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

 DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

APRIL MONEY SUPPLY STATISTICS .......................... 1

EXPORT OF RESTRAINED TEXTILES TO THE EEC ................. 3

WARM TRIBUTE TO RETIRING CHIEF LABOUR OFFICER ............ 3

PART-TIME LECTURERS REQUIRED FOR EVENING COURSES ......... 4

NO ENTRY FOR LEARNER DRIVERS ............................. 5

PLEASURE CRAFT OPERATORS URGED TO USE BLAKE PIER ......... 5

PRESENTATION OF RETIREMENT GIFTS ......................... 6

ONE-WAY ONLY.............................................. 6

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FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 1979

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APRIL MONEY SUPPLY STATISTICS

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THE APRIL 1979 MONEY SUPPLY STATISTICS ARE PUBLISHED TODAY (FRIDAY) WITH THE MONTHLY FIGURES FOR BANKS AND FOR DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES.

THE GROWTH RATE OF THE MONEY SUPPLY IS STILL SLOWING DOWN, BUT BANK LENDING CONTINUES TO EXPAND TOO FAST, ALTHOUGH LENDING TO THE PUBLIC BY BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES TOGETHER IS GROWING RATHER LESS FAST.

MONEY SUPPLY

THE MONEY SUPPLY ON BOTH DEFINITIONS ROSE IN APRIL. Ml (NOTES AND COIN IN CIRCULATION AND DEMAND DEPOSITS AT LICENSED BANKS) ROSE BY $1,048 MILLION (4.7 PER CENT) TO $23,355 MILLION, WHICH IS 25.7 PER CENT ABOVE THE LEVEL AT THE END OF APRIL 1978.

Ml HAS BEEN MOVING VERY ERRATICALLY IN RECENT MONTHSi DESPITE ITS SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH IN APRIL IT IS STILL BELOW THE LEVEL OF END-JANUARY (WHICH WAS INFLATED BY THE LUNAR NEW YEAR EXPANSION OF THE NOTE CIRCULATION).

SINCE END-DECEMBER 1978 Ml HAS RISEN AT AN ANNUAL RATE OF A LITTLE OVER 15 PER CENT.

M2 (Ml PLUS TIME AND SAVINGS DEPOSITS) ROSE IN APRIL BY $1,582 MILLION (2.5 PER CENT) TO $78,376 MILLION, WHICH WAS 23.9 PER CENT ABOVE THE LEVEL OF END-APRIL 1978. SINCE THE END OF DECEMBER 1978, M2 HAS RISEN AT AN ANNUAL RATE OF ABOUT 22 PER CENT.

A COMPARISON OF THE AVERAGE LEVEL OF M2 IN THE THREE MONTHS FEBRUARY TO APRIL 1979 WITH THE SAME PERIOD OF 1978 SHOWS AN INCREASE OF 24.2 PER CENT- THIS COMPARISON HAS FALLEN EVERY MONTH SINCE ITS PEAK OF 28.7 PER CENT IN AUGUST TO OCTOBER 1978.

THIS CONFIRMS THAT, DESPITE THE ERRATIC PATH OF Ml, THE GROWTH RATE OF THE MONEY SUPPLY ON THE WIDER DEFINITION IS CONTINUING TO FALL TOWARDS A LEVEL MORE COMPATIBLE WITH THE FORECAST GROWTH RATE OF THE ECONOMY IN 1979. BANKING STATISTICS

BANK LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG (INCLUDING LOANS TO DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES) ROSE IN APRIL 1979 BY $2,161 MILLION (3.7 PER CENT) TO $60,116 MILLION, WHICH WAS 46.2 PER CENT ABOVE THE LEVEL OF APRIL 1978.

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ALTHOUGH THE RATE OF INCREASE IN BANK LENDING HAS NOT SLOWED DOWN THIS MAY BE DUE TO THE DRAWING DOWN OF LONG STANDING COMMITMENTS. IN THE FOUR MONTHS SINCE DECEMBER 1978 THE TOTAL HAS RISEN AT AN ANNUAL RATE OF 47 PER CENT (I.E. ALMOST THE SAME AS THE CHANGE OF APRIL 1979 ON APRIL 1978).

IN THE THREE MONTHS FEBRUARY TO APRIL 1979 AS COMPARED WITH THE SAME MONTHS OF 1978, THE AVERAGE LEVEL OF BANK LOANS GREW BY 46.2 PER CENT. ON THIS COMPARISON BANK LENDING HAS BEEN ACCELERATING EVERY MONTH SINCE OCTOBER 1977.

THE NET IDENTIFIABLE FOREIGN ASSETS OF THE BANKING SYSTEM FELL BY $690 MILLION TO $15,454 MILLION, DESPITE A RISE IN BANK LENDING OUTSIDE HONG KONG OF $465 MILLION TO $18,712 MILLION, 15.9 PER CENT ABOVE THE LEVEL OF APRIL 1978.

THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY OF THE BANKS DURING APRIL ROSE FROM 45.9 PER CENT TO 48.25 PER CENT, ITS HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE JUNE 1976.

THIS MAY PARTLY REFLECT ANTICIPATION OF THE EXCHANGE FUND (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1979, WHICH CAME INTO FORCE ON MAY 1, 1979, AND REQUIRES ANY BANK HOLDING EXCHANGE FUND DEPOSITS ON DEMAND, AT CALL OR AT SHORT NOTICE TO HOLD LIQUID ASSETS EQUIVALENT TO 100 PER CENT OF THOSE DEPOSITS, INSTEAD OF A MINIMUM OF 25 PER CENT AS'HITHERTO.

THE RATIO OF LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG TO DEPOSITS ROSE FROM 82.7 PER CENT TO 83.8 PER CENT. TWO MORE RECENTLY-LICENSED BANKS BEGAN TO OPERATE DURING APRIL, BRINGING THE NUMBER OF REPORTING BANKS TO 97.

DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES

DEPOSITS AT THE 244 REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ROSE IN APRIL 1979 BY $1,346 MILLION TO $15,362 MILLION, BUT THE AMOUNT ON-LENT BY THESE COMPANIES TO BANKS IN HONG KONG ROSE BY $1,853 MILLION TO $11,700 MILLION, SO THAT THE NET DEPOSIT LIABILITIES FELL BY $507 MILLION TO $3,662 MILLION.

LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG BY DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ROSE BY $61 MILLION TO $10,428 MILLION, BUT AFTER TAKING ACCOUNT OF AN INCREASE OF $726 MILLION IN THE AMOUNT BORROWED FROM BANKS BY THESE COMPANIES, THEIR NET LENDING IN HONG KONG FELL BY $665 MILLION TO $2,186 MILLION.

LENDING TO THE PUBLIC BY BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES TOGETHER HAS RISEN SINCE DECEMBER 1978 AT AN ANNUAL RATE OF 34 PER CENT (WHICH IS THE SAME ANNUALISED GROWTH RATE RECORDED IN MARCH)i THIS IS A SUBSTANTIALLY LOWER RATE OF INCREASE THAN IS SHOWN BY THE FIGURES FOR BANKS ALONE.

NET IDENTIFIABLE FOREIGN ASSETS OF DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ROSE IN APRIL BY $435 MILLION TO $8,174 MILLION, LARGELY REFLECTING AN INCREASE OF $384 MILLION TO $21,037 MILLION IN THEIR LENDING ABROAD.

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EXPORT OF RESTRAINED TEXTILES TO THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY KOO#

THE TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT HAS FORMALLY REQUESTED THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY TO INCREASE THE QUOTAS FOR 1979 FOR A NUMBER OF ITEMS INCLUDING WOVEN TROUSERS, WOVEN AND KNITTED BLOUSES, WOVEN SHIRTS, KNITTED UNDERPANTS AND WOVEN WORK GARMENTS.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (FRIDAY) SAID THE REQUEST WAS MADE UNDER A PROVISION IN THE BILATERAL AGREEMENT WITH THE EEC WHICH PROVIDES FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH INCREASES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT HONG KONG’S QUOTAS FOR SOME OF THESE PRODUCTS HAD BEEN CUT DURING THE 1977 NEGOTIATIONS.

♦IF THE REQUEST IS SUCCESSFUL, IT WOULD BE A SMALL MEASURE OF REDRESS OF WHAT WAS LOST TWO YEARS AGO,+ HE SAID.

♦THE COMMISSION FOR THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY IS CONSIDERING THE HONG KONG REQUEST, AND A RESPONSE IS EXPECTED IN THE NEAR FUTURE,♦ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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WARM TRIBUTE TO RETIRING CHIEF LABOUR OFFICER

THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR. J.N. HENDERSON, THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING PAID A GLOWING TRIBUTE TO MR. TSUI TIM-FOOK, CHIEF LABOUR OFFICER, WHO IS RETIRING AFTER NEARLY 30 YEARS’ SERVICE WITH THE GOVERNMENT.

SPEAKING AT A FAREWELL DINNER, MR. HENDERSON SAID MR. TSUI, WHO IS AFFECTIONATELY KNOWN TO HIS COLLEAGUES AS +TIM,+ HAS SERVED THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT FOR MORE THAN 28 YEARS.

♦MOST OF THAT TIME HAS BEEN IN THE FIELD OF LABOUR RELATIONS. IT IS THERE — AND IN THE EXACTING WORK OF CONCILIATION THAT TIM’S NAME IS INDELIBLY ASSOCIATED,* HE SAID.

♦THE MERITORIOUS SERVICE THAT HE HAS RENDERED IN LABOUR RELATIONS WORK IS WELL KNOWN TO ALL OF YOU, AND THERE ARE FEW TRADE DISPUTES OF CONSEQUENCE IN THE LAST 15 YEARS OR SO IN WHICH HE HAS NOT PLAYED A PART.+

MR. HENDERSON POINTED OUT THAT MR. TSUI DURING A +FINE CAREER* HAS HAD NO LESS THAN SIX FORMAL COMMENDATIONS FROM SEVERAL COMMISSIONERS, INCLUDING HIMSELF.

HE WAS ALSO COMMENDED BY THE GOVERNOR IN AUGUST 1967 FOR HIS COURAGE AND DETERMINATION SHOWN IN THE PERFORMANCE OF HIS DUTY DURING THAT PERIOD WHEN HONG KONG WAS UNDER GREAT TENSION.

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♦HIS OUTSTANDING, DISTINGUISHED AND LOYAL SERVICE WAS RECOGNISED BY THE AWARD OF MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE IN 1968.

♦HE WAS ALSO APPOINTED AN OFFICIAL JUSTICE OF THE PEACE IN 1976 — AN INDICATION OF HIS RECOGNISED STANDING IN THE COMMUNITY.

MR. TSUI WILL BE JOINING THE CABLE AND WIRELESS LTD. LATER THIS YEAR IN AN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS CAPACITY. AND MR. HENDERSON WISHED HIM GOOD FORTUNE IN THIS NEW ENDEAVOUR,

ON BEHALF OF COLLEAGUES, MR. HENDERSON PRESENTED MR. TSUI WITH A CAMERA AND ASSESSOR IES AS +A SMALL TOKEN OF OUR ESTEEM.♦

MR. TSUI JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE AS A TELEGRAPHIST IN THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT IN 1949 AND WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AS AN INTERPRETOR/TRANSLATOR CLASS II AT THE BEGINNING OF 1951.

HE JOINED THE LABOUR OFFICER GRADE AS AN ASSISTANT LABOUR OFFICER IN SEPTEMBER 1957 AND WAS PROMOTED TO LABOUR OFFICER IN JANUARY 1964, SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER IN APRIL 1968 AND TO HIS PRESENT POST IN MAY 1974.

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PART-TIME LECTURERS REQUIRED FOR EVENING COURSES

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APPLICATIONS ARE INVITED FOR PART-TIME EVENING LECTURERS FOR THE 1979-80 ACADEMIC YEAR AT THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES RUN BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

THE EVENING COURSES WILL BE IN 12 DISCIPLINES MAINLY AT CRAFT LEVEL (POST FORM III) AND TECHNICIAN LEVEL (POST FORM V), AND ARE DESIGNED TO ENABLE PEOPLE WORKING IN THE COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL AND SERVICE SECTORS TO FURTHER THEIR STUDIES.

THE 12 DISCIPLINES ARE HOTEL KEEPING AND TOURISM, COMMERCIAL STUDIES, CONSTRUCTION, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, GENERAL STUDIES, INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY, PRINTING, TEXTILE INDUSTRIES, CLOTHING INDUSTRIES, MARINE AND FABRICATION, AND DESIGN.

THE LECTURERS’ FEE DEPENDS ON THE LEVEL OF THE COURSES RUN, AND RATES OF PAYMENTS VARY FROM $28 TO $50 PER HOUR.

APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD BE COMPLETED IN TRIPLICATE AND RETURNED TO THE RESPECTIVE INSTITUTES ON OR BEFORE JUNE 23.

THE QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED VARY BETWEEN COURSES, AND FURTHER DETAILS CONCERNING THE COURSES OFFERED BY THE INDIVIDUAL INSTITUTES AS WELL AS APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE INSTITUTE EITHER IN PERSON OR IN WRITING.

THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES ARE MORRISON HILL, KWUN TONG, KWAI CHUNG, HAKING WONG AND LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

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NO ENTRY FOR LEARNER DRIVERS * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT FROM 10 A.M. ON MONDAY, LEARNER DRIVERS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING AND PRACTISING ON CALDECOTT ROAD.

AND FROM 10 A.M. THE FOLLOWING DAY, LEARNER DRIVERS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING BOTH THE TWO ACCESS POINTS TO THE UN-NAMED ROAD SURROUNDING THE HONG KONG STADIUM AND THE STADIUM PATH NEAR THE JUNCTION OF EASTERN HOSPITAL ROAD AND CAROLINE HILL ROAD.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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PLEASURE CRAFT OPERATORS URGED TO USE BLAKE PIER * * * *

OWNERS, COXSWAINS AND OPERATORS OF LOCAL CRAFT TODAY (FRIDAY) WERE ADVISED TO USE BLAKE PIER TO EASE CONGESTION AND AVOID EXCESSIVE WAITING TIME AT KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AND QUEEN’S PIER.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MARINE DEPARTMENT SAID HEAVY CONGESTION HAD BEEN OBSERVED DURING WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS AT THE TWO PIERS. ESPECIALLY FROM 9 A.M. TO 11 A.M. AND 3 P.M. TO 6 P.M. WHEN LARGE NUMBERS OF PLEASURE LAUNCHES WERE WAITING TO EMBARK AND DISEMBARK PASSENGERS.

♦THE L-SHAPED BLAKE PIER PROVIDES LANDING FACILITIES FOR BIGGER LAUNCHES AND GOOD PARKING FACILITIES IN THE VICINITY,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

IT HAD ALSO BEEN OBSERVED, THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT, THAT THERE WAS A TENDENCY FOR ALL TYPES OF VESSELS TO NAVIGATE EXTREMELY CLOSE TO THE VARIOUS PASSENGER AND VEHICULAR PIERS IN THE HARBOUR.

♦THIS PRACTICE IS BOTH IMPRUDENT AND DANGEROUS,♦ HE STRESSED.

♦ALL PERSONS IN CHARGE OF SMALL VESSELS, WHETHER POWERED OR UNDER SAIL, ARE REQUIRED TO PASS THESE PIERS AT A DISTANCE OF NOT LESS THAN 300 FEET.

♦SHIPMASTERS, PILOTS AND COXSWAINS ARE REQUIRED TO GIVE ALL FERRY, GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC PIERS AS WIDE A BERTH AS IS COMMENSURATE WITH OTHER NAVIGATIONAL COMMITMENTS AND WITH THE REGULATIONS OF THE PORT,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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PRESENTATION OF RETIREMENT GIFTS ******

THREE GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT OFFICERS WILL BE RETIRING SHORTLY AFTER A TOTAL OF 95 YEARS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE.

THEY ARE MR. LAI KUI-CHEUNG, SENIOR SUPPLIES SUPERVISOR. AND TWO CHARGEHANDS, MR. LEUNG BING AND MR. WONG KING.

MR. LAI AND MR. LEUNG HAVE EACH SERVED THE GOVERNMENT FOR 33 YEARS AND MR. WONG 29 YEARS.

TO MARK THEIR RETIREMENT, THE DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES, MR. F.J. YOUNG, WILL PRESENT THEM WITH RETIREMENT GIFTS ON FRIDAY, JUNE 8 IN THE CANTEEN OF THE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS, OIL STREET, NORTH POINT.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE PRESENTATION OF RETIREMENT GIFTS TO THREE OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT IN THE CANTEEN OF THE GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS, TOP FLOOR, OIL STREET, NORTH POINT, ON FRIDAY (JUNE 8) AT 4 P.M.

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ONE-WAY ONLY * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT FROM 10 A.M. ON TUESDAY (JUNE 5), SHIPYARD LANE WILL BE ROUTED ONE-WAY IN AN ANTI-CLOCKWISE DIRECTION TO FACILITATE TRAFFIC FLOW IN THIS AREA.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL EE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

2 JUN 1979

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DUKE OF KENT TO ARRIVE TOMORROW............................... 1

ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN IN KWUN TONG........................... 2

TWO-WAY TRAFFIC .............................................. 3

WATER CUT.................................................... 3

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DUKE OF KENT TO ARRIVE TOMORROW

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THE DUKE OF KENT IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE IN HONG KONG TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON FOR A ONE-DAY PRIVATE STAY BEFORE LEAVING FOR CHINA ON AN OFFICIAL VISIT.

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS WILL BE MET AT HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE.

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS WILL LEAVE HONG KONG FOR PEKING ON MONDAY (JUNE 4) AFTERNOON.

NOTE TO ED ITORSt

A PHOTOGRAPHIC FACILITY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR THE PRESS TO COVER HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS’S ARRIVAL IN HONG KONG (BA 003, ETA 2.15 P.M.) ON SUNDAY, AND DEPARTURE FOR PEKING (RAF VC-10, ETD 3.25 P.M.) ON MONDAY.

PRESS REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO COVER THE ARRIVAL ARE ASKED TO ASSEMBLE IN THE PRESS ROOM ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE AIRPORT TERMINAL BUILDING AT LEAST 45 MINUTES BEFORE THE ARRIVAL TIME.

SIMILAR PRESS ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE MADE FOR HIS DEPARTURE FOR PEKING, BUT PRESS REPRESENTATIVES ARE ASKED TO ARRIVE AT THE AIRPORT PRESS ROOM NOT LATER THAN 2.30 P.M. ON THAT DAY.

PRESS REPRESENTATIVES ASSIGNED TO COVER THE FUNCTIONS ARE REMINDED TO BRING ALONG THEIR IDENTITY CARD OR PASSPORT TO FACILITATE THEIR ENTRY INTO THE RESTRICTED AREA. G.I.S. OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST THE PRESS.

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ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN IN KWUN TONG

A FIVE-WEEK ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN WILL BE LAUNCHED IN KWUN TONG TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

THE CAMPAIGN IS ORGANISED BY THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (KWUN TONG) AND THE POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICE (KWUN TONG) AND SPONSORED BY A NUMBER OF PRIVATE FIRMS IN THE DISTRICT.

A NUMBER OF RECREATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD TO PROMOTE ROAD SAFETY CODES.

THESE INCLUDE DRAWING AND CALLIGRAPHY COMPETITIONS, SELECTION OF MODEL PEDESTRIANS AND ROAD SAFETY DEMONSTRATIONS. ROAD SAFETY STICKERS AND T-SHIRTS WILL ALSO BE DISTRIBUTED.

MR. WONG LAM, UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, AND MR. LEUNG CHIN-MAN, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (KWUN TONG) WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE KWUN TONG ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN AT 2 P.M. TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT THE YUET WAH STREET PLAYGROUND, KWUN TONG.

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TWO-WAY TRAFFIC * K * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT FROM 10 A.M. ON MONDAY, THE SECTION OF MODY ROAD BETWEEN NATHAN ROAD AND BRISTOL AVENUE WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY EASTBOUND TO TWO-WAY.

THIS IS TO MAINTAIN TRAFFIC FLOW IN MODY ROAD WEST OF BRISTOL AVENUE WHEN THE JUNCTION OF MODY ROAD WITH NATHAN ROAD IS CLOSED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY.

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WATER CUT * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN NORTH POINT WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 P.M. ON MONDAY TO 6 A.M. THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR NIGHT LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY NOS. 25-71 KING’S ROAD, 20-108 ELECTRIC ROAD, 1-23 MERCURY STREET, WING HING STREET, TSING FUNG STREET, LAU LI STREET, NGAN MOK STREET, YACHT STREET AND 3 LAU SIN STREET.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 1979

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LABOUR DEPARTMENT HELPS 2,000 FIND APPRENTICESHIP IN INDUSTRY.............................................. 1

DUKE OF KENT ARRIVES .................................... 2

DUAL CARRIAGEWAY SCHEME IN ADVANCED STAGE ............... 2

MORE STUDENTS GOING ABROAD TO FURTHER THEIR EDUCATION . 3

SIX-DAY SUMMER COURSE FOR BIOLOGY TEACHERS .............. 4

S.N.T. INAUGURATES GIRL GUIDES ASSOCIATION IN SHA TIN ..................................................... 5

REGISTRATION TEAM IN STANLEY ........................... 5

APPLICATION INVITED FOR TRAINING COURSES ................ 6

RESTRICTED ACCESS ..................................... 6

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LABOUR DEPARTMENT HELPS 2,000 FIND APPRENTICESHIP IN INDUSTRY *****

THE TRAINING COUNCIL DIVISION OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HELPED SOME 2,000 YOUNG PEOPLE FIND A CRAFT OR TECHNICIAN APPRENTICESHIP LAST YEAR.

DISCLOSING THIS TODAY (SUNDAY), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT THE DIVISION HAS BEEN OPERATING AN APPRENTICE PLACEMENT SERVICE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WISHING TO PURSUE A CAREER IN INDUSTRY THROUGH AN APPRENTICESHIP.

♦THE APPRENTICES ARE NOW USEFULLY AND PRODUCTIVELY EMPLOYED, EARNING THEIR LIVING AND AT THE SAME TIME LEARNING A TRADE IN WHICH THEY ARE INTERESTED,+ HE SAID.

+THE DURATION OF THEIR APPRENTICESHIP IS EITHER THREE OR FOUR YEARS.+

+IN ADDITION TO RECEIVING ON-THE-JOB TRAINING PROVIDED BY THEIR EMPLOYERS, THE APPRENTICES ALSO ATTEND RELATED TECHNICAL COURSES THREE TIMES A WEEK — ONE DAY AND TWO EVENINGS — IN EITHER A TECHNICAL INSTITUTE OR THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC,* HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THERE ARE NOW OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO SUITABLY QUALIFIED YOUNG PEOPLE FOR BOTH CRAFT AND TECHNICIAN APPRENTICESHIP IN HONG KONG’S 10 MAJOR INDUSTRIES. THESE ARE:

* AUTOMOBILE REPAIRS AND SERVICING-

* BUILDING AND CIVIL ENGINEER ING-

* CLOTH ING-

* ELECTRICAL"

* ELECTRON ICS-

* MACHINE SHOP AND METAL WORKING"

* PLASTICS"

* PR INTI NG"

* SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIRS, AND

* TEXTILES.

THE ENTRY REQUIREMENT FOR CRAFT APPRENTICESHIP IS COMPLETION OF FORM 3 WHILE FOR TECHNICIAN APPRENTICESHIP COMPLETION OF FORM 5 WITH PASSES IN RELEVANT SUBJECTS IN THE CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION.

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ON COMPLETING THE APPRENTICESHIP, THE APPRENTICES WILL BE AWARDED CERTIFICATES BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR CERTIFYING THEIR COMPETENCY IN THE TRADE OR OCCUPATION THEY HAVE CHOSEN.

ANY SUITABLY QUALIFIED YOUNGSTERS INTERESTED IN AN APPRENTICESHIP ARE WELCOME TO ENQUIRE AT THE DIVISION, 12TH FLOOR, ASIAN HOUSE, NO. 1 HENNESSY ROAD, WANCHAI.

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DUKE OF KENT ARRIVES

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THE DUKE OF KENT ARRIVED IN HONG KONG BY AIR THIS (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON FOR A BRIEF PRIVATE STAY. HE WILL BE FLYING TO CHINA TOMORROW (MONDAY) ON AN OFFICIAL VISIT.

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS WAS MET AT THE AIRPORT BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE.

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DUAL CARRIAGEWAY SCHEME IN ADVANCED STAGE ******

THE 172 MILLION SCHEME TO IMPROVE THE EXISTING AND FUTURE TRAFFIC FLOW ALONG CLEARWATER BAY ROAD HAS REACHED AN ADVANCED STAGE.

THE SCHEME COMPRISES THE CONSTRUCTION OF A DUAL CARRIAGEWAY FROM NGAU CHI WAN ESTATE TO ITS JUNCTION WITH HIRAM’S HIGHWAY, AND AN IMPROVED 7.3-METRE CARRIAGEWAY WITH CLIMBING LANE ON STEEP GRADIENT TO HANG HAU ROAD.

MR. S.C. CHEN, CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT’S HIGHWAYS OFFICE, SAID WORK ON THE TWO MAJOR FLYOVERS, BUILT ON THE NEW CLEARWATER BAY ROAD IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SHUN LEE TSUEN DEVELOPMENT, IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN THE MIDDLE OF NEXT YEAR.

+0N THE SECTION BETWEEN ANDERSON ROAD AND PIK UK, WORK IS PROGRESSING SMOOTHLY ON THE FIRST PHASE FROM PIK UK TO CLEARWATER BAY APARTMENTS WHILE LAND RESUMPTION AND CLEARANCE FOR THE SECOND PHASE ARE IN HAND,+ HE SAID.

MR. CHEN POINTED OUT THAT CONSTRUCTION OF AN ADDITIONAL NEW CARRIAGEWAY ON THE SECTION BETWEEN PIK UK AND HIRAM’S HIGHWAY IS WELL ADVANCED AND THE NEW ROAD IS SCHEDULED TO BE OPENED TO TRAFFIC BY THE MIDDLE OF NEXT YEAR.

TURNING TO THE SECTION BETWEEN HIRAM’S HIGHWAY AND HANG HAU ROAD, HE ADDED IT IS IN THE DETAILED DESIGN STAGE.

LAST YEAR, THE SECTION OF CLEARWATER BAY ROAD ADJOINING NGAU CHI WAN ESTATE WAS OPENED TO TRAFFIC AFTER IT HAD BEEN WIDENED.

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MORE STUDENTS GOING ABROAD TO FURTHER THEIR EDUCATION *****

THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT EXPERIENCED A BUSY YEAR IN 1978 IN PROVIDING SERVICES AND INFORMATION FOR LOCAL STUDENTS INTENDING TO STUDY ABROAD.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) MORE THAN 35,000 STUDENTS CALLED AT THE SECTION’S OFFICE LAST YEAR.

DURING THE YEAR, 3,951 APPLICATIONS FOR ADMISSION TO EDUCATIONAL ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM — AN INCREASE OF 100 PER CENT COMPARED WITH 1977 — WERE MADE THROUGH THE SECTION.

BY THE END OF 1978, THERE WERE 11,025 HONG KONG STUDENTS STUDYING IN THE U.K., MOSTLY TAKING ENGINEERING, NURSING, SECRETARIAL AND GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION (GCE) COURSES.

IN ADDITION, MORE THAN 4,880 STUDENTS ARE FURTHERING THEIR EDUCATION IN OTHER COUNTRIES, INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES, CANADA AND AUSTRALIA.

THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PROCESSING OF APPLICATIONS TO UNIVERSITIES, POLYTECHNICS AND COLLEGES IN THE U.K. AND PROVIDING LOCAL STUDENTS WITH ADVISORY SERVICES IN PLANNING STUDIES OVERSEAS.

THERE ARE FOUR OFFICERS IN THE SECTION — TWO RESPONSIBLE FOR THE U.K. AND TWO FOR AUSTRALIA, U.S.A., CANADA AND OTHER COUNTRIES.

APART FROM ASSISTING STUDENTS IN PLANNING STUDIES ABROAD AND PROVIDING OFFICIAL SPONSORSHIP FOR STUDIES IN THE U.K., THE SECTION ALSO ADMINISTERS A LARGE NUMBER OF LOCAL AND OVERSEAS SCHOLARSHIPS.

STUDENTS ARE MORE DEMANDING AND CAREER-CONSCIOUS TODAY AND THEY NO LONGER CONFINE THEIR QUESTIONS TO APPLICATION PROCEDURES, EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND OR ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

DURING INTERVIEWS, ALL POSSIBLE TOPICS IN RELATION TO OVERSEAS STUDIES ARE TOUCHED UPON, SUCH AS LIFE OVERSEAS, CHOICE CF COURSES AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES AFTER GRADUATION.

OFFICERS OF THE SECTION KEEP THEMSELVES UP-TO-DATE WITH THE LATEST TRENDS AND EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENTS OVERSEAS THROUGH RESEARCH AND LIAS ION.

FURTHERMORE, OFFICERS OF THE SECTION ARE FREQUENTLY INVITED TO GIVE TALKS AND SEMINARS TO SCHOOLS AND OTHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS.

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THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION IS OPEN DURING OFFICE HOURS AND STUDENTS CAN CALL AT THE SECTION’S OFFICE ON THE 15TH FLOOR, LEIGHTON CENTRE, WHERE REFERENCES ON OVERSEAS EDUCATION, CASSETTE TAPE RECORDINGS AS WELL AS GENERAL INFORMATION LITERATURE ARE AVAILABLE.

THIS YEAR, A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE ON OVERSEAS STUDIES, MORE CASSETTE TAPES AND AUDIO-VISUAL AIDS ARE BEING COMPILED BY THE SECTION.

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SIX-DAY SUMMER COURSE FOR BIOLOGY TEACHERS * * * *

BIOLOGY TEACHERS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO ATTEND AN INTENSIVE SIX-DAY SUMMER COURSE AIMED AT FAMILIARISING THEM WITH MODERN TEACHING IDEAS.

THE COURSE, TO BE HELD FROM AUGUST 20-25, WILL BEAR SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE 1980 HONG KONG HIGHER LEVEL BIOLOGY EXAMINATION, AND SHOULD BE OF PARTICULAR INTEREST TO FORMS III TO VI BIOLOGY TEACHERS.

IT IS ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE DEPARTMENTS OF BIOLOGY AND EXTRAMURAL STUDIES OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

TOPICS INCLUDE MICROBIOLOGY, QUANTITATIVE ASPECTS OF BIOLOGY, ECOLOGY FIELD STUDIES AND EVOLUTION. THERE WILL ALSO BE DEMONSTRATIONS AND LABORATORY WORK.

TEACHING STAFF FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY WILL CONDUCT THE SESSIONS IN CANTONESE, MANDARIN AND ENGLISH.

THE MEETING PLACE IS THE SCIENCE CENTRE OF THE UNIVERSITY IN SHA TIN.

FEES FOR THE COURSE IS $150, AND ALL REGISTERED TEACHERS WHO COMPLETE THE COURSE AND OBTAIN AN ATTENDANCE CERTIFICATE CAN APPLY FOR FULL REFUND.

APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF EXTRAMURAL STUDIES, THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, 13TH FLOOR ORIENTAL CENTRE, 7 CHATHAM ROAD, KOWLOON.

COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EXTRAMURAL STUDIES NOT LATER THAN JUNE 20.

ENROLLMENT IS LIMITED TO 40 TO BE DECIDED BY A SELECTION COMMITTEE.

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S.N.T. INAUGURATES GIRL GUIDES ASSOCIATION IN SHA TIN * * * *

THE EXPANSION PROGRAMME OF GUIDING IN THE NEW TERRITORIES TOOK AN IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD TODAY (SUNDAY) WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A DISTRICT LOCAL ASSOCIATION IN SHA TIN TO PROMOTE GUIDING ACTIVITIES IN THE NEW TOWN.

THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. DAVID AKERS-JONES, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NEW TERRITORIES GIRL GUIDES LOCAL ASSOCIATION, PRS. JANE AKERS-JONES AND THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR. GERRY HIGGINSON JOINTLY OFFICIATED AT THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE NEW DISTRICT LOCAL ASSOCIATION AT THE LEK YUEN COMMUNITY HALL.

THE NEW DISTRICT ASSOCIATION IS THE FIRST DEVELOPMENT SCHEME INITIATED UNDER A THREE-YEAR PLAN LAUNCHED EARLIER THIS YEAR TO MEET THE FUTURE EXPANSION OF GIRL GUIDE MOVEMENT IN RURAL DISTRICTS.

THE $300,000 DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME INCLUDES THE EMPLOYMENT OF ADDITIONAL FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME GUIDERS, THE FORMATION OF MORE OPEN UNITS, BROWNIE PACKS AND GUIDE COMPANIES, THE SETTING UP OF OFFICES IN VARIOUS DISTRICTS AND THE ORGANISATION OF MORE ADVENTUROUS ACTIVITIES TO SUIT THE TASTES OF THE MODERN GENERATION.

IN HIS ADDRESS, MR. AKERS-JONES SAID THE EXPANSION OF GIRL GUIDE MOVEMENT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES HAD NOW MADE AN ENCOURAGING AND SUCCESSFUL START.

+IN JUNE 1978 THERE WAS ONLY ONE BROWNIE PACK IN SHA TIN, AND NOW BY JUNE 1979 THERE ARE ALREADY TWO BROWNIE PACKS, SIX GUIDE COMPANIES AND ONE YOUNG LEADER UNIT,-*- HE SAID.

THE SHA TIN DISTRICT LOCAL ASSOCIATION CONSISTS OF SOME 200 MEMBERS, ALL OF WHOM ARE STUDENTS FROM LOCAL SCHOOLS.

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REGISTRATION TEAM IN STANLEY *****

A TEAM FROM THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS OFFICE WILL CONDUCT REGISTRATIONS AT STANLEY CIVIL AID SERVICES’ SUB-AREA HEADQUARTERS ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF 78 STANLEY VILLAGE ROAD FOR TWO DAYS FROM THURSDAY FOR PEOPLE LIVING IN THE AREA.

REGISTRATION WILL BE CONDUCTED BETWEEN 9.30 A.M. AND 4.30 P.M. ON THE TWO DAYS.

THE VISIT IS TO ENABLE PARENTS AND GUARDIANS TO REGISTER THEIR CHILDREN OR WARDS BETWEEN THE AGE OF 11 AND 17 FOR JUVENILE IDENTITY CARDS AND HOLDERS OF JUVENILE IDENTITY CARDS TO REGISTER FOR ADULT IDENTITY CARDS ON REACHING 18.

ALL PEOPLE LIVING IN THE AREA ARE REMINDED OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO REGISTER THEMSELVES AND THEIR CHILDREN FOR IDENTITY CARDS AND TO REPORT CHANGES OF EMPLOYMENT OR RESIDENTIAL ADDRESSES, MARITAL STATUS, OR ANY OTHER PARTICULARS WHICH HAVE CHANGED SINCE REGISTERING FOR THEIR IDENTITY CARDS.

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APPLICATION INVITED FOR TRAINING COURSES * * * *

THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (KOWLOON CITY) WITH OTHER ORGANISATIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS ARE ORGANISING A BASIC CIVIL AVIATION TRAINING COURSE AND A YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING CAMP.

SECONDARY SCHOOL GRADUATES AND WORKING YOUTHS ARE INVITED TO JOIN THE TWO-DAY TRAINING CAMP WHICH WILL BEGIN ON SATURDAY (JUNE 9) AT THE HO FOOK TONG, CASTLE PEAK.

ENROLLMENT IS LIMITED TO 50 ONLY AND WILL BE ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

APPLICATION IS NOW OPEN AND ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICE (KOWLOON CITY) AT THE GOVERNMENT OFFICES, FIRST FLOOR, 1 MA TAU KOK ROAD.

THE THREE-DAY TRAINING COURSE ON BASIC AVIATION KNOWLEDGE WILL START FROM JULY 24. IT IS OPEN TO YOUTHS AND FORM 1-4 STUDENTS AGED BETWEEN 13 AND 16. APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SENT TO THE KOWLOON CITY CDO IN MA TAU KOK ROAD BEFORE JUNE 29.

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RESTRICTED ACCESS

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT FROM 10 A.M. ON TUESDAY, MOTOR VEHICLES ARE PROHIBITED TO ENTER, EXCEPT FOR ACCESS, THE LAY-BY IN FRONT OF THE DAVID TRENCH REHABILITATION CENTRE IN BONHAM 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

MONDAY, JUNE 4, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LOCAL BANKERS URGED TO STEP UP STAFF TRAINING .............. 1

DUKE OF KENT LEAVES FOR CHINA ........................ 2

REGISTRATION TEAM AT TSI NG Yl ISLAND ...................... 2

WATER CUT .................................................. 2

MONDAY, JUNE 4, 1979

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LOCAL BANKERS URGED TO STEP UP STAFF TRAINING ******

THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR. NEIL HENDERSON, TODAY (MONDAY) URGED LOCAL BANKERS TO STEP UP PROPER TRAINING FOR THEIR STAFF TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE EXPANDING LOCAL BANKING INDUSTRY.

HE MADE THE APPEAL DURING A VISIT TO THE HONG KONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION’S STAFF TRAINING CENTRE AT WAYFOONG HOUSE IN TSIM SHA TSUI. HE WAS MET BY THE HEAD OF THE CENTRE, MR. NIGEL DUNNE AND MR. MICHAL BOND, THE BANK’S TRAINING MANAGER.

MR. HENDERSON SAID PROPERLY ORGANISED STAFF TRAINING IS PARTICULARLY ESSENTIAL WHEN LOCAL BANKS ARE FAST EXPANDING AND ARE PLAYING AN INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT ROLE IN COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY.

THE NUMBER OF LICENSED BANKS INCREASED FROM 74 TO 101 LAST YEAR, AND CONSEQUENTLY MORE TRAINED MANPOWER IS REQUIRED, HE ADDED.

MR. HENDERSON WAS GREATLY IMPRESSED WITH THE TRAINING FACILITIES AT THE WAYFOONG CENTRE.

THE CENTRE PROVIDES TRAINING FOR GENERAL AND SUPERVISORY STAFF AND RUNS A FULL TIME FIVE-DAY BASIC TRAINING COURSE FOR NEW RECRUITS AND IN-SERVICE TRAINING COURSES FOR TELLERS, CLERKS, STAFF OFFICERS AND BRANCH MANAGERS.

TRAINING FACILITIES THERE INCLUDE SIX CLASSROOMS, AN AUDITORIUM, A VIDEO STUDIO, AN ADDING MACHINE PRACTICE ROOM, 26 COMPUTER TERMINALS AND A MODEL BANK.

THE CENTRE ALSO OPENS AT NIGHT FOR STAFF MEMBERS TO ATTEND THE INSTITUTE OF BANKERS’ COURSES.

THE BANK ALSO RUNS ANOTHER TRAINING CENTRE FOR EXECUTIVES AT GAMMON HOUSE, HEADED BY MR. BOND, WHO IS ALSO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NEWLY APPOINTED BANKING TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL.

IT CATERS FOR TRAINING OF SENIOR STAFF AND NEWLY EMPLOYED EXECUTIVE TRAINEES.

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DUKE OF KENT LEAVES FOR CHINA

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THE DUKE OF KENT LEFT HONG KONG THIS (MONDAY) AFTERNOON FOR PEKING BY RAF VC-10 ON AN OFFICIAL VISIT TO CHINA.

SEEING HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS OFF AT THE AIRPORT WERE THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE- THE CHIEF JUSTICE, SIR DENYS ROBERTS- THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR JACK CATER- THE COMMANDER BRITISH FORCES, MAJOR-GENERAL SIR ROY REDGRAVE- THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, SIR YUET-KEUNG KAN- THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE HON. OSWALD CHEUNG AND hfi. WANG KUANG, FIRST-DIRECTOR OF THE XINHUA NEWS AGENCY.

IN PEKING, THE DUKE OF KENT IN HIS CAPACITY AS VICE-CHAIRMAN CF THE BRITISH OVERSEAS TRADE BOARD WILL ATTEND THE OPENING OF A BRITISH ENERGY EXHIBITION ON JUNE 6. HE IS ALSO EXPECTED TO TOUR HANGZHOU AND SHANGHAI BEFORE FLYING BACK TO HONG KONG ON JUNE 11.

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A TEAM FROM THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS OFFICE WILL CONDUCT REGISTRATIONS FROM THE TSING Yl ISLAND RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE BETWEEN 9.30 A.M. AND 4.30 P.M. FOR THREE DAYS FROM JUNE 12.

THIS IS TO ENABLE PARENTS OR GUARDIANS TO REGISTER CHILDREN AGED BETWEEN 11 AND 17 FOR JUVENILE IDENTITY CARDS AND HOLDERS OF JUVENILE IDENTITY CARDS TO REGISTER FOR ADULT IDENTITY CARDS ON REACHING 18.

PEOPLE LIVING IN THIS AREA ARE REMINDED TO REGISTER THEMSELVES AND THEIR CHILDREN FOR IDENTITY CARDS AND TO REPORT CHANGES OF EMPLOYMENT OR RESIDENTIAL ADDRESSES, MARITAL STATUS OR ANY OTHER PARTICULARS WHICH HAVE CHANGED SINCE REGISTERING FOR THEIR IDENTITY CARDS.

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WATER CUT * * *

THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (MONDAY) THAT FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN POK FU LAM WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR EIGHT HOURS FROM 10 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY TO 6 A.M. THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR NIGHT LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY BISNEY ROAD, CROWN TERRACE, SASSOON ROAD AND TELEGRAPH BAY VILLAGE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

TONG FAI FOR FORMS I - I I I TO BE ABOLISHED............. 1

GOVERNOR TO HOLD CONSULTATIONS IN LONDON ................ 2

10 QUESTIONS TO BE RAISED IN LEGCO....................... 2

OVERSEAS DOCTORS TO DISCUSS DRUG PROBLEMS IN HK ......... 3

FOOTWEAR TALKS WITH U.S.A................................ 3

NEW STAMPS AND FIRST DAY COVERS TO GO ON SALE............ 4

SHORT-TERM TENANCY TENDERS .............................. 5

NEW SECONDARY SCHOOL FOR SAI KUNG ... 958,170 ARRIVALS IN APRIL ..............................

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

TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 1979

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TONG FAI FOR FORMS I - I I I TO BE ABOLISHED *****

TONG FAI IN MOST OF THE AIDED SCHOOLS AND WELFARE FUND IN GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS WILL BE ABOLISHED IN FORMS I TO III AS FROM THE COMING SEPTEMBER.

IN LIEU OF TONG FAI, GOVERNMENT WILL INCREASE THE CAPITATION GRANT PAID TO AIDED SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN RESPECT OF FORMS I TO III PLACES BY $120 A YEAR. AS FAR AS GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS ARE CONCERNED. THE WELFARE FUND WILL BE BORNE BY GOVERNMENT.

FOR NON-PROFIT-MAKING SCHOOLS IN WHICH FORMS I TO III PLACES ARE BOUGHT THE PER CAPUT GRANT PAID BY THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE INCREASED FROM $416 TO $536 PER PUPIL PER ANNUM.

+THE COST TO PUBLIC FUNDS WILL AMOUNT TO $12 MILLION IN 1979-80 RISING TO $23-3 MILLION IN 1982-83,+ AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

A VERY SMALL NUMBER OF AIDED SECONDARY SCHOOLS WILL STILL BE PERMITTED TO CHARGE TONG FAI BUT AT A SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED LEVEL SINCE THE $120 A YEAR PAID BY THE GOVERNMENT WILL NOT ENTIRELY OFFSET THE SUBSCRIPTION CURRENTLY PAID BY THEIR STUDENTS.

+THE CHARGING OF TONG FAI IN FORMS IV TO VI OF AIDED SECONDARY SCHOOLS WILL STILL BE PERMITTED BUT THE LEVEL AT WHICH IT IS CHARGED WILL BE SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION.+ HE SAID.

AT THE SAME TIME THE GOVERNMENT WILL WAIVE REPAYMENT OF ALL OUTSTANDING GOVERNMENT LOANS TO 37 AIDED AND 21 PRIVATE NON-PROFIT-MAKING SCHOOLS DUE FOR REPAYMENT AFTER SEPTEMBER 1, 1979.

THESE LOANS WERE MADE AVAILABLE TO AIDED AND PRIVATE NON-PROFIT-MAKING SCHOOLS TO ASSIST TOWARDS THE INITIAL COST OF BUILDING AND EQUIPPING SCHOOLS OR OF EXTENDING, CONVERTING AND REPROVISIONING EXISTING SCHOOLS.

THE TOTAL LOANS AMOUNT TO $52.2 MILLION.

IN FUTURE THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION WILL HAVE THE DISCRETION TO RECOMMEND 100 PER CENT CAPITAL SUBSIDIES FOR THE FINANCING OF EXTENSIONS AND CONVERSION TO EXISTING AIDED SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND REPROVISIONING PROJECTS.

THE 100 PER CENT CAPITAL SUBSIDIES WILL ALSO APPLY TO MAJOR REPAIRS WORK AND THE REPLACEMENT OF FURNITURE AND EQUIPMENT IN AIDED SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

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GOVERNOR TO HOLD CONSULTATIONS IN LONDON * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, IS TO FLY TO LONDON NEXT WEEK TO DISCUSS HONG KONG’S IMMIGRATION PROBLEMS WITH MINISTERS AND OFFICIALS IN WHITEHALL.

SIR MURRAY WILL LEAVE ON TUESDAY (JUNE 12) AND IS EXPECTED TO BE AWAY FOR ABOUT A WEEK.

THE GOVERNOR WILL ALSO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY OF MEETING NEW MINISTERS AND DISCUSSING WITH THEM AND OFFICIALS A RANGE OF OTHER TOPICS OF MUTUAL INTEREST TO HMG AND THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT.

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INFLUX OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM CHINA WILL BE DISCUSSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN WILL ASK WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WILL CONSIDER USING THE SOKO ISLANDS AS A TEMPORARY SETTLEMENT FOR VIETNAMESE REFUGEES AND, TO DETER MORE OF THEM FROM COMING TO HONG KONG, ENSURE THAT ONLY THE MINIMUM STANDARD OF SERVICES AND FACILITIES ARE PROVIDED.

HE WILL ALSO LIKE TO KNOW WHETHER ALL AVAILABLE RESOURCES ARE BEING DEPLOYED TO PREVENT ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM SLIPPING INTO HONG KONG, AND IF ADDITIONAL MANPOWER CAN BE DEPLOYED FOR THIS PURPOSE.

THE HON. WONG LAM WILL ASK THE GOVERNMENT WHETHER TOUGHER MEASURES COULD BE ADOPTED TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM EFFECTIVELY.

SIX OTHER QUESTIONS WILL ALSO BE RAISED IN TOMORROW’S SESSION.

THESE INCLUDE MEASURES BEING TAKEN BY THE GOVERNMENT TO TEMPORARILY SUSPEND DC-10 FLIGHTS OVER HONG KONG- DEEP BAY OYSTERS- DELAY IN THE ELECTRIFICATION OF KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAYILLEGAL EXTENSIONS IN PRIVATE BUILDINGS- PROMOTION OF CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND MATTERS RELATING TO THE DISCRIMINATION AGAINST HONG KONG TEXTILE EXPORTS TO EEC MARKETS. SECONDHREAD?NGSS W,LL BE ,NTR0DUCED IN THE COUNCIL FOR FIRST AND

THESE ARE THE LAW AMENDMENT AND REFORM (CONSOLIDATION) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1979-= LABOUR TRIBUNAL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1979 AND THE TEMPORARY RESTRICTION OF BUILDING DEVELOPMENT (MID-LEVELS)

DEBATE WILL RESUME ON THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1979 AND THE REGISTRATION OF BIRTHS, DEATHS AND ADOPTION (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENT) BILL 1979.

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OVERSEAS DOCTORS TO DISCUSS DRUG PROBLEMS IN HK ******

A VISITING WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION (WHO) CONSULTANT, PROFESSOR JOSEPH WESTERMEYER, TODAY (TUESDAY) STARTED HIS ROUND OF VISITS IN PREPARATION FOR A WHO INTER-REGIONAL TRAINING COURSE FOR TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION OF DRUG DEPENDENT PERSONS TO BE HELD IN HONG KONG AT THE END OF THIS YEAR.

PROFESSOR WESTERMEYER THIS MORNING PAID A COURTESY CALL ON THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS (ACAN), SIR ALBERT RODRIGUES AND HAD DISCUSSION WITH THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR. PETER E.l. LEE ON CURRICULUM PLANNING AND OTHER ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE COURSE.

HE WILL HAVE DISCUSSIONS WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF PRISONS, MR. T.G. GARNER, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES (NARCOTICS), DR. K.F. CHAN AND OTHER SENIOR OFFICIALS FROM GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES CONCERNED DURING HIS THREE-DAY VISIT.

THE COURSE WILL BE HELD FROM OCTOBER 30 TO NOVEMBER 28 THIS YEAR, AND WILL BE PARTICIPATED BY MORE THAN 20 DOCTORS FROM AFGHANISTAN, EGYPT, PAKISTAN, BURMA, THAILAND, MALAYSIA, THE PHILIPPINES AND INDONESIA.

THE FOUR-WEEK COURSE AIMS AT PROVIDING AN IN-DEPTH STUDY INTO THE LATEST ANTI-NARCOTICS TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION POLICIES, AND METHODS AND TOPICS WILL INCLUDE THE MEDICAL, BEHAVIOURAL AND SOCIAL TREATMENT OF DRUG DEPENDENCE, FAMILIES AND COMMUNITY INTERVENTIONS, EDUCATION AND PREVENTION, LEGISLATION AND TRAINING SKILLS.

PROFESSOR WESTERMEYER LEAVES FOR GENEVA ON THURSDAY.

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FOOTWEAR TALKS WITH U.S.A * * * *

A REVIEW OF THE CURRENT ARRANGEMENTS COVERING EXPORTS OF CERTAIN FOOTWEAR FROM HONG KONG TO THE U.S.A. WILL BEGIN ON THURSDAY. THE REVIEW WILL EE CARRIED OUT BY HONG KONG AND U.S. DELEGATIONS IN HONG KONG.

UNDER THE CURRENT ARRANGEMENTS, NON-RUBBER FOOTWEAR EXPORTED TO THE U.S.A. FROM HONG KONG MUST BE COVERED BY A CERTIFICATE OF HONG KONG ORIGIN IN ORDER TO ENSURE ACCEPTANCE OF THE GOODS BY THE U.S. AUTHORITIES. THERE IS NO QUANTITATIVE LIMITATION ON EXPORTS HOWEVER.

THE ARRANGEMENTS WERE INTRODUCED IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR AND REMAIN IN FORCE UNTIL JUNE 30, 1981, UNLESS THESE ARE MODIFIED OR TERMINATED BEFOREHAND. THE ARRANGEMENTS ALSO PROVIDE FOR A REVIEW NOT LATER THAN JUNE 30 THIS YEAR.

THE U.S. DELEGATION WILL BE LED BY MR. STEVE LANDE, ASSISTANT SPECIAL TRADE REPRESENTATIVE. THE HONG KONG DELEGATION WILL BE LED BY MR. LAWRENCE MILLS, DIRECTOR OF TRADE.

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NEW STAMPS AND FIRST DAY COVERS TO GO ON SALE *****

„„WA^SPEC,AL ISSUE OF POSTAGE STAMPS FEATURING HONG KONG’S BUTTERFLIES WILL BE ON SALE AT ALL POST OFFICES FROM JUNE 20.

am n.ImE.ST^PS» VALUED AT 20 CENTS, 51, 51.30 AND 52, WILL BE

DISPLAY AT THE PUBLIC COUNTER ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, BETWEEN 9.20 A.M. AND 4.30 P.M. ON JUNE 13.

SPECIAL FIRST DAY COVERS FOR THE NEW STAMPS WILL BE PUT ON ™bLAL.A!-L,.£?£T 0FFICES AT 20 CENTS EACH FROM JUNE 12. EACH COVER WILL CONTAIN AN INSERT CARD WITH A DESCRIPTION OF THE BUTTERFLIES SHOWN ON THE STAMPS AND BRIEF PHILATELIC INFORMATION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE POST OFFICE TODAY (TUESDAY) URGED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO OBTAIN THEIR REQUIREMENTS EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.

HE SAID ADVANCE ORDERS FOR SERVICING OF FIRST DAY COVERS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, CONNAUGHT PLACE- KOWLOON CENTRAL POST OFFICE, NATHAN ROAD AND TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE. PEKING ROAD WHERE ORDER FORMS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON JUNE 12.

FOR THIS SERVICE, ADDRESSED FIRST DAY COVERS MUST BE HANDED IN WITH AN ORDER FORM TOGETHER WITH A REMITTANCE TO COVER THE COST.

THE CHARGE WILL BE 54.80 PER COVER — THE COST OF THE FOUR 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 JUNE 21 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 JUNE 16.

IN ADDITION, A SERVICE WILL BE PROVIDED ON JUNE 20 AT ALL POST OFFICES WHERE FIRST DAY COVERS WILL BE ACCEPTED OVER THE COUNTER, IMPRESSED WITH NORMAL POST OFFICE DATE STAMP AND HANDED BACK TO THE PERSON PRESENTING THEM. NO TIME TYPE WILL APPEAR IN THE POSTMARK.

THIS SERVICE IS ONLY FOR UNREGISTERED ARTICLES WITH A LOCAL ADDRESS, MARKED +FIRST DAY COVER* AND NOT BEARING ANY CANCELLATI ON.

SPECIAL POSTING BOXES WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, KOWLOON CENTRAL POST OFFICE AND TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE ON JUNE 20 FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO HAVE FIRST DAY COVERS CAREFULLY HAND-POSTMARKED BEFORE DESPATCH TO THE ADDRESS ON THE COVERS.

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SHORT-TERM TENANCY TENDERS

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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 THE WAN CHAI RECLAMATION, HONG KONG.

THE SITE, MEASURING ABOUT 3,370 SQUARE METRES, IS FOR STORAGE PURPOSES, INCLUDING VEHICLES AND/OR WORKS AREA.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE SAID TODAY 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 OR 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 TENDERS IS NOON ON JUNE 22. 1979.

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NEW SECONDARY SCHOOL FOR SAI KUNG * * * * *

A NEW SECONDARY SCHOOL IN SAI KUNG CAPABLE OF PROVIDING SEATS FOR 1,400 SCHOOL CHILDREN WILL BE OPENED IN SEPTEMBER WITH AN INITIAL ENROLMENT OF 440 STUDENTS.

THE $8 MILLION GOVERNMENT-AIDED, PRIVATE NON-PROFIT

MAKJNG SCHOOL — THE SAI KUNG HANG HAU DISTRICT CHENG CH IK PRIVATE SPONSORSHIP AT THE JUNCTION IN A VERY SCENIC

CHEE SECONDARY SCHOOL — FINANCED PARTLY BY IS BEING BUILT ON A GOVERNMENT-GRANTED SITE OF HIRAM’S HIGHWAY AND CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD ENVIRONMENT OVERLOOKING PORT SHELTER.

OFFICE TOMORROW

AT A CEREMONY AT THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT (WEDNESDAY) THE FIRST GROUP OF EIGHT CERTIFICATED-GRADUATED MASTERS WILL SIGN THEIR CONTRACTS OF EMPLOYMENT.

REPRESENTING THE SCHOOL AUTHORITY AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE SA*„KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR. COLIN BOSHER, THE SCHOOL’S SUPERVISOR MR. YAU KEI AND SIR RUN RUN SHAW DIRECTORS.

ONE OF THE SCHOOL’S

NOTE TO EDITORS:

EIGHT CERTIFICATED-GRADUATED MASTERS OF SCHOOL IN SAI KUNG WILL SIGN THEIR CONTRACTS THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT PO KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 692 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, AT 4 P.M. TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

A NEW SECONDARY OF EMPLOYMENT IN OFFICE AT SAN

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE CONTRACT-SIGNING CEREMONY. PRESS TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED AND WILL LEAVE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER, TSIM SHA TSUI, AT 3.20 P.M

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958,170 ARRIVALS IN APRIL * * * *

A TOTAL OF 958,170 PEOPLE ARRIVED IN HONG KONG IN APRIL, SHOWING AN INCREASE OF 429,233 COMPARED WITH APRIL 1978, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED BY THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT TODAY (TUESDAY).

OF THE ARRIVALS, 256,680 CAME BY AIR WHILE 299,309 CAME BY SEA AND 402,181 BY LAND.

, AN INCREASE OF 410,897 COMPARED 255,788 LEFT BY AIR, 295,858 BY

DEPARTURES TOTALLED 925,640 WITH APRIL 1978. OF THE TOTAL, SEA AND 373,994 BY LAND.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

ONLY MINIMUM STANDARD OF SERVICES, FACILITIES PROVIDED FOR REFUGEES .................................. 1

AVAILABLE RESOURCES FULLY DEPLOYED IN OPERATIONS AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ............................. 2

CONTROL OF SPECULATION IN LAND AND PROPERTY NEEDED .. 3

TIME ALLOWED FOR MAKING LABOUR CLAIMS TO BE EXTENDED 4

GOVT TO ANALYSE EEC IMPORT STATISTICS .................. 6

RENT CONTROL DISCOURAGES PRODUCTION OF NEW HOUSING .. 7

MID-LEVELS TEMPORARY BUILDING BAN NECESSARY TO MAINTAIN SAFETY OF AREA................................. 8

NEW TIMETABLE FOR KCR MODERNISATION .................... 9

NO CAUSE TO SUSPEND DC-IO’S OPERATING TO HK ........... 10

GOVT TO HELP RE-ESTABLISH OYSTERS INDUSTRY ............ 11

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN NT.............................. 12

MORE STAFF PROPOSED TO DEAL WITH PROBLEM OF UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS ........................... 12

LAW AMENDMENT AND REFORM (CONSOLIDATION)(AMENDMENT) BILL .................................................. 14

BILLS PASSED........................................... 14

SEMINAR ON ALIGNED DOCUMENTS .......................... 15

NEW SECONDARY SCHOOL FOR SAI KUNG...................... 15

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE ................................ 16

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

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ONLY MINIMUM STANDARD OF SERVICES, FACILITIES PROVIDED FOR REFUGEES ******

IT IS THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY WHEREVER REFUGEES ARE ACCOMMODATED TO PROVIDE ONLY THE MINIMUM STANDARD OF SERVICES AND FACILITIES AT AS HIGH A DENSITY AS IS CONSISTENT WITH BASIC PUBLIC HEALTH STANDARDS, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON. LEWIS DAVIES, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO QUESTIONS CONCERNING VIETNAMESE REFUGEES, HE SAID THAT STEPS ARE BEING TAKEN TO INCREASE THE NUMBERS ACCOMMODATED IN EXISTING CAMPS.

HE ADMITTED THE ADMINISTRATION HAD NOT BEEN ABLE TO DEVISE ANY TOUGHER MEASURES THAN ARE BEING APPLIED TO PROVIDE A GREATER DETERRENT THAN NOW EXISTS FROM CROSSING THE SOUTH CHINA SEA IN SMALL OPEN BOATS.

REFERRING TO THE CHOICE OF SITES IN WHICH TO ACCOMMODATE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES, HE SAID THIS WOULD NOT HAVE MORE THAN A POSSIBLE MARGINAL INFLUENCE ON THEM IN CONSIDERING WHETHER TO COME ' TO HONG KONG.

ON THE QUESTION OF USING SOKO ISLANDS, HE SAID THEY WERE ALMOST DEVOID OF WATER AND TO PROVIDE IT WOULD BE EXPENSIVE.

♦ITS REMOTENESS WOULD ALSO ADD TO THE COST OF THE PROVISION OF FOOD AND MAKE THE PROVISION OF THE NECESSARY FORCES TO ENSURE LAW AND ORDER AND THAT PERSONS DID NOT DISPERSE FROM THE ISLANDS DIFFICULT AND TIME-CONSUMING,+ HE SAID.

♦ACCORDINGLY THE GOVERNMENT IS MAKING ACCOMMODATION AVAILABLE IN PLACES IN WHICH THE PRESENCE OF REFUGEES WILL NOT DISLOCATE EXISTING GOVERNMENT PROGRAMMES, WHERE SO FAR AS POSSIBLE HONG KONG PEOPLE WILL NOT BE INCONVENIENCED, WHERE THE REFUGEES WILL ADD TO THE LABOUR FORCE AND WHERE ITS MANAGEMENT CAN BE MOST ECONOMICALLY EFFECTED.+

SO FAR SUCH FACILITIES HAD BEEN FOUND MOSTLY WITHIN URBAN AREAS OR AT CHI MA WAN, MR. DAVIES SAID. IF THE NUMBERS OF REFUGEES INCREASE IT MIGHT BE NECESSARY TO LOOK AGAIN AT REMOTE AREAS, INCLUDING ISLANDS, DESPITE THE COST AND PROBLEMS OF DEVELOPMENT AND THE INCONVENIENCE OF SUSTAINING REFUGEES ON THEM.

♦THE ETHNIC CHINESE POPULATION IN VIETNAM IS BEING SYSTEMATICALLY FORCED EITHER INTO THE NEW ECONOMIC ZONES OR TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY BY MEANS WHICH MRS. THATCHER IN HER RECENT LETTER TO THE SECRETARY GENERAL, UNITED NATIONS REFERS TO AS ’INHUMAN’.

♦THESE PEOPLE FEEL SO OPPRESSED THAT THEY ARE DETERMINED TO LEAVE DESPITE THE RISKS INHERENT IN THE SEA VOYAGE IN SMALL OVERCROWDED VESSELS.

♦THE LOSSES IN THIS EXODUS HAVE BEEN ESTIMATED AT 50 PER CENT AND THEY MAY WELL BE HIGHER.

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+SUCH PERSONS LEAVE EVEN THOUGH THEY KNOW THAT IF THEY REACH CERTAIN SHORES WITHIN THE REGION THEY WILL BE DIVERTED FROM LANDING AND TOWED AWAY. THIS TREATMENT, HOWEVER, HAS NOT DETERRED THEM FROM ATTEMPTING TO GO TO THE COUNTRIES WHICH ADOPT THIS PRACTICE.

+THE FACT THAT VERY LARGE NUMBERS ARE NOW ACCOMMODATED IN OVERCROWDED GODOWNS AND IN THEIR JUNKS IN ANCHORAGES IN HONG KONG HAS NOT DETERRED THEM EITHER,* MR. DAVIES POINTED OUT.

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AVAILABLE RESOURCES FULLY DEPLOYED IN OPERATIONS AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS *******

ALL AVAILABLE RESOURCES WERE BEING DEPLOYED TO PREVENT ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM SLIPPING INTO HONG KONG, AND ADDITIONAL MANPOWER COULD BE DEPLOYED FOR THIS OPERATION, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON. LEWIS DAVIES TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

♦IN DEPLOYING THESE FORCES ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION DUTIES IT IS NECESSARY TO PROVIDE LEVELS WHICH CAN BE SUSTAINED, AND IN THE CASE OF THE POLICE FORCE TO MAINTAIN ITS NORMAL LAW AND ORDER COVERAGE OF HONG KONG,* HE SAID IN REPLY TO QUESTIONS RAISED BY THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN.

REFERRING TO THE DEPLOYMENT OF THE GARRISON IN ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION OPERATION, MR. DAVIES SAID UNTIL RECENTLY TWO BATTALIONS AND TWO COMPANIES OF A THIRD BATTALION WERE ENGAGED. THIS HAD NOW BEEN INCREASED TO FOUR. SUPPORT TROOPS PROVIDED ADDITIONAL EFFORT WHENEVER THEY COULD BE MADE AVAILABLE.

FURTHERMORE, THE ROYAL NAVY HAD AUGMENTED ITS FIVE PATROL CRAFT BY ONE AUXILIARY VESSEL. UNTIL RECENTLY TWO VESSELS HAD BEEN ON PATROL WITH A THIRD AND FOURTH AT SHORT NOTICE. THE ROYAL NAVY HAD NOW INCREASED THE VESSELS ON PATROL TO THREE WITH OTHERS AT SHORT NOTICE IN RESERVE.

AS FOR THE ROYAL AIR FORCE AND ARMY AIR CORPS HELICOPTERS, THEY WERE PROVIDING THE MAXIMUM EFFORT POSSIBLE FOR SUPPORT OF ANTIILLEGAL OPERATIONS.

MR. DAVIES ADDED THAT THE POLICE WERE DEPLOYING NEARLY 2,000 OFFICERS ON ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT OPERATIONS.

+AT SEA THEY ARE OPERATING 24 OF THEIR OWN LAUNCHES, REINFORCED BY FOUR VESSELS FROM OTHER DEPARTMENTS. AN ADDITIONAL SIX GOVERNMENT VESSELS ARE AT PRESENT ASSISTING THE POLICE IN SHORT TERM INTENSIVE OPERATIONS,* HE SAID.

THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT IS ALSO ENGAGED IN THIS ACTIVITY. IT PROVIDES TWO SQUADRONS FOR PATROLLING PRIMARILY AT WEEKENDS AND THE AUXILIARY AIR FORCE IS OPERATING BOTH FIXED WING AIRCRAFT AND HELICOPTERS IN SUPPORT OF ANTI-ILLEGAL OPERATIONS.

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MR. DAVIES SAID THE AUXILIARY POLICE ALSO DEPLOYED NEARLY 9OO MEN DAILY IN THE URBAN AREAS, THUS RELEASING REGULAR POLICEMEN FOR OTHER DUTIES.

HE ASSURED THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT THE DEPLOYMENT OF EXISTING RESOURCES HAD ALREADY BEEN GREATLY INCREASED AND THAT ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS OF MANPOWER AND EQUIPMENT WERE CURRENTLY UNDER +VERY ACTIVE* CONSIDERATION.

+DEPLOYMENT ARE KEPT UNDER CONSTANT REVIEW BY OPERATIONAL COMMANDERS AND ARE ALTERED TO MEET CHANGES IN THE SITUATION. IN ADDITION THE COMMANDER BRITISH FORCES AND THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE ARE KEEPING VERY CLOSE WATCH ON FORCE LEVELS IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT WE CAN MAINTAIN AND SUSTAIN THE OPERATIONS AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS,* MR. DAVIES SAID.

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UNOFFICIAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, REV. THE HON. PATRICK MCGOVERN MAINTAINED HIS VIEW THAT THERE WAS NO SUCH THING IN HONG KONG AS A +FAIR MARKET RENT* AND VOTED AGAINST THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1979 WHEN IT WAS PASSED AT THE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

FR. MCGOVERN SAID THERE WAS NEED FOR MORE RENT CONTROL, NOT LESS, AS PROPOSED IN THE BILL, AND NEED FOR CONTROL OF SPECULATION IN LAND AND PROPERTY.

HE THOUGHT THE SCARCITY OF LAND WAS NOT AN ARGUMENT TO JUSTIFY A HIGH PRICE. TO HIM, IT JUSTIFIED CONTROL OF THAT HIGH PRICE, WHICH HAD BECOME THE BASE OF THE INFLATIONARY SPIRAL.

+A BETTER SYSTEM THAN AUCTIONING TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER COULD BE DEVISED WHEN WE ARE DEALING WITH A COMMODITY WHICH IS ESSENTIAL TO LIFE AND THE SUPPLY OF WHICH DOES NOT EQUAL THE DEMAND,* HE SAID.

HE FURTHER POINTED OUT THAT IN THE WHOLE CHAIN OF OPERATIONS FROM LEASING LAND, TO BUILDING, TO SELLING OR RENTING A FLAT, THERE WAS TOO MUCH ROOM FOR SPECULATION AND PROFITEERING, THE END RESULT OF WHICH WAS THAT RENTS FOR PRIVATE PREMISES WERE TOO HIGH.

HE SAID IT WAS TRUE THAT THE PRODUCTION OF LAND WAS BEING DOUBLED IN TWO CONSECUTIVE YEARS AND MORE HOUSING WAS BEING RAPIDLY PRODUCED IN THE NEW TOWNS, BUT HE DOUBTED THAT SUPPLY WOULD CATCH UP ON DEMAND, BY WHICH THE DECONTROL OF RENT WAS JUSTIFIED.

HE HAD FURTHER REASON TO DOUBT THIS, IN VIEW OF THE MASSIVE INFLOW OF BOTH ’LEGAL’ AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, COMING IN *SEVERAL ESTATES FULL ANNUALLY*, WHICH WAS BEYOND OUR CONTROL AND WAS LIKELY TO CONTINUE FOR SOME TIME.

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HE COMMENTED THAT WHILE RENT CONTROL WAS SAID TO BE A TEMPORARY MEASURE FOR ABNORMAL TIMES, THE HOUSING SITUATION HAD BEEN PERMANENTLY ABNORMAL SINCE THE EARLY 195OS.

ANOTHER REASON HE GAVE FOR OPPOSING THE BILL WAS THE FACT THAT IF RENTS CONTINUE TO RISE, RATES, THE CALCULATION FOR WHICH IS BASED ON THE +UNFAIR MARKET RENT*, WILL ALSO RISE UNLESS THE POUNDAGE IS REDUCED. +THIS WILL AFFECT NOT ONLY THE OVERBURDENED TENANTS IN PRIVATE HOUSING, BUT ALSO TENANTS IN PUBLIC HOUSING,* HE SAID.

HE CONCEDED, HOWEVER, THAT THE BILL WAS +NOT TOO BAD IN PARTS.* THE PART ON PREWAR HOUSING DID NOT WORRY HIM TOO MUCH BECAUSE ONLY 8,820 UNITS WERE INVOLVED AND +THEY WILL NOT BE FREE TO REACH THE UNFAIR MARKET RENT UNTIL 1984* BY WHICH TIME THEY COULD HAVE ALL COME DOWN. ANOTHER PART WAS THE EXTENSION OF CONTROL ON POST-WAR DOMESTIC PREMISES, * INADEQUATE AS IT IS,* HE SAID, BY THREE YEARS.

ANOTHER UNOFFICIAL COUNCILLOR, THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, ALSO SPOKE ON THE BILL. HE DREW ATTENTION TO THE RECENT TREND OF RENT INCREASE FOR POST-1973 UNCONTROLLED SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZE FLATS BY ANYTHING BETWEEN 25 AND 100 PER CENT, HIGHER THAN ALLOWED UNDER THE RENT CONTROL LEGISLATION.

THE REASON FOR THIS, HE EXPLAINED, WAS THAT MORE NEWCOMERS WERE ARRIVING IN HONG KONG, MANY OF WHOM EITHER COULD NOT FIND OR AFFORD DE LUXE FLATS, AND SO OPTED TO PAY MUCH HIGHER RENTS FOR THE IMMEDIATE OCCUPATION OF MEDIUM AND SMALL SIZE FLATS.

UPPER MEDIUM-INCOME FAMILIES EARNING, SAY, BETWEEN $5,000 TO $10,000 A MONTH WERE THEREFORE FACING THE PROSPECT OF HAVING TO PAY BETWEEN 35 TO 50 PER CENT OF THEIR INCOME ON RENT ALONE, HE SAID.

MR. CHEONG-LEEN THEREFORE WELCOMED THE STATEMENT BY THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING THAT HE WOULD CONTINUE TO KEEP A CLOSE WATCH ON HOUSING PRODUCTION AND RENT LEVELS AND IF NECESSARY PROPOSE FURTHER MEASURES.

HE HOPED THE SECRETARY WOULD BE ABLE TO ADVISE THE COUNCIL IN THE NEXT SESSION SOMETIME IN OCTOBER OR NOVEMBER AS TO THE LATEST POSITION.

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TIME ALLOWED FOR MAKING LABOUR CLAIMS TO BE EXTENDED

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THE LABOUR TRIBUNAL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1979 WHICH SEEKS TO EXTEND THE TIME ALLOWED FOR MAKING CLAIMS FROM SIX TO 12 MONTHS WAS INTRODUCED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE LABOUR TRIBUNAL WAS BROUGHT INTO BEING BY THE LABOUR TRIBUNAL ORDINANCE IN 1972.

THE OBJECT OF THE LEGISLATION WAS TO PROVIDE A COURT WITH SPECIAL EXPERTISE IN LABOUR MATTERS, WHOSE PROCEDURES WOULD BE QUICK AND INFORMAL AND INEXPENSIVE, TO TRY DISPUTES ABOUT CONTRACTS OF EMPLOYMENT OR APPRENTICESHIP AND RELATED MATTERS.

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IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON. JOHN GRIFFITHS, SAID THAT BY SECTION 9 OF THAT ORDINANCE CLAIMS HAVE TO BE BROUGHT WITHIN SIX MONTHS OF THE CAUSE OF ACTION AR IS ING.

♦THE REASON FOR THIS WAS TO MAINTAIN THE PRINCIPLE OF SIMPLICITY AND SWIFT JUSTICE. DELAYED CLAIMS TEND TO TAKE LONGER TO INVESTIGATE AND BECOME MORE DIFFICULT TO PROVE,+ HE SAID.

MR. GRIFFITHS POINTED OUT THAT EXPERIENCE HAD SHOWN THAT THERE WERE A SMALL BUT SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF CASES IN WHICH HARDSHIP HAD BEEN CAUSED BY THIS SECTION1 IN PARTICULAR CLAIMS INVOLVING ARREARS OF WAGES OR ESPECIALLY COMMISSION, OR DISPUTES ABOUT ANNUAL HOLIDAY PAY, BOTH OF WHICH ARE SUBJECT TO A NATURAL DELAY IN PRESENTATION.

FOLLOWING A STUDY TOUR OF OTHER JURISDICTIONS ARRANGED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION IN 1978, THE PRESIDING OFFICER OF THE TRIBUNAL RECOMMENDED THAT SECTION 9 BE AMENDED SO AS TO EXTEND THE TIME ALLOWED FOR MAKING CLAIMS, HE SAID.

♦THE PURPOSE OF THIS SHORT BILL IS TO GIVE EFFECT TO THAT RECOMMENDATION. ACCORDINGLY IT IS PROPOSED BY CLAUSE 2 OF THE BILL TO EXTEND THE PERIOD FOR FILING CLAIMS FROM SIX TO 12 MONTHS FROM THE DATE OF THE CAUSE OF ACT ION,+ HE ADDED.

MR. GRIFFITHS NOTED THAT IT WAS DIFFICULT TO FORECAST EXACTLY HOW MANY EXTRA CLAIMS WOULD RESULT BECAUSE THERE WERE NO COMPLETE RECORDS IN EXISTENCE OF OUT-OF-TIME CLAIMS.

ON PRESENT INDICATIONS, HE EXPLAINED, IT WAS NOT THOUGHT THAT THE NUMBER OF ADDITIONAL CASES WOULD BE LARGE NOR THAT THEIR NUMBER WOULD MATERIALLY AFFECT THE EFFICIENCY OF THE TRIBUNAL.

♦TO GUARD AGAINST THIS DANGER, IT HAS BEEN DECIDED THAT THE ACTUAL NUMBER AND TYPE OF CLAIMS WILL BE MONITORED HENCEFORTH SO THAT THE RESULTS OF THIS AMENDMENT CAN BE REVIEWED IN A YEAR’S TIME,+ MR. GRIFFITHS SAID.

HOWEVER, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL EMPHASISED THAT THE BILL DOES NOT OPEN UP A NEW CATEGORY OF CLAIMS. IT WILL SIMPLY MEAN THAT SOME LABOUR CLAIMS WILL NOW BE HEARD BY IT RATHER THAN BY ANY OTHER COURT.

♦PREVIOUSLY SUCH CLAIMS COULD HAVE BEEN BROUGHT EITHER IN THE SMALL CLAIMS TRIBUNAL OR THE DISTRICT COURT IF THEY WERE OUT-OF-TIME FOR THIS TRIBUNAL. IT IS CONSIDERED HOWEVER THAT THEY WILL MUCH MORE APPROPRIATELY BE BROUGHT IN THE LABOUR TRIBUNAL WHICH IS THE MOST EXPERT, CONVENIENT AND APPROPRIATE FORM,+ HE SAID.

MR. GRIFFITHS SAID IT WAS ONLY PROPER AND FAIR THAT A PERSON WHOSE CLAIM WAS ALREADY BARRED BY AN EXISTING LIMITATION PERIOD WAS NOT SUDDENLY GIVEN A SECOND CHANCE TO BRING HIS CLAIM BY REASON OF THE EXTENDED TIME LIMIT PROPOSED BY THIS AMENDMENT.

♦FOR THIS REASON CLAUSE 3 OF THE BILL PROVIDES THAT THE EXTENDED TIME LIMIT SHALL NOT APPLY FOR CLAIMS WHICH ARE ALREADY OUT-OF-TIME WHEN THE AMENDMENT TAKES EFFECT, UNLESS OF COURSE BOTH PARTIES AGREE TO THE CLAIM BEING HEARD,+ HE CONCLUDED.

