Daily Information Bulletin - 1980s - 1980 - DEC - ENG

  DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

CONSULTANCY FOR REPLACEMENT AIRPORT STUDIES .................. 1

PLANS FOR MEDICAL EXPANSION IN THE 80'S ...................... 2

165 CHEFS IN THE MAKING ...................................... 3

TYPHOON TALKS IN BANGKOK .................................... it

MISS LYDIA DUNN TO INSPECT PARADE ............................ 4

FREE CONCERT FOR TAI PO PEOPLE ............................... 5

COMMENDATIONS FOR BRAVERY aT SEA ............................. 5

PORTRAITS OF DEPARTMENT HEADS ................................ 6

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CONSULTANCY FOR REPLACEMENT AIRPORT STUDIES

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THE DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION, IN CONSULTATION WITH OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, IS NOW EVALUATING COMPETITIVE PROPOSALS RECEIVED FROM SEVEN SHORT-LISTED CONSULTANT FIRMS FOR CONDUCTING AN AIRPORT MASTER PLANNING STUDY.

THIS IS ONE OF A PACKAGE OF STUDIES TO BE CARRIED OUT IN CONNECTION WITH THE REPLACEMENT AIRPORT PROJECT.

THE CONSULTANT FIRMS ON THE SHORT LIST WERE APPROVED BY THE GOVERNMENT’S CENTRAL CONSULTANTS SELECTION BOARD AND WERE INVITED IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS TO THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT FOR UNDERTAKING THE WORK.

+THIS SHORT LIST OF CONSULTANTS WILL BE FURTHER CUT DOWN TO ABOUT THREE AND THEN FINALLY TO ONE BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR. NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE SELECTED CONSULTANT ON CONTRACT TERMS AND SCOPE OF WORK ARE PLANNED TO TAKE PLACE IN FEBRUARY NEXT YEAR,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

+IF EVERYTHING GOES AS SCHEDULED, THE CONSULTANTS WILL START WORK IN MARCH 1981 AND COMPLETE THEIR STUDIES TOWARDS THE END OF 1982,+ HE SAID.

IN THIS PHASE OF THE REPLACEMENT AIRPORT STUDIES, THE CONSULTANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO DEVELOP AN AIRPORT MASTER PLAN WHICH WILL DEFINE THE PHASED DEVELOPMENT OF THE AIRPORT IN TERMS OF THE LOCATION OF THE RUNWAYS AND ALL AIRPORT FACILITIES.

THEY WILL ALSO BE LOOKING INTO THE AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS ASPECTS, INCLUDING ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE PROCEDURES, NOISE PROBLEMS, BUILDING HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS IN THE VICINITY OF THE AIRPORT AND FINALLY UP-DATE THE ORDER OF COSTS FOR CONSTRUCTING THE REPLACEMENT AIRPORT.

THE RESULTS OF THE AIRPORT MASTER PLANNING STUDY TOGETHER WITH THE FINDINGS OF OTHER STUDIES, INCLUDING CIVIL ENGINEERING, ENVIRONMENTAL, FINANCIAL, METEOROLOGICAL AND OCEANOGRAPHIC STUDIES, AS WELL AS OTHERS RELATED TO THE PROPOSED NORTH LANTAO DEVELOPMENT WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE GOVERNMENT BY THE END OF 1982.

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PLANS FOR MEDICAL EXPANSION IN THE 80’S ******

FIVE NEW MAJOR GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS ARE TO BE BUILT IN THE 8O’S TO PROVIDE SOME 6 000 BEDS TO SERVE THE INCREASING POPULATION OF HONG KONG.

IN ADDITION, MAJOR EXTENSIONS ARE PLANNED IN THREE EXISTING REGIONAL HOSPITALS, AND A SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER OF NEW CLINICS AND POLYCLINICS ARE BEING BUILT IN VARIOUS DISTRICTS.

THE DEVELOPMENT PLAN WAS OUTLINED BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR S.H. LEE, WHEN HE OFFICIATED AT THE OPENING OF THE AUSTRALIAN HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL EQUIPMENT DISPLAY AT THE NEW WORLD CENTRE THIS EVENING.

HE SAID THE DISPLAY TOOK PLACE AT THE MOST APPROPRIATE TIME AS THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT WAS EMBARKING ON AN AMBITIOUS EXPANSION PROGRAMME OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH FACILITIES.

HE POINTED OUT THAT IN ADDITION TO THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, THE POPULATION WAS ALSO SERVED BY GOVERNMENT-SUBVENTED HOSPITALS AND PRIVATE HOSPITALS.

SEVERAL SUBVENTED HOSPITALS HAVE AMBITIOUS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES TO INCREASE HOSPITAL BEDS TO HELP MEET THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY, HE SAID.

♦ADDITIONALLY THERE IS ALSO MUCH INTEREST IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN ESTABLISHING NEW HOSPITALS FOR THOSE WHO PREFER PRIVATE hEDICAL CARE,* HE ADDED.

DR LEE SAID ALL THIS PLANNED DEVELOPMENT WOULD REQUIRE SUBSTANTIAL INVESTMENT IN NEW HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL EQUIPMENT, WHICH IN THIS ERA OF RAPID TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT, WAS BECOMING INCREASINGLY SPECIALISED AND SOPHISTICATED.

HE SAID AUSTRALIA HAD EMERGED AS A SOURCE OF A BROAD RANGE OF SOPHISTICATED HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL EQUIPMENT GEARED TOWARDS THE NEEDS OF MODERN MEDICINE AND PATIENT CARE.

♦THIS EXHIBITION CLEARLY DEMONSTRATES THAT THE AUSTRALIAN HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY HAS THE CAPABILITY TO MAKE A PROMINENT CONTRIBUTION TO THE GROWING NEEDS OF HONG KONG IN THIS FIELD,+ SAID DR LEE.

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165 CHEFS IN THE MAKING

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A GROUP OF 165 ASPIRING YOUNG CHEFS HAVE ENROLLED AT HAKING WONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE TO LEARN THE INTRICACIES OF WESTERN STYLE COOKING.

THEY ARE THE PIONEERS OF A NEW HOTEL COOK (WESTERN STYLE) APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME RUN BY THE INSTITUTE’S DEPARTMENT OF HOTEL-KEEPING AND TOURISM STUDIES TO MEET GROWING MANPOWER DEMANDS BY THE LOCAL HOTEL AND CATERING INDUSTRY.

THE SCHEME WAS FIRST PROPOSED BY THE HOTEL, CATERING AND TOURISM INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD IN THE FIRST YEAR OF ITS OPERATION. IT WAS SUBSEQUENTLY DESIGNATED AN APPRENTICESHIP BY THE GOVERNMENT UPON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE TRAINING COUNCIL THIS

THE COURSE IS FOR THREE YEARS AND COVERS A WIDE RANGE OF WESTERN STYLE COOKING AS WELL AS FOOD HYGIENE AND KITCHEN DUTIES.

THE YOUNG CHEFS ATTEND ONE DAY A WEEK DURING THE USUAL ACADEMIC YEAR WHICH RUNS FROM SEPTEMBER UNTIL THE END OF MAY. FOR THREE CONSECUTIVE YEARS.

MR PETER KERR ISON, HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOTEL-KEEPING AND TOURISM STUDIES, SAID THE COURSE WHILE DRAWING HEAVILY UPON EUROPEAN CULINARY STYLES HAS BEEN ADAPTED TO LOCAL NEEDS AND CONDITIONS.

THE STUDENT CHEFS HAVE TO ACQUIRE WORKING KNOWLEDGE OF FRENCH CULINARY TERMS, EUROPEAN STYLE WINING AND DINING, FOOD PORTION CONTROL, AND USE OF INCREASINGLY SOPHISTICATED CATERING EQUIPMENT.

♦WESTERN STYLE COOK ING,+ SAID MR KERR ISON, + IS BASED UPON A TRADITION OF SKILLS THAT ARE NOW EXPORTED TO MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD BY EXPERIENCED PRACTITIONERS.

♦THESE SKILLS ARE USED TO CATER FOR THE EVER-GROWING AND INCREASINGLY KNOWLEDGEABLE GROUP OF FOOD CONNOISSEURS.+ HE SAID.

UPON COMPLETION OF THE APPRENTICESHIP AND AWARDED CERTIFICATES, THE STUDENTS SHOULD HAVE A BETTER KNOWLEDGE OF WESTERN STYLE COOKING AND BE ABLE TO PLAN BASIC WESTERN STYLE MENUS WITH A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF PORTION SIZES, MENU PATTERNS, CUSTOMER PREFERENCES AND AVAILABILITY OF LOCAL RAW MATERIALS.

MR KERRISON IS ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THE RESPONSE AND SUPPORT FROM THE LOCAL HOTEL INDUSTRY.

♦IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THIS SCHEME REFLECTS LOCAL NEEDS AND YET BE AS GOOD AS ANY APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME IN EUROPE, AS HONG KONG HAS SOME OF THE WORLD'S MOST REPUTABLE HOTELS CATERiNG FOR SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST SOPHISTICATED AND DEMANDING CUSTOMERS.

♦THEREFORE THESE YOUNG CHEFS MUST RECEIVE A TRAINING AND EDUCATION THAT WILL DEFINITELY HELP THEM EXCEL IN FUTURE,* HE SAID.

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TYPHOON TALKS IN BANGKOK * * * *

ROYAL OBSERVATORY ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, MR PATRICK SHAM LEFT TODAY FOR BANGKOK TO ATTEND THE 13TH SESSION OF THE TYPHOON COMMITTEE ORGANIZED JOINTLY BY THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMISSION FOR ASIA AND THE PACIFIC (ESCAP) AND THE WORLD METEOROLOGICAL ORGANISATION (WMO).

THE MEETING, TO BE HELD FROM DECEMBER 2 TO 10, WILL REVIEW THE ACTIVITIES OF COUNTRIES IN THE REGION DURING THE PAST YEAR AND MAKE FURTHER PLANS FOR IMPROVING THEIR WARNINGS OF TROPICAL CYCLONES.

IN PARTICULAR, THE TYPHOON COMMITTEE MEMBERS — CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, KAMPUCHEA, LAOS, MALAYSIA, PHILIPPINES, REPUBLIC OF KOREA, THAILAND AND VIETNAM — WILL DECIDE ON PROCEDURES FOR CARRYING OUT THE TYPHOON OPERATIONAL EXPERIMENT IN THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC DURING THE NEXT THREE YEARS.

THE TYPHOON OPERATIONAL EXPERIMENT IS A PROJECT TO TEST AND INCREASE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE VARIOUS SYSTEMS IN THE REGION FOR DETECTING AND FORECASTING TYPHOONS AND FOR DISSEMINATING WARNINGS TO THE PUBLIC.

THE OBJECTIVE IS TO IMPROVE THESE OPERATIONAL SYSTEMS IN ORDER TO REDUCE THE LOSS OF LIFE AND DAMAGE TO PROPERTY FROM TYPHOON WIND, FLOOD AND STORM SURGE.

MR SHAM, WHO IS CURRENTLY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TYPHOON COMMITTEE, WILL RETURN ON DECEMBER 11.

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MISS LYDIA DUNN TO INSPECT PARADE

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A PASSING-OUT PARADE OF 25 ASSISTANT IMMIGRATION OFFICERS AND 88 IMMIGRATION ASSISTANTS WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 4) AT 9.30 AM AT THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT PARADE GROUND IN SPORTS ROAD, HAPPY VALLEY.

UNOFFICIAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MISS LYDIA DUNN, WILL TAKE THE SALUTE.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE EVENT.

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FREE CONCERT FOR TAI PO PEOPLE * * * *

TAI PO DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD IS PRESENTING A CHINESE MUSIC CONCERT ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 6) AS PART OF ITS EFFORT TO PROMOTE CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN THE NEW TOWN.

ADMISSION WILL BE FREE, BUT LIMITED TO PEOPLE AGED OVER 12. TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE LOCAL DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE LIONS’ CLUE YOUTH CENTRE, WHERE THE CONCERT WILL BE HELD.

PERFORMING WILL BE THE 30-MEMBER WAH WAN CHOIR, A WELL-KNOWN SINGING GROUP IN HONG KONG SPECIALISING IN CHINESE MUSIC, WHO WILL SING POPULAR CHINESE CLASSICAL AND FOLK SONGS.

MEMBERS OF THE LIONS’ CLUB YOUTH CENTRE WILL PRESENT TWO PIECES OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MUSIC.

THE CLOSING ITEM WILL BE TWO CHRISTMAS CAROLS SUNG BY THE LOCAL SAM YUK SECONDARY SCHOOL CHOIR.

THE DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD WILL PRESENT ANOTHER CONCERT, JOINTLY WITH THE MUSIC OFFICE, ON JANUARY 3, AT VOLTORTA COLLEGE. TAKING PART WILL BE THE MUSIC OFFICE ORCHESTRA, KWAI CHUNG CHILDREN’S CHOIR AND TAI PO ARTS ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION DANCE TROUPE.

TICKETS FOR THIS CONCERT, ALSO FREE, WILL BE AVAILABLE LATER.

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COMMENDATIONS FOR BRAVERY AT SEA

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THIRTY-SIX PEOPLE WHO DISREGARDED THEIR OWN SAFETY IN RESCUING OTHER PEOPLE FROM DROWNING AT VARIOUS TIMES IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS WILL RECEIVE COMMENDATIONS FROM THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE THIS FRIDAY (DECEMBER 5).

AT A CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT THE MARINERS’ CLUB, THE DIRECTOR, M? PERCY DAVY WILL PRESENT CERTIFICATES TO THE GROUP COMPRISING FIVE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, 13 POLICE OFFICERS, 20 CREW MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY AND ONE CREW MEMBER OF THE STAR FERRY COMPANY.

SENIOR OFFICIALS OF THE FERRY COMPANIES, SHIPPING FIRMS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WILL BE GUESTS AT THE CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE COMMENDATIONS PRESENTATION CEREMONY WHICH WILL BE HELD AT 3 PM ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 5) AT THE MARINERS’ CLUB HALL, 11 MIDDLE ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI.

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PORTRAITS Or DEPARTMENT HEADS

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COPIES OF PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, MR GRAHAM BARNES AND THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR SELWYN ALLEYNE HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED IN GIS PRESS BOXES FOR YOUR RECORD AND EDITORIAL USE.

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WATER SUPPLY TO AREAS OF REPULSE BAY AND SOUTH BAY AND TO WANG TAU HOM WILL BE INTERRUPTED OVERNIGHT ON WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 3).

FROM 10 PM ON WEDNESDAY TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY THERE WILL BE NO SUPPLY TO HOUSE NOS. 109-129 (ODD NOS.) AND 90-102 (EVEN NOS.) REPULSE BAY ROAD, NOS. 9A AND 9-11 SOUTH BAY ROAD, NOS. 6-8 SOUTH BAY CLOSE (HK INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL AND CHURCH OF ALL NATIONS), AND THE PETROL STATION AT THE JUNCTION OF REPULSE BAY ROAD AND SOUTH BAY ROAD.

IN WANG TAU HOM, SUPPLY WILL BE CUT -ROM “IDNIGHT TO 6 AM. THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY LUNG ChEUNG ROAD, FUNG MO STREET AND FU MEI STREET.

WANG TAU HOM ESTATE BLOCK NOS. 5-9, YAN 01 SAN TSUEN AND MORSE PARK SWIMMING POOL WILL ALSO BE AFFECTED.

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SHA TIN-TSUEN WAN CORRIDOR STUDY COMMISSIONED ................ 1

RULES FOR ELECTRONIC GAMES CENTRES MAY BE RELAXED............. 2

CHIEF SECRETARY TO OPEN EXHIBITION ON KITON TONG DEVELOPMENT . 5

ANALYSIS OF EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTICS ........................ 4

WATER SUPPLIES CHIEF OPENS SERVICE RESERVOIR ................. 5

EMPLOYERS LIABILITIES UNDER EMPLOYEES COMPENSATION LAW ....... 6

LEGCO MEETS TOMORROW ......................................... 7

DSW VISITS WELFARE INSTITUTIONS .............................. 7

2 400 LITTERBUGS BOOKED IN NT ................................ 8

LOGO REQUIRED FOR CHEUNG CHAU BUN FESTIVAL ................... 9

TRAFFIC RESTRICTION ON SAI YEE STREET ........................ 9

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1980

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SHA TIN-TSUEN WAN CORRIDOR STUDY COMMISSIONED

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TODAY COMMISSIONED A $7.8 MILLION FEASIBILITY STUDY ON TRANSPORT LINKS BETWEEN SHA TIN AND TSUEN WAN NEW TOWNS.

THE AGREEMENT WAS SIGNED BY THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT HIGHWAY ENGINEER OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, DR NIP KAM-FAN, AND MR A.C. LYONS ON BEHALF OF THE JOINT CONSULTANT GROUP COMPRISING HALCROW INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP IN ASSOCIATION WITH HALCROW FOX AND ASSOCIATES, PETER Y.S. PUN AND ASSOCIATES, AND TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS AND MARKET RESEARCH LTD. (TRANSMARK).

THE GOVERNMENT HAD IN THE PAST UNDERTAKEN SEVERAL TRANSPORT STUDIES CONCERNING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE FUTURE TRUNK ROAD SYSTEM IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

AMONG THE ROUTES INVESTIGATED WERE ROUTE 5, LINKING SHA TIN AND TSUEN WAN AND ROUTE 16, LINKING SHA TIN AND WEST KOWLOON.

ALTHOUGH PRELIMINARY ENGINEERING STUDIES OF THESE TWO ROUTES WERE CARRIED OUT, THEY DID NOT INCLUDE TECHNICAL AND ECONOMIC ANALYSES COMPREHENSIVE ENOUGH TO ENABLE THE GOVERNMENT TO MAKE A DECISION ON THE TYPE, SCALE AND TIMING OF THE FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED IN THE CORRIDOR.

THE GOVERNMENT, THEREFORE, HAS DECIDED TO ENGAGE CONSULTANTS TO UNDERTAKE A FEASIBILITY STUDY OF THE MOST EFFICIENT MEANS TO MEET THE TRANSPORT NEEDS OF THE SHA TIN-TSUEN WAN CORRIDOR.

COMMENTING ON THE LATEST STUDY COMMISSIONED, DR NIP SAID IT WOULD BE DIVIDED INTO TWO STAGES:

+STAGE I WILL CONSIST OF A TECHNICAL AND ECONOMIC INVESTIGATION OF THE ALTERNATIVE SYSTEMS.

♦THIS WILL BE IN SUCH DETAIL AS TO PROVIDE A PRELIMINARY BASIS FOR RECOMMENDATIONS CONCERNING THE RELATIVE ADVANTAGES OF VARIOUS SYSTEMS AND THE FEASIBLE ALTERNATIVES TO BE STUDIED IN GREATER DETAIL IN STAGE I I.

+THE STUDY WILL ALSO BE USED AS A CASE STUDY TO DEMONSTRATE THE APPLICATION OF APPROPRIATE ECONOMIC EVALUATION TECHNIQUES AND CRITERIA IN THE GOVERNMENT’S TRANSPORT PLANNING AND PROGRAMMING PROCESS.*

THE STUDY WILL START IMMEDIATELY AND A DRAFT FINAL REPORT ON ITS RESULT AND SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS IS EXPECTED TO BE SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNMENT IN TEN MONTHS.

THE STUDY WILL BE PARTLY FINANCED BY A LOAN FROM THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK.

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RULES FOR ELECTRONIC GAMES CENTRES MAY BE RELAXED * * * * * *

THE COMMISSIONER FOR TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING, MR NIGEL WATT SAID TODAY THAT HE WAS CONSIDERING TAKING A MORE LIBERAL APPROACH TO THE PROCEDURES FOR LICENSING ELECTRONIC GAMES MACHINES.

SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE CITY LIONS CLUB OF HONG KONG, MR WATT SAID HE MIGHT PERMIT THE LICENSING OF AUTOMATIC MACHINE CENTRES, WITHOUT SUCH CENTRES BEING NECESSARILY TIED TO OTHER FORMS OF ENTERTAINMENT, PROVIDED THEY ARE RESTRICTED TO HEALTHY ELECTRONIC GAMES.

HE STRESSED THAT HE WAS NOT CONTEMPLATING LICENSING GAMBLING MACHINES SUCH AS +ONE ARMED BANDITS* OR +FRUIT MACHINES*.

BY ELECTRONIC GAMES MACHINES, MR WATT SAID HE WAS REFERRING TO THOSE PRODUCED AS A RESULT OF THE COMPUTER REVOLUTION IN RECENT YEARS WHICH PROVIDE, IN MANY CASES, ORIGINAL AND HEALTHY AVENUES FOR PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT AND RECREATION.

SOME OF THESE MACHINES, HE SAID, ARE SO COMPLEX AND LARGE THAT THEY LOOK LIKE INDOOR SPORTING CENTRES.

♦WHETHER YOUR HOBBY BE GOLF, BASE-BALL, SHOOTING, MOTORCYCLING, OR MOTOR-RALLY DRIVING, THERE IS A MACHINE TO TEST YOUR SKILLS AND TO GIVE YOU OPPORTUNITIES FOR PRACTICE IN YOUR FAVOURITE SPORT,* HE EXPLAINED.

IN THE PAST, THE MAJORITY OF MACHINES LICENSED IN HONG KONG HAVE BEEN OF THE OLD STYLE PIN-BALL MACHINES WHICH MANY PEOPLE THINK ARE CONDUCIVE TO GAMBLING AND ARE AN UNDESIRABLE INFLUENCE ON YOUNG PEOPLE.

AT PRESENT, THERE ARE 92 ESTABLISHMENTS WHERE MACHINES ARE PERMITTED AS AN ANCILLARY TO OTHER ENTERTAINMENT.

LICENCES ARE ISSUED FOR ABOUT 1 200 MACHINES OF WHICH ABOUT A THIRD ARE SMALL ELECTRONIC GAMES MACHINES WHICH ARE ALSO SUBJECT TO THE SAME LICENSING RESTRICTIONS SINCE THE LAW DOES NOT DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN THEM, MR WATT SAID.

HE ENVISAGED THAT IF AUTOMATIC MACHINES CENTRES WERE TO EE LICENSED IN ISOLATION FROM OTHER ENTERTAINMENT FACILITIES, THE PLACES WOULD HAVE TO BE IN COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS OR IN THE COMMERCIAL SECTIONS OF MIXED USER BUILDINGS WHERE THE COMMERCIAL SECTION HAS ENTRANCES AND EXITS SEPARATE FROM THE RESIDENTIAL AREAS.

HE THOUGHT ADULT AMUSEMENT CENTRES SHOULD BE RESTRICTED TO PEOPLE OVER 16 YEARS OF AGE AND SHOULD NOT BE HOUSED IN BUILDINGS CLOSE TO SCHOOLS OR ANY OTHER CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES SO AS TO PROTECT YOUNG PEOPLE AGAINST UNDESIRABLE INFLUENCE OR BULLYING BY OLDER PARTICIPANTS.

ON THE OTHER HAND, MR WATT THOUGHT THESE MACHINES SHOULD ALSO BE ALLOWED TO BE INCLUDED IN CHILDREN’S RECREATION CENTRES BECAUSE CHILDREN SHOULD NOT BE DEPRIVED OF THE RIGHT TO TAKE PART IN THESE HEALTHY GAMES IN PROPERLY CONTROLLED PREMISES.

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IN THESE PLACES, NOBODY OVER 16 WOULD BE ALLOWED TO BE ADMITTED UNLESS THEY WERE LOOKING AFTER A CHILD, HE SAID.

MR WATT SAID THIS POSSIBLE LIBERALISATION OF POLICY WOULD BRING FORTH NEW ENTERTAINMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG AND COULD BE OF PARTICULAR VALUE TO SOME OF THE REMOTE AREAS WHERE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND RELAXATION WERE LIMITED.

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CHIEF SECRETARY TO OPEN EXHIBITION ON KWUN TONG DEVELOPMENT ft * * ft ft

AN EXHIBITION ILLUSTRATING THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF KWUN TONG WILL BE HELD INSIDE THE MTR KWUN TONG STATION FROM SATURDAY (DECEMBER 6) TO DECEMBER 21.

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR JACK CATER WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY FOLLOWING WHICH HE WILL BE INTRODUCED TO MEMBERS OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE OF +KWUN TONG TODAY* AT KWUN TONG VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE.

♦KWUN TONG TODAY* IS A TWO-WEEK COMMUNITY FUNCTION ORGANISED BY VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND LOCAL BODIES.

JOINTLY SPONSORED BY ITS ORGANISING COMMITTEE AND THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION, THE EXHIBITION AT THE MTR STATION WILL FEATURE A DISPLAY OF PHOTOGRAPHS DEPICTING THE HISTORY OF KWUN TONG AND PAST EVENTS SUCH AS THE LANDSLIDE AT SAU MAU PING IN JUNE 1972 AND THE FIRE AT LEI YUE MUN LAST YEAR.

THE +PRESENT+ PART OF THE EXHIBITION WILL FOCUS ON PROBLEMS LIKE TRAFFIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES, SERVICE DEFICIENCIES, AS WELL AS THE ROLE AND EFFECTIVENESS OF THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE IN SOLVING THESE PROBLEMS.

THE PHOTOGRAPHS WILL ALSO SHOW ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS IN SQUATTER AREAS SUCH AS THE PROVISION OF LEGAL ELECTRICITY SUPPLY AND PUBLIC STAND PIPES.

THE +FUTURE+ PART WILL BE PRESENTED BY MODELS OF DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS - THE NG AU TAU K()K MARKET AND COMMERCIAL COMPLEX, EAST NGAU TAU KOK ESTATE, TSU HP I NG ROAD ESTATE REDEVELOPMENT AND TELFORD GARDEN. '

ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 7) +KWUN TONG TODAY* WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED AT THE KWUN TONG RECREATION GROUND, TSUI PING ROAD.

THE DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS MR GRAHAM BARNES, WHO IS THE HONORARY PATRON OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, WILL DOT THE EYES OF A DRAGON AND PRESENT SOUVENIRS TO THE ORGANISERS AND SPONSORING AGENCIES.

AN ENTERTAINING PROGRAMME WILL THEN START. THERE WILL BE DRAGON AND LION DANCES, MUSIC PERFORMANCES BY SCHOOL BANDS AND THE ARMED FORCES, AND FOLK DANCES BY VARIOUS ORGANISATIONS AND SCHOOLS.

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THE CIVIL AID SERVICES CYCLING TEAM WILL DISPLAY THEIR SKILLS WHILE MEMBERS OF THE ST JOHN AMBULANCE BRIGADE WILL TAKE PART IN A PARADE.

ABOUT 3 OOO LOCAL RESIDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND THE FUNCTION. FREE ADMISSION TICKETS CAN BE OBTAINED AT THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (KWUN TONG) AND ITS SUB-OFFICE.

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MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO HAVE BOTH EVENTS COVERED. SIR JACK CATER WILL OPEN THE EXHIBITION AT THE MTR KWUN TONG STATION AT 11 AM ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 6), WHILE M? BARNES WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING OF +KWUN TONG TODAY* AT THE KWUN TONG RECREATION GROUND AT 2 PM ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 7).

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ANALYSIS OF EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTICS X * X *

EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTICS ANALYSED BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN SHOWED THAT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1980, THE SIX MOST IMPORTANT INDUSTRY GROUPS WERE WEARING APPAREL, ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES, TEXTILES, PROFESSIONAL AND OPTICAL EQUIPMENT, PLASTIC PRODUCTS, AND METAL PRODUCTS.

THEY TOGETHER ACCOUNTED FOR 87 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN THE THREE MONTHS.

THIS SERIES OF STATISTICS 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.

THE LARGEST INCREASES IN ABSOLUTE VALUES OVER THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1979 OCCURRED IN ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES ($603 MILLION), PROFESSIONAL AND OPTICAL EQUIPMENT ($516 MILLION), TEXTILES (.$466 MILLION), METAL PRODUCTS ($302 MILLION), WEARING APPAREL ($239 MILLION), AND PLASTIC PRODUCTS ($166 MILLION).

IN PERCENTAGE TERMS, THE HIGHEST INCREASES WERE 1 TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT (147%), TOBACCO (57%), NON-METALLIC MINERAL PRODUCTS (44%) BEVERAGES (43%). PROFESSIONAL AND OPTICAL EQUIPMENT (35%), AND NET AL PRODUCTS (33%).

CONCURRENTLY, DECREASES IN THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WERE RECORDED IN SEVERAL INDUSTRY GROUPS, THE MOST SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING FOOD PRODUCTS (-$20 MILLION) IN ABSOLUTE VALUES, AND MINING AND QUARRYING (-67%) AS WELL AS OCEAN AND COASTAL FISHING (-11%) IN PERCENTAGE TERMS.

FOR IMPORTS, PRODUCTS OF THE TEXTILES, ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES, PETROLEUM AND COAL, METALS, CHEMICALS, PROFESSIONAL AND OPTICAL EQUIPMENT, AND FOOD INDUSTRIES TOGETHER TOOK UP 64 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL VALUE OF IMPORTS IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1980.

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- 5 -INCREASES IN THE ABSOLUTE VALUE OF IMPORTS OVER THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1979 WERE LARGEST WITH ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES ($823 MILLION), TEXTILES ($816 MILLION), PETROLEUM AND COAL PRODUCTS ($647 MILLION), PROFESSIONAL AND OPTICAL EQUIPMENT ($460 MILLION), AND METAL PRODUCTS ($452 MILLION).

IN PERCENTAGE TERMS, THE HIGHEST INCREASES WERE 1 FOOTWEAR (68%), WEARING APPAREL (61%), PLASTIC PRODUCTS (47%), TOBACCO (42%), AND PETROLEUM AND COAL PRODUCTS (40%).

A DECREASE OF $619 MILLION (OR -53%) WAS RECORDED IN THE IMPORTS OF MINING AND QUARRYING PRODUCTS IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1980 COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR, WHILE IMPORTS OF BEVERAGES DECLINED BY $48 MILLION (OR -20%).

FURTHER DETAILS OF EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTICS RE-CLASSIFIED BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (AT TEL. NO. 5-274203).

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WATER SUPPLIES CHIEF OPENS SERVICE RESERVOIR

THE DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES, MR WILLIAM TUCKER, TODAY OPENED THE NEWLY COMPLETED TUI MIN HOI SERVICE RESERVOIR BOOSTING THE CAPACITY OF WATER SUPPLY TO SAI KUNG TO 8 000 CUBIC METRES A DAY.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, HE SAID THE 1 200-CUBIC KTRE RESERVOIR FORMED PART OF A SCHEME TO IMPROVE WATER SUPPLY TO SAI KUNG.

THE IMPROVEMENTS, INCLUDING THE DUPLICATION OF SECTIONS OF THE PRINCIPAL DISTRIBUTION MAIN FROM SAU MAU PING TO SAI KUNG SERVICE RESERVOIR, COST A TOTAL OF $6.5 MILLION.

MR TUCKER RECALLED THAT IT WAS NOT UNTIL 1971 THAT FULLY TREATED WATER WAS SUPPLIED TO SAI KUNG TOWN AND VILLAGES ALONG HIRAMS HIGHWAY.

THE ORIGINAL PROPOSALS ENVISAGED A SYSTEM WITH A CAPACITY OF 2 700 CUBIC METRES A DAY. HOWEVER, THE SUPPLY CAPACITY WAS INCREASED TO 5 900 CUBIC METRES A DAY IN 1973 AS A RESULT OF FURTHER DEMANDS.

TO MEET THE INCREASING NEEDS OF THE AREA, WORK IS PROCEEDING AT PAK KONG TO BUILD A DRAW-OFF TUNNEL AND ASSOCIATED PIPE WORK TO TAKE WATER FROM THE HIGH ISLAND TUNNEL SYSTEM.

♦A FILTER PLANT AND PUMP HOUSE WILL ALSO BE BUILT TO INCREASE THE SUPPLY TO TWO AND A HALF TIMES THE PRESENT CAPACITY TO MEET THE ADDITIONAL DEMAND ARISING IN THE EXISTING SUPPLY AREAS IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS AND AT THE SAME TIME TO ALLOW F0R™E EXTENSION OF SUPPLIES TO A FURTHER 12 000 OF THE POPULATION,* MR TUCKER SAID.

♦WORK ON THIS $15M PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO BE SUFFICIENTLY COMPLETE BY 1982 TO PERMIT EXTENSIONS OF THE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM AND PLANNING OF THESE EXTENSIONS IS NOW IN HAND.*

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, TERM» HE SA,D» ,T WAS PROPOSED TO BUILD A

!^R6E JREA™ENT W0RKS AT PAK K0N6 To COPE WITH THE DEMAND FROM ™E «LSAI kung peninsula, junk bay and the eastern PART OF NEW KOWLOON.

tfliuc YUN"SAU» AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE SAI TMpGw?T«R™TeiAAu ®0ARD» THEN JOINTLY OPENED A VALVE ALLOWING THE WATER TO FLOW INTO THE NEW RESERVOIR.

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EMPLOYERS LIABILITIES UNDER EMPLOYEES COMPENSATION LAW K X H

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (TUESDAY) REMINDED EMPLOYERS TO INSURE THEMSELVES AGAINST THEIR LIABILITIES UNDER THE RECENTLY ENACTED EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ORDINANCE.

+THIS ALSO APPLIES TO ANYONE WHO HIRES A DOMESTIC SERVANT,* SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT.

THE ORDINANCE WHICH CAME INTO OPERATION ON NOVEMBER 1 PROVIDES FOR A MAXIMUM COMPENSATION OF $192 □□□ FOR TOTAL PERMANENT INCAPACITY AND $168 OOO FOR DEATH.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT IN VIEW OF THE SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES IT IS ESPECIALLY ESSENTIAL FOR SMALLER EMPLOYERS TO TAKE OUT INSURANCE POLICIES BECAUSE THEY MIGHT FACE FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES IF THEY FAIL TO DO SO.

♦EMPLOYERS MUST ENSURE THAT THE INSURANCE POLICY COVERS ALL THE LIABILITIES THEY WISH TO BE COVERED. A POLICY MAY SOMETIMES EXCLUDE CERTAIN LIABILITIES SUCH AS CIVIL DAMAGES, MEDICAL EXPENSES OR CERTAIN TYPES OF WORK. EMPLOYERS SHOULD THEREFORE EXAMINE THE INSURANCE POLICY CAREFULLY TO ASCERTAIN ITS COVERAGE.*

HE EXPLAINED THAT EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION IS BASED ON THE +N0 FAULT* PRINCIPLE- IF AN ACCIDENT WHICH CAUSES INJURY TO AN EMPLOYEE IS DUE TO THE EMPLOYER’S NEGLIGENCE, THE EMPLOYER IS ALSO LIABLE TO CIVIL DAMAGES.

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LEGCO MEETS TOMORROW ft ft ft ft

UNOFFICIAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLORS WILL RAISE 13 QUESTIONS ON MATTERS OF PUBLIC INTEREST AT TOMORROW’S COUNCIL MEETING.

THE HON LI FOOK-WO WILL ASK THE GOVERNMENT TO MAKE A STATEMENT ON HOW MUCH A DAY THE MACLENNAN ENQUIRY IS COSTING AND HOW MUCH LONGER IT IS LIKELY TO CONTINUE.

THE HON LYDIA DUNN WILL RAISE A QUESTION ON WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT HAS RECEIVED RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE SECURITIES COMMISSION TO ALTER THE STATUS OF, OR THE GUIDELINES LAID DOWN IN THE TAKEOVER CODE.

REV THE HON JOYCE BENNETT WILL ASK WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT HAS CONSIDERED A VIGOROUS MEDIA CAMPAIGN TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THE DANGERS OF SMOKING.

THE HON CHAN KAM-CHUEN WILL RAISE TWO QUESTIONS ON ID CARDS - ONE ON WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WILL CONSIDER ADDING MORE ANTI-FORGERY FEATURES TO ID CARDS AND THE OTHER ON MEASURES TO PREVENT THE ILLICIT USE OF LOST ID CARDS.

OTHER QUESTIONS RELATE TO THE NUMBER OF RAPE CASES REPORTED® MEASURES TO PRESERVE HONG KONG’S HISTORICAL RELICS- TRAFFIC CONGESTION AT PING SHEK-CHOI HUNG ROUNDABOUT- THE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE SCHEME- EFFORTS TO INSULATE THE ROOFS OF PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES- PROGRESS ON IMPLEMENTING THE USE OF CHINESE AS AN OFFICIAL LANGUAGE- NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS INVOLVING TRAIN PASSENGERS AND FACTORY CANTEEN LICENCE APPLICATIONS.

SIX BILLS WILL BE TABLED FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS AT TOMORROW’S MEETING.

THEY ARE THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS BILL 1980- THE SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION (1979-80) BILL 1980- THE BUILDINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980- THE TELEVISION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980- THE PUBLIC OFFICERS (ASSIGNMENT OF EMOLUMENTS) BILL 1980 AND THE LEGAL PRACTITIONERS (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1980.

THE NEWLY APPOINTED UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, THE HON STEPHEN CHEONG WILL TAKE THE OATH OF ALLEGIANCE AT TOMORROW’S SITTING.

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DSW VISITS WELFARE INSTITUTIONS ft ft ft ft

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR SELWYN ALLEYNE, TODAY (TUESDAY) WENT ON AN INSPECTION TOUR OF THREE GOVERNMENT-SUBVENTED WELFARE INSTITUTIONS RUN BY THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS.

HE VISITED THE LEE SEE PING HOSTEL FOR THE AGED AND THE HING WAH DAY NURSERY IN CHAI WAN, AND LATER CALLED ON THE TUNG WAH CARE AND ATTENTION HOME FOR THE ELDERLY IN WONG CHUK HANG.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE CHAIRMAN, MR DAKCHISON YIU, AND OFFICIALS CF THE HOSPITAL GROUP, HE INSPECTED THE FACILITIES AND WAS BRIEFED ON THE SERVICES PROVIDED IN THE INSTITUTIONS.

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HE SAW 0LD PEOPLE engaged in various ACTIVITIES INCLUDING READING. RELAXING. PLAYING CHESS ENJOYING TELEVISION PROGRAMMES AND DOING SIMPLE HANDICRAFT. ' ENJ0YING

I^E HOSTEL ACCOMMODATES 73 OLD PEOPLE, PROVIDING THEM WITH bEAL SERVICES AND HELP IN LAUNDRY AND CLEANING. SOCIAL WORKERS AND

ARE ALS0 AVAILABLE FOR GUIDANCE AND ORGANISING GRoSp °

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AT THE HING WAH DAY NURSERY, ALSO IN CHAI WAN. MR ALLEYNE WAS BRIEFED ON THE DAILY PROGRAMMES FOR THE 100 CHILDREN AGED TWO TO SIX YEARS PUT IN ITS CARE BY WORKING PARENTS.

THE DIRECTOR WOUND UP THE DAY’S VISIT BY CALLING ON THE occ’incf!Vi?1ARLDeDr-ATTENTI0N H0ME ,N W0NG CHUK HANG WHICH PROVIDES RESIDENTIAL CARE FOR OLD PEOPLE INCAPABLE OF SELF-CARE.

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2 400 LITTERBUGS BOOKED IN NT

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ABOUT 2 400 LITTERBUGS WERE BOOKED IN THE MONTH-LONG ANTI-LITTER DRIVE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND OUTLYING ISLANDS LAST MONTH.

ALL LITTERBUGS WILL BE BROUGHT BEFORE THE ANTI-LITTER COURT THIS MONTH ON CHARGES UNDER THE PUBLIC CLEANSING AND PREVENTION OF NUISANCES BY-LAW, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

THE OFFENDERS WILL FACE A MAXIMUM FINE OF $1 000 ON FIRST CONVICTION AND 12 000 ON THE SUBSEQUENT CONVICTION, HE ADDED.

OF THE LITTERBUGS, 497 WERE CAUGHT IN KWAI CHUNG, 450 IN TSUEN WAN AND 63 IN SHA TIN.

APART FROM BOOKING THE OFFENDERS, A TOTAL OF 1 800 NOTICES WERE SERVED ON RESIDENTS AND SHOP OPERATORS REQUIRING THEM TO CLEAN UP AND REMOVE REFUSE FROM THEIR SURROUNDING AREAS WITHIN SIX METRES OF THEIR PREMISES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

COMMENTING ON THE ENFORCEMENT EXERCISE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID IT SERVED THE PURPOSE OF AROUSING THE PUBLIC’S AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF MAINTAINING A CLEAN ENVIRONMENT AND HELPING TO RID HONG KONG OF REFUSE.

ON REFUSE COLLECTION, THE SPOKESMAN SAID ABOUT 1 OQO TONNES OF REFUSE WERE REMOVED A DAY DURING THE MONTH.

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LOGO REQUIRED FOR CHEUNG CHAU BUN FESTIVAL *****

THE ORGANISERS OF THE CHEUNG CHAU BUN FESTIVAL ARE LOOKING FOR A LOGO AND THEY ARE OFFERING PRIZES TOTALLING $1 000 TO GET ONE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR CHEUNG CHAU RURAL COMMITTEE, WHICH ORGANISES THE ANNUAL WEEK-LONG FESTIVAL, ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY) A LOGO DESIGN COMPETITION WILL BE RUN JOINTLY WITH THE ISLAND’S CULTURE AND RECREATION ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION.

CASH PRIZES OF $700, $200 AND $100 WILL BE AWARDED TO THE WINNER AND TWO RUNNERS-UP. HONG KONG RESIDENTS ARE WELCOME TO ENTER.

THE ANNUAL FESTIVAL, HELD IN APRIL OR MAY, HAS MORE THAN 100 YEARS’ HISTORY AND HAS BECOME A MAJOR ATTRACTION TO BOTH LOCAL RESIDENTS AND TOURISTS.

THE FESTIVAL TO BRING GOOD LUCK TO THE ISLAND INCLUDES A PARADE OF SHRINES FROM THE ISLAND’S TEMPLES, FLOATS, LION DANCES AND CHIU CHAU GONGS AND DRUM PERFORMANCES. DURING THE FESTIVAL PERIOD RESIDENTS DO NOT EAT MEAT OR FISH.

TO ENSURE THAT CELEBRATIONS WERE CONDUCTED IN A MORE ORDERLY MANNER, THE TRADITIONAL BUN SCRAMBLE WAS CANCELLED LAST YEAR. INSTEAD, BUNS WERE DISTRIBUTED TO RESIDENTS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID ENTRIES FOR THE COMPETITION SHOULD REFLECT SPECIAL FEATURES OF THE FESTIVAL AND REACH CHEUNG CHAU RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE IN TUNG WAN BEFORE JANUARY 10, 1981.

RESULTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN FEBRUARY.

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TRAFFIC RESTRICTION ON SAI YEE STREET

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NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC ON SAI YEE STREET IN MONG KOK WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING LEFT INTO BOUNDARY STREET WESTBOUND FROM 13 AM ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 4) UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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WATER CUT

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO AREAS OF SHAU KEI WAN AND LEI YUE MUN WILL BE INTERRUPTED OVERNIGHT ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 4).

SUPPLY TO PREMISES ON SHAU KEI WAN ROAD FROM ALDRICH STREET TO SUN SING STREET, INCLUDING FU TAU WAT VILLAGE AND TSIN SHU I MA TAU VILLAGE, WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON THURSDAY TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING MORNING.

IN LEI YUE MUN, WHERE SUPPLY WILL BE CUT FROM 10 PM TO 6 AM, LEI YUE MUN VILLAGE AND PREMISES ON SZE SHAN STREET AND CHO YUEN STREET WILL EE AFFECTED.

ALSO ON THURSDAY, FROM 10 AM TO 12 NOON THE FOLLOWING DAY (FRIDAY), SALT WATER SUPPLY TO AN AREA OF KWAI CHUNG IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE INTERRUPTED.

THE AREA IS BOUNDED BY CHUNG ON STREET, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TEXACO ROAD AND MA TAU PA ROAD AND COVERS TAI WO HAU ESTATE, KWAI CHUNG ESTATE, AND KWAI SHING ESTATE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL:

INDEPENDENT OFFICE TO ASSIST INDEBTED OFFICERS...... 1

OBJECTIVES OF ASSOCIATION OF BANKS BILL............. 2

DATE APPOINTED TO APPLY LAW AGAINST LOAN SHARKS..... 3

THREE CHANGES TO PUBLIC ORDER (AMENDMENT) BILL ..... 4

TAKEOVERS CODE MAY BE REVISED....................... 6

TRADE PROTECTIONISM STILL A THREAT TO HK............ 7

MACLENNAN ENQUIRY MAY CONTINUE TILL MARCH .......... 9

ID CARD CROSS-CHECKS WILL BE QUICKER................ 9

CONTINUED GROWTH OF EXPORT CREDIT INSURANCE BUSINESS .. 10

TRADE DESCRIPTIONS BILL PASSED WITH AMENDMENTS...... 11

A NT I-SMOKING EDUCATION EFFORTS ................... 13

80 MORE ESTATE ROOFTOPS TO BE IMPROVED.............. 14

CHANGES TO TV LICENCE TERMS ........................ 14

SITE FORMATION SAFETY BILL INTRODUCED............... 15

PNEUMOCONIOSIS SCHEME LEVY TO BE 0.2%............... 15

CHECK ON USE OF CHINESE IN OFFICIAL BUSINESS........ 16

RAPE REPORT STATISTICS ............................. 16

DOOR NOT CLOSED ON NON-GRADUATE SOLICITORS ......... 17

PASSENGER SAFETY ON KCR TRAINS ..................... 17

TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENTS AT PING SHEK/CHOI HUNG JUNCTION . . 18

ASSISTANCE TO TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ON

PRIVATE ROADS ...................................... 18

HISTORICAL ARTEFACTS ARE PRESERVED AND EXHIBITED.... 19

FACTORY CANTEEN LICENCE APPLICATIONS ............... 19

BILLS PASSED........................................ 19

RULES AGAINST LOAN SHARKS ................................ 20

RTHK PRODUCTION WON MAJOR INTERNATIONAL AWARD............. 22

SWD STAFF VISIT BUS ACCIDENT VICTIMS AT HOSPITAL.......... 22

SIR MURRAY TO OFFICIATE AT TUEN MUN CEREMONY.............. 23

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INDEPENDENT OFFICE TO ASSIST INDEBTED OFFICERS

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AN INDEPENDENT CIVIL SERVICE FINANCE ADVISORY OFFICE IS TO BE SET UP TO ASSIST CIVIL SERVANTS WHO FIND THEMSELVES IN FINANCIAL DIFF ICULTIES.

AT THE SAME TIME, A NEW CIVIL SERVICE REGULATION IS TO BE INTRODUCED WHICH WILL MAKE IT A DISCIPLINARY OFFENCE TO BORROW FROM UNAUTHORISED SOURCES, PARTICULARLY UNLICENSED MONEY LENDERS.

THIS WAS DISCLOSED TODAY BY THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE, THE HON MARTIN ROWLANDS, WHEN HE MOVED THE SECOND READING OF THE PUBLIC OFFICERS (ASSIGNMENT OF EMOLUMENTS) BILL IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE PROPOSALS FOLLOW RECOMMENDATIONS BY A WORKING GROUP, CHAIRED BY MR LI FOOK-wO, WHICH REVIEWED EXISTING GOVERNMENT ARRANGEMENTS FOR ADVANCES OF SALARY AND LOANS TO CIVIL SERVANTS, AS WELL AS RULES GOVERNING THE BORROWING OF MONEY BY CIVIL SERVANTS. THE REVIEW IS ONE OF MANY RECENT DEVELOPMENTS TO IMPROVE INTERNAL MANAGEMENT WITHIN THE CIVIL SERVICE.

MR ROWLANDS SAID THAT FOR THE NEW CIVIL SERVICE REGULATION TO BE EFFECTIVE, IT WAS NECESSARY THAT CIVIL SERVANTS FIRST BE HELPED TO RID THEMSELVES OF DEBTS WHICH WOULD BE PROHIBITED ONCE THE REGULATION CAME INTO FORCE.

THE INDEPENDENT OFFICE, HE SAID, WOULD HAVE TWO FUNCTIONS --ARRANGING FOR INDIVIDUAL CIVIL SERVANTS TO OBTAIN ADVICE ON THEIR FINANCIAL PROBLEMS, AND ARRANGING FOR THE REFINANCING OF DEBTS BY MEANS OF LOANS FROM ONE OF THE MANY BANKS OR DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES PARTICIPATING IN THE SCHEME.

UNDER THE REFINANCING SCHEME, THE BANK OR DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY WOULD SETTLE THE OFFICER’S DEBT ON HIS BEHALF. THE OFFICER WOULD THEN REPAY THE BANK OR DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY BY MONTHLY INSTALMENTS OVER A PERIOD OF UP TO 10 YEARS.

♦I SHOULD LIKE TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT CIVIL SERVANTS WHO AVAIL THEMSELVES OF THIS FACILITY WILL BE CHARGED INTEREST AT A COMMERCIAL RATE,+ SAID MR ROWLANDS.

♦I SHOULD ALSO LIKE TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT THE OFFICE WILL ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FOR REFINANCING DURING A LIMITED PERIOD OF TIME. PERHAPS SIX MONTHS, AND THAT ANY OFFICER WHO AT THE END OF THAT PERIOD HAS NOT RID HIMSELF OF DEBTS TO UNAUTHORISED SOURCES WILL BE LIABLE TO DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS UNDER THE NEW CIVIL SERVICE REGULATION.*

MR ROWLANDS SAID THE WORKING GROUP HAD ALSO CONSIDERED OTHER STEPS TO KEEP CIVIL SERVANTS OUT OF SERIOUS DEBTS.

♦PROPOSALS HAVE NOW BEEN DRAWN UP TO INCREASE THE SIZE OF DEPARTMENTAL RELIEF FUNDS SO THAT HEADS OF DEPARTMENT MAY MAKE LARGER LOANS TO STAFF IN NEED, AND TO INCREASE THE AMOUNTS OF SALARY WHICH OFFICERS MAY DRAW IN ADVANCE TO HELP MEET EXPENSES ARISING FROM DOMESTIC CALAMITY AND OTHER UNFORESEEN NEED.

♦CONSIDERATION IS ALSO BEING GIVEN TO ENCOURAGING THE FORMATION OF CREDIT UNIONS AMONG CIVIL SERVANTS,* HE SAID.

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OBJECTIVES OF ASSOCIATION OF BANKS BILL ft ft ft ft ft

A BILL WHICH SEEKS TO INCORPORATE A NEW ASSOCIATION TO REPLACE THE EXCHANGE BANKS’ ASSOCIATION AND TO INCLUDE EVERY REGISTERED BANK AS A MEMBER WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS BILL 1980, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE SAID THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION WAS PUT FORWARD TO NEET FIVE DISTINCT OBJECTIVES WHICH HE OUTLINED AS FOLLOWS!

ft TO GIVE ALL BANKS LICENSED IN HONG KONG, INCLUDING THOSE INCORPORATED OUTSIDE HONG KONG, A CLEARLY DEFINED OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THEIR VOICES HEARD IN THE RUNNING OF THEIR TRADE ASSOCIATION-

ft TO ENSURE THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS OF KEEPING THE ASSOCIATION’S CONSTITUTION UP TO DATE-

ft TO ENSURE THAT THE GOVERNMENT, OR RATHER THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, IS DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN THE FORMULATION OF RULES MADE BY THE ASSOCIATION AND IN THE ENFORCEMENT OF THOSE RULES-

ft TO PROVIDE THAT THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE ASSOCIATION WILL BE HELD BY TWO NOTE-ISSUING BANKS, ALTERNATING AT INTERVALS OF TWO YEARS- AND

ft TO REQUIRE BY A CONDITION ATTACHED TO ITS LICENCE THAT EVERY BANK SHALL BE A MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATION.

THE NEW ASSOCIATION WILL ALSO STRENGTHEN THE OPERATION OF INTEREST RATE AGREEMENT FOR TWO REASONS, NAMELY THE AGREEMENT PROTECTS THE SMALLER LOCALLY-OWNED AND INCORPORATED BANKS FROM A DEGREE OF COMPETITION WHICH THEY ARE NOT EQUIPPED TO MEET, AND THE AGREEMENT FORMS PART OF THE SPECTRUM OF INTEREST RATES IN HONG KONG OVER WHICH THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY CAN AT PRESENT EXERCISE ANY INFLUENCE.

SIR PHILIP SAID IN THE PRESENT DAY CIRCUMSTANCES, IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT, AT SOME POINT IN THE PROCESS OF DETERMINING INTEREST RATES, THE WIDER PUBLIC INTEREST WAS TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT, AS WELL AS NARROWER MARKET FACTORS.

UNDER THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION, A COMMITTEE WILL BE ESTABLISHED RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF THE ASSOCIATION. IT WILL HAVE 12 MEMBERS - THREE CONTINUING ONES (THE TWO NOTE-ISSUING BANKS AND THE BANK OF CHINA) AND NINE ELECTED MEMBERS. A CONSULTATIVE COUNCIL WILL ALSO BE SET UP TO GIVE ALL MEMBERS A FORUM IN WHICH THEY CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE MAKING OF THE POLICIES TO BE PURSUED BY THE ASSOCIATION.

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IN ADDITION A DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE WILL BE ESTABLISHED AND IT HAS THE POWER TO IMPOSE PENALTY ON A MEMBER FOR BREACH OF RULES. THE PENALTIES WHICH MAY BE IMPOSED ARE A REPRIMAND, SUSPENSION OF MEMBERSHIP, SUSPENSION FROM CHEQUE CLEARING FACILITIES, AND EXPULSION FROM MEMBERSHIP. THE TWO TYPES OF SUSPENSION CAN BE APPLIED ONLY AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, AND A MEMBER CAN BE EXPELLED ONLY WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL.

THE NEW ASSOCIATION IS ALSO EMPOWERED TO MAKE BY-LAWS SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL ON A NUMBER OF ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS.

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DATE APPOINTED TO APPLY LAW AGAINST LOAN SHARKS

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THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE HAS A LONG LIST OF MONEY LENDERS WHOSE ACTIONS WILL BE CLOSELY AND CRITICALLY MONITORED TO ENSURE THAT THEY COMPLY WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE MONEY LENDERS ORDINANCE, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON JOHN GRIFFITHS SAID TODAY.

IN A STATEMENT IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR GRIFFITHS ANNOUNCED THAT FRIDAY NEXT WEEK (DECEMBER 12) WOULD BE THE DATE THE ORDINANCE COMES INTO EFFECT.

AFTER THAT DATE NO ONE WILL HAVE TO PAY INTEREST AND NO LENDER WILL BE ENTITLED TO DEMAND INTEREST, IN BOTH CASES, IN EXCESS OF 60 PER CENT PER ANNUM EVEN IF THERE WAS A PREVIOUS AGREEMENT.

DETAILED PROVISIONS OF THE NEW LAW WILL BE VIGOROUSLY ADMINISTERED BY THE REGISTRAR OF MONEY LENDERS (REGISTRAR GENERAL) AND BY THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE. IT IS THEIR INTENTION THAT APPLICATIONS FOR MONEY LENDERS LICENCES WILL BE CLOSELY SCRUTINISED AND WHERE NECESSARY OPPOSED BEFORE THE NEW LICENSING COURTS, MR GRIFFITHS SAID.

HE SAID THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE HAD ALREADY MADE ARRANGEMENTS TO DEPLOY A CONSIDERABLE NUMBER OF PERSONNEL SPECIFICALLY TO DEAL WITH THOSE UNSCRUPULOUS LENDERS WHO IGNORE THE NEW LAW.

HE INVITED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO CO-OPERATE BY INFORMING THE POLICE OF BREACHES OF THE LAW.

A BI-LINGUAL LEAFLET WILL BE DISTRIBUTED, EXPLAINING IN CLEAR AND SIMPLE TERMS ITS MAIN FEATURES, THROUGH CITY DISTRICT OFFICES, PUBLIC LBRARIES, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND OTHER PUBLIC CENTRES.

♦IT IS HOPED IN THIS WAY THAT THE ’BORROWERS’ PROTECTION’ PROVISIONS OF THE ORDINANCE WILL SOON BECOME WIDELY KNOWN THROUGHOUT ALL SECTIONS OF THE COMMUNITY WITHIN HONG KONG,* MR GRIFFITHS SAID.

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HE ASKED INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO SEEK ADVICE IF THEY SHOULD BE IN DOUBT WHETHER OR NOT THE PROVISIONS OF THE LAW WERE BEING BREACHED. FOR THOSE ELIGIBLE, THE LEGAL AID DEPARTMENT AND THE SERVICES IT PROVIDES ARE AVAILABLE.

HE ALSO ASKED THOSE REPUTABLE INSTITUTIONS AND PERSONS CARRYING OUT MONEY LENDING IN HONG KONG TO CONSIDER AS A MATTER OF PRIORITY WHETHER THE NEW LICENSING PROVISIONS APPLY TO THEM.

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THREE CHANGES TO PUBLIC ORDER (AMENDMENT) BILL ******

THE PUBLIC ORDER (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980 WHICH SEEKS TO REVISE THE LAW ON PUBLIC MEETINGS WAS PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY WITH THREE AMENDMENTS.

THE CHANGES WERE RECOMMENDED BY AN AD HOC GROUP OF UNOFFICIALS HEADED BY THE HON PETER C. WONG, AND TOOK INTO ACCOUNT THE VIEWS OF THE HONG KONG FEDERATION OF STUDENTS AND THE HONG KONG SOCIAL WORKERS’ GENERAL UNION.

AT THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL, MR WONG NOTED THAT CERTAIN PROVISIONS RELATING TO PUBLIC MEETINGS AND PROCESSIONS IN HONG KONG HAD BEEN WIDELY CRITICISED FOR BEING +T00 BROAD IN SCOPE, ENACTED AS THEY WERE AT A TIME WHEN THE LOCAL SCENE WAS NOT AS STABLE AS IT IS TODAY*.

+ IN INTRODUCING THE BILL NOW BEFORE COUNCIL, AIMED AT RELAXING THE EXISTING LAW, MY LEARNED AND HONOURABLE FRIEND, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SAID THAT THE OBJECT OF THE BILL WAS NOT TO FRUSTRATE PUBLIC DISCUSSION BUT ONLY TO ENSURE THAT SUCH PUBLIC EXPRESSION COULD TAKE PLACE CONVENIENTLY AND WITHOUT THE DISRUPTION OF THE LIVES OF OTHERS.+

THE MAIN TASK OF THE AD HOC GROUP, HE SAID, WAS THEREFORE TO EXAMINE WHETHER A SENSIBLE BALANCE OF THESE COMPETING INTERESTS HAD IN FACT BEEN ACHIEVED.

AFTER CAREFUL DELIBERATION OF THE PROPOSALS AND CONSIDERATION OF REPRESENTATIONS MADE TO UMELCO AND A MEETING WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE GROUP CONCLUDED THAT GIVEN THE PRESENT POLITICAL CLIMATE IN HONG KONG, THE BILL *GOES A LONG WAY TOWARDS STRIKING A FAIR BALANCE BETWEEN THE COMPETING INTEREST REFERRED TO BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL*.

THE FOLLOWING THREE AMENDMENTS WERE MADE s

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’MEETING’ WAS AMENDED TO AVOID PUBLIC INTEREST’, WHICH IS WITH ANY DEGREE OF CERTAINTY"

THE NEW DEFINITION OF THE USE OF THE TERM ’ IMPOSSIBLE TO DEF INE

* THE LIST OF EXEMPTIONS WAS AMENDED TO INCLUDE CONFERENCE OR SEMINARS GENUINELY INTENDED FOR THE DISCUSSION OF TOPICS OF A SOCIAL, RECREATIONAL, CULTURAL, ACADEMIC, EDUCATIONAL, RELIGIOUS, CHARITABLE, PROFESSIONAL, BUSINESS OR COMMERCIAL CHARACTER"

/* PUBLIC

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* PUBLIC MEETINGS WHERE ATTENDANCE IS LESS THAN 30 PERSONS WOULD BE EXEMPTED FROM NOTIFICATION PROCEDURES.

ON THE THIRD POINT, MR WONG SAID THAT TO PERMIT A GREATER NUMBER OF PERSONS TO DO SO WITHOUT PRIOR NOTIFICATION MIGHT POSE DIFFICULTIES FOR THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES.

HE ALSO REVEALED THAT A LEAFLET EXPLAINING THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE BILL HAS BEEN DRAFTED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

♦ALTHOUGH IT DOES NOT PURPORT TO BE AN EXHAUSTIVE COMMENTARY ON THE NEW PROVISIONS, IT NEVERTHELESS HIGHLIGHTS SOME OF THE MORE IMPORTANT ASPECTS AND GIVES EXAMPLES CONTRASTING 'MATTERS OF PUBLIC INTEREST’ WITH ’SOCIAL PURPOSES’.

♦IN SHORT, THE AIM OF THE LEAFLET IS TO ASSIST AN ORGANISER TO DECIDE WHETHER HIS PARTICULAR MEETING SHOULD BE NOTIFIED TO THE POLICE.

♦MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO INTEND TO ORGANISE PUBLIC MEETINGS OR PROCESSIONS WOULD BE WELL ADVISED TO READ THIS VERY USEFUL LEAFLET,♦ MR WONG SAID.

ANOTHER UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI, ALSO SPOKE IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL.

HE SAID t +THE BILL HAS STRUCK A GOOD BALANCE BETWEEN THE NEED FOR PRESERVING CIVIC LIBERTY ON THE ONE HAND WHILE PROVIDING THE MEANS TO MAINTAIN PEACE AND ORDER FOR THE COMMUNITY ON THE OTHER.♦

HE WELCOMED THE PROVISIONS AIMED AT RELAXING THE CONTROL OF MEETINGS, PROCESSIONS AND GATHERINGS OF A PUBLIC NATURE AND THE hETHODS TO FACILITATE EXPRESSION OF VIEWS AND GRIEVANCES BY THE PEOPLE IN PUBLIC.

♦THESE PROVISIONS WILL AFFORD THE PUBLIC A MUCH LARGER DEGREE OF FREEDOM IN EXPRESSING THEIR FEELINGS AND VIEWS ABOUT COMMUNITY AFFAIRS THAN UNDER THE EXISTING ORDINANCE,* DR HO SAID.

♦I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO PLACE ON RECORD THE ASSURANCE GIVEN BY GOVERNMENT TO THE AD HOC GROUP THAT EACH APPLICATION FOR PUBLIC MEETINGS OR PROCESSIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED ON ITS OWN MERITS BY THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE AND THAT THE DECISION TO INTERFERE AT PUBLIC MEETINGS OR PROCESSIONS WILL BE MADE AT A SENIOR LEVEL AND THE POLICE OFFICERS CONCERNED HAVE BEEN SPECIALLY TRAINED AND WILL ACT WITH MAXIMUM CONSTRAINT AND MINIMUM FORCE,* HE ADDED.

AT THE COMMITTEE STAGE OF THE BILL THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON JOHN GRIFFITHS, REFERRING TO THE REVISED DEFINITION OF ’MEETING’, SAID THE EXPRESSION + ISSUES OR MATTERS OF INTEREST OR CONCERN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC OR A SECTION THEREOF* WAS MORE READILY UNDERSTANDABLE THAN +MATTERS OF PUBLIC INTEREST*.

+l DO NOT SUGGEST THAT THIS TO THE QUESTION OF WHAT IS OR IS

AMENDMENT IS A PERFECT SOLUTION NOT A ’MATTER OF PUBLIC INTEREST’.

/♦HOWEVER IF .....

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♦HOWEVER IF AN ORGANISER OF A PROPOSED MEETING ASKS HIMSELF THE QUESTION ’IS THE MEETING BEING ORGANISED TO DISCUSS AN ISSUE OR MATTER OF INTEREST OR CONCERN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC OR A SECTION OF IT?’ IT SEEMS TO ME TO BE HIGHLY UNLIKELY THAT THERE WILL BE MANY INSTANCES WHEN HE CAN HONESTLY ANSWER ’I DON’T KNOW’,* MR GRIFFITHS SAID.

AS TO THE INCLUSION OF ♦PROFESSIONAL, BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC* SEMINARS IN THE LIST OF EXEMPTIONS, MR GRIFFITHS SAID HONG KONG WAS INCREASINGLY USED AS A REGIONAL CENTRE IN WHICH TO HOLD SUCH SEMINARS.

THE AIM OF THIS AMENDMENT IS TO MAKE CLEAR THAT THEY CAN BE HELD WITHOUT NOTIFICATION, HE SAID.

ON THE QUESTION OF THE PROPER SIZE OF A MEETING THAT CAN DISPENSE WITH NOTIFICATION, MR GRIFFITHS SAID WHERE NUMBERS *ERE CONCERNED, THERE WAS INFINITE ROOM FOR DIFFERENCES OF OPINION ON wHAT WAS THE RIGHT FIGURE, BUT THE LIMIT HAD TO BE PITCHED SOMEWHERE.

♦AFTER LISTENING CAREFULLY TO THE ARGUMENTS PUT FORWARD, THE GOVERNMENT NOW FEELS THAT IT CAN SAFELY PROPOSE 30 INSTEAD OF 20 AS A PROPER FIGURE,+ HE SAID.

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TAKEOVERS CODE MAY BE REVISED * * * *

THE TAKEOVERS COMMITTEE IS TO MEET SHORTLY TO DISCUSS WHETHER ANY CHANGES IN THE CODE ARE DESIRABLE AND ACCEPTABLE IN THE LIGHT OF RECENT EVENTS.

THIS WAS DISCLOSED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON LYDIA DUNN IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

SIR PHILIP SAID ORIGINALLY, THE GOVERNMENT INTENDED TO REGULATE TAKEOVERS BY LEGISLATION, BUT AFTER DUE CONSIDERATION, IT WAS DECIDED TO ADOPT A VOLUNTARY CODE.

♦CODES HAVE SIGNIFICANT ADVANTAGES OVER LEGISLATION, PARTICULAR PROVISIONS CAN BE MODIFIED EASILY BOTH IN THEIR CONTENT AND IN THE MANNER OF THEIR APPLICATION. AND IT WILL OFTEN HAPPEN THAT PERSONS AND COMPANIES BEING REGULATED ARE ABLE TO PUT UP VALID REASONS WHY A PARTICULAR PROVISION OF A CODE SHOULD NOT APPLY TO THEM IN A PARTICULAR INSTANCE.

♦AGAIN CODES OF PRACTICE CAN BE DRAFTED AND ENFORCED VOLUNTARILY BY THOSE WHOM THEY ARE DESIGNED TO REGULATE, RATHER THAN IMPOSED UNDER THE STATUTORY AUTHORITY.

♦HOWEVER, A VOLUNTARY CODE WILL BREAK DOWN IF IT DOES NOT REPRESENT ’THE COLLECTIVE OPINION ON BUSINESS STANDARDS OF THOSE CONCERNED PROFESSIONALLY’ IN THE FIELD IT ATTEMPTS TO REGULATE. IN THIS SENSE LEGISLATION CAN LEAD, BUT A CODE HAS TO FOLLOW,* HE SAID.

'SIR PHILIP ....

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SIR PHILIP SAID A TOPICAL EXAMPLE OF THE VALIDITY OF THIS MAXIM WAS OUR RECENT EXPERIENCE WITH THE PROVISION IN THE TAKEOVERS CODE FOR A MANDATORY BID FOR MINORITY SHARE-HOLDINGS WHEN CONTROL OF A COMPANY PASSED.

HE ALSO NOTED THAT WHILE LEGAL CONTROL PASSES AT 50 PER CENT, IT IS FAIRLY OBVIOUS TO MOST PEOPLE THAT DE FACTO CONTROL PASSES AT A SOMEWHAT LOWER LEVEL, THE EXACT POINT BEING IMPOSSIBLE TO DEFINE, VARYING AS IT DOES WITH INDIVIDUAL CIRCUMSTANCES.

SIR PHILIP SAID THE HONG KONG TAKEOVERS COMMITTEE NOW FOUND ITSELF IN THE SAME POSITION AS THE LONDON TAKEOVERS PANEL IN ITS EARLY YEARS, THAT IS TO SAY, HAVING TO REVIEW EACH POTENTIAL CHANGE IN CONTROL ACCORDING TO CIRCUMSTANCES.

THE LONDON PANEL EVENTUALLY FOUND THIS AN IMPOSSIBLE TASK AND ABANDONED THE JUDGEMENTAL APPROACH IN FAVOUR OF A *TRIGGER-POINT APPROACH. THE ACTUAL TRIGGER-POINT CHOSEN WAS INITIALLY 40 PER CENT OF VOTING RIGHTS, BUT IT WAS SUBSEQUENTLY REVISED DOWNWARDS TO 30 PER CENT.

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TRADE PROTECTIONISM STILL A THREAT TO HK *****

HONG KONG WILL CONTINUE TO FACE THE THREAT OF PROTECTIONISM IN MANY OF ITS MAJOR MARKETS, THE HON DAVID NEWBIGGING TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

HE SAID HOWEVER THAT THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL WOULD CONTINUE ITS EFFORTS TO EXPAND AND DIVERSIFY BOTH THE RANGE OF HONG KONG’S PRODUCTS AND THE MARKETS TO WHICH THEY ARE SOLD.

MR NEWBIGGING WAS SPEAKING AT THE TABLING OF THE HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE YEAR ENDED MARCH 31, 1980.

HE SAID THAT HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE IN 1979 REACHED AN ALL-TIME RECORD OF $161 771 MILLION, REPRESENTING AN AVERAGE ANNUAL GROWTH OF 19 PER CENT IN TERMS OF VALUE IN THE LAST DECADE.

THE RAPID GROWTH IN HONG KONG’S TOTAL EXPORTS IN 1979 WHICH REACHED $75 934 MILLION - A 37 PER CENT INCREASE OVER 1978 -ALSO REFLECTED A STRENGTHENING IN IMPORT DEMAND IN MANY OF HONG KONG’S MAJOR MARKETS.

♦ALTHOUGH THE UPSURGE IN HONG KONG EXPORTS CANNOT BE ATTRIBUTED TO ANY SINGLE FACTOR, IT IS PERHAPS APPROPR IATE TO MENTION THE VALUE OF SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE TDC IN ASSURING A YEAR-ROUND MARKET PLACE FOR HONG KONG-MADE PRODUCTS BY ITS PARTICIPATION IN NUMEROUS OVERSEAS TRADE FAIRS, IN ADDITION TO THE RESEARCH PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN BY TDC STAFF FOR MARKET DEVELOPMENT AND DIVERSIFICATION,* HE SAID.

MR NEWBIGGING POINTED OUT THAT THE TDC IS CONTINUOUSLY ADDING TO ITS TRADE FAIR PROMOTIONS AND DURING THE PAST YEAR INTRODUCED SIX NEW INTERNATIONAL FAIRS TO ITS PROGRAMME.

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IT ALSO SPONSORED VISITS BY HONG KONG BUSINESSMEN TO FIFTY-FOUR CITIES WORLD-WIDE.

THESE BUSINESS GROUP VISITS HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL AND REPRESENT A VITAL LINK WITH BUYERS IN SOME MARKETS WHICH MIGHT NOT OTHERWISE BE EXPOSED TO THE 'MADE IN HONG KONG’ LABEL.+

ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN THE YEAR, MR NEWBIGGING SAID, WAS THE DISCONTINUATION OF THE ANNUAL READY-TO-WEAR FESTIVAL AS A DIRECT RESULT OF THE LACK OF APPROPRIATE EXHIBITION FACILITIES IN HONG KONG.

HOWEVER, IN RECOGNITION OF THE NEED TO PROMOTE THE GARMENT INDUSTRY, THE TDC MOUNTED A MAJOR FASHION PRESENTATION AT IGEDO IN DUSSELDORF, GERMANY, IN WHICH 79 HONG KONG GARMENT COMPANIES PARTICIPATED.

ALTHOUGH SUCCESSFUL IN TERMS OF SALES, THE IMPACT IN INTERNATIONAL MEDIA COVERAGE WAS CONSIDERABLY LESS THAN THAT ACHIEVED BY THE READY-TO-WEAR FESTIVALS HERE IN HONG KONG,+ HE SAID.

HE THEREFORE WELCOMED THE RECENT ANNOUNCEMENT THAT A POSSIBLE SITE HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED BY GOVERNMENT AND A TEAM OF CONSULTANTS WILL BE APPOINTED EARLY NEXT YEAR TO STUDY THE COST OF BUILDING A PERMANENT EXHIBITION CENTRE IN HONG KONG.

HE HOPED THAT THIS STAGE TWO CONSULTANCY WILL BE COMPLETED SOON TO ENABLE AN EARLY GOVERNMENT DECISION TO BE MADE.

MR NEWBIGGING ALSO REPORTED THAT THE TDC HAD OPENED ITS 18TH OVERSEAS OFFICE IN PANAMA IN NOVEMBER LAST YEAR.

A NEW OFFICE HAS BEEN OPENED IN MARSEILLE AND IT IS PLANNED TO OPEN TWO MORE OFFICES SHORTLY IN NAIROBI AND OSAKA RESPECTIVELY.

AS FAR AS TRADE WITH JAPAN IS CONCERNED, HE SAID THAT ALTHOUGH THE TDC HAD EXPANDED ITS PROGRAMME OF TRADE PROMOTIONS IN JAPAN LAST YEAR AND WOULD CONTINUE TO DO SO THIS YEAR, THE RESULT HAD BEEN DISAPPOINTING AND HONG KONG’S TRADE BALANCE WITH JAPAN CONTINUED TO DETERIORATE.

THE TDC IS TACKLING THIS PROBLEM VIGOROUSLY AND, AS A FIRST STEP, WILL UNDERTAKE A MAJOR RESEARCH PROJECT TO DEFINE THE JAPANESE MARKET IN RELATION TO THE ACCEPTANCE OF HONG KONG-MADE GARMENTS,+ HE ADDED.

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MACLENNAN ENQUIRY MAY CONTINUE TILL MARCH M * * *

THE MACLENNAN ENQUIRY COULD CONTINUE UNTIL THE END OF MARCH NEXT YEAR, BEARING IN MIND THE LARGE NUMBER OF WITNESSES STILL TO BE CALLED, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON SIR JACK CATER SAID TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON LI FOOK-WO IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, SIR JACK SAID THIS WAS THE COMMISSIONER’S MOST RECENT ADVICE. THE COMMISSIONER HOWEVER, POINTED OUT THAT THIS COULD BE A SHORTER OR LONGER PERIOD DEPENDING ON THE WITNESSES AND CROSS-EXAMINATIONS AND WHETHER NEW ISSUES ARISE WHICH NEED FOLLOWING-UP.

AS TO THE COST OF THE ENQUIRY, CALCULATED FROM THE COMMISSION’S APPOINTMENT UP TO THE END OF JANUARY, SIR JACK SAID IT AVERAGED ABOUT $36 600 PER DAY.

BUT THIS FIGURE COULD BE MISLEADING, HE SAID, AS IT INCLUDES QUITE A LARGE NUMBER OF DAYS ON WHICH THE COMMISSION WAS NOT SITTING.

♦THE COST PER DAY ON WHICH THE COMMISSION WAS SITTING OR IS EXPECTED TO SIT UP TO THE END OF JANUARY HAS BEEN CALCULATED AS BEING OF THE ORDER OF $100 000.

♦APART FROM EXPENSES DIRECTLY INCURRED AND CONTROLLED BY THE COMMISSION, THIS FIGURE ALSO INCLUDES THE COST OF LEGAL REPRESENTATION FOR THE SPECIAL INVESTIGATION UNIT AND CERTAIN MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE AS WELL AS THE COST OF THE STAFF OF THE COMMISSION WHO ARE SECONDED FROM THE JUDICIARY AND THE CIVIL SERVICE.

♦IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO ESTIMATE WITH ANY ACCURACY THE DAILY COST WHICH MAY BE INCURRED SHOULD THE ENQUIRY CONTINUE BEYOND THE END OF JANUARY,♦ SIR JACK SAID.

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ID CARD CROSS-CHECKS WILL BE QUICKER K M M M

VARIOUS WAYS ARE BEING URGENTLY EXAMINED TO EXPEDITE THE SUPPLY OF PARTICULARS IN RESPONSE TO POLICE ENQUIRIES ON THE AUTHENTICITY OF ID CARDS, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON LEWIS DAVIES SAID TODAY.

IN THE MEANTIME POLICE CHECKS OF IDENTITY CARDS ARE MADE BY MEANS OF EXAMINING THE CARD AND COMPARING THE PHOTOGRAPH WITH THE PERSON CLAIMING TO BE THE RIGHTFUL HOLDER, HE SAID.

HE SAID OTHER CHECKS WERE ALSO MADE BUT FOR OPERATIONAL REASONS HE DID NOT DISCLOSE THEM.

♦WHERE THE BEAT OFFICER HAS ANY REASON TO SUSPECT THAT THE CARD IS NOT AUTHENTIC MORE DETAILED POLICE ENQUIRIES ARE NECESSARY AND ARE CONDUCTED IN POLICE STATIONS,* HE SAID.

/Mb DAVIES ..

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MR DAVIES WAS REPLYING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO THE HON CHAN KAM-CHUEN WHO ASKED WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONSIDER COMPILING A CENTRAL REGISTER OF LOST ID CARDS SO THAT POLICE OFFICERS ON ID CHECKING DUTIES COULD CHECK SUSPECT CARDS BY MEANS OF THEIR BEAT RADIOS.

♦WITH THE MANUAL RECORD SYSTEM IN USE IN THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS OFFICE AN ARRANGEMENT OF THE TYPE PROPOSED CANNOT BE INTRODUCED,* MR DAVIES SAID.

♦A RECORD OF REPORTED LOSSES OF IDENTITY CARDS IS MAINTAINED AND AN INFORMATION SECTION DEALS WITH POLICE ENQUIRIES CONCERNING THE REGISTERED PARTICULARS OF IDENTITY CARD HOLDERS. THESE ENQUIRIES TAKE TIME TO HANDLE AND SO THE USE OF BEAT RADIOS WOULD BE INAPPROPRIATE,* HE EXPLAINED.

IN REPLY TO ANOTHER QUESTION BY MR CHAN ON WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONSIDER ADDING MORE ANTI-FORGERY FEATURES TO ID CARDS BY, FOR EXAMPLE, ADDING THE HOLDER’S SIGNATURE AND PRINTED SERIAL NUMBERS, MR DAVIES SAID THIS WOULD BE DONE BUT ONLY AS NEW OR REPLACEMENT CARDS WERE ISSUED.

HE SAID A NUMBER OF ADDITIONAL SECURITY FEATURES WERE BEING CONSIDERED BUT HE DID NOT PROPOSE TO MAKE THE DETAILS PUBLIC.

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CONTINUED GROWTH OF EXPORT CREDIT INSURANCE BUSINESS *****

THE BUSINESS OF THE HK EXPORT CREDIT INSURANCE CORPORATION IN 1979/80 CONTINUED TO GROW, WITH THE VALUE OF EXPORTS INSURED AT $3 380 MILLION AND PREMIUM INCOME AT $16.3 MILLION, EACH INCREASED BY 36 PER CENT OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

THIS WAS DISCLOSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BY THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON DAVID JEAFFRESON, AT THE TABLING OF THE CORPORATION’S LATEST ANNUAL REPORT TODAY.

MR JEAFFRESON POINTED OUT THAT THE NUMBER OF CURRENT POLICIES STOOD AT 1 103, COMPARED WITH 1 041 LAST YEAR. INSURED EXPORTS FORMED ABOUT 5.7 PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS, CLOSE TO THE PERCENTAGE FOR THE PREVIOUS FINANCIAL YEAR. WITH THE INCREASE IN BUSINESS, LIABILITY NOW STANDS AT $1 951 MILLION. IN MAY THIS YEAR, THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AGREED TO INCREASE THE GOVERNMENT’S GUARANTEE TO $2 500 MILLION.

+AS IN PREVIOUS YEARS, AND CONSISTENT WITH THE CHARACTERISTICS OF HONG KONG’S DOMESTIC EXPORTS, CLOTHING CONTINUED TO BE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT PRODUCT THE CORPORATION COVERED, IN TERMS OF VALUE REPRESENTING 37 PER CENT OF EXPORTS INSURED.

SIMILARLY, THE UNITED KINGDOM CONTINUED TO BE THE LARGEST MARKET COVERED, WITH 34 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL.

EXPORTS TO THE EEC AS A WHOLE ACCOUNTED FOR 61 PER CENT OF EXPORTS INSURED BY THE CORPORATION.

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THERE WERE SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN BUSINESS TO A NUMBER OF MARKETS, FOR EXAMPLE ARGENTINA, CHILE AND CH INA,♦ MR JEAFFRESON SAID.

HE EXPLAINED THAT IT IS IN THE NATURE OF THE INSURANCE BUSINESS THAT AN INCREASE IN BUSINESS TENDS TO BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN INCREASE IN CLAIMS.

IN 1979/80, ACTUAL CLAIMS AND PROVISIONS FOR CLAIMS AMOUNTED TO $16.3 MILLION, AN INCREASE OF 75 PER CENT OVER 1978/79. THE PROPORTION OF GROSS CLAIMS TO PREMIUM INCOME WAS 84 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH 58 PER CENT IN 1978/79.

THIS SIGNIFICANT INCREASE LED TO A MINOR UNDERWRITING LOSS OF $57 035, ALTHOUGH THE CORPORATION STILL HAD AN OVERALL SURPLUS OF APPROXIMATELY $4.5 MILLION, HE SAID.

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THE TRADE DESCRIPTIONS BILL, DESIGNED TO GIVE CONSUMERS GREATER PROTECTION AND TO PROVIDE MORE STRINGENT CONTROL OVER FORGERY OF TRADE MARKS, WAS PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WITH SEVERAL AMENDMENTS.

THE CHANGES WERE RECOMMENDED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AFTER TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION REPRESENTATIONS FROM BOTH LOCAL AND OVERSEAS COMMERCIAL CONCERNS AND ORGANISATIONS, AS WELL AS THE LEGAL PROFESSIONS.

SPEAKING AT THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL, THE HON O.V. CHEUNG SAIDl ♦THIS BILL WAS CONCEIVED AS A MEASURE FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE CONSUMER, BUT IT HAS BEEN RECOGNISED BY THE ADMINISTRATION THAT IT ALSO HAS A DUTY TO PROTECT PRIVATE PROPRIETORY RIGHTS, AND ARE OF THE OPINION THAT SUCH RIGHTS WILL BE AS WELL PROTECTED AS HITHERTO.

♦THE ADMINISTRATION HAS ASSURED US THAT IF SUCH PROGNOSIS BE IN SOME RESPECTS WRONG, IT WILL PROPOSE CHANGES IN THE LIGHT OF EXPER IENCE.+

MR CHEUNG POINTED OUT THAT THERE WAS SOME SERIOUS CONCERN THAT THE PROPOSED BILL WOULD BE LESS EFFECTIVE IN ITS ENFORCEMENT PROVISIONS THAN THE MERCHANDISE MARKS ORDINANCE WHICH IT IS GOING TO REPEAL.

♦IN PARTICULAR, THERE WAS CONCERN ON THE TRANSFER OF THE ENFORCEMENT POWER FROM THE POLICE TO THE TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT, BECAUSE IT WAS THOUGHT THAT THE EXISTING PRACTICE FOR SEARCH WARRANTS TO BE EXECUTED BY THE POLICE SHOULD BE MAINTAINED, AS THE POLICE HAD THE MANPOWER REQUIRED FOR SUCH OPERATIONS TO BE CARRIED OUT QUICKLY, AND IF NECESSARY, SIMULTANEOUSLY IN DIFFERENT LOCATIONS,* HE SAID.

HOWEVER, UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS HAVE OBTAINED THE ASSURANCE FROM THE GOVERNMENT THAT THE TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT WILL BE ABLE TO ACT SWIFTLY ON COMPLAINTS BEING MADE.

/THE NUMBEE

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THE NUMBER OF OFFICERS DIRECTLY ENGAGED IN ENFORCING THE ORDINANCE WILL BE INCREASED FROM 31 TO 46.

ON OFFENCES COMMITTED BY A CORPORATION, IT WAS DECIDED THAT THE BURDEN OF PROOF THAT A DIRECTOR OF THE CORPORATION WAS NOT INVOLVED SHOULD REMAIN ON HIM, AS AT PRESENT, AND NOT SHIFT TO THE PROSECUTION, AS ORIGINALLY PROPOSED.

REGARDING THE MARKING OF ARTICLES CONTAINING GOLD, MR CHEUNG SAID THAT THE ENACTMENT OF THE BILL WOULD ENABLE THE GOVERNOR-1N-COUNCIL TO MAKE MARKING ORDERS TO CONTROL FRAUDULENT AND MISLEADING DESCRIPTIONS OF ARTICLES WITH GOLD CONTENT OFFERED FOR SALE.

♦THIS CONTROL MEASURE HAS LONG BEEN OVERDUE AND, IN OUR VIEW, SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, TO FORESTALL ANY FURTHER DAMAGE TO HONG KONG’S REPUTATION.♦

IT WAS ALSO AGREED THAT MARKING ORDERS SHOULD BE EXTENDED TO COVER PLATINUM AND, IF NECESSARY, PALLADIUM, MR CHEUNG SAID.

THE HON ALEX WU EXPRESSED RESERVATION THAT THERE WAS SCOPE FOR MORE IMPROVEMENT THAN THE BILL PROVIDED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE MERCHANDISE MARKS ORDINANCE WHICH THE BILL WAS INTENDED TO REPLACE INCLUDES CERTAIN PROTECTION FOR COPYRIGHT IN ADDITION TO THAT AVAILABLE UNDER THE COPYRIGHT ORDINANCE.

HOWEVER, HE WAS CONCERNED THAT THESE PROVISIONS HAVE BEEN REMOVED BECAUSE UNOFFICIALS WERE TOLD THAT THEY +DISTORTED+ THE BILL.

WITH THE REMOVAL OF REFERENCE TO COPYRIGHT FROM THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION, COPYRIGHT HOLDERS ARE DENIED ONE FORM OF REDRESS AND MUST TURN TO THE MORE CUMBERSOME, MORE EXPENSIVE AND, IN MY VIEW, LESS RELEVANT PROVISIONS OF THE COPYRIGHT ORDINANCE.

IT IS HARD TO SEE WHY, IN THE NAME OF LEGAL TIDINESS, wE SHOULD BE REDUCING PROTECTION FOR ANYONE.

THE FACT THAT THIS BILL IS DIRECTED MAINLY TOWARDS CONSUMER PROTECTION IS NOT AN ARGUMENT FOR REDUCING PROTECTION OF INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY.

GIVEN OUR DEPENDENCE ON EXPORTS AND THEIR ACCEPTANCE IN OVERSEAS MARKETS, IT WILL BE A PITY IF WE HAVE SIMPLY MADE IT EASIER TO MAKE AND SELL FALSE GOODS - A FRAUD ON INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY OWNERS AND CONSUMERS,+ HE SAID.

MR WU HOPED THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD NOW LOOK WITHOUT DELAY AT THE COPYRIGHT ORDINANCE SO AS TO RESTORE AND IF NECESSARY STRENGTHEN ITS PROVISIONS AS THEY AFFECT THE INTEGRITY OF HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURED PRODUCTS.

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ANTI-SMOKING EDUCATION EFFORTS

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IT HAS BEEN THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY THAT THE FIRST PRIORITY IN COMBATTING THE SMOKING PROBLEM SHOULD BE GIVEN TO EDUCATING THE PUBLIC, PARTICULARLY THE YOUNG, AS TO THE DANGERS OF SMOKING, THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, THE HON ERIC HO SAID TODAY.

TO ACHIEVE THIS OBJECTIVE, THE PUBLICITY EFFORTS ARE DESIGNED TO ACHIEVE THE MAXIMUM IMPACT WITHOUT STIMULATING A CURIOSITY IN SMOKING.

THIS REQUIRES A BALANCED PRESENTATION OF MEDICAL FACTS AND LONG-TERM EDUCATION TO CHANGE PUBLIC ATTITUDES RATHER THAN A ONE-OFF VIGOROUS MEDIA CAMPAIGN, HE SAID.

MR HO WAS REPLYING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO A QUESTION BY REV THE HON JOYCE BENNETT.

HE LISTED SOME OF THE EDUCATION EFFORTSt

* ’SMOKING AND HEALTH’ HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN THE HEALTH, SOCIAL STUDIES AND BIOLOGY CURRICULA FOR PRIMARY SIX STUDENTS AND IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS,

* TEACHING KITS COMPLETE WITH SLIDES AND CASSETTES ARE BEING PROVIDED,

* EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES ON THE THEME ’SMOKING AND HEALTH’ ARE BEING ORGANISED THROUGH THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUBS,

* AN EDUCATIONAL TV FILM IS ALSO AVAILABLE, AND

* AN INTER-SCHOOL DRAMA COMPETITION AGAINST SMOKING WILL BE HELD IN JANUARY 1981.

AN EXHIBITION ON THE HEALTH HAZARDS OF SMOKING JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG ANTI-CANCER SOCIETY wAS HELD IN THE CITY HALL IN AUGUST THIS YEAR AND ATTRACTED 100 030 ATTENDANCES.

THE EXHIBITION WAS REPEATED LAST WEEK IN THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL AND IT IS INTENDED THAT THIS WILL BE SHOWN IN OTHER REGIONAL CENTRES AND SCHOOLS AS AND WHEN THE OPPORTUNITY ARISES, MR HO SAID.

OTHER PUBLICITY INCLUDES DISTRIBUTION OF POSTERS AND STICKERS DESIGNED BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES. AN ANNOUNCEMENT CF PUBLIC INTEREST (API) IS ALSO PERIODICALLY SHOWN ON THE TWO TELEVISION STATIONS IN THE TIME ALLOCATED TO GOVERNMENT, HE ADDED.

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80 MORE ESTATE ROOFTOPS TO BE IMPROVED ******

IMPROVEMENTS TO THE ROOFTOPS OF 80 MORE PUBLIC HOUSING BLOCKS WILL BE CARRIED OUT DURING THE COMING WINTER MONTHS, THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, THE HON DONALD LIAO SAID IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON ANDREW SO IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

HE SAID THAT ABOUT 600 BLOCKS, OR 60 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL, HAD ALREADY BEEN PROVIDED WITH SOME FORM OF ROOF INSULATION — 200 OF THEM DONE IN THE PAST TWO YEARS ALONE, AT A COST OF $8.5 MILLION.

THE REMAINING 40 PER CENT WERE MAINLY IN OLDER ESTATES WHICH, WHILE MEETING THE STANDARDS OF THE TIME WHEN THEY WERE BUILT, NOW REQUIRED IMPROVEMENT.

MR LIAO ADDED THAT ALL NEW HOUSING AUTHORITY ESTATES WERE NOW DESIGNED TO INCORPORATE IMPROVED ROOFTOP INSULATION.

♦ IMPROVEMENTS HAVE BEEN ACHIEVED BY BETTER VENTILATION, PROVIDED BY INCREASING CEILING HEIGHTS OF THE TOP FLOORS AND BY THE USE OF MORE OPEN BLOCK DESIGNS- AND BY IMPROVED THERMAL INSULATION WITHIN THE ROOFS,+ HE SAID.

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CHANGES TO TV LICENCE TERMS *****

THE TELEVISION ADVISORY BOARD, AFTER DETAILED EXAMINATION, HAS ADVISED THAT IT IS GENERALLY SATISFIED WITH THE PERFORMANCE OF THE TWO TELEVISION STATIONS IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS, THE SECRETARY FOR INFORMATION, THE HON ALAN SCOTT SAID TODAY WHEN INTRODUCING THE TELEVISION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980.

IN RECOMMENDING THAT THE LICENCES BE EXTENDED FOR A FURTHER PERIOD OF EIGHT YEARS, THE BOARD HAS ADVISED THAT THEIR RENEWAL, DUE BY THE END OF THIS YEAR, SHOULD BE MADE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

THE RECOMMENDATIONS HAVE BEEN LARGELY ACCEPTED BY THE GOVERNORIN-COUNCIL AND THE BILL SEEKS TO IMPLEMENT SOME OF THESE RECOMMENDATIONS, MR SCOTT SAID.

HE SAID OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS, RELATING TO MORE DETAILED MATTERS SUCH AS RAISING THE STANDARDS, QUALITY AND CONTROL OF TELEVISION BROADCASTING, PROGRAMMES FOR CHILDREN, FAMILY VIEWING HOURS, PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAMME AND CONTROL OF ADVERTISING, WERE BEING PURSUED SEPARATELY BY AMENDMENTS TO THE CODES OF PRACTICE ISSUED BY THE TELEVISION AUTHORITY.

HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THE CHANGES PROPOSED BY THE BILL HAD THE GENERAL AGREEMENT OF THE TV LICENCEES.

DEBATE ON ITS SECOND READING WAS ADJOURNED.

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SITE FORMATION SAFETY BILL INTRODUCED * * * *

THE BUILDINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980, WHICH EXTENDS THE SCOPE OF THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE TO COVER THE SAFETY OF LAND ADJACENT TO BUILDINGS AND CONSTRUCTION SITES AND EXTENDS EXISTING PROVISIONS TO CONTROL SITE FORMATION WORKS, WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

SPEAKING AT THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, THE HON DAVID MCDONALD SAID ONE OF THE AMENDMENTS WOULD ENABLE THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TO IMPOSE CONDITIONS WHEN GIVING APPROVAL OR CONSENT TO COMMENCE SITE FORMATION WORkS.

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS ALSO EMPOWERED TO TAKE ACTION TO RENDER SAFE ANY NATURAL, FORMED OR MAN-MADE LAND, OR ANY EARTH-RETAINING STRUCTURES, THAT ARE DANGEROUS OR LIABLE TO BECOME DANGEROUS BY RISK OF COLLAPSE.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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PNEUMOCONIOSIS SCHEME LEVY TO BE 0.2% *****

THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS COMPENSATION FUND BOARD, WHICH WAS STATUTORILY ESTABLISHED LAST MONTH, HAS RECOMMENDED THAT THE RATE OF LEVY ON THE VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORKS AND QUARRY PRODUCTS SUBJECT TO THE LEVY SHOULD BE 0.2 PER CENT.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON J.N. HENDERSON IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL FROM WHICH HE OBTAINED APPROVAL OF THE RATE ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD.

THE BOARD HAS ALSO RECOMMENDED THAT CONSTRUCTION WORKS OF THE VALUE OF $250 000 AND BELOW SHOULD NOT BE LIABLE TO THE LEVY, MAINLY BECAUSE IT WOULD BE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT AND COSTLY TO COLLECT THE LEVY IN RESPECT OF SUCH MINOR WORKS.

MR HENDERSON SAID THAT THE LEVY WOULD COME INTO EFFECT 30 DAYS AFTER THE PUBLICATION OF THE COUNCIL’S RESOLUTION IN THE GAZETTE.

IN THE VIEW OF THE BOARD, HE ADDED, THE RATE WILL BE SUFFICIENT TO COVER THE TOTAL EXPENDITURE FOR 1981, ESTIMATED TO BE $19.82 MILLION. IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THE INCOME FROM A LEVY CF 0.2 PER CENT ON THE VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORKS AND QUARRY PRODUCTS BETWEEN JANUARY AND DECEMBER 1981 WILL BE APPROXIMATELY $20 MILLION.

