Daily Information Bulletin - 1980s - 1980 - JUN - ENG

  DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, JUNE 1, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NEW CENTRE FOR *IR TRAFFIC CONTROL ............................. 1

GETTING WELL THROUGH OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ...................... 2

SOCIAL STUDIES DESERVE GREATER EMPHaSIS ........................ 3

INDUSTRIAL SAFETY CAN BE FUN ................................... 3

PIRATED TAPES AND RECORDS GO UP IN SMOKE ........................

NTA WORKS SECTION HAS OWN LOGO ................................. 5

"MUSIC FOR THE MILLIONS" ON CHEUNG CHAU ........................ 5

REPLACEMIMTS FCR OLD RAILWAY BRIDGES ........................... 6

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ON STUBBS ROAD ............................ 7

TRAFFIC RE-ROUTING IN TAI PC ................................... 7

WATER CUT

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NEW CENTRE FOR AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL *****

A NEW SOPHISTICATED AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL CENTRE AT KAI TAK, HONG KONG’S INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, WILL BE COMMISSIONED ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 4) AFTER TWO MONTHS’ OPERATIONAL EVALUATION.

THE CENTRE IS EQUIPPED WITH ADVANCED AND MODERN ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT FOR AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS TO DIRECT AIRCRAFT WITHIN HONG KONG’S FLIGHT INFORMATION REGION/AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY.

INSIDE THE NEW CENTRE ARE VARIOUS TYPES OF RADAR SCREENS AND RADIO COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS.

THEY INCLUDE TWO PRECISION APPROACH DISPLAYS FOR SHOWING SHORT-RANGE RADAR INFORMATION FROM THE PRECISION APPROACH RADAR. AND THREE VERTICAL DISPLAYS FOR THE APPROACH SURVEILLANCE RADAR.

THE PRECISION APPROACH RADAR COVERS A RANGE OF 16 KILOMETRES OF THE FINAL APPROACH WHILE THE APPROACH SURVEILLANCE RADAR COVERS SOME 60 NAUTICAL MILES.

THERE ARE THREE OTHER HORIZONTAL RADAR DISPLAYS FOR SCREENING DATA COLLECTED BY THE ROUTE SURVEILLANCE RADAR AND THE SECONDARY SURVEILLANCE RADAR WHICH COVER A RANGE OF OVER 250 NAUTICAL MILES.

A NETWORK OF CLOSED CIRCUIT TELEVISION PROVIDES THE CONTROLLERS WITH WEATHER AND WINDSHEAR INFORMATION AS WELL AS AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL CLEARANCE INFORMATION.

THERE ARE ALSO OVERHEAD STATIC DISPLAYS OF AIR ROUTES, APPROACH AND DEPARTURE PROCEDURES AND NAVIGATION AID INFORMATION.

♦THE NEW CENTRE IS SIMILAR IN FUNCTION TO THE EXISTING ONE EXCEPT THAT IT PROVIDES MORE CONTROL POSITIONS AND AN INCREASED NUMBER OF AIR-TO-GROUND RADIO COMMUNICATION CHANNELS AS WELL AS IMPROVED INTERNAL COMMUNICATION WITHIN THE CENTRE AND BETWEEN THE CENTRE AND THE CONTROL TOWER,♦ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AIR TRAFFIC SERVICES DIVISION SAID.

♦IT IS MORE ROOMY AND PROVIDES A BETTER WORKING ENVIRONMENT FOR THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL STAFF,+ HE ADDED.

THE CENTRE PROVIDES VARIOUS TYPES OF AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL FUNCTIONS FOR IN-COMING AND OUT-GOING FLIGHTS, INCLUDING APPROACH AND DEPARTURE CONTROL, AREA CONTROL, FLIGHT INFORMATION AND ALERTING SERVICES.

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GETTING WELL THROUGH OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

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A HALF-PARALYSED MAN ABLE TO COOK FOR HIMSELF, A DRIVER WITH HAND AND LEG INJURIES ABLE TO DRIVE AGAIN .... THESE ARE ONLY IWO EXAMPLES OF WHAT OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY CAN DO TO REHABILITATE PATIENTS SUFFERING FROM DISABILITIES.

LAST YEAR, OVER 13 000 OF THEM, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 11 PER CENT OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR, WERE THUS TREATED.

♦OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY IS INCREASINGLY AVAILABLE IN HOSPITALS, OUT-PATIENT CLINICS, REHABILITATION CENTRES AND OTHER MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS IN HONG KONG,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

IT CAN BE APPLIED TO PHYSICAL OR PSYCHIATRIC ILLNESSES AND TREATMENT VARIES WIDELY DEPENDING ON INDIVIDUAL NEEDS. IN GENERAL, PATIENTS MAY BE ASKED TO ENGAGE IN ANY ONE OF A NUMBER OF ACTIVITIES SUCH AS HANDICRAFT, COOKERY, CLERICAL WORK OR RECREATIONAL PURSUITS.

THE AIM IS TO HELP THEM ATTAIN MAXIMUM PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL RECOVERY SO THAT THEY CAN AGAIN CONTRIBUTE CONSTRUCTIVELY TO THE COMMUNITY AND LIVE HAPPY, PURPOSEFUL LIVES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY IS CONCERNED WITH THE PATIENT AS A WHOLE, NOT MERELY HIS INJURY. IN PRESCRIBING TREATMENT, HIS AGE, SEX, SOCIAL BACKGROUND, JOB REQUIREMENT AND EDUCATIONAL LEVEL ARE ALL TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT,+ HE SAID.

♦THE BASIC OBJECTIVE IS TO ENABLE HIM TO RETURN TO HIS PREVIOUS JOB BUT WHEN THE INJURY IS SUCH THAT THIS IS NOT POSSIBLE, HIS MENTAL AND PHYSICAL FITNESS IS ASSESSED FOR A TOTALLY DIFFERENT, YET ACCEPTABLE AND REWARDING ACTIVITY, OR FOR TRAINING IN A NEW OCCUPATION,+ HE EXPLAINED.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC HAS STARTED A TRAINING SCHEME IN OCTOBER, 1978 TO PREPARE YOUNG PEOPLE FOR A CAREER IN THIS PARAMEDICAL FIELD.

THE THREE YEAR COURSE COVERS MEDICAL SUBJECTS AND CLINICAL TRAINING IN WHICH THE STUDENT CAN GAIN AN INSIGHT INTO THE EFFECTS OF ILLNESS ON INDIVIDUALS OF DIFFERENT PERSONALITY AND BACKGROUND, AND OBTAIN EXPERIENCE IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY TECHNIQUES.

THE SCOPE OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY IS LIMITLESS, RESTRICTED ONLY BY THE INDIVIDUAL ABILITY AND INITIATIVE OF THE THERAPIST — AND THE COOPERATION OF THE PATIENT, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

AS A MEMBER OF THE TREATMENT TEAM, THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST HAS AN IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION TO MAKE TOWARDS THE SUCCESSFUL REHABILITATION OF THE PATIENT, HE STRESSED.

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SOCIAL STUDIES DESERVE GREATER EMPHASIS * * * * *

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR KENNETH'TOPLEY, TODAY CALLED UPON SCHOOL HEADS TO TAKE THE SUBJECT OF SOCIAL STUDIES SERIOUSLY.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE SHENG KUNG HUI TRINITY CHURCH SECONDARY SCHOOL AT 01 MAN ESTATE IN HO"MAN TIN-, KOWLOON.

SOCIAL STUDIES, HE SAID, WAS NOT AN EASY SUBJECT TO DEVELOP IN A RESPONSIBLE BUT CLEAR MANNER BUT THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE WAS MAKING AN EFFORT TO CREATE A SYLLABUS FOR FORMS IV AND V WHICH WOULD BE CHALLENGING AND HAVE INTELLECTUAL BITE AND WHICH WOULD AT THE SAME TIME PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH A GENUINE PREPARATION FOR LIFE.

+IT IS BASICALLY A SUBJECT ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS, ABOUT COMMUNICATION, BUT IT MUST AT SOME STAGE GRAPPLE THE PROBLEMS OF HUMAN PERSONALITY. THIS IS PERHAPS THE HARDEST PART OF ALL.+ M? TOPLEY SAID.

WHAT IT MUST NOT BECOME, HE SAID, IS A LIST OF THE RAILWAY STATIONS ON THE WAY TO LO WU.

+OUR CHILDREN DESERVE A LOT BETTER THAN THAT. THEY DESERVE THE BEST POSSIBLE AID TO ENABLE THEM TO THINK ABOUT AND PERCEIVE INTELLIGENTLY THE OTHERWISE CONFUSING WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE,+ HE SAID.

THE DIRECTOR SAID THAT THE OPENING OF THE NEW SCHOOL WAS YET ANOTHER MARK OF THE INVALUABLE CONTRIBUTION THE SHENG KUNG HUI HAD MADE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF EDUCATION IN HONG KONG.

HE ALSO PRAISED THE PARISH COUNCIL OF THE HOLY TRINITY CHURCH AND THE SCHOOL BUILDING COMMITTEE FOR THEIR EARNEST DEDICATION AND UNFLAGGING ENTHUSIASM FOR THIS SCHOOL PROJECT.

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INDUSTRIAL SAFETY CAN BE FUN

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A CONSTRUCTION WORKER WAS HIT ON THE HEAD BY A FALLING HAMMER AND A FACTORY OWNER YELLED AT HIS ACCOUNTANT BECAUSE OF RISING MEDICAL BILLS — BUT EVERYBODY WAS LAUGHING AT THE END OF THE DAY.

WHY? WELL THE CONSTRUCTION WORKER WAS WEARING HIS SAFETY HELMET AND THE FACTORY BOSS INSTALLED SAFETY GUARDS ON ALL MACHINES TO SAVE HIS WORKERS FROM SUFFERING AND CUT HIS MEDICAL EXPENSES.

AND ANYWAY, ALL PLAYERS IN THESE SOMETIMES ALL TOO REAL DRAMA SITUATIONS WERE PUPPETS TAKING PART IN SHOWS AT HOUSING ESTATES TO GET THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY MESSAGE ACROSS FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

ORGANISED BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES, THE SHOWS ARP PART OF THE PUBLICITY PROGRAMMES ON VARIOUS THEMES PRESENTED BY THE DEPARTMENT'S MOBILE STREET THEATRE AND FILM VAN THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

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A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY A TOTAL OF SIX PROGRAMMES WOULD BE CONDUCTED THIS MONTH (JUNE) TO PUBLICISE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY.

♦WE ARE GOING OUT OF OUR WAY TO REACH THE PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY WORKERS, AND TO DRAW THEIR ATTENTION, THROUGH ENTERTAINMENT, TO THE IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY AT WORK,+ HE ADDED.

THE FIRST PROGRAMME IS SCHEDULED FOR CHAI WAN TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 4) WITH THE VAN SHOWING TELEVISION FILMS AND SLIDES ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY. IT WILL BE REPEATED AT

KO CHIU ROAD ESTATE ON JUNE 11.

THE OTHER FOUR PROGRAMMES ARE VARIETY SHOWS, INCLUDING OUR INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT-PRONE PUPPET FRIENDS, TO BE STAGED BY THE STREET THEATRE AT LOWER PAK TIN ESTATE, SHUN LEE TSUEN TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA, TAI HANG TUNG ESTATE AND MA TAU WAI ESTATE.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE VAN AND THE STREET THEATRE HAD BEEN VISITING VARIOUS HOUSING ESTATES AND PUBLIC PLAYGROUNDS IN DENSELY POPULATED AREAS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR IN A BID TO GET MESSAGE ACROSS TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE.

THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY


PIRATED TAPES AND RECORDS GO UP IN SMOKE

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A LARGE QUANTITY OF PIRATED TAPES AND RECORDS SEIZED BY THE COPYRIGHT PROTECTION SUB-DIVISION OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE WAS DESTROYED AT THE KENNEDY TOWN INCINERATOR.

THE GOODS, WORTH MORE THAN $600 000 WERE CONFISCATED WHEN EIGHT CASES, PROSECUTED UNDER THE COPYRIGHT ORDINANCE AND THE MERCHANDISE MARKS ORDINANCE, WERE CONCLUDED RECENTLY.

FINES AMOUNTING TO $46 450 AND A TOTAL 18 MONTHS IMPRISONMENT SENTENCE WERE IMPOSED ON 10 PERSONS FOR 34 OFFENCES INVOLVED IN THE CASES.

ITEMS DESTROYED INCLUDED 112 500 FORGED BLANK CASSETTE TAPES BEARING WELL-KNOWN JAPANESE BRANDS- 30 800 RECORDED MUSIC CASSETTE TAPES AND A QUANTITY OF INLAID CARDS AND LABELS.

LAST YEAR THE COPYRIGHT PROTECTION UNIT HANDLED 42 CASES CONNECTED WITH COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT, RESULTING IN THE SEIZURE OF 14 TAPE RECORDERS FOR PRODUCING CASSETTES, 505 RECORDS, 4 645 PIRATED TAPES AND 10 439 COPIES OF PIRATED BOOKS.

A TOTAL OF 31 PEOPLE WERE CONVICTED OF VARIOUS COPYRIGHT OFFENCES, AND FINES AMOUNTING TO 197 815 WERE IMPOSED BY THE COURTS.

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NTA WORKS SECTION HAS OWN LOGO

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SIGNBOARDS AT PROJECTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION WORKS SECTION ARE NOW MORE EASILY RECOGNISABLE - THEY HAVE THEIR OWN DISTINCTIVE LOGO.

THE LOGO WAS DESIGNED BY THE WORKS SECTION ATTACHED TO YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE AFTER A COMPETITION WHICH ATTRACTED 20 ENTRIES FROM ALL EIGHT DISTRICT OFFICES.

. JUDGING WAS CARRIED OUT BY SENIOR NTA OFFICIALS, ONE OF WHOM SAID THAT THE LOGO COMBINED SIMPLICITY OF OUTLINE WITH SYMBOLISM.

ACCORDING TO THE DESIGNER, IT CLOSELY RESEMBLES THE CHINESE CHARACTER FOR +WORKS+. THE TOP LINE LOOKS LIKE A BRIDGE, WHEREAS THE VERTICAL LINE REPRESENTS THE FLOW OF WATER IN A STREAM. THE HORIZONTAL LINE STANDS FOR A PATH OR A ROAD.

THIS YEAR, THE BUDGET FOR THE LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS VOTE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION IS ABOUT $8 MILLION. AT PRESENT THE WORKS SECTION IS HANDLING 100 PROJECTS AND HOPES TO COMPLETE 600 TO 700 DURING THIS FINANCIAL YEAR.

CURRENT PROJECTS INCLUDE THE TUNG CHUNG FOOTBRIDGE ON LANTAU, A CHINESE STYLE PAVILION AT SHAM TSENG AND WORK AT THE TAI MEI TUK WATER SPORTS CENTRE NEAR TAI PO.

+MUSIC FOR THE MILLIONS* ON CHEUNG CHAU

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THE MUSIC OFFICE AND THE CHEUNG CHAU CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION IS JOINTLY ORGANISING A +MUSIC FOR THE MILLIONS* CONCERT ON CHEUNG CHAU THIS SATURDAY (JUNE?).

THE CONCERT, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND TO BE GIVEN ON THE ISLAND BY THE OFFICE’S INSTRUCTOR ORCHESTRA, WILL BE HELD AT THE CARITAS ST PAUL PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL BEGINNING AT 7.30 PM.

SINCE THE MUSIC OFFICE WAS SET UP IN OCTOBER, 1977, MORE THAN 900 SUCH CONCERTS HAVE BEEN HELD FOR A TOTAL AUDIENCE OF 690 000.

THE COMING PROGRAMME ON SATURDAY WILL INCLUDE POPULAR WESTERN MUSIC, DEMONSTRATION OF VARIOUS MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND PERFORMANCES BY CHEUNG CHAU’S OWN MUSICIANS.

FREE ADMISSION TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE CHEUNG CHAU RURAL COMMITTEE ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE *MUSIC FOR THE MILLIONS* CONCERT TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY (JUNE 7) AT THE CARITAS ST PAUL PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL, CHEUNG CHAU, AT 7.30 PM.

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REPLACEMENTS FCR OLD RAILWAY BRIDGES

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO RAILWAY BRIDGES AT WATERLOO ROAD AND PRINCE EDWARD ROAD.

THE PRESTRESSED CONCRETE BRIDGES, WHICH FORM PART OF THE MODERNISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY WILL REPLACE THE TWO EXISTING ONES AT THE SAME LOCATIONS.

THEY WILL BE BUILT AND BROUGHT INTO USE IN STAGES IN ORDER NOT TO INTERRUPT THE RAILWAY TRAFFIC.

+THE NEW BRIDGES HAVE BEEN SO ARRANGEMENT OF THE EXISTING BRIDGE ENABLING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SCHEMES AROUND THESE AREAS,+ A PWD

DESIGNED THAT THE ODD PIERS IS ELIMINATED, THUS MUCH NEEDED ROAD IMPROVEMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

A COVERED FOOTBRIDGE WILL BE INCORPORATED INTO EACH RAILWAY BRIDGE DESIGN TO PROVIDE AN ELEVATED PEDESTRIAN CROSSING OVER THE MAIN ROAD. THIS WILL FURTHER HELP TO IMPROVE THE TRAFFIC FLOW.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL START IN AUGUST AND BE COMPLETED IN EARLY 1982.

THE PROJECT HAS BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY THE RAILWAY DIVISION OF THE PWD CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE, ON BEHALF OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ON STUBBS ROAD * * * M • •

THE SECTION OF STUBBS ROAD BETWEEN THE ROUNDABOUT AND A POINT 300 METRES DOWNHILL WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC EACH NIGHT FROM 12.30 AM TO 5.30 AM FROM TUESDAY TO FRIDAY (JUNE 3 TO 6) AND AGAIN FROM JUNE 10 TO 13 AND ON JUNE 16, FOR THE FLYOVER CONSTRUCTION.

ACCESS TO TUNG SHAN TERRACE AND CRAIGMONT WILL BE FROM THE LOWER SECTION OF STUBBS ROAD.

POSSIBLE

NORTH-BOUND OR SOUTH-BOUND TRAFFIC SHOULD USE TAI HANG ROAD OR BLUE POOL ROAD AS ALTERNATIVE ROUTES.

DURING THE PERIODS OF CLOSURE, THE LAST NO. 6 BUS FROM STANLEY TO CENTRAL DISTRICT WILL BE DIVERTED FROM WONG NAI CHUNG GAP ROAD TO QUEEN’S ROAD EAST VIA TAI HANG ROAD, BLUE POOL ROAD, SHING WOO ROAD, KING KWONG STREET AND WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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TRAFFIC RE-ROUTING IN TAI PO

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KAU HUI CHIK STREET IN TAI PO WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM TWO-WAY TO ONE-WAY NORTH-BOUND FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 4) TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC CIRCULATION.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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WATER CUT

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WATER SUPPLY TO AN AREA IN KOWLOON CITY WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR EIGHT HOURS FROM 10 PM ON TUESDAY (JUNE 3) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING MORNING.

THE AREA IS BOUNDED BY JUNCTION ROAD, SHEK KU LUNG ROAD, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD AND CARPENTER ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, JUNE 2, 1980

COUNTS pAGE NO.

capable young men wanted pop prison's service ................ 1

SURVEY OF CAR REPAIRS INDUSTRY ............................... 2

TAX EXEMPTION ON EARNED INTEREST ............................. 3

METRICATION PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN ............................... 3

CONSTRUCTION STUDENTS RECEIVE OVERSEAS RECOGNITION 4

EXTENSION OF TAI PO SEWAGE WORKS ............................. 5

REMINDER TO TRADERS .......................................... r

PWD CONTRACTS LET IN APRIL .........................

SNT GOES ON LEAVE ........................

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS

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MONDAY, JUNE 2, I960

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CAPABLE YOUNG MEN WANTED FOR PRISON SERVICE ******

THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING FOR EDUCATED, MATURE, AND RESPONSIBLE YOUNG MEN TO TAKE UP THE CHALLENGING WORK OF AN ASSISTANT OFFICER II.

+THE WORK OF AN ASSISTANT OFFICER TODAY IS VERY FULFILLING AND REWARDING,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID. + HE HELPS TO CARRY OUT REHABILITATION PROGRAMMES, ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG OFFENDERS AND DRUG ADDICTS, AND CAN HAVE THE SATISFACTION AFTERWARDS OF RETURNING THEM TO A NEW LIFE.

♦FURTHERMORE, THE PRISON SERVICE OFFERS A CAREER THAT HAS EXCELLENT PROMOTION PROSPECTS AS WELL AS WELFARE FACILITIES,* HE ADDED.

THE MEANINGFUL AND VARIED WORK OF TODAY’S MODERN PRISON SERVICE WILL BE INTRODUCED TO THE PUBLIC IN A SERIES OF MOBILE DISPLAYS IN BUSY COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL DISTRICTS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.

THE FIRST OF THESE DISPLAYS, WHICH WILL HAVE THE ADDED ATTRACTION OF STREET THEATRE PERFORMANCES ORGANISED BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES, WILL BE STAGED AT EDINBURGH PLACE IN CENTRAL DISTRICT THIS SATURDAY (JUNE 7) AT 12.30 PM.

OTHER DISPLAYS AND SHOWS ARE SCHEDULED TO BE HELD IN KWUN TONG CHEUNG SHA WAN, CAUSEWAY BAY AND TSUEN WAN OVER THE COMING MONTHS.

MOREOVER, A MOBILE RECRUITMENT CENTRE WILL BE SET UP IN A NUMBER OF COMMUNITY CENTRES TO ATTRACT YOUNG MEN OF THE RIGHT CALIBRE .

THEY ARE THE

* CHAI WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE IN CHAI WAN ROAD (JUNE 9 TO 10),

* WESTERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE IN THIRD STREET (JUNE 16 TO 17),

* TAI HANG TUNG COMMUNITY CENTRE IN TONG YAM STREET (JUNE 23 TO 24),

* KWUN TONG COMMUNITY CENTRE IN TSUI PING ROAD (JUNE 29 TO 30),

* NGAU TAU KOK ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE IN ON TAK ROAD (JULY 7 TO 8),

* LEK YUEN COMMUNITY HALL IN SHA TIN (JULY 14 TO 15), AND

* PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE IN TSUEN WAN (JULY 21 TO 22).

/ANYONE INTERESTED .

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ANYONE INTERESTED IN TAKING UP THE INTERESTING CAREER IS WELCOME TO CALL THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT’S RECRUITMENT OFFICE ON TELEPHONE 5-938455 FOR AN APPOINTMENT, OR CONTACT ANY OF THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICES FOR INFORMATION.

APPLICATION CAN ALSO BE MADE AT ANY OF THE MOBILE RECRUITMENT CENTRES OR AT THE MOBILE DISPLAY STANDS.

APPLICANTS SHOULD HAVE A GOOD PHYSIQUE AND BE PREFERABLY UNDER 35 WITH SECONDARY EDUCATION STANDARD. THE STARTING SALARY VARIES FROM SI 610 TO $1 780, DEPENDING ON THEIR QUALIFICATION, AND WILL RISE TO $2 440. THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PROMOTION TO HIGHER RANKS WITHIN THE SERVICE.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL UNDERGO A ONE-YEAR TRAINING PROGRAMME WHICH WILL INCLUDE FIELD TRAINING AT THE DEPARTMENT’S PENAL INSTITUTIONS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE FIRST OF THE DISPLAYS AND STREET SHOWS FOR THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN, TO BE HELD FROM 12.30 PM TO 2.30 PM THIS SATURDAY (JUNE 7) AT EDINBURGH PLACE.

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SURVEY OF CAR REPAIRS INDUSTRY * * *

A MAJOR SURVEY OF HONG KONG’S AUTOMOBILE REPAIRS AND SERVICING To collect up-to-d,te '“'a*

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ASS,STANCE 0F THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, WILL BE COMPLETED ON JUNE 23.

QUESTIONNAIRES AND EXPLANATORY LETTERS WERE SENT OUT TWO WEEKS AGO TO ESTABLISHMENTS SELECTED FOR THE SURVEY.

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ASSISTANT CENSUS AND STATISTICS OFFICERS WILL VISIT EACH OF ^ESTABLISHMENTS CONCERNED AND HELP EMPLOYERS TO COMPLETE THE QUESTIONNAIRE.

CHAIRMAN OF THE AUTOMOBILE REPAIRS AND SERVICING INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD, MR D.C.J. BANFIELD, SAID THE SURVEY WAS NEEDED IN VIEW OF THE MANY CHANGES SINCE THE ONE CONDUCTED TWO YEARS AGO.

/The information

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»un 1Jm.E«,^°?MAT,0N COLLECTED would be handled in strict confidence 0NLY ,N THE F0RM 0F STATISTICAL SUMMARIES

WITHOUT REFERENCE TO ANY INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENT.

AS THE INFORMATION IS IMPORTANT FOR FORMULATING MEANINGFUL Sn-C F0R THE BENEF,T OF THE INDUSTRY, CO-OPERATION OF THOoE COVERED IN THE SURVEY IS SINCERELY SOLICITED, HE ADDED.

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TAX EXEMPTION ON EARNED INTEREST

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INTEREST PAYABLE BY LICENSED BANKS, BY CERTAIN PUBLIC UTILITIES AND BY THE GOVERNMENT AT RATES OF UP TO 7-1/2 PER CENT PER ANNUM wILL BE EXEMPT FROM INTEREST TAX FROM TODAY (MONDAY).

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THIS REPRESENTED A REDUCTION OF 1-1/2 PER CENT IN THE EXEMPTION LIMIT, AND FOLLOWED THE ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE EXCHANGE BANKS’ ASSOCIATION ON SATURDAY THAT THE RATE OF INTEREST PAYABLE ON SAVINGS ACCOUNTS WOULD BE REDUCED TO 7-1/2 PER CENT WITH EFFECT FROM TODAY.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE REDUCED RATE OF EXEMPTION APPLIED TO INTEREST ON ALL TIME DEPOSITS PAID ON AND AFTER TODAY.

INTEREST AT A RATE ABOVE 7-1/2 PER CENT ON ANY SUCH TIME DEPOSIT WILL NOT BE EXEMPTED FROM INTEREST TAX, EVEN THOUGH THE RATE OF INTEREST MAY HAVE BEEN BELOW THE EXEMPTION CEILING IN FORCE AT THE TIME WHEN THE DEPOSIT WAS PLACED, HE SAID.

A NOTICE SIGNED BY THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY UNDER SECTION 28 (1) OF THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN AN EXTRAORDINARY ISSUE OF THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

METRICATION PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN X X X X X

THE METRICATION COMMITTEE WILL HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCHING OF THE METRICATION PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 4) AT 2.30 PM IN THE GIS THEATRE, FIFTH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

PROF S.Y. KING, CHAIRMAN OF THE METRICATION COMMITTEE-PAUL YIN, VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE PUBLIC RELATIONS SUB-COMMITTEE-NR PETER SO, SECRETARY, METRICATION COMMITTEE, AND MR J.F. MCGUINNIETY, SENIOR METRICATION OFFICER, WILL MEET THE PRESS TO INTRODUCE THE CAMPAIGN.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

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CONSTRUCTION STUDENTS RECEIVE OVERSEAS RECOGNITION

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GRADUATES FROM THE CONSTRUCTION DEPARTMENTS IN MORRISON HILL AND HAKING WONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTES WILL BECOME THE FIRST STUDENTS OUTSIDE THE UNITED KINGDOM TO RECEIVE AWARDS FROM THE TECHNICIAN EDUCATION COUNCIL (TEC).

DIPLOMAS AND CERTIFICATES OF THE TEC WILL BE AWARDED THIS THURSDAY (JUNE 5) TO 161 GRADUATES FROM THE BUILDING PROGRAMMES AND CIVIL ENGINEERING PROGRAMMES OF THE CONSTRUCTION DEPARTMENTS.

MR GEOFFREY YEH, CHAIRMAN OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT HAKING WONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, AND MR DAN WATERS, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (TECHNICAL) WILL BE IN THE CHAIR.

THE TEC WAS SET UP BY THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT IN 1973 TO DEVELOP A UNIFIED NATIONAL SYSTEM OF PROGRAMMES FOR TECHNICIANS, TO ESTABLISH AND ASSESS PERFORMANCE STANDARDS, AND TO AWARD APPROPRIATE CERTIFICATES AND DIPLOMAS.

THESE CERTIFICATES AND DIPLOMAS ARE NOW RECOGNISED BY VARIOUS BRITISH UNIVERSITIES AND POLYTECHNICS AS FULFILLING THEIR ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR DEGREE COURSES.

EXEMPTION FROM ENTRANCE EXAMINATION IS GRANTED TO THOSE WITH GOOD RESULTS IN THEIR DIPLOMAS OR CERTIFICATES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE FIRST PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF TECHNICIAN EDUCATION COUNCIL AWARDS. IT WILL BE HELD AT 8 PM ON THURSDAY (JUNE 5) IN THE HALL OF HAKING WONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE AT 702 LAI CHI KOK ROAD, CHEUNG SHA WAN, KOWLOON.

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MONDAY, JUNE 2, 1980

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EXTENSION OF TAI PO SEWAGE WORKS

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CONSTRUCTION OF THE SECOND STAGE OF THE SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS AT TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, NEAR SHUEN WAN, WILL BEGIN LATER THIS YEAR.

TENDERS FOR THE WORK, FORMING PART OF A COMPREHENSIVE SEWAGE TREATMENT SCHEME FOR TAI PO, ARE BEING INVITED BY THE CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

TOGETHER WITH THE WORKS ALREADY COMPLETED UNDER STAGE ONE, THIS EXTENSION WILL PROVIDE FULL SEWAGE TREATMENT FACILITIES TO SERVE THE FIRST TWO STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT OF THE INDUSTRIAL ESTATE AND THE INITIAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW TOWN.

MR K.Y. TSANG, ACTING CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE PWD DRAINAGE DIVISION EXPLAINED THAT SEWAGE PURIFICATION WOULD BE BY WAY OF PRELIMINARY TREATMENT FOR REMOVAL OF GRIT AND COARSE SOLID PARTICLES IN THE SEWAGE.

THE NEXT PROCESS WOULD BE PRIMARY SEDIMENTATION FOR THE REMOVAL OF SUSPENDED SOLIDS, AND BIOLOGICAL REDUCTION OF ORGANIC MATTERS UTILISING THE DIFFUSED AIR ACTIVATED SLUDGE PROCESS.

♦ THE FINAL TREATED EFFLUENT WILL BE DISCHARGED INTO TOLO HARBOUR AND WILL NOT HAVE ANY DETRIMENTAL EFFECTS ON RECEIVING WATERS,* HE SAID.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN SEPTEMBER AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 30 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

IT WILL INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF PUMPING STATIONS, SCREEN CHAMBERS, GRIT CHANNELS, PRIMARY AND FINAL SETTLING TANKS, AERATION TANKS, AND ANCILLARY ROAD AND DRAINAGE WORKS.

THE SCHEME IS FINANCED JOINTLY BY THE GOVERNMENT AND THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATES CORPORATION.

THE WORKS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY THE DRAINAGE WORKS DIVISION OF THE CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE ON BEHALF OF THE PWD TAI PO AND FANLING NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE AND THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATES CORPORATION.

MONDAY, JUNE 2, 1980

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REMINDER TO TRADERS * * * *

THE TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT TODAY REMINDED IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS THAT THEY ARE OBLIGED TO LODGE TRADE DECLARATIONS AND PAY AD VALOREM CHARGES ON ALL GOODS THOSE UNDER EXEMPTION WITHIN 14 DAYS OF IMPORTING OR THEM.

OTHER THAN EXPORTING

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT TRADE DECLARATIONS SUBMITTED OUTSIDE THE PRESCRIBED PERIOD OF 14 DAYS WOULD BE LIABLE, WITHOUT FURTHER NOTICE, TO PENALTY CHARGES.

D£C Sf"™,Sei

I2.S 3" Of ‘20° PER “ECLARATION WHERE THE

<£.It!ETS^ESMAN WARNED THAT PROSECUTIONS WOULD BE INITIATED AGAINST THOSE WHO, WITHOUT REASONABLE EXCUSE, FAIL TO LODGE THE NECESSARY TRADE DECLARATIONS.

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PWD CONTRACTS LET IN APRIL

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT HAS LET A TOTAL OF 44 CONTRACTS WORTH MORE THAN $247 MILLION IN APRIL.

ONE OF THE LARGEST CONTRACTS WAS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN INTERCHANGE STATION FOR THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY AND THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY IN KOWLOON TONG.

THIS $75.7 MILLION PROJECT, WHEN COMPLETED IN 1982, WILL FORM A VITAL LINK FOR THE NEW MODERN ELECTRIC TRAINS OF THE KCR AND THE MTR AND PROVIDE BETTER FACILITIES FOR PASSENGERS.

WORK ON THE CONTRACT INCLUDES THE CONSTRUCTION AT GROUND LEVEL OF A STATION BUILDING, A RAILWAY PLATFORM, CANOPIES AND AN AIR-CONDITIONED KCR UNDERGROUND CONCOURSE TO LINK UP WITH THE MTR.

OF THE CONTRACTS AWARDED IN THE MONTH, 27 WERE ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE CENTRAL TENDER BOARD AND THE OTHERS THE PWD TENDER BOARD.

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SNT GOES ON LEAVE

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THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, WILL GO ON LEAVE TOMORROW (JUNE 3). HE IS DUE TO RETURN ON JULY 7.

THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR AUGUSTINE CHUI KAM, WILL ACT AS SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES DURING NR AKERS-JONES’ ABSENCE.

ALSO ON LEAVE IS THE REGIONAL COMMISSIONER NORTHWESTERN NEW TERRITORIES, MR JIMMY SWEETMAN, WHO LEFT HONG KONG LAST THURSDAY. THE DISTRICT OFFICER TUEN MUN, MR BILLY LAM, IS ACTING IN NR SWEETMAN’S PLACE.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS * * * * *

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 4) AT THE JUNCTION OF NATHAN ROAD AND PEKING ROAD IN TSIM SHA TSUI, AND AT EASTERN STREET IN WESTERN DISTRICT.

THE ARRANGEMENTS AT BOTH LOCATIONS ARE MADE TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS AND WILL LAST ABOUT FOUR WEEKS.

DURING THIS PERIOD, ALL NORTHBOUND VEHICLES ON NATHAN ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING LEFT INTO PEKING ROAD. ON HONG KONG ISLAND, THE SECTION OF EASTERN STREET BETWEEN FIRST STREET AND HOSPITAL ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC.

MOTORISTS WISHING TO GO TO PEKING ROAD MAY USE MIDDLE ROAD AND HANKOW ROAD INSTEAD.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JUNE J, 1$8o

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

APPROVAL FOR BUS LANES ON KING'S ROAD .................... 1

ACTIONS ON NOXIOUS GAS REPORT ............................ 2

MORE LAY PROSECUTORS RECRUITED FOR MAGISTRACIES .......... J

FEES FOR CARE CF ELDERLY UNDER STUDY ..................... 4

HELP FOR AGGRIEVED TAXPAYERS ............................. 5

UNGUARDED MACHINE SPELLS TRAGEDY ......................... 6

ASSOCIATION TO PRCwOTE CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN THEN MUN ................................................. 7

GRADUATION OF 100 CAS RECRUITS ........................... 8

WELSH CHOIR TO PERFORM FOR LOCAL STUDENTS ................ 9

CANaL ROAD EAST CLEARWAY EXTENDED ........................ 9

TUESDAY, JUNE 3, 1980

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APPROVAL FOR BUS LANES ON KING’S ROAD

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THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL TODAY AGREED TO A MAJOR SYSTEM OF BUS LANES AND TRAM RESERVES ON SHAU KEI WAN ROAD AND KING’S ROAD ALONG THE 5.9 KM STRETCH BETWEEN SHAU KEI WAN AND CAUSEWAY BAY. NORMAL TRAFFIC WILL STILL BE ALLOWED TO USE KING’S ROAD.

THE NEAR-SIDE LANE ALONG MOST OF THE ROUTE IN BOTH DIRECTIONS WILL BE RESERVED FOR FRANCHISED BUSES FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM. TRAFFIC WILL ALSO BE PREVENTED FROM MOVING ONTO THE TRAM TRACKS AND WILL THUS BE CONFINED TO THE MIDDLE LANE ALONG KING’S ROAD AND TO THE ALTERNATIVE ROUTE OF JAVA ROAD AND ELECTRIC ROAD.

THE SCHEME IS ASSOCIATED WITH VARIOUS OTHER IMPROVEMENTS TO TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT IN THE AREA INCLUDING ADDITIONAL TRAFFIC SIGNALS, LONGER TRAM ISLANDS AND THE WIDENING OF JAVA ROAD AT ITS JUNCTION WITH KING’S ROAD, SO AS TO PERMIT TWO RIGHT-TURNING LANES.

AS A RESULT, THE SYSTEM WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN STAGESt THE SHAU KEI WAN SECTION WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN ONE MONTH, THE QUARRY BAY SECTION IN THREE MONTHS AND THE REMAINING NORTH POINT SECTION IN SIX MONTHS’ TIME.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY, +THE SCHEME WILL BE OF MAJOR BENEFIT IN SHORTENING THE JOURNEY TIME OF THE 75 PER CENT OF COMMUTERS WHO TRAVEL BY BUS OR TRAM.

♦WE HAD TRIED ALSO TO KEEP ANY RESTRICTIONS ON OTHER TRAFFIC TO A MINIMUM -- FOR EXAMPLE, THERE WILL BE NO ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS ON THE LOADING AND UNLOADING ACTIVITIES OF GOODS VEHICLES ON KING’S ROAD TO THAT ARISING AT THE MOMENT FROM THE URBAN CLEARWAYS.♦

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ACTIONS ON NOXIOUS GAS REPORT

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CLASSES WILL BE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED TOMORROW AND UNTIL THE END OF THIS WEEK IN 13 BI-SESSIONAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND KINDERGARTENS IN THE LAM TIN AND SAU MAU PING ESTATES IN THE KWUN TONG AREA.

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION IN ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY SAID THAT HE HAD TAKEN THE DECISION IN CONSULTATION WITH SUPERVISORS OF THESE SCHOOLS FOR THE WELL-BEING OF THE CHILDREN.

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE HAS ALSO ADVISED THE SUPERVISORS OF CHILD CARE CENTRES IN THE AREA TO CLOSE FOR THE SAME PERIOD.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IN THE MEANTIME INVESTIGATIONS ARE TO BE INTENSIFIED TO TRY TO TRACE THE SOURCE OF THE GAS WHICH CAUSED SICKNESS AMONG SCHOOL CHILDREN IN THE AREA.

HE ADDED THAT ALTHOUGH THERE WAS NO CAUSE FOR ALARM THE GOVERNMENT WAS NATURALLY ANXIOUS TO ESTABLISH THE CAUSE OF THE PROBLEM IF POSSIBLE.

A TEAM COMPRISING REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION UNIT, GOVERNMENT CHEMIST, THE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL UNIT OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, THE HEALTH INSPECTORATE OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE WILL CONTINUE TOMORROW TO WORK IN THE AREA TO TRY TO IDENTIFY POSSIBLE SOURCES OF AIR POLLUTION WHICH MIGHT HAVE CAUSED THE PROBLEM.

THE SCHOOLS AND KINDERGARTENS AFFECTED AREt

LAM TIN ESTATEi

KINDERGARTENS

LAM TIN KINDERGARTEN, BLOCK 11

PUI SHING KINDERGARTEN, BLOCK 11

KAM KONG MEMORIAL CHURCH KINDERGARTEN, BLOCK 21

LAM TIN METHODIST KINDERGARTEN, BLOCK 23

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PRIMARY SCHOOLS

S.K.H. SHIU KEUNG PRIMARY SCHOOL, BLOCK 15

SAN WUI COMMERCIAL SOCIETY LAM TIN SCHOOL, BLOCK 13

PUI SHING PRIMARY SCHOOL, BLOCK 11

SAU MAU PING ESTATE 1

KINDERGARTENS

REBECCA KINDERGARTEN, BLOCK 22

PO LEUNG KUK SAU MAU PING KINDERGARTEN, BLOCK 24

NE I MING KINDERGARTEN, BLOCK 25

PRIMARY SCHOOLS

SAU MAU PING CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL, ESTATE SCHOOL NO 5, NORTH BLOCK 25

I.S.T.T. (HONG KONG) ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SCHOOL, ESTATE SCHOOL NO 4, NORTH BLOCK 25

CN’y KUNG P0 PR,MARY SCHOOL OF SHUN TAK FRATERNAL ASSOCIATION,

ESTATE SCHOOL NO 3, NORTH BLOCK 25

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MORE LAY PROSECUTORS RECRUITED FOR MAGISTRACIES ******

THE END OF THE YEAR WILL SEE LAY PROSECUTORS WORKING IN MORE THAN HALF OF THE 35 COURTS IN THE MAGISTRACIES.

FOURTEEN PEOPLE - 11 MEN AND THREE WOMEN - RECRUITED IN MARCH WILL REPLACE POLICE PROSECUTORS AFTER INTENSIVE TRAINING, NR PETER DUNCAN, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL CROWN COUNSEL (TRAINING) OF THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT, SAID TODAY.

MR DUNCAN SAID THE LAY PROSECUTOR SCHEME, INTRODUCED IN 1977, HAD PROVED TO BE A SUCCESS. THERE ARE CURRENTLY FIVE LAY PROSECUTORS WORKING AT THE WESTERN AND CAUSEWAY BAY MAGISTRACIES.

♦WE ARE NOW EXPANDING THE SCHEME, RECRUITING AND TRAINING THE RIGHT PEOPLE SO THAT THEY CAN GRADUALLY TAKE OVER ALL PROSECUTION WORK,* HE SAID.

MR DUNCAN EXPLAINED THAT ONE OF THE OBJECTIVES OF THE LAY PROSECUTOR SCHEME WAS TO RELEASE POLICE MANPOWER FROM COURT DUTIES IN ORDER THAT THEY COULD RETURN TO THE FIGHT AGAINST CR IME.

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ON QUALIFICATION TO JOIN AS LAY PROSECUTORS, MR DUNCAN SAID APPLICANTS SHOULD BE EITHER MATRICULANTS OR SCHOOL CERTIFICATE HOLDERS WITH AT LEAST THREE YEARS OF APPROPRIATE LEGAL EXPERIENCE. +BUT THE CHALLENGING NATURE OF THE WORK HAS ATTRACTED QUITE A NUMBER OF UNIVERSITY GRADUATES,* HE ADDED.

THERE ARE NOW TWO CROWN COUNSEL ENGAGED FULL-TIME IN CONDUCTING THE TRAINING COURSE WHICH INCLUDES COMPREHENSIVE INSTRUCTIONS IN CRIMINAL LAW, ADVOCACY, LAW OF EVIDENCE AND COURT PROCEDURES.

RECRUITS ARE TAKEN ON FAMILIARISATION VISITS TO COURTS AND POLICE STATIONS. THEY ALSO PRACTISE THEIR SKILLS THROUGH MOCK TRIALS.

♦THE LAY PROSECUTORS USUALLY HANDLE ALL SORTS OF CASES IN THE MAGISTRACIES SUCH AS TRAFFIC OFFENCES, WOUNDING, ASSAULT, ROBBERY, THEFT AND SO ON,+ MR DUNCAN SAID, *BUT THE DEPARTMENT WILL CONTINUE TO ASSIGN CROWN COUNSEL TO PROSECUTE IN SERIOUS AND MORE COMPLICATED CASES.+

IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE LAY PROSECUTORS WILL TAKE OVER ALL PROSECUTION WORK IN MAGISTRACIES FROM THE POLICE IN A FEW YEARS’ TIME. MEANWHILE THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT IS PLANNING TO RECRUIT ANOTHER 18 PEOPLE TO TAKE UP THE JOBS.

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FEES FOR CARE OF ELDERLY UNDER STUDY *****

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, IN ADVISING ON FEE ADJUSTMENTS FOR OLD PEOPLE’S INSTITUTIONS, HAS NOT PROPOSED ANY RADICAL CHANGES, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE PROPOSED FEE ADJUSTMENTS WERE CONSIDERED TO BE WITHIN THE GENERAL MEANS OF THE ELDERLY IN INSTITUTIONAL CARE.

HE SAID THE MAJORITY OF THE OLD PEOPLE IN INSTITUTIONS RECEIVED SOCIAL SECURITY PAYMENTS WHICH MORE THAN ADEQUATELY COVERED THEIR ESSENTIAL NEEDS.

SOCIAL SECURITY PAYMENT RATES, HE ADDED, ARE REVIEWED FROM TIME TO TIME AND REVISED WHERE NECESSARY TO MAINTAIN THEIR REAL PURCHASING VALUE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID A WORKING GROUP FORMED UNDER THE SOCIAL WELFARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SWAC) WAS NOW STUDYING WHETHER THERE WAS EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT CLAIMS THAT THE PROPOSED FEE ADJUSTMENTS WOULD CAUSE HARDSHIP.

♦PENDING THE OUTCOME OF THE STUDY, AND THE ADVICE OF THE SWAC ON THE MATTER, THE DEPARTMENT HAS NOT INSISTED ON THE NEW FEES BEING LEVIED IN ANY OF THE OLD PEOPLE’S INSTITUTIONS ALTHOUGH 12 INSTITUTIONS HAVE ALREADY SEEN FIT TO ADJUST THEIR FEES.+ HE SAID.

HOWEVER, HE SAID, THE DEPARTMENT WILL ENSURE THAT INDIVIDUAL HARDSHIP CASES, IF ANY, WILL BE ADEQUATELY LOOKED AFTER.

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HELP FOR AGGRIEVED TAXPAYERS

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A SPOKESMAN FOR THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT TODAY REMINDED TAXPAYERS THAT IF THEY ARE NOT SATISFIED WITH THE SERVICES GIVEN THEM BY THE DEPARTMENT, ITS COMPLAINTS OFFICER IS THERE TO HELP THEM.

ITS SPECIAL COMPLAINTS SECTION, HEADED BY A COMPLAINTS OFFICER, RECEIVED OVER 1 600 TAX COMPLAINTS AND ENQUIRIES IN THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR. ABOUT 95 PER CENT OF THE COMPLAINTS AND ENQUIRIES WERE RECEIVED OVER THE TELEPHONE, WHILE THE REMAINING 5 PER CENT COMPRISED LETTERS AND PERSONAL INTERVIEWS.

OF THE TOTAL NUMBER, ALMOST HALF, OR 49 PER CENT, WERE RELATED TO SALARIES TAX. OTHER COMPLAINTS AND ENQUIRIES AROSE FROM PERSONAL TAX ASSESSMENT, PROPERTY TAX, TAX COLLECTION, AND PROFITS TAX. REPORTS ON SUSPECTED TAX EVASION WERE ALSO RECEIVED WHICH WERE REFERRED TO OTHER SECTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT FOR INVESTIGATION.

THE COMPLAINTS OFFICER, MR FUNG YUN-CHI, CAN BE CONTACTED ON THE 26TH FLOOR OF WINDSOR HOUSE, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG, OR BY TELEPHONE (5-79595656) OR BY WRITING TO GPO BOX 11234, HONG KONG.

MR FUNG HANDLES ALL COMPLAINTS EXCEPT THOSE CONCERNING THE CORRECTNESS OF AN ASSESSMENT, OR THE TAX LAW ITSELF.

+THERE ARE ALREADY ADEQUATE SAFEGUARDS, BOTH LEGAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE, TO ENSURE THAT OBJECTIONS AGAINST ASSESSMENTS ARE PROPERLY PROCESSED, UNTIL EITHER THE OBJECTION IS WITHDRAWN OR A FORMAL DECISION IS ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE,* THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT.

TAXPAYERS ARE URGED TO APPROACH THE COMPLAINTS OFFICER DIRECT IF THEIR INITIAL ENQUIRIES WITH THE OFFICERS HANDLING THEIR CASES HAVE NOT RESOLVED THEIR PROBLEMS.

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UNGUARDED MACHINE SPELLS TRAGEDY

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AN UNGUARDED MACHINE CAN PRODUCE SOMETHING MORE THAN IT WAS DESIGNED FOR — TRAGEDY.

THIS WAS DEMONSTRATED BY A RECENT FACTORY ACCIDENT IN WHICH A WORKER LOST A FOREARM.

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S DEPUTY CHIEF FACTORY INSPECTOR, MR YIP YUK-LUN, SAID TODAY THAT THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED WHEN THE WORKER’S HAND WAS CAUGHT BY AN UNFENCED HIGH SPEED REVOLVING COUPLING OF A YARN DOUBLING MACHINE.

♦HAD THE COUPLING BEEN EFFECTIVELY GUARDED THE TRAGIC HUMAN SUFFERING WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED,♦ HE LAMENTED.

MR YIP AGAIN URGED BOTH EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES OF INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS TO PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE DANGEROUS PARTS OF MACHINERY THEY OPERATED.

♦UNDER THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (GUARDING AND OPERATION OF MACHINERY) REGULATIONS 1976, IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PROPRIETORS OF INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS TO GUARD EFFECTIVELY ALL DANGEROUS PARTS OF MACHINERY.

♦THOSE WHO FAIL TO COMPLY WITH SAFETY REGULATIONS ARE LIABLE TO BE PROSECUTED BY THE DEPARTMENT AND THE MAXIMUM FINE IS $5 OOO ON CONVICTION.

♦FURTHERMORE, EMPLOYERS MAY ALSO HAVE TO PAY COMPENSATION TO THE INJURED WORKERS AND FACE FURTHER CLAIMS IN CIVIL PROCEED INGS,♦ HE ADDED.

MR YIP POINTED OUT THAT THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE WAS ALWAYS READY TO ADVISE ON GUARDING HAZARDOUS MACHINERY AND THAT COPIES OF A WELL-ILLUSTRATED HANDBOOK ON GUARDING AND OPERATION OF MACHINERY WERE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC FREE OF CHARGE.

♦GUARDS WHICH ARE PROPERLY DESIGNED, INSTALLED AND MAINTAINED CAN HELP ELIMINATE MECHANICAL HAZARD, INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY AND ENSURE THE SAFETY OF OPERATORS,+ HE STRESSED.

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ASSOCIATION TO PROMOTE CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN TUEN MUN

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MORE THAN 20 000 PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN A WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES BEING ORGANISED BY TUEN MUN ARTS PROMOTION ASSOCIATION THIS FINANCIAL YEAR.

ACTIVITIES WILL INCLUDE CANTONESE OPERA TRAINING CLASSES, DANCE NIGHTS, DANCE COMPETITIONS, CHINESE MUSICAL INSTRUMENT TRAINING CLASSES, YOUTH CHOIR PERFORMANCES, CHINESE MUSIC NIGHTS, PENMANSHIP AND DRAWING COMPETITIONS AND TWO EXHIBITIONS.

CHAIRMAN OF THE ASSOCIATION, MR CHOW MAN-PING, SAID THE ASSOCIATION, WHICH IS NON-PROFIT-MAKING, WAS SET UP IN 1978 UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE.

♦THE AIM IS TO PROMOTE ARTS AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES FOR THE GROWING POPULATION OF THE NEW TOWN AND TO CULTIVATE A SENSE OF BELONG ING,♦ MR CHOW SAID.

ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE ASSOCIATION ARE MAINLY FINANCED BY TUEN MUN DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD WHICH HAS ALLOCATED MORE THAN 1182 000 TO IT FOR 1980/81.

THIS FIGURE ACCOUNTS FOR ABOUT A QUARTER OF THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF FUNDS ALLOCATED TO THE BOARD BY THE GOVERNMENT THIS FINANCIAL YEAR.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION COMPRISE SCHOOL PRINCIPALS AND TEACHERS, PLUS LEADERS OF LOCAL CIVIC ASSOCIATIONS. STAFF FROM TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE ALSO HOLD HONORARY POSTS.

THE ASSOCIATION HAS ORGANISED MORE THAN 40 ACTIVITIES DURING THE PAST 18 MONTHS, MOST OF WHICH WERE HELD IN LOCAL SCHOOL HALLS. PARTICIPANTS WERE MAINLY STUDENTS AND WORKERS.

MR CHOW SAID ANYONE WHO WISHED TO PARTICIPATE IN ACTIVITIES COULD CONTACT THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE OR TUEN MUN RURAL COMMITTEE.

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GRADUATION OF 100 CAS RECRUITS

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THE CIVIL AID SERVICES WILL HOLD ITS 20TH PASSING-OUT PARADE AT ITS KOWLOON TRAINING CENTRE IN ARGYLE STREET ON FRIDAY (JUNE 6) AT 7.30 PM.

TAKING PART IN THE PARADE WILL BE 100 MALE AND FEMALE RECRUITS. THEY HAVE COMPLETED THE REQUIRED 56 HOURS BASIC TRAINING IN FOOTDRILL, FIRST AID, COUNTRYSIDE MANAGEMENT, AND FIRE PREVENTION AND FIRE FIGHTING.

THEY HAVE ALSO HAD TRAINING IN ESCAPE AND RESCUE FROM DANGEROUS BUILDINGS, TYPHOON DUTY AND EMERGENCY CALL-OUT, AS WELL AS STUDIED THE ORGANISATION OF THE CAS.

AFTER THE PARADE, THEY WILL BE POSTED TO VARIOUS UNITS FOR FURTHER OPERATIONAL TRAINING AND ACTIVE DUTY.

MRS KITTY SIU HON-SUM, DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE COMMUNITY CHEST, WILL INSPECT THE PARADE. SHE WILL ALSO AWARD SPECIAL CERTIFICATES TO THE FOUR MOST OUTSTANDING RECRUITS.

THE CAS BAND WILL PROVIDE MUSIC FOR THE CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE PASSING-OUT PARADE WHICH WILL BE HELD AT 7.30 PM ON FRIDAY (JUNE 6) AT THE CAS KOWLOON TRAINING CENTRE, 204 ARGYLE STREET, KOWLOON.

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WELSH CHOIR TO PERFORM FOR LOCAL STUDENTS * * * *

THE RHOS ORPHEUS MALE VOICE CHOIR WILL GIVE A CONCERT THIS WEEK TO LOCAL STUDENTS FOLLOWING A TOUR OF CHINA.

THE CHOIR HAS 55 MEMBERS WHO COME FROM A WIDE AREA AROUND THE VILLAGE OF RHOSLLANERCHRUGOG IN WALES, AN AREA FAMOUS FOR MALE CHORAL SINGING.

MORE THAN 800 SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL BE TAKING TIME OFF FROM CLASS ON THURSDAY (JUNE 5) MORNING TO HEAR THEIR ONE-HOUR CONCFRT AT LA SALLE COLLEGE IN KOWLOON.

THERE WILL BE A VARIED PROGRAMME OF CHOIR AND SOLO ITEMS, INCLUDING FOLK SONGS AND SACRED MUSIC WHICH REFLECT THE WELSH CULTURAL HERITAGE.

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CANAL ROAD EAST CLEARWAY EXTENDED X X X X * X

THE EXISTING URBAN CLEARWAY IN CANAL ROAD EAST WILL BE EXTENDED TO THE JUNCTION WITH RUSSELL STREET FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JUNE 6).

WITHIN THE CLEARWAY, ALL MOTOR VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PICK UP OR SET DOWN PASSENGERS OR LOAD OR UNLOAD GOODS FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO INDICATE THE CLEARWAY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

’WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

"GO METRIC" DRIVE BEGINS .................................. 1

ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN ............................ 2

SIR MURRAY VISITS CUSTOMS TRAINING SCHOOL .................. 4

TSUEN WAN TO SPEND J1.J MILLION ON CULTURE AND RECREATION ............................................. 4

NEW BOOK ON BUTTERFLIES CULMINATES FIVE-YEaR STUDY......... 6

MANPOWER SURVEY OF ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY .................... 7

warning on use of mooring hooks ........................... 8

COMMONWEALTH YOUNG ARTISTS GIVE LOCAL SHOW ................. 9

CHANGE IN LICENCE ISSUING AUTHORITY ....................... 10

TRAIN DELAY FOR TRACK wORK ................................ 10

PLB RESTRICTION .......................................... 11

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’GO METRIC’ DRIVE BEGINS ft ft ft ft

THE METRICATION COMMITTEE TODAY ANNOUNCED THE LAUNCHING OF A MASSIVE PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC IN THE USE OF METRIC UNITS.

PROF S.Y. KING, CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, SAID THAT ALTHOUGH THE GOAL OF COMPLETE METRICATION IN HONG KONG MIGHT YET TAKE A FEW YEARS, HIS COMMITTEE CONSIDERED THAT IT WAS TIMELY TO CONDUCT A GENERAL AWARENESS CAMPAIGN.

PUBLICITY MATERIAL PRODUCED FOR THE CAMPAIGN INCLUDES A 30-MINUTE TV PROGRAMME, TELEVISION SHORT FILMS, RADIO ANNOUNCEMENTS, POSTERS AND A METRIC HANDBOOK.

THE 30-MINUTE TV PROGRAMME, WHICH AIMS AT ENCOURAGING EDUCATORS TO ADOPT METRIC UNITS IN THEIR SYLLABUSES, IS EXPECTED TO BE SCREENED IN JULY THIS YEAR.

THE METRIC HANDBOOK IS IN THE FORM OF A WALLET CONTAINING THE FIRST THREE OF A SERIES OF INFORMATION LEAFLETS ON THE USE OF THE METRIC SYSTEM. THE THREE LEAFLETS - +EVERYDAY METRIC UNITS*, ♦MORE EVERYDAY METRIC UNITS* AND +WORKING IN METRIC* USE ILLUSTRATIONS AND EXAMPLES TO REMIND THE PUBLIC OF WHAT THEY PROBABLY ALREADY KNOW AND ALSO TO REASSURE THEM OF THEIR ALREADY ACQUIRED ABILITY TO ADAPT TO THE CHANGE.

TO HELP IMPLEMENT THE METRIC SYSTEM, THE COMMITTEE HAS CONDUCTED TWO FACT-FINDING SURVEYS, ONE ON METRICATION IN THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY AND THE OTHER ON THE INROADS OF METRICATION IN THE CONSUMER SECTOR.

IN THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY, PROF KING SAID, IT WAS FOUND THAT METRIC UNITS WERE ALREADY BEING WIDELY USED.

♦THE COMMITMENT WAS GREATER IN ELECTRICAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL INDUSTRIES AND AMONG LARGER FIRMS,* HE ADDED.

THE SURVEY ON THE CONSUMER INDUSTRY SHOWED THAT WHOLESALERS WERE ALREADY WELL INVOLVED WITH METRIC DIMENSIONED PRODUCTS AND THERE WAS ALREADY A SURPRISING POTENTIAL IN METRIC WEIGHING EQUIPMENT.

HOWEVER, HE POINTED OUT THAT THERE WERE INSTANCES WHERE WHOLESALING WAS BEING CONDUCTED IN METRIC UNITS WHILST RETAILING WAS BEING CONDUCTED IN NON-METRIC UNITS.

REFERRING TO THE BUILDING INDUSTRY, THE COMMITTEE BELIEVED THAT IT WAS NOW LARGELY METRIC. THE BUILDING AUTHORITY HAS, IN FACT, NOT ACCEPTED ANY NON-METRIC DESIGNS SINCE APRIL 1977 AND THE PERIOD OF GRACE DURING WHICH PLANS SUBMITTED PRIOR TO APRIL 1977 COULD BE CONSTRUCTED IN NON-METRIC UNITS HAD ALREADY EXPIRED ON JANUARY 1 OF THIS YEAR.

MEANWHILE, THE TIMBER MERCHANTS ASSOCIATIONS IS NOW PLANNING THE METRICATION OF RETAIL SALE CF TIMBER, AND THE MANUFACTURE AND SALE OF METRIC SIZED ELECTRIC CABLES IS ALSO WELL IN ADVANCE.

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REGARDING PETROL SALES, PROF KING SAID THAT THE OIL COMPANIES HAD INDICATED THAT METRIC PETROL SALES WOULD LIKELY TAKE PLACE VERY EARLY NEXT YEAR. IT IS ALSO EXPECTED THAT TYRE PRESSURE PUMPS WILL DISPENSE AIR IN METRIC UNITS RATHER THAN THE CUSTOMARY IMPERIAL UNITS.

METRIC ROAD SPEED UNITS ARE ALSO UNDER DISCUSSION AND IT IS INEVITABLE THAT TAXI FARES WILL ALSO GO METRIC.

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ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN K * H *

THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN.

TODAY (WEDNESDAY) ECONOMIC

DETAILS OF THE SANCTIONS ARE CONTAINED IN THE IRAN (TRADING SANCTIONS) ORDER I960 AND THE IMPORT AND EXPORT (GENERAL) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1980 PUBLISHED IN AN EXTRAORDINARY ISSUE OF THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE DECISION TO IMPLEMENT SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN FOLLOWED SIMILAR ACTION TAKEN IN THE UNITED KINGDOM LAST WEEK.

THE IRAN (TRADING SANCTIONS) ORDER 1980 WAS MADE IN THE UK AND AUTOMATICALLY EXTENDED TO HONG KONG. THIS ORDER PROHIBITS:

M THE MAKING OR PERFORMANCE OF A CONTRACT FOR THE SALE OR SUPPLY OF EMBARGOED GOODS TO IRAN- AND

M THE MAKING OR PERFORMANCE OF A CONTRACT FOR THE TRANSPORT OF GOODS (OTHER THAN PERSONAL EFFECTS OR PROFESSIONAL EQUIPMENT) TO IRAN.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THERE WERE THREE MAIN EXEMPTIONS LAID DOWN IN THE ORDER:

M EMBARGOED GOODS DO NOT INCLUDE FOODSTUFFS, MEDICAL SUPPLIES, PERSONAL EFFECTS AND PROFESSIONAL EQUIPMENT OF PASSENGERS TRAVELLING BY AIR, SEA OR LAND-

M WHERE THE SALE OR SUPPLY OF GOODS IS MADE IN PURSUANCE OF A CONTRACT ENTERED INTO BEFORE MAY 30, OR IN PURSUANCE OF ESTABLISHED BUSINESS LINKS-

* SHIPS AND AIRCRAFT OPERATING ON SCHEDULED SERVICES.

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IN UK EXPORTS TO IRAN ARE PROHIBITED BY THE EXPORT OF GOODS (CONTROL) (IRAN SANCTIONS) ORDER 1980 INTRODUCED LAST FRIDAY. THIS ORDER WAS NOT EXTENDED TO HONG KONG. TO ENABLE HONG KONG TO TAKE PARALLEL ACTION, THE IMPORT AND EXPORT (GENERAL) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS WERE MADE.

THESE REGULATIONS PROHIBIT ALL EXPORTS TO IRAN FROM HONG KONG EXCEPT UNDER A LICENCE ISSUED BY THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID IN CONSIDERING EXPORT LICENCE APPLICATIONS, LICENCES WOULD GENERALLY BE ISSUED TO COVER EXPORTS OF FOODSTUFFS, MEDICAL SUPPLIES, GOODS AND PRODUCTS EXPORTED IN PURSUANCE OF CONTRACTS ENTERED INTO BEFORE MAY 30 OR IN PURSUANCE OF ESTABLISHED BUSINESS LINKS. IN ADDITION, EXPORT LICENCES WOULD ALSO BE ISSUED IN RESPECT OF TRANSHIPMENT GOODS.

TRADERS WHO WISH TO EXPORT UNDER THE PROVISION OF THE SECOND OF THE THREE MAIN EXEMPTIONS LAID DOWN IN THE ORDER (AS DESCRIBED ABOVE) SHOULD PROVIDE WITH THE APPLICATION FOR THE LICENCE DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE OF A CONTRACT OR OF AN ESTABLISHED BUSINESS LINK.

CIRCULARS COVERING THE DETAILS OF LICENSING PROCEDURES CAN BE OBTAINED FROM OFFICES OF THE TICD AT 1

GENERAL ENQUIRIES DESK, GROUND FLOOR, OCEAN CENTRE, CANTON ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI, KOWLOON, OR

COUNTER 1, ROOM 11, GROUND FLOOR, FIRE BRIGADE BUILDING, 46 CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT THE PROHIBITIONS APPLY TO EMBARGOED GOODS EXPORTED FOR THE USE OF ANY PERSON IN IRAN, INCLUDING THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAN, ANY IRAN GOVERNMENT ORGANISATION AND ANY BODY, WHETHER CORPORATE OR UN INCORPORATE.

HE FURTHER EXPLAINED THAT SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN HAD BEEN INTRODUCED +T0 DEMONSTRATE SUPPORT FOR THE UNITED STATES OVER THE CONTINUED DETENTION OF THE AMERICAN HOSTAGES.*

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SIR MURRAY VISITS CUSTOMS TRAINING SCHOOL *****

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, TODAY VISITED THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE’S TRAINING SCHOOL IN TAI LAM CHUNG, AND ITS HEADQUARTERS IN RUMSEY STREET.

ARRIVING BY HELICOPTER, SIR MURRAY WAS MET AT THE TRAINING SCHOOL BY THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND CONTROLS, MR DOUGLAS JORDAN- SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT, MR P.L. WONG, AND THE SCHOOL COMMANDANT, MR H.L. KWONG.

SIR MURRAY FIRST WATCHED REBEL AND DEWARS, TWO DOGS DEMONSTRATING THEIR ABILITY TO DETECT NARCOTICS HIDDEN IN SUITCASES AND BOXES.

HE THEN TOURED THE SCHOOL FACILITIES AND SAW INSPECTOR AND CUSTOMS OFFICER RECRUITS UNDERGOING THEIR INDUCTION TRAINING, WHICH INCLUDES SHOOTING PRACTICE ON THE PISTOL RANGE, LIFE-SAVING, UNARMED COMBAT, FOOTDRILL, IN ADDITION TO TRAINING IN TECHNICAL SUBJECTS.

AFTER TOURING THE SCHOOL’S MUSEUM, WHICH HOUSES A VARIETY OF INGENIOUS SMUGGLING DEVICES, NARCOTICS PARAPHERNALIA AND DISTILLING APPARATUS, THE GOVERNOR LEFT BY HELICOPTER FOR THE SERVICE’S HEADQUARTERS IN CENTRAL DISTRICT, WHERE HE MET SENIOR OFFICERS BEFORE LUNCHING WITH THEM IN THE MESS.

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TSUEN WAN TO SPEND $1.3 MILLION ON CULTURE AND RECREATION *****

TSUEN WAN DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD IS TO SPEND MORE THAN HALF ITS FUNDS ON PROMOTING CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES THIS YEAR.

AT A RECENT BUDGET MEETING, THE BOARD AGREED TO SPEND NEARLY $1.3 MILLION ON THESE ACTIVITIES OUT OF A TOTAL $2 MILLION ALLOCATED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

A FURTHER $527 000 IS TO BE SPENT ON ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE SAID THE ALLOCATION OF SUCH A LARGE PROPORTION OF FUNDS TO CULTURE AND RECREATION SHOWED THE IMPORTANCE BEING ATTACHED IN TSUEN WAN TO STIMULATING INTEREST IN THESE ACTIVITIES.

HE SAID THE BOARD HAD BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN BRINGING A RICH AND VARIED CULTURAL LIFE TO THE COMMUNITY OF TSUEN WAN.

AMONG THE MAJOR PROJECTS OF THE BOARD THIS YEAR ARE AN ARTS AND A SPORTS FESTIVAL.

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THE ARTS FESTIVAL, THE THIRD, WILL BE HELD IN FEBRUARY NEXT YEAR AND THE SECOND SPORTS FESTIVAL AT THE END OF THIS YEAR.

THE BOARD WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE LOCAL DISTRICT SPORTS AND RECREATION ASSOCIATION, CULTURE AND RECREATION CO-ORDINATING ASSOCIATION, SOCIAL SERVICE CENTRES AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES.

THESE ACTIVITIES WILL INCLUDE SPORTS COMPETITIONS, PICNICS, SINGING CONTESTS, VARIETY SHOWS, CAMPS, CARNIVALS FOR OLD PEOPLE AND CHILDREN AND ESTATE DAYS.

ON ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID WORK WOULD BEGIN SOON ON CONSTRUCTING SITTING-OUT AREAS AT LAI KING HILL BUS TERMINUS, CHE FONG STREET PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT AND PING LAI PATH.

PROJECTS COMPLETED LAST YEAR INCLUDED A PLAYGROUND AT SHAM TSENG TUNG CHUEN, A BASKETBALL COURT AT THE PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE AND OPEN SPACES AT OLD HOI PA VILLAGE AND ON A SITE NEAR THE LADY MACLEHOSE PLAYGROUND.

THE EIGHT NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARDS WERE ESTABLISHED IN NOVEMBER, 1977, TO ADVISE THE GOVERNMENT ON ALL MATTERS AFFECTING THE WELL-BEING OF RESIDENTS OF DISTRICTS AND ON THE PROVISION AND USE OF PUBLIC FACILITIES.

TSUEN WAN DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD HAS SET UP SEVEN SUB-COMMITTEES — RECREATION AND SPORTS, CULTURAL AND ENTERTAINMENT ACTIVITIES, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT, SOCIAL SERVICES, PUBLIC WORKS, INDUSTRIAL, AND FINANCE.

THE BOARD CONSISTS OF 23 UNOFFICIAL AND NINE OFFICIAL AMBERS.

THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS ARE DRAWN FROM A CROSS-SECTION OF LOCAL LEADERS INCLUDING RURAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN, SCHOOL PRINCIPALS, DOCTORS AND BUSINESSMEN.

TOWN MANAGER AND DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JAMES HAYES, IS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD. OTHER OFFICIAL MEMBERS REPRESENT PUBLIC WORKS, HOUSING, URBAN SERVICES, RECREATION AND SPORT, SOCIAL WELFARE AND EDUCATION DEPARTMENTS.

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NEW BOOK ON BUTTERFLIES CULMINATES FIVE-YEAR STUDY ******

THE BEAUTY AND VARIETY OF HONG KONG’S MANY BUTTERFLIES ARE CAPTURED IN FULL COLOUR IN A NEW BOOK NOW ON SALE.

FOR THE AUTHORS — GWENETH AND BERNARD JOHNSTON — THE BOOK IS THE CULMINATION OF A FIVE-YEAR STUDY DURING WHICH THEY SUCCESSFULLY REARED A LARGE NUMBER OF BUTTERFLIES, INCLUDING THE LESS COMMON VARIETIES, TO GATHER FIRST-HAND INFORMATION.

THEIR EFFORTS HAVE RESULTED IN THE PUBLICATION OF THE FIRST MAJOR WORK OF REFERENCE ON HONG KONG BUTTERFLIES AND THEIR LIFE CYCLE.

PUBLISHED UNDER THE TITLE, +THIS IS HONG KONGi BUTTERFLIES*, THE BOOK HAS BEEN PRODUCED BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES AND PRINTED BY THE GOVERNMENT PRINTER.

IT IS ON SALE AT $95 AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, LEADING BOOKSHOPS, CITY DISTRICT OFFICES AND DISTRICT OFFICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE BOOK CONTAINS MORE THAN 260 PICTURES IN FULL COLOUR PLUS 28 PLATES WITH TRANSPARENT OVERLAYS TO HELP IDENTIFY LOCAL SPECIES.

DETAILED APPENDICES INCLUDE THE FIRST COMPREHENSIVE LISTS OF HONG KONG BUTTERFLIES AND FOOD PLANTS WITH CHINESE, ENGLISH AND LATIN NAMES.

♦WE CONSIDER THIS BOOK WILL BE OF GREAT INTEREST TO BOTH NATURALISTS AND THE NON-EXPERT WHO WANTS TO DISCOVER MORE ABOUT HIS OWN ENVIRONMENT,+ COMMENTED A SPOKESMAN FOR THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES.

♦THERE IS A DEMAND FOR BOOKS WHICH PUT ON RECORD SOME OF THE SIGNIFICANT FEATURES OF HONG KONG AND WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO FULFIL THIS BY PRODUCING PUBLICATIONS ON TOPICS OF PARTICULAR INTEREST.

♦THIS IS WHY WE INTRODUCED OUR ’THIS IS HONG KONG’ SERIES TO WHICH THE NEW BOOK ON BUTTERFLIES IS A WELCOME ADDITION.^

IN AN INTRODUCTORY CHAPTER TO THE BOOK THE AUTHORS EXPRESS THE HOPE THAT IT WILL CREATE A WIDER UNDERSTANDING AND APPRECIATION OF NATURE’S EFFORTS TO STOCK AND BEAUTIFY OUR COUNTRYSIDE.

THEY ALSO HOPE IT WILL +BRING ABOUT A GREATER AWARENESS OF HOW 1<E, THE HUMAN RACE, WHILE PURSUING THE NEED FOR BETTER LIVING CONDITIONS AND GREATER INDUSTRIAL EFFORT, CAN SOMEHOW HELP TO CONSERVE THE BEST FEATURES OF THE ENVIRONMENT WHICH SURROUNDS US.+

ONCE GONE, THEY NOTE, THIS QUALITY OF OUR DAILY LIFE CAN ONLY BE RESTORED WITH DIFFICULTY, AND EVEN THEN TO DO SO CAN ONLY BE PROBLEMATICAL.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 1980

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MANPOWER SURVEY OF ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY

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A MANPOWER SURVEY OF THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY IS SCHEDULED FOR LATER THIS MONTH TO COLLECT UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON TRAINING REQUIREMENTS.

THE SURVEY, THE SIXTH OF ITS KIND, WILL BE CONDUCTED BY THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL FROM JUNE 16 TO 23 WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

BASED ON THE SURVEY’S FINDINGS, THE BOARD WILL MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON MANPOWER TRAINING FOR THE INDUSTRY.

QUESTIONNAIRES AND EXPLANATORY LETTERS WERE SENT YESTERDAY TO ESTABLISHMENTS SELECTED FOR THE SURVEY.

ASSISTANT CENSUS AND STATISTICS OFFICERS WILL CALL AT EACH OF THEM DURING THE SURVEY PERIOD TO ASSIST IN COMPLETING THE QUESTIONNAIRES, IF NECESSARY, AND TO COLLECT THE COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRES.

THE ESTABLISHMENTS ARE REQUESTED TO SUPPLY, FOR EACH PRINCIPAL JOB OF THE INDUSTRY, THE NUMBER OF WORKERS EMPLOYED, AS WELL AS THOSE UNDER TRAINING, THE NUMBER OF EXISTING VACANCIES AND A FORECAST OF ADDITIONAL WORKERS IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, DR ANDREW S.L. CHUANG, SAID TODAY THAT THE INFORMATION COLLECTED WOULD BE HANDLED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND WOULD BE PUBLISHED IN STATISTICAL SUMMARIES ONLY, WITHOUT REFERENCE TO ANY INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENT.

MR CHUANG URGED THE SELECTED ESTABLISHMENTS TO OFFER THEIR CO-OPERATION, ADDING THAT THE INFORMATION TO BE COLLECTED FROM THE SURVEY WAS IMPORTANT FOR FORMULATING MEANINGFUL TRAINING PLANS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE INDUSTRY.

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WARNING ON USE OF MOORING HOOKS * * * *

THE MARINE DEPARTMENT TODAY ISSUED A WARNING ON THE DANGERS INVOLVED IN THE USE OF MOORING HOOKS.

A SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT A FATAL ACCIDENT OCCURRED RECENTLY DURING A WARPING OPERATION ON A LIGHTER. IT OCCURRED WHEN THE ATTACHMENT TO WHICH A SYNTHETIC FIBRE WARPING ROPE HAD BEEN HOOKED FAILED, AND BECAUSE OF THE ELASTICITY OF THE ROPE, THE HOOK CATAPULTED.

♦OPERATORS AND CREWS OF LOCAL CRAFT ARE STRONGLY ADVISED NEVER TO USE SUCH HOOKS FOR TOWING PURPOSES BUT TO USE SOFT EYE SPLICED ROPES PASSED OVER SUBSTANTIAL BOLLARDS FOR MOORING OR WARPING,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦EXTRA PRECAUTION SHOULD BE TAKEN WHEN SYNTHETIC FIBRE ROPE IS USED IN OPERATIONS SUCH AS MOORING, WARPING, TOWING AND TRAWLING.

♦BECAUSE OF THE IMPOSED LOADS, SUDDEN FAILURE MAY CAUSE DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY DUE TO THE ’WHIP LASH’ EFFECT OF A PARTED SYNTHETIC ROPE,+ HE SAID.

HE STRESSED THAT AT ANY TIME WHEN A ROPE IS UNDER LOAD, MEN ESSENTIAL TO THE OPERATION SHOULD AS FAR AS POSSIBLE BE IN A PROTECTED POSITION AND OTHERS SHOULD KEEP CLEAR OF THE AREA.

IMMEDIATE ACTION SHOULD BE TAKEN TO REDUCE THE LOAD SHOULD SIGNS OF EXCESSIVE STRAIN APPEAR IN ANY PART OF THE ROPE SYSTEM, HE SAID.

COPIES OF A NOTICE ENTITLED +USE OF SYNTHETIC FIBRE ROPES FOR MOORING AND TOWING+ ARE OBTAINABLE FREE OF CHARGE FROM THE DEPARTMENT’S HEAD OFFICE IN CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND FROM ANY OF ITS DISTRICT MARINE OFFICES.

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COMMONWEALTH YOUNG ARTISTS GIVE LOCAL SHOW

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THE WORKS OF YOUNG ARTISTS OF THE COMMONWEALTH, INCLUDING ENTRIES FROM HONG KONG, WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE ARTS CENTRE NEXT MONTH.

THE COLLECTION COMES FROM A COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE COMMONWEALTH INSTITUTE, LONDON, AND WAS SHOWN LAST YEAR IN LONDON AND EDINBURGH.

THE EXHIBITION IS JOINTLY PRESENTED BY THE ARTS SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE.

♦IT CONSISTS OF ART WORKS BY YOUNG PEOPLE FROM 19 COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES AND REGIONS, AND WILL PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR LOCAL YOUNG PEOPLE TO SEE THE WORK OF THEIR OVERSEAS CONTEMPORARIES,♦ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID.

HONG KONG STUDENTS ARE REGULAR PARTICIPANTS IN THE COMPETITION, AND THEIR WORK HAD WON PRAISES, HE ADDED.

A TOTAL OF 154 PIECES WILL BE SHOWN, 31 OF WHICH ARE ENTRIES BY HONG KONG STUDENTS.

THEY INCLUDE PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS, PRINTS, COLLAGES, APPLIQUES AND WEAVINGS.

♦THE WORKS BY OUR STUDENTS COMPARE FAVOURABLY WITH THAT FROM OVERSEAS, AND IN TERMS OF THE NUMBER OF PRIZES AWARDED, HONG KONG TOPS THE PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES AND REGIONS,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD FROM JULY 4 TO 26 AT THE PAO SIU LOONG ART GALLERIES, HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE.

OPENING HOURS WILL BE FROM 10 AM TO 8 PM DAILY. ADMISSION IS FREE, AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME.

IN ADDITION TO THE EXHIBITION, ART TEACHERS WHOSE STUDENTS* WORKS ARE REPRESENTED IN THE EXHIBITION HAVE BEEN INVITED TO GIVE A SERIES OF TALKS TO THEIR COLLEAGUES SO THAT THEY CAN SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCE IN ART TEACHING.

THESE TALKS WILL BE HELD ON JULY 17 AND 18 IN THE RECITAL HALL OF THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE.

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CHANGE IN LICENCE ISSUING AUTHORITY

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A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY REMINDED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC THAT THE COMMISSIONER FOR TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING IS NOW THE ISSUING AUTHORITY FOR TRADE PROMOTION COMPETITION LICENCES.

THIS FOLLOWS THE PASSING OF A RESOLUTION IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL LAST MONTH TRANSFERRING TO HIM THE AUTHORITY WHICH WAS PREVIOUSLY VESTED IN THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WISHING TO APPLY FOR SUCH LICENCES SHOULD NOW SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATIONS TO THE TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING AUTHORITY, WHOSE OFFICE IS ON THE 24TH FLOOR OF INTERNATIONAL BUILDING, DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL.

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT THERE HAD NOT BEEN ANY CHANGE IN THE EXISTING LICENSING POLICY AND THAT THE POLICE WOULD CONTINUE TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE CONDITIONS SPECIFIED IN THE LICENCES.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE NEW ARRANGEMENT WAS MADE IN ACCORDANCE WITH A POLICY TO TRANSFER NON-CONSTABULARY LICENSING FUNCTIONS FROM THE POLICE TO ENABLE IT TO DEVOTE ITS RESOURCES TO THE FIGHT AGAINST CRIME.

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TRAIN DELAY FOR TRACK WORK

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THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY WILL BE CARRYING OUT TRACK WORK BETWEEN KOWLOON AND MONG KOK STATIONS ON FIVE DAYS STARTING THIS SATURDAY (JUNE 7).

THE WORK IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF KCR MODERNISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION.

TRAINS WILL BE DELAYED DURING THIS PERIOD BUT A KCR SPOKESMAN SAID EVERY EFFORT WOULD BE MADE TO ENSURE THAT THE EFFECT ON COMMUTERS WILL BE MINIMAL.

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PLB RESTRICTION * * * *

PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES, UNLESS AUTHORISED IN WRITING, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING GREIG ROAD AND YAU MAN STREET IN QUARRY BAY FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JUNE 7).

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE PLB DRIVERS.

WATER CUT * M M

WATER SUPPLY TO AN AREA OF TSIM SHA TSUI WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR SIX HOURS OVERNIGHT ENDING AT 6 AM ON FRIDAY (JUNE 6) FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY NATHAN ROAD, PEKING ROAD, CANTON ROAD AND AUSTIN ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES

BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

APRIL MONEY SUPPLY AND FINANCIAL STATISTICS ............... 1

PROGRESS DEPENDS ON SPIRIT OF YOUNGER GENERATION .......... J

EDUCATORS URGED TO BRIDGE SCHOOL AND LIFE ................. 5

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY NEEDS EDUCATION aND TRAINING SUPPORT ................................................... g

EXCHANGE OF VIEWS BY SPORTS BODIES ........................ 7

HK'S "SHORT SHARP SHOCK" PROGRAMME PRAISED AGAIN .......... 8

YOUNG MUSICIANS OFFERED INTERNATIONAL SCHOL.-RSHIPS ....... 9

RETIREMENT OF DIRECTOR OF MARINE .......................... 9

CONTRACTS SIGNED FOR RECREATION PROJECTS ................. 10

TRAFFIC CHjjNGES AT CHOI HUNG ESTATE ..................... 10

THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 1980

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APRIL MONEY SUPPLY AND FINANCIAL STATISTICS ******

THE MONEY SUPPLY AND FINANCIAL STATISTICS FOR APRIL 1980, PUBLISHED TODAY, SHOW A MARKED FALL, PARTLY ON SEASONAL GROUNDS, IN THE QUARTERLY GROWTH RATES OF THE MONEY SUPPLY AND OF CREDIT TO THE ECONOMY.

THE MONEY SUPPLY GREW IN APRIL BY MUCH LESS IN ABSOLUTE TERMS THAN THE TOTAL CREDIT TO THE ECONOMY, SUGGESTING THAT THERE MAY HAVE BEEN A SUBSTANTIAL OUTFLOW OF FUNDS FROM HONG KONG DURING THE MONTH, PRESUMABLY ON INTEREST RATE DIFFERENTIALS.

(DESPITE THIS OUTFLOW, THE HK DOLLAR ROSE AGAINST THE US DOLLAR FROM 5.07 AT THE END OF MARCH TO 4.91 AT THE END OF APRILi MOST OF THIS RISE WAS SEEN IN THE SECOND HALF OF APRIL, SO THAT THE OUTFLOW MAY HAVE BEEN CONCENTRATED IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE MONTH.)

THE DETAILED FIGURES FOR APRIL, AND COMPARISONS WITH EARLIER MONTHS, ARE SET OUT IN THE FOLLOWING TABLE s

MONEY AND BANKING FIGURES - END OF APRIL 1980 (IN SMILLION)

FIGURES FOR EARLIER MONTHS (% CHANGE):

APRIL 1980 MARCH 1980 JAN 1980 APRIL 1979

Ml 20 039 20 310 (-1.3%) 21 226 (-5.6%) 18 902 (+6.0%)*

M2 76 973 76 109 (+1.1%) 77 436 (-0.6%) 66 571 (+15.6%)*

M3 107 967 106 657 (+1.2%) 105 032 (+2.8%) 81 933 (+31.8%)

BANKS -

DEPOSITS 69 509 68 393 (+1.6%) 70 063 (-0.8%) 59 916 (+16.0%)*

LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG 72 024 69 560 (+3.5%) 66 223 (+8.8%) 51 874 (+38.8%)*

LOAN/DEPOSIT RATIO 103.6* 101.7% 94.5* 86.6%

AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO 49.6* 52.6* 53.6% 48.3%

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DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES -

DEPOS1TS 30 994 30 548 (+1.5%) 27 596 (+12.3%) 15 362 (+101.8%)

LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG 17 581 16 742 (+5.0%) 14 552 (+20.8%) 10 328 (+70.2%)

LOAN/DEPOSIT RATIO 56.7% 54.8% 52.7% 67.2%

AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO + 41.9% 44.6% 49.0%

BANKS AND DEPOSITTAKING COMPANIES -

TOTAL CREDIT TO THE ECONOMY 89 605 86 302 (+3.8%) 80 775 (+10.9%) 62 202 (+44.1%)

K THESE FIGURES ARE RECALCULATED TO EXCLUDE BANKS’ LIABILITIES TO, AND CLAIMS ON, DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES.

+ THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENT FOR DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES TO OBSERVE A MINIMUM LIQUID ASSETS RATIO CAME INTO FORCE ON JANUARY 1, 1980.

MONEY SUPPLY

THE MONEY SUPPLY ON THE NARROWEST DEFINITION, Ml (NOTES AND COINS WITH THE PUBLIC, PLUS DEMAND DEPOSITS, OTHER THAN FROM BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES, WITH LICENSED BANKS) FELL BY 1.3 PER CENT IN APRIL, AFTER A REDUCTION OF 6.2 PER CENT IN MARCH, REFLECTING A FURTHER SEASONAL FALL OF 3.3 PER CENT IN NOTES AND COIN HELD BY THE PUBLIC.

M2 (Ml PLUS SAVINGS AND TIME DEPOSITS, OTHER THAN FROM BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES, WITH LICENSED BANKS) ROSE BY 1.1 PER CENT IN APRIL, AGAINST A 2.7 PER CENT FALL IN MARCH.

M3 (M2 PLUS PUBLIC DEPOSITS WITH DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES) ROSE BY 1.2 PER CENT, FOLLOWING A FALL OF 1.0 PER CENT IN MARCH. IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS M3 ROSE BY 2.8 PER CENT, AS COMPARED WITH A RISE OF 12.2 PER CENT IN THE THREE MONTHS TO THE END OF JANUARY 1980.

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CREDIT TO THE ECONOMY

BANK LOANS IN HONG KONG ROSE IN APRIL BY 3.5 PER CENT, WELL UP FROM THE MARCH INCREASE OF 0.4 PER CENT. LOANS IN HONG KONG BY DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ROSE IN APRIL BY 5.0 PER CENT, WELL DOWN FROM THE MARCH RISE OF 9.4 PER CENT.

AS A RESULT, TOTAL LOANS IN HONG KONG ROSE BY 3.8 PER CENT IN APRIL, AGAINST A 2.0 PER CENT INCREASE IN MARCH. BUT, IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS, TOTAL LOANS IN HONG KONG ROSE BY 10.9 PER CENT, SHARPLY DOWN FROM THE 15.3 PER CENT RISE IN THE PREVIOUS THREE MONTHS.

BALANCE SHEET RATIOS

THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO FOR ALL BANKS IN HONG KONG FELL IN APRIL TO 49.6 PER CENT FROM 52.6 PER CENT IN MARCH. THE LOANS/DEPOSIT RATIO HOWEVER CONTINUED TO RISE TO 103.6 PER CENT AT THE END OF APRIL, FROM 101.7 PER CENT AT THE END OF MARCH.

THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO FOR ALL DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ALSO FELL IN APRIL TO 41.9 PER CENT FROM 44.6 PER CENT IN MARCH. THE LOAN/DEPOSIT RATIO AT THE END OF APRIL HOWEVER ROSE TO 56.7 PER CENT FROM 54.8 PER CENT.

NUMBER OF REPORTING INSTITUTIONS

THE NUMBER OF REPORTING BANKS ROSE BY TWO IN APRIL TO 112. ONE MORE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY BEGAN TO REPORT DURING THE MONTH, BRINGING THEIR TOTAL TO 273.

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PROGRESS OF SOCIETY DEPENDS VERY MUCH ON THE EVER-CREATIVE AND EVER-PROGRESSIVE SPIRIT OF THE YOUNGER GENERATION, ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR AUGUSTINE CHUI KAM, SAID TODAY.

MR CHUI WAS SPEAKING AT THE SPEECH DAY OF THE DAUGHTERS OF MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS SIU MING CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL, TSUEN WAN.

MR CHUI SA-1D WHILE WE WERE DETERMINED FOR PROGRESS, WE MUST NEITHER FORGET NOR UNDERESTIMATE THE LABOUR OF THE FORMER GENERATION, WHO, IN THE EARLY DAYS, WHEN HONG KONG WAS NOT SO PROSPEROUS, HAD STARTED THEIR BUSINESSES AMID TOIL AND HARDSHIP. AND THE GOVERNMENT, FACED WITH VERY DIFFICULT SITUATIONS, HAD FOUGHT HAND IN HAND WITH THE PEOPLE TO DEVELOP VARIOUS BUILDING AND WELFARE PROJECTS.

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+WE SHOULD APPRECIATE THE SPECTACULAR ACHIEVEMENTS OF DEVELOPMENT WITH A HUMBLE AND OBJECTIVE ATTITUDE,* HE SAID.

+WE SHOULD THINK OF THE SOURCE WHILE WE ARE DRINKING WATER FROM THE STREAM, AND LEARN NEW THINGS BY STUDYING THE OLD.

+WE SHOULD TRY TO UNDERSTAND THE DIFFICULTIES SOCIETY IS FACING, AND BE CONCERNED WITH THE WELFARE OF SOCIETY.

+WE SHOULD SERVE THE PUBLIC WITH OUR CONSCIENCE AND ASPIRATION, AND WORK FOR THE WELL-BEING OF FELLOW PEOPLE.*

MR CHUI SAID TO MEET THE DEMANDS OF A FAST DEVELOPING ERA WE HAD TO BROADEN OUR ASPIRATION, ALWAYS TRY TO BE BETTER, AND ALWAYS IMPROVE OUR KNOWLEDGE.

+AT THIS STAGE, YOU SHOULD BE FULL OF CONFIDENCE AND HOPE.

♦THIS IS A FASCINATING AND BEAUTIFUL ERA.

+TO THE ABLE AND DETERMINED YOUTH, THERE WILL ALWAYS BE NEW CHANCES AND CHALLENGES.

+EVERY CHALLENGE IS A TEST AND A CHANCE TO IMPROVE.

♦WOMEN TODAY, IN PARTICULAR, ARE BECOMING MORE AND MORE IMPORTANT IN SOCIAL STATUS AND CONTRIBUTION.

+MANY WOMEN LEADERS HAVE MADE OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS, AND ARE RESPECTED AND TRUSTED BY SOCIETY.*

MR CHUI TOLD THE STUDENTS THAT IN 1963, THE YEAR WHEN MANY OF THEM WERE BORN, A STATUTORY PLAN OUTLINING THE DEVELOPMENT OF TSUEN WAN WAS OFFICIALLY APPROVED.

THE GOVERNMENT HAD DECIDED TO BUILD TSUEN WAN INTO A NEW TOWN TO SOLVE THE PRESSING PROBLEM OF POPULATION INCREASE AND TO KEEP PACE WITH FAST DEVELOPMENTS IN INDUSTRY.

IT WAS PLANNED THEN THAT TSUEN WAN WOULD ACCOMMODATE 1 200 000 PEOPLE BY 1978.

THE PLAN HAD CONSTANTLY BEEN REVISED AND IMPROVED IN THE PAST 10 YEARS TO UPGRADE THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN THE NEW TOWN ENVIRONMENT.

ALL THE TIME, THE POPULATION DENSITY HAD BEEN KEPT LOWER THAN THE ORIGINAL PLAN.

THE TOTAL POPULATION AT PRESENT WAS UNDER 700 000 AND WOULD RISE TO LESS THAN 1 000 000 IN 1986, WHEN THE DEVELOPMENT PLAN WOULD BE COMPLETED.

MR CHUI ALSO TOLD THE GIRLS THAT IN I960 THE TOTAL NUMBER OF SECONDARY STUDENTS IN HONG KONG WAS 88 500. IN 1979-80, IT HAD BEEN INCREASED TO 525 000. GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE ON EDUCATION HAD INCREASED FROM $120 MILLION IN I960 TO $2 000 MILLION IN 1979-80.

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EDUCATORS URGED TO BRIDGE SCHOOL AND LIFE

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EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES SHOULD BE INTEGRATED WITH THE CURRICULUM IN ORDER TO HELP THE STUDENTS RELATE CLASSROOM LEARNING TO REAL LIFE, MR KENNETH TOPLEY, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE 1OTH ANNIVERSARY OPEN DAY OF THE LOK SIN TONG YU KAN HING SCHOOL IN KOWLOON.

MR TOPLEY SAID CONDITIONS IN CLASSROOMS DID NOT ALWAYS APPLY TO OUR EVERYDAY LIFE, AND CHILDREN MIGHT FIND IT HARD TO RELATE BETWEEN SCHOOL AND LIFE.

+ PART OF A TEACHER’S JOB IS TO HELP THE CHILD TO MAKE THIS BRIDGE BETWEEN THE STRUCTURED WORLD OF SCHOOL AND THE REST OF LIFE, WHICH IS MUCH LESS STRUCTURED,* HE SAID.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, THE DIRECTOR FELT, COULD BE USED TO HELP BRIDGE THIS GAP.

+THEY ARE PRACTICAL, INTERESTING, REQUIRE INITIATIVE AND TAKE PLACE SOMETIMES ON AND SOMETIMES OFF SCHOOL PREMISES,* HE SAID.

HOWEVER, HE CAUTIONED THAT SUCH ACTIVITIES COULD REINFORCE THE IDEA IN THE MIND OF THE PUPIL THAT SCHOOL AND LIFE WERE DIFFERENT +UNLESS THE CHILD CAN PERCEIVE A CONNECTION BETWEEN WHAT HE DOES AS EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITY AND WHAT HE DOES IN THE CLASSROOM.*

♦THIS SUGGESTS STRONGLY THAT EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES SHOULD BE INTEGRATED WITH THE CURRICULUM, SO ONE CAN ILLUMINATE THE OTHER,* MR TOPLEY SAID.

HE SAID IMAGINATIVE CURRICULAR DEVELOPMENT WITHIN A SCHOOL WAS THE BEST WAY OF MAKING EDUCATION MORE ALIVE, AND COULD HELP TO DEEPEN A CHILD’S PERCEPTION OF PURPOSE IN EDUCATION.

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CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY NEEDS EDUCATION AND TRAINING SUPPORT ******

BOTH THE GOVERNMENT AND THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY RECOGNISE THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING TO THE INDUSTRY AND HAVE JOINTLY DONE A LOT TOWARDS THEIR PROVISION, MR GEOFFREY YEH, CHAIRMAN OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY SAID THIS EVENING.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE PRESENTATION OF TECHNICIAN EDUCATION COUNCIL (TEC) AWARDS TO 161 GRADUATES OF THE CONSTRUCTION DEPARTMENTS IN MORRISON HILL AND HAKING WONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY NEEDS AN INDUSTRIOUS AND HARDWORKING WORKFORCE TO ENSURE PRODUCTIVITY AND THE QUALITY OF WORK IT PRODUCES, MR YEH SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THIS +CAN ONLY BE ACHIEVED THROUGH SUITABLE TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING ADEQUATELY PROVIDED.*

A NUMBER OF RELEVANT COURSES WERE PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT IN THE OLD TECHNICAL COLLEGE, AND LATER IN THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY WAS SET UP IN 1975, WHICH IN TURN ESTABLISHED THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRE IN 1977.

♦HOWEVER, THE CENTRE CAN ONLY ACCOMMODATE 720 TRAINEES. THERE IS THUS AN URGENT NEED FOR A SECOND CENTRE.

+ IT IS GRATIFYING THAT THE GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS THIS SCHEME AND THIS SECOND CENTRE IS DUE TO BE BUILT AT KWAI CHUNG,* MR YEH SAID.

HE CONGRATULATED THE GRADUATES WHO RECEIVED THE AWARDS AND SAID IT WAS HIGHLY SIGNIFICANT THAT THE TEC PROGRAMMES THEY UNDERTOOK WERE SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO SUIT THE NEEDS OF HONG KONG.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, MR DAN WATERS, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (TECHNICAL) SAID ALL THE TEC COURSES RUN IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES WERE EXTERNALLY MODERATED.

♦THE DETAILS OF OUR COURSES ARE SUBMITTED TO TEC WHO CAREFULLY SCRUTINIZED EVERY ASPECT OF EACH PROGRAMME TO MAKE SURE THAT STANDARDS ARE SAFEGUARDED,* HE SAID.

+WE ALSO WELCOME COMMENTS AND CRITICISM FROM EMPLOYERS AS WELL AS FEED-BACK FROM STUDENTS,* MR WATERS SAID.

BY SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR IT IS EXPECTED THAT 28 TECHNICIAN PROGRAMMES RUN BY TECHNICAL INSTITUTES WOULD BE VALIDATED BY TEC, HE SAID.

THE 161 GRADUATES RECEIVING THE CERTIFICATES AND DIPLOMAS ARE THE FIRST GROUP OF STUDENTS OUTSIDE THE UNITED KINGDOM TO RECEIVE TEC AWARDS.

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EXCHANGE OF VIEWS BY SPORTS BODIES M * * * *

THE COMMUNITY RECREATION COMMITTEE OF THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT WILL HOLD A SERIES OF MEETINGS WITH LOCAL SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS ON THREE SATURDAYS DURING THIS MONTH AND JULY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COUNCIL SAID THE MEETINGS WERE BEING HELD TO DISCUSS MATTERS OF MUTUAL INTEREST, THE FUNCTIONS OF THE COUNCIL, ITS AFFILIATED COMMITTEES AND THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE.

LOCAL SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS ARE BEING INVITED TO ATTEND THE hEETINGS IN GROUPS SO AS TO ENABLE A BETTER EXCHANGE OF IDEAS.

THE MEETINGS WILL BE IN SEMINAR FORM AND WILL BE PRESIDED BY W F.K. HU, CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMUNITY RECREATION COMMITTEE OF THE COUNCIL.

THEY WILL BE HELD ON JUNE 7, 15 AND JULY 5 BEGINNING AT 9.15 AM IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CHAMBER.

AT EACH OF THE MEETINGS, THE PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS (RECREATION AND CULTURE), MR DAVID LAN, WILL TALK ABOUT THE FUNCTIONS OF THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT.

THE WORK OF ITS VARIOUS COMMITTEES WILL BE OUTLINED BY THE RESPECTIVE CHAIRMEN, WHILE THE PRINCIPAL RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER, MR DICKEN YUNG, WILL TALK ABOUT THE ROLE OF THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE.

FOLLOWING THESE THERE WILL BE AN OPEN FORUM.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE MEETINGS BETWEEN THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT AND LOCAL SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS. THE MEETINGS WILL BE HELD THIS SATURDAY (JUNE 7) AND ON JUNE 14 AND JULY 5 IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CHAMBER, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, BEGINNING AT 9.15 AM AND ENDING AT NOON.

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THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE OF INQUIRY INTO THE RATE OF IMPRISONMENT IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA, MR OLIVER DIXON, AND A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, MR RALPH WILSON, ARE MAKING A SPECIAL VISIT TO HONG KONG TO STUDY THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT’S +SHORT SHARP SHOCK* DETENTION CENTRE PROGRAMME FOR YOUNG OFFENDERS.

AFTER A VISIT TO THE SHA TSUI DETENTION CENTRE TODAY, THEY HAD HIGH PRAISE FOR THE PROGRAMME WHICH THEY DESCRIBED AS ♦ENORMOUSLY IMPRESSIVE, A REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT AND ONE FROM WHICH WE COULD ALL LEARN.*

ACCORDING TO MR DIXON, THE COMMITTEE OF INQUIRY WAS APPOINTED BY HIS GOVERNMENT TO LOOK INTO ALTERNATIVES TO IMPRISONMENT IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA. MR WILSON IS THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF POLICE IN THE COUNTRY.

THEIR VISIT TO SHA TSUI WAS ACCOMPANIED BY MR GARTH HYDES, ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF PRISONS, AND MR I.K. BHAGAT, SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT (YOUNG OFFENDERS). THEY TOURED THE CENTRE AND WERE BRIEFED ON THE VARIOUS FACILITIES AND TRAINING PROGRAMMES PROVIDED.

EARLIER IN THE DAY, THEY MET AND HAD TALKS WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF PRISONS, MR THOMAS GARNER.

THE SUCCESS RATE FOR ALL YOUNG OFFENDERS AT THE DETENTION CENTRE AT THE END.OF ONE YEAR AFTER RELEASE IS NOW OVER 96 PER CENT. AT THE END OF THREE YEARS, THE RATE REMAINS HIGH AT 77 PER CENT FOR THOSE AGED UNDER 21.

THE THREE-YEAR SUCCESS RATE FOR YOUNG ADULTS AGED BETWEEN 21 AND 25 HAS YET TO BE ASSESSED AS THE FIRST DETAINEE WAS ONLY RELEASED IN MARCH 1978.

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YOUNG MUSICIANS OFFERED INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS

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THE INTERNATIONAL MENUHIN MUSIC ACADEMY IN GSTAAD, SWITZERLAND HAS OFFERED TWO PLACES TO YOUNG MUSICIANS FROM HONG KONG.

AUDITIONS FOR THESE TWO PLACES WERE COMPLETED IN MARCH THROUGH ARRANGEMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT’S MUSIC OFFICE.

THE SCHOLARSHIPS WILL BE SPONSORED BY THE JUBILEE TRUST OF THE SWISS BANK CORPORATION IN BASLE AND THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB MUSIC FUND.

THE SCHOLARS CHOSEN ARE MR LUNG HEUNG-FAI AND MR LAWRENCE CHENG. MR LUNG IS A 19-YEAR OLD VIOLINIST AND A SECOND YEAR STUDENT OF THE HONG KONG CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC. HE IS ALSO AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF LOCAL ORCHESTRAS.

MR CHENG IS A 20-YEAR OLD SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENT, A MEMBER OF THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND A PRIZE-WINNER IN THE HONG KONG SCHOOLS MUSIC FESTIVAL.

BESIDES PURSUING STUDIES IN GSTAAD, THEY WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO APPEAR IN CONCERTS IN SWITZERLAND, FRANCE, GERMANY AND DENMARK. THEY WILL ALSO TAKE PART IN CONCERTS IN THE UK, IN LONDON, EDINBURGH, AND ABERDEEN, AND STAY A FULL MONTH IN LISBON.

THE SCHOLARSHIPS WILL BE HELD FOR 15 MONTHS BEGINNING THIS OCTOBER.

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RETIREMENT OF DIRECTOR OF MARINE

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MR M.J. ALEXANDER, DIRECTOR OF MARINE, WILL GO ON PRERETIREMENT LEAVE ON JUNE 13 AFTER 25 YEARS’ SERVICE WITH THE MARINE DEPARTMENT.

TO MARK THE OCCASION, MR P.E.J. DAVY, DIRECTOR DESIGNATE, WILL PRESENT A FAREWELL GIFT TO MR ALEXANDER ON BEHALF OF HIS COLLEAGUES AT 4.30 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY AT THE MARINE DIRECTOR’S OFFICE AT 102 CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL.

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CONTRACTS SIGNED FOR RECREATION PROJECTS * * * *

THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TODAY LET THREE BUILDING CONTRACTS AT A TOTAL VALUE OF MORE THAN $426 000 FOR VARIOUS RECREATIONAL PROJECTS IN KOWLOON AND ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

THE FIRST CONTRACT, WORTH MORE THAN $182 000, IS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A HARD-SURFACE MINI-SOCCER PITCH AT EDE ROAD, KOWLOON. THIS PROJECT WILL TAKE ABOUT FOUR MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE SECOND ONE, VALUED ABOUT $143 000, IS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO ADDITIONAL BASKETBAtL COURTS ON A SITE NEXT TO THE EXISTING HARD-SURFACE FOOTBALL PITCH AT KOWLOON TSAI PARK. WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL BE COMPLETED IN AUGUST.