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GOVT TO ANALYSE EEC IMPORT STATISTICS

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THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, THE HON. DAVID JORDAN, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD ANALYSE THE IMPORT STATISTICS FOR THE WHOLE EEC TO DECIDE WHAT FORMAL REPRESENTATIONS SHOULD BE MADE TO THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO PRESS FOR A REVIEW OF THE HONG KONG-EEC TEXTILE AGREEMENT.

IN REPLY TO QUESTIONS FROM THE HON. FRANCIS TIEN IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR. JORDAN SAID THE 1978 IMPORT STATISTICS FOR THE UNITED KINGDOM TENDED TO PROVIDE THE CONFIRMATION SOUGHT BY MR. TIEN THAT CUT-BACKS ON EEC TEXTILE QUOTAS IMPOSED ON HONG KONG IN 1977 TO PROVIDE ACCESS FOR OTHER DEVELOPING COUNTRIES HAD, IN FACT, BEEN TAKEN UP BY OTHER DEVELOPED COUNTRIES AND, IN FACT, BY OTHER MEMBER STATES OF THE EEC.

MR. JORDAN SAID THAT ACCORDING TO STATISTICS, BRITISH IMPORTS OF TEXTILES AND CLOTHING, WHICH HAD INCREASED BY ONLY 291 MILLION POUNDS STERLING IN 1977, INCREASED BY 490 MILLION POUNDS STERLING IN 1978, THE FIRST YEAR OF APPLICATION OF THE NEW POLICY.

+THE LION’S SHARE OF THAT INCREASE — JUST UNDER 80 PER CENT OF IT ■— WAS TAKEN UP BY OTHER DEVELOPED COUNTRIES AND THE MEDITERRANEAN ASSOCIATES OF THE EEC. THE DEVELOPING COUNTRIES’ SHARE OF THE UNITED KINGDOM IMPORT MARKET DROPPED FROM 33 PER CENT TO 30 PER CENT,+ HE SAID.

IN VALUE TERMS, MR. JORDAN ADDED, IMPORTS FROM DEVELOPING COUNTRIES INCREASED BY 16 PER CENT FROM 618 MILLION POUNDS STERLING TO 715 MILLION POUNDS STERLING BUT FROM THE OTHER DEVELOPED COUNTRIES AND THOSE MEDITERRANEAN ASSOCIATES IMPORTS INCREASED TWICE AS FAST, FROM 1,205 MILLION POUNDS STERLING TO 1,590 MILLION POUNDS STERLING.

♦SEVENTY PER CENT OF THIS INCREASE CAME FROM OTHER MEMBER STATES OF THE EEC,+ HE SAID.

DURING THE SAME YEAR, THE UNITED KINGDOM PRODUCTION INDEXES FOR BOTH TEXTILES AND CLOTHING HARDLY MOVED.

+S0 IT SEEMS FAIR TO SAY THAT, AT LEAST IN THIS FIRST YEAR, THE CUTBACKS ON HONG KONG HAVE NOT BENEFITTED THE UK INDUSTRY AND THAT THE DEVELOPED COUNTRIES AND THE MEDITERRANEAN ASSOCIATES ARE IN THE BRITISH MARKET THE PRINCIPAL BENEFICIARIES OF THE COMMUNITY’S TEXTILE POLICY,+ MR. JORDAN SAID.

MR. JORDAN SAID THAT WHEN HE WAS IN LONDON IN MARCH THIS YEAR HE TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO DRAW THESE FIGURES TO THE ATTENTION OF MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, OFFICIALS AND OTHERS.

♦I DREW THE CONCLUSION THAT THEY ALREADY JUSTIFIED A REVIEW,+ HE SAID

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♦HOWEVER, OUR AGREEMENT IS WITH THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY. EVEN IF WE WERE TO SUCCEED IN CONVINCING HER MAJESTY’S GOVERNMENT IN LONDON THAT A REVIEW IS NECESSARY, THEY WOULD STILL HAVE TO CONVINCE THEIR FELLOW-MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY,* FR. JORDAN SAID.

+SO I THINK THE NEXT STEP IS FOR US TO ANALYSE THE IMPORT STATISTICS FOR THE WHOLE COMMUNITY.

♦WHEN WE HAVE DONE THAT WE SHALL BE IN A POSITION TO DECIDE WHAT FORMAL REPRESENTATIONS SHOULD BE MADE,* HE ADDED.

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RENT CONTROL IS NOT A LONG-TERM SOLUTION TO HOUSING PROBLEMS BECAUSE IT DISCOURAGES THE PRODUCTION OF NEW HOUSING.

THIS WAS SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, THE HON. DONALD LIAO, WHEN SPEAKING ON THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1979, AND REPLYING TO POINTS MADE EARLIER IN THE DEBATE BY REV. THE HON. PATRICK MCGOVERN.

♦ALTHOUGH RENT CONTROL MAY ACT AS A TEMPORARY PALLIATIVE FOR SITTING TENANTS, IT HAS NEVER, EITHER HERE OR ELSEWHERE, PROVED SUCCESSFUL AS A LONG-TERM SOLUTION TO HOUSING PROBLEMS,+ MR. LIAO SAID.

♦ON THE CONTRARY, THIS MEASURE OFTEN EXACERBATES HOUSING SHORTAGES BY DISCOURAGING NEW BUILDING AND REDUCING THE STOCK OF PROPERTY AVAILABLE FOR RENT.+

MR. LIAO SAID THE BEST WAY TO STABILISE RENT WAS TO MAKE A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN THE SUPPLY OF HOUSING, AND THAT THE GOVERNMENT POLICY OF GRADUAL AND REGULATED DE-CONTROL OF RENTS, TOGETHER WITH THE EXCLUSION OF NEW PREMISES FROM CONTROL, HAD UNDOUBTEDLY DIRECTLY CONTRIBUTED TO THIS.

♦THE RATING AND VALUATION PROPERTY REVIEW 1979 SHOWS THAT THE SUPPLY OF SMALL FLATS IS AT ITS HIGHEST EVER LEVEL,+ HE SAID.

THIS SHOWED THAT COMPLETIONS OF SMALL FLATS WERE ESTIMATED AT 27,470 THIS YEAR AND 28,450 NEXT YEAR, REPRESENTING 91 PER CENT OF OVERALL SUPPLY IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR FOR THOSE YEARS.

IN ADDITION, A RECORD TOTAL OF 70,000 PUBLIC HOUSING FLATS WOULD BE BUILT IN THE SAME PERIOD.

TURNING TO MEDIUM-SIZED FLATS, MR. LIAO SAID THE SUPPLY LAST YEAR HAD IMPROVED CONSIDERABLY TO 1,430 UNITS, WITH COMPLETIONS FOR THIS YEAR AND NEXT LIKELY TO BE 1,160 AND 615 UNITS RESPECTIVELY.

♦HOWEVER,+ HE SAID, +THE SUPPLY PICTURE IN THIS CATEGORY COULD CHANGE SIGNIFICANTLY IF THE INITIATIVE TAKEN BY GOVERNMENT TO INCREASE THE SUPPLY OF LAND FOR MEDIUM AND LARGE FLATS, AS DESCRIBED BY THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS EARLIER THIS AFTERNOON, SHOWS ITS IMPACT.+

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THE TEMPORARY RESTRICTION OF BUILDING DEVELOPMENT (MID-LEVELS) BILL 1979 HAD ITS SECOND READING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL WAS MOVED BY THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, THE HON. WILLIAM BELL.

MR. BELL SAID THE OBJECT OF THE BILL WAS TO INTRODUCE TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS ON CERTAIN BUILDING WORKS IN THE MID-LEVELS, THE RESTRICTIONS BEING NECESSARY +TO MAINTAIN THE PRESENT SAFETY OF THE AREA, AND TO ENABLE COMPREHENSIVE INVESTIGATIONS OF THE HILLSIDE SLOPES TO BE CARRIED OUT*.

+THE GOVERNMENT’S CONCERN IS NOT SO MUCH THE EFFECT OF A SINGLE DEVELOPMENT AT AN INDIVIDUAL SITE, BUT THE CUMULATIVE EFFECT OF A LARGE NUMBER OF SUCH DEVELOPMENTS,* HE SAID.

THE DETAILED INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM THE INVESTIGATIONS, HE SAID, WOULD ALLOW AN ASSESSMENT AND PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT TO BE MADE AS TO WHETHER RESTRAINTS NEED BE PLACED ON FUTURE BUILDING WORKS.

MR. BELL SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS CONCERNED ABOUT THE NEED TO IMPOSE THESE RESTRICTIONS AT A TIME WHEN THE TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION WHICH MIGHT BE PRODUCED BY DEVELOPMENT SCHEMES IN THE AREA WAS IN EXCEPTIONALLY HIGH DEMAND AND SHORT SUPPLY.

+TO ALLEVIATE THE SHORTAGE, GOVERNMENT PLANS TO ACCELERATE THE RPOVISION ON SALE OF SITES SUITABLE FOR HIGH CLASS DEVELOPMENT. SITES ARE ALREADY UNDER EXAMINATION TO DETERMINE THE MEASURES NECESSARY TO MAKE THEM AVAILABLE, AND EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO PUT THEM ON THE MARKET AT AN EARLY DATE,* HE SAID.

THE SITES IN QUESTION ARE SITUATED IN A NUMBER OF LOCALITIES INCLUDING POK FU LAM, SHOUSON HILL, REPULSE BAY, RED HILL AND SHEK 0 ON HONG KONG ISLAND, AND LUNG CHEUNG ROAD, KOWLOON TSAI AND JATS INCLINE IN KOWLOON.

+THE ESTIMATED DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL IS OVER 2,000 LARGE FLATS, ALTHOUGH IT IS POSSIBLE THAT SUBSEQUENT INVESTIGATION MAY REDUCE THIS NUMBER,* HE SAID.

MR. BELL ALSO SAID IT WAS PROPOSED TO LIFT THE RESTRICTIONS ON LEASE MODIFICATIONS AND NEW LAND SALES IN POK FU LAM.

♦WHEN THESE RESTRICTIONS WERE INTRODUCED IN 1972 IT WAS EXPLAINED THAT THEY WOULD REMAIN IN FORCE UNTIL SUCH TIME AS WORKS • PROCEEDED ON VARIOUS ROAD IMPROVEMENTS, INCLUDING THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL AND THE WATER STREET LINK (NOW THE HILL ROAD FLYOVER).

♦SINCE BOTH THESE PROJECTS ARE NOW IN HAND THESE RESTRICTIONS MAY NOW BE LIFTED, RELEASING AN ESTIMATED POTENTIAL OF SOME 1,200 ADDITIONAL FLATS FROM REDEVELOPMENT SCHEMES ALONE,* HE ADDED.

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NEW TIMETABLE FOR KCR MODERNISATION ******

DELAY IN PLACING CERTAIN CONTRACTS, COUPLED WITH FINANCIAL STRINGENCY THIS YEAR, HAS MEANT THAT A NEW TIMETABLE FOR THE MODERNISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION OF THE HONG KONG SECTION OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY HAS HAD TO BE DRAWN UP, THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON. DEREK JONES, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. ALEX WU WHO ASKED WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT HAD CONSIDERED THE ECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS OF DELAYING THE UPGRADING AND ELECTRIFICATION OF THE OUTER SUBURBAN PORTION OF THE KCR, BEARING IN MIND THE GROWING TRADE WITH CHINA, AND THE POPULATION BUILD-UP IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

♦THE MOST PRESSING NEED IS FOR AN ELECTRIFIED SERVICE TO BE PROVIDED TO SHA TIN NEW TOWN, AS FAR AS FO TAN, AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE, TOGETHER WITH THE INTERCHANGE WITH THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY AT KOWLOON TONG,+ MR. JONES SAID.

♦THIS INNER SUBURBAN SERVICE IS NOW PLANNED TO BE PROVIDED BY THE END OF 1981 OR EARLY 1982.

♦THE OUTER SUBURBAN SERVICE, BEYOND FO TAN TO THE BORDER AT LOWU, WILL HOPEFULLY OPEN AT THE END OF 1982, OR 18 MONTHS AFTER THE ORIGINAL PLANNED DATE,+ HE POINTED OUT.

WHILE ACCEPTING THAT THE BREAKING OF THE PROGRAMME INTO TWO PARTS WOULD CAUSE PROBLEMS FOR TRAIN PASSENGERS, MR. JONES EMPHASISED THAT THE SERVICES WERE ALREADY STRETCHED AND DEMAND WAS CONTINUALLY INCREASING.

♦FURTHERMORE, ONCE THE INNER SUBURBAN SERVICE IS OPERATING, PASSENGERS TRAVELLING TO OR FROM THE OUTER SECTION WILL NEED TO CHANGE FROM DIESEL TO ELECTRIC TRAINS AT FO TAN OR SHA TIN UNTIL THE WHOLE LINE IS ELECTRIFIED,+ HE SAID.

♦THE SERVICE WILL, NEVERTHELESS, STILL BE MORE FREQUENT AND FASTER THAN BEFORE AND THE NEED TO CHANGE TRAINS SHOULD ONLY LAST FOR ABOUT 12 MONTHS,+ HE ADDED.

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NO CAUSE TO SUSPEND DC-10’S OPERATING TO HK *****

THE DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION HAS CONTACTED ALL AIRLINES OPERATING SCHEDULED SERVICES INTO HONG KONG WITH DC-10 AIRCRAFT TO ASCERTAIN WHETHER THEY TOO WERE FOLLOWING THE DIRECTIVE ISSUED BY THE UNITED STATES FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION.

THIS WAS STATED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON. D.G. JEAFFRESON, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. S.L. CHEN.

MR. CHEN ASKED WHAT MEASURES, IF ANY, WERE BEING TAKEN BY ■THE GOVERNMENT TO TEMPORARILY SUSPEND DC-10 FLIGHTS OVER HONG KONG FOLLOWING THE RECENT AIRCRASH IN CHICAGO.

MR. JEAFFRESON SAID THAT IN ALL CASES THE DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION WAS TOLD THAT EITHER THE AIRCRAFT HAD BEEN GROUNDED FOR INSPECTION OR THEY HAD ALREADY BEEN INSPECTED AND RETURNED TO SERVICE.

BEFORE THE TRAGEDY, HE WENT ON, THE DIRECTOR HAD ISSUED A PERMIT TO ONE OPERATOR WHO PROPOSED TO USE DC-10 AIRCRAFT FOR NON-SCHEDULED FLIGHTS.

+THE DIRECTOR IMMEDIATELY CONTACTED THE OPERATOR WHO CONFIRMED THAT HE HAD FOLLOWED THE DIRECTIVE IN RESPECT OF THE AIRCRAFT CONCERNED,* HE SAID.

+IN RESPECT OF FUTURE APPLICATIONS FOR NON-SCHEDULED FLIGHTS INVOLVING DC-IO’S, THE DIRECTOR WILL NOT ISSUE A PERMIT UNTIL HE IS SATISFIED THAT THE OPERATOR HAS COMPLIED WITH THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION’S DIRECTIVE.

+IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES, THE DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION SEES NO CAUSE TO SUSPEND DC-10 AIRCRAFT OPERATING TO HONG KONG,* HE ADDED.

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GOVT TO HELP RE-ESTABLISH OYSTERS INDUSTRY *****

THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT HAS ALREADY HAD DISCUSSIONS WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE OYSTER INDUSTRY AND MADE ADVICE AND EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE TO HELP RE-ESTABLISH THE INDUSTRY, THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WAS TOLD TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. HO KAM-FAI ON THE RECENT MASSIVE KILL OF OYSTERS IN DEEP BAY, THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, THE HON. TED NICHOLS, SAID THE MAJOR LIMITING FACTOR GOVERNING THE RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF THE INDUSTRY WOULD EE THE RECRUITMENT OF OYSTER SPAT FROM THE WILD.

+THE RECENT HIGH MORTALITY OF MATURE OYSTERS WILL SERIOUSLY AND ADVERSELY AFFECT THAT RECRUITMENT- AND I CAN ONLY PREDICT THAT RECOVERY WILL BE A SLOW PROCESS,+ MR. NICHOLS SAID.

+THE SITUATION IS EXACERBATED BY THE FACT THAT FOR SEVERAL YEARS NOW PRODUCTIVITY IN DEEP BAY HAS BEEN STEADILY DECLIN INGAND THUS THE TIME PERIOD TO MORTALITY AND SPAT PRODUCTION HAS BEEN PROLONGED,* HE SAID.

MR. NICHOLS NOTED THAT THE RECENT MASSIVE KILL OF OYSTERS IN DEEP BAY WAS FIRST REPORTED TO HIS DEPARTMENT ON MAY 16 THIS YEAR AND A SPECIALIST TEAM OF INVESTIGATORS FROM THE DEPARTMENT WAS SENT TO THE AREA THE FOLLOWING DAY.

MR. NICHOLS SAID INVESTIGATIONS AND MONITORING OF THE SITUATION CONTINUED TO DATE, BUT HAD NOT BEEN HELPED BY THE FACT THAT, APPARENTLY, THE FIRST SYMPTOMS OF THE KILL WERE NOTED BY OYSTER GROWERS IN FEBRUARY THIS YEAR AND NOT REPORTED.

♦IT IS NOW KNOWN THAT THE EXTENSIVE LOSS OF OYSTERS IS DUE TO A PARASITIC PROTOZOAN. INFESTATION BY SIMILAR PARASITES HAS CAUSED EXTENSIVE OYSTER KILLS IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD, NOTABLY IN THE U.S.A., BUT THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT THE PARASITE HAS BEEN DETECTED IN LOCAL WATERS,+ MR. NICHOLS SAID.

♦MORTALITIES VARY FROM 90 PER CENT IN THE OUTER BAY AREA TO NOT LESS THAN 50 PER CENT IN THE INNER PART OF THE BAY BETWEEN YUEN LONG CREEK AND THE SHUM CHUN RIVER,+ HE ADDED.

MR. NICHOLS SAID LITTLE WAS KNOWN ABOUT THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND CONDITIONS WHICH PREDISPOSED OYSTERS TO SUSCEPTIBILITY TO SUCH PARASITIC ATTACK AND EXTENSIVE WORK IN THE UNITED STATES HAD ONLY BEEN ABLE TO ATTRIBUTE SUSCEPTIBILITY TO THE EXPOSURE OF OYSTERS TO +ENVIRONMENTAL AND PHYSIOLOGICAL STRESSES.+

♦IT MUST BE NOTED, HOWEVER, THAT AS THIS PARASITE IS NOW PRESENT IN DEEP BAY IT IS LIKELY TO RECUR WHENEVER CONDITIONS ARE FAVOURABLE TO IT,+ HE SAID.

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CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN NT

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ADDITIONAL STAFF MAY BE PROVIDED TO CO-ORDINATE AND PRESENT CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ONCE THE POLICY ON GOVERNMENT’S ROLE AND EXTENT OF INVOLVEMENT IN THE PROMOTION OF SUCH ACTIVITIES HAS BEEN CLARIFIED, THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE HON. DAVID AKERS-JONES SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. ALEX WU IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR. AKERS-JONES SAID THE DIRECTOR OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES HAD ASKED FOR ADDITIONAL STAFF, INCLUDING 10 POSTS FOR THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL, FOR THE ORGANISATION AND PRESENTATION OF CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

+CONS(DERATION OF THESE REQUESTS HAS BEEN HELD UP PENDING CLARIFICATION OF THE POLICY ON GOVERNMENT’S ROLE AND EXTENT OF INVOLVEMENT IN THE ACTIVE PROMOTION OF CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES,* HE SAID.

ON PROVISION OF FUNDS, MR. AKERS-JONES NOTED THAT $850,000 HAD BEEN INCLUDED IN THIS YEAR’S ESTIMATES TO ENABLE THE DIRECTOR OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES TO ORGANISE AND PROVIDE PUBLIC RECREATION ACTIVITES WHICH INCLUDED CULTURAL PROGRAMMES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

+OUT OF THIS PROVISION, $225,000 HAS BEEN EARMARKED FOR PRESENTATION OF CULTURAL PROGRAMMES FOR THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF THE OPERATION OF THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL AFTER IT OPENS IN FEBRUARY NEXT YEAR.

+IN ADDITION, DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARDS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES HAVE ALSO BEEN PROVIDED WITH FUNDS FOR THE PROMOTION OF CULTURAL ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE DISTRICT,* HE ADDED.

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT HAS SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSALS FOR ADDITIONAL STAFF TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM OF UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, THE HON. WILLIAM BELL, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. ANDREW SO IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

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+THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE RECEIVES 300 TO 400 COMPLAINTS EVERY MONTH CONCERNING ILLEGAL BUILDING WORKS AND ALL OF THESE MUST BE INVESTIGATED TO SEE WHETHER THERE IS A POSSIBILITY OF DANGER,* HE SAID.

+ALTOGETHER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE IS CURRENTLY MAKING SOME 400 TO 500 INSPECTIONS EVERY MONTH, INCLUDING THE INSPECTION OF BUILDINGS COMPLETED SINCE AUGUST 1, 1975.*

HOWEVER, MR. BELL SAID THAT THIS PERFORMANCE FELL SUBSTANTIALLY SHORT OF MEETING THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE POLICY ON ILLEGAL STRUCTURES AS THE PACE OF DEVELOPMENT HAD OUT-STRIPPED THE ABILITY OF THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE TO CARRY OUT THE NECESSARY INSPECTIONS AND DEAL ADEQUATELY WITH THE PROBLEM.

HE POINTED OUT THAT BETWEEN AUGUST 1975 AND THE END OF APRIL THIS YEAR 2,355 NEW BUILDINGS COMPRISING OVER 105,000 INDIVIDUAL UNITS OF ACCOMMODATION HAD BEEN COMPLETED.

+THE BUILDING SURVEYORS WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INSPECTIONS OF BUILDINGS FOLLOWING COMPLAINTS AND THE PERIODIC INSPECTIONS OF BUILDINGS COMPLETED SINCE AUGUST 1975 HAVE, AS THEIR PRIMARY TASK, THE DUTY OF PROCESSING APPLICATIONS IN CONNECTION WITH NEW BUILDINGS INCLUDING THE APPROVAL OF PLANS, THE ISSUE OF CONSENTS TO COMMENCE WORK AND THE ISSUE OF OCCUPATION PERMITS, ALL OF WHICH ARE SUBJECT TO STATUTORY TIME LIMITS,* MR. BELL SAID.

♦ADDITIONALLY THEY ARE REQUIRED TO INSPECT NEW BUILDINGS UNDER CONSTRUCTION.*

SINCE ALL OF THESE DUTIES MUST TAKE PRECEDENCE, HE ADDED, THE LACK OF SUFFICIENT RESOURCES WAS FELT MOST NOTICEABLY IN THE AREA OF POST-OCCUPATION PERMIT INSPECTIONS.

+CLEARLY THIS IS AN UNSATISFACTORY SITUATION AND PROPOSAL FOR ADDITIONAL STAFF TO HELP TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM OF UNAUTHORISED WORK HAVE ALREADY BEEN SUBMITTED TO GOVERNMENT,* MR. BELL SAID.

+ONLY WHEN THESE PROPOSALS HAVE BEEN APPROVED AND ADDITIONAL STAFF RECRUITED CAN AN IMPROVEMENT IN THE RATE OF INSPECTIONS, AND CONSEQUENTLY IN DEALING WITH THIS MASSIVE PROBLEM BE EXPECTED.*

MR. BELL SAID THAT IN ADDITION TO INSPECTIONS, A CAMPAIGN HAD BEEN LAUNCHED TO INFORM THOSE OCCUPYING NEW BUILDINGS OF THE DANGERS OF CARRYING OUT WORK ILLEGALLY, BY DISPLAYING IN THE BUILDINGS AND DISTRIBUTING TO THE PARTIES CONCERNED A SERIES OF POSTERS DEPICTING THE MOST COMMON TYPE OF UNAUTHORISED WORK.

THIS MEASURE, HE ADDED, APPEARED TO BE MEETING WITH SOME SUCCESS AS EVIDENT FROM THE CONTINUING DEMAND FOR THE POSTERS, AND DISPLAY BOARDS HAD BEEN SEEN IN THE ENTRANCES OF NEW BUILDINGS.

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LAW AMENDMENT AND REFORM (CONSOLIDATION) (AMENDMENT) BILL *****

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON. JOHN GRIFFITHS, INTRODUCED THE LAW AMENDMENT AND REFORM (CONSOLIDATION) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1979 IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE BILL SEEKS TO ABOLISH AN OLD COMMON LAW RULE THAT A PROMISE CANNOT BE MADE TO SEVERAL PEOPLE BOTH JOINTLY AND SEVERALLY, AND BRING THE LAW IN HONG KONG INTO LINE WITH THAT IN ENGLAND.

THIS RULE HAD BEEN ABOLISHED IN ENGLAND BY A SECTION OF THE CONVEYANCING ACT 1881, AND THE ABOLITION WAS MAINTAINED BY SECTION 81 OF THE LAW OF PROPERTY ACT 1925. BUT THIS PROVISION HAS NEVER BEEN EXTENDED TO HONG KONG.

THE NEED FOR THIS AMENDMENT AROSE FROM A PROPOSAL BY THE EXCHANGE BANK’S ASSOCIATION FOLLOWING THE HONG KONG COURT OF APPEAL RULING IN 1977 THAT A JOINT ACCOUNT IN A BANK CANNOT EE DEBITED BY THE BANK IN RESPECT OF A CLAIM AGAINST ONE OF THE HOLDERS OF THE ACCOUNT ON HIS SEPARATE OBLIGATION TO THAT BANK.

MR. GRIFFITHS SAID THIS PROPOSAL HAD BEEN ACCEPTED AFTER CONSIDERATION BY THE GOVERNMENT MONETARY AFFAIRS BRANCH, THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT AND THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT, AND FOLLOWING CONSULTATION WITH THE BAR ASSOCIATION AND THE LAW SOCIETY.

TO GIVE EFFECT TO IT, A CLAUSE IN THE BILL ADDS A NEW SECTION TO THE LAW AMENDMENT AND REFORM (CONSOLIDATION) ORDINANCE.

MR. GRIFFITHS SAID THE NEW SECTION FOLLOWS, WITH MINOR MODIFICATION, SECTION 81 OF THE LAW OF PROPERTY ACT 1925.

IN THIS CONTEXT IT PROVIDES THAT AN AGREEMENT IN WRITING, MADE WITH TWO OR MORE PEOPLE JOINTLY, TO PAY MONEY OR TO DO ANY OTHER ACT, SHALL BE CONSTRUED AS BEING ALSO MADE WITH EACH OF THOSE PEOPLE.

THE NEW SECTION WILL APPLY ONLY SO FAR AS A CONTRARY INTENTION IS NOT EXPRESSED IN THE AGREEMENT AND WILL HAVE EFFECT SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THE AGREEMENT.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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BILLS PASSED * * * *

TWO BILLS WERE PASSED INTO LAW IN THE TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

THEY WERE THE REGISTRATION OF BIRTHS, DEATHS AND ADOPTION (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) BILL 1979 AND THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION)(AMENDMENT) BILL 1979.

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SEMINAR ON ALIGNED DOCUMENTS * * * * *

WHEN THE TRADE FACILITATION COMMITTEE HELD A SEMINAR LAST MONTH ON THE USE OF ALIGNED DOCUMENTS THEY HAD DESIGNED, SOME 700 PEOPLE ATTENDED — BUT ABOUT 200 PEOPLE WERE UNABLE TO GAIN ADMISSION WHEN +HOUSE FULL+ SIGNS WENT UP.

OPENING THE SECOND SEMINAR AT THE HILTON HOTEL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) MR. WILLIAM DORWARD, COMMISSIONER OF INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, SAID THAT THE ATTENDANCE SHOWED THAT THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY HELD THE TRADE FACILITATION COMMITTEE IN THE SAME REGARD AS DID THE TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT.

+IT IS GOOD TO SEE THIS REPUTATION GROW AFTER YEARS OF QUIET, UNSPECTACULAR BUT CONSISTENTLY VALUABLE WORK, NOT MERELY IN THE FIELD OF ALIGNED DOCUMENTS WHICH ARE THE FOCUS OF ATTENTION TODAY, BUT ALSO IN RESPECT OF BANKING, INSURANCE AND DATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS,+ HE SAID.

♦FOR OUR PART IN GOVERNMENT, WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE INDUCEMENT AND ASSISTANCE THE COMMITTEE HAS GIVEN IN STREAMLINING OUR PROCEDURES IN RESPECT OF EXPORT LICENCES- AND MANY OF YOU WILL APPRECIATE THE EFFORT AND TIME SAVED BY THE ALIGNING OF CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN APPLICATIONS, EXPORT LICENCES AND TRADE DECLARATIONS WITH THE MASTER SET OF COMMERCIAL DOCUMENTS.+

THE TRADE FACILITATION COMMITTEE HAD AN IMPORTANT TASK STILL AHEAD OF IT, AND MR. DORWARD SAID HE HOPED IT WOULD SOON BE POSSIBLE TO REINFORCE ITS ORGANISATION, WHICH HAD SO FAR LARGELY DEPENDED ON THE VOLUNTARY EFFORTS ANO ENTHUSIASM OF A FEW INDIVIDUALS AND A PART-TIME SECRETARIAT PROVIDED BY HIS DEPARTMENT.

+BUT WHATEVER THE ORGANISATION, IN THE LAST ANALYSIS THE SUCCESS OR OTHERWISE OF ITS WORK WILL DEPEND ON HOW YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES IN THE BUSINESS WORLD TAKE AND APPLY THE PRODUCT OF THE TRADE FACILITATION COMMITTEE’S WORK,+ SAID MR. DORWARD.

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NEW SECONDARY SCHOOL FOR SAI KUNG

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A NEW 38 MILLION SECONDARY SCHOOL, FINANCED BY GOVERNMENT AID AND PRIVATE SPONSORSHIP, IS TO OPEN IN SAI KUNG IN SEPTEMBER TO KEEP PACE WITH THE POPULATION GROWTH IN THE DISTRICT.

THE SCHOOL — THE SAI KUNG HANG HAU DISTRICT CHENG CH IK CHEE SECONDARY SCHOOL — WILL INITIALLY CATER FOR 240 STUDENTS BUT WILL HAVE THE CAPACITY FOR 1,400 SCHOOL CHILDREN WHEN IT IS IN FULL OPERATION IN THE EARLY SO’S.

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WITH THE OPENING ONLY THREE MONTHS AWAY, THE SCHOOL MANAGEMENT HAS ALREADY RECRUITED EIGHT CERTIFICATED AND GRADUATED MASTERS TO TAKE CHARGE OF THE CLASSES, AND THE MASTERS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) SIGNED CONTRACTS OF EMPLOYMENT AT AN OFFICIAL CEREMONY AT THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE.

PRESENT WERE THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR. COLIN BOSHER, THE SCHOOL’S SUPERVISOR, MR. YAU KEI, WHO IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HANG HAU RURAL COMMITTEE, AND SIR RUN RUN SHAW, ONE OF THE SCHOOL’S DIRECTORS.

THE SCHOOL HAS BEEN NAMED AFTER A PROMINENT COMMUNITY LEADER, MR. CHENG CH IK-CHEE, WHO DONATED SI.12 MILLION TOWARDS THE COST OF ITS CONSTRUCTION.

IT IS AT THE JUNCTION OF HIRAM’S HIGHWAY AND CLEARWATER BAY ROAD, ON A 8,260-SQUARE METRE SITE GRANTED FREE BY THE GOVERNMENT.

MR. BOSHER SAID TODAY THE NEW SCHOOL — THE FIRST GOVERNMENT AIDED SECONDARY SCHOOL IN SAI KUNG — WOULD AUGMENT THE EXISTING TWO GOVERNMENT-SUBSIDISED SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT.

HE SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD MET 84 PER CENT OF THE COSTS OF BUILDING THE SCHOOL, AS WELL AS PROVIDING THE LAND.

+1 AM SURE THE NEW SCHOOL WILL BE WELCOMED BY THE LOCAL COMMUNITY WHO HAVE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO AN EXPANSION OF LOCAL EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES,* HE ADDED.

+WE HAVE BEEN VERY FORTUNATE IN ACQUIRING THE SERVICES OF .A YOUNG AND ENERGETIC PRINCIPAL AND A COMPETENT TEACHING STAFF.

+IT AUGURS WELL FOR A HAPPY SCHOOL IN A VERY PLEASANT ENVIRONMENT.+

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT KWUN TONG ROAD, FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH HONG TAK ROAD TO ITS JUNCTION WITH ELEGANCE ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL VEHICULAR TRAFFIC FROM FRIDAY TO NEXT MONDAY (JUNE 11) BETWEEN 1.30 A.M. AND 5.30 A.M. FOR THE DISMANTLING OF A TEMPORARY STRUCTURE.

DURING THE CLOSURE, NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED TO NGAU TAU KOK ROAD VIA ELEGANCE ROAD OR TO WAI YIP STREET VIA LAI YIP STREET. 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: 5-233,91

THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 1979

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ADDITIONAL 500,000 PEOPLE COULD BE IN HK NEXT SUMMER .................................................. 1

15 PER CENT INCREASE IN PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE RATES ................................... 2

REFORMED DRUG ADDICTS CAN NOW BE EMPLOYED BY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS .................................. A

33 MAXICAB ROUTES FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES ..............  4

EXPORT OF WOVEN PILE, CHENILLE FABRICS TO EEC TO BE LIMITED ................................................. 5

CHAI WAN REFUSE COMPOSTING PLANT OPENED ................. 6

SPECIAL TRAINS TO SHA TIN RACE COURSE STATION ........... 7

FIREMEN PRAISED ........................................

WAN CHAI RECLAMATION SITE GRANT.......................... 8

INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT BACK TO WINDSOR HOUSE ......... 9

SOCIAL STUDIES WORKSHOPS ............................... 10

SQUASH COURT COMPLEX IN YUEN LONG ...................... 10

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ADDITIONAL 500,000 PEOPLE COULD BE IN HK NEXT SUMMER

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MORE THAN 500,000 LEGAL AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM CHINA AND VIETNAMESE REFUGEES COULD COME TO HONG KONG IN THE HEXT 12 MONTHS.

THE SECRETARY FOR INFORMATION, MR. DAVID FORD, SAID THIS TODAY (THURSDAY) AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE Y’S MEN CLUB.

HE SAID THAT BY THE SUMMER OF NEXT YEAR, SOME 365,000 ADDITIONAL ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, 36,000 ADDITIONAL LEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM THE MAINLAND AND AT LEAST 225,000 VIETNAMESE REFUGEES COULD BE IN HONG KONG.

♦IN VERY SIMPLE TERMS THE PRESENT RATE OF IMMIGRATION WOULD

YIELD AT LEAST 1.5 MILLION IN THREE YEARS,♦ HE SAID.

♦AND IF THAT IS TO BE SET IN SOME SORT OF CONTEXT MAY I REMIND '

YOU THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S 10-YEAR HOUSING PROGRAMME WHICH WAS RIGHTLY HAILED IN 1972 AS BEING IMAGINATIVE AND AMBITIOUS HAD AS ITS TARGET THE RE-HOUSING OF 1.8 MILLION (WHO WERE IN HONG KONG AT THAT TIME) OVER A PERIOD OF 10 YEARS,♦

MR. FORD SAID ALTHOUGH IT WOULD APPEAR THAT CONCERN AMONG THE COMMUNITY HAD BEEN CENTRED ON THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEE PROBLEM, THE FACTS WERE THAT SO FAR THE PROBLEM OF IMMIGRATION FROM VIETNAM WAS SOMEWHAT INSIGNIFICANT WHEN SET AGAINST RECENT FIGURES FOR LEGAL AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION FROM CHINA.

HE SAID THAT AS FAR AS IMMIGRATION FROM CHINA IS CONCERNED, THERE IS ONLY SO MUCH WE CAN DO.

♦SINCE SEPTEMBER 1978 IN AN ATTEMPT TO CURB THE ILLEGAL INFLOW, WE HAVE DEPLOYED ON OUR BORDERS WITH CHINA FOUR TIMES AS MANY SOLDIERS, THREE TIMES AS MANY POLICEMEN AND TWICE THE NUMBER OF MARINE VESSELS — EVEN THE GOVERNOR’S LAUNCH HAS NOW BEEN PRESSED INTO SERVICE,* HE DECLARED.

♦THE HONG KONG REGIMENT IS PROVIDING A SUBSTANTIAL ADDITIONAL EFFORT BY DEPLOYING TWO SQUADRONS ON ANT I-ILLEGAL OPERATIONS.

♦WE ARE SPENDING $13 MILLION ON STRENGTHENING THE EXISTING BORDER FENCE AND BUILDING A NEW SECURITY FENCE.

♦BUT UNLESS WE WERE TO BUILD A BERLIN WALL OR DEPLOY THE TOTAL STRENGTH OF THE BRITISH ARMY ALONG THE LENGTH OF THE BORDER AND ON THE FLANKS, MORE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO ENTER HONG KONG ILLEGALLY UNLESS OUR NEIGHBOURS ACROSS THE BORDER CAN EXERT MORE CONTROL,* IE SAID.

MR. FORD SAID FAILURE BY EITHER SIDE TO CURB THE INCREASING FIGURES COULD LEAD TO GROWING RESENTMENT, A DECREASE IN THE STANDARD OF LIVING IN OUR COMMUNITY AS WELL AS OTHER PROBLEMS,

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HE EMPHASISED THAT THE VIEW OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT, WHICH CLEARLY REFLECTED THE VIEW OF ITS PEOPLE, IS THAT THE PROBLEMS OF IMMIGRATION FROM CHINA AND VIETNAM ARE ONES THAT MUST BE DEALT WITH — AND WHAT WAS MORE DEALT WITH IN THE SHORT RATHER THAN THE LONG TERM.

♦THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THIS COMMUNITY DOES HAVE THE RIGHT TO PROTECT ITSELF AGAINST AN INUNDATION OF STRANGERS — THAT THERE IS MORE THAT CAN AND SHOULD BE DONE,+ HE ADDED.

TURNING BACK TO THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES, MR. FORD SAID THE PRIORITY MUST BE TO BRING PRESSURE ON THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT WOULD REAP A MASSIVE US$3,000 MILLION IF IT WAS ALLOWED TO CARRY THROUGH +THIS TERRIBLE PROGRAMME OF EXPORT OF HUMAN BEINGS+.

AND, HE CONTINUED, IF THE CONCEPT OF THE UNITED NATIONS IS TO MEAN ANYTHING, IT MUST BE IN THAT FORUM THAT THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD MUST COME TOGETHER INTENT ON THE TASK OF BRINGING HOME TO THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT THE FULL HORROR OF THEIR POLICY, A DELIBERATE POLICY OF CONDEMNING TO DEATH BY DROWNING OVER 900,OOO OF ITS OWN CITIZENS SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY HAPPEN TO BE CHINESE.

ON THE QUESTION OF RESETTLEMENT OF THE REFUGEES, HE SAID THE PROCESS WAS WOEFULLY SLOW.

♦AT THE PRESENT RATE, SOME 4-500 PER MONTH, IN THE UNLIKELY SITUATION OF NOT ONE MORE VIETNAMESE REFUGEE COMING TO THESE SHORES, IT WOULD STILL TAKE SEVEN YEARS TO RESETTLE THOSE WHO ARE HERE NOW,+ HE SAID.

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15 PER CENT INCREASE IN PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE RATES *****

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT THE RATES OF PAYMENT FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AS WELL AS OLD AGE AND DISABILITY ALLOWANCES WOULD BE INCREASED BY ABOUT 15 PER CENT FROM SEPTEMBER 1.

THE INCREASES 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.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID IT WOULD BE THE FIFTH INCREASE IN THE PAYMENT RATES SINCE THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE (PA) SCHEME WAS INTRODUCED IN 1971.

HE SAID THE LAST INCREASE WAS MADE IN FEBRUARY LAST YEAR WHEN THE SCALE OF PAYMENT WENT UP BY ABOUT 11 PER CENT.

HE SAID THE PAYMENT RATES FOR PA AND SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE (SNA) WERE REVIEWED AND ADJUSTED FROM TIME TO TIME TO MAINTAIN THEIR PURCHASING POWER IN REAL TERMS. SNA, PREVIOUSLY KNOaN AS THE WELFARE ALLOWANCE, COMPRISES OLD AGE AND DISABILITY ALLOWANCES.

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+THE DEPARTMENT MONITORS THE LEVELS OF THE NON-CONTRIBUTORY PA AND SNA BY REGULARLY REFERRING TO THE MOVEMENT OF THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE INDEX OF PRICES,* HE SAID.

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 OLD AGE OR DISABILITY ALLOWANCE 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 WILL BE AS FOLLOWS (EXISTING RATES IN BRACKETS):

PUBLIC ASSISTANCE

SINGLE PERSON LIVING ALONE

EACH OF FIRST THREE MEMBERS OF FAMILY

EACH OF SECOND THREE MEMBERS OF FAMILY

EACH ADDITIONAL FAMILY MEMBER THEREAFTER

OLD AGE SUPPLEMENT (FOR ANY PA RECIPIENT AGED 60 AND ABOVE) ANNUAL LONG-TERM SUPPLEMENT (FOR THOSE RECEIVING PA FOR 12 MONTHS OR MORE) (A) FOR A SINGLE PERSON (B) FOR A FAMILY

— *230 ($200) — $165 ($145) — $140 ($120)

— $105 ($ 90)

— $115 ($100)

-- $290

— $575

8250) $500)

SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCES

DISABILITY ALLOWANCE OLD AGE ALLOWANCE

— $230 ($200)

— $115 ($100)

AS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW THE PA SCHEME CAN HELP A FAMILY IN NEED, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE BASIC SCALE RATE FOR A FAMILY OF SIX INCLUDING A 61-YEAR-OLD GRANDMOTHER WOULD BE $1,030 A MONTH AT THE NEW LEVEL.

IT WOULD BE MADE UP OF $495 FOR THE FIRST THREE MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY AND $420 FOR THE NEXT THREE MEMBERS, PLUS $115 AS OLD AGE SUPPLEMENT FOR THE GRANDMOTHER, HE EXPLAINED.

IF THE FAMILY HAD RECEIVED PA FOR MORE THAN 12 MONTHS, IT WOULD BE ENTITLED TO A LONG-TERM SUPPLEMENT OF $575 A YEAR, HE ADDED.

IN ADDITION, HE SAID, THE COST OF ACCOMMODATION IS COVERED SEPARATELY BY A RENT ALLOWANCE, WHILE SPECIAL EXPENSES, SUCH AS FOR EDUCATION OR DIETARY NEEDS, ARE MET BY DISCRETIONARY PAYMENTS.

+ALL THESE ARE, OF COURSE, ADDITIONAL TO THE OLD AGE AND DISABILITY ALLOWANCES PAID TO ANY ELIGIBLE FAMILY MEMBER,* HE SAID.

AT PRESENT, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HANDLES ABOUT 46,700 PUBLIC ASSISTANCE CASES, 133,000 OLD AGE ALLOWANCE CASES AND 21,500 DISABILITY ALLOWANCE CASES.

THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 1979

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REFORMED DRUG ADDICTS CAN NOW BE EMPLOYED BY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS *****

THE GOVERNMENT HAS AGREED THAT REFORMED DRUG DEPENDENTS CAN NOW SEEK EMPLOYMENT IN THE CIVIL SERVICE FOLLOWING A RECOMMENDATION BY THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS (ACAN).

THIS ENCOURAGING NEWS WAS DISCLOSED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR. E.l. LEE, WHEN HE PRESENTED APPRECIATION CERTIFICATES TO MEMBERS OF THE EMPLOYMENT GUIDANCE COMMITTEE FOR VOLUNTARILY REHABILITATED ADDICTS.

MR. LEE SAID HEADS OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS ARE NOW AUTHORISED TO EMPLOY ADDICTS MAINTAINED ON METHADONE, SUBJECT TO THE PROVISION THAT THEY HAVE NO PREVIOUS RECORD OF MAJOR DRUG OFFENCES AND ARE ABLE TO PRODUCE A CERTIFICATE FROM THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT PROVIDING THAT THEIR ATTENDANCE AT THE METHADONE CENTRE HAVE BEEN CONTINUOUS FOR AT LEAST ONE MONTH.

HE POINTED OUT THAT OFFENCES SUCH AS THE POSSESSION OF SMALL QUANTITIES OF DRUG FOR SELF-CONSUMPTION WOULD NOT NORMALLY DEBAR EMPLOYMENT, BUT RECEIVING, MANUFACTURING AND TRAFFICKING OFFENCES WOULD.

♦AS THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THE GOVERNMENT HAS AUTHORISED ADDICTS UNDER TREATMENT TO BE EMPLOYED IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE,WE SHALL WATCH THE RESULTS OF THIS NEW INITIATIVE TO REINTEGRATE hETHADONE PATIENTS INTO THE COMMUNITY, WITH GREAT HOPE AND INTEREST,♦ MR. LEE SAID.

A TOTAL OF 635 EX-ADDICTS HAVE SUCCESSFULLY SECURED JOBS THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF THE EMPLOYMENT GUIDANCE COMMITTEE FOR VOLUNTARILY REHABILITATED ADDICTS INAUGURATED IN JANUARY 1976.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL BE INTRODUCING MAXICAB ROUTES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES FOR THE FIRST TIME.

DETAILS OF 33 ROUTES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT AND WILL ALSO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT BUSES INTERESTED IN THE' NEW

SPOKESMAN SAID OWNERS OF PUBLIC LIGHT

TERRITORIES MAX I CAB ROUTES CAN OBTAIN APPLICATION FORMS FREE OF CHARGE FROM THE DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS AT GUARDIAN HOUSE, SIXTH FLOOR, 32 01 KWAN ROAD, HONG KONG, OR FROM THE KOWLOON LICENSING OFFICE AT THE PARK-IN COMMERCIAL CENTRE, NINTH FLOOR, 56 DUNDAS STREET, KOWLOON, OR FROM KOWLOON OR DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS MUST BE RETURNED BY REGISTERED POST TO REACH THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IN GUARDIAN HOUSE, 01 KWAN ROAD, BY 5 P.M. ON THURSDAY, JUNE 28.

HE SAID THAT LATE APPLICATIONS WOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED.

THUHSDax, JUNB 1, 1979

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EXPORT OF WOVEN PILE, CHENILLE FABRICS TO EEC TO BE CTHITED

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THE TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY) ANNOUNCED IN NOTICE TO EXPORTERS, SERIES 2 (EEC) NO. 11/79 OF JUNE 6 THAT HONG KONG HAS AGREED TO LIMIT THE EXPORT OF WOVEN PILE AND CHENILLE FABRICS (CATEGORY 32) TO THE EEC FROM JANUARY 1 TO DECEMBER 31, 1979 TO THE FOLLOWING LEVELSi

FR GERMANY i 110,000 KGS.

UK i 3,600,000 KGS.

BENELUX i 70,000 KGS.

DENMARK : 20,000 KGS.

FRANCE i 184,000 KGS.

ITALY » 80,000 KGS.

I

IRELAND i 300,000 KGS.

THE NOTICE ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT THE EXISTING EA ARRANGEMENT FOR CATEGORY 32 WOULD BE REPLACED IMMEDIATELY BY A QUOTA ARRANGEMENT AND THAT QUOTAS WOULD BE OFFERED TO ELIGIBLE COMPANIES WITH SHIPMENT PERFORMANCE IN CATEGORY 32 FROM APRIL 1, 1978 TO MARCH 31, 1979.

EXPORTERS ARE INVITED TO SUBMIT, BEFORE JUNE 19, COMPLETE SCHEDULES OF THEIR SHIPMENTS IN CATEGORY 32 DURING THIS PERIOD TO FACILITATE QUOTA ALLOCATIONS.

TRADE ASSOCIATIONS AND COMPANIES ON THE DEPARTMENT’S MAILING LIST WILL RECEIVE COPIES OF THE NOTICE SHORTLY.

COPIES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE RECEPTION COUNTER ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE TRADE,INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT, OCEAN CENTRE, CANTON ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI, KOWLOON.

FURTHER INFORMATION FOLLOWING OFFICERSi- IS AVAILABLE BY CONTACTING ANY OF THE

MR. S. LEUNG INDUSTRY ASSISTANT ) TEL. NO. 3-670709 ) FEDERAL j REPUBLIC

MR. T.H. YIM MR. A.L.S. LAI INDUSTRY ASSISTANT ) OF GERMANY TEL. NO. 3-670799 ) INDUSTRY ASSISTANT ) TEL. NO. 3-670880 )BENELUX, ) FRANCE AND

MR. C.K. CHEUNG - MR. C.H. CHING INDUSTRY ASSISTANT ) ITALY TEL. NO. 3-674849 ) INDUSTRY ASSISTANT ) TEL. NO. 3-672227 ) UNITED KINGDOM, ) DENMARK AND

MR. A.K.C. LEE INDUSTRY ASSISTANT ) IRELAND TEL. NO. 3-671887 )

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CHAI WAN REFUSE COMPOSTING PLANT OPENED *****

MRS. GRACE HO, CHAIRMAN OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE SELECT COMMITTEE, OPENED THE $47.5 MILLION CHAI WAN REFUSE COMPOSTING PLANT TODAY (THURSDAY).

ADDRESSING THE GATHERING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, SHE DESCRIBED THE PLANT AS ANOTHER ACHIEVEMENT IN THE DEVELOPMENT Of HONG KONG'S WASTE DISPOSAL FACILITIES.

♦EACH DAY HONG KONG PRODUCES WELL OVER 4,500 TONNES OF DOMESTIC, COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL REFUSE OF WHICH THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT PROVIDES DISPOSAL FACILITY,+ MRS. HO SAID.

♦THE TOTAL FIGURE FOR WASTE GENERATED IS INCREASING EACH YEAR AND THIS PLANT IS PART OF A CONTINUING WASTE DISPOSAL PROGRAMME TO ENSURE THERE IS AT ALL TIMES ADEQUATE CAPACITY FOR REFUSE TREATMENT AND DISPOSAL.*

MRS. HO, WHO IS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE (EPCOM), SAID THE EFFICIENT COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL OF REFUSE PRESENTED MANY PROBLEMS WHICH MUST BE OVERCOME.

SHE PRAISED THE EFFORTS OF ALL STAFF FROM THE URBAN SERVICES AND PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT ASSOCIATED WITH PROVIDING THIS VITAL SERVICE TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

♦COMPOSTING IS A VERY WELL ESTABLISHED METHOD FOR DISPOSAL OF REFUSE, ALTHOUGH THIS IS THE FIRST PLANT OF ITS KIND TO BE CONSTRUCTED IN HONG KONG,* MRS. HO SAID.

♦IN THIS PROCESS THE ORGANIC CONTENT IN THE WASTE IS CONVERTED BY FERMENTATION INTO A STABLE AND INOFFENSIVE PRODUCT WHICH CAN BE USED AS A COVER MATERIAL ON LANDFILL SITES AND ALSO HAS OTHER POTENTIAL USES, FOR EXAMPLE AS A SOIL CONDITIONER IN AGRICULTURE, AND LANDSCAPING.

♦THE REJECTS IN THE COMPOSTING PROCESS SUCH AS FERROUS METALS, PAPER, GLASS, PLASTICS AND WOOD ARE SEPARATED AND REDUCED IN VOLUME WHICH IN TURN ASSIST IN MORE ECONOMICAL TRANSPORTATION AND CONSERVES EXTREMELY IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS IN HONG KONG.+

FROM AN ENVIRONMENTAL AND CONSERVATION VIEWPOINT, MRS. HO SAID, . COMPOSTING OFFERED AN ATTRACTIVE ALTERNATIVE TO OTHER PROCESSES IN THAT IT DID NOT INVOLVE ANY EMISSIONS INTO THE ATMOSPHERE AND, THROUGH USE OF THE COMPOST PRODUCT, NATURAL ORGANIC MATERIALS WERE RETURNED TO THE GROUND.

SHE CONGRATULATED ALL THOSE WHO HAD BEEN INVOLVED WITH THE PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE PLANT WHICH IS ONE OF THE LARGEST COMPOSTING PLANTS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA.

EARLIER, THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, MR. WILLIAM BELL, SAID THAT THE PLANT WOULD PROVIDE ADDITIONAL DISPOSAL FACILITIES FOR HONG KONG ISLAND OF UP TO 240 TONNES OF REFUSE PER DAY DURING THE FIRST STAGE, WITH AN ULTIMATE CAPACITY OF 480 TONNES PER DAY _

/thb opining......

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THE OPENING CEREMONY, HE SAID, MARKED THE COMPLETION OF THE CONSTRUCTION AND COMMISSIONING OF THE PLANT AND INITIATED A PERIOD OF TESTING AND EVALUATION WHICH WOULD RESULT IN FULL-SCALE OPERATION DURING THE EARLY PART OF OCTOBER THIS YEAR.

HE THANKED ALL THOSE WHOSE HARD WORK AND EFFORT HAD TRANSFORMED THE PLANS OF THE PROJECT INTO REALITY.

THE CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE AND THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL OFFICE OF PWD WERE INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT AND THE E. AND M. OFFICE WILL ALSO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF THE PROJECT.

AT THE END OF THE CEREMONY, MISS MIRIAM TSANG, DAUGHTER OF ». C.K. TSANG, SENIOR TECHNICAL OFFICER, PRESENTED MRS. HO WITH A BOUQUET OF FLOWERS.

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SPECIAL TRAINS TO SHA TIN ft ft ft ft ft

THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY WILL PASSENGER TRAINS TO THE SHA TIN RACE

RACE COURSE STATION ft

OPERATE THREE SPECIAL COURSE STATION ON SATURDAY.

THESE SPECIAL NON-STOP TRAINS WILL LEAVE THE KOWLOON STATION IN HUNG HOM AT 12.30 P.M., 12.51 P.M. AND 1.11 P.M.

THREE SPECIAL TRAINS WILL ALSO BE OPERATED TO CARRY PASSENGERS BACK FROM THE RACE COURSE STATION TO KOWLOON STATION. IN ADDITION, KCR WILL RE-ROUTE THREE OF ITS SCHEDULED TRAINS VIA THE RACE COURSE STATION AT 6.12 P.M., 8.12 P.M. AND 8.52 P.M. TO PICK UP PASSENGERS.

THE RUNNING TIME OF THESE SPECIAL TRAINS IS 20 MINUTES AND TIMETABLES WILL BE DISPLAYED AT ALL RAILWAY STATIONS AND AT THE JOCKEY CLUB’S OFF-COURSE BETTING CENTRES.

THOSE GOING BY PRIVATE CARS ARE ADVISED TO USE THE HUNG HOM MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK ABOVE THE KOWLOON STATION.

MEANWHILE, THE TIMETABLES OF THE SCHEDULED TRAINS BETWEEN 10.30 A.M. AND 11 P.M. HAVE BEEN SLIGHTLY AMENDED AS FOLLOWS:

FROM KOWLOON STATION: 10.57 A.M., 12.10 P.M., 1.18 P.M.,

* 2 P.M., 2.11 P.M., 3.05 P.M., 4.04 P.M., 5 P.M., 5.34 P.M., 6.02 P.M., 7 P.M., 7.56 P.M., 9.08 P.M. AND 11 P.M.

FROM LO WU STATION: 10.47 A.M., 11.53 A.M., 12.58 P.M.,

1.55 P.M., 2.54 P.M., 3.49 P.M., 4.29 P.M.,

5.27 P.M., 6.22 P.M., 7.18 P.M., 8.07 P.M. AND 9.15 P.M.

ft THROUGH PASSENGER TRAIN BETWEEN KOWLOON AND CANTON.

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FIREMEN PRAISED * * * *

THE WINSOR INDUSTRIAL CORPORATION WILL DONATE 120,000 TO THE FIRE SERVICES WELFARE FUND.

THE DONATION TOGETHER WITH A BANNER WILL BE HANDED OVER TO NEW TERRITORIES FIREMEN NEXT WEEK IN RECOGNITION OF THE GALLANT AND EFFICIENT WAY IN WHICH THEY FOUGHT A FIRE AT ONE OF THE CORPORATION’S FACTORIES IN TSUEN WAN ON MAY 30.

CORPORATION CHAIRMAN, MR. T.K. ANN, IN A LETTER TO THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES THANKED THE FIREMEN FOR THEIR EFFICIENT SERVICE AND WISHED A SPEEDY RECOVERY TO TWO FIREMEN INJURED IN THE BLAZE.

THE FIRE BROKE OUT AT 8.34 A.M. ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF A NINE-STOREY FACTORY BUILDING AT 63-73 WO Yl HOP ROAD. IT WAS UPGRADED TO THIRD ALARM 14 MINUTES LATER WHEN THE BLAZE SPREAD AND AFFECTED THE FIRST FLOOR WHERE COTTON YARN AND CLOTH WERE STORED.

MORE THAN 100 FIREMEN, USING EIGHT JETS, BATTLED THE FLAMES FOR MORE THAN FOUR HOURS. THE FIRE WAS PUT OUT AT 1.11 P.M. TWO INJURED FIREMEN WERE ADMITTED TO PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL IN SATISFACTORY CONDITION.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF A $20,000 DONATION TO THE FIRE SERVICES WELFARE FUND AND A BANNER BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WINSOR INDUSTRIAL CORP, MR. T.K. ANN AT 10 A.M. ON JUNE 13 AT THE LEI MUK SHUE FIRE STATION.

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WAN CHAI RECLAMATION SITE GRANT K UMI

A 6,000-SQUARE METRE SITE ON THE GLOUCESTER ROAD FRONTAGE OF THE WAN CHAI RECLAMATION HAS BEEN GRANTED TO THE CHINA RESOURCES COMPANY, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE COMPANY PROPOSES TO USE THE SITE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF ITS HONG KONG HEADQUARTERS AND AS A TRADE CENTRE.

IT IS UNDERSTOOD THAT THE COMPANY WILL BUILD A PRESTIGE BUILDING WHICH WILL INCLUDE EXHIBITION AND CONFERENCE FACILITIES.

THE CHINA RESOURCES COMPANY WOULD PAY A PREMIUM OF $300 MILLION FOR THE SITE, THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 1979

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INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT BACK TO WINDSOR HOUSE ******

IT IS BACK TO WINDSOR HOUSE FOR THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT AFTER AN ABSENCE OF 21 YEARS.

FOR STAFF MEMBERS WHO JOINED THE DEPARTMENT BEFORE 1958. THE MOVE TO THE NEW BUILDING IN CAUSEWAY BAY WILL BRING BACK MEMORIES OF LIFE IN THE OLD WINDSOR HOUSE IN DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL. THE NEW WINDSOR HOUSE IS AT 311 GLOUCESTER ROAD OPPOSITE VICTORIA PARK.

♦IT IS A HAPPY COINCIDENCE THAT OUR RETURN TO ’ONE-ROOF’ ACCOMMODATION ON THE ISLAND TAKES US BACK TO WINDSOR HOUSE,♦ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE DEPARTMENT HAS OPERATED UNDER DIFFICULT CONDITIONS FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS DUE TO ITS OFFICES BEING SCATTERED AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS, HE SAID.

PRESENT OFFICES ARE LOCATED AT BASKERVILLE HOUSE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, PERMANENT COMFORT BUILDING, CLUB LUS ITANO, CAXTON HOUSE AND WORLD TRADE CENTRE.

♦OUR RETURN TO A SINGLE SITE SHOULD BENEFIT BOTH THE PUBLIC AND THE DEPARTMENT,♦ HE SAID.

ALL OFFICES ON HONG KONG ISLAND WILL MOVE TO WINDSOR HOUSE AND THIS WILL BE COMPLETED IN TWO STAGES. STAGE ONE IS TO TAKE PLACE THIS MONTH AND THE SECOND SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER-NOVEMBER.

OFFICES IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL REMAIN UNAFFECTED BY THE MOVE.

THE OFFICES INVOLVED IN STAGE ONE ARE THE GENERAL OFFICE, INSPECTORATE, DEFAULT, COLLECTIONS, STAMP DUTY, BUSINESS REGISTRATION AND ESTATE DUTY OF UNIT 3, THE COMPUTER, TRAINING, PROPERTY TAX, INTEREST TAX AND PERSONAL ASSESSMENT SECTIONS IN THE HEADQUARTERS UNIT AS WELL AS THE SALARIES TAX UNIT.

♦WE WILL TRY TO MINIMISE ANY DISRUPTION TO OUR SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC BY SCHEDULING MOVES TO TAKE PLACE ON DIFFERENT WEEKENDS THROUGHOUT JUNE,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID. HE ALSO SAID THAT THE COLLECTION OFFICE WILL NOT OPERATE ON SATURDAY, JUNE 30, TO FACILITATE THE MOVE AND ADVISED TAXPAYERS TO PAY THEIR DUES BEFORE THAT DATE.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC SHOULD TELEPHONE 5-79591111 FOR ANY ENQUIRIES ON SERVICES DURING THE MOVE TO WINDSOR HOUSE.

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SOCIAL STUDIES WORKSHOPS

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THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAS ARRANGED FOR PROF. ANGUS M. GUNN OF THE FACULTY OF EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA, TO CONDUCT TWO WORKSHOPS ON SOCIAL STUDIES ON JULY 16 AND 17.

SECONDARY SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHERS INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THE WORKSHOPS SHOULD APPLY THROUGH THEIR PRINCIPALS.

APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SENT TO THE PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR (SOCIAL STUDIES), EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, NOT LATER THAN JUNE 20.

♦APPLICATIONS WILL BE ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

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SQUASH COURT COMPLEX IN YUEN LONG

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THE FIRST SQUASH COURT COMPLEX IN YUEN LONG IS DUE TO BE COMPLETED LATER THIS YEAR TO MEET THE DEMAND FOR SPORTS FACILITIES IN THE NEW TOWN.

THE FOUR-COURT COMPLEX, COSTING MORE THAN $1 MILLION, IS BEING BUILT WITH FUNDS DONATED BY SIR SHIU-KIN TANG.

AT A CEREMONY HELD THIS (THURSDAY) MORNING, THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. DAVID AKERS-JONES, LAID THE FOUNDATION STONE OF THE PROJECT WHICH IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION IN OCTOBER.

ADDRESSING THE GATHERING, SIR SHIU-KIN SAID HE HAD DONATED THE COURTS IN HONOUR OF SIR DENYS ROBERTS TO MARK HIS MANY YEARS OF SERVICE WITH THE GOVERNMENT AND HIS CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS THE PEOPLE CF HONG KONG.

HE NOTED THAT SQUASH IS AT PRESENT A POPULAR SPORT IN HONG KONG.

♦THERE ARE NOW SIX SQUASH COURTS IN HONG KONG AND KOWLOON AND TWO IN TSUEN WAN,+ SIR SHIU-KIN SAID.

♦THIS COMPLEX WHEN COMPLETED WILL NO DOUBT PROVIDE A HEALTHY OUTLET FOR LOCAL PEOPLE DURING THEIR SPARE TIME.+

THE COMPLEX, SIMILAR IN DESIGN TO THE KOWLOON TSAI SQUASH COURT, IS ON A 430-SQUARE-METRE SITE IN ON LING ROAD.

THE COURTS WILL BE HOUSED- IN TWO SEPARATE BLOCKS LINKED BY A STAIRCASE WITH CHANGING AND TOILET FACILITIES.

EACH COURT WILL HAVE A PUBLIC GALLERY WITH ACCOMMODATION FOR ABOUT 50 SPECTATORS.

UPON COMPLETION THEY WILL BE HANDED OVER TO THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES FOR MANAGEMENT.

IN THE LIGHT OF THE RAPIDLY INCREASING POPULARITY OF THE GAME ABOUT SIX SQUASH COURTS ARE PLANNED FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 1979

CONTE :ts page no.

GOVT TO STUDY SOCIAL WELFARE MA!<°OWER SURVEY REPORT .... 1

FIVE MORE TRADES DESIGNATED UNDER APPRENTICESHIP ORDINANCE ............................................. 3

HONG KONG DELEGATION TO STUDY EUROPEAN LIGHT RAIL SYSTEMS ............................................... 5

RATING (AREAS OF HONG KONG)(AMENDMENT) ORDER 1979 ..... 6

TAX RELIEF FOR APPROVED CHARITABLE DONATIONS .......... 7

PUBLIC DUMP AT ALDRICH BAY............................. 7

TAI LAM CHUNG ROAD TO BE WIDENED ...................... 8

DISCUSSION OH THE ROLE OF SCHOOLS ..................... 8

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE

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FRIDAY, JUNS 8, 1979

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GOVT TO STUDY SOCIAL WELFARE MANPOWER SURVEY REPORT * * * * *

THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS. A^SON CHAN, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONSIDER CAREFULLY 'HE REPORT ON THE RECENTLY-COMPLETED SOCIAL WELFARE MANPOWER SURVEY.

SHE SAID THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON SOCIAL WORK TRAINING WOULD FIND THE INFORMATION INVALUABLE IN ASSESSING AND ADVISING THE GOVERNMENT ON TRAINING NEEDS.

MRS. CHAN WAS GIVING A TALK AT A WORKSHOP OF THE HONG KCMG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE IN WHICH SHE DISCUSSED THE 1979 WHITE PAPER ON SOCIAL WELFARE AND EXAMINED ITS IMPLICATIONS ON FUTURE DEVELOPMENT.

SHE SAID THE SURVEY INDICATES AN EXISTING SHORTFALL OF ABOUT 475 TRAINED SOCIAL WORKERS, BUT THIS ALREADY TAKES INTO ACCOUNT THE REQUIREMENTS ARISING OUT OF THE VARIOUS GREEN PAPERS FROM WHICH THE WHITE PAPER IS DERIVED.

IN THE CONTEXT OF THE RECENT REVIEW OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE FIVE-YEAR DEVELOPMENT PLAN, SHE SAID, VARIOUS REMEDIES WERE CONSIDERED, AND THESE INCLUDED INCREASING FROM ABOUT 10 TO 40 PER CENT THE NUMBER OF SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS IN TRAINING INSTITUTIONS AS FROM THE 1979-80 ACADEMIC YEAR.

OTHER MAJOR MEASURES, SHE ADDED, ARE TO MAKE MORE ECONOMIC USE OF TRAINED MANPOWER AND TO IMPROVE THE CONDITIONS OF SERVICE THROUGH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE WELFARE CLASS REVIEW, TO MAKE GREATER USE OF PART-TIME TRAINED WORKERS AND TO PROVIDE IN-SERVICE TRAINING TO PRODUCE MORE PROFESSIONAL WORKERS.

ON FEE CHARGING FOR WELFARE SERVICES, MRS. CHAN SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS FORMULATING GUIDELINES AND EXAMINING THE LEVEL OF FEES IN SPECIFIC SERVICE AREAS WHICH WOULD BE DISCUSSED WITH THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR SHORTLY.

♦WITH IMPROVED LIVING CONDITIONS, GREATER AFFLUENCE AMONGST THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE AND IMPROVED SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS. IT SEEMS OPPORTUNE TO CONSIDER LEVYING SOME CHARGES FOR SERVICES PROVIDED, TO BE PAID FOR BY THOSE WHO CAN AFFORD IT,+ SHE SAID.

FOR THE TIME BEING, SHE SAID, WHILE THE MAJORITY OF WELFARE SERVICES ARE STILL INADEQUATE TO MEET FULL DEMAND, PRIORITY SHOULD BE GIVEN TO THOSE IN THE LOW INCOME GROUP.

HOWEVER, SHE POINTED OUT THAT AS VOLUNTARY AGENCIES MOVED AWAY FROM THE CONCEPT OF CHARITABLE HANDOUTS, THEY SHOULD ALSO RE-APPRAISE THEIR ROLE IN PROVIDING DIRECT SERVICES.

♦AS THE GAP BETWEEN SUPPLY AND DEMAND NARROWS, I BELIEVE THAT VOLUNTARY AGENCIES SHOULD NO LONGER RESTRICT THEMSELVES TO CATERING ONLY FOR THE LOW INCOME GROUP, BUT SHOULD ALSO EMBRACE MORE AFFLUENT CLIENTS WHO NEED A PARTICULAR SERVICE BUT WHO ARE GENERALLY ABLE TO MEET A REASONABLE FEE,+ SHE SAID.

/IN THIS WAY.......

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IN THIS WAY, SHE SAID, DIRECT SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES WILL TRULY COME OF AGE.

REFERRING TO CRITICISM THAT A NEGATIVE APPROACH WAS ADOPTED IN THE PERSONAL SOCIAL WORK AMONG YOUTH (PSWAY) PROGRAMME, MRS. CHAN CHALLENGED THE VALIDITY OF THIS STATEMENT.

SHE POINTED OUT THAT EVIDENCE OF GOVERNMENT’S POSITIVE ENCOURAGEMENT TOWARDS DEVELOPING THE POTENTIALS OF YOUTH WAG EVERYWHERE TO BE SEEN IN THE MANY PROGRAMMES IT PROVIDED FOR THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE, OF WHOM YOUNG PEOPLE WERE A VERY SIGNIFICANT GROUP.

+TO MENTION JUST A FEW, OUR PROGRAMMES ON EDUCATION, HEALTH, HOUSING, EMPLOYMENT, LEISURE AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES ARE ALL DESIGNED TO EQUIP OUR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH THE NECESSARY HEALTH, SKILLS AND ATTITUDE TO BECOME ACTIVE AND RESPONSIBLE MEMBERS OF SOCIETY,* SHE SAID.

SHE RECALLED THE PSWAY PROGRAMME WAS CONCEIVED AT A TIME OF PUBLIC CONCERN ABOUT SCHOOL DROPOUTS AND JUVENILE DELINQUENCY, AND SAID THAT WHILE THE PROGRAMME MIGHT BE PREVENTIVE OR REMEDIAL IN NATURE, IT WAS, IN ITS OWN WAY, A POSITIVE EFFORT TO GRAPPLE WITH A PARTICULAR SOCIAL PROBLEM.

♦THIS PROGRAMME MAY HAVE PALED IN SIGNIFICANCE WITH THE PASSAGE OF TIME, AND PERHAPS AT A SUITABLE TIME WE SHOULD CONSIDER DROPPING THE DISTINCTIVE LABEL AND REAMALGAMATING THE SERVICES WITHIN THE FAMILY SERVICE UMBRELLA,* SHE ADDED.

ON SOCIAL SECURITY, MRS. CHAN SAID HONG KONG HAD BEEN WELL SERVED BY THE TRADITIONAL VIRTUES OF SELF-RELIANCE, HARD WORK AND REALISM OF ITS PEOPLE, AND THESE QUALITIES WOULD BE PRESERVED BY A SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM THAT CONCENTRATED HELP ON THE MOST DESERVING SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY — THE POOR, THE ELDERLY AND THE DISABLED.

SO FAR, SHE SAID, HONG KONG’S SOCIAL SECURITY SCHEMES HAVE BEEN FUNDED ENTIRELY FROM GENERAL REVENUE ON A NON-CONTRIBUTORY BASIS.

SHE SAID THAT WHILE THE INTRODUCTION OF THE TRAFFIC

ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE SCHEME LAST MONTH HAD MEANT THAT, FOR THE FIRST TIME, A SOCIAL SECURITY SCHEME WAS BEING FUNDED IN PART BY A SPECIFIC SECTOR OF THE COMMUNITY, THE SCOPE FOR DOING THIS IN OTHER AREAS WAS HOWEVER LIMITED.

+FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE, THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT SEE ANY FORM OF CONTRIBUTORY SCHEME, WHETHER ON A COMPULSORY OR VOLUNTARY BASIS, PLAYING A MAJOR ROLE IN THE OVERALL SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM,* SHE- ADDED.

ON PRESSURE OF SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES GENERATED BY THE RECENT INFLUX OF REFUGEES, MRS. CHAN SAID THERE WOULD BE NO IMMEDIATE IMPLICATIONS FOR SOCIAL SECURITY BECAUSE OF THE RESIDENCE QUALIFICATION.

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+THE EFFECT ON DIRECT SERVICES, PARTICULARLY IN THE LONGER TERM, ARE A LITTLE DIFFICULT TO GAUGE AT THIS POINT IN TIME, THOUGH WE WILL BE LOOKING INTO THIS,+ SHE SAID.

SHE SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD THIS IN HAND AND WOULD TAKE THESE EXTRA NUMBERS INTO ACCOUNT FOR PLANNING PURPOSES.

ON THE WHITE PAPER AS A WHOLE, MRS. CHAN SAID, *WE HAVE GOT OUR PRIORITIES RIGHT AND THE PROGRAMMES ARE REALISTIC IN TERMS OF MEETING NEEDS AND RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS.*

+OUR PROGRAMMES ARE SUFFICIENTLY FLEXIBLE TO BE ABLE TO RESPOND QUICKLY TO THE RAPID CHANGES IN OUR SOCIETY, AND IN THE FIVE-YEAR PLAN AND OTHER PROGRAMME PLANS ON SPECIFIC SERVICES, UE HAVE A READY MECHANISM TO REVIEW AND ADJUST,* SHE ADDED.

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FIVE MORE TRADES DESIGNATED UNDER APPRENTICESHIP ORDINANCE ******

THE PROMOTION OF APPRENTICE TRAINING IN HONG KONG TOOK ANOTHER STEP FORWARD TODAY (FRIDAY) WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT FIVE MORE TRADES WILL SHORTLY BE INCLUDED IN THE COMPULSORY APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE NOTIFIED THAT FIVE CONSTRUCTION CRAFT TRADES HAVE BEEN SPECIFIED BY THE GOVERNOR ON THE ADVICE OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL AS +DESIGNATED TRADES* UNDER THE APPRENTICESHIP ORDINANCE, EFFECTIVE ON JULY 16.

THE TRADES ARE THOSE OF CARPENTER/JO INER, PA INTER/DECORATOR/ SIGN WRITER, WOOD FURNITURE MAKER, METAL FURNITURE MAKER AND PAINTER/DECORATOR (FURNITURE).

THE GAZETTE HAS ALSO NOTIFIED THAT THE APPRENTICESHIP PERIOD FOR THE TRADES WILL BE THREE YEARS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID IT WAS GOVERNMENT POLICY TO PROMOTE APPRENTICE TRAINING IN TRADES WHICH ARE VITAL TO HONG KONG’S INDUSTRIES AND TO ENSURE AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF SKILLED MANPOWER.

THE LATEST INCLUSION HAS BROUGHT THE NUMBER OF TRADES DESIGNATED UNDER THE PROVISION OF THE ORDINANCE TO 36.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE ORDINANCE AFFECTS THE EMPLOYMENT AND'TRAIN ING OF YOUNG PEOPLE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 14 AND 18.

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IT STIPULATES THAT AN EMPLOYER CAN ONLY ENGAGE A YOUNG PERSON IN A DESIGNATED TRADE IF THE YOUNG PERSON HAS ENTERED INTO A CONTRACT OF APPRENTICESHIP REGISTERED WITH THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT OR HAS COMPLETED AN APPRENTICESH IP IN THAT TRADE AND HOLDS A CERTIFICATE. BUT THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR HAS POWER TO GRANT EXEMPTION IN CERTAIN CASES.

THE SPOKESMAN ADVISED EMPLOYERS OF YOUNG PEOPLE ENGAGED IN THE NEWLY DESIGNATED TRADES TO PREPARE THEMSELVES TO COMPLY WITH THE ORDINANCE AND TO ENTER INTO CONTRACTS OF APPRENTICESHIP WITH THEIR YOUNG WORKERS.

A CONTRACT OF APPRENTICESHIP REGISTERED WITH THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL ENSURE THAT THE APPRENTICE WILL BE GIVEN ADEQUATE TRAINING, INCLUDING ATTENDANCE AT HIS EMPLOYER’S EXPENSE IN A TECHNICAL COURSE RELATED TO HIS TRADE IN A GOVERNMENT TECHNICAL INSTITUTE.

THE CONTRACT WILL ALSO HELP PROTECT THE EMPLOYER FROM LOSING HIS APPRENTICE TO ANOTHER EMPLOYER.

EMPLOYERS AND YOUNG PEOPLE ENGAGED IN THE FIVE TRADES WHO HAVE ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE ORDINANCE SHOULD CONTACT THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S APPRENTICESH IP DIVISION AT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING OFFICES:

* NEW RODNEY BLOCK, 99 QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG- TEL. 5-280545

* PARIS THEATRE BUILDING, 7 KING FUK STREET, SAN PO KONG, KOWLOON- TEL. 3-219285

* SALISBURY ROAD, OPPOSITE SHERATON HOTEL, TSIM SHA TSUI, KOWLOON- TEL. 3-667463

* 31 SHING FONG STREET, FIFTH FLOOR, KWAI CHUNG, AND TEL. 12-297039

* YEN HAU MANSION, THIRD FLOOR, 100 TING FU STREET, KWUN TONG, KOWLOON. TEL. 3-440838

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HONG KONG DELEGATION TO STUDY EUROPEAN LIGHT RAIL SYSTEMS *****

A HONG KONG DELEGATION WILL VISIT SIX EUROPEAN CITIES L TER THIS MONTH TO STUDY THE OPERATION OF LIGHT RAIL SYSTEMS-

THE ITINERARY OF THE ONE-WEEK VISIT, BEGINNING ON JUNE 17 INCLUDES HANOVER AND FRANKFURT IN WEST GERMANY, BASEL AND ZURICH IN SWITZERLAND AND BRUSSELS IN BELGIUM.