THE BOARD IS CURRENTLY IN THE PROCESS OF RECRUITING STAFF AND OBTAINING OFFICE ACCOMMODATION AND HOPES TO BE IN A POSITION TO START WORK IN THE BEGINNING OF 1981.

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CHECK ON USE OF CHINESE IN OFFICIAL BUSINESS ******

THERE IS A FULL-TIME ENFORCEMENT SECTION IN THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT TO ENSURE THAT DEPARTMENTS ADHERE TO THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY ON THE USE OF CHINESE IN OFFICIAL BUSINESS, THE DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON GRAHAM BARNES TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON ANDREW SO, MR BARNES SAID TEAMS OF SENIOR CHINESE LANGUAGE OFFICERS IN THE SECTION PAY REGULAR VISITS TO ALL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS TO EVALUATE THE SERVICES PROVIDED AND TO DISCUSS PROBLEMS WITH THE DEPARTMENTAL STAFF.

HE SAID EXPANSION OF THE USE OF CHINESE HAD ALSO REQUIRED AN INCREASE IN THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CHINESE LANGUAGE OFFICERS. THERE ARE NOW 266 OF THEM AS COMPARED WITH 228 IN JUNE 1978. THE ENTRY QUALIFICATION FOR THE GRADE HAS BEEN RAISED TO DEGREE LEVEL.

MR BARNES NOTED THAT IN FEBRUARY 1979 AN ADVISORY PANEL ON CHINESE LANGUAGE POLICY WAS ESTABLISHED IN UMELCO TO WATCH OVER THE PROGRESS IN INCREASING THE USE OF THE CHINESE LANGUAGE WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT AND TO ADVISE ON HOW THE STANDARD OF THE GOVERNMENT TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETATION SERVICES COULD BE FURTHER IMPROVED.

♦MY STAFF AND I MEET REGULARLY WITH THIS PANEL AND OUR DISCUSSIONS HAVE BEEN MOST USEFUL IN ASSISTING THE GOVERNMENT TO FURTHER THE USE OF CHINESE IN OFFICIAL BUSINESS.

♦I UNDERSTAND THAT THE PANEL IS REASONABLY SATISFIED WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S PROGRESS,* HE SAID.

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RAPE REPORT STATISTICS ******

RAPE CASES REPORTED TO THE POLICE EACH YEAR IN 1974-79 WERE 101, 83, 62, 55, 62 AND 104, GIVING AN AVERAGE OF 78 A YEAR. TO THE END OF OCTOBER THIS YEAR THERE HAVE BEEN 65 REPORTS, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON LEWIS DAVIES SAID TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE REV THE HON PATRICK MCGOVERN, MR DAVIES SAID IN ALL THE CASES, THE POLICE WERE SATISFIED ON QUESTIONING THE VICTIM AND AFTER MEDICAL EXAMINATION THAT THERE WERE GROUNDS FOR CONCLUDING THAT A RAPE HAD OCCURRED.

AN ANALYSIS OF THE 104 REPORTED CASES IN 1979 SHOWS THAT 39 CASES ARE STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION AND 65 HAVE RESULTED IN PROSECUTIONS. OF THESE 43 HAVE RESULTED IN CONVICTIONS, 17 IN ACQUITTALS, FOUR ARE PENDING RESULTS AND IN ONE CASE THE ACCUSED DIED BEFORE TRIAL, MR DAVIES SAID.

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DOOR NOT CLOSED ON NON-GRADUATE SOLICITORS

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THE LEGAL PRACTITIONERS (AMENDMENT)(NO.2) BILL 1980 WHICH SEEKS TO ABOLISH THE STATUS OF ENROLLED STUDENTS IN SOLICITOR TRA INING IN HONG KONG WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

SPEAKING AT THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, THE LAW DRAFTSMAN, THE HON GERALD NAZARETH SAID THE ACTUAL ABOLITION OF THE ROLL OF STUDENTS, PROVIDED FOR IN THE STUDENTS RULES MADE BY THE COUNCIL OF THE LAW SOCIETY, WOULD BE EFFECTED BY AMENDMENTS TO THOSE RULES.

♦BUT THAT IS NOT TO SAY THAT THE DOOR IS BEING PERMANENTLY SHUT ON THE MEANS TO QUALIFY LOCALLY AS A SOLICITOR OUTSIDE THE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM.

AS PART OF THE REVISION OF THE WAYS OF ENTERING THE PROFESSION, THE HONG KONG LAW SOCIETY PROPOSES, IF THE BILL IS ENACTED, TO AMEND THE STUDENTS RULES TO ENABLE PROFESSIONAL EXAMINATIONS TO BE PRESCRIBED.

SO THAT IF THE MEANS, PARTICULARLY FACILITIES AND STAFF, ARE FOUND TO PROVIDE SUITABLE COURSES AND EXAMINATIONS, NON-GRADUATE ENTRY INTO THE PROFESSION CAN AGAIN BE PROVIDED FOR,+ MR NAZARETH SAID.

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TWENTY PASSENGERS HAVE FALLEN PROM KCR TRAINS OVER THE LAST 12 MONTHS, 14 OF THEM BETWEEN STATIONS AND SIX AS TRAINS WERE DRAWING INTO OR PULLING OUT OF STATIONS, THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON DEREK JONES SAID TODAY.

MOST OF THESE ACCIDENTS WERE CAUSED BY THE PASSENGERS CONCERNED STANDING OR SITTING ON THE STEPS LEADING INTO THE COACHES AND VIRTUALLY ALL OF THEM WERE DUE TO CARELESSNESS ON THE PART OF THE VICTIMS, MR JONES SAID, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

MR JONES SAID MEASURES HAD BEEN AND WERE BEING TAKEN, THROUGH ADVERTISEMENTS IN THE MEDIA, FREQUENT ANNOUNCEMENTS AT STATIONS AND THROUGH THE DEPLOYMENT OF STAFF ON TRAINS AND NOTICES ON CARRIAGE DOORS, TO INFORM THE PUBLIC OF THE DANGERS OF RIDING ON THE STEPS OR OTHERWISE IMPROPERLY.

THE DESIGN OF THE EXISTING RAILWAY COACHES, HOWEVER, DOES NOT PERMIT DIRECT CONTROL OF PASSENGERS AT ALL TIMES.

DOORS ARE OPERATED MANUALLY AND EACH 12 CAR TRAIN HAS 48 EXITS. SO RELIANCE MUST ULTIMATELY BE PLACED ON THE PUBLIC BEHAVING SENSIBLY,+ HE SAID.

BY CONTRAST, HE SAID, THE NEW MODERNISED AND ELECTRIFIED SERVICE, WHICH WILL COME INTO OPERATION IN 1982, WILL ELIMINATE VIRTUALLY ALL THESE PROBLEMS.

IN PARTICULAR, ALL DOORS ON CARRIAGES WILL BE CENTRALLY CONTROLLED IN A SIMILAR WAY TO THE MTR AND PASSENGERS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO OPEN THE DOORS IN TRANSIT, HE ADDED.

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TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENTS AT PING SHEK/CHOI HUNG JUNCTION *****

TRAFFIC CONGESTION AT THE PING SHEK/CHOI HUNG JUNCTION IS EXPECTED TO BE RELIEVED WITHIN THE NEXT THREE WEEKS WHEN WORKS CURRENTLY IN HAND ARE COMPLETED.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY REV THE HON JOYCE BENNETT, THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, THE HON DAVID MCDONALD SAID THESE WORKS INCLUDED MINOR WIDENING OF THE WEST-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF LUNG CHEUNG ROAD FRONTING CHOI HUNG ESTATE, AND ADJUSTMENT OF THE TRAFFIC LIGHT SIGNAL TIMINGS TO INCREASE THE THROUGHPUT CAPACITY FOR KOWLOON-BOUND TRAFFIC FROM CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD BY ABOUT 29 PER CENT.

IN ADDITION THE NEWLY CONSTRUCTED SECTION OF CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD OPPOSITE FEI NGO SHAN WILL BE OPENED TO TRAFFIC WITHIN THE NEXT FEW DAYS WHICH WILL ENABLE KWUN TONG-BOUND TRAFFIC TO BE DIVERTED FROM THE PING SHEK/CHOI HUNG JUNCTION, HE SAID.

♦THE INTRODUCTION OF THESE CHANGES SHOULD SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVE TRAFFIC CONDITIONS AT THE JUNCTION,+ MR MCDONALD SAID.

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THE GOVERNMENT WILL REVIEW THE EXISTING SITUATION WHERE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ON PRIVATE ROADS ARE BARRED FROM CLAIMING TRAFFIC ACCIDENT ASSISTANCE, THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON DEREK JONES SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON WONG LAM, MR JONES SAID IT WAS ALWAYS THE INTENTION THAT THE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE SCHEME SHOULD APPLY TO ALL VICTIMS OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS REGARDLESS OF WHICH PARTY WAS AT FAULT OR OF WHERE AN ACCIDENT TOOK PLACE.

HE SAID HOWEVER THAT UNFORTUNATELY THE DEFINITION OF +ROAD+ IN THE LEGISLATION APPEARS TO BAR CERTAIN VICTIMS OF ACCIDENTS ON PRIVATE ROADS FROM CLAIMING ASSISTANCE.

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HISTORICAL ARTEFACTS ARE PRESERVED AND EXHIBITED ft ft ft ft

IT IS THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY TO ENSURE THAT ITEMS OF HISTORICAL INTEREST ARE PRESERVED AND KEPT ACCESSIBLE TO THE COMMUNITY, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON DENIS BRAY SAID IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE REV THE HON JOYCE BENNETT IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MR BRAY POINTED OUT THAT THE PRINCIPAL INSTRUMENT OF THIS POLICY WAS THE URBAN COUNCIL’S MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND THE GOVERNMENT ARCHIVIST ALSO PRESERVED PRINTED AND WRITTEN MATERIAL RELATING TO HONG KONG’S HISTORY.

AS TO THE MUSEUM OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE, PRESERVATION OF WHICH WAS RAISED BY MISS BENNETT, MR BRAY SAID IT WAS A RATHER SPECIALISED COLLECTION WHICH WOULD NOT IN THE NORMAL WAY FORM PART OF THE URBAN COUNCIL’S MUSEUM OF HISTORY.

♦ITS PRESENT HOME IN POLICE HEADQUARTERS IS BADLY NEEDED FOR OFFICE SPACE AND THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE HAS MADE PROPOSALS FOR A NEW PLACE OF DISPLAY.

♦HE HAS ALSO RECEIVED THE OFFER OF A DONATION FROM A PRIVATE SOURCE TO FIT OUT THE NEW MUSEUM WHEN THE SPACE HAS BEEN ALLOCATED. IN THE MEANTIME THE EXHIBITS WILL BE KEPT INTACT AT POLICE HEADQUARTERS,+ MR BRAY SAID.

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OUT OF A TOTAL OF 185 APPLICATIONS FOR CANTEEN LICENCES RECEIVED SINCE AUGUST 1 THIS YEAR, 48 HAVE BEEN REJECTED AND THE REMAINING 137 ARE STILL BEING PROCESSED, THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON DEREK JONES SAID TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON ALLEN LEE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR JONES SAID LICENCES FOR FACTORY CANTEENS WERE PROVIDED FOR UNDER AMENDMENTS TO THE FOOD BUSINESS BY-LAWS AND THE FOOD BUSINESS (NEW TERRITORIES) REGULATIONS, MADE UNDER THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES ORDINANCE, WHICH CAME INTO EFFECT ON THAT DATE.

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FOUR BILLS COMPLETED THEIR COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READING AND WERE PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THEY WERE THE PUBLIC ORDER (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980, SUMMARY OFFENCES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1980, TRADE DESCRIPTIONS BILL 1980, AND THE UNDESIRABLE MEDICAL ADVERTISEMENTS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980.

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RULES AGAINST LOAN SHARKS *****

THE MONEY LENDERS ORDINANCE 1980 - LEGISLATION DRAWN UP TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC FROM UNSCRUPULOUS LOAN SHARKS - COMES INTO EFFECT ON DECEMBER 12.

THE NEW LEGISLATION, SAID A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN, INCORPORATES A NUMBER OF +RULES+ DESIGNED TO PROTECT BORROWERS IN THEIR DEALINGS WITH MONEY LENDERS, AND SEEKS TO CURB +ABUSES* BY LOAN SHARKS.

AND, IF ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC WANTS TO REFER TO, OR KEEP A RECORD OF, THE NEW PROVISIONS THE GOVERNMENT IS PRINTING A SPECIAL LEAFLET EXPLAINING THEM.

THESE LEAFLETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT CITY DISTRICT OFFICES, NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT OFFICES, THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, PUBLIC LIBRARIES, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, RURAL COMMITTEES, HOUSING ESTATE OFFICES AND THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES’ MARKETING OFFICE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE MAIN FEATURES OF THE NEW LAW ARE:

* NOBODY CAN LEND MONEY AT AN EFFECTIVE RATE OF INTEREST EXCEEDING 60 PER CENT. IT IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE TO DO SO AND CARRIES A MAXIMUM PENALTY OF $100 000 AND TWO YEARS IMPR ISONMENT.

* INTEREST RATES IN EXCESS OF 48 PER CENT MAY BE REDUCED BY THE COURTS.

* ALL MONEY LENDERS MUST BE LICENSED- IN ORDER TO OBTAIN A LICENCE FROM THE LICENSING COURT MONEY LENDERS MUST SUBMIT THEMSELVES TO DETAILED SCRUTINY BY THE NEWLY APPOINTED REGISTRAR OF MONEY LENDERS AND THE POLICE-THE REGISTRAR AND THE POLICE MAY OBJECT TO AN APPLICANT, AND IF SO THE LICENSING COURT WILL NOT GRANT A LICENCE UNLESS IT IS SATISFIED THAT THE MONEY LENDER IS A FIT AND PROPER PERSON- THE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR CARRYING ON A MONEY LENDING BUSINESS WITHOUT A LICENCE IS A FINE OF $100 000 AND TWO YEARS IMPRISONMENT.

* MONEY LENDERS MUST PROVIDE A WRITTEN LOAN AGREEMENT PRIOR TO ADVANCING ANY MONEY- THE AGREEMENT MUST CONTAIN ALL THE DETAILS OF THE LOAN- IF MONEY IS ADVANCED BEFORE THE BORROWER SIGNS THE AGREEMENT THE LOAN IS NOT ENFORCEABLE-FAILURE TO PROVIDE A PROPER WRITTEN AGREEMENT IS AN OFFENCE CARRYING A MAXIMUM PENALTY OF $100 000 OR TWO YEARS IMPRISONMENT.

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* BORROWERS ARE ENTITLED BY LAW TO MONTHLY WRITTEN STATEMENTS FROM THE MONEY LENDER SHOWING HOW THE LOAN STANDS, THAT IS, HOW MUCH HAS BEEN REPAID, INTEREST RATE ETC.- IF A BORROWER ASKS IN WRITING FOR SUCH A STATEMENT AND GIVES THE MONEY LENDER $13 FOR EXPENSES THE MONEY LENDER MUST SUPPLY THE STATEMENT WITHIN ONE MONTH- FAILURE TO PROVIDE A STATEMENT RESULTS IN THE MONEY LENDER BEING UNABLE TO RECOVER ANY REPAYMENTS FOR AS LONG AS THE DEFAULT CONTINUES AND INTEREST DURING THE DEFAULT PERIOD IS TOTALLY FORFE ITED-FURTHERMORE SUCH A FAILURE IS AN OFFENCE BY THE MONEY LENDER FOR WHICH THE MAXIMUM PENALTY IS A FINE OF $103 300 AND TWO YEARS IMPRISONMENT.

* IF A BORROWER REPAYS A LOAN EARLY THE MONEY LENDER IS NOT ALLOWED TO CHARGE EXTRA UNLESS HE IS A MONEY LENDER SPECIALLY APPROVED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

* NO MONEY LENDER CAN CHARGE COMPOUND INTEREST.

* NO MONEY LENDER CAN PREVENT A BORROWER REPAYING BY INSTALMENTS.

* NO MONEY LENDER (UNLESS HE IS SPECIALLY APPROVED BY THE GOVERNMENT) CAN CHARGE A BORROWER ANY MONEY FOR THE COST OF NEGOTIATING OR MAKING THE LOAN -UNLESS THE COST INVOLVES STAMP DUTIES OR SIMILAR DUTIES.

* NO MONEY LENDER CAN INCREASE THE RATE OF INTEREST SIMPLY ON ACCOUNT OF DEFAULT IN REPAYMENT BY A BORROWER (BUT HE CAN CHARGE THE AGREED RATE OF SIMPLE INTEREST ON THE AMOUNT IN DEFAULT).

* NO MONEY LENDER CAN TAKE OR DEMAND FROM A BORROWER, AS SECURITY, DOCUMENTS SUCH AS IDENTITY CARDS, PASSPORTS, BANK BOOKS OR PHOTOGRAPHS- IT IS AN OFFENCE TO DO SO AND CARRIES A MAXIMUM FINE OF $133 303 AND TWO YEARS IMPRISONMENT.

THE GOVERNMENT IS DETERMINED TO BREAK THE POWER OF ’LOAN

SHARKS’, THE SPOKESMAN SAID. +T0 THIS END THE POLICE HAVE REDEPLOYED MORE THAN 350 PERSONNEL TO ENFORCE THE NEW PROVISIONS AND THE REGISTRAR OF MONEY LENDERS HAS FORMED A TEAM OF OFFICERS TO SCRUTINISE APPLICATIONS FOR LICENCES,* HE SAID.

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RTHK PRODUCTION WON MAJOR INTERNATIONAL AWARD ******

AN RTHK PRODUCED DRAMA, +THE YOUNG CONCUBINE*, WHICH WON A SILVER AWARD AT THE FIRST COMMONWEALTH FILM AND TELEVISION FESTIVAL IN AUGUST, HAS NOW TAKEN FIRST PLACE IN A MAJOR AMEiRICAN COMPETITION.

THIS SECOND INTERNATIONAL AWARD CAME AT THE CHICAGO FILM FESTIVAL. DIRECTOR CALVIN WQNG WAS PRESENT TO RECEIVE THE TROPHY — A GOLDEN HUGO -- WHEN +THE YOUNG CONCUBINE* WAS JUDGED THE BEST LOCAL TELEVISION PROGRAMME IN COMPETITION WITH SCORES OF ENTRIES FROM MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD, NOTABLY THE USA AND BRITAIN.

SECOND AND THIRD PLACES IN THE SAME CATEGORY WENT TO UNITED STATES PRODUCTIONS, +MARK TWAIN I BENEATH THE LAUGHTER* (DALLAS) AND +AGENT ORGANE i THE VIEW FROM VIETNAM* (CHICAGO).

THE YOUNG CONCUBINE IS FROM THE RTHK SERIES THE HERITAGE, WHICH TELLS STORIES FROM NEW TERRITORIES VILLAGE LIFE FROM THE TURN OF THE CENTURY TO THE TIME OF THE JAPANESE OCCUPATION.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FOR THE SERIES WAS RTHK’S HEAD OF DRAMA, CHEUNG MAN-YEE.

MR STUART WILKINSON, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING IN CHARGE OF TELEVISION, SAID THE WINNING Of TWO INTERNATIONAL AWARDS IN THE SPACE OF THREE MONTHS WAS A GREAT ENCOURAGEMENT TO EVERYONE WORKING ON RTHK’S PROGRAMMES.

♦WHILE IT IS VERY SATISFYING TO WIN WORLD RECOGNITION THROUGH ONE OF OUR DRAMAS, IT SHOULD BE REMEMBERED THAT TH^ KIND OF SUCCESS REPRESENTS A GENERAL RAISING OF PRODUCTION STANDARDS ACROSS A VERY WIDE RANGE OF PROGRAMME-MAKING.

+IN ALL THAT WE DO — CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMES, DOCUMENTARIES, CURRENT AFFAIRS PROGRAMMES, PROGRAMMES FOR SCHOOLS AND DRAMAS — WE BELIEVE WE NOW SET A HIGH STANDARD ON THE HONG ONG TELEVISION SCENE,* HE SAID.

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SWD STAFF VISIT BUS ACCIDENT VICTIMS AT HOSPITAL ******

A TEAM OF SOCIAL WORKERS FROM THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TODAY CALLED AT QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL TO ARRANGE INITIAL APPLICATIONS FOR PEOPLE INJURED IN THE BUS ACCIDENT ON MONDAY UNDER THE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE (TAVA) SCHEME.

THE DEPARTMENT HAS ALSO CONTACTED THE FAMILY OF THE MAN KILLED IN THE ACCIDENT AND IS MAKING THE NECESSARY ARRANGEMENTS FOR QUICK CASH RELIEF UNDER THE NO-FAULT SCHEME.

IN THEIR HALF-DAY VISIT TO THE HOSPITAL THIS AFTERNOON, WORKERS OF THE DEPARTMENT’S TAVA SECTION EXPLAINED THE BENEFITS OF THE SCHEME TO EACH OF THE INJURED VICTIMS.

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MRS DIANA LEE, HEAD OF THE SECTION, SAID INJURY GRANTS WERE PAYABLE FOR INJURIES WHICH HAD CAUSED AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS’ LOSS OF EARNING CAPACITY.

♦WHILE IT IS NOT KNOWN AT PRESENT IF ALL OF THEM WILL REQUIRE A MINIMUM OF SEVEN DAYS’ SICK LEAVE, WE WISH TO EXPLAIN TO THEM THE SCHEME AT AN EARLY STAGE AND ARRANGE INITIAL APPLICATIONS PENDING MEDICAL CERTIFICATES,* SHE SAID.

THIS WILL FACILITATE PROCESSING OF APPLICATIONS AND SUBSEQUENT PAYMENTS ONCE APPLICANTS ARE MEDICALLY CERTIFIED TO BE ELIGIBLE, SHE ADDED.

MRS LEE ALSO URGED THOSE VICTIMS OF THE ACCIDENT, WHO WERE ON SICK LEAVE AFTER DISCHARGE FROM HOSPITAL, TO OBTAIN SICK LEAVE CERTIFICATES WHERE APPROPRIATE AND APPLY AT THE TAVA SECTION.

nrnN^?-rTHE SCHEME» THE PAYMENT RATES OF WHICH WERE INCREASED BY £ OCTOBER, INJURY GRANTS RANGE FROM $16Q TO A MAXIMUM

OF $4 960 DEPENDING ON THE GRAVITY OF INJURY.

_ ™E MAXIMUM DEATH GRANT FOR THE LOSS OF A SOLE WAGE-EARNER IS $23 000, AND FOR THE LOSS OF HUSBAND OR WIFE WHO IS NOT A orocn^ARNER BUT Wl™ CHILDREN» 516 200. BURIAL GRANT IS $1 600 PER r t K b U N.

the TAVA SCHEME IS NON-MEANS TESTED AND PROVIDES QUICK CASH JRAEFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS OR THEIR DEPENDANTS REGARDLESS CF WHO WAS AT FAULT IN CAUSING THE ACCIDENT.

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS CAN APPLY WITHIN ACCIDENT AT THE TAVA SECTION ON THE 14TH FLOOR CENTRE AT 280 GLOUCESTER ROAD, HONG KONG (TEL. 5-79O365O).

SIX MONTHS OF THE OF THE WORLD TRADE NO. 5-779421 AND

NOTE TO EDITORS:

SIR MURRAY TO OFFICIATE AT TUEN MUN CEREMONY ******

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE WILL OFFICIATE AT THE STONE LAYING CEREMONY FOR THE YAN 01 TONG COMMUNITY AND INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE, KAI MAN PATH, TUEN MUN ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 5) AT 2.30 PM.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND MEMBERS OF YOUR STAFF TO COVER THE CEREMONY. PRESS TRANSPORT WILL LEAVE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 1 PM. MR DONALD STRANGE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION PRESS UNIT WILL BE PRESENT TO HELP MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES.

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

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO

BETTER DEAL FOR JUNIOR STAFF AND WOMAN OFFICERS ............... 1

MONEY SUPPLY AND FINANCIAL STATISTICS FOR OCTOBER ............. 2

TEXTILE AGREEMENT WITH AUSTRIA ................................ 5

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION APPOINTED ........................ 6

TAI PO HAWKER CLEARANCE AND RE-ORDERING EXERCISE .............. 6

FIGHTING JUVENILE DELINQUENCY WITH CARE AND UNDERSTANDING .. 7

COUNTRY PARK BADGES AND T-SHIRTS ON SALE ...................... 8

CARTOON COMPETITION TO PROMOTE CONSUMER RIGHTS ................ 9

HONG KONG'S RAPID GROWTH REFLECTED IN IMMIGRATION SERVICE .. 9

OPENING OF NEW CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD........................... 10

NEW MAXI CAB SERVICE AT AP LEI CHAU........................... 11

ILLEGAL GRAVES IN TUEN MUN TO BE EXHUMED

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BETTER DEAL FOR JUNIOR STAFF AND WOMAN OFFICERS *****

THE GOVERNMENT HAS APPROVED A NEW PAY SCALE FOR JUNIOR CIVIL SERVANTS ON MODEL SCALE 1 WHICH PROVIDES LARGER INCREMENTS. ONE EFFECT IS THAT EMPLOYEES AT THE BOTTOM OF THAT SCALE WILL RECEIVE INCREMENTS ANNUALLY INSTEAD OF ONCE EVERY FIVE YEARS AS AT PRESENT.

THE RECOMMENDATION IS ONE OF A NUMBER CONTAINED IN THE FIFTH REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE, PUBLISHED TODAY. THE REPORT CONTAINS A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT RECOMMENDATIONS AFFECTING A LARGE NUMBER OF CIVIL SERVANTS. IT DEALS MAINLY WITH GRADES WHOSE REVIEWS WERE OUTSTANDING FROM THE STANDING COMMISSION’S SECOND REPORT.

THE GOVERNMENT HAS ACCEPTED THE RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE REPORT, EXCEPT FOR THOSE CONCERNING FRINGE BENEFITS FOR MARRIED FEMALE STAFF.

IN ITS LATEST REVIEW OF MODEL SCALE 1 STAFF, THE STANDING COMMISSION CONSIDERED THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE PAY AND CONDITIONS OF STAFF ON THIS SCALE AND THOSE ON THE MASTER PAY SCALE. IT CONCLUDED THAT MODEL SCALE 1 EMPLOYEES SHOULD REMAIN AS A SEPARATE GROUP WITHIN THE CIVIL SERVICE FOR THE TIME BEING, BUT THAT CERTAIN IMPROVEMENTS SHOULD BE MADE.

ANOTHER MAJOR GROUP REVIEWED IN THE REPORT IS THE EDUCATION GRADES.

THE STANDING COMMISSION BELIEVES THAT THERE IS A CONTINUING NEED FOR FOUR SEPARATE STREAMS WITHIN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THAT IS TO SAY, FOR TEACHING, LECTURING, INSPECTING AND ADMINISTERING, BUT THAT THERE SHOULD BE A CLOSER RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE PAY SCALES OF STAFF IN THE FOUR STREAMS. THE COMMISSION’S DETAILED RECOMMENDATIONS PROVIDE IMPROVED PAY SCALES AND A MORE UNIFORM STRUCTURE FOR MOST OF THE GRADES.

AS REGARDS MARRIED WOMEN EMPLOYED IN THE CIVIL SERVICE, THE GOVERNMENT HAS ACCEPTED THE STANDING COMMISSION’S VIEW THAT THE TIME HAS COME TO IMPROVE THEIR FRINGE BENEFITS, BUT DID NOT FEEL ABLE TO ACCEPT IN FULL THE IMPROVEMENTS RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMISSION, BECAUSE TO HAVE DONE SO WOULD HAVE MOVED TOO FAR AHEAD OF PRIVATE SECTOR PRACTICE.

THE STANDING COMMISSION HAD RECOMMENDED THAT MARRIED FEMALE STAFF SHOULD HAVE THE SAME FRINGE BENEFITS AS THEIR MALE COUNTERPARTS, SUBJECT TO SUITABLE SAFEGUARDS TO PREVENT THE DOUBLE PROVISION OF BENEFITS. THE RECOMMENDATION WOULD MEAN THAT A FEMALE CIVIL SERVANT WOULD DERIVE BENEFITS FOR HER HUSBAND AND CHILDREN AS WELL AS HERSELF.

AFTER CAREFUL CONSIDERATION, THE GOVERNMENT CONCLUDED THAT IN FUTURE MALE AND FEMALE STAFF SHOULD BE EQUAL IN TERMS OF THEIR ELIGIBILITY FOR FRINGE LENEFITS SO FAR AS THEY THEMSELVES ARE CONCERNED, AND THAT THIS HOULD BE IMPLEMENTED BY PROVIDING MARRIED FEMALE STAFF THE SAME BENEFITS AS A SINGLE WOMAN, INCLUDING CERTAIN HOUSING BENEFITS.

THE NEW PROVISIONS ARE SUBJECT TO SATISFACTORY DETAILED ARRANGEMENTS BEING DEVISED TO AVOID THE POSSIBILITY OF DOUBLE BENEF ITS.

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AT THE MOMENT MARRIED WOMEN DO NOT RECEIVE HOUSING BENEFITS.

IN FUTURE, THE PRINCIPLE WILL BE THAT SENIOR MARRIED FEMALE OFFICERS SHOULD BE ELIGIBLE ^OR A PRIVATE TENANCY ALLOWANCE AT THE RATE APPROPRIATE FOR SINGLE WOMEN, IF THE MARRIED WOMAN AND HER HUSBAND ARE RENTING ACCOMMODATION.

IN ADDITION, MARRIED WOMEN WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR MEDICAL BENEFITS, INCLUDING DENTAL TREATMENT WHEN FACILITIES PERMIT, FOR THEIR CHILDREN.

IN ITS REPORT, THE STANDING COMMISSION HAS ALSO MADE RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE SALARY SCALES AND STRUCTURE OF NEW GRADES AND RANKS CREATED OR PROPOSED SINCE ITS SECOND REPORT, ON THE PAY AND STRUCTURE OF INDIVIDUAL GRADES WHERE NEW EVIDENCE HAS BEEN PRODUCED TO THE COMMISSION, AND ON THE PAY SCALES OF SPECIALIST CIVILIAN POSTS IN THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE.

THE WIDE RANGE OF PROPOSALS IN THE REPORT WILL BE IMPLEMENTED ON VARIOUS DATES. THOSE RELATING TO SOME GRADES WHICH WERE NOT DEALT WITH IN THE STANDING COMMISSION’S REVIEW OF OCTOBER 1979 wILL BE EFFECTIVE FROM THAT DATE- OTHERS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED FROM OCTOBER 1980 OR A FUTURE DATE.

A CHANGE WHICH WILL BENEFIT MANY CIVIL SERVANTS IS THAT REVISED ^CONVERSION RULES* ARE INTRODUCED, WHEREBY WHEN THE MINIMUM OF A PAY SCALE IS RAISED, AN ADDITIONAL INCREMENT WILL NORMALLY BE PAID ON +CONVERSION+ OF STAFF FROM AN OLD SCALE TO A NEW SCALE.

COPIES OF THE REPORT ARE NOW BEING DISTRIBUTED TO STAFF ASSOCIATIONS AND DEPARTMENTS. COPIES ARE ALSO ON SALE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, HONG KONG. THE REPORT IS AVAILABLE IN EITHER ENGLISH OR CHINESE, AND COSTS S25 A COPY.

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MONEY SUPPLY AND FINANCIAL STATISTICS FOR OCTOBER ******

TOTAL LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG ROSE FASTER IN OCTOBER THAN IN SEPTEMBER, BUT AN OUTFLOW OF FUNDS FROM HONG KONG CAUSED THE MONEY SUPPLY ON ALL DEFINITIONS TO INCREASE BY MUCH LESS THAT MONTH THAN IN SEPTEMBER.

THERE WAS A FURTHER GROWTH IN DEPOSITS WITH DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES IN THE MONTH. DEPOSITS WITH BANKS WERE ALMOST UNCHANGED-A FURTHER SHARP RISE IN LENDING BY BANKS WAS FINANCED BY THtIR INCREASED BORROWING FROM DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES.

DETAILED MONEY SUPPLY AND FINANCIAL STATISTICS FOR OCTOBER 1980 PUBLISHED TODAY, AND COMPARISONS WITH EARLIER MONTHS, ARE SET OUT IN THE FOLLOWING TABLE:

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

F IGURES FOR EARLIER (% CHANGE) MONTHS

OCT 1980 SEPT 1980 JULY 1980 OCT 1979

Ml 25 575 25 586 ( - ) 23 345 (+9.6%) 19 692 (+29.9%)*

M2 95 636 95 577 (+0.1%) 90 622 (+5.5%) 70 844 (+35.0%)*

M3 131 311 128 457 (+2.2%) 120 481 (+9.0%) 93 596 (+40.3%)*

BANKS -

DEPOSITS 87 407 87 396 ( - ) 82 847 (+5.5%) 64 085 (+36.4%)*

LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG 85 278 80 485 (+6.0%) 73 722 (+15.7%) 57 773 (+47.6%)*

LOAN/DEPOSIT RATIO 97.6% 92.1% 89.0% 90.2%

AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO 46.8% 47.8% 49.3% 50.1%

DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES

DEPOSITS 35 675 32 880 (+8.5%) 29 859 (+19.5%) 22 752 (+56.8%)

LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG 27 149 26 021 (+4.3%) 23 987 (+13.2%) 12 281 (+121.1%)

LOAN/DEPOSIT RATIO 76.1% 79.1% 80.3% 54.0%

AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO ft 47.9% 47.5% 46.2% ft

BANKS AND DEPOSITTAKING COMPANIES:

TOTAL LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG 112 427 106 506 (+5.6%) 97 709 (+15.1%) 70 054 (+60.5%)

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* 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, I960.

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) WAS VIRTUALLY UNCHANGED IN OCTOBER AT 825 575 MILLION, AFTER RISING BY 6.3 PER CENT IN SEPTEMBER.

M2 (Ml PLUS SAVINGS AND TIME DEPOSITS, OTHER THAN FROM BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES, WITH LICENSED BANKS) ROSE BY ONLY 0.1 PER CENT IN OCTOBER, FOLLOWING AN INCREASE OF 2.8 PER CENT IN SEPTEMBER.

M3 (M2 PLUS DEPOSITS FROM THE PUBLIC WITH DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES) ROSE BY 2.2 PER CENT IN OCTOBER, WELL DOWN FROM ITS 3.4 PER CENT RISE IN SEPTEMBER.

IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS Ml ROSE BY 9.6 PER CENT AND M2 BY 5.5 PER CENT, VERY SHARPLY REDUCED FROM THE INCREASES OF 16.5 PER CENT AND 17.7 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN THE PREVIOUS THREE MONTHS. IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS M3 ROSE BY 9.0 PER CENT, AS COMPARED WITH A RISE OF 11.6 PER CENT IN THE PREVIOUS THREE MONTHS.

LOANS IN HONG KONG

TOTAL LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG GREW BY 5.6 PER CENT IN OCTOBER, AFTER RISING BY 4.9 PER CENT IN SEPTEMBER. IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS, TOTAL LOANS AND ADVANCES IN HONG KONG ROSE BY 15.1 PER CENT, WELL UP FROM A 9.0 PER CENT INCREASE IN THE PREVIOUS THREE MONTHS.

BANK LOANS IN HONG KONG INCREASED BY 6.0 PER CENT IN OCTOBER, UP FROM A 4.8 PER CENT RISE IN SEPTEMBER. LOANS IN HONG KONG BY DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES EXPANDED BY 4.3 PER CENT IN OCTOBER, LESS THAN AN INCREATE OF 5.0 PER CENT IN SEPTEMBER.

IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS, BANK LOANS IN HONG KONG ROSE BY 15.7 PER CENT AND LOANS IN HONG KONG BY DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES BY 13.2 PER CENT, AGAINST THE INCREASE OF 2.4 PER CENT AND 36.4 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN THE PRECEDING THREE MONTHS. THESE MOVEMENTS PARTLY REFLECTED RISING MONEY MARKET RATES FROM THE MIDDLE OF AUGUST.

FOREIGN ASSETS

THE NET IDENTIFIABLE FOREIGN ASSETS OF ALL BANKS FELL IN OCTOBER BY 5722 MILLION, AND THOSE OF DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES FELL BY $1 360 MILLION, INDICATING AN OUTFLOW OF SI 782 MILLION FROM THE HONG KONG MONETARY SECTOR (BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES) DURING THE MONTH, AFTER AN OUTFLOW OF S792 MILLION IN SEPTEMBER.

BALANCE SHEET RATIOS

THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO FOR ALL BANKS IN HONG KONG FELL IN OCTOBER TO 46.8 PER CENT FROM 47.8 PER CENT IN SEPTEMBER. THE LOAN/DEPOSIT RATIO, HOWEVER, ROSE FURTHER TO 97.6 PER CENT AT THE END OF OCTOBER, FROM 92.1 PER CENT AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER, REFLECTING THE RAPID EXPANSION IN BANK LOANS DURING THE MONTH.

THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO FOR ALL DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ROSE IN OCTOBER TO 47.9 PER CENT FROM 47.5 PER CENT IN SEPTEMBER. THE LOAN/DEPOSIT RATIO HOWEVER DECLINED TO 76.1 PER CENT AT THE END OF OCTOBER FROM 79.1 PER CENT AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER, AS DEPOSITS WITH DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES INCREASED SHARPLY DURING THE MONTH.

NUMBER OF REPORTING INSTITUTIONS

THE NUMBER OF REPORTING BANKS WAS UNCHANGED IN OCTOBER AT 113. ONE MORE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY BEGAN TO REPORT DURING THE MONTH, BRINGING THEIR TOTAL TO 298.

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TEXTILE AGREEMENT WITH AUSTRIA

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THE CURRENT TEXTILE AGREEMENT BETWEEN AUSTRIA AND HONG KONG IS DUE TO EXPIRE ON JANUARY 31, 1981. IT PROVIDES FOR EXPORT RESTRAINT ON THREE ITEMS OF CLOTHING.

FOLLOWING CONSULTATIONS IN LONDON BETWEEN AUSTRIA AND HONG KONG, AN AD REFERENDUM AGREEMENT WAS REACHED ON NOVEMBER 29 WHICH PROVIDES FOR CONTINUATION OF THE PRESENT AGREEMENT, WITH CERTAIN CHANGES.

IN THE NEW AGREEMENT, TWO ITEMS CURRENTLY UNDER EXPORT AUTHORISATION WILL BE SUBJECT TO QUOTA RESTRAINT FOR A 14-MONTH PERIOD FROM DECEMBER 1, 1983. THEY ARE KNITTED DRESSES OF SYNTHETIC FIBRES, AND WOVEN DRESSES OF COTTON OR MAN-MADE FIBRES, SKIRTS OF COTTON.

RESTRAINT WILL CONTINUE TO BE EXERCISED IN RESPECT OF THE THREE ITEMS PRESENTLY UNDER EXPORT RESTRAINT, NAMELY, WOVEN SHIRTS, WOVEN BLOUSES AND WOVEN TROUSERS. THE RESTRAINT WILL BE FOR A PERIOD OF 12 MONTHS COMMENCING FEBRUARY 1, 1981.

THE TEXTILE ADVISORY BOARD HAS BEEN CONSULTED AND HAS ADVISED THAT HONG KONG SHOULD ACCEPT THE AGREEMENT. DETAILS AND THE RULES FOR IMPLEMENTATION WILL BE PUBLISHED SHORTLY.

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DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION APPOINTED *****

FOLLOWING THE APPOINTMENT OF MR COLVYN HAYE AS DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, THE GOVERNMENT TODAY ANNOUNCED THAT MR MICHAEL LEUNG WOULD BE POSTED TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AS DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION WITH EFFECT FROM DECEMBER 8.

MR LEUNG, 42 YEARS OF AGE, ENTERED THE CIVIL SERVICE IN 1961 AS A CERTIFICATED MASTER AFTER GRADUATING FROM NORTHCOTE TEACHERS TRAINING COLLEGE. HE LEFT HIS TEACHING JOB IN 1962 TO STUDY HISTORY IN HONG KONG UNIVERSITY.

IN 1965 MR LEUNG WAS APPOINTED AS ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER AND STARTED HIS ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE IN FINANCE BRANCH. THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY A SERIES OF POSTINGS TO NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT AND OTHER BRANCHES IN THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, PUNCTUATED BY A DEVELOPMENT TRAINING COURSE IN OXFORD UNIVERSITY IN 1966.

MR LEUNG WAS PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE B IN APRIL THIS YEAR AND IS CURRENTLY DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES.

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TAI PO HAWKER CLEARANCE AND RE-ORDERING EXERCISE *****

THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAD SMOOTHLY CARRIED OUT A HAWKER CLEARANCE AND RE-ORDERING EXERCISE AT PO YICK STREET, TAI PO TODAY TO IMPROVE THE GENERAL ENVIRONMENT OF THE AREA AND TO COINCIDE WITH A PROPOSED TRAFFIC RE-ARRANGEMENT SCHEME FOR THE TOWN.

TO FREE PO YICK STREET FROM HAWKER OBSTRUCTION, ALL ELIGIBLE HAWKERS ARE NOW RESITED AT LUK HEUNG LANE NEARBY WHICH IS NOT OPEN TO VEHICULAR TRAFFIC, TO CONTINUE THEIR BUSINESS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

ALL ELIGIBLE HAWKERS WHO FORMERLY CONDUCTED THEIR TRADES ON PO YICK STREET AND WHO HAD BEEN SURVEYED ARE INVOLVED IN THE EXERC ISE.

NEw LICENCES HAD BEEN ISSUED TO THE ELIGIBLE HAWKERS TO ENABLE THEM TO TRADE LEGALLY ON THE NEW SITES, SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

♦IN ORDER TO FACILITATE FUTURE CLEANSING OF LUK HEUNG LANE, HAwKERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PUT UP FIXED STRUCTURES,* HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE HAWKERS WOULD ONLY BE ALLOWED TO RUN THEIR BUSINESS WITHIN SPECIFIED HOURS UNDER THE TERMS OF THEIR LICENCE.

♦THESE ARRANGEMENTS ARE CONSIDERED TO BE IN KEEPING WITH THEIR PREVIOUS TRADING PATTERN AT PO YICK STREET,* HE SAID.

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MEANWHILE, A SMALL FENCED-OFF AREA AT THE FOOT OF THE PEDESTRIAN FOOTBRIDGE AT THE JUNCTION OF KWONG FUK ROAD AND PO YICK STREET HAS BEEN RESERVED FOR LOCAL FARMER HAwKERS TO RETAIL THEIR OWN FARM PRODUCE wITHIN SPECIFIED TRADING HOURS IN THE EARLY MORN ING.

♦ONLY SMALL QUANTITIES OF FARMING PRODUCE SUCH AS VEGETABLES, EGGS AND LIVE POULTRY WILL BE ALLOWED TO BE PUT ON SALE,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+NC STRUCTURES WILL BE ALLOWED TO BE PUT UP IN THIS AREA,* HE STRESSED.

ENFORCEMENT ACTION IS NOW BEING CARRIED OUT TO STOP ON-STREET HAWKEPS FROM ESTABLISHING IN PO YICK STREET AGAIN AND MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL DUTIES TEAM ARE PUT ON PATROL IN THE AREA TO ENSURE THAT THE STREET IS FREE OF THEM.

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FIGHTING JUVENILE DELINQUENCY WITH CARE AND UNDERSTANDING * * * X

PARENTS AND TEACHERS WERE TODAY URGED TO JOIN IN THE BATTLE AGAINST JUVENILE DELINQUENCY - WITH CARE AND UNDERSTANDING.

ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICER, MR NICKY LO, MADE THE APPEAL WHEN OPENING THE DISTRICT’S FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN AT PAK TAI PLAYGROUND, CHEUNG CHAU.

QUOTING POLICE RECORDS, MR LO SAID THERE HAD BEEN 45 PER CENT MORE CRIMINAL CASES IN ISLANDS DISTRICT SO FAR THIS YEAR THAN IN THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

THE NUMBER OF JUVENILE DELINQUENCY CASES, COMPARED WITH 1978, HAD INCREASED THREE-AND-A-HALF TIMES.

+THESE ALARMING FIGURES TELL US THAT SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE,* MR LO SAID.

+1 VERY MUCH HOPE THAT PARENTS COULD SPEND MORE TIME WITH THEIR CHILDREN, AND PROVIDE THEM WITH CARE AND UNDERSTANDING AS WELL AS FOOD AND CLOTHING.

+TIME IS VALUABLE FOR WE BUSY PEOPLE NOWADAYS, BUT IT PAYS TO GIVE SOME TO OUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS, TO UNDERSTAND THEIR THINKING, CARE FOR THEIR FEELINGS, AND KNOW WHO THEIR FRIENDS ARE.

+IT CAN OFTEN HELP PUT RIGHT MISTAKES AND MISBEHAVIOUR BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.*

TEACHERS, BY PAYING MORE ATTENTION TO STUDENTS’ CONDUCT AND MORAL DEVELOPMENT BESIDES TRANSMITTING ACADEMIC KNOWLEDGE, COULD ALSO HELP TO STOP PROBLEMS AT THE GRASS-ROOT LEVEL, MR LO SAID.

HE ALSO REMINDED LOCAL PEOPLE OF TWO EFFECTIVE WAYS TO FIGHT CRIME AT HOMEt MUTUAL AID AMONG NEIGHBOURS AND REPORTING OFFENCES PROMPTLY TO THE POLICE.

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THE ISLANDS DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN, WHICH WILL CONTINUE UNTIL NEXT MARCH, IS TO PROVIDE LOCAL PEOPLE WITH CRIME-PREVENTION KNOWLEDGE AND TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO TAKE PART IN FIGHT CRIME ACTION. AMONG THE ACTIVITIES w ILL BE SCHOOL SEMINARS, VISITS TO THE POLICE CRIME PREVENTION UNIT AND POLICE STATION OPEN-DAYS.

MR LO SAID AFTER A FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN HAD BEEN HELD AT TAI C LAST YEAR CRIME FIGURES HAD DROPPED DRAMATICALLY.

+l HOPE LOCAL PEOPLE WILL MAKE THE BEST OF THE ACTIVITIES, AND MAKE THE ISLANDS PEACEFUL PLACES WHERE PEOPLE ARE HAPPY TO LIVE, !4< LO SAID.

JOINING MR LO AT THE RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY WERE THE DIVISIONAL POLICE SUPERINTENDENT, MR MARK PELLY, THE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR FUNG PAK-TAI, AND CHAIRMEN OF THE DISTRICT’S RURAL COMMITTEES.

PERFORMANCES BY THE POLICE DOG UNIT AND LOCAL SCHOOLS WERE STAGED AFTER THE OPENING CEREMONY.

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COUNTRY PARK BADGES AND T-SHIRTS ON SALE *****

SPECIALLY DESIGNED SOUVENIR BADGES FOR COUNTRYSIDE LOVERS ARE NOW ON SALE.

THE BADGES, DESIGNED BY THE COUNTRY PARKS AUTHORITY, ARE FOR THE PLOVER COVE, LANTAU AND SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARKS, AND THE MACLEHOSE TRAIL, A FAVOURITE HIKING ROUTE.

THE BADGES, MADE OF CLOTH, ARE SOLD AT $1.50 EACH AT THE REFRESHMENT KIOSKS INSIDE THE TAI MEI TUK COUNTRY PARK AND THE ABERDEEN COUNTRY PARK, AND ALSO AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE GENERAL POST OFFICE IN CONNAUGHT PLACE.

THEY WILL BE A SMART ADORNMENT FOR CASUAL WEAR SUCH AS DENIM GEAR, AND CAN BE SEWN ON KNAPSACKS.

THE PLOVER COVE BADGE FEATURES THE WATERFALL AT BRIDE’S POOL. THE ONE FOR SAI KUNG DEPICTS THE NOW FAMILIAR DOLOSSE COFFERDAM AT HIGH ISLAND RESERVOIR.

A PHOENIX IS EMBROIDERED ON THE BADGE FOR THE LANTAU COUNTRY PARK SINCE IT IS FROM THE LANTAU PEAK (ITS CHINESE NAME MEANS PHOENIX MOUNTAIN) THAT MANY AN EARLY HIKER WATCHES SUNRISE.

THE MACLEHOSE TRAIL BADGE SHOWS THE SILHOUETTE OF A HIKER ON A SUMMIT.

SPECIAL T-SHIRTS FOR COUNTRY PARKS ARE ALSO ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AND THE PLOVER COVE COUNTRY PARK KIOSK. THEY ARE PRICED AT 9 EACH.

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CARTOON COMPETITION TO PROMOTE CONSUMER RIGHTS *****

A CARTOON COMPETITION IS BEING ORGANISED TO ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO BECOME MORE AWARE OF CONSUMER RIGHTS.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CONSUMER COUNCIL AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE EVENT IS OPEN TO STUDENTS FROM PRIMARY 4 TO FORM 6.

IT IS DIVIDED INTO A JUNIOR SECTION FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS AND A SENIOR SECTION FOR THOSE IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

THERE IS NO LIMIT TO THE SUBJECT OF THE ENTRIES, WHICH MAY BE ON THE RIGHT OF THE CONSUMER TO OBTAIN INFORMATION, THE RIGHT TO BE PROTECTED AGAINST SALE OF GOODS WHICH ARE DANGEROUS TO HEALTH, THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE AMONG DIFFERENT BRANDS, AND THE RIGHT TO VOICE LEGITIMATE GRIEVANCES AND TO HAVE COMPLAINTS REDRESSED.

A DESIGN MAY BE IN THE FORM OF A SINGLE CARTOON OR A SERIES OF CARTOONS DRAWN ON DRAWING PAPER MEASURING 297 MM BY 420 MM.

PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED IN THE FORM OF BOOK AND STATIONERY TOKENS RANGING FROM $250 TO $50. ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE A SOUVENIR.

ENTRIES MUST REACH THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUBS SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT BY DECEMBER 31. THE ADDRESS IS CAROLINE MANSION, 4TH FLOOR, 8 YUN PING ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG.

AN EXHIBITION OF THE WINNING ENTRIES WILL BE HELD AT A LATER DATE, AND THE ORGANISERS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND USE ANY OF THE ENTRIES.

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HONG KONG’S RAPID GROWTH REFLECTED IN IMMIGRATION SERVICE *****

EXPANSION OF THE IMMIGRATION SERVICE OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS REFLECTS THE GROWTH OF HONG KONG ITSELF OVER THAT PERIOD AND ITS PRESENT WORK LOAD REFLECTS THE EXCITING DIVERSITY OF HONG KONG TODAY, UNOFFICIAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR MISS LYDIA DUNN TOLD A NEW BATCH OF ASSISTANT IMMIGRATION OFFICERS AND IMMIGRATION ASSISTANTS TODAY.

SPEAKING AT THEIR PASSING-OUT PARADE AT THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT PARADE GROUND, MISS DUNN NOTED THAT THE SERVICE HAD EXPANDED VERY RAPIDLY FROM 200 MEMBERS IN 1961 TO NEARLY 2 900 TODAY WORKING IN NO FEWER THAN 37 OFFICES SPREAD OVER MOST OF HONG KONG.

THIS YEAR THE SERVICE WILL DEAL WITH WELL OVER 23 MILLION TRAVELLERS INCLUDING SEVEN MILLION BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA.

IT WILL ISSUE MORE THAN ONE MILLION TRAVEL DOCUMENTS TO HONG KONG RESIDENTS AND HANDLE O"E-AND-A-HALF MILLION ENQUIRIES FROM THE PUBLIC.

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THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ISSUING OVER HALF A MILLION IDENTITY CARDS BESIDES PERFORMING 50 000 MARRIAGES AND REGISTERING 80 000 BIRTHS, MISS DUNN SAID.

SHE SAID THE WORK LOAD ALSO REFLECTED THE ROLE PLAYED BY THE SERVICE IN CONTAINING THE PROBLEM. OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: 80 000 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WERE ARRESTED IN THE FIRST TEN MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, WITH ANOTHER 70 000 EVADING ARREST AND STAYING IN HONG KONG.

ABANDONMENT OF THE +REACHED BASE* POLICY IS PLACING A FURTHER HEAVY RESPONSIBILITY ON THE SERVICE, AND WHILE EARLY INDICATIONS ARE THAT THE NEw POLICY IS WORKING, + YOU MUST ASSUME THAT WE ARE ONLY AT THE BEGINNING OF A LONG HAUL,* w|SS DUNN TOLD THE IMMIGRATION OFFICERS.

-►TOGETHER WITH THE SECURITY FORCES, I AM CONFIDENT YOU * ILL VEET THIS CONTINUING RESPONSIBILITY WITH FIRMNESS, COURTESY AND KINDNESS FOR THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL, AND EVEN POLITICAL, STABILITY CF HONG KONG ITSELF IS AT STAKE,* SHE SAID.

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OPENING OF NEW CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD

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THE SECTION OF NEW CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD LEADING FROM THE OLD ROAD, NEAR THE JUNCTION WITH ANDERSON ROAD, TO SHUN LEE TSUEN ROAD WILL BE OPENED TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP AND NEW TRAFFIC SIGNALS w ILL COME INTO OPERATION AT THE JUNCTION OF OLD/NEW CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD NEAR ANDERSON ROAD AND AT THE JUNCTION OF NEW CLEAR wATER BAY ROAD WITH LEE ON ROAD.

OPENING OF THIS ROAD SECTION WILL PROVIDE A NEW LINK FROM SAI KUNG VIA SHUN LEE TSUEN TO KWUN TONG. AT THE SAME TIME, MOTORISTS WILL BE ABLE TO USE NEW CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD IN ADDITION TO THE OLD ROAD.

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NEW MAXICAB SERVICE AT AP LEI CHAU

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A SUPPLEMENTARY MAXICAB FEEDER SERVICE WILL BE INTRODUCED FROM SUNDAY (DECEMBER 7) BETWEEN AP LEI CHAU (MAIN STREET) AND ABERDEEN.

THE NEw ROUTE NO. 27, wHICH WILL BE RUN ON A TRIAL BASIS FOR THREE MONTHS, WILL TEMPORARILY TERMINATE AT AP LEI CHAU ESTATE PENDING COMPLETION OF THE NEW ACCESS ROAD CONNECTING AP LEI CHAU MAIN STREET.

THE SERVICE WILL OPERATE FROM 5.55 AM TO MIDNIGHT DAILY AT A BASIC 1O-MINUTE FREQUENCY DURING PEAK HOURS.

A FLAT FARE OF 63 CENTS WILL BE CHARGED.

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ILLEGAL GRAVES IN TUEN MUN TO BE EXHUMED

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THIRTY ILLEGAL GRAVES IN THE KWONG SHAN AREA IN TUEN MUN DISTRICT WILL BE CLEARED BY GOVERNMENT STAFF AFTER DECEMBER 14 (SUNDAY).

♦WHERE RELATIVES CAN BE TRACED BEFORE EXHUMATION OF THESE GRAVES, THEY WILL BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO REMOVE THE GRAVES THEMSELVES,+ A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

NOTICES HAVE BEEN POSTED TO GRAVE OWNERS ASKING THEM TO REMOVE THE GRAVES THEMSELVES. THESE NOTICES EXPIRE ON DECEMBER 14.

♦IN THE EVENT RELATIVES CANNOT BE TRACED, THE GRAVES WILL BE EXHUMED AND THE REMAINS OF THE BURIALS WILL BE RE-INTERRED AT SANDY RIDGE CEMETERY,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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

♦ILLEGAL BURIALS IN THE KWONG SHAN AREA CAN ALSO CAUSE DANGER TO GRAVE WORSHIPPERS WHEN FIRING PRACTICE IS TAKING PLACE ON THE CASTLE PEAK RANGE,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1980

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GOVERNOR LAYS FOUNDATION STONE FOR YAN 01 TONG SPORTS AND COMMUNITY CENTRE ....................................      1

TIGHT CONTROL SYSTEM IS VITAL TO HONG KONG’S TRADE ........... 3

APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR COCKEREL GOLD COIN .................  5

PRIVATE CAR REGISTRATIONS IN NOVEMBER ........................ 7

ACCOUNTS FOR OCTOBER ........................................  7

MAJOR SOCIAL WELFARE PLANS FOR SHA TIN NEW TCWN............... 7

MORE TECHNICAL EDUCATION MAY CUT JUVENILE CRIME............... 8

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS TO REVIEW COMMITTEE.................  9

EFFORTS TO MAKE TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN AN IDEAL PLACE TO LIVE IN.................................................   10

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ROADWORK PROPOSALS .......................................    11

37 PEOPLE COMMENDED BY DIRECTOR OF MARINE FOR BRAVERY .... 11

PREPARATION FOR CITIZENSHIP THROUGH SCHOOL WORK ............. 12

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GOVERNOR LAYS FOUNDATION STONE FOR YAN Ol TONG SPORTS AND COMMUNITY CENTRE

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THE RAPID PROGRESS OF DEVELOPMENT IN TUEN MUN IS IMMENSELY SATISFACTORY, THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, SAID TODAY.

SIR MURRAY WAS OFFICIATING AT THE LAYING OF THE YAN Ol TONG COMMUNITY AND INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE FOUNDATION STONE.

SIR MURRAY SAID WHERE THERE WAS ONCE ONLY THE DUST AND DIRT OF RECLAMATION NEW FACTORIES AND NEW HOUSING ESTATES WERE GROWING UP.

♦ONE CAN BEGIN TO DISCERN THE PROMISE OF THE MAGNIFICIENT NEW TOWN WHICH WILL EMERGE,♦ THE GOVERNOR SAID.

♦OF COURSE, THIS ARDUOUS TRANSFORMATION FROM RURAL ENVIRONMENT TO BUSTLING CITY CANNOT BE WITHOUT ITS DIFFICULTIES.

♦BUT I AM ENCOURAGED BY MY MEETING TODAY WITH LOCAL LEADERS, MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD AND DIRECTORS OF THE YAN Ol TONG TO FIND THE EXTENT OF THEIR PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT AND COMMITMENT IN THE PROCESS OF OVERCOMING THESE DIFF I CULT IES,+ HE SAID.

♦WE SPOKE OF THE NEED TO ENSURE ENOUGH JOBS FOR THE INCOMING POPULATION, AND ALSO OF THE NEED TO PROVIDE BOTH THE COMMUNITY AND THE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES WHICH WILL MAKE LIFE PLEASANTER AND TO FORM A HAPPY AND COHESIVE COMMUNITY FROM BOTH OLD AND NEW RESIDENTS,♦ SIR MURRAY SAID.

THESE INCLUDED THE SPORTS GROUND OPENING IN THE AUTUMN OF NEXT YEAR FOR WHICH SIR SHIU KIN TANG HAD PLEDGED A VERY GENEROUS $2 MILLION, A CIVIC CENTRE TO OPEN IN 1984 AND A TOWN PARK WHICH WOULD BE READY THE YEAR AFTER THAT.

NOR HAD THE HEALTH OF RESIDENTS BEEN OVERLOOKED. NEXT YEAR WOULD SEE BOTH THE OPENING OF A POLYCLINIC AND THE START OF WORK ON A MAJOR HOSPITAL DUE FOR COMPLETION IN 1985/86. THESE PLANS ARE VERY BIG, SIR MURRAY SAID.

♦THE AIM IN TUEN MUN IS FOR A BALANCE OF WORKS AND BUILDINGS PROVIDING FOR HOMES, WORK, COMMUNITY SERVICES AND LEISURE,* HE SAID.

♦THIS YOUR GOVERNMENT WILL STRIVE TO ACHIEVE.

♦BUT THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT IS INEVITABLY PREOCCUPIED WITH THE LARGE ITEMS OF DEVELOPMENT.

♦AND I LOOK TO THE COMMUNITY OF TUEN MUN IN GENERAL AND THE DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD IN PARTICULAR TO ENSURE THAT SMALLER ITEMS WHICH MAKE SUCH A DIFFERENCE TO THE AMENITIES OF LIFE ARE NOT OVERLOOKED.♦

IN MAKING GOOD DEFICIENCIES THERE IS GREAT SCOPE AND OPPORTUNITY FOR BOTH PRIVATE PRESSURE AND PRIVATE CONTRIBUTION.

IT IS THIS COMBINATION OF PRIVATE ENERGY AND RESOURCE COUPLED WITH GOVERNMENT INVESTMENT AND EFFORT WHICH WILL CREATE THE FUTURE COMMUNITY OF TUEN MUN, THE GOVERNOR SAID.

/SIR r.L’RRAY ....

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SIR MURRAY SAID nHEN THE CENTRE WAS COMPLETED IN TWO YEARS’ TIME, IT WOULD BE A FOCAL POINT FOR RESIDENTS, BOTH YOUNG AND OLD, TO RELAX AND ENJOY THEMSELVES AND TO GET TO KNOW ONE ANOTHER.

IT WOULD BE ANOTHER STEP IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW COMMUNITY IN TUEN MUN.

THE BUILDING WOULD NOW COST 135 MILLION, HALF OF WHICH WAS BEING MET BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND THE LOTTERIES FUND AND THE OTHER HALF, $17.5 MILLION, WAS BEING RAISED BY THE BOARD OF THE YAN 01 TONG.

♦THIS IS A MAGNIFICENT EFFORT WHICH I AM SURE WILL RECEIVE PUBLIC SUPPORT,* SIR MURRAY SAID.

THE YAN 01 TONG HAS SET AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE. IT IS A PART OF OLD TUEN MUN. BUT ITS MEMBERS HAVE UNDERTAKEN THIS MOST ENTERPRISING PROJECT BECAUSE THEY RIGHTLY BELIEVE IT NECESSARY IF THE NEW TUEN MUN IS TO BE THE PLACE THEY WANT.

THEY HAVE MY ADMIRATION AND MY THANKS AND I SINCERELY HOPE THAT OTHERS WILL FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE THEY HAVE SET.

I WISH TUEN MUN EVERY SUCCESS,♦ THE GOVERNOR SAID.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE YAN 01 TONG, MR LAU WONG-FAT, SAID SINCE THE TONG WAS FOUNDED 50 YEARS AGO IT HAD ADHERED TO ITS OBJECTIVE OF KINDNESS AND COMMUNITY SERVICE.

THE TONG HAD BEEN RE-ORGANISED TWO YEARS AGO TO COPE WITH GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES, SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND THE NEEDS OF THE FUTURE POPULATION OF TUEN MUN WHICH WAS EXPECTED TO BE IN THE REGION OF 500 000.

AS A RESULT, THE ORGANISATION OF THE TONG HAS BEEN STRENGTHENED AND IS IN A BETTER POSITION TO PROMOTE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT,♦ MR LAU SAID.

THE TONG HAD FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS BEEN ACTIVELY PLANNING CONSTRUCTION OF A MODERN COMMUNITY AND INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE TO PROVIDE HEALTHY CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS FACILITIES FOR THE RESIDENTS OF TUEN MUN, AS WELL AS WELFARE FOR CHILDREN, THE YOUNG, THE AGED AND THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE.

THANKS TO THE ALLOCATION OF LAND BY THE GOVERNMENT AND SUPPORT FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, THE PROJECT HAS PROGRESSED SMOOTHLY,♦ MR LAU SAID.

HE SAID AFTER THE CENTRE WAS COMPLETED IN MID-1982 IT WOULD BE MANAGED BY A COMMITTEE FORMED BY THE YAN 01 TONG AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS. ALL PROCEEDS WOULD BE USED FOR FUTURE SOCIAL WELFARE DEVELOPMENT.

AT THE CEREMONY TODAY THE GOVERNOR ACCEPTED ON BEHALF OF THE TONG FOUR CHEQUES EACH OF $1 MILLION TOWARDS THE COST OF BUILDING THE CENTRE. THEY WERE PRESENTED BY LOCAL LEADERS, MR TIEN KA-PING, MR WU CHUNG, MR LAU WONG-FAT AND MR CHAN CHUNG-HANG. A CAMPAIGN IS BEING HELD TO RAISE THE BALANCE OF THE MONEY REQUIRED.

/BEFORE LUNCH .....

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BEFORE LUNCH IN TUEN MUN WITH PROMINENT LOCAL RESIDENTS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, THE GOVERNOR WAS GIVEN A BRIEFING ON THE LATEST NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENTS BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BILLY LAM, AND THE PROJECT MANAGER, MR STAN BARDEN.

THE EIGHT-STOREY CENTRE IS BEING BUILT ON A 4 359 SQUARE METRE SITE, WHICH THE GOVERNMENT GRANTED BY PRIVATE TREATY.

IT WILL HAVE A TOTAL FLOOR AREA OF 14 120 SQUARE METRES.

FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE A ROLLER SKATING RINK, AN INDOOR SWIMMING POOL, A MULTI-PURPOSE GAMES HALL, GYMNASIUM, BOWLING CENTRE, GAMES AREA, BILLIARD AND TABLE TENNIS ROOMS, SQUASH COURTS, A RESTAURANT FOR 80 PERSONS AND FIVE SHOPS.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A LIBRARY, SAUNA, MULTI-PURPOSE HALL, GALLERY, MEETING AND STUDY ROOMS, A CONFERENCE ROOM, CRECHE AND PLAY AREA, ACTIVITY ROOMS, AN ART AND CRAFT ROOM AND OFFICE SPACE.

A MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE TO ENSURE MAXIMUM USE OF THE CENTRE’S SPORTS AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES AND ITS EFFICIENT RUNNING WILL COMPRISE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE YAN 01 TONG, THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES AND SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENTS.

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TIGHT CONTROL SYSTEM IS VITAL TO HONG KONG’S TRADE ******

THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS MR BILL DORWARD TODAY STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF OPERATING A TIGHT CONTROL SYSTEM TO SAFEGUARD THE INTERESTS OF HONG KONG AGAINST PROTECTIONISTS.

SPEAKING AT THE ROTARY CLUB OF KOWLOON NORTH LUNCHEON MEETING, MR DORWARD SAID THAT LAST YEAR THE DEPARTMENT CARRIED OUT INSPECTIONS RELATED TO OVER 13 000 TEXTILE AND GARMENT EXPORT LICENCES, RESULTING IN ABOUT 230 FULL-SCALE INVESTIGATIONS, 75 OF WHICH WENT TO COURT OR RESULTED IN THE IMPOSITION OF ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES.

COMMENTING ON AN ARGUMENT THAT THE COST TO THE COMMUNITY OF POLICING THE CONTROL SYSTEM IS HIGH COMPARED TO OFFENCES WHICH COME TO LIGHT, MR DORWARD SAIDi +THE SIMPLISTIC EQUATING OF STAFF OR INSPECTIONS AGAINST PROSECUTIONS AND FINES IS NOT VALID.

♦THINK INSTEAD OF THE COST TO HONG KONG OF A DISCREDITED SYSTEM OF EXPORT CONTROLS OR ORIGIN CERTIFICATION. THINK OF THE LOSS TO OUR TEXTILE AND GARMENT INDUSTRY IF INABILITY TO LIVE UP TO OUR RELUCTANTLY NEGOTIATED RESTRAINT AGREEMENTS WERE TO RESULT IN A SWITCH TO IMPORT CONTROLS IN OUR MAIN MARKETS.*

THE VALUE OF TRADE IN RESTRICTED EXPORTS OF TEXTILES AND GARMENTS IN 1979, MR DORWARD SAID, WAS WORTH ABOUT S15 000 MILLION. ♦IF YOU RECKON THAT THE VALUE OF HAVING EXPORT CONTROL WAS WORTH, SAY FOR EXAMPLE FIVE PER CENT OF THAT SUM, THEN $750 MILLION CAME TO HONG KONG WHICH MIGHT OTHERWISE HAVE STAYED IN EUROPE AND NORTH AMERICA AS AN UNCONVENANTED BONUS TO COMMUNITIES RESTRICTING OUR RIGHT TO FREE TRADE.*

/ILLUSTRATING

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ILLUSTRATING THE CONTROL SYSTEM, MR DORWARD SAIDi *ONE MUST ASSUME THAT GENERALLY THE FACT OF RESTRAINTS ON TRADE MEANS THAT DEMAND WILL EXCEED THE LIMITED SUPPLY. THE CONSEQUENCE IS THAT THE PRICE WILL RISE AND THE CONSUMER WILL PAY. BUT WHO WILL BENEFIT?* HE ASKED.

♦WITH EXPORT CONTROL THE SELLER WILL. WITH IMPORT CONTROL THE BENEFIT IS TO THE BUYER. THE DIFFERENCE IS THAT CONTENTIOUS CONCEPT, THE 'QUOTA PREMIUM’, A TERM WHICH GENERATES MORE HEAT THAN LIGHT, EVEN AMONG PEOPLE WHO SHOULD KNOW BETTER.

♦SURELY IT IS OBVIOUS, AND SURELY THE MOST STRIDENT CRITIC OF OUR SYSTEM WOULD NOT DENY THE FACT, THAT IT IS VERY MUCH TO THE INTERESTS OF HONG KONG THAT THE QUOTA PREMIUM, THE MARGIN BY WHICH THE ARTIFICIAL RESTRAINTS ON TRADE PUSH UP THE PRICE, SHOULD STAY HERE. AND ONE WAY TO ENSURE THAT IS TO RUN A TIGHT SYSTEM OF CONTROL,♦ MR DORWARD STRESSED.

SPEAKING ON THE COMMERCIAL ADVANTAGE HONG KONG RECEIVED UNDER VARIOUS GENERALISED SCHEMES OF PREFERENCES OPERATED BY THE DEVELOPED COUNTRIES, MR DORWARD CAUTIONEDt +AS IN THE CASE OF TEXTILE QUOTAS, THE REAL INCENTIVE TO OPERATING A TIGHT AND EFFECTIVE SCHEME IS THE VERY REAL THREAT TO CONTINUED ENJOYMENT OF THESE BENEFITS IF THE CONTROL IS SEEN TO BE INEFFICIENT.

♦RECENTLY, WE HAVE SEEN A NEW DIMENSION COME INTO THIS SITUATION. THE DEVELOPMENT OF VARIOUS MANUFACTURING ARRANGEMENTS WITH CHINA, A WHOLLY WELCOME, LEGITIMATE AND DESIRABLE DEVELOPMENT, HAS MADE IT NECESSARY TO KEEP UNDER ACTIVE REVIEW THE MEANS BY WHICH ORIGIN CAN BE ACCURATELY IDENTIFIED IN THESE CHANGED CIRCUMSTANCES,* HE SAID.

♦THERE IS NOT, AND HAS NOT BEEN, A SIGNIFICANT ABUSE OF ORIGIN MARKING IN THIS SITUATION. THE DISPROPORTIONATE AMOUNT OF HEAT GENERATED BY MINOR CASES, HOWEVER, UNDERLINES THE NEED TO SEEK TO BE SEEN TO BE ABOVE REPROACH.

♦I KNOW THIS VIEW IS SHARED BY THOSE CHINESE OFFICIALS WITH WHOM WE HAVE DISCUSSED THE MATTER,* MR DORWARD STRESSED.

MR DORWARD DISCLOSED THAT THE DEPARTMENT IS PLANNING, DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS, TO ASSIST FURTHER THOSE INVOLVED IN THE BUSINESS OF ORIGIN CERTIFICATION.

♦FIRST WE SHALL BRING IN A SYSTEM OF DOCUMENTATION TO COVER GOODS EXPORTED AND SUBSEQUENTLY RE-IMPORTED AFTER PROCESSING OR ASSEMBLING. THIS WILL BE BASED UPON THE SO-CALLED ’OUTWARD PROCESSING’ ARRANGEMENTS WHICH ARE OPERATED BY THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY.

♦THE SYSTEM WILL BE FULLY EXPLAINED IN A COMPREHENSIVE AND BILINGUAL GUIDE TO OUR ORIGIN RULES WHICH IS CURRENTLY UNDER PREPARATION. THIS BOOKLET WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC BEFORE THE NEW SYSTEM IS PUT INTO EFFECT. THIS WE ANTICIPATE WILL BE SOME TIME IN FEBRUARY OF NEXT YEAR, WHEN THE NEW CUSTOMS EXAMINATION FACILITIES ARE COMPLETED AT THE MAN KAM TO BORDER CROSS ING.

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♦I WOULD LIKE TO STRESS THAT WHAT WE HAVE IN MIND IS NOT BY ANY MEANS A SET OF NEW RESTRICTIONS OR ONEROUS REQUIREMENTS WHICH WILL HAMPER TRADE. ON THE CONTRARY, WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO IS TO REMOVE DOUBTS AND MISUNDERSTANDINGS AND TO FACILITATE TRADE,+ MR DORWARD SAID.

IN ADDITION, THE DEPARTMENT IS PREPARING ANOTHER PUBLICATION, A GUIDE TO THE RULES FOR OBTAINING CERTIFICATES WHICH ENTITLE HONG KONG PRODUCTS TO BENEFIT UNDER THE VARIOUS GENERALISED SCHEMES OF PREFERENCES. IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE PUBLICATION WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE EARLY IN THE NEW YEAR.

OUTLINING THE WORK OF THE TRADE CONTROLS DIVISION — WHICH WILL BEAR THE MAIN BURDEN OF ENFORCING THE TRADE DESCRIPTIONS BILL PASSED INTO LAW THIS WEEK — MR DORWARD SAID THAT WITHIN THE NEXT YEAR, THE DEPARTMENT HOPES TO TAKE TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL UPDATED WEIGHT AND MEASURES LEGISLATION.

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APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR COCKEREL GOLD COIN

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A LIMITED QUANTITY OF $1 OOO GOLD COINS WILL BE ISSUED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO COMMEMORATE THE COMING LUNAR NEW YEAR, THE YEAR OF THE COCKEREL.

APPLICATION FORMS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM MONDAY (DECEMBER 8) FROM ALL OFFICES OF THE HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION AND FROM THE MERCANTILE BANK.

THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 3 PM, DECEMBER 16, TUESDAY.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY1 +THE PROCEDURES FOR APPLYING WILL BE DIFFERENT THIS YEAR IN THAT ONLY CASHIER'S ORDERS AND NOT CHEQUES ON PERSONAL ACCOUNTS WILL BE ACCEPTED AND, IN THE EVENT OF OVERSUBSCRIPTION, THE NUMBER OF COINS ISSUED TO AN APPLICANT WILL BE STRICTLY LIMITED.

♦IN THE EVENT OF OVERSUBSCRIPTION FOR EITHER THE PROOF OR THE BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED VERSION, OR BOTH, ONLY ONE APPLICATION FROM EACH IDENTITY CARD HOLDER FOR EACH VERSION OF THE COIN WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE BALLOT.

♦APPLICATIONS IN EXCESS OF ONE PER IDENTITY CARD WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY REJECTED BY COMPUTER PRIOR TO BALLOT I NG.♦

THE YEAR OF THE COCKEREL GOLD COIN IS THE SIXTH IN A SERIES THAT THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO ISSUE TO MARK THE 12 LUNAR YEARS WHICH FALL WITHIN THE GREGORIAN CALENDAR YEARS OF 1976-87.

PREVIOUS ISSUES IN THE SERIES HAVE BEEN LIMITED TO NOT MORE THAN 40 000 COINS, BUT IN VIEW OF THE VERY HEAVY OVERSUBSCRIPTION FOR THE MONKEY YEAR COIN AND THE WORLD-WIDE DEMAND FOR MORE COINS THAT FOLLOWED, THE NUMBER OF COINS MINTED TO COMMEMORATE THE YEAR OF THE COCKEREL HAS BEEN INCREASED TO 55 000, COMPRISING 22 000 PROOF AND 33 000 UNCIRCULATED COINS. OF THE TOTAL, 32 000 HAVE BEEN RESERVED FOR HONG KONG IDENTITY CARD HOLDERS.

/THE PRCOF ...

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THE PROOF COINS, WHICH HAVE A FROSTED RELIEF ON A MIRROR FINISH BACKGROUND, WILL BE SOLD AT $3 300 AND THE BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED VERSIONS AT 12 200.

THE PREMIUM OVER THE FACE VALUE OF THE UNCIRCULATED VERSION AND THE HIGHER PRICE FOR THE PROOF COIN REFLECT THE MASSIVE INCREASE IN THE PRICE OF GOLD IN RECENT YEARS.

IN VIEW OF THE LIMITED SUPPLY, INTERESTED RESIDENTS ARE STRONGLY URGED TO OBTAIN CASHIER’S ORDERS IN GOOD TIME AS DEMAND FOR THE COINS MAY RESULT IN LONG QUEUES AT SALES OUTLETS FOR THESE ORDERS ON THE LAST DAY OR TWO BEFORE APPLICATIONS CLOSE.

COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BY HAND, TOGETHER WITH CASHIER’S ORDERS MADE PAYABLE TO THE +HONG KONG GOVERNMENT 1981 SPECIAL COIN ACCOUNT* BEFORE 3 PM ON DECEMBER 16, AT ANY OF THE FOLLOWING OFFICES OF THE HONG KONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION!

1 QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, 306 KING’S ROAD, NORTH POINT, 40-45 DES VOEUX ROAD WEST, 42 WONG CHUK HANG ROAD, ABERDEEN, 82 NATHAN ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI, 673 NATHAN ROAD. MONG KOK, 1 YUE MAN SQUARE, KWUN TONG, 455-457 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN 150 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, YUEN LONG, OR AT THE MERCANTILE BANK LIMITED, 7 QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL.

THE COINS, LIKE OTHERS IN THE SERIES, HAVE A MILLESIMAL FINENESS OF 916.6 (22 CARATS) AND WEIGH 15.976 GRAMMES WITH A DIAMETER OF 28.4 MM.

THE OBVERSE CARRIES A WELL-KNOWN PORTRAIT OF HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN WHILE THE REVERSE DEPICTS THE COCKEREL. THE DESIGN FOR THE REVERSE WAS SPECIFICALLY COMMISSIONED FOR THIS ISSUE. EACH COIN WILL BE PACKAGED IN A PLASTIC SCREW-TOP CAPSULE AND SUPPLIED WITH A PRESENTATION CASE AND A DESCRIPTIVE BOOKLET.

GOLD COINS WITH A FACE VALUE OF $1 000 WERE MADE LEGAL TENDER ON MAY 5, 1975.

THE YEAR OF THE COCKEREL BEGINS ON FEBRUARY 5, 1981 AND ENDS ON JANUARY 24, 1982. THE COCKEREL IS, THEREFORE, THE BIRTHDAY ANIMAL FOR ANY CHILD BORN BETWEEN THESE DATES AND FOR ANYONE BORN IN A PREVIOUS COCKEREL YEAR.

THIS CENTURY THE COCKEREL ALSO RULED DURING THE FOLLOWING PERIODS!

JANUARY 22, 1909 TO FEBRUARY 9, 1910-FEBRUARY 8, 1921 TO JANUARY 27, 1922-

JANUARY 26, 1933 TO FEBRUARY 13, 1934-FEBRUARY 13, 1945 TO FEBRUARY 1, 1946-

JANUARY 31, 1957 TO FEBRUARY 17, 1958- AND FEBRUARY 17, 1969 TO FEBRUARY 5, 1970.

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PRIVATE CAR REGISTRATIONS IN NOVEMBER

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THE TOTAL NUMBER OF REGISTERED PRIVATF car<; rnoocn too " S aDS°^LtfTpTJ?iTREPB”""’'"’ ‘"iXC^ASrSF^LTOST000 21 430 CARS OR 17 PtR CENT OVER THE LAST 12 MONTHS.

ENDEDTN0VEMBER?R1979.ITH A R'SE °F AB°UT 19 900 0VER THE 12 M0NTHS

,T!j~ NUMBER OF NEW CARS REGISTERED DURING NOVEMBER WAS 3 105 AND THE NUMBER OF REGISTRATIONS WHICH LAPSED WAS 770.

THIS MEANT A NET INCREASE OF 2 335 REGISTRATIONS AND BROUGHT THE OVERALL TOTAL TO 188 252.

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ACCOUNTS FOR OCTOBER

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THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTS FOR OCTOBER 1980 PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY SHOW A SURPLUS FOR THE MONTH OF 82 444 MILLION.

THIS WAS ENTIRELY DUE TO AN EXCEPTIONAL LEVEL OF RECEIPTS FROM LAND SALES OF §2 729 MILLION.

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MAJOR SOCIAL WELFARE PLANS FOR SHA TIN NEW TOWN *****

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR SELWYN ALLEYNE, SAID TODAY MAJOR SOCIAL WELFARE DEVELOPMENTS FOR SHA TIN IN THE 1980’S WOULD BE FOCUSSED ON CHILD CARE, SERVICES FOR OLD AND DISABLED PEOPLE, AND GROUP AND COMMUNITY WORK.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE $1 MILLION WO CHE COMMUNITY HALL, HE SAID PLANS WERE IN HAND FOR AT LEAST 19 NURSERIES AND CRECHES, AS WELL AS SEVEN HOSTELS, ONE MULTI-SERVICE CENTRE AND NINE SOCIAL CENTRES FOR THE ELDERLY IN THE NEW TOWN.

IN ADDITION, HE SAID, PROVISION IS PLANNED FOR TWO COMMUNITY CENTRES, NINE COMMUNITY HALLS, 16 CHILDREN’S CENTRES AND 17 YOUTH CENTRES AS FOCAL POINTS OF ACTIVITIES FOR THE LOCAL RESIDENTS.

MR ALLEYNE SAID THE GROWING POPULATION OF SHA TIN SUGGESTED THERE WOULD ALSO BE MORE DISABLED PERSONS REQUIRING REHABILITATION FACILITIES WITHIN THE COMMUNITY.

TWO RESIDENTIAL REHABILITATION INSTITUTIONS, TWO SHELTERED WORKSHOPS AND A SPECIAL CHILD CARE CENTRE ARE TO BE ESTABLISHED TO MEET THE NEED, HE SAID.

/+THESE PLANS ..

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♦THESE PLANS WILL BE CONSTANTLY REVIEWED SO AS TO MAKE PRACTICAL ADJUSTMENTS AS THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY ITSELF CHANGE,* HE ADDED.

HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT WITH SHA TIN NEW TOWN DEVELOPING SO RAPIDLY, SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES MUST KEEP PACE.

AT THE CEREMONY, MR ALLEYNE UNVEILED A PLAQUE TO MARK THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE WO CHE COMMUNITY HALL, THE ELEVENTH TO BE RUN BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

HE SAID GROUP AND COMMUNITY SERVICES WERE MAINLY PROVIDED BY COMMUNITY CENTRES, ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRES AND COMMUNITY HALLS.

THE MAIN OBJECTIVE IS TO PROMOTE COMMUNITY SPIRIT, TO ASSIST INDIVIDUALS IN PERSONAL AND SOCIAL GROWTH, AND TO DEVELOP LOCAL LEADERSHIP, HE SAID.

♦WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE MORE LOCAL PARTICIPATION IN DECISION-MAKING AND TO IDENTIFY LOCAL NEEDS MORE ACCURATELY, AND WE LOOK TO MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES FOR CENTRES AND HALLS TO HELP US IN THIS AIM,* HE SAID.

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MORE TECHNICAL EDUCATION MAY CUT JUVENILE CRIME *****

THERE IS PRESSING NEED FOR A BETTER BALANCE BETWEEN TECHNICAL/ VOCATIONAL AND ACADEMIC EDUCATION IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS, MR COLVYN HAYE, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, SAID TODAY AT THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY AND SPEECH DAY OF KWUN TONG GOVERNMENT SECONDARY TECHNICAL SCHOOL.

♦IN EDUCATIONAL AND SOCIAL TERMS THIS BALANCE BETWEEN THE PRACTICAL AND THE THEORETICAL MAKES VERY GOOD SENSE,♦ HE SAID.

UNDERLINING THE IMPORTANCE OF VOCATIONAL AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION, MR HAYE SAID THAT SINCE THE MID-7O*S, HIS DEPARTMENT HAD DONE A GREAT DEAL TO MEET THE OBVIOUS DEMAND FROM PARENTS AND PUPILS FOR USEFUL AND PRACTICAL EDUCATION GEARED MORE CLOSELY TO PUPILS’ APTITUDE AND ASPIRATIONS. *AND THIS WILL CONTINUE,♦ MR HAYE SAID.

RETURNING TO THE THEME OF JUVENILE DELINQUENCY WHICH HE HAD ADDRESSED AT TWO SCHOOL SPEECH DAYS IN THE LAST FORTNIGHT, MR HAYE REMARKED THAT MORE VOCATIONAL AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION MIGHT VERY WELL ENGAGE THE WANDERING ATTENTION OF THE LESS ACADEMICALLY ABLE TO THE POINT WHERE THEIR ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL WOULD BECOME AN EXCITING ADVENTURE, AND DROPPING OUT TO FIND UNDESIRABLE COMPANY AND CONSEQUENT TROUBLE LESS ATTRACTIVE.

GREAT STRIDES HAD BEEN MADE IN THIS DIRECTION BY PRE-VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS AND TECHNICAL SCHOOLS, BUT THERE APPEARED TO BE BOTH A SOCIAL AND AN EDUCATIONAL NEED FOR MORE.

♦PLANNERS IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ARE DEVELOPING THIS THEME AND I MAY WELL HAVE FRESH AND EXCITING PROPOSALS TO MAKE IN THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE,♦ MR HAYE SAID.

/REFERRING TO ..

FRIDAY, DECEMBEB 5, 1980

REFERRING TO THE WHITE PAPER ON SENIOR SECONDARY AND TERTIARY EDUCATION OF 1978, MR HAYE SAID THAT IT WAS STILL THE CONVICTION CF THE GOVERNMENT THAT NOT ALL CHILDREN WERE ACADEMICALLY ABLE TO PROCEED TO FORM V.

THOSE WITH A MORE PRACTICAL TURN OF MIND WOULD BE STEERED TOWARDS VOCATIONAL AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES THROUGH THE JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES.

+BUT WOULDN’T IT BE MARVELLOUS IF WE MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR CHILDREN TO MAKE THEIR OWN CHOICE IN FORMS I - III THUS ELIMINATING THE NEED FOR A SELECTION AND ALLOCATION PROCESS AT FORM IV?* MR HAYE ASKED.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS TO REVIEW COMMITTEE *****

THE COMMITTEE SET UP TO REVIEW POST-SECONDARY AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION HAVE ASKED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AND EDUCATIONAL ORGANISATIONS TO SEND IN THEIR SUBMISSIONS BY FEBRUARY 4, 1981.

THIS WAS DECIDED BY THE REVIEW COMMITTEE AT ITS FIRST MEETING YESTERDAY, IN ORDER THAT THE COMMITTEE MAY COMPLETE ITS REPORT BY JUNE.

SUBMISSIONS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO THE COMMITTEE SECRETARY, GPO BOX 7070, HONG KONG.

THE COMMITTEE’S TERMS OF REFERENCE REQUIRE IT TO LOOK AT THE FULL RANGE OF PROVISION FOR VOCATIONAL AND GENERAL EDUCATION IN THE UNIVERSITIES, POLYTECHNIC, POST-SECONDARY COLLEGES AND TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

THE COMMITTEE WILL BE TAKING A PARTICULAR INTEREST IN THE TOTAL PROVISION OF PLACES, THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN EXISTING INSTITUTIONS, THE POSSIBLE CREATION OF NEW INSTITUTIONS, AND THE USE IN EDUCATION OF DISTANCE LEARNING TECHNIQUES.

A FULL COPY OF THE TERMS OF REFERENCE IS OBTAINABLE FROM THE COMMITTEE SECRETARY.

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EFFORTS TO MAKE TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN AN IDEAL PLACE TO LIVE IN * * * K

THE GOVERNMENT HAS MADE TREMENDOUS EFFORTS TO PROVIDE PUBLIC FACILITIES AND BUILD A COMMUNITY SPIRIT TO MAKE TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN AN IDEAL PLACE TO LIVE IN, TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICER, hR H.T. LUI, SAID TODAY.

ADDRESSING 250 GRADUATES AT THE ST FRANCIS XAVIER'S SCHOOL SPEECH DAY, MR LUI OUTLINED THE MAJOR PROJECTS FOR THE NEW TOWN -THE MOST IMPORTANT INDUSTRIAL AND SATELLITE TOWN IN HONG KONG.

ON TRANSPORT, MR LUI SAID TRAFFIC IN TSUEN WAN WOULD BE GREATLY IMPROVED IN 1982 WHEN THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY EXTENSION WAS OPENED.

THE COASTAL ROAD, WHEN COMPLETE, WOULD RELIEVE TRAFFIC CONGESTION ALONG CASTLE PEAK AND KWAI CHUNG ROADS.

ON HOUSING, BESIDES MASSIVE PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, THERE HAD BEEN A STEADY INCREASE IN PUBLIC HOUSING IN THE NEW TOWN.

UNITS IN CHEUNG SHAN ESTATE WERE FULLY OCCUPIED AND RESIDENTS WERE BEGINNING TO MOVE INTO SHEK WAI KOK ESTATE.

SPEAKING OF SOCIAL SERVICES, MR LUI SAID THE ONLY SUBVERTED HOSPITAL IN TSUEN WAN - YAN CHAI HOSPITAL - WOULD UNDERGO EXPANSION, RELIEVING THE GREAT PRESSURE ON PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL.

A NUMBER OF SECONDARY AND PRIMARY SCHOOLS AS WELL AS KINDERGARTENS WERE BEING BUILT.

A SUB-OFFICE HAD BEEN SET UP BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IN THE NEW TOWN TO CO-ORDINATE WELFARE SERVICES.

ON RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, MR LUI SAID THE CHAI WAN KOK RECREATION CENTRE RUN BY THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE WOULD BE PULLED DOWN TO MAKE WAY FOR TUEN MUN HIGHWAY DEVELOPMENT.

A NEW CENTRE WOULD BE BUILT NEAR GRANTHAM CLINIC AS A REPLACEMENT.

TURNING TO COMMUNITY BUILDING, MR LUI SAID APART FROM THE ANNUAL ARTS AND SPORTS FESTIVALS, CAMPAIGNS ON ROAD SAFETY, FIRE PREVENTION AND CLEAN HONG KONG WERE HELD TO CULTIVATE A SENSE OF BELONGING AND ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION IN LOCAL AFFAIRS BY RESIDENTS.

ST FRANCIS XAVIER’S SCHOOL, BUILT IN 1963, HAS 24 CLASSES AND 1 000 STUDENTS.

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ROADWORK PROPOSALS ft ft ft ft

IN TWO GAZETTE NOTICES TODAY, THE GOVERNMENT HAS PROPOSED TO CLOSE CERTAIN FOOTPATHS OFF SHAU KEI WAN ROAD AND TO REALIGN

AND ALTER THE LEVELS OF SECTIONS OF TAI PO ROAD, FANLING

PLAYGROUND ROAD, PAK FUK TSUEN ROAD AND SHA TAU KOK ROAD.

THE FOOTPATHS ARE TO BE CLOSED FOR THE PROPOSED SALE OF A

SITE BETWEEN NO. 332 AND NO. 3*8 SHAU KEI WAN ROAD. AN ALTERNATIVE PATH WILL BE CONSTRUCTED.

THE ROADWORKS AT FANLING IS INTENDED TO INCREASE TRAFFIC FLOW IN THE AREA AND TO IMPLEMENT THE PROGRAMME OF MODERNISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY.

UNDER THIS PLAN, SECTIONS OF TAI PO ROAD, SHA TAU KOK ROAD AND PAK FUK TSUEN ROAD WILL BE IMPROVED AND TWO BRIDGES WILL BE PROVIDED OVER THE KCR TO ELIMINATE THE EXISTING LEVEL CROSSINGS.

OBJECTIONS TO THE WORKS PROPOSED SHOULD BE SENT IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS TO REACH HIS OFFICE NOT LATER THAN JANUARY 5, 1981.

CLAIMS FOR COMPENSATION MUST BE RECEIVED AT HIS OFFICE BY FEBRUARY 5, 1981.

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THIRTY-SEVEN PEOPLE WHO RISKED THEIR LIVES TO RESCUE A TOTAL OF 29 PEOPLE FROM DROWNING IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS WERE COMMENDED BY THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE TODAY.

AT A CEREMONY HELD AT THE MARINERS’ CLUB HALL, THE DIRECTOR, MR PERCY DAVY PRESENTED HIS CERTIFICATE OF COMMENDATION TO THE GROUP, COMPRISING FIVE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, 11 POLICE OFFICERS, 20 CREW MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY, AND ONE CREW MEMBER OF THE STAR FERRY COMPANY.

MR DAVY PAID TRIBUTE TO THE RESCUERS AND NOTED THAT ALL OF THEM ACTED SPONTANEOUSLY WHEN THE INCIDENTS OCCURRED.

HE SAID THEY HAD DISPLAYED GREAT COURAGE AND PUBLIC SPIRITEDNESS OF A VERY HIGH ORDER, +AND AS THEY PLUNGED INTO THE WATER, THERE CAN HAVE BEEN ONLY ONE THOUGHT UPPERMOST IN THEIR MINDS - TO SAVE THE LIVES OF THOSE IN DI STRESS.+

MR DAVY SAID HE WOULD LIKE TO PAY SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO MP MICHAEL YEELS, A MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC, WHO ORGANISED A SEA RESCUE LAST CHRISTMAS DAY AND SAVED TWO DROWNING GIRLS WHOSE BOAT HAD CAPSIZED IN WINDY AND CHOPPY SEAS AT TAI TAM BAY.

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♦IN EFFECTING THE RESCUE OF THE TWO GIRLS, MR YEELS RECEIVED INJURIES RESULTING IN HIS BEING INCAPACITATED FOR ALMOST TWO WEEKS,+ MR DAVY ADDED.

MR DAVY ALSO TOLD SENIOR REPRESENTATIVES OF FERRY AND SHIPPING COMPANIES AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AT THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY:

♦I HOPE THE COMMENDATIONS WILL SERVE TO REMIND THE RECIPIENTS OF THEIR GALLANTRY AND OUR ADMIRATION OF THEIR BRAVERY.+

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PREPARATION FOR CITIZENSHIP THROUGH SCHOOL WORK *****

SCHOOLS CAN HELP TO PRODUCE RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS BY DEVELOPING A SENSE OF CITIZENSHIP INCIDENTALLY THROUGH A WIDE RANGE OF SCHOOL SUBJECTS, MR KENNETH TOPLEY, CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE TO REVIEW POST-SECONDARY AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION SAID TODAY.

THIS FOLLOWS THAT THE SUBJECT TEACHER MUST MAKE THIS A CONSCIOUS AIM OF HIS TEACHING AND KEEP IT FIRMLY IN THE FRONT OF HIS MIND, HE ADDED.

MR TOPLEY WAS SPEAKING AT THE ANNUAL SPEECH DAY OF MUNSANG COLLEGE.

♦THE ORDINARY SUBJECTS WHICH MAKE UP THE SCHOOL TIME-TABLE CAN PLAY THEIR PART IN EDUCATION FOR CIT IZENSHIP,♦ HE SAID.

HE LISTED EXAMPLES TO SHOW HOW THE HISTORY SUBJECT CAN HELP STUDENTS TOWARDS BALANCED JUDGEMENT- HOW GEOGRAPHY LESSONS CAN LEAD STUDENTS TO SEE THE WORLD AS AN ECONOMICALLY INTERDEPENDENT WHOLE- AND HOW LEARNING OF LANGUAGE CAN HELP TO DEVELOP CLEAR AND LOGICAL THINKING, ALL OF WHICH ARE USEFUL PREPARATION AND TRAINING FOR CITIZENSHIP.