THE LAST CONTRACT IS TO PROVIDE A REST GARDEN WITH SITTING BENCHES, FLOWER BEDS AND ARBOURS IN WAN CHAI.

THE GARDEN, COSTING JUST OVER $100 000 TO BUILD, IS LOCATED AT THE JUNCTION OF TAK YAN STREET AND WAN CHAI ROAD. IT WILL BE READY FOR USE IN ABOUT FOUR MONTHS.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED AT CHOI HUNG ESTATE OVER THE WEEKEND FROM 9 PM ON SATURDAY (JUNE 7) TO 7 AM ON MONDAY.

THE ARRANGEMENTS WILL FACILITATE WATER WORKS AT THE JUNCTION OF LAM CHUNG AVENUE AND LUK LAU AVENUE IN THE ESTATE.

DURING THIS PERIOD, THE SOUTHBOUND LANE LEADING FROM LAM CHUNG AVENUE TO PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST WILL BE CLOSED.

AS LUK LAU AVENUE WILL THEN BECOME THE ONLY EXIT FOR VEHICLES FROM THE ESTATE, THE EXISTING PUBLIC LIGHT BUS PROHIBITION THERE WILL BE TEMPORARILY LIFTED TO ALLOW PLB’S ENTERING FROM PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST TO LEAVE.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JUNE 6, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GREEN PAPER ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION IN HONG KONG ...... 1

WATER POLLUTION CONTROL PROPOSALS ........................ 5

PROPOSED BAN ON PYRAMID SELLING .......................... 6

SENIOR APPOINTMENTS ...................................... 8

NEW TAC CHAIRMAN APPOINTED ............................... 9

NT HAWKER LICENCE FEES REVISED .......................... 10

GREATER PROTECTION FOR RAPE VICTIMS ..................... 11

SECOND THROUGH TRAIN TO GUANGZHOU TO BE RETIMED ......... 12

DIRECTOR OF KARINE RETIRES .............................. 1j

NEW LAW ON FRAUDULENT BUSINESS TRANSFERS................. 1A

FREE LEGAL ADVICE CENTRE IN TSUEN WAN PROVING SUCCESSFUL ..aa.aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa 14

FACILITIES FOR POWER TRANSMISSION ....................... 15

DISPLAY OF PRISON WORK TOMORROW.......................... 16

NEW BUS TERMINUS IN QUARRY BAY .......................... 16

WALKWAY CHANGES NEAR CiLiTER STATION .................... 17

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GREEN PAPER ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION IN HONG KONG

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A GREEN PAPER ENTITLED *A 'PATTERN OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION IN HONG KONG* WAS PUBLISHED BY THE GOVERNMENT TODAY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT.

THE PAPER PUTS FORWARD PROPOSALS PRINCIPALLY DIRECTED TO THE BETTER CO-ORDINATION AND RESPONSIVENESS OF ADMINISTRATION AT DISTRICT LEVEL, AND TO THE GREATER PARTICIPATION OF THE RESIDENTS OF EACH DISTRICT IN IT.

THE SUGGESTED CHANGES INDICATE GOVERNMENT’S PRIME CONCERN WITH IMPROVING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF LOCAL ADMINISTRATION AND WITH STRENGTHENING THE LINKS BETWEEN CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AND THE DISTRICTS.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT AS CENTRAL DIRECTION HAD TO BE MAINTAINED, WITH STABILITY BEING VITALLY IMPORTANT, THERE COULD BE W QUESTION QE CHANGING THE STATUS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OR THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL OR OF ALTERING THE FUNCTIONS OF THE URBAN COUNCIL.

MOREOVER BUDGETARY POLICY, THE CONTROL OF PUBLIC SERVICES AND OF THE MAIN PROGRAMMES OF SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC IMPROVEMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO BE CENTRALLY DIRECTED.

♦BUT THERE IS MUCH SCOPE* HE SAID +FOR THE INHABITANTS OF INDIVIDUAL DISTRICTS TO HAVE MORE SAY OVER THE IMPACT, ADEQUACY AMD EFFECTIVENESS OF THESE CENTRAL SERVICES AND POLICIES, AND TO HAVE BETTER AND MORE UNIFORM CHANNELS FOR BRINGING THEIR VIEWS TO BEAR ON THE GOVERNMENT.*

STRESSING THE FACT THAT THE GREEN PAPER WAS A CONSULTATIVE DOCUMENT THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE PROPOSALS WERE PRESENTED IN THE BELIEF THAT THERE WAS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT IN THE DAY-TO-DAY MANAGEMENT OF DISTRICT AFFAIRS.

THIS COULD BEST BE ACHIEVED, IT WAS FELT, THROUGH THE STIMULUS OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.

THREE MONTHS HAD BEEN SET ASIDE FOR THOSE INTERESTED TO STUDY ALL ASPECTS OF THE PLAN AND, BASED ON COMMENTS RECEIVED, IT WAS HOPED TO INTRODUCE THE NECESSARY LEGISLATION EARLY NEXT YEAR, FOLLOWING PUBLICATION OF A WHITE PAPER.

THE GREEN PAPER RELATED BOTH TO THE NEW TERRITORIES AND TO THE URBAN AREA OF KOWLOON AND HONG KONG ISLAND.

FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES IT WAS SUGGESTEDl

* TO INTRODUCE AN ELECTED ELEMENT TO DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARDS>(WHICH WOULD BE RETITLED DISTRICT BOARDS)-

» EACH ELECTED MEMBER WOULD REPRESENT A SEPARATE CONSTITUENCY IN THE AREA SERVED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD-

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IN THE URBAN AREA IT WAS SUGGESTED 1

M THAT DISTRICT BOARDS COMPRISING OFFICIALS AND APPOINTED UNOFFICIALS BE ESTABLISHED TO ADVISE ON MATTERS AFFECTING THE WELLBEING OF RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT AND THE PROVISION OF GOVERNMENT SERVICES. THEIR TERMS—QE REFERENCE WILL TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE EXISTING RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE URBAN COUNCIL. THIS THEREFORE MEANS THEY WILL NOT BE QUITE AS WIDE AS THOSE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT BOARDS.

* THAT THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE SYSTEM ALREADY ESTABLISHED IN KWUN TONG BE EXTENDED TO OTHER URBAN DISTRICTS. THE COMMITTEE WHICH CONSISTS OF OFFICIALS IS MAINLY CONCERNED WITH CO-ORDINATING DEPARTMENTAL ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT WHILE THE PROPOSALS WERE PRIMARILY CONCERNED WITH IMPROVING ADMINISTRATION AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND THE URBAN AREA, THERE COULD BE CONSEQUENTIAL CHANGES FOR THE URBAN COUNCIL ESPECIALLY TO DO WITH THE METHOD OF ELECTION OF ITS MEMBERS. IN VIEW OF THE PROPOSALS FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, IT WOULD BE LOGICAL TO REPLACE THE PRESENT RESTRICTED FRANCHISE BY INTRODUCING ADULT SUFFRAGE FOR URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS.

IT WOULD ALSO BE FOR CONSIDERATION WHETHER THE DISTRICT FOCUS IN THE URBAN AREA COULD BE GIVEN EVEN GREATER CLARITY. AND THE WORK OF MEMBERS OF THE URBAN COUNCIL BROADENED BY THE INTRODUCTION OF THE FOLLOWING NEW ARRANGEMENTSi

M ELECTIONS TO BE HELD ON A CONSTITUENCY BASIS, WITH THE URBAN AREA BEING DIVIDED INTO EIGHT DISTRICTS, SEVEN CONTAINING TWO CONSTITUENCIES AND A SMALLER ONE CONTAINING ONE CONSTITUENCY. EACH WOULD RETURN ONE ELECTED MEMBER TO THE URBAN COUNCIL. THE NUMBER OF APPOINTED MEMBERS WOULD BE INCREASED TO FIFTEEN MAINTAINING THE BALANCE BETWEEN ELECTED AND APPOINTED MEMBERS-

M SEATS TO BE RESERVED ON DISTRICT BOARDS FOR URBAN COUNCIL MEMBERS ELECTED FOR THE CONSTITUENCIES IN THAT DISTRICT SO THAT THEY COULD PARTICIPATE IN THE BOARDS’ WORK-

* SIMILARLY, SEATS TO BE RESERVED FOR APPOINTED MEMBERS ON DISTRICT BOARDS OF THEIR CHOICE.

COMMENTING ON THE PROPOSALS FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE SHIFT IN POPULATION, REFLECTED BY THE RAPID GROWTH OF THE NEW TOWNS. ACCENTUATED THE NEED TO PROVIDE FOR LOCAL PARTICIPATION IN THE MANAGEMENT OF THOSE COMMUNITIES.

ALTHOUGH MANY RESIDENTS OF THE NEW TOWNS WERE QUALIFIED TO VOTE FOR THE URBAN COUNCIL ITS FUNCTIONS HAD LITTLE RELEVANCE TO THEIR DAILY LIVES, AND WOULD HAVE PROGRESSIVELY LESS AS A FULL RANGE OF CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES WERE DEVELOPED IN THE NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICTS.

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♦THIS IS CLEARLY ANOMALOUS,+ SAID THE SPOKESMAN. +WHAT IS NEEDED IS THAT THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE PRESENT COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVES ON THE NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT BOARDS BE MORE CLEARLY RECOGNISED, AND THAT THE WEIGHT OF THEIR ADVICE BE GIVEN GREATER AUTHORITY.*

IT WAS ANTICIPATED, HE SAID, THAT THE WORK OF THE BOARDS SHOULD GENERATE GREATER INTEREST BY LOCAL RESIDENTS +BY VIRTUE OF THE ADDED SPUR OF ACCOUNTABILITY. WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF A CONSTITUENCY BASIS FOR ELECTIONS TO THE BOARDS THERE WOULD BE A COMMUNITY OF INTEREST BETWEEN THE ELECTORATE AND ITS REPRESENTATIVES.*

THE PRECISE COMPOSITION OF THE DISTRICT BOARDS MIGHT VARY IN EACH DISTRICT ACCORDING TO LOCAL CIRCUMSTANCES, BUT IT WAS ENVISAGED THAT IN GENERAL TERMS THEY WOULD COMPRISE DIRECTLY ELECTED MEMBERS. THE CHAIRMEN OF THE RURAL COMMITTEES ELECTED AS AT PRESENT, APPOINTED MEMBERS AND OFFICIALS. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD WOULD BE THE TOWN MANAGER OR DISTRICT OFFICER.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT IT WAS NOT INTENDED TO CHANGE THE PART PLAYED BY THE HEUNG YEE KUK, RURAL COMMITTEES OR VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVES. \

HE EXPLAINED! +THEY WILL CONTINUE TO PLAY THEIR TRADITIONAL VALUABLE ROLE, NOT ONLY IN THE RURAL AREAS BUT ALSO AS REPRESENTATIVES OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES LIVING IN THE MORE DEVELOPED AREAS.

♦THEY WILL PROVIDE A MEANS BY WHICH THEIR PARTICULAR INTERESTS IN LAND, RURAL HOUSING AND RURAL TRADITION CAN BE DISCUSSED WITH GOVERNMENT.*

GOVERNMENT WILL WISH TO LEARN THE VIEWS OF SUCH BODIES ON THE PROPOSALS AT FIRST HAND.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE FUNCTION OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT BOARDS HAD BEEN TO EXAMINE THOSE PARTS OF CENTRAL PROGRAMME WHICH AFFECT TOWNS AND DISTRICTS, AND TO STIMULATE AND *TO GUIDE DEPARTMENTAL OFFICIALS ACROSS THE WHOLE SPECTRUM OF LOCAL ADMINISTRATION THROUGH ADVICE AND DISCUSSION.*

EIGHT OF THESE BOARDS HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED COVERING ALL

DISTRICTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

HE SAIDi +THOUGH STILL NEW, CLEARLY FILL A DEEPLY-FELT LOCAL PROPOSES BUILDING ON THEM AS THE PARTICIPATION.

THEY ARE FUNCTIONING WELL AND NEED. THE GOVERNMENT, THEREFORE, BASIS FOR LOCAL ADVICE AND

♦THE PROPOSALS ARE PUT FORWARD FOR A MORE FORMAL AND COHERENT FRAMEWORK FOR CONTACT, DISCUSSION, STIMULUS, AND ADVICE BETWEEN COMMUNITIES IN EACH DISTRICT AND THE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR MANAGEMENT AND IMPROVEMENT.*

AS FOR THE PROPOSALS FOR THE URBAN AREA, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE EXPERIMENT IN KWUN TONG WHICH WAS ALREADY PROVING SUCCESSFUL HAD INDICATED THAT THERE WAS CONSIDERABLE SCOPE FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE CO-ORDINATION AND RESPONSIVENESS OF GOVERNMENT SERVICES AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL.

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OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS, THEREFORE, IT WAS INTENDED TO EXTEND THE SCHEME TO THE OTHER DISTRICTS OF HONG KONG AND KOWLOON.

AS A NEXT STEP IT WAS PROPOSED THAT ONCE EACH URBAN DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE WAS ESTABLISHED ITS OPERATION SHOULD BE REINFORCED BY THE APPOINTMENT OF A DISTRICT BOARD. THEY, LIKE THE DISTRICT BOARDS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, WOULD BE CHAIRED BY AN OFFICIAL, IN THIS CASE THE CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS.

THE BOARDS WOULD INCLUDE A NUCLEUS OF GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, TOGETHER WITH UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS APPOINTED FROM THE DISTRICT INCLUDING REPRESENTATIVES OF AREA COMMITTEES, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, KAIFONGS AND OTHER ACTIVE BODIES.

HOWEVER, THEIR TERMS OF REFERENCE WOULD NOT BE QUITE AS WIDE AS THOSE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES BOARDS, BECAUSE IT WAS NECESSARY TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE EXISTING RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE URBAN COUNCIL WHICH WOULD NOT BE CHANGED.

♦THE URBAN COUNCIL,* SAID THE SPOKESMAN, +HAD FULLY DEMONSTRATED ITS WORTH OVER THE YEARS.+

THE URBAN DISTRICT BOARDS WOULD ALSO DIFFER FROM THEIR NEW TERRITORIES COUNTERPARTS IN THAT MEMBERSHIP WOULD BE BY APPOINTMENT, NOT BY ELECTION, TO AVOID DUPLICATION OF THE ELECTORAL SYSTEM.

IT WAS NOT PROPOSED THAT CANDIDATES FOR ELECTION SHOULD IECESSARILY BE RESIDENT IN THE CONSTITUENCY FOR WHICH THEY STAND, THOUGH IT WAS CLEARLY DESIRABLE THAT THEY SHOULD BE ASSOCIATED WITH THAT CONSTITUENCY.

♦MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE URGED TO MAKE THEIR VIEWS KNOWN,♦ HE SAID. +THEY CAN DO SO BY WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT SERVICES, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG.* DISCUSSIONS WILL ALSO BE CARRIED ON IN THE NORMAL WAY BY HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

VIEWS SHOULD BE EXPRESSED BY AUGUST 31, I960.

FOLLOWING THE PERIOD OF PUBLIC DISCUSSION IT WAS ENVISAGED THAT A WHITE PAPER CONTAINING FIRM PROPOSALS WOULD BE PUBLISHED BY THE END OF THE YEAR WITH A VIEW TO INTRODUCING THE NECESSARY LEGISLATION EARLY IN 1981.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT REVISED ELECTORAL ROLLS FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES AND THE URBAN AREA COULD THEN BE DRAWN UP OVER THE FOLLOWING NINE MONTHS.

THEREFORE, HE SAID, THE FIRST ELECTION UNDER THE NEW SYSTEM COULD BE HELD IN MARCH, 1982.

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WATER POLLUTION CONTROL PROPOSALS ******

THE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION WHICH WOULD ENSURE THAT HONG KONG’S STREAMS, NULLAHS AND TERRITORIAL WATERS ARE NOT POLLUTED - AND THAT THOSE WATERWAYS THAT ARE DETERIORATING ARE CLEANED UP.

THE NECESSARY REGULATORY MEASURES ARE INCORPORATED IN THE WATER POLLUTION CONTROL BILL 1980, TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE NEXT FRIDAY.

THE PURPOSE OF THE BILL, SAID A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN, IS TO PROVIDE THE FRAMEWORK WITHIN WHICH SPECIFIC CONTROLS TO DIMINISH THE POLLUTION OF THE STREAMS, RIVERS AND TERRITORIAL WATERS COULD BE APPLIED.

HE SAID, *THE NEED TO LIMIT, AND IN SOME CASES DIMINISH, THE LEVEL OF POLLUTION IN THE WATERS, BOTH INLAND AND MARINE, HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED BY A SERIES OF CONSULTANTS EMPLOYED BY THE GOVERNMENT IN PAST YEARS.*

FURTHER DELAYS IN TACKLING THE PROBLEM, HE SAID, COULD MAKE IT INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT TO INTRODUCE THE NECESSARY CONTROLS WITHOUT UNDULY AFFECTING EXISTING INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG.

THEREFORE, THE GOVERNMENT HAS DEVISED A DETERMINED AND POSITIVE APPROACH TO THE PROBLEM.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IN PREPARING THE DRAFT LEGISLATION CONSIDERABLE ATTENTION HAD BEEN PAID TO THE NEED TO CREATE A BALANCE BETWEEN ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC FACTORS.

HE EXPLAINED, *IT IS TRUE THAT THE TERMS OF THE DRAFT BILL ARE GENEROUS IN TAKING ACCOUNT OF THE NEEDS OF INDUSTRY, BUT IT IS FELT THAT A SATISFACTORY BALANCE HAS BEEN STRUCK.*

THE MAIN PROVISIONS AREi

* THE GOVERNOR, AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE (EPCOM) WOULD BE ALLOWED TO DECLARE ANY PART OF HONG KONG WATERS A WATER CONTROL ZONE. THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT THEN WOULD ESTABLISH WATER QUALITY OBJECTIVES, AND ZONAL AUTHORITIES WOULD NEED TO ENSURE THESE OBJECTIVES WERE ACHIEVED AND MAINTAINED.

* CONTROL OVER DISCHARGES AND DEPOSITS INTO ANY PARTICULAR ZONE WOULD BE PROVIDED BY REQUIRING THOSE ALREADY DISCHARGING EFFLUENT TO OBTAIN AN EXEMPTION FOR THEIR DISCHARGE. FUTURE DISCHARGES WOULD BE SUBJECT TO CAREFUL SCRUTINY AND WOULD REQUIRE A LICENCE.

THE PENALTIES FOR FAILING TO OBTAIN A LICENCE BY A SPECIFIED DATE WOULD BE A MAXIMUM FINE OF $50 000 FOR THE FIRST OFFENCE, $100 000 FOR A SECOND OR SUBSEQUENT OFFENCE, AND A FURTHER FINE OF $500 DAILY IF THE OFFENCE WAS PROVED TO BE A CONTINUING ONE.

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THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE MAJOR PRINCIPLE OF THE LEGISLATION WOULD BE ITS FLEXIBILITY.

♦CONTROL MEASURES WOULD BE IMPLEMENTED BY STAGES. WITH AREAS BEING DESIGNATED AND CERTAIN TYPES OF INDUSTRY CONTROLLED AT SPECIFIC TIMES,♦ HE SAID.

HE ALSO STRESSED THAT IF ANY PART OF THE WATERS OF HONG KONG WERE IN SUCH A CONDITION AS TO BE A DANGER TO PUBLIC HEALTH. EXEMPTIONS AND LICENCES COULD BE EITHER CANCELLED OR AMENDED.

♦IT IS CONSIDERED ESSENTIAL THAT GOVERNMENT RETAINS THE RIGHT TO CANCEL OR VARY A LICENCE SO AS TO MEET NEW DEVELOPMENTS OR RECTIFY ERRORS IN GRANTING SUCH A LICENCE IN THE FIRST PLACE,♦ SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

IF IT WERE FOUND NECESSARY TO DO SO A PROVISION IN THE BILL WOULD ALLOW FOR THE PAYMENT OF COMPENSATION.

PROVISIONS FOR APPEALS WOULD BE BROADLY IN LINE WITH THOSE INCORPORATED IN THE WASTE DISPOSAL ORDINANCE 1980 INCLUDING PROVISION FOR THE SETTING UP OF AN APPEALS BOARD TO CONSIDER GRIEVANCES IN CONNECTION WITH THE NEW CONTROLS. AS IN THE CASE OF THE WASTE DISPOSAL ORDINANCE THE PROVISIONS OF THIS BILL WILL APPLY ALSO TO THE CROWN.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT CONSULTATIONS ON THE BILL HAD BEEN HELD WITH THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE. BODIES REPRESENTATIVE OF INDUSTRY SUCH AS THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION, THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRY AND THE HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, THE URBAN COUNCIL. THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON DIVERSIFICATION AND WITHIN GOVERNMENT ITSELF.

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A BILL WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO PROHIBIT PYRAMID SELLING IN HONG KONG.

THE PYRAMID SELLING PROHIBITION BILL I960, PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE, DEFINES PYRAMID SELLING AND MAKES IT AN OFFENCE TO PROMOTE SUCH A SELLING SCHEME.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT A PYRAMID SELLING SCHEME IS A SCHEME FOR THE SALE OF GOODS OR SERVICES WHICH HAS THE FOLLOWING FEATURES -

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* A PARTICIPANT HAS THE RIGHT TO RECRUIT OTHERS INTO THE SCHEME WHO MAY RECRUIT FURTHER PERSONS- AND

* A PARTICIPANT RECEIVES A REWARD AFTER RECRUITING A PERSON INTO THE SCHEME WHICH IS BASED OTHERWISE THAN ON THE FAIR MARKET VALUE OF GOODS OR SERVICES ACTUALLY SOLD EITHER BY HIM OR BY OR THROUGH THE PERSON WHOM HE HAS RECRUITED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAIDt + IN ORTHODOX DIRECT SALES SCHEMES PARTICIPANTS OTHER THAN SALARIED EMPLOYEES GENERALLY RECEIVE THEIR REMUNERATION BY MEANS OF A COMMISSION ON THE GOODS THEY SELL. THEY MAY RECRUIT OTHERS INTO THE SCHEME BUT THEY ONLY RECEIVE A REWARD FOR DOING SO BASED ON GOODS OR SERVICES ACTUALLY SOLD BY OR THROUGH THEIR RECRUITS.

♦PYRAMID SELLING IS A VARIATION ON THIS IN WHICH THE RECRUITING OF NEW PARTICIPANTS BECOMES THE PRIMARY CONSIDERATION, WITH A PERSON RECRUITING OTHERS AND RECEIVING A REWARD EVEN WHERE THOSE OTHERS DO NOT SELL ANY GOODS OR SERVICES.*

HE SAID PYRAMID SELLING SCHEMES WERE OBJECTIONABLE FOR TWO REASONS:

* THEY SERVED NO ECONOMIC PURPOSE BECAUSE THE GOODS OFFERED FOR SALE WERE NOT GENERALLY BOUGHT BY PEOPLE ABLE TO USE THEM. THE GOODS TENDED RATHER TO FINISH UP STOCKPILED IN THE POSSESSION OF UNSUCCESSFUL PARTICIPANTS IN THE SCHEME, UNABLE TO FIND A MARKET. SUCH PARTICIPANTS TURNED INSTEAD TO RECRUITING FURTHER PARTICIPANTS IN ORDER TO RECOVER ANY SUMS THEY HAD THEMSELVES PAID TO JOIN THE SCHEME.

* PARTICIPANTS WERE LURED INTO SUCH SCHEMES BY THE PROMISES OF LARGE REWARDS WHICH COULD SELDOM BE ACHIEVED. IT WAS MORE USUAL FOR A PARTICIPANT TO LOSE THE MONEY THAT HE PAID TO JOIN THE SCHEME.

ACCORDING TO THE SPOKESMAN TENDED TO USE SOPHISTICATED AND TECHNIQUES.

THE ORGANISERS OF SUCH SCHEMES HIGH PRESSURE RECRUITMENT

+THERE IS EVIDENCE THAT IN HONG KONG THEY TEND TO ATTRACT GULLIBLE YOUNG PEOPLE, WHO HAVING JUST LEFT SCHOOL, ARE DRAWN BY PROMISES OF RICH REWARDS AND ARE INSUFFICIENTLY MATURE TO REALISE THAT THOSE REWARDS ARE UNLIKELY TO BE REALISED,* HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THERE WAS GENERAL AGREEMENT AROUND THE WORLD THAT PYRAMID SELLING SCHEMES WERE OBJECTIONABLE, AND MANY COUNTRIES HAD INTRODUCED LEGISLATION TO PROHIBIT OR CONTROL THEM.

HOWEVER, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF REPUTABLE DIRECT SELLING ORGANISATIONS USING SALESMEN WORKING ON A COMMISSION BASIS OPERATING IN HONG KONG, AND THE BILL HAS BEEN CAREFULLY DRAFTED TO EXCLUDE THEM FROM ITS OPERATION.

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SENIOR APPOINTMENTS ft ft ft ft *

SIR DONALD LUDDINGTON, COMMISSIONER OF THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION WILL BE RETIRING IN NOVEMBER THIS YEAR AND WILL BE SUCCEEDED BY MR PETER WILLIAMS.

MR JOHN CHAMBERS WILL SUCCEED MR WILLIAMS AS SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE STANDING COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE.

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR THOMAS LEE CHUN-YON, WILL ALSO BE RETIRING LATER THIS YEAR. HE WILL BE SUCCEEDED BY NR SELWYN ALLEYNE.

SIR DONALD LUDDINGTON WILL BE RETIRING AFTER 38 YEARS OF CROWN SERVICE. FOLLOWING MILITARY SERVICE DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR HE WAS APPOINTED A CADET OFFICER IN HONG KONG IN 1949. AMONG THE SENIOR POSTS HE HELD WERE DEFENCE SECRETARY, NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT COMMISSIONER AND SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS. IN 1973 HE WAS APPOINTED GOVERNOR OF THE SOLOMON ISLANDS. IN 1977 HE RETURNED TO HONG KONG AS CHAIRMAN OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION. IN 1978 HE WAS APPOINTED COMMISSIONER AGAINST CORRUPTION. SIR DONALD HAS SERVED ON BOTH THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS. HE ALSO SERVED AS HONORARY COLONEL OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT.

MR PETER WILLIAMS, WHO WILL SUCCEED AS COMMISSIONER AGAINST CORRUPTION, IS AGED 53. HE FIRST JOINED THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AS A CADET OFFICER IN 1953. HIS APPOINTMENTS HAVE INCLUDED DEFENCE SECRETARY, DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATION, AND COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR. HE HAS SERVED AS A MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. HE RETIRED FROM THE CIVIL SERVICE IN 1978 BUT RETURNED TO HONG KONG IN 1979 AS THE FIRST SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE NEW STANDING COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE.

MR JOHN CHAMBERS IS AGED 48 AND JOINED THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT SERVICE IN 1955 AS A CADET OFFICER. MOST OF HIS SERVICE HAS BEEN SPENT IN THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT, THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT. HE HAS BEEN DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES SINCE 1977 AND HAS ACTED AS SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS.

MR THOMAS LEE WILL BE RETIRING AFTER 28 YEARS’ SERVICE WITH THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, WHICH HE JOINED AS AN ASSISTANT PROBATION OFFICER IN 1952. HE WAS PROMOTED PRINCIPAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER IN 1963, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE IN 1970 AND TO DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE IN 1971. HE HAS BEEN DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE SINCE 1974 AND HAS BEEN AN OFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

MR SELWYN ALLEYNE IS AGED 49. HE FIRST JOINED THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AS AN ASSISTANT EDUCATION OFFICER IN 1956. HE WAS APPOINTED A CADET OFFICER IN THE SAME YEAR AND HAS SERVED SINCE IN THE RESETTLEMENT DEPARTMENT, THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT. HIS TWO MOST RECENT APPOINTMENTS HAVE BEEN AS DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES AND DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE. HE HAS ACTED AS SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE.

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NEW TAC CHAIRMAN APPOINTED * * *

MR T.S. LO. WHO WAS REAPPOINTED TO THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON APRIL 1 THIS YEAR, IS TO TAKE OVER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THIS COMMITTEE AS FROM JULY 1, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THE SPOKESMAN RECALLED THAT THIS IMPORTANT COMMITTEE HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN CHAIRED BY AN UNOFFICIAL UP TO 1973. SUBSEQUENTLY FOLLOWING HIS APPOINTMENT TO THE NEWLY CREATED POST OF SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, MR J.J. ROBSON ASSUMED THE CHAIRMANSHIP WHICH HE HELD UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN APRIL 1976. HIS PLACE AS CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE WAS THEN ASSUMED BY THE PRESENT SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, MR DEREK JONES.

♦MR LO IS NO STRANGER TO THE TAC, HAVING PREVIOUSLY SERVED ON THE COMMITTEE FROM 1967 TO 1973,+ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED, ♦AND HIS APPOINTMENT AS CHAIRMAN REFLECTS THE NEED FOR STRONG UNOFFICIAL INVOLVEMENT IN TRANSPORT MATTERS AT A TIME WHEN THE INCREASING BUILD-UP OF TRAFFIC ON THE ROADS AND THE RESULTANT CONGESTION WILL REQUIRE THE ADOPTION OF MEASURES WHICH MUST, OF NECESSITY, BE UNPALATABLE TO SOME ROAD USERS.♦

♦AS AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MR LO WILL ALSO BE IN A GOOD POSITION TO REPRESENT THE VIEWS OF THE TAC WHEN IMPORTANT ISSUES OF TRANSPORT POLICY COME BEFORE THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE RECALLED THAT THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERSHIP OF THE TAC HAD RECENTLY BEEN INCREASED FROM FIVE TO EIGHT AND POINTED OUT THAT THIS WAS ANOTHER INDICATION OF THE IMPORTANCE THE GOVERNMENT ATTACHED TO STRONG UNOFFICIAL INVOLVEMENT IN THE DETERMINATION OF TRANSPORT POLICY.

APART FROM HIS MEMBERSHIP OF THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS, MR LO IS ALSO CHAIRMAN OF THE PROVISIONAL BOARD OF MANAGEMENT OF THE PRINCE PHILIP DENTAL TEACHING HOSPITAL AS WELL AS CHAIRMAN OF THE ESTABLISHMENT SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, OF THE LEGISLATION GROUP OF UMELCO AND OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON TELEPHONE SERVICES.

AS SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, MR JONES WILL CONTINUE TO BE THE POLICY SECRETARY CO-ORDINATING THE WORK OF ALL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS RESPONSIBLE FOR TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT AND THE SENIOR OFFICIAL IN THIS FIELD.

HE HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE TAC CONTINUOUSLY SINCE JUNE 1971 AS, SUCCESSIVELY, DEPUTY ECONOMIC SECRETARY, SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES AND SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND HAS SERVED AS CHAIRMAN SINCE MAY 1976. HE WAS CHAIRMAN OF THE MASS TRANSIT WORKING GROUP IN 1971-72, WHICH RECOMMENDED THE BUILDING OF THE MTR AND WAS A MEMBER OF THE MASS TRANSIT STEERING GROUP AND PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY IN 1972-1975. DURING THAT PERIOD, AMONG OTHER THINGS, HE PRESIDED OVER THE KEY STAFF AND MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE OF THE PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY WHICH ESTABLISHED THE MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE AND RECRUITED THE SENIOR STAFF FOR THE FUTURE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION.

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MR JONES WAS ALSO CHAIRMAN OF THE STEERING GROUP ON THE COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORT STUDY FROM 1973-76 AND HE REMAINS CHAIRMAN OF THE STEERING GROUP ON THE MODERNISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY. HE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR DRAWING UP THE PUBLIC OMNIBUS SERVICES ORDINANCE AND FOR FRANCHISE NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE TWO MAJOR BUS COMPANIES.

MR JONES WILL NOW BE REPRESENTED ON THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE BY THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT IN CHARGE OF THE TRANSPORT DIVISION, DR RICHARD BUTLER.

COMMENTING ON HIS APPOINTMENT, MR LO SAID TODAYi +THERE IS A GREAT DEAL OF WORK INVOLVED AND THE TRANSPORT PROBLEMS WHICH NOW FACE HONG KONG ARE BOTH COMPLEX AND CONTENT I OUS.♦

♦BUT,+ HE ADDED, +THE POST IS A CHALLENGE AND I LOOK FORWARD TO TACKLING IT.*

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HAWKER LICENCE AND PITCH FEES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, WHICH b£RE LAST REVISED ON AUGUST 1, 1978, ARE TO BE INCREASED FROM JULY 1 THIS YEAR.

THE REVISION IS ANNOUNCED IN AN AMENDMENT TO THE HAWKER (NEW TERRITORIES) REGULATIONS PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE REVISION WOULD HELP OFFSET IN PART THE HEAVY OPERATIONAL DEFICIT INCURRED IN HAWKER CONTROL IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

♦STATISTICS SHOW THAT IN THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1979-80, THE TOTAL REVENUE FROM HAWKER LICENCE AND PITCH FEES IN THE NT WAS tl 006 860 WHILE THE TOTAL EXPENDITURE ON HAWKER CONTROL THERE AMOUNTED TO 122 687 870,* HE SAID.

♦WITH THE REVISED FEES LICENCE AND PITCH FEES WILL A YEAR.

, THE TOTAL REVENUE FROM HAWKER BE INCREASED TO ABOUT >2.5 MILLION

**ENCE» THERE WILL STILL BE A SUBSTANTIAL DEFICIT EVEN AFTER THE NEW RATES ARE INTRODUCED,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE OTHER REASON FOR THE REVISED FEES, THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT, WAS TO BRING THE HAWKER LICENCE AND PITCH FEES IN THE NT CLOSER TO THOSE APPLICABLE IN THE URBAN AREAS WHERE SUCH FEES WERE LAST INCREASED ON MARCH 1 THIS YEAR.

♦HOWEVER, EVEN WITH THE NEW INCREASES, THE NT FEES MOST CASES BE SUBSTANTIALLY LOWER THAN THOSE APPLICABLE URBAN AREAS,♦ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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HAWKER LICENCES ARE DIVIDED INTO THREE CATAGORIESt FIXED PITCH, ITINERANT AND TEMPORARY.

THE MAJORITY OF FIXED PITCH LICENCES ARE FOR FIXED PITCHES NOT EXCEEDING 1.1 SQUARE METRE EACH AND ANNUAL FEES FOR THESE WILL BE INCREASED FROM $130 TO $390.

THE MAJORITY OF ITINERANT HAWKERS WILL HAVE THEIR LICENCE FEES INCREASED FROM $40 TO $75 A YEAR, WHILE THE FEE FOR A TEMPORARY LICENCE REMAINS THE SAME AT $25.

♦THE HEUNG YEE KUK AND THE NEW TERRITORIES GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WERE CONSULTED ABOUT THE NEW SCALE OF FEES,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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THE GOVERNMENT IS PROPOSING TO FURTHER PROTECT THE ANONYMITY OF COMPLAINANTS IN RAPE AND INDECENT ASSAULT CASES UNDER THE CRIMES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980 PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT SINCE 1978 THE IDENTITY OF COMPLAINANTS HAS BEEN UNDER PROTECTION ONCE THEIR CASE IS FORMALLY BEFORE A COURT.

THE PRESENT BILL WILL ALLOW ANONYMITY TO VICTIMS FROM THE TIME THE COMPLAINT IS MADE TO THE POLICE.

♦THE PROPOSAL, BY PROTECTING THE IDENTITY OF THOSE WHO REPORT SEXUAL OFFENCES, MAY FURTHER ENCOURAGE THE REPORTING OF SUCH OFFENCES TO THE POLICE,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

FROM TIME TO TIME HOWEVER, IT MAY HAPPEN THAT PUBLIC

INTEREST REQUIRES PUBLICITY TO BE GIVEN TO A COMPLAINT, SUCH AS WHEN THE IDENTITY OF THE VICTIM HAS TO BE REVEALED TO TRACE THE OFFENDER.

IN SUCH A CASE, PUBLICITY WILL ONLY BE ALLOWED ON

PERMISSION BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, OR ALTERNATIVELY BY A POLICE OFFICER OF THE RANK OF SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT OR ABOVE WITH THE COMPLAINANT’S CONSENT. NOTICE OF THE PERMISSION WILL HAVE TO BE MADE SUBSEQUENTLY IN THE GAZETTE.

THE BILL ALSO EXTENDS TO ALL COURTS THE POWER CURRENTLY VESTED ONLY IN THE HIGH COURT TO DIRECT DURING A TRIAL THAT RESTRICTIONS ON PUBLICITY BE LIFTED IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST.

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SECOND THROUGH TRAIN TO GUANGZHOU TO BE RETIMED ******

THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY AND THE GUANGZHOU RAILWAY ADMINISTRATION HAVE BEEN MEETING THIS WEEK IN HONG KONG.

THE DISCUSSIONS FORMED PART OF THE REGULAR REVIEWS BETWEEN THE TWO ADMINISTRATIONS ON MATTERS OF MUTUAL INTEREST AND WHICH ARE

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TWO DECISIONS OF PARTICULAR INTEREST HAVE BEEN TAKEN i

THROUGH TRAIN

AT PRESENT THE SECOND THROUGH TRAIN IS TIMED TO ARRIVE IN KOWLOON AT 2.06 PM AND DEPART AT 4 PM, ARRIVING BACK AT GUANGZHOU AT 6.54 PM. EXPERIENCE HAS SHOWN THAT’thE ARRIVAL TIME IN GUANGZHOU IS QUITE UNSUITABLE FOR MANY PASSENGERS BECAUSE OF PROBLEMS OF ODNVENIENTLY REACHING THEIR FINAL DESTINATIONS.

..... ’T HAS’ TH^|fORE, BEEN AGREED THAT ON AND FROM FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 1980 THE SECOND THROUGH TRAIN WILL BE RETIMED AS FOLLOWS»

DEPART GUANGZHOU t 10.10 AM

ARRIVE KOWLOON i 1.07 PM

DEPART KOWLOON i 2.55 PM

ARRIVE GUANGZHOUt 5.50 PM

FREI GHT TRAFFI C

BOTH ADMINISTRATIONS HAVE FOR SOME TIME BEEN ANXIOUS TO DEVELOP THE USE OF CHINESE-OWNED FREIGHT WAGGONS FOR THE CONVEYANCE OF FREIGHT TRAFFIC FROM HONG KONG INTO CHINA, AND IN THE RECENT PAST A NUMBER OF CONSIGNMENTS HAVE BEEN HANDLED UNDER SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS.

THE TWO ADMINISTRATIONS HAVE NOW REACHED A FORMAL AGREEMENT TO FACILITATE THE RETURN LOADING OF WAGGONS TO CHINA, THE QUANTITIES OF WHICH WILL HAVE TO BE STRICTLY REGULATED, SO AS TO AVOID, IN RELATION TO THE PRESENT TERMINAL FACILITIES AVAILABLE IN HONG KONG, ANY REDUCTION IN THE VOLUME OF INWARDS LOADED WAGGONS THAT CAN BE HANDLED.

OTHER MATTERS OF TECHNICAL INTEREST TO THE TWO ADMINISTRATIONS WERE DISCUSSED AND AREAS FOR FUTURE STUDIES IDENTIFIED.

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DIRECTOR OF MARINE RETIRES ft ft ft ft

MR M.J. ALEXANDER, DIRECTOR OF MARINE, IS RETIRING FROM THE GOVERNMENT AFTER 25 YEARS’ SERVICE WITH THE MARINE DEPARTMENT.

DURING THE YEARS IN WHICH HE HAS BEEN DIRECTOR, THE PORT OF HONG KONG HAS UNDERGONE MANY IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENTS.

THESE INCLUDE TRANSFER OF THE MAJOR SHIP-REPAIRING FACILITIES TO TSING Yl, PROVISION OF FURTHER CARGO HANDLING AREAS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE HARBOUR, AND THE SAFE CONSTRUCTION OF A HUGE FLOATING RESTAURANT AND ITS EVENTUAL RELOCATION WITH TWO OTHER RESTAURANTS AT SHAM WAN.

MORE RECENTLY, THERE WERE INAUGURATIONS OF FIVE PASSENGER SHIPPING SERVICES BETWEEN VICTORIA HARBOUR AND CHINESE PORTS, AS WELL AS A JETFOIL NIGHT SERVICE TO AND FROM MACAU.

HE HAS ALSO PLAYED A PROMINENT PART IN INTRODUCING MEASURES TO COPE WITH PROBLEMS ARISING FROM THE INFLUX OF REFUGEES FROM VIETNAM, AND HAS ABLY SUPPORTED ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION OPERATIONS AT SEA.

MR ALEXANDER JOINED THE GOVERNMENT IN 1954 AS A MARINE OFFICER AND WAS PROMOTED TO SENIOR MARINE OFFICER IN 1965. HE WAS SECONDED TO THE FINANCE BRANCH FROM 1969 TO 1970 AND WAS PROMOTED TO PRINCIPAL MARINE OFFICER IN 1971.

HE BECAME DEPUTY DIRECTOR IN MARCH 1972 AND WAS PROMOTED DIRECTOR IN APRIL 1977.

FROM MARCH 1972 TO JUNE 1975, HE CHAIRED THE SPECIAL SUB-COMMITTEE ON OIL POLLUTION WHICH WAS LARGELY RESPONSIBLE FOR FORMULATING THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY ON THE CONTROL OF OIL POLLUTION.

HE HAD ALSO BEEN THE FIRST CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG MERCHANT NAVY TRAINING BOARD, CHAIRMAN OF THE MERCANTILE MARINE ASSISTANCE FUND COMMITTEE, THE PORT COMMITTEE, THE SEAMEN’S RECRUITING ADVISORY BOARD, AND THE SEAMEN’S BOARD OF REFERENCE.

AT A PRESENTATION CEREMONY AT THE MARINE DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS THIS AFTERNOON, MR ALEXANDER WAS PRESENTED A FAREWELL GIFT FROM HIS COLLEAGUES BY THE DIRECTOR DESIGNATE, MR P.E.J. DAVY. HE WILL GO ON PRE-RETIREMENT LEAVE ON JUNE 13.

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NEW LAW ON FRAUDULENT BUSINESS TRANSFERS * * * *

A BILL SEEKING TO IMPROVE THE EXISTING LAW WHICH PROTECTS CREDITORS OF A BUSINESS IN A SALE OR TRANSFER OF ANY PART OF THE BUSINESS IS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

THE TRANSFER OF BUSINESSES (PROTECTION OF CREDITORS) BILL 1983 WILL REPEAL AND REPLACE THE FRAUDULENT TRANSFERS OF BUSINESSES ORDINANCE AND WILL INTRODUCE NEW PROVISIONS TO REDEFINE THE EXTENT OF PROTECTION, AND HOW IT IS TO OPERATE.

IT PROVIDES THAT THE LIABILITY OF THE TRANSFEREE SHOULD BE LIMITED TO THE VALUE OF THE BUSINESS ACQUIRED AND LIMITS THE TIME WITHIN WHICH PROCEEDINGS MAY BE BROUGHT AGAINST A TRANSFEREE.

IT ALSO SETS OUT CERTAIN SPECIFIED CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH THERE MAY BE EXCEPTIONS FROM THE PROTECTION.

THE BILL WAS PREPARED IN CONSULTATION WITH THE LAW SOCIETY, THE HONG KONG SOCIETY OF ACCOUNTANTS, THE INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED SECRETARIES AND ADMINISTRATORS, THE HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER CF COMMERCE, AND THE CHINESE GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, AND HAS THEIR SUPPORT.

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FREE LEGAL ADVICE CENTRE IN TSUEN WAN PROVING SUCCESSFUL ******

THE FREE LEGAL ADVICE CENTRE WHICH THE LAW SOCIETY OPENED IN TSUEN WAN ON MAY 23 TO SERVE THE WESTERN HALF OF THE NEW TERRITORIES IS PROVING SUCCESSFUL.

THE CENTRE, MANNED BY TWO LAWYERS ON TUESDAY EVENINGS FROM 6.33 TO 9.30 PM, HAS HANDLED 31 CASES SO FAR.

TEN CASES WERE DEALT WITH ON THE CENTRE’S OPENING EVENING, 11 ON MAY 27, AND 10 ON JUNE 3.

♦WE REGARD THIS AS A VERY GOOD START,♦ A NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE SAID SEVEN OF THE CASES CONCERNED LANDLORD AND TENANT DISPUTES, SIX CONCERNED COMMERCIAL AND PROPERTY DISPUTES AND A FURTHER SIX INVOLVED COMPENSATION CLAIMS.

THE REMAINDER WERE CONNECTED WITH LAND DISPUTES, MATRIMONIAL MATTERS, EMPLOYMENT AFFAIRS, ESTATE ADMINISTRATION, CRIMINAL CASES AND MISCELLANEOUS CASES.

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THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY CENTRES IN TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG REFERRED 28 OF THE CASES, WHILE THE OTHER THREE WERE REFERRED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, TSUEN WAN, THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL AND WESTERN, AND TSUEN WAN RURAL COMMITTEE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID SOME DIFFICULTY WAS BEING CAUSED BY APPLICANTS GOING STRAIGHT TO THE CENTRE INSTEAD OF TO A PUBLIC ENQUIRY CENTRE TO MAKE APPOINTMENTS. HE SAID IT WAS DIFFICULT TC DEAL WITH ON THE SPOT CASES BECAUSE THE LAWYERS’ HANDS WERE ALREADY FULL WITH THOSE WHO HAD MADE APPOINTEMENTS BEFOREHAND. EIGHTEEN PEOPLE HAD SO FAR APPROACHED THE CENTRE WITHOUT HAVING MADE A PRIOR APPOINTMENT.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE LAWYERS WERE DEVOTING AN AVERAGE 30 MINUTES TO EACH CASE. HE SAID BECAUSE THE SCHEME WAS PROVING SO POPULAR IT WAS PROBABLE THAT ANOTHER LAWYER AND MORE BACK-UP STAFF WOULD NEED TO BE PROVIDED IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

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THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO ENABLE POWER COMPANIES TO SEEK CERTAIN RIGHTS TO FACILITATE THE ERECTION AND MAINTENANCE OF TRANSMISSION LINES.

THE ELECTRICITY NETWORKS (STATUTORY EASEMENTS) BILL, PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY, ALSO CONTAINS PROVISIONS TO SAFEGUARD THE INTERESTS OF LANDOWNERS AFFECTED BY SUCH TRANSMISSION LINES.

UPON THE CREATION OF A STATUTORY EASEMENT, LANDOWNERS AFFECTED WOULD HAVE A LEGAL RIGHT TO COMPENSATION FOR ANY REDUCTION IN THE DEVELOPMENT VALUE OF THEIR PROPERTY (AS RESTRICTED IN THE LEASE CONDITIONS) WHICH MAY OCCUR AS A RESULT OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF SUCH POWER TRANSMISSION LINES.

♦THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES A PROCEDURE WHEREBY LANDOWNERS AFFECTED BY SUCH TRANSMISSION LINES MAY OBJECT TO THE METHOD AND TIMING OF WORKS WHICH A POWER COMPANY PROPOSES TO CARRY OUT IN ACCORDANCE WITH ITS RIGHTS GRANTED UNDER THE STATUTORY EASEMENT,* SAID A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN.

HE EXPLAINED: +ARBITRATION BY THE LANDS TRIBUNAL WILL EE PROVIDED IN THE CASE OF DISPUTE BETWEEN THE POWER COMPANY AND AN INDIVIDUAL LANDOWNER ON THE AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION OFFERED BY THE COMPANY.*

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DISPLAY OF PRISON WORK TOMORROW

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THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT WILL MOUNT A PHOTOGRAPHIC DISPLAY AT EDINBURGH PLACE IN FRONT OF QUEEN’S PIER TOMORROW (SATURDAY) BETWEEN 12.30 PM AND 2.30 PM.

THE DISPLAY, SHOWING THE MEANINGFUL AND VARIED WORK OF THE PRISON SERVICE IN HONG KONG AS WELL AS ITS EXCELLENT STAFF WELFARE IS PART OF THE DEPARTMENT’S CURRENT RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN.

IT IS LOOKING FOR MATURE, EDUCATED AND RESPONSIBLE YOUNG MEN TO FILL POSTS OF ASSISTANT OFFICER II.

IN ADDITION TO THE DISPLAY, THERE WILL BE A STREET THEATRE ORGANISED BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES WITH PERFORMANCES BY POPULAR ENTERTAINMENT GROUPS AND TELEVISION ARTISTES.

A PRISON OFFICER WILL ALSO GO ON THE STAGE TO GIVE A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE INTERESTING WORK OF THE PRISON SERVICE.

A MOBILE RECRUITMENT STAND WILL BE SET UP NEARBY TO ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FROM THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN TAKING UP THE WORTHWHILE CAREER.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT’S MOBILE RECRUITMENT DISPLAY TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT EDINBURGH PLACE IN FRONT OF QUEEN’S PIER, STARTING AT 12.30 PM.

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A NEW BUS TERMINUS AT YAU MAN STREET, QUARRY BAY, WILL BE OPENED ON SUNDAY (JUNE 8).

CHINA MOTOR BUS ROUTES NO 22, 22M AND CROSS-HARBOUR ROUTE NO 116 WILL USE THIS TERMINUS INSTEAD OF THE EXISTING ON-STREET ONE ON KING'S ROAD.

THE ARRANGEMENT WILL HELP GREATLY IN EASING TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN THE AREA.

TO FACILITATE TRAFFIC CIRCULATION, GREIG ROAD AND YAU MAN STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY CLOCKWISE FROM 10 AM TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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WALKWAY CHANGES NEAR CHATER STATION ft ft * ft ft

TWO PEDESTRIAN WALKWAYS IN CENTRAL DISTRICT WILL BE CLOSED FROM 10 AM ON SUNDAY (JUNE 8).

THEY ARE THE TEMPORARY FOOTPATH THROUGH THE GROUND FLOOR OF WORLD WIDE HOUSE (ON THE FORMER GENERAL POST OFFICE SITE) IN DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, AND THE NORTHERN PEDESTRIAN CROSSING ACROSS PEDDER STREET AT ITS JUNCTION WITH DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL.

THE CLOSURE WILL LAST ABOUT TWO MONTHS TO FACILITATE REINSTATEMENT OF THE AREA.

DURING THIS PERIOD, PEDESTRIANS MAY INSTEAD USE THE UNDERGROUND LOBBY OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CHATER STATION.

ENTRANCES TO THE LOBBY ARE ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF WORLD WIDE HOUSE, OUTSIDE SWIRE HOUSE ON CHATER ROAD- AND ON PEDDER STREET OUTSIDE WHEELOCK HOUSE AND MARDEN HOUSE.

DIRECTION SIGNS AND BARRIERS WILL BE PUT UP IN THE AREA AND INSIDE THE MTR STATION LOBBY TO GUIDE THEM.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NORMAL SCHOOL RESUMES IN LAM TIN, SAU MAU PING ON MONDAY ............................................................

VOLUNTEERS WANTED TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH OFFENDERS ON

PROBATION .......................................................... 2

DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL A STATUTORY HOLIDAY ........................... 4

APPLICATION INVITED FOR CHILDREN’S AWARD SCHEME .................... 5

PART-TIME LECTURERS IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES WANTED.................. 6

URBAN CLEARWAYS IN zJDMIRALTY ...................................... 7

CIVIL aVI^TION DIRECTOR ON LEAVE .......................................

PLnNS TO BUILD LIGHT BEACON ........................................ 8

TENDER FOR FLOWER POTS ............................................. 8

FIRING PRACTICE

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NORMAL SCHOOL RESUMES tN LAM TIN, SAU MAU PING ON MONDAY ******

THE 15 PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND KINDERGARTENS AND THE EIGHT CHILD CARE CENTRES IN LAM TIN AND SAU MAU PING WHICH SUSPENDED CLASSES EARLIER THIS WEEK WILL RESUME NORMAL SCHOOL ON MONDAY (JUNE 9), A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY).

THE DECISION, TAKEN IN CONSULTATION WITH THE SUPERVISORS OF THE SCHOOLS, FOLLOWS EXHAUSTIVE SURVEYS AND SCIENTIFIC TESTS DESIGNED TO DETECT GASEOUS POLLUTANTS, INCLUDING OFFENSIVE ODOURS, IN THE AMBIENT AIR.

♦THE DETAILED WORK DONE BY THE VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS HAS SHOWN NO EVIDENCE OF HARMFUL CONCENTRATIONS OF GASES STILL IN THE AIR,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN ASSURED PARENTS THAT WITH THE RESUMPTION OF CLASSES, SPECIAL PRECAUTIONARY ARRANGEMENTS HAD BEEN MADE TO MONITOR THE SITUATION OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE WITH THE KWUN TONG COMMUNITY HEALTH PROJECT’S TWO HEALTH CENTRES IN LAM TIN AND SAU MAU PING TO GIVE EARLY MEDICAL ADVICE AND ATTENTION TO SCHOOL CHILDREN WHO MIGHT REQUIRE ASSISTANCE.

HEADS OF SCHOOLS HAVE ALSO BEEN BRIEFED ON GENERAL PROCEDURES FOR ATTENDING TO STUDENTS REPORTING SICK DURING SCHOOL HOURS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID DETAILED SURVEYS HAD BEEN CONDUCTED IN A WIDE AREA AROUND THE AFFECTED SCHOOLS SINCE THE INCIDENTS WERE REPORTED EARLIER THIS WEEK.

SOME 150 OFFICERS FROM VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS HAD COMBED THE AREA FOR POSSIBLE SOURCES OF OFFENSIVE ODOURS OR GAS LEAKS WHICH MIGHT HAVE CAUSED THE SHORT TERM ILL EFFECTS OF NAUSEA AND VOMITTING BY THE CHILDREN.

♦OFFICERS FROM THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT ENTERED 2 163 PREMISES AND MADE A DETAILED SURVEY OF 296, INCLUDING 157 RESTAURANTS AND FOOD SHOPS IN THE AREA,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

IN ADDITION, STAFF OF THE GOVERNMENT LABORATORY CONDUCTED TESTS TO DETECT GASEOUS POLLUTANTS.

RESULTS FROM THE GOVERNMENT LABORATORY, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, SHOWED THAT TRACE QUANTITIES OF ETHYL MERCAPTAN AND BUTANE WERE PRESENT IN THE AIR OF CLASSROOMS AT SIU KEUNG PRIMARY SCHOOL AT LAM TIN.

♦SIMILAR CHECKS AT THE REMAINING SCHOOLS FAILED TO REVEAL THE PRESENCE OF ANY NOXIOUS GASES,+ HE SAID.

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THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT ETHYL MERCAPTAN IS KNOWN TO POSSESS A POWERFUL AND OFFENSIVE ODOUR EVEN AT VERY LOW CONCENTRATIONS. BECAUSE OF THIS QUALITY, A SMALL AMOUNT OF THIS CHEMICAL IS DELIBERATELY MIXED WITH LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS (LPG) TO GIVE THE GAS A SMELL SO THAT SMALL LEAKS CAN EASILY BE DETECTED, THEREBY IMPROVING OVERALL SAFETY.

HOWEVER, EARLY SUSPICION THAT THE SOURCE OF ODOUR AFFECTING THE SCHOOLS COULD HAVE COME FROM A NEARBY LPG HANDLING PLANT WERE SOON DISPELLED BECAUSE THE SENSITIVE ALARM SYSTEM INSTALLED*AT THE PLANT HAD NOT BEEN TRIGGERED AND THERE HAD BEEN NO DELIVERIES OF LPG OVER THE PERIOD IN QUESTION.

SIMILARLY, EARLY FEARS THAT NOXIOUS GASES HAD BEEN GENERATED IN THE CONTROLLED REFUSE TIP AT MA YAU TONG WERE UNFOUNDED BECAUSE TESTS BY THE GOVERNMENT CHEMIST SHOWED THAT VENTS FROM THE TIP DID NOT GIVE OFF HARMFUL CONCENTRATIONS OF GASES. ;

THE CONTROLLED TIP IS SUPERVISED AND THE AUTHORITIES WILL CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN THEIR VIGILANCE OVER ITS OPERATION,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE COMBINED EFFORTS OF GOVERNMENT OFFICERS INVOLVED IN THE GROUND SEARCH FOR POSSIBLE SOURCES OF OFFENSIVE ODOURS DID NOT REVEAL UNUSUAL CIRCUMSTANCES, AND DID NOT IDENTIFY A SINGLE SOURCE OF POLLUTANT WHICH COULD BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE PRESENT INCIDENTS.

IT HAS BEEN CONCLUDED THAT A HIGHLY LOCALISED DISCHARGE OF GAS, PROBABLY LPG, HAD AFFECTED SIU KEUNG SCHOOL.

SUBSEQUENTLY, AS INFORMATION BECAME AVAILABLE, OTHER SCHOOLS WERE ALERTED TO A POTENTIAL GAS LEAK BUT NO EVIDENCE WAS FOUND OF HARMFUL GASES BEING PRESENT AT ANY OF THEM,* HE SAID.

HE ADDEDi +FROM MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS OF THE CHILDREN WHO ATTENDED HOSPITAL IT HAS BEEN CONFIRMED THAT THE SYMPTOMS SOON DISAPPEARED AND THE CHILDREN RECOVERED COMPLETELY WITHIN A SHORT PERIOD.♦

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VOLUNTEERS WANTED TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH OFFENDERS ON PROBATION * * * * * *

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IS INVITING PUBLIC-SPIRITED CITIZENS TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH OFFENDERS PUT ON PROBATION AND TO HELP REFORM THEM.

UNDER A VOLUNTEER SCHEME INTRODUCED IN 1976 AS A COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROJECT, VOLUNTEERS SPEND THEIR FREE TIME WITH PROBATIONERS ON A ONE-TO-ONE BASIS UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF PROBATION CFF ICERS.

MR PETER LIN, CHAIRMAN OF THE SCHEME’S EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE ARE WELCOME' TO JO IN*

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HE SAID ANY ONE AGED 21 YEARS AND ABOVE, WITH SECONDARY EDUCATION QUALIFICATIONS, A MATURE AND SOCIABLE PERSONALITY AND A FLAIR TO HELP OTHERS, COULD APPLY.

♦PROFESSION IS NOT ESSENTIAL NOR IS KNOWLEDGE IN SOCIAL WORK REQUIRED, ALTHOUGH PEOPLE WITH PARTICULAR TRADE SKILLS ARE MOST WELCOME,♦ HE SAID.

PEOPLE CAN APPLY OR MAKE ENQUIRIES AT LOONG SAN BUILDING, SECOND FLOOR, 140-142 CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL (TEL NO 5-445098), OR AT ANY OF THE DEPARTMENT’S PROBATION OFFICES IN THE DISTRICTS, HE SAID.

MR LIN SAID VOLUNTEERS HAVE A SIGNIFICANT ROLE TO PLAY IN HELPING RE-INTEGRATE PROBATIONERS INTO THE COMMUNITY AND IN WIDENING THEIR SOCIAL CONTACTS.

WHILE PROBATION OFFICERS ARE LEGALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR GUIDING PROBATIONERS IN BEHAVIOURAL DEVELOPMENT, VOLUNTEERS CAN HELP BY PROVIDING FRIENDSHIP OR PARTICULAR SERVICES, HE SAID.

FOR EXAMPLE, HE SAID, VOLUNTEERS WHO ARE PROFESSIONALS MAY PROVIDE KNOWLEDGE IN THEIR OWN FIELD OF SPECIALTY, OR THEY CAN BE HOUSEWIVES WHO CAN TEACH IN MANAGING HOUSEHOLD CHORES.

OTHERS MAY ACT AS TUTORS IN SCHOOL WORK OR HELP PROBATIONERS TO DEVELOP WHOLESOME INTERESTS AND HOBBIES, HE ADDED.

MR LIN SAID THAT VOLUNTEERS, ON JOINING THE SCHEME, WOULD BE BRIEFED ON THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF PROBATION SERVICE.

ARRANGEMENTS WILL THEN BE MADE TO SUITABLY MATCH THEM WITH A PROBATIONER IN ACCORDANCE WITH THEIR AREAS OF INTEREST AND ABILITY, HE SAID.

♦FROM TIME TO TIME, OUR COMMITTEE ALSO ORGANISES SOCIAL ACTIVITIES FOR SERVING VOLUNTEERS, PROBATIONERS AND PROBATION OFFICERS,♦ HE SAID.

♦WE WILL HOLD SUCH A FUNCTION TOMORROW AT THE WU KAI SHA YOUTH CAMP IN SHA TIN,+ HE ADDED.

MR LIN SAID THAT SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF THE SCHEME, 49 VOLUNTEERS HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THEIR ASSIGNMENTS WHICH NORMALLY LAST^SIX MONTHS.

THEY INCLUDED CIVIL SERVANTS, MANAGERS, SECRETARIES, CLERKS, DESIGNERS, TEACHERS AND STORE PROPRIETORS, HE SAID.

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DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL A STATUTORY HOLIDAY ******

THE DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL ON TUESDAY, JUNE 17, IS ONE OF THE 10 STATUTORY HOLIDAYS UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT UNDER THE ORDINANCE ALL MANUAL EMPLOYEES, INCLUDING DOMESTIC SERVANTS, IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR EARNINGS, AND ALL NON-MANUAL EMPLOYEES EARNING NOT MORE THAN $3 500 A MONTH, ARE ENTITLED TO THE HOLIDAY.

THEY MUST ALSO BE PAID FOR THE DAY OFF- IF THEY HAD WORKED CONTINUOUSLY FOR THREE MONTHS IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY.

HOLIDAY PAY SHOULD BE EQUIVALENT TO THE EMPLOYEE’S EARNINGS, OTHER THAN OVERTIME PAY, ON A NORMAL WORKING DAY. WHERE THE EARNINGS VARIED FROM DAY TO DAY, HOLIDAY PAY SHOULD BE THE AVERAGE OF THE DAILY EARNINGS DURING A PERIOD OF 28 DAYS PRECEDING THE HOLIDAY.

PAYMENT SHOULD BE MADE ON THE NORMAL PAY DAY.

IF AN EMPLOYEE IS REQUIRED TO WORK ON THE HOLIDAY, THE SPOKESMAN CONTINUED, HE MUST BE GIVEN AN ALTERNATIVE DAY OFF WITHIN 60 DAYS BEFORE OR AFTER THAT DAY.

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 THE 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 COULD BE TAKEN BY THE EMPLOYEE AS A SUBSTITUTED HOLIDAY, HE SAID.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT STATUTORY HOLIDAYS COULD 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 AND HONG KONG ISLAND 5-282523 EXT 60.

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APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR CHILDREN’S AWARD SCHEME *******

APPLICATIONS ARE BEING INVITED FROM SHA TIN CHILDREN TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SECOND PHASE OF THE CHILDREN’S AWARD SCHEME FROM OCTOBER.

THE FIRST PHASE WAS HELD LAST YEAR AND WAS CONSIDERED A GREAT SUCCESS.

THE SCHEME, OPEN TO CHILDREN AGED BETWEEN EIGHT AND 12, IS ORGANISED BY THE SHA TIN CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRE.

ON JOINING THE SCHEME, CHILDREN ATTEND WEEKLY GROUP SESSIONS OVER A PERIOD OF SIX MONTHS.

A CONTINUOUS AND PROGRESSIVE CULTURAL AND SPORTS PROGRAMME IS ARRANGED TO HELP THEM DEVELOP HEALTHY PERSONALITIES WHICH IN TURN BENEFITS SOCIETY AS A WHOLE.

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SHA TIN CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRE, MR TANG KWOK-CHO, SAID THAT THROUGH GROUP SESSIONS THE CHILDREN LEARN TO RESPECT THEMSELVES AND OTHERS. THEY ALSO LEARN HOW TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES AND THE IMPORTANCE OF RESPONSIBILITY.

EACH CHILD’S PERFORMANCE IS ASSESSED AND THOSE WHO MEET ALL THE SET REQUIREMENTS ARE PRESENTED WITH AWARDS AT THE END OF THE PROGRAMME.

A TOTAL OF 100 CHILDREN JOINED THE SCHEME LAST YEAR AND 75 WERE AWARDED BRONZE STARS.

MR TANG SAID MOST OF LAST YEAR’S AWARD WINNERS WERE EXPECTED TO JOIN THE SCHEME THIS YEAR AND IF THEY DID WELL AGAIN THEY WOULD BE PRESENTED WITH SILVER STAR AWARDS. THOSE SUCCESSFUL COULD JOIN THE THIRD PHASE NEXT YEAR AND TRY TO OBTAIN GOLD STAR AWARDS.

HE SAID THE SCHEME HAD PROVED POPULAR WITH PARENTS AND WAS BEING SUPPORTED BY SHA TIN DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD.

AT A RECENT MEETING, THE BOARD ALLOCATED $8 000 TO THE CENTRE TO HELP COVER RUNNING COSTS. LAST YEAR $6 000 WAS ALLOCATED.

A WORKING GROUP WHICH OPERATES THE SCHEME INCLUDES A SUPERVISOR, TWO PART-TIME WORKERS AND 30 VOLUNTEERS.

THEY GUIDE PARTICIPANTS AND LIAISE WITH PARENTS THROUGH REGULAR HOME VISITS TO STIMULATE THE INTEREST OF PARENTS IN THEIR CHILDREN’S DEVELOPMENT.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE CENTRE’S OFFICE IN LEK YUEN ESTATE.

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APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING INVITED FOR PART-TIME LECTURING POSTS IN THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN SEPTEMBER.

THERE ARE NOW ABOUT 900 PART-TIME LECTURERS TEACHING IN OVER 600 PART-TIME CLASSES OF THE INSTITUTES WITH AN ENROLMENT OF OVER 20 000 STUDENTS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

♦MOST OF THESE LECTURERS ARE IN THE TEACHING PROFESSION, AND MANY OF THEM HAVE BEEN TEACHING IN THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AS PART-TIME LECTURERS FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS,+ HE SAID.

THE CLASSES CONDUCTED ARE EVENING, PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE AND SHORT COURSES.

♦APART FROM BEING CONDUCTED IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTE PREMISES, EVENING CLASSES ARE ALSO ACCOMMODATED IN A NUMBER OF OUTLYING CENTRES IN SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

TEACHING VACANCIES WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE 12 DISCIPLINES CF THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES, INCLUDING HOTEL-KEEPING AND TOURISM, COMMERCIAL STUDIES, CONSTRUCTION, ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, GENERAL STUDIES, INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY, PRINTING, TEXTILE INDUSTRIES, CLOTHING INDUSTRIES. MARINE AND FABRICATION, AND DESIGN.

THE COURSES OFFERED ARE MAINLY AT CRAFT (POST FORM III) AND TECHNICIAN (POST FORM V) LEVELS.

♦THEY ARE DESIGNED TO PROVIDE FURTHER STUDIES TO PEOPLE WORKING IN THE COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL AND SERVICES FIELDS,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THE PART-TIME LECTURING POSTS VARY WITH THE LEVEL OF THE COURSES AND THE SUBJECTS.

FULL DETAILS AND APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE EITHER IN PERSON OR IN WRITING FROM THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

RATES OF PAYMENT RANGE FROM 428 TO $50 PER HOUR AT PRESENT, BUT THESE ARE UNDER REVIEW, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE RESPECTIVE INSTITUTES APPLIED TO ON JUNE 28.

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URBAN CLEARWAYS IN ADMIRALTY *****

A NUMBER OF ROAD SECTIONS IN ADMIRALTY WILL BE DESIGNATED 24-HOUR URBAN CLEARWAYS FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JUNE 9).

THEY ARE AS FOLLOWS!

* THE EASTBOUND SECTION OF QUEENSWAY BETWEEN COTTON TREE DRIVE AND ARSENAL STREET-

* THE WESTBOUND GROUND-LEVEL SECTION OF HARCOURT ROAD AND ITS PARALLEL SLIP ROAD BETWEEN ARSENAL STREET AND COTTON TREE DRIVE EXCEPT THE LAY-BY AREA FRONTING THE ADMIRALTY CENTRE-

* THE SOUTHBOUND SECTION OF COTTON TREE DRIVE BETWEEN HARCOURT ROAD AND THE UP-RAMP TO THE COTTON TREE DRIVE FLYOVER-

* THE SECTION OF THE NORTHBOUND SLIP ROAD EAST OF THE MTR ADMIRALTY STATION (WEST) BUS TERMINUS BETWEEN QUEENSWAY AND HARCOURT ROAD-

* THE SECTION OF THE SOUTHBOUND ACCESS ROAD TO THE MTR ADMIRALTY STATION AREA LYING TO THE EAST OF ADMIRALTY CENTRE FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH HARCOURT ROAD TO ITS JUNCTION WITH THE WESTBOUND SLIP ROAD NORTH OF THE MTR STATION (EAST) BUS TERMINUS.

ALL MOTOR VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED PUBLIC OMNIBUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM STOPPING FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO INDICATE THE CLEARWAYS.

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MR BRIAN D. KEEP, DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION, WILL BE AWAY FROM HONG KONG ,QN LEAVE FROM MONDAY, JUNE 9, TO JULY 28.

DURING HIS ABSENCE, MR J.T. THORPE, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, WILL ACT AS DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION AND MR NORMAN LATHAM, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, WILL ACT AS DEPUTY DIRECTOR.

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PLAN TO BUILD LIGHT BEACON * * *

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO BUILD A LIGHT BEACON OFF PEARL ISLAND, TUEN MUN, TO IMPROVE THE SAFETY OF VESSELS NAVIGATING IN THE AREA.

THE AREA OF SEABED INVOLVED WAS DESCRIBED IN A NOTICE IN THE LATEST GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

ALL PERSONS HAVING OBJECTIONS OR CLAIMS OF PRIVATE RIGHT SHOULD SUBMIT THEM IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS WITHIN 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 SEABED 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, 19TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, OR THE DISTRICT OFFICE (TUEN MUN), TUEN MUN BUILDING, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TUEN MUN, NEW TERRITORIES.

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TENDER FOR FLOWER POTS *****

TENDERS WERE INVITED FOR THE PROVISION OF 180 CONCRETE FLOWER POTS FOR KOWLOON.

THE FLOWER POTS WILL BE STRATEGICALLY PLACED THROUGHOUT KOWLOON tq BEAUTIFY THE AREA.

A PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) WORK WOULD COMMENCE IN JULY AND TAKE ABOUT THREE MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE ON JUNE 12 (THURSDAY) FROM 8.30 AM TO 4.30 PM.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WARNED NOT TO ENTER THE AREA WHEN RED FLAGS ARE FLYING DURING THE TIME OF PRACTICE.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

BEWARE OF PITFALLS — YOUNG JOB-SEEKERS WARNED ................... 1

LEGAL AID MOVES TO NEW TERRITORIES IN JULY ...................... 2

SWD PAYS OUT OVER $13.8 MILLION UNDER "NO FAULT" TAVA SCHEME..................................................... 3

$6.4 MILLION GAMES HALL READY IN THREE MONTHS .................. 4

KCR-MTR INTERCHANGE STATION SUB-CONTRACT TENDERS ................ 4

REFRESHER COURSE FOR ENGLISH TEACHERS ........................... 5

YUEN LONG RO*D WIDENING PROJECT PLANNED TO EASE TRAFFIC CONGESTION ............................................. 6

NEW REFUSE COLLECTION POINT .................................... 6

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

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BEWARE OF PITFALLS — YOUNG JOB-SEEKERS WARNED *****

A JOB THAT PROMISES EXCEPTIONALLY HIGH PAY NOT COMMENSURATE WITH ONE’S QUALIFICATIONS COULD BE A TRAP.

PAYMENT OF MONEY FOR SECURING EMPLOYMENT COULD BE A FRAUD AND A NOTORIOUS EXAMPLE OF THIS IS ♦PYRAMID SELLING.♦

THESE WARNINGS WERE GIVEN TODAY (SUNDAY) BY A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IN ANTICIPATION OF A LARGE NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WILL BE LOOKING FOR JOBS AFTER LEAVING SCHOOL THIS SUMMER.

♦YOUNG. INEXPERIENCED AND EAGER JOB-SEEKERS ARE EASY PREY FOR TRICKSTERS. THEY SHOULD BE ALERT TO ALL SORTS OF TRICKS AND PITFALLS,+ HE STRESSED.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THERE WERE SEVERAL THINGS SCHOOL LEAVERS HAVE TO CONSIDER CAREFULLY BEFORE ACCEPTING ANY EMPLOYMENT.

FOR EXAMPLE, HE ADVISED, THEY SHOULD STUDY THE TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT, IN PARTICULAR THE NATURE OF WORK TO BE UNDERTAKEN, HOURS OF WORK, REST DAYS, WAGES AND NOTICE PERIOD REQUIRED TO TERMINATE THE EMPLOYMENT.

♦ABOVE ALL, THEY SHOULD ASK IF THEY WILL BE REQUIRED TO OPERATE DANGEROUS MACHINERY. IF SO, THEY SHOULD ASK FOR ADEQUATE TRAINING BEFORE TAKING UP THE JOB. THEY SHOULD ALSO BEAR IN MIND THAT THOSE UNDER THE AGE OF 14 ARE NOT ALLOWED BY LAW TO WORK IN INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAK INGS.♦

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT +PYRAMID SELLING+ WAS A NOTORIOUS MARKETING METHOD.

IN THAT INSTANCE,* HE ADDED, +THE JOB-SEEKER HAS TO PAY A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF MONEY IN ORDER TO OBTAIN, NOT EMPLOYMENT, BUT THE RIGHTS TO SELL THE PRODUCTS OF THE COMPANY. BUT IN THE END HE OR SHE MAY SUFFER SUBSTANTIAL LOSS AS THE PRODUCTS ARE OF A LOW MARKETABLE QUALITY. CASES INVOLVING SALES OF COSMETICS AND DETERGENTS HAVE BEEN REPORTED.♦

THE SPOKESMAN FURTHER WARNED THAT TRICKSTERS MIGHT USE HIGH SALARIES AS A BAIT.

TO BE ON THE SAFE SIDE, YOUNG PEOPLE LOOKING FOR EMPLOYMENT FOR THE FIRST TIME SHOULD BE ALERT TO OFFERS OF A JOB THAT PROMISES EXCEPTIONALLY HIGH PAY NOT COMMENSURATE WITH THEIR QUALIFICATIONS.

THEY SHOULD NOT SIGN ANY CONTRACT OR DOCUMENT UNLESS THEY UNDERSTAND THE CONTENTS THOROUGHLY.

IF IN DOUBT, THEY SHOULD CONSULT THEIR PARENTS, CAREERS TEACHERS OR STAFF OF THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT,♦ SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

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LEGAL AID MOVES TO NEW TERRITORIES IN JULY ft * ft *

LEGAL AID WILL BE MORE ACCESSIBLE TO PEOPLE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES FROM JULY.

THIS WILL BE MADE POSSIBLE WHEN A MOBILE OFFICE STARTS OPERATING TO SERVE THE QUICKLY GROWING NEW TOWNS THERE.

THE DIRECTOR OF LEGAL AID, MR DESMOND 0‘REILLY MAYNE, SAID THIS NEW SERVICE IS ESSENTIAL TO KEEP PACE WITH THE ENORMOUS POPULATION INCREASES ANTICIPATED IN THE NEW TERRITORIES DURING THE SHORT AND MEDIUM TERMS.

THE SITUATION WILL BE KEPT UNDER REVIEW AND EXTRA SERVICES WOULD BE PROVIDED WHEN NECESSARY.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE MOBILE OFFICE WOULD ENABLE THE RESIDENTS TO SAVE TRAVELLING.

♦HOWEVER,* HE ADDED, +WHAT IS PERHAPS MORE IMPORTANT IS TO EDUCATE THE NEW TERRITORIES PEOPLE ON DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF THE RULE OF LAW AS WELL AS MAKING THEM AWARE OF THEIR LEGAL RIGHTS. THEY WILL NEED HELP ON ALL MATTERS RELATING TO ENFORCEMENT OF SUCH RIGHTS.+

MR MAYNE NOTED THAT OF THE TOTAL APPLICATIONS RECEIVED LAST YEAR FROM THE KOWLOON BRANCH OFFICE, NEARLY 22 PER CENT WERE FROM THE NEW TERRITORIES. THE DEMANDS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE FOLLOWING ITS RAPID DEVELOPMENT.

TO SERVE THIS PURPOSE, THE ROTARY CLUB OF THE NEW TERRITORIES HAS DONATED A VEHICLE WHICH IS NOW BEING CONVERTED INTO A MOBILE OFFICE.

STAFFED BY A PROFESSIONAL OFFICER AND A LAW CLERK, THE AIR-CONDITIONED MOBILE OFFICE WILL SPEND ONE DAY A WEEK IN EACH OF THE MAJOR RESIDENTIAL AREAS.

IT IS PLANNED THAT THE OFFICE WILL CALL REGULARLY AT TSUEN WAN, TUEN MUN, YUEN LONG, TAI PO AND SHEUNG SHU I.

A DETAILED VISIT PROGRAMME WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT A LATER DATE.

MEANWHILE, THE FREE LEGAL ADVICE SCHEME, INTRODUCED BY THE LAW SOCIETY IN THE URBAN AREA IN NOVEMBER 1978, HAS ALSO BEEN EXTENDED TO THE WESTERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

A LEGAL ADVICE CENTRE WAS SET UP LAST MONTH ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE TSUEN WAN TOWN MANAGEMENT OFFICE. IT IS MANNED BY TWO LAWYERS EVERY TUESDAY EVENING FROM 6.30 PM TO 9.30 PM TO SERVE TSUEN WAN, KWAI CHUNG, TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG.

THE SCHEME IS EXPECTED TO BE FURTHER EXTENDED TO THE EASTERN HALF OF THE NEW TERRITORIES NEXT YEAR.

THE LAW SOCIETY IS NOW OPERATING FOUR CENTRES IN THE URBAN AREA AT MONG KOK, WONG TAI SIN, EASTERN DISTRICT AND WAN CHAI.

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SWD PAYS OUT OVER 113.8 MILLION UNDER *N0 FAULT+ TAVA SCHEME , * * * *

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAS PAID OUT MORE THAN $13.8 MILLION AS QUICK CASH RELIEF FOR PEOPLE APPLYING UNDER THE +N0 FAULT+ TRAFFIC ACCIDENT V ICT IMS .ASS(STANCE SCHEME.

ANOTHER $103 600 AUTHORISED FOR PAYMENT TO 46 CASES ARE AWAITING COLLECTION AT THE DEPARTMENT.

ALREADY MADE WERE GRANTED TO 375 CASES INVOLVING J**™ CASES tNVOLVING INJURIES WHICH HAVE CAUSED AT

LEAST SEVENDAYS LOSS OF EARNING CAPACITY.

MRS DIANA'LEE, HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT’S TRAFFIC ACCIDENT ^HTJ^..ASS,!TANCE (TAVA) SECTION, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) PAYMENTS FOR FATAL CASES TOTALLED $2.6 MILLION AND THAT FOR INJURY CASES, OVER $11.2 MILLION.

SHE SAID THE INJURY GRANTS INCLUDED $2.3 MILLION AS FURTHER PAYMENTS TO THOSE MEDICALLY CERTIFIED TO REQUIRE EXTENDED SICK I k A V

.o ™E CASES ALREADY PROCESSED, SHE SAID, THE HIGHEST PAYMENT WAS $21 160 MADE IN ONE FATAL CASE, WHILE OTHER PAYMENTS RANGED FROM $800 TO $21 IOC.

♦AT PRESENT, 298 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 IMPLEMENTED IN MAY LAST YEAR AIMS AT PROVIDING QUICK CASH RELIEF FOR TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS OR THEIR DEPENDANTS REGARDLESS OF WHO WAS AT FAULT IN CAUSING THE ACCIDENT.

MRS LEE SAID PEOPLE INVOLVED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS 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 AT 46 CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG (TEL NOS 5-222392 AND 5-223254).

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16.4 MILLION GAMES HALL READY IN THREE MONTHS ft ft ft ft

THE OSMAN RAMJU SADICK MEMORIAL HALL, FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE KWAI CHUNG INDOOR GAMES HALL, WILL BE READY IN ABOUT THREE MONTHS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SAID WORK ON THE EXTERIOR OF THE $6.4 MILLION INDOOR GAMES HALL HAS VIRTUALLY BEEN COMPLETED AND WORK ON THE INTERIOR IS IN AN ADVANCED STAGE.

BUILT ON A 2 400-SQUARE METRE SITE AT THE JUNCTION OF HING FONG ROAD AND KWAI ON ROAD NEAR KWAI FONG ESTATE, THE HALL WILL PROVIDE A WIDE RANGE OF SPORTING FACILITIES FOR THE YOUTH IN TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID IT WILL HAVE A CENTRAL GAMES AREA CAPABLE CF ACCOMMODATING TWO BASKETBALL COURTS OR THREE VOLLEYBALL COURTS OR EIGHT BADMINTON COURTS, AND A GRANDSTAND FOR ABOUT 300 SPECTATORS.

THERE WILL ALSO BE CHANGING ROOMS AND TOILETS, OFFICES, A SEPARATE GAMES ROOM, TRAINING ROOM AND A TABLE-TENNIS ROOM.

THE HALL, JOINTLY FINANCED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL AND A MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC, MR C.R. SADICK, WILL BE HANDED OVER TO THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR MANAGEMENT ON COMPLETION IN LATE AUGUST.

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR FOUR SUB-CONTRACTS TO THE MAIN CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT FOR THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY/MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY INTERCHANGE STATION AT KOWLOON TONG.

THE SUB-CONTRACTS ARE FOR THE INSTALLATION OF ELECTRICAL SERVICES, AIR-CONDITIONING SERVICES, FIRE SERVICES AND LIFTS AND ESCALATORS.

A PWD SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT WORK ON THE MAIN CONTRACT, WHICH STARTED EARLY LAST MONTH, INCLUDED THE CONSTRUCTION AT GROUND LEVEL OF THE STATION BUILDING, RAILWAY PLATFORMS, CANOPIES AND AN AIR-CONDITIONED KCR UNDERGROUND CONCOURSE TO LINK UP WITH THE MTR.

♦FRONTING THE ENTRANCE TO THE KCR CONCOURSE WILL BE A LANDSCAPED PLAZA AT THE JUNCTION OF KENT ROAD AND SUFFOLK ROAD,* HE SAID.

WHEN COMPLETED IN 1982, THE STATION WILL FORM A VITAL LINK FOR THE NEW ELECTRIC TRAINS OF THE KCR AND THE MTR.

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THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT BY THEN, THE COMBINATION OF FASTER AND MORE FREQUENT ELECTRIC TRAINS ON THE KCR, TOGETHER WITH THE CONVENIENT AND QUICK INTERCHANGE AT KOWLOON TONG, WOULD RESULT IN DRAMATIC REDUCTIONS IN JOURNEY TIMES FOR PASSENGERS USING THE TWO SYSTEMS.

THE WORKS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED AND WILL BE SUPERVISED BY TRANSMARK, CONSULTING ENGINEERS FOR THE GOVERNMENT, THROUGH THEIR SUB-CONSULTANT, YUNCKEN FREEMAN HONG KONG, UNDER THE OVERALL SUPERVISION OF THE CONSULTANTS MANAGEMENT DIVISION OF PWD’S CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE.

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REFRESHER COURSE *

FOR ENGLISH TEACHERS * Ml I

REFRESHER COURSES FOR FORMS 1-3 TEACHERS OF ENGLISH, ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, WILL BE HELD DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS.

THE BRITISH COUNCIL HAS BEEN COMMISSIONED TO RUN THE TWO AO-HOUR COURSES DURING AUGUST. ONE COURSE WILL BE HELD IN THE MORNING AND THE OTHER IN THE AFTERNOON ON MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS FROM AUGUST 1 TO 29.

THERE WILL BE PLACES FOR 20 TEACHERS ON EACH COURSE. APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THE COURSES ARE AIMED AT IMPROVING THE PARTICIPANTS’ CONFIDENCE IN USING ENGLISH IN THE CLASSROOM, FOCUSSING IN PARTICULAR ON ORAL FLUENCY AND ACCURACY, AND INTRODUCING TEACHERS OF ENGLISH TO COMMUNICATIVE TEACHING TECHNIQUES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE RETURNED ON JUNE 30 TO THE PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR (ENGLISH), EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, LEE GARDENS, FIFTH FLOOR, HYSAN AVENUE, HONG KONG.

HE ADDED THAT ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 5-774001, EXT 30.

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YUEN LONG ROAD WIDENING PROJECT PLANNED TO EASE TRAFFIC CONGESTION

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GOVERNMENT IS PLANNING TO WIDEN A STRETCH OF ROAD BETWEEN YUEN LONG AND THE AU TAU ROUNDABOUT TO HELP EASE TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN THE AREA.

THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO START EARLY NEXT YEAR AND TAKE ABOUT TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE. THE 1.7 KILOMETRE STRETCH WILL HAVE TWO LANES IN EACH DIRECTION.

FOOTPATHS AND BICYCLE TRACKS ARE PLANNED ALONG BOTH SIDES OF THE ROAD.

FOOTBRIDGES ARE TO BE INCLUDED TO PROVIDE SAFE CYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN CROSSING AND TO ALLOW A SMOOTHER TRAFFIC FLOW. SUBWAYS ARE ALSO TO BE CONSTRUCTED.

THE PROJECT WILL HELP SOLVE PROBLEMS CAUSED BY INCREASES OF TRAFFIC AS A RESULT OF DEVELOPMENTS IN YUEN LONG AND TUEN MUN.

INTERIM MEASURES TO EASE TRAFFIC CONGESTION ON CASTLE PEAK ROAD HAVE INCLUDED CONVERTING THE JUNCTION AT AU TAU, WHERE THREE ROADS CONVERGE, INTO A ROUNDABOUT AND STOPPING VEHICLES FROM TURNING RIGHT INTO HOK SZE STREET.

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NEW REFUSE COLLECTION POINT *****

A REFUSE COLLECTION POINT IS TO BE BUILT AT MAN WAN ROAD, KOWLOON, TO FACILITATE BETTER REFUSE COLLECTION SERVICES AND TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT IN THE AREA.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT ARE BEING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

THE PROJECT COMPRISES A REINFORCED CONCRETE BUILDING WITH A LITTER COLLECTION AREA, A PARKING SPACE FOR REFUSE COLLECTION VANS, A ROLL-CALL POINT AND A STOREROOM.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN JULY AND BE COMPLETED IN DECEMBER.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, JUNE 9, 1980

CONTENTS PaGE NO.

DRAGON BOAT RACES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES .................... 1

DISABLED SPORTSMEN TO COMPETE FOR HONG KONG ................. 2

MAJOR ROAD PROJECT IN EAST KOWLOON .......................... 2

AWARD WINNERS IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES ....................... 3

SURVEY ON SHIPBUILDING AND REPAIRS INDUSTRY ................. 5

FACILITIES FOR CAR USERS AT ADMIRALTY STATION ............... 4

SEMINARS ON PRACTICAL ENGLISH ............................... 5

MUSIC FOR BLIND STUDENTS .................................... 5

PRIVATE CAR REGISTRATIONS ................................... 6

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DRAGON BOAT RACES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES * * * * *

DRAGON BOAT RACES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE HELD ON THE FESTIVAL DAY, NEXT TUESDAY, JUNE 17, AT TAI 0, CHEUNG CHAU, TAI PO, SAI KUNG, TUEN MUN AND TSING Yl.

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL ATTEND RACES AT TAI 0 AT 12.30 PM AND AFTERWARDS GO TO CHEUNG CHAU WHERE HE WILL PRESENT PRIZES TO WINNING TEAMS.

AT TAI PO, RACES WILL TAKE PLACE FOR THE FIRST TIME AT SHUEN WAN HOI, ALONG THE MAIN DAM OF PLOVER COVE RESERVOIR, AS THE TRADITIONAL VENUE AT YUEN CHAU TSAI IS BEING RECLAIMED FOR DEVELOPMENT. RACES WILL START AT 10.30 AM. FORTY TEAMS HAVE ENTERED. UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, SIR SZE-YUEN CHUNG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE PRIZE PRESENTATION. ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR AUGUSTINE CHUI KAM, WILL ALSO BE PRESENT.

TO GET ROUND THE TRADITION THAT DRAGON BOATS ARE NOT TO BE ROWED BY WOMEN, THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE AT SAI KUNG HAS DECIDED TO DECORATE SOME OF THE BOATS SO THAT THEY RESEMBLE THE MYTHICAL BIRD, THE PHOENIX, INSTEAD OF A DRAGON. SIX WOMEN’S TEAMS WILL TAKE PART IN THE RACES.

BESIDES THE +PHOENIX+ BOATS, 12 DRAGON BOATS WILL ALSO COMPETE AT SAI KUNG. THE CHAMPION TEAM WILL REPRESENT THE DISTRICT AT THIS YEAR’S INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOAT INVITATION RACE ON JUNE 22.

THE CHIEF JUSTICE, SIR DENYS ROBERTS, WILL BE THE GUEST OF HONOUR AT THE SAI KUNG RACES WHICH START AT 9 AM.

FIFTY TEAMS, REPRESENTING LOCAL FISHERMEN, SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS, VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, FACTORIES, COMMERCIAL FIRMS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS HAVE ENTERED THE TUEN MUN RACES TO BE HELD IN CASTLE PEAK BAY STARTING AT 9 AM. THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, W LI FOOK-KOW, WILL PRESENT PRIZES.

AT TSING Yl, WHERE RACES WILL START AT 10.30 AM, THE TOWN MANAGER AND DISTRICT OFFICER TSUEN WAN, MR JAMES HAYES, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE PRIZE PRESENTATION.

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HONG KONG IS SENDING A TEAM OF DISABLED SPORTSMEN TO THE OLYMPICS FOR THE DISABLED TO BE HELD IN ARNHEM, HOLLAND, FROM JUNE 21 TO JULY 5.

LADY MACLEHOSE WILL PRESENT THE HONG KONG FLAG TO THE TEAM AT A CEREMONY TO BE HELD TODAY (MONDAY) AT THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB IN HAPPY VALLEY.

THE HONG KONG TEAM COMPRISES 14 COMPETITORS ACCOMPANIED BY SEVEN OFFICIALS. THEY WILL TAKE PART IN FENCING, TABLE-TENNIS, SWIMMING AND FIELD AND TRACK EVENTS.

THE LEADER IS MR FRANCIS TSANG AND THE TEAM MANAGER IS W DAVID GRIFFITH. THEY WILL LEAVE FOR HOLLAND ON JUNE 18 AND RETURN ON JULY 8.

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MAJOR ROAD PROJECT IN EAST KOWLOON ******

WORK WILL BEGIN LATER THIS YEAR ON A MAJOR ELEVATED ROAD AND GRADE-SEPARATED INTERSECTION ON KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW IN EAST KOWLOON.

THE PROJECT IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE ROAD SCHEME TO LINK KWUN TONG WITH EAST KOWLOON VIA THE AIRPORT TUNNEL.

TENDERS FOR IT ARE BEING INVITED BY THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

MR TOM ARMOUR, CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE HIGHWAYS (KOWLOON) DIVISION, SAID THE WORK WOULD COMPRISE THE CONSTRUCTION OF ABOUT ONE KILOMETRE OF ELEVATED ROAD TO CONNECT THE AIRPORT TUNNEL ROAD WITH WAI YIP STREET, AND AN ELEVATED ROAD OVER KWUN TONG ROAD.

+GROUND LEVEL ROADWORKS WILL ALSO BE CARRIED OUT IN AND AROUND WAI YIP STREET TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO AND FROM THE NEW ELEVATED ROAD THERE.

♦ALSO INCLUDED IN THE CONTRACT WILL BE A SERIES OF FOOTBRIDGES WITH STEPS AND RAMPS FOR PEDESTRIANS.

+AN AMENITY AREA WITH SOME SITTING-OUT SPACE WILL BE PROVIDED TO BEAUTIFY THE ROAD JUNCTION,* MR ARMOUR ADDED.

WORK WILL START IN NOVEMBER AND TAKE ABOUT 24 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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AWARD WINNERS IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES ******

ONE OUT OF EVERY 10 FULL-TIME STUDENTS IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES HAS BEEN AWARDED A SCHOLARSHIP OR PRIZE IN THE CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

THESE STUDENTS ARE STUDYING IN THE MORRISON HILL, KWAI CHUNG, KWUN TONG, HAKING WONG AND LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES, ALL RUN BY THE DEPARTMENT.

THE TOTAL VALUE OF THE AWARDS AMOUNTS TO $171 628, AND IS SHARED AMONG 316 STUDENTS.

♦THE NUMBER OF FULL-TIME STUDENTS IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES STANDS AT 3 179 IN MARCH THIS YEAR, THIS MEANS THAT ABOUT 10 PER CENT OF THEM ARE EITHER RECEIVING A SCHOLARSHIP OR PR I ZE,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ON AVERAGE, EACH SCHOLARSHIP HOLDER OR PRIZE WINNER RECEIVES $543, HE SAID.

IN ADDITION, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, A GROUP OF STUDENTS AT THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE HAS RECENTLY WON A CASH PRIZE OF $500 IN A FURNITURE DESIGN COMPETITION.

THE COMPETITION WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL DESIGN COUNCIL AND THE GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT.

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SURVEY ON SHIPBUILDING AND REPAIRS INDUSTRY

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A MANPOWER SURVEY OF THE SHIPBUILDING AND REPAIRS INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG WILL BE CONDUCTED AT THE END OF THIS MONTH.

THE SURVEY, THE FIFTH OF ITS KIND, IS SCHEDULED TO BE CARRIED OUT BY THE SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIRS INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT FROM JUNE 23 TO JUNE 30.

IT WILL COVER ALL SHIPYARDS, BOATYARDS, REPAIRS PONTOONS, SHIP SURVEYOR AND CONSULTANT FIRMS, SHIPPING FIRMS WHICH RECRUIT THEIR SHORE-BASED TECHNICAL STAFF LOCALLY, AND ESTABLISHMENTS WHICH DEAL WITH MARINE ENGINES AND MARINE ELECTRICAL REPAIRS AND SERVICING.

QUESTIONNAIRES AND EXPLANATORY LETTERS WERE SENT TODAY (MONDAY) TO THESE ESTABLISHMENTS.

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EMPLOYERS ARE ASKED TO SUPPLY INFORMATION ON THE NUMBER OF WORKERS EMPLOYED AND THAT OF THOSE UNDER TRAINING- THE NUMBER OF EXISTING VACANCIES- AND A FORECAST OF ADDITIONAL WORKERS IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS.

ASSISTANT CENSUS AND STATISTICS OFFICERS WILL VISIT EACH CF THE ESTABLISHMENTS DURING THE SURVEY TO COLLECT COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRES AND TO HELP EMPLOYERS COMPLETE THEM, IF NECESSARY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRAINING BOARD SAID THE INFORMATION COLLECTED WOULD BE HANDLED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND WOULD BE PUBLISHED ONLY IN THE FORM OF STATISTICAL SUMMARIES WITHOUT REFERENCE TO ANY INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENT.

APPEALING FOR CO-OPERATION FROM EMPLOYERS, HE STRESSED THAT THE INFORMATION WAS OF VITAL IMPORTANCE FOR FORMULATING MEANINGFUL TRAINING PLANS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE INDUSTRY.

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TWO LOCATIONS HAVE BEEN SET ASIDE AT ADMIRALTY MTR STATION FOR PRIVATE CARS TO PICK UP AND SET DOWN PASSENGERS.

THEY ARE THE LAY-BYS ON THE RECENTLY OPENED HARCOURT ROAD SLIP ROAD IN FRONT OF THE TWIN TOWERS OF ADMIRALTY CENTRE, AND ON THE SERVICE ROAD AROUND THE CENTRE.

PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES MAY ALSO STOP FOR PASSENGERS AT THE LAY-BY ON THE HARCOURT ROAD SLIP ROAD.

MAXICABS AND TAXIS WILL CONTINUE TO USE THE EXISTING STANDS IN THE COVERED AREA BETWEEN THE TWO BUS TERMINI THERE.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THESE FACILITIES WOULD REPLACE THE SETTING DOWN AREA IN THE LAY-BY ON THE NORTH SIDE OF QUEENSWAY WHICH IS NOW A 24-HOUR URBAN CLEARWAY.

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SEMINARS ON PRACTICAL ENGLISH

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A SERIES OF SEMINARS WILL BE HELD SHORTLY FOR LECTURERS IN ENGLISH IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES TO ACQUAINT THEM WITH THE PRESENT SITUATION IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE COURSE DESIGN.'

THE FOCUS WILL BE ON PRACTICAL APPLICATION IN THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES OF CURRENT TRENDS IN LANGUAGE TEACHING.

ENTITLED +ENGLISH FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES*, THE SEMINARS ARE JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE AND THE WORKING PARTY ON ENGLISH FOR LECTURERS IN ENGLISH IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

THEY WILL BE HELD AT LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE IN KOWLOON TONG EVERY WEDNESDAY BETWEEN JUNE 11 AND JULY 9 FROM 9.30 AM TO 12.30 PM. THERE WILL ALSO BE ONE ON SATURDAY, JUNE 21 FROM 9.30 AM TO 12 NOON.

GUEST SPEAKERS AND CONSULTANTS WILL INCLUDE STAFF OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, BRITISH COUNCIL AND THE CIVIL SERVICE TRAINING DIVISION.

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MUSIC FOR BLIND STUDENTS * * * *

THE NEXT CONCERT IN THE +MUSIC FOR THE MILLIONS* SERIES, ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE, WILL MOVE TO THE EBENEZER SCHOOL AND HOME FOR THE BLIND TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THE MUSIC OFFICE’S CHINESE MUSIC INSTRUCTOR ORCHESTRA, CONDUCTED BY MR TONG LEUNG-TAK, WILL PLAY A NUMBER OF POPULAR CHINESE CLASSICAL TUNES. STUDENTS WITH MUSIC TALENTS AT THE SCHOOL WILL ALSO BE INVITED TO DEMONSTRATE. THEIR PROGRAMME WILL FEATURE TWO RECORDER ENSEMBLES AND A VOCAL SOLO.

THE EBENEZER SCHOOL AND HOME FOR THE BLIND HAS FOR YEARS BEEN ACTIVE IN THE SCHOOLS MUSIC FESTIVAL, MUSIC COMPETITION FOR THE HANDICAPPED, AND OTHER MUSIC CONTESTS, AND HAS OBTAINED VERY GOOD RESULTS.

IN THE LAST THREE YEARS, ITS-RECORDER TEAMS HAVE BEEN SCORING ALL THE TOP THREE PRIZES OF THE JUNIOR AND INTERMEDIATE SECTIONS OF THE RECORDER CLASS IN THE MUSIC FESTIVAL.

ITS SCHOOL BAND HAS BEEN GIVING REGULAR PERFORMANCES AND HAS BEEN GIVEN AN AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE.

THE BAND HAS BESIDES SUCCESSFULLY INCORPORATED THE USE OF ELECTRONIC INSTRUMENTS IN THE PLAYING OF POPULAR LIGHT MUSIC.

INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS OF THE SCHOOL HAVE PASSED THE ASSOCIATED BOARD OF THE ROYAL SCHOOL OF MUSIC GRADE 5 THEORY EXAMINATION WITH SCORES IN BRAILLE.

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PRIVATE CAR REGISTRATIONS ******

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF REGISTERED PRIVATE CARS REACHED 174 436 AT THE END OF MAY. THIS'WAS AN INCREASE OF ALMOST 25 000 OR 16 PER CENT IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS. LAST YEAR AT THE SAME TIME THERE WAS A RISE OF 20 000 OVER THE PRECEEDING 12 MONTH PERIOD.

DURING MAY 2 748 NEW CARS WERE REGISTERED, WHILE 1 100 REGISTRATIONS LAPSED, REPRESENTING A NET INCREASE OF 1 648.

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WATER SUPPLY TO AN AREA OF WESTERN DISTRICT ON HONG KONG ISLAND WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON THURSDAY (JUNE 12) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING MORNING FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA IS BOUNDED BY THE NORTH SIDE OF QUEEN’S ROAD WEST, SUTHERLAND STREET, DES VOEUX ROAD WEST AND EASTERN STREET, AND INCLUDES HOUSE NUMBERS 146 TO 356, QUEEN’S ROAD WEST.

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

TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 1980

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TRADE DESCRIPTION BILL READY FOR LEGCO ......... 1

REINFORCED DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION WILL HELP DEVELOPMENT OF NEW TOWNS ....................... 5

KWUN TONG CLEAN-UP ............................. 4

HK TEAM LEAVING FOR GARRISON TALKS ............. 6

COMMENTS WELCOME ON GREEN PaPER ................ 6

PUBLIC TALKS ON LABOUR MATTERS ................. 7

NO RIGHT-TURN INTO ARRAN STREET ................ 7

SALT WATER SUPPLY INTERRUPTION ................. 8

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TRADE DESCRIPTION BILL READY FOR LEGCO * ft * ft X

THE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION SOON GIVE THE PUBLIC GREATER CONSUMER PROTECTION.

THAT WOULD

THE TRADE DESCRIPTION BILL 1980 WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE ON FRIDAY NEXT WEEK (JUNE 20) AND IS EXPECTED TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JUNE 25.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE BILL WOULD UP-DATE THE MERCHANDISE MARKS ORDINANCE AND STRENGTHEN THE LAW WITH REGARD TO CONSUMER PROTECTION BY EXTENDING THE EXISTING LEGISLATION RELATING TO FALSE AND MISLEADING DESCRIPTION OF GOODS, AND BY INTRODUCING NEW PROVISIONS FOR THE MARKING OF GOODS.

HE SAID THE CONSUMER COUNCIL AND SEVERAL TRADE ASSOCIATIONS HAD BEEN CLOSELY INVOLVED IN ITS PREPARATION.

THE BILL RELATES TO TRADE DESCRIPTIONS, MARKING ORDERS, ADVERTISEMENTS, TRADE MARKS, AND THE PROHIBITION OF IMPORTS AND EXPORTS BEARING FALSE TRADE DESCRIPTIONS OR FORGED TRADE MARKS.

AT PRESENT UNDER THE MERCHANDISE MARKS ORDINANCE A +TRADE DESCRIPTION* IS DEFINED AS ANY STATEMENT OR INDICATION - DIRECT OR INDIRECT - REFERRING TO THE PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS, COMPOSITION, QUALITY, FITNESS OF PURPOSE AS WELL AS THE PLACE AND MODE OF MANUFACTURE.

HOWEVER, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, UNDER THE PROPOSED BILL THE DEFINITION WOULD EXTEND TO ALL CHARACTERISTICS OF GOODS WHICH COULD BE FACTUALLY ASSESSED AND WHICH WERE LIKELY TO BE IMPORTANT TO THE BUYER.

♦IN PARTICULAR,* HE SAID, +THE NEW DEFINITION INCLUDES THE METHOD OF PROCESSING OR RECONDITIONING, TESTING AND ITS RESULTS, AND OTHER HISTORY SUCH AS PREVIOUS OWNERSHIP OR USE, WHICH MAY BE CF INTEREST TO THE PURCHASER.*

THE BILL CONTINUES TO MAKE IT AN OFFENCE FOR ANYONE TO APPLY FALSE TRADE DESCRIPTIONS TO GOODS, OR TO SUPPLY GOODS TO WHICH FALSE TRADE DESCRIPTIONS HAVE BEEN APPLIED.

THE SPOKESMAN FURTHER EXPLAINED THAT AT PRESENT THERE WERE NO REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCH AS THE COMPOSITION, INGREDIENTS, NET WEIGHT AND MANUFACTURE DATE TO BE APPLIED TO GOODS.

THE BILL EMPOWERS THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL TO STIPULATE THAT GOODS ARE IN FUTURE SO MARKED, OR ACCOMPANIED BY THE RELEVANT INFORMATION.

*IT IS ENVISAGED,* SAID THE SPOKESMAN, *THAT MARKING ORDERS WILL BE SOUGHT FOR GOODS IN RESPECT OF WHICH PURCHASERS CAN BE EASILY DECEIVED, FOR EXAMPLE CERTAIN FOODSTUFFS AND GOLD ARTICLES.*

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HE SAID IT WAS PLANNED TO ESTABLISH AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE, TO INCLUDE TRADE AND CONSUMER COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES* TO ADVISE ON WHICH GOODS SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO MARKING ORDERS.

FOR GOLD ARTICLES A 1972 AMENDMENT TO THE MERCHANDISE MARKS ORDINANCE PROHIBITS THE DESCRIPTION OF AN ARTICLE AS GOLD IF ITS GOLD CONTENT IS LESS THAN EIGHT CARATS. THIS PROVISION WILL BE RETAINED.

