECTION OF ALBANY ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH ROBINSON ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 8 A.M. TO 6 P.M. ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 9) TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MEW ALBANY ROAD FLYOVER.

DUR INO THE CLOSURE. EASTBOUND TRAFFIC FROM ROBINSON ROAB AND NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC FROM OLD PEAK ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING ALBANY ROAD.

MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE THE ALTERNATIVE ROUTE VIA ROBINSON ROAD, GARDEN ROAD AND UPPER ALBERT ROAD.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 1979 CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PROPERTY OWNERS REASSURED OVER M.T.R. RESUMPTION.......................

VEHICLE EXAMINATION FEES TO BE CHARGED FROM OCTOBER 1................. 2

GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTS FOR JUNE.......................................... 5

TOP POST FOR FORMER CLERK............................................. 4

LOCAL TEACHERS ELIGIBLE FOR SURPLUS SAI KUNG FLATS.................... 5

SEPTEMBER LABOUR FORCE SURVEY ........................................ $

TENDERS FOR TENNIS COURTS SURFACING................................... 6

ANTI-DRUG CAMPAIGN IN WAN CHAI........................................ 7

NEW NUMBER FOR LABOUR RELATIONS HOT-LINE.............................. 8

NEW TIMETABLE FOR MA LIU SHUI AND WU KAI SHA FERRY SERVICES........... 8

CICSURE OF STREET IN TSUEN WAN .......................................................................9

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PROPERTY OWNERS REASSURED OVER M.T.R. RESUMPTIONS

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THE GOVERNMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) REASSURED ANXIOUS PROPERTY OWNERS THAT THE RESUMPTION OF EIGHT AREAS OF LAND IN KOWLOON FOR MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY PURPOSES ANNOUNCED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE ON AUGUST 31 WOULD NOT RESULT IN THE DEMOLITION OF THEIR PROPERTIES.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAIDi +ALTHOUGH MANY PEOPLE ARE UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT WHOLESALE DEMOLITION OF BUILDINGS IS TO BE UNDERTAKEN IN THE NEAR FUTURE THIS IS NOT THE CASE AND NOBODY WILL BE EVICTED.*

TWO OF THE BUILDINGS AFFECTED ARE THE FOOK YIU BUILDING AT 6-8 TAI PO ROAD AND THE KEUNG FU BUILDING IN SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET WHICH ARE VERY SUBSTANTIAL, MODERN MULTI-STOREY BLOCKS OF FLATS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAIDi +IN THESE TWO CASES, THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION HAS CONSTRUCTED TUNNELS BENEATH THE REAR YARDS OF THE BUILDINGS. THIS ORIGINALLY NECESSITATED THE DEMOLITION OF SOME OUTBUILDINGS BUT THIS WAS CARRIED OUT WITH THE CONSENT OF THE OWNERS. NOW THAT THE CONSTRUCTION WORK HAS BEEN COMPLETED THESE OUTBUILDINGS HAVE BEEN REBUILT.*

+WHAT IS NOW BEING RESUMED BY GOVERNMENT IS A STRATUM OF LAND MANY FEET BENEATH THE SURFACE OF THE GROUND THROUGH WHICH THE TUNNELS ACTUALLY PASS. THIS WILL NOT AFFECT THE OCCUPIERS OF THE FLATS ABOVE IN ANY WAY.*

OTHER PROPERTIES AFFECTED ARE THE MING YIN COLLEGE, THE HONG KONG SETTLERS HOUSING SOCIETY IN WOH CHAI STREET AND PEOJIY HOUSE IN KWUN TONG ROAD TOGETHER WITH THREE PRIVATE PROPERTIES IN SUFFOLK ROAD.

THE SPOKESMAN SAIDi +IN THESE CASES STATION ENTRANCES OR SIMILAR WORKS HAVE BEEN CONSTRUCTED ON VERY SMALL PARTS OF THE LOTS. AGAIN WHAT IS NOW BEING RESUMED BY GOVERNMENT IS THE PART OF THE LOT ACTUALLY OCCUPIED BY THE STRUCTURES WHICH IN MOST CASES ARE BELOW GROUND.

♦ONLY VERY SMALL GROUND LEVEL PIECES OF THE LAND WILL BE RESUMED AND THESE ARE WHERE MASS TRANSIT STRUCTURES PROJECT ABOVE THE SURFACE.

+THE ONLY EXCEPTION TO THIS IS AN AREA OF LAND AT NGAU CHI WAN OWNED BY THE LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR BENEATH WHICH PARTS OF CHOI HUNG STATION HAS BEEN BUILT.

+NEGOTIATIONS HAVE BEEN GOING ON FOR SOME TIME WITH THE ORDER AND IT IS HOPED THAT AGREEMENT WILL SOON BE REACHED. AGAIN NO CLEARANCE WILL BE NECESSARY.*

THE SPOKESMAN FURTHER EXPLAINED THAT AS THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY WAS SHORTLY TO COME INTO OPERATION, IT WAS ESSENTIAL THAT THE CORPORATION HAD A LEGAL INTEREST IN THE LAND THROUGH WHICH THE RAILWAY RAN AND THAT IN VIEW OF THE LARGE NUMBERS OF OWNERS AFFECTED RESUMPTION APPEARED TO BE THE EASIEST SOLUTION.

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HE SAIDt +THIS IS ONLY A LEGAL TECHNICALITY. NOBODY WILL BE EVICTED. THE WORST EFFECTS OF THE CONSTRUCTION WORK ARE OVER BUT PEOPLE CAN STILL MAKE A CLAIM FOR COMPENSATION TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS FOR THE RESUMPTION IF THEY FEEL THAT THEY ARE LIKELY TO SUFFER A FINANCIAL LOSS.+

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VEHICLE EXAMINATION FEES TO BE CHARGED FROM OCTOBER 1

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FROM OCTOBER 1 ALL VEHICLES PRESENTED FOR EXAMINATION PRIOR TO REGISTRATION, LICENSING OR RE-LICENSING AT ANY OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRES WILL BE CHARGED AN EXAMINATION FEE.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THE EXAMINATION FEE FOR PRIVATE CARS, LIGHT BUSES, TAXIS AND GOODS VEHICLES OF TWO TONS UNLADEN WEIGHT OR UNDER WILL BE $60 AND FOR HEAVIER GOODS VEHICLES; PUBLIC AND PRIVATE OMNIBUSES IT WILL BE $110.

AT THE MOMENT ALL VEHICLE EXAMINATIONS UNDERTAKEN AT THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRES AT TO KWA WAN, SOO KUN PO, TSUEN WAN AND THE AIRPORT, AND AT POLICE CENTRES ARE FREE OF CHARGE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT SHROFF FACILITIES ARE NOW BEING INSTALLED AT THESE CENTRES AND WHEN THESE FACILITIES ARE COMPLETED FEES CAN BE PAID AT ANY OF THE CENTRES WHERE THE VEHICLES ARE REQUIRED TO REPORT FOR AN EXAMINATION. IN THE MEANTIME ANY APPLICANT BOOKING A VEHICLE EXAMINATION APPOINTMENT ON OR AFTER OCTOBER 1 WILL BE ISSUED WITH AN APPOINTMENT LETTER SO THAT THE APPLICANT CAN PAY THE SPECIFIED EXAMINATION FEE EITHER AT THE TREASURY OR AT THE NEW KOWLOON BAY VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRE IN HOI BUN ROAD, NGAU TAU KOK, KOWLOON.

IF PAYMENT AT THE TREASURY IS PREFERRED, A DEMAND NOTE WILL BE ENCLOSED IN THE APPOINTMENT LETTER.

ON THE DAY OF APPOINTMENT FOR VEHICLE EXAMINATION, APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO PRODUCE RECEIPTED APPOINTMENT LETTERS OR DEMAND NOTES IN ORDER TO OBTAIN A VEHICLE INSPECTION CARD.

VEHICLES PASSING THE EXAMINATION WILL BE ISSUED WITH A CERTIFICATE OF ROADWORTHINESS AND/OR CERTIFICATE OF FITNESS WHICH WILL ENABLE OWNERS TO HAVE THEIR VEHICLES REGISTERED, LICENSED OR RE-LICENSED.

ON THE CONTRARY, VEHICLES FOUND TO BE IN AN UNSATISFACTORY CONDITION ON INSPECTION, A SUSPENSION OF VEHICLE LICENCE ORDER OR A VEHICLE REPAIR ORDER WILL BE ISSUED. OWNERS CONCERNED SHOULD THEN COMPLY WITH THE RELATED ORDER BY PRESENTING THEIR VEHICLES IN QUESTION FOR FURTHER INSPECTION AND EXAMINATION CHARGES WILL THEN BE DECIDED BY THE MOTOR VEHICLE EXAMINER.

/IF REPAIRS

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IF REPAIRS OR OTHER WORK REQUIRED BY THE ORDER HAVE BEEN FULFILLED SATISFACTORILY, THE ORDER WILL BE CANCELLED AND RELEVANT DOCUMENTS ISSUED TO OWNERS TO PROCEED WITH REGISTRATION, LICENSING OR RE-LICENSING.

HOWEVER, THESE DOCUMENTS WILL ONLY BE ISSUED AFTER PAYMENT OF EXAMINATION FEES.

THE SPOKESMAN WARNED THAT WHENEVER A SUSPENSION OF VEHICLE LICENCE ORDER IS IN FORCE, THE REGISTERED OWNER COULD BE LIABLE ON CONVICTION TO SIX MONTHS IMPRISONMENT PLUS A FINE OF $1 OOO IF THE VEHICLE WAS FOUND ON THE ROAD EXCEPT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ORDER.

IN THE CASE OF A VEHICLE REPAIR ORDER, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT A REGISTERED OWNER WHO FAILED TO PRESENT HIS VEHICLE FOR RE-EXAMINATION WOULD BE LIABLE ON CONVICTION TO A FINE OF $1 000 UNLESS HE COULD PROVE THE VEHICLE CONCERNED HAD BEEN SCRAPPED OR SENT PERMANENTLY OUT OF HONG KONG OR ITS REGISTRATION BOOK HAD BEEN SUBMITTED FOR CANCELLATION.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT UNDER THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE WHENEVER THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT REFUSES TO REGISTER OR TO LICENSE A VEHICLE OR REVOKES A VEHICLE LICENCE, THE APPLICANT WILL HAVE THE RIGHT, WITHIN 21 DAYS OF BEING NOTIFIED OF THE DECISION OF THE COMMISSIONER, TO APPLY TO THE TRANSPORT TRIBUNAL FOR A REVIEW OF THE DECISION.

HOWEVER, THERE SHALL BE NO RIGHT OF REVIEW IF A NOTICE IN RESPECT OF THE VEHICLE HAS NOT BEEN COMPLIED WITH.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS WOULD TAKE SLIGHTLY MORE TIME THAN BEFORE TO PROCESS EACH APPLICATION FOR VEHICLE EXAMINATION AND ADVISED REGISTERED OWNERS OF VEHICLES CONCERNED TO MAKE ENQUIRY AT THE LICENSING OFFICES IN HONG KONG AND KOWLOON IF THEY HAVE ANY DOUBT.

HE SAIDi +RESPONSE TO SUCH EXAMINATIONS HAS BEEN ENCOURAGING THAT A LARGE NUMBER OF EXAMINATION APPOINTMENTS HAVE BEEN BOOKED FOR THE NEXT TWO MONTHS.*

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THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTS EOR JUNE 1979 SHOW A DEFICIT OF $143.8 MILLION COMPARED WITH A DEFICIT OF $77.4 MILLION IN JUNE 1978.

THIS HAS RESULTED IN AN ACCUMULATED SURPLUS OF $246.5 MILLION FOR THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF THIS FINANCIAL YEAR, COMPARED WITH A SURPLUS OF $370.7 MILLION FOR THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

TOTAL EXPENDITURE IN JUNE 1979 AT $987.2 MILLION, WAS $192.6 MILLION MORE THAN IN JUNE 1978.

•TOTAL REVENUE AND RECEIPTS AT $843.4 MILLION WERE $126.2 MILLION MORE THAN FOR THE SAME MONTH IN 1978.

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TOP POST FOR FORMER CLERK

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THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THE PROMOTIONS OF MR. CONAL O’KELLY TO DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING SERVICES AND bR. CHIU SZE-HUNG TO ASSISTANT DIRECTOR.

BOTH THE APPOINTMENTS TAKE EFFECT FROM FEBRUARY 2 THIS YEAR.

MR. CHIU, AGED 46, JOINED THE GOVERNMENT AS A TEMPORARY CLERK IN 1952.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAYi +THE REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT BY MR. CHIU CLEARLY ILLUSTRATES THE SCOPE IN THE CIVIL SERVICE FOR COMPETENT STAFF TO ACQUIRE SUBSTANTIAL PROMOTION IN THE SERVICE.*

MR. CHIU WAS FIRST POSTED IN 1952 TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AS TEMPORARY CLERK. HE ROSE TO THE RANK OF EXECUTIVE OFFICER II IN 1957, TO EXECUTIVE OFFICER I IN 1963 AND TO SENIOR EXECUTIVE OFFICER II IN 1968.

AS PART OF THE IN-SERVICE TRAINING, MR. CHIU ATTENDED A THREEMONTH COURSE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION IN 1963 AND A SENIOR COURSE ON PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION IN CANADA IN 1969.

THE TURNING POINT IN MR. CHIU’S CAREER WAS IN 1972 WHEN HE ’ JOINED THE PROFESSIONAL GRADE AS A TREASURY ACCOUNTANT.

IN 1975, MR. CHIU WAS PROMOTED TO SENIOR TREASURY ACCOUNTANT, TO CHIEF TREASURY ACCOUNTANT IN 1978 AND TO ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING SERVICES IN FEBRUARY THIS YEAR.

MR. CHIU IS AN ASSOCIATE MEMBER OF THE INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED SECRETARIES AND ADMINISTRATORS.

AS A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO' JUNIOR STAFF IN GOVERNMENT, M?. CHIU SAID YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE PROPER MOTIVATION AND DETERMINATION TO DO THEIR JOB WELL.

♦IF THEY HAVE THE WILL-POWER TO FOLLOW THEIR AIM, SOONER OR LATER THEIR EFFORTS WILL BE RECOGNISED AND REWARDED ACCORDINGLY,♦ l*R. CHIU SAID.

♦MY ACHIEVEMENT AS A LOCAL OFFICER ALSO DEMONSTRATES THE GOVERNMENT’S SINCERE EFFORT IN THE LOCALISATION POL ICY,♦ HE ADDED.

MR. O’KELLY JOINED THE GOVERNMENT AS A TREASURY ACCOUNTANT IN 1967 AND WAS SUBSEQUENTLY PROMOTED TO SENIOR TREASURY ACCOUNTANT IN 1973, TO CHIEF TREASURY ACCOUNTANT IN 1975, TO ASSISTANT DIRECTOR IN 1978 AND TO ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR IN FEBRUARY THIS YEAR.

MR. O’KELLY, AGED 46, IS AN ASSOCIATE MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATION OF CERTIFIED ACCOUNTANTS.

DURING HIS 12 YEARS’ SERVICE, HE SPENT MOST OF HIS TIME IN THE TREASURY HEADQUARTERS, EXCEPT FOR TWO YEARS WHEN HE WAS POSTED TO THE EDUCATION AND THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENTS.

• BOTH MR. O’KELLY AND MR. CHIU ARE MARRIED AND HAVE TWO CHILDREN.

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LOCAL TEACHERS ELIGIBLE FOR SURPLUS SAI KUNG FLATS ft ft ft ft ft

THE GOVERNMENT HAS APPROVED THE SALE OF 26 VACANT FLATS IN THE HIGH ISLAND WATER SCHEME BLOCKS TO TEACHERS OF GOVERNMENT OR GOVERNMENT-SUBSIDISED SCHOOLS IN SAI KUNG, WHO ARE NOT ALREADY HOME OWNERS, TO MEET THEIR IMMEDIATE HOUSING NEED.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (FRIDAY) THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR. MICHAEL STONE, SAID THAT THESE FLATS WERE AMONG THE 408 IN SAI KUNG TOWN BUILT BY THE GOVERNMENT IN 1975 TO REHOUSE VILLAGERS AFFECTED BY THE WATER SCHEME.

AS SOME FAMILIES HAD CHOSEN TO ACCEPT CASH COMPENSATION IN LIEU OF RE-ACCOMMODATION, A NUMBER OF FLATS WAS LEFT VACANT.

♦WHEN WE WERE CONSIDERING THE DISPOSAL OF THE SURPLUS FLATS, I RECEIVED REPRESENTATIONS FROM LOCAL SCHOOL TEACHERS WHO WANTED TO LIVE IN THE DISTRICT, INSTEAD OF COMMUTING FROM TOWN, BUT WHO WERE UNABLE TO AFFORD ANY OF THE PROPERTIES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE,* M?. STONE SAID.

♦THE DISTRICT HAS EXPERIENCED A BOOM IN THE MARKET FOR LOW DENSITY RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY, WHICH HAS PLACED IT BEYOND THE REACH OF MOST PEOPLE, PARTICULARLY THOSE ACTUALLY WORKING LOCALLY.

♦THE OPPORTUNITY THEREFORE EXISTED TO DISPOSE OF SOME OF THE FLATS AND TO SATISFY A GENUINE LOCAL HOUSING NEED AT THE SAME TIME.+ •

EACH FLAT MEASURES 64 SQUARE METRES AND WILL BE SOLD AT FULL MARKET VALUE OF BETWEEN $165 000 AND $200 000, DEPENDING ON WHICH FLOOR THE UNIT IS LOCATED.

♦FULL-TIME TEACHERS WHO ARE WORKING IN GOVERNMENT OR GOVERNMENT-SUBSIDISED SCHOOLS SITUATED NORTH OF THE JUNCTION OF HIRAM’S HIGHWAY AND CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD IN SAI KUNG ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY,♦ MR. STONE SAID.

HOWEVER, HE ADDED, APPLICANTS MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING CRITERIAi

ft HAVE TAUGHT IN THE SAI KUNG AREA FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS-

ft BE UNDER 56 YEARS OF AGE- AND

ft ARE NOT OWNERS OF ANY OTHER RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY.

♦ONE OTHER CONDITION OF SALE IS THAT A SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO SELL HIS FLAT ON THE OPEN MARKET FOR FIVE YEARS,+ MR. STONE SAID.

♦IF THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS RECEIVED IS IN EXCESS OF THE AVAILABLE FLATS, SELECTION BY BALLOT WILL BE HELD.+

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APPLICATION FORMS AND FULL PARTICULARS ARE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION AT THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES, KOWLOON. COMPLETED APPL CATION FORMS SHOULD BE PLACED IN THE TENDER BOX ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE SAME DISTRICT OFFICE BEFORE SEPTEMBER 28 THIS YEAR.

SEPTEMBER LABOUR FORCE SURVEY ******

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL CARRY OUT A LABOUR FORCE SURVEY DURING THE LAST TWO WEEKS OF THIS MONTH.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THE SURVEY WAS PART OF A SERIES OF SIX-MONTHLY LABOUR FORCE SURVEYS AIMED AT COLLECTING UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON THE ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS OF THE POPULATION.

THE SURVEY WILL BE TAKEN ON A SAMPLE BASIS COVERING ABOUT 16 OOO HOUSEHOLDS THROUGHOUT ALL DISTRICTS.

BEFORE THE FIELD ENUMERATION COMMENCES, AN OFFICIAL LETTER, IN BOTH CHINESE AND ENGLISH, WILL BE SENT TO THE SAMPLED HOUSEHOLDS EXPLAINING THE PURPOSE OF THE SURVEY AND SEEKING THEIR CO-OPERATION IN PARTICIPATING.

CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ENUMERATORS WILL VISIT THESE HOUSEHOLDS ON A DAY BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 13 - 27. FOR IDENTIFICATION PURPOSES, EACH ENUMERATOR WILL CARRY AN OFFICIAL IDENTITY CARD WITH HIS PHOTOGRAPH ON IT.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT QUESTIONS TO BE ASKED IN THE SURVEY INCLUDE AGE, SEX AND EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT OF INDIVIDUALS-ACTIVITY STATUS, OCCUPATION, INDUSTRY, EARNINGS, HOURS OF WORK, AND LEAVE OF THOSE WORKING- AND TENURE AND RENT OF HOUSEHOLDS. INFORMATION WOULD ALSO BE SOUGHT ON EXPENDITURE ON TRIPS ABROAD AND ADDRESSES OF INDIVIDUALS FIVE YEARS AGO.

HE STRESSED THAT ALL INFORMATION COLLECTED WILL BE KEPT IN THE STRICTEST CONFIDENCE.

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TENDERS FOR TENNIS COURTS SURFACING *****

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS CALLING TENDERS FOR THE SUPPLY AND LAYING OF SURFACING FOR 19 TENNIS COURTS AT WONG NAI CHUNG GAP ROAD.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE P.W.D. SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THE PROJECT INCLUDED THE SURFACING OF 17 MATCH COURTS AND TWO PRACTICE COURTS. THE TOTAL AREA TO BE SURFACED IS ABOUT 10 400 SQUARE METRES.

THE ENTIRE PROJECT IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION BY APRIL 1980

/THE P.W.D.

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THE P.W.D. WILL ALSO DEVELOP A TEMPORARY OPEN SPACE AT KING FUK STREET, SAN PO KONG.

TENDERS FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE OPEN SPACE IS BEING INVITED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

SITUATED AT THE JUNCTION OF KING FUK STREET, KING TAI STREET AND PRINCE EDWARD ROAD THE AREA IS ABOUT 5 600 SQUARE METRES. THE PROJECT INCLUDES A GAMES AREA AND REST GARDEN WITH FLOWER BEDS, LAWN, PARK BENCHES AND ARBOURS.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN MID-OCTOBER 1979 AND WILL TAKE ABOUT EIGHT MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

ANTI-DRUG CAMPAIGN IN WAN CHAI *****

AN INTENSIVE, MONTH-LONG ANTI-DRUG CAMPAIGN WILL BE LAUNCHED IN THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS MONTH.

DETAILS OF THE CAMPAIGN WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT A NEWS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD AT THE HAPPY YEAR RESTAURANT IN CAUSEWAY BAY ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 10).

SPEAKING AT THE CONFERENCE WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, MR. CHAM SIU-LUEN- COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR. PETER LEE AND THE ACTING CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (WAN CHAI), MR. POON PONG-HON.

THE CAMPAIGN, WHICH HAS TAKEN MORE THAN THREE MONTHS TO ORGANISE, INVOLVES THE PARTICIPATION OF OVER 400 LOCAL ORGANISATIONS OF THE DISTRICT. IT WILL START OFF WITH A GRAND OPENING AT THE SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND ON SEPTEMBER 15 AND THEREAFTER, ABOUT 80 EVENTS OF VARIOUS KINDS WILL BE HELD DURING THE MONTH TO DRIVE HOME THE ANTI-DRUG MESSAGE TO THE 230 000 RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPORTERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS TO COVER THE ANTI-DRUG CAMPAIGN NEWS CONFERENCE WHICH WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 10) AT 2.30 P.M. AT THE HAPPY YEAR RESTAURANT, 1 SUGAR STREET, CAUSEWAY BAY.

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NEW NUMBER FOR LABOUR RELATIONS HOT-LINE

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THE TELEPHONE HOT-LINE OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL BE CHANGED FROM 5-755900 TO 3-373491.

THE HOT-LINE WAS SET UP TO RECEIVE URGENT CONSULTATIONS AFTER OFFICE HOURS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THE CHANGE WILL TAKE EFFECT TOMORROW (SATURDAY). AT THE SAME TIME MR. LEUNG LIT-CHEONG, LABOUR OFFICER (LABOUR RELATIONS) WILL TAKE OVER THE LINE FROM MR. NG PING-TIM, LABOUR OFFICER, WHO HAS BEEN HANDLING EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT - LABOUR MATTERS SINCE JANUARY 1978.

MR. CHAN SIU-TUNG, CHIEF LABOUR OFFICER OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE, SAID THE AFTER-OFFICE-HOUR SERVICE SHOULD BE USED ONLY FOR URGENT MATTERS.

♦ORDINARY CONSULTATIONS SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE MADE THROUGH DISTRICT LABOUR RELATIONS OFFICES DURING NORMAL WORKING HOURS,* HE ADVISED.

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NEW TIMETABLE FOR MA LIU SHU I

WU KAI SHA FERRY SERVICES

AND

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A NEW TIMETABLE FOR THE FERRY SERVICES BETWEEN MA LIU SHU I AND WU KAI SHA IN SHA TIN WILL COME INTO EFFECT TOMORROW (SATURDAY) TO COINCIDE WITH THE RECENTLY REVISED TIMETABLE OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY TRAIN SCHEDULE.

THE FIRST FERRY WILL NOW LEAVE MA LIU SHUI AT 8.15 A.M. DAILY, INCLUDING PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, WHILE THE FIRST SAILING FROM WU KAI SHA WILL BE AT 8.30 A.M.

ON WEEKDAYS, SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, THE LAST FERRY WILL DEPART MA LIU SHUI AT 5.15 P.M. AND AT 6.10 P.M. ON SATURDAYS. FROM WU KAI SHA, THE LAST FERRY HEADING FOR MA LIU SHUI WILL BE AT 5.40 P.M. ON WEEKDAYS, SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS AND AT 6.35 P.M. ON SATURDAYS.

TWO VESSELS, A WATER TAXI AND A WATER BUS ARE SERVING THE ROUTE WITH FREQUENCIES VARYING FROM 40 MINUTES TO TWO HOURS AND 10 MINUTES.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 1979

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CLOSURE OF STREET IN TSUEN WAN * * * *

A NUMBER OF STREETS IN SAM TUNG UK, TSUEN WAN WILL BE CLOSED PERMANENTLY FROM OCTOBER 1 THIS YEAR FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY.

THE STREET CLOSURE, ANNOUNCED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY), IS TO FACILITATE CONSTRUCTION OF THE M.T.R. TSUEN WAN DEPOT WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY SEPTEMBER 1982.

PLANS SHOWING THE AFFECTED AREAS MAY BE INSPECTED DURING OFFICE HOURS AT THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE AT FOU WAH CENTRE, 210 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN- CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING ENTRANCE, CENTRAL- AND THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, 10TH FLOOR, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

THE GAZETTED NOTICE ALSO STIPULATES THAT CLAIMS FOR COMPENSATION MUST BE MADE IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS.

CLAIMS MUST REACH THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR BEFORE THE EXPIRY OF ONE YEAR FROM THE DATE OF THE STREET CLOSURE OR FROM THE COMPLETION OF THE SUBSTANTIAL ALTERATION WHICH IS ALLEGED TO HAVE CAUSED PECUNIARY LOSS OR DAMAGE.

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ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

SATURDAY, SEPTJMB:3? 8, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

THREE SAI KUNG SITES FOR SALE................................. 1

VISITS TO OCEAN PARK AS EXTENSION OF CLASSROOM LEARNING............................................ 2

BANKING FACILITIES AT AIRPORT............................... 2

AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS REALISES $113 500...................................................... 3

STUDENTS AWARDED SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS............................ 4

7ATER CUT..................................................   Zf

FIRING PRACTICE

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1979

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THREE SAI KUNG SITES FOR SALE

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THREE VALUABLE SITES IN SAI KUNG — TWO AT TUI MIN HOI AND ONE AT RAZOR HILL — ARE BEING OFFERED FOR SALE BY TENDER TO HOLDERS OF LAND EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENTS ISSUED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

THE TWO TUI MIN HOI SITES, MEASURING 3 231 AND 2 638 SQUARE METRES, ARE EARMARKED FOR INDUSTRIAL USE WHILE THE RAZOR HILL LOT IS FOR HIGH-CLASS VILLA-STYLE HOUSING.

THE TWO SITES ARE NEXT TO THE FIRST INDUSTRIAL SITE IN THE AREA SOLD IN JULY THIS YEAR FOR $6 370 PER SQUARE METRE - THE HIGHEST LAND PRICE ON RECORD IN THE DISTRICT.

ACCORDING TO THE SENIOR ESTATE SURVEYOR OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE, MR. DAVID LAU, TUI MIN HOI IS BEING OPENED UP AS A LIGHT INDUSTRIAL AREA AND, WHEN FULLY DEVELOPED, WILL HELP EASE THE SHORTAGE OF FACTORY SPACE IN THE URBAN AREAS.

+THE SITES HAVE GOOD CONNECTION TO CLEARWATER BAY ROAD WHICH IS BEING WIDENED TO DUAL TWO-LANE CARRIAGEWAY,* MR. LAU SAID.

+AND THE ADEQUATE POOL OF LABOUR AVAILABLE IN THE DISTRICT WILL BE AN ADDED ADVANTAGE TO FACTORIES SET UP IN THE AREA.*

HE SAID THE LOTS CARRIED RESPECTIVE BUILDING COVENANTS OF $5 220 000 AND $4 260 000 OVER 30 MONTHS AND A MAXIMUM PLOT RATIO OF 4 WHICH RESTRICTED THE HEIGHT OF THE DEVELOPMENT TO NOT MORE THAN 16.7 METRES (OR 55 FEET).

THE SALE CONDITIONS ALSO STIPULATE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS ON SMOKE CONTROL AND THE DISCHARGE OF TRADE EFFLUENT TO ENSURE A POLLUTION-FREE ENVIRONMENT.

THE SITE AT RAZOR HILL IS SITUATED AT THE FOOT OF THE HILL NEAR PAK SHEK WO TO THE SOUTH OF CLEARWATER BAY ROAD.

THE 6 336 SQUARE-METRE LOT CARRIES A BUILDING COVENANT OF $4 750 000 TO BE FULFILLED WITHIN 36 MONTHS AND IS BASICALLY RESTRICTED TO THREE STOREY DEVELOPMENT.

SAID MR. LAUj +IT IS IN A VERY SCENIC SETTING AND IS IDEAL FOR VILLA-TYPE HOUSING.

+ITS LOCATION WILL BE OF GREAT INTEREST TO DEVELOPERS BECAUSE IT IS IN THE SUBURB, YET ONLY WITHIN 20 MINUTES’ DRIVE FROM KOWLOON.+

TENDERS FOR THE THREE LOTS WILL CLOSE ON SEPTEMBER 21.

FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE MAY NOW BE OBTAINED FROM, AND SALE PLANS INSPECTED AT THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HEADQUARTERS AND ANY OF ITS SEVEN DISTRICT OFFICES.

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VISITS TO OCEAN PARK AS EXTENSION OF CLASSROOM LEARNING X * X * X

THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN CO-OPERATION WITH OCEAN PARK MANAGEMENT IS ORGANISING EDUCATIONAL VISITS TO OCEAN PARK FOR STUDENTS AS AN EXTENSION OF CLASSROOM LEARNING.

♦SUCH VISITS ARE AIMED AT WIDENING STUDENTS’ GENERAL KNOWLEDGE AND TO ENABLE THEM TO HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING AND GREATER APPRECIATION OF BOTH LAND AND MARINE LIFE THEY SEE AT THE PARK,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SCHOOLS MAY ORGANISE GROUPS OF STUDENTS TO VISIT THE PARK THROUGHOUT THE ACADEMIC YEAR, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, AT SPECIALLY REDUCED ADMISSION PRICES.

PARTICIPATION. IN SUCH VISITS IS VOLUNTARY. THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND OCEAN PARK MANAGEMENT CANNOT ACCEPT ANY LIABILITY FOR INJURY DURING THE VISITS.

/SCHOOLS ARE THEREFORE ADVISED TO OBTAIN THE WRITTEN CONSENT OF PARENTS AND GUARDIANS, NOTING THAT A RIDE IN THE CABLE CAR IN THE PARK IS NECESSARY TO GET FROM THE LOWLAND TO THE HEADLAND TO SEE THE WAVE COVE, THE ATOLL REEF AND THE OCEAN THEATRE SHOW.

♦HEADS OF SCHOOLS SHOULD ENSURE THAT THEIR PUPILS ARE ADEQUATELY SUPERVISED THROUGHOUT THE VISIT,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

IF THE VISIT IS HELD ON A SCHOOL DAY, PUPILS PART ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND SCHOOL AS USUAL.

WHO DO NOT TAKE


BANKING FACILITIES AT AIRPORT * XX

BANKING FACILITIES WILL SOON BE AVAILABLE TO TRAVELLERS IN tHE DEPARTURE HALL OF THE PASSENGER TERMINAL BUILDING AT HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED FOR THE TENANCY OF ABOUT 93 SQUARE FtTRES OF SHOP SPACE THERE FOR THE OPERATION OF A BANK.

THE TENANCY FOR THE PREMISES WILL BE THREE YEARS COMMENCING IN NOVEMBER 1979.

TENDERS MUST BE PLACED IN THE TENDER BOX AT THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT BEFORE NOON ON OCTOBER 5. EACH TENDER MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A RECEIPT SHOWING THAT THE TENDERER HAS DEPOSITED WITH THE TREASURY A SUM OF S50 000 AS A PLEDGE OF HIS BONA FIDE.

TENDER FORMS AND FURTHER PARTICULARS ARE OBTAINABLE AT THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS, NEW RODNEY BLOCK, QUEENSWAY, OR AT THE HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

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AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS REALISES |113 500

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A TOTAL OF 25 SPECIAL CAR REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD BY PUBLIC AUCTION THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING, SWELLING THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND BY $113 500.

TODAY’S PROCEEDS BROUGHT THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY REALISED SO FAR TO 110 413 100. THE MONEY IS BEING USED FOR CHARITY PURPOSES.

THE AUCTION, HELD IN THE LECTURE HALL OF THE CITY HALL, SAW THE REGISTRATION NUMBER CA 1234 FETCH THE HIGHEST PRICE OF 112 000.

ANOTHER NUMBER XX 911 WAS SOLD AT THE SECOND HIGHEST BID OF til 000 WHILE THE LOWEST WAS $1 000 FOR BZ 8130.

THE OTHER SPECIAL REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD AT THE FOLLOWING PR ICESi

HK 709 tlO 500 BZ 8186 $1 000

AA 564 t j 500 BZ 8233 SI 000

AA 1633 t 3 500 BZ 8283 S3 500

AG 7351 t 1 000 BZ 8810 SI 000

CA 13 t 8 500 BZ 8836 SI 000

CA 78 $10 500 BZ 9110 Si 000

CA 500 $10 000 CA 128 S7 000

CA 2882 $ 4 000 CA 221 S5 500

BZ 6268 S 1 000 CA 238 S5 000

BZ 6683 t 1 500 CA 399 S3 500

BZ 8166 I 1 000 CA 668 S7 000

THE NUMBERS AUCTIONED WILL BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO VEHICLES REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THE DATE OF AUCTION.

TODAY’S AUCTION WAS THE 47TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1979

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STUDENTS AWARDED SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS

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FOUR HONG KONG STUDENTS WILL BE PRESENTED WITH SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS TO FURTHER THEIR STUDIES IN FISHERIES AND AGRICULTURAL SUBJECTS BY THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, MR. TED NICHOLS ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 10).

ONE STUDENT WILL USE HER SCHOLARSHIP AWARD FOR A DOCTORAL DEGREE IN FISH BREEDING AND CULTURE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG. THE OTHER THREE STUDENTS WILL BE AWARDED INTEREST FREE LOANS AND GRANTS TO FURTHER THEIR STUDIES AT UNIVERSITIES IN BRITAIN.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS PRESENTATION CEREMONY AND HAVE INTERVIEWS WITH THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM, 14TH FLOOR, AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, 393 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON AT 3 P.M. ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 10).

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WATER CUT

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN WESTERN DISTRICT WILL BE CUT OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 P.M. ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 11) TO 6 A.M. THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY 129-179 AND 132-230 THIRD STREET, 2-62 AND 3-79 POKFULAM ROAD, WATER STREET, YAU YEE LANE, KWONG FUNG TERRACE, KU I YAN LANE, YUK MING STREET, YUK SAU LANE, 120-134 AND 125-149 SECOND STREET AND 360-440 QUEEN’S ROAD WEST.

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FIRING PRACTICE * * *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT CASTLE PEAK RANGE ON THREE DAYS NEXT WEEK.

THE PUBLIC ARE REMINDED THAT IT IS DANGEROUS TO ENTER THE AREA WHEN THE RED FLAGS ARE FLYING DURING THE TIMES OF FIRING PRACTICE.

THE PRACTICE TIMES AREi DATE TIME

SEPTEMBER 10 (MONDAY) 9 A.M. - 11 P.M.

SEPTEMBER 11 (TUESDAY) 9 A.M. - 11 P.M.

SEPTEMBER 12 (WEDNESDAY) 9 A.M. - 5.30 P.M.

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ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-23319T

SUIWAY, SEP1‘12-jBER 9, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FOUR NEV/ ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION BILLS TO BE PROPOSED.............................................. i

MORE LUXURY HOME SITES FOR SALE IN SHA TIN.................. 2

•ARNING AGAINST SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS AT HOME................ J

FIREMEN STEP UP ACTION AGAINST FIRE HAZARDS................. 4

RESERVOIRS POPULAR ’VITH ANGLERS............................ 5

SWIMMING MEET HELPS FOST^SE INTER-OFFICE HARMONY - PWD CHIEF......................................... 6

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1979

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FOUR NEW ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION BILLS TO BE PROPOSED ******

FOUR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION BILLS ARE EXPECTED TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BEFORE THE END OF THIS YEAR, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE DRAFT LEGISLATION WILL BE A WASTE DISPOSAL BILL, A WATER POLLUTION BILL, AN AIR POLLUTION BILL AND A NOISE ABATEMENT BILL.

THE CONCEPT BEHIND THIS LEGISLATION WAS LAID DOWN BY A U.K.-BASED ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANT DURING A SERIES OF CONSULTATIVE SESSIONS WITH MEMBERS OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE (EPCOM) TWO YEARS AGO, AND THE DETAILED DRAFT LAWS ARE NOW MAKING THEIR WAY THROUGH EPCOM VETTING SESSIONS.

A DRAFT WATER POLLUTION BILL AND AN AIR POLLUTION BILL WILL BE CONSIDERED DURING THE COMMITTEE’S COMING TERM, AND THESE WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A DRAFT NOISE ABATEMENT BILL.

A DRAFT WASTE DISPOSAL BILL WAS DISCUSSED IN EPCOM’S LAST TERM EARLIER THIS YEAR AND IS NOW BEFORE THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

IT IS HOPED THAT THE WATER AND AIR POLLUTION DRAFTS MAY BE PUT TO LEGCO DURING THE LATTER PART OF THIS YEAR WITH THE NOISE ABATEMENT DRAFT FOLLOWING IN THE FIRST HALF OF NEXT YEAR.

THE NEW LAWS BEING DRAFTED AIM TO PRODUCE CONTROL MEASURES WHICH WILL MATCH THE EMISSION OF VARIOUS KINDS OF POLLUTANTS TO THE ABILITY OF DIFFERENT AREAS TO ABSORB OR DISPERSE THEM.

THE OBJECTIVE IS, ON THE ONE HAND, TO PREVENT DETERIORATION OF THE ENVIRONMENT BY POLLUTION, WHILE ON THE OTHER HAND AVOIDING THE IMPOSITION OF BLANKET CONTROLS WHICH CAN HAVE A DETRIMENTAL EFFECT ON THE ECONOMY.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT A CHANGE IN EPCOM’S MEMBERSHIP DURING ITS LAST TERM BROUGHT IN REPRESENTATIVES OF INDUSTRIAL ORGANISATIONS IN ORDER TO FACILITATE CONSULTATION WITH INDUSTRY OVER THE NEW ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS.

HE SAIDi +THE INDUSTRIAL ORGANISATIONS HAVE CONTRIBUTED A GREAT DEAL TOWARDS ENSURING THAT THE CURRENT LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS ARE PRACTICAL AND WORKABLE.+

HE ADDED THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD UNDERTAKEN TO CONSULT EPCOM, WITH ITS INDUSTRIAL REPRESENTATION, ON ALL PROPOSALS FOR DETAILED REGULATIONS ARISING OUT OF THE NEW LAWS AS WELL AS ON THE MAIN BODY OF THE LAWS THEMSELVES.

THE COMMITTEE’S STRUCTURE HAS BEEN FURTHER AMENDED FOR THE COMING TERM IN ORDER TO DEAL MORE EFFECTIVELY WITH THE INCREASING COMPLEXITY OF THE ISSUES ON WHICH IT IS CALLED UPON TO GIVE ADVICE TO THE GOVERNMENT.

ON AUGUST 31, THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED THE APPOINTMENT OF DR. RAYSON HUANG, TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ADVISORY COMM ITTEE.

/THE APPOINTMENT......

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THE APPOINTMENT OF DR. HUANG, A PROMINENT MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY AND A MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, UNDERLINES BOTH THE INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT ROLE PLAYED BY ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, AND THE IMPORTANCE WHICH THE GOVERNMENT ATTACHES TO THE ADVICE GIVEN BY EPCOM IN DRAWING UP MEASURES TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT.

THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE IS TO BE SUPPLEMENTED BY A NUMBER OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES DEALING WITH SPECIFIC ENVIRONMENTAL FIELDS.

SPECIAL COMMITTEES ON LAND, WATER AND AIR POLLUTION, NOISE ABATEMENT AND LEGISLATION ARE TO BE FORMED.

OVER THE PAST YEAR, EPCOM DEVOTED A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF TIME TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS SUCH AS THE NEW POWER STATIONS AT CASTLE PEAK AND LAMMA ISLAND.

IN THE COMING TERM THE COMMITTEE IS LIKELY TO BE INVOLVED PARTICULARLY IN DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THE NEW ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION LAWS IN ADDITION TO KEEPING AN EYE ON DEVELOPMENTS WHICH HAVE A SIGNIFICANT EFFECT UPON THE ENVIRONMENT.

MEMBERS OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ARE s THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT (CHAIRMAN), DR. RAYSON HUANG, MR. J.L. MARDEN, NR. H.M.G. FORSGATE, MR. H. LITTON, MR. W.M. SULKE, DR. DANIEL NG, NR. M.A. WEBSTER, A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES, A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION, THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ADVISOR, AND THE PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT (SECRETARY TO THE COMMITTEE). MEMBERSHIP OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEES IS TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY.

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MORE LUXURY HOME SITES FOR SALE IN SHA TIN *****

THE GOVERNMENT IS TO SELL ANOTHER EIGHT PRIME SITES IN THE SHA TIN NEW TOWN FOR HIGH CLASS PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT TO MEET THE PREVAILING MARKET DEMAND FOR MORE LUXURY FLATS.

THE SITES, RANGING FROM 718 SQUARE METRES TO 1.3 HECTARES IN AREA, ARE ALL IN PRESTIGE LOCATIONS WITH SCENIC SURROUNDINGS.

THEY WILL BE OFFERED FOR SALE BY TENDER TO REGISTERED HOLDERS OF LAND EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENTS ISSUED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

THE SENIOR ESTATE SURVEYOR OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE, NR. DON SMITH SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) SIX OF THE SITES WERE SITUATED IN THE +JARDINE’S LOOKOUT OF SHA TIN+ MIDWAY BETWEEN THE WESTERN END OF SHA TIN RACE COURSE AND THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY WHERE THE FIRST TOWN HOUSE SITE WAS SOLD FOR S3.2 MILLION AT A PUBLIC AUCTION THIS WEEK.

/he said......

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HE SAID THEY WERE AMONG 25 LOTS IN THE AREA AND WERE THE SECOND BATCH TO BE PUT ON THE MARKET.

ALL SIX LOTS ARE EARMARKED FOR TWO-STOREY TOWN HOUSE DEVELOPMENT. MR. SMITH POINTED OUT THAT THE BIGGEST LOT OF 1.3 HECTARES AT THE SOUTH-WESTERN EDGE WOULD BE OF PARTICULAR ATTRACTION.

ITS SIZE WOULD ENABLE THE DEVELOPMENT OF A LARGE COMPLEX CF LUXURY HOUSES WITH LOTS OF OPEN SPACE, HE SAID.

TWO SMALLER ADJOINING SITES TO THE SOUTH-EAST MEASURE 4 149 AND 3 164 SQUARE METRES WHILE OF THE REMAINING THREE ARE 795, 758 AND 718 SQUARE METRES IN AREA.

THE TWO MEDIUM AND THREE SMALL LOTS ARE ADJACENT SITES AND CAN BE DEVELOPED EITHER SEPARATELY OR AS A WHOLE.

THE OTHER TWO SHA TIN SITES ARE IN LOK LO HA TO THE LEFT CF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY AND WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE TO THE RACE COURSE, AND ARE DESIGNED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF MULTI-STOREY HOUSING BLOCKS.

BOTH SITES, WITH RESPECTIVE AREAS OF 1 862 AND 1 459 SQUARE METRES, CARRY A PLOT RATIO OF 2.1 WHICH RESTRICTS THE DEVELOPMENT TO NOT MORE THAN 18 STOREYS.

TENDERS FOR THE EIGHT LOTS WILL CLOSE ON SEPTEMBER 21.

THEY MUST BE PLACED IN THE APPLICATION BOX IN THE RECEPTION LOBBY OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION ON THE FIFTH FLOOR OF HONG KONG HOUSING AUTHORITY HEADQUARTERS BUILDING, 101 PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD, KOWLOON BEFORE NOON ON THAT DAY.

FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE OF THE SITES MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE ADMINISTRATION AND ANY OF ITS SEVEN DISTRICT OFFICES.

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WARNING AGAINST SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS AT HOME K *

even.^JE^E.TEACHERS' LABORATORY STAFF AND STUDENTS SHOULD EXERCISE CARE WHEN CONDUCTING EXPERIMENTS IN SCHOOL LABORATORIES OR AT HOME, AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

0N S0ME L0CAL SCIENCE PUBLICATIONS ADVOCATING CHEMISTRY EXPERIMENTS TO BE PERFORMED AT HOME BY STUDENTS THE UATADnnnc STRESSED THESE EXPERIMENTS COULD SOMETIMES BE POTENTIALLY nA Z. An •

NATUREHEOFUR6TEH?SrEU?|ENRT?METSTi!EK ™E ADV‘CE °F ™E'R TEACHERS °N ™E

.e PR0PER pL*CE FOR POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS EXPERIMENTS

IS THE SCHOOL LABORATORY WITH QUALIFIED SUPERVISORY STAFF IN ATTENDANCE,♦ HE SAID.

/THE SPCK3SMAII.......

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THE SPOKESMAN ALSO ADVISED THAT LESSONS ON GENERAL ASPECTS OF LABORATORY SAFETY SHOULD BE CONDUCTED WITH EACH CLASS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.

+TEACHERS SHOULD EMPHASISE SPECIFIC ASPECTS OF LABORATORY SAFETY IN DETAIL WHENEVER OPPORTUNITIES ARISE DURING NORMAL SCIENCE LESSONS,* HE SAID.

IN THE CASE OF A LABORATORY BEING USED AS A CLASSROOM FOR NON-SCIENCE LESSONS DUE TO FLOATING CLASS ARRANGEMENTS, HE SAID, THE TEACHER CONCERNED SHOULD SEE TO IT THAT THE STUDENTS DO NOT ENTER THE LABORATORY UNLESS HE IS PRESENT, AND THAT THEY DO NOT DISTURB OR REMOVE ANY OF THE SCIENCE MATERIALS IN THE LABORATORY.

A PAMPHLET ENTITLED +SAFETY IN THE LABORATORY* HAS BEEN PUBLISHED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OUTLINING THE ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MINIMISING THE POSSIBILITY OF ACCIDENTS IN A SCHOOL LABORATORY.

♦TO ENHANCE THE STANDARD OF SAFETY IN SCHOOL LABORATORIES, THIS PAMPHLET SHOULD BE CAREFULLY READ BY ALL SCIENCE TEACHERS AND LABORATORY TECHNICIANS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE DEPARTMENT HAS ALSO PRODUCED POSTERS AND PICTURES ON LABORATORY SAFETY AIMING TO PROMOTE THE AWARENESS OF TEACHERS AND STUDENTS TO THE IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY IN SCHOOL LABORATORIES.

ENQUIRIES ON LABORATORY SAFETY AND REQUESTS FOR THE RELEVANT PAMPHLETS, POSTERS AND PICTURES CAN BE DIRECTED TO THE SCIENCE SUBJECTS SECTION, ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, HONG KONG (TEL. 5-774001 EXT. 37, 36 OR 41).

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FIREMEN STEP UP ACTION AGAINST FIRE HAZARDS

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THE FIRE SERVICES TOOK OUT 1 942 PROSECUTIONS AGAINST DOMESTIC TENANTS AND COMMERCIAL AND FACTORY PROPRIETORS FOR BREAKING FIRE REGULATIONS DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR.

THIS IS AN INCREASE OF 25 PER CENT COMPARED WITH 1 549 IN THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

THE TOTAL FINES IMPOSED IN THIS YEAR’S CASES AMOUNTED TO $614 525 — $212 305 MORE THAN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS LAST YEAR.

A FIRE SERVICES SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT THE CASES MAINLY RELATED TO OBSTRUCTION OF STAIRCASES AND MEANS OF ESCAPE, FAILURE TO PROPERLY MAINTAIN FIRE SERVICE INSTALLATIONS WITHIN BUILDINGS OR TO COMPLY WITH FIRE SERVICES LICENSING REQUIREMENTS.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THESE WERE THE MOST COMMON OFFENCES DISCOVERED BY FIRE OFFICERS DURING INSPECTIONS. DURING THE JANUARY-JUNE PERIOD, A TOTAL OF 4 960 FIRE HAZARD ABATEMENT NOTICES WERE ISSUED.

/he urged......

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HE URGED THE PUBLIC TO OBSERVE FIRE REGULATIONS AND REPORT ANY FIRE HAZARD TO THE FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU ON 5-281114 WHICH MAINTAINS A ROUND-THE-CLOCK SERVICE.

DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU OFFICERS CARRIED OUT 137 794 INSPECTIONS, RE-INSPECTIONS AND FOLLOW-UP VISITS TO RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

OF THESE MORE THAN 94 500 . INSPECTIONS WERE PROMPTED BY COMPLAINTS FROM THE PUBLIC AND 81 144 WERE RELATED TO BLOCKAGE OF l€ANS OF ESCAPE.

THERE WERE 7 386 ROUTINE INSPECTIONS OF MEANS OF ESCAPE AND 20 847 VISITS TO FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS.

IN ADDITION, MORE THAN 8 400 VISITS WERE MADE TO PLACES OF PUBLIC ASSEMBLY, RESTAURANTS AND NIGHTCLUBS, SCHOOLS, TIMBER YARDS AND TIMBER STORAGE AREAS AND INSPECTION OF VENTILATION SYSTEM.

DURING THE SAME PERIOD. 3 442 INSPECTIONS WERE MADE ON THE STORAGE AND MANUFACTURING OF DANGEROUS GOODS, 1 883 ON FIRE SERVICE INSTALLATIONS, 1 732 ON VEHICLES USED FOR CONVEYING COMPRESSED GASES AND INFLAMMABLE LIQUIDS AND 167 ON CHILD CARE CENTRES.

A TOTAL OF 4 482 BUILDING PLANS WERE PROCESSED AND 1 943 DANGEROUS GOODS AND TIMBER YARDS STORAGE LICENCES WERE ISSUED OR RENEWED.

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RESERVOIRS POPULAR WITH ANGLERS * * * X

THOUSANDS OF APPLICATIONS FOR LICENCES TO FISH IN RESERVOIRS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED BY THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT AND MORE ARE CONTINUING TO POUR IN.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT THE RUSH FOR FISHING LICENCES WOULD PROBABLY CONTINUE UNTIL OCTOBER.

TO KEEP OUR LOCAL ANGLERS HAPPY WE HAVE DEPLOYED SPECIAL STAFF TO WORK FULL TIME IN PROCESSING THESE APPLICATIONS TO ENABLE OUR FISHING ENTHUSIASTS TO BE ON TIME FOR THE OPENING OF THE FISHING SEASON WHICH STARTED ON SEPTEMBER 1, AND WILL LAST UNTIL MARCH 31 NEXT YEAR,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT HONG KONG’S MANY RESERVOIRS, APART FROM PERFORMING THEIR PRIMARY ROLE IN WATER SUPPLY, ALSO PROVIDE BEAUTIFUL SCENERY FOR HIKING ENTHUSIASTS, AND ATTRACTIVE ENVIRONMENT FOR FISHING.

ANYONE INTERESTED IN FISHING IN RESERVOIR SHOULD OBTAIN A LICENCE AT A FEE OF $20 FROM THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT AT LEIGHTON CENTRE, CAUSEWAY BAY.

FISHING LICENCES ARE VALID FOR ONE SEASON ONLY.

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+FIVE YEARS AGO WHEN THE FEE WAS $10 WE ISSUED 9 000 FISHING LICENCES,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+THIS FIGURE DROPPED TO 6 700 IN 1976/77 WHEN WE RAISED THE FEE TO $20, AND DECLINED FURTHER TO 4 500 FOR 1977/78.

+IN THE LAST FISHING SEASON THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS ROSE AGAIN TO SOME 7 000,+ HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT FISHING FRY WERE INITIALLY INTRODUCED INTO RESERVOIRS WHEN THEY WERE FIRST BUILT TO HELP KEEP THE RESERVOIRS CLEAN. FISH INTRODUCED INCLUDED VARIOUS SPECIES OF CARP, BASS, TILAPIA AND SNAKE-HEAD.

HE POINTED OUT THERE ARE RULES TO OBSERVE IN RESERVOIR FISHING AND THESE ARE PRINTED ON THE REVERSE SIDE OF THE FISHING LICENCE.

APART FROM THESE RULES, THE SPOKESMAN URGED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO FREQUENT RESERVOIR AREAS TO OBSERVE THE FOLLOWINGi-

* DO NOT SWIM IN RESERVOIRS,

* DO NOT LITTER OR POLLUTE THE WATER.

CONTRAVENTION OF THESE RULES COULD BRING HEAVY FINES.

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THE 11TH PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SWIMMING GALA WAS HELD AT THE ABERDEEN POOL TODAY (SUNDAY) WITH HUNDREDS OF STAFF BATTLING IT OUT FOR THE HONOURS IN 25 EVENTS.

IT WAS AN AFTERNOON OF THRILLS AND SPILLS AS THE MEN AND WOMEN COMPETED IN FREESTYLE, BACKSTROKE, BREASTSTROKE AND BUTTERFLY EVENTS

THERE WERE RELAYS AND MEDLEYS AS WELL, AND ONE OF THE AQUATIC HIGHLIGHTS OF THE AFTERNOON WAS A WATERPOLO MATCH BETWEEN TWO OF THE TOP TEAMS IN HONG KONG, +THE HONG KONG SELECTION+ AND +THE WRECKS*.

ADDED COLOUR CAME FROM THIS YEAR’S MISS HONG KONG FIRST RUNNER-UP MARY NG, WHO CUT THE OPENING CEREMONY RIBBON WITH MRS. MCDONALD, WIFE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT’S DIRECTOR, AND LATER DREW THE RAFFLE NUMBERS.

IN HIS OPENING ADDRESS THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, MR. DAVID MCDONALD, SAID THAT MEETINGS SUCH AS THE SWIMMING GALA WERE IMPORTANT INTER-OFFICE ACTIVITIES AND HELPED TO FOSTER HARMONY.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MAKING TAX SYSTEM LURE PRODUCTIVE................................. 1

NE.7 DIRECTOR OF TRADE............................................ 2

FURTHER ISSUE OF 300 TAXI LICENCES ............................... 3

STUDENTS AWARDED SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS ............................... 4

STUDENTS URGED TO JOIN SCHOOL MEDICAL SCHEME...................... 5

MONTH-LONG ANTI-DRUG CAMPAIGN FOR WAN CHAI ....................... 5

PARENTS URGED TO SUPPORT CHILDREN'S CHOIR FOR SHA TIN ............ 7

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MAKING TAX SYSTEM MORE PRODUCTIVE I M K M

THE COROLLARY OF KEEPING THE TAX RATES AS LOW AS POSSIBLE IS THAT THE TAX SYSTEM SHOULD BE AS PRODUCTIVE AS POSSIBLE AT THOSE RATES, THE COMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE, MR. R.V. GIDDY, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

IN A SPEECH TO THE ROTARY CLUB (VICTORIA), MR. GIDDY, WHO IS DUE TO RETIRE SHORTLY AFTER 17 YEARS IN THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT, SAID HE CONSIDERED THAT THE PRINCIPAL AIM OF THE TAX SYSTEM SHOULD BE TO PRODUCE REVENUE TO MEET THE GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENTS.

HIGH TAXATION TENDED TO +FEED ON ITSELF+, MR. GIDDY SAID.

+ONCE TAXES ARE INCREASED, EXPEND I TURE IN A FISCAL VERSION OF PARKINSON’S LAW TENDS TO INCREASE TO MEET THEM. CLAIMS FOR CONCESSIONS AND RELIEF MULTIPLY- TAX AVOIDANCE AND EVASION BECOME FLOURISHING INDUSTRIES,* MR. GIDDY SAID.

+AS A RESULT, TAX RATES HAVE TO BE FURTHER INCREASED TO COMPENSATE FOR THESE LOSSES AND IN THE END ONE FINISHES UP WITH A TAX BURDEN WHICH STRANGLES ALL INITIATIVE AND DESTROYS INCENTIVE AND ALTHOUGH IT MAY LEAVE THE RICH POORER AND EVEN THAT IS ARGUABLE, IT LEAVES THE POOR POORER,* HE ADDED.

MR. GIDDY OFFERED A FEW SUGGESTIONS FOR CONSIDERATION IN MAKING THE PRESENT TAX SYSTEM OF HONG KONG MORE PRODUCTIVE.

FIRSTLY, HE SAID NON-CORPORATE OWNERS OF PROPERTY WERE ONLY PAYING TAX ON ESTIMATED RENTAL VALUES AT APRIL 1, 1976, NOT ON THE NET RENT RECEIVED BY THEM.

♦THE LONG-TERM ANSWER SEEMS TO BE TO BASE ASSESSMENTS ON ACTUAL RENT RECEIVED. THIS WOULD BRING LANDLORDS INTO LINE WITH RECIPIENTS OF OTHER FORMS OF HONG KONG INCOME, INCLUDING CORPORATIONS WHO RECEIVE RENT,* HE SAID.