♦IT IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT THAT STUDENTS WHO SPECIALISES IN MATHEMATICS AND THE SCIENCES SHALL NOT LEAVE SCHOOL, LEARNED IN THEIR OWN LITTLE COMPARTMENT BUT IGNORANT AND UNEDUCATED IN ALL MATTERS OF GENERAL INTEREST AUD CULTURE,♦ MR TOPLEY SAID.

SCHOOLS MUST ALSO FIND TIME FOR STUDENTS TO CONDUCT INTELLIGENT DISCUSSIONS OF CURRENT AFFAIRS, HE SAID, SO THAT THEY WOULD REALISE THE IMPORTANCE OF LOCAL AND WORLD EVENTS.

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CHIEF SECRETARY OPENS ”KWUN TONG TODAY” EXHIBITION .............. 1

’’TOLERATED FOOD PREMISES” IN NT TO BE PHASED OUT................ 2

EVENING SHORT COURSES FOR EMPLOYEES ............................. 2

MOTORISTS URGED TO CO-OPERATE IN TRANSPORT SURVEY ............... 3

RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT OFFICES ON THE MOVE......... 4

RE-OPENING OF JACKSON ROAD....................................... 4

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN CENTRAL DISTRICT......................... 5

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

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

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CHIEF SECRETARY OPENS +KWUN TONG TODAY* EXHIBITION X * X * X X

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR JACK CATER TODAY PRAISED THE PEOPLE OF KWUN TONG FOR BEING KEEN TO RESPOND TO THE CHALLENGE OF MAKING THEIR DISTRICT A BETTER PLACE IN WHICH TO LIVE AND TO WORK.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE +KWUN TONG TODAY* EXHIBITION, SIR JACK SAID HE WAS ALSO IMPRESSED BY THE UNITY, THE DETERMINATION AND THE EVIDENT CO-OPERATION WITH THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE DISPLAYED IN TACKLING THE PROBLEMS OF THE TOWN AND IN THEIR ENDEAVOURS TO BUILD A HAPPY AND CONTENTED COMMUNITY.

HE NOTED THAT THE PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT OF KWUN TONG HAS BEEN BOTH RAPID AND IMPRESSIVE.

SIR JACK SAID THAT IN A LITTLE MORE THAN 20 YEARS, KWUN TONG HAD CHANGED FROM A SPARSELY POPULATED PIECE OF BARREN LAND IN EAST KOWLOON INTO A TOWN WITH MORE THAN 650 000 PEOPLE, WITH OVER 7 000 FACTORIES AND 130 000 WORKERS AND 11 MAJOR HOUSING ESTATES. +THE PROSPERITY OF KWUN TONG DOES MUCH CREDIT TO ITS INDUSTRIOUS COMMUNITY,* THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT RAPID URBANISATION AND INDUSTRIALISATION HAVE PRODUCED PROBLEMS WHICH AFFECT THE WELL-BEING OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. SOME OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE EXHIBITION ILLUSTRATE THE SORT OF PROBLEMS WHICH AFFECT THE ENVIRONMENT AND OTHER ASPECTS OF KWUN TONG AND HOW ITS DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE IS COMBATTING THESE PROBLEMS.

+THERE IS STILL A LONG WAY TO GO BEFORE THE PEOPLE OF KWUN TONG CAN ACHIEVE THE KIND OF ENVIRONMENT WHICH THEY - OR INDEED THE GOVERNMENT - WOULD WISH, BUT THE COMMUNITY’S WHOLE-HEARTED PARTICIPATION IN THIS EXHIBITION, AND THE +KWUN TONG TODAY* PROJECT OF WHICH IT IS A PART, DEMONSTRATES THAT THE PEOPLE OF KWUN TONG ARE KEEN TO RESPOND TO THE CHALLENGE OF MAKING THEIR DISTRICT A BETTER PLACE IN WHICH TO LIVE AND TO WORK,* HE SAID.

THE +KWUN TONG TODAY* IS A TWO-WEEK COMMUNITY EVENT INCORPORATING A SERIES OF ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMES AND IS ORGANISED BY VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND LOCAL BODIES. IT WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED TOMORROW BY THE DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, M? GRAHAM BARNES AT THE KWUN TONG RECREATION GROUND.

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OPERATORS OF +TOLERATED FOOD PREMISES* IN DEVELOPED AREAS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND OUTLYING ISLANDS ARE URGED TO PROMPTLY APPLY FOR A LICENCE.

THE APPEAL WAS MADE BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT WHICH PLANS TO LAUNCH AN OPERATION ON MONDAY TO PHASE OUT THESE UNLICENSED FOOD PREMISES.

AN NTSD SPOKESMAN SAID +TOLERATED FOOD PREMISES* WERE INITIALLY ALLOWED TO OPERATE IN DEVELOPING AREAS TO RELIEVE THE SHORTAGE OF FOOD SUPPLY FACILITIES IN THESE AREAS, PROVIDED CERTAIN BASIC HEALTH REQUIREMENTS WERE COMPLIED WITH.

AS ADEQUATE NUMBER OF LICENSED FOOD PREMISES WERE SET UP IN THE NEW TOWNS, THERE IS A NEED TO PHASE OUT THE UNLICENSED ESTABLISHMENTS, WHICH COULD BE A HEALTH RISK TO THE PUBLIC BECAUSE THEY LACK THE PROPER ABLUTION, DRAINAGE AND OTHER SANITARY FACILITIES.

♦THE DISTRICT ADVISORY COMMITTEES OF THE RESPECTIVE DISTRICTS HAVE BEEN CONSULTED ON THIS PHASING-OUT EXERCISE,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THESE *TOLERATED FOOD PREMISES* OPERATORS ARE ADVISED TO APPLY FOR A LICENCE WITHIN ONE MONTH. IF THEIR APPLICATIONS WERE UNSUCCESSFUL, A THREE-MONTH GRACE PERIOD WOULD BE GRANTED FOR THEM TO WIND UP THE BUSINESS.

OPERATORS ARE WARNED THAT THEY COULD FACE PROSECUTION UPON EXPIRY OF THE TIME LIMIT WHEN THEIR BUSINESSES ARE STILL OPERATING.

AT PRESENT ABOUT 50 +TOLERATED FOOD PREMISES* ARE OPERATING IN TAI PO, YUEN LONG, NORTH NEW TERRITORIES, CHEUNG CHAU, PENG CHAU AND TAI 0.

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EVENING SHORT COURSES FOR EMPLOYEES ******

EMPLOYEES INVITED TO

ARE

IN THE COMMERCIAL, SERVICES AND INDUSTRIAL SECTORS APPLY FOR PART-TIME EVENING SHORT COURSES ORGANISED BY THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT EARLY NEXT YEAR •

THE FIELDS OF STUDY OF THESE COURSES INCLUDE HOTEL KEEPING AND TOURISM STUDIES, COMMERCIAL STUDIES, CONSTRUCTION, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, GENERAL STUDIES, TEXTILE INDUSTRIES, CLOTHING INDUSTRIES, MARINE AND FABRICATION, AND DESIGN.

APPLICANTS SHOULD HAVE FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT IN THE TRADES APPROPRIATE TO THE COURSE APPLIED FOR AND SHOULD BE SPONSORED BY THEIR EMPLOYERS.

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APPLICATION FORMS AND FURTHER DETAILS OF THE COURSES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM, AND FROM 6.30 PM TO 7.30 PM ON WEEKDAYS- AND FROM 9 AM TO 12 NOON

ON SATURDAYS.

COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE RESPECTIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES OFFERING THE SHORT COURSES CR BEFORE DECEMBER 13.

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THE ADDRESSES OF THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES ARE AS FOLLOWS «-

1. MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, 6 01 KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI.

2. KWAI CHUNG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, 20 HING SHING ROAD, KWAI CHUNG.

3. KWUN TONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, 25 HIU MING STREET, KWUN TONG.

4. HAKING WONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, 702 LAI CHI KOK ROAD, CHEUNG SHA WAN.

5. LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, 30 RENFREW ROAD, KOWLOON TONG.

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MORTORISTS URGED TO CO-OPERATE IN TRANSPORT SURVEY

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT A TWO-WEEK SURVEY IN CONNECTION WITH THE SHA TIN/TSUEN WAN CORRIDOR TRANSPORT LINKS STUDY WOULD BE CARRIED OUT FROM MONDAY (DECEMBER 8).

A PWD SPOKESMAN SAID THE SURVEY WOULD BE CONDUCTED BY THE CONSULTING ENGINEERS ON BEHALF OF THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE AT ROUTE TWISK, TAI PO ROAD AND THE LION ROCK TUNNEL.

MOTORISTS USING THESE ROUTES ARE REQUESTED TO CO-OPERATE WHEN THEY ARE CALLED UPON TO ANSWER A FEW SIMPLE QUESTIONS CONCERNING THEIR JOURNEYS.

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RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT OFFICES ON THE MOVE ft ft ft ft ft ft

THE RENT CONTROL DIVISION AND KOWLOON RATING DIVISION OF THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT WILL MOVE FROM THE 18TH FLOOR, NEW MERCURY HOUSE TO THE 11TH AND 12TH FLOORS OF THE SUN HUNG KAI CENTRE AT 30, HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 8).

THE NEW TELEPHONE NUMBERS ARE RENT CONTROL DIVISION! 5-8910611 AND KOWLOON RATING DIVISIONS 5-8910693.

THE HONG KONG RATING DIVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT WILL MOVE FROM THE 17TH FLOOR TO THE 18TH FLOOR OF NEW MERCURY HOUSE ON DECEMBER 15. THE TELEPHONE NUMBER OF THIS DIVISION WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED (5-281424).

THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE DEPARTMENT TOGETHER WITH THE LEASING, HOUSING ESTATES AND SPECIAL PROPERTIES DIVISIONS (1 GARDEN ROAD) AND THE NEW KOWLOON AND NEW TERRITORIES DIVISIONS (TAI SANG COMMERCIAL BUILDING) WILL REMAIN IN THEIR PRESENT ACCOMMODATION AND RETAIN THEIR EXISTING TELEPHONE NUMBERS.

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JACKSON ROAD BETWEEN DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL AND CHATER ROAD WILL BE RE-OPENED FROM 6 AM ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 9) FOR USE BY FRANCHISED BUSES AND VEHICLES AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT.

THE ROAD WILL BE ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN CENTRAL DISTRICT * * * * *

TO FACILITATE TRAM TRACK RENEWAL WORKS AT THE JUNCTION OF JUBILEE STREET AND DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, THE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC MOVEMENTS WILL BE BANNED FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 8) FOR ABOUT THREE WEEKS i-

M RIGHT-TURN FROM DES VOEUX ROAD EASTBOUND INTO JUBILEE STREET- AND

* RIGHT-TURN FROM JUBILEE STREET SOUTHBOUND INTO DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL WESTBOUND.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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WATER CUT * * *

WATER SUPPLY TO THE GARDEN ROAD AREA ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND TO SHA TIN WILL BE INTERRUPTED ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 8).

SUPPLY TO PREMISES ON GARDEN ROAD, INCLUDING HILTON HOTEL-NOS. 1-7 AND 2-36B, KENNEDY ROAD, INCLUDING KENNEDY TERRACENOS. 1-3 UPPER ALBERT ROAD, AND LOWER ALBERT ROAD WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM TO 6 AM ON TUESDAY.

IN SHA TIN THE AREA AFFECTED COVERS THE RACE COURSE, HO TUNG LAU, LOK LO HA VILLAGE, THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, SEA VIEW VILLA, AND RED BRIDGE VILLA.

WATER SUPPLY TO THESE PLACES WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 9 PM TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

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FIRING PRACTICE REMINDER * * * *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HA TSUEN/CASTLE PEAK RANGE ON WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 10) NEXT WEEK FROM 8 AM TO 6 PM.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WARNED NOT TO ENTER THE AREA WHEN RED FLAGS ARE FLYING THAT DAY.

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NEW LEASE OF LIFE FOR TUNG LUNG FORT ........................ 1

DHA OPENS "KWUN TONG TODAY" ................................. 2

PAYMENTS FOR TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS HIT $20 MILLION .... 3

YAU MA TEI ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN ENDS ..................... 3

NOVEMBER - WARMER AND SUNNIER................................ 4

SPORTS MEET IN SUPPORT OF ANTI-DRUG CAMPAIGN ................ 5

NT PEOPLE URGED TO FULLY UTILIZE SPORTS FACILITIES .......... 6

VILLAGERS THANK PRISONS DEPARTMENT .......................... 6

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN NATHAN ROAD ......................... 7

BUS ROUTE DIVERSION.......................................... 8

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NEW LEASE OF LIFE FOR TUNG LUNG FORT ******

RUINS OF AN ALMOST FORGOTTEN HISTORICAL FORT ON THE ISOLATED TUNG LUNG ISLAND ARE BEING +EROUGHT BACK TO LIFE* AFTER TWO YEARS PAINSTAKING AND BACKBREAKING EFFORTS BY A GROUP OF ENTHUSIASTIC ARCHAEOLOGISTS.

THE FORT IS NOW A GAZETTED MONUMENT WITH ITS SURROUNDING AREA DESIGNATED AS A ^SPECIAL AREA+ UNDER THE COUNTRY PARKS ORDINANCE.

IT IS BELIEVED THE TUNG LUNG FORT COULD BE DATED BACK TO 350 YEARS AGO TO THE KANG HSI PERIOD OF THE CHING DYNASTY (1662 -1772 AD).

BECAUSE OF ITS STRATEGIC LOCATION, THE FORT WAS BUILT THERE TO PROTECT COASTAL SHIPPING FROM PIRATES AT THE NARROW FAT TONG MUN STRAIT. ACCORDING TO THE GAZETTEER OF THE SAN ON DISTRICT, IT WAS ABANDONED AND ITS SMALL GARRISON MOVED TO KOWLOON IN 1810 BECAUSE IT WAS DIFFICULT TO KEEP IT SUPPLIED.

IT IS ALSO ALLEGED THAT THE CHING GOVERNMENT ABANDONED THE FORT AFTER THE SURRENDER OF THE PIRATE FLEETS OF CHEUNG PO-TSAI, CHENG YAT AND CHENG LIN-CHEONG IN 1810. LOCAL PIRATES DOMINATED THE AREA BETWEEN 1735 AND 1810.

THE FORT HAD GRADUALLY FALLEN TO RUINS UNTIL EARLY 1979 WHEN IT WAS DECIDED TO RESTORE AND DISPLAY IT AS A HISTORICAL MONUMENT.

LED BY THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS SECTION OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, DR SOLOMON BARD, AND THE CURATOR OF THE HONG KONG MUSEUM OF HISTORY, W BRIAN PEACOCK, A TEAM OF VOLUNTEERS (MAINLY FROM THE HONG KONG ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY) AND HIRED WORKERS ARE CARRYING OUT MAJOR REPAIR AND RESTORATION WORK AT THE FORT.

OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS THEY HAVE BEEN WORKING THERE TO CUT DOWN THE THICK OVERGROWTH, DISMANTLE CRUMBLING WALLS, AND CLEAR THE RUBBLE.

A VERY SUBSTANTIAL ASSISTANCE IN THE CURRENT PHASE OF RESTORATION CAME FROM THE 6TH QUEEN ELIZABETH OWN GURKHA RIFLES, AND THE GURKHA ENGINEERS, WITH MAJOR P.A.T. UNDERHILL CO-ORDINATING THE EFFORTS.

THE SOLDIERS BUILT A WOODEN BRIDGE OVER THE ENTRANCE TO THE FORT, WHILE THE WESSEX HELICOPTER OF THE 28TH SQUADRON, RAF AIRLIFTED EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS TO THE SITE TO ENABLE THE WORKERS TO CARRY OUT THEIR MASSIVE PROJECT. THE HELP FROM THE ARMY AND THE AIR FORCE WAS VITAL TO THE SUCCESS OF THE PRESENT OPERATION.

STAFF OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT (MAINTENANCE DIVISION), AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE MARINE DEPARTMENT HAVE ALL HELPED IN THEIR VARIOUS WAYS IN THE PROJECT.

+WE ARE NOW CARRYING OUT ANOTHER PHASE OF WORK AIMING AT STABILISING, REPAIRING AND WHERE NECESSARY REBUILDING THE COLLAPSED WALLS,* DR BARD SAID.

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♦CONSIDERABLE PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE AND I HOPE THE LOOSE STONES IN THE WALLS WILL BE ALL CEMENTED AND STABILISED BEFORE THE NEXT RAINY SEASON. BUT THERE IS STILL A GREAT DEAL OF WORK TO BE DONE ESPECIALLY IN THE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE WALLS.♦

♦OUR AIM IS TO RESTORE THE FORT AS FAR AS POSSIBLE, TO EXCAVATE THE INTERIOR SO THAT ANY REMAINING FOUNDATIONS OF STRUCTURES ARE EXPOSED AND TO OPEN IT TO PUBLIC AS A HISTORICAL RUIN,+ DR BARD SAID.

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THE DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, MR GRAHAM BARNES TODAY (SUNDAY) OPENED THE +KWUN TONG TODAY*, THE TWO-WEEK COMMUNITY EVENT IN THE DISTRICT.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, MR BARNES SAID THE EVENT, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND PRIVATE ORGANISATIONS IN THE DISTRICT, HAD DISPLAYED THE COMMUNITY SPIRIT CF KWUN TONG.

HE SAIDi + ITS UNDERLYING MESSAGE IS THAT WHILE LIVING CONDITIONS FOR MANY REMAIN FAR FROM IDEAL IN THE DISTRICT, THE RESIDENTS OF KWUN TONG WILL NOT ACCEPT DEFEAT BUT ARE PREPARED TO DEMONSTRATE COMMUNITY UNITY AND WILLINGNESS TO OVERCOME THE DEFICIENCIES OF THE DISTRICT AND SOCIAL PROBLEMS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE WHICH WAS SET UP A YEAR AGO.+

HE POINTED OUT THAT KWUN TONG HAD BEEN AN IMPORTANT PRODUCTION CENTRE. OVER THE PAST 15 YEARS, ITS CONTRIBUTION TO HONG KONG’S EXPORTS HAD NEVER BEEN LESS THAN 15-17 PER CENT, AND EVEN HIGHER IN THE SIXTIES. AND YET, LIKE OTHER INDUSTRIAL TOWNS PLANNED AND BUILT OVER A SHORT TIME, KWUN TONG HAD NOT ALWAYS HAD THE BEST ENVIRONMENTS AND FREQUENTLY SUFFER FROM A SHORTAGE OF AMENITIES.

MR BARNES SAID THAT THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE WOULD BE TOTALLY ABSORBED IN MAKING KWUN TONG A BETTER PLACE, AND WOULD BE STIMULATED FURTHER BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, TO BE FORMED EARLY NEXT YEAR. HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD RECOGNISED THE NEED FOR FULL COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT- WHETHER THE DISTRICT BOARD WOULD INCLUDE DIRECTLY ELECTED MEMBERS WAS NOW UNDER CONSIDERATION. MUCH OF THE SUCCESS OF THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION WOULD DEPEND ON THE LOCAL COMMUNITY’S DETERMINATION TO MAKE THE DISTRICT BOARDS WORK.

♦LIKE OTHER URBAN DISTRICTS, KWUN TONG HAS A STRONG LOCAL COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE WHICH MAKES UP THE TOWN,+ MR BARNES SAID. ♦IT IS AGAINST THE SOCIAL BACKGROUND THAT THE RECENT GREEN PAPER ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION BEGINS WITH A RECOGNITION OF THE CONTRIBUTIONS MADE BY LOCAL ORGANISATIONS IN PROVIDING ’LOCAL FOCUS, STIMULUS, SUPPORT AND CRITICISM, WITH SUBSTANTIAL BENEFIT FOR LOCAL ADMINISTRATION AND FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT’,+ HE SAID.

ABOUT 3 000 PARTICIPANTS ATTENDED THE OPENING CEREMONY WHICH WAS FOLLOWED BY A SERIES OF PERFORMANCES INCLUDING A DRAGON DANCE, LION DANCES, FOLK DANCES, CYCLING SKILL DISPLAY AND MUSIC PERFORMANCES. _0________

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PAYMENTS FOR TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS HIT $20 MILLION

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TOTAL DEATH AND INJURY PAYMENTS UNDER THE +N0 FAULT* TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE (TAVA) SCHEME HAVE WELL EXCEEDED $20 MILLION.

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAS PAID OUT NEARLY $22.6 MILLION AS QUICK CASH RELIEF TO 5 947 CASES SINCE THE SCHEME STARTED IN MAY LAST YEAR.

MRS DIANA LEE, HEAD OF THE TAVA SECTION, SAID TODAY ANOTHER $24 000 HAD BEEN AUTHORISED FOR PAYMENT TO 99 CASES AND NOW A*AIT COLLECTION AT THE DEPARTMENT.

SHE SAID GRANTS ALREADY MADE WERE PAID TO 534 CASES INVOLVING DEATH, AND TO 5 413 CASES INVOLVING INJURIES WHICH HAD CAUSED AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS’ LOSS OF EARNING CAPACITY.

DEATH GRANTS AMOUNTED TO OVER $3.9 MILLION, SHE SAID, WHILE INJURY PAYMENTS TOTALLED $18.6 MILLION, OF WHICH $4.5 MILLION WERE FOR FURTHER PAYMENTS TO THOSE REQUIRING EXTENDED SICK LEAVE.

MRS LEE SAID THE HIGHEST PAYMENT SO FAR WAS $26 100 IN ONE FATAL CASE, WHILE OTHER PAYMENTS RANGED FROM $800 TO $25 040.

♦ AT PRESENT, 375 APPLICATIONS ARE BEING PROCESSED AND THE APPLICANTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO RECEIVE PAYMENTS SHORTLY,* SHE SAID.

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

UNDER THE SCHEME, TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS MUST HAVE BEEN REPORTED TO THE POLICE.

PEOPLE INVOLVED CAN APPLY WITHIN SIX MONTHS OF THE ACCIDENT AT THE TAVA SECTION ON THE 14TH FLOOR OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTRE AT 280 GLOUCESTER ROAD, HONG KONG (TEL. NOS. 5-779421 AND 5-79O365O).

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AN EXCITING TELEMATCH IN KOWLOON PARK TODAY (SUNDAY) MARKED THE END OF THE THREE-WEEK ANT I-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN IN YAU MA TEI -THE YEAR’S THIRD INTENSIVE DISTRICT CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED BY THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS.

THE FIRST OF THESE CAMPAIGNS BEGAN IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT ON SEPTEMBER 20, FOLLOWED BY YUEN LONG ON OCTOBER IP AND YAU MA TEI ON NOVEMBER 15 WITH THE AIM OF ENLISTING THE SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITIES IN ANTI-NARCOTICS EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NARCOTICS DIVISION SAID THE CONCLUSION OF THE THREE DISTRICT CAMPAIGNS DID NOT MEAN AN END TO THE YEAR’S ANTI-NARCOTICS PUBLICITY EFFORTS.

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+IN FACT A NUMBER OF EDUCATIONAL AND PUBLICITY PROGRAMMES FOR THIS FINANCIAL YEAR ARE IN THE PIPELINE. FOR EXAMPLE AN ANTINARCOTICS TRAINING CAMP FOR 200 YOUNG PEOPLE AND THE ACAN’S SINGING COMPETITION ARE BEING ORGANISED FOR NEXT MONTH AND, IN MARCH, THE WINNERS' CONCERT.+

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT AS LONG AS THERE ARE 40 000 DRUG ADDICTS IN HONG KONG, THERE REMAINS THE POTENTIAL SOURCE OF THE PROBLEM SPREADING.

HE EMPHASISED THAT THERE IS NO JUSTIFICATION FOR DISCONTINUING OR RELAXING GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS IN THE PREVENTION OF DRUG ABUSE THROUGH PUBLICITY AND EDUCATION.

MOREOVER THERE IS A LARGE RESERVOIR OF NEW IMMIGRANTS IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO HAVE LITTLE OR NO KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE DANGERS OF DRUG ABUSE.

COMMENTING ON THE YAU MA TEI CAMPAIGN, THE SPOKESMAN SAID IT ATTRACTED OVER 30 000 PARTICIPANTS TO THE 30 ENTERTAINING AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT’S ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF MR LAI SZE-NUEN.

THE PROGRAMME INCLUDED A MASS WALKATHON IN WHICH SOME 1 000 PEOPLE TOOK PART- FILM SHOWS- A FOLK DANCE SHOW, EXHIBITIONS, SCHOOL TALKS, CROSSWORD PUZZLE, PHOTOGRAPHIC AND SLOGAN DESIGN COMPETITIONS AS WELL AS SOCCER AND BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS.

MASS PUBLICITY THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT WAS ALSO CARRIED OUT DURING THE CAMPAIGN PERIOD WITH THE PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF BANNERS, POSTERS, BOOKLETS, AND STICKERS TOGETHER WITH SOUVENIR HANDOUTS BEARING ANTI-DRUG MESSAGES.

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NOVEMBER — WARMER AND SUNNIER *****

NOVEMBER WAS WARMER AND SUNNIER THAN USUAL, ACCORDING TO THE MONTH’S WEATHER SUMMARY ISSUED BY THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY.

ITS MEAN TEMPERATURE OF 22.3 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS THE SEVENTH HIGHEST ON RECORD FOR THE MONTH SINCE 1884.

THE MEAN MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 25.1 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS ALSO THE NINTH HIGHEST RECORD WHILE THE MEAN MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 20.2 DEGREES WAS EIGHTH.

DURING THE MONTH THERE WERE 217.8 HOURS OF SUNSHINE, 28.4 HOURS ABOVE NORMAL.

THE TOTAL RAINFALL OF 28.2 MM WAS 26 PER CENT BELOW AVERAGE, BRINGING THE ACCUMULATED RAINFALL FOR THE FIRST ELEVEN MONTHS OF THIS YEAR TO 1709.9 MM, WHICH IS 23 PER CENT BELOW NORMAL.

THE CONTINENTAL ANTICYCLONE DOMINATED CHINA THROUGHOUT THE MONTH LEADING TO GENERALLY FINE AND SUNNY WEATHER IN HONG KONG.

A LONG FINE SPELL LASTED FROM OCTOBER 29 UNTIL NOVEMBER 13 AND THE MONTH’S HIGHEST TEMPERATURE OF 29-3 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS RECORDED ON NOVEMBER 7.

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ON NOVEMBER 13 THE STRONG MONSOON SIGNAL WAS HOISTED. EASTERLY WINDS STRENGTHENED DURING THE NIGHT AND PERSISTED THE FOLLOWING DAY.

THE WEATHER WAS MAINLY CLOUDY FROM NOVEMBER 14 TO 18 EXCEPT ON NOVEMBER 16 WHICH WAS A SUNNY DAY.

FOLLOWING RAINS CAUSED BY AN UPPER-AIR DISTURBANCE ON NOVEMBER 19, WINDS TURNED NORTHERLY AND THE WEATHER REMAINED FINE AND SUNNY UNTIL NOVEMBER 25.

ANOTHER UPPER-AIR DISTURBANCE BROUGHT CONTINUOUS RAIN ON NOVEMBER 26 WHEN THE MONTH’S LOWEST TEMPERATURE OF 18.8 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS RECORDED.

RAIN CEASED EARLY THE FOLLOWING MORNING AND THERE WAS CONTINUOUS SUNSHINE FOR THE REMAINING FOUR DAYS OF THE MONTH.

DURING THE MONTH, THREE TROPICAL CYCLONES DEVELOPED OVER THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC AND THE SOUTH CHINA SEA BUT NO TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING SIGNALS WERE HOISTED.

THE YELLOW FIRE DANGER WARNING WAS IN EFFECT ON FOUR SEPARATE DAYS WHILE THE RED FIRE DANGER WARNING WAS EFFECTIVE ON 15 DAYS. DURING THE MONTH NO AIRCRAFT WERE DIVERTED FROM HONG KONG.

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HUNDREDS OF SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS TURNED UP AT THE MONGKOK STADIUM TODAY (SUNDAY) TO TAKE PART IN AN ATHLETIC MEET ORGANISED BY THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT IN SUPPORT OF THE ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN.

THE SHAM SHUI PO INDUSTRIAL YOUTHS ATHLETIC MEET WAS ORGANISED BY THE ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE IN THE DISTRICT IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE AND THE LAI CHI KOK AREA COMMITTEE. IT WAS SPONSORED BY THE CHEUNG SHA WAN FACTORY BUILDING MANUFACTURING ASSOCIATION.

♦FIRST OF ITS KIND IN KOWLOON, THE EVENT IS SPECIALLY DIRECTED AT YOUNG FACTORY WORKERS IN THE DISTRICT. THE AIM IS TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO PARTICIPATE IN HEALTHY SPORTING ACTIVITIES AND TO STEER THEM AWAY FROM DRUGS,+ SAID MR GEORGE HSUEH, CHAIRMAN OF THE SHAM SHUI PO ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

♦IT IS HOPED THAT THESE YOUNG PEOPLE WILL FURTHER DEVOTE THEMSELVES TO COMMUNITY WORK — TO JOIN IN THE CONCERTED EFFORTS TO ERADICATE THE DRUG PROBLEM,♦ MR HSUEH ADDED.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WERE MR E.l. LEE, COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR STEPHEN IP, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER OF SHAM SHUI PO, W LAW SIU LUN, HONORARY PRESIDENT OF THE DISTRICT ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND CIVIC BODIES.

FOLLOWING THE OPENING CEREMONY, PARTICIPANTS COMPETED WITH ONE ANOTHER IN A WIDE RANGE OF EVENTS INCLUDING RUNNING, HIGH JUMPS, BROAD JUMPS, SOFT BALL THROWING AND SHOT-PUT. THE EVENT ATTRACTED HUNDREDS OF SPECTATORS. ______ n _____

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NT PEOPLE URGED TO FULLY UTILIZE SPORTS FACILITIES * * *

THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR AUGUSTINE CHUI KAM, HAS URGED PRIVATE ORGANISATIONS AND PEOPLE LIVING IN THE NEW TERRITORIES TO FULLY UTILIZE LOCAL SPORTS FACILITIES.

MR CHUI WAS SPEAKING TODAY (SUNDAY) AT THE FIRST NEW TERRITORIES TABLE TENNIS OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITION AT THE OSMAN RAMJU SADICK MEMORIAL INDOOR GAMES HALL, KWAI CHUNG.

FACILITIES AND VENUES FOR RECREATION AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES WERE NOT SUFFICIENT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, HE SAID.

IN ITS DEVELOPMENT PLAN, THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION WAS TO PROVIDE A WIDE RANGE OF FACILITIES, BUT IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM IN A SHORT PERIOD.

THEREFORE, WE SHOULD GET THE MOST OUT OF OUR EXISTING AMENITIES. WELL-ORGANISED RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES SUCH AS TODAY’S TABLE-TENNIS COMPETITION EFFECTIVELY FACILITATED UTILIZATION OF EXISTING VENUES AND PROVIDED OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN VARIOUS COMPETITIONS.

MR CHUI PRAISED THE HEUNG YEE KUK AND THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE FOR ORGANISING SUCH A HEALTHY RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY.

♦COMPETITIONS LIKE THIS NOT ONLY PROMOTE SPORTING STANDARDS BUT ALSO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEW TERRITORIES RESIDENTS TO WATCH THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR PLAYERS,♦ HE SAID.

♦I HOPE MORE ACTIVITIES OF A SIMILAR SCALE WILL BE ENCOURAGED, ORGANISED AND PROMOTED,♦ MR CHUI SAID.

MORE THEN 380 MEN AND WOMEN PLAYERS, REPRESENTING THE EIGHT NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICTS, TOOK PART IN TODAY’S COMPETITION.

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THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT WAS TODAY (SUNDAY) THANKED BY VILLAGERS OF MA YAU TONG, HANG HAU, SAI KUNG FOR HELPING THEM TO CONSTRUCT A VAN TRACK IN THE VILLAGE.

THE 300-METRE LONG AND THREE-METRE WIDE TRACK WAS BUILT BY INMATES OF PIK UK PRISON UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF PRISON OFFICERS.

♦THE NEW TRACK PROVIDES A PROPER VEHICULAR ACCESS TO THE VILLAGE WHICH HAS A POPULATION OF OVER 1 000,+ THE VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVE, MR TSANG WAN SAID.

AT A BRIEF CEREMONY HELD IN THE VILLAGE, MR TSANG PRESENTED ON BEHALF OF ALL THE VILLAGERS A BANNER TO THE SUPERINTENDENT OF PIK UK PRISON, MR WONG WAH-CHIU.

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A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT SAID THE WORK WAS ONE OF THE COMMUNITY PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN BY THE DEPARTMENT. THESE PROJECTS INCLUDE CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF ROADS, BEACH CLEANING, BUILDING WORK, GRASS CUTTING AND AFFORESTATION.

♦SINCE THE PIK UK PRISON OPENED IN 1975, OVER 180 LOCAL WORKS PROJECTS COVERING 50 VILLAGES IN SAI KUNG HAVE BEEN COMPLETED BY ITS PRISONERS,* HE ADDED.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN NATHAN ROAD MX**

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS AND BUS DIVERSIONS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN NATHAN ROAD FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 10).

BUS ONLY LANE

THE PROHIBITED ZONE FOR ALL MOTOR VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES ON THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY IN NATHAN ROAD BETWEEN KANSU STREET AND PUBLIC SQUARE STREET AND WING SING LANE WILL BE RESCINDED. THIS SECTION OF THE ROAD WILL REOPEN TO TRAFFIC AND BECOME AN ♦URBAN CLEARWAY* FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY AND A PLB RESTRICTED ZONE FROM 7 AM TO 12 MIDNIGHT DAILY.

PROHIBITION OF TURNING MOVEMENT

ALL MOTOR VEHICLES ON NORTHBOUND JOURNEYS ALONG NATHAN ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING LEFT INTO KANSU STREET. THE PURPOSE OF THE PROHIBITION IS TO IMPROVE BOTH VEHICULAR AND PEDESTRIAN MOVEMENTS AT THE JUNCTION.

BUS DIVERSION

CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL ROUTES NO. 102, 104, 105, 112 AND 122 ON JOURNEYS TO KOWLOON TRAVELLING ALONG GASCOIGNE ROAD WILL PROCEED ON NATHAN ROAD NORTHBOUND AND TURN LEFT INTO PUBLIC SQUARE STREET AND THEN TURN RIGHT INTO SHANGHAI STREET.

KMB ROUTES 1, 1A, 3C, 9 AND 13, AND COACH SERVICES 202, 206, 210, 216 AND 246 ON NORTHBOUND JOURNEYS TRAVELLING ALONG NATHAN ROAD WILL TURN LEFT INTO PUBLIC SQUARE STREET AND THEN TURN RIGHT INTO SHANGHAI STREET.

KMB ROUTES 2, 6, 6A AND 6C ON NORTHBOUND JOURNEYS WILL PROCEED ON NATHAN ROAD AND TURN LEFT TO ARGYLE STREET AND THEN TURN RIGHT INTO SHANGHAI STREET NORTHBOUND.

KMB ROUTES 2E, 4, 4A, 12, 30 AND 36B ON NORTHBOUND JOURNEYS WILL PROCEED ON CANTON ROAD, TURN RIGHT TO PUBLIC SQUARE STREET AND THEN TURN LEFT TO SHANGHAI STREET NORTHBOUND.

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BUS ROUTE DIVERSION * * * *

KMB ROUTE 2E ON JOURNEYS TO KOWLOON CITY FERRY WILL BE DIVERTED TO OPERATE VIA ANCHOR STREET, ASH STREET, FUK TSUEN STREET, MONG KOK ROAD AND SHANGHAI STREET INSTEAD OF CHERRY STREET, ARGYLE STREET AND SHANGHAI STREET FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 10).

THE DIVERSION IS TO FACILITATE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN THE AREA.

ALSO FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY MOTOR VEHICLES TRAVELLING EASTBOUND ALONG ARGYLE STREET WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING RIGHT INTO SHANGHAI STREET.

THE ARRANGEMENT IS TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC MOVEMENTS AT THE JUNCTION.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO INDICATE THE PROHIBITION.

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^L.T WATER SUPPLY TO MOST AREAS IN EAST KOWLOON WILL BE CUT AM 0N TUESDAY (DECEMBER 9) UNTIL MIDNIGHT THAT DAY FOR REPAIR WORKS AT KWUN TONG SALT WATER PUMPING STATION.

AREAS TO BE AFFECTED ARE LAM TIN, SAU MAU PING KWUN TONG NGAU TAU KOK, JORDAN VALLEY, SHUN LEE ESTATE, CHOI WAN ESTATE ’ KOWLOON BAY, PING SHEK ESTATE, CHOI HUNG ESTATE AND CHA KWO LING.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

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CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PLANS TO EXPAND WELFARE SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY ............... 1

PILOT CENSUS QUESTIONNAIRES PUT TO THE FIRE..................... 5

SOCIAL WELFARE DIRECTOR IMPRESSED BY CARITAS WORK .............. 4

402 TRADE UNIONS UNDER REGISTRATION IN 1979-80 ................. 4

LADY MACLEHOSE TO OPEN EXTENSION OF SOCIAL SERVICE CENTRE .. 5

LIFE GUARDS COMMENDED .......................................... 5

LADY CATER TO VISIT COMMUNITY CHEST MEMBER AGENCIES ............ g

SIX LUNAR NEW YEAR Fai RS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ............... 7

NORTH POINT BUS TERMINUS A PROHIBITED ZONE ..................... 7

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PLANS TO EXPAND WELFARE SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY * * * *

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR SELWYN ALLEYNE, SAID TODAY 17 OLD PEOPLE’S CARE AND ATTENTION HOMES WERE UNDER ACTIVE PLANNING WHICH, IF PROVIDED ON SCHEDULE, WOULD OVERTAKE THE PLANNING TARGET BY THE MID-1980'S.

THIS PLANNED PROVISION WOULD HAVE A GREAT IMPACT IN CLEARING THE PRESENT WAITING LIST AND RESOLVING THE PROBLEM OF OLD PEOPLE LEFT IN HOSPITALS, HE SAID.

MR ALLEYNE WAS OUTLINING SOME OF THE MAIN POINTS DISCUSSED AND AGREED DURING A RECENT REVIEW OF THE PROGRAMME PLAN ON SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY, WHEN HE SPOKE AT THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE DIOCESAN WELFARE COUNCIL THIS EVENING.

THE REVIEW WAS CARRIED OUT BY A COMMITTEE COMPRISING REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR, HE SAID.

LISTING THE MAJOR PROPOSALS OF THE REVIEW, HE SAID 10 CARE AND ATTENTION HOMES WITH ABOUT 1 400 PLACES WOULD BECOME OPERATIONAL IN 1982-83, AND A FURTHER SIX HOMES WITH ABOUT 900 PLACES IN 1983-84.

♦ EVEN TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE HIGH LEVELS OF IMMIGRATION IN RECENT YEARS, THIS PROVISION, IF ACHIEVED ON SCHEDULE, WILL TAKE US OVER THE PLANNING TARGET OF FOUR PLACES PER 1 000 PEOPLE AGED 60 AND OVER.+ HE SAID.

IN THE AREA OF OLD PEOPLE’S HOMES AND HOSTELS WITH MEALS SECTIONS, MR ALLEYNE SAID THE EXISTING PROVISION OF 3 000 PLACES IN 28 HOMES OF BOTH TYPES WAS EXPECTED TO DOUBLE BY 1985-86 AS ANOTHER 40 HOMES WOULD COME INTO OPERATION.

AS WITH CARE AND ATTENTION HOMES, HE ADDED, THE PEAK YEARS ARE LIKELY TO BE 1982-83 AND 1983-84, IN WHICH A TOTAL OF 1 800 PLACES ARE PLANNED.

♦WHEN THESE ARE PROVIDED, WE SHALL BE ONLY 120 PLACES FROM OUR TARGET, SO I THINK IT IS SAFE TO SAY THAT, HERE TOO, WE WILL BE ABLE TO ACHIEVE OUR PRESENT TARGETS BY THE MID-1980’S,+ HE SAID.

ON MULTI-SERVICE CENTRES, THE DIRECTOR SAID THAT ALTHOUGH THE 1979 SOCIAL WELFARE WHITE PAPER INDICATED 17 WOULD BE REQUIRED, IT WAS AGREED THAT EXTRA CENTRES WOULD BE PROVIDED IN THOSE DISTRICTS WITH A GENERAL POPULATION OF 500 000 OR MORE.

AT PRESENT, HE SAID, THERE ARE SIX OF THESE DISTRICTS -KWUN TUNG, WONG TAI SIN, KOWLOON CITY, SHAM SHU I PO, TSUEN WAN AND THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF HONG KONG ISLAND.

AS REGARDS HOME HELP SERVICE, HE SAID A UNIFIED SYSTEM WAS PROPOSED TO CATER FOR ALL IN NEED - THE ELDERLY, THE DISABLED AND THOSE WITH OTHER SOCIAL PROBLEMS - ON A DISTRICT BASIS IN ORDER TO AVOID DUPLICATION.

HOWEVER, HE SAID, THE ELDERLY PEOPLE IN NEED OF THIS SERVICE WOULD BENEFIT FROM THE FASTER EXPANSION THAT WAS PROPOSED UNDER THE UNIFIED SYSTEM.

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IN THE AREA OF DAY CARE CENTRES, MR ALLEYNE SAID AN EVALUATION WAS BEING CARRIED OUT OF THE TWO EXPERIMENTAL CENTRES SET UP LAST YEAR.

HE SAID IT WAS PROPOSED THAT THE SERVICE SHOULD BE EXPANDED IF THE RESULTS OF THE EVALUATION WERE SATISFACTORY, AND ALREADY FOUR PREMISES HAD BEEN PROVISIONALLY EARMARKED FOR ADDITIONAL CENTRES.

ON SOCIAL CENTRES, HE SAID IT WAS PROPOSED TO AIM AT PROVIDING FEWER BUT LARGER AND BETTER STAFFED CENTRES, AS EXPERIENCE HAD SHOWN THE PRESENT POLICY WAS NOT VERY SATISFACTORY.

THIS MEANS INCREASING THE SIZE OF EACH CENTRE FROM 97 SQUARE METRES TO 169 SQUARE METRES WITH THE PROVISION OF ONE EXTRA SOCIAL WORKER, WHILE REDUCING THE PLANNING RATIO TO ONE FOR EVERY 33 000 POPULATION, HE SAID.

MR ALLEYNE ALSO MENTIONED THE INTRODUCTION BY THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF A SEPARATE QUOTA FOR ELDERLY APPLICANTS ON THE WAITING LIST FOR PUBLIC HOUSING.

THIS HAS BEEN SET AT AN INITIAL ANNUAL LEVEL OF 300 UNITS PROVIDING ACCOMMODATION FOR ABOUT 900 OLD PEOPLE, AND THE HOUSING AUTHORITY HAS AGREED TO KEEP THE SIZE OF THE QUOTA UNDER REVIEW IN THE LIGHT OF THE SIZE OF THE WAITING LIST, HE SAID.

THE HOUSING AUTHORITY HAS ALSO APPROVED IN PRINCIPLE AN EXTENDED PROGRAMME FOR PROVIDING HOSTEL ACCOMMODATION IN PUBLIC HOUSING, AND IN FUTURE A HOSTEL WITH ABOUT 150 PLACES WILL BE PROVIDED IN EACH ESTATE THAT HAS 3 000 OR MORE HOUSING UNITS, HE ADDED.

HE SAID IT WAS PROBABLE THAT ABOUT AN EXTRA 5 000 HOSTEL PLACES WOULD BE PROVIDED BETWEEN NOW AND 1989, IN ADDITION TO THE 1 625 THAT WOULD BE IN EXISTENCE BY MARCH 1981.

THE DIRECTOR POINTED OUT THAT THE REVIEW OF THE PROGRAMME PLAN HAD BEEN A MOST VALUABLE EXERCISE, AND HAD PROVIDED AN OPPORTUNITY FOR STAFF FROM VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR TO WORK TOGETHER TO REVIEW THE ADEQUACY OF THE SERVICES BEING PROVIDED, AND OF THOSE UNDER PLANNING, AND TO RETHINK THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND THESE SERVICES.

THE OVERALL CONCLUSION, HE SAID, HAS BEEN THAT THE POLICIES LAID DOWN IN THE WHITE PAPER ARE ON THE RIGHT LINES WITH ONLY MINOR ADJUSTMENTS, AND THERE HAVE BEEN NO DISAGREEMENTS OF ANY SIGNIFICANCE WHICH BEAR WITNESS TO THE HEALTH AND STRENGTH OF THE RELATIONS BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR.

HE SAID IT WAS INTENDED THAT THE NEXT REVIEW OF THE PROGRAMME PLAN SHOULD TAKE PLACE IN 1982 WHEN HOPEFULLY MORE INFORMATION WOULD BE AVAILABLE FROM THE 1981 CENSUS AND FROM A RESEARCH PROJECT BEING CARRIED OUT BY THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE 1980 REVIEW WILL BE MONITORED BY A NEW STANDING COMMITTEE, WHICH WILL BE REPRESENTED BY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SOCIAL SERVICES BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, HE SAID.

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PILOT CENSUS QUESTIONNAIRES PUT TO THE FIRE ******

CENSUS QUESTIONNAIRES CONTAINING PERSONAL DATA ON MEMBERS CF SOME 21 000 HOUSEHOLDS WERE BURNT TO ASHES THIS MORNING AT THE KENNEDY TOWN INCINERATOR UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT STAFF.

THESE QUESTIONNAIRES WERE OBTAINED FROM THE PILOT MARINE CENSUS AND THE PILOT LAND CENSUS CONDUCTED IN FEBRUARY AND MARCH THIS YEAR. THE PILOT CENSUSES WERE CONDUCTED TO PAVE THE WAY FOR THE MAIN POPULATION CENSUS TO BE TAKEN IN FEBRUARY - MARCH NEXT YEAR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED THAT UNDER THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS ORDINANCE, INDIVIDUAL INFORMATION SUPPLIED TO THE DEPARTMENT WOULD BE TREATED AS HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL AND ALL QUESTIONNAIRES CONTAINING PERSONAL PARTICULARS HAD TO BE DESTROYED WITHIN ONE YEAR AFTER THE CENSUS.

HE STRESSED AGAIN THAT WHILE CONDUCTING A CENSUS, STEPS WOULD BE TAKEN TO ENSURE THAT THE STRICTEST SECRECY WAS MAINTAINED THROUGHOUT.

+PERSONAL DATA WILL NEVER BE DISCLOSED TO ANY OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OR PRIVATE ORGANISATION AND ALL CENSUS OFFICERS ARE UNDER AN OATH OF SECRECY NOT TO DISCLOSE SUCH INFORMATION,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+THE BURNING OF THESE QUESTIONNAIRES IS TO REASSURE THE PUBLIC AND TO DISPEL ANY ANXIETY THEY MAY HAVE OVER THEIR USE,+ HE SAID.

AS WITH THOSE IN THE PILOT CENSUSES, THE QUESTIONNAIRES TO BE COMPLETED IN THE COMING MAIN CENSUS WILL BE DESTROYED WITHIN 12 MONTHS AFTERWARDS.

THE DATA COLLECTED WILL BE PROCESSED BY COMPUTER AND NO PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION SUCH AS NAME AND ADDRESS IS KEPT. RESULTS CF THE CENSUS WILL BE PUBLISHED ONLY IN AGGREGATED FORM, AND NO PERSONAL PARTICULARS ARE DISPLAYED.

IN VIEW OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS 1981 CENSUS, THE SPOKESMAN CALLED ON THE PUBLIC TO GIVE FULL AND ACCURATE ANSWERS TO THE CENSUS OFFICERS AND ASSURED THEM THAT ALL INFORMATION THEY GIVE WILL BE HANDLED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE.

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SOCIAL WELFARE DIRECTOR IMPRESSED BY CARITAS WORK ******

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR SELWYN ALLEYNE WAS IMPRESSED BY THE CARITAS’ WELFARE WORK FOR THE YOUNG, THE DISABLED AND DRUG ADDICTS DURING HIS VISIT TO TWO OF ITS WELFARE INSTITUTIONS THIS AFTERNOON.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, MRS EVELYN DOE, ALLEYNE WENT ON AN INSPECTION TOUR OF THE CARITAS LOK HEEP CLUB IN WAN CHAI AND THE CARITAS MULTI-SERVICE CENTRE AT CAINu ROAD.

HE WAS BRIEFED ON THE DAILY OPERATIONS OF THE INSTITUTIONS BY THE PRESIDENT OF CARITAS, THE REV FR FRANCIS LERDA, AND THE LOK HEEP CLUB CHAIRMAN, MR FRANCIS YANG.

THE CLUB HELPS TO REHABILITATE DRUG ADDICTS AND EX-ADDICTS THROUGH CASEWORK COUNSELLING, GROUP SERVICE AND VOLUNTEER WORK.

IT ALSO SERVES AS A YOUTH CENTRE WHERE MEMBERS CAN DROP IN TO JOIN SOCIAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

AT THE CARITAS MULTI-SERVICE CENTRE, MR ALLEYNE SHOWED KEEN INTEREST IN AN INTEGRATED APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME UNDER WHICH ABLE-BODIED AND DISABLED PERSONS WERE TRAINED TOGETHER IN PRINTING, CARPENTRY AND MAINTENANCE OF HOME APPLIANCES.

THE CENTRE PROVIDES A VARIETY OF SERVICES INCLUDING CHILD CARE, SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH, OUTREACH I NG YOUTH WORK AND FAMILY SERVICES.

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402 TRADE UNIONS UNDER REGISTRATION IN 1979-83

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ALTOGETHER 402 TRADE UNIONS WERE REGISTERED WITH THE REGISTRAR OF TRADE UNIONS BETWEEN APRIL 1, 1979 AND MARCH 31, 1983.

THE TOTAL COMPRISED 345 EMPLOYEES’ UNIONS, 41 ASSOCIATIONS OF EMPLOYERS, 15 MIXED ORGANISATIONS OF EMPLOYEES AND EMPLOYERS AND ONE TRADE UNION FEDERATION.

IN ADDITION, THERE WAS A TOTAL OF 368 SUBSIDIARY UNDERTAKINGS OF TRADE UNIONS AS COMPARED WITH 361 IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR. THESE COMPRISED 77 BRANCHES, FIVE SCHOOLS, 41 CLINICS AND 245 BUSINESS UNDERTAKINGS.

DURING THE YEAR, 17 NEW UNIONS WERE REGISTERED AND SIX UNIONS WERE DE-REGISTERED - ONE AT ITS OWN REQUEST, ONE BY DISSOLUTION AND FOUR FOR HAVING BEEN AMALGAMATED.

OF THE 17 NEW UNIONS REGISTERED, 15 WERE FORMED BY CIVIL SERVANTS.

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NOTE TO EDITORS*

LADY MACLEHOSE TO OPEN EXTENSION OF SOCIAL SERVICE CENTRE

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LADY MACLEHOSE WILL OFFICIALLY OPEN THE NEW EXTENSION OF THE SHENG KUNG HUI LADY MACLEHOSE CENTRE IN KWAI CHUNG ON WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 10).

IT IS THE ONLY COMMUNITY CENTRE IN THE DISTRICT PROVIDING A MULTITUDE OF SERVICES -- RANGING FROM GROUP WORK TO INDUSTRIAL SOCIAL WORK, AND CATERING TO NEW-BORN BABIES AS WELL AS THE ELDERLY.

THE NEW EXTENSION WILL HAVE FACILITIES FOR A SOCIAL CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY AND A DAY CRECHE AND NURSERY FOR CHILDREN FROM THREE MONTHS TO FIVE YEARS OLD.

THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE AT 6 PM AT THE CENTRE AT 22 WO Yl HOP ROAD, NORTH KWAI CHUNG.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE CEREMONY.

LADY MACLEHOSE IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE AT 5.40 PM.

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LIFE GUARDS COMMENDED

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SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, TODAY HIGHLY COMMENDED ALL LIFE GUARDS WHO HAD PERFORMED DUTIES ON HOLIDAYS AND WHO, IN THE COURSE OF THEIR DUTY, HAD CARRIED OUT RESCUES.

MR AKERS-JONES WAS SPEAKING AT THE PRESENTATION OF AWARDS AND CERTIFICATES TO MEMBERS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES BRANCH OF HONG KONG LIFE GUARD CLUB.

THE HONG KONG LIFE GUARD CLUB HAS A LONG HISTORY OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY, HE SAID.

♦MEMBERS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES BRANCH, BY VOLUNTARY DUTIES AT BEACHES OUTSIDE THE URBAN AREA AND ON THE ISLANDS, ARE ON-HAND TO SAVE LIVES AND GIVE HELP IN ANY EMERGENCY, AND BY THEIR PRESENCE REASSURE ALL SWIMMERS AT THESE BEACHES.*

THE NEW TERRITORIES BRANCH HAD A SHORT HISTORY OF EIGHT YEARS. MEMBERSHIP WAS GROWING AND THE RECORDS SHOWED WHAT A GREAT DEAL HAD BEEN DONE FOR THE PUBLIC.

IN PARTICULAR, THE NEW CENTURY LIFE SAVING CLUB WHICH IS AFFILIATED TO THE BRANCH HAD RENDERED OUTSTANDING SERVICE ON NEW TERRITORIES BEACHES IN 1980, COMPLETING 223 DUTIES.

ANOTHER, THE FLYING DRAGON LIFE GUARD CLUB HAD THE GREATEST NUMBER OF MEMBERS ON DUTY DURING THE YEAR AND THE NE- TERRITORIES BRANCH HAD DECIDED TO HONOUR BOTH GROUPS IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR DEDICATION AND SERVICE.

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♦WE HAVE ALSO SEVERAL LIFE GUARDS WHO HAVE MADE SPLENDID INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTIONS WHILE ON DUTY, AND THESE COME FROM YOUR HONORARY LIFE GUARDS, THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT LIFE GUARDS AND FROM THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICE,* MR AKERS-JONES SAID.

THE HONG KONG LIFE GUARD CLUB, A VOLUNTARY ORGANISATION FUNDED BY THE GOVERNMENT, THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND PRIVATE DONATIONS WAS SET UP 20 YEARS AGO TO PROMOTE WATER SAFETY.

AT PRESENT, IT HAS 8 000 VOLUNTEER MEMBERS IN THE URBAN AREA AND 1 000 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

BESIDES DEPLOYING VOLUNTEER LIFE GUARDS AT VARIOUS BEACHES, THE CLUB ALSO ORGANISES TRAINING PROGRAMMES ON SWIMMING, LIFE RESCUING AND CANOEING WITH THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

AT TODAY’S CEREMONY, THE FLYING DRAGON LIFE GUARD CLUB AND THE NEW CENTURY LIFE SAVING CLUB WERE AWARDED THE SPECIAL WATER SAFETY AWARD.

FOURTEEN MEMBERS RECEIVED VALUABLE SERVICE AWARDS WHILE 29 MEMBERS WERE PRESENTED WITH THE HONG KONG RESCUE STAR.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

LADY CATER TO VISIT COMMUNITY CHEST MEMBER AGENCIES * * * *

LADY CATER, PRESIDENT OF THE COMMUNITY CHEST OF HONG KONG, WILL VISIT THREE OF ITS MEMBER AGENCIES IN KOWLOON ON WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 10).

THE DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE COMMUNITY CHEST, MR G.A. HENDERSON, WILL ACCOMPANY LADY CATER ON THE VISITS TO THE EVANGEL CHILDREN’S HOME AND THE NEIGHBOURHOOD ADVICE-ACTION COUNCIL IN WONG TAI SIN AND TO THE SAMARITAN BEFRIENDERS HONG KONG AT LOK FU ESTATE.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER LADY CATER’S VISITS ON WEDNESDAY. THE TIME OF THE VISITS AND THE ADDRESSES OF THE AGENCIES ARE AS FOLLOWSi

* EVANGEL CHILDREN’S HOME: 120 SHATIN PASS ROAD,

WONG TAI SIN (2.30 PM - 3.10 PM).

* NEIGHBOURHOOD ADVICE-ACTION COUNCIL:

CHUN YAN STREET, WONG TAI SIN (3.20 PM - 4.15 PM).

* THE SAMARITAN BEFRIENDERS HONG KONG:

45, BLOCK 13, GROUND FLOOR,

LOK FU ESTATE (4.25 PM - 5 PM)

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1980

SIX LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIRS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ******

LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIRS WILL BE HELD IN SIX DISTRICTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES, AND SOME 780 STALLS WILL BE PUT UP FOR PUBLIC AUCTION SOON.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THE FAIRS WOULD BE HELD BETWEEN JANUARY 29 AND FEBRUARY 5 TO COINCIDE WITH THE LUNAR YEAR END CELEBRATIONS.

♦THIS YEAR, KWAI CHUNG AND TUEN MUN RESIDENTS WILL HAVE THEIR CWN FAIR FOR THE FIRST TIME, AT THE KWAI CHUNG PLAYGROUND AND AT THE TUEN MUN SAN HUI PLAYGROUND,+ SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

OTHER FAIRS WILL BE HELD AT SHEK WU HUI PLAYGROUND IN SHEUNG SHU I, YUEN LONG SPORTS GROUND, TAI PO TEMPORARY RECREATION GROUND AT PLOVER COVE ROAD AND SHA TSUI ROAD PLAYGROUND IN TSUEN WAN.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID DETAILS OF THE PUBLIC AUCTION OF THE STALLS WOULD BE ANNOUNCED LATER.

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NORTH POINT BUS TERMINUS A PROHIBITED ZONE *****

NORTH POINT FERRY BUS TERMINUS WILL BE DESIGNATED A ^PROHIBITED ZONE+ AND WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL OTHER VEHICLES FROM FRIDAY (DECEMBER 12).

EXCEPTIONS ARE THOSE WITH WRITTEN AUTHORISATION BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT.

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PHOTOGRAPH OF DEPARTMENT HEAD * * *

COPIES OF A PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPH OF MR J.M. RIDDELL-SWAN, DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM GIS PRESS BOXES THIS EVENING FOR YOUR RECORD AND EDITORIAL USE.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE no.

medical developments in nt toms ............................... 1

rf1M PLAN to INTRODUCE REFLECTIVE ROAD MARKINGS ............... 2

YUEN LONG DEVELOPMENT DESERVES LOCAL PRIDE................... 3

VILLAGE HOUSE DECLARED DANGEROUS .............................. 5

SHai TIN TO HOLD ATHLETICS MEETING............................. 5

SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL AND ORDERS-ON-HAND .............. 6

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME IN TAI PC MARKET .................... 7

DEAIH SENTENCE COMMUTED........................................ 7

HIGHER CEILING FOR TJC EA3APTI0N ON INTEREST EARNED............ 8

TRAFFIC iJULiNGAMENTS ......................................... 8

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1980

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MEDICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN NT NEW TOWNS

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THREE NEW HOSPITALS AND 10 CLINICS AND POLYCLINICS WILL BE PUT INTO SERVICE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES IN THIS DECADE TO MEET THE GROWING DEMAND FOR MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES IN THE FAST DEVELOPING NEW TOWNS.

IN ADDITION, FIVE EXISTING HOSPITALS IN THE REGION WILL UNDERGO AN AMBITIOUS EXPANSION PROGRAMME.

THESE MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES WERE OUTLINED BY THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES IN CHARGE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES REGION, DR C.Y. SAM, IN AN ADDRESS TO THE HONG KONG NORTHWEST ROTARY CLUB TODAY.

♦ALL THESE MEASURES ARE GEARED TOWARDS IMPROVING THE EXISTING MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND MEETING THE TARGET RATIO OF 5.7 BEDS PER THOUSAND POPULATION SET BY THE ICDICAL DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE BY THE END OF THE DECADE,♦ DR SAM SAID.

THE COMPLETION LAST MONTH OF THE 1 300-BED SOUTH KWAI CHUNG HOSPITAL, HE SAID, IS AN IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENT IN THE PROVISION OF FACILITIES FOR THE MENTALLY ILL.

TWO NEW GENERAL HOSPITALS WILL ALSO BECOME OPERATIONAL WITHIN A FEW YEARS’ TIME, HE SAID. THEY ARE THE 1 400-BED PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL IN SHA TIN TO BE COMPLETED IN SEPTEMBER 1982 AND THE 1 300-BED HOSPITAL AT TUEN MUN DUE FOR COMPLETION IN 1985.

THE EXISTING FANLING HOSPITAL WILL SHORTLY HAVE AN EXTRA 50 BEDS UPON COMPLETION OF AN EXPANSION PROGRAMME THIS MONTH.

PLANS ARE ALSO IN THE PIPELINE TO BUILD AN EXTENSION BLOCK TO PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL TO PROVIDE MORE GENERAL BEDS AND SUPPORTING FACILITIES.

DR SAM POINTED OUT THAT THREE GOVERNMENT SUBVENTED HOSPITALS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES — THE CARITAS MEDICAL CENTRE, YAN CHAI AND POK 01 HOSPITALS, WILL ALSO BE EXPANDED.

THE CARITAS MEDICAL CENTRE PROPOSES TO BUILD AN ADDITIONAL SIX-STOREY COMPLEX FOR ITS NURSE TRAINING SCHOOL, STAFF QUARTERS AND OTHER FACILITIES BY 1983.

THE NUMBER OF BEDS AT YAN CHAI HOSPITAL WILL INCREASE FOUR-FOLD FROM 150 AT PRESENT TO 650 IM 1584, AND ITS EXTENSION WILL INCORPORATE AN OUT-PATIENT DEPARTMENT AND A 24-HOUR CASUALTY DEPARTMENT TO AUGMENT GOVERNMENT SERVICES IN THE HIGHLY DEVELOPED NEW TOWN.

THE EXPANSION PROGRAMME AT POK 01 HOSPITAL WILL BE IN STAGES. IT ENVISAGES AN INCREASE OF BEDS FROM 165 TO 420, AN EIGHT-BED INTENSIVE CARE UNIT, A NEW OUT-PATIENT DEPARTMENT AND A CASUALTY DEPARTMENT.

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AS REGARDS GENERAL OUT-PATIENT SERVICE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES DR SAM SAID THREE NEW CL INICS/POLYCLIN ICS WOULD BE OPENED IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS.

LEK YUEN HEALTH CENTRE IN SHA TIN RECENTLY COMPLETED WILL PROVIDE A GENERAL OUT-PATIENT DEPARTMENT, FAMILY HEALTH SERVICE, A NEW REGIONAL OFFICE, AND A COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION CENTRE.

LEI MUK SHUE HEALTH CENTRE, TO BE COMPLETED BY MID-1981 WILL CATER FOR GENERAL OUT-PATIENT SERVICE, VISITING SPECIALIST SERVICE, MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH SERVICE AND A 24-BED MATERNITY WARD.

YAN 01 POLYCLINIC STAGE I IN TUEN MUN, TO BE IN OPERATION BY NEXT SEPTEMBER, WILL HOUSE GENERAL OUT-PATIENT, FAMILY HEALTH AND CHEST UNITS.

THE STAGE II CONSTRUCTION, WHICH WILL PROVIDE SPECIALIST SERVICES, IS SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED BEFORE THE END OF 1983.

IN THE LONGER TERM, THE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO BUILD SEVEN MORE CLINICS IN THE REGION: A SCHOOL DENTAL CLINIC AT SHA TIN AND AT TUEN MUN, A CLINIC EACH IN YUEN LONG, TAI PO, TSING Yl AND LOWER KWAI CHUNG, AND A GERIATRIC DAY CENTRE AT SOUTH KWAI CHUNG POLYCLINIC.

♦THE DEPARTMENT IS DOING ITS UTMOST WITH AVAILABLE RESOURCES TO ENSURE A BALANCED DEVELOPMENT OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES AT ALL FRONT, AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO PRESS AHEAD WITH IMPROVEMENT OF OUR SERVICES SO THAT AN ACCEPTABLE STANDARD CAN BE MA INTA I NED, + DR SAM SAID.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

COPIES OF THE SPEECH BY DR SAM, IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE HAVE BEEN BOXED FOR COLLECTION.

SIM PLAN TO INTRODUCE REFLECTIVE ROAD MARKINGS

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THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS EXTENDING THE USE OF REFLECTIVE THERMOPLASTIC ROAD MARK INGS TO IMPROVE ROAD SAFETY. TO

A CONTRACT FOR THE LAYING OF SOME 10 000 SQUARE METRES OF SUCH ROAD MARKINGS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG WAS AWARDED TODAY TO W IMPEY ASPHALT HONG KONG LTD.

THE CONTRACT, AT A COST OF ABOUT SI MILLION, WAS FORMALLY SIGNED BY MR HAROLD BEATON, GOVERNMENT HIGHWAY ENGINEER (WORKS) AND MR DERYCK ALLISON, CONTRACTS MANAGER OF THE COMPANY.

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MR BEATON SAID THE NEW REFLECTIVE ROAD MARKINGS, INTRODUCED LAST YEAR BY THE SAME COMPANY, HAD PROVED TO BE SUITABLE FOR USE IN HONG KONG.

♦THESE ROAD MARKINGS ARE MORE EXPENSIVE INITIALLY THAN ROAD MARKING PAINT, BUT THEY HAVE SEVERAL BENEFITS,* HE SAID.

♦FIRSTLY, THEY DO NOT NEED TO BE REPLACED OR REPAINTED FREQUENTLY, THUS GREATLY REDUCING INCONVENIENCE TO MOTORISTS.

♦SECONDLY, THE MINUTE GLASS BEADS MIXED IN THE MARKING MATERIAL GIVE A REFLECTIVE EFFECT AT NIGHT, IMPROVING VISIBILITY AFTER DARK,* HE EXPLAINED.

THE SPEED OF MACHINE LAYING AND THE RAPID DRYING TIME OF THE MATERIAL ENSURE THAT TRAFFIC DELAYS ARE KEPT TO A MINIMUM, CERTAINLY MUCH LESS THAN FOR SIMILAR JOBS USING HAND APPLIED PAINT.

MACHINE LAYING ALSO REDUCES CONSIDERABLY THE DANGER TO WORKERS ON THE ROAD PAINTING THE MARKINGS, MR BEATON ADDED.

WORK ON THE CONTRACT IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN SOON AND TO BE COMPLETED BY THE MIDDLE OF NEXT YEAR.

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YUEN LONG DEVELOPMENT DESERVES LOCAL PRIDE X * * X *

THE RAPID DEVELOPMENT OF YUEN LONG FROM A FARMING VILLAGE TO A COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL NEW TOWN WITH MORE THAN 200 000 PEOPLE DESERVES THE LOCAL COMMUNITY’S PRIDE, THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR JIMMY SWEETMAN SAID TODAY.

ADDRESSING A GATHERING OF STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS AT THE 31ST ANNUAL SPEECH DAY OF YUEN LONG PUBLIC MIDDLE SCHOOL, MR SWEETMAN SAID THE HUMAN RESOURCES THAT MOTIVATE DEVELOPMENT WOULD GREATLY INCREASE AFTER THE MASSIVE HOUSING PROJECTS INCLUDING FAIRVIEW GARDENS AND THE SHUI PIN VILLAGE ESTATE WERE COMPLETED.

ON THE LOCAL ECONOMY AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES, MR SWEETMAN SAID MANY BANKS IN YUEN LONG AND BRANCH COMPANIES OR OFFICES OF LOCAL AND FOREIGN ORGANISATIONS HAD SPRUNG UP.

A GREAT NUMBER OF FACTORIES HAVE ALSO JOINED IN PRODUCTION ONE AFTER ANOTHER AND MOST OF THEM BELONG TO THE LABOUR-CONCENTRATED LIGHT INDUSTRIES AND WILL PROVIDE A LOT OF JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE SKILLED WORKERS IN YUEN LONG, HE SAID.

♦THE DEVELOPMENT PLAN OF THE WANG CHAU INDUSTRIAL ESTATE IS BEING VIGOROUSLY PURSUED,+HE ADDED.

MR SWEETMAN TOLD THE GRADUATES THAT LOCAL PEOPLE INTENDING INDUSTRIAL CAREERS WOULD HAVE PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITIES TO DEPLOY THEIR ABILITIES TO ATTAIN THEIR GOALS.

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ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT, MR SWEETMAN SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS PLANNING TO BUILD A SYSTEM OF LIGHT RAILWAY FROM YUEN LONG DIRECT TO TUEN MUN.

♦THE EASE OF COMMUNICATION TO OUTER DISTRICTS WILL MUCH ENHANCE THE DEVELOPMENT OF LOCAL ECONOMY AND EMPLOYMENT,♦ HE SAID.

ON THE DISTRICT’S CULTURAL, EDUCATIONAL AND RECREATIONAL DEVELOPMENTS, MR SWEETMAN SAID APART FROM YUEN LONG MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION SECONDARY SCHOOL AND CHIU LUT SAU MEMORIAL SCHOOL RECENTLY ESTABLISHED, A BIG SECONDARY SCHOOL WOULD COME INTO BEING BY 1985.

RECREATIONAL FACILITIES RECENTLY PROVIDED ARE THE SIR DENYS ROBERTS SQUASH STADIUM, AND CONSTRUCTION OF A LARGE-SCALE SWIMMING POOL IS WELL UNDER WAY, HE SAID.

♦THE SCHOOL HALL OF CHIU LUT SAU MEMORIAL SCHOOL, EQUIPPED WITH AIR-CONDITIONING, IS SCHEDULED TO BE INAUGURATED BY THE GOVERNOR ON JANUARY 30 NEXT YEAR.

IT WILL PROVIDE MORE ROOM FOR LOCAL CULTURAL ACTIVITIES AND A NUMBER OF FINE PERFORMANCES MARKING THE YUEN LONG ARTS FESTIVAL WILL TAKE PLACE THERE,* HE SAID.

PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE WORK OF YUEN LONG PUBLIC MIDDLE SCHOOL OVER THE LAST 30 YEARS, MR SWEETMAN SAID THE SCHOOL HAD GROWN FROM THREE CLASSES TO 25 CLASSES, FROM A MERE JUNIOR SECONDARY CHINESE SECTION TO BOTH CHINESE AND ANGLO-CHINESE SECTIONS COMPLETE WITH MATRICULATION COURSES.

SUCH AN EXPANSION REALLY DESERVES THE APPROBATION OF THE EDUCATIONAL ENTHUSIASTS AMONG THE EMINENT PERSONALITIES IN YUEN LONG’S COMMUNITY,♦ HE SAID.

MR SWEETMAN TOLD THE GRADUATES THAT THEY TOO WERE THE MOTIVATING FORCES FOR DEVELOPMENT OF A FUTURE YUEN LONG.

IT IS AN ADMIRABLE CHINESE VIRTUE FOR ONE TO ALWAYS KEEP IN MIND ONE’S ORIGIN, HE SAID.

AS MOST OF YOU WERE BORN AND BRED IN YUEN LONG, YOU HAVE A STRONG SENSE OF BELONGING FOR YUEN LONG.

IF YOU SERVE YUEN LONG WITH THIS AFFECTION TOGETHER WITH YOUR PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE, I AM SURE YUEN LONG’S FUTURE ACHIEVEMENT WILL BE FAR GREATER THAN THEY ARE NOW,* MR SWEETMAN SAID.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1980

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VILLAGE HOUSE DECLARED DANGEROUS

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY DECLARED NO. 10 HOI PA VILLAGE, CHUNG ON STREET, TSUEN WAN LIABLE TO BECOME DANGEROUS.

IN A STATEMENT ISSUED THIS MORNING THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THAT NO. 12 HOI PA VILLAGE WAS CLOSED UNDER AN EMERGENCY CLOSURE ORDER ON JULY 18, 1979 IN VIEW OF THE POOR CONDITION OF ITS KITCHEN BLOCK. THE CONDITION OF THIS BUILDING HAS FURTHER DETERIORATED AND IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO REQUIRE ITS DEMOLITION. NO. 10 IS IN A SIMILARLY POOR STATE AND WOULD NOT WITHSTAND THE DEMOLITION OF NO. 12.

THESE TWO ADJOINING PROPERTIES ARE PART OF A ROW OF TWO STOREY VILLAGE TYPE HOUSES.

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER IN KOWLOON DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 AM ON DECEMBER 30, 1980 WERE POSTED TODAY.

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SHA TIN TO HOLD ATHLETICS MEETING * * * *

A DISTRICT WIDE ATHLETICS MEETING IS TO BE HELD IN SHA TIN NEW TOWN IN JANUARY TO BOOST LOCAL INTEREST IN SPORT.

THE EVENT, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO ATTRACT 700 PARTICIPANTS, IS BEING ORGANISED BY SHA TIN DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD, THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, SHA TIN SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND THE LOCAL RURAL COMMITTEE.

THERE WILL BE THREE SECTIONS, DIVIDED ACCORDING TO AGE, FOR BOTH MEN AND WOMEN.

THE MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY ON JANUARY 10 AND 11 (SATURDAY AND SUNDAY).

WINNERS WILL REPRESENT SHA TIN IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ATHLETICS MEETING IN MARCH ORGANISED BY THE HEUNG YEE KUK, THE NEW TERRITORIES SCHOOLS SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE.

THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRY TO EVENTS IS DECEMBER 23. APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE OFFICE IN LEK YUEN ESTATE, SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE AND SHA TIN RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE.

AH ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR THE MEETING WAS FORMED A MONTH AGO. IT IS CHAIRED BY LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADER, MR LAU HON-KIT.

THIS WILL BE THE FIFTH SUCH ATHLETICS MEETING TO BE HELD IN THE NEW TOWN. THE FIRST WAS HELD FOUR YEARS AGO AND HAS PROVED SUCCESSFUL IN IMPROVING LOCAL SPORT STANDARDS.

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SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL AND ORDERS-ON-HAND *******

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY RELEASED ORDERS-ON-HAND STATISTICS AS FOLLOWS:

ORDERS-ON-HAND (IN TERMS OF MONTHS)

INDUSTRY GROUP SEPT 1980 OCT 1980

WEARING APPAREL, EXCEPT FOOTWEAR 4.9 5.0

TEXTILE, EXCEPT WEARING APPAREL 2.3 2.4

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 4.0 3.7

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS, EXCEPT MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT 4.0 3.8

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC MACHINERY, APPARATUS, APPLIANCES AND SUPPLIES 5.2 5.1

OTHERS 3.7 3.7

ALL MANUFACTURING 4.3 4.3

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT THESE STATISTICS WERE BASED ON AN UPDATED AND ENLARGED PANEL OF THE 200 LARGEST MANUFACTURING COMPANIES SELECTED BY REFERENCE TO THEIR

EMPLOYMENT SIZE IN SEPTEMBER 1979.

AS THE PANEL IS NOT A SCIENTIFICALLY DESIGNED SAMPLE, RESULTS OBTAINED WILL BE REPRESENTATIVE ONLY OF THE COMPANIES INCLUDED IN THE PANEL.

HOWEVER IT IS HOPED THAT THEY WILL GENERALLY INDICATE THE DIRECTION OF CHANGE IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY AS A WHOLE, HE SAID.

THE SURVEY, WHICH IS CONDUCTED MONTHLY, ALSO ASKS QUESTIONS ON EMPLOYMENT AND PAYROLL AND COVERS THE CONSTRUCTION AND SELECTED SERVICES SECTORS BESIDES THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY.

THE SURVEY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 1980 IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, AT SI A COPY.

ENQUIRIES ON THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE MADE TO THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION STATISTICS SECTION OF THE DEPARTMENT (TEL. NO. 5-274203).

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1980

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TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME IN TAI P0 MARKET

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A TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME WILL BE IMPLEMENTED FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 12) TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FlOW IN TAI PO MARKET

„UNDER THE SCHEME, A SECTION OF ON FU ROAD BETWEEN KWONG Sil r°rSrAcc/-?? YICK STREET W,LL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND-WHILE THE SECTION OF PO YICK STREET EAST OF ON FU ROAD WILL EE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY EASTBOUND.

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THE PUBLIC ROAD WILL AT

PLE’S WILL FU ROAD, BUT

OTHER THAN

LIGHT BUS STAND ON THE RE-ROUTED SECTION OF ON THE SAME TIME BE RELOCATED TO PO YICK STREET.

BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THIS SECTION OF WILL BE ROUTED VIA PO YICK STREET INSTEAD.

<?Tnp eno oAce^r^\NnCHiSED BUSES» veh>CLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED PASSENGERS OR TO LOAD OR UNLOAD GOODS FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM ?fiLYniMrTmMTH^TSECTI0N 0F P0 Y,CK strEET ABOUT 20 METRES FROM ' ITS JUNCTION WITH KWONG FUK ROAD.

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TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED

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THE GO‘"-RNOR, AFTER TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE ADVICE OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, HAS DECIDED THAT THE DEATH SENTENCE PASSED ON YING MAN-LEUNG ON AUGUST 15, 1979 SHOULD BE COMMUTED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT.

YING WAS FOUND GUILTY OF THE MURDER OF WONG AH-YEUNG IN CHAI WAN ON JANUARY 31, 1979.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1980

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HIGHER CEILING FOR TAX EXEMPTION ON INTEREST EARNED *****

INTEREST PAYABLE BY LICENSED BANKS, BY CERTAIN PUBLIC UTILITIES AND BY THE GOVERNMENT AT RATES OF UP TO 11 PER CENT PER ANNUM WILL BE EXEMPTED FROM INTEREST TAX FROM TODAY (TUESDAY).

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THIS REPRESENTED AN INCREASE OF 1 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 SIMILARLY RAISED TO 11 PER CENT ALSO WITH EFFECT FROM TODAY.

SECTION 28 OF THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE HAS BEEN AMENDED, BY A PUBLIC REVENUE PROTECTION ORDER SIGNED THIS MORNING BY THE GOVERNOR, TO RAISE FROM 10-1/2 PER CENT TO 11 PER CENT THE INTEREST RATE CEILING UP TO WHICH THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY HAS POWER TO EXEMPT INTEREST FROM TAX.

THE PUBLIC REVENUE PROTECTION ORDER, AND THE NOTICE SIGNED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, ARE PUBLISHED IN AN EXTRAORDINARY GAZETTE TODAY.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS * * * *

THE NORTH SIDE OF TAK WAH STREET BETWEEN HAM TIN STREET AND YAN CHAI STREET IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE DESIGNATED A PUBLIC LIGHT BUS RESTRICTED ZONE FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 12).

UNLESS WITH WRITTEN AUTHORISATION, PLB’S WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR TO LOAD OR UNLOAD GOODS WITHIN THIS ZONE.

ALSO FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY, EASTBOUND VEHICLES ALONG WATERLOO ROAD WILL BE PERMITTED TO TURN RIGHT INTO SHANGHAI STREET.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, DECEI.lBER 10, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MORE LAND FOR TUEN MJN NEW TOWN ............................... 1

SIR MURRAY INSPECTS DEVELOPMENTS IN SHAM SHUI PO .............. 2

ROLE OF NTA IN NEV/ TOWNS DEVELOPMENT OUTLINED ................ 3

LADY MACLEHOSE OPENS EXTENSION TO COMMUNITY CENTRE............. 4

POSTER COMPETITION TO PROMOTE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY ............... 5

PROGRESS OF STUBBS ROAD FLYOVER SATISFACTORY .................. 6

CAS ANNUAL SPORTS MEET ........................................ 6

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1980

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MORE LAND FOR TUEN MUN NEW TOWN

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TODAY AWARDED A MAJOR CIVIL ENGINEERING CONTRACT TO LEIGHTON UNIVERSAL JOINT VENTURE FOR THE PRODUCTION OF ANOTHER 29 HECTARES OF LAND FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

THE CONTRACT, WORTH ABOUT $204 MILLION, MARKS ANOTHER IMPORTANT PHASE OF DEVELOPMENT AND IS THE BIGGEST SINGLE CONTRACT LET FOR TUEN MUN SO FAR UNDER THE NEW TOWN’S MASSIVE $6 000 MILLION DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME.

IT WAS FORMALLY SIGNED BY MR STAN BARDEN, PROJECT MANAGER OF THE PWD TUEN MUN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, AND MR J.G. HAMILTON AND MR Y.T. LEUNG OF THE COMPANY.

THE PROJECT INCLUDES THE RECLAMATION OF ABOUT 16 HECTARES OF LAND IN THE CENTRAL PART OF CASTLE PEAK BAY AND THE FORMATION OF ABOUT 13 HECTARES OF LAND EAST OF THE NEW TOWN.

MR BARDEN SAID, +DEVELOPMENT IN TUEN MUN IS BEING CARRIED OUT MAINLY ON LAND FORMED BY RECLAMATION AND SITE FORMATION AND WORK ON A SERIES OF BUILDING, CIVIL ENGINEERING AND ROAD PROJECTS IS PROGRESSING ON A WIDE FRONT.

♦SINCE THE START OF THE MASSIVE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME BY THE PWD’S NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, MORE THAN 220 HECTARES OF LAND HAVE BEEN RECLAIMED AND SERVICED FOR VARIOUS DEVELOPMENT.

♦WORK IS PROGRESSING WELL ON PRODUCING ANOTHER 130 HECTARES OF LAND IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE TOWN.+

CONSTRUCTION WORK HAS STARTED ON A TOWN CENTRE WHICH WILL HAVE MAJOR COMMERCIAL, COMMUNITY AND CULTURAL FACILITIES.

AT PRESENT, TUEN MUN NEW TOWN HAS A POPULATION OF ABOUT 90 000, MOST OF THEM LIVING IN SELF-CONTAINED PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES WITH SHOPPING COMPLEXES AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES.

♦THE NEW TOWN WHEN FULLY DEVELOPED IN THE LATE 198O’S WILL HOUSE OVER 500 000 PEOPLE,+ MR BARDEN SAID.

COMMENTING ON THE PRESENT CONTRACT, HE SAID THE LAND RECLAIMED WOULD BE USED FOR LIGHT INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AND FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX, A POLICE STATION, AN AMBULANCE DEPOT AND A FIRE STATION.

♦LAND WILL ALSO BE RESERVED ON THE RECLAMATION FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW ROAD LINKING THE EASTERN AND WESTERN PART OF THE NEW TOWN,+ HE ADDED.

ALSO INCLUDED IN THE CONTRACT IS THE CONSTRUCTION CF A 640-METRE RIVER TRAINING WALL IN -HAT WAS PREVIOUSLY THE CENTRE CF CASTLE PEAK BAY AND A 750-METRE SEAWALL IN ThE EASTERN PART CF THE BAY.

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MR BARDEN SAID THE SEAWALL WOULD COMPLETE THE FINAL SHAPE OF THE TUEN MUN HARBOUR WHICH WOULD PROVIDE MORE THAN 50 HECTARES OF SHELTERED ANCHORAGE FOR CARGO HANDLING AND OTHER ACTIVITIES.

+ IT WILL ALSO PROVIDE A TYPHOON REFUGE FOR THE WESTERN WATERS OF HONG KONG AND SERVE AS A BASE FOR THE TUEN MUN FISHING FLEET,* HE SAID.

FILL MATERIAL FOR THE RECLAMATION WORK WILL BE OBTAINED FROM BORROW AREAS IN SIU LAM AND THE EASTERN FOOTHILLS OF THE NEW TOWN.

THE TERRACED PLATFORMS FORMED IN THESE AREAS WILL PROVIDE FOUR HECTARES OF LAND FOR HIGH CLASS RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT AND ANOTHER NINE HECTARES FOR OPEN SPACE AND OTHER USES.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL START NEXT WEEK AND WILL BE COMPLETED IN PHASES OVER THE NEXT 30 MONTHS.

♦THE PHASED COMPLETION WILL ENABLE WORK TO START EARLY ON THE TOWN PARK, NULLAH PROMENADE AND SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX SCHEMES WHICH FORM PART OF THE PLANNED RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR THE RESIDENTS OF TUEN MUN,* MR BARDEN SAID.

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SIR MURRAY INSPECTS DEVELOPMENTS IN SHAM SHU I PO ******

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE TODAY SPENT THE ENTIRE MORNING VISITING SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT TO SEE THE PROGRESS OF DEVELOPMENTS IN THE AREA.

SIR MURRAY WENT TO THE ROOF OF CHEW ON BUILDING IN YEN CHOW STREET FROM WHERE HE COULD SURVEY THE DEVELOPMENT SITES WHILE BEING BRIEFED BY THE CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER (KOWLOON), MRS MABEL HAYES, THE CDO, MR STEPHEN IP, AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PUBLIC WORKS AND URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENTS.

SIR MURRAY WAS BRIEFED ON THE PROGRESS OF THE WEST KOWLOON CORRIDOR AND ON LAI KOK ESTATE WHICH WILL PROVIDE HOMES TO SOME 17 000 PEOPLE WHEN COMPLETED NEXT YEAR.

FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS WILL INCLUDE RECLAMATIONS AT SHAM SHUI PO AND CHEUNG SHA WAN. WORK ON A PARK AND A SWIMMING POOL ON THE SITE OF THE PRESENT VIETNAMESE REFUGEE CAMPS WILL BEGIN WHEN THE REFUGEES HAVE LEFT.

SIR MURRAY THEN WALKED TO SHAM SHUI PO MARKET TO SEE HAWKERS PLYING THEIR TRADES THERE. HE STOPPED TO CHAT WITH A FEW AND ASKED THEM HOW THEY FARED IN THEIR BUSINESS.

A MULTI-STOREY MARKET COMPLEX WILL SOON BE BUILT TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT.

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BEFORE WINDING UP THE VISIT, SIR MURRAY HAD INFORMAL DISCUSSIONS WITH LOCAL LEADERS AT THE SHAM SHU I PO CITY DISTRICT OFFICE. THE DISCUSSIONS COVERED A WIDE RANGE OF TOPICS CONCERNING HONG KONG GENERALLY AND THE DISTRICT ITSELF.

EARLIER IN THE MORNING, THE GOVERNOR TOURED THE SUNG DYNASTY VILLAGE, ACCOMPANIED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FAR EAST GROUP OF COMPANIES, MR DEACON CHIU. HE ALSO PAID A VISIT TO THE SHAM SHU I PO POLICE STATION.

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ROLE OF NTA IN NEW TOWNS DEVELOPMENT OUTLINED * * * *

ONE OF THE ROLES OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION IS TO ANTICIPATE PROBLEMS WHICH COULD ARISE WHEN SIX NEW TOWNS ARE BUILT BEFORE THE END OF THE DECADE, AND PLAN TO OVERCOME THEM.

THIS WAS SAID TODAY BY DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, W AUGUSTINE CHUI KAM, IN AN ADDRESS TO THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG ISLAND EAST.

MR CHUI SAID THE NTA HAD, UP TO THE MID-60’S, ADMINISTERED A LARGELY RURAL AREA WITH WELL UNDER ONE MILLION PEOPLE.

BUT, BY THE END OF THE 80’S, THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL HAVE 2.5 MILLION PEOPLE IN SIX OR SEVEN NEW TOWNS - AND THE NTA WILL BE FACED WITH A WHOLE HOST OF NEW CHALLENGES BROUGHT BY URBANISATION.

♦WE ARE ALREADY GEARING UP TO FACE THESE CHALLENGES,* MR CHUI SAID.

+WE RECOGNISE THAT PEOPLE CANNOT SIMPLY BE LEFT TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES AFTER HAVING BEEN UPROOTED FROM THEIR HOMES ON HONG KONG ISLAND OR IN KOWLOON.

+WE MUST HAVE THE ORGANISATION TO ENSURE THAT THEY QUICKLY BECOME PART OF THE COMMUNITY, AND IDENTIFY WITH THE NEW TOWN, IN WHICH THEY ARE LIVING.

IT IS IN THIS AREA OF ^COMMUNITY BUILDING* THAT THE MOST EXCITING CHALLENGES LIE, HE SAID.

+IN THE NTA, AND IN OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WITH RESPONSIBILITIES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, THERE IS AN ACUTE AWARENESS CF THE NEED TO BUILD HOMOGENEOUS COMMUNITIES IF THE NEW TOWNS ARE TO BE THE HAPPY AND SUCCESSFUL PLACES WE WANT THEM TO BE,* MR CHUI SAID.

IN NTA HEADQUARTERS AND IN THE DISTRICT OFFICES, COMMUNITY AFFAIRS STAFF ARE LOOKING HARD AT WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE NOW AND IN THE FUTURE TO ENSURE THAT THE NEW TOWNS ARE A SUCCESS.

♦WE DO NOT WANT TO HAVE FRAGMENTED SOCIETIES IN OUR NEW TOWNS,* HE SAID.

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THIS CAN OCCUR IF PEOPLE ARE MOVED AND THE GOVERNMENT’S INVOLVEMENT ENDS THERE.

BUT THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN. THERE ARE SEVERAL AREAS WHERE GOVERNMENT IS INVOLVED AND WHERE IT WILL CONTINUE TO BE INVOLVED, MR CHUI SAID.

IN THE FIRST PLACE IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE FACILITIES WHICH HAVE BECOME STANDARD IN MODERN CITIES ARE PROVIDED IN OUR NEW TOWNS.

OF COURSE, MR CHUI SAID, THERE WILL BE POLICE AND FIRE STATIONS- BUT THERE WILL ALSO BE SPORTS AND CULTURAL CENTRES AND A RANGE OF OTHER LEISURE FACILITIES CATERING FOR ALL TASTES WHICH, HE SAID, ARE VITAL IF THE GOVERNMENT’S HOPES FOR THE NEW TOWNS ARE TO BE FULLY MET.

AT PRESENT, POPULATION GROWTH IS AHEAD OF THE PROVISION OF THESE FACILITIES IN SOME AREAS, BUT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, INCLUDING THE NTA, ARE AWARE OF THIS AND EVERYTHING POSSIBLE IS BEING DONE TO REVERSE THE SITUATION.

THE NTA IS ALSO INVOLVED IN MAKING SURE THAT THE INFRASTRUCTURE TO RUN A LARGE NEW TOWN EXISTS.

THIS INCLUDES INVOLVEMENT IN ESTABLISHING LOCAL DISTRICT BOARDS WHICH WILL HAVE A LARGE MEASURE OF SAY IN HOW THE TOWNS ARE RUN.

ALL THE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS CLOSELY ASSOCIATED WITH THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE REPRESENTED IN THE NEW TOWNS AND WILL BE ACCESSIBLE TO DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND THE PUBLIC.

+THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL IN A SENSE BE LARGELY RUNNING ITSELF FROM ITS OWN DOORSTEP,* MR CHUI SAID.

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LADY MACLEHOSE OPENS EXTENSION TO COMMUNITY CENTRE ******

THE SHENG KUNG HUI HAS PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE, THROUGH ITS COMMUNITY CENTRE IN NORTH KWAI CHUNG, IN PROVIDING SOCIAL, RECREATIONAL, COMMUNITY AND ELDERLY SERVICES TO ENRICH THE LIVES OF THE LOCAL PEOPLE, LADY MACLEHOSE SAID THIS EVENING.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF A NEW EXTENSION TO THE CENTRE, LADY MACLEHOSE POINTED OUT THAT ITS COMPLETION WOULD ALLOW THE CENTRE TO IMPROVE AND EXPAND ITS WHOLE RANGE OF SERVICES.

♦FOR THE VERY YOUNG, THERE WILL BE A CRECHE SERVICE ACCOMMODATING SOME 60 BABIES AND A NURSERY TO CATER FOR UP TO 100 CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF FIVE, BOTH MUCH NEEDED IN THIS INDUSTRIAL AREA.

♦FOR FACTORY WORKERS AN INDUSTRIAL SOCIAL SERVICE IS TO BE INTRODUCED WHICH WILL COVER THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSUEN WAN AREA.

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♦FOR THE ELDERLY THERE IS TO BE A SOCIAL CENTRE AND IN ADDITION CONSIDERATION IS BEING GIVEN TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF RESIDENTIAL CARE SERVICES,* SHE SAID.

LADY MACLEHOSE PRAISED THE CENTRE FOR ITS SUCCESS IN SERVING THE NEEDS OF INDUSTRIAL WORKERS WHO MAKE UP A LARGE PROPORTION OF THE LOCAL POPULATION.

THE CENTRE, NAMED AFTER HER, IS THE ONLY ONE IN THE DISTRICT PROVIDING A MULTITUDE OF SOCIAL SERVICES FOR ALL AGES.

THE NEW EXTENSION WAS BUILT WITH A GRANT OF |1.5 MILLION FROM THE LOTTERIES FUND, SUPPLEMENTED BY FUNDS RAISED BY THE CENTRE ITSELF.

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POSTER COMPETITION TO PROMOTE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY * * * * *

AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY URGED HEADS OF SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS TO ENCOURAGE THEIR STUDENTS TO JOIN AN INDUSTRIAL SAFETY POSTER COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

THE COMPETITION IS OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 14 AND 22 ATTENDING SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND POST-SECONDARY COLLEGES AND INSTITUTES, HE SAID.

ANY NUMBER OF DESIGNS MAY BE SUBMITTED BY ONE STUDENT. AND ENTRIES SHOULD MEASURE 420 MM BY 594 MM. DESIGNS SHOULD BE SELF-EXPLANATORY AND WORDING SHOULD BE KEPT TO A MINIMUM.

ENTRIES ARE NOT RETURNABLE AND THEIR USE WILL BE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE ORGANISER, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

CASH PRIZES RANGING FROM $500 TO $100 WILL BE AWARDED AND ALL PRIZE-WINNERS WILL ALSO RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE OF MERIT.

ENTRIES SHOULD BE SUBMITTED THROUGH HEADS OF SCHOOLS OR COLLEGES, AND SHOULD REACH THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE. LABOUR DEPARTMENT, ROOM 312, 3RD FLOOR, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 393 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON BY JANUARY 7, 1981.

FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE ON TEL. 3-688111 EXT. 343, OR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE AT 4 PAK FUK ROAD, 5TH FLOOR, NORTH POINT, HONG KONG, TEL. 5-621246.

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PROGRESS OF STUBBS ROAD FLYOVER SATISFACTORY *****

THE DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, MR NICKY CHAN, SPENT THIS MORNING VISITING SOME OF THE WORK SITES ON HONG KONG ISLAND TO SEE FOR HIMSELF THE PROGRESS OF VARIOUS PWD PROJECTS.

ONE OF THE PROJECTS WAS THE WONG NAI CHUNG GAP ROAD/STUBBS ROAD FLYOVER.

MR CHAN FOUND ITS PROGRESS SATISFACTORY. PART OF IT IS EXPECTED TO BE OPENED TO TRAFFIC IN THE SECOND HALF OF NEXT MONTH WHILE THE ENTIRE PROJECT WILL BE COMPLETED BEFORE THE NEXT SWIMMING SEASON.

OTHER PROJECTS VISITED TODAY INCLUDED THE BREAKWATER ARM AT THE WESTERN RECLAMATION AND RECLAMATION AT THE EAST BASIN OF HMS TAMAR.

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CAS ANNUAL SPORTS MEET

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THE CIVIL AID SERVICES WILL HOLD ITS ANNUAL SPORTS DAY AT THE KWAI CHUNG SPORTS GROUND THIS SUNDAY (DECEMBER 14).

THE COMMISSIONER, MR ROGER LOBO WILL PRESENT PRIZES AT THE END OF THE DAY.

OVER 600 CAS MEMBERS AND CADETS WILL COMPETE IN TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS AND A NUMBER OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND ORGANISATIONS WILL SEND TEAMS TO TAKE PART IN INVITATION RELAY RACES.