AS A MEANS OF STOPPING POSSIBLE UNETHICAL PRACTICES BY ADVERTISERS OR THEIR AGENTS, IT IS INTENDED TO EXTEND THE LAW BY BRINGING WITHIN ITS OPERATION MISDESCRIPTIONS USED IN ADVERTISEMENTS, AND ORAL MISDESCRIPTIONS.

THE DEFINITION OF ADVERTISEMENT INCLUDES CATALOGUES, CIRCULARS AND PRICE LISTS.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED1 *IN ORDER TO CONFER PROTECTION ON INNOCENT PUBLISHERS, THE BILL PROVIDES THAT IT WOULD BE A VALID DEFENCE IF THEY COULD PROVE THEY RECEIVED THE ADVERTISEMENT IN THE COURSE OF THEIR BUSINESS AND DID NOT KNOW THAT IT INFRINGED PROVISIONS OF THE BILL.*

THE BILL RETAINS EXISTING PROVISIONS RELATING TO THE FORGING OF TRADE MARKS, THEIR APPLICATION AND OTHER CONNECTED OFFENCES.

OFFENCES INCLUDE FORGING, FALSIFYING ANY GENUINE TRADE MARK, AND +MAKING OR HAVING INSTRUMENTS FOR THE PURPOSE OF FORGING.*

♦THE BILL PROHIBITS THE IMPORT OR EXPORT OF GOODS TO WHICH A FALSE TRADE DESCRIPTION OR FORGED TRADE MARK IS APPLIED,* EXPLAINED THE SPOKESMAN. *BUT A DEFENCE IS PROVIDED WHERE THE OFFENDER WAS ABLE TO PROVE HE DID NOT KNOW, HAD NO REASON TO SUSPECT AND COULD NOT REASONABLY HAVE FOUND OUT THAT THE GOODS HAD A FALSE TRADE DESCRIPTION OR FORGED TRADE MARK, OR IF HE WAS ABLE TO PROVE THAT THE GOODS WERE NOT INTENDED FOR TRADE OR BUSINESS.*

GOODS IN TRANSIT ARE NOT SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS.

ALSO, THE BILL EXEMPTS GOODS FOR EXPORT FROM THE QUANTITY, SIZE AND GAUGE ASPECTS OF A TRADE DESCRIPTION. THIS IS BECAUSE UNITS OF QUANTITY SOMETIMES HAVE DIFFERENT MEANINGS IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES.

NOR ARE PROVISIONS MADE FOR THE PROHIBITION OF MISDESCRIPTION IN RESPECT OF PRICES, SERVICES, ACCOMMODATION AND FACILITIES. THESE ARE TO BE LOOKED AT IN CONSULTATION WITH THE NEW ADVISORY COMMITTEE AT A LATER STAGE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ENFORCEMENT.

THE BILL PROVIDED, TOO, THAT WHERE AN OWNER SUFFERED A LOSS THROUGH WRONGFUL SEIZURE OR DETENTION OF HIS GOODS, HE COULD MAKE A CLAIM FOR COMPENSATION.

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REINFORCED DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION WILL HELP DEVELOPMENT OF NEW TOWNS

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THE +TIMELY+ PROPOSAL BY THE GOVERNMENT TO REINFORCE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION WILL HELP SIGNIFICANTLY IN FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW TOWNS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR AUGUSTINE CHUI KAM, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

MR CHUI WAS SPEAKING TO THE LIONS CLUB OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ON THE GREEN PAPER, *A PATTERN OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION IN HONG NONG+, PUBLISHED LAST FRIDAY.

MR CHUI SAID AN IMPORTANT PROPOSAL IN THE GREEN PAPER WAS TO DIVIDE THE NEW TERRITORIES INTO CONSTITUENCIES, EACH OF WHICH WOULD HAVE A REPRESENTATIVE ELECTED BY THE PUBLIC TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION. THESE REPRESENTATIVES WOULD BE ELECTED TO DISTRICT BOARDS, WHICH WOULD REPLACE THE EIGHT DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARDS SET UP IN 1977.

THE GREEN PAPER, HE SAID, HAD SUGGESTED THAT AN ELECTED ELEMENT WOULD STRENGTHEN THE POSITION OF UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARDS AND INCREASE THEIR INFLUENCE.

HE RECALLED THAT IN RECENT YEARS THE GOVERNMENT HAD ATTACHED GREAT IMPORTANCE TO IMPLEMENTATION OF POLICIES AT DISTRICT LEVEL AND HAD REVIEWED AND STUDIED REGULARLY WAYS OF BETTER SERVING THE NEEDS OF PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICTS.

AS NEW TOWNS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES BEGAN TO BE ESTABLISHED DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION HAD BEEN STRENGTHENED BY THE FORMATION OF TOWN MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES.

MEMBERS OF THESE COMMITTEES INCLUDED REPRESENTATIVES OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS IN THE DISTRICTS. TOWN MANAGERS OR DISTRICT OFFICERS, AS CHAIRMEN, WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR CO-ORDINATING GOVERNMENT PLANS AND POLICIES.

CO-ORDINATION AMONG DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS HAD ALSO HELPED INCREASE GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATIVE EFFECTIVENESS AS A WHOLE AT DISTRICT LEVEL.

MR CHUI SAID A SUCCESSFUL DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION WOULD BE ENHANCED BY THE PARTICIPATION OF ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES.

THE GOVERNMENT FELT THAT ITS SERVICES SHOULD BE ASSESSED BY RESIDENTS OF DISTRICTS AND INADEQUACIES DRAWN TO THE ATTENTION OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL.

MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARDS CAME FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE. THEY WERE CAPABLE AND KNOWLEDGEABLE PEOPLE, FAMILIAR WITH LOCAL CONDITIONS.

SINCE THE INCEPTION OF THE DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD SCHEME THE EFFECTIVENESS OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION HAD BEEN INCREASED.

BESIDES THOSE APPOINTED TO THE BOARDS BY THE GOVERNMENT, THE CHAIRMEN OF RURAL COMMITTEES ALSO SERVED AS MEMBERS. THUS, PROBLEMS IN THE NEW TOWNS AND OLD VILLAGES COULD BOTH BE LOOKED AFTER BY THE BOARD.

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MR CHUI SAID THE GREEN PAPER STATED CLEARLY THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO GIVE DUE REGARD. TO THE POSITION AND WORK OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK AND RURAL COMMITTEES TO ENSURE THAT BOTH TRADITION AND PROGRESS WOULD HAVE A PLACE IN DISTRICT AFFAIRS SO THAT INDIGENOUS PEOPLE AND NEW RESIDENTS WOULD LIVE TOGETHER HARMONIOUSLY.

TURNING TO THE URBAN AREA, MR CHUI SAID A DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE HAD BEEN SET UP IN KWUN TONG, SIMILAR IN NATURE TO TOWN MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE GREEN PAPER PROPOSED THAT THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE SCHEME BE EXTENDED TO OTHER DISTRICTS IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS.

ONCE THESE COMMITTEES WERE ESTABLISHED, UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WOULD BE APPOINTED AND DISTRICT BOARDS, TO BE CHAIRED BY CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS, FORMED. SEATS WOULD BE RESERVED ON EACH BOARD FOR ELECTED AND APPOINTED MEMBERS OF THE URBAN COUNCIL SO THAT THEY COULD PARTICIPATE IN ITS WORK.

TO AVOID INFRINGING UPON THE PREROGATIVE OF THE URBAN COUNCIL AND DUPLICATION OF THE ELECTORAL SYSTEM, THERE WOULD BE NO ELECTED MEMBERS ON THESE URBAN BOARDS AND THEIR TERMS OF REFERENCE WOULD BE SLIGHTLY NARROWER IN SCOPE THAN THOSE OF THEIR NEW TERRITORIES COUNTERPARTS.

AS URBAN COUNCILLORS WOULD BE PROVIDED WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WORK OF DISTRICT BOARDS, THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO DISTRICTS WOULD BE GREATER AND THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES INCREASED SINCE THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS COULD INCLUDE ALL MATTERS DISCUSSED AT BOARD MEETINGS.

MR CHUI SAID THE GREEN PAPER ALSO PROPOSED THAT SUFFRAGE BE EXTENDED THROUGH LEGISLATION TO ALL RESIDENTS OVER THE AGE OF 21 WITH AT LEAST THREE YEARS RESIDENCE IN HONG KONG.

HE HOPED THAT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WOULD STUDY THE PROPOSALS IN THE GREEN PAPER CAREFULLY AND MAKE THEIR VIEWS KNOWN TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR CONSIDERATION.

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KWUN TONG CLEAN-UP * M * M

THE ENVIRONMENT SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE IS LAUNCHING A LARGE-SCALE OPERATION TO CLEAN UP ALL BACK LANES TN THE DISTRICT’S INDUSTRIAL AREA.

THE CAMPAIGN, KNOWN AS ^OPERATION IMPACT+, IS TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT IN THE AREA AND TO CREATE A VISUAL IMPACT ON WORKERS AND FACTORY OPERATORS ON THE EFFECTS OF A CLEAN AND HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT.

THE FOUR-WEEK OPERATION, WHICH COVERS THE DISTRICT’S INDUSTRIAL AREA BOUNDED BY KWUN TONG ROAD, HOI BUN ROAD, LA'I YIP STREET AND WING YIP STREET, STARTED ON JUNE 2.

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MR DAVID TSUI, KWUN TONG CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER WHO IS ALSO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE SAID THE EXERCISE HAD BEEN PROVED TO BE VERY WORTHWHILE AS PEOPLE IN THE AREA COULD EASILY FEEL THE DIFFERENCE AT A BACK LANE BEFORE AND AFTER IT WAS CLEANED UP.

THE TIDY-UP OPERATION IS BEING CARRIED OUT BY CLEANSING STAFF OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT BACKED BY A WATER TANK AND TWO REFUSE COLLECTION LORRIES.

WE INTEND TO CARRY OUT THIS EXERCISE SYSTEMATICALLY BY DIVIDING THE WHOLE INDUSTRIAL AREA INTO 16 ZONES, AND WE HOPE THAT BY DOING THIS WE CAN MAKE FACTORY OPERATORS MORE AWARE WHAT A CLEAN ENVIRONMENT WOULD MEAN TO THEM AND THEIR WORKERS,♦ SAID MR TSUI.

HE NOTED THAT UNDER THE LEASE CONDITIONS, THE 3-METRE WIDE STRIP ON EACH SIDE OF A BACK LANE IS THE LAND GRANTED TO RESPECTIVE FACTORY OWNERS AND IT IS THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAINTAIN THE AREA CLEAN AND TIDY, WHILE THE GOVERNMENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CLEANLINESS OF THE CENTRAL PART OF THE BACK LANE.

AS A START,+ MR TSUI SAID, ♦OUR SPECIAL WORKFORCE HAS CLEARED ALL DEBRIS AND REFUSE ON THE WHOLE WIDTH OF EACH BACK LANE AND HOSING IT DOWN WITH DETERGENT. SO FAR ABOUT THREE TONNES OF REFUSE AND DEBRIS HAVE BEEN DISPOSED OF EACH DAY BY THE CLEANSING TEAM.

BY DOING THIS, WE HOPE TO CREATE A VISUAL IMPACT ON PEOPLE IN THE AREA AND HOPE THE FACTORY OPERATORS CONCERNED WILL KEEP UP OUR GOOD WORK BY MAINTAINING THEIR RESPECTIVE AREAS CLEAN AND TIDY THEREAFTER.+

TO FURTHER IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT IN KWUN TONG, THE LOCAL DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE HAS ALSO APPROVED A PLAN TO LANDSCAPE A VACANT LOT OF CROWN LAND AT WAN HON STREET AND TO CONVERT IT INTO A SITTING-OUT AREA.

IN ADDITION, THE COMMITTEE HAS ALLOCATED S50 000 FOR A TREE-PLANTING SCHEME TO BEAUTIFY THE CENTRAL DIVIDER AREA ALONG A SECTION OF KWUN TONG ROAD BETWEEN SHUN YEE STREET AND HONG TAK ROAD WHICH IS KNOWN AS ONE OF THE GREY AREAS IN THE DISTRICT.

ALL THESE PROJECTS ARE BEING CARRIED OUT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE URBAN COUNCIL.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

A SPECIAL USD CLEANSING TEAM WILL CLEAN UP BACK LANES IN AN AREA BOUNDED BY HOW MING STREET, HUNG TO ROAD AND TSUN YIP STREET IN KWUN TONG ON THURSDAY (JUNE 12). YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE CLEAN-UP ON THAT DAY. THEY ARE REQUESTED TO ASSEMBLE IN THE KWUN TONG CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AT THE KWUN TONG GOVERNMENT BRANCH OFFICE, 3RD FLOOR, TUNG YAN STREET, KWUN TONG, AT 10 AM ON THURSDAY.

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A TEAM OF OFFICIALS HEADED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, WILL LEAVE SHORTLY FOR LONDON WHERE SUBSTANTIVE bEGOTIATIONS WILL TAKE PLACE WITH OFFICIALS OF THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE ON THE POSSIBILITY OF INCREASING THE SIZE OF THE HONG KONG GARRISON AND ARRANGEMENTS FOR ITS COSTING.

THE TEAM WILL ALSO INCLUDE THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR L.M, DAVIES AND THREE OTHER OFFICERS. THE NEGOTIATIONS WILL START ON JUNE 16.

MR F.K. LI, SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, WILL ACT AS CHIEF SECRETARY IN SIR PHILIP’S ABSENCE.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

A ROUND OF PRELIMINARY DISCUSSIONS WAS HELD IN MARCH 1980 AT WHICH ISSUES WERE IDENTIFIED AND A FRAMEWORK FOR SUBSTANTIVE NEGOTIATIONS WAS ESTABLISHED.

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VIEWS ARE BEING SOUGHT ON THE RECENTLY PUBLISHED GREEN PAPER ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION IN HONG KONG, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN REMINDED THE PUBLIC TODAY.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WISHING TO STUDY THE GREEN PAPER BEFORE SUBMITTING THEIR COMMENTS CAN OBTAIN COPIES FROM ALL CITY DISTRICT OFFICES IN THE URBAN AREAS AND DISTRICT OFFICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID SUBMISSIONS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO THE DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT SERVICES, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG.

THREE MONTHS HAVE BEEN SET ASIDE FOR THOSE INTERESTED TO STUDY ALL ASPECTS OF THE PROPOSALS AND, BASED ON COMMENTS RECEIVED, IT IS HOPED TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION EARLY NEXT YEAR FOLLOWING PUBLICATION OF A WHITE PAPER.

+THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF VIEWS THEREFORE IS AUGUST 31, 1980,* THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT.

THE GREEN PAPER, PUBLISHED ON JUNE 6, CONTAINS PROPOSALS PRINCIPALLY DIRECTED TO THE BETTER CO-ORDINATION AND RESPONSIVENESS OF ADMINISTRATION AT DISTRICT LEVEL, AND TO THE GREATER PARTICIPATION OF RESIDENTS OF EACH DISTRICT.

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PUBLIC TALKS ON LABOUR MATTERS * * * *

OFFICERS OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT GAVE A TOTAL OF 14 TALKS TO THE PUBLIC LAST MONTH.

THE TALKS COVERING DIFFERENT TOPICS WERE GIVEN TO TRADE UNIONS, TECHNICAL INSTITUTES, AN INDUSTRY PROMOTION ORGANISATION, A SERVICE CLUB AND NURSES OF A GOVERNMENT HOSPITAL.

TOPICS INCLUDED INDUSTRIAL SAFETY, THE STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND LABOUR LEGISLATION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT TODAY POINTED OUT THAT A TOTAL OF 54 TALKS WERE GIVEN DURING THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF THIS YEAR TO KEEP MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC BETTER INFORMED OF THE LOCAL LABOUR SCENE, LABOUR LAW, LABOUR RELATIONS AND INDUSTRIAL SAFETY.

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NO RIGHT-TURN INTO ARRAN STREET * * * * *

VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TURN RIGHT INTO ARRAN STREET FROM NATHAN ROAD FROM 10 PM ON THURSDAY (JUNE 12) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

THE ARRANGEMENT IS TO FACILITATE MTR CONSTRUCTION WORK IN THE AREA.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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■nin..r^UP?LY SALT WATER FOR FLUSHING TO EAST KOWLOON WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR 12 HOURS ON THURSDAY (JUNE 12) BETWEEN 10 AM AND

THE AREAS T0 BE AFFECTED ARE HUNG HOM, TO KWA WAN, KOWLOON

AND K0WL0°N CITY AND INCLUDE WANG TAU HOM, LO FU, TUNG TAU AND WONG TAI SIN ESTATES.

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WATER CUT * * *

WATER SUPPLY TO AN AREA OF YAU MA TEI WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR SIX HOURS ENDING AT 6 AM ON FRIDAY (JUNE 13), FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA IS BOUNDED BY KANSU STREET, NATHAN ROAD, WING SING LANE, RECLAMATION STREET, PUBLIC SQUARE STREET AND CANTON ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 1980

CONTENTS PaiGE NO.

HONG KONG aCTS ON TEXTILE FR..UDS ............................... 1

NEw TERRITORIES COVERED BY RENT LAWS ............................ 2

INSURANCE COMPANY TOLD TO CEaJSE BUSINESS ....................... 3

RAPE VICTIMS PROTECTED FROL PUBLICITY ........................... 4

POWER TRANSMISSION BILL A JUST BALANCE .......................... 5

NEW LAW TO PROTECT CREDITORS .................................... 6

PYR.J1ID SELLING CONTAINS ELEMENTS OF DISaSTER .................. 6

TAX AVOIDANCE DEVICE COUNTERED .................................. 8

GAS SMELLS NOT rLaZaiRDOUS ...................................... 8

IDENTITY CaRDS ISSUED TO CHINESE IMMIGRANTS ..................... 9

GAS SUPPLY ARRANGEMENTS TO BE REVIEWED ......................... 10

CONTROLLED REFUSE TIPPING PRACTISED WORLDWIDE .................. 10

BEGGING FOR A LIVING NOT NECESSARY ............................. 11

PILOT RESERVOIR SPORTS SCHEME .................................. 11

MORE LAB TECHNICIANS FOR SCHOOLS ............................... 12

COMMISSIONER OF TR/JJE RETURNS FROM CHINA ...................... 12

GRANTHaM SCHOLARSHIPS FOR APPLICATION .......................... 13

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

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HONG KONG ACTS ON TEXTILE FRAUDS M * X X

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WAS TOLD TODAY THAT A PROBABLE INCREASE IN THE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR TEXTILE FRAUDS FROM $50 000 TO $500 000- AND THE INTRODUCTION OF IMPORT LICENCES WERE TWO MOVES PLANNED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS.

ANSWERING QUESTIONS BY THE HON FRANCIS TIEN, THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, THE HON BILL DORWARD SAID THE PRESENT MAXIMUM PENALTY WAS A FINE OF $50 000 AND ONE YEAR’S IMPRISONMENT.

+1 RECENTLY TOOK THE ADVICE OF THE TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD ON THE ADEQUACY OF THIS PENALTY AND THE VIEW OF THE BOARD, WHICH I FULLY ACCEPT, IS THAT IN PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES IT PROBABLY IS INADEQUATE. I PROPOSE TO SEEK PERMISSION TO INTRODUCE LATER INTO THIS COUNCIL AN AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD HAVE THE EFFECT OF INCREASING THE PENALTIES TO PROBABLY $500 000, WITH PERHAPS AN INCREASE IN THE IMPRISONMENT PENALTY AS WELL.+

MR DORWARD SAID HE HOPED TO INTRODUCE, IN A MATTER OF WEEKS, A SYSTEM OF IMPORT LICENCING FOR ALL TEXTILES INTO HONG KONG.

FOLLOWING THE MEETING OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR DORWARD STRESSEDi +THE IMPORT LICENCES WILL BE ISSUED AUTOMATICALLY AND FREE OF CHARGE. THERE IS NO QUESTION OF THEM BEING USED TO RESTRICT IMPORTS.*

CONTINUING HIS REPLY TO MR TIEN, HE SAIDi +THIS WILL ENABLE US TO INSTITUTE A SURVEILANCE SYSTEM, AND TO MONITOR THE MOVEMENT OF SUCH TEXTILES AND TO SPOT CHECK THEM WHEN THEY ARE TO BE RE-EXPORTED FROM HONG KONG.+

HE SAID A FURTHER MOVE WAS AN INCREASE IN THE INVESTIGATION STAFF BY SEPTEMBER FROM 200 TO 285 OFFICERS.

♦EIGHT COMPANIES HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFULLY PROSECUTED FOR TEXTILE FRAUDS, AND ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION INVOLVING THE SURRENDER OF QUOTA HAS BEEN TAKEN AGAINST 34 COMPANIES. FURTHER CASES ARE PENDING.

♦WE ARE KEENLY AWARE THAT DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES DEVELOP WHICH CALL FOR NEW OR INTENSIFIED MEASURES. LAST YEAR THERE WERE SOME WELL PUBLICISED FRAUD CASES WHERE HONG KONG TEXTILES FOUND THEIR WAY INTO THE EEC MARKET UNDER FALSE CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN ISSUED IN THIRD COUNTRIES. THESE WERE DETECTED BY AN INVESTIGATION CARRIED OUT IN CLOSE CO-OPERATION WITH THE EUROPEAN AGENCIES CONCERNED, NOTABLY THE UNITED KINGDOM CUSTOMS,+ HE SAID.

MR DORWARD SAID THERE HAD BEEN A RECENT SPATE OF ALLEGATIONS, MOSTLY UNSUBSTANTIATED, CONCERNING EXPORTS OF THIRD COUNTRY PRODUCTS DESCRIBED AS OF HONG KONG ORIGIN.

♦OUR OWN INVESTIGATIONS HAVE SHOWN THERE TO BE SOME SUBSTANCE IN THIS PROBLEM, AND A NUMBER OF INVESTIGATIONS ARE IN TRAIN. FOUR PROSECUTIONS HAVE BEEN TAKEN SO FAR THIS YEAR,+ HE SAID.

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LAST YEAR HONG KONG ISSUED OVER 800 000 CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN, AND LESS THAN 150 OFFENCES WERE DETECTED AND SUCCESSFULLY PROSECUTED.

♦NO MATTER HOW RELATIVELY INSIGNIFICANT THESE MALPRACTICES, THEY COULD BE USED TO DISTORT AND DAMAGE OUR TRADING RELATIONS. IT IS FOR THIS REASON HONG KONG HAS ALWAYS PLACED GREAT EMPHASIS ON POLICING ITS CERTIFICATION AND QUOTA SYSTEMS, AND WE INTEND TO CONTINUE TO DO S0,+ HE SAID.

MR DORWARD ADDED THAT FOR NEARLY 30 YEARS HONG KONG HAD BEEN BUILDING UP AND OPERATING WHAT IS, HE BELIEVED, OBJECTIVELY ' RECOGNISED AS ONE OF THE MOST EFFICIENT ORIGIN AND QUOTA CONTROL SYSTEMS IN THE WORLD. >

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NEW TERRITORIES COVERED BY RENT LAWS *****

A BILL CLARIFYING THAT ALL POSTWAR PREMISES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ARE UNDER RENT CONTROLS AS PROVIDED IN THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) ORDINANCE WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND PASSED INTO LAW TODAY.

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION)(AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1980, THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, THE HON DONALD LIAO SAID THERE WERE DOUBTS RECENTLY ABOUT THE APPLICATION TO THE NEW TERRITORIES OF THE PROVISIONS OF THE ORDINANCE RELATING TO POSTWAR PREMISES.

IT HAS BEEN SUGGESTED THAT, BY VIRTUE OF THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) ORDINANCE (APPLICATION TO NEW TERRITORIES) ORDER MADE IN 1954, PARTS II, IV AND V OF THAT ORDINANCE HAVE NEVER, SINCE THAT TIME, APPLIED TO THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR LIAO SAID.

HOWEVER. HE CONTINUED, THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL HAD APPROVED, AFTER AN INTENSIVE DEBATE, THE EXTENSION OF THE PART II RENT CONTROLS TO ALL POSTWAR DOMESTIC PREMISES IN HONG KONG OTHER THAN THOSE SPECIFICALLY EXEMPTED.

♦ALL AVAILABLE EVIDENCE INDICATES THAT THE PUBLIC, THE LEGAL PROFESSION AND THE COURTS HAVE, OVER THE YEARS, ACCEPTED THE APPLICATION OF PART II TO THE NEW TERRITORIES.♦

THE OBJECT OF THIS BILL IS TO REMOVE ANY DOUBTS AS TO THE APPLICATION OF PARTS II, IV AND V TO THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR LIAO SAID.

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INSURANCE COMPANY TOLD TO CEASE BUSINESS * * * * *

THE REGISTRAR GENERAL HAS INFORMED KYOTO INSURANCE LIMITED THAT ITS AUTHORISATION FOR CARRYING ON MOTOR VEHICLE INSURANCE BUSINESS IN HONG KONG IS TO BE WITHDRAWN FROM JUNE 21.

A NOTICE TO THIS EFFECT WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE ON FRIDAY, JUNE 13.

THE ACTION IS TAKEN UNDER SECTION 3 OF THE MOTOR VEHICLES INSURANCE (THIRD PARTY RISKS) ORDINANCE, WHICH EMPOWERS THE REGISTRAR GENERAL TO REVOKE SUCH AUTHORISATION WHERE HE CEASES TO BE SATISFIED AS TO THE FINANCIAL STABILITY OF A COMPANY CARRYING ON MOTOR VEHICLE INSURANCE BUSINESS IN HONG KONG.

THE IMMEDIATE EFFECT OF THE REVOCATION WILL BE THAT ALL MOTOR VEHICLE INSURANCE POLICIES ISSUED BY KYOTO INSURANCE LIMITED WILL CEASE TO BE VALID AS AT MIDNIGHT ON JUNE 20.

♦ALL MOTORISTS ARE REQUIRED BY LAW TO BE COVERED AGAINST THIRD PARTY BODILY RISK AND PASSENGER LIABILITY. IT WILL THEREFORE BE A MATTER OF THE GREATEST URGENCY FOR THOSE INSURED WITH THE COMPANY TO TAKE OUT NEW POLICIES WITH ANOTHER AUTHORISED COMPANY,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT IF ANY MOTORIST, WHO IS AT PRESENT COVERED BY A KYOTO INSURANCE LIMITED POLICY, FAILS TO TAKE OUT A NEW POLICY BY MIDNIGHT ON JUNE 20 AND USES HIS VEHICLE ON A PUBLIC ROAD AFTER THAT, HE WILL BE COMMITTING A STATUTORY OFFENCE FOR WHICH HE COULD BE FINED $10 000, BE IMPRISONED FOR UP TO A YEAR AND LOSE HIS LICENCE FOR UP TO THREE YEARS.

♦SECONDLY, AND POTENTIALLY EVEN MORE SERIOUS, IF A MOTORIST WITHOUT VALID INSURANCE COVER IS INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT, HE WILL BE PERSONALLY LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES AWARDED AGAINST HIM.

♦SUCH DAMAGES NOWADAYS CAN BE VERY HEAVY INDEED AND IT COULD TAKE THE MOTORIST THE REST OF HIS LIFE TO DISCHARGE HIS LIABILITY,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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RAPE VICTIMS PROTECTED FROM PUBLICITY ******

THE CRIMES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980, WHICH PROTECTS VICTIMS OF RAPE AND INDECENT ASSAULT FROM PUBLICITY FROM THE TIME THEY MAKE A POLICE REPORT, WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON JOHN GRIFFITHS EXPLAINED THAT AS THE LAW STOOD AT PRESENT, THE PROHIBITION ON PUBLICITY DID NOT OPERATE UNLESS AND UNTIL A PROSECUTION FOR THE OFFENCE STARTED.

THERE IS A PERIOD OF TIME BEFORE A CASE IS FIRST BROUGHT BEFORE ANY COURT AND ON OCCASIONS THIS LENGTH OF TIME MAY BE CONSIDERABLE, HE SAID.

♦EXPERIENCE HAS SHOWN THAT ON MANY OCCASIONS IRRESPONSIBLE ACTION IS TAKEN BY A FEW NEWSPAPERS WHICH NOT ONLY ATTEND AT THE SCENE OF THE RAPE, BUT ALSO TAKE DETAILED PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE VICTIM.

+1 HAVE HAD DRAWN TO MY ATTENTION HARROWING PHOTOGRAPHS OF ANGUISHED WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHED WHILST STILL SHOCKED BY THE EXPERIENCE THEY HAVE BEEN THROUGH,* HE SAID.

ON A FEW OCCASIONS IT MAY BE NECESSARY TO HAVE THE PROHIBITION LIFTED TO ASSIST IN CATCHING THE OFFENDER OR ALTERNATIVELY ON VERY INFREQUENT OCCASIONS TO PROTECT OTHER WOMEN IN A PARTICULAR AREA FROM A SIMILAR CRIME.

ACCORDINGLY, THE BILL WILL EMPOWER A POLICE OFFICER OF THE RANK OF SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT OR ABOVE, WITH THE CONSENT OF THE COMPLAINANT, TO ALLOW CERTAIN PUBLICITY TO BE GIVEN.

IF THE VICTIM IS NOT IN A CONDITION TO GIVE CONSENT OR REFUSES CONSENT, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IS EMPOWERED TO GIVE A SIMILAR DIRECTION.

I ANTICIPATE IT WOULD BE ONLY IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES THAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WOULD AGREE TO DO SO,* MR GRIFFITHS SAID.

♦NOTICE OF ANY SUCH DIRECTION WOULD HAVE TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE SO THAT IT MAY BE KNOWN TO THE MEDIA.*

IT FOLLOWS FROM WHAT I HAVE SAID THAT THE PRESS, RADIO AND TELEVISION WOULD BE WELL ADVISED UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES TO PUBLISH ANY MATTER LIKELY TO LEAD TO THE IDENTIFICATION OF ANY VICTIM, ONCE THIS BILL BECOMES LAW,* HE ADDED.

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POWER TRANSMISSION BILL A JUST BALANCE * * * *

THE ELECTRICITY NETWORKS (STATUTORY EASEMENTS) BILL 1980 STRIKES A JUST BALANCE BETWEEN THE NEEDS OF THE POWER COMPANIES AND THE CONSUMERS OF ELECTRICITY ON THE ONE HAND AND, ON THE OTHER HAND, THE RIGHTS OF THE PRIVATE LANDOWNERS WHOSE LAND MAY BE AFFECTED.

SPEAKING AT THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL TODAY, THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON DEREK JONES SAID NEW LEGISLATION HAD BECOME MORE NECESSARY GIVEN THE SCOPE OF THE TRANSMISSION NETWORKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE LARGE NEW POWER STATIONS NOW BEING BUILT AT TAP SHEK KOK AND ON LAMMA ISLAND.

♦THE MODE OF TRANSMISSION, BECAUSE OF THE COSTS INVOLVED AND THE IMPLICATIONS FOR THE CONSUMING PUBLIC, AND THE ROUTE OF THE TRANSMISSION LINES AND THEIR IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT, ARE MATTERS OF CONCERN TO THE GOVERNMENT AS WELL AS TO THE POWER COMPANIES.

♦ALTHOUGH, GENERALLY SPEAKING, IN PLANNING THE ROUTING OF TRANSMISSION LINES PRIVATE LAND IS AVOIDED AS FAR AS POSSIBLE, THIS CANNOT BE ALTOGETHER ACHIEVED AS PHYSICAL CONDITIONS AND PLANNING REQUIREMENTS CAN, IN PLACES, SEVERELY LIMIT THE CHOICE OF ROUTE,♦ HE SAID.

THE PRACTICE FOR POWER COMPANIES TO SEEK INFORMAL AGREEMENTS WITH CONCERNED LANDOWNERS IS A TIME-CONSUMING AND SOMETIMES FRUSTRATING PROCEDURE WHICH DOES NOT GIVE ADEQUATE PROTECTION TO THE INTERESTS OF EITHER PARTY, HE ADDED.

THE BILL WILL ENABLE THE POWER COMPANIES TO APPLY FOR THE RIGHT TO PLACE TRANSMISSION LINES OVER OR UNDER PRIVATE LAND, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME THE INTERESTS OF THE PRIVATE LANDOWNERS WILL BE SAFEGUARDED.

IT MAKES A POWER COMPANY LIABLE TO PAY COMPENSATION FOR ANY DIMINUTION IN THE VALUE OF PRIVATE LAND AS A RESULT OF THE CREATION OF AN EASEMENT,♦ MR JONES SAID.

CLAIMS FOR COMPENSATION WOULD NEED TO BE SUBMITTED TO THE POWER COMPANY AND THE SETTLEMENT OF CLAIMS WOULD THEN BE A MATTER BETWEEN THE COMPANY AND THE INDIVIDUAL CLAIMANT.

♦HOWEVER,+ HE NOTED, +IF AGREEMENT CANNOT BE REACHED, THE CLAIMANT WOULD BE ABLE TO REFER THE CLAIM TO THE LANDS TRIBUNAL FOR DETERMINATION.♦

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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NEW LAW TO PROTECT CREDITORS ******

A BILL SEEKING TO IMPROVE THE EXISTING LAW WHICH PROTECTS CREDITORS OF A BUSINESS IN A SALE OR TRANSFER OF ANY PART OF THE BUSINESS WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE TRANSFER OF BUSINESSES (PROTECTION OF CREDITORS) BILL 1980, THE LAW DRAFTSMAN, THE HON G.P. NAZARETH SAID IT WOULD RETAIN THE PROTECTION PROVIDED BY THE FRAUDULENT TRANSFER OF BUSINESSES ORDINANCE BUT WOULD QUALIFY IT SO FAR AS POSSIBLE TO MEET CRITICISM OF THE ORDINANCE.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THIS ORDINANCE, WHICH WOULD BE REPLACED BY THE BILL, WAS ENACTED IN 1923 TO COMBAT THE FRAUDULENT TRANSFER OF BUSINESSES WHICH LEFT CREDITORS WITHOUT ASSETS AGAINST WHICH TO PROCEED.

IT MAKES THE PERSON TO WHOM A BUSINESS IS TRANSFERRED LIABLE FOR ITS DEBTS UNTIL PUBLIC NOTICE OF THE TRANSFER IS GIVEN.

IN INTRODUCING THE LEGISLATION, THE THEN ATTORNEY GENERAL SAID IT WAS IN THE NATURE OF AN EXPERIMENT. ♦NOT SURPRISINGLY THEREFORE, THE ORDINANCE HAS BEEN SUBJECT TO INTERMITTENT CRITICISM,♦ MR NAZARETH SAID.

HE ADDED THAT IN RECENT YEARS CRITICISM HAD TENDED TO COME FROM RECEIVERS DISPOSING OF BUSINESSES WHO ARGUED THAT SECURED CREDITORS COULD BE PREJUDICED BY THE PROVISIONS OF THE ORDINANCE.

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PYRAMID SELLING CONTAINS ELEMENTS OF DISASTER

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A BILL SEEKING TO MAKE IT AN OFFENCE FOR ANY PERSON TO PROMOTE PYRAMID SELLING WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE PYRAMID SELLING PROHIBITION BILL 1980, THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON DAVID JEAFFRESON, SAID SUCH SCHEMES OFTEN SERVED NO ECONOMIC PURPOSE AND CONTAINED ELEMENTS OF DISASTER FOR THOSE WHO PARTICIPATE.

A PERSON WHO PAYS TO JOIN A SCHEME MAY FIND THAT HE IS UNABLE TO RECOUP HIS MONEY BY SELLING THE GOODS. AS THE REWARDS FOR RECRUITING USUALLY FAR EXCEED THOSE THE PARTICIPANTS CAN EARN FROM SELLING, HE CONCENTRATES ON RECRUITING OTHER PARTICIPANTS,* HE EXPLAINED.

THE SAME CONSIDERATION, MR JEAFFRESON SAID, COULD AFFECT THE ATTITUDES OF THOSE WHOM HE RECRUITED AND SO ON DOWN EACH STAGE OF THE PYRAMID.

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G00DS ARE FORGOTTEN as the salesmen multiply, yet each new RECRUIT IS PROBABLY HAVING TO BUY FROM THE ORGANISERS A FIXED QUANTITY OF GOODS TO SELL,* HE SAID.

THE SITUATION MIGHT END WITH THOSE AT THE TOP OF THE PYRAMID BEING RICH AS THE RESULTS OF SELLING THE RIGHT TO SELL AND THE GOODS THAT WERE TO BE SOLD, HE SAID.

♦AS WE LOOK DOWN THE PYRAMID THE PARTICIPANTS APPEAR TO BE LESS WELL OFF UNTIL WE FIND AT THE BASE A LARGE NUMBER OF SALESMEN WHO HAVE PAID FOR THEIR POSITION ON THE ONE HAND AND HAVE NO ALTERNATIVE BUT TO SETTLE DOWN AND SELL THOSE LONG FORGOTTEN GOODS ON THE OTHER,♦ MR JEAFFRESON ADDED.

MR JEAFFRESON POINTED OUT THAT THERE WAS EVIDENCE THAT THE HIGH PRESSURE RECRUITING TECHNIQUES ADOPTED BY SOME COMPANIES TENDED TO ATTRACT GULLIBLE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVING JUST LEFT SCHOOL, WERE DRAWN BY PROMISE OF RICHES WITHOUT HAVING THE MATURITY TO DISTINGUISH THE SNARES.

♦OUR CONCLUSION IS THAT WE ARE IN A SITUATION IN WHICH THESE YOUNG PEOPLE LACKING THE MATURITY TO RESIST THE LURES OF THE RECRUITERS PERHAPS CANNOT BE EXPECTED TO PROTECT THEMSELVES,♦ HE SAID.

♦SO WE JUST ABOUT HAVE A SITUATION WHICH MEETS OUR CRITERION FOR INTRODUCING LEGISLATION TO PROTECT THEM,* HE ADDED.

BUT MR JEAFFRESON SAID THERE HAD BEEN GREAT DIFFICULTY IN DEVISING A DEFINITION THAT DID NOT INADVERTENTLY OPERATE AGAINST REPUTABLE DIRECT SELLING ORGANISATIONS NOT USING PYRAMID SELLING TECHNIQUES.

♦TO THIS END, WE HAVE CONSULTED A NUMBER OF ORGANISATIONS, INCLUDING THE CONSUMER COUNCIL, THE DIRECT SELLING ASSOCIATION, THE LAW SOCIETY, THE BAR ASSOCIATION AND THE HONG KONG SOCIETY OF ACCOUNTANTS, AND HAVE ALSO DRAWN HEAVILY ON THE EXPERIENCE OF COUNTRIES THAT HAVE LEGISLATED AGAINST PYRAMID SELLING,* HE SAID.

POINTING OUT THAT IT WAS A TRICKY AREA IN WHICH TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION, MR JEAFFRESON SA IDs +IF IN PRACTICE WE FIND WE HAVE NOT GOT IT QUITE RIGHT, WE MAY HAVE TO COME BACK TO THIS COUNCIL TO AMEND THE DEFINITION.*

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TAX AVOIDANCE DEVICE COUNTERED * * *

THE USE OF CONTRIVED CESSATIONS OF BUSINESSES TO AVOID TAX WILL BE COUNTERED BY THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) (NO 2) BILL 1980, THE ACTING CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS AFTERNOON.

SPEAKING AT THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, SIR PHILIP POINTED OUT THAT PROVISIONS IN THE MAIN ORDINANCE TO HELP BUSINESSES WHOSE ACCOUNTING PERIODS END OTHER THAN ON MARCH 31, HAVE BEEN EXPLOITED BY SOME LARGE PROPERTY DEVELOPERS AT A CONSIDERABLE COST TO THE REVENUE.

♦IN 1979-80 THE LOSS MIGHT HAVE BEEN AS MUCH AS $50 MILLION,* HE SAID.

♦AS THERE IS NO TIME LIMIT ON THESE CONTRIVED CESSATIONS OF BUSINESS, WITHOUT CORRECTIVE LEGISLATION NOW, CONSIDERABLE SUMS OF FUTURE REVENUE WILL REMAIN AT RISK,+ HE ADDED.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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GAS SMELLS NOT HAZARDOUS M * * M N *

ONE THING DEFINITELY ESTABLISHED BY THE SEARCHES AND INVESTIGATIONS INTO REPORTS OF GAS SMELLS IN SCHOOLS IS THAT WE ARE NOT DEALING WITH A GAS THAT IS PRESENT IN ANYTHING APPROACHING HAZARDOUS CONCENTRATIONS, THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON DEREK JONES SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION RAISED BY THE HON T.S. LO, MR JONES SAIDi +THE PRESS REPORTS REFERRING TO ’TOXIC’ GASES, ’GASSING’ INCIDENTS AND CHILDREN BEING ’OVERCOME’ ARE THEREFORE, IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES, EXAGGERATED AND MISLEADING AND ARE LIABLE TO LEAD TO UNNECESSARY ALARM.♦

MR JONES SAID THE INVESTIGATIONS WERE CONTROLLED AND CO-ORDINATED BY A COMMITTEE OF SENIOR REPRESENTATIVES OF ALL THE DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED UNDER HIS CHAIRMANSHIP.

THE COMMITTEE HEARD AND ASSESSED REPORTS ON THE DAY’S INVESTIGATIONS AND PROVIDED GUIDANCE ON THE DIRECTIONS WHICH FURTHER WORK ON THE PROBLEM SHOULD TAKE.

DESPITE THE THOROUGHNESS OF ALL THESE EFFORTS TO TRACE THE SOURCE OF THE EMISSION, IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO DO SO WITH ANY CERTAINTY, ALTHOUGH THERE WERE INDICATIONS THAT LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS MAY HAVE BEEN IMPLICATED IN SOME WAY, MR JONES SAID.

HE WAS INFORMED BY THE GOVERNMENT’S PROFESSIONAL ADVISERS THAT THIS WAS NOT ALTOGETHER SURPRISING, +AS, IN THEIR EXPERIENCE, IT USUALLY PROVES IMPOSSIBLE IN CASES OF THIS SORT TO LOCATE THE SOURCE OF THE TROUBLE.

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♦THIS IS BECAUSE, ON THE OF SPILLAGE THAT IS INVOLVED, QUICKLY, AND SO IS NOT PICKED CARRIED OUT.

AND, ON THE OTHER HAND PLACE AFFECTED IS TRANSITORY A SAMPLE FOR ANALYSIS.

ONE HAND, WHICH CAN UP IN THE

IT IS OFTEN SOME FORM EVAPORATE OR SOAK AWAY FIELD SEARCHES THAT ARE

THE PRESENCE OF THE ODOUR IN THE SO THAT IT IS DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN

* ^5 IF ,T WERE POSSIBLE TO OBTAIN A SAMPLE, THE CONCENTRATIONS INVOLVED COULD WELL BE BELOW THE DETECTION LIMITS OF THE BEST SCIENTIFIC EQUIPMENT.

+THE HUMAN NOSE IS GENERALLY FAR MORE SENSITIVE TO ODOURS THAN EVEN THE MOST ELABORATE SCIENTIFIC EQUIPMENT,’ HE ADDED.

MR JONES SAID IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE FOR HIM TO GIVE AN ASSURANCE THAT THERE WOULD BE NO FUTURE ACCIDENTAL SPILLAGES OR SHORT PERIODS OF EMISSION OF SOME GASEOUS SUBSTANCE OR OTHER THAT WOULD GIVE RISE TO OBJECTIONABLE SMELLS.

BUT WE HAVE LEARNT SOMETHING FROM THESE INCIDENTS AND WE HAVE IMPROVED OUR ARRANGEMENTS FOR RESPONDING TO THEM IN A MORE STRUCTURED WAY.+ HE SAID.

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IDENTITY CARDS ISSUED TO CHINESE IMMIGRANTS ******

IN THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, WERE ISSUED TO LEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM CHINA, IMMIGRANTS FROM ALL SOURCES.

24 908 IDENTITY CARDS AND 34 518 TO ILLEGAL

THIS WAS DISCLOSED BY THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON LEWIS §J^ctLlTODAYLY T° * QUEST,0N BY THE H0N F.K. HU IN THE LEGISLATIVE

MR DAVIES POINTED OUT THAT THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT’S RECORDS OF IDENTITY CARDS ISSUED TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS DID NOT PROVIDE A DETAILED BREAKDOWN BY ORIGIN, BUT THE DEPARTMENT ESTIMATED THAT THOSE FROM CHINA ACCOUNTED FOR ABOUT 92 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL.

ON THIS BASIS IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THE NUMBER OF IDENTITY CARDS ISSUED TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM CHINA DURING THE FIVE MONTHS WAS 31 760, HE SAID.

MR DAVIES ADDED THAT LESS THAN 100 IDENTITY CARDS WERE ISSUED DURING THE PERIOD TO CHINESE IN TRANSIT FROM CHINA WHO HAD STAYED IN HONG KONG FOR LONGER THAN 180 DAYS.

IDENTITY CARDS ARE NOT ISSUED TO CHINESE WHO STOP IN HONG KONG IN TRANSIT TO CHINA.

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GAS SUPPLY ARRANGEMENTS TO BE REVIEWED * M W

ACTION IS NOW IN HAND TO OBTAIN THE SERVICES OF AN APPROPRIATE CONSULTANCY TO ADVISE ON ARRANGEMENTS FOR GAS SUPPLY AKKR0KR,ATt ,TS DISTRIBUTION IN STREETS AND BUILDINGS AND SAFETY tIJa5*RDS* ™E SECRETARY F0R SECURITY, THE HON LEWIS DAVIES SAID lUDAI•

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON LYDIA DUNN IN THE LEGISLATION ^NCIL, MR DAVIES SAID THESE MATTERS REQUIRED REVIEW AND HE HOPED

CONSULTANTS WOULD BE WORKING ON THESE ISSUES BEFORE THE END OF in Io 11An•

IN HIS REPLY, MR DAVIES SAID THERE WERE AT PRESENT wn STATUTORY REGULATIONS COVERING THE SUPPLY, INSTALLATION AND OPERATION OF GAS WATER HEATERS IN DOMESTIC PREMISES.

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CONTROLLED REFUSE TIPPING PRACTISED WORLDWIDE * ft * * * *

CONTROLLED TIPPING OF REFUSE IS A METHOD OF WASTE DISPOSAL WHICH HAS BEEN PROVEN TO BE ACCEPTABLE AND WHICH IS PRACTISED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, THE HON JACK STEAN, TODAY TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON WONG LAM, HE SAID CONTROLLED TIPPING IN HONG KONG WAS CARRIED OUT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PRINCIPLES ADOPTED ELSEWHERE, +THE METHOD BEING, THE SPREADING OF REFUSE IN THIN LAYERS, WHICH ARE THEN COMPACTED TO THE SMALLEST POSSIBLE VOLUME AND COVERED WITH SOIL AT THE END OF EACH WORKING DAY.

♦THIS METHOD IS CURRENTLY THE MEANS OF DISPOSING OF ABOUT TWO THIRDS OF HONG KONG’S REFUSE, AND IT IS THE MOST ECONOMICAL OF THE METHODS USED AND ULTIMATELY PRODUCES LAND WHICH CAN BE USED FOR RECREATIONAL PURPOSES,♦ HE SAID.

MR STEAN POINTED OUT THAT CONTROLLED TIPS WERE MONITORED BY THE GOVERNMENT CHEMIST ON A REGULAR BASIS AND WERE CAREFULLY SUPERVISED TO ENSURE THAT ENVIRONMENTALLY THEY REMAINED ACCEPTABLE.

♦THE GOVERNMENT IS ALWAYS ON THE LOOKOUT FOR POSSIBLE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE TECHNIQUE OF CONTROLLED TIPPING SUCH AS THE PRETREATMENT OF REFUSE BY BALING BEFORE CONTROLLED TIPPING,♦ HE ADDED.

♦TO THIS END, A PILOT BALING PLANT IS NOW UNDER TRIAL AT SAI TSO WAN.*

MR STEAN SAID THAT PULVERISATION OF REFUSE WAS ALSO BEING CONSIDERED AND A PULVERISER HAD BEEN INSTALLED AT T« CHAI WAN COMPOSTING PLANT, PRIMARILY AS PART OF THE PLANT.

HOWEVER, HE SAID, IT WAS TOO EARLY TO SAY WHAT THE RESULT OF THESE EXPERIMENTAL PROCESSES WOULD BE.

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BEGGING FOR A LIVING NOT NECESSARY * K M M

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, THE HON MRS ANSON CHAN SAID TODAY THAT THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE SCHEMES HAD MADE IT UNNECESSARY FOR ANYONE TO BEG FOR A LIVING.

IN REPLY TO THE HON ANDREW SO WHO ASKED WHAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS DOING TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO GIVE UP BEGGING, MRS CHAN SAID ALL KNOWN CASES WERE INVESTIGATED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND APPROPRIATE ASSISTANCE GIVEN, INCLUDING CASH ASSISTANCE, COMPASSIONATE REHOUSING, JOB PLACEMENT, INSTITUTIONAL CARE AND OTHER REHABILITATION SERVICES.

♦ THE GOVERNMENT BELIEVES THAT A CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT IN SOCIAL SERVICES COUPLED WITH EASY ACCESSIBILITY BY THOSE WHO REQUIRE HELP, WOULD ACT MORE EFFECTIVELY AGAINST BEGGING THAN PROSECUTIONS IN COURT,* SHE SAID.

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PLOVER COVE, SHING MUN AND HIGH ISLAND RESERVOIRS HAVE POTENTIAL FOR SAILING, CANOEING AND ROWING, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON F.K. LI TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHARLES YEUNG, MR LI SAID THE WORKING PARTY SET UP TO LOOK INTO THE USE OF RESERVOIRS FOR WATER SPORTS HAD REACHED THIS CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDED THAT A DETAILED ENGINEERING FEASIBILITY STUDY SHOULD BE CONDUCTED WITH A VIEW TO IDENTIFYING ONE OF THESE RESERVOIRS FOR A PILOT SCHEME.

♦THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT ENDORSED THE WORKING PARTY’S RECOMMENDATION AND THE PUBLIC WORKS SUB-COMMITTEE APPROVED IN DECEMBER 1979 A CATEGORY D ITEM IN THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME FOR THE ENGAGEMENT OF A CONSULTANT TO UNDERTAKE THE INVESTIGATION.

♦THE DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES IS NOW LOOKING FOR A SUITABLE CONSULTANT,♦ MR LI SAID.

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MORE LAB TECHNICIANS FOR SCHOOLS ******

PROPOSALS REGARDING THE ESTABLISHMENT AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE OF LABORATORY TECHNICIANS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS WILL BE TABLED AT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT STAFF CONSULTATIVE COUNCIL ON JUNE 18, THE HON KENNETH TOPLEY, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION SAID TODAY.

THIS WAS DISCLOSED IN HIS REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE REV THE HON JOYCE BENNETT IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

♦THE PROPOSED ALTERATION TO THE MANNING SCALE WILL INCREASE THE NUMBER OF LABORATORY TECHNICIAN POSTS IN BOTH GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND THERE WILL BE A MINOR AMENDMENT TO CONDITIONS OF SERVICE,* MR TOPLEY SAID.

THE PROPOSALS ARE BASED ON A REPORT SUBMITTED IN MAY LAST YEAR BY A WORKING GROUP IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SET UP TO LOOK INTO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF LABORATORY TECHNICIANS IN SCHOOLS WHERE THE NEW CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT SYLLABUSES FOR INTEGRATED SCIENCE ARE BEING IMPLEMENTED.

THE NEXT STEP WOULD BE TO SUBMIT THE PROPOSALS TO THE FINANCE AND CIVIL SERVICE BRANCHES FOR CONSIDERATION, MR TOPLEY SAID, AND ULTIMATELY THE DECISION TO APPROVE THE NEW MANNING SCALE AND THE PROVISION OF THE NECESSARY FUNDS WOULD REST WITH THE FINANCE COMMITTEE.

♦I CANNOT SAY THEREFORE WITH ANY DEGREE OF CERTAINTY WHETHER ADDITIONAL LABORATORY TECHNICIANS WILL BE IN POST IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS THIS SEPTEMBER,* HE SAID.

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COMMISSIONER OF TRADE RETURNS FROM CHINA

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THE COMMISSIONER OF TRADE, MR PETER TSAO HAS RETURNED FROM A VISIT TO CHINA.

MR TSAO VISITED PEKING LAST WEEK AT THE INVITATION OF THE CHINA TEXTILE IMPORT AND EXPORT CORPORATION FOR INFORMAL DISCUSSIONS

♦THE DISCUSSIONS WERE CONFINED TO TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF THE QUOTA CONTROL SYSTEM, IN PARTICULAR FLEXIBILITY PROVISIONS AND OTHER WAYS AND MEANS TO MAXIMISE THE UTILISATION OF THE RESTRAINT LIMIT SET OUT IN BILATERAL AGREEMENTS,* SAID MR TSAO.

*WE ALSO EXCHANGED VIEWS ON THE MULTILATERAL ASPECTS OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN TEXTILE,* HE ADDED.

MR TSAO HELD SIMILAR DISCUSSIONS WITH THE CORPORATION’S OFFICIALS IN SHANGHAI WHEN HE VISITED THE CITY ON MONDAY.

MR TSAO WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER IN CHARGE OF TRADE CONTROLS, MR DANIEL SUM.

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GRANTHAM SCHOLARSHIPS FOR APPLICATION ft ft ft ft

APPLICATIONS ARE BEING INVITED FOR A LIMITED NUMBER OF GRANTHAM SCHOLARSHIPS IN THE COMING SCHOOL YEAR.

APPLICANTS HAVE TO BE STUDENTS WHO ARE PURSUING

ft AN ANGLO-CHINESE SECONDARY COURSE-

ft CHINESE MIDDLE SECONDARY COURSE-

ft ONE-YEAR OR TWO-YEAR MATRICULATION COURSE-

ft TECHNICAL OR VOCATIONAL COURSE AT THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, OR INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL WORK TRAINING0

ft DIPLOMA COURSE AT THE HONG KONG BAPTIST COLLEGE, HONG KONG SHUE YAN COLLEGE, OR HONG KONG LING NAN COLLEGE- OR

ft FIRST DEGREE COURSE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG OR THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

ACCORDING TO A SPOKESMAN FOR THE GRANTHAM SCHOLARSHIPS FUND COMMITTEE, THE OVER-RIDING CRITERION FOR AWARD WILL BE THE FINANCIAL NEED OF THE STUDENTS.

THE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE TO BE HELD FOR ONE YEAR. SUBJECT TO CONTINUING FINANCIAL NEED AND SATISFACTORY PROGRESS AND CONDUCT, HOLDERS MAY RE-APPLY AND BE GIVEN PRIORITY FOR RENEWAL.

HOLDERS MAY ALSO APPLY FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE ELSEWHERE, PROVIDED THAT THE TOTAL AMOUNT THEY RECEIVE IS NOT EXCESSIVE.

APPLICATION FORMS WILL BE OBTAINABLE FROM JULY 2 ON PRESENTATION OF STUDENT IDENTITY CARDS AT THE TRUST FUNDS OFFICE, HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT, ON THE 10TH FLOOR OF INTERNATIONAL BUILDING, 141 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL.

THE COMPLETED FORM, TOGETHER WITH A SWORN STATUTORY DECLARATION OF FAMILY CIRCUMSTANCES BY THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN, SHOULD BE RETURNED THROUGH THE APPLICANT’S SCHOOL PRINCIPAL BY AUGUST 30. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

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NO PASSAGE THROUGH IVY STREET ft * * * ft

IVY STREET AT ITS JUNCTION WITH TAI KOK TSUI ROAD IN KOWLOON WILL BE CLOSED FROM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) FOR ABOUT THREE WEEKS.

DURING THIS PERIOD, THE SECTION OF THE STREET FROM THERE TO ELM STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED TWO-WAY.

THE ARRANGEMENT IS TO FACILITATE THE RE-CONSTRUCTION OF TAI KOK TSUI ROAD UNDER THE WEST KOWLOON CORRIDOR PROJECT.

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THREE BILLS RECEIVED THEIR THIRD READING AND WERE PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THEY WERE THE STAMP (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980- THE BUSINESS REGISTRATION REGULATIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980, AND THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION)(AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1980.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

TRAFFICKING OFFENCE TO COVER FAKE DRUGS .............. 1

TRADE STATISTICS BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN ................ 2

CLOSE LOOK AT PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS .................. 3

COOLER, CLOUDIER MAY - BUT RAINFALL BELOW AVERAGE..... 5

FOUR NT SITES SOLD FOR $32.7 MILLION ................. 6

DRAGON BOAT EYE-DOTTING CEREMONY ..................... 7

CONTRACT FOR NEW ROADS ............................... 8

MACHINES FOR AIR MAIL CENTRE ......................... 8

I DRE RECRUITS JOIN PRISONS SERVICE .................. 9

SAI KUNG CROSS-HARBOUR SWIM .......................... 9

TRANSPORT COUNTERS TO CLOSE ON SATURDAY .............. 10

WATER SAFETY PROMOTION COMPETITION ................... 10

THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 1980

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TRAFFICKING OFFENCE TO COVER FAKE DRUGS ******

THE GOVERNMENT IS PROPOSING TO INTRODUCE AN AMENDMENT TO THE DANGEROUS DRUGS ORDINANCE TO MAKE IT AN OFFENCE FOR PEOPLE TO TRAFFIC IN SUBSTANCES HELD OUT OR PURPORTED TO BE DANGEROUS DRUGS.

UNDER THE PROPOSED DANGEROUS DRUGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980, WHICH WILL BE GAZETTED TOMORROW (FRIDAY), ANYONE ARRESTED FOR TRAFFICKING IN SUBSTANCES PURPORTING TO BE A DANGEROUS DRUG WILL BE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $500 000 AND TO IMPRISONMENT FOR SEVEN YEARS ON CONVICTION, ON INDICTMENT- AND ON SUMMARY CONVICTION, TO A FINE OF $100 000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR ONE YEAR.

THE BILL IS EXPECTED TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AT ITS NEXT SITTING ON JUNE 25.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NARCOTICS DIVISION, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, SAID TODAY THAT THE EXISTING DANGEROUS DRUGS ORDINANCE PROHIBITED TRAFFICKING IN DANGEROUS DRUGS BUT DID NOT DEAL WITH THE CASE OF PERSONS TRAFFICKING IN SUBSTANCES REPRESENTED OR HELD OUT TO BE DANGEROUS DRUGS BUT WHICH THEY KNEW WERE IN FACT NOT SUCH.

THE BILL ALSO MAKES IT CLEAR THAT A PERSON WHO OFFERS TO TRAFFIC IN A SUBSTANCE WHICH HE BELIEVES TO BE A DANGEROUS DRUG IS GUILTY OF AN OFFENCE UNDER THE DANGEROUS DRUGS ORDINANCE EVEN THOUGH IT IS NOT IN FACT A DANGEROUS DRUG.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT SINCE THE BEGINNING OF 1979, OWING TO THE SHORTAGE OF ILLICIT DRUG SUPPLIES, THERE HAD BEEN AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF ATTEMPTED SALES OF NARCOTICS WHERE EITHER THE DRUGS WERE NOT IN EXISTENCE OR WERE POWDERS PURPORTING TO BE HEROIN OR AMPHETAMINES.

+IN 1979, A TOTAL OF 338 CASES OF COUNTERFEIT HEROIN AND NUMEROUS OTHER COUNTERFEIT SUBSTANCES PURPORTING TO BE DANGEROUS DRUGS WERE DETECTED.*

HE SAID THE EXISTING ORDINANCE PROVIDED FOR THE OFFENCE OF OFFERING TO TRAFFIC IN A DANGEROUS DRUG, BUT DID NOT COVER THE CASE WHERE THE PARTY OFFERING TO TRAFFIC IN A SUBSTANCE PURPORTING TO BE A DANGEROUS DRUG KNOWS THAT WHAT HE IS OFFERING IS NOT SUCH.

♦WHILE IT IS TRUE THAT SUCH A PERSON MAY BE CHARGED WITH DECEPTION, IN THE NECESSARY COVERT CIRCUMSTANCES OF SUCH AN OFFENCE, IT IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO SECURE CONVICTION BECAUSE OF THE NEED TO ESTABLISH A DISHONEST INTENTION.

♦ IT IS THEREFORE PROPOSED THAT SUCH CASES SHOULD BE DEALT WITH BY THE CREATION OF A SEPARATE OFFENCE UNDER THE DANGEROUS DRUGS ORDINANCE,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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TRADE STATISTICS BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN ******

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY RELEASED EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTICS ANALYSED BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1980.

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

FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS, THE FIVE MOST IMPORTANT INDUSTRY GROUPS WERE WEARING APPAREL, ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES, TEXTILES, PROFESSIONAL AND OPTICAL EQUIPMENT, AND PLASTIC PRODUCTS. THEY TOGETHER ACCOUNTED FOR 80 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1980.

INCREASES IN VALUE OVER THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1979 WERE HIGHEST IN THE CASE OF AGRICULTURAL, LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY PRODUCTION (244%)- NON-METALLIC MINERAL PRODUCTS, MAINLY CEMENT, TILES, GLASS PRODUCTS. AND PORCELAIN WARES (97%)-NON-ELECTRICAL MACHINERY (78%)- TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT (76%)-AND FOOTWEAR (65%).

ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES IN VALUE WERE RECORDED FOR OCEAN AND COASTAL FISHING (-24%)- PETROLEUM AND COAL PRODUCTS (-17%)- FOOD (-5%)- AND RUBBER PRODUCTS (-1%).

FOR IMPORTS, PRODUCTS OF THE TEXTILES, ELECTRICAL ' APPLIANCES, CHEMICAL, METAL, PETROLEUM AND COAL, AND FOOD INDUSTRIES TOGETHER TOOK UP 60 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL VALUE OF IMPORTS IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1980.

THE LARGEST INCREASES IN VALUE WERE FOUND IN PETROLEUM AND COAL PRODUCTS (114%)- FOOTWEAR (84%)- WEARING APPAREL (77%)- WOOD PRODUCTS (70%)- AND FORESTRY AND LOGGING (61%).

A DECREASE IN VALUE WAS RECORDED FOR MINING AND QUARRYING PRODUCTS (-44%).

FURTHER DETAILS OF EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTICS RECLASSIFIED BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, TEL. 5-274203.

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CLOSE LOOK AT PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS ******

MEMBERS OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE’S PUBLIC WORKS SUBCOMMITTEE SPENT THIS MORNING TAKING A CLOSE LOOK AT THE PROGRESS OF SEVERAL MAJOR GOVERNMENT PROJECTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN VARIOUS PARTS OF HONG KONG.

THE TOUR, LED BY THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR DAVID JEAFFRESON, WAS ARRANGED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

IT PROVIDED MEMBERS OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE FOR THEMSELVES THE PROGRESS ON VARIOUS PROJECTS NOW UNDERWAY.

MEMBERSHIP OF THE PUBLIC WORKS SUB-COMMITTEE (PWSC) COMPRISES THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE (CHAIRMAN), MR ROGER LOBO, MR LI FOOK-WO, MR JOHN BREMRIDGE, MR FRANCIS TIEN, MR CHEN SHOU-LUM, MISS LYDIA DUNN, DR HENRY HU, MR LEUNG TAT-SHING, THE REV PATRICK MCGOVERN, MR PETER C. WONG, MR HU FA-KUANG, MR WONG PO-YAN AND THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, MR DAVID MCDONALD. THE SECRETARY OF THE COMMITTEE IS MR C.K. TAYLOR OF THE FINANCE BRANCH.

EACH YEAR THE SUB-COMMITTEE HOLDS TWO MEETINGS TO REVIEW PROJECTS INCLUDED IN THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME, AND TO CONSIDER NEW ITEMS FOR INCLUSION IN THE PROGRAMME.

ALSO TAKING PART IN THE TOUR TODAY WAS DR HO KAM-FAI, A NON-PWSC UMELCO MEMBER.

THE VISITORS WERE ACCOMPANIED ON THE TOUR BY THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, MR JACK STEAN- THE ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, MR DAVID STEAD- THE DIRECTOR OF BUILDING DEVELOPMENT, MR JOHN AITKEN- THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT, MR EDDIE SHORT- THE TECHNICAL SECRETARY OF THE PWD, MR JOHN MARSHALL AND SENIOR OFFICERS OF THE PWD.

THE PARTY VISITED A NUMBER OF MAJOR GOVERNMENT PROJECTS, INCLUDING THE SECOND MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT LAUNDRY AT PIK UK, THE SOUTH KWAI CHUNG HOSPITAL (FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE SECOND MENTAL HOSPITAL), THE TSUEN WAN BY-PASS STAGE TWO AND RECLAMATION PROJECT AND THE SAM TUNG UK VILLAGE RESITE PROJECT IN SHEUNG KWAI CHUNG.

THEY STARTED WITH A VISIT TO THE SECOND MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT LAUNDRY AT PIK UK WHERE THEY WERE BRIEFED BY MR S.C. KWAN, CHIEF ARCHITECT OF THE PWD.

WORK ON THE $30 MILLION PROJECT BEGAN LAST APRIL AND WILL BE COMPLETED AND READY FOR HANDING OVER BY FEBRUARY NEXT YEAR.

THE LAUNDRY, WHICH IS A FIVE-STOREY REINFORCED CONCRETE STRUCTURE, WILL HANDLE SOILED CLOTHING AND LINEN FROM GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS AND CLINICS IN KOWLOON AND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES. IT WILL HAVE A CLEANING CAPACITY OF ABOUT 454 000 KG PER MAUTH.

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THE PARTY THEN WENT TO THE SOUTH KWAI CHUNG HOSPITAL (THE SECOND MENTAL HOSPITAL) AT LAI CHI KOK WHERE THEY WERE ALSO BRIEFED BY MR KWAN.

THE 1 340-BED HOSPITAL, SITUATED NEAR PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL, COMPRISES A 10-ST0REY BLOCK FOR MALE PATIENTS AND AN EIGHT-STOREY BLOCK FOR FEMALE PATIENTS.

THESE BLOCKS WILL BE LINKED BY A SYSTEM OF SUBWAYS AND COVERED WALKWAYS TO OTHER PARTS OF THE HOSPITAL.

THE HOSPITAL, AT JUST OVER $111 MILLION TO BUILD, IS MULTI-LEVEL SO THAT AS MUCH OPEN SPACE AS POSSIBLE IS LEFT TO BE LANDSCAPED FOR RECREATIONAL PURPOSES.

MR KWAN SAID THAT CONSTRUCTION WAS CARRIED OUT IN TWO STAGES. WORK ON THE FIRST STAGE, WHICH BEGAN IN JUNE 1976, HAS BEEN COMPLETED AND WORK ON THE SECOND AND FINAL STAGE WOULD BE COMPLETED IN OCTOBER THIS YEAR.

FROM LAI CHI KOK, THE MEMBERS PROCEEDED TO THE TSUEN WAN RECLAMATION WHERE THEY WERE RECEIVED AND BRIEFED BY MR NORMAN TUCKER, ACTING PROJECT MANAGER OF THE TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE PWD, ON THE PROGRESS OF THE TSUEN WAN BY-PASS STAGE TWO AND TSUEN WAN RECLAMATION PROJECT.

MR TUCKER SAID THAT TSUEN WAN BY-PASS WOULD BE AN ELEVATED ROAD JOINING THE KWAI CHUNG ROAD TO TUEN MUN ROAD BYPASSING CASTLE PEAK ROAD IN THE CENTRE OF TSUEN WAN.

HE SAID THE PROJECT WAS CARRIED OUT IN TWO STAGES. WORK ON THE FIRST STAGE WAS MAKING HEADWAY AND WOULD BE COMPLETED EARLY NEXT YEAR WHILE WORK ON THE OTHER STAGE STARTED IN FEBRUARY.

THE $145 MILLION CONTRACT, THE BIGGEST SINGLE CIVIL ENGINEERING CONTRACT LET BY THE PWD TO DATE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW TOWN, INCLUDES THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SEAWALL AND RECLAMATION AT THE WESTERN SIDE OF TSUEN WAN BAY, SITE FORMATION WORKS ON TSI NG Yl ISLAND AND ASSOCIATED DRAINAGE WORKS.

WORK WILL BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT THREE YEARS.

THE GROUP ENDED THEIR TOUR WITH A VISIT TO THE SAM TUNG UK VILLAGE RESITE PROJECT IN SHEUNG KWAI CHUNG.

THE PROJECT AIMS TO RESITE THE VILLAGERS FROM SAM TUNG UK VILLAGE, PART OF WHICH HAS HAD TO BE DEMOLISHED TO MAKE WAY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE TSUEN WAN DEPOT FOR THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY EXTENSION.

WORK ON THE PROJECT INCLUDES THE FORMATION OF THREE PLATFORMS AND CONSTRUCTION OF 78 HOUSES.

FACILITIES SUCH AS A NEW ’CHI-TONG’, A VILLAGE OFFICE AND A BASKETBALL COURT WILL BE CONSTRUCTED BY THE VILLAGERS THEMSELVES WITH FUNDS PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

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COOLER, CLOUDIER MAY - BUT RAINFALL BELOW AVERAGE *****

MAY WAS COOLER AND CLOUDIER THAN USUAL, BUT RAINFALL WAS SLIGHTLY BELOW AVERAGE.

IN ITS MONTHLY WEATHER SUMMARY, THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY SAID TODAY THAT THE 278.2 MM OF RAIN RECORDED WAS 11.1 MM BELOW NORMAL AND THE ACCUMULATED RAINFALL FROM THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR TO THE END OF MAY WAS 534.0 MM, TWO PER CENT BELOW AVERAGE.

THE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORM DURING THE FIRST 11 DAYS OF

THE MONTH BROUGHT 224.3 MM OF RAINFALL WHICH REPRESENTED 80 PER CENT OF THE MONTH’S TOTAL.

THERE WERE FOUR TROPICAL CYCLONES - TYPHOONS DOM AND ELLEN, SEVERE TROPICAL STORMS GEORGIA AND FORREST - WHICH DEVELOPED OVER THE SOUTH CHINA SEA AND THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC.

BUT ONLY SEVERE TROPICAL STORM GEORGIA MOVED CLOSE TO HONG KONG, CAUSING TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING SIGNALS TO BE HOISTED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE YEAR.

THE BEGINNING OF THE MONTH WAS CLOUDY WITH SOME SCATTERED SHOWERS - MIST AND FOG DEVELOPED ON MAY 2 AND PERSISTED UNTIL THE FOLLOWING DAY. VISIBILITY WAS REDUCED TO 100 METRES AT WAGLAN ISLAND AND 200 METRES AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY.

A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE NEAR THE SOUTH CHINA COAST COUPLED WITH DISTURBANCES IN THE UPPER ATMOSPHERE BROUGHT HEAVY THUNDERY SHOWERS ON MAY 3. THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY RECORDED 85.7 MM OF RAIN BETWEEN 2 PM AND 9 PM ON THAT DAY.

WEATHER CONDITIONS REMAINED UNSETTLED FOR THE NEXT FIVE DAYS AND THE PASSAGE OF A COLD FRONT BROUGHT HEAVY THUNDERY SHOWERS AGAIN ON MAY 8 AFTER WHICH THE WEATHER IMPROVED BUT STILL REMAINED CLOUDY WITH SOME SHOWERS.

STRONG EASTERLIES WERE EXPERIENCED DURING THE MORNING OF MAY 7 AND ON THE EVENING OF MAY 9.

THERE WERE LONG SUNNY PERIODS ON MAY 12 TO 14 AND CONDITIONS WERE WARM AND HUMID WITH MIST AND FOG.

ANOTHER COLD FRONT PASSED THROUGH HONG KONG DURING THE EVENING OF MAY 15, ACCOMPANIED BY SOME THUNDERSTORMS. THE FOLLOWING TWO DAYS REMAINED CLOUDY WITH SHOWERS.

THE WEATHER BECAME COOLER AND ON THE MORNING OF MAY 17, THE TEMPERATURE FELL TO 19 DEGREES CELSIUS WHICH WAS THE LOWEST RECORDED IN THE MONTH.

TWO MORE PERIODS OF STRONG EASTERLY WINDS WERE EXPERIENCED DURING MAY 16 AND 17 AFTER THE PASSAGE OF THE COLD FRONT.

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THE WEATHER WAS FINE AND SUNNY FOR THE NEXT THREE DAYS BUT BECAME CLOUDY ON MAY 21 WHEN SEVERE TROPICAL STORM GEORGIA APPROACHED HONG KONG.

SCATTERED SHOWERS DEVELOPED THE FOLLOWING DAY AND BECAME MORE FREQUENT ON MAY 23 WHEN GEORGIA MOVED CLOSE TO HONG KONG. GALES WERE EXPERIENCED OFF-SHORE AND ON HILL TOPS AND TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING SIGNAL NO 3 WAS HOISTED.

HOWEVER, WINDS WEAKENED DURING THE NIGHT AS GEORGIA CROSSED OVERLAND TO THE NORTHEAST OF HONG KONG.

THERE WERE LONG SUNNY PERIODS IN THE MORNING OF MAY 24, BUT IT BECAME CLOUDY LATER IN THE DAY AND REMAINED THE SAME FOR THE FOLLOWING THREE DAYS WITH SOME SHOWERS.

THE PASSAGE OF A COLD FRONT ON MAY 26 BROUGHT FRESH TO STRONG NORTHERLY WINDS AND DRIER CONDITIONS AND THE WEATHER WAS FINE AND SUNNY ON MAY 28 AND 29.

HEAVY THUNDERY SHOWERS OCCURRED IN THE AFTERNOON OF MAY 30 AND A FACTORY WORKER WAS ELECTROCUTED WHEN HE ATTEMPTED TO CLOSE A WINDOW WHERE THERE WAS A LEAKAGE FROM AN ELECTRIC CABLE.

THE LAST DAY OF THE MONTH WAS FINE AND SUNNY. THE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 31.1 DEGREES CELSIUS FOR THE MONTH WAS RECORDED ON MAY 25 AND 31.

DURING THE MONTH 12 AIRCRAFT WERE DIVERTED FROM HONG KONG DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER.

THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS WERE ISSUED ON MAY 3 TO 8, 15, 26, 30 AND 31 WHILE A THUNDERSTORM AND HEAVY RAIN WARNING WAS ISSUED ON MAY 8.

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FOUR NT SITES SOLD FOR $32.7 MILLION X X X X

FOUR NEW TERRITORIES SITES WERE SOLD TODAY FOR A TOTAL OF $32.7 MILLION.

THE TOP PRICE OF $15 MILLION WAS PAID FOR A RESIDENTIAL SITE OF 11 700 SQUARE METRES ($1 282 PER SQUARE METRE) AT CHEUNG SHA, LANTAU. THE BUYER, MAI HON ENTERPRISES LIMITED, WILL BE REQUIRED TO FULFIL A BUILDING COVENANT OF $4.7 MILLION WITHIN THREE YEARS. BIDDING OPENED AT $15 MILLION, WITH MAI HONG THE ONLY BIDDER.

A 1 080 SQUARE METRE SITE IN AREA 9 OF TUEN MUN FOR INDUSTRIAL OR GODOWN DEVELOPMENT WAS SOLD FOR $13 MILLION ($12 037 PER SQUARE METRE). BIDDING OPENED AT $4.5 MILLION. BEFORE SELLING THE LOT, GOVERNMENT LAND AGENT, MR TONY HARLAND, POINTED OUT THAT THIS WAS THE LAST INDUSTRIAL SITE TO BE SOLD AT AUCTION ON INSTALMENT TERMS.

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THE PURCHASER WAS ROAD TRY LIMITED WHO WILL BE REQUIRED UNDER THE CONDITIONS OF SALE TO BUILD SMALL FACTORY UNITS NOT EXCEEDING 75 SQUARE METRES IN AREA. A BUILDING CONVENANT OF $1.74 MILLION HAS TO BE FULFILLED BY JUNE 30, 1983.

A 645 SQUARE METRE RESIDENTIAL SITE IN SHA TIN WITH A PLOT RATIO OF ONLY 0.4 WAS SOLD FOR $3.2 MILLION ($4 961 PER SQUARE METRE), WITH BIDDING OPENING AT $2.5 MILLION. THE SITE, IN AREA 46 OVERLOOKING THE RACECOURSE, IS FOR DEVELOPMENT OF TWO-STOREY HOUSING. A BUILDING COVENANT OF $520 000 HAS TO BE FULFILLED WITHIN THREE YEARS BY THE BUYER, XONWAKE ENTERPRISES LIMITED.

A 913 SQUARE METRE SITE ON THE SOUTHERN PART OF CHEUNG CHAU ISLAND, WHICH IS ALSO FOR HIGH QUALITY RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, REALISED $1.5 MILLION ($1 643 PER SQUARE METRE). THE PURCHASER WAS MAXIMUM PROFIT LIMITED, WHICH PUT IN THE ONLY BID. THE SITE, WHICH HAS A BUILDING COVENANT OF $600 000 TO BE FULFILLED WITHIN THREE YEARS, HAS A PLOT RATIO OF 0.6.

THE AUCTION, WHICH TOOK ABOUT ONE HOUR TO COMPLETE, WAS HELD IN THE CITY HALL THEATRE.

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DRAGON BOAT EYE-DOTTING CEREMONY *****

ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR AUGUSTINE CHUI KAM, AND THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, DR C.T. WONG, WILL DOT THE EYES OF TWO NEW DRAGON BOATS AT TAI PO ON SATURDAY (JUNE 14).

THE CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE AT 10 AM AT TAI WONG YEH TEMPLE NEAR ISLAND HOUSE, YUEN CHAU TSAI.

AN EXHIBITION RACE BETWEEN IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE CEREMONY.

THE TWO NEW BOATS WILL BE HELD

PRESS REPRESENTATIVES WILL LATER BE TRIP TO THE NEW RACE VENUE AT SHUEN WAN DAM OF PLOVER COVE RESERVOIR, WHERE THE TO BE HELD ON JUNE 17.

INVITED TO JOIN A LAUNCH HOI, ALONG THE MAIN DRAGON BOAT RACES ARE

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND MEMBERS OF THE DRAGON BOAT EYE-DOTTING CEREMONY AT

YOUR STAFF TO COVER TAI PO ON SATURDAY AND

TO JOIN THE LAUNCH TRIP TO THE NEW RACE VENUE. A GOVERNMENT VEHICLE (AM 3214) WILL LEAVE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 8.45 AM SHARP DONALD STRANGE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION PRESS

UNIT WILL HELP MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES.

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CONTRACT FOR NEW ROADS * * * *

NEW ROADS WILL BE BUILT SHORTLY IN YAU TONG TO PROVIDE DIRECT ACCESS TO YAU TONG CENTRE, A HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

A CONTRACT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THESE ROADS AND ASSOCIATED DRAINS WAS AWARDED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TO KWAN LEE CONSTRUCTION WORKS COMPANY.

THE CONTRACT, WORTH MORE THAN $1.3 MILLION, WAS SIGNED BY W TOM ARMOUR, CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE PWD HIGHWAYS (KOWLOON) DIVISION AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE CONTRACTOR.

A PWD SPOKESMAN SAID THAT UNDER THE CONTRACT, YAN WING STREET WOULD BE EXTENDED TO THE JUNCTION OF CHA KWO LING ROAD AND SHUNG SHUN STREET.

THIS EXTENSION WILL BE ABOUT 230 METRES LONG AND 10.3 METRES WIDE, WITH FOOTPATHS ON BOTH SIDES, HE SAID.

INCLUDED IN THE CONTRACT WILL BE THE CONSTRUCTION OF ANOTHER 7.3 METRE TWO-LANE SERVICE ROAD TO JOIN THE NE£ YAN WING STREET EXTENSION.

CONSTRUCTION WORK, TO BE SUPERVISED (KOWLOON) DIVISION, WILL BEGIN NEXT WEEK EIGHT MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

BY THE HIGHWAYS AND WILL TAKE ABOUT

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MACHINES FOR AIR MAIL CENTRE

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A $4.6 MILLION CONTRACT WAS SIGNED TODAY IN THE GENERAL POST OFFICE FOR THE SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF POSTAL MECHANISATION EQUIPMENT IN THE NEW AIR MAIL CENTRE.

THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED BETWEEN THE POSTMASTER GENERAL, MR A.C. HEATHCOTE AND MR P.J. COOPE, DIRECTOR OF THE JARDINE ENGINEERING CORPORATION LIMITED.

THE AIR MAIL CENTRE, AT PRESENT ACCOMMODATED IN TEMPORARY PREMISES AT THE AIRPORT, WILL BE REPROVISIONED IN A PURPOSE-DESIGNED BUILDING EARLY NEXT YEAR.

THE NEW CENTRE WILL BE USED TO TRANSFER AIR MAIL WITH AIRLINES AND TO PROCESS AIR PARCELS POSTED THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.

ITS BUILDING WILL HOUSE MODERN POSTAL EQUIPMENT WHICH HAS BEEN DESIGNED BY THE BRITISH POSTAL CONSULTANCY SERVICE OF THE BRITISH POST OFFICE.

THE EQUIPMENT WILL INCORPORATE A CHAIN CONVEYOR AND A PARCEL SORTING MACHINE TO COPE WITH THE EVER-INCREASING VOLUME OF AIR MAIL HANDLED AT THE AIRPORT.

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ANOTHER BATCH OF NEW PRISON OFFICERS WILL TAKE PART IN A PASSING-OUT PARADE AT THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE IN STANLEY ON SATURDAY (JUNE 14).

THE CAPTAIN-IN-CHARGE OF THE ROYAL NAVY IN HONG KONG, CAPTAIN R.W. MOLAND, WILL TAKE THE SALUTE AND PRESENT GOLDEN WHISTLES TO THE BEST TWO RECRUITS.

ON PARADE WILL BE 22 OFFICERS AND 67 ASSISTANT OFFICERS, INCLUDING THREE FEMALE ASSISTANT OFFICERS, WHO RECENTLY COMPLETED THEIR TRAINING.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE PASSING-OUT PARADE OF PRISON OFFICERS AT THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE IN STANLEY AT 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JUNE 14).

PRESS TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED, LEAVING THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS, GUARDIAN HOUSE, 32 01 KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI AT 9 AM SHARP.

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SAI KUNG CROSS-HARBOUR SWIM

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SWIMMERS WISHING TO ENTER THE SAI KUNG CROSS-HARBOUR SWIM HAVE ONLY UNTIL SATURDAY (JUNE 14) TO SEND IN THEIR APPLICATIONS.

MORE THAN 200 ENTRIES HAVE SO FAR BEEN RECEIVED FOR THE EVENT WHICH WILL BE HELD AT 11 AM ON SUNDAY, JULY 6. IT IS EXPECTED THAT THERE WILL BE AS MANY AS 300 PARTICIPANTS.

THE RACE, OVER A 1 300 METRE COURSE, STARTS AT PAK SHA CHAU AND FINISHES AT SAI KUNG RECLAMATION PIER.

IT IS DIVIDED INTO MEN’S AND WOMEN’S SECTIONS. TROPHIES WILL BE AWARDED TO THE FIRST 10 SWIMMERS TO FINISH IN BOTH SECTIONS. ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE A SOUVENIR.

ORGANISED BY THE SAI KUNG SPORTS ASSOCIATION WITH FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE LOCAL DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD, THE EVENT AIMS AT PROMOTING SWIMMING AS A HEALTHY PASTIME AND SAI KUNG AS A SWIMMING RESORT.

LAST YEAR, WHEN THE EVENT WAS FIRST HELD, 180 SWIMMERS AGED BETWEEN EIGHT AND 60 TOOK PART.

APPLICATIONS TO ENTER CAN BE MADE AT THE SAI KUNG COMMUNITY CENTRE, WHERE DETAILS OF THE EVENT ARE ALSO AVAILABLE.

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TRANSPORT COUNTERS TO CLOSE ON SATURDAY * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT ALL COUNTERS AT ITS LICENSING OFFICES FOR VEHICLE DOCUMENT TRANSACTIONS WILL BE CLOSED ON SATURDAY (JUNE 14).

THIS IS TO ENABLE THE SMOOTH SWITCH-OVER TO A NEW COMPUTER SYSTEM FOR THE LICENSING OF VEHICLES AND DRIVERS.

THE NEW COMPUTER SERVICE WILL START ON MONDAY (JUNE 16).

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR ALAN ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT WILL VISIT THE HONG KONG LICENSING OFFICE, AT 2 MURRAY ROAD, GROUND FLOOR, TO SEE THE NEW SYSTEM IN OPERATION ON MONDAY (JUNE 16) AT 11 AM. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO COVER THE COMMISSIONER’S VISIT.

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WATER SAFETY PROMOTION COMPETITION * * * *

AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY CALLED ON HEADS OF SCHOOLS TO ENCOURAGE THEIR STUDENTS TO TAKE PART IN A WATER SAFETY POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION.

♦BY PARTICIPATING IN THE COMPETITION THE YOUNG PEOPLE WILL HAVE A GREATER AWARENESS OF WATER SAFETY,+ HE SAID.

THE COMPETITION IS ORGANISED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL AND URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG LIFE GUARD CLUB.

THERE IS A SENIOR SECTION FOR THOSE AGED BETWEEN 14 AND 21, AND A JUNIOR SECTION FOR ALL UNDER 14.

THE BEST ENTRY WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR USE AS THE DESIGN FOR NEXT YEAR’S WATER SAFETY CAMPAIGN POSTER, TO BE DISPLAYED THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.

THE SIZE OF THE ENTRY MUST NOT BE SMALLER THAN 20.3 CM BY 30.5 CM.

THERE WILL BE SEVEN PRIZES IN EACH SECTION: $300, $200, AND $100 FOR THE FIRST THREE WINNERS, PLUS FOUR CONSOLATION PRIZES OF $50 EACH.

ALL ENTRIES SHOULD REACH THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, 12TH FLOOR, HONG KONG BY JULY 16, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PROPOSALS TO AMEND PUBLIC ORDER LAW ................................. 1

SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES IN WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION ..................... 4

QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY HONOURS LIST ....................................... 5

FRAUD LAW TO BE CLARIFIED ........................................... 6

TRADE FIGURES FOR JANUARY TO APRIL ...................................7

CONTROL ON STREET NAMING ........................................... 11

FEE REVISION FOR NT RECREATION FACILITIES ......................  • • • 12

MAN KAM TO ROAD IMPROVEMENT ........................................

NT WATT,ED VILLAGE RECEIVING FACELIFT .............................. 14

HIGHER FARES FOR THREE MAXICaB SERVICES ........................... ">5

WARNING ON VALIDITY OF CAR INSURANCE..............................   15

COMMUNITY CENTRE CELEBRATES BOTH ANNIVERSARY .......................

SENIOR OFFICIAL TO ATTEND CRIMNOLOGY SEMINaR ....................... 17

SPECIAL TRAINS FOR DRAGON BOAT RACES ............................... 17

NIGHT CLOSURE OF WaNG TaU HOM RO«DS ................................ 18

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN S«I YING POON .............................. 18

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PROPOSALS TO AMEND PUBLIC ORDER LAW * * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT TODAY PUBLISHED THE PUBLIC ORDER (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980. THE MAIN CHANGE IT PROPOSES RELATES TO PUBLIC MEETINGS.

UNDER THE PRESENT LAW ALMOST EVERY PUBLIC MEETING, WHATEVER ITS PURPOSE, REQUIRES TO BE LICENSED BY THE POLICE. UNDER THE PROPOSED LAW THE LICENSING SYSTEM IS REPLACED BY A SIMPLER REQUIREMENT THAT THE POLICE MUST BE NOTIFIED OF THE INTENTION TO HOLD A PUBLIC MEETING, AT WHICH MATTERS OF PUBLIC INTEREST ARE TO BE DISCUSSED, SEVEN WORKING DAYS IN ADVANCE.

FURTHERMORE, UNDER THE PROPOSED LAW MEETINGS FOR SOCIAL, RECREATIONAL, CULTURAL, EDUCATIONAL, RELIGIOUS OR CHARITABLE PURPOSES WILL NOT REQUIRE TO BE NOTIFIED- NOR WILL MEETINGS OF LESS THAN 20 PERSONS IN A PUBLIC PLACE, OR MEETINGS IN PRIVATE PREMISES WHERE LESS THAN 200 PEOPLE ARE ABLE, OR EXPECTED, TO ATTEND.

BUT THE BILL DOES NOT AFFECT THE EXISTING POWERS OF THE POLICE TO TAKE PREVENTIVE ACTION +0N THE SPOT* IF ANY PUBLIC MEETING BECOMES, OR IS LIKELY TO BECOME UNRULY.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE EXISTING POLICE POWERS OF INTERVENTION AND CONTROL TO DEAL WITH DISTURBANCES AND POSSIBLE BREACHES OF PEACE ARE THOUGHT BY THE GOVERNMENT TO BE ESSENTIAL IF THE INTERESTS OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC ARE TO BE PROPERLY PROTECTED.

IN THE CONTEXT OF PUBLIC SAFETY THE BILL ALSO EMPHASIZES THE DUTY UPON OWNERS AND OCCUPIERS OF PRIVATE PREMISES IN WHICH PUBLIC MEETINGS ARE HELD TO ENSURE THAT ALL SAFETY AND FIRE REGULATIONS ARE COMPLIED WITH. THIS DUTY IS ALSO IMPOSED ON ORGANISERS OF SUCH MEETINGS.

A NECESSARY MEASURE OF PRIOR CONTROL OVER POTENTIALLY UNRULY PUBLIC MEETINGS IS RETAINED IN THE BILL’S PROPOSALS WHICH EMPOWER THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE TO PROHIBIT THE HOLDING OF A PUBLIC MEETING WHICH IS REQUIRED TO BE NOTIFIED.

THIS POWER MAY BE EXERCISED ONLY ON THE SPECIFIC GROUNDS LISTED IN THE BILL, AND IS SUBJECT TO A RIGHT OF APPEAL TO THE GOVERNOR.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID DOES NOT GREATLY AFFECT

THAT AS REGARDS PUBLIC PROCESSIONS THE BILL THE PRESENT LICENSING PROVISIONS.

♦BECAUSE OF THE GREATER LIKELIHOOD OF DISRUPTION AND INCONVENIENCE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC FROM GROUPS OF PEOPLE MOVING ON THE HIGHWAY, PUBLIC PROCESSIONS WILL STILL HAVE TO BE LICENSED IF THEY TAKE PLACE ON A PUBLIC HIGHWAY OR THOROUGHFARE OR IN A PUBLIC PARK, UNLESS THEY CONSIST OF 20 PERSONS OR LESS, OR ARE OF A NATURE OR DESCRIPTION TO BE SPECIFIED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE BY NOTICE IN THE GAZETTE,♦ HE SAID.

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THE PREPARATION OF THE BILL FOLLOWED A STATEMENT BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON MAY 9 LAST YEAR THAT THERE WAS A NEED TO CONSIDER WHETHER THE PUBLIC ORDER ORDINANCE -WHICH DATED BACK TO 1967 - SHOULD BE REVISED AND CLARIFIED IN THE LIGHT OF CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE CHANGE FROM THE EXISTING LICENSING PROCEDURE FOR PUBLIC MEETINGS TO THE NOTIFICATION SYSTEM WAS THE PRINCIPAL PROPOSAL IN THE BILL.

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HE EXPLAINED THAT THE DEFINITION OF A MEETING WAS NARROWER THAN AT PRESENT IN THAT IT APPLIED TO FEWER TYPES OF GATHERING.

HE SAIDi ♦UNDER THE BILL A MEETING REQUIRING PRIOR NOTIFICATION IS RESTRICTED TO A GATHERING TO DISCUSS MATTERS OF PUBLIC INTEREST. IT DOES NOT EMBRACE GATHERINGS FOR PURPOSES WHICH ARE PURELY SOCIAL, EDUCATIONAL, RELIGIOUS AND THE LIKE.*

THE EXISTING LICENSING SYSTEM, WHICH REQUIRES AN APPLICATION TO POLICE SEVEN DAYS IN ADVANCE OF A MEETING, IS CONSIDERED UNNECESSARILY RESTRICTIVE IN SOME ASPECTS.

THE NEW NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENT WOULD NOT. HE .SAID, APPLY TO SMALL GROUPS OF 20 PERSONS OR LESS OR TO MEETINGS ATTENDED BY NOT MORE THAN 200 PEOPLE HELD IN PRIVATE PREMISES.

NOR WOULD IT APPLY TO ASSEMBLIES IN SCHOOLS. COLLEGES. UNIVERSITIES AND OTHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, PROVIDED THE PURPOSE OF THE GATHERING RELATED DIRECTLY TO THE INSTITUTION AND THE MEETING WAS HELD WITH THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNING BODY.

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THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE WOULD HAVE TO BE NOTIFIED OF A MEETING. WITH FULL DETAILS, SEVEN WORKING DAYS IN ADVANCE OF THE PLANNED GATHERING. THIS NOTIFICATION WOULD HAVE TO BE DELIVERED TO THE POLICE BY THE ORGANISER IN PERSON OR HIS REPRESENTATIVE.

♦SHORTER NOTICE MAY BE ACCEPTED IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES,* HE SAID.

IF THE COMMISSIONER INTENDED PROHIBITING A MEETING. UNDER THE TERMS OF THE BILL HE WOULD BE REQUIRED TO DO SO WITHIN FOUR WORKING DAYS OF RECEIVING THE NOTIFICATION. «

HOWEVER, IF FOR ANY REASON THE COMMISSIONER ALLOWED A NOTIFICATION TO BE MADE LESS THAN SEVEN WORKING DAYS PRIOR TO A FETING, AND HE INTENDED TO PROHIBIT IT, THEN HE WOULD BE REQUIRED TO TELL THE ORGANISER NOT LATER THAN 24 HOURS BEFORE THE MEETING WAS TO BE HELD.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE PROPOSED LAW WOULD PROHIBIT ORGANISERS FROM ADVERTISING MEETINGS DURING THE FOUR WORKING DAYS IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THEIR NOTIFICATION TO THE AUTHORITIES.

♦THIS IS TO AVOID THE SITUATION WHEREBY A PUBLIC MEETING IS PROHIBITED AFTER IT HAS BEEN ADVERTISED,* HE EXPLAINED.

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THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE SEVEN WORKING DAYS NOTIFICATION PERIOD WAS FELT TO BE REASONABLE AS IT WOULD GIVE THE POLICE SUFFICIENT TIME TO GIVE THE NOTIFICATION THOROUGH ATTENTION.

♦IN PARTICULAR OVER HOLIDAY PERIODS THERE IS THE DANGER THAT INSUFFICIENT TIME WOULD BE AVAILABLE FOR MAKING THE NECESSARY LOGISTICAL ARRANGEMENTS,♦ HE SAID.

♦MOREOVER,♦ HE ADDED, *THE NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE REQUIRES A GREATER DEGREE OF CO-ORDINATION BY THE AUTHOR IT IES.♦

IN ADDITION, THE GOVERNOR IS EMPOWERED TO MAKE ORDERS DESIGNATING CERTAIN PUBLIC AREAS FOR THE PURPOSE OF HOLDING MEETINGS. THIS WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR MEETINGS TO BE HELD SUBJECT TO COMMON SENSE CHECKS ABOUT CLASHES OF TIME AND PLACE.

HOWEVER, ORGANISERS WOULD STILL HAVE TO NOTIFY THE POLICE THAT THE MEETING WAS TO TAKE PLACE.

WITH REGARD TO PUBLIC PROCESSIONS, SAID THE SPOKESMAN, THE EXISTING LICENSING PROCEDURE WOULD BE RETAINED.

BUT IT WOULD NOT APPLY TO*

* PROCESSIONS WHICH DO NOT TAKE PLACE ON A PUBLIC HIGHWAY OR THOROUGHFARE OR IN A PUBLIC PARK-

* PROCESSIONS FORMED OF 20 PERSONS OR LESS-

* OTHER PROCESSIONS AS SPECIFIED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE BY A NOTICE IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT IT WAS NECESSARY TO RETAIN THE LICENSING PROCEDURE BECAUSE IT WAS FELT PROCESSIONS WERE MORE LIKELY TO CAUSE INCONVENIENCE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC, AND TO GIVE RISE TO POSSIBLE DISORDER.

ORGANISED PROCESSIONS INEVITABLY AFFECTED TRAFFIC AND PEDESTRIANS, AND ARRANGEMENTS, THEREFORE, MUST BE CLOSELY MONITORED.

TO MAKE SURE THE GENERAL PUBLIC WAS NOT UNDULY INCONVENIENCED THE POLICE WOULD HAVE TO DEPLOY ADEQUATE MANPOWER,♦ HE SAID.

ANY MEETING OR PROCESSION THAT WAS HELD WITHOUT COMPLYING WITH THE NOTIFICATION OR LICENSING REQUIREMENT WOULD BE AN ♦UNAUTHORISED ASSEMBLY*, AS DISTINCT FROM ♦UNLAWFUL ASSEMBLY^ WHICH WOULD STILL APPLY IN RIOT SITUATIONS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE BILL DEALT MAINLY WITH PRIOR CONTROL OF PUBLIC MEETINGS AND PROCESSIONS. POLICE POWERS ON THE GROUND TO DEAL WITH DISTURBANCES OR POSSIBLE BREACHES OF THE PEACE WOULD NOT BE AFFECTED.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE URGED TO MAKE THEIR VIEWS KNOWN THROUGH THE NORMAL CHANNELS.

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SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES IN WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION * * ft ft ft ft

EMPLOYEES INJURED AT WORK AND THE DEPENDANTS OF THOSE KILLED CAN EXPECT SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES IN COMPENSATION IF AMENDING LEGISLATION IS PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE BILL, TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE COUNCIL ON JUNE 25, PROPOSES TO RAISE THE MAXIMUM LEVELS OF WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION IN FATAL CASES FROM $60 000 TO $147 000 AN® FOR PERMANENT TOTAL INCAPACITY FROM $80 000 TO $166 000.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE GOVERNMENT ALSO INTENDS TO EXTEND THE BENEFITS OF WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION TO ALL EMPLOYEES IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR EARNINGS.

THESE PROPOSALS, WHICH ARE PART OF A PACKAGE OF BETTER DEALS FOR THOSE INJURED OR KILLED AT WORK, ARE SPELT OUT IN THE WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980 PUBLISHED IN TODAY'S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID THAT IN CONSIDERING THE COMPENSATION LEVELS, THE GOVERNMENT HAD ALSO TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT THE AGE FACTOR.

♦IT IS PROPOSED TO BASE THE COMPENSATION ON THE AGE OF THE EMPLOYEE AT THE TIME WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURS.

♦THE PROPOSED NEW AGE BASES WOULD BE ON A THREE TIER SCALE — EMPLOYEES UNDER AO, AO TO UNDER 56, AND 56 AND OVER»> HE ADDED.

THE COMPENSATION LEVELS PROPOSED BY THE BILL ARE — UNDER AO, DEATH 84 MONTHS EARNINGS, PERMANENT TOTAL INCAPACITY 96 MONTHS EARNINGS- AO TO UNDER 56 YEARS OLD, 60 MONTHS AND 72 MONTHS- 56 AND OVER, 36 MONTHS AND A8 MONTHS.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE PROPOSED MINIMUM COMPENSATION FOR FATAL CASES WAS $49 000 COMPARED WITH THE EXISTING $9 600, WHILE THE PRESENT MINIMUM OF $12 800 FOR CASES OF PERMANENT TOTAL INCAPACITY WOULD BE INCREASE® TO $56 000.

IT WAS ALSO PROPOSED THAT THE MAXIMUM CONSTANT ATTENTION ALLOWANCE IN PERMANENT TOTAL INCAPACITY CASES BE RAISED FROM $32 000 TO $67 000 AND THAT THE MEDICAL AND BURIAL EXPENSES IN FATAL CASES FROM $800 TO $2 000.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT SINCE COMPENSATION BENEFITS WOULD BE EXTENDED TO ALL EMPLOYEES REGARDLESS OF THEIR EARNINGS, THE ORDINANCE WOULD BE RETITLED ’EMPLOYEES' COMPENSATION ORDINANCE'.

THE BILL ALSO PROPOSES BETTER DEALS FOR WORKERS REQUIRING PROSTHESES OR SURGICAL APPLIANCES AND THOSE SUFFERING PERMANENT PARTIAL INCAPACITY.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID IT WAS INTENDED THAT EMPLOYERS, WHO WERE NOW REQUIRED BY THE ORDINANCE TO MEET THE INITIAL COST OF A PROSTHESIS OR SURGICAL APPLIANCE FOR AN INJURED WORKER, WOULD ALSO EE LIABLE FOR THE COST OF REPAIR AND RENEWAL OF SUCH ITEMS FOR A PERIOD OF 10 YEARS FROM THE DATE OF THE INITIAL FITTING, SUBJECT TO A MAXIMUM OF $30 000.

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AFTER THE EXPIRY OF THE 10-YEAR PERIOD, THE COST OF ANY FURTHER REPAIR AND RENEWAL SHOULD BE MET BY THE GOVERNMENT.

THE NEED FOR AND THE PROBABLE COST OF REPAIR AND RENEWAL WOULD BE ASSESSED BY A BOARD TO BE KNOWN AS THE PROSTHESES AND SURGICAL APPLICANCES BOARD.

A FOURTH SIGNIFICANT PROPOSAL, THE SPOKESMAN CONTINUED, WOULD BE A REVISION OF THE FIRST SCHEDULE IN THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE, CONCERNING THE PERCENTAGE LOSS OF EARNING CAPACITY FOR VARIOUS INJURIES.

♦THE INTENTION IS TO REVISE THE SCHEDULE BY EXPANDING THE CATEGORIES OF INJURY AND RAISING THE PERCENTAGE FIGURES IN CERTAIN CASES TO BRING IT INTO LINE WITH CURRENT PRACTICE IN OTHER COUNTRIES,* HE ADDED.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

THE FOLLOWING TABLE OF THE PROPOSED COMPENSATION LEVELS FOR DIFFERENT AGE GROUPS IS FOR YOUR EASY REFERENCE.

AGE GROUP DEATH PERMANENT TOTAL INCAPACITY

UNDER 40 84 MONTHS’ EARNINGS 96 MONTHS’ EARNINGS

40 TO UNDER 60 MONTHS’ EARNINGS 72 MONTHS’ EARNINGS

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56 AND OVER 36 MONTHS’ EARNINGS 48 MONTHS’ EARNINGS

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QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOURS LIST ft ft ft ft * ft

COPIES OF A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO TODAY’S DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN CONTAINING A LIST OF HONG KONG RECIPIENTS OF QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOURS WILL BE BOXED AT GIS FOR COLLECTION 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 AM 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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FRAUD LAW TO BE CLARIFIED

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PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE THEFT ORDINANCE WILL CLARIFY THE LAW RELATING TO FRAUDULENT CONDUCT SUCH AS THE OBTAINING OF SERVICES AND THE EVASION OF LIABILITY BY DECEPTION.

THEY ALSO CREATE THE OFFENCE OF MAKING OFF WITHOUT PAYMENT, COMMONLY KNOWN AS *BILK ING*, FOR EXAMPLE WHEN A PERSON AFTER HAVING A MEAL IN A RESTAURANT DISHONESTLY AND WITH INTENT TO AVOID PAYMENT LEAVES WITHOUT PAYING THE BILL.

THE PROPOSALS ARE CONTAINED IN THE THEFT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980 PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE AMENDMENT BILL WAS AIMED AT IRONING OUT DIFFICULTIES IN THE INTERPRETATION AND APPLICATION OF THE ORDINANCE.

HE EXPLAINED THAT A PROVISION IN THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE DERIVED FROM THE THEFT ACT 1968 HAD BEEN CRITICISED AS BEING TOO VAGUE AND WIDE. THIS HAD LED TO CHANGES RECOMMENDED BY THE CRIMINAL LAW REVISION COMMITTEE AND EFFECTED BY THE THEFT ACT OF 1978.

THE PURPOSE OF THE AMENDMENT BILL, HE SAID, IS TO REPEAL ONE SECTION AND TO MAKE NEW PROVISIONS SIMILAR TO THOSE IN THE 1978 ACT WITH SOME MODIFICATIONS.

UNDER THE 1978 ACT A DEBTOR WHO DISHONESTLY BY DECEPTION GAINS MORE TIME TO PAY A DEBT DOES NOT COMMIT AN OFFENCE UNLESS HE INTENDS NEVER TO PAY.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLA I NED i +THIS tJEANS THAT IF THE DEBTOR DISHONESTLY INDUCES HIS CREDITOR TO WAIT FOR PAYMENT BY GIVING HIM A DUD CHEQUE HE WOULD NOT COMMIT AN OFFENCE IF HE INTENDS TO PAY THE DEBT AT SOME OTHER TIME.*

UNDER THE AMENDMENT BILL AN OFFENCE WOULD BE COMMITTED EVEN IF THE DEBTOR INTENDED TO PAY AT A LATER STAGE.