LEADING MEMBERS OF THE DELEGATION WILL ALSO ATTEND THE ANNUAL CONGRESS OF THE INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT OPERATORS TO BE HELD A WEEK EARLIER IN HELSINKI, FINLAND.

THE CONGRESS WILL INCLUDE SESSIONS ON LIGHT RAIL SYSTEMS, MASS TRANSIT SYSTEMS, BUS SYSTEMS AND LONG TERM PROBLEMS OF THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT INDUSTRY.

THE RECENT GOVERNMENT WHITE PAPER ON INTERNAL TRANSPORT POLICY DISCLOSED THAT DETAILED STUDIES OF THE POSSIBLE IMPLEMENTATION OF A LIGHT RAIL SYSTEM ALONG THE NORTH SHORE OF HONG KONG ISLAND — THE ISLAND CORRIDOR — ARE WELL ADVANCED.

THE LIGHT RAIL SYSTEM IS BEING DESIGNED TO BE IMPLEMENTED IN STAGES FROM THE EXISTING TRAMWAY.

THIS WILL RESULT IN AN INTERCHANGE WITH THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY AT ADMIRALTY AND CHATER-PEDDER STATIONS SO THAT, ULTIMATELY, A TOTALLY UNDERGROUND SYSTEM CAN BE ACHIEVED.

THE PHASED IMPLEMENTATION OF SUCH A SYSTEM FORMS THE CENTRAL FEATURE OF THE TRANSPORT STRATEGY ADOPTED BY TRANSPORT AUTHORITIES IN A NUMBER OF EUROPEAN CITIES AND THE IMPLEMENTATION STUDIES OF THE HONG KONG LIGHT RAIL SYSTEM HAVE BENEFITTED FROM THEIR ADVICE AND EXPERIENCE.

THE HONG KONG DELEGATION’S VISIT TO WEST GERMANY, SWITZERLAND AND BELGIUM WILL FAMILIARISE SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WITH LIGHT RAIL SYSTEMS AND WILL INCLUDE AN ASSESSMENT OF THE EXTENT TO WHICH PRACTICES ADOPTED IN EUROPE CAN BE SUCCESSFULLY IMPLEMENTED IN HONG KONG.

THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, MR. DEREK JONES WILL LEAD THE SEVEN-MAN DELEGATION WHICH WILL INCLUDE THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR. A.T. ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT AND THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT’S MASS TRANSIT ADVISER, MR. A.H. WILKINS.

THE GROUP WILL ALSO BE ACCOMPANIED BY A REPRESENTATIVE OF MARTIN AND VOORHEES ASSOCIATES, THE BRITISH FIRM OF CONSULTANTS WHO ARE CONDUCTING IMPLEMENTATION STUDIES INTO A POSSIBLE LIGHT RAIL SYSTEM FOR HONG KONG AND WHO ARE ORGANISING THE DELEGATION’S VISIT TO EUROPE.

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RATING (AREAS OF HONG KONG) (AMENDMENT) ORDER 1979 ******

THE COVER NOR-IN-COUNCIL ON JUNE 5 SPECIFIED EIGHT FURTHER RATING AREAS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WHICH INCLUDE THE MORE DEVELOPED AND DEVELOPING ISLANDS AS WELL AS CERTAIN OTHER AREAS WHERE DEVELOPMENT HAS TAKEN PLACE.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE EXISTING RATING AREA FOR TSI NG Yl HAS BEEN RESPECIFIED TO RATIONALISE THE BOUNDARY AND ENSURE THAT PROPOSED RECLAMATIONS THERE WILL ALL BE WITHIN THE RATING AREA.

THE ORDER COVERING THIS IS PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S (FRIDAY) GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

COMMENTING ON THE ORDER, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT SAID IT IS PROPOSED TO CHARGE RATES IN THE ADDITIONAL AREAS FROM APRIL 1, 1980.

THEY AREs

AREA P CHEUNG CHAU

AREA Q PENG CHAU

AREA R LANTAU AND MA WAN ISLANDS

AREA S LAMMA ISLAND

AREA D2 AN AREA NORTH CHUEN LUNG OF TSUEN WAN AROUND

AREA J4 AN AREA ALONG INCLUDING LOI SHA TAU KOK ROAD TUNG

AREAS N4-5 HO CHUNG AND TAI MONG TSAI, BOTH IN SAI KUNG DISTRICT.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THESE ADDITIONAL AREAS FORM THE SIXTH AND FINAL PHASE OF THE CURRENT PROGRAMME OF EXTENSION OF RATING TO THE NEW TERRITORIES.

HE POINTED OUT, HOWEVER, THAT FURTHER EXTENSIONS OF THE RATING AREAS ARE LIKELY WHEN DEVELOPMENT TAKES PLACE OUTSIDE THE EXISTING RATING AREAS.

HE ADDED THAT EXEMPTION FROM RATES FOR TRADITIONAL VILLAGE HOUSES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, WHICH HAS APPLIED TO THE PREVIOUS PHASES, WILL ALSO APPLY ON THIS OCCASION.

. COPIES OF THE PLANS OF THE NEWLY SPECIFIED RATING AREAS MAY BE SEEN AT THE OFFICE OF THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT OR AT THE APPROPRIATE DISTRICT OFFICE.

ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO MR. PANG TSAN-WING OR

RR. W.R.W. SPENCER OF THE DEPARTMENT’S NEW TERRITORIES DIVISION AT 24-34 HENNESSY ROAD, EIGHTH FLOOR, TAI SANG COMMERCIAL BUILDING, HONG KONG OR BY TELEPHONING 5-284037.

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TAX RELIEF FOR APPROVED CHARITABLE DONATIONS

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A REVISED LIST CF CHARITABLE INSTITUTIONS AND TRUSTS RECOGNISED ON MAY 31, 1979 AS BEING EXEMPTED FROM TAX IS PUBLISHED IN SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT NO. 4 OF THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE NEW LIST WILL SUPERSEDE ALL PREVIOUS ONES.

ANYONE WHO MAKES DONATIONS TO ANY OF THE CHARITABLE INSTITUTIONS AND TRUSTS SPECIFIED ON THE LIST MAY CLAIM TAX RELIEF, SUBJECT TO CERTAIN LIMITATIONS, UNDER SECTION 88 OF THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE.

THE NEW LIST WILL SOON BE AVAILABLE AT $4 PER COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE.

PUBLIC DUMP AT ALDRICH BAY

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT HAS OPENED A PUBLIC DUMP AT THE ALDRICH BAY RECLAMATION.

DUMPING LICENCES MAY BE OBTAINED FREE OF CHARGE ON APPLICATION TO THE CHIEF ENGINEER, PORT WORKS DIVISION, PWD AT MURRAY BUILDING, FIRST FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

HOLDERS OF VALID DUMPING LICENCES FOR PUBLIC DUMPS IN HONG KONG WILL BE PERMITTED TO DUMP MATERIALS SUCH AS APPROVED SOFT EARTH, BUILDING DEBRIS AND CERTAIN SIZE OF STONES PROVIDING THEY ARE WELL MIXED WITH EARTH.

A PWD SPOKESMAN SAID THE ENTRANCE TO THE DUMP IS AT THE JUNCTION OF HOI AN STREET AND HING MAN STREET VIA HO! AN STREET.

THE DUMP IS OPEN BETWEEN 9 A.M. AND 5 P.M. EVERYDAY EXCEPT SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

ALL DUMPING MUST BE CARRIED OUT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE INSTRUCTIONS OF THE DUMP SUPERVISORS.

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TAI LAM CHUNG ROAD TO BE WIDENED

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) INVITED TENDERS FOR THE WIDENING OF ABOUT 400 METRES OF CARRIAGEWAY IN TAI LAM CHUNG ROAD.

A PWD SPOKESMAN SAID THE EXISTING ROAD HAS ONLY ONE LANE.

THE CONTRACT WILL INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW 7.3-METRE WIDE CARRIAGEWAY AND A 1.8-METRE WIDE FOOTPATH.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START NEXT MONTH AND WILL TAKE ABOUT SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE WORK HAS BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY THE HIGHWAYS (NEW TERRITORIES) DIVISION OF THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE.

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DISCUSSION ON THE ROLE OF SCHOOLS *****

A SEMINAR FOR PRINCIPALS AND TEACHERS ON THE ROLE OF SCHOOLS IN THE CONTINUING DEVELOPMENT OF THE TEACHING PROFESSION WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGE OF EDUCATION.

MR. ARTHUR BROWN, SENIOR ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT) WILL ADDRESS THE GATHERING, TO BE FOLLOWED BY A SPEECH ON THE MAIN THEME BY MR. T.C. LEE, PRINCIPAL EDUCATION OFFICER, KOWLOON.

A PANEL DISCUSSION WILL BE HELD ON THE SCHOOL ATTACHMENT SCHEME TO BE CHAIRED BY MRS. I. CHIU OF SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGE OF EDUCATION. GROUP DISCUSSIONS WILL BE CONDUCTED LATER ON.

♦MUSIC AND MOVEMENT,* A DEMONSTRATION OF INTEGRATION IN THE CLASSROOM WILL BE HELD, AS WELL AS A DISPLAY OF TEACHING PRACTICE IN SCHOOLS ADOPTING THE ACTIVITY APPROACH.

THE SEMINAR WILL CLOSE WITH THE PRESENTATION OF DISCUSSION REPORTS BY THE VARIOUS DISCUSSION GROUP LEADERS, AND CLOSING COMMENTS FROM MRS. B.M.M. MURRAY; PRINCIPAL OF SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGE OF EDUCATION.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

A SEMINAR ON *THE ROLE OF SCHOOLS IN THE CONTINUING DVELOPMENT OF THE TEACHING PROFESSION* WILL BE HELD AT 9.15 A.M. TOMORROW (SATURDAY) IN THE LECTURE-DEMONSTRATION THEATRE OF SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AT CALDECOTT ROAD, PIPER’S HILL, KOWLOON.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE OPENING OF THE SEMINAR.

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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT FROM MIDNIGHT ON SATURDAY TO 7 A.M. ON MONDAY THE SLIP ROAD OFF KWAI CHUNG ROAD TO KWAI ON ROAD AND THE SLIP ROAD ONTO KWAI CHUNG ROAD FROM KWAI ON ROAD WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO FACILITATE MTR CONSTRUCTION WORKS.

THE KMB NORTHBOUND BUS ROUTE 30 WILL BE DIVERTED TO WO TONG TSUI STREET VIA KWAI HING ROAD FROM HING FONG ROAD AND REJOIN KWAI CHUNG ROAD.

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

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SCHEME TO ENHANCE TRAINING OF STUDENT-TEACHERS ............. 1

DUKE OF KENT TO ARRIVE ON MONDAY ........................... 2

HYDROGRAPHY — IMPORTANT ROLE IN PORT’S FUTURE .............. 3

TENDERS INVITED FOR CONSTRUCTION OF SERVICE RESERVOIRS FOR TUEN MUN .............................................. 4

A DAY OF FUN FOR CHILDREN ................................. 5

WATER CUT................................................... 5

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SCHEME TO ENHANCE THE TRAINING OF STUDENT-TEACHERS

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THE SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGE OF EDUCATION HAS INITIATED IN THE CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR A SCHOOL ATTACHMENT SCHEME TO ENHANCE THE TRAINING OF STUDENT-TEACHERS, MR. T.C. LEE, PRINCIPAL EDUCATION OFFICER, KOWLOON, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

UNDER THE SCHEME, HE SAID, FIRST YEAR STUDENT-TEACHERS WOULD BE ATTACHED ONE DAY A WEEK IN THE FIRST TERM IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS USING THE TRADITIONAL METHOD OF TEACHING, AND IN THE SECOND TERM TO JUNIOR ENGLISH SCHOOLS AND PRIMARY SCHOOLS WHERE THE ACTIVITY APPROACH IS ADOPTED.

MR. LEE WAS SPEAKING AT A SEMINAR ON +THE ROLE OF SCHOOLS IN THE CONTINUING DEVELOPMENT OF THE TEACHING PROFESSION* HELD AT THE SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGE OF EDUCATION.

HE SAID THE CONTINUING DEVELOPMENT OF A PROFESSION DEPENDED VERY MUCH ON THE QUALITY OF PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROVIDED FOR ITS PROSPECTIVE ENTRANTS.

♦THE SCHOOL ATTACHMENT SCHEME PROVIDES A MORE GRADUAL AND SYSTEMATIC GUIDED INTRODUCTION TO TEACHING PRACTICE AND PRODUCES MORE COMMITTED AND SKILFUL APPRENTICES FOR THE TEACHING PROFESS ION,♦ MR. LEE SAID.

IN THE FIRST TRIAL OF THIS SCHEME, 40 PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND SEVEN JUNIOR ENGLISH SCHOOLS WERE INVOLVED.

THE STUDENT-TEACHERS WERE ATTACHED TO THE TRADITIONAL TYPES CF PRIMARY SCHOOLS FOR SEVEN WEEKS, AND TO THE JUNIOR ENGLISH SCHOOLS AND THOSE ADOPTING THE ACTIVITY APPROACH FOR EIGHT WEEKS.

DURING THE ATTACHMENT PERIOD STUDENT-TEACHERS WERE PLACED UNDER THE CHARGE OF TEACHER-TUTORS WHO ASSUMED THE ROLES OF SUPERVISOR AND ADVISER.

MR. LEE NOTED THAT THE SCHEME PROVIDED OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE STUDENTS TO OBSERVE OR TO TRY OUT RIGHT AWAY THE THEORY THAT THEY HAD JUST LEARNED, OPERATING IN ACTUAL CLASSROOM SITUATIONS.

♦THUS AGAIN THE SCHOOLS IN PROVIDING EARLY EXPOSURE OF SCHOOL EXPERIENCE TO FUTURE TEACHERS, BY PARTICIPATING IN THE CNE-DAY-A-WEEK SCHOOL ATTACHMENT SCHEME, ENSURE THAT THE PROFESSION ENLISTS ONLY THOSE WHO ARE WITH THE DESIRABLE APTITUDE AND POTENTIALS,* HE SAID.

ACCORDING TO A SURVEY OF STUDENTS’ OPINION FOLLOWING THE ATTACHMENT '’ERIOD, IT WAS FOUND THAT MOST STUDENT-TEACHERS WERE HIGHLY APPRECIATIVE OF THE SCHEME, MR. LEE SAID.

FINALLY, HE COMMENDED THE SCHOOL HEADS AND TEACHERS WHO HAD PARTICIPATED IN THE SCHEME FOR HAVING PLAYED AN ACTIVE ROLE IN THE CONTINUING DEVELOPMENT OF THE TEACHING PROFESSION.

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DUKE OF KENT TO ARRIVE ON MONDAY

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THE DUKE OF KENT IS DUE TO ARRIVE IN HONG KONG ON MONDAY AFTER AN OFFICIAL VISIT TO CHINA.

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS WILL BE IN HONG KONG FOR A ONE-DAY PRIVATE VISIT BEFORE RETURNING TO THE UNITED KINGDOM ON TUESDAY.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

A PHOTOGRAPHIC FACILITY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR THE PRESS TO COVER HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS’S ARRIVAL IN HONG KONG (RAF VC-10, E.T.A. 6.30 P.M.) ON MONDAY, AND DEPARTURE FOR LONDON (BA 20, E.T.D. 9 P.M.) ON TUESDAY.

PRESS REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO COVER THE ARRIVAL ARE ASKED TO ASSEMBLE AT THE AIRPORT PRESS ROOM ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE AIRPORT TERMINAL BUILDING AT LEAST 45 MINUTES BEFORE THE ARRIVAL TIME. THEY ARE REMINDED TO BRING ALONG THEIR IDENTITY CARDS OR PASSPORTS TO FACILITATE THEIR ENTRY INTO THE RESTRICTED AREA. G. I.S. OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST THE PRESS.

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HYDROGRAPHY — IMPORTANT ROLE IN PORT’S FUTURE

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WITH AN INCREASING NUMBER OF LARGE DEEP-DRAUGHT SHIPS CALLING ON HONG KONG, HYDROGRAPHY COULD PLAY A MORE IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE PORT’S FUTURE.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY (SATURDAY) BY MR. COLIN FORBES OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT’S PORT WORKS DIVISION WHO RECENTLY ATTENDED AN INTERNATIONAL HYDROGRAPHIC TECHNICAL CONFERENCE IN OTTAWA, CANADA.

HYDROGRAPHY IS THE DETAILED STUDY OF THE SEABED.

LAST MONTH’S CONFERENCE IN OTTAWA WAS SPONSORED BY THE CANADIAN HYDROGRAPHIC SERVICE, THE FEDERATION INTERNATIONALE DES GEOMETRES, THE CANADIAN INSTITUTE OF SURVEYING AND THE CANADIAN HYDROGRAPHERS’ ASSOCIATION.

MR. FORBES SAID THAT MANY IMPORTANT PAPERS IN THE FIELD OF HYDROGRAPHY WERE PRESENTED AT THE GATHERING OF EXPERTS.

♦THERE WERE 400 DELEGATES FROM 40 COUNTRIES,* HE SAID, ♦AND SOME OF THE MOST ADVANCED TECHNIQUES IN THE FIELD WERE DISCUSSED.*

AMONG PAPERS TABLED WERE THOSE RELATING TO +SURVEYING REQUIREMENTS FOR DEEP-DRAUGHT ROUTES,* ^DEFINITION OF THE SEABED IN NAVIGATION ROUTES THROUGH MUD AREAS,* AND SOME ON THE USE OF THE LATEST TECHNIQUES AND INSTRUMENTS.

SAID MR. FORBESt +SOME OF THE ASPECTS OF HYDROGRAPHIC WORK — PARTICULARLY IN THE LIGHT OF THE VARIOUS AGREEMENTS REACHED AT THE LAW OF THE SEA CONFERENCE ■— WERE ALSO DISCUSSED.

♦NOW, WITH MORE AND MORE DEEP-DRAUGHT VESSELS IN USE, THE SUBJECT OF HYDROGRAPHY COULD ASSUME GREATER IMPORTANCE IN HONG KONG

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TENDERS INVITED FOR CONSTRUCTION OF SERVICE RESERVOIRS FOR TUEN MUN * * * * *

AS THE TUEN MUN NEW TOWN GROWS, SO DOES THE LOCAL DEMAND FOR WATER — AND THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT DOES ALL IT CAN TO KEEP PACE.

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED, THEREFORE, FOR THE CONSTRUCTION

OF A FRESH WATER SERVICE RESERVOIR AND A SALT WATER RESERVOIR FOR THE NEW TOWN. “ ----Y ' ' '

THE FRESH WATER SERVICE RESERVOIR WILL HAVE A

STORAGE CAPACITY OF 61,000 CUBIC METRES AND WOULD BE OF REINFORCED CONCRETE, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

+THIS NEW RESERVOIR WILL BE REQUIRED,* HE EXPLAINED, +T0 COPE WITH THE INCREASED DEMAND FROM TUEN MUN NEW TOWN AND TO SUPPLY WATER TO THE FUTURE POWER STATION IN TAP SHEK KOK.*

HE ADDED THAT IT WAS INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT THE RESERVOIR WOULD HAVE A DUAL PURPOSE — THE ROOF WOULD BE USED FOR RECREATION UNDER THE MANAGEMENT OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE SALT WATER SERVICE RESERVOIR WOULD HAVE A STORAGE CAPACITY OF 12,000 CUBIC METRES. IT WOULD BE REQUIRED TO CONVERT THE PRESENT RAW WATER FLUSHING SYSTEM TO A NEW SALT WATER SYSTEM IN THE NEW TOWN.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER AND SHOULD TAKE ABOUT 30 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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A DAY OF FUN FOR CHILDREN * * *

A FUNFAIR FOR 200 PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SUNDAY) IN WAH YAN COLLEGE ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

THE FAIR WHICH WILL BE HELD BETWEEN 9.30 A.M. AND 4.30 P.M., IS A SERVICE PROJECT ORGANISED BY THE SOCIAL SERVICE SOCIETY OF THE COLLEGE AND SPONSORED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S WAN CHAI COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICE AND THE LION’S CLUB OF HAPPY VALLEY.

THE CHILDREN WILL BE PRESENTED WITH GIFTS AND A PROGRAMME OF ENTERTAINMENT WILL INCLUDE MUSIC, DANCE, DRAMA, JUDO AND MAGIC PERFORMANCES IN ADDITION TO AN OPEN-AIR CONCERT BY THE HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA.

MEANWHILE, ABOUT 1,000 CHILDREN FROM THE TAI KOK TSUI TYPHOON SHELTER WILL ALSO ENJOY THEMSELVES TOMORROW IN A GAMES FAIR ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S MONG KOK COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICE AND LOCAL VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS.

THE EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT 2 P.M. AT THE SHARON LUTHERAN PRIMARY SCHOOL AT 18 CHERRY STREET, KOWLOON.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN FUNFAIR AT THE WAH YAN COLLEGE IN QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, HONG KONG, AT 9.30 A.M. AND THE GAMES FAIR AT THE SHARON LUTHERAN PR I MARY SCHOOL AT 18 CHERRY STREET, KOWLOON, BEGINNING AT 2 P.M. TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN CENTRAL WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 P.M. ON MONDAY TO 6 A.M. THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR NIGHT LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE NOS. 1-7, 2-36B KENNEDY ROAD INCLUDING KENNEDY TERRACE, GARDEN ROAD INCLUDING HILTON HOTEL. NOS. 1,2,3 UPPER ALBERT ROAD AND LOWER ALBERT ROAD.

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COMMUNITY NURSING SERVICE TO BE EXPANDED ............. 1

NEW TUEN MUN POLICE STATION MORE THAN HALF COMPLETE .. 2

MAY WAS LESS SUNNY THAN USUAL......................... 2

SOCIAL STUDIES EXHIBITION ............................ 3

ILLEGAL GRAVES CLEARED ............................... 4

SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 1979

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COMMUNITY NURSING SERVICE TO BE EXPANDED * * * M *

THE GOVERNMENT IS TO FURTHER DEVELOP THE COMMUNITY NURSING SERVICE BY TAKING A LEADING ROLE IN THE TRAINING OF COMMUNITY NURSES.

STATING THIS TODAY (SUNDAY), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAID A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMME HAS BEEN DRAWN UP TO TRAIN 350 REGISTERED AND ENROLLED NURSES OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

POINTING OUT THAT THE SERVICE HAS CONTRIBUTED SIGNIFICANTLY TO MEETING HONG KONG’S MEDICAL NEEDS, HE SAID THAT MORE THAN 10,000 PEOPLE HAD BENEFITTED FROM IT DURING THE PAST TWO YEARS.

AT PRESENT, THERE ARE 50 COMMUNITY NURSES LOOKING AFTER THOSE PATIENTS LIVING IN THE URBAN AREAS WHO DO NOT REQUIRE HOSPITAL CARE BUT HAVE DIFFICULTY IN ATTENDING CLINICS.

THE EXPANSION PROGRAMME WILL ENABLE THE SERVICE ALL URBAN AREAS AND NEW TOWNS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES THE SPOKESMAN STATED.

TO EXTEND TO AS WELL,

♦WHEN THE SERVICE IS IN FULL SWING, IT WILL NOT ONLY BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN HOSPITALS AND HOMES BUT ALSO HELP TO RELIEVE THE PRESSURE ON THE MUCH NEEDED HOSPITAL BEDS,* HE STRESSED.

THE COMMUNITY NURSING SERVICE WAS PIONEERED BY SIX VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS AS A PILOT SCHEME.

ON APRIL 1, 1977, THE GOVERNMENT AGREED TO SUPPORT THE SERVICE FOR AN EVALUATION PERIOD OF THREE YEARS.

HOWEVER, AFTER A TWO-YEAR ASSESSMENT, THE GOVERNMENT DECIDED NOT ONLY TO SUPPORT THE SCHEME WITH FULL SUBVENTION BUT ALSO TAKE A LEADING ROLE IN TRAINING COMMUNITY NURSES.

♦THE SERVICE PROVIDES AN EFFICIENT HEALTH CARE FOR THE SICK, THE DISABLED AND THE ELDERLY WHO ARE CONFINED TO THEIR HOMES,* THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

♦IT ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THEIR OWN TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION WITH THE HELP OF THEIR FAMILIES AS WELL AS TO PREVENT RELAPSE BY SUPPORTIVE CARE AND HEALTH EDUCATION.*

BESIDES THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, THERE ARE AT PRESENT SEVEN OTHER VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS SUPPLYING A UNIFIED COMMUNITY NURSING SERVICE WITH STANDARDISED PROCEDURE FOR REFERRAL AND CARE.

THE SEVEN ORGANISATIONS ARE THE NETHERSOLE HOSPITAL, CARITAS MEDICAL CENTRE, UNITED CHRISTIAN HOSPITAL, OUR LADY OF MARYKNOLL HOSPITAL, YANG SOCIAL SERVICE CENTRE, RENNIE’S MILL CHRISTIAN MEDICAL CENTRE AND THE KWONG WAH HOSPITAL.

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$10 MILLION TUEN MUN DIVISIONAL POLICE STATION MORE THAN HALF COMPLETE

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WORK ON THE $10 MILLION TUEN MUN DIVISIONAL POLICE STATION IS MORE THAN HALF COMPLETE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT THE SUPERSTRUCTURE IS ALMOST COMPLETE AND WORK ON INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL FINISHES IS BEING CARRIED OUT.

SITUATED AT THE CORNER OF PUI TO ROAD AND TIN HAU ROAD. THE POLICE STATION OCCUPIES AN AREA OF ABOUT 4,650 SQUARE METRES.

THE STATION IS OF A MODIFIED STANDARD DESIGN SIMILAR TO THE NORTH POINT DIVISIONAL HEADQUARTERS AND POLICE STATION.

IT CONSISTS OF AN 18-STOREY COMPOSITE BLOCK, A SINGLE-STOREY SERVICES BUILDING AND A COMPOUND.

THE COMPOSITE BLOCK HOUSES NORMAL POLICE OPERATIONAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES, BARRACKS, CANTEENS AND RECREATIONAL ROOMS AND MARRIED QUARTERS FOR INSPECTORS.

THE SINGLE-STOREY BUILDING ACCOMMODATES KENNELS, STORES, CAR PARKS AND SERVICES FACILITIES.

THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN OCTOBER.

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LAST (MAY) MONTH WAS CLOUDIER AND LESS SUNNY THAN USUAL, ACCORDING TO THE MONTHLY WEATHER SUMMARY RELEASED BY THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE MEAN CLOUDINESS OF 84 PER CENT RANKED NINTH HIGHEST ON RECORD FOR MAY AND THE TOTAL SUNSHINE OF 94.3 HOURS WAS THE FIFTH LOWEST ON RECORD.

THE MONTH WAS ALSO SLIGHTLY WETTER THAN USUAL WITH A TOTAL RAINFALL OF 311.6 MM WHICH IS EIGHT PER CENT ABOVE AVERAGE. THE ACCUMULATED RAINFALL FROM JANUARY 1 TO MAY 31 WAS 672.5 MM, OR 125.2 MM ABOVE AVERAGE.

IT WAS CLOUDY AND HOT ON MAY 1. A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE PASSED SOUTH ACROSS HONG KONG EARLY ON MAY 2, BRINGING SOME SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS.

THE WEATHER BECAME COOLER WITH CONTINUOUS RAIN AFTER THE PASSAGE OF THE TROUGH AND THE MONTH’S MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 19.4 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS RECORDED ON MAY 3.

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DURING THE NEXT TWO DAYS THE WEATHER REMAINED CLOUDY WITH RAIN AT TIMES.

ON MAY 5 AND 6 A MOIST EASTERLY AIRSTREAM AFFECTED HONG KONG AND THERE WERE A FEW PATCHES OF RAIN WHILE FOG WAS REPORTED AT WAGLAN ISLAND IN THE MORNINGS OF MAY 5, 7 AND 8.

THE WEATHER IMPROVED BETWEEN MAY 8 AND 10 AND THE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 31.2 DEGREES WAS RECORDED ON MAY 10.

THE NEXT TWO DAYS WERE CLOUDY WITH OCCASIONAL SHOWERS AS AN ACTIVE TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE DEVELOPED OVER CHINA. THIS TROUGH CAME NEAR TO HONG KONG AND CAUSED THUNDERSTORMS AND HEAVY SHOWERS FROM MAY 13 TO 15, BRINGING 161.7 MM OF RAINFALL, REPRESENTING MORE THAN HALF OF THE MONTH’S TOTAL.

AS THE TROUGH MOVED SOUTH AWAY FROM HONG KONG, THE WEATHER IMPROVED BUT THERE WAS STILL SOME RAIN FROM MAY 16 TO 18. MAINLY FINE WEATHER PREVAILED FROM MAY 19 TO 26.

ON MAY 27, A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE DEVELOPED OVER SOUTH CHINA AND THE WEATHER IN HONG KONG BECAME CLOUDY WITH A FEW SHOWERS. THUNDERSTORMS ACCOMPANIED THE PASSAGE OF THE TROUGH ON MAY 28 AND THE CLOUDY CONDITIONS WITH SOME RAIN OR SHOWERS PERSISTED UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH.

ONE AIRCRAFT WAS DIVERTED FROM HONG KONG ON MAY 13 DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER.

THUNDERSTORMS AND/OR HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS WERE ISSUED ON MAY 1, 13, 14, 15, 23, 24, 27, 28 AND 29. NO FIRE DANGER WARNINGS WERE ISSUED DURING THE MONTH.

THE STRONG MONSOON SIGNAL WAS HOISTED FROM 11.05 P.M. ON MAY 2 TO 9.40 A.M. ON MAY 3.

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SOCIAL STUDIES EXHIBITION * * *

A TWO-DAY EXHIBITON AIMED AT FAMILIARISING

VARIOUS APPROACHES SUGGESTED IN THE REVISED SOCIAL STUDIES DRAFT SYLLABUS WILL BE HELD NEXT SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AT THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION IN GASCOIGNE ROAD, KOWLOON.

TEACHERS WITH THE

THE EXHIBITION IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE SOCIAL STUDIES SUBJECT COMMITTEE (PRIMARY) TOGETHER WITH 24 GOVERNMENT, AIDED AND PRIVATE PR IMARY*SCHOOLS.

THE DISPLAY WILL FEATURE TEACHING AIDS, MODELS, PUPILS’ WORK AND SLIDES TO ILLUSTRATE SPECIFIC TOPICS IN THE SYLLABUS.

MRS. LOUISE MOK, DEPUTY CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, WILL OFFICIALLY OPEN THE EXHIBITION ON SATURDAY AT ID A.M.

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ILLEGAL GRAVES CLEARED * * * *

ELEVEN ILLEGAL GRAVES IN NIM WAN AND TWO OTHERS IN KWONG SHAN IN TUEN MUN DISTRICT HAVE RECENTLY BEEN CLEARED BY GOVERNMENT STAFF.

♦WHERE RELATIVES COULD BE TRACED BEFORE EXHUMATION, THEY WERE APPROACHED AND GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO REMOVE THE GRAVES THEMSELVES,+ A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

UNDER SECTION 118 OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES ORDINANCE, BURIALS OUTSIDE AUTHORISED CEMETERIES ARE NOT PERMITTED AS THE PRACTICE IS CONTRARY TO THE PROPER DEVELOPMENT OF THE COUNTRYSIDE AND COULD CONSTITUTE A HEALTH HAZARD, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦ILLEGAL BURIALS IN NIM WAN AND KWONG SHAN CAN ALSO CAUSE DANGER TO LIFE WHEN FIRING PRACTICE IS TAKING PLACE ON THE CASTLE PEAK RANGE,♦ HE ADDED.

REMAINS HAVE BEEN RE-INTERRED IN SANDY RIDGE CEMETERY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

MONDAY, JUNE 11, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

THE VOLUNTEERS CALLED OUT ON REGULAR BORDER PATROL DUTIES ...................................................... !

DUKE OF KENT HERE AFTER CHINA VISIT.......................... 2

SHA TIN SITE FOR SALE ....................................... 2

TENDERS INVITED FOR TAXI LICENCES ........................... 3

COMPUTER COURSE FOR TEACHERS ................................ 4

*2 MILLION BOOST FOR SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME ................. 4

FIRING PRACTICE ............................................. 5

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

MONDAY, JUNE 11, 1979

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THE VOLUNTEERS CALLED OUT ON REGULAR BORDER PATROL DUTIES ******

THE GOVERNOR HAS APPROVED A LIMITED CALL OUT OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS) TO ASSIST THE SECURITY FORCES IN ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION OPERATIONS.

THE CALL OUT WILL TAKE EFFECT FROM SATURDAY (JUNE 16).

ALTHOUGH THE VOLUNTEERS ALREADY PROVIDE TWO SQUADRONS FOR BORDER PATROLS AS PART OF THE GURKHA FIELD FORCE AT WEEKENDS, FROM SATURDAY (JUNE 16) THE 5 SQUADRONS OF THE VOLUNTEERS WILL IN TURN PROVIDE REGULAR PATROLS OF THE BORDER AREAS.

EACH SQUADRON COMPRISES ABOUT 90 OFFICERS AND MEN AND WILL SPEND THREE OUT OF EVERY FIFTEEN DAYS ON DUTY DEPLOYED IN AREAS DESIGNATED BY THE COMMANDER GURKHA FIELD FORCE.

THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR. LEWIS DAVIES, SAID THAT THE ADDITIONAL MANPOWER WHICH THIS CALL OUT REPRESENTED WAS MOST WELCOME. IT INDICATED THE INCREASING MANPOWER WHICH WAS BEING DEPLOYED TO ENSURE A HIGH LEVEL OF ARREST OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. HE SAID HE WAS WRITING TO THE CIVILIAN EMPLOYERS OF MEMBERS OF THE VOLUNTEERS NOTIFYING THEM OF THE DECISION AND SEEKING THEIR CO-OPERATION IN RELEASING THEIR STAFF FOR THIS IMPORTANT DUTY.

MR. DAVIES SAID THE DEPLOYMENT OF THE VOLUNTEERS IN ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT OPERATIONS WILL BE KEPT UNDER REVIEW.

AT PRESENT, FOUR BATTALIONS OF THE GARRISON AS WELL AS ABOUT 2,000 OFFICERS FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE ARE ENGAGED IN ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT OPERATIONS.

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DUKE OF KENT HERE AFTER CHINA VISIT r * * *

THE DUKE OF KENT ARRIVED IN HONG KONG THIS (MONDAY) EVENING FOLLOWING A ONE-WEEK OFFICIAL VISIT TO CHINA.

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS WAS MET ON ARRIVAL BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE. ALSO AT THE AIRPORT TO GREET HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS WERE THE CHIEF JUSTICE, SIR DENYS ROBERTS- THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR JACK CATER- THE COMMANDER BRITISH FORCES, MAJOR-GENERAL SIR ROY REDGRAVE- THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, SIR YUET-KEUNG KAN- THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE HON. OSWALD CHEUNG- AND MR. WANG KUANG, FIRST DIRECTOR OF THE XINHUA NEWS AGENCY.

THE DUKE OF KENT WILL STAY IN HONG KONG FOR ONE DAY AND FLY TO LONDON TOMORROW EVENING.

TRAVELLING ON THE SAME AIRCRAFT WITH HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS WILL EE THE GOVERNOR. ACCOMPANYING SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE WILL BE THE SECRETARY FOR INFORMATION, MR. DAVID FORD, AND THE POLITICAL AD USER, DR. DAVID WILSON.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A PHOTOGRAPHIC FACILITY AT THE AIRBRIDGE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE DEPARTURE OF THE DUKE AND THE GOVERNOR (BA 20, E.T.D. 9 P.M.) TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

PRESS REPRESENTATIVES ASSIGNED TO COVER THE DEPARTURE ARE ASKED TO ASSEMBLE AT THE AIRPORT PRESS ROOM ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE AIRPORT TERMINAL BUILDING NOT LATER THAN 7.45 P.M. THEY ARE REMINDED TO BRING THEIR IDENTITY CARDS OR PASSPORTS TO FACILITATE THEIR ENTRY INTO THE RESTRICTED AREA. G.I.S. OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST THEM.

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SHA TIN SITE FOR SALE * * * *

A PRESTIGE SITE IN SHA TIN WILL BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC AUCTION AT SHA TIN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THE 1,679-SQUARE METRE SITE FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT IS ON THE HILLSIDE OPPOSITE THE PROPOSED KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY DEPOT. IT IS THE FIRST SITE IN THIS AREA PUT UP FOR SALE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE LAND SALE AT 11 A.M. TOMORROW. A GOVERNMENT VAN WILL TAKE MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES TO SHA TIN TOMORROW, LEAVING KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 10.15 A.M.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR TAXI LICENCES ******

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IN CONTINUING THE PRESENT POLICY OF ISSUING 100 TAXI LICENCES A MONTH, WILL BE INVITING TENDERS FOR A FURTHER 300 HONG KONG AND KOWLOON TAXI LICENCES ON FRIDAY (JUNE 15).

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TENDER FORMS WOULD BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM FRIDAY FROM EITHER THE HONG KONG LICENSING OFFICE AT 2 MURRAY ROAD, OR FROM THE KOWLOON LICENSING OFFICE AT PARK-IN COMMERCIAL CENTRE IN DUNDAS STREET, MONG KOK.

THE SPOKESMAN ADVISED TENDERERS NOT TO USE THE TENDER FORMS ISSUED PREVIOUSLY WHICH HAVE BEEN DECLARED VOID. HE SAID THAT THE TENDER FORMS FOR THIS EXERCISE WILL BE YELLOW IN COLOUR.

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

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT A TENDERER MAY SUBMIT ONE FORM FOR ONE OR MORE LICENCES NOT EXCEEDING 300. THE TENDERER MAY ALSO SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE TENDER FORM, AND IF A TENDER FOR MORE THAN ONE LICENCE IS SUBMITTED, ONLY ONE FIXED PREMIUM SHOULD BE OFFERED.

♦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,* HE SAID.

A PUBLIC BALLOT MAY BE HELD TO DETERMINE THE ACCEPTANCE OF THOSE TENDERS IF THE UNIT PREMIA 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 AT 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 JUNE 29, 1979. LATE TENDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

SUCCESSFUL TENDERERS WOULD BE ISSUED TAXI LICENCES AT THE RATE OF 100 PER MONTH STARTING FROM AUGUST WITH THE HIGHEST BIDS RECEIVING PRIORITY.

REFERRING TO RECENT PRESS REPORTS HINTING THAT TAXI FARES MAY BE FURTHER INCREASED, THE SPOKESMAN SAID NO SUCH ACTION WAS BEING CONTEMPLATED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

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COMPUTER COURSE FOR TEACHERS * * * *

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW INVITED FROM SECONDARY SCHOOL MATHEMATICS TEACHERS FOR A COURSE IN BASIC COMPUTER PROGRAMMING ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT FROM JULY 16 TO 20.

THIS IS THE SIXTH COURSE OF ITS KIND OFFERED FREE BY THE DEPARTMENT WITH THE FIRST IN 1976- ALL PREVIOUS FIVE WITH GOOD RESPONSE.

THE VENUE FOR THE COMING COURSE WILL BE AT THE MATHEMATICS TEACHING CENTRE ON THE 3RD FLOOR OF THE TANNER ROAD POLICE PRIMARY SCHOOL, PAK FUK ROAD, NORTH POINT.

♦OWING TO LIMITED FACILITIES, ONLY 20 TEACHERS CAN BE ACCEPTED THIS TIME. IF IT PROVES SUCCESSFUL THE COURSE WILL BE REPEATED IN SEPTEMBER,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE COURSE WILL COVER ELEMENTARY OPERATIONS, ARITHMETIC OPERATIONS, BRANCHING AND LOOPS, SUBSCRIPTS AND ARRAYS, CHARACTER STRINGS MANIPULATION, AND A SELECTION OF MATHEMATICAL PROBLEMS. IT WILL ALSO INCLUDE THEORY AND PRACTICAL WORK ON A MICROCOMPUTER.

THE CLOSING DATE OF APPLICATIONS WILL BE JUNE 30 AND SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE INFORMED NOT LATER THAN JULY 10.

FURTHER INFORMATION ON THIS COURSE CAN BE OBTAINED AT THE MATHEMATICS SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, TELi 5-774001 EXT. 36.

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$2 MILLION BOOST FOR SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME *****

MR. P.O. WILLIAMS, CHAIRMAN OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, WILL PRESENT A CHEQUE FOR $2 MILLION TO THE HON. F.K. LI SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, AS THE CLUB’S DONATION TOWARDS THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

THE CHEQUE PRESENTATION WILL BE HELD AT 3.15 P.M. TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AT THE RECEPTION HALL OF THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (EAST WING), FIRST FLOOR, LOWER ALBERT ROAD.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE EVENT.

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FIRING PRACTICE * * * *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE RANGE FROM 9 A.M. TO 4 P.M. ON FRIDAY (JUNE

HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK 15).

THE PUBLIC ARE WARNED NOT TO ENTER THE AREA WHEN RED FLAGS ARE FLYING DURING THE TIME OF PRACTICE.

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

TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

1257,000 PAID OUT IN TAYA SCHEME......................... 1

THE DUKE AND THE GOVERNOR LEAVE FOR UK .................. 2

PUBLIC RESPONSE TO FUEL SAVING CAMPAIGN ADMIRABLE ........ 2

SHA TIN SITE SOLD FOR $12.5 MILLION....................... 3

MORE VEHICLE EXAMINERS ................................... 4

INCREASE IN NUMBER OF WATER CONSUMERS .................... 5

EVENING ENGLISH COURSES FOR ADULTS ....................... 6

PLB RESTRICTED ZONES ..................................... 7

WATER CUT................................................. 7

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$257,000 PAID OUT IN TAVA SCHEME

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAS PAID OUT MORE THAN 2257,000 AS QUICK CASH RELIEF FOR PEOPLE APPLYING UNDER THE ♦NO FAULT* TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE SCHEME SINCE ITS IMPLEMENTATION ON MAY 1.

THE PAYMENTS WERE MADE TO 21 CASES INVOLVING DEATH AND 82 CASES INVOLVING INJURIES WHICH HAVE CAUSED AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS* LOSS OF EARNING CAPACITY.

MRS. DIANA LEE, HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT'S TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE (TAVA) SECTION, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THE AMOUNT OF PAYMENTS FOR THE FATAL CASES TOTALLED $109,700, AND THAT FOR THE INJURY, $148,000.

SHE SAID THE GRANTS FOR THE INJURY CASES INCLUDED SECOND PAYMENTS IN 13 CASES WHEREBY THE APPLICANTS WERE MEDICALLY CERTIFIED TO REQUIRE EXTENDED SICK LEAVE.

IN THE CASES ALREADY PROCESSED, SHE SAID, THE HIGHEST PAYMENT WAS $10,600 MADE IN EACH OF TWO FATAL CASES, WHILE OTHER PAYMENTS RANGED FROM $800 TO $10,300.

♦AT PRESENT, 224 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 DEPENDENTS REGARDLESS OF WHO WAS AT FAULT IN CAUSING THE ACCIDENT.

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

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SCHEME CAN BE MADE AT THE TAVA SECTION ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE FIRE BRIGADE BUILDING, 46 CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG (TEL. NOS. 5-222392 AND 5-223254).

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THE DUKE AND THE GOVERNOR LEAVE FOR UK

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THE DUKE OF KENT LEFT HONG KONG BY AIR THIS (TUESDAY) EVENING ON HIS WAY BACK TO THE UNITED KINGDOM FOLLOWING AN OFFICIAL VISIT TO CHINA.

TRAVELLING ON THE SAME AIRCRAFT WITH HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS IS THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE. ACCOMPANYING THE GOVERNOR TO LONDON ARE THE SECRETARY FOR INFORMATION, MR. DAVID FORD, AND THE POLITICAL ADVISER, DR. DAVID WILSON.

THE DUKE AND THE GOVERNOR WERE SEEN OFF AT THE AIRBRIDGE BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR JACK CATER. JOINING SIR JACK IN THE V.I.P. ROOM EARLIER TO SAY FAREWELL TO HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS AND THE GOVERNOR WERE THE COMMANDER BRITISH FORCES, MAJOR-GENERAL SIR ROY REDGRAVE, AND THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, SIR YUET-KEUNG KAN.

DURING SIR MURRAY’S ABSENCE, SIR JACK WILL ACT AS GOVERNOR.

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ONLY 58 PEOPLE HAVE RECEIVED SUMMONSES SINCE THE GOVERNMENT’S FUEL SAVING MEASURES WERE PUT INTO EFFECT ON MAY 13, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

♦MOST OF THE SUMMONSES RELATED TO THE PERSISTENT ILLEGAL USE OF LIGHTING FOR SHOP WINDOW DISPLAYS OR FAILURE TO SWITCH OFF ADVERTISING SIGNS,♦ THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

♦ON THE WHOLE THE PUBLIC’S RESPONSE TO THE GOVERNMENT’S FUEL SAVING MEASURES HAS BEEN ADMIRABLE,♦ HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THOSE WHO HAD RECEIVED SUMMONSES HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN WARNED AND IN BREACHING CERTAIN PROVISIONS MADE UNDER THE OIL (CONSERVATION AND CONTROL) ORDINANCE 1979 WERE JUST CHANCING THEIR LUCK.

IN ADDITION TO THE SUMMONSES 47 OTHER WARNINGS HAD BEEN GIVEN TO SHOPKEEPERS FOUND TO HAVE BREACHED THE ORDINANCE BY USING ELECTRICITY FOR ILLUMINATING SHOP SIGNS OR FOR THE DISPLAY OF PRODUCTS.

♦SO FAR THE PUBLIC HAVE RESPONDED TO THE WHOLE CAMPAIGN WITH A GOOD DEAL OF COMMON SENSE,♦ THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

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SHA TIN SITE SOLD FOR $12.5 MILLION

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THE FIRST SITE ON THE NORTHERN SIDE OF SHA TIN VALLEY FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT WAS SOLD FOR $12.5 MILL ION-AT A GOVERNMENT AUCTION TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE SITE MEASURING 1,679 SQ. METRES — THE FIRST RESIDENTIAL LOT DISPOSED OF BY WAY OF AUCTION IN SHA TIN — WAS SOLD TO THE SOUTHEAST ASIA PROPERTIES AND FINANCE LTD. WHICH PAID THE EQUIVALENT OF $7,445 PER SQ. METRE.

BIDDINGS STARTED AT $7 MILLION AND IN LESS THAN 20 MINUTES SEVEN KEEN BIDDERS PUSHED UP THE PRICE TO $12.5 MILLION — ABOUT 80 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THE OPENING BID.

THE SITE. DESIGNED FOR HIGH-CLASS RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, IS IN A VERY SCENIC SETTING OVERLOOKING SHA TIN HOI. IT IS ON THE HILLSIDE OPPOSITE THE PROPOSED KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY DEPOT.

THE SALE CONDITIONS OF THE SITE STIPULATE THAT THE TOTAL ROOFED-OVER AREA OF THE RESIDENTIAL BLOCKS CONTAINING NOT MORE THAN 18 STOREYS SHOULD NOT EXCEED 17.5 PER CENT OF THE LOT AREA.

THE SENIOR ESTATE SURVEYOR OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE, MR. DON SMITH, SAID THE PRICE REALISED WAS HIGHER THAN EXPECTED BECAUSE OF THE MARKET DEMAND FOR HIGH QUALITY HOUSING IN HONG KONG.

♦THE RESULT CLEARLY REFLECTS THAT LOCAL DEVELOPERS HAVE TO COME TO REALISE THE DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL OF LUXURY HOUSING IN THE NEW T0WN,4 HE SAID.

MR. SMITH ADDED THAT SOME 40 SITES FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT WOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE IN SHA TIN IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS.

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MORE VEHICLE EXAMINERS

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THE NUMBER OF MOTOR VEHICLE EXAMINERS IN THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IS TO BE INCREASED FROM 20 TO 31.

THE RECRUITMENT OF 11 NEW EXAMINERS IS AIMED AT COPING WITH THE INCREASING NUMBER OF VEHICLES CALLED UP FOR INSPECTION AND SHORTENING THEIR WAITING TIME.

THE FIRST GROUP OF FIVE NEW RECRUITS ARE NOW UNDER TRAINING AND THE SECOND BATCH OF SIX WILL BE JOINING THE DEPARTMENT SHORTLY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAIDt *AT PRESENT WE HAVE A LONG LIST OF VEHICLES WAITING FOR INSPECT ION.♦

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE PRESENT DELAY WAS DUE TO SHORTAGE OF FACILITIES AND STAFF.

♦WITH THE NEW FACILITIES AT THE KOWLOON BAY AND ADDITIONAL STAFF SOON, WE HOPE TO MINIMISE THE DELAY,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦THE KOWLOON BAY CENTRE IS MAINLY FOR GOODS VEHICLE INSPECTIONS AND EVENTUALLY THIS TYPE OF VEHICLE WILL BE INSPECTED THERE EVERY YEAR.+

HE ALSO REVEALED THAT THREE MORE INSPECTION CENTRES FOR PRIVATE CARS WILL BE BUILT IN TSUEN WAN, YUEN LONG AND HONG KONG ISLAND.

LAST YEAR, THE VEHICLE EXAMINATION SECTION OF THE DEPARTMENT INSPECTED OVER 47,000 VEHICLES ---- A SIX PER CENT

INCREASE OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR’S TOTAL OF 44,569.

DURING THE PERIOD THE NUMBER OF INSPECTIONS CARRIED OUT ON SUSPECTED DEFECTIVE CARS AND THOSE INVOLVED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS ALSO INCREASED.

THE NUMBER OF VEHICLES FOUND DEFECTIVE ROSE FROM 8,391 IN 1977 TO 10,059 LAST YEAR. EXAMINATIONS ARISING FROM TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS ROSE FROM 3,493 TO 3,772 IN THE SAME PERIOD.

THE INSPECTIONS WERE CARRIED OUT BY MOTOR VEHICLE EXAMINERS SECONDED TO THE POLICE TRAFFIC BRANCH.

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INCREASE IN NUMBER OF WATER CONSUMERS * ft ft * *

THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT HAS RECORDED AN AVERAGE INCREASE OF 5,000 REGISTERED CONSUMERS PER MONTH DURING THE PAST TWO YEARS.

ACCORDING TO LATEST STATISTICS, THERE WERE 840,000 REGISTERED CONSUMERS AT THE END OF MAY, COMPARED WITH 780,000 AT THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR, AND 720,000 IN MAY 1977.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT ATTRIBUTED 1HE STEADY INCREASE TO THE BUILDING BOOM AND GRADUAL INCREASE IN POPULATION IN HONG KONG.

HE SA IDs +NATURALLY THE WORKLOAD HAS HAD ITS EFFECT ON THE ALREADY HARD-PRESSED STAFF OF THIS DEPARTMENT.

♦THE INCREASE ALSO AFFECTED THE AVERAGE DAILY WATER CONSUMPTION IN HONG KONG WHICH HAS RISEN BY HORE THAN EIGHT PER CENT TO 1.237 MILLION CUBIC METRES A DAY LAST MONTH COMPARED WITH 1.141 MILLION CUBIC METRES A DAY IN MAY LAST YEAR.

♦HOWEVER, WITH OUR INCREASED WATER STORAGE AND TREATMENT FACILITIES, WE ARE ABLE TO COPE WITH THE SITUATION.

♦AS FAR AS WATER SUPPLY IS CONCERNED OUR PRESENT STORAGE POSITION IS GOOD SO FAR THIS YEAR. MOST OF OUR RESERVOIRS ARE NOW MORE THAN HALF FULL DUE TO THE RECENT SPELL OF WET WEATHER.4

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EVENING ENGLISH COURSES FOR ADULTS ft ft * ft ft

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AGED 18 AND ABOVE CAN IMPROVE THEIR ENGLISH IN EVENING ENGLISH COURSES RUN BY THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT STARTING FROM SEPTEMBER 10.

THE COURSES ARE DIVIDED INTO THREE LEVELS — A SIX-YEAR ELEMENTARY COURSE EQUIVALENT TO PRIMARY 4 TO FORM 3- A TWO-YEAR INTERMEDIATE COURSE EQUIVALENT TO FORMS 4 AND 5- AND A ONE-YEAR SENIOR COURSE EQUIVALENT TO FORM 6.

FEES FOR THE THREE LEVELS ARE AS FOLLOWSi-

ANNUAL TUITION FEES

ft ELEMENTARY COURSES - (PRIMARY LEVEL >100

(JUNIOR SECONDARY >150

LEVEL

ft INTERMEDIATE COURSE - SENIOR SECONDARY >150

LEVEL

ft SENIOR COURSE - FORM 6 LEVEL >200

APPLICATION FORMS ARE OBTAINABLE FROM JUNE 18 TO 30 AT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT (HEADQUARTERS, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES AND ADULT EDUCATION SECTION)- QUEEN'S COLLEGE, KING’S COLLEGE, HENNESSY ROAD GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOL, SHAU KEI WAN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL AND DISTRICT OFFICE (ISLANDS) IN HONG KONG- QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL, LI CHENG UK, KAI TAK AND KWUN TONG GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN KOWLOON- HOI PA STREET AND TAI PO GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOLS, HEUNG YEE KUK YUEN LONG DISTRICT SECONDARY SCHOOL AND DISTRICT OFFICES (SAI KUNG, SHA TIN, TAI PO, TSUEN WAN, TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG) IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

COMPLETED FORMS MUST BE RETURNED ON OR BEFORE JUNE 30 TO THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT MA TAU KOK ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 4TH FLOOR, 1 MA TAU KOK ROAD, KOWLOON.

REQUESTS FOR APPLICATION FORMS BY MAIL SHOULD SPECIFY THE COURSES APPLIED FOR AND SHOULD BE ACCOMPANIED BY SELF-ADDRESSED AND STAMPED ENVELOPES.

THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION ALSO RUNS OTHER EVENING COURSES INCLUDING THE EVENING SCHOOL OF HIGHER CHINESE STUDIES, TEACHERS’ COURSES, SECONDARY SCHOOL COURSES, MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSE FOR ADULTS, YOUNG PEOPLE’S COURSE, ADULT EDUCATION COURSES (GENERAL BACKGROUND) AND ADULT EDUCATION COURSES (PRACTICAL BACKGROUND).

APPLICATION FORMS FOR THESE COURSES WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM JULY 3 AND SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION ON OR BEFORE JULY 16.

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PLB RESTRICTED ZONES

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY) THE SETTING UP OF A PUBLIC LIGHT BUS RESTRICTED ZONE IN JAVA ROAD AND THE EXTENSION OF THE PLB RESTRICTED ZONE IN KING’S ROAD FROM 10 A.M. ON FRIDAY (JUNE 15).

IN JAVA ROAD, ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM STOPPING FOR PASSENGERS ON THE SECTION BETWEEN A POINT 130 FEET WEST OF HEALTHY STREET EAST AND ABOUT 210 FEET EAST OF THE SAME STREET FROM 7 A.M. TO MIDNIGHT DAILY.

IN KING’S ROAD, THE EXISTING NORTHBOUND PUBLIC LIGHT BUS RESTRICTED ZONE WILL BE EXTENDED TO A POINT ABOUT 130 FEET SOUTH OF THE JUNCTION OF KING’S ROAD AND TONG CHONG STREET FROM 7 A.M. TO MIDNIGHT DAILY.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP IN THESE AREAS TO INDICATE THE RESTRICTED ZONES.

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN CENTRAL AND WONG TAI SIN WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR SEVERAL HOURS ON THURSDAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

IN CENTRAL, THE SUPPLY WILL BE CUT OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 P.M. ON THURSDAY (JUNE 14) TO 6 A.M. THE FOLLOWING DAY.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY ALBANY ROAD, ARBUTHNOT ROAD, CHANCERY LANE, OLD BAILEY STREET, ELGIN STREET, PEEL STREET, HOLLYWOOD ROAD, ABERDEEN STREET, KAU U FONG, WEST SIDE OF GAGE STREET, LYNDHURST TERRACE AND POTTINGER STREET INCLUDING WYNDHAM STREET.

IN WONG TAI SIN, THE SUPPLY WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SIX HOURS FROM MIDNIGHT ON THURSDAY TO 6 A.M. THE FOLLOWING DAY.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY JUNCTION ROAD, TUNG TAU TSUEN ROAD, TUNG LUNG ROAD AND TUNG WOR ROAD INCLUDING TUNG TSI NG ROAD, MEI TUNG ESTATE AND BLOCK 5 OF TUNG TAU ESTATE.

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VIGILANCE AND HARD WORK OF HEALTH AUTHORITY HELP TO CHECK COMMUNICABLE DISEASES .............................. 1

ACTING GOVERNOR VISITS NEW TERRITORIES ................... 2

EMPLOYMENT AT BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES IN MID-MARCH 1979 ........................................... 3

RECREATION CENTRE FOR VILLAGERS .......................... 4

ACTING GOVERNOR TO ATTEND CAS DINNER ..................... 5

COURSE FOR SERVING TEACHERS TO ATTAIN +QUALIFIED+ STATUS ................................................... 6

TEMPORARY CARRIAGEWAY CLOSURE ............................ 6

VILLAGE HOUSE DECLARED DANGEROUS ......................... 7

WATER PIPELINE ........................................... 7

CLEARWAY IN SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET......................... 7

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VIGILANCE AND HARD WORK OF HEALTH AUTHORITY HELP TO CHECK COMMUNICABLE DISEASES *****

HONG KONG’S CLEAN RECORD OF MOST COMMUNICABLE DISEASES HAS BEEN ACHIEVED NOT BY LUCK BUT BY THE VIGILANCE AND HARD WORK OF THE HEALTH AUTHORITY AND HEALTH WORKERS IN THE FIELD.

THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR. S.F. LAM, SAID THIS AT THE LIONS CLUB OF VICTORIA LUNCHEON MEETING TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE POINTED OUT THAT SMALLPOX HAS BEEN ERADICATED, ONLY A FEW IMPORTED CASES OF MALARIA ARE REPORTED, GASTRO-INTESTINAL DISEASES SUCH AS TYPHOID AND DYSENTERY HAVE BEEN KEPT DOWN TO MANAGEABLE NUMBERS, AND HONG KONG HAS BEEN FREE FROM CHOLERA SINCE AUGUST, 1978.

+THESE ARE JUST EXAMPLES OF SOME OF THE MORE SERIOUS COMMUNICABLE DISEASES THAT HAVE BEEN CONTROLLED AND PREVENTED FROM OCCURRING OR SPREADING IN ANY LARGE NUMBERS AS TO JEOPARDISE THE HEALTH OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG,* HE ADDED.

DR. LAM DESCRIBED THE HEALTH SERVICE AS A +SILENT SERVICE* BECAUSE + IT IS A RELENTLESS BATTLE CARRIED OUT BY A GROUP OF DEDICATED HEALTH PERSONNEL WITHOUT ANY FUSS OR FANFARE.*

HE PREDICTED THAT THE BATTLE AGAINST COMMUNICABLE DISEASES WOULD BE A DIFFICULT ONE THIS YEAR WITH THE INFLUX OF IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES, WHICH IS PUTTING A SEVERE STRAIN ON THE MANPOWER AND FACILITIES AVAILABLE IN THE HEALTH SERVICE.

WITH THE HELP OF MEMBERS OF THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICE, WHO ARE ALL VOLUNTEERS, HEALTH PERSONNEL HAVE SET UP MEDICAL POSTS IN EVERY CAMP AND STAGING POINT HOUSING THESE REFUGEES, HE SAID.

THE SERVICE PROVIDED INCLUDES MEDICAL COVER FOR THOSE PRESENTLY ABOARD THE SKYLUCK AND THE FLEET Or SMALL BOATS GROUPED TOGETHER IN THE WATERS AROUND HONG KONG.

DR. LAM SAID INSPECTION IS CARRIED OUT ON EVERY BOAT THAT COMES INTO HONG KONG WHICH INCLUDES NOT ONLY LARGE OCEAN-GOING STEAMERS BUT ALSO THE NUMEROUS JUNKS, TRAWLERS, HYDROFOILS AND EVEN THE REFUGEE VESSELS THAT TURN UP EVERY DAY.

+THE HEALTH OFFICERS MUST BE SATISFIED THAT NOT ONLY IS THE HUMAN CARGO HEALTHY- BUT THAT THESE BOATS DO NOT CARRY IN MOSQUITOES, RODENTS AND RATS THAT ARE CAPABLE OF SPREADING DISEASES LIKE YELLOW FEVER AND PLAGUE,* HE SAID.

+THUS OUR HEALTH SERVICE PERSONNEL NOT ONLY GUARD AGAINST THE IMPORTATION OF DISEASES INTO HONG KONG ON LAND AND IN THE AIR BUT MORE IMPORTANT FROM THE VAST STRETCHES OF SEA AROUND US,+ HE ADDED.

DR. LAM SAID THE FIGHT TO PREVENT THE IMPORTATION OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASE INTO HONG KONG GOES ON 24 HOURS A DAY AND EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR.

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AT THE SAME TIME, THE HEALTH PERSONNEL PROVIDE MANY OTHER TYPES OF SERVICES SUCH AS EPIDEMIOLOGICAL INTELLIGENCE, MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH, IMMUNISATION PROGRAMMES, HEALTH EDUCATION AND MEDICAL ADMINISTRATION OF THE HOSPITALS AND THE DEPARTMENT.

♦IN THE TRUE TRADITION OF THEIR VOCATION THESE COMMUNITY HEALTH PERSONNEL, AS THEY LIKE TO BE CALLED, CARRY OUT THEIR DUTIES QUIETLY, UNOBTRUSIVELY AND SILENTLY,* SAID DR. LAM.

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ACTING GOVERNOR VISITS NEW TERRITORIES * * * *

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR JACK CATER, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) TOOK A CLOSE LOOK AT SOME OF THE MAJOR URBAN DEVELOPMENTS TAKING PLACE IN THE NEW TOWNS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

DURING HIS DAY-LONG VISIT WHICH STARTED AT 10 A.M., SIR JACK ALSO TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD AND HOLD DISCUSSIONS WITH SENIOR OFFICIALS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, W. DAVID AKERS-JONES, SIR JACK FIRST CALLED ON THE SHA TIN DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD AT THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE WHERE HE WAS MET BY THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR. GERRY HIGGINSON.

HE PAID TRIBUTE TO MEMBERS OF THE BOARD FOR THEIR ENTHUSIASM AND INTERESTS IN THE IMPROVEMENT OF LOCAL ENVIRONMENT.

HE WAS INFORMED THAT THE BOARD HAD-,. IN THE PAST YEAR, PLAYED A VITAL ROLE IN PROMOTING AND ORGANISING NUMEROUS CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE DISTRICT.

THE BOARD’S FUTURE PLANS AND SOME PROBLEMS AFFECTING THE GENERAL WELFARE OF SHA TIN RESIDENTS WERE ALSO DISCUSSED IN DETAIL AT THE MEETING.

AFTER SPENDING ABOUT 30 MINUTES IN SHA TIN, THE ACTING GOVERNOR DROVE TO TSUEN WAN TO INSPECT THE REDEVELOPMENT PROJECTS THERE.

ON ARRIVING AT YEUNG UK ROAD MARKET, HE WAS GREETED BY THE TSUEN WAN TOWN MANAGER, MR. JAMES HAYES, THE PROJECT MANAGER, MR. EDDIE SHORT, AND THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, NR. HARNAM GREWAL.

THEY WALKED THROUGH THE OLDER PARTS OF THE AREA INCLUDING THE SQUATTER AREA IN CHUNG ON STREET AND HOI PA VILLAGE.

THE PARTY THEN PROCEEDED TO A VANTAGE POINT FOR A BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF NORTH TSUEN WAN WHICH IS BEING DEVELOPED TO MAKE *AY FOR THE MTR EXTENSION AND ASSOCIATED PUBLIC WORKS.

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SIR JACK’S NEXT STOP WAS TUEN MUN. THEY ARRIVED THERE AT ABOUT 12.30 P.M. AND WAS MET BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR. PETER NG AND THE PROJECT MANAGER, MR. STAN BARDEN.

HE WAS TAKEN TO THE ROOFTOP OF +TOP COURT+ FOR A PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE NEW TOWN AND WAS INFORMED THAT THE RAPID DEVELOPMENT IN TUEN MUN AIMED AT PROVIDING AN IMPROVED URBAN ENVIRONMENT WITH ADEQUATE COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES TO SERVE ITS RESIDENTS.

SIR JACK CONCLUDED HIS PROGRAMME TO THE NEW TERRITORIES BY VISITING TAI PO IN THE AFTERNOON.

THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR. PETER JOHNSON AND THE PROJECT MANAGER, MR. JEFFREY THOMAS, ACCOMPANIED SIR JACK TO A HIGH-RISE BUILDING WHERE HE WAS BRIEFED ON TAI PO’S LATEST DEVELOPMENT.

THE PRINCIPAL OBJECTIVE OF THE PLAN TO EXPAND TAI PO, HE WAS TOLD, WAS TO DEVELOP A COMMUNITY WITHIN A MORE SATISFACTORY URBAN ENVIRONMENT HAVING AN ADEQUATE RANGE OF COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES FOR A TARGET POPULATION OF 220,000 BY 1986.

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EMPLOYMENT AT BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES IN MID-MARCH 1979 ******

THE NUMBER OF MANUAL WORKERS ENGAGED AT BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES DROPPED TO 71,581 IN MARCH 1979, ACCORDING TO A RECENT EMPLOYMENT SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

♦THIS REPRESENTS A DECREASE OF 2,135 WORKERS OR 2.9 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH DECEMBER 1978,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

EMPLOYMENT ROSE BY 6,5*5 WORKERS OR 10 PER CENT OVER MARCH 1978, HE SAID.

OF THE 1,243 BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES IN OPERATION IN MARCH, 343 WERE SITES CONTRACTED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT AND THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT.

THESE 343 SITES ACCOUNTED FOR 28,662 WORKERS. WHICH REPRESENTED A DECREASE OF 2,146 WORKERS OR SEVEN PER CENT OVER DECEMBER 1978.

EMPLOYMENT AT THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION SITES RECORDED A MARGINAL DECREASE OF 0.5 PER CENT TO 7,361 WORKERS.

FROM DECEMBER 1978 TO MARCH 1979, THE NUMBER OF WORKERS ENGAGED AT BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR INCREASED BY 0.1 PER CENT TO 35,558.

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DETAILED STATISTICS ARE»

DECEMBER 1978 MARCH 1979

CONTRACTING PARTY SITES IN OPERATION MANUAL WORKERS ENGAGED SITES IN OPERATION MANUAL WORKERS ENGAGED

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT 305 20,586 285 17,062

HOUSING DEPARTMENT 57 10,222 58 11,600

MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY * 34 7,396 35 7,361

PRIVATE SECTOR 859 35,512 865 35,558

TOTAL 1,255 73,716 1,243 71,581

* CONSTRUCTION SITES UNDER THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION REFER TO MTR CONTRACTS FOR WHICH WORK WAS IN PROGRESS DURING MARCH 1979.

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RECREATION CENTRE FOR VILLAGERS * * * *

YUEN TUN AND TSI NG LUNG TAU WILL NOW HAVE A PROPER VENUE FOR

VILLAGERS IN TSUEN WAN DISTRICT SOCIAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

THIS WAS BROUGHT ABOUT WITH THE COMPLETION OF A NEW CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL CENTRE WHICH WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

THE NEW CENTRE IN A TWO-STOREY BUILDING AT TSING LUNG TAU, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, INCLUDES AN ASSEMBLY HALL WHICH CAN BE USED FOR CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, LECTURE ROOMS, READING ROOMS AND AN OFFICE.

THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER (DEVELOPMENT), TSUEN WAN, Mb STEPHEN SELBY SAID THE PROJECT WAS IN LINE WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY TO IMPROVE COMMUNITY FACILITIES IN RURAL AREAS.

THE 1160,000 CENTRE WAS BUILT WITH A $140,000 DONATION FROM THE CO-OPERATIVE FOR AMERICAN RELIEF EVERYWHERE (CARE) AND THE BALANCE MET BY THE VILLAGERS THEMSELVES.

IT WILL BE OPENED TOMORROW AT A RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY BY THE CHAIRMAN OF CARE, MR. EDWIN WESELEY WHO ARRIVED FROM NEW YORK YESTERDAY.

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ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE THE DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CARE, MR. MERTON CREGGER, THE HONG KONG DIRECTOR, W. WILLIAM SALAS AND MR. SELBY.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE TSI NG LUNG TAU CULTURAL AND RECREATION CENTRE AT 11 A.M. TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

PRESS TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED. A GOVERNMENT VAN WILL LEAVE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER, TSIM SHA TSUI FOR TSING LUNG TAU AT 9.45 A.M. SHARP.

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THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR JACK CATER, WILL ATTEND THE ANNUAL DINNER OF THE CIVIL AID SERVICES AT THE OCEAN PALACE RESTAURANT IN TSIM SHA TSUI ON FRIDAY.

OTHER GUESTS INCLUDE MR. LEWIS DAVIES, SECRETARY FOR SECURITY ffi. G.T. BARNES, DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT- DR. K.L. THONG, DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES- MR. ROY HENRY, COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, AND MR. EDWARD NICHOLS, DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES.

ABOUT 800 C.A.S. OFFICERS AND MEMBERS WILL ATTEND THE DINNER STARTING AT 8 P.M.

SIR JACK WILL BE MET ON ARRIVAL AT 7.30 P.M. BY THE C.A.S. COMMISSIONER, MR. ROGER LOBO, AND THE CHIEF STAFF OFFICER, ffi. JOHN FORTUNE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE PRE-D INNER RECEPTION OF THE C.A.S. AT THE OCEAN PALACE RESTAURANT, OCEAN CENTRE FROM 7 P.M. TO 8 P.M. ON FRIDAY.

PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS CAN TAKE PICTURES ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE OCEAN CENTRE AND IN THE RECEPTION ROOM ON THE FOURTH FLOOR. PHOTOGRAPHS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO BE TAKEN DURING THE DINNER.

COPIES OF THE FULL TEXT OF SPEECHES BY SIR JACK AND THE C.A.S. COMMISSIONER, MR. ROGER LOBO, WILL EE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION AT 7 P.M. ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE OCEAN CENTRE.

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COURSE FOR SERVING TEACHERS TO ATTAIN +QUALIFIED+ STATUS ******

IN-SERVICE TECHNICAL TEACHERS, WHO ARE ACADEMICALLY QUALIFIED BUT DO NOT POSSESS PROFESSIONAL TEACHING QUALIFICATIONS, MAY NOW ACQUIRE ^QUALIFIED TEACHER STATUS* BY ATTENDING A PART-TIME TRAINING COURSE RUN BY THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS' COLLEGE.

♦NO TUITION FEES ARE CHARGED AND APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING INVITED FROM SERVING TEACHERS,♦ AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

APPLICANTS MUST BE FULL-TIME TEACHERS OF TECHNICAL SUBJECTS IN A GOVERNMENT, AIDED OR PRIVATE SCHOOL OR A TECHNICAL INSTITUTE FOR AT LEAST TWO YEARS- POSSESS FIVE PASSES AT GRADE E OR ABOVE INCLUDING THE ENGLISH SUBJECT AT THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION AND ALSO HAVE A GOOD COMMAND OF SPOKEN AND WRITTEN ENGLISH.

THE COURSE, SPANNING TWO ACADEMIC YEARS, WILL CONSIST OF LECTURES. PRACTICAL/PROJECT WORK AND SUPERVISION OF THEIR TEACHING OVER THIS PERIOD.

THOSE WHO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE COURSE WILL BE AWARDED CERTIFICATES WHICH GIVE ^QUALIFIED TEACHER STATUS.*

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE, 373 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG. COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE COLLEGE VIA THE HEAD OF SCHOOL/TECHNICAL INSTITUTE NOT LATER THAN AUGUST 20.

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TEMPORARY CARRIAGEWAY CLOSURE * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT ONE OF THE TWO CARRIAGEWAYS IN A SECTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD BETWEEN THE ACCESS ROAD TO MOUSE ISLAND AND DRAGON INN WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS FROM 10 A.M. ON FRIDAY.

THE CLOSURE IS TO FACILITATE ROAD CONSTRUCTION WORK.

DURING THE CLOSURE THE OTHER CARRIAGEWAY WILL OPEN TO TRAFFIC FROM BOTH DIRECTIONS ALTERNATIVELY, REGULATED BY TRAFFIC SIGNALS.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL ALSO BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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VILLAGE HOUSE DECLARED DANGEROUS

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY (WEDNESDAY) DECLARED 129 TAI HOM ROAD, TAI HOM VILLAGE, KOWLOON, TO BE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION.

THE TWO-STOREY VILLAGE HOUSE, CONSTRUCTED WITH LOAD-BEARING WALLS, WAS RECENTLY INSPECTED FOLLOWING AN EMERGENCY REPORT, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE SAID.

♦THE BRICK WALLS WERE FOUND TO BE IN POOR CONDITION AND THERE ARE CLEAR SIGNS OF RECENT OUTWARD MOVEMENT,♦ THE SPOKESMAN

♦IT IS CONSIDERED THAT THERE IS NOW A SERIOUS RISK OF COLLAPSE AND IT IS THEREFORE NECESSARY TO CLOSE AND DEMOLISH THIS BUILDING.♦ HE ADDED. *

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER IN KOWLOON DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 A.M. ON JULY 11 WAS POSTED TODAY.

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WATER PIPELINE

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WATER MAINS TO BRING FRESH AND SALT WATER SUPPLY TO THE SUI WO YUEN HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME BEING BUILT NEAR THE RAILWAY DEPOT AT FO TAN CHUEN IN SHA TIN WILL BE LAID SHORTLY.

A WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (WEDNESDAY) SAID THE 3,000 MM PIPELINE WILL RANGE FROM 150 MM TO 450 MM IN DIAMETER.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO BE FINISHED IN MARCH NEXT YEAR.

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CLEARWAY IN SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT THE SECTION OF SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH ARGYLE STREET TO A POINT 40 METRES SOUTH WILL BE DESIGNATED AS A CLEARWAY FROM FRIDAY (JUNE 15).

ALL MOTOR VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, WITHIN THIS CLEARWAY ZONE WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM STOPPING FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS FROM 7 A.M. TO 10 A.M. AND FROM 4 P.M. TO 7 P.M. DAILY.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

MEANWHILE, THE PUBLIC LIGHT BUS CLEARWAY RESTRICTION IMPOSED ON WYLIE ROAD WILL BE CANCELLED FROM 10 A.M. ON FRIDAY.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NON-INDUSTRI AL SITES TO BE AUCTIONED................ 1

TENDERS INVITED FOR TAXI LICENCES ................... 1

ACTING GOVERNOR TO ATTEND LUNCHEON .................. 2

CUSTOMS OFFICERS GRADUATE ........................... 3

NEW BRANCH OFFICE FOR WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS UNIT .. 3

SEMINAR ON +NEW DEVELOPMENT IN TEACHING ECONOMICS+ .. 4

PRISONS DEPARTMENT PASSING-OUT PARADE ............... 4

SPECIAL TRAINS TO SHA TIN RACE COURSE STATION ....... 5

WATER CUT............................................ 5

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NON—INDUSTRI AL SITES TO BE AUCTIONED * K * * *

TWO NON-INDUSTSIAL SITES WILL BE PUT UP FOR SALE 3Y THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT AT TLE CITY HALL THEATRE ON JULY 13 AT 2.30 P.M.

ONE SITE, MEASURING ABOUT 1,176 SQUARE METRES, IS LOCATED AT QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

THE OTHER SITE AT 171 RECLAMATION STREET, KOWLOON, COVERS AN AREA OF ABOUT 83.6 SQUARE METRES.

FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND SALE PLANS INSPECTED AT THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFF ICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING), GROUND FLOOR, HONG KONG, AND AT THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, 13TH FLOOR, KOWLOON.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR TAXI LICENCES K * * K

TENDER FORMS FOR A FURTHER 300 HONG KONG AND KOWLOON TAXI LICENCES WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM THE LICENSING OFFICES TOMORROW (FRIDAY), A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE TENDER FORMS, YELLOW IN COLOUR, CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE HONG KONG OFFICE AT 2 MURRAY ROAD AND THE KOWLOON OFFICE AT THE PARK-IN COMMERCIAL CENTRE, DUNDAS STREET, MONG KOK.

THE SPOKESMAN ADViSED TENDERERS NOT TO USE PREVIOUSLY ISSUED FORMS AS THESE ARE NO LONGER VALID.

+THE TENDER WILL BE IN THE FORM OF A PREMIUM IN RESPECT OF ONE OR MORE HONG KONG AND KOWLOON TAX IS,+ HE POINTED OUT.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT A TENDERER MAY SUBMIT ONE FORM FOR ANY NUMBER OF LICENCES NOT EXCEEDING 300, IN WHICH CASE, ONLY ONE FIXED PREMIUM SHOULD BE OFFERED. TENDERERS MAY ALSO SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE TENDER FORM.