THE ANNUAL ATHLETIC MEET IS ONE OF THE RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES ORGANISED FOR CAS VOLUNTEERS. BESIDES THESE ACTIVITIES, THEY ALSO RECEIVE ROUTINE TRAINING IN FIRST AID, YOUTH LEADERSHIP, LIGHT AND HEAVY RESCUE, MOUNTAIN SEARCH AND RESCUE, AND COMMUNICATION AND OPERATIONAL DUTIES SUCH AS CROWD CONTROL, COUNTRYSIDE FIRE PROTECTION AND PATROL.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE CAS ANNUAL SPORTS DAY, TO BE HELD AT THE KWAI CHUNG SPORTS GROUND FROM 8.30 AM TO 5 PM THIS SUNDAY (DECEMBER 14).

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HELP AVAILABLE ON SWD FAMILY SERVICES HOTLINE .................. 1

CANAL ROAD FLYOVER EXTENSION OPENS TO TRAFFIC .................. J

DETAILS OF EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT IN NT REVEALED ................ 4

FURTHER WORK ON KCR MODERNISATION............................... 5

"KWUN TONG TODAY" HIGHLIGHTS ................................... 6

VACANCIES FOR POOL ATTENDANTS AND ARTISANS ..................... 7

ENTRIES INVITED FOR FIGHT CRIME SONGS .......................... 8

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HELP AVAILABLE ON SWD FAMILY SERVICES HOTLINE ******

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ANSON CHAN TODAY APPEALED TO THE PUBLIC TO REFRAIN FROM MAKING FRIVOLOUS CALLS TO THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S HOTLINE IN ORDER TO LEAVE IT FREE FOR GENUINE USERS.

SPEAKING ON THE GOVERNMENT’S PROVISION OF FAMILY WELFARE SERVICES AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE HONG KONG Y’S MEN’S CLUB, M?S CHAN SAID MANY COMPLAINTS HAD BEEN RECEIVED ABOUT SUCH CALLS WHICH MADE IT DIFFICULT FOR GENUINE USERS TO GET THROUGH.

SHE POINTED OUT THAT THE HOTLINE SERVICE, INTRODUCED ON A TRIAL BASIS IN OCTOBER, WAS INTENDED TO GIVE ON-THE-SPOT PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE AND ADVICE IN URGENT CASES INVOLVING PERSONAL OR FAMILY PROBLEMS.

THE HOTLINE HAS SO FAR RECEIVED A TOTAL OF 5 800 CALLS, SHE SAID, OF WHICH ABOUT 42 PER CENT ARE LEGITIMATE AND NEARLY 17 PER CENT ARE ENQUIRIES ABOUT OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS OR ORGANISATIONS.

MRS CHAN SAID THAT WHILE THE SERVICE WAS WELL PATRONISED AND APPEARED TO BE MEETING A REAL NEED, THE DEPARTMENT WAS CONCERNED OVER THE HIGH NUMBER OF NON-ACTIONABLE CALLS — ABOUT 40 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL RECEIVED.

MANY JUST HUNG UP, SOME WERE PLACED BY PRANKSTERS, AND ON OCCASIONS THE CALLER USED EMBARRASSING LANGUAGE, SHE SAID.

CALLING FOR PUBLIC COOPERATION, SHE SAID ENQUIRIES ABOUT SERVICES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE NEAREST FAMILY SERVICES CENTRE OF THE DEPARTMENT BY TELEPHONING THE LISTED NUMBER OR CALLING IN PERSON.

♦THIS WILL LEAVE THE HOTLINE FREE FOR PEOPLE WHO GENUINELY REQUIRE URGENT PROFESSIONAL ADVICE AND GUIDANCE,* SHE SAID.

MRS CHAN SAID THAT OF ALL CALLS RECEIVED, THE LARGEST NUMBER CONCERNED MARITAL CONFLICTS, AND MANY CALLERS WERE EMOTIONALLY UPSET AND WANTED A SYMPATHETIC EAR. NEXT CAME PROBLEMS INVOLVING THE DISCIPLINE AND UPBRINGING OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH, SHE ADDED.

SHE SAID ONE OF THE REASONS FOR SETTING UP THE HOTLINE WAS TO MEET AN APPARENT PUBLIC CONCERN OVER CHILD ABUSE, BUT SO FAR ONLY TWO CALLS RECEIVED WERE POSSIBLE CHILD ABUSE CASES WHICH WERE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWED UP AND NEITHER WAS SUBSTANTIATED.

OF ALL CALLS RECEIVED, 550 OR NINE PER CENT REQUIRED FOLLOW-UP ACTION BY THE DEPARTMENT, AS THE BULK WERE DEALT WITH SATISFACTORILY ON THE PHONE, SHE SAID.

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SHE SAID THE DEPARTMENT WOULD REVIEW THE HOTLINE SERVICE AT THE END OF THIS MONTH IN THE LIGHT OF THREE MONTHS’ OPERATION AND DECIDE WHETHER IT SHOULD BE MAINTAINED ON A PERMANENT BASIS.

THE HOTLINE — 3-432255 — IS MANNED BY ONE FULL-TIME AND 10 PART-TIME TRAINED SOCIAL WORKERS FROM 9 AM TO 10 PM FROM MONDAY TO SATURDAY, AND BETWEEN 1 PM AND 10 PM ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

AFTER 10 PM, CALLS ARE RECORDED FOR FOLLOW-UP ACTION THE NEXT DAY.

ON THE PROVISION OF FAMILY WELFARE SERVICES, MRS CHAN SAID THE DEPARTMENT PLACED GREAT IMPORTANCE ON THIS PROGRAMME TO WHICH IT DEVOTED OVER 30 PER CENT OF ITS TOTAL FIELD STAFF RESOURCES.

SHE SAID FAMILY SERVICES WERE AIMED AT PRESERVING AND STRENGTHENING THE FAMILY AS A UNIT BY HELPING INDIVIDUALS WITH THEIR PERSONAL OR FAMILY PROBLEMS, AND WERE PROVIDED THROUGH A NETWORK OF 19 FAMILY SERVICES CENTRES LOCATED THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

THE MAIN FEATURES INCLUDE PROFESSIONAL COUNSELLING FOR VARIOU FAMILY PROBLEMS, REFERRALS FOR ASSISTANCE IN HOUSING, JOB, SCHOOLING, MEDICAL OR INSTITUTIONAL CARE, FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION, CARE AND PROTECTION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTHS, HOME HELP, AND LEGAL ADOPTION SERVICE, SHE SAID.

IN THE PAST 10 MONTHS, THE CENTRES RECEIVED NEARLY 16 000 NEW CASES REQUIRING FAMILY SERVICES, OF WHICH SOME 9 500 OR ABOUT 60 PER CENT WERE BY DIRECT APPLICATION, WHILE SOME 5 200 WERE REFERRALS.

+THE DEPARTMENT ALSO REACHES OUT TO HELP NEEDY PEOPLE,* MRS CHAN ADDED.

SHE SAID THE PROBLEMS HANDLED WERE WIDE-RANGING AND MAINLY CONCERNED DIFFICULTIES IN INTER-PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP, PROBLEMS CONNECTED WITH CHILDREN’S UPBRINGING AND DISCIPLINE WHICH MIGHT INVOLVE NEGLIGENCE, ABUSE AND ILL-TREATMENT OF CHILDREN, PROBLEMS ARISING FROM POOR HEALTH, DISABILITIES AND OLD AGE, AS WELL AS FINANCIAL HARDSHIPS.

AT PRESENT, SHE SAID, THE FAMILY SERVICES CENTRES HAVE AN ACTIVE CASELOAD OF OVER 18 000.

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CANAL ROAD FLYOVER EXTENSION OPENS TO TRAFFtC ******

THE $62 MILLION CANAL ROAD FLYOVER EXTENSION SCHEME WILL BE PARTIALLY OPENED TO TRAFFIC FROM SATURDAY (DECEMBER 13).

THE FLYOVER WILL PROVIDE A HIGH CAPACITY ROUTE FROM THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL TO THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BE OPENED IN PART BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR.

FROM SATURDAY, OTHER THAN ON HAPPY VALLEY RACE DAYS WHEN SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE MADE, THE NORTHBOUND UP-RAMP LEADING FROM MORRISON HILL ROAD, THE SOUTHBOUND DOWN-RAMP FOR MORRISON HILL ROAD AND QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, AND THE VIADUCTS OF THE FLYOVER EXTENSION WILL BE OPENED TO TRAFFIC.

AT THE SAME TIME,

* THE UP-RAMP, DOWN-RAMP AND THE VIADUCTS OF THE FLYOVER EXTENSION WILL BE PROHIBITED TO ALL LEARNER DRIVERS, CYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS-

* A SPEED LIMIT OF 40 MILES PER HOUR WILL BE IMPOSED ON THESE SECTIONS OF THE FLYOVER"

* SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC FROM THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL WILL BE ABLE TO GO TO QUEEN’S ROAD EAST VIA THE VIADUCT OVER MORRISON HILL ROAD AND THE DOWN-RAMP BEFORE TURNING RIGHT INTO QUEEN’S ROAD EAST-

* SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC FROM THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL FOR THE JOCKEY CLUB FOR RACE MEETINGS WILL BE REQUIRED TO OPERATE VIA THE EXISTING DOWN-RAMP OF CANAL ROAD EAST, TURN LEFT INTO LEIGHTON ROAD AND THEN TURN RIGHT INTO WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD NORTHBOUND-

* TRAFFIC FROM QUEEN’S ROAD EAST FOR THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL, CENTRAL AND NORTH POINT WILL USE THE UP-RAMP AND THE VIADUCT OF THE FLYOVER EXTENSION INSTEAD OF MORRISON HILL ROAD- AND

* TRAFFIC FROM QUEEN’S ROAD EAST FOR WAN CHAI AND CAUSEwAY BAY WILL FILTER LEFT AT THE JUNCTION OF QUEEN’S ROAD EAST AND MORRISON HILL ROAD TO OPERATE VIA MORRISON HILL ROAD FOR WAN CHAI AND VIA MORRISON HILL ROAD AND LEIGHTON ROAD FOR CAUSEWAY BAY.

THE EXISTING TEMPORARY BUS STOPS IN NORTHBOUND MORRISON HILL ROAD ABOUT 150 METRES FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH QUEEN’S ROAD EAST WILL BE CANCELLED.

NEw BUS STOPS LOCATED WITHIN THE BUS BAY ON QUEEN’S ROAD EAST OUTSIDE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM FOR ROUTE NOS. 5, 10, 15B, 17, IP, 72 AND 170 AND NEW BUS STOPS AT THE CENTRAL TRAFFIC ISLAND ON MORRISON HILL ROAD FOR ROUTE NOS. 5, 10 AND 19 * ILL BE PROVIDED.

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PEDESTRIAN SUBWAYS FROM QUEEN’S ROAD EAST AND MORRISON HILL ROAD TO THE JOCKEY CLUB HAVE ALREADY BEEN OPENED. PEDESTRIANS ARE ADVISED TO USE THEM.

ALSO ON SATURDAY FROM 11 AM, THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS OF ROADS WILL BE DESIGNATED URBAN CLEARWAYSs

* THE NORTHBOUND SECTION OF WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD 168 METRES SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH HAU TAK LANE BETWEEN 7 AM AND 12 MIDNIGHT DAILY"

* THE NORTHBOUND SECTION OF WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD BETWEEN A POINT 194 METRES AND A POINT 300 METRES SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH HAU TAK LANE BETWEEN

7 AM AND 12 MIDNIGHT DAILY- AND

* THE NORTHBOUND SECTION OF CANAL ROAD WEST BETWEEN LEIGHTON ROAD AND ITS JUNCTION WITH CHEUNG WOO LANE FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DA ILY.

WITHIN THESE CLEARWAYS, ALL MOTOR VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL NOT EE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR GOODS OR PASSENGERS.

AT THE SAME TIME, SUNG TAK STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED A PUBLIC LIGHT BUS PROHIBITED ZONE. ALL PLB’S EXCEPT THOSE AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE ZONE.

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DETAILS OF EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT IN NT REVEALED ******

DETAILS OF EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS WERE OUTLINED TODAY BY DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR AUGUSTINE CHUI.

MR CHUI, WHO WAS SPEAKING AT THE SPEECH DAY OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK SECONDARY SCHOOL, YUEN LONG, SAID 36 PRIMARY SCHOOLS WITH NEARLY 78 000 PLACES AND 66 SECONDARY SCHOOLS WITH 74 400 PLACES WOULD BE BUILT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES DURING THIS PERIOD.

ALSO, THE GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO SEEK THE CO-OPERATION OF VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS EXPERIENCED IN EDUCATION IN RUNNING THESE NEW SCHOOLS.

THE HEUNG YEE KUK, WHICH HAS ALL ALONG ADHERED TO ITS OBJECTIVE OF SERVING SOCIETY, •ILL CO-OPERATE WITH I _ GOVERNMENT TO BUILD A SECOND SECONDARY SCHOOL AT MUI WO, MR CHUI SAID.

THE KUK HAS AGREED TO P"OVI'E M E THAN '1 MILLIO' TO ARDo CONSTRUCTION COSTS AND THE G '/ERf.MENT HAS ALSO APP O'. ID FUNDS FOR THE PROJECT.

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WORK WILL BEGIN SOON AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BEFORE THE START OF THE 1982/83 ACADEMIC YEAR, HE SAID.

THE SCHOOL, WHICH WILL BE BUILT TO STANDARD PLANS, WILL HAVE 24 CLASSROOMS AND 12 OTHER ROOMS, INCLUDING LABORATORIES. IT WILL PROVIDE QUALITY EDUCATION TO CHILDREN LIVING IN ISLANDS DISTRICT.

THE PROJECT IS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF HOW VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS, WHICH HAVE EXPERIENCE AND HAVE ACHIEVED A REMARKABLE PERFORMANCE, HAVE CO-OPERATED WITH THE GOVERNMENT IN EXPANDING EDUCATION.

THE CONTRIBUTION OF VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS IN THIS AREA HAS PLAYED AN IMMENSELY IMPORTANT PART IN HONG KONG’S DEVELOPMENT, M? CHUI SAID.

HE ADDED THAT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES IN THE LAST DECADE, 54 PRIMARY SCHOOLS PROVIDING 102 000 PLACES AND 43 SECONDARY SCHOOLS PROVIDING 45 000 PLACES HAD BEEN CONSTRUCTED.

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FURTHER WORK ON KCR MODERNISATION

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WORK ON YET ANOTHER SECTION OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY WILL START SOON AS PART OF ITS MODERNISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAMME. ,

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TODAY AWARDED A 196 MILLION CONTRACT TO KIN SHING CONSTRUCTION CO, FOR THE DOUBLE TRACKING OF A THREE KILOMETRE SECTION OF THE RAILWAY BETWEEN TAI PO KAU AND TAI PO MARKET STATIONS.

COMMENTING ON THE CONTRACT, MR K.K. CHAN, CHIEF ENGINEER CF THE RAILWAY DIVISION Or THE PwD’S CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE SAID THE WORK WOULD START IMMEDIATELY AND BE COMPLETED BY LATE 1982.

♦WORK ON THE CONTRACT, WHICH FORMS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE $2 000 MILLION KCR MODERNISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAMME, HAS BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY THE RAILWAY DIVISION ON BEHALF OF KCR,+ HE SAID.

SO FAR, CONTRACTS TOTALLING SOME S86 MILLION HAVE ALREADY BEEN AWARDED AND WORK IS IN PROGRESS FOR DOUBLE TRACKING BETWEEN THREE OTHER SECTIONS -- CHINESE UNIVERSITY AND TAI PO KAU, TAI PO MARKET AND SHEUNG SHUI, AND SHEUNG SHU I AND LO WU STATIONS.

♦TODAY'S CONTRACT IS FOR EMBANKMENT WIDENING AND LAYING OF A SECOND TRACK AS WELL AS THE RECC’-ET’UCTIOI' 0- T*0 -IXISTTG RAILWAY BRIDGES TO PR OVIDE A HI.-ER LCAD CAPAC .TY TO MEET TnE KCR REQUIREMENTS,- CHAN EXPL. ED.

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CONSTRUCTION OF TWO ROAD UNDERPASSES UNDER THE TRACKS, FENCING ALONG BOTH SIDES OF THE RAILWAY EMBANKMENT AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF FOUR PEDESTRIAN SUBWAYS TO PROVIDE GRADE SEPARATED CROSSINGS WILL ALSO BE UNDERTAKEN.

MR CHAN SAID THAT THE CONTRACT ALSO COVERED PART OF THE WORKS FOR THE NEW TAI PO MARKET STATION WHICH IS LOCATED SOME 700 METRES SOUTH OF THE EXISTING STATION.

THE REMAINING WORK FOR THE NEW STATION WILL BE CARRIED OUT UNDER A SEPARATE CONTRACT TO EE LET LATER.

+KWUN TONG TODAY* HIGHLIGHTS ******

RESIDENTS OF KWUN TONG WILL BE ABLE TO ENJOY THIS WEEKEND AT THREE EVENTS ORGANISED BY VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND LOCAL BODIES IN SUPPORT OF THE *KW'UN TONG TODAY* FORTNIGHT.

THE FIRST IS A CONCERT PRESENTED BY THE INSTRUCTORS’ CHINESE ORCHESTRA OF THE MUSIC OFFICE ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 13) AT 8 PM AT MONG MAN WAI COLLEGE IN HIU MING STREET.

THE PROGRAMME INCLUDES PERFORMANCES BY THE KEI CHI COLLEGE CHOIR AND FOLK DANCING BY NGAU TAU KOK CARITAS CENTRE. TICKETS AT $1 ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL SUB-OFFICES OF THE KWUN TONG CITY DISTRICT OFFICE.

THE SECOND EVENT, ENTITLED +KWUN TONG DISTRICT TELEMATCH*, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE LOCAL RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICE. FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION, WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 14) FROM 9 AM TO 1 PM AT THE KWUN TONG RECREATION GROUND.

THERE WILL BE 30 TEAMS EACH OF SIX MEMBERS COMPETING IN VARIOUS GAMES. EACH PARTICIPANT ILL BE PROVIDED WITH A SPECIAL SOUVENIR T-SHIRT.

SOME 5 000 OTHER LOCAL RESIDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO SHARE THE FUN OF A NGAU TAU KOK CARNIVAL A nD VARIETY SHOW WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE SAME DAY AT THE LOWER ‘GAU TAU KOK ESTATE AO.8 PLAYGROUND.

THE CARNIVAL, TO BE HELD FROM 2 PM TO 5 PM, FEATURES A BAND PERFORMANCE BY THE ROYAL HONG KO ,G I ENT (THE VOLUNTEERS)= A DOG SHO. BY THE SLICE PING SHA OG IT, MOTOR CYCLING STUNTS

BY THE CIVIL AID SF ICES AND A D ONST ATIC .Y THE SOUTH

CHINA ATHLETIC AS'SCIATION.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE THREE EVENTS OF +KWUN TONG TODAY* THIS WEEKEND. THEY ARE

* CHINESE MUSIC CONCERT, 8 PM SATURDAY, AT MONG MAN WAI COLLEGE IN HIU MING STREET,

* +KWUN TONG DISTRICT TELEMATCH+, 9 AM TO 1 PM SUNDAY, KWUN TONG RECREATION GROUND, AND

* NGAU TAU KOK CARNIVAL AND VARIETY SHOW, 2 PM TO 11 PM SUNDAY, LOWER NGAU TAU KOK ESTATE NO.8 PLAYGROUND.

VACANCIES FOR POOL ATTENDANTS AND ARTISANS

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IS INVITING APPLICATIONS TO FILL A NUMBER OF VACANCIES FOR BEACH AND SWIMMING POOL ATTENDANT IN THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND ARTISAN I (VEHICLE REMOVAL) IN THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE.

BOTH POSTS CARRY A STARTING MONTHLY SALARY OF SI 725, RISING TO S2 030.

THE DUTIES OF THE ATTENDANTS ARE LIFE SAVING, MAINTAINING ORDER AND CLEANLINESS AT BEACHES AND SWIMMING POOLS, GIVING FIRST AID TO SWIMMERS AND SUPERVISING LABOURERS.

APPLICANTS SHOULD HAVE PRIMARY SIX EDUCATION AND POSSESS A BRONZE MEDALLION CERTIFICATE OF THE ROYAL LIFE SAVING SOCIETY AND A VALID FIRST AID CERTIFICATE.

THE ARTISAN POSTS ARE OPEN TO MALE APPLICANTS ONLY WHO SHOULD HAVE COMPLETED A THREE OR FOUR YEARS’ AUTOMOBILE ENGINEERING APPRENTICESHIP IN A GARAGE OR HAVE FOUR YEARS’ WORKING EXPERIENCE IN THE SAME TRADE OR SIMILAR *ORK, AND HOLD A VALID DRIVING LICENCE FOR PRIVATE VEHICLE. A KNOWLEDGE OF SPOKEN AND WRITTEN ENGLISH WOULD BE AN ADVANTAGE.

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES wILL BE POSTED TO POLICE TRAFFIC OFFICES FOR DUTIES IN TOWING AWAY ILLEGALLY PARKED VEHICLES.

THOSE INTERESTED SHOULD CALL AT ANY BRANCH OFFICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT'S LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE, BRINGING WITH THEM THEIR IDENTITY CARDS.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON TELEPHONE 3-666615, 5-273276 OR 12-420154. -----------------------------0-------

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ENTRIES INVITED FOR FIGHT CRIME SONGS

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THE MONG KOK DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE IS INVITING ENTRIES FOR A SINGING CONTEST AND THOSE WHO CAN PUT FIGHT CRIME MESSAGES TO POPULAR TUNES WILL BE PARTICULARLY WELCOME.

THE MUSIC OFFICE WILL ASSIST IN ORGANISING THE EVENT WHICH IS SPONSORED BY THE LIONS CLUB (HONG KONG CENTRAL).

THERE WILL BE A JUNIOR SECTION FOR THOSE AGED 16 OR BELOW AND AN OPEN SECTION.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS NEXT MONDAY (DECEMBER 15).

ENTRY FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (MONG KOK), ITS TAI KOK TSUI SUB-OFFICE, AND THE POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICE IN MONG KOK POLICE STATION.

CONTESTANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO SING ANY NEW OR OLD CHINESE SONG WHICH WILL BE VETTED FIRST BY DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

THEY ARE ENCOURAGED TO RE-WRITE THE LYRICS TO SUBSTITUTE ’FIGHT CRIME’ THEMES. ORGAN ACCOMPANIMENT WILL BE AVAILABLE THOUGH THEY ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING ALONG AND USE OTHER MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS THEY PREFER.

AN AUDITION WILL BE HELD IN EARLY JANUARY AND THE FINAL COMPETITION WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE 17TH OF THE MONTH.

WINNERS WILL BE GIVEN CASH AWARDS AND GIFTS AND A SPECIAL PRIZE WILL BE AWARDED TO THE MOST OUTSTANDING <-F IGHT-CR IME + LYRIC-WRITING.

ADJUDICATORS WILL BE OFFICIALS OF THE MUSIC OFFICE AND PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1980

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GREATER SECURITY FOR INSURANCE POLICY HOLDERS .......... 1

PLAN TO HAVE SOLICITORS INSURED AGAINST CLAIMS ......... 1

RESPONSIBILITIES OF A CUSTOMS SERVICE IN HONG KONG ..... 2

RESTRICTIONS ON DIRECT ISSUE OF DRIVING LICENCES ....... 4

1OTH ANNIVERSARY OF YUEN LONG TOWN HALL CELEBRATED... 5

TCWN CENTRE SITE RESERVED FOR TAI PO.................... 6

SOLICITOR'S COSTS REVISED .............................. 6

KWAI CHUNG TO HOLD OWN LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR.............. 7

NEW SCHOOLS MUST BUILD UP SOUND TRADITION .............. 7

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS ............. 8

TENDER FOR CLEANING JOBS AT AIRPORT .................... 8

CONTRACT FOR CLOCK SYSTEM AT KCR STATIONS .............. 9

NIGHT CLOSURE OF GASCOIGNE ROAD FLYOVER

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GREATER SECURITY FOR INSURANCE POLICY HOLDERS * * *

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO INTRODUCE NEW LEGISLATION AIMED AT PROVIDING ADDED PROTECTION FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC HOLDING INSURANCE POLICIES.

THE PROPOSALS ARE CONTAINED IN THE FIRE AND MARINE INSURANCE COMPANIES DEPOSIT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980 AND THE LIFE INSURANCE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980, PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THE BILLS IS TO REQUIRE ALL COMPANIES CARRYING ON FIRE AND MARINE OR LIFE INSURANCE BUSINESS TO MAINTAIN A SHARE CAPITAL OF 35 MILLION AND A FIXED SOLVENCY MARGIN OF 32 MILLION, OR 34 MILLION IF A COMPANY CARRIES ON BOTH FIRE AND MARINE AND LIFE BUSINESS.

THESE COMPANIES WOULD REQUIRE THE AUTHORITY OF THE REGISTRAR OF COMPANIES TO CARRY ON INSURANCE BUSINESS, AND THE REGISTRAR WOULD HAVE THE POWER TO REVOKE THE AUTHORISATION IF A COMPANY CEASED TO MEET THE PROPOSED REQUIREMENTS.

THE BILLS MAKE IT AN OFFENCE FOR THESE COMPANIES TO DO BUSINESS WITHOUT AUTHORISATION, PUNISHABLE BY A FINE OF $500 000 PLUS 350 000 FOR EACH DAY THE OFFENCE CONTINUES.

AN OFFICER OR AGENT OF A COMPANY WHO COMMITS THE OFFENCE WOULD BE LIABLE TO UP TO TWO YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT AND A FINE OF $50 000.

INSURANCE COMPANIES AFFECTED BY THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION WOULD HAVE SIX MONTHS FROM THE INTRODUCTION OF THE AMENDMENT ORDINANCES TO COMPLY WITH THE CONDITIONS OF AUTHORISATION, ALTHOUGH THIS PERIOD MAY BE EXTENDED BY ANOTHER SIX MONTHS IN EXCEPTIONAL CASES SHOULD A COMPANY HAVE DIFFICULTY COMPLYING IN THE FIRST INSTANCE.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID ALTHOUGH THE PUBLISHED BILLS DID NOT COVER MOTOR VEHICLE INSURANCE, IT WAS INTENDED TO REQUIRE COMPANIES CARRYING ON THIS CLASS OF BUSINESS TO COMPLY WITH THE NEW CAPITAL AND SOLVENCY PROVISIONS. THIS COULD BE ACHIEVED UNDER THE TERMS OF THE EXISTING MOTOR VEHICLE INSURANCE (THIRD PARTY RISKS) ORDINANCE.

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PLAN TO HAVE SOLICITORS INSURED AGAINST CLAIMS *****

ALL SOLICITORS IN PRIVATE PRACTICE IN HONG KONG WILL BE REQUIRED TO BE INSURED UNDER A COMPULSORY PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY SCHEME, IF A BILL PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY IS PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE SCHEME, PROPOSED BY THE LAW SOCIETY OF HONG KONG, IS PROVIDED FOR IN THE LEGAL PRACTITIONERS (AMENDMENT)(N0.3) BILL 1980.

UNDER THE SCHEME, ALL SOLICITORS IN PRIVATE PRACTICE WOULD BE COVERED FOR PROFESSIONAL RISKS, INCLUDING CLAIMS OF NEGLIGENCE BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, BY A MASTER POLICY.

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RESPONSIBILITIES OF A CUSTOMS SERVICE IN HONG KONG * * * *

THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND CONTROLS, MR DOUGLAS JORDAN SAID TODAY THAT A PRIME RESPONSIBILITY OF A CUSTOMS SERVICE IN A FREE PORT LIKE HONG KONG IS FACILITATION OF TRADE.

ADDRESSING THE LIONS CLUB OF HONG KONG ISLAND LUNCHEON MEETING, MR JORDAN SAID THAT THE WORK OF THE CUSTOMS AND CONTROLS DEPARTMENT, WHICH FORMS PART OF THE FEDERAL TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT, IS TO ASSIST TRADE, PARTICULARLY WHERE IT IS OF AN INTERNATIONAL NATURE, AS WELL AS TO PROTECT SOCIETY.

+BOTH RESPONSIBILITIES ARE CONCOMITANTS OF A CUSTOMS SERVICE OF THE 1980’S,+ HE SAID.

MR JORDAN POINTED OUT THAT THE DEPARTMENT KEEPS ITS METHODS AND THE FACILITIES OFFERED UNDER CONSTANT REVIEW. +AS AN EXAMPLE, WE WILL SHORTLY BE INTRODUCING PROCEDURES DESIGNED TO FACILITATE THE ACTIVITIES OF BUSINESSMEN WHO MANUFACTURE THEIR GOODS PARTLY IN CHINA.

♦WHAT WE ARE PROPOSING WILL PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN AND THE REPUTATION OF THE GENUINE ’MADE IN HONG KONG’ LABEL WHERE INDUSTRY WISHES TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF LEGITIMATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PART OF THEIR PROCESS TO BE CARRIED OUT ACROSS THE BORDER,♦ HE SAID.

MR JORDAN OUTLINED TO THE MEETING THE DUTIES OF THE CUSTOMS AND CONTROLS DEPARTMENT IN REVENUE COLLECTION, TRADE DOCUMENTATION, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CONSUMER PROTECTION.

ON THE SUBJECT OF HONG KONG BEING A FREE PORT, MR JORDAN SAIDi +THERE ARE ONLY FOUR REVENUE YIELDING DUTIES AND ALTHOUGH, OF NECESSITY, LANDING OR MANUFACTURE AND SUBSEQUENT MOVEMENT OF THESE GOODS IS CONTROLLED, THE VAST MAJORITY OF GOODS DEALT WITH IN HONG KONG MOVE UNINHIBITED BY REVENUE RESTRICTION.*

DUTIES COLLECTED FROM THE FOUR DUTIABLE COMMODITIES, NAMELY LIQUOR, PETROL, AUTO DIESEL AND TOBACCO GOODS, CONTRIBUTED SIX TO SEVEN PER CENT OF THE GOVERNMENT’S OVERALL REVENUE AND RECEIPTS, MR JORDAN SAID.

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IN THE FIELD OF CONSUMER PROTECTION, MR JORDAN SAID THE DEPARTMENT WOULD SHORTLY BE OPERATING UNDER THE NEW TRADE DESCRIPTIONS LEGISLATION WHICH RECEIVED ITS THIRD READING AND COMMITTEE STAGE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL LAST WEEK.

♦WE ARE ALSO PREPARING FRESH LEGISLATION CONCERNING WEIGHTS AND MEASURES. BOTH LEGAL PROVISIONS WILL BENEFIT AND PROTECT THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG AS WELL AS OUR IMAGE ABROAD,+ HE SAID.

OUTLINING THE LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST NARCOTICS, MR JORDAN SAID: ♦NOT ONLY IN THE HARBOUR AND AT THE AIRPORT BUT THROUGHOUT THE HINTERLAND THEY ARE A VERY PROFESSIONAL ENFORCEMENT FORCE WHOSE SUCCESSES HAVE RECEIVED INTERNATIONAL ACCLAIM.

♦WHERE APPROPRIATE THEY WORK WELL WITH THEIR COLLEAGUES IN THE POLICE AND INDEED ONE OF THE FEATURES OF THIS CO-OPERATION IN THE LAST YEAR OR SO HAS BEEN THE SETTING UP OF A JOINT CUSTOMS/POLICE INTELLIGENCE UNIT WHICH HAS ALREADY RECORDED A NOTABLE NUMBER OF SUCCESSES.

♦THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE HAS ALSO ACHIEVED ACCLAIM FOR THE SUCCESS IT HAS ATTAINED AGAINST PIRATED CASSETTES AND IT MUST BE UNIQUE IN THAT IT HAS BEEN PRESENTED WITH NOT ONE BUT TWO GOLDEN DISCS BY THE RECORDING INDUSTRY IN RECOGNITION OF ITS EFFORTS IN THIS FIELD,+ MR JORDAN ADDED.

ILLUSTRATING THE DUTIES OF THE CUSTOMS AND CONTROLS DEPARTMENT IN REGULATING TRADE, HE SAID: +IT IS THE MISDEMEANOURS OF THAT TINY PERCENTAGE OF OUR TRADING COMMUNITY, WHO WOULD BRING HONG KONG’S TRADING REPUTATION INTO DISREPUTE, WHICH MUST BE CONSTANTLY COUNTERED.

♦THE PROPORTION OF FAKE GOODS IMPROPERLY PRODUCED IN HONG KONG IS INFINITESIMAL COMPARED WITH THOSE PRODUCED IN LEGITIMATE TRADE. NEVERTHELESS WHEN COUNTERFEIT GOODS ARE DISCOVERED AND THERE IS CONSEQUENT PUBLICITY EITHER HERE OR ABROAD, HONG KONG S TRADING REPUTATION AS A WHOLE IS PLACED IN JEOPARDY.

♦LIKEWISE, WHEN THE OCCASIONAL SHARP OPERATOR EVADES QUOTA CONTROL OR FALSELY OBTAINS CERTIFICATION OF ORIGIN OF HIS GOODS, HE BRINGS THE SYSTEM AND ALL DECENT TRADERS OF HONG KONG INTO DISREPUTE.

♦IN MY OPINION, TRADING INTEGRITY IS ONE OF HONG KONG’S MOST PRECIOUS POSSESS IONS,♦ MR JORDAN SAID.

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RESTRICTIONS ON DIRECT ISSUE OF DRIVING LICENCES

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FOLLOWING THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL’S APPROVAL OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC (DRIVING LICENCES) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1980, PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE AND EFFECTIVE FROM TODAY, HOLDERS OF OVERSEAS DRIVING LICENCES WILL NO LONGER BE ELIGIBLE FOR DIRECT ISSUE OF A HONG KONG LICENCE TO DRIVE PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLES, PRIVATE OMNIBUSES AND GOODS VEHICLES OVER 45 CWT.

OVERSEAS DRIVING LICENCE HOLDERS WILL HOWEVER STILL BE ABLE TO APPLY FOR AN EXCHANGE OF A LICENCE TO DRIVE A PRIVATE CAR OR MOTOR-CYCLE.

THOSE WHO WISH TO OBTAIN A HONG KONG LICENCE TO DRIVE A PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLE, A PRIVATE BUS OR A GOODS VEHICLE OF MORE THAN 45 CWTS. WILL NEED TO HOLD A DRIVING LICENCE FOR AT LEAST THREE YEARS BEFORE ATTEMPTING A HEAVY GOODS OR PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLE DRIVING TEST.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE AMENDMENT TO THE REGULATIONS IS TO PREVENT EROSION OF THE HIGH STANDARDS SET IN HONG KONG FOR THE TESTING AND LICENSING OF PERSONS WHO WISH TO DRIVE THESE VEHICLES.

♦BECAUSE OF THE GREATER RISKS TO PUBLIC SAFETY INHERENT IN THE USE OF SUCH VEHICLES, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THOSE WHO DRIVE THEM ARE FULLY TRAINED AND CONVERSANT WITH ROAD CONDITIONS IN HONG KONG.+ HE SAID.

UNDER THE AMENDED REGULATIONS THE EXISTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR DIRECT ISSUE OF PRIVATE CAR AND MOTOR-CYCLE LICENCES TO LICENCE HOLDERS FROM COUNTRIES LISTED IN THE FIFTH SCHEDULE OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE ARE ALSO SLIGHTLY CHANGED TO PROVIDE GREATER CONTROL.

DIRECT ISSUE OF HONG KONG DRIVING LICENCES WILL NOW BE DONE ON THE BASIS OF THE HOLDER HAVING PASSED A DRIVING TEST IN THE FIFTH SCHEDULE COUNTRY WHICH ISSUED THE LICENCE.

ACCORDING TO THE SPOKESMAN, THERE HAVE BEEN CASES WHERE THE HOLDER OF A DRIVING LICENCE FROM A COUNTRY NOT INCLUDED IN THE FIFTH SCHEDULE OBTAINING A LICENCE OF A FIFTH SCHEDULE COUNTRY BY DIRECT ISSUE, WITHOUT ANY FORM OF RE-TESTING, AND IN TURN USING THIS LICENCE TO OBTAIN A HONG KONG ONE.

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10TH ANNIVERSARY OF YUEN LONG TOWN HALL CELEBRATED * * * *

YUEN LONG TOWN HALL WAS DESCRIBED TODAY AS AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE STRENGTH OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.

SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, WAS SPEAKING AT THE START OF CELEBRATIONS TO MARK THE TOWN HALL’S 1OTH ANNIVERSARY.

HE SAID IT HAD BEEN BUILT BY A GRANT FROM THE LOTTERIES FUND THROUGH THE INITIATIVE OF MANY PUBLIC SPIRITED PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT.

♦AFTER IT WAS BUILT THEY CONTINUED TO GIVE THEIR ATTENTION, TIME AND MONEY TO MANAGE AND DEVELOP IT INTO A LIVELY CENTRE OF ACTIVITY,* MR AKERS-JONES SAID.

HE SAID DEMAND FOR CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES WAS STEADILY INCREASING, AND THERE WAS A NEED TO DEVOTE MORE RESOURCES TO MEET THIS NEED.

HERE IN YUEN LONG, A WELL EQUIPPED, AIR-CONDITIONED AUDITORIUM, THE CHIU LUT SAU HALL, WILL VERY SOON BE COMMISSIONED-IMPROVEMENT WORK ON YUEN LONG STADIUM AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SWIMMING COMPLEX ARE ALSO WELL UNDER WAY, HE SAID.

*BUT, FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE THE FACILITIES IS ONLY A START. WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT IS THAT THE PEOPLE OF YUEN LONG SHOULD DRAW INSPIRATION FROM THE WAY THE TOWN HALL HAS DEVELOPED, TO CONTINUE TO PARTICIPATE, AND MAKE GOOD USE OF THESE FACILITIES FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL,* HE ADDED.

MR AKERS-JONES CONGRATULATED THE CHAIRMAN, MR STEPHEN CHIU, AND MEMBERS OF THE TOWN HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE FOR THEIR DISTINGUISHED LEADERSHIP, ENTHUSIASM AND EFFORT IN MAKING THE TOWN HALL A SUCCESS.

MEMBERSHIP OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE INCLUDES LOCAL JUSTICES OF THE PEACE, RURAL COMMITTEE LEADERS AND PROMINENT RECREATIONAL, SPORTING, CULTURAL AND COMMERCIAL FIGURES.

MR AKERS-JONES- THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR SELWYN ALLEYNE, AND YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR K.K. FUNG, ARE HONORARY MEMBERS.

OVER THE PAST DECADE THE TOWN HALL HAS ORGANISED A VARIETY OF CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR LOCAL PEOPLE.

IT HAS A CHILDREN’S CHOIR, A BALLET SCHOOL AND A SOCIAL SERVICE GROUP.

FUNDS HAVE BEEN PROVIDED BY YUEN LONG DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND LOCAL COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS AND LEADERS.

TO CELEBRATE ITS 1OTH ANNIVERSARY THE TOWN HALL IS HOLDING A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING A VARIETY SHOW, A CONCERT, A FAMILY BARBECUE AND A DINNER FOR THE ELDERLY. THERE WILL ALSO BE A NUMBER OF EXHIBITIONS.

AT TODAY’S CEREMONY, MR ALLEYNE PRESENTED SERVICE CERTIFICATES TO STAFF AND VOLUNTEER HELPERS. „

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TOWN CENTRE SITE RESERVED FOR TAI PO * * * * *

A TOWN CENTRE WITH MAJOR CULTURAL, SOCIAL AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES IS PROPOSED FOR TAI PO UNDER A DRAFT OUTLINE ZONING PLAN PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY BY THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD.

THE TOWN CENTRE WILL BE SITUATED IN THE VICINITY OF THE EXISTING TAI PO MARKET.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BOARD SAID THE AIM OF BUILDING TAI PO NEW TOWN WAS TO CREATE A NEW BALANCED SELF-CONTAINED COMMUNITY FOR SOME 230 000 PEOPLE IN AN ATTRACTIVE ENVIRONMENT.

THE DRAFT PLAN COVERS A TOTAL OF 2 354 HECTARES. OF THIS, ABOUT 52 HECTARES WILL BE ZONED FOR COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTI AL DEVELOPMENT, 179 FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, 113 FOR VILLAGE TYPE DEVELOPMENT, 24 FOR INDUSTRIAL USES, 114 FOR OPEN SPACE, 1 440 FOR GREEN BELT AND 110 FOR OTHER SPECIFIED USES.

ANOTHER 123 HECTARES HAD BEEN SET ASIDE FOR GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTION AND COMMUNITY USES, INCLUDING A DIVISIONAL POLICE STATION, A FIRE STATION, AN AMBULANCE DEPOT. A STADIUM, A CULTURAL COMPLEX, A COMMUNITY CENTRE, A DISTRICT HOSPITAL AND SERVICE RESERVOIRS.

COPIES OF THE DRAFT PLAN, TOGETHER WITH A SET OF NOTES WHICH DEFINE THE PERMITTED USES AS WELL AS THOSE WHICH MAY BE EXCEPTIONALLY PERMITTED BY THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD, MAY BE INSPECTED AT THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING ENTRANCE- THE DISTRICT OFFICE (TAI PO), TAI PO MARKET, AND THE TOWN PLANNING OFFICE, 17TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD.

THE DRAFT PLAN IS AVAILABLE FROM THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, 19TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, AT $8.50 FOR AN UNCOLOURED COPY AND $120 FOR A COLOURED COPY.

ANY PERSON AFFECTED BY THE DRAFT PLAN AND HAS OBJECTION SHOULD SUBMIT IT IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY, TOWN PLANNING BOARD, C/0 PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD.

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SOLICITOR’S COSTS REVISED

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REVISED SOLICITOR’S COSTS CHARGEABLE FOR NON-CONTENT I OUS BUSINESS HAVE BEEN APPROVED BY THE CHIEF JUSTICE AND PUBLISHED TODAY.

THE CHANGES ARE SET OUT IN THE SOLICITORS (GENERAL) COSTS (AMENDMENT)(NO.2) RULES 1980, PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

THE RULES ALSO INTRODUCE TWO NEW PROVISIONS:

FIRSTLY, WHERE THERE IS DISPUTE AS TO WHETHER ANY ADDITIONAL WORK UNDERTAKEN BY A SOLICITOR IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE NON-CONTENT I OUS BUSINESS, THE DISPUTE IS TO BE RESOLVED BY THE TAXING MASTER OF THE SUPREME COURT.

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SECONDLY, FOR TRANSACTIONS INVOLVING LETTER +A* OR LETTER *B* LAND EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENTS AND FOR CERTAIN DOCUMENTS RELATING TO DEVELOPMENTS OF FLATTED PROPERTY OR TOWN HOUSES, THE COSTS ARE NOV-SET OUT.

THE NEw COSTS WILL ONLY APPLY TO BUSINESS FOR WHICH INSTRUCTIONS WERE RECEIVED FROM TODAY.

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KWAI CHUNG TO HOLD OWN LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR ******

KWAI CHUNG RESIDENTS WILL NO LONGER HAVE TO TRAVEL A LONG DISTANCE TO TSUEN WAN TO VISIT A LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR THIS YEAR.

THEY WILL HAVE THEIR OWN FAIR AT KWAI CHUNG SPORTS GROUND, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT TODAY.

+THE FAIR IS ORGANISED TO KEEP PACE WITH THE INCREASED POPULATION IN THE RAPIDLY DEVELOPING DISTRICT,* SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

AT THE SAME TIME TSUEN WAN RESIDENTS WILL STILL HAVE THEIR LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR AT SHA TSUI ROAD PLAYGROUND.

A TOTAL OF 126 STALLS AT THE KWAI CHUNG FAIR SITE WILL BE AUCTIONED ON JANUARY 12 WHILE 208 STALLS AT THE TSUEN WAN SITE WILL BE AUCTIONED ON JANUARY 13. THE UPSET PRICE OF EACH IS $50.

THE TWO PUBLIC AUCTIONS WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE AUDITORIUM OF THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL.

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NEW SCHOOLS MUST BUILD UP SOUND TRADITION *****

THE FIRST FEW YEARS OF A NEW SECONDARY SCHOOL ARE CRUCIAL ONES BECAUSE THAT IS THE TIME TO BUILD THE FOUNDATION FOR A SOUND TRADITION, MR KENNETH TOPLEY, CHAIRMAN OF THE POST-SECONDARY AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION REVIEW COMMITTEE SAID TODAY.

HE WAS SPEAKING IN CANTONESE AT THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF PO ON COMMERCIAL ASSOCIATION WONG SIU CHING SECONDARY SCHOOL IN TSUEN WAN.

HE NOTED THAT THE SCHOOL WAS THE FIRST SECONDARY SCHOOL SET UP BY THE ASSOCIATION ALTHOUGH IT HAD AMPLE EXPERIENCE BECAUSE IT WAS ALREADY OPERATING TWO PRIMARY SCHOOLS.

♦A GOOD BEGINNING IS A JOB ALREADY HALF COMPLETED,* HE SAID, *AND A SCHOOL MUST SET THE FOUNDATION FOR A SOUND TRADITION AND SHAPE THE STUDENTS’ MORAL CHARACTER WITHIN THE FIRST FEW YEARS OF ITS ESTABLISHMENT.*

MOST OF THE STUDENTS NOW STUDYING IN THE SCHOOL ARE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 12 AND 15.

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THIS IS THE AGE WHEN YOUTHS ARE MOST RECEPTIVE TO NEW IDEAS, MORE SOCIABLE AND HAVE THE MOST DRIVE IN THEIR WORK, MR TOPLEY SAID.

ON THE OTHER HAND, HE ADDED, THIS IS ALSO THE AGE WHEN THEY ARE AT THEIR MOST IMPULSIVE AND WOULD EASILY SUCCUMB TO TEMPTATION.

THEREFORE CAREFUL GUIDANCE IS NEEDED ON THE PART OF THE PARENTS AND THE TEACHERS TO SEE THAT THEY ARE ON THE RIGHT PATH, MR TOPLEY SAID.

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS

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THE POST OFFICE TODAY ANNOUNCED THAT THE LATEST DATE FOR POSTING LOCAL MAIL ITEMS TO ENSURE DELIVERY BEFORE CHRISTMAS IS DECEMBER 21, SUNDAY.

THERE WILL BE NO LETTER DELIVERY ON CHRISTMAS DAY AND NEW YEAR’S DAY- ONE DELIVERY THIS SUNDAY (DECEMBER 14) AND ON BOXING DAY (DECEMBER 26)- AND TWO DELIVERIES ON DECEMBER 21, SUNDAY.

IN ADDITION, ALL POST OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED ON CHRISTMAS DAY AND NEW YEAR’S DAY.

OU BOXING DAY, 32 POST OFFICES INCLUDING THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, KOWLOON CENTRAL, TSIM SHA TSUI, TSUEN WAN AND TAI PO POST OFFICES WILL BE OPEN FROM 9 AM TO 12 NOON.

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TENDER FOR CLEANING JOBS AT AIRPORT X * * X

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED FOR THE CLEANING OF PUBLIC AND RESTRICTED AREAS AT HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

FOUR SEPARATE TENDERS ARE BEING CALLED FOR THE CLEANING OF THE AIRSIDE EXTERNAL AREAS, LANDSIDE EXTERNAL AREAS, AIRPORT INTERNAL AREAS, AND TOILETS.

ALL THE CONTRACTS WILL BE FOR A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS BEGINNING FROM ABOUT FEBRUARY, 1981.

TENDERERS MAY BID FOR ANY OR ALL OF THE CONTRACTS BUT IF SUCCESSFUL IN ANY, THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO UNDERTAKE OTHER CLEANING SERVICES FOR THE GOVERNMENT OR OTHER PEOPLE WITHIN THE AIRPORT DURING THE PERIOD OF THE CONTRACT.

ALL TENDERS MUST BE PLACED IN THE SECRETARIAT TENDER BOX BEFORE 12 NOON ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 1981.

FORMS OF TENDER AND FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT, NEW RODNEY BLOCK, QUEENSWAY, OR FROM THE AIRPORT MANAGEMENT AT THE AIRPORT.

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CONTRACT FOR CLOCK SYSTEM AT KCR STATIONS * * *

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED FOR THE INSTALLATION OF A SYNCHRONISED TIMING SYSTEM AT ALL KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY STATIONS.

THE CONTRACT IS FOR FIVE YEARS AND CARRIES THE RIGHT OF DISPLAYING ADVERTISEMENTS OF THE BRAND NAMES AND TRADE MARKS OF THE CLOCKS.

TENDERS MUST BE PUT IN THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT TENDER BOX BEFORE 12 NOON ON JANUARY 9.

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NIGHT CLOSURE OF GASCOIGNE ROAD FLYOVER *****

THF WESTBOUND TRAFFIC LANE OF THE GASCOIGNE ROAD FLYOVER WILL KE CLOSEDTO TRAFFIC ON TWO NIGHTS BETWEEN 8 PH AND 5 AH TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AND ON SUNDAY.

THE TRAFFIC LANE IS TO BE CLOSED FOR REPAIR WORKS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1J, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOOD NEWS FOR KIDNEY PaTIENTS ................................ 1

STUDENT GUIDANCE HELPS PREVENT JUVENILE DELINQUENCY .......... 2

SNT INAUGURATES NORTH DISTRICT ARTS ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION . 3

COMMUNITY SERVICES A GOOD WAY TO TRaIN YOUTHS ............... /*

HOLIDAY REMINDER TO EMPLOYERS ................................ 4

REDISTRIBUTION OF IDENTITY REGISTRATION BUSINESS ............. 5

NT YOUNG ARTISTS IN DESIGN COMPETITION SELECTED .............. 6

HAPPY VALLEY ROaDS OPENED TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC ................. 6

NEW BUS ROUTE TO SHEK PAI WAN ................................ 7

CLEARWAY RESTRICTION ON SaI YEE STRECT ....................... 8

mailing of calendars ......................................... 8

FIRING PRACTICE REMINDER

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13, 1980

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GOOD NEWS FOR KIDNEY PATIENTS

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THE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO SET UP TWO RENAL DIALYSIS CENTRES, ONE AT ABERDEEN AND THE OTHER AT QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, TO AUGMENT THE EXISTING HAEMODIALYSIS SERVICES FOR KIDNEY PATIENTS.

A SUM OF $2.7 MILLION HAS BEEN DONATED BY THE LEE FAMILY IN MEMORY OF THE LATE DR LEE IU CHEUNG TOWARDS THE CONSTRUCTION COSTS OF THE TWO CENTRES WHILE THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ANNUAL RECURRENT EXPENDITURE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT TODAY DESCRIBED THE DONATION AS *A MOST TIMELY CONTRIBUTION+ AS IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THERE WILL BE AN ANNUAL INCREASE OF 200 PATIENTS REQUIRING RENAL DIALYSIS.

♦THE ESTABLISHMENT IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS OF THE TWO RENAL DIALYSIS CENTRES WILL BE OF GREAT HELP TO ALL RENAL PATIENTS IN NEED OF SUCH TREATMENT,♦ HE SAID.

THE FIRST CENTRE, EXPECTED TO COME INTO BEING IN 1982, WILL BE SET UP AT THE ABERDEEN JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC AT A COST OF ABOUT $1 MILLION.

THE SECOND CENTRE IS PLANNED TO BE SET UP IN THE NEW EXTENSION AT QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL IN 1985.

♦THE PURPOSE OF SETTING UP A SATELLITE DIALYSIS CENTRE IS TO PROVIDE ON AN OUT-PATIENT BASIS FOLLOW-UP TREATMENT TO THOSE PATIENTS WHOSE CONDITION HAS BEEN STABILISED AND THUS REQUIRING MINIMAL NURSING CARE AFTER A SERIES OF TREATMENT AT A REGIONAL HOSPITAL,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

AT PRESENT THERE ARE TWO RENAL DIALYSIS UNITS, ONE AT QUEEN MARY HOSPITAL AND THE OTHER AT PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL WITH 12 AND 16 MACHINES RESPECTIVELY.

♦THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SATELLITE CENTRE AT ABERDEEN WILL HELP EASE THE PRESSURE ON EXISTING FACILITIES AT QUEEN MARY HOSPITAL WHICH SHOULD BE USED FOR MORE SEVERE AND COMPLICATED CASES,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

PLANS ARE ALSO IN THE PIPELINE TO INCORPORATE RENAL DIALYSIS UNITS IN THE NEW SHA TIN AND TUEN MUN HOSPITALS, TUEN MUN POLYCLINIC STAGE 2, AND KWUN TONG POLYCLINIC.

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ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS EVELYN DOE, SAID TODAY THE STUDENT GUIDANCE SERVICE PLAYED A POSITIVE ROLE IN PREVENTING JUVENILE DELINQUENCY.

SHE WAS SPEAKING AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF A 13-WEEK PRESERVICE TRAINING COURSE JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE AND EDUCATION DEPARTMENTS FOR 50 STUDENT GUIDANCE OFFICERS AT THE LADY TRENCH TRAINING CENTRE.

MRS DOE SAID THE SERVICE WAS BOTH PREVENTIVE AND REMEDIAL WORK.

IN THEIR CONTACTS WITH STUDENTS THROUGH INTERVIEWS, HOME VISITS AND GROUP ACTIVITIES, SHE SAID, STUDENT GUIDANCE OFFICERS DETECT AT AN EARLY STAGE PROBLEMS THAT MAY AFFECT THEIR PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEVELOPMENT.

THEY HELP THESE STUDENTS OVERCOME DIFFICULTIES BY GIVING THEM PERSONAL, EDUCATIONAL AND VOCATIONAL GUIDANCE, SHE SAID.

+AT A TIME WHEN THE JUVENILE CRIME RATE IS ON THE INCREASE, THEIR SERVICE PLAYS A POSITIVE ROLE IN PREVENTING JUVENILE DELINQUENCY THROUGH HELPING STUDENTS WITH BEHAVIOURAL OR OTHER PROBLEMS,♦ SHE ADDED.

MRS DOE POINTED OUT THAT THE WORK OF STUDENT GUIDANCE OFFICERS WAS BOTH HEAVY AND CHALLENGING.

JUDGING FROM THE RATIO OF ONE OFFICER FOR EVERY 2 000

PRIMARY STUDENTS IN RURAL AREAS AND ONE FOR EVERY 3 000 IN URBAN AREAS, THE 50 GRADUATING OFFICERS WOULD SERVE OVER 100 000 SCHOOL CHILDREN, SHE SAID.

SHE TOLD THE GRADUATES TO COMBINE THEORETICAL TRAINING WITH THEIR OWN TEACHING EXPERIENCE AND OBSERVATION TO MAXIMISE THE EFFECT OF THEIR SERVICE.

IN ADDITION, SHE SAID, THEY NEED TO KEEP CLOSE TOUCH AND COOPERATE WITH THE PROFESSIONAL WORKERS IN THE FIELDS OF SPECIAL EDUCATION AND SOCIAL WORK.

FOR IMSTANCE JN CASEWORK, SHE ADDED, THERE ARE STUDENT GUIDANCE CONSULTING-RECEIVING OFFICERS IN EACH DISTRICT BOTH FROM HER DEPARTMENT AND THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR TO PROVIDE A BACK-UP SERVICE.

MRS DOE SAID SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK SERVICE WAS ONE OF THE IMPORTANT AREAS OF SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES WHICH HAD SHOWN MARKED DEVELOPMENT IN PAST YEARS.

SHE SAID THE SERVICE WAS PROVIDED IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS BY SOCIAL WORKERS FROM THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES- AND IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS, BY STUDENT GUIDANCE OFFICERS OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

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SNT INAUGURATES NORTH DISTRICT ARTS ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION ******

OPPORTUNITIES FOR CULTURAL ACTIVITY IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ARE INCREASING AS PURPOSE-BUILT VENUES FOR THE PERFORMANCE AND APPRECIATION OF MUSIC, DANCE AND DRAMA BEGIN TO APPEAR, SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY.

MR AKERS-JONES WAS SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION OF OFFICEBEARERS FOR NORTH DISTRICT ARTS ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION.

IN TSUEN WAN, THE TOWN HALL IS ALREADY PLAYING A MAJOR ROLE IN THE CULTURAL LIFE OF THE COMMUNITY,♦ HE SAID.

EARLY NEXT YEAR, THE CHIU LUT SAU HALL WILL OPEN IN YUEN LONG-LATER IN THE YEAR THERE WILL BE THE TOWN HALL HERE IN SHEUNG SHU I, AIR-CONDITIONED BY PRIVATE DONATION.

PLANS ARE WELL AHEAD TO START WORK ON AUDITOR IA IN TUEN MUN, IN SHA TIN AND IN SAI KUNG IN 1981.+

WITH THE INAUGURATION OF NORTH DISTRICT ARTS ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION THERE IS NOW AN ORGANISATION OF LOCAL PEOPLE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE ARTS IN EACH OF THE EIGHT NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICTS, MR AKERS-JONES SAID.

HE SAID HE WAS ABSOLUTELY CONFIDENT THAT OPPORTUNITIES PRESENTED BY THESE NEW FACILITIES WOULD BE SEIZED AND THAT LOCAL ARTS ASSOCIATIONS WOULD TAKE THE LEAD IN DEVELOPING AND ENSURING A RICH AND VARIED CULTURAL LIFE FOR THE PEOPLE IN THEIR AREAS.

THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE ABLE TO ASSIST THESE EFFORTS IN TWO WAYSi FINANCIALLY THROUGH THE DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARDS, AND BY PROVISION OF PROFESSIONAL TECHNICAL ADVICE, HE SAID.

MR AKERS-JONES SAID NORTH DISTRICT ARTS ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION WAS AT ONCE A NEW ORGANISATION IN A NEW DISTRICT WITH THE POSSIBILITIES FOR A FRESH APPROACH WHICH THAT ENTAILED, AND AN INHERITOR OF THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE FORMER TAI PO SIX DISTRICTS ARTS ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION.

IN SUPPORT OF THE ASSOCIATION, NORTH DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD HAS AGREED TO PROVIDE $100 000 TO FINANCE ITS PROJECTS AND ANOTHER $80 000 WILL BE RAISED FROM PRIVATE DONATIONS.

TODAY’S CEREMONY WAS ALSO ATTENDED BY NORTH DISTRICT OFFICER, MR PETER JOHNSON, AND PRINCIPAL EDUCATION OFFICER (NT REGION), NR LEE TSE-CHUN.

AS PART OF THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY, AN EXHIBITION, ALSO ORGANISED BY THE ASSOCIATION, WAS OPENED BY MRS AKERS-JONES AT FIRST FUNG KAI SECONDARY SCHOOL HALL, SHEUNG SHU I.

EXHIBITS INCLUDED PHOTOGRAPHS, CALLIGRAPHY AND CHINESE PAINTINGS BY MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION AND OTHER EXHIBITORS.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL DECEMBER 17 FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM DAILY.

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COMMUNITY SERVICES A GOOD WAY TO TRAIN YOUTHS

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REGIONAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER (HONG KONG ISLAND), MR KWOK KA-CHI, TODAY DESCRIBED PROMOTING COMMUNITY SERVICES AS THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY OF MORAL TRAINING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF A YOUTH AND SOCIAL SERVICE EXHIBITION AT VICTORIA PARK, HE SAID COMMUNITY SERVICES HAD SIGNIFICANT VALUE, NOT ONLY TO THE RECIPIENTS BUT TO THE PROVIDERS AS WELL.

THROUGH COMMUNITY SERVICES, HE SAID, YOUNG PEOPLE LEARN TO CARE MORE ABOUT THEIR SOCIETY AND HELP FOSTER A CARING COMMUNITY.

THE REASON IS THAT IN THE PLANNING PROCESS, IT NEEDS SOUND ORGANISATION AND LEADERSHIP, A PROFOUND UNDERSTANDING OF THE HEEDS OF THE SERVICE TARGET, AND CLOSE COOPERATION, HE SAID.

+ IN EACH PLANNING STAGE, THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE PARTICIPANTS TO DEVELOP THEIR POTENTIAL AND INTEREST, AND THE COMPLETION OF A PROJECT CAN GIVE JOB SATISFACTION,* HE ADDED.

MR KWOK SAID THAT SOCIAL WORKERS NOWADAYS NO LONGER RELIED ON THEIR OWN EFFORTS BUT PLACED GREAT IMPORTANCE IN INVOLVING YOUNG PEOPLE IN YOUTH SERVICES.

♦WITHOUT THEIR PARTICIPATION, IT IS APT TO COME ACROSS PROBLEMS THAT MAY WELL HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY OVERLOOKING THE NEEDS AND INTEREST OF YOUNG PEOPLE,* HE SAID.

THE EXHIBITION AT VICTORIA PARK WAS SPONSORED BY THE TAI PING SHAN LIONS CLUB, AND JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE AND EDUCATION DEPARTMENTS, VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, SCHOOLS AND YOUTH GROUPS IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT.

APART FROM EXHIBITS ON YOUTH SERVICES, THERE WERE PERFORMANCES OF WHEELCHAIR DANCING, SIGN-LANGUAGE SINGING, FOLK SONGS, AND FIRST AID DEMONSTRATION.

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HOLIDAY REMINDER TO EMPLOYERS * * * *

A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY REMINDED EMPLOYERS THAT UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE EITHER THE CHINESE WINTER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL (WHICH FALLS ON DECEMBER 22) OR CHRISTMAS DAY (DECEMBER 25) SHOULD BE APPOINTED AS A STATUTORY HOLIDAY AND THAT WORKERS MUST BE GIVEN A DAY OFF ON EITHER DAY.

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 HAVE WORKED CONTINUOUSLY FOR THREE MONTHS IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY.

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HOLIDAY PAY SHOULD BE EQUIVALENT TO THE EMPLOYEE’S EARNINGS, OTHER THAN OVERTIME PAY. ON A NORMAL WORKING DAY. WHERE THE EARNINGS VARY 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 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 t 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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REDISTRIBUTION OF IDENTITY REGISTRATION BUSINESS * * * * *

FROM MONDAY (DECEMBER 15) THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS OFFICE ON THE 3RD FLOOR OF THE CAUSEWAY BAY MAGISTRACY BUILDING WILL NO LONGER HANDLE APPLICATIONS FOR REGISTRATION OF JUVENILE IDENTITY CARDS, RE-REGISTRATION OF JUVENILES FOR ADULT IDENTITY CARDS AND REGISTRATION OF NEW ARRIVALS.

THOSE WHO WANT TO USE SUCH FACILITIES MAY GO TO THE QUEENSWAY BRANCH OF THE OFFICE AT BLOCK ’G’ OF VICTORIA BARRACKS.

+APPLICANTS WHO WANT TO APPLY FOR REPLACEMENT OF LOST OR DEFACED IDENTITY CARDS OR AMENDMENT OF THEIR REGISTERED PARTICULARS STILL HAVE TO APPROACH THE OFFICE IN THE MAGISTRACY BUILDING FOR THESE SERVICES,* A SPOKESMAN SAID.

+THIS ARRANGEMENT WILL NOT ONLY REDUCE THE WORKLOAD AT THAT OFFICE BUT ALSO PROVIDE MORE FACILITIES TO APPLICANTS FOR IDENTITY CARDS, PARTICULARLY FOR JUVENILE IDENTITY CARDS DURING-THE CLOSURE OF SCHOOLS FOR THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS,* HE ADDED.

THOSE WHO HAVE APPLIED FOR REGISTRATION OF IDENTITY CARDS BEFORE DECEMBER 15 SHOULD COLLECT THEIR CARDS AT THE SAME OFFICE. THEY SHOULD NOT GO TO THE QUEENSWAY BRANCH.

THE ENTRANCE TO BLOCK ’G’ OF VICTORIA BARRACKS FACES QUEENSWAY AND IS OPPOSITE MTR ADMIRALTY STATION. THE OFFICE WILL OPEN FROM 8.45 AM TO 5 PM ON WEEKDAYS AND FROM 9 AM TO 11.45 AM ON SATURDAYS.

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♦THERE IS NO CHANGE IN THE PROCEDURE FOR THE REGISTRATION CF NEW ARRIVALS FROM CHINA. THEY STILL HAVE TO GO TO BLOCK ’HH’ OF VICTORIA BARRACKS TO REGISTER FOR IDENTITY CARDS,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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NT YOUNG ARTISTS IN DESIGN COMPETITION SELECTED ******

THE NAMES OF 48 YOUNG ARTISTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WHO HAVE WON PRIZES IN A CHRISTMAS CARD DESIGN COMPETITION WERE ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THIS YEAR’S COMPETITION, ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES PUBLIC LIBRARIES, ATTRACTED SOME 2 OOO ENTRIES FROM CHILDREN UNDER 14 YEARS OF AGE, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

HE SAID THE RESPONSE HAD BEEN OVERWHELMING AND VERY HIGH STANDARDS OF DESIGN AND CREATIVE IMAGINATION WERE DISPLAYED BY THE PARTICIPANTS.

♦WE ARE PARTICULARLY DELIGHTED THAT LITTLE CHILDREN IN KINDERGARTENS HAD ALSO SENT IN ENTRIES,* SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED THROUGH THE PUBLIC LIBRARIES.

THE FIRST PRIZE WINNERS IN THE FOUR DISTRICTS ARE: CHAN YIN-KING OF TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG, HO CHI-WAI OF TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG, WONG CHI-HUNG OF SHA TIN, TAI PO AND SHEUNG SHU I, AND CHAN CHI-WAI OF OUTLYING ISLANDS.

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HAPPY VALLEY ROADS OPENED TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC ******

WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD BETWEEN QUEEN’S ROAD EAST AND VILLAGE ROAD. AND LEIGHTON ROAD BETWEEN CANAL ROAD EAST AND WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD WILL BE OPENED TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 15).

THE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN THE HAPPY VALLEY AREA WILL BE INTRODUCEDi

* THE BUS LANE ON THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF THE NEW TWO-WAY SECTION OF LEIGHTON ROAD WILL BE RESCINDED.

* SING WOO ROAD BETWEEN WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD AND KING KWONG STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM TWO-WAY TO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

* TSOI TAK STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM TWO-WAY TO ONE-WAY EASTBOUND. RIGHT TURNS FROM NORTHBOUND SING WOO ROAD INTO TSOI TAK STREET WILL NO LONGER BE ALLOWED.

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ft WESTBOUND TRAFFIC ON LEIGHTON ROAD WILL BE ABLE TO GO TO MORRISON HILL ROAD AND TIN LOK LANE. RIGHT TURNS FROM LEIGHTON ROAD WESTBOUND INTO CANAL ROAD WEST FOR THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL WILL NOT BE PERMITTED UNTIL LATER THIS MONTH DUE TO ROAD WORKS.

* SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC FROM THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL FOR BLUE POOL ROAD CAN GO VIA THE DOWN-RAMP OF CANAL ROAD FLYOVER EXTENSION, WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD SOUTHBOUND, VILLAGE ROAD, YICK YAM STREET AND SING WOO ROAD.

ft YICK YAM STREET WILL BE PROHIBITED TO LEARNER DRIVERS.

* EXISTING PARKING SPACES ON YICK YAM STREET AND KING KWONG STREET WILL BE CANCELLED. HOWEVER SIX SPACES WILL BE PROVIDED ON THE WESTERN SIDE OF SING WOO ROAD BETWEEN HOUSE NO. 2 AND NO. 10A.

* CMB ROUTE NOS. 10, 72, 17, 15B AND 170 WILL PROCEED VIA LEIGHTON ROAD, MORRISON HILL ROAD AND QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, INSTEAD OF GOING ROUND WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD.

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NEW BUS ROUTE TO SHEK PAI WAN * * * *

A NEW CMB BUS ROUTE WILL BE INTRODUCED BETWEEN SHEK PAI WAN AND PATERSON STREET IN CAUSEWAY BAY ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 15).

THE NEW ROUTE, NO. 76, WILL BE OPERATED VIA HAPPY VALLEY AT A BASIC 10-MINUTE FREQUENCY.

THE FULL FARE IS |1. SECTION FARES WILL BE CHARGED AT 70 CENTS FROM STUBBS ROAD ROUNDABOUT TO CAUSEWAY BAY, AND 50 CENTS FROM WONG CHUK HANG ROAD TO SHEK PAI WAN OR FROM SING WOO ROAD TO CAUSEWAY BAY.

ALSO FROM MONDAY, CMB ROUTE NOS. 5M AND 70M WILL TERMINATE AT CHATER MTR STATION (JACKSON ROAD SECTION) INSTEAD OF ADMIRALTY STATION.

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CLEARWAY RESTRICTION ON SAI YEE STREET

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THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF SAI YEE STREET BETWEEN MONG KOK ROAD AND PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 15).

WITHIN THIS CLEARWAY, ALL MOTOR VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

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MAILING OF CALENDARS *****

THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED THAT THE CUSTOMS AUTHORITIES OF CHlNA HAD INTRODUCED A NEW REGULATION GOVERNING THE IMPORTATION OF CALENDARS SENT BY POST.

TO five calend‘rs ™ BE EOSTeo

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FIRING PRACTICE REMINDER

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FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE NEXT WEEK FROM MONDAY TO THURSDAY (DECEMBER 15 TO 18) BETWEEN 8 AM AND 6 PM DAILY.

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

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14, 198O

CONTENTS PAGE no.

GOVERNMENT SETS UP HOLIDAY CENTRE FOR THE FAHLY................. 1

CALL FOR MURE SMALL SPORTS PITCHES IN NT ....................... 2

PWD OFFICE SET UP TO COORDINATE KWUN TONG DEVELOPMENT........... 3

POLLUTED KAM TIN RIVER REJUVENATED ............................. 4

MANPOWER SURVEY OF CATERING AND TOURISM INDUSTRIES ............. 4

CREMATION PERMIT ISSUING OFFICES ............................... 5

NEW POST OFFICE OPENS AT AP LEI CHAU ........................... 6

KWAI CHUNG L.1B0UR OFFICE RELOCATED ............................ 6

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME IN NORTH POINT ....................... 6

TEMPORARY RE-ROUTING OF SOMERSET ROAD .......................... 7

WATER CUT ON TUESDAY

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GOVERNMENT SETS UP HOLIDAY CENTRE FOR THE FAMILY ******

HONG KONG’S FIRST FAMILY HOLIDAY CENTRE WILL OPEN SOON TO THE PUBLIC IN THE EAST SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARK.

SET IN 12 HECTARES OF WOODED COUNTRYSIDE NEAR PAK TAM CHUNG, THE LADY MACLEHOSE HOLIDAY VILLAGE WILL PROVIDE CHALET-STYLE ACCOMMODATION FOR UP TO 120 OVERNIGHT VISITORS.

TOGETHER WITH DAY CAMPERS, SOME 90 000 PEOPLE A YEAR WILL BE ABLE TO ENJOY ITS FACILITIES.

THE VILLAGE, TO BE MANAGED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, WILL FEATURE A VARIETY OF RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

BUILT ORIGINALLY AS ENGINEERS’ QUARTERS BY THE HIGH ISLAND RESERVOIR CONTRACTORS, IT HAS UNDERGONE A FIRST PHASE OF TRANSFORMATION INTO A HOLIDAY RESORT FOR HONG KONG’S OVERCROWDED MILLIONS.

ABOUT HALF THE BUNGALOWS — RANGING IN SIZE FROM 3-BED UNITS CF 30 SQUARE METRES TO 100 SQUARE METRE UNITS SLEEPING 12 --HAVE BEEN RENOVATED, INSTALLED WITH SPECIALLY-DESIGNED FURNITURE, AND EQUIPPED WITH AIR-CONDITIONERS IN THE BEDROOMS AND WATER HEATERS IN THE SHOWERS. MOST OF THE UNITS HAVE SITTING-ROOMS.

♦THESE BUNGALOWS ARE IDEAL FOR FAMILIES AND SMALL GROUPS UNLIKE OUR SAIKUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE, WHICH IS MORE SUITED TO LARGE GROUPS OF ENERGETIC YOUNGSTERS,♦ THE MANAGER OF THE VILLAGE, MR CHARLES CHU SAID TODAY.

♦HERE WE WANT TO ATTRACT FAMILIES TO RELAX AND SHARE A FEW DAYS OF ENJOYMENT TOGETHER.

WE ARE PROVIDING A LOT OF THINGS TO DO -- FOR EXAMPLE, CYCLING, ARCHERY, A ROPE COURSE, TRAMPOLINING -- BUT THE ACCENT WILL BE ON RELAXATION. THERE IS A CANTEEN SO NO ONE HAS TO WORRY ABOUT COOKING, AND THERE IS A SPECIAL BUS TO TRANSPORT CAMPERS BETWEEN THE VILLAGE AND SAI KUNG TOWN.+ MR CHU SAID.

WHEN COMPLETED, THE WHOLE PROJECT WILL PROVIDE OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION FOR UP TO 250 PEOPLE, A SWIMMING-POOL, AN INDOOR ACTIVITIES AREA AND MORE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES.

WE WERE FORTUNATE IN BEING ABLE TO MAKE AN EARLY START ON THE PROJECT THROUGH A $2 MILLION DONATION FROM SIR SHIU KIN TANG FOR THE FIRST PHASE, BUT THE REST OF THE VILLAGE MAY NOT BE COMPLETED FOR A YEAR OR TWO. WE ARE ALREADY BUSY PLANNING THE NEXT STAGE,+ MR CHU SAID.

IN THE MEANTIME, WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT THE VILLAGE WILL BE A SUCCESS. WHERE ELSE IN HONG KONG CAN YOU STAY IN SUCH PLEASANT SURROUNDINGS FOR ONLY $12 A NIGHT7+ HE ASKED.

THE VILLAGE WILL BE OPENED BY LADY MACLEHOSE ON JANUARY 8.

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CALL FOR MORE SMALL SPORTS PITCHES IN NT

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ADDITIONAL SPORTS GROUNDS ARE BEING CONSTRUCTED IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, BUT A GREAT MANY SMALL PITCHES ARE NEEDED, SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY.

MR AKERS-JONES, WHO WAS OFFICIATING AT THE INAUGURATION CF THE NEW TERRITORIES SOCCER LEAGUE AT YUEN LONG STADIUM, SAID ADDITIONAL SPORTS GROUNDS WERE BEING CONSTRUCTED AT TUEN MUN AND SAI KUNG WITH A GENEROUS CONTRIBUTION FROM SIR SHIU-KIN TANG, AND OTHERS WERE PLANNED FOR EARLY COMPLETION AT SHA TIN AND TAI PO.

♦BUT, IN ADDITION TO THESE MAJOR FACILITIES, WE NEED A GREAT MANY SMALL PITCHES FOR MINI-SOCCER AND BASKETBALL AND, EVENTUALLY, INDOOR GAMES HALLS WHERE LARGE NUMBERS OF YOUNG PEOPLE CAN TAKE VIGOROUS EXERCISE, HAVE FUN AND MAKE FRIENDS,+ HE SAID.

+WE MUST ALSO ENSURE THAT EXISTING PITCHES ARE WELL-MAINTAINED AND FLOODLIT WHEREVER POSSIBLE, AND THAT THE MAXIMUM USE IS MADE CF THEM.

♦THESE QUESTIONS ARE NOW BEING STUDIED BY THE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED,+HE SAID.

TEAMS FROM ALL EIGHT NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICTS - ISLANDS, NORTH, SAI KUNG, SHA TIN, TAI PO, TSUEN WAN, TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG -WERE PRESENT AT TODAY’S OPENING CEREMONY, WHICH WAS FOLLOWED BY A MATCH BETWEEN YUEN LONG AND NORTH.

MR AKERS-JONES SAID THE STARTING WHISTLE THIS AFTERNOON SIGNIFIED THE BEGINNING OF 55 INTER-DISTRICT FOOTBALL MATCHES TO FOLLOW WITHIN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

SIMILAR TOURNAMENTS WOULD BE ORGANISED AROUND THE NEW TERRITORIES FOR BASKETBALL, VOLLEYBALL, BADMINTON, TABLE-TENNIS AND TENNIS, WITH EACH DISTRICT RESPONSIBLE FOR ONE TYPE OF SPORT.

THESE TOURNAMENTS, INVOLVING LITERALLY THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE, HAD BEEN MADE POSSIBLE BY THE COMBINED EFFORT OF ♦INTERESTED AND ENTHUSIASTIC* DISTRICT SPORTS ORGANISATIONS, THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE AND NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, HELPED BY FUNDS FROM THE DISTRICT BOARDS, MR AKERS-JONES SAID.

HONG KONG FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION HAS PLEDGED SUPPORT FOR THE LEAGUE AND WILL PROVIDE REFEREES FOR MATCHES.

THE WINNING TEAM WILL BE AWARDED THE AKERS-JONES CUP, WHICH HAS BEEN PERSONALLY DONATED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SECRETARY.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NEW TERRITORIES INTER-DISTRICT SPORTS COMPETITION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR DICKEN YUNG- THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SOCCER LEAGUE COMMITTEE, MR CHIU YUK-CHUEN- AND MRS AKERS-JONES.

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PWD OFFICE SET UP TO COORDINATE KWUN TONG DEVELOPMENT * * * *

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS THIS WEEK SETTING UP A NEW NORTHEAST KOWLOON DEVELOPMENT OFFICE IN KWUN TONG TO CO-ORDINATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF VARIOUS PROJECTS IN THE AREA AND IN THE NEIGHBOURING WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT.

THIS WAS DISCLOSED BY MR BRYAN O’RORKE, URBAN AREA DEVELOPMENT ADVISER OF THE PWD, AT A CONCERT GIVEN THIS EVENING BY THE KWUN TONG CHILDREN’S CHOIR AT THE +KWUN TONG TODAY* FESTIVAL.

MR O’RORKE SAID THAT THE NEW OFFICE WITH STAFF FROM VARIOUS PROFESSIONS WOULD BE HEADED BY DR NIP KAM-FAN AS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER. IT WOULD JOIN THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE IN THE GOVERNMENT’S NEW DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION ARRANGEMENTS.

MR O’RORKE SAID VISITORS TO THE +KWUN TONG TODAY* EXHIBITION AT THE KWUN TONG MTR STATION COULD SEE *HOW THE TOWN HAS GROWN OVER THE PAST 25 YEARS TO BECOME THE PRESENT THRIVING COMMUNITY WHERE MORE THAN 650 000 PEOPLE LIVE AND WORK.*

REFERRING TO FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE KWUN TONG AND KOWLOON BAY AREAS, HE SAID THEY WOULD INVOLVE THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT VERY HEAVILY IN TOWN PLANNING, LAND SALES AND APPROVING NEW PRIVATE BUILDING PLANS.

THERE WOULD ALSO BE ROADS, PUBLIC BUILDINGS FOR FACILITIES SUCH AS FIRE STATIONS, CONSTRUCTION OF CAR PARKS, LAW COURTS, CLINICS AND POLICE STATIONS- AND PARKS, PLAYGROUNDS, MARKETS AND THE LIKE FOR THE URBAN COUNCIL.

MR O’RORKE POINTED OUT THAT ALTOGETHER MORE THAN 100 NEW CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS COSTING SEVERAL HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS WERE IN HAND OR PLANNED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IN KWUN TONG.

THE RESULT OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NEW OFFICE, HE SAID, WOULD BE THAT THE VARIOUS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES AS WELL AS PUBLIC WORKS MAINTENANCE AND IMPROVEMENTS WOULD BE CARRIED OUT AS EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY AS POSSIBLE AND IN RESPONSE TO REGIONAL AND LOCAL NEEDS.

HE HOPED KWUN TONG RESIDENTS WOULD FIND THE NEW OFFICE USEFUL.

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POLLUTED KAM TIN RIVER REJUVENATED

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THE STREAM COURSE OF THE 13 000 METRE KAM TIN RIVER IS RECEIVING A FACELIFT IN A MAJOR CLEARANCE OPERATION BEING CARRIED OUT IN PHASES BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THIS IS THE SECOND POLLUTED RIVER IN THE NEW TERRITORIES TO GET A NEW LEASE OF LIFE IN RECENT MONTHS. THE FIRST IS HUNG SHUI KIU RIVER.

THE EXERCISE IS AIMED AT IMPROVING THE GENERAL ENVIRONMENT AND SANITATION OF THE RIVER AT A TIME WHEN POLLUTION IS EXPECTED TO DETERIORATE DURING THE COMING DRY SEASON, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NTSD.

MAJOR OPERATIONS HAD BEEN CARRIED OUT FROM TIME TO TIME IN THE LAST FEW YEARS BUT THE CONDITIONS HAD BECOME WORSE AS FARMERS AND VILLAGERS CONTINUED TO DUMP REFUSE AND CARCASSES OF ANIMALS AND FARM WASTE INTO THE RIVER.

TO REJUVENATE KAM TIN RIVER, THE YUEN LONG URBAN SERVICES OFFICE IS MOBILISING ALL AVAILABLE RESOURCES TO REMOVE ACCUMULATED REFUSE, CARCASSES OF DOGS, PIGS AND POULTRY AS WELL AS SOLID FARM WASTE FROM THE STREAM COURSE.

CLEANSING WORKERS ALSO CUT ALL THE PLANTS ON THE RIVER’S EDGE AND CLEAR AWAY VEGETATION COVERING THE RIVER IN A THICK CRUST TO FACILITATE WATER FLOW AT ALL ITS 11 SECTIONS IN YUEN LONG.

THE CLEAN-UP OPERATION IS EXPECTED TO LAST FOR ABOUT THREE MONTHS, SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

IN THE MEANTIME, HE URGED VILLAGERS AND FARMERS LIVING ON THE RIVER BANKS TO BE MORE CO-OPERATIVE IN KEEPING THE RIVER CLEAN. THIS WILL REMOVE OBNOXIOUS SMELLS, FLIES, POOR SANITATION AND HEALTH HAZARDS IN THEIR SURROUNDINGS, HE SAID.

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THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL WILL CARRY OUT A SURVEY NEXT MONTH ON THE MANPOWER SITUATION AND TRAINING REQUIREMENTS IN ALL HOTELS, IRLINES AND SELECTED CATERING ESTABLISHMENTS AND TRAVEL AGENCIES.

THE SURVEY, WHICH HAS BEEN PLANNED BY THE HOTEL, CATERING AND TOURISM TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG kONG TRAINING COUNCIL, * ILL BE CONDUCTED BETWEEN JANUARY 5 AND 31.

SURVEY QUESTIONNAIRES, EXP.ANATORY NOTES AND DESCRI''’’DNS CF PR'nC = A_ JOBS IN THESE ’NDUST: ,, BOT" ENGLISH AN CHINESE, -AVE BEEN SEN" " EMPLOYERS SZ.D’ED FC SURVEY.

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OFFICERS OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL VISIT THESE ESTABLISHMENTS DURING THE SURVEY PERIOD TO ANSWER QUERIES AND ASSIST IN COMPLETING THE QUESTIONNAIRES.

THE ESTABLISHMENTS ARE ASKED TO SUPPLY INFORMATION ON THE NUMBER OF EXISTING EMPLOYEES, FORECASTS OF ADDITIONAL NUMBERS, PERO ID OF TRAINING GIVEN TO THEM AND OTHER PERSONNEL AND TRAINING MATTERS.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRAINING BOARD, MR LARRY TCHOU, TODAY CALLED ON THE SELECTED ESTABLISHMENTS TO EXTEND FULL SUPPORT TO THE SURVEY BY COMPLETING THE QUESTIONNAIRES AND RETURNING THEM TO THE TRAINING COUNCIL.

HE STRESSED THAT THE INFORMATION COLLECTED WOULD BE HANDLED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND WOULD BE PUBLISHED ONLY IN THE FORM OF STATISTICAL SUMMARIES WITHOUT REFERENCE TO INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENTS.

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THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT TODAY ADVISED THAT FROM THURSDAY (DECEMBER 18) CREMATION PERMITS WILL BE ISSUED AT NEW LOCATIONS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE HARBOUR.

IN KOWLOON, APPLICATIONS FOR CREMATION PERMITS WILL BE PROCESSED AT THE INOCULATION CENTRE AT ROOM 529A, STAR HOUSE, TSIM SHA TSUI. IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE MADE AT THE LADY TRENCH POLYCLINIC IN TSUEN WAN.

ON HONG KONG ISLAND, THE PERMITS ARE ISSUED AT THE PORT HEALTH INOCULATION CENTRE ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF CENTRE POINT BUILDING, GLOUCESTER ROAD, WAN CHAI.

THE DEPARTMENT ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT BEGINNING FROM DECEMBER 22, ITS NEW TERRITORIES REGIONAL OFFICE WILL BE MOVED FROM SAN PO KONG TO THE NEWLY COMPLETED SHA TIN LEK YUEN HEALTH CENTRE.

AT THE SAME TIME, PART OF THE NEW OUT-PATIENT CLINIC THERE WILL BECOME OPERATIONAL ON THE SECOND DAY OF THE NEW YEAR.

THE HEALTH CENTRE IS ONE OF THE MAJOR PROJECTS OF THE DEPARTMENT COMPLETED DURING THE YEAR. WHEN FULLY OPERATIONAL IN FEBRUARY. IT WILL PROVIDE A GENERAL OUT-PATIENT DEPARTMENT WITH SIX CONSULTING ROOMS, A FAMILY HEALTH SERVICE CENTRE WITH TWO CONSULTING ROOMS, A COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION CENTRE, AS WELL AS ACCOMMODATION FOR THE DEPARTMENT’S REGIONAL OFFICE.

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NEW POST OFFICE OPENS AT AP LEI CHAU * * * *

A NEW POST OFFICE IN BLOCK B, LEI NING HOUSE, PHASE I, AP LEI CHAU ESTATE, WILL BE OPENED AT 11 AM ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 16).

TO MARK THE OCCASION, THERE WILL BE A SHORT OPENING CEREMONY AT 10 AM.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE AP LEI CHAU KAIFONG WELFARE ASSOCIATION, M? HO CHUN-TUNG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING TOGETHER WITH THE POSTMASTER GENERAL, MR A.C. HEATHCOTE, AND THE CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, HONG KONG, MR A.R. CLARK.

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THE NUMBER 2 DISTRICT OFFICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS UNIT IN SHING WAH BUILDING, KWAI CHUNG, WILL MOVE ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 20) TO 21 KWONG FAI CIRCUIT, CHEONG FAT BUILDING, 1ST FLOOR, IN THE SAME DISTRICT.

IT WILL BE RE-NAMED SHEUNG KWAI CHUNG DISTRICT OFFICE. ITS TELEPHONE NUMBERS WILL BE 12-299686 FOR THE SENIOR LABOUR INSPECTOR AND 12-299166 FOR GENERAL ENQUIRIES.

MEANWHILE, THE EXISTING NUMBER 1 DISTRICT OFFICE OF THE UNIT AT 31 SHING WAH BUILDING, 5TH FLOOR, WILL BE RE-NAMED HA KWAI CHUNG DISTRICT OFFICE FROM THE SAME DAY.

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TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME IN NORTH POINT * * * *

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN NORTH POINT FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 16) TO IMPROVE PEDESTRIAN FACILITIES ACROSS JAVA ROAD AND TRAFFIC CIRCULATION IN THE AREA.

ON JAVA ROAD,

* EASTBOUND TRAFFIC WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING RIGHT INTO KAM HONG STREET OR TIN CHIU STREET SOUTHBOUND- AND

* WESTBOUND TRAFFIC WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING RIGHT INTO SHU KUK STREET NORTHBOUND.

ON TIN CHIU STREET,

* SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC NORTH OF JAVA ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING RIGHT INTO JAVA ROAD WESTBOUND- AND

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* NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC SOUTH OF JAVA ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING LEFT INTO JAVA ROAD WESTBOUND.

MARBLE ROAD BETWEEN TIN CHIU STREET AND SHU KUK STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY EASTBOUND TO ONE-WAY WESTBOUND.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED NEAR NORTH POINT FIRE STATION TO FACILITATE MOVEMENT OF FIRE ENGINES AND TO IMPROVE PEDESTRIAN FACILITIES:

* PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC SIGNALS WILL BE INSTALLED AT THE JUNCTION OF JAVA ROAD AND HEALTHY STREET EAST"

* HEALTHY STREET EAST BETWEEN JAVA ROAD AND KING’S ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM TWO-WAY TO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND- AND

* EASTBOUND TRAFFIC ON JAVA ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING RIGHT INTO HEALTHY STREET EAST SOUTHBOUND.

FROM 4 PM THE SAME DAY, ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES ON THE WESTERN SECTIONS OF NORTH POINT ROAD AND TONG SHUI ROAD SOUTH OF JAVA ROAD, EXCEPT THOSE WITH WRITTEN AUTHORISATION, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM MAKING LEFT TURNS INTO THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF JAVA ROAD.

THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF THE SECTION OF JAVA ROAD/ELECTRIC ROAD BETWEEN TONG SHUI ROAD AND FUK YUEN STREET, AND TIN CHONG STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED PUBLIC LIGHT BUS PROHIBITED ZONES FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

ALL PLB’S EXCEPT THOSE AUTHORISED IN WRITING WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE ZONES DURING THESE PERIODS.

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TEMPORARY RE-ROUTING OF SOMERSET ROAD * * * * *

SOMERSET ROAD IN KOWLOON TONG WILL BE TEMPORARILY RE-ROUTED FROM TWO-WAY TO ONE-WAY WESTBOUND FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 17).

AT THE SAME TIME, PARKING SPACES ON THE ROAD WILL BE SUSPENDED.

THE ARRANGEMENT, FOR ROAD RECONSTRUCTION WORK, WILL LAST ABOUT FOUR MONTHS.

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WATER CUT ON TUESDAY * * * *

WATER SUPPLY TO AN AREA OF SAI KUNG WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 16).

THE AREA IS ALONG A SECTION OF HIRAM’S HIGHWAY BETWEEN LIU KAR TSE AND TAI CHUNG HAU, AND INCLUDES TAI CHUNG HAU TSUEN, PAK KONG, TA HO TUN, CHIU HANG, PQ LO CHE, SUN ON TSUEN AND TUI MIN HOI .

ALSO ON TUESDAY FROM 10 AM'TO 12 MIDNIGHT, THERE WILL BE NO SALT WATER SUPPLY TO MOST AREAS OF EAST KOWLOON, INCLUDING LAM TIN SAU MAU PING, NGAU TAU KOK, KWUN TONG, JORDAN VALLEY, KOWLOON BAY.’ CHA KWO LING, SHUN LEE TSUEN, AND CHOI WAN, PING SHEK AND CHOI HUNG ESTATES.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

JDNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

EXPERTS ON APPRENTICE TRAINING MEET IN HONG KONG .............. 1

SIR JACK OPENS 'LANDMARK' HI CENTRAL ......................... 2

1 500 SUBVERTED NURSERY PLACES PLANNED FOR TUjN HUN............ 3

SITE FOR TaI PO INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE APPROVED.................. 4

DONATIONS TO TUNG W'AH .JJD PO LEUNG KUK....................... 5

CRIME PREVENTION FORTNIGHT IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT ............... 5

GOOD WORK BY PRISONS STAFF RECOGNISED ......................... 6

SECOND STAGE OF TAI PO TRAFFIC MANAGEMLHT ..................... 7

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EXPERTS ON APPRENTICE TRAINING MEET IN HONG KONG ******

THE APPRENTICESHIP ORDINANCE HAS BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN INCREASING THE NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE UNDERGOING PROPER APPRENTICE TRAINING IN HONG KONG FROM ABOUT 2 OOO IN 1976 TO OVER 10 000 THIS YEAR.

THIS WAS DISCLOSED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR J.N. ANDERSON TODAY WHEN HE OPENED THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE EXPERT MEETING ON APPRENTICESHIP SPONSORED BY THE ASIAN AND PACIFIC SKILL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (APSDEP) OF THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION.

THE FOUR-DAY MEETING — HOSTED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AT ITS TRAINING COUNCIL DIVISION HEADQUARTERS — HAS BEEN CONVENED TO STUDY A REPORT ON APPRENTICESHIP IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC PREPARED EARLIER IN THE YEAR BY THE VOCATIONAL AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING BOARD OF SINGAPORE.

ATTENDING THE MEETING ARE DELEGATES FROM AUSTRALIA, INDIA, JAPAN, NEW ZEALAND, SINGAPORE, SRI LANKA AND TWO REPRESENTATIVES FROM HONG KONG.

MR HENDERSON TOLD THE DELEGATES THAT PROPER APPRENTICE TRAINING WAS A PROMINENT COMPONENT OF HONG KONG’S MANPOWER TRAINING SYSTEM.

♦INDEED A MAJOR PART OF OUR EFFORT IN UPGRADING OUR MANPOWER IN THE LAST TEN YEARS HAS BEEN IN THE PROMOTION AND IMPROVEMENT OF APPRENTICE TRAINING AS THE PRINCIPAL MEANS OF TRAINING CRAFTSMEN AND TECHN ICIANS,+ HE SAID.

THE INITIAL EFFORT, MR HENDERSON POINTED OUT, WAS ON GAINING BY PERSUASION THE ACCEPTANCE OF EMPLOYERS OF THE CONCEPT OF GOOD APPRENTICE TRAINING AND OF AN APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME RECOMMENDED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

THE GOVERNMENT IN 1976 ENACTED, ON THE ADVICE OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL, THE APPRENTICESHIP ORDINANCE, WHICH, SINCE THEN, HAS BEEN THE CORNERSTONE FOR ORGANISED APPRENTICESHIP IN HONG KONG.

♦IT HAS PROVIDED AN EFFECTIVE LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR THE TRAINING OF YOUNG PEOPLE TO BECOME CRAFTSMEN AND TECHNICIANS IN TRADES VITAL TO HONG KONG AND ASSISTED TO ENSURE THAT OUR FUTURE CRAFTSMEN AND TECHNICIANS WILL NOT ONLY BE COMPETENT IN THE SKILLS OF THEIR TRADES BUT ALSO WELL-VERSED IN THE TECHNOLOGY RELEVANT TO THEM,* HE SAID.

IN HIS SPEECH, APSDEP DIRECTOR, MR RONY V. DIAZ, SAID THE PROGRAMME WAS KNOWN A SHORT TIME AGO AS THE ASIAN REGIONAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME — ARSDEF. F.UT IN ORDER TO REFLECT THE INTEREST OF THE COUNTRIES OF THE PACIFIC, -HIGH ARE ALSO WITHIN THE PROGRAMME, THE NAME WAS CHANGED TO APSDEP.

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APSDEP WAS ORGANISED BY THE ILO WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME ON THE REQUEST OF THE LABOUR MINISTERS OF ASIA AND THE PACIFIC IN 1975. A PREPARATORY MEETING MET IN SEPTEMBER 1978 TO CONFIRM APSDEP’S DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES.

MR DIAZ SAID THE PROGRAMME’S AIMS INCLUDE THE PROMOTION OF VOCATIONAL TRAINING BY MEANS OF CO-OPERATION BETWEEN COUNTRIES OF THE REGION.

+ IT IS IN CONNECTION WITH THE SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES OF APSDEP DIRECTED TOWARDS THE FIELD OF APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING THAT WE ARE HOLDING THIS MEETING.

+AN ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENT, IF APSDEP IS TO FULFIL ITS OBJECTIVES, IS THE WILLING CO-OPERATION OF ITS MEMBERS. AN EXAMPLE Or THIS KIND OF CO-OPERATION CAN BE FOUND IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH RESULT IN US BEING HERE TODAY,* HE ADDED.