IN A COMMERCIALLY-ORIENTED PLACE LIKE HONG KONG WHERE THE INCIDENCE OF DEFAULTING DEBTORS USING DECEPTION TO AVOID PAYMENT OF LARGE DEBTS IS HIGH, THE IMPLICATIONS ARE TOO GRAVE TO PERMIT SUCH DISHONESTY TO GO UNPUNISHED.♦

HE SAID THAT FOR THIS REASON IT WAS CONSIDERED APPROPRIATE NOT TO FOLLOW THE ENGLISH POSITION.

IN THIS CASE, HE SAID, THE NEW PROVISION WOULD MAKE IT AN OFFENCE FOR A PERSON BY DECEPTION DISHONESTLY TO

* SECURE THE REMISSION OF THE WHOLE OR PART OF ANY EXISTING LIABILITY TO MAKE A PAYMENT"

* INDUCE A CREDITOR TO WAIT FOR PAYMENT OR TO FORGO PAYMENT, WITH INTENT TO MAKE PERMANENT OR TEMPORARY DEFAULT IN WHOLE OR IN PART ON ANY FXISTING LIABILITY TO MAKE A PAYMENT, AND

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* OBTAIN ANY EXEMPTION FROM OR ABATEMENT OF LIABILITY TO MAKE A PAYMENT.

♦AS PROVIDED BY THE BILL, SOME OF THESE OFFENCES IF COMMITTED BY A COMPANY WOULD RENDER OFFICERS OF THE COMPANY LIABLE IF THE OFFENCES WERE COMMITTED WITH THEIR CONNIVANCE,* HE ADDED.

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TRADE FIGURES FOR JANUARY TO APRIL * * * * * *

_ TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FOR JANUARY TO APRIL 1980, VALUED AT $61 155 MILLION, SHOWED AN INCREASE OF 37 PER CENT AS COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD IN 1979. vUMrAKcD

DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY 3* PER CENT TO $19 092 MILLION. LMP2cJS/-luT3?rtP^R CENT T0 *33 726 M,LL,0N AND RE-EXPORTS BY T0 18 337 MILLION. DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS TOGETHER SHOWED AN INCREASE OF 37 PER CENT.

THE DETAILED STATISTICS WERE RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO ARE AS FOLLOWS 1 *'

TEN MAJOR OVERSEAS MARKETS

JAN-APR 80 (hk$ m) JAN-APR 79 (HK$ M) INCREASE/ DECREASE (HK$ M) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

U.S.A. 6 151 4 584 ♦ 1 567 ♦ 34

F.R. OF GERMANY 2 155 1 659 496 ♦ 30

U.K. 1 945 1 646 299 ♦ 18

JAPAN 680 752 72 - 10

AUSTRALIA 588 501 87 ♦ 17

SINGAPORE 520 392 128 ♦ 33

NETHERLANDS 481 366 115 ♦ 31

CANADA 469 418 51 ♦ 12

CHINA 429 83 346 ♦ 417

FRANCE 379 237 142 ♦ 60

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INCREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE U.S. WERE REGISTERED MAINLY IN CLOTHING (BY $403 MILLION OR 24 PER CENT), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $184 MILLION OR 50 PER CENT), WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $172 MILLION OR 71 PER CENT), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $164 MILLION OR 65 PER CENT), AND OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $123 MILLION OR 46 PER CENT)

INCREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE WEST GERMAN MARKET WERE RECORDED IN CLOTHING (BY $254 MILLION OR 26 PER CENT), WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $59 MILLION OR 54 PER CENT) AS WELL AS TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $48 MILLION OR 27 PER CENT).

EXPORT GROWTH TO THE U.K. WAS RECORDED CHIEFLY IN CLOTHING (BY $115 MILLION OR 13 PER CENT), AND JELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $62 MILLION OR 71 PER CENT). ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN EXPORTS OF TEXTILES (BY $26 MILLION OR 15 PER CENT).

THE DOWNWARD TREND IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO JAPAN CONTINUED. DECREASES WERE NOTED MAINLY FOR FISH, CRUSTACEANS AND MOLLUSCS, AND THEIR PREPARATIONS (BY $41 MILLION OR 36 PER CENT), CLOTHING (BY $33 MILLION OR 19 PER CENT), AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $7 MILLION OR 9 PER CENT).

AN ANALYSIS OF CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION IS PRESENTED BELOW 1-

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 6 349

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS) 3 066

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 1 810

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 1 529

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 1 443

JAN-APR 80 (HK$ M)

JAN-APR 79 (HK$ M) INCREASE (HK$ M) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

5 190 ♦ 1 159 + 22

2 274 + 792 * 35

1 192 618 * 52

955 574 + 60

1 141 302 ♦ 26

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ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES

(MAINLY TRANSISTORS AND DIODES AND HOUSEHOLD TYPE APPLIANCES)

1 244

828 416 + 50

THE CHANGES IN IMPORTS FROM TEN MAJOR SOURCES ARE SUMMARIZED AS FOLLOWS 1-

JAN-APR 80 (HK$ M)

JAN-APR 79 (HK$ M)

INCREASE PERCENTAGE (HK$ M) CHANGE

JAPAN 7 481 5 594 ♦ 1 887 4 34

CHINA 6 086 3 985 ♦ 2 101 4 53

U.S.A. 3 975 2 849 ♦ 1 126 4 40

TAIWAN 2 369 1 719 650 4 38

SINGAPORE 2 265 1 295 4 970 4 75

U.K. 1 652 1 191 4 461 4 39

REP. OF KOREA 1 113 742 4 371 4 50

F.R. OF GERMANY 995 840 4 155 4 .18

SWITZERLAND 883 798 4 85 4 11

THAILAND 566 431 135 4 31

IMPORT DEMAND FOR JAPANESE GOODS REMAINED STRONG. INCREASES WERE NOTED PARTICULARLY FOR ROAD VEHICLES (BY 1301 MILLION OR 91 PER CENT), TEXTILES (BY $216 MILLION OR 25 PER CENT), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $190 MILLION OR 38 PER CENT). IRON AND STEEL (BY $180 MILLION OR 53 PER CENT) AS WELL AS WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $127 MILLION OR 26 PER CENT).

IMPORTS FROM CHINA ROSE CONSIDERABLY, MAINLY OF PETROLEUM AND RELATED PRODUCTS (BY $396 MILLION OR 122 PER CENT), TEXTILES (BY $268 MILLION OR 31 PER CENT), CLOTHING (BY 264 MILLION OR 127 PER CENT), LIVE ANIMALS CHIEFLY FOR FOOD (BY $95 MILLION OR 27 PER CENT), AND MEAT AND MEAT PREPARATIONS (BY $78 MILLION CR 46 PER CENT).

INCREASES IN IMPORTS FROM THE U.S. WERE LARGELY OF ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS, AND CELLULOSE ESTERS AND ETHERS (BY $316 MILLION OR 228 PER CENT), TEXTILE FIBRES AND THEIR WASTES (BY $152 MILLION OR 60 PER CENT), OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $146 MILLION OR 57 PER CENT) AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $70 MILLION OR 28 PER CENT). ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN IMPORTS OF PEARLS, PRECIOUS AND SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES (BY $14 MILLION OR 5 PER CENT).

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SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN IMPORTS OF

PETROLEUM AND RELATED PRODUCTS (BY $757 MILLION OR 107 PER CENT) FROM SINGAPORE AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL MACHINERY. APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $126 MILLION OR 79 PER CENT), AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $72 MILLION OR 60 PER CENT) FROM TAIWAN.

THE FOLLOWING TABLE ILLUSTRATES THE MORE IMPORTANT CHANGES IN IMPORTS BY COMMODITY SECTION 1

JAN-APR 80 (HK$ M) JAN-APR 79 (HK$ M) INCREASE (HK$ M) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

MANUFACTURED GOODS CLASSIFIED CHIEFLY BY MATERIAL (MAINLY TEXTILE PRODUCTS, DIAMONDS, IRON AND STEEL, AND PAPER) 10 168 8 152 ♦ 2 016 ♦ 25

MACHINERY AND TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT 7 200 5 363 ♦ 1 837 ♦ 34

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY WATCHES AND CLOCKS, ARTICLES OF APPAREL) 4 781 3 395 + 1 386 ♦ 41

FOOD AND LIVE ANIMALS CHIEFLY FOR FOOD 3 411 2 808 603 + 21

CHEMICAL AND RELATED PRODUCTS 2 887 1 843 * 1 044 * 57

MINERAL FUELS, LUBRICANTS AND RELATED MATERIALS 2 442 1 169 ♦ 1 273 + 109

AS FOR RE-EXPORTS, SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH WAS RECORDED IN RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA (BY $694 MILLION OR 269 PER CENT), U.K. (BY $253 MILLION OR 379 PER CENT), U.S.A. (BY $251 MILLION OR 47 PER CENT), INDONESIA (BY $245 MILLION OR 50 PER CENT), TAIWAN (BY $203 MILLION OR 40 PER CENT), NIGERIA (BY $125 MILLION OR 161 PER CENT), SWITZERLAND (BY $103 MILLION OR 83 PER CENT), AND THE F.R. OF GERMANY (BY $101 MILLION OR 96 PER CENT).

INCREASES WERE MAINLY REGISTERED IN RE-EXPORTS OF NON-FERROUS bETALS (BY $239 MILLION OR 309 PER CENT), WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $229 MILLION OR 72 PER CENT), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $176 MILLION OR 55 PER CENT), CLOTHING (BY $173 MILLION OR 81 PER CENT), ROAD VEHICLES (BY $149 MILLION OR 124 PER CENT), AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $145 MILLION OR 93 PER CENT).

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THE TRADE INDEX NUMBERS FOR RELEASED AS FOLLOWS 1-

MARCH 1980 (1973

100) WERE

VALUE INDEX UNIT VALUE INDEX QUANTUM INDEX

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 282 174 163

IMPORTS 371 179 207

THE TERMS OF TRADE INDEX, EXPRESSED AS A RATIO OF THE UNIT VALUE INDEX FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THAT FOR IMPORTS, FOR MARCH 1980 WAS 97.

+THE HONG KONG TRADE STATISTICS - SUMMARY*, A SUMMARY REPORT ON HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE IN APRIL 1980, WILL SOON BE ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT S3 A COPY.

A MORE COMPREHENSIVE REPORT, +HONG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE*, WITH DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE MONTH’S IMPORTS, EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS WILL BE PUBLISHED IN EARLY JULY AND WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT THE CENTRE AT S10.

ENQUIRIES CONCERNING SUBSCRIPTIONS TO THESE REPORTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE SALES OF PUBLICATIONS SECTION OF THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT BASKERVILLE HOUSE, HONG KONG, TEL NO 5-214375.

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A BILL SEEKING TO CONTROL THE NAMING OF STREETS AND TO PREVENT THE USE OF NAMES IN PRIVATE STREETS WHICH ARE CONSIDERED TO BE INAPPROPRIATE WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

UNDER THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES (AMENDMENT)(NO 2) BILL, THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE THE LEGAL AUTHORITIES FOR NAMING OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE STREETS IN THE URBAN AREAS AND THE NEW TERRITORIES RESPECTIVELY.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THIS WOULD ENABLE THE TWO TO CARRY OUT AND HAVE GREATER CONTROL OVER THE NAMING OF STREETS.

♦HOWEVER, THE BILL PERMITS A PERSON WHO IS THE OWNER OF LAND ON WHICH A PRIVATE STREET IS SITUATED TO PROPOSE A NAME OR AN ALTERATION OF A NAME FOR THAT STREET.

♦SUCH A PROPOSAL WILL HAVE TO BE CONSIDERED BY THE AUTHORITY AND IF THE NAME IS ACCEPTABLE, THE AUTHORITY IS TO MAKE A DECLARATION NAMING THAT PRIVATE STREET.

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♦IF, HOWEVER, THE AUTHORITY REFUSES TO MAKE A DECLARATION, NOTICE OF ITS REFUSAL MUST BE GIVEN TO THE PROPOSER WHO MAY APPEAL TO THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL.*

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT UNDER THE BILL, THE AUTHORITY HAS THE POWER TO NAME AN UNNAMED STREET WITHOUT FIRST RECEIVING A PROPOSAL, AND ALSO TO CHANGE EXISTING STREET NAMES.

♦THE AUTHORITY MAY ALTER A STREET NAME ONLY AFTER GIVING 30 DAYS’ NOTICE OF ITS INTENTION TO DO SO BY NOTICE IN THE GAZETTE.

♦PROVISION IS MADE FOR OBJECTION AND OBJECTIONS ARE TO BE CONSIDERED BY THE AUTHORITY AND THE OBJECTOR ADVISED OF THE DECISION. AGAIN AN APPEAL LIES WITH THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL.

♦IT IS AN OFFENCE TO MARK OR DISPLAY NAMES OTHER THAN THOSE DECLARED BY THE AUTHORITY AND THE PENALTY IS A FINE OF $2 000,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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FEE REVISION FOR NT RECREATION FACILITIES

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CHARGES FOR THE USE OF PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS AND TENNIS COURTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ARE TO BE INCREASED FROM NEXT MONDAY (JUNE 16) TO MEET THE HIGHER MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE COSTS.

AT PRESENT, THERE ARE TWO PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL COMPLEXES AND THREE TENNIS COURTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES UNDER THE MANAGEMENT OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THEY ARE THE KWAI SHING SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX, THE FANLING SWIMMING POOLS AND THE THREE TENNIS COURTS AT SHA TSUI ROAD PLAYGROUND, TSUEN WAN.

FROM MONDAY, THE ADMISSION FEE TO PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS FOR PEOPLE OVER 14 YEARS OLD WILL BE INCREASED FROM $1.20 TO $2 EACH AND THE NEW FEE FOR CHILDREN WILL GO UP FROM 80 CENTS TO 11.

THE NEW RATES FOR THE HIRE OF A PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEM IN SWIMMING POOLS WILL BE *25 (EXISTING S15) FOR THE FIRST HOUR AND S10 (EXISTING $5) FOR EACH ADDITIONAL HOUR OR PART OF AN HOUR.

THE TENNIS COURTS ARE OPEN FROM 7 AM TO 11 PM DAILY.

UPON REVISION, THE FEES WILL BE RAISED BY 50 PER CENT. THIS MEANS $3 PER COURT FOR EACH HOUR DURING THE CHEAP RATE PERIOD — FROM 10 AM TO 4 PM EVERYDAY EXCEPT SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

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FOR ANY PERIOD OTHER THAN THE CHEAP RATE PERIOD, THE ORDINARY RATES WILL APPLY AND THESE WILL BE 16 PER COURT FOR EACH HOUR.

WHERE FLOODLIGHTS ARE USED AT ANY TIME DURING ANY PERIOD, THE NEW HOURLY RATE WILL BE $12 EACH (EXISTING $8).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NTSD SAID THAT THE REVISION OF FEES IS TO MEET THE GENERAL RISE OF MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE COSTS OF THE SWIMMING POOLS AND TENNIS COURTS SINCE THE CHARGES FOR THE USE OF THESE FACILITIES WERE LAST REVISED IN 1976 AND 1977 RESPECTIVELY.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO POINTED OUT THAT WITH THE REVISION, THE CHARGES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE BROUGHT IN LINE WITH THOSE IN THE URBAN AREAS.

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE A SECT,0N 0F MAN KAM T0 R0AD ‘TS JUNCTION WITH LIN MA HANG ROAD TO MAN KAM TO BRIDGE.

THE PROJECT WILL CATER FOR THE PROJECTED INCREASE OF VEHICULAR AND PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC ACROSS THE BORDER.

IT INVOLVES THE WIDENING AND RECONSTRUCTION OF THE EXISTING ONE-KILOMETRE ROAD TO PROVIDE A 7.3 METRE WIDE CARRIAGEWAY FOR TWO-WAY TRAFFIC. THERE WILL BE A 1.6 METRE FOOTPATH ON ONE

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NT WALLED VILLAGE RECEIVING FACELIFT * * * * * *

THE FAMOUS WALLED VILLAGE AT KAT HING WAI, NEAR KAM Tl IS BEING GIVEN A FACELIFT.

THE VILLAGE, WHICH DATES BACK TO THE 1 600'S, IS HOME TO THE TANG CLAN. IT IS VISITED BY THOUSANDS OF TOURISTS EACH YEAR.

YUEN LONG DISTRICT ITS MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL TANG FAMILY HAS DONATED

ADVISORY BOARD HAS ALLOCATED S50 000 FROM IMPROVEMENTS VOTE FOR THE WORK AND THE 15 000 FROM ITS CHARITABLE FUNDS.

THE FIRST STAGE OF THE PROJECT HAS JUST BEEN COMPLETED.

THIS INCLUDED FILLING IN AN 80-METRE SECTION OF THE MOAT FOR REASONS OF HYGIENE. THE MOAT USED TO BE FILLED WITH STILL WATER WHICH CAUSED POLLUTION AND THE WATER WAS ALSO A BREEDING PLACE FOR MOSQUITOES.

IT ALSO INCLUDED A SITTING-OUT AREA, ON A STRIP OF CROWN ANDDFLOWERDPATCHESILLASE WALL' * MUSHR00M~SHAPED PAVILION, BENCHES

THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION WORKS OFFICE, ASSISTED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, ARE INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT.

FOR END

THE SECOND STAGE INCLUDES A FLOWER BED AND A PARKING AREA TOUR^IST^COACHES. THIS IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BEFORE THE

ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER YUEN LONG, MR ALAN FUNG, SAID THE PROJECT WAS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND LOCAL TERRITO»ieSRVllLAGes!B " 'MPR°''E ™E U,'"S ENV"’0NMENT IN

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HIGHER FARES FOR THREE MAXICAB SERVICES ******

FARES ON THREE HONG KONG MAXICAB ROUTES WILL BE INCREASED 'ROM SUNDAY (JUNE 15).

THEY A^RE CIRCULAR ROUTES NO 12 FROM CENTRAL DISTRICT TO BOWEN ROAD, NO 13 FROM KA WAI MAN ROAD TO SAI YING PUN AND ROUTE NO 2V FROM LEIGHTON HILL TO TAI HANG DRIVE.

FOR ROUTES 12 AND 13, THE FARE WILL BE 70 CENTS INSTEAD CF 50 CENTS FOR A SINGLE JOURNEY. THEIR BASIC FREQUENCY WILL BE INCREASED TO EVERY SIX MINUTES.

FOR ROUTE 21, THE REVISED FARES WILL BE $1 ON JOURNEYS BETWEEN LEIGHTON HILL AND TAI HANG DRIVE AND 70 CENTS BETWEEN CAUSEWAY BAY AND TAI HANG DRIVE. ITS BASIC FREQUENCY WILL BE INCREASED TO EVERY FOUR MINUTES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT THE REVISION WAS LARGELY ATTRIBUTABLE TO INCREASES IN FUEL COSTS, DRIVERS’ WAGES AND INSURANCE PREMIUMS.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TODAY WARNED PUBLIC LIGHT BUS OWNERS WHO HAD POLICIES WITH KYOTO INSURANCE LIMITED THAT THEY MUST REINSURE WITH ANOTHER COMPANY BEFORE MIDNIGHT ON JUNE 20 WHEN THEIR POLICIES WILL CEASE TO BE VALID.

THE REGISTRAR GENERAL HAS REVOKED THE COMPANY'S AUTHORISATION TO CARRY ON MOTOR VEHICLE INSURANCE BUSINESS IN A GAZETTE NOTICE.

AT A MEETING OF THE PUBLIC LIGHT BUS CONFERENCE TODAY, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL POINTED OUT THAT KYOTO POLICY-HOLDERS WHO CONTINUE TO DRIVE WITHOUT TAKING OUT A NEW POLICY WOULD NOT ONLY BE COMMITTING AN OFFENCE BUT WOULD BE PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LIABILITY INCURRED.

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COMMUNITY CENTRE CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY

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HONG KONG’S FIRST COMMUNITY CENTRE WILL CELEBRATE ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY OVER THIS WEEKEND WITH A VARIETY OF INDOOR AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES.

THE WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE, OPERATED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, HAS, SINCE IT OPENED, SERVED AS A FOCAL POINT FOR RECREATIONAL, CULTURAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

THE DEPARTMENT’S REGIONAL OFFICER (EAST KOWLOON), MR KHOO TAI-PIN, TOGETHER WITH LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS AND REPRESENTATIVES CF OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, WILL OFFICIATE AT A CELEBRATION CEREMONY TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE CENTRE.

THE CEREMONY WILL MARK THE OPENING OF A VARIETY OF GAMES STALLS FOR PARENTS AND CHILDREN, AND A SKILL DEMONSTRATION BY LOCAL SCOUT GROUPS.

IN THE EVENING, A DANCING WILL BE STAGED

VARIETY SHOW FEATURING SINGING AND TO ENTERTAIN LOCAL RESIDENTS.

THE CELEBRATION PROGRAMME WILL CONTINUE INTO THE NEXT

DAY (SUNDAY) WHICH WILL BE A MAMMOTH GAMES DAY FOR 120 MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY CENTRE. THEY WILL CONTEST IN A WIDE RANGE OF COMPETITIVE SPORTS EVENTS.

THE DEPARTMENT AT PRESENT RUNS SEVEN COMMUNITY CENTRES, 10 COMMUNITY HALLS AND EIGHT ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRES.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE CELEBRATION PROGRAMME MARKING THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE. THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE AT 2 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE CENTRE AT 104 TSI NG TAK STREET, WONG TAI SIN, KOWLOON. A GAMES DAY WILL BE HELD AT THE CENTRE BEGINNING AT 2 PM ON SUNDAY (JUNE 15).

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SENIOR OFFICIAL TO ATTEND CRIMINOLOGY SEMINAR * * * * * *

THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF PRISONS, MR GARTH HYDES, WILL LEAVE HONG KONG TOMORROW (SATURDAY) TO ATTEND AN INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON +CRIME AND THE MEDIA* TO BE HELD IN CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA FROM JUNE 17 TO 20.

HE WILL PRESENT A PAPER AT THE SEMINAR WHICH IS ORGANISED BY THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF CRIMINOLOGY.

THE DIRECTOR OF THE INSTITUTE, MR W. CLIFFORD, HAD EARLIER THIS YEAR ASSISTED THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT IN SUCCESSFULLY ORGANISING THE FIRST ASIAN AND PACIFIC CONFERENCE OF CORRECTIONAL ADMINISTRATORS.

AFTER THE SEMINAR, MR HYDES WILL VISIT PENAL INSTITUTIONS IN VICTORIA AND NEW SOUTH WALES, AND WILL DISCUSS WITH THEIR ADMINISTRATORS VARIOUS CORRECTIONAL PROGRAMMES OF MUTUAL INTEREST.

HE IS DUE BACK AT THE END OF THIS MONTH.

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SPECIAL TRAINS FOR DRAGON BOAT RACES

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THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY WILL RUN FOUR ADDITIONAL TRAINS ON DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL DAY (TUESDAY) FOR THE DRAGON BOAT RACES IN TAI PO.

TWO SPECIAL UP TRAINS WILL LEAVE KOWLOON STATION AT 8.28 AM AND 1.50 PM, ARRIVING AT TAI PO MARKET STATION AT 9.18 AM AND 2.36 PM RESPECTIVELY.

FOR THE RETURN TRIP, TWO SPECIAL DOWN TRAINS WILL LEAVE AT 9.45 AM AND 2.58 PM AND ARRIVE IN KOWLOON AT 10.40 AM AND 3.47 PM RESPECTIVELY.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 1980

NIGHT CLOSURE OF WANG TAU HOM ROADS *****

TWO ROADS IN WANG TAU HOM WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC EXCEPT EMERGENCY VEHICLES ON SUNDAY AND MONDAY (JUNE 15 AND 16) BETWEEN 2 AM AND 5.30 AM EACH NIGHT.

THEY ARE WANG TAU HOM EAST ROAD BETWEEN WANG TAU HOM CENTRAL ROAD AND FU MEI STREET EAST, AND WANG TAU HOM CENTRAL ROAD.

ON THE TWO NIGHTS, A TEMPORARY FOOTBRIDGE WILL BE PUT UP OUTSIDE LOK FU MTR STATION ENTRANCE IN WANG TAU HOM EAST ROAD.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SAI YING POON *****

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN SAI YING POON FROM 1 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) TO 12 MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAY.

UNDER THE ARRANGEMENTS, SECOND STREET BETWEEN CENTRE STREET AND EASTERN STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC, EASTERN STREET BETWEEN FIRST STREET AND SECOND STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND, AND FIRST STREET BETWEEN EASTERN STREET AND CENTRE STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY WEST-BOUND.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SUPPLEMENT--

Friday, June 13, 1980

EMBARGOED NEWS ITEM:

Note to Editors of newspapers, news agencies, broadcasting stations The following announcement

regarding the Queen’s Birthday Honours List is being made simultaneously in London at 0001 hrs. G.h'.T. on June 14.

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

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

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

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

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BIRTHDAY HONOURS 1980

Kt, (Knight Bachelor)

The Honourable nr Justice Alan Armstrong HUGGINS

Mr Justice Huggins joined the Hong Kong judicial service as a magistrate in 1953 after serving as a magistrate in Uganda. He was appointed a District Judge in 1958 and a Puisne Judge in 19&5; he has been a Justice of Appeal since 1976.

CBE (Commander Order of the British Empire)

Mr Malcolm James ALEXrJWER, JP

Mr Alexander joined the Marine Department in 195^ and has been its Director since 1977• Throughout the years, with the growth of Hong Kong’s economy and trade, he has worked for the development and expansion of port and shipping facilities; his contribution has been particularly noteworthy in Hong Kong’s development as a container port during the past decade.

CBE (Commander Order of the British Empire)

Mr Edward Howitt NICHOLS, CBE

Mr Nichols joined the Hong Kong Government in 1959, after

12 years service in Sierra Leone and was appointed Director of Agriculture and Fisheries in 1966. In the years that followed the Department made a significant contribution to the improvement of fresh food supplies and took over responsibility for implementing the country parks programme, and Mr Nichols himself contributed also to the work of the Indo-Pacific Fishery Commission. Mr Nichols retired in 1980.

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CBE (Commander Order of the British Empire)

The Honourable John Martin RO'JLaNDS, JP

Mr Rowlands joined the Hong Kong Government as a Cadet Officer in 1952 and has served in a number of Branches and departments, including Civil Aid Services, Urban Services, Social Services, Home Affairs and Immigration. He was appointed Secretary for the Civil Service in 1978.

CBE (Commander Order of the British Empire)

Mr Norman Sinclair THOMPSON

Mr Thompson’s appointment as Chairman (Designate) of the future Mass Transit Railway Corporation took effect in 197^ and the Mass Transit Railway Corporation was brought into being in 1975- Trains started running between nine stations of the Modified Initial System in October 1979 and the whole of that system became operational, ahead of schedule, in February 1980.

The completion of the largest single engineering project ever undertaken in Hong Kong ahead of time and within budget is largely due to Mr Thompson’s drive, capacity for organising and attention to detail.

OBE (Officer Order of the British Empire)

Dr. Kenneth CHAUN Kwok-wing

Dr. Chaun is Founder and Past President of the Hong Kong Dental Association and for his services has been granted life membership, an honour only awarded to three persons to date.

He has been a regular member of the Dental Council since 19^9 ^nd has given continuous service for 30 years; additionally, he has been the Chairman of the Preliminary Investigation Committee since 1969* /OBE...........................................................

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OBE (Officer Order of the British Empire) - — ——

Prof. Michael James COLBOURNE .......«.■.......

Prof. Colbourne has occupied the Chair of Community Medicine in the Hong Kong University since 197^- He is also the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Hong Kong University.

He has held senior teaching posts in the Universities of London and Singapore. His professional publications are numerous and recognised internationally particularly on malariology and tropical diseases, and he is one of W.H.O.’s most respected consultants in the specialty of malariology.

He is an acknowledged authority on preventive and community medicine in Hong Kong and he has rendered valuable service in this capacity.

QBE (Officer Order of the British Empire)

Mr George HO, JP

Mr Ho is the Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Hong Kong Commercial Broadcasting Co. Ltd. and during the past 21 years has made a significant contribution to the development of sound radio braodcasting in Hong Kong. Mr Ho has served on the Trade Development Council, the Aviation Advisory Board, the Consumer Council and the Citizens Advisory Committee on Community Relations, among other public boards and committees, and is presently Vice-Patron of the Community Chest.

CBiS (Officer Order of the British Empire)

Mr Frank LIN Hui-po

Mr Lin has been for a number of years Chairman of the Hong Kong Knitwear Exporters and Manufacturers’ Association and is Vice-Chairman of the Hong Kong Branch of the UK-based Clothing Institute.

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He has been a member of the Textiles Advisory Board since 1969. He has attended many negotiations of textile restraint agreements between Hong Kong and other countries as an industrial adviser and has also advised on their implementation. Mr Lin is a member of the Trade Development Council, of the Polytechnic’s Advisory Committee on Textile Industries and of the Executive Committee of the Ready-to-Wear Festival.

OBE (Officer Order of the British Empire)

Mr Harry David STEAD, JP

Mr Stead worked in Nigeria for eight years before joining the Hong Kong Government in 1957 as an Engineer. After being promoted to Senior Engineer and Principal'Government Engineer he was appointed in 1975 to be Director of Engineering Development. Mr Stead has been a key figure in fostering the sport of squash rackets in Hong Kong; he has been Honorary Secretary of the Squash Rackets Association for many years and has devoted himself particularly to training young local players in the sport. He is retiring from Government service in 1980.

OBE (Officer Order of the British Empire)

Mr William Frederick STONES A J Mr W.F. Stones is a Director and Deputy General Manager of China Light & Power Co. Ltd. He has played a significant role in improving the company’s operating efficiency and engineering standards, particularly in relation to the Tsing Yi Power Station.

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OBE (Military) (Officer Order of the British Empire)

Wing Commander Ross Grange PENL]ffijTON, hE

Wing Commander Penlington has been Commanding Officer of the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force since 1975 and has served in the Squadron for 15 years.

He has been responsible for major developments, including the move of the Squadron to its new headquarters and its reequipment, There has been a substantial expansion in flying as a result of anti-illegal immigrant operations and aerial reconnaissance for Vietnamese refugees.

ISO (Imperial Service Order)

Mr Alan John CARTER, JR

Mr Carter joined the Immigration Department in 1966, having previously served for 16 years with the United Kingdom civil service. He was promoted to Deputy Director of the department in January 1978. He played a major part in bringing the department through a very difficult period in 1979 when it was almost overwhelmed by the task of dealing with great increases in arrivals of Vietnamese refugees and immigrants from China. ......_

MBE (Member Order of the British Empire)

Mr CHaN Chun-ying

Mr Chan was appointed to head the Training Division of the Civil Aid Services in 19&9*

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He has been involved in many difficult emergency operational tasks whilst in charge of the Rescue Unit in Kowloon, and during the Vietnamese refugee influx was of great assistance in co-ordinating the resources of volunteers and members of the permanent staff.

In more peaceful times he has assisted in organising Community Chest Walks for a Million, Cheshire Home flag days and other civic functions requiring the control of large crowds and the marshalling of Government pageants and parades.

Mr Chan is due to retire from the service in 1980.

MBE (Member Order of the British Empire)

Mrs Irene CHENG TONG

Mrs Cheng has worked for 29 years in a number of departments and in the Secretariat, serving at various times as Personal Secretary to, inter alia, the Solicitor General, Commissioner of Inland Revenue, Director of Public Works and Secretary for the Environment, and her knowledge of Government procedure and practice is immense.

MBE (Member Order of the British Empire)

Dr CHING Yuen-kai, JP ---- - •

Dr Ching served for nearly 20 years in the Education Department of the Hong Kong Government in posts of increasing responsibility, culminating in the position of Principal to the Hong Kong Technical College. In 1972 he became Deputy Director of the new Hong Kong Polytechnic.

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He has contributed significantly to the improvement in industrial training through membership of the Hong Kong Training Council• He also served on the Council of the Hong Kong Productivity Centre and is a Past President of the Hong Kong Society of Engineers (now the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers).

MBE (Member Order of the British Empire)

Mr WONG Sik-kong

For the past 20 years, Mr Wong has served the Kowloon City community. As a Vice-President of the Kowloon City Kaifong Association and a Director of the Lok Sin Tong, Mr Wong has a long record of service in welfare activities. He was largely responsible for the establishment of the Lok Sin Tong Benevolent Society’s first secondary school and for extending the Society’s activities to the elderly and the young. .

Mr Wong has been helping and supporting community service projects sponsored by the City District Office (Kowloon City) and has set an example to other district community leaders.

MBE (Member Order of the British Empire)

Mr YU Pun-chak, CPM

Mr Yu joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force in 1951 and was promoted to his present rank of Senior Superintendent in 1977. He has also served in the Special. Branch and the Criminal Investigation Department.

Mr Yu has given long, loyal and conscientious service and would have merited further advancement but for a serious illness which has led to his premature retirement.

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HBE (Member Order of the British Empire)

Mr Joseph CHENG Kwo-ping

Mr Cheng joined the Information Services Department in 1963 as an Information Officer; he was promoted to Chief Information Officer, in the News Division, in 1975 and to Assistant Director/ News in 1979*

He is the first Chinese officer to have reached Directorate rank in the Information Services and when he finally retires he will be difficult to replace. His sound journalistic experience and his ability to work efficiently and quickly under pressure have provided a fine example to his staff.

MBE (Member Order of the British Empire)

Mr CHIa Chi-pei

Mr Chia began as an Assistant Community Development Officer in 1956. He is at present the Senior Executive Officer (Community Relations) of the Community Information Unit in the Home Affairs Department, responsible for expanding the department’s liaison base and for collating and assessing public feedback.

MBE (Member Order of the British Empire)

Mr LEE Nai-koo

Mr Lee served in the Fish Marketing Organisation for five years mostly as a Market Manager before he joined the Government in 1955.

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He was initially responsible for helping to ensure that tie Fish Marketing Organisation was established on sound management principles and subsequently for assisting in the development of the co-operative movement.

Most recently he was responsible, in consultation with the Ministry of Overseas Development, for preparing the groundwork for new primary products wholesale marketing complexes.

He retired in 1979.

BEM (British Empire Medal)

Mr CHaN Hing;

Mr Chan joined the Urban Services Department as a sanitary coolie in 19^5. He was promoted through the ranks, reaching the position of Senior Overseer in 1978 and has established himself as a highly efficient supervisor and leader. Currently he is in charge of a General Duties Team in Tsuen Wan where he has continued to set a good example and instill a high standard in his subordinates.

BEM (British Empire Medal)

Mr CHENG Pang-fei

Mr Cheng first joined the Government in 1958 as a Gardener. Since i960 he has been in charge of the Mammals Section in the Zoological and Botanic,al Gardens. He is devoted to his job, attending to the animals regardless of official hours of duty and of the weather, and the fine condition of the animals in this collection is in no small measure due to Mr Cheng's personal dedication.

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BEM (British Empire Medal)

Mr Allan CHIU Ching

Mr Chiu has served continuously in the Koyal Hong Kong Police Force since he first joined Government service, and for the past nine-years he has been the most senior clerical officer in the Special Branch. In his present post he has accepted additional responsibility and performed duties in-excess of those normally in his grade.

BEM (British Empire Medal)

Mr CHCW Lam-pang

Mr Chow joined the Government as a forest worker in 19^0.

He remained in Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation and resumed duty as Forester Grade I in 19^7.

At the present time he is in charge of the Kowloon Hills District and has made’ a significant contribution to Country Parks development in the Kam Shan and Lion Kock Country Parks. He was promoted to Senior Field Assistant in 1977 and has been granted an extension of service for two years with effect from 1979«

BEM (British Empire Medal)

Mr CHU Man-yui

Mr CHU Man-yui joined the Auxiliary Medical Service (it.M.S.) in 1952. For 27 years he has been one of the main pillars of support in the Transport and General Stores Section and currently in the Liaison Section.

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In the expansion of the a.l-.S. Sub-Units in the New Territories, he has contributed many valuable ideas and given considerable time and energy to the scheme.

BEM (British Empire Medal)

Mr FOK Hin-kwong

Mr Fok has 23 years’ outstanding service in the Government of Hong Kong, including 16 years in the Judiciary. Since joining the Legal Aid Department in May 1973, his dedication to duty has engendered respect among the Law Clerics in the department and he acts as a mentor and guide to all of them.

BEM (British Empire Medal) Mr FUNG V.'ah-kon

Mr Fung was first appointed as a Foreman II in 1958 and was promoted through the ranks to Assistant Transport Supervisor. Mr Fung is thoroughly conversant with day-to-day land transport management matters of the Urban Services Department and plays a vital role in ensuring that a large fleet of 900 vehicles of varying size and purpose, together with their drivers, is utilised to maximum capacity.

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BEM (British Empire Medal)

Mr HQ Kit-tong

Mr Ho joined the service as a Motor Driver in the Labour Department in 19^7 and retired in 1973 on reaching the age of 55* He was however re-employed on temporary terms and finally left the department in January 1980 after a total service of more than 32 years*

BEM (British Empire Medal)

Mr KaM Yau

Mr Kam’s whole Government working life has lain with the Urban Services Department. His service has been marked by exemplary conduct and hard work. He has earned the respect of his colleagues and of his superior officers for his efficient discharge of duties.

BEM (British Empire Medal)

Mr James KAN Kam-f00k

Mr Kan was appointed a Messenger in the Registrar General’s Department in 19^7 .and was transferred to the attorney General’s Chambers in 19^+8•

Since his promotion to Senior Clerical Officer, he has been working as Librarian in Chambers. The library has expanded in recent years as a second library has been set up as part of a new sub-office in Kowloon. The smooth-function!ng of both libraries and the excellent services they provide are attributable to a great extent to Mr Kan.

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BEM (British Empire Medal)

Mr LaU Hung

Before joining the Information Services Department as a messenger in 1959, Mr Lau worked in the H.M. Dockyard. He was promoted to Office Attendant in 1963 and to his present rank in 1975.

He has proved to be an exceptionally competent Head attendant. He takes a personal interest in the efficient running of the messenger service and in training junior and newly joined assistants.

BEM (British Empire Medal)

Mr L.U Kam-kwong

Mr Lau first joined Government service in 1947. In 1951 he went to work for H.M. Dockyard until 1952. He rejoined the Dockyard in 1954 and in 1955 he was promoted to VIP Driver for the Admiral and then the Captain of H.M. Dockyard. In 1959, on the winding-up of H.M. Dockyard, he was transferred back .to Government service as a Motor Driver. He became Personal Chauffeur to the Attorney General in 1968, and has served four successive attorneys General with outstanding reliability and devotion.

BEM (British Empire Medal)

Mr W Chi-v;ah

Mr Lo began his career in i960 as a Messenger. In 1967 he was appointed Hall Porter in the Government Secretariat and in 1971 he was promoted to Senior Hall Porter. He was subsequently

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appointed Receptionist in 1979* Since his appointment as a Hall Porter, Mr Lo has been stationed in the ground floor lobby of the Central Government Offices Building, manning the reception and enquiries counter where he has shown exceptional conscientiousness ^nd courtesy in carrying out his duties.

BEM (British Empire Medal)

hrs NG Muk-kah

NG Muk-kah, known to the Royal Navy as Jenny, started her Side Party in 1928, painting ships of the. Royal and Commonwealth Navies in Hong Kong. She has never accepted any payment and has only accepted items of scrap from the ships as her reward.

Her workmanship has always been of the highest standard and she has shown justified pride in her work, nil who have served with the Royal, or Commonwealth Navies in Hong Kong remember Jenny with affection.

BEE (British Empire Medal)

Mr PaNG Kwai-cheong

Mr Pang joined the Hong Kong Government in i960. He was promoted to Clerical Officer I in 1975*

During 1979j the Registration of Persons Office, where

Mr Pang worked, came under very great pressure because of the influx of immigrants from China. Hr Pang worked with exemplary diligence and showed great patience and dedication during a particularly difficult period.

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BEM (British Empire Medal)

Mr P,iNG Shuk-keung

Mr Pang completed over 27 years’ service in the Meter Pveader ranks of the Water Supplies Department and reached the top of his grade. Because of ill health, he retired from the Service in October 1979*

He was frequently commended by his superiors for his untiring efforts and proved himself to be a dedicated officer with a strong sense of responsibility.

BEM (British Empire Medal)

Mr WONG Hang-cheong

Mr Wong joined the Immigration Service as an Immigration Assistant in 197^* He served in the refugee section in 1979 during the height of the refugee influx. Despite the enormous pressure of work and the acute shortage of staff at the time, he continued to discharge his duties in an efficient manner and he was always patient and sympathetic in his dealings with the refugees.

BEM (British Empire Medal)

Mr Y^U Tat-kum

Mr YaU Tat-kum first joined Government service in 19^7 as a Labourer.

For the last 25 years he has led a team of Labourers, responsible for minor maintenance of road surfaces and associated drainage installations within his district, including emergency work after typhoons and rainstorms.

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The standard and efficiency of his gang have become' a model of achievement for other road gangs.

BEM (British Empire Medal)

Mr YOUNG Ch.ak

Mr YOUNG Chak joined the Prisons Department as a Warder in 1950. Throughout his 29 years of service, during which he has been awarded the Colonial Prison Service Medal in 1968 and the First Clasp to the Medal in 1975, he has carried out his duties in an exemplary manner. He was awarded the Commissioner of Prisons* Commendation in 1978 for his alertness in helping to save the Life of a prisoner who had attempted to commit suicide.

BEM (British Empire Medal)

Mr YU Che-shun

Mr Yu joined the Government Service as a messe iger in 19^9. He transferred to the Prisons Department in 1952 and was promoted through the ranks to become Assistant Officer I in 1972.

Following practical training in mental nursing in 1961, he was posted to Victoria Prison to help in the setting up of a Psychiatric Observation Unit.

Mr Yu has contributed greatly to the progress made in the building up of psychiatric services within the department since 1961.

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QPM (Queen’s Police Modal)

Mr Geoffrey David C.-tRTER, CPM

Mr Carter joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force in 1955 and reached his present rank of Assistant Commissioner in 1978. He is Deputy Director of the Special Branch.

He received the Governor’s Commendation for calm and steadfast leadership during the civil disturbances in 1966 and the Colonial Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 1975*

CPM (Colonial Police Modal)

Mr Brian Henry BOYTON

Over the past 14 years Mr Boyton has served as a Sub-Divisional Inspector in various Police divisions. He has been particularly noteworthy for his painstaking training of junior Inspectorate officers in Uniform Branch work.

CPM (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr Garth Stcphcr BURRO.7S

Mr Burrows has served in various Branches of the Force and as Aide-de-Camp to His Excellency the Governor. In 1977 he was appointed Sub-Divisional Inspector (Officer Commanding) Ta Kwu Ling Sub-Division of the Frontier Division.

In April, May and June 1979 some 35 000 illegal immigrants from China, the majority of whom crossed over the land frontier, were arrested.

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He was responsible for the day-to-day deployment of his subordinates and intelligence gathering in regard to the movement of illegal immigrants within his sub-Division, and success of security operations in the area can be largely attributed to the close co-operation between Police/Military forces fostered by him.

CPM (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr CHrtM Siu-ton^

Police Constable Chan is a Marine Police mechanic.

His skill often enables him to carry out work at sea which would otherwise require the launch to return to the dockyard, losing many hours of invaluable patrol time.

During the influx of Vietnamese refugees and Chinese •• ' illegal immigrants, Mr Chan kept launches running far beyond their normal refit periods. He worked long hard hours often under difficult conditions.

CPM (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr Geoffre?/> Howard COX

During the influx of sea-borne refugees from Vietnam since 1978 and of illegal immigrants from China by sea, Mr Cox distinguished himself as Divisional Superintendent in charge of the Sectors Division of the Marine Police District.

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He spent long hours as the sea commander during extended operations in December 1978 and January 1979 in respect of one ocean-going refugee ship and when another ship, with 2 665 Vietnamese refugees and crew on board, went on the rocks, he supervised the safe evacuation of all on board.

CPM (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr Clive Joseph EVnNS

Mr Evans joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force in 1963 after previous service in the British South Africa .and Nyasaland Police Forces. He was promoted to Senior Superintendent in 1978.

Mr Evans’ service in Special Branch has been mainly in the Operations Division, where he has been responsible for the planning and direction of operations of the very highest security importance.

CPM (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr Charles rlcldrich FISHER

Mr Fisher has spent most of his service in Marine Police and presently holds the post of Sector Commander North in Marine Police District, Sectors Division.

He has played a truly outstanding role since the increased influx of Chinese illegal immigrants commenced in 1978.

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CPE (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr Victor Maurice GREEN

Mr Green joined the Royal Hong Kcng Police Force in 1957 and after service in various formations of the Force was posted to Special Branch in 1963* He was promoted to Superintendent in 1971 and Senior Superintendent in 1977* His command of operational units in Special Branch has been of a particularly high order, and his leadership has played a considerable part in the success of a large number of cases of great security importance.

CPM (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr ^lastair William Jamieson GUNN

Between December 1978 and May 1979 when illegal immigration from China was rising, Mr Gunn commanded a unit charged with the investigation and prosecution of illegal immigration offences on a territory-wide basis.

He established an Intelligence Unit which provided first class information, statistics, research and analysis on illegal immigration thus contributing to an informed assessment of the problem.

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CPM (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr Brian HaIGH

Mr Haigh joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force in 1958 and after serving in various Formations was posted to Special Branch in 1967. He was promoted to Chief Superintendent in 1979. He has been responsible for the organisation and supervision of security arrangements for Heads of State and other visitors of the highest importance. He has commanded operational units of the Special Branch and is now commanding the Production Division.

CPM (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr Gordon JACK

Mr Jack joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force in 1957, and was promoted to Senior Superintendent in 1977.

Most of his service has been in operational Uniform Branch/posts, including command of Western Division, Police Detective Training School and, currently, Eastern Division, to all of which he has brought energy and a high standard of professional ability and a keen sense of fairness and justice.

CPM (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr Lionel LnM Kin

Mr Lam joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force in 1965 and has served in the Uniform Branch, the Criminal Investigation Department and Special Branch.

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In 1978 the refugee vessel rrHuey Feng” arrived with some J OOO Vietnamese on board and a special unit was established to gather intelligence on organised trafficking.

Mr Lam was in command of the field enquiries, and within a relatively short period was able to present evidence that the arrival of the ship had been planned and that considerable sums of money were involved.

CPM (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr LEUNG Shu-piu

Station Sergeant LEUNG Shu-piu joined the Noyal Hong Kong Police Force in 1950 and was promoted to his present rank in 1973* He retired in 1977 and was reappointed in the same rank on agreement.

Mr Leung was transferred to the New Territories during 1979 to assist in countering the increasing number of illegal immigrants from China. He was posted to Lok M? Chau Police Station where he was tasked with the supervision of all junior police officers deployed on anti-illegal immigration duties in that area. Several thousand immigrants were arrested.

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CPM (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr NG Hon-wing

Mr. Ng joined the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Police -Force in 1962 and was promoted to Inspector in 1£66. He played a vital part in the maintenance of law and order during the civil disturbances in 1966 and 19&7. In 1978 he was promoted to Superintendent and given command of.Wong Tai Sin Division. The high standard of duty performance of the personnel of that Division since he assumed command is testimony to his leadership.

CPM (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr John Edwin OVER

Mr Over is on secondment from a British police force and planned and established the Complaints Against Police Office and the Management Services Division.

He has won the confidence of the UMELCO Group responsible for CAPO, and this has led to an increasing degree of public confidence in this very important office. The Management Services Division has been greatly expanded and put on a sound footing.

CPM (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr Edward Forster Tn1LOP

Mr Taylor joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force in 1957 and was promoted to Senior Superintendent in 1977•

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He has held a variety of posts, including Special Branch, Traffic Division, Hong Kong Island, Personal Staff Officer to the Commissioner, and command of Western Division, and throughout he has shown dedication and a high standard of professional ability.

CPM (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr TO Shek-chuen - .

Sergeant To was the Officer-in-Charge of Tsim Bei Tsui Police Post throughout the period of increased illegal immigration from China between January and June 1979 and was responsible for policing an area of intensive illegal immigrant activity. During this period a total of 1 866 illegal immigrants were either arrested by personnel under his command or handed over to them for care and custody. The high level of apprehensions and the fact that no problems ?rose over the custody of those apprehended are directly attributable to the leadership displayed by this officer.

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CPM (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr Jolin TURNER

Mr Turner is Deputy District Police Commander of Marine District and has frequently been in command.

During the operations dealing with the influx of refugees from-Vietnam and of illegal immigrants from China, he played a leading part in liaison with the Royal Navy, the Army, and the Royal Air Force, and personally supervised Marine Police operations in connection with three major refugee ships.

CPM (Colonial Police Medal) ■■■ ■ ■"*■ w—• •   — •

Mr Hector McDonald './HITTON

Mr Whitton has served in the Criminal Investigation Department, Special Branch and Uniform Branch.

Between September 1978 and June 1979 when the influx of illegal immigrants from China .posed -a severe threat, 35 000 illegal immigrants, the majority of whom crossed over the land frontier, were arrested®

Mr Whitton was responsible for the administrative arrang arrangements for the detention, processing and repatriation of all illegal immigrants.

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CPM (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr Robert Moffat WILKINSON

as Sub-Divisional Inspector (Officer Commanding) of Lau Fau Shan Sub-Division, Mr Wilkinson exhibited an extremely high standard of duty performance over the first six months of 1979 at the height of the influx of illegal immigrants from China to the area. He was under unrelenting pressure throughout the period, and his duty hours were interspersed with only short periods for rest.

CPI' (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr WONG Shu-piu

During the influx of Chinese illegal immigrants and Vietnamese refugees, Fast Sector, where Station Sergeant Wong was attached, bore the brunt of the Chinese illegal immigration problem. 246 vessels carrying nearly 3 790 illegal immigrants were arrested in that area alone. In addition, 22 Vietnamese vessels and 2 9&3 refugees were intercepted during the period September 1978 - July 1979• as a launch commander, Hr 'Wong worked long, arduous hours often under difficult conditions.

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CPM (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr WONG Wai-ho

Mr Wong joined the Royal Hong Kong auxiliary Police Force in 1951 and was promoted to Sergeant in 1953*

He has been a loyal and active member of the Force showing keen devotion to duty <?nd exemplary conduct, particularly so in periods of civil disorder in 195$ j 19&7 when he played a very active part in the maintenance of law and order. In more recent years he has been attached to the Emergency Unit of Kowloon East and has been involved in the fight against crime.

CPM (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr Y/kU Siu-fan

Mr Yau holds the post of Sector Commander in Marine Police District, Sectors Division. The police officers under his command arrested over 30 000 Chinese illegal immigrants and Vietnamese refugees in 1978/79 and detained a total of 365 vessels which were used for conveying them*

iit the same time he assisted Government officials in important negotiations with Vietnamese refugee representatives in two incidents involving ocean-going vessels carrying large numbers of refugees.

CPM (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr John ^shton BREDBURY

Mr Bredbury has served in the Fire Services for over 30 years, with 12 yeans in the British Fire Service and 18 years in Hong Kong.

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He has held posts in all branches of the Fire Services including operational, fire prevention, Airport and staff duties.

His courage, skill and leadership at countless emergencies, fires and other calamities has been responsible for the saving of many lives and considerable property.

CPk (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr CHOI Chang-kong

Mr CHOI Chang-kong has served in various branches of the Fire Services in many parts of the territory. By far the greatest part of his service has been spent on operational duties in the busiest fire stations, and he has been responsible for the saving of many lives and much property.

For the last few years he has held the post of Fire Services Welfare Officer. He has applied himself tirelessly to this demanding and responsible duty and many members and their families, or their widows and children, have cause to be grateful for his sympathy and understanding.

CPh (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr KONG Hing

Mr KONG Hing has served throughout in the Kowloon Fire Command. He has demonstrated discipline and loyalty at countless fires and other emergencies where his skill, courage and leadership

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as an N.C.O. i/c of a fire crew have played an inportant part' in the saving of lives and property. For the last few years he has also been responsible for the training of many drivers and operators in the operation of the most technically advanced equipment in the service, a duty he has performed in his usual first class manner.

CPM (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr SO Wing

Throughout his 25 years with the Fire Services Mr SO Wing has been attached to the busiest of the operational units. He has consistently demonstrated discipline and loyalty at countless fires and other emergencies. His skill, courage and leadership in charge of fire crews and acting on his own have been responsible for the saving of lives and property.

CPM (Colonial Police Medal)

Mr WOO Kwan-kuc-n

Mr Woo has hold posts in all branches of the Fire Services including operational duty throughout the territory, fire prevention and staff duties.

His skill, courage and leadership at countless dangerous fires and other calamities throughout his 25 years in the Fire Services has been responsible for the saving of many lives and considerable property.

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Badge- of Honour

Madam CH.JT Siu

Record of community service dating back to the 1960s, with kaifongs and sports and welfare associations. Chairman North Sau Mau Ping »rea Committee since 1973 and founder member Kwun Tong Sports Association.

Mr CHENG Fei-hong

Member Kowloon City District Committee since 197^* Leading member of the Lions Club (President 1977/78) and very interested in promoting youth activities.

Mr HO Tze-ping

active community leader in Tsuen Wan. Chairman of Tsuen Wan Trade association for the past eight years. Vice-Chairman Tsuen Wan Rural Committee 1976-78.

Mr David HO Yung-sang

Vice-Chairman Tai Po Rural Committee; Chairman and now President Tai Po Division of the St. John’s -imbulance Brigade, which he has promoted and expanded. Member of The Tai Po District advisory Board and currently First Vice-Chairman N.T. Lions Club.

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Hr IU Hon-leung

Founding member of Y’s Men’s Club of Victoria in 19&2 and actively associated ever since. Concerned to provide basic recreational facilities for the underprivileged and established centres for the deaf. Serves on panel of Film Censors and promotes cultural programmes for youth.

Mr LEUNG Chung-lick

Involved in community work for over 10 years, particularly in providing cultural and recreationaJ. facilities in Sham Shui Po; firm supporter of many Government and charity projects and campaigns.

Hr LEUNG Shui-fat

Record-breaking nine years service on the Board of Directors Pok Oi Hospital (Chairman 1980/81). Was a village representative for 13 years and is currently a director of Yuen Long Tov/n Hall and Yuen Long District Sports Association.

Mrs Rita LIU TONG Aai-oi

active in Tsuen Wan community -and welfare projects for past eight years and just completed successful year as Chairman Yan Chai Hospital. Involved with Boys and Girls Clubs association, Juvenile Care Centre, Society for the Aged and Caritas.

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Mr M11K Tak-fun

active contributor to community projects in Wong Tai Sin District, giving particular attention to the promotion of the interests of young people and to the support of recreational and youth activities*

Mr SHUM Ting-chak

Leading member of the North Point community; member Eastern City District Committee, District Fight Crime Committee; Chairman North Point ^rea Committee; Valuable support to community building and to providing sport and recreational facilities.

Mr YIP Kam-fat

Fisherman held in high regard by fishing community. 21 years association with Fishermen’s Co-operative Societies; Chairman of the Shau Kei Wan Society since 1971 and of the Shau Kei Wan Federation of Societies in 1978 and 1979; member of Fisheries Development Loan Fund advisory Committee.

Mr YU Yuen-hei

Member of the Tai 0 Rural Committee since 195** and Chairman since 1979 <* Has initiated a community spirit which has produced exceptional support from Tai 0 for sports activities, Government campaigns and Government community building projects®

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BIRTHD. X HONOURS 1980

(British Forces)

CBE Major General J.L. Chapplc, MBE

OBE Lieutenant Colonel G.C. Verdon, R. SIGNALS

riBE Lieutenant Corraander N.W. Bell, RN

MBE Major D.P. de C. Morgan 7^R

MBE Warrant Officer Class 2 G.J. iirscott R^OC

BEK Staff Sergeant ’...J. Hunter RCT

BEM Sergeant iieheraan Linbu 1OGR

BJii Sergeant Meheruon Tamrng 7GR

BEM Corporal R-ghubir Rai

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

EDUCATION ASSESSMENT SERVICE FOR DISABLED CHILDREN ........ 1

SENIOR OFFICIALS LAUNCH NEW DRAGON BOATS .................. 2

GRADUATION OF RECRUIT PRISON OFFICERS ..................... 2

PROSECUTIONS FOR LABOUR OFFENCES .......................... 5

WORK TO START ON SHEK PIK PRISON ...........................4

LARGE CONTRACT FOR SEWAGE PROJECT ......................... 4

CLOSED FOR FESTIVAL ....................................... 5

LIST OF CHARITABLE BODIES GAZETTED ........................ 5

FIRING PRACTICE REMINDER .................................. 6

NEW ROAD OPENS AT A KUNG NGAN ............................. 6

SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 1980

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EDUCATION ASSESSMENT SERVICE FOR DISABLED CHILDREN

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PARENTS OF CHILDREN SUFFERING FROM ANY FORM OF PHYSICAL OR MENTAL DISABILITY ARE ADVISED TO TAKE THEM TO ONE OF THE IWO SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES CENTRES RUN BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT FOR AN ASSESSMENT.

THE CENTRES ARE IN PERTH STREET IN KOWLOON, AND IN HOSPITAL ROAD IN SAI YING PUN ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT THROUGH AN INDIVIDUAL ASSESSMENT, HANDICAPPED CHILDREN MAY, IF FOUND NECESSARY, BE REFERRED TO SCHOOLS FOR HANDICAPPED PUPILS WHERE THEY ARE TAUGHT A CURRICULUM THAT IS ADAPTED TO THEIR SPECIAL NEEDS.

SPECIAL EDUCATION HELPS THEM <-T0 DEVELOP AND GROW UP AS WELL-ADJUSTED INDIVIDUALS WHO CAN LEAD A WHOLLY OR, AS FAR AS POSSIBLE, PARTIALLY SELF-SUPPORTING LIFE,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE DEPARTMENT HAS ASSUMED RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE EDUCATION OF MENTALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR DEGREE OF MENTAL HANDICAP SINCE APRIL LAST YEAR.

IN APRIL THIS YEAR, THERE WERE 23 SCHOOLS FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED WITH A CAPACITY OF ABOUT 2 500 PLACES. ELEVEN OF THESE WERE FORMERLY SUBVENTED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND ONE ORIGINALLY BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

AS FOR THE CURRICULUM, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT FOR THOSE WHO COULD BENEFIT, ORDINARY SCHOOL SUBJECTS SUCH AS LANGUAGE AND MATHEMATICS WERE TAUGHT- PERCEPTUAL TRAINING, SOCIAL TRAINING AS WELL AS INTEGRATED STUDIES WERE ALSO INCLUDED.

BECAUSE OF THEIR MENTAL HANDICAP, SELF-CARE IN DAILY LIFE IS ONE OF THE ESSENTIAL SUBJECTS IN THE CURRICULUM, HE ADDED.

FURTHERMORE, THE CHILDREN ARE TAUGHT PRACTICAL SKILLS TO PREPARE THEM FOR VOCATIONAL TRAINING OR EMPLOYMENT AND ULTIMATELY FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE IN FUTURE.

UNDER THE CODE OF AID FOR SPECIAL SCHOOLS, THEIR CLASS SIZE IS MUCH SMALLER THAN THAT OF AN ORDINARY SCHOOL TO PERMIT BETTER ATTENTION TO EACH INDIVIDUAL CHILD.

THE CODE ALSO PROVIDES NURSES FOR SCHOOLS FOR THE SEVERELY MENTALLY HANDICAPPED WHERE THE CHILDREN NEED MORE CONSTANT MEDICAL CARE.

SOCIAL WORKERS AND SPEECH THERAPISTS ARE ALSO PROVIDED IN THESE SCHOOLS TO EXPAND MULTI-DISCIPLINARY CARE.

♦SPEECH THERAPISTS HELP THESE PUPILS TO DEVELOP THEIR COMMUNICATIVE SKILLS AND SOCIAL WORKERS HELP THEM SOLVE ADJUSTMENT PROBLEMS AT HOME AND IN SCHOOL AS WELL AS ESTABLISH BETTER LINK BETWEEN THE SCHOOL AND THE FAMILY*, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR AUGUSTINE CHUI KAM, AND THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES. DR C.T. WONG, TODAY DOTTED THE EYES OF TWO NEW DRAGON BOATS WHICH WILL BE TAKING PART IN THE TAI PO DRAGON BOAT RACES NEXT TUESDAY (JUNE 17). THE DISTRICT OFFICER TAI PO, MR NICHOLAS NG, DOTTED THE EYES OF A THIRD BOAT. •

THE CEREMONY, AT THE TAI WONG YEH TEMPLE, YUEN CHAU TSAI. STARTED WITH RELIGIOUS RITES. AMID THE SOUNDS OF CHINESE TRUMPETS.

AND GONGS, THE CHAIRMAN OF TAI PO DRAGON BOAT RACE COMMITTEE, MR STEPHEN WONG, OFFERED WINE, A ROAST PIG, A CHICKEN AND OTHER DELICACIES TO TAI WONG YEH - THE PATRON GOD OF LOCAL FISHERMEN.

MR STEPHEN WONG

BY A VILLA6EFELDERED BY CHAMT,NG PRAYERS IN THE HAKKA DIALECT

MR CHUI, DR WONG AND MR NG THEN DOTTED THE EYES OF THE NEW DRAGON BOATS. LEGEND HAS IT THAT THE DOTTING OF EYES GIVES DRAGONS +LIFE+ AND THIS PREPARES THE BOATS FOR THE RACES.

AN EXHIBITION RACE BETWEEN THE THREE NEW BOATS WAS HELD IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE CEREMONY.

THE TAI PO DRAGON BOAT RACES ON TUESDAY WILL BE HELD AT SHUEN WAN HOI, ALONG THE MAIN DAM OF PLOVER COVE RESERVOIR, STARTING AT 10.30 AM.

FORTY TEAMS, REPRESENTING LOCAL FISHERMEN, SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS COMMERCIAL FIRMS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS HAVE ENTERED.

UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, SIR SZE-YUEN CHUNG. WILL OFFICIATE AT THE PRIZE PRESENTATION.

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ANOTHER BATCH OF YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE JOINED THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT TOOK PART IN A PASSING-OUT PARADE AT THE DEPARTMENT’S STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE IN STANLEY TODAY ON COMPLETING THEIR INITIAL TRAINING.

ON PARADE WERE 22 OFFICERS AND 67 ASSISTANT OFFICERS, INCLUDING THREE WOMEN ASSISTANT OFFICERS.

THE CAPTAIN-IN-CHARGE OF THE ROYAL NAVY IN HONG KONG, CAPTAIN R.W. MOLAND, TOOK THE SALUTE AND PRESENTED GOLDEN WHISTLES TO THE BEST TWO OF THEM, MR TSE KWONG-MAN AND MR LAM KAI-YUEN, BOTH ASSISTANT OFFICERS.

ADDRESSING THE PARADE, CAPTAIN MOLAND TOLD THE RECRUITS TO KEEP IN MIND THE ULTIMATE OBJECTIVE OF THE PRISON SERVICE, WHICH IS THE REHABILITATION OF OFFENDERS SO THAT THEY CAN TAKE THEIR PLACE BACK IN SOCIETY, AND IN SO DOING COMBAT THE PROBLEM OF OR IME.

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MAU ^LT0LD THEM THAT THE,R months of hard basic training would

COME TO FRUmoN AND THEY WOULD APPRECIATE THE SATISFACTION CF CONTRIBUTING IN NO SMALL WAY TO THE WELFARE OF THE COMMUNITY AND THE REHABILITATION OF THOSE WHO HAVE GONE ASTRAY. UU""UNIIT rue C*PTAIN M0LAND A«-SO APPRECIATED THE BREADTH OF TRAINING AND THE CONSIDERABLE EXPERTISE REQUIRED BY PRISON OFFICERS BEFORE THEY ARE FULLY ACCEPTED INTO THE SERVICE.

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PROSECUTIONS FOR LABOUR OFFENCES

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THERE WERE 771 PROSECUTIONS LAST MONTH AGAINST'INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS FOR VIOLATING LABOUR LEGISLATION.

OF THE CASES TAKEN OUT BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S PROSECUTIONS UNIT, 757 RESULTED IN CONVICTION AND FINES IMPOSED BY THE COURTS TOTALLED $615 OOO.

THE MAJORITY WERE RELATED TO BREACHES OF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS ORDINANCE AND VARIOUS REGULATIONS MADE UNDER THE ORDINANCE, INCLUDING THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS.

A TOTAL OF 319 CONCERNED BREACHES OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY REGULATIONS AND THE FINES AMOUNTED TO $396 475.

OF THESE CASES, 198 (WITH $240 000 IN FINES) WERE FOR BREACHES OF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (GUARDING AND OPERATION OF MACHINERY) REGULATIONS AND 71 (WITH $116 650 IN FINES) WERE FOR BREACHES OF THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS.

OFFENCES RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT OF WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS ACCOUNTED FOR 412 CASES AND FINES TOTALLED $195 875.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE PROSECUTIONS WERE MAINLY THE RESULT OF ACTION TAKEN BY THE DEPARTMENT’S FACTORY INSPECTORATE AND THE LABOUR INSPECTORATE.

HE POINTED OUT THAT IT TOOK MORE THAN LEGISLATION TO STAMP OUT OFFENCES IN INDUSTRY AND THAT CO-OPERATION WAS NEEDED FROM ALL CONCERNED TO IMPROVE THE SITUATION.

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WORK TO START ON SHEK PIK PRISON ******

A MAXIMUM SECURITY PRISON IS TO BE BUILT AT SHEK PIK ON LANTAU ISLAND.

TENDERS FOR THE WORK ARE BEING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

MR PAUL YIU, PWD SENIOR ARCHITECT SAID THE SCHEME COMPRISED THE CONSTRUCTION OF TEN TWO-TO-FOUR STOREY BLOCKS.

♦EIGHT OF THE BLOCKS ARE INTER-CONNECTING AND TOGETHER THEY CONTAIN 482 CELLS WITH CLEANING AND DINING AREAS, WORKSHOPS, CLASSROOMS AND MEDICAL AND DENTAL FACILITIES,* HE SAID.

♦THE TWO REMAINING BLOCKS ARE DETACHED FROM THE CELLS UNIT. ONE OF THEM HOUSES A GYMNASIUM, WORKSHOPS, LAUNDRY AND CENTRAL KITCHEN AND THE OTHER PROVIDES OFFICES FOR ADMINISTRATION, VISITING FACILITIES, AS WELL AS ACCOMMODATION FOR STAND-BY DUTY STAFF.*

OUTDOOR RECREATION AREAS WOULD ALSO BE PROVIDED, HE ADDED.

THE WHOLE COMPLEX WILL BE BUILT INSIDE SECURITY WALLS WHICH HAVE JUST BEEN COMPLETED UNDER A SEPARATE CONTRACT.

WORK WILL START IN SEPTEMBER AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 27 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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LARGE CONTRACT FOR SEWAGE PROJECT

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A MULT I-MILL I ON-DOLLAR CONTRACT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE YUEN LONG SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS AT WANG CHAU WILL BE AWARDED ON MONDAY (JUNE 16) BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE CONTRACT SIGNING CEREMONY WHICH WILL BE HELD IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF PWD HEADQUARTERS, 21ST FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG AT 11 AM.

OFFICERS OF THE PWD PUBLICITY UNIT WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

TV CREWS ARE REQUESTED TO ARRIVE EARLY TO SET UP THEIR EQUIPMENT.

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CLOSED FOR FESTIVAL

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THERE WILL BE NO MAIL DELIVERY AND ALL POST OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED ON TUESDAY (JUNE 17), WHICH IS DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL DAY.

MARINE DEPARTMENT OFFICES WILL ALSO BE CLOSED, EXCEPT ITS PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREAS AT YAU MA TEI, KWUN TONG AND TSUEN WAN,ITS PORT COMMUNICATIONS CENTRE, AND MACAU FERRY WHARF UNIT OFFICES.

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LIST OF CHARITABLE BODIES GAZETTED

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A REVISED LIST OF CHARITABLE INSTITUTIONS AND TRUSTS RECOGNISED AS EXEMPT FROM TAX UNDER THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO THE LATEST ISSUE CF THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

TAX RELIEF IS GIVEN TO AMOUNTS OF MONEY DONATED TO ANY OF THESE BODIES, SUBJECT TO CERTAIN LIMITATIONS.

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FIRING PRACTICE REMINDER * * * *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE TWO FIRING RANGES AT BASALT ISLAND AND AT HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK ON FOUR DAYS NEXT WEEK.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WARNED NOT TO ENTER THE RANGE AREAS WHEN RED FLAGS ARE FLYING DURING TIMES OF PRACTICE.

THE PRACTICE TIMES AREi DAY TIME

HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE BASALT ISLAND RANGE

MONDAY, JUNE 16 8.30 AM TO 5 PM

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18 8 AM TO 5 PM 8 AM TO 12 NOON

THURSDAY, JUNE 19 8 AM TO 10 PM 8 AM TO 12 NOON

FRIDAY, JUNE 20 8 AM TO 12 NOON

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A NEW ROAD JOINING A KUNG NGAM VILLAGE ROAD WITH A KUNG

NGAM WILL BE OPENED TO ONE-WAY EASTBOUND TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JUNE 16).

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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

SUNDAY, JUNE 15, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

$2.9 MILLION PAID OUT AS EMERGENCY RELIEF................ 1

TSUEN WAN ROAD ARTERY OVER HALF COMPLETED................ 2

MA WAN TO GET IMPROVED WATER SUPPLY ..................... 2

APPLY NOW FOR EVENING ENGLISH COURSES ................... 3

SPECIAL TRANSPORT FOR TAI PO BOAT RACE................... 4

EXHIBITION OF CONSTRUCTION SAFETY EQUIPMENT ............. 4

RECRUITMENT FOR PRISON OFFICERS IN 'WESTERN DISTRICT..... 5

TENDERS FOR PUMPING STATION ............................. 5

ROAD CLOSURE AT PLOVER COVE ............................. 5

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$2.9 MILLION PAID OUT AS EMERGENCY RELIEF

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OVER $2.9 MILLION FROM THE EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND WAS PAID OUT TO HELP PEOPLE IN NEED DURING THE YEAR 1978-79, ACCORDING TO THE ANNUAL REPORT OF THE FUND JUST PUBLISHED.

THIS WAS MORE THAN FOUR TIMES THE AMOUNT OF RELIEF PAYMENTS MADE IN 1977-78, WHICH TOTALLED ONLY $720 000 BECAUSE NO SIGNIFICANT NATURAL DISASTER OCCURRED THAT YEAR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY MOST OF THE GRANT RECIPIENTS LAST YEAR WERE FIRE AND TYPHOON VICTIMS.

ABOUT $1.5 MILLION WAS PAID OUT AS RE-ACCOMMODATION AND RE-EQUIPMENT GRANTS WHICH ACCOUNTED FOR ABOUT 51 PER CENT OF THE YEAR’S PAYMENT, WHILE AGRICULTURE GRANTS TOTALLED $1.3 MILLION.

IN THE SAME YEAR, HE SAID, THE FUND RECEIVED $3 017 701 IN REVENUE, COMPRISING $3 MILLION FROM GOVERNMENT GRANTS AND THE REST FROM PUBLIC DONATIONS AND INTEREST.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE FUND WAS SET UP TO PROVIDE GRANTS AND LOANS FOR PEOPLE IN NEED OF RELIEF AS A RESULT OF FIRE, FLOODING, TYPHOON OR OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS.

+GRANTS FROM THE FUND ARE AVAILABLE FOR DEATH OR PERSONAL INJURY, DOMESTIC RE-ACCOMMODATION AND RE-EQUIPMENT EXPENSES, REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT OF VESSELS, AGRICULTURAL LOSS AND SPECIAL CASES,* HE SAID.

THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR APPROVING GRANTS AND MAKING PAYMENTS IS,IN MOST CASES, VESTED IN OFFICERS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, AND THE SOCIAL WELFARE, HOUSING, HOME AFFAIRS, MARINE, AND AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENTS.

THE FUND WAS INTRODUCED IN 1962 AS THE COMMUNITY RELIEF TRUST FUND AND WAS RENAMED IN 1973.

THE EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND COMMITTEE FUNCTIONS UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE.

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TSUEN WAN ROAD ARTERY OVER HALF COMPLETED K * * * * *

traffic IN TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG WILL BE IMPROVED rnNcidfrari Y EARLY NEXT YEAR WHEN TSUEN WAN BY-PASS STAGE ONE, AN ELEVATED ROAD JOINING KWAI CHUNG ROAD AND TEXACO ROAD BYPASSING THE CENTRE OF TSUEN WAN, IS COMPLETED.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE WORK ON THE ROAD PROJECT NOW 60 PER CENT COMPLETE

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT WAS PROGRESSING SATISFACTORILY AND WAS

STAGE ONE OF THE BY-PASS FORMS PART TO COPE WITH THE HEAVY TRAFFIC GENERATED WAN NEW TOWN.

OF A MAJOR ROAD PROJECT FROM DEVELOPMENT IN TSUEN

NEAR THE

THE TWO-KILOMETRE ROAD RUNS FROM A POINT TERMINALS AT KWAI CHUNG ROAD TO TEXACO ROAD NEAR YEUNG AND HAS THREE INTERCHANGES LOCATED AT KWAI CHUNG ROAD,

CONTAINER UK ROAD, HING FONG

ROAD AND TEXACO ROAD.

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MA WAN TO GET IMPROVED WATER SUPPLY X X X X

THE GOVERNMENT IS TO SPEND $300 000 ON IMPROVING WATER SUPPLY TO THE 5 500 RESIDENTS OF TWO VILLAGES ON MA WAN ISLAND.

AT PRESENT, THE TWO VILLAGES, MA WAN AND TIN LIU, ARE SERVED BY ONE WATER TANK, INSTALLED IN 1965. ITS CAPACITY IS 36 000 LITRES.

IN THE IMPROVEMENT SCHEME, A NEW WATER TANK OF 40 000 LITRES CAPACITY WILL BE PROVIDED TO GIVE DIRECT WATER SUPPLY TO TIN LIU. MA WAN VILLAGERS WILL CONTINUE TO BE SERVED BY THE EXISTING WATER TANK.

WORK INCLUDES CONSTRUCTING TWO PUMP HOUSES AND LAYING 1 800 METRES OF PIPELINE.

BOTH TANKS WILL BE FED BY TWO NEWLY CONSTRUCTED WELLS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE SAID, WITH THE NEW SUPPLY SYSTEM, THE PROBLEM OF WATER SHORTAGE IN THE AREA WOULD BE SOLVED. THE PROJECT IS DUE TO BE READY BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.

AGREEMENT TO PROVIDE FUNDS FOR THE SCHEME FROM THE LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS VOTE OF TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE WAS REACHED AT A RECENT MEETING BETWEEN RURAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS FROM TSUEN WAN, TSI NG Yl AND MA WAN AND DISTRICT OFFICE STAFF.

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THE PROJECT WAS DESIGNED BY THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE WORKS SECTION WHICH IS SUPERVISING WORK.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID IT WAS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT THE LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS SCHEME COULD ACHIEVE TO HELP IMPROVE FACILITIES IN MORE RURAL AND LESS DEVELOPED AREAS.

APPLY NOW FOR EVENING ENGLISH COURSES * * * *

A NUMBER OF EVENING COURSES WILL BE STARTED IN SEPTEMBER BY THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TO HELP THOSE WHO ARE 18 OR ABOVE TO IMPROVE THEIR ENGLISH.

THE COURSES ARE AT THREE LEVELS! A SIX-YEAR ELEMENTARY COURSE WITH STANDARDS 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.

ANNUAL TUITION FEES DIFFER ACCORDING TO THE LEVELS. THE FEE FOR THE PRIMARY LEVEL OF THE ELEMENTARY COURSE IS $100, AND $150 FOR THE JUNIOR SECONDARY LEVEL. FOR THE INTERMEDIATE COURSE THE FEE IS $150, AND FOR THE SENIOR COURSE $200.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE COURSES, WHICH WILL START ON SEPTEMBER 8, ARE AVAILABLE BETWEEN NOW AND JUNE 30.

THEY CAN BE OBTAINED AT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS IN LEE GARDENS, ITS SUB-OFFICE AT KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES AND THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION AT MA TAU KOK ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES.

ON HONG KONG ISLAND, THE FORMS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FROM QUEEN’S COLLEGE, KING’S COLLEGE, HENNESSY ROAD GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOL, NORTH POINT GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOL, SHAU KEI WAN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE (ISLANDS).

IN KOWLOON, FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED AT QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL AND THE GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN TONG MEI ROAD, KAI TAK AND KWUN TONG.

THEY ARE AVAILABLE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AT THE HOI PA STREET AND TAI PO GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOLS, HEUNG YEE KUK YUEN LONG DISTRICT SECONDARY SCHOOL, DISTRICT OFFICES AND NEW TERRITORIES PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE COUNTERS.

REQUESTS FOR APPLICATION FORMS BY MAIL SHOULD SPECIFY THE COURSE APPLIED FOR AND SHOULD BE ACCOMPANIED BY SELF-ADDRESSED AND STAMPED ENVELOPES.

COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED BY 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.

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SPECIAL TRANSPORT FOR TAI PO BOAT RACE * X X *

SPECIAL PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES WILL BE PROVIDED FOR THOSE GOING TO THE TAI PO DRAGON BOAT RACE AT TAI MEI TUK ON TUESDAY (JUNE 17).

ADDITIONAL BUSES WILL BE PUT ON ROUTE 70 FROM JORDAN ROAD FERRY, AND THE FREQUENCY OF ROUTE 75 FROM TAI PO MARKET WILL BE INCREASED TO EVERY FIVE TO SIX MINUTES FROM 8 AM, ABOUT TWO HOURS BEFORE THE RACE STARTS.

AFTER THE EVENT, FOUR BUSES ON ROUTE 75 WILL WAIT FOR PASSENGERS OUTSIDE THE YOUTH HOSTEL NEAR THE VENUE AT ABOUT 12.30 PM.

THE TWO BUS STOPS AT TING KOK ROAD JUNCTION WITH THE ACCESS ROAD TO PLOVER COVE RESERVOIR WILL BE SUSPENDED.

PARKING FACILITIES WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC. VISITORS WITHOUT SPECIAL LABELS ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

AT THE SAME TIME THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY HAS ARRANGED FOUR SPECIAL TRAINS FOR THE BOAT RACE.

TWO WILL LEAVE KOWLOON FOR TAI PO MARKET AT 8.28 AM AND 1.50 PM RESPECTIVELY AND TWO WILL RETURN FROM TAI PO MARKET AT 9.45 AM AND 2.58 PM.

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EXHIBITION OF CONSTRUCTION SAFETY EQUIPMENT X X X * X

LOCAL SUPPLIERS OF INDUSTRIAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT ARE BEING INVITED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TO TAKE PART IN A CONSTRUCTION SAFETY EXHIBITION IN AUGUST.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT THE EXHIBITION WAS SCHEDULED TO BE HELD IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY’S TRAINING CENTRE IN TAI YIP STREET, NGAU TAU KOK, FROM AUGUST 9 TO 17.

THE EXHIBITION, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT AND THE AUTHORITY, WILL HIGHLIGHT, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE SAFE OPERATION OF LIFTING APPLIANCES COMMONLY USED ON CONSTRUCTION SITES.

*A NUMBER OF STANDS WILL BE ALLOCATED TO SUPPLIERS OF INDUSTRIAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT FOR DISPLAY OF THEIR PRODUCTS,* HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN URGED THOSE INTERESTED TO CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT ON 3-688111 EXT 320 AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE THE NUMBER OF STANDS AVAILABLE IS LIMITED.

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RECRUITMENT FOR PRISON OFFICERS IN WESTERN DISTRICT

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THE MOBILE RECRUITMENT DISPLAY BY THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT WILL MOVE TO WESTERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE IN THIRD STREET, SAI YING PUN TOMORROW (MONDAY). A RECRUITMENT STAND WILL ALSO BE SET UP THERE.

THE DISPLAY OF PHOTOGRAPHS SHOWING THE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF PRISONS WORK AND ITS EXCELLENT STAFF WELFARE FACILITIES, IS PART OF THE DEPARTMENT’S CURRENT DRIVE TO TAKE ON YOUNG ASSISTANT OFFICERS.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO VISIT THE DISPLAY WHICH CAN BE SEEN BETWEEN 3 PM AND 10 PM ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY. PRISON OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ANSWER ENQUIRIES.

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TENDERS FOR PUMPING STATION * * * *

THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SALT WATER PUMPING STATION AND STAFF QUARTERS AT THE SEAFRONT NEAR PAK KOK, TUEN MUN.

THE PUMPING STATION, WITH A CAPACITY OF 27 300 CUBIC METRES PER DAY, WILL SUPPLY SEA-WATER FOR FLUSHING TO TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL BEGIN IN MAY AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

ROAD CLOSURE AT PLOVER COVE * * *

THE ACCESS ROAD TO PLOVER COVE RESERVOIR DAM FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH TING KOK ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC, EXCEPT THOSE BEARING AUTHORISED PARKING LABELS, FROM 12 MIDNIGHT ON MONDAY (JUNE 16) TO 3 PM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

DURING THIS PERIOD, PARKING SPACES ALONG THE ROAD WILL BE SUSPENDED.

THE ARRANGEMENTS ARE FOR THE DRAGON BOAT RACE TO BE HELD NEARBY.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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

MONDAY, JUNE 16, 1980 CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MAIN CONTRACT FOR SEWAGE WORKS AWARDED .................. 1

CAR DOCUMENTATION COMPUTERISED .......................... 2

GOVERNMENT TO CARRY OUT TUEN MUN INDUSTRIAL SURVEY ... J

ORDERS-ON-HAND STATISTICS .............................

EVENING LECTURERS WANTED ................................ 5

ELECTRONICS MANPOWER SURVEY STARTS TODAY ................ 6

MORE WATER FOR CHAI WAN ................................. 7

AP LEI CHAU RESTRICTION LIFTED........................... 7

WATER CUT ............................................... 7

MONDAY, JUNE 16, 1980

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MAIN CONTRACT FOR SEWAGE WORKS AWARDED ******

THE MAIN CONTRACT FOR THE NEW YUEN LONG SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS AT WANG CHAU WAS TODAY AWARDED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TO PAUL Y CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LIMITED.

THE CONTRACT, WORTH ABOUT $78.7 MILLION, IS FOR THE CIVIL ENGINEERING AND BUILDING WORKS OF PHASE ONE OF THE FIRST STAGE CF THE PROJECT.

IT WAS FORMALLY SIGNED THIS MORNING BY MR NICKY CHAN, PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT CIVIL ENGINEER, AND MR GEORGE TSO, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE COMPANY.

SPEAKING AFTER THE CEREMONY, MR CHAN SAID THE WORKS WAS ONE OF SEVERAL SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANTS TO BE BUILT IN THE NEW TERR(TORIES.

♦IT WILL PROVIDE FULL SEWAGE TREATMENT FACILITIES FOR THE YUEN LONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATE NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND THE DEVELOPING NEW TOWN,* HE ADDED.

THE CONTRACT COVERS THE CONSTRUCTION OF PUMPING STATIONS, SCREEN CHAMBERS, GRIT REMOVAL TANKS, PRIMARY AND FINAL SETTLING TANKS, AERATION TANKS AND ANCILLARY DRAINAGE.

IT WILL ALSO INCLUDE ASSOCIATED ROADWORKS AND THE LAYING OF ABOUT 1 000 METRES OF PIPES, RANGING FROM 100 MM TO 1 800 MM IN DIAMETER.

MR CHAN SAID THE SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS WOULD PROVIDE SEWAGE PURIFICATION BY WAY OF PRELIMINARY SCREENING AND GRIT REMOVAL, SEDIMENTATION AND REMOVAL OF THE SUSPENDED SOLIDS, AND BIOLOGICAL REDUCTION OF ORGANIC MATTERS THROUGH THE DIFFUSED AIR ACTIVATED SLUDGE PROCESS.

♦THE FINAL TREATED HARMLESS EFFLUENT WILL BE DISCHARGED INTO SHAN PUI RIVER AND WILL NOT HAVE ANY DETRIMENTAL EFFECTS ON RECEIVING WATERS,* HE SAID.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL START LATER THIS MONTH AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 28 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE SCHEME IS JOINTLY FINANCED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATES CORPORATION.

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CAR DOCUMENTATION COMPUTERISED ******

THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR ALAN ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT WAS AT THE HONG KONG LICENSING OFFICE OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT THIS MORNING TO SEE THE NEW COMPUTER SYSTEM FOR HANDLING VEHICLE DOCUMENT TRANSACTIONS ON ITS FIRST DAY OF OPERATION.

THE SYSTEM, WHICH ALSO SERVES THE LICENSING OFFICE IN KOWLOON, IS THE SECOND STAGE OF THE SWITCH-OVER FROM MANUAL TO COMPUTER PROCESSING OF BUSINESS. THE FIRST STAGE, INVOLVING THE PROCESSING CF DRIVING LICENCES, HAS BEEN IN OPERATION FOR FOUR YEARS.

THE SYSTEM PROVIDES INSTANT PROCESSING OF VEHICLE TRANSACTIONS AND DIRECT PRODUCTION OF VEHICLE LICENCE CERTIFICATES BY PRINTERS ATTACHED TO THE COMPUTER TERMINALS ON THE COUNTERS.

THIS CERTIFICATE REPLACES THE OLD-TYPE LICENCE DISC AND MUST BE DISPLAYED IN A CONSPICUOUS PLACE ON THE FRONT WINDSCREEN OF VEHICLES.

ANY PERSON APPLYING TO REGISTER AND LICENSE HIS VEHICLE, RENEW A VEHICLE LICENCE, TRANSFER ITS OWNERSHIP, OR TO PROCESS OTHER VEHICLE TRANSACTIONS, WILL HAVE DETAILS CHECKED IMMEDIATELY AGAINST RECORDS SHOWN ON THE SCREEN OF THE COMPUTER TERMINAL'S VISUAL-DISPLAY UNIT.

THE COMPUTER WILL BE ABLE TO DEAL EFFICIENTLY WITH THE STORAGE OF HUGE NUMBERS OF RECORDS WHICH CURRENTLY COVER OVER 300 000 VEHICLES AND 900 000 DRIVING LICENCES. TO CONTINUE HANDLING THESE MANUALLY WOULD BE EXTREMELY COSTLY.

IN THE SECOND STAGE OF THE SYSTEM, 15 TERMINALS ARE INSTALLED IN THE HONG KONG OFFICE AND NINE IN THE KOWLOON OFFICE. THESE AND OTHER SUPPLEMENTARY EQUIPMENT COST ABOUT $1.3 MILLION.

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GOVERNMENT TO CARRY OUT TUEN MUN INDUSTRIAL SURVEY *****

THE GOVERNMENT IS TO CARRY OUT AN INDUSTRIAL SURVEY OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

OT11_ THE SURVEY, THE SECOND IN TWO YEARS, WILL BE UNDERTAKEN BY STAFF OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE, TUEN MUN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE AND LECTURERS AND STUDENTS OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DEPARTMENT OF HONG KONG UNIVERSITY.

A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THE OBJECTIVE OF THE SURVEY WAS TO COLLECT INFORMATION IN ORDER TO OBTAIN A COMPREHENSIVE PICTURE OF BUSINESS AND EMPLOYMENT CHARACTERISTICS OF INDUSTRY IN THE NEW TOWN.

IT WOULD ALSO GATHER INFORMATION FROM FACTORY MANAGERS ABOUT THEIR REASONS FOR SETTING UP OPERATIONS IN TUEN MUN AND THE PROBLEMS THEY FACED.

MORE THAN 300 QUESTIONNAIRES WILL BE SENT TO THE FACTORY OPERATORS ON JUNE 25, WHICH SHOULD BE RETURNED BEFORE JULY 5. WHEN THEY ARE RECEIVED A PERSONAL INTERVIEW WILL BE ARRANGED FOR THE SECOND WEEK OF JULY, TO BE CONDUCTED BY THE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE CO-OPERATION OF FACTORY OPERATORS IN COMPLETING THE QUESTIONNAIRE ACCURATELY AND COMPLETELY AND IN AGREEING TO MEET STUDENT INTERVIEWERS WAS ESSENTIAL IF THE SURVEY WAS TO BE AS SUCCESSFUL AS THE 1978 SURVEY.

STUDENT INTERVIEWERS WILL CARRY A LETTER CERTIFYING THEIR IDENTITY.

ALL INFORMATION COLLECTED WILL BE KEPT STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL. IT WILL BE PRESENTED IN THE REPORT IN SUCH A WAY THAT INDIVIDUAL COMPANIES CANNOT BE IDENTIFIED.

THE FIRST REPORT OF THE SURVEY IS EXPECTED TO BE PUBLISHED IN SEPTEMBER AND A FINAL COMPUTERISED REPORT IN DECEMBER.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID INFORMATION FROM THE LAST SURVEY HAD PROVED TO BE VERY USEFUL TO GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESSES, BUT IT WAS NO LONGER UP-TO-DATE.

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ORDERS-ON-HAND STATISTICS ft ft ft ft

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY RELEASED ORDERS-ON-HAND STATISTICS AS FOLLOWSt

ORDERS-ON-HAND IN TERMS OF MONTHS

INDUSTRY GROUP MARCH 1980 APRIL 1980

WEARING APPAREL, EXCEPT FOOTWEAR 5.1 5.4

TEXTILES, EXCEPT WEARING APPAREL 3.2 2.7

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 4.7 4.5

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS, EXCEPT MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT 4.6 4.3

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC MACHINERY, APPARATUS, APPLIANCES AND SUPPLIES 5.1 5.0

OTHERS 4.0 4.0

ALL MANUFACTURING 4.6 4.5

STATISTICS ARE BASED ON AN

UPDATED AND ENLARGED PANEL

THESE

OF THE 200

LARGEST MANUFACTURING COMPANIES SELECTED BY REFERENCE TO THEIR EMPLOYMENT SIZE IN SEPTEMBER 1979.

AS THE PANEL 4S NOT A SCIENTIFICALLY DESIGNED SAMPLE, RESULTS OBTAINED WILL BE REPRESENTATIVE ONLY OF THE COMPANIES INCLUDED, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT NOTED.

♦IT IS HOPED HOWEVER THAT THEY WILL GENERALLY INDICATE THE DIRECTION OF CHANGE IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY AS A WHOLE,♦ HE SAID.

THIS SURVEY, WHICH IS CONDUCTED MONTHLY, ALSO ASKS QUESTIONS ON EMPLOYMENT AND PAYROLL AND COVERS THE CONSTRUCTION AND SELECTED SERVICES SECTORS BESIDES MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY.

THE SURVEY REPORT FOR APRIL 1980 IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, AT $1 A COPY. ENQUIRIES ON THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE MADE TO THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT TEL. 5-274203.

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EVENING LECTURERS WANTED * * ft ft ft

THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION OF THE LOOKING FOR PART-TIME LECTURERS FOR THE BEGINNING IN SEPTEMBER.

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS COMING SCHOOL SESSION

SE£T,0N RUN8 TEM TYPES * COURSES AT ITS EVENING INSTITUTE, © EVENING SCHOOL OF HIGHER CHINESE STUDIES AND 16 ADULT EDUCATION AND RECREATION CENTRES. THESE COURSES ARE OFFERED IN VARIOUS PARTS OF HONG KONG, KOWLOON, THE NEW TERRITORIES AND SOME OUTLYING ISLANDS.

RATE * PAY F0R H0BBY INSTRUCTORS AND PART-TIME LECTURERS 8EM,0R SECONDARY, AND POST-SECONDARY CLASSES WILL BE >32-165 PER HOUR. PREVIOUSLY THE RATE WAS >28 TO 150.

APPLICANTS FOR POSTS IN ALL TEACHERS WITH A GENUINE INTEREST EVENING. EXPERIENCE IN TEACHING

THOSE APPLYING FOR POSTS AS EDUCATION AND RECREATION CENTRES THE HOBBY OR SUBJECT OFFERED.

FORMAL COURSES SHOULD BE QUALIFIED IN PART-TIME TEACHING IN THE YOUNG ADULTS WILL BE AN ADVANTAGE.

HOBBY INSTRUCTORS IN THE ADULT SHOULD HAVE SPECIALISED SKILLS IN

TEACHERS IN GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS AND OFFICERS EMPLOYED IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ARE REMINDED THAT THEY MUST FIRST HAVE THE CONSENT OF THEIR SUPERIOR IF THEY WANT TO APPLY.

TEACHERS IN AIDED OR PRIVATE SCHOOLS SHOULD ALSO HAVE OBTAINED THE APPROVAL OF THE SCHOOL SUPERVISOR.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, MA TAU KOK ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1 MA TAU KOK ROAD, FOURTH FLOOR, KOWLOON.

ALL COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD REACH THE SECTION BY JUNE 27. IF APPLICANTS ARE NOT CALLED FOR INTERVIEW WITHIN SIX WEEKS OF THE CLOSING DATE, THEY MAY ASSUME THAT THEY HAVE BEEN UNSUCCESSFUL.

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ELECTRONICS MANPOWER SURVEY STARTS TODAY ft ft ft ft ft

STARTING FROM TODAY UNTIL NEXT MONDAY, OFFICERS FROM THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL CALL AT A NUMBER OF ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY FOR A MANPOWER SURVEY.

THEY WILL COLLECT QUESTIONNAIRES SENT TO THE EMPLOYERS OF THESE ESTABLISHMENTS TWO WEEKS AGO AND ASSIST THEM IN COMPLETING THEM, IF NECESSARY.

THE ESTABLISHMENTS ARE REQUESTED TO SUPPLY, FOR EACH PRINCIPAL JOB OF THE INDUSTRY, THE NUMBER OF WORKERS EMPLOYED AND THAT OF THOSE UNDER TRAINING, THE NUMBER OF EXISTING VACANCIES AND A FORECAST OF ADDITIONAL WORKERS IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS.

THE SURVEY, THE SIXTH OF ITS KIND BEING CONDUCTED BY THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL WITH THE HELP OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, IS AIMED AT COLLECTING UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON TRAINING REQUIREMENT.

BASED ON THE SURVEY’S FINDINGS, THE BOARD WILL MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON MANPOWER TRAINING FOR THE INDUSTRY.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, DR ANDREW S.L. CHUANG, SAID THE INFORMATION COLLECTED WOULD BE HANDLED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND WOULD BE PUBLISHED IN STATISTICAL SUMMARIES ONLY, WITHOUT REFERENCE TO ANY INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENT.

HE URGED THE SELECTED ESTABLISHMENTS TO OFFER THEIR CO-OPERATION, ADDING THAT THE INFORMATION WAS IMPORTANT FOR FORMULATING MEANINGFUL TRAINING PLANS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE INDUSTRY.

MONDAY, JUNE 16, 1980

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MORE WATER FOR CHAI WAN * * *

A NEW FRESH WATER MAIN WILL BE WITH THE INCREASED DEMAND FOR WATER

TENDERS FOR THE WORK ARE BEING SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT.

LAID IN CHAI WAN TO COPE FROM NEW DEVELOPMENTS.

INVITED BY THE WATER

FROM CHAI

A SPOKESMAN SAID 900

METRES OF

„„„ _ ------ - A 600 MM MAIN WOULD BE LAID

WAN ROADCHAI WAN N0R™ FRESH WATER SERV,CE RESERVOIR TO

THIS SERVICE RESERVOIR, AT PRESENT UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT CHAI WAN HILL, WILL HAVE A STORAGE CAPACITY OF 22 000 CUBIC METRES.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN 10 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

AUGUST AND WILL TAKE ABOUT

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AP LEI CHAU RESTRICTION LIFTED ft ft ft ft ft

MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED THAT NO PERMITS ARE NOW REQUIRED FOR ACCESS FROM AP LEI CHAU BRIDGE TO AP LEI CHAU HOUSING ESTATE.

THIS FOLLOWS THE COMPLETION OF CONSTRUCTION WORKS IN THE AREA.

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WATER CUT ft ft ft

WATER SUPPLY TO AN AREA OF YAU MA TEI WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR NINE HOURS FROM 9 PM ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 18) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING MORNING.

THE AREA IS BOUNDED BY COX'S ROAD, TAK SHING STREET, JORDAN ROAD AND NATHAN ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

YOUNG PEOPLE JOIN COUNTRYSIDE CARE PROGRAMME ............... 1

AMS GIVES METHADONE HELP.................................... 2

GROUP TO STUDY RECREATIONAL NEEDS OF TUEN MUN WORKERS .................................................... 2

TEACHING CENTRES REMAIN OPEN IN SUMNER ....................  5

BOAT RACE COURSE AT TSIM SHA TSUI .......................... 4

AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS ............................. 4

EAST KOWLOON SEWAGE IMPROVEMENT ............................ 5

WATER SUPPLY INTERRUPTION

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1

YOUNG PEOPLE JOIN COUNTRYSIDE CARE PROGRAMME

*****

OVER 1 300 YOUNG NATURE LOVERS ARE JOINING THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT’S ANNUAL FORESTRY WORK CAMP PROGRAMME THIS YEAR.

NOW IN ITS 15TH YEAR, THE PROGRAMME, ORGANISED WITH THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, ENABLES YOUNG PEOPLE TO TAKE AN ACTIVE PART IN CONSERVATION WORK.

DURING JULY AND AUGUST THERE WILL BE 75 CAMPS, EACH LASTING SIX DAYS. BETWEEN 15 AND 18 YOUNG PEOPLE WILL TAKE PART IN EACH CAMP UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF ADULT LEADERS.

THEY WILL SPEND THE MORNING WORKING IN THE COUNTRYSIDE WITH PICKS AND SPADES. THE WORK INCLUDES PLANTING AND TENDING TREES, INSTALLING AND MAINTAINING RECREATIONAL FACILITIES IN THE COUNTRY PARKS AND CLEARING FOOTPATHS AND FIREBREAKS.

BY PROVIDING THEM WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE AND WORK IN A HEALTHY AND SCENIC ENVIRONMENT THEY WILL DEVELOP A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE COUNTRYSIDE AND GREATER CONCERN FOR IT,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT SAID.

HE SAID THEY WOULD BE BEAUTIFYING THE COUNTRYSIDE FOR THE ENJOYMENT OF THE PUBLIC AS WELL AS HELPING WITH IMPORTANT MAINTENANCE WORK SUCH AS PREVENTING SOIL EROSION.

BY CLEARING THE GROWTH ON FOOTPATHS AND FIREBREAKS, THEY WILL HELP LESSEN THE RISK OF FIRE NEXT WINTER,+ HE EXPLAINED.

FOR THE REST OF THE DAY ACTIVITIES ARE USUALLY ENTERTAINING AS WELL AS EDUCATIONAL. THE GROUP LEADERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PROGRAMME PLANNING.

INTERESTING ECOLOGY AND GEOGRAPHY PROJECTS, VISITS TO VARIOUS ESTABLISHMENTS AND PRACTICAL LESSONS ON FIRST AID AND MOUNTAINEERING SAFETY ARE SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES IN THE AFTERNOONS.

IN THE EVENINGS, THE PARTICIPANTS CAN RELAX IN THE OPEN AIR AND LEARN ABOUT ASTRONOMY OR ENJOY THE CAMPFIRE AND BARBECUES, AS A TREAT AFTER A HARD DAY’S WORK.

WE HOPE TO MAKE THE WORK CAMP A MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE FOR THOSE WHO TAKE PART,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE CAMPS ARE ONE OF THE MANY CONSERVATION EDUCATION PROGRAMMES CONDUCTED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT. ♦WE ALSO HOLD EXHIBITIONS, ARRANGE SCHOOL VISITS AND ORGANISE LEADERSHIP TRAINING CAMPS,♦ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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AMS GIVES METHADONE HELP

*****

MEMBERS OF THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICE HAVE TAKEN OVER FROM REGISTERED NURSES THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR RUNNING ALL METHADONE TREATMENT DAY CENTRES.

THE TAKEOVER AT THE SEVEN DAY CENTRES, SINCE THE BEGINNING CF THIS YEAR, HAS THEREFORE RELEASED FULL-TIME NURSING STAFF FOR OTHER MEDICAL DUTIES.

THE CENTRES ARE LADY TRENCH POLYCLINIC, HO MAN TIN HEALTH CENTRE, LI PO CHUN HEALTH CENTRE, SHAM SHUI PO DISPENSARY, ROBERT BLACK HEALTH CENTRE, EASTERN STREET HEALTH CENTRE AND CHEUNG CHAU CLINIC.

THE 13 EVENING METHADONE DETOXIFICATION CLINICS HAVE BEEN MANNED BY AMS MEMBERS EVER SINCE THEY WERE SET UP IN 1974.

AMS DUTIES INCLUDE DISPENSING OF METHADONE, MAINTAINING ATTENDANCE RECORDS AND ALL OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE AND ACCOUNTING WORK. COUNSELLING DUTIES ARE CARRIED OUT BY MEDICAL SOCIAL WORKERS. A GOVERNMENT MEDICAL OFFICER IS IN OVERALL CHARGE OF EACH CENTRE, TO BE ON HAND TO ADVISE AND TREAT PATIENTS.

THE ASSISTANT MEDICAL DEFENCE STAFF OFFICER, MR LOK CHAM-CHOI SAID ABOUT 100 AMS MEMBERS WERE AT PRESENT WORKING DAILY IN ALL THESE CENTRES IN TWO SHIFTS.

♦THEY HAVE ALL RECEIVED SPECIAL TRAINING BEFORE BEING ASSIGNED TO ATTEND TO PATIENTS,♦ HE SAID.

AMS MEMBERS HAVE BEEN ASSISTING REGISTERED NURSES IN MANNING THE METHADONE CENTRES SINCE THE DETOXIFICATION SCHEME WAS FIRST INTRODUCED AT THE EASTERN STREET CENTRE IN 1972.

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GROUP TO STUDY RECREATIONAL NEEDS OF TUEN MUN WORKERS * * * *

AN EIGHT-MAN GROUP HAS BEEN FORMED IN TUEN MUN TO PROMOTE RECREATION AND SPORT AMONG LOCAL WORKERS.

THE GROUP, WHICH INCLUDES GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF CARITAS AND LOCAL FACTORIES, IS TO SEND OUT A QUESTIONNAIRE IN MID-JULY ASKING WORKERS WHAT SPORTING AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE PROVIDED FOR THEM IN THE NEW TOWN.

THE GROUP WILL ALSO LIAISE WITH FACTORY MANAGERS SO THAT A COMMITTEE NETWORK CAN BE ESTABLISHED.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE GROUP SAID THAT WITH THE SUPPORT OF

LOCAL FACTORY OWNERS, INTER-FACTORY GAMES AND OTHER RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES COULD BE ORGANISED. HE SAID CARITAS WOULD PROVIDE VOLUNTARY ORGANISERS.

/DECISIONS ON .....

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DECISIONS ON WHAT ACTIVITIES THE GROUP WOULD PROMOTE WOULD BE TAKEN AFTER THE RETURNED QUESTIONNAIRES HAD BEEN CAREFULLY ANALYSED.

A BUDGET FOR ACTIVITIES IS BEING WORKED OUT AND WILL BE SUBMITTED TO TUEN MUN DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD FOR APPROVAL EARLY NEXT MONTH.

THERE ARE ABOUT 110 FACTORIES IN TUEN MUN, EMPLOYING MORE THAN 7 000 WORKERS.

A GROUP IS ALSO BEING FORMED TO LOOK INTO THE CULTURAL NEEDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN TUEN MUN. IT IS TO HOLD ITS FIRST MEETING AT THE END OF THIS MONTH.

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*****

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S TEACHING CENTRES IN PAK FUK ROAD, NORTH POINT WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS ONE DAY A WEEK DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS.

THE CENTRES PROVIDE USEFUL INFORMATION AND TEACHING AIDS WHICH WILL COME IN HANDY FOR TEACHERS IN PREPARING FOR COMING CLASSES.

THEY ARE THE ACTIVITY APPROACH CENTRE, THE SOCIAL SUBJECTS TEACHING CENTRE (PRIMARY SOCIAL STUDIES AND HEALTH EDUCATION), THE SCIENCE TEACHING CENTRE (PRIMARY SCIENCE) AND THE MATHEMATICS TEACHING CENTRE.

BETWEEN JULY 15 AND AUGUST 26, THEY WILL BE OPEN ON EVERY TUESDAY FROM 9.30 AM TO 12.30 PM AND FROM 2.30 PM TO 4.30 PM.

THE MATHEMATICS TEACHING CENTRE WILL ALSO BE OPEN ON WEDNESDAYS AS USUAL DURING THIS PERIOD.