♦SECONDLY, THERE IS STILL SOMETHING DISTINCTLY UNSATISFACTORY ABOUT THE FACT THAT HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF INTEREST PAYMENTS ARE BEING CHARGED AGAINST HONG KONG PROFITS FOR PROFITS TAX PURPOSES BUT BECAUSE OF THE WAY IN WHICH THE LOANS WERE RAISED NO HONG KONG TAX IS PAID BY THE RECIPIENTS OF THE INTEREST,* MR. GIDDY SAID.

♦THERE IS A SUBSTANTIAL SUM OF REVENUE TO BE OBTAINED FROM THIS SOURCE,♦ HE ADDED.

THE THIRD SUGGESTION, ACCORDING TO MR. GIDDY, WOULD BE TO OBTAIN A POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL YIELD FROM THE SHIPPING INDUSTRY WITHOUT COMPLETELY RESTRUCTURING THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE, BY REMOVING THE SO-CALLED ♦CORPORATE VEIL*.

FOURTHLY, MR. GIDDY SAID HE WAS STILL AN ADVOCATE OF A COMPULSORY RETURN AND ASSESSMENT OF TOTAL INCOME DERIVED FROM HONG KONG.

/HE SAID.....

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HE SAID THE EXISTING SYSTEM OF VOLUNTARY ELECTION TO PERSONAL ASSESSMENT COUPLED WITH PROPERTY TAX WAS AN +ADMINISTRATIVE ABOMINATION* AND THIS COULD BE CONVENIENTLY COUPLED WITH THE RENTAL BASIS FOR INCOME FROM PROPERTY MENTIONED IN THE FIRST SUGGESTION.

♦THE DIRECT YIELD FROM THIS MEASURE IS NOT LIKELY TO BE MUCH BUT IT WOULD HAVE THE ADDITIONAL ADVANTAGE OF ASSISTING THE DEPARTMENT IN THE DETECTION OF TAX EVAS ION,+ MR. GIDDY SAID.

LOOKING BACK OVER THE 17 YEARS IN THE DEPARTMENT, MR. GIDDY SAID THE TOTAL DEPARTMENTAL REVENUE INCREASED FROM $312 MILLION TO AN ESTIMATED $6 735 MILLION THIS YEAR, WITH THE CORRESPONDING INCREASES IN STAFF FROM 352 TO 2 520.

♦WHICHEVER WAY ONE LOOKS AT THIS, AND, EVEN ALLOWING FOR INFLATION, THIS REPRESENTS A REMARKABLE DEGREE OF GROWTH AND MANY CF THE ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE SOCIAL WELFARE, EDUCATION AND HOUSING FIELDS WOULD SIMPLY NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT IT,+ MR. GIDDY SAID.

AS REGARDS THE FUTURE, MR. GIDDY SAID SOME OF THE DEPARTMENT’S OFFICES HAD MOVED TO NEW PREMISES WHILE THE REST WOULD BE MOVING LATER TO FURTHER IMPROVED SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC.

ON THE NEVER-ENDING BATTLE AGAINST TAX EVASION, MR. GIDDY POINTED OUT THAT OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS THE SIZE OF THE INVESTIGATION SECTION HAD MORE THAN DOUBLED AND YIELDS HAD GONE UP FROM $12 MILLION TO $40 MILLION.

HOWEVER, THERE WAS A LIMIT AT WHICH A SPECIALIST SECTION COULD BE SET UP, HE SAID.

♦TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE IS VITAL IN THIS FIELD AND DILETTANTISM WOULD NOT BE TOLERATED BY THE PUBLIC- THERE COULD BE NOTHING WORSE FOR LONG-TERM PROGRESS THAN THE SECTION OVERREACHING ITSELF AND FALLING FLAT ON ITS FACE,+ MR. GIDDY SAID.

♦THE OTHER FACTOR WHICH IS OFTEN OVERLOOKED IS THAT DETECTION, AND WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT, THE QUANTIFICATION OF EVASION IS A LABORIOUS, TIME-CONSUMING AND EXPENSIVE BUS I NESS.♦

NEW DIRECTOR OF TRADE

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MR. PETER TSAO, FORMERLY THE MINISTER FOR HONG KONG AFFAIRS ATTACHED TO THE UNITED KINGDOM MISSION IN GENEVA, HAS BEEN PROMOTED TO DIRECTOR OF TRADE IN THE TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT.

MR. TSAO HAS RETURNED TO HONG KONG AND ASSUMED DUTY AS DIRECTOR OF TRADE TODAY (MONDAY).

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FURTHER ISSUE OF 300 TAXI LICENCES

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL BE INVITING TENDERS FOR A - FURTHER BATCH OF 300 HONG KONG AND KOWLOON TAXI LICENCES ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 14).

THIS FOLLOWS THE RECENT MONTHLY MEETING OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE AT WHICH IT WAS DECIDED FOR THE TIME BEING THAT THERE SHOULD BE NO CHANGE IN THE CURRENT ARRANGEMENTS FOR ISSUING REGULAR BATCHES OF TAXI LICENCES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE DECISION WAS REACHED AFTER THE COMMITTEE COMPLETED ITS REVIEW OF THE TAXI TRADE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT TENDER FORMS WOULD BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM FRIDAY FROM EITHER THE HONG KONG LICENSING OFFICE, NO. 2 MURRAY ROAD, OR FROM THE KOWLOON LICENSING OFFICE, PARK-IN COMMERCIAL CENTRE, DUNDAS STREET.

HE SAID THAT THE TENDER FORMS FOR THIS EXERCISE WILL BE LIGHT GREEN IN COLOUR AND ADVISED INTENDING TENDERERS NOT TO USE ANY OTHER TYPE OF FORMS ISSUED PREVIOUSLY OTHERWISE THEIR TENDERS WILL BE DECLARED VOID.

THE TENDER WILL BE IN THE FORM OF A PREMIUM IN RESPECT OF ONE CR MORE HONG KONG AND KOWLOON TAXIS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT A TENDERER MAY SUBMIT ONE TENDER FORM FOR ONE OR MORE LICENCES BUT NOT EXCEEDING 300. THE TENDERER MAY ALSO SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE TENDER FORM, BUT IF A SINGLE TENDER FORM IS SUBMITTED FOR MORE THAN ONE LICENCE THEN THE PREMIUM OFFERED FOR EACH LICENCE MUST BE THE SAME.

• HE ADDEDi +IF THE NUMBER OF AVAILABLE LICENCES IS LESS THAN THE NUMBER REQUIRED BY A TENDERER THEN A SMALLER NUMBER OF LICENCES MAY BE ALLOCATED TO HIM AS APPROPRIATE.+

A PUBLIC BALLOT MAY BE HELD TO DETERMINE THE ACCEPTANCE OF THOSE TENDERS IF THE UNIT PREMIA WHICH THEY OFFERED ARE IDENTICAL.

COMPLETED TENDER FORMS TOGETHER WITH THE ORIGINAL DEPOSIT RECEIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN SEALED ENVELOPES, ADDRESSED TO THE SECRETARY, CENTRAL TENDER BOARD, AND PLACED IN THE SECRETARIAT TENDER BOX SITUATED IN THE ENTRANCE HALL ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (MAIN WING), LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG BEFORE 12 NOON ON SEPTEMBER 28, 1979.

LATE TENDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

SUCCESSFUL TENDERERS WOULD BE ISSUED TAXI LICENCES AT THE RATE CF 100 PER MONTH STARTING FROM NOVEMBER WITH THE HIGHEST TENDERS RECEIVING PRIORITY.

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STUDENTS AWARDED SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS

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(MONDAY).

ANOTHER FOUR STUDENTS, THEIR AWARDS EXTENDED FOR A

WERE PRESENTED WITH SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS FISHERIES AND AGRICULTURAL SUBJECTS BY AND FISHERIES, MR. TED NICHOLS TODAY

FOUR HONG KONG STUDENTS TO FURTHER THEIR STUDIES IN THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE

WHO RECEIVED BURSARIES LAST YEAR, FURTHER TERM.

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ONE STUDENT, MISS ANNIE CHEUNG WAS AWARDED A $3 000 SCHOLARSHIP FROM THE MARINE FISH SCHOLARSHIP FUND TO ASSIST HER IN HER PH.D IN COMPARATIVE ENDOCRINOLOGY AND THE ENDOCRINE BASIS OF FISH BREEDING AND CULTURE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

ALSO UNDER THE MARINE FISH SCHOLARSHIP FUND WAS A LOAN OF $4 000 TO MR. CHU KA-LOK WHO IS STUDYING NAVAL ARCHITECTURE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE, U.K.

FROM THE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS SCHOLARSHIP FUND, MR. CHAN HON-CHEUNG WAS AWARDED A GRANT OF $7 500 AND A LOAN OF $7 500. MR. CHAN IS STUDYING AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM, U.K. ALSO FROM THE SAME FUND, MR. TERENCE LAM PO-SUM WAS AWARDED A GRANT OF $7 500 FOR HIS STUDIES IN ADVANCE PIG HUSBANDRY AT NORFOLK COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND HORTICULTURE, U.K.

THE RENEWAL OF SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS AND LOANS TO LAST YEAR’S SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES AMOUNTED TO ALMOST 130 000 FROM THE TWO FUNDS.

AT TODAY’S PRESENTATION CEREMONY, MR. NICHOLS SAID THE TWO FUNDS WERE LAUNCHED LAST YEAR WITH A TOTAL CAPITAL OF $2 MILLION.

HE SAID THE FUNDS WERE DESIGNED TO ENABLE DESERVING LOCAL STUDENTS TO FURTHER THEIR CAREER IN AGRICULTURAL AND FISHERIES INDUSTRIES. ONE OF THE CONDITIONS OF THE SCHOLARSHIPS IS THAT THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES MUST SPEND SOME TIME IN HONG KONG AT THE END OF THEIR STUDIES IN THE RELATED INDUSTRY.

MR. NICHOLS SAID THAT WITH ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY IN TODAY’S PRIMARY PRODUCTION IT WAS NECESSARY FOR FISHERMEN AND FARMERS TO KEEP ABREAST WITH DEVELOPMENTS TO ENSURE MAXIMUM YIELDS OF PRODUCE.

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STUDENTS URGED TO JOIN SCHOOL MEDICAL SCHEME

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THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY) URGED STUDENTS IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND FORMS OR MIDDLE I, II AND III TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SCHOOL MEDICAL SERVICE SCHEME.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE PURPOSE OF THE SCHEME WAS TO PROVIDE SUBSIDISED ECONOMICAL MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN WHO DESIRE IT.

♦IT ALSO AIMS TO SERVE THE SPECIAL NEEDS OF STUDENTS BY ALLOWING FOR THE EARLY DETECTION AND DIAGNOSIS OF'DEFECTS AND CONTINUED MEDICAL SUPERVISION^ HE SAID.

PARTICIPATION FEE IS $5 FOR 12 MONTHS FROM THE DATE OF ENTRY, AND ALL COLLECTED FEES WILL GO TO THE SCHOOL MEDICAL SERVICE BOARD.

A DOCTOR WILL BE CHOSEN BY THE SCHOOL FROM A LIST PROVIDED BY THE BOARD, AND PARTICIPATING STUDENTS ARE ENTITLED TO VISIT THE DOCTOR FREE OF CHARGE DURING THE 12-MONTH PERIOD.

THE SCHOOLS WILL ISSUE PARTICIPATING CARDS TO PUPILS ON ANY DAY OF THE SCHOOL YEAR ON WHICH THEY WISH TO JOIN.

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MONTH-LONG ANTI-DRUG CAMPAIGN FOR WAN CHAI ' * * * *

, A MONTH-LONG ANTI-DRUG CAMPAIGN WILL BE LAUNCHED IN WAN CHAI THIS SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 15) TO FURTHER PROMOTE THE ANTI-DRUG MESSAGE TO ABOUT 230 000 RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT ANTI-DRUG CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, MR. CHAM SUI-LUEN, ANNOUNCING THIS AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (MONDAY), SAID THE PUBLICITY DRIVE WOULD ALSO BE AIMED AT THE WHOLE POPULATION IN HONG KONG.

MR. CHAM SAID THE OPENING CEREMONY WOULD BE PERFORMED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS (ACAN), SIR ALBERT RODRIGUES AT SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND, FOLLOWED BY A TWO-HOUR VARIETY SHOW FEATURING TOP ARTISTS.

♦MORE THAN 10 000 RESIDENTS FROM WAN CHAI, CAUSEWAY BAY, HAPPY VALLEY AND TAI HANG, ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND THE EVENT.+

TODAY’S PRESS CONFERENCE WAS ALSO ATTENDED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR. PETER LEE AND THE ACTING CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (WAN CHAI), MR. POON PONG-HON.

/MR. CHAM...

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MR. CHAM SAID THAT DURING THE NEXT FOUR WEEKS LOCAL RESIDENTS WOULD BE ENTERTAINED TO A TOTAL OF 80 PROGRAMMES, INCLUDING ANTI-DRUG EXHIBITIONS, LECTURES, SEMINARS, COMPETITIONS, FILM SHOWS, VARIETY SHOWS, RECREATIONAL AND ATHLETIC EVENTS, AND VISITS TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AND TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION INSTITUTIONS.

COLOURFUL ANTI-DRUG BANNERS AND POSTERS WILL BE ON DISPLAY THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT.

MORE THAN 50 000 ANTI-DRUG LEAFLETS AND BULLETINS WILL ALSO EE DISTRIBUTED DURING THE CAMPAIGN PERIOD.

+THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT ANTI-DRUG CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE HAS DEVOTED MORE THAN THREE MONTHS’ HARD WORK IN THE PLANNING AND ORGANISATION OF THE PROGRAMMES AND HAS MOBILISED THE MANPOWER AND RESOURCES OF PRACTICALLY ALL LEADING ASSOCIATIONS, SCHOOLS, YOUTH AND COMMUNITY CENTRES AND COMMERCIAL ORGANISATION IN THE DISTRICT.

+THE COMMITTEE, OF COURSE, WORKS CLOSELY WITH AND HAS THE FULL SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE FROM ACAN AND VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED WITH ANTI-DRUG EFFORTS.

+l AM CONFIDENT THAT THE CAMPAIGN WILL BE A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS, M?. CHAM SAID.

MR. PETER LEE, WHO WAS ALSO SPEAKING AT THE CONFERENCE, SAID THAT THE OBJECTIVES OF THE CAMPAIGN WERE TO APPEAL FOR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND SUPPORT IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE DRUG ABUSE PROBLEM, TO DISSUADE YOUNG PEOPLE FROM EVER EXPERIMENTING WITH DRUGS AND TO URGE ADDICTS TO COME FORWARD FOR TREATMENT.

DURING THE CAMPAIGN PERIOD, INTENSIVE PUBLICITY WILL BE MOUNTED ON TELEVISION, RADIO AND IN THE PRESS TO GIVE A WIDER COVERAGE TO THE ANTI-DRUG MESSAGE, PARTICULARLY TREATMENT FACILITIES AVAILABLE AT THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S 20 METHADONE TREATMENT CENTRES CONVENIENTLY LOCATED ON HONG KONG ISLAND, IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

HE SAID THE WAN CHAI CAMPAIGN WILL BE THE FIRST OF THREE INTENSIVE DISTRICT COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT CAMPAIGNS TO BE ORGANISED THIS YEAR (1979/80) BY THE ACAN.

+THE SECOND ANTI-DRUG DISTRICT CAMPAIGN WILL BE HELD IN MONG KOK, KOWLOON, BETWEEN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER AND THE THIRD IN TSUEN WAN IN THE NEW TERRITORIES BETWEEN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER.

+THIS YEAR’S CAMPAIGN WILL AGAIN BE TARGETED AT MORE THAN 1 000 000 RESIDENTS LIVING IN THE THREE DISTRICTS,+ MR. LEE SAID.

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PARENTS URGED TO SUPPORT CHILDREN’S CHOIR FOR SHA TIN * * * *

SHA TIN PARENTS WERE TODAY (MONDAY) URGED TO ENCOURAGE THEIR CHILDREN AGED BETWEEN SEVEN AND TEN TO JOIN THE CHILDREN’S CHOIR BEING FORMED IN THE NEW TOWN.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE SAIDi +WE ARE LOOKING FOR BRIGHT, ENERGETIC CHILDREN WITH A FLAIR FOR SINGING TO JOIN WHAT IS REGARDED AS THE PILOT ATTEMPT TO BRING ’MUSIC FOR MILLIONS’ TO SHA TIN.

♦WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE PARENTS, WE HOPE TO BE ABLE TO SELECT 40 TO 60 SUITABLE CHILDREN AND MAKE THE CHOIR ONE OF BEST IN HONG KONG AND A PRIDE TO THE DI STR ICT.+

THE MUSICAL GROUP, TO BE KNOWN AS THE SHA TIN CHILDREN’S CHOIR, IS BEING FORMED BY THE SHA TIN DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE AS PART OF ITS CONTINUING PROGRAMME TO PROMOTE CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID JOINING THE CHOIR WOULD PROVE TO BE A MEANINGFUL EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITY TO DEVELOP THE MUSICAL POTENTIAL OF LOCAL CHILDREN.

ASSURING THAT IT WOULD IN NO WAY AFFECT THEIR SCHOOLING, HE SAID TRAINING WOULD BE GIVEN BY INSTRUCTORS FROM THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE DURING SATURDAYS IN A LOCAL SCHOOL.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE CHOIR WAS EXPECTED TO GIVE ITS FIRST CONCERT IN MARCH NEXT YEAR.

TO AROUSE THE COMMUNITY’S INTEREST IN MUSIC, THE DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD HAS ARRANGED FOR A SPECIAL CONCERT TO BE GIVEN BY A MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE’S CHOIR AT ST. ALFRED CHURCH IN JHA TIN ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 15) AT 3 P.M. ADMISSION IS FREE.

APPLICATION FORMS TO JOIN THE CHOIR ARE AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 29 AT THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE, LEK YUEN COMMUNITY HALL, SHA TIN RURAL COMMITTEE, SHA TIN YOUTH CENTRE AND SHA TIN CARITAS SOCIAL CENTRE.

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FLUSHING WATER SUPPLY TO THE WHOLE OF TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR TEN HOURS FROM 9 A.M. TO 7 P.M. CN WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 12) TO FACILITATE SALT WATER MAIN DIVERSION WORK AT CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

IN KOWLOON, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN YAU MA TEI WILL BE TEMPORARILY CUT OFF FOR SIX HOURS FROM MIDNIGHT ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 13) TO 6 A.M. ON FRIDAY FOR LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY KANSU STREET, SHANGHAI STREET, SAIGON STREET, CANTON ROAD INCLUDING PAK HOI STREET, BATTERY STREET AND RECLAMATION STREET.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

INSTALMENT SYSTEM FOR AUCTION SALES OF CHO'.ffl LAND. 1

HONG KONG DECLARED CHOLERA INFECTED .................. 1

GRO-/TH IN BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY SLOWED DO.® — REPORT ........................................ 2

MR. BBT AN CHAU HEADS HK OFFICE IN GENEVA............. 3

PRESTIGE COMMERCIAL SITE FOR SALES IN YUEN LONG ...... 4

D.S.W. VISITS T/0 INSTITUTIONS RUN BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES ..........................................

CROW LAND FOR SHORT-TERM LEASE ....................... 6

NE./ PUBLIC DUMP IN SHA TIN .........................

COURSE ON TEACHING MANDARIN TO BEGINNERS ............. 7

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PURCHASERS OF VALUABLE COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL SITES SOLD AFTER THE BEGINNING OF DECEMBER 1979 WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PAY THE PREMIUM BY INSTALMENTS, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE SPOKESMAN RECALLED THAT THE INSTALMENT SYSTEM FOR AUCTION SALES OF CROWN LAND HAD BEEN INTRODUCED IN 1969 TO STIMULATE INTEREST IN THE REAL ESTATE MARKET AT A TIME WHEN THE PROPERTY MARKET WAS SLUGGISH. THE SYSTEM HAS BEEN USED WITH MINOR VARIATIONS EVER SINCE. HE SAID THAT THE SYSTEM WAS NO LONGER JUSTIFIED AS THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF DEVELOPERS HAVING DIFFICULTIES IN FINDING FINANCE TO PURCHASE AND DEVELOP LAND.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE PROVISION FOR THE PAYMENT OF PREMIUM BY INSTALMENTS WOULD REMAIN FOR THOSE SITES FOR WHICH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE HAD BEEN PUBLISHED OR WERE IN AN ADVANCED STATE OF PREPARATION. THE FIRST SALES OF VAULABLE SITES WHERE THE INSTALMENT CONDITION WOULD BE OMITTED WOULD EE IN DECEMBER, 1979.

HE ALSO SAID THAT IT IS NOT PROPOSED TO CHANGE THE SYSTEM FOR SALES OF INDUSTRIAL LAND AT PRESENT BUT THE EFFECT ON INDUSTRY OF WITHDRAWING OR AMENDING THE PRESENT INSTALMENT TERMS FOR INDUSTRIAL LAND IS BEING EXAMINED AND A DECISION WILL BE MADE LATER.

A REVIEW OF THE TERMS OF SALE OF LAND WAS MENTIONED BY THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT IN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON APRIL 11 THI.S YEAR.

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HONG KONG DECLARED CHOLERA INFECTED * * * *

HONG KONG HAS BEEN DECLARED A CHOLERA INFECTED AREA FOR THE SECOND TIME WITHIN A MONTH FOLLOWING THE DISCOVERY OF TWO NEW LOCAL CASES OF THE INFECTIOUS DISEASE.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAID THERE WAS NO CAUSE FOR ALARM AS +THERE IS NO CONNECTION BETWEEN THE TWO CASES+.

HE POINTED OUT THAT CHOLERA, OF THE EL TOR STRAIN, IS ENDEMIC IN THE SOUTHEAST ASIAN REGION AND THEREFORE THE OCCURRENCE OF SPORADIC CASES IN HONG KONG WAS NOT UNEXPECTED.

THE FIRST OF THE TWO CASES INVOLVED A 28-YEAR-OLD MAN, CHEUNG KAM-CHOI, WHO LIVES IN PEI HO STREET, SHAM SHU I PO, WHILE THE OTHER CASE, A 43-YEAR-OLD MAN, LUK FAT, CAME FROM WEST STREET, SHEUNG WAN, ON THE ISLAND.

/MR. CHEUNG.....

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MR. CHEUNG WAS ADMITTED TO PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL ON SEPTEMBER 7 AND MR. LUK TO THE SAME HOSPITAL ONE DAY LATER, BOTH SUFFERING FROM DIARRHOEA AND VOMITTING. LABORATORY TESTS OF THEIR STOOLS LATER CONFIRMED THE PRESENCE OF CHOLERA VIBRIO OF THE EL TOR STRAIN.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID CONTROLLED MEASURES WERE IMMEDIATELY CARRIED OUT BY BOTH THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENTS IN THE TWO PREMISES TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE DISEASE.

ALL CLOSE CONTACTS OF THE TWO PATIENTS HAVE BEEN GIVEN CHEMOPROPHYLATIC TREATMENT AND KEPT UNDER SURVEILLANCE AND THE PREMISES DISINFECTED.

STAFF OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAVE ALSO INTENSIFIED THEIR SUPERVISION OF ALL FOOD PREMISES AND RESTAURANTS.

THE SPOKESMAN REITERATED THAT PREVENTION OF A LOCAL SPREAD WOULD DEPEND LARGELY ON MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC STRICTLY OBSERVING PERSONAL HYGIENE, FOOD HYGIENE AND ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE.

+INOCULATION COULD ONLY PROVIDE PARTIAL PROTECTION TO THE INDIVIDUAL FOR A RELATIVELY SHORT TIME.+ HE ADDED.

THE LAST CASE OF CHOLERA IN HONG KONG WAS REPORTED ON AUGUST 24 WHEN A SIX-YEAR-OLD BOY FROM TUEN MUN WAS FOUND TO BE SUFFERING FROM CHOLERA.

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GROWTH IN BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY SLOWED DOWN - REPORT *****

BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY REMAINED BUOYANT IN 1978, ALTHOUGH THE GROWTH HAD ALREADY SLOWED DOWN, ACCORDING TO A SPECIAL REVIEW ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE JUNE ISSUE OF THE HONG KONG MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS.

THE ARTICLE PROVIDES AN ANALYSIS OF THE MAJOR TRENDS IN THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO PUBLIC HOUSING PROJECTS DURING THE LAST FEW YEARS.

THE SLOW-DOWN IN THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, THE ARTICLE SAYS, MAY BE PARTLY DUE TO THE LIMITED SCOPE FOR EXPANSION IN THE CAPACITY OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, AND PARTLY TO THE RAPID INCREASE IN CONSTRUCTION COSTS.

DESPITE THE SLOW-DOWN, CAPITAL EXPENDITURE BY THE HOUSING AUTHORITY CONTINUED TO SURGE AHEAD IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1978 SINCE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, THE ARTICLE POINTS OUT.

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♦TAKING INTO ACCOUNT ALSO DEMAND IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF OTHER PUBLIC CONSTRUCTION WORKS BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, THE LEVEL OF BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY AS A WHOLE IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TO RISE BUT AT A MODERATE RATE IN THE COMING YEARS,♦ IT SAYS.

IN CONCLUSION, THE ARTICLE SAYS THERE IS SUBSTANTIAL EVIDENCE TO SHOW THAT .SINCE 1975, THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY HAS RESPONDED RAPIDLY TO DEMAND Hi BOTH THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS.

♦THE INDUSTRY NOW APPEARS TO BE UNDER SOME PRESSURE, ALTHOUGH SUSTAINED PRESSURE COULD WELL BE A PRECONDITION FOR ITS FURTHER EXPANSION.

♦IN THIS CONTEXT, THE HOUSING AUTHORITY’S DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME WILL REMAIN A PRIORITY FOR RESOURCE ALLOCATION,+ THE ARTICLE SAYS.

COPIES OF THE JUNE 1979 ISSUE OF THE HONG KONG MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS AT $6 EACH ARE ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL.

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THE TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT TODAY (TUESDAY) ANNOUNCED THAT MR. BRIAN CHAU TAK-HAY HAS ASSUMED DUTY IN GENEVA AS HEAD OF THE HONG KONG OFFICE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM MISSION, t

MR. CHAU WAS PREVIOUSLY ASSISTANT DIRECTOR IN THE DEPARTMENT OF TRADE RESPONSIBLE FOR MULTILATERAL TRADE NEGOTIATIONS.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 1979


PRESTIGE

COMMERCIAL SITE FOR SALE IN YUEN LONG *****

THE GOVERNMENT IS SELLING A PRESTIGE SITE IN YUEN LONG NEW TOWN FOR COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT, INCLUDING A MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK AND A PETROL FILLING STATION.

THE SITE, COVERING 3 038 SQUARE METRES, IS LOCATED AT THE JUNCTION BETWEEN KAU YUK ROAD AND TAI TONG ROAD IN THE NEW TOWN’S BOOMING COMMERCIAL CENTRE.

THE SENIOR ESTATE SURVEYOR OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE, MR. WAN MAN-YEE SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THE SALE WOULD BE BY WAY OF TENDER RESTRICTED TO OWNERS OF LAND EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENTS ISSUED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND ONLY ENTITLEMENTS GIVING THE RIGHT TO A GRANT OF BUILDING LAND WOULD BE CONSIDERED.

♦THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST SITES IN THE AREA AND ITS DEVELOPMENT WILL HELP MEET THE DEMAND FOR COMMERCIAL PREMISES IN THE DISTR ICT,♦ MR. WAN SAID.

THE SITE CARRIES SPECIAL CONDITIONS REQUIRING THE CONSTRUCTION OF A MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK FOR 350 MOTOR VEHICLES AND A PETROL FILLING STATION.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE RAPID DEVELOPMENTS IN THE NEW TOWN HAD BROUGHT ABOUT A PARKING PROBLEM FOR AN INCREASING NUMBER OF VEHICLES AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CAR PARK WOULD BE WELCOMED BY MOTORISTS.

♦THE CONDITIONS OF. SALE SPECIFY A BUILDING COVENANT OF $16 850 000 OVER 36 MONTHS AND A PLOT RATIO OF 9.5 WHICH ALLOWS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A COMPLEX OF MULTI-STOREY COMMERCIAL BLOCKS.

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♦THE COMPLEX MAY BE USED FOR A VARIETY OF COMMERCIAL PURPOSES INCLUDING BANKS, RESTAURANTS, SUPERMARKETS, SHOPS AND OFFICE ACCOMMODATION,^ MR. WAN ADDED.

THE TENDER IS OPEN UNTIL SEPTEMBER 21 AND PROSPECTIVE TENDERS SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATIONS TOGETHER WITH A CHEQUE OR CASHIER ORDER OF $50 000 MADE PAYABLE TO THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT BEFORE NOON ON THAT DAY.

TENDER FORMS, TENDER NOTICES AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND SALE PLANS INSPECTED AT THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HEADQUARTERS AND ANY OF ITS SEVEN DISTRICT OFFICES.

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D.S.W. VISITS TWO INSTITUTIONS RUN BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES M * MM*

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, THIS (TUESDAY) MORNING VISITED AN OLD PEOPLE’S HOME AND A MULTI-SERVICE CENTRE IN KOWLOON TO SEE FOR HIMSELF THE DAY-TO-DAY OPERATION THERE.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICER^ MR. ALEX FUNG, MR. LEE TOURED THE TAI HANG TUNG HOME FOR THE AGED RUN BY THE SALVATION ARMY, AND THE LEI CHENG UK FRIENDLY CENTRE OF THE HONG KONG CHRISTIAN SERVICE.

HE SPENT ABOUT AN HOUR AT EACH INSTITUTION MEETING THE STAFF AND INSPECTING THE SERVICES AND FACILITIES TO KEEP HIMSELF INFORMED OF THEIR LATEST DEVELOPMENT.

AT THE OLD PEOPLE’S HOME IN TAI HANG TUNG ESTATE. MR. LEE WAS GREETED BY COL. LAWRENCE WEGGERY, OFFICER COMMANDING, AND MAJ. GLEN GILDEN, SOCIAL SERVICE SECRETARY, BOTH OF THE SALVATION ARMY, AS WELL AS STAFF OF THE HOME.

THE TAI HANG TUNG HOME FOR THE AGED WAS OPENED IN 1968 AND IS PROVIDING RESIDENTIAL SERVICE FOR 68 OLD WOMEN WHO ARE UNABLE TO LOOK AFTER THEMSELVES.

APART FROM DAILY MEALS, THE HOME PROVIDES CASEWORK AND NURSING SERVICES TO THE INMATES. ITS FACILITIES INCLUDE BEDROOMS, SITTING, DINING AND RECREATION ROOMS.

LATER AT THE FRIENDLY CENTRE IN LEI CHENG UK ESTATE, THE DIRECTOR WAS MET BY MR. NG SHUI-LAI, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG CHRISTIAN SERVICE, AND STAFF OF THE CENTRE.

OPENED IN 1960, THE LEI CHENG UK FRIENDLY CENTRE IS A MULfl-SERVICE CENTRE PROVIDING COMMUNITY WORK, GROUP ACTIVITIES, OUTREACH I NG WORK, SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY AND CHILD CARE SERVICE FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.

THE CENTRE OPERATES A LIBRARY, A CLUB ROOM FOR GROUP ACTIVITIES, A DAY CARE CENTRE AND A SOCIAL CENTRE FOR OLD PEOPLE.

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CROWN LAND FOR SHORT-TERM LEASE ft ft ft ft

THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS BY WAY OF ANNUAL RENTAL FOR A SHORT-TERM TENANCY OF A PIECE OF CROWN LAND AT WAN CHAI RECLAMATION.

THE SITE, MEASURING ABOUT 4 050 SQUARE METRES, IS FOR STORAGE OF TENANT’S GOODS, VEHICLES, MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT. .

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT THE TENANCY WAS FOR AN INITIAL PERIOD OF ONE YEAR AND THEREAFTER MONTHLY.

TENDER FORMS, TENDER NOTICE AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE IN MURRAY BUILDING, 19TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD AND IN THE KOWLOON

. GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, 10TH FLOOR.

THE TENDER PLAN MAY ALSO BE INSPECTED AT THE TWO OFFICES.

CLOSING DATE FOR- ACCEPTANCE OF TENDER IS NOON ON SEPTEMBER 28, 1979.

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NEW PUBLIC DUMP IN SHA TIN ft ft ft

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT AS PART OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF SHA TIN NEW TOWN A NEW PUBLIC DUMP WILL BE OPENED FROM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO ASSIST CURRENT RECLAMATION PROJECTS.

THE DUMP WILL BE KNOWN AS +AREA 14J, SHA TIN+ AND IS NEAR YUEN CHAU KOK.

HOLDERS OF A VALID LICENCE FOR PUBLIC DUMPS IN SHA TIN WILL BE PERMITTED TO USE THE SITE TO DISCARD APPROVED SOFT MATERIAL, EXCLUDING HOUSEHOLD REFUSE AND VEGETABLE MATTER- AND STONE AND BUILDING DEBRIS UP TO 225 MM IN SIZE, PROVIDED IT IS WELL MIXED WITH EARTH.

VEHICLES WITHOUT VALID DUMPING PERMITS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO DUMP MATERIAL IN AREA 14J. DUMPING PERMITS MAY BE OBTAINED FREE OF CHARGE ON WRITTEN APPLICATION TO THE PROJECT MANAGER (SHA TIN), SHA TIN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE.

EACH APPLICATION MUST INCLUDE THE VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBER, THE ORIGIN, TYPE AND APPROXIMATE QUANTITY OF MATERIALS TO BE DUMPED AND THE PERIOD FOR WHICH THE PERMIT IS REQUIRED FOR A PARTICULAR JOB.

DUMPING WILL BE ALLOWED BETWEEN 8 A.M. AND 6 P.M. ON WEEKDAYS, EXCEPT PUBLIC HOLIDAYS. CONSIDERATION WILL BE GIVEN LATER TO EXTENDING THE DUMPING PERIOD TO PUBLIC HOLIDAYS AND SUNDAYS.

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COURSE ON TEACHING MANDARIN TO BEGINNERS * * * *

TWO COURSES ON THE TEACHING OF MANDARIN TO BEGINNERS IN PRIMARY SCHOOL WILL BEGIN LATER THIS MONTH AT THE CHINESE LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRE FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS.

♦THE AIM OF THE COURSES IS TO FAMILIARISE TEACHERS WITH THE PHONETIC SYSTEMS OF MANDARIN IN ORDER TO ENABLE THEM TO CONTINUE A FURTHER STUDY OF THE DIALECT ON THEIR OWN,+ AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

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VARIOUS AIDS AND ACTIVITIES WOULD BE INTRODUCED DURING THE COURSES TO TEACHERS WHO WOULD FIND THEM USEFUL WHEN TEACHING MANDARIN TO BEGINNERS IN SCHOOL, HE SAID.

THERE WILL BE 18 SESSIONS IN EACH COURSE, WHICH WILL BE HELD EVERY FRIDAY FROM SEPTEMBER 28, TO JANUARY 25, 1980.

+PARTICIPANTS TO THE COURSES NEED NOT HAVE ANY PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE OF MANDARIN,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THE COURSES,♦ HE ADDED.

ATTENDANCE CANNOT CONSTITUTE ANY QUALIFICATION, BUT A CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE WILL BE ISSUED TO PARTICIPANTS WHO FULFIL THE ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT OF THE COURSES.

AS ACCOMMODATION AND EQUIPMENT AT THE CHINESE LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRE ARE LIMITED, ONLY 20 TEACHERS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR EACH COURSE.

HEADS OF SCHOOLS WISHING TO RECOMMEND TEACHERS FOR THE COURSE ARE INVITED TO SEND IN THEIR APPLICATIONS TO THE SENIOR INSPECTOR', CHINESE LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRE, 9A BONHAM ROAD, HONG KONG ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 19.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE AT THE CENTRE, OR BY CALLING TELEPHONE NUMBER 5-488230.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

M3RE INDUSTRIAL LAND FOR SALE IN TUEN MUN ................. 1

JORLD FAMOUS MUSICIAN TO CONDUCT CELLO WORKSHOP ........... 2

JOB MANUAL FOR TEXTILE INDUSTRY ........................... 3

INLAND REVENUE COI.PLAINTS OFFICER......................... 3

ANNIVERSARY PARADE OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE................... 4

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL ............... 4

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 1979

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MORE INDUSTRIAL LAND FOR SALE IN TUEN MUN

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DEVELOPERS AND FACTORY PROPRIETORS INTERESTED IN BUILDING INDUSTRIAL PREMISES IN THE FAST GROWING TUEN MUN NEW TOWN WILL SOON HAVE A CHANCE TO ACQUIRE A VALUABLE PIECE OF LAND THERE.

A 3 058 SQUARE-METRE LOT CONVENIENTLY LOCATED IN THE NEW TOWN’S INDUSTRIAL AREA BOUNDED BY SHEK PAI TAU ROAD, MING KUM ROAD AND PUI TO ROAD WILL GO UNDER THE HAMMER AT A PUBLIC AUCTION TO BE HELD AT ST. SIMON LUI MING CHOI SECONDARY SCHOOL IN TUEN MUN AT 2.30 P.M. NEXT TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 18).

THE SENIOR ESTATE SURVEYOR OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, M?. VICTOR LEUNG SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THE AUCTION WAS PART OF THE GOVERNMENT’S INCREASE SALES PROGRAMME TO PROVIDE MORE LAND FOR BALANCED DEVELOPMENT IN THE NEW TOWN.

EARMARKED FOR INDUSTRIAL OR GODOWN USE, THE CORNER SITE FRONTING SHEK PAI TAU ROAD CARRIES A PLOT RATIO OF 9.5 ALLOWING FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF MULTI-STOREY BUILDING.

♦THERE HAS BEEN A DEMAND FOR INDUSTRIAL SITE FROM INDUSTRIALISTS AS THEY HAVE COME TO REALISE THE ADVANTAGES IN SETTING UP FACTORIES IN TUEN MUN,+ MR. LEUNG SAID.

♦WHILE LAND IN TUEN MUN IS COMPARATIVELY CHEAPER, THE TUEN MUN HIGHWAY HAS BROUGHT THE NEW TOWN MUCH CLOSER TO KOWLOON, TSUEN WAN AND THE KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER PORT,+ HE ADDED.

♦FURTHERMORE THERE IS A GOOD WORKFORCE IN THE NEW TOWN AND BY THE TIME THE LOT HAS BEEN DEVELOPED, NEW RESIDENTS WILL BE MOVING IN TO GIVE IT ANOTHER BOOST.+

MR. LEUNG NOTED THAT AN INDUSTRIAL SITE IN THE SAME AREA WAS SOLD FOR $8 000 PER SQUARE METRE AT A PUBLIC AUCTION LAST MONTH AND HE EXPECTED KEEN INTEREST FOR THE COMING SALE.

THE SALE CONDITIONS OF THE SITE SPECIFY A BUILDING COVENANT OF $4 840 000 OVER 36 MONTHS AND SPECIAL REQUIREMENT ON ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL.

FULL PARTICULARS AND SALES CONDITIONS OF THE SITE ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND ANY OF ITS SEVEN DISTRICT OFFICES.

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CONDUCT CELLO WORKSHOP ft

THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE WILL PRESENT A CELLO WORKSHOP BY THE WORLD FAMOUS RUSSIAN-BORN CELLIST, MISCHA MAISKY, ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 17).

THE WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD AT THE TRAINING CENTRE OF THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE ON THE NINTH FLOOR OF THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE FROM 5 TO 7 P.M. ADMISSION IS FREE.

MR. MAISKY, HONOURED AS A HAPPY MIXTURE OF TECHNICAL BRILLIANCE AND MUSICAL ESPRIT, WON MOST OF THE MAJOR PRIZES IN RUSSIA BEFORE HE WAS 17, INCLUDING THE INTERNATIONAL TCHAIKOVSKY COMPETITION AND THE ALL RUSSIA COMPETITION FOR CELLISTS. HE LATER STUDIED WITH THE TWO GREAT CELLISTS ROSTROPOVICH IN MOSCOW AND PI AT I GORSKY IN CALIFORNIA.

AT THE AGE OF 25 IN 1973, MR. MAISKY LEFT RUSSIA FOR ISRAEL.

HE MADE HIS AMERICAN DEBUT THAT YEAR IN THE CARNEGIE HALL WITH THE PITTSBURG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA UNDER THE BATON OF WILLIAM STEINBERG AND LATER APPEARED WITH THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA.

MR. MAISKY ALSO TOURED NORTH AMERICA AS THE SOLOIST FOR SEVEN CONCERTS WITH THE ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA UNDER DANIEL BARENHOIM, COLIN DAVIS AND ZUBIN MEHTA.

HIS ROYAL FESTIVAL DEBUT CAME IN 1976 WITH THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, FOLLOWED BY HIS LONDON RECITAL AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL WITH RADU LUPU.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE SAID THAT IT IS THE POLICY OF THE OFFICE TO INVITE TOP MUSICIANS PASSING THROUGH HONG KONG TO CONDUCT WORKSHOPS SO THAT YOUNG MUSICIANS HERE CAN LEARN FROM GREAT MASTERS.

♦MAISKY’S WORKSHOP SHOULD THEREFORE PROVIDE A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY FOR BUDDING CELLISTS IN HONG KONG,> HE SAID.

WE HOPE TO ORGANISE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTALISTS HE ADDED.

FURTHER IN HONG

WORKSHOPS FOR OTHER WESTERN KONG BY INVITING WORLD GREATS HERE,+

THE THREE PIECES OF WORK TO BE PERFORMED IN MONDAY’S WORKSHOP ARE GOLTERMANN’S CELLO CONCERTO NO. 5 D MINOR OP. 76, FAURE’S ELEGY AND BRAHMS’ CELLO SONATA NO. 1 IN E MAJOR.

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JOB MANUAL FOR TEXTILE INDUSTRY X * * X

THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL HAS COMPILED A MANUAL OF JOB STANDARDS FOR THE PRINCIPAL JOBS IN THE SPINNING BRANCH OF THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT THE JOB STANDARDS SET OUT THE SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND TRAINING REQUIRED FOR THE PRINCIPAL JOBS AS WELL AS GUIDELINES FOR TRADE TESTS.

PUBLISHED IN CHINESE AND ENGLISH, THE 302-PAGE MANUAL WILL BE ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE, AT 125 A COPY FROM MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 17).

THE MANUAL CONTAINS JOB STANDARDS AND TRADE TESTS FOR 54 PRINCIPAL JOBS AT TECHNOLOGIST, TECHNICIAN, CRAFT AND OPERATIVE LEVELS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE PUBLICATION WOULD HELP TO INTRODUCE A GENERALLY ACCEPTABLE STANDARD OF SKILL FOR PRINCIPAL JOBS IN THE INDUSTRY, ASSIST TECHNICAL INSTITUTIONS IN PLANNING COURSES. AID EMPLOYERS IN DRAWING UP PROPER TRAINING PROGRAMMES FOR APPRENTICES/TRAINEES, AND ASSIST EMPLOYERS IN ASSESSING THE COMPETENCE OF THEIR WORKERS.

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INLAND REVENUE COMPLAINTS OFFICER

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A SPOKESMAN FOR THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) REMINDED TAXPAYERS THAT IF THEY ARE NOT SATISFIED WITH THE SERVICES BEING GIVEN TO THEM BY THE DEPARTMENT, ITS COMPLAINTS OFFICER IS THERE TO HELP THEM.

THE COMPLAINTS OFFICER, MRS. AGNES SIN, CAN BE CONTACTED BY TELEPHONE 5-245858 AND 5-247878 OR BY WRITING TO G.P.O. BOX 11234, HONG KONG.

MRS. SIN HANDLES COMPLAINTS CONCERNING DELAYS OR OTHER DIFFICULTIES EXPERIENCED EXCEPT THOSE RELATING TO THE CORRECTNESS OF AN ASSESSMENT OR THE LAW ITSELF.

♦THERE ARE ALREADY ADEQUATE SAFEGUARDS, BOTH LEGAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE, TO ENSURE THAT OBJECTIONS AGAINST ASSESSMENTS ARE PROPERLY PROCESSED UNTIL EITHER THE OBJECTION IS WITHDRAWN OR A FORMAL DECISION IS ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE,♦ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT.

TAXPAYERS ARE URGED TO APPROACH THE COMPLAINTS OFFICER DIRECT IF THEIR INITIAL ENQUIRIES WITH THE OFFICERS HANDLING THEIR CASE HAVE NOT RESOLVED THEIR PROBLEMS.

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ANNIVERSARY PARADE OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE * * * *

THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE WILL HOLD A PARADE ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 15) TO MARK THE 70 ANNIVERSARY OF ITS FOUNDATION.

THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR. DAVID JORDAN, WHO IS ALSO THE SERVICES’ COMMISSIONER, WILL INSPECT THE PARADE OF 150 OFFICERS SELECTED TO REPRESENT THE SIX DIVISIONS.

THE REVIEW WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE TRAINING SCHOOL, TAI LAM CHUNG AT 11.15 A.M. ABOUT 200 GUESTS, INCLUDING OFFICIALS FROM GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, THE BRITISH FORCES, CONSULATES AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM TRADE AND INDUSTRY, HAVE BEEN INVITED TO ATTEND.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE 70 ANNIVERSARY PARADE OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE.

A GOVERNMENT COACH, AM 5606, WILL BE AVAILABLE AT HUNG HOM FERRY PIER BETWEEN 9.15 A.M. AND 9.30 A.M. ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 15) TO TAKE GUESTS AND REPORTERS TO THE TRAINING SCHOOL AND LATER RETURN THE PARTY TO KOWLOON. GUESTS AND MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE REQUESTED TO BE SEATED BEFORE 11 A.M.

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THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL BETWEEN GILMAN STREET AND PEDDER STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 1.15 A.M. TO 5.30 A.M. ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 16) AND FROM 1.15 A.M. TO 2.30 A.M. THE FOLLOWING DAY TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS THERE.

AT THE SAME TIME, HARBOUR VIEW STREET WILL BE CLOSED.

AND ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 17) THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL BETWEEN JUBILEE STREET AND GILMAN STREET WILL ALSO BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 2.30 A.M. TO 5 A.M.

DURING THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE, EASTBOUND MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE THE ALTERNATIVE ROUTE VIA GILMAN STREET, DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL AND PEDDER STREET BEFORE REJOINING CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL.

WESTBOUND MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE THE ALTERNATIVE ROUTE VIA JUBILEE STREET, DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL AND RUMSEY STREET.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

another cholera case DISCOVERED .......................... 1

TYPHOON HOPE DUMPS RECORD HOURLY RAINFALL IN AUGUST ................................................ 2

MORE MANPOWER TO CONTROL HAWKERS ...................... 3

D.S.W. TO OPEN EXHIBITION .............................. 4

PARENTS' CONSENT NEEDED FOR participation IN FLAG DAY............................................... 5

SPECIAL TRAIN SERVICE TO PLEASURE GARDEN ............... 5

TRAFFIC ARRAi GEiJENT FOR CLASSIC CAR PARADE............ 5

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1979

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ANOTHER CHOLERA CASE DISCOVERED

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ANOTHER CASE OF CHOLERA, INVOLVING A 74-YEAR-OLD WOMAN, HAS BEEN DETECTED.

THE WOMAN, MADAM TSANG LIN, WHO LIVED ALONE IN A TENEMENT BUILDING IN CHEUNG SHA WAN, KOWLOON, WAS ADMITTED TO QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL ON SEPTEMBER 10.

SHE WAS SUFFERING FROM GASTROENTERITIS WITH SYMPTOMS OF DIARRHOEA AND VOMITTING AND SHE DIED THE NEXT DAY.

POST-MORTEM RECTAL SWAB REVEALED THE PRESENCE OF CHOLERA VIBRIO OF THE EL TOR STRAIN.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT THERE WAS NO CONNECTION BETWEEN THIS CASE AND THE TWO EARLIER CASES WHICH OCCURRED ON SEPTEMBER 7 AND 8.

HE SAID THERE WAS NO DANGER OF A LOCAL SPREAD OF THE DISEASE IF THE PUBLIC CONTINUED TO TAKE ALL PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES TO ENSURE PERSONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANLINESS.

♦CHOLERA EL TOR IS ENDEMIC IN THE SOUTHEAST ASIAN REGION AND, THEREFORE, THE OCCURRENCE OF SPORADIC CASES IN HONG KONG IS NOT UNEXPECTED,♦ HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID CONTROLLED MEASURES HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT BY HEALTH PERSONNEL OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENTS IN ALL THE AFFECTED PREMISES.

THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT WILL ISSUE A WEEKLY RETURN OF CHOLERA CASES TO KEEP THE PUBLIC INFORMED OF THE SITUATION.

AS REGARDS CHOLERA VACCINATION CERTIFICATES FOR TRAVELLING PURPOSES, THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT MOST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD DO NOT REQUIRE THE PRODUCTION OF THE CERTIFICATES EVEN FOR TRAVELLERS FROM INFECTED AREAS.

HOWEVER, AS A NUMBER OF COUNTRIES MAY IMPOSE SUCH REQUIREMENT AT THEIR OWN DISCRETION, INTENDING TRAVELLERS ARE ADVISED TO CHECK WITH THE PORT HEALTH OFFICES OR THEIR RESPECTIVE AIRLINES.

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TYPHOON HOPE DUMPS RECORD HOURLY RAINFALL IN AUGUST ft ft * *

THE HOURLY RAINFALL OF 82.1 TYPHOON HOPE ON AUGUST 2 WAS THE ACCORDING TO THE MONTHLY WEATHER OBSERVATORY TODAY (THURSDAY).

MM RECORDED DURING THE PASSAGE OF HIGHEST ON RECORD FOR AUGUST, REPORT RELEASED BY THE ROYAL

THE HURRICANE SIGNAL NO. 10 WAS HOISTED WHEN TYPHOON HOPE STRUCK ON AUGUST 2 — THE FIRST TIME SINCE TYPHOON ELSIE IN OCTOBER, 1975.

AUGUST WAS WETTER AND LESS SUNNY THAN USUAL WITH THE TOTAL RAINFALL AMOUNTING TO 706.9 MM, WHICH IS 286.7 MM ABOVE AVERAGE AND ALSO THE SEVENTH HIGHEST ON RECORD FOR THE MONTH.

THE ACCUMULATED RAINFALL SO FAR THIS YEAR (UNTIL AUGUST 31) WAS 2 097 MM, WHICH IS 20 PER CENT ABOVE AVERAGE. THE TOTAL DURATION OF SUNSHINE OF 138.2 HOURS WAS THE FOURTH LOWEST ON RECORD FOR AUGUST.

ANOTHER RECORD SET FOR THE MONTH WAS THE MINIMUM INSTANTANEOUS MEAN SEA LEVEL PRESSURE OF 961.6 MILLIBARS. IT WAS RECORDED AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY ON AUGUST 2.

DURING THE MONTH, SIX TROPICAL CYCLONES DEVELOPED OVER THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC AND THE SOUTH CHINA SEA, AND TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING SIGNALS WERE HOISTED IN HONG KONG FOR TWO OF THEM.

ON AUGUST 1, THE WEATHER WAS FINE, SUNNY AND HOT. IT BECAME CLOUDY THE FOLLOWING MORNING AND SOME SLIGHT SHOWERS SET IN AS TYPHOON HOPE CAME CLOSER TO HONG KONG.

WINDS WERE STRONG NORTHERLY IN THE EARLY MORNING OF AUGUST 2, TURNED NORTHWESTERLY SHORTLY AFTERWARDS AND STRENGTHENED RAPIDLY TO NEAR-GALE FORCE ABOUT NOON, ACCOMPANIED WITH VERY HEAVY RAIN.

VIOLENT SQUALLY SHOWERS OCCURRED WHILE THE CENTRE OF HOPE WAS CROSSING THE NEW TERRITORIES. WINDS SOON DROPPED BELOW HURRICANE FORCE AND GALES FROM THE SOUTH TO SOUTHEAST LASTED FOR A FEW MORE HOURS.

THE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH OF 23.5 DEGREES WAS RECORDED IN THE AFTERNOON.

SHOWERS BECAME LIGHTER AND LESS FREQUENT DURING THE NIGHT AND WINDS MODERATED ON THE MORNING OF AUGUST 3 AS HOPE WAS MOVING AWAY FROM HONG KONG. OCCASIONAL HEAVY SHOWERS PERSISTED ON AUGUST

AFTER A FINE AND SUNNY DAY, CONDITIONS BECAME CLOUDY AGAIN ON AUGUST 6 WITH SOME ISOLATED SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON.

OWING TO THE INFLUENCE OF TWO TROPICAL DEPRESSIONS CENTRED OVER THE SOUTH CHINA SEA, THERE WAS A SPELL OF WET WEATHER WHICH LASTED UNTIL AUGUST 12. HEAVY SHOWERS OCCURRED EVERY DAY DURING THIS PERIOD.

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CONDITIONS IMPROVED ON AUGUST 13 AND THE DAY WAS FINE APART FROM SOME ISOLATED MORNING SHOWERS.

SUNNY AND VERY HOT WEATHER CONTINUED FOR THE FOLLOWING THREE DAYS AND THE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 33.5 DEGREES FOR THE MONTH WAS RECORDED IN THE AFTERNOON ON AUGUST 14.

FROM AUGUST 17 TO 21, SOUTHWEST MONSOON BECAME ACTIVE OVER THE NORTHERN PART OF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA WITH THUNDERSTORMS AND IEAVY SHOWERS OCCURRING EVERY DAY DURING THIS PERIOD IN THE COASTAL REGIONS OF SOUTH CHINA, INCLUDING HONG KONG.

HOWEVER, THERE WERE LONG SUNNY PERIODS ON AUGUST 21 AND 22.

SHOWERY CONDITIONS RETURNED ON AUGUST 23 AND PERSISTED UNTIL AUGUST 26 WITH THUNDERSTORMS REPORTED ON THE AFTERNOONS OF AUGUST 23 AND 26.

THE WEATHER WAS FINE AND SUNNY ON AUGUST 27-28, BUT THE PASSAGE OF A WEAK COLD FRONT IN THE EVENING OF AUGUST 28 BROUGHT THE RETURN OF CLOUDY WEATHER. SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS OCCURRED ON THE LAST THREE DAYS OF THE MONTH.

DURING THE MONTH SEVEN AIRCRAFT WERE DIVERTED FROM HONG KONG DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER. THUNDERSTORM AND/OR HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS VERE ISSUED ON 17 DAYS OF THE MONTH. NO FIRE DANGER WARNINGS VERE ISSUED DURING THE MONTH.

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MORE MANPOWER TO CONTROL HAWKERS *****

THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR. H.S. GREWAL, WILL PRESENT GRADUATION CERTIFICATES AND PRIZES ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 15) TO 92 MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL DUTIES TEAMS WHO HAVE RECENTLY COMPLETED THEIR BASIC TRAINING COURSE.

THE 92 MEMBERS FROM VARIOUS DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT ARE THE FIRST BATCH OF GRADUATES SINCE A CENTRALISED GENERAL DUTIES TEAMS TRAINING UNIT WAS SET UP IN THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN MAY THIS YEAR.

THE BASIC TRAINING COURSE, WHICH LASTS SIX WEEKS, AIMS TO PROVIDE GENERAL DUTIES TEAMS MEMBERS WITH GENERAL KNOWLEDGE ON ITS ROLE, LEGISLATION CONCERNING HAWKERS AND MARKETS, AND AMONG OTHER THINGS, CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE.

IN ADDITION, PHYSICAL TRAINING SUCH AS FOOT-DRILL AND SELF-DEFENCE TECHNIQUES, FIRST AID AND WAYS OF DISMANTLING ILLEGAL STALLS AND STRUCTURES ARE TAUGHT DURING THE COURSE.

A TWO-WEEK ON-THE-JOB TRAINING IS INCLUDED IN THE COURSE WHEN MEMBERS ARE ATTACHED TO THE HAWKERS AND MARKETS SECTIONS OF VARIOUS URBAN SERVICES OFFICES TO GIVE THEM PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE IN HANDLING HAWKERS.

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AT THE END OF THE TRAINING COURSE, TRAINEES ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE AN EXAMINATION AND CERTIFICATES AND PRIZES ARE GIVEN TO THE SUCCESSFUL AND BEST STUDENTS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID THAT AT PRESENT, ALL HAWKERS, LICENSED OR UNLICENSED, WERE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE GENERAL DUTIES TEAMS.

+WITH GOOD TRAINING, WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT THE GENERAL DUTIES TEAMS WILL PROVIDE EFFECTIVE CONTROL OVER ALL HAWKERS,* HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT FURTHER TRAINING COURSES WILL BE ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT FOR GENERAL DUTIES TEAMS MEMBERS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AS WELL AS IN THE URBAN AREAS.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE GRADUATION CEREMONY FOR MEMBERS OF GENERAL DUTIES TEAMS WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT 10.30 A.M. ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 15) IN THE CITY HALL THEATRE.

THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR. H.S. GREWAL, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY.

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THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, WILL TOMORROW (FRIDAY) OFFICIALLY OPEN AN EXHIBITION ORGANISED BY THE ZONTA CLUB CF KOWLOON IN RESPONSE TO THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE CHILD.

THE THREE-DAY PUBLIC EXHIBITION, ENTITLED +WONDERFUL CHILDREN*, FEATURES THE WORK OF SIX LOCAL YOUTH GROUPS AND IS AIMED AT DRIVING HOME THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPER PARENTAL GUIDANCE IN CHILDREN’S PHYSICAL AND INTELLECTUAL GROWTH.

THERE WILL BE SLIDE SHOWS, MODELS, PHOTOGRAPHS RESEARCH REPORTS AND GAMES.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE EXHIBITION TO BE OPENED BY THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, AT 4 P.M. TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT THE LOBBY IN OCEAN TERMINAL, TSIM SHA TSUI, KOWLOON.

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PARENTS’ CONSENT NEEDED FOR PARTICIPATION IN FLAG DAY *****

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY) REMINDED SCHOOLS TO OBTAIN THE CONSENT OF PARENTS WHEN STUDENTS ABOVE THE AGE OF 14 ASSIST IN SELLING FLAGS OR FLOWERS FOR CHARITABLE ORGANISATIONS ON APPROVED FLAG AND FLOWER DAYS.