+A SMALLER NUMBER OF LICENCES MAY BE ALLOCATED TO A TENDERER IF THE NUMBER AVAILABLE IS LESS THAN THAT REQUIRED BY HIM,+ HE ADDED.

TO dE™IineU!cce™aSce.A"E identical a public eallot may be held

COMPLETED TENDER FORMS, WITH THE ORIGINAL DEPOSIT RECEIPTS, MUST BE SUBMITTED IN SEALED ENVELOPES ADDRESSED TO THE SECRETARY SeT?^I^rEu.B0ARD’ AND PLACED >N THE SECRETARIAT TENDER BOX AT THE ENTRANCE HALL ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT

ROAD, HONG KONG, BEFORE NOON ON BE ACCEPTED.

OFFICES, MAIN WING, LOWER ALBERT JUNE 29. LATE TENDERS WILL NOT

SUCCESSFUL TENDERERS WOULD OF 100 A MONTH FROM AUGUST WITH

BE ISSUED TAXI LICENCES AT THE RATE THE HIGHEST BIDS RECEIVING PRIORITY.

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ACTING GOVERNOR TO ATTEND LUNCHEON

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THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR JACK CATER WILL ATTEND A LUNCHEON GIVEN BY THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. DAVID AKERS-JONES TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO OFFICIALS OF THE CO-OPERATiVE FOR AMERICAN RELIEF EVERYWHERE (CARE) WHICH IS CLOSING DOWN ITS OPERATION HERE AFTER 25 YEARS OF SERVICE.

AMONG CARE OFFICIALS INVITED TO THE LUNCHEON ARE MR. EDWIN WESELY; CHAIRMAN OF CARE CURRENTLY IN HONG KONG- MR. MERTON CREGGER, DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CARE, AND MR. WILLIAM SALAS, THE HONG KONG DIRECTOR.

OTHER GUESTS INCLUDE SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, THE COMMISSIONER FOR CANADA, THE CONSUL-GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES AND REPRESENTATIVES FRC; LOCAL SOCIAL ORGANISATIONS WHICH HAVE BEEN IN CLOSE RELATION WITH CARE PROJECTS IN THE PAST YEARS.

CARE, A NON-PROFIT-MAKING ORGANISATION SET UP TO HELP DEVELOP AND PROVIDE VOLUNTARY SERVICE TO OVERSEAS COUNTRIES, IS FUNDED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA.

DURING THE PAST 25 YEARS, IT HAS SPONSORED HUNDREDS OF PROJECTS IN HONG KONG, MOST OF WHICH WERE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THESE INCLUDE BUILDING FISHERMEN’S VILLAGES ON LANTAU ISLAND, PLAYGROUNDS, CULTURAL AND RECREATION CENTRES, FOOTPATHS, AND DRAINAGE SYSTEMS. THEIR LAST PROJECT IS THE TSING LUNG TAU CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL CENTRE WHICH WAS OPENED THIS (THURSDAY) MORNING.

ACCORDING TO MR. SALAS THE DECISION TO WITHDRAW CARE’S SERVICE WAS MADE AFTER CAREFUL STUDY OF THE PRESENT CONDITIONS IN HONG KONG IN RELATION TO THE NEEDS OF LESS FORTUNATE AREAS IN WHICH CARE IS CALLED ON TO SERVE.

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CUSTOMS OFFICERS GRADUATE * * * *

THIRTY-EIGHT PROBATIONARY CUSTOMS OFFICERS WHO HAVE JUST COMPLETED THEIR TRAINING COURSE WILL TAKE PART IN A PASSING-OUT PARADE ON SATURDAY AT THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE TRAINING SCHOOL IN TAI LAM CHUNG, NEW TERRITORIES.

TAKING THE SALUTE WILL BE SUPERINTENDENT K.S. TONG.

IT WILL BE THE SECOND PASSING-OUT OF CUSTOMS OFFICERS HELD THIS YEAR. THE PREVIOUS PARADE WAS HELD IN FEBRUARY WHEN 36 CUSTOMS OFFICER AND 27 INSPECTORS COMPLETED THEIR TRAINING.

THE CUSTOM AND EXCISE TRAINING COURSES ARE DESIGNED TO GIVE RECRUITS A THOROUGH UNDERSTANDING OF THE LAW IN RELATION TO SMUGGLING, NARCOTICS AND REVENUE PROTECTION.

THE TRAINING PROGRAMME ALSO INCLUDES JUDO, THE USE OF FIREARMS, AND METHODS OF SEARCHING ON LAND AND SEA AND AT THE AIRPORT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A PASS I LG-C'JT PARADE OF 38 CUSTOMS OFFICERS OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE WILL BE HELD AT THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE TRAINING SCHOOL IN TAI LAM CHUNG AT 11.15 A.M. ON SATURDAY. TAKING THE SALUTE WILL EE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE SERVICE, MR. TONG KANG-SING.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE EVENT.

A GOVERNMENT COACH, AM 5606, WILL BE AT HUNG HOM FERRY PIER BETWEEN 9.15 A.M. AND 9.30 A.M. ON SATURDAY TO TAKE MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES TO THE TRAINING SCHOOL.

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NEW BRANCH OFFICE

FOR WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS UNIT

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THE BRANCH OFFICE OF

THE

LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S WOMEN AND YOUNG

PERSONS UNIT AT THE CHARTERED _____ r ,r ln ruvun oha

TSUI ROAD, TSUEN WAN, WILL BE MOVED TO THE FIRST FLOOR OF CHEUNG Z’U .BUILDWG AT 167 " 173 CASTL£ PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN, ON SATURDAY.

BANK BUILDING

FIFTH FLOOR

SHA

J2E TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF THE NEW OFFICE WILL BEs 12-440832 ffiNERAL ENQU?RIE3B0UR INSP£CT0R AND 12-440835 AND 12-440839 FOR

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SEMINAR ON ’NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN TEACHING ECONOMICS’ ft ft ft ft

SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS OF ECONOMICS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS HAVE BEEN INVITED TO ATTEND A SEMINAR ON NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN TEACHING ECONOMICS WHICH WILL BE HELD ON JULY 11 AT KNOWLES BUILDING OF THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY.

THE SEMINAR IS ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG AND THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION FOR ECONOMICS EDUCATION.

ONE OF THE GUEST SPEAKERS WILL BE MR. DAVID WHITEHEAD OF THE INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON.

TEACHERS INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THE SEMINAR SHOULD APPLY THROUGH THEIR HEADS OF SCHOOLS. THE CLOSING DATE OF APPLICATION IS JULY 4.

FURTHER INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE SENIOR INSPECTOR, E.P.A. SECTION, ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, TEL. NO. 5-774001 EXT. 33.

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TEN OFFICERS AND 70 ASSISTANT OFFICERS II WHO HAVE JUST COMPLETED THEIR TRAINING COURSE WILL TAKE PART IN A PASSING-OUT PARADE ON SATURDAY AT THE STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE IN TUNG TAU WAN ROAD, STANLEY.

TAKING THE SALUTE WILL BE THE DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES, MR. F.J. YOUNG.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

A PASSING-OUT PARADE OF 10 OFFICERS AND 70 ASSISTANT OFFICERS II WILL BE HELD AT THE STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE IN STANLEY AT 10 A.M. ON SATURDAY. TAKING THE SALUTE WILL BE THE DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES, MR. F.J. YOUNG.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE EVENT. PRESS TRANSPORT WILL LEAVE GUARDIAN HOUSE. 32 01 KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI, AT 9.15 A.M. ON SATURDAY AND RETURN AFTER THE PARADE.

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SPECIAL TRAINS TO SHA TIN RACE COURSE STATION

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THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY WILL OPERATE THREE SPECIAL PASSENGER TRAINS TO THE SHA TIN RACE COURSE STATION ON SATURDAY.

THESE SPECIAL NON-STOP TRAINS WILL LEAVE THE KOWLOON STATION IN HUNG HOM AT 12.30 P.M., 12.51 P.M. AND 1.11 P.M.

THREE SPECIAL TRAINS WILL ALSO BE OPERATED TO CARRY PASSENGERS BACK FROM THE RACE COURSE STATION TO KOWLOON STATION. IN ADDITION, KCR WILL RE-ROUTE THREE OF ITS SCHEDULED TRAINS VIA THE RACE COURSE STATION AT 6.12 P.M., 8.12 P.M. AND 8.52 P.M. TO PICK UP PASSENGERS.

THE RUNNING TIME OF THESE SPECIAL TRAINS IS 20 MINUTES AND TIMETABLES WILL BE DISPLAYED AT ALL RAILWAY STATIONS AND AT THE JOCKEY CLUB’S OFF-COURSE BETTING CENTRES.

THOSE GOING BY PRIVATE CARS ARE ADVISED TO USE THE HUNG HOM MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK ABOVE THE KOWLOON STATION.

MEANWHILE, THE TIMETABLES OF THE SCHEDULED TRAINS BETWEEN 10.30 A.M. AND 11 P.M. HAVE BEEN SLIGHTLY AMENDED AS FOLLOWS :

FROM KOWLOON STATIONi 10.57 A.M.. 12.10 P.M., 1.18 P.M.,

* 2 P.M., 2.11 P.M., 3.05 P.M., 4.04 P.M.

5 P.M., 5.34 P.M., 6.02 P.M., 7 P.M., 7.56 P.M., 9.08 P.M. AND 11 P.M.

FROM LO WU STATIONi 10.47 A.M., 11.53 A.M., 12.58 P.M.,

1.55 P.M., 2.54 P.M., 3.49 P.M., 4.29 P.M., 5.27 P.M., 6.22 P.M., 7.18 P.M., 8.07 P.M.

AND 9.15 P.M.

* THROUGH PASSENGER TRAIN BETWEEN KOWLOON AND CANTON.

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WATER CUT * * *

WATER suppLIES DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN TAI PO WILL raRSi!??H?D|E?A^reSTCCyeURS FR0M M,DN,GHT TO 6 A.M. ON SATURDAY run Nlbnl LcAKAbc, TcSTS.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY KWONG FUK ROAD. TIN KOK ROAD BETWEEN TAI PO ROAD AND TAI PING RUGS AND CARPETS LTD INCLUDING TAI PO OLD MARKET, SAN WAI TSAI AND CHUK HANG. ’

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SUPPLEMENT

SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR JACK CATER, K.B.E., J.P., ON THE OCCASION OF THE MARYKNOLL CONVENT SCHOOL SPEECH BAY ON JUNE 14, 1979

My wife and I are honoured to be with you today on the occasion of your annual speech day. Your school has certainly come a long way since it was founded in 1925 as a small kindergarten with an enrolment of 12, to the present school complex with an enrolment of 2,510!

The contribution which the iiaryknoll Sisters have made to education in Hong Kong is significant, and you are all indeed fortunate to be educated here where not only is academic achievement prized but where the development of a well-balanced, wholesome personality is the school’s objective.

I quote from your magazine which summarises MaryknoJ. 1 ’ s view of the philosophy of education: "to provide experiences which will enable students to grow as individuals, spiritually, physically, intellectually and to become informed, sensitive, responsible members of society."

I know that you have a full range of activities within the school including sports days, games competitions, swimming galas, as well as numerous clubs and societies. And in taking full advantage of the facilities offered to students, I can see that you must be very busy as well as talented young people.

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The school environment has always had a most important part to play in character building. In Hong Kong we need educated young people with a sense of vision and initiative who are willing and able to contribute to our community.

Now, many of you will be leaving school this year and will be stepping out for the first time into the wider world of Hong Kong: a few may even be going overseas. Some of you will go on to university or some other form of tertiary education, others perhaps into the world of commerce.

I hope you will carry with you not only what you have grasped academically but what you have acquired by example during the years you have spent here. Learning the contribution you as an individual can make to a group or team: learning the need to care for others through community involvement: learning to develop your own personal and special talents in creative activity: and being given responsibilities, the encouragement to participate actively in school life .through the Student Council: all these help to form you into mature, well-balanced and confident people.

The experiences gained here at Maryknoll are building for you a ’’bank-balance” for the future which will prove of very great value: the sort of ’’bank-balance” which really matters. Here in the materialism of Hong Kong, too much store is placed on how much money somebody has in the bank, or how many cars he has.

I look to the day when one tests the value of a person not from his worldly wealth, nor from the colour of his skin, or his race or his religion but from the component parts of his character.

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Hong Kong needs, and deserves, a new generation of concerned, committed young people who will ask not what can we make out of Hong Kong, but what can we do to help make Hong Kong a cleaner and better place in which to live: a community which cares.

SOLA NOBILITAS VIRTUS are the words written on your school crest: Virtue Alone Ennobles. A truly high and splendid aim. Virtue embraces many qualities - excellence, courage, goodness, probity, compassion. And talking of compassion, I am sharply reminded of a story which I heard just yesterday of one of the many Vietnamese refugees who have escaped from the misery, the horror and the brutality of life in Vietnam.

A Vietnamese Chinese girl, aged 14, left Vung Tau in mid-April, with her mother and father, and a brother aged 4. This is her story:

”1 used to go to school but then the school was closed. All Chinese schools were closed and ... because we were Chinese we couldn’t go to school with Vietnamese children. I stayed at home ..• and helped my mother ... and I used to play with my friends but my friends all went away.

"My teacher used to come to visit my father in the evenings. He used to come to the house after dark and they would talk for a long time ... and then there was a curfew for Chinese and it was difficult for him to come. Nobody came then ... nobody came to see us ... my father went out sometimes, in the daytime, but my mother stayed at home with me ... and with my brother.

"It was lonely.

"Two men came one afternoon and told us to be ready the next morning and ... after they had left my mothei' was crying. She sat on the stairs, holding my brother in her lap, and she cried and I couldn’t comfort her. And my father was putting things in a suitcase and was cross with us because we weren’t helping him. It was very late before I went to bed.

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’’And we were ready in the morning, before it was light .... and we waited outside the house ... my parents and my brother and me ... sitting on suitcases ... and when the truck came we climbed into the back of it and my father locked the door of our house and gave the key to someone I’d never seen before. And we were driven away in the truck ... and my mother was still crying and my father liad his arm round her. And as I looked back ... our street was empty. There was nobody to wave to ..

”We didn’t get on to the boat until the third night when it was dark. There were several boats all close together and it v/as raining. There were some headlights shining from a car and men with lamps and we had to form into a long line’... and my father and mother were both carrying two suitcases each and I had to hold on to my brother • • • mother kept on saying ’Keep hold of him! Hold on to him!’ and I kept hold of his hand and ... -when we got near the plank that went up onto the boat there were two men in uniform who started asking my father questions and we stopped moving forward ... and they made my mother and father open the suitcases in the rain ... and they started to go through everything inside.

’’And somebody picked up my brother and carried him up the plank and I still kept hold of him and I went up onto the boat ... and looking back I could see my parents pleading with the two men and my mother was kneeling on the stones in front of them ... and I kept on calling to her •• because I knew she thought we were still with her and didn’t know we were on the boat •••

’’And then we were mode to go down some stairs, under the deck and there was no room anywhere arid no space to sit down ... and we were all pushed close together in our wet clothes ... and a man lifted me and my brother up onto a sort of shelf and we stayed there holding on to each other.

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’’And I was frightened,

”In the morning it was still raining but it was hot and smelt and I thought I would choke ••• and I pushed my way up the stairs ••• trying not to tread on people • •• and it was misty and we couldn’t see the land and ••• and there were no other boats •.• and I kept on looking for my parents ••• pushing my way along the deck and up and downstairs •. calling out for them ... and I couldn’t find them ... I went back to my brother and then searched again for my mother ... and she wasn’t there.”

Subsequently the girl and her brother were reunited with their family two weeks later. Her mother and father had boarded another small boat, and reached Hong Kong about six days after their children.

In the circumstances, I suppose they were lucky: we are told that the chances of survival of those who leave Vietnam are slim: one in two --- half --- perish on the high seas.

’’SOLA NOBILITAS VIRTUS”: I have the conviction that it can also be ’’translated” as ”D0 UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD BE DONE BY”. I would like to think that that embraces the hall-mark of the true Maryknoller.

Reverend Sister I am sure that all your students will do their very best always to keep that aim in front of them throughout their lives.

In the same way as throughout the life of this school the Maryknoll sisters have dedicated their lives and given of their qualities and professional talents in order to produce the sort of Maryknoll girl who is not only a credit to the school but also very much a credit to Hong Kong.

Thank you.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE isO.

NEW LEGISLATION PROPOSED TO GIVE WIDER POWERS TO AUTHORITIES TO DEAL MORE EFFECTIVELY WITH ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS .................................................  1

ACTING GOVERNOR PAYS TRIBUTE TO CAS.......................... 2

RATING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1979 ................................ 4

QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOURS LIST ............................... 4

SIR JACK PAYS TRIBUTE TO C.A.R.E............................. 5

RECLAMATION IN SHAM TSENG PROPOSED .......................... 6

TENDERS INVITED FOR LAYING OF PIPELINE ...................... 7

ENGLISH COURSES FOR TEACHERS DURING SUMMER HOLIDAYS ......... 7

POSTAL SERVICES TO EAST TIMOR ............................... 8

ROAD SAFETY DEMONSTRATION AND VARIETY SHOW .................. 8

THREE SHAM SHU I PO BUILDINGS DECLARED DANGEROUS ............ 9

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NEW LEGISLATION PROPOSED TO GIVE WIDER POWERS TO AUTHORITIES TO DEAL MORE EFFECTIVELY WITH ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS * * ft * * ft

THE GOVERNMENT IS PROPOSING TO AMEND THE IMMIGRATION ORDINANCE TO GIVE WIDER POWERS TO THE AUTHORITIES TO DEAL MORE EFFECTIVELY WITH ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM CHINA AND REFUGEES FROM VIETNAM.

THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION INCLUDES, AMONG OTHERS, PROVISIONS FOR THE DETENTION OF PEOPLE WHO ARE TO BE REMOVED FROM HONG KONG TO GIVE EVIDENCE OR FACILITATE INQUIRIES INTO ANY OFFENCE, AND THE REMOVAL OF THE RESTRICTION ON THE SIZE OF VESSELS WHICH MAY BE FORFEITED AS A RESULT OF OFFENCES COMMITTED UNDER THE ORDINANCE

EXPLAINING THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION, INCLUDED IN THE IMMIGRATION (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1979 GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY), A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT AT PRESENT AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT MAY BE DETAINED PENDING HIS REMOVAL ONLY FOR SUCH MINIMUM TIME AS IS NECESSARY TO EFFECT HIS RETURN.

♦IN MANY CASES THIS NORMALLY MEANS ONLY ABOUT 24 HOURS,♦ HE SAID.

♦FREQUENTLY AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT WHO IS TO BE REMOVED HAS VITAL INFORMATION WHICH WOULD FACILITATE THE INVESTIGATION OF A SUSPECTED CRIME OR IS IN A POSITION TO GIVE EVIDENCE IN A CRIMINAL TRIAL, BUT BECAUSE OF THE PRESENT LEGAL POSITION, THE IMMIGRANT CANNOT GIVE HIS INFORMATION OR EVIDENCE AT THE TIME REQU(RED,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES, HE ADDED, THE PRINCIPAL ORDINACE IS AMENDED +SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE DETENTION OF PERSONS WHO ARE TO BE REMOVED FROM HONG KONG FOR THE PURPOSE OF EITHER GIVING EVIDENCE AT A CRIMINAL TRIAL OR HELPING INQUIRIES INTO ANY OFFENCE OR SUSPECTED OFFENCE.+

♦DETENTION FOR NOT MORE THAN 28 DAYS WILL BE AT THE CHIEF SECRETARY’S DISCRETION. THIS PERIOD MAY BE EXTENDED BY A COURT ON THE APPLICATION OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND IS INTENDED TO COVER SUCH CASES AS JUSTICE SO REQU IRES,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ON FORFEITURE OF VESSELS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE PRESENT LEGISLATION PROVIDES FOR THE FORFEITURE OF SHIPS NOT EXCEEDING 250 GROSS TONS IF THE CAPTAIN OF THE SHIP IS GUILTY OF AN OFFENCE RELATING TO THE CARRYING OR LANDING OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

HOWEVER, HE SAID, RECENT EVENTS HAVE SHOWN THAT OCEAN-GOING VESSELS MAY DE INVOLVED IN SUCH ACTIVITIES AND THE AMENDING LEGISLATION PROPOSES TO REMOVE THE RESTRICTION OF 250 GROSS TONS, THUS MAKING ALL SHIPS LIABLE TO FORFEITURE.

IN ADDITION, THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS ALSO ADD A NEW SECTION TO THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE TO PROVIDE MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE WITH THE POWERS TO ARREST ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

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EXPLAINING THE PURPOSE OF INTRODUCING THE NEW SECTION, THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT FOLLOWING THE SHARP INCREASE IN ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION FROM CHINA, VOLUNTARY MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT TAKE PART IN PATROLS IN THE BORDER AREA AND ELSEWHERE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES. HELICOPTERS OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE, CREWED BY VOLUNTARY MEMBERS, ARE ALSO USED FOR ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION DUTIES.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO NOTED THAT OCEAN-GOING VESSELS HAVE BEEN USED IN RECENT MONTHS TO CARRY REFUGEES FROM VIETNAM TO HONG KONG. AS WAS DEMONSTRATED BY THE ARRIVAL OF THE +HUEY FONG+ AND ♦SKYLUCK.+

+IN EFFORTS TO DETECT THE ARRIVAL OF SIMILAR VESSELS THERE MAY BE OCCASIONS WHEN OFFICERS IN COMMAND OF HER MAJESTY'S WARSHIPS AND AUXILIARY SHIPS NEED TO BOARD,SEARCH, AND PERHAPS DETAIN OCEAN-23ING VESSELS IN HONG KONG WATERS,* HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE EXISTING LEGISLATION PROVIDES THESE POWERS BUT RESTRICTS THEIR APPLICATION TO VESSELS NOT EXCEEDING 503 GROSS TONS AND STIPULATES THAT THE POWERS MAY BE EXERCISED ONLY BY OFFICERS IN COMMAND OF HER MAJESTY’S WARSHIPS.

THE AMENDING LEGISLATION PROPOSES TO REMOVE THE TONNAGE RESTRICTION AND TO EXTEND THESE POWERS TO OFFICERS IN COMMAND OF AUXILIARY NAVAL CRAFT, WHICH ARE NOW BEING USED TO PATROL HONG KONG WATERS, HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS WOULD ALSO HAVE THE EFFECT OF ENABLING SENIOR IMMIGRATION ASSISTANTS, A NEW RANK OF OFFICERS CREATED IN THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT AND APPROVED BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE ON AUGUST 16 LAST YEAR, TO EXERCISE THE SAME POWERS AND PERFORM THE SAME FUNCTIONS AS IMMIGRATION ASSISTANTS.

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THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR JACK CATER, THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING PRAISED THE CIVIL AID SERVICES FOR THEIR QUIET, UNASSUMING, BUT VERY EFFICIENT MANNER IN WHICH THEY HAVE SERVED THE COMMUNITY.

SIR JACK ALSO PAID TRIBUTE TO THE C.A.S. FOR HELPING TO MANAGE FOUR VIETNAMESE REFUGEE CAMPS AND HELPING TO DELIVER FOOD TO THE REFUGEES ON THE FREIGHTER +SKYLUCK+ AS WELL AS MANY OTHERS ON SMALL CRAFT IN DISCOVERY BAY.

SPEAKING AT THE ANNUAL C.A.S. COMBINED OFFICERS AND MEMBERS DINNER, SIR JACK SAID HE HAD, FOR MANY YEARS, ADMIRED THE WORK AND THE ENTHUSIASM OF THE C.A.S.

CITING AN EXAMPLE OF C.A.S.'S +NORMAL+ DUTIES, THE ACTING GOVERNOR SAIDi *1 WAS ESPECIALLY IMPRESSED TO HEAR OF THE DEVOTION TO DUTY THE OTHER DAY OF YOUR MOUNTAIN RESCUE UNIT. AFTER A GRUELLING IQ HOURS SUPPLYING FOOD TO SOME 9,000 REFUGEES IN 93 SMALL CRAFT OUT AT SEA, THEY RETURNED AT 5.30 A.M., REPEAT 5.30 A.M. TO FACE AN IMMEDIATE CALL-OUT FOR AN ARDUOUS MOUNTAIN RESCUE ON THE CLIFF FACE OF LION ROCK.

DIFFICULT TASK EVEN WHEN FRESH AND IN DAYLIGHT BUT AT DAWN WHEN YOU ARE TIRED FROM A ’HARD DAY’S NIGHT’, THIS - THIS - SHOWS A DEEP DEDICATION TO DUTY AND I KNOW THAT THAT IS THE SORT OF SPIRIT WHICH FLOWS THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE CIVIL AID SERVICES.*

REFERRING TO C.A.S.’S PLANNED EXPANSION INTO THE NEW TERRITORIES OR FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF l“S CADET WATER ACTIVITY CENTRE THIS YEAR, SIR JACK SAID IT WAS UNFORTUNATE THAT FUNDS COULD NOT BE PROVIDED BECAUSE OF THE PRESENT DIFFICULT ECONOMIC SITUATION.

ADMITTING THAT THESE PROJECTS ARE HIGHLY DESIRABLE, SIR JACK SAID HE HOPED THAT WHEN THE ECONOMIC SITUATION IMPROVED, THE NECESSARY FUNDS WOULD EE GRANTED TO IMPLEMENT THEM.

TURNING BACK TO THE C.A.S. DUTIES, HE POINTED OUT THAT THE ROAD AHEAD COULD BE LONG AND ARDUOUS.

♦IT IS CLE/R THAT IN THE WEEKS, MONTHS AHEAD THE COMMUNITY WILL HAVE TO CALL C •: YOUR SERVICES PERHAPS AS NEVER BEFORE,+ HE SAID.

♦BUT I KNOW FOR CERTAIN THAT COME WHAT MAY, THE SERVICE WILL RESPOND AS ALWAYS, WITH DEDICATION AND DEVOTION TO DUTY: A DETERMINATION TO SERVE TO THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITY THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG,* SIR JACK CONCLUDED.

THE C.A.S. COMMISSIONER, MR. ROGER LOBO, WHO ALSO SPOKE AT THE DINNER, SAID THE OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW THE STATE OF THE ORGANISATION WAS ESPECIALLY TIMELY THIS YEAR BECAUSE, LIKE NEVER BEFORE, THE CIVIL AID SERVICES WERE HEAVILY ENGAGED IN WORK OF IMPORTANCE TO THE COMMUNITY.

MENTIONING SOME OF THE WORK THIS YEAR, MR. LOBO SAID: +SIX DAYS A WEEK, IN ALL WEATHER, C.A.S. PERSONNEL HANDLE THE DELIVERY OF FOOD TO THE SHIP +SKYLUCK+ FOR THE REFUGEES ABOARD.

♦KAI TAK CAMP WAS OPENED ON JANUARY 20 TO ACCOMMODATE MORE REFUGEES FROM VIETNAM AND SINCE THAT DATE WE HAVE BEEN RESPONSIBLE ALONG WITH THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF THE CAMP.

♦WE ARE ALSO ENGAGED IN THE MANAGEMENT OF THE CAMPS AT THE YAU MA TEI DOCKSIDE, MA TAU WAI AND ARGYLE STREET, IN ADDITION TO PERFORMING THE DIFFICULT TASK OF DELIVERING AND DISTRIBUTING FOOD AND OTHER NECESSITIES TO THE MANY BOATS WHICH WERE LYING AT THE WESTERN QUARANTINE ANCHORAGE, AND MORE RECENTLY TO THOSE IN DISCOVERY BAY, IRRESPECTIVE OF SEA AND WEATHER CONDITIONS,+ HE ADDED.

TO GIVE SOME IDEA OF THE MAGNITUDE OF THE COMMITMENT, MR. LOBO SAID EVERY OPERATIONAL MEMBER OF THE C.A.S. HAD HAD TO OBTAIN THREE DAYS LEAVE EACH MONTH, OR 5,000 MEN DAYS PER MONTH FOR THE ENTIRE SERVICE SINCE MID-JANUARY.

MR. LOBO ADDED THAT IN THE LIGHT OF THE HEAVY COMMITMENTS, THE DEMONSTRATION OF THE VALUE OF THE C.A.S. IN +DIFFICULT AND DELICATE+ SITUATIONS, AND THE DEMAND FOR THEIR PRESENCE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, THERE WAS A SERIOUS NEED TO CONSIDER INCREASING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ORGANISATION.

♦AND I HOPE THE PROPOSALS WHICH WE ARE ABOUT TO SUBMIT WILL RECEIVE FAVOURABLE AND URGENT CONS(DERATION,+ HE SAID.

FRIDAY,JUNE 15, 1979

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RATING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1979

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PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S (FRIDAY) GOVERNMENT GAZETTE IS THE RATING (AMENDMENT) BILL. THIS BILL PROPOSES A NUMBER OF MINOR AMENDMENTS TO THE RATING ORDINANCE.

THE MAIN PROVISIONS AREj

* TO GIVE LEGAL BACKING TO EVIDENCE OF FACTS IN REQUISITIONS COMPLETED BY RATEPAYERS.

* TO CLARIFY AND RATIONALISE THE EFFECTIVE DATES OF DELETIONS OF RATEABLE VALUES AND OF INTERIM VALUATIONS OF TENEMENTS NOT INCLUDED IN A VALUATION LIST.

* TO CLARIFY THE EFFECTIVE DATES OF INTERIM VALUATIONS OF CERTAIN NEW +SMALL HOUSES+ IN THE NEW TERRITORIES IF THEY REMAIN V.'CANT.

* TO PROVIDE THAT THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS OF RATES ON VACANT SEPARATELY ASSESSED VEHICLE PARKING SPACES.

* TO CLARIFY THE EXISTING PROVISIONS IN RELATION TO SERVICE OF NOTICES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT SAID THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS FOLLOW A REVIEW OF THE WORKING OF THE ORDINANCE AND ARE INTENDED TO CLARIFY SOME OF THE PROVISIONS AND TO RATIONALISE AND UP-DATE THE LAW IN RECOGNITION OF PRESENT-DAY CIRCUMSTANCES.

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QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOURS LIST *****

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

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

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

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SIR JACK PAYS TRIBUTE TO CARE * * * * *

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR JACK CATER, TODAY (FRIDAY) PAID TRIBUTE TO A WORLD-WIDE NON-PROFIT-MAKING PRIVATE ORGANISATION FOR ITS ASSISTANCE AND CONCERN TOWARDS HONG KONG PEOPLE OVER THE PAST 25 YEARS.

SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON GIVEN BY THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. DAVID AKERS-JONES, TO OFFICIALS OF THE CO-OPERATIVE FOR AMERICAN RELIEF EVERYWHERE (CARE) WHICH IS CLOSING DOWN ITS OPERATION HERE, SIR JACK SAID THAT DURING THIS PERIOD, THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG HAD BENEFITED ENORMOUSLY FROM THE MANY RELIEF PROGRAMMES AND PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN BY THE ORGANISATION, RANGING FROM +TIMELY RELIEF TO MORE VISIONARY UNDERTAKINGS CONDUCIVE TO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND SELF-HELP.+

+THE TOTAL VALUE CERTAINLY RUNS INTO TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OVER THE YEARS: IT WOULD BE AN EVEN MORE IMPRESSIVE FIGURE WERE WE TO COST OUT THESE CONTRIBUTIONS AT PRESENT DAY PR ICES,+ SIR JACK SAID.

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HE RECALLED THAT CARE’S ACTIVITIES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG INCLUDED THE SUPPLY OF BASIC PROVISIONS TO THOSE WHO FLOODED INTO HONG KONG IN THE 195OS, THE PROVISION OF RICE, BLANKETS, BEDS AND BASIC EQUIPMENT TO THE NEEDY, WELFARE INSTITUTIONS AND HOMELESS PEOPLE, A REVOLVING LOAD FUND SCHEME FOR PRODUCTIVE PURPOSES AND DIRECT ASSISTANCE TO FARMERS AND FISHERMEN’S VILLAGES WHICH HAVE NOW BECOME THRIVING SETTLEMENTS.

IN MORE RECENT YEARS, SIR JACK NOTED, CARE HAD DEVOTED ITS RESOURCES LARGELY TO THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF LOCAL PEOPLE THROUGH DONATIONS TOWARDS VARIOUS BUILDING PROJECTS EITHER WHOLLY OR IN PART.

♦THESE INCLUDE COMMUNITY CENTRES, RECREATIONAL CENTRES, PLAYGROUNDS, DRAINAGE SYSTEMS, SEAWALLS, ROADS AND FOOTPATHS WHICH WILL REMAIN VALUABLE COMMUNITY ASSETS IN THE YEARS AHEAD.

♦IN MY HIGHLIGHTING OF SOME OF CARE’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO HONG KONG, I HAVE GIVEN SOME IDEA OF THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE BENEFITED BY THE MORE THAN 200 PROJECTS BROUGHT TO FRUITION.

♦I AM THEREFORE VERY DELIGHTED TO HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SAY ON BEHALF OF THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG THAT WE ARE INDEED MOST GRATEFUL,♦ HE ADDED.

AMONG CARE OFFICIALS WHO ATTENDED THE LUNCHEON TODAY WERE M?. EDWIN WESELY, CHAIRMAN OF CARE, MR. MERTON CREGGER, DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CARE AND MR. WILLIAM SALAS, THE HONG KONG DIRECTOR.

OTHER GUESTS INCLUDED THE COMMISSIONER FOR CANADA, MR. W.T. WALDEN, THE ACTING CONSUL-GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES, MR. N. BELLOCHI, SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM LOCAL SOCIAL WELFARE ORGANISATIONS WHICH HAVE WORKED CLOSELY WITH CARE IN THE PAST YEARS.

FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 1979

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RECLAMATION IN SHAM TSENG PROPOSED

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT PROPOSES TO RECLAIM ABOUT 2.55 HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED IN SHAM TSENG FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THAT AREA.

THE RECLAIMED LAND WILL BE USED AS THE SITE FOR A SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT, A BUS TERMINUS AND A POLICE STATION.

THE PLANNED PROJECTS ARE PART OF A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMME TO DEVELOP SHAM TSENG WHERE THERE IS ALSO PLENTY OF ROOM FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT.

♦IT IS ENVISAGED THAT SHAM TSENG WILL EVENTUALLY PROVIDE MORE ACCOMMODATION FOR PEOPLE ENGAGED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE WESTERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES, SUCH AS TSUEN WAN, TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG.+ A PWD SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦RECLAMATION WORK IS SCHEDULED TO COMMENCE SHORTLY AND ONCE THE AREA IS FORMED, IT WILL BE USED INITIALLY AS A STOCKPILING AREA FOR SURPLUS FILLING MATERIAL WHICH WILL EVENTUALLY BE USED FOR THE FORMATION OF FURTHER AREAS NEARBY,+ HE ADDED.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA OF FORESHORE AND SEABED INVOLVED WAS DESCRIBED IN A NOTICE IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

ALL PERSONS HAVING OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL OR ANY CLAIM OF PRIVATE RIGHT SHOULD SUBMIT SUCH OBJECTIONS OR CLAIMS IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS WITHIN A PERIOD OF TWO MONTHS, FROM THE DATE OF THE NOTIFICATION.

THE NOTICE (IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE) WITH ITS RELATED PLAN CAN BE SEEN ON NOTICE BOARDS POSTED NEAR THE SITE.

THE PLAN SHOWING THE AREA OF FORESHORE AND SEABED INVOLVED MAY ALSO BE SEEN AT THE PORT WORKS DIVISION, FIRST FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG OR THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, 19TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, OR THE DISTRICT OFFICE, TSUEN WAN, SECOND FLOOR, FOU WAH CENTRE, 210 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 1979

TENDERS INVITED FOR LAYING OF PIPELINE * * * *

WITH THE SHA TIN NEW TOWN RAPIDLY EXPANDING ON LAND RECLAIMED FROM THE SEA, THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS TO IMPROVE AND INCREASE THE SUPPLY OF WATER TO THE GROWING COMMUNITY.

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THEY ARE INVITING TENDERS FOR THE LAYING OF A SYSTEM OF PIPELINES IN THE TOWN’S EASTERN AREA.

A WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE SYSTEM IS PART OF THE SCHEME TO PROVIDE BOTH FRESH AND SALT WATER.

♦WORK ON THE PROJECT IS SCHEDULED TO START IN AUGUST AND WE ESTIMATE IT WILL TAKE ABOUT SEVEN MONTHS TO COMPLETE,+ HE SAID.

IT ENTAILS LAYING ABOUT 1,800 METRES OF ASBESTOS CEMENT PIPES RANGING FROM 250 MM TO 453 MM IN DIAMETER, AND ANOTHER 1,100 METRES OF MILD STEEL PIPES OF BETWEEN 550 MM AND 700 MM IN DIAMETER.

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ENGLISH COURSES FOR TEACHERS DURING SUMMER HOLIDAYS ******

SUMMER COURSES HAVE BEEN ORGANISED FOR TEACHERS OF PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRE.

A SERIES OF INTENSIVE COURSES GEARED TO THE NEEDS OF TEACHERS OF ENGLISH IN ANGLO-CHINESE SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND CHINESE MIDDLE SCHOOLS WILL BE HELD FROM JULY 16 TO 27, AND WILL COVER THE IMPORTAN ASPECTS OF THE TEACHING OF ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE.

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE THE INTEGRATED APPROACH, THE TEACHING OF GRAMMAR, TRAINING THE PUPILS TO LISTEN AND SPEAK, READ INI FOR EXACT INFORMATION, AND PRACTICAL WRITING.

DURING THE SAME PERIOD, TWO SIMILAR COURSES ON THE TEACHING OF SPOKEN ENGLISH IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS WILL BE HELD FOR TEACHERS OF ENGLISH FROM PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

ALL COURSES ARE FREE OF CHARGE, AND A CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE WILL BE AWARDED AT THE END OF THE COURSE TO ALL TEACHERS 1*10 HAVE SATISFACTORILY COMPLETED A COURSE.

CLASSES WILL BE HELD AT THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRE AT 9A BONHAM ROAD, HONG KONG.

APPLICATIONS MUST REACH THE SENIOR INSPECTOR AT THE CENTRE ON OR BEFORE JUNE 27. ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE AT THE CENTRE BY TELEPHONING 5-482537.

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POSTAL SERVICES TO EAST TIMOR *****

THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT ORDINARY AND REGISTERED AIR AND SURFACE LETTER POSTAL SERVICES FROM HONG KONG TO EAST TIMOR (FORMERLY PORTUGUESE TIMOR) HAVE NOW BEEN RESTORED. PARCEL SERVICES REMAIN SUSPENDED.

POSTAL SERVICES TO THE COUNTRY HAVE BEEN DISRUPTED SINCE SEPTEMBER 1975.

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ROAD SAFETY DEMONSTRATION AND VARIETY SHOW *****

THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (WONG TAI SIN) AND THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY COMMITTEE WILL ORGANISE A ROAD SAFETY DEMONSTRATION AND VARIETY SHOW TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE DEMONSTRATION, DESIGNED TO SHOW PEDESTRIANS THE CORRECT WAY OF CROSSING A ROAD WILL BE HELD FROM 4.30 P.M. TO 6 P.M. AT BOTH ENDS OF TSEUK LUK STREET BORDERING TAI YAU STREET AND SHUNG LING STREET IN SAN PO KONG.

MEMBERS OF THE KOWLOON POLICE TRAFFIC DIVISION AND THE SCHOOL ROAD SAFETY PATROL TEAM WILL BE ON HAND TO DEMONSTRATE ROAD SAFETY CODES TO PASSERS-BY.

THE VARIETY SHOW WILL START AT 7 P.M. AT THE MORSE PARK OPEN-AIR THEATRE.

THE PROGRAMME INCLUDES MAGIC SHOW, ACROBATICS, SKETCHES, LION DANCE, SINGING, DANCING AND A LUCKY DRAW.

MR. LAM KAM-KWONG, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (WONG TAI SIN) WILL OFFICIATE AT THE RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY OF THE VARIETY SHOW.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER BOTH THE ROAD SAFETY DEMONSTRATION IN SAN PO KONG AND THE VARIETY SHOW AT MORSE PARK OPEN-AIR THEATRE TOMORROW.

FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 1979

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THREE SHAM SHU I PO BUILDINGS DECLARED DANGEROUS ******

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY (FRIDAY) DECLARED THREE FOUR-STOREY PRE-WAR BUILDINGS AT 85, 87 AND 89 TAI NAN STREET IN SHAM SHU I PO TO BE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION.

THE BUILDINGS, CONSTRUCTED WITH REINFORCED CONCRETE FLOORS AND ROOFS SUPPORTED ON LOAD-BEARING BRICK WALLS, HAD BEEN UNDER OBSERVATION FOR SEVERAL YEARS FOLLOWING THE CLOSURE AND DEMOLITION OF THE KITCHEN BLOCKS TO NOS. 85 AND 87 IN 1963, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE SAID.

♦DURING RECENT INSPECTIONS RAPID EROSION OF THE BRICKWORK OF THE REAR WALLS HAD BEEN NOTED AND THERE ARE CLEAR SIGNS OF RECENT OUTWARD MOVEMENT,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦IT IS CONSIDERED THAT THERE IS NOW A SERIOUS RISK OF COLLAPSE AND IT IS THEREFORE NECESSARY TO CLOSE AND DEMOLISH THESE BUILDINGS,♦ HE ADDED.

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS IN KOWLOON DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 A.M. ON JULY 13 WERE POSTED TODAY

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SUPPLEMENT

ADDRESS BY THE ACTING GOV.-iRNQR, SIR JACK CATER, K.B.E., J.P., AT THE CIVIL AID SERVICES COMBINED OFFICERS AND MEMBERS DINNER ON JUNE 15, 1979

It is a very great pleasure for me to be here this evening, to enjoy your hospitality, and especially to enjoy your company.

For many years I have admired the work, the enthusiasm of the C.A.S.: I have noted with pride the quiet, unassuming, but very efficient manner in which you have served the community, in so many varied and various ways. And so I am grateful for this opportunity to express the appreciation of both the people of Hong Kong, and of myself, not only for your outstanding service of the past, but, of more immediate importance, of the present.

I refer, of course, to the work you are performing in helping to manage four Vietnamese refugee camps, in helping to feed the refugees on the "Sky Luck" and the many refugees on small craft in Discovery Bay. This in addition to your other "normal" duties.

I was, for example, especially impressed to hear of the devotion to duty the other day of your Mountain Rescue Unit. After a gruelling 10 hours supplying food to some 9,000 refugees, in 93 small craft out at sea, they returned at 5*30 a.m., repeat 5-30 a.m., to face an immediate call out for an arduous mountain rescue on the cliff face of Lion Rock.

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A difficult task even when fresh and in daylight but at dawn when you are tired from a ’’hard day’s night,” this---this-----shows a deep

dedication to duty: and I know that that is the sort of spirit which flows throughout the entire Civil Aid Services.

I know how hard-pressed you are at the present time with over 160 volunteers on duty daily: I cannot promise any let up on this pressure, it must, if anything get harder. Your leaders are seeking to increase your manpower to lessen the burden on you and your employers: I know too that they are constantly looking for ways to streamline procedures and so save your time and energy.

It is unfortunate, that because of the present difficult economic situation, funds could not be provided for the planned expansion into the New Territories or for the development of your Cadet Water Activity Centre this year. These projects are highly desirable: they have the support and blessing of your Branch Head: let us hope that when the economic situation improves you will be granted the necessary funds to implement them.

As your guest, it would have been appropriate to promise you easier times in the future: but honesty prevents my saying this. It is clear that in the weeks, months, ahead the community will have to call on your services perhaps as never before: that, far from being easy, the road ahead could be long and arduous. But I knovz for certain that come what may, the Service will respond as always, with dedication and devotion to duty: a determination to serve to the best of your ability the people of Hong Kong.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I ask you now to rise and drink a toast with me to the Civil Aid Services.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SUPPLEMENT

Friday, June 15, 1979 EMBARGOED NEJS ITEM:

Note to Editors of newspapers, news agencies, broadcasting stations The following announcement

regarding the Queen’s Birthday Honours List is being made simultaneously in London at 0001 hrs. G.M.T. on June 16.

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

qualification.

The news nay be broadcast from 6 a.Li. onvzards over the local radio and television stations tomorrow.

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

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BIRTHDAY HONOURS 1979

G.B.E. (Knight Grand Cross, Order of the British Empire) The Honourable Sir Yuet-keung KAN, C.B.E., J.P.

Sir Y.K. Kan is the Chairman of the Bank of East Asia Ltd. and a director of a number of companies. His record of public service is lengthy, wide-ranging and impressive and he continues to give most generously of his time and energies to serving the people of Hong Kong.

He has been a member of Executive Council continuously since 1966, with earlier service on the Urban Council (1957 to 1962), the Public Services Commission (1958-1961) and Legislative Council (1961-1972); he is now the Senior Unofficial Member of the Executive Council.

He is currently Chairman of the Council of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the ICAC Complaints Committee, the Advisory Committee on Corruption of the ICAC, the Hong Kong/Japan Business Co-operation Committee, and most recently, the Standing Commission on Civil Service Salaries and Conditions of Service.

He is a Life Member of the Court of the University of Hong Kong, a member of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Advisory Board, the Po Leung Kuk Advisory Board and the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee Panel.

His past service includes the chairmanship of the Public Transport Advisory Committee, the Consumer Council, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, and the Working Group on New Territories Urban Land Requisition, and membership of the Board of the Mass Transit Railway Corporation and many others.

He is a past President of the Incorporated Law Society of Hong Kong. The wise counsel Sir Y.K. Kan is able to offer, based on the vast knowledge and experience of public affairs he has gained over the years, continues to be of inestimable value and authority.

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Sir Y.K. Kan was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 19U9. For his public service to Hong Kong he was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire’in 1959, Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1967 and Knight Bachelor in 1972.

In 1968 the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Third Class was conferred upon him by the Emperor of Japan. In 1978, the French Government conferred on him the honour of the Officer’s Cross of Ordre National du Merite. He received the honorary degree of Doctor of Lav; from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1968 and from the University of Hong Kong in 1975.

Knight Grand Cross (G.B.E.) is the highest of the five classes in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and ranks above Knight Commander (K.B.E.). The only other holder of this appointment in Hong Kong is His Excellency the Governor, Sir Y.K. Kan is the first Hong Kong resident ever to receive this award.

C.M.G. (Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George) Mr. Douglas William Alfred BLYE, O.B.E., J.P.

Mr. Blye joined the Hong Kong Government service as a Treasury Inspector in 1958 after serving with the Malayan Federation. He continued to serve in the Treasury and was appointed Accountant General (now Director of Accounting Services) in 1970, a post which he filled with distinction. He was appointed Secretary for Monetary Affairs in 1977. Mr. Blye is a dedicated public servant, whose extensive knowledge of finance and financial affairs has made a valuable contribution in recent years, particularly in the context of Hong Kong’s growing stature as a banking and financial centre.

C.B.E. (Commander Order of the British Empire) Mr. Ronald Vincent GIDDY, J.P.

Mr. Giddy served in Northern Rhodesia and the East African High Commission from 1950-1962. He joined the Hong Kong Government as an Assessor in the Inland Revenue Department in 1962. He was appointed Chief Assessor in 19$5i Assistant Commissioner of Inland Revenue in 1968, Deputy Commissioner in 1972, and Commissioner in 1975* He has been a conscientious /and highly ..................................................................

4 and highly effective member of the department for many years andj since his appointment in 1975, has done a first class job in charge of a large and complex department.

C.B.E. (Commander Order of the British Empire) Mr. Keith Owen SHIPLEY? O.B.E.

Mr. Shipley first served in Northern Rhodesia now Zambia from 1953 to 1971* Went to the Gilbert and Ellice Islands as Establishment Secretary in 1971 and, with the introduction of Ministerial Government early in 1974, became Secretary to the Chief Minister and to the Cabinet; he was involved in the planning of internal self-government and subsequently independence for the Gilbert Islands (Kiribati). Joined the Hong Kong administration in 1979 and is presently attached to the Standing Commission on Civil Service Salaries and Conditions of Service. Mr. Shipley was awarded the O.B.E. in 1972.

O.B.E. (Officer Order of the British ]£ipire) Mr. Gerald Arthur HaRKNETT, C.P.M.

Over a number of years in the Special Branch, Mr. Harknett built up a well-deserved reputation as a police officer and administrator of considerable ability and potential. He joined the Operations Department of the Independent Commission Against Corruption at its inception in 1974, first as Deputy Director and since early 1977 as Director. He has played a large part in building up a first-class investigation unit which has brought a thousand corruption cases to Court and revealed to all concerned that corruption is no longer a low risk crime.

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

Hr. Thomas Victor HUNT

Mr. Hunt joined the overseas service of the British Bank of the Middle East in September 1955« Until recently he was Area Manager of the British Bank of the Middle East in Jordan. He is presently attached to Group Head Office of the Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation in

Hong Kong

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O.3.E. (Officer Order of the British Empire)

The Honourable LEUNG Tat-siting, J.P.

Mr. Leung was first appointed as a Government officer in 1936, and retired in 1971 as a Senior Health Inspector after many years’ devoted service. He has trade union interests and was Secretary, International Affairs, Hong Kong and Kowloon Trades Union Council from 1971 to 1976. He has been a member of the Legislative Council since 1976 and serves on a number of public boards and committees, including the Labour Advisory Board and the Hong Kong Productivity Council. . . .

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Q.B.E. (Officer Order of the British Empire) Mr. Walter Martin SJLKE, J.P.

fir. Sulke has served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Environmental Pollution (EPCOM) since its inception four years ago and during that period he lias also been the Chairman of EPCOM’s Air Pollution Sub—Committee and a member of the Noise Pollution Sub-Committee. His dynamic and positive approach to environmental problems have provided a considerable stimulus not only to the Air Pollution Sub-Committee but to EPCOM as a whole. The success of EPCOM in its initial four years of office can, to an appreciable extent, be attributed to Mr. Sulke’s energy and perseverance.

Mr. Sulke is also a member of the Trade and Industry Advisory Board and an enthusiastic patron of the arts in Hong Kong.

Q.B.E. (Officer Order of the British Empire) Mr. John Joseph SJAINE, Q.C.. J.P.

Mr. Swaine was appointed as an Administrative Officer in the Hong Kong Government in 1952 but left the service in 1955 to practise as a barrister. In this career he has been notably successful and is highly regarded by the profession. In 1975 he was appointed Queen’s

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Counsel. In 1974 he was appointed tc the Public Service Commission and has since served the Commission with distinction, acting as Chairman on several occasions; in combining these duties with a busy practice (at the expense of his leisure hours) he has at all times made a critical but constructive contribution to the Commission’s work. In 1975 he was made* a Justice of the Peace and serves on the Inland Revenue Board of Review and the Supreme Court Rules Committee.

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

The Honourable Peter C. 6'OJC-, J.l\

Mr. Wong is a senior partner in a firm of solicitors arid a former president of the Law Society of Hong Kong. He has been’a’member of the Legislative Council since 197$ and is a member on a number of official boards and committees, including the Board of Review (inland Revenue), Lands Tribunal Panel and, most recently, the Public Accounts Committee. He represents Hong Kong as Councillor and Member of the Executive Committee of the Law Association for Asia and the Western Pacific and is honorary legal adviser to numerous social and charitable institutions. Mr. Wong is well-known and respected in legal circles, and his background and experience have enabled him to contribute usefully to the deliberations of Legislative Council.

I.S.O. (imperial Service Order)

Mr. Talbot Henry BASlLiLL

Mr. Bashall first joined the Hong Kong Government in 1953 as a Prison Officer Class I, and served in the Prisons Department for over 16 years, during which time he was promoted to Principal Officer and Chief Officer. In 19^9, he was transferred from the Prisons Department to the Urban Services Department to head the Hawker Control Force as its Commandant. With great determination, he re-established the Force as an * effective means of controlling hawkers. He is now working in the Security Branch of the Government Secretariat.

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I.S.O. (Imperial Service Order)

Miss Annie Hannah CALDERWOOD

Miss Annie Calderwood was a Police Officer for 24 years, having served in the Strathclyde Police from 1954 to 1966 and in the Royal Hong Kong Police from 1966 until her retirement in late 1978. She was not only the senior woman police officer in the Royal Hong Kong Police, but also one of its more senior officers who, by her integrity, high professional ability, strength of character and charm of manner, set a splendid example not only to the women officers but to the whole Force. During her last 1% years she was Commandant of the Police Training School, where her outstanding qualities of firm, inspired and compassionate leadership put her own stamp on those being trained, and imbued them with her own high standards.

I.S.O. (Imperial Service Order)

Mr. Robert William SAMPSON --------------------------- j..

Mr.,Sampson joined the Hong Kong Government as an Executive Officer, Class II in 195^ after more than five years service as an Executive Officer in the Colonial Office* He was posted to the Treasury and transferred to the newly inaugurated Treasury Accountant Grade in i960. From the beginning of 1961 he served in a number of large departments including Commerce and Industry Department, New Territ-eries * Administration, Urban Services Department, Medical and Health Department and Public Works Department. He was promoted to Chief Treasury Accountant and subsequently to Principal Treasury Accountant (now Assistant Director of Accounting Services) on 1.4.76 and became Deputy Director of Accounting Services on 14.3.78. Throughout his service, Mr. Sampson has displayed outstanding qualities of judgment and capability.

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6 M.B.E. (Member Order of the British Empire) Mr. LAI Sze-nuen, J.P.

As Director of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals in-1966, Principal Director in 1967-69, Chairman of the Board in 1969-70 ond subsequently Adviser to the Board, Mr. Lai made an invaluable contribution to youth training, property rebuilding, temple management, staff training and welfare, expansion of secondary education -and development of medical service. Mr. Lai is also very active in the Buddhist circle and devotes considerable effort to youth work. He is Vice-Chairman of the Scout Association responsible for Kowloon Region, Chairman of the Venture Scout Board and Chairman of the Scout Programme and Training Committee. Mr. Lai has been Chairman of the Yau Ma Tei East Area Committee since 1972 in connection with the Keep Hong Kong Clean and Fight Violent Crime campaigns and appointed an unofficial member of the Yau Ma Tei City District Committee from 1973*

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

Miss Zarina MINU

Miss Minu has served as Personal Secretary to successive Directors of Urban Services since 1960. She is meticulously accurate, conscientious, insistent on the highest standards, and fiercely loyal to the department. »* •

As a secretary, she is outstanding, and as a civil servant she sets an example to colleagues ^hat would be hard to match.

M.B.E. (Member Order of the British Empire) Mrs. Noreen Patricia REES

Mrs. Rees joined the service in 1960 and since 1968 she has been Personal Secretary to successive Political Advisers. Her work has called for integrity, intelligence and ability to deal with a wide variety of people. She has carried out her various tasks with perseverence, patience and skill. At times of crisis she has had to work long hours and even when there is no crisis her workload is heavy. Her cheerful acceptance of this has contributed greatly to the efficiency of the P.A.’s office over the years.

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M.B.E. (Member Order cf the British Empire) Mr. Victor SG Yun-la.:, B.E.A.

Mr. So is a senior volunteer officer in the Civil Aid Services and over the last three years has been the Regional Commander for all Civil Aid Services Units in Kowloon and New Territories. He enrolled as a volunteer in 1954, and in 1963 was first promoted to officer status in the Civil Aid Services Heavy Rescue Service.

As a volunteer officer his contribution to the safety of Hong Kong is outstanding and he has set a very high standard of achievement.

M.E.E. (Member Order of the British Empire) Mr. JONG Chung-chuc-n, J.p.

Mr. Wong has been active in community activities in Yuen Long since 1961. He is a successful businessman with interests in an-i na.l feeds and fertilizers, farming, food products, restaurants and real estate.

He is the acknowledged leader of the 50,0u0 Chiu Chows in Yuen Long; he was tae founder of the Yuen Long Chiu Chow Clansmen’s Association in 1967 and has been Chairman since.

He has a long record of public service, in the Yuen Long Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber of Commerce Primary School and the Yuen Long Public Middle School. He was a Director of Pok Oi Hospital from 1961 to 1965, and was appointed to the Yuen Long District Advisory Board in 1977.

In youth activities he has been Chairman of the Yuen Long District Summer Youth Activities Co-ordinating Committee, Vice-President of the W.T. Schools Sports Association since 1976, and a member of the Council for Recreation and Sport. He is Chairman of the Yuen Long District Sports Association, a post which he has held for ten years.

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M.3.E. (Member Order of the British Empire) Mr, Peter YEUNG

Mr. Yeung was elected a Village Representative of Yeung Uk Village in 1950, Vice-Chairman of Tsuen Wan Rural Committee in 1970-74? and from 1974? he has been Chairman, Tsuen Wan Rural Committee; he was elected Second Vice-Chairman of the N.T. Heung Yee Kuk in May 1978. He is a member of the Tsuen Jan District Advisory Board and has given substained and valuable advice and assistance with development work in the New Town.

During the Second World War, he joined the British Military Mission in Kukong and after the war, he served for a short period with the Intelligence Unit of No. 44 Commando.

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

Mr. David YIP Yuk-pui

Mr. Yip joined the Hong Kong Government as an Executive Officer in I960 and was posted to the Commerce and Industry Department (now the Trade, Industry and Customs Department) in the same year. He was appointed as an Assistant Trade Officer in 1963 and was promoted to Senior Industry Officer in 1973-

Mr. Yip has served loyally and with distinction in the specialist field of Industry Officers. His attention to detail, his dedication to the job in hand and his consistently hard work have materially helped the development of the Trade Investigation Branch of the Department and improved its efficiency.

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

Mr. LAU Sai-yan? J.P'«

Mr. Lau’s interests and activities are territory-wide with the

main emphasis on weaving, textiles, and benevolent work for his own

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Chiu Chow clansmen. He is also interested in education, the J.P.C. movement, scouts and in various district functions.

Since he took up the Chairmanship of the Kowloon Lok Sin Tong Benevolent Society in 1975, the Tong has re-asserted its role as a leading traditional charitable society serving the whole Colony rather than a limited area of Kowloon.

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

Air. YUEN Kwok-leung

Mr. Yuen joined the Hong Kong Government as a Probationary -Health Inspector in 1957, transferred to the Social Welfare Department in 1958 and in 1967 appointed Welfare Officer to the Royal Hong Kong Police Force.

Mr. Yuen deals with tho manifold welfare needs of the Force of some 20,000 officers and dependants. He is charged with assistance in administering the Force Welfare Funds and has been instrumental in greatly improving the welfare service provided to the Rank and File and Inspectorate and in fostering many projects including the Retired Officers Association, recreation facilities and Force social events.

B.E.M. (British Empire Medal)

Mr. J.J Kim-hung

Mr. AU Kin-hung joined the Hong Kong Sea School staff in 1953 as Warden and Senior Member of the Chinese Staff and continues to hold both appointments. He has also acted as Superintendent and is Honorary Secretary of the Hong Kong Sea School Old Boys’ Association.

Since Mr. Au joined the Hong Kong Sea School, some 3,000 boys from under-privileged families of Hong Kong have been prepared for service with the Hong Kong Shipping Industry, and over 90 per cent have been found seagoing appointments. There can be no doubt whatever that most of the credit for this belongs to him.

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B.E.M. (British Empire Medal) Mr. William CHAN ..ai-lam

Mr. Chan has been working with the Government for 27 years first as a clerk, then as an interpreter/translator, and. since 1969 as an Executive Officer in the Home Affairs Department. He is presently the Assistant City District Officer (Liaison) for the Eastern City District.

Mr. Chan is very well known among the local Kaifongs, Clansman Associations, District Associations, Mutual xiid Committees and. Owners Corporations, many of which he has helped, to set up. He was also the driving force behind the establishment of the Eastern Recreation and Sport Advancement Association and the Eastern District Federation of Multi-storey Buildings.

B.E.M. (British Empire Medal) Mr. Gordon CHENG Kwok-dung

Since his first appointment as Assistant Transport Supervisor in 1960, Mr. Cheng has displayed a high degree of organising ability in the administration of the Government’s pool transport system. The expansion of pool transport services over the years placed increased responsibilities on him, and he met these demands with determination and cheerfulness. Mr. Cheng’s exemplary devotion to-duty has become an example to his subordinates and has won the respect and admiration of-his seniors.

B.E.M, (British Empire Medal) Mr. ILT Muk

Mr. lu first joined the service in 1953 as a Gardener Class 2. For the past 20 years, he has been in charge of the Aviary, Zoological and Botanical Gardens, looking after the birds at all hours and in all weathers, and much of the credit for the present remarkable bird collection and its success in breeding must lie with Mr. lu’s patience, experience and hard work.

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B.E.M. (British Empire Medal)

Mr. KWAN Tong

Mr. Kwan has been in Government service for over 32 years and has rendered loyal and industrious service in the performance of his duties. As a Senior Foreman in the Cleansing Section of Western District he has carried out his duties with his accustomed attention to detail and sober industry.

B.E.M. (British Empire Med-1)

Mr. KWOK Ka-lai

Mr. Kwok Ka-lai joined the Prisons Department with the rank of Warder in.19^9 and was promoted to Assistant Officer I in 1972. Throughout his 29 years of service with the department, Mr. Kwok has carried put his duties in an exemplary manner. He was awarded the Colonial Prison Service Medal in July 1967 and the First Clasp to the Medal in July 197^.

Mr. Kwok worked at Stanley Prison for 21 years and later at the Stanley Training Centre and Tai Tam Gap Training Centre for young offenders.

B.E.M. (British Empire Medal)

Mr. LAM Nin

Mr. Lam, an Office Assistant with the Immigration Department, has given extremely loyal and dedicated service. He has always performed his duties in a cheerful and most willing manner whatever the task involved. He has a reputation for always giving a helping hand to members of the public and is particularly well respected by the staff.

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

Mr. Kenneth LAW

Mr. Law joined as a Temporary Clerk in 1952 and was promoted to Senior .Clerical Officer in 1977• He has spent the whole of his service in the Urban Services Department and has established himself as a strict and impartial

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supervisor and leader. In recent years, Mr. Law has been the Officer-inCharge of the General Registry at the New Territories Services Dept. H.Q. and has played an important role in organising the Registry to meet the heavy and increasing needs placed on it as a result of the developments in the New Territories.

B.E.M, (British Empire Medal)

Mr. LAW Sui-wing

Mr. Law has been the Officer-in-Charge of the Sha Tin District Land Registry since 197^* Before that, he worked for many years in the Tai Po District Land Registry.

The establishment of a separate Sha Tin District was necessitated by the development of the New Town. The physical development has had to be preceded by a programme of land acquisition on an enormous scale. The fact that this programme has been carried out successfully is largely due to the meticulous planning, organisation and effort which Mr. Law has put in to the efficient running of the Land Registry.

B.E.M. (British Empire Medal)

Mr. LEUNG Chun

Mr. Leung has worked conscientiously and efficiently throughout his career. He is now posted in the Malaria Prevention Section in Central District. During his 31 years service in a job that attracts little public attention, he has faithfully carried out duties to a required standard and ensured that the staff under him also met that standard.

B.E.M, (British Empire Medal)

Mr, LOO Chi-ming

Mr. Loo was first appointed as a Temporary Clerk in the Education Department in 1953 and is due for retirement on 15th September 1979. During his service he has proved himself to have been consistently

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hardworking, conscientious and reliable, and held in high regard by the numerous officers with whom he has worked over the years.

B.E.M. (British Empire Medal) Mr. MaK Pui

Throughout his career Mr. Mak has demonstrated an unswerving loyalty and devotion to his job as a Government driver. He is very reliable and efficient in his work, and during his 20 years of driving has not once been involved in a road accident. Mr. Mak has the special gift of even-tempered cheerfulness, and has been a constant source of encouragement to his colleagues.

B.E.M. (British Empire- Medal) Mr. MAN Chak-wan

Mr. Man joined as an Office Coolie in the Home Affairs Department in 19^6. He was transferred to the Labour Department as a driver on 1st February 19^7 and has since been working in the Industry Division. Throughout his 31 years service with the department Mr. Man proved to be a loyal and dedicated officer whose performance and behaviour have always been exemplary.

B.E.M. (British Empire Medal) Mr. POON Lai-chiu

Mr. Poon Lai-chiu joined the General Clerical Service in 1953 and was posted to the Prisons Department. He played an important part in the setting up of the administration in Chi Ma Wan Prison when it was opened in September 1966. Despite the lack of proper and adequate staff accommodation and sea transport, he remained at Chi Zia Wan for over four years. He has also played a very active role in the Prisons Department Sports Association. He was awarded the Colonial Prison Service Medal in April 1971.

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B.E.M. (British Empire i.xedal)

Mr. TANG Shia-shun ~ • ■ -........ ’ * ‘

Mr* Tang is a member of the large indigenous Tang f ami 1 y who have been farmers and local leaders for generations in Kao Tin in the New Territories’. He was first appointed in 1947 as a Motor Driver and thereafter earned a series of pronotions from Driver to Nurseryman and ultimately Field assistant. He has made a particularly valuable contribution in promulgating technical advice and services in the furthering of local agricultural development, with particular expertise in the highly specialised propagation of fruit varieties.

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

L.r. TSE Chi

Mr. TSE*Chi first joined the Buildings Ordinance Office in 1938 as a messenger. He was promoted to Office Attendant in 1957? retired in 1972 at age 57 and was promptly re-employed as a messenger.

Throughout his 37 years with the Buildings Ordinance Office Mr. Tse has given exemplary service. He has provided a service to staff of all ranks which they have appreciated and which has earned him their respect and affection.

B.E.1C. (British Empire Medal)

Mr. ’./ONG Kong

Mr. Wong Kong joined the service in 1947 as a Temporary Clerk. In 1970 he became the first District Communications Engineer in Marine District and in 1973 he was transferred to Kowloon as the District Communications Engineer and promoted to Police Telecommunications Assistant I the same year.

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whilst attached to Marine District, he established the Marine Radio workshop and personally serviced the launch radar and navigational equipment. During his service in Kovzloon, many improvements have been made in the field of communications, particularly the introduction of the Personal Beat Radio Scheme, and much of the credit for the swift and smooth implementation of the scheme must go to him.

B.E.i . (British Empire medal)

Mr. wONG Sou-him

Mr. Wong was first appointed as a Squatter Control Coolie in the former Resettlement Department in 1954 and is currently serving in Squatter Control Division. Mr. Wong was promoted to Foreman in 1966. He has always proved an industrious worker and has carried out difficult assignments patiently and confidently.

He was a Founder Member of the Resettlement Department Junior Staff Association (now Housing Department Junior Staff Association) and has held various offices in this Association.

C.P.M. (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr. Mohamed

Mr. Ashraf has given 26 years service, mainly in the Pakistani ■ i. -- .• Contingent of the Emergency Unit, New Territories and in recent years in Traffic, Nev/ Territories. He has been a Station Sergeant for six years and an NCO for 17* He has twice received Commanding Officers’ commendations for exceptional work over a period of time.

C.P.M. (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr. CHEUNG Man-pan

Mr. Cheung Man-pan, Chief Inspector of Police (Auxiliary), joined the Royal Hong Kong auxiliary Police Force in 1952 as a

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Constable and progressed through the ranks to reach Chief Inspector of

Police in 1974- Since his promotion to C.I.P. (Aux), he has served as the Second in Command of Special Duty uompany, Kowloon East (Auxiliary). He has been largely instrumental in the maintenance of a high standard of internal security training and related skills in his unit and the excellent discipline of his subordinates. Mr. Cheung was awarded the CSCM in 1967 and the First Clasp to CSCM in 1977-C.P.H. (Colonial Police Medal) Hr. Dennis Jolin COLLINS

Mr. Collins Joined the icoyal Hong Kong Police Force in April 1959 as a Sub-Inspector and served in ihe Uniform Branch and in the Special Branch. In 1977 he was appointed to act as’Senior Superintendent of Police in command of the Force Complaints .against Police Unit and charged with the responsibility of reorganising the Complaints Office, in addition to introducing procedures for the working of the U1J2LCO Police Complaints Group.

It has since been necessary to expand the role of the Complaints Against Police Office and it is largely through his efforts that the Office has been efficiently established and that a harmonious relationship has been achieved with the UIJELCO Complaints Group.

C.P.M. (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr. Michael George ILddHETT

Mr. Hammett joined the xtoyal Hong Kong Police Force in 1959 and after service in various formations of the Force was posted to Special Branch in 1968. He was promoted to Superintendent in 1971, Senior Superintendent in 1977 and Chief Superintendent in 1978.

His service throughout has been characterised by exemplary conduct and devotion to duty. He has proved himself to be an energetic and resourceful commander, whose leadership and ability have contributed much to the successful achievement of Special Branch’s aims.

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C.P.M. (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr. HUI Ki-on

Mr. Hui joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force in 19&3 as a Probationary Inspector. He was posted to Special Branch in 1966T serving there with distinction until 1977. In October 1977 he was posted to Kowloon District whore he held the duty post of Superintendent in charge of Emergency Units, Kowloon before moving to his current post, Divisional Superintendent, Sham Shui Po Division. Mr. Hui was promoted to the rank of Senior Superintendent in April 1978. The success against crime in his Division can be attributed to his dedication and leadership.

C.P.M. (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr. LEE Kwong-ming

Mr. Lee Kwong-ming, Chief Inspector of Police (Auxiliary), joined the Hong Kong Special Constabulary as Special Constable on 22nd February 195^. He progressed through the ranks and was promoted tc Chief Inspector of Police on 1st January 1972.

Mr. Lee has been Divisional Inspector (Auxiliary) at Wong Tai Sin Station since 1.1.1972 and has played a major part in the formation of that auxiliary unit and its subsequent expansion. It is now the largest auxiliary division in Kovzloon District and has, under his auspices, became a most effective unit.

C.P.M. (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr. LI Kam-po

Mr. Li Kam-po joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force as a Constable in 1952. He was promoted Sub-Inspector in 1958 and reached the rank of Senior Inspector in 1970. In 1971 he was regraded to the rank of Chief Inspector.

He has held the posts of Launch Commander, Sector Commander/Marine and is currently in charge of the Marine Police Training School where his contribution is outstanding.

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C.P.M. (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr. LUI Ching-po

Mr. Lui Ching-po, Superintendent of Police (Auxiliary), joined the Hong Kong Police Reserve as a Constable on 7th December 1953 and progressed through the ranks to reach Superintendent of Police in 1971.

Mr. Lui was initially Superintendent in charge of the Special Duty Company of Kowloon West until 15«9*19^8 when he was transferred to Sham Shui Po Division as Divisional Superintendent (Auxiliary) which post he still holds. He has shown himself to be a conscientious and efficient officer who has maintained a high standard within his unit by personal example and leadership.

C.P.M. (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr. LUK Ka-kwong

Station Sergeant Luk joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force as a Constable in 19^9 and was promoted to Station Sergeant in 1972. He was highly commended by his Commanding Officer in 1963 and received four Commissioner’s Commendations in 1952, 1954 and twice in 1959. He received the Colonial Police Long Service Medal in 1967 and the First Clasp in 1974. Station Sergeant Luk has served continuously in Special Branch since 1952, throughout v/ith the highest standards of duty performance and leadership. He is a first class investigator, and has played a significant part in bringing to success a large number of cases of security importance.

C.P.M, (Colonial Police Medal) Mr. Robert Lewis John MACDONALD

Mr. MacDonald joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force in 1959 and has served in various formations including long periods, with distinction, in both Marine as Deputy District Police Commander and Special Branch. He was posted to Kowloon Command as the Senior Superintendent in charge of administration, Kowloon Headquarters in 1977• He is at present acting as Deputy District Police Commander, Kowloon.

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C.P.M. (Cclcni.-‘l Police Medal)

Mr. Brien Leonard iiERnITT

A special teem of three Chief Inspectors, six Inspectors and one Station Sergeant drawn from different formations in the Royal Hong Kong Police Force was chosen in 1977 to investigate a serious incident involving members of the Force and members of the Independent Comission Against Corruption. Mr. Merritt was selected to head this team. From the outset he rose to the occasion and handled this very difficult and sensitive assignment with outstanding professional skill and diplomacy. He motivated and led the men under his command and welded them into an effective and highly efficient team.

Throughout, he showed the highest degree of devotion to duty, detective ability and leadership.

C.P.M. (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr. TSAHG Fat-hung . •

Mr. Tsang was employed as Sub-Divisional Inspector, Sham Shui

Po, from 1974 to 1978. He is a determined and resourceful officer with a thorough knowledge of police work in both the Criminal Investigation Department and Uniform Branch. Mr. Tsang*s forethought, planning and resourcefulness have been largely responsible for the success of a number of important police operations including, notably, an operation to re-establish control in the Shunning Road Hawker Permitted Area. His basic plan for this operation has been used as the pattern for similar operations elsewhere in Hong Kong. For more than three years Mr. Tsang successfully commanded one of the busiest and demanding Subdivisions in the Royal Hong Kong Police Force.

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C.P.A. (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr. Brian jEBST^R

Mr. Webster joined the Royal dong Kong Police Force as a

Sub-Inspector in 1957 after a short period of service with the Metropolitan Police. He was promoted to Senior Inspector in 1966; Assistant Superintendent in 1970 and regraded Superintendent in 1971* In 1977 he was promoted to his present rank. During his service he has served.in a variety of operational and staff posts in both the Uniform Branch and the Criminal Investigation Department.

Mr. Webster has been an active supporter of the Superintendents’ Association, in which he has held various offices, including that of Chairman.

C.P.M. (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr. WONG Cheung

Mr. ?/ong has been for over 13 years in the Police Welfare Section and this has formed a substantial part of his long service in the Royal Hong Kong Police Force. He has given devoted service to police officers and their families and shown outstanding efficiency in assisting Police Formation Clubs and Associations, in organising sporting events, social and recreational functions. In addition he has cheerfully and willingly given his spare time and services to the well-being of officers and their families, especially helping distressed families with funeral arrangements and probate work.

C.P.M. (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr. Kenneth AYLw,J3D

Mr. ^ylward has served in Fire Services for 28 years, in Britain from 1951 to 1961 and since then in the Hong Kong Fire Services.

He has served in all branches of the Service including operational, fire prevention, Airport and staff duties.

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His skill, leadership, determination and courage at countless dangerous and trying situations in U.K. and for the last 18 years in Hong Kong have contributed significantly to the saving of many lives and considerable property from fire or other calamity.

C.P.M. (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr. KONG Hoi-fung

Mr. Kong joined the Hong Kong Fire Services as a Fireman 31 years ago. Throughout his long service he has demonstrated high standards of discipline and loyalty. He has served in active operational units for all his service and for the last 13 years as an N.C.O. His actions at countless dangerous fires and other calamities have been of the highest order and as a result of his determination, resourcefulness, courage and leadership as an N.C.O. in direct charge of a fire crew he has been responsible for the saving of many lives and much property.

C.P.M. (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr. LEUNG King-chi

Mr. Leung has served with the Hong Kong Fire Services for 25 years and throughout his service he has demonstrated firm discipline, loyalty and courage. He has served in various operational echelons and as a result of his leadership as an N.C.O. in direct command of fire crews together with his skill and determination many lives have been saved and property damage minimised. For the past few years he has been involved with operational training and high standards have been achieved by his efforts.

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C.P.M, (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr. Roy Albert WHEATLEY

Mr. Wheatley has served in Fire Services for 27 years, in Britain »

from 1951 to 1963 and since then in the Hong Kong Fire Services.

He has served in all branches of the service, including command of operational fire divisions, fire prevention and H.Q. planning duties.

His skill, leadership and determination at countless dangerous and trying emergency incidents throughout his service have-contributed ’ '....

significantly to the saving of many lives and much valuable- property from fire and other calamities.

Badge of Honour

Mr, CHAN Tak-yuen' • » •

A leading member of the Shau Kei Wan community: founder member of the Shau Kei Wan Kaifong Welfare Advancement Association, currently Vice-Chairman of the Shau Kei Wan Kaifong and former”member of the Pastern City District Committee. He has shown special concern for the welfare and recreational activities of the elderly.

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Mr. CHANG Shu-yan

Headmaster of Ling Ying Primary School since 1957. He has served the community since 1953; Chairman of Sheung Shui, Ta Kwu Ling, Fanling and Sha Tau Kok Branch of the N.T. Schools Sports Association since 1970. **• •

Mr. CHAU Cheuk-ming

A long time and respected resident of Tsuen Wan. He was Chairman of the Tsuen Wan Chamber ul Commerce piv>—vwjt, n foTmdpT* nontax’ cl’ Van Chai Hospital and of the Tsuen Wan Chiu Chow Welfare Association. He is now President of the latter.

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Air. ENG Socn-chao

Chairman of the Sham Shui Po Kaifeng and prominent in youth, recreational and scouting fields for the past 10 years. ......- —....