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BOAT RACE COURSE AT TSIM SHA TSUI

I * M If *

THE MARINE DEPARTMENT TODAY ANNOUNCED THAT MOORINGS HAD BEEN LAID TO THE NORTH OF HUNG HOM FAIRWAY TO MARK THE SOUTHERN LIMIT OF THE COURSE FOR THE 1980 INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOAT RACE.

THE RACE WILL BE HELD AT THE EAST TSIM SHA TSUI WATERFRONT BETWEEN NEW WORLD CENTRE AND THE HUNG HOM END OF THE CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL FROM 8 AM TO ABOUT 6 PM ON SUNDAY (JUNE 22).

ALL VESSELS NAVIGATING NEARBY ARE REQUESTED TO PROCEED WITH CAUTION. BEGINNING ON SATURDAY, LIGHTERS AND FERRIES WILL BE MOORED BETWEEN THESE BUOYS.

ON THE DAY OF THE RACE, THE AREA OFFSHORE WILL BE RESTRICTED AND NO UNAUTHORISED CRAFT WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE VICINITY.

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AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS

*****

ANOTHER AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR REGISTRATION NUMBERS WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY (JUNE 21) AT 10 AM IN THE CITY HALL RECITAL HALL.

A TOTAL OF 30 SPECIAL NUMBERS WILL BE PUT UP FOR BIDDING. THEY AREi

CC 3838 CC 8 CD 3B39 CC 9699 AA 270

HK 778 CD 1897 CE 733 AA 928 CD 1666

CD 9355 CD 1088 CC 7010 CD 1812 AL 1999

CC 22 CE 312 CC 5699 CB 900 CD 1366

BH 55 CE 244 CC 6333 BJ 21 CC 16

CF 1 CD 5668 CD 955 CC 838 CC 18

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS MUST PAY IN CASH OR BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDS.

THE NUMBERS WILL ONLY BE ASSIGNED TO VEHICLES REGISTERED IN THEIR NAME WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THE AUCTION.

PROCEEDS OF THE AUCTION, THE 54TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973, WILL AS USUAL GO TO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND.

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EAST KOWLOON SEWAGE IMPROVEMENT *****

THE EXISTING SUBMARINE SEWER AT THE SEAWARD END OF KAI TAK RUNWAY WILL BE EXTENDED BY 700 METRES TO IMPROVE SEWAGE DISPOSAL.

TENDERS FOR THE WORK ARE BEING INVITED BY THE DRAINAGE WORKS DIVISION OF THE PWD CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE.

ON COMPLETION OF THE PROJECT, SCREENED SEWAGE FROM EAST KOWLOON BETWEEN NGAU TAU KOK AND HUNG HOM WILL BE DISCHARGED THROUGH THE NEW OUTFALL INTO DEEPER WATERS SO THAT IT WILL BE BETTER DILUTED AND DISPERSED.

WORK WILL START IN AUGUST AND TAKE ABOUT 24 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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WATER SUPPLY TO AN AREA OF CAUSEWAY BAY WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON THURSDAY (JUNE 19) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA IS ALONG A SECTION OF TIN HAU TEMPLE ROAD FROM TUNG LO WAN ROAD TO BEL IL IOS PUBLIC SCHOOL AND INCLUDES LAU SIN STREET, DRAGON ROAD AND DRAGON TERRACE.

IN KOWLOON TONG ON THE SAME DAY (THURSDAY) SUPPLY OF SALT WATER FOR FLUSHING TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SIX HOURS FROM 10 AM TO 4 PM.

THE PREMISES ARE IN BEACON HILL ROAD, EASTBOURNE ROAD, RHONDDA ROAD, ALNWICK ROAD, WARWICK ROAD, EDE ROAD, BROADCAST DRIVE, FESSENDER ROAD, MARCONI ROAD, AND JUNCTION ROAD RE-SITE AREA.

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

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

DECISION ON AIRLINES BASED ON VIRTUES 01' COMPETITION .......... 1

CENSUS REPORT ON DISTRIBUTIVE TRADE AND SERVICE ................ 3

SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME TO BE LAUNCHED........................... 5

AUSTRALIAN MP’S VISIT SHA TIN NEW TOW .......................... 7

LABOUR COMMIS IONER VISITS TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE ............ 7

PING CHhU GENERATORS IN /JR, SEA AND LAND JOURNEY............... 8

WATER SUPPLIES TO HOLD MINI-EXHIBITION ......................... 8

APPLY NOW FOR TECHNICAL TEACHER TRAINING COURSES ............... 9

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DECISION ON AIRLINES BASED ON VIRTUES OF COMPETITION * * * ft ft *

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR TRADE, THE RT HON JOHN NOTT, SAID LAST (TUESDAY) NIGHT HIS DECISION TO ALLOW THE APPLICATION FOR THREE NEW AIRLINES TO SERVE THE LONDON-HONG KONG ROUTE WAS BASED ON A STRONG BELIEF IN THE VIRTUES OF COMPETITION IN THE INTERESTS CF CONSUMERS AND PRODUCERS ALIKE.

MR NOTT MADE THE COMMENT AT THE DRAGON BOAT DINNER OF THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION AT THE DORCHESTER HOTEL, LONDON, SHORTLY AFTER HE ANNOUNCED HIS DECISION EARLIER IN THE DAY AT THE HOUSE OF COMMONS.

HE SAID HIS BELIEF WAS FUNDAMENTAL TO THE PHILOSOPHY AND ♦ INDEED TO THE COMMERCIAL SUCCESS OF HONG KONG.+

AND HE ADDED THAT HE WAS NOT SATISFIED WITH THE PRESENT TIGHTLY REGULATED INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION ARRANGEMENTS.

+1 BELIEVE THAT A MORE LIBERAL MARKET ENVIRONMENT WOULD PROVIDE AIRLINES WITH THE ABILITY TO OFFER A VARIETY OF PRODUCTS AT A RANGE CF PRICES TO SATISFY ALL SECTORS OF CONSUMER DEMAND,♦ HE SAID.

THIS, HE SAID, WOULD BE MORE SATISFYING TO CONSUMERS AND WOULD ALLOW THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY TO CONTINUE TO GROW AND DEVELOP TO THE BENEFIT OF BOTH GOVERNMENT AND CONSUMERS.

MR NOTT SAID HE WAS AWARE THAT CIVIL AVIATION HAD A VERY DIFFICULT YEAR. THIS WAS NOT BECAUSE OF ANY LACK OF DEMAND FROM AIRLINE PASSENGERS, BUT BECAUSE OF SUDDEN HIGH INCREASES IN FUEL PRICES.

HE CITED BRITISH AIRWAYS AS HAVING A NINE PER CENT PASSENGER GROWTH LAST YEAR AS COMPARED TO 1978.

♦THE PROSPECTS FOR 1980 ARE THEMSELVES UNCERTAIN. BUT THE AVIATION MARKET HAS PROVED ITSELF DYNAMIC IN THE PAST THROUGH ALL THE FLUCTUATIONS IN THE WORLD ECONOMY, AND FOR THAT REASON ALONE IT WOULD BE A MISTAKE TO DECIDE OUR LONG-TERM AVIATION POLICY BY REFERENCE TO JUST SHORT-TERM CRITERIA- THAT WOULD BE AN ARGUMENT FOR FOSS IL I SAT ION FROM A FEAR TO TAKE A VIEW FOR THE FUTURE,* SAID MR NOTT.

BEFORE THE AIRLINES COME ONTO THE ROUTE, THEY REQUIRE LICENCES FROM BOTH THE UNITED KINGDOM AND HONG KONG.

♦THE NECESSARY ACTION HAS BEEN TAKEN AT THE LONDON END, BUT THE HP TRANSPORT LICENSING AUTHORITY IN HONG KONG HAS SO FAR LICENSED OHLY THREE SERVICES A WEEK BY CATHAY AND FOUR BY BCAL, AND HAS TURNED DOWN LAKER'S APPLICATION,* HE SAID.

iN REJECTING THE ORIGINAL LAKER PROPOSAL THAT ALL THE APPLICANTS SHOULD BE LICENSED ON THE GROUNDS THAT THIS WAS CONTRARY TO THE AIR TRANSPORT REGULATIONS IN HONG KONG, MR NOTT SAID THAT THE HONG KONG AUTHORITY OBSERVED, +AND I QUOTE THEIR WORDS VW.7 THE LAKER APPLICATION ’FITS IN WITH THE GENERAL ECONOMIC

'i'O.,';'-, .‘'(CH HAS MADE HONG KONG what IT IS TODAY.’

/+IF THERE

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IF THERE ARE FURTHER HEARINGS IN HONG KONG, THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT WILL PRESUMABLY GIVE EVIDENCE.

IN THAT CASE I WOULD ASK THEM TO CONSIDER WHETHER THE SOLUTION WHICH I HAVE ADOPTED DOES NOT REFLECT EXACTLY THE PHILOSOPHY ON WHICH HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC SUCCESS HAS BEEN BASED, AND WHETHER SOME WAY CANNOT BE FOUND TO TRANSFORM THAT PHILOSOPHY INTO FACT IN THE PRESENT CASE,* SAID MR NOTT.

HIS DECISION WAS IMMEDIATELY WELCOMED BY SIR YUET-KEUNG KAN, ANOTHER SPEAKER AT THE DRAGON BOAT DINNER.

HE SAID IT WAS SEEN AS A CLEAR DEMONSTRATION OF BRITAIN’S INTEREST IN MAINTAINING THE PRINCIPLES OF FREE TRADE AND FAIR COMPETITION.

SIR Y.K. CONFINED HIS ADDRESS TO TRADE BETWEEN THE UNITED KINGDOM, HONG KONG AND CHINA AND MADE REFERENCE TO HIS RECENT UK-HONG KONG TRADE MISSION TO GUANGDONG PROVINCE.

IT HAS BECOME QUITE CLEAR TO ME, DURING MY RECENT VISITS TO CHINA, THAT THE BASIC OBJECTIVES OF THAT COUNTRY WILL BE CONCENTRATED ON COMMUNICATIONS AND ENERGY.

IN BOTH FIELDS BRITAIN HAS MUCH TO OFFER. BY COMBINING OUR RESOURCES AND TALENTS WE WILL BOTH BE ABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGES OF THE ENORMOUS OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE BEING OFFERED,* SAID SIR Y.K.

HOWEVER, TO DO THIS SUCCESSFULLY, UK-HONG KONG POSITIONS WOULD HAVE TO BE CLARIFIED. HONG KONG AND BRITAIN, HE SAID HAVE FREQUENTLY MISUNDERSTOOD EACH OTHER.

♦FOR MY PART I FEEL THAT HONG KONG’S PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN UNDERRATED BY MANY IN THIS COUNTRY,* HE SAID.

SIR Y.K. SAID THE FUTURE WOULD NOT BE EASY AND THE *,

UNDERSTANDING SOUGHT COULD BE LIKENED TO A DELICATE FLOWER WHICH iUS TO BE NURTURED.

♦THOSE IN HONG KONG WHO KNOW YOU (MR NOTT), UNDERSTAND YOUR t INTENTIONS, BUT THERE REMAIN MISUNDERSTANDING AND EVEN SUSP ICIONS.I* HE SAID. j

EARLIER, MR NOTT TOLD GUESTS AT THE DINNER THAT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BRITAIN AND HONG KONG WAS ONE TO WHICH THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT ATTACHED THE GREATEST IMPORTANCE.

CIVIL AVIATION WAS THE CURRENT ISSUE IN RELATIONS BETWEEN BRITAIN AND HONG KONG AND THE DECISION HE HAD TAKEN SHOULD RESULT IN BRINGING HONG KONG AND BRITAIN CLOSER TOGETHER, HE SAID.

IN REPLY TO THIS, SIR Y.K. ADDED THAT BY WORKING CLOSE TOGETHER THE ECONOMIC BATTLES CAN BE WON AND +OUR JOITT FUTURES WILL BRING NOT ONLY GREATLY INCREASED ECONOMIC TIES, BUT ALSO A WARMER AND CLOSER RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OUR PEOPLE.♦

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CENSUS REPORT ON DISTRIBUTIVE TRADE AND SERVICE * ft * ft *

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT HAS RECENTLY PUBLISHED A REPORT ON THE FIRST ECONOMIC CENSUS FOR H0N6 KONG’S WHOLESALE, RETAIL, AND IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS IN 1977.

THE CENSUS WAS CONDUCTED IN 1978 AND 1979.

THE REPORT PROVIDES BENCHMARK STATISTICS ON THE STRUCTURE, CONDUCT AND PERFORMANCE OF THE DISTRIBUTIVE TRADE AND SERVICE SECTOR.

THE REPORT IS PUBLISHED IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOLUME I CONTAINS DESCRIPTION OF THE BACKGROUND AND METHODOLOGY., INCLUDING SAMPLE DESIGN, STATISTICAL CONCEPTS AND MEASURES USED AND A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE SALIENT FEATURES OF THIS SECTOR.

ALSO INCLUDED IN THIS VOLUME ARE 13 ANALYTICAL TABLES OF PRINCIPAL STATISTICS AND SEVEN CHARTS.

VOLUME II IS PUBLISHED IN THREE PARTSI PART I FOR WHOLESALE TRADE- PART 2 FOR RETAIL TRADE, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS- AND PART 3 FOR IMPORT/EXPORT TRADE. EACH PART CONTAINS DETAILED STATISTICS.

ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, 50 392 WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT ESTABLISHMENTS, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS WERE FOUND IN OPERATION IN 1977.

THESE ESTABLISHMENTS ENGAGED 363 365 PERSONS, WITH ESTIMATED TOTAL SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS OF *108 578 MILLION, CENSUS VALUE ADDED OF *15 454 MILLION, LABOUR COST OF *5 077 MILLION, OPERATING COSTS OF *7 468 MILLION, PURCHASES OF GOODS FOR SALE *92 546 MILLION AND CAPITAL STOCK *6 308 MILLION.

OVER 56 PER CENT OF THE 50 392 OPERATING ESTABLISHMENTS WERE IN RETAIL TRADE WHICH ACCOUNTED FOR 31 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL NUMKR CF PERSONS ENGAGED. RESTAURANTS, ON THE OTHER HAND, REPRESENTED ONLY SEVEN PER CENT OF THE NUMBER OF ESTABLISHMENTS BUT 28 PER CENT OF TOTAL EMPLOYMENT.

IMPORT/EXPORT AND WHOLESALE TRADES EACH MADE UP 21 PER CENT AND 14 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ESTABLISHMENTS, AND 24 PER CENT AND 12 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY OF TOTAL EMPLOYMENT.

HOTELS AND BOARDING HOUSES ACCOUNTED FOR ONLY ONE PER CEN* OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ESTABLISHMENTS AND FIVE PER CENT OF TOTAu EMPLOYMENT.

IMPORT/EXPORT TRADE ACCOUNTED FOR 62 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL VALUE OF SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS, WHILE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADES EACH HAD 16 PER CENT. RESTAURANTS, FIVE PER CENT, AND HOTEI.S/BOARD I NG HOUSES, OWE PER CENT.

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ON EXPENDITURE, RESTAURANTS/WERE THE OHLY ACTIVITY WHICH SPENT MORE ON LABOUR THAN ON OTHER OPERATING EXPENSES. IMPORT/EXPORT TRADE WAS AT THE OTHER EXTREME. WITH THE VALUE OF OTHER OPERATING COSTS TWICE THAT OF LABOUR COST.

IN TERMS OF SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS WITHIN EACH ACTIVITY, ESTABLISHMENTS ENGAGING 10 TO 19 PERSONS WERE THE MOST IMPORTANT GROUP IN WHOLESALE ACTIVITY, CONTRIBUTING 27 PER CENT OF TOTAL TURNOVER.

A SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT PATTERN WAS FOUND IN RETAIL BUSINESSES IN WHICH ESTABLISHMENTS ENGAGING ONE TO FOUR PERSONS AND THOSE WITH 50 OR MORE PERSONS EACH CONTRIBUTED 25 PER CENT OF TOTAL SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS.

IN IMPORT/EXPORT TRADE, 64 ESTABLISHMENTS ENGAGING 100 OR MORE PERSONS, OR ABOUT ONE HALF PER CENT OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ESTABLISHMENTS, ACCOUNTED FOR 22 PER CENT OF TOTAL SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS.

RESTAURANTS WITH 100 OR MORE PERSONS WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR OVER 43 PER CENT OF TOTAL SALES WHILE IN HOTELS/BOARDI NG HOUSES 89 PER CENT OF TOTAL SALES WERE SHARED BY THOSE ENGAGING 100 OR MORE PERSONS.

BY CENSUS DISTRICT, SHEUNG WAN AND ISLAND WEST WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT DISTRICT IN WHOLESALE ACTIVITY, ACCOUNTING FOR 24 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF WHOLESALE ESTABLISHMENTS AND 30 PER CENT OF THEIR TOTAL SALES.

THE NEXT IMPORTANT DISTRICT WAS CHEUNG SHA WAN AND SHEK KIP MEI, FOLLOWED BY YAU MA TEI.

THE NEW TERRITORIES (EXCLUDING TSUEN WAN) HAD THE LARGEST NUMBER OF RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS. THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY THE DISTRICT KAI TAK AND SAN PO KONG. THE TWO DISTRICTS TAKEN TOGETHER ACCOUNTED FOR 24 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF RETAILERS.

IN TERMS OF SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS, TSIM SHA TSUI WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT DISTRICT, CONTRIBUTING 18 PER CENT OF TOTAL RETAIL SALES.

SHEUNG WAN AND ISLAND WEST, CENTRAL AND TSIM SHA TSUI WERE THE MOST PROMINENT AREAS IN IMPORT/EXPORT BUSINESS. SHEUNG WAN AND ISLAND WEST HAD THE LARGEST NUMBER OF IMPORTERS/EXPORTERS, WITH A 20 PER CENT SHARE OF TOTAL SALES, CENTRAL, WITH THE SECOND LARGEST NUMBER OF IMPORT/EXPORT ESTABLISHMENTS, CONTRIBUTED 40 PER CENT OF TOTAL BUSINESS TURNOVER, AND TSIM SHA TSUI, 15 PER CENT.

THE NEW TERRITORIES (EXCLUDING TSUEN WAN) HAD THE LARGEST NUMBER OF RESTAURANTS BUT CONTRIBUTED ONLY SEVEN PER CENT OF TOTAL BUSINESS TURNOVER. DISTRICTS WITH THE LARGEST TURNOVERS WERE WAN CHAI (INCLUDING CAUSEWAY BAY), YAU MA TEI AND TSIM SHA TSUI, EACH CONTRIBUTING 14 PER CENT, 12 PER CENT AND 11 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY TO TOTAL SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS.

NINETY-TWO PER CENT OF THE HOTEL BUSINESS WAS ATTRIBUTED TO THE DISTRICTS, TSIM SHA TSUI, CENTRAL, AND WAN CHAI (INCLUDING CAUSEWAY BAY). CENTRAL HAD ONLY THREE HOTELS BUT WITH A TURNOVER CF 21 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL.

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fSIM SHA TSUI, WITH 92 HOTELS/BOARDI NG HOUSES, CONTRIBUTED 50 PER CENT OF TOTAL BUSINESS TURNOVER.

NAN CHAI (INCLUDING CAUSEWAY BAY) HAD 14$ HOTELS/BOARDI NG HOUSES, THE LARGEST NUMBER BY CENSUS DISTRICT, AND ACCOUNTED FOR 20 PER CENT OF TOTAL SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS.

THE MAJORITY OF ESTABLISHMENTS IN THIS DISTRIBUTIVE TRADE AND SERVICE SECTOR WERE SOLE PROPRIETORSHIPS, FOLLOWED BY PARTNERSHIPS, PRIVATE LIMITED COMPANIES AND PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANIES.

IN TERMS OF SALES, PARTNERSHIPS WERE THE MOST IMPORTANT, FOLLOWED BY PRIVATE LIMITED COMPANIES IN WHOLESALE TRADE.

IN RETAIL TRADE, SOLE PROPRIETORSHIPS ACCOUNTED FOR 40 PER CENT OF TOTAL SALES, SLIGHTLY ABOVE THE SHARE OF PRIVATE LIMITED COMPANIES.

A SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT PATTERN WAS SHOWN IN IMPORT/EXPORT TRADE AND RESTAURANTS IN WHICH PRIVATE LIMITED COMPANIES ACCOUNTED FOR 72 PER CENT AND 62 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY OF TOTAL BUSINESS TURNOVER.

IN HOTELS/BOARDI NG HOUSES, PRIVATE LIMITED COMPANIES HAD A 57 PER CENT SHARE OF TOTAL SALES, FOLLOWED BY PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANIES WITH A 37 PER CENT SHARE.

THE REPORT IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE AT THE FOLLOWING PRICES*-

VOLUME I

$25 PER COPY

VOLUME I I PART 1 $35 PER COPY PART 2 $35 PER COPY PART 3 $35 PER COPY

SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME TO BE LAUNCHED *****

THE 12TH SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WILL BE LAUNCHED THIS SATURDAY (JUNE 21) BY MR ERIC CUMINE, STEWARD OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, AT THE SHA TIN RACE COURSE.

ABOUT 500 GUESTS FROM GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES HAVE BEEN INVITED TO THE OPENING CEREMONY.

TO ADD TO THE FESTIVITIES, 100 YOUNGSTERS FROM THE MUSIC OFFICE WILL GIVE A PERFORMANCE. GUESTS WILL BE INVITED TO SING ALONG WITH THEM. THERE WILL ALSO BE THREE FOLK DANCES BY SCHOOL CHILDREN.

A PREVIEW OF SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES PLANNED FOR THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMME WILL BE DEMONSTRATED BY EIGHT YOUTH GROUPS.

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THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CONTAINS MORE THAN 8 OOO INDOOR AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES WHICH WILL BE HELD IN VARIOUS PARTS OF HONG KONG IN THE NEXT THREE MONTHS.

THE ORGANISERS WILL ARRANGE MORE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES THIS SUMMER BECAUSE THEY HAVE PROVED TO BE VERY POPULAR IN PREVIOUS YEARS.

THE TOTAL COST OF THE 1979 SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WAS $7.3 MILLION, OF WHICH $2 MILLION WAS DONATED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB. THE REST OF THE FUNDS CAME FROM THE GOVERNMENT, THE URBAN COUNCIL, PRIVATE DONATIONS AND PARTICIPANTS’ FEES. IT IS EXPECTED THAT THIS YEAR’S COST WILL BE MORE THAN LAST YEAR’S.

THE JOCKEY CLUB, HAS AGAIN MADE A GENEROUS DONATION OF $2.5 MILLION FOR THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMME.

YOUNG PEOPLE ARE WELCOME TO OBTAIN INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAMME FROM ALL CITY DISTRICT OFFICES, DISTRICT OFFICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, COMMUNITY CENTRES, VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND YOUTH ORGANISATIONS.

THE PROGRAMME IS CO-ORDINATED BY THE CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR YOUTH RECREATION (CCCYR) SINCE 1969. IT RUNS ALL THE ACTIVITIES AIMED AT PROVIDING RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AGED FROM SIX TO 24.

MEMBERS OF THE CCCYR INCLUDE THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB (CHARITIES) LTD, THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE, THE HOMS AFFAIRS BRANCH, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT AND THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE OFFICIATED BY MR ERIC CUM I NE, STEWARD OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AT 10.30 AM THIS SATURDAY (JUNE 21) AT THE SHA TIN RACE COURSE GRAND STAND.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE CEREMONY.

PRESS TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED. TWO GOVERNMENT VANS WILL DEPART QUEEN’S PIER, CENTRAL, AT 9 AM FOR THE RACE COURSE. GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST THE PRESS.

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A PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION FROM THE STATE OF QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) VISI TED SHA TIN NEW TOWN. ’

*EAD£D BY MR W'D’ LICK ISS, MINISTER FOR JUSTICE AND ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE SEVEN-MEMBER DELEGATION FIRST VISITED THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HEADQUARTERS FOR A SHORT BRIEFING.

THE MP’S LATER TRAVELLED TO SHA TIN AND WENT TO A VANTAGE POINT FOR A BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS.

THEY WERE BRIEFED BY NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION STAFF XOW SHA TIN W,LL PROGRESSIVELY BECOME A BALANCED, SELF-CONTAINED NEW TOWN COMMUNITY OF 750 000 PEOPLE DURING THE 1980’S.

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THE DELEGATION, WHICH ARRIVED HERE ON SUNDAY AFTER VISITING rruuocn?i\GAP0RE AND THE PH,LIPP|NES, LEAVES FOR HOME TOMORROW kTHURSDA । /•

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THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR J.N. HENDERSON, THIS (WEDNESDAY) MORNING TOOK A CLOSE LOOK AT THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS CF THE TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE.

ACCOMPANIED BY MRS HENDERSON AND ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER (INDUSTRIAL TRAINING), MR HORACE KNIGHT, MR HENDERSON BEGAN THE TOUR BY GOING TO A HILLTOP FOR A PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE ESTATE WHERE HE WAS BRIEFED BY THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATES CORPORATION, MR V.W. MILLER, ON WORK PROGRESS AT THE ESTATE.

IN THE ESTATE MR HENDERSON FIRST VISITED THE PLANT SITE CF THE CARLSBERG BREWERY HONG KONG, WHERE HE WAS BRIEFED BY THE COMPANY’S TECHNICAL MANAGER, MR F. ELDON.

ALSO VISITED WERE THE MAN YEE FACTORY, THE FERRO FAR EAST FACTORY AND THE YING KEE FACTORY.

THE YING KEE FACTORY SPECIALISES IN THE PRODUCTION OF STEEL FURNITURE AND SAFES, THE MAN YEE FACTORY IN TIN CANS AND THE FERRO FAR EAST FACTORY IN ENAMEL FRIT.

THE YING KEE FACTORY HAS STARTED OPERATION AND MACHINERY IS BEING INSTALLED AT THE OTHER TWO FACTORIES.

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PING CHAU GENERATORS IN AIR, SEA AND LAND JOURNEY *****

TWO DIESEL GENERATORS, EACH WEIGHING ABOUT 1.3 TONNES, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BEGAN A TWO-DAY AIR, SEA AND LAND JOURNEY FROM THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT DEPOT IN SEK KONG TO THE POWER STATION OF THE POLICE/MIL I TARY CAMP ON PING CHAU IN MIRS BAY.

MEASURING ABOUT 2.3 M IN LENGTH, 1.3 M IN WIDTH AND 1 M IN HEIGHT EACH, THE GENERATORS AIM TO IMPROVE THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY ON THE ISLAND.

THEY ARE TO REPLACE THE TWO EXISTING ONES WHICH HAVE BEEN THERE FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR PWD SAID THE TRIP STARTED THIS MORNING WHEN THREE MILITARY LORRIES LOADED WITH THE TWO GENERATORS AND CONTROL EQUIPMENT LEFT SEK KONG FOR WONG CHUK TSUEN NEAR TAI MEI TUK, TAI PO.

ON ARRIVAL AT WONG CHUK TSUEN, THE LORRIES WERE DRIVEN ONTO A WAITING ARMY LANDING CRAFT WHICH THEN BEGAN THE SECOND LEG OF THE JOURNEY TO PING CHAU.

AFTER A THREE-HOUR VOYAGE, THE LANDING CRAFT BEACHED AT A PRE-SELECTED SPOT AT PING CHAU WHERE THE LORRIES WILL STAY FOR THE. NIGHT.

A WESSEX HELICOPTER FROM THE ROYAL AIR FORCE WILL TOMORROW MORNING LIFT THE EQUIPMENT ITEM BY ITEM FROM THE LORRIES TO THE POWER STATION WHICH IS ABOUT 400 METRES AWAY.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE NEW GENERATORS WOULD BE INSTALLED BY WORKSHOP STAFF OF THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL OFFICE OF THE PWD.

ON COMPLETION, ELECTRICITY SUPPLY ON THE ISLAND, INCLUDING FOOTPATH LIGHTING, WILL BE GREATLY IMPROVED, HE ADDED.

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WATER SUPPLIES TO HOLD MINI-EXHIBITION ******

THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT WILL BE HOLDING A MINIEXHIBITION FROM TOMORROW.

THE EXHIBITION, TO BE HELD IN THE LIFT LOBBY, GROUND FLOOR. OF THE DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS IN LEIGHTON CENTRE, WILL LAST THREE WEEKS.

IT TELLS THE DIFFICULTIES ENCOUNTERED AND ACHIEVEMENTS MADE IN THE PAST 120 YEARS BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IN ITS EFFORTS TO KEEP PACE WITH THE GROWING NEED FOR WATER.

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THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE IS INVITING APPLICATIONS TO ONE-YEAR FULL-TIME TRAINING COURSES FOR THE 1980-81 SESSION.

THE COURSES OFFERED ARE IN THE FIELDS OF MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, AND HOTEL-KEEPING AND CATERING.

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APPLICANTS SHOULD HAVE SEVERAL YEARS OF RELEVANT POSTQUALIFICATION EXPERIENCE IN THE RELATED FIELDS, WITH A GOOD STANDARD OF BOTH WRITTEN AND SPOKEN ENGLISH AND CHINESE, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

FOR ENGINEERING COURSE APPLICANTS, THE MINIMUM ENTRY QUALIFICATION IS AN ORDINARY DIPLOMA OR TECHNICIAN DIPLOMA IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING (HEAVY CURRENT) OR MECHANICAL ENGINEERING FROM THE TECHNICAL COLLEGE, THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC OR TECHNICAL INSTITUTES, OR ITS EQUIVALENT.

APPLICANTS TO THE HOTEL-KEEPING AND CATERING COURSES SHOULD HOLD AN ORDINARY NATIONAL DIPLOMA (UK) IN HOTEL AND CATERING OPERATIONS AND/OR INSTITUTIONAL HOUSE-KEEPING AND CATERING, ADVANCED COOKERY CERTIFICATE, ADVANCED SERVING TECHNIQUES CERTIFICATE, HOTEL RECEPTION CERTIFICATE, OR EQUIVALENT QUALIFICATION AWARDED AFTER COMPLETION OF A POST-SECONDARY COURSE IN HOTEL-KEEPING OR A RELATED FIELD.

FINANCIAL GRANTS RANGING FROM SI 650 TO $2 500 PER MONTH MAY BE GIVEN FOR APPROPRIATE POST-QUALIFICATION INDUSTRIAL EXPERIENCE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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THESE GRANTS SHALL BE REPAYABLE IF THE RECIPIENT DOES NOT TAKE UP A FULL-TIME TEACHING POST APPROVED BY THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION FOR A MINIMUM PERIOD OF TWO YEARS ON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE. HE SAID.

THOSE WHO HAVE APPLIED IN FEBRUARY AND APRIL THIS YEAR NEED NOT RE-APPLY, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE, 373 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, WAN CHAI, KONG, AND SHOULD BE RETURNED BEFORE JUNE 28.

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WATER CUT M K M

WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN TO KWA WAN WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR SIX HOURS FROM MIDNIGHT TO 6 AM ON FRIDAY (JUNE 20) FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY LOK SHAN ROAD- TO KWA WAN ROAD- CHI KIANG STREET AND KOWLOON CITY ROAD, INCLUDING SZE CHUEN STREET AND HA HEUNG ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN—SUPPLEMENT

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

Wednesday, June 18, 1980

DRAGON BOAT DINNER IN LONDON ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

The Hong Kong Association held a "Dragon Boat" dinner at the Dorchester Hotel, London, on Tuesday (June *17).

The Rt Hon John Nott, Secretary of State for Trade, was the guest of honour and spoke at the dinner. Another speaker was Sir Yuet-keung Kan, Chairman of the Trade Development Council.

The following is the full text of Mr Nott’s speech:

"One of the more obvious perks of being Trade Secretary rather than, say, one of the Home Economic Ministers in this country is that the job regularly takes you away from wrestling with the intractable problems of our domestic economy to undertake a programme of visits overseas.

"This is not always as well understood as it might be* Trudging out of the Commons after an all-night sitting into a bitter winter dawn and letting slip to an embattled ministerial colleague that the next day I am off on a visit to Greece, or California, or Hong Kong, I have known the response of even normally mild-mannered men to be quite unsuitable for repetition in polite company.

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”As a result, I have learned the virtues of discretion, since I have discovered that in such circumstances no amount of subsequent reasoning about the less glamorous side of overseas travel - jetlag, the continuous tight schedules, occasional stomach upsets and other hazards - is likely to make any impression on a man harbouring a deep sense of personal injustice at the ways of a world in which I am paid to take off periodically for exotic sun-lit lands, while men no doubt better than I are condemned to remain behind in their ministries and perform tasks almost as thankless as Sisyphus in bleak, cold Whitehall.

’’Many of you, however, are at least as familiar with the delights and discomforts of inter-continental jet travel as I am. In devoting the main part of my speech to civil aviation, I know that I am speaking to an audience of experienced travellers with a particular interest in services between London and Hong Kong. And perhaps for you the romance of travel is less significant than the need for efficient services which arrive on time and give the passenger value for money.

”1 know also that my audience includes representatives of both the producer and the consumer interest in civil aviation - both the airline operator and the frequent traveller. These are interests which I have to weigh in discharging my responsibilities for civil aviation: indeed I am bound by lav; to do so.

"My overriding wish is of course to develop the United Kingdom civil aviation industry generally. And in this I include Cathay - in its ability to compete with other international airlines around the world.

”In the House of Commons this afternoon I announced my decision on the application by three new carriers to join British Airways in serving the London-Hong Kong route. Before I came to my decision I was given a good deal of advice on what I might do - some of it, I suspect, from members

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of my audience this evening. And as is usual and entirely proper, much of the advice of each party to the case was devoted to explaining why I should on no account follow the advice given to me by the others. So after considerable thought - and I did indeed devote many hours to pondering the issues - I took the decision I announced earlier today. I upheld the decision of the Civil Aviation Authority to license British Caledonian, and I directed the authority to grant in addition licenses to Cathay Pacific and to Laker.

The view has for some time been widely held that it would be in the interests of travellers between London and Hong Kong to have a wider choice of service than exists at present. In Hong Kong it was argued strongly that both on grounds of equity and of the loyalty which Cathay command locally there should be a competing airline based in Hong Kong. I than had to decide whether I should allow all four airlines - British Airways, BCAL, Cathay and Laker - to compete together on the route or whether I should exclude one or even* two of them, and on what grounds.

”In passing I should say that I am also responsible for competition policy in the United Kingdom.

"In taking the decision my philosophical starting point was a strong belief in the virtues of competition, in the interests of consumers and producers alike. This belief was an essential part of the platform on which my party was elected to government just over a year ago: it is also fundamental to the philosophy and indeed to the commercial success of Hong Kong.

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"I am frankly not satisfied with the present tightly regulated international civil aviation arrangements. I believe that a more liberal market environment would provide airlines with the ability to offer a variety of products at a range of prices to satisfy all sectors of consumer demand, would be more satisfying to consumers, and would allow the airlines industry to continue to grow and develop to the benefit of both government and consumers.

”1 am very well aware of course that civil aviation has had a very difficult year. But that is not because of any lack of demand from airline passengers — indeed British Airlines carried in 1979 about nine per cent more than they did in 1978 — but because of sudden high increases in fuel prices. The prospects for 1980 are themselves uncertain. But the aviation market has proved itself dynamic in the past through all the fluctuations in the world economy, and for that reason alone it would be a mistake to decide our long-term aviation policy by reference just to short-term criteria — that would be an argument for fossilisation from a fear to take a view for the future.

”0f course in our civil aviation relations with many overseas countries it is not open to us in practice to operate an open and competitive system. Many governments insist that their airlines should have 50 per cent of the market, irrespective of customer preference. Some governments with very large financial commitments to their airlines go to great lengths to protect them. In other instances airline operations are determined as much by considerations of prestige as by commercial forces. These factors militate against competition, and as long as governments around the world direct their nationals onto their own carrier and prop up uneconomic services with subsidies, it will not be possible to speak in terms of world-wide competition in civil aviation.

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Although I espouse the ideal I do not suggest that it is proving a realistic target in the short term.

"In the case of the London-Hong Kong route, relations with foreign governments were happily not an issue. It is known — to use the jargon — as a cabotage route. In my judgement the decision on the number of carriers turned above all on the assessment I had to make of the effect of greater competition on traffic demand. One point of view is that steady growth of the existing market is the most that can be expected. The other, more radical, view is that new types of service and new types of low fare will open up a much wider market, and draw in hitherto untapped sources of traffic. It will attract, to use Freddie Laker’s expression, the forgotten men and women at the bottom end of the market”.

”1 concluded that the substantial new traffic likely to be generated over a period by a wider variety of services and fares offered a reasonable prospect that four carriers could over a period achieve an economic return. I therefore accepted the argument of Cathay and Laker that they should be licensed on the route in addition to British Airways and BCaL.

"I believe also that British airlines have lost business in the recent past to our international competitors between Europe and Hong Kong — and this must partially be attributed to the past restriction to one carrier.

"My decision does not necessarily mean that four competing services will be on offer immediately. The timing of commencing flights, the frequency, and indeed whether they want to fly at all, are matters for the airlines themselves. Before new airlines come onto the route they recuire licences from the authorities both here and in Hong Kong.

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The necessary action has been taken at the London end, but the Air Transport Licensing Authority in Hong Kong has so far licensed only three services a week by Cathay and four by BCaL, and has turned down Laker’s application.

"It may well be that these airlines will wish to make a fresh application to the Hong Kong authority. How the Hong Kong authority determines any such new application is of course matter for them. But I would make just one point. In rejecting the original Laker proposal that all the applicants should be licensed, on the grounds that this was contrary to the air transport regulations in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong authority observed — and I ouote their words — that the Laker application * fits in with the general economic approach which has made Hong Kong what it is today1 .

"Quite so. If there are further hearing in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Government will presumably give evidence. In that case I would ask them to consider whether the solution which I have adopted does not reflect exactly the philosophy on which Hong Kong’s economic success has been based, and whether some way cannot be found, consistently with their own legal procedures, to transform that philosophy into fact, in the present case.

"Civil aviation is the current issue in relations between Britain and Hong Kong, and I make no apology for having devoted the greater part of my speech this evening to it. The decision I have taken, although it will no doubt be opposed in some Quarters, should result in bringing Hong Kong and Britain closer together, and in enabling more people to travel from one to the other and to get to know each other better. These objectives we all share. As long as there are equal opportunities to compete, governments should think long and hard before they prevent travellers from having access to a

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wider range of service and lower fares when airline operators, on their congnercial judgement, are prepared to offer them.

’’Choosing the theme of a speech on this occasion is not easy for the Secretary of State for Trade. My responsibilites include shipping, where Hong Kong has rightly achieved a reputation for securing the benefits of free enterprise and entrepreneurial flair. .The United Kingdom and Hong Kong have very much the same outlook in seeking to ensure that the market for international shipping remains as far as possible a commercial one.

’’The year has also seen a most interesting development as the long-standing United Kingdom investment in Hong Kong shipping has been mirrored by investment in.the other direction with the recent successful acquisition of Furness withy by the C.Y. Tung group. I am sure that we all wish Furness Withy well in its new incarnation.

”1 could have devoted the entire speech to trade — and indeed it was my original intention to do so. When I was in Hong Kong in January I spoke — some would say forthrightly — on the need for Hong Kong to buy more from Britain and thereby to reduce the imbalance of trade between us. There are exciting major projects in Hong Kong (when have there not been?) and I hope that British companies will be bidding competitively, the potentialities for Hong Kong in the growth of trade with China merits a whole evening’s dissertation on its own, but I know that my department and the Hong Kong trade advisory group are actively carrying the message to British industry.

’’The relationship between Britain and Hong Kong is one to which the British government attach the greatest importance.

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That is Peter Carrington’s view, as it is mine, and that of my other colleagues. We admire the energy which the people of Hong Kong bring to building up their industry and external trade. As to social policy, during my visit to Hong Kong early this year I was made aware of the determination with which such problems as illegal immigration, violence and the pressure of demand for housing are being tackled. There can be no doubt of the continuing confidence of Her Majesty’s Government in the Government and people of Hong Kong, or of our admiration for all that Hong Kong continues to achieve.5’

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The following is the full text of Sir Y.K. Kan’s speech: "These annual gatherings are important from my point of view as they enable us all to be better briefed on changes and developments in the United Kingdom and the progress in Britain’s small but dynamic territory in the Far East. Indeed, I have sought to establish a tradition whereby once a year, as Chairman of the Trade Development Council, I try to meet together with my friends in Britain. My purpose in this has been to enable me to meet in a friendly and convivial atmosphere to talk about things which mutually affect Great Britain and Hong Kong. This evening’s dinner provides me with the opportunity to do so here tonight.

;,Mr President, we guests appreciate your opening remarks, your contribution to the development of Hong Kong as Governor and to this night’s proceedings. And the words of the Chairman of the Hong Kong Association are most relevant to the present day circumstances of Hong Kong and Great Britain and I thank you for them on behalf of the guests.

"Mr Secretary, when in Hong Kong last January you stated your policies and your philosophical approach to international trade. And we liked what you had to -say. Like you, Sir, we in Hong Kong believe that with our very special and unique relationship, closer co-operation will be to our mutual advantage. Indeed, this was very much the theme of your farewell press conference when you talked about reciprocity. There, you expounded a forthright and pragmatic approach to our "special" relationship and we wholeheartedly endorse this. As you have appreciated Sir, we are a very practical and straightforward people in economic matters.

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”This, of course, is the very best of reasons for us all to meet regularly as a group — may I say perhaps as a family? It certainly helps to dispel the misunderstandings between us arising from biased opinions which, I suspect, often stem from inaccurate and sensational reports. Of course we have no control over external opinion •but we can at least ensure that within our family of friends we understand the true facts.

"I will therefore endeavour to give you the facts as I see them from the Hong Kong perspective. Firstly, I need not emphasise that it is a very happy experience for me to come from that tiny place halfway across the world and find myself in the company of so many of my personal friends and friends of Hong Kong. And the occasion is appropriate for it is to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival, an important annual happening for the Chinese people.

’’The story behind the festival is worth mentioning because it is appropriate to people who seek wisdom and understanding. It occurred in the kingdom of Ch’u, several centuries before the birth of Christ, where a wise official named Wat Yuan was principal adviser to and confidante of the king. In addition to being honest and wise, Wat Yuan was also a poet of great merit. However, jealous courtiers' continually conspired to bring about his downfall but the honesty and advice of Wat Yuan prevailed and the king maintained his respect and confidence in him.

’’However, the king embarked on a particularly disastrous war and Wat Yuan was moved to write his master a beautiful poem. Sadly, the courtiers thought the poem was critical of the venture. Their view prevailed and the king sent Wat Yuan into exile. Feeling he could make no further contribution at court, and saddened by the self-seeking ways of his enemies at court, he threw himself into a great river and drowned.

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To this day the race of the dragon boats commemorates his ultimate sacrifice in the name of responsible and dedicated public service.

”It represents our latter day attempts to find this noble man and to raise him up and bring him back amongst us. The symbolism is obvious and it is appropriate that this annual event should be named the Dragon Boat Dinner.

’’Those on whose behalf I speak have, for the most part, journeyed — many thousands of miles — to seek in this company a means of re-dedicating themselves to the ideals of Wat Yuan and serving our two communities to the best of their abilities and to the mutual benefit of us all, as one family.

”In these modern times, however, the distances we need to travel in our endeavours are too great for the dragon boat and we indeed use more modern means of transport which have a rather less exotic form.

”We warmly welcome your announcement which we see as a clear demonstration of Britain’s interest in maintaining the principles of free trade and fair competition.

”Well, now we are here and in the tradition of this dinner, I must make some reference to the primary concern of my Council and of the people attending this dinner, and indeed the people of Hong Kong. This centres on the economics of our relationship.

”1 must first of all refer to what was the most important event for Hong Kong in 1979- As you are aware, in that year, His excellency the Governor, Sir Murray MacLehose, made his historic visit to China. I had the honour to accompany Sir Murray.

’’This event was significant as it marked yet another high point in the relations of Britain and Hong Kong with China. More importantly, the Chinese acknowledged Hong Kong’s role in the modernisation and economic development of that great country. In no uncertain terms, we were assured that with regard to Hong Kong’s economic well-being, the Hnng Kong business commu-ity need have no fears so far as "hina was concerned. Shortly after this visit, in mid-1979, China announced its new foreign investment lav/.

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"This was done to attract overseas manufacturers into arrangements for the production of a wide range of industrial products in a number of designated free trade zones or export processing zones. This very positive start was later followed up by the visit made by the Financial Secretary, Sir Philip Haddon-Cave, who was invited to visit Beijing to discuss natters relating to China’s economy and finance. A further step forward in our relations with China was the fact that only last month I was invited by the Guangdong provincial authorities to lead the first Hong Kong trade mission to China. I returned from this venture only a few days prior to my departure from Europe.

"The object of my mission was to explore, understand and develop areas of economic co-operation. My mission comprised not only representatives from Hong Kong, but also from Britain. I was shown every courtesy by the Governor and other officials of the province and given all facilities to examine and understand new China’s modernisation plans as they apply to Guangdong. During our stay, we were taken to inspect Shum Chun, one of the three major areas adjacent to Hong Kong selected by the Chinese authorities for development. I can assure you there is very high degree of economic activity in this potentially important area adjacent to Hong Kong.

"It was not only the construction of plants and the operation of factories that impressed me, but the general development of the infrastructure. At the last count over 1 200 firms, many of which were from Hong Kong, were considering joint ventures or actively producing goods in this free zone.

"I have already mentioned the British component of my mission and as I pointed out to Sir Keith Joseph in September last year it is British enterprise, in partnership with Hong Kong enterprise, that has now and vital prospects in China. Over the last few years, many high-level missions have visited China but the inititai euphoria and the high hopes that were generated have now gone. The Chinese authorities are now adopting a characteristic, pragmatic approach which was their reason for inviting me to Guangdong.

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”1 endorse the Secretary of State’s observations on the increasing role that Hong Kong and Britain, working together, might play in China trade to their mutual benefit and also to the benefit of China itself. Hong Kong has indeed the asset of having the great respect of China and its economic ability and, with Hon; Kong’s easy and regular access to Guangdong Province, it is ideally suited for the development of light industries and the building of industrial infrastructures and estates.

’’There are undoubtedly real opportunities for collaboration between British business interests and Hong Kong and I am pleased to note that Her Majesty’s Government are very anxious that such arrangements should form an important part of Britain’s growing relationship with China. Activities such as these were what the Trade Development Council has established many years ago to promote. It was for good reasons that the title ’trade’ as opposed to ’export’ development was chosen, as we were veil aware that two-way trade was of vital necessity for Hong Kong. And my Council certainly hopes that British enterprise will recognise the value of Hong Kong now, not only as a market in itself, but as a gateway to China and indeed the whole of the Far East.

’’Indeed, my Council has always followed the policy of including importers in the trade missions we send to Britain and this has helped lead to a significant improvement in Britain^ visible trade tith Hong Kong. Following an increase of JG per cent in 1978, Hong Kong’s imports from Britain increased by & further 46 per cent in 1979 to represent a value of £442 million and the first four months of 1980 continued to show very encouraging growth rates.

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’’But Britain’s share of manufactured goods in the Hong Kong market is well above the growth rate. This demonstrates very clearly that Hong Kong is a very important market for the United Kingdom and also, indeed, for the whole of the EEC, which incidentally is third supplier to Hong Kong after Japan and China, another interesting fact is that Hong Kong is Britain’s second market, next to Japan, in the whole of Southeast Asia and is catching up even on this performance - very fast indeed,

”As the head of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, I heartily welcome Britain’s increased share in the Hong Kong market. During my very long association with the UK, I have read so often in the media many pessimistic reports emanating from this country but I have been increasingly heartened and personally delighted to see the positive stand being taken by Her Majesty’s Government in respect of trade and industry, and I assure you, Mr Secretary, that I personally, together with the Trade Development Council, will give Britain every support to further improve its economic relations with Hong Kong and through Hong Kong to China.

”It has become quite clear to me, Hiring my recent visits to China, that the basic objectives of that country will be concentrated of communications and energy. In both fields Britain has much to offer. By combining our resources and talents we will both be able to take advantage of the enormous opportunities that are being offered.

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"To do this sucessfully, I feel that we need to clarify our position. Hong Kong and Britain have frequently misunderstood each other. For my part I feel that Hong Kong’s performance has been underrated by many in this country, so let me quote the noted economist, Professor Friedman, who was interviewed recently. He cited the British territory of Hong Kong as an example of the freest market in the world. He said: The most remarkable performance in the whole Kar East has been turned in by Hong Kong. Hong Kong has no tariffs, no quotas, no central bank, no government direction of industry. It has the lowest ratios of government tax to income in the world. In the past 30 years the population has multiplied eightfold to 4# million, the average income per capita has quadrupled so that today Hong Kong has the second highest average income throughout Asia, exceeded only by Japan. And what is even more surprising, the average income in Hong Kong is beginning to approach the average income in Great Britain.

"Mr President, Secretary of State, My Lords, Gentlemen, we must not imagine that the future will be easy. The understanding which we seek can be likened to a delicate flower which needs to be nurtured. Those of us in Hong Kong who know you understand your intentions but there remain misunderstanding and even suspicions. However, Mr Secretary, what you have said to us here this evening will go a very long way to dispelling these unworthy thoughts.

"As I said at the beginning I have great faith in both Britain and Hong Kong. I am convinced that by working closely together the economic battles we face can be won and that our joint futures will bring not only greatly increased economic ties but also a warmer and closer relationship between our people.

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"On behalf of the guests I would like to thank our hosts, the Hong Kong Association, for making this evening possible, for the excellent dinner and the warm hospitality.

"May I ask my fellow guests to rise and drink a toast to their host, the Hong Kong .association."

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

THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

QUICKER REPLIES TO WATER ENQUIRIES ......................

COMMISSIONER OF PRISONS LEAVES FOR REHABILITATION CONGRESS .................................................. 2

ADVICE ON HEALTH MEASURES IN SUMMER ....................... 2

BETTER BUS SERVICES IN ABERDEEN ........................... J

RECORD NUMBER OF AMBULANCE CALLS .......................... 4

CANTONESE OPERA SHOW AT YUEN LONG.......................... 4

KCR INVITES TENDERS FOR CABLE DUCT ........................ 5

STUDENTS SHOW SUPPLEMENTARY READING PROJECTS .............. 6

REHABILITATION DAY FOR THE DISABLED IN KWUN TONG......... 6

PLB RESTRICTIONS .......................................... 7

PRESENTATION OF WORK SAFETY CERTIFICATES

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QUICKER REPLIES TO WATER ENQUIRIES

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THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT IS IMPROVING ITS CONSUMER ENQUIRY TELEPHONE SERVICE BY PROVIDING MORE +HOTLINES+ TO COPE WITH INCREASING DEMAND FOR HELP BY CONSUMERS.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES, TOM TOMLINSON, SAID THAT STARTING TOMORROW THE NUMBER OF +HOTLINES+ WOULD BE INCREASED FROM THREE TO FIVE.

THE FIVE TELEPHONE LINES OF THE ENQUIRY NUMBER 5-7900222 ARE EQUIPPED WITH A +HUNTING FACILITY* WHICH CONNECTS CALLS QUICKLY AND CUTS WAITING TIME.

MR TOMLINSON SAID THAT THE ENQUIRY TELEPHONE SERVICE FORMED PART OF A TWO-YEAR DEVELOPMENT SCHEME BEING IMPLEMENTED BY THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT TO FURTHER IMPROVE SERVICES TO ITS 950 000 REGISTERED CONSUMERS.

UNDER THE PLAN, ALL WATER ACCOUNTS ARE TO BE COMPUTERISED BY JUNE NEXT YEAR AND MORE CONSUMER ENQUIRY COUNTERS WILL BE SET UP.

MR TOMLINSON POINTED OUT THAT THE CONSUMER ENQUIRY CENTRE AT LEIGHTON CENTRE HANDLED A TOTAL OF 133 596 CASES DURING THE 12-MONTH PERIOD ENDING MAY THIS YEAR.

OF THESE, 59 256 CASES OR 44.3 PER CENT WERE DEALT WITH BY THE ENQUIRY TELEPHONE SERVICE.

+THE ENQUIRIES CONCERNED, AMONG OTHER THINGS, HIGH CONSUMPTION, CHANGE OF CONSUMERSHIP AND MAILING ADDRESS, REQUEST FOR DUPLICATE WATER ACCOUNT, DISCONNECTION OF WATER SUPPLY AND WATER DEPOSIT,* HE ADDED.

MR TOMLINSON URGED CONSUMERS TO TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF THE TELEPHONE AND COUNTER SERVICES SHOULD THEY HAVE ANY PROBLEM WITH THEIR WATER ACCOUNTS AND WATER SUPPLIES.

THESE SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE FROM 8.15 AM TO 12.30 PM AND FROM 1.30 PM TO 4.45 PM ON WEEKDAYS, AND FROM 9 AM TO 12 NOON ON SATURDAYS.

IN ADDITION, ROUND-THE-CLOCK FAULT REPORTING AND EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE AT FIVE TECHNICAL COMPLAINTS CENTRES STRATEGICALLY LOCATED ON HONG KONG ISLAND, IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF THESE CENTRES ARE 5-726311 (HONG KONG ISLAND)- 3-960210 AND 3-960219 (KOWLOON) (BETWEEN 8.30 AM AND 10 PM DAILY) OR 3-948261 (OUTSIDE THESE HOURS)- 12-900322 (FANLING)-12-662368 (TAI PO) AND 12-762626 (YUEN LONG).

TODAY, ON THE EVE OF INTRODUCTION OF ADDITIONAL LINES, MR TOMLINSON PAID A VISIT TO THE CONSUMER ENQUIRY CENTRE AT LEIGHTON CENTRE TO SEE FOR HIMSELF THE NEWLY INSTALLED EQUIPMENT. HE ALSO TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO TALK TO CONSUMERS ABOUT THEIR PROBLEMS.

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COMMISSIONER OF PRISONS LEAVES FOR REHABILITATION CONGRESS

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THE COMMISSIONER OF PRISONS, MR THOMAS GARNER, WILL LEAVE TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO ATTEND THE 14TH WORLD CONGRESS OF REHABILITATION INTERNATIONAL TO BE HELD IN WINNIPEG, CANADA FROM JUNE 22 TO 27.

MR GARNER HAS BEEN INVITED TO ORGANISE A SPECIAL INTEREST SESSION DURING THE CONGRESS ON +DRUG ADDICTION REHABILITATION* AND WILL PRESENT A PAPER ON AN EVALUATION OF THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT’S DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT PROGRAMME.

HE WILL ALSO HOLD DISCUSSIONS WITH MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS IN WINNIPEG ON VARIOUS ASPECTS OF CORRECTIONAL SERV ICES.

ON THE WAY TO WINNIPEG, HE WILL STOP AT VANCOUVER AT THE INVITATION OF ITS DIRECTOR OF DRUG TREATMENT PROGRAMME TO HAVE DISCUSSIONS WITH THE ALCOHOL AND DRUG COMMISSION OF BRITISH COLUMBIA.

BEFORE RETURNING TO HONG KONG, MR GARNER WILL VISIT THE UNITED NATIONS ASIA AND FAR EAST INSTITUTE ON THE PREVENTION OF CRIME AND TREATMENT OF OFFENDERS IN JAPAN. AT THE INVITATION OF THE DIRECTOR, HE WILL TALK TO THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE INSTITUTE’S 55TH INTERNATIONAL TRAINING COURSE AND PRESENT A PAPER ON +PRISONER CLASSIFICATION AND CATEGORISATION*.

HE WILL ALSO GIVE A SPECIAL LECTURE TO STUDENTS OF RYUKOKU UNIVERSITY IN KYOTO ON THE SAME SUBJECT.

MR GARNER WILL BE ACCOMPANIED ON THE TRIP BY TWO SENIOR OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT, SUPERINTENDENT WU CHUN-KAN AND SUPERINTENDENT PI WING-LEE.

DURING HIS ABSENCE, MR TOM ECOB WILL ACT AS THE COMMISSIONER.

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THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT TODAY ADVISED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO TAKE PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES AGAINST CHOLERA AND OTHER GASTRO-INTESTINAL DISEASES COMMONLY ASSOCIATED WITH WARM WEATHER.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE MOST EFFECTIVE OF THESE WAS TO OBSERVE PERSONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE — CLEAN FOOD, CLEAN WATER, WASHING HANDS BEFORE MEALS AND AFTER VISITS TO TOILET.

AT THE SAME TIME, BOTH THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT ARE STEPPING UP ALL POSSIBLE MEASURES AGAINST THE OUTBREAK OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES WHICH ARE PREVALENT IN SUMMER.

THE SPOKESMAN WARNED THAT ALTHOUGH THERE HAD BEEN NO CHOLERA CASES IN HONG KONG SINCE AUGUST 1978, THE PUBLIC MUST CONTINUE TO TAKE ALL NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS AGAINST OCCURRENCE OF THE DISEASE IN VIEW OF ITS CONTINUING PRESENCE IN THE SOUTHEAST ASIAN REGION.

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AC ^uIHrLMUST BE EXTRA CAREFUL IN THEIR CHOICE OF FOOD AND DRINK AS CHOLERA AND OTHER DIARRHOEA DISEASES ARE SPREAD THROUGH CONTAMINATED FOOD AND WATER, HE SAID. THROUGH

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THE SPOKESMAN ALSO SAID THAT THE INCIDENCE OF INFLUENZA WAS STILL WITHIN NORMAL RANGE OF FLUCTUATION AND THERE WAS NO SIGNIFICANT VARIATION IN THE DISEASE PATTERN.

HE URGED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO TAKE CARE DURING THE HOT SEASON IN ORDER TO MINIMISE THE CHANCES OF CONTRACTING THE DISEASE.

+PEOPLE SHOULD AVOID CROWDED PLACES AS FAR AS PRACTICABLE AND IF TAKEN ILL SHOULD CONSULT A DOCTOR AND HAVE PLENTY OF BED REST,* HE SAID.

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BETTER BUS SERVICES IN ABERDEEN * * * *

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED THAT A NEW BUS ROUTE AND IMPROVEMENTS TO TWO EXISTING ROUTES HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED TODAY BY THE CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY TO PROVIDE BETTER SERVICES IN THE ABERDEEN AREA.

THE NEW ROUTE, NO. 90M, IS THE FIRST TO CONNECT AP LEI CHAU WITH CENTRAL DISTRICT.

IT RUNS FROM AP LEI CHAU ESTATE TO ADMIRALTY MTR STATION (WEST) VIA WONG CHUK HANG, HAPPY VALLEY, MORRISON HILL ROAD AND HENNESSY ROAD AT A 15 MINUTE FREQUENCY AT PEAK HOURS. THE FARE IS $1.

ON SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS THE ROUTE ALSO SERVES OCEAN PARK BETWEEN 9 AM AND 7 PM.

FURTHERMORE, FROM TODAY, THE EXISTING CMB ROUTE 70M IS EXTENDED FROM ABERDEEN TO SHEK PAI WAN ESTATE, WHILE THE CARRYING CAPACITY OF ROUTE 37 TO AND FROM CHI FU FA YUEN IS INCREASED AT PEAK PERIODS FROM 960 TO 1 200 PASSENGERS PER HOUR. THE FREQUENCY OF THIS SERVICE IS INCREASED FROM EVERY SEVEN TO EIGHT MINUTES TO EVERY SIX MINUTES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THESE IMPROVEMENTS SHOULD CONSIDERABLY HELP TRAVEL TO AND FROM THE ABERDEEN AREA, AND FOLLOWED CLOSELY ON ANOTHER BUS IMPROVEMENT SCHEME INTRODUCED IN THE WAH FU AREA ON MAY 1.

ALTOGETHER 28 ADDITIONAL BUSES HAVE BEEN PUT INTO SERVICE UNDER THESE SCHEMES.

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RECORD NUMBER OF AMBULANCE CALLS * * * *

THE AMBULANCE COMMAND OF THE FIRE SERVICES EXPERIENCED ITS BUSIEST DAY ON RECORD ANSWERING AN AVERAGE OF ONE CALL EVERY 1 77 MINUTES IN THE 24-HOUR PERIOD ENDED AT MIDNIGHT LAST (WEDNESDAY) NIGHT.

THE COMMAND ANSWERED A TOTAL OF 811 CALLS. OF THESE. 625 WERE FOR EMERGENCY AND 186 FOR NON-EMERGENCY SERVICES.

THE PREVIOUS RECORD SET IN FEBRUARY THIS YEAR WAS 752 CALLS, AN AVERAGE OF ONE IN EVERY 1.9 MINUTES.

COMMENTING ON THIS RECORD NUMBER OF REQUESTS FOR HELP IN A SINGLE DAY, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE FIRE SERVICES SAID THE DEMAND FOR AMBULANCE SERVICE WAS ON THE INCREASE EVERY YEAR.

HE SAID IN 1979 THE AMBULANCE COMMAND ANSWERED A TOTAL OF 199 152 CALLS. THIS WAS AGAIN 25 336 CALLS MORE THAN THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

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CANTONESE OPERA SHOW AT YUEN LONG * * *

YUEN LONG DISTRICT ARTS COMMITTEE WILL STAGE A CANTONESE OPERA ON SATURDAY (JUNE 21) TO CELEBRATE COMPLETION OF ITS THIRD CANTONESE OPERA CLASS.

TAKING PART IN THE OPERA WILL BE 40 MEMBERS OF THE CLASS, LED BY TUTORS. APART FROM PERFORMING, THEY WILL ALSO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR STAGE WORK.

THE MEMBERS, WHO INCLUDE SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS, TEACHERS, CLERKS AND FACTORY WORKERS, HAVE BEEN LEARNING THE ART OF CANTONESE OPERA FOR UP TO THREE YEARS. SUBJECTS TAUGHT IN THE CLASS INCLUDE SINGING, ACTING, MARTIAL ARTS AND WORK ON AND BEHIND THE STAGE. AMONG THE INSTRUCTORS IS WELL-KNOWN CANTONESE OPERA STAR, MISS LEE KUI-ON.

THE CLASS IS SUPPORTED FINANCIALLY BY YUEN LONG DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD, WHICH HAS ALLOCATED $25 000 FOR 1980/81 TO MEET THE COSTS OF EMPLOYING TUTORS AND STAGING PERFORMANCES.

A MEMBER OF THE ARTS COMMITTEE, MR WALLY NG, SAID THE CLASSES HAD BEEN WELL-RECEIVED IN YUEN LONG. ABOUT 70 YOUNG PEOPLE JOINED «HEN THEY WERE FIRST STARTED IN 1977 AND THIS NUMBER HAD GROWN TO OVER 80 LAST YEAR.

♦BESIDES PROVIDING TRAINING, REGULAR SHOWS ARE STAGED,+ MR NG SAID.

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♦WHENEVER THE CLASS GIVES A PERFORMANCE, TICKETS ARE ALL VERY QUICKLY TAKEN UP.+

THE CANTONESE OPERA CLASS STARTS EVERY YEAR IN SEPTEMBER AND ENDS THE FOLLOWING JUNE. TRAINING SESSIONS ARE HELD ON SUNDAY AFTERNOONS IN A LOCAL SCHOOL. MR NG SAID THOSE INTERESTED IN JOINING THE CLASS STARTING NEXT SEPTEMBER SHOULD APPLY TO YUEN LONG DISTRICT ARTS COMMITTEE IN AUGUST WHEN RECRUITMENT WOULD BEGIN.

ADMISSION TO SATURDAY’S PERFORMANCE, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE HALL OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK SECONDARY SCHOOL, YUEN LONG, IS FR EE.

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KCR INVITES TENDERS FOR CABLE DUCT

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TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED FOR THE SUPPLY AND LAYING OF PRECAST CONCRETE TROUGH UNITS AND ANCILLARY WORKS TO FORM A CABLE ROUTE ALONG THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY.

THE TROUGH WILL BE USED TO HOLD NEW SIGNALLING, POWER AND TELECOMMUNICATION CABLES FOR THE RESIGNALLING AND TELECOMMUNICATION PART OF THE OVERALL KCR MODERNISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION SCHEME.

THE WORKS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED BY THE KCR CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE IN ASSOCIATION WITH TRANSMARK, THE OVERSEAS CONSULTANCY BODY OF BRITISH RAILWAYS.

CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY THE OFFICE.

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STUDENTS SHOW SUPPLEMENTARY READING PROJECTS * * * *

-‘RI ZES AND SOUVENIRS WILL BE PRESENTED TO SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO TOOK PART IN A CHINESE SUPPLEMENTARY READING SCHEME IN A CEREMONY TO BE HELD THIS SATURDAY (JUNE 21).

MRS LOUISE MOK, DEPUTY CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY IN CLEMENTI MIDDLE SCHOOL IN NORTH POINT.

AN EXHIBITION OF THE BEST WORKS IN THE SCHEME AND PERFORMANCES BY STUDENTS TO ILLUSTRATE THE WORKS WILL BE HELD AFTER THE CEREMONY.

ON DISPLAY WILL BE BOOK REPORTS, NEWSPAPER CUTTINGS, BOOK COVER DESIGNS, SCRIPT RE-WRITES, AND DESIGN PROJECTS.

THE AIM OF THE EXHIBITION IS TO PROMOTE CHINESE SUPPLEMENTARY READING SCHEMES IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS, AND TO PROVIDE TEACHERS wITH MORE REFERENCE MATERIAL TO HELP THEM CONDUCT SIMILAR SCHEMES AMONG STUDENTS.

FIVE SCHOOLS TOOK PART IN THE SCHEME ORGANISED BY THE CHINESE SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADVISORY INSPECTORATE. THEY ARE BELILIOUS PUBLIC SCHOOL, HEEP YUNN SCHOOL, CLEMENTI MIDDLE SCHOOL, SHENG KUNG HUI TANG SHIU KIN SECONDARY SCHOOL AND HONG KONG CHINESE WOMEN’S CLUB COLLEGE.

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REHABILITATION DAY FOR THE DISABLED IN KWUN TONG ******

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES WILL TOMORROW (FRIDAY) HOLD A JOINT +REHABILITATION DAY* FOR DISABLED TRAINEES, STUDENTS AND WORKERS FROM 11 REHABILITATION INSTITUTIONS IN KWUN TONG.

THE +REHAB IL I TAT ION DAY+, FEATURING SPORTS EVENTS SUCH AS BASKETBALL, WHEELCHAIR RACE AND MINI-GOLF, IS AIMED AT PROMOTING RECREATION FOR THE DISABLED, AND THE WORKING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN STAFF OF THE DEPARTMENT AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

THE EVENT WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED BY A COMMUNITY LEADER, l-'R YEUNG CHUN-KAM- THE KWUN TONG CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, MR DAVID TSUI, AND THE EAST KOWLOON REGIONAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER, KHOO TA I-PIN.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY AND THE ♦REHABILITATION DAY* WHICH WILL START AT 9.30 AM AT THE KWUN TONG RECREATION GROUND IN TSUI PING ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH KWUN TONG ROAD.

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PLB RESTRICTIONS * * *

PUBLIC LIGHT BUS RESTRICTIONS ON TWO WILL BE LIFTED WHILE RESTRICTIONS WILL BE IN TIN WAN, ABERDEEN FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY

ROADS IN SHA TIN IMPOSED ON TWO STREETS (JUNE 23).

THE RESTRICTIONS IN SHA TIN ARE AT LEK YUEN AND WO CHE ESTATES AND ARE APPLIED TO SECTIONS OF ROAD P2 AND ROAD P6.

THE PROHIBITED ZONES TO BE INTRODUCED IN TIN WAN ARE ON HING WO STREET AND KA WO STREET.

B DRIVERS0 SIGNS WILL BE SET UP AT THESE PLACES T0 GU,DE

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PRESENTATION OF WORK SAFETY CERTIFICATES *****

THE CERTIFICATE PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF THE FIRST INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND HEALTH TRAINING COURSE JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE POLYTECHNIC’S CONFERENCE ROOM (L 409) ON THE FOURTH FLOOR OF ITS LIBRARY BUILDING AT 4.30 PM. THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR J.N. HENDERSON WILL PRESENT CERTIFICATES TO MIDDLE-MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL WHO HAVE COMPLETED THE ONE-YEAR PART-TIME TRAINING COURSE.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO ATTEND.

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

FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HONG KONG'S PRINCIPLES IN COMMERCIAL DEALINGS ...................... 1

UNAUTHORISED ENTRANT'S ORDER.......................................  2

GOVERNMENT ACTS ON SCHOOL INQUIRY RECOWiU’DATIONS .................. J

AMENDMENTS TO PREVENTION OF BRIBERY BILL PROPOSED .................. 4

ACHIEVEMENTS OF DISTRICT ’MANAGEMENT SCHEME......................... 5

INDUSTRIAL SAFETY COURSE INL'aKE DOUBLED ........................... 7

TWELVE NT SITES TOR TENDER ......................................... 9

INSTALLATION OF NEW PARKING METERS ................................ 10

COMPANIES LAW AMENDi-iENTS EFFECTIVE FROM MONDAY .................. 10

JETTY FOR LAMMa POWER STATION ..................................... 11

iiAXICAB F/.RES REVISION .......................................... 11

NEW PREMISES FOR SWD TSUEN WAN OFFICE ............................. 12

EXPORT RESTRAINT ARRANGEMENT /AID RETURNS ......................... 12

CLEARWmY RESTRICTIONS LIFTED

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HONG KONG’S PRINCIPLES IN COMMERCIAL DEALINGS ft * * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE SAID THIS EVENING THAT THE DECISION BY THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE TO ALLOW HONG KONG’S OWN AIRLINE TO FLY TO LONDON WAS *A BRAVE ONE FOR FAIR PLAY, FREER COMPETITION, AND CONSIDERATION FOR THE CONSUMER.+

♦THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT WE ALWAYS ASK FOR IN OUR COMMERCIAL DEALINGS WITH OTHERS AND WHAT WE ALWAYS GIVE OTHERS WHO DEAL WITH US.

♦IT IS A HAPPY DAY IN WHICH WE SEE THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT, ON WHICH WE DEPEND SO GREATLY, TAKING A RESOLUTE STAND ON THESE PRINCIPLES,+ HE SAID.

SPEAKING TO THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES AT ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER IN THE OCEAN CENTRE, SIR MURRAY SAID THESE PRINCIPLES INVOLVED OBLIGATIONS AS WELL AS BENEFITS.

♦DECISIONS ON LICENCES TO LAND IN HONG KONG LIE WITH THE HONG KONG AIR TRANSPORT LICENSING AUTHORITY ALONE. IT IS NOT SUBJECT TO GOVERNMENT DIRECTION, AND THERE IS NO RIGHT OF APPEAL

♦BUT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT IS ENTITLED TO MAKE REPRESENTATIONS TO THAT BODY, AND IN PRINCIPLE STANDS READY TO SUPPORT APPLICATIONS FOR ARRANGEMENTS TO MATCH THOSE PROVIDED IN LONDON. IN ALL FAIRNESS, WE COULD NOT DO LESS.+ HE SAID.

HE NOTED THAT OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS THE THREE SECTORS OF HONG KONG’S ECONOMY HAD ALL TENDED TO LOOK EAST AND WEST TO THE GREAT DEVELOPED MARKET OF NORTH AMERICA, JAPAN AND EUROPE, AND ALSO, TO SOME EXTENT, TO THE GROWTH AREAS TO OUR SOUTH.

IN ALL THESE AREAS WE ARE CONSCIOUS OF PRESSURES WHICH SUGGEST THE BENEFITS OF A MORE DIVERSIFIED ECONOMY IN HONG KONG.

NOW, IN ADDITION. WE MUST LOOK NORTH TO THE DEVELOPING ECONOMIC LINKS WITH THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA. CONSIDERABLE AS ARE THE NEW OPPORTUNIT IES, THEY ALL TEND TO SUPPORT THE CASE FOR DIVERSIFICATION.*

SIR MURRAY SAID IN THIS EVOLVING SITUATION THE GOVERNMENT WAS SEEKING TO RESPOND TO THE NEEDS OF INDUSTRY AND THE ECONOMY.

MOST OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON DIVERSIFICATION, INCLUDING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BOARD, HAVE ALREADY BEEN ACCEPTED AND ARE BEING GRADUALLY IMPLEMENTED, HE SAID.

BUT THE FACT THAT IN SEVERAL IMPORTANT RESPECTS THE GOVERNMENT HAS RESPONDED POSITIVELY TO SUGGESTIONS MADE BY THE FEDERATION AND OTHERS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING.

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♦I SUGGEST THAT NOW THAT GOVERNMENT HAS REVIEWED THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE PROCESS OF DIVERSIFICATION CAN BE FACILITATED BY THE MODIFICATION OF EXISTING POLICIES OR THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW POLICIES, SO IT WOULD BE TIMELY FOR THE FEDERATION TO REVIEW TS ABILITY TO PROVIDE THE COMPLEMENTARY INPUT TO THE ACTIVITIES WHICH ARE GOING TO RESULT.*

WE SHALL NOW BE LOOKING MORE AND MORE TO THE FEDERATION FOR PROMPT AND RELIABLE ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE, HE SAID.

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UNAUTHORISED ENTRANTS ORDER

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ALL PERSONS WHO LEAVE, OR SEEK TO LEAVE THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC CF CHINA WITHOUT PERMISSION HAVE BEEN DECLARED TO BE UNAUTHORISED ENTRANTS TO HONG KONG.

PERSONS WHO HAVE A RIGHT TO LAND IN HONG KONG OR HAVE VALID TRAVEL DOCUMENTS OR HAVE BEEN GRANTED PERMISSION TO LAND BY A HONG KONG IMMIGRATION OFFICER ARE NOT AFFECTED BY THIS DECLARATION.

THE DECLARATION WAS MADE BY THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL IN AN ORDER PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY UNDER THE IMMIGRATION ORDINANCE.

UNDER THE ORDINANCE, IF A SHIP ENTERS HONG KONG WITH ANY UNAUTHORISED ENTRANTS ON BOARD, HER MASTER, EACH MEMBER OF THE CREW, THE OWNER AND HIS AGENT AND ANY PERSON WHO HAS PARTICIPATED IN MAKING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE VOYAGE, COMMIT AN OFFENCE AND ARE LIABLE TO PENALTIES UP TO A FINE OF $5 000 000 AND LIFE IMPRISONMENT. THE SHIP OR OTHER PROPERTY, INCLUDING MONEY, USED TO FACILITATE THE ENTRY OF UNAUTHORISED ENTRANTS IS ALSO LIABLE TO FORFEITURE.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE DECLARATION WILL ENABLE THE AUTHORITIES TO DEAL MORE EFFECTIVELY WITH THOSE WHO ORGANISE THE ILLEGAL ENTRY OF PEOPLE FROM CHINA. DURING THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR ABOUT 27 000 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM CHINA WERE ARRESTED BY THE SECURITY FORCES AND REPATRIATED TO CHINA. IT IS ESTIMATED THAT DURING THE SAME PERIOD ABOUT THE SAME NUMBER OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM CHINA HAD EVADED ARREST AND WOULD EVENTUALLY SETTLE DOWN IN HONG KONG. ;

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GOVERNMENT ACTS ON SCHOOL INQUIRY RECOMMENDATIONS *****

THE GOVERNMENT HAS DRAFTED AMENDMENTS TO THE EDUCATION ORDINANCE TO IMPLEMENT TWO PRINCIPAL RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD SCHOOL COMMITTEE OF INQUIRY.

tmp PROPOSALS CONTAINED IN THE EDUCATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980 AND lie Ed52a?!OH (aSeWHeSt) REGULATIONS 1980! WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL NEXT WEDNESDAY (JUNE 25).

SUMMER OF 1978.

♦BECAUSE OF THE WORDING OF THE ORDINANCE, IT COULD HAVE BEEN THOUGHT THAT THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION HAD INTENDED TO CLOSE THE SCHOOL PERMANENTLY, EVEN THOUGH HE WOULD HAVE HAD TO CANCEL THE SCHOOL’S REGISTRATION TO DO S0,+ THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

♦TO REMOVE ANY DOUBT IN FUTURE, THE BILL STIPULATES CLEARLY THAT THE DIRECTOR WOULD BE EMPOWERED IN SIMILAR CIRCUMSTANCES TO SUSPEND THE ACTIVITIES OF A SCHOOL, WHILE THE AUTHORITY TO CLOSE A SCHOOL PERMANENTLY WOULD REST WITH THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL,+ HE SAID.

THE COMMITTEE OF INQUIRY ALSO DREW ATTENTION TO CERTAIN OTHER MATTERS PERTAINING TO THE MANAGEMENT OF AIDED SCHOOLS, INCLUDING FINANCE.

A SUBSEQUENT REVIEW HAS SHOWN THAT THERE ARE INADEQUATE CONTROLS ON THE USE OF PROFITS DERIVED FROM BUSINESS OR TRADING OPERATIONS IN THESE SCHOOLS.

THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO INTRODUCE CONTROLS APPLICABLE TO ALL SCHOOLS RECEIVING PUBLIC FUNDS WHEREBY ANY SUPERVISOR OR MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE WOULD REQUIRE THE PRIOR PERMISSION OF THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION BEFORE OPERATING A BUSINESS UNDERTAKING ON SCHOOL PREMISES.

PRIOR PERMISSION WOULD ALSO BE REQUIRED BEFORE ANY ARRANGEMENT WAS MADE WITH OTHER PARTIES FOR THE SUPPLY OF FOOD, DRINKS, BOOKS, UNIFORMS OR OTHER ITEMS USED BY STUDENTS OR THE SCHOOL ITSELF.

THE SCHOOL MANAGEMENT WOULD HAVE TO PROVIDE AUDITED ACCOUNTS AND DETAILS OF THE INTENDED DISPOSAL OF BUSINESS PROFITS. THE CONSENT OF THE DIRECTOR WOULD BE REQUIRED IF THE PROFITS WERE TO BE USED FOR ANY PURPOSE NOT DIRECTLY BENEFITTING THE STUDENTS OF A SCHOOL.

THE SPOKESMAN SAIDi ♦PERSONS ALREADY CARRYING OUT BUSINESS

OR TRADING OPERATIONS IN SCHOOLS WILL BE GIVEN AMPLE NOTICE OF THE IMPLEMENTATION DATE OF THE REGULATIONS WHICH WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.♦

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED NOT TO PROCEED WITH A RECOMMENDATION OF THE COMMITTEE OF INQUIRY FOR AIDED SCHOOLS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE SCHEDULE OF PUBLIC BODIES OF THE PREVENTION OF BRIBERY ORDINANCE.

♦FOLLOWING CONSULTATIONS BETWEEN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT AND THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION, IT WAS FELT THAT IT WOULD BE IMPRACTICAL TO ADD THE NAMES OF SOME 900 SCHOOLS TO THE SCHEDULE. IT WAS ALSO CONSIDERED THAT THE TYPE OF CORRUPTION WHICH COULD ARISE IN AIDED SCHOOLS COULD BE DEALT WITH UNDER EXISTING PROVISIONS AS WELL AS CURRENT PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE PREVENTION OF BRIBERY ORD I NANCE,+ THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

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AMENDMENTS TO PREVENTION OF BRIBERY BILL PROPOSED

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FURTHER AMENDMENTS TO HONG KONG’S ANT I-CORRUPT ION LAWS WILL BE MOVED AT THE COMMITTEE STAGE OF THE PREVENTION OF BRIBERY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980 IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL NEXT WEDNESDAY (JUNE 25).

THE PROPOSED CHANGES ARE THE RESULT OF DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS AND ALSO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT REPRESENTATIONS MADE BY SEVERAL COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS ORGANISATIONS.

THE AMENDMENTS TO THE BILL INCLUDE A NEW PROVISION ALLOWING FOR COMPENSATION TO BE PAID IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES TO SUSPECTS PREVENTED FROM DISPOSING OF THEIR PROPERTY.

THE PROVISION WOULD APPLY IF THE COMMISSIONER OF THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION REFUSED TO GIVE HIS CONSENT FOR PROPERTY TO BE RELEASED AND IT TRANSPIRED THAT THE PERSON UNDER INVESTIGATION WAS NOT CHARGED WITH AN OFFENCE OR WAS ACQUITTED.

UNDER THE PROPOSAL, THE SUSPECT WOULD BE ENTITLED TO COMPENSATION FOR ANY LOSS SUSTAINED IF HE WAS UNABLE TO MEET ANY CONTRACTUAL LIABILITY INCURRED BEFORE THE RESTRAINING NOTICE WAS SERVED.

THE NEW PROPOSALS WOULD ALSO ALTER SOME PROVISIONS OF THE BILL RELATING TO THE POWERS OF THE ICAC, ONE OF WHICH WAS TO EMPOWER ICAC OFFICERS TO DETAIN ANY PERSON FOUND ON PREMISES UNDERGOING AUTHORISED SEARCHES. IT IS NOW PROPOSED THAT A PERSON SHOULD NOT BE DETAINED FOR MORE THAN THREE HOURS UNLESS HE IS ARRESTED.

THE BILL ALSO REQUIRED SUSPECTS TO SUPPLY TO THE ICAC INFORMATION TO WHICH THEY HAVE ACCESS, RATHER THAN JUST IN THEIR POSSESSION. A NEW PROPOSAL CHANGES THE REQUIREMENT TO COVER INFORMATION TO WHICH A SUSPECT MAY REASONABLY HAVE ACCESS AND TO EXCLUDE INFORMATION WHICH IS READILY AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC.

MEMBERS OF UMELCO HAVE ALSO PROPOSED CHANGES TO PROVISIONS OF THE BILL GOVERNING THE RE-EMPLOYMENT IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR OF PERSONS CONVICTED OF CORRUPTION OFFENCES.

/THL ORIGINAL .....

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THE ORIGINAL PROPOSAL WAS TO EMPOWER THE COURTS TO PROHIBIT THE EMPLOYMENT OF CONVICTED PERSONS AS DIRECTORS OR IN OTHER MANAGERIAL POSITIONS FOR A PERIOD OF UP TO SEVEN YEARS.

THE GOVERNMENT HAS AGREED TO AMEND THIS PROVISION, RESTRICTING IT TO RE-EMPLOYMENT ONLY IN THE SAME PUBLIC BODY OR CORPORATION, OR ITS SUBSIDIARY ORGANISATIONS, IN WHICH THE PERSON WAS EMPLOYED PRIOR TO HIS CONVICTION.

IT IS PROPOSED TO MAKE IT CLEAR, BY ADDITIONAL WORDING IN THE BILL, THAT THE PROHIBITION WAS ALSO INTENDED TO APPLY TO PERSONS PRACTISING A PROFESSION OR WHO WERE OTHERWISE SELF-EMPLOYED.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT THE PROHIBITION WOULD APPLY ONLY TO SENIOR POSITIONS AND WOULD BE IMPOSED ONLY WHERE THE COURTS CONSIDERED IT IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST TO DO SO.

THE BILL EXTENDED FROM SIX MONTHS TO THREE YEARS THE TIME LIMIT OF PROSECUTION ON A NUMBER OF CORRUPTION OFFENCES. IT IS NOW PROPOSED TO REDUCE THE MAXIMUM PERIOD TO TWO YEARS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID A FEW OTHER CHANGES ARE PROPOSED, MAINLY TO ‘TIDY UP’ CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THE ORIGINAL BILL.

THE MAIN PROPOSAL IS THE ADDITION OF A NEW PROVISION TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT NO OFFENCE IS COMMITTED IF A PUBLIC SERVANT OTHER THAN A GOVERNMENT OFFICER SOLICITS OR ACCEPTS AN ADVANTAGE DIRECTLY RELATED TO HIS EMPLOYMENT WITH THE PERMISSION OF HIS EMPLOYER.

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ACHIEVEMENTS OF DISTRICT MANAGEMENT SCHEME ft ft * ft * *

THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE SET UP LAST NOVEMBER AS A PILOT SCHEME HAS SUCCEEDED IN PROVIDING A NEW ARENA AND NEW HOPE OF FINDING SOLUTIONS WHICH FIT LOCAL CONDITIONS. THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, MR A.G. EASON, SAID THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING.

SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION OF NEW OFFICE BEARERS OF AREA COMMITTEES IN KWUN TONG, MR EASON SAID THOUGH THE COMMITTEE HAD NOT TURNED KWUN TONG INTO PARADISE IN A SHORT TIME, IT HAD SUCCEEDED IN GETTING OFFICIALS TOGETHER TO MAKE A REAL COLLECTIVE ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY KWUN TONG’S PROBLEMS, BOTH BIG AND SMALL.

♦IT HAS ALSO PROVIDED A FOCAL POINT IN THE DISTRICT TO CHECK THE EXTENT OF THE GOVERNMENT’S SUCCESS OR FAILURE IN FEETING RESIDENTS’ NEEDS. AND A FOCAL POINT TOO TO WHICH RESIDENTS’ SUGGESTIONS CAN BE DIRECTED,* HE SAID.

MR EASON ALSO NOTED THAT SINCE THE COMMITTEE’S INCEPTION IT HAS HAD SOME SMALL TANGIBLE SUCCESSES IN CHANGING THINGS FOR THE BETTER IN KWUN TONG AND IN PLANNING MORE IMPROVEMENTS.

Abut clearly

FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 1980

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♦BUT CLEARLY AFTER SUCH A SHORT TIME, MAJOR TANGIBLE ADVANCES HAVE YET TO COME.

♦THE PROMISE IS THERE HOWEVER. GIVEN THE SUPPORT OF INDIVIDUAL DEPARTMENTS AND GOVERNMENT AS A WHOLE, THERE IS .'IO REASON WHY DISTRICT MANAGEMENT SHOULD NOT MAKE AN OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE ESSENTIAL PROCESS OF MAKING GOVERNMENT MORE RESPONSIVE TO THE NEEDS OF HONG KONG PEOPLE,+ HE SAID.

THE CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER (KWUN TONG) MR DAVID TSUI ALSO SPOKE AT THE CEREMONY ON THE ROLES OF AREA COMMITTEES.

MR TSUI SAID THAT ONE OF THEIR IMPORTANT ROLES WAS TO ASSIST IN BUILDING UP FROM PEOPLE THROUGH VARIOUS PROGRAMMES A WHOLESOME COMMUNITY SPIRIT.

HE SAID IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE IN AN AREA SHOULD FEEL THAT THEY WERE NOT ONLY LIVING IN A CUBICLE OF A HOUSING ESTATE BUT IN A COMMUNITY WHERE THEIR SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL NEEDS WERE MET.

ANOTHER IMPORTANT ROLE OF AREA COMMITTEES IN A BIG DISTRICT LIKE KWUN TONG WITH A POPULATION OF 650 000 WAS TO FACILITATE THE FORUM OF COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN THE PEOPLE AND THE GOVERNMENT.

♦WE HOPE THAT WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE COMING FROM DIFFERENT WALKS OF LIFE, WITH DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE, BACKGROUND, INCLINATION AND VIEWS THEY WOULD COLLECTIVELY PAINT A FAIRLY BALANCED PICTURE OF THE AREA IN WHICH THEY RESIDE AND TO IMPRESS THIS MENTAL PICTURE ON THE GOVERNMENT.♦

HE ALSO NOTED THAT IT WAS AREA COMMITTEES’ RESPONSIBILITIES TO FIND OUT WHERE THE AREA DEFICIENCIES LAY, TO EXAMINE TOWN PLANS IN PARTICULAR LAYOUT PLANS FOR EACH AREA TO SEE WHETHER PRESENT DEFICIENCIES WOULD BE MET IN FUTURE, AND TO PUT FORWARD THEIR VIEWS AS WELL AS TO ADVISE ON THE MANAGEMENT OF FACILITIES IN THE AREA.

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INDUSTRIAL SAFETY COURSE INTAKE DOUBLED ******

THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC IS TO DOUBLE THE INTAKE OF STUDENTS FOR ITS INDUSTRIAL SAFETY OFFICER COURSE IN THE NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR J.N. HENDERSON, SAID TODAY.

HE SAID THE INCREASE WOULD GREATLY ASSIST EFFORTS BEING MADE TO PROMOTE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY IN HONG KONG.

THE COMMISSIONER WAS SPEAKING AT THE CERTIFICATE PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF THE FIRST INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND HEALTH TRAINING COURSE JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC.

+1 AM GLAD TO NOTE THAT THE COURSE IS IN GREAT DEMAND AND THE POLYTECHNIC HAS DECIDED TO DOUBLE THE INTAKE IN THE NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR BY ADDING ONE MORE CLASS,* HE SAID.

* 1 HOPE THAT IN DUE COURSE A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF QUALIFIED SAFETY OFFICERS WILL BE PRODUCED TO MEET THE ANTICIPATED DEMAND.*

THE COMMISSIONER STRESSED THAT EMPLOYERS COULD CONTRIBUTE SIGNIFICANTLY TO THE PROMOTION OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND THE PREVENTION OF ACCIDENTS BY EMPLOYING QUALIFIED SAFETY OFFICERS AND GIVING THEM PROPERLY DESIGNED DUTIES.

THE DUTIES FALL INTO THE FOLLOWING BROAD AREASi

* TO INSPECT THE INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKING TO DETERMINE IF ANY MACHINERY PLANT, EQUIPMENT, APPLIANCE OR PROCESS, OR ANY TYPE OF MANUAL LABOUR IS LIABLE TO CAUSE RISK OF BODILY INJURY, AND TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO RECTIFY THE SITUATION-

* TO INVESTIGATE ANY ACCIDENTS AND DANGEROUS OCCURRENCES IN THE UNDERTAKING AND TAKE REMEDIAL ACTION TO REMOVE THE CAUSES- AND

* TO ORGANISE SAFETY CAMPAIGNS, TRAINING COURSES, COMPETITIONS, CONTESTS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES TO PROMOTE AND MAINTAIN THE INTEREST OF EMPLOYEES IN INDUSTRIAL SAFETY.

MR HENDERSON ALSO SAID THAT TO BE AN EFFECTIVE SAFETY OFFICER ONE SHOULD HAVE A SENSE OF PROFESSIONALISM AND ALWAYS KEEP UP WITH DEVELOPMENTS.

HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT INCREASED WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION WOULD ALMOST CERTAINLY BOOST THE COST OF ACCIDENTS TO EMPLOYERS IN TERMS OF INCREASED INSURANCE PREMIUMS.

/AN INSURANCE......

FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 1980

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AS INSURANCE RATES WERE BASED ON CLAIM EXPERIENCE, A GENERAL IMPROVEMENT IN THE NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS WOULD CAUSE THE BASIC PREMIUM TO BE REDUCED.

♦SIMILARLY, A FIRM WITH AN IMPROVED SAFETY RECORD SHOULD BE ABLE TO SECURE BETTER TERMS FROM ITS INSURER. AS THE AMOUNT INVOLVED BECOMES LARGER THE MONETARY SAVINGS DUE TO IMPROVED SAFETY WILL BECOME MORE VISIBLE.

♦IN THIS CONNECTION, I HOPE THAT INSURANCE COMPANIES WILL GRANT CERTAIN REDUCTIONS OF PREMIUM AS AN INCENTIVE TO FIRMS EMPLOYING SAFETY OFFICERS,* HE ADDED.

THE COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCED THAT THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY WERE JOINTLY ORGANISING A CONSTRUCTION SAFETY EXHIBITION FROM AUGUST 9 TO 17 AT THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRE IN KOWLOON

+1 HOPE YOU WILL VISIT THE EXHIBITION AND ENCOURAGE BOTH WORKERS AND SUPERVISORS IN YOUR FIRMS TO DO THE SAME,* HE SAID.

MR HENDERSON LATER PRESENTED CERTIFICATES TO MIDDLEMANAGEMENT PERSONNEL WHO HAD COMPLETED THE ONE-YEAR PART-TIME EVENING COURSE.

EARLIER, THE DIRECTOR OF THE POLYTECHNIC, DR KEITH LEGG, SAID THE SUCCESS OF THE COURSE HAD BEEN REFLECTED BY THE FACT THAT THERE WERE 271 APPLICATIONS FOR ADMISSION IN THE COMING ACADEMIC YEAR.

+WITH THE RECENT HIGH RATE OF SERIOUS INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS IN HONG KONG, I CANNOT OVER-STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS PROGRAMME.

♦IT IS EVIDENT THAT IN ORDER TO IMPROVE THIS SITUATION, ACTIVE MEASURES MUST BE TAKEN IN THE TRAINING OF MORE QUALIFIED SAFETY OFFICERS WHO WILL BRING HOME THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL IN INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TO MANAGEMENT STAFF AND WORKERS AL IKE,+ HE NOTED.

DR LEGG POINTED OUT THAT THE COURSE WAS ONE OF THOSE OFFERED BY THE POLYTECHNIC IN CONJUNCTION WITH INDUSTRY, COMMERCE AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS TO MEET THE SPECIAL NEEDS

FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 1980

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TWELVE NT SITES FOR TENDER

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THE GOVERNMENT IS TO OFFER 12 NEW TERRITORIES SITES TO HOLDERS OF LAND EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENTS NEXT MONTH. DETAILS ARE °UBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

THE SITES, TOTALLING MORE THAN 7.8 HECTARES, ARE FOR RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT.

SIX OF THE SITES ARE IN SHA TIN NEW TOWN, THREE IN YUEN LONG, TWO IN TUEN MUN AND THE OTHER IS ON TSING Yl ISLAND.

FIVE OF THE SHA TIN SITES, MEASURING BETWEEN 1 328 SQUARE METRES AND 17 300 SQUARE METRES, ARE FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT. THEY HAVE PLOT RATIOS OF 0.4, 0.6 OR 2.1.

THE OTHER SHA TIN SITE, AT FO TAN, IS FOR INDUSTRIAL OR GODOWN DEVELOPMENT. IT MEASURES 4 344 SQUARE METRES AND CARRIES A BUILDING COVENANT OF ALMOST $31 MILLION TO BE FULFILLED WITHIN FOUR YEARS.

THE TSING Yl SITE, MEASURING 7 660 SQUARE METRES, IS ALSO FOR INDUSTRIAL OR GODOWN DEVELOPMENT. IT IS SITUATED ON THE EASTERN SIDE OF THE ISLAND AND IS PART OF A RECENTLY COMPLETED RECLAMATION AREA. THE BUILDING COVENANT IS $52 MILLION, ALSO TO BE FULFILLED WITHIN FOUR YEARS.

THE REMAINING FIVE SITES ARE FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES.

TWO ARE IN TUEN MUN TOWN CENTRE OCCUPYING 4 999 SQUARE METRES AND 4 496 SQUARE METRES IN AREA.

THE OTHER THREE ARE LOCATED IN THE CENTRAL AREA OF YUEN LONG NEW TOWN. THEY MEASURE 692, 2 800 AND 2 682 SQUARE METRES.

APPLICATIONS, TOGETHER WITH CHEQUE DEPOSIT, SHOULD BE PLACED IN THE APPLICATION BOX IN THE RECEPTION LOBBY OF NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, FIFTH FLOOR, HOUSING AUTHORITY HEADQUARTERS, BEFORE NOON ON JULY 18.

TENDER FORMS, TENDER NOTICES AND CONDITIONS OF SALE ARE AVAILABLE FROM NTA HEADQUARTERS OR FROM ANY OF THE EIGHT DISTRICT CFF ICES.

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INSTALLATION OF NEW PARKING METERS

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A TOTAL OF 1 360 NEW PARKING METERS WILL BE INSTALLED ON HONG KONG ISLAND TO REPLACE OLDER TYPES OF METERS.

THEY WILL BE SET UP ON FIVE CONSECUTIVE SUNDAYS FROM JUNE 22 IN AREAS INCLUDING NORTH POINT, CAUSEWAY BAY, HAPPY VALLEY, WAN CHAI, CENTRAL AND THE PEAK.

THESE NEW 'DUNCAN' METERS HAD BEEN TRIED OUT ON BOTH SIDES CF THE HARBOUR. THEY HAVE A BETTER LOCKING SYSTEM AND ARE DESIGNED TO REJECT FAKE COINS.

THEY ONLY GIVE TIME WHEN FED WITH COINS OF THE CORRECT DENOMINATION AND ARE NOT ACTIVATED BY COINS OF SMALLER OR LARGER SIZE.

AFTER INSERTING A CORRECT COIN, A HANDLE ON THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE SLOT HAS TO BE TURNED TO THE RIGHT AS FAR AS POSSIBLE UNTIL THE RED FLAG IS LOWERED.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID IT WAS EXPECTED THAT THE IMPROVED SECURITY FEATURES OF THE NEW METERS SHOULD CUT LOSS OF GOVERNMENT REVENUE FROM THEFT AND INTERFERENCE.

IN HIS LAST REPORT, THE DIRECTOR OF AUDIT ESTIMATED THAT $3.8 MILLION HAD BEEN LOST IN THIS WAY.

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COMPANIES LAW AMENDMENTS EFFECTIVE FROM MONDAY

X X X X

THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1979, WHICH WAS PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN NOVEMBER LAST YEAR, WILL COME INTO OPERATION ON MONDAY (JUNE 23).

A COMMENCEMENT NOTICE WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE AMENDING LEGISLATION SETS OUT PROVISIONS FOR THE REPLACEMENT OF LOST SHARE CERTIFICATES.

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JETTY FOR LAMMA POWER STATION

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THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO GRANT AN AREA OF FORESHORE AND SEABED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A JETTY FOR THE POWER STATION ON LAMMA ISLAND.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA INVOLVED WAS DESCRIBED IN A NOTICE IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL OR CLAIMS OF PRIVATE RIGHT SHOULD BE SENT IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS WITHIN TWO MONTHS FROM TODAY.

THE NOTICE, IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE, WITH A RELATED PLAN CAN BE SEEN ON NOTICE BOARDS POSTED NEAR THE SITE.

THE PLAN SHOWING THE AREA INVOLVED MAY ALSO BE INSPECTED AT THE PORT WORKS DIVISION, FIRST FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG- THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, 19TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING- OR AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE (ISLANDS), INTERNATIONAL BUILDING, FOURTH FLOOR, 141 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL.

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MAXICAB FARES REVISION

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FARES ON 12 MORE MAXICAB ROUTES ON HK ISLAND WILL BE INCREASED

BY AN AVERAGE OF ABOUT 40 PER CENT FROM SUNDAY (JUNE 22).

THEY ARE ROUTES 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18 AND 20.

THE REVISED CHARGES RANGE FROM 50 CENTS TO S2.5O.

FARES ON ROUTES 1, 2, 3, 9, 19 AND FOR THE ALL NIGHT SERVICE ON ROUTE 5 WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE APPLICATION FOR FARE INCREASE BY THE MAXICAB OPERATORS WAS APPROVED AFTER A DETAILED SURVEY INTO THE OPERATING COSTS OF THE SERVICES.

THE REVISION, HE SAID, WAS LARGELY ATTRIBUTABLE TO INCREASES IN FUEL COSTS, DRIVERS’ WAGES AND INSURANCE PREMIUMS.

MEANWHILE FROM SUNDAY, THE EVENING SERVICE ON MAXICAB ROUTE 8 WILL BE EXTENDED'TO 11 PM AND THE FREQUENCY ON ROUTE 4 WILL BE INCREASED FOLLOWING ITS EXTENSION TO SHEK PAI WAN IN ABERDEEN.

ROUTE 11 BETWEEN TIN WAN AND CAUSEWAY BAY WILL OPERATE AN ALL-DAY SERVICE AT A BASIC FREQUENCY OF 12 MINUTES WHICH WILL BE INCREASED TO SIX MINUTES IN THE EVENINGS WHEN ROUTE 10 STOPS TO RUN.

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NOTE TO EDITORS*

NEW PREMISES FOR SWD TSUEN WAN OFFICE

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE, WHICH CO-ORDINATES WELFARE SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT, HAS MOVED TO MORE CENTRALLY LOCATED PREMISES FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF LOCAL RESIDENTS.

THE NEW OFFICE IS ON THE FIFTH FLOOR OF FAR EAST BANK BUILDING AT 135 CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

TO MARK ITS OFFICIAL OPENING, A CEREMONY AND A DISPLAY OF WELFARE SERVICES WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT 10.50 AM.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE THE DISTRICT OFFICER (TSUEN WAN), MR LUI HAU-TUEN, AND LOCAL COMMUNITY AND RURAL LEADERS

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY AND THE DISPLAY WHICH WILL TAKE Pf$CE AT THE NEW OFFICE.

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EXPORT RESTRAINT ARRANGEMENT AND RETURNS * * * *

THE TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT AGREEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED WITH THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY ON EXPORTS OF CATEGORIES 78 (MEN’S AND BOYS’) AND 81 (WOMEN’S, GIRLS’ AND INFANTS’) WOVEN OUTER GARMENTS PRODUCTS.

THE ISSUE OF EXPORT AUTHORISATIONS FOR SUCH EXPORTS HAD BEEN SUSPENDED SINCE APRIL 12, 1980 AT THE REQUEST OF THE EEC.

THE DEPARTMENT HAS DECIDED THAT ALL 1980 EXPORT AUTHORISATIONS ISSUED PRIOR TO THE SUSPENSION WILL BE HONOURED. SUBJECT TO THIS, QUOTAS WILL BE OFFERED TO ELIGIBLE COMPANIES WITH SHIPMENT PERFORMANCE IN THESE TWO CATEGORIES DURING THE REFERENCE PERIOD APRIL 1, 1979 TO MARCH 31, 1980.

TO FACILITATE THE CALCULATION OF QUOTAS, THE DEPARTMENT IS CALLING FOR RETURNS FROM EXPORTERS ON SUCH EXPORTS TO THE EEC IN THE REFERENCE PERIOD. THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS JUNE 30, 1980.

THE DEPARTMENT HAS ISSUED A NOTICE TO EXPORTERS ON DETAILS CF THE ARRANGEMENTS.

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CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS LIFTED * * * *

THE EXISTING 24-HOUR URBAN CLEARWAY 50 METRE SECTION OF TRUE LIGHT LANE WEST KENT ROAD IN KOWLOON TONG WILL BE LIFTED (JUNE 23).

RESTRICTIONS ON A OF ITS JUNCTION WITH FROM 13 AM ON MONDAY

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN - SUPPLEMENT

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

SPEECH BY H.E. THE GOVERNOR AT THE 2OTH ANNIVERSARY DINNER OF

THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES

IN THE OCEAN CENTRE ON JUNE 20, 1980

Mr Wu, Ladies and Gentlemen:

I would like to join you, Mr Chairman, in paying tribute to the founders of the Federation and to those who have guided it through the last twenty years. And, to complete the list, let me add the name you modestly omitted, which is your own. As you prepare to step down after five years of wise and active leadership, I am sure those who have been associated with the Federation during that period would wish to join with me in publicly acknowledging your valuable contribution.

My theme tonight is this Federation which has served Hong Kong so well for so long. But first I must say how delighted I am, how delighted Hong Kong is, that our own airline has at last been licensed to fly to London. We all realise the difficulty of the situation in which the Secretary for Trade was placed. We see his decision as a brave one for fair play, freer competition, and consideration for the consumer. This is exactly what we always ask for in our commercial dealings with others and what we always give others who deal with us. It is a happy day in which we see the British Government, on which we depend so greatly, taking a resolute stand on these principles.

These principles involve obligations as well as benefits. Decisions on licences to land in Hong Kong lie with the Hong Kong Air Transport Licensing Authority alone. It is not subject to government direction, and there is no right of appeal. But the Hong Kong Government is entitled to make representations to that body, and in principle stands ready to support applications for arrangements to match those provided in London. In all fairness, we could not do less.

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When the Federation was founded. Hong Kong was still recovering from the loss of the China entrepot trade in the ’50s and the simultaneous influx of population. Sir Alexander Grantham’s decision to establish the Federation at that time of rapid transition was timely, and I particularly like his phrase, which you have quoted, that the federation should be "strong, fully representative, uninhibited, non-sectional, specialist organisation". I particularly- relish "uninhibited" which I note the Federation.has properly taken to heart.

It was in the years following the formation of the Federation that the metamorphosis of Hong: Kong took place — its change from a very successful but little-known port, to a great centre of industry, commerce, finance, tourism and communications, known and respected throughout the worlds Many individual men and women, and of course che people, of Hong Kong as a.whole played their part; but tonight it is to the part played -by the Federation that I would like to pay my tribute.

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As you face the third decade of the Federation, as well as the challenge of the eighties, it is, I suggest, a time to look again at those enlightened words of Sir Alexander Grantham and to reappraise the role and direction of the Federation.