IN A GENERAL CIRCULAR TO SCHOOLS, AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SA ID« +SUPERVISORS AND HEADS OF SCHOOLS ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO SEEK PRIOR APPROVAL OF PARENTS IN SUCH CASES.*

STUDENTS ARE PARTICIPATING IN THESE NON-EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS, HE SAID.


SPECIAL TRAIN SERVICE TO PLEASURE GARDEN

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THE SPECIAL TRAIN TO THE PLEASURE GARDEN IN SHA TIN RACE COURSE WILL CONTINUE THIS SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 16).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THE TRAIN WILL LEAVE KOWLOON STATION IN HUNG HOM AT 10.25 A.M. AND ARRIVE AT MONG KOK STATION AT 10.30 A.M. TO PICK UP PASSENGERS. IT WILL DEPART FROM MONG KOK STATION AT 10.37 A.M. AND ARRIVE AT RACE COURSE STATION AT 10.51 A.M.

ON THE RETURN JOURNEY. THE TRAIN WILL LEAVE RACE COURSE STATION AT 12.20 P.M. IN ADDITION, TWO ORDINARY PASSENGER TRAINS WILL BE DIVERTED VIA RACE COURSE STATION AT 1.21 P.M. AND 3.17 P.M.

ALL TRAINS LEAVING RACE COURSE STATION WILL STOP TO PICK UP PASSENGERS AT SHA TIN AND MONG KOK STATIONS.

ONLY ORDINARY CLASS RETURN TICKETS VALID FOR THE DATE OF ISSUE WILL BE SOLD AT THE KOWLOON AND MONG KOK STATIONS. TICKETS WILL NOT BE SOLD AT RACE COURSE STATION FOR DOWN-TRAINS TO KOWLOON NOR AT NEW TERRITORIES STATIONS FOR THE SPECIAL TRAINS.

THE FARE FOR ADULTS WILL BE $4 EACH AND FOR CHILDREN $2.

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A SECTION OF EDINBURGH PLACE EAST BETWEEN QUEEN’S PIER AND THE CITY HALL MAIN ENTRANCE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC rLAp«ii?D 3 P,M* °N SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 16) FOR A bLAoolb UAK rAKADt.

I!J»J^EADE ,S PART 0F THE PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTING THE ^E ”2J2R,NG DAY ^GANISED BY THE INFORMATION SERVICES Ut • AR T NT •

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL 5-233191

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HONG KONG WITHIN SIGHT OF ECONOMIC STABILITY REVISED FORECAST OF GDP — 12 PER CENT ................. 1

LANTAU BOOMING AS A RESORT AREA ....................... 3

ACCEPTANCE OF ADVANTAGES — GUIDELINES FOR SCHOOLS ..... 5

SAFE MOTORING DAY ...................................   6

KOWLOON MAXICAB ROUTES TO BE REVISED................... 9

TAXI TENDER FORES AVAILABLE TODAY .................... 10

BRIGHT FUTURE FOR GRADUATES OF PAD'S CRAFT APPRENTICE SCHEME..................................... 10

D.S.W. OPH.TS EXHIBITION ............................. 11

HK EXCELS IN OVERSEAS PUBLIC HEALTH COURSE............ 12

REST AREAS IN KING'S ROAD ............................ 12

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HONG KONG WITHIN SIGHT OF ECONOMIC STABILITY REVISED FORECAST OF GDP - 12 PER CENT

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HONG KONG IS WITHIN SIGHT OF ECONOMIC STABILITY, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) AT A DINNER AT THE FOREIGN CORRESPONDENTS’ CLUB.

MR. HADDON-^CAVE ADDED THAT, FAR FROM HAVING HAD TO SACRIFICE GROWTH FOR STABILITY, THE GROWTH RATE OF THE ECONOMY HAS ACTUALLY ACCELERATED FROM 10 PER CENT IN 1978 TO A PROBABLE 12 PER CENT IN 1979, ALTHOUGH THE 6.4 PER CENT INCREASE IN POPULATION IN 1979 HAS MEANT THAT GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT (GDP) PER HEAD WILL BE LESS THAN WOULD OTHERWISE BE THE CASE.

THE REVISED GROWTH RATE OF 12 PER CENT FOR HONG KONG’S GDP IN 1979 IS SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER THAN THE BUDGET SPEECH FORECAST OF 7 PER CENT.

MR. HADDON-CAVE GAVE FIVE REASONS WHY THE REVISED FORECAST DIFFERS CONSIDERABLY FROM THE BUDGET FORECAST.

THEY WERE I FIRST, THERE HAD BEEN AN ALMOST DRAMATIC UPSURGE IN DEMAND FOR HONG KONG’S DOMESTIC EXPORTS- SECONDLY, THERE HAD BEEN HIGHER THAN EXPECTED INVESTMENT IN PLANT AND MACH INERY-THIRDLY, HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORT TRADE HAD CONTINUED TO SURGE-FOURTHLY, THERE HAD BEEN AN UNEXPECTED ACCELERATION OF WORLD PRICES- AND FIFTHLY, THE BUDGET FORECAST HAD NOT ALLOWED SUFFICIENTLY FOR THE RECENT POPULATION INCREASE.

THE REVISED FORECAST FOR THE GROWTH RATES OF THE GDP COMPONENTS IN 1979 ARE I 11 PER CENT FOR PRIVATE CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE, COMPARED WITH NINE PER CENT IN THE BUDGET SPEECH FORECAST AND 17 PER CENT ACHIEVED IN 1978- 12 PER CENT FOR GOVERNMENT CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE, COMPARED WITH NINE PER CENT IN THE BUDGET SPEECH FORECAST AND 14 PER CENT ACHIEVED IN 1978-15 PER CENT FOR GROSS DOMESTIC FIXED CAPITAL FORMATION, COMPARED WITH NINE PER CENT IN THE BUDGET SPEECH FORECAST AND 19 PER CENT ACHIEVED IN 1978- 16 PER CENT FOR EXPORTS OF GOODS, COMPARED WITH EIGHT PER CENT IN THE BUDGET SPEECH FORECAST AND 14 PER CENT ACHIEVED IN 1978- AND 15 PER CENT FOR IMPORTS OF GOODS, COMPARED WITH 10 PER CENT IN THE BUDGET SPEECH FORECAST AND 22 PER CENT ACHIEVED IN 1978.

MR. HADDON-CAVE DREW PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE FACT THAT THE REVISED FORECAST FOR THE GROWTH RATE OF INVESTMENT IN PLANT AND MACHINERY IS 20 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH EIGHT PER CENT IN THE BUDGET SPEECH FORECAST AND 19 PER CENT ACHIEVED IN 1978. BUT THE REVISED FORECAST FOR THE GROWTH RATE OF INVESTMENT IN BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION, REMAINS UNCHANGED FROM THE BUDGET SPEECH FORECAST AT 10 PER CENT. THE GROWTH RATE ACHIEVED IN 1978 WAS 15 PER CENT.

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HE ALSO EXPLAINED THAT THE REVISED FORECAST FOR THE GROWTH RATE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IS 13 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH SEVEN PER CENT IN THE BUDGET SPEECH FORECAST AND 10.5 PER CENT ACHIEVED IN 1978- WHILST THE REVISED FORECAST FOR THE GROWTH RATE OF RE-EXPORTS IS 27 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH 12 PER CENT IN THE BUDGET SPEECH FORECAST AND 27 PER CENT ACHIEVED IN 1978.

ON PRICES, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID THE REVISED FORECAST FOR THE RATE OF INCREASE IN CONSUMER PRICES IN 1979 IS 11 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH NINE PER CENT IN THE BUDGET SPEECH FORECAST AND SIX PER CENT IN 1978. THE REVISED FORECAST FOR THE RATE OF INCREASE IN THE GDP DEFLATOR IS ALSO HIGHER AT 14 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH EIGHT PER CENT IN THE BUDGET SPEECH FORECAST AND 5.5 PER CENT IN 1978.

MR. HADDON-CAVE ALSO OUTLINED IN DETAIL THE IMPLICATIONS FOR THE ECONOMY OF THE REVISED FORECAST. WITH ONE +IMPORTANT EXCEPTION*, THESE IMPLICATIONS REPRESENT AN IMPROVEMENT IN THE SITUATION ENVISAGED IN THE BUDGET SPEECH AND ON ACTUAL EXPERIENCE IN 1978.

THE IMPROVEMENTS INCLUDE A GROWTH RATE OF TOTAL DEMAND (13.7 PER CENT) WHICH IS MORE IN LINE WITH THE GROWTH RATE OF THE ECONOMY’S OUTPUT, AS MEASURED BY THE GROWTH RATE OF GDP (12 PER CENT). SO THE GROWTH RATE OF IMPORTS (15 PER CENT) IS NOW SLOWER THAN THE GROWTH RATE OF EXPORTS (16 PER CENT). THIS MEANS THAT THE VISIBLE TRADE GAP, NAMELY, THAT PROPORTION OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS NOT PAID FOR BY TOTAL EXPORT EARNINGS, IS ACTUALLY NARROWING INSTEAD OF WIDENING.

MR. HADDON-CAVE SAID THAT THIS NARROWING TRADE GAP *HAS CERTAIN IMPLICATIONS FOR THE EXCHANGE VALUE OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS .....+.

HE ADDED, HOWEVER, THAT EXCHANGE RATE MOVEMENTS WILL ALSO BE ♦ INFLUENCED BY THE MEDIUM TERM OUTLOOK FOR THE ECONOMY IN 1980-81 .....+.

THE REVISED FORECAST FOR THE GROWTH RATE OF DOMESTIC DEMAND (12 PER CENT) IS ACTUALLY LESS THAN THE GROWTH RATE OF EXPORTS (16 PER CENT). THIS MEANS, MR. HADDON-CAVE SAID, THAT THERE HAS BEEN A SHIFT OF RESOURCES IN FAVOUR OF THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR. ALSO, AS ENVISAGED IN THIS YEAR’S BUDGET, THE RELATIVE SHARE OF RESOURCES USED BY THE PUBLIC SECTOR IS LESS THAN IN 1978.

THE * IMPORTANT EXCEPTION* MR. HADDON-CAVE REFERRED TO IN HIS ANALYSIS OF THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE REVISED FORECAST FOR THE ECONOMY IS THAT THERE IS STILL A +CONTINUING IMBALANCE BETWEEN THE DEMAND FOR, AND THE SUPPLY OF, RESOURCES INVOLVING AN ACCELERATION IN THE RATE OF INCREASE IN PRICES.*

WHILE POINTING OUT THAT +THE PRESSURE OF DEMAND ON RESOURCES IS NOW COMING FROM THE EXPORT SECTOR AS WELL AS THE SECTORS CATERING FOR DOMESTIC DEMAND*, MR. HADDON-CAVE EXPRESSED CONCERN ABOUT THE PRESSURE ON THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY WHICH, HE SAID, WAS +PARTICULARLY MARKED* WITH BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION COSTS INCREASING AT AN ANNUAL RATE OF 35 PER CENT. HE EMPHASISED THAT +THIS MAKES IT EVEN MORE ESSENTIAL FOR THE PUBLIC SECTOR TO OBSERVE STRICTLY THE PLANNED SLOW DOWN IN THE GROWTH RATE OF EXPENDITURE ON CAPITAL WORKS*.

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ON THE FASTER INCREASE IN PRICES, MR. HADDON-CAVE EXPLAINED, HOWEVER, THAT THIS IS +NOT ENTIRELY DUE TO THE PRESSURE OF DEMAND INASMUCH AS WORLD PRICES OF FOODSTUFFS AND RAW MATERIALS ARE NOW FORECAST TO INCREASE BY 15 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH A FORECAST OF SEVEN PER CENT MADE AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR*.

IN AN ANALYSIS OF RECENT TRENDS IN THE GROWTH RATES OF THE MONEY SUPPLY AND CREDIT, MR. HADDON-CAVE SAID THAT THEY MUST BE LOOKED AT IN THE CONTEXT OF THE REVISED FORECAST OF THE ECONOMY’S PERFORMANCE THIS YEAR.

HE SAID THAT +THE REVISED FORECAST OF THE GROWTH RATE OF GDP AT CURRENT PRICES IS 27 PER CENT, WHILST THE ANNUALISED GROWTH RATE OF THE MONEY SUPPLY (M2) ON THE BASIS OF THE SEVEN MONTHS ENDING JULY 31 IS 22 PER CENT+. HE ADDED THAT THIS IS THE REVERSE OF THE SITUATION IN 1978 WHEN THE GROWTH RATE OF M2 AT 26 PER CENT WAS OUT OF LINE WITH THE GROWTH RATE OF GDP AT CURRENT PRICES AT 16 PER CENT.

MR. HADDON-CAVE CONCLUDED HIS SPEECH BY CLAIMING THAT ♦TO THE EXTENT THAT BUDGETARY POLICY THIS YEAR HAS INVOLVED INTERVENTIONISM, IT HAS PROVED TO BE AS INTENDED, COMPATIBLE WITH THE ADJUSTMENT PROCESS*.

HE NOTED THAT INTEREST RATES HAD BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN ASSISTING THE EXCHANGE.RATE IN THE ADJUSTMENT PROCESS. HE DID NOT THINK THAT, IN PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES, +A RETURN TO A FIXED EXCHANGE RATE REGIME WAS DESIRABLE, AS SOME CRITICS.HAVE RECENTLY SUGGESTED, TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES NOTWITHSTANDING.* HE SAID HE WOULD RATHER HAVE THE EXCHANGE RATE FLOATING, BECAUSE THIS MEANS THAT *WE HAVE AN ADDITIONAL DEGREE OF FREEDOM AS FAR AS MACRO-ECONOMIC MANAGEMENT IS CONCERNED*.

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THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. JOHN TODD TODAY (FRIDAY) PAINTED A PROMISING PICTURE ON LANTAU ISLAND AS A RESORT AREA WITH SEVERAL MULTI-MILL ION-DOLLAR HOLIDAY HOME PROJECTS.

THESE VERY VALUABLE PROJECTS, HE SAID, WERE VERY GOOD NEWS FOR HONG KONG IN TERMS OF THE CONFIDENCE IT SHOWS IN THE FUTURE.

THEY ALSO REFLECTED THE PLANNING AND CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE ENTERPRISE IN FULFILLING VERY LONG STANDING NEEDS IN RECREATIONAL OUTLETS AND A VERY DIFFERENT RESIDENTIAL LIFE-STYLE AWAY FROM CONCRETE TOWERS, HE ADDED.

MR. TODD MADE THESE REMARKS WHEN HE OFFICIALLY OPENED THE FIRST STAGE OF THE HOLIDAY RESORTS’ SEA RANCH AT Yl LONG WAN ON THE ISLAND.

THE SEA RANCH IS A >70 MILLION HOTEL PROJECT UNDERTAKEN BY THE HUTCHISON GROUP AND IS THE FIRST OF A NUMBER 0? SIMILAR PROJECTS WHICH THE GOVERNMENT HAS WELCOMED AND ENCOURAGED.

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IT COMPRISES 20 FOUR-STOREY BLOCKS WITH A TOTAL OF 184 APARTMENT ACCOMMODATION IN AN EXQUISITE ENVIRONMENT, COMPLETE WITH A WIDE RANGE OF OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL FACILITIES INCLUDING TENNIS AND BADMINTON COURTS, SWIMMING POOLS, WATER SKIING AND MANY OTHERS.

MR. TODD ALSO SPOKE OF SOME OF THE OTHER MAJOR PROJECTS UNDER PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION ON LANTAU.

♦AT DISCOVERY BAY, NOT FAR FROM HERE, AS YOU GET ON WITH THE SECOND STAGE OF OPERATION SEA RANCH. A VERY LARGE RESORT PROJECT IS BEING BUILT- AROUND THE CORNER AT TAI LONG WAN, THE GOVERNMENT IS NEGOTIATING FOR ANOTHER RESORT- AND YOU MAY HAVE READ IN THE NEWSPAPERS RECENTLY OF YET ANOTHER PROPOSAL TO BUILD HOLIDAY HOMES AT SILVERMINE BAY FOR HONG KONG’S BURGEONING MIDDLE-CLASS POPULATION.*

IN OTHER PARTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES TOO, THE LEISURE INDUSTRY IS BOOMING, HE ADDED. +AT SAI KUNG, THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION RECENTLY SIGNED THE FINAL CONDITIONS FOR A BOLD AND IMAGINATIVE MARINA-RESIDENTIAL COMPLEX AT HEBE HAVEN.

♦YET THIS IS JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG WHEN YOU CONSIDER THE VERY SWEEPING ADVANCES THAT HAVE BEEN MADt IN RECREATIONAL AND LEISURE PURSUITS FOR THE POPULATION AS A WHOLE.*

THESE, SAID MR. TODD, INCLUDE THE COUNTRY PARK PROGRAMME WHICH HAS ALREADY COVERED HALF OF HONG KONG’S MOST BEAUTIFUL COUNTRYSIDE- THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WHICH HAS BROUGHT MUCH PLEASURE FOR SO MANY YOUNG PEOPLE- THE MOMENTUM OF THE PLANS FOR WELL-MANAGED CAMP SITES AND HOSTELS- AND THE FACILITIES AND EXPERTISE OFFERED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE.

HE ADDEDt +THESE ARE BUT SOME OF THE MORE READ ILY-RECOGN(SABLE ACHIEVEMENTS AND MUST BE SET IN THE CONTEXT OF THE REMARKABLE PROGRESS HONG KONG HAS MADE ON SO MANY FRONTS IN THE LAST DECADE.♦

MR. TODD ALSO EXPRESSED HIS BELIEF THAT HONG KONG WAS IN THE MIDST OF ONE OF ITS MOST EXCITING AND CHALLENGING PHASES.

♦WE HAVE A YOUNG, INTELLIGENT AND VITAL POPULATION WHICH IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY AWARE OF ITS ENVIRONMENT AND OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS A COMMUNITY TOWARDS IT,* MR. TODD SAID.

♦WE HAVE A YOUNG AND INTELLIGENT POPULATION WHOSE EXPECTATIONS NO LONGER END AT THE HORIZON OF SIMPLE SURVIVAL BUT WHOSE ASPIRATIONS EXTEND FAR BEYOND THOSE OF PREVIOUS GENERATION.

♦LET US HOPE THIS IMPRESSIVE OPENING TODAY IS A SIGN TO THEM THAT THERE ARE A GREAT MANY PEOPLE IN HONG KONG DEVOTING A GREAT DEAL OF TIME, THOUGHT AND INITIATIVE TO THE FUTURE PROSPERITY AND WELL-BEING OF ALL SECTIONS OF THE COMMUNITY,* HE ADDED.

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ACCEPTANCE OF ADVANTAGES — GUIDELINES FOR SCHOOLS *****

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, IN CONSULTATION WITH ICAC, HAS COMPILED A LIST OF GUIDELINES FOR SCHOOL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES TO ASSIST THEM IN DECIDING WHAT ADVANTAGES SCHOOL STAFF MAY OR MAY NOT ACCEPT.

IN A GENERAL CIRCULAR TO ALL SCHOOLS, THE DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES ARE THE OVERALL AUTHORITY BUT MAY DELEGATE THE GRANTING OF PERMISSION TO ACCEPTING AN ADVANTAGE TO SUPERVISORS OR PRINCIPALS IN WRITING.

BUT, IN ACCEPTING ANY ADVANTAGE, THE CIRCULAR REMINDED MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES OF THE SPECIAL POSITION OF SCHOOLS IN RELATION TO THEIR INFLUENCE ON YOUNG PEOPLE AND +THE NEED FOR THEIR STAFF INDIVIDUALLY, AND THE SCHOOLS AS A WHOLE, TO BE IN EVERY WAY ABOVE SUSPICION OF ANY TRACE OF DOUBTFUL PRACTICES.+

♦ALL SCHOOL STAFF SHOULD BE FULLY INFORMED OF THE CONTENTS OF THE CIRCULAR,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE CIRCULAR OUTLINED THE FOLLOWING WHICH SHOULD NEVER BE PERMITTED. THESE ARE ADVANTAGES CONNECTED WITH:

* THE APPOINTMENT OR PROMOTION OF SCHOOL’S STAFF"

* THE ADMISSION OR PROMOTION OF PUPILS (OTHER THAN FEES APPROVED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT)"

* THE CONDUCT OF ANY TEST OR EXAMINATION (EXCEPT FOR PAYMENTS BY THE HONG KONG EXAMINATIONS AUTHORITY)-

* NOMINATIONS FOR COURSES OF TRAINING OR STUDY-TRIPS INVOLVING EITHER TEACHERS OR PUPILS-

* DONATIONS TO AN INDIVIDUAL RATHER THAN TO THE SCHOOL-

* COMMISSIONS OR GIFTS BY A SUPPLIER OR CONTRACTOR TO AN INDIVIDUAL RATHER THAN TO THE SCHOOL- AND

* PAYMENTS FOR THE USE OF SCHOOL PREMISES OR FACILITIES TO AN INDIVIDUAL RATHER THAN TO THE SCHOOL.

THE CIRCULAR ALSO DREW ATTENTION TO ADVANTAGES WHICH SCHOOLS SUBSIDISED UNDER THE CODES OF AID SHOULD NOT PERMIT ALTHOUGH PRIVATE SCHOOLS’ MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES MAY CONSIDER THEM PERMISSIBLE. THESE ARE:

* FEES FOR PRIVATE TUITION OF PUPILS OF THE SAME SCHOOL- AND

* PAYMENTS BY TEACHERS ON SICK LEAVE TO OTHER TEACHERS TO ATTEND TO THEIR CLASSES.

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ON THE QUESTION OF DONATIONS TO SCHOOLS, MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES MAY GIVE GENERAL PERMISSION TO THEIR SUPERVISORS TO ACCEPT THEM PROVIDEDi

* THEY ARE NOT IN ANY SENSE A REWARD FOR A FAVOUR BESTOWED ON AN INDIVIDUAL STUDENT SUCH AS ADMITTING HIM TO THE SCHOOL- AND

* IN THE CASE OF DONATIONS BY SCHOOL SUPPLIERS, THEY SHOULD IMPLY NO STANDING COMMITMENT TO CONTINUE TO USE THAT SUPPLIER, TO PERSUADE STUDENTS TO USE THAT SUPPLIER OR IN ANY WAY TO RESTRICT THE FREEDOM OF THE SCHOOL OR THE STUDENTS TO OBTAIN THE MOST EFFECTIVE SERVICES AT THE BEST POSSIBLE PRICE.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT THERE IS NOTHING IN THE PREVENTION OF BRIBERY ORDINANCE TO PREVENT AN EXCHANGE OF GIFTS BETWEEN PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS AS LONG AS IT IS NOT IN CONNECTION WITH THE AFFAIRS OF THE SCHOOL, OR THE MAKING OF A PROFIT BY THE PROPRIETORS OF PRIVATE INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS.

HE FURTHER NOTED THAT CASES OF ADVANTAGE WHICH MIGHT BE DIFFICULT TO DISALLOW INCLUDEi

* SMALL GIFTS BY PUPILS OR PARENTS TO TEACHERS-

* GIFTS GIVEN AT GRADUATION CEREMONIES TO INDIVIDUAL TEACHERS- AND

* GRATUITIES PAID TO MINOR STAFF FOR EXTRA WORK IN CONNECTION WITH EXTRA-CURRICULAR USE OF SCHOOL PREMISES OR FACILIT IES.

THE SPOKESMAN SUGGESTED THAT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES SHOULD SET A MAXIMUM CASH VALUE FOR SUCH GIFTS.

IF YOU FIND THAT YOU NEED FURTHER GUIDANCE, PLEASE CONSULT YOUR DISTRICT EDUCATION OFFICER,* HE SAID.

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SAFE MOTORING DAY TO BE LAUNCHED ON SUNDAY * * * * *

THE SECOND MAJOR PHASE OF THIS YEAR’S ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN WILL BE LAUNCHED ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 16) WITH A +SAFE MOTORING DAY* IN VICTORIA PARK.

THIS SPECIAL EVENT, WHICH HAS BEEN DESIGNED TO EMPHASISE THE NEED FOR SAFER MOTORING THROUGH SENSIBLE AND PROPER MAINTENANCE OF VEHICLES, WILL FEATURE AN EXHIBITION ON THE MANY ASPECTS OF ROAD SAFETY, AND AN ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME CENTRED ON SIMILAR THEMES.

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THE INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED MOTORISTS WILL ALSO BE CONDUCTING BRIEFINGS ON THE PROPER MAINTENANCE AND INSPECTION OF A VEHICLE. TURIN MOTORS LTD. WILL BE SHOWING FILMS AND EXHIBITING MODELS OF THE LATEST SAFETY FEATURES INCORPORATED WITHIN MODERN AUTOMOBILE DESIGN. THE KOWLOON MOTOR BUS COMPANY WILL BE SHOWING FILMS OF THEIR DRIVERS TRAINING COURSE, AND EXHIBITING ONE OF THE LATEST MODELS TO JOIN THEIR FLEET OF BUSES.

AMONG THE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS REPRESENTED WILL BE THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, WITH A DISPLAY OF +TIPS ON CAR MAINTENANCE* AND INFORMATION ON THE NEW KOWLOON BAY VEHICLE EXAMINATION DEPOT, AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE ROAD SAFETY SECTION, WITH A DISPLAY ON ROAD SAFETY CASUALTY FIGURES.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE SAFE MOTORING DAY ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 16).

THERE WILL BE TWO SEPARATE OPENING CEREMONIESi

1) EDINBURGH PLACE - START OF THE CLASSIC CAR PARADE AT 1.30 P.M. OFFICIATING GUESTi DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE.

2) VICTORIA PARK AT 2 P.M. OFFICIATING GUESTSt COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR. ALAN ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT- DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES, MR. JOHNNY JOHNSTON- ACTING CHIEF STAFF OFFICER (TRAFFIC) RHKPF, MR. JOHN WILSON-COMMISSIONER OF SCHOOL ROAD SAFETY PATROLS, MR. CECIL CHAN PRESIDENT OF THE H.K. AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION, MR. PHIL TAYLOR- AND CHAIRMAN OF THE INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED MOTORISTS, MR. STEPHEN NG.

IT WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR ONE REPRESENTATIVE TO COVER BOTH OPENING CEREMONIES, OWING TO THEIR SCHEDULED TIMING.

MEMBERS OF THE PRESS ARE REQUESTED TO ASSEMBLE AT THE ENTRANCE TO HMS TAMAR AT 1.20 P.M., FOR THE EDINBURGH PLACE EVENT, AND AT THE HING FAT STREET GATE OF VICTORIA PARK AT 1.50 P.M., FOR THE VICTORIA PARK EVENT. G.I.S. REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE ON HAND TO MEET THEM.

PRESS TRANSPORT WILL BE AVAILABLE NEAR HMS TAMAR AFTER THE CLASSIC CAR PARADE HAS LEFT EDINBURGH PLACE FOR THOSE PRESS MEMBERS WISHING TO GO ON TO VICTORIA PARK, TO COVER THE REMAINING PROGRAMME.

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THE GUEST OF HONOUR FOR THE DAY WILL BE THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR. ALAN ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT. THE OTHER OFFICIATING GUESTS WILL BE THE DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES, MR. JOHNNY JOHNSTON- THE ACTING CHIEF STAFF OFFICER (TRAFFIC) RHKPF, MR. JOHN WILSON- THE COMMISSIONER OF THE SCHOOL ROAD SAFETY PATROLS, MR. CECIL CHAN- THE PRESIDENT OF THE HONG KONG AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION, MR. PHIL TAYLOR AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE INSTITUTE CF ADVANCED MOTORISTS, MR. STEPHEN NG.

THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL COMMENCE AT 2 P.M. IN THE AREA OCCUPIED BY THE FOOTBALL PITCHES NUMBERS FOUR, FIVE AND SIX, ADJACENT TO THE HING FAT STREET ENTRANCE TO VICTORIA PARK.

THE MAIN HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY’S PROGRAMME WILL BE THE ARRIVAL CF THE +CLASSIC CAR PARADE+ FROM EDINBURGH PLACE WHERE A STARTING CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE AT 1.45 P.M.

OVER 20 CARS FROM THE CLASSICAL PERIOD OF AUTOMOBILE HISTORY WILL TAKE PART IN THE PARADE, CARRYING CELEBRITY PASSENGERS, INCLUDING TVB ARTISTS AND DIRECTORS OF THE PO LEUNG KUK.

THE CAR PARADE, WHICH IS ORGANISED BY THE ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN PUBLICITY SUB-COMMITTEE IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE +OLD CAR CLUB* OF THE HONG KONG AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION AND THE PO LEUNG KUK, IS PRIMARILY AN EVENT TO RAISE FUNDS FOR A NEW ROAD SAFETY BUS FOR CHILDREN.

THE CELEBRITIES TRAVELLING WITH THE PARADE, AND THE DRIVERS CF THE CARS WILL EACH BE PRESENTED WITH A SPECIAL COMMEMORATIVE SOUVENIR UPON THEIR ARRIVAL AT VICTORIA PARK.

IN ADDITION TO THE MANY AND VARIED ATTRACTIONS OF THE SAFE MOTORING DAY PROGRAMME, THERE WILL BE A LUCKY DRAW FOR THE SPECTATORS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN PUBLICITY SUB-COMMITTEE SAIDi +IT IS MOST GRATIFYING TO SEE THE WAY THAT MANY COMPANIES, INCLUDING MOBIL OIL, TURIN MOTORS AND BURGER KING, TO NAME BUT A FEW, HAVE SHOWN THEIR SUPPORT FOR THIS ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN BY PROVIDING PRIZES FOR THE DRAW AND LEAFLETS ON CAR MAINTENANCE FOR DISTRIBUTION TO THE PUBLIC.*

THE MAIN ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE PERFORMANCES BY BOTH THE SILVER BAND AND THE PIPES OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE, A DEMONSTRATION OF SKILFUL DRIVING TECHNIQUES BY THE INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED MOTORISTS, A DEMONSTRATION OF SKATEBOARDING IN SAFETY, A DISPLAY BY THE CIVIL AID SERVICES MOTORCYCLE TEAM, A DEMONSTRATION OF POLICE DOGS AT WORK, AND PERFORMANCES BY THE ST. BONAVENTURE SCHOOL BAND AND THE PRINCETON COLLEGE CHOIR.

THE EXHIBITION STANDS WILL ALSO OFFER INTERESTING AND ENTERTAINING ITEMS, INCLUDING A DRIVING SIMULATOR WHICH MEMBERS CF THE PUBLIC CAN TRY OUT, SUPPLIED BY THE GURKHA TRANSPORT REGIMENT AND AN EYE TESTING MACHINE AT THE INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED MOTORISTS STAND.

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KOWLOON MAX I CAB ROUTES TO BE REVISED ******

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT KOWLOON MAXICAB ROUTES NOS. 1, 2, 8, 9, 10 AND 21 WILL BE REVISED FROM TOMORROW (SEPTEMBER 15) TO IMPROVE PATRONAGE.

THE REVISED ROUTE NO. 1 FROM TSIM SHA TSUI (HANKOW ROAD) TO HO MAN TIN HILL (CIRCULAR) WILL BE VIA PEKING ROAD, KOWLOON PARK DRIVE, CANTON ROAD, FERRY STREET, WATERLOO ROAD, PUI CHING ROAD, SHEUNG HING STREET, PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD, ARGYLE STREET, WATERLOO ROAD, HO MAN TIN HILL ROAD, WYLIE ROAD, GASCOIGNE ROAD, JORDAN ROAD, CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON PARK DRIVE, MIDDLE ROAD AND HANKOW ROAD.

ROUTE NO. 2 FROM JORDAN ROAD FERRY TO WATERLOO HILL (MAN FUK ROAD) WILL BE VIA MAN WUI STREET, FERRY STREET, SAIGON STREET, WAI CHING STREET, JORDAN ROAD, GASCOIGNE ROAD, WYLIE ROAD, WATERLOO ROAD, PUI CHING ROAD, MAN FUK ROAD AND HOK YU LANE AND THE RETURN JOURNEY WILL BE VIA HOK YU LANE, MAN FUK ROAD, MAN WAN ROAD, MAN FUK ROAD, PUI CHING ROAD, WATERLOO ROAD, WYLIE ROAD, GASCOIGNE ROAD, JORDAN ROAD, FERRY STREET, MAN CHEONG STREET, MAN SING STREET AND MAN WUI STREET.

ROUTE NO. 8 FROM HO MAN TIN TO TSIM SHA TSUI (HANKOW ROAD) WILL BE VIA SHEUNG WO STREET, SHEUNG LOK STREET, SHEUNG SHING STREET, SHEUNG FOO STREET, FAT KWONG STREET, CHUNG HAU STREET, GOOD SHEPHERD STREET, CHUNG HAU STREET, CHUNG MAN STREET, PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD, HONG CHONG ROAD, SALISBURY ROAD, NATHAN ROAD, MIDDLE ROAD AND HANKOW ROAD AND THE RETURN JOURNEY WILL BE VIA HANKOW ROAD, PEKING ROAD, ASHLEY ROAD, MIDDLE ROAD, HANKOW ROAD, SALISBURY ROAD, HONG CHONG ROAD, PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD, PUI CHING ROAD, FAT KWONG STREET, SHEUNG FOO STREET, SHEUNG SHING STREET, SHEUNG LOK STREET AND SHEUNG WO STREET.

ROUTE NO. 9 FROM WATERLOO HILL (MAN FUK ROAD) TO TSIM SHA TSUI (HANKOW ROAD) WILL BE VIA HOK YU LANE, MAN FUK ROAD, MAN WAN ROAD, MAN FUK ROAD, PUI CHING ROAD, SHEUNG HING STREET, PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD, HONG CHONG ROAD, SALISBURY ROAD, NATHAN ROAD, MIDDLE ROAD AND HANKOW ROAD AND THE RETURN JOURNEY WILL BE VIA HANKOW ROAD, PEKING ROAD, ASHLEY ROAD, MIDDLE ROAD, HANKOW ROAD, SALISBURY ROAD, HONG CHONG ROAD, PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD, ARGYLE STREET, WATERLOO ROAD, PUI CHING ROAD, MAN FUK ROAD AND HOK YU LANE.

ROUTE NO. 10 FROM KADOORIE AVENUE (BRAGA CIRCUIT) TO TSIM SHA TSUI (HANKOW ROAD) WILL BE VIA BRAGA CIRCUIT, KADOORIE AVENUE, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, SAI YEE STREET, ARGYLE STREET, YIM PO FONG STREET, WATERLOO ROAD, NATHAN ROAD, PUBLIC SQUARE STREET, SHANGHAI STREET, JORDAN ROAD, CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON PARK DRIVE, MIDDLE ROAD AND HANKOw ROAD AND THE RETURN JOURNEY WILL BE VIA HANKOw ROAD, PEKING ROAD, KOwLOON PARK DRIVE, CANTON ROAD, FERRY STREET, SAIGON STREET", CANTON ROAD, PUBLIC SQUARE STREET, RECLAMATION STREET, WATERLOO ROAD, DUNDAS STREET, KWONG WA STREET, v|W PC FQNG STP££T. 4RGYLE STREET, KADOORIE AVENUE AND BRAGA CIRCUIT.

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ROUTE NO. 21 FROM KOWLOON CITY (NAM KOK ROAD) TO FUK WAN TSUEN WILL BE VIA NAM KOK ROAD, NGA TSIN LONG ROAD, .NGA TSIN WAI ROAD, TAK KU LING ROAD. LOK SIN ROAD, CHOI HUNG ROAD, TSEUK LUK STREET, KING FUK STREET, SHUN LING STREET, HONG KEUNG STREET, Yl LUN STREET, SHUN LING STREET, TSEUK LUK STREET, TAI YAU STREET, CHOI HUNG ROAD, HAMMER HILL ROAD, LUNG CHEUNG ROAD, KWUN TONG ROAD, NGAU TAU KOK ROAD AND CHUN WAH ROAD AND THE RETURN JOURNEY WILL BE VIA CHUN WAH ROAD, JORDAN VALLEY SOUTH ROAD, JORDAN VALLEY NORTH ROAD, NGAU TAU KOK ROAD, SHING SHUN ROAD, KWUN TONG ROAD, LUNG CHEUNG ROAD, HAMMER HILL ROAD, CHOI HUNG ROAD, TAI YAU STREET, NG FONG STREET, SZE MEI STREET, KING FUK STREET, TSEUK LUK STREET, TAI SHING STREET, TAI TUNG STREET. TUNG FAT ROAD, TUNG LUNG ROAD, LOK SIN ROAD, KAI TAK ROAD, NGA TSIN WAI ROAD AND NAM KOK ROAD.

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TAXI TENDER FORMS AVAILABLE TODAY

KOK

TENDER FORMS FOR THE 300 URBAN TAXI LICENCES ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION TODAY (FRIDAY) FROM THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S HONG KONG AND KOWLOON LICENSING OFFICE'S.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN REMINDED INTENDING TENDERERS THAT THE TENDER FORMS FOR THIS BATCH OF LICENCES ARE LIGHT GREEN. ANY OTHER TYPES OF FORMS ISSUED PREVIOUSLY MUST NOT BE USED OTHERWISE THEIR TENDERS WILL BE DECLARED VOID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIVING TENDERS IS SEPTEMBER 28, 1979, BEFORE NOON. +N0 LATE TENDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED,* HE ADDED.

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BRIGHT FUTURE FOR GRADUATES OF P.W.D.’S CRAFT APPRENTICE SCHEME

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THE FUTURE FOR YOUNG MEN GRADUATING FROM THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT’S CRAFT APPRENTICES SCHEME HAS NEVER BEEN BRIGHTER.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY MR. TOM TOMLINSON, THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT WATER ENGINEER.

ADDRESSING A GATHERING AT THE GRADUATION CEREMONY FOR 28 CRAFT APPRENTICES AT THE CIVIL AID SERVICES’ DEMONSTRATION THEATRE, IN CAROLINE HILL ROAD, MR. TOMLINSON POINTED OUT THAT WITH HONG KONG’S RAPID DEVELOPMENT INTO AN INDUSTRIAL CITY, CONTINUOUS GROWTH OF TECHNOLOGICAL EXPERTISE WAS ESSENTIAL FOR A SUCCESSFUL ECONOMY.

HE RANKED THE JOINT WATERWORKS AND ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL OFFICE TRAINING SCHEME, WHICH IS OPERATED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, COLLEGES OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION, AND THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DIVISION OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, AS ONE OF THE BEST IN THE TERRITORY.

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MR. TOMLINSON ADDED THAT THE SCHEME, THOUGH RUN BY THE GOVERNMENT, WAS DESIGNED TO MEET THE GENERAL NEEDS OF HONG KONG AS A WHOLE.

THE P.W.D.’S CRAFT APPRENTICE TRAINING SCHEME WAS STARTED NINE YEARS AGO TO PROVIDE SELECTED SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH A FOUR-YEAR TRAINING PROGRAMME WHICH BLENDED, IN APPROPRIATE MEASURE, ACADEMIC LEARNING WITH PRACTICAL TRAINING.

TO-DATE, 459 CRAFT APPRENTICES HAVE GRADUATED UNDER THE SCHEME AND MANY OF THEM ARE APPLYING THEIR SKILLS IN P.W.D., THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY AND THE FIRE SERVICES.

THIS YEAR’S BEST CRAFT APPRENTICE WAS MR. HO MAN-FAI WHO WAS PRESENTED WITH THE ’LAISHLEY* CUP.

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THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, TODAY (FRIDAY) OFFICIALLY OPENED AN EXHIBITION DESIGNED TO DRIVE HOME THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPER PARENTAL GUIDANCE IN CHILDREN’S PHYSICAL AND INTELLECTUAL GROWTH.

ENTITLED +WONDERFUL CHILDREN*, THE EXHIBITION IS ORGANISED AT THE OCEAN TERMINAL BY THE ZONTA CLUB OF KOWLOON IN RESPONSE TO THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE CHILD.

THE DISPLAY, INCLUDING MODELS, PHOTOGRAPHS, RESEARCH REPORTS, GAMES AND SLIDE SHOWS, IS THE WORK OF SIX LOCAL YOUTH GROUPS IN WHICH MEMBERS OF THE CLUB HAD PARTICIPATED IN THE PLANNING STAGE.

THE EXHIBITION REMAINS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FROM 10 A.M. TO 6 P.M. TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AND ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 16).

ADDRESSING THE OPENING CEREMONY THIS AFTERNOON, MR. LEE SAID THE PROCLAMATION OF 1979 AS THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE CHILD WAS TO FOCUS WORLDWIDE ATTENTION ON THE WELL-BEING OF CHILDREN.

OVER THE YEARS, HE SAID, THE GOVERNMENT HAD BEEN WORKING ALONG THIS LINE TO IMPROVE CHILD WELFARE.

THIS INCLUDED THE PROVISION OF BETTER CHILD CARE SERVICES, FREE EDUCATION, PERSONAL SOCIAL WORK AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE, RECREATIONAL FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES, AND CHILD LABOUR LEGISLATION, HE SAID.

MR. LEE SAID THE EXHIBITS WERE INTERESTING AND CALLED FOR CONCERTED EFFORTS TO MAKE LIFE A HAPPY ONE FOR THE CHILD.

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HK EXCELS IN OVERSEAS PUBLIC HEALTH COURSE

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STUDENT HEALTH INSPECTORS OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAVE EXCELLED IN A RECENT BRITISH-RUN PUBLIC HEALTH DIPLOMA COURSE.

TWENTY-TWO STUDENT HEALTH INSPECTORS TOOK THE COURSE — THE DIPLOMA IN PUBLIC HEALTH INSPECTION FOR GENERAL OVERSEAS APPOINTMENT. OF THESE 20 PASSED THE EXAMINATION AFTER TwO YEARS OF TRAINING.

AN URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THE RESULTS WERE ANNOUNCED RECENTLY, AND THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES HAVE NOW BEEN POSTED TO VARIOUS DISTRICTS TO CARRY OUT ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL WORK.

+THEY WILL BE AWARDED WITH DIPLOMAS BY THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF HEALTH WHICH CONDUCTED THE COURSE IN HONG KONG,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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AMENITIES PLOTS IN KING’S ROAD

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) INVITED TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF FOUR +REST AREAS* IN KING’S ROAD, NORTH POINT.

THE WORK, PUBLISHED IN A NOTICE IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE, IS EXPECTED TO GET UNDER WAY IN MID-NOVEMBER AND BE COMPLETED AROUND THE MIDDLE OF FEBRUARY.

A PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE PROJECT INCLUDED FOUR ROAD-SIDE AMENITIES PLOTS AT DIFFERENT LOCATIONS ALONG KING'S ROAD.

EACH OF THESE PLOTS WILL COMPRISE CONCRETE BENCHES AND PLANTING AREAS.

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ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

OPENING OF ANTI-DRUG CAMPAIGN IN WAN CHAI .......... 1

ADULT EDUCATION EXPANDING .........................  3

TRAINED STAFF TO CONTROL HA./KERS .................. 4

ENGLISH COURSES FOR TEACHERS ....................... 5

CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE CELEBRATES 7OTH ANNIVERSARY.... 6

MID-LEVELS PLAYGROUND TO BE RE-BUILT ............... 7

FIRING PRACTICE

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OPENING OF ANT I-DRUG CAMPAIGN IN WAN CHAI * * * *

HONG KONG HAS CONTAINED ITS OVERALL DRUG ABUSE PROBLEM WHEN INTERNATIONALLY DRUG ABUSE IS REACHING EPIDEMIC PROPORTIONS, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS (ACAN), SIR ALBERT RODRIGUES SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE MONTH-LONG WAN CHAI DISTRICT ANTI-DRUG CAMPAIGN AT THE SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND, SIR ALBERT SAID: ♦WE ARE MAKING CONSIDERABLE JNROADS INTO THE PROBLEM OF DRUG ABUSE AMONG OUR YOUTH.

♦WHILE WE CAN TAKE PRIDE IN WHAT HAS BEEN ACHIEVED - A PRIDE WHICH CAN BE SHARED BY ALL IN HONG KONG WHOSE SUPPORT HAS CONTRIBUTED ENORMOUSLY TO OUR SUCCESS - WE CAN IN NO WAY RELAX OUR EFFORTS.

♦WHILST EVEN ONE HONG KONG CITIZEN WE HAVE A JOB OF WORK TO DO.+

REMAINS ADDICTED TO DRUGS,

SIR ALBERT SAID THE GOVERNMENT, AS ADVISED BY THE ACAN, WAS FIRMLY COMMITTED TO FIGHTING THE DRUG ABUSE PROBLEM AND EVENTUALLY TO ELIMINATE IT FROM OUR MIDST.

TO ACHIEVE OUR OBJECTIVES WE NEED EFFECTIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGAINST THE CRIMINALS WHO TRAFFICK IN DRUGS AND THOSE WHO HELP THEM, A WIDE RANGE OF TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION FACILITIES FOR OUR DRUG ABUSERS, CLOSE CO-OPERATION ON THE INTERNATIONAL SCENE AND - VITALLY IMPORTANT - FIRM SUPPORT FROM MEMBERS OF OUR OWN COMMUNITY HERE IN HONG KONG.

OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS HONG KONG HAS DIRECTED MAJOR EFFORTS INTO THE LINKED FIELDS OF PREVENTION, EDUCATION, AND PUBLICITY AGAINST NARCOTICS.

SIR ALBERT SAID: ♦SINCE 1973, THE ACAN, WITH MOST VALUABLE CO-OPERATION AND ASSISTANCE FROM COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS AND CIVIC LEADERS AND MANY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, HAS ORGANISED INTENSIVE ANTI-DRUG CAMPAIGNS AT DISTRICT LEVEL EVERY YEAR.

♦HERE IN WAN CHAI, DURING THE NEXT FOUR WEEKS, RESIDENTS, STUDENTS, AND WORKERS FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE, WILL BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN A WIDE VARIETY OF PROGRAMMES INCLUDING EXHIBITIONS, SEMINARS, COMPETITIONS, FILM SHOWS, RECREATIONAL EVENTS AND VISITS

♦THESE PROGRAMMES ARE NOT ORGANISED, HOWEVER, FOR ENTERTAINMENT ONLY - THEY WILL ALL CARRY AN ANTl-NARCOTICS MESSAGE

HE SAID THE WAN CHAI CAMPAIGN HAD THE FOLLOWING THREE OBJECTIVES:

* TO WARN YOUNG PEOPLE ABOUT THE RISKS.OF TAKING DRUGS, AND TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO THINK OF HEALTHY ALTERNATIVES"

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* TO DEVELOP A MORE SYMPATHETIC AND UNDERSTANDING ATTITUDE AMONG THE RESIDENTS TOWARDS THOSE WHO HAVE, UNFORTUNATELY, BECOME DRUG ABUSERS- AND

* TO ENCOURAGE THE PUBLIC TO REPORT ANY ILLEGAL DRUG TRAFFICKING ACTIVITIES.

IN ADDITION, THE WAN CHAI CAMPAIGN WILL ALSO EMPHASISE BOTH THE PREVENTION OF FEMALE DRUG ADDICTION AND ENCOURAGEMENT TO WOMEN DRUG ADDICTS TO SEEK TREATMENT.

FOR ALTHOUGH DRUG ADDICTION AMONG WOMEN IS NOT CURRENTLY VERY SERIOUS, WE ARE AWARE THAT IT HAS BEEN INCREASING,* HE SAID.

HONG KONG’S ANT I-NARCOTICS EFFORTS ARE SUCCEEDING. +DRUG PRICES ON THE STREETS ARE AI _AN_ ALL-TI ME HIGH, ATTENDANCES AT OUR OUT-PATIENT TREATMENT CLINICS HAVE NEVER BEEN GREATER. THE NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE UNDER 21 IN DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTRES AND IN THE SOCIETY FOR THE AID AND REHABILITATION OF DRUG ABUSERS (SARDA) HAS BEEN DECLINING FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS. THERE HAS BEEN A MAJOR DROP IN THOSE CONVICTED FOR MINOR DRUG OFFENCES OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS.

IN ADDITION, PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR OUR ANTI-NARCOTICS BATTLE HAS BEEN GROWING AS SHOWN BY THE LARGE NUMBERS OF PARTICIPANTS AND VOLUNTEER WORKERS AT OUR VARIOUS CAMPAIGNS AND OTHER ANTI-DRUG ACTIVITIES,+ HE SAID.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT ANTI-DRUG CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR. CHAM SIU-LUEN TOLD THE GATHERING THAT MORE THAN 400 LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, INCLUDING AREA COMMITTEES, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND SCHOOLS, HAD SPENT MORE THAN THREE MONTHS IN PREPARING A TOTAL OF 80 ANTI-DRUG PROGRAMMES FOR ABOUT 230 000 RESIDENTS IN THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT, WHICH ALSO COVERS HAPPY VALLEY, TAI HANG AND CAUSEWAY BAY.

M R. CHAM SAIDt +1 AM MOST CONFIDENT THAT THE WAN CHAI CAMPAIGN WILL BE A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS.♦

SIR ALBERT WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, W. PETER LEE AT THE OPENING OF THE WAN CHAI CAMPAIGN, WHICH WAS FOLLOWED BY A TWO-HOUR VARIETY SHOW.

THE WAN CHAI CAMPAIGN IS THE FIRST OF THREE INTENSIVE DISTRICT COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT CAMPAIGNS TO BE ORGANISED THIS YEAR BY THE ACAN. THE OTHER TWO MONTH-LONG CAMPAIGNS WILL BE HELD IN MONG KOK AND TSUEN WAN.

THIS YEAR’S CAMPAIGN ARE TARGETED AT MORE THAN ONE MILLION RESIDENTS LIVING IN THE THREE DISTRICTS.

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ADULT EDUCATION EXPANDING

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THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS EXPANDING IN ACCORDANCE WITH RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE SENIOR SECONDARY AND TERTIARY EDUCATION WHITE PAPER.

THE EXPANSION PROGRAMME CALLS FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF ADULT EDUCATION SPECIALISTS TO DEVELOP ADULT EDUCATION CURRICULA AND RELATED ACTIVITIES AND THE CREATION OF NEW POSTS OF LIAISON OFFICERS, AND PART-TIME CLERKS.

AT THE SAME TIME, ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL STAFF WILL BE APPOINTED AND MORE SCIENCE SUBJECTS PROVIDED IN THE UPPER FORMS OF ADULT EDUCATION.

MANY OF THE LIAISON OFFICERS’ POSTS HAVE BEEN FILLED BY HEAD TEACHERS AND CHIEF LECTURERS IN ADULT EDUCATION CENTRES WHO ARE GENERALLY IN CHARGE OF THE CENTRES WHILE PART-TIME CLERKS ARE BEING APPOINTED TO RELIEVE TEACHING STAFF FROM CLERICAL WORK.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAIDi +THE LIAISON OFFICERS’ MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES ARE TO LOOK AFTER THE ADMINISTRATIVE WORK AND TO MAINTAIN CLOSE CONTACT WITH THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. THEIR APPOINTMENT WILL ESTABLISH EFFECTIVE LIAISON BETWEEN THE CENTRES AND THE PROFESSIONAL STAFF AND ENABLE THE TEACHING STAFF TO DEVOTE MORE TIME ON ACADEMIC WORK.+

IN THE PAST, HEAD TEACHERS AND CHIEF LECTURERS IN ADULT EDUCATION CENTRES ARE REQUIRED TO PERFORM CLERICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE WORK IN ADDITION TO THEIR TEACHING DUTIES.

THE PLAN TO PROVIDE MORE SCIENCE SUBJECTS IN UPPER FORMS REQUIRES ADDITIONAL LABORATORY TECHNICIANS AND FACILITIES FOR PRACTICAL WORK.

THE SPOKESMAN URGED SCHOOL AUTHORITIES TO HELP MAKE THIS DEVELOPMENT PLAN A SUCCESS BY ALLOWING STUDENTS OF ADULT EDUCATION CENTRES TO USE THEIR LABORATORY FACILITIES.

HE ALSO REVEALED THAT A SUM HAS BEEN SET ASIDE TO PURCHASE CHEMICALS AND OTHER PRACTICAL WORK MATERIAL FOR USE IN THE LABORATORY.

THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION OPERATES 144 CENTRES THROUGHOUT HONG KONG WITH A TOTAL ENROLMENT OF 25 773 IN 754 CLASSES.

IN ADDITION, 16 ADULT EDUCATION AND RECREATION CENTRES WITH A REGISTERED MEMBERSHIP OF 47 OOO WERE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ON SEPTEMBER 11. THESE CENTRES PROVIDE A WIDE RANGE OF HOBBY COURSES IN MORE THAN 320 GROUPS.

+ALL FORMAL CLASSES IN ADULT EDUCATION CENTRES BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 10 AND THERE ARE STILL SOME VACANCIES IN JUNIOR SECONDARY FORMS OF THE SECONDARY SCHOOL COURSES AND THE YOUNG PEOPLE’S COURSE FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO ENROL,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1979

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TRAINED STAFF TO CONTROL HAWKERS * * * *

IF THE GOVERNMENT IS TO SUCCEED IN ITS HAWKER POLICIES, IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THE GENERAL DUTIES TEAMS (G.D.T.) SHOULD FUNCTION AS EFFECTIVE ENFORCEMENT AGENTS.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR. H.S. GREWAL, WHEN HE ADDRESSED THE GRADUATION CEREMONY AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE TODAY (SATURDAY) FOR THE FIRST GENERAL DUTIES TEAM BASIC TRAINING COURSE.

MR. GREWAL SAID THE TEAMS WHICH WERE FIRST SET UP IN 1974 HAVE RECENTLY TAKEN ON AN EVEN GREATER ROLE WITH THE DISBANDMENT OF THE HAWKER CONTROL FORCE.

♦TEAM MEMBERS ARE REQUIRED TO BE FULLY CONVERSANT NOT ONLY WITH THE VARIOUS PROCEDURES AND LEGISLATION INVOLVED IN HAWKER CONTROL WORK, BUT THEY ARE ALSO EXPECTED TO FUNCTION AS A TEAM AS WELL AS TO DISPLAY TACT AND PERSEVERANCE IN DEALING WITH DIFFICULT SITUATIONS WHICH MAY ARISE IN THE COURSE OF THEIR DUTIES,♦ HE SAID.

SINCE THE TASKS ASSIGNED TO THE TEAMS ARE BY NO MEANS EASY. MR. GREWAL BELIEVED +IT IS ONLY PROPER THEN THAT G.D.T. MEMBERS SHOULD BE ADEQUATELY TRAINED AND EQUIPPED TO CARRY OUT THE DUTIES THAT ARE EXPECTED OF THEM.+

AFTER DELIVERING THE SPEECH, MR. GREWAL PRESENTED GRADUATION CERTIFICATES TO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE TRAINEES WHO HAVE RECENTLY COMPLETED THE SIX-WEEK BASIC TRAINING COURSE.

THREE G.D.T. MEMBERS WHO HAVE OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE DURING THE COURSE AND IN THE EXAMINATION ALSO RECEIVED AWARDS FROM THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES.

THE 92 G.D.T. MEMBERS — ALL FROM VARIOUS DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT -- ARE THE FIRST BATCH OF GRADUATES SINCE A CENTRALISED G.D.T. TRAINING UNIT WAS SET UP IN THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN MAY THIS YEAR.

FURTHER TRAINING COURSES WILL BE ORGANISED BY THE UNIT FOR G.D.T. MEMBERS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND IN THE URBAN AREA.

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SPEECH COURSES FOR TEACHERS IN ENGLISH SUBJECT IN PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS WILL BE CONDUCTED BY THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

THE COURSES ARE FOR NON-NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS. THE ONE FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS WILL BE HELD EVERY MONDAY AND FRIDAY BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 24 AND DECEMBER 21- WHILE THAT FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS WILL BE HELD EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY BETWEEN OCTOBER 2 AND DECEMBER 20.

TEACHERS CAN EITHER ATTEND THE COURSE IN THE MORNING OR IN THE AFTERNOON AND THERE WILL BE A TOTAL OF 24 MEETINGS.

EACH MEETING WILL BEGIN WITH AN INTRODUCTORY TALK ON ENGLISH PHONETICS.

THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY LANGUAGE LABORATORY PRACTICE IN PRONUNCIATION, STRESS AND INTONATION, SENTENCE PATTERNS, DIALOGUE AND LISTENING COMPREHENSION.

THERE WILL ALSO'BE A PRACTICAL SESSION WHERE PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS WILL TAKE PART IN DISCUSSIONS, CONVERSATIONS, SHORT TALKS, POETRY RECITATION, PROSE-BEADING OR DRAMA.

FOR THIS SESSION SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO EITHER LEAD A DISCUSSION ON A SELECTED TOPIC RELEVANT TO THE TEACHING OF ENGLISH OR DEMONSTRATE AN ENGLISH TEACHING TECHNIQUE.

PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS WILL BE ATTENDING THE COURSE AT THE KOWLOON UNIT OF THE TEACHING CENTRE AT MA TAU KOK GOVERNMENT OFFICES, SECOND FLOOR, 1 MA TAU KOK ROAD.

THE COURSE FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS WILL BE HELD AT 9A BONHAM ROAD, HONG KONG.

THE COURSES ARE FREE, AND A CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE WILL BE AWARDED TO EACH PARTICIPANT WHO HAS SATISFACTORILY COMPLETED THE COURSE.

HEADS OF SCHOOLS WHO WISH TO NOMINATE THEIR ENGLISH TEACHERS TO THE COURSE SHOULD SEND IN THEIR APPLICATIONS TO THE SENIOR INSPECTOR, ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRE, 9A BONHAM ROAD, HONG KONG.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR THE PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHER COURSE IS SEPTEMBER 19, AND THAT FOR THE SECONDARY COURSE SEPTEMBER 24.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE AT THE CENTRE ON TELEPHONE 5-482537.

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CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE CELEBRATES 7OTH ANNIVERSARY M * *

HONG KONG’S CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE WAS ON PARADE TODAY (SATURDAY) TO MARK ITS 7OTH ANNIVERSARY.

ABOUT 150 OFFICERS DRAWN FROM ITS SIX DIVISIONS WERE INSPECTED BY THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR. DAVID JORDAN WHO IS ALSO THE SERVICE’S COMMISSIONER.