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SIR JACK OPENS ’LANDMARK’ IN CENTRAL *****

THE PROVISION OF SPACE FOR PARKS AND GARDENS IN THE COMMERCIAL AREAS OF HONG KONG CANNOT EE ACHIEVED BY GOVERNMENT ALONE, EUT CAN ONLY BE ACHIEVED THROUGH THE COOPERATION OF PRIVATE DEVELOPERS AND LANDOWNERS.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF HONGKONG LAND’S ’LANDMARK’ IN CENTRAL DISTRICT, THE CHIEF SECRETARY SIR JACK CATER SAID THIS WAS REALISED BY MR VERNON ROBERTS, FORMER DIRECTOR AND GENERAL MANAGER OF THE COMPANY WHEN HE EXPLAINED TO HIM HIS VISION FOR THE BUILDING, IN PARTICULAR THE PLAZAj

+1 WANT HONG KONG TO HAVE A FOCAL POINT RIGHT HERE IN THE HEART OF OUR CITY. I WANT THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG TO SEE IT AND USE IT AS THEIR CENTRE. I WANT BANDS PLAYING HERE AT LUNCH TIME, I WANT CENTRAL TO BE ALIVE AT NIGHT — A PLACE FOR THE PEOPLE TO ENJOY.*

SIR JACK SAID BY INGENUITY AND IMAGINATIVE USE OF DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL, LEISURE AREAS CAN BE CREATED AND WITH THE CAREFUL INTEGRATION OF SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS, THEY CAN STILL BE COMMERCIALLY VIABLE.

REFERRING TO A RECENT SPEECH BY THE COMPANY’S PRESENT DIRECTOR AND GENERAL MANAGER, MR TREVOR BEDFORD, IN WHICH HE CRITICISED THOSE LANDLORDS AND PROPERTY COMPANIES WHOSE MOTIVE WAS GREED, WHO THOUGHT ONLY Of =ROF AND NEVER OF THEIR TENANTS, SIR uACK SAID:

♦HE WAS, IN ONE SENSE, REPEATING A COMPANY POLICY WHICH HAS BEEN IN EXISTENCE -OR - .ONG ~ VE : A RENTAL POLICY WHICH wAS RE-STATED iN 1948 IN THE Cl£ARESt OF TERMS.*

HE ThOuGHT

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+,T IS THE POLICY OF THE BOARD TO CHARGE A FAIR AND REASONABLE RENTAL AND NOT TO EXPLOIT THE FULL SCARCITY VALUE OF PREMISES. THE COMPANY’S FORTUNES ARE SO -----

Tv,^r,r. „ - BOUND UP WITH THOSE OF THE COLONY THAT THERE CAN BE NO LASTING BENEFIT IN FOLLOWING A POLICY AGAINST THE GENERAL INTEREST OF THE COMMUNITY.*

THIS, SIR JACK SAID, WAS +WISDOM WHICH HAS LOST NOTHING WITH THE PASSAGE OF TIME : A LESSON WHICH SOME — UNHAPPILY — HAVE STILL TO LEARN.*

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1 500 SUBVENTED NURSERY PLACES PLANNED FOR TUEN MUN

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THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR SELWYN ALLEYNE, SAID TODAY ABOUT 1 500 SUBVENTED DAY NURSERY PLACES WERE BEING PLANNED FOR TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE ST SIMON’S TAI HING DAY NURSERY IN TUEN MUN, HE SAID MORE NURSERIES WOULD BE OPENED IN THE NEW TOWN IN THE YEARS AHEAD TO MEET AN INCREASING NEED.

THE SUBVENTED NURSERY, WITH A CAPACITY FOR 100, IS THE SECOND RUN BY THE O.M.S. +ST SIMON* HOME FOR FISHERMEN’S AND WORKMEN’S CHILDREN - ONE OF THE OLDEST CHARITABLE ORGANISATIONS IN TUEN MUN.

MR ALLEYNE POINTED OUT IT WAS THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE CHILD CARE PROVISION FOR ALL NEW HOUSING ESTATE RESIDENTS, WHO FOR FINANCIAL OR SOCIAL REASONS NEED TO HAVE THEIR CHILDREN LOOKED AFTER.

THE 1 500 NURSERY PLACES NOW UNDER PLANNING WOULD BE IN THE AREAS OF ON TING-YAU 01, SAM SHING, SAN KING, BUTTERFLY AND LEUNG TIN ESTATES, HE SAID.

THE DIRECTOR SAID THE GOVERNMENT FORESAW THE NEED FOR CHILD CARE SERVICES AS EARLY AS 1966 WHEN IT STARTED TO FORMULATE A COMPREHENSIVE SUBVENTION AND PLANNING POLICY FOR DEVELOPMENT.

♦THE RECENT GREEN PAPER ON PRIMARY EDUCATION AND PRE-PRIMARY SERVICES IS A REVIEW, ASSESSMENT AND ATTEMPT TO FURTHER STRENGTHEN THE PROVISION OF CHILD CARE CENTRES IN HONG KONG,* HE SAID.

HE SAID THAT SUBVENTION FOR EACH CHILD HAD NOW RISEN TO $171 PER CHILD PER MONTH FROM THE $10 IN 1966-67.

AT PRESENT THE GOVERNMENT SUBVENTS 11 411 CHILD CARE PLACES AND HAS ALLOCATED ABOUT $32 MILLION IN 1980-81 FOR SUBSIDISING NON-PROFIT MAKING CHILD CARE CENTRES.

THIS IS ADDITIONAL TO GRANTS FROM THE LOTTERIES FUND TO COVER CAPITAL COSTS FOR NEW PROJECTS AND IMPROVEMENTS, HE ADDED.

MR ALLEYNE CORRECTED SOME MISCONCEPTIONS BY SOME PEOPLE THAT DAY NURSERIES WERE SUBSTITUTES FOR THE CHILD’S OWN HOME, SCHOOL OR KINDERGARTEN.

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THIS IS NOT THE CASE, HE SAID, THOSE CHILDREN WHO CANNOT BE CARED

AS DAY NURSERIES ACCEPT ONLY FOR AT HOME DURING DAYTIME.

NURSERIES PROVIDE MORE THAN +BABY-SITTING+ OR CARETAKER SERVICE AND, WITH IMAGINATIVE AND CREATIVE PROGRAMMES AND A STIMULATIVE ENVIRONMENT, CHILDREN ARE OFFERED MANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR HEALTHY GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF BODY, MIND AND PERSONALITY, HE SAID.

DAY NURSERIES ARE NOT SUBSTITUTES FOR KINDERGARTENS EITHER, Ht ADDED, AS THEY ONLY COMPLEMENT KINDERGARTENS BY PROVIDING CARE AND ATTENTION FOR CHILDREN WHO ARE STILL TOO YOUNG FOR FORMAL EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS OR CANNOT ATTEND KINDERGARTEN FOR WHATEVER REASONS.

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SITE FOR TAI PO INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE APPROVED ******

THE GOVERNMENT HAS APPROVED THE GRANT BY PRIVATE TREATY OF A 2 700 SQUARE METRE SITE AT TAI PO TO TAI PO SPORTS ASSOCIATION TO BUILD A 812 MILLION INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE.

THE SITE, NEAR TAI PO OLD MARKET, IS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FUTURE TOWN CENTRE.

THE THREE-STOREY INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE, WITH A TOTAL FLOOR AREA OF 5 200 SQUARE METRES, WILL HAVE A SPORTS HALL WHICH CAN BE USED FOR GYMNASTICS, BASKETBALL, VOLLEY BALL OR BADMINTON. TENNIS COURTS WILL BE BUILT ON THE ROOF.

OTHER FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE A 24-LANE BOWLING ALLEY, A DANCE STUDIO, A RECREATION ROOM, AN OFFICE, A SMALL MEETING ROOM AND A RESTAURANT FOR 80 PERSONS.

A PRIVATE LOCAL DONATION OF S3 MILLION HAS BEEN PLEDGED AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB HAS AGREED TO CONTRIBUTE 84 MILLION TOWARDS THE CONSTRUCTION COST. THE REMAINING $5 MILLION WILL BE RAISED BY THE ASSOCIATION THROUGH PUBLIC DONATIONS.

CONSTRUCTION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN NEXT APRIL AND BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF 1982.

TO ENSURE PROPER AND EFFICIENT RUNNING OF THE CENTRE, AS WELL AS MAXIMUM USE OF ITS FACILITIES, A MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE WILL BE SET UP WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE, THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DIVISION AND TAI PO SPORTS ASSOCIATION.

THE ASSOCIATION IS A NON-PROFIT-MAKING BODY FORMED IN MAY THIS YEAR BY THE LOCAL COMMUNITY TO PROMOTE SPORT AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES AND TO ESTABLISH GOOD RELATIONS THROUGH SPORT BETWEEN TAI PO AND THE REST OF HONG KONG.

THE CENTRE, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND TO EE BUILT IN TAI PO, WILL SERVE THE FUTURE POPULATION OF 220 003.

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DONATIONS TO TUNG WAH AND PO LEUNG KUK * * * *

THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS AND THE PO LEUNG KUK HAVE BENEFITTED FROM A DONATION OF $420 000 EACH FROM THE FUND OF THE CHINESE RECREATION GROUND AND YAU MA TEI PUBLIC SQUARE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE.

THE GRANT WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED BY THE CHINESE MEMBERS OF UMELCO IN THEIR CAPACITY AS MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE.

THE COMMITTEE NOW DISBANDED WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF THE GROUNDS AT HOLLYWOOD ROAD AND YAU MA TEI PUBLIC SQUARE WHICH HAVE NOW BEEN RESUMED FOR REDEVELOPMENT.

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, MR HAIDER BARMA SAID TODAY TUNG WAH AND PO LEUNG KUK WERE THE LOGICAL INSTITUTIONS TO BE SELECTED AS BENEFICIARIES BECAUSE IN THE 196O’S WHEN THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE WAS FORMED, ITS MEMBERS WERE IN FACT CONCURRENTLY MEMBERS OF EITHER OR BOTH THE TUNG WAH ADVISORY BOARD AND THE PO LEUNG KUK PERMANENT BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

WHAT IS MORE, THESE TWO ORGANISATIONS ARE TRADITIONAL CHINESE CHARITIES, EACH WITH A DISTINGUISHED RECORD OF OVER 100 YEARS OF COMMUNITY AND WELFARE SERVICES, HE SAID.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, MR DAKCHISON YIU WELCOMED THE DONATION AND SAID IT WOULD GO TOWARDS PART OF THE CONSTRUCTION COST OF THE NEW WING AT THE KWONG WAH HOSPITAL.

MR C.B. CHIU, CHAIRMAN OF THE PO LEUNG KUK WAS EQUALLY DELIGHTED. HE SAID THE MONEY WOULD HELP DEFRAY PART OF THE CONSTRUCTION COSTS OF THE SWIMMING POOL AT ITS PAK TAM CHUNG HOLIDAY CAMP IN SAI KUNG.

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CRIME PREVENTION FORTNIGHT IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT n * K * * *

A FORTNIGHT OF PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES HIGHLIGHTING THE IMPORTANCE OF CRIME PREVENTION WILL BE HELD IN THE SOUTHERN CITY DISTRICT LATER THIS MONTH.

ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT’S FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE POLICE AND LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS, THE ACTIVITIES ARE PART OF THE ANNUAL DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN.

THE CAMPAIGN AIMS AT CULTIVATING GENERAL AWARENESS AGAINST CRIME AND ENCOURAGING THE LOCAL COMMUNI TO PLAN AND IMPLEMENT EFFECTIVE CRIME PREVENTION MEASUr~O.

ANNOUNCING THIS AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY, TH' CI“Y DISTRICT OFFICER (SOUTHERN), MR KWONG KI-CHI, SAID THAT ' 1973, FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGNS IN THE DISTRICT HAO BEEN DlnECTED TOWARDS ENCOURAGING REPORTS OF CRI«£ AND SUPPORT OF POLICE EFFORTS.

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♦CONSIDERABLE SUCCESS HAS BEEN ACHIEVED IN THESE AREAS AND THIS YEAR ATTENTION WILL BE FOCUSED ON CRIME PREVENTION TO MAKE LOCAL RESIDENTS MORE SECURITY CONSCIOUS AND TO TRY TO PREVENT CRIME AT A GRASS-ROOT LEVEL.

♦TO DO THIS, WE ARE ADVOCATING THE THEME OF 'A GOOD NEIGHBOURHOOD PREVENTS CRIME’. THROUGH MUTUAL HELP, PUBLIC ORDER CAN BE MAINTAINED AND LAW-BREAKERS EASILY DETECTED AND APPREHENDED,* MR KWONG SAID.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CAMPAIGN WORKING GROUP, MR KO TAM-KAN, OUTLINED THE ACTIVITIES LINED UP FOR THE CAMPAIGN, TO BE LAUNCHED ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 21).

THERE WILL BE AN OPEN DAY AT THE ABERDEEN POLICE STATION, AT WHICH THE HONG KONG ISLAND POLICE COMMANDANT, MR JOSEPH CHENG CHIK-SHIN, WILL OFFICIATE.

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE DRAGON AND LION DANCES, MARTIAL ART DEMONSTRATIONS, A POLICE DOG SHOW, CHINESE FOLK DANCES AND PERFORMANCES BY TV ARTISTES AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE CHOIR.

OTHER CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES INCLUDE VISITS TO THE CRIME PREVENTION BUREAU AND THE STANLEY POLICE STATION, CRIME PREVENTION FILM SHOWS AND AN INTER-SCHOOL PAINTING COMPETITION.

THE CAMPAIGN WILL END WITH A +GOOD NEIGHBOURHOOD VARIETY SHOW* AT WAH HONG SQUARE, WAH FU ESTATE, ON JANUARY 4, SUNDAY.

ALSO WITHIN THE SOUTHERN CITY DISTRICT, A SEMINAR WAS RECENTLY ORGANISED FOR THE DISTRICT’S FISHING COMMUNITY TO REMIND THEM OF THE NEED TO CO-OPERATE WITH THE POLICE BY REPORTING CRIME. FOLLOWING THE SEMINAR, MORE SUCH REPORTS WERE MADE.

GOOD WORK BY PRISONS STAFF RECOGNISED

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MR AND MRS GORDON WU TODAY DONATED A SUM OF »5O 000 TO THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT WELFARE FUND IN APPRECIATION OF THE GOOD WORK BY PRISONS STAFF.

AT A BRIEF CEREMONY HELD IN PRISONS HEADQUARTERS, THE SENIOR INFORMATION OFFICER OF THE DEPARTMENT, MR ALEX CHOI, RECEIVED FROM MR WU A CHEQUE FOR THE AMOUNT ON BEHALF OF THE WELFARE FUND.

ADDRESSING THE GATHERING AT THE PRESENTATION, MR WU SAID PRISONS STAFF DESERVED SUPPORT FOR THEIR EFFORT IN HELPING TO PROTECT THE COMMUNITY.

+QUITE APART FROM SEGREGATING OFFENDERS CONVICTED BY THE COURTS, THE STAFF HELP RUN VARIOUS REHABILITATION AND TREATMENT PROGRAMMES TO ASSIST THEM TO RETURN TO SOCIETr.

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*THEIR TASK IS REALLY A DIFFICULT ONE AND SOMETIMES VERY DANGEROUS TOO BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO WORK FACE TO FACE WITH CRIMINALS SOME OF WHOM ARE VIOLENT,* HE SAID.

MR WU ALSO PRAISED THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT FOR ITS CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY.

+INMATE LABOUR AND SKILLED STAFF CARRY OUT COMMUNITY PROJECTS — CONSTRUCTING FOOTPATHS, ROADS AND AFFORESTATION FOR VILLAGERS IN REMOTE AREAS.

♦IN ADDITION, PRISON INDUSTRIES PROVIDE A VARIETY OF ITEMS WHICH AMONG OTHER THINGS INCLUDE THE FAMILIAR BLUE AND WHITE ROAD SIGNS AND YELLOW LITTER CONTAINERS IN THE STREETS,* HE SAID.

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SECOND STAGE OF TAI PO TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT

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ANOTHER STAGE OF THE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME FOR TAI PO TOWN WILL BE IMPLEMENTED FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 19) TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW.

THE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC MOVEMENTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED!

* LEFT TURNS FROM KWONG FUK ROAD INTO PO HEUNG STREET,

* RIGHT TURNS AT KWONG FUK ROAD/ON FU ROAD JUNCTION,

* LEFT AND RIGHT TURNS FROM PO HEUNG STREET INTO KWONG FUK ROAD WESTBOUND.

MOTORISTS ENTERING THE TOWN FROM THE WEST WILL HAVE TO TRAVEL VIA ON FU ROAD, PO YICK STREET AND PO HEUNG STREET- THOSE FROM THE EAST MAY USE EITHER WAN TAU STREET OR ON FU ROAD.

TRAFFIC ON THE WAI YAN STREET/ON FU ROAD/NAM SHING STREET CIRCUIT WILL BE REVERSED.

AS A RESULT, THE PUBLIC LIGHT BUS STAND NOW OCCUPYING THE SOUTH SIDE OF WAI YAN STREET WILL BE RELOCATED TO THE NORTH SIDE, WHILE THE TAXI STAND ON THE NORTH SIDE OF NAM SHING STREET WILL BE MOVED TO THE SOUTH SIDE.

ALSO, A 24-HOUR PLB CLEARWAY RESTRICTION WILL BE IMPOSED ON THE SECTION OF TS1NG YUEN STREET BETWEEN WAI YAN STREET AND KWONG FUK ROAD.

MOST OF THE BUS ROUTES WILL BE CHANGED: TAI PO MARKET-BOUND JOURNEYS OF KMB ROUTE NOS. 64, 73, 74, 74R, 75 AND 75R WILL BE DIVERTED VIA ON FU ROAD, PO YICK STREET, PO HEUNG STREET AND NAM SHING STREET.

THE BUS STOPS FOR ROUTE NO. 73 (BOUND FOR MAN KAM TO AS WELL AS TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE) WILL BE RESITED TO NAM SHING STREET.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO

CONTRACT FOR ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR AWARDED ................. 1

MORE AMENDMENTS TO EMPLOYEES• COMPENSATION LAW IN PIPELINE .............................................. 2

LEGCO MEETS TOMORROW ......................................... 3

INCREASED PUBLIC AWARENESS OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY .............. 4

DSW SEES SALVATION ARMY’S SERVICES ........................... 5

APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR GRANTS FROM RECREATION FUND ......... 6

SINGAPORE STUDY TOUR FOR HOME AFFAIRS OFFICERS ............... 6

LITERATURE CAMP TO BE HELD IN SAI KUNG ....................... 7

REDUCED FARES FOR STUDENTS TO CONTINUE ....................... 8

TECHNICAL STUDENTS TO COMPETE IN SPORTS MEET ................. 8

EASTERN STREET TO RE-OPEN TO TRAFFIC ......................... 9

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CONTRACT FOR ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR AWARDED *****

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TODAY (TUESDAY) AWARDED THE LARGEST SINGLE HIGHWAY CONTRACT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF STAGE ONE OF THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR.

THE CONTRACT, VALUED AT $485 MILLION, WENT TO COSTA IN-PEARSON BRIDGE JOINT VENTURE. IT WAS FORMALLY SIGNED BY MR CHAN NAI-KEONG, DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT OF PWD, AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE COMPANY.

COSTAIN-PEARSON BRIDGE JOINT VENTURE WAS FORMED BY COSTAIN INTERNATIONAL LTD. AND PEARSON BRIDGE HONG KONG LTD.

AFTER THE CONTRACT SIGNING CEREMONY, MR CHAN SAID THAT WORK ON THE CONTRACT WOULD START IN JANUARY NEXT YEAR AND WOULD BE COMPLETED IN 1984.

ON COMPLETION, HE SAID, THE HIGHWAY WOULD PROVIDE A HIGH CAPACITY RELIEF ROUTE BETWEEN CAUSEWAY BAY AND NORTH POINT.

MR CHAN SAID, +THE HIGHWAY WILL BE A 2.3-KILOMETRE ELEVATED ROAD, MOSTLY OVER WATER ALONG THE NORTHERN SHORE OF HONG KONG ISLAND.

+IT WILL START FROM VICTORIA PARK ROAD IN CAUSEWAY BAY AND END AT HEALTHY STREET WEST IN NORTH POINT, WITH THE PROVISION FOR FUTURE EXTENSION TO TAIKOO SHING AND THEN TO SHAU KEI WAN.

+THE ELEVATED ROAD WILL LINK THE EXISTING ROAD NETWORK BY SLIP ROADS FROM HING FAT STREET IN CAUSEWAY BAY AND TONG SHU I ROAD IN NORTH POINT.*

THE MAIN DECK OF THE ELEVATED ROAD WILL BE SUPPORTED BY ABOUT 80 SETS OF PIERS. THE DECK LEVEL WILL VARY FROM 12 METRES TO 18 METRES ABOVE WATER.

MR CHAN SAID ABOUT HALF OF THE LENGTH OF THE ELEVATED ROAD WOULD BE A DUAL FOUR-LANE CARRIAGEWAY AND THE REMAINING SECTION WOULD BE A DUAL THREE-LANE CARRIAGEWAY.

+THE NEW ROAD WILL HAVE A CAPACITY OF 10 000 VEHICLES PER HOUR, NEARLY TREBLING THAT OF KING’S ROAD,+ HE ADDED.

REFERRING TO STAGE TWO OF THE CORRIDOR, MR CHAN SAID, IT WOULD RUN FROM HEALTHY STREET WEST TO TAIKOO SHING, A MAJOR PART OF WHICH WOULD BE BUILT ON RECLAMATION.

WORK HAS BEGUN ON A 665-METRE SEAWALL OFF QUARRY BAY. ON COMPLETION, THE AREA BETWEEN THE SEAWALL AND THE EXISTING WATERFRONT AS WELL AS THE AREA IMMEDIATELY EAST TO THE SEAWALL WILL BE RECLAIMED TO PROVIDE ABOUT 30 HECTARES OF LAND FOR THE ROAD PROJECT AND LIGHT INDUSTRIAL AND CARGO HANDLING USES.

HE SAID, +WORK ON STAGE TWO OF THE ROAD PROJECT IS PLANNED TO START AT THE END OF NEXT YEAR WHEN THE RECLAMATION IS SUFFICIENTLY COMPLETE. .

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♦IF EVERYTHING GOES ACCORDING TO PLAN, THE SECOND STAGE OF THE CORRIDOR WILL ALSO BE COMPLETED AND OPENED TO TRAFFIC IN 1984, MORE OR LESS THE SAME TIME AS STAGE ONE.+

THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR PROJECT HAS BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY MAUNSELL CONSULTANTS ASIA ON BEHALF OF THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

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MORE AMENDMENTS TO EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION LAW IN PIPELINE * * * * *

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IS IN THE PROCESS OF PREPARING ANOTHER AMENDMENT BILL TO INTRODUCE FURTHER CHANGES TO THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ORDINANCE.

THIS WAS STATED BY SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER, MR HOUDINI HO HON-TANG, TODAY (TUESDAY) IN A TALK TO A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE LIFE UNDERWRITERS ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG.

HE EXPLAINED THAT POSSIBLE CHANGES WHICH ARE OF SPECIAL INTEREST TO THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY INCLUDE THE INTRODUCTION OF COMPULSORY INSURANCE FOR ALL EMPLOYMENTS AND THE PAYMENT OF COMPENSATION TO EMPLOYEES INJURED WHILE TRAVELLING TO AND FROM THEIR PLACE OF WORK IN SOME FORMS OF TRANSPORT PROVIDED BY THE EMPLOYER.

OTHER POSSIBLE CHANGES RELATE TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ASSESSMENT BOARD TO PROVIDE A MORE REALISTIC AND FAIRER ASSESSMENT OF THE LOSS OF EARNING CAPACITY AND CERTAIN MEASURES TO EXPEDITE THE PROCESSING OF EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION CASES.

MR HO ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THE ORDINANCE, KNOWN FORMERLY AS THE WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION ORDINANCE UNTIL ITS NAME WAS CHANGED ON NOVEMBER 1, WAS BROUGHT INTO FORCE IN 1953. IT HAS SINCE THEN BEEN AMENDED MANY TIMES IN ORDER FOR IT TO BE COMPATIBLE WITH SOCIO-ECONOMIC CONDITIONS AND WORLD TRENDS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF PROVISION OF SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS IN RESPECT OF EMPLOYMENT INJUR IES.

THE MAIN FEATURES OF THESE AMENDMENTS WERE THE EXTENSION OF COVERAGE, INCREASE OF COMPENSATION, CREATION OF NEW BENEFITS, SPEEDING UP OF PAYMENTS AND BETTER PROTECTION OF THE INTERESTS OF INJURED EMPLOYEES OR THEIR DEPENDANTS. HOWEVER, DESPITE ALL THESE AMENDMENTS, THE MAIN PRINCIPLES AND FRAMEWORK OF THE COMPENSATION SYSTEM HAVE REMAINED UNCHANGED THROUGHOUT THESE YEARS.

MR HO WENT ON TO OUTLINE DETAILS OF THE LAST AMENDMENTS TO THE ORDINANCE EFFECTIVE FROM NOVEMBER 1. SOME OF THE MAJOR ONES WEREi

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1. REMOVING THE QUALIFYING WAGE CEILING OF $5 000 PER MONTH TO COVER ALL EMPLOYEES IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR EARNINGS”

2. RAISING THE MAXIMUM COMPENSATION FROM $60 000 TO $168 000 FOR DEATH AND FROM $80 000 TO $192 000 FOR PERMANENT TOTAL INCAPACITY"

3. RAISING THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF CONSTANT ATTENTION ALLOWANCE FOR TOTAL PERMANENT INCAPACITY FROM $32 000 TO $77 000-

4. TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE AGE OF THE EMPLOYEE IN DETERMINING COMPENSATION- AND

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REQUIRING AN EMPLOYER TO PAY FOR THE COST OF REPAIRS AND RENEWALS OF AN EMPLOYEE’S PROSTHESIS OF SURGICAL APPLIANCE WITHIN A PERIOD OF 1° YEARS AFTER ITS INITIAL FITTING, SUBJECT TO A MAXIMUM OF $30 000.

THE AMENDMENT TO THE FIRST SCHEDULE 0F™E ORDINANCE WHICH STIPULATES THE PERCENTAGES OF LOSS OF EASING CAPAC TY FOR VARIOUS INJURIES, HOWEVER, WILL NOT COME INTO OPERATION UNTIL NOVEMBER 1 NEXT YEAR.

IN CONCLUSION, MR HO SAID EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION IS AN AREA

Cf SOCIAL SECURITY WHICH REWIRES ^REGULAR^EV ^WmEc”ssXrV r1"Te-

AND THAT HIS DEPARTMENT WILL AND AMENDMENTS WHENEVER SUCH

NEED ARISES.

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LEGCO MEETS TOMORROW * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE ASKED TO MAKE A STATEMENT AT TOMORROW’S LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING ON THE IMPROVEMENTS THE BUS COMPANIES UNDERTOOK TO IMPLEMENT FOLLOWING THE LAST ROUND OF BUS FARE INCREASE AND TO WHAT EXTENT THESE HAVE BEEN MET.

THE QUESTION FROM THE HON CHAN KAM-CHUEN IS AMONG THE 13 QUERIES TO BE RAISED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS AT TOMORROW’S SITTING.

THE HON FRANCIS TIEN WILL ASK THE GOVERNMENT TO EXPLAIN THE CRITERIA GOVERNING THE ALLOWANCE OF INCREASES IN PUBLIC UTILITY CHARGES WITH PARTICULAR REGARD TO ELECTRICITY CHARGES AND THE INTERESTS OF INDUSTRY.

REV THE HON JOYCE BENNETT WILL ASK TWO QUESTIONS ARISING FROM THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE STANDING COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICE -THE FIRST ON THE REASONS FOR NOT GRANTING MARRIED FEMALE CIVIL SERVANTS THE SAME ELIGIBILITY FOR FRINGE BENEFITS AS THEIR MALE COUNTERPARTS AND THE SECOND ON WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO RECOGNISE FINANCIALLY THE ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF VICE PRINCIPALS IN GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

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OTHER QUESTIONS OF PUBLIC INTEREST RELATE TO SPACE FOR COOKED FOOD STALLS IN NEW TOWNS, THE NUMBER OF PROSECUTIONS TAKEN OUT AGAINST DRIVERS OF FRANCHISED BUSES AND PRIVATE BUSES- THE COMPLETION DATE OF THE STUBBS ROAD FLYOVER, FUTURE PROGRAMMES AND ACTIVITIES OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN- EFFORTS MADE BY THE DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED TO EXPLAIN TO THE PUBLIC THE REASONS FOR CLEARANCES OF SQUATTERS ON CROWN LAND REQUIRED FOR DEVELOPMENT- THE OUTCOME OF THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE CAUSE OF AN EXPLOSION IN A KWAI CHUNG INDUSTRIAL BUILDING- AND RESCHEDULED COMPLETION DATES FOR HOME OWNERSHIP ESTATES IN CHAI WAN, HO MAN TIN 'AND KWAI CHUNG.

AT TOMORROW’S MEETING, SIX BILLS WILL BE TABLED FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS. THEY ARE THE LEGAL PRACTITIONERS (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL 1980, THE LEGAL PRACTITIONERS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1981, THE INTERPRETATION AND GENERAL CLAUSES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1981, THE REVISED EDITION OF THE LAWS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1981, THE FIRE AND MARINE INSURANCE COMPANIES DEPOSIT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1981, AND THE LIFE INSURANCE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1981.

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INCREASED PUBLIC AWARENESS OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY ******

THE RESPONSE TO THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY QUIZ COMPETITION JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, HONG KONG DAILY NEWS AND REDIFFUSION TELEVISION IS A VERY ENCOURAGING SIGN REFLECTING INCREASED PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE NEED TO IMPROVE STANDARDS OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR J.C.A., HAMMOND, TODAY (TUESDAY) WHEN HE PRESENTED PRIZES TO THE WINNER AND RUNNERS-UP OF THE THIRD QUIZ COMPETITION AT A CEREMONY HELD AT THE DEPARTMENT’S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE COMPETITION WHICH WAS HELD ONCE A MONTH HAS SO FAR ATTRACTED MORE THAN 16 000 ENTRIES SINCE IT FIRST BEGAN IN SEPTEMBER.

THE AIM OF THE COMPETITION IS TO DRIVE HOME THE MESSAGE TO BOTH FACTORY OPERATORS AND WORKERS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY, WHICH CAN BE A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH ON THE FACTORY FLOOR OR AT THE WORKPLACE.

MR HAMMOND STRESSED THAT THE PROMOTION OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY IS A TRIPARTITE AFFAIR REQUIRING THE CO-OPERATION OF GOVERNMENT, MANAGEMENT AS WELL AS WORKERS.

HE THANKED HONG KONG DAILY NEWS AND RTV FOR THEIR VERY GENEROUS AND VALUABLE SUPPORT IN CO-SPONSORING THE COMPETITION.

THE FIRST PRIZE — TWO RETURN AIR TICKETS TO THE PHILIPPINES, PLUS FOOD AND LODGING, BY COURTESY OF THE DAILY NEWS — WAS WON BY MISS CHEUNG TAK-CHING.

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THE SECOND PRIZE — A TELEVISION SET — AND THE THIRD PRIZE — A WRIST WATCH — WENT TO MR YAU KING-SHEUNG AND MR LIU HON-KONG RESPECTIVELY.

THE LUCKY PRIZE — A TRANSISTOR RADIO — WAS PRESENTED TO 10 OTHER PARTICIPANTS BY THE CHIEF EDITOR OF THE NEWSPAPER, hfi JOSEPH LAW.

THE RTV SPECIAL PRIZE OF A MINIATURE GOLD SAFETY HELMET WAS PRESENTED BY MRS ELEANOR MORRIS, SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE RTV MANAGING DIRECTOR.

THE COMPETITION WILL TAKE A BREAK THIS MONTH BECAUSE OF THE CHRISTMAS SEASON AND WILL BE RESUMED NEXT MONTH (JANUARY), WITH THE QUESTIONNAIRES ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY BEING PUBLISHED IN THE HONG KONG DAILY NEWS EVERY DAY.

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THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR SELWYN ALLEYNE, TODAY (TUESDAY) SHOWED KEEN INTEREST IN THE SERVICES RUN BY THE SALVATION ARMY FOR GIRLS IN NEED OF CARE AND PROTECTION, MENTALLY DISABLED CHILDREN AND AGED PEOPLE.

CONTINUING HIS SERIES OF VISITS TO VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, MR ALLEYNE CALLED AT THE SALVATION ARMY GIRLS’ HOME, THE LAI KING HbME FOR THE MENTALLY DISABLED, AND THE NAM SHAN HOSTEL FOR THE ELDERLY.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE OFFICER-COMMANDING, LT.COL. BRAM MOORE, AND THE SOCIAL SERVICES SECRETARY, MAJ. GLEN GILDEN, HE INSPECTED THE SERVICES AND SAW HOW THE INMATES WENT ABOUT THEIR DAILY LIFE.

THE GIRLS’ HOME IN KWAI CHUNG PROVIDES SOCIAL REHABILITATION SERVICES FOR 40 GIRLS AGED 12 TO 19 YEARS WHO ARE IN NEED OF CARE AND PROTECTION.

IT PROVIDES GENERAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN DRESS-MAKING, PAINTING, GARDENING, COOKING AND HANDICRAFT. INTEREST GROUPS IN TYPING, CHINESE FOLK DANCE AND BIBLE CLASSES HAVE ALSO BEEN ORGANISED.

THE LAI KING HOME RUNS RESIDENTIAL CARE, SCHOOLING AND PREVOCATIONAL TRAINING FOR 126 MILD-GRADE MENTALLY DISABLED CHILDREN TO HELP RE-INTEGRATE THEM INTO THE COMMUNITY.

DURING THE VISIT MR ALLEYNE INSPECTED ITS DORMITORIES, CLASSROOMS, DINING HALL, PLAYGROUND, SWIMMING POOL AND OTHER RECREATIONAL FACILITIES.

THE NAM SHAN HOSTEL ACCOMMODATES 153 ELDERLY PEOPLE IN ITS MEALS SECTION AND SELF-CARE SECTION, WHERE THEY ARE PROVIDED WITH VARIOUS SERVICES.

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APPLICATIONS ARE INVITED FROM VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS FOR GRANTS FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1981/82 FROM THE SIR DAVID TRENCH FUND FOR RECREATION.

THE FUND WAS SET UP IN 1970 WITH A S3 MILLION DONATION TO ASSIST IN PROVIDING FACILITIES FOR A WIDE RANGE OF RECREATIONAL, SPORTS AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES OTHER THAN THOSE IN THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WHICH HAVE ALREADY ATTRACTED CONSIDERABLE CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE GOVERNMENT, THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.

PROJECTS OF CONSTRUCTIVE AND LONG-TERM BENEFIT, WHICH WILL HELP DEVELOP THE INDIVIDUAL AND ENCOURAGE PURPOSEFUL USE OF LEISURE TIME BY YOUNG PEOPLE, ARE GIVEN PRIORITY.

SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT, MORE THAN S3.5 MILLION IN GRANTS DERIVED FROM INTEREST EARNED IN THE INVESTMENT OF THE FUND HAVE BEEN PROVIDED TO FINANCE VARIOUS COMMUNITY PROJECTS.

IN THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR, GRANTS AMOUNTING TO ABOUT $540 000 HAVE BEEN MADE TO 102 AGENCIES TO START NEW PROJECTS OR TO PURCHASE SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL EQUIPMENT.

THE FUND IS ADMINISTERED BY THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT. APPLICATION FORMS FOR GRANTS NEXT YEAR ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL CITY DISTRICT OFFICES, OFFICES OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT.

COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE SECRETARY, COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING), 3RD FLOOR, ICE HOUSE STREET, HONG KONG BEFORE JANUARY 31, 1981.

GRANTS FROM THE FUND WILL BE MADE TO THE SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS IN LATE JULY 1981.

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A GROUP OF 15 OFFICERS FROM THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT WILL LEAVE FOR SINGAPORE TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) FOR A ONE-WEEK STUDY TOUR.

DURING THE VISIT THE PARTY WILL STUDY URBAN RENEWAL SCHEMES AND TOWN MANAGEMENT SKILLS AND VISIT THE PEOPLE’S ASSOCIATION AND CITIZENS CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEES.

ON THE EVE OF THEIR DEPARTURE, THE GROUP HEADED BY THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, MISS ELLE SHUM, WAS BRIEFED BY THE SINGAPORE HIGH COMMISSIONER, MR L.H. KOH.

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AFTER THE BRIEFING THE DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, MR GRAHAM BARNES PRESENTED A MEMENTO TO MR KOH IN APPRECIATION OF HIS ASSISTANCE IN ORGANISING THE TOUR.

AT THE PRESENTATION MR BARNES SAID, +THE PURPOSE OF THE STUDY TOUR IS TO AVAIL LOCAL OFFICERS AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXCHANGE AND COMPARE APPROACHES TO MUTUAL PROBLEMS AND WORK METHODS WITH THEIR COUNTERPARTS IN SINGAPORE.*

MEMBERS OF THE PARTY INCLUDE MR KEITH KWOK, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (YAU MA TEI)- MR EDDY CHAN, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) AND MR KEVIN HO, ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER (LANDS).

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LITERATURE CAMP TO BE HELD IN SAI KUNG

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SAI KUNG DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD WILL HOLD A THREE-DAY LITERATURE CAMP DURING CHINESE NEW YEAR IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE YOUTH LITERARY AWARD ORGANISING COMMITTEE.

THE THEME OF THE CAMP WILL BE +A GENERAL STUDY OF WORKS BY YOUNG HONG KONG NOVELISTS*. IT WILL BE HELD AT THE NEW LADY MACLEHOSE HOLIDAY VILLAGE IN EAST SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARK FROM FEBRUARY 8 TO 10 (THE FOURTH, FIFTH AND SIXTH DAYS OF CHINESE NEW YEAR).

THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS WILL BE LIMITED TO 100, OF WHICH 30 PLACES WILL BE RESERVED FOR SAI KUNG RESIDENTS.

ANYONE AGED BETWEEN 15 AND 30 WHO HAS REACHED FORM THREE STANDARD OR ABOVE CAN JOIN THE CAMP, THE FEE FOR WHICH IS $30 PER PERSON.

INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAMME WILL BE SEMINARS, DISCUSSIONS, SLIDE SHOWS, AND TALKS BY ACCOMPLISHED WRITERS.

A SAI KUNG DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD SPOKESMAN SAID IT WOULD BE THE FIRST TIME THIS KIND OF CULTURAL ACTIVITY HAD BEEN ORGANISED BY A NEW TERRITORIES DAB. IT WAS HOPED THAT THROUGH CONTACT WITH THEIR URBAN COUNTERPARTS SAI KUNG YOUNG PEOPLE WOULD GAIN GREATER INSIGHT AND STIMULATION IN WRITING.

LETTERS OF APPLICATION SHOULD REACH THE BRANCH OFFICE OF SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE AT MAN NIN STREET, OR THE YOUTH LITERARY AWARD ORGANISING COMMITTEE, C/0 HONG KONG UNIVERSITY STUDENTS’ UNION, BY JANUARY 12.

THE YOUTH LITERARY AWARD ORGANISING COMMITTEE, COMPOSED OF STAFF AND STUDENTS OF THE HONG KONG AND CHINESE UNIVERSITIES, REGULARLY ORGANISES ACTIVITIES SUCH AS WRITING COMPETITIONS, SEMINARS AND EXHIBITIONS. THE LITERARY CAMP IS PART OF ITS EFFORT TO PROMOTE INTEREST IN WRITING AMONG YOUNG HONG KONG PEOPLE.

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REDUCED FARES FOR STUDENTS TO CONTINUE

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STUDENTS MAY CONTINUE TO ENJOY REDUCED FARES WHEN USING APPROVED PUBLIC TRANSPORT BETWEEN HOME AND SCHOOL, AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

CURRENT STUDENT PASSES ISSUED BY THESE PUBLIC TRANSPORT COMPANIES WHICH ARE DUE TO EXPIRE ON DECEMBER 31, 1980, WILL REMAIN VALID AFTER THAT DATE, STUDENTS AND PARENTS ARE ADVISED TO RETAIN THE PRESENT PASSES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

A CIRCULAR WILL SOON BE SENT TO ALL SCHOOL HEADS INFORMING THEM OF THIS INTERIM ARRANGEMENT WITH THE TRANSPORT COMPANIES. THEY WILL BE ASKED TO INFORM THEIR STUDENTS ACCORDINGLY.

♦THE GOVERNMENT IS STUDYING A NEW STUDENT TRAVEL SUBSIDY SCHEME, DETAILS OF WHICH WILL BE PUBLICLY ANNOUNCED WHEN A DECISION HAS BEEN TAKEN,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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ABOUT 300 STUDENTS FROM THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL COMPETE IN A JOINT ATHLETIC MEET AT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT STADIUM ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 18).

FIELD AND TRACK EVENTS WILL BE HELD FROM 9 AM TO 4 PM, IN THREE DIVISIONS FOR GIRLS, SENIOR BOYS AND JUNIOR BOYS.

THE PARTICIPANTS ARE FROM MORRISON HILL, KWAI CHUNG, KWUN TONG, MAKING WONG AND LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

UNOFFICIAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MR HU FA-KUANG WILL PRESENT PRIZES TO WINNERS AFTER THE SPORTS MEET.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE JOINT ATHLETIC MEET OF THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES ON THURSDAY, (DECEMBER 18) FROM 9 AM TO 4 PM AT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT STADIUM. UNOFFICIAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MR HU FA-KUANG WILL OFFICIATE AT THE PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY AT 3.30 PM.

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EASTERN STREET TO RE-OPEN TO TRAFFIC *****

A SECTION OF EASTERN STREET BETWEEN CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST AND DES VOEUX ROAD WEST WILL RE-OPEN FOR ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (DECEMBER 18).

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 19&O

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

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ASSOCIATION OF BANKS BILL PASSED .................  , 1

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HELP FOR INSOLVENT CIVIL SERVANTS SUPPORTED

BY UNCFFICIALS ......... ‘3

IMPROVEMENTS•IN BUS'SERVICES :.......................  4

INDEMNITY INSURANCE•FOR SOLICITORS

MALE COMPULSORY ...................................... 6

EXCHANGE FUND BORROWING CEILING RAISED ............... 7

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STATEMENT ON DELAYS TO SOME HQS ESTATES................ 7 ,

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APPROPRIATE FOR GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT INSURANCE POLICY HOLDERS ............................. 8

REASONS FOR DECISION ON WOMEN OFFICERS’

FRINGE BENEFITS ..................................... 9

OPPORTUNITIES OFFERED BY INDUSTRIAL ESTATES ........ 10

CRITERIA FOR INCREASES IN PUBLIC UTILITY CHARGES .... 11

EVERYTHING REASONABLE DONE TO EXPLAIN NEED FOR CLEARANCES ...................................... 12

SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR’S ROLE RECOGNISED............... 12

STUBBS RD FLYOVER READY BY JULY ..................... 13

POLICE ACTION AGAINST POOR BUS DRIVING ............... U

/FERRY COMPANY

Ferry company concession arrangements extended a YEAR....... 14

ID CARDS OE HK EMIGRANTS ..........  i................... 15 .

COCKED FOOD STALLS INCLUDED IN NEW TOWN PROGRAMME ........ 15

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TOP LEVEL GROUP TO OVERSEE NEW 'CLEAN' DRIVE ............. 16

INVESTIGATION INTO KWAI CHUNG EXPLOSION CONTINUES ........ 16

EXPIRY DATE OF LAW STUDENT ENROLMENT LEGISLATION EXTENDED . 1? ..........• ... •. • • • • • • ■'

SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION APPROVED ......................... 17

■ " ■ ■ ■_ ■ . BILLS PASSED...................»..»»»■.................... 17

SHA: WHERE HAVE, ALL. THE. TOYS, GONE ...? ......................  18

GIFT OF AMERICAN BOOKS TO NT PUBLIC'LIBRARIES ................... 19

MORE LAND FOR TAI PO NEW TOWN ................................  . 30

AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS ..................................  21

ARRANGEMENTS FOR TRAFFIC TO TENNIS COURT ......................... 21


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ASSOCIATION OF BANKS BILL PASSED

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY APPROVED WITH AMENDMENTS THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS BILL WHICH SOUGHT TO INCORPORATE A NEW ASSOCIATION TO REPLACE THE EXCHANGE BANKS’ ASSOCIATION AND TO INCLUDE ALL REGISTERED BANKS AS MEMBERS.

AT ITS SECOND READING, THE HON LI FOOK-WO COMMENTED THAT AS THE NUMBER OF LICENSED BANKS HAD INCREASED FROM 74 IN 1977 TO THE PRESENT TOTAL OF 115, IT WAS APPROPRIATE FOR THE BANKING INDUSTRY TO BE BETTER COORDINATED IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE BANKS THEMSELVES AND OF THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE.

THIS IMPROVED COORDINATION WILL BE EFFECTED THROUGH THE INCORPORATION OF THE NEW ASSOCIATION. +THIS ASSOCIATION WILL TAKE OVER THE FUNCTIONS OF THE EXCHANGE BANKS’ ASSOCIATION, WHICH HAS HITHERTO ADMINISTERED THE INTEREST RATE AGREEMENT CURRENTLY FOLLOWED BY THE EBA MEMBER BANKS,* HE SAID.

ALTHOUGH THE AGREEMENT IS IN THEORY BINDING ON ALL MEMBERS, MR LI NOTED THAT THERE WAS IN PRACTICE VERY LITTLE THAT THE EBA, WHICH IS NOT A STATUTORY BODY, COULD DO SHOULD A BREACH OCCUR.

INTEREST RATES COULD BE DISRUPTED MERELY BECAUSE A FEW BANKS DECLINE TO COOPERATE AND, FURTHERMORE, OTHER EBA RULES COULD ONLY BE APPLIED THROUGHOUT THE BANKING INDUSTRY IF THERE IS VOLUNTARY ACCEPTANCE BY ALL ITS MEMBERS.

♦IT IS OBVIOUS THAT FOR ITS RULES TO BE MORE EFFECTIVE, I'EMBERSHIP IN THE NEW ASSOCIATION MUST BE MANDATORY FOR ALL LICENSED BANKS OPERATING IN HONG KONG,+ HE SAID.

MR LI SAID THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS APPRECIATED THAT RESERVATIONS HAD BEEN EXPRESSED ON THE CLAUSE PROVIDING FOR THE OFFICES OF CHAIRMAN AND VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE NEW ASSOCIATION TO ALTERNATE BETWEEN THE CHARTERED BANK AND THE HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION.

HOWEVER SINCE THESE TWO BANKING INSTITUTIONS ARE BY LAW THE ONLY NOTE-ISSUING BANKS IN HONG KONG, +IT IS BOTH SENSIBLE AND LOGICAL FOR THE CHAIRMANSHIP TO BE HELD IN ROTATION BETWEEN THEM FOR PERIODS OF TWO YEARS EACH,+ HE SAID.

THE HON WILLIAM BROWN, WHO IS THE CURRENT CHAIRMAN OF THE EXCHANGE BANKS’ ASSOCIATION, SAID THE EBA SEES THE INCORPORATION OF THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS AS +A NECESSARY MOVE TO ENABLE THE BANKING INDUSTRY’S TRADE ASSOCIATION TO CONTINUE ITS FUNCTIONS IN THE INTERESTS OF ITS NOW WIDER MEMBERSHIP, AND THE PUBLIC AT LARGE.♦

HE POINTED OUT THAT FOLLOWING THE GAZETTING OF THE BILL, THE EBA HAD INVITED ALL LICENSED BANKS TO SUBMIT THEIR COMMENTS BUT VERY FEW DID SO.

♦THIS COULD PERHAPS BE MISTAKEN FOR INDIFFERENCE, OR APATHY, BUT FROM DISCUSSIONS WITH A FAIR CROSS-SECTION OF THE BANKING COMMUNITY I BELIEVE THE LACK OF COMMENT INDICATES GENERAL SUPPORT FOR THE BILL AS DRAFTED.

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♦WITHOUT WISHING TO OVERSTATE THE ROLE OF THE EBA IN THIS MATTER, I FEEL IT FAIR COMMENT THAT THE BILL’S ACCEPTANCE BY MOST BANKERS REFLECTS THE CO-OPERATION, MENTIONED EARLIER, BETWEEN THE ASSOCIATION AND THE CONCERNED GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.♦

SOME CRITICAL COMMENTS ON THE BILL WERE MADE BY A MINORITY OF THE BANKING COMMUNITY, MR BROWN SAID.

FIRST, THERE IS AN UNEASE THAT THE COMMITTEE OF THE ASSOCIATION CAN MAKE AND ENFORCE RULES RELATING TO THE CONDUCT OF THE BUSINESS CF BANKING.

SOME SEE THIS AS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ONE GROUP OF BANKS, THAT IS THOSE ON THE COMMITTEE, TO FRAME RULES TO THEIR COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE AGAINST THOSE NOT ON THE COMMITTEE.

BUT MR BROWN SAIDi +THE AFFAIRS OF THE NEW ASSOCIATION WILL BE VERY MUCH IN THE PUBLIC EYE AND THIS - WHEN ADDED TO THE NEED FOR LIAISON AND CONSULTATION WITH GOVERNMENT - MAKE IT UNREALISTIC TO BELIEVE THAT DECISIONS WOULD BE, OR INDEED COULD BE MADE OTHER THAN IN COMMON INTEREST.*

SECONDLY, THERE IS SOME DISAPPOINTMENT THAT THE CONSULTATIVE COUNCIL HAS NOT BEEN GIVEN MORE POWER.

♦ IT IS TRUE THAT THE BILL DOES NOT REQUIRE THE COMMITTEE TO ACT ON MATTERS REFERRED TO IT BY THE COUNCIL, BUT NEVERTHELESS THE COUNCIL’S VOICE WILL BE A POWERFUL ONE,+ MR BROWN SAID.

♦THE COUNCIL’S MEMBERSHIP OF 23 BANKS - OUT OF A TOTAL ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP OF 113, AND PROBABLY 115 BY THE TIME THE COUNCIL COMES INTO BEING, REPRESENTS A SIGNIFICANT PERCENTAGE OF THE TOTAL MEMBERSHIP.

♦IF A MATTER OF IMPORTANCE WAS REFERRED BY THIS VERY REPRESENTATIVE BODY TO THE COMMITTEE IT IS UNLIKELY THAT THE LATTER WOULD BE ABLE TO IGNORE IT WITHOUT GOOD REASONS.

♦AND THIS IS THE MORE SO BEARING IN MIND THAT THE COMMITTEE ITSELF WILL CONSIST OF 12 MEMBERS OF WHICH FIVE OF THE ELECTED MEMBERS WILL BE PROVIDED BY BANKS INCORPORATED OUTSIDE HONG KONG,+ HE SAID.

HE EXPRESSED CONFIDENCE, AND HE SAID THIS WAS SHARED BY MOST BANKERS, THAT THE NEW ASSOCIATION OF BANKS WOULD PROVIDE A BETTER VEHICLE THAN THE EXISTING EBA TO DISCHARGE THE IMPORTANT ROLE ACCORDED THE BANKING INDUSTRY IN THE MANAGEMENT OF HONG KONG’S MONETARY SYSTEM.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, IN REPLY TO MR LI AND MR BROWN SAID THEIR SPEECHES REFLECTED THE GENERAL VIEW OF BANKERS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS THAT THE TIME HAD COME TO RE-DEFINE THE ROLE OF THE BANKS’ ASSOCIATION AND RECAST ITS CONSTITUTION.

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♦IN SO DOING, I BELIEVE WE HAVE EVOLVED AN ARRANGEMENT WHICH WILL, TOGETHER WITH OTHER INSTITUTIONAL CHANGES WHICH WE HAVE EFFECTED IN RECENT YEARS, ENABLE US TO PRESERVE, EVEN IN THIS TURBULENT WORLD, THAT TRADITION OF COMPETITIVE FREEDOM WHICH HAS BEEN THE MAINSPRING OF THE GROWTH RATE AND DIVERSIFICATION OF OUR ECONOMY,* HE SAID.

FURTHERMORE, SIR PHILIP SAID, HE ENVISAGED THAT THE THREE-TIER STRUCTURE OF THE NEW ASSOCIATION - COMMITTEE, CONSULTATIVE COUNCIL AND ANNUAL MEETING - WOULD ENABLE ALL LICENSED BANKS ACTIVELY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE AFFAIRS OF THE ASSOCIATION.

♦THIS, IN ITSELF, SHOULD ENSURE BOTH THAT THE MARKET IS AN ORDERLY ONE AND, AT THE SAME TIME, THAT THE SCOPE FOR COMPETITION BETWEEN BANKS IS NOT UNNECESSARILY RESTRICTED- AND I WOULD STRESS THAT, WITHIN CERTAIN LIMITS, IT IS NO PART OF THE GOVERNMENT’S THINKING THAT THE INNOVATIVE SPIRIT SHOULD BE CRAMPED,+ HE SAID.

♦THE GOVERNMENT LOOKS FORWARD TO A CONTINUING DIALOGUE WITH THE NEW ASSOCIATION - ITS COMMITTEE AND ITS SECRETARIAT.

♦FOR ITS PART, THE GOVERNMENT WILL RESPECT THE MARKET PLACE AND I BELIEVE THE ASSOCIATION WILL TOO- BUT THE GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE TO EXPRESS A CERTAIN VIEW, FROM TIME TO TIME, OF WHERE THE BROADER PUBLIC INTEREST LIES AND I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THE ASSOCIATION WILL RESPOND APPROPRIATELY^ SIR PHILIP SAID.

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HELP FOR INSOLVENT CIVIL SERVANTS SUPPORTED BY UNOFFICIALS *****

UNOFFICIAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLORS HAVE COME OUT IN FAVOUR OF THE PUBLIC OFFICERS (ASSIGNMENT OF EMOLUMENTS) BILL WHICH INTRODUCED A REFINANCING SCHEME TO ASSIST CIVIL SERVANTS IN DEBT. THE BILL WAS PASSED TODAY BY THE COUNCIL.

SPEAKING AT ITS SECOND READING, THE HON LI FOOK-WO SAIDi +THE REFINANCING SCHEME, IN OFFERING AN OPPORTUNITY TO CIVIL SERVANTS TO RELIEVE THEMSELVES OF THE BURDEN OF THEIR EXISTING DEBTS, WILL GO A LONG WAY TOWARDS ASSISTING THOSE IN FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES TO TURN A N:W LEAF.

♦THIS SCHEME, TOGETIER WITH THE OTHER ARRANGEMENTS MENTIONED BY THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE WHEN HE INTRODUCED THE BILL. WILL NO DOUBT HELP TO ENIANCE THE INTEGRITY AND EFFICIENCY OF THE CIVIL SERVICE.+

MR LI DESCRIBED THE CHEME AS +A BOLD VENTURE TO PROVIDE A PRACTICAL SOLUTION TO A P^CTICAL PROBLEM+ BUT STRESSED THAT IT WOULD NOT BE FINANCED FROMPUBLIC FUNDS.

THE CAPITAL REQUIRED D REFINANCE THE DEBTS OF CIVIL SERVANTS WILL COME FROM A NUMBER OF IANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES PARTICIPATING IN THE SCHEME

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♦THEY WILL BE CHARGING INTEREST AT AN APPROPRIATE COMMERCIAL RATE.

♦THE PART GOVERNMENT WILL PLAY IN PROMOTING THIS SCHEME IS CONFINED TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A CIVIL SERVICE FINANCE ADVISORY OFFICE WHICH IS TO ASSIST CIVIL SERVANTS TO APPLY FOR REFINANCING LOANS AND GENERALLY TO GIVE ADVICE ON PERSONAL FINANCIAL PROBLEMS, + HE SAID.

MR LI ALSO POINTED OUT THAT ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE WORKING GROUP SET UP TO REVIEW EXISTING GOVERNMENT ARRANGEMENTS FOR ADVANCES OF SALARY AND LOANS AND RULES GOVERNING THE BORROWING OF MONEY BY CIVIL SERVANTS, ANY INFORMATION MADE AVAILABLE BY CIVIL SERVANTS TO THE FINANCE ADVISORY OFFICE WOULD BE KEPT STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.

♦I HAVE BEEN ASSURED BY THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE THAT, WHEN THE SCHEME IS INTRODUCED, EVERY EFFORT AND CARE WOULD BE MADE TO MAINTAIN CONFIDENTIALITY.

♦CIVIL SERVANTS NEED THEREFORE HAVE NO FEAR THAT INFORMATION GIVEN BY THEM TO THE FINANCE ADVISORY OFFICE IN CONNECTION WITH THE INDEBTEDNESS WOULD BE PASSED BACK TO THEIR DEPARTMENTS OR THE SECRETARIAT TO THE DETRIMENT OF THEIR CAREERS.

♦AS THE SUCCESS OF THE REFINANCING SCHEME DEPENDS VERY MUCH ON THE TRUST WHICH CIVIL SERVANTS PLACE ON THE ADVISORY OFFICE’S ABILITY TO MAINTAIN STRICT CONFIDENTIALITY, I HOPE THIS POINT WILL BE MADE VERY CLEAR TO CIVIL SERVANTS WHEN THE SCHEME IS ANNOUNCED.+ MR LI SAID.

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IMPROVEMENTS IN BUS SERVICES * * * *

OVER THE PAST YEAR KMB HAS INCREASED ITS FLEET SIZE BY MORE THAN 200 BUSES, AFTER ALLOWING FOR SCRAPPING- AND CMB BY OVER 100 BUSES, THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON DEREK JONES TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHAN KAM-CHUEN, MR JONES SAID KMB SHOULD ADD A FURTHER 400 BUSES OR SO BY THE END OF 1981 AND CMB A FURTHER 120.

HE ALSO NOTED THAT OVERALL EXCESSIVE OVERCROWDING ON MANY BUS ROUTES HAS BEEN REDUCED, ALTHOUGH THE POSITION IS STILL NOT SATISFACTORY.

HOWEVER HE SAID PART OF THE IMPROVEMENTS IN SERVICES THAT THE TWO BUS COMPANIES HAVE INTRODUCED SO FAR HAVE BEEN NULLIFIED BY THE EFFECTS OF GROWING ROAD CONGESTION. +THIS HAS SLOWED DOWN, AND IN SOME CASES SERIOUSLY SLOWED DOWN, THE SPEED OF BUSES, PARTICULARLY IN THE PEAK HOURS WHEN COMMUTER DEMAND IS HEAVY.+

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MR JONES HOPED THAT THE GRADUAL INTRODUCTION OF BUS-ONLY LANES ON SOME OF THE MORE CONGESTED ROUTES WILL HELP TO SPEED UP SERVICES AGAIN AND HE STRESSED THAT IT IS THE GOVERNMENT’S SERIOUS INTENTION TO INTRODUCE MORE PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY MEASURES OF THIS NATURE.

ON THE PROGRAMME OF IMPROVEMENTS INCORPORATED IN THE AGREEMENTS SIGNED WITH THE TWO BUS COMPANIES AT ABOUT THE TIME OF THE LAST BUS FARE INCREASES, MR JONES SAID IT COVERED FIVE MAIN AREASi

* PLANS FOR THE PURCHASE OF NEW BUSES AND SPARE PARTS RELATED TO ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES TO BE AGREED WITH THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT AND UPDATED ANNUALLY-

* IMPROVED FACILITIES FOR THE MAINTENANCE AND SERVICING OF BUSES-

* BETTER WORKING CONDITIONS AND WAGES FOR DRIVERS, MECHANICS AND OTHER EMPLOYEES AND THE RECRUITMENT OF MORE STAFF TO MAN AND MAINTAIN THE NEW BUSES-

* THE PROVISION OF MORE DEPOT FACILITIES FOR THE PARKING, SERVICING AND REPAIRING OF BUSES- AND

* REVIEW AND INTRODUCTION OF IMPROVEMENTS IN THE MANAGEMENT STRUCTURES OF THE COMPANIES.

MR JONES SAID BOTH BUS COMPANIES HAD TAKEN THE AGREEMENTS SERIOUSLY, ALTHOUGH THEY DIFFERED IN SOME RESPECTS IN THE RATE AT WHICH THE VARIOUS OBJECTIVES WERE BEING MET.

KMB HAS, IN GENERAL, REACTED QUICKLY AND HAS TAKEN EFFECTIVE STEPS TO MEET THE OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE AGREEMENT. IN PARTICULAR, THEY HAVE PLACED ORDERS FOR NEW BUSES ON TIME AND IN SUFFICIENT NUMBERS TO MEET THE ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME TO THE SATISFACTION OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT. ADEQUATE ADDITIONAL STAFF HAVE ALSO BEEN RECRUITED AND TRAINED, MAINTENANCE AND SERVICING ARRANGEMENTS ARE BEING IMPROVED, NEW DEPOT FACILITIES ARE BEING PLANNED AND MANAGEMENT ARRANGEMENTS STREAMLINED, MR JONES SAID.

MR JONES SAID RECENT MONITORING EXERCISES CONFIRMED THAT KMB WAS ABLE TO MEET ITS SCHEDULED DAILY COMMITMENT OF BUSES IN FULL, ALTHOUGH THIS WAS MAKING BIG DEMANDS ON THE COMPANY’S MANPOWER AND ITS MAINTENANCE FACILITIES. THE REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW ROUTES TO THE NEW TOWNS AND HOUSING ESTATES AND FOR MTR FEEDER SERVICES WERE ALSO STRETCHING KMB’S RESOURCES TO THE LIMIT.

TURNING TO CMB, MR JONES SAID THE COMPANY HAD PLACED ORDERS FOR NEW BUSES SUFFICIENT TO MEET ITS TARGET FLEET SIZE. BUT, IN SOME OTHER AREAS OF THE AGREEMENT, PROGRESS HAD NOT BEEN AS RAPID AS COULD HAVE BEEN HOPED. NEVERTHELESS, SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS WAS BEING MADE TOWARDS THE OBJECTIVES OF IMPROVED MAINTENANCE, BETTER WAGES AND WORKING CONDITIONS FOR STAFF AND THE PROVISION OF ADDITIONAL DEPOT SPACE. SOME IMPROVEMENTS HAVE ALSO BEEN MADE IN MANAGEMENT, ALTHOUGH FURTHER STRENGTHENING OF THE COMPANY’S MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE WOULD APPEAR TO BE REQUIRED.

AS A RESULT, HE SAID, CMB WAS ONLY ABLE TO MEET ABOUT 92 PER CENT OF ITS DAILY SCHEDULED COMMITMENT OF BUSES, ALTHOUGH THE SITUATION IN THIS RESPECT WAS GETTING BETTER AND IT SHOULD IMPROVE FURTHER NEXT YEAR.

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INDEMNITY INSURANCE FOR SOLICITORS MADE COMPULSORY

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THE LEGAL PRACTITIONERS (AMENDMENT)(NO. 3) BILL 1980 WHICH PROPOSED A COMPULSORY PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY INSURANCE SCHEME PASSED ITS THIRD READING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY AT ITS ’ COMMITTEE STAGE IT WAS RETITLED THE NO. 2 AMENDMENT BILL

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, THE LAW DRAFTSMAN, THE HON GERALD NAZARETH SAID SUCH A SCHEME WOULD BE OF ADVANTAGE TO SOLICITORS, WHO WOULD BE ABLE TO SECURE INSURANCE AT FAVOURABLE RATES AND ON ADVANTAGEOUS TERMS.

IT WILL ALSO BE OF SIGNIFICANT BENEFIT TO THE PUBLIC IN ENSURING THAT CLIENTS WHO SUSTAIN LOSS OR DAMAGE THROUGH THE DFFAHi t OF THEIR SOLICITORS WILL NOT FAIL, WITHIN THE LIMITS TO JSwn COMPENSATION BECAUSE THEIR SOLICITORS MAY NOT HAVE SUFFICIENT FUNDS,

HE SAID.

MR NAZARETH SAID THE SCHEME WAS TO EE FUNDED BY ANNUAL PREMIUMS PAID BY ALL SOLICITORS IN PRIVATE PRACTICE, AND WAS SIMILAR IN CONCEPT TO SCHEMES IN ENGLAND AND AUSTRALIA.

THE LIMITS OF ALL CIVIL LIABILITY FOR EACH CLAIM ARE AS FOLLOWS*

* FOR A SOLE PRACTITIONER, UP TO $350 000,

* IN THE CASE OF PARTNERS, UP TO $240 000 FOR EACH PARTNER, AND UP TO $125 000 FOR ASSISTANT SOLICITORS OR CONSULTANTS- AND

* THE CASE 0F F'RMS OF SOLICITORS. THE daotmcoTE 0F THE '"DIVIDUAL SUMS FOR EACH rAn TNER.

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NAZARETH SAID IN TODAY’S INFLATIONARY TIMES, THESE LIMITS +0N THE OTHER HAND THEY REPRESENT A

MIGHT SEEM A LITTLE LOW SIGNIFICANT AND USEFUL BEGINNING AND

OF COURSE, THEY ARE MERELY

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS,* HE SAID.

HE SAID IT WAS ESSENTIAL THAT THE BILL PASSED ALL ITS READINGS IN THE COUNCIL TODAY.

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+ IN LEGAL AND PRACTICAL TERMS, PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY INSURANCE WILL BECOME COMPULSORY BY REFERENCE TO THE ISSUE OF PRACTISING CERTIFICATES. THESE CERTIFICATES BECOME RENEWABLE ON THE 1ST OF JANUARY EACH YEAR,* HE EXPLAINED.

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THE BORROWING LIMIT ON THE EXCHANGE FUND HAS BEEN RAISED BY A LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL RESOLUTION TODAY FROM $15 OOO MILLION TO $20 000 MILLION.

IN MOVING THE RESOLUTION, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE EXPLAINED THAT THE BULK OF THE GOVERNMENT’S ACCUMULATED FISCAL RESERVES, THE GENERAL REVENUE BALANCE, WERE INVESTED BY THE TREASURY WITH THE EXCHANGE FUND, AGAINST THE ISSUE BY THE FUND OF INTEREST-BEARING CERTIFICATES.

THE RESERVES ARE HELD WITH THE FUND TO AVOID THE NECESSITY OF THEIR HAVING TO BEAR EXCHANGE RISKS, AND TO PLAY A PART IN THE EXERCISE OF LEVERAGE ON THE LIQUIDITY RATIOS OF THE BANKING SYSTEM, HE SAID.

EXCHANGE FUND DEBT CERTIFICATES ISSUED TO THE TREASURY HAVE CONTINUED TO RISE THROUGHOUT THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR. PRESENT INDICATIONS ARE THAT THE APPROVED BORROWING LIMIT OF $15 000 MILLION MAY BE REACHED IN JANUARY 1981, SIR PHILIP SAID.

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STATEMENT ON DELAYS TO SOME HOS ESTATES

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SITE DIFFICULTIES AND FOUNDATION PROBLEMS COMPOUNDED BY A SERIES OF FURTHER PHYSICAL AND FINANCIAL PROBLEMS HAVE DELAYED THE COMPLETION OF THREE HOME OWNERSHIP ESTATES, THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, THE HON DONALD LIAO, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON HU FA-KUANG.

ALL FOUR BLOCKS AT SHAN TSUI COURT IN CHAI WAN ARE NOW EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BETWEEN NEXT FEBRUARY AND APRIL, HE SAID.

AT CHUN MAN COURT IN HO MAN TIN, SIX OF THE 12 BLOCKS HAD BEEN COMPLETED AND THE OTHER SIX WERE EXPECTED TO BE HANDED OVER WITHIN TWO MONTHS.

AT YUET LAI COURT IN KWAI CHUNG, TWO BLOCKS HAD BEEN COMPLETED AND THE REMAINING TWO SHOULD BE FINISHED BY NEXT FEBRUARY.

+THE REASONS FOR THE SLIPPAGES ON THESE THREE CONTRACTS ARE LARGELY PHYSICAL AND FINANCIAL,* SAID MR LIAO. +AT BOTH SHAN TSUI COURT AND CHUN MAN COURT UNFORESEEN SITE DIFFICULTIES AND FOUNDATION PROBLEMS WERE ENCOUNTERED, AND AT YUET LAI COURT THERE WERE SITE ACCESS PROBLEMS.

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♦ADDED TO THESE PHYSICAL PROBLEMS WAS THE GENERAL SHORTAGE OF SKILLED LABOUR AND BUILDING MATERIALS, WHICH AFFECTED THE INDUSTRY GENERALLY DURING THE PERIODS OF THESE CONTRACTS.

+THESE DIFFICULTIES WERE COMPOUNDED BY INCREASES IN LABOUR AND MATERIAL COSTS SINCE THE AWARD OF THE CONTRACTS WHICH WERE NOT FULLY COVERED BY PRICE ESCALATION CLAUSES IN THE CONTRACTS, AND THEREFORE RESULTED IN FINANCIAL PROBLEMS FOR THE MAIN CONTRACTOR.+

MR LIAO SAID RE-ENTRY ON THE CONTRACTS HAD BEEN CONSIDERED BUT THIS WAS NOT DONE SINCE IT WOULD HAVE BROUGHT EVEN GREATER DELAYS.

ON THE SUBJECT OF POSSIBLE COMPENSATION TO PURCHASERS, RAISED BY THE HON LYDIA DUNN, MR LIAO SAID HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME FLATS WERE SOLD AT COST AND THERE WAS NO PROVISION UNDER THE CONDITIONS OF SALE FOR ANY FORM OF COMPENSATION.

♦THE PURCHASERS MAY DERIVE SOME SATISFACTION FROM THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THEIR FLATS WERE BOUGHT AT PRICES CONSIDERABLY BELOW CURRENT MARKET LEVELS,* HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THESE THREE PROJECTS WERE AMONG 65 MAJOR FOUNDATION AND BUILDING CONTRACTS CURRENTLY UNDER WAY AND THE OUTSTANDING WORK ON THE THREE CONTRACTS REPRESENTED JUST OVER TWO PER CENT OF THE 97 000 OR SO FLATS INVOLVED.

FINALLY, SAID MR LIAO, IN FUTURE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEMES, FLATS WOULD NOT BE SOLD UNTIL MUCH CLOSER TO THE EXPECTED COMPLETION DATES.

♦IN THIS WAY IT WILL BE POSSIBLE TO GIVE SUCCESSFUL PURCHASERS A FAR MORE RELIABLE ESTIMATE OF WHEN THEIR FLATS WILL BE READY,+ HE SAID.

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APPROPRIATE FOR GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT INSURANCE POLICY HOLDERS * * HXK

SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON PIERS JACOBS SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY THAT INSURANCE WAS AN {JpJqpr।JtECH SOME DEGREE OF GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION

WAS

♦THIS IS BECAUSE A POLICY HOLDER IS RARELY IN A ASSESS THE FINANCIAL CAPABILITY OF THE COMPANY WHICH COVER,+ HE SAID.

POSITION TO OFFERS HIM

SPEAKING AT THE SECOND READING OF THE FIRE AND MARINE INSURANCE COMPANIES DEPOSIT (AMENDMENT) BILL AND THE LIFE INSURANCE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL, MR JACOBS SAID IT WAS ESSENTIAL THAT OFL|NSURANCERCORPANliESBE ABLE T° RELY UP°N ™E FINANC,AL STABILITY

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*IN MANY CASES INSURANCE IS EFFECTED TO COVER THE POLICY HOLDER AGAINST CALAMITY, AND AN INSURANCE COMPANY’S FAILURE TO MEET ITS LIABILITIES CAN BE DISASTROUS FOR INDIVIDUAL POLICY HOLDERS,* HE SAID.

MR JACOBS DISCLOSED THAT THE FIRST DRAFT OF A COMPREHENSIVE INSURANCE BILL, MENTIONED BY THE GOVERNOR AT THE OPENING SESSION OF THE COUNCIL, WAS CIRCULATED AND COMMENTED UPON BY A WORKING GROUP COMPRISING REPRESENTATIVES OF THE INDUSTRY AND CHAIRED BY THE REGISTRAR GENERAL.

THE COMMENTS HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED, AND WHERE APPROPRIATE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT IN A SECOND DRAFT BILL, WHICH IS IN THE COURSE OF PREPARATION, HE SAID.

HE EXPECTED THAT IT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE OVERNIGHT TO BRING THE WHOLE OF THE LEGISLATION INTO EFFECT OR TO ENJOY THE SAFEGUARDS THAT THE LEGISLATION WOULD PROVIDE.

THE INTERIM LEGISLATION NOW INTRODUCED IS NOT A COMPLETE ANSWER TO THE PROBLEM.

+BUT I BELIEVE THAT IT WILL BRING ABOUT A CONSIDERABLE IMPROVEMENT IN THE GOVERNMENT’S POSITION IN RELATION TO THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY AND WILL THUS BE OF VALUE TO POLICY HOLDERS,* bR JACOBS SAID.

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REASONS FOR DECISION ON WOMEN X * X

OFFICERS’ X * *

FRINGE BENEFITS

ONE OF TWO MAIN REASONS WHY THE GOVERNMENT HAS FELT UNABLE TO ACCEPT IN FULL THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE STANDING COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE AS REGARDS FRINGE BENEFITS FOR MARRIED WOMEN OFFICERS IS THAT IT CONSIDERS IT UNDESIRABLE FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE TO MOVE TOO FAR AHEAD OF PRIVATE SECTOR PRACTICE.

THE SECOND REASON IS THAT IT SEES OBJECTION TO THE TAXPAYER SUBSIDISING THE PRIVATE SECTOR, AS COULD HAPPEN WHERE THE HUSBAND OF A WOMAN CIVIL SERVANT WORKS FOR A PRIVATE EMPLOYER, THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE, THE HON MARTIN ROWLANDS SAID TODAY.

HE WAS REPLYING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO A QUESTION BY THE REV THE HON JOYCE BENNETT.

MR ROWLANDS EMPHASIZED THAT, WHILE THE GOVERNMENT’S RECENT DECISION DID NOT GO AS FAR AS THE STANDING COMMISSION RECOMMENDED, IT NONETHELESS REPRESENTED A SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT IN THE PROVISION OF FRINGE BENEFITS FOR MARRIED WOMEN OFFICERS.

DETAILED RULES OF ELIGIBILITY USING THE NEW CRITERIA ARE NOW BEING DRAWN UP, AND WILL HOPEFULLY COVER COMPASSIONATE AND OTHER EXCEPTIONAL CASES, HE SAID.

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OPPORTUNITIES OFFERED BY INDUSTRIAL ESTATES * * * *

THE EFFECT OF THE UNCERTAINTY IN THE ECONOMIES OF HONG KONG’S OVERSEAS MARKETS IS CLEARLY SEEN IN THE HESITANCY OF LOCAL MANUFACTURERS TO EMBARK ON SUBSTANTIAL NEW INVESTMENTS AT THE PRESENT TIME, THE HON LI FOOK-WO SAID TODAY.

BUT THERE IS EQUALLY CLEAR EVIDENCE, FROM THE MANY ENQUIRIES RECEIVED, THAT INVESTORS CONTINUE TO REGARD HONG KONG AS THE LOGICAL VENUE TO SERVICE THE VAST POTENTIAL MARKET IN CHINA AND ELSEWHERE IN SOUTH EAST ASIA, HE SAID.

MR LI WAS SPEAKING AT THE TABLING OF THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATES CORPORATION ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE YEAR ENDED MARCH 31, 1980.

+THE INDUSTRIAL ESTATES, BY MAKING LAND AVAILABLE TO INDUSTRIES OFFERING NEW HIGH TECHNOLOGY PROCESSES AND NEW PRODUCTS FOR THIS REGION’S VAST EMERGING MARKET, PROVIDE THE BEST MEANS BY WHICH PRUDENT INVESTORS CAN ENJOY THE MANY OTHER ADVANTAGES WHICH HONG KONG HAS TO OFFER.

+THESE ESTATES REMAIN THE MOST TANGIBLE AND VALUABLE ASSET FOR THE PROMOTION OF INDUSTRIAL DIVERSIFICATION AND INVESTMENT, AND A GUARANTEE OF THE FUTURE OVERALL ECONOMIC WELL-BEING OF HONG KONG,+ HE SAID.

MR LI NOTED THAT LOCAL AND OVERSEAS INVESTORS ARE ALMOST EQUALLY REPRESENTED BY 32 SITES WHICH HAVE SO FAR BEEN GRANTED OR EARMARKED, AND TOGETHER THEY ARE COMMITTED TO A TOTAL MINIMUM INVESTMENT OF ABOUT $1 000 MILLION AND A MINIMUM ANNUAL SALES VALUE OF $2 000 MILLION.

+ALTHOUGH THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS FOR SITES BEING RECEIVED BY THE CORPORATION IN RECENT MONTHS HAS DECREASED, THE NUMBER APPROVED HAS GENERALLY REMAIN CONSISTENT WITH THOSE APPROVED IN EARLIER YEARS.

♦HAVING REGARD, HOWEVER, TO THE AREA OF FULLY SERVICED LAND NOW AVAILABLE BOTH AT TAI PO AND YUEN LONG, THE CORPORATION WOULD WISH TO SEE A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF SITES BEING GRANTED,* HE SAID.

MR LI SAID THE MAIN EVENTS DURING THE YEAR WERE THE COMMENCEMENT CF MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS AND THE GRANT OF A NEW LOAN FROM THE DEVELOPMENT LOAN FUND FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A STANDARD FACTORY BLOCK AT THE TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE.

BY THE END OF THIS YEAR, A TOTAL OF 10 GRANTEES WILL HAVE COMPLETED THEIR FACTORIES AND STARTED PRODUCTION AND 45 HECTARES CF INDUSTRIAL SITES WILL BE FORMED AND SERVICED.

HOWEVER, HE POINTED OUT, THE CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMME OF THE YUEN LONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATE HAD UNFORTUNATELY FALLEN BEHIND SCHEDULE DUE TO A COMBINATION OF UNFORESEEN +FUNG SHUI+ OBJECTIONS FROM LOCAL RESIDENTS AND UNANTICIPATED ROCK CONDITIONS IN THE DESIGNATED BORROW AREA.

+AS A RESULT, THE PROJECT HAS MADE MINIMAL PROGRESS IN THE PAST SIX MONTHS, AND INSTEAD OF THE PLANNED 20 HECTARES OF INDUSTRIAL SITES ONLY FIVE HECTARES ARE AT PRESENT AVAILABLE,* MR LI SAID.

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THE ESCALATION IN CONSTRUCTION COSTS, COUPLED WITH THE EXTRA COSTS INCURRED DUE TO THE DELAYS AT YUEN LONG, HAS NECESSITATED THE CORPORATION TO INCREASE THE LAND PREMIUM TO $700 PER SQUARE METRE AS FROM JULY 1 THIS YEAR, AN INCREASE OF 18 PER CENT OVER THE PREVIOUS RATE FIXED IN DECEMBER 1978.

+IN RELATION TO CURRENT LAND PRICES IN HONG KONG, THIS INCREASED PREMIUM IS NOT EXCESSIVE.

♦HOWEVER, THE EFFECTS OF CONTINUING INFLATION AND POTENTIALLY HIGHER COSTS AT YUEN LONG WILL UNDOUBTEDLY HAVE TO BE REFLECTED BY APPROPRIATE FUTURE INCREASES IN THE PREMIUM.

♦THE PLANNED EXTENSION OF THE ESTATE AT TAI PO BY FURTHER RECLAMATION TO FORM A THIRD STAGE WILL PARTIALLY COMPENSATE FOR THE DELAY EXPERIENCED AT YUEN LONG, BUT THE ESTIMATED COST OF FORMING THE ADDITIONAL 20 HECTARES WILL AGAIN MAKE FURTHER INCREASES IN THE LAND PREMIUM INEVITABLE,* MR LI ADDED.

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CRITERIA FOR INCREASES IN PUBLIC UTILITY CHARGES ******

THE GOVERNMENT HAD APPLIED ITS CRITERIA FOR ASSESSING INCREASES IN PUBLIC UTILITY CHARGES TO THE TARIFF INCREASES RECENTLY ANNOUNCED BY THE TWO POWER COMPANIES, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON PIERS JACOBS SAID TODAY.

THE GOVERNMENT TOOK INTO CONSIDERATION THE EFFECT OF THE INCREASES ON INDUSTRY, ALTHOUGH FOR MOST COMPANIES, POWER CHARGES FORM ONLY A SMALL PART OF THEIR PRODUCTION COSTS, HE SAID IN REPLY TO A QUESTION IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BY THE HON FRANCIS TIEN.

THE CONCERN OF THE GOVERNMENT AND OF THE POWER COMPANIES TO MINIMISE THE EFFECT ON INDUSTRY OF INCREASED POWER CHARGES IS EVIDENCED BY THE ESTABLISHMENT, BY BOTH COMPANIES, OF DEPARTMENTS WHICH WILL ADVISE LARGE CONSUMERS, FREE OF CHARGE, AS TO HOW THEY CAN REDUCE THEIR ENERGY COSTS, MR JACOBS SAID.

THE CRITERIA, WHICH ARE INTERRELATED, ARE;

* THE PUBLIC SHOULD GET, AS FAR AS IS PRACTICABLE, THE BEST POSSIBLE SERVICE AT THE LOWEST POSSIBLE PRICE,

* TARIFFS, TOGETHER WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM SHAREHOLDERS, MUST BE SUCH AS TO ENABLE THE UTILITY COMPANY TO REMAIN FINANCIALLY VIABLE, THUS ENSURING THE COMPANY’S ABILITY TO CONTINUE TO MEET DEMAND IN THE FUTURE.

* THE PUBLIC UTILITY COMPANY SHOULD NOT MAKE EXCESSIVE PROF ITS.

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EVERYTHING REASONABLE DONE TO EXPLAIN NEED FOR CLEARANCES ******

ALL REASONABLE EFFORTS ARE MADE TO EXPLAIN TO THE PEOPLE CONCERNED, AND TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC, THE REASONS FOR CLEARANCES OF SQUATTERS ON CROWN LAND REQUIRED FOR DEVELOPMENT.

THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, THE HON DONALD LIAO, GAVE THIS ASSURANCE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON LYDIA DUNN.

HE POINTED OUT THAT AT ANY GIVEN TIME, THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT WAS INVOLVED IN VARIOUS STAGES OF 80 CLEARANCE OPERATIONS.

+ IN ALL CASES, CONSIDERABLE EFFORTS ARE MADE TO EXPLAIN FULLY TO ALL THOSE IMMEDIATELY CONCERNED THE APPROPRIATE REPROVISIONING AND CASH ENTITLEMENTS, AND THE REASONS FOR THE CLEARANCES,* HE SAID.

+THE FACT THAT SO FEW OF THE MANY CLEARANCES BEING UNDERTAKEN COME TO THE NOTICE OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS AN INDICATION OF THE EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION WHICH EXISTS BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENT AND THOSE AFFECTED.*

WHEN PUBLIC INTEREST |S AROUSED OVER A PARTICULAR CLEARANCE, GOVERNMENT INFORMATION OUTLETS SUCH AS GIS AND RTHK MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO FULLY EXPLAIN THE BACKGROUND TO THE CLEARANCE, AND THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR REPROVISIONING AND COMPENSATION, HE SAID.

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SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR’S ROLE RECOGNISED ******

THE SENIOR MASTER/MI STRESS AND EDUCATION OFFICER GRADES IN SCHOOLS HAVE NOW BEEN COMBINED RESULTING IN A LEVELLING UPWARDS OF THE PAY SCALE OF THE LATTER IN ADDED RECOGNITION OF THEIR ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES IN SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION, THE HON COLVYN HAYE, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION RAISED BY THE REV THE HON JOYCE BENNETT CONCERNING THE RECENTLY PUBLISHED 5TH REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE.

MR HAYE SAID THAT SENIOR MASTERS/MI STRESSES IN GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS AND VICE-PRINCIPALS IN AIDED SCHOOLS WOULD CONTINUE TO BE RECOGNISED FINANCIALLY AS THEY WERE NOW ON THE MASTER PAY SCALE UP TO POINT 43.

+THE STANDING COMMISSION HAS RECOMMENDED, AND THE GOVERNMENT HAS ACCEPTED, THAT THE PREVIOUS DISTINCTION BETWEEN SENIOR MASTER/MI STRESS AND EDUCATION OFFICER SCALES BE REMOVED BECAUSE FUNCTIONAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TWO RANKS ARE NOT THOUGHT TO WARRANT SEPARATE SCALES,* HE SAID.

SCHOOL MANAGEMENT, HE ADDED, OUGHT TO FIND THE IMPROVED SCALE JUSTIFICATION FOR THE FREER ALLOCAT CON OF DUTIES.

+l WELCOME IT FOR THE CAREER INCENTIVES IT SUPPLIES AND THE WIDER CHOICE IT AFFORDS IN THE SELECTION OF PRINCIPALS,* HE SAID.

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STUBBS RD FLYOVER READY BY JULY * * *

THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, THE HON DAVID MCDONALD, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COU..OIL TODAY THAI “HE STUBBS ROAD FLYOVER WAS EXPECTED 1931 "l7H SECTIONS OF THE SCHEME BROUGHT INTO USi IN ADVANCE OF THAT DATE.

rJ*; F,*S.T 3IAGE» WHICH ls the WIDENED SECTION OF WONG NAI CHUNG GAP ROAD, WILL Bt OPENED TO TRAFFIC IN

OF LOWER SiUBBS ROAD WILL BE AVAILABLE FLYOVER IN JUNE.

JANUARY. THE WIDENED SECTION IN MAY AND THE MAIN JUNCTION

ANSWERING A QUESTION FROM THE HON

-r -....- —- OSWALD CHEUNG MR MCDONALD

ALSO SAID THAT THE APPROVED ESTIMATED COST OF THE PROJECT WAS $116 MILLION BUT SOME ADDITIONAL SLOPE PROTECTION WORKS IN THE LOWER STUBBS ROAD AREA COULD ADD TO THE FINAL COST. HE ESTIMATED THE COST FOR ADDITIONAL WORKS COULD BE OF THE ORDER OF $10 MILLION BRINGING THE OVERALL COST TO $126 MILLION.

MR MCDONALD SAID THAT WHILE THE NEW FIGURE WAS MUCH HIGHER THAN THE ESTIMATE OF $61 MILLION APPROVED AT THE TENDER STAGE OF THE PROJECT, THE ADDITIONAL COSTS ARE DUE TO MANY FACTORS. THESE FACTORS WERE FLUCTUATIONS IN THE COSTS OF LABOUR AND MATERIALS (AMOUNTING TO $26.8 MILLION) SLOPE PROTECTION, AND MODIFIED FOUNDATION WORKS (WHICH TOGETHER ACCOUNT FOR A FURTHER $34.5 MILLION) AND INCREASED CONSULTANTS’ FEES AND SITE STAFF COSTS ($3.7 MILLION).

HE SAID THAT THE ANTICIPATED COMPLETION OF THE PROJECT, THIRTEEN MONTHS LATER THAN THE ORIGINAL CONTRACT COMPLETION DATE. WAS DUE ENTIRELY TO THE ADVERSE GROUND CONDITIONS IN THE AREA. el__ ADVERSE CONDITIONS WERE NOT DISCOVERED WHEN LIMITED

SITE INVESTIGATIONS WERE CARRIED OUT SOME YEARS AGO BUT BECAUSE WAS CGNSIDERED ESSENTIAL TO PUT THE PROJECT WORKS IN HAND AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE IT WAS AGREED THAT FURTHER SITE STUDIES AND ANY FOUNDATION MODIFICATIONS REQUIRED SHOULD BE MADE DURING THE CONSTRUCTION PERIOD. AS A RESULT OF THAT DECISION WORKS STARTED MORE THAN A YEAR EARLIER THAN WOULD NORMALLY BE THE CASE FOR PROJECTS OF THIS SCALE AND COMPLEXITY* HE EXPLAINED.

*!j0WEVER, SUBSEQUENT SITE INVESTIGATIONS INDICATED THAT THE PROTECTION WORKS REQUIRED TO ENSURE SLOPE STABILITY WERE VERY MUCH MORE EXTENSIVE THAN HAD BEEN ANTICIPATED WITH CONSEQUENTIAL Ss‘period.“he I5ded?°?£ °f th- PR0JECT 4,“ THE CO,,TRAC™’'S

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POLICE ACTION AGAINST POOR BUS DRIVING

IN THE FIRST 11 MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, SUMMONSES WERE ISSUED IN RESPECT OF 30 FRANCHISED AND 11 PRIVATE BUSES FOR SPEEDING, AND OF SIX FRANCHISED AND TWO PRIVATE BUSES FOR DISOBEYING TRAFFIC SIGNALS, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON LEWIS DAVIES SAID TODAY.

NO BUS DRIVER WAS PROSECUTED FOR FAILING TO GIVE PRECEDENCE TO PEDESTRIANS AT ZEBRA CROSSINGS, MR DAVIES SAID IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON OSWALD CHEUNG IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THESE OFFENCES WERE MAINLY DEALT WITH BY MEANS OF FIXED PENALTY TICKETS BUT IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO TELL FROM THE RECORDS HOW MANY OF THEM HAD INVOLVED BUSES, FRANCHISED OR OTHERWISE.

SUMMONSES ARE TAKEN OUT INA RELATIVELY FEW CASES, SUCH AS WHEN A DRIVER FAILS TO PRODUCE HIS DRIVING LICENCE OR WHEN AN OFFENCE IS DISCLOSED AS A RESULT OF AN ACCIDENT, HE SAID.

HE SAID A MORE MEANINGFUL ILLUSTRATION OF POLICE ACTION AGAINST POOR BUS DRIVING COULD BE GIVEN BY THE NUMBER OF PROSECUTIONS FOR THE OFFENCES OF DANGEROUS DRIVING AND CARELESS DR IV I NG.

IN THE FIRST 11 MONTHS OF THIS YEAR THE NUMBERS WERE;

X FOR DANGEROUS DRIVING, 32 CASES INVOLVING FRANCHISED BUSES-AND

X FOR CARELESS DRIVING, 634 CASES INVOLVING FRANCHISED BUSES AND 42 CASES INVOLVING PRIVATE BUSES.

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FERRY COMPANY CONCESSION ARRANGEMENTS EXTENDED A Yupk? KOK

THE LEGISLATIVE TO THE HONG KONG AND

COUNCIL HAS EXTENDED THE EXISTING CONCESSIONS YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY AND TO THE ’STAR’

FERRY COMPANY FOR A FURTHER YEAR TO DECEMBER 31, 1981.

THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON DEREK JONES, IN aodI!^cuci™MENTS T0 THE LAW’ expi-AINED THAT NEGOTIATIONS ON

SgEt}sm^se^c?^4t,ok of ferry services were ™ing

+BECAUSE OF THIS IT IS NOT EXPECTED THAT THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS CAN BE INTRODUCED BEFORE THE END OF 1981 AND IT IS THEREFORE ^SSARY TO EXTEND THE EXISTING PROVISIONS FOR A FURTHERYEAR ♦ Ht SA ID. 1

UNDER THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS, WHICH MR JONES SAID WERE BOTH DETAILED AND COMPLICATED, THERE WOULD BE A NEW FERRY SERVICES BILL UNDER WHICH IT WAS INTENDED THAT FRANCHISES SHOULD BE GRANTED TO MAJOR FERRY OPERATORS, AND LICENCES TO MINOR O°ERATCRS.

™ ™E AMENDMENTS PASSED T0DAY HAD TH£ CONSENT OP BOTH FERRY GvMrAN IES.

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ID CARDS OF HK EMIGRANTS

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LEGAL PROVISION ALREADY EXISTS WHEREBY HONG KONG RESIDENTS MAY BE REQUIRED TO SURRENDER THEIR IDENTITY CARDS UPON LEAVING FOR SETTLEMENT ABROAD, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON LEWIS DAVIES TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI, MR DAVIES SAID OVER 7 000 IDENTITY CARDS HAD BEEN SURRENDERED TO THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SO FAR THIS YEAR.

♦THROUGH THE CO-OPERATION OF THE CONSULAR REPRESENTATIVES OF SOME FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS, THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION WRITES TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN ISSUED WITH IMMIGRANT VISAS FOR THE COUNTRIES CONCERNED AND REQUESTS THE RETURN OF THE CARD,+ HE EXPLAINED.

HOWEVER THERE ARE DIFFICULTIES IN ENFORCING THE PROVISION ABSOLUTELY BECAUSE SOME EMIGRATION TAKES PLACE WITHOUT THE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE OF THE DEPARTMENT.

THERE ARE ALSO CASES WHERE PERSONS WHO HAVE SETTLED ABROAD MAINTAIN CLOSE LINKS WITH HONG KONG AND RETURN HERE REGULARLY, bfl DAVIES SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THERE WOULD ALWAYS BE SOME HONG KONG IDENTITY CARDS LEFT IN THE HANDS OF PERSONS SETTLED ABROAD.

+THE IMPORTANT THING IS TO PREVENT THESE FROM BEING MISUSED BY OTHERS AND STEPS ARE BEING TAKEN IN THIS DIRECTION,* HE SAID.

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COOKED FOOD STALLS INCLUDED IN NEW TOWN PROGRAMME * * * *

COOKED FOOD STALLS ARE BEING BUILT IN FACTORY AREAS AS PART OF THE OVERALL PROGRAMME FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW TOWNS, SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE HON DAVID AKERS-JONES. SAID TODAY IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM MR ALEX WU WHO ASKED WOULD GOVERNMENT STATE WHETHER SUFFICIENT SPACE HAD BEEN PROVIDED FOR COOKED FOOD STALLS AS MORE INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS WERE MOVING TO THE NEW TOWNS.

+THE SCALE OF PRESENT PROVISION IS GOVERNED BY STANDARDS WHICH HAVE BEEN CAREFULLY WORKED OUT BY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED,* MR AKERS-JONES SAID.

SO FAR 220 COOKED FOOD STALLS HAD BEEN PROVIDED IN 10 COOKED FOOD CENTRES IN INDUSTRIAL PARTS OF THE NEW TOWNS, AND THERE WERE CURRENTLY 18 ITEMS IN THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF MORE COOKED FOOD CENTRES, IN KEEPING WITH THE PACE OF NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT.

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TOP LEVEL GROUP TO OVERSEE NEW ’CLEAN’ DRIVE ******

A HIGH LEVEL STEERING GROUP IS BEING ESTABLISHED UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE CHIEF SECRETARY TO OVERSEE A NEW TERRITORYWIDE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN TO BE LAUNCHED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND THE URBAN COUNCIL IN OCTOBER NEXT YEAR.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON DEREK JONES IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON CHARLES YEUNG IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MR JONES SAID THE GROUP AND PROMINENT MEMBERS OF THE

WOULD COMPRISE SENIOR OFFICIALS COMMUNITY.

+A POST OF CO-ORDINATOR OF THE CAMPAIGN HAS RECENTLY BEEN FILLED AND THE OVERALL STRATEGY AND AN OUTLINE OF PROGRAMMES AND ACTIVITIES IS NOW BEING DRAWN UP,+ HE SAID.