Over the last 20 years the three sectors of Hong Kongr s'-economy have all tended to look east and west to the ,great developed market of North America, Japan and Europe, and also, to some extent, to the growth areas to our south*. In'all these areas vie are conscious of pressures which suggest the benefits of a more diversified economy in Hong Kong. Now, in addition we must look north to the developing economic links with the People.’s liepublic of China. Considerable as are the new opportunities,, they all tend to support the case for diversification.

In this ^evolving situation the Government is seeking to respond to the needs of industry and the economy. Most of the recommendations of the Advisory Co.ijnittee on Pi\ ?reification, including the establishment of an Industrial Development Beard, have already been

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accepted and are being gradually implemented. But the fact that in several important respects the Government has responded positively to suggestions made by the Federation and others is only the beginning. I suggest that now that Government has reviewed the extent to which the process of diversification can be facilitated by the modification of existing policies or the introduction of new policies, so it would be timely for the Federation to review its ability to provide the complementary input to the activities which are going to result. We shall now be looking more and more to the Federation for prompt and reliable advice and assistance from ”a strong, fully representative, uninhibited, non-sectional specialist organisation”• I am confident we shall not be disappointed.

I offer my most sincere congratulations to the Federation on this, its 20th Anniversary and I v/ish it all success in the years ahead.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME STARTS TODAY ............................ 1

RESISTER BEFORE SELLING PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS .................2

ACTING SNT OPENS NEW EXTENSION TO YOUTH CAi'-IP ................ 2

TELECOMMUNICATIONS LICENSING CENTRE OPENS ON MONDAY ............ 4

SURVEY TO COLLECT DATA ON ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION ...............4

VOLUNTEERISM GAINS APPRECIATION AND RESPECT ....................5

AUCTION OF SPECIAL VEHICLE RESISTRATION NUMBERS ................ 6

NEW REFUSE COLLECTION POINT .................................... 7

FIRING PRACTICE ................................................ 7

TEMPORARY NIGHT CLOSURE OF KWAI HEI STREET ..................... 7

TAI 0 TO GET MORE FRESH WATER .................................. 8

TSIM SHA TSUI TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ............................. 8

INDUSTRIAL/GODOWN SITE AUCTION ................................. 9

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SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 1980

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SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME STARTS TODAY *****

THE 1980 SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME

* 12TH IN THE SER IES " WAS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED TODAY (SATURDAY) BY MR ERIC CUMINE, STEWARD OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, AT THE SHA TIN RACE COUR SE•

IN HIS OPENING SPEECH. MR CUMINE SAID THERE WILL BE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE IN THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMME, INCLUDING THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED AND CHILDREN LIVING IN THE REMOTE PARTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE PROGRAMME, HE SAID, IS AIMED AT GIVING YOUNG PEOPLE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE PART IN HEALTHY RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS TO HELP THEM GAIN SELF-CONFIDENCE AND A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY.

♦MANY OF THE EVENTS WILL ALSO PERMIT THEM TO USE THEIR INITIATIVE AND TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY IN DIFFERENT WAYS,+ HE ADDED.

THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CONTAINS MORE THAN 8 000 SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES TO BE HELD IN VARIOUS PARTS OF HONG KONG IN THE NEXT THREE MONTHS.

THE ORGANISERS HAVE ARRANGED MORE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES THIS SUMMER TO CATER TO INCREASING DEMAND.

ANOTHER SPEAKER, MR NORMAN OEI, CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR YOUTH RECREATION, CALLED ON PARENTS TO ENCOURAGE THEIR CHILDREN TO TAKE PART IN THE ACTIVITIES.

MR OEI ALSO THANKED THE JOCKEY CLUB FOR ITS GENEROUS DONATION OF |2.5 MILLION FOR THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMME.

AFTER SOUVENIR PENNANTS WERE PRESENTED, GUESTS WERE ENTERTAINED BY SCHOOL CHILDREN PERFORMING A NUMBER OF COLOURFUL FOLK DANCES. THEY WERE ALSO INVITED TO SING ALONG WITH THE YOUNGSTERS FROM THE MUSIC OFFICE WHICH IS TAKING PART FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE PROGRAMME THIS YEAR.

THE GUESTS LATER WATCHED SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES PLANNED FOR THIS YEAR. THE DEMONSTRATIONS, PERFORMED BY EIGHT YOUTH GROUPS, INCLUDED THE MAKING OF RIBBON FLOWERS, BOOK MARKERS AND HANDICRAFT.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 1980

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REGISTER BEFORE SELLING PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS

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THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT TODAY REITERATED THAT ALL IMPORTED AND LOCALLY MANUFACTURED PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS MUST BE REGISTERED BEFORE THEY CAN BE ALLOWED FOR SALE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT TODAY (SATURDAY) WARNED IMPORTERS AND MANUFACTURERS OF PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS THAT SELLING NON-REGISTERED MEDICINES IS AN OFFENCE UNDER THE PHARMACY AND POISONS REGULATIONS WHICH CAME INTO FORCE TWO YEARS AGO.

THE REVISED REGULATIONS ARE AIMED AT SAFEGUARDING THE PUBLIC AGAINST SUB-STANDARD MEDICINES WHICH USUALLY ORIGINATE FROM UNKNOWN SOURCES.

THE PRODUCTS, BEFORE BEING ACCEPTED FOR REGISTRATION, ARE ASSESSED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S PHARMACEUTICALS REGISTRATION SECTION ON THEIR SAFETY, QUALITY AND EFFICACY.

THE PHARMACEUTICALS REGISTRATION SECTION HAS SO FAR RECEIVED 16 000 APPLICATIONS FOR REGISTRATION OF MEDICINES AND ABOUT 13 000 CERTIFICATES OF REGISTRATION HAVE BEEN ISSUED SINCE JULY 1978.

ONE OF THE REGULATIONS REQUIRES PERMIT NUMBERS OF THE CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION TO BE CLEARLY SHOWN ON THE CONTAINERS OF THE PRODUCTS INTENDED FOR SALE ON THE MARKET.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO SAID THAT STAFF OF THE FORENSIC PHARMACY SECTION ARE STEPPING UP EFFORTS TO CARRY OUT RANDOM CHECKS OF THE PRODUCTS.

+THIS IS TO ENSURE THAT THE QUALITY, EFFICACY AND SAFETY OF ALL REGISTERED MEDICINES ARE UP TO THE CONFORMED STANDARD AT ALL TIMES,* HE ADDED.

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ACTING SNT OPENS NEW EXTENSION TO YOUTH CAMP *****

AN EXTENSION TO A CHINESE YOUNG MEN’S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION YOUTH CAMP AT WONG YEE CHAU, SAI KUNG, WAS OPENED TODAY (SATURDAY) BY THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

MR AUGUSTINE CHUI KAM.

THE EXTENSION INCREASES THE CAPACITY OF THE CAMP TO 160 BEDS IN 10 COTTAGES.

ITS CONSTRUCTION IS BEING FINANCED FROM YMCA FUNDS AND DONATIONS AMOUNTING TO $420 000 FROM THE ROTARY CLUBS OF HONG KONG, KOWLOON, KOWLOON EAST, KOWLOON NORTH AND VICTORIA. IT WILL BE KNOWN AS 'ROTARY VILLAGE’.

CONSTRUCTION WORK TOOK ABOUT A YEAR TO COMPLETE.

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THE FIRST PHASE OF THE CAMP WAS COMPLETED IN 1972 AND INCLUDED AN ASSEMBLY HALL, A KITCHEN, TOILET FACILITIES, FOOTPATHS AND TWO SMALL HUTS.

LATER, WHEN ADDITIONAL FUNDS BECAME AVAILABLE FROM GOVERNMENT AND OTHER SOURCES, FACILITIES WERE IMPROVED TO INCLUDE A PIER, A WELL-WATER SYSTEM, ELECTRICITY, OPEN GROUND AND A TENTING AREA.

ALSO PURCHASED WERE CANOES, SAMPANS AND SURFBOARDS.

THE CAMP HAS BEEN PROVIDING FACILITIES FOR 14 OOO YOUNG PEOPLE EACH YEAR BUT CAN NOW CATER FOR 20 000.

THE NEW EXTENSION MEANS THAT THE MAIN HALL, WHICH HAS BEEN USED TO PROVIDE ACCOMMODATION, CAN NOW BE USED FOR OTHER ACTIVITIES.

THERE ARE PLANS FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF THE CAMPSITE TO INCLUDE A BARBECUE AREA, RECREATION ROOM, HANDICRAFT ROOM AND CANTEEN.

MR CHUI SAID THE CAMP WAS FIRST BUILT IN RESPONSE TO THE TREMENDOUS NEED FOR CAMPS AND HOSTELS, +WHERE YOUNG AND OLD, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS, CAN GET AWAY FROM THE NOISE AND TENSION OF LIFE IN AN INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY TO THE PEACE AND QUIET OF THE COUNTRYSIDE.+

UNTIL RECENTLY IN HONG KONG, MR CHUI SAID, FEW CAMPS OF THIS KIND EXISTED. THERE WERE NOW MORE THAN 40 HOLIDAY CAMPS, HOSTELS AND YOUTH CENTRES, WHERE PEOPLE COULD STAY THE NIGHT.

♦THE GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO GIVE ITS ASSISTANCE TO VOLUNTARY AGENCIES- AND, PARTICULARLY, STAFF OF THE RECREATION AND SPORTS SERVICE ARE ALWAYS AVAILABLE TO ADVISE ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF PROGRAMMES OF ACTIVITIES AND MANAGEMENT IN GENERAL.♦

MR CHUI CONGRATULATED THE PRESIDENT OF THE CHINESE YOUNG MEN’S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION, DR PHILIP KWOK, AND HIS COMMITTEE ON COMPLETION OF THE PROJECT AND HE ALSO THANKED THE PRESIDENTS OF THE FIVE ROTARY CLUBS FOR THEIR +GENEROUS DONATION.+

HE SAID THAT THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF EVERYONE INVOLVED, THEY HAD SUCCEEDED IN CREATING +HERE ON THIS BEAUTIFUL ISLAND+ A PLACE SO ATTRACTIVE AND RESTFUL THAT IT WOULD MAKE PEOPLE FEEL THEY DID NOT WANT TO LEAVE.

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS LICENSING CENTRE OPENS ON MONDAY * * * * *

A TELECOMMUNICATIONS LICENSING CENTRE WILL OPEN ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, CONNAUGHT PLACE AT 9 AM ON MONDAY (JUNE 23).

THE HOURS OF BUSINESS WILL BE (EXCLUDING SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS)i

MONDAY TO FRIDAY 9 AM - 5 PM

SATURDAY 9 AM - NOON

THE NEW TELECOMMUNICATIONS LICENSING CENTRE IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN HONG KONG, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE POST OFFICE SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WILL BE ABLE TO CONDUCT A WIDE RANGE OF BUSINESS RELATING TO LICENCES ISSUED BY THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS AUTHOR ITY.

♦EXAMPLES OF THESE LICENCES ARE MODEL CONTROL LICENCES, TELEPRINTER, RADIO PAGING AND RADIO DEALERS LICENCES,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦STAFF AT THE CENTRE WILL DEAL WITH LICENCE APPLICATIONS AND RENEWALS AND WILL BE ABLE TO CARRY OUT ON THE SPOT INSPECTIONS OF CERTAIN TYPES OF EQUIPMENT PRESENTED FOR LICENSING. THE CENTRE WILL ALSO ENDORSE IMPORT/EXPORT LICENCES FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT,* HE ADDED.

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SURVEY TO COLLECT

DATA ON ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION *****

SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE INVITED TO JOIN A MICRO-CLIMATE SURVEY TO BE HELD THIS SEPTEMBER TO PROVIDE A SOURCE OF PRIMARY DATA ON ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION IN HONG KONG.

THE SURVEY IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. THE HONG KONG CONSERVANCY ASSOCIATION, THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG AND THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC.

AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (SATURDAY) URGED SCHOOLS TO TAKE PART IN THIS SURVEY WHICH WILL HELP STUDENTS GAIN VALUABLE EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE IN GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION.

STUDENTS INVOLVED WILL BE RECORDING THE WET AND DRY-BULB TEMPERATURES WITHIN THEIR SCHOOL PREMISES ..TH THE USE OF A SIMPLE HYGROMETER DURING SCHOOL HOURS ON A SELECTED DAY IN SEPTEMBER, HE SAID.

A REPORT ON THE INVESTIGATION WILL BE PREPARED AFTER THE COLLECTED DATA IS COLLATED AND ANALYSED.

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IN ORDER TO FAMILIARISE TEACHERS WITH VARIOUS ASPECTS Or THE SURVEY, A SEMINAR WILL BE HELD FROM 9 AM TO 12.30 PM AT THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION IN KOWLOON ON JULY 14.

THREE EXPERTS ON ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION WILL BE GIVING TALKS AT THE SEMINAR.

MR F. MAK, HEAD OF THE CENTRE OF ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES, HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, WILL BE GIVING A BRIEF REVIEW OF THERMAL POLLUTION IN HONG KONG AND ALSO A LECTURE IN +CALIBRATION AND USE OF HYGROMETERS*.

MR S.L. WAN, CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG CONSERVANCY ASSOCIATION WILL TALK ON +MICRO-CLIMATE SURVEY AND CONSERVATION IN HONG KONG* WHILE DR W.J. KYLE, A LECTURER IN THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG’S DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY AND GEOLOGY WILL SPEAK ON +MICRO-CLIMATOLOGY AND MICRO-CLIMATE SURVEY IN HONG KONG.*

HEADS OF SCHOOLS WISHING TO JOIN THE SURVEY AND TO SEND THEIR TEACHERS TO THE SEMINAR ARE REQUESTED TO SEND APPLICATIONS BEFORE JULY 1 TO THE SENIOR INSPECTOR (GEOGRAPHY), ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, LEE GARDENS, FIFTH FLOOR, HONG KONG.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE AT THE GEOGRAPHY SECTION ON 5-774001 EXT 31 OR 44.

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VOLUNTEERISM IN COMMUNITY SERVICES HAS GAINED A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF APPRECIATION AND RESPECT IN HONG KONG, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR AUGUSTINE CHUI KAM, SAID THIS (SATURDAY) EVENING.

MR CHUI WAS SPEAKING AT THE THIRD ANNIVERSARY AND LADIES’ NIGHT CHARITY BALL OF THE LIONS CLUB OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

+LIONS AND LIONESSES HAVE SET GOOD EXAMPLES. INDEED, YOU MAY SAY THAT VOLUNTEERISM IS VERY MUCH AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THE LIONS’ SPIRIT IN ITS MANIFESTATION,* HE SAID.

+THE NEW TERRITORIES COMMUNITIES ARE UNDERGOING RAP ID CHANGE AND WITH IT THERE IS AN INCREASING NEED EVERYWHERE FOR COMMUNITY FACILITIES, SOCIAL WELFARE AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT.*

MR CHUI SAID HE HAD NOTICED THE FINE AND MEANINGFUL WORK CF THE NEW TERRITORIES LIONS IN THE FIELD OF COMMUNITY SERVICES AND CHARITY.

♦YOUR SHARE OF THE WORK IN MAKING THE NEW TERRITORIES A BETTER PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO LIVE IN IS OF IMMENSE VALUE,* HE SAID.

LAST YEAR, THE CLUB WAS ALSO ENGAGED IN THE PROMOTION C-CULTURE BY MAKING A GENEROUS DONATION OF $30 030 TO TSUEN WAN TOWN HA.L TO BUY TwO GRAN? PIANOS, MR CHUI ADDED.

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MR CHUI CONGRATULATED THE CLUB FOR DECIDING TO SPEND FUNDS RAISED AT TONIGHT’S FUNCTION ON COMMUNITY WORK IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE MAJOR PROJECT FOR THE

°AVILION AT BRIDE’S POOL IN TAI

CLUB THIS YEAR IS BUILDING A PO, COSTING OVER 3250 003.

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AUCTION OF SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS OK*

THIRTY SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD BY AUCTION THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING FOR A TOTAL OF $413 500 WHICH WILL GO INTO THE LOTTERIES FUND FOR CHARITY PURPOSES.

THE AUCTION HELD AT THE CITY HALL RECITAL HALL, 8TH FLOOR, SAW THE REGISTRATION NUMBER CC 8 FETCHING THE HIGHEST PRICE OF $101 000.

ANOTHER NUMBER, CF 1, WAS SOLD AT THE SECOND HIGHEST PRICE

OF 363 000 WHILE THE LOWEST PRICE WAS $1 000

THE OTHER SPECIAL REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD , AT THE

FOLLOW 1 NG PRICES

CC 3838 $40 000 CE 244 $ 1 000 CD 1812 $ 1 500

HK 778 $25 000 CD 5668 $ 1 000 CB 900 $12 000

CD 9355 $ 1 000 CD 3839 $ 6 000 BJ 21 $ 4 509

CC 22 $36 000 CE 733 $ 5 000 CC 838 $12 000

BH 55 $33 000 CC 7010 $ 1 000 AA 270 $ 6 500

CC 5699 $ 1 000 CD 1666 $ 1 000 CC 6333 $ 2 500

AL 1999 $ 1 000 CD 1897 $ 1 000 CD 955 $ 1 000

CD 1366 $ 1 000 CD 1088 $ 2 000 CC 9699 A <• 1 000

CC 16 $ 9 500 CE 312 $ 2 000 AA 928 s 8 000

CC 18 $33 000

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY IN CASH OR BY

CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE BIDDING.

REG THE NUMBERS AUCTIONED WILL BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO VEHICLES

ISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WITHIN 12 MONTHS

OF THE DATE OF AUCTION.

TODAY’S SALE, THE 54TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE may 1973, BROUGHT THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR CHARITY REALISED SO FAR TO $1? 146 732.

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NEW REFUSE COLLECTION POINT

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A REFUSE COLLECTION POINT WILL BE BUILT SHORTLY AT TUNG TAI STREET IN YUEN LONG NEW TOWN TO IMPROVE THIS SERVICE IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE TOWN.

IT WILL BE A SINGLE-STOREY REINFORCED CONCRETE STRUCTURE WITH A FLOOR AREA OF ABOUT 125 SQUARE METRES.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT ARE BEING INVITED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT’S ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE.

WORK WILL START IN AUGUST AND TAKE FOUR MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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FIRING PRACTICE * * * *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE ON FOUR DAYS NEXT WEEK.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WARNED NOT TO ENTER THE AREA WHEN RED FLAGS ARE FLYING DURING THE TIME OF PRACTICE.

THE PRACTICE TIMES ARE* DAY TIME

MONDAY, JUNE 23 10 AM - 4 PM

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25 8.30 AM - 4.30 PM

THURSDAY, JUNE 26 8.30 AM - 11 PM

FRIDAY, JUNE 27 8.30 AM - 4.30 PM

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TEMPORARY NIGHT CLOSURE OF KWAI HEI STREET *****

THE SECTION OF KWAI HEI STREET BETWEEN KWAI FUK ROAD AND WING KIN ROAD IN KWAI CHUNG WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AND NEXT SUNDAY (JUNE 29) BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND 6 AM FOR WORK ON THE TSUEN WAN BY-PASS PROJECT.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 1980

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TAI 0 TO GET MORE FRESH WATER

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY FACILITIES IN TAI 0 ON LANTAU ISLAND WILL BE FURTHER IMPROVED NEXT YEAR.

THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT HAS INVITED TENDERS FOR THE LAYING OF ABOUT 1.7 KILOMETRES OF WATER MAINS BETWEEN Yl 0 AND TAI 0.

ON COMPLETION, THE CAPACITY OF TREATED FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO TAI 0 WILL BE INCREASED FROM 910 CUBIC METRES TO 1 460 CUBIC f€TRES A DAY.

WORK WILL START IN OCTOBER AND TAKE ABOUT NINE MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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TSIM SHA TSUI TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS

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SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN TSIM SHA TSUI FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JUNE 24) TO IMPROVE LOCAL TRAFFIC CIRCULATION AND PEDESTRIAN MOVEMENTS.

UNDER THESE ARRANGEMENTS, ALL SOUTHBOUND MOTOR VEHICLES IN NATHAN ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING LEFT INTO HUMPHREYS AVENUE. TRAFFIC ON HAIPHONG ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING RIGHT INTO NATHAN ROAD.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 1980

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INDUSTRIAL/GODOWN SITE AUCTION *****

AN INDUSTRIAL/GODOWN SITE ON THE CHAI WAN RECLAMATION WILL BE CFFERED FOR SALE BY THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IN THE CITY HALL THEATRE ON JULY 22, 1980 AT 2.30 PM.

THE SITE MEASURES ABOUT 4 500 SQUARE METRES.

FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE AT THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING ENTRANCE), AND *’ .......... *---------- —

GOVERNMENT OFFICES,

AND AT THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, 405 NATHAN ROAD, 10TH FLOOR, KOWLOON.

KOWLOON

SALE PLANS CAN ALSO BE INSPECTED AT THESE OFFICES.

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ROAD CLOSURE

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THE SECTION OF TAI HANG ROAD BETWEEN THE STUBBS ROAD ROUNDABOUT AND THE JUNCTION WITH BLUE POOL ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE ERECTION OF BRIDGE BEAMS FROM TUESDAY TO THURSDAY (JUNE 24 TO JUNE 26) BETWEEN 12.30 AM TO 5.30 AM.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

WATER CARNIVAL KICKS OFF ACAN'S 1980/81 PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY PROGRAMMES ................... 1

MANAGEMENT WORKING GROUP SET UP IN YUEN LONG.......... 2

NOW YOU CAN JOIN WATER BALLET CLASSES ................ 3

UNIVERSITY STATION TO BE REBUILT ..................... 4

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR FURTHER STUDY OF JAPANESE ........... 5

RECRUITMENT DRIVE MOVES TO TAI HANG TUNG ............. 6

COVERS FOR SPECTATOR STANDS .......................... 6

TEMPORARY SLIP ROAD CLOSURE........................... g

water pipeline tenders ............................... n

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SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 1980

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WATER CARNIVAL KICKS OFF ACAN’S

1980/81 PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY PROGRAMMES *****

THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS WILL HOLD A COLOURFUL AND EXCITING WATER CARNIVAL AT REPULSE BAY BEACH ON JULY 6 (SUNDAY) AT 3 PM TO MARK THE START OF ITS 1980/81 PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY PROGRAMMES.

THE TWO-HOUR CARNIVAL, THE BIGGEST ANT I-NARCOTICS PUBLICITY EVENT TO BE LAUNCHED BY THE ACAN THIS YEAR, WILL BE WATCHED BY ABOUT 60 000 BEACH-GOERS ON THAT DAY.

MR A. DE 0. SALES, CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, WILL PERFORM THE OPENING CEREMONY. SIR ALBERT RODRIGUES, CHAIRMAN OF THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS- MR LEWIS DAVIES, SECRETARY FOR SECURITY AND MANY SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AS WELL AS KAIFONG LEADERS WILL BE ATTENDING.

ONE HIGHLIGHT WILL BE A DRAMATIC, FAST-MOVING DRJ6 »1D ON A JJNK BY SECURITY FORCES, INCLUDING THE POLICE, CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE, ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS) AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE.

THE OTHER PROGRAMMES OF THE DAY WILL COMPRISE A FREE-FALL PARACHUTE DISPLAY. WATER-SKIING DEMONSTRATION, CANOE. POLO MATCH, WINDSURFING DISPLAY, WATER SPRAY DISPLAY BY THE FIREBOAT ALEXANDER GRANTHAM AND A TREASURE HUNT. THE POLICE BAND WILL BE ON HAND TO PROVIDE MUSIC.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NARCOTICS DIVISION, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) ACAN HOPE TO ACHIEVE, THROUGH ITS PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY PROGRAMMES, FOUR OBJECT IVESi

* TO KEEP THE DRUG ABUSE ISSUE CONSTANTLY BEFORE THE PUBLIC AND TO CHANGE THEIR ATTITUDES TOWARDS

* TO PREVENT DRUG ABUSE AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE MOST EXPOSED TO THE RISK OF BECOMING DRUG ADDICTS-

* TO INFORM EXISTING DRUG ADDICTS OF THE VOLUNTARY TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION FACILITIES AVAILABLE AND TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO COME FORWARD FOR TREATMENT, AND

* TO KEEP THE INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCE AWARE OF HONG KONG’S ANTI-DRUG ACTIONS, ACHIEVEMENTS AND INTENTIONS.

+ONE OF THE WAYS WE CONVEY OUR ANT I-DRUG MESSAGES TO OUR TARGET AUDIENCE AND THE PUBLIC AT LARGE IS THROUGH THE MEDIUM OF ENTERTAINING EVENTS SUCH AS THE WATER CARNIVAL,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+THE WATER CARNIVAL WILL ALSO SERVE AS AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO YOUNG PEOPLE TO TAKE PART IN HEALTHY ACTIVITIES LIKE WATER SPORTS,* ADDED.

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MEANWHILE, THE SPOKESMAN ADVISED MOTORISTS NOT TO DRIVE TO REPULSE BAY BEACH ON JULY 6 BECAUSE THE URBAN COUNCIL’S OFF-STREET CAR PARK THERE WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC THAT DAY. HE URGED THEM TO TRAVEL TO THE BEACH BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT INSTEAD.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

THE WATER CARNIVAL ORGANISED BY THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS WILL BE HELD AT REPULSE BAY BEACH ON JULY 6 (SUNDAY) FROM 3 PM TO 5 PM. YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE EVENT.

PRESS BADGES FOR THE FUNCTION ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE DUTY OFFICER, GIS PRESS ROOM, SIXTH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

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A MANAGEMENT WORKING GROUP TO LOOK INTO LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS HAS BEEN SET UP IN THE SAN TIN GROUP OF VILLAGES, BETWEEN YUEN LONG AND SHEUNG SHU I.

THE WORKING GROUP INCLUDES REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE, POLICE, NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, FIRE SERVICES AND PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENTS.

CHAIRMEN AND VICE-CHAIRMEN OF RURAL COMMITTEES IN THE DISTRICT ARE ALSO MEMBERS.

THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER YUEN LONG, MR QUENTIN LEWIS WHO CHAIRS THE SAN TIN MANAGEMENT WORKING GROUP AND A SIMILAR GROUP SET UP IN KAM TIN THREE MONTHS AGO, SAID THEIR PURPOSE WAS TO OFFER LOCAL VILLAGERS EASIER ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

HE SAID THEY DEALT WITH SUCH MATTERS AS HAWKERS, ABANDONED VEHICLES, ILLEGAL DUMPING, REFUSE COLLECTION, FIRE HAZARDS, POTHOLES IN ROADS AND BROKEN PAVEMENTS.

VILLAGERS COULD MAKE USE OF THE WORKING GROUPS TO BRING LOCAL PROBLEMS TO THE ATTENTION OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, MR LEWIS SAID.

HE SAID THAT IF NECESSARY MEMBERS OF THE WORKING GROUP WOULD GO TO THE SITE OF A COMPLAINT AND DISCUSS THE PROBLEM ON THE SPOT.

ALSO, HE SAID, OPPORTUNITY WOULD BE TAKEN FOR GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS TO MAKE KNOWN THEIR VIEWS TO RURAL COMMITTEES.

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MR LEWIS SAID HE WAS ENCOURAGED TO SET UP THE SAN TIN MANAGEMENT WORKING GROUP FOLLOWING THE SUCCESS OF THE KAM TIN GROUP.

HE SAID THERE IN YUEN LONG.

WERE PLANS TO EXTEND THE IDEA TO OTHER AREAS

THE FIRST MEETING WOULD BE HELD ON JUNE 30 AT SAN TIN RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICES AND MEETINGS WOULD BE HELD EVERY TWO MONTHS AFTERWARDS.

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NOW YOU CAN JOIN WATER BALLET CLASSES

KOK#

BUDDING AQUATIC STARS ARE BEING TAUGHT THE GRACEFUL ART OF WATER BALLET WITH THE ULTIMATE AIM OF COMPETING IN THE SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING EVENT WHICH MAY BE INTRODUCED IN THE 1984 OLYMPICS.

THIS IS THE TARGET IN SIGHT FOR THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DIVISION, HOME AFFAIRS BRANCH WHICH IS RUNNING A SERIES OF SUCH COURSES IN ITS SUMMER ACTIVITIES PROGRAMME.

A PILOT SCHEME WAS STARTED LAST YEAR. THIS YEAR’S COURSE IS EXPECTED TO DRAW A LARGE NUMBER OF YOUNG SWIMMERS.

AND ACCORDING TO THE RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER, MR TSIN YAN-PUI, MOST APPLICANTS ARE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE ALREADY ACQUIRED A SOUND KNOWLEDGE IN WATER SAFETY. YOUNG WOMEN MAKE UP ABOUT 40 PER CENT OF THE ENROLMENT.

COURSES CONSIST OF 20 SESSIONS OF ONE HOUR EACH AT THE LI CHENG UK, KENNEDY TOWN, MORSE PARK, KWUN TONG AND VICTORIA PARK SWIMMING POOLS.

+THE SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING PILOT SCHEME WAS INTRODUCED LAST SUMMER WITH MORE THAN 120 SWIMMERS PARTICIPATING IN THREE ELEMENTARY CLASSES AND ONE INTERMEDIATE CLASS. THE SCHEME ALSO HELPS TO FOSTER PUBLIC INTEREST, BY WAY OF TRAINING, IN WATER SAFETY THROUGH THIS GRACEFUL ART,* SAID MR TSIN.

BUT SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING IS NOT ENTIRELY NEW TO HONG KONG. THE ACTIVITY ITSELF IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF LIFE SAVING AWARDS AND IN THIS REGARD THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE HAS SOUGHT THE EXPERTISE OF THE HONG KONG LIFE GUARD CLUB'S EDUCATION OFFICER, MR LI CHI-SHING.

MR LI, EXAMINER OF THE ROYAL LIFE SAVING SOCIETY AND INTERNATIONAL TRAINING OFFICER OF WORLD LIFE SAVING, IS THE COURSE SUPERVISOR RESPONSIBLE FOR 20 INSTRUCTORS. TWO INSTRUCTORS HANDLE ONE CLASS OF WATER BALLET IN THE SERIES OFFERED BY THE SERVICE.

♦PARTICIPANTS IN THE ELEMENTARY COURSE ARE TAUGHT BASIC AQUATIC TECHNIQUES SUCH AS TREADING WATER, DIVING, SOMERSAULTS AND FLOATING.

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IN THE INTERMEDIATE COURSE. PARTICIPANTS LEARN MORE DIFFICULT VARIETIES IN STYLES AND PATTERN FORMATIONS. THEY ARE INSTRUCTED HOW TO FORM CIRCLES, FLOWERS, STARS AND OTHER DIFFERENT FIGURES,+ SAID MR LI AS HE BLEW A WHISTLE AT A CIRCLE OF SWIMMERS IN VICTORIA POOL TO CHANGE THE FORMATION INTO A FLOWER PATTERN.

SOON THE WHISTLE WILL GO. MR LI AND MR TSIN ARE WORKING TOWARDS SYNCHRONISING LIVE MUSIC TO COMPLETE THE BALLET.

IN AUGUST,+ SAID MR TSIN, +WE WILL HAVE A TWO-DAY BALLET PERFORMANCE WITH LIVE MUSIC AT THE MUSIC CAMP ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE.

THAT WILL BE A TEST. AFTERWARDS, ON OCTOBER 16 — AT THE END CF THE NEW COURSE — THERE WILL BE SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING COMPETITIONS DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE MORE PEOPLE TO TAKE PART IN THE COURSES NEXT YEAR,+ HE SAID.

A NUMBER OF CLASSES STARTED IN MAY AND ANOTHER SERIES FOR BOTH ELEMENTARY AND INTERMEDIATE SWIMMERS WILL START IN AUGUST, THE WHOLE SERIES CULMINATING TO THE OCTOBER COMPETITIONS.

A FEE OF $10 IS CHARGED FOR EACH COMPLETE COURSE AND APPLICANTS MUST NORMALLY BE ABOVE 12 YEARS OF AGE AND BE ABLE TO SWIM AT LEAST 50 METRES FOR THE ELEMENTARY COURSE.

EACH CLASS IS LIMITED TO 30 SWIMMERS, SO POTENTIAL AQUATIC STARS ARE ADVISED TO APPLY EARLY.

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UNIVERSITY STATION TO BE REBUILT * * * * *

THE EXISTING UNIVERSITY STATION OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY IN MA LIU SHU I WILL BE REBUILT SHORTLY.

WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT UNDER TWO SEPARATE CONTRACTS.

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT HAS INVITED TENDERS FOR THE FIRST CONTRACT.

MR CHAN KWOK-KEUNG, CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE RAILWAY DIVISION CF PWD’S CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE, SAID THE PROJECT FORMED AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THE KCR MODERNISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAMME.

THE FIRST CONTRACT WILL INVOLVE BUILDING ABOUT 700 METRES CF RETAINING WALLS, RAISING AND WIDENING THE EXISTING PLATFORMS, AND BUILDING AN INTER-PLATFORM SUBWAY AND A PUBLIC SUBWAY WHICH WILL LINK THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY TO BOTH THE FUTURE REMODELLED STATION BUILDING TO BE BUILT UNDER A SEPARATE CONTRACT AND THE MA LIU SHU I FERRY PIER.

ALSO, SOME 1.5 KILOMETRES OF RAILWAY LINE WILL BE DOUBLE-TRACKED TO ENABLE KCR TO PROVIDE BETTER PASSENGER SERVICES AND GREATER FREIGHT CARRYING CAPACITY BETWEEN HUNG HOM AND TAI PO MARKET.

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THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT IS OFFERING SCHOLARSHIPS TO GRADUATES AND FINAL-YEAR STUDENTS OF UNIVERSITIES AND HIGHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS IN HONG KONG TO HELP THEM BRUSH UP THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF THE JAPANESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE.

THE SCHOLARSHIPS, OFFERED BY MONBUSHO (THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND CULTURE), ARE TENABLE FOR ONE ACADEMIC YEAR FROM OCTOBER 1980 TO JULY 1981.

A TOTAL OF 15 SCHOLARSHIPS ARE BEING OFFERED TO 13 AREAS INCLUDING HONG KONG.

APPLICANTS MUST HAVE REACHED 18 YEARS OF AGE ON OCTOBER 1, 1980, AND MUST BE SPECIALISING IN FIELDS ON THE JAPANESE LANGUAGE CR CULTURE.

SCHOLARSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE A MONTHLY ALLOWANCE OF 117 000 YEN (ABOUT $2 650) DURING THE TENURE OF THE SCHOLARSHIP, TRANSPORT AND ARRIVAL ALLOWANCE, FIELD STUDY ALLOWANCE, SCHOOL FEES, ACCOMMODATION AND MEDICAL EXPENSES.

STUDENTS WILL BE AWARDED A CERTIFICATE AFTER COMPLETING THE REQUIRED COURSE AT THE JAPANESE SCHOOL ATTACHED TO THE TOKYO UNIVERSITY OF FOREIGN STUDIES.

APPLICATION FORMS AND FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING THE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, ROOM 1522, LEIGHTON CENTRE, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG.

ALL COMPLETED FORMS AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE SECTION BY JULY 9.

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RECRUITMENT DRIVE MOVES TO TAI HANG TUNG

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THE CURRENT RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN OF THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT IS MOVING TO TAI HANG TUNG TOMORROW (MONDAY).

APART FROM A MOBILE RECRUITMENT STAND THERE WILL BE A PHOTOGRAPHIC DISPLAY SHOWING THE VAR IOUS.ASPECTS OF PRISON WORK.

THE STAND, MANNED BY PRISON OFFICERS WHO WILL ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM THOSE INTERESTED IN JOINING AS ASSISTANT OFFICERS II, AND THE DISPLAY ARE LOCATED IN THE TAI HANG TUNG COMMUNITY CENTRE, TONG YAM STREET.

THE DISPLAY WILL BE OPEN DAILY FROM 3 PM TO 10 PM TOMORROW AND ON TUESDAY.

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COVERS FOR SPECTATOR STANDS

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SPECTATORS AT THE PERTH STREET AND KOWLOON TSAI SPORTS GROUNDS WILL BE PROTECTED FROM RAIN AND SUN FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF IMPROVEMENT WORK ON THE GROUNDS LATER THIS YEAR.

TENDERS FOR THE WORK ARE BEING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

THE WORK WILL COMPRISE THE PROVISION OF STEEL COVERS FOR THE SPECTATOR STANDS AT THE TWO SPORTS GROUNDS.

IT WILL BEGIN IN AUGUST AND WILL TAKE ABOUT FOUR MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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TEMPORARY SLIP ROAD CLOSURE * * * *

THE ELEVATED SLIP ROAD FROM MAGAZINE GAP ROAD TO GARDEN ROAD WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 2.30 PM TO 3.15 PM ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 25) FOR SKID-RESISTANCE TESTS TO BE CARRIED OUT.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTOR I STS.

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WATER PIPELINE TENDERS

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“AT^LSVPPL,ES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS TO LAY WATER PIPELINES IN WESTERN TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THE

Ster'suppues ?JR?heFnewS™^ T° improve both fresh 4ND flushing

AND 3STEEL PIPES COMPLETE^ WILL START SEPTEMBER AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 18 MONTHS TO

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN HUNG HOM WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR 10 HOURS FROM 8 PM ON TUESDAY (JUNE 24) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING MORNING TO FACILITATE WATER WORKS.

TAU WAI

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY CHATHAM ROAD, MA ROAD, HOK YUEN STREET AND SHEK TONG STREET, INCLUDING SAN LAU STREET, SAN WAI STREET, PAK KUNG STREET AND GILLIES AVENUE.

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

MONDAY, JUNE 23, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PROPOSAL TO IMPROVE STAFF SALARIES IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS .... 1

TELECOMMUNICATIONS LICENSING CENTRE OPENS TODAY ............. 2

HOLIDAY REMINDER TO EMPLOYERS ............................... 3

ROOF STRUCTURES DECLARED DANGEROUS .......................... 4

SAI KUNG RESIDENTS TO HAVE TEMPORARY TENNIS COURT.......... 4

SPEEDPOST TO WEST GERMANY.................................... 5

GUIDE TO SHIPMASTERS UPDATED................................. 6

TAX EXEMPTION ON INTEREST EARNED............................. 6

REST GARDEN IN BRaODCAST DRIVE............................... 7

NIGHT CLOSURE OF PEDDER STREET .............................. 7

WATER CUT

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PROPOSAL TO IMPROVE STAFF SALARIES IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS * * ft * •

IN A MOVE TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF SERVICE PROVIDED BY PRIVATE SCHOOLS NOT IN RECEIPT OF GOVERNMENT FUNDS FOR SALARY SUPPLEMENTATION, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION IS PROPOSING TO BETTER THE SALARY OF STAFF, FROM THE START OF THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR IN SEPTEMBER.

HIS PROPOSAL, IF ACCEPTED BY SCHOOL OPERATORS, COULD MEAN AN INITIAL OUTLAY X)F OVER 13 MILLION BY THE GOVERNMENT IN THE COMING YEAR. ~

DETAILS OF THE OFFER OUTLINED BY THE DIRECTOR, MR KENNETH TOPLEY, WERE WELCOMED BY MEMBERS OF THE PRIVATE SCHOOLS ASSOCIATIONS ADVISORY BOARD AT A SPECIAL MEETING TODAY (MONDAY).

THE OFFER WILL BE OPEN TO ALL PRIVATE SCHOOLS NOT ALREADY RECEIVING SALARY SUPPLEMENTATION. KINDERGARTENS ARE EXCLUDED BECAUSE THEY ARE THE SUBJECT OF SEPARATE CONSIDERATION UNDER THE RECENT GREEN PAPER.

UNDER THE PROPOSAL, THE OPERATORS OF THESE SCHOOLS MAY, IF THEY WISH, APPLY TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT FOR AN ADDITIONAL INCREASE UP TO THREE PER CENT ON THE TUITION FEES APPROVED FOR 1980/81 UNDER THE EXISTING ARRANGEMENTS.

♦THIS THREE PER CENT WILL SOLELY BE FOR IMPROVING STAFF SALARIES WHICH IN TURN SHOULD SURELY RESULT IN A BETTER QUALITY CF SERVICE,* MR TOPLEY SAID.

A CIRCULAR OUTLINING THE PROPOSAL WILL BE SENT TO SCHOOLS WITHIN THE NEXT FEW DAYS, AND OPERATORS WILL BE REQUIRED TO INFORM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OF THEIR DECISIONS.

FOR PARENTS WITH CHILDREN ON FULL TUITION FEES IN THESE SCHOOLS, THE PROPOSAL WILL IN THE GENERALITY OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS COST THEM AN ESTIMATED EXTRA $4 TO $7 PER CHILD EACH MONTH.

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS LICENSING CENTRE OPENS TODAY *****

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO HAVE ENQUIRIES CONCERNING TELECOMMUNICATIONS LICENSING CAN, AS FROM TODAY, VISIT THE NEWLY OPENED TELECOMMUNICATIONS LICENSING CENTRE ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE GENERAL POST OFFICE IN CONNAUGHT PLACE.

THE NEW LICENSING CENTRE, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN HONG KONG, IS AIMED AT PROVIDING A BETTER AND MORE CONVENIENT SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE POST OFFICE SAID.

THE CENTRE IS MANNED BY TELECOMMUNICATIONS INSPECTORS

AND SUPPORTING STAFF. THE SERVICE INCLUDES ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR AND RENEWAL OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS LICENCES, TESTING, AND EVALUATION OF EQUIPMENT SUBMITTED FOR LICENSING. PAYMENTS FOR LICENCES ARE ALSO ACCEPTED AT THE COUNTER.

+PEOPLE ARE ALSO WELCOME TO BRING US THEIR TELECOMMUNICATION PROBLEMS, SUCH AS INTERFERENCE TO RADIO AND TELEVISION. OUR INSPECTORS ARE AVAILABLE TO HELP SOLVE THESE PROBLEMS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE LICENSING CENTRE OPENS DAILY FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM ON WEEKDAYS AND FROM 9 AM TO 12 NOON ON SATURDAYS.

UNDER THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS ORDINANCE, THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY IS EMPOWERED TO GRANT AND RENEW VARIOUS TELECOMMUNICATIONS LICENCES.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE TWO MOST COMMON TYPES CF LICENCES SOUGHT BY THE PUBLIC ARE MOBILE RADIO SYSTEM LICENCES AND MODEL CONTROL LICENCES.

AT THE END OF MAY THIS YEAR, 16 369 MOBILE RADIO STATION LICENCES AND 4 538 MODEL CONTROL LICENCES WERE IN FORCE.

MOBILE RADIO SYSTEM LICENCES ARE ONLY ISSUED TO REGISTERED COMMERCIAL UNDERTAKINGS OR ORGANISATIONS WITH GENUINE NEEDS AND THE USE OF THESE SYSTEMS IS STRICTLY CONTROLLED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IN THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR THERE WERE 25 CONVICTIONS FOR ILLEGAL RADIO OPERATION AND HE WARNED THAT THE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR SUCH AN OFFENCE IS FIVE YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT OR A FINE OF $10 000.

RADIO-CONTROLLED MODELS ARE BECOMING POPULAR NOWADAYS. BUT, THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT, PEOPLE SHOULD REALISE THAT IT IS AN OFFENCE TO OPERATE THEM WITHOUT A LICENCE.

♦APPLICATION FOR THIS TYPE OF LICENCE CAN BE CONVENIENTLY MADE AT THE NEW LICENSING CENTRE. THE ANNUAL FEE IS ONLY $10,+ HE ADDED.

OTHER LICENCES HANDLED AT THE CENTRE INCLUDE THOSE FOR AMATEUR RADIO STATIONS, RADIO PAGING SYSTEMS, RADIO DEALERS AND PRIVATE TELEGRAPH TRANSMISSION AND RECEPTION.

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HOLIDAY REMINDER TO EMPLOYERS

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A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY REMINDED EMPLOYERS THAT IF THEY HAD NOT ALREADY DESIGNATED A DATE FOR THE FLOATING HOLIDAY — ONE OF THE 10 STATUTORY HOLIDAYS UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE, THEY SHOULD GIVE EMPLOYEES THE DAY OFF EITHER ON JULY 1 (THE FIRST WEEK-DAY IN JULY) OR AUGUST 4 (THE FIRST MONDAY IN AUGUST) THIS YEAR.

UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE, THE FLOATING HOLIDAY MUST BE DESIGNATED BY EMPLOYERS AND NOTIFIED TO EMPLOYEES BY A NOTICE PLACED IN A CONSPICUOUS PLACE BY THE END OF THE PRECEDING YEAR.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT UNDER THE ORDINANCE ALL MANUAL EMPLOYEES, INCLUDING DOMESTIC SERVANTS, IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR EARNINGS, AND ALL NON-MANUAL EMPLOYEES EARNING NOT MORE THAN $3 500 A MONTH, WERE ENTITLED TO THE HOLIDAY.

THEY MUST ALSO BE PAID FOR THE DAY OFF IF THEY HAD WORKED CONTINUOUSLY FOR THREE MONTHS IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY.

HOLIDAY PAY SHOULD BE EQUIVALENT TO THE EMPLOYEE’S EARNINGS, OTHER THAN OVERTIME PAY, ON A NORMAL WORKING DAY. WHERE THE EARNINGS VARIED FROM DAY TO DAY, HOLIDAY PAY SHOULD BE THE AVERAGE CF THE DAILY EARNINGS DURING A PERIOD OF 28 DAYS PRECEDING THE HOLIDAY. PAYMENT SHOULD BE MADE ON THE NORMAL PAY DAY.

IF AN EMPLOYEE IS REQUIRED TO WORK ON THE HOLIDAY, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, HE MUST BE GIVEN AN ALTERNATIVE DAY OFF WITHIN 60 DAYS BEFORE OR AFTER THAT DAY.

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 AFTERWARDS, 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 CF A STATUTORY HOLIDAY OR ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY CAN BE TAKEN BY THE EMPLOYEE AS A SUBSTITUTED HOLIDAY, HE SAID.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT STATUTORY HOLIDAYS CAN 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 AND HONG KONG ISLAND 5-282523 EXT. 60.

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ROOF STRUCTURES DECLARED DANGEROUS ******

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY DECLARED STRUCTURES ON THE ROOF CF NO 91-95 SHUNG YAN STREET, ALSO NUMBERED 19-21 SHU I WO STREET IN KWUN TONG LIABLE TO BECOME DANGEROUS.

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

THE PUBLIC IS ALREADY AWARE OF CASES OF FIRES IN BUILDINGS WHERE THE OCCUPANTS HAVE ESCAPED TO THE ROOF AND HAVE SUBSEQUENTLY BEEN RESCUED FROM THE ROOF BY FIREMEN.

THE NEED TO MAINTAIN THIS AVENUE OF ESCAPE IN BUILDINGS WITH ONLY ONE STAIRCASE IS CLEARLY OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE, HE SAID.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER IN KOWLOON DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 AM ON JULY 21, 1980 WAS POSTED TODAY.

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A SCHOOL IN SAI KUNG HAS AGREED TO ITS SOCCER PITCH BEING CONVERTED INTO A TEMPORARY TENNIS COURT TO INCREASE THE RANGE CF RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS.

THE SCHOOL, SUN LUEN, WILL MAKE THE PITCH AVAILABLE AFTER SCHOOL HOURS FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS UNTIL PERMANENT TENNIS COURTS ARE CONSTRUCTED IN SA I KUNG.

THE PROJECT WAS AGREED AT A RECENT MEETING OF THE DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD, WHICH GRANTED $25 000 FROM ITS MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS VOTE.

WORK ON CONVERTING THE PITCH IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT THREE MONTHS.

OTHER PROJECTS AGREED BY THE BOARD INCLUDE CONSTRUCTING A SITTING-OUT AREA IN SUI BIN TSUEN AND A WELL ON A CAMPING SITE AT HAP MUN BAY.

ALSO, TREES AND GRASS WILL BE PLANTED ALONG THE WATERFRONT PARK, IN THE CHILDREN’S ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND IN THE TOWN CENTRE, AND ALONG SECTIONS OF CLEARWATER BAY ROAD, HIRAM’S HIGHWAY AND PO TUNG ROAD.

THESE PROJECTS, AMONG OTHERS, ARE TO COST A TOTAL OF $200 000 WHICH IS 41 PER CENT OF THE $486 000 ALLOCATED TO THE BOARD BY THE GOVERNMENT THIS FINANCIAL YEAR.

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A FURTHER 33 PER CENT HAS BEEN SET ASIDE FOR CULTURAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES AND THE REMAINDER FOR SPORTS ACTIVITIES.

CULTURAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES BEING ORGANISED BY THE BOARD INCLUDE THE SAI KUNG FESTIVAL, A CHESS COMPETITION, PERFORMANCES BY THE SAI KUNG CHILDREN’S CHOIR AND CHILDREN’S OUTDOOR PAINTING SESSIONS.

THE SAI KUNG FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD DURING LUNAR NEW YEAR.

HIGHLIGHTS WILL BE A VARIETY SHOW, TO BE STAGED BY VARIOUS LOCAL DISTRICT ORGANISATIONS, AND A CANTONESE OPERA.

JOINTLY WITH THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, THE BOARD WILL ORGANISE A SWIMMING GALA IN SEPTEMBER AND AN ATHLETICS MEET IN NOVEMBER.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BOARD SAID IT WAS INTENDED THAT THE BUSY SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES WOULD HELP CULTIVATE A SENSE OF BELONGING AMONG SAI KUNG RESIDENTS.

THE BOARD, CONSISTING OF 14 UNOFFICIAL AND SIX OFFICIAL MEMBERS, WAS ESTABLISHED IN NOVEMBER 1977, TO ADVISE THE GOVERNMENT ON ALL MATTERS AFFECTING THE WELL-BEING OF RESIDENTS CF THE DISTRICT AND ON THE PROVISION AND USE OF PUBLIC FACILITIES.

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SPEEDPOST TO WEST GERMANY

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THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCES TODAY THAT ITS SPEEDPOST NETWORK WILL BE EXTENDED TO INCLUDE THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY FROM JULY 2, 1980.

THIS IS ANOTHER STEP FORWARD FOR THE SERVICE WHICH IS SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR FAST AND RELIABLE TRANSMISSION OF BUSINESS DOCUMENTS.

PRE-DETERMINED FLIGHTS OUT OF HONG KONG ARE USED AND PACKAGES ARE SPECIALLY DELIVERED TO THE OVERSEAS ADDRESSES.

THE SERVICE TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY WILL BE AVAILABLE +0N CONTRACT* ONLY. IT MAY BE USED FOR WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS OF ALL KINDS, DOCUMENTS AND COMPUTER DATA WITHOUT COMMERCIAL VALUE.

ITEMS COLLECTED IN HONG KONG WILL BE DESPATCHED BY AIR ON THE SAME EVENING AND DELIVERED, EXCEPT ON WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS, IN THE AFTERNOON OF THE FOLLOWING DAY AT ANY OF THE FOLLOWING CITIES* BREMEN, HAMBURG, BONN, STUTTGART, DUSSELDORF, HANOVER, MUNCHEN, BERLIN, FRANKFURT, KOLN, OR NURNBERG.

DELIVERY TO OTHER AREAS WILL BE MADE IN THE MORNING OF THE FOLLOWING WORKING DAY.

THOSE WHO •ISH TO HAVE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SERVICE AND THE CHARGES CAN CONTACT THE POST OFFICE ENQUIRY BUREAU ON 5-2671222, OR THE POSTAL SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE ON 5-2671108.

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MONDAY, JUNE 23, 1980

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GUIDE TO SHIPMASTERS UPDATED

X X X X

AN UPDATED BILINGUAL EDITION OF THE SHIPMASTERS GUIDE HAS JUST BEEN PUBLISHED AND IS NOW ON SALE.

THE BOOKLET HAS BEEN EXPANDED TO INCORPORATE RELEVANT EXTRACTS OF THE INTER-GOVERNMENTAL MARITIME CONSULTATIVE ORGANIZATION (IMCO) STANDARD MARINE VOCABULARY TO BE USED IN VHF RADIO TELECOMMUNICATIONS.

ALSO ADDED TO THE NEW EDITION IS A SECTION RELATING TO SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS.

THE PUBLICATION IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE MASTERS OF VESSELS CALLING AT HONG KONG WITH INFORMATION ON SUBJECTS OF PARTICULAR LOCAL MARITIME CONCERN OR APPLICATION, AND INCLUDES ADVICE ON PROCEDURES TO BE ADOPTED DURING THE PASSAGE OF TROPICAL CYCLONES.

IT IS AVAILABLE AT $7 A COPY FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE i)N THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE GPO BUILDING IN CONNAUGHT PLACE, AND FROM THE ENQUIRY COUNTER OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT IN CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL.

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TAX EXEMPTION ON INTEREST EARNED

X X X X X

INTEREST PAYABLE BY LICENSED BANKS, BY CERTAIN PUBLIC UTILITIES AND BY THE GOVERNMENT AT RATES OF UP TO 6-1/2 PER CENT PER ANNUM WILL BE EXEMPT FROM INTEREST TAX FROM TODAY (JUNE 23).

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THIS REPRESENTED A REDUCTION OF ONE PER CENT IN THE EXEMPTION LIMIT, AND FOLLOWED THE ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE EXCHANGE BANKS’ ASSOCIATION ON SATURDAY THAT THE RATE OF INTEREST PAYABLE ON SAVINGS ACCOUNTS WOULD BE REDUCED TO 6-1/2 PER CENT WITH EFFECT FROM TODAY.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE REDUCED RATE OF EXEMPTION APPLIED TO INTEREST ON ALL TIME DEPOSITS PAID ON AND AFTER TODAY.

INTEREST AT A RATE ABOVE 6-1/2 PER CENT ON ANY SUCH TIME DEPOSIT WILL NOT BE EXEMPTED FROM INTEREST TAX, EVEN THOUGH THE RATE OF INTEREST MAY HAVE BEEN BELOW THE EXEMPTION CEILING IN FORCE AT THc TIME WHEN THE DEPOSIT WAS PLACED, HE SAID.

A NOTICE SIGNED BY THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY UNDER SECTION 28 (1) OF THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE WAS PUBLISHED |N AN EXTRAORDINARY ISSUE OF THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

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REST GARDEN IN BROADCAST DRIVE

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TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A REST GARDEN AND A CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND IN BROADCAST DRIVE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SAID THE GARDEN WOULD BE SITUATED ON A 4 785 SQUARE-METRE SITE UNDER THE WATERLOO ROAD/LUNG CHEUNG ROAD FLYOVER.

♦THERE WILL BE A FOUNTAIN, A PAVILION AND SHELTERS, AND A PUBLIC TOILET WILL BE PROVIDED IN THE CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND,* HE SAID.

WORK WILL START IN AUGUST AND BE COMPLETED IN MARCH NEXT YEAR.

NIGHT CLOSURE OF PEDDER STREET * * * *

PEDDER STREET BETWEEN DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL AND CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY (JUNE 25 AND 26) BETWEEN 1 AM AND 6 AM.

A FOOTBRIDGE WILL BE BUILT ACROSS THE STREET ON THESE TWO NIGHTS.

MOTORISTS MAY USE CHATER ROAD AS AN ALTERNATIVE ROUTE.

WATER CUT

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SALT WATER SUPPLY TO SAN PO KONG, NGAU TAU KOK, JORDAN VALLEY AND KWUN TONG WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR 12 HOURS ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 25) FROM 10 AM TO 10 PM.

THE PREMISES TO BE AFFECTED INCLUDE UNITED CHRISTIAN HOSPITAL, SHUN LEE TSUEN, THOSE AT LAM TIN, SAU MAU PING AND CHOI WAN ESTATES, AND THOSE IN HIP WO STREET, HIU KWONG STREET, KUNG LOK ROAD, HONG NING ROAD, AND HONG LEE ROAD.

ON THURSDAY (JUNE 26), FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO AN AREA OF WAN CHAI WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING MORNING.

THE AREA IS BOUNDED BY QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, LUN FAT STREET, JOHNSTON ROAD, AND ANTON STREET.

HOUSE NUMBERS 36-84A HENNESSY ROAD, 1-29 AND 4B-10 THOMSON ROAD AND 1-5 LUARD ROAD WILL ALSO BE AFFECTED BY THE WATER CUT.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

INCREASE IN SOCIAL SECURITY PAYMENT RATES ...................... 1

LEGCO TO DEBATE EDUCATION OF THE YOUNG ......................... 3

TYPHOON ADVICE TO PLEASURE BOAT OWNERS ......................... 4

TALKS ON TEXTILE EXPORTS TO FINLAND............................. 6

FURTHER ISSUE OF 300 TAXI LICENCES ............................. 6

DESIGN A LANTERN FOR hTID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL.......................7

TEMPORARY WATER CHaRGE COLLECTION CENTRES IN NT NORTH ......................................................... 8

WATER CUT

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TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 1980

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INCREASE IN SOCIAL SECURITY PAYMENT RATES

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TODAY ANNOUNCED THAT PAYMENT RATES FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCES WOULD BE INCREASED BY ABOUT 22 PER CENT FROM SEPTEMBER 1 THIS YEAR.

AT THE SAME TIME. THE MAXIMUM RATES OF RENT ALLOWANCE PAYABLE TO PUBLIC ASSISTANCE CASES WILL ALSO GO UP BY AS MUCH AS OVER 14 PER CENT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID PUBLIC ASSISTANCE SCALE RATES WERE REVIEWED FROM TIME TO TIME AND ADJUSTED TO MAINTAIN THEIR REAL PURCHASING VALUE.

HE SAID IT WOULD BE THE SIXTH INCREASE TO BE MADE SINCE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE WAS INTRODUCED IN 1971, THE LAST INCREASE OF ABOUT 15 PER CENT BEING MADE LAST SEPTEMBER.

THE INCREASE IS ESTIMATED TO COST AN ADDITIONAL $56.8 MILLION BETWEEN SEPTEMBER AND THE END OF MARCH NEXT YEAR, AND AN EXTRA $97.4 MILLION FOR A FULL YEAR THEREAFTER.

THE PAYMENT RATES OF SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCES, WHICH COMPRISE THE OLD AGE ALLOWANCE AND THE DISABILITY ALLOWANCE, ARE LINKED WITH THOSE OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, HE SAID.

THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE SCHEME HELPS PEOPLE IN NEED TO MEET BASIC LIVING, WHILE THE SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCES PROVIDE ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR THE CARING OF AN ELDERLY OR DISABLED MEMBER IN A FAMILY.

THE NEW PAYMENT RATES PER MONTH ARE AS FOLLOWSi

PUBLIC ASSISTANCE

SINGLE PERSON LIVING ALONE - $280

EACH OF FIRST THREE MEMBERS OF FAMILY - $200

EACH OF SECOND THREE MEMBERS OF FAMILY - $170

EACH ADDITIONAL FAMILY MEMBER THEREAFTER - $130

OLD AGE SUPPLEMENT (FOR ANY PUBLIC ASSISTANCE RECIPIENT AGED 60 AND ABOVE) - $140

DISABILITY SUPPLEMENT (FOR ANY PARTIALLY DISABLED PUBLIC ASSISTANCE RECIPIENT)

- $140

/ANNUAL LONG-TERM

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

FOR A SINGLE PERSON - $355

FOR A FAMILY - $700

SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCES

DISABILITY ALLOWANCE - $280

OLD AGE ALLOWANCE - $140

THE NEW MAXIMUM RATES OF RENT ALLOWANCE PAYABLE TO PUBLIC ASSISTANCE CASES WILL BE $72 FOR A SINGLE PERSON, $215 FOR A FAMILY OF TWO TO THREE, $319 FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR TO FIVE, $390 FOR A FAMILY OF SIX TO SEVEN, $460 FOR A FAMILY OF EIGHT TO NINE, AND $637 FOR A FAMILY OF 10 OR MORE.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO SAID THAT, AS FROM SEPTEMBER 1, THE LIMITS OF PERSONAL SAVINGS ALLOWABLE FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS OR APPLICANTS WOULD BE RELAXED BY 50 PER CENT. THE NEW SAVINGS LIMITS WILL BE $4 500 FOR A SINGLE PERSON, OR $3 000 PER MEMBER OF A FAMILY.

AS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW PEOPLE IN NEED ARE HELPED, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE TOTAL PUBLIC ASSISTANCE PAYMENT INCLUDING MAXIMUM RENT ALLOWANCE FOR AN ELIGIBLE FAMILY OF FIVE, ONE OF WHOM IS 61 YEARS OLD, WOULD BE $1 399 A MONTH AT THE NEW RATES.

THIS IS MADE UP OF $600 FOR THE FIRST THREE MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY AND $340 FOR THE NEXT TWO MEMBERS, PLUS $140 AS OLD AGE SUPPLEMENT AND ANOTHER $319 AS RENT ALLOWANCE, HE EXPLAINED.

IN THE CASE OF THE FAMILY HAVING RECEIVED PUBLIC ASSISTANCE FOR MORE THAN 12 MONTHS, IT WILL ALSO RECEIVE AN EXTRA $700 A YEAR AS LONG-TERM SUPPLEMENT.

IN ADDITION, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, THE FAMILY IS ENTITLED TO SPECIAL EXPENSES, SUCH AS FOR EDUCATION OR DIETARY NEEDS.

♦ON TOP OF ALL THESE, THE OLD AGE ALLOWANCE OR DISABILITY ALLOWANCE IS PAYABLE TO ELIGIBLE FAMILY MEMBERS,♦ HE SAID.

AT PRESENT, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HANDLES ABOUT 45 600 PUBLIC ASSISTANCE CASES, 146 700 OLD AGE ALLOWANCE CASES AND 25 500 DISABILITY ALLOWANCE CASES.

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LEGCO TO DEBATE EDUCATION OF THE YOUNG * * * * *

UNOFFICIAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, THE REV THE HON JOYCE BENNETT WILL MOVE A MOTION IN TOMORROW’S MEETING OF THE COUNCIL FOR DEBATE ON THE GREEN PAPER ON PRIMARY EDUCATION AND PRE-PRIMARY SERVICES AND TO URGE THE GOVERNMENT TO IMPLEMENT IMPROVEMENTS IN PRE-SCHOOL SERVICES.

FIVE QUESTIONS WILL BE RAISED BY OTHER UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS ON VARIOUS MATTERS OF PUBLIC INTEREST.

THE HON ANDREW SO WILL ASK WHAT MEASURES ARE BEING TAKEN TO PREVENT VANDALISM AND DISORDERLY CONDUCT ARISING FROM GATHERINGS SUCH AS THE RECENT CONCERT HELD AT KOWLOON PARK.

HE WILL ALSO ASK-FOR A GOVERNMENT STATEMENT 01^ THE CONTROL, NUMBER. AND ACCIDENTS OF LICENSED GOODS VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH LIFTING APPLIANCES.

DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI WILL ASK WHAT MEASURES ARE BEING TAKEN TO PROTECT PICNICKERS FROM ROBBERY IN THE COUNTRYSIDE.

THE OTHER TWO QUESTIONS ARE TO BE RAISED BY THE HON WONG LAM ON THE SQUATTING PROBLEM, AND BY THE HON LI FOOK-WO CONCERNING DIFFICULTIES IN FIGHTING THE RECENT KWAI CHUNG GODOWN FIRE.

ALTOGETHER, 13 BILLS WILL BE INTRODUCED FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS. THEY ARE THE ESTATE DUTY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980, THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL 1980, THE MONETARY STATISTICS BILL 1980, THE TRADE DESCRIPTIONS BILL 1980, THE DANGEROUS DRUGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980, THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY POLICE FORCE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1960, THE EDUCATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980, THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1980. THE WATER POLLUTION CONTROL BILL 1980, THE APPRENTICESHIP (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980, THE WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980, THE THEFT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980, AND THE DUTIABLE COMMODITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980.

DEBATE ON THE SECOND READING OF EIGHT BILLS WILL RESUME. WtfFARE THE PYRAMID SELLING PROHIBITION BILL'1980, THE CRIMES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980. THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980, THE PREVENTION OF BRIBERY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980, THE MONEY LENDERS BILL 1980, THE PENSIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980, THE MAINTENANCE ORDERS (RECIPROCAL ENFORCEMENT) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980 AND THE TRANSFER OF BUSINESSES (PROTECTION OF CREDITORS) BILL 1980.

TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 1980

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TYPHOON ADVICE TO PLEASURE BOAT OWNERS

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THE MARINE DEPARTMENT TODAY ISSUED A LIST OF PRECAUTIONS WHICH CAN HELP PLEASURE CRAFT OWNERS MINIMISE DAMAGE TO THEIR BOATS DURING THE PASSAGE OF TROPICAL STORMS.

A SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT EACH YEAR DURING THESE STORMS, A CONSIDERABLE NUMBER OF BOATS BREAK LOOSE AND DRIFT FROM THEIR MOORINGS. +SOME CAUSE DAMAGE TO OTHER BOATS THAT ARE SECURELY MOORED, SOME ARE STRANDED OR SINK, AND OTHERS BECOME SWAMPED BY RAIN WATER,* * HE SAID.

THE FIRST ADVICE HE GAVE IS TO HAVE THE MOORING AND BOAT CHECKED ON THE APPROACH AND FOLLOWING THE PASSAGE OF A STORM.

♦IF THIS IS NOT POSSIBLE, THEN MOOR THE BOAT FOR TYPHOON CONDITIONS EACH TIME IT IS LEFT UNATTENDED DURING THE TYPHOON SEASON,+ HE SAID.

OTHER ADVICE AND PRECAUTIONS AREi

MOORING ROPES AND CHAINS

* MAKE SURE THE ROPES OR CHAINS ARE LONG ENOUGH TO ALLOW FOR HIGH WATER SPRINGS PLUS A STORM SURGE OTHERWISE THE BOAT MAY LIFT ITS MOORINGS FROM THE SEABED-

* THE ROPES SHOULD PREFERABLY BE OF GOOD QUALITY MANILA OR NYLON. HOWEVER SOME TYPES OF SYNTHETIC ROPE DETERIORATE IN SUNLIGHT WITHOUT SHOWING ANY VISIBLE SIGNS. IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE A SET OF STORM ROPES UNDER COVER BUT READY FOR USE ON THE APPROACH OF BAD WEATHER-

* IF THERE IS ANY CHANCE OF A MOORING ROPE CHAFING IT SHOULD BE PROTECTED BY FITTING FLEXIBLE PLASTIC TUBING, LEATHER OR CANVAS-

* IT IS ADVISABLE TO USE TWO MOORING ROPES TO EACH MOORING BUOY, ONE FROM PORT AND THE OTHER FROM STARBOARD OR, BETTER STILL, AN ADEQUATE MOORING CHAIN SHACKLED TO THE BUOY MOORING CHAIN. IF SHACKLES ARE USED, THEY SHOULD BE MOUSED TO PREVENT WORKING BACK-

* MOORING ROPES SHOULD BE SECURED TO AT LEAST TWO POINTS ON THE BOAT SO AS TO OBVIATE THE DANGER OF CLEATS AND BOLLARDS BEING TORN FROM THE DECK WHEN A HEAVY STRAIN IS PLACED ON THE MOOR ING-

* MOORING CHAINS USUALLY WASTE AT THE LINKS IMMEDIATELY BELOW THE BUOY AND ALONG THE LENGTH WHERE THEY REST ON THE SEABED. MOORING EQUIPMENT SHOULD THEREFORE BE INSPECTED BY A COMPETENT SURVEYOR AT INTERVALS OF NOT MORE THAN TWO YEARS-

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FENDERS

* IF A BOAT IS KEPT AT FORE AND AFT MOORINGS, AS AT ABERDEEN HARBOUR AND CAUSEWAY BAY TYPHOON SHELTER, ADEQUATE FENDERS SHOULD BE LAID OUT TO PREVENT CONTACT DAMAGE TO NEARBY BOATS. OLD CAR TYRES MAKE VERY GOOD FENDERS. THEY ARE CHEAP AND NOT EASILY DISPLACED BY GUSTS OF WIND-

* WHEN MOTOR BOATS AND RUNABOUTS ARE MOORED CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH ONE ANOTHER DURING WINDY CONDITIONS, THEY SHOULD BE DRAWN TOGETHER AND SECURED WITH FORE AND AFT SPRINGS AND BREASTLINES WITH ADEQUATE FENDER I NG BETWEEN THEM-

BILGE PUMPS

M SUBMERSIBLE TYPE BILGE PUMPS ARE OFTEN FITTED WITH THE DISCHARGE PIPE A FEW INCHES ABOVE THE WATERLINE. THESE PUMPS ARE OF THE CENTRIFUGAL TYPE WITHOUT VALVES. IF THE DISCHARGE PIPE BECOMES IMMERSED, WATER WILL FLOW INTO THE BOAT THROUGH THE PIPE AND PUMP-

M IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO FIT AUTOMATIC BILGE PUMPS TO BOATS WHICH ARE VULNERABLE TO THE ENTRY OF RAIN WATER. FLOAT SWITCHES ARE REASONABLY PRICED AND CAN BE FITTED TO ELECTRIC BILGE PUMPS. JUNKS ARE PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE BECAUSE THEIR LARGE DECK AREA COLLECTS WATER WHICH USUALLY FINDS ITS WAY BELOW VIA THE FLUSH ENGINE HATCH. MAKE SURE THE HATCH IS SEALED AND THAT RAIN WATER CAN DRAIN OVERSIDE

COVERS AND FITTINGS

* BOATS SHOULD BE ADEQUATELY COVERED TO PREVENT SWAMPING BY RAIN WATER AND TEMPORARY AWNINGS SHOULD BE REMOVED TO REDUCE WINDAGE. PERMANENT WOODEN AWNINGS ARE OFTEN VULNERABLE BECAUSE THE WIND CAN GET UNDER THEM AND RIP THE WHOLE STRUCTURE OFF, INCLUDING PARTS OF THE CABIN SUPERSTRUCTURE. COVERS SHOULD BE SECURED BY MEANS OF OVERALL ROPE LASHINGS, EITHER TO OR UNDER THE HULL-

M HINGED CABIN WINDOWS AND HATCH COVERS CAN BE BLOWN OR SUCKED OPEN AND THEY SHOULD BE LASHED IF THE SECURING DEVICES ARE AT ALL SUSPECT-

* MAKE SURE THAT ALL OPENINGS ARE SECURELY CLOSED AND BATTENED DOWN. LEAKING HATCHES CAN BE SEALED WITH WATER-PROOF TAPE-

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* RUDDERS ARE SUBJECT TO LARGE FORCES WHEN A BOAT IS YAWING TO A SINGLE MOORING. FITTINGS SHOULD BE CHECKED AT REGULAR INTERVALS, PARTICULARLY ON JUNKS FITTED WITH EXTERNAL QUADRANTS-

* SMALL BOATS AND TENDERS SHOULD NOT BE LEFT HANGING FROM DAVITS AT THE STERN OF LARGER CRAFT. SECURE THEM TO THE DECK OF THE PARENT CRAFT OR TAKE THEM ASHORE.

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TALKS ON TEXTILE EXPORTS TO FINLAND *****

CONSULTATIONS WILL START TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AT THE TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT WITH A FINNISH DELEGATION ON ARRANGEMENTS TO APPLY IN RESPECT OF EXPORTS TO FINLAND FROM AUGUST 1, 1980.

THE CURRENT HONG KONG/FINLAND TEXTILE AGREEMENT WILL EXPIRE ON JJLY 31. IT PROVIDES FOR EXPORT RESTRAINT ON FOUR CLOTHING CATEGORIES AND AN EXPORT AUTHORISATION ARRANGEMENT FOR A FURTHER EIGHT CATEGORIES OF TEXTILE PRODUCTS.

THE FOUR-MEMBER FINNISH DELEGATION IS HEADED BY AMBASSADOR ERKKI PAJAR I. THE HONG KONG DELEGATION WILL BE LED BY THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF TRADE, MR K.Y. YEUNG.

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FURTHER ISSUE OF 300 TAXI LICENCES * * X *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL BATCH OF 300 HONG KONG AND KOWLOON

BE INVITING TENDERS FOR A FURTHER TAXI LICENCES ON FRIDAY (JUNE 27).

TENDER FORMS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION ON FRIDAY FROM EITHER THE HONG KONG LICENSING OFFICE ON THE MEZZANINE FLOOR OF MURRAY ROAD MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK, OR FROM THE KOWLOON LICENSING OFFICE ON THE 9TH FLOOR OF THE PARK-IN COMMERCIAL CENTRE, DUNDAS STREET.

THE FORMS FOR THIS EXERCISE WILL BE WHITE IN COLOUR. TENDERERS ARE ADVISED NOT TO USE ANY OTHER TYPE OF FORM ISSUED PREVIOUSLY, OTHERWISE THEIR TENDERS MAY BE DECLARED INVALID.

COMPLETED TENDER FORMS TOGETHER WITH THE ORIGINAL TREASURY DEPOSIT RECEIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN SEALED ENVELOPES, ADDRESSED TO THE SECRETARY, CENTRAL TENDER BOARD, AND PLACED IN THE TENDER BOX WITHIN THE ENTRANCE HALL ON THE Gr6uND FLOOR OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING) LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG, BEFORE NOON ON JULY 11 (FRIDAY).

/LATE TENDERS .....

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LATE TENDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

AS ON PREVIOUS OCCASIONS, THE TENDER WILL BE IN THE FORM OF A PREMIUM IN RESPECT OF ONE OR MORE HONG KONG AND KOWLOON TAXIS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID A TENDERER MAY SUBMIT ONE TENDER FORM FOR ONE OR MORE LICENCES, NOT EXCEEDING 300, OR SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE TENDER FORM.

BUT 4F A SINGLE TENDER FORM IS SUBMITTED FOR MORE THAN ONE LICENCE, THEN THE PREMIUM OFFERED FOR EACH LICENCE MUST BE THE SAME, HE SAID.

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

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

SUCCESSFUL TENDERERS WILL BE ISSUED TAXI LICENCES AT THE RATE CF ABOUT 100 PER MONTH FROM THE BEGINNING OF SEPTEMBER, WITH THE HIGHEST TENDERS RECEIVING PRIORITY.

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DESIGN A LANTERN FOR MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL X X * *

ALL STUDENTS ARE INVITED TO JOIN A MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL LANTERN DESIGN COMPETITION AIMED AT REVIVING INTEREST IN THE TRADITIONAL CHINESE ART OF LANTERN DESIGN.

AN EXHIBITION OF THE ENTRIES WILL BE HELD AT THE CITY HALL FROM SEPTEMBER 22 TO 24 TO MARK THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL.

ENTRY FORMS MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH HEADS OF SCHOOLS BEFORE JULY 12 TO THE ART SECTION, CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, 4 PAK FUK ROAD, FIFTH FLOOR, NORTH POINT, HONG KONG.

ORGANISED BY THE 1980 LANTERN CARNIVAL COMMITTEE, THE COMPETITION IS DIVIDED INTO A PRIMARY AND A SECONDARY SECTION. ANY NUMBER OF ENTRIES MAY BE SUBMITTED BY ONE PARTICIPANT.

THE LANTERNS CAN BE OF ANY MATERIAL BUT SHOULD NOT BE LARGER THAN ONE METRE IN ANY DIMENSION OR DISPLAY ANY ADVERTISING SLOGAN.

TWENTY PRIZES IN Tj|E FORM OF CERTIFICATES OF MERIT WILL BE AWARDED TO SCHOOLS WHIclkSUBMIT LANTERNS OF OUTSTANDING DESIGN.

IN ADDITION, 100 GMTANDING ENTRIES WILL BE SELECTED, AND EACH OF THESE WILL BE ^BDED A CERTIFICATE OF MERIT, PLUS A BOOK TOKEN WORTH $100. W

/THE JUDGING .....

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THE JUDGING PANEL WILL COMPRISE EXPERIENCED ART AND DESIGN EDUCATIONISTS INVITED BY THE ORGANISER, AND THE DECISION OF THE PANEL WILL BE FINAL.

ALL LANTERNS MUST BE TAKEN TO THE RECEPTION DESK OF THE LANTERN DESIGN COMPETITION AT THE CITY HALL EXHIBITION GALLERY ON SEPTEMBER 18. LATE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR JUDGING.

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TEMPORARY WATER CHARGE COLLECTION CENTRES IN NT NORTH

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TEMPORARY CENTRES WILL BE SET UP BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE NORTH AT FANLING AND SHEUNG SHU I FOR THE COLLECTION OF WATER CHARGES FOR THE 1ST PERIOD, 1980.

THE FANLING COLLECTION CENTRE WILL BE LOCATED AT FANLING RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE AT LUEN WO HUI AND WILL OPERATE ON JULY 7 AND 8. THE SHEUNG SHU I COLLECTION CENTRE WILL BE AT SHEUNG SHU I PUBLIC ENQUIRY CENTRE, SHEK WU HUI, AND WILL OPERATE ON JULY 9, 10 AND 11.

THE HOURS OF BUSINESS AT THE CENTRES WILL BE 9 AM TO 1 PM.

A SPOKESMAN FOR DISTRICT OFFICE NORTH URGED LOCAL RESIDENTS TO MAKE USE OF THESE FACILITIES WHICH HE SAID HAD BEEN SPECIALLY PROVIDED FOR THEIR CONVENIENCE.

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WATER CUT * * *

ulll WATER SUPPLY TO AN AREA OF SHEUNG WAN ON HONG KONG ISLAND WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR SEVEN HOURS ON FRIDAY (JUNE 27) FROM 11 PM TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING MORNING FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

It!L^EA ,S BOUNDED BY POTTINGER STREET, LYNDHURST TERRACE, ^1 WELL,NGT0N 'T'-ET'ANC THE soutS

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GREEN .PAPER CM .CHILD EDUCATION aPPRaISED .> k...... ............7 . .. 1

ANTI-BRIBERY .BILL -PASSED WITH.AMENDMENTS ........................... 8

CLAMPDOWN .ON .LOAN SHARKS WELCOMED ................................. 13

RTT.T, TO STAMP OUT LOAN SHARKS PASSED . . a:........ 15

YaUMaTI FERRY PARES. REVISED........................................  17

+GUESSTIMATE+ OF SQUATTER POPULATION ...............................  18

WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION LEVELS TO BE ADJUSTED ......................   19

APPRENTICESHIP LAW MaDE EVEN BETTER ................................. 21

CROWD. CONTROL AT OUT-DOOR CONCERTS .. .............................. 22

WEIGHTIER PENALTIES FOR TRAFFIC OFFENCES .............................25

FULL POLICE POWERS FOR AUXILIARIES .................................. 24

TRADE DESCRIPTIONS BILL PUT TO LEGCO ................................ 24

BAN ON PYRAMID SELLING SUPPORTED .................................... 26

WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ZONES TO BE SET UP .......................... 26

POLICE PATROLS IN PICNICKING AREaS .................................. 27

POWER TO SUSPEND SCHOOLS CLARIFIED .................................. 28

/CONTROL OF .....

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

CONTROL OF LORRIES WITH LIFTING GEAR.................................... 28

TACKLING FIRES AND FIRE HAZARDS .......................................  29

THEFT --ORDINANCE IMPROVED............................................   29

MTR BY-LAWS APPROVED ............................................... 30

FAKE DRUG TRAFFICKING nN OFFENCE ................................... 31

GREATER CONTROL OVER STREET NAMING ................................ 31

BILLS PASSED........................................................ 32

COURTESY THE BEST POLICY, SAYS TOPLEY ............................... 32

FOOTBRIDGE AT CAFETERIA BEACH TO BE REBUILT.......................... 33

WATER FOR YUEN LONG INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT .......................... 3^

GOVERNOR TO ATTEND ANNUAL CAS DINNER ................................ 3^

NEW URBhN .CLEARWAYS IN KWAI CHUNG .................................. 35

REPULSE BAY ROAD BUS SCHEME.......................................... 36

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 1980

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GREEN PAPER ON CHILD EDUCATION APPRAISED

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THE AD HOC GROUP OF UMELCO MEMBERS FORMED TO STUDY THE GREEN PAPER ON PRIMARY EDUCATION AND PRE-PRIMARY SERVICES HAS CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO RECONSIDER THE PROPOSAL TO INTRODUCE A UNIFIED SYSTEM OF PRE-PRIMARY EDUCATION.

MOVING DEBATE ON THE GREEN PAPER IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY, CONVENOR OF THE GROUP, THE REV THE HON JOYCE BENNETT, SAID THAT WHILE MANY ASPECTS OF THE GREEN PAPER WERE COMMENDABLE, THERE WERE HOWEVER CERTAIN BASIC POINTS THAT SHOULD BE RECONSIDERED.

♦THE ROOT OF OUR DISSATISFACTION LIES WITH THE REFUSAL TO ACCEPT THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION THAT THERE SHOULD BE ONE DEPARTMENT AND ONE ORDINANCE TO CONTROL ALL PRE-SCHOOL SERVICES,* SHE SATU.

♦WE NOTED THAT THIS WAS REJECTED SINCE IT WAS THOUGHT THE MARGINAL ADVANTAGES WOULD NOT JUSTIFY THE ADMINISTRATIVE UPHEAVAL NECESSARY TO IMPLEMENT SUCH A PROPOSAL.

♦THE PUBLIC HAS AWAITED WITH EAGERNESS THIS GREEN PAPER BECAUSE THERE IS SO MUCH WRONG AT PRESENT WITH THE AFFAIRS OF CHILDREN UNDER SIX BEING ADMINISTERED BY TWO DEPARTMENTS.*

INSTEAD, MISS BENNETT OBSERVED THAT THE GROUP FOUND THE OLD SYSTEMS PERPETUATED AND THERE WAS NO REALLY FRESH THINKING IN THE GREEN PAPER.

SHE STRESSED THAT A SEPARATE ORGANISATION, WHERE THE NEEDS OF THE PRE-SCHOOV CHILD ARE CLEARLY LAID DOWN, HAS MANY ADVANTAGES.

♦WE NEED A PRE-SCHOOL SERVICES SECTION OF OUR SOCIAL SERVICES WHERE THE WHOLE GAMUT OF OUR SERVICES FOR THE YOUNG CAN BE DRAWN TOGETHER.

♦I SEE THIS NEW SECTION CLARIFYING THE NEEDS OF THE CHILDREN NOT ONLY OF THE POORER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WHERE BOTH PARENTS WORK, BUT ALSO OF THE PROFESSIONAL AND MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES WHERE PARENTS WORK IN ORDER TO SECURE A HIGHER STANDARD OF LIVING.*

SHE AGREED THERE IS MUCH OVERLAP BETWEEN CHILD CARE CENTRES AND KINDERGARTENS BUT POINTED OUT THAT THE TIGHTENING UP OF TWO SEPARATE ORDINANCES WILL NOT OVERCOME THE PROBLEMS OF SEPARATING THESE TWO TYPES OF INSTITUTIONS.

FURTHERMORE SUCH LAWS WILL CAUSE ADDED FRUSTRATION AND CYNICISM TO THE OPERATORS WHO WILL SEEK TO GET ROUND THE REGULATIONS AS THEY CONTINUE TO SERVE THE KINDS OF FAMILIES FOR WHOM THEY ARE ALREADY CATERING, SHE SAID.

AS TO THE PROPOSAL TO ABOLISH ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS AND INTERVIEWS TO PRIMARY SCHOOLS, MISS BENNETT OPINED THAT IT CLEARLY SHOWS THAT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT RECOGNISES THE COMPLETE FAILURE OF ITS KINDERGARTEN INSPECTORATE SINCE IT HAS DECIDED TO CONTROL THE KINDERGARTENS BY THIS NEW METHOD OF ALLOCATING CHILDREN TO PRIMARY SCHOOLS BY COMPUTER.

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♦CERTAINLY THE METHOD HAS MUCH TO COMMEND IT, ESPECIALLY WE BELIEVE IN A TOTALITARIAN TYPE OF SOCIETY WITH THE GOVERNMENT CONTROLLING THE INDIVIDUAL.

♦HOWEVER I UNDERSTOOD THAT HONG KONG WAS THE HOME OF THOSE WHO VALUED FREE CHOICE AND PRIVATE ENTERPRISE.♦

BUT SHE FEARED THAT, HAVING READ THE CHAPTER ON CONTROL OF ENTRY TO PRIMARY SCHOOLS, PARENTS WOULD IN FACT HAVE VERY LITTLE CHOICE OF SCHOOL FOR THEIR CHILDREN.

SHE FELT THAT THE NEW ALLOCATION SYSTEM WHEREBY SCHOOLS COULD RETAIN 15 PER CENT OF THE PLACES AS DISCRETIONARY PLACES WAS FRAUGHT WITH OPPORTUNITIES FOR CORRUPTION AND CALLED FOR ♦VERY SERIOUS RECONSIDERATION OF SO RADICAL A CHANGE IN THE BASIS OF OUR SOCIETY+.

MISS BENNETT POINTED OUT THAT ANOTHER FACTOR WHICH SHOULD NOT BE OVERLOOKED CONCERNED THE GOVERNMENT’S ABILITY, OR INABILITY, TO CHECK THE GENUINENESS OF ADDRESSES GIVEN.

SHE EXPLAINED THAT WITH THE CHINESE EXTENDED FAMILY IT WOULD BE EASY FOR A CHILD TO BE REGISTERED AS LIVING NEAR A SO-CALLED ♦PRESTIG IOUS+ PRIMARY SCHOOL.

THERE IS A FURTHER VERY REAL DANGER OF AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF PRIVATE PRIMARY SCHOOLS TO CATER FOR THE CHILDREN WHOSE PARENTS DO NOT WISH THEIR CHILDREN TO BE EDUCATED ALONGSIDE CHILDREN FROM POOR AND ILLITERATE HOMES.

WE HAVE NOT YET GOT THE FINAL SOLUTION TO PRIMARY SCHOOL ENTRANCE PROCEDURES,♦ SHE STRESSED.

I URGE CONSIDERABLY MORE THOUGHT ON THIS ASPECT OF THE GREEN PAPER, SO THAT PARENTAL CHOICE CAN BE ENSURED WITHOUT THE SCHOOLS TESTING THEM OR THEIR CHILDREN BY INTERVIEW OR WRITTEN TEST.+

THE AD HOC GROUP ALSO VIEWED WITH GREAT DISQUIET THE LOWERING OF EDUCATION QUALIFICATIONS FOR CHILD CARE WORKERS AND KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS.

ENQUIRIES MADE BY MEMBERS OF THE GROUP REVEALED A DIVERSITY OF COURSES FOR TRAINING THESE YOUNG GIRLS BUT MISS BENNETT STRESSED THAT WHAT HONG KONG NEEDED WAS ONE INSTITUTION AND ONE ALONE WHICH WOULD TRAIN ALL WORKERS FOR PRE-SCHOOL INSTITUTIONS.

I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SEE OUTLINES OF THE TWO-YEAR IN-SERVICE TRAINING COURSE FOR KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS.

MOST OF THIS SHOULD BE APPLICABLE TO ANY IN-SERVICE COURSE FOR CHILD CARE WORKERS,♦ SHE ADDED.

BUT SHE WAS ALARMED TO NOTE THAT KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS HAVE TO WAIT YEARS TO GET ON THIS COURSE. AND TO GET ALL THE PRESENT KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS TRAINED AT THE PRESENT SPEED WOULD TAKE 19 YEARS WITHOUT COUNTING NEWCOMERS TO THE KINDERGARTEN PROFESSION DURING THOSE YEARS.

SHE CRITICISED THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT FOR THINKING IT FIT TO APPOINT INSPECTORS OF KINDERGARTEN WITH THE BARE MINIMUM OF KINDERGARTEN QUALIFICATIONS AND WITH NO EXPERIENCE IN RUNNING KINDERGARTENS OR TEACHING IN THEM.

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SHE NOTED THAT ALTHOUGH THERE ARE NOW IN HONG KONG A FEW SPECIALISTS TRAINED IN THE CARE OF THE PRE-SCHOOL CHILD, THE GREEN PAPER DOES NOT ENVISAGE RECRUITING THEM FOR ITS TRAINING PROGRAMMES.

ANOTHER ASPECT OF THE GREEN PAPER THAT DREW THE ATTENTION OF THE AD HOC GROUP CONCERNS FINANCIAL AID TO KINDERGARTENS.

♦THE DEMAND TO KINDERGARTENS

FOR FULL GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT WITH SUBSIDIES HAS BEEN REJECTED.

♦INSTEAD, EVEN THE PRESENT METHOD OF SUBSIDY TO CHILD CARE CENTRES WILL BE RADICALLY REVISED, SO THAT THE CHILDREN IN THEM CR IN KINDERGARTENS CAN BE ASSISTED AFTER THE FAMILY HAS BEEN MEANS-TESTED.♦

SHE NOTED THAT THE PROPOSALS ON SPACE AND STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO WILL REDUCE THE NUMBERS IN KINDERGARTEN CLASSES AND NATURALLY THE FEES WILL HAVE TO BE RAISED IN ORDER TO MEET THE BUDGETED EXPENSES.

FURTHERMORE, THE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO CONTINUE ITS POLICY OF LETTING KINDERGARTEN PREMISES IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES BY TENDER.

♦WHY MUST WE ENCOURAGE EDUCATIONAL ESTABLISHMENTS TO BE PROFIT-MAKING AND CHARGE THE HIGHEST FEES THAT THE MARKET CAN BEAR7+ SHE ASKED.

SHE HOPED THAT A LONG HARD LOOK WILL BE TAKEN TO IMPROVE THESE ASPECTS OF THE GREEN PAPER.

MISS BENNETT PAID TRIBUTE TO THE AUTHORS OF THE GREEN PAPER ON THE DECISION TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF PRIMARY EDUCATION BY PROMOTING THE ^LEARNING BY DOING+ EDUCATIONAL METHOD.

SHE WAS ALSO PLEASED TO NOTE THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF LIBRARIES AND THE IMPROVEMENTS IN FURNITURE AND EQUIPMENT.

BUT SHE THOUGHT THAT NOT ENOUGH CONSIDERATION HAD BEEN GIVEN TO IMPROVE THE ACTUAL TEACHING IN THOSE SCHOOLS WHERE TEACHERS DARE TO COMPLAIN THEY +SELDOM SEE A BRIGHT PUPIL+.

THE SOONER HONG KONG’S EDUCATIONALISTS RECOGNISE THAT THE SIX YEAR OLD PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILD HAS TREMENDOUS INNATE POTENTIAL THE BETTER.

NONE SHOULD BE CONSIDERED USELESS AND UNWORTHY OF A CERTAIN SCHOOL,♦ SHE ADDED.

FOUR OTHER UNOFFICIALS ALSO SPOKE ON THE GREEN PAPER DURING DEBATE ON THE MOTION.

DR THE HON HENRY HU DISAGREED WITH THE GREEN PAPER’S PROPOSAL THAT THE STAFF QUALIFICATION FOR CHILD CENTRES SHOULD BE FORM 3, PLUS TWO YEARS' PRE-SERVICE TRAINING.

HE ARGUED 1 +IN NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES, WHEN WE DEAL WITH MACHINES OR TOOLS, A BASIC EDUCATION OF FORM 3 PLUS SOME SPECIAL TRAINING WOULD BE SUFFICIENT, BUT IN THE CASE OF CHILD CARE CENTRES, THE HUMAN ELEMENT IS INVOLVED.

I SHOULD THEREFORE THINK THAT THE BASIC EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION SHOULD BE FORM 5 INSTEAD OF FORM 3.

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♦THE QUESTION CONCERNING HUMAN BEINGS IS MORE IMPORTANT AND COMPLICATED THAN THE CASE OF MACHINERY.*

HE SUPPORTED THE SETTING UP OF A SPECIAL TRAINING INSTITUTE FOR THIS PURPOSE.

DR HU ALSO CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO SET UP FREE CHILD CARE CENTRES AND KINDERGARTENS FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT CAPABLE OF EDUCATING THEIR OWN CHILDREN.

HE SUGGESTED THAT THE ROLE OF THE PO LEUNG KUK SHOULD BE ENLARGED AND THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE MORE DIRECTLY INVOLVED.

ON THE ACTIVITY APPROACH FOR PRIMARY EDUCATION, DR HU POINTED OUT THAT A BALANCE MUST BE STRUCK BETWEEN THIS TYPE OF APPROACH AND THE NORMAL WAY OF LEARNING.

+THE ACTIVITY APPROACH IS A GOOD EDUCATIONAL METHOD TO EMPLOY IN ORDER TO DEVELOP CHILDREN’S INTELLIGENCE AND THEIR APPRECIATION OF VARIOUS MATTERS, BUT IT SHOULD ONLY BE APPLIED UP TO PRIMARY 3 TO ENABLE US TO ASSESS ITS IMPLICATIONS AND EFFECTS OF LEARNING BY YOUNG CHILDREN,* HE SAID.

THE HON WONG LAM SAID HE WAS NOT IN FAVOUR OF THE PROPOSAL

TO BASE THE ALLOCATION OF PRIMARY SCHOOL PLACES ON A DISTRICT

SYSTEM AS +IT MAY DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD IN THE LONG RUN*.

HE NOTED THAT ONE OF THE OBJECTIVES OF THE SYSTEM WAS TO

PREVENT THE CONCENTRATION OF THE MOST ABLE CHILDREN IN CERTAIN SCHOOLS. BUT THE PROPOSAL IS DEFECTIVE IN THAT THE +CREAM+ WILL STILL BE CONCENTRATED IN A SMALL NUMBER OF SCHOOLS, HE SAID.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE GREEN PAPER ALLOWS THE SCHOOLS TO HAVE AN ALLOCATION OF 15 PER CENT DISCRETIONARY PLACES WHEN SELECTING PUPILS.

+1 DO NOT OBJECT TO SCHOOL AUTHORITIES EXERCISING THEIR RIGHTS TO ADMIT CERTAIN TYPES OF PUPILS, TREATING THEM AS SPECIAL CASES.

+BUT IN ACTUAL FACT, 15 PER CENT IS NOT AN ACCURATE PERCENTAGE BECAUSE APART FROM SELECTING PUPILS ACCORDING TO THIS PERCENTAGE, THE SCHOOLS MAY ADMIT PUPILS THEY FAVOUR UNDER THE CONDITIONS f€NTIONED IN PARAGRAPH 6.17 OF THE GREEN PAPER.

+IN OTHER WORDS, THE ’CREAM’ WILL STILL REMAIN IN A FEW SCHOOLS EVEN WHEN THE DISTRICT SYSTEM IS IMPLEMENTED,* HE SAID.

ANOTHER DIFFICULTY IN IMPLEMENTING THE SYSTEM IS HOW TO DECIDE UPON DISTRICT BOUNDARIES, MR WONG POINTED OUT.

HE OBSERVED THAT MANY POPULAR SCHOOLS ARE IN FACT LOCATED IN JUST A FEW DISTRICTS WHERE THE MORE AFFLUENT LIVE.

IF THE DIVISION OF THE TERRITORY INTO DISTRICTS IS IMPERFECT, THE RICH WILL BE GROUPED IN ONE DISTRICT AND THE POOR IN ANOTHER, WHICH MEANS THAT CHILDREN COMING FROM DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO RECEIVE EDUCATION TOGETHER, HE SAID.

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MR WONG SAID THAT IT SHOULD BE REMEMBERED THAT DISTRICT NETS FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS ARE QUITE DIFFERENT IN THAT, UNLIKE PRIMARY 1 PUPILS, FORM 1 STUDENTS ARE OLDER AND CAN AFFORD TO ATTEND SCHOOLS FARTHER OR EVEN VERY FAR FROM HOME.

HENCE, HE THOUGHT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONSIDER TRAFFIC CONDITIONS AND DISTANCE OF TRAVEL WHEN INTRODUCING THE SYSTEM FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS.

HE SAID WHAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD DO IS TO TAKE APPROPRIATE MEASURES TO EFFECT OVERALL IMPROVEMENT IN PRIMARY EDUCATION.

♦I AM CONVINCED THAT IT IS MORE FRUITFUL TO GET AT THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM THAN TO IMPLEMENT THE ALLOCATION SYSTEM, WHICH IS BY NATURE ONLY AN EXPEDIENT MEASURE.

♦FURTHERMORE, OVERALL IMPROVEMENT IN PRIMARY EDUCATION WILL PLAY A POSITIVE ROLE IN PROMOTING THE STANDARD OF PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND REDUCING THE COMPETITION FOR ADMITTANCE TO POPULAR SCHOOLS,♦ HE ADDED.

TURNING TO THE TRAINING OF KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS, MR WONG FELT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD STANDARDISE THE TRAINING COURSES AND PUT THEM UNDER THE MANAGEMENT OF A COLLEGE OF EDUCATION OR A DEPARTMENT SO AS TO BRING ABOUT BETTER ADMINISTRATION AND AN IMPROVEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM.

AS FOR THE RE-TRAINING OF PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS, MR WONG QUERIED WHY THOSE ENTERING THE PROFESSION BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1981 WERE NOT REQUIRED TO UNDERGO THIS KIND OF RE-TRAINING WHEREAS NEW TEACHERS ENTERING AFTER THIS DATE HAD TO BE RETRAINED.

IN HIS OPINION, IT IS THE VETERAN TEACHERS RATHER THAN NEW RECRUITS WHO SHOULD BE RETRAINED, SAY, AT APPROPRIATE INTERVALS OF EVERY FIVE OR TEN YEARS.

ON THE SUBJECT OF TEACHING OF ENGLISH IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS, HE WAS WORRIED BY A PARAGRAPH IN THE GREEN PAPER WHICH STATES ♦DUE TO PARENTAL PREFERENCE, THE VAST MAJORITY OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS AIM TO TEACH IN THE MEDIUM OF ENGLISH IN FORM 1 ... BUT MOST PRIMARY SCHOOLS ARE UNABLE TO PRODUCE PUPILS TRUELY CAPABLE OF LEARNING IN THE MEDIUM OF ENGLISH.^

HE THOUGHT EITHER ENGLISH SHOULD BE TREATED AS A SPECIAL SUBJECT AT THE PRIMARY LEVEL, SO MUCH SO THAT THEY CAN COPE WITH A NEW ENVIRONMENT ON ENTERING SECONDARY SCHOOL, OR SECONDARY SCHOOLS SHOULD BE CLEARLY DIRECTED NOT TO TEACH IN THE MEDIUM OF ENGLISH AT LOWER SECONDARY LEVEL IN ORDER TO AVOID HAMPERING THE PROGRESS OF STUDENTS IN OTHER SUBJECTS UNNECESSARILY.

MR WONG WAS ALSO CONCERNED ABOUT THE LACK OF CONCRETE SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO REINFORCE MORAL TRAINING FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS.

♦CHINESE PEOPLE OFTEN EXPECT TOO MUCH FROM MORAL EDUCATION, HOPING THAT STUDENTS WOULD BECOME SAINTS OR SAGES THROUGH SUCH EDUCATION,♦ HE SAID.

♦THIS IS SOMETHING UNNECESSARY, BUT THEN IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT PRIMARY EDUCATION CAN ENTIRELY IGNORE THE DEVELOPMENT OF MORAL EDUCAT ION.♦

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MR WONG ENDORSED THE PROPOSAL TO ENCOURAGE THE CONVERSION OF PROFIT-MAKING KINDERGARTENS INTO NON-PROFIT-MAKING ONES, BUT POINTED OUT THAT THE EXISTING EDUCATION ORDINANCE HAD SOMEHOW UNINTENTIONALLY CREATED A WIDE GAP BETWEEN SOME NON-PROFIT-MAKING BODIES AND THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE SCHOOL RUN BY THEM.

ALTHOUGH THESE BODIES ARE ENTITLED TO RECOMMEND CANDIDATES TO THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION FOR CONSIDERATION OF APPOINTMENT AS DIRECTORS OF A SCHOOL, THEY HAVE NO RIGHT TO RECOMMEND REPLACEMENTS, HE SAID.

CONSEQUENTLY THESE BODIES TEND TO LOSE ENTHUSIASM IN RUNNING OTHER NEW SCHOOLS.

MR WONG HOPED THE GOVERNMENT WOULD MAKE BETTER ARRANGEMENTS AND PROPER IMPROVEMENTS IN THIS RESPECT.

DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI CONFINED HIS COMMENTS ON THE GREEN PAPER TO PRE-SCHOOL SERVICES.

HE CALLED FOR A SINGLE ADMINISTRATIVE UNIT WHICH WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING ALL PRE-SCHOOL SERVICES.

HE SAID THAT AS A RESULT OF THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO REPLACE THE MUCH CRITICISED PRIMARY SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAMINATION WITH A COMPREHENSIVE ALLOCATION OF SCHOOL PLACES, THERE SHOULD LONGER BE ANY FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCE IN THE SERVICES PROVIDED A CHILD CARE CENTRE OR A KINDERGARTEN.

NO BY

♦BOTH TYPES OF PRE-SCHOOL INSTITUTIONS CATER FOR CHILDREN OF A COMMON AGE GROUP AND SHARE THE SIMILAR OBJECTIVES OF FOSTERING THE CHILD’S OVERALL DEVELOPMENT IN THE PHYSICAL, SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL, INTELLECTUAL AND MORAL REALMS.

+WHY THEN PERPETUATE THE DIVISION OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE PROVISION OF PRE-SCHOOL SERVICES BETWEEN THE EDUCATION AND SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENTS?* HE ASKED.

HE NOTED THAT A SIMILAR SUGGESTION PUT FORWARD BY THE BOARD CF EDUCATION WAS REJECTED, AND URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO RECONSIDER THIS PROPOSAL.

ON THE TRAINING OF CHILD CARE WORKERS AND KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS, DR HO SUGGESTED THAT EITHER A SEPARATE INST ITUTE SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED OR ONE OF THE EXISTING COLLEGES OF EDUCATION BE MADE RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING ALL TYPES OF PRE-PRIMARY TRAINING COURSES.

AT PRESENT TRAINING FOR THIS GROUP OF PEOPLE IS REGULATED BY TWO DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS AND IS PROVIDED BY A NUMBER OF INDEPENDENT BODIES.

IN ADDITION, IT IS PROPOSED THAT THE LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE WILL ALSO RUN TRAINING COURSES FOR CHILD CARE STAFF AS FROM SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR.

♦WITH SUCH A SEGMENTED TRAINING SYSTEM, IT IS VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO CONTROL AND MONITOR THE CONTENTS AND STANDARDS OF

THE TRAINING COURSES,♦ DR HO SAID.

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♦WITH THIS CENTRALIZED ARRANGEMENT, A CURRICULUM CAN BE DEVELOPED TO ENSURE THAT THE TRAINED WORKERS ARE CAPABLE OF WORKING IN ALL KINDS OF PRE-SCHOOL INSTITUTIONS.*

HE CONSIDERED THAT THE ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION FOR ADMISSION TO THIS COURSE SHOULD BE AT THE CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION LEVEL SO AS TO ENSURE THAT THE TRAINEES CAN DERIVE MAXIMUM BENEFITS FROM THE COURSE AND ARE CAPABLE OF MEETING THE DEMANDS ARISING FROM THEIR PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES LATER ON.

DR HO ALSO CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO INTRODUCE DIRECT SUBSIDY FOR APPROVED NON-PROFIT-MAKING KINDERGARTENS.

HE GAVE THREE REASONS FOR THIS SUGGESTIONi

* KINDERGARTENS NEED FINANCIAL SUPPORT IN ORDER TO PROCURE FURNITURE AND EQUIPMENT AND TO REPLENISH TEACHING AIDS AND FIT OUT PREMISES TO MEET SPECIFIED REQUIREMENTS"

* THE SALARIES FOR KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS SHOULD BE REVISED UPWARD TO REFLECT THE LEVEL OF TRAINING REQUIRED AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES TO BE UNDERTAKEN, AND

* WITHOUT FINANCIAL SUBSIDY FROM THE GOVERNMENT, THE INCREASED OPERATIONAL COSTS RESULTING FROM THE GRADUAL REDUCTION IN CLASS SIZE WILL BE PASSED ON TO THE PARENTS AND THIS MAY PROHIBIT THEM FROM SENDING THEIR CHILDREN TO KINDERGARTENS.

THE HON ANDREW SO DREW ATTENTION TO THE IMPORTANCE OF EARLY PROPER CHILD CARE.

HE SAID THE FIRST THREE YEARS ARE THE MOST CRUCIAL YEARS OF A CHILD’S LIFE.

+THESE ARE THE YEARS WHEN THE CHILD IS MOST VULNERABLE.

♦THEY ARE THE YEARS WHEN THE CHILD IS DEVELOPING MOST QUICKLY PHYSICALLY, EMOTIONALLY AND INTELLECTUALLY,♦ HE ADDED.