THE PARADE, BEFORE AN AUDIENCE OF 200 COMPRISING GUESTS FROM CONSULATES, REPRESENTATIVES FROM INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE CIRCLES GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND THE BRITISH FORCES, TOOK PLACE AT THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE TRAINING SCHOOL AT TAI LAM CHUNG. THE NEW TERRITORIES.

TO THE MUSIC PROVIDED BY THE PIPES AND DRUMS OF THE QUEEN’S GURKHA ENGINEERS, THE PARADE UNDER ITS COMMANDER, SUPERINTENDENT P.W. MAK MARCHED PAST THE COMMISSIONER.

ADDRESSING THE PARADE, MR. JORDAN SAID THAT THE OF THE SERVICE WAS PROCEEDING STEADILY.

RE-ORGANISATION

♦THIS IS NECESSARY TO MEET MODERN CONDITIONS AND THE GROWING RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE SERVICE, WHICH HAVE INCREASED BOTH IN COMPLEXITY AND VARIETY, AND WILL PROVIDE BETTER PROMOTION PROSPECTS FOR SERVING OFFICERS WHO HAVE THE ABILITY TO ASSUME INCREASED RESPONSIBILITIES.

HAVE L0NG FELT THAT THERE SHOULD BE BETTER CAREER PROSPECTS FOR ALL OFFICERS OF THE SERVICE, AND I WAS GLAD TO SEE THAT, IN MARCH THIS YEAR, A TOTAL OF 19 OFFICERS WERE PROMOTED AT THE SAME TIME WITHIN THE INSPECTORATE AND

SUPERINTENDENT GRADES,+ SAID

MR. JORDAN.

REVIEWING THE VARIED DUTIES OF THE SERVICE, MR. JORDAN SAID ITS ORIGINAL DUTY WAS TO COLLECT AND PROTECT THE REVENUE DERIVED FROM DUTIABLE COMMODITIES. LAST YEAR THE NET AMOUNT COLLECTED WAS 8830 MILLION - MORE THAN TEN PER CENT OF THE GOVERNMENT’S RE-CURRENT EXPENDITURE.

CONGRATULATING THE SERVICE ON MANY SUCCESSFUL OPERATIONS AGAINST DRUG TRAFFICKING, MR. JORDAN SAID +DRUG ADDICTION IS ONE OF HONG KONG’S GREATEST EVILS, BUT THE COMBINED EFFORTS OF MANY ORGANISATIONS, OFFICIAL AND PRIVATE, HAVE IN THE LAST FEW YEARS TURNED THE TIDE. AS OUR PART IN THIS EFFORT, MORE THAN HALF OF THE SERVICE IS NOW COMMITTED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY TO ANTINARCOTICS ACTIVITIES.+

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES COMPRISED THE SUPPRESSION OF COPYRIGHT OFFENCES, IMPORT AND EXPORT CONTROLS OF PROHIBITED AND RESTRICTED ARTICLES, AND OTHER AGENCY DUTIES FOR REASONS OF HEALTH, SAFETY AND INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS.

♦DESPITE THE INCREASED SCOPE OF WORK, YOU HAVE ACHIEVED CONSIDERABLE SUCCESS IN THESE FIELDS TOO, PARTICULARLY IN THE SUPPRESSION OF COPYRIGHT OFFENCES.

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** AM PROUD OF THIS SERVICE, OF WHICH I HAVE HAD THE HONOUR TO BE COMMISSIONER FOR THE PAST SEVEN YEARS. FOR YOUR SUSTAINED EFFORTS, DETERMINATION AND SUCCESS IN MEETING YOUR EVER-GROWING COMMITMENTS, I OFFER MY THANKS AND CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE SERVICE, INCLUDING THE MANY WHO ARE NOT HERE BECAUSE THEY ARE ON DUTY ELSEWHERE,♦ SAID MR. JORDAN.

THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE WITH ABOUT 1 500 DISCIPLINED OFFICERS AND 130 SUPPORTING STAFF IS ONE OF THE THREE BRANCH DEPARTMENTS OF THE TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT.

MID-LEVELS PLAYGROUND TO BE RE-BUILT *****

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS TO RE-BUILD THE PLAYGROUND AT THE CORNER OF ALBANY ROAD AND ROBINSON ROAD IN THE MID-LEVELS.

TENDERS ARE NOW INVITED FOR THE RE-CONSTRUCTION WORK WHICH IS EXPECTED TO START IN NOVEMBER AND BE COMPLETED IN FEBRUARY NEXT YEAR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE P.W.D. SAID THE SITE MEASURED ABOUT 1 800 SQUARE METRES AND WAS AT THE UPPER PART OF THE ZOOLOGICAL AND BOTANICAL GARDENS.

♦WHEN COMPLETED IT WILL BE AN ATTRACTIVE CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND WITH A SITTING-OUT AREA.+ HE SAID.

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FIRING PRACTICE * * *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT CASTLE PEAK RANGE ON THREE DAYS NEXT WEEK.

THE PUBLIC ARE REMINDED THAT IT IS DANGEROUS TO ENTER THE AREA WHEN THE RED FLAGS ARE FLYING DURING THE TIMES OF FIRING PRACTICE.

THE PRACTICE TIMES AREi

DATE TIME

SEPTEMBER 19 (WEDNESDAY) 12 NOON - 5 P.M.

SEPTEMBER 20 (THURSDAY) 8 A.M. - 5 P.M.

SEPTEMBER 21 (FRIDAY) 8 A.M. - 3 P.M.

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ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL. 5-233191

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

BACK ROOM .YORKERS PRESERVE HONG KONG’S HISTORY............... 1

COURSES ON CHINESE CLASSIC AND CULTURE........................ 2

LIFT INDUSTRY — AN IDEAL JOB FOR YOUNG MEN ................... 3

SURVEYS TO UPDATE CONSUMER PRICE UTDEXES...................... 4

WATER CUT

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BACK ROOM WORKERS PRESERVE HONG KONG’S HISTORY

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MANY OF HONG KONG’S HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS HAVE BEEN GIVEN A NEW LEASE OF LIFE - THANKS TO THE EFFORTS OF TWO BACK ROOM WORKERS IN THE PUBLIC RECORDS OFFICE.

THEY ARE MR. YIP KWAN-CHAN AND MR. LOH YUK-FUN OF THE DOCUMENTS REPAIR AND BINDERY SECTION WHOSE WORK CALLS FOR A GREAT DEAL OF CRAFTSMANSHIP AND DELICACY IN RESTORING THE TATTERED DOCUMENTS ERODED BY TIME.

ACCORDING TO MR. YIP AND MR. LOH, THE BIGGEST ENEMY OF HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS IS THE ACIDIC CONTENT IN SOME PAPERS WHICH WILL GRADUALLY ERODE THEM AND LEAD TO THEIR DESTRUCTION.

SO THE FIRST STEP IN RESTORING A WORN-OUT DOCUMENT IS TO SOAK IT IN A SOLUTION OF CHEMICALS CONSISTING OF CALCIUM HYDROXIDE AND CALCIUM CARBONATE TO NEUTRALISE THE ACIDITY OF THE PAPER.

ANOTHER IMPORTANT STEP IN DOCUMENT RESTORATION IS THE PATCHING UP OF THE TATTERED DOCUMENT.

♦IT REQUIRES A LOT OF CONCENTRATION IN MENDING A TATTERED DOCUMENT IN BITS AND PIECES LIKE SOLVING A JIG-SAW PUZZLE,♦ M?. YIP SAID.

♦SOMETIMES A SLIGHT BLOW OF AIR TOWARDS THE SMALL FRAGMENTS WILL SEND THEM FLYING IN THE AIR AND WE HAVE TO START IT ALL OVER AGAIN.+ HE ADDED.

BUT ALL THESE ARE TAKEN IN STRIDE BY MR. YIP AND MR. LOH WHO HAVE BEEN ENGAGED IN DOCUMENT RESTORATION AND BINDING WORK SINCE THIS SECTION IN THE PUBLIC RECORDS OFFICE WAS SET UP IN 1974.

WITH THEIR DELICATE CRAFTSMANSHIP, MANY VALUABLE HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG WERE RESTORED. THEY ARE AT PRESENT BUSY IN SAVING A VOLUME OF CORRESPONDENCE WRITTEN BETWEEN 1832 AND 1846 FROM COMPLETE DISINTEGRATION.

TIME AND CLIMATE HAVE SO MUCH ERODED THE 140-YEAR-OLD LETTERS, CONCERNING BRITISH ACTIONS IN CANTON, MACAU AND HONG KONG, THAT MUCH WORK WILL BE REQUIRED TO RESTORE THE DOCUMENTS.

PRIOR TO THEIR POSTING TO THE PUBLIC RECORDS OFFICE, BOTH M?. YIP AND MR. LOH WORKED IN THE PRINTING DEPARTMENT AND LEARNED THEIR DOCUMENT RESTORING AND BINDING TECHNIQUES FROM THE GOVERNMENT PRINTER, MR. D.R. RICK.

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COURSES ON CHINESE CLASSIC AND CULTURE ******

SHORT COURSES ON VARIOUS ASPECTS OF CHINESE CLASSICS AND CULTURE WILL BE HELD BETWEEN NEXT MONTH AND MARCH, 1980 BY THE EVENING SCHOOL OF HIGHER CHINESE STUDIES OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADULT EDUCATION SECTION.

♦THE COURSES WITH DURATION RANGING FROM THREE TO SIX MONTHS, WILL BE HELD EITHER AT THE QUEEN’S COLLEGE ON HONG KONG ISLAND OR THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION IN KOWLOON,+ AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION WILL BE CANTONESE, AND TOPICS WILL INCLUDE TRANSLATION, CALLIGRAPHY, PAINTING, CHINESE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, POETRY, MANDARIN AND CHINESE LITERATURE.

♦THE LECTURERS ARE ALL WELL-KNOWN CHINESE SCHOLARS SPECIALISING IN THEIR PARTICULAR FIELD OF STUDY,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ATTENDANCE WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ONE OR TWO EVENINGS A WEEK FROM 7.15 P.M. TO 9.15 P.M., HE SAID.

FEES FOR EACH COURSE WILL BE $100.

ON COMPLETION OF THESE COURSES STUDENTS WILL BE AWARDED A CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE ISSUED BY THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROMi-

* ADULT EDUCATION SECTION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, MA TAU KOK ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, FOURTH FLOOR, 1 MA TAU KOK ROAD, KOWLOON.

* GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, 42 GASCOIGNE ROAD, KOWLOON.

* EDUCATION DEPARTMENT KOWLOON SUB-OFFICE, KOWLOON GOVT. OFFICES, SIXTH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD, AND

* EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS, LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, HONG KONG.

COMPLETED FORMS TOGETHER WITH COPIES OF RELEVANT CERTIFICATES AND A CROSSED CHEQUE OR BANK DRAFT PAYABLE TO +HONG KONG GOVERNMENT^ SHOULD REACH THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, MA TAU KOK ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1 MA TAU KOK ROAD, KOWLOON ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 22.

NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

CHEQUES OR BANK DRAFTS WILL BE RETURNED IF APPLICANTS FAILED TO GAIN ADMISSION TO THE COURSES, HE ADDED.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE DIRECTED TO MR. Y.C. WONG OF THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION ON TELEPHONE 3-O3OO85.

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LIFT INDUSTRY — AN IDEAL JOB FOR YOUNG MEN *****

THE LIFT INDUSTRY HAS A LOT TO OFFER TO YOUNG MEN WHO WISH TO BE TRAINED AS LIFT MECHANICS OR LIFT ELECTRICIANS.

THE TRADE OFFERED EXCELLENT CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN ADDITION TO TRAINING IN A VARIETY OF SKILLS, SAID THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD, MR. WARNER YEH, TODAY (SUNDAY).

SKILLS WHICH AN APPRENTICE IN THE TRADE WOULD LEARN INCLUDE INSTALLATION, ADJUSTMENT, SERVICING, MAINTENANCE, AND REPAIRING OF ELECTRICAL, ELECTRONIC AND MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT FOR VARIOUS TYPES OF LIFTS AND ESCALATORS.

AT THE SAME TIME HE WOULD ALSO BE GIVEN TIME OFF TO ATTEND A RELATED PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE COURSE IN A TECHNICAL INSTITUTE. THE EMPLOYER WOULD PAY THE TUITION FEES.

♦I WOULD RECOMMEND YOUNG PEOPLE LOOKING FOR JOBS TO CONSIDER SERIOUSLY JOINING THE LIFT INDUSTRY AS APPRENTICES,+ SAID MR. YEH.

HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THERE ARE APPRENTICESHIP VACANCIES IN THE TRADE AND URGED THOSE INTERESTED TO SEEK ASSISTANCE FROM THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S TRAINING COUNCIL DIVISION AT 1 HENNESSY ROAD, ASIAN HOUSE, 12TH FLOOR, WAN CHAI.

THE APPRENTICESHIP NORMALLY LASTS FOUR YEARS, BUT GRADUATES OF PRE-VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS AND THOSE WHO HAVE COMPLETED A FULL-TIME ONE-YEAR BASIC CRAFT COURSE MAY ENTER DIRECTLY INTO THE SECOND YEAR OF APPRENTICESHIP.

THE ENTRY REQUIREMENT IS COMPLETION OF FORM 3 BUT, IN SOME CASES, FORM 2 STANDARD MAY BE ACCEPTABLE.

ON SATISFACTORY COMPLETION OF THE APPRENTICESHIP, APPRENTICES WILL BE AWARDED CERTIFICATES ISSUED BY THEIR EMPLOYERS AND COUNTERSIGNED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, CERTIFYING THEIR COMPETENCY IN THE TRADE.

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SURVEYS TO UPDATE CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES *****

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL CONDUCT A NEW HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY FROM OCTOBER, 1979 TO SEPTEMBER, 1980 WITH THE AIM TO UPDATE THE EXISTING CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE HANG SENG BANK WILL ALSO UNDERTAKE A SIMILAR SURVEY TO UPDATE ITS CONSUMER PRICE INDEX.

A PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE TWO SURVEYS WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 18) AT 3 P.M. IN THE G.I.S. THEATRE, 5TH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

ATTENDING THE CONFERENCE WILL BE MR. COLIN GREENFIELD, COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS- MR. H.W. FUNG, STATISTICIAN (HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY) CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT-MR. STANLEY S.K. KWAN, SENIOR MANAGER (HEAD OF RESEARCH DEPARTMENT), HANG SENG BANK- AND MR. ROGER K.H. LUK, SUB-ACCOUNTANT (RESEARCH DEPARTMENT), HANG SENG BANK.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

REPRESENTATIVE TO COVER THE PRESS

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A _

CONFERENCE ON THE FORTHCOMING SURVEYS TO UPDATE THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES AT G.I.S. THEATRE. FIFTH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE AT 3 P.M. ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 18).

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN CENTRAL DISTRICT WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 P.M. ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 18) TO 6 A.M. THE FOLLOWING DAY TO FACILITATE LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY WING WO STREET, CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND MAN WA LANE INCLUDING MARINE DEPARTMENT PIER, WATER FRONT POLICE STATION, WING SING STREET, KWONG YUEN STREET EAST, KWONG YUEN STREET WEST, RUMSEY STREET, 1-87 AND 2-44 WING LOK STREET, 170-252 AND 207-235 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL.

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Monday, September 17, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PROTECTIONISM WILL BACKFIRE — SIR MURRAY WARNS................... 1

HK PUBLIC TRANSPORT SITUATION POISED FOR MASSIVE TRANSFORMATION................................................... 3

CHEATING THE QUOTA SYSTEM — A GAME NO ONE WINS................... 5

SPECIAL STAMPS TO MARK M.T.R. INAUGURATION....................... 5

REVIEW OF OVERSEAS TRADE......................................... 7

TUEN MUN INDUSTRIAL SITE FOR AUCTION............................. 7

TWO P.W.D. OFFICERS RETIRE....................................... 8

STAFF CF FIFTH TECHNICAL INSTITUTE MOVE IN....................... 8

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1979

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PROTECTIONISM WILL BACKFIRE — SIR MURRAY WARNS

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, TODAY (MONDAY) WARNED MAJOR ECONOMIC POWERS THAT THE GREATER THE RESTRICTIONS ON IMPORT OPPORTUNITIES FOR EFFICIENT DEVELOPING COUNTRY PRODUCERS, THE GREATER THE PRESSURE WOULD BE ON THEM TO MOVE UP MARKET.

♦AND THIS WAY NOT ONLY DO THEY INCREASE THEIR EARNINGS FROM A LIMITED VOLUME OF TRADE BUT ALSO THEY MUST TEND TO COMPETE MORE DIRECTLY WITH THE HIGHER END OF THE MARKET TRADITIONALLY SERVED BY DOMESTIC PRODUCERS,♦ HE SAID.

♦THE VOICE OF CONSUMER INTERESTS — AND AT THE END OF THE DAY IT IS THEY WHO HAVE TO PAY — IS INCREASINGLY BEING HEARD IN PROTEST AT THE COST OF PROTECTION ISM.+

SIR MURRAY WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR INSTITUTE HELD AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE.

OBJECTIVE STUDIES BY IMPARTIAL OFFICIAL AND ACADEMIC BODIES IN DEVELOPED COUNTRIES ARE BEGINNING TO PROLIFERATE, UNDERLINING THE ARGUMENTS AGAINST PROTECTIONISM, SIR MURRAY POINTED OUT.

♦THIS IS TIMELY. WE ARE APPROACHING ANOTHER CRITICAL PERIOD IN THE EVOLUTION OF THIS SITUATION AND IF CLEAR SIGHTEDNESS AND ENLIGHTENED LONG TERM SELF-INTEREST ON THE PART OF MAJOR POWERS DO NOT PREVAIL, THE CONSEQUENT DAMAGE MAY NOT BE CONFINED TO THE FEW SO-CALLED LOW COST SUPPLIERS OF TEXTILE PRODUCTS,+ THE GOVERNOR WARNED.

SIR MURRAY SAID THE SHADOW OF PROTECTIONISM HAD LENGTHENED OVER WORLD TRADE IN RECENT YEARS. +WITH THE EXCEPTION OF JAPAN, AND THAT NOW TO A DIMINISHING DEGREE, ALL THE SUPPLIERS WHOSE TRADE HAS BEEN RESTRICTED HAVE BEEN PART OF THE DEVELOPING WORLD.♦

SIR MURRAY STRESSED THAT THE SPECIAL RULES UNDER THE MULTI-FIBRE ARRANGEMENT SPECIFICALLY STATED THEIR INTENTION TO BE THE EXPANSION OF TRADE AND PROGRESSIVE LIBERALISATION, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME ENSURING ORDERLY DEVELOPMENT AND AVOIDING DISRUPTIVE EFFECTS IN BOTH IMPORTING AND EXPORTING COUNTRIES.

♦BUT THE FABRIC OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE DISCIPLINE HAS BEEN WEARING THIN,+ HE SAID.

♦A PERIOD OF WIDESPREAD ECONOMIC SLOWDOWN AND INFLATION HAS, PERHAPS NOT SURPRISINGLY, BROUGHT CALLS FOR FURTHER PROTECTION FROM AN INDUSTRY NOW ACCUSTOMED TO IT AS A MATTER OF COURSE,+ SIR MURRAY SAID.

♦GOVERNMENTS OF MAJOR ECONOMIC POWERS HAVE REACTED BY EXACTING FROM THEIR TRADING PARTNERS RESTRAINED AGREEMENTS WHICH HAVE AT TIMES PAID LITTLE MORE THAN LIP SERVICE TO THE ONCE RESPECTED RULES- AND SOON AFTERWARDS SOME HAVE SOUGHT BY VARIOUS DEVICES TO REDUCE STILL FURTHER THE EXPORT OPPORTUNITIES WHICH ARE PROVIDED FOR IN THE AGREEMENTS,+ HE SAID.

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SIR MURRAY CONTINUED: +THIS REGRESSIVE ATTITUDE HAS BEEN PRESENTED AS BEING JUSTIFIED BY THE DAMAGE ALLEGEDLY STILL BEING CAUSED BY SO-CALLED ’LOW COST’ IMPORTS WHICH HAVE, TO A GREATER OR LESSER EXTENT, BEEN SUBJECT TO RESTRICTION FOR NEARLY TWO DECADES.

♦THE FREQUENCY AND FERVOUR OF THESE ALLEGATIONS, HOWEVER, TEND TO OBSCURE THE FACT THAT THERE IS LITTLE EVIDENCE SUPPORTING THEM.

♦THERE IS, ON THE OTHER HAND, INCREASING BUT LESS PUBLICISED EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THE CONTENTION THAT THE DECLINING FORTUNES CF THESE INDUSTRIES ARE DUE MUCH MORE TO OTHER FACTORS, SUCH AS INTERNAL COMPETITION BETWEEN EFFICIENT AND LESS EFFICIENT PRODUCERS AND NEGLECT OF EXPORT MARKETS,♦ SIR MURRAY SAID.

SIR MURRAY ALSO REFERRED TO A RECENT REPORT BY THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT (OECD) TO ILLUSTRATE THIS POINT.

ON HONGKONG’S CLOTHING INDUSTRY, SIR MURRAY SAID IT WAS THE LARGEST SECTOR OF THE LOCAL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY BOTH IN TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT AND VALUE OF EXPORTS, HAVING SOME 10 000 ESTABLISHMENTS AND EMPLOYING SOME 276 000 WORKERS WHICH REPRESENTED 34 PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S TOTAL WORKFORCE IN THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY.

♦DESPITE THE BARRIERS POSED BY INCREASING PROTECTIONISM FROM DEVELOPED IMPORTING COUNTRIES AND COMPETITION FROM NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES, HONG KONG’S CLOTHING INDUSTRY HAS GROWN STEADILY SINCE THE 195O’S UNTIL IT IS NOW THE WORLD’S LARGEST EXPORTER,♦ SIR MURRAY SAID.

THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF CLOTHING FOR THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR AMOUNTED TO OVER HK$8 600 MILLION REPRESENTING ABOUT 37 PER CENT OF TOTAL DOMESTIC EXPORTS.

SIR MURRAY SAID BOTH THE GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRIALISTS IN HONG KONG HAD SEEN THE NEED TO MAINTAIN THE COMPETITIVENESS OF THE LOCAL CLOTHING INDUSTRY BY PROMOTING INDUSTRIAL TRAINING.

♦TO THIS END THE GOVERNMENT APPOINTED IN 1974 A CLOTHING INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD, UNDER THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL, AS ITS PRINCIPAL ADVISER ON INDUSTRIAL TRAINING IN THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY.

♦IN 1975 THE GOVERNMENT ESTABLISHED BY ORDINANCE THE CLOTHING TRAINING AUTHORITY, WHICH IS EMPOWERED TO PROVIDE COURSES FOR THE TRAINING OF WORKERS AT THE OPERATIVE LEVEL, AND TO COLLECT A LEVY ON ALL CLOTHING ITEMS EXPORTED FROM HONG KONG,+ SIR MURRAY SAID.

SIR MURRAY SAID THE LEVY HAD BEEN USED TO BUILD, EQUIP AND MAINTAIN A TRAINING CENTRE TO TRAIN CLOTHING OPERATIVES AND IT WAS FEEDING ANNUALLY ABOUT 4 000 WELL-TRAINED OPERATIVES INTO THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY.

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HK PUBLIC TRANSPORT SITUATION POISED FOR MASSIVE TRANSFORMATION ******

THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SITUATION IN HONG KONG WILL UNDERGO A TREMENDOUS TRANSFORMATION WITHIN THE NEXT FEW YEARS — TO AN EXTENT THAT CAN ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS A +QUANTUM JUMP+, THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, MR. DEREK JONES SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

♦THE RESULTS OF OVER TEN YEARS OF PLANNING AND ENDEAVOUR WILL BEGIN TO COME TO FRUITION AND THEY WILL BE LITTLE SHORT OF REVOLUTIONARY,♦ MR. JONES TOLD DELEGATES ATTENDING THE 36TH AUSTRALIAN ROAD TRANSPORT FEDERATION CONVENTION WHICH IS BEING HELD AT THE SHERATON HOTEL.

OUTLINING GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS TO UPGRADE AND IMPROVE PUBLIC TRANSPORT, MR. JONES SAID THE MAIN INSTRUMENT WOULD BE THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY, THE FIRST STAGE OF WHICH WOULD BE OPEN ON OCTOBER 1.

♦THE WHOLE OF THE FIRST LINE WILL BE OPEN BY FEBRUARY NEXT YEAR AND, WITHIN A YEAR OR TWO, WE HOPE THAT IT WILL BE MOVING UP TO A MILLION PASSENGERS A DAY.+ MR. JONES SAID.

♦THE EXTENSION LINE IN WEST KOWLOON TO THE NEW TOWN OF TSUEN WAN SHOULD BE OPEN TOWARDS THE END OF 1982, BY WHICH TIME THE WHOLE SYSTEM SHOULD BE MOVING UP TO 1 800 000 PASSENGERS A DAY,+ HE ADDED.

IN ADDITION, MR. JONES SAID, THE PRIVATELY OWNED BUS COMPANIES HAVE AMBITIOUS PLANS TO EXPAND THEIR FLEETS AND IMPROVE THEIR SERVICES. DETAILED STUDIES ARE ALSO BEING UNDERTAKEN ON THE POSSIBILITY OF REPLACING THE EXISTING OLD FASHIONED TRAM SYSTEM WITH A NEW MODERN LIGHT RAIL SYSTEM WITH A SEGREGATED RIGHT OF WAY.

♦IT WOULD LINK UP UNDERGROUND WITH THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY AND THUS, IN EFFECT, BECOMES AN EXTENSION OF THE M.T.R.,* MR. JONES SAID.

THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY IS ALSO BEING MODERNISED AND ELECTRIFIED AS PART OF THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME OF BUILDING UP THREE NEW TOWNS AND THREE OTHER TOWNSHIPS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES TO HELP SPREAD OUT THE OVERCROWDED URBAN POPULATION AND PROVIDE NEW INDUSTRIES AND AMENITIES, MR. JONES SAID.

♦ALL THIS SHOULD PROVIDE HONG KONG WITH A MODERN PUBLIC TRANSPORT NETWORK IN KEEPING WITH ITS POSITION AS A GROWING MANUFACTURING, COMMERCIAL AND FINANCIAL CENTRE,+ HE ADDED.

/ON GOVERNMIMT'S

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1979

ON GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS IN IMPROVING THE OVERALL TRANSPORT SITUATION IN HONG KONG, MR. JONES SAID AN IMPRESSIVE ROAD BUILDING PROGRAMME HAD BEEN BUILT UP AND STEPS WERE BEING TAKEN TO MAKE MORE ECONOMIC USE OF THE ROADS.

♦STEADILY YEAR BY YEAR WE HAVE BEEN EXPANDING THE EXTENT AND THE QUALITY OF THE ROAD NETWORK AND THIS YEAR WE WILL BE SPENDING WELL OVER 1350 MILLION ON NEW ROADS,♦ MR. JONES SAID.

♦NOW WE ARE BEGINNING TO INTRODUCE AREA TRAFFIC CONTROL WHICH LINKS TRAFFIC SIGNALS TO A COMPUTER AND SETS SIGNAL PHASINGS ACCORDING TO THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC.+

♦MODERN TRAFFIC SURVEILLANCE CONTROL SYSTEMS ARE ALSO BEING INTRODUCED ON OUR GROWING NETWORK OF HIGH-CAPACITY EXPRESS ROADS, TUNNELS, GRADE-SEPARATED INTfffCffiffiGES, ^UEVAJED HIGHWAYS AND LIMITED ACCESSHUADb, + Hb SAID.'

MR. JONES ALSO SAID THAT AS HONG KONG MOVED INTO THE 80’S IT MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO GO ON ACCEPTING AN AVERAGE OF 11 PER CENT PER ANNUM INCREASE IN PRIVATE CAR OWNERSHIP- AND STEPS MIGHT HAVE TO BE TAKEN TO RESTRAIN THE DEMAND IF UNACCEPTABLE ROAD CONGESTION WAS TO BE AVOIDED.

♦AND THE PROBLEMS OF HOW TO COPE WITH THE EVER GROWING NUMBERS OF LORRIES AND GOODS VEHICLES WILL ALSO HAVE TO BE CONFRONTED,♦ HE ADDED.

MR. JONES SAID THE JEREMIADS WHO ACCUSED THE GOVERNMENT CF HAVING NO TRANSPORT POLICY, OR OF NOT HAVING A RATIONAL POLICY, WERE WRONG.

♦THE ROOT CAUSE OF THE PRESENT DISSATISFACTION, AS I SEE IT, IS THAT, BECAUSE OF THE TIME TAKEN TO BUILD NEW FACILITIES AND THE DISRUPTION CAUSED BY THE CONSTRUCTION, THINGS HAVE TO GET WORSE BEFORE THEY CAN GET BETTER,+ HE EXPLAINED.

EXAMPLES OF SUCH PROJECTS INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE M.T.R., THE BUILDING OF THE ELEVATED ROAD IN HAPPY VALLEY FROM THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL AND THE EAST KOWLOON WAY NEAR THE AIRPORT TUNNEL, MR. JONES SAID.

♦YET ALL THESE ARE IMMENSE PROJECTS WHICH, WHEN THEY ARE OPEN, WILL BRING ABOUT MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS IN TRAFFIC FLOW,+ NR. JONES ADDED.

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CHEATING THE QUOTA SYSTEM — A GAME NO ONE WINS

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THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR. DAVID JORDAN, SAID TODAY (MONDAY) COMPANIES WHICH HAVE TRIED TO EVADE TEXTILE QUOTA RESTRICTIONS WOULD HAVE THEIR QUOTAS TAKEN AWAY FROM THEM PERMANENTLY.

♦WHEN PEOPLE REALISE THAT THE PRICE THEY WILL HAVE TO PAY FOR THE CRIMES THEY HAVE COMMITTED, IS GREATER THAN THE BENEFIT THAT THEY CAN OBTAIN, WE SHALL PUT AN EFFECTIVE STOP TO IT,* HE TOLD MMBERS OF THE HONG KONG COTTON SPINNERS ASSOCIATION DURING A LUNCHEON MEETING.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE CURRENT PROSECUTIONS MOUNTED BY HIS DEPARTMENT AGAINST QUOTA-DODGERS WAS ONLY THE FIRST PHASE OF ACTION.

MR. JORDAN SAID HE COULD NOT STRESS TOO STRONGLY THE GOVERNMENT'S CONCERN AT SUCH MALPRACTICE.

♦THE FACT THAT OUR TEXTILE INDUSTRY HAS BEEN ABLE TO GROW OVER THE YEARS OWES, I THINK, IN PART TO OUR ABILITY TO NEGOTIATE AND IN PART TO AN EFFECTIVE QUOTA CONTROL SYSTEM THAT HAS BEEN HELD IN HIGH ESTEEM BY OUR TRADING PARTNERS.

♦ANY CHEATING IN AN ATTEMPT TO CIRCUMVENT THE QUOTA SYSTEM WILL CAST DOUBT ON HONG KONG’S ABILITY TO HONOUR ITS OBLIGATIONS, UNDERMINE OUR ABILITY TO NEGOTIATE AND OBTAIN THE BEST POSSIBLE TERMS FOR HONG KONG, AND COULD LEAD TO IMPORT CONTROLS.

♦IT IS THEREFORE OUR INTENTION TO DO EVERYTHING WITHIN OUR POWER TO STAMP OUT SUCH MALPRACTICES, TO PENALISE THOSE COMPANIES INVOLVED AS HEAVILY AS POSSIBLE, TO PRESERVE THE INTEGRITY OF OUR QUOTA SYSTEM, AND IN THE END PROTECT THE INTERESTS OF THE LAW-ABIDING EXPORTERS AND MANUFACTURERS,+ CONCLUDED MR. JORDAN.

SPECIAL STAMPS TO MARK M.T.R. INAUGURATION *****

THE POST OFFICE WILL ISSUE THREE SPECIAL STAMPS TC MARK THE INAUGURAT!ON OF THE FIRST STAGE OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY (M.T.R.) ON OCTOBER 1 THIS YEAR.

nr STAMPS OF 20 CENTS, $1.30 AND $2 DENOMINATIONS

BE ON SALE AT ALL POST OFFICES FROM THAT DAY.

WILL

.. SPECIAL FIRST DAY COVERS FOR THE NEW STAMPS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT 20 CENTS EACH FROM WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 19) EACH COVER WILL CONTAIN AN INSERT CARD WITH DESCRIPTION OF THE M.T.R. SYSTEM AND BRIEF PHILATELIC INFORMATION.

/A SPOKESMAN.....

MONDAY, SEPTQffiER 17, 1979

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE POST OFFICE TODAY (MONDAY) URGED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO OBTAIN THEIR REQUIREMENTS EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.

HE SAID ADVANCE ORDERS FOR SERVICING OF FIRST DAY COVERS WOULD BE ACCEPTED AT THE THREE MAIN OFFICES - THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, CONNAUGHT PLACE- KOWLOON CENTRAL POST OFFICE, NATHAN ROAD AND TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE, PEKING ROAD WHERE ORDER FORMS WOULD BE AVAILABLE ON SEPTEMBER 19.

FOR THIS SERVICE, HE ADDED, ADDRESSED FIRST DAY COVERS MUST BE HANDED IN WITH AN ORDER FORM TOGETHER WITH A REMITTANCE TO COVER THE COST.

THE CHARGE WILL BE $3.80 PER COVER WHICH INCLUDES THE COST OF THE THREE STAMPS AND A SERVICE FEE OF 30 CENTS.

THE COVERS MUST BE FULLY ADDRESSED BY THE APPLICANT AND NOT LESS THAN 10 COVERS WILL BE ACCEPTED WITH EACH ORDER.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID ANY PERSON ORDERING SERVICED COVERS ADDRESSED TO A LOCAL DESTINATION MAY COLLECT THEM ON OCTOBER 2 FROM THE OFFICE WHERE THE ORDER WAS PLACED.

COVERS ADDRESSED OVERSEAS WILL BE FORWARDED BY ORDINARY POST, SURFACE MAIL, UNLESS SUFFICIENT STAMPS ARE AFFIXED TO COVER AIRMAIL OR REGISTRATION CHARGES.

THE LATEST ACCEPTANCE DATE FOR ADVANCE ORDERS OF SERVICED COVERS WILL BE 5 P.M. ON SEPTEMBER 25.

IN ADDITION, A SERVICE WILL BE PROVIDED ON OCTOBER 1 AT ALL POST OFFICES WHERE FIRST DAY COVERS WILL BE ACCEPTED OVER THE COUNTER, IMPRESSED WITH THE NORMAL POST OFFICE DATE STAMP AND HANDED BACK TO THE PERSON PRESENTING THEM. NO TIME TYPE WILL APPEAR IN THE POSTMARK.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THIS SERVICE IS ONLY FOR UNREGISTERED ARTICLES WITH A LOCAL ADDRESS, MARKED +FIRST DAY COVER+ AND NOT BEARING ANY CANCELLATION.

SPECIAL POSTING BOXES WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, KOWLOON CENTRAL POST OFFICE AND TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE ON OCTOBER 1 FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO HAVE FIRST DAY COVERS CAREFULLY HAND-POSTMARKED BEFORE DESPATCH TO THE ADDRESS ON THE COVERS.

THE NEW STAMPS WILL BE PUT ON DISPLAY AT THE PUBLIC COUNTER ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING FROM 9.20 A.M. TO 4.30 P.M. ON SEPTEMBER 24.

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REVIEW OF OVERSEAS TRADE * * * *

THE HONG KONG REVIEW OF OVERSEAS TRADE IN 1978 WHICH GIVES A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE EXTERNAL TRADE PERFORMANCE OF HONG KONG IS ON SALE TODAY (MONDAY).

THE REVIEW CONTAINS A BRIEF TEXT, 11 GRAPHS AND 30 APPENDICES WITH COMPARATIVE TRADE STATISTICS FOR PREVIOUS YEARS;

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT SAID: +THE REVIEW PRESENTS A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN THE DIRECTION AND COMPOSITION OF HONG KONG’S OVERSEAS TRADE IN 1978, INCLUDING A COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS OF TRADE BY MAJOR TRADING PARTNERS AND BY COMMODITY CATEGORIES.+

IT ALSO ILLUSTRATES THE MOVEMENTS OF COMMODITY PRICES AND THE REAL GROWTH OF EXTERNAL TRADE BY MEANS OF TRADE INDEXES.

A COMPARISON OF HONG KONG’S EXPORT PERFORMANCE IN MAJOR OVERSEAS MARKETS WITH THAT OF ITS MAIN COMPETITORS IS ALSO INCLUDED IN THE PUBLICATION.

THE REVIEW IS AVAILABLE AT $30 PER COPY FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, HONG KONG.

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TUEN MUN INDUSTRIAL SITE FOR AUCTION * * *

ANOTHER PRIME SITE IN TUEN MUN NEW TOWN WILL BE SOLD IN A PUBLIC AUCTION AT ST. SIMON LUI MING CHOI SECONDARY SCHOOL IN TUEN MUN AT 2.30 P.M. TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

EARMARKED FOR INDUSTRIAL OR GODOWN USE, THE 3 058 SQUARE METRE SITE IS CONVENIENTLY LOCATED IN THE NEW TOWN’S INDUSTRIAL AREA BOUNDED BY SHEK PAI TAU ROAD, MING KUM ROAD AND PUI TO ROAD.

IN ADDITION TO A PLOT RATIO OF 9.5 WHICH ALLOWS FOR MULTI-STOREY DEVELOPMENT, THE SITE CARRIES A BUILDING COVENANT OF S4 840 000 OVER 36 MONTHS AND SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS ON ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL INCLUDING THE DISCHARGE OF TRADE EFFLUENT.

THE AUCTION WILL BE CONDUCTED BY THE SENIOR ESTATE SURVEYOR OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, MR. VICTOR LEUNG.

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TWO P.W.D. OFFICERS RETIRE * * * * *

PU®L,C WORKS DEPARTMENT OFFICERS, WHO GAVE MORE THAN 70 YEARS OF THEIR DEDICATED SERVICE TO THE GOVERNMENT WAS RECOGNISED IN A RETIREMENT CEREMONY TODAY (MONDAY). RECOGNISED

THEY ARE MR. CHENG TO AND MR. WONG KIN-FAT WHO HAVE BOTH CLOCKED UP MORE THAN 30 YEARS EACH WITH THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT.

MR. CHENG, A SUPPLIES OFFICER, HAS BEEN WITH THE GOVERNMENT MORE THAN 39 YEARS, AND MR. WONG OVER 31 YEARS. ^VtKNMENT

MR. S. RODIN, THE P.W.D.’S GEOTECHNICAL ADVISER PRESENTED THEM WITH RETIREMENT GIFTS ON BEHALF OF HIS COLLEAGUES.

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STAFF OF FIFTH TECHNICAL INSTITUTE MOVE IN *****

STAFF OF THE LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE TODAY (MONDAY) MOVED INTO THEIR NEW OFFICES AT THE RECENTLY COMPLETED PREMISES AT RENFREW ROAD, KOWLOON TONG.

THE TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR GENERAL ENQUIRIES IS 3-383611.

THE LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE IS THE FIFTH TECHNICAL INSTITUTE OPERATED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

FULL-TIME DAY COURSES RUN BY THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 1, WHILE SOME EVENING COURSES WILL COMMENCE TODAY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SUPPLEMEHT

SPEECH BY H E THE GOVERNOR AT THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE CLOTHING AND FOOT'JEAR INSTITUTE _________________ON MONDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER, 1979______________

I am delighted to be here today to officiate at the opening of the International Conference of the Clothing and Footvvear Institute.

The clothing industry is the largest sector of Hong Kong’s manufacturing industry both in terms of employment and value of exports, having some 10 000 establishments and employing some 276 000 workers which represents 34 per cent of Hong Kong’s total workforce in the manufacturing industry. Despite the barriers posed by increasing protectionism from developed importing countries and competition from neighbouring countries, Hong Kong’s clothing industry has grown steadily since the 1950s until it is now the world’s largest exporter. The value of domestic exports of clothing for the first six months of this year amounted to over HK^8 600 million representing about 37 per cent of total domestic exports. These figures speak for themselves.

Both the Government and industrialists in Hong Kong have seen the need to maintain the competitiveness of the local clothing industry by promoting industrial training. To this end the Government appointed in 1974 a Clothing Industry Training Board, under the Hong Kong Training Council, as its principal adviser on industrial training in the clothing industry. This training board is required to advise on the training of manpower at all levels. The Board prescribes job standards and training programmes, conducts manpower surveys, assesses manpower needs and makes •recommendations on how those needs can best be met. It also advises the technical education institutions on the curricula for the training of

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technologists, technicians and craftsmen for the industry. At present, both the Hong Kong Polytechnic and two technical institutes are offering courses related to garment manufacture. Some of these courses qualify the students to sit for professional examinations conducted by the clothing institute.

In 1975 the Government established by Ordinance the Clothing Industry Training Authority, which is empowered to provide courses for the training of workers at. the operative level, and to-collect..a. levy on. all clothing items exported from Hong Kong. This levy has been used to build, equip and maintain a training centre to train clothing operatives. The centre provides short training courses in sewing, knitting, linking, pressing, cutting and pattern making, and feeds annually about 4 000 well-trained operatives into the clothing industry. The training provided to the trainee is free and they receive an allowance of HK-350 per week. The centre also operates short up-dating courses for in-service supervisors, quality control inspectors and pressing operatives.

Although yours is a professional and technical body whose main concerns are with education and training, I hope you will allow me to take this opportunity to voice some views on other matters already affecting the clothing industry; and which have implications well beyond it.

In recent years the shadow of protectionism has lengthened over world trade. For almost twenty years the textile products sector of world trade has been governed by more elaborate and restrictive rules, now known as the Multi-Fibre Arrangement. The various justifications for the uncommon degree of protection these have accorded industries in the developed countries has undergone some mutation with the passage of the years. Its effects, however, have been consistent in one regard. With the exception of Japan, and that now to a diminishing degree, all the suppliers whose trade has been restricted have been part of the developing world.

These special rules specifically state their intention to be the expansion of trade and progressive liberalisation, while at the same time ensuring orderly development and avoiding disruptive effects in both importing and exporting countries.

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But the fabric of international trade discipline has been wearing thin. A period of widespread economic slovrclown and inflation has, perhaps not surprisingly, brought calls for further protection from an industry now accustomed to it as a matter of course. Governments of major economic powers have reacted by exacting from their trading partners restraint agreements which have at times paid little more than lip service to the once respected rules; and soon afterwards some have sought by various devices to reduce still further the export opportunities which are provided for in these agreements.

This regressive attitude has been presented as being justified by the damage allegedly still being caused by so-called ‘low cost1 imports which have, to a greater or lesser extent, been subject to restriction for nearly two decades. The frequency and fervour of these allegations, however, tend to obscure the fact that there is very little evidence supporting them.

There is, on the other hand, increasing but less publicised evidence to support the contention that the declining fortunes of these industries are due much more to other factors, such as internal competition between efficient and less efficient producers and neglect of export markets. Particularly noteworthy is a recent report by the Secretary-General of the O.E.C.B. in which he states; ‘Changes in comparative advantage, and notably the emergence of the newly industrialised countries as successful exporters of iianufacture, have not been the only or even the main factor behind the financial and employment difficulties of declining industries. Technological change, shifts in the pattern of domestic demand and in relative prices and costs have together played a much more important role.'

It is a point worth stressing too, that the greater the restrictions on import opportunities for efficient developing country producers the greater the pressure on them to move up market. And this way not only do they increase their earnings from a limited volume of trade but also they must tend to compete more directly with the higher end of the market traditionally served by domestic producers.

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The voice of consumer interests - and at the end of the day it is

they who have to pay - is increasingly being heard in protest at the cost of protectionism. Objective studies by impartial official and academic bodies all of them, I might add, in developed countries are beginning to proliferate, underlining the arguments I have just sketched. This is timely. We are approachi ng another critical period in the evolution of this situation and if clear sightedness and enlightened long term self-interest on the part of major powers do not prevail, the consequent damage may not be confined to the few so-called low cost suppliers of textile product.

I close these remarks by quoting part of a recent editorial on the subject in the Financial Times.

’Adjustment is not impossible. West Germany is now a successful

textile exporting country. The Germans have moved heavily into the topquality, high-fashion end of the market leaving lower-cost countries free to exploit the cheaper ranges. The country’s traditional free-trading mentality has helped it to face the unavoidable consequences of world-wide developments more quickly than others. When trade grows fast, it is often ’ the same sort of products that account for rapid increases in both imports and exports. Protectionism can delay the adjustment process, at the risk of considerable economic cost. But the delay is liable to make the final, inevitable adjustment that much more painful.’

Mr. President, I now declare the 1979 International Conference

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

JANUARY TO JULY STATISTICS FOR EC'S EXTERNAL TRADE ................. 1

CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES TO BE UPDATED ............................... 5

GOVERNMENT SUBVENTION ON ADULT EDUCATION PROJECTS PLANNED ................................................... 1

TUEN MJN INDUSTRIAL SITE SOLD FOR $25.8M............................ 8

NEW TOUN DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT SIGNED ............................... 9

D.S.J. VISITS CHILDREN'S TRAINING CENTRE AND DAY NURSERY ....................................................... 10

OLD 5O-CENT COINS ./ILL CEASE TO BE LEGAL TENDER................... 11

D.S.W. TO OPEN EXHIBITION ON PREVENTION OF CHILDREN'S DISEASES .......................................................... 12

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF JO YI HOP ROAD AND SHING MJN ROAD JUNCTION ........................................................

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1979

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JANUARY TO JULY STATISTICS FOR HK’S EXTERNAL TRADE ******

HONG KONG’S TOTAL VALUE OF TRADE FOR THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF THIS YEAR AMOUNTED TO $85 478 MILLION, AN INCREASE OF 40 PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD OF 1978, ACCORDING TO EXTERNAL TRADE FIGURES RELEASED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (TUESDAY).

DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY 36 PER CENT TO $28 577 MILLION, RE-EXPORTS BY 57 PER CENT TO $10 849 MILLION AND IMPORTS BY 38 PER CENT TO $46 053 MILLION. EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS TOGETHER ROSE BY 41 PER CENT.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO 10 MAJOR OVERSEAS MARKETS ARE AS FOLLOWS i

JAN.-JULY 79 (HK$ MN) JAN.-JULY 78 (HK$ MN) INCREASE (HK$ MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

U.S.A. 9 670 8 142 +1 528 +19

F.R. OF GERMANY 3 198 2 175 ♦1 023 ♦47

U.K. 3 104 1 888 ♦1 216 ♦64

JAPAN 1 429 822 ♦ 607 +74

AUSTRALIA 909 744 + 165 +22

CANADA 872 682 ♦ 190 +28

SINGAPORE 749 542 ♦ 207 ♦38

NETHERLANDS 707 464 + 243 +52

SWEDEN 507 280 ♦ 227 ♦81

SWITZERLAND 471 385 + 86 ♦22

GROWTH IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE U.S. MARKET REMAINED RATHER SLOW. INCREASES WERE REGISTERED MAINLY IN CLOTHING ($3 798 MILLION, +12%), PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS ($861 MILLION, ♦37%), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES ($749 MILLION, +46%), AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS ($503 MILLION, ♦37%). SLIGHT DECLINES WERE RECORDED IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF RADIO BROADCAST RECEIVERS ($299 MILLION, -11%).

DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY CONTINUED ON A STEADY UPWARD TREND WITH SIGNIFICANT GROWTH IN CLOTHING ($1 899 MILLION, +48%), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT ($328 MILLION, +38%) AS WELL AS WATCHES AND CLOCKS ($214 MILLION, ♦134%).

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DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE u-^**-SO SHOWED REMARKABLE INCREASES

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AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT ($202 MILLION, +115%), AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (*183 MILLION, +84%).

INCREASES WERE ALSO REGISTERED IN SHIPMENTS OF CLOTHING (*384 MILLION +89%) AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (*125 MILLION, +115%) TO^JAPAN AND IN TEXTILES (*235 MILLION, +32%) TO AUSTRALIA.

AN ANALYSIS OF CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY MAJOR

COMMODITY DIVISION IS PRESENTED AS FOLLOWS :

JAN.-JULY 79 JAN.-JULY 78 (HK* MN) (HK* MN)

INCREASE (HK* MN)

PERCENTAGE CHANGE

ARTICLES OF APPAREL

AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 10 629

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS) 4 736

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 2 439

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 2 099

1ELEC0MMUN1CAT 1ONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 1 944

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (MAINLY TRANSISTORS AND DIODES AND HOUSEHOLD TYPE APPLIANCES) 1 633

8 204 +2 425 +30

3 397 ♦ 1 339 ♦39

1 509 930 +62

1 455 644 +44

1 476 468 ♦32

1 102 4 531 ♦48

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A MORE DETAILED BREAKDOWN REVEALED THAT SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF WATCHES AND CLOCKS ($2 051 MILLION, *66%), PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS ($1 828 MILLION, ♦41%), TEXTILE FABRICS (Si 619 MILLION, +49%) AS WELL AS HOUSEHOLD TYPE, ELECTRICAL AND NON-ELECTRI CAL EQUIPMENT ($586 MILLION, +48%).

THE CHANGES AS FOLLOWS i

IN IMPORTS FROM 10 MAJOR SOURCES ARE SUMMARISED

JAN.-JULY 79 (HK$ MN) JAN.-JULY 78 (HK$ MN) INCREASE (HK$ MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

JAPAN 10 536 7 646 +2 890 +38

CHINA 7 665 5 370 ♦2 295 ♦43

U.S.A. 5 682 4 173 +1 509 +36

TAIWAN 3 198 2 175 +1 023 ♦47

SINGAPORE 2 509 1 760 ♦ 749 +43

U.K. 2 332 1 507 + 825 +55

F.R. OF GERMANY 1 514 1 102 + 412 +37

SWITZERLAND 1 448 1 052 + 396 +38

REP. OF KOREA (SOUTH KOREA) 1 369 955 + 414 ♦43

AUSTRALIA 887 677 + 210 ♦31

TEXTILES ($1 610 MILLION, +20%) REMAINED THE PRINCIPAL PRODUCT SUPPLIED BY JAPAN EVEN THOUGH A DECLINE WAS REGISTERED IN IMPORTS OF TEXTILE YARN ($242 MILLION, -17%).

OTHER MAJOR PRODUCTS FROM JAPAN WERE ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES ($1 043 MILLION, +65%), WATCHES AND CLOCKS ($952 MILLION, +45%), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT ($912 MILLION, ♦70%) AND ROAD VEHICLES ($633 MILLION, +34%).

INCREASES IN IMPORTS FROM CHINA WERE MAINLY REGISTERED IN TEXTILES ($1 598 MILLION, +61%), PETROLEUM AND RELATED PRODUCTS ($721 MILLION, +88%), CLOTHING ($457 MILLION, +65%), AND FISH, CRUSTACEANS AND MOLLUSCS, AND PREPARATIONS THEREOF ($293 MILLION, +43%).

IMPORTS FROM THE U.S. ALSO SHOWED STEADY INCREASES IN PEARLS, PRECIOUS AND SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES ($497 MILLION, +30%), OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT ($476 MILLION, +39%), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES ($465 MILLION, +37%), AND VEGETABLES AND FRUITS ($350 MILLION, +25%).

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INCREASES WERE ALSO REGISTERED IN IMPORTS OF TEXTILES (11 277 MILLION, +44%) FROM TAIWAN AND PETROLEUM AND RELATED PRODUCTS (11 378 MILLION, +34%) FROM SINGAPORE.

THE FOLLOWING TABLE ILLUSTRATES THE MORE IMPORTANT CHANGES IN IMPORTS BY COMMODITY SECTION :

JAN.-JULY 79 JAN.-JULY 78 INCREASE PERCENTAGE (HK* MN) (HK$ MN) (HKS MN) CHANGE

MANUFACTURED GOODS CLASSIFIED CHIEFLY 10 615 +4 030 +38

BY MATERIAL (MAINLY TEXTILE PRODUCTS AND DIAMONDS) 14 645

MACHINERY AND TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT 10 223 6 490 +3 733 ♦58

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY WATCHES AND CLOCKS, ARTICLES OF APPAREL) 6 561 4 448 +2 113 +48

FOOD AND LIVE ANIMALS CHIEFLY FOR FOOD 5 166 4 489 677 +15

CHEMICALS AND RELATED PRODUCTS 3 592 2 448 ♦1 144 +47

MINERAL FUELS, LUBRICANTS AND RELATED MATERIALS 2 416 1 749 + 667 +38

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN IMPORTS OF TEXTILE FABRICS ($4 256 MILLION, +50%), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (13 073 MILLION, +55%), WATCHES AND CLOCKS ($2 313 MILLION, +47%), PETROLEUM AND RELATED PRODUCTS ($2 343 MILLION, +38%), AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (|1 774 MILLION, +79%).

ON THE OTHER HAND, DECLINES WERE REGISTERED IN IMPORTS OF TEXTILE FIBRES ($1 060 MILLION, -12%).

RE-EXPORTS CONTINUED TO SHOW ACCELERATED GROWTH. MAJOR MARKETS INCLUDED JAPAN ($1 578 MILLION, +34%), U.S.A. ($1 093 MILLION, +70%', TAIWAN ($1 002 MILLION. +60%), SINGAPORE (1971 MILLION, +30*) AND INDONESIA ($905 MILLION, ♦28%) -

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DEMAND REMAINED ACTIVE FOR RE-EXPORTS OF TEXTILES +87*>> PEARLS, PRECIOUS AND SEMI-PRECIOUS .364 MILLION, +42%), WATCHES AND CLOCKS AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES ($636 MILLION, +92%).

THE RELEASED

TRADE INDEX NUMBERS FOR JUNE 1979 AS FOLLOWS t

(1973

100) WERE

VALUE / UNIT VALUE QUANTUM

INDEX INDEX INDEX

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 283 163 174

IMPORTS 288 168 171

THE TERMS OF TRADE INDEX FOR JUNE 1979 WAS 97.

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CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES TO BE UPDATED HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY BEGINS NEXT MONTH * * *

A NEW SET OF CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES - C.P.I. (A) AND C.P. I. (B) - WILL BE PUBLISHED BY APRIL, 1981 TO REPLACE THE EXISTING SERIES WHICH WERE COMPILED IN 1973/74.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (TUESDAY) AT A NEWS CONFERENCE, THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS, MR. COLIN GREENFIELD, SAID THAT IT WAS THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY TO REVISE THE INDEXES EVERY FEW YEARS TO ENSURE THAT THEY REALISTICALLY REFLECTED PRICE CHANGES AFFECTING CONSUMERS.

THE REVISION OF INDEXES WILL BE BASED ON THE FINDINGS OF A HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY WHICH BEGINS NEXT MONTH AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 12 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

MR. GREENFIELD POINTED O'JT THAT AS A RESULT OF THE REVISION, THE EXPENDITURE RANGES OF C.P.I. (A) AND C.P.I. (B), WHICH ARE NOW $400 - $1 499 AND $1 500 - $2 999 RESPECTIVELY, WOULD BE RAISED.

♦IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO SAY WHAT THE NEW EXPENDITURE RANGES WILL BE UNTIL THE RESULTS OF THE SURVEY ARE AVAILABLE,* Hi. GREENFIELD SAID.

THE NEW SET OF C.P.I. (A) AND C.P. I. (B) WILL REFLECT THE PRICE CHANGES EXPERIENCED BY THE MAJORITY OF HOUSEHOLDS IN HONG KONG.

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AS FOR THE HIGHER INCOME HOUSEHOLDS, THEY WILL BE COVERED BY THE HANG SENG CONSUMER PRICE INDEX WHICH WILL ALSO BE UPDATED IN A SIMILAR SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE HANG SENG BANK DURING THE SAME PERIOD.

THE HANG SENG CONSUMER PRICE INDEX IS FOR HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN $3 OOO AND $9 999 A MONTH AND IT WAS FIRST COMPILED IN 1973 AT THE INVITATION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE PURPOSE OF THE TWO SURVEYS, WHICH FORM AN INTEGRAL PART CF THE REVISION PROJECT, IS TO INVESTIGATE THE CONSUMPTION PATTERN OF HOUSEHOLDS IN THE ONE-YEAR PERIOD IN ORDER TO PROVIDE A BASIS FOR UPDATING THE BASKETS OF GOODS AND SERVICES OF THE INDEXES AS WELL AS THE WEIGHTS ATTACHED TO THEM.

MR. GREENFIELD EXPECTED THAT THE HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY CONDUCTED BY HIS DEPARTMENT WILL EVENTUALLY INCLUDE SOME 4 000 SELECTED HOUSEHOLDS IN THE URBAN AREAS OF HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

ONE SIGNIFICANT FEATURE, HE ADDED, IS THE INCLUSION IN THE C.P.I’S OF THE URBAN AREAS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES. THE PRESENT C.P. I’S HAVE ONLY COVERED AREAS IN HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW KOWLOON.

TO ENSURE THAT SEASONAL PATTERNS OF HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE ARE COVERED, HE ADDED, THE 4 000 HOUSEHOLDS INCLUDED IN THE SAMPLE WILL BE SPREAD EVENLY OVER THE 12-MONTH PERIOD OF THE SURVEY.

♦EACH HOUSEHOLD IN THE SAMPLE WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE SURVEY FOR A PERIOD OF TWO WEEKS,+ HE SAID.

THEY WILL NEED TO KEEP A DAILY RECORD, USING STATIONERY PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT, OF THEIR EXPENDITURE FOR TWO CONSECUTIVE WEEKS.

HOUSEHOLDS SELECTED FOR THE SURVEY WILL BE INFORMED BY LETTERS ONE WEEK BEFORE OFFICERS FROM THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL CALL ON THEM TO EXPLAIN THE NECESSARY DETAILS.

THE COMMISSIONER APPEALED TO THESE HOUSEHOLDS TO CO-OPERATE BY SUPPLYING THE INFORMATION REQUIRED SO THAT THE C.P.I’S COULD BE ACCURATELY COMPILED.

HE STRESSED THAT THE INDEXES ARE VERY IMPORTANT ECONOMIC INDICATORS AFFECTING BOTH EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES.

MANY EMPLOYERS, INCLUDING THE GOVERNMENT, HE SAID, USED THEM TO ADJUST THE WAGES AND SALARIES AND VARIOUS KINDS OF LIVING ALLOWANCE FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES.