Air. KWONG Ping-yau

xm executive member of the Heung Yee Kuk, active in the New Territories General Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of Cheung Chau Rural Committee.

Mr. LEUNG Chik

Chairman of the Lan Tei Pig Raising Co-operative Society since 194-8 and Chairman of the Federation of Pig Raising Co-operative Societies since 1978. He is a leader in improving pig husbandry and management and in fostering good relations within the industry and between the industry and the Government.

Mr. LEUNG Siu-hung

Mr. Leung participates in the social and charitable activities of Kaifong Associations, and under his leadership of the Kwun Tong Sports Zkssociation a great range of sporting activities have been arranged.

Mr. LIxxO Jih-hsing

Principal, Fung Kai Public School. Mr. Liao has a proven record in education development, having founded the Fung Kai Kindergarten in 1963 and then gone on to build Fung Kai No. 2 Secondary School, an extension to No. 1 Secondary School and a ne.; Primary School.

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Mr. TjxNG Tung-chiu

Chairman of the Tuen Mun sports Association and a member of Tuen Mun District Advisory Board, he has rendered substantial financial support to Dragon Boat races and youth activities and shown considerable interest in community welfare.

Mr. TS^IG Lin

A village representative for 32 years and Chairman of Mui Jo Rural Committee since 1964. *

Mrs. YidiG SHU Cheng-sun

.1 founder member of the New Kowloon ^cuen1 s Association in 1965 and Chairman since 1971- .ipart from her business activities Mrs. Yang is one of the most active women leaders in charitable and welfare projects.

Mr. YIP Jah

A member of the Yau Ma Tei (South) Area Committee 1973s Vice-Chairman 1974 and Chairman since 1978. Member of Yau Ma Tei City District Committea since 1975. Headmaster of the Che Yan School and since 1976 Chairman of the Hong Kong and Kowloon Private Chinese and English Schools Federation.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

19TH ANNIVERSARY FOR COMMUNITY CENTRE ..................... 1

TENDERS INVITED FOR SUNSHADES ............................. 1

ARCHITECTS VISIT SPACE MUSEUM ............................. 2

ROAD SAFETY DRIVING COMPETITION ........................... 2

NO RIGHT TURN ............................................. 3

ISLANDS DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN ..................... 3

TEMPORARY CLOSURE ......................................... 4

FIRING PRACTICE ........................................... b

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

SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 1979

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19TH ANNIVERSARY FOR COMMUNITY CENTRE

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE — THE FIRST TO BE OPERATED IN HONG KONG — IS TO CELEBRATE ITS 19TH ANNIVERSARY TOMORROW (SUNDAY) WITH A FUN FAIR.

THE CENTRE IS A FIVE-STOREY BUILDING IN WHICH THE DEPARTMENT AND THREE VOLUNTARY WELFARE ORGANISATIONS OPERATE A VARIETY OF SERVICES FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, INCLUDING CHILD CARE, REHABILITATION, TRAINING AND YOUTH WORK.

THE DEPARTMENT’S REGIONAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER FOR EAST KOWLOON, MR. KHOO TAI-PIN, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WHICH STARTS AT 2 P.M. AT THE CENTRE.

A FUNFAIR WITH A WIDE RANGE OF STALL GAMES WILLFOLLOW TO PROVIDE FUN FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS, PARTICULARLY YOUNG PEOPLE.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE CELEBRATION CEREMONY AND FUNFAIR TO BE HELD TOMORROW (SUNDAY) TO MARK THE 19TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE IN LOWER WONG TAI SIN ESTATE, KOWLOON.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR SUNSHADES ******

TENDERS WILL SOON BE CALLED FOR THE SUPPLY OF GLASS REINFORCED PLASTIC EXTERNAL SUNSHADES FOR THE DENTAL TEACHING HOSPITAL NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN SAI YING PUN.

+THE WORK COMPRISES THE DESIGN, STRUCTURAL CALCULATIONS, PREPARATION OF SHOP DRAWINGS, FABRICATION AND SUPPLY TO SITE OF ABOUT 643 TYPICAL THREE-METRE LONG UNITS OF ABOUT 100 X 750 MM IN SIZE TOGETHER WITH ABOUT 48 ASSORTED CORNER UNITS,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPECIALISTS INTERESTED IN SUBMITTING TENDERS ARE INVITED TO SEND THEIR APPLICATIONS TO THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT ARCHITECT, PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, 12TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG, ON OR BEFORE NOON ON JUNE 29.

APPLICATIONS SHOULD GIVE DETAILS OF THE TENDERER’S PAST EXPERIENCE IN THIS TYPE OF WORK, EITHER IN HONG KONG OR ABROAD, PAST WORK THAT COULD BE INSPECTED, SIZE OF WORKSHOP OR FACTORY AND NUMBERS OF WORKMEN EMPLOYED AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DETAILS.

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ARCHITECTS VISIT SPACE MUSEUM

* * * *

SOME 30 MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG INSTITUTION OF ARCHITECTS THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING VISITED THE HONG KONG SPACE MUSEUM.

THEY WERE ACCOMPANIED BY MR. KENNETH KAN, SENIOR ARCHITECT, AND MR. KWAN PAK-LAM, PROJECT ARCHITECT, OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

THE S20 MILLION PROJECT, FINANCED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL, IS ABOUT 70 PER CENT COMPLETE.

♦INSULATION MATERIAL FOR ACOUSTIC REQUIREMENT IN THE SKY THEATRE IS BEING FITTED WHILE WORK ON INSTALLING SOUND EQUIPMENT HAS JUST STARTED,+ MR. KAN SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE MAIN EQUIPMENT FOR THE SKY THEATRE, INCLUDING PROJECTORS AND SCREENS WOULD BE INSTALLED AT THE END OF AUGUST FOR COMPLETION EARLY NEXT YEAR.

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ROAD SAFETY DRIVING COMPETITION *****

THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN), DISTRICT VOLUNTARY WELFARE ORGANISATIONS AND THE TWO POLICE STATIONS WILL BE ORGANISING A ROAD SAFETY DRIVING COMPETITION FROM 9.30 A.M. TO NOON TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

THE COMPETITION IS BEING HELD AS PART OF THE CURRENT TERRITORY-WIDE ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN 1979-80.

FIFTY PRIVATE-CAR OWNERS WHO EITHER LIVE OR WORK IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT HAVE ENROLLED FOR THE EVENT.

PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ASKED TO DRIVE ALONG A PRE-SET ROUTE TO TEST THEIR +SAFE+ DRIVING SKILLS.

PRIZES WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE CHAMPION AND THE FIRST THREE RUNNERS-UP. SOUVENIRS WILL BE GIVEN TO ALL OTHER ENTRANTS.

MR. RICKY FUNG, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE CO-ORGANISERS WILL PERFORM THE RIBBONCUTTING CEREMONY OF THE COMPETITION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE ROAD SAFETY DRIVING COMPETITION TO BE HELD FROM 9.30 A.M. TO NOON TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT THE MURRAY ROAD OPEN CAR PARK, CENTRAL.

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NO RIGHT TURN

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT FROM 10 A.M. ON MONDAY (JUNE 18), THE FOLLOWING RESTRICTIONS WILL EE IMPOSED AT THE JUNCTION BETWEEN TONG MEI ROAD AND ARGYLE STREET*

* ALL SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC IN TONG MEI ROAD, INCLUDING FRANCHISED BUSES, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING RIGHT INTO CHERRY STREET AND WILL BE DIVERTED TO TONG MEi ROAD, MONG KOK ROAD AND NATHAN ROAD BEFORE TURNING INTO ARGYLE STREET WESTBOUND-

* KOWLOON BUS ROUTES 37, 44A, 51 AND 72 WILL BE DIVERTED TO LAI CHI KCK ROAD, SHANGHAI STREET, ARGYLE STREET BEFORE TURNING INTO CHERRY STREET AND BUS STOPS WILL BE SET UP ALONG THE DIVERTED ROUTES-

* ALL NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC IN FERRY STREET-TONG MEI ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING INTO ARGYLE STREET EASTBOUND AND WILL BE DIVERTED TO TONG MEI ROAD, MONG KOK ROAD AND SHANGHAI STREET BEFORE TURNING INTO ARGYLE STREET EASTBOUND.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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ISLANDS DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN

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THE ISLANDS DISTRICT 1979 ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN WILL BE OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED AT A CEREMONY TO BE HELD IN MUI WO, LANTAU ISLAND, TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

MR. VICTOR YUNG, DISTRICT OFFICER FOR THE ISLANDS- MR.l.TINDAL, DIVISIONAL SUPERINTENDENT, ISLANDS, OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE, AND PROMINENT MEMBERS OF THE LANTAU COMMUNITY WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

FOLLOWING THE CEREMONY WILL BE AN ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME WHICH INCLUDES DEMONSTRATIONS OF REMOTE CONTROL MODEL CARS AND BICYCLE RIDING BY THE ROAD SAFETY ASSOCIATION DEMONSTRATION TEAMS, PLUS MUSICAL PERFORMANCES BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE BAND.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE ISLANDS DISTRICT 1979 ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN OPENING CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT THE MUI WO PIER OPEN SPACE, LANTAU ISLAND, TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT 10 A.M.

TRANSPORTATION HAS BEEN ARRANGED FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ON MARINE POLICE LAUNCH NO. 15, WHICH WILL DEPART FROM QUEEN’S PIER AT 8.30 A.M. TOMORROW.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT FROM 10 A.M. ON MONDAY, THE SECTION OF 3HEUNG TAK STREET BETWEEN LUNG CHEUNG ROAD AND CHING TAK STREET WILL BE CLOSED FOR FOUR WEEKS FOR MTR CONSTRUCTION WORKS.

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FIRING PRACTICE * * * *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE FOR FIVE DAYS NEXT WEEK.

THE PUBLIC ARE WARNED NOT TO ENTER THE AREA WHEN RED FLAGS ARE FLYING DURING THE TIME OF PRACTICE.

THE PRACTISING TIMES ARE:

DATE TIME

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JUNE 18 (MONDAY) 9 A.M. 4 P.M.

JUNE 19 (TUESDAY) 9 A.M. 4 P.M.

JUNE 20 (WEDNESDAY) 9 A.M. 4 P.M.

JUNE 21 (THURSDAY) 9 A.M. 4 P.M.

JUNE 22 (FRIDAY) 9 A.M. 4 P.M.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SWD TO EXPAND SCHEME FOR DISABLED CHILDREN .................. 1

CHALLENGING JOB OFFERED TO GOVT PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS . 2

POLICE MARRIED QUARTERS NEARING COMPLETION .................. 3

IMPORTANCE OF SCOUTING IN NEW TOWNS STRESSED ................ 3

NEW IMMIGRATION OFFICE IN TAI PO ............................ 4

CLEARWAY RESTRICTION IN YU CHAU STREET ...................... 4

WATER CUT.................................................... 4

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

SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 1979

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SWD TO EXPAND SCHEME FOR DISABLED CHILDREN X * * *

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IS TO EXPAND THE SCHEME WHICH ENABLES DISABLED CHILDREN TO MIX WITH NORMAL CHILDREN IN DAY NURSERIES AS PART OF THEIR SOCIAL REHABILITATION PROCESS,

FOLLOWING AN INITIAL SUCCESS OF THE SCHEME, THE DEPARTMENT 13 INVITING MORE GOVERNMENT-SUBVENTED NURSERIES RUN BY VOLUNTAR'i AGENCIES TO JOIN THE SCHEME, UNDER WHICH SPECIAL UNITS ^RE PROVIDED FOR CHILDREN WITH MINOR DISABLITIES.

AN EXTRA 60 PLACES FOR DISABLED CHILDREN IN 10 NURSERIES WILL BE PROVIDED THIS YEAR, BRINGING TO 120 THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PLACES IN 20 NURSERIES.

THE SCHEME WAS INTRODUCED LAST YEAR ON AN EXPERIMENTAL BASIS TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITY FOR MILD-GRADE DISABLED CHILDREN AGED TWO TO SIX YEARS TO INTEGRATE WITH NORMAL CHILDREN OF THEIR AGE IN A HOMELY SETTING.

MR. LAU KAI-CHUEN, HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT’S CHILD CARE CENTRES ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) PARENTS WITH NORMAL CHILDREN IN THE PARTICIPATING NURSERIES HAD GENERALLY ACCEPTED THE IDEA OF THE SCHEME.

HE SAID THE 60 DISABLED CHILDREN PLACED IN THE NURSERIES LAST YEAR HAD BEEN WELL ACCEPTED BY THEIR NORMAL COUNTERPARTS.

♦THIS IS MOST ENCOURAGING AND HAS GREATLY FACILITATED THE INTEGRATION AND SOCIAL REHABILITATION OF THE DISABLED CHILDREN,* HE SAID.

EACH PARTICIPATING NURSERY, HE SAID, ADMITS SIX DISABLED CHILDREN WHO ARE EITHER MILD-GRADE MENTALLY RETARDED, SLIGHTLY PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED, OR SLIGHTLY IMPAIRED IN SPEECH, HEARING OR SIGHT.

ADMISSIONS ARE BY WAY OF REFERRALS MADE BY WELFARE AGENCIES OR RELEVANT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS SUCH AS THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENTS, HE ADDED.

MR. LAU SAID NURSERIES JOINING THE SCHEME WERE ALLOCATED EXTRA SUBVENTION TO MEET ADDITIONAL STAFF COST.

IN ADDITION, HE SAID, GRANTS FROM THE LOTTERIES FUND ARE AVAILABLE FOR NECESSARY STRUCTURAL ALTERATIONS AS WELL AS FOR THE PROVISION OF SPECIAL FACILITIES AND STAFF TRAINING.

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CHALLENGING JOB OFFERED TO GOVT PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS ******

AN OPPORTUNITY IS NOW OPEN TO GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS TO TAKE UP THE CHALLENGING ROLE OF PROVIDING GUIDANCE AND HELP TO CHILDREN WITH EDUCATIONAL, EMOTIONAL OR PERSONAL PROBLEMS.

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS RECRUITING SCHOOL TEACHERS AS STUDENT GUIDANCE OFFICERS AS PART OF A SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK PROGRAMME.

IT IS HOPING TO ATTRACT SERVING TEACHERS IN GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOLS. THE DEPARTMENT HAS RECENTLY ISSUED A CIRCULAR DRAWING THE ATTENTION OF INTERESTED TEACHERS TO THE RECRUITMENT EXERCISE WHICH WILL CLOSE ON JUNE 22.

♦THESE OFFICERS MUST HAVE PATIENCE AND THEY MUST BE TACTFUL AND TOLERANT TO GAIN THE TRUST OF CHILDREN AND PARENTS TO CARRY OUT THEIR WORK. THEY MAY HAVE TO ACT AS ADVISERS, CONFESSORS AND MEDIATORS IN ADDITION TO THEIR ROLE AS GUIDANCE OFFICERS,* SAID MRS. FONTAINE TSUI, INSPECTOR (SERVICES) IN CHARGE OF THE STUDENT GUIDANCE OFFICER SCHEME.

THE JOB WILL BE DIFFERENT FROM THAT OF TEACHING BUT WILL STILL BE STRONGLY ASSOCIATED WITH EDUCATION.

+AS A TEACHER YOU HAVE NOT THE TIME TO SPARE FOR AN IN-DEPTH STUDY OF A PROBLEM CHILD AND YOU OFTEN WONDER WHAT WAS THE CAUSE. AS A STUDENT GUIDANCE OFFICER, YOUR JOB IS TO FIND OUT AND THIS AT TIMES CAN BE MOST CHALLENGING AND DEMANDING,* MRS. TSUI SAID.

THE SGO SCHEME WAS INITIATED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT LAST YEAR AND THE FIRST GROUP OF 78 OFFICERS, AFTER A THREE-MONTH TRAINING PROGRAMME, STARTED WORK IN DECEMBER TO OFFER GUIDANCE TO 200,000 STUDENTS IN 350 PRIMARY SCHOOLS.

THE DEPARTMENT IS HOPING TO RECRUIT ANOTHER 100 PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS THIS YEAR TO EXPAND ITS SERVICE. SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE GIVEN A THREE-MONTH TRAINING COURSE AT THE END OF WHICH THEY WILL COMMENCE WORK IN THE FIELD.

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POLICE MARRIED QUARTERS NEARING COMPLETION ******

WORK ON THE POLICE RANK AND FILE MARRIED QUARTERS IN HO MAN TIN IS NEARING COMPLETION.

A PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT MORE THAN 90 PER CENT OF THE WORK HAD BEEN COMPLETED.

THE QUARTERS, TOTALLING 470 UNITS, ARE HOUSED IN TWO 17-STOREY BLOCKS SITUATED NEAR THE JUNCTION OF PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD AND CHUNG MAN ROAD.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN AUGUST.

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IMPORTANCE OF SCOUTING IN NEW TOWNS STRESSED

*****

THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. JOHN TODD TODAY (SUNDAY) EMPHASISED THE IMPORTANT ROLE PLAYED BY SCOUTING IN HONG KONG, PARTICULARLY IN DEVELOPING TOWNS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

+NOT ONLY DOES IT ENCOURAGE HEALTHY EDUCATIONAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, IT ALSO ENCOURAGES YOUNG PEOPLE TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY.*

IN TURN, HE SAID, IT WOULD PROMOTE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AMONG FRIENDS AND FELLOW RESIDENTS.

MR. TODD WAS SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF NEW OFFICE-BEARERS OF THE SHA TIN SCOUT COUNCIL AND OPENING OF ITS DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS AT LEK YUEN COMMUNITY HALL.

THE SCOUT MOVEMENT IN SHA TIN HAS EXPANDED CONSIDERABLY OVER THE YEARS, FROM ONLY EIGHT TROOPS IN 1975 TO 19 TROOPS COMPRISING SOME 1,000 MEMBERS.

AS PART OF ITS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, A DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS HAS RECENTLY BEEN SET UP TO ENABLE A GREATER NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN SCOUTING ACTIVITIES AND TO PUT THEIR ENERGY TO PROFITABLE USE.

♦FOR SCOUTING IN SHA TIN TO EXPAND AND IMPROVE, THERE MUST BE AN EFFICIENT COUNCIL TO ORGANISE AND TO GUIDE IT.

♦I AM THEREFORE VERY PLEASED TO LEARN THAT YOUR DISTRICT SCOUT COUNCIL, REPRESENTING MANY LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS, HAS MADE SUCH A GOOD START,* HE SAID.

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NEW IMMIGRATION OFFICE IN TAI PO * * * *

THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT WILL OPEN A NEW OFFICE TOMORROW (MONDAY) IN THE TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, TING KOK ROAD, THIRD FLOOR.

THE OFFICE WILL DEAL WITH APPLICATIONS FOR IMMIGRATION FACILITIES, SUCH AS PASSPORTS AND RE-ENTRY PERMITS AND REGISTRATION FOR IDENTITY CARDS.

+THE OPENING OF THIS NEW OFFICE WILL MEAN THAT TAI PO RESIDENTS WILL NO LONGER HAVE TO TRAVEL A LONG DISTANCE TO APPLY FOR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO REMINDED THE PUBLIC THAT THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS TAI PO SUB-OFFICE IN WAN TAU STREET WILL NO LONGER BE IN OPERATION.

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CLEARWAY RESTRICTION IN YU CHAU STREET * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT FROM 10 A.M. ON TUESDAY, THE SECTION OF YU CHAU STREET FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH WONG CHUK STREET TO ITS JUNCTION WITH KWEILIN STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED AS A CLEARWAY FOR ALL MOTOR VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES FROM 7 A.M. TO 10 A.M. AND FROM 4 P.M. TO 7 P.M. DAILY.

ALL MOTOR VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, ARE PROHIBITED FROM STOPPING FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THIS CLEARWAY ZONE.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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WATER CUT

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THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN STANLEY WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 P.M. ON TUESDAY TO 6 A.M. THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR NIGHT LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY STANLEY MAIN STREET AND TUNG TAU WAN ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

MONDAY, JUNE 18, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

9,436 SHIPS VISITED HK LAST YEAR .......................... 1

TSFM SHA TSUI SITE REALISES $400 MILLION..................... 2

FIRST CHILD CARE CENTRE FOR AP LEI CHAU...................... 2

TIC OFFICIALS TOUR FACTORIES ................................ 3

NEW FIRE STATION AND AMBULANCE DEPOT ........................ 4

REPORT ON MANPOWER SURVEY OF ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY ........... 4

AUSTRALIAN YOUTH ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM IN HK ................. 5

SWD’S +RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD* EXHIBITION FOR CHAI WAN ... 6

BRITISH COUNCIL TO RUN REFRESHER COURSES FOR TEACHERS OF ENGLISH .................................................. 6

BUILDINGS IN DANGEROUS CONDITION ............................ 7

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE ...................................... 8

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

MONDAY, JUNE 18, 1979

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9,436 SHIPS VISITED HK LAST YEAR ******

A TOTAL OF 9,436 OCEAN-GOING VESSELS ARRIVED IN HONG KONG ^eJ.^ye^^^?? AN ,NCREASE 0F S,X per cent over the ™ ACCORDING T0 STATISTICS RELEASED BY THE MARINE DEPARTMENT THE,TOTAL INCLUDED 2,549 PANAMANIAN, 1,012 JAPANESE AND 495 BRITISH REGISTERED VESSELS.

DURING THE SAME PERIOD CARGO HANDLED IN THE HARBOUR TOTALLED 25.7 MILLION TONNES, A JUMP OF EIGHT PER CENT OVER THE 1977 TOTAL.

CONTAINERISED CARGO REPRESENTED 43.6 PER CENT OR 8.5 MILLION

j??se4S°« and loaded last vear>

’’fin *+O• jz r tn Lu.iV I IN 17 / ( , _ ,N TERMS 0F 20-F00T EQUIVALENT UNITS (TEU’S), TOTAL CONTAINER THROUGHPUT WAS 1.23 MILLION, A DROP OF 0.5 PER CENT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MARINE DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED THAT THIS WAS DUE TO SOME FALL-OFF IN TRANS-SHIPMENTS, DOWN BY ABOUT NINE PER CENT.

ON RIVER TRADE (MAINLY BETWEEN HONG KONG AND MACAU), 72,589 VESSELS ENTERED AND LEFT HONG KONG. THIS SHOWED A SLIGHT INCREASE COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS YEAR’S 71,433 VESSELS.

CARGO FROM THE RIVER TRADE LOADED AND DISCHARGED HERE AMOUNTED TO 2.1 MILLION TONNES COMPARED WITH 1.8 MILLION TONNES IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS TRAVELLING TO AND FROM MACAU NUMBERED 5.4 MILLION, AN INCREASE OF SIX PER CENT OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

IN ADDITION, 11,897 PASSENGERS TRAVELLED BY THE HONG KONG-CANTON HOVERFERRY SERVICE WHICH STARTED IN NOVEMBER 1978.

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TSIM SHA TSUI SITE REALISES J4OO MILLION ******

A 4,500-SQUARE METRE SITE AT TSIM SHA TSUI EAST, KOWLOON, WAS SOLD FOR $400 MILLION AT AN AUCTION CONDUCTED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT’S CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY DEPARTMENT IN THE CITY HALL THEATRE TODAY (MONDAY).

THE SITE, WHICH IS FOR NON-INDUSTRI AL PURPOSES, WAS BOUGHT BY TUNG CHEONG INVESTMENT AND CONSTRUCTION CO. LTD. AT $99,888.89 PER SQUARE METRE.

THE SITE CARRIES A BUILDING COVENANT OF $24.5 MILLION AND SHOULD BE DEVELOPED BEFORE JUNE 30, 1983.

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FIRST CHILD CARE CENTRE FOR AP LEI CHAU ******

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, SAID THIS (MONDAY) EVENING THAT CHILD CARE SERVICES WERE IN BIG DEMAND AS MANY HOUSEWIVES WERE TURNING TO JOBS IN THE LIGHT OF HONG KONG’S RAPID INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT.

MR. LEE WAS ADDRESSING THE GATHERING AT A CANTONESE OPERA AT THE CITY HALL ORGANISED BY THE WOMEN’S WELFARE CLUB, WESTERN DISTRICT, TO RAISE FUNDS FOR ITS NURSERY PROJECT IN AP LEI CHAU, ABERDEEN.

HE PRAISED THE CLUB FOR ITS OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE VARIOUS FIELDS OF WELFARE SERVICE DURING ITS 24 YEARS OF OPERATION.

♦THE CLUB HAS BEEN ONE OF THE PIONEERS IN CHILD CARE SERVICES, OPENING ITS FIRST NURSERY IN THE WESTERN DISTRICT AS FAR BACK AS IN 1959,+ HE SAID.

THIS NURSERY IS WELL-EQUIPPED AND NOW CARES FOR 170 CHILDREN, HE POINTED OUT.

HE ADDED IT WAS GRATIFYING TO LEARN THAT THE CLUB PLANS TO OPEN ANOTHER NURSERY FOR 100 CHILDREN WHICH WILL BE THE FIRST IN AP LEI CHAU.

BOTH NURSERIES ARE SUBSIDISED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

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TIC OFFICIALS * * *

TOUR FACTORIES * * *

THE COMMISSIONER OF INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR. WILLIAM DORWARD AND THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, MR. LAWRENCE MILLS TODAY (MONDAY) TOURED FACTORIES IN KOWLOON AND KWAI CHUNG AS PART OF THEIR REGULAR VISITS TO LOCAL INDUSTRIES.

THEY VISITED SONCA INDUSTRIES LTD. AT LAI CHI KOK ROAD, CHEUNG SHA WAN WHERE THEY WERE BRIEFED BY SIR SZE-YUEN CHUNG, CHAIRMAN, ON HOW THE FACTORY HAD DIVERSIFIED FROM PRODUCTION OF FLASHLIGHTS TO MANUFACTURING OF ELECTRONIC AND MACHINERY PRODUCTS IN THE PAST 10 YEARS.

SONCA INDUSTRIES LTD. ESTABLISHED IN 1953 AND NOW EMPLOYS MORE THAN 3,300 PEOPLE, IS THE LARGEST MANUFACTURER OF BATTERY-OPERATED LIGHTING PRODUCTS IN THE WORLD. ITS MAIN PRODUCT LINE INCLUDES FLASHLIGHTS, MINIATURE BULBS, BATTERY LANTERNS, ELECTRONIC CALCULATORS, BATTERY CHARGERS, ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS AND PARTS, PRECISION MACHINERY, TOOLS, DIES AND MOULDS.

MR. DORWARDAND MR. MILLS ALSO WENT TO KWAI CHUNG TO SEE THE VACCUM PACKAGING PLANT AT TEXPORT TERMINALS (HK) LTD. WHICH PROVIDES SERVICE TO FIRMS DEALING IN TEXTILE PRODUCTS.

ACCORDING TO THE MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE PLANT, MR. H.H. DAVIES, VACCUM PACKAGING WAS INTRODUCED INTO HONG KONG LESS THAN A YEAR AGO.

THE PLANT, INVOLVING A CAPITAL OUTLAY OF $10 MILLION IN 1978, IS THE FIRST COMMERCIAL OPERATION OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD FOLLOWING SOME NINE YEARS OF DEVELOPMENT OF THE CONCEPT.

+THE VACCUM PACKAGING PROCESS INVOLVES CONDITIONING TEXTILE PRODUCTS BY CONTROLLED TEMPERATURE AND HUMIDITY CHANGES, AND ENCAPSULATING THESE PRODUCTS IN A SEALED MEMBRANE IMPERVIOUS TO DAMPNESS,+ MR. DAVIES EXPLAINED.

+THE PROCESS CAN REDUCE THE VOLUME OF TEXTILE PRODUCTS BY 50-80 PER CENT DEPENDING ON THE MATERIAL AND THE ARTICLE. ON UNPACKING, THE VACCUM PACKED GOODS RETURN TO THEIR ORIGINAL CONDITION WR INKLE FREE.+

♦THE MAJOR BENEFIT OF THIS PROCESS IS THAT THE QUALITY AND CONDITION OF THE PRODUCT IS MAINTAINED, ALSO THE PROCESS CAN REDUCE THE BULKS OF THE PRODUCTS THEREBY CUTTING DOWN FREIGHT, HANDLING AND WAREHOUSE COSTS,+ MR. DAVIES ADDED.

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NEW FIRE STATION AND AMBULANCE DEPOT ****** - J

THE FAST-DEVELOPING TUEN MUN NEW TOWN WILL HAVE ITS OWN FIRE STATION AND AMBULANCE DEPOT EARLY NEXT MONTH.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THAT WORK ON THE SAN HUI FIRE STATION AND TUEN MUN AMBULANCE DEPOT IN PUI TO ROAD IS VIRTUALLY COMPLETE.

THE FOUR-STOREY DIVISIONAL FIRE STATION CONSISTS OF FIVE DOUBLE BAYS FOR 10 APPLIANCES, ADMINISTRATION AND OPERATIONAL OFFICES AND A LECTURE ROOM ON THE GROUND AND MEZZANINE FLOORS AND BARRACK ACCOMMODATION ON THE FIRST FLOOR, A RANK AND FILE CANTEEN, OFFICERS’ DINING ROOM, RECREATIONAL FACILITIES AND STAFF QUARTERS ON THE TOP FLOOR.

THE STATION SHARES A COMMON DRILL YARD WITH THE AMBULANCE DEPOT.

IN ADDITION TO FOUR AMBULANCE BAYS, THE DEPOT HAS FACILITIES SIMILAR TO THOSE PROVIDED IN THE FIRE STATION.

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REPORT ON MANPOWER SURVEY OF ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY ******

THE REPORT ON THE FIFTH MANPOWER SURVEY OF THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY HAS BEEN PUBLISHED AND IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE IN THE GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING IN CENTRAL.

A SPOKESMAN OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THE REPORT CONTAINS DETAILED STATISTICAL INFORMATION ON THE EMPLOYMENT STRUCTURE OF THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY AND A FORECAST OF THE INDUSTRY’S TRAINING NEEDS.

IT ALSO CONTAINS RECOMMENDATIONS, MADE TO BOTH THE INDUSTRY AND THE GOVERNMENT IN THE LIGHT OF THE SURVEY FINDINGS, ON MEASURES NECESSARY TO COPE WITH THE MANPOWER NEEDS OF THE INDUSTRY.

THE REPORT, WHICH IS IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE, SELLS AT S10 A COPY.

THE MANPOWER SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED IN JUNE 1978 BY THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

MONDAY, JUNE 18, 1979

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AUSTRALIAN YOUTH ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM IN HK ******

THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE AND THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL WILL JOINTLY PRESENT A CONCERT BY THE AUSTRALIAN YOUTH ORCHESTRA ON FRIDAY.

THE ORCHESTRA, NOW TOURING CHINA, WILL PERFORM UNDER THE BATON OF MR. JOHN HOPKINS AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL AT 8 P.M.

MR. HOPKINS, POPULAR AMONG YOUTHFUL GENERATIONS OF AUSTRALIAN MUSIC LOVERS, IS A CONDUCTOR FAMILIAR TO MUSIC LOVERS IN HONG KONG.

BORN IN ENGLAND IN 1927, MR. HOPKINS STUDIED MUSIC AT THE ROYAL MANCHESTER COLLEGE OF MUSIC, THE GUILDHALL SCHOOL OF MUSIC, LONDON, AND IN AUSTRIA.

FOR EIGHT YEARS HE WAS RESIDENT CONDUCTOR OF TWO BBC ORCHESTRAS AND CONDUCTED WIDELY IN EUROPE, RUSSIA AND THE UNITED STATES.

HE BECAME CONDUCTOR OF THE NEW ZEALAND BROADCASTING COMMISSION’S NATIONAL ORCHESTRA IN 1957 AND MOVED TO AUSTRALIA IN 1963 TO JOIN THE AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING COMMISSION.

SINCE 1963, AS GUEST CONDUCTOR, MR. HOPKINS HAS REGULARLY TAKEN PART IN NATIONAL MUSIC CAMPS ORGANISED BY THE NATIONAL CAMP ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA, PARENT BODY OF THE AUSTRALIAN YOUTH ORCHESTRA.

THE ORCHESTRA IS LED BY SANDRA TANCIBUDEK, A YOUNG AUSTRALIAN VIOLINIST WHO WON THE AUSTRALIA-WIDE CONCERTO COMPETITION ORGANISED ANNUALLY BY THE AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING COMMISSION IN 1977.

THE PROGRAMME FOR FRIDAY NIGHT’S CONCERT WILL.INCLUDE MOZART’S +MAGIC FLUTE OVERTURE,+ HANDEL’S +WATER MUSIC SUITE,+ LISZT’S +PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1 IN E FLAT+ AND DVORAK’S ♦SYMPHONY NO. 8 IN G.+

TICKETS AT $3 EACH ARE AVAILABLE AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL- TOM LEE PIANO COMPANY OFFICES IN CENTRAL, CAUSEWAY BAY, TSIM SHA TSUI AND YAU MA TEI- AND SING TAO NEWSPAPER OFFICES IN LI YUEN STREET WEST, MINDEN PLAZA, OCEAN CENTRE, HUNG HOM RAILWAY TERMINAL AND MEI FOO SUN CHUEN.

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SWD’S +RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD* EXHIBITION FOR CHAI WAN ******

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IS TO HOLD A TWO-DAY PUBLIC EXHIBITION IN CHAI WAN THIS WEEKEND ON PROPER PARENTAL CARE.

THE EXHIBITION, ENTITLED +RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD,* WILL FOCUS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF PARENTAL INFLUENCE ON THE PHYSICAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL, SOCIAL AND INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT OF CHILDREN.

IT WILL BE STAGED AT THE DEPARTMENT’S YUE WAN COMMUNITY HALL, CHAI WAN ROAD, BETWEEN 2 P.M. AND 10 P.M. ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.

WITH VARIOUS DISPLAY MATERIALS, THE EXHIBITION WILL GIVE PARENTS AN INSIGHT INTO THEIR ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY, AS WELL AS PROPER CHILD-REARING.

TOPICS WILL INCLUDE FAMILY PLANNING, PREPARATION FOR PREGNANCY, PRE-NATAL AND POST-NATAL CARE, BEHAVIOURAL GUIDANCE, STAGES OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT, NUTRITION, RECREATION AND HOMESAFETY.

THE EXHIBITION WAS FIRST STAGED LATE LAST YEAR AT THE OCEAN TERMINAL AS PART OF THE COMMUNITY-WIDE FAMILY EDUCATION CAMPAIGN TO FOSTER STRONGER FAMILY TIES TO AND HELP PREVENT FAMILY BREAKDOWNS.

AS A RESULT OF THE ENCOURAGING PUBLIC RESPONSE, THE EXHIBITION HAS GONE MOBILE, ENABLING MORE PEOPLE IN OTHER DISTRICTS TO BENEFIT FROM THE SHOW.

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BRITISH COUNCIL TO RUN REFRESHER COURSES FOR TEACHERS OF ENGLISH * * * *

IN-SERVICE SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS OF ENGLISH WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO ATTEND REFRESHER COURSES DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS.

THE BRITISH COUNCIL HAS BEEN COMMISSIONED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TO RUN THE COURSES, EACH OF 54 HOURS DURATION, ON MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS AND THURSDAYS FROM JULY 19 TO AUGUST 29.

♦THE OBJECTIVES OF COURSES ARE TWOFOLD,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

♦THE FIRST IS TO IMPROVE THE PARTICIPANTS’ CONFIDENCE IN USING ENGLISH IN THE CLASSROOM, FOCUSING IN PARTICULAR ON ORAL FLUENCY AND ACCURACY,+ HE SAID.

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SECOND, THE COURSES AIM TO EXPOSE TEACHERS OF ENGLISH TO A WIDE RANGE OF LANGUAGE TEACHING PROCEDURES, INCLUDING TECHNIQUES DEVELOPED RECENTLY ALONG FUNCTIONAL AND COMMUNICATIVE LEVELS.

THE COURSE WILL ALSO INCLUDE A FORUM FOR TEACHERS TO CONSIDER THE APPLICABILITY OF THE TECHNIQUES TO THEIR OWN SITUATION.

♦MATERIALS TO BE USED ON THIS COURSE ARE BEING SPECIALLY PREPARED BY THE COURSE STAFF AT THE BRITISH COUNCIL,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THERE WILL BE PLACES FOR 25 TEACHERS ON EACH COURSE AND APPLICATIONS WILL BE TREATED ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS WITH PRIORITY BEING GIVEN TO TEACHERS OF JUNIOR SECONDARY FORMS.

ALL CLASSES WILL BE HELD AT THE BRITISH COUNCIL, 253-261 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG.

APPLICATIONS MUST REACH THE PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR (ENGLISH) OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ON JUNE 29. ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE ON 5-774001 EXT. 30.

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY (MONDAY) DECLARED NOS. 61, 63 AND 65 NAM ON STREET, HONG KONG TO BE INA DANGEROUS CONDITION.

THE FIVE-STOREY BUILDINGS WERE FIRST INSPECTED LAST YEAR FOLLOWING A REPORT THAT A CANOPY HAD COLLAPSED, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE THREE BUILDINGS WERE CONSTRUCTED WITH REINFORCED CONCRETE ELEMENTS AND WERE COMPLETED IN 1954.

+THE REINFORCED CONCRETE THROUGHOUT THE BUILDINGS WAS FOUND TO BE IN EXTREMELY POOR CONDITION AND, ON INVESTIGATION, FOUND TO BE BEYOND REASONABLE REPAIR,* HE SAID.

+THERE ARE CLEAR SIGNS THAT SERIOUS SETTLEMENT IS OCCURRING,* HE ADDED. +AS THERE IS A RISK OF COLLAPSE, THE CLOSURE AND DEMOLITION OF THESE BUILDINGS IS NECESSARY.*

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO AP°LY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS IN VICTORIA DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 A.M. ON JULY 16 WERE POSTED TODAY.

MONDAY, JUNE 18, 1Q79

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (MONDAY) THAT FROM 10 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY THE SECTION OF PEEL RISE BETWEEN THE ACCESS ROAD BESIDE ST. PETER’S SECONDARY SCHOOL AND NO. 7 PEEL RISE WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS TO FACILITATE ROAD REPAIR WORKS.

THE DEPARTMENT ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT FROM 1 A.M. TO 5 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY, THE SECTION OF WOH CHAI STREET BETWEEN NAM CHEONG STREET AND SHEK KIP MEI STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL VEHICULAR TRAFFIC FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OR A PEDESTRIAN FOOTBRIDGE.

DURING THE CLOSURE, MOTORISTS GOING TO TAI HANG TUNG CAN USE THE ALTERNATIVE ROUTE VIA SHEK KIP MEI STREET OR TAI HANG SAI STREET.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS

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SWD PAYS OUT 5177 MILLION AS SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS .... 1

drug°ab use Control F,F™ consecut,ve year to un fund for

EIGHT QUESTIONS AT LEGCO TOMORROW .......................... 4

3.4 MILLION PEOPLE VISITED CITY DISTRICT OFFICES ........... 5

RECREATION GROUPS BACK SAVE FUEL CAMPAIGN ................. 5

MANPOWER SURVEY OF PLASTICS INDUSTRY ...................... 6

SHORT-TERM TENANCY TENDERS ................................. 7

^J2’Y'SIONAL. 0FF|CE FOR LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S FACTORY INbPECTORATE 3

WATER CUTS ................................................. 8

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SWD PAYS OUT >177 MILLION AS SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS ' *****

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, AMID CONTINUED EXPANSION IN OTHER FIELDS OF WELFARE SERVICE, HAS PAID OUT >177 MILLION AS NON-CONTRIBUTORY SOCIAL SECURITY CASH BENEFITS IN THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF 1979.

THE MONEY WENT TO MORE THAN 300,000 PEOPLE AS PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, OLD AGE ALLOWANCE AND DISABILITY ALLOWANCE ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S 26 SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNITS.

THE AMOUNT WAS ABOUT >62 MILLION MORE THAN IN THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR AND REPRESENTED A DAILY AVERAGE PAYOUT OF >1.2 MILLION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THE INCREASE IN PAYOUT WAS MAINLY DUE TO THE LOWERING, FROM 75 TO 70, OF THE QUALIFYING AGE FOR THE OLD AGE ALLOWANCE WHICH HAD RESULTED IN AN ADDITIONAL 62,000 CASES.

THESE EXTRA CASES, HE SAID, REPRESENT ABOUT 84 PER CENT OF THE 74,000 PEOPLE ESTIMATED TO BE IN THE 70-74 AGE GROUP, AND THEY BRING TO 134,600 THE TOTAL NUMBER OF OLD AGE ALLOWANCE CASES.

ANOTHER FACTOR FOR THE INCREASED PAYOUT WAS THE INTRODUCTION IN APRIL LAST YEAR OF MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS IN THE SOCIAL SECURITY SCHEMES WHICH PROVIDED NEW OR INCREASED BENEFITS, HE SAID.

THESE INCLUDED THE PROVISION OF A LONG-TERM SUPPLEMENT, AN OLD AGE SUPPLEMENT.AND A DISREGARDED INCOME SYSTEM FOR ELIGIBLE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS, AND THE EXTENSION OF THE OLD AGE AND DISABILITY ALLOWANCES TO PEOPLE UNDER INSTITUTIONAL CARE, HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT OF THE >177 MILLION, >82 MILLION WERE PAID OUT AS PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, >74 MILLION AS OLD AGE ALLOWANCE, AND >21 MILLION AS DISABILITY ALLOWANCE.

THE MEANS-TESTED PUBLIC ASSISTANCE 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 MADE.

THE NON-MEANS TESTED OLD AGE AND DISABILITY ALLOWANCE PROVIDE A MONTHLY CASH GRANT, ON TOP OF ANY PUBLIC ASSISTANCE 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.

AT PRESENT, THE DEPARTMENT’S SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNITS HANDLE ABOUT 46,500 PUBLIC ASSISTANCE CASES, 134,600 OLD AGE ALLOWANCE CASES AND 21,740 DISABILITY ALLOWANCE CASES.

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HK CONTRIBUTES FOR FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR TO UN FUND FOR DRUG ABUSE CONTROL ******

THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT TODAY (TUESDAY) CONTRIBUTED FOR ■DIE FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR, ♦100,000 TO THE UNITED NATIONS FUND FOR DRUG ABUSE CONTROL (UNFDAC), DEMONSTRATING ITS FIRM COMMITMENT ’0 Ii^TE'.NATIONAL ACTION AGAINST THE WORLD-WIDE PROBLEM OF DRL3 ABl-E AND TRAFFICKING.

THE AMBASSADOR AND UNITED KINGDOM PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE TO THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE AT GENEVA, SIR JAMES MURRAY, ON BEHALF OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT, PRESENTED A CHEQUE TO THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE UNFDAC, PROFESSOR BROR REXED, AT THE UNFDAC OFFICE IN GENEVA THIS MORNING.

THE DONATION INDICATES HONG KONG’S CONTINUING RECOGNITION OF, AND TRIBUTE TO, THE RESULTS WHICH HAVE SO FAR BEEN ACHIEVED BY THE UNFDAC, THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR. E.l. LEE SAID TODAY.

♦HONG KONG’S ANNUAL CONTRIBUTION IS BY FAR THE LARGEST AMONGST DEVELOPING COUNTRIES AND EVEN LARGER THAN THOSE FROM SOME DEVELOPED COUNTRIES. HONG KONG’S TOTAL CONTRIBUTION TO DATE IS $500,000.+

MR. LEE ADDED THAT, APART FROM CASH DONATIONS, HONG KONG HAS ALSO MADE ITS ANTI-NARCOTICS EXPERTISE AND FACILITIES FREELY AVAILABLE TO THE UNITED NATIONS FOR THE TRAINING OF ANTI-NARCOTICS OFFICIALS FROM ASIAN COUNTRIES WHO ARE SPONSORED BY THE UNITED NATIONS DIVISION, OTHER UNITED NATIONS AGENCIES, THE COLOMBO PLAN BUREAU OR THEIR OWN GOVERNMENTS UNDER BILATERAL ARRANGEMENTS.

♦SINCE 1974, A TOTAL OF 344 TRAINEES/VISITORS, INCLUDING ADMINISTRATORS, DOCTORS, PSYCHIATRISTS, PROBATION, POLICE AND CUSTOMS OFFICERS AND SOCIAL WORKERS, HAVE BEEN RECEIVED BY HONG KONG. STATISTICS FROM THE NARCOTICS DIVISION SHOW THAT THERE WERE 35 TRAINEES/VISITORS IN 1974, 50 IN 1975, 46 IN 1976, 115 IN 1977 AND 96 IN 1978.

♦THE COST OF SUCH A DONAT ION-1N-K IND IS NOT INCONSIDERABLE AND A CONSERVATIVE ESTIMATE SHOWS THAT FOR 1978 ALONE, THE REAL COST WAS $150,000.

♦IN 1979, THE NUMBER OF TRAINEES SO FAR HAS CONTINUED TO INCREASE. HONG KONG HAS RECENTLY AGREED TO HOST A MONTH-LONG TRAINING COURSE FOR 20 DOCTORS FROM VARIOUS ASIAN COUNTRIES IN OCTOBER-NOVEMBER THIS YEAR IN COLLABORATION WITH THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION’S (WHO) DRUG DEPENDENCE DIV IS ION,+ MR. LEE SAID.

♦IN HONG KONG, WE HAVE LONG RECOGNISED THAT OUR DRUG ABUSE PROBLEM CANNOT BE SOLVED BY OUR OWN INTERNAL EFFORTS ALONE, BUT WILL NEED DETERMINED, EFFECTIVE AND CO-ORDINATED ACTION AT THE INTERNATIONAL LEVEL.

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♦THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY IS THEREFORE TO GIVE ACTIVE SUPPORT TO COLLECTIVE INTERNATIONAL ACTION IN ALL FIELDS OF ANTI-NARCOTICS WORK,+ MR, LEE SAID,

HONG KONG GROWS NO OPIUM POPPIES AND PRACTICALLY ALL NARCOTICS ABUSED HERE COME. THROUGH THAILAND, FROM THE +GOLDEN TRIANGLE+ — THE OPIUM GROWING AREA WHERE THE BORDERS OF THAILAND, BURMA AND LAOS MEET.

IN THIS RESPECT, MR. LEE SAID, +WE ARE ENCOURAGED BY THE HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL OUTCOME OF THE UNITED NATIONS/THAI CROP SUBSTITUTION PILOT PROJECT IN NORTHWEST THAILAND, AND AWAIT WITH CONCERNED INTEREST, THE RESULTS OF THE FIRST MAJOR EXTENSION WORK TO EMANATE FROM IT IN THE ’MAE CHAEM’ WATERSHED AREA.+

IN THE FIELD OF ANTI-DRUG LAW ENFORCEMENT, HONG KONG HAS TAKEN PART FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE YEARS IN THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE FAR EAST REGION OPERATIONAL HEADS OF NATIONAL NARCOTICS LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES HELD IN BANGKOK, JAKARTA, MANILA, PATTAYA AND COLOMBO.

THESE MEETINGS, ALL FINANCED BY THE UNFDAC, HAVE BEEN MOST EFFECTIVE IN PROMOTING BILATERAL AND MULTI-LATERAL CO-OPERATION AND THE EXCHANGE OF OPERATIONAL INFORMATION AMONG PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES.

♦AS A RESULT, COLLABORATION BETWEEN LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES IN THE SOUTHEAST ASIAN REGION IS NOW WORKING WELL AND HAS PRODUCED INCREASED SEIZURES OF DRUGS AND ARRESTS OF OFFENDERS,♦ MR. LEE SAID.

THE UNFDAC, ESTABLISHED IN MARCH 1971 FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO GOVERNMENTS AND THEIR PEOPLE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST DRUG ABUSE, HAS FINANCED MORE THAN 80 PROJECTS ALL OVER THE WORLD.

FUNDING THE UNFDAC IS ENTIRELY DEPENDENT ON CONTRIBUTION FROM GOVERNMENTS ALL OVER THE WORLD. UP TO THE END OF 1978, THE UNFDAC HAD RECEIVED CONTRIBUTION TOTALLING ABOUT $250 MILLION FROM 72 CONTRIBUTING COUNTRIES, OF WHICH ABOUT $125 MILLION HAVE COME FROM THE UNITED STATES.

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EIGHT QUESTIONS AT LEGCO TOMORROW * * * M

UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WILL RAISE A TOTAL OF EIGHT QUESTIONS AT THE COUNCIL MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN WILL ASK HOW THE REPORTED 4.75 PER CENT SAVING IN ENERGY LAST MONTH HAS BEEN ARRIVED AT AND WHETHER THERE IS A NEED TO CONSIDER FURTHER ENERGY SAVING MEASURES FOR THE THIRD AND FOURTH QUARTERS OF THIS YEAR.

MR. CHEONG-LEEN WILL ALSO ASK WHAT MEASURES ARE TAKEN DURING THE WET SEASON TO MONITOR DAILY THE 25 BLACKSPOTS KNOWN TO BE PARTICULARLY SUSCEPTIBLE TO LANDSLIPS AND FLOODING IN ORDER THAT NEARBY RESIDENTS MAY BE QUICKLY EVACUATED SHOULD THE NEED ARISE.

ANOTHER QUESTION ON A SIMILAR SUBJECT WILL BE RAISED BY THE HON. WONG LAM ON THE PRECAUTIONS TO MAINTAIN THE STABILITY OF SLOPES IN THE VICINITY OF QUARRIES, PARTICULARLY IN KWUN TONG.

DR. THE HON. HO KAM-FAI IS TO ASK IF THE GOVERNMENT CAN EXERCISE FURTHER INFLUENCE OVER TELEVISION PROGRAMMES, WHICH GIVE UNDUE EMPHASIS TO SEX AND VIOLENCE, TO ENSURE THE HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT OF THE YOUNG GENERATION.

OTHER QUESTIONS TO BE RAISED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS CONCERN THE READY-TO-WEAR FESTIVAL, LAND OFFICE RECORDS, DC-10 AIRCRAFT AND THE GENERAL CLEANLINESS, MAINTENANCE AND APPEARANCE OF BUSES AND TRAMS.

FOUR BILLS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN THE COUNCIL FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS. THEY ARE THE ESTATE DUTY (AMENDMENT) (NO.2) BILL 1979, THE RATING AMENDMENT BILL 1979, THE IMMIGRATION (AMENDMENT) (NO.2) BILL 1979 AND THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (AMENDMENT) (NO.2) BILL 1979.

DEBATE WILL RESUME ON THE LAW AMENDMENT AND REFORM (CONSOLIDATION) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1979, THE LABOUR TRIBUNAL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1979, THE IMMIGRATION (AMENDMENT) (NO.2) BILL 1979 AND THE TEMPORARY RESTRICTION OF BUILDING DEVELOPMENT (MID-LEVELS) BILL 1979.

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3.4 MILLION PEOPLE VISITED CITY DISTRICT OFFICES * * * *

STAFF AT THE 24 PUBLIC ENQUIRY COUNTERS OF THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT LAST YEAR HANDLED 1.3 MILLION ENQUIRIES AND DISTRIBUTED 2.1 MILLION FORMS AND PAMPHLETS TO THE PUBLIC.

♦THIS MEANS THAT SOME 3.4 MILLION PEOPLE VISITED THE VARIOUS DISTRICT OFFICES FOR ONE TYPE OF SERVICE OR ANOTHER,♦ MRS. DORA TAYLOR, SENIOR EXECUTIVE OFFICER (INFORMATION) OF THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

POINTING CUT THAT THE FIGURE REPRESENTED AN INCREASE OF 36.6 PER CENT OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR’S TOTAL, SHE SAID; +THIS SHOWS THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY COUNTERS IN HELPING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC.+

THE ENQUIRIES, SHE CONTINUED, COVERED ALMOST EVERY SUBJECT, BUT '..ERE MOSTLY ON HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME (65,465 OR 4.9 PER CENT), GOVERNMENT JOBS AND VACANCIES (52,417 OR 3.9 PER CENT) AND APPLICATION FOR PUBLIC HOUSING (51,601 OR 3.8 PER CENT).

♦MEDIATION SERVICES ARE ALSO PROVIDED FOR PERSONAL DISPUTES, AND COMPLICATED CASES ARE HANDLED BY THE SPECIAL ADVISORY SERVICES UNIT WHICH ALSO HANDLES FAMILY DISPUTES INVOLVING CHINESE LAW AND CUSTOMS,+ SHE ADDED.

ALSO DURING THE YEAR, A TOTAL OF 157,520 STATUTORY DECLARATIONS WERE RECORDED, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF ABOUT 11 PER CENT OVER THE FIGURE OF THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

THE DECLARATIONS WERE ADMINISTERED AT ALL THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICES AND AT THE SPECIAL ADVISORY SERVICES UNIT OF THE DEPARTMENT.

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RECREATION GROUPS AND SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS HAVE RESPONDED ENTHUSIASTICALLY TO THE GOVERNMENT’S CALL TO HELP SAVE OIL BY AVOIDING UNNECESSARY FLOODLIGHTING, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT LETTERS WILL SHORTLY BE SENT TO LANDLORDS AND PROPERTY COMPANIES INVITING THEM TO INTRODUCE ECONOMY MEASURES THAT WOULD CONTRIBUTE TO THE FUEL SAVING CAMPAIGN.

♦OIL SUPPLIES ARE STILL UNCERTAIN AND THE CUMULATIVE EFFECT OF VOLUNTARY SAVINGS IN FUEL CONSUMPTION, HOWEVER SMALL, WILL HELP ENSURE HONG KONG’S INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL LIFE IS NOT DISRUPTED AS A RESULT OF SHORTAGES,♦ HE COMMENTED.

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THE GESTURES OF SUPPORT FROM RECREATION AND SPORTS GROUPS CAME IN RESPONSE TO A LETTER FROM THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, MR. DAVID JEAFFRESON, WHO WROTE TO OVER 30 ASSOCIATIONS AND CLUBS, SEEKING THEIR CO-OPERATION IN LIMITING THE USE OF FLOODLIGHTING FOR NON-SPECTATOR SPORTS AND IN MAKING THE MOST OF DAYLIGHT HOURS.

THE ROYAL HONG KONG GOLF CLUB HAS SUSPENDED FLOODLIGHTING AT ITS DEEP WATER BAY COURSE AND OTHER ENERGY SAVING MEASURES HAVE BEEN TAKEN AT FANLING.

THE KOWLOON CRICKET CLUB HAS REDUCED ITS USE OF FLOODLIGHTING TO TWO NIGHTS A WEEK FOR LAWN BOWLS AND FOUR NIGHTS A WEEK FOR TENNIS.

THE HONG KONG FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION RE-SCHEDULED ITS F.A. CUP FINAL AND AN EXHIBITION MATCH AGAINST R.C.D. ESPANOL, BARCELONA TO DAYLIGHT HOURS.

AND MEMBER CLUBS OF THE HONG KONG LAWN BOWLS ASSOCIATION HAVE BEEN URGED TO TAKE ALL POSSIBLE STEPS TO SAVE FUEL.

+THE TEMPORARY RE-INTRODUCTION OF GREENWICH MEAN TIME PLUS NINE HAS OBVIOUSLY HELPED RECREATION GROUPS WHICH MIGHT OTHERWISE HAVE USED FLOODLIGHT ING,♦ SAID THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN.

♦BUT.+ HE ADDED. +THE VOLUNTARY RE-SCHEDULING OF EVENTS WHICH SOME GROUPS HAVE UNDERTAKEN IS A WELCOME LEAD WHICH WE HOPE OTHER ASSOCIATIONS WILL FOLLOW.♦

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THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL IS TO CONDUCT THE FIFTH MANPOWER SURVEY OF THE INDUSTRY NEXT (JULY) MONTH WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE BOARD’S CHAIRMAN, MR. DENNIS TING, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT THE SURVEY, TO BE CARRIED OUT BETWEEN JULY 3 AND 25, WAS AIMED AT KEEPING fRACK OF THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS AND THE MANPOWER SITUATION IN THE LOCAL PLASTICS INDUSTRY.

QUESTIONNAIRES AND EXPLANATORY LETTERS WERE SENT OUT TODAY TO ABOUT 550 ESTABLISHMENTS SELECTED BY RANDOM STRATIFIED -SAMPLI NG.

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INTERVIEWERS FROM THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL VISIT EACH OF THESE ESTABLISHMENTS DURING THE SURVEY PERIOD TO ASSIST EMPLOYERS IN COMPLETING THE QUESTIONNAIRES.

SINCE THE INFORMATION TO BE COLLECTED WILL BE VITAL FCR FORMULATING TRAINING PLANS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY, MR. THG URGED ALL EMPLOYERS SELECTED FOR THE SURVEY TO CO-OPERATE BY SUPPLYING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION!

* THE NUMBER OF WORKERS AT PRESENT EMPLOYED"

* THE NUMBER OF WORKERS AT PRESENT UNDER TRAINING"

* THE NUMBER OF EXISTING VACANCIES, AND

* A FORECAST OF ADDITIONAL NUMBER OF WORKERS IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS.

THE INFORMATION COLLECTED WILL BE HANDLED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND PUBLISHED ONLY IN THE FORM OF STATISTICAL SUMMARIES WITHOUT REFERENCE TO ANY INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENT.

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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 HIP WO STREET, KOWLOON.

THE SITE, MEASURING ABOUT 1,120 SQUARE METRES, IS FOR STORAGE PURPOSES, INCLUDING VEHICLES.

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 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 JULY 6.

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NEW DIVISIONAL OFFICE FOR LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S FACTORY INSPECTORATE

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THE NO. 8 DIVISIONAL OFFICE, KOWLOON, OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S FACTORY INSPECTORATE ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES LAST SATURDAY (JUNE 16) MOVED TO THE SECOND FLOOR OF TUNG PING BUILDING, 157 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST.

THE NEW OFFICE, WHICH HANDLES MATTERS RELATING TO THE SAFETY, HEALTH AND WELFARE OF WORKERS IN FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS, SERVES TAI KOK TSUI AND THE NORTHERN PART OF MONG KOK.

THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF THE NEW OFFICE AREi 3-816225 FOR THE DIVISIONAL FACTORY INSPECTOR AND 3-816150 AND 3-816320 FOR GENERAL ENQUIRIES.

WATER CUTS * * *

THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN SHEUNG SHU I WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM MIDNIGHT ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY TO 6 A.M THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR NIGHT LEAKAGE TESTS.

ON THURSDAY, THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, LUNG SUM ROAD AND SAN FUNG AVENUE INCLUDING SAN SHING AVENUE, SAN CHEUNG STREET, SAN LOK STREET, FU HING STREET, SAN HONG STREET, KU I SAW STREET AND SHEK WU HUI.

ON FRIDAY, THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FU HING STREET AND SAN FUNG AVENUE INCLUDING SAN SHING AVENUE, TSUN FU STREET, SAN HING STREET AND SHEK WU HUI.

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BILL ON IMPROVING GOVT’S CAPACITY TO DEAL EFFECTIVELY WITH ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION PASSED ...................... 1

NO NEED FOR MORE MANDATORY ENERGY SAVING MEASURES .... 2

NEED FOR PERMANENT TRADE EXHIBITION CENTRE TO BE STUDIED .............................................. 3

ALL TV PROGRAMMES MONITORED — SHA .................... 4

AMENDMENT BILL PROPOSES NO REFUND OF RATES FOR VACANT CAR PARKS IN NON-DOMESTIC PREMISES ................... 5

QUARRY OPERATORS REQUIRED TO TAKE ANTI-LANDSLIP PRECAUTIONS .......................................... 7

LIABILITY INSURANCE COVER ADEQUATE ................... 7

NT LAND SALE PROGRAMME................................ 8

MICROFILMING TO SPEED UP PRODUCTION OF LAND OFFICE RECORDS .............................................. 8

CLEANLINESS OF BUSES AND TRAMS .................. 9

THUNDERSTORM ALERT EXPLAINED ......................... 9

UP-TO-DATE SAFETY OF LIFE AT SEA STANDARDS .......... 10

FOUR BILLS PASSED.................................... 10

SPEEDPOST EXTENDED TO MACAU, SOUTH AFRICA AND SOUTH KOREA................................................ 11

EMPLOYMENT SURVEYS .................................. 11

NEW ACCESS ROAD TO SERVE SHA TIN VILLAGES ........... 12

NEW EXTENSION TO TUEN MUN PUMPING STATION............ 13

AUCTION OF +SPECIAL+ NUMBERS ........................ 13

WATER CUT............................................ 13

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

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 1979

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BILL ON IMPROVING GOVT’S CAPACITY TO DEAL EFFECTIVELY WITH ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION PASSED ******

THE IMMIGRATION (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1979 AIMED AT IMPROVING THE GOVERNMENT’S CAPACITY TO DEAL EFFECTIVELY WITH ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION FROM CHINA AND VIETNAM WAS PASSED INTO LAW IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL BEFORE IT WAS PASSED, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON. LEWIS DAVIES, SAID HE WAS SATISFIED THAT THE ADDITIONAL POWERS INCLUDED IN THE BILL WERE ESSENTIAL TO COUNTER ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND WOULD HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE COUNCIL.

MR. DAVIES POINTED OUT THAT ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION FROM CHINA WAS CONTINUING AT A VERY HIGH LEVEL.

♦UP TO THE MORNING OF JUNE 18, 43,770 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED THIS YEAR ENTERING HONG KONG COMPARED WITH 8,205 IN 1978,+ HE SAID.

MR. DAVIES ADDED THAT OPERATIONAL DEPLOYMENTS BY THE SECURITY FORCES HAD BEEN MADE TO SECURE A HIGH RATE OF ARRESTS. THE DAILY AVERAGE OF ARRESTS IN JUNE IS 570.

EXPLAINING THE PURPOSE OF THE LEGISLATION, MR. DAVIES SAID THAT UNDER THE EXISTING LAW, ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS COULD ONLY PROPERLY BE DETAINED FOR SUCH MINIMUM TIME AS WAS NECESSARY TO EFFECT THEIR REMOVAL TO CHINA OR ELSEWHERE.

♦THIS USUALLY MEANS THAT IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO SECURE SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE TO PROSECUTE THOSE WHO MAY HAVE ASSISTED IN THEIR ENTRY TO HONG KONG,+ MR. DAVIES SAID.

♦AND I SHOULD ADD THERE IS INCREASING INFORMATION THAT A NUMBER OF PEOPLE ARE ENGAGED IN AIDING AND ABETTING ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION,+ HE ADDED.

THE LEGISLATION WOULD'aLLOW ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO BE DETAINED FOR SUFFICIENT TIME TO GIVE EVIDENCE IN THE PROSECUTION OF AIDERS AND ABETTERS IN APPROPRIATE CASES, MR. DAVIES SAID.

ANOTHER CLAUSE OF THE BILL WILL PROVIDE MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE WITH THE POWERS OF ARREST WHICH THEY NEED TO BE EFFECTIVE IN ASSISTING THE REGULAR SECURITY FORCES IN ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION OPERATONS AND DUTIES.

ON OTHER AMENDMENTS OF THE BILL, MR. DAVIES SAID THAT SINCE THE ARRIVAL OF THE +HUEY FONG+ IN DECEMBER 1978, TWO MORE OCEAN-GOING VESSELS, THE +SKYLUCK+ AND THE +SEN 0N+ HAD ENTERED HONG KONG CARRYING BETWEEN THEM NEARLY 4,100 VIETNAMESE REFUGEES.

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MR. DAVIES SAID1 +THERE IS A NEED TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL DETERRENT POWERS TO DISCOURAGE SIMILAR VESSELS ARRIVING IN THE FUTURE AND CLAUSE 4 OF THE BILL PROVIDES FOR THE FORFEITURE OF ANY VESSEL, REGARDLESS OF SIZE (AND NOT ONE OF UP TO 250 GROSS TONS), CARRYING PERSONS WHO ARE SEEKING TO LAND UNLAWFULLY IN HONG KONG.

IN ADDITION, OFFICERS IN COMMAND OF HER MAJESTY’S WARSHIPS DO NOT HAVE POWER TO BOARD, SEARCH AND, IF NECESSARY, DETAIN A VESSEL OF MORE THAN 500 GROSS TONS IN HONG KONG WATERS, AND THE CFFICERS OF HM AUXILIARY SHIPS HAVE NO POWERS OF THIS SORT.

IN CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES THIS IS OBVIOUSLY UNDESIRABLE AND CLAUSE 7 PROVIDES THE NECESSARY POWERS,* MR. DAVIES SAID.

IN EXPRESSING THE SUPPORT OF THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS FOR THE MEASURES PROPOSED IN THE BILL, THE HON. R.H. LOBO SAID IT WAS NOTED SOME MEASURES WERE SPECIAL POWERS TO MEET THE CURRENT EMERGENCY ALONG OUR SEA AND LAND BORDERS.

I WOULD LIKE THEREFORE TO ASK FOR AN ASSURANCE FROM THE GOVERNMENT THAT IT WILL CONDUCT A REVIEW IN DUE COURSE TO DECIDE WHETHER SUCH POWERS SHOULD BE REPEALED OR RETAINED AS A PERMANENT FEATURE OF OUR LAWS,* HE ADDED.

IN REPLY, MR. DAVIES SAID SOME OF THE AMENDMENTS IN THE BILL, ESPECIALLY THE ONE ON AIDERS AND ABETTERS, ARE PERMANENT REQUIREMENTS AND MUST BE REGARDED AS SUCH.

+FOR THE REMAINDER I GLADLY GIVE THE ASSURANCE SOUGHT,* HE ADDED.

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NO NEED FOR MORE MANDATORY ENERGY SAVING MEASURES ******

THE GOVERNMENT IS STILL HOPING THAT WITH GREATER VOLUNTARY EFFORT BY THE PUBLIC, THERE WILL BE NO NEED FOR IT TO INTRODUCE FURTHER MANDATORY ENERGY SAVING MEASURES, THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WAS TOLD TODAY (WEDNESDAY). MisuAim

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN eR0R ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON. DAVID JEAFFRESON SAID THE GOVERNMENT EXPECTED THE SUPPLY POSITION IN THC THIRD QUARTER THIS YEAR TO BE MORE TIGHT THAN IT HAD BEEN IN THE StCOND•

FuVmKW SLVES IN LINE thosMId

*THIS WILL NOT EE APPLICATION,* HE ADDED.

DIFFICULT WITH A

LITTLE BIT MORE

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 1979

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MR. JEAFFRESON POINTED OUT THAT THE SAVING IN FUEL OIL IN MAY, REPORTED TO BE A 4.75 PER CENT SAVING, HAD BEEN ACHIEVED BY THE PUBLIC RESPONDING WELL TO THE GOVERNMENT’S EXHORTATION TO ECONOMISE ON THE USE OF ELECTRICITY, BY THE BAN ON THE USE OF ELECTRIC LIGHT FOR DISPLAY, ADVERTISING AND FLOODLIGHTING EXCEPT BETWEEN 8 P.M. AND 11.30 P.M., BY THE POWER COMPANIES REDUCING THEIR SPINNING RESERVES, AND BY THE INTRODUCTION OF +DAYLIGHT SAVING.*

MR. JEAFFRESON SAID THE 4.75 PER CENT IN ENERGY SAVING HAD BEEN DERIVED FROM THE ESTIMATES OF SAVINGS SUBMITTED BY THE TWO POWER COMPANIES.

+WHAT THEY HAVE DONE IS TO COMPARE ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION ON DAYS OF LIKE MEAN TEMPERATURE IN THE TWO WEEKS BEFORE AND THE TWO WEEKS AFTER THE INTRODUCTION OF THE PACKAGE OF ECONOMY MEASURES ON MAY 13.

+T0 THE RESULTS, THEY HAVE ADDED THE SAVINGS FROM THE REDUCTION IN THEIR SPINNING RESERVES, A REDUCTION WHICH WAS ALREADY BEING ACHIEVED WELL BEFORE THE ECONOMY MEASURES WERE INTRODUCED ON MAY 13.

+THE RESULTS FROM THE TWO COMPANIES, WEIGHED APPROPRIATELY TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF THEIR RELATIVE SIZES, GIVE AN OVERALL FIGURE OF A 4.75 PER CENT SAVING IN FUEL OIL,* MR. JEAFFRESON SAID, ADDING THAT THE FIGURE WAS SUPPORTED BY THE AMOUNT OF FUEL OIL CONSUMED FOR THE TWO WEEKS BEFORE AND AFTER MAY 13, AFTER ALLOWING FOR SEASONAL VARIATIONS.

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NEED FOR PERMANENT TRADE EXHIBITION CENTRE TO BE STUDIED ******

AN ASSESSMENT OF THE DEMAND FOR AND VIABILITY OF A PERMANENT TRADE EXHIBITION CENTRE IN HONG KONG IS EXPECTED TO BE MADE SHORTLY.

MEANWHILE, CONSULTANTS WILL BE APPOINTED NEXT WEEK TO LOOK INTO THIS FEASIBILITY AND TO REPORT ON THEIR FINDINGS IN A FEW MONTHS’ TIME.

THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, THE HON. DAVID JORDAN SAID THIS TODAY (WEDNESDAY), IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. FRANCIS TIEN AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING.

MR. TIEN ASKED: +IN VIEW OF THE CANCELLATION OF NEXT YEAR’S READY-TO-WEAR FESTIVAL FOR LACK OF A SUITABLE LOCAL VENUE, WHAT MEASURES CAN THE GOVERNMENT TAKE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL TO ENSURE RESUMPTION LOCALLY OF THIS MAJOR PROMOTION EVENT OF INTERNATIONAL STANDING?*

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EXPRESSING HIS REGRET THAT THE 1980 FESTIVAL HAS HAD TO BE CANCE--LED FOR LACK OF A SUITABLE LOCAL VENUE, MR. JORDAN ASSURED MR. TIEN THAT, AS A MEMBER OF THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, EVERY EFFORT HAS BEEN MADE TO FIND A PLACE WHERE THE FESTIVAL COULD BE HELD.

HOWEVER, HE ADDED, NONE COULD BE FOUND IN WHICH IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE TO MAINTAIN THE STANDARDS THE FESTIVAL HAS ACHIEVED OVER THE YEARS. THE COUNCIL THEN DECIDED IT WAS PREFERABLE NOT TO MOUNT THE 1980 FESTIVAL AT ALL.

MR. JORDAN SAID THE COUNCIL IS CONTINUING ITS SEARCH FOR A SUITABLE SITE AND THE TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT IS READY TO HELP IN ANY WAY IT CAN.

♦ IN ORDER TO COMPENSATE TO SOME EXTENT FOR THE CANCELLATION OF THE READY-TO-WEAR FESTIVAL, THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL WILL BE MOUNTING A SUBSTANTIAL PROMOTION OF FASHION GARMENTS ALONG THE LINES OF THE READY-TO-WEAR FESTIVAL AT THE IGEDO TRADE FAIR IN DUSSELDORF IN APRIL NEXT YEAR.*

THIS FAIR, WHICH IS A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL APPAREL PROMOTION, IS LIKELY TO ATTRACT SOME 35,000 BUYERS FROM 30 GARMENT IMPORTING COUNTRIES, HE SAID.

♦HOWEVER, THIS WILL NOT MAKE UP FOR THE LOSS OF THE FESTIVAL HERE IN HONG KONG, AND ITS CANCELLATION HIGHLIGHTS THE NEED FOR US TO PRESS ON QUICKLY WITH CONSIDERATION OF OUR OWN TRADE EXHIBITION FACILITY IN HONG KONG,+ HE POINTED OUT.

+1 EXPECT CONSULTANTS TO BE APPOINTED NEXT WEEK AND TO REPORT IN A FEW MONTHS WITH AN ASSESSMENT OF THE DEMAND FOR AND VIABILITY OF A PERMANENT EXHIBITION CENTRE,* MR. JORDAN ADDED.

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ALL TV PROGRAMMES MONITORED — SHA *****

DURING THE LAST FIVE MONTHS, THE TWO TELEVISION STATIONS HAVE BEEN TOLD BY THE TELEVISION AUTHORITY TO TAKE REMEDIAL ACTION ON 21 OCCASIONS IN THEIR LOCALLY PRODUCED PROGRAMMES — FIVE RELATE TO SEX GENERALLY AND 16 ON VIOLENCE OR THE USE OF TRIAD LANGUAGE.

o..»..AB0UT 10 PER CENT 0F THE FILMS SUBMITTED FOR CENSORSHIP WERE SUBJECT T0 CUTS BEF0RE BROADCASTING WHILE ANOTHER 2.5 PER CENT WERE BANNED•

THESE COUNCIL BY

FIGURES WERE REVEALED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN THE LEGISLATIVE .THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON. F.K. LI, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION ABOUT GOVERNMENT’S INFLUENCE OVER TV PROGRAMMES WHICH UNDULY EMPHASISE SEX AND VIOLENCE.

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♦THE TELEVISION AUTHORITY WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR ALL TELEVISION PROGRAMMES AND WILL CONTINUE TO HOLD FREQUENT DISCUSSIONS WITH SENIOR MANAGEMENT OF THE TWO STATIONS CONCERNED, WITH A VIEW TO ENSURE THAT THE CODE OF PRACTICE ON PROGRAMME STANDARDS WOULD BE STRICTLY OBSERVED,♦ MR. LI STRESSED.

HE ADDED THAT SENIOR MANAGEMENT OF THE TWO STATIONS WERE TAKING THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES IN REGARD TO PROGRAMME STANDARDS SERIOUSLY AND THAT THE COMMISSIONER FOR TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING RECEIVED FULL CO-OPERATION FROM THEM.

MR. LI ALSO POINTED OUT THAT, AS OBSERVED BY THE TELEVISION ADVISORY BOARD, WHAT SEEMED TO BE LACKING WAS AN EFFECTIVE INTERNAL MONITORING SYSTEM TO ENSURE THAT THEIR PRODUCERS DO NOT FALL TOO MUCH OUT OF LINE.

♦THE TWO STATIONS HAVE RESPONDED TO THIS CRITICISM POSITIVELY AND THE COMMISSIONER WILL CONTINUE TO INFLUENCE AND TO URGE THEM TO IMPROVE ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THEIR SYSTEMS,+ HE SAID.

REFERRING TO THE LAST REPORT OF THE BOARD, MR. LI POINTED OUT THAT VIOLENCE ON TELEVISION WAS AT A LESS OBJECTIONABLE LEVEL AND THE PORTRAYAL OF SEX IN PROGRAMMES WAS NOT EXCESSIVE IN QUANTITY BUT GENERALLY PRESENTED WITH SUITABLE DISCRETION.

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REFUND OF RATES WILL NOT BE GRANTED IN RESPECT OF VACANT CAR PARKS OF NON-DOMESTIC TENEMENTS.

THIS IS ONE OF FIVE PROPOSALS MADE IN THE RATING (AMENDMENT) BILL WHICH WAS INTRODUCED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. HENRY CHING.

THE BILL FOLLOWS A RECENT REVIEW OF THE RATING ORDINANCE AND CERTAIN AREAS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED WHERE CHANGES ARE NECESSARY.

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UNDER A SECTION OF THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE, REFUND OF RATES IN RESPECT OF UNOCCUPIED NON-DOMESTIC TENEMENTS IS ALLOWED.

BY VIRTUE OF THIS SECTION, SEPARATELY ASSESSED VACANT CAR PARKING SPACES COULD QUALIFY FOR A REFUND OF RATES.

♦THIS IS UNSATISFACTORY,+ MR. CHING SAID, +BECAUSE IT IS DIFFICULT, IN PRACTICE, TO ESTABLISH WHETHER OR NOT SUCH SPACES ARE GENUINELY VACANT.+

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A CLAUSE IN THE PROPOSED BILL ACCORDINGLY SPECIFIES THAT A REFUND OF RATES WILL NOT BE GRANTED IN RESPECT OF SUCH SPACES WHICH ARE INTENDED TO BE USED WHOLLY OR PRIMARILY FOR THE PARKING OF MOTOR VEHICLES.

THE BILL ALSO SEEKS TO +PUT BEYOND DOUBT+ THAT RETURNED REQUISITIONS FROM THE OWNER, OR OCCUPIER, OF ANY TENEMENT ARE ADMISSIBLE AS EVIDENCE IN PROCEEDINGS BEFORE THE LANDS TRIBUNAL OR THE COURT OF APPEAL.

UNDER THE RATING ORDINANCE, THE COMMISSIONER OF RATING AND VALUATION HAS THE AUTHORITY TO SERVE ON THE OWNER OR OCCUPIER OF ANY TENEMENT A REQUISITION REQUIRING HIM TO PROVIDE INFORMATION AS SPECIFIED IN THE REQUISITION.

THE STATUS OF THE COMPLETED REQUISITION RETURNED TO THE COMMISSIONER HAS, ON OCCASION, BEEN QUESTIONED.

THE BILL ALSO SEEKS TO REMOVE DOUBTS ON TWO SECTIONS OF THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE GOVERNING THE EFFECTIVE DATES FOR INTERIM VALUATIONS AND FOR THE DELETION OF A TENEMENT FROM THE VALUATION LIST.