MR JONES SAID THAT WITHIN THE URBAN AREA, THE URBAN COUNCIL WOULD CONTINUE TO CARRY THE MAJOR RESPONSIBILITY THROUGH ITS ’KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE’, AND SEPARATE COMMITTEES WERE BEING SET UP TO CONDUCT THE CAMPAIGN IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

MR JONES ADDED THAT THE CHIEF SECRETARY WOULD MAKE A MORE DEFINITIVE STATEMENT ON THE FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS AFTER THE OUTLINE OF PROGRAMMES WAS DRAWN UP.

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'"INVESTIGATION INTO KWAI CHUNG EXPLOSION CONTINUES ******

THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE CAUSE OF THE EXPLOSION IN THE TRANSFORMER ROOM OF THE SOUTH INDUSTRIAL BUILDING AT KWAI CHUNG ON SEPTEMBER 18 HAS NOT YET BEEN COMPLETED, SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON LEWIS DAVIES TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON CHAN KAM-CHUEN, MR DAVIES SAID THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE POLICE HAVE COMPLETED THEIR PARTS OF THE INVESTIGATION BUT FURTHER TECHNICAL INPUT IS AWAITED FROM THE CHINA LIGHT AND POWER COMPANY BEFORE THE FULL REPORT CAN BE COMPILED.

♦INFORMATION FROM THE POWER COMPANY IS EXPECTED EARLY IN JANUARY,+ HE ADDED.

MR DAVIES SAID AS THE INCIDENT HAD RESULTED IN ONE DEATH AND 23 INJURIES, THE FULL REPORT, WHEN AVAILABLE, WOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE CORONER FOR EXAMINATION WITH A VIEW TO DECIDING WHETHER AN INQUEST SHOULD EE HELD.

THE RESULTS OF THE INVESTIGATION WOULD NOT BE MADE PUBLIC UNTIL THE TIME OF THE INQUEST, IF ONE IS TO BE HELD.

+ IF, ON THE OTHER HAND, THE CORONER DECIDES NOT TO HOLD AN INQUEST, DETAILS OF THE REPORT WILL BE RELEASED WHEN THAT DECISION IS REACHED AND A STATEMENT WILL THEN BE MAD£,+ SAID MR DAVIES.

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EXPIRY DATE OF LAW STUDENT ENROLMENT LEGISLATION EXTENDED X X X X X

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL HAS EXTENDED THE EXPIRY DATE OF SECTION 26AA OF THE LEGAL PRACTITIONERS ORDINANCE, WHICH RESTRICTS THE ENROLMENT OF NON-LAW GRADUATE STUDENTS, BY THREE MONTHS TO MARCH 31, 1981 TO GIVE MORE TIME TO UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS TO STUDY THE LEGAL PRACTITIONERS (AMENDMENT) BILL PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE ON NOVEMBER 28, 1980.

THIS IS NECESSARY BECAUSE IF THE SECTION EXPIRES BEFORE THE BILL IS ENACTED, THERE WILL BE NOTHING TO PREVENT NON-GRADUATES FROM ENROLLING AS STUDENTS AND CREATING THE VERY DIFFICULTIES WHICH THE AMENDMENT LEGISLATION WAS INTENDED TO PREVENT.

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SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION APPROVED X X X X

SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR COVERING A TOTAL AMOUNT OF $122 MILLION HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

SPEAKING IN THE COUNCIL TODAY, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE EXPLAINED THAT $106 MILLION OF THE SUM WAS REQUIRED FOR EXPENDITURE ON PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS AS A RESULT OF MORE RAPID PROGRESS ON A NUMBER OF EXISTING PROJECTS AS WELL AS THE UPGRADING OF NINE.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION HAD NOT RESULTED IN A NET INCREASE IN EXPENDITURE, SINCE OFFSETTING SAVINGS HAD BEEN FOUND ELSEWHERE.

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BILLS PASSED XXX

SIX BILLS PASSED THEIR COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THEY ARE THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS BILL 1980, THE SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION (1979-80) BILL 1980, THE BUILDINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980, THE TELEVISION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1980, THE PUBLIC OFFICERS (ASSIGNMENT OF EMOLUMENTS) BILL 1980 AND THE LEGAL PRACTITIONERS (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1980.

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THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR DENIS BRAY, TODAY GENTLY CHASTISED HONG KONG EXPORTERS FOR ♦DEPRIVING^ US OF OUR TOYS AND CLOTHES.

EVERYTHING FROM TOYS AND GARMENTS, HE LAMENTED, ♦WATCHES AND CLOCKS, WIRELESSES AND ELECTRONIC MAGIC — ANYTHING THAT IS REALLY INTERESTING IS PACKED UP IN CARTONS, LOADED INTO CONTAINERS AND SWUNG ON SHIPS BEFORE ANY ONE HAS A CHANCE TO ENJOY IT.

♦INDEED IF IT WERE NOT FOR THOSE DREADED QUOTAS YOU WOULD PROBABLY HAVE THE SHIRTS OFF ALL OUR BACKS,♦ HE COMPLAINED AT A CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON GIVEN BY THE HONG KONG EXPORTERS ASSOCIATION AT WHICH HE WAS GUEST OF HONOUR.

BUT IT WAS WITH MORE THAN A TINGE OF PRIDE AND SATISFACTION THAT MR BRAY WAGGED AN ACCUSING FINGER AT HIS HOSTS.

♦AS THE LAST 1980 QUOTA LADEN SHIP SLIPS FROM KWAI CHUNG ON DECEMBER 31 ABOUT ONE MINUTE BEFORE MRS SREMRIDGE FIRES THE JARDINE’S MIDNIGHT GUN AT EAST POINT,♦ HE SAID, ♦! HOPE YOU WILL ALL ENJOY THE CHAMPAGNE YOU SO RICHLY DESERVE AND RESOLVE THAT IN 1981 YOU WILL BE ABLE AGAIN TO CONFOUND GLOOMY CRITICS, SELL EVERYTHING HONG KONG CAN MAKE AND BRING US ALL PROSPERITY IN THE NEW YEAR.*

MR BRAY SAID THE YEAR HAD NOT BEEN AN EASY ONE BUT LOCAL EXPORTERS AND THEIR SUPPLIERS HAD STAGGERED EVERYONE BY THE WAY THEY HAD KEPT THOSE BOXES GOING OUT AT A TIME WHEN OUR RICH CUSTOMERS WERE BEWAILING THEIR DEPRESSION.

♦SO SUCCESSFUL HAVE YOU BEEN THAT WHEN I WAS WORKING IN LONDON I REALLY HAD QUITE A JOB HIDING YOUR LIGHT UNDER A BAMBOO UMBRELLA WHILE EXTOLLING THE VALUE OF HONG KONG AS A MARKET FOR BRITAIN.

♦THEY WERE ALWAYS GRUMBLING ABOUT IMPORTS FROM HONG KONG SO I THOUGHT THE ONLY DEFENCE WAS TO ATTACK,♦ HE SAID.

MR BRAY POINTED OUT THAT HONG KONG BUYS MORE FROM BRITAIN THAN ANY COUNTRY IN ASIA EXCEPT JAPAN, AND BRITISH EXPORTS TO HONG KONG ARE TWO-THIRDS OF THOSE OF JAPAN.

HONG KONG’S APPETITE FOR TEXTILES — THE MATERIAL NOT GARMENTS — WAS SO COLOSSAL THAT OUR IMPORTS OF TEXTILES ARE 90 PER CENT THE VALUE OF THOSE OF THE UNITED STATES. IN ADDITION, HONG KONG IS ALSO THE SECOND LARGEST NET IMPORTER OF TEXTILES IN THE WORLD AFTER RUSSIA.

MR BRAY RECALLED THAT PROTECTIONISM IN BRITAIN GOT TO SUCH A STATE THAT SOME TEXTILE MP’S MADE A FRIGHTFUL FUSS WHEN THEY FOUND OUT THAT THE BARMEN IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS WERE SUPPLIED WITH SHIRTS MADE IN HONG KONG.

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♦THERE WAS NO TRACE OF PRIDE IN THIS IMPERIAL TRIBUTE TO THE MOTHER OF PARLIAMENTS,* HE OBSERVED, ADDING THAT THE BARMEN -OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS WERE A HARD WORKING LOT AND DESERVED THE BEST.

♦I HAD TO EXPLAIN WITH SORROW THAT IF THE BARMEN GOT THREE DOZEN SHIRTS BETWEEN THEM THIS MEANT THAT SOME OTHER GOOD CITIZENS HAD TO BE DEPRIVED OF THREE DOZEN SHIRTS FOR SHIRTS ARE UNDER QUOTA. NO WAY COULD WE SHIP EXTRA SHIRTS, NOT EVEN FOR BARMEN IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS.*

MR BRAY SAID HE DID NOT THINK IT NECESSARY TO ADD THAT HONG KONG’S QUOTA WAS 21 MILLION SHIRTS — WHICH IS JUST ABOUT ENOUGH TO ENABLE EVERY MAN AND BOY IN ENGLAND TO BUY JUST ONE HONG KONG SHIRT A YEAR EACH.

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THE COLLECTION OF BOOKS AT THE PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WAS TODAY BOOSTED BY 180 VOLUMES ON CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN PERFORMING ARTS.

THE VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION WAS MADE TO THE KWAI CHUNG PUBLIC LIBRARY BY THE UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION AGENCY, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

ACCEPTING THE BOOKS AT A BRIEF CEREMONY AT THE LIBRARY, THE DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES, MR BRIAN WILSON, SAID THE PUBLIC LIBRARY SERVICES WERE MOST PLEASED TO HAVE THE AGENCY WITH THEM TODAY IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

+THE BOOKS WHICH COVER CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN DANCE, DRAMA, MUSIC, FILM AND TELEVISION WOULD BE INCORPORATED INTO THE BOOK STOCK OF THE KWAI CHUNG PUBLIC LIBRARY.

+THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO ALL RESIDENTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES THROUGH THE INTER-LIBRARY LOAN NETWORK.

+THE COLLECTION WILL ALSO LEND SUPPORT TO THE THIRD TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL, WHICH IS NOW BEING PLANNED,* HE SAID.

PRAISING THE AGENCY WHICH IS WELL-KNOWN AS A PIONEER IN THE PROMOTION OF LIBRARY SERVICES AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN HONG KONG, MR WILSON SAIDi *WE LOOK FORWARD TO CLOSE COOPERATION IN THE YEARS AHEAD.*

AT THE CEREMONY, MR WILSON ACCEPTED THE BOOKS FROM MR THOMAS SHOESMITH, THE US CONSUL-GENERAL IN HONG KONG.

HE PAID TRIBUTE TO MR SHOESMITH AND THROUGH HIM TO THE 44 AMERICAN PUBLISHERS FOR THEIR GIFT.

+WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL FOR THEIR GENEROSITY AND WE PARTICULARLY APPRECIATE THIS EVIDENCE OF THEIR INTEREST IN THE CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW TERRITORIES,* MR WILSON SAID.

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MORE LAND FOR TAI PO NEW TOWN

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS TO PRODUCE ANOTHER

22 HECTARES OF LAND FOR DEVELOPMENT IN THE RAPIDLY GROWING TAI PO NEW TOWN.

A $55 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE WORK, INCLUDING SITE FORMATION, ROADS AND DRAINAGE, WAS AWARDED TODAY BY THE TAI PO AND FANLING NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE PWD’S NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

IT WAS SIGNED BY MR GEORGE CHIEN, CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE OFFICE AND REPRESENTATIVES OF GAMMON (HONG KONG) LTD. THIS AFTERNOON.

MR CHIEN SAID THE CONTRACT COMPRISED THE FORMATION OF ABOUT 6.2 HECTARES OF LAND NEAR WAN TAU TONG AND THE RECLAMATION OF ABOUT 16 HECTARES OF LAND NEAR YUE KOK.

HE SAID, +THE LAND FORMED NEAR WAN TAU TONG WILL BE USED FOR CONSTRUCTING ROAD NETWORKS, AND SITES FOR LIGHT INDUSTRIAL AND GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTE AND COMMUNITY PURPOSES.

♦THE RECLAIMED LAND NEAR YUE KOK WILL BE FOR PUBLIC HOUSING AND A HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME, PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL AND ALSO GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTE AND COMMUNITY USES.+

MR CHIEN SAID ENGINEERING WORK WOULD INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION CF 450 METRES OF A NEW RIVER CHANNEL AND THE BUILDING OF PART OF A HIGHWAY NETWORK ON NEWLY FORMED LAND NEAR WAN TAU TONG. THIS WOULD INCLUDE A DUAL TWO-LANE CARRIAGEWAY AND A TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE, ALL ASSOCIATED ROADWORKS, CYCLE TRACKS, FOOTPATHS. DRAINAGE AND SEWAGE WORKS.

WORK ON THE CONTRACT WILL START LATER THIS WEEK AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 26 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE PROJECT WAS DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY MAUNSELL CONSULTANTS ASIA FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT OF THE PWD.

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AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS ft ft ft ft ft

ANOTHER AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR REGISTRATION NUMBERS WILL TAKE

PLACE ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER HALL. 20) AT 10 AM IN THE CITY HALL LECTURE

A ARE t TOTAL OF 35 NUMBERS W ILL BE AVAILABLE FOR BIDDING. THEY

CK 663 CG 3500 CH 1668 CH 9980 CH 311

AW 1132 CH 1291 CH 2888 CH 1698 CH 1136

CC 28 CH 51 CJ 161 CF 828 CK 1

CH 500 CF 31 CJ 13 CJ 500 CJ 200

CH 17 CC 6666 CC 828 CK 6 CK 1234

CG 7776 CH 168 CH 1947 CG 8138 CH 1798

XX 2140 CH 3288 CG 7899 CG 6088 AJ 619

IMMEDIATELY

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS MUST PAY IN CASH OR BY CHEQUE AFTERWARDS.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN REMINDED THEM THAT THE NUMBERS WOULD BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO VEHICLES REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THE AUCTION.

PROCEEDS WILL AS USUAL GO TO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND.

THE COMING AUCTION WILL BE THE 59TH ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973.

ARRANGEMENTS FOR TRAFFIC TO TENNIS COURT ft ft ft ft

ocou™AFF ,C 0N W0NG NAI CHUNG GAP ROAD WILL NOT BE

FROM 10 AM ON FRIDA ^(DECEMBER ^9)?^ NA’ CHUNG GAP TENN,S C0URT

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, DECaSER 18, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

DIGEST OF STATISTICS FOR SEPTEMBER PUBLISHED .................. 1

OLD TSUEN JAN SCHOOLS RE-ESTABLISHED IN SHEK WAI KOK ESTATE .... 3

DEVELOPMENT IN TECHNICAL EDUCATION UNRIVALLED .................. 4

COCKEREL GOLD COINS OVERSUBSCRIBED ............................. 4

HK SENDS YOUNG SWIMMERS TO INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION ........... 5

ANTI-DRUG FUN DAY............................................... 6

ROaD IMPROVEMENTS AT YUEN CHAU TSAI ............................ 7

CONTRACTS LET FOR RECREATION PROJECTS .......................... 7

NT SCHOOLS SPORTS ASSOCIATION PRAISED .......................... 8

ADDITIONAL TRAIN FOR CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS............ 9

DIRECT MAILING OF TICD CERTIFICATION BRANCH CIRCULARS........... 9

BOOST TO PRINTING TRAINING SCHOLARSHIP ........................ 10

PHOTOGRAPH OF EDUCATION DIRECTOR............................... 10

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1980

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DIGEST OF STATISTICS FOR SEPTEMBER PUBLISHED * * * *

THE SEPTEMBER 1980 ISSUE OF THE HONG KONG MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE IN THE GPO BUILDING AT $14 A COPY.

THE ISSUE CONTAINS A REVIEW ARTICLE ANALYSING SOME SELECTED STRUCTURAL AND OPERATING RATIOS FOR HONG KONG’S WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS.

SPECIAL REFERENCE IS MADE TO THOSE ESTABLISHMENTS ENGAGING 20 OR MORE PERSONS WHICH WERE IN OPERATION DURING THE ENUMERATION PERIOD OF THE 1977 CENSUS OF WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS.

THE ANALYSIS COMPARES THE DISTRIBUTIVE TRADES (WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES) AS A WHOLE WITH MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS OF SIMILAR EMPLOYMENT SIZE OPERATING IN 1978.

IN 1977, TOTAL SALES OF ESTABLISHMENTS ENGAGING 20 OR MORE PERSONS IN DISTRIBUTIVE TRADES AMOUNTED TO $47 884 MILLION WHEREAS TOTAL GROSS MANUFACTURING OUTPUT BY ESTABLISHMENTS OF SIMILAR SIZE IN 1978 WAS $55 013 MILLION.

THE CONTRIBUTION TO THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT OF DISTRIBUTIVE TRADES WAS ABOUT ONE THIRD OF THAT OF THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR. OF $4 213 MILLION CONTRIBUTED TO THE GDP, IMPORT/EXPORT TRADE ACCOUNTED FOR THE LARGEST PROPORTION (68.6%).

THE NATIONAL ACCOUNTS VALUE ADDED CONTENT IN SALES FOR VARIOUS GROUPS OF TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS RANGED FROM 3.1 PER CENT TO 55.2 PER CENT, WITH AN OVERALL AVERAGE OF 8.8 PER CENT FOR DISTRIBUTIVE TRADES, A RELATIVELY LOW FIGURE WHEN COMPARED WITH 28.3 PER CENT OBSERVED IN ALL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES.

OF EVERY DOLLAR OF SALES IN DISTRIBUTIVE TRADES, ONLY 5.6 CENTS WENT TO PRIMARY FACTORS OF PRODUCTION, THAT IS, LABOUR COST, RENTAL AND INTEREST PAYMENTS AND DEPRECIATION OF FIXED ASSETS-COST OF GOODS SOLD HOWEVER CONSTITUTED THE LARGEST INPUT CONTENT AMOUNTING TO 86.1 CENTS.

IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, 59.8 CENTS WERE SPEND ON CONSUMPTION OF MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES, AND 22.7 CENTS ON LABOUR, RENTAL AND DEPRECIATION OF FIXED ASSETS FOR EACH DOLLAR’S WORTH OF OUTPUT.

RESTAURANTS ENGAGING 20 OR MORE PERSONS EMPLOYED OVER 80 000

PERSONS IN 1977, MORE THAN THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED IN SIMILAR SIZE ESTABLISHMENTS IN ALL DISTRIBUTIVE TRADES.

LABOUR CONTENT FOR RESTAURANTS OUTPUT AT 25.4 PER CENT WAS THE HIGHEST AMONG WHOLESALE, RETAIL, IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS. ON THE OTHER HAND, HOTELS/BOARDI NG HOUSES HAD RELATIVELY HIGH INPUT CONTENTS OF RENTAL AND INTEREST PAYMENTS, AND DEPRECIATION OF FIXED ASSETS AT 9.3 PER CENT AND 4.6 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

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OUTPUT PER PERSON ENGAGED IN TERMS OF SALES IN DISTRIBUTIVE TRADES WAS $656 OOO, BEING SEVENFOLD MORE THAN THAT OBSERVED IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR. THIS MAY BE ATTRIBUTED TO THE HIGH INPUT CONTENT OF COST OF GOODS SOLD.

IMPORT/EXPORT BUSINESS YIELDED THE HIGHEST PER CAPITA OUPUT AT $957 000. RESTAURANTS AS WELL AS HOTELS/BOARDI NG HOUSES RECORDED LOW OUTPUT YIELDS AT $52 000 AND $70 000 RESPECTIVELY.

AN AVERAGE EMPLOYEE IN DISTRIBUTIVE TRADES EARNED AROUND $1 900 PER MONTH, INCLUSIVE OF ALL FORMS OF FRINGE BENEFITS WHILE MANUFACTURING WORKERS EARNED A SLIGHTLY LOWER RATE OF $1 300. THOSE EMPLOYED IN THE IMPORT/EXPORT OF CAPITAL GOODS RECEIVED THE HIGHEST REMUNERATION. IMPORT/EXPORT TRADE PAID ABOVE AVERAGE REMUNERATION TO EMPLOYEES.

PAYMENTS IN KIND AND WELFARE SERVICES ACCOUNTED FOR 12.1 PER CENT OF TOTAL LABOUR COST IN DISTRIBUTIVE TRADES, COMPARED WITH 3.8 PER CENT IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR. A RELATIVELY HIGH PERCENTAGE (14.4%) WAS FOUND IN HOTELS/BOARDI NG HOUSES.

EACH PERSON ENGAGED IN THE DISTRIBUTIVE TRADE SECTOR CONTRIBUTED AN AVERAGE OF $58 000 TO THE GDP, COMPARED WITH $25 000 FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR. IMPORT/EXPORT TRADE HAD THE HIGHEST NATIONAL ACCOUNTS VALUE ADDED PER PERSON AT $78 000, FOLLOWED BY HOTELS/ BOARDING HOUSES AT $39 000.

IN DISTRIBUTIVE TRADES, THE RATIO OF SALES TO CAPITAL STOCK IN 1977 WAS 21. LABOUR COST, OPERATING COSTS, AND RENTAL AND INTEREST PAYMENTS AS A PROPORTION OF CAPITAL STOCK IN DISTRIBUTIVE TRADES WERE 74.8 PER CENT, 118.9 PER CENT AND 34.7 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, WHEREAS NET OPERATING SURPLUS WAS 90.0 PER CENT OF CAPITAL STOCK.

IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, THE LABOUR COST PERCENTAGE WAS AS HIGH AS 111.6 PER CENT, WHEREAS THE PERCENTAGE FOR RENTAL PAYMENTS WAS REMARKABLY LOW AT 11.9 PER CENT, WITH NET OPERATING SURPLUS AT 32.6 PER CENT.

PURCHASES OF GOODS FOR SALE PER PERSON ENGAGED IN DISTRIBUTIVE TRADES AMOUNTED TO $577 000. THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR HOWEVER SPENT $54 000 PER PERSON ON PURCHASES OF MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES.

MEASURED IN TERMS OF THE RATIOS OF PURCHASES OF GOODS TO LABOUR COST, OPERATING COSTS AND RENTAL AND INTEREST PAYMENTS, WHOLESALE RANKED FIRST AMONG ALL DISTRIBUTIVE TRADES, FOLLOWED BY IMPORT/EXPORT TRADE.

PURCHASES OF GOODS WERE 8.4 TIMES THE VALUE OF AVERAGE STOCKS CF GOODS AND 18.4 TIMES CAPITAL STOCK, COMPARED WITH 4.6 AND 3.7 TIMES RESPECTIVELY IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR.

RELATIVELY LOW RATIOS OF PURCHASES OF GOODS TO CAPITAL STOCK WERE FOUND IN RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS/BOARDI NG HOUSES, WHICH RANGED FROM 0.1 IN HOTELS TO 2.9 IN CHINESE RESTAURANTS.

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OLD TSUEN WAN SCHOOLS RE-ESTABLISHED IN SHEK WAI KOK ESTATE

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TWO SCHOOLS IN TSUEN WAN, WHICH WERE DEMOLISHED LAST YEAR TO MAKE WAY FOR THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY EXTENSION, WERE RE-OPENED TODAY BY THE TOWN MANAGER TSUEN WAN, DR JAMES HAYES.

THE SCHOOLS, TSUEN WAN PUBLIC SCHOOL AND HO CHUEN YIU MEMORIAL COLLEGE, WERE PREVIOUSLY LOCATED AT THE BOTTOM OF ROUTE TWISK. THEY HAVE BEEN RE-ESTABLISHED IN THE NEWLY COMPLETED SHEK WAI KOK ESTATE.

DR HAYES SAID THE TWO SCHOOLS HAD A PARTICULAR PLACE IN THE HISTORY OF EDUCATION IN TSUEN WAN DISTRICT.

TSUEN WAN PUBLIC SCHOOL WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1923, AMALGAMATING THREE PRIVATE SCHOOLS - NAM YUEN SHUE SHE OF SAM TUNG UK, TSUI PING SHUE SHE OF LO WAI, AND KAM CHUEN SHUE SUK OF HOI PA.

IN 1940, IT BECAME A SUBSIDISED SCHOOL.

EVEN DURING THE JAPANESE OCCUPATION FROM 1941 TO 1945, IT HAD GONE ON OPERATING.

AFTER THE WAR, EVERY EFFORT HAD BEEN MADE TO RAISE FUNDS TO HELP MEET THE COST OF BUILDING A NEW AND LARGER SCHOOL, WHICH WAS EVENTUALLY OPENED IN 1959.

IN DUE COURSE, PROVISION FOR SECONDARY CLASSES WAS ADDED TO THE PRIMARY INSTITUTION, AND NAMED AFTER MR HO CHUEN YIU, ONE OF THE BEST KNOWN OF THE FORMER GENERATION OF NEW TERRITORIES’ LEADERS.

DR HAYES SAID: +FOR 20 YEARS THE NEW SCHOOL SERVED THE CHILDREN OF TSUEN WAN VILLAGES UNTIL, IN 1979, THE BUILDING HAD TO BE DEMOLISHED FOR THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY EXTENSION.

♦IT WAS REPLACED BY THESE FINE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL BUILDINGS IN THE NEW SHEK WAI KOK ESTATE, LEASED FROM THE HOUSING AUTHORITY, AND FITTED OUT WITH A SPECIAL GOVERNMENT GRANT.

♦TODAY'S CEREMONY MARKS A NEW AND IMPORTANT PHASE IN THE EDUCATION OF TSUEN WAN’S OLDER POPULATION, AND IS AN APPROPRIATE POINT FOR TAKING STOCK OF PAST ACHIEVEMENTS,+ HE SAID.

AMONG ITS FORMER PUPILS ARE MANY ABLE PERSONS WHO HAVE LONG PLAYED A LEADING PART IN COMMUNITY WORK FOR THE NEW TOWN POPULATION.

THEY HAVE A GOOD UNDERSTANDING OF THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY AND THE WAYS IN WHICH THEY COULD BE MET, AND THEY ARE ABLE TO INFLUENCE FELLOW CITIZENS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ALIKE THROUGH THEIR DEEP KNOWLEDGE, THEIR KEEN INTEREST IN PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND GENERAL ABILITY.

♦I CONSIDER THAT IT IS NO ACCIDENT THAT THEY HAVE DONE SO WELL, SINCE SOUND TEACHING AND THE TRADITIONAL MORAL PRECEPTS INCULCATED IN THEIR HOMES HAVE COMBINED TO PRODUCE A TYPE OF PERSON MUCH NEEDED IN THE NEW TOWN TODAY,+ DR HAYES SAID.

AT PRESENT, TSUEN WAN PUBLIC SCHOOL HAS 16 CLASSES AND 643 STUDENTS- HO CHUEN YIU MEMORIAL COLLEGE HAS 26 CLASSES AND 1 233 STUDENTS.

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DEVELOPMENT IN TECHNICAL EDUCATION UNRIVALLED ******

THE RATE OF GROWTH IN TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN HONG KONG DURING THE PAST DECADE IS PROBABLY UNMATCHED BY ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, MR J.R. DEVEREUX, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (TECHNICAL) SAID TODAY.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION AT WHICH 240 STUDENTS FROM VARIOUS INSTITUTIONS RECEIVED AWARDS.

AT THE BEGINNING OF THE 1973’S, THE TECHNICAL COLLEGE TOGETHER WITH ONE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE OFFERED ABOUT 3 000 FULL-TIME EQUIVALENT PLACES IN DAY COURSES.

+TODAY WE HAVE THE POLYTECHNIC AND FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES OFFERING BETWEEN THEM OVER 16 000 EQUIVALENT DAY PLACES AND A VERY LARGE NUMBER OF EVENING PLACES,+ MR DEVEREUX SAID.

HE NOTED THAT WHEN THE TECHNICAL COLLEGE MOVED TO ITS HUNG HOM SITE IN 1957, THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION DONATED 51 MILLION TOWARDS THE COST OF THE PROJECT.

+THE STRONG PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR HAS CONTINUED TO BE A NOTABLE CHARACTERISTIC OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN HONG KONG,* HE SAID.

IN ADDITION, HE SAID, THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION WAS INVOLVED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS WHOSE SUCCESS COULD BE SEEN FROM THE LARGE NUMBER OF APPLICANTS AND THE ENTHUSIASTIC RESPONSE OF INDUSTRY FOR THEIR GRADUATES.

COCKEREL GOLD COINS OVERSUBSCRIBED * * * *

MORE THAN 105 000 APPLICATIONS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED AV

YEAR OF THE COCKEREL GOLD COING, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

OF THIS TOTAL, 48 000 APPLICATIONS WERE FOR THE PROOF COIN

WHILE THE REMAINING 57 000 FOR THE BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED VERSION.

HOWEVER, ONLY 14 000 PROOF COINS AND 18 000 UNCIRCULATED COINS ARE BEING OFFERED TO HONG KONG RESIDENTS. EACH COIN HAS A FACE VALUE OF 51.000. THE BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED VERSION IS SOLD AT 52 200 WHILE THE PROOF COIN IS SOLD AT $3 300.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS FOR THE COCKEREL GOLD COINS WAS LOWER THAN THAT FOR THE MONKEY GOLD COINS LAST YEAR. THIS WAS PROBABLY DUE TO THE STRICTER APPLICATION PROCEDURES WHICH WERE DESIGNED TO ASSIST GENUINE COLLECTORS TO OBTAIN A COIN AND TO DISCOURAGE SPECULATORS.

HE ADDED: +FURTHERMORE, IT HAS BEEN MADE CLEAR IN PRESS ADVERTISEMENTS, NEWSPAPER REPORTS AND IN THE APPLICATION FORMS, THAT IN THE EVENT OF OVERSUBSCRIPTION FOR EITHER OR BOTH VERSIONS, ONLY ONE APPLICATION FORM FROM EACH IDENTITY CARD HOLDER FOR EACH VERSION OF THE COIN WOULD PARTICIPATE IN THE BALLOT. /+TEIS ...

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♦THIS, TOGETHER WITH THE CHANGES IN PROCEDURES, HAS AS EXPECTED SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCED THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS.*

ANOTHER REASON FOR THE VERY HEAVY DEMAND FOR THE MONKEY GOLD COINS WAS DUE TO AN INCREASE OF OVER 30 PER CENT IN THE PRICE OF GOLD WHEN APPLICATIONS OPENED.

+THIS RESULTED IN A LARGE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS FROM PEOPLE WHO WERE MORE INTERESTED IN THE GOLD VALUE RATHER THAN THE NUMISMATIC VALUE OF THE COIN,* THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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SWIMMERS TO INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

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A GROUP COMPRISING HONG KONG’S MOST PROMISING YOUNG SWIMMERS IS LEAVING ON CHRISTMAS DAY FOR HAWAII TO TAKE PART IN A FOUR-DAY SWIMMING COMPETITION FROM DECEMBER 27 TO 30.

THE YOUNGSTERS, WITHIN THE AGE GROUP 9 TO 12, WILL TAKE PART IN THE 10TH ANNUAL AULEA INVITATIONAL SWIM MEET AT KIALUA NEAR HONOLULU.

THEY WILL COMPETE WITH SWIMMERS FROM JAPAN, GUAM AND TOP HAWAIIAN SWIMMERS AND NATIONAL AGE GROUP RECORD HOLDERS FROM THE UNITED STATES.

THE HONG KONG DELEGATION OF 17 SWIMMERS, LED BY THREE OFFICIALS, IS FUNDED BY A GRANT OF $50 000 FROM THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT, THE HONG KONG AMATEUR SWIMMING ASSOCIATION (HKASA) AND A DONATION FROM GRINDLAY’S DAO HENG BANK, WITH SUPPORT FROM OTHER WELL-WISHERS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COUNCIL SAID THE COUNCIL WAS PARTICULARLY KEEN ON ENCOURAGING PARTICIPATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN POPULAR SPORTS. IT EXPECTED TO FUND MORE SUCH TEAMS IN 1981 ON OVERSEAS COMPETITIONS TO BROADEN THE EXPERIENCE OF OUR UP AND COMING SPORTSMEN AND WOMEN.

THE AGE GROUP COMMITTEE OF THE HKASA HAS CO-ORDINATED THE EFFORT TO SEND THIS FIRST-EVER AGE GROUP TEAM OVERSEAS AS PART OF A DEVELOPMENT SCHEME TO ENCOURAGE MORE HONG KONG YOUNGSTERS TO JOIN THE ALL-YEAR PROGRAMME OF COMPETITIVE SWIMMING NOW OFFERED LOCALLY.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE AGE GROUP COMMITTEE, MR BRIAN COAK, SAID THE PRESIDENT OF THE HKASA, MR A. DE 0. SALES WAS VERY ENTHUSIASTIC AND HAD GIVEN GREAT ENCOURAGEMENT FOR THIS DEVELOPMENT SCHEME WHICH AIMED AT PARTICIPATION BUT AT THE SAME TIME GROOMED TALENTED YOUNGER SWIMMERS FOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS.

+IT IS NECESSARY,* SAID MR COAK, +T0 LOOK MORE LONG TERM. THE YOUNGER ELEMENT REQUIRES GRADUAL EXPOSURE AND BETTER COMPETITION IN ORDER TO GAIN EXPERIENCE TO BE COMPETITIVE AT THE INTERNATIONAL LEVEL. CONSEQUENTLY, THE ASSOCIATION IS MAKING A POSITIVE START BY SENDING THIS TEAM TO THE AULEA MEET.*

THE HONG KONG TEAM WILL BE LED BY TEAM MANAGER, MR BRIAN COAK, WITH MR TANG NAI CHU AS ASSISTANT TEAM MANAGER AND MRS PAT WONG AS CHAPERONE. _____0________

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ANTI-DRUG FUN DAY * * * *

HUNDREDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE AND CHILDREN WILL BE ENTERTAINED AT A +WATER CARNIVAL+ IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND A +GAMES DAY+ IN MONG KOK THIS SATURDAY (DECEMBER 20).

THE FUNCTIONS ARE HELD IN SUPPORT OF THE ANTl-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGNS IN THE TWO DISTRICTS.

THE WATER CARNIVAL, TO BE HELD AT THE FANLING PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL, IS PART OF THE CURRENT NORTH DISTRICT CRIME PREVENTION AND ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN.

IT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS, THE NORTH DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE, NORTH.

THE EVENT IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND TO BE HELD AT A HEATED SWIMMING POOL. IT IS AIMED AT ENCOURAGING YOUNG PEOPLE TO SPEND THEIR LEISURE TIME AND ENERGY IN HEALTHY ACTIVITIES TO REDUCE THE RISK OF THEIR EXPERIMENTING WITH DRUGS.

THERE WILL BE A BAND DISPLAY, A SWIMMING RELAY COMPETITION, CANOE POLO DEMONSTRATION, GAMES AND A +SPLASH-IN+ SESSION FOR ALL.

THE CARNIVAL WILL BEGIN AT 1.30 PM FOLLOWING A RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY. OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE MR PETER LEE, COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, CHAIRMAN OF THE NORTH DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MR P.E. JOHNSON, DISTRICT OFFICER, NORTH, TOGETHER WITH RURAL COMMITTEE LEADERS AND GUESTS.

IN MONG KOK, THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE HAS ORGANISED A CHILDREN’S GAMES DAY TO BE HELD AT 1.30 PM AT MACPHERSON PLAYGROUND IN SUPPORT OF THE DISTRICT’S ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN.

THE FUNCTION WILL NOT ONLY BE ENTERTAINING BUT ALSO EDUCATIONAL. GAME STALLS WILL BE DECORATED WITH ANTI-NARCOTICS POSTERS AND DRAWINGS AND GAMES WILL BE SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO CONVEY ANTINARCOTICS MESSAGES.

A VARIETY SHOW FEATURING DANCING, SINGING AS WELL AS A MAGIC SHOW WILL ALSO BE PERFORMED.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE MR C.M. LEUNG, ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, AND MRS STELLA HUNG, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (MONG KOK) TOGETHER WITH COMMUNITY LEADERS.

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ROAD IMPROVEMENTS AT YUEN CHAU TSAI

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WORK WILL START NEXT WEEK ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF ROADS AND BRIDGES AT YUEN CHAU TSAI, FORMING PART OF AN INTERCHANGE FOR THE FUTURE COASTAL TRUNK ROAD BETWEEN SHA TIN AND TAI PO NE* TOWNS.

A $47 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION WORK, NEAR THE LEVEL CROSSING BETWEEN TAI PO ROAD AND KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY, WAS LET TODAY TO LEIGHTON CONTRACTORS PTY LTD.

THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED THIS AFTERNOON BY MR GEORGE CHIEN, CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE TAI PO AND FANLING NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE COMPANY.

MR CHIEN SAID WORK ON THE MAIN CONTRACT OF THE COASTAL TRUNK ROAD WAS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN APRIL NEXT YEAR.

+WHEN WORK ON THE PRESENT CONTRACT IS COMPLETED, IT WILL PROVIDE A GRADE-SEPARATED CROSSING BETWEEN TAI PO ROAD AND THE RAILWAY.

♦ELIMINATION OF THE EXISTING LEVEL CROSSING IS ESSENTIAL FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ELECTRIFICATION AND MODERNISATION PROGRAMME OF THE KCR BY 1982,+ HE EXPLAINED.

MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, MR CHIEN SAID, IT WILL RELIEVE THE TRAFFIC CONGESTION EXPERIENCED DURING PEAK HOURS ON THIS SECTION OF TAI PO ROAD.

THE CONSTRUCTION WORK WILL TAKE ABOUT 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE PROJECT HAS BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY PETER FRAENKEL AND PARTNERS (ASIA), CONSULTING ENGINEERS FOR THE PWD NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

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CONTRACTS LET FOR RECREATION PROJECTS

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THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TODAY LET TWO BUILDING CONTRACTS TOTALLING SOME $49 MILLION FOR RECREATION PROJECTS IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE FIRST CONTRACT, WORTH ABOUT $39 MILLION, IS FOR A RECREATION GROUND ON A 5.5-HECTARE SITE IN KO SHAN ROAD, TO KWA WAN.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE RECREATION GROUND WOULD FEATURE A 3 090-SEAT OPEN AIR THEATRE, A MINI-SOCCcR PITCH, FOUR TENNIS COURTS, A CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND AND A LANDSCAPED REST GARDEN WITH FOUNTAINS.

+THE THEATRE WILL BE EQUIPPED WITH THE LATEST LIGHTING AND SOUND SYSTEM AND WILL BE USED FOR STAGE PLAYS, OPERAS AND CONCERTS.

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+0F THE 3 000 SEATS, MINI-SOCCER PITCH WILL BE

1 000 WILL BE UNDER COVER WHILE THE FLOODLIT AND SEAT 800 PEOPLE,* HE SAID.

JeNNIS COURTS, HE ADDED, WILL HAVE FLOODLIGHTING ROOMS. THERE WILL ALSO BE TOILETS AND

KtrKtonntNT KIOSKS.

THE WHOLE PROJECT WILL TAKE ABOUT 24 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE SECOND CONTRACT, VALUED AT ABOUT CONSTRUCTION OF TWO SQUASH COURTS AT FANL

S95O 000, IS FOR THE ING RECREATION GROUND.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE COURTS WOULD BE THE FIRST ONES TO K BULT TO IMPROVED STANDARD, WITH AIR-CONDITIONING AND MAPLE FLOOR I NG.

FAP APAHlHAAAr^MnRE ,S THAT 0NE 0F THE C0URTS W,LL BE GLASS-BACKED rUK bnuUr LOACH ING.

chahp^onsh"AI??chI‘ND “ILL BE PUT UP To MAKE THEM ava,lable fob

WORK ON THIS PROJECT WILL TAKE ABOUT NINE MONTHS.

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NT SCHOOLS SPORTS ASSOCIATION PRAISED

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THE NEW TERRITORIES SCHOOLS SPORTS ASSOCIATION HAS BEEN COMMENDED BY THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR AUGUSTINE CHUI KAM, FOR ITS INVALUABLE SERVICES TO LOCAL STUDENTS.

MR CHUI WAS SPEAKING TODAY AT THE PRIZE-PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF THE 21ST INTER-DISTRICT PRIMARY SCHOOLS ATHLETICS MEETING ORGANISED BY THE ASSOCIATION AT MONG KOK STADIUM.

HE SAID A SPORTS MEETING WAS A MEANINGFUL MASS ACTIVITY, AMALGAMATING TEAM WORK, CIVIL TRAINING AND SPORTSMANSHIP.

CLOSE CO-OPERATION IS CALLED FOR RIGHT THROUGH THE PREPARATORY STAGE TO THE ACTUAL DAY, BOTH AMONG ORGANISERS AND COMPETITORS.

+DURING THE COURSE OF RACES, WE COMPETE WITH EACH OTHER FAIRLY, FOLLOWING THE REGULATIONS- AND EQUAL EMPHASIS IS PLACED ON ’PARTICIPATING’ AND ’WINNING’. THIS SPIRIT PLAYS A PART IN CITIZENSHIP UPBRINGING,* HE ADDED.

+ THE ANNUAL SPORTS MEETING IS A WISE MOVE. I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS MY SPECIAL GRATITUDE TO THE ASSOCIATION FOR THE INVALUABLE SERVICES WHICH BENEFIT NEW TERRITORIES STUDENTS,* MR CHUI SAID.

■’> THE NEW TERRITORIES SPORTS ASSOCIATION WAS FORMED 28 YEARS AGO TO PROMOTE SPORTS AND CULTIVATE FRIENDSHIP AMONG SCHOOLS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES. IT NOW HAS 14 DISTRICT BRANCHES AND CVER 450 MEMBER SCHOOLS.

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--------------------------0-------- ADDITIONAL TRAINS FOR CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS * * * *

THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY WILL OPERATE ADDITIONAL TRAINS BETWEEN THIS SATURDAY (DECEMBER 20) AND JANUARY 4.

SINCE VERY HEAVY TRAFFIC BETWEEN KOWLOON AND LO WU IS EXPECTED DURING THIS FESTIVE PERIOD, NO SPECIAL RACE TRAINS WILL BE OPERATED TO SHA TIN RACECOURSE ON DECEMBER 28.

FOR THE SAME REASON, ADVANCE SEAT BOOKINGS BETWEEN DECEMBER 22 AND 24 WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE.

A KCR SPOKESMAN APPEALED TO CHINA-BOUND PASSENGERS TO BUY RETURN ORDINARY CLASS TICKETS -- VALID FOR TWO WEEKS FROM THE DATE OF ISSUE — TO ENABLE THEM TO BOARD TRAINS FOR KOWLOON WITHOUT HAVING TO QUEUE UP FOR TICKETS AT LO WU.

TIMETABLES ARE DISPLAYED AT ALL STATIONS FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF PASSENGERS.

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DIRECT MAILING OF TICD CERTIFICATION BRANCH CIRCULARS

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THE TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT WILL FROM FEBRUARY 1 1981, OPERATE A ’DIRECT MAILING SYSTEM’ FOR ITS CERTIFICATION BRANCH CIRCULARS, THAT IS, CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN CIRCULARS AND CERTIFICATE OF PREFERENCE CIRCULARS.

THE ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION FEE FOR THIS SERIES OF CIRCULARS IS $30.

DETAILS OF THE SUBSCRIPTION SYSTEM ARE ANNOUNCED IN THE DEPARTMENT’S CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN CIRCULAR NO. 13/80 DATED NOVEMBER 18, 1983.

COPIES OF THE CIRCULAR ARE AVAILABLE AT THE RECEPTION COUNTER OF THE DEPARTMENT ON THE GROUND FLOOR, OR THE GENERAL OFFICES AND FILING REGISTRY OF THE CERT IF I CAT ION BRANCH ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF OCEAN CENTRE, 5 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1980

BOOST TO PRINTING TRAINING SCHOLARSHIP

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THE DAI NIPPON PRINTING SCHOLARSHIP WHICH WAS SET UP IN 1975 RECEIVED A FURTHER DONATION OF $10 000 TODAY.

THE SCHOLARSHIP AIMS TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF PRINTING IN HONG KONG BY PROVIDING OVERSEAS TRAINING FOR TEACHING STAFF IN THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

IT WAS SET UP WITH AN INITIAL DONATION OF $50 000 FROM THE DAI NIPPON PRINTING CO. (HK) LTD.

MR R. KITAMI, VICE-CHAIRMAN AND MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE COMPANY, AND MR ALEX WU, VICE-CHAIRMAN, TODAY HANDED OVER THE $10 000 TO MR COLVYN HAYE, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION.

THE ADDITIONAL DONATION WAS MADE IN MEMORY OF THE LATE MR OR IE KITAJAMA, CO-FOUNDER OF THE COMPANY WHO DIED SEVERAL MONTHS AGO.

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PHOTOGRAPH OF EDUCATION DIRECTOR * * *

NOTE TO EDITORS!

COPIES OF A PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPH OF THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, COLVYN HAYE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM GIS PRESS BOXES THIS EVENING.

THE PHOTOGRAPH IS FOR YOUR RECORD AND EDITORIAL USE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1980 CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PETROL STATIONS GO METRIC ..................................... 1

HAD ROLE IN DISTRICT MANAGEMENT ............................

PHARMACY LAWS EFFECTIVE FROM JANUARY 1 ........................ 2

FIRST HAND LOCK AT LAND PRODUCTION ............................ 5

PUBLIC VIEWS SOUGHT ON EDUCATION POLICIES ..................... 3

ONE OUT OF FOUR DEATHS CAUSED BY CANCER ....................... 4

SIR MURRAY INSPECTS PRISONS WORK .............................. 5

TONG SHUI ROAD ROADWORK PROPOSALS ............................. 6

FURTHER ISSUE OF URBAN TAXI LICENCES .......................... ?

LABOUR LAW OFFENDERS PENALISED ................................ 7

AMENDMENTS TO BUILDING REGULATIONS ............................ 8

FIVE NEW TERRITORIES SITES FOR AUCTION ........................ 3

SEAWALL FOR WESTERN RECLAMATION ............................... 9

CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR DISABLED WORKERS ......................... 10

NT TAXI LICENCE TENDER RESULTS ............................... 10

ROAD CLOSURE FOR CHARITY WaLK.................................. H

FIRING PRACTICE IN JANUARY ................................... 11

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1980

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PETROL STATIONS GO METRIC

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MOTORISTS IN HONG KONG WILL SOON THINK IN METRIC TERMS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE METRICATION COMMITTEE ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT ALL LOCAL PETROL STATIONS WILL GO METRIC AT THE TURN OF THE YEAR.

FROM JANUARY 1 PETROL AND DIESEL WILL BE SOLD IN LITRES INSTEAD OF GALLONS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAIDi +THE CHANGE-OVER IS IN LINE WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S METRICATION PROGRAMME AND HAS THE FULL COOPERATION AND SUPPORT OF THE EIGHT OIL COMPANIES IN HONG KONG.+

THE EXACT PRICES OF PETROL AND DIESEL IN LITRE WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT A LATER DATE.

MOST BRANDS OF LUBRICATING OIL ARE ALREADY SOLD IN LITRE. THOSE THAT ARE NOT WILL BE CONVERTED SHORTLY.

ALSO TO BE AFFECTED IS THE MEASUREMENT OF TYRE PRESSURE. TYRE PRESSURE IS NOW MEASURED IN POUND FORCE PER SQUARE INCH, BUT STARTING JANUARY 1, IT WILL BE MEASURED IN KILOPASCAL.

TO ASSIST MOTORISTS IN THE CHANGE-OVER, THE METRICATION COMMITTEE HAS PREPARED A LEAFLET CONTAINING INFORMATION ON CONVERSION FACTORS FOR FUEL QUANTITY, TYRE PRESSURE AND DISTANCE.

THE CONVERSION TABLE WILL BE AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE AT ALL PETROL STATIONS.

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HAD ROLE IN DISTRICT MANAGEMENT * X * * *

ENCOURAGEMENT RECEIVED FROM THE PUBLIC IN COMMENTS ON THE GREEN PAPER ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION HAS CONFIRMED THE GOVERNMENT’S VIEW THAT THE SETTING UP OF DISTRICT MANAGEMENT TEAMS IS ESSENTIAL, THE DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, MR GRAHAM BARNES SAID THIS EVENING.

SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE KWUN TONG COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION AT THE REGENT HOTEL, MR BARNES SAID THESE TEAMS, COMPRISING ALL CONCERNED DEPARTMENTS, WERE SET UP TO LISTEN TO PUBLIC OPINION, ASSESS PUBLIC NEEDS AND PROBLEMS, AND COOPERATING IN THEIR SOLUTION.

THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT HAS HAD TO RE-EXAMINE ITS OWN ROLE IN THIS CONNECTION, HE SAID.

WHAT IS NEW IN THE SITUATION IS THAT THE CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER IS NOW REINFORCED BY A STRONG STATEMENT OF POLICY, AFFECTING ALL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, THAT DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION IS TO BE MADE EFFECTIVE AND FORMAL DISTRICT TEAMS ARE BEING SET UP TO PROVIDE EFFECTIVE MACHINERY FOR THE TASK, MR BARNES SAID.

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WHAT HAS NOT CHANGED IS THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICER’S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE COMMUNITY.

♦DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION WILL BE A FAILURE IF THE DISTRICT TEAMS DISREGARD COMMUNITY PRIORITIES AND OPINIONS IN THEIR EFFORTS TO IMPROVE THE DISTRICT.

♦INDEED WITH BETTER MACHINERY TO ACT, THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICERS LIAISON WITH PEOPLE OF THE DISTRICT MUST BE INTENSIFIED AND BROADENED,♦ MR BARNES SAID.

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PHARMACY LAWS EFFECTIVE FROM JANUARY 1

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THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT TODAY ANNOUNCED THAT THE PHARMACY AND POISONS (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1980, AIMED AT STRENGTHENING AND IMPROVING THE FUNCTION OF THE PHARMACY AND POISONS BOARD, WILL COME INTO EFFECT ON JANUARY 1, 1981.

ALSO COMING INTO EFFECT ON THE SAME DATE WILL BE THE PHARMACY AND POISONS (APPEAL TRIBUNAL) REGULATIONS 1980.

THE AMENDMENT ORDINANCE, TOGETHER WITH THE REGULATIONS, WHICH WERE APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN JULY THIS YEAR, PROVIDES FOR THE CREATION OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEES OF THE PHARMACY AND POISONS BOARD WITH DELEGATED POWERS TO REGISTER, LICENSE AND CERTIFY PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS.

THIS MEASURE WILL ENABLE THE BOARD TO FUNCTION MORE EFFICIENTLY AND EXPEDITIOUSLY.

IT ALSO PROVIDES FOR THE REGISTRATION OF IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS OF ALL PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS TO SAFEGUARD THE PUBLIC AGAINST SUB-STANDARD MEDICINES WHICH USUALLY ORIGINATE FROM UNKNOWN SOURCES.

ANOTHER IMPORTANT PROVISION IS THE SETTING UP OF AN APPEAL TRIBUNAL TO ARBITRATE IN DISPUTES ARISING FROM DECISIONS OF THE BOARD’S VARIOUS COMMITTEES ON MATTERS CONCERNING LICENSING, REGISTRATION AND THE ISSUE OF CERTIFICATES OF PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS.

THIS MOVE IS DESIGNED TO SIMPLIFY THE EXISTING PROCEDURE WHICH HITHERTO ONLY PROVIDES FOR APPEALS TO EE MADE AT THE HIGH COURT, A PROCESS THAT IS RATHER TIME-CONSUMING.

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FIRST HAND LOOK AT LAND PRODUCTION

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MEMBERS OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON LAND PRODUCTION TODAY TOOK TO THE AIR TO SEE FOR THEMSELVES TEMPORARY LAND USE AND DEVELOPMENT AREAS TERRITORY-WIDE.

THEY SAW AT FIRST HAND LARGE AREAS IN THE URBAN DISTRICTS CF HONG KONG ISLAND AND KOWLOON AND DEVELOPMENT AREAS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES •— SOME FROM CURRENT PROGRAMMES AND OTHERS WHICH FIGURE IN FUTURE PLANS.

THE TEAM INCLUDED THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, MISS LYDIA DUNN, AND MEMBERS MR LI FOOK-WO, MR W.C.L. BROWN, AND THE COMMISSIONER FOR RATING AND VALUATION, MR R.A. FRY.

THE MEMBERS WERE ACCOMPANIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT, MR J. DON, THE GOVERNMENT TOWN PLANNER (ENVIRONMENT), DR E.G. PRYOR, AND THE COMMITTEE’S SECRETARY, MR E.A. JOHNSON.

THE GROUP INSPECTED TEMPORARY LAND USES AT WAN CHAI, HO MAN TIN, KOWLOON BAY AND CHAI WAN, AS WELL AS DEVELOPMENT AREAS AT JJNK BAY. MA ON SHAN, SHA TIN, TAI PO, YUEN LONG, TUEN MUN AND NORTH LANTAU.

THE TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE COMMITTEE ARE TO KEEP UNDER REVIEW THE NEEDS OF THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS FOR NEW LAND, AND TO THIS END, TO REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR EACH YEAR j

(1) RECOMMENDING TARGETS FOR THE PRODUCTION AND FOR THE SALE OF LAND-

(2) INDICATING THE ADEQUACY OF (A) GOVERNMENT PROJECTS FOR WHICH FUNDS HAVE BEEN VOTED-

(B) PLANNED GOVERNMENT PROJECTS IN RELATION TO THESE TARGETS-

(3) MAKING SUCH RECOMMENDATIONS WITH REGARD TO (2) AS IT MAY THINK FIT.

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THE SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ALLOCATION SYSTEM WHICH REPLACED THE SECONDARY SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAMINATION IN 1=>7S IS BEING REVIEWED BY A WORKING PARTY WHOSE WORK IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED SHORTLY, MR Y.T. LI, ASSISTANT L RECTOR OF EDUCATION (PLANNING AND BUILDING) SAID TODAY.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE JOIN’ GRADUATION CEREMONY 0^ THE RHENISH CHURCH COLLEGES.

+1 AM SURE THAT BEFORE ANY FINAL DECISION IS TAKEN TO MODIFY THE SYSTEM IN ANY WAY, ALL SCHOOLS AND OTHER INTERESTED PAR’IES WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS,* MR LI SAID.

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THE junior secondary education assessment system which is BEING INTRODUCED THIS YEAR WOULD BE SIMILARLY REVIEWED BY 1983, HE SAID.

HE NOTED THAT AMONG THE COUNTRIES AND PLACES IN THE REGION, HONG KONG IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST OPEN AND DEMOCRATIC AS FAR AS FORMULATION OF EDUCATION POLICIES AND PLANS WAS CONCERNED.

♦THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS VERY GRATEFUL ABOUT THE FACT THAT SCHOOLS, EDUCATION BODIES AND THE PUBLIC HAVE ALWAYS RESPONDED SO ENTHUSIASTICALLY TO EDUCATION GREEN PAPERS AND WORKING PARTY REPORTS ON MAJOR EDUCATIONAL ISSUES,* MR LI SAID.

HE HOPED THEY WOULD CONTINUE TO DO SO IN FUTURE, AND THAT COMMENTS WOULD BE EVEN BROADER AND WOULD INCLUDE SUGGESTIONS ABOUT NOT ONLY WHAT THINGS NEEDED TO BE DONE BUT ALSO HOW THEY SHOULD BE DONE.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR ALSO URGED STUDENTS AND GRADUATES TO TAKE A STRONG INTEREST IN COMMUNITY AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS.

♦YOU SHOULD TRY TO FIND OUT WHAT THE ISSUES ARE, AND YOU SHOULD TRY TO ASSESS AS COOLLY AND AS OBJECTIVELY AS POSSIBLE THE ARGUMENTS ON BOTH SIDES BEFORE YOU FORM YOUR OWN OPINIONS AND COME TO YOUR OWN CONCLUSIONS,* HE SAID.

IN A BIG AND CROWDED CITY SUCH AS HONG KONG, WE MUST LEARN TO RESPECT OTHER PEOPLE’S VIEWS BEFORE WE COULD ALL LIVE TOGETHER HARMONIOUSLY, MR LI SAID.

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ONE OUT OF FOUR DEATHS CAUSED BY CANCER * * * *

CANCER REMAINS THE MAJOR HEALTH PROBLEM IN HONG KONG, CLAIMIN t 203 LIVES LAST YEAR AND ACCOUNTING FOR ABOUT 24 PER CENT OF ALL DEATHS, THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR K.L.

THONG, WARNED THIS EVENING.

BASED ON DATA KEPT BY THE ANTI-CANCER SOCIETY REGISTRY, DR THONG ESTIMATED THAT THERE WOULD BE ABOUT 16 000 NEW CASES IN THE LOCAL POPULATION IN THE CURRENT YEAR.

IN HIS PRESIDENTIAL SPEECH AT THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE SOCIETY, HE SAID IT IS NOT MAN’S INHERENT FATE THAT HE CONTRACTS CANCER.

♦ABOUT 90 PER CENT OF CANCERS OCCUR BECAUSE OF SOMETHING WE DO, EAT, DRINK OR SMOKE. ABOUT 50 PER CENT OF CANCERS CAN BE CONTROLLED BY PERSONAL DECISIONS — REFRAIN FROM SMOKING FOR EXAMPLE,* HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT IN THE PAST, EMPHASIS ON THE SEARCH FOR A PANACEA TO +CURE+ CANCER WAS WRONGLY PUT.

TO IDENTIFY CANCER INDUCING AGENTS IN THE ENVIRONMENT AND TO FIND WAYS AND MEANS OF MINIMISING AND ELIMINATING SUCH AGENTS ARE THE MORE EFFECTIVE WAYS TO PREVENT THE DISEASE, HE SAID.

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THE ANTI-CANCER SOCIETY HAS BEEN PROMOTING RESEARCH ON THE CAUSES OF COMMON CANCERS IN HONG KONG.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS ALSO BEEN WORKING ALONG THE SAME DIRECTION, BY ESTABLISHING A CENTRAL HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT TO DISSEMINATE HEALTH INFORMATION ON CANCER AND OTHER DISEASES TO THE PUBLIC.

AN ANTI-CANCER EXHIBITION JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION UNIT, THE ANTI-CANCER SOCIETY AND THE STOMA SOCIETY WAS HELD IN AUGUST AT THE CITY HALL AND IN NOVEMBER AT TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL WHICH WERE WELL ATTENDED, SAID DR THONG.

ANOTHER EXHIBITION ENTITLED +SMOKING OR HEALTH, THE CHOICE IS YOURS*, CO-ORGANISED BY THE UNIT, THE ANTI-CANCER SOCIETY AND THE CARDIOLOGICAL SOCIETY WAS HELD IN THE OCEAN TERMINAL IN APRIL.

APART FROM THE PREVENTIVE MEASURES, DR THONG SAID, THE RADIATION BOARD WHICH IS A STATUTORY BODY HAS BEEN ACTING AS A WATCH-DOG TO ENSURE THE SAFE AND PROPER USE OF IONISING RADIATION IN THE MEDICAL AND INDUSTRIAL FIELDS.

AS REGARDS TREATMENT, HE SAID, A NEW LINEAR ACCELERATOR WILL BE INSTALLED AT THE QUEEN MARY HOSPITAL BY EARLY NEXT YEAR TO IMPROVE THE FACILITIES THERE.

FACILITIES INCLUDING A NEW RADIOTHERAPY AND ONCOLOGY CENTRE FOR CANCER TREATMENT WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED IN 1982 AT THE NEW TEACHING HOSPITAL IN SHA TIN.

+THE ACCEPTED AND MOST EFFECTIVE APPROACH IN DEALING WITH THIS DIFFICULT PROBLEM FROM OUR EXPERIENCE APPEARS TO CONSIST OF AN ATTACK IN THREE DIRECTIONS, NAMELY, PROVISION AND IMPROVEMENT OF DIAGNOSTIC AND TREATMENT FACILITIES AND PREVENTION,* HE SAID.

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SIR MURRAY INSPECTS PRISONS WORK IK

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, THIS AFTERNOON HAD A CLOSE LOOK AT THE WORK OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF PENAL INSTITUTIONS ADMINISTERED BY THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT, ON A TOUR OF STANLEY PRISON, HEI LING CHAU DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTRE, NE I KWU CHAU DETENTION CENTRE AND SHA TSUI DETENTION CENTRE.

HE WAS ACCOMPANIED ON THE TOUR BY THE COMMISSIONER OF PRISONS, MR THOMAS GARNER.

SIR MURRAY FIRST VISITED STANLEY PRISON — A MAXIMUM SECURITY PRISON WITH A COMPREHENSIVE INDUSTRIAL SECTION. HE INSPECTED THE PRISON HOSPITAL, CHAPEL, ACCOMMODATION FOR PRISONERS, AS WELL AS THE VARIOUS WORKSHOPS, AND WATCHED PRISONERS AT WORK.

HE THEN WENT BY HELICOPTER TO HEI LING CHAU TO SEE THE DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTRE. ON ARRIVAL THERE HE WAS BRIEFED ON THE EXPANSION PROGRAMME AND LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT Oc THE ISLAND.

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AFTERWARDS SIR MURRAY WENT TO NE I KWU CHAU DETENTION CENTRE ON THE SOUTH OF THE ISLAND WHERE HE LOOKED AT THE FACILITIES PROVIDED AND WATCHED YOUNG INMATES UNDERGOING THE SHORT SHARP SHOCK TRAINING PROGRAMME. THIS CENTRE CATERS FOR YOUNG OFFENDERS AGED BETWEEN 14 AND 16.

BEFORE CONCLUDING THE VISIT, SIR MURRAY DROPPED IN ON ANOTHER DETENTION CENTRE — SHA TSUI ON LANTAU ISLAND WHICH ALSO PROVIDES RIGOROUS TRAINING IN A STRICT REGIME BUT IS FOR OFFENDERS AGED FROM 17 TO 25.

SIR MURRAY ALSO HAD A LOOK AT THE NEW MAXIMUM SECURITY PRISON IN SHEK PIK UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

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TONG SHU I ROAD ROADWORK PROPOSALS * X X

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT PROPOSES TO BUILD A GRADE SEPARATED INTERSECTION ALONG TONG SHU I ROAD IN NORTH POINT, FORMING PART OF STAGE ONE OF THE HONG KONG ISLAND EASTERN CORR IDOR.

STAGE ONE OF THE CORRIDOR, WORK ON WHICH WILL START IN JANUARY, WILL BE A 2.3~KILOMETRE ELEVATED ROAD ALONG THE COAST BETWEEN CAUSEWAY BAY AND NORTH POINT.

THE PROPOSED WORKS CONSIST OF THE CONSTRUCTION Or AN-ELEVATED ROAD WITH RAMPS ALONG TONG SHU I ROAD AND A COVERED FOOTBRIDGE AT ITS JUNCTION WITH JAVA ROAD.

THE ELEVATED ROAD TOGETHER WITH THE ALTERATION TO TONG SHU I ROAD WILL FORM PART OF THE ROAD CONNECTIONS BETWEEN T-E MAIN ELEVATED ROAD ALONG T-E NORTH POINT WATERFRONT AND Tr.E EXISTING ROAD NETWORK IN NORTH POINT.

THE FOOTBRIDGE WILL IMPROVE THE PEDESTRIAN FACILITIES IN THE AREA.

IN CONNECTION WITH THIS PROJECT, THE EXISTING FOOTWAY IN NORTH POINT ROAD WILL ALSO BE WIDENED.

NOTICES ON THE PROPOSED UNDERTAKINGS WERE PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

THE PLAN OF THE PROPOSED PROJECT CAN EE SEEN AT THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTCR'>) ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICE.'. WEST WING ENTRANCE, HONG KONG, OR AT THE CITY DISTR 1ST ’-F '(EASTERN), G-OUND FLOOR. 384-8.-6 KING’S POAD, OR AT THE CROWN LaNDS -N URVEY Or^'CE, MURRAY rL L.'.ING, 1 TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD.

AW s>£C <, CBJECTIN TO THE PROPOSAL MUST SEND HIS OBJECTION IN WRITING TC ’H D:r C 'R Oc JUBLIC WORK' NOT L-TER THAN JaNUaRY 19, 1981.

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FURTHER ISSUE OF URBAN TAXI LICENCES

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR A FURTHER BATCH OF 300 HONG KONG AND KOWLOON TAXI LICENCES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TENDER FORMS WOULD BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM EITHER THE HONG KONG LICENSING OFFICE ON THE MEZZANINE FLOOR OF THE MURRAY ROAD MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK, OR FROM THE KOWLOON OFFICE ON THE 9TH FLOOR OF PARK-IN COMMERCIAL CENTRE IN DUNDAS STREET.

THE TENDER FORMS THIS TIME ARE YELLOW IN COLOUR. ANY OTHER TYPE OF FORM ISSUED PREVIOUSLY MAY NOT BE USED, OTHERWISE TENDERS MAY BE DECLARED VOID.

AS ON PREVIOUS OCCASIONS, THE TENDER WILL BE IN THE FORM OF A PREMIUM FOR ONE OR MORE LICENCE.

ONE OR MORE TENDER FORM MAY BE SUBMITTED BUT IF ONE FORM IS USED FOR MORE THAN ONE LICENCE, THE PREMIUM OFFERED FOR EACH MUST BE THE SAME.

IF THE NUMBER OF AVAILABLE LICENCES IS LESS THAN THAT REQUIRED BY A TENDERER, LESS MAY BE ALLOCATED TO HIM AS APPROPRIATE.

A PUBLIC BALLOT MAY BE HELD IF THE UNIT PREMIA OFFERED BY SOME TENDERS ARE IDENTICAL.

COMPLETED TENDER FORMS TOGETHER WITH THE ORIGINAL DEPOSIT RECEIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN SEALED ENVELOPS, ADDRESSED TO THE SECRETARY, CENTRAL TENDER BOARD, AND PLACED IN THE SECRETARIAT TENDER BOX AT THE ENTRANCE HALL OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG, BEFORE 12 NOON ON JANUARY 2, 1981.

SUCCESSFUL TENDERERS WILL BE ISSUED TAXI LICENCES AT THE RATE OF 100 PER MONTH FROM THE BEGINNING OF FEBRUARY WITH THE HIGHEST TENDERS RECEIVING PRIORITY.

LABOUR LAW OFFENDERS PENALISED ******

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT LAST MONTH (NOVEMBER) TOOK OUT 579 PROSECUTIONS FOR BREACHES OF LABOUR LEGISLATION.

OF THE CASES TAKEN OUT BY THE DEPARTMENT’S PROSECUTIONS UNIT, 564 RESULTED IN CONVICTION AND FINES IMPOSED BY THE COURTS TOTALLED MORE THAN $506 000.

THE MAJORITY OF CASES WERE RELATED TO BREACHES OF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS ORDINANCE AND VARIOUS REGULATIONS MADE UNDER THE ORDINANCE, INCLUDING THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS.

AMONG THEM, 220 CONCERNED VIOLATION OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY REGULATIONS AND FINES AMOUNTED TO NEARLY $330 000.

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rc TueFeI^TAD l°i (#127 450 IN F,NES) WERE FOR BREACHES

£ ™E FACT0RIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (GUARDING AND OPERATION OF MACHINERY) REGULATIONS AND 87 ($157 550 FOR THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS.

IN FINES)

OFFENCES IN CONNECTION WITH EMPLOYMENT OF WOMEN PERSONS ACCOUNTED FOR 320 CASES, TOGETHER LEADING TO $159 600.

AND YOUNG FINES OF

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AMENDMENTS TO BUILDING REGULATIONS * * * *

FIVE BUILDING AMENDMENT REGULATIONS WERE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

THEY WILL COME INTO OPERATION ON APRIL 1, 1981.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE SAID THE AMENDMENTS, WHICH AIMED TO REFLECT PRESENT-DAY REQUIREMENTS, WERE OF MINOR AND TECHNICAL NATURE.

ONE OF THE REGULATIONS, THE BUILDING (DEMOLITION WORKS) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS I960, AMENDED THE PRINCIPAL REGULATIONS TO MAKE BETTER PROVISION FOR THE SAFETY OF DEMOLITION WORKS.

UNDER A CLAUSE OF THE NEW REGULATIONS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, bECHANICAL PLANT OR EQUIPMENT MIGHT ONLY BE USED IN DEMOLITION WORK BY EXPERIENCED OPERATORS UNDER SUPERVISION OF A COMPETENT FOREMAN.

THE OTHER FOUR AMENDING REGULATIONS WERE THE BUILDING (ESCALATORS)(AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1980, BUILDING (REFUSE CHUTES)(AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1980, BUILDING (STANDARDS OF SANITARY FITMENTS, PLUMBING, DRAINAGE WORKS AND LATRINES) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1980 AND THE BUILDING (VENTILATION SYSTEMS)(AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1980.

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FIVE NEW TERRITORIES SITES FOR AUCTION

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THE GOVERNMENT IS TO AUCTION FIVE SITES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES TOTALLING 1.66 HECTARES NEXT MONTH.

TWO OF THE SITES ARE IN SHA TIN, TWO IN SAI KUNG AND ONE IN TAI PO.

A SHA TIN SITE, MEASURING 5 000 SQUARE METRES, IS FOR NONINDUSTRIAL OR HOTEL DEVELOPMENT. IT IS LOCATED IN WHAT WILL BECOME THE NEW TOWN CENTRE OPPOSITE SHING MUN RIVER.

SALE CONDITIONS SPECIFY A BUILDING COVENANT OF $42 MILLION IF THE SITE IS FOR NON-1NDUSTRI AL USE, OR $84 MILLION IF FOR HOTEL DEVELOPMENT, TO BE COMPLETED IN FOUR YEARS WHICHEVER FORM DEVELOPMENT TAKES.

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THE OTHER SHA TIN SITE, COVERING AN AREA OF 1 300 SQUARE METRES, IS SITUATED NEAR HO TUNG LAU, OVERLOOKING THE RACE COURSE. IT IS FOR TWO-STOREY RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT.

THE LOT CARRIES A BUILDING COVENANT OF $1.12 MILLION TO BE COMPLETED IN THREE YEARS.

THE TAI PO SITE IS ADJACENT TO TAI PO MARKET AND IN THE FUTURE TOWN CENTRE. IT MEASURES 5 000 SQUARE METRES AND IS FOR COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT.

THE BUILDING COVENANT IS $32 MILLION TO BE COMPLETED IN FOUR YEARS.

MEASURING BETWEEN 2 600 AND 2 700 SQUARE METRES, THE SAI KUNG SITES ARE FOR INDUSTRIAL OR GODOWN USE.

THE AUCTION WILL BE HELD IN THE SHOUSON THEATRE OF THE ARTS CENTRE ON JANUARY 14 STARTING AT 11 AM.

DETAILS OF THE FIVE LOTS ARE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

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SEAWALL FOR WESTERN RECLAMATION

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A 900-METRE SEAWALL WILL SOON BE CONSTRUCTED FOR THE RECLAMATION IN WESTERN DISTRICT, TO PROVIDE ABOUT 18 HECTARES OF LAND FOR DEVELOPMENT.

A $17.9 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE WORK HAS BEEN AWARDED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TO DRAGAGES ET TRAVAUX PUBLICS OF FRANCE.

MR TSANG NA I-LOK, CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE PWD’S PORT WORKS DIVISION, SAID THE FUTURE RECLAMATION WOULD BE OFF CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST BETWEEN SUTHERLAND STREET AND WATER STREET.

THE LAND FORMED WILL BE FOR NEW ROADS, INDUSTRIAL AND CARGO HANDLING USES, LOCAL OPEN SPACE AND OTHER GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY USES.

HE SAID THE WORK ON THE PRESENT CONTRACT MAINLY INVOLVED THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SEAWALL ON RECENTLY COMPLETED FOUNDATIONS. IT WILL TAKE ABOUT 21 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE WORKS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY THE PORT WORKS DIVISION.

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NOTE TO EDITORSi

CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR DISABLED WORKERS

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FOUR REHABILITATION INSTITUTIONS RUN BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IN KWUN TONG WILL HOLD A JOINT CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR THEIR TRAINEES AND SHELTERED WORKERS ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 22).

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR SELWYN ALLEYNE, WILL JOIN THE PARTY AND CUT THE RIBBON IN A CEREMONY TO START IT.

THE ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE PERFORMANCES BY DISC JOCKEYS MISS TSANG LO-TAK, MISS BRENDA LO AND MR YEUNG CHUN-YIU, A VARIETY SHOW BY THE MOBILE THEATRE OF THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES, AND LUCKY DRAWS.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE CHRISTMAS PARTY WHICH WILL START AT 10.30 AM AT THE KWUN TONG COMMUNITY CENTRE IN 17 TSUI PING ROAD, KWUN TONG.

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NT TAXI LICENCE TENDER RESULTS

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT RECEIVED 551 TENDERS FOR 782 NEW TERRITORIES TAXI LICENCES WHEN THE TENDER OFFER OF 130 LICENCES CLOSED ON NOVEMBER 28.

THE HIGHEST EID wAS $210 800 AND THE LOWEST $196 300.

THE AVERAGE PREMIUM WAS 5200 592.

SUCCESSFUL TENDERERS AND THE AMOUNTS THEY TENDERED ARE PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE. LETTERS WILL BE SENT TODAY TO NOTIFY THEM.

INSPECTION OF THE FIRST OF THE 103 NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS wILL BE CARRIED OUT FROM THE MIDDLE OF NEXT MONTH.

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ROAD CLOSURE FOR CHARITY WALK *****

HOK TAU ROAD IN TAI PO WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 8.30 TO 11.30 AM ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 21) FOR THE COMMUNITY CHEST PAT SIN RANGE WALK.

CARS WITH SPECIAL LABELS, EMERGENCY VEHICLES AND VILLAGE TRANSPORT WILL NOT BE AFFECTED.

ON SUNDAY THE TWO CAR PARKS AT BRIDE’S POOL WILL ALSO BE SUSPENDED AND RESERVED FOR THE USE OF THE EVENT BETWEEN 7 AM AND 6 PM.

HOWEVER, KMB ROUTE 75R WILL STILL TERMINATE WITHIN ONE OF THE CAR PARKS.

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FIRING PRACTICE IN JANUARY

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FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HA TSUEN/CASTLE PEAK RANGE ON THREE DAYS NEXT MONTH.

THE PRACTICE TIMES ARE 8 AM TO 4 PM ON JANUARY 13 (TUESDAY), 9 AM TO 6 PM ON JANUARY 22 (THURSDAY) AND 8 AM TO 5 PM ON JANUARY 30 (FRIDAY).

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WARNED NOT TO ENTER THE PRACTICE AREA DURING THESE TIMES.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO

HK EXTERNAL TRADE FOR JAN-OCT 1980 ............................ 1

TEXTILE TALKS WITH EEC SUSPENDED .............................. 5

TAI TAM RESIDENTIAL SITE SOLD.................................. 6

NEW BUS SERVICE TO CHAT WAN ................................... 6

FREE VACCINATION FOR FISHERMEN’S CHILDREN ..................... 7

MUI WO FOOTBRIDGE BEING REBUILT ............................... 8

LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIRS IN TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG................. 8

PLAN PROPOSED TO BUILD PIER ON JUNK ISLAND..................... 9

SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS SOLD BY AUCTION ........................... 9

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TAI KOK TSUI ......................... 10

FIRING PRACTICE REMINDER

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HK EXTERNAL TRADE FOR JAN-OCT I960 * * * * K

TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FOR JANUARY TO OCTOBER 1980, VALUED AT $169 536 MILLION, SHOWED AN INCREASE OF 30 PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD IN 1979.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY 25 PER CENT TO $56 030 MILLION, IMPORTS BY 29 PER CENT TO $89 482 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS BY 49 PER CENT TO 324 023 MILLION. DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS TOGETHER SHOWED AN INCREASE OF 31 PER CENT, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (SATURDAY).

THE CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE TEN MAJOR OVERSEAS MARKETS ARE AS FOLLOWS :-

JAN-OCT 80 (HK$ MN.) JAN-OCT 79 (HK$ MN.) INCREASE/ DECREASE (HK3 MN.) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

U.S.A. 18 961 15 323 +3 638 + 24

F.R. OF GERMANY 6 022 5 007 +1 015 ♦ 20

U.K. 5 464 4 797 + 667 ♦ 14

JAPAN 1 902 2 243 - 341 - 15

AUSTRALIA 1 627 1 439 + 188 ♦ 13

SINGAPORE 1 490 1 148 + 342 + 30

CANADA 1 438 1 313 + 125 + 13

NETHERLANDS 1 275 1 084 + 191 ♦ 18

CHINA 1 197 416 + 781 + 188

FRANCE 1 088 751 * 337 + 45

DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO U.S.A. CONTINUED TO GROW. SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES WERE RECORDED FOR CLOTHING (BY $913 MILLION OR 15 PER CENT), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $547 MILLION OR 45 PER CENT), WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $460 MILLION OR 55 PER CENT), OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $435 MILLION OR 54 PER CENT), AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY 3340 MILLION OR 39 PER CENT).

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE NOTED IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO WEST GERMANY OF CLOTHING (BY $596 MILLION OR 21 PER CENT), WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY 3114 MILLION OR 28 PER CENT) AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $86 MILLION OR 66 PER CENT).

/AS FCR......

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AS FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE U.K., INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN CLOTHING (BY $244 MILLION OR 10 PER CENT), AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $70 MILLION OR 23 PER CENT). HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF TEXTILES (BY $122 MILLION OR 25 PER CENT).

THE DOWNWARD TREND IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO JAPAN CONTINUED. DECREASES WERE NOTED MAINLY FOR FISH, CRUSTACEANS AND MOLLUSCS, AND THEIR PREPARATIONS (BY $98 MILLION OR 34 PER CENT), AND CLOTHING (BY $114 MILLION OR 16 PER CENT).

FOLLOWING IS AN ANALYSIS OF MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION s-

CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY

JAN-OCT 80 (HK$ MN.) JAN-OCT 79 (HK$ MN.) INCREASE (HK$ MN.) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 19 081 16 348 ♦2 733 * 17

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS) 9 274 7 644 +1 630 + 21

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 5 731 4 028 +1 703 + 42

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 4 154 3 201 + 953 + 30

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (MAINLY TRANSISTORS AND DIODES AND HOUSEHOLD TYPE APPLIANCES) 3 693 2 608 ♦ 1 085 + 42

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 3 669 3 226 + 443 + 14

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THE CHANGES IN IMPORTS FROM THE TEN MAJOR SOURCES ARE SUMMARISED AS FOLLOWS s-

JAN-OCT 89 (HK$ MN.) JAN-OCT 79 (HK$ MN.) INCREASE (HK$ MN.) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

JAPAN 20 477 15 683 *4 794 + 31

CHINA 17 342 11 897 +5 445 + 46

U.S.A. 10 866 8 469 +2 397 + 28

TAIWAN 6 255 4 781 +1 474 * 31

SINGAPORE 5 692 3 925 *1 767 ♦ 45

U.K. 4 362 3 579 + 783 + 22

REP. OF KOREA 3 010 2 029 ♦ 981 + 48

F.R. OF GERMANY 2 405 2 284 + 121 ♦ 5

SWITZERLAND 2 314 2 083 + 231 + 11

AUSTRALIA 1 412 1 281 + 131 + 10

IN CONTRAST WITH DECLINING DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO JAPAN, LOCAL DEMAND FOR JAPANESE GOODS REMAINED STRONG. INCREASES WERE NOTED PARTICULARLY FOR ROAD VEHICLES (BY $866 MILLION OR 94 PER CENT), TEXTILES (BY $599 MILLION OR 25 PER CENT), IRON AND STEEL (BY $491 MILLION OR 49 PER CENT), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $462 MILLION OR 34 PER CENT), AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $413 MILLION OR 29 PER CENT).

AS FOR IMPORTS FROM CHINA, INCREASES WERE RECORDED MAINLY IN CLOTHING (BY $928 MILLION OR 117 PER CENT), TEXTILES (BY $762 MILLION OR 32 PER CENT), PETROLEUM AND RELATED PRODUCTS (BY $762 MILLION OR 64 PER CENT), LIVE ANIMALS CHIEFLY FOR FOOD (BY $271 MILLION OR 27 PER CENT), AND MEAT AND MEAT PREPARATIONS (BY $176 MILLION OR 38 PER CENT).

INCREASES IN IMPORTS FROM U.S.A. WERE LARGELY OF OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $360 MILLION OR 46 PER CENT), ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS, AND CELLULOSE ESTERS AND ETHERS (BY $258 MILLION OR 50 PER CENT), TEXTILE FIBRES AND THEIR WASTES (BY $184 MILLION OR 27 ’ER CENT), AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $145 MILLION OR 19 PER CENT).

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE SUPPLY OF PETROLEUM AND RELATED PRODUCTS (BY $1 384 MILLION OR 62 PER CENT) FROM SINGAPORE, AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $244 MILLION OR 45 PER CENT), AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $165 MILLION OR 48 PER CENT) FROM TAIWAN.

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THE FOLLOWING TABLE ILLUSTRATES THE MORE IMPORTANT CHANGES IN IMPORTS BY COMMODITY SECTION :-

JAN-OCT 80 (HK$ MN.) JAN-OCT 79 (HK$ MN.) INCREASE (HK$ MN.) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

MANUFACTURED GOODS CLASSIFIED CHIEFLY BY MATERIAL (MAINLY TEXTILE PRODUCTS, DIAMONDS, IRON AND STEEL, AND PAPER) 26 901 21 773 + 5 128 + 24

MACHINERY AND TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT 20 090 15 158 +4 932 + 33

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY WATCHES AND CLOCKS, ARTICLES OF APPAREL) 13 928 9 978 +3 950 + 40

FOOD AND LIVE ANIMALS CHIEFLY FOR FOOD 9 293 7 779 . +1 514 «- 19

CHEMICALS AND RELATED PRODUCTS 6 571 5 466 +1 105 + 20

MINERAL FUELS, LUBRICANTS AND RELATED MATERIALS 6 270 4 072 +2 198 ♦ 54

AS FOR RE-EXPORTS, SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH WAS RECORDED IN RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA (BY $2 465 MILLION OR 264 PER CENT), INDONESIA (BY $870 MILLION OR 64 PER CENT), U.S.A. (BY $743 MILLION OR 45 PER CENT), SINGAPORE (BY $583 MILLION OR 40 PER CENT), TAIWAN (BY $442 MILLION OR 31 PER CENT), NIGERIA (BY $374 MILLION OR 141 PER CENT), THE U.K. (BY $373 MILLION OR 153 PER CENT). ON THE OTHER HAND, A DECLINE WAS REGISTERED IN RE-EXPORTS TO JAPAN (BY $334 MILLION OR 15 PER CENT).

MOST COMMODITIES RE-EXPORTS THROUGH HONG KONG SHOWED STRONG GROWTH, THE MORE SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING TEXTILES (BY $1 136 MILLION OR 51 PER CENT), WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $689 MILLION OR 69 PER CENT), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $654 MILLION OR 68 PER CENT), ROAD VEHICLES (BY $551 MILLION OR 154 PER CENT), CLOTHING (BY $510 MILLION OR 69 PER CENT), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $483 MILLION OR 97 PER CENT), AND NON-FERROUS METALS (BY »255 MILLION OR 108 PER CENT).

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♦THE HONG KONG TRADE STATISTICS — SUMMARY* — A SUMMARY REPORT ON HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE IN OCTOBER 1980, WILL SOON BE ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT $3 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 JANUARY AND WILL BE PRICED AT $10 A COPY. ENQUIRIES ABOUT SUBSCRIPTIONS TO THESE REPORTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT BASKERVILLE HOUSE, ICE HOUSE STREET. (TEL 1 5-214375).

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TEXTILE TALKS WITH EEC SUSPENDED # # # fc

TALKS BETWEEN HONG KONG AND THE EEC ON THE INCLUSION OF GREECE IN THE HK/EEC TEXTILE AGREEMENT HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED, MR PETER TSAO, COMMISSIONER OF TRADE SAID TODAY.

MR TSAO EXPLAINED THAT GREECE WILL BECOME A MEMBER OF THE EEC ON JANUARY 1, 1981, AND IT IS THE POLICY OF THE EEC THAT THE TEXTILE AGREEMENTS IT HAS CONCLUDED UNDER THE MULTI-FIBRE TEXTILE ARRANGEMENT (MFA) SHOULD BE EXTENDED TO THE NEW MEMBER STATE. THE MAIN REASON WHY THE TALKS WITH HONG KONG COULD NOT BE BROUGHT TO A SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION WAS BECAUSE THE TWO SIDES COULD NOT AGREE ON THE RESTRAINT LIMITS FOR PRODUCTS THAT WOULD BE SUBJECT TO SPECIFIC QUOTAS.

MR TSAO ADDED THAT HONG KONG HAS BEEN INFORMED THAT THE EEC WILL INTRODUCE UNILATERAL IMPORT RESTRICTIONS FOR IMPORTS OF CERTAIN TEXTILE PRODUCTS INTO GREECE FROM JANUARY 1, 1981, AND THE REGULATIONS WILL BE PROMULGATED BY THE EEC BEFORE THE END OF THIS YEAR.

MR TSAO WARNED THAT WHILE THE DEPARTMENT WILL CONTINUE TO ISSUE EXPORT LICENCES ON APPLICATION FOR SHIPMENTS TO GREECE, IN VIEW OF THE INSTITUTION OF IMPORT MEASURES BY THE EEC, THE DEPARTMENT WILL NOT BE IN A POSITION TO GUARANTEE ENTRY INTO GREECE OF GOODS COVERED BY SUCH LICENCES. DETAILS OF PRODUCTS THAT WILL BE SUBJECT TO RESTRICTIONS WILL BE SET OUT IN A NOTICE TO EXPORTERS TO BE ISSUED EARLY NEXT WEEK.

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TAI TAM RESIDENTIAL SITE SOLD

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A LARGE HIGH-CLASS PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL SITE AT RED HILL OFF TAI TAM ROAD HAS BEEN SOLD BY TENDER FOR ABOUT $1 300 MILLION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE 135 000 SQUARE-METRE SITE WAS BOUGHT BY VERMILLION LAND CO. LTD.

A TOTAL OF FIVE TENDERS WERE RECEIVED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IT WAS THE LARGEST SINGLE HIGH-CLASS PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL SITE OFFERED FOR SALE IN URBAN AREA IN RECENT YEARS.

WHEN FULLY DEVELOPED, IT WILL PROVIDE SOME 500 HIGH-CLASS UNITS OF ACCOMMODATION EACH WITH A FLOOR AREA OF NOT LESS THAN 240 SQUARE METRES.

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NEW BUS SERVICE TO CHAI WAN

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THE CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY WILL INTRODUCE A NEW ROUTE, 81M FROM CHAI WAN (HING WAH) TO ADMIRALTY ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 22).

THE NEW ROUTE WILL OPERATE AT 10-MINUTE INTERVALS DURING PEAK HOURS AND 15 MINUTES, OFF PEAK.

BUS FARE FOR THE WHOLE JOURNEY WILL BE $1 WITH SECTION FARES OF 80 CENTS, 70 CENTS AND 50 CENTS RESPECTIVELY BETWEEN SHAU KEI WAN, QUARRY BAY, NORTH POINT AND ADMIRALTY.

THERE WILL BE HALF FARES FOR CHILDREN. STUDENT HALF FARE PASSES AND BUS COUPONS ARE VALID.

THE SERVICE WILL START AT 6.05 AM AT HING WAH ESTATE BUS TERMINUS AND FINISH AT 7.55 PM AT ADMIRALTY.

MEANWHILE THE SERVICE OF BUS ROUTE 20 BETWEEN SHAU KEI WAN AND CENTRAL (POTTINGER STREET) WILL BE EXTENDED TO 11 PM AT SHAU KEI WAN AND 11.45 PM AT POTTINGER STREET.

THE EVENING SERVICE WILL BE OPERATING DIRECT TO SHAU KEI WAN INSTEAD OF VIA TAI KOO SHING.

THE PEAK HOUR FREQUENCY OF BUS ROUTE 20 M BETWEEN SHAU KEI WAN AND ADMIRALTY MTR STATION (EAST) WILL ALSO BE INCREASED FROM NINE MINUTES TO EIGHT MINUTES AND THE OFF-PEAK FREQUENCY FROM 15 MINUTES TO NINE MINUTES ON WEEKDAYS.

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THE WEEKDAY PEAK HOUR FREQUENCY OF BUS ROUTE 21 FROM TAI KOO SHING TO CENTRAL (HILLIER STREET) WILL ALSO BE IMPROVED FROM TEN MINUTES TO EIGHT MINUTES AND THE SERVICE WILL BEGIN AT 6.30 AM INSTEAD OF 6.50 AM.

IN ADDITION, AN EVENING SERVICE AT 15-MINUTE FREQUENCY WILL BE EXTENDED FROM 8 PM TO 11.30 PM FROM CENTRAL ON ALL DAYS.

IN ANTICIPATION OF THE EXTENSION OF THE BUS ONLY LANE ON KING’S ROAD ON DECEMBER 30, TUESDAY BUS ROUTES 23, 23B AND 80 WILL CEASE TO OPERATE ALONG JAVA ROAD FROM MONDAY (DECEMBER 22). THESE ROUTES WILL OPERATE ALONG KING’S ROAD IN BOTH DIRECTIONS.

ON JOURNEYS TO CHAI WAN, BUS ROUTE 82 WILL BE DIVERTED FROM JAVA ROAD TO KING’S ROAD VIA TIN CHIU STREET.

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FREE VACCINATION FOR FISHERMEN’S CHILDREN * * *

THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS MADE SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS TO IMMUNISE CHILDREN OF THE FISHING FOLK AGAINST DISEASES.

AN INNOCULATION TEAM OF THE DEPARTMENT WILL OPERATE FROM A MARINE DEPARTMENT LAUNCH AT THE YAU MA TEI TYPHOON SHELTER FROM 10 AM TO 4 PM ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 22) AND AT THE LEI YUE MUN TYPHOON SHELTER ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 23).

THE TEAM WILL GIVE FREE VACCINATION TO FISHING FOLK’S CHILDREN AGED BETWEEN SIX MONTHS AND 10 YEARS OLD AGAINST MEASLES, DIPHTHERIA-TETANUS AND POLIO.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT URGED THE FISHERMEN TO MAKE USE OF THIS SPECIAL SERVICE TO GIVE ADDED PROTECTION TO THEIR CHILDREN AGAINST DISEASES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID, +THE DATES WERE CHOSEN TO COINCIDE WITH THE CHINESE FESTIVAL OF WINTER SOLSTICE WHEN MOST OF THE FISHERMEN ARE IN PORT TO CELEBRATE.+

HE NOTED THAT THE PERCENTAGE OF CHILDREN OF THE MARINE POPULATION RESPONDING TO IMMUNISATION IS RELATIVELY LOWER THAN THAT LIVING ON LAND.

+THIS IS UNDERSTANDABLE AS THE BOAT PEOPLE MAY NOT FIND IT CONVENIENT TO VISIT THE MANY MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRES ON LAND,* HE ADDED.

FOR THIS REASON, THE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN TAKING THE INITIATIVE OF BRINGING TO THEM A SERIES OF VACCINATION PROGRAMMES.

VACCINATION AGAINST THESE DISEASES PRODUCES LONG TERM PROTECTION AND IS AVAILABLE ALL YEAR FOUND AT ANY OF THE 37 MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRES THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

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MUI WO FOOTBRIDGE BEING REBUILT

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THE GOVERNMENT IS REBUILDING A BRIDGE USED BY RESIDENTS OF A VILLAGE NEAR MUI WO, LANTAU.

THE BRIDGE, OVER A STREAM, DEVELOPED CRACKS ABOUT A YEAR AGO AND COLLAPSED IN AUGUST, CAUSING CONSIDERABLE INCONVENIENCE TO THE 1 000 RESIDENTS OF LUK TEI TONG, WHO USED IT TO TRANSPORT THEIR PRODUCE TO MARKET.

IT WAS ALSO USED BY CHILDREN GOING TO SCHOOL.

A TEMPORARY WOODEN BRIDGE WAS BUILT, WHILE THE LOCAL RURAL COMMITTEE APPROACHED ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE FCR HELP IN BUILDING A NEW ERIDGE.

THIS WAS AGREED AND WORK STARTED LAST MONTH. THE BRIDGE BEING REBUILT AT A COST OF $70 000 IS DUE TO BE COMPLETED IN FEBRUARY.

THE NEW CONCRETE BRIDGE IS ON THE SITE OF THE CLD ONE. IT HAS BEEN DESIGNED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION ENGINEER, MR RAYMOND WONG.

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LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIRS IN TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG ******

THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS TO HOLD LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIRS IN TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG.

THE FAIR IN TUEN MUN, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN THE NEW TOWN. WILL BE HELD AT THE TUEN MUN SAN HUI PLAYGROUND.

SEVENTY STALLS AT THE SITE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR AUCTION ON JANUARY 9 IN THE COMMUNITY HALL OF TAI HING ESTATE.

THE FAIR IN YUEN LONG WILL BE STAGED AT THE YUEN LONG STADIUM. A TOTAL OF 142 STALLS WILL BE AUCTIONED AT PING SHAN RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE ON JANUARY 8.

THE UPSET PRICE OF EACH OF THE STALLS IN BOTH FAIRS IS $50. THE LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIRS WILL PE HELD BETWEEN JANUARY 29 AND FEBRUARY 5, 1981.

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PLAN PROPOSED TO BUILD PIER ON JUNK ISLAND * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO BUILD A PIER AT FAT TAU CHAU (JUNK ISLAND) TO PROVIDE LANDING FACILITIES FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA OF FORESHORE AND SEABED INVOLVED WAS DESCRIBED IN A NOTICE IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE YESTERDAY (FRIDAY).

THE NOTICE, IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE, WITH A RELATED PLAN CAN BE SEEN ON NOTICE BOARDS POSTED NEAR THE SITE.

OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL OR CLAIMS OF PRIVATE RIGHT SHOULD BE SENT IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS WITHIN TWO MONTHS FROM DECEMBER 19.

THE PLAN SHOWING THE AREA INVOLVED MAY ALSO BE INSPECTED AT THE PORT WORKS DIVISION, FIRST FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD- THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, 19TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING- OR AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE (SAI KUNG), SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES, FIRST FLOOR, 692 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD.

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SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS SOLD BY AUCTION

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THIRTY-FIVE SPECIAL CAR REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD BY AUCTION THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING FOR A TOTAL OF 5662 400 WHICH WILL GO INTO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND FOR CHARITY PURPOSES.

THE AUCTION HELD IN THE LECTURE HALL OF CITY HALL, SAW REGISTRATION NUMBER CC 6666 FETCH THE HIGHEST PRICE OF $130 030.

ANOTHER NUMBER CK 1 WAS SOLD AT THE SECOND HIGHEST PRICE OF 575 900 WHILE THE LOWEST PRICE WAS 81 009 FOR AW 1132, CG 7776, XX 2149, CH 1947, CG 7988, CG 6988, CH 1136, CH 1798.

THE OTHER SPECIAL REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD AT THE FOLLOWING PRICES :

CK 663 $ 8 590 CH 168 $56 030 CJ 500 $13 900

CC 28 545 090 CH 3288 $ 6 590 CK 6 $60 000

CH 599 826 009 CH 1668 $30 000 CG 8138 S 3 000

CH 17 $12 900 CH 2888 320 003 CH 311 $ 3 203

CG 3590 S 4 000 CJ 161 5 5 599 CJ 299 £ 6 099

CH 1291 S 2 100 CJ 13 3 8 000 CK 1234 $22 990

CH 51 S 9 000 CC 828 360 000 AJ 619 S 1 603

CF 31 $11 909 CH 9930 5 2 coo CH 1698 £13 300

CF 828 925 COO /TrS N UMBELS

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

TODAY’S SALE, THE 59TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973, BROUGHT THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR CHARITY REALISED SO FAR TO $16 529 132.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TAI KOK TSUI

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN TAI KOK TSUI FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 23) TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW.