MR. GREENFIELD ASSURED THAT THE INFORMATION PROVIDED BY INDIVIDUAL HOUSEHOLDS IN THE SURVEY WOULD BE KEPT IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND ,T WOULD BE USED SOLELY FOR PRODUCING TABULATIONS FROM WHICH PARTICULARS COULD NOT BE IDENTIFIED.

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GOVERNMENT SUBVENTION ON ADULT EDUCATION PROJECTS PLANNED ******

A PILOT SCHEME TO SUBVENT NON-PROFIT-MAKING ORGANISATIONS TO OPERATE ADULT EDUCATION COURSES WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN 1980-81 IF SUFFICIENT FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (FURTHER), MR. A.J. REEVE SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ADULT EDUCATION HELD AT THE CARITAS HOUSE ON THE GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSED ADULT EDUCATION SUBVENTION SCHEME AS OUTLINED IN THE WHITE PAPER ON SENIOR SECONDARY AND TERTIARY EDUCATION.

MR. REEVE SAID THAT ALL THE PROPOSALS IN THE WHITE PAPER WERE SUBJECT TO A REGULAR REVIEW OF THE OVERALL RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO THE GOVERNMENT.

♦SHOULD SUFFICIENT FUNDS BE AVAILABLE FOR VARIOUS PRIORITIES INCLUDING ADULT EDUCATION THEN WE SHALL BE ABLE TO GO AHEAD WITH A PILOT SCHEME IN 1980-61 OF ADULT EDUCATION SUBVENTION.

♦BUT WE NEED TO ENSURE THAT IT IS SUCCESSFUL SO THAT GOVERNMENT WILL BE PREPARED TO SUBSIDISE MORE PROJECTS IN THE FIELD OF ADULT EDUCATION IN FUTURE YEARS,♦ HE SAID.

IN HIS SPEECH MR. REEVE ALSO LISTED SOME GUIDELINES FOR NON-PROFIT-MAKING VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS WHICH WOULD BE INVITED TO PROPOSE SUITABLE ADULT EDUCATION COURSES.

♦CONSIDERATION WILL BE LIMITED TO PROPOSALS FOR ACTIVITIES WHICH ARE NOT ALREADY PROVIDED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OR FOR ACTIVITIES WHICH, ALTHOUGH ALREADY PROVIDED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, DO NOT MEET CURRENT DEMAND FOR PLACES FROM ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS,♦ HE SAID.

THE PROPOSED ACTIVITIES SHOULD ALSO MEET A DEMONSTRABLE PUBLIC DEMAND FROM LOW-INCOME GROUPS AND BE OF BENEFIT TO THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE, AND BE OF A +RETRIEVAL+ NATURE, THAT IS, DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE THE ADVANTAGE OF A STRONG FORMAL EDUCATION.

♦PROPOSED ACTIVITIES SHOULD BE PROVIDED ON A STRICTLY NON-PROFIT-MAKING BASIS,* MR. REEVE SAID.

HOWEVER, HE ADDED THAT +N0 PROJECT WILL BE SUBVERTED UNLESS STUDENTS PAY FEES TOWARDS PART OF THE COST OF THE COURSE.*

SUBVENTION WILL BE CONSIDERED ON A PROJECT BASIS AND NOT ON A RECURRENT ANNUAL BASIS. THE RENEWAL OF SUBVENTION ARRANGEMENTS, HOWEVER, WOULD BE CONSIDERED ON AN ANNUAL BASIS.

NOTING THAT SOME PEOPLE MIGHT FEEL THE GUIDELINES TO BE TOO RESTRICTIVE, MR. REEVE SAID IT SHOULD BE APPRECIATED THAT ■♦GOVERNMENT IS BEING PRUDENT AND CAUTIOUS IN ENSURING THAT A SUBVENTION SCHEME SUCH AS THIS, WHICH MAY WELL ENTAIL EVENTUALLY A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF PUBLIC MONEY, WILL BE WORTHWHILE, EFFICIENT AND MAKE THE MOST EFFECTIVE USE OF OUR RESOURCES.*

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1979

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TUEN MUN INDUSTRIAL SITE SOLD FOR *25.8M

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AN INDUSTRIAL SITE IN THE FAST-GROWING TUEN MUN NEW TOWN FETCHED A RECORD *25.8 MILLION AT A PUBLIC AUCTION TODAY (TUESDAY).

IT REALISED THE EQUIVALENT OF *8 437 PER SQUARE METRE — *437 HIGHER THAN THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF *8 000 FOR A SIMILAR SITE IN TUEN MUN SOLD LAST MONTH.

THE 3 058-SQUARE-METRE SITE CONVENIENTLY LOCATED IN THE NEW TOWN’S INDUSTRIAL AREA AND FRONTING SHEK PAI TAU ROAD IS THE THIRD INDUSTRIAL LOT SOLD BY WAY OF AUCTION THIS YEAR.

THE SENIOR ESTATE SURVEYOR OF TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, VICTOR LEUNG WHO CONDUCTED THE AUCTION AT THE ST. SIMON LUI MING CHOI SECONDARY SCHOOL IN TUEN MUN, INVITED AN OPENING BID OF *12 MILLION AND STEADY BIDDINGS QUICKLY FOLLOWED.

THERE WERE SIX TO SEVEN KEEN BIDDERS BUT WHEN THE PRICE REACHED *25 MILLION THE NUMBER NARROWED TO TWO.

HAMMER FELL ON THE HIGHEST BID OF *25.8 MILLION — MORE THAN DOUBLE THE OPENING BID — OFFERED BY WALGIN INVESTMENT LTD.

MR. LEUNG SAID AFTER THE AUCTION THAT HE WAS VERY PLEASED WITH TODAY’S PRICE WHICH WAS A CLEAR INDICATION OF THE CONFIDENCE OF INDUSTRIALISTS IN THE INVESTMENT PROSPECT OF TUEN MUN.

+THE SALE OF THE SITE IS INDEED A WELCOME BOOST TO THE INDUSTRIAL GROWTH WHICH IS ALREADY ADVANCING IN THE NEW TOWN,+ LEUNG SAID.

♦THE COMPETITIVE BIDDINGS AT THE AUCTION ALSO REFLECTED A CONTINUING DEMAND FOR INDUSTRIAL LAND IN TUEN MUN.+

EARMARKED FOR INDUSTRIAL OR GODOWN USE, THE SITE CARRIES A PLOT RATIO OF 9.5 ALLOWING FOR MULTI-STOREY DEVELOPMENT AND A BUILDING COVENANT OF *4 840 000 OVER 36 MONTHS.

IN ADDITION, THE CONDITIONS OF SALE STIPULATE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS ON ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL INCLUDING THE DISCHARGE OF TRADE EFFLUENT.

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NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT SIGNED * * * * *

A CONTRACT WORTH MORE THAN S13.2 MILLION FOR THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF YUEN LONG NEW TOWN WAS SIGNED TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE CONTRACT WAS AWARDED TO MCCONNELL DOWELL CONSTRUCTORS LTD. BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT AND INVOLVES BRIDGEWORKS FOR WHAT IS KNOWN AS PACKAGE 7 (INDUSTRIAL AREA) OF THE YUEN LONG TOWN DEVELOPMENT.

THE CONTRACT IS THE FIFTH TO BE LET FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF YUEN LONG NEW TOWN UNDER THE RURAL NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, IMPLEMENTATION OF WHICH STARTED IN JUNE 1977.

IN JANUARY 1979 ENGINEERING WORKS STARTED ON THE PACKAGE 7 AREA. THIS WORK CONSISTS OF THE FORMATION OF ABOUT 23 HECTARES OF LAND, CONSTRUCTION OF ROADS, DRAINS AND SEWERS AND THE INSTALLATION OF ALL NECESSARY SERVICES.

THE SITE WILL BE USED FOR LIGHT INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT, PROVIDING JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR UP TO 17 OOO WORKERS. AREAS WILL BE RESERVED WITHIN THE DEVELOPMENT FOR GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY USES, CAR AND LORRY PARKS, OPEN SPACE AND AMENITY AREAS.

WORKS UNDER THIS CONTRACT WILL PROVIDE VEHICULAR AND PEDESTRIAN ACCESS INTO THE AREA WHICH LIES TO THE NORTH OF THE TOWN.

THE WORKS INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO ROAD BRIDGES, 70 METRES AND 15 METRES IN LENGTH LINKING THE INDUSTRIAL AREA WITH THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATE ACCESS ROAD ON ON LOK ROAD.

ALSO INCLUDED IS A 200-METRE LONG PEDESTRIAN/CYCLE BRIDGE LINKING THE TOWN CENTRE AT TA I KIU ROAD WITH THE EXTENSIVE FOOTWAY AND CYCLE TRACK NETWORKS WITHIN THE INDUSTRIAL AREA.

THE BRIDGEWORKS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY THE CONSULTING ENGINEERS, BINNIE AND PARTNERS (HONG KONG) FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

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D.S.W. VISITS CHILDREN’S TRAINING CENTRE AND DAY NURSERY ft ft ft ft ft ft

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, TODAY (TUESDAY) VISITED HONG KONG’S FIRST TRAINING CENTRE FOR SEVERELY MENTALLY RETARDED CHILDREN WHICH HE OFFICIALLY OPENED LAST YEAR.

MR. LEE FIRST CALLED ON THE KWAI SHING CHILDREN’S TRAINING CENTRE, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND SET UP BY PO LEUNG KUK FOLLOWING AN APPEAL BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT FOR THE PROVISION OF SUCH SERVICES.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR. CHENG KWAN-KUEN, HE SPENT ABOUT AN HOUR IN THE CENTRE MEETING THE STAFF AND INSPECTING THE SERVICES AND FACILITIES TO KEEP HIMSELF INFORMED OF ITS LATEST DEVELOPMENT.

MR. LEE WAS MET ON ARRIVAL BY THE CHAIRMAN OF PO LEUNG KUK, MADAM SIU HON-SUM, AND STAFF OF THE TRAINING CENTRE.

WITH A CAPACITY OF 80, THE TRAINING CENTRE IN KWAI SHING ESTATE PROVIDES RESIDENTIAL AND DAY CARE SERVICES AS WELL AS SIMPLE TRAINING TO SEVERELY MENTALLY RETARDED CHILDREN AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 16 YEARS.

THROUGH VARIOUS PROGRAMMES, THE CHILDREN ARE TRAINED IN SELF-CARE SKILLS, THE WAY TO COMMUNICATE AND GET ALONG WITH OTHERS, AND TECHNIQUES WHICH CATER TO THEIR INDIVIDUAL NEEDS.

LATER, MR. LEE WENT ON TO VISIT THE JU CHING CHU CHILD CARE CENTRE — A GOVERNMENT-SUBVENTED DAY NURSERY OPERATED BY YAN CHAI HOSPITAL IN SHEK YUM ESTATE.

HE WAS GREETED ON ARRIVAL BY THE CHAIRMAN OF YAN CHAI HOSPITAL, MADAM RITA LIU, AND SUPERVISORY STAFF OF THE NURSERY.

OPENED IN AUGUST LAST YEAR, THE JU CHING CHU CHILD CARE CENTRE CATERS FOR 100 CHILDREN AGED BETWEEN TWO AND SIX YEARS.

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OLD 50-CENT COINS WILL CEASE TO BE LEGAL TENDER ft ft ft ft

THE PUBLIC ARE REMINDED THAT THE OLD, SILVER COLOURED 50-CENT COINS WILL CEASE TO BE LEGAL TENDER FROM NEXT MONTH. A PROCLAMATION TO THIS EFFECT WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE ON APRIL 27.

THIS MEANS THAT AS FROM OCTOBER 1, THE LEGAL OBLIGATION TO ACCEPT THESE COINS IN SATISFACTION OF DEBTS FOR AMOUNTS UP TO TWO DOLLARS IS REMOVED.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) ANY PERSON STILL OWNING ANY OF THESE CUPRO-NICKEL COINS AFTER OCTOBER 1 WOULD BE ABLE TO OBTAIN AN EQUIVALENT SUM OF CURRENT COINS OR NOTES WHEN THEY ARE PRESENTED AT A BANK.

A NEW SMALLER BRASS COLOURED 50-CENT COIN, MADE OF NICKEL-BRASS, WAS INTRODUCED ON AUGUST 15, 1977.

SINCE THEN, THE OLD CUPRO-NICKEL 50-CENT COINS WHICH HAVE BEEN LEGAL TENDER FROM JULY 6, 1951, HAVE BEEN GRADUALLY WITHDRAWN FROM CIRCULATION.

AS AT AUGUST 31 THIS YEAR, 211 MILLION 50-CENT COINS WERE IN CIRCULATION, AND OF THIS NUMBER 79 MILLION WERE OF THE OLD TYPE COINS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID ACTION WOULD BE TAKEN IN DUE COURSE TO DEMONETISE THE LARGE ONE DOLLAR COIN, FIRST ISSUED IN I960, WHICH IS NOW GRADUALLY BEING DISPLACED BY A NEW SMALLER COIN WHICH WAS FIRST ISSUED IN AUGUST, 1978.

BOTH OF THESE CHANGES STEM FROM THE ACCEPTANCE BY THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COINAGE REVIEW COMMITTEE. AN ABRIDGED COPY OF THIS COMMITTEE'S REPORT WAS PUBLISHED IN NOVEMBER 1974.

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D.S.W. TO OPEN EXHIBITION ON PREVENTION OF CHILDREN’S DISEASES '

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THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, WILL TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) OFFICIALLY OPEN AN EXHIBITION WHICH GIVES PARENTS AN INSIGHT INTO HOW TO PREVENT CHILDREN FROM GETTING SICK OR INJURED IN HOUSEHOLD ACCIDENTS.

THE EXHIBITION IS PART OF A SERIES OF PROGRAMMES ORGANISED BY CARITAS-HONG KONG, IN RESPONSE TO THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE CHILD.

EXHIBITS WILL SHOW THE COMMON DISEASES AND HOUSEHOLD ACCIDENTS INVOLVING CHILDREN. THERE WILL ALSO BE DEMONSTRATIONS, FILMS AND SLIDE SHOWS ON MENTAL HEALTH AND CHILD CARE SERVICE, HOME ENVIRONMENT AND IMMUNISATION FOR CHILDREN.

DURING THE EXHIBITION, PAEDIATRIC DOCTORS AND NURSES WILL GIVE TALKS AND EXPLAIN TO VISITORS ABOUT THE EXHIBITS.

THE DAY-LONG EXHIBITION, OPENING BETWEEN 9.30 A.M. AND 6 P.M., WILL BE HELD IN THE CARITAS MEDICAL CENTRE IN PO ON ROAD, SHAM SHUI PO.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE EXHIBITION ON PREVENTION OF CHILDREN’S DISEASES ORGANISED BY CARITAS-HONG KONG.

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT 9.30 A.M. TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AT THE CARITAS MEDICAL CENTRE AT PO ON ROAD, SHAM SHUI PO.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF

WO Yl HOP ROAD AND SHING MUN ROAD JUNCTION

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY) THE WO Yl HOP ROAD-SHING MUN ROAD JUNCTION WILL BE CLOSED TO MOTOR VEHICLES FROM 10 A.M. ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 20) FOR A PERIOD OF ABOUT FIVE MONTHS TO FACILITATE ROAD CONSTRUCTION WORKS THERE.

DURING THE CLOSURE PERIOD, THE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL COME INTO OPERATIONi-

* VEHICLES TRAVELLING FROM WO Yl HOP ROAD TO TSUEN WAN WILL BE DIVERTED VIA CHEUNG PEI SHAN ROAD, CHEUNG SHAN ESTATE ROAD WEST, AND CHEUNG SHAN ESTATE ROAD EAST TO REJOIN SHING MUN ROAD SOUTHBOUND-

* VEHICLES TRAVELLING FROM WO Yl HOP ROAD TO SHING MUN RESERVOIR WILL BE DIVERTED VIA CHEUNG PEI SHAN ROAD, LO WAI ROAD, AND TUNG PO TO ROAD TO REJOIN SHING MUN ROAD NORTHBOUND- AND

* VEHICLES INCLUDING K.M.B. ROUTE NO. 32B TRAVELLING ALONG CHEUNG SHAN ESTATE ROAD WEST TO WO Yl HOP ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA CHEUNG PEI SHAN EASTBOUND.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

WATER CUT

* * *

WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN MONG KOK AND NORTH POINT WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVERAL HOURS ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 20) FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

IN MONG KOK, SUPPLY WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR SIX HOURS FROM MIDNIGHT ON THURSDAY TO 6 A.M. THE FOLLOWING DAY.

THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY ARGYLE STREET, YAU MA TEI STATION OF KOWLOON CANTON RAILWAY, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, NATHAN ROAD, SAI YEE STREET, NULLAH ROAD, TUNG CHOI STREET INCLUDING FIFE STREET, MONG KOK ROAD AND LUEN WAN ROAD.

IN NORTH POINT, THE SUPPLY WILL BE CUT OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 P.M. ON THURSDAY TO 6 A.M. THE FOLLOWING DAY.

THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY NORTH POINT ROAD SEAFRONT, SHU KUK STREET AND NORTH SIDE OF KING’S ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL 5-233191

Wednesday, September 19, 1979

CONTI51TS PAGE NO.

EMPLOYMENT AT CONSTRUCTION SITES IN JUNE UP..................   1

FIRE SERVICES REMINDER TO KEROSENE DISTRIBUTORS................ 2

NEWS CONFERENCE ON SAI LAU KOK CLEARANCE....................... 2

SCHOOLS URGED TO JOIN HEALTH EDUCATION CONTEST................. 3

D.S.,7. STK3S33S IMPORTANCE CF CHILD HEALTH................... **

ETV MOVES TC NE.7 OFFICE....................................... 5

FLUSHING 7/ATSR CUT............................................ 5

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1979

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EMPLOYMENT AT CONSTRUCTION SITES

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IN

JUNE UP

BUILDING AND AN INCREASE OF

IN

THE NUMBER OF MANUAL WORKERS ENGAGED CONSTRUCTION SITES ROSE TO 75 551 IN JUNE 5.5 PER CENT COMPARED WITH MARCH, ACCORDING TO THE LATEST EMPLOYMENT SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS

DEPARTMENT

COMPARED WITH THE POSITION IN JUNE LAST YEAR, THE FIGURE REPRESENTS AN INCREASE OF 7 871 WORKERS OR 11.6 PER CENT.

THE SURVEY SHOWED THAT 31 056 WORKERS WERE EMPLOYED IN 327 SITES CONTRACTED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT AND THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 2 394 WORKERS CR 8.4 PER CENT OVER MARCH.

DURING THE SAME PERIOD, THE NUMBER OF WORKERS ENGAGED IN THE 873 SITES OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR ROSE TO 37 848 OR 6.4 PER CENT.

EMPLOYMENT OF 6 647 WORKERS IN THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION SITES, SHOWED A DECREASE OF 9.7 PER CENT IN JUNE COMPARED WITH MARCH.

BREAKDOWN OF THE EMPLOYMENT AND WORK SITE STATISTICS ARE AS FOLLOWS»-

MARCH 1979

JUNE 1979

CONTRACTING PARTY SITES IN OPERATION MANUAL WORKERS ENGAGED SITES IN OPERATION MANUAL WORKERS ENGAGED

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT 285 17 062 268 17 552

HOUSING DEPARTMENT 58 11 600 59 13 504

MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY * 35 7 361 35 6 647

PRIVATE SECTOR 865 35 558 838 37 848

TOTAL 1 243 71 581 1 200 75 551

* CONSTRUCTION SITES UNDER THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION REFER TO M.T.R. CONTRACTS FOR WHICH WORK WAS IN PROGRESS DURING JUNE 1979.


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1979

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FIRE SERVICES REMINDER TO KEROSENE DISTRIBUTORS ******

THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT REMINDED DISTRIBUTORS OF KEROSENE THAT THE CONVEYANCE OF DANGEROUS GOODS SUCH AS KEROSENE, GASOLENE, DIESEL AND PAINTS IS GOVERNED BY THE DANGEROUS GOODS (GENERAL) REGULATIONS.

A LICENCE ISSUED BY THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES IS REQUIRED FOR THE VEHICLE BEFORE IT CAN BE USED TO CONVEY DANGEROUS GOODS, A FIRE SERVICES SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

♦PRIOR TO THE ISSUE OF THE LICENCE, THE VEHICLE IS REQUIRED TO BE INSPECTED BY TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S INSPECTORS AND EXAMINED BY FIRE SERVICES OFFICERS TO ENSURE THAT THE VEHICLE IS IN ROADWORTHY CONDITION AND THAT ALL THE SAFETY REQUIREMENTS HAVE BEEN COMPILED WITH,+ SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE MAXIMUM PENALTY UPON CONVICTION FOR USING UNLICENSED VEHICLES TO CONVEY DANGEROUS GOODS IS A FINE OF $8 000 AND IMPRISONMENT OF SIX MONTHS.

DISTRIBUTORS ARE FURTHER REMINDED THAT THE CONTAINERS (MATERIAL AND CAPACITY) ARE TO BE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TABLE AS SET UP IN THE DANGEROUS GOODS (GENERAL) REGULATIONS- PART SIX.

♦THE MAXIMUM PENALTY UPON CONVICTION FOR USING A CONTAINER TO HOLD MORE THAN THE QUANTITY AS LAID DOWN OR OF UNSUITABLE MATERIAL, SHALL BE A FINE OF $5 000 AND IMPRISONMENT OF TWO MONTHS,* THE SPOKESMAN WARNED.

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NOTE TO ED ITORSi

NEWS CONFERENCE ON SAI LAU KOK CLEARANCE * * *

A NEWS CONFERENCE ON THE SAI TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT 11 A.M. IN BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

LAU KOK CLEARANCE WILL BE HELD

THE G.I.S. THEATRE, FIFTH FLOOR,

PRESIDING AT THE CONFERENCE WILL BE THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. JOHN TODD- THE MASS TRANSIT ADVISER, MR. ALAN WILKINS, AND SENIOR OFFICERS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, THE MASS TRANSIT OFFICE AND THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT.

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

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1979

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SCHOOLS URGED TO JOIN HEALTH EDUCATION CONTEST ******

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAS INVITED HEADS OF SCHOOLS TO NOMINATE REPRESENTATIVES TO COMPETE IN THE 1979 SCHOOLS’ HEALTH EDUCATION SPEECH AND SONG CONTEST.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THE CONTEST IS AN ANNUAL FUNCTION JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WITH A VIEW TO RAISE THE HEALTH CONSCIOUSNESS AMONG SCHOOL CHILDREN IN HONG KONG.

THE THEME OF THE CONTEST IS +RECREATION AND GOOD HEALTH.+

♦ENTRIES TO THE SONG CONTEST MUST BE ORIGINAL SONGS IN ENGLISH OR CHINESE FOR GROUP PERFORMANCE WITH OR WITHOUT ACCOMPANIMENT, AND SHOULD BE OF NOT MORE THAN TWO MINUTES’ DURATION,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THERE WILL BE A PRIMARY SECTION AND A SECONDARY SECTION, AND SCHOOLS MAY ENTER ONE TEAM OF 30 TO 60 PUPILS FOR EACH SECTION, HE ADDED.

THE SPEECH CONTEST WILL BE CLASSIFIED INTO FOUR SECTIONS — AN ENGLISH SECTION AND A CHINESE SECTION FOR BOTH PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

♦HEADS OF SCHOOLS ARE REQUESTED TO HOLD PRELIMINARY ELIMINATION CONTESTS AMONG THEIR PUPILS IN ORDER TO SELECT THE SCHOOL REPRESENTATIVE BEST QUALIFIED TO COMPETE IN THE SPEECH CONTEST,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

SPEECHES WILL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL CONTESTANTS AND THREE MINUTES FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL CONTESTANTS.

ELIMINATION CONTESTS WILL BE HELD AT DIFFERENT CENTRES IN HONG KONG AND KOWLOON ON OCTOBER 27.

THE FINALS OF THE SPEECH AND SONG CONTESTS WILL BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 10 AND NOVEMBER 17 RESPECTIVELY AT THE CITY HALL.

WINNERS WILL BE AWARDED TROPHIES AND BOOK COUPONS RANGING FROM $100 TO S600, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ENTRIES SHOULD BE SENT TO THE SENIOR HEALTH INSPECTOR (HEALTH EDUCATION), URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, BLAKE BLOCK, GROUND FLOOR, 101 QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRY TO THE SONG CONTEST IS OCTOBER 31, AND THAT FOR THE SPEECH CONTEST IS SEPTEMBER 27.

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D.S.W. STRESSES IMPORTANCE OF CHILD HEALTH *****

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) OFFICIALLY OPENED AN EXHIBITION AIMED AT EDUCATING PARENTS ON HOW TO PREVENT CHILDREN FROM GETTING SICK OR INJURED IN HOUSEHOLD ACCIDENTS.

THE EXHIBITION, HELD AT THE CARITAS MEDICAL CENTRE IN SHAM SHU I PO, WAS ORGANISED BY THE CARITAS-HONG KONG AS PART OF ITS PROGRAMMES FOR THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE CHILD.

EXHIBITS GAVE AN INSIGHT INTO THE COMMON DISEASES AND HOUSEHOLD ACCIDENTS INVOLVING CHILDREN. THERE WERE ALSO DEMONSTRATIONS, FILM AND SLIDE SHOWS ON MENTAL HEALTH AND CHILD CARE SERVICE, HOME ENVIRONMENT AND CHILDREN’S IMMUNISATION.

DURING THE DAY-LONG EXHIBITION, PAEDIATRICxDOCTORS AND NURSES GAVE TALKS TO VISITORS AND EXPLAINED THE DISPLAYS.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, MR. LEE STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF SOUND HEALTH FOR CHILDREN WHICH HE SAID FORMED THE BASIS FOR THEIR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT, BOTH MENTAL AND PHYSICAL.

HE DESCRIBED THE EXHIBITION AS MOST MEANINGFUL AND WAS PART OF A SERIES OF EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY CARITAS-HONG KONG TO INSTIL IN PARENTS THE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT CHILDREN’S PHYSICAL GROWTH, MENTAL NEEDS, SENTIMENT, DISEASES, NUTRITION AND HEALTH. ----

HE PRAISED THE CARITAS-HONG KONG FOR ITS OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE FIELDS OF MEDICAL, SOCIAL AND EDUCATIONAL SERVICES IN ITS 25 YEARS OF OPERATION.

+THE CARITAS MEDICAL CENTRE UNDER ITS AEGIS HAS CONTRIBUTED CONSIDERABLY TOWARDS THE COMBAT OF DISEASES AND REHABILITATION CF THE SICK SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 1964.

+IN THE AREA OF PAEDIATRIC SERVICE, THE CENTRE HAS BEEN ABLE TO PROVIDE THE BEST POSSIBLE MEDICAL CARE TO CHILDREN WITH ITS 115 BEDS, 11 PAEDIATRIC DOCTORS AND OTHER SUPPORTING PARA-MEDICAL STAFF,+ HE SAID.

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ETV MOVES TO NEW OFFICE

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THE EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT MOVED LAST MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 17) FROM BROADCAST DRIVE TO ITS NEW OFFICE AT PARK-IN COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 56 DUNDAS STREET, 25TH FLOOR, MONG KOK.

THE NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 3-885076, AND ALL FUTURE CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE SECTION SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE NEW ADDRESS.

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FLUSHING *

WATER * *

CUT

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN AREAS

IN EAST KOWLOON WILL BE TO 5 P.M. ON FRIDAY

INTERRUPTED FOR EIGHT HOURS FROM 9 A.M.

(SEPTEMBER 21) TO FACILITATE REPAIR OF A PUMP AT KWUN TONG PUMPING

STATION.

ALL PREMISES IN SAN PO KONG, NGAU CHI WAN, JORDAN VALLEY, NGAU TAU KOK, KWUN TONG, SAU MAU PING AND LAM TIN WILL BE AFFECTED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL 5-233191

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE RO-

SAI LAD KOK CLEARANCE ......................................... 1

F.C.O. MINISTER TO VISIT HONG KONG ............................ 3

VISITING MP TOURS SECONDARY SCHOOLS ........................... 4

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR HaPPY VALLEY RACING .................. 4

MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR'S OFFICE EXTENDS OPERATION TO TSUEN WAN .................................................. 6

SUPPLIES CHIEF RETIRES AFTER 30 YEARS' GOVERNMENT SERVICE ........................................

$6 MILLION CONTRACT FOR LANTAU COUNTRY PARK DEVELOPMENT ................................................... 7

MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SWIMMING GALA

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1979

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SAI LAU KOK CLEARANCE ******

FOLLOWING A TOP-LEVEL REVIEW OF THE COMPENSATION AND REHOUSING ARRANGEMENTS MADE FOR THE OWNERS OF FLATS IN THE SEVEN TENEMENT BLOCKS AT SAI LAU KOK, THE GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED THAT IT CANNOT VARY THE BASIC TERMS OF ITS OFFER.

HOWEVER, IT HAS AGREED TO EXTEND THE +SETTING-UP+ ALLOWANCE OF $10 000 TO ALL FLAT OWNERS WHO PURCHASE A NEW FLAT AND TO INTRODUCE A NEW +SETTING-UP+ ALLOWANCE OF $20 000 FOR GROUND FLOOR SHOPOWNER-LANDLORDS WHO BUY ALTERNATIVE BUSINESS PREMISES.

THE SETTING-UP ALLOWANCES ARE DESIGNED TO COVER THE COSTS OF CONVEYANCING, STAMP DUTY AND LEGAL FEES INVOLVED IN THE PURCHASE OF A NEW PROPERTY AND WERE PREVIOUSLY AVAILABLE ONLY TO DOMESTIC FLAT OWNERS WHO OPTED TO BUY A NEW FLAT RATHER THAN TAKE UP A GOVERNMENT OFFER OF PUBLIC HOUSING.

ANNOUNCING THE EXTENSION OF THE ALLOWANCES TODAY (THURSDAY), THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. JOHN TODD, SAID THE GOVERNMENT BELIEVED IT HAD GONE AS FAR AS IT COULD REASONABLY GO IN MEETING THE DEMANDS OF THE SMALL GROUP OF FLAT OWNERS — REPRESENTING NO MORE THAN 20 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL NUMBER INVOLVED — WHO HAVE STILL NOT ACCEPTED THE GOVERNMENT’S COMPENSATION.

♦THE VALUATION OF THE SAI LAU KOK FLATS IS TIED BY LAW TO NOVEMBER 12 LAST YEAR WHEN THE PROPERTY REVERTED TO THE CROWN AND THE 80 PER CENT OF FLAT OWNERS WHO AGREED TO THE GOVERNMENT’S TERMS ON OR AROUND THAT DATE WERE ABLE TO DO WELL FOR THEMSELVES.

IT IS UNFORTUNATE FOR THE REMAINING GROUP THAT THEY HAVE SINCE BEEN CAUGHT ON A RISING PROPERTY MARKET AND ARE NOW FINDING IT MUCH MORE DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN THE SAME KIND OF ALTERNATIVE FLATS AT THE PRICES PAID BY THE MAJORITY WHO LEFT SAI LAU KOK EARLIER THIS YEAR.

HOWEVER, THEY WERE WARNED OF THIS DANGER ALL ALONG.+

MR. TODD ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS FIRM IN ITS INTENTION TO HAND OVER THE SAI LAU KOK SITE TO MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION CONTRACTORS BY THE END OF THE MONTH.

HE SAID CLEARANCE TEAMS WOULD MOVE INTO SAI LAU KOK NEXT WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 26) MORNING TO ENSURE THAT THE REMAINING FOUR BLOCKS WERE VACATED IN TIME FOR THE HANDOVER TO DEMOLITION CONTRACTORS.

THERE IS STILL TIME FOR THE REMAINING 36 OWNER-OCCUPIERS TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR PUBLIC HOUSING AND TO NEGOTIATE WITH THE MASS TRANSIT OFFICE OVER THE COMPENSATION FOR THEIR FLATS WITH A VIEW TO BUYING ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION.

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♦WE HAVE SUPPLIED THE REMAINING OWNERS WITH A LIST OF MORE THAN 80 FLATS AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN TSUEN WAN, MANY OF WHICH ARE STILL WITHIN THE PRICE RANGE OF THE FLAT OWNERS WHO HAVE STILL NOT YET SETTLED.♦

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S OFFER TO SAI LAU KOK FLAT OWNER-OCCUPIERS WAS THE OPEN MARKET VALUE OF THE RESUMED FLAT AT NOVEMBER, 1978 PRICES, INTEREST EARNED ON THE VALUATION FROM THEN UNTIL THE TIME OF PAYMENT, A DISTURBANCE ALLOWANCE BASED ON THE OCCUPIED FLOOR AREA WHICH HAD AVERAGED OUT AT AROUND $6 300, PLUS PUBLIC HOUSING — MOSTLY IN THE RECENTLY-COMPLETED CHEUNG SHAN ESTATE.

ALTERNATIVELY, THOSE WHO DO NOT WANT PUBLIC HOUSING ARE PAID THE S10 000 SETTING-UP ALLOWANCE AND A $1 500 PER MONTH RENTAL ALLOWANCE WHILE WAITING TO MOVE INTO THEIR NEW FLATS.

IN ADDITION, IF THEY WANT TO BUY A MORE EXPENSIVE FLAT, THEY ARE OFFERED THE EQUIVALENT OF AN INTEREST-FREE LOAN COVERING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VALUATION AND PURCHASE PRICE.

THIS IS PAID AS A LUMP SUM BASED ON CURRENT INTEREST RATES, WHICH ARE PRESENTLY 15.5 PER CENT, AND WORKS OUT TO BE 54.9 PER CENT THE DIFFERENCE.

THUS, HE SAID, AN OWNER RECEIVING $150 000 IN COMPENSATION WHO BUYS A NEW FLAT FOR $200 000 WOULD BE PAID $27 450.

MR. TODD SAID THE REMAINING 36 OWNER-OCCUPIERS HAD BEEN GIVEN INDICATIONS THAT THEIR FLATS WOULD BE VALUED AT PRICES RANGING BETWEEN $110 000 AND $220 000 WHILE 27 ABSENTEE OWNERS WHO HAD STILL NOT SETTLED WERE GIVEN INDICATIONS ALSO BETWEEN $110 000 AND $220 000.

♦THESE INDICATED OFFERS ARE JUST THAT — INDICATIONS OF LIKELY VACANT POSSESSION VALUE OF THE FLATS AND THE MASS TRANSIT OFFICE IS OPEN TO NEGOTIATION ON EVERY ONE OF THEM,+ HE SAID.

♦IF AGREEMENT CANNOT BE REACHED THEN THE GOVERNMENT IS PREPARED TO PAY ITS OFFER WITHOUT PREJUDICE AND TO PAY THE EXPENSES OF THE OWNERS’ TO OBTAIN AN INDEPENDENT ASSESSMENT AND THEN, IF THEY WISH TO GO TO THE LANDS TRIBUNAL, TO MEET THEIR COSTS IN DOING SO.

♦THERE HAVE BEEN A NUMBER OF SUBMISSIONS MADE TO THE GOVERNMENT ON BEHALF OF THE REMAINING GROUP OF OWNERS AND THE GOVERNMENT IS GRATEFUL FOR THESE ATTEMPTS TO HELP SOLVE WHAT HAS BEEN A LONG AND DIFFICULT CLEARANCE.

♦ALL OF THESE SUBMISSIONS HAVE BEEN CAREFULLY CONSIDERED BUT THE GOVERNMENT FEELS THAT ITS OFFER IS FAIR AND THE FACT THAT 80 PER CENT OF THE OWNERS HAVE ALREADY SETTLED AND HAVE MOVED INTO NEW HOMES OR ARE WAITING TO DO SO SUGGESTS THAT THEY AGREE WITH THIS ASSESSMENT.

♦THE TIME IS SHORT NOW, BUT WITH GOODWILL ON BOTH SIDES THE GOVERNMENT BELIEVES IT CAN STILL HELP THOSE REMAINING TO MOVE FROM SAI LAU KOK INTO NEW AND BETTER HOUSING.+

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1979

F.C.O. MINISTER TO VISIT HONG KONG *****

MR. PETER BLAKER, MINISTER OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS, WILL ARRIVE IN HONG KONG BY AIR ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 23) AFTERNOON ON A TWO-DAY FAMILIARISATION VISIT.

HE WILL BE MET ON ARRIVAL BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE.

MR. BLAKER WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY MR. D.F. MURRAY, ASSISTANT UNDER SECRETARY, FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE.

DURING HIS STAY, MR. BLAKER WILL HAVE TALKS WITH SIR MURRAY AND SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AS WELL AS UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS. HE WILL ALSO CALL ON THE URBAN COUNCIL AND MEET MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

THE COMMANDER BRITISH FORCES, MAJOR-GENERAL SIR ROY REDGRAVE, WILL BRIEF MR. BLAKER ABOUT THE WORK OF THE BRITISH SERVICES IN HONG KONG SOME OF WHOM HE WILL BE VISITING.

MR. BLAKER, ACCOMPANIED BY THE GOVERNOR, WILL VISIT THE GOVERNMENT DOCKYARD AND A VIETNAMESE REFUGEE CAMP TO SEE THE BOAT REFUGEE SITUATION AT FIRST HAND.

THE MINISTER WILL ALSO VISIT PUBLIC HOUSING IN SHA TIN FOLLOWED BY A BRIEFING IN TAI PO ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN INDUSTRIAL ESTATE THERE.

MR. BLAKER WILL GIVE A PRESS CONFERENCE ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 25) AFTERNOON BEFORE LEAVING HONG KONG THE SAME EVENING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MR. BLAKER IS DUE TO ARRIVE AT KAI TAK AIRPORT ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 23), FLIGHT CX710 E.T.A. 1600 HOURS.

A PHOTOGRAPHIC FACILITY WILL BE PROVIDED. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO COVER THE ARRIVAL ARE REQUESTED TO ASSEMBLE IN THE PRESS ROOM, KAI TAK AIRPORT TERMINAL BUILDING AT LEAST 45 MINUTES BEFORE THE ESTIMATED ARRIVAL TIME.

THOSE COVERING THE FUNCTION ARE REQUESTED THEIR IDENTITY CARDS OR PASSPORTS IN ORDER TO TO THE AIRPORT’S RESTRICTED AREA.

TO BRING ALONG FACILITATE ACCESS

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VISITING MP TOURS SECONDARY SCHOOLS

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VISITING CONSERVATIVE MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, MR. FERGUS MONTGOMERY TODAY (THURSDAY) TOURED TWO SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO OBTAIN SOME INFORMATION ON HONG KONG’S EDUCATION AT GRASS-ROOT LEVEL.

MR. MONTGOMERY, WHO WAS LAST HERE 10 YEARS AGO, WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. KENNETH TOPLEY WHEN HE VISITED QUEEN’S COLLEGE IN CAUSEWAY BAY.

THEY WERE MET ON ARRIVAL BY THE PRINCIPAL OF THE COLLEGE, MR. TIMOTHY YUNG, WHO TOOK THEM AROUND TO SEE CLASSES IN SESSION. MR. MONTGOMERY ALSO TALKED TO TEACHERS AND STUDENTS AT AN ART CLASS, A SCIENCE CLASS AND AN ENGLISH CLASS.

IN THE FORM 7 SCIENCE CLASS MR. MONTGOMERY MET MR. YAU TZE-KOK, WHO GAINED NINE DISTINCTIONS IN THE 1978 CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION. MR. YAU TOLD THE VISITOR THAT HE PLANNED TO GO ON TO STUDY MEDICINE.

NEXT MR. MONTGOMERY WENT TO SHA TIN NEW TOWN IN THE COMPANY OF THE PRINCIPAL EDUCATION OFFICER (NEW TERRITORIES), MR. DAVID LEUNG TO VISIT THE NEWLY OPENED TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS’ FUNG WONG FUNG TING COLLEGE.

MR. MONTGOMERY, A FORMER TEACHER, WAS PARLIAMENTARY PRIVATE SECRETARY TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR EDUCATION AND SCIENCE IN 1973-74.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR HAPPY VALLEY RACING * * *

MOTORISTS AND RACEGOERS ARE ADVISED THAT THROUGHOUT THE RACING SEASON STARTING ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 22) TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN THE HAPPY VALLEY AREA TWO HOURS BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF EACH MEETING. THIS APPLIES TO BOTH DAY AND NIGHT RACING.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ADVISED MOTORISTS TO NOTE THAT TRAFFIC DIVERSIONS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED TWO HOURS BEFORE THE START OF THE FIRST RACE OF EACH MEETING IN THE FOLLOWING ROADS:-

MORRISON HILL ROAD, TIN LOK LANE, LEIGHTON ROAD,

CANAL ROAD EXTENSION, BROADWOOD ROAD, SING WOO ROAD, TSOI TAK STREET, SHAN KWONG ROAD, SPORTS ROAD, 01 KWAN ROAD AND WONG NE I CHUNG ROAD.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP AND TRAFFIC POLICEMEN WILL EE ON HAND TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT PARKING WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR CERTAIN TIMES IN THE FOLLOWING ROADS — WONG NE I CHUNG ROAD, SPORTS ROAD, KING KWONG STREET, VILLAGE ROAD BETWEEN SHAN KWONG ROAD AND THE HONG KONG SANATORIUM, PERCIVAL STREET (WEST SIDE ONLY), Ol KWAN ROAD EXCEPT FOR THE METERED SECTION IN FRONT OF THE MORRISON HILL SWIMMING POOL AND SUNG TAK STREET, AND TUNG LO WAN ROAD

SIGNS ADVISING MOTORISTS OF THE PERIOD OF SUSPENSION WILL BE PLACED IN POSITION 48 HOURS PRIOR TO THE TIME OF SUSPENSION.

THE SPOKESMAN WARNED MOTORISTS THAT VEHICLES PARKED ILLEGALLY WILL BE TOWED AWAY.

THE BUS STOP OPPOSITE THE JOCKEY CLUB’S MAIN ENTRANCE WILL BE SUSPENDED ONE HOUR BEFORE THE FIRST RACE STARTS AND REINSTATED 15 MINUTES AFTER THE FIRST RACE HAS FINISHED. THE STOP WILL EE SUSPENDED AGAIN 30 MINTUES BEFORE THE FINAL RACE AND REINSTATED AS SOON AS TRAFFIC IS BACK TO NORMAL.

WESTBOUND BUSES WHICH NORMALLY USED THE *BUS ONLY* LANE IN LEIGHTON ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ROUND WONG NE I CHUNG ROAD DURING THE RACE DAY +ONE-WAY SYSTEM*.

ONE HOUR BEFORE THE LAST RACE ADDITIONAL CROSS HARBOUR BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER SPORTS ROAD FROM THE EASTERN END AND QUEUE UP EAST OF THE ENTRANCE TO THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS) PREMISES AND WAIT ON THE WESTSIDE OF WONG NE I CHUNG ROAD SOUTH OF HAU TAK LANE TO THE JOCKEY CLUB’S BOX ENTRANCE.

CANAL ROAD EXTENSION WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC ONE HOUR BEFORE THE LAST RACE AND ONLY FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE PERMITTED TO ENTER FROM MORRISON HILL ROAD AND QUEUE UP FACING NORTH. ONCE FULL, THE BUSES WILL ENTER LEIGHTON ROAD.

THE TRAM STOP AT MORRISON HILL ROAD AND QUEEN’S ROAD EAST WILL BE SUSPENDED ONE HOUR BEFORE THE FIRST RACE AND REINSTATED ONE HOUR AFTER THE LAST RACE.

HALF AN HOUR PRIOR TO THE LAST RACE, UP TO 30 TRAMS WILL BE PERMITTED TO LINE UP UNDER THE DIRECTION OF INSPECTORS FROM THE HONG KONG TRAMWAYS BETWEEN THE ENTRANCE TO THE MEMBERS’ STAND AND THE TRAM TERMINI IN WONG NE I CHUNG ROAD OR SING WOO ROAD.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1979

MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE EXTENDS OPERATION TO TSUEN WAN * * *

THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE WILL OPEN A SUB-OFFICE IN TSUEN WAN ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 22) TO HELP ORGANISE MUSICAL ACTIVITIES AND TRAINING FOR THE POPULATION IN THE NEW TERR ITORIES.

THIS WILL BE THE THIRD SUB-OFFICE OF THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE TO BE OPENED THIS YEAR. IT OCCUPIES THE FIRST AND THE SECOND FLOORS OF CHEONG YIU BUILDING, 169 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

AN OPENING CEREMONY FOR THIS SUB-OFFICE WILL BE HELD AT 10 A.M. AND WILL BE ATTENDED BY COMMUNITY LEADERS FROM TSUEN WAN, MR. CHAN PO—FONG, MR. SO CHERK-MING, AND MR. HO TUNG-CHING. ALSO PRESENT AT THE OPENING WILL BE THE DISTRICT OFFICER, TSUEN WAN, MR. TSUI KWAN-PING-SENIOR EDUCATION OFFICER. TSUEN WAN, MR. LEUNG MING-SHUN- DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER, TSUEN WAN, MR. CHEUNG KWAN-KUEN- MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR, MR. K.C. SIU AND MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR (DESIGNATE), MRS. ELIZABETH WONG.

THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A CONCERT BY YOUNG MUSICIANS TRAINED BY THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE.

THE TELEPHONE NUMBER OF THE TSUEN WAN SUB-OFFICE IS 12-428127.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE TSUEN WAN SUB-OFFICE OF THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE AT 169 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN, AT 10 A.M. ON SATURDAY.

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SUPPLIES CHIEF RETIRES AFTER 30 YEARS’ GOVERNMENT SERVICE ******

THE DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES, MR. FRED YOUNG, WILL RETIRE FROM THE GOVERNMENT NEXT MAY AFTER SERVING IN THE DEPARTMENT FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS. HE WILL GO ON PRE-RETIREMENT LEAVE FROM SEPTEMBER 29.

MR. YOUNG, AGED 57, FIRST JOINED THE DEPARTMENT AS AN ASSISTANT SUPPLIES OFFICER IN 19*9 AND BECAME THE DIRECTOR IN 1970.

TO MARK HIS RETIREMENT, STAFF MEMBERS OF GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES WILL HOLD A FAREWELL DINNER RECEPTION ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 22) IN THE MAXIM PALACE RESTAURANT, WORLD TRADE CENTRE. A PRESENTATION OF A SOUVENIR GIFT TO MR. YOUNG WILL TAKE PLACE AT 8 P.M.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE TO COVER THE PRESENTATION OF A RETIREMENT GIFT TO THE DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES, MR. FRED YOUNG, ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 22) AT 8 P.M. IN THE MAXIM PALACE RESTAURANT, WORLD TRADE CENTRE.

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$6 MILLION CONTRACT FOR LANTAU COUNTRY PARK DEVELOPMENT * * * *

THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, MR. JOHN RIDDELL-SWAN, WILL SIGN TOMORROW (FRIDAY) A CONTRACT WORTH ALMOST $6 MILLION FOR FACILITIES IN THE LANTAU COUNTRY PARK.

THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME IN THE CONTRACT ALLOWS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO MANAGEMENT CENTRES, A TOILET BLOCK AND CAMPSITE FACILITIES.

THE CONTRACT IS BEING AWARDED TO HUNG YUE AND COMPANY OF WAN CHAI AND WILL BE SIGNED TOMORROW BY THE MANAGER MR. CHENG WAH.

THE MANAGEMENT CENTRES WILL EE CONSTRUCTED AT TUNG CHUNG AND TAI 0, THE TOILET BLOCK AND CAMPSITE FACILITIES WILL BE AT NAM SHAN.

THE TERMS OF THE CONTRACT STIPULATE THAT THE WORKS BE COMPLETED IN 18 MONTHS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE SIGNING OF THE $6 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE LANTAU COUNTRY PARK DEVELOPMENT AT THE 14TH FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM, AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES HEADQUARTERS, 393 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON AT NOON TOMORROW (FRIDAY).


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MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SWIMMING GALA * X * *

THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD THE FIFTH ANNUAL SWIMMING GALA FOR ITS STAFF AND FAMILIES AT THE MORRISON HILL SWIMMING POOL ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 22).

THIS ANNUAL EVENT PROVIDES AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE STAFF AND THEIR FAMILIES TO GET TOGETHER AND AT THE SAME TIME ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE CHILDREN.

ABOUT 300 DOCTORS, NURSES AND OTHER STAFF AS WELL AS THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS WILL COMPETE IN MORE THAN 20 EVENTS. IN ADDITION, 44 OFFICERS FROM 11 OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WILL TAKE PART IN AN INTER-DEPARTMENTAL INVITATION RELAY.

THERE WILL BE A SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING DEMONSTRATION BY THE HONG KONG LIFE GUARD CLUB AND A +WATER GAMES* COMPETITION DURING THE GALA.

THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR. K.L. THONG, WILL PRESENT PRIZES TO THE WINNERS AT THE END OF THE EVENT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S SWIMMING GALA TO BE HELD AT THE MORRISON HILL SWIMMING POOL, 01 KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI ON SATURDAY FROM 1.30 P.M. TO 6.30 P.M. THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR. K.L. THONG, WILL PRESENT THE PRIZES AT 5.30 P.M.

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INCREASES IN COMPENSATION FOR RESUMED LAND IN N.T.......................................................... 1

86 MILLION CONTRACT FOR LANTAU COUNTRY PARK FACILITIES SIGNED............................................... 2

THREE MORE COUNTRY PARKS FOR HONG KONG.......................... 3

HONG KONG-U.S. TEXTILE TALKS RESUME............................. 4

FIRST CONTRACT FOR SHEK /U HUI SEJAGE PLANT SIGNED.............. 4

TENDERS FOR SUPERSTRUCTURE OF RAILJAY DEPOT PCDIUM.............. 5

FIELD STUDIES COURSE FOR 80 GEOGRAPHY TEACHERS.................. 6

ANOTH'jSR CONTROLLED TIP FOR liA YAU TONG....................... 6

NEW MACAU FERRY TERMINAL COMPLEX TAKUS ANOTHER STEP FORWARD.................................................... 7

EASTERN STREET TO BE REROUTED CHE YAY........................... 7

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INCREASES IN COMPENSATION FOR RESUMED LAND IN N.T.

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THE GOVERNMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) ANNOUNCED INCREASES IN ITS COMPENSATION RATES FOR LAND RESUMED IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

AS FROM OCTOBER 1, OWNERS OF RESUMED AGRICULTURAL LAND WITHIN THE NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT AREAS WILL BE COMPENSATED AT THE NEW FULL RATE OF $59 PER SQUARE FOOT INSTEAD OF 853 PER SQUARE FOOT — AN INCREASE OF ABOUT 11 PER CENT.

THE EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCE OFFERED TO OWNERS OF RESUMED BUILDING LAND WITHIN THE NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT AREAS WILL BE AT THE NEW FULL RATE OF 8125 PER SQUARE FOOT INSTEAD OF 8113 PER SQUARE FOOT — A 9.6 PER CENT INCREASE.

GIVING DETAILS OF THE NEW RATES TODAY, THE ACTING PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT LAND AGENT OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, NR. A.J. HARLAND SAID THEY HAD BEEN DRAWN UP IN LINE WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY OF CONDUCTING HALF-YEARLY REVIEWS OF COMPENSATION RATES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE POLICY WAS ADOPTED EARLY LAST YEAR ON THE RECOMMENDATION CF THE WORKING GROUP ON NEW TERRITORIES URBAN LAND ACQUISITION HEADED BY SIR YUET-KEUNG KAN.

MR. HARLAND SAID THE NEW RATES WOULD BE EFFECTIVE UP TO MARCH 31 NEXT YEAR, WHEN A FURTHER REVIEW WILL BE CARRIED OUT.

HE POINTED OUT THAT UNDER THE REVISED GOVERNMENT LAND RESUMPTION POLICY IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, OWNERS OF RESUMED LAND OUTSIDE THE NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT AREAS WOULD BE COMPENSATED AT A PROPORTIONATE PERCENTAGE OF THE NEW FULL RATES DEPENDING ON THE LOCATION OF THE LAND RESUMED, AND MORE PARTICULARLY AS DEFINED ON A ZONAL PLAN AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION BY THE PUBLIC AT EACH OF THE DISTRICT OFFICES.

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$6 MILLION CONTRACT FOR LANTAU COUNTRY PARK FACILITIES SIGNED

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A $6 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF MANAGEMENT CENTRES, TOILETS AND CAMPSITES AT THE LANTAU COUNTRY PARK WAS SIGNED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE LANTAU COUNTRY PARKS, WITH A TOTAL LAND AREA OF 7 800 HECTARES RECEIVED MORE THAN 700 000 RECREATIONAL VISITORS LAST YEAR AND THE FIGURE IS EXPECTED TO BREAK THE 800 000 BARRIER THIS YEAR.

THE CONTRACT FOR THE NEW FACILITIES WAS SIGNED TODAY BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, MR. JOHN RIDDELL-SWAN AND THE MANAGER OF THE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, HUNG YUE AND CO., W. CHENG WAH.

TERMS OF THE CONTRACT STIPULATE THAT TWO MANAGEMENT CENTRES AT TUNG CHUNG AND TAI 0, A TOILET BLOCK AND CAMPSITE AT NAM SHAN

BE COMPLETED IN 18 MONTHS’ TIME.

THE MANAGEMENT CENTRES WILL BE THE BASE FOR 124 STAFF OF THE DEPARTMENT.

AT PRESENT THERE IS A MANAGEMENT CENTRE AT NAM SHAN AND A SUB-CENTRE AT SHEK PIK. SINCE THE FORMAL DESIGNATION OF THE PARKS (NORTH AND SOUTH LANTAU) EARLIER THIS YEAR NUMEROUS RAIN SHELTERS, PICNIC PLACES, BARBECUE SITES AND CAMPSITES HAVE BEEN SET UP WITHIN THE AREA. FUTURE PLANS, BEYOND THE TERMS OF THE CONTRACT, CALL FOR EXTENDING PRESENT FACILITIES AS WELL AS FIRE LOOKOUT POSTS.

MR. RIDDELL-SWAN SAID TODAY THAT LANTAU WAS PROVING TO BE A VERY POPULAR RECREATIONAL AREA FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

AND HE ADDED THAT THE DEPARTMENT WAS ALSO PLANNING TO PRESERVE AS MUCH OF THE ISLAND AS POSSIBLE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL PURPOSES.

ALREADY THE DEPARTMENT WAS TAKING OVER THE PRESERVATION OF OLD FORTS AT TUNG CHUNG AND FAN LAU AND ANCIENT LIME KILNS AT Yl LONG WAN IN THE CHI MA WAN PENINSULA.

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THREE MORE COUNTRY PARKS, WITH A TOTAL LAND AREA OF 1 250 hECTARES, HAVE BEEN FORMALLY DESIGNATED ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GAZETTE, THE COUNTRY PARKS DESIGNATED ARE AT SHEK 0 (710 HECTARES), POK FU LAM (270 HECTARES) AND QUARRY BAY (AN EXTENSION OF 270 HECTARES OF THE TAI TAM COUNTRY PARK).

INCLUDING THE TAI TAM EXTENSION, THERE ARE NOW FOUR COUNTRY PARKS ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND A TOTAL OF 18 FOR THE WHOLE OF HONG KONG. THE ONLY COUNTRY PARK LEFT FOR FORMAL DESIGNATION IN THE COUNTRY PARKS PACKAGE IS CLEARWATER BAY, WHICH HAS BEEN GAZETTED FOR PUBLIC CONSULTATION.

THE TAI TAM EXTENSION ADJOINS THE DENSELY POPULATED QUARRY BAY AND CHAI WAN DISTRICTS. THE MAIN PEDESTRIAN ACCESS IN THE NORTH WILL BE VIA MOUNT PARKER ROAD AND BY FOOTPATHS FROM THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENTS IN THE TAI KOO RESERVOIR AREA. IN THE SOUTH, MOUNT PARKER PROVIDES A LINK TO THE EXISTING TAI TAM COUNTRY PARK.

BARBECUE SITES WILL BE ESTABLISHED IN SUITABLE LOCATIONS WHERE FIRE RISK CAN BE CONTAINED. APPROVED BARBECUE PLACES WILL BE CLEARLY IDENTIFIED WITH SIGNS. LIGHTING OF FIRES ELSEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY PARK WILL BE PROHIBITED BY REGULATIONS. PICNIC FACILITIES, CHILDREN’S PLAY APPARATUS AND SHELTERS WILL BE PROVIDED WHERE APPROPRIATE AND THE SITES WILL BE DESIGNED FOR BOTH LARGE AND SMALL GROUPS OF VISITORS.

SIMILAR FACILITIES WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED AT SHEK 0 COUNTRY PARK

THE SHEK 0 ROAD GIVES ACCESS TO THE MAIN RECREATION AREAS AND THERE IS PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO THE AREA. THE MAIN PEAKS AND RIDGES ARE ACCESSIBLE BY FOOTPATHS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COUNTRY PARKS AUTHORITY SAID TODAY THAT IT WAS PROPOSED TO EVENTUALLY DESIGNATE THE MAJORITY OF THE POK FU LAM COUNTRY PARK AS A SPECIAL AREA IN VIEW OF THE OVERRIDING NEED TO CONSERVE AND PROTECT THE EXISTING EXTENSIVE MATURE WOODLAND AND ITS RELATED WILDLIFE.

HOWEVER, HE ADDED THAT FAC IL ITES FOR INFORMAL RECREATION WILL BE PROVIDED IN CAREFULLY SELECTED LOCATIONS SO AS NOT TO CONFLICT WITH THE CONSERVATION OBJECTIVES OF THE SPECIAL AREA.

THE MAIN ACCESS POINTS FOR PEDESTRIANS ARE AT THE JUNCTION CF PEAK ROAD WITH POK FU LAM RESERVOIR IN THE NORTH AND THE POK FU LAM RESERVOIR ROAD BELOW THE RESERVOIR IN THE SOUTH. SEVERAL OTHER FOOTPATHS ALSO GIVE ACCESS TO THE AREA.

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HONG KONG-U.S. TEXTILE TALKS RESUME *****

TALKS ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CURRENT FIVE-YEAR HONG KONG-U S TEXTILE AGREEMENT WILL CONTINUE IN HONG KONG NEXT MONTH, * SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY

(FRIDAY).

THE TALKS WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 1.

A DELEGATION OF U.S. NEGOTIATORS LED BY AMBASSADOR MICHAEL SMITH WILL ARRIVE HERE AT THE END OF NEXT WEEK.