MR. CHING SAID THE INTENTION BEHIND THE TWO SECTIONS IS THAT THE EFFECTIVE DATE SHOULD BE THE FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH FOLLOWING THE EVENT GIVING RISE TO THE INTERIM VALUATION OR DELETION.

THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES, IN RESPECT OF CERTAIN SMALL HOUSES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WHICH ARE EXEMPT FROM THE REQUIREMENT FOR AN OCCUPATION PERMIT, FOR THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF AN INTERIM VALUATION TO BE RELATED TO THE DATE OF ISSUE BY THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES OF A CERTIFICATE OF +COMPLIANCE+ OR ♦SUITABILITY FOR OCCUPATION.*

THESE CERTIFICATES OPERATE IN A SIMILAR WAY TO OCCUPATION PERMITS.

THE BILL ALSO SEEKS TO REMOVE CERTAIN ADMINISTRATIVE DIFFICULTIES CONCERNING THE SERVING OF A REQUISITION, NOTICE OR OTHER DOCUMENT ON THE OWNER OF A TENEMENT.

UNDER THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT, THE BILL WILL ENABLE THE COMMISSIONER TO SERVE A REQUISITION, NOTICE OR OTHER DOCUMENT ON AN OWNER EITHER AT THE TENEMENT, OR AT HIS LAST KNOWN ADDRESS, OR BY SENDING IT THROUGH THE POST TO EITHER OF THESE ADDRESSES.

IT ALSO ENABLES THE COMMISSIONER TO SERVE A NOTICE ON AN OCCUPIER BY EITHER LEAVING IT AT THE TENEMENT, OR AT THE OCCUPIER’S LAST KNOWN ADDRESS, OR BY SENDING IT THROUGH THE POST TO EITHER OF THESE ADDRESSES.

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QUARRY OPERATORS REQUIRED TO TAKE ANTI-LANDSLIP PRECAUTIONS ******

OPERATORS OF QUARRIES RUN UNDER PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT CONTRACTS ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS TO PREVENT LANDSLIPS, SILTING OF ROADS AND DRAINS AND OTHER INCIDENTS WHICH MAY POSE A THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, THE HON. WILLIAM BELL, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. WONG LAM IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON.

♦REGULAR INSPECTIONS ARE MADE BY THE PWD AS FREQUENTLY AS STAFFING LEVELS PERMIT AND ARE STEPPED UP IN TIMES OF HEAVY RAIN,+ SAID MR. BELL.

♦ IN THE CASE OF THE WASHOUT BELOW THE QUARRY AT ANDERSON ROAD ON JUNE 11, THE OFFENDING CONTRACTOR HAS BEEN INSTRUCTED TO CEASE ALL NORMAL OPERATIONS AND HAS HAD HIS SUPPLY OF EXPLOSIVES TERMINATED UNTIL HE HAS SATISFACTORILY COMPLETED REMEDIAL AND PREVENTIVE WORKS. PROGRESS ON THIS WORK HAS BEEN GOOD AND THERE IS NO THREAT OF A RECURRENCE,* HE ADDED.

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LIABILITY INSURANCE COVER ADEQUATE ******

THE GOVERNMENT IS SATISFIED THAT ITS AIRPORT OWNERS AND OPERATORS LIABILITY INSURANCE COVER IS ADEQUATE BOTH AS TO THE LIMIT OF LIABILITY AND THE EXTENT OF THE COVER.

THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON. DAVID JEAFFRESON, SAID THIS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. DAVID NEWBIGGING.

MR. JEAFFRESON POINTED OUT, HOWEVER, THAT IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE RECENT TROUBLES WITH DC-IO’S, IT WAS MOST UNLIKELY THAT THERE WOULD BE ANY LIABILITY DEVOLVING ON THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT.

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NT LAND SALE PROGRAMME * * * *

THE FIRST OF THE LAND SALES, ABOUT A WEEK OR SO AGO, IN THE BORROW AREA PLATFORMS FORMED AS PART OF THE RACE COURSE DEVELOPMENT AT SHA TIN REPRESENTS THE START OF A PROGRESSIVE PROGRAMME OF SALES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THIS WAS DISCLOSED TODAY BY THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, THE HON. WILLIAM BELL, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. D.K. NEWBIGGING DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE TEMPORARY RESTRICTION OF BUILDING DEVELOPMENT (MID-LEVELS) BILL 1979 IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THIS PROGRAMME, MR. BELL SAID, WAS EXPECTED TO YIELD A FURTHER 3,800 UNITS OF HIGH QUALITY HOUSING IN SHA TIN, TSUEN WAN AND SAI KUNG.

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MICROFILMING TO SPEED UP PRODUCTION OF LAND OFFICE RECORDS ******

MICROFILMING OF ALL LAND OFFICE RECORDS WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN 1980 SHOULD HELP TO SPEED UP THE PRODUCTION OF RECORDS, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON. G. BARNES, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

ANSWERING A QUESTION ABOUT DELAYS IN THE PRODUCTION OF LAND OFFICE RECORDS, MR. BARNES SAID THAT FOLLOWING A VISIT TO THE COMPUTER FACILITIES OF THE LAND CHARGES REGISTRY IN LONDON RECENTLY, THE REGISTRAR GENERAL HAS ASKED FOR A FEASIBILITY STUDY TO BE DONE TO SEE WHETHER COMPUTERISATION WOULD BE WORTH INTRODUCING IN HONG KONG ALSO.

THE GOVERNMENT, MR. BARNES ADDED, WAS AWARE THAT THERE WERE STILL SOME DELAYS IN THE PRODUCTION OF LAND OFFICE RECORDS, ESPECIALLY AT THE PEAK TIME OF THE DAY, WHEN THE AVERAGE TIME OF PRODUCTION FOR MEMORIAL RISES FROM 10 TO 20 MINUTES.

THERE WERE ALSO LONGER DELAYS WHEN MORE THAN ONE CUSTOMER WISHED TO SEARCH FOR THE SAME DOCUMENT.

♦THE REGISTRY IS PRESENTLY WELL BELOW ITS STAFF ESTABLISHMENT, BUT THE REGISTRAR GENERAL IS DOING ALL HE CAN TO GIVE THE BEST POSSIBLE SERVICE,* MR. BARNES ASSURED.

COMPUTERISATION OF LAND OFFICE RECORDS HAD BEEN EXAMINED IN THE PAST, BUT IT HAD NOT BEEN CONSIDERED WORTH THE EXPENSE. THERE WERE OTHER MAJOR DRAWBACKS ALSO.

MR. BARNES SAID THE DEMANDS ON THE LAND OFFICE HAD MADE IT NECESSARY TO THINK ABOUT IT AGAIN.

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CLEANLINESS OF BUSES AND TRAMS

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CLEANLINESS, THE CONDITION OF THE PASSENGER COMPARTMENTS AND THE OUTWARD APPEARANCE OF BUSES AND TRAMS ARE SOME OF THE MANY ASPECTS OF THE OPERATION OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES WHICH THE INSPECTORS OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL ALWAYS CHECK IN A FORMAL VEHICLE INSPECTION.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BY THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON. G. BARNES, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. CHARLES YEUNG.

♦THAT IS NOT TO SAY THAT BUSES AND TRAMS ARE CLEAN ENOUGH AS THE NIGHTLY DEPOT CLEANING IS OFTEN NOT SUFFICIENT TO ENSURE THAT THE VEHICLE REMAINS CLEAN THROUGHOUT THE DAY,+ HE SAID.

MR. BARNES POINTED OUT THAT IT WAS A QUESTION OF PRIORITIES.

IN ORDER TO MEET THE DEMAND FOR TRANSPORT SERVICES, HE EXPLAINED, A BUS IS IN USE FOR AT LEAST 18 HOURS A DAY AND MAY BE CARRYING MORE THAN 1,300 PASSENGERS IN THAT TIME.

THE COMPANIES COULD NOT SPEND MORE TIME CLEANING VEHICLES DURING THE WORKING DAY WITHOUT AFFECTING THE LEVEL OF SERVICE.

♦SIMILARLY UNLESS THE DEFECTS WERE VERY MARKED OR INVOLVED SAFETY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WOULD NOT CALL IN A BUS OFF THE ROAD SIMPLY TO HAVE IT CLEANED OR A SEAT REPAIRED,* HE SAID.

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STAFF OF THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT ARE IMMEDIATELY ALERTED AND PUT ON 24 HOURS STAND-BY DUTY ON RECEIPT OF HEAVY RAIN OR THUNDERSTORM WARNING AND THE RAISING OF STORM WARNING SIGNALS, THE HON. WILLIAM BELL, ACTING DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

♦THIS STAFF, SUPPORTED BY CONTRACTORS’ WORKMEN AS NECESSARY, ARE EQUIPPED TO DEAL WITH MOST EMERGENCY SITUATIONS, INCLUDING FLOODING, AND CLEARANCES IN MOST CASES CAN BE DEALT WITH WITHIN AN HOUR OR SO,* MR. BELL SAID.

HE ADDED THAT PAST EXPERIENCE INDICATED THAT FLOODING AT THE LOCATIONS OF THE 25 BLACKSPOTS SUSCEPTIBLE TO FLOODING HAD NOT BEEN SO SEVERE AS TO WARRANT EVACUATION.

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UP-TO-DATE SAFETY OF LIFE AT SEA STANDARDS ******

THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL, WHICH WILL ENABLE HONG KONG TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE REVISED 1974 INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION FOR THE SAFETY OF LIFE AT SEA, WAS INTRODUCED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

WHEN PASSED, THE BILL WOULD PLACE HONG KONG IN A POSITION TO SEEK TO HAVE THE CONVENTION, WHICH HAS BEEN RECENTLY RATIFIED BY MANY COUNTRIES, EXTENDED TO HONG KONG. THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON. DAVID JEAFFRESON SAID IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL.

THE CONVENTION WILL COME INTO FORCE ON MAY 25, 1980.

♦TO AVOID POSSIBLE DISCRIMINATION AGAINST SHIPS REGISTERED IN HONG KONG, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT ALL COUNTRIES RECOGNISE THAT THE SHIPS CONFORM TO UP-TO-DATE STANDARDS, SO IT IS IN HONG KONG’S INTERESTS TO ENSURE THAT IT BECOMES A PARTY TO THE LATEST CONVENTION AS SOON AS IT COMES INTO FORCE,♦ MR. JEAFFRESON SAID.

THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION FOR THE SAFETY OF LIFE AT SEA PROVIDES FOR UNIFORM SAFETY STANDARDS FOR OCEAN-GOING SHIPS.

THE CURRENT VERSION OF THE CONVENTION, DRAWN UP IN I960, HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO HONG KONG AND GIVEN LEGISLATIVE EFFECT BY THE MERCHANT SHIPPING ORDINANCE AND CERTAIN UNITED KINGDOM MERCHANT SHIPPING ACTS APPLIED TO HONG KONG.

THE CONVENTION WAS FURTHER REVISED IN 1974.

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FOUR BILLS WERE PASSED INTO LAW IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THEY ARE THE LAW AMENDMENT AND REFORM (CONSOLIDATION)(AMENDMENT) BILL 1979, THE LABOUR TRIBUNAL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1979, THE IMMIGRATION (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1979 AND THE TEMPORARY RESTRICTION OF BUILDING DEVELOPMENT (MID-LEVELS) BILL 1979.

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SPEEDPOST EXTENDED TO MACAU, SOUTH AFRICA AND SOUTH KOREA X * * *

THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT THE SPEEDPOST NETWORK WILL BE EXTENDED TO INCLUDE MACAU, SOUTH AFRICA AND SOUTH KOREA FROM JULY 3.

♦THIS REPRESENTS A MAJOR STEP FORWARD FOR SPEEDPOST WHICH IS A FAST AND RELIABLE POSTAL SERVICE FOR SENDING BUSINESS DOCUMENTS, SAMPLES OR MERCHANDISE OVERSEAS,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE POST OFFICE SAID.

PRE-DETERMINED FLIGHTS OUT OF HONG KONG ARE USED AND PACKAGES ARE SPECIALLY DELIVERED TO OVERSEAS ADDRESSES DOOR-TO-DOOR.

CHAIRMAN OF THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION, MR. J.P. LEE WELCOMED THE EXPANSION OF THE SPEEDPOST SERVICE.

♦IT WILL BE HIGHLY BENEFICIAL TO THE TRADE BETWEEN HONG KONG AND THESE PLACES, ESPECIALLY SOUTH KOREA, WHICH IS A CLOSE TRADE PARTNER TO HONG KONG,+ MR. LEE SAID.

SPEEDPOST SERVICES TO SOUTH AFRICA AND SOUTH KOREA ARE AVAILABLE ON A CONTRACT BASIS AND +0N DEMAND.♦ BUT THE SERVICE TO MACAU IS +0N DEMAND+ ONLY.

SPEEDPOST MAILS POSTED TO SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, WILL BE DELIVERED THE FOLLOWING DAY, AND THOSE TO MACAU THE SAME AFTERNOON OR THE FOLLOWING MORNING.

FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE SERVICE CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE POST OFFICE ENQUIRY BUREAU ON 5-2671222 OR THE POSTAL SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES ON 5-2671108.

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EMPLOYMENT SURVEYS

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IS CONDUCTING A FULL-SCALE EMPLOYMENT SURVEY COVERING ALL WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT ESTABLISHMENTS, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS.

THIS WILL PROVIDE INFORMATION ON EMPLOYMENT LEVELS AND TRENDS IN THESE TRADES AND, AT THE SAME TIME, AN UP-TO-DATE AND COMPREHENSIVE DIRECTORY AS THE BASIS FOR SUBSEQUENT SAMPLE SURVEYS.

SURVEY CARDS HAVE BEEN SENT TO SOME 68,000 ESTABLISHMENTS SEEKING INFORMATION ON THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ENGAGED AND VACANCIES AS AT JUNE 15.

♦MANAGEMENTS ARE REQUESTED TO COMPLETE AND RETURN THE SURVEY CARDS TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, USING THE POSTAGE-PAID ENVELOPES PROVIDED, BEFORE THE END OF THIS MONTH.♦ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 1979

CONCURRENTLY, THE DEPARTMENT IS ALSO CONDUCTING A SAMPLE SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR. SURVEY ENQUIRY CARDS HAVE BEEN SENT TO ABOUT 19,000 ESTABLISHMENTS ALSO ASKING FOR INFORMATION ON THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ENGAGED AND VACANCIES

THE SPOKESMAN APPEALED FOR CO-OPERATION ON THE TWO EMPLOYMENT SURVEYS, STRESSING THAT INFORMATION FURNISHED BY INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENTS WILL BE TREATED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND WILL BE USED SOLELY FOR COMPILING STATISTICAL TABLES.

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NEW ACCESS ROAD TO SERVE SHA TIN VILLAGES * * * *

TRAFFIC FLOW TO SAN TIN WAI AND KAK TIN VILLAGES WEST OF THE LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD IN SHA TIN WILL BE GREATLY IMPROVED WHEN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW ACCESS ROAD IS COMPLETED IN ABOUT 15 MONTHS’ TIME.

AT PRESENT, ACCESS TO THESE TWO VILLAGES HAS BEEN DISRUPTED BY SITE FORMATION WORKS TAKING PLACE IN THE SURROUNDING AREAS.

UNDER THE SCHEME WHICH FORMS PART OF THE SHA TIN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT, A SINGLE-LANE TWO-WAY CARRIAGEWAY WILL BE CONSTRUCTED AND THE DRAINAGE SYSTEM IMPROVED.

ENGINEERING WORK ON THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO START IN OCTOBER THIS YEAR.

THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR. GERRY HIGGINSON SAID THE WORK WOULD REQUIRE THE RESUMPTION OF ABOUT 4,870 SQUARE METRES OF PRIVATE AGRICULTURAL LAND IN THE TWO VILLAGES AND OWNERS AFFECTED WILL BE OFFERED THE ALTERNATIVE OF LAND EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENTS OR CASH COMPENSATION.

THREE MONTHS’ NOTICE OF THE LAND RESUMPTION WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE LAST WEEK.

♦TWELVE TEMPORARY DOMESTIC STRUCTURES AND 48 TEMPORARY ANCILLARY STRUCTURES USED AS WORKSHOPS, KITCHENS, LATRINES, PIGEON SHEDS, CHICKEN SHEDS AND STORAGE AREAS WILL BE CLEARED,♦ M?. HIGGINSON SAID.

♦FAMILIES AFFECTED WILL BE OFFERED EITHER PUBLIC HOUSING IN SHA TIN OR SPACE IN LOCAL TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS, DEPENDING ON THEIR ELIGIBILITY.

♦GENUINE CULTIVATOR-FAMILIES WHO ARE ELIGIBLE FOR PUBLIC HOUSING BUT OPT FOR A RESITE OUTSIDE THE LAYOUT TO CONTINUE FARMING WILL BE OFFERED AN EX-GRATIA REHABILITATION ALLOWANCE CF $5,000 PER FAMILY BUT WILL FORFEIT THEIR PRIORITY FOR PUBLIC HOUSING,+ MR. HIGGINSON SAID.

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NEW EXTENSION TO TUEN MUN PUMPING STATION * * * *

CONSTRUCTION WORK WILL START LATER THIS MONTH ON A NEW EXTENSION TO THE EXISTING PUMPING STATION AT TUEN MUN WATER TREATMENT WORKS TO INCREASE ITS PUMPING CAPACITY.

A CONTRACT FOR THE PROJECT WAS FORMALLY SIGNED AT THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT AT LEIGHTON CENTRE, CAUSEWAY BAY, TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE NEW PUMPING STATION LOCATED NEAR THE 21-1/2 - MILESTONE, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, WILL BE BUILT TO HOUSE NEW PUMPS WHICH ARE DESIGNED TO COPE WITH FUTURE DEMANDS FOR WATER FROM BOTH TUEN MUN NEW TOWN AND YUEN LONG DISTRICT.

WORK ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW EXTENSION WILL TAKE 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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AUCTION OF +SPECIAL+ NUMBERS *****

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL AUCTION 25 +SPECIAL+ CAR NUMBERS ON SATURDAY IN THE LECTURE HALL OF THE CITY HALL AT 10 A.M.

THE NUMBERS AREi BN 2992, BY 78, BZ 1, BZ 9, BZ 13, AA 786, BG 5658, BY 7351, BY 7366, BY 8123, BY 8263, BY 8589, BY 9110, BY 9833, BZ 108, BZ 125, BZ 218, BZ 280, BZ 308, BZ 338, BZ 387, BZ 619, BZ 628, BZ 709, BZ 911.

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS MUST PAY IN CASH OR BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE BIDDING.

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

PROCEEDS OF THE AUCTION WILL GO TO THE LOTTERIES FUND.

WATER CUT * * *

THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN CAUSEWAY BAY WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 P.M. ON FRIDAY TO 6 A.M. THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR NIGHT LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY LAN FONG ROAD, LEE GARDEN ROAD, FOO MING STREET AND THE SECTION OF PERCIVAL STREET BETWEEN HENNESSY ROAD AND LEIGHTON ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 1979

CONTENTS

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HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE FOR JANUARY-APRIL 1979 .......... 1

DIRECTOR OF TRADE LEAVES FOR EUROPE TOMORROW ............... 5

NT RESTAURANT LICENCE FEES TO GO UP......................... 5

EMPLOYERS REMINDED OF FLOATING HOLIDAY ..................... 7

SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME OPENING CEREMONY .................... 8

TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SEMINAR ON DRIVING TESTS .............. 9

CHEUNG CHAU HOME FOR AGED HAS EXPANSION PLANS.............. 10

NT LABOUR DEPT DIVISIONAL OFFICE .......................... 11

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF HUNG HOM CAR PARK .................... 11

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

THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 1979

HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE FOR JANUARY - APRIL 1979 ******

TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FOR JANUARY - APRIL 1979 WAS $44,742 MILLION, AN INCREASE OF 38 PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD OF 1978 ACCORDING TO FIGURES RELEASED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY).

EXPORTS WERE VALUED AT $20,065 MILLION, A RISE OF 39 PER CENT. THIS WAS ATTRIBUTED TO INCREASES IN BOTH DOMESTIC EXPORTS ($14,270 MILLION, + 33 PER CENT) AND RE-EXPORTS ($5,795 MILLION, + 59 PER CENT). IMPORTS ROSE BY 37 PER CENT, REACHING $24,676 MILLION.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO 10 MAJOR OVERSEAS MARKETS ARE AS FOLLOWS »

JAN.-APR. 79 (HK$ MN) JAN.-APR. 78 (HK$ MN) INCREASE (HK$ MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

U.S.A. 4,584 4,003 + 581 + 15

F.R. OF GERMANY 1,659 1,135 + 524 ♦ 46

U.K. 1,646 922 + 724 + 79

JAPAN 752 429 ♦ 323 ♦ 75

AUSTRALIA 501 406 ♦ 95 ♦ 23

CANADA 418 349 ♦ 69 ♦ 20

SINGAPORE 392 293 + 99 + 34

NETHERLANDS 366 239 + 127 + 53

SWEDEN 250 146 + 104 ♦ 71

FRANCE 237 136 + 101 + 74

DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE U.S. ROSE BY 15 PER CENT, MAINLY DUE TO INCREASED DELIVERIES OF CLOTHING ($1,697 MILLION, + NINE PER CENT), PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS ($366 MILLION, + 40 PER CENT), WATCHES AND CLOCKS ($241 MILLION, ♦ 25 PER CENT) AS WELL AS ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS AND PARTS FOR COMPUTERS ($201 MILLION, ♦ TWO PER CENT).

THE INCREASE IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE F.R. OF GERMANY WAS ATTRIBUTED MAINLY TO HIGHER DEMANDS FOR CLOTHING ($969 MILLION, + 52 PER CENT), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING EQUIPMENT ($178 MILLION, + 26 PER CENT), AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS ($109 MILLION, + 113 PER CENT).

SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE U.K. WERE REGISTERED IN CLOTHING ($882 MILLION, + 80 PER CENT), TEXTILES ($169 MILLION, + 76 PER CENT), AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS ($86 MILLION, ♦ 112 PER CENT).

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INCREASES WERE ALSO RECORDED IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF CLOTHING (S176 MILLION. ♦ 81 PER CENT) TO JAPAN AND OF TEXTILES ($129 MILLION + 34 PER CENT) TO AUSTRALIA.

AN ANALYSIS OF CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS IS PRESENTED AS FOLLOWS s

JAN.-APR. 79 (HK$ MN) JAN.-APR. 78 (HK$ MN) INCREASE (HK$ MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSOR IES 5,190 4,048 ♦ 1,142 ♦ 28

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS) 2,274 1,666 + 608 ♦ 36

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 1,192 797 + 395 ♦ 50

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 1,141 782 + 359 + 46

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS 955 778 177 ♦ 23

ELECTRICAL MACH INERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (MAINLY TRANSISTORS AND DIODES AND HOUSEHOLD TYPE APPLIANCES) 828 583 + 245 + 42

DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF WATCHES AND CLOCKS ($995 MILLION, + 55

PER CENT), TEXTILE FABRICS (S890 MILLION, + 54 PER CENT), AND PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS ($828 MILLION, + 41 PER CENT) SHOWED PROMINENT INCREASES. SALES OF RADIO RECEIVERS ($470 MILLION, + 10 PER CENT) PICKED UP GRADUALLY AFTER HAVING DECLINED FOR SEVERAL MONTHS.

ON THE OTHER HAND, SHIPMENTS OF ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS AND PARTS FOR COMPUTERS ($231 MILLION, - THREE PER CENT), PROFESSIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CONTROLLING INSTRUMENTS ($24 MILLION, - 53 PER CENT) AS WELL AS CRUDE ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE MATERIALS ($23 MILLION, - 32 PER CENT) CONTINUED ON A DOWNWARD TREND.

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THE CHANGES IN IMPORTS FROM 10 MAJOR SOURCES ARE SUMMARISED AS FOLLOWS :

JAN.-APR. 79 (HK$ MN) JAN.-APR. 78 (HK$ MN) INCREASE (HK$ MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

JAPAN 5,594 4,072 * 1,522 + 37

CHINA 3,985 2,912 + 1,073 + 37

U.S.A. 2,849 2,297 + 552 ♦ 24

TAIWAN 1,719 1,150 569 + 49

SINGAPORE 1,295 984 311 + 32

U.K. 1,191 794 + 397 ♦ 50

F.R. OF GERMANY 840 605 + 235 + 39

SWITZERLAND 798 539 + 259 + 48

REP. OF KOREA (SOUTH KOREA) 742 539 + 203 + 38

FRANCE 457 312 + 145 + 46

IMPORTS FROM JAPAN WERE BOOSTED BY INCREASED ARRIVALS OF TEXTILES ($868 MILLION, + 17 PER CENT), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY AND APPLIANCES ($568 MILLION, + 83 PER CENT), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING EQUIPMENT ($496 MILLION, + 75 PER CENT), WATCHES AND CLOCKS ($489 MILLION, + 49 PER CENT), IRON AND STEEL ($336 MILLION, ♦ 27 PER CENT), AND ROAD VEHICLES ($330 MILLION, ♦ 25 PER CENT).

INCREASES IN IMPORTS FROM CHINA COMPRISED CHIEFLY OF FOODSTUFFS AND RAW MATERIALS, INCLUDING TEXTILES ($858 MILLION, + 75 PER CENT). PETROLEUM AND RELATED MATERIALS ($325 MILLION, + 60 PER CENT). VEGETABLES AND FRUITS ($227 MILLION, + 18 PER CENT), FISH, CRUSTACEANS AND MOLLUSCS ($156 MILLION, + 32 PER CENT), AND MISCELLANEOUS NON-METALLIC MINERAL MANUFACTURES ($154 MILLION, + 41 PER CENT).

IMPORTS FROM THE U.S. ROSE BY 24 PER CENT, MAINLY DUE TO A RISE IN DEMAND FOR PEARLS, PRECIOUS AND SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES ($299 MILLION, + 47 PER CENT), OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT ($255 MILLION, + 31 PER CENT), AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY AND APPLIANCES ($249 MILLION, + 30 PER CENT).

INCREASES WERE ALSO REGISTERED IN SHIPMENTS OF TEXTILES ($731 MILLION, * 53 PER CENT) AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY AND APPLIANCES ($159 MILLION, + 62 PER CENT) FROM TAIWAN AND OF PETROLEUM AND RELATED MATERIALS ($705 MILLION, + 18 PER CENT) FROM SINGAPORE.

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THE FOLLOWING TABLE ILLUSTRATES THE MORE IMPORTANT CHANGES IN IMPORTS BY COMMODITY SECTIONS I

JAN.-APR. 79 (HK$ MN) JAN.-APR. 78 (HK$ MN) INCREASE (HK$ MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

MANUFACTURED GOODS CLASSIFIED CHIEFLY BY MATERIAL (MAINLY TEXTILE PRODUCTS AND DIAMONDS) 8,152 5,635 + 2,517 + 45

MACHINERY AND TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT 5,363 3,547 + 1,816 ♦ 51

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY WATCHES AND CLOCKS, ARTICLES OF APPAREL) 3,395 2,323 + 1,072 ♦ 46

FOOD AND LIVE ANIMALS CHIEFLY FOR FOOD 2,808 2,492 + 316 ♦ 13

CHEMICALS AND RELATED PRODUCTS 1,843 1,301 542 + 42

CRUDE MATERIALS, INEDIBLE, EXCEPT FUELS 1,374 1,292 + 82 ♦ 6

BY COMMODITY, SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN IMPORTS OF TEXTILES ($3,632 MILLION, + 48 PER CENT), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY AND APPLIANCES ($1,639 MILLION, + 58 PER CENT), WATCHES AND CLOCKS ($1,192 MILLION, + 48 PER CENT), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING EQUIPMENT ($947 MILLION, + 80 PER CENT), IRON AND STEEL ($796 MILLION, ♦ 51 PER CENT) AS WELL AS ARTIFICIAL RESINS, PLASTIC MATERIALS AND CELLULOSE ESTERS AND ETHERS ($583 MILLION, + 70 PER CENT).

RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 59 PER CENT, MAINLY DUE TO ACCELERATED DEMAND FROM JAPAN ($975 MILLION, + 61 PER CENT), U.S.A. ($537 MILLION, ♦ 58 PER CENT), TAIWAN ($509 MILLION, + 57 PER CENT), SOUTH KOREA ($269 MILLION, + 55 PER CENT), CHINA ($258 MILLION, + 296 PER CENT), AND THE PHILIPPINES ($252 MILLION, + 80 PER CENT). RE-EXPORTS CONSISTED MAINLY OF TEXTILES ($877 MILLION, + 122 PER CENT), PEARLS, PRECIOUS AND SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES ($775 MILLION, ♦ 46 PER CENT), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY AND APPLIANCES ($320 MILLION, ♦ 92 PER CENT), AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS ($319 MILLION, + 23 PER CENT).

THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 1979

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THE TRADE INDEX NUMBERS FOR MARCH 1979 (1973 - 1OO) WERE RELEASED AS FOLLOWS s

VALUE INDEX UNIT VALUE INDEX QUANTUM INDEX

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 235 154 153

IMPORTS 268 158 169

THE TERMS OF TRADE INDEX FOR MARCH 1979 WAS 97.

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DIRECTOR OF TRADE LEAVES FOR EUROPE TOMORROW

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THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, MR. LAWRENCE MILLS, LEAVES HONG KONG TOMORROW (FRIDAY) FOR A SERIES OF TALKS IN LONDON, BRUSSELS AND GENEVA.

IN LONDON HE WILL MEET OFFICIALS AT THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE, AND AT THE DEPARTMENTS OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY FOR DISCUSSIONS ON GENERAL TOPICS OF INTEREST ON HONG KONG’S TRADE.

HE WILL BE JOINED BY A TICD DELEGATION IN BRUSSELS WHERE HE WILL BE DISCUSSING WITH THE EEC THE VARIOUS ISSUES THAT REMAIN UNRESOLVED IN THE HONG KONG EEC TEXTILE AGREEMENT.

+1 HOPE WE CAN TIE UP THESE LOOSE ENDS SO THAT THE AGREEMENT WHICH HAD BEEN OPERATING SINCE THE BEGINNING OF JANUARY 1978 CAN BE FORMALLY RATIFIED,+ HE SAID.

IN GENEVA HE WILL BE DISCUSSING WITH MR. PETER TSAO, MINISTER FOR HONG KONG AFFAIRS, THE LATEST POSITION ON THE SAFEGUARDS CODE IN THE MULTI-LATERAL TRADE NEGOTIATIONS.

MR. MILLS IS EXPECTED TO BE AWAY FOR THREE WEEKS.

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NT RESTAURANT LICENCE FEES TO GO UP

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LICENCE FEES FOR LARGE RESTAURANTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ARE TO BE RAISED WITH EFFECT FROM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) WHEN THE FOOD BUSINESS (NEW TERRITORIES)(AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1979 IS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

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UNDER THE AMENDMENTS, LICENCE FEES FOR GENERAL.OR MARINE RESTAURANTS EXCEEDING 450 SQ. METRES (4,500 SQ. FT.J IN AREA AND LIGHT REFRESHMENT RESTAURANTS EXCEEDING 350 SQ. METRES (3,500 SQ. FT.) IN AREA IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE INCREASED" RESPECTIVELY ON A PROGRESSIVE SCALE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THEIR SIZES. THIS BRINGS THE FEES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES IN LINE WITH THOSE CHARGED IN THE URBAN AREAS.

IN THE PAST, THE MAXIMUM LICENCE FEE FOR GENERAL OR MARINE RESTAURANTS EXCEEDING 4,500 SQ. FT. IN SIZE WAS $3,000 AND IN THE CASE OF LIGHT REFRESHMENT RESTAURANTS EXCEEDING 3,500 SQ. FT. IT WAS $1,500.

EXPLAINING THE AMENDMENT, THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR. H.S. GREWAL, SAID THAT THE PLATFORM FOR CHARGING THE MAXIMUM LICENCE FEES FOR ANY GENERAL OR MARINE RESTAURANT WAS NOW EXTENDED FROM 4,500 SQ. FT. TO 50,000 SQ. FT. WHEREAS THE PLATFORM FOR A LIGHT REFRESHMENT RESTAURANT WAS EXTENDED FROM 3,500 SQ. FT. TO 10,000 SQ. FT.

+THEREFORE, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROGRESSIVE SCALE, THE MAXIMUM LICENCE FEES WILL BE INCREASED TO $35,000 FOR GENERAL OR MARINE RESTAURANTS AND $5,000 FOR LIGHT REFRESHMENT RESTAURANTS,* HE POINTED OUT.

♦HOWEVER, LICENCE FEES FOR GENERAL RESTAURANTS SMALLER THAN 4,500 SQ. FT. AND FOR LIGHT REFRESHMENT RESTAURANTS SMALLER THAN 3,500 SQ. FT. WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED,+ HE INDICATED.

STATISTICS SHOW THAT, IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, THERE ARE AT PRESENT A TOTAL OF 622 GENERAL AND MARINE RESTAURANTS, ONLY 71 OF WHICH WILL BE AFFECTED BY THE NEW FEES. WITH REGARD TO THE 290 EXISTING LIGHT REFRESHMENT RESTAURANTS, ONLY ONE WILL BE AFFECTED.

♦THERE ARE BASICALLY TWO REASONS FOR THE AMENDMENT,♦ MR. GREWAL EXPLAINED.

♦FIRSTLY, THE INTENTION IS TO USE THE LICENCE FEES TO RECOVER THE COST OF ADMINISTERING THE RESTAURANT LICENSING SYSTEM IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, AND SECONDLY, THE AIM IS TO SPREAD THIS COST MORE EQUITABLY AMONG THE RESTAURANT OPERATORS.

♦ACCORDING TO AN ACCOUNTING EXERCISE CARRIED OUT BY MY STAFF RECENTLY TO DETERMINE THE COST OF ADMINISTERING THE RESTAURANT LICENSING SYSTEM, IT WAS FOUND THAT THE TOTAL COST AMOUNTS TO OVER $1.6 MILLION PER YEAR WHILE THE REVENUE FROM LICENCE FEES IS ONLY ABOUT $0.5 MILLION.

♦THE REVISED LICENCE FEES ARE EXPECTED TO BRING IN AN ADDITIONAL REVENUE OF ABOUT $0.4 MILLION PER ANNUM.

♦HENCE, THERE WILL STILL EE A DEFICIT OF ABOUT $0.7 MILLION EVEN AFTER THE NEW RATES ARE BROUGHT IN,+ HE ADDED.

I" KEEPING WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S METRICATION POLICY, THE FLOOR AREA OF THE RESTAURANTS WILL BE CONVERTED TO THE METRIC STANDARD UNDER --:E ME’RICATION AMENDMENTS (PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES ORDINANCE) 'RDER 1979 WITH EFFECT F OM JULY 1, 1979.

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EMPLOYERS REMINDED OF FLOATING HOLIDAY

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A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (THURSDAY) REMINDED EMPLOYERS THAT IF THEY HAVE NOT ALREADY DESIGNATED A DATE FOR THE FLOATING HOLIDAY — ONE OF THE 10 STATUTORY HOLIDAYS UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE — BY THE END OF LAST YEAR, THEY SHOULD GIVE EMPLOYEES THE DAY OFF EITHER ON JULY 2 (THE FIRST WEEK DAY IN JULY) OR AUGUST 6 (THE FIRST MONDAY IN AUGUST) THIS YEAR.

UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE, THE FLOATING HOLIDAY MUST BE DESIGNATED BY THE EMPLOYER AND NOTIFIED TO EMPLOYEES BY A NOTICE PLACED IN A CONSPICUOUS PLACE BY THE END OF THE PRECEDING YEAR.

HE EMPHASISED THAT THE PROVISIONS OF THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE APPLIED TO ALL EMPLOYEES WHEREVER THEY MAY WORK.

UNDER THE ORDINANCE, ALL MANUAL EMPLOYEES WITHOUT DISTINCTION, INCLUDING DOMESTIC SERVANTS, IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR EARNINGS AND ALL NON-MANUAL EMPLOYEES EARNING NOT MORE THAN 83,500 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 A STATUTORY HOLIDAY, HE MUST BE GIVEN AN ALTERNATIVE DAY OFF WITHIN 60 DAYS BEFORE OR AFTER THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY.

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 ARE: 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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SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME OPENING CEREMONY * * * * *

THE 1979 SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WILL BE LAUNCHED ON SATURDAY BY SIR KENNETH PING-FAN FUNG, STEWARD OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, AT THE OCEAN PARK.

MORE THAN 8,000 SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL EVENTS WILL BE HELD DURING THE NEXT TWO MONTHS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. THESE INCLUDE TRAINING AND RECREATIONAL CAMPS, COMMUNITY SERVICES PROJECTS. HIKING, EXCURSIONS, SWIMMING, FUNFAIRS AND VARIETY SHOWS.

+THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IS TO PROVIDE RECREATIONAL OUTLETS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS,* SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR YOUTH RECREATION, THE CO-ORDINATING BODY FOR THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

A PREVIEW OF SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES PLANNED FOR THIS YEAR WILL BE DEMONSTRATED BY 12 YOUTH GROUPS AT THE OCEAN PARK DURING THE OPENING CEREMONY.

+ALL ACTIVITIES ARE DESIGNED TO DEVELOP THE YOUTH’S SELF-CONFIDENCE, TO ENRICH THEIR KNOWLEDGE, AND TO LET THEM UNDERSTAND THEIR OWN POTENTIAL,* HE ADDED.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAMME IS AVAILABLE AT ALL CITY DISTRICT OFFICES, DISTRICT OFFICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, COMMUNITY CENTRES, VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND YOUTH ORGANISATIONS.

THE CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR YOUTH RECREATION COMPRISES REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE, THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB (CHARITIES) LTD., THE BRITISH FORCES, THE HOME AFFAIRS BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT, THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT (PHYSICAL EDUCATION SECTION SCIENCE SUBJECTS SECTION AND THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE).

NOTE TO EDITORS!

THE 1979 SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WILL BE LAUNCHED BY SIR KENNETH PING-FAN FUNG AT 10.30 A.M. ON SATURDAY IN THE ACTIVITIES AREA OF THE OCEAN PARK, WONG CHUK HANG.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY.

PRESS TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED. A GOVERNMENT VAN WILL LEAVE QUEEN’S PIER, CENTRAL AT 9.30 A.M. FOR THE OCEAN PARK.

THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 1979

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TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SEMINAR ON DRIVING TESTS

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THE DRIVING TEST SECTION OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL BE HOLDING A SEMINAR ON DRIVING TESTS THIS SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT SUCH A SEMINAR HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

THE SEMINAR WILL BE ATTENDED BY ABOUT 60 EXECUTIVE MEMBERS OF FIVE DRIVING INSTRUCTORS’ ASSOCIATIONS AND THE HONG KONG ROAD SAFETY ASSOCIATION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THE AIMS OF THE SEMINAR ARE TO:

* REVIEW THE PRESENT DRIVING TEST SYSTEMS-

* DISCUSS THE FREQUENT FAULTS MADE BY CANDIDATES IN THE COURSE OF DRIVING TESTS-

* SUGGEST CORRECT WAYS TO AVOID SUCH MISTAKES, AND I

* IMPROVE DRIVING SKILLS AND RAISE DRIVING STANDARDS IN HONG KONG.

MR. WONG YEE-TING, SENIOR EXECUTIVE OFFICER (DRIVING TEST), W. WONG WAI-LEUNG, DRIVING SUPERVISOR, MR. TSUI PAK-LAM, DRIVING SUPERVISOR, AND MR. AU PO-NAM, ASSISTANT DRIVING SUPERVISOR, WILL PRESIDE OVER THE SEMINAR WHICH WILL LAST THREE HOURS.

BOTH MR. TSUI AND MR. AU HAVE PREVIOUSLY ATTENDED TRAINING COURSES ON DRIVING TESTS IN ENGLAND.

MR. CHAN KAM-CHIU, COMMISSIONER OF THE HONG KONG ROAD SAFETY ASSOCIATION, WILL ALSO ADDRESS THE SEMINAR.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

THE DRIVING TEST SECTION OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL BE HOLDING A SEMINAR ON SATURDAY FROM 2 P.M. TO 5 P.M. AT THE HONG KONG ROAD SAFETY ASSOCIATION HEADQUARTERS IN STADIUM PATH, SO KON PO.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE SEMINAR.

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CHEUNG CHAU HOME FOR AGED HAS EXPANSION PLANS * * * * *

THE CHEUNG CHAU CHUNG SHAK-HEI HOME FOR THE AGED, FOUNDED 10 YEARS AGO, IS TO ESTABLISH A BRANCH HOME TO MEET THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR SERVICES FOR OLD PEOPLE IN THE ISLANDS DISTRICT.

THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. DAVID AKERS-JONES SAID THIS TODAY (THURSDAY) AT THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY AND INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF NEW OFFICE BEARERS OF THE HOME AT THE CITY HALL.

MR. AKERS-JONES SAID THE SUCCESS OF THE HOME HAD BEEN BUILT UP BY THE HARD WORK OF THE OFFICE BEARERS OF THE PAST NINE TERMS AND IT HAD PROVED NOW TO BE A HAPPY HOME FOR MORE THAN 130 OLD PEOPLE.

♦THEY HAVE NOT JUST ENSURED THAT ALL THE BASIC HOME SERVICES ARE SATISFACTORY BUT ALSO PROVIDED A LOT OF INTERESTING AND MEANINGFUL PROGRAMMES TO ENABLE THE OLD PEOPLE TO ENJOY FULLY THEIR TIME,* HE SAID.

THESE PROGRAMMES INCLUDED VISITS TO THE OCEAN PARK, PERFORMANCE BY CANTONESE OPERA GROUPS AND PARTICIPATION IN THE NEW YEAR FUNFAIR IN THE PAK TAI SQUARE.

+THROUGH THESE PROGRAMMES,+ HE SAID, +THEY HAVE BEEN BROUGHT INTO INTIMATE COMMUNICATION WITH SOCIETY AT LARGE AND DIFFERENT AGE GROUPS - ACTIVITIES WHICH I CAN CALL HAPPY INTERLUDES IN THE PEACEFUL ENVIRONMENT OF THE HOME.+

THE OTHER SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENT OF THE OUTGOING TERM, MR. AKERS-JONES POINTED OUT, WAS THE CREATION OF A PRINCIPAL FOR THE HOME BY EMPLOYING A PROFESSIONAL WORKER.

♦I AM CONFIDENT THAT THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE HOME WILL BE FURTHER STREAMLINED WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF A PRINCIPAL,* HE SAID.

MR. AKERS-JONES NOTED THAT THE HOME WAS ALREADY REACHING ITS MAXIMUM CAPACITY AND THE EXISTING PREMISES COULD NOT BE FURTHER EXPANDED.

+1 AM GLAD MR. SO TUNG-LAM, THE NEW CHAIRMAN AND HIS DIRECTORS ARE ACTIVELY CONSIDERING PLANS TO ENABLE A BRANCH HOME TO BE ESTABLISHED,* HE SAID.

+1 HOPE FIRM PROPOSALS WILL BE MADE SOON AND I WILL CERTAINLY TRY TO GIVE ALL POSSIBLE ASSISTANCE TO ENABLE YOUR PLANS TO MATERIALISE.*

MR. AKERS-JONES CONGRATULATED MR. SO AND THE NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR ASSUMING THE CHALLENGING RESPONSIBILITIES AT A CRITICAL STAGE OF THE HOME’S DEVELOPMENT.

+1 HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THEY WILL CARRY ON THE WORK OF THE HOME FOR ANOTHER FRUITFUL YEAR,* HE ADDED.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 1979

LABOUR DEPT DIVISION OFFICE *****

THE NO. 2 DIVISIONAL OFFICE, NEW TERRITORIES, OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S FACTORY INSPECTORATE HAS MOVED FROM THE THIRD FLOOR TO THE FIFTH FLOOR OF THE CHARTERED BANK BUILDING IN TSUEN WAN.

THE OFFICE HANDLES MATTERS RELATING TO THE SAFETY, HEALTH AND WELFARE OF WORKERS IN FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS IN TSUEN WAN, TUEN MUN, YUEN LONG, SHEUNG SHUI AND FANLING.

THE NEW TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF THE OFFICE ARE: 12-426009 FOR THE DIVISIONAL FACTORY INSPECTOR AND 12-426008 FOR GENERAL ENQUIRIES.

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THE HUNG HOM MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK IN KOWLOON WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED FROM MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAY (JULY 1).

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (THURSDAY), A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE WAS NECESSITATED BY SHORTAGE OF MANPOWER AND THE NEED TO RE-DEPLOY STAFF TO OTHER SECTIONS WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT SUCH AS THE LION ROCK TUNNEL.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO SAID THAT EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO RE-OPEN THE CAR PARK BEFORE THE START OF THE NEXT RACING SEASON.

HOWEVER, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED, MOTORISTS WILL STILL BE ALLOWED TO PARK ON THE DECK FREE OF CHARGE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVT BURNS $56 MILLION WORTH OF SEIZED NARCOTICS ......... 1

TREMENDOUS GROWTH OF TICD ................................ 2

CONSUMER PRICE INDICES FOR MAY ........................... 4

TENDERS CALLED FOR FIVE RESIDENTIAL SITES IN CHEUNG SHA ....................................................... 6

MOVE TO STREAMLINE ADMINISTRATION OF CLEAN A’R ORDINANCE ................................................. 7

BUILDING OF NEW PIER PROPOSED ............................ 7

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WATER SKIERS AND CANOEISTS REMINDED TO TAKE SAFETY MEASURES................................................... 8

CAS INTER-UNIT FIRST AID COMPETITION ...................... 9

NEW PREMISES FOR TAI PO BRANCH OFFICE OF WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS UNIT......................................... 9

OVER 100 AMS MEMBERS TO DONATE BLOOD ..................... 10

FIRING PRACTICE .......................................... 11

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

FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 1979

GOVT BURNS $56 MILLION WORTH OF SEIZED NARCOTICS ******

SOME 1,140 LBS. OF RAW OPIUM AND 310 LBS. OF MORPHINE WITH A STREET VALUE OF OVER $56 MILLION SEIZED BY THE POLICE AND CUSTOMS AND EXCISE OFFICERS OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS WERE BURNT AT THE KENNEDY TOWN INCINERATOR THIS (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS (ACAN), SIR ALBERT RODRIGUES, IN AN ADDRESS TO A GATHERING SAID THE DESTRUCTION OF THE DRUGS BY THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT WAS IN SUPPORT OF THE INTERNATIONAL NARCOTICS CONTROL BOARD’S APPEAL TO ALL MEMBER GOVERNMENTS OF THE UNITED NATIONS TO STOP SELLING SEIZED DRUGS.

GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WHO ALSO WITNESSED THE BURNING WERE THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR. D.H. JORDAN- THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR. LEWIS DAVIES- THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR. K.L. THONG- THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, W. ROY HENRY AND THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR. E.l. LEE. LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, FR. P.T. MCGOVERN WAS ALSO PRESENT.

SIR ALBERT SAID THE APPEAL FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF SEIZED DRUGS WAS MADE BECAUSE OF THE OVER-PRODUCTION OF OPIUM FOR LICIT PURPOSES.

♦THESE, IF UNCHECKED, COULD CLEARLY CAUSE A SLUMP IN THE PRICE PAID TO LICIT OPIUM GROWERS WITH THE CONSEQUENT DANGER OF DIVERSION TO THE ILLICIT MARKET,+ HE WARNED.

DUE TO THIS SITUATION, SIR ALBERT POINTED OUT, ACAN LAST MONTH RECOMMENDED TO THE GOVERNMENT THAT THE SALE OF SEIZED DRUGS SHOULD BE DISCONTINUED AND THAT THOSE HELD IN STOCK, AS WELL AS THOSE WHICH MIGHT BE SEIZED IN FUTURE, SHOULD BE DESTROYED AS LONG AS THE WORLD-WIDE OVER-SUPPLY PERSISTED.

♦THE GOVERNMENT,+ HE CONTINUED, ^ACCEPTED ACAN’S ADVICE AND THE RESULT IS TODAY’S BONFIRE.+

IN PRAISING THE POLICE AND CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE HE SAID i +THEIR SKILL AND DEDICATION HAVE, OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS, BROKEN ALL THE FORMERLY POWERFUL DRUG TRAFFICKING SYNDICATES, THEY HAVE PRACTICALLY ELIMINATED HONG KONG AS AN EXPORTER OF DRUGS, AND THEY HAVE KEPT DRUG PRICES HIGH AND TRAFFICKERS ON THE RUN.+

SIR ALBERT RECALLED THAT FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS PRIOR TO 1977, THERE WAS A WORLD-WIDE SHORTAGE OF RAW OPIUM FOR LICIT USE AND GOVERNMENTS WHICH HAD SEIZED OPIUM HAD NO DIFFICULTY IN FINDING AUTHORISED BUYERS WHO NEED THE DRUGS TO PRODUCE PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS.

HE POINTED OUT THAT DRUGS PREVIOUSLY DESTROYED OR SOLD BROUGHT THE TOTAL VALUE OF SEIZURES FROM 1976 TO 1979, TO $150 MILLION.

HE ADDED THAT HONG KONG COULD NOT AFFORD TO RELAX IN ITS ANTI-NARCOTICS EFFORTS, EMPHASISING THAT A GREAT DEAL REMAINED TO BE DONE.

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TREMENDOUS GROWTH OF TICD ******

REVIEWING HIS SEVEN YEARS AS DIRECTOR OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR. DAVID JORDAN TODAY (FRIDAY) SPOKE ON THE TREMENDOUS GROWTH IN THE WORK AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF HIS DEPARTMENT.

SPEAKING TO THE ROTARY CLUB OF NORTH KOWLOON, HE SET THE GROWTH AGAINST A BACKCLOTH OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS RISING IN SEVEN YEARS FROM $15 BILLION TO $41 BILLION, AND GOVERNMENT SPENDING INCREASING FROM $4.25 BILLION IN 1972 TO AN ESTIMATED $12.5 BILLION THIS YEAR.

EMPHASISING THAT WITH A STAFF INCREASE OF ONLY 32 PER CENT IN THE SEVEN YEARS, MR. JORDAN SAID THAT THE NUMBER OFi

* TRADE NEGOTIATIONS CONDUCTED HAD MORE THAN DOUBLED*

* CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN ISSUED EACH YEAR HAD INCREASED BY 60 PER CENT TO OVER 500,000-

* EXPORT LICENCES ISSUED HAD INCREASED BY 60 PER CENT TO 750,000-

* QUOTA HOLDINGS HAD INCREASED BY 9,000 TO ABOUT 20,000 -OVER 100 PER CENT-

* FACTORIES REGISTERED WITH THE DEPARTMENT HAD INCREASED BY NEARLY 40 PER CENT TO NEARLY 16,000- AND

* OVERSEAS INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT MISSIONS HAD INCREASED FROM ONE IN 1972 TO SEVEN IN 1978.

IN ADDITION, THE TRADE INVESTIGATION BRANCH COMPLETED OVER 500 INVESTIGATIONS IN 1978, TWICE THE NUMBER FOR 1972 — AND THE FINES IMPOSED AS A RESULT OF TIB PROSECUTIONS MULTIPLIED TWO AND A HALF TIMES FROM $600,000 TO $1.5 MILLION.

THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE HAD GROWN FROM JUST OVER 1,000 STAFF TO NEARLY 1,500 — BUT SO HAD REVENUE COLLECTED ON DUTIABLE COMMODITIES, NEARLY DOUBLING FROM $447 MILLION TO $836 MILLION.

I THINK THOSE ARE SOME FAIRLY STARTLING FIGURES, BUT THEY DON’T TELL THE WHOLE STORY. MANY OF OUR ACTIVITIES INVOLVE ENTIRELY NEW RESPONSIBILITIES THAT WE HAVE TAKEN ON SINCE 1972, HE SAID.

MR. JORDAN LISTED HIS DEPARTMENT’S INVOLVEMENT IN THE WORK CF THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATES CORPORATION- THE SPECIAL INDUSTRIES POLICY- THE CONSUMER COUNCIL- AND THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE COPYRIGHT ORDINANCE.

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+WE HAVE HAD TO NEGOTIATE COMPLETELY NEW TEXTILE AGREEMENTS WITH OUR MAJOR MARKETS, THE U.S.A. AND THE EEC, AND HAVE BEEN MUCH MORE ACTIVE OVERSEAS. IN ADDITION TO SENDING NEGOTIATING TEAMS FROM HONG KONG, WE NOW HAVE 10 OFFICERS WORKING OVERSEAS, WHEREAS IN 1972 WE ONLY HAD FIVE,* MR. JORDAN SAID.

+ IN 1976 WE CARRIED OUT THE FIRST EVER MAJOR REVIEW OF THE ENTIRE TEXTILES EXPORT CONTROL SYSTEM- AND WE HAVE COMPUTERISED THE QUOTA SYSTEM FOR THE U.S.A.

+1 HOPE I’VE SAID ENOUGH TO CONVINCE ANYONE THAT 100 NEW POSTS CREATED IN THIS YEAR'S ESTIMATES ARE A VERY MODEST ADDITION TO OUR ESTABLISHMENT,* HE ADDED.

HE PRAISED THE PEOPLE WHO RUN HONG KONG’S TRADE AND INDUSTRY, SAYING THAT THEY TENDED TO BE TAKEN FOR GRANTED BECAUSE THEY HAD SUCCESSFULLY COPED WITH EVERY ADVERSITY THAT THEY HAD HAD TO FACE.

+BUT WITHOUT THEIR EFFORTS THERE WOULD NOT BE THE RESOURCES TO FINANCE EDUCATION, HOSPITALS, HOUSING OR ANY OTHER SOCIAL PROGRAMMES.*

IN OUTLINING THE PLANNED RE-ORGANISATION OF TICD, MR. JORDAN SAID THAT THE FUTURE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY WAS BOUND UP WITH THE WORK OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON DIVERSIFICATION.

♦PERSONALLY, I HOPE THAT ONE OUTCOME OF THEIR REPORT - WHICH WE EXPECT LATER THIS YEAR - WILL BE GREATER, AND MORE CO-ORDINATED GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR THE SUPPORT SERVICES TO INDUSTRY,* HE SAID.

+IT HAS ALREADY BEEN AGREED THAT THE DEPARTMENT SHOULD HAVE TOE CENTRAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR CO-ORDINATION OF THE EFFORTS OF TOE VARIOUS BODIES RESPONSIBLE FOR PROMOTING AND ASSISTING INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT, AND FOR ATTRACTING NEW INDUSTRIES AND NEW TECHNOLOGY TO HONG KONG.*

HE SAID THE DEPARTMENT OF TRADE WOULD CONTINUE HANDLING TEXTILE NEGOTIATIONS, BUT +UNTIL PRESENT PROTECTIONIST PRESSURES DIMINISH THIS WILL CONTINUE TO BE AN AREA OF GREAT DIFFICULTY.*

+THE PRESSURES.* HE CONTINUED, +COULD LEAD TO AN EXTENSION OF EXPORT RESTRAINTS TO OTHER PRODUCTS, PARTICULARLY IF THE NEGOTIATIONS DUE TO BE RESUMED IN GENEVA PRODUCE WHAT GATT CALLS A SAFEGUARDS CODE.*

HE ADDEDi +BUT I AM HOPEFUL THAT PROTECTIONISM PRESSURES WILL BE COUNTERED BY A GROWING REALISATION THAT THE OVERALL COSTS OF IT ARE GREATER THAN THE LIMITED BENEFITS TO PARTICULAR INDUSTRIES. AS MR. MCNARMARA SAID IN HIS ADDRESS TO UNCTAD V IN MANILA LAST MONTHt ’THE TRUTH IS THAT PROTECTIONISM IS INEFFICIENT, COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE AND ULTIMATELY SELF-DEFEATING.’*

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CONSUMER PRICE INDICES FOR MAY

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THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) AND CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (B) FOR MAY 1979 WERE 136 AND 137 RESPECTIVELY. COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS MONTH, C.P. I.(A) DECLINED BY ONE POINT WHILE C.P.I.(B) ADVANCED BY ONE POINT.

THE C.P. I.(A) IS BASED ON WEIGHTS DERIVED FROM THE EXPENDITURE OF HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN $400 AND $1,499 A MONTH AND THE C.P.I.(B), BETWEEN $1,500 AND $2,999 A MONTH IN THE HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 1973-74.

THE SECTION INDICES FOR MAY 1979, COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS MONTH AND THE CORRESPONDING MONTH IN 1978, AREi

C.P.I.(A) C.P.I.(B)

SECTION MAY 79 APR. 79 MAY 78 MAY 79 APR. 79 MAY 78

FOODSTUFFS 131 134 118 133 134 119

HOUSING 141 140 129 140 139 128

FUEL AND LIGHT 167 149 135 163 147 134

ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO 157 156 141 152 151 137

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR 109 106 103 108 104 102

DURABLE GOODS 125 123 113 122 120 110

MISCELLANEOUS GOODS 142 141 133 140 139 129

TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES 150 148 119 155 154 123

SERVICES 146 144 136 148 146 136

ALL ITEMS 136 137 122 137 136 123

THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS DECREASED BY THREE POINTS IN C.P.I.(A) AND BY ONE POINT IN C.P.I.(B). REDUCTIONS WERE RECORDED IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH VEGETABLES, FRESH-WATER FISH AND FRESH FRUITS.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF SALT-WATER FISH AND BEEF WENT UP.

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THE COST OF MEALS BOUGHT AWAY FROM HOME ALSO ROSE AS SOME RESTAURANTS AND EATING-PLACES RAISED THEIR PRICES. MOVEMENTS IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF OTHER FOOD ITEMS WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

AS MORE HOUSEHOLDS WERE AFFECTED BY THE INCREASE IN WATER CHARGES, THE INDEX FOR HOUSING ADVANCED BY ONE POINT IN BOTH C.P. I.(A) AND C.P. I.(B).

THE INDEX FOR FUEL AND LIGHT WENT UP SUBSTANTIALLY BY 18 POINTS IN C.P. I.(A) AND BY 16 POINTS IN C.P.I.(B), REFLECTING THE FULL IMPACT OF THE RISES IN PRICES OF KEROSENE AND LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS SINCE APRIL AS WELL AS THE HIGHER CHARGES FOR ELECTRICITY.

HIGHER PRICES FOR ALCOHOLIC DRINKS PUSHED THE INDEX FOR ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO UP BY ONE POINT EACH IN C.P.I.(A) AND C.P. I.(B).

THE INDEX FOR CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR INCREASED BY THREE POINTS IN C.P. I.(A) AND BY FOUR POINTS IN C.P.I.(B) BECAUSE OF HIGHER PRICES FOR OUTER-CLOTHING ITEMS.

THE RISE OF TWO POINTS IN THE INDEX FOR DURABLE GOODS IN BOTH C.P. I.(A) AND C.P.I.(B) WAS ATTRIBUTABLE TO HIGHER PRICES FOR WOODEN FURNITURE, TELEVISION SETS, SOUND EQUIPMENT AND TRAVEL GOODS.

ON ACCOUNT OF HIGHER PRICES FOR TOILET REQUISITES, SOAP, DETERGENTS, TOYS AND HOBBIES, THE INDEX FOR MISCELLANEOUS GOODS ROSE BY ONE POINT EACH IN C.P. I.(A) AND C.P.I.(B).

THE INDEX FOR TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES ADVANCED BY TWO POINTS IN C.P.I.(A) AND BY ONE POINT IN C.P. I.(B) AS A RESULT OF HIGHER FARES FOR PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES AND THE FULL IMPACT OF THE INCREASE IN PRICES OF PETROL AND OIL SINCE APRIL.

THE RISE OF TWO POINTS IN THE INDEX FOR SERVICES IN BOTH C.P. I.(A) AND C.P.I.(B) WAS MAINLY BROUGHT ABOUT BY HIGHER CHARGES FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT AND CINEMA ENTERTAINMENT.

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TENDERS CALLED FOR FIVE RESIDENTIAL SITES IN CHEUNG SHA ******

THE GOVERNMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR FIVE LOTS OF CROWN LAND FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT IN CHEUNG SHA ON LANTAU ISLAND.

THE LOTS, RANGING FROM 1,010 TO 2,240 SQUARE METRES, ARE THE FIRST LOTS IN THE ISLANDS DISTRICT EVER PUT UP FOR SALE BY TENDER.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE LOTS ARE RESTRICTED TO REGISTERED OWNERS OF LAND EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENTS ISSUED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, AND ONLY ENTITLEMENTS GIVING THE OWNER THE RIGHT TO A GRANT OF BUILDING LAND WILL BE CONSIDERED.

THE ESTATE SURVEYOR OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE, MR. JOHN MASTERS, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT IT WAS THE POLICY OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION TO OFFER AS MUCH LAND AS POSSIBLE TO HOLDERS OF LAND EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENTS IN ORDER TO GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONVERT THEIR +PAPER+ HOLDINGS INTO LAND HOLDINGS.

+THE SITES ARE LOCATED WITHIN THE SOUTH LANTAU HOSPITAL LAYOUT, BETWEEN SOUTH LANTAU ROAD AND TUNG CHUNG ROAD, AND COMMAND AN EXCELLENT VIEW OF THE CHEUNG SHA BEACH,♦ MR. MASTERS SAID.

OF THE BATCH, THREE SMALLER ONES OF 1,010, 1,080 AND 1,040 SQUARE METRES ARE ADJACENT SITES AND CAN BE DEVELOPED EITHER SEPARATELY OR AS A WHOLE.

THE OTHER TWO, SITUATED TO THE SOUTH OF THE SMALL ONES, ARE ALSO ADJACENT SITES, MEASURING 1,180 AND 2,240 SQUARE METRES RESPECTIVELY.

ALL OF THEM CARRY A PLOT RATIO OF 0.4 WHICH ALLOWS FOR TWO-STOREY RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT.+

MR. MASTERS NOTED THAT THESE LOTS ARE AMONG A LIMITED AMOUNT OF LAND AVAILABLE IN THE SOUTH LANTAU HOSPITAL LAYOUT WHICH IS BEING DEVELOPED AS A LOW-DENSITY PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL ZONE.

ALTOGETHER, 23 SITES OF VARIOUS SIZES ARE LOCATED IN THIS AREA, OF WHICH 15 HAVE ALREADY BEEN DISPOSED OF BY MEANS OF AUCTION OR IN SITU LAND EXCHANGE.

THE LAST THREE LOTS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE, ALSO BY TENDER TO OWNERS OF LAND EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENTS, IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR.

TENDERS FOR THE FIVE LOTS WILL CLOSE ON JULY 20.

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

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MOVE TO STREAMLINE ADMINISTRATION OF CLEAN AIR ORDINANCE *****

THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO STREAMLINE THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE CLEAN AIR ORDINANCE WITH AMENDING LEGISLATION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID THE CLEAN AIR (AMENDMENT) BILL 1979, GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY), PROVIDES FOR THE APPOINTMENT BY THE GOVERNOR OF AN AIR POLLUTION CONTROL OFFICER AND AUTHORISES HIM TO ISSUE SMOKE ABATEMENT NOTICES.

AT PRESENT, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR HAS TO APPROVE PERSONALLY THE ISSUE OF SUCH NOTICES AND TO EXERCISE PERSONALLY THE FUNCTIONS OF A COMPETENT AUTHORITY FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE ORDINANCE AND ITS TWO SETS OF REGULATIONS.

IN ADDITION, IT PROVIDES THAT THE PROSECUTION OF CERTAIN OFFENCES UNDER THE ORDINANCE OR ITS SUBSIDIARY REGULATIONS MUST BEGIN WITHIN TWO YEARS OF THE TIME THE OFFENCE TOOK PLACE. THE EXTENDED LIMITATION PERIOD APPLIES ONLY TO OFFENCES COMMITTED AFTER THE BILL PASSES INTO LAW.

♦IT IS HOPED THAT THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT WILL STREAMLINE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES AND LEAD TO AN IMPROVEMENT IN THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE ORDINANCE,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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BUILDING OF NEW PIER PROPOSED *****

A PIER IS TO BE BUILT NEAR THE BRITISH FORCES’ NEW HEADQUARTERS AT HMS TAMAR.

THE PIER WILL SERVE THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE, THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT, THE MINES DIVISION OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, AND THE SERVICEMEN’S GUIDES ASSOCIATION.

IT WILL BE CONSTRUCTED WITHIN THE LIMITS OF AN AREA OF ABOUT 1,320 SQUARE METRES OF FORESHORE AND SEA BED AT THE EAST TAMAR RECLAMATION.

A PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE EXTENT OF FORESHORE AND SEA BED INVOLVED IS DESCRIBED IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

THE NOTIFICATION IN THE GAZETTE CALLS ON ANYONE WITH OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL, OR CLAIMS OF PRIVATE RIGHT, TO WRITE TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS WITHIN TWO MONTHS.

THE NOTICE IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE WITH THE RELATED PLAN CAN BE SEEN ON BOARDS POSTED NEAR THE SITE.

THE PLAN CAN ALSO BE SEEN AT THE PORT WORKS DIVISION, FIRST FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG, OR THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE ON THE 19TH FLOOR OF THE SAME BUILDING.

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WATER SKIERS AND CANOEISTS REMINDED TO TAKE SAFETY MEASURES ******

THE MARINE DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) REMINDED WATER SKIING AND CANOEING ENTHUSIASTS ON THE NEED TO TAKE SAFETY MEASURES BEFORE ENTERING THE WATER.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID SKIERS SHOULD JOIN A CLUB AND LEARN TO SWIM BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO SKI.

♦THEY SHOULD ALSO WEAR A LIFEJACKET AND PICK A CLEAR AREA FREE OF UNDERWATER AND VISIBLE OBSTRUCTIONS,* HE SAID.

TO THE SPEED-BOAT DRIVERS, THE SPOKESMAN ADVISED THEM TO BECOME PROFICIENT AND HAVE AN OBSERVER SOLELY TO HELP WATCH THE SKIER.

HE ALSO ADVISED THEM TO MAKE SURE THAT THE SKIER IS KEPT CLEAR OF ALL OBSTRUCTIONS INCLUDING ANCHORED BOATS AND SWIMMING AREAS.

ON CANOEING, THE SPOKESMAN SAID CANOEISTS SHOULD WEAR LIFEJACKETS AND PADDLE IN SAFE LOCATIONS.

THEY SHOULD NOT GO OUT ALONE NOR PUT MORE PEOPLE IN THE CANOE THAN IT IS DESIGNED TO CARRY, HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT A BOOKLET ENTITLED +SAFETY AFLOAT* HAS BEEN PREPARED BY THE MARINE DEPARTMENT AND IS AVAILABLE AT THE INFORMATION COUNTER AT THE MARINE DEPARTMENT, 102 CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

IN ADDITION, A LEAFLET ENTITLED *DO’S AND DON’TS FOR CANOEISTS* HAS ALSO BEEN PREPARED AND ARE OBTAINABLE AT ANY MARINE LICENSING STATION.

FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 197?

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CAS INTER-UNIT FIRST AID COMPETITION ******

THE CIVIL AID SERVICES WILL HOLD ITS ANNUAL INTER-UNIT FIRST AID COMPETITION AT ITS HEADQUARTERS IN CAROLINE HILL ON SUNDAY.

THE COMPETITION IS AIMED AT INCREASING THE EFFICIENCY OF CAS MEMBERS AS WELL AS PROMOTING INTER-UNIT FRIENDSHIP WITHIN THE SERVICE.

MR. STEPHEN LEE KI, CAS REGIONAL COMMANDER, HONG KONG, WILL ADDRESS THE PARTICIPANTS AND PRESENT PRIZES TO WINNERS OF THE COMPETITION.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE ANNUAL INTER-UNIT FIRST AID COMPETITION OF THE CIVIL AID SERVICES WHICH WILL BE HELD AT THE DEMONSTRATION THEATRE ON THE SIXTH FLOOR OF THE CAS HEADQUARTERS AT 100 CAROLINE HILL ROAD, HONG KONG AT 8.30 A.M. ON SUNDAY. FINALS OF THE COMPETITION AND THE PRIZE PRESENTATION WILL BE HELD AT 11.30 A.M.

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NEW PREMISES FOR TAI PO BRANCH OFFICE OF WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS UNIT *****

THE BRANCH OFFICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS UNIT ON THE GROUND FLOOR, 52 PO HEUNG STREET, TAI PO, NEW TERRITORIES, WILL BE MOVED TOMORROW (SATURDAY) TO THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, ROOMS 3B10 AND 3B11, TING KOK ROAD, TAI PO.

THE NEW MAIN TELEPHONE EXCHANGE FOR THE OFFICE WILL BE 12-677111. THE EXTENSION FOR THE SENIOR LABOUR INSPECTOR IS 111 AND FOR GENERAL ENQUIRIES 112, 113 AND 118.

FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 1979

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OVER 100 AMS MEMBERS TO DONATE BLOOD

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MORE THAN 100 MEMBERS OF THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICE WILL DONATE BLOOD TO THE HONG KONG RED CROSS ON SUNDAY.

*FOUR TO FIVE GROUP DONATIONS ARE ORGANISED EVERY YEAR FOR THE AMS MEMBERS,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SERVICE SAID, +AND ON EACH OCCASION, MORE THAN 100 MEMBERS DONATE THEIR BLOOD,* HE ADDED.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

BLOOD DONATION BY AMS MEMBERS WILL TAKE PLACE AT ST. JOSEPH’S PRIMARY SCHOOL, WOOD ROAD, WAN CHAI ON SUNDAY FROM 9 A.M. TO 12.30 P.M. YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE EVENT.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 1979

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FIRING PRACTICE * * * *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE FOR 18 DAYS NEXT MONTH.

THE PUBLIC ARE WARNED NOT TO ENTER THE AREA WHEN RED FLAGS ARE HOISTED DURING THE TIME OF PRACTICE.

THE PRACTICE TIMES AREi

DATE HOURS

JULY 3 (TUESDAY) 8.30 A.M. - 5 P.M.

JULY 4 (WEDNESDAY) 8.30 A.M. - 11 P.M.

JULY 5. (THURSDAY) 8.30 A.M. - 5 P.M.

JULY 6 (FRIDAY) 9 A.M. - 4 P.M.

JULY 9 (MONDAY) 8.30 A.M. - 5 P.M.

JULY 10 (TUESDAY) 8.30 A.M. - 5 P.M.

JULY 11 (WEDNESDAY) 8.30 A.M. - 5 P.M.

JULY 12 (THURSDAY) 8.30 A.M. - 11 P.M.

JULY 13 (FRIDAY) 8.30 A.M. - 4 P.M.

JULY 17 (TUESDAY) 8.30 A.M. - 5 P.M.

JULY 18 (WEDNESDAY) 8.30 A.M. - 5 P.M.

JULY 19 (THURSDAY) 8.30 A.M. - 5 P.M.

JULY 23 (MONDAY) 8.30 A.M. - 5 P.M.

JULY 24 (TUESDAY) 8.30 A.M. - 5 P.M.

JULY 25 (WEDNESDAY) 8.30 A.M. - 5 P.M.

JULY 26 (THURSDAY) 8.30 A.M. - 5 P.M.

JULY 27 (FRIDAY) 8.30 A.M. - 5 P.M.

JULY 31 (TUESDAY) 8.30 A.M. - 5 P.M.

MEANWHILE, FIRING PRACTICE SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE AT THE

HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE TODAY FRIDAY (JUNE 25-29) HAS NOW BEEN (FRIDAY) AND FROM NEXT MONDAY TO CANCELLED.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 1979

CONTENTS

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PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR MAY 1979 .......................   1

OVER 247,000 WORKERS GIVEN ANNUAL LEAVE DURING LAST LUNAR NEW YEAR PERIOD ................................................ *

SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME LAUNCHED AT OCEAN PARK .................. 5

FOUNDATION WORK ON STUBBS ROAD FLYOVER MAKING HEADWAY .......... 6

AFTER-CARE SERVICES IMPORTANT FOR EX-DRUG ADDICTS .............. 7

IMPORTANCE OF CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN NEW TOWNS STRESSED .... 6

NEW PREMISES FOR SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT .............................................. 9

AUCTION OF SPECIAL NUMBERS REALISES $151,700 .................. 10

TAI PO URBAN SERVICES OFFICE REMOVAL NEXT MONDAY .............. 10

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS .......................................... 11

WATER CUT ..................................................... 11

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

SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 1979

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PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR MAY 1979 ******

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (SATURDAY) PUBLISHED THE PROVISIONAL FIGURES FOR HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL MERCHANDISE TRADE DURING MAY 1979. THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS FOR MAY WAS $6,208 MILLION, MADE UP OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF $4,552 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS OF $1,656 MILLION. WITH IMPORTS AT $6,884 MILLION, THE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT FOR MAY WAS $676 MILLION.

COMMENTING ON THESE TRADE FIGURES, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IT WAS ENCOURAGING TO SEE A SUBSTANTIAL NARROWING IN THE ABSOLUTE SIZE OF THE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT, ALTHOUGH IT IS NORMAL FOR THE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT TO NARROW AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR.

HE ADDED THAT THE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT FOR THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF 1978 WAS ABOUT 45 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL VISIBLE DEFICIT FOR THAT YEAR. SO, A DEFICIT OF $5,287 MILLION FOR THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF 1979 COULD MEAN A VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT SLIGHTLY LESS THAN THE FIGURE OF $12,000 MILLION IMPLICIT IN THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY’S BUDGET SPEECH FORECAST ON THE ECONOMY FOR 1979. MOREOVER, THE DEFICIT FOR THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF 1979, AT ABOUT 17 PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS, WAS SMALLER IN RELATIVE TERMS THAN IN THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR WHEN THE PROPORTION WAS ABOUT 18 PER CENT.

IT WAS ENCOURAGING, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, THAT TOTAL EXPORTS WERE CONTINUING TO GROW FASTER THAN IMPORTS. COMPARED WITH THE SAME MONTH IN 1978, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN MAY INCREASED BY 35 PER CENT AND THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS BY 42 PER CENT. SO THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS, THAT IS, DOMESTIC EXPORTS PLUS RE-EXPORTS, INCREASED BY 37 PER CENT. THIS IS SLIGHTLY FASTER THAN THE INCREASE IN IMPORTS AT 36 PER CENT.

COMPARING FIGURES FOR THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF THE YEAR WITH THOSE OF THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF 1978, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WAS 33 PER CENT HIGHER, THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS WAS 53 PER CENT HIGHER, THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS WAS 38 PER CENT HIGHER AND THE VALUE OF IMPORTS WAS 36 PER CENT HIGHER.

LOOKING AT THE MORE SHORT-TERM CHANGES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IT WAS WORTH NOTING THAT WHILE THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS INCREASED BY EIGHT PER CENT IN MAY OVER APRIL, THE VALUE OF IMPORTS ACTUALLY DECREASED BY ABOUT THREE PER CENT. HE SAID THAT, ALTHOUGH NOT TOO MUCH SHOULD BE READ INTO MONTH-TO-MONTH CHANGES, THE DECREASE IN IMPORTS DID NOT SEEM TO BE ATTRIBUTABLE TO SEASONAL FACTORS AND SO PROVIDED AN ADDITIONAL INDICATION THAT THE ECONOMY WAS FOLLOWING THE COURSE PREDICTED IN THE BUDGET SPEECH.

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FOLLOWING ARE THE PROVISIONAL MERCHANDISE FOR MAYi

TRADE FIGURES

MERCHANDISE!

DOMESTIC EXPORTS t $4,552 MILLION

IMPORTS 1 $6,884 MILLION

RE-EXPORTS 1 $1,656 MILLION

TRADE BALANCE 1 $ 676 MILLION ( IN DEFICIT)

COMPARATIVE FIGURES

LATEST 3 MONTHS MARCH - MAY 1979 MARCH - MAY 1978 INCREASE OR DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 12,536 9,284 3,253 ♦ 35.0

IMPORTS 20,513 14,938 5,574 ♦ 37.3

RE-EXPORTS 4,812 3,198 1,614 ♦ 50.5

TRADE BALANCE - 3,165 - 2,456 —• 709

SAME MONTH LAST YEAR MAY 1979 MAY 1978 INCREASE OR DECREASE

1 MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 4,552 (73.3%) 3.373 (7^.4%) 1,180 + 35.0

IMPORTS 6,884 5,061 + 1,823 ♦ 36.0

RE-EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 1,656 (26.7%) 1,163 (25.6%) 492 + 42.3

TRADE BALANCE - 676 - 525 151

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MAY APR IL INCREASE OR

LAST MONTH 1979 1979 DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. S MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 4,552 4,154 398 + 9.6

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (73.3%) (72.4%)

IMPORTS 6,884 7,114 230 - 3.2

RE-EXPORTS 1,656 1,586 + 70 ♦ 4.4

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (26.7%) (23.6%)

TRADE BALANCE - 676 - 1,374 698

JAN. - MAY JAN. - MAY INCREASE OR

CALENDAR YEAR TO-DATE 1979 1978 DECREASE

S MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 18,822 14,130 ♦ 4,693 * 33.2

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (71.6%) (74.4%)

IMPORTS 31,560 23,135 ♦ 8,425 + 36.4

RE-EXPORTS 7,451 4,858 ♦ 2,593 ♦ 53.4

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (28.4%) (25.6%)

TRADE BALANCE - 5,287 - 4,147 - 1,140

JUNE 1978 JUNE 1977

TO TO INCREASE OR

LAST 12 MONTHS MAY 1979 MAY 1978 DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. S MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 45,404 36,288 ♦ 9,116 + 25.1

IMPORTS 71,480 52,389 +19,092 + 36.4

RE-EXPORTS 15,790 10,883 ♦ 4,908 + 45.1

TRADE BALANCE -10,286 - 5,218 - 5,068

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SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 1979

OVER 247,000 WORKERS GIVEN ANNUAL LEAVE DURING LAST LUNAR NEW YEAR PERIOD ******

A TOTAL OF 247,652 WORKERS — 31.3 PER CENT OF THE WORKFORCE IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR — WERE GIVEN ALL OR PART OF THEIR PAID ANNUAL LEAVE ENTITLEMENTS DURING THE LAST LUNAR NEW YEAR PERIOD.