UNDER THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS, MAPLE STREET BETWEEN TUNG CHAU STREET AND BEDFORD ROAD, AND FUK TSUN STREET BETWEEN WALNUT STREET AND TAI KOK TSUI ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED TWO-WAY.

MAPLE STREET BETWEEN BEDFORD ROAD AND LARCH STREET, AND BEECH STREET BETWEEN ANCHOR STREET AND TAI KOK TSUI ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

MAPLE STREET BETWEEN SYCAMORE STREET AND WILLOW STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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FIRING PRACTICE REMINDER * * * *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE HA TSUEN/CASTLE PEAK RANGE NEXT WEEK FROM MONDAY TO WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 22-24).

PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN 8 AM AND 4 PM ON MONDAY AND BETWEEN 8 AM AND 6 PM ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY.

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

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

BUS AND TRAM LANES .’.LONG FULL LENGTH OF KING1 S ROAD............ 1

MORE SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR TUEN MUN.............. 2

LABOUR SURVEY ON OMEN WORKERS .................................... 3

SNT STARTS PAT SIN RANGE 'VALK ................................... 3

+KWUN 'TONG TODAY + ENDS WITH A FUN FAIR ......................... 4

GROWN LAND FOR SALE............................................... 4

early PAYMENT OF SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS ........................ 5

NT LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIRS .......................................... 5

YOUNG MUSICIANS TO GIVE CONCERT .................................. 5

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BUS AND TRAM LANES ALONG FULL LENGTH OF KING’S ROAD * * * * *

THE FULL PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEME ALONG KING’S ROAD WILL COME INTO OPERATION ON DECEMBER 30.

THIS COVERS THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF KING’S ROAD FROM QUARRY BAY TO CAUSEWAY BAY WITH BUS AND TRAM LANES IN BOTH DIRECTIONS OVER A DISTANCE OF ABOUT FIVE KILOMETRES.

IN AUGUST THIS YEAR, THE FIRST STAGE OF THE SCHEME WAS IMPLEMENTED IN SHAU KEI WAN. THIS STAGE, SAID ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR FRED MAY, HAD NOT BROUGHT MUCH IMPROVEMENT TO THE BUS AND TRAM JOURNEY TIMES BECAUSE THE LANES RESERVED FOR THEM WERE SHORT. BUT ON THE INTRODUCTION OF THE FULL SCHEME THE LONGER LANES SHOULD BRING ABOUT SIGNIFICANT REDUCTIONS IN JOURNEY AND WAITING TIMES FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT USERS, HE SAID.

+WITH THE FULL SCHEME THE BUS AND TRAM EXCLUSIVE LANES WHICH AT PRESENT FINISH JUST WEST OF TAI KOO SHING WILL BE EXTENDED TO CAUSEWAY ROAD NEAR VICTORIA PARK. TRAVELLING TIMES ON BUSES AND TRAMS ARE EXPECTED TO IMPROVE OVER THE WHOLE LENGTH OF THE RESERVE,* MR MAY SAID.

♦THE SCHEME IS INTRODUCED TO IMPROVE PUBLIC TRANSPORT JOURNEY TIMES AND TO MAKE THE MOST EFFECTIVE USE OF AVAILABLE ROAD SPACE. A RECENT SURVEY SHOWED THAT THE AVERAGE SPEED FOR BUSES IS ABOUT 11 KM AN HOUR. IT IS HOPED NOW THAT BUSES WILL BE ABLE TO ACHIEVE A SPEED OF 16 KM/HR. IMPROVED JOURNEY TIME MEANS EACH BUS CAN MAKE MORE TRIPS AND PROVIDE EXTRA PASSENGER-CARRYING CAPACITY.*

REFERRING TO THE TRAMS, MR MAY SAID THAT THE EARLY PAINTING OF SOME SECTIONS OF THE TRAM RESERVE EARLIER IN THE MONTH HAD ENABLED TRAMS TO IMPROVE THEIR SERVICE TO AND FROM SHAU KEI WAN. BEFORE THE RESERVE WAS PROVIDED, ONLY 25 TRAMS AN HOUR COULD TRAVEL EACH DIRECTION. THIS NOW INCREASED TO BETWEEN 35 TO 60 TRAMS AN HOUR AND FURTHER IMPROVEMENT COULD BE EXPECTED WITH THE FULL SCHEME. THROUGHOUT MOST OF THE DAY TRAMS TRAVEL FROM SHAU KEI WAN TO CAUSEWAY BAY IN 30 MINUTES WHEREAS IN THE PAST IT TOOK ANYTHING FROM 45 TO 60 MINUTES.

MR MAY SAID THAT THE HIGH BUS AND TRAM VOLUMES ALONG KING’S ROAD JUSTIFY RESERVED LANES.

*SOME 220 BUSES AND 70 TRAMS IN THE PEAK HOUR SHOULD BENEFIT WHEN THE FULL SCHEME IS IMPLEMENTED,* HE SAID.

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MORE SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR TUEN MUN

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GOVERNMENT IS BUILDING A TEMPORARY SOCCER PITCH AT TAI HING ESTATE AND RE-SURFACING THE TEMPORARY MINI-SOCCER PITCH IN TUEN MUN NEW TOWN CENTRE, TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BILLY LAM, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

MR LAM WAS PRESENTING PRIZES TO WINNERS AT THE 5TH TUEN MUN DISTRICT ATHLETICS MEETING AT YUEN LONG STADIUM.

HE REGRETTED THAT THE MEETING HAD TO BE HELD AT YUEN LONG, OWING TO THE LACK OF ADEQUATE FACILITIES IN TUEN MUN.

HOWEVER, GOVERNMENT HAD STARTED BUILDING THE $8 MILLION TANG SHIU KIN SPORTS GROUND, WHICH WOULD INCLUDE A GRASS SOCCER PITCH, A 400-METRE RUNNING TRACK AND SITES FOR TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS.

THIS PROJECT WOULD BE COMPLETED IN THE MIDDLE OF 1981 AND MR LAM BELIEVED THE TUEN MUN ATHLETICS MEETING NEXT YEAR WOULD BE HELD ON THE NEW GROUND.

IN ADDITION, THERE WOULD BE THE YAN 01 TONG COMMUNITY AND INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE WHICH WAS NOW BEING CONSTRUCTED AND WHICH WOULD BE COMPLETED IN THE MIDDLE OF 1982.

OTHER GOVERNMENT PROJECTS INCLUDED AN INDOOR GAMES HALL, PLAYGROUNDS, SWIMMING POOLS AND FURTHER RECREATIONAL FACILITIES TO KEEP PACE WITH TUEN MUN DEVELOPMENT, HE SAID.

BUILDING THE TEMPORARY SOCCER PITCH AT TAI HING ESTATE AND RE-SURFACING THE TEMPORARY MINI-SOCCER PITCH IN THE TOWN CENTRE WERE INTENDED TO MEET IMMEDIATE NEEDS UNTIL THE NEW FACILITIES WERE READY, SAID MR LAM.

THE MEETING WAS ORGANISED BY TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE AND THE LOCAL DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD, RURAL COMMITTEE AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION.

MORE THAN 6Q0 LOCAL ATHLETES TOOK PART IN TODAY’S EVENT, WINNERS OF WHICH WILL REPRESENT TUEN MUN IN THE INTER-DISTRICT ATHLETICS MEETING NEXT YEAR.

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LABOUR SURVEY ON WOMEN WORKERS

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, ASSISTED BY STAFF OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, WILL CONDUCT A SURVEY THIS WEEK ON WOMEN WORKERS’ ATTITUDES TOWARDS THEIR OWN EMPLOYMENT.

THE SURVEY IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN TOMORROW (MONDAY) AND FINISH ON JANUARY 2, 1981. IT IS AIMED AT FINDING OUT THE WORKERS’ OPINIONS AND EXPECTATIONS ABOUT THEIR JOBS.

IT WILL COVER SOME 1 000 WOMEN WORKERS IN A REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLE OF 200 INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS SELECTED AT RANDOM FROM ALL INDUSTRIES IN HONG KONG.

STUDENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG WILL VISIT THESE ESTABLISHMENTS DURING THE SURVEY PERIOD AND INTERVIEW WOMEN EMPLOYEES RANDOMLY SELECTED ON THE SPOT.

A SPOKESMAN OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (SUNDAY) CALLED ON ALL EMPLOYERS AND WOMEN EMPLOYEES SELECTED FOR THE SURVEY TO GIVE FULL CO-OPERATION TO ASSIST THE STUDENTS IN THEIR INTERVIEWING WORK.

HE STRESSED THAT THE INFORMATION COLLECTED WILL BE HANDLED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND WILL BE PUBLISHED ONLY IN THE FORM OF STATISTICAL SUMMARIES WITHOUT REFERENCE TO INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENTS AND INTERVIEWEES.

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SNT STARTS PAT SIN RANGE WALK * * * *

Zei .SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, THIS (SUNDAY) MORNING STARTED THE PAT SIN RANGE WALK, THE SECOND OF EIGHT NEW TERRITORIES COMMUNITY CHEST WALKS FOR 1980/81.

THE WALK WAS OVER A 12 KILOMETRE COURSE FROM HOK TAU WAI, FANLING, TO BRIDE’S POOL, TAI PO.

THE ENTIRE ROUTE WAS WITHIN PAT SIN COUNTRY PARK.

TAKING PART IN WHAT IS ONE OF THE MOST CHALLENGING COMMUNITY CHEST WALKS WERE 500 PEOPLE FROM 47 PRIVATE FIRMS AND ORGANISATIONS. THEY TRAVELLED ALONG NARROW FOOTPATHS AND CLAMBERED UP STEEP SLOPES OVER THE PAT SIN RANGE, WHICH IS MORE THAN 500 METRES ABOVE SEA LEVEL AT ITS PEAK.

ONLY EXPERIENCED HILL-WALKERS WERE PERMITTED TO JOIN THE WALK TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THE PARTICIPANTS.

THE WALK RAISED ITS TARGET OF $500 000, ALL THE PARTICIPANTS HAVING SECURED THE MINIMUM $1 000 SPONSORSHIP MONEY BEFORE STARTING.

JOINING MR AKERS-JONES AT THE RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY WERE THE DISTRICT POLICE COMMANDER NEfc TERRITORIES, MR M.C. ILLINGWORTH" THE DEPUTY COMMANDER BRITISH FORCES, BRIGADIER T.A. BOAM- AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PAT SIN RANGE WALK PREPARATORY COMMITTEE, MR TREVOR BEDFORD.

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THE OTHER SIX NEW TERRITORIES WALKS WILL BE HELD AT SAI KUNG AND LANTAU (JANUARY 4)- TAI PO AND TSUEN WAN (JANUARY 11)- AND SHA TIN AND NORTH DISTRICT (JANUARY 18).

THE FIRST NT WALK WAS HELD LAST MONTH IN YUEN LONG AND TUEN MUN DISTRICTS, FROM WHICH MORE THAN $450 000 WAS RAISED.


+KWUN TONG TODAY+ ENDS WITH A FUN FAIR

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THE +KWUN TONG TODAY*, A TWO-WEEK COMMUNITY EVENT JOINTLY ORGANISED BY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND PRIVATE ORGANISATIONS IN THE DISTRICT ENDED TODAY WITH A FUN FAIR AT THE KWUN TONG RECREATION GROUND.

SPEAKING AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, MR E.A. EASON CALLED UPON THE RESIDENTS TO BE MORE VOCAL AND SHOW MORE CONCERN TO THE FACILITIES AND SERVICES PROVIDED TO THE COMMUNITY.

+ IT IS UP TO THE GOVERNMENT TO RESPOND TO THE COMMUNITY- IT

IS TRUE, TO PROVIDE THE CONDITIONS, THE SERVICES AND THE FACILITIES WHICH IT IS ITS TASK TO PROVIDE. THE QUALITY OF THE COMMUNITY, HOWEVER, DEPENDS MUCH MORE ON WHAT THE COMMUNITY ITSELF DOES, THAN ON THE GOVERNMENT,* HE SAID.

+1 THEREFORE INVITE EVERYONE WHO LIVES IN KWUN TONG TO THINK ABOUT THEIR TOWN, NOT ONLY TODAY BUT TOMORROW, AND CONSIDER IDEAS ON HOW IT MIGHT BE IMPROVED. IN THE COMING MONTHS THERE WILL BE MORE AND MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR AIRING SUCH VIEWS AND A BETTER CHANCE THAN EVER BEFORE OF THEIR BEARING FRUIT,* HE ADDED.

AT TODAY’S FUN FAIR THE 22 GAMES STALLS ORGANISED BY SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT ATTRACTED ABOUT 10 000 CHILDREN. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED A BAND PERFORMANCE, A FIRST-AID DEMONSTRATION, KUNG-FU, SINGING, MAGIC AND ACROBATIC SHOWS.

CROWN LAND FOR SALE * * * *

FOUR LOTS OF CROWN LAND ON THE KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION WILL BE OFFERED FOR SALE BY AUCTION BY THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

THE AUCTION WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE SHOUSON THEATRE OF THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE ON JANUARY 15, 1981, AT 2.30 PM.

THE FOUR SITES ARE FOR INDUSTRIAL AND/OR GODOWN PURPOSES. OF THESE. TWO MEASURE ABOUT 1 447 SQUARE METRES EACH, AND THE OTHER TWO ABOUT 3 317 AND 1 422 SQUARE METRES RESPECTIVELY.

FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, GROUND FLOOR, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING), HONG KONG AND AT THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, 10TH FLOOR, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

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EARLY PAYMENT OF SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS *****

™E SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAS MADE SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS TO ADVANCE PAYMENTS OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCES TO THOSE RECIPIENTS WHOSE COUPONS ARE DATED FOR PAYMENT DURING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY RECIPIENTS WITH COUPONS TO BE CASHED ON DECEMBER 25 AND 26 COULD NOW DO SO ON OR AFTER DECEMBER 23 AND 24 RESPECTIVELY.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THESE ARRANGEMENTS HAD BEEN MADE WITH POST ^XJCES» treasury OFFICES AND NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT OFFICES WHERE THE COUPONS WERE CASHED.

HE ADVISED THOSE INVOLVED TO TAKE NOTE OF THEIR OWN CASHING DATES SO THAT THEY COULD GET THEIR PAYMENTS BEFORE THE CHRISTMAS HOL(DAYS.

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NT LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIRS

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LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIRS WILL BE HELD IN TAI PO AND SHEUNG SHU I BETWEEN JANUARY 29 AND FEBRUARY 5.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID THE SHEUNG SHU I FAIR WILL BE HELD AT SHEK WU HUI PLAYGROUND. ABOUT 100 STALLS WILL BE ALLOCATED TO BIDDERS IN AN AUCTION AT FANLING SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX ON JANUARY 14.

ANOTHER 100 STALLS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE TAI PO TEMPORARY RECREATION GROUND IN AN AUCTION ON JANUARY 15 AT THE TAI PO RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE, PO HEUNG STREET, TAI PO.

THE UPSET PRICE OF EACH OF THE STALLS IS $50. LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIRS WILL ALSO BE HELD IN TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG.

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YOUNG MUSICIANS TO GIVE CONCERT * * * *

ABOUT 1 000 YOUNG MUSICIANS GALA CONCERT OF THE MUSIC OFFICE IN THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL.

WILL BE PERFORMING IN THE 1980

AT 3 PM ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27

THEY ARE MUSIC STUDENTS AND MEMBERS OF ORCHESTRAS, BANDS, CHINESE ORCHESTRAS AND CHOIRS ORGANISED AND TRAINED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE.

THE EVENT IS TO ALLOW PARENTS, SCHOOL PRINCIPALS, MUSIC TEACHERS AND STUDENTS THEMSELVES TO SEE THE PROGRESS OF THE TRAINEES.

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SUNDAY, DJCEMBHR 21, 1980

THE MUSIC OFFICE WHICH WAS ESTABLISHED IN OCTOBER 1977 NOW J 700 TRAINEES ATTENDING 360 CLASSES IN WESTERN AND CHINESE 2*m ILF?HR^SENTRES ,N WAN CHAI’ M0NG K0K» NGAU TAU KOK, TSUEN WAN AND IN OTHER PARTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

E0R THE TRAINING OF ORCHESTRAL PLAYING, THE MUSIC OFFICE HAS ^^5^9 SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS, FIVE BANDS AND FIVE CHINESE £?S?ocJRAS' CH0RAL ACTIVITIES are also organised at its training Lt N I K t q •

THE GALA CONCERT MR BARRIE WIGGHAM, COMMISSIONER FOR REC,REAL!GN £ND CULTURE AND MRS ELIZABETH WONG, MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR, WILL PRESENT PRIZES TO OUTSTANDING TRAINEES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

U,O ,39^ ARE invited to send your representative to COVER THE ^S'C.?FFICE’S GALA CONCERT 1980 AT 3 PM ON SATURDAY. DECEMBER 27, J,9,8° ,’N THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL. PHOTOGRAPH-TAKING WILL BE ALLOWED THROUGHOUT THE CONCERT. THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY

WILL TAKE PLACE AROUND 3.30 PM.

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WATER CUT

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN TO KWA WAN WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 10 PM ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 23) TO 7 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY LOK SHAN ROAD, TO KWA WAN ROAD, MA TAU KOK ROAD AND THE SEA FRONT, INCLUDING 82 - 100 TO KWA WAN ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 198O

CONTENTS PAGE NO

PNEUMOCONIOSIS LEVY SCHEME STARTS NEXT MONTH ................... 1

FIRST AID COURSE FOR TEACHERS OF SPECIAL SCHOOLS ............... 2

CONTRACTOR WANTED FOR WORK GN SERVICE RESERVOIRS ............... 2

EXHIBITION ON KWUN TONG DEVELOPMENT ............................ 3

CHRISTMAS DUTY FREE BRANDY ..................................... 3

TRAFFIC RE-ROUTING NEAR CONTAINER TERMINAL...................... 4

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1980

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PNEUMOCONIOSIS LEVY SCHEME STARTS NEXT MONTH * * * *

BUILDING CONTRACTORS AND QUARRY OPERATORS WERE REMINDED TODAY THAT FROM NEXT MONTH A 0.2 PER CENT LEVY WILL BE IMPOSED ON THE VALUE OF THEIR CONSTRUCTION WORKS AND QUARRY PRODUCTS TO PROVIDE FUNDS TO COMPENSATE PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM PNEUMOCONIOSIS.

HOWEVER, CONSTRUCTION WORKS VALUED AT $250 000 AND BELOW ARE EXEMPTED FROM THE LEVY.

THE LEVY WILL BE IMPOSED BY THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS COMPENSATION FUND BOARD ESTABLISHED UNDER THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS (COMPENSATION) ORDINANCE. APART FROM COLLECTING THE LEVY, THE BOARD IS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING COMPENSATION TO PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM PNEUMOCONIOSIS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BOARD SAID THE LEVY WOULD COME INTO EFFECT ON JANUARY 4, 1981, AND WILL APPLY TO CONSTRUCTION WORKS CONTRACTS ENTERED INTO, AND QUARRY PRODUCTS PRODUCED, ON OR AFTER THAT DATE.

UNDER THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS (COMPENSATION) ORDINANCE, CONTRACTORS AND AUTHORISED PERSONS AND QUARRY OPERATORS ARE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT DETAILS AND THE VALUE OF THEIR CONSTRUCTION WORKS AND QUARRY PRODUCTS RESPECTIVELY TO THE BOARD.

CONTRACTORS AND AUTHORISED PERSONS HAVE TO GIVE NOTICE OF THEIR APPOINTMENTS AND ESTIMATED VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORKS AS WELL AS COMPLETION OF ------ “

CONTRACTORS MUST ALSO FINAL PAYMENTS.

CONSTRUCTION WORKS AND THE VALUE. IN ADDITION NOTIFY THE BOARD ON RECEIPT OF INTERIM AND

QUARRY OPERATORS MUST NOTIFY THE BOARD OF THEIR QUARRY OPERATIONS, THE MONTHLY PRODUCTION VOLUME AND SALE VALUE OF QUARRY PRODUCTS AND CESSATION OF OPERATIONS.

THOSE WHO FAIL TO GIVE NOTICE OF THESE PARTICULARS ARE LIABLE TO FINES RANGING FROM $1 000 TO $2 000. IN SOME CASES A SURCHARGE NOT EXCEEDING TWICE THE AMOUNT OF LEVY ASSESSED MAY ALSO BE IMPOSED.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE BOARD HAS PREPARED A GUIDE TO THE ORDINANCE AND A STANDARD REPORTING FORM FOR CONTRACTORS AND AUTHORISED PERSONS AS WELL AS QUARRY OPERATORS TO SUBMIT THE REQUIRED PARTICULARS.

COPIES OF THE GUIDE AND FORM CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE BOARD BY WRITING TO KWUN TONG POST OFFICE, P.O. BOX 9424 OR THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS COMPENSATION UNIT OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IN CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 9TH FLOOR, YAU MA TEI .

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE TO THE UNIT ON TELEPHONE 3-688353 OR 3-687346 OR BY MAIL TO THE POST OFFICE BOX.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE AMOUNT OF LEVY FOR QUARRY INDUSTRY WOULD BE ASSESSED BY THE BOARD EVERY SIX MONTHS. FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, ASSESSMENT IS MADE ON RECEIPT OF NOTICE OF PAYMENT OR NOTICE OF COMPLETION OF CONSTRUCTION WORKS SUBMITTED BY THE CONTRACTORS.

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AFTER ASSESSMENT THE BOARD WILL GIVE NOTICE OF PAYMENT OF LEVY OR SURCHARGE PAYABLE WITHIN 28 DAYS. ANY OBJECTION TO THE LEVY ASSESSMENT MAY BE MADE TO THE BOARD IN WRITING WITHIN 21 DAYS AFTER RECEIPT OF NOTICE OF PAYMENT. APPEALS AGAINST DECISIONS OF THE BOARD MAY BE MADE TO THE DISTRICT COURT.

FRAUDULENT EVASION OF LEVY PAYMENT CARRIES A FINE OF $10 000 OR PAYMENT OF THRICE THE AMOUNT OF LEVY ASSESSED.

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FIRST AID COURSE FOR TEACHERS OF SPECIAL SCHOOLS *****

THIRTY-FIVE PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHERS IN SPECIAL SCHOOLS WILL BE TAKING A FIRST AID COURSE OVER THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS.

THE COURSE IS ORGANISED BY THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, AND WILL BE HELD ON DECEMBER 24, 29, 30 AND 31 AT THE ST JOHN AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION HEADQUARTERS IN MACDONNELL ROAD.

CONTENTS OF THE COURSE WILL INCLUDE THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF FIRST AID- ACTION AT AN EMERGENCY- DRESSINGS AND BANDAGES- ASPHYXIA AND EMERGENCY RESUSCITATION- WOUNDS, BLEEDING AND CIRCULATORY FAILURE- SHOCK AND FAINTING- INJURIES OF BONES, MUSCLES, LIGAMENTS AND JOINTS- THE NERVOUS SYSTEM AND UNCONSCIOUSNESS- BURNS AND SCALDS- AND POISONING.

PARTICIPANTS WILL ALSO LEARN FIRST AID PROCEDURES IN ROAD ACCIDENTS, AND THE HANDLING AND TRANSPORTATION OF INJURED PERSONS.

AN EXAMINATION WILL BE HELD BY THE ST JOHN AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION FOR THOSE WHO HAVE AN 80 PER CENT ATTENDANCE RECORD, TO QUALIFY FOR THE AWARD OF AN ADULT FIRST AID CERTIFICATE OF THE ASSOCIATION.

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CONTRACTOR WANTED FOR WORK ON SERVICE RESERVOIRS ******

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO FRESH WATER SERVICE RESERVOIRS AND A SALT WATER SERVICE RESERVOIR IN NORTH POINT AND IN TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY A FRESH WATER SERVICE RESERVOIR WOULD BE BUILT ON A HILLTOP SOUTH OF BRAEMAR HILL MANSION IN NORTH POINT WHICH WOULD HAVE A STORAGE CAPACITY OF 1 200 CUBIC METRES.

WORK ON THIS PROJECT, TO IMPROVE THE SUPPLY SYSTEM IN THE HIGH LEVEL AREA THERE, WILL START IN FEBRUARY AND TAKE ABOUT 14 MONTHS.

THE SERVICE RESERVOIRS TO BE BUILT IN TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN WILL BE LOCATED ON A HILLSIDE AT TAI WO TSUEN.

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THE FRESH WATER SERVICE RESERVOIR WILL HAVE A STORAGE CAPACITY OF 4 800 CUBIC METRES AND THE ONE FOR SALT WATER 200 CUBIC METRES.

WHEN COMPLETED, THEY WILL FORM PART OF THE FRESH AND SALT WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS TO THE TAI WO TSUEN DEVELOPMENT.

WORK ON THIS PROJECT WILL ALSO BEGIN IN FEBRUARY AND WILL TAKE 18 MONTHS.

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EXHIBITION ON KWUN TONG DEVELOPMENT

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AN EXHIBITION ILLUSTRATING THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF KWUN TONG WILL BE HELD IN MTR CHATER STATION FOR TWO WEEKS FROM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO JANUARY 5.

THE EXHIBITION, PRESENTED JOINTLY BY THE ’KWUN TONG TODAY’ ORGANISING COMMITTEE AND THE MTR CORPORATION, WAS HELD EARLIER THIS MONTH IN KWUN TONG STATION AND ATTRACTED THOUSANDS OF VISITORS.

THE ’PAST’ PART WILL BE DEPICTED BY OLD PHOTOGRAPHS, SUCH AS THOSE OF THE SAU MAU PING LANDSLIDE IN JUNE 1972 AND THE LYEMUN FIRE LAST YEAR.

TRAFFIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS OF THE PRESENT KWUN TONG AND THE WORK OF THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE WILL BE FOCUSSED IN THE SECOND PART. THIS PART WILL ALSO TOUCH ON IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS TO SQUATTER AREAS, SUCH AS THE SUPPLY OF LEGAL ELECTRICITY AND PUBLIC WATER STAND PIPES.

THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE DISTRICT WILL BE ILLUSTRATED BY PLANNING MAPS.

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CHRISTMAS DUTY FREE BRANDY * * * *

THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT PASSENGERS ARRIVING FROM MACAU DURING THE TWO DAYS FOLLOWING CHRISTMAS DAY (DECEMBER 26 AND 27) MAY BRING INTO HONG KONG FREE OF DUTY ONE BOTTLE OF PORTUGUESE BRANDY CONTAINING NOT MORE THAN ONE LITRE.

THIS CONCESSION IS ALLOWED IN LIEU OF THE NORMAL ONE-QUART BOTTLE OF GRAPE WINE.

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TRAFFIC RE-ROUTING NEAR CONTAINER TERMINAL * * *

KWAI YUE STREET IN KWAI CHUNG WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND AND KWAI TAI ROAD RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY EASTBOUND FROM 6 AM ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 27) TO MIDNIGHT ON NEW YEAR’S EVE (WEDNESDAY).

MOTORISTS WISHING TO REACH PREMISES ON THESE TWO ROADS SHOULD PROCEED VIA KWAI FUK ROAD AND KWAI HE I STREET? SHOULD

THE ARRANGEMENTS ARE INTENDED TO RELIEVE TRAFFIC CONGESTION ASSOCIATED WITH THE PARTICULARLY BUSY YEAR-END ACTIVITIES AT THE KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER TERMINAL.

AS HEAVY CONTAINER AND GOODS VEHICLE TRAFFIC IS EXPECTED ALONG KWAI YUE STREET, KWAI TAI ROAD AND CONTAINER PORT ROAD, MOTORISTS ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO AVOID THE AREA DURING THE FIVE-DAY PERIOD.

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SALT WATER CUT

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SALT WATER SUPPLY TO HO MAN 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 24) MONDAY.

A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN THE MAN TIN AND VALLEY ROAD ESTATES,

TIN WILL BE INTERRUPTED FROM TO 6 AM ON DECEMBER 29,

AREA, INCLUDING 01 MAN, HO WILL BE AFFECTED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GREIN LIGHT FOR MTR ISLAND LINE................................. 1

LEASE ENFORCEMENT ACTION TO BE TAKEN IN TUEN MUN NETrf TOW ... 3

AMENDMENTS TO TRADE CLASSIFICATION LIST ........................ 4

NE# FACILITIES FOR TRAINING OF MENTALLY RETARDED ............... 5

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REMINDER ON EMPLOYEE IDENTITY RECORDS .......................... 6

HOLIDAY OPENING HOURS

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1980

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GREEN LIGHT FOR MTR ISLAND LINE ******

THE GOVERNMENT HAS GIVEN THE GO-AHEAD FOR THE CONSTRUCTION CF THE ISLAND LINE OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY BETWEEN WESTERN MARKET AND CHAI WAN AS PART OF A COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGY TO MEET THE CURRENT AND GROWING DEMAND FOR PUBLIC PASSENGER TRANSPORT IN THE ISLAND CORRIDOR, SUBJECT TO THE NECESSARY FINANCING ARRANGEMENTS BEING SATISFACTORILY RESOLVED.

ANNOUNCING THE DECISION TODAY, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE INTENTION WAS TO COMPLETE THE SECTION FROM ADMIRALTY STATION TO CHAI WAN BY MID-1985 AND FROM WESTERN MARKET TO ADMIRALTY BY THE END OF 1986. +A FURTHER WESTWARD EXTENSION TO KENNEDY TOWN WOULD BE CONSTRUCTED AS AND WHEN DEMAND REQUIRED AND FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS PERMITTED,* HE SAID.

THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE WAS CONSULTED ABOUT THE PROPOSED STRATEGY AND HAS AGREED THAT THE ISLAND LINE WOULD CERTAINLY BE REQUIRED BY THE LATE 1980’S.

THERE WILL BE 13 STATIONS ON THE LINE (EXCLUDING THE KENNEDY TOWN EXTENSION) TO SERVE THE NEEDS OF PEOPLE LIVING AND WORKING ON THE NORTH SIDE OF HONG KONG ISLAND WITH PROVISION FOR AN ADDITIONAL STATION AT F INNIE.

THE UNDERGROUND SECTION OF THE RAILWAY WILL MOSTLY BE BUILT BY THE BORED TUNNEL METHOD WITH STATION CONCOURSES LOCATED IN ADJACENT DEVELOPMENT SITES.

SOME DISRUPTION AND NOISE WOULD BE INEVITABLE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, BUT WITH THE BORED TUNNELLING TECHNIQUE PROPOSED FOR THE ISLAND LINE THE SCALE OF SUCH PROBLEMS WOULD BE CONSIDERABLY LESS THAN THOSE ENCOUNTERED ON EITHER THE MODIFIED INITIAL SYSTEM OR THE TSUEN WAN EXTENSION.

♦MOST OF THE PROPOSED WORK SITES WOULD BE OFF-STREET. OF THE REMAINDER ONLY THREE WOULD BE ON MAIN ROADS AND A SMALL NUMBER WOULD BE ON SIDE STREETS. IN ONE OR TWO CASES THERE WILL BE COMPETING REQUIREMENTS OF PEDESTRIANS, TRAFFIC AND CONSTRUCTION VEHICLES,* THE SPOKESMAN CONTINUED.

ONLY ABOUT 5 500 PEOPLE WOULD REQUIRE REHOUSING, OF WHOM ABOUT 2 400 ARE IN THE CHAI WAN TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA.

♦REHOUSING OF THESE PEOPLE WILL BE CARRIED OUT BY THE GOVERNMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH ESTABLISHED PROCEDURES,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

EXPLAINING THE NEED FOR AN MTR ISLAND LINE, THE SPOKESMAN DREW ATTENTION TO THE DETERIORATING TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ALONG THE ISLAND CORRIDOR.

♦SURFACE MODES OF TRANSPORT CANNOT BE SUFFICIENT. TRAMS, BUSES AND PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL NOT BY THEMSELVES MEET ALL THE EXPECTED DEMAND FOR THE MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE EVEN IF THEIR SERVICES WERE EXPANDED. THE NEED TO INTRODUCE AN ADDITIONAL UNDERGROUND FACILITY IS VERY CLEAR,* HE SAID.

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WHEN THE ENTIRE LINE FROM WESTERN MARKET TO CHAI WAN COMES INTO OPERATION IN 1986, THERE WOULD BE AN ESTIMATED 0.6 MILLION BOARDINGS A DAY WHICH WOULD EXPAND TO ABOUT 1.4 MILLION BOARDINGS BY THE LATE 199O’S AND TAKE UP THE ESTIMATED FULL CAPACITY. +THE RAILWAY WOULD PROVIDE A FAST AND EFFICIENT SERVICE FOR MEDIUM AND LONG DISTANCE PASSENGERS AND A BETTER ALTERNATIVE THAN TRAVELLING BY ROAD,* THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

AS PART OF THE GOVERNMENT’S OVERALL STRATEGY FOR THE ISLAND CORRIDOR, THE SPOKESMAN WENT ON, THE ISLAND LINE MUST BE BUILT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND FOR SEVERAL REASONS BE ENTIRELY COMPLETED BY 1986. +BY 1986,+ HE EXPLAINED, +THE DEMAND FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN THE CORRIDOR WILL BE SUCH THAT THE EXISTING MODES COULD NOT ADEQUATELY COPE.*

+SECONDLY, THE PRESENT WORLD SITUATION FOR CIVIL ENGINEERING CONTRACTORS AND FOR MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING SUPPLIERS, TOGETHER WITH THE FACT THAT A NUMBER OF SPECIALIST INTERNATIONAL CONTRACTORS ARE PRESENTLY HERE IN HONG KONG, FAVOURS AN EARLIER RATHER THAN A LATER START,+ THE SPOKESMAN CONTINUED.

THIRDLY, DELAY WOULD MEAN THAT SOME OF THE SITES REQUIRED FOR CONSTRUCTING THE STATIONS MIGHT NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE.

IN THE SHORT TERM SOMETHING MUST BE DONE TO EASE CONGESTION AND HELP MEET INCREASED DEMAND FOR TRAVEL IN THE CORRIDOR OVER THE NEXT FOUR AND A HALF YEARS BEFORE THE NEW MTR LINE BECOMES OPERATIONAL. DISCUSSIONS WILL BE CONTINUED WITH THE BUS, TRAM AND FERRY COMPANIES TO CONSIDER THE PART THEY WILL PLAY IN THE IMPROVED TRANSPORT FACILITIES BEING PLANNED FOR THE CORRIDOR.

INCREASED BUS CAPACITY WILL BE PROVIDED, IN PART, BY BUS-ONLY LANES AND, IN PART, BY ADDITIONAL BUSES.

MEANWHILE, TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEMES IN THE CORRIDOR ARE ALREADY UNDERWAY, INCLUDING BUS AND TRAM ONLY LANE SCHEMES IN KING’S ROAD, DUE FOR COMPLETION BY THE END OF THIS YEAR AND ANOTHER BUS-ONLY LANE TO BE INTRODUCED IN CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL NEXT YEAR. BY 1983, AN AREA TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM IS PLANNED TO BE IN OPERATION IN THE CORRIDOR TO SPEED UP THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC.

THE GOVERNMENT IS ACCELERATING ITS ROAD PLANS FOR THE CORRIDOR AND NOW EXPECTS TO COMPLETE THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR ROAD TO SHAU KEI WAN BY MID-1985.

+T0 LINK THIS FAST SIX, AND IN PART EIGHT, LANE ROAD TO CENTRAL, THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO BUILD AN ELEVATED ROAD ALONG CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND GLOUCESTER ROAD BY THE END OF THE DECADE,* THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

THE ESTIMATED COST OF BUILDING THE ISLAND LINE, AT 1980 PRICES AND EXCLUDING INTEREST AND OTHER FINANCING CHARGES, IS IN THE ORDER OF $7 000 MILLION, COVERING RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION, COMPENSATION, LAND ACQUISITION AND ADMINISTRATION.

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nT*LM^^TSANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION HAS BEEN ASKED TO £ND 0PERATE the ISLAND LINE. IT WILL DEVELOP PROPERTIES ALONG THE ROUTE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PRIVATE COMPANIES OF ITS CHOOSING. THE PROFITS FROM THESE DEVELOPMENTS WILL MAKE A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE COST OF THE PROJECT.

nTnLoP0£ESMAN explained THAT BUILDING THE RAILWAY STRUCTURES WOULD PRESENT AN OPPORTUNITY FOR DEVELOPMENT OF SOME OF THE SITES REQUIRED FOR CONSTRUCTION.

♦THERE IS SUCH A SIGNIFICANT RAILWAY CONTENT IN ALL THE SITES THAT ONLY THE CORPORATION COULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR DEVELOPMENT, IN ORDER TO AVOID INTERFACE PROBLEMS BETWEEN BUILDING THE RAILWAY AND DEVELOPING THE SITES,+ HE SAID.

+IT IS ESTABLISHED GOVERNMENT POLICY TO ALLOW THE MTRC TO DEVELOP SUCH SITES,* HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID A LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM AND OTHER ALTERNATIVES FOR THE CORRIDOR HAD BEEN CAREFULLY EXAMINED, BUT THE STUDIES HAD SHOWN THAT NONE OF THESE SYSTEMS WOULD BE ABLE TO MEET THE PASSENGER DEMAND AND PROVIDE REASONABLE SERVICE IN THE CROWDED TRAFFIC CONDITIONS OF THE CORRIDOR.

♦AS SAID EARLIER, SURFACE MODES OF TRANSPORT ALONE ARE NOT ENOUGH. WE MUST GO UNDERGROUND,* THE SPOKESMAN CONCLUDED.

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LEASE ENFORCEMENT ACTION TO BE TAKEN IN TUEN MUN NEW TOWN ******

THE GOVERNMENT IS TO TAKE TOUGH ACTION AGAINST CASES OF ILLEGAL ADDITIONS AND EXTENSIONS TO BUILDINGS IN TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

AN ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL UNIT HAS BEEN SET UP IN THE LOCAL DISTRICT OFFICE TO ENFORCE LEASE CONDITIONS.

THE UNIT ALSO AIMS TO CONTROL UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORK ON LEASED LAND AND UNLAWFUL OCCUPATION OF CROWN LAND.

STAFF OF THE UNIT HAVE BEEN CONDUCTING A SURVEY SINCE THE BEGINNING OF NOVEMBER ON THE EXTENT OF THE PROBLEM AND IT IS EXPECTED THAT ENFORCEMENT ACTION WILL START IN FEBRUARY.

OF 1 749 DOMESTIC UNITS IN 39 BUILDINGS SURVEYED SO FAR, 424 CASES OF ILLEGAL ALTERATIONS OR ADDITIONS HAVE BEEN FOUND.

A TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID SINCE TUEN MUN NEW TOWN WAS RAPIDLY GROWING IT WAS OPPORTUNE TO ENFORCE CONDITIONS OF GRANT OR LEASE OR ELSE THE PROBLEM COULD BECOME INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT TO CONTROL.

WAYS TO DEAL WITH THE SITUATION WOULD INCLUDE PHYSICAL DEMOLITION AND CLEARANCE, AND PROSECUTION.

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TUESDAY, DJESTffiSR 23, 1980

A JOINT OPERATION BY VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS TO DEMOLISH ILLEGAL ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS IN THE NEW TOWN WILL BE CARRIED OUT AFTER WARNING LETTERS HAVE BEEN SENT TO OWNERS AND OCCUPIERS.

THE SPOKESMAN URGED ALL MULTI-STOREY BUILDING RESIDENTS AND OWNERS TO OBSERVE LEASE CONDITIONS IN FUTURE AND TO PUT RIGHT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE BREACHES WHICH HAVE OCCURRED IN THE PAST.

♦THEY CAN APPROACH THE DISTRICT OFFICE IF THEY HAVE QUERIES REGARDING THE MACHINERY OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL UNIT,+ HE SAID.

LETTERS HAVE BEEN SENT TO LOCAL ORGANISATIONS SEEKING THEIR SUPPORT IN TACKLING THE GROWING PROBLEM.

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AMENDMENTS TO TRADE CLASSIFICATION LIST

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THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS REMINDS IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS THAT A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE TO THE ♦CLASSIFICATIONS OF COUNTR IES/TERRI TOR IES AND COMMODITIES+ CONTAINED IN THE HONG KONG IMPORTS AND EXPORTS CLASSIFICATION LIST, REVISED EDITION, JANUARY 1978.

THESE AMENDMENTS WILL BE PUBLISHED IN SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT NO 4 OF THE GAZETTE TO BE ISSUED TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AND WILL COME INTO FORCE ON JANUARY 1, 1981.

TRADE DECLARATIONS FOR SHIPMENTS MADE ON OR AFTER THIS DATE MUST BE COMPLETED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMENDED CLASSIFICATION.

FROM THAT DATE, IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS OF GARMENTS WILL HAVE TO CLASSIFY SILK GARMENTS SEPARATELY ON THE TRADE DECLARATIONS, IN THE SAME WAY AS THEY DO NOW FOR GARMENTS MADE OF COTTON, WOOL OR MAN-MADE FIBRES. IN ADDITION, THERE WILL BE SOME NEW CODES TO COVER FURTHER BREAKDOWNS OF CERTAIN ITEMS OF UNDERGARMENTS AND INFANTS’ GARMENTS.

IN VIEW OF THE RAPID DEVELOPMENTS IN THE WATCHES INDUSTRY, THE PRESENT CLASSIFICATION FOR ELECTRONIC WATCHES WILL BE REPLACED BY A NEW ONE, SEPARATELY IDENTIFYING DIGITAL, ANALOG AND DIGITAL-ANALOG WATCHES. ON THE OTHER HAND, IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS OF MECHANICAL WATCHES WILL HAVE TO SPECIFY ON THE TRADE DECLARATIONS THE NUMBER OF JEWELS, AND ALSO WHETHER THE WATCHES ARE MADE OF PRECIOUS MATERIALS.

APART FROM THESE EXAMPLES, THERE ARE OTHER AMENDMENTS TO CERTAIN FOOD ITEMS, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS, MACHINERY, TOYS AND GAMES.

COPIES OF THE FULL LIST OF AMENDMENTS MAY BE OBTAINED ON REQUEST, FREE OF CHARGE, AT THE FOLLOWING OFFICES :

/* GOVBajDENT PUBLICATIONS......

TUESDAY, DfEELISER 23, I960

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GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE HONG KONG-

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TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT, TRADE DECLARATION RECEIVING COUNTERS, GROUND FLOOR, OCEAN CENTRE, CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON, AND GROUND

FLOOR, 46 CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG-

CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, TRADE CLASSIFICATION SECTION, KAI TAK COMMERCIAL

BUILDING, 3RD FLOOR, 317 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS ARE URGED TO ENSURE THAT THEIR EMPLOYEES RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPLETING ------

AWARE OF THESE AMENDMENTS TO PREVENT TO THEMSELVES.

TRADE DECLARATIONS ARE DELAYS AND INCONVENIENCE

ENQUIRIES ON THE AMENDMENTS MAY (TEL. NO. 5-450835), STATISTICIAN OF SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS

BE DIRECTED TO MR S.Y. TUNG THE TRADE CLASSIFICATION DEPARTMENT.

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NEW FACILITIES FOR TRAINING OF MENTALLY RETARDED ******

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR SELWYN ALLEYNE, TODAY OPENED A TRAINING CENTRE FOR MENTALLY RETARDED ADULTS FOR WHICH THE GOVERNMENT HAD EARMARKED $8.1 MILLION FROM THE LOTTERIES FUND AS CAPITAL AND RECURRENT GRANTS.

THE LAI YIU ADULT TRAINING CENTRE IN KWAI CHUNG IS THE SECOND OF ITS KIND RUN BY THE SOCIETY OF HOMES FOR THE HANDICAPPED. THE FIRST, HING WAH CENTRE, WAS OPENED IN MAY THIS YEAR IN CHAI WAN.

OCCUPYING AN AREA OF 1 820 SQUARE METRES IN LAI YIU ESTATE, THE CENTRE CAN ACCOMMODATE 100 TRAINEES AGED BETWEEN 16 AND 40 — 70 IN THE RESIDENTIAL SECTION AND 30 IN THE DAY CARE SECTION.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, MR ALLEYNE SAID THE REHABILITATION PROGRAMME PLAN HAD SET AMBITIOUS TARGETS TO INCREASE SERVICES FOR THE DISABLED TO HELP INTEGRATE THEM INTO THE COMMUNITY.

IN THE 1979 REVIEW OF THE PLAN, HE SAID, IT WAS RECOMMENDED THAT 790 DAY CARE PLACES AND 400 RESIDENTIAL PLACES WOULD EE PROVIDED BY 1984 FOR LOW MODERATE AND SEVERE GRADE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED ADULTS.

THE RESIDENTIAL AND DAY CARE PLACES PROVIDED IN THE NEW CENTRE ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF THAT PROVISION AND WILL MEET A GENUINE AND URGENT NEED, HE SAID.

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HOWEVER, MR ALLEYNE POINTED OUT, +WE HAVE YET A LONG WAY TO GO IN MEETING OUR PLANNED TARGETS AND THERE IS A CONTINUING NEED TO EXPAND AND IMPROVE FACILITIES AND SERVICES FOR THIS GROUP.*

HE UNDERLINED THE IMPORTANCE OF JOINT EFFORTS BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND THE GOVERNMENT IN ACHIEVING THE TARGETS, AND OF THE ROLE THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR MUST PLAY.

HE SAID IT WAS A CREDIT TO THE HARD WORK OF THE SOCIETY THAT, IN LESS THAN A YEAR, TWO RESIDENTIAL CENTRES HAD BEEN BROUGHT INTO OPERATION TO PROVIDE A SERVICE MUCH NEEDED BY THE LESS FORTUNATE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY.

♦THE GOVERNMENT IS PLEASED TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ASSIST BY PROVIDING FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE LOTTERIES FUND — IN THIS CASE, $1.88 MILLION AS CAPITAL SUBVENTION, AND FOUR YEARS’ RECURRENT GRANT AT $1.56 MILLION PER ANNUM,* HE SAID.

AT THE CEREMONY, MR ALLEYNE UNVEILED A PLAQUE TO MARK THE OPENING. THE MOST REV BISHOP JOHN BAPTIST WU BLESSED THE CENTRE.

THE CENTRE PROVIDES TRAINING IN BASIC SELF-HELP, SIMPLE HANDICRAFT, WORK HABITS, AS WELL AS SOCIALIZING AND RECREATIONAL PROGRAMMES.

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REMINDER ON EMPLOYEE IDENTITY RECORDS

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EMPLOYERS WERE REMINDED TODAY THAT STARTING FROM JANUARY 1, 1981, THEY ARE LIABLE TO PROSECUTION IF THEY FAIL TO KEEP A RECORD OF THEIR EMPLOYEES AS REQUIRED BY THE IMMIGRATION ORDINANCE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT SINCE THIS REQUIREMENT CAME INTO FORCE LAST MONTH THE DEPARTMENT HAD ISSUED WARNING LETTERS, INSTEAD OF RESORTING TO PROSECUTION, TO EMPLOYERS WHO FAILED TO KEEP EMPLOYEE RECORDS OR WHOSE EMPLOYEE RECORDS WERE NOT KEPT IN A PROPER FORMAT.

+EMPLOYERS BY NOW SHOULD BE FAMILIAR WITH THE NEW REQUIREMENT AND SHOULD HAVE MADE THE NECESSARY ARRANGEMENTS IN RESPECT OF EMPLOYEE RECORDS. FROM NEXT MONTH ANY EMPLOYER WHO FAILS TO COMPLY WITH THE NEW REQUIREMENT IS LIABLE TO PROSECUTION AND TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $10 000 ON CONVICTION,* SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

THE SPOKESMAN REITERATED THAT AN EMPLOYEE RECORD SHOULD CONTAIN THE EMPLOYEE’S FULL NAME AS SHOWN ON HIS IDENTITY CARD OR ANY OTHER APPROVED IDENTITY DOCUMENT AND THE TYPE AND NUMBER OF THE DOCUMENT IN QUESTION.

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SEPARATEtRECORnRA?H?M*TSAcC?erNCH 0FF,CE SHOULD ALSO KEEP A it KtCORD AT THAT OFFICE FOR THE EMPLOYEES THERE.

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HOLIDAY OPENING HOURS * * * *

EIGHT GOVERNMENT OUT-PATIENT CLINICS WILL REMAIN OPEN

TQR'NpvTH£TH"Y'aR^AS H0LIDAYS <december 25 AND 26) FROM 9 AM

* VIOLET PEEL POLYCLINIC )

* SHAU KEI WAN JOCKEY CLUE CLINIC )

* KWUN TONG JOCKEY CLUB HEALTH CENTRE

* YAU MA TEI JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC

* ROBERT BLACK HEALTH CENTRE

* LADY TRENCH POLYCLINIC, TSUEN WAN

* YUEN LONG JOCKEY CLUB HEALTH CENTRE

* SHEK WU HUI JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC

HONG KONG

KOWLOON

NEW TERRITORIES

OTHER OUT-PATIENT CLINICS AND EVENING CLINICS WILL BE CLOSED.

MEANWHILE, THE MARINE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT ITS OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED DURING THE HOLIDAYS. EXCEPTIONS ARE ITS:

* PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREAS AT «AN CHAI, YAU MA TEI, KWUN TONG AND TSUEN WAN-

* PORT COMMUNICATION CENTRE-

* MACAU FERRY TERMINAL UNIT OFFICES, WHICH WILL EE OPEN FROM 7.30 AM TO 1.30 AM THROUGHOUT THE HOLIDAYS- AND

* VICTORIA SMALL CRAFT LICENSING OFFICE, wHICH WILL BE OPEN FROM 9 AM TO 11 AM ON FRIDAY (DECEMBER 26).

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CONTENTS PjiGE NO.

1981 GENERAL HOLIDAYS ............................................. 1

•KNOW YOUR DISTRICT + DRAFTING COMPETITION ........................ 2

YUEN LONG DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD H^S NEW LOGO .................... 2

NT CIRCULAR ROUTE LINK............................................. 3

MORE REST 44ND PLAY FACILITIES

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1981 GENERAL HOLIDAYS * * * *

THE LIST OF GENERAL HOLIDAYS IN 1981 WAS PUBLISHED TODAY IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

EXCLUDING SUNDAYS, THERE WILL BE A TOTAL OF 17I

THE FIRST WEEK-DAY IN JANUARY - THURSDAY, JANUARY 1

LUNAR NEW YEAR’S DAY - THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5

THE SECOND DAY OF LUNAR NEW YEAR - FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6

THE THIRD DAY OF LUNAR NEW YEAR - SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7

THE DAY FOLLOWING CHING MING

FESTIVAL - MONDAY, APRIL 6

GOOD FRIDAY - FRIDAY, APRIL 17

THE DAY FOLLOWING GOOD FRIDAY - SATURDAY, APRIL 18

EASTER MONDAY - MONDAY, APRIL 20

THE BIRTHDAY OF HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN - MONDAY, APRIL 27

TUEN NG (DRAGON BOAT) FESTIVAL - SATURDAY, JUNE 6

THE FIRST WEEK-DAY IN JULY - WEDNESDAY, JULY 1

THE FIRST MONDAY IN AUGUST - MONDAY, AUGUST 3

THE LAST MONDAY IN AUGUST, WHICH SHALL BE LIBERATION DAY - MONDAY, AUGUST 31

THE SECOND DAY FOLLOWING THE

CHINESE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL - MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6

CHRISTMAS DAY - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25

THE FIRST WEEK-DAY AFTER

CHRISTMAS DAY - SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26

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+KN0W YOUR DISTRICT* DRAWING COMPETITION

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A +COLLECTIVE DRAWING COMPETITION* WILL BE HELD FOR SOME 250 CHILDREN OF CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 27) TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE AREA IN WHICH THEY LIVE.

THE COMPETITION, ORGANISED BY THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) AND THE MID-LEVELS (WESTERN) AREA COMMITTEE, WILL BE HELD FROM 2 TO 5 PM AT LADY HO TUNG HALL, HONG KONG UNIVERSITY, POKFULAM ROAD.

THERE WILL BE A SENIOR AND A JUNIOR DIVISION AND PARTICIPANTS WILL BE IN GROUPS OF FOUR.

THEY WILL TOGETHER DO A DRAWING EITHER IN CRAYON OR POSTER COLOUR ON A SUBJECT RELATED TO THE DISTRICT.

THERE WILL BE FIVE PRIZES IN EACH DIVISION AND DRAWING MATERIALS WILL BE PROVIDED.

THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICER AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE DISTRICT’S POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS, RECREATION AND SPORT, SOCIAL WELFARE AND URBAN SERVICES OFFICES, AS WELL AS THE MID-LEVELS (WESTERN) AREA COMMITTEE WILL OFFICIATE AT A RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY.

A SELECTION OF THE DRAWINGS WILL BE EXHIBITED AT THE SAME PLACE FROM 10 AM TO 4 PM ON SUNDAY AND MONDAY (DECEMBER 28 AND 29). ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.

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YUEN LONG DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD HAS NEW LOGO * * *

YUEN LONG DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD, SET UP THREE YEARS AGO TO ADVISE ON THE WELL-BEING OF LOCAL RESIDENTS, NOW HAS ITS OWN LOGO.

THE LOGO WAS SELECTED FROM 120 ENTRIES IN A DESIGN COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE BOARD IN OCTOBER.

THE WINNER, MR LAW KAM-WAH, A 23-YEAR-OLD SHUE YAN COLLEGE STUDENT, WILL RECEIVE A CASH PRIZE OF S3 000.

THE RUNNERS-UP ARE MESSRS YU HAU-MING, NG PAK-SHEUNG, TSOI KWAI-KAU AND CHU KAI-YIN WHO HAS WON TWO PRIZES. EACH PRIZE WINNER WILL RECEIVE $200.

THE WINNING DESIGN SHOWS THE CHINESE CHARACTER FOR +YUEN* PRESENTED IN AN ARTISTIC FORM. IT WILL APPEAR ON THE BOARD’S STATIONERY AND PUBLICITY ITEMS IN A GOLDEN BROWN COLOUR.

ADJUDICATORS INCLUDED MR WUCI US WONG OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC- MR LEUNG SUNG-HOI OF LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE-14? TAM CHI-SING OF THE HONG KONG MUSEUM OF ART- MR ALAN FUNG, ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, YUEN LONG- AND MR MA NING-HEI. CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF YUEN LONG CULTURAL FAIR.

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NT CIRCULAR ROUTE LINK *****

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WILL BUILD A GRADE SEPARATED INTERCHANGE AT WO HOP SHEK.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT, WHICH FORMS PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROUTE, ARE BEING INVITED BY THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE.

THE WORK COMPRISES THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO VEHICULAR FLYOVERS, DUAL TWO-LANE CARRIAGEWAYS WITH FOOTPATHS AND CYCLE TRACKS ON EITHER SIDES, AND A BRIDGE FOR PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS.

WORK WILL START IN MARCH NEXT YEAR AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 24 MONTHS.

IT HAS BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY THE HIGHWAYS (NT) DIVISION OF THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE.

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A REST GARDEN AND A TEMPORARY PLAYGROUND WILL BE BUILT IN KOWLOON TO PROVIDE MORE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR THE PUBLIC.

THE REST GARDEN WILL BE SITUATED AT THE JUNCTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND CHING CHEUNG ROAD AND THE TEMPORARY PLAYGROUND AT THE JUNCTION OF CHOI HUNG ROAD AND PO KONG VILLAGE ROAD.

BOTH FACILITIES WILL PROVIDE CHILDREN’S PLAY AREAS WITH MODERN PLAY EQUIPMENT, PAVILIONS, ARBOURS, BENCHES AND TOILETS.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECTS ARE BEING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

WHEN COMPLETED IN THE MIDDLE OF NEXT YEAR, THE GARDEN AND PLAYGROUND WILL BE HANDED OVER TO THE URBAN COUNCIL FOR MANAGEMENT.

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CONTENTS PAGE NO.

JANUARY 1 IS „ STATUTORY HOLIDAY................................. 1

TAP MUN FISHERMAN VILLAGE JETTY BEING REBUILT ................... 1

MORE DEMAND FOR CAS SERVICE....................................

DONATION TO PRISONS DEPARTMENT* S WELFARE FUND .................. 3

HILL FIRE WARNING ............................................... 3

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS  .........................................   4

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1980

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JANUARY 1 IS A STATUTORY HOLIDAY *****

A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY REMINDED EMPLOYERS THAT NEW YEAR’S DAY IS ONE OF THE 10 STATUTORY HOLIDAYS APPOINTED UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

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 HAVE 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 VARY 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 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: 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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TAP MUN FISHERMEN VILLAGE JETTY BEING REBUILT

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THE GOVERNMENT IS SPENDING $380 000 TO REBUILD A JETTY AT FISHERMEN VILLAGE ON TAP MUN, A REMOTE ISLAND AT THE ENTRANCE OF LONG HARBOUR.

THE JETTY, WHICH WAS CONSTRUCTED IN THE 196O’S FOR USE BY LOCAL FISHERMEN, ALSO SERVED AS A LANDING POINT FOR SMALLER FISHING VESSELS AND SAMPANS.

IT COLLAPSED IN AUGUST 1979, DURING TYPHOON HOPE AND THE FISHERMEN AND RESIDENTS OF TAP MUN WROTE TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE SEEKING ASSISTANCE.

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BECAUSE OF THE HIGH COST OF THE PROJECT FINANCE COMMITTEE APPROVAL HAD TO BE OBTAINED.

THE WORK INCLUDES LAYING FOUNDATIONS, EXCAVATING AND DREDGING, AND BUILDING THE SUPERSTRUCTURE.

THE NEW JETTY WILL BE REINFORCED WITH HUGE STONES TO PERFORM A PROTECTIVE LAYER AGAINST STRONG SEA CURRENTS.

WORK WAS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT OWING TO THE ISLAND’S REMOTENESS, A TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID.

TWO HUNDRED HUGE STONES, EACH WEIGHING ABOUT 2 000 KILOGRAMS, HAD TO BE TRANSPORTED BY LIGHTER AND CRANE TO THE SITE.

WORK STARTED EARLY THIS MONTH AND WILL TAKE FOUR MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE JETTY HAS BEEN DESIGNED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION ENGINEER MR RAYMONG WONG, WHO ALSO SUPERVISED THE WORK TOGETHER WITH TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE STAFF.

MORE DEMAND FOR CAS SERVICE

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THE CIVIL AID SERVICES PERFORMED A RECORD TOTAL OF 37 110 MAN-DAYS OF DUTY IN THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR.

THE MANPOWER DEPLOYED INCREASED BY 83 PER CENT IN THE ADULT SECTION INVOLVING 31 760 MEN AND WOMEN, AND 18 PER CENT IN THE CADET CORPS, INVOLVING 5 350 YOUNGER MEMBERS.

THE 596 OPERATIONS CARRIED OUT ALMOST DOUBLED THAT OF THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

OF THESE, 409 WERE OPERATIONAL DUTIES AND 187 WERE COMMUNITY SERVICES.

ON 169 OCCASIONS THE CAS CARRIED OUT CROWD CONTROL DUTIES AND ASSISTED OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS IN THEIR FUNCTIONS.

OTHER DUTIES CARRIED OUT INCLUDED PUBLIC PERFORMANCES BY ITS MOTOR CYCLE AND BICYCLE TEAMS AND ITS MUSIC BAND. IN ADDITION, IT TOOK PART IN FOREST FIRE FIGHTING AND MOUNTAIN RESCUE.

BEFORE IT WAS RELEASED FROM REFUGEE DUTIES IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR, THE CAS ALSO TOOK UP 307 REFUGEE OPERATIONS.

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DONATION TO PRISONS DEPARTMENT’S WELFARE FUND

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THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT’S WELFARE FUND WAS TODAY BOOSTED BY $50 000 - A DONATION FROM THE EXECUTORS OF THE ESTATE OF THE LATE MR LO KA-CHOW, IN RECOGNITION OF THE WORK OF THE STAFF OF THE PRISON SERVICE IN HELPING TO PROTECT THE COMMUNITY.

AT A PRESENTATION CEREMONY HELD IN PRISONS HEADQUARTERS, THE COMMISSIONER OF PRISONS, MR THOMAS GARNER, RECEIVED ON BEHALF OF THE WELFARE FUND A CHEQUE FROM MRS GERALDINE LO WHO REPRESENTED THE EXECUTORS.

MR GARNER THEN PRESENTED A SOUVENIR, A BADGE OF THE DEPARTMENT, TO MRS LO IN APPRECIATION OF THE GENEROUS DONATION.

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HILL FIRE WARNING H * * X

PICNICKERS AND HOLIDAY-MAKERS VISITING THE COUNTRYSIDE OVER THIS FESTIVE PERIOD SHOULD TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTION IN PREVENTING FIRES, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID VERY OFTEN FIRES WERE STARTED AS A RESULT CF CARELESSNESS.

IN THE CURRENT FIRE SEASON AND UP TO LAST SUNDAY (DECEMBER 21), THERE WERE 498 REPORTED HILLFIRES AND MORE THAN 10 000 TREES WERE DESTROYED.

THE TOTAL AREA OF BURNT OUT LAND ADDED UP TO 257 HECTARES.

HILLFIRES HAVE BEEN THE SINGLE BIGGEST THREAT TO THE COUNTRYSIDE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

EARLY THIS MONTH, A FIRE WHICH BROKE OUT IN LEAD MINE PASS NEAR THE SHING MUN PLANTATION AREA TOOK FIRE-FIGHTERS OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES AND FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENTS MORE THAN 10 HOURS TO PUT OUT.

THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED PICNICKERS AND VISITORS TO THE COUNTRYSIDE TO BARBECUE ONLY IN DESIGNATED AREAS. THEY SHOULD ENSURE THAT ALL FIRES ARE EXTINGUISHED BEFORE LEAVING.

THEY SHOULD ALSO KEEP THE COUNTRYSIDE FREE OF LITTER, HE ADDED.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS

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THE ACCESS ROAD LINKING SAU MAU PING ROAD AND ANDERSON ROAD WILL BE RE-OPENED TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 28).

IN KOWLOON CITY FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 29), TRAFFIC IN TUNG TSING ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY FROM TUNG TAU TSUEN ROAD TO LOK SIN ROAD.

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STRICTER RULES FOR STAGING LION DANCE ...................... 1

COLOURFUL LOCAL FISH SHOWN ON STAMPS ....................... 2

SAM TUNG UK DECLARED A MONUMENT ............................ 3

LOANS AND GRANTS FOR NEEDY COLLEGE STUDENTS ................ 4

HK VISIT BY DIRECTOR OF ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC ............. 4

FINAL ELECTORS REGISTER READY FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION ........ 5

NEW YEAR CONCERT FOR TAI PO RESIDENTS ...................... 6

BISHOP WU VISITS TRAINING CENTRE ........................... 6

LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE EXPANDS TO EAST NT ................ 7

800 CAS CADETS IN ANNUAL CAMP

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STRICTER RULES FOR STAGING LION DANCE

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ORGANISERS OF LION AND OTHER SIMILAR DANCES AND ATTENDANT MARTIAL ARTS DISPLAYS MAY SOON HAVE TO APPLY TO THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE FOR A PERMIT TO PUT ON THEIR SHOWS.

IF THEY DO NOT THEY COULD FACE A MAXIMUM FINE OF $2 000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR SIX MONTHS.

THESE CONDITIONS ARE LAID DOWN IN THE SUMMARY OFFENCES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1981 TO BE PUBLISHED.

LION, DRAGON AND UNICORN DANCES AND ATTENDANT MARTIAL ARTS DISPLAYS HELD IN PUBLIC PLACES ARE CURRENTLY SUBJECT TO THE LICENSING PROVISIONS OF THE PUBLIC ORDER ORDINANCE. THIS IS BECAUSE THEY ARE CONSIDERED +PUBLIC MEETINGS*.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED TODAY THAT CONTROL WAS EXERCISED TOi

* MINIMISE INCONVENIENCE TO VEHICLES AND PEDESTRIANS0

* PREVENT INTIMIDATING BEHAVIOUR-

* PROHIBIT PERSONS EMPLOYED TO CLEAR THE WAY FOR DANCERS FROM CARRYING WOODEN POLES WHICH COULD BE USED OFFENSIVELY- AND

* ENSURE THAT RIVAL GROUPS DID NOT PERFORM IN THE SAME AREA.

THE SPOKESMAN SAIDi +POLICE EXPERIENCE HAS SHOWN THAT IN THE ABSENCE OF CONTROL, RIVAL GROUPS COULD EASILY CLASH AND INJURIES COULD RESULT.

♦THEREFORE, IT IS DESIRABLE THAT CONTROL BE MAINTAINED. AS THE SUMMARY OFFENCES ORDINANCE ALREADY DEALS WITH ACTIVITIES WHICH MIGHT ANNOY OR INCONVENIENCE THE GENERAL PUBLIC, IT IS APPROPRIATE THAT THIS CONTROL SHOULD BE EXERCISED IN THE CONTEXT OF THE ORDINANCE.*

THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE WOULD ALSO BE PROVIDED WITH DISCRETIONARY POWERS TOs

X ATTACH CONDITIONS TO THE PERMIT - SUCH AS SPECIFYING A ROUTE WHICH WOULD MINIMISE OBSTRUCTION, OR PREVENT THE CARRYING OF BAMBOO POLES- AND

* EXEMPT FROM THE REQUIREMENT TO OBTAIN A PERMIT THOSE PERSONS OR ORGANISATIONS WHOSE DANCES POSE NO PROBLEMS FOR LAW AND ORDER.

IT IS EXPECTED THE NEW REQUIREMENTS COULD COME INTO FORCE EARLY IN 1981, IF THE BILL IS PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

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COLOURFUL LOCAL FISH SHOWN ON STAMPS

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THE POSTMASTER GENERAL, MR A.C. HEATHCOTE, ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THERE WOULD BE THREE SPECIAL ISSUES OF POSTAGE STAMPS IN 1961 WITH THE THEMES +FISH+, +PUBLIC HOUSING* AND +THE PORT OF HONG KONG, PAST AND PRESENT*.

THE FIRST ISSUE +FISH+ WILL BE PLACED ON SALE ON JANUARY 28.

THE ISSUE CONSISTS OF A SET OF FOUR COLOURFUL STAMPS (20 CENTS, 81, $1.30, AND $2) FEATURING SOME OF THE MORE COMMON SPECIES OF FISH FOUND IN HONG KONG.

THE 20 CENT STAMP DEPICTS A RED GROUPER WHICH IS A VERY POPULAR SPECIES OF GROUPER COMMERCIALLY REARED IN HONG KONG FISH FARMS.

THE $1 STAMP SHOWS THE GOLDEN THREAD WHOSE DISTINGUISHING FEATURES ARE ITS FILAMENTOUS TAIL AND YELLOW BANDS.

DEPICTING THE COLOURFUL TOOTHED WRASSE IS THE $1.30 STAMP. THIS COMMON SPECIES OF WRASSE IS GENERALLY FOUND IN COASTAL WATERS. IT HAS A STEEP HEAD PROFILE AND PATTERNS OF RED, PURPLE, ORANGE AND YELLOW ON ITS BODY.

THE BLUE-STRIPED PARROTFISH WITH PARROT-LIKE TEETH AND BLUE AND ORANGE PATTERN IS FEATURED ON THE $2 STAMP.

THE NEW STAMPS, WHICH WERE DESIGNED BY JANE THATCHER, WILL EE DISPLAYED ON THE FIRST FLOOR PUBLIC COUNTER OF THE GENERAL POST OFFICE IN CONNAUGHT PLACE LATER NEXT MONTH.

OFFICIAL FIRST DAY COVERS FOR THIS SPECIAL STAMP ISSUE WILL BE PLACED ON SALE AT ALL POST OFFICES ON JANUARY 20 AT 50 CENTS EACH. EACH COVER WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY A DESCRIPTIVE INSERT CARD.

A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF COVERS WILL BE PRINTED TO MEET ANTICIPATED PUBLIC DEMAND BUT IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE GIVEN A FAIR CHANCE TO BUY THEM, NO MORE THAN 10 MAY BE PURCHASED BY A CUSTOMER AT ANY ONE TIME.

ADVANCE ORDERS FOR NOT LESS THAN 10 FIRST DAY COVERS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, KOWLOON CENTRAL POST OFFICE AND TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE FROM JANUARY 20 TO 24.

FURTHER DETAILS OF THE OTHER TWO SPECIAL STAMP ISSUES IN 1981 WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN DUE COURSE.

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SAM TUNG UK DECLARED A MONUMENT

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AN 18TH CENTURY WALLED VILLAGE IN TSUEN WAN HAS BEEN DECLARED A MONUMENT.

SUBJECT TO THE PROVISION OF FUNDS BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE, SAM TUNG UK VILLAGE WILL BE RESTORED AND USED AS A LOCAL HISTORY MUSEUM, TO BE MANAGED BY THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN CONSULTATION WITH THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE DECLARATION WAS BASED ON THE HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE VILLAGE, WHICH IS LOCATED ON HIGH GROUND ABOVE CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

ACCORDING TO LOCAL TRADITION, THE CHAN FAMILY MOVED INTO THE AREA AND ACQUIRED THE LAND SOME 200 YEARS AGO. LABOURING HARD FOR MANY YEARS, THEY BUILT THE VILLAGE THEMSELVES AND OCCUPIED IT IN THE 51ST YEAR OF THE EMPEROR CHIEN LUNG (1789).

THE NAME OF THE VILLAGE DERIVES FROM THE FACT THAT ORIGINALLY THERE WERE THREE ROWS OF HOUSES INSIDE THE ENCLOSURE- ANOTHER ROW WAS BUILT AT THE BACK A HUNDRED YEARS LATER.

THE THREE ORIGINAL ROWS COMPRISE ABOUT 30 DWELLINGS, WITH A FINE ANCESTRAL HALL IN THE CENTRE. ALTHOUGH THERE HAVE BEEN SOME CHANGES, THE VILLAGE IS STILL VIRTUALLY IN ITS ORIGINAL CONDITION AND A GOOD EXAMPLE OF ITS KIND, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

CLOSE TO THE VILLAGE IS A WELL-PRESERVED, PRIVATELY-MAINTAINED TIN HAU TEMPLE, MUCH FAVOURED BY THE LOCAL RESIDENTS, WHICH HAS BEEN INCORPORATED INTO THE REDEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR NORTH TSUEN WAN.

AS PART OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN, SAM TUNG UK WAS VACATED IN APRIL THIS YEAR AND ITS RESIDENTS WERE REHOUSED IN NEW ACCOMMODATION. RENOVATION WORK ON THE VILLAGE WILL BEGIN IN MID-1982, FOLLOWING THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW ROAD SYSTEM AND A MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY DEPOT IN THE SURROUNDING AREA.

THE AREA WILL BE DEVELOPED WITH OPEN SPACE AROUND THE VILLAGE.

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LOANS AND GRANTS FOR NEEDY COLLEGE STUDENTS *****

MORE THAN $9.4 MILLION WILL BE PAID OUT IN LOANS AND GRANTS DURING THE CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR TO STUDENTS IN THE THREE APPROVED POST-SECONDARY COLLEGES, THE THREE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION AND THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE.

♦LOANS AND GRANTS ARE AWARDED EACH YEAR TO NEEDY STUDENTS PURSUING FULL-TIME COURSES IN THE COLLEGES,+ AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT $4.5 MILLION WILL BE PAID IN INTEREST-FREE LOANS TO 1 508 NEEDY STUDENTS ATTENDING THE FOUR-YEAR DIPLOMA PROGRAMME OF THE THREE APPROVED POST-SECONDARY COLLEGES — BAPTIST, LINGNAN AND SHUE YAN.

STUDENTS OF THE NEWLY RESTRUCTURED YEAR III AND IV PROGRAMMES ARE ALSO ELIGIBLE FOR LOANS AND GRANTS. THIS YEAR 344 STUDENTS IN THE PROGRAMMES HAVE BEEN AWARDED LOANS WHILE 257 WERE AWARDED GRANTS, AND THE TOTAL AMOUNTS INVOLVED ARE ESTIMATED AT $550 850 AND $361 300 RESPECTIVELY.

THE MAXIMUM LOAN OFFERED WAS $2 400 AND THE MAXIMUM GRANT $2 000, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

PAYMENT WILL BE MADE TO THE RECIPIENTS’ SAVINGS ACCOUNTS IN TWO INSTALMENTS, HE ADDED.

THIS YEAR 834 STUDENTS IN THE THREE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION --NORTHCOTE, GRANTHAM AND SIR ROBERT BLACK — HAVE BEEN AWARDED LOANS AMOUNTING TO $2 001 600. ALSO, 824 STUDENTS HAVE BEEN AWARDED GRANTS AMOUNTING TO $1 455 000.

AS TO THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE, 132 STUDENTS HAVE BEEN AWARDED LOANS AMOUNTING TO $316 800 AND GRANTS AMOUNTING TO $229 000.

THE LOANS AMOUNTED TO $2 400 PER STUDENT AND THE MAXIMUM GRANT $2 000. THESE WILL BE PAID IN 10 INSTALMENTS.

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SIR DAVID WILLCOCKS, DIRECTOR OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC, WILL ARRIVE IN HONG KONG ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 29). DURING HIS SIX-DAY VISIT, HE WILL CONDUCT A CHORAL SEMINAR ON DECEMBER 30 AND A NEW YEAR CONCERT ON JANUARY 2 AT THE INVITATION OF THE MUSIC OFFICE.

THE CHORAL SEMINAR WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE, AND WILL BE PRESENTED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE MUSIC SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

STUDENTS COMING FROM MORE THAN 10 SECONDARY SCHOOLS WILL BE THE AUDIENCE AT THE SEMINAR.

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THE SEMINAR IS ORGANISED PARTICULARLY FOR SCHOOL MUSIC TEACHERS AND THE RESPONSE HAS BEEN VERY ENTHUSIASTIC.

THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN CHORAL SINGING CAN OBTAIN

FREE ADMISSION TICKETS TO THE CONCERT ON JANUARY 2. THE CONCERT WILL BE HELD AT 8 PM AT THE KOWLOON METHODIST CHURCH, 40 GASCOIGNE ROAD.

THE PROGRAMME INCLUDES ANTHEMS, OPERATIC SELECTIONS, MADRIGALS, AND SIR DAVID’S OWN ARRANGEMENT OF CAROLS.

DR WONG WING-HEE HAS ALSO BEEN INVITED TO CONDUCT CHINESE HYMNS AT THIS CONCERT. MISS WONG KIN-YU WILL BE THE PIPE-ORGAN ACCOMPANIST. ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON TEL. 3-819204.

NOTE TO EDITORS :

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND A PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD BY SIR DAVID WILLCOCKS AT 6.30 PM AT THE VIP ROOM, KAI TAK AIRPORT ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 29). SIR DAVID WILL ARRIVE AT 6 PM ON BR 382 BRITISH CALEDONIAN. MRS ELIZABETH WONG, THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR, WILL INTRODUCE SIR DAVID AND GIVE DETAILS OF HIS VISIT AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

A LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS FOR THE CHORAL SEMINAR ON DECEMBER 30 ARE RESERVED FOR PRESS MEMBERS. THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING CAN CONTACT MISS GRACE TOH AT 3-819204.

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FINAL ELECTORS REGISTER READY FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION

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MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO INSPECT THE FINAL REGISTER OF ELECTORS FROM WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 31).

THIS WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY BY MR KUO KET-CHEN, REGISTRATION OFFICER, URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS.

THE FINAL REGISTER CONTAINS THE NAMES, ELECTORAL NUMBERS AND ADDRESSES OF ALL OF THE 34 381 ELECTORS.

IT WILL BE OPEN FOR INSPECTION FREE OF CHARGE AT THE ELECTORAL AND JURY SECTION, REGISTRATION OF PERSONS OFFICE, AT KA CHEONG BUILDING, 7TH FLOOR, 4 SUNNING ROAD, HONG KONG.

THE OFFICE WILL EE OPEN FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY FROM 9 AM TO 1 PM, AND FROM 2 PM TO 5 PM, AND ON SATURDAY MORNINGS FROM 9 AM UNTIL 12 NOON.

THE COMPLETE REGISTER, COMPRISING TWO VOLUMES, PRICED AT 5450 ($225 A VOLUME), CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE.

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NEW YEAR CONCERT FOR TAI PO RESIDENTS *****

A CONCERT IS TO BE HELD AT TAI PO NEXT SATURDAY (JANUARY 3) TO CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR.

THE EVENT, ORGANISED BY TAI PO DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD AND THE MUSIC OFFICE, WILL BE HELD AT VOLTORTA COLLEGE AT 3.30 PM.

PERFORMING WILL BE THE NEWLY FORMED MUSIC OFFICE SYMPHONIC BAND, KWAI CHUNG CHILDREN’S CHOIR AND THE TAI PO ARTS ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION DANCE TROUPE.

THE SYMPHONIC BAND WILL PRESENT POPULAR PIECES INCLUDING CORONATION MARCH FROM +STAR WARS+, AND +GREASE+ AS WELL AS CHINESE TELEVISION TUNES.

IT HAS 40 MEMBERS INCLUDING MUSIC OFFICE INSTRUCTORS AND STUDENTS.

THE KWAI CHUNG CHILDREN’S CHOIR, FORMED AND SUPERVISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE, WILL SING CHINESE FOLK SONGS.

ADMISSION WILL BE FREE. TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE, TAI PO RURAL COMMITTEE AND THE LION’S CLUB YOUTH CENTRE.

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BISHOP WU VISITS TRAINING CENTRE

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THE ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF HONG KONG, THE RIGHT REV JOHN BAPTIST WU, TODAY VISITED THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT’S LAI KING TRAINING CENTRE TO WISH ITS INMATES A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEw YEAR.

HE WAS ACCOMPANIED ON THE VISIT BY THE PRISONS CHAPLAIN, FR STEPHEN EDMONDS.

BISHOP WU TOURED THE CENTRE AND WAS BRIEFED ON THE TRAINING PROGRAMMES AND FACILITIES PROVIDED THERE. HE ALSO TALKED TO SOME OF THE INMATES.

THE BISHOP VISITS ONE OF THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT’S PENAL INSTITUTIONS EVERY YEAR.

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LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE EXPANDS TO EAST NT * * * * *

THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IS SETTING UP ANOTHER BRANCH OFFICE TO SERVE THE EASTERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE NEW OFFICE IS SCHEDULED TO OPEN NEXT FRIDAY (JANUARY 2) ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING IN TING KOK ROAD TO SERVE WU KAI SHA, SIU LEK YUEN, SHA TIN, TAI PO, PANLING, SHEUNG SHU I, LIN TONG MEI AND LOK MA CHAU.

THE OPENING HOURS WILL BE 9 AM TO 1 PM AND 2 PM TO 5.30 PM ON WEEKDAYS AND FROM 9 AM TO 12 NOON ON SATURDAYS.

THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF THE NEW OFFICE ARE 12-677111 EXT. 115 FOR THE ASSISTANT LABOUR OFFICER AND 12-677111 EXT. 114 FOR GENERAL ENQUIR IES.

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800 CAS CADETS IN ANNUAL CAMP *****

THE CIVIL AID SERVICES WILL HOLD A FOUR-DAY ANNUAL CAMP FOR ITS CADET CORPS AT THE CHINESE YMCA WU KAI SHA YOUTH VILLAGE FROM SUNDAY (DECEMBER 28).

EIGHT HUNDRED MEMBERS FROM 20 CADET UNITS WILL TAKE PART IN THE CAMP WHICH IS AIMED AT FOSTERING GOOD COMRADESHIP AND DEVELOPING THEIR SENSE OF LEADERSHIP, RESPONSIBILITY, CO-OPERATION AND PERSONAL TALENTS THROUGH A SERIES OF GAMES, ACTIVITIES, SOCIAL GATHERINGS, AND COMPETITIONS.

THE CAS COMMISSIONER, MR ROGER LOBO WILL ATTEND THE OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 29) AT 11.30 AM AT THE MAIN FOOTBALL FIELD AT THE YOUTH VILLAGE AND WILL TOUR THE CAMP WITH GUESTS AND VISITORS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE CAS CADET CORPS ANNUAL CAMP OPENING CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT WU KAI SHA YOUTH VILLAGE ON MONDAY (DECEMBER 29) AT 11.30 AM.

THEY ARE REQUESTED TO REPORT TO EITHER MR TSE KWOK-FU AT 9 AM AT THE CAS HEADQUARTERS, 100 CAROLINE HILL ROAD, HONG KONG, OR TO W HO KWONG-CHIU AT 9.30 AM AT THE CAS KOWLOON TRAINING CENTRE, 204 ARGYLE STREET (NEXT TO KOWLOON CITY POLICE STATION). MESSRS TSE AND HO WILL CONDUCT THE^ Tn THE CAMP.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO

PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR NOVEMBER 1980 .................. 1

HIGH PERFORMANCE FIRE BOAT TO BE LAUNCHED..................... 3

REMINDER TO TAXPAYERS ........................................ 5

SHA TIN’S MINI LIBRARY POPULAR WITH SCHOOL CHILDREN.......... 6

TRIBUTE TO CUSTOMS SERVICE ................................... 6

TUNG CHUNG NULLAH BEING IMPROVED ............................. 7

WATER CUT IN TUEN MUN

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PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR NOVEMBER 1980 * * * * *

PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES PUBLISHED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT SHOWED THAT THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS FOR NOVEMBER 1980 WAS $8 827 MILLION, MADE UP OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AT $5 893 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS AT $2 933 MILLION. WITH IMPORTS AT $10 901 MILLION, THE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT FOR NOVEMBER WAS $2 074 MILLION.

COMPARED WITH THE SAME MONTH IN 1979, THE FOLLOWING INCREASES BY VALUE WERE RECORDED: $556 MILLION, OR 10 PER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS- $931 MILLION OR 47 PER CENT FOR RE-EXPORTS- $1 488 MILLION OR 20 PER CENT FOR TOTAL EXPORTS AND $2 669 MILLION OR 32 PER CENT FOR IMPORTS.

IN NOVEMBER THIS YEAR, THE VISIBLE TRADE +GAP+, THAT IS THE PROPORTION OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS NOT COVERED BY THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS, WAS 19 PER CENT ($2 074 MILLION)- IN NOVEMBER 1979, THE +GAP+ WAS 11 PER CENT ($893 MILLION).

COMMENTING ON THE NOVEMBER TRADE FIGURES, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE NORMAL SEASONAL PATTERN OF HONG KONG’S MERCHANDISE TRADE IS SUCH THAT FAIRLY LARGE SHIPMENTS OF IMPORTS ARRIVE IN THE LAST QUARTER OF A YEAR, SOON AFTER DOMESTIC EXPORTS FOR SATISFYING CHRISTMAS DEMAND IN HONG KONG’S MAJOR MARKETS HAVE BEEN SHIPPED OUT. IN CONSEQUENCE THE VISIBLE TRADE +GAP+ INEVITABLY WIDENS.

IN 1979, THIS OCCURRED IN OCTOBER WHEN THE VISIBLE TRADE +GAP+ WIDENED FROM 8 PER CENT IN SEPTEMBER THAT YEAR TO 14 PER CENT. THIS YEAR, THE LARGE IMPORT SHIPMENTS DID NOT ARRIVE UNTIL NOVEMBER, AND THIS IS THE REASON WHY THE VISIBLE TRADE +GAP+ WIDENED FROM 6 PER CENT IN OCTOBER TO 19 PER CENT IN NOVEMBER.

USING THREE MONTH AVERAGES TO AVOID THE DISTORTION CAUSED BY THE TIMING OF IMPORT SHIPMENTS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, THE VISIBLE TRADE +GAP+ FOR THE THREE MONTH PERIOD SEPTEMBER TO NOVEMBER THIS YEAR WAS 11 PER CENT WHICH WAS THE SAME AS THAT FOR SEPTEMBER TO NOVEMBER 1979.

HE FURTHER POINTED OUT THAT, USING THE SAME COMPARISON, THE GROWTH RATE OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS AT 24 PER CENT WAS THE SAME AS THAT FOR TOTAL EXPORTS WHICH WAS MADE UP OF A GROWTH RATE OF 13 PER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND 56 PER CENT FOR RE-EXPORTS.

COMPARING THE FIGURES FOR THE FIRST 11 MONTHS OF THIS YEAR WITH THOSE FOR THE SAME MONTHS OF 1979, DOMESTIC EXPORTS HAVE INCREASED IN VALUE BY 23 PER CENT, RE-EXPORTS BY 49 PER CENT, TOTAL EXPORTS BY 30 PER CENT AND IMPORTS BY 29 PER CENT.

THE VISIBLE TRADE +GAP+ FOR THE FIRST 11 MONTHS OF THIS YEAR WAS SLIGHTLY OVER 11 PER CENT, WHILE THAT FOR THE FIRST 11 MONTHS OF 1979 WAS SLIGHTLY LESS THAN 12 PER CENT.

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THE FOLLOWING ARE COMPARATIVE TRADE FIGURES: INCREASE OR DECREASE

LATEST 3 MONTHS SEPT - NOV 1980 SEPT - NOV 1979

SM SM SM %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 17 960 15 951 4- 2 009 + 12.6

RE-EXPORTS 8 606 5 530 3 076 + 55.6

TOTAL EXPORTS 26 566 21 481 4- 5 085 + 23.7

IMPORTS 29 822 24 141 4- 5 682 + 23.5

TRADE BALANCE - 3 256 - 2 660 596

SAME MONTH LAST YEAR NOV 1980 NOV 1979 INCREASE OR DECREASE

SM 3M $M %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 5 893 (66.8%) 5 337 (72.7%) + 556 + 10.4

RE-EXPORTS 2 933 2 002 + 931 + 46.5

TOTAL EXPORTS 8 827 7 339 4- 1 488 + 20.3

IMPORTS 10 901 8 232 + 2 669 + 32.4

TRADE BALANCE - 2 074 - 893 1 181

LAST MONTH NOV 1980 OCT 1980 INCREASE OR DECREASE

$M SM SM %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 5 893 (66.8%) 6 106 (67.8%) 213 - 3.5

RE-EXPORTS 2 933 2 899 + 34 + 1.2

TOTAL EXPORTS 8 827 9 005 179 - 2.0

IMPORTS 10 901 9 572 + 1 328 ♦ 13.9

TRADE BALANCE - 2 074 - 567 1 507

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JAN - NOV JAN - NOV 1NCRE. ASE OR

CALENDAR YEAR TO-DATE 1980 1979 DECREASE

$M $M $M %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 61 923 50 323 +11 601 * 23.1

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (69.7%) (73.5%)

RE-EXPORTS 26 957 18 133 + 8 824 + 48.7

TOTAL EXPORTS 88 880 68 456 +20 425 + 29.8

IMPORTS 100 383 77 524 ♦22 859 + 29.5

TRADE BALANCE - 11 503 - 9 068 - 2 435

DEC 1979 DEC 1978

TO TO INCREASE OR

LAST 12 MONTHS NOV 1980 NOV 1979 DECREASE

$M SM 3M %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 67 513 54 636 +12 876 + 23.6

RE-EXPORTS 28 846 19 359 + 9 487 + 49.0

TOTAL EXPORTS 96 359 73 996 +22 363 + 30.2

IMPORTS 108 696 84 365 +24 331 + 28.8

TRADE BALANCE - 12 337 -10 369 - 1 968

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HIGH PERFORMANCE FIRE BOAT TO BE LAUNCHED

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A NEW FIRE BOAT WITH A GIANT SNORKEL AND CAPABLE OF PUMPING FOAM AND WATER AT A RATE OF 11 300 LITRES PER MINUTE, wILL JOIN THE FIRE SERVICES FLEET EARLY NEXT YEAR.

THE $10 MILLION VESSEL, SPECIALLY DESIGNED AND BEING BUILT IN HONG KONG, WILL BE CAPABLE OF A TOP SPEED OF 13 KNOTS — THE FASTEST OF ALL MAJOR FIRE BOATS AT PRESENT IN SERVICE.

♦IT WILL BE ABLE TO ATTEND TO A FIRE WITHIN MINUTES AND CONSIDERABLY BOOST OUR RESPONSE TO MARINE AND COASTAL INCIDENTS,* THE FIRE SERVICES ACTING DIVISIONAL OFFICER (MARINE DIVISION), MR DOONG HWA SAID TODAY.

HE SAID THE NEW FIRE BOAT WOULD BE EQUIPPED TO DEAL WITH ALL TYPES OF FIRE — ELECTRIC OR CHEMICAL FIRES, FIRES INVOLVING OIL, AND FIRES ON CONTAINER SHIPS.

+ IT WILL BE FULLY GEARED TO EFFECTIVELY TACKLE ANY PROLONGED FIRE FIGHTING OPERATION,* HE SAID.

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THE MOST PROMINENT FEATURE OF THE 34-METRE BOAT IS THE HYDRAULIC PLATFORM WHICH CAN TURN FULL CIRCLE AND BE ELEVATED TO A HEIGHT OF 24 METRES ABOVE SEA LEVEL.

+ ITS MONITOR WITH LARGE WATER FLOW AND THE FACT THAT IT CAN TOWER OVER A FIRE MAKE IT A POTENT FORCE IN FIGHTING SHIP FIRES EVEN ON LARGE CONTAINER SHIPS,+ MR DOONG SAID.

THE VESSEL wILL ALSO HAVE A DRY CHEMICAL UNIT WITH A CAPACITY TO STORE 1 330 KILOGRAMS OF DRY CHEMICAL POWDER.

COMPLEMENTING THESE ARE THREE FOAM/WATER MONITORS AT THE BOW AND THREE WATER MONITORS AT THE STERN. THERE ARE ALSO FOUR DELIVERY HEADS FOR CONNECTING EXTRA HYDRANTS.

♦THE SNORKEL AND MONITORS WILL BE SUPPLIED WITH FOAM COMPOUND THROUGH FOUR SETS OF VARIABLE INDUCTORS FROM TWO FOAM LIQUID STORAGE TANKS, EACH OF WHICH HAS A STORAGE CAPACITY OF 8 600 LITRES,+ SAID MR DOONG.

ANOTHER OUTSTANDING FEATURE OF THE FIRE BOAT IS ITS TWIN DIESEL ENGINES OF 850 HORSE POWER EACH.

THEY WILL ALSO POWER TWO OF THE THREE SETS OF DUAL-STAGE CENTRIFUGAL PUMPS. THE THIRD WILL BE DRIVEN BY AN INDEPENDENT ENGINE. THIS WILL PERMIT PUMPING AND MANOEUVRING TO BE CARRIED OUT SIMULTANEOUSLY. THE TOTAL PUMPING CAPACITY IS ABOUT 27 275 LITRES PER MINUTE.

THE ENGINES ARE PARTICULARLY IMPRESSIVE AS THEY HAVE ATTACHED TWO VARIABLE PITCH PROPELLERS WHICH WILL ENABLE THE CREW TO MANOEUVRE THE BOAT WITH EASE.

STANDARD INSTALLATIONS INCLUDE MODERN NAVIGATIONAL INSTRUMENTS, TELECOMMUNICATION AND INTERCOM SYSTEMS, AND LIFE-SAVING AND BREATHING APPARATUS EQUIPMENT. IT WILL ALSO BE FULLY AIR-CONDITIONED.

THE VESSEL WILL CARRY A 12-MAN CREW, AND WHEN COMPLETED, WILL BE DEPLOYED AT THE FIRE BOAT BERTH NEAR TSING Yl.

AT PRESENT, THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS SIX FIRE BOATS AND A CREW OF 158 PROVIDING FIRE COVER IN HONG KONG WATERS. SOME 60 MORE MEMBERS WILL BE RECRUITED TO MAN THE NEW BOAT.

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REMINDER TO TAXPAYERS * * X *

SALARIES AND PROFITS TAX PAYERS ARE URGED TO CHECK THEIR DEMAND NOTES TO ENSURE THAT THE FIRST INSTALMENT OF THE TAX DUE IS PAID ON OR BEFORE THE SPECIFIED DUE DATE

IF THE FIRST INSTALMENT IS NOT SO PA WILL AUTOMATICALLY BECOME DUE IMMEDIATELY INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

ID, THE SECOND INSTALMENT , A SPOKESMAN FOR THE

THIS WILL BE STRICTLY APPLIED AND PLEAS FOR OVERSIGHT WILL NOT BE ENTERTAINED, HE SAID.

IN ADDITION TO BOTH INSTALMENTS BECOMING IMMEDIATELY PAYABLE TOGETHER, WHERE TAX IS NOT PAID BY THE DATE SPECIFIED IN THE NOTICE THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE MAY ORDER A SURCHARGE NOT EXCEEDING FIVE PER CENT OF THE TOTAL TAX. THIS WILL ALSO BE IMMEDIATELY DUE FOR PAYMENT.

THE FOLLOWING EXAMPLE ILLUSTRATES HOW THE ARRANGEMENTS WILL OPERATE :

TOTAL TAX DUE 5.1.81 $22 000

PAYABLE ON 5.1.81 $17 000

PAYABLE ON 5.4.81 $ 5 000

IF $17 000 IS PAID ON 5.1.81, THE SECOND INSTALMENT OF $5 000 IS PAYABLE ON OR BEFORE 5.4.81.

IF $17 000 IS NOT PAID BY 5.1.81, THE WHOLE AMOUNT OF $22 000 PLUS A SURCHARGE OF $1 100, TOTAL $23 100, IS IN DEFAULT AND ACTION TO RECOVER THIS AMOUNT WILL BE TAKEN SHORTLY AFTER 5.1.81.

THEREFORE TAXPAYERS WHO WISH TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE TWO INSTALMENTS SHOWN ON THE NOTE MUST ENSURE THAT THE FIRST PAYMENT IS MADE ON OR BEFORE THE DUE DATE SHOWN ON THEIR DEMAND NOTES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

PAYMENT MAY BE MADE AT COLLECTION OFFICES IN :

HONG KONG - WINDSOR HOUSE, 3RD FLOOR, 311 GLOUCESTER ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY-

KOWLOON - PARK-IN COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 12TH FLOOR, 56 DUNDAS STREET, MONG KOK- OR IN

TSUEN WAN - FOU WAH CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, 210 CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

TAX MAY ALSO BE PAID BY POST BY SENDING A CROSSED CHEQUE, ATTACHED TO THE DEMAND NOTE, TO THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE, GPO BOX 132, HONG KONG.

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SHA TIN’S MINI LIBRARY POPULAR WITH SCHOOL CHILDREN ******

THE MINI LIBRARY AT LEK YUEN ESTATE IN SHA TIN HAS BECOME A POPULAR RETREAT FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN LIVING IN THE AREA SINCE IT OPENED IN MARCH THIS YEAR.

OCCUPYING SOME 56 SQUARE METRES ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD OFFICE IN SAU CHUEN HOUSE, THE LENDING LIBRARY IS ALSO USED AS A STUDY ROOM.