LEADING THE HONG KONG TEAM WILL BE THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, NR. PETER TSAO.

FIRST CONTRACT FOR SHEK WU HUI SEWAGE PLANT SIGNED

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) AWARDED THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF CONTRACTS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A MAJOR NEW SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS AT SHEK WU HU I IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

PHASE ONE OF THE WORKS WILL BE CARRIED OUT UNDER 11 SEPARATE CONTRACTS TO BE LET OVER THE NEXT SEVEN MONTHS, AND WILL INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF CIVIL ENGINEERING AND BUILDING WORKS AND THE SUPPLY OF ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT.

TODAY’S CONTRACT, COSTING JUST UNDER t3 MILLION IS FOR THE SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF SCREENS AND SCRAPERS, AND WAS AWARDED TO HAWKER SIDDELEY WATER ENGINEERING LTD. OF THE U.K.

THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED BY MR. BOSCO KEOWN, CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE TAI PO AND FANLING DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT AND MR. MICHAEL CORKE OF HUTCH I SON-BOAG ENGINEERING LTD.,THE LOCAL AGENT FOR HAWKER SIDDELEY WATER ENGINEERING LTD.

THE SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS FORMS PART OF THE NEW DEVELOPMENT BEING UNDERTAKEN IN FANLING AND SHEK WU HUI, AND WILL BE CONSTRUCTED ON A SITE OF ABOUT 10 HECTARES IMMEDIATELY ADJACENT TO AND INCORPORATING THE EXISTING SHEK WU HUI PILOT SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT.

THE WORKS WILL SERVE A POPULATION OF ABOUT 127 000 TOGETHER WITH THE ASSOCIATED INDUSTRIES IN THE NEW DEVELOPMENT, AND WILL TREAT SEWAGE BROUGHT BY A NEW SYSTEM OF SEWERS AND PUMPING STATIONS FROM THE URBAN AREAS OF FANLING AND SHEK WU HUI.

THE LATEST METHODS OF SEWAGE TREATMENT WILL BE INCORPORATED IN THE WORKS AND WILL ENABLE THE PRODUCTION OF A HIGH STANDARD OF EFFLUENT.

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WORK ON THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY MAY 1982 ALTHOUGH PARTS OF THE WORKS ARE TO BE OPERATIONAL BY JANUARY 1982, TO PROVIDE A TREATMENT FACILITY FOR THE FIRST PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE IN THE AREA, NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

THE WORKS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY MAUNSELL CONSULTANTS ASIA IN ASSOCIATION WITH WATSON (HONG KONG) ON BEHALF OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

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TENDERS FOR SUPERSTRUCTURE OF RAILWAY DEPOT PODIUM *****

THE NEXT STEP IS ABOUT TO BE TAKEN IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF MORE THAN 570 LUXURY FLATS ABOVE THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY DEPOT AT SHA TIN.

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) INVITED TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SUPERSTRUCTURE OF THE PODIUM OVER THE FUTURE HO TUNG LAU RAILWAY DEPOT.

THE WORK INCLUDES THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PODIUM DECK OF ABOUT 2.7 HECTARES AND ITS SUPPORTING COLUMNS, AN ADJOINING ELEVATED ROAD AS WELL AS A PEDESTRIAN FOOTBRIDGE TO THE RACECOURSE BUS TERMINUS.

THE GOVERNMENT HAS APPROVED IN PRINCIPLE PLANS TO BUILD MORE THAN 570 LUXURY FLATS OF BETWEEN 170 SQUARE METRES (1 830 SQUARE FEET) AND 224 SQUARE METRES (2 415 SQUARE FEET) ON THE PODIUM.

THE LUXURY HOUSING SCHEME INCLUDES PLANS FOR 528 FLATS WITH AN AVERAGE GROSS AREA OF 224 SQUARE METRES IN EIGHT 33-STOREY TOWER BLOCKS WHICH WOULD COMMAND SWEEPING VIEWS OF THE RACECOURSE TO THE NORTH AND THE NEW TOWN TO THE SOUTH.

AS WELL THERE WILL BE A 12-STOREY RESIDENTIAL BLOCK WITH 48 DUPLEX UNITS OF 170 SQUARE METRES EACH ABOVE A COMMERCIAL-COMMUNITY COMPLEX.

THE PROJECT WOULD BE SELF-CONTAINED WITH LANDSCAPING AND A VARIETY OF COMMUNITY AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES SUCH AS A SWIMMING POOL.

THE SITE IS BOUNDED BY THE K.C.R. MAIN LINE AND THE NEW TRUNK ROAD TO TAI PO AND LIES BETWEEN FO TAN AND THE NEW RACECOURSE STATION.

THE WHOLE PROJECT IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION BY 1984.

THE SUPERSTRUCTURES HAVE BEEN DESIGNED BY MAUNSELL CONSULTANTS ASIA, WHO WILL ALSO SUPERVISE THE CONSTRUCTION, IN THEIR CAPACITY AS SUB-CONSULTANTS TO TRANSKARK.

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FIELD STUDIES COURSE FOR 80 GEOGRAPHY TEACHERS ******

EIGHTY GEOGRAPHY TEACHERS WILL ATTEND A ONE-DAY ORIENTATION COURSE ON FIELD STUDIES TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S FIELD STUDIES CENTRE IN SAI KUNG.

AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (FRIDAY)i +THE COURSE AIMS TO FAMILIARISE THE TEACHERS WITH THE CENTRE AND THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPES IN READINESS FOR RESIDENTIAL ECOLOGY AND GEOGRAPHY COURSES FOR MATRICULATION STUDENTS AT THE CENTRE DURING TERM-TIME.*

ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS) MRS. LOUISE MOK, WILL GIVE AN OPENING ADDRESS TOMORROW.

PROFESSOR C.J. GRANT OF THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY’S DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY AND GEOLOGY WILL GIVE A TALK ON +FIELDWORK IN GEOGRAPHY*- WHILE UR. T.N. CHIU OF THE SAME DEPARTMENT WILL TALK ON *FIELDWORK POSSIBILITIES IN SAI KUNG - HUMAN ASPECT.*

ANOTHER TALK ON +FIELDWORK POSSIBILITIES IN SAI KUNG - PHYSICAL ASPECT* WILL BE GIVEN BY MR. K.Y. TO OF THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS CHANG MING THIEN COLLEGE.

AN INTRODUCTION ON THE FACILITIES AND COURSES PROVIDED AT THE FIELD STUDIES CENTRE WILL BE GIVEN BY MRS. JOSEPHINE CHOW, INSPECTOR (FIELD STUDIES) OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADVISORY INSPECTORATE.

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ANOTHER CONTROLLED TIP FOR MA YAU TONG

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT HAS INVITED TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION OF A CONTROLLED TIP FOR DISPOSING REFUSE AT MA YAU TONG +CENTRAL+, OFF JUNK BAY ROAD IN KWUN TONG.

THE SITE IS ABOUT 500 METRES TO THE EAST OF THE MA YAU TONG ♦WEST* CONTROLLED TIPPING SITE.

SITE PREPARATORY WORKS WILL COMPRISE EXCAVATION OF ABOUT 450 000 CUBIC METRES OF MATERIAL, AND ASSOCIATED SLOPE PROTECTION AND DRAINAGE WORKS.

THE CONTRACT WILL ALSO INVOLVE THE INSTALLATION OF AN ♦IMPERVIOUS MEMBRANE LINER* AND A SYSTEM OF +SUB-SOIL DRAINS* ON THE VALLEY TO CHANNEL THE WASTE PRODUCED FROM THE REFUSE TO THE PUBLIC SEWERS.

ON COMPLETION IN 1982, MA YAU TONG +CENTRAL* WILL YIELD SEVEN HECTARES OF LAND FOR RECREATIONAL USE AND ABOUT 2.2 HECTARES FOR EDUCATIONAL, INSTITUTIONAL AND COMMUNITY USE.

THE PROJECT HAS BEEN DESIGNED, AND WILL BE SUPERVISED, BY THE DEVELOPMENT AND AIRPORT DIVISION OF THE CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE, P.W.D.

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THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW MACAU FERRY TERMINAL COMPLEX HAS TAKEN ANOTHER STEP FORWARD.

THE GREEN LIGHT HAS BEEN GIVEN FOR A CROWN LEASE TO BE GRANTED UNDER THE FORESHORES AND SEA BED ORDINANCE FOR A 2 441.6 SQUARE hETRE SITE NEAR CONNAUGHT ROAD, CENTRAL.

A PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THE AREA IS TO BE DEVELOPED AS PART OF THE TERMINAL COMPLEX.

A PLAN NUMBERED P11953 SHOWING THE AREA TO BE LEASED CAN BE SEEN EITHER AT THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE ON THE 19TH FLOOR CF MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG, OR THE PORT WORKS DIVISION ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE SAME BUILDING.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THE SECTION OF EASTERN STREET BETWEEN FIRST STREET AND SECOND STREET IN SAI YING PUN WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND FROM 10 A.M. ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 24) TO IMPROVE ROAD SAFETY IN THE AREA.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PLANS TO EXPAND FREE LEGAL ADVICE SCHEME ................ 1

SHORT-TERM TENANCY TENDER FOR TWO THEN MUN SITES......... 2

RESIDENTIAL FIELD STUDY COURSES FOR STUDENTS FULLY BOOKED................................................ 3

PRIME SITE IN KOWLOON TONG FOR AUCTION .................. 4

TENDER FOR NEW FO TAN RAILWAY BRIDGE..................... 4

PROPOSED LEASE OF SHEK PAI WAN SITE FOR GAS INSTALLATION ........................................... 5

CLEAN BEACH CAMPAIGN ENDS TOMORROW ...................... 5

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1979

PLANS TO EXPAND FREE LEGAL ADVICE SCHEME

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THE GOVERNMENT AND THE LAW SOCIETY ARE PLANNING TO EXPAND THE FREE LEGAL ADVICE SCHEME TO COVER EVERY DENSELY-POPULATED AREA IN HONG KONG WITHIN THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SATURDAY), SUBJECT TO APPROVAL OF FUNDS, A FREE LEGAL ADVICE CENTRE WOULD BE ESTABLISHED IN EACH CITY DISTRICT OFFICE THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.

AT PRESENT, THE LAW SOCIETY. WHICH ADMINISTERS THE FREE LEGAL ADVICE SCHEME WITH SUBVENTION FROM THE GOVERNMENT, IS PROVIDING THE SERVICE AT TWO CENTRES — THE MONG KOK AND EASTERN CITY DISTRICT OFFICES.

EVERY THURSDAY FROM 6 P.M. TO 8.30 P.M., DUTY LAWYERS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE CENTRES TO GIVE FREE LEGAL ADVICE TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO CANNOT AFFORD TO PAY THE FEES NORMALLY CHARGED BY A LAWYER.

THERE ARE NOW OVER 140 LAWYERS PARTICIPATING IN THE SCHEME. THEY ARE DRAWN FROM THE HONG KONG BAR ASSOCIATION, SOLICITORS IN PRIVATE PRACTICE AS WELL AS GOVERNMENT LAWYERS, AND GIVE THEIR SERVICES FREE OF CHARGE ON A ROTA BASIS.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT MANY PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY THOSE IN THE MIDDLE AND LOWER INCOME GROUPS, WERE UNWILLING TO APPROACH A LAWYER EVEN WHEN FACED WITH PRESSING PROBLEMS BECAUSE OF THE POTENTIAL COST INVOLVED.

♦THE SCHEME SERVES A USEFUL PURPOSE IN IDENTIFYING THE EXACT NATURE OF THE PROBLEM, EXPLAINING THE REMEDY IF SUCH EXISTS, AND DISPELLING THE FEARS AND MYTHS THAT SURROUND THE LEGAL PROFESSION IN THE MINDS OF MANY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦IT SHOULD BE SEEN AS 'FIRST AID’ RATHER THAN ’GENERAL SURGERY’, BUT IT FIRMLY UNDERLINES THE COMMITMENT OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION TO SERVING THE COMMUNITY — ESPECIALLY PEOPLE WHO WOULD NOT NORMALLY CONSULT A LAWYER,+ HE ADDED.

SINCE THE SCHEME WAS INTRODUCED IN NOVEMBER LAST YEAR, OVER 1 000 PEOPLE HAVE RECEIVED FREE LEGAL ADVICE. CASES DEALT WITH INCLUDE MATRIMONIAL PROBLEMS, TENANCY AGREEMENTS, PROPERTY DISPUTES, PARTNERSHIP AND BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS, EMPLOYMENT AND COMPENSATION CLAIMS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE SCHEME WAS SO POPULAR THAT THE NUMBER CF LAWYERS FOR THE MONG KOK CENTRE HAD TO BE INCREASED FROM THREE TO FIVE SINCE APRIL THIS YEAR.

HE ADDED THAT ABOUT 70 VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND ALL CITY DISTRICT OFFICES AND THE NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT OFFICES WERE ACTING AS REFERRAL AGENCIES FOR THE SCHEME, AND PEOPLE IN NEED OF FREE LEGAL ADVICE SHOULD APPROACH THEM FOR DETAILS AND APPOINTMENTS.

♦IF PEOPLE USE THE SCHEME IN THE EARLY STAGES OF THEIR LEGAL PROBLEMS, THEY WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY BENEFIT,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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SHORT-TERM TENANCY TENDER FOR TWO TUEN MUN SITES M * M * M M

THE GOVERNMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR A SHORT-TERM TENANCY OF TWO SITES IN TUEN MUN FOR VEHICLE REPAIR WORKSHOP USE.

THE SITES, MEASURING 550 AND 570 SQUARE METRES, ARE ADJACENT LOTS AT THE JUNCTION OF KIN TAI STREET AND PUI WING LANE IN THE NEW TOWN’S FAST-GROWING INDUSTRIAL AREA.

THE CONDITIONS OF TENANCY, WHICH IS FOR A PERIOD OF TWO YEARS, RESTRICT THE HEIGHT OF THE STRUCTURES ON THE SITES TO NOT MORE THAN 4.5 METRES.

THE SENIOR ESTATE SURVEYOR OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE. MR. VICTOR LEUNG SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT TUEN MUN HAD ALREADY ESTABLISHED ITSELF AS A MAJOR INDUSTRIAL CENTRE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND ITS RAPID GROWTH HAD GENERATED A GREATER NEED FOR BACK-UP SERVICES.

WHILE VEHICLE REPAIR SERVICE IS ESSENTIAL FOR THE INDUSTRY’S EXPANDING VEHICULAR FLEET,♦ MR. LEUNG SAID, +THERE HAVE ONLY BEEN FEW REPAIR WORKSHOPS LOCALLY TO MEET THE DEMAND.♦

TO ENSURE A SELF-SUFFICIENT FACILITY, WORKSHOP OPERATORS ARE ENCOURAGED TO START THEIR BUSINESS IN TUEN MUN.

IT WILL BE A GOOD INVESTMENT, AND OF IMMENSE BENEFIT TO THE OVERALL DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW TOWN,+ HE ADDED.

MR. LEUNG SAID TENDERS FOR THE SHORT-TERM TENANCY OF THE TWO SITES WOULD CLOSE ON OCTOBER 5 AND APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE PLACED IN THE TENDER BOX IN THE RECEPTION LOBBY OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, FIFTH FLOOR, HOUSING AUTHORITY HEADQUARTERS BUILDING, PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD, KOWLOON BEFORE NOON ON THAT DAY.

TENDER FORMS, TENDER NOTICES AND AGREEMENTS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND TENDER PLANS INSPECTED AT, THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION OR ANY OF ITS SEVEN DISTRICT OFFICES.

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RESIDENTIAL FIELD STUDY COURSES FOR STUDENTS FULLY BOOKED ft * ft * ft

ALL RESIDENTIAL COURSES ON GEOGRAPHY AND BIOLOGY FOR MATRICULATION STUDENTS AT THE FIELD STUDIES CENTRE IN THE CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR HAVE BEEN FULLY BOOKED. ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS), MRS. LOUISE MOK SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

THIS SHOWS THE PROGRESSIVENESS AND OPEN ATTITUDE OF OUR SCHOOL PRINCIPALS AND TEACHERS,♦ SHE SAID.

MRS. MOK WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE ORIENTATION COURSE FOR GEOGRAPHY TEACHERS AT THE CENTRE IN SAI KUNG.

I DO HOPE THAT TEACHERS WILL MAKE FULL USE OF THIS CENTRE TO IMPROVE THEIR TEACHING- AND THAT STUDENTS WILL FIND IT ENJOYABLE TO STUDY IN AN OPEN, NATURAL ENVIRONMENT, AND THAT THEY MAY CULTIVATE A GENUINE CONCERN FOR PROTECTION AND CONSERVATION OF OUR COUNTRYSIDE,* SHE SAID.

THERE HAS BEEN A MOVE IN THE TEACHING OF GEOGRAPHY FROM MERELY LEARNING FACTUAL KNOWLEDGE OF THE EARTH TO AN UNDERSTANDING CF THE INTERACTION OF MAN AND THE PHYSICAL ELEMENTS.

NEW GEOGRAPHY, MRS. MOK SAID, ADVOCATES GENERATION AND TESTING CF HYPOTHESES, SCIENTIFIC QUANTITATIVE APPROACH AND OPERATION OF MODELS.

THE FIELD STUDIES CENTRE WAS ESTABLISHED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WITH A VIEW TO HELPING TEACHERS TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGES IN NEW CHANGES OF TEACHING METHODS, SHE SAID.

ORIENTATION COURSES FOR TEACHERS WILL BE ORGANISED REGULARLY AT THE CENTRE TO FAMILIARISE THEM WITH THE VARIOUS NEARBY LANDSCAPES AND ENABLE THEM TO ACQUAINT THEMSELVES WITH MODERN APPROACHES IN FIELDWORK.

THIS WILL ALSO GIVE A CHANCE TO MOST OF OUR URBAN TEACHERS TO APPRECIATE THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT, TO FAMILIARISE THEMSELVES WITH THE AREA BEFORE ACTUALLY CONDUCTING FIELDWORK WITH THEIR STUDENTS,♦ MRS. MOK SAID.

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PRIME SITE IN KOWLOON TONG FOR AUCTION ******

A RESIDENTIAL SITE IN KOWLOON TONG WILL BE OFFERED FOR SALE BY THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

THE PRIME SITE WILL GO UNDER THE HAMMER IN THE SHOUSON THEATRE OF THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE ON OCTOBER 19 AT 2.30 P.M.

FRONTING ON TO BOTH WATERLOO ROAD AND CAMBRIDGE ROAD THE LOT bEASURES 2 923 SQUARE METRES AND IS DESIGNATED FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL USE.

THIS SITE IS ONE OF THE LAST TO BE AUCTIONED BY THE GOVERNMENT WHERE THE PREMIUM MAY BE PAID BY INSTALMENTS. THE GOVERNMENT RECENTLY ANNOUNCED THAT THIS METHOD OF PAYMENT WOULD NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR RESIDENTIAL LAND AUCTIONED AFTER THE BEGINNING OF DECEMBER 1979.

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

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TENDER FOR NEW FO TAN RAILWAY BRIDGE * * * *

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS CALLING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW RAILWAY BRIDGE OVER FO TAN NULLAH AT SHA TIN.

THE BRIDGE WILL CARRY THE NEW RACECOURSE LOOP LINES AND DEPOT ACCESS LINES OVER THE NULLAH.

THE PROJECT, WHICH IS PART OF THE MODERNISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION OF THE KOWLOON CANTON RAILWAY, IS EXPECTED TO COMMENCE IN NOVEMBER AND BE COMPLETED BY AUGUST 1980.

THE WORKS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY MAUNSELL CONSULTANTS ASIA FOR TRANSMARK (TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS AND MARKET RESEARCH LTD) ON BEHALF OF CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

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PROPOSED LEASE OF SHEK PAI WAN SITE

FOR GAS INSTALLATION

ft ft ft ft ft ft

THE GOVERNMENT HAS GIVEN THE GO-AHEAD FOR A 4 OOO SQUARE bETRE SITE AT SHEK PAI WAN, ABERDEEN TO BE USED FOR THE MANUFACTURE, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION AND SALE OF GAS.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (SATURDAY) A PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT A CROWN LEASE WOULD BE GRANTED UNDER THE FORESHORES AND SEA BED ORDINANCE.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THE PROPOSED LEASE OF THE SITE WAS FOR HONG KONG AND CHINA GAS COMPANY.

A PLAN - NUMBER P11511 - SHOWING THE AREA TO BE LEASED CAN BE SEEN AT THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, 19TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, OR THE PORT WORKS DIVISION, FIRST FLOOR OF THE SAME BUILDING.

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THIS YEAR’S CLEAN BEACH CAMPAIGN WILL END TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT SHEK 0 WITH THE LAST CLEAN BEACH GAME SHOW.

A TOTAL OF 12 SHOWS, SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO PROMOTE THE CLEAN BEACH MESSAGE, HAVE BEEN HELD AT VARIOUS BEACHES IN HONG KONG AND THE NEW TERRITORIES IN THE PAST THREE MONTHS.

TOMORROW’S SHOW, STARTING AT 2.30 P.M. WILL FEATURE TWO POPULAR GAMES, ’MUSICAL MAT’ AND ’PUT IT IN THE BIN’ TOGETHER WITH A PUPPET SHOW.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE LAST CLEAN BEACH GAME SHOW TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON AT SHEK 0.

PRESS REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO MAKE USE OF THE STAFF TRANSPORT FACILITY. A COACH WILL DEPART FROM QUEEN’S PIER AT 12.30 P.M. SHARP.

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PLAYGROUND TO GET ADDITIONAL FENCE ft ft ft ft ft ft

THE OXFORD ROAD PLAYGROUND IN KOWLOON IS TO GET ADDITIONAL FENCING.

TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW FENCE ARE BEING INVITED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

THE WORK IS MAINLY FOR BUILDING A FENCE ABOUT 7.5 METRES HIGH AND 73 METRES IN LENGTH.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN NOVEMBER AND BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT FEBRUARY NEXT YEAR.

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ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES

BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

SUNDAY, SJZPT3BER 23, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

F.C.O. MINISTER TO VISIT REFUGEE CAMP AND SHA TIN..................................................... 1

CHECKING CONTAINERISED GOODS - NO SMALL JOB................. 2

44 HECTARES TO BE RECLAIMED FOR PUBLIC HoUSING IN TAI PO....................................................3

OCTOBER 6 IS A STATUTORY HOLIDAY............................ 3

FIRING PRACTICE

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F.C.O. MINISTER TO VISIT REFUGEE CAMP AND SHA TIN ******

THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS, NR. PETER BLAKER, ARRIVED IN HONG KONG TONIGHT (SUNDAY) FOR A TWO-DAY VISIT. HE WAS MET BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE.

TOMORROW (MONDAY), MR. BLAKER WILL VISIT THE RED CROSS TRANSIT CENTRE FOR REFUGEES AND PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES IN SHA TIN. HE wILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE GOVERNOR AND THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY. NR. MORRIS MORGAN.

IN THE AFTERNOON, MR. BLAKER, SIR MURRAY AND THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, MR. ALAN SCOTT WILL GO TO LEK YUEN ESTATE IN SHA TIN.

THERE, MR. BLAKER WILL HAVE A BRIEF LOOK AT THE COMMERCIAL COMPLEX BEFORE CROSSING BY ELEVATED WALKWAY TO WO CHE ESTATE AND VISIT A FAMILY IN HONG WO HOUSE. THE MINISTER WILL THEN PROCEED TO WO CHE COMMERCIAL COMPLEX WHERE HE WILL BE BRIEFED BY THE DIRECTOR CF HOUSING, MR. DONALD LIAO ON THE HOUSING ASPECT OF SHA TIN NEW TOWN AND PUBLIC HOUSING GENERALLY.

HE WILL ALSO INSPECT SOME TWIN-TOWER PUBLIC HOUSING BLOCKS NOW NEARING COMPLETION IN THE NEW TOWN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER MR. BLAKER’S VISIT TO THE RED CROSS TRANSIT CENTRE (FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE KAI TAK NORTH CAMP) AND SHA TIN NEW TOWN TOMORROW (MONDAY).

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ASSIGNED TO COVER THE MINISTER’S VISIT TO THE TRANSIT CENTRE ARE REQUESTED TO ASSEMBLE OUTSIDE THE MAIN GATE TO THE FORMER RAF KAI TAK IN KWUN TONG ROAD OPPOSITE PING SHEK ESTATE NOT LATER THAN 10.45 A.M.

PRESS MEMBERS USING PUBLIC TRANSPORT CAN TAKE BUSES TO PING SHEK ESTATE AND CROSS KWUN TONG ROAD BY A NEARBY FOOTBRIDGE TO GET TO THE MAIN GATE WHERE G.I.S. OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ACCOMPANY THEM INTO THE TRANSIT CENTRE. THE MINISTER WILL ARRIVE AT THE CENTRE AT 11.20 A.M.

PRESS TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS TO THOSE WISHING TO COVER MR. BLAKER’S VISIT TO SHA TIN.

IWO NINE-SEATER VANS (AM 2162 AND AM 2139) WILL LEAVE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT. 2 P.M. FOR SHA TIN. AFTER THE VISIT THE TWO VANS WILL TAKE THEM BACK TO KOWLOON.

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CHECKING CONTAINERISED GOODS - NO SMALL JOB

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IT IS BY NO MEANS A SMALL JOB TO OPEN A FULLY PACKED CONTAINER AS LARGE AS A HOUSE, SCRUTINISE IT AND THEN RE-PACK IT TO THE SATISFACTION OF ITS OWNER.

AND THIS IS ALL IN A DAY’S WORK FOR A TEAM OF CUSTOMS OFFICERS BASED IN THE KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER TERMINAL WHO ARE CHARGED WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EXAMINI NG THE CONTAINERISED CARGO TO PROTECT HONG KONG'S REVENUE.

ADDING TO THE DIFFICULTY OF THEIR WORK IS THAT NOT ONLY THEY HAVE TO KEEP A SHARP LOOKOUT FOR ANY CONTRABANDS' INCLUDING DRUGS THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN HIDDEN IN THE CONTAINERS, BUT ALSO DISCHARGE THEIR DUTIES WITH SPEED SO AS NOT TO IMPEDE THE FLOW OF GOODS.

♦QUR OFFICERS HAVE TO CARRY OUT THE EXAMINATIONS IN THE CONTAINER' FREIGHT STATIONS, IMPORTERS’ PREMISES. WAREHOUSES, CARGO HANDLING BASINS, BY THE ROAD SIDE, OR AT ANY OTHER SPOT MUTUALLY ARRANGED BETWEEN THE SERVICE AND THE CONSIGNEES,+ SAID MR. WU KWAI-HUNG, THE ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE IN CHARGE OF THE UNIT.

TO MAKE THE TASK EASIER. CUSTOMS OFFICERS ARE SOMETIMES ASSISTED BY SPECIALLY TRAINED DRUG DETECTION DOGS IN THEIR CARGO CHECKING WORK.

THE JOB IS A +SWEET AND SOUR* EXPERIENCE FOR THIS TEAM OF CUSTOMS OFFICERS WHO AT TIMES MAY BE LUCKY ENOUGH TO UNPACK CRATES OF AROMATIC HONEY-DEW MELONS OR MANGOES. ON OTHER OCCASIONS, THE EXPERIENCE MAY TURN SOUR WHEN THEY RIP OPEN A CASE OF ROTTEN EGGS OR SOUR PRICKLES. "

♦SOMETIMES, THE EXPERIENCE MAY EVEN BECOME TEARFUL AS YOU OPEN A CRATE OF GARLIC OR ONION AND FUMBl^E- THROUGH IT FOR ANY POSSIBLE CONTRABANDS,* ONE OFFICER POINTED OUT.

YET, THEY HAVE ALL TAKEN IT IN STRIDE, AND A BlG ONE AT THAT. THERE HAS BEEN A FIVE-FOLD INCREASE IN THE VOLUME OF CONTAINERISED IMPORTS FROM 936 OOO TONNES IN 1973, WHEN THE CONTAINER TERMINAL . BECAME OPERATIONAL, TO 5 080 000 TONNES LAST YEAR.

THE CONTAINERISED TRADE IS STILL GROWING AND LAST MONTH ALONE, MORE THAN 200 CONTAINER SHIPS CALLED AT OUR PORT, DISCHARGING 36 000 CONTAINERS OF CARGO.

APART FROM THEIR PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY OF EXAMINING CARGO, QjSTOMS OFFICERS OF THE UNIT ALSO CONDUCT SEARCHES OF VESSELS BERTHED AT THE CONTAINER TERMINAL AND RE-INSPECT CONSIGNMENTS OF TEXTILE EXPORTS.

THEY ARE ALSO INVOLVED IN LICENSING CONTROL, PROCESSING OF CARNETS, AND CHECKING AND SEALING OF DUTIABLE SHIP STORES.

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44 HECTARES TO BE RECLAIMED FOR PUBLIC HOUSING IN TAI PO

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS CALLING TENDERS FOR THE FORMATION OF ABOUT 44 HECTARES OF LAND IN CENTRAL TAI PO, TOGETHER WITH ASSOCIATED BRIDGEWORKS, RIVERWALLS AND MAIN DRAINAGE CULVERTS.

WHEN COMPLETED, PART OF THE RECLAIMED LAND, ABOUT 14 HECTARES, WILL BE USED FOR A NEW PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE NEAR ISLAND HOUSE.

THE REMAINING AREAS WILL PROVIDE LAND FOR COMMERCIAL OR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT AND A VARIETY OF GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTION OR COMMUNITY FACILITIES ADJACENT TO THE EXISTING TOWN.

SUFFICIENT LAND WILL ALSO BE FORMED TO ENABLE THE FUTURE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW ROADS TO BYPASS THE EXISTING TOWN FOR ACCESS TO THE NEW TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE AND TO REDUCE PRESENT TRAFFIC CONGESTION ON KWONG FUK ROAD.

THE LAM TSUEN AND TAI PO RIVERS WILL BE CHANNELLED THROUGH THE NEWLY FORMED LAND AND WILL EVENTUALLY FORM A MAJOR FEATURE OF A PROPOSED PARKLAND AREA THROUGH THE CENTRE OF THE NEW TOWN.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO COMMENCE BY THE END OF THIS YEAR AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 24 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE PROJECTS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY MAUNSELL CONSULTANTS ASIA FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

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OCTOBER 6 IS A STATUTORY HOLIDAY ******

A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (SUNDAY) REMINDED EMPLOYERS THAT OCTOBER 6 — THE DAY FOLLOWING THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL — IS ONE OF THE 10 STATUTORY HOLIDAYS APPOINTED UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

UNDER THE ORDINANCE, ALL MANUAL EMPLOYEES WITHOUT DISTINCTION, INCLUDING DOMESTIC SERVANTS, IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR EARNINGS AND ALL NON-MANUAL EMPLOYEES EARNING NOT MORE THAN $3 500 A MONTH, ARE ENTITLED TO THE HOLIDAY. THEY MUST ALSO BE PAID FOR THE DAY OFF IF THEY HAVE WORKED CONTINUOUSLY FOR THEIR EMPLOYERS FOR THREE MONTHS IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY.

IF AN EMPLOYEE IS REQUIRED TO WORK ON THE HOLIDAY, HE MUST BE GIVEN AN ALTERNATIVE DAY OFF WITHIN 60 DAYS BEFORE OR AFTER THAT DAY.

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IF THE ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY IS TO BE GRANTED BEFORE THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY, THE EMPLOYER MUST NOTIFY THE EMPLOYEE 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY. IN THE CASE WHERE AN ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY IS TO BE GIVEN AFTER STATUTORY HOLIDAY, THE EMPLOYEE MUST BE NOTIFIED OF THE ARRANGEMENT AT LEAST 48 HOURS BEFORE THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY.

IF BOTH EMPLOYER AND EMPLOYEE AGREE, ANY DAY WITHIN 30 DAYS OF A STATUTORY HOLIDAY OR ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY MAY BE TAKEN BY THE EMPLOYEE AS A SUBSTITUTED HOLIDAY.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT STATUTORY HOLIDAYS MAY BE MADE TO THE NEAREST BRANCH OFFICE OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE. THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS AREi FOR KOWLOON EAST 3-205638- KOWLOON WEST 3-201652- KWUN TONG 3-898520- TSUEN WAN 12-422096- TUEN MUN 12-818443 EXT. 82 AND HONG KONG ISLAND 5-282523 EXT. 60.

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FIRING PRACTICE

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FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT CASTLE PEAK RANGE ON FOUR DAYS NEXT WEEK.

THE PUBLIC ARE REMINDED THAT IT IS DANGEROUS TO ENTER RED FLAGS ARE FLYING DURING THE TIMES OF

THE AREA WHEN THE FIRING PRACTICE.

THE PRACTICE TIMES AREi

DATE

TIME

SEPTEMBER 25 (TUESDAY)

SEPTEMBER 26 (WEDNESDAY)

SEPTEMBER 27 (THURSDAY)

SEPTEMBER 28 (FRIDAY)

8 A.M. - 11 P.M.

8 A.M. - 10 P.M.

8 A.M. - 5 P.M.

8 A.M. - 12.30 P.M.

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ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

AUGUST EXPORTS OVERTAKE IMPORTS ....................... 1

F.C.O. MINISTER VISITS REFUGEE CAMPS AND TAI PO ....... 3

SECOND THROUGH TRAIN BET’.JEEN KOWLOON AND GUANGZHOU DISCUSSED ..................................

FIRM ACTION AGAINST ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN ISLANDS DISTRICT .....................................

IMPORTANCE OF EYE CARE FOR STUDENTS STRESSED .......... 7

NEW GUIDES TO LANDLORD AND TENANT MATTERS PUBLISHED ..

CHILDREN'S CENTRE FOR HING WAH ESTATE ................

PHOTOGRAPHS OF DEPARTMENT HEADS ......................

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AUGUST EXPORTS OVERTAKE IMPORTS ft ft ft ft ft

THE VALUE OF HONG KONG’S TOTAL EXPORTS ROSE OVER IMPORTS BY $215 MILLION LAST MONTH (AUGUST) — THE FIRST VISIBLE TRADE SURPLUS TO BE RECORDED IN ANY MONTH SINCE SEPTEMBER 1977, ACCORDING TO PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES RELEASED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY).

THE VALUE OF HONG KONG’S TOTAL EXPORTS FOR THE MONTH STOOD AT $7 563 MILLION, MADE UP OF $5 806 MILLION IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND $1 757 MILLION IN RE-EXPORTS. IMPORTS WERE WORTH $7 348 MILLION.

COMMENTING ON THESE FIGURES, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THOUGH SEASONAL FACTORS ACCOUNTED FOR PART OF THE SURPLUS, THE SIZE OF THE SURPLUS AND THE CONTINUING STRONG GROWTH IN EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS THROUGHOUT THIS YEAR CONFIRM THAT THE VISIBLE TRADE GAP — THE PROPORTION OF IMPORTS WHICH ARE NOT PAID FOR BY TOTAL EXPORT EARNINGS -- IS CONTINUING TO NARROW.

+THIS IS CONSISTENT WITH THE VIEW TAKEN BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY WHEN HE GAVE HIS REVISED FORECAST ON THE ECONOMY IN A SPEECH DELIVERED TO THE FOREIGN CORRESPONDENTS’ CLUB ON SEPTEMBER 14,+ HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE VISIBLE TRADE GAP FOR THE FIRST EIGHT MONTHS OF 1979 WAS ABOUT 12 PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS, COMPARED WITH ABOUT 14 PER CENT FOR THE SAME PERIOD IN 1978.

COMPARED WITH THE SAME MONTH IN 1978, THE VALUES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN AUGUST ROSE BY 45 PER CENT, RE-EXPORTS BY 47 PER CENT, TOTAL EXPORTS (DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS) BY 45 PER CENT AND IMPORTS BY 40 PER CENT.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID SINCE MAY THIS YEAR, TOTAL EXPORTS HAVE CONTINUED TO GROW FASTER THAN IMPORTS.

COMPARED WITH THE FIRST EIGHT MONTHS OF 1978, THE FIGURES SHOWED THAT THE VALUES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WAS 37 PER CENT HIGHER, RE-EXPORTS UP 55 PER CENT, TOTAL EXPORTS ROSE 42 PER CENT AND IMPORTS INCREASED BY 38 PER CENT.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT AS THE GROWTH IN IMPORTS IN RECENT MONTHS WAS DUE MORE TO HIGHER IMPORTS OF RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES THAN OF CONSUMER GOODS, THE FACT THAT TOTAL EXPORTS WERE GROW I NG FASTER THAN IMPORTS INDICATED THAT CONSUMER DEMAND WAS GROWING AT A RATE SLOWER THAN EXPORT DEMAND.

+THIS IMPLIES THAT THE RELATIVE SHIFT IN THE DISTRIBUTION OF RESOURCES IN FAVOUR OF THE EXPORT SECTOR HAS CONTINUED,* HE ADDED.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1979

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FOLLOWING ARE COMPARATIVE TRADE FIGURESi

LATEST THREE MONTHS JUNE-AUGUST 1979 JUNE-AUGUST 1978 INCREASE OR DECREASE

S MN. S MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 15 558 10 883 + 4 676 +43.0

RE-EXPORTS 5 155 3 259 1 895 +58.2

TOTAL EXPORTS 20 713 14 142 6 571 +46.5

IMPORTS 21 840 15 437 6 403 +41.5

TRADE BALANCE - 1 127 - 1 295 168

SAME MONTH LAST YEAR AUGUST 1979 AUGUST 1978 INCREASE OR DECREASE

S MN. S MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 5 806 4 016 + 1 790 +44.6

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (76.8%) (77.1%)

RE-EXPORTS 1 757 1 196 + 561 +46.9

TOTAL EXPORTS 7 563 5 212 4- 2 351 +45.1

IMPORTS 7 348 5 239 4 2 108 +40.2

TRADE BALANCE + 215 27 + 242

LAST MONTH AUGUST 1979 JULY 1979 INCREASE OR DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. . $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 5 806 5 174 631 +12.2

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (76.8%) (75.8%)

RE-EXPORTS 1 757 1 653 + 104 + 6.3

TOTAL EXPORTS 7 563 6 828 + 735 + 10.8

IMPORTS 7 348 7 542 194 - 2.6

TRADE BALANCE + 215 - 714 + 929

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CALENDAR YEAR TO-DATE JAN.-AUGUST 1979 JAN.-AUGUST 1978 INCREASE OR DECREASE

S MN. $ MN. S MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 34 382 25 012 ♦ 9 370 +37.5

(% OF TOTAL

EXPORTS) (73.2%) (75.5%)

RE-EXPORTS 12 606 8 117 + 4 489 +55.3

TOTAL EXPORTS 46 989 33 129 + 13 859 +41.8

IMPORTS 53 400 38 572 + 14 828 +38.4

TRADE BALANCE - 6 411 - 5 443 968

SEPTEMBER 1978 SEPTEMBER 1977

TO TO INCREASE OR

LAST 12 MONTHS AUGUST 1979 AUGUST 1978 DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 50 081 37 528 + 12 553 +33.4

RE-EXPORTS 17 686 11 681 ♦ 6 006 +51.4

TOTAL EXPORTS 67 768 49 209 + 18 559 +37.7

IMPORTS 77 883 55 836 ♦ 22 047 +39.5

TRADE BALANCE - 10 115 - 6 627 - 3 488

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F.C.O. MINISTER VISITS REFUGEE CAMPS AND TAI PO

THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS, MR. PETER BLAKER, THIS (MONDAY) MORNING VISITED THE GOVERNMENT DOCKYARD AND THE HONG KONG RED CROSS TEMPORARY TRANSIT CENTRE FOR REFUGEES TO SEE CONDITIONS AND FACILITIES AT FIRST HAND.

HE WAS ACCOMPANIED ON THE VISIT BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, AND THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR. MORRIS MORGAN.

MR. BLAKER PRAISED THE EFFORTS OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT THE UNHCR AND VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS IN CARING FOR THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES, AND SAID HE WOULD TRY TO MAKE THE REST OF THE WORLD REALISE fHAT HONG KONG HAD MORE REFUGEES PER HEAD OF POPULATION THAN ANY COUNTRY IN SOUTHEAST ASIA.

DURING HIS TOUR OF THE CENTRES, MR. BLAKER CHATTED WITH THE CAMP STAFF AND REFUGEE REPRESENTATIVES.

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IN THE AFTERNOON, MR. BLAKER MADE A BRIEF VISIT TO TAI PO TO SEE THE VAST DEVELOPMENT TAKING PLACE IN THE DISTRICT.

ACCOMPANIED BY SIR MURRAY AND THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. JOHN TODD, MR. BLAKER DROVE TO TAI PO VIA THE SHA TIN-TAI PO ROAD, VARIOUS SECTIONS OF WHICH HAVE RECENTLY BEEN IMPROVED.

ON ARRIVAL AT A VANTAGE POINT OVERLOOKING THE TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, HE WAS MET BY THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR. PETER JOHNSON, THE TAI PO AND FANLING PROJECT MANAGER, MR. GEOFF THOMAS AND THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE CORPORATION, MR. VIC MILLER.

HE WAS GIVEN A BRIEFING ON THE OVERALL DEVELOPMENT IN THE DISTRICT SPEARHEADED BY THE INDUSTRIAL ESTATE PROJECT.

MR. BLAKER WAS TOLD THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS EMBARKING ON A $2.5 BILLION PLAN TO TRANSFORM TAI PO INTO A NEW TOWN WITH A TARGETED POPULATION OF OVER 220 000 PEOPLE.

MR. MILLER TOLD THE MINISTER THAT TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE HAD PROVED AN ATTRACTIVE PROPOSITION FOR INDUSTRIALISTS.

♦A NET 34 HECTARES OF INDUSTRIAL LAND ARE NOW AVAILABLE AND 18 SITES HAVE SO FAR BEEN GRANTED AND ANOTHER SEVEN GRANTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE MADE SOON.

+THE FIRST FACTORY SHOULD BE OPEN EARLY NEXT YEAR,* HE SAID.

THE FACTORIES UNDER CONSTRUCTION INVOLVE A WIDE RANGE OF PRIMARY AND SECONDARY PRODUCTS INCLUDING BEER, SPECIAL MACHINES, POLYURETHANE PRODUCTS AND AUTOMOBILE EXHAUST SYSTEMS.

NOTE TO EDI TORSj

THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS MR. PETER BLAKER WILL GIVE A PRESS CONFERENCE TOMORROW (TUESDAY) BEFORE LEAVING FOR MANILA IN THE EVENING.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE CONFERENCE WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT 4.30 P.M. TOMORROW IN THE G.I.S. THEATRE, FIFTH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. TELEVISION CREWS ARE REQUESTED TO ARRIVE EARLY SO THAT THEY WILL HAVE AMPLE TIME TO SET UP THEIR EQUIPMENT.

MR. BLAKER WILL LEAVE ON FLIGHT QF 28 (E.T.D. 2130 HOURS) FDR MANILA. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO COVER MR. BLAKER’S DEPARTURE ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT MR. H.L. KO OF CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT AT THE AIRPORT PRESS ROOM, KAI TAK AIRPORT TERMINAL BUILDING AT LEAST 45 MINUTES BEFORE THE ESTIMATED TIME OF DEPARTURE.

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SECOND THROUGH PASSENGER TRAIN BETWEEN KOWLOON AND GUANGZHOU DISCUSSED

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THE KOWLOON CANTON RAILWAY (K.C.R.) AND THE GUANGZHOU RAILWAY ADMINISTRATION HAVE AGREED IN PRINCIPLE ON THE DESIRABILITY OF INTRODUCING A SECOND THROUGH PASSENGER TRAIN SERVICE BETWEEN KOWLOON AND GUANGZHOU.

THERE ARE MANY OPERATIONAL DETAILS TO BE RESOLVED AND THE COMMENCEMENT DATE IS UNLIKELY TO BE UNTIL EARLY I960.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE GENERAL MANAGER OF K.C.R., MR. D.M. HOWES FOLLOWING +DISCUSSIONS HELD IN AN ATMOSPHERE OF GREAT CO-OPERATION AND FR IENDL INESS+ IN GUANGZHOU LAST WEEK.

MR. HOWES SAID THE QUESTION OF A SECOND THROUGH TRAIN SERVICE AROSE OUT OF THE SUCCESS OF THE PRESENT ONE AND THE GENERAL INCREASE IN MOVEMENT OF PASSENGERS BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA.

+THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OPERATION OF THE PRESENT THROUGH TRAIN SERVICE BETWEEN KOWLOON AND GUANGZHOU WAS REVIEWED AND SOME MINOR AMENDMENTS TO THE CONDITIONS OF OPERATION OF THE TRAIN, BASED ON EXPERIENCE, WERE APPROVED,+ HE SAID.

MR. HOWES SAID THAT FROM THE PUBLIC POINT OF VIEW, THE MOST IMPORTANT OF THESE WAS THAT FROM NOVEMBER 1 THIS YEAR, THE FARE FROM KOWLOON TO GUANGZHOU WOULD BE MARGINALLY INCREASED.

THE NEW FARE WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN A FEW DAYS TIME.

♦THIS INCREASE IS SOLELY TO REFLECT THE DECLINE IN THE EXCHANGE RATE BETWEEN THE HONG KONG DOLLAR AND THE RMB AND IS IN CONFORMITY OF THE CLAUSE IN THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE AUTHORITIES THAT WHEN THE EXCHANGE RATE FLUCTUATES FOR MORE THAN FIVE PER CENT, THE CONVERSION RATE WOULD BE RE-EXAMINED,* MR. HOWES EXPLAINED.

FROM THE SAME DATE, THE FARE PAID IN RMB FOR THE JOURNEY FROM GUANGZHOU TO KOWLOON WILL BE FRACTIONALLY REDUCED.

MR. HOWES SAID MANY OTHER TECHNICAL POINTS WERE ALSO DISCUSSED TO IMPROVE THE GENERAL EFFICIENCY IN MOVEMENTS BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA.

♦THE MOST IMPORTANT OF WHICH IS THE AGREEMENT IN PRINCIPLE THAT CERTAIN FREIGHT TRAINS WOULD BE WORKED THROUGHOUT BY LOCOMOTIVES FROM CHINA.

PRESSURE ON THE PRESENT VERY N RELATION TO THE INCREASING KONG TERRITORY,* HE SAID.

♦THIS WILL HELP TO EASE THE LIMITED RESOURCES OF THE K.C.R. I VOLUME OF TRAFFIC WITHIN THE HONG

/MR. HOWES......

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MR. HOWES STRESSED THAT WHEN THESE DEVELOPMENTS — INTRODUCTION OF A SECOND THROUGH TRAIN AND ONE OR TWO DIRECT FREIGHT TRAINS FROM CHINA — COME TO FRUITION, THEY WILL REPRESENT THE MAXIMUM THAT CAN BE ACHIEVED OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS.

+THIS IS BECAUSE THE RAILWAY WILL BE CONSIDERABLY DISRUPTED DURING THE CONSTRUCTION PERIOD OF MODERNISING AND ELECTRIFYING K.C.R., RECOGNISING THAT THE FIRST PRIORITY MUST BE TO SERVE THE NEEDS OF THE HONG KONG COMMUNITY,* HE ADDED.


FIRM ACTION AGAINST ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN ISLANDS DISTRICT *****

OWNERS AND OCCUPIERS OF FLATS, BUILDINGS AND VILLAGE-TYPE HOUSES IN THE ISLANDS DISTRICT WERE WARNED TODAY (MONDAY) AGAINST MAKING ILLEGAL EXTENSIONS OR ALTERATIONS TO THEIR PREMISES.

THEY WERE ALSO TOLD THAT SUCH ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES WOULD LEAD TO DEMOLITION AND, POSSIBLY, PROSECUTION BY THE GOVERNMENT WHICH MAY RESULT IN A MAXIMUM FINE OF $10 000 AND SIX MONTHS IMPRISONMENT.

THE WARNING WAS GIVEN BY THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICER, Ml. NICKY LO FOLLOWING A RECENT OPERATION AT MUI WO WHERE UNLAWFUL EXTENSIONS TO 11 FLATS ON TWO BUILDINGS ADJACENT THE FERRY PIER WERE DEMOLISHED BY DISTRICT OFFICE STAFF.

MR. LO SAID HE WAS BECOMING VERY MUCH CONCERNED THAT MORE AND MORE ILLEGAL MODIFICATIONS TO BUILDINGS HAD COME TO LIGHT ON OUTLYING ISLANDS IN RECENT MONTHS.

+THE ILLEGAL WORK NOT ONLY BREACHES LEASE CONDITIONS BUT, IN MOST CASES, THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE,* HE SAID.

+FURTHERMORE, THEY MAY BE STRUCTURALLY DANGEROUS OR A FIRE HAZARD AND MAY SPOIL THE ENVIRONMENT THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS TRYING SO HARD TO CONSERVE.*

MR. LO POINTED OUT THAT MINOR ILLEGAL ALTERATIONS TO STRUCTURES WERE HITHERTO TOLERATED BUT IN VIEW OF THE MODERN DEVELOPMENTS GOING ON IN THE DISTRICT, THE SITUATION COULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE UNCHECKED.

TO DETER SQUATTING AND ILLEGAL MODIFICATIONS, THE DISTRICT OFFICE HAS LAUNCHED A VIGOROUS ATTACK ON THE PROBLEM.

+WHILE WE ARE TAKING FIRM ACTION AGAINST ILLEGAL STRUCTURES, STAFF OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE MAKES EVERY EFFORT TO ADVISE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN BREACH OF THE LAW TO CORRECT THE SITUATION,* HE SAID.

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MR. LO SAID APPROVAL HAD FIRST TO BE OBTAINED FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE FOR ANY ALTERATION OR MODIFICATION TO ANY PREMISES AND ADVISED LOCAL RESIDENTS TO CONSULT THE DISTRICT OFFICE IF IN DOUBT.

♦THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HAS PRODUCED A LEAFLET TO HELP PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THE REQUIREMENTS REGARDING THE CONSTRUCTION AND ALTERATION OF STRUCTURES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND COPIES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

♦READ IT CAREFULLY IT WILL SAVE YOU TIME, TROUBLE AND MONEY,+ MR. LO ADDED.

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IMPORTANCE OF EYE CARE FOR STUDENTS STRESSED

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THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY) URGED TEACHERS TO BE CONSTANTLY ON THE ALERT TO DETECT INDIVIDUAL PUPILS WHO HAVE VISION TROUBLE.

COMMENTING ON THE IMPORTANCE OF EYE CARE AMONG SCHOOL CHILDREN, AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID: +IT IS IMPORTANT THAT SLIGHT VISION DEFECTS SHOULD BE DETECTED EARLY IN ITS COURSE AND NECESSARY CORRECTIONS MADE.+

IF TELEVISION SETS MALFUNCTION DURING CLASS THEY SHOULD BE TURNED OFF TO AVOID UNDUE EYE STRAIN, HE SAID.

IN THE CASE OF TEXTBOOKS, TEACHERS SHOULD REFER TO A LEAFLET PREPARED BY THE GOVERNMENT PRINTER SHOWING THE VARIOUS TYPES AND SIZES OF PRINT RECOMMENDED FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN OF DIFFERENT AGE-GROUPS.

♦CARE MUST ALSO BE EXERCISED TO PREVENT EYE ACCIDENTS,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

TEACHERS OF SCIENCE AND PRACTICAL SUBJECTS SHOULD TAKE APPROPRIATE PRECAUTIONS TO AVOID ERRONEOUS HANDLING OF DANGEROUS INSTRUMENTS, EQUIPMENT AND CHEMICALS BY STUDENTS, HE SAID.

♦OBJECTS WITH SHARP EDGES OR POINTS SHOULD BE KEPT PROPERLY AND OUT OF REACH OF SMALL CHILDREN,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ADEQUATE WARNINGS SHOULD BE GIVEN BY THE TEACHERS BEFORE POTENTIALLY.HAZARDOUS PHYSICAL EXERCISES SUCH AS HOCKEY AND FENCING SO AS TO EDUCATE THE PUPILS AND PREPARE THEM TO TAKE APPROPRIATE PRECAUTIONS.

PERSONAL HYGIENE IS ALSO IMPORTANT IN THE PREVENTION OF EYE INFECTION, AND THE SPOKESMAN SAID ALL PUPILS SHOULD BE INSTRUCTED TO AVOID USING OTHER PEOPLE’S HANDKERCHIEFS, TOWELS CR WASHING UTENSILS.

PUPILS’ ATTENTION SHOULD ALSO BE DRAWN TO THE DANGER INHERENT IN STUDYING IN POOR LIGHT.

♦THEY SHOULD ALSO BE TAUGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING AN UPRIGHT POSTURE AND APPROPRIATE READING DISTANCE IN THE CLASSROOM AND ALSO AT HOME,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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NEW GUIDES TO LANDLORD AND TENANT MATTERS PUBLISHED * * * *

THE NEW EDITIONS OF THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT’S SIMPLE GUIDES TO LANDLORD AND TENANT MATTERS HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED.

THE TWO BOOKLETS — ONE RELATING TO PRE-WAR PREMISES UNDER THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) ORDINANCE PART I, AND THE OTHER ON POST-WAR DOMESTIC PREMISES UNDER PART II OF THE ORDINANCE — HAVE BEEN UP-DATED AND INCLUDE NOTES ON THE LATEST AMENDMENTS TO THE ORDINANCE.

SEPARATE CHINESE AND ENGLISH VERSIONS OF THE BOOKLETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC FREE OF CHARGE FROM PUBLIC ENQUIRY COUNTERS OF THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICES, DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND FROM OFFICES OF THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT.

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CHILDREN’S CENTRE FOR HING WAH ESTATE ******

THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS. ANSON CHAN, WILL TOMORROW (TUESDAY) OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF A CHILDREN’S CENTRE IN HING WAH ESTATE, CHAI WAN.

THE CENTRE, PARTLY FINANCED BY THE LOTTERIES FUND, IS RUN BY THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS TO PROVIDE A FOCAL POINT FOR RECREATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR LOCAL CHILDREN.

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT 2.30 P.M. AT YU HING HOUSE, 17TH FLOOR, HING WAH ESTATE, CHAI WAN.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

PHOTOGRAPHS OF DEPARTMENT HEADS

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DENYS ROBERTS- THE DIRECTOR OF HOME

COPIES OF THREE PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE CHIEF JUSTICE, SIR ---------------------- „ ----- AFFAIRS, MR. JOHN WALDEN

AND THE DIRCECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES, MR. FRED WATSON, HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED IN G.I.S. PRESS BOXES TODAY (MONDAY) FOR

YOUR RECORD AND EDITORIAL USE.

IT WOULD BE MOST APPRECIATED IF, WHEN THE OCCASION ARISES, THESE NEW PHOTOGRAPHS ARE USED INSTEAD OF THE OLD ONES.

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WATER CUT IN TSUEN WAN * * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE STOPPED FOR SIX HOURS FROM MIDNIGHT WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 26) TO 6 A.M. ON THURSDAY TO FACILITATE LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY HEUNG CHE STREET, FU YUNG STREET, THE SEA FRONT, TAI HO ROAD AND SHA TSUI ROAD INCLUDING TAI PA STREET AND HEUNG WO STREET.

IN ADDITION, SALT WATER SUPPLY TO ALL PREMISES IN TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG AREAS, INCLUDING THE KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER TERMINAL, WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 10 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY TO 11 A.M. THE FOLLOWING DAY TO FACILITATE WATER MAIN REPAIR WORKS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR'S TERM EXTENDED ................................... 1

HK TO DeHEFIT FROM BRITAIN'S NE7 ECONOMIC POLICIES - BLAKER ........................................... 1

STATEMENT BY F.C.O. MINISTER ............................... 3

COST OF LIVING FOR AUGUST RISES............................. 4

HK DECLARED CHOLERA FREE.................................... 5

GOVERNMENT PLANS TO RECRUIT 50 ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS NEXT YEAR .......................................... 6

EMPLOYMENT IN FACTORIES INCREASES .......................... 8

GOVERNMENT PLANS FOR MORE YOUTH AND CHILDREN'S CENTRES ......................................... 10

CROW LAND SALE FETCHES 5118 MILLION........................ 11

CAREERS TALKS FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS ............... 12

PROJECT PROMOTES MUTUAL HELP IN TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA ............................................... 12

CONTRACT FOR TUEN JfflN WATER MAINS SIGNED ................ 13

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF KWUN TONG ROAD

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GOVERNOR'S TERM EXTENDED * * * *

THE QUEEN HAS APPROVED THE EXTENSION OF SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSES APPOINTMENT AS GOVERNOR AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF HONG KONG UNTIL APRIL 1982.

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HK TO BENEFIT FROM BRITAIN'S NEW ECONOMIC POLICIES - BLAKER * M *

THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS, M?. PETER BLAKER, TODAY (TUESDAY) EMPHASISED THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT'S SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY TOWARDS HONG KONG AND OUTLINED BRITAIN'S NEW DOMESTIC ECONOMIC POLICIES TOWARDS RETURNING TO FREE ENTERPRISE.

SPEAKING AT THE LUNCHEON OF THE HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, MR. BLAKER SAID THESE DOMESTIC POLICIES WERE RELEVANT FOR HONG KONG BECAUSE IF BRITAIN WAS SUCCESSFUL IN CREATING NEW DYNAMIC ATTITUDE IN INDUSTRY THEN THE PROBLEMS OF ADMITTING FOREIGN GOODS FROM EAST ASIA AND OTHER DEVELOPING PARTS OF THE WORLD WOULD BE DIMINISHED.

MR. BLAKER SAID THE NEW BRITISH GOVERNMENT REGARDED THESE POLICIES AS THEIR TOP PRIORITY TO MAKE THE BRITISH ECONOMY MORE FLEXIBLE, MORE ENERGETIC, MORE DYNAMIC AND MORE ATHLETIC.