THE LEAVE WAS GIVEN ON TOP OF THE THREE LUNAR NEW YEAR STATUTORY HOLIDAYS, REST DAYS AND NO PAY LEAVE DAYS IN ORDER TO ENABLE THE WORKERS TO HAVE A LONGER BREAK FROM WORK DURING THE FESTIVE SEASON.

THIS IS THE FINDING OF SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT BETWEEN LAST MARCH AND APRIL ON 858 MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS EMPLOYING A TOTAL OF 292,561 WORKERS MAINLY IN THE FIELDS OF TEXTILES, TOYS, PLASTICS, GARMENTS, ELECTRONICS AND METALWARE. THESE WORKERS REPRESENTED 40 PER CENT OF THE WORKFORCE IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR.

EACH OF THESE ESTABLISHMENTS COVERED BY THE SURVEY EMPLOYED BETWEEN 100 TO MORE THAN 2,000 WORKERS, WITH THE MAJORITY OF THEM — 738 OR 86 PER CENT — EACH EMPLOYING BETWEEN 100 AND 499 WORKERS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT THE SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED IN ORDER TO FIND OUT WHETHER LARGE INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS HAD MADE USE OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR PERIOD TO GRANT THEIR EMPLOYEES ANNUAL LEAVE.

ACCORDING TO THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE, AN EMPLOYEE IS ENTITLED TO SEVEN DAYS ANNUAL LEAVE WITH PAY AFTER SERVING 12 MONTHS UNDER A CONTINUOUS CONTRACT WITH THE SAME EMPLOYER.

THE LEAVE SHOULD BE GRANTED ON SEVEN CONSECUTIVE DAYS OR, IF THE EMPLOYEE SO REQUESTS, ON FOUR CONSECUTIVE DAYS, AND THE REMAINING DAYS OF ANNUAL LEAVE ENTITLEMENT EITHER CONSECUTIVELY OR SEPARATELY AT SOME OTHER TIME DURING THE YEAR.

OF THE 858 ESTABLISHMENTS SURVEYED, 741 GAVE THEIR EMPLOYEES

— TOTALLING 247,652 — ANNUAL LEAVE RANGING FROM ONE TO SEVEN DAYS DURING THE NEW YEAR PERIOD. A TOTAL OF 373 ESTABLISHMENTS (43.5 PER CENT) GAVE FOUR DAYS WHILE 205 (23.9 PER CENT) GAVE SEVEN DAYS.

THE OTHER 117 ESTABLISHMENTS HAD NOT GRANTED ANY ANNUAL LEAVE TO THEIR 44,909 EMPLOYEES DURING THAT PERIOD, BUT HAD INDICATED THAT THE LEAVE WOULD BE GRANTED AT SOME OTHER TIME OF THE YEAR.

THE WORKERS GIVEN ANNUAL LEAVE REPRESENT 85 PER CENT Op THE SURVEYED WORKFORCE. A TOTAL Op 142,776 (48.8 PER CENT) OF THEM ENJOYED FOUR DAYS AND 63,948 (21.86 PER CENT) SEVEN DAYS.

THOSE GIVEN THREE, FIVE AND SIX DAYS TOTALLED 15,422, 15,405 AND 5,780 RESPECTIVELY.

SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 1979

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SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME LAUNCHED AT OCEAN PARK * * * *

THE 1979 SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WAS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED TODAY (SATURDAY) IN AN OPENING CEREMONY HELD AT THE OCEAN PARK.

SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, SIR KENNETH PING-FAN FUNG SAID THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WOULD CONCENTRATE ON OUTDOOR EVENTS WHICH HAVE PROVED TO BE THE MOST POPULAR IN PAST YEARS.

MORE THAN 8.000 SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL EVENTS WILL BE HELD DURING THE NEXT TWO MONTHS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. THESE INCLUDE TRAINING AND RECREATIONAL CAMPS, COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS, LIFE-SAVING COURSES AND VARIOUS INTEREST GROUP ACTIVITIES.

♦MANY OF OUR YOUNGSTERS LIVE IN OVERCROWDED CONDITIONS AND ARE SUBJECT TO CONTINUOUS STRESS AND STRAIN FROM THEIR STUDIES CR EMPLOYMENT. THE SPECIAL ACTIVITIES, WHICH ARE ARRANGED FOR THEM THIS TIME EVERY YEAR, ALLOW THEM TO TAKE PART IN HEALTHY RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES OF THEIR CHOICE,♦ SIR KENNETH SAID.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, MR. NORMAN OEI, CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR YOUTH RECREATION SAID, ♦THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME ALLOWS YOUNG PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE TO USE THEIR INITIATIVE AND ENCOURAGES THEM TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY IN DIFFERENT WAYS.+

MR. OEI PAID TRIBUTE TO ALL THE ORGANISATIONS, SCHOOLS, DEPARTMENTS AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB FOR HELPING IN THE ANNUAL EVENT.

THE JOCKEY CLUB IS THE BIGGEST SINGLE DONOR OF FUNDS TOWARDS THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 1969 AND IT HAS MADE A GENEROUS DONATION OF $2 MILLION IN SUPPORT OF THIS YEAR’S ACTIVITIES.

♦THE CLUB IS HAPPY TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME AND IS PLEASED WITH ITS PROGRESSIVE GROWTH OVER THE YEARS,+ SIR KENNETH SAID.

AFTER THE PRESENTATION OF SOUVENIR PENNANTS TO REPRESENTATIVES FROM DIFFERENT ORGANISATIONS CONCERNED, THE GUESTS ATTENDING THE CEREMONY WERE ENTERTAINED BY COLOURFUL FOLK DANCES PERFORMED BY SCHOOL TEAMS.

THE GUESTS LATER WATCHED DEMONSTRATIONS OF SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES PLANNED FOR THIS YEAR.

THE DEMONSTRATIONS, PERFORMED BY 12 YOUTH GROUPS, INCLUDED FORESTRY SHOW, CHILDREN’S ART GALLERY, CAMP PITCHING, SILK SCREEN PRINTING AND FOLK SINGING.

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FOUNDATION WORK ON STUBBS ROAD FLYOVER MAKING HEADWAY ft * ft ft ft

CAISSON FOUNDATION WORK ON THE S54.6 MILLION STUBBS ROAD FLYOVER IS MAKING HEADWAY.

MR. YEUNG KIM-CHOY, CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT’S HIGHWAYS OFFICE, SAIDi *THE PROJECT INVOLVES THE SINKING OF MORE THAN 170 PIL^S.

♦SO FAR, NEARLY 100 OF THEM HAVE EITHER BEEN COMPLETED OR IN THE PROCESS OF CONSTRUCTION.♦

!!! I^MEANTIME£ A CASTING YARD IS BEING SET UP NEAR THE SITE TO PRODUCE BEAMS FOR THE FLYOVER.

MR. YEUNG SAID THE FIRST COLUMN FOR THE ELEVATED ROAD WOULD GO UP WITHIN A MONTH.

ON COMPLETION IN THE SECOND HALF OF NEXT YEAR, THE 450-METRE LONG FLYOVER WILL LINK LOWER STUBBS ROAD WITH WONG NAI CHUNG GAP ROAD, THUS IMPROVING THE TRAFFIC FLOW AT THE STUBBS ROAD ROUNDABOUT.

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AFTER-CARE SERVICES IMPORTANT FOR EX-DRUG ADDICTS

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THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, SAID THIS (SATURDAY) EVENING THAT AFTER-CARE REHABILITATION SERVICES HAD AN IMPORTANT PART TO PLAY IN ANTI-NARCOTICS PROGRAMMES.

ADDRESSING THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE CARITAS LOK HEEP CLUB, MR. LEE SAID BREAKING AWAY FROM DRUG DEPENDENCE WAS NOT EASY AND THE MOST CHALLENGING PART WAS THE TIME WHEN THE EX-ADDICT CAME OUT FROM A TREATMENT CENTRE.

HE POINTED OUT THAT MANY EX-ADDICTS HAD A TENDENCY TO RELAPSE INTO DRUG DEPENDENCE WHEN THEY FAILED TO SOLVE PROBLEMS.

WHAT THEY NEED IS A SECURE JOB, TEMPORARY FINANCIAL HELP AND, MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, THE UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR FAMILY AND THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE COMMUNITY, HE SAID.

MR. LEE SAID SOCIAL WORKERS HAD A SIGNIFICANT ROLE TO PLAY IN THIS RESPECT BY HELPING TO REBUILD THE FAMILY MEMBERS’ CONFIDENCE AND HOPE IN THE EX-ADDICTS.

♦IN ADDITION, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT SOCIAL WORKERS, BY POSITIVE MEANS THROUGH CASE EXAMPLES, PROVE TO THE EX-ADDICTS THAT THEY CAN VERY WELL CHANGE FROM BEING A LIABILITY OF THE SOCIETY INTO A CONTRIBUTING CITIZEN,♦ HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT DRUG ADDICTION WAS MAINLY A SOCIAL PROBLEM AND COULD NOT BE SOLVED SIMPLY BY MEDICAL OR LEGAL MEANS.

♦CONCERTED EFFORTS BY ALL SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY ARE NECESSARY TO EFFECTUATE PREVENTIVE MEASURES,♦ HE SAID.

IN PRAISING THE CARITAS LOK HEEP CLUB FOR ITS WORK IN AFTERCARE SERVICES FOR EX-DRUG DEPENDANTS, MR. LEE SAIDi ♦APART FROM PROVIDING SERVICES TO INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS TO HELP COPE WITH PROBLEMS, TO MAKE FRIENDS AND TO FOSTER HARMONIOUS FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS, THE CLUB ORGANISES VARIOUS COMMUNITY AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES TO ASSIST THEM IN REGAINING CONFIDENCE.♦

AT THE MEETING, MR. LEE ALSO PRESENTED AWARD PINS TO MEMBERS OF THE CLUB AND DESCRIBED THEM AS GOOD EXAMPLES IN ABSTAINING FROM THE TEMPTATION OF DRUGS AFTER TREATMENT.

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IMPORTANCE OF CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN NEW TOWNS STRESSED * * *

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS TO PROMOTE CULTURAL ACTIVITIES AMONG LOCAL RESIDENTS IS IMPORTANT IN THE EARLY DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW TOWN, THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

ADDRESSING THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF NEW OFFICE BEARERS CF THE TUEN MUN ARTS PROMOTION ASSOCIATION AT ST. SIMON LUI MING CHOI SECONDARY TECHNICAL SCHOOL, MR. AKERS-JONES SAID THERE WERE NOW ABOUT 62,000 PEOPLE IN TUEN MUN TOWN WHERE DEVELOPMENT WAS SCATTERED AND THE TOWN CENTRE HAD NOT YET BEEN FULLY DEVELOPED.

♦HOWEVER, + HE SAID, + IT IS MOST IMPORTANT THAT ORGANISATIONS SUCH AS THE TUEN MUN ARTS PROMOTION ASSOCIATION ARE ESTABLISHED AT THIS EARLY STAGE IN THE DEVELOPMENT, AND GROW AS THE TOWN GROWS. +

THEY WERE TO PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN IMPROVING THE CULTURAL STANDARD OF THE NEW TOWN BY ENCOURAGING LOCAL MUSICIANS AND ARTISTS, AND ORGANISING ORCHESTRAS AND BANDS, DANCING CLASSES, CAMERA CLUBS AND FILM SOCIETY, HE ADDED.

MR. AKERS-JONES NOTED THAT THE TUEN MUN ARTS PROMOTION ASSOCIATION — FORMED JUST OVER A YEAR AGO — HAD SINCE ITS INCEPTION PROVIDED THE LOCAL POPULATION WITH A WIDE RANGE OF CULTURAL ACTIVITIES WHICH WERE WELL RECEIVED AND APPRECIATED.

THESE ACTIVITIES RANGED FROM OPERA SHOWS TO EXHIBITIONS AND COMPETITIONS, MOST OF WHICH WERE ORGANISED WITH THE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD AND SUPPORT FROM THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.

IN ADDITION, COURSES ON CANTONESE OPERA, CHINESE MUSIC, FOLK DANCES AND SINGING WERE ALSO RUN TO ENRICH THE CULTURAL LIFE OF LOCAL RESIDENTS AND CULTIVATE THEIR INTERESTS IN ART.

♦THERE IS SO MUCH WORK TO BE DONE THAT YOU MUST ENSURE THAT YOU BRING NEW MEMBERS INTO YOUR ASSOCIATION AND COMMITTEE AS THE TOWN EXPANDS,♦ SAID MR. AKERS-JONES WHO LATER PRESENTED LETTERS OF APPOINTMENT TO THE NEW OFFICE BEARERS OF THE ASSOCIATION.

SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 1979

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NEW PREMISES FOR SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT

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SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT WILL BE MOVED NEXT WEEK TO NEW PREMISES AT 181-185 CENTRE POINT, THIRD FLOOR, GLOUCESTER ROAD, WAN CHAI.

MOVING TO THE NEW PREMISES ON JUNE 27 (WEDNESDAY) ARE THE DENTAL AND MEDICAL COUNCILS, PHARMACY AND POISONS BOARD, MIDWIVES AND NURSING BOARDS, RADIATION BOARD, THE LICENTIATE OFFICE AND THE MEDICAL SOCIAL WORKERS UNIT. THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICE WILL BE MOVED ON JUNE 29 (FRIDAY).

THE NEW TELEPHONE NUMBERS FOR THESE OFFICES AREi

BOARDS AND COUNCILS 5-724456

RADIATION BOARD 5-724151

LICENTIATE OFFICE 5-724795

PRINCIPAL MEDICAL SOCIAL WORKER 5-724945

AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICE 5-724850

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AUCTION OF SPECIAL NUMBERS REALISES 1151,700

MM

TWENTY-FIVE SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD BY AUCTION THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING FOR A TOTAL OF $151,700 WHICH WILL GO INTO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND FOR CHARITY PURPOSES.

THE AUCTION, HELD IN THE LECTURE HALL OF THE CITY HALL, SAW THE REGISTRATION NUMBER BZ 1 FETCH THE HIGHEST PRICE OF $36,000.

ANOTHER NUMBER BZ 9 WAS SOLD AT THE SECOND HIGHEST PRICE OF $35,000 WHILE THE LOWEST PRICE WAS $1,000 FOR BY 7351, BY 7366, BY 8263, BY 8589, BY 8123, BY 9110, BY 9833, BZ 387, BZ 709 AND BZ 619.

THE OTHER SPECIAL REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD AT THE FOLLOWING PRICESi

BZ 13 —— $11,000 BZ 911 MM $3,800

BY 78 $9,400 BZ 218 MM $3,500

BN 2992 $8,000 BZ 628 MM $3,500

BZ 338 •• $8,000 BZ 308 MM $3,300

BZ 280 •• $6,600 BZ 108 MM $2,900

BZ 125 •• $6,000 BG 5658 $2,500

AA 786 $2,200

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

TODAY’S SALE, THE 45TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973, BROUGHT THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY REALISED SO FAR TO $9,998,900.

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TAI PO URBAN SERVICES OFFICE REMOVAL NEXT MONDAY

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SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE TAI PO URBAN SERVICES OFFICE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, PRESENTLY ACCOMMODATED AT NE I TAK BUILDING, KWONG FUK ROAD, TAI PO, WILL MOVE TO TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, FOURTH FLOOR, TING KOK ROAD, TAI PO IEXT MONDAY (JUNE 25).

MOVING TO THE NEW PREMISES AREi THE ADMINISTRATION SECTION, THE ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE SECTION, THE RECREATION AND AMENITIES SECTION AND THE PEST CONTROL SECTION.

THE HAWKERS AND MARKETS SECTION AND THE CLEANSING SECTION WILL REMAIN IN MEI TAK BUILDING.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 1979

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TO FACILITATE THE REMOVAL, THE TAI PO URBAN SERVICES OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED FOR ONE DAY ON JUNE 25 (MONDAY).

ALL TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES AND COMPLAINTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE URBAN SERVICES AT TAI PO MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE NEW PREMISES AT 12-677111, EXT. 162.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ft ft ft ft

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TODAY (SATURDAY) ANNOUNCED THAT FROM 10 A.M. ON MONDAY, TWO NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN WONG CHUK HANG ROAD TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF AP LEI CHAU BRIDGE.

THEY ARE 1

ft RIGHT-TURNS FROM WONG CHUK HANG ROAD ONTO HEUNG YIP ROAD AND FROM HEUNG YIP ROAD ONTO WONG CHUK HANG ROAD WILL BE BANNED TO FACILITATE TRAFFIC FLOW- AND

ft THE UNNAMED ROAD FROM WONG CHUK HANG ROAD LEADING TO CHUNG MEI SQUATTER AREA WILL BE CLOSED TO VEHICULAR TRAFFIC.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN STANLEY WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 P.M. ON MONDAY TO 6 A.M. THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR NIGHT LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY STANLEY BEACH ROAD.

!°AD.» STANLEY mound road, carmel road, Stanley

MARKET ROAD AND STANLEY LINK ROAD.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SHORT AND EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR TB PATIENTS .......... 1

RESIDENTIAL-INDUSTRIAL SITES FOR AUCTION IN NT ......... 3

CONCERN FOR STUDENT WORKERS’ SAFETY .................... 4

TUEN MUN NEW TOWN HOUSEHOLD SURVEY...................... 5

ANOTHER BRANCH OFFICE FOR WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION UNIT.................................................... 6

GOOD CITIZEN AWARD PRESENTATION ....................... 6

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ON PRINCE EDWARD ROAD ................................................... 7

Issu' jy Government Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong. Tel: 5-233191

SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 1979

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SHORT AND EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR TB PATIENTS ******

HONG KONG HAS LEAPT TO THE FRONT IN THE GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST TUBERCULOSIS WITH THE ADOPTION OF A NEW TREATMENT REGIME THAT IS SHORT, EFFECTIVE AND FREE.

EXPLAINING THE SHORT-COURSE CHEMOTHERAPY FOR TB PATIENTS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT THE TREATMENT CONSISTED OF SEVERAL DRUGS TAKEN TOGETHER OVER A PERIOD OF FOUR TO SIX MONTHS.

♦THIS REPRESENTS A VAST IMPROVEMENT OVER THE PREVIOUS TREATMENT WHICH NORMALLY LASTS 18 MONTHS,+ HE EMPHASISED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE NEW TREATMENT REGIME WAS INTRODUCED IN MARCH THIS YEAR AND THE RESULTS SO FAR HAVE BEEN MOST ENCOURAGING.

♦MOST TB PATIENTS CAN NOW BE TREATED ON A WHOLLY OUTPATIENT BASIS AND INDEED THE MAJORITY CAN GO ON WITHOUT ANY INTERRUPTION TO THEIR WORK IN ANY WAY,* HE SAID.

HE STRESSED THAT TREATMENT IS AVAILABLE COMPLETELY. FREE AT THE EIGHT FULL-TIME GOVERNMENT CHEST CLINICS IN THE URBAN AREAS AND THE PART-TIME CLINICS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE DEPARTMENT IS LAUNCHING AN INTENSIVE PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN IN AN EFFORT TO FURTHER REDUCE THE INCIDENCE OF TUBERCULOSIS WHICH, UNTIL RECENT YEARS, HAD BEEN ONE OF THE TOP KILLER DISEASES IN HONG KONG.

THE OBJECT OF THE CAMPAIGN IS TO GET PEOPLE WITH SYMPTOMS OF PERSISTENT COUGH FOR MORE THAN A MONTH, PARTICULARLY THE MORE VULNERABLE AGE GROUP OF 40 AND ABOVE, TO ATTEND THE GOVERNMENT CHEST CLINICS FOR A CHECK UP SO THAT APPROPRIATE TREATMENT CAN BE GIVEN AT THE EARLY STAGE OF INFECTION.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THE INCIDENCE OF TUBERCULOSIS HAS DECLINED MARKEDLY OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS AS A RESULT OF COMBINED EFFORTS BY VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, THE HONG KONG ANTI-TUBERCULOSIS AND THORACIC DISEASES ASSOCIATION AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL BODIES.

THE NOTIFICATION RATE, FOR INSTANCE, HAS DROPPED FROM 257.5 PER 100,000 POPULATION IN 1968 TO 143.8 IN 1978 WHILE THE DEATH RATE FELL DRASTICALLY FROM 39 PER 100,000 POPULATION TO 9.1.

HOWEVER, THE SPOKESMAN WARNED THAT DESPITE THE TREMENDOUS ACHIEVEMENT THE PROBLEM OF TUBERCULOSIS AS A HEALTH THREAT TO THE COMMUNITY IS STILL A LARGE ONE.

♦TUBERCULOSIS IS STILL A DISEASE OF MAJOR CONCERN IN THE WORLD, AND MUCH REMAINS TO BE DONE BEFORE THE DISEASE CAN BE ERADICATED,* HE SAID.

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ACCORDING TO THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION, THERE ARE STILL SOME SEVEN MILLION SUFFERERS WITH 500,000 DEATHS AND THREE MILLION NEW CASES EVERY YEAR THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

IN HONG KONG THERE WERE 420 DEATHS FROM TUBERCULOSIS AND 6,623 FRESH CASES REPORTED IN 1978.

AT THE MOMENT, IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THERE MAY BE SOME 16,000 CASES OF ACTIVE TB IN THE COMMUNITY REQUIRING ATTENTION, AND ALTHOUGH MANY ARE ALREADY UNDER TREATMENT THERE MUST STILL BE A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF HIDDEN CASES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+WE MUST SOMEHOW FIND ALL SUFFERERS AND PERSUADE THEM TO TAKE REGULAR TREATMENT, AND THIS IS WHAT THE PRESENT CAMPAIGN IS ALL ABOUT,* HE POINTED OUT.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT MOST PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM TB DO HAVE SYMPTOMS AND THE CHIEF OF THESE IS A COUGH, LASTING MORE THAN A MONTH, OFTEN WITH SPUTUM AND OCCASIONALLY WITH BLOOD IN THE SPUTUM.

♦ONLY TOO OFTEN, PEOPLE PUT THEIR COUGH DOWN TO A SMOKER’S COUGH AND DO NOTHING ABOUT IT, AND WHEN THEY FINALLY DO GET A CHEST X-RAY THE DISEASE IS FOUND TO BE FAR ADVANCED,+ HE ADDED

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RESIDENTIAL-INDUSTRIAL SITES FOR AUCTION IN NT *****

TWO SITES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, ONE ON LANTAU ISLAND AND THE OTHER IN SAI KUNG, WILL BE PUT ON THE MARKET EARLY NEXT MONTH.

THE SITE ON LANTAU, EARMARKED FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, IS SITUATED IN CHEUNG SHA.

THE SAI KUNG LOT IS AT TUI MIN HOI AND IS RESTRICTED FOR INDUSTRIAL AND GODOWN USE ONLY.

THE CHIEF ESTATE SURVEYOR OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR. NIGEL BURLEY, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT BOTH SITES WOULD BE DISPOSED OF BY PUBLIC AUCTION AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE AT 11 A.M. ON JULY 11, 1979.

♦CHEUNG SHA IS AN IDEAL AREA FOR HIGH QUALITY HOUSING IN THE ISLANDS DISTRICT AS REFLECTED BY THE INCREASING INTERESTS OF DEVELOPERS,+ MR. BURLEY SAID.

♦THE LOT, FRONTING SOUTH LANTAU ROAD, MEASURES 960 SQUARE METRES AND HAS AN EXCELLENT VIEW OF THE SEA.

♦FURTHERMORE, IT IS ONLY A FEW MINUTES’ WALK AWAY FROM THE CHEUNG SHA BEACH.♦

HE NOTED THAT A SITE IN THE SAME AREA WAS SOLD FOR MORE THAN $1,890 PER SQUARE METRE IN A PUBLIC AUCTION IN JANUARY THIS YEAR.

THE LOT IN SAI KUNG, MEASURING 1,719 SQUARE METRES, IS THE FIRST INDUSTRIAL SITE IN THE DISTRICT PUT UP FOR SALE.

♦IT IS CONVENIENTLY LOCATED AT TUI MIN HOI WITH GOOD CONNECTION TO THE CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD WHICH IS BEING WIDENED TO A DUAL TWO-LANE CARRIAGEWAY TO COPE WITH THE TRAFFIC,* W. BURLEY SAID.

+THE LOT CARRIES A BUILDING COVENANT OF $2.78 MILLION TO BE FULFILLED WITHIN 36 MONTHS AND A PLOT RATIO OF FOUR WHICH ALLOWS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF FACTORY BUILDING UP TO FOUR STOREYS HIGH.

♦THERE ARE NO RESTRICTIONS ON THE TYPE OF INDUSTRIAL USER EXCEPT THAT IT MUST BE NON-POLLUTING.+

HE ANTICIPATED THAT LOCAL RESIDENTS WOULD PROVIDE AN ADEQUATE POOL OF LABOUR AS A LARGE NUMBER OF SAI KUNG PEOPLE GO TO WORK IN THE URBAN AREA EACH DAY.

FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE OF THE TWO SITES MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND SALE PLANS INSPECTED AT, THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HEADQUARTERS ON THE FIFTH FLOOR OF THE HONG KONG HOUSING AUTHORITY BUILDING, 101 PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD, AND AT ANY OF ITS SEVEN DISTRICT OFFICES.

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CONCERN FOR STUDENT WORKERS’ SAFETY *****

ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR. DAVID H.F. LIN, TODAY (SUNDAY) URGED LOCAL FACTORY OPERATORS TO PAY MORE ATTENTION TO THE SAFETY OF STUDENTS DOING SUMMER JOBS ON THEIR PREMISES.

♦STUDENTS, BEING UNTRAINED AND INEXPERIENCED IN THEIR SUMMER WORK, ARE VULNERABLE TO INDUSTRIAL HAZARDS. FACTORY PROPRIETORS SHOULD THEREFORE ENSURE THAT THOSE IN THEIR EMPLOY ARE CLOSELY AND PROPERLY SURPERVISED AND NOT ASSIGNED JOBS WHICH ARE POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS OR WHICH INVOLVE THE OPERATION OF DANGEROUS MACHINERY,* HE SAID.

MR. LIN ALSO REMINDED STUDENTS TO TAKE EVERY PRECAUTION AGAINST INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS WHEN WORKING IN FACTORIES OR INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS.

BEWARE OF POWER-DRIVEN MACHINERY, ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT AND CHEMICALS USED IN INDUSTRIAL PROCESSES,+ HE ADVISED.

IF HANDLED OR OPERATED IMPROPERLY, THEY COULD INJURE, MAIM, OR EVEN KILL,* HE SAID.

HE SAID PROPRIETORS, SUPERVISORS AND WORKMEN ALIKE CAN OBTAIN ADVICE ON SAFETY MEASURES AGAINST INDUSTRIAL HAZARDS FROM FACTORY INSPECTORS OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

MR. LIN POINTED OUT THAT STUDENT INJURED WHILE DOING SUMMER JOB, LIKE OTHER INJURED WORKMEN, HAS THE RIGHT TO CLAIM COMPENSATION UNDER THE WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION ORDINANCE. IN ADDITION, HE MAY ALSO CLAIM DAMAGES UNDER THE COMMON LAW, AND NO MINIMUM LENGTH OF SERVICE IS REQUIRED BY LAW.

THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER ALSO URGED FACTORY MANAGEMENTS TO NOTIFY, ON THE PRESCRIBED FORM, THE WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION UNIT OF ANY ACCIDENT WITHIN SEVEN DAYS AFTER ITS OCCURRENCE.

ANY EMPLOYER WHO, WITHOUT REASONABLE CAUSE, FAILS TO DO SO, IS GUILTY OF AN OFFENCE AND LIABLE ON SUMMARY CONVICTION TO A FINE OF SI,000,+ HE ADDED.

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TUEN MUN NEW TOWN HOUSEHOLD SURVEY

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THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE WILL CONDUCT A HOUSEHOLD SURVEY FROM TOMORROW (MONDAY) TO COLLECT INFORMATION ON THE SOC IO-ECONOMK CHARACTERISTICS OF THE -f2,OOO-STR0NG POPULATION OF THE TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (SUNDAY), THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR. PETER NG SAID t +THE SURVEY IS DESIGNED TO OBTAIN INFORMATION ON THE HOUSEHOLDS IN LOCAL PRIVATE AND PUBLIC HOUSING WITH A VIEW TO ASSISTING THE GOVERNMENT IN THE FUTURE PLANNING OF THE NEW TOWN AND IN BUILDING A COMMUNITY WITH A BALANCED MIX OF POPULATION.+

THE FIVE-WEEK SURVEY — SPONSORED BY THE ROTARY CLUB OF THE NEW TERRITORIES — IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND EVER CONDUCTED IN THE DISTRICT.

TEN UNDERGRADUATES OF THE SOCIOLOGY, ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT STUDIES FACULTIES OF THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY WILL VISIT 800 CHOSEN HOUSEHOLDS, REPRESENTING A CROSS SECTION OF THE TUEN MUN COMMUNITY.

TO IDENTIFY THEMSELVES, THE UNDERGRADUATES WILL CARRY IDENTIFICATION CARDS ISSUED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE LOCATIONS, SIZES AND TYPES OF DWELLING, 400 OF THE HOUSEHOLDS HAVE BEEN SELECTED THROUGH RANDOM SAMPLING FROM FAMILIES LIVING IN PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS IN THE DISTRICT,♦ MR. NG SAID.

THE REST ARE FAMILIES RESIDING IN LOCAL PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES WHICH NOW ACCOMMODATE MORE THAN 50 PER CENT OF THE NEW TOWN’S POPULATION.

TOGETHER, THEY PROVIDE A FAIRLY ACCURATE PICTURE OF THE HOUSEHOLD PATTERN IN TUEN MUN.+

DURING THE SURVEY PERIOD, SELECTED FAMILIES WILL BE INTERVIEWED AND ASKED TO COMPLETE A QUESTIONNAIRE COVERING SUCH TOPICS AS OCCUPATION, INCOME, EDUCATION, REASONS FOR MOVING TO TUEN MUN AND THEIR OPINION ON THE NEW TOWN AS A PLACE TO LIVE AND WORK IN.

MR. NG APPEALED TO THE TOWN’S RESIDENTS FOR ASSISTANCE AND CO-OPERATION BY PROVIDING THE INFORMATION REQUIRED.

HE ASSURED THAT INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE TREATED IN THE STRICTEST CONFIDENCE AND WILL ONLY BE RELEASED IN THE FORM OF STATISTICAL DATA.

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ANOTHER BRANCH OFFICE FOR WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION UNIT * * * *

ANOTHER BRANCH OFFICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION UNIT WILL OPEN IN TSUEN WAN TOMORROW (MONDAY).

THE NEW OFFICE, ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF CHEUNG YIU BUILDING, 167-173 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN, NEW TERRITORIES, WILL SERVE THE WESTERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES INCLUDING KWAI CHUNG, SHAM TSENG, TUEN MUN, KAM TIN AND YUEN LONG.

ITS MAIN WORK IS TO PROCESS WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION CLAIMS ARISING FROM EMPLOYMENT INJURIES AS WELL AS TO ADVISE EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES ON THEIR RESPECTIVE RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION ORDINANCE.

THE OFFICE’S TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR ENQUIRIES IS 12-439705.

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THREE RESIDENTS OF SOUTHERN DISTRICT WILL BE COMMENDED TOMORROW (MONDAY) IN A GOOD CITIZEN AWARD PRESENTATION CEREMONY FOR THEIR RESOURCEFULNESS, CIVIC-MINDEDNESS AND BRAVERY IN HELPING THE POLICE IN THE PREVENTION AND DETECTION OF CRIMES BETWEEN JULY 1978 AND FEBRUARY THIS YEAR.

THE RECIPIENTS, INCLUDING A FEMALE, WILL RECEIVE THEIR CASH AWARDS AND COMMENDATION CERTIFICATES FROM MISS ELLE SHUM, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (SOUTHERN).

THE GOOD CITIZEN AWARD SCHEME IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT, ESTABLISHED IN LATE 1978 , IS AIMED AT ENCOURAGING LOCAL RESIDENTS TO TAKE AN ACTIVE ROLE BY CO-OPERATING WITH POLICE IN PREVENTING AND COMBATTING CRIME.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER

THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY AT 5 P.M. TOMORROW (MONDAY) AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (SOUTHERN) AT 22 ABERDEEN MAIN STREET, HONG KONG.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ON PRINCE EDWARD ROAD ******

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT FROM 1.30 A.M. TO 5.30 A.M. ON TUESDAY (JUNE 26) SEVERAL TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE CLOSURE OF PRINCE EDWARD ROAD SECTION WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH WATERLOO ROAD TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PEDESTRIAN FOOTBRIDGE THERE.

DETAILS OF THE TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ARE I

* THE SOUTHERN CARRIAGEWAY OF THE SECTION OF PRINCE EDWARD ROAD BETWEEN WATERLOO ROAD AND KADOORIE AVENUE WILL BE ROUTED TWO-WAY-

* VEHICLES ON WESTBOUND JOURNEY ALONG PRINCE EDWARD ROAD FROM KOWLOON CITY WILL BE PROHIBITED TO PROCEED ACROSS WATERLOO ROAD TO CONTINUE THE WESTBOUND JOURNEY ALONG PRINCE EDWARD ROAD. THEY WILL BE DIVERTED AT THE PRINCE EDWARD ROAD AND WATERLOO ROAD JUNCTION TO TRAVEL VIA WATERLOO ROAD, ARGYLE STREET, WATERLOO ROAD, YIM PO FONG STREET, ARGYLE STREET, KADOORIE AVENUE TO REJOIN PRINCE EDWARD ROAD"

* VEHICLES ON NORTHBOUND JOURNEY ALONG WATERLOO ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED TO MAKE LEFT TURN ON TO PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WESTBOUND. MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO MAKE A RIGHT TURN AT THE PRINCE EDWARD ROAD AND WATERLOO ROAD JUNCTION TO TRAVEL^VIA PRINCE EDWARD ROAD (EASTBOUND), LOMOND ROAD, ARGYLE STREET, WATERLOO ROAD, YIM PO FONG STREET, ARGYLE STREET, KADOORIE AVENUE TO REJOIN PRINCE EDWARD ROAD"

* VEHICLES ON NORTHBOUND JOURNEY ALONG PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD WISHING TO GET ON TO PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WESTBOUND ARE ADVISED TO MAKE LEFT TURN AT THE PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD AND ARGYLE STREET JUNCTION AND THEN TRAVEL VIA ARGYLE STREET, WATERLOO ROAD, YIM PO FONG STREET, ARGYLE STREET, KADOORIE AVENUE TO REJOIN PRINCE EDWARD ROAD- AND

* VEHICLES ON SOUTHBOUND JOURNEY ALONG WATERLOO ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED TO MAKE RIGHT TURN FROM THE SLIP ROAD AT THE PRINCE EDWARD ROAD FLYOVER TO GET ACCESS ON TO PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WESTBOUND. INSTEAD, THE VEHICLES WILL BE DIVERTED TO PROCEED DOWN THE FLYOVER ALONG WATERLOO ROAD TO TRAVEL VIA ARGYLE STREET, WATERLOO ROAD, YIM PO FONG STREET, ARGYLE STREET, KADOORIE AVENUE TO REJOIN PRINCE EDWARD ROAD.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE POSTED AND POLICE OFFICERS AT HAND TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

MONDAY, JUNE 25, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVT MUST LOOK BEYOND NEW TOWNS TO COPE WITH POPULATION GROWTH ............................... 1

OVER 1,250 MILLION TRAVELLED BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT LAST YEAR ....................................... 2

SERVICES FOR CARE AND EDUCATION OF PRE-PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN................................. 3

FINANCE COMMITTEE’S PUBLIC WORKS SUB-COMMITTEE MEMBERS VISIT SITES ............................ 6

REMINDER ON THE DANGER OF LPG ON SMALL CRAFT.... 8

SUMMARY RESULTS OF 1977 CENSUS OF INDUSTRY ..... 8

REMOVAL OF DIVISIONAL OFFICE ................... 11

TEMPORARY CLOSURE .............................. 11

WATER CUT....................................... 11

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

MONDAY, JUNE 25, 1979

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GOVT MUST LOOK BEYOND NEW TOWNS TO COPE WITH POPULATION GROWTH

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THE GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE TO LOOK BEYOND THE NEW TOWNS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES TO PROVIDE FOR MORE LAND FOR HOMES, FACTORIES AND COMMUNITY BUILDINGS IN FACE OF THE LARGE INFLUX OF IMMIGRANTS FROM CHINA. THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE 11TH TERM OF OFFICE BEARERS OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF NEW TERRITORIES, MR. AKERS-JONES SAID THAT HONG KONG’S POPULATION HAD INCREASED BY 200,000 OR MORE PEOPLE FROM CHINA IN THE LAST 18 MONTHS, EVEN IF THE REFUGEES FROM VIETNAM EVENTUALLY MOVE TO ANOTHER COUNTRY.

♦NO ONE CAN SAY FOR SURE WHAT THE POPULATION WILL BE IN FIVE YEARS’ TIME BUT IT IS SENSIBLE FOR US TO LOOK NOW AT WHAT EFFECT THESE PRESSURES OF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO HAVE ON OUR SOCIAL PROGRAMMES, ON EDUCATION, MEDICAL AND SOCIAL SERVICES, AND UPON OUR HOUSING PROGRAMME,* HE SAID.

MR. AKERS-JONES NOTED THAT THE 10-YEAR HOUSING PROGRAMME OF 1973 COULD ALMOST SEE AN END TO THE PROBLEM OF INADEQUATE HOUSING AND A DAY WHEN IT COULD BEGIN TO REMOVE THE SQUATTER HUTS FROM THE HILLSIDES.

BUT HE POINTED OUT THAT NO ONE COULD SAY THAT TODAY.

♦OUR HOUSING PROGRAMME TO BUILD 35,000 UNITS OF PUBLIC HOUSING IS ALREADY PUTTING A STRAIN ON OUR ABILITY TO BUILD, TO MAINTAIN A REASONABLE STABILITY IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY AND ALSO AVOID OVERHEATING THE ECONOMY BY PUMPING TOO GREAT AN AMOUNT OF PUBLIC FUNDS INTO THE ECONOMY,* HE SAID.

NEVERTHELESS, HE ADDEDi +IT IS QUITE OBVIOUS THAT WE WILL HAVE TO CONTINUE WITH A HOUSING PROGRAMME, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE, WELL BEYOND THE BOUNDARIES OF THE NEW TOWNS AS THEY ARE PRESENTLY PLANNED.

♦WE MUST LOOK FOR MORE LAND FOR HOMES, FACTORIES AND COMMUNITY BUILDINGS, AND I CANNOT THINK OF ANY WAY TO EXPAND, EXCEPT INTO THE NEW TERRITORIES.

♦MOREOVER IT WOULD BE WISE TO THINK IN LARGE NUMBERS OVER A LONG TIME AND THEN TO WORK OUT HOW WE ARE GOING TO PROVIDE THE RESOURCES, IN EVERY SENSE, FOR THE IMMENSE AND SUSTAINED EFFORT THAT WILL BE NEEDED.+

MR. AKERS-JONES SAID THAT THIS YEAR HONG KONG SEEMED TO FACE MANY PROBLEMS ALL AT ONCE — A FUEL SHORTAGE, A TRADE DEFICIT, FINANCIAL RESTRAINT, INFLATION AND A HUMAN TIDE OF PEOPLE.

♦THEY SEEM TO THREATEN THE LIVING STANDARDS THAT WE HAVE SO CAREFULLY AND DILIGENTLY ACHIEVED BY HARD WORK AND ENTERPRISE OVER MANY YEARS.

♦SOME OF THESE PROBLEMS WE SHARE WITH OTHER COUNTRIES, BUT THERE CAN BE NOWHERE WHERE THEY ARE SO CONCENTRATED.

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♦AND YET IT IS THE WAY WE FACE UP TO OUR PROBLEMS AND WHAT WE ACHIEVE DESPITE THEM, THAT GIVES HONG KONG AND ITS PEOPLE A SPECIAL MEANING IN THE EYES OF THE WORLD.

♦AND I BELIEVE, THAT IF WE LOOK FOR AN EASY WAY OUT INSTEAD OF DETERMINING TO DO THINGS OUR OWN WAY AND, BASICALLY, TO SOLVE OUR OWN PROBLEMS WE MAY LOSE OUR SELF-RESPECT AND THE RESPECT IN WHICH WE ARE HELD IN MANY COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD,+ HE ADDED.

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OVER 1,250 MILLION TRAVELLED BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT LAST YEAR * * * * *

MORE THAN 1,253 MILLION PEOPLE TRAVELLED BY FRANCHISED PUBLIC TRANSPORT LAST YEAR, AN INCREASE OF 68.8 MILLION AS COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS YEAR’S TOTAL.

THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO TRAVELLED BY KOWLOON BUSES ROSE FROM 810.9 MILLION TO 860.4 MILLION, AND BY HONG KONG BUSES FROM 239.6 MILLION TO 254.6 MILLION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY) ATTRIBUTED THE INCREASES TO IMPROVED SERVICES AND LARGER CAPACITY OF THE BUS FLEETS.

♦THE NEW, LARGER CAPACITY VEHICLES ENABLED THE TWO BUS COMPANIES TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS FROM A DAILY AVERAGE OF 2.9 MILLION TO OVER 3 MILLION,♦ HE SAID.

♦ALTHOUGH BOTH COMPANIES HAVE LARGER OPERATING FLEETS, IT IS BECOMING EVIDENT THAT UNTIL THE INITIAL SYSTEM OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY COMES INTO FULL OPERATION IN EARLY 1980, TRAFFIC CONGESTION ON ROADS WILL MAKE IT EXTREMELY DIFFICULT FOR OTHER PUBLIC TRANSPORT UNDERTAKINGS TO COPE WITH THE EVER INCREASING DEMAND.♦

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT 200 ADDITIONAL VEHICLES WHICH ARE NOW BEING ACQUIRED WILL EVENTUALLY BRING THE COMBINED FLEET TO 2,620 VEHICLES.

AT THE SAME TIME, COMMUTERS CARRIED BY THE HONG KONG TRAMWAYS ALSO RECORDED AN INCREASE FROM 134.6 MILLION TO 138.6 MILLION.

THE COMPANY’S 162 DOUBLE-DECK TRAMCARS AND 22 SINGLE-DECK TRAILERS CARRIED ABOUT 380,000 PASSENGERS PER DAY.

ON PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE AVERAGE DAILY NUMBER OF PASSENGERS DROPPED FROM 1.6 MILLION TO 1.4 MILLION.

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SERVICES FOR CARE AND EDUCATION OF PRE-PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN ******

THE GOVERNMENT IS REVIEWING THE SERVICES FOR THE CARE AND EDUCATION OF PRE-PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN AGED UNDER SIX AND EXPECTS TO PUBLISH A GREEN PAPER ON ITS PROPOSALS FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS LATER THIS YEAR.

THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS. ANSON CHAN, SAID THIS TODAY (MONDAY) WHILE DISCUSSING THE SERVICES OF CHILD CARE CENTRES AND KINDERGARTENS IN HER ADDRESS TO A JOINT MEETING OF THE Y’S MEN’S CLUBS OF VICTORIA AND HONG KONG.

MRS. CHAN SAID EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN, AGED TWO TO FIVE YEARS, SHOULD NOT BE A FORMALISED LEARNING PROCESS BENT ON ACADEMIC ATTAINMENT.

SHE POINTED OUT THERE WAS INCREASING SUPPORT FOR EARLY EDUCATION TO BE MORE PLAY-ORIENTATED SO THAT THE CHILD COULD LEARN AND DEVELOP AT HIS OWN PACE THROUGH ACTIVITIES HE CARRIED OUT HIMSELF.

THIS WAS BORNE OUT, SHE SAID, IN A SAMPLE SURVEY CONDUCTED LAST YEAR OF FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN BELOW PRIMARY SCHOOL AGE, IN WHICH PARENTS GAVE LOW PRIORITY TO FORMAL TEACHING IN KINDERGARTENS.

MRS. CHAN SAID BOTH CHILD CARE CENTRES AND KINDERGARTENS SERVE A COMMON POPULATION IN THE 3-5 YEARS AGE RANGE AND MEET SIMILAR OBJECTIVES.

THE 1976 BY-CENSUS MEDIUM POPULATION PROJECTIONS INDICATE THAT THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CHILDREN IN THE 2-5 AGE RANGE WILL RISE FROM 319,000 IN SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR TO 380,000 BY SEPTEMBER 1990, SHE SAID.

ABOUT 45 PER CENT OF CHILDREN AGED THREE, AND NEARLY 90 PER CENT OF THOSE AGED FOUR AND FIVE ARE ENROLLED IN KINDERGARTENS, WITH THE TOTAL ENROLMENT IN SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR BEING AROUND 180,000, COMPARED WITH AN ENROLMENT OF ABOUT 13,000 IN CHILD CARE CENTRES.

MRS. CHAN SAID THAT IN KINDERGARTENS, MOST OF WHICH WERE PRIVATE PROFIT-MAKING INSTITUTIONS, THERE WAS A TENDENCY TO OVER-STRETCH THE USE OF RESOURCES AND FACILITIES IN A WAY WHICH WAS NOT ALWAYS IN THE INTERESTS OF THE PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN ATTENDING THESE INSTITUTIONS.

KINDERGARTENS, SHE SAID, ARE SUBJECT TO MUCH LESS REGULATION THAN CHILD CARE CENTRES. THE LATTER WERE GENERALLY DEVELOPING ALONG SOUND LINES WITH THE ENACTMENT OF THE CHILD CARE CENTRES ORDINANCE AND REGULATIONS IN 1976.

SHE SAID KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS WERE OFTEN UNTRAINED, AND AT THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM WAS THE MOTIVATION AND PHILOSOPHY OF KINDERGARTEN OPERATORS AND THE PEOPLE WHO USED THEM.

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+IN HONG KONG, KINDERGARTENS ARE SEEN BY MANY PARENTS AS AN ESSENTIAL STEPPING STONE TO ENTRY INTO A GOOD PRIMARY SCHOOL AND IN SUBSEQUENT STAGES OF THE EDUCATION SYSTEM,* SHE SAID.

SHE SAID THAT BECAUSE COMPETITION FOR ENTRY TO GOOD PRIMARY SCHOOLS WAS KEEN AND MANY IMPOSED STIFF ENTRANCE TESTS, UNDUE PRESSURE WAS PUT ON KINDERGARTEN EDUCATION.

MANY KINDERGARTENS ARE JUDGED BY THEIR SUCCESS IN GETTING CHILDREN INTO GOOD PRIMARY SCHOOLS, AND CONSEQUENTLY ROTE LEARNING OF THE 3 RS WAS EMPHASISED BASED ON OPERATORS’ KNOWLEDGE OF PRIMARY SCHOOL ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS, SHE ADDED.

MRS. CHAN SAID THAT IF HONG KONG’S KINDERGARTEN EDUCATION WAS TO DEVELOP ALONG MORE ENLIGHTENED LINES, AND THERE APPEARED TO BE SOME PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR THIS, IT WAS NECESSARY TO CHANGE THE PREVAILING CONCEPTS HELD BY BOTH OPERATORS AND CLIENTS.

+THE BEST WAY TO DO THIS WOULD SEEM TO BE SOME FORM OF CENTRALISED CONTROL OVER ENTRY INTO PRIMARY SCHOOLS WHICH WOULD RELIEVE PRESSURE ON KINDERGARTEN EDUCATION,* SHE SAID.

ON THE LENGTH OF KINDERGARTEN EDUCATION, SHE SAID IT WAS WORTH CONSIDERING WHETHER THE PRESENT THREE-YEAR KINDERGARTEN COURSE STARTING AT THE AGE OF THREE SHOULD NOT BE SHORTENED TO IWO.

SHE POINTED OUT THAT STRICTLY SPEAKING, UNDER THE EDUCATION ORDINANCE, KINDERGARTEN EDUCATION WAS INTENDED TO BE ONE YEAR ONLY.

SHE EXPLAINED THAT IT WAS QUESTIONABLE WHETHER THE NEEDS OF A THREE-YEAR OLD WERE BEST CATERED FOR IN A KINDERGARTEN, AND NOT IN A CHILD CARE CENTRE, AS A CHILD OF THAT AGE WAS STILL VERY DEPENDANT AND VULNERABLE AND REQUIRED MUCH INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION.

IN THE AREA OF CHILD CARE CENTRES, MRS. CHAN SAID THAT THE PRESENT PROVISION WAS LARGELY SUBSIDISED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND IT HAD BEEN THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY TO PROVIDE FOR AN EXTRA 1,000 SUBVENTED PLACES EVERY YEAR, SUBJECT TO SUITABLE PREMISES AND SPONSORS BEING AVAILABLE.

♦THERE ARE NOW A TOTAL OF ABOUT 15,000 CHILD CARE CENTRE PLACES OF ALL TYPES, OF WHICH NEARLY 11,000 ARE SUBVENTED PLACES, AND THIS YEAR’S SUBVENTION TO CHILD CARE CENTRES IS EXPECTED TO REACH NEARLY $20 MILLION,* SHE SAID.

LAST YEAR, SHE SAID, THE GOVERNMENT TOOK THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS ENCOURAGING THE INTEGRATION OF MILDLY DISABLED CHILDREN WITH NORMAL CHILDREN BY PROVIDING 60 PLACES IN ORDINARY SUBVENTED CHILD CARE CENTRES FOR THESE CHILDREN, WITH AN ADDITIONAL 60 PLACES CREATED THIS YEAR.

IN ADDITION, THERE ARE NOW SIX SPECIAL CHILD CARE CENTRES CATERING FCR 187 MODERATELY HAND ICAPPED CHILDREN, SHE ADDED.

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MRS. CHAN SAID INTEGRATING HANDICAPPED CHILDREN WITH NORMAL CHILDREN IN CHILD CARE CENTRES WAS A VERY NEW CONCEPT AND SOME PARENTS SEEMED TO ACCEPT THIS BETTER THAN OTHERS, WHILE THE CHILDREN THEMSELVES APPEARED TO HAVE LITTLE RESERVATION.

♦PERHAPS THIS IS AN AREA WHERE SOME EDUCATION OF THE PARENTS MIGHT DO SOME GOOD,+ SHE SAID.

IN ASKING WHETHER CHILD CARE FACILITIES SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE LARGELY GOVERNMENT-FINANCED AND RESTRICTED TO CHILDREN OF LOW-INCOME FAMILIES, MRS. CHAN SAID THERE SEEMED NO REASON WHY A VIABLE PRIVATE SECTOR COULD NOT BE DEVELOPED IN THIS AREA IN THE SAME WAY AS IT HAD IN KINDERGARTENS.

SHE SAID SUBVENTED CHILD CARE PLACES WERE INTENDED FOR CHILDREN OF FAMILIES WITH A SOCIAL AND FINANCIAL NEED FOR SUCH PLACES, BUT A SURVEY LAST YEAR INDICATED THAT ONLY HALF THE CHILDREN OCCUPYING SUBVENTED PLACES WERE IN FACT ELIGIBLE.

FINANCIAL NEED IS DEFINED AS A TOTAL FAMILY INCOME NOT EXCEEDING THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE LEVEL PLUS ONE-THIRD, BUT THIS RIGID INCOME CUT-OFF POINT MAY ALSO RESULT IN HARDSHIP TO FAMILIES WHOSE INCOME ARE JUST MARGINALLY HIGHER, SHE SAID.

MOREOVER, SHE SAID, THE PRESENT CONCEPT OF SUBVENTING CHILD CARE CENTRES MEANS THAT CHILDREN WHO ARE SOCIALLY AND ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED ARE PLACED TOGETHER AND ISOLATED FROM OTHER CHILDREN, WHEN THERE SHOULD BE A GREATER DEGREE OF MIXING.

TO OVERCOME THESE DRAWBACKS OF THE EXISTING SUBVENTION SYSTEM, SHE SAID A FEE ASSISTANCE SCHEME BASED ON A SLIDING SCALE MIGHT BE A BETTER ALTERNATIVE.

♦MEANS-TESTING WOULD HAVE TO BE UNDERTAKEN BY THE GOVERNMENT AND IT WOULD BE NECESSARY TO MOVE AWAY FROM SUBVENTING CENTRES AS SUCH TO ASSISTING LOW-INCOME FAMILIES TO MEET THE APPROVED FEES CHARGED BY EACH INSTITUTION,+ SHE SAID.

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FINANCE COMMITTEE’S PUBLIC WORKS SUB-COMMITTEE MEMBERS VISIT SITES

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MEMBERS OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE’S PUBLIC WORKS SUB-COMMITTEE SPENT THIS (MONDAY) MORNING VISITING SOME OF THE MAJOR GOVERNMENT PROJECTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN VARIOUS PARTS OF HONG KONG.

ALSO ON THE TOUR WERE SOME OF THE UMELCO MEMBERS.

THE TOUR, LED BY THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR. HENRY CHING, WAS ARRANGED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

APART FROM PROVIDING MEMBERS OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE AT FIRST HAND PROGRESS ON VARIOUS PROJECTS, THE TOUR ALSO ENABLED THEM TO STUDY WORKS NOW UNDERWAY AND THE SITES OF PROPOSED NEW PROJECTS IN PREPARATION FOR THIS YEAR’S SECOND REVIEW OF THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME.

THE PUBLIC WORKS SUB-COMMITTEE (P.W.S.C.) COMPRISES THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR. HENRY CHING (CHAIRMAN), MR. ROGER LOBO, MR. JAMES WU, MR. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, MR. LI FOOK-WO, MR. J.H. BREMRIDGE, MR. FRANCIS TIEN, MR. CHEN SHOU-LUM, MISS LYDIA DUNN, DR. HENRY HU, MR. LEUNG TAT-SHING, REV. P.T. MCGOVERN, MR. PETER C. WONG, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, MR. WILLIAM BELL. THE SECRETARY TO THE COMMITTEE IS MR. C.K. TAYLOR OF THE FINANCE BRANCH.

EACH YEAR THE SUB-COMMITTEE HOLDS TWO MEETINGS TO REVIEW PROGRESS ON PROJECTS INCLUDED IN THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME, AND TO CONSIDER NEW ITEMS FOR INCLUSION IN THE PROGRAMME.

THE UMELCO MEMBERS TAKING PART IN THE TOUR TODAY WERE MR. ALEX WU, MR. WONG LAM, MR. CHARLES YEUNG AND DR. HO KAM-FAI.

MEMBERS OF THE P.W.S.C. AND UMELCO WERE ACCOMPANIED ON THE TOUR BY THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, MR. WILLIAM BELL-THE ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, MR. JACK STEAN- THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT, MR. NICKY CHAN AND THE TECHNICAL SECRETARY OF THE P.W.D., MR. JOHN MARSHALL.

THE TOUR STARTED OFF WITH A VISIT TO THE $42 MILLION INTERNATIONAL MAIL CENTRE IN HUNG HOM.

AN IMPORTANT FEATURE OF THE CENTRE IS THE MOST UP-TO-DATE AUTOMATIC MAIL SORTING EQUIPMENT WHICH COSTS $22 MILLION, ABOUT HALF OF THE TOTAL COST OF THE PROJECT.

BUILDING WORK ON THE CENTRE BEGAN IN OCTOBER 1977 AND IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION LATER THIS YEAR.

A RAILWAY SPUR AND PLATFORM IS PROVIDED TO HANDLE MAIL TO AND FROM CHINA WHILE FOUR BERTHS FOR MAIL LAUNCHES WILL BE BUILT ALONG THE SEAWALL SOUTH OF THE CENTRE.

THE PARTY THEN WENT TO LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE IN KOWLOON TONG.

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THE 518.9 MILLION PROJECT COMPRISES A FOUR-STOREY ADMINISTRATION BLOCK AND A FIVE-STOREY TEACHING BLOCK, ACCOMMODATING 55 CLASSROOMS AND WORKSHOPS FOR COURSES IN ENGINEERING, COMMERCIAL STUDIES, FOOTWEAR TECHNOLOGY AND PRACTICAL DESIGN.

IT IS NAMED AFTER MR. LEE WAI LEE IN RECOGNITION OF A DONATION OF $5 MILLION.

THE INSTITUTE IS THE FOURTH NEW TECHNICAL INSTITUTE TO BE BUILT, THE OTHERS BEING AT KWUN TONG, KWAI CHUNG AND CHEUNG SHA WAN.

BEFORE RETURNING TO HONG KONG ISLAND, MEMBERS OF THE P.W.S.C. VISITED THE BEACON HILL RAILWAY TUNNEL WHICH WILL REPLACE THE EXISTING SINGLE TRACK TUNNEL THAT HAS BEEN IN USE SINCE 1910.

THE DOUBLE TRACK TUNNEL IS SO DESIGNED THAT ITS HEIGHT WILL BE SUFFICIENT TO ALLOW FOR THE ELECTRIFICATION OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY.

THE PARTY SHOWED KEEN INTEREST IN THE TUNNEL WORK WHICH IS ABOUT 35 PER CENT COMPLETE.

ON COMPLETION IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1981, THE $78 MILLION TUNNEL WILL BE 2.3 KILOMETRES LONG.

THE GROUP ENDED THEIR TOUR WITH A VISIT TO THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL.

THE $306 MILLION PROJECT, COMPRISING THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL, THE CONTROL BUILDINGS, THE WONG CHUK HANG INTERCHANGE, AND THE CANAL ROAD FLYOVER EXTENSION, IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN EARLY 1981.

THE TWIN TUNNEL, WHICH PROVIDES A FAST AND DIRECT LINK BETWEEN ABERDEEN AND THE NORTHERN PART OF HONG KONG ISLAND, IS ABOUT 1.8 KILOMETRES IN LENGTH.

SO FAR, THE TUNNELLING AT THE NORTH PORTAL HAS PROGRESSED ABOUT 1,300 METRES IN THE NORTH BOUND TUNNEL AND ABOUT 250 METRES IN THE SOUTH BOUND TUNNEL WHILE EXCAVATION AND RIB INSTALLATION AT SOUTH PORTAL FOR BOTH TUNNELS ARE IN PROGRESS.

MEANWHILE, WORK ON THE CONTROL BUILDINGS AND THE WONG CHUK HANG INTERCHANGE, IS MAKING PROGRESS.

THE CANAL ROAD FLYOVER EXTENSION WHICH LINKS THE NORTH PORTAL OF THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL WITH THE EXISTING FLYOVER STRUCTURE AT GLOUCESTER ROAD IS ABOUT 77 PER CENT COMPLETE.

THE PURPOSE OF THE ELEVATED ROAD IS TO PROVIDE A HIGH CAPACITY ROUTE FROM THE SOUTHERN END OF THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL TO THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL.

IT WILL ALSO RELIEVE TRAFFIC CONGESTION BY PROVIDING GRADE SEPARATION AT THREE BUSY ROAD JUNCTIONS AT LEIGHTON ROAD/CANAL ROAD, LEIGHTON ROAD/MORR ISON HILL ROAD AND QUEEN’S ROAD EAST/ WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD/MORRISON HILL ROAD.

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REMINDER ON THE DANGER OF LPG ON SMALL CRAFT

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THE MARINE DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY) ONCE AGAIN REMINDED OWNERS OF JUNKS AND SMALL CRAFT TO HAVE THEIR LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS (LPG) EQUIPMENT ON BOARD THEIR VESSELS EXPERTLY FITTED AND SITED.

♦ADDITIONALLY, THE EQUIPMENT SHOULD BE OVERHAULED REGULARLY AND EACH TIME IT IS USED, CHECKS SHOULD BE MADE FOR LEAKAGES. WHEN NOT IN USE THE GAS SHOULD BE TURNED OFF AT THE BOTTLE,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT A NUMBER OF SERIOUS FIRES AND EXPLOSION HAD OCCURRED ON SMALL CRAFT DUE TO LEAKAGE OF THE GAS FROM FAULTY FITTINGS OR POORLY SITED AND IMPROPERLY MAINTAINED APPLIANCES.

HE EXPLAINEDi +LPG IS HEAVIER THAN AIR AND IF ALLOWED TO LEAK FROM CONTAINERS OR PIPING IT CAN FLOW TO THE BOTTOM OF THE COMPARTMENT IN WHICH THE INSTALLATION IS LOCATED.

♦THERE THE GAS DIFFUSES AND CAN FORM. AN EXPLOSIVE MIXTURE WITH AIR WHICH CAN BE IGNITED BY VARIOUS MEANS INCLUDING A LIGHTED CIGARETTE AND SPARKING ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT.

♦THE GAS CAN ALSO BE DRAWN INTO THE AIR INTAKE OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE LEADING TO AN UNCONTROLLABLE SPEEDING UP OF THE ENGINE WITH DISASTROUS CONSEQUENCES,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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SUMMARY RESULTS OF 1977 CENSUS OF INDUSTRY

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY) ANNOUNCED THE RESULTS OF THE 1977 CENSUS OF INDUSTRY.

THE CENSUS COVERED MANUFACTURING, MINING AND QUARRYING, AND THE SUPPLY OF ELECTRICITY, GAS AND WATER.

INFORMATION SOUGHT INCLUDED TYPE OF OWNERSHIP, NUMBER OF PEOPLE ENGAGED, LABOUR COST, CONTRACT AND COMMISSION WORK, PURCHASES, OPERATING EXPENSES, SALES, WORK DONE FOR OTHERS, STOCKS AND CAPTIAL EXPENDITURE.

♦THIS INFORMATION ENABLES THE DEPARTMENT TO DERIVE STATISTICS ON GROSS OUTPUT AND CENSUS VALUE-ADDED, WHICH MEASURE THE PERFORMANCE AND ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTION OF THE VARIOUS INDUSTRY SECTORS,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

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GROSS OUTPUT COMPRISES THE VALUE OF SALES OF GOODS PRODUCED, INDUSTRIAL SERVICES RENDERED, AND CHANGES IN STOCKS OF WORK IN PROGRESS AND FINISHED PRODUCTS.

+CENSUS VALUE-ADDED IS OBTAINED BY SUBSTRACTING FROM GROSS OUTPUT THE VALUE OF MATERIALS, SUPPLIES, ENERGY AND INDUSTRIAL SERVICES CONSUMED IN THE COURSE OF PRODUCTION,+ THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED. THEY ARE BOTH EXPRESSED IN TERMS OF CURRENT PRICES.

THE TOTAL GROSS OUTPUT FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR IN 1977 AMOUNTED TO $51,709 MILLION AND TOTAL CENSUS VALUE-ADDED, $18,149 MILLION, BOTH REPRESENTING A SIX PER CENT INCREASE OVER 1976.

THE LARGEST FIVE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES RANKED IN ORDER OF CENSUS VALUE-ADDED IN 1977 WERE:

* WEARING APPAREL ($4,785 MILLION)"

M TEXTILES ($2,813 MILLION)-

* ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS ($2,388 MILLION)-

* PLASTIC PRODUCTS ($1,590 MILLION), AND

* FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS EXCEPT MACHINERY ($1,299 MILLION).

THEY TOGETHER ACCOUNTED FOR 71 PER CENT OF THE VALUE-ADDED TOTAL IN MANUFACTURING.

INDUSTRIES ATTAINING SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN GROSS OUTPUT AND CENSUS VALUE-ADDED BETWEEN 1976 AND 1977 WERE NON-METALLIC MINERAL PRODUCTS, LEATHER PRODUCTS, PROFESSIONAL AND OPTICAL EQUIPMENT. ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS, BEVERAGES, AND CHEMICAL PRODUCTS.

ON THE OTHER HAND, INDUSTRIES ENCOUNTERING MORE NOTICEABLE DECREASES IN SUCH MEASURES WERE FOOTWEAR (EXCEPT THOSE MADE OF RUBBER AND PLASTIC), TEXTILES, RUBBER PRODUCTS, BASIC METALS, AND TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT.

A REPORT ON THE 1977 CENSUS OF INDUSTRY IS NOW BEING PREPARED ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE CENSUS RESULTS MAY EE MADE TO THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

FOLLOWING ARE THE STATISTICS ON THE CENSUS:

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SUMMARY RESULTS OF 1977 CENSUS OF INDUSTRY

Gross cutout and Census value added for reporting manufacturing establishments ____________c?-nrs“fie^ by in-.u -try group for the years 1976 ^nd ^977

(HKi’OOO)

Industry group Gross output Census value added

1976 1977 change 1976 1977 change

Food 1,243,966 1,550,494 23.C 381,438 44c,?’6 15.5

Beverages 386,012 501,807 50.0 259,055 352,100 28.2

Tobacco Wearing apparel, except knit- 438,693 439,830 0.5 290,829 287,175 -1.3

wear and footvzear 12,661,381 13,090,968 3.4 4,597,398 4,784,511 4.1

Textiles (including knitting) Leather and leather products, except footwear and wearinr 11,861,383 10,412,754 -^2.2 3,322,470 2,813,392 -15.3

apparel Footvzear, except rubber, 190,147 276,612 45.5 61,858 87,335 41.2

plastic -nd wooden ^ootwear Wood and cork products except 246,464 200,697 -18.6 109,619 92,893 -15.3

furniture Furniture and fixtures, 359,840 456,175 21.2 138,668 162,890 17.5

except primarily of metal 295,226 326,932 10.7 151,977 168,473 10.9

Paper and paper products Printing, publishing and 596,706 598,801 0.4 205,557 20c ,246 2.4

allied industries 1,158,344 1,367,367 18.0 549,372 665,003 21.0

Chemical and chemical products 656,550 866,282 51.9 2S4.628 313,685 25.2

Rubber products 263,06s 247,560 -5.9 108,551 94,477 -13.0

Plastic products 3,534,237 3,689,384 4.4 1,445,482 1,S9O,316 10.2

Non-metallic mineral products 373,639 626,84k 67.8 113,314 178,76^ 57.8

Basic metal industries Fabricated metal products, except machinery and 672,369 784,653 16.7 202,225 185,983 -8.0

equipment 2,873,609 3,104,147 8.0 1,210,488 1,299,386 7.3

Machinery, except electrical Electrical machinery, apparatus, appliances 624,580 609,842 -2.4 3O3,3<' 305,708 0.1

and supplies 6,193,586 7,639.671 23.4 1,860,336 2,387.861 28.4

Transport ecuipment Professional and scientific equipment not elsewhere classified and photographic 763,802 689,499 -9.9 47p,.'O6 463,430 -3.2

and optical roods 1,700,055 2,473,67s 4c.5 446,790 6c ,3^3 34.5

Other manufacturin'- industries 1,656,980 1,796,012 8.4 631,026 >88.175 9.1

All manufacturing industries 48,750,612 51,709.00- 6.1 1^,11 ,985 io, 149,792 o.O

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REMOVAL OF DIVISIONAL OFFICE * * * * *

THE BUILDING AND ENGINEERING CONSTRUCTION (NEW TERRITORIES) DIVISIONAL OFFICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S FACTORY INSPECTORATE WILL MOVE TOMORROW (TUESDAY) FROM THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES TO THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, TING KOK ROAD.

THE OFFICE HANDLES MATTERS RELATING TO THE SAFETY, HEALTH AND WELFARE OF WORKERS IN CONSTRUCTION SITES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES

THE NEW MAIN TELEPHONE EXCHANGE WILL BE 12-677111. THE EXTENSION FOR THE DIVISIONAL FACTORY INSPECTOR IS 120 AND 121 AND, 122 FOR GENERAL ENQUIRIES.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE KOO

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (MONDAY) THAT FROM 10 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY, A SECTION OF THE FANLING-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TAI PO ROAD BETWEEN ITS JUNCTIONS WITH LAM KAM ROAD AND THE ACCESS ROAD LEADING TO HONG LOK YUEN WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT FIVE MONTHS FOR DRAINAGE WORKS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, THE ADJACENT KOWLOON-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY WILL BE ROUTED TWO-WAY ALTERNATIVELY.

TRAFFIC SIGNALS WILL BE OPERATING 24-HOUR DAILY TO REGULATE TRAFFIC FLOW.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (MONDAY) THAT FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN KWUN TONG WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM MIDNIGHT TO 6 A.M. ON THURSDAY FOR NIGHT LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY HONG LEE ROAD, KUNG LOK ROAD AND ON TAK ROAD INCLUDING BLOCK NOS. 1, 3, 4, 5, 9 TO 12 OF UPPER NGAU TAU KOK ESTATE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR RETURNS FROM LONDON ............................. 1

PWD APPROVES 69 NEW BUILDING PLANS ..................... 1

SHIPPING AND PORT CONTROL (CARGO HANDLING) REGULATIONS 1978 ......................................... 2

SPECIAL HALF-FARE STUDENT TICKETS ....................... 3

TSIM SHA TSUI-HO MAN TIN MAXICAB ROUTE REVISED ........... 4

TRAINING COURSES FOR LECTURERS AND INSTRUCTORS ........... 5

WATER CUT................................................. 5

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

TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 1979

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, RETURNS TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AFTER TWO WEEKS OF VISITS TO LONDON, WASHINGTON, NEW YORK AND GENEVA.

THE GOVERNOR, WHO LEFT HONG KONG ON TUESDAY, JUNE 12, IS RETURNING WITH THE SECRETARY FOR INFORMATION, MR. DAVID FORD, AND THE POLITICAL ADVISER, DR. DAVID WILSON.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

THE GOVERNOR RETURNS TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) FROM LONDON BY BA 21, E.T.A. 1655 HOURS.

SIR MURRAY IS EXPECTED TO MEET THE PRESS IN THE VIP PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM AT THE AIRPORT SHORTLY AFTER HIS ARRIVAL.

A PHOTOGRAPHIC FACILITY WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED FOR THE PRESS TO COVER THE GOVERNOR'S ARRIVAL.

THOSE PRESS REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO MAKE USE OF THE PHOTOGRAPHIC FACILITY ARE ADVISED TO ARRIVE IN THE PRESS ROOM AT KAI TAK AIRPORT 45 MINUTES BEFORE THE ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL. THEY ARE REMINDED TO BRING ALONG THEIR IDENTITY CARDS OR PASSPORTS TO FACILITATE THEIR ENTRY INTO THE RESTRICTED AREA. G.I.S. OFFICERS WILL BE PRESENT TO ASSIST THE PRESS.

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A TOTAL OF 69 NEW BUILDING PLANS WAS APPROVED LAST MONTH BY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, COMPARED WITH 59 IN THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR.

OF THOSE APPROVED, 25 WERE FOR BUILDINGS ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 14 FOR KOWLOON AND 30 FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THEY INCLUDED A TELEPHONE EXCHANGE EXTENSION ON CHEUNG CHAU ISLAND, AN ELECTRIC SUB-STATION BUILDING IN TAI PO, POK 01 HOSPITAL EXTENSION IN YUEN LONG, AND A CHURCH AND KINDERGARTEN BUILDING IN HO MAN TIN.

THE TOTAL DECLARED COST OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING THE MONTH WAS $346.63 MILLION, COMPARED WITH 1317.85 MILLION LAST YEAR.

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THE USABLE FLOOR AREA OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED LAST MONTH TOTALLED 247,152.7 SQUARE METRES, COMPRISING 137,545.7 SQUARE METRES OF DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA AND 109,607 SQUARE METRES OF NON-DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA.

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE ALSO GAVE CONSENT FOR WORK TO START ON 32 NEW PROJECTS, INCLUDING A SCHOOL AND STAFF QUARTERS IN WAH FU ROAD, A SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT ADMINISTRATION BUILDING IN YUEN LONG AND A FEW FACTORY OR WORKSHOP BUILDINGS.

A TOTAL OF 44 NEWLY COMPLETED BUILDINGS WAS CERTIFIED FOR OCCUPATION DURING THE MONTH. INCLUDING AN ELECTRICITY SUB-STATION AND STAFF QUARTERS IN ABERDEEN, A SCHOOL AT THE JUNCTION OF LA SALLE ROAD AND BOUNDARY STREET, A HOME FOR AGED WOMEN IN TAI AU MUN, SAI KUNG, AND ONE OIL STORAGE TANK IN CHA KWO LING ROAD.

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE ALSO ASSENTED TO THE DEMOLITION OF 65 BUILDINGS.

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SHIPPING AND PORT CONTROL (CARGO HANDLING) REGULATIONS 1978 * * * * * *

OWNERS AND OPERATORS OF OCEAN-GOING AND LOCALLY LICENSED VESSELS EQUIPPED WITH CARGO HANDLING GEAR ARE REMINDED THAT THE REGULATIONS ON TESTING, EXAMINATION AND CERTIFICATION OF LIFTING APPLIANCES AND LIFTING GEAR WILL COME INTO FORCE ON JULY 1.

♦ALL LIFTING APPLIANCES AND LIFTING GEAR ARE REQUIRED TO BE TESTED TO THEIR RELEVANT PROOF LOADS TO THE SATISFACTION OF A COMPETENT EXAMINER WHO WILL CERTIFY THE SAFE WORKING LOADS AND MAKE THE NECESSARY ENTRIES IN A VESSEL’S REGISTER OF LIFTING APPLIANCES AND LIFTING GEAR,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MARINE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

HE SAID THE REGISTERS, TOGETHER WITH CERTIFICATES OF TEST AND EXAMINATION, MAY BE PURCHASED AT THE MARINE DEPARTMENT ENQUIRY COUNTER OR THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE.

COPIES OF THE SHIPPING AND PORT CONTROL (CARGO HANDLING) REGULATIONS 1978 ARE ALSO ON SALE, AT $2.50 EACH, AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE.

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SPECIAL HALF-FARE STUDENT TICKETS ******

STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO TRAVEL TO AND FROM THE NEW TERRITORIES BY TRAIN AT HALF THE ORDINARY FARE ON WEEKDAYS DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (TUESDAY), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY SAID THE AIM OF THE HALF-FARE ARRANGEMENT WAS TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE IN URBAN AREAS TO ORGANISE PICNICS AND OUTINGS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND FOR THOSE IN RURAL PLACES TO VISIT THE BUILT-UP AREAS MORE FREQUENTLY TO PARTICIPATE IN ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND TO ENJOY THE AMENITIES LACKING IN THEIR OWN SURROUNDINGS.

UNDER THE TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENT, THE HALF-FARE ORDINARY CLASS TICKETS WILL BE ON SALE ON WEEKDAYS ONLY FROM JULY 3 TO AUGUST 31.

THE ORDINARY HALF-FARE CHILD TICKETS PRINTED WITH THE WORD +STUDENT+ WILL BE SOLD TO FULL-TIME STUDENTS AT VARIOUS STATIONS AND ONLY RETURN TICKETS VALID FOR THE DATE OF ISSUE WILL BE AVAILABLE.

STUDENTS OVER-RIDING THE STATIONS FOR WHICH THEIR CONCESSION TICKETS ARE ISSUED WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY HALF-FARE PLUS 100 PER CENT FOR THAT PORTION OF THE JOURNEY FOR WHICH THEY DO NOT HOLD TICKETS.

THOSE FOUND TRAVELLING IN FIRST CLASS COACHES WITH ORDINARY CLASS HALF-FARE TICKETS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY THE FULL FARE OF THE FIRST CLASS PLUS 100 PER CENT, LESS THE ORDINARY CLASS HALF-FARE.

WHEN PURCHASING THE HALF-FARE TICKETS, STUDENTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PRODUCE DOCUMENTS CERTIFYING THEIR IDENTITY. IF SUCH DOCUMENTS CONTAIN NO PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE HOLDERS, HONG KONG IDENTITY CARDS MUST ALSO BE PRODUCED FOR INSPECTION.

ON REQUEST, SUCH DOCUMENTS MUST ALSO BE SHOWN TO TICKET INSPECTORS ON THE TRAINS.

THE CONCESSION MAY BE WITHDRAWN AT ANY TIME AND NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE IN RESPECT OF UNUSED PORTIONS OF THE RETURN TICKETS.