NOT ONLY CHILDREN LIVING IN THE VICINITY BUT ALSO THOSE

LIVING FURTHER AWAY FIND IT CONVENIENT BECAUSE OF ITS COMPARATIVELY LONG OPENING HOURS, FROM 5.30 PM TO 9.30 PM ON WEEKDAYS AND FROM Q AM TO 1 PM ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

A SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID EXPANSION OF LIBRARY SERVICE AT SHA TIN WAS NECESSARY IN ORDER TO COPE WITH THE INCREASING POPULATION OF THE NEW TOWN.

THE MINI LIBRARY IS THE SIXTH IN THE OF MORE THAN 1 000 BOOKS AND PERIODICALS.

TOWN AND HAS A STOCK

THERE IS AT PRESENT A PUBLIC LIBRARY IN SHA TIN OPERATED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN ADDITION TO FOUR SMALLER LIBRARIES RUN BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND A MOBILE LIBRARY OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

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TRIBUTE TO CUSTOMS SERVICE

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NOTE TO EDITORS s

THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE WELFARE FUND WILL RECEIVE A DONATION OF $15 000 AND GIFTS OF TWO TELEVISION SETS AND TWO VIDEO-TAPE RECORDERS FROM AN ELECTRONICS COMPANY, IN RECOGNITION OF THE OUTSTANDING EFFORTS AND SUCCESS OF THE SERVICE’S COPYRIGHT PROTECTION UNIT IN STAMPING OUT VIDEO PIRACY.

AT A CEREMONY TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 3'3) AT 11 AM IN THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE SENIOR OFFICERS MESS, 9TH FLOOR, RUMSEY STREET MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK BUILDING, THE COMMISSIONER, M3 DOUGLAS JORDAN WILL RECEIVE THE DONATION AND GIFTS FROM THE MANAGING DIRECTOR OF ESQUIRE (ELECTRON ICS) LTD, MR S.C. GURDAS.

GUESTS ATTENDING THE CEREMONY WILL INCLUDE LAWYERS ASSOCIATED WITH COPYRIGHT MATTERS AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE VIDEO-TAPE RECORDING INDUSTRY. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE EVENT.

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TUNG CHUNG NULLAH BEING IMPROVED

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THE GOVERNMENT IS MAKING IMPROVEMENTS TO A NULLAH WHICH RUNS THROUGH A REMOTE VILLAGE ON LANTAU TO PREVENT LOCAL VILLAGE HOUSES FROM FLOOD DAMAGE.

THE VILLAGE IS SAN TAU TSUEN, NEAR TUNG CHUNG.

THE NULLAH, WHICH IS 500 METRES LONG, WAS FORMERLY A NATURAL STREAM.

WALLS WERE CONSTRUCTED SOME YEARS AGO TO PREVENT THE BANKS FROM COLLAPSING, BUT THESE HAVE NOW DETERIORATED THROUGH EROSION.

THE GOVERNMENT IS TO SPEND S130 000 ON THE IMPROVEMENTS, USING ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS VOTE.

WORK INCLUDES CONSTRUCTION OF A REINFORCED CONCRETE INVERT TO PROTECT THE BOTTOM OF THE NULLAH.

AN ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID WORK WAS NECESSARY AS A PRECAUTION AGAINST FLOOD, OR HOUSES NEAR THE NULLAH WOULD SUFFER SERIOUS DAMAGE SHOULD THE BANKS COLLAPSE.

WORK STARTED EARLY THIS MONTH AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY FEBRUARY.

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WATER CUT IN TUEN MUN * * *

WATER SUPPLY TO AN AREA OF TUEN MUN WILL BE INTERRUPTED FROM 13 PM ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 30) TO 7 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

THE AREA COVERS ALL PREMISES AND VILLAGES ALONG CASTLE PEAK ROAD BETWEEN FU TEI SHEUNG TSUEN AND TAI LAM CHUNG, AND INCLUDES INDUSTRIAL ZONE AREAS 9 AND 12, SAM SHING ESTATE AND ON TING/YAU 01 ESTATE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

IMPROVEMENTS TO NT TRUNK ROAD ................................... 1

KING’S ROAD TRAFFIC SCHEME APPLIES FROM TUESDAY.................. 1

CHILDREN’S ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND IN SAI KUNG...................... 2

QUEEN JURY HOSPITAL CHANGE OF TELEPHONE NUMBER................... 2

TENDER FOR WORK ON TEMPORARY MARKET.............................. 3

SHA TUI WATER CUT

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IMPROVEMENTS TO NT TRUNK ROAD ******

A SECTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD BETWEEN AU TAU AND THE EXISTING EASTERN ROUNDABOUT IN YUEN LONG WILL BE WIDENED AND RECONSTRUCTED.

THE PROJECT IS PART OF AN OVERALL PLAN TO IMPROVE THE TRUNK ROAD SYSTEM IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

TENDERS FOR THE WORK ARE BEING INVITED BY THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

THE WORK COMPRISES THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW CARRIAGEWAY ON THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF THIS SECTION OF THE ROAD AND THE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE EXISTING OLD CARRIAGEWAY.

THERE WILL BE CYCLE TRACKS AND FOOTPATHS ON THE SIDES, SEPARATED FROM THE ROAD ITSELF BY TREES AND LANDSCAPE GARDENING.

IN ADDITION THERE WILL BE THREE PEDESTRIAN/CYCLE BRIDGES AT LOCATIONS BETWEEN YUEN LONG AND AU TAU AND THREE SUBWAYS AT THE NEW ROUNDABOUT AT AU TAU TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS CROSSING THE ROAD.

WORK ON THE CONSTRUCTION PROJECT WILL BEGIN IN MARCH NEXT YEAR AND TAKE ABOUT 18 MONTHS.

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

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KING’S ROAD TRAFFIC SCHEME APPLIES FROM TUESDAY

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A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TODAY REMINDED MOTORISTS THAT THE FULL PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEME ALONG KING’S ROAD WILL COME INTO OPERATION AT 7 AM ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 30).

THE SCHEME PROVIDES FOR BUS ONLY AND TRAM RESERVED LANES OVER A STRETCH OF ABOUT FIVE KILOMETRES OF KING’S ROAD FROM CHAI WAN ROAD TO CAUSEWAY ROAD.

UNDER THE SCHEME ALL MOTOR VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES AND OMNIBUSES AND THOSE WITH WRITTEN AUTHORISATION, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE EUS-ONLY LANES DURING PEAK HOURS FROM 7 AM TO 13 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY. THE PROHIBITION APPLYING TO THE TRAM-ONLY LANES WILL EE ON A 24-HOUR BASIS.

A LEAFLET EXPLAINING THE SCHEME AND SHOWING THE BUS AND TRAM ONLY LANES IS OBTAINABLE AT THE EASTERN CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AND AT THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS, 32 01 KwAN ROAD, WAN CHAI.

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CHILDREN’S ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND IN SAI KUNG

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A CHILDREN’S ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND IS BEING BUILT ON A FORMER RUBBISH TIP IN SAI KUNG.

THE 2 500-SQUARE-METRE SITE IS IN THE TOWN CENTRE AND WAS OFTEN USED FOR THE ILLEGAL DUMPING OF LITTER. A DISTRICT OFFICE PROPOSAL TO TURN IT INTO A RECREATIONAL AREA FOR LOCAL CHILDREN WAS ENDORSED BY SAI KUNG DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD.

THE ENTIRE PROJECT, COSTING ABOUT 000, WILL BE COMPLETED NEXT FEBRUARY WHEN THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS COMPLETED PLANTING SHRUBS AND FLOWERS. FUNDS HAVE COME FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS VOTE.

FACILITIES HAVE BEEN DESIGNED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE TO PROVIDE CHILDREN WITH A RANGE OF MORE VIGOROUS ACTIVITIES THAN ARE AVAILABLE IN USUAL PLAYGROUNDS.

SAND PITS AND SAFETY MATS HAVE BEEN INCLUDED IN THE PROJECT. FOR ADULTS THERE ARE REST BENCHES AND TABLES.

ASSISTANT SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS CARRIE TSANG, SAID LOCAL SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES HAD ALREADY STARTED PLANNING TO MAKE MAXIMUM USE OF FACILITIES.

MISS TSANG SAID THERE WERE PLANS TO SET UP A TOY LIBRARY AND INSTALL MORE GAMES EQUIPMENT AT THE PLAYGROUND.

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QUEEN MARY HOSPITAL CHANGE OF TELEPHONE NUMBER

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A NEW TELEPHONE EXCHANGE WILL BE INSTALLED AT QUEEN MARY HOSPITAL AND BROUGHT INTO USE AT 8 AM ON WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 31). THE MAIN EXCHANGE NUMBER WILL BE 5-8192111, AND 5-8192348 FOR THE CASUALTY WARD.

THE

TRANSFER

OF TELEPHONE EXTENSIONS FROM THE OLD EXCHANGE TO THE NEW SYSTEM WILL BEGIN AT 6 PM ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 30). CONNECTION WORK IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BEFORE 8 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY WHEN THE NEW EXCHANGE COMES INTO OPERATION.

DURING THE TRANSFER PERIOD, THE OLD AND THE NEW EXCHANGE WILL BE OPERATING SIMULTANEOUSLY. CALLS TO THE HOSPITAL CAN EE MADE THROUGH THE EXISTING NUMBER, 5-873873, AND CONNECTED TO THc DESIRED EXTENSIONS IF THESE EXTENSIONS HAVE NOT BEEN TRANSFERRED TO THE NEW ’ ~

EXCHANGE.

IF THE EXTENSIONS ASK THE CALLER TO DIAL

HAVE BEEN TRANSFERRED, THE OPERATOR *ILL ThE NE* TELEPHONE NUMBER.

THE NEW PATHOLOGY BUILD I Nb OWN SEPARATE TELEPHONE EXCHANGE SERVICED BY THE NE* EXCHANGE _'N

IN THE HOSPITAL, *HICH HAS AT PRESENT, *ILL ALSC EE ThE “AIN NUMBER 5-81o2:il. 0 ------

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TENDER FOR WORK ON TEMPORARY MARKET

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A TEMPORARY MARKET IN TSUEN WAN NEW TOwN.

THE TEMPORARY MARKET WILL OCCUPY A 900-SQUARE-METRE SITE AT TAI LOONG STREET, KWAI CHUNG AND WILL HAVE 177 STALLS FOR HAWKERS NEARBY.

CONSTRUCTION WILL BEGIN IN FEBRUARY NEXT YEAR AND TAKE ABOUT FOUR MONTHS.

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WATER SUPPLY TO AN AREA OF SHA TIN WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 9 PM ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 30) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

THE AREA COVERS HO TUNG LAU TSUEN, LOK LO HA TSUEN, FO TAN, ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND RACE COURSE, UNIVERSITY STATION, THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY, SEA VIEW VILLA AND RED BRIDGE VILLA.

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M3NDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1980

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

CAREER ADVICE FOR STUDENTS ............................ 1

SAI KUNG TO HAVE $6 MILLION SPORTSGROUND .............. 2

IMPROVED ACCESS TO EAST TSIM SHA TSUI ................. 2

SMALLPOX VACCINATION NO LONGER RETIRED ................ 3

DECLARATION OF IMPORTS AND EXPORTS .................... 3

NOMINATION FOR MODEL CITIZENS IN SHAM SHUI PO ......... 4

MONDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1980

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CAREER ADVICE FOR STUDENTS * * * *

A SECOND SERIES OF THE 13-EPISODE +CAREER FOR YOU+ TELEVISION PROGRAMME a ILL BE RELEASED IN A FEW DAYS, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR J.N. HENDERSON, SAID TODAY.

SPEAKING AT THE CERTIFICATE PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF THE SUMMER WORK EXPERIENCE SCHEME FOR SCHOOL LEAVERS, MR HENDERSON POINTED OUT THAT THE SERIES IS A JOINT EFFORT OF THE OUTSTANDING YOUNG PERSONS ASSOCIATION, RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

HE CONGRATULATED THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CAREERS MASTERS FOR ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR OF THE SUMMER WORK EXPERIENCE SCHEME WHICH WAS STARTED IN 1974.

+1 AM SURE A GREAT DEAL OF WORK HAS BEEN DONE IN PLANNING, ORGANISING AND MONITORING THIS SCHEME.

♦ORGANISING THE WORK EXPERIENCE SCHEME IS NO EASY TASK FOR CAREERS MASTERS WHO PLAY THE DUAL ROLE OF FULL-TIME SUBJECT TEACHERS AND CAREERS ADVISORS.

♦THEY ARE THE FRONT-LINE PERSONNEL WHO ARE IN DAY-TO-DAY CONTACT WITH STUDENTS. THEIR ACTIVITIES REFLECT THEIR RECOGNITION CF THE IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE SCHOOL AND THE COMMUNITY, THE INDIVIDUAL STUDENT AND THE WORLD OF WORK,+ SAID MR HENDERSON.

THE COMMISSIONER OBSERVED THAT THE SCHEME COULD NOT HAVE BEEN SUCH A SUCCESS WITHOUT THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF VARIOUS PRIVATE ORGANISATIONS IN PROVIDING PLACES OR CONTRIBUTING FUNDS FOR ITS OPERATION.

HE SAID: +1 AM IMPRESSED BY THEIR SUPPORT AND INTEREST IN THE CAREERS EDUCATION PROCESS. I SINCERELY HOPE THAT IN FUTURE MORE EMPLOYERS WILL PARTICIPATE IN THIS SCHEME SO THAT MORE OF OUR STUDENTS CAN BENEFIT FROM IT.+

MR HENDERSON POINTED OUT THAT HIS DEPARTMENT’S YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE, AS A FIRM ALLY OF THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CAREERS MASTERS, IS READY TO OFFER ASSISTANCE WHEN REQUIRED.

THE DEPARTMENT MAY BE ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE TECHNICAL SUPPORT IN CANVASSING PLACES FOR THE SCHEME, AND IN ADVISING ON THE SUITABILITY OF PLACES OBTAINED, AND THE LEGAL POSITION OF THE EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING OF YOUNG PEOPLE.

THE ASSOCIATION AND THE SERVICE HAVE ALREADY JOINED HANDS IN A NUMBER OF PROJECTS, ALL AIMED AT PROVIDING A BETTER CAREERS SERVICE FOR STUDENTS.

MR HENDERSON LATER PRESENTED CERTIFICATES TO 59 STUDENTS WHO HAD PARTICIPATED IN THE SUMMER WORK EXPERIENCE SCHEME.

AFTER THE PRESENTATION, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (SERVICE), MR J.C.H. GILLARD, PRESENTED SOUVENIRS TO SPONSORS AND EMPLOYERS WHO HAD SUPPORTED THE SCHEME.

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SAI KUNG TO HAVE $6 MILLION SPORTSGROUND

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A SPORTSGROUND IS TO BE BUILT IN SA I KUNG AT A COST OF $6.3 MILLION.

THE SPORTSGROUND WILL EE BUILT ON RECLAIMED LAND A SHORT DISTANCE FROM THE TOWN.

FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE A SOCCER PITCH, A RUNNING TRACK AND AREAS FOR FIELD EVENTS.

WORK WILL START IN THE MIDDLE OF NEXT YEAR AND BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF 1982.

THE SOCCER PITCH WILL BE STANDARD SIZED AND FULLY TURFED.

BUILT AROUND IT WILL BE A 400 METRE, SIX-LANE RUNNING TRACK WHICH CAN EE USED IN ALL WEATHERS.

THE AREAS AT THE BACK OF THE GOALPOSTS WILL BE FOR FIELD EVENTS.

THERE WILL BE COVERED STANDS FOR 1 000 SPECTATORS AND A SERVICE BUILDING CONTAINING CHANGING AND TOILET FACILITIES.

SIR SHIU-KIN TANG IS PROVIDING $3 MILLION TOWARDS THE COST OF THE PROJECT AND THE GOVERNMENT WILL PROVIDE THE BALANCE.

A SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THERE WERE MANY SOCCER ENTHUSIASTS AMONG THE 35 000 LOCAL POPULATION WHO WOULD BE DELIGHTED TO LEARN THAT A PROPER PITCH WAS BEING BUILT NEARBY.

THE PITCH AND OTHER FACILITIES WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR USE BY LOCAL PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS FOR SPORTS EVENTS AND AS AN ARENA FOR DISTRICT-WIDE CELEBRATIONS.

IMPROVED ACCESS TO EAST TSIM SHA TSUI

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WORK WILL START NEXT MONTH ON ROADS IN EAST TSIM SHA TSUI TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO THE NEW DEVELOPMENTS TAKING PLACE THERE.

A $9.5 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE ROAD AND DRAINAGE WORKS WAS AWARDED TODAY BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

MR TOM ARMOUR, CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE PWD’S HIGHWAYS (KOWLOON) DIVISION, SAID THE PROJECT, WHICH WOULD TAKE ABOUT 15 MONTHS TO COMPLETE, WOULD INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A TOTAL OF 1 000 NETRES OF CARRIAGEWAY OF ABOUT 10.3 METRES WIDE.

THIS WILL MAINLY INVOLVE THE EXTENSION OF HING CHEUNG ROAD AND CHING YEE ROAD AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF MING KWONG ROAD TO JOIN HING CHEUNG ROAD AND CHATHAM ROAD.

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A PEDESTRIAN SUBWAY WILL ALSO EE ROAD EXTENSION NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH

BUILT ACROSS CHING YEE CHATHAM ROAD.

THE WORKS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED AND SUPERVISED BY THE HIGHWAYS (KOWLOON)

CONSTRUCTION WILL BE DIVISION.

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SMALLPOX VACCINATION NO LONGER REQUIRED * * *

THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT TODAY ADVISED THAT VACCINATION AGAINST SMALLPOX WILL NO LONGER BE GIVEN FROM JANUARY 1, ^81.

THE VACCINATION IS NO LONGER REQUIRED FOR TRAVELLING PURPOSES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD EXCEPT TWO COUNTRIES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED THAT THE MEASURE IS TAKEN ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION, FOLLOWING 'HE GLOBAL ERADICATION OF SMALLPOX.

WHO HAS ADVISED THAT THERE IS NO LONGER ANY NEED TO CONTINUE VACCINATION AGAINST THE DISEASE IN VIEW OF ITS GLOBAL ERADICATION AND THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF VACCINATION.

THE ORGANISATION HAS ALSO RECOMMENDED THAT SMALLPOX VACCINATION BE RESTRICTED IN FUTURE TO HEALTH INVESTIGATORS AT SPECIAL RISK.

IN LINE WITH THIS MEASURE, THE DEPARTMENT WILL STOP ISSUING SMALLPOX VACCINES TO GENERAL PRACTITIONERS.

THE ONLY TWO TERRITORIES IN THE WORLD THAT MAY STILL REQUIRE SMALLPOX VACCINATION CERTIFICATES UPON ENTRY ARE CHAD IN AFRICA AND CAMBODIA.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THOSE aHO WISH TO GET VACCINATION CERTIFICATES CAN GO TO THE DEPARTMENT’S PORT HEALTH INOCULATION CENTRES.

THE DEPARTMENT HAS RESERVED A STOCK OF THE VACCINE FOR THOSE IN NEED OF IT UNDER SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES.

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DECLARATION OF IMPORTS AND EXPORTS * *

COMPANIES AND INDIVIDUALS DEALING IN IMPORTS AND EXPORTS WERE TODAY REMINDED OF THEIR OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE IMPORT AND EXPORT (REGISTRATION) REGULATIONS TO LODGE TRADE DECLARATIONS AND TO PAY AD VALOREM CHARGES ’. I TH I ’ ’ 14 DAYS OF I PO.-TATICN AND EXPORTATION.

THE CHARGES SHOULD EE MADE ON GOODS OTHER THAN THOSE CATEGORIES EXEMPTED UNDER REGULATION 3.

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

THESE CHARGES RISE AFTER TWO MONTHS TO A MAXIMUM OF $100 PER DECLARATION WHERE THE TOTAL VALUE OF ARTICLES SPECIFIED DOES NOT EXCEED $20 000, AND TO A MAXIMUM OF $200 PER DECLARATION WHERE THE TOTAL VALUE EXCEEDS THIS AMOUNT.

PROSECUTIONS WILL BE INITIATED AGAINST THOSE WHO, WITHOUT REASONABLE EXCUSE, FAIL TO LODGE THE NECESSARY TRADE DECLARATIONS.

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NOMINATION FOR MODEL CITIZENS IN SHAM SHU I PO * * * * *

THE FOURTH SHAM SHU I PO MODEL CITIZEN AWARD IS NOW OPEN FOR NOMINATIONS.

THE AwARD WAS ESTABLISHED IN APRIL 1979 TO INSTIL CIVIC AWARENESS AND ENCOURAGE POSITIVE SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR AMONG RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT.

RECIPIENTS MAY HAVE TAKEN PART IN PREVENTION OF CRIME, APPREHENSION OF A CRIMINAL, FIGHTING A FIRE, PROMOTING ROAD SAFETY, IMPROVING ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANLINESS, OR OTHER COMMENDABLE ACTIVITY.

THE SCHEME IS SUPPORTED BY DONATIONS FROM DISTRICT LEADERS AND IS ADMINISTERED BY THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT MODEL CITIZEN AWARD COMMITTEE.

INFORMATION LEAFLETS AND NOMINATION FORMS THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (SHAM SHUI PO) AT 299 OR ITS SUB-OFFICES IN:

ARE AVAILABLE AT LAI CHI KOK ROAD-

* CHEUNG SHA WAN - GROUND FLOOR, BLOCK 3, UN CHAU STREET ESTATE,

* NAM SHAN - GROUND FLOOR, 21-24 NAM ON HOUSE, NAM SHAN ESTATE, AND

* MEI FOO - 20B NASSAU STREET, GROUND FLOOR, MEI FOO SUN CHUEN.

COMPLETED NOMINATION FORMS SHOULD REACH THESE OFFICES BY FEBRUARY 4, 1981.

PRESENTATIONS WILL BE MADE IN FEBRUARY. WINNERS WILL RECEIVE A CASH AWARD, A SOUVENIR AND A CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION.

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OIL RESERVE SHIP DRIVES IN HONG KONG

OCTOBER TRADE: PRICE tJJD VOLUME WVEMENTS ................... -j

CONSUMER PRICE INDICES RISE TjO POINTS ................... 4

INTEGRATED CHILD C^RE PRCGR^MklE FOR PTS-BLED CHILDRIM....... 5

GROWING INTEREST IN INDUSTRIAL SAFETY........................ 6

COPYRIGHT PROTECTION ^uXTUDED TO VIDEO TAPES 7

NEW YEAR HONOURS LIST........................................ 8

HIGH COURT JUDGE APPOINTMENT .......................... 9

LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS FOR T.JE PO RESIDENTS ........... 9

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1980

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OIL RESERVE SHIP ARRIVES IN HONG KONG * * * *

HONG KONG’S FUEL OIL RESERVES WILL BE INCREASED BY THE ARRIVAL IN HONG KONG WATERS TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) OF THE TANKER +STRAITS DAHLIA+ WITH A CARGO OF OVER 70 000 TONNES OF FUEL OIL.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE OIL HAD BEEN PURCHASED BY CWENSBORD ENTERPRISES LTD., THE COMPANY SET UP BY THE GOVERNMENT, WITH THE COOPERATION OF THE TWO POWER COMPANIES AND ESSO AND SHELL, TO MANAGE A TEMPORARY FLOATING RESERVE OF FUEL OIL FOR ELECTRICITY GENERATION.

THIS OIL WILL BE STORED ON BOARD THE +STRAITS DAHLIA* UNTIL LATE IN 1981, WHEN THE NEW LAND TANKS NOW BEING CONSTRUCTED AT THE NEW POWER STATIONS ON LAMMA ISLAND AND AT CASTLE PEAK WILL BE COMPLETED AND AVAILABLE FOR LONG-TERM STORAGE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE OIL HAD BEEN PURCHASED ON THE SINGAPORE SPOT MARKET ON DECEMBER 11 AT A PRICE OF US$241 PER TONNE, WHICH WAS IN LINE WITH MARKET RATES PREVAILING AT THAT TIME.

THE +STRAITS DAHLIA* WILL BE MOORED WEST OF THE NI NEP IN GROUP OF ISLANDS AND ALL NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS AGAINST POLLUTION ARE BEING TAKEN BY OWENSBORD ENTERPRISES LTD. AND THE MARINE DEPARTMENT.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID IT WAS LIKELY THAT SOME MORE PURCHASES OF OIL WOULD BE MADE TO PROVIDE A FURTHER INCREASE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVES OF FUEL OIL FOR ELECTRICITY GENERATION. HE NOTED THAT 70 000 TONNES REPRESENTED ABOUT 10 DAYS’ CONSUMPTION AT THE CURRENT LEVEL OF DEMAND.

HE SAID THAT, AS HAD ALWAYS BEEN PLANNED, THE COST OF THE TANKER STORAGE SCHEME WOULD BE MET THROUGH THE FUEL VARIATION CLAUSE, THOUGH THE PURCHASE PRICE OF THE OIL WOULD NOT AFFECT CONSUMERS UNTIL IT WAS BURNT IN THE POWER STATIONS, WHICH MIGHT NOT TAKE PLACE FOR SOME TIME. THE IMPACT OF THE SCHEME ON CONSUMERS’ BILLS WOULD BE AN INCREASE EQUIVALENT TO AROUND ONE HALF OF ONE PER CENT.

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ECONOMIC STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT SHOWED THAT THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND IMPORTS ROSE BY 9 PER CENT AND 7 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN OCTOBER THIS YEAR COMPARED WITH THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR.

AS A RESULT OF THIS RISE, THE TERMS OF TRADE INDEX (EXPRESSED AS A RATIO OF THE DOMESTIC EXPORT PRICE INDEX TO THE IMPORT PRICE INDEX) IMPROVED SLIGHTLY BY 1 PER CENT.

HOWEVER A LARGER INCREASE IN VOLUME WAS REGISTERED FOR IMPORTS (+8 PER CENT) THAN FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS (+6 PER CENT). ON THE OTHER HAND, THE PRICES OF RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 7 PER CENT, wITri VOLUME UP BY 53 PER CENT, SC THAT FOR TOTAL EXPORTS, PRICES ROSE BY 8 PER CENT AND VOLUME ROSE BY 17 PER CENT.

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PRICES ARE BASED CN UNIT VALUES WHICH DO NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT CHANGES IN THE COMPOSITION OR QUALITY OF GOODS TRADED. CHANGES IN THE VOLUME OF TRADE ARE DERIVED FROM CHANGES IN TRADE VALUES, AFTER DISCOUNTING THE EFFECT OF PRICE CHANGES.

AN ANALYSIS OF THE CHANGES IN THE VALUES, UNIT VALUES AND VOLUMES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY COMMODITY IS GIVEN BELOW:

CHANGES COMPARING OCT 1983 WITH OCT 1979

EXPORT VALUES EXPORT UNIT VALUES EXPORT VOLUMES

CLOTHING (EXCEPT FUR) + 10% + 11% - 1%

TEXTILE FABR ICS + 13% + 1% + 11%

TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD - 34% + 1% - 35%

TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND

RELATED ARTICLES + 11% + 11% 1 NSIGNIFICANT

ALL TRANSISTORIZED RADIOS + 22% + 2% + 19%

ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS + 72% + 11% + 54%

FOOTWEAR + 23% + 11% + 11%

METAL MANUFACTURES + 22% + 17% + 5%

METAL ORES AND SCRAP + 107% + 5% + 98%

WATCHES AND CLOCKS + 37% - 7% + 47%

ALL COMMODITIES + 15% + 9% ♦ 6%

APART FROM WATCHES AND CLOCKS, THE EXPORT PRICES OF WHICH DROPPED BY 7 PER CENT, EXPORT PRICES OF THE MAJOR COMMODITY GROUPS INCREASED AT VARYING RATES, FROM A 1 PER CENT INCREASE FOR BOTH TEXTILE YARN AND TEXTILE FABRICS TO A 17 PER CENT INCREASE FOR METAL MANUFACTURES.

CONSIDERABLE GROWTH IN THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WAS NOTED FOR METAL ORES AND SCRAP (+98 PER CENT), ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (+54 PER CENT), AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (+47 PER CENT). HOWEVER, AN APPRECIABLE DECREASE WAS REGISTERED IN THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (-35 PER CENT).

CHANGES IN THE VALUES, UNIT VALUES AND VOLUMES OF IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY ARE SHOWN AS FOLLOWS:

CHANGES COMPARING OCT 1980 WITH OCT 1979

IMPORT IMPORT UNIT IMPORT

VALUES VALUES VOLUMES

FOODSTUFFS + 21% + 10% + 13%

CONSUMER GOODS + 38% 1 NS 1 GN 1F ICANT ♦ 38%

FUELS - 41% + 34% - 56%

RA* MATERIALS AND

SEMI-MANUFACTURES ♦ 8% + 6% ♦ 2%

CAPITAL GOODS ♦ 15% ♦ 7% * 7%

ALL COMMODITIES * 1591 + 7% + 8%

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WITH THE EXCEPTION OF FUELS, THE PRICES OF WHICH JUMPED BY 34 PER CENT, AND CONSUMER GOODS, THE PRICES OF WHICH SHOWED LITTLE CHANGE, THE PRICES OF IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY INCREASED MODERATELY, RANGING FROM 6 PER CENT FOR RAW MATERIALS AND SEMIMANUFACTURES TO 10 PER CENT FOR FOODSTUFFS.

MOST IMPORTED FOODSTUFFS ROSE IN VOLUME TERMS, THE MORE SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING SOYA BEAN OIL, PEANUT OIL AND LARD, LIVE POULTRY, AND WHEAT AND FLOUR.

IN THE CONSUMER GOODS CATEGORY, SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE REGISTERED FOR RADIOS, TELEVISION SETS, GRAMOPHONES, RECORDS AND TAPE RECORDERS, HOUSEHOLD ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT, CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR, AND PASSENGER MOTOR CARS. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF SOAPS, CLEANSING AND POLISHING PREPARATIONS FELL SUBSTANTIALLY.

IMPORTS OF FUELS DROPPED BY 56 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS.

THE IMPORT VOLUMES OF VARIOUS KINDS OF RAW MATERIALS AND SEMIMANUFACTURES SHOWED A MIXED TREND. WHEREAS PURCHASES OF WOOLLEN YARN AND MIXTURES, WOOL AND OTHER ANIMAL HAIR, CLAY AND REFRACTORY CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, WOOLLEN FABRICS AND MIXTURES, AND FABRICS OF MAN-MADE FIBRES ROSE SUBSTANTIALLY, DEMAND FOR MAN-MADE FIBRES, RAW COTTON, PLASTIC MOULDING MATERIALS AS WELL AS DYEING, TANNING AND COLOURING MATERIALS DECLINED.

AS FOR CAPITAL GOODS, MAJOR INCREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE RECORDED FOR TEXTILE MACHINERY AND TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT.

CHANGES IN THE VALUES, UNIT VALUES AND VOLUMES OF RE-EXPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY ARE SHOWN BELOW:

CHANGES COMPARING OCT 1980 WITH OCT 1979

RE-EXPORT VALUES RE-EXPORT UNIT VALUES RE-EXPORT VOLUMES

FOODSTUFFS + 3296 + 3% + 28%

CONSUMER GOODS + 83% + 5% + 74%

FUELS + 102% + 38% + 47%

RAW MATERIALS AND

SEMI-MANUFACTURES + 49% + 11% + 35%

CAPITAL GOODS + 41% + 6% + 32%

ALL COMMODITIES + 61% + 7% + 50%

THE RE-EXPORT VOLUMES OF ALL END-USE CATEGORIES INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY, RANGING FROM 28 PER CENT TO 74 PER CENT.

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THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) AND THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (B) FOR NOVEMBER 1980 WERE BOTH 167, EACH TWO POINTS (OR 1.2 PER CENT) HIGHER THAN THAT FOR THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

WHEN COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING MONTH IN 1979, CP I (A) INCREASED BY 22 POINTS (OR 15.2 PER CENT) AND CPI(B) BY 21 POINTS (OR 14.4 PER CENT).

CPI(A) IS BASED ON WEIGHTS DERIVED FROM THE EXPENDITURE PATTERN OF HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN $400 AND $1 499 A MONTH AND CP 1(B) FROM THOSE SPENDING BETWEEN $1 500 AND $2 999 A MONTH, AS DETERMINED FROM THE HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY OF 1973/74.

CHANGES IN THE COMPONENTS OF THE TWO INDICES FOR NOVEMBER 1980. COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS MONTH AND WITH THE CORRESPONDING MONTH IN 1979, ARE:

CPI(A)

CPI(B)

COMPONENT NOV 80 OCT 80 NOV 79 NOV 80 OCT 80 NOV 79

FOODSTUFFS 160 158 139 162 161 141

HOUSING 157 154 146 157 154 146

FUEL AND LIGHT ALCOHOLIC DRINKS 272 270 198 258 255 193

AND TOBACCO 184 184 168 178 178 162

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR 127 123 117 126 122 115

DURABLE GOODS 137 136 130 132 132 127

MISCELLANEOUS GOODS 173 172 162 171 170 157

TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES 211 205 163 214 206 169

SERVICES 180 180 156 186 184 159

ALL ITEMS 167 165 145 167 165 146

THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS INCREASED i 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 FRUITS, RICE AND EGGS. THE COST OF MEALS BOUGHT IN RESTAURANTS ALSO WENT UP. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF LIVE POULTRY AND FRESH VEGETABLES DECREASED. EFFECTS OF THE MOVEMENETS IN THE RETAIL PRICES OF OTHER FOOD ITEMS ON THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

THE INDEX FOR HOUSING INCREASED BY THREE POINTS IN BOTH CONSUMER PRICE INDICES AS HIGHER RENT WAS REGISTERED IN PRIVATE DWELLINGS AND IN SOME HOUSING AUTHORITY GROUP A ESTATES.

ON ACCOUNT OF HIGHER COST OF FUEL OIL, ELECTRICITY RATES FOR NOVEMBER WERE INCREASED AND CONSEQUENTLY THE INDEX FOR FUEL AND LIGHT INCREASED BY TWO POINTS IN CP I(A) AND BY THREE POINTS IN CP 1(B).

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THE FOUR-POINT INCREASE IN THE INDEX FOR CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR IN BOTH CONSUMER PRICE INDICES WAS ATTRIBUTABLE TO HIGHER PRICES FOR SOME OUTER-CLOTHING ITEMS, BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE ENDING OF SUMMER CLEARANCE SALES IN SOME SHOPS DURING THE MONTH AS WELL AS BY THE EMERGENCE OF WINTER CLOTHING ITEMS IN THE MARKET WHICH WERE GENERALLY MARKED MORE EXPENSIVE THAN IN THE LAST WINTER.

THE INDEX FOR DURABLE GOODS INCREASED BY ONE POINT IN CP I (A) DUE TO HIGHER PRICES FOR WOODEN FURNITURE, REFRIGERATORS, GLASSWARE AND VACUUM FLASKS.

THE ONE-POINT INCREASE IN THE INDEX FOR MISCELLANEOUS GOODS IN BOTH CP I(A) AND (B) WAS MAINLY CAUSED BY HIGHER PRICES FOR TOILET REQUISITES, SOAP, DETERGENTS, TOYS, TROPICAL FISH AND GENUINE JEWELLERY. THE EFFECT OF THESE INCREASES WERE PARTLY OFFSET BY THE LOWER PRICES FOR CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINES.

THE INDEX FOR TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES INCREASED BY SIX POINTS IN CPI(A) AND BY EIGHT POINTS IN CPI(B), REFLECTING THE FULL IMPACT OF THE UPWARD REVISION IN TAXI FARES SINCE OCTOBER AS WELL AS HIGHER FARES FOR SOME PUBLIC LIGHT BUS ROUTES.

THE INDEX FOR SERVICES INCREASED BY TWO POINTS IN CP 1(B) BECAUSE OF HIGHER CHARGES FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT AND HAIRDRESSING, AND HIGHER EXAMINATION FEES FOR SITTING THE HK ADVANCED LEVEL EXAMINATION AND THE GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION.

PRICE MOVEMENTS IN OTHER COMMODITY SECTIONS WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

DETAILS OF THE PRICE MOVEMENTS ARE GIVEN IN THE +CONSUMER PRICE INDEX REPORT* FOR NOVEMBER 1980, 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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INTEGRATED CHILD CARE PROGRAMME FOR DISABLED CHILDREN *****

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR SELWYN ALLEYNE, TODAY CALLED FOR PARTICIPATION BY MORE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES IN AN INTEGRATED PROGRAMME WHICH ENABLED MILDLY DISABLED CHILDREN TO MIX WITH NORMAL CHILDREN IN NURSERIES.

SPEAKING AT THE OPEN DAY OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT WOMEN’S WELFARE CLUB’S NURSERY IN NORTH POINT, MR ALLEYNE SAID THERE WAS PLAN TO EXPAND THE PROGRAMME BY 90 PLACES A YEAR.

HE SAID 15 NEW CHILD CARE CENTRES WOULD THEREFORE BE NEEDED TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS SCHEME IN THE COMING FINANCIAL YEAR.

THE AIM IS TO PROVIDE THE EXTRA PLACES IN DISTRICTS WITH HIGH DEMAND AND GEOGRAPHICALLY CLOSE TO THE RESIDENCE OF CHILDREN WHO NEED THIS SERVICE, HE SAID.

MR ALLEYNE SAID THAT SINCE THE SCHEME STARTED IN 1978 WITH ID CHILD CARE CENTRES OFFERING A TOTAL OF 60 PLACES FOR MILDLY DISABLED CHILDREN, THE RESPONSE OF VOLUNTARY AGENCIES HAD BEEN VERY ENCOURAGING.

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BY THE END OF THE YEAR, 30 CHILD CARE CENTRES WILL BE PARTICIPATING IN THIS SCHEME AND TOGETHER THEY WILL PROVIDE UP TO 180 PLACES FOR MILDLY DISABLED CHILDREN, HE SAID.

MR ALLEYNE EXPLAINED THAT THE INTEGRATED PROGRAMME WAS TO PROVIDE DISABLED PRE-SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN SOCIAL AND EDUCATIONAL SKILLS IN A NORMAL ENVIRONMENT MIXING WITH OTHER CHILDREN.

♦FOR THE NORMAL CHILD, OUR SUBVENTED CHILD CARE CENTRES PROVIDE A RICH AND STIMULATING ENVIRONMENT FOR HEALTHY GROWTH, WHICH IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT FOR THE MILDLY DISABLED CHILD,♦ HE SAID.

ALTHOUGH THE CHILD MAY INITIALLY BE SLOWER IN LEARNING THAN HIS ABLE-BODIED PEERS, IT IS CRUCIAL THAT HE SHOULD BE PROVIDED WITH THE SAME OPPORTUNITIES, MR ALLEYNE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT TO ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION IN THE INTEGRATED PROGRAMME, IT WAS THE POLICY TO PROVIDE SUBVENTION FOR A MORE GENEROUS STAFF-CHILDREN RATIO, WHICH WAS ONE CHILD CARE WORKER FOR EVERY SIX DISABLED CHILDREN.

THE DEPARTMENT ALSO RUNS SPECIAL TRAINING COURSES FOR CHILD CARE WORKERS WHO TAKE CARE OF DISABLED CHILDREN, HE ADDED.

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GROWING INTEREST IN INDUSTRIAL SAFETY

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THERE IS A REAL GROWING AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND ACCIDENT PREVENTION AMONG EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES, AS WELL AS AN INTENSIFYING INTEREST AMONG THE GENERAL PUBLIC ON THE SUBJECT.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR J.N. HENDERSON TODAY WHEN HE OPENED AN INDUSTRIAL SAFETY SEMINAR FOR INDUSTRIAL EMPLOYEES AT THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THIS CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE PROBLEM AND THE URGE TO TAKE ACTION BY ALL THE PARTIES CONCERNED WERE THE MOTIVATING FORCES WHICH LED TO THE SEMINAR.

♦WITHOUT THIS GROWING AWARENESS LITTLE CAN BE ACHIEVED SIMPLY BY REGULATION AND INSPECTIONS. THERE MUST BE THE WILL ON THE PART OF ALL THOSE INVOLVED TO TRY AND IMPROVE THE SITUATION WHERE IT MATTERS MOST ON THE FACTORY FLOOR AND ON THE WORK-SITE.* HE ADDED.

MR HENDERSON POINTED OUT THAT THE ONE-DAY SEMINAR WAS ORGANISED BY A TRIPARTITE BODY COMPOSED OF REPRESENTATIVES OF EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES AS WELL AS LABOUR DEPARTMENT OFFICERS, IN THE NAME OF THE COMMITTEE ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND ACCIDENT PREVENTION, WHICH WAS SET UP IN 1978 UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD.

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FOLLOWING THE SUCCESS IN STAGING A SENIOR MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY LAST MARCH, THE COMMITTEE DECIDED TO EMBARK ON A SIMILAR VENTURE FOR—EMPLOYEES WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF SIX MAJOR INDUSTRY AND TRADE ASSOCIATIONS.

THE COMMISSIONER ADDED THAT THE SEMINAR WENT A LONG WAY TO SHOW THAT THE THREE PARTIES - THE EMPLOYERS, THE EMPLOYEES AND THE GOVERNMENT - ARE JOINING HANDS TO TRY TO ABATE THE UNACCEPTABLE rise in Industrial accidents.

+FOR OUR PART ONE OF THE AREAS TO WHICH WE SHALL BE PAYING SPECIAL ATTENTION IS TRAINING IN SAFETY AT WORK, AND WE SHALL BE CARRYING OUT A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW OF THE RESOURCES AND POLICIES IN THIS FIELD OVER THE NEXT YEAR OR S0,+ HE NOTED.

MR HENDERSON URGED THE PARTICIPANTS, WHEN THEY RETURN TO THEIR WORK PLACES, TO SHARE WITH THEIR COLLEAGUES THE SAFETY MESSAGE AND KNOWLEDGE OF SAFETY PRECAUTIONS THEY GAINED TODAY.

ABOUT 250 INDUSTRIAL EMPLOYEES HEARD TALKS GIVEN BY GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS OR EXPERTS FROM THE INDUSTRY ON GUARDING AND OPERATION OF MACHINERY, SAFE USE OF ELECTRICITY AND PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT.

AMONG THE SPEAKERS WERE LABOUR DEPARTMENT OFFICERS WHO GAVE TALKS ON THE INDIVIDUAL’S ROLE IN THE PROMOTION OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND ACCIDENT PREVENTION, INDUSTRIAL HEALTH AND HYGIENE AND EMPLOYEES COMPENSATION. A FIRE SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE SPOKE ON FIRE PREVENTION IN FACTORIES.

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COPYRIGHT PROTECTION EXTENDED TO VIDEO TAPES X X X X X

THE AREA OF ACHIEVEMENT OF THE COPYRIGHT PROTECTION UNIT OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE HAS EXPANDED, WITH THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL CONVICTION RELATED TO PIRATED VIDEO TAPES, THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND CONTROLS, MR DOUGLAS JORDAN TOLD REPRESENTATIVES OF THE RECORDING INDUSTRY TODAY.

MR JORDAN WAS SPEAKING AT THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE HEADQUARTERS ON THE OCCASION OF A PRESENTATION TO THE SERVICE’S WELFARE FUND BY ESQUIRE (ELECTRONICS) LTD. IN APPRECIATION OF THE SERVICE’S WORK IN THE FIELD OF VIDEO PIRACY.

THE COPYRIGHT PROTECTION UNIT HAS IN THE PAST ACHIEVED NOTABLE RESULTS IN REDUCING TO A MINIMUM, MUSIC RECORDING PIRACY IN HONG KONG, TOGETHER WITH SUCCESS IN COMBATING BOOK PIRACY.

EXPLAINING THE BACKGROUND TO THE VIDEO TAPE PIRACY PROSECUTION, MR JORDAN SAIDt + IT WAS ONLY IN JUNE LAST YEAR THAT THE UNIT FIRST HAD TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST SUCH PIRACY. FOLLOWING INVESTIGATIONS AND SEVERAL RAIDS ON PREMISES, SOME 1 000 PIRATED VIDEO CASSETTE TAPES, BOTH OF INDIAN AND WESTERN FILMS, AND A LARGE QUANTITY OF VIDEO RECORDING EQUIPMENT WERE SEIZED.+

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HE ADDED THAT THIS WAS NOT THE END OF THE STORY. +IN MORE RECENT MONTHS THE UNIT HAS SUCCESSFULLY COUNTERED TWO FURTHER ILLEGAL MANUFACTURING CENTRES IN KOWLOON, WHERE LARGE QUANTITIES OF PIRATED VIDEO CASSETTE TAPES AND VIDEO RECORDING EQUIPMENT WERE INVOLVED.*

HE SAID THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE WAS ENCOURAGED BY THE FREQUENT RECOGNITION OF ITS EFFORTS AND SUCCESSES IN COMBATING THIS MODERN-DAY PIRACY.

+YOUR GENEROUS DONATION AND GIFTS PRESENTED TODAY CERTAINLY EMPHASIZE YOUR OWN APPRECIATION OF THE WORK OF THE SERVICE IN THIS CONNECTION,* MR JORDAN TOLD THE CHAIRMAN OF ESQUIRE (ELECTRONICS), M? S.C. GURDAS.

HE EMPHASIZED THAT ALTHOUGH THE SERVICE HAD COME A GOOD WAY TOWARDS STAMPING OUT PIRACY IN THE INDUSTRY, EFFORTS COULD NOT BE RELAXED. TIGHT SURVEILLANCE AND CONTINUING VIGILANCE IN RELATION TO THE PROTECTION OF COPYRIGHT WILL CONTINUE IN THE INTERESTS OF BOTH THE INDUSTRY AND THE PUBLIC, MR JORDAN SAID.

HE HOPED THAT SUCH ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAW MIGHT SERVE AS A WARNING TO COMPANIES TO ENSURE COPYRIGHT OWNERSHIP BEFORE UNDERTAKING ANY VIDEO CASSETTE RECORDING FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES.

A SUM OF $15 OOQ, PLUS TWO TELEVISION SETS AND TWO VIDEO CASSETTE RECORDERS, WERE PRESENTED BY ESQUIRE (ELECTRONICS) TO THE SERVICE’S WELFARE FUND, WHICH EXISTS BY LAW TO PROVIDE BENEFITS AND COMFORTS FOR MEMBERS OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

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NEW YEAR HONOURS LIST K X * K

COPIES OF A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO TODAY’S DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN CONTAINING A LIST OF HONG KONG RECIPIENTS OF NEW YEAR HONOURS, INCLUDING THOSE IN THE BRITISH FORCES, WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM GIS PRESS BOXES THIS EVENING.

PUBLICATION OF THE LIST IS PERMITTED IN HONG KONG NEWSPAPERS TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) MORNING BUT NO NEWS AGENCY OR OVERSEAS RADIO MAY CARRY THE INFORMATION WITHOUT THE EMBARGO QUALIFICATION. THE NEWS MAY BE BROADCAST FROM 7 AM TOMORROW OVER LOCAL RADIO AND TELEVISION STATIONS.

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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HIGH COURT JUDGE APPOINTMENT

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THE QUEEN HAS APPROVED THE APPOINTMENT OF MR SIMON HERBERT MAYO AS JUDGE OF THE HIGH COURT.

MR MAYO IS THE REGISTRAR OF THE SUPREME COURT AND HAS SAT AS A COMMISSIONER OF THE SUPREME COURT AND IS SO SITTING AT PRESENT.

BORN IN ENGLAND IN 1937, MR MAYO WAS EDUCATED AT HARROW SCHOOL AND WAS ADMITTED AS A SOLICITOR IN ENGLAND IN 1961.

AFTER A SHORT PERIOD IN PRIVATE PRACTICE THERE, HE CAME TO HONG KONG IN 1963 AND WORKED AS AN ASSISTANT SOLICITOR WITH A LAWYERS FIRM UNTIL 1967.

MR MAYO THEN WENT TO WESTERN AUSTRALIA WHERE HE WAS ADMITTED AS A BARRISTER AND SOLICITOR.

HE JOINED THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AS AN ASSISTANT REGISTRAR, SUPREME COURT, IN 1968 AND WAS APPOINTED REGISTRAR IN 1976.

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LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS FOR TAI PO RESIDENTS *****

TAI PO DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD IS TO SPEND $100 □□□ ON A SERIES OF LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS.

THE TWO-WEEK PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE A FLOWER SHOW, NEW YEAR WALKS, PICNICS, A DINNER PARTY FOR THE ELDERLY, FILM SHOWS, CONCERTS AND CAMPS.

THERE WILL ALSO BE COUPLET WRITING, PHOTOGRAPHIC, LANTERN DESIGN, ROAD NAMING AND CLEAN BUILDINGS COMPETITIONS.

A COMMITTEE WITH NEARLY 40 REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE, POLICE, NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, ICAC, HOUSING DEPARTMENT, RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE AND LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS WAS FORMED EARLY THIS MONTH TO DRAFT THE PROGRAMME.

TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR NICHOLAS NG, WHO IS CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, SAID ACTIVITIES TO CELEBRATE LUNAR NEW YEAR WERE ORGANISED ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS IN THE PAST.

THIS YEAR A COMMITTEE HAD BEEN FORMED SPECIALLY TO CO-ORDINATE THE ACTIVITIES, WHICH WOULD BE PROPERLY ARRANGED TO SUIT PEOPLE OF ALL AGES AND FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE, HE SAID.

TWO SUB-COMMITTEES HEADED BY LOCAL LEADERS, MR HO YUNG-SANG AND MR YAU FOOK-PING, WERE ALSO SET UP.

AN OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD ON FEBRUARY 3, TWO DAYS BEFORE LUNAR NEW YEAR, AT A SPORTSGROUND IN PLOVER COVE ROAD WHERE A NEW YEAR FAIR WILL BE HELD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN — SUPPLEMENT

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

Tuesday, December 50, 1980 EMBARGOED NEWS ITEM:

NOTE TO EDITORS OF NEWSPAPERS, The following announcement on the

NEWS AGENCIES, AND BROADCAST- New Year Honours List is being made ING STATIONS:__________________ simultaneously in London at 0001 hours

GMT on Wednesday,. December 51.

Publication is permitted in Hong Kong newspapers tomorrow (Wednesday), December 51, but no news agency or overseas radio transmission of the announcement may carry the information without the embargo oualification.

The news may be broadcast from 7 am onwards over the local radio and television stations.

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.

/NEW YEAR ......

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NEW YEAR HONOURS 1981

CEE (COMMANDER —ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE)

The Honourable David Gregory JEAFFRESON, JP

Mr. Jeaffreson served as an Administrative Officer in Tanganyika from 1955 to 1959. He joined the Hong Kong Government as an Administrative Officer in 1961. He served in the Department of Trade Industry and Customs-and in ■...........

various posts in Finance Branch before his appointment as a Secretary in 1977. He has acted as Financial Secretary on frequent occasions since 1976.

Dr. Haking WONG, OBE

Dr. Haking Wong is a prominent industrialist who has led the field over many years in introducing higher technology into Hong Kong. The diversification and expansion of his various companies exemplify the way in which Hong Kong industrialists have thrived by seeking out new and different markets. Dr. Wong’s companies are now major international suppliers of cameras and binoculars and his personal drive and initiative are at the heart of his success. Appropriately Dr. Wong has paralleled this by actively fostering technological education, and his generous and continuing financial support for the Haking Wong Technical Institute and for a wide range of projects in the University of Hong Kong are but two areas where he is helping to secure Hong Kong's future.

OBE (OFFICER-ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE)

The Honourable Piers JACOBS, JP

Mr. Jacobs joined the Hong Kong Government service in 1962 as a Legal Assistant. He was appointed Assistant Registrar General in 1968 and Registrar General in 1976. Hong Kong has developed enormously as a financial and commercial centre and the Registrar General's Department has responded positively and with success to the challenges thrown up by this continuous development. He is presently acting as Secretary for Economic Services.

/Cont'd.

Tuesday, December JO, 1980

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OBE (Conf J)

Dr. Keith Leonard Charles LEGG, JP

Dr. Legg .took up his appointment as Director of the Hong Kong Polytechnic in 1975. His term of office has seen a rapid increase in enrolment. In the 1974-75 academic year there were some 3 000 full-time, 1 500 part-time day release and 13 500 part-time evening students. By the beginning of the 1979-80 academic year these figures had grown to 7 100, 3 300 and 15 000 respectively. The number of teaching departments has increased since 1974 from 11 to 17. The Hong Kong Polytechnic is now firmly established and is acquiring a growing reputation. Dr. Legg has been untiring in his effort to raise the standards of the institution and he has also made a distinguished public contribution through his membership of a variety of boards and committees, including the Board of Education, the Environmental Protection Advisory Committee, the Hong Kong Productivity Council and the English Schools Foundation.

Dr. Henry LI Fook-kuen

Dr. Henry Li is one of the most respected members of the medical profession, having been in general practice since 1948. He has been the Director of the Hong Kong Central Hospital since 1962 and Chairman of the Board of Directors for two periods from 1967-1969 and from 1973 to the present. During this period he was also the Medical Superintendent. He has been elected to office in professional associations both internationally and locally, having been the Vice-President and President of the International College of Surgeons (Hong Kong Section) from 1965-1967, and Council Member, Hon. Treasurer and President of the Hong Kong Medical Association in succession in the years 1973-78. He has also been a member of the Council of the Hong Kong Federation of Medical Societies from 1972-78 and Vice-President since 1978. His other activities in the

/Cont *d.

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OBE (Conf il

private sector include membership of the Board of Governors of the Matilda and War Memorial Hospital since 1976. Dr. Li has also served as a member of two Government bodies dealing with medical matters; the Preliminary Investigation Committee of the Hong Kong Medical Council from 1973-75 and the Medical Council itself since 1977 to date. In 1978 he was also appointed a member of the Medical Development Advisory Committee.

Mr. Peter Thomas MOOR, QPM, CPM, JP

Mr. Moor joined the Royal Hong Kong Police as a Sub-Inspector in 1949. In 1971 he became Commandant of the Police Training School and in 1975 he was promoted to Assistant Commissioner, when he commanded the largest and most complex Police District. He was promoted to Deputy Commissioner in 1979. He is responsible for the day-to-day operational management of the Force and its 20 000 police personnel. This has been an arduous task, with the need to adjust tactics and personnel not only in taking normal anti-crime measures but also, until very recently, in countering large scale illegal immigration.

Mr. William Duncan Alistair TUCKER, JP

Mr. Tucker was first appointed in 1952 and worked as an Engineer in the Waterworks Office until 1961 when he was posted to the Roads Office. In 1963 he returned to the Waterworks Office and became Chief Engineer in 1965. Further promotions followed culminating in his appointment as Director of Water Supplies in 1976. Mr. Tucker has made a significant contribution towards the supply and distribution of water throughout the territory. He assisted in removing the remaining obstacles standing in the way of the successful completion of the High Island Reservoir Scheme (the largest reservoir built in Hong Kong) and in 1979 he accompanied the Director of Public Works to China to conclude an agreement with the Authorities there which will ensure that Hong Kong receives sufficient water for some years ahead.

/Cont'd.

Tuesday, December JO, 1980

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QBS (Coat*-*)

The Honourable Charles YEUNG Siu-cho, JP

Mr. Yeung has a well-established reputation for public and honorary service, particularly in the New Territories. He was appointed to the Legislative Council in 1977 and in addition he is a member of the Board of Education, the Fight Violent Crime Committee, the Council for Sports and Recreation and, most recently, the Public Accounts Committee, among many other bodies. His voluntary work covers a wide range of interests, including hospitals, boy scouting, Discharged Prisoners Aid Society and various professional service organisations.

ISO (CCrFANION-IMPERIAL SERVICE ORDER)

Mr. CHAN Wa-shek

Mr. CHAN Wa-shek joined the Prison Service as a Warder in August 1951. He has advanced through the ranks and was promoted to Assistant Commissioner of Prisons in 1978. He was further promoted to Deputy Commissioner in 1980. Mr. Chan was awarded the Colonial Prison Service Medal in 1969 and the First Clasp to the Medal in 1976.

Mr. CHOW King-choi, JP

Mr. Chow joined the service as a Temporary Clerk in 1947. He was appointed Treasury Tax Inspector in 1948, Assistant Assessor in 1957 and thereafter proceeded through the professional grade to reach his present rank of Assistant Commissioner in 1975. He is a qualified accountant, currently a Fellow of the Association of Certified Accountants and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Society of Accountants. Mr. Chow will retire from Government service in January 1981.

/Cont’d.

Tuesday, December JO, 1980

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ISO (Conf?)

Mr, Deric Daniel WATERS

Mr. Waters joined as an Education Officer in 1954 and was made Organiser of Technical Education in 1963. He was promoted to Senior Education Officer in 1968 and to Assistant Director in 1975. He planned the Technical Institutes which are now contributing so much to technical education and he played a significant part in directing the future of Technical Education in Hong Kong.

Mr. WONG Mang-ki

Mr. Wong joined the Public Works Department in 1953. He became an Apprentice Engineer in the same year, an Assistant Engineer in 1955, a full professional Engineer in 1958 and progressed through the promotion ranks of Senior, Chief and Government Engineer between 1964 and 1973. He was promoted to Principal Government Engineer, heading the Civil Engineering Office in 1977.

KBE (MEMBER-ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE)

Mr. CHAN Shek

Mr. CHAN Shek has a long association with the Civil Aid Services, going back to 1938 when he was enrolled into the Aid Raid Precaution Corps as a District Warden. During hostilities in Hong Kong he served as a Fire Fighter. When the Civil Aid Services were reformed in 1952 he was one of the first volunteers to rejoin. He enrolled as a Warden and was quickly promoted to senior non-commissioned officer. In 1971 he was promoted as Commander for the whole area of West Kowloon, an appointment he holds at the present time. Mr. CHAN Shek is now 70 years old and will shortly retire after more than 40 years loyal and distinguished service.

/Cont’d.

Tuesday, December JO, 1980

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MBS (Cont’d)

Mr. CHAN Wai-shun

Mr. Chan is the Chairman of the Hong Kong Rice Importers and Exporters Association, an office he has held since 1964. He has worked particularly effectively in helping Government devise procedures for the control of rice wholesaling and has attended many meetings with the Rice Wholesalers Association. Mr. Chan is a director of the Chiu Chow Chamber of Commerce, and was supervisor of the non-profit-making Chiu Sheung Middle School in Pokfulam for six years until May 1979. He is a generous benefactor of local recreational and cultural activities for young people.

Mr. CHEUNG Kim-fung

During the past ten years Mr. Cheung has played an active part in the development of staff associations in the Civil Service. His most important contribution to better staff relations has been in the Senior Civil Service Council, where he represented the Hong Kong Chinese Civil Servants Association. Throughout his nine years’ service on the Council, his tact, patience, understanding and restraint contributed much to the successful outcome of negotiations on various difficult questions. The good standing of both the Council and his Association in recent years has been due in no small degree to his personal efforts. Mr. Cheung stepped down from the presidency of the Association in 1979 but continues to serve as an advisory Councillor.

Mrs. Marguerite Patricia GORDON, JP

Mrs. Gordon has made a substantial contribution to the development of the Girl Guides movement in Hong Kong. During her four years as Deputycommissioner and seven years as Chief Commissioner, the Girl Guides membership nearly trebled. She was instrumental in obtaining recognition of Hong Kong Girl Guides by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 1978. In recognition of her outstanding service she was given the Beaver Award by the U.K. Girl Guides Association in 1976 and the Bauhinia Award by the Hong Kong Girl Guides Association in 1978. Mrs. Gordon has also been closely involved since 1973 in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme in Hong Kong.

/Cont’d.

Tuesday, December 30, 1980

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MBE (Cent*-)

Mr. LI Kwan-hung/ JP

Mr. Li is Chairman of the Hong Kong Physically Handicapped and Able Bodied Association. The Association recently opened the Lady MacLehose Centre, which provides recreational activities and facilities designed to integrate the physically handicapped and the able bodied. Mr. Li has been Chairman of the Association for a number of years and has been most effective in developing its activities to their present successful level. He has always worked behind the scenes, not only with the Centre but with a range of other public bodies on which he continues to serve, including the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and the Campaign Committee of the Community Chest.

Mr. NG Wang-yiu

Mr. Ng entered the service as a Clerical Officer in 1955. He rose through the Clerical Officer ranks and was promoted to Executive Officer in 1964. He has reached the Grade's most senior rank of Principal Executive Officer at a comparatively early age. He is the most senior local officer in the Executive Grade and the only one in its most senior rank.

Mrs. Margaret Sau-chung O'HARA

Mrs. O'Hara joined the British Council in Hong Kong as a junior and had risen to a post where for many important Hong Kong institutions and individuals, she represented the British Council. For many years she looked after the secretarial work for the Sino-British Trust and the Royal Asiatic Society. She was also responsible for specialist visitors to and from Britain. Mrs. O'Hara is now Secretary to the Trustees of the Croucher Foundation.

/Cont'd.

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MBS (Cont'd)

Mr. Justin YUE Kwok-hung

Mr. Yue joined the Trade Industry and Customs Department in 1968 and was promoted to Deputy Commissioner in 1979.

He has been in charge of the Department’s Textile Controls Division, dealing with Hong Kong's various textile restraint agreements with some eight countries. He has served on most of Hong Kong's Textile Delegations over recent years and has made an outstanding contribution to the negotiations.

BEM (BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL)

Mr. Gabriel Manso ANTONIO

Warrant Officer Antonio has a record of long and enthusiastic service as a Volunteer. He has for the last fifteen years been the backbone of the supplies section. As a Warrant Officer, he was largely responsible for training of the airmen who took part in the parade when the unit was presented with its standard by H.R.H., The Prince of Wales in 1979. That the parade went well and the turn-out a credit to the unit was largely due to his efforts.

Mr. CHAN Kwok-leung

Mr. Chan joined the Government in 1955 as a Temporary Clerk. Since that time he has been employed in the Finance Section of the Social Welfare Department's Headquarters and has worked his way up through the ranks of the Clerical Grade. He was promoted to Senior Clerical Officer in 1974. During his service he has been a stalwart in the Department's accounting administration; he has been instrumental in the smooth and efficient running of all aspects of the section’s work, and he has readily made his experience available in the training and guidance of his juniors.

/Cont’d.

Tuesday, December JO, 1980

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BEM (Cont'd)

Mr. CHENG Kam-cheng

Mr. Cheng began his Government service in 1953 as an Assistant Community Development Officer. He was promoted to Community Development Officer in 1957 and to Liaison Officer Class I in 1959. He was regraded an Executive Officer Class I in 1972. Throughout his service in the Government, Mr. Cheng has shown himself to be an officer with considerable liaison skill, particularly successful in handling people. He was instrumental in the smooth inception and implementation of the City District Officer scheme in 1969 and his knowledge and experience make him useful in the promotion of community relations and in guiding younger officers.

Mr, CHIANG Hon-ying

Mr. Chiang joined the Government in 1954 when he was employed by the Education Department as a Labourer. In 1962 he became a Workshop Attendant in the same department and in 1968 he transferred to his present post of Trade Instructor in the Social Welfare Department. Since that time he has worked in the World Rehabilitation Fund Day Centre teaching woodwork to deaf and mentally retarded trainees and organising activities for them. In that capacity he has developed a praiseworthy rapport with his pupils.

Mr. FONG Wai

Mr. Fong joined as a Prison Warder in 1952 and became a Workshop Instructor in 1971. He played a large part in setting up the fibreglass workshop in Stanley Prison. He has contributed greatly to fibreglass being established as a successful trade in prison industries. He was awarded the Colonial Prison Service Medal in 1970 and the First Clasp to the Medal in 1977.

/Cont‘d.

Tuesday, December 30, 19^0

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BEM (Coat’d)

Mr. IP Fook

Mr. IP Fook was first appointed in the Government Service as a Messenger at the Victoria Public Mortuary in 1946. He has worked there throughout his service and was promoted to Mortuary Attendant in 1957. Mr. Ip has rendered loyal and devoted service to the Department and has assisted in the training of new recruits in autopsy duties.

Mr. KWOK Ying-nin

Mr. Kwok joined the General Clerical Class of the Hong Kong Government in 1954. He was promoted from GCS III to GCS II in 1957, and to GCS I in 1969. In 1974 he was appointed Senior Clerical Officer in the Finance Registry of the Government Secretariat Departmental Administration Unit, a post he has held since. By virtue of his experience in the Government accounting field, he is well versed with nearly every aspect of its procedures and system.

Mr. LAI Wing-kay

Mr. LAI Wing-kay has given 18 years service to Police telecommunications. For the last 6 years he has been working as the senior man in the Special Projects Section involving him in the evaluation, construction and maintenance of equipment besides the training of CID officers and others in the use of it. He was commended in 1979 by his Major Formation Commander. In addition to his normal CID duties, he has had to shoulder work arising in connection with illegal immigrants.

Mr. Aloysius LAU

Mr. Lau joined the Prisons Department as a Telephone Operator in 1951 and throughout his service his interest, professional ability and devotion to duty often under trying conditions have earned him the respect of staff at all levels. He was awarded the Colonial Prison Service Medal in 1969 and the First Clasp to the Medal in 1976.

/Cont’d.

Tuesday, December JO, 1980

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BEM (Cont'd)

Mr. LAUKing-wang

Mr. Lau joined the Government in 1954 as a Temporary Clerk and in 1961 became a Welfare Supervisor in the Social Welfare Department. He was promoted to Principal Welfare Supervisor in 1969 and regraded to Social Work Assistant in 1979. Since 1961 he has been employed at the Castle Peak Boys' Home, engaged in the supervision and correctional training of residents, and latterly in the supervision of certain staff there.

Mr. LEI Siu-keung

Mr. Lei joined the Medical Department as a Labourer in 1947. In 1949 he transferred as an Uncertificated Social Worker, and was promoted to his present rank of Principal Welfare Assistant in 1973. He has been acting as an Assistant Social Work Officer since 1978 (now Social Security Officer II). On several occasions he has been active in the registration and relief of those made homeless in public disasters, and for some years was responsible for the management of one of the two kitchens operated by the Social Welfare Department for mass feeding in times of need. More recently he has been responsible for the processing of applications for the various types of social security payments.

Mr. LI But

Mr. Li was first appointed in the Government Service as a Temporary Clerk in 1947. He was confirmed to the permanent and pensionable establishment in 1949. He has served continuously as a Steward Class I since 1959, save for a three year period when he acted as an Assistant Hospital Secretary.

/Cont'd.

Tuesdayt December 30, 1980

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BEM (Coat'd)

Mr. LIU Yiu-tong

Mr. Liu joined the Civil Service in 1941 as District Watchman. In 1969 he was regraded as a Liaison Assistant II. He was further regraded as Clerical Officer II in 1976. His present duties include general* liaison work and surveys, case investigations and visits, and Chinese calligraphy. He is particularly good at Chinese calligraphy. He proceeded on preretirement leave in 1980.

Mr. TSANG Kwong-fai

The thirty years service that Mr. Tsang has given to the Electrical and Mechanical Office of the Public Works Department has acquired for him the reputation of being a man of integrity who sets an excellent example for all to follow. Prior to a recent redeployment exercise, it had been necessary for several years to invest him with a level of responsibility above that appropriate to his rank and grade; however, the redeployment has done little to reduce his schedule of work which continues to be considerable and includes the supervision of a Personnel Registry responsible for an establishment of approximately 5 400 posts in several grades.

Mr. YU Loong-kin

Mr. Yu was an ex-Dockyard employee and was transferred to the Education Department as a Temporary Clerk in 1959. He was appointed as a General Clerical Service III in 1961,^ promoted to General Clerical Service II in 1964 and to General Clerical Service I in 1970. He is presently on extension of service and is due to retire in 1981. He has served for more than 17 years in the Personnel Registry with the remainder in the Educational Research Establishment Section.

/Cont *d.

Tuesday, December 30 > 1980

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BEM (Cont'd)

Mr. YU Tso-wing

Mr. YU Tso-wing was posted to the Royal Hong Kong Police Force when he joined the Civil Service in 1959. Before that he had worked as a Clerk in the Royal Naval Dockyard for 13 years. He is at present the Clerical Officer in charge of the Narcotics Bureau General Registry. He has served the Force extremely well over the past 21 years.

Mr. Tony YUE Tung-pik

Mr. Yue has been a very loyal employee of the Red Cross for 27 years and has given dedicated service both in recruitment of donors individually and as a speaker for blood donation in the education programme set up in 1972. He has played a vital role with his colleagues in the promotion of blood donation in Hong Kong.

QPM (QUEEN'S POLICE MEDAL)

Mr. John Ronaldson JOHNSTON, CPM

Mr. Johnston joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force as a Probationary Inspector in 1955 and has served in most Branches of the Force. More recently he was charged with the establishment of the Anti-illegal Immigration Control Centre/ a task which he executed quickly and efficiently. In January 1980 he was again appointed as District Police Commander, Kowloon. He was commended by the Commissioner of Police in 1957 for his courage and efficient leadership in connection with an incident at the frontier with China, and he was also commended by His Excellency the Governor in 1969 for outstanding leadership, professional skill and devotion to duty in connection with security operations.

/Cont’d.

Tuesday, December JO, 1980

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QPM (Coat'd)

Mr. Nylon Leonard TS*O, CPM

Mr. TS'O, who joined the Hong Kong Police Reserve as a Constable in 1947, belongs to a family with a long history in the Force. He was promoted to his present rank in 1972. He was in command of a Riot Company during the 1967 disturbances and proved to be a first class officer in the field and a firm and positive leader. He has acted successfully on several occasions as a Deputy in the Auxiliary Command structure.

CPM (COLONIAL POLICE MEDAL)

Mr. CHAN Kwong

Mr. Chan joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force as a Constable in 1946 and attained his present rank of Station Sergeant in 1972. Nearly all his service has been in the Criminal Investigation Department, covering most of the land divisions. During post-war civil disturbances in Hong Kong, he was involved in both counter field actions and subsequent investigations. He was transferred in 1975 to lead the Action Squads in the battle against crime at ground level.

Mr. CHAN Ping-ki

Mr. Chan joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force in 1946 and attained his present rank of Station Sergeant in 1973. He was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in 1964, received the 1st and 2nd Clasps in 1971 and 1976 respectively, and has been commended by his Commanding Officer on several occasions. In recent years he has been involved in the development of the Neighbourhood Policing Units for new housing estates. The task of building confidence and understanding between the Police and the public in these congested areas was a challenge, and the present containment of crime and good Police/public relations there are evidence of his success.

/Cont•d.

Tuesday, December JO, 1980

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CPM (Cont'd)

Mr. CHUNG Kam-keung

Mr. CHUNG Kam-keung joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force as a Constable in 1952 and attained his present rank of Station Sergeant in 1972. In 1955 he was posted to Special Branch where he is still serving. He has received four commendations and awards from the Commissioner.

Mr. John Malcolm CROSBY

Mr. Crosby joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force in 1957 as a Sub-Inspector and attained his present rank of Chief Inspector in 1971. He was posted to the Commercial Crimes Bureau of the Criminal Investigation Department in 1968 and has served in that unit since. He played a major role in the establishment of a counterfeit and forgery section, which has developed into an effective internationally recognised agency in combatting both international and local criminals. He has acquired the status of an expert in the fields of counterfeiting and forgery and is so recognised by overseas Police Forces, banks and financial agencies.

Mr. Francis Stewart KAVANAGH

Mr. Kavanagh joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force in 1960 and was promoted to his present rank of Senior Superintendent in 1977. During his service, he has occupied numerous key positions and from 1977 to 1979 he held down the very demanding post of Divisional Superintendent, Mongkok. Since then he has commanded Operations Branch in Police Headquarters. His interests extend beyond his duties and he has always been a keen participant in Force sporting and welfare activities.

/Cont *d.

Tuesday, December 30, 1980

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CPM (Coat'd)

Mr. KUNG Mau-chuen

Mr. Kung joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force as a Police Constable in 1952. He attained his present rank of Station Sergeant in 1965. He has served in both urban districts and Traffic Branch and as an instructor at the Police Training School. He was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department as Uniform Branch Intelligence Officer in 1975, since when he has constantly examined and reviewed methods to improve the intelligence system. Criminal intelligence information is now available to every member of the Division and the dividends achieved have been most encouraging.

Mr. LAM Mun-cheong

Mr. Lam joined the Force as a Constable in 1958 and in 1964 was appointed an Inspector. He has served in several departments, including the Narcotics Bureau and the Special Bomb Investigation Unit but mostly with the Criminal Investigation Department. He has occupied his present post as Divisional Detective Inspector since 1978 where he has been successful in redeploying CID resources to deal with rising crime in an area of rapid population growth.

Mr. LAM Ping-man

Sergeant Lam has served throughout his career in the Marine Police. He is cool and calm in a crisis and displays a considerable ability to analyse a situation and organise his resources to the best effect. During the influx of illegal immigrants and Vietnamese refugees, Marine District (West Sector), where he is presently attached, intercepted more than 150 vessels from China, holding more than 3 800 illegal immigrants, and over 250 Vietnamese vessels holding more than 22 000 refugees. He took his full share of the responsibilities for dealing with these arrivals, often under difficult and arduous conditions.

/Cont'd.

Tuesday, December }0, 1980

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CPM (Cont'd)

Mr. LEE Kwan-cheung

Mr. Lee was the Headquarters Sergeant, Lau Fau Shan Sub-division throughout the period of increased illegal immigrant activity between January and June 1979. During this period a total of 2 437 illegal immigrants were either arrested by Station personnel or handed over for custody. A further 150 separate aiding and abetting cases were processed through the Station. Until early 1979, when a second Inspector was transferred to Lau Fau Shan, Mr. Lee was effectively Second-in-Command. He coped with the responsibilities associated with the influx in addition to normal duties in exemplary fashion. The high level of interdictions and the fact that no problems arose over the custody of these apprehended may be directly attributed to him.

Mr. LI Chung-keung

Station Sergeant LI Chung-keung joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force as a Constable in 1951. He was promoted to his present rank in 1972. He has served throughout his service in Uniform Branch in many Divisions and Formations in Hong Kong Island District. For the past three years he has commanded a Neighbourhood Policing Unit in a housing estate where he has successfully dedicated himself to establishing a real and effective relationship between the Police and the community.

Mr. Gwyn Rees LLOYD

Mr. G.R. Lloyd has served in the Royal Hong Kong Police Force for 26 years, occupying various posts both in the Uniform Branch and in several specialist departments. Since 1979 he has been the Divisional Superintendent Mongkok Division. His former command included much of the Kowloon District responsibility for countering the upsurge in illegal immigration, whilst that at Mongkok embraces a heavy crime load in one of the most thickly populated areas of the world. Mr. Lloyd has been an effective leader in both situations.

/Cont'd.

Tuesday, December 30, 1980

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CPM (Coat’d)

Mr. Andrew McKerracher QUINN

Mr. Quinn has served with dedication throughout, particularly as an officer in the Criminal Investigation Department, and for the past five years as an instructor of inspectorate students at the Detective Training School. In this latter field, his experience in criminal matters and his professionalism, coupled with enthusiasm and ingenuity in imparting his knowledge to younger officers, have proved effective. Officers from the Immigration and Customs and Excise Departments of Hong Kong and from various Asian Police Forces have also benefitted from his instruction in criminal law and investigative techniques.

Mr. Richard Courtney SMALLSHAW

Mr. Smallshaw joined the British South African Police in 1955 and was transferred to the Nyasaland Police in 1959. He left the latter force in 1964 to join the Royal Hong Kong Police Force. During his service in Hong Kong, he has been ADC to H.E. the Governor and has commanded Yaumati, Kwun Tong and Traffic Kowloon Divisions. He has occupied the posts of Chief Staff Officer, Administration in the New Territories District, Chief Staff Officer Auxiliaries and is currently Chief Staff Officer Traffic.

Mr. TANG Kwong-yee

Mr. Tang has been in the Marine Police since he was first appointed. During the influx of illegal immigrants and Vietnamese refugees he served in West Sector where over 400 vessels from China and Vietnam were intercepted, carrying some 4 000 illegal immigrants and 22 000 refugees. Mr. Tang played his full part in patrolling, frequently in adverse conditions.

/Cont'd.

Tuesday, December 30, 1980

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GPM (coni*d)

Mr. Michael John WATSON

Mr. Watson has worked in the Complaints Against Police Office since 1977. He became Senior Staff Officer in 1978, shortly after the formation of the Complaints and Discipline Wing, and remained in command throughout the difficult period when the office was undergoing considerable growth and change. His performance during this period was marked by a dedication to a difficult and unenviable task and his involvement in the investigation of allegations against individual Police officers that had received wide publicity (both locally and internationally) brought credit to the Force.

Mr. WONG Shu-hsin

Mr. Wong joined the Force as a Constable in 1948 and advanced to his present rank of Chief Inspector in 1971. He was posted to Traffic Headquarters in 1974 and played an important role in the introduction of the Fixed Penalty Traffic Moving Offences Scheme. His commonsense, technical knowledge and excellent relationships with officers of other Government departments involved have helped to overcome the various problems which followed the implementation of this system.

Mr. YAU Hung

During the influx of Chinese illegal immigrants and Vietnamese refugees, Marine District (East Sector) to which Sergeant Yau is attached, bore the brunt of the illegal immigration onslaught. 260 craft and 4 000 people from China were arrested at sea in that area alone and 24 Vietnamese vessels carrying some 3 000 refugees were intercepted. As a result launches were kept at sea on operations long beyond their normal docking periods. Sergeant Yau kept the engines going and carried out all maintenance normally reserved for dockyard whilst the launch was at sea, often under arduous conditions.

/Cont’d.

Tuesday, December 30, 19&0

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0?xd (cont'd)

Mr. Cyril FRETWELL

Mr. Fretwell joined the British Fire Services in 1950 after two years service in H.M. Forces in Singapore and Egypt. After 13 years service he was appointed to the Hong Kong Fire Services where he has served for the past 18 years, a total service of 31 years. His performance of duty in all sections has significantly contributed to the development of the service. His work on forming an underwater diving unit in the Fire Services was extremely valuable. His skill and steadfastness has been responsible for many lives and much property being saved from fire and other calamities.

Mr. Peter Lloyd GEORGE

Divisional Officer George was appointed as a Station Officer in the Hong Kong Fire Services in 1963 after 11 years service in the British Fire Services, a total of 28 years served. Throughout his service he has been attached to all branches of the Hong Kong Fire Services and has contributed significantly to its development in many ways including training, planning and over the last few years in fire prevention. His most outstanding achievements have been in the operational areas. He has displayed courage on many occasions and he has been responsible for the saving of many lives and much property from the effects of fire and other calamities.

Mr. LAM Chek-yuen

Senior Divisional Officer LAM Chek-yuen has served for 24 years in all sections of the Fire Services in Hong Kong. His service in H.Q. has contributed significantly to the development of the Fire Services in recent years. At countless hazardous emergencies he has shown courage, skill, determination and leadership of a high order and by doing so has been responsible for preventing many deaths, injuri s ar.d less of property from the effects of fire and other calamitis.

/Cent•d.

Tuesday, .December 30, 19^0

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C?a (cont/d)

Mr. LI Wai

Mr. LI Wai was promoted to a senior N.C.O. post two years ago after 20 years in the ranks of Fireman and Senior Fireman. He has served with distinction in many active operational areas and for the last 8 years as N.C.O. in command or 2 i/c of fire crews. His performance has been highly meritorious and significantly contributed to the saving of many lives and much property from fire and other calamities. As a member of the voluntary underwater diving unit of the Fire Services he has performed many difficult and dangerous tasks. He was awarded the Queen's Commendation in 1967 for diving inside a gas filled tank in search of a person.

BADGE OTLHONOira

Mr. CHAU How-chen

Promotes recreation and sports activities for youth in Tsuen Wan. A Member of the District Advisory Board and Civil Aid Services Zone Commander; a director of Yan Chai Hospital 1977/79 and now Vice-Chairman.

Mr. CHEUNG Kuen

A member of Tai Po District Advisory Board 1977/79 and of the North District Advisory Board from 1979 to date. Chairman of Shek Wu Hui Chamber of Commerce and a supporter of the Scouts, St. John's Ambulance, Clansmen Association and many other community organisations.

Mr. CHEUNG Lai-ping

Chairman of the Lower Wong Tai Sin Area Committee and particularly active in the social welfare field, especially for the aged, and in promoting neighbourliness and concern for the environment.

/Cont'd.

Tuesday, December 30, 1980

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Baa~e ihonour 'Ben:

Mr. CHIU Chun-fai

Vice-Chairman of the Sham Shui Po Ferry Pier Area Committee and Chairman of the Penta House Owners' Association. He supports all district activities and is now planning a district orchestra.

Mr. CHIU Yu-hei

Active in Tsim Sha Tsui community. An office bearer in the Kaifong Welfare Association and Vice-Chairman of the Area Committee. Assists in youth recreational facilities and is a generous donor to community projects.

Mr. CHONG Chu-choi

A member of the Tung Chung Rural Committee since 1962 and its Chairman since 1966. He has considerable influence in the Islands District and his experience and balanced views provide a stabilising factor in the local political scene.

Mr. CHOW Yin-sum

Joined Kennedy Town Kaifong Association in 1950, and has been Chairman since 1974. Vice-chairman of the Kennedy Town/Mount Davis Area Committee since 1972 and a member of the Central and Western City District Committee since 1974. Particularly interested in recreational and sports activities for young people.

Mr. FUNG Sau-chung

The Headmaster of Hoh Fuk Tong Primary School. Instrumental, as member and past chairman, in guiding Church community building efforts in Tuen Mun. A keen supporter of cultural and recreational activities and prominent in the education field.

/Cont * d.

Tuesday, December 30, 1980

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Badge cf Honour (Cont;dj

Dr. Alexander LAI Ming-wah

A member of the Tsuen Wan District Advisory Board (1977 to date), the Kwai Chung East Area Committee (1978 to date) and of scouting and sports associations in Tsuen Wan and Kwai Chung. An active community leader who is also interested in industrial affairs.

Mr. LAM Kin-ming

From a traditional Chiu Chow industrialist family and the Chairman of the Chiu Chow Clansmen Association. President of the Hong Kong Garment Trade Association and a leader in the textile field. A participant in various community activities; formerly a Director of Po Leung Kuk and Chairman of the Yan Chai Hospital.

Mr. LAM Pak-ping

A villager from Tap Mun Island who has been active in community affairs in Sai Kung North for many years and is presently Chairman of the Rural Committee. A Village Representative since 1961. A leader in supporting social and recreational community projects.

Mr. LAM Tak-mong

An Area Committee Chairman and a member of the Eastern City District Committee. Is the Chairman of the Nam On Fong Village Mutual Aid Committee and a member of the Shaukiwan Kaifong Association. Has worked to knit village communities together by encouraging village leadership and the formation of Mutual Aid Committees and by organising communal activities.

/Cent’d.

Tuesday, December 30, 1980

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Badge of Honour (Cont’d)

Mr. LAM Yau-kwong

An Office Bearer of the Tsuen Wan Chiu Chow Welfare Association and Chairman of the Tsuen Wan Chiu Chow Public School since 1972. A member of the local Area Committee and of the District Advisory Board.

Mr. LAU Man-cheong_

A community leader in Kowloon and Hong Kong for many years. He devotes time and money generously to community projects - youth activities, care for the old, anti-narcotics and other campaigns.

Mr. LUI Ding_

The Headteacher of Tang Shui Kin Primary School.

A member (now Chairman) of the Wong Chuk Hang/Bays Area Committee. He promotes cultural and sporting activities and involves both students and parents in community activities.

Mr. MA Hung-bun

A teacher in fishermen’s schools since 1956 and a headteacher since 1959. An outstanding school administrator. A member of Sai Kung District Advisory Board since 1978, secretary of the Rural Committee, and a keen supporter of recreational and cultural activities.

Madam NG CHU Lien-fan

A keen supporter of community, youth and cultural activities in Kwun Tong. Has been responsible for last nine years for the Hong Kong Open Dance Contest, which has become a territory-wide event. The Chairman of the Hong Kong Scouts Association (East Kowloon Region) since 1976 and a Director of Po Leung Kuk Board 1980.

/Cont’d.

Tuesday > December 30, 19&0

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of Honour (Contrd)

Mr. TANG Yuen-pui

Chairman of the Tsing Yi Rural Committee since 1976 and much involved with the implementation of the development plan for Tsing Yi. A village representative for 20 years and a member of the Tsuen Wan District Advisory Board since 1977.

Mr. TO Hang-keung

Distinguished for his community service, both in Kowloon City and Mongkok, particularly in supporting sports associations, Government campaigns and Government’s community building activities.

Mr. YUNG Chek-chpw

The Chairman of Aberdeen/Aplichau Area Committee and of the Recreation and Sports Committee (Southern) since 1979, a Vice President of the Hong Kong Amateur Basketball Association and a member of the City District Committee (Southern). He is an enthusiastic supporter of, and contributor to, sports activities.

/Gont’d.

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Naz YiiUR HOEOUSS 1981 (British Forces)

CBE Colonel J.R. Cornell

QBE Lieutenant Colonel B.C. Jackman ?<D 2 GR Lieutenant Colonel P../.B. Scott RAMC

MBS Major D.W. Fox AC AAC Captain Kwok Tong Cheung IIKMSC Major (QGO) Bhimbahadur Gurung QpE

(Air Force Cross) Squadron Leader M.D. Pledger IL J?

BEM Colour Sergeant K.S. Wooden PARA Sergeant...Budhakuraar Gurung 2GR Sergeant Dharmaraj Gurung QQS Sergeant Shainsher Rai 10 GR Staff Sergeant Harkabahadur Gurung 10 GR Staff Sergeant Narbu Sherpa 7 GR Sergeant Pumabahadur Liinbu 7 GR  0

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1981

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

RECORD AMOUNT SPENT ON PUBLIC WORKS CONTRACTS ............. 1

HIGHER CAR TOWING FEES FROM FRIDAY ........................ 1

STAR FERRY TIME-TABLE ADJUSTED ..........................,

SHELTER FOR THOSE IN NEED OF WARMTH ....................... 2

BUILDING STATISTICS FOR NOVEMBER .......................... 3

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR OPENING OF THE LEGAL YEAR......... 4

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1980

1

RECORD AMOUNT SPENT ON PUBLIC WORKS CONTRACTS * * * *

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT AWARDED A TOTAL OF 60 CONTRACTS

VALUED AT A RECORD TOTAL OF ABOUT $1 267 MILLION IN NOVEMBER.

ONE OF THE MAJOR CONTRACTS, WORTH ABOUT $485 MILLION, WAS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF STAGE ONE OF THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR.

THE HIGHWAY WILL BE A 2.3-KILOMETRE ELEVATED ROAD, MOSTLY OVER WATER ALONG THE NORTHERN SHORE OF HONG KONG ISLAND.

IT WILL START FROM VICTORIA PARK ROAD IN CAUSEWAY BAY AND END AT HEALTHY STREET WEST IN NORTH POINT.

ANOTHER MAJOR CONTRACT, WORTH ABOUT $122 MILLION, WAS FOR THE RECLAMATION AND SITE FORMATION WORK ON TSING Yl ISLAND.

UNDER THIS CONTRACT, ABOUT 22 HECTARES OF LAND WILL BE FORMED FOR DEVELOPMENT.

THE WORK INCLUDES THE FORMATION OF LAND WEST OF TSING Yl LAGOON AND THE RECLAMATION OF PART OF THE LAGOON AND TSING Yl BAY.

ON COMPLETION, THE NEW LAND WILL BE USED FOR PUBLIC HOUSING, VILLAGE HOUSING, OPEN SPACE, AND GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTE AND COMMUNITY PURPOSES.

OF THE CONTRACTS AWARDED IN THE MONTH, 38 WERE ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE CENTRAL TENDER BOARD AND THE OTHERS ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE PWD TENDER BOARD.

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HIGHER CAR TOWING FEES FROM FRIDAY

******

MOTOR I STS WHOSE VEHICLES ARE TOWED AWAY FOR HAVINC papiiph ILLEGALLY OR FOR OBSTRUCTING OTHER VEH ICLES UNNECESSARY?^ K? TO°PAYRw''cHiRAGEs:V 2’’ H"E T° ™ ”«PER IHTO^EIR'pJcKETs'

THE PRESENT TOWING CHARGE OF 580 WILL BE INCREASED TO ^110 STORAGE CHARGE IN POLICE VEHICLE POUNDS WILL GO UP FROM $20 A DAY TO $35 A DAY. THIS DAILY STORAGE CHARGE WILL BE I Fvirn FOR EACH DAY AFTER THE SECOND DAY THE VEHICLE REMAINS IN A POUND. LAST REV?SEDN?NN1974°KESMAN EXPLA,NED T0DAY THAT THE CHARGES WERE

LATEST INCREASES HAVE BEEN NECESSITATED BY THE RISING COSTS OF PROVIDING THE TOWING AND STORAGE FACILITIES,+ HE SAID.

__ the SPOKESMAN SAID IT WAS NECESSARY TO TOW AWAY SOME VCHICLES TO ENSURE THE SMOOTH FLOW OF TRAFFIC AND THE SAFETY OF ROAD-USERS.

VRHir|+?UF|HFFTFrnST^nIeA$Il^/ILL BEC0ME H0RE NECESSARY AS THE S’CLE FLEET CONTINUES TO GROW AND ROADS BECOME INCREASINGLY

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1980

2

STAR FERRY TIME-TABLE ADJUSTED *****

THE FREQUENCY OF THE STAR FERRY’S EDINBURGH PLACE TO TSIM SHA TSUI SERVICE WILL BE REDUCED IN THE EARLY MORNING AND LATE AT NIGHT.

FROM SUNDAY (JANUARY 4), FERRIES WILL RUN AT 20 MINUTE INTERVALS FROM 6 AM TO 6.30 AM, AND FROM 11.45 PM TO 2 AM. PREVIOUSLY THEY OPERATE AT 10 AND 12 MINUTE INTERVALS RESPECTIVELY DURING THE EARLY AND LATE PERIODS.

THE STARTING AND CLOSING TIMES OF THE SERVICE AT 6 AM AND 2 AM WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED THAT PATRONAGE OF THE FERRY SERVICE DURING THESE PERIODS HAD DROPPED CONSIDERABLY FOLLOWING THE OPENING OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY IN FEBRUARY THIS YEAR.

THE REDUCTION IN FREQUENCY OF SERVICE IS TO ECONOMIZE ON RISING OPERATION AND FUEL COSTS, HE SAID.

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SHELTER FOR THOSE IN NEED OF WARMTH * * * *

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY IT HAD MADE SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS TO OPEN A NUMBER OF ITS COMMUNITY CENTRES AS TEMPORARY SHELTERS AND TO DISTRIBUTE BLANKETS DURING COLD SPELLS.

A SP0KESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THESE ARRANGEMENTS WOULD COME INTO OPERATION IN THE EVENT OF THE TEMPERATURE DROPPING TO 10 DEGREES CELSIUS OR BELOW.

OVERNIGHT SHELTER AND BLANKETS WILL BE PROVIDED FOR STREET SLEEPERS AND OTHER PEOPLE TO KEEP THEMSELVES WARM IN COLD WEATHER.

UNDER THESE ARRANGEMENTS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, NINE COMMUNITY CENTRES OPERATED BY THE DEPARTMENT IN HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL OPEN TO LET PEOPLE STAY.

AT THE SAME TIME, BLANKETS AND SLEEPING BAGS WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION AT ALL THESE CENTRES AND AT FIVE OF THE DEPARTMENT’S FIELD OFFICES.

♦WHEN A COLD SPELL STRIKES, PEOPLE IN NEED ARE WELCOME TO MAKE USE OF THESE FACILITIES, AND STAFF OF THE DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO GO OUT TO DISTRIBUTE BLANKETS,* HE SAID.

/the nine

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1980

THE NINE COMMUNITY CENTRES AREs

HONG KONG ISLAND -

* WESTERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE AT WESTERN STREET"

* CHAI WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 230 CHAI WAN ROAD"

KOWLOON -

* WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 104 CHING TAK STREET-

* KWUN TONG COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 17 TSUI PING ROAD-

* TAI HANG TUNG COMMUNITY CENTRE AT TONG YAM STREET-

NEW TERRITORIES -

* PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE AT TAI HO ROAD, TSUEN WAN-

* LEK YUEN COMMUNITY HALL AT KWAI WO HOUSE, LEK YUEN ESTATE, SHA TIN-

* FANLING ROTARY YOUTH CENTRE AT FANLING WAI-

* TAI HING COMMUNITY HALL AT TAI HING ESTATE, TUEN MUN.

THE FIVE FIELD OFFICES WHICH WILL OPERATE AS BLANKET DISTRIBUTION POINTS DURING OFFICE HOURS ARE:

* WAN CHAI SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNIT AT 194 LOCKHART ROAD-

* CAUSEWAY BAY SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNIT AT CAUSEWAY BAY MAGISTRACY BUILDING"

* ABERDEEN SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNIT AT 48 ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD"

* TAI PO NORTH COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICE AT TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING IN TING KOK ROAD, TAI PO-

* SHEUNG SHU I SOCIAL CENTRE IN SAN CHOI STREET, SHEUNG SHU I.

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BUILDING STATISTICS FOR NOVEMBER M N X M

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT APPROVED 48 NEW BUILDING PLANS IN NOVEMBER, COMPARED WITH 66 IN THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR.

OF THESE NEW PLANS, 18 WERE FOR BUILDINGS ON HONG KONG ISLAND SIX FOR KOWLOON AND 24 FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THEY INCLUDED A HEALTH AND WELFARE CENTRE AT KAM SHING ROAD, A STUDENT HOSTEL IN SHA TIN AND A SWIMMING POOL IN TAI PO.

THE DECLARED COST OF ALL NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING THE MONTH WAS $377 MILLION, COMPARED WITH $348 MILLION IN THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR.

/THEIR total

WEDNESDAY, DEEMEE 31, 1960

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THEIR TOTAL USABLE FLOOR AREA AMOUNTED TO 187 268.7 SQUARE METRES, COMPRISING 25 331.5 SQUARE METRES FOR DOMESTIC AND 161 937.2 SQUARE METRES FOR NON-DOMESTIC USES.

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE ALSO GAVE CONSENT FOR WORK TO START ON 47 PROJECTS, INCLUDING A SCHOOL EXTENSION AT CLIFF ROAD, AN ELECTRICITY SUB-STATION IN TSZ WAN SHAN, TWO TELEPHONE EXCHANGE EXTENSIONS ON PENG CHAU AND IN SHEK WU HUI, AND A JETTY ON LAMMA ISLAND.

ALTOGETHER, 40 NEWLY COMPLETED BUILDINGS WERE CERTIFIED FOR OCCUPATION IN NOVEMBER, INCLUDING A SCHOOL IN SAI KUNG, A PETROL FILLING STATION AT LEI YUE MUN ROAD AND A SHIP REPAIR YARD WITH ANCILLARY BUILDINGS ON TSING Yl ISLAND.

THE OFFICE ALSO AGREED TO THE DEMOLITION OF 57 BUILDINGS.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR OPENING OF THE LEGAL YEAR *****

.u_ PLACE EAST» BETwEEN THE CITY HALL MAIN ENTRANCE

MOEEN’S P,ER» WllrL BE CL0SED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 2 PM AND 8 PM

ON MONDAY (JANUARY 5) FOR THE CEREMONIAL OPENING OF THE LEGAL YEAR.

HALL CAR PARK WILL ALS0 BE CLOSED BETWEEN THESE HOURS FOR THE EVENT.

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