♦WE WANT TO CREATE AGAIN AN ECONOMY IN BRITAIN WHICH IS CAPABLE OF CHANGE AND GROWTH. WE HAVE THEREFORE TO CHANGE SOME ATTITUDE ON THE PART OF MANY PEOPLE IN BRITAIN AND WE ARE GOING TO APPROACH OUR TASK IN THREE WAYSi

X TO CURB INFLATION BY RESTORING COLLECTIVE BARGAINING TO THE FIRM WHERE RESPONSIBILITY OUGHT TO BE, AND AT THE SAME TIME MAINTAINING A STRICT MONETARY AND FINANCIAL POLICY AS THE NEW BRITISH GOVERNMENT REGARD THESE TWO METHODS AS THE BEST WAY OF CONTROLLING INFLATION-

* TO MAKE SOME CHANGES IN THE LAW REGARDING INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS SO AS TO REDRESS THE IMBALANCE WHICH EXISTS AT THE PRESENT TIME BETWEEN THE TRADE UNIONS AND EMPLOYERS SO THAT FREE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING WHICH BRITAIN WANTS TO RESTORE CAN TAKE PLACE IN FAIRER CONDITIONS- AND

* TO PROMOTE ENTERPRISE AND TO INCREASE THE REWARDS FOR SUCCESS BY RELYING MORE ON PRIVATE ENTERPRISE AND LESS ON PUBLIC ACTIVITY- AND AT THE SAME TIME REDUCING THE HEAVY BURDEN OF TAXATION AND PUBLIC SPEND I NG.+

MR. BLAKER SAID THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT ALREADY HAVE SOME SUCCESS IN EMBARKING ON THESE POLICIES.

+WE HAVE MANAGED ALREADY TO CUT DIRECT TAXATION AND PARTICULARLY WE HAVE CUT IT ON THE HIGHER INCOMES WHERE WE THINK SUCH A CUT IS SO IMPORTANT.

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+WE HAVE RELAXED THE EXCHANGE CONTROLS. WE HAVE INTRODUCED NEW POLICIES TO ENCOURAGE THE SMALL FIRMS FROM WHICH WE BELIEVE THAT MUCH GROWTH CAN COME,+ HE SAID.

IN SHORT, MR. BLAKER SAID, BRITAIN WAS DOING HER BEST TO RETURNING TO FREE ENTERPRISE. +PROBABLY OVER THE NEXT YEAR OR TWO WE SHOULD HAVE A DIFFICULT TIME, BUT WE HAVE TO STICK TO OUR GUNS.+

MR. BLAKER SAID HE WAS ENCOURAGED BY THE EXAMPLES SET BY CALIFORNIA, WHERE A CUT IN TAXATION A YEAR OR MORE AGO RESULTED IN A LARGE INCREASE IN EMPLOYMENT, AND BY HONG KONG WHERE MANY VISITING BRITISH MINISTERS HAD BEEN IMPRESSED BY THE SUCCESS OF A COMBINATION OF ORDER AND FREE ENTERPRISE.

MR. BLAKER SAID HONG KONG WAS A SUCCESS STORY, YET BY ALL THE LAWS OF REASONS HONG KONG SHOULD NOT EXIST.

♦IF ALL THE FACTS ABOUT THE TERRITORY WERE FED INTO A COMPUTER, ITS SIZE, ITS PHYSICAL CIRCUMSTANCES, ITS LACK OF RESOURCES, THE NUMBERS CRAMPED INTO THIS SMALL SPACE, THE COMPUTER WILL PROVE THAT IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR SUCH A PLACE TO EXIST.

♦YET HERE YOU ARE ONE OF THE MOST THRIVING DYNAMIC PLACES IN ASIA. IT WILL BE THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE THIS REMARKABLE PROGRESS,+ HE SAID.

MR. BLAKER SAID ANGLO-CHINESE RELATIONS WERE AT PRESENT EXCELLENT, INCLUDING THE RELATIONS OVER HONG KONG.

♦I BELIEVE THAT ONE OF OUR COMMON INTEREST IS THE CONTINUED PROSPERITY AND STABILITY OF HONG KONG. THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT SEES HONG KONG AS HAVING AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY IN THEIR POLICY OF RAPID MODERNISATION.

♦I AM SURE THAT THIS OPPORTUNITY WILL BE WELCOMED IN HONG KONG AND THAT CO-OPERATION OF THIS SORT WILL IMPROVE RELATIONS STILL FURTHER,+ HE SAID.

MR. BLAKER ADDED THAT THE GOVERNOR’S VISIT TO BEIJING EARLIER THIS YEAR SHOWED HOW CLOSE AND FRIENDLY THESE RELATIONS NOW ARE AND NEXT MONTH BRITAIN LOOKS FORWARD TO SEEING THE CHINESE PREMIER IN LONDON.

♦THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WELCOMES THESE DEVELOPMENTS,♦ HE SAID.

ON THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES, MR. BLAKER PAID TIRBUTE TO THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, FOR THE GREAT EFFORTS HE MADE BOTH IN THE GENEVA CONFERENCE AND IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD.

♦WHAT WE NOW HAVE TO DO IS TO MAINTAIN THE PRESSURE ON VIETNAM TO MAKE SURE THAT THE FLOW DOES NOT BEGIN AGAIN IN LARGE QUANTITIES AND WE HAVE, SECONDLY, TO CONTINUE WITH OUR EFFORTS TO PERSUADE OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD THAT HONG KONG IS CARRYING PROPORTIONATELY A BIGGER BURDEN OF REFUGEES THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY AND THESE EFFORTS WILL CONTINUE IN THE MONTHS AHEAD.+

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STATEMENT BY F.C.O. MINISTER *****

+1 AM DELIGHTED TO MEET YOU AT WHAT IS NEARLY THE END OF A VISIT THAT HAS BEEN ALL TOO SHORT. I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR QUESTIONS, BUT HOPE YOU WILL FIND IT USEFUL IF I SET THE SCENE BRIEFLY.

♦BRITAIN HAS SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR HONG KONG, AND THE NEW CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT IS DETERMINED TO DO ALL THEY CAN TO HONOUR THIS RESPONSIBILITY. THE FACT THAT LORD CARRINGTON, AND NOW I (THE MINISTER OF STATE RESPONSIBLE IN THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE FOR HONG KONG AFFAIRS) HAVE VISITED HONG KONG SO EARLY IN THE LIFE OF THE NEW GOVERNMENT DOES, I BELIEVE, HIGHLIGHT, NOT ONLY BRITAIN’S RESPONSIBILITY, BUT ALSO BRITAIN’S INTEREST IN FOSTERING, THE PROGRESS AND WELFARE OF HONG KONG. WE IN BRITAIN FOLLOW WITH ADMIRATION THE WAY HONG KONG MARRIES OUTSTANDINGLY SUCCESSFUL FREE ENTERPRISE WITH GOOD ARRANGEMENTS FOR SOCIAL WELFARE.

♦THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT IS DETERMINED TO ESTABLISH CONDITIONS IN WHICH THE BRITISH ECONOMY, SO DISAPPOINTING FOR SO MANY YEARS, CAN BE RE-VITALIZED AND MADE MORE RESPONSIVE TO CHANGE. WHEN WE ARE SUCCESSFUL IT SHOULD MAKE IT EASIER TO HANDLE THE PROBLEMS. WHICH HONG KONG NOW FACES OVER RESTRICTED ACCESS FOR SOME PRODUCTS, NOTABLY TEXTILES.

♦THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT ACCEPTS ITS RESPONSIBILITY FOR HONG KONG IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS. THE GENEVA MEETING ON VIETNAMESE REFUGEES IN JULY WAS MAINLY THE RESULT OF EFFORTS BY MRS. THATCHER. WE BELIEVED THAT A MAJOR INITIATIVE WAS REQUIRED TO RELIEVE THE BURDEN WHICH HONG KONG WAS BEARING. WE ARE NOW DOING OUR BEST TO ENSURE THAT THE MEETING IS PROPERLY FOLLOWED UP.

♦FOR HONG KONG THE RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINA IS CENTRAL. SINO BRITISH RELATIONS, INCLUDING HONG KONG, ARE OUTSTANDINGLY GOOD, AS YOU WILL KNOW FROM THE SUCCESS OF THE GOVERNOR’S VISIT EARLIER THIS YEAR. BRITAIN, HONG KONG, AND CHINA SHARE A COMMON INTEREST IN HONG KONG’S CONTINUING PROSPERITY AND SOCIAL PROGRESS.

♦I WOULD NOT IN ANY EVENT WISH TO CONCLUDE THESE REMARKS WITHOUT PAYING PARTICULAR TRIBUTE TO THE GOVERNOR’S DISTINGUISHED ROLE IN DEFENDING AND PROMOTING HONG KONG’S INTERESTS. I AM PARTICULARLY PLEASED TO BE ABLE TO INFORM YOU THAT THE QUEEN HAS APPROVED THE EXTENSION OF SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE’S APPOINTMENT AS GOVERNOR AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF HONG KONG UNTIL APRIL 1982.♦

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COST OF LIVING FOR AUGUST RISES * * * * *

THE AUGUST CONSUMER PRICE INDEX(A) WAS 144 AND INDEX(B) WAS 143, UP FOUR POINTS AND THREE POINTS RESPECTIVELY.

THE ANNUAL AVERAGE FOR FEBRUARY 1979 WAS 132.3 FOR C.P.I.(A) AND 132.5 FOR C.P.I.(B), EACH BEING ONE PER CENT HIGHER THAN THAT FOR THE PREVIOUS MONTH. WHEN COMPARED WITH THE ANNUAL AVERAGE FOR FEBRUARY A YEAR AGO, THE INCREASES WERE RESPECTIVELY NINE PER CENT AND 8.9 PER CENT.

THE C.P. I.(A) IS BASED ON WEIGHTS DERIVED FROM THE EXPENDITURE OF HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN $400 - $1 499 A MONTH AND THE C.P.I.(B), BETWEEN $1 500 - $2 999 A MONTH IN THE HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 1973/74.

THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS IN AUGUST WENT UP BY SIX POINTS IN C.P.I.(A) AND BY FIVE POINTS IN C.P.I.(B).

ADVERSE WEATHER ASSOCIATED WITH TYPHOON HOPE CAUSED THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH VEGETABLES, SALT-WATER FISH AND FRESH-WATER FISH TO RISE SUBSTANTIALLY.

THE COST OF SOME RESTAURANTS

MEALS BOUGHT AWAY FROM HOME ALSO WENT UP AS AND EATING-PLACES RAISED THEIR PRICES.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICE OF FRESH FRUITS DECLINED. MOVEMENTS IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF OTHER FOOD ITEMS WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

THE INDEX FOR FUEL AND LIGHT ADVANCED SUBSTANTIALLY BY 12 POINTS IN C.P.I.(A) AND BY TEN POINTS IN C.P.I.(B), REFLECTING THE FULL IMPACT OF THE RISES IN PRICES OF KEROSENE AND LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS SINCE JULY AS WELL AS THE HIGHER CHARGES FOR ELECTRICITY.

HIGHER PRICES FOR CIGARETTES AND TOBACCO PUSHED THE INDEX FOR ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO UP BY THREE POINTS IN BOTH C.P.I.(A) AND C.P.I.(B).

THE RISE OF ONE POINT IN THE INDEX FOR CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR IN C.P.I.(A) WAS MAINLY BROUGHT ABOUT BY HIGHER PRICES FOR MEN’S UNDERCLOTHING ITEMS.

THE INDEX FOR DURABLE GOODS ROSE BY ONE POINT EACH IN C.P.I.(A) AND C.P.I.(B) BECAUSE OF HIGHER PRICES FOR FURNITURE AND OPTICAL GOODS.

THE INDEX FOR MISCELLANEOUS GOODS INCREASED BY ONE POINT IN C.P. I.(A) AND BY TWO POINTS IN C.P.I.(B) AS A RESULT OF HIGHER PRICES FOR MEDICINES, TOILET REQUISITES, RELIGIOUS ITEMS AND FRESH FLOWERS.

THE RISE OF TWO POINTS IN THE INDEX FOR TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES IN C.P.I.(B) WAS ATTRIBUTABLE TO HIGHER PRICES AND REPAIRING CHARGES FOR MOTOR VEHICLES AND THE FULL IMPACT OF THE INCREASES IN PRICES OF PETROL AND OIL SINCE JULY.

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ON ACCOUNT OF HIGHER CHARGES FOR CINEMA ENTERTAINMENT, . DOMESTIC HELP, BOWLING GAMES, DINNER PARTIES AND REPAIR OF / ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES, THE INDEX FOR SERVICES ROSE BY ONE PQINT IN BOTH C.P.I.(A) AND C.P.I.(B).

PRICE MOVEMENTS IN OTHER COMMODITY SECTIONS WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

THE SECTION INDICES FOR AUGUST AND JULY AND THE CORRESPONDING MONTHS IN 1978, ARE GIVEN BELOW:

C.P.I.(A)

C.P.I.(B)

SECTION AUG. 79 JULY 79 AUG. 78 AUG. 79 JULY 79 AUG.

FOODSTUFFS 141 135 125 142 137 125

HOUSING 144 144 130 143 143 130

FUEL AND LIGHT 191 ALCOHOLIC DRINKS 179 134 184 174 133

AND TOBACCO 161 CLOTHING AND 158 141 156 153 137

FOOTWEAR 111 110 103 109 109 102

DURABLE GOODS 128 MISCELLANEOUS 127 114 125 124 111

GOODS 146 TRANSPORT AND 145 135 145 143 131

VEHICLES 152 152 121 160 158 126

SERVICES 148 147 139 151 150 139

ALL ITEMS 144 140 127 143 140 127

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DECLARED CHOLERA FREE * * *

THE MEDICAL

AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT TODAY (TUESDAY) DECLARED HONG KONG CHOLERA FREE IN ACCORDANCE WITH REGULATIONS SPECIFIED BY THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT THERE HAVE BEEN NO NEW CASES OF CHOLERA REPORTED IN THE PAST TWO WEEKS.

THE LAST CASE OF CHOLERA REPORTED IN HONG KONG WAS ON SEPTEMBER 10 WHEN A 74-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WAS ADMITTED TO QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL SUFFERING FROM GASTRO-ENTERIT IES.

THE WOMAN DIED THE FOLLOWING DAY AND POST-MORTEM RECTAL SWAB REVEALED THE PRESENCE OF CHOLERA VIBRIO OF THE EL TOR STRAIN.

THE CASE BROUGHT TO FOUR THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CHOLERA CASES REPORTED IN HONG KONG SO FAR THIS YEAR.

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THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT ACCORDING TO WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION’S REGULATIONS AN INFECTED AREA IS CONSIDERED FREE FROM INFECTION WHEN THERE IS NO FURTHER CASE REPORTED DURING A PERIOD WHICH IS EQUAL TO AT LEAST TWICE THE INCUBATION PERIOD OF THE DISEASE SINCE THE LAST CASE BEEN CONFIRMED.

♦THE INCUBATION PERIOD FOR CHOLERA IS FIVE DAYS AND, THEREFORE, A TERRITORY MAY BE DECLARED FREE IF A PERIOD OF 10 DAYS HAS ELAPSED SINCE THE CONFIRMATION OF THE LAST CASE,* HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN URGED THE PUBLIC TO CONTINUE OBSERVING THE RULES OF PERSONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE, WHICH HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BY W.H.O. EXPERTS AS THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY OF PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF CHOLERA AND OTHER GASTRO-INTESTINAL DISEASES.

HE WARNED THAT IN VIEW OF THE CONTINUING PRESENCE OF CHOLERA IN THE SOUTHEAST ASIAN REGION THE RISK OF THE DISEASES REAPPEARING IN HONG KONG REMAINS.

♦THE PUBLIC ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THEIR CHOICE OF FOOD AND DRINK AND THE PREPARATION OF FOOD,* HE ADDED.

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GOVERNMENT PLANS TO RECRUIT 50 ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS NEXT YEAR * * *

THE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO RECRUIT ABOUT 50 ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS IN THE COMING YEAR AND AT LEAST 30 OF THEM SHOULD BE LOCAL, A SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

♦ALTHOUGH THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE CONTINUES TO RECRUIT FROM OVERSEAS, THE SUCCESS OF THE SERVICE DEPENDS TO A LARGE EXTENT ON RECRUITING LOCAL CANDIDATES IN SUFFICIENT NUMBERS EVERY YEAR,+ SAID MR. DONALD TSANG, PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT.

MR. TSANG, WHO IS IN CHARGE OF THE DEVELOPMENT AND ADMINISTRATIVE CLASS DIVISION OF THE CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH, WAS SPEAKING ON THE ROLE OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE CLASS IN THE GOVERNMENT AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF KOWLOON EAST IN THE PENINSULA HOTEL.

HE SAID THE EXPANSION AND GROWING IMPORTANCE OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE, PARTICULARLY OVER THE LAST TEN YEARS, REFLECTED A BASIC POLICY OF THE ADMINISTRATION TO MAINTAIN A _CADRE OF HIGHLY COMPETENT GENERALISTS WHO WERE CAPABLE OF REACTING POSITIVELY TO CHANGING SITUATION AND PRIORITIES OVER A WIDE SPECTRUM OF GOVERNMENT ACTIVITIES.

♦THIS IS THE KEY TO PROVIDING AN EFFICIENT AND DYNAMIC PUBLIC SERVICE WHICH THIS COMMUNITY RIGHTLY DESERVES,♦ MR. TSANG SAID.

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HE SAID THAT IT WAS IN THE COMMUNITY’S INTEREST THAT ABLE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WERE MADE AWARE OF THE SIGNIFICANT ROLE OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE IN GOVERNMENT AND THE OPPORTUNITIES IT OFFERS THEM IN MAKING A CAREER IN THIS SERVICE.

MR. TSANG SAID ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS WERE CONCERNED WITH THE CO-ORDINATION AND FORMULATION OF GOVERNMENT POLICIES AND PROGRAMMES AT VARIOUS LEVELS, WITH OVERSEEING THEIR IMPLEMENTATION AND WITH CONTROL OF THE RESOURCES INVOLVED.

♦THEY ARE SPECIALLY CONCERNED WITH THE SOCIAL AND POLITICAL CONTENTS OF GOVERNMENT POLICIES AND PROGRAMMES,♦ HE SAID.

♦THE TYPICAL ROLE OF AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER IN THE SECRETARIAT IS TO COLLATE AND ANALYSE THE VARIOUS ISSUES INVOLVED IN A PROPOSAL REQUIRING A POLICY DECISION, TO RELATE THESE ISSUES TO POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CONDITIONS AND TO RECOMMEND A COURSE OF ACT I ON,♦ HE ADDED.

THERE ARE NOW 260 ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS WORKING IN 22 DEPARTMENTS OF THE GOVERNMENT.

MR. TSANG GAVE AN OUTLINE OF WHAT THE SELECTION BOARDS FOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS LOOK FOR.

HE SAID IN ADDITION TO A GOOD HONOURS UNIVERSITY DEGREE, CANDIDATES SHOULD POSSESS THE FOLLOWING QUALIF(CATIONS*

* CLEAR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENCE,

* A CRITICAL AND ANALYTICAL MIND,

* CONCERN FOR THE WELFARE OF THE COMMUNITY AND OF INDIVIDUALS,

* A WELL DEVELOPED SENSE OF JUSTICE,

* A DETERMINATION TO GET RESULTS,

M A POTENTIAL ABILITY TO COMMAND AND TO LEAD OTHERS,

* A TOLERANCE OF THE OPINIONS OF OTHERS WHERE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES ARE NOT INVOLVED,

* A BROAD OUTLOOK, AND

* VERSATILITY AND ADAPTABILITY.

MR. TSANG POINTED OUT THAT A CAREER IN THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE OFFERED SUFFICIENT MATERIAL REWARDS TO MAINTAIN A COMFORTABLE STANDARD OF LIVING.

THE STARTING SALARY FOR AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER WITHOUT ANY WORKING EXPERIENCE IS $4 980, RISING TO $21 300 FOR A SECRETARY, THE HIGHEST LEVEL IN THE DIRECTORATE RANK.

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EMPLOYMENT IN FACTORIES INCREASES ft ft ft ft

A TOTAL OF 877 384 PEOPLE WERE EMPLOYED IN MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS IN JUNE THIS YEAR, AN INCREASE OF ABOUT 65 OOO OR EIGHT PER CENT COMPARED WITH MARCH OF THE SAME YEAR, ACCORDING TO THE LATEST EMPLOYMENT SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

WHEN COMPARED WITH THE EMPLOYMENT FIGURE FOR JUNE 1978, THERE WAS AN INCREASE OF ABOUT 74 000 WORKERS OR 9.1 PER CENT.

THERE WERE 41 498 MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS IN OPERATION IN JUNE 1979, AN INCREASE OF 867 COMPARED WITH MARCH OF THE SAME YEAR AND AN INCREASE OF 3 316 OVER JUNE 1978.

IN TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT, THE FIVE LARGEST MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES WERE WEARING APPAREL- ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPLIANCES AND SUPPLIES- TEXTILES- PLASTIC PRODUCTS- AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS.

A COMPARISON OF EMPLOYMENT IN THESE INDUSTRIES BETWEEN JUNE 1979 AND MARCH 1979 IS GIVEN BELOWi

CHANGE OF JUNE 79 OVER MAR. 79

PERSONS PERSONS PERSONS

ENGAGED IN ENGAGED IN ENGAGED IN PERSONS %

INDUSTRY GROUP JUNE 1978 MARCH 1979 JUNE 1979 ENGAGED CHANGE

WEARING APPAREL 261 791 271 819 283 798 ♦11 979 + 4.4

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPLIANCES AND SUPPLIES, INCLUDING ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS 100 324 92 567 114 000 ♦21 433 ♦23.2

TEXTILES 99 926 99 244 101 172 ♦ 1 928 ♦ 1.9

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 90 020 84 540 94 765 +10 225 ♦ 12.1

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS 75 807 78 693 84 030 ♦ 5 337 ♦ 6.8

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THE MORE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN EMPLOYMENT AT THE INDUSTRY SECTOR BETWEEN JUNE 1979 AND MARCH 1979 WERE AS FOLLOWS I

CHANGE OF JUNE 79 OVER MAR. 79

INDUSTRY SECTOR PERSONS ENGAGED IN JUNE 1978 PERSONS ENGAGED IN MARCH 1979 PERSONS ENGAGED IN JUNE 1979 PERSONS ENGAGED % CHANGE

ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS 77 938 69 299 86 878 ♦17 579 ♦25.4

GARMENT, EXCEPT KNITWEAR FROM YARN 203 804 209 923 216 942 ♦ 7 019 ♦ 3.3

PLASTIC TOYS 50 554 45 338 51 491 ♦ 6 153 ♦13.6

WATCHES AND CLOCKS 18 110 23 430 28 896 + 5 466 +23.3

PLASTIC PRODUCTS OTHER THAN PLASTIC TOYS AND PLASTIC FLOWERS 33 014 33 818 38 025 ♦ 4 207 ♦ 12.4

MISCELLANEOUS FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS 30 959 30 785 33 062 ♦ 2 277 ♦ 7.4

KNITWEAR FROM YARN 25 652 25 350 27 620 ♦ 2 270 ♦ 9.0

ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES AND HOUSEWARES 11 075 11 239 13 288 ♦ 2 049 ♦18.2

THE SURVEY ALSO SHOWED THAT THERE WERE 104 736 PEOPLE ENGAGED IN FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES AS AT MAY 15, 1979. OF THESE, 35 549 PEOPLE WERE EMPLOYED IN MONETARY INSTITUTIONS INCLUDING BANKS, 15 897 IN REAL ESTATE COMPANIES AND 14 357 IN FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS OTHER THAN BANKS.

THE FIGURE REPRESENTS AN INCREASE OF ABOUT 4 300 PEOPLE OR 4.3 PER CENT COMPARED WITH FEBRUARY 1979, AND AN INCREASE OF ABOUT 18 000 PEOPLE OR 20.8 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH MAY 1978.

THE MAIN INCREASES FROM FEBRUARY 1979 TO MAY 1979 ARE SHOWN BELOW i

CHANGE OF MAY 79 OVER FEB. 79

PERSONS PERSONS PERSONS ENGAGED IN ENGAGED IN ENGAGED IN TRADE/SERVICES MAY 1978 FEB. 1979 MAY 1979

MONETARY INSTITUTIONS 31 393 34 614 35 549

(INCLUDING BANKS)

PERSONS %

ENGAGED CHANGE

♦ 935 ♦ 2.7

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FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS 10 152 13 443 14 357 + 914 +6.8

(OTHER THAN BANKS)

ENG I NEER I NG ARCHITECTURAL 4 983 6 480 6 916 + 436 +6.7

AND TECHNICAL

SERVICES

REAL ESTATE

COMPANIES AND 13 540 15 642 15 897 ♦ 255 +1.6

AGENCIES

NOTE TO EDITORSi

DETAILED EMPLOYMENT FIGURES FOR VARIOUS INDUSTRY GROUPS AND SECTORS ARE OBTAINABLE ON REQUEST FROM THE EMPLOYMENT AND EARNINGS STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, KAI TAK COMMERCIAL BUILDING, 317 DES VOEUX ROAD, CENTRAL.

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GOVERNMENT PLANS FOR MORE YOUTH AND CHILDREN’S CENTRES X X X X X

MORE YOUTH AND CHILDREN’S CENTRES WILL BE SET UP EACH YEAR TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE ACHIEVE SOUND PHYSICAL AND INTELLECTUAL GROWTH, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS. ANSON CHAN, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE HING WAH CHILDREN’S CENTRE IN CHAI WAN, MRS. CHAN SAID THE FIVE-YEAR PLAN FOR SOCIAL WELFARE DEVELOPMENT PROVIDED FOR AN ANNUAL ESTABLISHMENT OF 11 YOUTH CENTRES AND 11 CHILDREN’S CENTRES.

SHE SAID THE FIVE-YEAR PLAN LAID EMPHASIS ON THE PROVISION OF SERVICES AND FACILITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.

THE TARGET WITHIN THE SCOPE OF GROUP AND COMMUNITY WORK, SHE SAID, WAS TO PROVIDE A YOUTH CENTRE AND A CHILDREN’S CENTRE IN AN AREA WITH 20 000 PEOPLE.

THE HING WAH CHILDREN’S CENTRE HAD BEEN SET UP IN LINE WITH THE OBJECTIVE OF THE FIVE-YEAR PLAN, SHE SAID.

IT WAS THE LATEST ADDITION TO THE MANY SERVICE UNITS OPERATED BY THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, SHE ADDED.

MRS. CHAN PRAISED THE TUNG WAH GROUP FOR ITS REMARKABLE ccov/^ccENTS IN THE FIELDS 0F EDUCATIONAL, MEDICAL AND WELFARE SunVI GES•

/+THE HING.....

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♦THE HING WAH CHILDREN’S CENTRE. OCCUPYING A SPACE OF 260 SQUARE METRES (2 800 SQ. FT.), SERVES AS A BASE WHERE PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED SOCIAL WORKERS PLAN AND PROMOTE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES FOR LOCAL CHILDREN,* SHE SAID.

FACILITIES AT THE CENTRE INCLUDE A LIBRARY AND ROOMS FOR PRIVATE STUDY, GROUP ACTIVITIES, RECREATION AND COOKING, SHE SAID.

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICER IN EASTERN DISTRICT WOULD KEEP CLOSE LIAISON WITH STAFF OF THE CENTRE IN THE PROMOTION OF YOUTH WORK, SHE ADDED.

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CROWN LAND FETCHES $118 MILLION * * * *

TWO PARCELS OF CROWN LAND BROUGHT IN $118 MILLION AT A CITY HALL AUCTION TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE AUCTION, CONDUCTED BY THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, OFFERED TWO SITES AT CHAI WAN FOR INDUSTRIAL AND/OR GODOWN PURPOSES.

ONE 4 700-SQUARE-METRE LOT FETCHED $68 MILLION AND THE OTHER OF 3 200 METRES WAS SOLD FOR $50 MILLION, OR $14 468.09 AND $15 625 PER SQUARE METRE RESPECTIVELY.

THE FIRST SITE CARRIES A BUILDING COVENANT OF $12 650 000 AND THE SECOND $8 625 000 TO BE PAID BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30, 1983.

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CAREERS TALKS FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS

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A SERIES OF CAREERS TALKS WILL BE HELD FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS STUDENTS BETWEEN NEXT MONTH AND FEBRUARY, 1980 AT VARIOUS SCHOOLS IN HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE TALKS HAVE BEEN ARRANGED BY THE CAREERS SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID: +THE AIM OF THE TALKS IS TO PROVIDE FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS TO WIDEN THEIR EDUCATIONAL HORIZON AND TO MEET PEOPLE FROM HIGHER EDUCATION.*

CONTENTS OF THE TALKS WILL INCLUDE A RANGE OF POST-SECONDARY COURSES AND WILL BE GIVEN IN CHINESE BY SPECIALIST SPEAKERS.

♦SCHOOLS INTENDING TO CONDUCT THEIR OWN CAREERS TALKS DURING THIS PERIOD ARE THEREFORE ADVISED TO AVOID CHOOSING TOPICS SIMILAR TO THOSE INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAMME,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THERE WILL ALSO BE AMPLE OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS TO DIRECT PERSONAL ENQUIRIES TO THE SPEAKERS.

HEADS OF SCHOOLS ARE REQUESTED TO INFORM THE CAREERS OFFICER BY POST OF THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS WISHING TO ATTEND THE TALKS.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE AT THE CAREERS SECTION, AND THE TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 5-778311 EXT. 239.

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PROJECT PROMOTES MUTUAL HELP IN TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA ******

, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, THIS (TUESDAY) MORNING VISITED THE TUEN MUN TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA TO SEE FOR HIMSELF THE PROGRESS OF A COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT.

THE PROJECT. BEING CARRIED OUT SINCE 1977 BY A TEAM OF SOCIAL WORKERS UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF Y.W.C.A., IS AIMED AT PROMOTING THE WELL-BEING OF THE RESIDENTS LIVING IN THE TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA.

UNDER THE SCHEME, WHICH IS SOCIAL WORKERS ORGANISE VARIOUS FOSTER MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING AND A GOOD LIVING ENVIRONMENT.

SUBSIDISED BY THE GOVERNMENT, COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES TO TO HELP THE RESIDENTS MAINTAIN

MR. LEE, ACCOMPANIED ON THEVISIT BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S DISTRICT OFFICER (YUEN LONG AND TUEN MUN), MR. STEPHEN CHAU, WAS MET ON ARRIVAL BY MISS KO SIU-WAH. GENERAL SECRETARY OF Y.W.C.A., MISS TSANG KIT-FONG, THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY AND MR. LARRY SO, PROJECT SUPERVISOR.

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DURING THE VISIT, THE DIRECTOR MET GROUPS OF YOUNG AND OLD PEOPLE AND LEARNED OF THE VARIOUS SOCIAL PROGRAMMES ORGANISED FOR THEM.

THE PROJECT WORKERS ALSO RUN IN THE TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA A RECREATION CENTRE WHERE VOLUNTEERS GIVE FREE TUITION TO CHILDREN AND HELP ORGANISE GROUP ACTIVITIES.

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CONTRACT FOR TUEN MUN WATER MAINS SIGNED ft ft ft ft

WORK WILL START LATER THIS WEEK IN TUEN MUN NEW TOWN FOR THE LAYING OF SOME 6 500-METRE-LONG WATER MAINS TO BRING SALT AND FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO DEVELOPMENTS IN THE AREA.

THE CONTRACT FOR THE LAYING OF THESE PIPES, COSTING $4.2 MILLION, WAS SIGNED TODAY (TUESDAY) AT THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT BY MR. LEE GUN-CHEUNG, CHIEF ENGINEER, CONSTRUCTION, ON BEHALF OF THE GOVERNMENT AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF YICK HING CONSTRUCTION COMPANY.

THESE PIPELINES WILL BE LAID ALONG MING KUN ROAD, TSING WAN ROAD, CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND SHEK PAI TAU ROAD.

WORK ON THE ENTIRE MAINS LAYING PROJECT WILL TAKE 15 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF KWUN TONG ROAD ft ft ft ft

THE SECTION OF KWUN TONG ROAD BETWEEN HONG TAK ROAD AND ELEGANCE ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 27) TO TUESDAY (OCTOBER 2) BETWEEN 1.30 A.M. AND 5.30 A.M. TO FACILITATE THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION WORKS ALONG KWUN TONG ROAD.

DURING THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE, NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED TO WAI YIP STREET VIA LAI YIP STREET, WHILE SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED TO NGAU TAU KOK ROAD.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

Wednesday, September 26, 1979

CCNTTUTS PAGE.NO.

MID-YEAR SURVEY OF HK ECONOMIC PROSPECTS 1979 ..................... 1

APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR S.W.D.'S OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH SCHEME .................................................. 3

HK FIREMEN TAKE PART IN OAKLAND ATHLETIC EVENT .................... 4

ADVICE TO APPLICANTS FOR UK PASSPORTS ............................. 4

TEACHER TRAINING COURSE TO PROMOTE CAHOEUiG Ui SCHOOLS............. 5

TENDER FOR SHORT-TSRli TENANCY OF CROW LAND ....................... 5

D.S.W. TO OPEN SOCIAL C ?!TRE FOR THE ELDERLY ..................... 6

PRESENTATION OF DUKE OF EDINBURGH A ,'ARDo ........................ 6

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1979

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MID-YEAR SURVEY OF HK ECONOMIC PROSPECTS 1979

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) RELEASED THE RESULTS OF A SURVEY OF HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC PROSPECTS FOR THE SECOND HALF OF 1979.

THE SURVEY, CONDUCTED IN JUNE THIS YEAR, COVERED 502 ESTABLISHMENTS EACH EMPLOYING 100 PEOPLE OR MORE IN 10 MAJOR MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES AND 53 LARGEST CONTRACTORS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY.

OPINIONS WERE GATHERED ON THE SUBJECTS OF MARKET DEMAND, EMPLOYMENT, WAGES, MATERIAL PRICES, CAPACITY UTILISATION AND CAPITAL INVESTMENT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT SAID THE SURVEY WAS A FOLLOW-UP TO THE ONE CONDUCTED IN JANUARY THIS YEAR FOR THE PURPOSE OF ASSESSING MANUFACTURING AND CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

♦IT CONSTITUTED ONE OF THE MANY SOURCES OF INFORMATION SUPPORTING THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY’S LATEST ASSESSMENT OF THE ECONOMIC SITUATION IN HONG KONG,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦SINCE THE SURVEY WAS CONFINED TO CHANGES BETWEEN THE SECOND HALF BUT NOT THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR AND THE LAST, IT WAS NOT DESIGNED TO ELICIT YEAR-ON-YEAR CHANGES LIKELY TO OCCUR BETWEEN 1978 AND 1979,+ HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN, HOWEVER, CAUTIONED THAT IN A SURVEY OF THIS KIND, THE ACCURACY OF THE RESULTS DEPENDED VERY MUCH ON THE ABILITY OF tAe RESPONDENTS TO PREDICT THE ECONOMIC TREND OF THE NEAR FUTURE.

♦EXPERIENCE INDICATES THAT RESPONDENTS TEND TO BE CONSERVATIVE ABOUT THEIR EXPECTATIONS. THE CONSENSUS THUS OBTAINED SHOULD THEREFORE BE INTERPRETED NOT IN ISOLATION, BUT AGAINST THE DYNAMIC NATURE OF THE HONG KONG ECONOMY,♦ HE ADDED.

AS FAR AS THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY IS CONCERNED, THE SURVEY SHOWED THAT THE DEMAND FOR ITS PRODUCTS AND SERVICES WOULD INCREASE BY FIVE PER CENT IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1979 OVER THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD OF 1978. THIS EXPECTED INCREASE HAS BEEN RECKONED IN TERMS OF ACTUAL QUANTITIES WITH THE EFFECT OF PRICE INCREASES DISCOUNTED.

PRODUCTS SOLD AND INDUSTRIAL SERVICES PERFORMED BY THE SURVEYED MANUFACTURERS TO OVERSEAS CUSTOMERS WERE EXPECTED TO INCREASE BY FIVE PER CENT, WHILE SALES TO THE LOCAL MARKET WOULD PROBABLY INCREASE LESS, BY THREE PER CENT BETWEEN THE TWO PERIODS.

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THEIR EXPORTS TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY COULD INCREASE BEYOND THE OVERALL RATE BUT THIS WAS NOT LIKELY TO BE THE CASE FOR THE UNITED STATES AND UNITED KINGDOM MARKETS.

THE SURVEY ALSO SUGGESTED THAT THE WATCHES, ELECTRONICS, PRINTING AND FOOD INDUSTRIES WOULD PROBABLY PERFORM BETTER THAN THE TEXTILES, CLOTHING AND PLASTICS INDUSTRIES DURING THE SECOND HALF OF 1979.

MOREOVER, IT SHOWED THAT EMPLOYMENT IN THE VARIOUS MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES SURVEYED COULD INCREASE BY FIVE PER CENT, AND THE AVERAGE WAGE RATE FOR OPERATIVES BY 12 PER CENT, BETWEEN THE SECOND HALF OF 1978 AND 1979.

THE PRICES OF RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURERS MIGHT RISE BY 15 PER CENT BETWEEN THESE TWO PERIODS WHILE THE PRICES OF PRODUCTS FOR EXPORT MIGHT INCREASE BY 10 PER CENT ON THE AVERAGE.

BOTH MACHINE CAPACITY AND FACTORY FLOOR SPACE WOULD CONTINUE TO EXPAND DURING 1979, EACH AT A RATE OF ABOUT SEVEN PER CENT.

THE ACTUAL UTILISATION RATE (PRODUCTION AGAINST TOTAL CAPACITY) WAS EXPECTED TO BE ABOUT 88 PER CENT IN THE LATTER HALF OF 1979, SLIGHTLY HIGHER THAN THE 87 PER CENT FOR THE FORMER HALF.

AS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, CONTRACTORS EXPECTED RATHER SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN BUILDING MATERIAL PRICES (24 PER CENT), LABOUR WAGES (13 PER CENT) AND CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT (11 PER CENT) BETWEEN THE SECOND HALF OF 1978 AND 1979.

THE CONTRACTORS SURVEYED ALSO INDICATED THAT THEY WOULD INCREASE THEIR MACHINE CAPACITY BY 16 PER CENT THIS YEAR.

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APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR S.W.D.’S OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH SCHEME

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GROUPS OF YOUNG PEOPLE WISHING TO CARRY OUT COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS INITIATED BY THEMSELVES BUT DO NOT HAVE THE MONEY WILL NOW HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO UNDER A SUBSIDY SCHEME ADMINISTERED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

THE DEPARTMENT IS AGAIN INVITING APPLICATIONS FOR SUBSIDY GRANTS UNDER THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH SCHEME WHICH ENCOURAGES YOUTH GROUPS TO INITIATE AND IMPLEMENT INNOVATIVE SERVICE PROJECTS.

IT HAS FINISHED PROCESSING THE FIRST ROUND OF APPLICATIONS FOR 1979-80 AND HAS ALLOCATED GRANTS TOTALLING OVER $61 000 FOR 32 APPROVED PROJECTS.

THIS BRINGS TO $550 000 THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF GRANTS ALLOCATED FOR 455 PROJECTS SINCE THE SCHEME STARTED IN 1974.

PREVIOUS PROJECTS INCLUDED SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY, THE DISABLED AND YOUTH, RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, WORKS AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAMMES. THEY WERE CARRIED OUT BY MORE THAN 16 000 YOUNG PEOPLE, BENEFITTING AN ESTIMATED 676 000 PEOPLE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) ANY GROUP OF AT LEAST SEVEN MEMBERS AGED BETWEEN 15 AND 25 YEARS, SPONSORED BY A SCHOOL OR A YOUTH AGENCY, MAY NOW APPLY.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS OCTOBER 31, 1979, AND ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SCHEME AND APPLICATIONS CAN BE MADE AT THE DEPARTMENT’S COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICES IN THE VARIOUS DISTRICTS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID A PROPOSED SERVICE PROJECT MUST BE GEARED TOWARDS A SPECIFIC NEED OF THE COMMUNITY, AND IT SHOULD NOT EXTEND BEYOND FEBRUARY 1 NEXT YEAR.

EACH PROJECT WILL BE ASSESSED FOR ITS YOUTH INVOLVEMENT, COMMUNITY BENEFITS, INNOVATION, FEASIBILITY AND OPTIMUM USE OF RESOURCES, HE SAID.

THE MAXIMUM GRANT FOR EACH APPROVED PROJECT IS $2 500, AND THE DEPARTMENT’S COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICERS WILL MAINTAIN CLOSE WORKING LIAISON WITH PARTICIPATING GROUPS, HE ADDED.

♦THE SCHEME PROVIDES USEFUL OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO PUT THEIR IDEAS INTO PRACTICE, THROUGH WHICH IT IS POSSIBLE TO DEVELOP CO-OPERATIVE SPIRIT AND THE SENSE OF CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY AS WELL AS TO BROADEN SOCIAL AWARENESS.

♦THE PROCESS IS BOTH CREATIVE AND EDUCATIONAL, IN THAT IT TAPS IMAGINATION, DEVELOPS LEADERSHIP POTENTIALS AND STRENGTHENS ORGANISING ABILITY,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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HK FIREMEN TAKE PART IN OAKLAND ATHLETIC EVENT ft ft ft ft

A TEAM OF HONG KONG FIREMEN HAS BEEN SPECIALLY INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A CHARITY ATHLETIC EVENT IN OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, THIS SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 30).

+HONG KONG IS THE FIRST OVERSEAS TERRITORY TO BE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN THE EVENT,+ A FIRE SERVICES SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A LETTER OF INVITATION TO THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES, ffi. FRED WATSON, OAKLAND MAYOR LIONEL WILSON SAID THAT BECAUSE OF THE LARGE CHINESE COMMUNITY IN OAKLAND IT WAS ONLY NATURAL THAT THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL INVITATION SHOULD 60 TO HONG KONG.

THE HONG KONG TEAM, LED BY FIRE SERVICES HEADQUARTERS STAFF OFFICER, MR. CHEUNG SHU-SHING AND PHYSICAL TRAINING OFFICER, MR. COLIN GREEN, LEFT FOR AMERICA TODAY.

THE SIX RUNNERS ARE DIVISIONAL OFFICER MR. T.D.C. GARDINER" STATION OFFICER, CHAN KWOK-WING- ASSISTANT STATION OFFICER LUI KIN-CHUNG- AND FIREMEN WONG KIN-KEUNG, CHEUNG SHEK-ON AND LAU CH I-HUNG.

THE ANNUAL CHARITY EVENT, CALLED THE BRASS POLE RUN PERPETUAL TROPHY, ATTRACTS THOUSANDS OF RUNNERS FROM THE SAN FRANCISCO BASE AREA ALONG WITH TEAMS FROM MANY AMERICAN FIRE DEPARTMENTS.

THE PROCEEDS FOR THIS EVENT ARE USED TO AID FIRE VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES.

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ADVICE TO APPLICANTS FOR UK PASSPORTS ft ft ft ft ft ft

THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) ADV ISEDAPPLI CANTS FOR THE UNITED KINGDOM ISSUED BRITISH PASSPORTS TO FILE IN THEIR APPLICATIONS WELL IN ADVANCE OF THE DATE ON WHICH THEY INTEND TO TRAVEL.

THE DEPARTMENT ACTS AS AN AGENT FOR THE UNITED KINGDOM IN RESPECT OF APPLICATIONS FOR U.K. ISSUED BRITISH PASSPORTS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID. DUE TO THE SEASONAL ____

INCREASE IN DEMAND FOR PASSPORTS ISSUED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM FOR THE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR VACATION, DELAYS WERE EXPECTED.

♦SUCH APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED TO THE DEPARTMENT LAST YEAR TOOK 12 WEEKS OR MORE TO FINALISE,* HE SAID.

♦NORMALLY IT WOULD ONLY TAKE EIGHT WEEKS,♦ HE ADDED.

HOWEVER, HE SAID APPLICATIONS FOR BRITISH PASSPORTS ISSUED IN HONG KONG ARE NOT AFFECTED.

♦THE PROCESSING TIME OF HONG KONG ISSUED BRITISH PASSPORTS REMAINS AT 10 WORKING DAYS,+ HE SAID.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1979

TEACHER TRAINING COURSE TO PROMOTE CANOEING IN SCHOOLS ******

SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS HOLDING BRONZE MEDALLIONS IN LIFESAVING ARE INVITED TO JOIN AN EIGHT-SESSION CANOEING PROFICIENCY COURSE TO BE HELD IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER.

AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE COURSE, ORGANISED BY THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION SECTION, WAS DESIGNED TO TRAIN TEACHERS IN CANOEING AND TO PROMOTE THE SPORT IN THEIR SCHOOLS.

♦CANOE HANDLING, SAFETY PRECAUTIONS, BASIC STROKES, RESCUE PROCEDURE AND DRILL, CANOE BUILDING AND REPAIRING. AND CANOEING EXPEDITIONS WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE COURSE,♦ HE SAID.

PARTICIPATING TEACHERS MUST BE PREPARED TO ATTEND ALL THE SESSIONS TO BE HELD ON OCTOBER 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 AND 28, AND ON NOVEMBER 3 AND 4.

THE VENUE IS THE TAI MEI TUK SCHOOLS SAILING AND CANOEING CENTRE IN TAI PO, NEW TERRITORIES, AND THE HOURS ARE FROM 10 A.M. TO 4 P.M. EACH DAY.

TEACHERS INTERESTED IN ATTENDING CAN APPLY THROUGH THEIR HEADS OF SCHOOLS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD BE SENT TO THE PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR (PE), (ATTN. MR. W.K. KAN), EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, PHYSICAL EDUCATION SECTION, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, SEVENTH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON, ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 5.

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TENDER FOR SHORT-TERM TENANCY OF CROWN LAND *****

THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS BY WAY OF ANNUAL RENTAL FOR A SHORTTERM TENANCY OF A PIECE OF CROWN LAND AT PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, KOWLOON.

THE SITE, MEASURING ABOUT 3 175 SQUARE METRES, IS FOR STORAGE OF TENANT’S GOODS, VEHICLES, MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT, TOGETHER WITH THE STORAGE AND DISTRIBUTION OF GOODS AND CARGO.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT THE TENANCY WAS FOR AN INITIAL PERIOD OF THREE YEARS AND THEREAFTER QUARTERLY.

TENDER FORMS, TENDER NOTICE AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE IN MURRAY BUILDING, 19TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD AND IN THE KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, 10TH FLOOR.

THE TENDER PLAN MAY ALSO BE INSPECTED AT THE TWO OFFICES.

CLOSING DATE FOR ACCEPTANCE OF TENDER IS NOON ON OCTOBER 12, 1979.

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D.S.W. TO OPEN SOCIAL CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY *******

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, WILL TOMORROW (THURSDAY) OFFICIALLY OPEN A SOCIAL CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY IN CENTRAL DISTRICT.

THE CENTRE IS RUN BY THE WESTERN DISTRICT WOMEN’S WELFARE CLUB TO PROVIDE A PLACE FOR LEISURE ACTIVITIES FOR ABOUT 100 OLD PEOPLE.

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND REPORTERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT 3 P.M. IN THE SOCIAL CENTRE AT 60 BRIDGES STREET, SECOND FLOOR, CENTRAL.

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DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARDS * * * * *

A TOTAL OF 115 CADETS OF THE CIVIL AID SERVICES CADET CORPS WILL RECEIVE SILVER AND BRONZE AWARDS OF THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD SCHEME AT A PRESENTATION CEREMONY ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 28) AT 8 P.M. AT THE C.A.S. KOWLOON TRAINING CENTRE.

THIRTY-THREE RECIPIENTS WILL RECEIVE THE SILVER AWARD AND 82 OTHERS WILL RECEIVE THE BRONZE.

OFFICIATING AT THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY WILL BE THE CADET COMMANDANT, MR. NORMAN LEUNG, WHO WILL ALSO ADDRESS THE AUDIENCE, AND HIS THREE ASSISTANTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD PRESENTATION CEREMONY WHICH WILL BE HELD AT 8 P.M. ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 28) AT THE CIVIL AID SERVICES KOWLOON TRAINING CENTRE, 204 ARGYLE STREET.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

THURSDAY, SEPTSfflER 27, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FORM TO OBTAIN INFORMATION FROM RATEPAYERS PUBLISHED .................................................. 1

GOVERNOR TO VISIT CANADA ................................... 2

APPOINTMENT OF DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES ................................................... 3

CALL FOR BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF OLD PEOPLE ................ 3

GALA CONCERT FOR PARENTS ................................... 4

HONG KONG STUDENTS COMMENDED IN ESSAY COMPETITION...... 5

SUSPENSION OF TRAM SERVICES IN HAPPY VALLEY ................ 5

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1979

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FORM TO OBTAIN INFORMATION FROM RATEPAYERS PUBLISHED

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A FORM WHICH THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT WILL USE TO OBTAIN FROM RATEPAYERS INFORMATION ON RENTS AND OTHER PARTICULARS OF PROPERTY, WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT SAID THE FORM (FORM RIA) WOULD BE SENT EARLY NEXT MONTH (OCTOBER) TO ALL RATEPAYERS, WHO ARE REQUIRED BY LAW TO RETURN IT TO THE DEPARTMENT WITHIN 28 DAYS. THE FORM, WHICH IS IN BOTH CHINESE AND ENGLISH, MAY BE COMPLETED IN EITHER LANGUAGE.

EXPLAINING THE PURPOSE OF SENDING OUT THE FORM NOW, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE INFORMATION WAS REQUIRED TO ASSIST THE DEPARTMENT IN DETERMINING TO WHAT EXTENT EXISTING RATEABLE VALUES ARE OUT OF DATE. HE EMPHASISED THAT, ALTHOUGH THE DEPARTMENT WOULD BE SPENDING A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF TIME IN 1980 PREPARING FOR A REVISION OF RATEABLE VALUES, NO DECISION HAD YET BEEN MADE AS TO WHETHER OR WHEN SUCH UPDATED VALUES SHOULD BE USED.

BEFORE NEW VALUATION LISTS CAN BE PREPARED AND BROUGHT INTO EFFECT IT IS NECESSARY FOR THE GOVERNOR TO GIVE A DIRECTION UNDER THE RATING ORDINANCE AND NO SUCH DIRECTION HAS YET BEEN GIVEN.

THE SPOKESMAN RECALLED THAT THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY IN HIS BUDGET SPEECH EARLIER THIS YEAR SAID THAT, ALTHOUGH HE INTENDED DEFERRING REVIEWING RATEABLE VALUES FOR THE TIME BEING, SERIOUS CONSIDERATION TO THE CARRYING OUT OF SUCH AN EXERCISE IN 1980 WOULD HAVE TO BE GIVEN DURING THE YEAR. FORMERLY, REVIEWS OF RATEABLE VALUES WERE CARRIED OUT FAIRLY FREQUENTLY (12 TIMES FROM 1950 TO 1969), BUT WITH THE GROWTH OF THE VALUATION LISTS IT HAS BEEN POSSIBLE TO BRING NEW LISTS INTO EFFECT ON ONLY TWO OCCASIONS OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE MAIN PURPOSE OF UP-DATING RATEABLE VALUES IS TO MAINTAIN AN EFFECTIVE TAX BASE AND TO ENSURE THAT THE INCIDENCE OF THE TAX IS FAIRLY DISTRIBUTED, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT RELATIVE CHANGES IN VALUES OF DIFFERENT PREMISES. IT IS NOT A REVENUE RAISING EXERCISE SINCE THE BURDEN OF THE TAX IS DETERMINED BY THE PERCENTAGE CHARGES SET EACH YEAR BY RESOLUTION OF LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

HE RECALLED THAT, ON THE LAST TWO OCCASIONS WHEN RATEABLE VALUES WERE REVISED, THE INCREASED VALUES HAD LARGELY BEEN OFFSET BY REDUCTIONS IN THE PERCENTAGE CHARGES, WHICH DETERMINED RATEPAYERS’ BILLS.

ANYONE IN DOUBT AS TO HOW TO COMPLETE THE FORM SHOULD CALL ON, OR TELEPHONE, THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT AT 1 GARDEN ROAD (TEL. 5-249021) OR AT 22 FENWICK STREET (NEW MERCURY HOUSE, TEL. 5-281424) OR AT 24-34 HENNESSY ROAD (TAI SANG COMMERCIAL BUILDING, TEL. 5-284037) WHERE ASSISTANCE WILL GLADLY BE GIVEN. ASSISTANCE MAY ALSO BE OBTAINED AT ANY OF THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICES OR DISTRICT OFFICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

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GOVERNOR TO VISIT CANADA * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL LEAVE HONG KONG ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 30) FOR A SHORT VISIT TO CANADA VIA THE UNITED STATES. HE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY LADY MACLEHOSE.

AT THE INVITATION OF LORD CROMER, CHAIRMAN OF THE INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL OF THE MORGAN GUARANTY TRUST COMPANY OF NEW YORK, THE GOVERNOR WILL PARTICIPATE IN A MEETING OF THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL IN TORONTO BETWEEN OCTOBER 3 AND 5. THIS COUNCIL IS AN INTERNATIONAL STUDY GROUP WHICH MEETS PERIODICALLY TO DISCUSS TOPICAL SUBJECTS IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS. IT IS NORMAL FOR IT TO INVITE OUTSIDE EXPERTS IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS TO PARTICIPATE IN ITS PROCEEDINGS.

BEFORE THE MEETING, SIR MURRAY WILL VISIT OTTAWA WHERE HE WILL CALL ON CANADIAN MINISTERS AND DISCUSS WITH THEM MATTERS CONCERNING IMMIGRATION, REFUGEES AND TRADE.

SIR MURRAY AND LADY MACLEHOSE ARE DUE TO RETURN TO HONG KONG ON OCTOBER 7.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

THE GOVERNOR AND LADY MACLEHOSE WILL LEAVE ON FLIGHT NO. PA 02 FOR THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 30), E.T.D. 1345 HOURS.

PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS WISHING TO COVER THE GOVERNOR’S DEPARTURE ARE ADVISED TO ASSEMBLE IN THE PRESS ROOM ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE AIRPORT TERMINAL BUILDING AT LEAST 50 MINUTES BEFORE THE ESTIMATED TIME OF DEPARTURE. G.I.S. OFFICERS WILL BE PRESENT TO ASSIST. THOSE COVERING THE FUNCTION ARE ALSO ADVISED TO BRING ALONG THEIR IDENTITY CARDS OR PASSPORTS TO FACILITATE ACCESS TO THE AIRPORT’S RESTRICTED AREA.

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APPOINTMENT OF DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES

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THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS HAS APPROVED THE APPOINTMENT OF MR. ROBERT STRONG SUN YUAN-CHUANG AS DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES.

MR. SUN PREVIOUSLY SERVED IN THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT. HE JOINED THE DEPARTMENT IN MARCH 1957 AS AN ASSISTANT PRESS OFFICER. HE WAS PROMOTED TO INFORMATION OFFICER IN JULY 1959, TO SENIOR INFORMATION OFFICER IN APRIL 1963 AND TO PRINCIPAL INFORMATION OFFICER IN JULY 1965. HE WAS APPOINTED ACTING CHIEF PRESS OFFICER IN 1967 AND IN AUGUST THE SAME YEAR WAS SECONDED TO THE HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL. HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE COUNCIL IN FEBRUARY 1970.

MR. SUN HAS SERVED AS THE COUNCIL’S DEPUTY REPRESENTATIVE AND LATER REPRESENTATIVE IN NORTH AMERICA AND FOR THE LAST EIGHT YEARS HAS BEEN SENIOR MANAGER RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COUNCIL’S PUBLICITY AND PUBLIC RELATIONS BOTH IN HONG KONG AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

MR. SUN WILL TAKE UP THE APPOINTMENT AT THE BEGINNING OF NEXT YEAR.

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CALL FOR BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF OLD PEOPLE *****

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, TODAY (THURSDAY) CALLED FOR BETTER UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORT FOR OLD PEOPLE.

ADDRESSING THE OPENING CEREMONY OF A SOCIAL CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY RUN BY THE WESTERN DISTRICT WOMEN’S WELFARE CLUB, MR. LEE SAID OLD PEOPLE SHOULD BE HELPED IN EVERY POSSIBLE WAY TO FACE AND OVERCOME THE PROBLEM OF OLD AGE.

HE POINTED OUT THAT ELDERLY PEOPLE HAD CONTRIBUTED TO THE SOCIETY AND THEIR FAMILIES DURING THEIR YOUNGER DAYS AND THEY SHOULD NOT BE NEGLECTED.

+WE MUST TRY TO UNDERSTAND AND ACCEPT THEM, AND ENABLE THEM TO LIVE AN ENJOYABLE LIFE AFTER THE MANY YEARS OF HARD WORK,+ HE SAID.

MR. LEE SAID OLD PEOPLE’S PROBLEMS HAD BEEN BROUGHT ABOUT BY A GENERATION GAP, A GRADUAL DISINTEGRATION OF THE TRADITIONAL CHINESE FAMILY CONCEPT, AND AN INCREASING ELDERLY POPULATION.

SOME PEOPLE, HE SAID, MAY FIND IT DIFFICULT TO FACE OLD AGE WHICH IS AN INEVITABLE STAGE OF LIFE, AND WHEN THEY LOOK BACK INTO THE PAST, THEY MAY FEEL DISGRUNTLED.

+A GENERATION GAP ARISES IF THE YOUNGER GENERATION DO NOT UNDERSTAND THEIR FEELING,* HE SAID.

MR. LEE PRAISED THE WESTERN DISTRICT WOMEN’S WELFARE CLUB FOR ITS WORK IN THE FIELDS OF CHILD CARE AND SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY.

THE NEW SOCIAL CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY, IN BRIDGES STREET, CENTRAL, OPENS FIVE DAYS A WEEK PROVIDING RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR 100 OLD PEOPLE FROM THE DISTRICT.

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GALA CONCERT FOR PARENTS

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THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE WILL PRESENT A GALA CONCERT THIS SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 29) IN THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL, KOWLOON.