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TSIM SHA TSUI—HO MAN TIN MAXICAB ROUTE REVISED * * * * *

KOWLOON MAXICAB ROUTE NO. 1 FROM HANKOW ROAD IN TSIM SHA TSUI TO HO MAN TIN WILL BE EXTENDED TO KING'S PARK RISE FROM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

THE REVISED CIRCULAR ROUTE WILL NOW BE VIA HANKOW ROAD, PEKING ROAD, KOWLOON PARK DRIVE, CANTON ROAD, FERRY STREET, WATERLOO ROAD, WYLIE ROAD, KING'S PARK RISE, WYLIE ROAD, HO MAN TIN HILL ROAD, HO MAN TIN STREET, WATERLOO ROAD, NATHAN ROAD, PUBLIC SQUARE STREET, SHANGHAI STREET, JORDAN ROAD, CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON PARK DRIVE, MIDDLE ROAD AND BACK TO HANKOW ROAD.

THE PEAK PERIOD FREQUENCY WILL BE 12 MINUTES WITH FARES SET AT 11 FROM TSIM SHA TSUI TO HO MAN TIN STREET AND 11 FROM KING'S PARK RISE TO TSIM SHA TSUI.

THE EXTENSION OF KOWLOON MAXICAB ROUTE NO. 1 FOLLOWS THE SUSPENSION OF ROUTE NO. 4 WHICH USED TO SERVICE KING'S PARK RISE TO MIDDLE ROAD IN TSIM SHA TSUI. ROUTE NO. 4 WAS SUSPENDED ONE MONTH AFTER THE SERVICE WAS INTRODUCED ON APRIL 23 DUE TO LACK OF PASSENGERS.

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TRAINING COURSES FOR LECTURERS AND INSTRUCTORS * * * *

THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE IS OFFERING AN EVENING COURSE FOR PART-TIME LECTURERS IN SEPTEMBER TO RAISE THE GENERAL STANDARD OF PART-TIME TEACHING IN HONG KONG.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE TWO-YEAR COURSE ARE NOW INVITED FROM PRACTISING AND INTENDING PART-TIME TEACHERS.

THE COURSE IS DESIGNED TO TRAIN EVENING PART-TIME TEACHERS ENGAGED IN FURTHER EDUCATION OR THOSE WISHING TO TAKE UP EVENING PART-TIME TEACHING.

IT PROVIDES A STUDY OF PRINCIPLES AND METHODS OF TEACHING, AND EMPHASIS WILL ALSO BE PLACED ON PRACTICAL TEACHING.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND CLASSES ONE EVENING EVERY WEEK.

APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A GOOD COMMAND OF WRITTEN AND SPOKEN ENGLISH, AND PREFERENCE WILL BE GIVEN TO THOSE APPLICANTS WITH SUITABLE TECHNICAL OR ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE COLLEGE IS OFFERING COURSES FOR TRADE INSTRUCTORS AND WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS IN SEPTEMBER.

THESE WILL INCLUDE THE PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE AND THE PART-TIME EVENING INDUSTRIAL TRADE INSTRUCTORS’ COURSE.

THE AIM OF THE COURSES IS TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR TRADE INSTRUCTORS AND WORKSHOP SUPERVISORS TO OBTAIN THE NECESSARY TRAINING FOR CARRYING OUT THEIR DAY TO DAY TEACHING DUTIES.

PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN TO IMPROVE THEIR METHODS OF TEACHING, AND STUDY EDUCATION THEORY AND EDUCATION PSYCHOLOGY.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR ALL THE ABOVE COURSES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE COLLEGE AT 373 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, HONG KONG, FROM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY). COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE COLLEGE BY JULY 14.

WATER CUT * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 P.M. ON THURSDAY (JUNE 28) TO 6 A.M. THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR NIGHT LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY NOS. 60, 101-129, 90-110 REPULSE BAY ROAD- NOS. 4-8, 3-19, 23-31 AND 45 SOUTH BAY CLOSE, AND 15-17 SOUTH BAY ROAD AND CHUNG HOM KOK AREA.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LABOUR FORCE SURVEY FOR MARCH .............................. 1

SIGNING OF $61.6 MILLION PWD CONTRACT ..................... 2

SWD OFFICER WINS POLYTECHNIC’S TOP STUDENT AWARD ........... 3

EXHIBITION ON ACTIVITY APPROACH ............................ 4

PLB PROHIBITIONS IN KOWLOON ................................ 5

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

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 1979

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LABOUR FORCE SURVEY FOR MARCH

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MORE THAN 48,000- PEOPLE OR 2.3 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL LABOUR FORCE WERE UNEMPLOYED IN HONG KONG IN MARCH, ACCORDING TO A SAMPLE LABOUR FORCE SURVEY CONDUCTED IN THAT MONTH BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

♦THIS ESTIMATED FIGURE IS SUBJECT TO A RELATIVE SAMPLING ERROR OF PLUS OR MINUS EIGHT PER CENT,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

DURING THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR, THERE WERE 60,000 PEOPLE OR THREE PER CENT OF THE TOTAL LABOUR FORCE UNEMPLOYED, WHEREAS IN SEPTEMBER THE FIGURE DECLINED TO 55,600 OR 2.7 PER CENT.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE REDUCTION IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE OF 0.4 PER CENT (OR 7,400 PERSONS) OVER THE PAST SIX MONTHS WAS MAINLY DUE TO SEASONAL EFFECTS.

THERE ARE USUALLY SUBSTANTIALLY FEWER FIRST-TIME JOB-SEEKERS IN MARCH THAN IN SEPTEMBER. THE NUMBER OF FIRST-TIME JOB-SEEKERS ESTIMATED IN THE MARCH 1979 SURVEY WAS 4,500 AS COMPARED WITH 13,100 IN THE SEPTEMBER 1978 SURVEY (A DECREASE OF 8,600 PERSONS).

IF THE SEPTEMBER 1978 RATE IS PUT ON THE SAME BASIS AS THE MARCH 1979 RATE, IT ALSO BECOMES 2.3 PER CENT.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT, FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE SURVEY, PERSONS AGED BETWEEN 14 AND 64 AND NOT IN EMPLOYMENT OR WHO HAD WORKED FOR LESS THAN 15 HOURS IN THE SEVEN DAYS BEFORE THE SURVEY DATE BUT WERE LOOKING FOR WORK, WERE CLASSIFIED AS UNEMPLOYED.

HE FURTHER DREW ATTENTION TO THE VARIOUS DEFINITIONS OF UNEMPLOYMENT USED BY DIFFERENT COUNTRIES.

IN HONG KONG ^UNEMPLOYED* INCLUDED PEOPLE WHO HAD JUST LEFT SCHOOL AND WHO REALLY HAD NOT HAD MUCH CHANCE TO FIND A JOB- OR WHO HAD JUST, BUT ONLY JUST, TAKEN UP WORK- OR WHO HAD TEMPORARILY BEEN LAID OFF WORK (WORKING LESS THAN 15 HOURS IN THE LAST SEVEN DAYS)-CR WHO WERE AVAILABLE FOR WORK, BUT WERE NOT ACTUALLY LOOKING FOR WORK BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT THAT THERE WAS NONE TO BE HAD OR BECAUSE THEY WERE TEMPORARILY SICK.

HE SAID THAT A PRELIMINARY REPORT ON THE SURVEY IS NOW AVAILABLE AND COPIES COULD BE OBTAINED ON REQUEST FROM THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

HE ADDED THAT SIMILAR INFORMATION ON

AT REGULAR SIX-MONTHLY INTERVALS.

UNEMPLOYMENT IS SOUGHT

THE NEXT LABOUR FORCE SURVEY WILL BE HELD IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 1979

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SIGNING OF $61.6 MILLION PWD CONTRACT * M * * * *

A $61.6 MILLION ENGINEERING CONTRACT WILL BE SIGNED TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT A CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT THE SHA TIN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, SHA TIN GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 6 TUNG LO WAN HILL ROAD AT 10.30 A.M.

THE CONTRACT, FOR SITE FORMATION WORK IS PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE CONTRACT-SIGNING CEREMONY FOR A $61.6 MILLION ENGINEERING PROJECT AT THE SHA TIN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, SHA TIN GOVERNMENT OFFICES, AT 6 TUNG LO WAN HILL ROAD AT 10.30 A.M. TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

OFFICIAL TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO MAKE USE OF THE FACILITY SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE OPEN CAR PARK, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, NOT LATER THAN 9.45 A.M.

OFFICERS FROM THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT’S PUBLICITY UNIT WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST THE PRESS.

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SWD OFFICER WINS POLYTECHNIC’S TOP STUDENT AWARD

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A FEMALE OFFICER OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, WHO HAS JUST FINISHED A DIPLOMA COURSE AT THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, HAS EMERGED AS +STUDENT OF THE YEAR+ AMONG THE INSTITUTION’S 7,000 STUDENTS.

MISS DONNA TSANG YUK-FUN WAS SELECTED WINNER OF THE 1978-79 DIRECTOR’S AWARD GIVEN EACH YEAR BY THE POLYTECHNIC TO THE BEST OF NOMINEES FROM ITS 15 DEPARTMENTS FOR OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE AND LEADERSHIP.

MISS TSANG, A WELFARE ASSISTANT, IS AMONG THE DEPARTMENT’S FOUR OFFICERS WHO HAVE EARLIER THIS MONTH COMPLETED A TWO-YEAR FULL-TIME DIPLOMA COURSE IN SOCIAL WORK ON PAID STUDY LEAVE AT THE POLYTECHNIC’S SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK.

SHE WILL RECEIVE THE $2,000 CASH AWARD FROM THE DIRECTOR OF THE POLYTECHNIC, DR. KEITH LEGG, AT A PRESENTATION CEREMONY TO BE HELD ON JULY 5 AT THE INSTITUTION’S LIBRARY BUILDING.

IN ADDITION, MISS TSANG’S NAME WILL BE ADDED TO THOSE OF THE PREVIOUS WINNERS ON A PLAQUE DISPLAYED IN DR. LEGG’S OFFICE.

MISS TSANG, WHO SCORED FIRST IN HER CLASS OF 59, WAS NOMINATED TO COMPETE FOR THE HONOUR WITH NOMINEES FROM THE OTHER DEPARTMENTS OF THE POLYTECHNIC.

IN THE NOMINATION, THE 26-YEAR-OLD SOCIAL WORKER WAS RECOMMENDED FOR HER ACADEMIC ABILITY, INTELLIGENCE AND LANGUAGE PROF ICIENCY.

HER LEARNING ATTITUDE WAS DESCRIBED AS KEEN AND SHE WAS ABLE TO COMPREHEND HER SUBJECT FROM A WIDE PERSPECTIVE WITH CRITICAL EXAMINATION.

IN FIELD WORK PRACTICE, MISS TSANG DEMONSTRATED WARM COMMITMENT, ORGANISED THOUGHT AND GENUINE INTEREST IN HELPING PEOPLE.

WITH REGARD TO LEADERSHIP QUALITIES, SHE WAS DESCRIBED AS HAVING BEEN HEAVILY INVOLVED IN STUDENT AFFAIRS AND VOLUNTARY SERVICE, HOLDING RESPONSIBLE POSTS WHICH DEMANDED ABILITY IN LEADERSHIP AND ORGANISATION.

MISS TSANG IS NOW ON LEAVE AND WILL RETURN TO WORK IN THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT NEXT (JULY) MONTH.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 1979

EXHIBITION ON ACTIVITY APPROACH

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A THREE-DAY EXHIBITION ON ACTIVITY APPROACH WILL BE HELD NEXT (JULY) MONTH TO INTRODUCE THE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THIS METHOD OF TEACHING.

ON DISPLAY WILL BE GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE ACTIVITY APPROACH, LEARNING PROCESSES IN THE VARIOUS SUBJECT AREAS, TEACHING MATERIALS AND PUPILS’ WORK.

THE EVENT IS ORGANISED BY THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN CO-OPERATION WITH ALL THE PRIMARY SCHOOLS ADOPTING THE ACTIVITY APPROACH.

MR. T.L. LAM, SENIOR ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (SCHOOLS AND SERVICES) WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION OK JULY 18 AT THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, GASCOIGNE ROAD, KOWLOON.

♦THE ACTIVITY APPROACH AIMS TO ADOPT A LESS FORMAL APPROACH TO LEARNING IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS, TO ENCOURAGE LEARNING THROUGH PURPOSEFUL ACTIVITIES CONDUCIVE TO THE FULL DEVELOPMENT OF THE INDIVIDUAL CHILD, AND TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOP CHILDREN TO LEARN AT THEIR OWN PACE ACCORDING TO THEIR OWN ABILITIES.*

THE TEACHER’S ROLE IN THIS LEARNING PROCESS IS TO GUIDE RATHER THAN TO INSTRUCT, HE ADDED.

THE ACTIVITY APPROACH ALSO AIMS TO PROVIDE A STIMULATING ENVIRONMENT TO PROMOTE SELF-INITIATED LEARNING, AND TO RELATE CHILDREN’S DAILY EXPERIENCES TO THEIR LEARNING ENVIRONMENT INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM.

THIS METHOD OF TEACHING WAS FIRST EXPERIMENTED IN SEPTEMBER 1972, IN SIX PRIMARY SCHOOLS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

IN THE CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR 56 PRIMARY SCHOOLS HAVE ADOPTED THE ACTIVITY APPROACH, INVOLVING 17,000 PUPILS IN 447 CLASSES.

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PLB PROHIBITIONS IN KOWLOON ******

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT FROM 13 A.M. ON FRIDAY PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED ENTERING A NUMBER OF STREETS AND ROADS IN KOWLOON UNLESS AUTHORISED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT.

THEY AREt

* BROADCAST DRIVE"

* LA SALLE ROAD BETWEEN RENFREW ROAD AND LANCASHIRE ROAD"

* NAM KOK ROAD BETWEEN NGAN TSIN WAI ROAD AND PRINCE EDWARD ROAD"

* THE ACCESS ROADS TO THE KAI TAK AIRPORT PASSENGER AND CARGO TERMINAL AREA FROM A POINT 61 METRES TO THE EAST OF THE ENTRANCE TO THE AIRPORT PUBLIC CAR PARK"

* THE ACCESS ROAD TO THE AIRPORT CARGO TERMINAL FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF PRINCE EDWARD ROAD OPPOSITE BLOCK SIX OF THE SAN PO KONG FACTORY ESTATE-

* THE GRADE SEPARATED ACCESS ROAD TO THE AIRPORT CARGO TERMINAL FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF PRINCE EDWARD ROAD OUTSIDE BLOCK SIX OF THE SAN PO KONG FACTORY ESTATE-

* THE ACCESS ROAD LEADING TO THE AIRPORT CARGO TERMINAL FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH PRINCE EDWARD ROAD OUTSIDE THE AIRPORT POLICE STATION-

* THE PLB +MAXICAB+ STAND IN THE TAI KOK TSUI FERRY CONCOURSE-

* THE PUBLIC CAR PARK IN THE KOWLOON CITY FERRY CONCOURSE, AND

* THE PUBLIC CAR PARK ADJACENT TO BLOCK 12 OF TUNG TAU ESTATE.

APPROPRIATE SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO INDICATE THE PROHIBITIONS

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

161.6 MILLION SHA TIN SITE FORMATION CONTRACT SIGNED ........ 1

VISIT OF LORD CARRINGTON..................................... 2

TRIBUTE TO FACTORY INSPECTORS ............................... 3

TENDERS INVITED FOR HOS LAND................................. 4

NEW MINIMUM WAGE SET FOR DOMESTIC HELPERS FROM OVERSEAS ... 4

ADVICE ON COMMODITY TRADING ................................. 5

WOMEN URGED TO STRIVE FOR MORE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES .. 5

UK MAIL DELAY................................................ 6

FIVE MORE KOWLOON MAX I CAB ROUTES .......................... 7

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES ..................................... 7

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

THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 1979

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$61.6 MILLION SHA TIN SITE FORMATION CONTRACT SIGNED ******

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY) AWARDED A MAJOR ENGINEERING CONTRACT TO MAEDA CONSTRUCTION CO. LTD. FOR SITE FORMATION, ROAD AND DRAINAGE WORKS IN VARIOUS PARTS OF SHA TIN NEW TOWN.

THE CONTRACT, COSTING MORE THAN $61.6 MILLION, FORMS PART OF THE NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME.

IT WAS FORMALLY SIGNED THIS MORNING BY MR. K.T. KUO, CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE PWD’S SHA TIN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, AND MR. TEPSUO OCHIAI, GENERAL MANAGER OF THE COMPANY.

MR. KUO SAID SINCE THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME STARTED IN 1973, MORE THAN 480 HECTARES (GROSS AREA) OF LAND HAD BEEN OR WERE BEING FORMED IN SHA TIN.

+0F THESE. ABOUT 190 HECTARES ARE FOR RESIDENTIAL, 63 HECTARES FOR INDUSTRIAL AND 83 HECTARES FOR GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTION AND COMMUNITY USES. THE REMAINING 146 HECTARES ARE FOR OTHER USES.-*

MR. KUO SAID THAT UNDER THE CONTRACT SIGNED TODAY ANOTHER 31 HECTARES OF LAND WOULD BE FORMED.

THEY INCLUDE 14.7 HECTARES FOR PUBLIC HOUSING, 1.3 HECTARES FOR PRIVATE HOUSING, 10 HECTARES FOR GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTION AND COMMUNITY USES AND FIVE HECTARES FOR COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

+THE LAND FORMED WILL ENABLE ACCOMMODATION TO BE PROVIDED FOR SOME 46,000 PEOPLE IN PUBLIC AND 22,600 IN PRIVATE HOUSING,-* HE SAID.

MR. KUO SAID THE CONTRACT ALSO INVOLVED THE CONSTRUCTION OF A TRUNK SEWER, SURFACE WATER DRAINAGE, FIVE BOX CULVERTS AND PART OF A RIVER WALL.

WORK ON THE CONTRACT WILL BEGIN EARLY NEXT MONTH AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 27 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE PROJECT WAS DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY MAUNSELL CONSULTANT ASIA, CONSULTING ENGINEERS FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT OF THE PWD.

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VISIT OF LORD CARRINGTON

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THE RT. HON. THE LORD CARRINGTON, SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS, ARRIVES TOMORROW (FRIDAY) EVENING FOR A ONE-DAY VISIT BEFORE LEAVING FOR KUALA LUMPUR.

LORD CARRINGTON IS ARRIVING FROM TOKYO WHERE HE ATTENDED THE ECONOMIC SUMMIT CONFERENCE OF SEVEN LEADING INDUSTRIAL NATIONS.

HE WILL BE MET ON ARRIVAL BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE.

DURING HIS STAY, LORD CARRINGTON WILL HAVE MEETINGS WITH THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS. HE WILL GO ON A TOUR OF THE NEW TERRITORIES BY RHKAAF HELICOPTER, VISIT A HOUSING ESTATE AND SEE FACILITIES PROVIDED FOR VIETNAMESE REFUGEES.

BEFORE HIS DEPARTURE, LORD CARRINGTON WILL MEET THE PRESS IN THE VIP PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM AT KAI TAK AIRPORT.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

LORD CARRINGTON ARRIVES TOMORROW (FRIDAY) EVENING FROM TOKYO BY R.A.F. VC-10, E.T.A. 2300 HOURS.

A PHOTOGRAPHIC FACILITY WILL BE ARRANGED FOR THE PRESS TO COVER LORD CARRINGTON’S ARRIVAL.

PRESS REPRESENTATIVES ARE REQUESTED TO ARRIVE AT LEAST 45 MINUTES BEFORE THE ARRIVAL, BRINGING WITH THEM THEIR IDENTITY CARDS OR PASSPORTS. THEY SHOULD ASSEMBLE IN THE PRESS ROOM, KAI TAK AIRPORT, WHERE G.I.S. OFFICERS WILL BE PRESENT TO ASSIST.

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TRIBUTE TO FACTORY INSPECTORS

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THERE WAS A SLIGHT DROP IN THE INCIDENCE RATE OF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS IN FACTORIES LAST YEAR. THE EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S FACTORY INSPECTORS HAD GREATLY CONTRIBUTED TO THIS IMPROVEMENT.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR. NEIL HENDERSON, TODAY (THURSDAY) WHEN HE ADDRESSED A TWO-DAY RESIDENTIAL CONFERENCE OF FACTORY INSPECTORS AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

♦I AM WELL AWARE THAT THIS HAS NOT BEEN ACHIEVED WITHOUT CONSIDERABLE PERSONAL EFFORTS ON THE PART OF EACH OF YOU,+ HE SAID.

+YOUR GOOD WORK HAS BEEN PARTICULARLY NOTEWORTHY AS IT HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED WHILE STAFF RESOURCES HAVE BEEN SCARCE.+

INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS IN RECENT YEARS HAD RISEN TO SUCH AN EXTENT THAT THE INSPECTORATE WAS FULLY STRETCHED BY THE VOLUME OF WORK TO BE DONE AND MUCH MORE REMAINED TO BE DONE.

THE INSPECTORATE WAS STILL UNDERGOING A PHASED EXPANSION TO ENABLE IT TO SERVE THE INDUSTRIES MORE EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY.

♦IN-SERVICE TRAINING TO UP-DATE KNOWLEDGE AND TECHNICAL EXPERTISE IS OF PRIME IMPORTANCE IN ORDER TO COPE WITH SUCH EXPANSION AND THE EVER-CHANGING CHALLENGES OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND HEALTH WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF MORE SOPHISTICATED INDUSTRIES AND PROCESSES IN HONG KONG,+ MR. HENDERSON STRESSED.

LOOKING AHEAD, MR. HENDERSON SAID HIS DEPARTMENT SHOULD CONCENTRATE ON THE IMPROVEMENT OF TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE, PARTICULARLY IN KEEPING UP-TO-DATE AND IT WOULD GIVE MORE THOUGHT TO OTHER METHODS OF GETTING ACROSS THE SAFETY MESSAGE TO WORK PEOPLE.

AN EXAMPLE OF THIS WAS AN INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND HEALTH EXHIBITION SCHEDULED TO BE STAGED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT LATER NEXT MONTH.

DESCRIBING THE CONFERENCE AS A VALUABLE AND USEFUL GATHERING, MR. HENDERSON SAID IT ENABLED THE PARTICIPANTS TO EXCHANGE INFORMATION AND EXPERIENCE AND TO DEVELOP AN EXPR IT DE CORPS.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR HOS LAND * * * *

THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS OFFERING A PIECE OF CROWN LAND UNDER THE PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME FOR SALE BY TENDER.

THE SITE, MEASURING ABOUT 4,000 SQUARE METRES AT CHAI WAN ROAD, HONG KONG, IS FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES.

CLOSING DATE FOR ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS IS NOT LATER THAN NOON ON SEPTEMBER 28, 1979.

TENDER FORMS, TENDER NOTICES AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND TENER PLANS INSPECTED AT, THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, MURRAY BUILDING, 19TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG AND THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, 10TH FLOOR, KOWLOON.

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NEW MINIMUM WAGE SET FOR DOMESTIC HELPERS FROM OVERSEAS ******

EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS FOR DOMESTIC HELPERS FROM OVERSEAS WILL ONLY BE ATTESTED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR IF THE WAGES TO BE PAID ARE NOT BELOW THE RANGE OF $950 - $1,100 WITH EFFECT FROM AUGUST 1 THIS YEAR.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (THURSDAY), A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE REVISED MINIMUM WAGE IS IN LINE WITH THE GOVERNMENT POLICY THAT THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO APPROVE THE ENTRY OF THESE WORKERS UNLESS THEY ARE PAID THE CURRENT MARKET RATE.

THE REVISED LIMIT IS DUE TO A GENERAL INCREASE IN THE WAGES OF LOCAL DOMESTIC HELPERS.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO REVEALED THAT THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT IS CONDUCTING A REVIEW OF THE CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH CHANGES OF EMPLOYMENT BY OVERSEAS DOMESTIC HELPERS ARE APPROVED.

+THE LIKELY EFFECT OF THIS REVIEW IS THAT WHENEVER SUCH A CONTRACT IS TERMINATED BEFORE ITS DUE DATE, THE WORKER SHOULD LEAVE HONG KONG AND OBTAIN A VISA FOR ANY NEW EMPLOYMENT FROM THE BRITISH VISA OFFICE IN HIS OR HER COUNTRY OF ORIGIN,* HE SAID.

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ADVICE ON COMMODITY TRADING *****

THE COMMISSIONER FOR COMMODITIES TRADING, MR. UESDEIN MCINNES, TODAY (THURSDAY) SAID HE WAS CONCERNED THAT SOME COMPANIES MAY BE OPERATING ILLEGALLY IN HONG KONG BY OFFERING, OR PURPORTING TO OFFER. FACILITIES IN THE FIELD OF FUTURES COMMODITY TRADING WHILE NOT BEING LICENCED BY, OR REGISTERED WITH, THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR COMMODITIES TRADING.

HE SAID THAT ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC UNCERTAIN ON WHETHER A COMMODITY FUTURES COMPANY, OR ITS REPRESENTATIVE, ARE REGISTERED UNDER THE COMMODITIES TRADING ORDINANCE, MAY CONTACT THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER AT ROOMS 2404-2409, CONNAUGHT CENTRE (TEL. 5-259361).

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WOMEN URGED TO STRIVE FOR MORE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES ******

MR. KENNETH TOPLEY, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION TODAY (THURSDAY) CALLED ON WOMEN TO STRIVE FOR THE SAME EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AS MEN IN ORDER TO BE WELL-EQUIPPED FOR THEIR ROLES IN SOCIETY.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE SPEECH DAY OF THE ST. FRANCIS CANOSSIAN COLLEGE ON THE INCREASING ROLE OF WOMEN IN SOCIETY.

THE OCCASION ALSO MARKED THE 110TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF THE SCHOOL.

MR. TOPLEY SAID THAT NOWADAYS WOMEN HAD BEEN MAKING SUCCESSFUL CAREERS IN PRACTICALLY EVERY PROFESSION, INCLUDING FINANCE AND POLITICS WHICH USED TO BE A MEN’S RESERVE.

♦TO TAKE UP THIS CHALLENGING ROLE IN THE WORLD OF TODAY, A TIME NOT ONLY OF RAPID SOCIAL CHANGES, OF HOPE AND PROMISES FOR THE FUTURE BUT ALSO OF UNCERTAINTY, DIFFICULTY AND CRISIS, IT WOULD BE TO YOUR ADVANTAGE TO STRIVE FOR THE SAME EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUN(TIES AND SEE TO IT THAT YOU ARE AS WELL-EQUIPPED AS YOUR MALE COUNTERPARTS,* HE SAID.

CITING RECENT FIGURES, THE DIRECTOR NOTED THAT LAST YEAR MORE BOYS THAN GIRLS OBTAINED FIVE SUBJECTS IN GRADE E OR ABOVE IN THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION.

AT THE SAME TIME, MORE THAN TWICE AS MANY MEN THAN WOMEN OBTAINED UNIVERSITY DEGREES.

THIS SITUATION COULD PERHAPS BE ATTRIBUTED TO THE SOCIAL ATTITUDE OF VOCATIONAL CHOICES FOR GIRLS, MR. TOPLEY SAID.

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HE SAID THAT SOME GIRLS SHARED THE ATTITUDE THAT ONE COULD BECOME A LADY OF LEISURE AFTER ONE’S MARRIAGE, AND THEY ALSO TEND TO DROP PHYSICS AND MATHEMATICS AT AN EARLY STAGE IN THE BELIEF THAT SUCH SUBJECTS WERE IRRELEVANT TO THE FUTURE NEEDS OF THE WIFE OR THE MOTHER.

+IN FACT, THE LACK OF KNOWLEDGE IN MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE WILL SERIOUSLY AFFECT THEIR CHOICE OF A CAREER AND TEND TO NARROW IT DOWN TO TRADITIONAL OCCUPATIONS SUCH AS NURSING AND SECRETARIAL JOBS,* MR. TOPLEY SAID.

HE ALSO COMMENDED THE ST. FRANCIS CANOSSIAN COLLEGE FOR ITS ACHIEVEMENT IN THE PAST 110 YEARS.

♦YOUR COLLEGE HAS COME A LONG WAY SINCE THE EARLY DAYS OF 1869 WHEN REV. MOTHER STELLA STARTED ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL WHICH CONSISTED CF A FEW CLASSROOMS FOR A SMALL NUMBER OF CHINESE AND PORTUGUESE CHILDREN,* MR. TOPLEY SAID.

THE PRESENT STUDENT POPULATION OF THE COLLEGE IS 846 IN THE SECONDARY SECTION AND 1,066 IN THE PRIMARY SECTION.

IN TODAY’S SPEECH DAY 53 STUDENTS GRADUATED FROM FORM 7 AND 121 STUDENTS FROM FORM 5.

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UK MAIL DELAY

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THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT POSTAL SERVICES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM ARE SUFFERING DELAY DUE TO A SHORTAGE OF STAFF AND INDUSTRIAL DISPUTES.

+THIS IS AFFECTING MAIL TO AND FROM PLACES ABROAD AND AIR MAIL ARRIVING IN THE UK IS SUFFERING UP TO TWO WEEKS DELAY,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE POST OFFICE SAID.

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FIVE MORE KOWLOON MAXICAB ROUTES X X * * *

FIVE MORE MAXICAB ROUTES WILL BE INTRODUCED IN KOWLOON TOMORROW (FRIDAY), BRINGING THE NUMBER OF MAXICAB ROUTES IN KOWLOON TO 18.

THE NEW SERVICES ARE ROUTE NO. 11 FROM YAU YAT CHUEN TO TAI KOK TSUI FERRY (15 MINUTES PEAK HOUR FREQUENCY)- ROUTE NO. 13 FROM MARCONI ROAD IN KOWLOON TONG TO KOWLOON CITY FERRY (15 MINUTES PEAK HOUR FREQUENCY)- ROUTE NO. 14 FROM TUNG TAU TSUEN TO KOWLOON CITY FERRY (15 MINUTES PEAK HOUR FREQUENCY)* ROUTE 15 FROM NAM KOK ROAD IN KOWLOON CITY TO KOWLOON CITY FERRY (12 MINUTES PEAK HOUR FREQUENCY), AND CIRCULAR ROUTE NO. 16 FROM KAI TAK AIRPORT PASSENGER TERMINAL TO THE AIR CARGO TERMINAL (SIX MINUTES PEAK HOUR FREQUENCY).

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT FARES FOR ROUTE 11 ARE 50 CENTS AND $1 WHILE THE FARE FOR ROUTE 13 IS fl. THE FARES FOR ROUTES 14, 15 AND 16 ARE FIXED AT 50 CENTS.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT MORE MAXICAB ROUTES WILL BE INTRODUCED IN KOWLOON NEXT MONTH.

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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY) ANNOUNCED THAT NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN CENTRAL BETWEEN 1.15 A.M. AND 6 A.M. ON SUNDAY AND MONDAY FOR THE INSTALLATION OF FOOTBRIDGE BEAMS IN THE AREA. -------------------— -

DURING THE PERIOD, HARBOUR VIEW STREET AND THE SECTION OF CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL EASTBOUND BETWEEN GILMAN STREET AND PEDDER STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

MOTORISTS TRAVELLING ALONG CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL EASTBOUND ARE ADVISED TO USE THE ALTERNATIVE ROUTE VIA CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, GILMAN STREET, DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL AND PEDDER STREET TO REJOIN THE ROAD.

MEANWHILE, WITH EFFECT FROM 10 A.M. ON SUNDAY, CHIU LUNG STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT FIVE WEEKS FOR DRAINAGE REPAIR WORKS.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP IN THE TWO AREAS TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 1979

CONTENTS

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MOVE TO EXTEND PROHIBITION OF EMPLOYMENT OF CHILDREN ....... 1

BILLS TO IMPROVE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS SYSTEM ............ 2

CRUELTY TO ANIMALS (AMENDMENT) BILL PROPOSED TO IMPROVE EFFECTIVENESS OF ENFORCEMENT ............................... 3

WIDER POWER TO SUSPEND A SEAMAN’S REGISTRATION PROPOSED ................................................... 4

PRESS ARRANGEMENTS FOR LORD CARRINGTON’S VISIT ............. 4

AP LEI CHAU RECLAMATION..................................... 5

RECLAMATION FOR MUI WO DEVELOPMENT ......................... 6

TENDERS FOR SITE FORMATION WORK ............................ 7

LAND FORMATION TENDERS ..................................... 7

SWD’S NINTH COMMUNITY HALL OPENED .......................... 8

TWO-WEEK DRIVE FOR MORE FIREMEN ............................ 9

STREET CLOSURES FOR MTR TSUEN WAN DEPOT.................... 10

FORUM ON STUDENT DELINQUENCY............................... 10

OPENING OF MONG KOK SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME ................ 11

REMOVAL OF TAI PO BIRTHS AND MARRIAGE REGISTRY............. 11

TWO BUILDINGS IN TAI HOM ROAD DECLARED DANGEROUS .......... 12

TRAM SERVICES TO FINISH EARLIER ........................... 12

ONE-WAY TRAFFIC ............................................

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

FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 1979

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MOVE TO EXTEND PROHIBITION OF EMPLOYMENT OF CHILDREN

A BILL WAS GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY) TO PAVE THE WAY FOR THE EXTE.SION OF THE EXISTING PROHIBITION OF EMPLOYMENT OF CHILDREN IN INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS TO THE NON-INDUSTRIAL SECTOR.

THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION, KNOWN AS THE EMPLOYMENT (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) BILL 1979, IS EXPECTED TO BE CONSIDERED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL NEXT MONTH.

COMMENTING ON THE BILL, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT S‘\ID THAT IT WAS A STEP DESIGNED TO ASSIST IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF GOVERNMENT'S POLICY TO INTRODUCE COMPULSORY JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION.

HE RECALLED A STATEMENT MADE BY THE GOVERNOR AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON OCTOBER 5, 1977 WHICH OUTLINED THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO EXTEYD BY TWO STAGES THE EXISTING PROHIBITION OF EMPLOYMENT OF CHILDREN IN INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS TO THE NON-INDUSTRIAL SECTOR.

THE INTENTION WAS TO PROHIBIT EMPLOYMENT WHICH WOULD INTERFERE WITH A CHILD’S SCHOOLING, BUT FLEXIBILITY WOULD BE MAINTAINED TO ALLOW FOR PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT, PARTICULARLY IN FAMILY BUSINESSES CR SUMMER JOBS. THOSE WHO HAD COMPLETED THEIR FORM III EDUCATION BEFORE REACHING 15 YEARS OF AGE WOULD ALSO BE ALLOWED TO WORK IF THEY SO WISHED.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT UNDER THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS ORDINANCE AND REGULATIONS, THE EMPLOYMENT OF CHILDREN UNDER 14 IS PROHIBITED.

THE BILL SEEKS TO AMEND THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE SO AS TO SET A MINIMUM AGE FOR ALL FORMS OF EMPLOYMENT UNDER ONE LEGISLATION. CONSEQUENTLY, AMENDMENTS WILL BE MADE TO THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS ORDINANCE AND REGULATIONS, THE EMPLOYMENT OF YOUNG PERSONS AND CHILDREN AT SEA ORDINANCE AND THE PROTECTION OF WOMEN AND JUVENILES ORDINANCE, ALL OF WHICH DEAL WITH THE MINIMUM AGE OF EMPLOYMENT IN DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES.

BY THESE AMENDMENTS, NO CHILD UNDER 14 WILL, WITH EFFECT FROM SEPTEMBER 1979, BE ALLOWED TO BE EMPLOYED IN ANY OCCUPATION, AND NO CHILD UNDER 15 WILL, WITH EFFECT FROM SEPTEMBER 1980, BE ALLOWED TO BE EMPLOYED IN ANY OCCUPATION, EXCEPT FAMILY BUSINESSES, PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT OR SUMMER JOBS IN THE NON-INDUSTRIAL SECTOR.

UNDER THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR WILL HAVE THE POWER TO GRANT EXEMPTIONS FOR SOME CATEGORIES OF EMPLOYMENT, SUCH AS CHILD ENTERTAINERS ON TELEVISION PROGRAMMES, SUBJECT TO CERTAIN CONDITIONS.

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BILLS TO IMPROVE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS SYSTEM *****

AMENDING LEGISLATION IS TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SHORTLY TO IMPROVE THE RELIABILITY OF THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS SYSTEM AND TO IMPOSE HEAVIER PENALTIES ON THOSE WHO FAIL TO REGISTER UNDER THE LAW.

THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS ARE CONTAINED IN THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1979 AND THE BIRTHS AND DEATHS REGISTRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1979 PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

ONE MAIN CHANGE PROPOSED IS THAT IN HIS DEALING WITH GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, A PERSON WILL BE REQUIRED TO USE THE NAME WHICH APPEARS ON HIS IDENTITY CARD.

COMMENTING ON THIS, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID AT PRESENT, A RESIDENT MIGHT USE DIFFERENT NAMES IN RECORDS HELD IN DIFFERENT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

+THIS LEADS TO CONFUSION AND DUPLICATION OF RECORDS,+ HE SAID + IT CAN ALSO CAUSE INCONVENIENCE TO THE PERSON HIMSELF WHEN HE SEEKS TO OBTAIN A SERVICE FROM A PARTICULAR GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE PRESENT SYSTEM WAS NOT ONLY CONFUSING BUT ALSO OPEN TO ABUSE.

UNDER THE PROPOSED CHANGES, ONCE A CHILD BORN IN HONG KONG REACHES 11 YEARS OF AGE, HIS PARENTS WOULD NO LONGER BE ABLE TO CHANGE HIS GIVEN NAMES IN THE REGISTER OF BIRTHS.

PARENTS ARE THEREFORE ADVISED TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY OF MAKING A SUITABLE CHOICE OF NAMES OF THEIR CHILDREN BEFORE THEY REACH THE AGE OF 11.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THE PROPOSALS WOULD NOT MAKE IT AN OFFENCE FOR A PERSON TO USE MORE THAN ONE NAME. HOWEVER, IN HIS DEALINGS WITH GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, HE IS REQUIRED TO USE THE NAME WHICH APPEARS ON HIS IDENTITY CARD.

♦ IT WOULD STILL BE POSSIBLE FOR A PERSON TO CHANGE HIS NAME BY DEED POLL OR TO SHOW THAT HE IS KNOWN BY SOME OTHER NAME BY COMMON REPUTE AND USAGE,* HE SAID. +IN EITHER CASE, AN IDENTITY CARD WOULD BE ISSUED IN HIS NEW NAME.*

ANOTHER CHANGE PROPOSED IS THAT ALL RESIDENTS IN HONG KONG, UNLESS SPECIFICALLY EXEMPTED IN LAW, ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

THIS MAKES IT CLEAR THAT THE OBLIGATION TO REGISTER UNDER THE LAW APPLIES TO ALL THOSE WHO ARE BORN IN HONG KONG, THOSE WHO ARE ALREADY RESIDENTS HERE AS WELL AS THOSE WHO ENTER HONG KONG WITH THE INTENTION TO RESIDE HERE.

PENALTIES ARE TO BE INCREASED FOR EVASION OF THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION AND THE TIME LIMIT FOR PROSECUTION WILL BE EXTENDED FROM TWO YEARS TO THREE YEARS.

/THE SPOKESMAN

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THE SPOKESMAN SAID STEPS WOULD BE TAKEN TO DRAW THE ATTENTION OF THE PUBLIC TO THE NEED FOR A RESIDENT OR NEW ARRIVAL TO APPLY FOR REGISTRATION- AND FOR A PARENT TO MAKE ANY CHANGE, IF DESIRED, IN RESPECT OF THE NAME OF A CHILD BEFORE HE REACHES THE AGE OF 11.

REFERRING TO THE EXTENSION OF THE TIME LIMIT FOR PROSECUTION, THE SPOKESMAN SAIDi +IT OFTEN HAPPENS THAT OFFENCES UNDER THE REGULATIONS ARE NOT DETECTED UNTIL SOME YEARS AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN COMMITTED.*

ANOTHER BILL, THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1979, WILL ALSO BE TABLED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SHORTLY TO AMEND THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS ORDINANCE SO AS TO AUTHORISE THE MAKING OF REGULATIONS PROVIDING FOR THE COMPULSORY CARRYING AND PRODUCTION OF IDENTITY CARDS.

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CRUELTY TO ANIMALS (AMENDMENT) BILL PROPOSED TO IMPROVE EFFECTIVENESS OF ENFORCEMENT * * * *

THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS (AMENDMENT) BILL, GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY), PROPOSES TO INCREASE THE MONETARY PENALTY FROM 11,000 TO $5,000.

ANOTHER AMENDMENT PROPOSES THE EXTENSION OF THE EXISTING POWERS OF ARREST WITHOUT WARRANT TO OFFICERS OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT OF THE RANK OF FIELD OFFICER II OR ABOVE AUTHORISED BY THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE ORDINANCE WAS ENACTED IN 1935 AND THE LAST AMENDMENTS WERE MADE IN I960.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID IT WAS DESIRABLE TO AMEND SOME OF THE EXISTING PROVISIONS TO IMPROVE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF ENFORCEMENT.

HE SAID THAT WHILE A SENIOR VETERINARY OFFICER, HEALTH OFFICER, IEALTH INSPECTOR OR A POLICE OFFICER WERE EMPOWERED UNDER THE ORDINANCE TO ARREST WITHOUT WARRANT ANY PERSON SUSPECTED OF CAUSING CRUELTY TO ANIMALS, SIMILAR POWERS WERE NOT EXTENDED TO FIELD STAFF OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT WHO WERE MOST LIKELY TO COME ACROSS OFFENCES INVOLVING CRUELTY TO ANIMALS.

WHEN THEY COME ACROSS SUCH SUSPECTED INCIDENTS, THEY HAVE TO LEAVE THE SCENE TO SUMMONS THE ASSISTANCE OF THE POLICE OR OTHER AUTHORISED PERSONNEL, DURING WHICH TIME THE SUSPECT COULD ESCAPE CR REMOVE THE EVIDENCE.

IT IS ALSO PROPOSED TO:

* EMPOWER A MAGISTRATE TO MAKE AN ORDER DEPRIVING AN OWNER OF HIS OWNERSHIP OF AN ANIMAL UNDER CERTAIN C IRC. STANCES-

* EXTEND THE PRESENT POWER CF SEARCH TO VEHICLES, TRAINS, TRAMS AND AIRCRAFT- AND

* PERMIT AN ANIMAL TO BE DESTROYED IN CERTAIN CASES WHERE IT IS TRAPPED.

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WIDER POWER TO SUSPEND A SEAMAN’S REGISTRATION PROPOSED * * * *

A BILL WHICH SEEKS TO GIVE WIDER POWER TO THE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE SEAMEN’S RECRUITING OFFICE TO SUSPEND A SEAMAN’S REGISTRATION WAS PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S (FRIDAY) GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (RECRUITING OF SEAMEN) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1979 PROPOSES THAT A SEAMAN CAN BE SUSPENDED FROM THE REGISTER ON CONVICTION OF OFFENCES RELATING TO DANGEROUS DRUGS, BRIBERY OR OF ANY OFFENCE OF SUCH A NATURE THAT IS DESIRABLE TO SUSPEND HIM FROM THE SERVICE OF OCEAN-GOING SHIPS.

UNDER THE AMENDING LEGISLATION WHEN A SEAMAN’S REGISTRATION IS SO SUSPENDED, THE SUPERINTENDENT IS REQUIRED TO SERVE A NOTICE ON THE SEAMAN STATING THE GROUNDS ON WHICH HIS REGISTRATION IS SUSPENDED AND THE DATE AND TIME AT WHICH THE SEAMAN MAY APPEAR BEFORE THE SUPERINTENDENT TO MAKE REPRESENTATIONS ON HIS CASE.

OTHER SIGNIFICANT PROPOSED CHANGES PROVIDE THAT A SEAMAN MAY HAVE HIS CASE REFERRED TO THE SEAMEN’S RECRUITING AUTHORITY IF THE SUPERINTENDENT DOES NOT WITHIN THREE MONTHS EXERCISE ANY OF THE POWERS CONFERRED BY THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE WHICH PROVIDE FOR THE DISCIPLINING OF SEAMEN.

ANOTHER SECTION OF THE BILL SETS OUT THE PROCEDURE TO BE FOLLOWED WHEN A BOARD OF REFERENCE HEARS A CASE REFERRED TO IT BY THE AUTHORITY. THERE IS ALSO PROVISION FOR A SEAMAN TO APPEAL TO A JUDGE OF THE HIGH COURT ON A POINT OF LAW WHEN HIS REGISTRATION HAS BEEN SUSPENDED FOR NOT MORE THAN 24 MONTHS IN THE CASE OF DESERTION, OR 12 MONTHS IN ANY OTHER CASE.

IN ADDITION, THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (RECRUITING OF SEAMEN) (SERVICE RECORD BOOKS) REGULATIONS WILL BE AMENDED TO PROVIDE FOR A SURRENDERED SERVICE RECORD BOOK TO BE RETURNED TO ITS FORMER HOLDER WHEN THE HOLDER’S NAME IS RESTORED TO THE REGISTER OR WHEN THE SUSPENSION OF THE HOLDER’S REGISTRATION EXPIRES OR IS WITHDRAWN.

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PRESS ARRANGEMENTS FOR LORD CARRINGTON’S VISIT * X * X

THE RT. HON. THE LORD CARRINGTON, SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS, *HO IS DUE TO ARRIVE TONIGHT (FRIDAY) FOR A ONE-DAY VISIT, WILL GO ON A TOUR OF WO CHE HOUSING ESTATE IN SHA TIN TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON.

THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A VISIT TO THE REFUGE -p IN SHAM SHU I PC.

/W.RD CAR3INGT0H

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LORD CARRINGTON WILL LEAVE FOR KUALA LUMPUR IN THE EVENING BY R.A.F. VC-10, E.T.D. 8 P.M. HE IS EXPECTED TO MEET THE PRESS IN THE VIP PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM AT KAI TAK AT 7 P.M., AN HOUR BEFORE DEPARTURE. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ASSIGNED TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE ARE REQUESTED TO BE IN THE VIP PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM ABOUT 6.45 P.M. G. I.S. OFFICERS WILL BE PRESENT TO ASSIST THEM.

PHOTOGRAPHIC FACILITIES WILL BE PROVIDED FOR THE PRESS TO COVER LORD CARRINGTON’S VISITS TO THE WO CHE HOUSING ESTATE AT 3 P.M. AND THE REFUGEE CAMP AT 3.30 P.M.

TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED TO TAKE MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES TO THE WO CHE HOUSING ESTATE. THOSE WISHING TO MAKE USE OF THIS FACILITY SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES CAR PARK NOT LATER THAN 2.15 P.M. OFFICERS FROM THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT’S PUBLIC RELATIONS SECTION WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST THE PRESS.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WHO WISH TO COVER THE VISIT TO THE REFUGEE CAMP IN SHAM SHU I PO ARE REQUESTED TO ASSEMBLE OUTSIDE THE MAIN ENTRANCE BEFORE 3.15 P.M.

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AP LEI CHAU RECLAMATION * * * *

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT IT IS INTENDED TO RECLAIM AN AREA OF LAND WITHIN THE LIMITS OF ABOUT FIVE HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEA BED FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE AP LEI CHAU WEST INDUSTRIAL ESTATE.

SITUATED ON THE SOUTH COAST OF AP LEI CHAU, ABOUT 2.48 l€CTARES OF THIS AREA WILL BE GRANTED ON LEASE FOR INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES, A PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREAS OF FORESHORE AND SEA BED FOR BOTH PUBLIC PURPOSES AND PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT ARE DESCRIBED IN NOTIFICATIONS IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

THIS CALLS ON PEOPLE HAVING OBJECTIONS OR ANY CLAIM OF PRIVATE RIGHT TO WRITE TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS WITHIN TWO MONTHS.

THE NOTICES, IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE, WITH THEIR RELATED PLANS, CAN BE SEEN ON NOTICE BOARDS POSTED NEAR THE SITE.

THE PLANS SHOWING THE AREA OF FORESHORE AND SEA BED INVOLVED CAN ALSO BE SEEN AT THE PORT WORKS DIVISION, FIRST FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HOHG KO::G OR THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE ON 19TH FLCCR OF THE SAME BUILDING.

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RECLAMATION FOR MUI WO DEVELOPMENT

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THE DOLPHIN AT MUI WO ON LANTAU ISLAND — THE STRUCTURE USED FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE SUBMARINE WATER MAINS WHICH SUPPLY WATER TO HONG KONG — IS BEING MOVED.

GOVERNMENT IS CARRYING OUT RECLAMATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT CF MUI WO TO PROVIDE SITES FOR PUBLIC HOUSING, A NEW BUS TERMINUS, COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS AND FOR GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTION AND COMMUNITY USES.

A PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT IT WAS NECESSARY TO RELOCATE THE DOLPHIN WHICH WILL BE AFFECTED BY THIS RECLAMATION WORK.

+THE WORK WILL ALSO INCLUDE THE RELAYING OF A LENGTH OF SUBMARINE CABLE SUPPLYING ELECTRICITY TO THE DOLPHIN,* HE SAID.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA OF FORESHORE AND SEA BED INVOLVED IS DESCRIBED IN A NOTIFICATION IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE WHICH CALLS ON PEOPLE HAVING OBJECTIONS OR ANY CLAIM OF PRIVATE RIGHT, TO WRITE TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS WITHIN TWO MONTHS.

THE NOTICE, IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE, WITH ITS RELATED PLAN, CAN BE SEEN ON NOTICE BOARDS POSTED NEAR THE SITE.

THE PLAN SHOWING THE AREA OF FORESHORE AND SEA BED INVOLVED CAN ALSO BE SEEN AT THE PORT WORKS DIVISION. FIRST FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG OR THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE ON THE 19TH FLOOR OF THE SAME BUILDING, OR THE DISTRICT OFFICE, ISLANDS, INTERNATIONAL BUILDING, FOURTH FLOOR, 141 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

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TENDERS FOR SITE FORMATION WORK

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TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED FOR SITE FORMATION WORK THAT WILL MAKE ANOTHER 13.2 HECTARES OF LAND AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC HOUSING IN THE RAPIDLY GROWING NEW TOWN OF SHA TIN.

ADDED TO THIS WILL BE 2.6 HECTARES AS OPEN SPACE, 1.1 HECTARES FOR GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONAL AND COMMUNITY USES AND HALF A HECTARE FOR COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL USE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THE LAND FORMED WILL ENABLE ACCOMMODATION TO BE PROVIDED FOR ABOUT 28,000 PEOPLE IN PUBLIC HOUSING.

THE RELEVANT AREAS ARE ADJACENT TO THE VILLAGES OF TIN SAM AND TAI WAI.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE ENGINEERING WORKS WOULD INCLUDE, IN ADDITION TO THE EARTHWORKS, THE CONSTRUCTION OF THREE BOX CULVERTS AND SURFACE WATER DRAINAGE.

+THE CONTRACT IS PLANNED TO START IN SEPTEMBER AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE,* HE SAID.

THE WORKS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED, AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY MAUNSELL CONSULTANTS ASIA, CONSULTING ENGINEERS FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT OF THE PWD.

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LAND FORMATION TENDERS * * * *

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) INVITED TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A MAJOR PHASE OF ENGINEERING WORKS IN THE FANLING DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME.

THE WORKS COMPRISE THE FORMATION OF 9.4 HECTARES OF LAND LOCATED TO THE SOUTH OF THE FANLING ROUNDABOUT, AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF TRUNK DRAINAGE TO SERVICE THE AREA.

♦IT IS INTENDED THAT THE FORMED SITE WILL BE USED TO PROVIDE PUBLIC HOUSING FOR 20,000 PEOPLE BY 1983-84,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SAID.

+THE CONTRACT IS PLANNED TO START IN AUGUST AND WILL ABOUT 15 MONTHS TO COMPLETE,* HE ADDED.

TAKE

THE WORKS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY THE CONSULTING ENGINEERS, MESSRS. MAUNSELL CONSULTANTS ASIA, FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT OF THE PWD.

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SWD’S NINTH COMMUNITY HALL OPENED ******

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S NINTH COMMUNITY HALL DESIGNED TO SERVE AS A CENTRE FOR RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED TODAY (FRIDAY) IN TAI HING ESTATE, TUEN MUN.

THE TAI HING COMMUNITY HALL. THE FIRST IN TUEN MUN, WAS OPENED BY THE VICE-CHAIRMAN OF HEUNG YEE KUK, MR. LAU WONG-FAT, AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS INCLUDING TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICER, W. NG KWOK-TAI, AND THE DEPARTMENT’S NEW TERRITORIES REGIONAL OFFICER, MR. HENRY AU.

TWO MORE HALLS, ONE AT PAK TIN IN SHEK KIP MEI AND THE OTHER AT WO CHE IN SHA TIN, WILL BE OPENED LATER THIS YEAR.

THE TAI HING COMMUNITY HALL PROJECT IS IN LINE WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY TO PROVIDE A COMMUNITY HALL FOR EACH PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE WITH A POPULATION OF 20,000 TO 50,000.

AT PRESENT, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT OPERATES EIGHT OTHER COMMUNITY HALLS AT LEI MUK SHUE, LAI KING, KWAI FONG, KWAI SHING, SHEK YAM, LEK YUEN, YUE WAN AND HING WAH ESTATES.

A COMMUNITY HALL SERVES AS A BASE FOR GROUP AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, THROUGH WHICH LOCAL RESIDENTS MAY DEVELOP A SENSE OF SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, CULTIVATE A SPIRIT OF MUTUAL HELP AND COOPERATION, AND ENRICH THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE.

ONE OF THE FACILITIES AT THE TAI HING COMMUNITY HALL IS A MULTI-PURPOSE 350-SEAT ASSEMBLY HALL FOR INDOOR GROUP ACTIVITIES, EXHIBITIONS, BALL GAMES AND OTHER SOCIAL ACTIVITIES. IT IS AVAILABLE FOR LOAN BY LOCAL GROUPS AND ORGANISATIONS.

TODAY’S OPENING WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A NUMBER OF CELEBRATION PROGRAMMES WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HALL EARLY NEXT MONTH.

THESE PROGRAMMES INCLUDE A PING PONG EXHIBITION GAME, CHINESE CLASSICAL MUSIC PERFORMANCE, A BIRTHDAY TEA PARTY FOR THE ELDERLY, AND CHILDREN’S COLOURING AND CROSSWORD PUZZLES COMPETITIONS.

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TWO-WEEK DRIVE FOR MORE FIREMEN * * * * *

THE FIRE SERVICES WILL LAUNCH A/TWO-WEEK RECRUITING DRIVE FROM MONDAY (JULY 2). I

♦WE ARE LOOKING FOR PHYSICALLY FIT YOUNG MEN INTERESTED IN AN EXCITING AND CHALLENGING CAREER,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE FIRE SERVICES SAID TODAY (FRIDAY). '

HE CALLED ON ENERGETIC AND RESPONSIBLE YOUNG MEN WHO WANT A JOB THAT IS OUT OF THE ORDINARY TO COME FORWARD TO JOIN THE FIRE SERVICES. /

THREE RECRUITMENT CENTRES WILL BE SET UP ON THE ISLAND, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE THREE CENTRES WHICH WILL BE OPEN FROM 10 A.M. TO 7 P.M. ARE ATi

* HARBOUR ROAD FIRE STATION — OPEN FROM JULY 2 TO JULY 13 (EXCLUDING SATURDAY AND SUNDAY)"

* TSIM SHA TSUI FIRE STATION — OPEN FROM JULY 2 TO JULY 13 (EXCLUDING SATURDAY AND SUNDAY)

* PAK HEUNG TRAINING SCHOOL — OPEN ON JULY 2, 4, 10 AND 12.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID APPLICANTS SHOULD PREFERABLY BE AGED BETWEEN 18 AND 30 AND HAVE LIVED IN HONG KONG FOR A CONTINUOUS PERIOD OF AT LEAST FIVE YEARS.

+APPLICANTS SHOULD SPEAK FLUENT CANTONESE AND BE ABLE TO READ AND WRITE CHINESE. THEY SHOULD BE AT LEAST FIVE FOOT SIX IN HEIGHT, WEIGH 120 POUNDS OR MORE AND HAVE GOOD PHYSIQUE AND NORMAL EYESIGHT. THEY WILL BE TRAINED FOR GENERAL FIRE-FIGHTING AND RESCUE DUTIES,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE STARTING SALARY FOR A FIREMAN IS $1,315 RISING TO A MAXIMUM OF SI,925. AN INCREMENT WILL BE GIVEN ON SATISFACTORY COMPLETION OF 26 WEEKS’ BASIC TRAINING AT THE PAK HEUNG TRAINING SCHOOL.

APPLICANTS CALLING AT THE CENTRES SHOULD BRING ALONG THEIR IDENTITY CARDS, A COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM (G.F. 340) WHICH IS OBTAINABLE FROM ANY CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AND ACADEMIC DOCUMENTS (UP TO PRIMARY SIX STANDARD).

THEY ARE ALSO REQUESTED TO BRING ALONG RUBBER GYMNASTIC SHOES AND SHORTS FOR PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST. THE TEST IS DIVIDED INTO THREE PARTSt PRELIMINARY EYESIGHT TEST, PHYSICAL MEASUREMENTS AND STRENGTH TEST.

♦PROMOTION PROSPECTS FOR AND STUDY TO BECOME QUALIFIED THE SPOKESMAN.

THOSE WHO ARE PREPARED TO WORK HARD FOR HIGHER POSTS ARE VERY GOOD,* SAID

♦IN FACT, A LARGE NUMBER THEIR CAREERS AS FIREMEN,* HE

&F THE SERVING SENIOR OFFICERS BEGAN ADDED.

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STREET CLOSURES FOR MTR TSUEN WAN DEPOT ******

A NUMBER OF STREETS IN SAI LAU KOK, PAK TIN PA AND PAK TIN PA TSUEN WILL BE CLOSED PERMANENTLY FROM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY TSUEN WAN DEPOT.

THE DEPOT 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 THE FU 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 NOTICE, GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY), STIPULATED THAT CLAIMS FOR COMPENSATION MUST BE MADE IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS.

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

FORUM ON STUDENT DELINQUENCY *****

A FORUM ON STUDENT DELINQUENCY WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE CMA PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL IN NAM CHEONG STREET FOR ABOUT 120 SECONDARY AND PRIMARY SCHOOL PRINCIPALS, TEACHERS AND SOCIAL WORKERS IN SHAM SHU I PO.

THE FORUM, ORGANISED BY THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (SHAM SHU I PO) AND THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, IS AIMED AT DISCUSSING EXPERIENCES REGARDING STUDENT DELINQUENCY AND TO FIND OUT PREVENTIVE MEASURES. \

A CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGISt\oF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WILL GIVE A TALK ON +DELINQUENT STUDENTS* AND A LECTURER IN SOCIAL WORK FROM THE SHUE YAN COLLEGE WILL SPEAK ON +THE ROLE PLAYED BY SCHOOL TEACHERS AND SOCIAL WORKERS TOWARDS DELINQUENT STUDENTS.*

NOTE TO EDITORS! \

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YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE FORUM ON STUDENT DELINQUENCY WHICH WILL BE HELD AT THE CMA PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL, 298 NAM CHEONG STREET, SHAM SHU I PO, AT 9.15 A.M. TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

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TWO BUILDINGS IN TAI HOM ROAD DECLARED DANGEROUS ******

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY (FRIDAY) DECLARED NOS. 11 AND 12 TAI HOM ROAD, TAI HOM VILLAGE, KOWLOON, TO BE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION.

IN A STATEMENT ISSUED THIS MORNING, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE SAID THESE TWO-STOREY VILLAGE BUILDINGS WERE RECENTLY INSPECTED FOLLOWING AN EMERGENCY REPORT.

THE LOAD-BEARING BRICK WALLS, HE SAID, WERE FOUND TO BE IN VERY POOR CONDITION AND CLEAR SIGNS OF RECENT MOVEMENT WERE NOTED.

+AS IT IS CONSIDERED THAT THERE IS A VERY SERIOUS RISK OF COLLAPSE IT IS NECESSARY TO CLOSE AND DEMOLISH THESE BUILDINGS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT SOME ADJOINING HUTS, WHICH RELY ON THESE BUILDINGS FOR SUPPORT, WILL BE ADVERSELY AFFECTED AND WILL ALSO HAVE TO BE CLOSED.

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS ON THESE TWO BUILDINGS AT THE KOWLOON DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 A.M. ON JULY 6 WERE POSTED TODAY.

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TRAM SERVICES TO FINISH EARLIER * * * *

TRAM SERVICES FROM HAPPY VALLEY WILL FINISH ABOUT HALF AN HOUR EARLIER TOMORROW (SATURDAY) NIGHT TO ENABLE WORK TO BE CARRIED OUT ON THE CANAL ROAD FLYOVER EXTENSION.

THE LAST TRAM LEAVING KENNEDY TOWN FOR HAPPY VALLEY WILL START AT 10.13 P.M. AND THE LAST TRAM FROM HAPPY VALLEY TO KENNEDY TOWN WILL BE AT 10.54 P.M.

THE LAST TRAM FROM HAPPY VALLEY TO SHAU KEI WAN WILL LEAVE AT 10.24 P.M. WHILE THE LAST TRAM FROM SHAU KEI WAN TO HAPPY VALLEY WILL LEAVE AT 10.26 P.M.

TRAM SERVICES ON OTHER ROUTES WILL NOT BE AFFECTED.

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ONE-WAY TRAFFIC * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) ANNOUNCED THAT FROM 10 A.M. ON MONDAY, CHEONG HANG ROAD IN HUNG HOM WILL EE ROUTED ONE-WAY ANTI-CLOCKWISE WITH ENTRY FROM WINSLOW STREET UPON COMPLETION OF ROAD WORKS IN THE AREA.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 1979

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

BUSY DAY FOR LORD CARRINGTON........................... 1

LORD CARRINGTON IMPRESSED BY HONG KONG’S HOUSING EFFORTS . 2

LORD CARRINGTON BRIEFED ON SHA TIN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT .. 2

MORE STUDENTS AWARDED GOVERNMENT MAINTENANCE GRANTS ........ 3

TEMPORARY CAREERS INFORMATION CENTRE IN PUBLIC LIBRARIES . 5

EASTERN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME TO BE LAUNCHED ... 6

FIRING PRACTICE ...........................................  6

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

SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 1979

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BUSY DAY FOR LORD CARRINGTON ******

THE RT. HON. THE LORD CARRINGTON, THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS, HAD A BUSY DAY TODAY (SATURDAY) ON HIS FIRST OFFICIAL VISIT TO HONG KONG.

THIS MORNING LORD CARRINGTON HAD MEETINGS WITH MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, LORD CARRINGTON THEN WENT TO THE BORDER AT MAN KAM TO BY HELICOPTER TO SEE THE ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT OPERATION THERE.

IN THE AFTERNOON, THE SECRETARY OF STATE WENT TO A LOOKOUT AREA IN SHA TIN WHERE HE WAS BRIEFED ON DEVELOPMENT PLANS.

HE ALSO VISITED WO CHE ESTATE.

LATER, LORD CARRINGTON WENT TO THE SHAM SHU I PO REFUGEE CAMP AND THE GOVERNMENT DOCKYARD.

LORD CARRINGTON SPENT ABOUT 30 MINUTES AT THE GOVERNMENT DOCKYARD WHERE HE SPOKE TO SOME OF THE 9,133 VIETNAMESE REFUGEES ACCOMMODATED THERE.

SEVERAL OF THOSE HE SPOKE TO SAID THEY HOPED TO SETTLE IN THE UNITED STATES OR IN AUSTRALIA.

LORD CARRINGTON WAS ACCOMPANIED AT THE DOCKYARD BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, AND THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, I*. L.M. DAVIES. THEY WERE MET ON ARRIVAL BY THE CAMP MANAGER, MR. MAK PAK-LAM.

LORD CARRINGTON WATCHED IMMIGRATION OFFICERS REGISTERING RECENT ARRIVALS AND WAS TOLD THAT THEY WOULD BE MOVED ASHORE AS SOON AS SPACE COULD BE FOUND FOR THEM. AT PRESENT ABOUT 1,500 NEW ARRIVALS REMAIN ON 12 BOATS AT THE DOCKYARD.

HE ALSO TOURED ONE OF THE FIVE CROWDED GODOWNS AND CHATTED WITH A VIETNAMESE DOCTOR ASSISTING THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICE STAFF IN THE MEDICAL CENTRE AT THE DOCKYARD.

BEFORE LEAVING, LORD CARRINGTON SAID THE PROBLEM OF THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES WAS TRULY HORRIFYING.

+HONG KONG IS DOING THE BEST IT CAN. THEIR EFFORTS ARE TRULY ADMIRABLE,* HE ADDED.

LORD CARRINGTON SAID THERE MUST BE MANY MORE OFFERS FOR RESETTLEMENT. BUT THE ULTIMATE SOLUTION WOULD BE FOR VIETNAM TO STOP EXPORTING ITS PEOPLE.

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LORD CARRINGTON IMPRESSED BY HONG KONG’S HOUSING EFFORTS

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AFTER A VISIT THIS (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON TO WO CHE ESTATE AT SHA TIN, THE RT. HON. THE LORD CARRINGTON, THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS, SAID HE WAS IMPRESSED BY THE HIGH STANDARD OF PUBLIC HOUSING HONG KONG WAS PROVIDING IN THE FACE OF THE ENORMITY OF ITS HOUSING PROBLEM.

LORD CARRINGTON, ACCOMPANIED BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WAS BRIEFED BY THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, MR. DONALD LIAO.

HE SPENT SOME TIME VISITING THE FAMILY OF DRIVER LIU YUK-CHOI AND HIS WIFE, WHO MOVED INTO THE ESTATE TWO YEARS AGO FROM A STONE HUT AT SHA TIN.

MR. LIU’S WIFE SAID THEY WERE +HAPPIER AND MUCH MORE COMFORTABLE* AT WO CHE.

LORD CARRINGTON PRAISED THE SYSTEM OF OVERHEAD PEDESTRIAN WALKWAYS THAT LINKS THE DOMESTIC BLOCKS AT WO CHE WITH THE ADJOINING ESTATE OF LEK YUEN, ENABLING RESIDENTS TO USE A FULL RANGE OF COMMERCIAL AND WELFARE FACILITIES.

HE REMARKED THAT THESE FACILITIES, AND GARDENS AND SITTING-OUT AREAS AT THE TWO ESTATES, PROVIDED A BALANCE FOR PEOPLE LIVING AT HIGH DENSITIES IN MULTI-STOREY BLOCKS.

LORD CARRINGTON ENDED HIS VISIT BY WARMLY PRAISING THE HOUSING AUTHORITIES FOR WHAT HAS BEEN DONE SO FAR ON THE HOUSING PROGRAMME.

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LORD CARRINGTON BRIEFED ON SHA TIN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT ******

THE RT. HON. THE LORD CARRINGTON, THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS, THIS (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON WAS BRIEFED ON THE PROGRESS OF THE SHA TIN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT.

BRIEFING LORD CARRINGTON FROM A LOOKOUT POINT ABOVE SHA TIN NEW TOWN WAS THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR. GERRY HIGGINSON.

THE VISITING SECRETARY OF STATE ARRIVED BY RHKAAF HELICOPTER, ACCOMPANIED BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, AND THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. DAV/D AKERS-JONES.

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MR. HIGGINSON TOLD LORD CARRINGTON THAT THE VAST DEVELOPMENT IN SHA TIN IS AIMED AT PROVIDING AN IMPROVED ENVIRONMENT INCORPORATING ADEQUATE COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES TO SERVE A TARGET OF SOME 550,000 PEOPLE BY THE MID-1980'S.

LORD CARRINGTON WAS IMPRESSED BY THE SITE FORMATION WORK WHICH HAS JUST STARTED ON THE 1,400-BED TEACHING HOSPITAL.

HE ALSO ENQUIRED WHETHER THE ENVIRONMENT OF SHA TIN WOULD BE SPOILED AS A RESULT OF THE VAST ENGINEERING WORK TAKING PLACE IN THE AREA.

IN REPLY, MR. HIGGINSON SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD ALREADY COMMISSIONED A LANDSCAPE CONSULTANT WHO WOULD ENSURE THE PROVISION OF GREENERY AND THAT SOME AREAS WOULD BE DESIGNATED AS COUNTRY PARKS.

AFTER SPENDING ABOUT 10 MINUTES AT THE LOOKOUT POINT, THE PARTY THEN PROCEEDED TO WO CHE ESTATE.

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MORE STUDENTS AWARDED GOVERNMENT MAINTENANCE GRANTS ******

MORE THAN 1,600 FORM 6 AND MIDDLE 6 STUDENTS WERE AWARDED GOVERNMENT MATRICULATION MAINTENANCE GRANTS IN THE 1978-79 ACADEMIC YEAR — AN INCREASE OF 19 PER CENT OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR’S FIGURE.

THE GRANTS — AMOUNTING TO $871,200 COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS YEAR’S $774,500 — WERE OFFERED TO STUDENTS TO ENABLE THEM TO COMPLETE THEIR COURSES LEADING TO THE HONG KONG ADVANCED LEVEL EXAMINATION AND THE HONG KONG HIGHER LEVEL EXAMINATION.

MISS ALICE YAU, SENIOR EDUCATION OFFICER IN CHARGE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION SAID TODAY (SATURDAY), APPLICATION FOR UPPER SIX GRANTS WILL CLOSE ON JULY 28.

THE DEADLINE FOR LOWER AND MIDDLE SIX GRANTS WILL BE 10 DAYS AFTER THE PUBLICATION OF THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION RESULT.

+IN ADDITION TO GOVERNMENT MATRICULATION MAINTENANCE GRANTS.* SHE CONTINUED, +THE SECTION ALSO ADMINISTERS OTHER FORMS OF FINANCIAL AID TO STUDENTS.

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♦THEY INCLUDE THE GRANTHAM SCHOLARSHIPS AND MAINTENANCE GRANTS, HONG KONG ROTARY CLUB AND STANDARD/SI NG TAO FAT CHOY DRIVE -TlDENTS’ LOAN FUNDS, AND THE EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS FUND.

♦GRANTHAM SCHOLARSHIPS AND MAINTENANCE GRANTS AMOUNTING TO 190,963 AND $3,37'3 RESPECTIVELY WERE AWARDED TO SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS LAST YEAR,* MISS YAU SAID.

THESE SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS, SHE POINTED OUT, PROVIDED FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO 258 FULL-TIME STUDENTS ATTENDING SECONDARY, POST-SECONDARY OR UNIVERSITY COURSES.

♦BESIDES DEMONSTRATING GENUINE FINANCIAL NEEDS, APPLICANTS MUST ALSO REACH A REQUISITE ACADEMIC STANDARD,♦ SHE EXPLAINED.

♦IN JANUARY 1979, 10 STUDENTS WERE AWARDED GRANTHAM MAINTENANCE GRANTS FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE 1978-79 ACADEMIC YEAR, AS THESE STUDENTS, OWING TO ADVERSE CHANGES IN FAMILY ECONOMIC CIRCUMSTANCES, REQUIRED FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IN THE MIDDLE OF THEIR COURSE OF STUDY.

♦APPLICATIONS FOR THE GRANTHAM SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THE NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BY THE END OF AUGUST AND NOT LATER THAN MID-JANUARY FOR THE GRANTHAM MAINTENANCE GRANTS,♦ SHE SAID.

INTEREST-FREE LOANS TOTALLING $174,100 FROM THE HONG KONG ROTARY CLUB AND THE STANDARD/SI NG TAO FAT CHOY DRIVE STUDENTS’ LOAN FUNDS WERE AWARDED TO 190 NEEDY AND ACADEMICALLY ABLE STUDENTS ATTENDING SECONDARY SCHOOLS, TECHNICAL INSTITUTES, POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS AND UNIVERSITIES IN THE LAST ACADEMIC YEAR.

♦THESE LOANS ARE MADE ON A YEARLY BASIS, AND PRIORITY IS GIVEN TO APPLICANTS WHO ARE IN THE FINAL STAGES OF THEIR COURSES OF STUDY,+ SHE SAID.

APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE SECTION’S OFFICE AT LEIGHTON CENTRE AND MUST BE COMPLETED AND RETURNED BY THE END OF JULY.

HOWEVER, THOSE ATTENDING THE TWO UNIVERSITIES OR THE POLYTECHNIC SHOULD APPLY TO THEIR RESPECTIVE INSTITUTIONS.

♦UNDER THE EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS FUND, 367 AWARDS AMOUNTING TO $91,080 WERE GIVEN TO STUDENTS ATTENDING PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS INCLUDING THOSE PURSUING ONE-YEAR OR TWO-YEAR MATRICULATION COURSES,+ SHE ADDED.

♦THE FUND IS MADE UP OF VARIOUS PRIVATE DONATIONS AND THE CONDITIONS OF AWARDS FOR THESE SCHOLARSHIPS VARY, DEPENDING ON THE SPECIFIC WISHES OF THE DONORS,* MISS YAU SAID.

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TEMPORARY CAREERS INFORMATION CENTRE IN PUBLIC LIBRARIES ******

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL SET UP A TEMPORARY CAREERS INFORMATION CENTRE IN TWO PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES NEXT WEEK.

THE CENTRE — A JOINT EFFORT BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENT'S YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE AND THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT — WILL OPERATE IN THE TSUEN WAN PUBLIC LIBRARY FROM NEXT THURSDAY TO SATURDAY (JULY 5-7) AND IN THE TAI PO PUBLIC LIBRARY FROM JULY 9 - 11.

♦THE IDEA OF CREATING A TEMPORARY CAREERS INFORMATION CENTRE IN A LIBRARY IS TO DISSEMINATE INFORMATION ABOUT THE WORLD OF WORK TO YOUNG PEOPLE IN A SETTING FAMILIAR TO THEM,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

♦HAVING IT IN PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN THE NT ALSO HELPS PROMOTE THE CAREERS SERVICE TO YOUNG RESIDENTS THERE,+ HE ADDED.

THE CENTRE WILL HAVE A VARIETY OF CAREERS FACILITIES, INCLUDING AUDIO VISUAL UNITS FOR SLIDE PRESENTATIONS AND CASSETTE TAPES, BOOK DISPLAY AND A CAREERS ENQUIRY SERVICE.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE PROGRAMME WILL BE A SERIES OF TALKS ON TOPICS RANGING FROM TELEVISION BROADCASTING TO ELECTRONICS. THERE WILL ALSO BE FILM SHOWS.

♦THE CONCEPT OF A CAREERS INFORMATION CENTRE IS TO PROVIDE INFORMATION THROUGH A SELF-HELP SERVICE. YOUNG PEOPLE VISITING THE LIBRARIES MAY LIKE TO SPEND SOME TIME AT THE CENTRE, BROWSE THROUGH BOOKS, VIEW A SLIDE PRESENTATION, LISTEN TO TAPE-RECORDINGS AND TALK TO THE STAFF ABOUT THEIR SUBJECT SELECTION OR CHOICE OF A CAREER,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

EXCEPT NEXT SATURDAY (JULY 7) WHEN THE TSUEN WAN LIBRARY CLOSES AT 5 P.M., THE CENTRE WILL OPEN FROM 9 A.M. TO 8 P.M. ON WEEKDAYS.

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EASTERN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME TO BE LAUNCHED « K * * *

AN OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY USHERING IN THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IN EASTERN DISTRICT WILL EE HELD TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT VICTORIA PARK, CAUSEWAY 3AY.

THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (EASTERN), OTHER DISTRICT VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

MORE THAN 550 EDUCATIONAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN PLANNED FOR MORE THAN 50,000 STUDENTS AND WORKING YOUTHS.

THOSE INTERESTED SHOULD APPLY TO THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (EASTERN) AT 884 KING’S ROAD OR TO ANY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES IN THE DISTRICT.

MR. WILLIAM

OFFICIATE AT THE

CHAN, ACTING CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (EASTERN) WILL OPENING CEREMONY.

A VARIETY SHOW FEATURING SONGS, DANCES, MAGIC SHOWS, ACROBATICS AND JOUSTING EVENTS WILL EE STAGED FOLLOWING THE RI EDO.’-CUTTING CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE 1979 EASTERN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WILL BE LAUNCHED AT 4.30 P.M. TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT PITCH NO. 6, VICTORIA PARK, CAUSEWAY BAY.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE EVENT.

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FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE FOR FOUR DAYS NEXT WEEK.

THE PUBLIC ARE WARNED NOT TO ENTER THE AREA WHEN RED FLAGS ARE FLYING DURING THE TIME OF PRACTICE.

THE PRACTISING TIMES ARE:

DATE TIME

JULY 3 (TUESDAY) 8.30 A.M. - 5 P.M.

JULY 4 (WEDNESDAY) 8.30 A.H. - 11 P.M.

JULY 5 (THURSDAY) S.'O A. '. - 5 ’.I’..

JULY 6 (FRIDAY) 9 A.M. - ?.«.

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