MR SO QUERIED WHY THE GREEN PAPER DID NOT CONSIDER THESE VITAL THREE YEARS AND SUGGESTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD DO MORE IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

* FORMULATE A FAMILY AND CHILD-ORIENTED POLICY IN THE CONTEXT OF AN OVERALL SOCIAL POLICY FOR HONG KONG"

* PROVIDE MORE COUNSELLING SERVICES TO PARENTS-

* TRAIN MORE QUALIFIED PERSONNEL TO SHAPE THE COURSE OF PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION, PREFERABLY BY THE EARLY ESTABLISHMENT OF A PROPER PRE-SCHOOL TEACHERS TRAINING COLLEGE-

* ENCOURAGE THE PUBLICATION OF PARENTS MAGAZINES, AND THE PRODUCTION OF TV AND RADIO PROGRAMMES FOR PARENTS, TEACHERS AND CHILDREN, AND

M RECRUIT QUALIFIED PERSONNEL TO GIVE EXPERT OPINIONS ON THE LEARNING VALUE OF THE MANY TYPES OF TOYS ON THE MARKET.

DEBATE ON THE MOTION RAISED BY MISS BENNETT WAS ADJOURNED.

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ANTI-BRIBERY BILL PASSED WITH AMENDMENTS ft ft * * *

THE PREVENTION OF BRIBERY (AMENDMENT) BILL WAS PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY WITH SEVERAL OF ITS PROVISIONS AMENDED ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF AN AD HOC GROUP OF UNOFFICIAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLORS.

SPEAKING AT THE RESUMPTION OF DEBATE ON THE SECOND READING CF THE BILL, THE HON T.S. LO, CONVENOR OF THE GROUP. POINTED OUT THAT DIFFERENT SECTORS OF THE PUBLIC HAD VOICED RESERVATIONS ON A NUMBER OF THE CHANGES TO THE LAW ORIGINALLY PROPOSED.

AFTER LENGTHY DISCUSSIONS AMONG UNOFFICIAL COUNCILLORS AND BETWEEN THEM AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE DEPUTY LAW DRAFTSMAN, THE COMMISSIONER OF THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION AND ITS ACTING DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, ALL THE POINTS WERE RESOLVED.

THE FIRST POINT, MR LO SAID, CONCERNED THE BREADTH OF THE PROPOSED DEFINITION IN THE BILL OF BANKER’S BOOKS AND COMPANY’S BOOKS.

THE EXCHANGE BANKS ASSOCIATION AND THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY WERE CONCERNED THAT MEMBERS OF THE ICAC WOULD AS A RESULT OF THIS DEFINITION BE GIVEN AN ABSOLUTELY FREE REIN TO ROAM OVER THE AFFAIRS OF PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS IRRESPECTIVE OF WHETHER THEY ARE SUSPECTS OR ARE PERFECTLY INNOCENT PEOPLE.

MR LO NOTED THAT HIS GROUP HAD CONSIDERED THE POSSIBILITY OF LAYING DOWN THAT THE RIGHT TO SUCH DOCUMENTS SHOULD BE MONITORED BY THE COURTS BY INSISTING THAT A DOCUMENT COULD ONLY BE LOOKED AT AFTER THE COMMISSIONER HAD MADE AN APPLICATION TO THE COURTS.

BUT THEY HAD ALSO CONSIDERED THAT PERFECTLY INNOCENT PEOPLE WOULD PROBABLY PREFER NOT TO HAVE THE MATTER AIRED IN THE COURTS WHERE NO MATTER HOW INNOCENT, A BIT OF MUD WOULD STICK.

♦MOREOVER, THE EFFECT OF SUCH MONITORING APPEARS TO BE MORE THEORETICAL THAN REAL FOR IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO SET OUT THE GROUNDS UPON WHICH A COURT COULD REFUSE AN APPLICATION.

♦ACCORDINGLY WE AGREED TO LEAVE THE BILL AS IT STANDS BUT I BELIEVE THAT THE COMMISSIONER OF ICAC WILL ESTABLISH A BI-ANNUAL REVIEW OF THE SITUATION WITH THE EXCHANGE BANKS ASSOCIATION AND THAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WILL CONSIDER REVISING THE LAW IF IN PRACTICE SERIOUS PROBLEMS AR ISE,♦ HE SAID.

SECONDLY, MR LO SAID, THE GROUP FELT THAT EMPLOYEES OF SCHEDULED PUBLIC BODIES AUTHORISED TO ACCEPT OR SOLICIT ADVANTAGE BY THE EMPLOYERS SHOULD NOT HAVE TO RELY ON THE DEFENCE OF REASONABLE EXCUSE, AS SUCH A CASE SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN AN OFFENCE IN THE FIRST PLACE.

THEY THOUGHT THAT TO HAVE PROPER CONTROL AUTHORITY SHOULD BE IN WRITING.

THIRDLY, THE GROUP CONSIDERED THE PROPOSAL TO ALLOW THE ICAC TO FORCE A PERSON TO FURNISH INFORMATION OR DOCUMENTS TO WHICH HE MERELY HAS ACCESS TO BE QUITE OPPRESSIVE BECAUSE THERE CAN BE MANY DIFFERENT KINDS OF ACCESS.

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+FOR EXAMPLE, THE WHOLE OF THE LAND OFFICE RECORDS AS WELL AS THE COMPANIES REGISTfcY IS OPENED TO EVERYONE, AND IT WOULD 3E OBVIOUSLY OPPRESSIVE IF THE ICAC WERE TO REQUIRE A PERSON TO FURNISH INFORMATION THEREFROM, SINCE MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION COULD FREELY ATTAIN ACCESS THEMSELVES,* HE SAID.

THIS POINT WAS AGREED BY THE ADMINISTRATION AND APPROPRIATE AMENDMENTS WERE MADE TO THE BILL.

FOURTHLY, ON THE POWER SOUGHT BY THE COMMISSION TO FREEZE A SUSPECT’S BANK ACCOUNTS OR HIS DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY ACCOUNTS, THE UNOFFICIALS RECOGNISED THE IMPORTANCE OF ENSURING THAT THE CORRUPT SHOULD NOT BE PERMITTED TO SALT AWAY HIS ILL-GOTTEN GAINS AND EVERY EFFORT OUGHT TO BE MADE BY THE ICAC TO DENY HIM OF THEM.

HOWEVER, MR LO POINTED OUT THAT NOT ALL SUSPECTS ARE CRIMINALS AND ASKED IF AN INNOCENT PERSON’S ACCOUNT IS FROZEN, WHO WILL PAY FOR THE DAMAGE THAT HE MAY SUFFER FOR FAILING TO MEET A CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATION.

IT IS NOW AGREED THAT ONLY THE ICAC COMMISSIONER OR HIS DEPUTY MAY ORDER THE FREEZING OF AN ACCOUNT AND THAT HE WILL BE IN A POSITION TO AND WILL TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE SUSPECT’S MORAL, LEGAL AND DAILY NEEDS. AGAINST THE COMMISSIONER’S DECISION, AS AT PRESENT, AN APPEAL WILL LIE TO THE COURTS.

♦IF BETWEEN THE PERIOD OF HIS DECISION AND FINAL RESOLUTION BY THE COURTS, THE FREEZING OF A PERSON’S ACCOUNT HAS CAUSED HIM TO SUFFER DAMAGE THROUGH FAILURE TO MEET HIS LEGAL OBLIGATIONS AND THE EXISTENCE OF SUCH OBLIGATION WAS PREVIOUSLY DRAWN TO THE ATTENTION OF THE COMMISSIONER, THEN THE ICAC WOULD BE LIABLE FOR DAMAGES IN THE EVENT THAT THE SUSPECT IS NOT CHARGED OR IS ACQUITTED,+ MR LO ADDED.

FIFTHLY, CONCERNING THE NOTICE RESTRAINING THE DISPOSAL OF A SUSPECT’S PROPERTY TO BE REGISTRABLE IN THE LAND OFFICE, MR LO SAID THIS CAUSED LESS OF A PROBLEM THAN WAS ANTICIPATED.

♦THE NOTICE IS NOT AN INCUMBRANCE ON THE PROPERTY AND A THIRD PARTY IS NOT PROHIBITED FROM SAY, BUYING IT, BUT OBVIOUSLY IT WOULD BE WISE FOR THE BUYER TO ENSURE THAT SUITABLE ARRANGEMENTS ARE MADE IN REGARD TO ANY FUNDS PAYABLE TO THE SUSPECTED OWNER,+ HE SAID.

♦OTHERWISE, HE MAY WELL FIND HIMSELF SUSPECTED OF CONSPIRACY. IN THE CASE OF INNOCENT PEOPLE, THE COMMISSION WILL, I UNDERSTAND, ARRANGE TO EXPUNGE THE ENTRY FROM THE LAND OFFICE RECORDS THROUGH A CLEVER SYSTEM INVENTED BY THE REGISTRAR GENERAL.*

MR LO ALSO EXPRESSED CONCERN THAT OVER THE YEARS, ANYONE INVESTIGATED BY THE ICAC IS AUTOMATICALLY TREATED AS A CRIMINAL, WORSE, AS A LEPER, BY HIS EMPLOYER ASSOCIATES AND ACQUAINTANCES, NO MATTER HOW INNOCENT THE PERSON TURNS OUT TO BE.

♦I AM PLEASED TO SAY, HOWEVER, THAT THE COMMISSIONER HAS NO. AGREED TO CONSIDER ADOPTING A PROCEDURE OF WRITING TO THOSE SUSPECTS IN RESPECT OF WHOM ALL INVESTIGATIONS ARE TERMINATED AND MO CHARGES ARE CONTEMPLATED,♦ HE SAID.

/SIXTHLY, .....

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SIXTHLY, THE UNOFFICIALS’ AD HOC GROUP WAS TOLD THAT THE POWER OF THE COMMISSION TO DETAIN A PERSON FOUND IN PREMISES BEING SEARCHED WAS NO NEW POWER AND THAT IT ALREADY EXISTED IN SEPARATE ■ORDINANCES FOR THE POLICE AS WELL AS FOR THE PREVENTIVE SERVICE.

IT WAS NOW AGREED HOWEVER THAT THE POWER OF DETENTION SHOULD BE LIMITED TO THREE HOURS FROM THE MOMENT OF ICAC ENTERING THE PREMISES.

SEVENTHLY, THE TIME LIMIT FOR BRINGING SUMMARY PROSECUTIONS IN REGARD TO CERTAIN OFFENCES FROM SIX MONTHS TO THREE YEARS WAS AMENDED TO TWO YEARS. IN ADDITION, ONE OF THE OFFENCES WAS DELETED FROM THE LIST.

HOWEVER MR LO SAID THE POSITION WAS UNSATISFACTORY BECAUSE TRIVIAL OFFENCES REALLY OUGHT TO BE DEALT WITH WITHIN SIX MONTHS AND THE MORE SERIOUS OFFENCES OUGHT NOT TO HAVE A TWO YEARS’ LIMIT.

HE REVEALED THAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WOULD RECONSIDER THE LIST AND DO AWAY WITH THE PRESENT UNHAPPY STOP-GAP MEASURE.

THE LAST POINT CONCERNED THE PROHIBITION OF EMPLOYMENT OF CONVICTED PERSONS IN A PARTICULAR BUSINESS OR A CLASS OF BUSINESS FOR UP TO SEVEN YEARS.

WHILE IT IS POSSIBLE TO LOOK UPON IT AS NO MORE THAN A PART CF THE PUNISHMENT, MR LO CONTENDED THAT IT WAS NOT THE REAL INTENT.

THE UNOFFICIALS OBTAINED THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S AGREEMENT THAT WHERE THE CONVICTED PERSON WAS EMPLOYED AT THE TIME OF THE OFFENCE BY A COMPANY THE PROHIBITION IS LIMITED TO THAT PARTICULAR COMPANY OR ITS SUBSIDIARIES.

+HOWEVER, WE AGREED THAT THE PROHIBITION MAY COVER EMPLOYMENT BY ANY OF THE SCHEDULED PUBLIC BODIES OR PARTNERSHIP OR FIRM,* M? LO SAID.

TWO OTHER UNOFFICIAL COUNCILLORS SPOKE ON THE BILL.

THE HON FRANCIS TIEN SAID THERE WERE CERTAIN POINTS IN THE ORIGINAL PROPOSALS WHICH NEEDED CLARIFICATION IN ORDER TO REMOVE ALL POSSIBLE DOUBT.

ON THE DEFINITIONS OF +BANKER’S BOOKS,* +COMPANY BOOKS* AND +DOCUMENT+ WHICH INVESTIGATING OFFICERS OF THE ICAC MAY SEIZE FOR PURPOSES OF INVESTIGATION, HE URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO ASSURE THAT THIS PARTICULAR PROVISION WOULD BE IMPLEMENTED WITH EXTREME CARE AND DISCRETION.

+N0 DOUBT WITH MODERN PHOTOCOPYING PROCESSES, EXTRACTS OF THE RELEVANT INFORMATION COULD BE MADE WITHOUT THE ACTUAL IMPOUNDING CF THE DOCUMENTS, FOR PURPOSES OF INVESTIGATION BUT NOT AS EVIDENCE IN COURT.*

WITH REGARD TO THE DEFINITION OF *EMPLOYER* IN RESPECT OF PERMISSION GIVEN TO AN EMPLOYEE TO ACCEPT AN ADVANTAGE, MR TIEN NOTED THAT IN THOSE CASES WHERE THE EMPLOYER IS HIMSELF A SENIOR EMPLOYEE OR A PAID EXECUTIVE OF A PUBLIC ORGANISATION, THE POSSIBILITY OF COLLUSION COULD EXIST.

/Hr SUGGESTED

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HE SUGGESTED THAT THE TERM SHOULD BE DEFINED MORE CLOSELY AND THE NATURE OF SUCH ADVANTAGE SPECIFIED.

WHILE AGREEING THAT THE ASSETS OF A PERSON WHO IS ON TRIAL OR UNDER INVESTIGATION SHOULD BE FROZEN, MR TIEN POINTED OUT THAT PROVISION SHOULD BE MADE FOR THAT PERSON TO BE ABLE TO WITHDRAW SUCH REASONABLE SUMS AS ARE NECESSARY FOR MAINTAINING THE LIVELIHOOD OF HIS DEPENDENTS WITHOUT HIS HAVING TO APPLY TO THE COURT ON EACH OCCASION.

HE THOUGHT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD UNDERTAKE TO RECOMPENSE A PERSON WHO MAY HAVE A PRIOR CONTRACTUAL LIABILITY AND HIS ASSETS FROZEN FOR ANY LOSSES IF HE IS SUBSEQUENTLY FOUND NOT GUILTY OR NO PROCEEDINGS ARE INSTITUTED AGAINST HIM.

TURNING TO THE DETENTION OF PERSONS FOUND ON PREMISES WHERE INVESTIGATIONS ARE TAKING PLACE, MR TIEN SAID THAT ALTHOUGH HE WAS SURE ICAC OFFICERS WOULD NOT DETAIN PEOPLE INDISCRIMINATELY AND WITHOUT THE DUE EXERCISE OF CARE AND DISCRETION, HE THOUGHT THAT A TIME LIMIT SHOULD BE PLACED ON SUCH DETENTION UNLESS THE ICAC OFFICERS HAVE A JUSTIFIABLE REASON TO DETAIN A PERSON LONGER.

ON THE RE-EMPLOYMENT OF A CONVICTED PERSON, HE AGREED THAT THE PERSON SHOULD BE REHABILITATED AND GIVEN EMPLOYMENT, OTHERWISE HE WOULD BECOME A BURDEN ON SOCIETY.

HOWEVER, THE QUESTION OF WHETHER HE SHOULD BE RE-EMPLOYED IN A SIMILAR POSITION IN THE SAME FIELD OF WORK REMAINS.

♦IF HIS SKILL AND KNOWLEDGE ARE SUCH THAT HIS OPPORTUNITIES FOR EMPLOYMENT ARE NARROWLY CIRCUMSCRIBED, THEN HE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO RETURN TO HIS FIELD BUT NOT TO OCCUPY A POSITION OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR SOME TIME UNTIL HE HAS FULLY REHABILITATED HIMSELF,♦ MR TIEN SAID.

BUT HE CONSIDERED A MAXIMUM TIME LIMIT OF SEVEN YEARS TO BE RATHER EXCESSIVE.

MR TIEN ALSO URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO HAVE A STRONG SENSE OF REALISM TOWARDS THE PROBLEM OF CORRUPTION.

HE CITED AS EXAMPLE THAT THE LIMIT ON THE VALUE OF A GIFT WHICH MAY BE OFFERED TO A CIVIL SERVANT WAS SET SOME YEARS AGO AT $500.

♦THIS MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE BEEN REVISED SINCE THEN, BUT WITH CONTINUING INFLATION AND RISING PRICES, I WONDER WHETHER GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT CONSIDER A MORE REALISTIC FIGURE,+ HE SAID.

THE HON PETER C. WONG SPOKE IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL.

HE POINTED OUT THAT SOME OF THE AMENDMENTS WERE IN ESSENCE NOT AN EXTENTION OF POWER, BUT RATHER TO CLARIFY WHAT HAD SO FAR BEEN THE PRACTICE OF ICAC IN CARRYING OUT ITS STATUTORY DUTIES.

HE NOTED THAT DURING THE SIX YEARS OF ITS EXISTENCE, THE ICAC HAS AN EXTREMELY GOOD TRACK RECORD.

♦THERE HAS BEEN FEW INSTANCES OF ABUSE OF POWER AND INDEED, THERE IS EVIDENCE THAT THE POWERS IT HAS ARE EXERCISED WITH CARE AND DISCRETION,+ HE ADDED.

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ANOTHER ANT I-CORRUPT I ON BILL, THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980, WAS PASSED WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE UNOFFICIALS.

THE HON T.C. LO POINTED OUT THAT THE BILL PROPOSED TO EXTEND “HE POWER OF INVESTIGATION, ARREST AND PROSECUTION BY THE ICAC TO BLACKMAIL, THEFT AND FALSE ACCOUNTANCY.

♦IT IS QUITE CLEAR TO US THAT THIS IS NOT AN UNDUE EXTENSION BECAUSE THIS POWER WILL BE USED ONLY WHEN SUCH OFFENCES ARE DISCOVERED DURING THE COURSE OF AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE ALLEGATION OF CORRUPTION, AND NOT OTHERWISE,♦ HE SAID.

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL • ' GAVE ITS SEAL OF APPROVAL TO 11 NEW CLAUSES IN THE PREVENTION OF'BRIBERY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980 AND RECEIVED ASSURANCES FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL THAT THE TIME-LAG IN JUDICIAL PROCESSING IN CORRUPTION CASES WOULD BE INVESTIGATED.

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON JOHN GRIFFITHS, SAID THAT THE NEW CLAUSES AND ASSURANCES STEMMED FROM DISCUSSIONS HE HAD WITH AN AD HOC COMMITTEE OF THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS.

HE ADDED THAT SIMILAR DISCUSSIONS ALSO OCCURRED WITH REGARD TO THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGA INSIcCORRUPTION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980 WHICH WAS ALSO PASSED AT TODAY’S COUNCIL MEETING.

MR GRIFFITHS SAID CONCERN WAS EXPRESSED BY THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS ABOUT THE POSSIBLE DAMAGING EFFECT CAUSED TO BOTH A BANK’S CUSTOMERS AND THE BANK’S OPERATIONS BY THE ICAC INSPECTIONS OF ♦BANKER’S BOOKS*.

♦THE COMMISSION DOES NOT INSPECT ANYTHING NOT NEEDED FOR THE PURPOSE OF AN INVESTIGATION. BEFORE AN AUTHORISATION IS ISSUED REQUIRING THE PRODUCTION OF BANKER’S BOOKS, THE MATTER IS CONSIDERED EITHER BY THE COMMISSIONER PERSONALLY OR BY HIS DEPUTY. THE POWER TO INSPECT BANKER’S BOOKS HAS BEEN ON THE STATUTE BOOK FOR SIX YEARS AND HAS NOT, TO MY KNOWLEDGE, CAUSED UNDUE INCONVENIENCE TO THE BANKING COMMUNITY,♦ HE TOLD THE COUNCIL.

HOWEVER, HE SAID HE PROPOSED THAT THE COMMISSIONER SHOULD MEET WITH THE EXCHANGE BANKS’ ASSOCIATION ABOUT EVERY SIX MONTHS TO ASCERTAIN IF THERE WERE ANY PROBLEMS.

MR GRIFFITHS SAID HE WOULD ALSO CONSULT THE CHIEF JUSTICE REGARDING REDUCING THE TIME-LAG IN APPEALS CONCERNING PROPERTY FROZEN BY ICAC AND WHETHER PROSECUTION FOR A NUMBER OF SUMMARY OFFENCES, NORMALLY HEARD BEFORE A MAGISTRATE, COULD INSTEAD BE DEALT WITH BY A DISTRICT COURT, AND NOT BE SUBJECT TO ANY TIME LIMIT.

THE MAJOR PROVISION WHICH WAS PASSED IN THE AMENDMENTS TO THE PREVENTION OF BRIBERY (AMENDMENT) BILL WAS THAT NO OFFENCE IS COMMITTED IF A PUBLIC SERVANT, OTHER THAN A GOVERNMENT OFFICER, SOLICITS OR ACCEPTS AN ADVANTAGE DIRECTLY RELATED TO HIS EMPLOYMENT WITH THE PERMISSION OF HIS EMPLOYER.

/IN RELATION

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IN RELATION TO THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION ;AMENDMENT) BILL 1980, MR GRIFFITHS ASSURED MEMBERS THAT THE ICAC *OULD ONLV INVESTIGATE BLACKMAIL CASES BY A CROWN SERVANT ONLY WHEN "HE COMMISSION +COMES ACROSS SUCH OFFENCES IN THE COURSE OF.THEIR INVESTIGATION INTO CORRUPTION CASES.+

OTHERWISE, HE SAID, SUCH CASES WOULD BE INVESTIGATED BY THE POLICE.

CLAUSE 4 OF THE BILL HAS BEEN AMENDED TO INTRODUCE A TIME LIMIT OK THE DETENTION OF PERSONS WHEN OFFICERS OF THE COMMISSION ARE SEARCHING PREMISES.

CLAMPDOWN ON LOAN SHARKS WELCOMED ******

UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WELCOMED THE MONEY LENDERS BILL I960 WHICH AIMS TO CLAMP DOWN ON LOAN SHARKS AND TO ENSURE BETTER PROTECTION TO BORROWERS IN ALL LOAN TRANSACTIONS BOTH AS REGARDS EXCESSIVE INTEREST RATES AND EXTORTIONATE STIPULATIONS.

+WE AGREE THAT EXISTING LEGISLATION IS NOT REALLY CAPABLE OF DEALING WITH THE PREVAILING EVIL OF LOANSHARK ING,+ THE HON LI FOOK-WO SAID AT THE RESUMPTION OF THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL TODAY.

+TAKING INTO ACCOUNT RECENT LEGISLATIVE CHANGES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE FACT THAT OUR OWN ORDINANCE IS COMPLETELY OUT-OF-DATE, WE CONSIDER THE BILL TO BE VERY TIMELY.*

HOWEVER, HE ASKED THE GOVERNMENT TO ALLOW A PERIOD OF AT LEAST THREE MONTHS BEFORE BRINGING THE NEW LEGISLATION INTO OPERATION TO ENABLE EXISTING MONEY LENDERS TO MAKE OTHER ARRANGEMENTS.

MR LI POINTED OUT THAT THE CONCEPT OF THE BILL WAS TO REGULARISE THE EFFECTIVE RATE OF INTEREST WHICH MAY BE CHARGED ON UNSECURED LOANS TO WAGE-EARNERS WHO, FOR GENUINE AND LEGITIMATE REASONS, MUST APPROACH A MONEY LENDER INSTEAD OF A BANK.

UNDER THE BILL, A MAXIMUM EFFECTIVE RATE OF 60 PER CENT PER ANNUM IN RESPECT OF ANY LOAN AGREEMENT IS PROPOSED. ANY RATE EXCEEDING THIS MAXIMUM WILL NOT BE ENFORCEABLE AND THE LENDER WILL BE LIABLE TO PROSECUTION.

WHERE PROCEEDINGS ARE TAKEN IN ANY COURT IN RESPECT OF A LOAN ANY EFFECTIVE RATE OF INTEREST EXCEEDING 48 PER CENT BUT NOT 60 PER CENT PER ANNUM WILL BE PRESUMED TO BE EXTORTIONATE UNLESS, HAVING REGARD TO ALL THE CIRCUMSTANCES RELATING TO THE LOAN AGREEMENT, THE COURT IS SATISFIED THAT SUCH A RATE IS NOT UNREASONABLE OR UNFAIR.

/MH LI .....

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 1080

MR LI NOTED THAT WHILE IT MAY BE ARGUED THAT THIS TWO

TIER RATE OF INTEREST IS ON THE HIGH SIDE, THE UNOFFICIALS TOOK THE VIEW THAT THE RATES ARE APPROPRIATE AT THIS PARTICULAR =OINT IN TIME, AND WOULD ALLOW SUFFICIENT MARGIN FOR THE REPUTABLE MONEY LENDER TO MEET A GENUINE SOCIAL NEED.

ON THE LICENSING OF MONEY LENDERS, MR LI ASKED FOR AN ASSURANCE FROM THE GOVERNMENT THAT A SIMPLER PROCEDURE FOR THE RENEWAL OF LICENCES SHOULD BE DEVISED TO AVOID UNNECESSARY DELAY FOR THE GENUINE APPLICANT, SINCE THE LICENSING SYSTEM PROPOSED IN THE BILL IS ALREADY VERY COMPREHENSIVE AND TIME-CONSUMING.

MR LI FURTHER POINTED OUT THAT, TO DISCOURAGE MONEY LENDERS FROM ENTERING FALSE PARTICULARS IN THE LOAN AGREEMENT RELATING TO THE CAPITAL SUM OR THE EFFECTIVE RATE OF INTEREST, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL HAD ASSURED THAT FALSIFICATION OF °ARTICULARS WOULD BE A CRIMINAL OFFENCE UNDER THE BILL.

THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS HAVE ALSO GIVEN CAREFUL CONSIDERATION TO THE POSITION OF UNINCORPORATED BUSINESSES WHICH MAKE COMMERCIAL LOANS IN THE COURSE OF THEIR NORMAL TRADING, ALTHOUGH MONEY LENDING AS SUCH IS NOT THEIR MAIN ACTIVITY.

THEY THOUGHT THAT THERE SHOULD BE A PROVISION FOR THIS TYPE OF TRANSACTION TO CONTINUE AND THE BILL WAS ACCORDINGLY AMENDED.

TWO OTHER UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS SPOKE ON THE BILL.

THE HON PETER C. WONG AGREED THAT THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION WOULD MAKE IT DIFFICULT FOR LOAN SHARKS TO OPERATE WITH IMPUNITY WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE LAW BUT EXPRESSED RESERVATIONS AS TO ITS EFFECTIVENESS IN STAMPING OUT LOANSHARKING ALTOGETHER, PARTICULARLY WHERE TRIADS ARE INVOLVED.

HE SAID THE BILL IS USEFUL ONLY IF DISPUTES ARE BROUGHT BEFORE COURT. BUT IN MANY CASES, THEY ARE NOT.

+LOAN SHARKS RUN BY TRIADS WILL CONTINUE, AS THEY DO NOW, TO RESORT TO ILLEGAL MEANS TO EXTRACT REPAYMENT AND THIS BILL WILL NOT MATERIALLY ASSIST THE MARRIED WOMAN, REFERRED TO BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, WHO WAS DRIVEN TO PROSTITUTION IN A DESPERATE ATTEMPT TO REPAY WHAT HER HUSBAND OWED,* MR WONG SAID.

♦FOR OBVIOUS REASONS, SUCH PEOPLE ARE NOT EAGER TO SEEK PROTECTION OF THE LAW.*

HE SUGGESTED THAT GREATER VIGILANCE ON THE PART OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AND BETTER PUBLIC RELATION CAMPAIGNS TO ENCOURAGE VICTIMS TO REPORT CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES MIGHT IN TIME REDUCE THE MENACE POSED BY TRIADS.

MR WONG ALSO FELT THAT THE PROPOSED TWO-TIER INTEREST RATE SYSTEM - 48 PER CENT AND 60 PER CENT - MAY SEEM TO BE ARBITRARY.

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♦BUT I AM PERSUADED THAT THEY ARE REALISTIC, HAVING REGARD TO THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC STRUCTURES IN HONG KONG.

♦AND THESE RATES ARE NOT FINAL AS THEY MAY BE ALTERED BY RESOLUTION OF THIS COUNCIL IF IT SHOULD APPEAR THAT THE RATES WERE NO LONGER APPROPRIATE,* HE ADDED.

THE HON ANDREW SO EXPRESSED CONCERN OVER THE LACK OF PROVISION IN THE BILL TO PROHIBIT MONEY LENDERS FROM RESORTING TO INTIMIDATORY METHODS TO RECOVER MONEY FROM DELINQUENT BORROWERS.

HE SAID* *IT IS WELL KNOWN THAT SOME MONEY LENDERS IN THE PAST HAVE PUT UP POSTERS STATING THAT A CERTAIN BORROWER HAS wELSHED ON HIS DEBT.

♦SOME EVEN BEAT UP BORROWERS WHO FAIL TO REPAY THEIR DEBTS OR USE OTHER EXTREME MEANS TO COLLECT, MEANS THAT INVOLVE THE USE OR THREATENED USE OF VIOLENCE, OR OTHER CRIMINAL ACTS TO CAUSE HARM TO THE BORROWER, HIS REPUTATION OR HIS PROPERTY.+

MR SO URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO CONSIDER THIS ASPECT OF MONEY LENDING OPERATIONS.

ON THE FORMAT OF PROMISSORY NOTES, HE SUGGESTED THAT THE REGISTRAR GENERAL SHOULD DRAW UP, AND RECOMMEND FOR USE BY MONEY LENDERS, A DOCUMENT IN SIMPLE AND YET LEGALLY ADEQUATE LANGUAGE.

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THE MONEY LENDERS BILL 1980 AIMED AT PROVIDING MACHINERY TO ASSIST IN STAMPING OUT THE SCOURGE OF LOANSHARKING WAS PASSED INTO LAW WITH AN AMENDMENT IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THE AMENDMENT WHICH WAS INTRODUCED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON JOHN GRIFFITHS, EXTENDED TO UNINCORPORATED BUSINESSES, WHOSE MAIN BUSINESS IS NOT MONEY LENDING. BUT WHO MAKE LOANS AS AN INCIDENTAL ASPECT OF THEIR BUSINESS, THE EXEMPTION FROM LICENSING REQUIREMENTS AND MANDATORY PROCEDURES LAID DOWN IN THE BILL.

MR GRIFFITHS SAID SUCH AN EXCLUSION WAS MADE AFTER CONSULTATIONS WITH UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WHO HAD REPRESENTED TO HIM THAT MANY LEGITIMATE BUSINESSES RUN BY PARTNERSHIPS AND INDIVIDUALS WOULD BE UNNECESSARILY INCONVENIENCED IF THEY WERE REQUIRED TO BE LICENSED MERELY BECAUSE AN INCIDENTAL PART OF THEIR BUSINESS INVOLVED GIVING LOANS.

EXAMPLES OF SUCH BUSINESSES WOULD BE IMPORT/EXPORT HOUSES w'HO GAVE LOANS TO MANUFACTURERS WHO WERE MAKING GOODS TO THEIR CRDER.

/BUT HE....

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BUT HE STRESSED THAT THE UNIVERSAL BAN ON INTEREST IN EXCESS OF 60 PER CENT PER ANNUM WOULD APPLY TO ALL TRANSACTIONS WHERE INTEREST FALLS TO BE PAID, WHETHER OR NOT THE LENDING OF MONEY IS THE MAIN OBJECT, OR ONLY AN INCIDENTAL OR ANCILLARY ASPECT OF THE BUSINESS IN QUESTION.

HE NOTED THAT THE EXEMPTION OF SUCH BUSINESSES PRESENTS ITS OWN PROBLEMS IN THE CAMPAIGN TO ELIMINATE LOAN SHARKS. HOWEVER, HE WAS CONFIDENT THAT OTHER EQUALLY EFFECTIVE MEANS OF COUNTERING LOANSHARKING ACTIVITIES WOULD BE FOUND WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE GENERAL PROVISIONS OF THE NEW LEGISLATION.

IN REPLY TO POINTS RAISED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS, MR GRIFFITHS SAID IT WAS THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION SHORTLY BEFORE THE LEGISLATION COMES INTO OPERATION TO MOUNT A PUBLIC RELATIONS CAMPAIGN SO THAT THE PUBLIC MAY BE FULLY INFORMED OF THE PROTECTION OFFERED THEM. THEY WILL ALSO BE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT BREACHES OF THE LAW BY LOAN SHARKS.

HE ASSURED THAT WHERE MONEY LENDERS RESORT TO CRIMINAL METHODS TO ENFORCE REPAYMENT, THEY WILL, IF THERE IS EVIDENCE OF THIS, BE PROSECUTED.

ON THE PROBLEM CREATED BY OTHER INTIMIDATORY METHODS, SUCH AS DISPLAYING PUBLICLY ON POSTERS THE NAMES OF BORROWERS SUGGESTING THAT THEY HAVE WELSHED ON THEIR BETS, MR GRIFFITHS SAID THIS COULD BE DRAWN TO THE ATTENTION OF THE LICENSING COURT WHEN APPLICATION IS MADE FOR RENEWAL.

THE COURT CAN, IF IT CONSIDERS THAT SUCH UNDESIRABLE PRACTICES HAVE BEEN INDULGED IN SUFFICIENTLY, FREQUENTLY AND ARE SUFFICIENTLY REPREHENSIBLE, REFUSE TO RENEW THE LICENCE ON THE GROUNDS THAT IT IS NOT IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST TO DO SO.

ON THE TWO RATES OF INTEREST OF 48 PER CENT AND 60 PER CENT SET OUT IN THE LEGISLATION, MR GRIFFITHS SAID HE WAS GLAD THE UNOFFICIALS FELT THEY WERE APPROPRIATE AT PRESENT.

HOWEVER, HE SAID, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD WATCH TO SEE HOW THEY OPERATE IN PRACTICE AND WOULD NOT HESITATE TO ASK THE COUNCIL TO ALTER THEM SHOULD THEY BE PROVED TO BE EITHER TOO HIGH OR TOO LOW.

HE ALSO ASSURED THAT THE LICENSING AND IN PARTICULAR THE RENEWAL OF LICENCE PROCEDURES WOULD BE KEPT UNDER REVIEW BY THE REGISTRAR TO SEE THAT IN PRACTICE THEY OPERATE EXPEDITIOUSLY AND FAIRLY AND THAT IF CHANGES APPEAR DESIRABLE, NECESSARY AMENDMENTS *OULD BE BROUGHT BEFORE THE COUNCIL IN DUE COURSE.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 1980

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YAUMATI FERRY FARES REVISED * * * *

INCREASES IN PASSENGER FARES ON THE SHORTER CROSS-HARBOUR SERVICES AND FOR SOME CATEGORIES OF VEHICLES ON VEHICULAR FERRY SERVICES OF THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY WILL BE INTRODUCED FROM JULY 1.

THE INCREASES WERE APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY. THE MAIN CHANGE IS IN THE CROSS-HARBOUR FARE WHICH WILL BE RAISED FROM 50 CENTS TO 60 CENTS FOR ADULTS. CHILDREN WILL STILL BE CHARGED 30 CENTS.

THE COST OF MONTHLY TICKETS WILL BE INCREASED FROM $20 TO $24 FOR ADULTS AND FROM $10 TO $12 FOR CHILDREN.

FOR LIGHT BUSES AND OMNIBUSES USING THE VEHICULAR SERVICE, THE CHARGES WILL BE INCREASED FROM $6 TO $7, AND GOODS VEHICLES FROM $6, $9 AND $12 TO $7, $10 AND $15 RESPECTIVELY, ACCORDING TO THEIR WEIGHT.

THERE WILL BE NO INCREASE IN CHARGES FOR OTHER VEHICLES, INCLUDING PRIVATE CARS, TAXIS AND MOTOR CYCLES.

MOVING THE MOTION IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON DEREK JONES EXPLAINED THAT THERE WAS A DECLINE IN PROFITABILITY IN THE FERRY COMPANY’S SERVICES MAINLY DUE TO INCREASE IN FUEL COSTS AND A DROP IN THE PREDICTED REVENUE FROM VEHICULAR FERRY CHARGES AS A RESULT OF LOWER THAN EXPECTED PATRONAGE, PARTICULARLY BY DANGEROUS GOODS VEHICLES.

♦THE INCREASES IN FARES AND CHARGES NOW PROPOSED ARE EXPECTED TO BRING BACK THE PROFITABILITY OF THE COMPANY’S FERRY OPERATIONS IN 1980 TO BETWEEN FIVE AND SIX PER CENT,+ HE SAID.

HOWEVER, HE DID NOT RULE OUT THE POSSIBILITY OF A FURTHER GENERAL INCREASE IN FERRY FARES LATER THIS YEAR OR EARLY IN 1981 SHOULD OPERATING COSTS, PARTICULARLY FUEL COSTS INCREASE FURTHER, OR IF PASSENGER NUMBERS WERE TO DROP.

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+GUESSTIMATE+ OF SQUATTER POPULATION

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THE EXTENT OF SQUATTING THROUGHOUT HONG KONG IS SUBSTANTIAL, AND A *GUESSTIMATE+ OF THE TOTAL COULD RUN AS HIGH AS 750 000 PEOPLE.

THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, THE HON DONALD LIAO, SAID THIS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS AFTERNOON.

MR LIAO SAIDi +IN THE ABSENCE OF A FULL-SCALE SURVEY, NO ACCURATE FIGURES ARE AVAILABLE REGARDING SQUATTERS. HOWEVER, IT IS NOW ESTIMATED THAT THIS SECTOR OF THE POPULATION COULD COMPRISE AS MANY AS THREE-QUARTERS OF A MILLION PEOPLE.*

HE SAID THAT THE SQUATTER CONTROL DIVISION OF THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT WAS BEING GREATLY STRENGTHENED AND THAT ABOUT 5 000 HUTS HAD BEEN DEMOLISHED IN THE PAST THREE MONTHS.

DESPITE THESE EFFORTS, HOWEVER, THE NUMBER OF NEW OCCUPIED HUTS WAS INCREASING BY 400 A MONTH.

+THE STRENGTHENING OF STAFF RESOURCES WILL ENABLE THE DEPARTMENT TO CONCENTRATE ITS EFFORTS ON KNOWN SQUATTER BLACKSPOTS WHICH ARE DAILY ATTRACTING NEW SQUATTERS AND HUT BUILDERS,* HE SAID.

+ALSO, WITH VIGOROUS LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTION IT WILL PROVE POSSIBLE TO CONTAIN FRESH SQUATTING IN AREAS DUE FOR DEVELOPMENT, BUT I AM UNDER NO ILLUSIONS ABOUT REDUCING THE PROBLEM.

+THE PEOPLE ARE HERE IN HONG KONG, MORE ARE ARRIVING DAILY AND THEY HAVE TO LIVE SOMEWHERE. IN OUR PRESENT HOUSING SITUATION, FOR MOST OF THEM THAT ’SOMEWHERE’ IS INEVITABLY A SQUATTER HUT.*

SINCE 1976, HE SAID, THE GOVERNMENT HAD ADOPTED A POLICY OF CONTAINING SQUATTING IN AREAS SCHEDULED FOR DEVELOPMENT, BY USING INTENSIVE PATROLLING.

IN OTHER AREAS THERE WAS MORE GENERAL PATROLLING, AND HUTS WHICH WERE QUICKLY ERECTED AND OCCUPIED WERE ALLOWED TO STAND TO AVOID THE CONSIDERABLE REHOUSING COMMITMENT THAT WOULD ARISE FROM THEIR DEMOLITION.

MR LIAO SAID THE MOST ACTIVE AREA FOR SQUATTING WAS EAST KOWLOON, WHERE RACKETEERS WERE CAPITALISING ON THE HOMELESSNESS OF NEW ARRIVALS BY SELLING THEM HUTS OF 200 SQ FT AT MORE THAN $10 000.

♦THE ADDED LURE OF EVENTUAL PUBLIC HOUSING, SHOULD THE SQUATTER LOSE HIS HOME AS THE RESULT OF A FIRE, DEVELOPMENT CLEARANCE OR SQUATTER CONTROL ACTION, PERMITS THE RACKETEERS TO CHARGE THESE EXORBITANT PRICES,* HE ADDED.

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WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION LEVELS TO BE ADJUSTED ******

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT INTENDS TO REVIEW EVERY TWO YEARS THE LEVELS OF WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF CHANGES IN *AGE LEVELS AND THE COST OF LIVING.

TO FACILITATE FUTURE ADJUSTMENTS, THE WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980, WHICH WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY, PROVIDES THAT THE VARIOUS LEVELS OF COMPENSATION MAY BE AMENDED BY RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL.

DISCLOSING THIS IN THE COUNCIL, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON J.N. HENDERSON, POINTED OUT THAT THE NEW LEVELS OF COMPENSATION PROPOSED BY THE BILL WERE IN FACT HIGHER THAN THOSE ORIGINALLY RECOMMENDED BY A WORKING PARTY IN 1978, HAVING BEEN ADJUSTED TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE INCREASES IN WAGES AND COST OF LIVING WHICH OCCURRED DURING 1978/79.

♦NEVERTHELESS, IF HONOURABLE MEMBERS CONSIDER THAT THEY ARE STILL ON THE LOW SIDE AND WISH TO ADJUST THEM FURTHER TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE INCREASES WHICH HAVE TAKEN PLACE DURING 1979/80, I SHOULD BE PREPARED TO CONSIDER DOING THIS AT THE COMMITTEE STAGE.

♦ON THE WHOLE I CONSIDER THAT THERE IS A CASE FOR DOING THIS, PARTICULARLY IN VIEW OF THE TIME NECESSARY TO BRING THE BILL INTO FORCE.♦

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, MR HENDERSON SAID THE RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY THE WORKING PARTY WOULD BE IMPLEMENTED IN TWO STAGES.

THE FIRST STAGE WAS THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS WHICH NEEDED TO BE IMPLEMENTED URGENTLY. THEY INCLUDED THE EXTENSION OF WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION TO ALL EMPLOYEES, INCREASED LEVELS OF COMPENSATION, PAYMENT FOR REPAIR AND RENEWAL OF PROSTHESES AND SURGICAL APPLIANCES AND REVISION OF THE FIRST SCHEDULE IN THE WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION ORDINANCE.

OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS WOULD BE DEALT WITH BY FURTHER LEGISLATION IN THE SECOND STAGE. THESE WOULD INVOLVE THE INTRODUCTION OF COMPULSORY INSURANCE, THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A TWO-TIER EMPLOYEES COMPENSATION BOARD, MEASURES TO EXPEDITE THE PROCESSING OF COMPENSATION CASES AND VARIOUS OTHER AMENDMENTS AIMED AT IMPROVING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE EXISTING PROVISIONS OF THE ORDINANCE.

MR HENDERSON DISCLOSED THAT THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAD RECENTLY APPROVED IN PRINCIPLE THE INTRODUCTION OF COMPULSORY INSURANCE.

♦I HOPE TO INTRODUCE THE FURTHER LEGISLATION INTO THIS COUNCIL DURING THE 1980/81 SESSION,* HE ADDED.

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THE COMMISSIONER WENT ON TO SAY THAT THE BILL PROPOSED TO REMOVE THE 15 000 PER MONTH WAGE CEILING FOR NON-MANUAL EMPLOYEES, EXTENDING THE ORDINANCE TO COVER ALL EMPLOYEES IRRESPECTIVE OF THEJR EARNINGS.

THIS WAS NECESSARY BECAUSE THE DISTINCTION, BOTH IN LEGAL TERMS AND PRACTICE, BETWEEN MANUAL AND NON-MANUAL WORKERS, WAS FAST DISAPPEARING IN MANY TRADES AND INDUSTRIES.

IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT ABOUT 55 000 EMPLOYEES WHO HAD HITHERTO BEEN UNPROTECTED WOULD BE BROUGHT WITHIN THE AMBIT OF THE ORDINANCE BY THE AMENDMENT.

SPEAKING OF THE NEW LEVELS OF WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION PROPOSED BY THE BILL, MR HENDERSON SAID THE PRESENT MAXIMUM LEVELS OF 360 000 FOR DEATH AND $80 000 FOR PERMANENT TOTAL INCAPACITY WOULD BE RAISED TO $147 000 AND $168 000 RESPECTIVELY.

THE MINIMUM LEVELS WOULD BE RAISED FROM $9 000 FOR DEATH AND $12 800 FOR PERMANENT TOTAL INCAPACITY TO $49 000 AND 856 000 RESPECTIVELY.

AT THE SAME TIME THREE AGE GROUPS WOULD BE INTRODUCED TO AWARD COMPENSATION IN TERMS OF THE NUMBER OF MONTHS’ EARNINGS, RECOGNISING THE FACT THAT A YOUNGER PERSON INJURED AT WORK INEVITABLY SUFFERED A GREATER LOSS OF FUTURE EARNING CAPACITY THAN AN OLDER PERSON.

FOR EMPLOYEES UNDER 40 YEARS OF AGE, THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF MONTHS’ EARNINGS PROPOSED WAS 84 MONTHS FOR DEATH AND 96 MONTHS FOR PERMANENT TOTAL INCAPACITY- FOR THOSE AGED 40 TO UNDER 56 THE LIMITS WERE 60 MONTHS AND 72 MONTHS AND FOR EMPLOYEES AGED 56 AND OVER, 36 MONTHS AND 48 MONTHS.

HOWEVER, THEBE LIMITS WOULD BE SUBJECT TO THE PROPOSED MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM LEVELS.

MR HENDERSON SAID OTHER PROVISIONS PROPOSED BY THE BILL WERE 1

* TO RAISE THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF MEDICAL AND BURIAL EXPENSES PAYABLE FOR A DECEASED EMPLOYEE LEAVING NO DEPENDANTS FROM $800 TO $2 000-

* TO RAISE THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF CONSTANT ATTENTION ALLOWANCE PAYABLE IN THE CASE OF TOTAL PERMANENT INCAPACITY FROM $32 000 TO $67 000-

X TO REQUIRE AN EMPLOYER TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COST OF REPAIR AND RENEWAL OF ANY PROSTHESES OR SURGICAL APPLIANCE FOR A WORKER FOR A PERIOD OF 10 YEARS AFTER THE INITIAL FITTING, SUBJECT TO A MAXIMUM OF $30 000. THE COST OF ANY FURTHER REPAIR AND RENEWAL AFTER THE PERIOD WOULD BE BORNE BY THE GOVERNMENT- AND

X TO EXPAND THE CATEGORIES OF INJURY AND RAISE THE PERCENTAGE FIGURES LISTED IN THE FIRST SCHEDULE IN THE ORDINANCE IN CERTAIN CASES TO BRING IT INTO LINE WITH CURRENT PRACTICE IN OTHER COUNTRIES.

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MR HENDERSON POINTED OUT THAT WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION WAS i STATUTORY RESPONSIBILITY IMPOSED ON THE EMPLOYER AND WAS BASED ON THE *NO FAULT* PRINCIPLE.

IK CASES WHERE THERE MIGHT BE NEGLIGENCE ON THE PART OF THE -UPLOYER THE INJURED WORKER (OR HIS DEPENDANTS IN A CASE OF •EATH) COULD CLAIM CIVIL DAMAGES THROUGH THE COURTS FOR WHICH •HERE WAS NO FIXED MAXIMUM LEVEL. PAYMENT OF COMPENSATION UNDER THE ORDINANCE WAS NO BAR TO A CLAIM FOR DAMAGES.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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APPRENTICESHIP LAW MADE EVEN BETTER

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SINCE COMING INTO FORCE IN 1976, THE APPRENTICESHIP ORDINANCE HAS HAD FAR-REACHING BENEFICIAL EFFECTS ON APPRENTICE TRAINING IN HONG KONG.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON J.N. HENDERSON, TODAY WHEN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE APPRENTICESHIP (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980 IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

MR HENDERSON SAID THE ORDINANCE HAD BROUGHT ABOUT IMPROVEMENTS, BOTH QUALITATIVE AS WELL AS QUANTITATIVE, IN THE TRAINING OF YOUNG PEOPLE ENGAGED IN DESIGNATED TRADES AND, TO A LESSER EXTENT, IN NON-DESIGNATED TRADES.

TO DATE, 36 CRAFT TRADES HAD BEEN SPECIFIED AS DESIGNATED TRADES, AND BY LAST APRIL, THE NUMBER OF REGISTERED APPRENTICES IN THESE TRADES WAS MORE THAN 7 600.

IN ADDITION, THERE WERE 533 CRAFT AND 886 TECHNICAL APPRENTICES IN NON-DESIGNATED TRADES, WHOSE CONTRACTS HAD BEEN VOLUNTARILY REGISTERED UNDER THE ORDINANCE, BRINGING THE TOTAL OF REGISTERED APPRENTICES TO OVER 9 000.

SINCE 1976 MORE THAN 13 700 APPRENTICES HAD HAD THEIR CONTRACTS REGISTERED.

MR HENDERSON POINTED OUT THAT THE BILL WAS THE RESULT OF A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF THE ORDINANCE AND ITS SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION.

THE BILL CONTAINED VARIOUS AMENDMENTS DESIGNED TO TIDY UP THE WORDING IN PLACES, TO REMOVE MINOR ANOMALIES, TO RECTIFY SOME OMISSIONS AND TO REFLECT RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN OTHER LEGISLATION GOVERNING THE EMPLOYMENT OF YOUNG PEOPLE.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

THE APPRENTICESHIP (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1980, WHICH WERE MADE FOLLOWING THE REVIEW, WERE LATER MOVED BY MR HENDERSON AND WERE APPROVED BY THE COUNCIL.

/MR HENDERSON

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MR HENDERSON SAID THE AMENDMENTS SOUGHT TO LIMIT THE PERIOD DURING WHICH REGISTERED APPRENTICES AGED BELOW 18 YEARS COULD BE EMPLOYED TO BETWEEN 7 AM AND 7 PM. THE LIMITATION WOULD APPLY EVEN IF OVERTIME WAS WORKED.

TOGETHER, THE REGULATIONS WOULD EFFECTIVELY ENSURE THAT YOUNG APPRENTICES BELOW THE AGE OF 18 YEARS WOULD HAVE A NIGHT REST •OF 12 CONSECUTIVE HOURS IN LINE WITH INTERNATIONAL LABOUR CONVENTION NO 90.

IN ADDITION, THE AMENDMENTS WOULD ALLOW REGISTERED APPRENTICES OF 16 YEARS AND ABOVE TO WORK UP TO 10 HOURS IN ANY DAY BETWEEN 7 AM AND 7 PM SUCH THAT THE HOURS WORKED IN EXCESS OF EIGHT HOURS WOULD NOT BE COUNTED AS OVERTIME EMPLOYMENT, PROVIDED THAT THE TOTAL HOURS WORKED IN ANY WEEK DID NOT EXCEED 48.

THE NEW REGULATIONS WOULD PROVIDE A REGISTERED APPRENTICE WITH AN EXTRA REST DAY IN ANY WEEK WHICH CONTAINED A STATUTORY HOLIDAY. THESE PROVISIONS ALREADY EXISTED IN THE EMPLOYMENT CRD I NANCE AND APPLIED TO YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WERE NOT REGISTERED APPRENTICES, SAID MR HENDERSON.

MR HENDERSON PROPOSED THAT THE REGULATIONS BE BROUGHT INTO OPERATION ON SEPTEMBER 1, 1980 TO GIVE EMPLOYERS AND APPRENTICES ADEQUATE NOTICE OF THE CHANGES.

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CROWD CONTROL AT OUT-DOOR CONCERTS

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THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS DECIDED NOT TO ORGANISE PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS WHICH ARE LIKELY TO DRAW LARGE AUDIENCES AT PLACES SUCH AS KOWLOON PARK WHERE PROPER ADMISSION CONTROL IS IMPRACTICABLE, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON LEWIS DAVIES SAID TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON ANDREW SO IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR DAVIES SAID FACILITIES DESIGNED TO ACCOMMODATE LARGE NUMBERS OF SPECTATORS, SUCH AS HONG KONG STADIUM AND THE MONG KOK STADIUM WOULD BE USED INSTEAD.

TWO OTHER MEASURES TO TO THE ONE AT KOWLOON PARK

PREVENT A RECURRENCE OF INCIDENTS SIMILAR ON JUNE 8 HAVE ALSO BEEN TAKEN.

THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL EXERCISE CAREFUL AND APPROPRIATE CONTROL OF PRE-EVENT PROMOTION AND PUBLICITY TO AVOID DRAWING EXCESSIVELY LARGE CROWDS.

♦THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE HAS ADVISED POLICE DISTRICT AND DIVISIONAL COMMANDERS TO LIAISE MORE CLOSELY WITH THE DEPARTMENT IN FUTURE SO AS TO ENSURE A SUFFICIENT POLICE PRESENCE AT ALL URBAN COUNCIL PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS,+ MR DAVIES ADDED.

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HE POINTED OUT THAT AT THE CONCERT EARLIER THIS MONTH, MINOR DISORDER INVOLVING NO CASUALTIES BUT INCLUDING DAMAGE TO THREE VEHICLES OCCURRED.

THE ORGANISERS ESTIMATED AN AUDIENCE OF BETWEEN SIX AND SEVEN THOUSAND AND PLANS WERE MADE ON THIS BASIS. IN THE EVENT THE ACTUAL TURN-OUT WAS THREE OR FOUR TIMES THAT NUMBER AND MAY HAVE BEEN INFLUENCED BY AN ILL-FOUNDED RUMOUR THAT A PARTICULARLY POPULAR LOCAL +POP+ STAR WOULD PERFORM AT THE CONCERT, HE SAID.

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WEIGHTIER PENALTIES FOR TRAFFIC OFFENCES ******

COME SUNDAY WEEK (JULY 6) MOTORISTS WHO PARK ILLEGALLY WITHOUT WORRYING TOO MUCH ABOUT THE RELATIVELY CHEAP FIXED PENALTY FINE COULD FIND A LITTLE SOMETHING EXTRA ON THEIR WINDSCREENS.

THAT IS THE DAY THE NEW +INFLATED* PENALTY COMES INTO EFFECT. AFTER THAT MOTORISTS WHO PARK ILLEGALLY WILL BE FACED WITH A FINE OF $70 INSTEAD OF THE PRESENT 130.

STRESSED A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN 1 +THE PRESENT $30 PENALTY IS NO LONGER EFFECTIVE AS A DETERRENT TO ILLEGAL PARKING.

+AN INCREASE IS NEEDED TO MAKE IT SO.*

HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT SEVERE TRAFFIC CONGESTION AND DANGER TO PEDESTRIANS WAS OFTEN CAUSED BY ILLEGALLY PARKED VEHICLES, AND IT WAS HOPED THE INCREASED PENALTY WOULD +G0 SOME WAY* TO RELIEVING THE PROBLEM.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO EXPLAINED THAT THE $30 FIXED PENALTY WAS INTRODUCED WHEN THE FIXED PENALTY (TRAFFIC CONTRAVENTIONS) ORDINANCE CAME INTO EFFECT IN 1971, AND HAS REMAINED UNCHANGED SINCE.

ALSO FROM SUNDAY WEEK, FIXED PENALTIES FOR MOVING TRAFFIC OFFENCES WILL BE INCREASED.

THERE ARE AT PRESENT 74 OFFENCES WHICH ATTRACT FIXED PENALTIES RANGING FROM $50 TO $200.

WHILE THESE CAME INTO EFFECT WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF THE FIXED PENALTY (CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS) ORDINANCE IN 1976 THEY WERE, IN FACT, SET FOUR YEARS EARLIER.

♦A LAPSE OF EIGHT YEARS IS CONSIDERED SUFFICIENTLY LONG ENOUGH TO MERIT A REVISION,* SAID THE SPOKESMAN. *THERE IS ALSO THE NEED TO MAINTAIN THE RELATIVITY BETWEEN THE PENALTIES FOR PARKING AND MOVING OFFENCES WHICH ARE GENERALLY MORE SERIOUS.*

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THE RESULT IS THAT $50 FIXED PENALTIES WILL BE INCREASED TO $100, AND THE $100 PENALTIES WILL BE RAISED TO $200.

THE INCREASED FINES WERE APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN NOVEMBER LAST YEAR.

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FULL POLICE POWERS FOR AUXILIARIES

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A BILL PROPOSING TO GIVE AUXILIARY POLICEMEN SIMILAR STATUTORY POWERS AS THEIR REGULAR COUNTERPARTS WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON LEWIS DAVIES, IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY POLICE FORCE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980 EXPLAINED THAT AS A RESULT OF THE DETERIORATING CRIME SITUATION IN 1972, ELEMENTS OF THE AUXILIARY POLICE WERE CALLED OUT TO SUPPLEMENT THE REGULAR UNIFORM BRANCH IN A NORMAL CONSTABULARY ROLE.

♦WHAT WAS THEN REGARDED AS A TEMPORARY MEASURE HAS, IN PRACTICE, CONTINUED EVER SINCE BECAUSE THERE HAS BEEN A NEED TO MAKE GOOD SHORTFALLS IN THE STRENGTH OF THE REGULAR POLICE, OCCASIONED BY THE EXPANSION OF THE PAST FEW YEARS AND BECAUSE THE AUXILIARIES HAVE SHOWN THAT THEY HAVE A MOST VALUABLE ROLE TO PLAY IN CERTAIN TYPES CF POLICING,+ MR DAVIES SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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TRADE DESCRIPTIONS BILL PUT TO LEGCO **>•**

A BILL WHICH SEEKS TO GIVE CONSUMERS GREATER PROTECTION AND TO PROVIDE MORE STRINGENT CONTROL OVER FORGERY OF TRADE MARKS WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COINCIL TODAY.

SPEAKING AT THE SECOND READING OF THE TRADE DESCRIPTIONS BILL 1980, THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON DAVID JEAFFRESON SAID THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL WOULD BE EMPOWERED TO MAKE +MARKING ORDERS* REQUIRING GOODS TO BE MARKED OR TO BE ACCOMPANIED BY INFORMATION OR BY INSTRUCTIONS RELATING TO THE GOODS.

IT IS ENVISAGED THAT MARKING ORDERS WILL BE SOUGHT ONLY FOR GOODS IN RESPECT OF WHICH PURCHASERS CAN BE EASILY DECE IVED FOR EXAMPLE FOOD AND GOLD ARTICLES, HE SAID. hOR

THE BILL ALSO SEEKS TO CONFER A POWER TO REQUIRE ADVERTISEMENT FOR GOODS TO CARRY SPECIFIED INFORMATION WHETHER OR NOT THERE IS A MARKING ORDER IN FORCE IN RELATION TO THE GOODS ADVERTISED.

/IN ADDITION

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IN ADDITION, THE DEFINITION OF TRADE DESCRIPTIONS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO OPERATE IN TWO AREAS, ADVERTISEMENTS AND MARKING ORDERS.

ON TRADE MARKS, MR JEAFFRESON SAID THE BILL RESTATED THE EXISTING LAW RELATING TO THE FORGERY OF TRADE MARKS AND THE APPLICATION OF FORGED TRADE MARKS ON GOODS.

+THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IS THAT THE BILL OMITS THE REQUIREMENT FOR COMPLAINANTS TO PROVIDE A SECURITY AGAINST COSTS INCURRED BY THE GOVERNMENT AS A PRE-REQUISITE TO OFFICIAL PROSECUTION.

♦THIS IS BECAUSE, AS TRADE MARK OFFENCES ARE BASICALLY INVASIONS OF PRIVATE RIGHTS, CIVIL ACTION PROVIDES A MORE SUITABLE AND EQUITABLE METHOD OF DEALING WITH INFRINGEMENT,* HE SAID.

MR JEAFFRESON NOTED THAT CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS WILL NOW ONLY BE INSTITUTED IN TWO MAIN TYPES OF CASES. FIRST, WHERE THE TRADE MARKS ENJOY WORLD WIDE RECOGNITION AND THE TOLERATION OF THEIR INFRINGEMENT WILL BE DETRIMENTAL TO HONG KONG’S REPUTATION AS A TRADING AND SHOPPING CENTRE. SECOND, WHERE THE TRADE MARK INFRINGEMENTS ARE DETRIMENTAL TO THE INTERESTS OF CONSUMERS IN HONG KONG WHO COULD NOT OTHERWISE BE EXPECTED TO PROTECT THEMSELVES IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES.

MR JEAFFRESON SAID THE BILL DIFFERED FROM ITS UK COUNTERPART IN ONE SIGNIFICANT ASPECT, IN THAT IT MAKES NO PROVISIONS FOR THE PROHIBITION OF MISDESCRIPTION IN RESPECT OF PRICES, SERVICES, ACCOMMODATION AND FACILITIES. DUE TO DIFFICULTIES IN ENFORCING APPROPRIATE PROVISIONS THEY ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE BILL FOR THE TIME BEING. BUT THE ISSUE WOULD BE RECONSIDERED IN THE LIGHT OF EXPERIENCE IN ENFORCING THE NEW LEGISLATION.

ENFORCEMENT OF THE AMENDING LEGISLATION WILL REST WITH THE TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT. THE PENALTIES INVOLVED HAVE BEEN RAISED FROM THE PRESENT LEVELS IN THE MERCHANDISE MARKS ORDINANCE TO A FINE OF $100 QOO AND IMPRISONMENT FOR TWO YEARS UPON SUMMARY CONVICTION AND A FINE OF $500 000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR FIVE YEARS UPON CONVICTION ON INDICTMENT.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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BAN ON PYRAMID SELLING SUPPORTED * * * *

THE HON PETER C. WONG SPOKE IN SUPPORT OF THE PYRAMID SELLING PROHIBITION BILL 1980 AT ITS SECOND READING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

HE POINTED OUT HOWEVER THAT THE EFFICACY OF THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION REMAINED TO BE TESTED.

♦WITH EXPERIENCE FROM ACTUAL APPLICATION, AMENDMENTS WOULD NO DOUBT RECTIFY ANY DEFECTS THAT MIGHT BE FOUND TO EX 1ST,♦ HE SAID.

AN AD HOC GROUP OF UNOFFICIAL COUNCIL MEMBERS CONVENED BY HIM HAS CAREFULLY CONSIDERED THE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL WHICH, HE SAID, +CALLS FOR CLOSE SCRUTINY AS IT TREADS ON DELICATE GROUND*.

♦THE GROUP HAD A USEFUL SESSION WITH SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, INCLUDING THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES AND A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT.

♦SEVERAL ASPECTS OF THE BILL WERE DISCUSSED AND THE GROUP IS SATISFIED THAT, GIVEN THE COMPLEXITY OF THE MATTER, GOVERNMENT HAS SUCCEEDED IN PRODUCING A BILL THAT SHOULD STOP THOSE NOW ENGAGED IN PYRAMID SELLING AND SERVE AS A DETERRENT TO THOSE CONTEMPLATING SUCH UNDESIRABLE ACTIVITIES,+ HE SAID.

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WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ZONES TO BE SET UP ******

WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ZONES ARE TO BE ESTABLISHED IN VARIOUS PARTS OF HONG KONG TO CURB AN INCREASE IN POLLUTION, ACCORDING TO A NEW BILL INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRON! ENT, THE HON DEREK JONES, SAID THAT ONCE THE ZONES AND DATE >ERE ESTABLISHED BY THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL, IT WOULD BE Al OFFENCE TO PERMIT ANY POISONOUS, NOXIOUS OR POLLUTING MATTER OF A SPECIFIC TYPE TO ENTER THE ZONES, UNLESS THE DISCHAFGER HAD OBTAINED AN EXEMPTION PERMIT FROM THE WATER CO!TROL AUTHORITY.

ANY PERSON WHO FAILED TO OBTAIN A PERMIT AND WHO DISCHARGED PROHIBITED DEPOSITS FACED A MAXIMUh PENALTY OF $50 000 FOR THE FIRST OFFENCE, $100 000 FOR A SUBSEQUENT OFFENCE AND A FURTHER $5 000 DAILY IF THE OFFENCE WAS A CONTINUING ONE.

MR JONES SAID EXISTING DISCHARGERS THOSE IN BUSINESS BEFORE THE APPOINTED DAY — WOULD EE PERMITTED TO CONTINUE THEIR EMISSIONS, +S0 LONG AS THEY ARE NOT ENDANGERING PUBLIC HEALTH AND PROVIDED THAT THEY DO NCT EXCEED BY MORE THAN 30 PER CENT THE LEVEL OF DISCHARGE RECORDED DURING THE 12-MONTH PERIOD PRECEDING THE FIRST APPOINTED DAY.+

/A SECOND

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A SECOND APPOINTED DAY WOULD ALSO BE ESTABLISHED FOR NEW DISCHARGERS — A NEW BUSINESS OPERATION STARTING AFTER THE FIRST APPOINTED TIME — AND IN THIS CASE LICENCES WOULD BE REQUIRED BY THE WATER CONTROL AUTHORITY.

SUCH APPLICATIONS WOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT TO ENABLE ANY PERSON TO OBJECT ON THE GROUNDS THAT GRANTING A LICENCE WOULD LOWER THE WATER QUALITY OBJECTIVE.

MR JONES SAID THE BILL WAS DESIGNED TO ALLOW EXISTING INDUSTRY TO CONTINUE OPERATING IN A REASONABLE MANNER, WHILE GRADUALLY IMPROVING THE OVERALL SITUATION BY IMPOSING CONDITIONS ON NEW UNDERTAKINGS.

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SPECIAL UNIFORMED AND PLAIN CLOTHES POLICE PATROLS, BOTH MOBILE AND ON FOOT, ARE MOUNTED, AND POLICE DOGS ARE USED IN ALL POPULAR PICNICKING AREAS TO PROTECT PICNICKERS FROM ROBBERS, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON LEWIS DAVIES TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS AFTERNOON.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI, MR DAVIES SAID THESE PATROLS WERE INCREASED AT WEEKENDS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS AND IN ESPECIALLY POPULAR AREAS.

♦WITHIN COUNTRY PARKS. THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMEN ALSO MAINTAIN A PRESENCE AND LIAISES CLOSELY WITH THE POLICE. DAILY PATROLS ARE UNDERTAKEN BY FOREST GUARDS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AND POLICE HELP CAN BE SUMMONED QUICKLY IF NECESSARY THROUGH THE COUNTRY PARK MANAGEMENT CENTRES,♦ HE SAID.

♦THE DEPARTMENT HAS ALSO INTRODUCED AN EXPERIMENTAL SCHEME OF USING UNIFORMED PARK RANGERS TO PATROL THE TWO MOST POPULAR COUNTRY PARKS AT PLOVER COVE AND SOUTH LANTAO.

♦IT INTENDS TO EXTEND THE PARK RANGERS SCHEME TO ALL COUNTRY PARKS WITHIN THE NEXT TWO YEARS,♦ MR DAVIES ADDED.

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POWER TO SUSPEND SCHOOLS CLARIFIED

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THE PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE EDUCATION ORDINANCE IS TO AVOID PUBLIC MISINTERPRETATION OF THE POWER OF THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION CONCERNING CLOSURE OF SCHOOLS, SAID THE HON KENNETH TOPLEY, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE EDUCATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980, HE SAID THE AMENDMENT TO SECTION 83 OF THE ORDINANCE WOULD ENABLE THE DIRECTOR TO SUSPEMD THE OPERATION OF A SCHOOL FOR A SPECIFIED PERIOD.

+SHOULD IT BE NECESSARY TO CLOSE A SCHOOL, THE EXISTING POWERS OF THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL ARE AVAILABLE,+ HE SAID.

THIS AMENDMENT WOULD ALSO GIVE EFFECT TO ONE OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE FINAL REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE OF ENQUIRY INTO THE PRECIOUS BLOOD GOLDEN JUBILEE SECONDARY SCHOOL.

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CONTROL OF LORRIES WITH LIFTING GEAR

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THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON J.N. HENDERSON, SAID TODAY THAT HE WAS APPROACHING THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT TO SEE WHETHER SOME TESTING OR CERTIFICATION OF LIFTING GEAR ON LORRIES COULD BE COMBINED WITH THE ANNUAL INSPECTION OF GOODS VEHICLES.

HE ALSO SAID IT WAS NECESSARY TO CONSIDER WHETHER SOME FEATURES OF THE F^TORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (LIFTING APPLIANCES AND LIFTING GEAR) REGULATIONS MIGHT BE USEFULLY PUT INTO THE ROAD TRAFFIC (CONSTRUCTION AND USE) REGULATIONS, BEARING IN MIND THAT PUBLIC SAFETY AS WELL AS WORKER SAFETY MAy'bE INVOLVED WH?RE

AS WORKER SAFETY MAY BE INVOLVED WHERE BY THESE APPLIANCES TAKES PLACE ON PUBLIC

LOADING AND UNLOADING THOROUGHFARES.

H«VUr0U^L T0 THE hon

INSTALLATION AND USE OF LIFTING APPLIANCES ON GOODS VEHICLES.

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TACKLING FIRES AND FIRE HAZARDS *****

THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON LEWIS DAVIES, SAID TODAY THAT THERE WERE EXTREME DIFFICULTIES IN FIGHTING THE RECENT KWAI CHUNG GODOWN FIRE DUE TO THE AMOUNTS OF COMBUSTIBLE GOODS STORED IN THE PASSAGEWAYS AND EXITS OF THE AFFECTED PREMISES, WHICH PREVENTED FIRE OFFICERS FROM GAINING RAPID ACCESS TO THE SOURCE CF THE FIRE.

HE WAS REPLYING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO THE HON LI FOOK-WO WHO ALSO ASKED WHAT STEPS WOULD BE TAKEN TO ENSURE MORE EFFECTIVE FIRE FIGHTING IN FUTURE.

TO THIS, MR DAVIES SAID STEPS WERE CONTINUOUSLY BEING TAKEN TO MAINTAIN A HIGH STANDARD OF EFFECTIVENESS BY UPDATING FIRE-FIGHTING EQUIPMENT, RECRUITING AND TRAINING FIREMEN AND FIRE OFFICERS OF SUITABLE CALIBRE, BY ROUTINE DAILY FIRE EXERCISES, AND BY THE CONSTRUCTION OF ADDITIONAL FIRE STATIONS.

♦A LARGE PROGRAMME OF FIRE PREVENTION IS ALSO IMPLEMENTED. UNDER THIS THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT PUBLICISES THE DANGERS OF OBSTRUCTING EXITS, STAIRCASES AND LIFT LOBBIES, CARRIES OUT INSPECTIONS TO ABATE FIRE HAZARDS AND ALSO CHECKS THE PLANS OF NEW BUILDINGS TO ENSURE THAT APPROPRIATE MINIMUM FIRE PROTECTION IS PROVIDED. IT DOES ITS BEST THROUGH ITS INSPECTORATE AND BY THE USE OF LEGISLATIVE POWERS TO ENSURE THAT AREAS ARE CLEARED OF OBSTRUCTION AFTER AN INSPECTION,* HE SAID.

THEFT ORDINANCE IMPROVED * * * *

JUDICIAL DIFFICULTIES OF INTERPRETATION AND APPLICATION OF THE THEFT ORDINANCE MAY BE CLEARED UP WITH AMENDMENTS TO SOME SECTIONS OF THE ORDINANCE, THE LAW DRAFTSMAN, THE HON G.P. NAZARETH, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE THEFT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980, MR NAZARETH SAID THE ORDINANCE WAS DERIVED FROM THE 1968 THEFT ACT OF THE UNITED KINGDOM.

HOWEVER, ONE SECTION OF THE ACT WAS DESCRIBED BY THE COURT OF APPEAL IN ENGLAND AS *A JUDICIAL NIGHTMARE* AND IN HONG KONG IT PRESENTED THE COURTS WITH +MAJOR DIFFICULTIES OF INTERPRETATION AND APPLICATION*. t

IN ENGLAND, AMENDMENTS TO THE ACT WERE ENFORCED IN 1978. W NAZARETH SAID IT WAS NOW PROPOSED TO MAKE SIMILAR CHANGES TO THE THEFT ORDINANCE, MODELLED ON THE 1978 THEFT ACT, WITH ONE IMPORTANT DIFFERENCE — THE DISHONEST OBTAINING OF TIME FOR PAYMENT BY DECEPTION.

/IN THE .

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IN THE UNITED KINGDOM IT IS NOT A CRIMINAL OFFENCE IF THE DEBTOR INTENDS ULTIMATELY TO PAY.

♦THIS HAS NOT BEEN FOLLOWED IN THE BILL AND NEW SECTION 18B SPECIFICALLY RETAINS THE PRESENT LEGAL POSITION IN HONG KONG BY PROVIDING THAT IT IS AN OFFENCE TO DISHONESTLY INDUCE „ CREDITOR BY DECEPTION TO WAIT FOR PAYMENT EVEN IF THE DEFAULT IS NOT PERMANENT,♦ MR NAZARETH SAID.

IN THE COMMERCIALLY ORIENTED CIRCUMSTANCES OF HONG KONG, -€ SAID, THE IMPLICATIONS OF PERMITTING DEFERMENT OF THE DUE PAYMENT OF LARGE SUMS TO BE SECURED DISHONESTLY BY DECEPTION ARE TOO GRAVE TO BE SANCTIONED UNCHECKED.

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MTR BY-LAWS APPROVED

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL HAS APPROVED THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY (AMENDMENT) BY-LAWS 1980 WHICH WERE CONSIDERED NECESSARY BY THE MTR CORPORATION AS A RESULT OF EXPERIENCE GAINED IN THE OPERATION OF THE RAILWAY SINCE ITS OPENING IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR.

MOVING THE BY-LAWS TODAY, THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON DEREK JONES SAID A NUMBER OF PROBLEMS HAD ARISEN RELATING TO TICKETING ARRANGEMENTS AND FARE EVASION AND THAT THESE AMENDMENTS WOULD MORE CLEARLY DEFINE THE OFFENCES AND PENALTIES.

ONE OF THE AMENDMENTS DEFINES THE +PAID AREA* OF THE RAILWAY PREMISES AS THE AREA WHICH IS SET ASIDE FOR THE PURPOSE OF FARE PAYING PASSENGERS AND WHICH IS PROVIDED WITH TICKET GATES OR TURNSTILES FOR ENTRY OR EXIT.

A MAXIMUM FINE OF $500 WILL BE IMPOSED FOR ENTERING THE PAID AREA OR TRAVELLING WITHOUT HAVING PAID A FARE AND OBTAINING A TICKET, FOR FAILING TO SURRENDER A TICKET AND FOR REFUSING TO PAY A FARE, EXCESS FARE OR SURCHARGE.

A MAXIMUM PENALTY OF $1 000 WILL BE IMPOSED FOR OFFENCES RELATING TO ALTERING A TICKET AND USING A DAMAGED OR ALTERED TICKET.

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FAKE DRUG TRAFFICKING AN OFFENCE ******

*0RE ELECTIVE ACTION COULD BE TAKEN AGAINST PEOPLE WHO IF ‘ BILL T0 AMEND ™ “us

, ll,(. M°v|NG THE SECOND READING OF THE DANGEROUS DRUGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980 IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON LEWIS DAVIES SAID OWING TO THE SHORTAGE OF ILLICIT DRUG SUPPLIES LAST YEAR THERE HAD CASES OF ATTEMPTED SALES OF NARCOTICS WHERE l’THER THE DRUGS WERE NOT IN EXISTENCE OR WERE FAKE POWDERS PURPORTING TO BE DANGEROUS DRUGS. POWDERS

338 CASES 0F COUNTERFEIT HEROIN, REPRESENTING ^T }2nPA?u«NT 0F ALL HER0,N SEIZURE CASES MADE DURING THE -oc’ncr^$JnE ueBfTt!!CES PURpORTING TO BE DANGEROUS DRUGS, vtitCTtD,* HE SAID.

maac N0W PROPOSES THAT CASES LIKE THESE SHOULD BE

MADE AN OFFENCE IN THE SAME WAY AS AN OFFENCE TO TRAFFIC IN ^n^S2nSeDRUGS BUT W1TH PENALTIES CORRESPONDING TO THOSE PROVIDED FOR THE OFFENCE OF DECEPTION.

T° PR0VE A DISHONEST INTENTION WOULD BE ELIMINATED, l*n DAV I to SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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GREATER CONTROL OVER STREET NAMING * * * *

A BILL TO PROVIDE THE RELEVANT AUTHORITIES WITH STATUTORY POWERS TO REGULATE THE SYSTEM OF NAMING STREETS WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN THE URBAN AREAS, THE AUTHORITY IS THE URBAN COUNCIL AND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1980, THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON DEREK JONES SAID WHILE THE BILL PRESERVED THE EXISTING RIGHT OF OWNERS OF A PRIVATE STREET TO SUGGEST TO THE AUTHORITY A NAME FOR IT OR TO CHANGE ITS EXISTING NAME, IT ALSO VESTED THE AUTHORITY WITH POWERS TO MAKE, OR REFUSE TO MAKE, SUCH A STREET DECLARATION IN THE GAZETTE.

WHERE THE AUTHORITY REFUSES TO MAKE A DECLARATION, THE OWNERS WOULD HAVE THE RIGHT OF APPEAL TO THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL WHOSE DECISION WOULD BE F INAL.

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THIS PROVISION TAKES CARE MAKING SURE THAT INAPPROPRI ATE JONES EXPLAINED.

OF THE INTEREST OF THE NAMES ARE NOT GIVEN TO

OWNERS WHILE STREETS,

THE DISPLAY OF UNOFFICIAL STREET NAMES IN PRIVATE STREETS ALONGSIDE THE OFFICIAL GAZETTED NAMES WILL BE AN OFFENCE PUNISHABLE A FINE OF $2 OOO,

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BILLS PASSED ft ft ft

EIGHT BILLS COMPLETED THEIR COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THEY ARE THE PYRAMID SELLING PROHIBITION BILL 1980, CRIMES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980, INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980, PREVENTION OF BRIBERY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980, MONEY LENDERS BILL 1980, PENSIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980, MAINTENANCE ORDERS (RECIPROCAL ENFORCEMENT)(AMENDMENT) BILL 1980, AND THE TRANSFER OF BUSINESSES (PROTECTION OF CREDITORS) BILL 1980.

COURTESY THE BEST POLICY, SAYS TOPLEY ft ft ft ft ft ft

THE HONG KONG SOCIETY WILL HAVE TO BE PREPARED TO MODIFY ITS COMPETITIVE SPIRIT IN SOME AREAS IF WE ARE TO ENJOY A MORE CIVILISED LIFE IN HONG KONG, MR KENNETH TOPLEY, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, SAID AT A ZONTA CLUB LUNCH MEETING TODAY.

SPEAKING ON +TOWARDS A MORE CIVILISED HONG KONG*, HE CALLED ON PEOPLE TO BE MORE COURTEOUS.

HE SAID IF WE COULD RESTRAIN OURSELVES FROM JUMPING THE TAXI QUEUE ON A WET DAY OR PINCHING SOMEONE ELSE’S PARKING SPACE AS THEY ARE BACKING INTO IT, WE WOULD BE DOING A GOOD DAY’S WORK FOR HONG KONG.

♦I DON’T RECOMMEND THAT WE BECOME UNCOMPETITIVE AND EFFETE. WE ARE ALL IN THE SURVIVAL BUSINESS BUT WE SHOULD CONFINE OUR COMPETITIVENESS TO PLACES WHERE IT IS PROPER, LIKE THE TENNIS COURT,* MR TOPLEY SAID.

HE THOUGHT CIVILISED BEHAVIOUR WAS BEST TAUGHT BY EXAMPLE.

♦EXAMPLE IS MUCH THE MOST COMPELLING TEACHER. THIS IS BECAUSE WE CAN SEE NO ADVANTAGE TO OURSELVES BY CONCEDING TO OTHERS WHEN WE ARE NOT FORCED TO.

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♦BUT WHEN THOSE WE RESPECT SHOW THIS KIND OF COURTESY THEN WE THINK AGAIN MAYBE THERE IS SOMETHING IN IT,* HE SAID.

SOCIETY CANNOT LEGISLATE FOR CIVILISED BEHAVIOUR BUT HE SAID, + IF WE ARE A SHADE MORE GENEROUS, A SHADE FAIRER WE SHALL ALL HAVE A BETTER LIFE.* '

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FOOTBRIDGE AT CAFETERIA BEACH TO BE REBUILT ft ft ft ft ft

A FOOTBRIDGE AT CAFETERIA OLD BEACH, TUEN MUN, IS TO BE REBUILT TO PROVIDE AN EASIER AND SAFER ACCESS TO THE BEACH FOR SWIMMERS AND PICNICKERS.

THE OLD FOOTBRIDGE, 15.4 METRES LONG AND 1.22 METRES WIDE, WAS CONSTRUCTED OVER A STREAM MANY YEARS AGO BY LOCAL RESIDENTS TO PROVIDE A SHORTCUT TO THE BEACH.

CRACKS DEVELOPED ON THE TIMBER DECKING A YEAR AGO BECAUSE OF EROSION BY WIND AND RAIN.

IT WAS DEMOLISHED BY THE LOCAL DISTRICT OFFICE IN MARCH THIS YEAR TO AVOID DANGER TO PEDESTRIANS.

THIS HAS CAUSED INCONVENIENCE TO HOLIDAY MAKERS WHO HAVE TO TAKE A LONGER WAY TO THE BEACH.

RECONSTRUCTION OF THE BRIDGE WAS AGREED AT A RECENT MEETING OF TUEN MUN DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD WHICH ALLOCATED $40 000 FROM ITS MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS VOTE.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN AUGUST AND TAKE THREE MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BOARD SAID THAT THEY PLAN TO IMPROVE THE FACILITIES AT THE BEACH, WHICH IS AN ATTRACTIVE HOLIDAY RESORT, FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS AND PEOPLE FROM THE URBAN AREAS.

A PROJECT COMPLETED LAST YEAR NEAR THE BEACH WAS THE CONSTRUCTION OF A CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND AND SITTING-OUT AREA. THE NEW BRIDGE WILL IMPROVE ACCESS BETWEEN THIS PLAYGROUND AREA AND THE BEACH.

FACILITIES PROVIDED AT THE PLAYGROUND INCLUDE PARK BENCHES, COVERED REST AREAS, A HORIZONTAL LADDER. A PARALLEL BAR AND A ROCKING LAUNCH. CONSTRUCTION COSTS OF |6 000 WERE PROVIDED BY THE DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 1980

WATER FOR YUEN LONG INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT ******

WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT IS TO BUILD A THIRD FRESH WATER =-_SERVOIR IN YUEN LONG NEW TOWN TO IMPROVE WATER SUPPLY TO THE -AST-GROWING INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE AREA.

THE CHIEF ENGINEER (CONSTRUCTION) OF THE DEPARTMENT, MR LEE ■□UN-CHEUNG, TODAY SIGNED A CONTRACT FOR THE PROJECT WITH NISHIMATSU " THE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS IN LEIGHTON

INSTRUCTION CO. LTD. AT

2ENTRE.

MR LEE SAID THE NEW STORAGE CAPACITY OF 60

SERVICE RESERVOIR AT WANG CHAU WOULD HAVE 000 CUBIC METRES.

PROdECT INCLUDES THE LAYING OF 860 METRES OF TRUNK AND DISTRIBUTION MAINS TO SERVE MORE THAN 80 HECTARES OF INDUSTRIAL LAND -T THE YUEN LONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATE AND THE INDUSTRIAL AREA NORTHEAST OF YUEN LONG NEW TOWN.

♦WHEN COMPLETED, THE NEW SERVICE RESERVOIR TOGETHER WITH THE EXISTING YUEN LONG SERVICE RESERVOIR AND THE AU TAU SERVICE ’ESERVOIR NOW BEING EXTENDED, WILL INCREASE YUEN LONG’S FRESH WATER STORAGE CAPACITY BY MORE THAN FOUR TIMES TO 85 000 CUBIC METRES.♦ ►€ SAID.

WORK WILL START NEXT WEEK AND WILL TAKE 21 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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GOVERNOR TO ATTEND ANNUAL CAS DINNER *****

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL ATTEND THE CIVIL AID SERVICES ANNUAL DINNER AT THE OCEAN PALACE RESTAURANT IN THE OCEAN CENTRE ON FRIDAY (JUNE 27).

OTHER GUESTS INCLUDE THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR LEWIS DAVIES- THE SECRETARY FOR CIVIL SERVICE, MR MARTIN ROWLANDS- THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR K.L. THONG- THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MR ROY HENRY AND THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES, MR FREDERICK WATSON.

ABOUT 800 CAS OFFICERS AND MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE ATTENDING.

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SIR MURRAY WILL BE MET ON ARRIVAL BY THE COMMISSIONER OF THE CIVIL AID SERVICES, MR ROGER LOBO AND THE CAS CHIEF STAFF OFFICER, JOHN FORTUNE.

'vOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE RECEPTION OF THE CIVIL AID SERVICES ANNUAL DINNER AT THE OCEAN PALACE ESTAURANT, OCEAN CENTRE, TSIM SHA TSUI ON FRIDAY (JUNE 27).

THE PRE-D INNER RECEPTION WILL BE HELD FROM 7 TO 8 PM.

PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS CAN TAKE PICTURES ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE OCEAN CENTRE, AND IN THE RECEPTION ROOM ON THE FOURTH FLOOR OF THE OCEAN PALACE RESTAURANT WHERE THE RECEPTION WILL BE HELD. NO PHOTOGRAPHS WILL BE ALLOWED DURING THE DINNER.

COPIES OF SPEECHES BY THE GOVERNOR AND THE CAS COMMISSIONER WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO THE PRESS AT 7 PM ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE OCEAN CENTRE.

NEW URBAN CLEARWAYS IN KWAI CHUNG * * * * *

THREE ROADS IN KWAI CHUNG WILL BE DESIGNATED URBAN CLEARWAYS FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JUNE 28).

THEY ARE THE NEW SECTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD TO BE OPENED AS PART OF THE ROTARY SYSTEM AT ITS JUNCTION WITH KWAI CHUNG ROAD AND LEI MUK ROAD, A SECTION OF WO YI HOP ROAD FROM A POINT ABOUT 50 METRES NORTH OF CHEUNG WING ROAD TO THE END OF THE EXISTING URBAN CLEARWAY AND CHEUNG WING ROAD FROM WO Yl HOP ROAD TO THE NEW SECTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

WITHIN THE RESTRICTION ZONES, ALL MOTOR VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR LOAD OR UNLOAD GOODS FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO INDICATE THE ZONES.

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REPULSE BAY ROAD BUS SCHEME ft ft ft ft ft

NOTE TO EDITORSi

ACTING CHIEF TRANSPORT OFFICER, MRS DOROTHY CHAN, AND TRAFFIC POLICE SUPERINTENDENT HK ISLAND, MR J.H. WALKER, WILL HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE AT 3 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) TO ANNOUNCE A REPULSE BAY BUS PRIORITY SCHEME. THE CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD IN THE GIS THEATRE, 5TH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO ATTEND AND TV CREWS ARE REQUESTED TO ARRIVE EARLY TO SET UP THEIR EQUIPMENT.

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

THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO

BETTER CARE OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES ........................ 1

PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR MAY ......................... 3

CONSUMER PRICE INDICES ONE POINT UP ....................... 5

GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE ............. 7

BUS ONLY LANE ON REPULSE BAY ROAD.......................... 9

CHANGES TO CORONERS APPOINTMENT PROPOSED ................. 10

DR FANG ELECTED REHABILITATION INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT ... 11

AGRICULTURAL CO-OPERATIVE MOVEMENT REJUVENATED ........... 12

BOOKLET ON FACILITIES FOR THE DISABLED.................... 13

SWD CASH RELIEF SECTIONS HAVE NEW OFFICES ................ 13

SURVEY ON PAYMENT FACILITIES ............................. 14

SWIMMING GALA TO BE HELD IN TAI PO........................ 14

HEALTH CARE MANPOWER SURVEY .............................. 15

SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IN YUEN LONG....................... 15

PASSING OUT PARADE OF CUSTOMS OFFICERS ................... 16

TRAM TRACKS RENEWAL ON KING'S RQaD........................ 16

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BETTER CARE OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES * * ft ft

ALTHOUGH HONG KONG CAN BE JUSTIFIABLY PROUD OF WHAT IT HAS DONE FOR THE 70 000 VIETNAMESE REFUGEES WHO ARRIVED LAST YEAR, THE LESSONS LEARNT FROM THE 1979 INFLUX INDICATE THAT SOME

IMPROVEMENTS IN FACILITIES SHOULD EBE MADE FOR THOSE REMAINING HERE AWAITING RESETTLEMENT IN OTHER COUNTRIES.

THIS WAS THE MAIN CONCLUSION REACHED FOLLOWING A COMPREHENSIVE IN-HOUSE REVIEW OF THE ARRANGEMENTS MADE BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES.

THE REVIEW WAS CONDUCTED BY A GROUP COMPRISING MR IAN LIGHTBODY, CHAIRMAN OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION- PROFESSOR MICHAEL COLBOURNE, HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY MEDICINE AT HONG KONG UNIVERSITY- AND MR BRIAN CLANCY, DEPUTY CROWN SOLICITOR

THE GROUP HAS CONFIRMED THAT THE ARRANGEMENTS MADE IN 1979 TO ACCOMMODATE AND LOOK AFTER THE REFUGEES WERE ♦APPROPRIATE AND ADEQUATE CONSIDERING ALL THE CIRCUMSTANCES+ AND THAT, ALTHOUGH THE FACILITIES PROVIDED WERE NECESSARILY BASIC, THEY MET THE ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS OF HEALTH AND SAFETY.

IN PARTICULAR, THE GROUP CONSIDERED THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH CARE PROVIDED TO THE REFUGEES TO BE ^REASONABLE AND THE BEST THAT COULD BE OFFERED WITHOUT REDUCING SERVICES TO HONG KONG’S OWN CITIZENS TO AN UNACCEPTABLE DEGREE*. DESPITE THE REFUGEES’ PREVIOUS EXPOSURE TO A HARD LIFE AND THE CROWDED LIVING CONDITIONS IN CAMPS, THE CRUDE DEATH RATE AMONG THEM, AT 7.3 PER THOUSAND FOR 1979, WAS NOT SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER THAN THE RATE OF 5.2 PER THOUSAND FOR THE HONG KONG POPULATION ITSELF.

THE GROUP ENDORSED THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY THAT THE REFUGEES SHOULD NOT BE GIVEN BETTER FACILITIES THAN THOSE PROVIDED TO THE HONG KONG POPULATION, BUT THAT THEY SHOULD NEVERTHELESS BE TREATED HUMANELY.

THE GROUP RECOGNISED, HOWEVER, THAT THE ARRANGEMENTS MADE IN 1979 WERE ESSENTIALLY AN EMERGENCY RELIEF OPERATION. NOW THAT

THE NUMBER OF REFUGEES REMAINING IN HONG KONG, ALBEIT STILL HIGH, HAS BEEN REDUCED TO MORE MANAGEABLE PROPORTIONS, SOME IMPROVEMENTS THE LIGHT OF EXPERIENCE GAINED

IN FACILITIES ARE DESIRABLE IN

LAST YEAR.

THE GROUP HAS PUT FORWARD DIRECTION.

A NUMBER OF RECOMMENDATIONS IN THIS

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT RECOMMENDATIONS IS THAT SPECIAL MEDICAL AND HEALTH CARE SHOULD BE GIVEN TO REFUGEE CHILDREN UNDER SEVEN YEARS OF AGE, WHO ARE PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE TO DISEASE.

THIS IS TO BE ACHIEVED THROUGH DETAILED MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS OF YOUNG CHILDREN VERY SOON AFTER ARRIVAL AND THROUGH A SYSTEMATIC IMMUNISATION PROGRAMME.

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OUTPATIENTCLINIC FACILITIES IN CAMPS SHOULD ALSO BE IMPROVED WITH THE FURTHER ASSISTANCE OF VOLUNTEER MEDICAL PERSONNEL FROM OVERSEAS ARRANGED BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

FURTHERMORE, THE GROUP HAS RECOMMENDED A MORE GENEROUS ALLOCATION OF LIVING SPACE IN CAMPS TO RELIEVE OVERCROWDING.

THESE IMPROVEMENTS ARE DESIGNED NOT ONLY TO ENSURE THE HEALTH CF THE REFUGEES BUT ALSO TO PREVENT HONG KONG'S MEDICAL FACILITIES FROM BEING UNDULY STRETCHED.

THR GROUP’S REPORT ALSO CONTAINS RECOMMENDATIONS AIMED AT STREAMLINING THE ADMINISTRATION OF CAMPS AND AT IMPROVING CO-ORDINATION OF THE PROVISION OF LANGUAGE TRAINING AND SOCIAL SERVICES TO THE REFUGEES BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

THE REPORT FIRMLY REFUTES ALLEGATIONS, PUBLISHED BOTH IN HONG KONG AND ABROAD LAST YEAR, THAT THE FACILITIES IN GOVERNMENT CAMPS WERE GROSSLY INADEQUATE AND THAT THE REFUGEES HAD SUFFERED CONSTANT ABUSE, ASSAULT AND VARIOUS ATROCITIES METED OUT BY CAMP OFFICIALS.

THE GROUP HAS FOLLOWED UP 29 SPECIFIC ALLEGATIONS COLLECTED AND PUT TO THE GOVERNMENT BY JOURNALIST DEREK MAITLAND AND HAS CONCLUDED THAT 17 OF THEM HAD NO SUBSTANCE. IN EACH OF THE OTHER 12 CASES, THERE WAS AN ELEMENT OF TRUTH IN THE ALLEGATION BUT THE COMPLAINANT HAD EITHER NOT TOLD THE WHOLE STORY OR HAD MISUNDERSTOOD THE TRUE POSITION.

OF THE 29 SPECIFIC ALLEGATIONS INVESTIGATED BY THE GROUP, 11 CONCERNED ILL-TREATMENT OR ASSAULT BY CAMP OFFICIALS. ONLY ONE OF THESE APPEARED TO BE GENUINE BUT ACTION COULD NOT BE TAKEN AS THE VICTIM DECIDED NOT TO LODGE A FORMAL REPORT.

THE GROUP HAS ALSO LOOKED INTO 16 OTHER ALLEGATIONS OF ILL-TREATMENT OR ASSAULT CONTAINED IN THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT’S RECORDS AND HAS NOTED THAT, IN THE FOUR CASES IN WHICH THE ALLEGATIONS WERE PROVED, DISCIPLINARY ACTION HAD ALREADY BEEN TAKEN AGAINST THE STAFF CONCERNED.

THE GROUP HAS CONFIRMED THAT THERE WAS NEVER ANY QUESTION OF THE GOVERNMENT ADOPTING A POLICY OF DELIBERATE DEPRIVATION TOWARDS THE REFUGEES • ON THE CONTRARY, THERE HAS ALWAYS BEEN GENUINE CONCERN AT ALL LEVELS FOR THE REFUGEES’ WELL-BEING.

THE GROUP PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE MANY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, AUXILIARY SERVICES AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES WHICH HAVE CONTRIBUTED TOWARDS THE CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF THE REFUGEES. IN PARTICULAR, IT COMMENDS THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT FOR THEIR GOOD WORK AS CAMP MANAGERS.

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PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR MAY

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PROVISIONAL FIGURES FOR HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL MERCHANDISE TRADE IN MAY 1980 WERE PUBLISHED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY.

THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS WAS $8 495 MILLION MADE UP OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AT $5 968 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS AT $2 527 MILLION. WITH IMPORTS AT $9 456 MILLION, THE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT FOR THE MONTH WAS $961 MILLION.

COMPARED WITH APRIL, DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE IN VALUE BY $579 MILLION, OR 11 PER CENT, AND RE-EXPORTS BY $225 MILLION, OR 10 PER CENT, TO GIVE AN INCREASE OF $804 MILLION OR 10.5 PER CENT FOR TOTAL EXPORTS.

IN CONTRAST, IMPORTS FELL BY $80 MILLION OR 1 PER CENT, SO CAUSING A SHARP REDUCTION IN THE MONTHLY VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT, FROM $1 847 MILLION TO $961 MILLION.

THIS IMPROVEMENT IN MAY COMPARED WITH APRIL WAS PARTLY SEASONAL. COMPARING MAY 1980 WITH THE SAME MONTH IN 1979, THERE WERE THE FOLLOWING INCREASES BY VALUEi $1 416 MILLION OR 31 PER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS- $871 MILLION OR 53 PER CENT FOR RE-EXPORTS- $2 287 MILLION OR 37 PER CENT FOR TOTAL EXPORTS AND $2 572 MILLION OR 37 PER CENT FOR IMPORTS.

COMMENTING ON THE MAY FIGURES, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THEY SHOW A CONTINUATION OF THE PATTERN APPARENT IN THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF THIS YEAR.

COMPARED WITH MAY LAST YEAR, TOTAL EXPORTS CONTINUED TO GROW AT ROUGHLY THE SAME RATE AS TOTAL IMPORTS, DESPITE THE FACT THAT AN AEROPLANE WORTH $263 MILLION WAS IMPORTED DURING MAY 1980. WITHIN TOTAL EXPORTS, THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS CONTINUED TO GROW RAPIDLY.

IN LINE WITH THIS PATTERN, IN THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR THE VALUES OF IMPORTS AND OF TOTAL EXPORTS WERE BOTH 37 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF 1979, WHILE THE VALUE CF RE-EXPORTS WAS 46 PER CENT HIGHER.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE VISIBLE TRADE +GAP+, THAT IS THE PROPORTION OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS WHICH IS NOT COVERED BY THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS, WAS 16.8 PER CENT IN THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, MUCH THE SAME AS THE 16.7 PER CENT IN THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD OF 1979. SO THE +GAP+ HAS CEASED TO NARROW, IN CONTRAST WITH THE SITUATION IN 1979 AS COMPARED TO 1978.

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THE FOLLOWING ARE COMPARATIVE TRADE FIGURES 1

LATEST 3 MONTHS MARCH - MAY 1980 MARCH - MAY 1979 INCREASE OR DECREASE

$ M 1 M $ M %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 15 933 12 538 ♦ 3 395 ♦ 27.1

RE-EXPORTS 7 028 4 813 + 2 215 ♦ 46.0

TOTAL EXPORTS 22 961 17 351 + 5 610 ♦ 32.3

IMPORTS 27 926 20 512 + 7 414 ♦ 36.1

TRADE BALANCE - 4 965 - 3 161 - 1 804

MAY MAY INCREASE OR

SAME MONTH LAST YEAR 1980 1979 DECREASE

$ M $ M $ M %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 5 968 4 552 + 1 416 ♦ 31.1

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (70.3%) (73.3%)

RE-EXPORTS 2 527 1 656 871 ♦ 52.6

TOTAL EXPORTS 8 495 6 208 + 2 287 + 36.8

IMPORTS 9 456 6 884 + 2 572 + 37.4

TRADE BALANCE - 961 - 676 285

MAY APRIL INCREASE OR

LAST MONTH 1980 1980 DECREASE

$ M S M $ M %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 5 968 5 389 579 + 10.8

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (70.3%) (70.1%)

RE-EXPORTS 2 527 2 302 225 + 9.8

TOTAL EXPORTS 8 495 7 690 804 ♦ 10.5

IMPORTS 9 456 9 537 80-0.8

TRADE BALANCE - 961 - 1 847 886

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CALENDAR YEAR TO-DATE JAN - MAY 1980 JAN - MAY 1979 INCREASE OR DECREASE

S M S M S M %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 25 061 18 824 ♦ 6 237 ♦ 33.1

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (69.8%) (71.6%)

RE-EXPORTS 10 863 7 452 ♦ 3 412 + 45.8

TOTAL EXPORTS 35 924 26 275 ♦ 9 648 +36.7

IMPORTS 43 182 31 560 ♦11 622 ♦ 36.8

TRADE BALANCE - 7 258 - 5 285 - 1 973

JUNE 1979 JUNE 1978

LAST 12 MONTHS TO TO INCREASE OR

MAY 1980 MAY 1979 DECREASE

$ M S M 1 M %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 62 149 45 405 ♦ 16 743 ♦ 36.9

RE-EXPORTS 23 434 15 791 + 7 643 ♦ 48.4

TOTAL EXPORTS 85 582 61 196 ♦ 24 386 ♦ 39.8

IMPORTS 97 459 71 480 ♦ 25 979 + 36.3

TRADE BALANCE -11 877 ' -10 284 - 1 593

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M # * *

THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) AND ' fHE CONSUMER PR 1 CE INDEX (B)

FOR MAY 1980 WERE BOTH 157, EACH ONE POINT HIGHER THAT FOR THE

PREVIOUS MONTH.

THE CPI (A) IS BASED ON WEIGHTS DERIVED FROM THE EXPENDITURE PATTERN OF HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN |4O0 AND $1 499 A MONTH AND THE CPI (B) FROM THOSE SPENDING BETWEEN Si 500 AND S2 999 A MONTH, AS DETERMINED FROM THE HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY OF 1973/74.

THE CHANGES FOR MAY 1980 IN RESPECT OF THE COMPONENTS OF THE TWO INDICES, COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS MONTH AND WITH THE CORRESPONDING MONTH IN 1979, ARE:

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COMPONENT MAY 80 CPI (A) APR 80 MAY 79 CPI (B)

MAY 80 APR 80 MAY 79

FOODSTUFFS 150 148 131 152 151 133

HOUSING 151 151 141 151 150 140

FUEL AND LIGHT 262 263 167 247 248 163

ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO 182 181 157 175 174 152

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR 120 118 109 118 116 108

DURABLE GOODS 134 133 125 130 129 122

MISCELLANEOUS GOODS 167 167 142 164 165 140

TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES 195 194 150 195 195 155

SERVICES 166 165 146 170 169 14ff

all items 157 156 136 157 156 137

THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS INCREASED BY TWO POINTS IN CPI (A) AND BY ONE POINT IN CPI (B). PARTICULARLY SIGNIFICANT WERE THE INCREASES IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH VEGETABLES AND SALT-WATER FISH. THE COST OF MEALS BOUGHT IN RESTAURANTS ALSO WENT UP. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH FRUITS, LIVE POULTRY, FRESH-WATER FISH AND PORK DECREASED. MOVEMENTS IN THE RETAIL PRICES OF OTHER FOOD ITEMS WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

THE ONE POINT INCREASE IN THE INDEX FOR HOUSING IN CPI (B) WAS ATTRIBUTABLE TO HIGHER CHARGES FOR MAINTENANCE SUBSCRIPTIONS IN MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS.

THE INDEX FOR FUEL AND LIGHT DECREASED BY ONE POINT IN BOTH CPI (A) AND CPI (B) AS A RESULT OF LOWER CHARGES FOR ELECTRICITY AND LOWER PRICE FOR KEROSENE.

HIGHER PRICES FOR BEERS INCREASED THE INDEX FOR ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO BY ONE POINT EACH IN BOTH (A) AND (B) INDICES.

THE INDEX FOR CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR INCREASED BY TWO POINTS IN BOTH INDICES BECAUSE OF HIGHER PRICES FOR OUTERCLOTHING ITEMS.

FOLLOWING HIGHER PRICES FOR WOODEN FURNITURE AND TRAVEL GOODS, THE INDEX FOR DURABLE GOODS INCREASED BY ONE POINT EACH IN THE TWO INDICES.

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THE INDEX FOR MISCELLANEOUS GOODS DECREASED BY ONE POINT IN CPI (B) DUE TO LOWER PRICES FOR GENUINE JEWELLERY. PARTLY OFFSETTING THIS EFFECT WERE THE INCREASES IN THE PRICES OF MEDICINES AND TOILET REQUISITES.

HIGHER CHARGES FOR PUBLIC LIGHT BUS FARES INCREASED THE INDEX FOR TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES BY ONE POINT IN CPI (A).

THE INDEX FOR SERVICES INCREASED BY ONE POINT IN BOTH CPI (A) AND CPI (B) AS A RESULT OF HIGHER CHARGES FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT AND CINEMA ENTERTAINMENT.

PRICE MOVEMENTS IN OTHER COMMODITY SECTIONS WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

DETAILS OF THESE PRICE MOVEMENTS ARE GIVEN IN THE +CONSUMER PRICE INDEX REPORT* FOR MAY 1980, WHICH IS NOW ON SALE AT S2 A COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE.

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GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE * * * * *

THE COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM, SAID TODAY THAT THE SETTING UP OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DIVISION IN THE HOME AFFAIRS BRANCH SIGNIFIED THE IMPORTANCE WHICH THE GOVERNMENT ATTACHED TO THESE ACTIVITIES AND WAS A MEASURE OF THE SERIOUSNESS WITH WHICH IT REGARDED ITS RESPONSIBILITIES IN THESE FIELDS.

SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ZONTA CLUB OF HONG KONG EAST, MR WIGGHAM SAID THE NEW DIVISION WAS SET UP TO GIVE OPPORTUNITY FOR IMPROVED CO-ORDINATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF RECREATION AND CULTURAL PROGRAMMES, NOTING THAT THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE (RSS) AND THE MUSIC OFFICE WERE PART OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WHEN THEY WERE FIRST ESTABLISHED.

HE NOTED THAT SINCE THE RSS STARTED OPERATION IN OCTOBER 1974, IT HAD BEEN WORKING CLOSELY WITH OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS. VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS TO ORGANISE RECREATION AND SPORT ACTIVITIES FOR PEOPLE OF ALL AGES.

IN THE YEAR ENDED MARCH 1980, ALMOST HALF A MILLION PEOPLE TOOK PART IN JUST UNDER 4 000 RECREATION PROGRAMMES ORGANISED BY THE SERVICE. THESE ACTIVITIES RANGE FROM POPULAR CAMPS, EXCURSIONS, AND OTHER OUTDOOR PURSUITS, TO FITNESS PROGRAMMES, TEAM AND INDIVIDUAL GAMES AND OTHER FAST DEVELOPING ACTIVITIES SUCH AS ICE-SKATING, HORSE-RIDING AND SAILING.

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PROGRAMMES FOR THE HANDICAPPED ARE ALSO INCLUDED IN THE LIST. THE ANNUAL PHAB WALK, FOR EXAMPLE, WAS HELD IN MARCH THIS YEAR AT SOUTH SAY AND ATTRACTED MORE THAN 600 PART ICIPANTS, WHILE SOME 1 ^00 MENTALLY HANDICAPPED PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE PART IN ACTIVITIES ORGANISED JOINTLY BY RSS AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION FOR THE MENTALLY-HANDICAPPED, LEADING UP TO THE HONG KONG +SPECIAL OLYMPICS* IN NOVEMBER.

COURSES FOR SPORTS OFFICIALS ARE ALSO ARRANGED TO TRAIN PART-TIME STAFF REQUIRED TO CARRY OUT THE YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMMES, MR WIGGHAM ADDED.

SINCE HONG KONG IS SO CROWDED AND GEOGRAPHICALLY RESTRICTED, HE SAID, THE RSS IS SEEKING TO TURN OTHERWISE UNPRODUCTIVE SPACE INTO USEFUL RECREATION AREAS.

THE CONVERSION OF THE UPPER FLOORS OF THE HUNG HOM CAR PARK, AND AN OLD WAREHOUSE IN TSUEN WAN INTO SPORTS AND RECREATION CENTRES, THE TENNIS COURTS ON THE ROOF-TOP AT LAI TAK TSUEN HOUSING ESTATE, AND AN EX-ARMY CAMP IN SAI KUNG INTO AN OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE ALL PROVED TO BE VERY SUCCESSFUL AND ARE VERY WELL UTILISED.

PLANS ARE IN HAND TO CONVERT THE FORMER QUARTERS OF THE ENGINEERS WHO WORKED ON THE HIGH ISLAND WATER SCHEME INTO ANOTHER HOLIDAY CENTRE SIMILAR TO THE ONE IN SAI KUNG, HE SAID.

ON THE MUSIC SIDE, MR WIGGHAM NOTED THAT THE MUSIC OFFICE HAD THREE OBJECTIVES! TO RUN AN INSTRUMENTAL TRAINING SCHEME- TO PROMOTE INTEREST IN MUSIC, ESPECIALLY AMONG THE YOUNG- AND TO ENCOURAGE AND ASSIST IN ORGANISING MUSIC ACTIVITIES IN ALL DISTRICTS.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THERE ARE NOW SOME 1 500 YOUNGSTERS UNDER TRAINING BY THE MUSIC OFFICE, FORMING AMONG THEM TWO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS, FIVE CHINESE ORCHESTRAS AND FIVE SYMPHONIC BANDS. IN ADDITION THERE ARE SEVEN YOUTH AND CHILDREN CHOIRS.

BESIDES, THE MUSIC OFFICE HAS A SPECIAL CLASS FOR THREE HANDICAPPED TRAINEES, AND IS PROVIDING CHORAL ACTIVITIES FOR THE HANDICAPPED! ONE CHORAL SESSION FOR THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED AND ONE FOR THE MENTALLY RETARDED.

♦MUSIC FOR THE MILLIONS* CONCERTS ARE HELD TO INTRODUCE MUSIC TO NEW AUDIENCES, AND SO FAR, OVER 800 SUCH CONCERTS HAVE BEEN HELD, HE SAID.

FURTHERMORE, INTERNATIONAL MUSIC EXCHANGE PROGRAMMES ARE ORGANISED TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR YOUNG MUSICIANS TO LEARN FROM OTHER OVERSEAS TALENTS. THIS YEAR, A SMALL GROUP OF YOUNG MUSICIANS AND DANCERS WILL TAKE PART IN THE ISRAEL ARTS FESTIVAL AND THE COMMONWEALTH FILM AND TELEVISION FESTIVAL IN CYPRUS.

MR WIGGHAM POINTED OUT THAT THROUGH THE JOCKEY CLUB MUSIC FUND, THE MUSIC OFFICE GIVES SPECIAL ENCOURAGEMENT AND ASSISTANCE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUTSTANDINGLY GIFTED YOUNGSTERS, MAINLY THROUGH SCHOLARSHIPS OVERSEAS.

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HE SAID THAT THE MUSIC OFFICE WAS PRODUCING NOT ONLY THE MJSICIANS OF THE FUTURE, BUT ALSO THE AUDIENCES TO SUPPORT THEM AND OTHER MUSICAL AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN HONG KONG.

+IN HONG KONG WE HAVE A WIDE VARIETY OF ORGANISATIONS PROMOTING RECREATION AND CULTURE. WE ALL HAVE OUR SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT PARTS TO PLAYi VOLUNTARY AND PROFESSIONAL BODIES PROVIDE TRAINING AND PERFORMING OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE TALENTED- THE URBAN COUNCIL, THE ARTS CENTRE AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL AND AMATEUR GROUPS MANAGE FACILITIES AND PROMOTE SPECTATOR OPPORTUNITIES- WHILST THE GOVERNMENT IS CONCERNED WITH THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE AND, THROUGH MY NEW DIVISION, CONCENTRATES ON PROVIDING THE BASIC AND VERY NECESSARY ’GRASS-ROOTS’ FOUNDATIONS FOR ALL THE GROWING ACTIVITIES IN THE FIELDS OF RECREATION AND CULTURE,♦ HE ADDED.

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BUS ONLY LANE ON REPULSE BAY ROAD * * * * *

A BUS PRIORITY SCHEME ON REPULSE BAY ROAD WILL BE PUT ON TRIAL THIS SUNDAY (JUNE 29) .

THE SCHEME, IF PROVED TO BE SUCCESSFUL, WILL BE INTRODUCED ON SUNDAY AFTERNOONS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS.

FROM 2 PM TO 8 PM THE NORTHBOUND SECTION OF REPULSE BAY ROAD BETWEEN ISLAND ROAD AND WONG NAI CHUNG GAP ROUNDABOUT WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC EXCEPT BUSES.

OTHER TRAFFIC, INCLUDING PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES, WILL BE DIVERTED TO ISLAND ROAD, WONG CHUK HANG ROAD, NAM FUNG ROAD AND DEEP WATER BAY ROAD TO WONG NAI CHUNG GAP ROAD.

IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SCHEME, SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN REPULSE BAY ROAD, ISLAND ROAD AND DEEP WATER BAY ROAD.

THE SECTION OF ISLAND ROAD AND WONG CHUK HANG ROAD FROM REPULSE BAY ROAD JUNCTION TO NAM FUNG ROAD JUNCTION WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY WESTBOUND, AND THE SECTION OF DEEP WATER BAY ROAD BETWEEN NAM FUNG ROAD AND WONG NAI CHUNG GAP ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY EASTBOUND.

THIS ONE-WAY SYSTEM WILL FORM A MAJOR LOOP ROAD FOR ALL TRAFFIC.

VEHICLES LEAVING PREMISES ALONG THE RESTRICTED SECTION OF REPULSE BAY ROAD WILL BE ALLOWED TO USE THE BUS LANE.

SOME OF THE EXISTING BUS AND MAX I CAB ROUTES USING DEEP WATER BAY ROAD AND ISLAND ROAD WILL BE AFFECTED. BUS ROUTES 72, 73, 74, 41, 9OM AND 170 AND MAXICAB ROUTES 4, 5, 6 WILL OBSERVE THE ONE-WAY SYSTEM.

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CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY IS ALREADY PUTTING ON EXTRA BUSES ON ITS BEACH SERVICES EVERY SUNDAY.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE BUS-ONLY LANE ON REPULSE BAY ROAD WILL ALLOW BUSES TO MOVE AT A REASONABLE SPEED WHILE THEY TAKE PEOPLE HOME FROM THE BEACH IN THE AFTERNOON. +THERE IS A HEAVY CONCENTRATION OF RETURN TRAFFIC IN THE AFTERNOON AS SWIMMERS ALL TRY TO LEAVE THE BEACH AT ABOUT THE SAME TIME.

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♦THE RESULTING CONGESTION HAS REDUCED THE NUMBER OF EACH BUS CAN MAKE, RESULTING IN LONG QUEUES FOR BUSES IN REPULSE BAY. FROM SUNDAY, BUS PASSENGERS SHOULD GET HOME MUCH MORE SWIFTLY,♦ HE SAID.

CHANGES TO CORONERS APPOINTMENT PROPOSED

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THE PRESENT BURDEN ON CORONERS WILL BE LIGHTENED AND DEATH INQUIRIES WILL BE SPEEDED UP IF THE GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSED CORONERS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980 IS PASSED INTO LAW.

THE BILL, TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE ON JULY 4, WILL ENABLE FULL-TIME CORONERS TO BE APPOINTED WHO WILL NOT HAVE TO BE MAGISTRATES.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED TODAY THAT THE BILL AMENDED THE APPOINTMENT CRITERIA SO THAT CORONERS COULD BE DRAWN FROM THE LAW PROFESSION.

♦UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL IT WOULD NO LONGER BE NECESSARY FOR A CORONER TO BE A MAGISTRATE - IN FUTURE IT WOULD ONLY BE NECESSARY FOR HIM TO BE QUALIFIED IN LAW,+ HE SAID. ♦HOWEVER, WE WILL BE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WITH EXTENSIVE LAW EXPERIENCE.♦

♦THIS WOULD MEAN THEY WOULD NOT CARRY OUT MAG ISTERI AL DUTIES. THEREBY REDUCING ANY DELAYS IN DEATH INQUIRIES.*

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE BILL AMENDED THE CORONERS ORDINANCE TO GIVE EFFECT TO CERTAIN RECOMMENDATIONS OF A WORKING PARTY APPOINTED BY THE CHIEF JUSTICE TO REVIEW THE ORDINANCE AND ITS OPERATION.

THE AMENDMENT TO THE CRITERIA FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF CORONERS IS ONE OF A NUMBER OF CHANGES TO THE ORDINANCE.

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OTHERS INCLUDE*

M PAPERS FROM CORONERS’ INQUIRIES WOULD ONLY BE SENT TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IF HE REQUESTED THEM"

X THE CORONERS ORDINANCE REQUIRES A CORONER TO INQUIRE INTO THE DEATH OF A PERSON WHILE IN OFFICIAL CUSTODY. THE DEFINITION OF ^OFFICIAL CUSTODY* HAS BEEN AMENDED TO INCLUDE THE CUSTODY OF AN OFFICER OF THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION AND OTHER PERSONS WITH STATUTORY POWERS OF ARREST"

* A JUROR IN A CORONER’S INQUIRY WOULD HAVE AN EXPRESS DEFENCE OF REASONABLE EXCUSE FOR FAILURE TO ATTEND, BUT THE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR FAILURE WOULD BE RAISED FROM $500 TO $3 000 TO BRING IT INTO LINE WITH SIMILAR OFFENCES UNDER THE JURY ORDINANCE-

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THE JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION ORDINANCE WOULD BE AMENDED TO INCLUDE THE APPOINTMENT OF CORONERS AMONG OTHER APPOINTMENTS UPON WHICH THE COMMISSION ADVISES THE GOVERNOR.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT SHOULD THE BILL BE PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL - AND THIS IS EXPECTED WITHIN THE CURRENT SESSION - TWO FULL-TIME CORONERS WOULD BE APPOINTED AS SOON AS PRACTICABLE.

♦THIS SHOULD SPREAD THE LOAD IN THE CORONERS’ COURTS, SPEEDING UP THE PROCESS,♦ HE SAID.

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DR FANG ELECTED REHABILITATION INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT M * * M M

UNOFFICIAL EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, DR HARRY S Y FANG WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF REHABILITATION INTERNATIONAL AT THE MEETING OF THE ASSEMBLY OF REHABILITATION INTERNATIONAL ON JUNE 21, PRIOR TO THE OPENING OF ITS 14TH CONGRESS IN WINNIPEG, CANADA.

DR FANG WILL ASSUME OFFICE AT THE CLOSE OF THE CONGRESS ON JUNE 27 AND WILL SERVE FOR FOUR YEARS.

HE IS THE FIRST PRESIDENT OF REHABILITATION INTERNATIONAL FROM ASIA AND SUCCEEDS MR KENNETH T. JENKINS OF AUSTRALIA.

DR FANG, WHO IS WELL-KNOWN FOR HIS WORK IN THE REHABILITATION FIELD IN HONG KONG, IS CHAIRMAN OF THE GOVERNMENT-APPOINTED REHABILITATION DEVELOPMENT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE.

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AGRICULTURAL CO-OPERATIVE MOVEMENT REJUVENATED * * * *

THE AGRICULTURAL CO-OPERATIVE MOVEMENT IN HONG KONG HAS BEEN GIVEN A NEW LEASE ON LIFE WITH THE INAUGURATION OF A PIG RAISING CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY FORMED BY 36 PROGRESSIVE PIG FARMERS IN THE LAU FAU SHAN AREA IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE NEWLY-FORMED LAU FAU SHAN PIG RAISING CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY WAS INAUGURATED AT A CEREMONY IN A YUEN LONG RESTAURANT THIS (THURSDAY) EVENING BY THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, DR C.T. WONG.

THE SOCIETY MEMBERS HAVE OVER 13 000 PIGS BETWEEN THEM, INCLUDING ALMOST 1 800 TYPES OF BREEDING STOCK.

DR WONG SAID THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THIS SOCIETY HAD PROVED THAT THE AGRICULTURAL CO-OPERATIVE MOVEMENT IN HONG KONG COULD WITHSTAND THE TEST OF TIME.

IN THE PAST 17 YEARS, HE SAID, MANY CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES HAD BEEN DISSOLVED BECAUSE YOUNG VILLAGERS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES HAD LEFT HOME TO MAKE A LIVING IN BRITAIN.

THERE WERE FEARS AT THAT TIME THAT THE AGRICULTURAL CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES HAD COME TO THE END OF THE ROAD.

NEVERTHELESS, DR WONG POINTED OUT, DUE TO THE HARD WORK OF THOSE MEMBERS OF THE VEGETABLE MARKETING CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES, AGRICULTURAL CREDIT CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES AND PIG RAISING CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES IN THE LAST 10 YEARS, MUCH IMPROVEMENT AND DEVELOPMENTS HAVE BEEN ACHIEVED.

♦BESIDES, WITH THE OVERALL PLANNING MADE BY THE FEDERATION CF VEGETABLE MARKETING CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES AND THE FEDERATION CF PIG RAISING CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES, PLUS SUPPORT FROM THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT IN TERMS OF TECHNICAL ADVICE AND LOANS, MANY AGRICULTURAL CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES ARE NOW ABLE TO HELP THEIR FELLOW MEMBERS SOLVE FARMING PROBLEMS,♦ HE SAID.

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BOOKLET ON FACILITIES FOR THE DISABLED *****

THE FACILITIES AND SERVICES WHICH HELP DISABLED PEOPLE IN HONG KONG TO LEAD A FULLER AND BETTER LIFE ARE DESCRIBED IN A BILINGUAL COLOUR BOOKLET NOW ON SALE.

THE 36-PAGE BOOKLET — REHABILITATION IN HONG KONG — IS AVAILABLE AT 112 AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE IN THE GPO BUILDING AT CONNAUGHT PLACE.

IT HAS NEARLY 40 COLOUR PICTURES AND COVERS ALL ASPECTS OF REHABILITATION SERVICES, INCLUDING PRE-SCHOOL AND SPECIAL EDUCATION FACILITIES, MEDICAL TREATMENT, AND SOCIAL AND VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION SERVICES.

ON THE PREVENTION OF DISABILITIES, THE BOOKLET SAYS THE GOVERNMENT — WITH THE CO-OPERATION AND SUPPORT OF THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR — IS DETERMINED TO REDUCE THE INCIDENCE OF DISABILITY BY PREVENTIVE MEASURES.

THIS IS TO BE DONE OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS BY IMPROVED HEALTH EDUCATION, THE ADOPTION OF FURTHER MEASURES TO REDUCE ACCIDENTS AND OCCUPATIONAL DISEASE, IMPROVED IMMUNISATION PROGRAMMES, AND THE EXAMINATION OF LEGISLATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.

THE BOOKLET WAS THIS WEEK DISTRIBUTED AT THE 1980 WORLD CONGRESS OF REHABILITATION INTERNATIONAL IN CANADA, WHICH WAS ATTENDED BY DELEGATES FROM HONG KONG AND MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD.

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SWD CASH RELIEF SECTIONS HAVE NEW OFFICES I *****

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE (TAVA) SECTION AND CRIMINAL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT INJURIES COMPENSATION (CLEIC) SECTION WILL MOVE TO NEW ACCOMMODATION IN CAUSEWAY BAY OVER THE WEEKEND.

FROM MONDAY (JUNE 30), BOTH SECTIONS WILL OPERATE IN NEW OFFICES ON THE 14TH FLOOR OF WORLD TRADE CENTRE AT 280 GLOUCESTER ROAD.

THE TAVA SECTION OPERATES THE SCHEME WHICH GIVES QUICK CASH RELIEF TO TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS OR THEIR DEPENDANTS REGARDLESS OF WHO CAUSED THE ACCIDENT.

THE CLEIC SECTION ADMINISTERS THE SCHEME WHICH PROVIDES COMPENSATION FOR PEOPLE INJURED, OR FOR DEPENDANTS OF THOSE KILLED IN A CRIME OF VIOLENCE OR THROUGH THE ACTION OF A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER CARRYING OUT HIS DUTIES.

APPLICATIONS OR ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE TWO NON-CONTRIBUTORY SCHEMES SHOULD BE MADE AT THE NEW OFFICES FROM NEXT WEEK.

THEIR NEW TELEPHONE NUMBERS ARE 5-79O365O OR 5-779421 (TAVA), AND 5-7903349 OR 5-7902725 (CLEIC). -------------------------------o--------

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SURVEY ON PAYMENT FACILITIES

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A SURVEY WILL BE CARRIED OUT NEXT MONTH, WITH THE HELP OF HONG KONG UNIVERSITY UNDERGRADUATES, TO DECIDE WHETHER THERE IS A NEED FOR ADDITIONAL TREASURY COLLECTION FACILITIES.

THE SURVEY, ORGANISED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AND THE TREASURY, WILL BE CONDUCTED AT THE CENTRAL COLLECTION OFFICE IN ICE HOUSE STREET AND AT THE SUB-TREASURIES IN CAUSEWAY BAY, YAU MA TEI AND KOWLOON CITY.

ITS PURPOSE IS TO FIND OUT WHETHER THERE IS SUFFICIENT DEMAND FOR A FURTHER SUB-TREASURY, AND IF SO, ITS BEST LOCATION.

A SPOKESMAN CALLED ON MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WILL BE MAKING PAYMENTS AT THE TREASURY OFFICES NEXT MONTH TO CO-OPERATE IN THIS SURVEY.

IT WILL ASSIST THE TREASURY TO DETERMINE THEIR NEEDS AND TO PROVIDE THEM WITH BETTER AND SPEEDIER SERVICE, HE SAID.

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SWIMMING GALA TO BE HELD IN TAI PO

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MORE THAN 200 PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN A SWIMMING GALA TO BE HELD AT THE FANLING SWIMMING COMPLEX ON JULY 5.

THE EVENT, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE TAI PO DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD AND THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, AIMS TO STIMULATE INTEREST IN SWIMMING AND RAISE COMPETITION STANDARDS IN TAI PO NEW TOWN.

ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR NORMAN CHAN, REGIONAL RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER, NEW TERRITORIES EAST, MR KWAN PING- ’ YUEN AND DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING OF THE GALA.

COMPETITIONS, OPEN TO LOCAL RESIDENTS OF ALL AGES, ARE DIVIDED INTO FREE STYLE, BREAST STROKE, BACK STROKE AND BUTTERFLY SECTIONS.

APPLICATIONS WILL CLOSE ON SATURDAY (JUNE 28). DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE LOCAL DISTRICT AND RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICES, AS WELL AS SHEUNG SHU I PUBLIC ENQUIRY CENTRE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD SAID THE FUNCTION WAS AMONG THE 110 PROJECTS BEING ORGANISED BY THE BOARD AND RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE FOR TAI PO RESIDENTS DURING THIS FINANCIAL YEAR.

THESE PROJECTS INCLUDE ARCHERY, CANOEING, BALL GAMES, CAMPING, HIKING, LAUNCH PICNICS AND HORSE RIDING.

TEAM GAMES AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES ARE ALSO BEING ORGANISED AT THE MORE REMOTE VILLAGES WHERE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES ARE NOT EASILY ACCESSIBLE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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HEALTH CARE MANPOWER SURVEY

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THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT WILL CONDUCT A MANPOWER SURVEY TO FIND OUT HOW MANY HEALTH PERSONNEL ARE AT PRESENT ENGAGED IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS AND TO ESTABLISH THE TURNOVER RATES FOR THE DIFFERENT GRADES OF STAFF.

THE INFORMATION COLLECTED WILL ENABLE THE DEPARTMENT TO ASSESS AND PLAN THE MANPOWER REQUIREMENTS AND TRAINING NEEDS OF HEALTH PERSONNEL IN THE TOTAL DELIVERY OF HEALTH CARE TO THE POPULATION OF HONG KONG AT PRESENT AND IN THE FUTURE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE SURVEY WOULD BEGIN IN JULY, COVERING ALL THE CLINICS, HOSPITALS, MATERNITY HOMES, PRIVATE MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS, DENTISTS AND X-RAY LABORATORIES.

QUESTIONNAIRES WILL BE SENT TO ALL INDIVIDUALS CONCERNED OR INSTITUTIONS WHO ARE URGED TO CO-OPERATE FULLY BY DULY COMPLETING THE FORMS AND RETURNING THEM BY JULY 18.

♦THE INFORMATION SUPPLIED WILL BE TREATED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND WILL BE USED ONLY IN CONJUNCTION WITH OTHERS TO ARRIVE AT A COMPOSITE PICTURE,+ THE SPOKESMAN ASSURED.

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SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IN YUEN LONG ft ft ft ft ft

NOTE TO ED ITORSt

ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME AT THE SATURDAY (JUNE 28).

NEW TERRITORIES, MR AUGUSTINE CHUI KAM CEREMONY OF THE 1980 YUEN LONG DI STR IC YUEN LONG STADIUM AT 9.30 AM ON

YOUR STAFF 3214) WILL

TO COVER THE LEAVE KOWLOON

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND MEMBERS OF OPENING CEREMONY. A GOVERNMENT VAN (AM PUBLIC PIER AT 8 AM ON SATURDAY TO TAKE — ------- ----------------

MRS ELLA TAM OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION PRESS UNIT WILL

THE PRESS TO YUEN LONG.

HELP MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES.

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PASSING OUT PARADE OF CUSTOMS OFFICERS ft ft ft ft ft

THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE WILL HOLD ITS FIRST PASSING-OUT PARADE THIS YEAR ON SATURDAY (JUNE 28) WHEN FIVE PROBATIONARY INSPECTORS AND 23 CUSTOMS OFFICERS COMPLETE THEIR INTENSIVE TRAINING COURSES.

THE PARADE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE TRAINING SCHOOL AT TAI LAM CHUNG IN THE NEW TERRITORIES. TAKING THE SALUTE WILL BE THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF THE SERVICE, NR WALTER NEIL.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE TO COVER THE PASSING-OUT PARADE OF FIVE INSPECTORS AND 23 CUSTOMS OFFICERS AT THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE TRAINING SCHOOL AT TAI LAM CHUNG AT 10.30 AM ON SATURDAY (JUNE 28).

A GOVERNMENT COACH (AM 5606) WILL LEAVE HUNG HOM FERRY PIER AT 8.30 AM ON SATURDAY TO TAKE GUESTS AND REPORTERS TO THE TRAINING SCHOOL AND LATER RETURN THE PARTY TO KOWLOON.

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TRAM TRACKS RENEWAL ON KING'S ROAD ft ft ft ft ft

THE TRAM TRACKS ON KING’S ROAD AT ITS JUNCTION WITH LAU SIN STREET WILL BE RENEWED FROM SATURDAY (JUNE 28) TO NEXT TUESDAY (JULY 1) AND AGAIN FROM JULY 5 TO JULY 8.

TRAFFIC CONGESTION CAN BE EXPECTED DURING THESE PERIODS AT PEAK HOURS. MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO AVOID THIS JUNCTION IF POSSIBLE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 1980

CONTENTS PhGE NO

SIR MURRAY VISITS AP LEI CHAU HOUSING SITES ................ 1

3152 MILLION CONTRACT FOR TEACHING HOSPITAL SIGNED ......... 2

TEXTILE AGREEMENT WITH FINLAND ............................. 5

APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME EXTENDED TO HOTEL COOKS .............. 4

SIR MURRAY: CAS MAGNIFICENT TO THE CHALLENGE................ 6

FURTHER WORK ON WEST KOWLOON CORRIDOR....................... 6

OPERATORS WANTED FOR MAXICAB ROUTES......................... 7

NEW INTEREST RATE ON TAX CERTIFICATES ...................... 8

SEVEN MODEL WORKERS ELECTED IN TSUEN WAN.................... 9

manpower recommendations to clothing industry ............. 10

SPECIAL REPORT ON TB MORTALITY ............................ 11

SCENES FROM FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION ......................... 11

TRAINING COURSE FOR PART-TIME LECTURERS ................... 12

DEMONSTRATION CONCERT AT MUSIC OFFICE...................... 12

FIRING PRACTICE IN HA TSUEN RANGE ......................... 1}

FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 1980

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SIR MURRAY VISITS AP LEI CHAU HOUSING SITES M M M M

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, TODAY VISITED SITES WHICH WILL EVENTUALLY HOUSE MORE THAN 50 000 PEOPLE ON AP LEI CHAU.

DURING A TOUR OF SOUTHERN DISTRICT, SIR MURRAY ALSO SAW THE ABERDEEN HARBOUR RECLAMATION PROGRAMME AND PROVISIONS MADE FOR THE AP LEI CHAU WEST INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX.

AFTER VIEWING THE DEVELOPMENT WORK AND SPEAKING WITH STAFF OF SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE, THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, SIR MURRAY HELD DISCUSSIONS WITH UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE SOUTHERN CITY DISTRICT COMMITTEE. SIR MURRAY SAID HE WELCOMED THE VIEWS OF THE MEMBERS CONCERNING THE GREEN PAPER ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, AND HE ADVISED THEM, AS WITH ANYONE ELSE, TO AIR THEIR OPINIONS PUBLICLY.

THE AP LEI CHAU WEST ESTATE ADJACENT TO THE POWER STATION WILL CONSIST OF SIX BLOCKS WITH 4 479 SELF-CONTAINED FLATS DESIGNED TO ACCOMMODATE 21 500 PEOPLE.

PHASE I OF THE ESTATE, WHICH WAS COMPLETED LATE LAST YEAR, COMPRISES THREE BLOCKS AND WHEN FULLY OCCUPIED WILL HOUSE ABOUT 10 500 PEOPLE.

ALREADY ABOUT TWO-THIRDS OF THE TENANTS HAVE MOVED IN. WORK ON THE SECOND PHASE IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION IN 1982 AND IS EXPECTED TO HOUSE 11 000 PEOPLE.

ANOTHER ESTATE AT AP LEI CHAU EAST, ADJACENT TO PAK SHA WAN, WILL BE BUILT IN THREE PHASES TO HOUSE ABOUT 25 000 PEOPLE IN PUBLIC HOUSING FLATS AND ANOTHER 4 000 IN HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME FLATS.

PHASE I OF THE ABERDEEN HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME — KNOWN AS YUE FAI YUEN — WAS COMPLETED EARLY THIS YEAR AND PROVIDES FOR 1 100 TWO-BEDROOM FLATS CONTAINED IN FIVE SPECIALLY DESIGNED TOWER BLOCKS TO ACCOMMODATE 7 500 PEOPLE.

THE SECOND PHASE OF THIS DEVELOPMENT IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED NEXT MONTH AND WILL HOUSE ANOTHER 1 500 PEOPLE IN 220 TWO-BEDROOM FLATS IN A SINGLE 27-STOREY BLOCK.

SIR MURRAY WAS TOLD THE SELLING PRICE OF THE PHASE I FLATS VARY FROM $108 000 TO $133 500 AND FOR PHASE I I BETWEEN $182 400 AND $223 700.

MUCH OF THE ABERDEEN HARBOUR RECLAMATION PROGRAMME WAS UNDERWAY WITH NEW ROADWORKS AND OPEN SPACES BEING PROVIDED. OTHER SECTIONS CF THE PROJECT WILL BE COMPLETED IN 1984 AS OTHER INTERMEDIATE STAGES ARE BEING DEVELOPED. THE OVERALL PROGRAMME WILL PROVIDE FOR A CIVIC CENTRE, MULTI-STOREY CAR PARKS, PUBLIC LANDING AREAS, A MAGISTRACY, MARKETS AND A FLATTED RESETTLEMENT FACTORY.

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TO AUGMENT THE PROVISION OF INDUSTRIAL LAND IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF HONG KONG, A BAY AT THE SOUTHWESTERN PART OF AP LE I CHAU WILL BE RECLAIMED TO FORM AN INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX.

THIS WILL PROVIDE 2.8 HECTARES OF LAND FOR LIGHT INDUSTRIAL USE AS WELL AS 0.2 HECTARES OF LOCAL OPEN SPACE, A SITE FOR A COOKED FOOD BAZAAR AND A VAST AREA FOR CARGO HANDLING. THE WHOLE AREA WILL BE SOLD BY PUBLIC TENDER AS A PACKAGE DEAL FOR DEVELOPMENT AS AN INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX.

AFTER HIS MEETING WITH THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT COMMITTEE, SIR MURRAY INSPECTED ABERDEEN POLICE STATION WHERE HE b€T RANK AND FILE STAFF.

$152 MILLION CONTRACT FOR TEACHING HOSPITAL SIGNED O X * H *

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TODAY AWARDED A CONTRACT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE FINAL STAGE SHA TIN TEACHING HOSPITAL IN THE EASTERN PART OF TOWN.

$152 MILLION OF THE NEW SHA TIN NEW

PWD THIS YEAR,

THE CONTRACT, ONE OF THE BIGGEST LET BY THE

WAS FORMALLY SIGNED THIS MORNING BY MR S.C. KWAN, CHIEF ARCHITECT OF THE PWD’S ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE, AND MR JOHN LOO OF NGO KEE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LTD.

MR KWAN SAID THAT WORK ON THE NEW CONTRACT WOULD START EARLY NEXT MONTH AND WOULD TAKE ABOUT TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE.

+IT WILL INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NURSES TRAINING SCHOOL, STAFF QUARTERS, AND A LECTURE THEATRE BUILDING,+ HE SAID.

♦THE QUARTERS WILL COMPRISE SIX BLOCKS OF BUILDING RANGING FROM THREE TO 21 STOREYS AND WILL HOUSE SOME 2 000 DOCTORS, NURSES, MEDICAL STUDENTS AND OTHER HOSPITAL STAFF.+

MR KWAN ADDED THAT FULL MEDICAL TRAINING FACILITIES FOR SOME 400 STUDENTS WOULD BE PROVIDED IN THE NURSES TRAINING SCHOOL WHICH WOULD BE LOCATED ON THE LOWER FLOORS OF ONE OF THE RESIDENTIAL BLOCKS FOR NURSES.

MEANWHILE, WORK ON THE FIRST STAGE OF THE TEACHING HOSPITAL, COMPRISING THE CONSTRUCTION OF A THREE-STOREY SPECIALIST CLINIC BLOCK, A MAIN WARD BLOCK, A SPECIAL WARD BLOCK AND A CLINICAL SCIENCE BLOCK, ALL OF 12 STOREYS, IS PROGRESSING SMOOTHLY.

WHEN FULLY COMPLETED IN LATE 1982, THIS REGIONAL HOSPITAL WILL HAVE 1 400 BEDS AND SERVE THE 700 000 PEOPLE IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

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IT WILL OFFER THE FULL RANGE OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH, GENERAL AND SPECIALIST SERVICES, INCLUDING OUT-PATIENT AND CASUALTY TREATMENT AND CARE OF PATIENTS BEFORE AND AFTER HOSPITALISATION.

THE PROJECT IS PARTLY FINANCED BY THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK.

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TEXTILE AGREEMENT WITH FINLAND * * * *

FOLLOWING CONSULTATIONS IN HONG KONG BETWEEN FINLAND AND HONG KONG, AGREEMENT WAS REACHED TODAY ON THE CONTINUATION OF THE PRESENT TEXTILE AGREEMENT, WITH CERTAIN CHANGES.

THE CURRENT TEXTILE AGREEMENT BETWEEN FINLAND AND HONG KONG IS DUE TO EXPIRE ON JULY 31, 1980. IT PROVIDES FOR EXPORT RESTRAINT ON FOUR CATEGORIES OF CLOTHING.

THE NEW AGREEMENT IS FOR A PERIOD OF TWO YEARS COMMENCING AUGUST 1, 1980. ONE OF THE EXISTING RESTRAINED CLOTHING CATEGORIES HAS BEEN DE-RESTRAINED AND PLACED UNDER EXPORT AUTHORISATION.

RESTRAINT WILL CONTINUE TO BE EXERCISED IN RESPECT OF THE REMAINING THREE CATEGORIES, NAMELY, KNITTED BRIEFS OF COTTON AND MAN-MADE FIBRE (WOMEN’S AND GIRLS’), KNITTED BRIEFS OF COTTON AND MAN-MADE FIBRE (MEN’S AND BOYS’), AND WOVEN SHIRTS OF COTTON AND MAN-MADE FIBRE.

THE TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD HAS EXAMINED THE NEW AGREEMENT AND HAS ADVISED ON ITS ACCEPTANCE. DETAILS AND THE RULES FOR IMPLEMENTATION WILL BE PUBLISHED SHORTLY.

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APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME EXTENDED TO HOTEL COOKS M * O *

THE PROMOTION OF JOB TRAINING IN HONG KONG WILL TAKE ANOTHER STEP FORWARD IN AUGUST WHEN A FURTHER TRADE IS INCLUDED IN THE COMPULSORY APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME.

THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE GAVE NOTICE TODAY THAT THE GOVERNOR, ON THE ADVICE OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL, HAD SPECIFIED ♦HOTEL COOK — WESTERN STYLE+ AS A DESIGNATED TRADE UNDER THE APPRENTICESHIP ORDINANCE.

THE DESIGNATION WILL BECOME EFFECTIVE ON AUGUST 1, 1980 AND THE APPRENTICESHIP PERIOD IS THREE YEARS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID IT WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT A TRADE IN THE COMMERCE AND SERVICES SECTOR HAD BEEN DESIGNATED, BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DESIGNATED TRADES TO 37.

♦IT IS GOVERNMENT POLICY TO PROMOTE APPRENTICE TRAINING IN TRADES VITAL TO HONG KONG’S INDUSTRIES AND TO ENSURE AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF SKILLED MANPOWER,+ HE NOTED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE ORDINANCE AFFECTED THE EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING OF YOUNG PEOPLE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 14 AND 18.

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 APPRENTICESHIP AND HOLDS A CERTIFICATE IN THAT TRADE. 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 TRADE 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.

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EMPLOYERS AND YOUNG PEOPLE ENGAGED IN THE NEWLY DESIGNATED TRADE WHO HAVE ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE ORDINANCE SHOULD CONTACT THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S APPRENTICESHIP DIVISION AT THE FOLLOWING OFFICES:

* NEW RODNEY BLOCK, 99 QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG TEL.1 5-280545

* PARIS THEATRE BUILDING,

7 KING FUK STREET, SAN PO KONG, KOWLOON TEL.1 3-219285

* SALISBURY ROAD, (OPPOSITE SHERATON HOTEL) TSIM SHA TSUI, KOWLOON TEL.1 3-667463

* 31 SHING FONG STREET,

5TH FLOOR, KWAI CHUNG TEL.« 12-297039

* YEN HAU MANSION, 3RD FLOOR, 100 TING FU STREET, KWUN TONG, KOWLOON. TEL.1 3-440838

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SIR MURRAY* CAS MAGNIFICENT TO THE CHALLENGE * * ft ft ft ft

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, SAID THIS EVENING THAT THE CIVIL AID SERVICES HAD RESPONDED MAGNIFICENTLY TO THE CHALLENGE OUTSIDE ITS NORMAL DUTIES IN HANDLING THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEE CRISIS.

AT THE CAS COMBINED OFFICERS AND MEMBERS DINNER, SIR MURRAY SAID ITS MEMBERS ASSISTED IN THE REFUGEE PROBLEM BY HELPING TO SET UP AND MANAGE A LARGE CAMP, DELIVERING FOOD TO REFUGEE BOATS AT ANCHORAGES, AND BY ARRANGING SPECIAL OPERATIONS TO MOVE PEOPLE AND STORES.

AT THE SAME TIME YOU CONTINUED TO TRAIN AND ACT IN YOUR TRADITIONAL ROLES IN NATURAL DISASTERS, RESCUE, MAINTAIN HILL FIRE-FIGHTING, CROWD CONTROL — YOU NAME IT, YOU DID IT,* SAID SIR MURRAY.

HE NOTED THE CAS EXPANSION IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND ITS PLANS FOR THE NEW TOWNS AS WELL AS THE PROGRESS MADE BY THE CADET CORPS.

SIR MURRAY SAID HONG KONG OWED MUCH TO ITS VOLUNTEER DISCIPLINED SERVICES.

THEY ARE LARGER, BETTER TRAINED, HAVE MORE ENTHUSIASM, AND ARE DEPLOYED MORE REGULARLY THAN IN ANY OF THE COUNTRIES I HAVE SERVED IN.

AMONGST THIS NOBLE COMPANY OF BROTHER AND SISTER ORGANISATIONS, THE CIVIL AID SERVICES CAN HOLD ITS HEAD HIGH TO THE GREAT CREDIT OF THE COMMISSIONER, THE CHIEF STAFF OFFICER AND ALL RANKS OF THE SERVICE,* SAID SIR MURRAY.

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FURTHER WORK ON WEST KOWLOON CORRIDOR ft ft ft ft ft ft

WORK WILL BEGIN LATER THIS YEAR ON ANOTHER SECTION OF THE WEST KOWLOON CORRIDOR — A FAST HIGH-CAPACITY ELEVATED ROAD LINKING YAU MA TEI AND LAI CHI KOK.

TENDERS FOR THE WORK, WHICH FORMS PART OF THE SECOND STAGE OF THE MAJOR ROAD PROJECT, WERE INVITED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TODAY.

MR YEUNG KIM-CHOY, CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE CONSULTANTS MANAGEMENT DIVISION OF THE PWD’S HIGHWAYS OFFICE SAID THE CONTRACT WOULD INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN ELEVATED ROADWAY FROM TAI KOK TSUI TO SHAM SHU I PO AND THE ASSOCIATED GROUND LEVEL ROADS.

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THE 500 METRE ELEVATED ROAD WILL RUN ALONG TUNG CHAU STREET FROM YEN CHOW STREET TO TAI KOK TSUI ROAD WHERE IT WILL LINK UP WITH ANOTHER SECTION OF FLYOVER NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION,* HE SAID.

+THE NEW ROAD WILL HAVE THREE TRAFFIC LANES IN EACH DIRECTION, AND TWO RAMPS WILL BE BUILT AT ITS NORTHERN END TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO AND FROM THE CHEUNG SHA WAN AND LAI CHI KOK AREAS, INCLUDING THE SHAM SHUI PO FERRY CONCOURSE.*

THE ASSOCIATED GROUND LEVEL ROADS AT TUNG CHAU STREET WOULD BE RE-CONSTRUCTED ON A NEW ALIGNMENT, HE ADDED.

WORK WILL BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER AND IS EXPECTED TO TAKE 28 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE ENTIRE WEST KOWLOON CORRIDOR SCHEME CALLS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN ELEVATED ROADWAY FROM THE JUNCTION OF GASCOIGNE ROAD AND FERRY STREET IN THE SOUTH TO LAI CHI KOK ROAD IN THE NORTH,* MR YEUNG EXPLAINED.

UPON COMPLETION, IT WILL PROVIDE A PRIMARY DISTRIBUTOR HIGHWAY SERVING THE MAJOR TRAFFIC MOVEMENTS BETWEEN THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL AND WEST KOWLOON.*

HE ADDED THAT THE SECTION OF THE ELEVATED ROAD TO BE CONSTRUCTED WOULD PROVIDE BY ITSELF A VERY DESIRABLE BYPASS FOR TRAFFIC TRAVELLING THROUGH THE CONGESTED TAI KOK TSUI AND SHAM SHUI PO AREAS.

THE SCHEME HAS BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY THE CONSULTING ENGINEERS, MAUNSELL CONSULTANTS ASIA, ON BEHALF OF THE PWD HIGHWAYS OFFICE.

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OPERATORS WANTED FOR MAXICAB ROUTES ft ft ft ft

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IS OFFERING 17 PACKAGES OF MAXICAB ROUTES TO NEW OPERATORS.

APPLICATIONS ARE INVITED FROM REGISTERED OWNERS OF PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES FOR THE GRANT OF EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS TO OPERATE THESE ROUTES, FIVE OF WHICH ARE IN KOWLOON AND 26 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

DETAILS ARE SET OUT IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

APPLICATION MUST BE MADE ON THE APPROPRIATE FORM ENTITLED ♦APPLICATION FOR PUBLIC LIGHT BUS MAXICAB ROUTE(S)* OBTAINABLE FREE OF CHARGE FROM TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT OFFICES, AT GUARDIAN HOUSE, 6TH FLOOR, 32 01 KWAN ROAD. HONG KONG, OR PARK-IN COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 9TH FLOOR, 56 DUNDAS STREET, KOWLOON, OR DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE JEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS MUST BE RETURNED BY REGISTERED POST TO REACH THE DEPARTMENT IN GUARDIAN HOUSE BY 5 PM ON JULY 17 (THURSDAY). LATE RETURNS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

A SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE GOVERNMENT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MODIFY THE ROUTES AND DETAILS OF OPERATION, AND DOES NOT BIND ITSELF TO ACCEPT ANY APPLICATION RECEIVED.

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NEW INTEREST RATE ON TAX CERTIFICATES

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THE NEW ANNUAL RATE OF INTEREST ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES WILL BE 7.2 PER CENT AS FROM TODAY (JUNE 27), AGAINST THE PREVIOUS RATE OF 9 PER CENT.

A NOTICE TO THE EFFECT THAT THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY HAS AUTHORISED THIS DECREASE IN THE RATE OF INTEREST WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

INTEREST ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES IS TAX-FREE AND IS CALCULATED IN MONTHLY STEPS — THE NEW RATE WILL BE 60 CENTS PER MONTH PER $100.

IT WILL BE CREDITED AS BEFORE IN RESPECT OF COMPLETED MONTHS BETWEEN PURCHASE AND SURRENDER WHEN CERTIFICATES ARE USED TO PAY TAX.

NO INTEREST IS DUE WHERE THE PRINCIPAL VALUE OF A CERTIFICATE IS REPAID IN CASH.

THE NEW RATE WILL APPLY TO ALL CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER TODAY.

CERTIFICATES PREVIOUSLY ISSUED WILL CONTINUE TO EARN INTEREST AS FOLLOWS«-

RATE PER ANNUM ISSUE DATE

4.2% 19.9.75 - 16.2.77

3% 17.2.77 - 21.9.78

3.24% 22.9.78 - 23.11.78

5.04% 24.11.78 - 15.2.79

5.76% 16.2.79 - 3.5.79

8.04% 4.5.79 - 25.10.79

8.4% 26.10.79 - 10.4.80

10.5% 11.4.80 - 29.5.80

9% 30.5.80 - 26.6.80

HOWEVER THERE IS A GENERAL RULE THAT INTEREST CEASES TO ACCRUE AFTER 36 COMPLETED MONTHS WITHOUT SURRENDER FOR PAYMENT OF TAX.

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THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXAMPLE OF INTEREST CALCULATION!

$1 OOO CERTIFICATES BOUGHT ON 2.7.80 RESPECTIVELY; SURRENDERED IN PAYMENT

ON $1 000 (2.7.80 - 2.10.80)

3 COMPLETE-MONTHS AT $6 PER MONTH

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, 2.8.80 AND 2.9.80 OF TAX DUE ON 2.10.80

• $18

ON $1 000 (2.8.80 - 2.10.80)

2 COMPLETE MONTHS AT $6 PER MONTH - >12

ON $1 000 (2.9.80 - 2.10.80)

1 COMPLETE MONTH AT >6 PER MONTH • « 6

INTEREST ACCRUED $36

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SEVEN MODEL WORKERS ELECTED IN TSUEN WAN

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SEVEN TSUEN WAN FACTORY WORKERS HAVE BEEN ELECTED ’MODEL WORKERS’ THANKS TO THEIR OUTSTANDING WORK PERFORMANCE AND GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH THEIR COLLEAGUES.

THEY WILL BE PRESENTED WITH GOLD MEDALS AND $2 000 CASH PRIZES DURING A SPECIAL POPULAR SONG CONCERT, ON JULY 25, AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL.

THE COMPETITION IS PART OF THE MODEL WORKERS’ AWARD SCHEME ORGANISED BY THE INDUSTRIAL SUB-C.OMM ITTEE OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD.

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MORE THAN $40 000 WERE DONATED BY INDUSTRIALISTS IN THE DISTRICT TO SUPPORT THE SCHEME, WHICH AIMS TO PROMOTE JOB ENTHUSIASM AND A HAPPY WORKING ENVIRONMENT AMONG WORKERS.

ENTRY TO THE COMPETITION WAS OPEN TO ALL FACTORY WORKERS IN THE KWAI CHUNG, TSUEN WAN AND TSI NG Yl ISLAND AREA. THE ONLY CONDITION BEING THAT THEY HAD BEEN IN THEIR PRESENT EMPLOYMENT FOR AT LEAST FIVE YEARS.

ADJUDICATION WAS BASED ON THE WORKERS’ PARTICIPATION IN ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THEIR FACTORIES, THEIR CONDUCT, LEADERSHIP QUALITIES, RELATIONSHIP WITH FELLOW WORKERS, KNOWLEDGE OF LABOUR LEGISLATION, THEIR WORK PERFORMANCE AND PERSONAL INTEGRITY.

IN FEBRUARY, LETTERS WERE SENT TO THE MANAGEMENTS OF SOME 2 300 FACTORIES IN THE DISTRICT, INVITING NOMINATIONS.

THE MANY RECOMMENDATIONS SUBMITTED BY FACTORY OWNERS AND MANAGEMENTS WERE REVIEWED, AND 25 FINALISTS WERE INTERVIEWED BY MEMBERS OF THE INDUSTRIAL SUB-COMMITTEE.

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THE SEVEN WINNERS ARE MISS TAI CHOI-CHUN AND MR YEUNG CHIK-SUN (FREEZINHOT BOTTLE CO.), MISS HO YAU-HA (WINNER WEAVING CO.), MR LEUNG KWONG (ISLAND DYEING AND PRINTING CO.), MISS KWAN YUK-LIN (PEARL GARMENT FACTORY), MISS TONG SAU-LUEN (KOWLOON TEXTILE INDUSTRIAL LTD.) AND MR WONG WAH-CHIU (PAO HSING COTTON LTD.).

IN ADDITION, A SPECIAL TROPHY AND 85 000 CASH PRIZE WILL BE “RESENTED TO MR WU YUK-CHAU, THE WINNER OF A SLOGAN COMPETITION WHICH IS ALSO PART OF THE MODEL WORKERS’ AWARD SCHEME.

THE POPULAR SONG CONCERT STARTS AT 8 PM AND WILL INCLUDE PERFORMANCES BY WELL-KNOWN TELEVISION AND RADIO SINGERS. TICKETS FOR THE CONCERT WILL BE DISTRIBUTED FREE TO FACTORIES IN THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT IN EARLY JULY.

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MANPOWER RECOMMENDATIONS TO CLOTHING INDUSTRY ft ft ft ft ft

TO MAINTAIN ITS COMPETITIVENESS IN THE EXISTING MARKETS AND

TO CONTINUE TO EXPAND INTO NEW ONES, THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY HAS

TO INVEST NOT ONLY IN MODERN PLANT AND EQUIPMENT BUT ALSO IN MANPOWER TRAINING.

THIS IS ONE OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL IN A REPORT OF THE FIFTH MANPOWER SURVEY OF THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY.

THE SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED BY THE BOARD LAST YEAR WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE LABOUR AND THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENTS.

THE REPORT. IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE, WAS PUBLISHED TODAY AND IS NOW ON SALE AT $8 A COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING.

IT CONTAINS DETAILED STATISTICAL STRUCTURE OF THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY, A TRAINING NEEDS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON

INFORMATION ON THE EMPLOYMENT FORECAST OF THE INDUSTRY’S MEASURES TO MEET THESE NEEDS.

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SPECIAL REPORT ON TB MORTALITY ' * *

THE MARCH ISSUE OF THE HONG KONG MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS, AVAILABLE FOR SALE TODAY, CONTAINS A SPECIAL REVIEW ARTICLE ENTITLED +MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY FROM TUBERCULOSIS IN HONG KONG -THE LAST 30 YEARS+.

THE ARTICLE BEGINS WITH HISTORICAL INFORMATION ON TB MORTALITY SINCE THE 1923’S WHEN THE ESTIMATED RATE WAS ABOUT 320 DEATHS PER 133 030 POPULATION.

THE RATE DECREASED GRADUALLY TO 230 IN THE 1933’S AND TO 113 THROUGHOUT THE LATE 1940’S.

THE ARTICLE CONTINUES WITH A DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DECLINING TREND IN TB MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY BETWEEN 1950 AND 1979. FOR 1979, THE RATE WAS ONLY 10.7.

THE CHANGES IN TB MORTALITY BY AGE AND SEX RESPECTIVELY AND INTERNATIONAL COMPARISONS OF TB MORTALITY RATES AND THE FUTURE OUTLOOK ARE ALSO COVERED.

THE MARCH ISSUE OF THE MONTHLY DIGEST IS OBTAINABLE AT $14 A COPY FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT CONNAUGHT PLACE.

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAS JOINED FORCES WITH THE HONG KONG REPERTORY THEATRE OF THE URBAN COUNCIL IN PROMOTING FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION.

THE REPERTORY THEATRE WILL STAGE ROVING DRAMA PERFORMANCES IN FOUR COMMUNITY CENTRES RUN BY THE DEPARTMENT IN KWUN TONG, TAI HANG TUNG, WONG TAI SIN AND CHAI WAN.

THE PLAYS TO BE PERFORMED HAVE BEEN SPECIALLY PUT TOGETHER TO GIVE YOUNG PEOPLE AND MARRIED COUPLES AN INSIGHT INTO +MAR ITAL RELATIONSHIP* - THEME OF THE FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION CAMPAIGN THIS YEAR.

THE COMMUNITY-WIDE CAMPAIGN, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, AIMS AT STRENGTHENING FAMILY TIES AND FORESTALLING BREAKDOWNS.

TWO SHORT PLAYS WILL BE PRESENTED IN EACH SHOW. ONE WILL BE ON PREPARATION FOR MARRIAGE, AND THE OTHER ON MARITAL ADJUSTMENTS.

THE FIRST SHOW WILL BE STAGED TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT 7.30 PM IN THE KWUN TONG COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 17 TSUI PING ROAD, KOWLOON.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A FAMILY QUIZ ORGANISED BY STAFF OF THE CENTRE. ADMISSION WILL BE FREE.

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TRAINING COURSE FOR PART-TIME LECTURERS

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A TWO-YEAR EVENING COURSE STARTING IN SEPTEMBER FOR PART-TIME LECTURERS IS BEING OFFERED BY THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE.

THE COURSE IS DESIGNED TO TRAIN EVENING PART-TIME TEACHERS ENGAGED IN FURTHER EDUCATION AND THOSE WISHING TO TAKE UP EVENING PART-TIME TEACHING.

ITS AIM IS TO RAISE THE GENERAL STANDARD OF PART-TIME TEACHING IN HONG KONG.

CONTENTS OF THE COURSE INCLUDE A STUDY OF PRINCIPLES AND htTHODS OF TEACHING, AND EMPHASIS WILL BE PLACED ON PRACTICAL TEACHING.

APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A GOOD COMMAND OF WRITTEN AND SPOKEN ENGLISH, AND BE PREPARED TO ATTEND CLASSES ONE EVENING A WEEK.

TUITION FEES ARE $175 PER ANNUM.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE, 373 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, HONG KONG. COMPLETED FORMS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE COLLEGE ON OR BEFORE JULY 18.

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DEMONSTRATION CONCERT AT MUSIC OFFICE ft ft ft ft

THE MUSIC OFFICE IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE ITALIAN CONSULATE GENERAL WILL PRESENT A VOCAL AND GUITAR DEMONSTRATION CONCERT ON MONDAY (JUNE 30) BETWEEN 6 PM AND 7.30 PM AT ITS HEADQUARTERS ON THE 9TH FLOOR OF THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE.

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE WORKS BY J. DOWLAND, J.B. BESARD 6. GORZANIS, M. DE FUENLLANA, A. LE ROY AND F. DA MILANO.

rnu AT THE C0NCERT WILL BE ELIZABETH MAJERON AND

blULIANO BALcSTRA.

EL‘ZABETH MAJERON IS A DISTINGUISHED SOPRANO FROM ITALY AND tu2vBAL£STRA ,S 0NE 0F ,TALY’s LEADING GUITARISTS. SINCE

PERF0RMED AS A DUO, APART FROM GIVING THEIR OWN oOLu CONCERTS, .... RAVE RECE,VED WIDE ACCLAIM IN MAJOR CITIES OF EUROPE, ASIA, CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES.

THEY HAVE MADE NUMEROUS RECORDINGS WITH THE TELEVISION AND RADIO NETWORKS. BESIDES THEIR RENAISSANCE REPERTOIRE, THEY HAVE SOUND EXPERIENCE IN BAROQUE AS WELL AS MODERN AND CONfEMPORARY MUS IC.

THE CONCERT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND ADMISSION IS FREE.

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FIRING PRACTICE IN HA TSUEN RANGE ******

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE ON MOST DAYS NEXT MONTH.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WARNED NOT TO ENTER THE AREA WHEN RED FLAGS ARE FLYING DURING ANY TIME OF PRACTICE.

THE PRACTICE TIMES AREi

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

SPEECH BY H.E. THE GOVERNOR AT THE CIVIL hID SERVICES COMBINED OFFICERS AND MEMBERS DINNER ON JUNE 27.1980

Mr Commissioner, Ladies and Gentlemen:

First of all I thank you for your hospitality, and am only sorry that I had to miss it last year.

As your Commissioner has said, you have had a busy year. I appreciate the notable and dedicated service you, as volunteers, have rendered to the community.

Last year the sudden influx of over 70 COO Vietnamese refugees faced Hong Kong with an emergency of major proportions. You assisted by helping to set up and manage a large camp, by delivering food to refugee boats at anchorages, and by arranging special operations to move people and stores. You responded magnificently to the challenge which was outside your normal duties.

At the same time you continued to train and act in your traditional roles in natural disasters, rescue, maintain hill fire-fighting, crowd control - you name it, you did it.

I am glad to note your expansion in the New Territories and your plans for the new towns. I am also pleased to see that the Cadet Corps has continued to make progress and I wish you as much success in the Water activity Centre as you have had with Yuen Tun Camp.

Hong Kong owes much to its volunteer disciplined services. They are larger, better trained, have more enthusiasm, and are deployed more regularly than in any of the countries I have served in. Amongst this notable company of brother and sister organisations, the Civil Aid Services can hold its head high, to the great credit of the Commissioner, the Chief Staff Officer, and all ranks of the Service.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I ask you all to raise your glasses and drink a toast with me to the Civil Aid Services.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 28, 1980

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YUEN LONG SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME STARTS TODAY ...................   1

TEMPORARY RAILWAY STATION TAKING SHAPE............................. 2

FURTHER STUDY ON LaNTAU FIXED CROSSING............................. 2

TENDERS FOR AIRPORT SHOPS .......................................   3

PIPELINES TO LaMHA ISLAND ..........................................

PUBLIC WORKS CONTRACTS ^WkRDED ................•....................

MOBILE RECRUITMENT DISPLAY MOVES TO KWUN TONG ..................... 5

CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE PASSING-OUT PaRaDE ..................... 5

CHANCE TO OBTAIN TRhDE INSTRUCTOR TRAINING ........................ 6

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TSIM SHa TSUI ............................. 7

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS AT CASTLE PEAK RO^D JUNCTION

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YUEN LONG SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME STARTS TODAY ft * * * *

THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IN YUEN LONG WAS LAUNCHED TODAY BY THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR AUGUSTINE CHUI KAM, AT THE HEUNG YEE KUK SECONDARY SCHOOL.

MORE THAN 150 SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD IN SCHOOLS, YOUTH CENTRES, PLAYGROUNDS AND VILLAGE OPEN SPACES IN THE DISTRICT DURING THE COMING TWO MONTHS.

THESE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE BALL GAMES, SPORTS COMPETITIONS, CULTURAL SHOWS, SKILL TRAINING, CAMPING AND OUTINGS. OVER 50 000 LOCAL YOUNG PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FUNCTIONS.

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB HAVE PROVIDED $39 000 FOR THE PROGRAMME. A FURTHER $45 000 HAS BEEN DONATED BY LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, MR CHUI SAID THE AIM OF SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES WAS TO ENCOURAGE YOUTH TO MAKE THE BEST USE CF THEIR SUMMER HOLIDAYS BY ACTIVELY PARTICIPATING IN HEALTHY ACTIVITIES.

♦IT CAN HELP THEM BUILD UP CONFIDENCE, LEARN USEFUL SKILLS AND CULTIVATE NEW INTERESTS.

♦THROUGH THESE ACTIVITIES, YOUTHS WILL ENJOY MORE CHANCES TO MEET WITH PEOPLE, AND A GOOD SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY AND A SOUND PERSONALITY CAN THUS BE DEVELOPED.♦

HE SAID RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES WOULD ALSO RELIEVE STUDENTS OF TENSION AND OFFER THEM A HAPPY SUMMER VACATION.

MR CHUI SAID HE RECOGNISED THAT RECREATIONAL FACILITIES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WERE LESS THAN PERFECT. +BUT THE SITUATION WILL BE GREATLY IMPROVED IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS,♦ HE SAID.

MAJOR PROJECTS NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION INCLUDE THE KWAI CHUNG INDOOR STADIUM, THE SILVER JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE IN SHA TIN AND THE YAN 01 TONG INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE IN TUEN MUN.

IN YUEN LONG, A $17 MILLION SWIMMING COMPLEX IS BEING BUILT, AND THE YUEN LONG STADIUM WILL HAVE ANOTHER COVERED SPECTATOR STAND AND VARIOUS FACILITIES, HE SAID.

MR CHUI SAID THESE FACILITIES, WHEN COMPLETED, WOULD HELP FURTHER PROMOTE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES IN THE FUTURE.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT TODAY’S OPENING CEREMONY WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT YOUTH RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR TAI KUEN- THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR FUNG KWOK-KEUNG- AND THE REGIONAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER, MR CHENG KWAN-KUEN.

AFTER THE CEREMONY, SPECTATORS WATCHED DANCING, SINGING AND DRAMA PERFORMANCES BY LOCAL YOUTHS AND TELEVISION ARTISTES.

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TEMPORARY RAILWAY STATION TAKING SHAPE

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WORK IS PROGRESSING ON A TEMPORARY RAILWAY STATION ON THE EMBANKMENT BETWEEN YIM PO FONG STREET AND PEACE AVENUE IN MONG KOK.

ON ITS COMPLETION IN EARLY AUGUST, TRAINS WILL BE DIVERTED TO IT SO AS TO ALLOW WORK TO BEGIN ON THE NEW PERMANENT STATION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SAID WORK ON THE TEMPORARY STATION INCLUDED THE BUILDING OF PLATFORM AWNINGS, A COVERED WAITING AREA AND OTHER FACILITIES SUCH AS TOILETS AND A SNACK SHOP.

♦ACCESS TO THE TEMPORARY STATION WILL BE THROUGH A RAMP OR STAIRCASES FROM YIM PO FONG STREET WHILE EXIT WILL BE VIA STAIRCASES TO A FOOTBRIDGE ACROSS ARGYLE STREET AND PEACE AVENUE,+ HE SAID.

MEANWHILE, TENDERS FOR THE FOUNDATION WORK OF THE NEW MONG KOK STATION HAVE ALREADY BEEN INVITED AND CONSTRUCTION IS EXPECTED TO START IN AUGUST.

THE FOUNDATION WORK WILL INVOLVE PILING, CONSTRUCTION OF STATION PLATFORMS, TRACK-LAYING AND DRAINAGE WORKS.

CONSTRUCTION OF A PODIUM, A STATION BUILDING AND THE INSTALLATION OF OVERHEAD CABLES FOR THE ELECTRIC TRAIN WILL BE TAKEN UP LATER.

THE OVERALL DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW MONG KOK STATION WILL INCLUDE A TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE, A PUBLIC AMENITY AREA, A GOODS YARD AND MULTI-STOREY OFFICE BLOCKS.

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FURTHER STUDY ON LANTAU FIXED CROSSING

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FURTHER SITE INVESTIGATION ON THE PROPOSED LANTAU FIXED CROSSING WILL BE CARRIED OUT SHORTLY.

THE WORK, TENDERS FOR WHICH ARE BEING INVITED, WILL PROVIDE DESIGN DATA FOR THE PROPOSED PROJECT.

IF EVENTUALLY APPROVED, THE PROJECT WILL COMPRISE TWO BRIDGES, BETWEEN TSING Yl ISLAND AND MA WAN, AND OVER KAP SHU I MUN CHANNEL.

THERE WILL ALSO BE ASSOCIATED ROAD WORKS FROM TSING Yl ISLAND TO THE NORTH EASTERN PART OF LANTAU.

MR YEUNG KIM-CHOY, CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE CONSULTANTS MANAGEMENT DIVISION OF THE PWD HIGHWAYS OFFICE, SAID THE CONSULTANTS WERE ASKED EARLIER THIS YEAR TO PROCEED WITH DETAILED DESIGN FOR THE PROJECT. THIS WAS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN 1982.

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*™E S,TE INVESTIGATION WORK WILL GIVE THE NECESSARY GEOTECHNICAL INFORMATION FOR THE DESIGN OF THE FOUNDATION STRUCTURES, THE HIGHWAY, AS WELL AS CUT AND FILL SLOPES ON THE BANKS.

*IT WILL INVOLVE THE SINKING OF A NUMBER OF DRILL HOLES BOTH VERTICALLY AND HORIZONTALLY IN SPECIFIC AREAS OF INTEREST ALONG THE ROUTE OF THE PROPOSED FIXED CROSSING, A LIMITED LAND BASED GEOPHYSICAL SEISMIC REFRACTION SURVEY, AND TESTING OF SOIL PROPERTIES.+

MR YEUNG SAID THAT INVESTIGATION WOULD BEGIN IN AUGUST AND WOULD TAKE ABOUT SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE WORK HAS BEEN DESIGNED AND WILL BE SUPERVISED BY THE CONSULTING ENGINEERS, THE ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS GROUP OF H3NG KONG, ON BEHALF OF THE PWD HIGHWAYS OFFICE.

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TENDERS FOR AIRPORT SHOPS * * * *

THE DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION IS INVITING TENDERS FOR TENANCIES OF 14 RETAIL SHOPS AND ONE MONEY CHANGING SHOP IN THE DEPARTURE HALL OF THE PASSENGER TERMINAL AT KAI TAK AIRPORT.

THE RETAIL SHOPS ARE EARMARKED FOR DESIGNATED TRADES, INCLUDING THE SALE OF JEWELLERY, PHOTOGRAPHIC, RADIO AND ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT, PUBLICATIONS, PHARMACEUTICALS, COSMETICS, OUTFITS AND EMBROIDERED GOODS, CHINESE ARTS AND CRAFTS, AND TOBACCO, CIGARETTES AND CONFECTIONERY.

ALL THE TENANCIES WILL BE FOR THREE YEARS BEGINNING ON OR ABOUT SEPTEMBER 1 THIS YEAR.

TWELVE OF THE SHOPS ARE AT PRESENT OCCUPIED BUT THEIR CURRENT TENANCIES WILL EXPIRE AT THE END OF AUGUST. TENDERS FOR TENANCY OF ANY OF THESE TWELVE SHOPS MUST REACH THE SECRETARY OF THE CENTRAL TENDER BOARD BEFORE 12 NOON ON FRIDAY, JULY 18.

TENDERS FOR THE TWO OTHER RETAIL SHOPS AND THE MONEY CHANGING SHOP HAVE TO REACH THE SECRETARY OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TENDER BOARD BY THE SAME DEADLINE.

FORMS OF TENDER AND FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED AT THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS, NEW RODNEY BLOCK, 99 QUEENSWAY, OR FROM THE AIRPORT GENERAL MANAGER AT THE AIRPORT.

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PIPELINES TO LAMMA ISLAND ft * * *

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO LAY TWO SUBMARINE PIPELINES FROM SANDY BAY AND WAH FU ON HONG KONG ISLAND TO PAK KOK ON LAMMA ISLAND.

THE WORK FORMS PART OF THE PROPOSED SCHEME TO PROVIDE FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO THE VILLAGES AND THE POWER STATION NOW BEING BUILT ON THE ISLAND.

THE EXISTING WATER SUPPLY FROM LOCAL SOURCES IS INADEQUATE FOR THE INCREASING DEMAND.

UNDER THE SCHEME, TWO PIPELINES TOTALLING ABOUT SIX KILOMETRES IN LENGTH WILL BE BURIED AT A MAXIMUM DEPTH OF THREE METRES BELOW THE SEABED.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA OF FORESHORE AND SEABED INVOLVED IS DESCRIBED IN A NOTICE IN THE LATEST GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

ALL OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL OR ANY CLAIM OF PRIVATE RIGHT SHOULD BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS WITHIN TWO MONTHS OF 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 INVOLVED MAY ALSO BE INSPECTED AT THE PORT WORKS DIVISION, FIRST FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG- THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, 19TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING- AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE, ISLANDS, INTERNATIONAL BUILDING, 4TH FLOOR, 141 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT LAST MONTH LET A TOTAL OF 49 CONTRACTS WORTH MORE THAN $105 MILLION.

ONE OF THE LARGEST WAS FOR THE RECLAMATION OF ABOUT THREE HECTARES OF LAND BETWEEN WATSON ROAD AND OIL STREET IN NORTH POINT.

THIS $15.8 MILLION PROJECT IS ONE OF THE PRELIMINARY CONTRACTS FOR THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR, STAGE ONE, WHICH COMPRISES AN ELEVATED ROAD LINKING CAUSEWAY BAY WITH NORTH POINT.

OF ALL THE CONTRACTS AWARDED, 27 WERE ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE CENTRAL TENDER BOARD AND THE OTHERS THE PWD TENDER BOARD.

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MOBILE RECRUITMENT DISPLAY MOVES TO KWUN TONG ******

THE MOBILE RECRUITMENT DISPLAY BY THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT WILL TOMORROW (SUNDAY) MOVE TO KWUN TONG COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 17 TSUI PING ROAD, OPPOSITE THE KWUN TONG PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO VISIT THE DISPLAY BETWEEN 2 PM AND 6 PM TOMORROW AND BETWEEN 2 PM AND 10 PM ON MONDAY. A RECRUITMENT STAND WILL BE SET UP IN THE CENTRE.

THE DISPLAY OF PHOTOGRAPHS SHOWING VARIOUS ASPECTS OF PRISON WORK IS PART OF THE DEPARTMENT’S CURRENT DRIVE TO ATTRACT YOUNG ASSISTANT OFFICERS.

ANOTHER PHOTOGRAPHIC DISPLAY AND VARIETY SHOW WILL BE STAGED IN KWAI CHUNG ON THURSDAY (JULY 3) BETWEEN 12.30 PM AND 2.30 PM

THE ENTERTAINMENT TROUPE, INCLUDING TV ARTISTES, WILL PERFORM AT AN OPEN SPACE UNDER THE KWAI WING ROAD ELEVATED WALKWAY.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT’S MOBILE RECRUITMENT DISPLAY AND VARIETY SHOW ON THURSDAY (JULY 3) AT THE OPEN SPACE UNDER THE ELEVATED WALKWAY IN KWAI WING ROAD, KWAI CHUNG BETWEEN 12.30 PM AND 2.30 PM.

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CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE PASSING-OUT PARADE ******

THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE, MR WALTER NEIL, TODAY TOLD MEMBERS OF THE SERVICE THAT THEIR CAREER PROSPECTS WERE LIKELY TO BE GREATER AND MORE EXCITING THAN EVER BEFORE.

HE WAS ADDRESSING A PASSING-OUT PARADE AT THE CUSTOMS TRAINING SCHOOL IN TAI LAM CHUNG WHERE FIVE INSPECTORS AND 23 CUSTOMS OFFICERS HAVE JUST COMPLETED THEIR INDUCTION COURSES.

REVIEWING THE GROWTH AND INCREASED RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE SERVICE, MR NEIL SAIDt +1 EXPECT THE VARIETY OF YOUR WORK WILL BECOME EVEN GREATER DURING THE NEXT FEW YEARS PARTICULARLY WHEN THE REORGAN ISATIONAL PROPOSALS BY THE COMMISSIONER, MR DOUGLAS JORDAN, BEGIN TO TAKE EFFECT.

♦THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR JOB SATISFACTION IN THIS SERVICE WILL BE ALMOST LIMITLESS. SIMILARLY, I BELIEVE CAREER PROSPECTS WILL BE GREATER THAN EVER BEFORE.*

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MR NEIL REMINDED THE OFFICERS THAT THEY SHOULD BE FIRM YET COURTEOUS IN THEIR DEALINGS WITH PEOPLE, AND MAINTAIN A HIGH STANDARD OF INTEGRITY AND SELF-DISCIPLINE AT ALL TIMES.

+IF YOU FOLLOW THESE PRINCIPLES YOU WILL NOT ONLY PRESERVE YOUR OWN SELF-RESPECT AND DIGNITY, BUT YOU WILL HELP MAINTAIN THE HIGH REPUTATION AND STANDARDS OF PROFESSIONALISM FOR WHICH THIS SERVICE IS NOW WIDELY RECOGNISED, BOTH LOCALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY, MR NEIL ADDED.

INSPECTOR CHAN KWOK-WAH AND CUSTOMS OFFICERS MAK KWONG-MING AND LAM KIM-HANG, THE BEST RECRUITS OF PASSING-OUT SQUADS, WERE EACH PRESENTED WITH A GOLDEN WHISTLE.

ALSO PARTICIPATING IN THE PARADE WERE 13 PROBATIONARY INSPECTORS WHO HAVE ATTENDED A CONTINUATION COURSE.

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CHANCE TO OBTAIN TRADE INSTRUCTOR TRAINING

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APPLICATIONS ARE INVITED FOR TWO INDUSTRIAL TRADE INSTRUCTORS' COURSES RUN BY THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS' COLLEGE STARTING IN LATE SEPTEMBER.

A PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE COURSE, REQUIRING ATTENDANCE AT THE COLLEGE ONE DAY A WEEK FOR 15 WEEKS, WILL BE RUN FOR TRADE INSTRUCTORS.

APPLICANTS MUST BE EMPLOYED AS A TRADE OR WORKSHOP INSTRUCTOR AND MUST BE FULLY SKILLED IN THEIR TRADE.

THE SECOND COURSE IS A PART-TIME EVENING COURSE CATERING FOR APPLICANTS WITH A SECONDARY EDUCATION, AND REQUIRES ATTENDANCE TWO EVENINGS A WEEK FOR 30 WEEKS.

CONTENTS OF THIS COURSE WILL INCLUDE EDUCATION THEORY, EDUCATION PSYCHOLOGY AND TEACHING METHODS.

LESSONS WILL BE CONDUCTED IN CANTONESE, BUT SOME ENGLISH TERMINOLOGY WILL BE USED.

FEES FOR EITHER OF THE COURSES ARE $100.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE, 373 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, HONG KONG, AND MUST BE RETURNED TO THE COLLEGE BY JULY 18.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TSIM SHA TSUI

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IN FORCE IN TSIM SHA TSUI FROM 8 AM ON MONDAY (JUNE 30) TO 8 AM ON SATURDAY (JULY 5) TO FACILITATE EMERGENCY REPAIRS TO WATER MAINS.

UNDER THESE ARRANGEMENTS, THE TWO-WAY SECTION OF PRAT AVENUE BETWEEN CARNAVON ROAD AND HART AVENUE WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY EAST-BOUND.

TRAFFIC ON HART AVENUE WILL HAVE TO MAKE A COMPULSORY RIGHTTURN INTO PRAT AVENUE TO EXIT INTO CHATHAM ROAD.

SOUTH-BOUND TRAFFIC ON CARNAVON ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING LEFT INTO PRAT AVENUE.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS AT CASTLE PEAK ROAD JUNCTION ******

A NEW ROTARY TRAFFIC SYSTEM CONTROLLED BY LIGHT SIGNALS WILL BE INTRODUCED AT THE JUNCTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD, KWAI CHUNG ROAD AND LEI MUK ROAD FROM 11 AM ON MONDAY (JUNE 30).

THE ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE AS FOLLOWSi-

* VEHICLES FROM TSUEN WAN APPROACHING THE JUNCTION VIA CASTLE PEAK ROAD WILL KEEP LEFT AND THEN PROCEED TO LEI MUK ROAD OR KOWLOON (VIA CASTLE PEAK ROAD OR KWAI CHUNG ROAD)-

* VEHICLES APPROACHING FROM KWAI CHUNG ROAD WILL TURN LEFT INTO CASTLE PEAK ROAD. THOSE WISHING TO PROCEED TO LEI MUK ROAD OR KOWLOON (VIA CASTLE PEAK ROAD OR KWAI CHUNG ROAD) WILL ENTER THE JUNCTION VIA THE SLIP ROAD WEST OF YIU WING LANE-

* VEHICLES APPROACHING FROM LEI MUK ROAD WILL TURN LEFT INTO CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND PROCEED TO KOWLOON-

* TRAFFIC FROM THE NORTH-EAST OF THE JUNCTION WISHING TO PROCEED TO KWAI CHUNG ROAD OR TSUEN WAN VIA CASTLE PEAK ROAD WILL ENTER THE JUNCTION VIA WO Yl HOP ROAD AND CHEUNG WING ROAD WHICH WILL BE ROUTED ONE-WAY-

* TSUEN WAN BOUND VEHICLES APPROACHING THE JUNCTION FROM CASTLE PEAK ROAD OR KWAI CHUNG ROAD WILL NOT BE AFFECTED BY THE NEW SYSTEM.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 1980

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LABOUR DEPARTMENT FINDS JOBS FOR THE DISABLED .................. 1

FISHERMEN RECEIVED *5.8 MILLION IN LOANS LAST YEAR ............. 2

SUMMER CONCESSION FARES FOR STUDENTS ........................... 5

SHA TIN READING ROOM PROVES POPULAR ............................ 3

STUDENTS SHOW WORK ON HISTORY PROJECTS ..........................

NIGHT CLOSURE OF CANAL ROaD WEST FLYOVER ........................

CHI KIANG STREET RESTRICTIONS LIFTED ............................

HOLIDAY CLOSURES ............................................... 5

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LABOUR DEPARTMENT FINDS JOBS FOR THE DISABLED *****

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IS TO ASSUME ANOTHER RESPONSIBILITY -HELPING TO FIND EMPLOYMENT FOR THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED, INCLUDING THE BLIND, DEAF AND PHYSICALLY DISABLED.

DISCLOSING THIS TODAY, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE NEW UNDERTAKING, TO BE THE TASK OF THE DEPARTMENT’S NEW ' SELECTIVE PLACEMENT SERVICE (SPS), WAS BEING TAKEN OVER FROM THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

HOWEVER, THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF HELPING THE EX-MENTALLY ILL, THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED, AND THE MULTIPLE-HANDICAPPED WOULD CONTINUE TO BE UNDERTAKEN BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S JOB PLACEMENT UNIT AND VOLUNTARY ORGANISATION AS AT PRESENT, HE SAID.

THE NEW SERVICE WOULD OPERATE FROM NEW RODNEY BLOCK, 99 QUEENSWAY, WHERE SOME SPECIAL FACILITIES HAVE BEEN FITTED TO MAKE IT MORE ACCESSIBLE TO PHYSICALLY DISABLED VISITORS.

TO MARK THE START OF THE SERVICE, AN OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT NEW RODNEY BLOCK AT 11 AM ON JULY 7 WITH AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, DR HO KAM-FAI, OFFICIATING.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT ALL CASES OF PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED PERSONS REGISTERED WITH THE JOB PLACEMENT UNIT OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, INCLUDING THOSE NOT YET PLACED IN EMPLOYMENT, WOULD BE TRANSFERRED TO THE SPS AT THE BEGINNING OF JULY.

PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED PEOPLE REQUIRING EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE SHOULD CONTACT THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT SERVICE AFTER JULY 7. TO FACILITATE SMOOTH OPERATION AND TO AVOID INCONVENIENCE, THEY WERE ADVISED TO MAKE PRIOR APPOINTMENTS ON TELEPHONE 5-28QQ49 OR 5-282523 EXT. 50 BEFORE CALLING AT THE SERVICE.

EMPLOYERS WHO WISH TO TAKE ON THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED OR HAVE ANY ENQUIRIES ARE WELCOME TO CONTACT THE SPS ON THE SAME TELEPHONE, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE OPENING OF THE SPS FOLLOWED CONSIDERABLE PREPARATION EFFORTS, WHICH INCLUDED SENDING OFFICERS OVERSEAS TO RECEIVE RELEVANT TRAINING. IN ADDITION, OFFICERS OF THE SPS HAD ALSO RECEIVED IN-SERVICE TRAINING LOCALLY TO UNDERSTAND THE HONG KONG SITUATION.

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FISHERMEN RECEIVED $5.8 MILLION IN LOANS LAST YEAR * * * *

FISHERMEN LAST YEAR RECEIVED LOW-INTEREST LOANS TOTALLING $5.8 MILLION TO HELP IMPROVE FISHING OPERATIONS.

THIS BRINGS TO MORE THAN $93 MILLION IN TOTAL LOANS ALLOCATED SINCE 1946 FROM THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION LOAN FUND, THE FISHERIES DEVELOPMENT LOAN FUND, THE WORLD REFUGEE YEAR LOAN FUND AND THE CO-OPERATIVE FOR AMERICAN RELIEF EVERYWHERE (CARE) LOAN FUND.

THE FUNDS ARE ADMINISTERED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT.

THEY HAVE AT PRESENT A COMBINED CAPITAL OF $14.4 MILLION. LOANS ARE GRANTED TO HELP FISHERMEN BUILD OR REPAIR VESSELS, PURCHASE MORE EFFICIENT FISHING GEAR AND NAVIGATIONAL AIDS, AND DEVELOP MECHANISED PRODUCTIVE TECHNIQUES.

TODAY, 90 PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S FISHING VESSELS ARE MECHANISED- AND IN 1979, MORE THAN 90 PER CENT OF THE FRESH MARINE FISH CONSUMED HERE WERE CAUGHT BY LOCAL FISHERMEN.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT’S CREDIT SECTION SAID 129 FISHERMEN RECEIVED THE $5.8 MILLION LOANS.

+0F THE TOTAL, $4.9 MILLION WAS ALLOCATED FROM THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION LOAN FUND,* HE EXPLAINED.

+THE BIGGEST SINGLBtOAN GRANTED WAS $300 000 FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 27-METRE TRAWLER,* HE SAID, ADDING THAT THE AVERAGE LOAN WAS ABOUT $45 000.

INTEREST IS CHARGED AT THREE TO SIX PER CENT PER ANNUM AND THE REPAYMENT PERIOD STRETCHES FROM A FEW MONTHS TO 15 YEARS OR MORE, DEPENDING ON THE SIZE OF THE LOAN.

+TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE UNSTEADY INCOME OF THE FISHERMEN, REPAYMENT IS USUALLY MADE BY DEDUCTIONS OF 15 TO 20 PER CENT OF THE PROCEEDS OF SALE OF CATCHES,* HE SAID.

+FISHERMEN OR REGISTERED FISHING COMPANIES CAN APPLY DIRECTLY FOR A LOAN WHILE MEMBERS OF REGISTERED FISHERMEN’S CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES MAY APPLY THROUGH THEIR SOCIETIES,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

TO FACILITATE APPLICATIONS AND PROCESSING, THE DEPARTMENT OPERATES LIAISON OFFICES IN 10 FISHING CENTRES. PROCESSING NORMALLY TAKES ABOUT A WEEK, BUT LARGER LOANS TAKE LONGER.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE DEPARTMENT IS CONSTANTLY WORKING TOWARDS IMPROVING THE EFFICIENCY OF THE FISHING INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG. THIS IS DONE THROUGH THE PROVISION OF TECHNICAL ADVICE IN FISHING, HE ADDED.

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SUMMER CONCESSION FARES FOR STUDENTS

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THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY WILL BE PROMOTING SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES AGAIN THIS YEAR BY OFFERING SPECIAL HALF-FARE CONCESSIONS TO STUDENTS.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, A KCR SPOKESMAN SAID THESE TICKETS WOULD BE AVAILABLE EVERY WEEKDAY FROM WEDNESDAY (JULY 2) TO AUGUST 29.

+THE CHEAPER TICKETS WILL ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE URBAN AREA TO ENJOY OUTDOOR PURSUITS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

+THEY WILL ALSO BE AN INCENTIVE TO STUDENTS IN RURAL DISTRICTS TO GO TO THE CITY TO PARTICIPATE IN RECREATION PROGRAMMES ORGANISED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES,* HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT ONLY RETURN TICKETS VALID FOR THE DAY OF ISSUE WILL BE SOLD AND ONLY FULL TIME STUDENTS CAN ENJOY THE CONCESSION.

THEY WILL HAVE TO PRODUCE IDENTITY DOCUMENTS WHEN BUYING TICKETS.

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SHA TIN READING ROOM PROVES POPULAR * * * *

MORE THAN 3 000 PEOPLE HAVE USED THE READING ROOM AT THE SHA TIN DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD OFFICE SINCE IT OPENED THREE MONTHS AGO.

THIS REPRESENTS A DAILY AVERAGE OF OVER 30 PEOPLE. THERE ARE 24 SEATS IN THE READING ROOM.

♦THE SEATS ARE FULLY OCCUPIED MOST OF THE TIME,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD SAID. +THE DAILY ATTENDANCE HAS RISEN TO OVER 40 IN THE RECENT WEEKS. THE BOARD’S CONFERENCE ROOM, NEXT TO THE READING ROOM, HAS ALSO BEEN MADE AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS.+

HE SAID THIS INDICATED A GROWING DEMAND FOR SUCH A SERVICE ESPECIALLY DURING EXAMINATION PERIODS.

U- THE READING ROOM IS MANAGED BY THE SHA TIN ARTS ASSOCIATION .PREPARATORY COMMITTEE AND SPONSORED BY THE BOARD.

A SUBSIDY OF $45 000 WAS APPROVED AT A RECENT BOARD MEETING TO PAY THE SALARIES OF TWO PART-TIME SUPERVISORS, TO BUY NEW BOOKS AND INSTALL BOOKSHELVES.

THERE ARE PLANS TO APPROACH PUBLISHERS AND EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS FOR DONATIONS OF PUBLICATIONS.

THE READING ROOM IS ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF SHAU CHUEN HOUSE IN THE CENTRE OF LEK YUEN ESTATE. IT IS OPEN FROM 5.30 PM TO 9.30 PM ON WEEKDAYS AND FROM 9 AM TO 1 PM ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

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STUDENTS SHOW WORK ON HISTORY PROJECTS

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THE PROJECT WORKS OF JUNIOR SECONDARY STUDENTS IN CHINESE HISTORY WILL BE EXHIBITED NEXT MONTH TO REVIEW THE PROGRESS MADE IN THE PILOT SCHEME OF THE PROVISIONAL CHINESE HISTORY SYLLABUS IN THE CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR.

THE EVENT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE HISTORY SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION AND 17 SECONDARY SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING IN THE PILOT SCHEME.

IT WILL BE HELD ON JULY 17 AND 18 BETWEEN 10 AM AND 4 PM IN THE SCHOOL HALL OF HOMANTIN GOVERNMENT MIDDLE SCHOOL, 8 PERTH STREET, KOWLOON.

HEADS OF SCHOOLS, TEACHERS, STUDENTS AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE EXHIBITION.

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NIGHT CLOSURE OF CANAL ROAD WEST FLYOVER 1 , * * * *

THE UP-RAMP OF THE FLYOVER IN CANAL ROAD WEST WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 1 AM AND 5 AM ON TUESDAY,(JULY 1) TO FACILITATE WORK ON THE CANAL ROAD EXTENSION PROJECT!

CROSS-HARBOUR BUS ROUTE 121 ^ROM HENNESSY ROAD TO THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL WILL BE DIVERTED VIA YEE WO STREET, GREAT GEORGE STREET, PATERSON STREET, GLOUCESTER ROAD AND WATERFRONT ROAD.

CHI KIANG STREET RESTRICTIONS LIFTED *****

THE EXISTING PEAK HOUR URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTION ON THE SECTION OF CHI KIANG STREET BETWEEN TO KWA WAN ROAD AND YUK YAT STREET WILL BE WITHDRAWN FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JULY 1).

AT THE SAME TIME, THE BAN ON ENTRY INTO CHI KIANG STREET EAST CF YUK YAT STREET AND ON RIGHT-TURNS FROM CHI KIANG STREET INTO YUK YAT STREET WILL BE LIFTED.

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HOLIDAY CLOSURES

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THERE WILL BE NO MAIL DELIVERY AND ALL POST OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED ON TUESDAY (JULY 1), A GENERAL HOLIDAY.

MARINE DEPARTMENT OFFICES WILL ALSO BE CLOSED, EXCEPT ITS PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREAS AT WAN CHAI, YAU MA TEI, KWUN TONG AND TSUEN WAN, ITS PORT COMMUNICATIONS CENTRE, AND MACAU FERRY WHARF UNIT OFFICES.

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WATER CUT

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WATER SUPPLY TO AP LEI CHAU WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR EIGHT HOURS ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 2) FROM 10 AM TO 6 PM.

THE WATER CUT WILL AFFECT ALL PREMISES ON THE ISLAND CHAUUESTAT^HE P°WER STATI0N AND 0IL DEP°T BUT EXCLUDING"aP LEI LnMU CO I A Iu•

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, JUNE 30, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO

POST OFFICE GOES METRIC.................................... 1

SHORTER DAY FOR YOUNG WORKERS ............................. 1

BALLET IN YUEN LONG ....................................... 3

CHORAL WORKSHOP BY SIR DAVID WILLCOCKS .................... 4

65 BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN MAY ......................... 5

FURTHER LINK IN FOOTBRIDGE SYSTEM ......................... 5

WORKS OF ART AND DESIGN ON DISPLAY ........................ 6

UNIFORM LOOK AT CARPARKS .................................. 6

NIGHT CLOSURE OF PEDDER STREET

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POST OFFICE GOES METRIC * * * *

THE HONG KONG POSTAL SERVICE WILL GO METRIC ON AUGUST 5 WHEN POSTAGE RATES WILL BE BASED ON GRAMS AND KILOGRAMS AND LETTER AND PARCEL SIZES WILL BE EXPRESSED IN METRES AND MILLIMETRES.

COMMENTING ON THE CHANGEOVER, THE POSTMASTER GENERAL, NR A.C. HEATHCOTE SAID THERE WOULD BE NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LETTER OR PARCEL POSTAGE RATES AND GENERALLY SPEAKING MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WOULD BE ABLE TO POST SLIGHTLY HEAVIER ITEMS FOR THE SAME AMOUNT OF POSTAGE.

FOR EXAMPLE, THE PRESENT RATE FOR A LOCAL LETTER WEIGHING ONE OUNCE OR 28.3 GRAMS IS 20 CENTS- THE METRIC RATE WILL BE 20 CENTS FOR 30 GRAMS. BECAUSE OF THIS, IT IS NOT ANTICIPATED THAT THE PUBLIC WOULD EXPERIENCE ANY PROBLEM, HE SAID.

MR HEATHCOTE POINTED OUT THAT THERE WOULD BE NO NEED FOR ■DIEM TO CARRY OUT CONVERSIONS FROM OUNCES TO GRAMS IMMEDIATELY. ♦ANYONE WHO IS IN DOUBT CAN ENQUIRE AT A POST OFFICE OR SIMPLY PAY THE SAME POSTAGE AS AT PRESENT.+ HE SAID. +A LIMITED GRACE PERIOD WILL BE GIVEN ON SURCHARGES TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO GET USED TO THE NEW RATES.+

LEAFLETS PUBLICISING THE NEW METRIC BASED POSTAGE RATES ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL POST OFFICES. IN THE MEANTIME BUSINESS FIRMS AND MAJOR USERS OF THE POSTAL SERVICE SHOULD TAKE STEPS TO ENSURE THAT THEIR WEIGHING SCALES ARE CALIBRATED IN METRIC UNITS.

ENQUIRIES CONCERNING THE NEW RATES MAY BE MADE AT ANY POST OFFICE OR BY RINGING THE POST OFFICE ENQUIRY BUREAU AT 5-2671222.

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SHORTER DAY FOR YOUNG WORKERS ******

WITH EFFECT YOUNG INDUSTRIAL WILL BE ADJUSTED

FROM TOMORROW (TUESDAY), THE HOURS WORKERS AGED BETWEEN 14 AND 17 MAY TO BETWEEN 7 AM AND 7 PM.

DURING WHICH BE EMPLOYED

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, A SPOKESMAN FOR LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID THF ADJUSTMENT WAS PROVIDED FOR IN THE WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS (INDUSTRY) REGULATIONS 1980 WHICH WOULD BECOME EFFECTIVE TOMORROW.

UNDER THE EXISTING FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS dfciii iTlONS WORKERS AGED 14 AND 15 CAN BE EMPLOYED FOR EIGHT HOURS PER DAY BETWEEN 6 AM AND 7 PM AND THOSE AGED 16 AND 17 BETWEEN 6 AM AND 8 PM.

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LABOUR ORGANISATION,* THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

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THE SPOKESMAN SAID SEVERAL FORMS PRESCRIBED UNDER THE NEW REGULATIONS WERE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE LAST FRIDAY TO REPLACE THOSE PRESCRIBED UNDER THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS REGULATIONS.

AS FROM TOMORROW, EMPLOYERS IN THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR SHOULD USE THE NEW FORMS INSTEAD OF THE OLD ONES.

SOME OF THE NEW FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS UNIT OF THE DEPARTMENT.

THEY INCLUDE FORMS FOR EMPLOYERS TO SPECIFY THE PERIOD OF EMPLOYMENT OF THEIR WOMEN AND YOUNG WORKERS AND TO INFORM THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR THEIR INTENTION TO EMPLOY WOMEN WORKERS IN OVERTIME, AND CHANGE OF REST DAY FOR THEIR WORKERS.

OTHER FORMS CAN BE BOUGHT FROM THE"GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, INCLUDING NOTICES TO INFORM WORKERS OF OVERTIME WORK ON A CERTAIN DAY AND REGISTERS FOR EMPLOYERS TO RECORD THE PARTICULARS OF THEIR WORKERS.

ALSO COMING INTO EFFECT TOMORROW WOULD BE THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1980, WHICH REQUIRES ALL EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES DEALING SOLELY WITH DOMESTIC SERVANTS TO BE LICENSED.

+AS FROM TOMORROW ANYONE OPERATING SUCH AN EMPLOYMENT AGENCY WILL REQUIRE A LICENCE ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

+THOSE OPERATING WITHOUT A LICENCE WILL BE COMMITTING AN OFFENCE AND LIABLE ON CONVICTION TO A FINE OF $5 000,+ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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BALLET IN YUEN LONG

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THE FIRST BALLET SCHOOL IN THE NEW TERRITORIES HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED IN YUEN LONG WITH LOCAL DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD ASSISTANCE.

MANAGED BY YUEN LONG DISTRICT ARTS COMMITTEE, THE SCHOOL

IS OPEN TO CHILDREN AGED BETWEEN NINE AND 14 AT A MONTHLY TUITION FEE OF $40.

A MEMBER OF THE ARTS COMMITTEE, MR CHEUNG CHUNG-YAN, SAID THIS WAS A NEW VENTURE TO PROVIDE A RICHER CULTURAL LIFE IN THE NEW TOWN. +WHILE INDUSTRIES AND BUSINESS ARE THRIVING HERE, WE HOPE TO PROMOTE ARTS AND CULTURE TO MAKE LIFE MORE BALANCED AND ENJOYABLE.+

MR CHEUNG SAID FEES HAD BEEN KEPT LOW WITH FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE DAB SO THAT CHILDREN FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE COULD HAVE A CHANCE TO LEARN THE ART IF THEY WANTED TO.

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HE SAID THE BALLET SCHOOL HAD BEEN WELL-RECEIVED. A TOTAL CF 49 STUDENTS JOINED WHEN IT OPENED IN APRIL LAST YEAR, AND THE NUMBER HAD GROWN TO 60 THIS TERM.

IN APRIL THIS YEAR, 28 STUDENTS ENTERED AN EXAMINATION CONDUCTED BY THE IMPERIAL SOCIETY FOR TEACHERS OF DANCING, OF WHOM 21 PASSED AND TWO RECEIVED HONOURS.

+THIS IS A VERY GOOD RESULT CONSIDERING THAT THE CHILDREN HAVE ONLY BEEN LEARNING BALLET FOR ONE YEAR,+ SAID THE SCHOOL’S DIRECTOR, MR MICHAEL ANTHONY.

MR ANTHONY, WHO HOLDS A TEACHER’S DIPLOMA IN BALLET AND HAS BEEN A PROFESSIONAL DANCER FOR 20 YEARS, ALSO TEACHES AT THE HONG KONG ACADEMY OF BALLET. HE SAIDi +HONG KONG CHILDREN ARE BORN DANCERS. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE JOINING THE CLASSES.+

HE SAID NOT EVERY STUDENT OF THE SCHOOL WOULD BECOME A PROFESSIONAL DANCER, BUT BALLET GAVE THEM PHYSICAL GROWTH, DISCIPLINE AND ART APPRECIATION.

STUDENTS ATTEND ONE-HOUR TRAINING SESSIONS WEEKLY AT YUEN LONG TOWN HALL.

THE SYLLABUS FOLLOWS THE CECCHETTI BRANCH OF THE IMPERIAL SOCIETY AND LASTS THREE YEARS. BESIDES INTERNAL EXAMINATIONS, STUDENTS ALSO ENTER EXTERNAL EXAMINATIONS SO THAT THEIR ATTAINMENTS CAN BE PROPERLY ASSESSED AND RECOGNISED.

THE ARTS COMMITTEE IS PLANNING TO SET UP A SCHOLARSHIP TO SEND TALENTED CHILDREN OVERSEAS FOR FURTHER TRAINING.

YUEN LONG DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD PROVIDED THE SCHOOL

WITH $60 000 IN 1979/80. THIS YEAR $54 000 HAS BEEN APPROVED TO MEET THE EXPENSES OF TRAINING AND STAGING PERFORMANCES.

IT IS HOPED THAT STUDENTS WILL GIVE THEIR FIRST PUBLIC PERFORMANCE EARLY NEXT YEAR.

RECRUITMENT FOR THE COMING TERM WILL BEGIN IN AUGUST. APPLICATION FORMS WILL BE SENT TO SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT AND WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND TOWN HALL.

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CHORAL WORKSHOP BY SIR DAVID WILLCOCKS *****

SIR DAVID WILLCOCKS, DIRECTOR OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC, WILL CONDUCT A CHORAL WORKSHOP IN HONG KONG IN THE MORNING OF JULY 26 IN THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL.

HE WILL BE IN HONG KONG ON HIS WAY TO SYDNEY WHERE HE WILL CONDUCT TWO PERFORMANCES OF BACH’S MASS IN B MINOR WITH THE SYDNEY PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY.

SIR DAVID BEGAN HIS MUSICAL TRAINING AS A CHORISTER AT WESTMINISTER ABBEY, LONDON, AFTER WINNING SCHOLARSHIPS AT CLIFTON COLLEGE, BRISTOL AND KING’S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE.

AFTER A FIVE-YEAR PERIOD OF WAR SERVICE HE WAS ELECTED A FELLOW OF KING’S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE, AND CONDUCTOR OF THE CAMBRIDGE PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY. SUBSEQUENTLY HE BECAME ORGANIST OF SALISBURY CATHEDRAL AND LATER OF WORCESTER CATHEDRAL, CONDUCTING AT THE THREE CHOIRS FESTIVAL FROM 1950 TO 1957.

FROM 1957 TO 1974 HE WAS ORGANIST OF KING’S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE, UNIVERSITY LECTURER IN MUSIC AND CONDUCTOR OF THE CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY MUSICAL SOCIETY. SINCE 1960 HE HAS BEEN MUSICAL DIRECTOR OF THE BACH CHOIR AND SINCE 1974 DIRECTOR OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC, LONDON.

UNDER HIS DIRECTION, THE BACH CHOIR AND KING’S COLLEGE CHOIR HAVE MADE MANY RECORDINGS WITH LEADING ORCHESTRAS OF GREAT CHORAL AND ORCHESTRAL WORKS.

AFTER CONDUCTING THE BACH MASS IN SYDNEY, SIR DAVID WILL MAKE AN EXTENSIVE TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND FOR PERFORMANCES OF THE BERLIOZ REQUIEM, HANDEL’S CORONATION ANTHEMS, WALTON’S BELSHAZZAR’S FEAST, TIPPETT’S A CHILD OF OUR TIME AND HAYDN’S CREATION.

HIS WORKSHOP IN HONG KONG IS SPONSORED BY THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB MUSIC FUND IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE MUSIC OFFICE. PERFORMING AT THE EVENT WILL BE THE SAI KUNG CHILDREN’S CHOIR, THE BOYS’ CHOIR OF WAH YAN COLLEGE, KOWLOON, THE GOOD HOPE SCHOOL GIRLS’ CHOIR, THE MIXED VOICE CHOIR OF ST PAUL’S CO-EDUCATIONAL COLLEGE, THE TEACHERS’ CHOIR, THE GRADUATE CHORAL SOCIETY AND THE LEARNERS CHORUS.

ALL CHOIR CONDUCTORS AND MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WORKSHOP WHICH WILL BE OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

FREE TICKETS ARE DISTRIBUTED AT THE HEAD OFFICE AND SUB-OFFICES CF THE MUSIC OFFICE AT THE FOLLOWING ADDRESSES! HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE, 9TH FLOOR, 2 HARBOUR ROAD, HONG KONG (HEAD OFFICE)-100 TING FU STREET, 3RD FLOOR, YAN HAU MANSION, NGAU TAU KOK, KWUN TONG- 157 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, 3RD FLOOR, TUNG PING BUILDING, KOWLOON- AND CHEUNG YIU BUILDING, 2ND FLOOR, 167-173 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

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65 BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN MAY *****

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT APPROVED 65 NEW BUILDING PLANS IN MAY, COMPARED WITH 69 IN THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR.

OF THESE, 25 WERE FOR BUILDINGS ON HONG KONG ISLAND, FOUR FOR KOWLOON, AND 36 FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THEY INCLUDED A SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX AT PAK TAM CHUNG, SAI KUNG, A TEMPLE IN LUNG CHEUNG ROAD, A SEWAGE PUMPING STATION AT DISCOVERY BAY, LANTAU, A JETTY AT SOK KWU WAN, LAMMA ISLAND AND THREE ELECTRICAL SUBSTATIONS IN TAI PO NEW TOWN.

THE DECLARED COST OF ALL NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED WAS $183 MILLION, COMPARED WITH $347 MILLION IN THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR.

THEIR TOTAL USABLE FLOOR AREA AMOUNTED TO 107 099.8 SQUARE METRES, COMPRISING 66 630.8 SQUARE METRES OF NON-DOMESTIC AND 40 469 SQUARE METRES OF DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA.

DURING THE MONTH, THE OFFICE GAVE CONSENT FOR WORK TO START ON 43 PROJECTS, INCLUDING A HOSPITAL BUILDING IN WONG CHUK HANG ROAD, A CHURCH AND SOCIAL SERVICE CENTRE IN 01 KWAN ROAD AND TWO HOTELS IN NATHAN ROAD AND IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST.

A TOTAL OF 48 NEWLY COMPLETED BUILDINGS WERE CERTIFIED FOR OCCUPATION, INCLUDING A SCHOOL IN STUBBS ROAD, A PETROL FILLING STATION IN KWUN TONG ROAD, A TEMPLE IN WONG TAI SIN AND AN ELECTRICITY SUBSTATION IN TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

THE OFFICE ALSO AGREED TO THE DEMOLITION OF 137 BUILDINGS.

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FURTHER LINK IN FOOTBRIDGE SYSTEM *****

A NEW SECTION OF THE CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL FOOTBRIDGE SYSTEM WILL OPEN FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 2).

IT CAN BE REACHED FROM CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL NEAR GILMAN STREET. THE ESCALATORS THERE WILL SERVE FROM 7 AM TO 8 PM DAILY.

MEANWHILE THE EXISTING GROUND LEVEL CROSSING IN CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL NEAR GILMAN STREET WILL BE CLOSED FROM SUNDAY (JULY 6).

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WORKS OF ART AND DESIGN ON DISPLAY

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THIRD YEAR STUDENTS OF THE ART AND DESIGN COURSE AT GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION WILL HOLD A GRADUATION EXHIBITION CF THEIR WORKS BETWEEN WEDNESDAY AND SATURDAY (JULY 2 AND 5).

THE DISPLAY WILL MAINLY BE OF THEIR STUDIO WORKS, INCLUDING PAINTINGS, SCULPTURES, CERAMICS, PRINTS AND DESIGNS.

THE STUDENTS ARE EITHER SERVING ART TEACHERS, MAINLY FROM SECONDARY SCHOOLS, OR GRADUATES FROM THE TWO-YEAR FULL-TIME COURSE OF THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION WHO HAD ART AS AN ELECTIVE SUBJECT.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD IN THE HALL OF GRANTHAM COLLEGE CF EDUCATION, 42 GASCOIGNE ROAD, KOWLOON, AND THE DAILY OPENING HOURS WILL BE FROM 9 AM TO 4.30 PM.

AN OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY OFFICIATED BY MR A.J. REEVE, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (FURTHER).

ALL ARE WELCOME AT THE EXHIBITION.

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UNIFORM LOOK AT CARPARKS

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ALL TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT STAFF IN GOVERNMENT CARPARKS AND DRIVING TEST CENTRES WILL BE IN UNIFORM FROM WEDNESDAY (JULY 2).

LABOURERS AND CLERICAL STAFF ON DUTY IN CARPARKS WILL WEAR PLASTIC IDENTITY BADGES.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE MOVE WAS PART OF THE DEPARTMENT'S DRIVE TO IMPROVE THE GENERAL IMAGE OF CARPARKS AND THE PERSONAL APPEARANCE OF THE STAFF.

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NIGHT CLOSURE OF PEDDER STREET * * * *

PEDDER STREET BETWEEN DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL AND CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY (JULY 2 AND 3) NIGHT FROM MIDNIGHT TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR WORK ON A FOOTBRIDGE ACROSS THE STREET.

MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE CHATER ROAD AS AN ALTERNATIVE ROUTE.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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