THE CONCERT WILL BE PERFORMED BY MEMBERS OF THE ORCHESTRAS, BANDS AND CHOIRS TRAINED BY THE OFFICE’S STAFF, AND TRAINEES OF ITS INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC TRAINING CLASS STARTING AT 8 P.M.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT THE CONCERT WAS ORGANISED IN ORDER TO ♦SHARE THE FRUITS OF THE LAST TWO YEARS’ EFFORTS OF THE OFFICE WITH PARENTS WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE TRAINING ACTIVITIES IT HAD PROGRAMMED.+

♦BECAUSE OF THIS, WE EXPECT THE CONCERT ATTENDANCE TO COMPRISE MAINLY PARENTS AND TRAINEES,+ HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WISHING TO ATTEND THE CONCERT CAN ALSO APPLY FOR FREE TICKETS BY CALLING 5-283257.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE GALA CONCERT TO BE HELD AT 8 P.M. ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 29) IN THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL, KOWLOON. THOSE WISHING TO COVER THE CONCERT ARE REQUESTED TO CONFIRM THEIR RESERVATION BY CALLING MISS BETTY AU AT 5-283257 NOT LATER THAN NOON ON SATURDAY.

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HONG KONG STUDENTS COMMENDED IN ESSAY COMPETITION ******

ESSAYS WRITTEN BY FOUR HONG KONG STUDENTS HAVE BEEN COMMENDED IN THE 1978/79 ESSAY COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE ROYAL COMMONWEALTH SOCIETY.

MISS PATRICIA FRANCES VANN OF SACRED HEART CANOSSIAN COLLEGE HAS BEEN +HIGHLY COMMENDED* FOR HER ENTRY TO CLASS C OF THE COMPETITION, WHILE MISS ANGELA WANG OF THE SAME COLLEGE WAS +COMMENDED+ FOR HER ENTRY TO THE SAME CLASS.

IN CLASS A, TWO STUDENTS WERE +COMMENDED+ FOR THEIR ESSAYS. THEY ARE MISS ATHENA KWAI MAN-HA OF ST. MARY’S CANOSSIAN COLLEGE AND MISS REBECCA WONG OF SACRED HEART CANOSSIAN COLLEGE.

A TOTAL OF 175 SCHOOLS FROM 31 COUNTRIES TOOK PART IN THE COMPETITION, WHICH IS HELD ANNUALLY BY THE SOCIETY WITH A VIEW TO ENCOURAGING COMMONWEALTH STUDIES IN SCHOOLS.

CLASS A IS FOR CANDIDATES AGED BETWEEN 16 AND 19, WHILE CLASS B IS FOR STUDENTS OF 14 AND UNDER 16, AND CLASS C FOR THOSE UNDER 14.

THE HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AWARDS BOOK PRIZES TO THE BEST THREE COMPETITORS IN EACH CLASS OF THE PRELIMINARY ROUND HELD LOCALLY.

HONG KONG’S PARTICIPATION IN THE COMPETITION IS ORGANISED BY SIR DOUGLAS CLAGUE, THE CORRESPONDING SECRETARY OF THE SOCIETY IN HONG KONG.

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TRAM SERVICES BETWEEN HAPPY VALLEY AND KENNEDY TOWN, AND HAPPY VALLEY AND SHAU KEI WAN WILL STOP AT 11.30 P.M. ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 29) AND AGAIN ON OCTOBER 13 TO FACILITATE CONSTRUCTION WORKS AT THE CANAL ROAD EXTENSION.

THE LAST TRAMS TO DEPART FROM HAPPY VALLEY FOR SHAU KEI WAN AND KENNEDY TOWN WILL BE AT 10.24 P.M., ON THOSE TWO DAYS, WHILE THE LAST TRAMS FROM SHAU KEI WAN AND KENNEDY TOWN FOR HAPPY VALLEY WILL BE AT 10.26 P.M. AND 10.46 P.M.

EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO COMPLETE THE WORKS SO AS NOT TO CAUSE ANY DISRUPTION TO THE NORMAL SERVICE AROUND THE HAPPY VALLEY LOOP ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 30) AND SUNDAY (OCTOBER 14).

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1979

CONTENTS page no.

TAI PO TO SPLIT INTO T./O DISTRICTS ....................... 1

WEIGHT LIMIT OF LIGHT GOODS VEHICLES TO BE INCREASED ...........................................

REVISED PARKING CHANGES FOR AIRPORT ....................... 3

MAJOR SEWER FOR KO.JLOON BAY RECLAMATION .................. 3

TEMPORARY RELOCATION OF ..'ESTEHN MARKET STALLS ........... 4

SUSPENSION OF HAPPY VALLEY TRAM SERVICES POSTPONED ................................................. 4

,;0 CHE BUS TERMINUS TO BE DESIGNATED A PROHIBITED ZONE............................................ 4

STATISTICIAN RETIRING AFTER 39 YEARS GOVERNMENT SERVICE.................................................... 5

FIRING PRACTICE ........................................... 5

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1979

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TAI PO TO SPLIT INTO TWO DISTRICTS ft * * *

THE GOVERNMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) ANNOUNCED A MAJOR REORGANISATION IN THE LOCAL ADMINISTRATION OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES TO FURTHER STREAMLINE ITS SERVICES TO THE INCREASING POPULATION.

WITH EFFECT FROM NEXT TUESDAY (OCTOBER 2), THE DISTRICT WILL BE DIVIDED INTO TWO, EACH UNDER THE CHARGE OF A DISTRICT OFFICER.

KNOWN AS THE TAI PO AND NORTHERN DISTRICTS, THE NEW DIVISION WILL BRING TO EIGHT THE NUMBER OF ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

MR. NICHOLAS NG WILL TAKE OVER THE NEW TAI PO DISTRICT WHICH WILL EMBRACE TAI PO AND SAI KUNG NORTH, WHILE MR. PETER JOHNSON, FORMERLY TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, WILL BE IN CHARGE OF THE NORTHERN DISTRICT WHICH WILL COVER FANLING, SHEUNG SHUI, TA KWU LING, SHA TAU KOK AND NEIGHBOURING AREAS.

THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. JOHN TODD, SAID TODAY THE CHANGE FORMED AN INTEGRAL PART OF AN OVERALL PLAN TO REORGANISE AND STRENGTHEN THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE NEW TERRITORIES TO MEET THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR SERVICES IN THE DEVELOPING AREAS AND TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF EXISTING SERVICES.

THE FIRST STEP OF THE REORGANISATION CAME IN APRIL THIS YEAR, WITH THE APPOINTMENT OF A REGIONAL COMMISSIONER TO TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS IN THE NORTH-WESTERN NEW TERRITORIES.

MR. TODD POINTED OUT THAT THE TAI PO DISTRICT HAD BEEN EXPERIENCING CONSIDERABLE EXPANSION AND DEVELOPMENT IN RECENT YEARS, RESULTING IN A POPULATION BOOST IN THE NEW TOWNS OF TAI PO AND FANLING/SHEUNG SHUI.

HE SAIDi + IN VIEW OF EXTENSIVE MODERNISATION, THE GROWTH WILL BE EVEN GREATER IN THE FORTHCOMING YEARS, AND THE POPULATION IN THE TWO NEW TOWNS ALONE ARE EXPECTED TO REACH 220 000 AND 169 000 RESPECTIVELY BY 1988.+

♦TO MEET THESE TARGETS, SOME 2 262 HECTARES OF LAND WILL HAVE TO BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR A WHOLE RANGE OF DEVELOPMENT, INCLUDING PUBLIC AND PRIVATE HOUSING.

♦THE WORK INVOLVED IN THE ACQUISITION AND MANAGEMENT OF LAND AND THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR COMMUNITY SERVICES FOR NEW RESIDENTS HAVE CALLED FOR A CORRESPONDING STRENGTHENING IN THE LOCAL ADMINISTRATIVE MACHINERY.

♦AS TAI PO AND FANLING/SHEUNG SHUI ARE BEING DEVELOPED AS TWO SEPARATE NEW TOWNS EACH WITH ITS OWN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES, THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE EXISTING DISTRICT OFFICE WILL BE MORE EFFECTIVELY DISCHARGED FROM TWO SEPARATE OFF ICES.♦ MR. TODD ADDED.

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THE NEW TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE WILL BE ACCOMMODATED IN THE NEWLY-COMPLETED TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING AT TING KOK ROAD WHILE THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE WILL OPERATE IN THE EXISTING DISTRICT OFFICE PREMISES UNTIL NEW ACCOMMODATION IS AVAILABLE.

MR. TODD SAID A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF WORK HAD GONE INTO SEPARATING THE LAND RECORDS, CROWN RENT ROLLS AND OTHER RELATED DOCUMENTS TO PREPARE FOR THE SPLIT, BUT THE PROCESS WAS NOW VIRTUALLY COMPLETED. HOWEVER, STAFF OF THE TWO NEW DISTRICT OFFICES WOULD BE STANDING BY DURING THE INITIAL PERIOD OF OPERATION TO ASSIST MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WITH THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS.

BOTH DISTRICT OFFICES WILL BE SERVED BY ONE ACCOUNTING OFFICE WHICH IS NOW LOCATED ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE NEW TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT LAND AND OTHER MATTERS IN THE TWO DISTRICTS SHOULD BE MADE BY TELEPHONING THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE AT 12-677111 AND THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE AT 12-662302.

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WEIGHT LIMIT OF LIGHT GOODS VEHICLES TO BE INCREASED

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THE WEIGHT CLASSIFICATION OF LIGHT GOODS VEHICLES WILL BE INCREASED FROM 40 HUNDREDWEIGHTS TO 45 HUNDREDWEIGHTS, THAT IS, FROM TWO TONS TO TWO-AND-ONE-QUARTER TONS.

THE NEW LIMIT WILL BE APPLIED TO NEWLY REGISTERED VEHICLES AND VEHICLES SUBJECT TO INSPECTION FROM MONDAY (OCTOBER 1).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID THAT FROM MONDAY ANY GOODS VEHICLES PRESENTED FOR INSPECTION AT ANY OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S MOTOR VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRES WILL BE CLASSIFIED AS LIGHT GOODS VEHICLES IF THE UNLADEN WEIGHT DOES NOT EXCEED TWO-AND-ONE-QUARTER TONS.

HE SAID THAT THE ROAD TRAFFIC (DRIVING LICENCES) REGULATIONS HAVE ALSO BEEN AMENDED TO ALLOW HOLDERS OF DRIVING LICENCES FOR GOODS VEHICLES NOT OVER TWO TONS UNLADEN WEIGHT TO DRIVE GOODS VEHICLES OF AN UNLADEN WEIGHT NOT EXCEEDING 45 HUNDREDWEIGHTS.

HE ADVISED MOTORISTS THAT IT WOULD NOT BE NECESSARY TO AMEND DRIVING LICENCES ALREADY ISSUED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE INCREASE IN WEIGHT FOR SMALL GOODS VEHICLES HAD BEEN INTRODUCED TO REFLECT THE MANUFACTURERS’ SPECIFICATIONS FOR VEHICLES IN THIS CLASS. IT ALSO BRINGS THE DRIVING LICENCE CATEGORIES INTO LINE WITH THE LICENCE FEE CATEGORIES, THAT IS, NOT EXCEEDING TWO-AND-ONE-QUARTER TONS.

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REVISED PARKING CHARGES FOR AIRPORT * * * *

A NEW SCALE OF CHARGES WILL BE LEVIED ON PARKING AT THE MULTI-STOREY AND OPEN AIR CAR PARKS AT HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FROM NEXT SATURDAY (OCTOBER 6).

THE REVISED PARKING FEES WILL BE $2 PER HOUR FOR THE FIRST TWO HOURS AND $4 PER HOUR THEREAFTER AS AGAINST THE PRESENT RATE OF $1.50 PER HOUR FOR THE FIRST TWO HOURS, S3 PER HOUR FOR THE THIRD TO EIGHTH HOURS AND $4 PER HOUR FOR THE NINTH AND SUBSEQUENT HOURS.

THE PRESENT STRUCTURE OF PARKING FEES WAS BROUGHT INTO EFFECT IN JULY 1975 AND HAS REMAINED UNCHANGED FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AIRPORT MANAGEMENT SAID THAT THE FEES WERE ADJUSTED MAINLY TO OFFSET RISING OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE COSTS.

+THE PARKING FEES FROM THE THIRD HOUR ONWARDS ARE DOUBLED TO DISCOURAGE LONG-TERM PARKING AND TO MAKE AVAILABLE MORE PARKING SPACES FOR SHORT-TERM USERS,+ HE SAID.

SURVEYS CONDUCTED BY THE AIRPORT MANAGEMENT SHOW THAT NEARLY 90 PER CENT OF THE CAR PARK USERS LEAVE THEIR VEHICLES THERE FOR TWO HOURS OR LESS.

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MAJOR SEWER FOR KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION

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TENDERS ARE ABOUT TO BE INVITED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A MAJOR SEWER ALONG HOI BUN ROAD ON THE KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION.

A P.W.D. SPOKESMAN TODAY (FRIDAY) SA IDs +AT PRESENT THERE

ARE NO MAIN PUBLIC SEWERS ON THE RECLAMATION. AS IT IS INTENDED TO DEVELOP THIS AREA IN THE NEAR FUTURE A MAIN SEWER WILL BE REQUIRED.*

HE SAID THE SEWER WOULD COLLECT SEWAGE FROM FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS AND WOULD ALSO SERVE THE KAI TAK PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION ON THE FORMER RAF SITE.

THE SEWER TO BE LAID WILL BE ABOUT 2 700 METRES-LONG WITH DIAMETERS RANGING FROM 525 MM TO 1 650 MM.

THE WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN DECEMBER AND TAKE ABOUT 16 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE WORKS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY THE DRAINAGE WORKS DIVISION OF THE CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE OF THE P.W.D.

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TEMPORARY RELOCATION OF WESTERN MARKET STALLS

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HUNDREDS OF STALL-HOLDERS IN WESTERN MARKET WILL BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR BE MOVING UP TO HOLLYWOOD ROAD.

THE REASON FOR THE TEMPORARY RELOCATION IS THAT THE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO REDEVELOP THE POPULAR WESTERN MARKET INTO A NEW COMPLEX.

TO ALLOW FOR THIS THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) CALLED FOR TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A TEMPORARY MARKET IN HOLLYWOOD ROAD.

A P.W.D. SPOKESMAN SAID THE TEMPORARY MARKET WOULD BE BUILT ON THE OPEN SPACE OPPOSITE PO YAN STREET.

IT WILL COMPRISE 63 MEAT AND FISH STALLS, 56 VEGETABLE STALLS AND 110 MINI-STALLS.

CONSTRUCTION SHOULD BEGIN IN DECEMBER AND THE WORK IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ABOUT A YEAR TO COMPLETE.

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SUSPENSION OF HAPPY VALLEY TRAM SERVICES POSTPONED

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THE EARLY SUSPENSION OF TRAM SERVICES BETWEEN HAPPY VALLEY AND KENNEDY TOWN AND HAPPY VALLEY AND SHAU KEI WAN AT 11.30 P.M. TOMORROW (SATURDAY) HAS NOW BEEN POSTPONED AND THE SERVICES WILL OPERATE AS NORMAL TOMORROW.

INSTEAD NEW ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE TO STOP TRAM SERVICES IN HAPPY VALLEY AT 11.30 P.M. ON OCTOBER 13 AND 20 TO FACILITATE CONSTRUCTION WORK AT THE CANAL ROAD EXTENSION.

ON THE TWO NIGHTS IN QUESTION THE TIMES OF THE LAST TRAMS TO AND FROM THE VARIOUS TERMINI WILL BE AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THAT IS, THE LAST TRAM LEAVING HAPPY VALLEY FOR SHAU KEI WAN AND KENNEDY TOWN WILL BE AT 10.24 P.M. AND THE LAST TRAM FROM SHAU KEI WAN AND KENNEDY TOWN FOR HAPPY VALLEY WILL BE AT 10.26 P.M. AND 10.46 P.M. RESPECTIVELY.

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WO CHE BUS TERMINUS TO BE DESIGNATED A PROHIBITED ZONE * * *

THE WO CHE BUS TERMINUS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE DESIGNATED A PROHIBITED ZONE FOR ALL MOTOR VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED PUBLIC BUSES FROM 10 A.M. TODAY (FRIDAY), IT WAS ANNOUNCED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

WITHIN THE ZONE, ALL MOTOR VEHICLES, EXCEPT THOSE AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, ARE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE TERMINUS.

THE BOUNDARY OF THE PROHIBITED ZONE WILL BE INDICATED BY TRAFFIC SIGNS.

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STATISTICIAN RETIRING AFTER 39 YEARS GOVERNMENT SERVICE ******

THE SENIOR STATISTICS SUPERVISOR IN CHARGE OF TRADE STATISTICS IN THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, MR. HUI MAN-YIN, WILL SOON RETIRE AFTER 39 YEARS’ SERVICE WITH THE GOVERNMENT. HE WILL GO ON PRE-RETIREMENT LEAVE ON OCTOBER 2.

MR. HUI JOINED THE GOVERNMENT IN 1940 AS A TEMPORARY CLERK AND WAS POSTED TO THE THEN IMPORTS AND EXPORTS DEPARTMENT.

IN 1945, MR. HUI WAS APPOINTED AS GENERAL CLERICAL SERVICE (G.C.S.) Ill (NOW RETITLED CLERICAL OFFICER GRADE), AND WAS PROMOTED TO G.C.S. II IN 1949 AND G.C.S. I IN 1957.

MR. HUI JOINED THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IN 1967 FIRST AS AN ACTING EXECUTIVE OFFICER II AND THEN AS SENIOR CLERK. IWO YEARS LATER HE WAS APPOINTED AS CENSUS AND STATISTICS SUPERVISOR. IN 1973 HE WAS PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF ASSISTANT AREA SUPERINTENDENT WHICH WAS RETITLED SENIOR STATISTICS SUPERVISOR ON APRIL 1, 1977.

MR. HUI IS MARRIED AND HAS SEVEN CHILDREN.

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FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT CASTLE PEAK RANGE ON EIGHT DAYS NEXT MONTH.

THE PUBLIC ARE REMINDED 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

OCTOBER .4 (THURSDAY) 8 A.M. 10 P.M.

OCTOBER 5 (FRIDAY) 8 A.M. —— 5 P.M.

OCTOBER 10 (WEDNESDAY) 7 A.M. —— 4.30 P.M.

OCTOBER 11 (THURSDAY) 7 A.M. —— 11 P.M.

OCTOBER 12 (FRIDAY) 7 A.M. 5 P.M.

OCTOBER 15 (MONDAY) 7 A.M. —M 5 P.M.

OCTOBER 18 (THURSDAY) 7 A.M. •• 5 P.M.

OCTOBER 19 (FRIDAY) 7 A.M. MM 5 P.M.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL 5-233191

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

EFFORTS TO PROLATE HEALTH EDUCATION BEING STEPPED UP ................................................ 1

52 MORE SITES FOR SALE IN NT .............................. 2

LONG-TEE.I PLANS TO AID STUDENTS ’WITH HEARING PROBLEMS .......................................... 3

NEW BUS ROUTES TO SERVE MTR COMPUTERS ..................... 4

NEW RANGE OF EXTENSION ACTIVITIES FOR NT LIBRARIES .............................................. 5

PROPERTY OWNERS REQUIRED TO REPORT CHANGE ................. 7

ID CARD REGISTRATION SERVICE TO 3E PROVIDED IN SHAM SHUT PO ........................................... 8

VICTORIA ROAD TO BE IMPROVED .............................. 9

PLB BAN IN TSE WAN SHAN TO BE EASED ....................... 9

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGE PUTS IN WHAMPOA ESTATE ................ 9

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EFFORTS TO PROMOTE HEALTH EDUCATION BEING STEPPED UP ft * * * * ft *

THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S'CENTRAL HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT IS STEPPING UP ITS EFFORTS TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ON VARIOUS ASPECTS OF HEALTH.

THE UNIT HAS BEGUN ITS SECOND RUBELLA VACCINATION PROGRAMME, AND THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY TWO SEPARATE CAMPAIGNS ON MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH AND ANTI-CANCER RESPECTIVELY NEXT YEAR.

ALSO IN THE PIPELINE/IS A PLAN TO PROVIDE HEALTH EDUCATION ON A REGIONAL BASIS. THE PROPOSED PLAN CALLS FOR THE SETTING OF THREE REGIONAL HEALTH EDUCATION CENTRES INITIALLY IN SHA TIN, KWAI CHUNG AND KWUN TONG IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

IN LINE WITH THIS EXPANSION PLAN IS THE RECENT REMOVAL CF THE UNIT’S OFFICE FROM TANG CHI NGONG SPECIALIST CLINIC TO CENTRE POINT BUILDING IN WAN CHAI. THE NEW OFFICE, TRIPLE THE SIZE CF THE PREVIOUS ONE, ENABLES THE UNIT TO HAVE ITS OWN EXHIBITION HALL, WORKSHOP, CONFERENCE ROOM AND REFERENCE LIBRARY.

DR. S. C. LEUNG, THE SENIOR MEDICAL OFFICER IN CHARGE OF THE UNIT SA IDs +THESE NEW ADDITIONS HAVE SMOOTHENED OUR WORK IN STAGING EXHIBITIONS AND PRODUCING AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS FOR LENDING TO THE PUBLIC.*

THE UNIT, A CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING AND ADVISORY BODY, IS WORKING CLOSELY WITH OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS IN PROMOTING HEALTH EDUCATION.

SINCE IT WAS SET UP IN APRIL LAST YEAR, IT HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN ORGANISING CAMPAIGNS ON HYPERTENSION/ EYE CARE, CHILD CARE, PREVENTION OF DEAFNESS, HEALTH OF THE ELDERLY, DONATION OF HUMAN ORGANS, DISEASE PREVENTION, PERSONAL HYGIENE AND FAMILY HEALTH.

THE UNIT IS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR PROMOTING NEW HEALTH SERVICES POVIDED BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT. IT HAS PLAYED A VITAL ROLE IN THE SUCCESSFUL INTRODUCTION OF THE RUBELLA VACCINATION PROGRAMME AND THE COMPREHENSIVE OBSERVATION SCHEME ON CHILD GROWTH.

+OUR CHIEF AIM IS TO PROMOTE HEALTH EDUCATION SO THAT EVERY MAN IN THE STREET IS AWARE OF ITS IMPORTANCE IN GUARDING HIMSELF AGAINST ILL-HEALTH,* DR. LEUNG SAID.

APART FROM ALL THESE EFFORTS, THE UNIT ALSO PRODUCES A LOT CF AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS ON HEALTH EDUCATION. THEY CONSIST OF FILMS, SLIDES, PAMPHLETS, BOOKLETS AND POSTERS, SPECIALLY DESIGNED BY THE UNIT TO GET THE MESSAGE ACROSS TO THE PUBLIC.

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THESE PUBLICITY MATERIALS COVER A VARIETY OF SUBJECTS SUCH AS BLOOD PRESSURE, DENTAL HEALTH, PERSONAL HYGIENE, MICROBIOLOGY, NUTRITION AND FOOD HYGIENE, MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH, FAMILY PLANNING, PREVENTION OF DISEASE AND ACCIDENTS, GYNAECOLOGY, HEALTH OF THE ELDERLY, OPHTHALMIC HEALTH AS WELL AS DIFFERENT HUMAN PHYSIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC MAY OBTAIN OR BORROW THESE MATERIALS FROM THE UNIT DIRECTLY AT THE CENTRE POINT BUILDING OR BY TELEPHONING 5-720861.

A LIST OF THESE MATERIALS CAN BE OBTAINED ON REQUEST.

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52 MORE SITES FOR SALE IN NT M M * * M M

THE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO SELL ANOTHER 52 PRIME SITES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES OVER THE NEXT SIX MONTHS.

THE SITES, COVERING MORE THAN 14 HECTARES IN AREA, ARE FOR RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL OR INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT.

THE ACTING PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT LAND AGENT OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR. A.J. HARLAND SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) 46 OF THE SITES WEfcE TO BE SOLD BY TENDER TO HOLDERS OF LAND EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENT DOCUMENTS AND THIS WAS IN LINE WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY OF REDUCING ITS COMMITMENT TO THESE +LAND OWNERS*.

♦EARMARKED FOR PUBLIC AUCTION,♦ MR. HARLAND SAID, +ARE SIX LOTS — TWO IN SHA TIN, ONE IN TUEN MUN, ONE IN SAI KUNG AND THE REMAINING TWO IN THE ISLANDS DISTRICT.

♦THE TUEN MUN SITE, OCCUPYING AN AREA OF 10 680 SQUARE METRES IN THE PROPOSED TUEN MUN TOWN CENTRE, WILL BE OF CONSIDERABLE INTEREST TO DEVELOPERS.*

♦WHILE IT IS THE FIRST TOWN CENTRE SITE TO BE PUT ON THE MARKET,♦ HE SAID, +THE CONDITIONS OF SALE WILL REQUIRE THE DEVELOPMENT OF A COMMERCIAL PODIUM AND A COMPLEX OF FIVE MULTISTOREY BLOCKS WITH COMMERCIAL PREMISES ON THE LOWER FLOORS AND HIGH QUALITY RESIDENTIAL FLATS ON THE UPPER FLOORS.

♦WHEN FULLY DEVELOPED TO GOVERNMENT SPECIFICATIONS, THE TOWN CENTRE WILL BE LANDSCAPED AND PROVIDE ADEQUATE COMMERCIAL AND COMMUNITY AMfflUTIES,+ MR. HARLAND ADDED.

AMONG THE"OTHER LOTS PLANNED FOR AUCTION, THE TWO SITES IN SHA TIN WILL HAVE COMMANDING VIEWS OF THE SHA TIN RACE COURSE AND THE TOLO HARBOUR. THESE TWO LOTS TOGETHER WITH ANOTHER GOOD SITE IN CHEUNG CHAU ARE DESIGNED FOR LOW DENSITY HOUSING.

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MR. HARLAND SAID THE REMAINING TWO WERE SITUATED ON LANTAU ISLAND NEAR THE SOUTH LANTAU HOSPITAL AND AT THE FOOT OF RAZOR HILL OFF CLEARWATER BAY ROAD IN SAI KUNG. +BOTH SITES CAN BE USED FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES TO SERVE THE ADJOINING RESIDENTIAL AREAS.*

ON LAND TO BE PUT UP FOR TENDER, MR. HARLAND SAID THE 46 SITES, INCLUDING 29 AT SHA TIN, WOULD BE SOLD IN THREE P-ACKAGES IN NOVEMBER THIS YEAR, AND JANUARY AND MARCH NEXT YEAR.

THE SHA TIN SITES COMPRISE SIX INDUSTRIAL AND 23 PRIME RESIDENTIAL LOTS IN VERY PRESTIGE LOCATIONS — 11 IN THE NEW TOWN’S HIGH-CLASS RESIDENTIAL ZONE KNOWN AS THE *JARDINE’S LOOKOUT OF SHA TIN*.

INCLUDED IN THE TENDER PROGRAMME, HE SAID, WERE FIVE RESIDENTIAL SITES IN TUEN MUN AND EIGHT SITES IN YUEN LONG FOR COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES. ALSO IN YUEN LONG, THERE WILL BE ANOTHER MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK SITE IN ITS BOOMING COMMERCIAL CENTRE.

TWO OTHER PRIME SITES, ONE IN THE SOUTH LANTAU HOSPITAL LAYOUT ON LANTAU ISLAND AND THE OTHER AT TAI MONG TSAI IN SAI KUNG, WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR LOW-RISE HOUSING WHILE A 580-SQUARE-METRE SITE IN SAI KUNG’S LIGHT INDUSTRIAL AREA AT TUI MIN HOI WILL BE FOR INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT.

MR.HARLAND SAID THE SALES PROGRAMME FOR THE NEXT SIX MONTHS WAS LARGER COMPARED WITH PREVIOUS YEARS AND WOULD GIVE DEVELOPERS MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO TAKE PART IN THE NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT.

♦IT WILL ALSO ALLEVIATE THE CRITICISM IN SOME QUARTERS THAT GOVERNMENT IS NOT PUTTING ENOUGH LAND ON THE MARKET,* HE ADDED.

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LONG-TERM PLANS TO AID STUDENTS WITH HEARING PROBLEMS HI UMM

THE GOVERNMENT HAS DRAWN UP A WIDE-RANGING LONG-TERM PLAN TO HELP SCHOOL CHILDREN SUFFERING FROM HEARING DISABILITY.

AS A START, EFFORTS TO DETECT CHILDREN WITH HEARING PROBLEMS AT AN EARLY STAGE ARE BEING STEPPED UP BY EXPANDING THE HEARING SCREENING PROGRAMME FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPILS.

THE PLAN ENTAILS THE PROVISION OF HEARING TESTS TO ALL PRIMARY ONE PUPILS BY 1981, THE RECRUITMENT OF MORE AUDIOLOGISTS AND SUPPORTING STAFF AND THE PURCHASE OF A WELL-EQUIPPED HEARING TEST VAN.

THERE ARE ALSO PLANS TO PROVIDE A SECOND HEARING TEST TO SCHOOL CHILDREN AT PRIMARY SIX LEVEL.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SPECIAL EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) THE PROGRAMME WAS FIRST INTRODUCED IN 1968 TO DETECT PUPILS WITH HEARING IMPAIRMENT SO THAT SUBSEQUENT ASSESSMENT AND REMEDIAL ACTION COULD BE TAKEN AT AN EARLY STAGE TO PREVENT THE PROBLEM FROM DEVELOPING INTO A HANDICAP TO THE CHILD.

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AT PRESENT, SCREENING SERVICES ARE PROVIDED FOR PRIMARY ONE PUPILS IN ALL GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS AND THE MAJORITY OF AIDED SCHOOLS.

HOWEVER, PARENTS WHO SUSPECT THEIR CHILDREN OF HAVING HEARING PROBLEMS COULD REFER THEM DIRECTLY TO THE SECTION OR THROUGH HEADS OF SCHOOLS, DOCTORS OR SOCIAL WORKERS.

OF THE 50 000 PUPILS FROM 325 SCHOOLS WHO BENEFITED FROM THE SERVICE IN THE 1977-78 FISCAL YEAR, ABOUT SEVEN PER CENT OR 3 500 WERE IDENTIFIED TO HAVE VARYING DEGREES OF HEARING IMPAIRMENT^

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT SCREENING TESTS ARE CONDUCTED BY TRAINED PERSONNEL OF THE SECTION.

THE EXAMINATION INVOLVES A FIVE-MINUTE HEARING TEST IN A QUIET ROOM MAINLY TO FIND OUT THE PUPIL’S RESPONSE TO CERTAIN FREQUENCIES OF SOUND AT FIXED SCREENING INTENSITY WITHIN NORMAL SPEECH RANGE, HE EXPLAINED.

♦PUPILS WHO FAIL THE TEST OR ARE ABSENT FROM SCHOOL ON THE DAY OF SCREENING WILL RECEIVE A FULL-SCALE ASSESSMENT AT ONE OF THE SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES CENTRES AFTER WHICH A VERBAL REPORT ON THE HEARING ABILITY WILL BE GIVEN TO THE PARENTS. A WRITTEN REPORT WILL ALSO BE SENT TO THE HEADS OF SCHOOLS CONCERNED SOON AFTERWARDS,♦ HE SAID.

♦FOR HEARING IMPAIRED CHILDREN, VARIOUS RECOMMENDATIONS WILL BE MADE INCLUDING SPECIAL SEATING ARRANGEMENTS IN THE CLASSROOM, PROVISION OF HEARING AIDS FREE OF CHARGE, PERIPATETIC TEACHING SERVICE, AND PLACEMENT IN SPECIAL CLASSES OR SPECIAL SCHOOLS.

♦AT THE SAME TIME, REGULAR SPEECH AND AUDITORY TRAINING WILL BE GIVEN TO ENHANCE SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT IN THE HEARING IMPAIRED CHILD. THOSE IN NEED OF MEDICAL ATTENTION WILL ALSO BE REFERRED TO SPECIALISTS FOR TREATMENT,* THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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NEW BUS ROUTES TO SERVE MTR COMMUTERS

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A NETWORK OF BUS FEEDER ROUTES TO PROVIDE INTERCHANGE SERVICES TO MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY COMMUTERS WILL BE INTRODUCED TO COINCIDE WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF THE THREE PHASES OF THE NEW RAILWAY SYSTEM BETWEEN OCTOBER AND NEXT FEBRUARY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) THE BUS FEEDER ROUTES ARE PART OF AN ON-GOING PROGRAMME TO DEVELOP AN INTEGRATED PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM IN HONG KONG.

♦IN ADDITION TO THE NEW BUS FEEDER ROUTES,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID, ♦EXISTING BUS SERVICES SERVING MTR STATIONS WILL INCREASE THEIR PASSENGER CAPACITY TO COPE WITH THE DEMAND OF THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC USING THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY.*

THE ENTIRE SERVICE NETWORK WILL BE CAREFULLY MONITORED SO THAT ADJUSTMENTS CAN BE MADE FROM TIME TO TIME TO MEET DEMAND, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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♦A LARGE PROPORTION OF MTR PASSENGERS ARE EXPECTED TO MAKE USE OF THE NEW BUS FEEDER ROUTES,* HE SAID.

WITH PHASE ONE OF THE MTR’S MODIFIED INITIAL SYSTEM BETWEEN KWUN TONG AND SHEK KIP MEI OPENING ON OCTOBER 1, NEW BUS ROUTES AND INCREASED CAPACITY ON THE EXISTING ROUTES HAVE BEEN PLANNED TO PROVIDE INTERCHANGE SERVICES AT THE NINE STATIONS.

FOUR FEEDER ROUTES WILL BE INTRODUCED TOMORROW (SUNDAY). THEY CAN BE EASILY DISTINGUISHED WITH THE LETTER +M+ AFTER THE ROUTE NUMBER. THE FOUR NEW ROUTES AREi

X 13M - BETWEEN KWUN TONG STATION AND SAU MAU PING ESTATE-

X 21M - BETWEEN CHOI HUNG STATION AND CHOI WAN ESTATE-

X 6M - BETWEEN SHEK KIP MEI STATION AND LAI CHI KOK- AND

X 4OM - BETWEEN SHEK KIP MEI STATION AND TSUEN WAN FERRY.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE OPENING OF PHASE TWO OF THE MIS ON JANUARY 1, 1980 BETWEEN SHEK KIP MEI AND TSIM SHA TSUI, AND OF PHASE THREE OF THE CROSS-HARBOUR SECTION ON FEBRUARY 12, WOULD REQUIRE THE INTRODUCTION OF MORE FEEDER ROUTES. DETAILS OF THE ADDITIONAL ROUTES WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN DUE COURSE.

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NEW RANGE.OF EXTENSION ACTIVITIES FOR NT LIBRARIES X X X X

THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS PREPARED A NEW PROGRAMME OF EXTENSION ACTIVITIES FOR ITS FIVE PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN OCTOBER.

BESIDES REGULAR FILM SHOWS, BOOK DISPLAYS, MUSIC APPRECIATION, MINI-MUSEUM EXHIBITION AND ART DISPLAY, THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE EXTENSION ACTIVITIES FOR NT PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN OCTOBER IS A POPULAR SCIENCE LECTURE ON 'CHINESE MEDICINAL PLANTS’.

IT IS THE FIRST TALK OF ITS KIND TO BE CONDUCTED IN A NT PUBLIC LIBRARY AS AN EXTENSION ACTIVITY.

THE FOLLOWING IS A DETAILED PROGRAMME OF EXTENSION ACTIVITIES FOR THE FIVE.NT PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN OCTOBER!

TSUEN WAN PUBLIC LIBRARY

OCT. 1-31 BOOK DISPLAYS HI-FI FOR THE

ENTHUSIASTS HANDICRAFTS

OCT. 1-31 MINI-MUSEUM CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY i

EXHIBITION YUAN TO CHING DYNASTY

OCT. 6 (10.30 A.M.) STORY TIME FOR

13, 20, 27 CHILDREN

(2.30 P.M.)

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OCT. 7, 14, 21, INTEREST GROUP BASIC DESIGN

28 (9.30 A.M.)

OCT. 12 (4 P.M.) FILM SHOW

OCT. 13 (3.30 P.M.) SUBJECT TALK CHINESE MEDICINAL PLANT

OCT. 20 (3.30 P.M.) MUSIC APPRECIATION

SHA TIN PUBLIC LIBRARY

OCT. 1-31 BOOK DISPLAY

OCT. 1-31 MINI-MUSEUM

EXHIBITION

OCT. 5 (3.30 P.M.) FILM SHOW

OCT. 6 (10.30 A.M.), STORY TIME FOR

13, 20, 27 CHILDREN

(2.30 P.M.)

OCT. 7, 14 INTEREST GROUP

(9.30 A.M.)

OCT. 13, 20, 27 INTEREST GROUP (3.30 P.M.)

TUEN MUN PUBLIC LIBRARY

AUTO AGE THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF SCIENCE

CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY i SIX DYNASTIES

PAINTING FOR PLEASURE

EVERYDAY MANDARIN

OCT. 1-31

BOOK DISPLAYS

COMPUTERS IN OUR DAILY LIFE CHILDREN’S LIFE

OCT. 1-31

OCT. 1-31

OCT. 1-31

OCT. 6 (10 A.M.), 13, 20. 27 (2.30 P.M.)

OCT. 19 (4 P.M.)

MINI-MUSEUM EXHIBITION

WALL-CHART DISPLAY

ART DISPLAY

STORY TIME FOR CHILDREN

POSTERS OF AIR PHOTOGRAPHY

TRANSPORT

CHILDREN’S PAINTING

FILM SHOW

TAI PO PUBLIC LIBRARY

OCT. 1-31

OCT. 1-31

BOOK EXHIBITION

MINI-MUSEUM EXHIBITION

DO IT YOURSELF

POST-IMPRESSIONISM i SEURAT SIGNAC, TOULOUSE, LAUTREE, REDON

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1979

OCT. 3, 10, 17, INTEREST GROUP 24 (4 P.M.)

OCT. 6 (10.30 A.M.), STORY TIME FOR

13, 20, 27 CHILDREN

(2.30 P.M.)

OCT. 13 (3.30 P.M.) SUBJECT TALK

OCT 31 (4 P.M.) FILM SHOW SHEUNG SHU I PUBLIC LIBRARY

OCT. 1-31 BOOK DISPLAYS

OCT. 1-31 MINI-MUSEUM

OCT. 4, 11, 18, 25 INTEREST GROUP (6 p.m!)

OCT. 6 (10.30 A.M.), STORY TIME FOR

13, 20, 27 CHILDREN

(2.30 P.M.)

OCT. 26 (3.30 P.M.) FILM SHOW

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ELEMENTARY PAINTING

CYCLING AND CARE OF CYCLES

OUTDOOR LIFE EVERYDAY SCIENCE

POST-IMPRESSIONISM I GAUGUIN

PHOTOGRAPHY

PROPERTY OWNERS REQUIRED TO REPORT CHANGE * * * *

THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT TODAY (SATURDAY) REMINDED PROPERTY OWNERS THAT THEY SHOULD INFORM THE DEPARTMENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE ONCE THEY STOPPED OCCUPYING THEIR PREMISES EXCLUSIVELY FOR RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE REQUIREMENT APPLIED TO ALL PROPERTY OWNERS, INCLUDING JOINT OWNERS. WHO HAD OCCUPIED PREMISES SOLELY AND EXCLUSIVELY FOR RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES AND FOR WHICH PROPERTY TAX HAD NOT BEEN CHARGED OR REDUCED.

♦THEY SHOULD INFORM THE DEPARTMENT IN WRITING WITHIN THREE MONTHS SHOULD THEY CEASE TO OCCUPY SUCH PREMISES EXCLUSIVELY FOR RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES,♦ HE SAID.

AS REGARDS PROPERTY OWNED BY CORPORATIONS WHERE PROPERTY TAX HAS BEEN EXEMPTED, ANY CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP OR OF USE WHICH MAY AFFECT SUCH EXEMPTION MUST BE REPORTED TO THE DEPARTMENT IN WRITING WITHIN 30 DAYS AFTER THE CHANGE HAS TAKEN PLACE, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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♦THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE PROVIDES FOR HEAVY PENALTIES FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE REQUIREMENTS,* HE SAID.

ANY PROPERTY OWNERS REQUIRING FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING THEIR OBLIGATIONS SHOULD TELEPHONE THE ASSESSOR-IN-CHARGE OF PROPERTY TAX ON 5-79595217 OR WRITE TO THE DEPARTMENT, 6.P.O. BOX 132, HONG KONG. PERSONAL ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE AT THE PROPERTY TAX SECTION, 17TH FLOOR, WINDSOR HOUSE, 311 GLOUCESTER ROAD, HONG KONG.

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ID CARD REGISTRATION SERVICE TO BE PROVIDED IN SHAM SHU I PO *****

THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT’S BRANCH OFFICE IN SHAM SHUI PO WILL EXPAND ITS SERVICES TO INCLUDE REGISTRATION FOR IDENTITY CARDS FROM MONDAY (OCTOBER 1).

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (SATURDAY), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAIDi +WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF THIS SERVICE IN SHAM SHUI PO, RESIDENTS IN WEST KOWLOON WILL NO LONGER HAVE TO TRAVEL TO THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS OFFICE AT CANTON ROAD TO REGISTER FOR AN IDENTITY CARD.+

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE DEPARTMENT HAD LONG FELT THE NEED TO EXTEND ITS REGISTRATION SERVICE TO WEST KOWLOON, BUT IT HAD HAD DIFFICULTY IN FINDING A SUITABLE ACCOMMODATION THERE.

RECENTLY, THE SHAM SHUI PO BRANCH OFFICE. LOCATED AT 286-300 CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD, HAS ACQUIRED AN ADDITIONAL PREMISES JUST NEXT DOOR TO ALLOW FOR THE EXPANSION OF ITS SERVICES.

THE NEW SERVICE WILL INCLUDE REGISTRATION FOR ADULT AND JUVENILE IDENTITY CARDS AND REGISTRATION OF NEW ARRIVALS, EXCEPT THOSE FROM CHINA WHO ARE DEALT WITH AT THE QUEENSWAY BRANCH IN VICTORIA BARRACKS.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT UNDER THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS ORDINANCE, ALL PERSONS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER UNLESS THEY ARE SPECIFICALLY EXEMPTED BY LAW. FOR INSTANCE, A PERSON WHO IS ON A VISIT IN HONG KONG IS EXEMPTED FROM REGISTRATION IF HE STAYS FOR LESS THAN 180 DAYS.

HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT IT WAS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF AN ADULT OR A NEW ARRIVAL TO APPLY FOR REGISTRATION, A PARENT OR GUARDIAN TO REGISTER A CHILD FOR JUVENILE IDENTITY CARD WITHIN ONE MONTH OF HIS 11TH BIRTHDAY AND A PERSON TO RE-REGISTER FOR AN ADULT IDENTITY CARD ON ATTAINING THE AGE CF 18. ALL IDENTITY CARD HOLDERS ARE REQUIRED TO REPORT CHANGES OF REGISTERED PARTICULARS.

♦FAILURE TO DOING SO IS LIABLE TO HEAVY PENALTIES,+ THE SPOKESMAN WARNED.

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VICTOR IA ROAD TO BE IMPROVED

* * * ft ft ft

TENDERS INVITED FOR WORK TO IMPROVE THE JUNCTION

OF VICTORIA ROAD AND BISNEY ROAD, AND THE SHARP BEND SOUTH OF THE INTERSECTION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SA IDI +THIS SECTION OF VICTORIA ROAD IS NARROW AND TORTUOUS WITHOUT A FOOTPATH AND CONSIDERED AS A POTENTIAL HAZARD TO THE INCREASING VEHICULAR AND PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC GENERATED BY THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT IN THE AREA.

THE PROPOSED IMPROVEMENT WORK INCLUDES THE CONSTRUCTION OF A JEW ROAD ABOUT 235 METRES LONG ON AN IMPROVED ALIGNMENT BY BUILDING RETAINING WALLS AND CUTTING INTO THE EXISTING HILLSIDE.

ON COMPLETION, THE ROAD WILL HAVE A 7.3-METRE TWO-LANE CARRIAGEWAY WITH 2.75-METRE FOOTPATH ON BOTH SIDES.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN DECEMBER 1979 AND TAKE ABOUT 15 MONTHS TO COMPLETE. THE WORK HAS BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY THE HIGHWAYS (Wtl DIVISION OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

PLB BAN IN TSZ WAN SHAN TO BE EASED ft ft ft ft

BUSES AT TWO LOCATIONS IN

DAILY TO A PERIOD BETWEEN

PROHIBITION IMPOSED ON PUBLIC LIGHT

^A.M^AN^MIDNIGH^WIT^EFFECT fSomTajCon’MONDAY (OCTOBER 1).

THE TWO PLB PROHIBITED ZONES ARE THE SECTION OF SHATIN PASS ROAD BETWEEN LUNG FUNG STREET AND TSZ WAN SHAN ROAD" AND THE SECTION OF TSZ WAN SHAN ROAD BETWEEN SHATIN PASS ROAD AND THE CAR PARK OUTSIDE SHATIN PASS ESTATE.

DURING THE PROHIBITION PERIOD ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES ARE BANNED FROM ENTERING THESE TWO AREAS EXCEPT THOSE AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT.

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ft ft ft

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE

HUNG HOM, FROM TUESDAY (OCTOBER 2) TO

IN WHAMPOA ESTATE

INTRODUCED IN WHAMPOA ESTATE, IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW.

UNDER THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS, MAN TAI STREET AND THE SECTION OF Mau «ni ctofft RETWEEN MAN TAI STREET AND THE ENTRANCE OF HONG KONG UNITED DOCKYARDS WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY IN A CLOCKWISE DIRECTION.

THE SECTION OF MAN SIU STREET BETWEEN TAK MAN STREET AND THE ENTRANCE TO HONG KONG UNITED DOCKYARDS WILL REMAIN TWO-WAY.

THERE WILL BE A +BOX JUNCTION* RESTRICTION AT THE WUHU STREET/ TAR MAN^STREET/DOCK STREET JUWTIO. AMD » TAX1 STARR WILL BE PROVIDED ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF TAK MAN STREET.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL 5-233191

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1979

CONTENTS P,AGE

industrial safety course for managers ................

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59 building plans approved last month ..........

INTEREST PAYERS AND RECIPIENTS RKHNDED 3

OP THEIR RESPONSIBILITY ..............................

YOUNG PEOPLE URGED TO JOIN TEXTILE INDUSTRY .............. 4

OVER 5 700 GRADUATE FROM TECHNICAL INSTITUTES ........... 4

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAS TAKEN ANOTHER STEP TO PROMOTE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY BY ORGANISING A ONE-YEAR EVENING COURSE AT THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC FOR MANAGERIAL PERSONNEL FROM BOTH PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTORS.

THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY OFFICERS COURSE — THE FIRST OF ITS KIND — IS TO ENCOURAGE MANAGERIAL STAFF AND EMPLOYERS TO PARTICIPATE IN INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SA-ID TODAY (SUNDAY).

♦IT IS ALSO HOPED THAT PERSONNEL AT MID-MANAGEMENT LEVEL WILL BENEFIT FROM THE COURSE AND PUT TO USE IN FACTORIES AND CONSTRUCTION SITES WHAT THEY HAVE LEARNED,♦ HE SAID.

THE COURSE, COMMENCING ON OCTOBER 2. WILL INCLUDE AN IN-DEPTH STUDY OF ACCIDENT PREVENTION AND SAFETY MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES. VISITS TO VARIOUS INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS WILL BE ORGANISED.

AMONGST THE 65 APPLICATIONS, 40 HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED. THEY INCLUDE FOUR FROM GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, 12 FROM CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING FIRMS, 11 FROM FACTORIES, NINE FROM PUBLIC UTILITIES AND FOUR FROM OTHER ESTABLISHMENTS.

♦ALL OF THEM HAVE MET THE COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND WERE RECOMMENDED BY THEIR EMPLOYERS,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦ON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, THE ATTENDANTS WILL BE AWARDED CERTIFICATES OF PROFICIENCY IN INDUSTRIAL SAFETY ISSUED BY THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT,♦ HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THE DEPARTMENT’S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE IN CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING ALSO PROVIDES COURSES ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY FOR WORKERS AT OPERATIVE LEVEL AND FACTORY INSPECTORS OF THE DEPARTMENT.

HE SAID THE CENTRE CONDUCTED 86 OF THESE COURSES DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR AND THE SAME NUMBER^WLLL BE HELD FOR THE SECOND HALF.

TO PROMOTE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY CONSCIOUSNESS AT THE TOP MANAGEMENT LEVEL, THE COMMITTEE ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND ACCIDENT PREVENTION OF THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD IS PLANNING A CONFERENCE FOR NEXT YEAR, HE ADDED.

♦MOREOVER, THE DEPARTMENT, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES, CARRIES OUT AN ANNUAL PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY. LAST YEAR THE PUBLICITY DRIVE PROVED VERY SUCCESSFUL.♦

/THE SPOKESMAN

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER JO, 1979

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THE SPOKESMAN ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAD PUBLISHED OVER 50 GUIDES AND BOOKLETS ON SAFETY REGULATIONS FOR FREE DISTRIBUTION TO PUBLIC AND PRODUCED 41 POSTERS.

HE EMPHASISED THAT EDUCATION HAD A STRONGER IMPACT ON PEOPLE THAN PROSECUTION, BUT ADDED THAT INSPECTION WORK OF THE DEPARTMENT WOULD NOT BE NEGLECTED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE DEPARTMENT IS PLANNING TO DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF FACTORY INSPECTORS IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS TO INCREASE THE FREQUENCY OF INSPECTION.

♦LAST YEAR,+ HE SAID, +OUR 132 FACTORY INSPECTORS TOOK OUT NEARLY 4 000 PROSECUTIONS AS A RESULT OF 39 000 INSPECTIONS AND 3 000 ACCIDENT INVESTIGATIONS.*

WHEN THE INSPECTORATE IS REINFORCED, BOTH EDUCATION AND ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS WILL BE STEPPED UP.

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59 BUILDING PLANS APPROVED LAST MONTH X * * * *

A TOTAL OF 59 NEW BUILDING PLANS WERE APPROVED LAST MONTH (AUGUST) BY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE OF THE PUBL IC WORKS DEPARTMENT, COMPARED WITH 57 IN THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR.

OF THESE, 22'WERE FOR BUILDINGS ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 16 FOR KOWLOON AND 21 FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE TOTAL DECLARED COST OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING THE MONTH WAS $192.23 MILLION, COMPARED WITH $163.39 MILLION LAST YEAR.

THE USABLE FLOOR AREA OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED LAST MONTH TOTALLED 195 598.4 SQUARE METRES, COMPRISING 25 135.2 SQUARE METRES OF DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA AND 170 463.2 SQUARE METRES OF

AREA.

NON-DOMESTIC FLOOR

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE ALSO GAVE CONSENT FOR WORK

PROJECTS.

TO START ON 51 NEW

A TOTAL OF 51 NEWLY COMPLETED BUILDINGS WAS CERTIFIED FOR OCCUPATION DURING THE MONTH. THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE ALSO ASSENTED TO THE DEMOLITION OF 103 BUILDINGS.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1979

INTEREST PAYERS AND RECIPIENTS REMINDED OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITY ******

THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT TODAY (SUNDAY) REMINDED INTEREST PAYERS AND RECIPIENTS, PARTICULARLY BORROWERS AND MORTGAGORS, OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO COMPLY WITH THE LAW GOVERNING INTEREST TAX.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID INTEREST TAX WAS A WITHHOLDING TAX. ^CURRENTLY, 15 PER CENT OF THE INTEREST CHARGEABLE WITH INTEREST TAX MUST BE DEDUCTED BY THE PAYER AT THE TIME HE MAKES THE PAYMENT OR CREDITS THE INTEREST TO THE RECIPIENT.*

THEREFORE, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED, THE RECIPIENT SHOULD RECEIVE 85 PER CENT OF THE INTEREST AT THAT TIME.

THEN WITHIN 30 DAYS OF MAKING THE DEDUCTION, THE PAYER MUST PAY THE TAX DEDUCTED TO THE COLLECTOR, INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT, THIRD FLOOR, WINDSOR HOUSE, 311 GLOUCESTER ROAD, HONG KONG, HE SAID.

♦THE PAYER OF THE INTEREST MUST NOT AWAIT THE ISSUE OF AN INTEREST TAX RETURN OR WAIT FOR A NOTICE OF DEMAND FOR THE TAX FROM THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT,♦ THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED.

THE REMITTANCE SHOULD HAVE A COVERING NOTE GIVING PARTICULARS OF THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF THE RECIPIENT, THE GROSS AMOUNT OF INTEREST, THE NET INTEREST PAID, PERIOD OF ACCRUAL OF THE INTEREST, AND THE DATE OF THE PAYMENT OR CREDIT OF THE NET INTEREST.

THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT WILL THEN ISSUE TO THE INTEREST RECIPIENT, THROUGH THE PAYER, A SPECIFIED DEDUCTION CERTIFICATE CONTAINING A RECEIPT BY GOVERNMENT OF THE TAX DEDUCTED.

HOWEVER, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, SPECIAL CERTIFICATE ARRANGEMENTS CAN ALSO BE MADE WITH LICENSED BANKS AND CERTAIN SPECIFIED CORPORATIONS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE LEGAL REQUIREMENTS GOVERNING INTEREST TAX WAS AN OFFENCE AND THE PENALTY, ON CONVICTION, WAS A FINE OF $2 000.

♦THE DEPARTMENT TAKES A SERIOUS VIEW OF THIS OFFENCE AND WILL, WHERE NECESSARY, TAKE APPROPRIATE LEGAL ACTION,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE INTEREST TAX SECTION OF THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT IS LOCATED ON THE 17TH FLOOR OF WINDSOR HOUSE, 311 GLOUCESTER ROAD, HONG KONG (TEL. NO. 5-79595236). THE POSTAL ADDRESS IS G.P.O. BOX 132, HONG KONG.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1979

YOUNG PEOPLE URGED TO JOIN TEXTILE INDUSTRY X X * * * *

THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY OFFERS EXCELLENT CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WISH TO BE TRAINED AS MECHANICS.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD, M?. FEI LEE, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT THERE WERE VACANCIES FOR MECHANIC APPRENTICES IN THE INDUSTRY.

HE POINTED OUT THAT AN APPRENTICE WOULD LEARN SUCH TRADE SKILLS AS MAINTENANCE, OVERHAULING, CONVERTING, MODIFICATION AND REPAIR OF TEXTILE MACHINERY. AT THE SAME TIME, HE WOULD ALSO ATTEND A RELATED PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE COURSE IN A TECHNICAL INSTITUTE AT THE EXPENSE OF THE EMPLOYER.

♦I WOULD RECOMMEND YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE LOOKING FOR JOBS TO CONSIDER SERIOUSLY STARTING A CAREER IN THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY THROUGH APPRENTICESHIP,+ SAID MR. LEE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID THE ENTRY REQUIREMENT FOR TEXTILE MECHANIC APPRENTICESHIP IS COMPLETION OF FORM 3 OR ABOVE.

YOUNG PEOPLE INTERESTED IN BECOMING APPRENTICES CAN MAKE ENQUIRIES AT THE DEPARTMENT’S TRAINING COUNCIL DIVISION AT 1 HENNESSY ROAD, ASIAN HOUSE, 12TH FLOOR, WAN CHAI.

THE DURATION OF TRAINING IS NORMALLY THREE YEARS, BUT GRADUATES OF PRE-VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS AND THOSE WHO HAVE COMPLETED AN APPROPRIATE FULL-TIME ONE-YEAR BASIC CRAFT COURSE MAY ENTER DIRECTLY INTO THE SECOND YEAR OF APPRENTICESHIP.

ON COMPLETING THE APPRENTICESHIP, APPRENTICES WILL BE AWARDED CERTIFICATES OF COMPETENCY IN THE TRADE, ISSUED BY THEIR EMPLOYERS AND COUNTERSIGNED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR.

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OVER 5 700 GRADUATE FROM TECHNICAL INSTITUTES

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A TOTAL OF 5 700 STUDENTS GRADUATED LAST JULY FROM THE FOUR GOVERNMENT-RUN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAIDi +0F THIS NUMBER, 1 484 ATTENDED FULL-TIME COURSES, 1 571 PART-TIME DAY COURSES AND THE REMAINDER EVENING COURSES IN THE MORRISON HILL, KWAI CHUNG, KWUN TONG AND HAKING WONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

ON THE ACADEMIC LEVEL OF THE GRADUATES, HE NOTED THAT 1 948 OR 33.8 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL HAD COMPLETED TECHNICIAN OR COMPARABLE COURSES, AND THE REST CRAFT OR COMPARABLE LEVEL COURSE.

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♦THIS REPRESENTS AN 8.8 PER CENT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF GRADUATES AT TECHNICIAN OR COMPARABLE LEVEL. AND A 14.8 PER CENT INCREASE IN GRADUATES AT CRAFT OR COMPARABLE LEVEL OVER THE 1977/78 FIGURES,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE FOUR TECHNICAL INSTITUTES OFFERED COURSES IN TEN MAIN DISCIPLINES, THE HOTEL-KEEPING AND TOURISM STUDIES, COMMERCIAL STUDIES, CONSTRUCTION, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, GENERAL STUDIES, PRINTING, TEXTILE INDUSTRIES, CLOTHING INDUSTRIES, AND MARINE AND FABRICATION.

THE MAJORITY OF THE FULL-TIME GRADUATES FOUND JOBS WITHIN A FEW WEEKS OF THEIR GRADUATION, AND SOME WENT ON TO FURTHER THEIR STUDIES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

AN EMPLOYMENT SURVEY IS BEING CONDUCTED TO FIND OUT FURTHER DETAILS.

THE FIFTH TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, THE LEE WAI LEE IN KOWLOON TONG, HAS COME INTO OPERATION RECENTLY, ADDING TWO NEW AREAS — INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN — TO THE EXISTING TEN DISCIPLINES.


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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN CHAI WAN AND THE MID-LEVELS WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR SEVERAL HOURS ON TUESDAY (OCTOBER 2).

THE WATER SUPPLY TO THE WHOLE OF CHAI WAN EXCLUDING THE NORTH SIDE OF LOK MAN ROAD WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR EIGHT HOURS FROM 9 A.M. TO FACILITATE WORKS ON THE AREA’S SUPPLY SYSTEM,

IN THE MID-LEVELS, SUPPLY WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 P.M. TO 6 A.M. THE FOLLOWING DAY (WEDNESDAY) TO FACILITATE LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY MACDONNEL ROAD, BOWEN ROAD, 15-19 GARDEN ROAD, 44 KENNEDY ROAD AND ALBANY ROAD.

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